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Troodos: A Giant Serpentinite Diapir
International journal of geosciences
Troodos is a classical ophiolite complex. It is proposed that the serpentinized harzburgites that now form the top of the mountain and represent the originally lowest part of the ophiolite sequence rose as a diapir. This diapiric rise is caused by the pervasive serpentinization of a suboceanic harzburgite, due to rock-sea water interaction. The serpentinization caused a 44% expansion of the rocks. Contrary to salt diapirism, the driving force for this diapiric rise is not so much the differencedoi:10.4236/ijg.2011.22010 fatcat:2ymivmnlprhcdajqyey4plnqpe