, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 19–33 | Cite as

Lacustrine basin to delta evolution in the Zagorje Basin, a Pannonian sub-basin (Late Miocene: Pontian, NW Croatia)

  • Marijan KovácicEmail author
  • Jozica Zupanic
  • Ljubomir Babic
  • Davor Vrsaljko
  • Mirjana Miknic
  • Koraljka Bakrac
  • Ivan Hecimovic
  • Radovan Avanic
  • Mato Brkic
Original Article


Pontian deposits of the Zagorje Basin constitute a coarsening-upward succession, which reflects the infilling style of this Pannonian sub-basin, i.e. the progradation of clastic systems into the brackish lake. Six facies differentiated correspond to lake floor, channelled slope, distal and proximal pro-delta, distal and proximal mouth bars, and lagoon/bay to swamp and alluvial environments. The deposition in the mouth-bar area was dominated by frictional forces. The upper-stage plane-bed sands are the main mouth-bar facies, which is uncommon in the geological record. The main factors for the origin of such bars include an abundant sand supply by the high-energy fluvial system(s), low-energy of the receiving basin and shallow depositional depth. Prolonged, catastrophic floods generated sustained hyperpycnal flows, which bypassed the mouth-bar area and fed the slope/pro-delta. The high ratio between sediment supply and subsidence rate resulted in a fast moving ‘progradational wave’, which involved the entire SW Pannonian Basin, including the Zagorje Basin.


Lacustrine delta Friction-dominated effluent Mouth bars Pannonian Basin Zagorje Basin 



This work was funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Croatia through projects nos. 0181001 and 0119403. The senior author is grateful to Dr Davor Pavelic for advice and discussions. Mr R. Koscal and Mr N. Kurtanjek produced the drawings. Two anonymous reviewers provided comments, which helped in improving the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marijan Kovácic
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jozica Zupanic
    • 2
  • Ljubomir Babic
    • 3
  • Davor Vrsaljko
    • 1
  • Mirjana Miknic
    • 1
  • Koraljka Bakrac
    • 1
  • Ivan Hecimovic
    • 1
  • Radovan Avanic
    • 1
  • Mato Brkic
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geology10.000 ZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Institute of Mineralogy and Petrography, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of Zagreb10.000 ZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of Zagreb10.000 ZagrebCroatia

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