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Abstract

Oxygen and strontium isotopic ratios belonging to Late Cretaceous volcaniclastic deposits of the Haţeg Basin, South Carpathians, are documented here for the first time. The analyses performed on mineral concentrates suggest that associated magmas account for an assimilation–fractional crystallization trend with 87Sr/86Sr ratios of between 0.705 and 0.706, and a large range of δ18O up to 16‰, and a trend with higher 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.707–0.708) but lower δ18O (8.2–7.9‰) values for leucrocratic minerals, such as plagioclase and sanidine. The Sr–O modelling of the main trend, using mafic minerals (pyroxene and amphibole), indicate 1–3% source contamination associated with up to 20% crustal assimilation. Hydrogen isotopic composition of amphiboles, biotite and groundmass do not confirm any significant involvement of an external fluid, either hydrothermal or diagenetic.

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