Geochemistry and mineralogy of Rotliegend metavolcanic mafic rocks from Poland: pervasive low-grade metamorphism versus parent rock signature
Published:January 01, 2004
Elżbieta Dubińska, Paweł Bylina, Bogusław Bagiński, Grzegorz Kaproń, Andrzej Kozłowski, 2004. "Geochemistry and mineralogy of Rotliegend metavolcanic mafic rocks from Poland: pervasive low-grade metamorphism versus parent rock signature", Permo-Carboniferous Magmatism and Rifting in Europe, M. Wilson, E.-R. Neumann, G. R. Davies, M. J. Timmerman, M. Heeremans, B. T. Larsen
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Permian volcanic rocks from the Gorzów Wielkopolski region (NW Poland), although pervasively altered by low-grade metamorphism, still preserve the geochemical characteristics of continental mafic volcanic rocks formed by partial melting of an enriched mantle source. The metamorphic assemblage comprises corrensite, pumpellyite, laumontite, quartz and chalcedony, albite, calcite and solid bitumen (major components). Petrological studies combined with microthermometric determinations indicate a low-pressure zeolite-greenschist-facies transitional zone metamorphic grade with a clockwise (pressure-temperature) P-T path: earliest event 140–210 °C and 630–760 bar; metamorphic peak 220–300 °C and 950 bar; youngest episode: T ⩾ 130 °C and 630–760 bar.
The metamorphism of the Rotliegend volcanic rocks is generally ascribed to penetration of upwelling fluids released from clastic rocks underlying the extrusive Permian unit. However, the ubiquitous occurrence of anhydrite in the altered volcanic rocks suggests an influence of pore water from the overlying Zechstein evaporite sequence. The source of metamorphic heat can be tentatively assigned to abnormal heat flow and/or exothermic reactions during magmatic mineral alteration processes. Dating of metamorphism in neighbouring areas suggests an Upper Jurassic thermal event related to the upwelling of a mantle diapir during the initiation and early evolution of the North Atlantic rift.
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Permo-Carboniferous Magmatism and Rifting in Europe
Widespread extension occurred within the Variscan orogen and its northern foreland during Late Carboniferous to Early Permian times. This was associated with magmatism and with a fundamental change, at the Westphalian-Stephanian boundary, in the regional stress field, coincident with the termination of orogenic activity and onset of dextral translation between North Africa and Europe. Rifting propagated across basement terranes with different ages and thermal histories. Most of the rift basins developed on relatively thin lithosphere; however, the highly magmatic Oslo Graben initiated within the edge of a craton. Early Stephanian regional uplift is contemporaneous with the onset of magmatism, inviting speculation that it might have been induced by a thermal anomaly within the upper mantle. The contributions to this volume suggest that the geodynamic setting in which magmatism occurred was complex, involving wrench tectonics, slab detachment, and delamination or thermal erosion of the base of the lithosphere.