SK1 - Rock-forming and accessory minerals as tracers of magmatic and metamorphic evolution of the Western Carpathians, Slovakia

Leaders: Pavel Uher (Comenius University, Bratislava; puher@fns.uniba.sk), Igor Broska (Geological Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava), Marian Janák (Geological Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava)

Practical information:
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Pre-conference: 16.08.2010 Bratislava (SK) - 20.08.2010 Budapest (HU)
  • Length: 980 km
  • Min. number of participants: 5
  • Max. number of participants: 30
  • Field trip registration fee
    • Student/young scientist: EUR 70
    • Normal: EUR 110
  • Accommodation and meals cost: EUR 190
  • Demands: Degree of physical demand is medium with some walking uphills. Weather: warm with possible rain, temperature around 20–30 °C, around 10–15 °C in caves and high mountains.
  • Means of transport: bus / van
  • Accommodation: Double room
    (for single possibilities contact Robert Hohol)
Full technical details in PDF format
Detailed itinerary in PDF format
Photo: Mount Kriváň (SK). Photo: M. Lučanský

Mount Kriváň (SK). Photo: M. Lučanský


Photo: Libethenite, Ľubietová  (4 mm large crystals associated or partly coated by pale gree pseudomalachite). Photo: M. Števko

Scientific focus (keywords): igneous petrology; metamorphic petrology; rock-forming minerals; accessory minerals; secondary copper minerals; speleology (cave visit); mining heritage; medieval monuments

The field trip documents the complex evolution of magmatic and metamorphic rocks and their principal mineralizations in the Central Western Carpathians from the oldest Paleozoic to the youngest Cenozoic events. The Paleozoic basement rocks represent mainly various metamorphic and granitic rocks with their characteristic rock-forming and accessory minerals (e.g. Bratislava granites, V-Cr mineralization in Pezinok, Modra granites and Ca-skarn, banded amphibolites, micaschists and granites of the Tatra National Park). The evolution, metamorphic and magmatic events of the pre-Alpine basement will be demonstrated. Moreover, some specific mineral associations in the Permian to Triassic rocks will be visited, e.g. lazulite and Ba-Sr phosphate mineralization in Tribeč Mts., Cu phosphate mineralization at Ľubietová (the type locality of libethenite and mrázekite), Spiš-Gemer Sn-bearing granites, Kvetnica metabasalts, Dobšiná serpentinites. The youngest volcanic events represent Miocene to Pleistocene alkali basalts and their minerals (Nová Baňa, Hajnáčka, Šomoška). The route also comprises picturesque natural monuments (high mountains, Ochtiná aragonite cave and Dobšiná ice caves, Spiš travertines) and medieval castles.

Libethenite, Ľubietová  (4 mm large crystals associated or partly coated by pale gree pseudomalachite). Photo: M. Števko


Daily programme:

Day 1 (16 Aug): Bratislava, Natural History Museum: mineral collection; Rössler quarry: granites and pegmatites - Pezinok, town: lunch; Rybníček mine: pyrrhotite-pyrite and V-Cr mineralization - Modra, Harmónia: granites, contact metapsammites - Dubová, wineyards: Ca skarn, leucogranites - Trnava: dinner, wine tasting, accommodation

Day 2 (17 Aug): Trnava - Bádice, quarry: phosphates-sulphates in metaquartzites - Banská Bystrica, town: lunch - Ľubietová, Podlipa mine: libethenite and other Cu minerals - Špania Dolina, dumps: Cu sulphide and secondary minerals; village: dinner, accommodation

Day 3 (18 Aug): Špania Dolina - Bešeňová: travertine terraces - Žiar Valley (Tatry National Park): banded amphibolites, metapelites - Liptovský Ján, town: lunch - Štrbské Pleso, Starý Smokovec, Hrebienok (Tatry National Park): granites, waterfalls - Tatranská Lomnica: dinner, accommodation

Day 4 (19 Aug): Tatranská Lomnica - Poprad, Kvetnica quarry: agate, metabasalts - Dobšiná, Ice cave: visit; near the cave: lunch; quarry: serpentinite, chrysotile - Gemerská Poloma, Dlhá Valley: cassiterite, Nb-Ta-W minerals, greisens - Betliar, castle: dinner, accommodation

Day 5 (20 Aug): Betliar: tourmaline granite- Ochtiná, Hrádok hill, Ochtiná aragonite cave: visit - Fiľakovo, town: lunch - Šomoška, castle hill: columnar basalt - Budapest (accommodation not included)

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Photo: Aragonite, Ochtiná aragonite cave. Photo: B. Šrol

Aragonite, Ochtiná aragonite cave. Photo: B. Šrol


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