Orava Deep Drilling Project

Exploring the African-European suture at depth

The Carpathian Fold Belt system offers an outstanding opportunity to study the dynamics of asthenosphere and lithosphere during volcanic arc and related fore- and back-arc basin development in the context of the Alpine orogenesis. The strongly arcuate shape of the Carpathians and their magmatogenetic and tectonic evolution are driven by the interrelated processes of plates collision, subduction, slab roll-back, plate boundary retreat into a continental embayment, asthenospheric upwelling, and lateral extrusion wedges of the eastern Alps and Dinarides-Balkan orogens.

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