The Saxothuringian Terrane affinity of the metamorphic Stachów Complex (Strzelin Massif, Fore-Sudetic Block, Poland) inferred from zircon ages

Teresa Oberc-Dziedzic, Ryszard Kryza, Stanisław Madej, Christian Pin


The Saxothuringian Terrane defined in the western part of the Bohemian Massif is regarded to have easterly continuations in the Karkonosze–Izera Massif, the Kamieniec Ząbkowicki Belt and the Orlica–Śnieżnik Dome. All these units comprise Early Ordovician (~500 Ma) metagranites associated with mica schists. Even more to the east, ~500 Ma metagranites and metasedimentary rocks occur also in the Strzelin Massif of the East Sudetes, where they are known as the pale and dark Stachów gneisses, respectively. Altogether, these rocks form the Stachów Complex which was thrust on the Strzelin Complex of the Brunovistulicum Terrane during the Variscan Orogeny. The contribution presents lines of evidence for a Saxothuringian affinity of the Stachów Complex rocks: (1) the new SHRIMP U-Pb age data of zircons from both the pale and dark Stachów gneisses; (2) the indication that the zircon age spectra from the ~500 Ma granitoids and their accompanying metasedimentary rocks are similar to those found in other parts of the Sudetes; (3) the “Armorican” age pattern of inherited zircons of the pale Stachów gneisses, as also observed in the Saxothuringian Terrane; (4) the similarity of trace elements and Sm-Nd isotope data of the Stachów gneisses and correlative rocks from the Karkonosze–Izera Massif and the Orlica–Śnieżnik Dome.



Stachów Complex; Saxothuringian Terrane; SHRIMP zircon ages; Strzelin Massif

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