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Geochemical characteristics of metabasites in different tectonic units of the North-East-Bavarian crystalline basement

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  • Comprehensive geochemical investigations of rnetabasites yielded constraints for a correlation of, or discrimination between the different tectonic units within the northeast Bavarian crystalline basement. The Münchberg nappe pile consists of at least five large tectonic units which exhibit differences in lithology, in part also in metamorphie grade and in metamorphie history. The metabasites in each of these nappes show their own, significant geochemical characteristics. The lowermost tectonic unit, the Bavarian lithofacies, includes theComprehensive geochemical investigations of rnetabasites yielded constraints for a correlation of, or discrimination between the different tectonic units within the northeast Bavarian crystalline basement. The Münchberg nappe pile consists of at least five large tectonic units which exhibit differences in lithology, in part also in metamorphie grade and in metamorphie history. The metabasites in each of these nappes show their own, significant geochemical characteristics. The lowermost tectonic unit, the Bavarian lithofacies, includes the anchimetamorphie Ordovician Randschieferserie which contains alkaline basalts. In their geochemistry, they are sirnilar to the metabasites of the Fichtelgebirge crystalline complex in the autochthonous Saxo-thuringian. The next higher tectonic unit of the Münchberg nappe pile, the Prasinit-Phyllit-Serie contains metabasites which can be derived from subalkaline basalts with a clear calc-alkaline tendency. There is a striking geochemical resemblance to the metabasites of the Erbendorf Greenschist Zone (EGZ) underscorinq the similar lithology of both allochthonous units which appear to be in a similar tectonic position. The Randamphibolit-Serie higher up in the Münchberg nappe pile consists of metabasites with tholeiitic characteristics and a pronounced differentiation trend. The next higher tectonic unit, the Liegendserie of the Münchberg gneiss cornplex s. str., contains metagabbros to metagabbronorites with a high-Al basaltic composition. The amphibolites and banded hornblende gneisses of the overlying Hangendserie are of subalkaline basaltic character with calc-alkaline affinity. The Zone Erbendorf-Vohenstrauss (ZEV) is currently regarded as an allochthonous unit equivalent to the higher crystalline nappes of the Münchberg pile. However, the geochemical character of the metabasites do not encourage such a correlation. Neither the schistose and striped amphibolites nor the flaseramphibolites of the ZEV with their N-KORB and E-MORB character respectively, find convincing counterparts in the crystalline nappes of the Münchberg pile. However, an interestingly close resemblance exists between the schistose and striped amphibolites in the ZEV, on the one hand, and in the autochthonous Zone Tirschenreuth- Mähring (ZTM) and the adjacent Moldanubian sensu strictu, on the other. Owing to the absence of age criteria, our results cannot be used, so far, to reconstruct the paleogeographical position of the individual tectonic units, based on the geochemical characteristics of their respective metabasites.show moreshow less

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Author: Ulrich Schüssler, M. Okrusch, E. Seidel, P. Richter
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:20-opus-39221
Document Type:Book article / Book chapter
Faculties:Fakultät für Geowissenschaften (bis Sept. 2007) / Institut für Mineralogie und Kristallstrukturlehre
Language:English
Year of Completion:1989
Source:In: The German continental deep drilling program (KTB) : site-selection studies in the Oberpfalz and Schwarzwald / ed. by R. Emmermann and J. Wohlenberg. - Berlin u.a.: Springer, 1989. - ISBN: 3-540-50922-4. - (Exploration of the deep continental crust), S. 67-79.
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 55 Geowissenschaften, Geologie / 550 Geowissenschaften
Release Date:2009/11/11