Plašienka D., Putiš M., Soták J. & Méres Š., 2017: Are we still far from a reliable solution? Comment on “Structural position of the Upper Cretaceous sediments in the Považský Inovec Mts. (Western Carpathians)”. Acta Geologica Slovaca, 9, 1, 35–38.


Are we still far from a reliable solution? Comment on “Structural position of the Upper Cretaceous sediments in the Považský Inovec Mts. (Western Carpathians)”

Dušan Plašienka1, Marián Putiš2, Ján Soták3 & Štefan Méres4

1Department of Geology and Palaeontology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina, Ilkovičova 6, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia; plasienka@fns.uniba.sk
<2Department of Mineralogy and Petrology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina, Ilkovičova 6, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia; putis@fns.uniba.sk
3Earth Science Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Geological Division, Workplace Ďumbierska 1, 974 01 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia; sotak@savbb.sk
4Department of Geochemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina, Ilkovičova 6, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia; meres@fns.uniba.sk

Abstract

The protracting debate about the position and tectonic affiliation of the Upper Jurassic to Upper Cretaceous sediments occurring in the Považský Inovec Mts has got a revived impulse by a new interpretation presented in the recent paper of Pelech et al. (2016). We discuss several aspects of their alternative explanation which considers the wedge-top position of Upper Cretaceous strata overlying the Tatric substratum, with Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous rocks occurring as olistoliths. In particular, we question the inferred transgressive character of the Upper Cretaceous clastic deposits and the olistolithic nature of Upper Jurassic radiolarites, as well as we emphasize the metamorphic imprint and related deformation structures recorded in rocks under consideration.


Key words: Western Carpathians, Považský Inovec Mts, Tatricum, Vahicum, Belice Unit


Manuscript received: 2016-11-19

Revised version accepted: 2017-04-28


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