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Vysoké Tatry

The conference that will focus on recent advances in the geological research in the Western Carpathians and adjacent regions will be held in Smolenice Castle on 16-19 October 2013.

The meeting will begin with a plenary session where the most important achievements from the geological research in the Western Carpathian realm since the publication of the monograph "Geodynamic model of the Western Carpathians" (1998) will be discussed.

The conference will take place in the course of 3 days and will consist of plenary and topical sessions, and will include one short excursion to the Pezinok-Pernek tectonic line in the Malé Karpaty Mts.. We anticipate that the talks will allow the vigorous discussion of new developments and perspectives in geological studies and the definition of new goals and questions that need to be addressed in order to make a progress in the geological research in the Western Carpathians.

We invite proposals for two types of presentations: oral presentations (15 minute formal presentations and slides) and poster presentations (max. size 100cm width x 130 cm height). Plenary presentations (invited) will last 30 minutes. The official language of the conference is English. The abstracts of the conference talks and posters will be distributed at the registration desk, later a thematic issue of selected papers will be published in the journal Geologica Carpathica.

The talks that should present new ideas or views on the evolution of the Western Carpathian will be presented in three panels:

  1. Variscan evolution of the Western Carpathians

    Many new aspects of the Variscan evolution have been clarified over the last 15 years owing to the use of the array of modern isotopic and CHIME datings in the crystalline basement. Pre-Cambrian rocks have been proven in several localities and discovery of high pressure eclogites pointed to the character of a collisional event within the Variscan orogeny. Robust subduction related granite production occurred at the Devonian/Carboniferous boundary. Other granites are Permian in age and belong in two groups: orogenic and anorogenic. Evidence of low pressure and medium temperature Permian metamorphic events documented by FT datings have enlarged our knowledge of metamorphism in the West-Carpathian basement as well as low grade overprint of the crystalline basement in the Tatric unit. New facts on mineral stability in a fluid-rich-world during superimposed metamophism were used as indicators of geotectonic regimes.

  2. Alpine evolution of the Western Carpathians

    Multiple tectonic, climatic, and oceanographic events during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic significantly affected the temporal evolution of depositional environments and evolution of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the Western Carpathians and in adjacent regions that belonged to the Tethys Ocean. They include extinction events at the end of the Triassic, changes in pelagic carbonate production in the Late Jurassic and Early Creatceous, mid-Cretaceous oceanic anoxic events, and cooling on the Eocene/Oligocene boundary. These changes were also frequently connected with changes in oceanographic circulation and with changes in biogeographic distribution patterns. This panel should present contributions that focus on advances with new geochemical, paleoecological and paleobiogeographic approaches that constrain the timing and causes of these events in the Tethys Ocean.

  3. Evolution of volcanic/magmatic and hydrothermal systems

    Volcanic and magmatic processes play an important role in evolution of hydrothermal systems. However, volcanic/magmatic and hydrothermal processes are often studied as separate entities. Modern techniques of structural geology, geochronology, petrology, mineralogy and geochemistry provide tools to understand their own evolution as well as their relationship, while well known volcanic regions and ore districts of the Carpathians provide a suitable playground.
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