Compositional diversity in chromitites from Eastern Rhodopes (SE Bulgaria): petrogenesis and tectonic implications

Vanessa Colás, Isabel Fanlo, Fernando Gervilla, José María González-Jiménez, Thomas N. Kerestedjian

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In the Eastern Rhodopes (SE Bulgaria) the low-Al and low-Ti chromite forming chromitite bodies at Yakovitsa and Avren West massifs, and the high-Al and variable Ti chromite forming chromitite bodies at Golyamo Kamenyane (low-Ti) and Chernichevo (high-Ti) occur hosted within a representative ophiolitic mantle sequence formed in a mid-oceanic ridge, which evolved to an island arc/back-arc setting in a supra-subduction zone. Such conclusion is drawn from the diversity of MORB and boninitic affinity of the unaltered chromite cores, deduced from major element distribution in chromite and lithology of the ultramafic massifs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMineral deposit research for a high-tech world
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
EditorsErik Jonsson
Place of PublicationUppsala, Sweden
PublisherSveriges geologiska undersökning
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9789174032079
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event12th Biennial SGA Meeting: Mineral Deposit Research for a High-Tech World - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 12 Aug 201315 Aug 2013


Conference12th Biennial SGA Meeting


  • chromitites
  • major elements
  • MORB-ZSS affinity
  • Eastern Rhodopes
  • Bulgaria


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