HR1 - Triassic magmatism within the Adriatic-Dinaric carbonate platform

Leaders: Ladislav Palinkaš (University of Zagreb, lpalinkas@geol.pmf.hr), Vladimir Bermanec (University of Zagreb)

Practical information:

  • Duration: 4+ days
  • Post-conference: 27.08.2010 Budapest (HU) / Zagreb (HR) - 01.09.2010 Split (HR) / Budapest (HU)
  • Length: Zagreb-Split (bus, 380 km), sea cruise 150 km (ship).
  • Min. number of participants: 5
  • Max. number of participants: 10
  • Field trip registration fee
    • Student/young scientist: EUR 150
    • Normal: EUR 200
  • Accommodation and meals cost: EUR 200
  • Demands: Physical demands are medium, but those susceptible to seasickness should bring their medicins. In addition to the usual field equipment light clothes, hat and sunglasses against strong sunshine and raincoat against rain are required.
  • Means of transport: bus / van, boat
  • Accommodation: Double room
    (for single possibilities contact Robert Hohol)
Full technical details in PDF format
Detailed itinerary in PDF format
Photo: Alkaline dyke, Jabuka Islet (HR)
Alkaline dyke, Jabuka Islet (HR)


Scientific focus (keywords): igneous petrology; within-plate magmatism; carbonate platform; alkaline gabbro; phreatomagmatic lava flows; gem quality prehnite; speleology (cave visit); Mid-Adriatic islands

The Adriatic carbonate platform is considered as a passive continental margin of Gondwana. The Middle Triassic was a time of intensive rifting magmatism, which is evidenced in the Inner Dinarides by huge masses of extrusive and intrusive basaltoid rocks within volcano-sedimentary formations. The presence of igneous activity on the carbonate platform is scarce but evident at several places, like Fušine, Senj, Knin localities on the mainland and on the Vis, Jabuka and Brusnik islands in the midst of the Adriatic sea. The host rocks are carbonates, clastics and evaporites. Besides rock-forming minerals the basaltoid rocks contain secondary hydrothermal minerals like pumpellyite, prehnite, calcite, quartz etc. The unusual shape of the intrusions and Nature's beauties are the special attractions of the field trip.


Daily programme:

Day 0 (27 Aug): Budapest - Zagreb - Samobor (small town close to Zagreb): accommodation.

Day 1 (28 Aug): Samobor: departure by bus - passing the Dinarides in the mountainous area Gorski Kotar; Fužine near Rijeka: andesite body in the carbonate host rocks of the Dinaric-Adriatic carbonate platform; driving through the Vratnik pass, via Senj and Zadar  - National park "Krka river": Visit to the scenic water-falls - and natural beauties. Accommodation in an eco-village Lećevica, near Split.

Photo: Biševo island,

Day 2 (29 Aug): Split harbour: departure to Vis island by ferry- Vis island: landing at the fisherman village of Komiža, examination of the submarine lava flow along the beach, search for gemstone quality prehnite, leisure afternoon (bathing, visit of pubs and the local fishermen museum). Dinner and accommodation in private apartments at Komiža.

Day 3 (30 Aug): Komiža: departure by boat - Biševo island: visit to the spectacular submarine "Blue cave", illuminated through underwater opening by sunlight - Brusnik islet: examination of igneous intrusion with potassic dykes, conglomerates with fossils, endemic flora and fauna - Svetac island: cruising around the island, landing, late afternoon leisure with barbecue, bathing, walking across the Robinson-like island with vineyards and forests. Overnight stay on the boat surrounded by mysterious voices of night birds.

Day 4 (31 Aug): Svetac island: departure by boat - Jabuka islet: attempts for successful landing on the steep, unfriendly, wave-stroked coast rocks, climbing the igneous gabbro pyramide (96 m), observation of intrusion phenomena; return to the Vis island - Komiža: Dinner and accommodation in private apartments.

Day 5 (1 Sept): Vis island: departure by ferry - Split: departure by bus - Zadar - Velebit Mts. - Zagreb - Budapest.

The marine part of the program might be subject to slight changes depending on the sea weather conditions.

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Biševo island,  "Blue Cave" (HR)


Map of the field trip with the key locations:


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