Contrasting Late Cretaceous with Neogene ore provinces in the Alpine–Balkan–Carpathian–Dinaride collision belt
Franz Neubauer, 2002. "Contrasting Late Cretaceous with Neogene ore provinces in the Alpine–Balkan–Carpathian–Dinaride collision belt", The Timing and Location of Major Ore Deposits in an Evolving Orogen, D. J. Blundell, F. Neubauer, A. von Quadt
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Internal sectors of the Alpine– Balkan– Carpathian–Dinaride (ABCD) orogen comprise fundamentally different ore deposits along strike in three temporally and spatially distinct belts. These were formed by several short-lived, late-stage collisional processes (including slab break-off) during the Late Cretaceous and Oligocene to Neogene times. Reconstruction of Late Cretaceous (c. 92–65 Ma) collisional structures, magmatic features and mineralization reveals contrasting variations along strike, including the following.
(la) The Late Cretaceous ‘banatite’ magmatic belt, which extends from the Apuseni mountains to the Balkans, associated mainly with porphyry Cu-Au, massive sulphide and Fc Cu skarn mineral deposits. In respect to their country rocks and geodynamic setting, the magmatism is interpreted to represent either post-collisional or Andean-type calc-alkaline due to continuous subduction or break-off of the subducted lithosphere.
(lb) The Alpine–West Carpathian sector, which is characterized by strong Late Cretaceous metamorphic/deformational overprint, lack of magmatism and both syn- and late-orogenic formation of metasomatic and metamorphogenic talc, magnesite, siderite and vein- and shear zone-type Cu and As–Au due to the exhumation of metamorphic core complexes.
(2a) The Oligocene-Miocene Serbomacedonian–Rhodope metallogenic zone extends across several structural units from the Bosnian Dinarides to the Rhodopes and to Thrace. It includes both a belt with volcanic-hosted and vein-type Pb–Zn deposits and a belt of porphyry Cu–Au Mo and epithermal Au mineralization, which is more common in the south. Both belts appear to relate to microcontinent collision and associated subsequent magmatism, again possibly due to slab break-off.
(2b) Different types of mineralization were also formed along the internal Inner Carpathian and Alpine sectors during Late Oligocene to Miocene collision. In the Alps, mineralization formed due to eastward extrusion of fault-bounded blocks into the Carpathian arc. Associated mineral deposits are always related to exhumation of metamorphic core complexes and include: sub-vertical mesothermal Au-quartz veins and replacement As–Ag– Cu ore bodies within the metamorphic core complex, fault-bounded mineralization (Pb–W–Au) along low-angle ductile normal faults along the upper margins of the metamorphic core complex, mineralized (Sb–Au) strike-slip faults and sub-vertical Au Ag- Sb-bearing tension veins.
(2c) In contrast, nearly all Miocene ore deposits within the Carpathians are related to volcanic activity contemporaneous with the invasion of fault-bounded blocks into the Carpathian arc. These have been related to slab break-off and cessation of subduction. Mineral deposits include structurally controlled Au–Sb Cu–Pb–Zn ore bodies within shallow volcanic edifices, with a preference for steep tension veins parallel to the motion direction of laterally escaping crustal blocks.
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As an outcome of the European Science Foundation scientific programme, GEODE, on geodynamics and ore deposit evolution, this book examines the underlying geodynamic processes that lead to the formation of ore deposits in order to discover what controls the timing and location of major ore deposits in an evolving orogen.
A collection of 19 research papers examines various aspects of ore genesis in the context of the geodynamic processes occurring within an evolving orogen. Although the majority of papers relate to Europe, their findings have a global significance for metallogenesis.
The book will be of interest to all those involved in research or mineral exploration concerned with metallogenesis. In addition, ore deposits provide new evidence about magmatism associated with transient, rapid changes in plate motions and subduction processes in unusual tectonic settings, and are therefore of interest to those involved in both the magmatic and tectonic processes of orogenesis.