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Melange versus forearc contributions to sedimentation and uplift, during rapid denudation of a young Banda forearc-continent collisional belt

TitleMelange versus forearc contributions to sedimentation and uplift, during rapid denudation of a young Banda forearc-continent collisional belt
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsDuffy B., Kalansky J., Bassett K., Harris R., Quigley M., van Hinsbergen D.JJ, Strachan L.J, Rosenthal Y.
JournalJournal of Asian Earth Sciences
Date Published2017/05
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1367-9120
Accession NumberWOS:000401376300016
KeywordsArc-continent collision; Banda; canadian cordillera; eastern indonesia; evolution; forming processes; geochemical evidence; margin origin; Melange; miocene-pliocene; neodymium-isotope; organic-matter; provenance; Reworking; Sedimentary geochemistry; Sm/Nd; sumba island; Surface uplift; Timor

New sedimentary geochemistry and, petrographic analyses provide the most extensive sedimentary documentation yet of the rapid denudation of the young Timor orogen. The data from three basins including two widely-separated, well-dated sections of the Synorogenic Megasequence of Timor-Leste, and a re-dated DSDP 262, constrain the source and timing of detrital sediment flux during forearc-continent collision along the Timor sector of the Banda Arc. The exhumed synorogenic piggy-back basins formed above a melange unit that developed at the expense of a weak stratigraphic horizon in the Mesozoic stratigraphy, and was exhumed to the sea floor in latest Messinian time. Following an interval of deep marine chalky marl sedimentation, an increasingly muddy sediment flux indicates that the island of Timor became emergent and shed sediment by 4.5 Ma. Comparison of exhumed sections with similar patterns in the DSDP262 chemistry suggests that the sediment source was probably located some 50-60 km distant from the basin, which is consistent with the Aileu region of Timor-Leste that shows an appropriate exhumation history. All sedimentation between 4.5 and 3.2 Ma was probably derived from a low-relief, rapidly eroding, and mudstone-dominated landscape with geochemical affinities to the Triassic-mudstone-derived synorogenic melange. The melange unit overlies and surrounds the Banda Terrane, and was presumably structurally emplaced by propagation of a decollement through the Triassic rocks during the collision. After 3.2 Ma, sedimentation was dominated by hard rock lithologies of the Banda Terrane, consisting of forearc cover and basement, the latter including elements of metamafic rocks and metapelites. This phase of sedimentation was accompanied by rapid uplift, which may have been partly driven by a transient imbalance between rock uplift and denudation as resistant lithologies emerged from below melange-like mudstone. Previous work has suggested that the timing of collision in Timor-Leste and West Timor was substantially different. Our reevaluation of DSDP 262 facies migration history in the context of the re-dating presented here, favours a relatively synchronous onset of uplift in both halves of the island, but with different partitioning of strain between the foreland and hinterland in each half of the island. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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