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Core samples of metamorphic rocks from the Sarkadkeresztúr Basement High (Békés-Codru Unit, Tisza Mega-unit) were examined, consisting mainly of two-feldspar augengneiss, garnet-andalusite-staurolite-bearing micaschist and paragneiss. The protolith of the plagioclase-microcline-augengneiss was found to be S-type granite (syenogranite) of unknown age. According to the major element analyses the protoliths of the studied metagranitoids of this basement can be classified as a syenogranite of metaluminous and peraluminous character displaying subalkaline affinity and a calcic granitic composition. The REE patterns are characterized by a slight enrichment of the light REEs and negative Eu and Yb anomalies. On the basis of discrimination diagrams for major and trace elements, the studied rocks were formed in a syn-collisional (continent-continent collision zone) tectonic environment. The low-pressure amphibolite facies metamorphism, which affected this basement, can be assigned to the Variscan.

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Central European Geology
Elemér Pál-Molnár
Luca Kiri
Réka Lukács
István Dunkl
Anikó Batki
Máté Szemerédi
Enikő Eszter Almási
Edina Sogrik
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Szabolcs Harangi


The timing of Triassic magmatism of the Ditrău Alkaline Massif (Eastern Carpathians, Romania) is important for constraining the tectonic framework and emplacement context of this igneous suite during the closure of Paleotethys and coeval continental rifting, as well as formation of back-arc basins.

Our latest geochronological data refine the previously reported ages ranging between 237.4 ± 9.1 and 81.3 ± 3.1 Ma. New K/Ar and U–Pb age data combined with all recently (post-1990) published ages indicate a relatively short magmatic span (between 238.6 ± 8.9 Ma and 225.3 ± 2.7 Ma; adding that the most relevant U–Pb ages scatter around ∼230 Ma) of the Ditrău Alkaline Massif. The age data complemented by corresponding palinspastic reconstructions shed light on the paleogeographic environment wherein the investigated igneous suite was formed.

The magmatism of the Ditrău Alkaline Massif could be associated with an intra-plate, rift-related extensional tectonic setting at the southwestern margin of the East European Craton during the Middle–Late Triassic (Ladinian–Norian) period.

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