International Journal of Earth Sciences

, Volume 105, Issue 4, pp 1175–1197 | Cite as

Variscan potassic dyke magmatism of durbachitic affinity at the southern end of the Bohemian Massif (Lower Austria)

  • Helga Zeitlhofer
  • Bernhard Grasemann
  • Konstantin Petrakakis
Original Paper


Dykes in the Strudengau area (SW Moldanubian Zone, Austria) can be mineralogically divided into lamprophyres (spessartites and kersantites) and felsic dykes (granite porphyries, granitic dykes and pegmatoid dykes). Geochemical analyses of 11 lamprophyres and 7 felsic dykes show evidence of fractional crystallization. The lamprophyres are characterized by metaluminous compositions, intermediate SiO2 contents and high amounts of MgO and K2O; these rocks have high Ba (800–3000 ppm) and Sr (250–1000 ppm) contents as well as an enrichment of large-ion lithophile elements over high field strength elements, typical for enriched mantle sources with variable modifications due to fractionation and crustal contamination. This geochemical signature has been reported from durbachites (biotite- and K feldspar-rich mela-syenites particularly characteristic of the Variscan orogen in Central Europe). For most major elements, calculated fractionation trends from crystallization experiments of durbachites give an excellent match with the data from the Strudengau dykes. This suggests that the lamprophyres and felsic dykes were both products of fractional crystallization and subsequent magma mixing of durbachitic and leucogranitic melts. Rb–Sr geochronological data on biotite from five undeformed kersantites and a locally deformed granite porphyry gave cooling ages of c. 334–318 Ma, indicating synchronous intrusion of the dykes with the nearby outcropping Weinsberger granite (part of the South Bohemian Batholith, c. 330–310 Ma). Oriented matrix biotite separated from the locally deformed granite porphyry gave an Rb–Sr age of c. 318 Ma, interpreted as a deformation age during extensional tectonics. We propose a large-scale extensional regime at c. 320 Ma in the Strudengau area, accompanied by plutonism of fractionated magmas of syncollisional mantle-derived sources, mixed with crustal components. This geodynamic setting is comparable to other areas in the Variscan belt documenting an orogenic wide extension by the end of the Carboniferous.


Late-Variscan extension Orogenic collapse Bohemian Massif Moldanubian dykes Durbachites Variscan plutonism 



We thank Andrea Mundl, Hugh Rice and Theodoros Ntaflos for stimulating discussions and coffee. In particular, Hugh Rice for the linguistic review, Monika Horschinegg and Martin Thöni for Rb–Sr analytical work and Claudia Beybel and Sigrid Hrabe for excellent thin-section preparation are grateful acknowledged. We thank Fritz Finger and Gernold Zulauf for constructive reviews of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helga Zeitlhofer
    • 1
  • Bernhard Grasemann
    • 1
  • Konstantin Petrakakis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geodynamics and SedimentologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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