Abstract

In the Variscan Bohemian Massif (Czech Republic), no agreement has been reached on the nature of the relationship between the Teplá-Barrandian and the Moldanubian terranes. However, the Teplá-Barrandian is interpreted as a central segment separating the Moldanubian and Saxothuringian terranes and its position is therefore essential for any reconstruction of this part of the Variscan belt.

Our petrological and structural study in the Domazlice-Klatovy region spans the boundary between the Teplá-Barrandian and Moldanubian terranes. There is no conformity of ductile structures in both domains near their interface and their P–T evolution is separate in time. The development of major structures and associated metamorphism in the southwestern part of the Barrandian was accompanied by syntectonic intrusions of granitoid and diorite bodies, dated at about 520 Ma. The Moldanubian migmatites are characterized by a LP-HT metamorphism that possibly took place at about 320 Ma. The metamorphic record of the Barrandian rocks shows no influence of the Moldanubian partial melting. The contacts are marked by semi-brittle to brittle structures: sinistral strike-slip faulting developed in the Central Bohemian Shear Zone, whereas the West Bohemian Shear Zone acted as a semi-brittle normal fault with a dextral component. Both shear zones may be nearly contemporaneous, accommodating a bulk N-S compression. The Central Bohemian Shear Zone was later reactivated in a dextral regime.

Although timing is uncertain, the juxtaposition of both terranes took place probably in the waning stages of the Variscan orogeny, earlier than the late Stephanian. We argue that the late-orogenic (semi)brittle strike-slip tectonics modified considerably the face of the Bohemian Massif and the geodynamic models of the Bohemian Massif have to be reviewed with reference to this essential point.

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