There are several K/Ar (of illite from hydrothermally altered wall rocks) and fission track age data available from the study area, but these data do not point unequivocally to a common age, and there is a risk that younger thermal processes could have affected K-Ar ages as these are relatively easy to disturb. Moreover, such data have no direct bearing on the timing of ore-forming processes.
One basic goal is to use isotope geochemical methods as a finger-print technique; i.e. to obtain isotopic signatures for ore minerals, valid at the time of ore formation, and to compare these with calculated isotopic signatures for potential source rocks, thereby constraining the type of rocks supplying metals to the ores. Fortunately, the ore mineralogy of the studied deposits is well suited for an isotopic study, and analyses will be carried out on a suite of ore and alteration mineral phases as well as on the host rock and potential source rock candidates.
In the light of new isotope data we will have a much improved picture about the mineralization processes in the Variscan granite of the Velence Mountains, and their possible links with younger hydrothermal/magmatic processes. A prime aspect of my PhD work is to investigate the tectonic control of fluid circulation processes. As the formation of mineralized veins is most likely related to tectonic activity, a knowledge of mineralization age(s), together with structural orientation data, will thus help me to model the fracture forming events in the Velence Mountains.
Another aspect of the new data is related to ore prospecting. Given that Palaeogene magmatic complexes (locally found at E-VelenceMountains, and at Recsk), in general, often are associated with gold mineralization, this knowledge may also have implications for the exploration for gold in the study area.
Finally, apart from comparisons on a regional scale, the new isotope data set in combination with other evidence available for Variscan and Alpine metallogenetic events in the Alp-Carpathian-Dinaride systems will also enable a large scale correlation and geodynamic interpretation of tectonic processes affecting the Central European region during the Alp-Carpathian orogeny.