Geochronology of the so-called South Bulgarian granitoids – a review (1836–2000)

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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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This review treats the concepts concerning the age of granitoid magmatism in southern Bulgaria and considers the age assessments of the large granite intrusions in the metamorphic complexes known as “South Bulgarian granites”. In terms of the available contributions, this analysis encloses a long period, from 1836, the time of Ami Boué, the first geologist who visited Bulgarian land, to 2000. The review discusses both ideas and geochronological data on a large time-span, from the Archean to the “Tertiary”. The emphasis is on the progress of Bulgarian researchers’ views that had been made prior to the first pioneering attempts at radiological determinations (i.e., using He and Pb quantitative methods), and especially after the advent of modern equipment for radioisotope dating, based on various isotope systems (e.g., K-Ar, U-Th-Pb, Rb-Sr) and mathematical models of lead isotopes (Pb-Pb) following the basic model of “plumbotectonics” and the fission track method.
   The bulk of radioisotope data (more than 300 dates on feldspar and 500 dates on galena and other ore minerals) have been made by using the Pb-Pb method, which was introduced by Blagoy Amov and improved by the same worker via his “dynamic model of a continuous lead-isotope evolution” in the Earth’s crust. From 1969, when pegmatites that are genetically linked to granite intrusions of southern Bulgaria were dated as “Tertiary”, until 2000, all of the above-mentioned methods were tested. These methods confirmed the “Tertiary” ages of the granitoids of the Rhodope Massif and their difference in age from the Hercynian granitoids of the Srednogorie Zone. Owing to this, two groups of granitoids of dissimilar ages, previously referred to as “South Bulgarian granites”, were determined. This distinction was corroborated by varieties of mineralogical, petrological and geochemical studies, which were carried out by collaborators from the Department of Geochemistry of the Geological Institute. The “magical boundary”, defined by Acad. Strashimir Dimitrov and followed by the majority of Bulgarian geologists, that “the South Bulgarian granites are pre-Mesozoic in age, since fragments of them are present in the Permian–Triassic conglomerates of the Lozen Mountain” has been overcome, mainly due to the results of geochemical studies. Also, the absence of Archean and Proterozoic metamorphism in the Rhodope Massif has been revealed by U-Th-Pb and Pb/Pb radiogeochronological investigations. The analysis of available mineralogical, geochemical and radiogeochronological data, supported by the ages of the migmatites from Ardino area (63–32 Ma), allowed to assume that both migmatized gneisses and the South Bulgarian granites of the Rila and Rhodope Mountains, as well as the volcanic rocks and associated intrusions and ore mineralizations, were a product of a single and prolonged stage of the Alpine activation of the Rhodope crystalline complex that started during the Cretaceous.

VOLUME 46 (2)/November 2017 125th Anniversary of Acad. Strashimir Dimitrov; 70th Anniversary of the Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

University of Mining and Geology, Department of Geology and Geoinformatics, Studentski Grad, Prof. Boyan Kamenov Str., 1700 Sofia, Bulgaria; Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Ellatzite-Med PLC, 2086 Mirkovo, Sofia District, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 11, 1113 Sofia
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Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 11, 1113 Sofia

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute “Strashimir Dimitrov”, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Department of Geology, Palaeontology and Fossil Fuels, Sofia University, 15 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, Rakowiecka 4, 00-975 Warszawa, Poland
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Comenius University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Geology and Palaeontology, Mlynská dolina G–229, Ilkovičova 6, SK-84215 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
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Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, Rakowiecka 4, 00-975 Warszawa, Poland
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Institute of Geology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.l., Rozvojová, 269,165 000 Praha 6, Czech Republic

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of History, Department of Archaeology, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
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University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of History, Department of Archaeology, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
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National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Prehistory, 2 Saborna Str., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Block 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Block 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, 66 Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd, 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Faculty of Geology and Geography, Department of Geology, Palaeontology and Fossil Fuels, Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Block 24, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Block 24, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Block 24, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Block 24, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Block 24, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Block 24, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

University of Mining and Geology, Prof. B. Kamenov Str., Sofia, 1700. Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Block 24, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
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University of Mining and Geology, Prof. B. Kamenov Str., Sofia, 1700. Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Block 24, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Energy, Konrad-Lorenz-Str. 24, 3430 Tulln, Austria
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Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Energy, Konrad-Lorenz-Str. 24, 3430 Tulln, Austria
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Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Energy, Konrad-Lorenz-Str. 24, 3430 Tulln, Austria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev, Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev, Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria; Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology, ETH, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
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Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology, ETH, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev, Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev, Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria