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Timing and tectonic significance of Paleozoic magmatism in the Sakar unit of the Sakar-Strandzha Zone, SE Bulgaria

Published inInternational Geology Review, vol. 61, no. 16, p. 1957-1979
Publication date2019

Palaeozoic granitoids and meta-granitoids dominate the metamorphic basement of the Sakar unit of the Sakar-Strandzha Zone (SASTZ) in southeast Bulgaria. In this article, we present new wholerock geochemical data and U–Pb zircon geochronology for the Sakar unit granitoids. The igneous minerals and textures are preserved, except the meta-granitoids that experienced a weak amphibolite-facies overprint. Geochemistry reveals compositions of peraluminous high-K calc-alkaline Ito S-type granitoids of volcanic arc origin. A major group of LILE-LREE-enriched granitoids and meta-granitoids and a single HFSE-HREE-enriched meta-granitoid are distinguished. U–Pb geochronology has yielded crystallization ages between 305 and 295 Ma for the major group granitoids and a ca. 462 Ma crystallization age of HFSE-HREE-enriched meta-granitoid. Late Palaeozoic granitoids of the Sakar unit show similar compositions and a similar tectonic setting when compared to other granitoids of the SASTZ, confirming a uniform region-wide tectonomagmatic event. As the Late Carboniferous-Permian magmatic arc components extend across the SASTZ, they trace the time-correspondent active continental margin along the Eurasian plate during subduction of the Palaeotethys oceanic lithosphere. The late Palaeozoic Eurasian active continental margin magmatic arc evolution of the SASTZ can be extended into the Serbo-Macedonian-Rhodope zones to the west, where time equivalent meta-granitoids support the same geodynamic context.

  • U–Pb geochronology
  • Geochemistry
  • Sakar-Strandzha Zone
  • Bulgaria
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BONEV, Nikolay et al. Timing and tectonic significance of Paleozoic magmatism in the Sakar unit of the Sakar-Strandzha Zone, SE Bulgaria. In: International Geology Review, 2019, vol. 61, n° 16, p. 1957–1979. doi: 10.1080/00206814.2019.1575090
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