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New paleomagnetic constraints for the large-scale displacement of the Hronic nappe system of the Central Western Carpathians

Márton, Emő and Madzin, Jozef and Plašienka, Dušan and Grabowski, Jacek and Bučová, Jana and Aubrecht, Roman and Putiš, Marián (2020) New paleomagnetic constraints for the large-scale displacement of the Hronic nappe system of the Central Western Carpathians. Journal of Geodynamics, 141-42. ISSN 0264-3707

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Abstract

The thin-skinned Hronic nappe system represents the structurally highest tectonic unit in the Late Cretaceous thrust-stack of the Central Western Carpathians. It mostly comprises a Permian volcano-sedimentary sequence and Triassic carbonate sediments which crop out in different parts of the Central Western Carpathians. We carried out a systematic paleomagnetic study on 24 Permian and 20 Triassic localities geographically distributed over 300 km in W-E direction. Several samples from each locality were drilled and oriented in-situ and specimens cut from them subjected to standard paleomagnetic and magnetic mineralogy experiments. The results were evaluated using principal component analysis, statistical evaluation of the characteristic remanences, and applying inclination-only and tilt tests. We documented the pre-tilting age of remanences for the majority of both the Permian and Triassic age groups. However, the latter was interpreted as remagnetized during the Cretaceous Normal Super-Chron in the course of nappe stacking between 90-80 Ma. The Permian group is exhibiting about 70°, the Triassic about 34° clockwise vertical axis rotations with respect to the present north. There is no indication in our data set for oroclinal bending of the Hronic Unit. We interpret the difference in clockwise rotations (about 36°) between Permian and 90-80 Ma as a clockwise block rotation taking place during major extensional and/or compressive events between stable Europe and Africa. Taking into consideration the well-documented counterclockwise rotation observed for the overstep sequences in the Central Western Carpathians and in the Pieniny Klippen Belt, the remagnetization of the Triassic sediments was closely followed by about 94° clockwise rotation. Research in progress will serve to decide if this large clockwise rotation involved the whole Central Carpathian nappe stack or part of this was due to the thin-skinned nappe emplacement of the Hronic Unit.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok > QE01 Geophysics / geofizika
Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok > QE03 Geodynamics / geodinamika
Depositing User: Emő Márton
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2020 10:14
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2020 10:14
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/117553

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