Complex structural pattern of the Alpine-Dinaridic-Pannonian triple junction

J. Haas, P. Mioc, J. Pamić, B. Tomljenović, P. Arkai, A. Berczi-Makk, B. Koroknai, S. Kovacs, E. R. Felgenhauer

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Due to the political boundaries between the Central European countries, on one hand, and the thick Tertiary cover in the Pannonian Basin, on the other, the eastward continuation of the Alpine and Dinaridic units has been ambiguous and poorly documented. Based on comparative analyses, the aim of the present paper is to define the pre-Tertiary structural units in the junction area of the Alpine, Dinaridic, and Pannonian regions, in the SW part of the Pannonian Basin, and to draw conclusions on the continuation of the Alpine and Dinaridic units. According to diagnostic characteristics of the Periadriatic Lineament system, the Balaton Lineament system may be considered as its direct eastern continuation. North of the Periadriatic-Balaton Lineament system, the Transdanubian Range Unit, due to its pre-Tertiary paleogeographic setting, shows mainly South Alpine facies relations; however, its present structural position is identical to that of the Upper Austroalpine nappes. Between the Periadriatic-Balaton and Zagreb-Zemplin Lineament systems heterogeneous structural units are juxtaposed, forming the Sava Composite Unit. In the northern part of this composite unit non-metamorphosed nappes occur which can be considered the eastern continuation of the South Alpine units. These nappes are overthrust onto Internal Dinaridic units in the Tertiary. The Zagreb-Zemplin (Mid-Hungarian) Lineament separates the Sava Unit from the Tisza Unit showing close affinity to the Tethyan margin of the Eurasian plate during the early stage of the Alpine evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-389
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Earth Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Pannonian Basin
  • Periadriatic lineament
  • Slovenia
  • Structural units
  • Structure evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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