Upper mantle beneath neovolcanic zone of the Bohemian Massif: xenoliths and their host basalts

01.01.2009 - 31.12.2012
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Internal investigator/coinvestigator: 
Lukáš Ackerman
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is coinvestigator
External investigator/coinvestigator: 
Petr Špaček, Geofyzikální ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.
Internal collaborators: 
Jaromír Ulrych

A complex and spatially extensive study of lithospheric upper mantle of the Bohemian Massif is based on peridotite xenoliths and their host basalts. Chemical, Pb-Sr-Nd isotopic, and microfabric analyses performed on large suite of samples will show the 3-D or 4-D variation of composition, metasomatic transformation, deformation, and seismic properties of the upper mantle beneath the 500km long zone of Cenozoic neovolcanics. The results will bring basic knowledge on physico-chemical properties of the upper mantle in the Bohemian Massif, which is largely missing. The neovolcanic zone studied includes two tectonic domains with clear differences of their lithospheric structures: the Ohře Rift and the Labe/Odra Zone. The proposed research is expected to shed light on processes which led to quasi-synchronous volcanism in such contrasting regions. The spatial variations of the studied parameters of the basalts and xenoliths can indicate the interference between the Variscan terrane architecture, upper mantle structure/composition and neovolcanism.