Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 175, Issue 10, pp 3555–3568 | Cite as

Klippen Belt, Flysch Belt and Inner Western Carpathian Paleogene Basin Relations in the Northern Slovakia by Magnetotelluric Imaging

  • Dušan MajcinEmail author
  • Vladimír Bezák
  • Radek Klanica
  • Ján Vozár
  • Josef Pek
  • Dušan Bilčík
  • Josef Telecký


The paper presents the interpretation of magnetotelluric measurements along the SW–NE profile near Stará Ľubovňa (Northern Slovakia). The profile passes through the Outer Carpathian Flysch Belt, Klippen Belt and ends in the Inner Western Carpathians Paleogene NW from Ružbachy horst structure. The interpretation of the older measurements from profile Mt4 was utilized and, moreover, the 3-D geoelectrical model of studied region was constructed. The magnetotelluric data interpretations verified the northern inclination of Flysch belt structures and their smaller thickness out of Klippen Belt in direction to the Carpathian electrical conductivity zone axis. We consider this as a consequence of the flower structure—more precisely the southern branch of the suture zone related to mentioned conductivity zone. Northerly from this zone the thickness of the Outer Carpathian Flysch Belt increases and the structures have inclination to the south, i.e. to the subduction zone. The contact of Flysch Belt with Klippen Belt has a fault character and it is subvertical, slightly inclined to the North. The southern boundary between Klippen Belt and Inner Western Carpathians has also fault character and is very steep. We detect the continuation of the Ružbachy horst to the NE in the basement of Inner Western Carpathian Paleogene. The structural discordance between this horst and Klippen Belt direction is a result of younger tectonic processes. According to our results the depth distribution of the pre-Tertiary basement below the Inner Western Carpathian units is non-uniform; the basement is broken to a number of partial blocks—horsts and grabens.


Magnetotellurics Western Carpathians Klippen Belt Flysch Belt Inner Carpathian Paleogene 



We are grateful for partial support of the work by the APVV agency by means of project APVV-0724-11, APVV-16-0482, MAD 15-13 bilateral project and the Slovak Grant Agency VEGA by means of projects 2/0042/15, 2/0091/15, and 1/0141/15. The research has been financed by the program SASPRO (1947/03/01-b) and was co-funded by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions 7FP, grant agreement REA no. 609427-SK) and co-financed by the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The authors are grateful to reviewers for their valuable comments that improved the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Earth Science Institute of the Slovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of SciencesPragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Faculty of Science, Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied GeophysicsCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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