DEMKO, R., KRONOME, B., OLŠAVSKÝ, M. & PELECH, O., 2023: Electron microprobe dating of monazites from rhyolites of the Veľká Stožka Massif (Muráň nappe, Western Carpathians) – implications for the Permian volcanic evolution in Internal Western Carpathians. Mineralia Slovaca, 55, 1, 13 – 26.


Abstract: New results of field research, as well as petrographical and geochronological studies are presented in the form of a geological map, tectonostratigraphic scheme and new magmatic age data of monazite crystallization from the rhyolite body located on SW slopes of the Veľká Stožka Massif, Dudlavka Valley (Muráň Plateau). The rhyolite bodies in the Veľká Stožka area are tectonically incorporated into the Lower Triassic formations at the base of the Muráň nappe. The electron microprobe dating of monazites yields magmatic / volcanic age 281 ± 4.5 Ma (Artinskian – Kungurian), which complements geochronological data from the same rhyolite body below the Veľká Stožka Massif, as well as other rhyolite bodies from Telgárt, Poniky and Tisovec, which, originally erupted in a Permian volcanically active fault zone (VAFZ) geodynamical setting. The comparison of geochronological data 281 ± 4.5 Ma and 269.5 ± 1.8 Ma from the studied locality suggest a geodynamic evolution, where not only one, but several separate volcanic eruption phases acted in the original domain of rhyolitic volcanism.  The geochronological correlation of the rhyolite bodies in the Upper Hron Valley, active in time span 281–263 Ma, allowed to identify a volcanic hiatus between 280–271 Ma. Such eruptional pause correlates very well with other volcanic provinces such as Harnobis volcanogenic horizon of the North Veporic realm, the Petrova hora and Novoveská Huta Fm. of the Northern Gemericum, which erupted during hiatus of VAFZ and their activities have ended in during recovering rhyolite eruptions in VAFZ. Reactivation of rhyolitic volcanic activity in VAFZ 271–263 Ma is a result of paleostress reorganisation in Pangea lithosphere. The revealed paleovolcanic relationships highlight interconnection of paleotectonic and paleovolcanic events in the known paleotectonic units of Internal Western Carpathians during Permian.

Key words: EPMA, monazite magmatic age, Permian volcanic evolution, Muráň nappe