Stratigraphic implications of the Mio-Pliocene geodynamics in the area of Mt. Avala: new evidence from Torlak Hill and Beli Potok (Belgrade, Serbia)

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Ljupko Rundić
Meri Ganic
Slobodan Knezevic
Dejan Radivojevic
Milos Radonjic

Abstract

Mt. Avala is located on the southern margin of the Pannonian basin (SPB), a border zone between the uplifted morphostructures of the Dinarides and Carpathian-Balkanides. Similar to the Pannonian basin, tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Mt. Avala area during the last 23 Ma has is characterized by syn- and post-rifting processes as well as tectonic inversion. Here, we present the results of field investigations of the Miocene‒Pliocene dynamics that led to different spatial positions of the same stratigraphic units (e.g. Badenian and Pannonian) in a relatively small area. These spatial relationships are interpreted in the context of pronounced block structures (Torlak, Beli Potok and Avala). Torlak Hill represents a horst structure with a core composed of Mesozoic rocks and hillsides composed of the Middle Miocene sediments, which are present at the surface at altitudes up to 336 metres. Nearby, there is the Beli Potok asymmetrical trough that was infilled by the late Miocene sediments. The Torlak horst and the Beli Potok trough structures are separated by the Rakovica normal fault. In some places along the fault line, several geological units are vertically displaced more than a hundred metres. For example, in borehole KGK-14, the Upper Miocene Pannonian marls are observed at a depth of 100 metres below the surface. However, only a few hundred metres away to the northeast, similar Pannonian marls are observed at the surface, at an altitude of about 210 metres. Due to the mentioned observed vertical movements along the block structures, a composite hilly relief with dominant the Torlak Hill and the Beli Potok Valley was formed.

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Ljupko Rundić, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology

Department of Regional Geology

Meri Ganic, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology

Department of Regional Geology

Slobodan Knezevic, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology

Department of Regional Geology

Dejan Radivojevic, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology

Department of Regional Geology

Milos Radonjic, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology

Department of Regional Geology