Geochemical features of the Menteşe Formation dolostones (Rhaetian) in the Karacahisar-Kasımlar area (Isparta-Turkey)

  • Ali Müjdat ÖzkanEmail author
  • Salih Dinç
Original Paper


The purpose of this study is to determine the geochemical characteristics of the Menteşe dolostones (Rhaetian) in the west Taurus Mountains, Turkey. The isotope characteristics of the Menteşe dolostones show a variation in the δ18O values of the dolomites between + 1.35 and − 2.72‰ (VPDB) and a variation in the δ13C values of the dolomites between + 1.6 and + 3.33‰ (VPDB). Most of the Menteşe dolostone samples have positive oxygen isotope values; others have weak negative isotope values, which indicate early diagenetic development. In addition, oxygen, carbon, and strontium isotopes and trace element analyses suggest that these dolostones were probably resulted from insignificant recrystallizaion process than chemically similar fluids. Furthermore, Mn/Sr values of the Menteşe dolostones indicate that there is no significant diagenetic alteration. The total REE contents of the Menteşe Formation dolostones display a strong positive correlation with Si, Al, Fe, K, Ti, Ba, Rb and negative correlation with Mg, hence REE content is associated with in the first degree titanium-bearing minerals (probably sphene, rutile, anatase), second degree phosphate (apatite), and barium and rubidium-bearing minerals (probably barite). Ce anomalies versus Nd concentrations of the Menteşe dolostone samples indicate that these dolostones are formed in an anoxic environment. In addition, the K/Rb ratios of the Menteşe dolostones are not exposed to any metamorphism and indicate some diagenetic alteration. Calculated temperature values using δ18O values of the Menteşe dolostones yield precipitation temperatures of 17 to 42 °C, and suggest burial depths of 67 to 900 m. Sources of magnesium for dolomitization of the Menteşe Formation carbonates were most likely fluids from seawater and/or diagenetic brines (slightly modified seawater). The Menteşe dolostones formed as early diagenetic (Rhaetian to Cenomanian) in shallow burial areas at lower temperatures than seawater and/or diagenetic brines (slightly modified seawater).


Shallow burial Isotope Sea water Low temperature West Taurides 



The research was funded by Selcuk University Scientific Research Fund (BAP) as part of Project 07101020. We thank the Research Fund of Selcuk University.

Supplementary material

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Fig. S1 Kasımlar measured stratigraphic section (A) displaying lithofacies characteristics, dolostone types, and geochemical features of the Menteşe Formation in the study area. Fig. S2. Kuyucak measured stratigraphic section (B) displaying lithofacies characteristics, dolostone types, and geochemical features of the Menteşe Formation in the study area. Fig. S3. Köseköy measured stratigraphic section (C) displaying lithofacies characteristics, dolostone types, and geochemical features of the Menteşe Formation in the study area. Fig. S4. Menteşe measured stratigraphic section (D) displaying lithofacies characteristics, dolostone types, and geochemical features of the Menteşe Formation in the study area. Fig. S5. Belence measured stratigraphic section (E) displaying lithofacies characteristics, dolostone types, and geochemical features of the Menteşe Formation in the study area. Fig. S6. Karacahisar measured stratigraphic section (F) displaying lithofacies characteristics, dolostone types, and geochemical features of the Menteşe Formation in the study area. Fig. S7. Plot of SiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, K2O, TiO2, MgO, CaO (%), and Rb (ppm) versus total rare earth element (ppm) concentration for dolostones. df1: red, df2: green, df3: blue, df4: purple. Fig. S8. According to facies comparison of isotope values. Fig. S9. Cross plot of 87Sr/86Sr and Mn/Sr concentration display a negative correlation, and is not indicative or slightly of diagenetic alteration. Sr concentrations are low (below 250 ppm) for all samples (except for one sample), and Mn/Sr values are <2 in all of samples. Fig. S10. Ce/Ce* versus Pr/Pr* diagram (after Bau and Dulski 1996) of the Menteşe dolostone samples. Field I: no anomaly; field IIA: positive La anomaly, no Ce anomaly; field. IIB: negative La anomaly, no Ce anomaly; field IIIA: positive Ce anomaly; field IIIB: negative Ce anomaly (Tostevin et al. 2016). df1: red, df2: green, df3: blue, df4: purple. Fig. S11. a) Ce/Ce* anomaly versus Nd concentration (after Ge et al. 2010) of the Menteşe dolostone samples. df1: red, df2: green, df3: blue, df4: purple. Fig. S12. a Diagenetic influence on Ce/Ce* versus (La/Sm)N within the Menteşe dolostones. b Diagenetic influence on Ce/Ce* versus (Dy/Sm)N within the Menteşe dolostones. c Diagenetic influence on Ce/Ce* versus TREE within the Menteşe dolostones. df1: red, df2: green, df3: blue, df4: purple. (DOCX 4121 kb)


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  1. 1.Department of Geological EngineeringUniversity of SelcukKonyaTurkey
  2. 2.Program of Bore TechnologyUniversity of BatmanBatmanTurkey

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