Abstract

We describe a remarkably preserved assemblage of sedimentary and tectonic fabrics in cores from the Kaczawa complex, Sudetes, SW Poland. These fabrics indicate a continuum of process from repeated remobilization of Upper Devonian–Lower Carboniferous muddy flysch and volcaniclastic sediments as debris flows and olistostromes, to fracturing, fluid‐streaming and soft‐sediment injection triggered by high pore‐water pressures during the initial stages of tectonic deformation, to contractional cleavage formation and local cataclasis while the sediment was still only partially consolidated. These structures are similar to those described from ODP cores through the toes of active accretionary prisms. They indicate active subduction of oceanic crust during the Late Devonian, suggesting that ophiolite obduction and significant overthrusting in the Sudetes occurred as an integral part of the Variscan orogeny.

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