Divergent drift of Adriatic-Dinaridic and Moesian carbonate platforms during the rifting phase witnessed by triassic MVT Pb-Zn and SEDEX deposits; a metallogenic approach

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Ladislav Palinkaš
Zhelyazko K. Damyanov
Sibila Borojević Šoštarić
Sabina Strmić Palinkaš
Irina Marinova


Early-intracontinental rifting of Pangea is result of thermal doming in Uppermost Permian time giving rise to the formation of horst-graben  structures, followed by slow subsidence, marine transgression and evaporate deposition. Consequence of incipient magmatism are numerous geothermal fields and subterrestrial hydrothermal siderite-barite-polysulfide deposits (PALINKAŠ et al, this issue). Advanced rifting magmatism as a successive stage in Middle Triassic brought intensive submarine volcanism, accompanied by coeval sedimentation of chert and siliciclastics, building up volcanogenic-sedimentary formations. Volcanic activity with explosive phases and generation of large volumes of pyroclastic rocks in the rifts produced concomitant mineralization with numerous SEDEX deposits of Fe-Mn-Ba-polysulfides. Passive continental margins flanked by the Adria-Dinaridic carbonate platform as passive continental margin of the northern Gondwanaland and Moesian carbonate platform, as a counterpart on the European passive continental margin, were divergently drifted in the coarse of the advanced rifting. A fast growing carbonate platforms, developing gradually, covered  evidences of the earlier intracontinental rifting and their ore formations. On the other hand, the carbonate platforms themselves host specific Pb-Zn deposit, well known as Mississippi valley type, (MVT) or Bleiberg-Mežica type according the traditional european terminology. Triassic MVT and SEDEX deposits are symmetrically situated on the both sides of the divergent passive margins in this early history of the Tethyan ocean.


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Ladislav Palinkaš, University of Zagreb Faculty of Science Department of Geology Horvatovac 95 10000 Zagreb


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