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Tajik Basin: A composite record of sedimentary basin evolution in response to tectonics in the Pamir

Chapman, James B. and Carrapa, Barbara and DeCelles, Peter G. and Worthington, James and Mancin, Nicoletta and Cobianchi, Miriam and Stoica, Marius and Wang, Xin and Gadoev, Mustafo and Oimahmadov, Ilhomjon (2020) Tajik Basin: A composite record of sedimentary basin evolution in response to tectonics in the Pamir. Basin Research, 32 (3). pp. 525-545. ISSN 0950-091X.

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Investigation of a >6‐km‐thick succession of Cretaceous to Cenozoic sedimentary rocks in the Tajik Basin reveals that this depocentre consists of three stacked basin systems that are interpreted to reflect different mechanisms of subsidence associated with tectonics in the Pamir Mountains: a Lower to mid‐Cretaceous succession, an Upper Cretaceous–Lower Eocene succession and an Eocene–Neogene succession. The Lower to mid‐Cretaceous succession consists of fluvial deposits that were primarily derived from the Triassic Karakul–Mazar subduction–accretion complex in the northern Pamir. This succession is characterized by a convex‐up (accelerating) subsidence curve, thickens towards the Pamir and is interpreted as a retroarc foreland basin system associated with northward subduction of Tethyan oceanic lithosphere. The Upper Cretaceous to early Eocene succession consists of fine‐grained, marginal marine and sabkha deposits. The succession is characterized by a concave‐up subsidence curve. Regionally extensive limestone beds in the succession are consistent with late stage thermal relaxation and relative sea‐level rise following lithospheric extension, potentially in response to Tethyan slab rollback/foundering. The Upper Cretaceous–early Eocene succession is capped by a middle Eocene to early Oligocene (ca. 50–30 Ma) disconformity, which is interpreted to record the passage of a flexural forebulge. The disconformity is represented by a depositional hiatus, which is 10–30 Myr younger than estimates for the initiation of India–Asia collision and overlaps in age with the start of prograde metamorphism recorded in the Pamir gneiss domes. Overlying the disconformity, a >4‐km‐thick upper Eocene–Neogene succession displays a classic, coarsening upward unroofing sequence characterized by accelerating subsidence, which is interpreted as a retro‐foreland basin associated with crustal thickening of the Pamir during India–Asia collision. Thus, the Tajik Basin provides an example of a long‐lived composite basin in a retrowedge position that displays a sensitivity to plate margin processes. Subsidence, sediment accumulation and basin‐forming mechanisms are influenced by subduction dynamics, including periods of slab‐shallowing and retreat.

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Additional Information:© 2019 The Authors. Basin Research © 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers and International Association of Sedimentologists. Issue Online: 25 May 2020; Version of Record online: 06 July 2019; Accepted manuscript online: 21 June 2019; Manuscript accepted: 13 June 2019; Manuscript revised: 11 June 2019; Manuscript received: 19 September 2018. Data Availability Statement: The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in the supplementary material. Funding Information: Directorate for Geosciences. Grant Number: EAR-1450899.
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Subject Keywords:basin subsidence; foreland basins; geodynamics; stratigraphy; subduction‐related basins; tectonics and sedimentation
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Official Citation:Chapman, JB, Carrapa, B, DeCelles, PG, et al. The Tajik Basin: A composite record of sedimentary basin evolution in response to tectonics in the Pamir. Basin Res. 2020; 32: 525–545.
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