The VENTS Project

 

VOLCANIC SYSTEMS

WITHIN THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN

PERMOCARBONIFEROUS

INTERMONTANE BASINS

AND THEIR BASEMENT

 

LUSATIA – SILESIABOHEMIA

 

 

 

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VENTS PROJECT OUTLINE

 

During the Late Carboniferous – Early Permian, the northern margin of the Bohemian Massif was characterized by the formation of tectonically controlled, continental, intermontane basins and by strong volcanic activity. Volcanic and subvolcanic products of this post-orogenic, predominantly silica-rich, calc-alkaline magmatism are intercalated within the sedimentary fill of the intermontane basins, like the Intra-Sudetic Basin, the North-Sudetic Basin, the Karkonosze Piedmont Basin and the Döhlen Basin, in southern Poland, northern Czech Republic and eastern Saxony, respectively. In addition, plutonic to subvolcanic igneous bodies cropping out in uplifted crystalline basement blocks, like the Lusitanian Block in eastern Saxony and the Karkonosze-Izera Block in Poland and the Czech Republic, provide insights into the deeper levels of the Permo-Carboniferous magmatic and volcanic systems of the area.

 

The VENTS project was initiated in 2006. Originally planned for 6 years, it has recently been extended till 2018. The project groups earth scientists carrying out research in the fields of geology, paleaovolcanology, petrology, geochemistry and mineralogy, involved in studies of Permo-Carboniferous magmatism in Central Europe. The studies focus in the northern part of the Bohemian Massif and adjacent areas of Silesia and Lusatia, where excellent exposure of the Late Palaeozoic volcanic successions and deeper-level intrusive bodies facilitates detailed studies of both regional and general significance. The VENTS project provides a platform for contacts, communication, collaboration, exchange of ideas and meetings of scientists. However, the project involves also MSc and PhD students – within the VENTS framework students may actively develop their interests and skills, participate in workshops and courses, and undertake professional research.

 

The VENTS project has been supported by German Research Foundation (DFG), the Wroc³aw University, the Warsaw University, the Adam Mickiewicz University, the Jagiellonian University, the Mineralogical Society of Poland, and the Czech Geological Survey.

 

© VENTS    M.Awdankiewicz  C.Breitkreuz  V.Rapprich