Tectonic implications of palaeomagnetic results for the Carpatho-Balkan and adjacent areas

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From palaeomagnetic results, two different tectonic units can be recognized in the Carpatho-Balkan region and adjacent areas. The north-western unit comprises the Italian peninsula south of the Po-basin, Sardinia, the Istria peninsula of Yugoslavia, the Transdanubian Central Mountains and the Bükk Mountains in Hungary and the outer and inner West Carpathians of Czechoslovakia. The palaeomagnetic results suggest that this unit was part of the African plate in the Mesozoic and Palaeogene, but was later decoupled from Africa. The south-eastern unit is not very well defined palaeomagnetically. Palaeopoles are known from the Mecsek and Villány Mountains in Hungary, and the Papuk Mountains of Yugoslavia and North-West Bulgaria. They are similar to the poles of the same age from stable Europe but do not yet provide a coherent pattern. The palaeomagnetic results to date clearly testify to a different rotational history of this unit from the history of the African plate and the north-western unit, but more extensive palaeomagnetic studies especially on post-Palaeozoic rocks are needed to reveal the details of the movement history.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-654
Number of pages10
JournalGeological Society Special Publication
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Geology

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