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Original Paper

Jiří Fiala, Friedhelm Henjes-Kunst, Hiltrud Müller-Sigmund, Zdeněk Vejnar

Lithogeochemistry and Sr-Nd isotopic composition of Neoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks of the Teplá Crystalline Complex, western Bohemian Massif: a geotectonic interpretation

Journal of Geosciences, volume 59 (2014), issue 4, 293 - 311


Clastic metasedimentary rocks from the Teplá Crystalline Complex (western Bohemian Massif) were analysed for major and trace elements, REE and Sr and Nd isotopes. The metamorphic grade of these rocks of presumed Neoproterozoic protolith age increases from SE to NW from very low-grade to amphibolite facies conditions. Geochemistry indicates that the sedimentary protoliths for the whole sequence consisted of immature (pelitic) greywackes chiefly derived from an ensialic island arc. No significant changes in composition from the lowest to the highest grade or across the strike of isograds were observed. Chemical variations between original slates and greywackes within a single locality often considerably exceed the variation among samples of different metamorphic grades or of different geographic positions. The prevailing REE spectra with distinct negative Eu anomalies show a close similarity with those of modern turbidites from ensialic island arcs. Several samples without any Eu anomaly resemble the REE patterns of less differentiated island arc andesites. LREE leaching under oxidizing conditions is suggested by several REE patterns with positive Ce anomalies. The Sm-Nd model ages TDM of samples with Ce positive anomalies are higher (TDM 1.8-2.0 Ga) than those of all other samples (TDM = 1.1-1.5 Ga). Sri for all samples is fairly constant and compatible with an assumed dominance of isotopically less evolved detrital material. Geochemical characteristics of the clastic metasediments of the Teplá Crystalline Complex are thus consistent with a model of incorporation and preservation of arc-derived sediments in a Cadomian accretionary wedge.

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