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- 20 May
- 21 May - Session A
- 21 May - Session B
- 21 May - Session C
- 21 May - Session D
- 22-24 May


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RCMNS Interim Colloquium - CGS Limnogeology Workshop


Stratigraphy, Geodynamics, Climate, and Diversity of Past and Recent Lacustrine Systems

20-24 May 2016, Zagreb / Croatia

Lacustrine basins are dynamic depositional systems depending on regional climate and geodynamic settings. Isolation may lead to diversification of endemic faunas that complicate biostratigraphic correlations and palaeoecological assessments. Even today, age constraints for a number of prominent lacustrine complexes are inadequately resolved. Improved time resolution relies on the thorough integration of multiproxy data.

From that reason, the Regional Committee on Mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy (RCMNS) decided to devote a special interim colloquium to this particular topic. The Dinarides area of Croatia provides the ideal geological setting of an active fold and thrust belt that separated the Mediterranean and Paratethys basins and recorded an extended history in lacustrine deposition.

The Croatian Geological Society (CGS) represented the key partner responsible for the on-site organization of this meeting, which became integrated into its CGS Limnogeology Workshop. Beside RCMNS and CGS as parent organisations, a great number of national and international scientific bodies and companies became active supporters and sponsors of the meeting – University of Zagreb (Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Science), Croatian Natural History Museum, Natural History Museum Vienna, INA-Industrija nafte, Zagreb Tourist Board, Croatian Geological Survey, International Union of Sedimentologists, and International Union of Geological Sciences.



Mediterranean and Paratethyan basins contain spectacular examples how geodynamic processes controlled duration and depositional modes in lacustrine systems. Several of the Neogene-Quaternary lakes became evolutionary hotspots. Large-scale research projects such as the Lake Ohrid deep drilling (SCOPSCO, PI Thomas Wilke), the Freshwater Gastropods of the European Neogene (FreshGEN, PI Mathias Harzhauser), the Pontocaspian biodiversity Rise and Demise (PRIDE, PI Frank Wesselingh), and the Evolution of the Paratethys (NWO, PI Wout Krijgsman) show the interest in lacustrine system and biotic evolution.

The 2016 RCMNS Interim Colloquium brought together a variety of experts and disciplines in lacustrine basin research. Stratigraphers, sedimentologists, structural geologists, paleontologists, biologists and geochemists presented their current results and shared experience. This event provided insight into the state of the art of the still underexplored field of limnogeology and put forward the initiative for integration of constantly growing limnogeological knowledge into a modern synthesis.


Venue and organisation

The interim colloquium took place at the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University of Zagreb (Pierottijeva ulica 1; Coordinates: 45.806911, 15.964327) and at the Croatian Natural History Museum (Demetrova ulica 1; Coordinates: 45.817111, 15.972306).

Organization committee included Oleg Mandic (Natural History Museum Vienna; chair), Davor Pavelić (University of Zagreb), Marijan Kovačić (University of Zagreb), Hazim Hrvatović (Federal geological survey Sarajevo), Karin Sant (University of Utrecht), and Nevena Andrić (University of Belgrade).

Scientific committee included José P. Calvo (University of Madrid), Wout Krijgsman (University of Utrecht), Mathias Harzhauser (Natural History Museum Vienna), Fabrizio Lirer (IAMC-CNR Napoli), Imre Magyar (MOL Budapest), Liviu Matenco (University of Utrecht), Werner E. Piller (University of Graz), Frank Wesselingh (Naturalis Leiden), and Thomas Wilke (University of Gießen).



Zagreb is the capitol and the largest city of Croatia with a population of c. 800,000 people. It has oceanic climate and the daily mean temperature in May is 16°C. It lies at an elevation of c. 122 m asl in the southwestern Pannonian Basin. Zagreb's historical core, dated to 1094 AD, was built on the southern slope of the inselberg Medvednica (1,033 m asl). In the late 19th century, as an important administrative center of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it started to spread extensively into the alluvial plane of the Sava River. Indeed, the city center - where the conference takes place - with its monuments and parks is a heritage of that particular time. The extant Croatia is a member of the European Union. Its currency kuna (HRK) has an exchange rate of 0.13 euro (EUR). Due to a spectacular seaside, the country belongs to the 20 most popular tourist destinations in the world.



20 May (Friday)

Excursion 1 – NW Croatia (Mt. Medvednica – Hrvatsko Zagorje – Zagreb)

Marijan Kovačić, Oleg Mandic & Bruno Tomljenović
Southern Pannonian Basin Neogene lakes – before and after the Paratethys

Bus excursion to the southwestern Pannonian Basin lacustrine deposits around Zagreb. Lacustrine deposition marks the start (early-middle Miocene, Dinaride Lake System phase) and the end (late Miocene-early Pliocene, Lake Pannon phase) of the basinal history in the region. Marine deposits of the Paratethys Sea (Middle Miocene) are intercalated in-between. Five sites will demonstrate sedimentological and paleontological contents of that lacustrine phases and explain details on their geodynamic and environmental histories.

The starting point is in front of the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, return to the same point is at 17:00. Fee includes lunch break, transportation costs and the field guide.

08:00 Departure Excursion 1 (Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering)
17:00 Arrival Excursion 1 (Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering)

Opening ceremony and welcome event – Croatian Natural History Museum

18:30 Registration
19:00 Opening ceremony

19:45 Mathias HARZHAUSER - History of European lake systems – evolution, geodynamics, and climate change (plenary lecture)

20:45 Ice breaker party and guided tours


21 May (Saturday)

Presentation program – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering

08:00 Registration

Session A. Limnogeology - Recent lakes as biotic and climate archives
Lakes are excellent paleoenvironmental and evolutionary archives. The sediment accumulation rates in lakes are much higher than in most marine settings and because of their semi-enclosed positions they are sensitive to climate changes. This allows high-resolution studies in which even fluctuations on millennial to decadal scales might be precisely evaluated. Lake environmental histories strongly depend on precipitation, evaporation, and temperature, which are then reflected in the sedimentary, geochemical and faunal records. Particularly, the ancient lake settings provide conditions where sedimentary successions may preserve a long testimony of regional climatic and biotic changes. The present session covers all aspects of limnology, biology, limnogeology, and climate research in Recent lakes.

08:30 Thomas WILKE - Drilling the oldest lake of Europe - deep-time evolutionary and environmental archive Lake Ohrid (Keynote)
09:00 Adele BERTINI - Palynology as an indicator of paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic changes at Lake Ohrid (south-eastern Europe) during the past 500 ka
09:15 Claudia WROZYNA - Shape variation in Neotropical Cytheridella using semilandmarks-based geometric morphometrics: a methodological approach
09:30 Anastasia G. YANCHILINA - The change in the elevation of the Bosporus sill during the last deglaciation and its role in the delay of the early Holocene marine transgression of the Black Sea-Lake
09:45 Slobodan MIKO - Late Quaternary Evolution of Lakes and submerged paleo-karst on the Eastern Adriatic
10:00 Elisavet GEORGOPOULOU - European Quaternary: Insights from freshwater gastropods

10:15 Coffee break & POSTER SESSION A - B
# Radmila ILIESKA - Qualitative composition of the leeches (Annelida: Hirudinea) of Prespa Lake – Republic of Macedonia
# Nikolina ILIJANIĆ - A sedimentary record of Late Pleistocene and Holocene environmental changes from lakes on the Eastern Adriatic coast
# Koraljka BAKRAČ - Lacustrine Karpatian to lowermost Badenian ostracods and palynomorphs from Sjenicak section (Croatia)
# Dániel BOTKA - Diversity of Lake Pannon molluscs in the Transylvanian Basin (Romania)
# Yesim BÜYÜKMERIÇ - New cockles (Bivalvia: Cardiidae: Lymnocardiinae) from Late Pleistocene Lake Karapinar (Turkey): discovery of a Pontocaspian refuge?
# Yesim BÜYÜKMERIÇ - A Late Pleistocene Pontocaspian refuge in the south of Turkey?
# Vivien CSOMA - Palaeoecology of Pannonian ostracod faunas from Pécs-Danitzpuszta in S Hungary: a preliminary study
# Dragana ĐURIĆ - Latonia gigantea (Anura, Alytidae) from the Middle Miocene of Lake Vracevic (Serbia)
# Gordana JOVANOVIĆ - The first paleontological records of dreissenids bivalves larvae in Sarmatian of Serbia
# Krisztina SEBE - New data on Karpatian-Badenian freshwater and brackish lacustrine sediments in the Mecsek Mts., Hungary
# Davit VASILYAN - Pliocene freshwater paleolake Jradzor, Armenia: Preliminary data

Session B. Paleobiology - Diversity and environments in past lacustrine ecosystems
Deposits of past lacustrine systems represent windows to ancient continental ecosystems. Spectacular findings have been made from lake deposits, allowing precise reconstruction of faunal and floral evolution on land. Beyond that, in long-lived, isolated conditions, the lakes provide laboratories of evolution, characterized by highly diversified endemic faunas, often displaying spectacular radiations from only a few pioneer taxa. The descendants of these opportunistic pioneers are developing outstanding strategies to conquer ecological niches far beyond the reach of their ancestors. Presentations dealing with organisms and environments related to lacustrine deposits are welcomed in this session.

11::00 Frank WESSELINGH - Evolution and biodiversity change - lessons from Amazonian and Pontocaspian Lake Basins (Keynote)
11:30 Yesim BÜYÜKMERIC - Quaternary Pontocaspian lake phases in the Marmara Sea Basin
11:45 Martin GROSS - A minute ostracod (Crustacea) from the Miocene Solimőes Formation (western Amazonia, Brazil) – Evidence for marine incursions?
12:00 Andrzej PISERA - The Biota of an Arctic Eocene Maar Lake During a Greenhouse Environment with an Emphasis on the Sponge
12:15 Gordana JOVANOVIĆ - Mollusks and ectothermic vertebrates from the Middle Miocene (Sarmatian) Lake Vracevic (Serbia)
12:30 Neubauer THOMAS - Predictors of shell size in long-lived lake gastropods

12:45 Lunch break & POSTER SESSION A-D

Session C. Stratigraphy & Historical geology
In long-lived, isolated conditions, aquatic assemblages become progressively endemic, thereby losing their stratigraphic importance. The correlation of these deposits to other regions and to the geological time scale is therefore traditionally rooted in mammal stratigraphy. Yet, the lacustrine successions commonly preserve also volcanic ash falls, allowing their radio-isotopic dating. Integration of biostratigraphic and geochronologic results with magnetostratigraphic or astrochronologic data commonly result in robust regional stratigraphic models. Carefully dated lacustrine histories, often showing much better resolution than marine ones, then can be used for evaluations in a global context. The present session focuses on the dating of lacustrine successions and their representative environmental histories.

14:00 Wout KRIJGSMAN - Dating the lake histories - integrated stratigraphy and correlation of isolated paleoenvironments (Keynote)
14:30 Karin SANT - A middle Miocene age for the Popovac Lake (Serbia): Ar/Ar dating and magnetostratigraphy in the Serbian Lake System
14:45 Miguel GARCÉS - Long-term Sedimentary Trends of Neogene Lake Systems of the Iberian Plate
15:00 Wilma WESSELS - Rodent assemblages from the early Miocene and Oligocene of Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia
15:15 Krisztina SEBE - Linking bio- and chronostratigraphy in Lake Pannon: pyroclastics and biozones in the southwestern Pannonian Basin
15:30 Ljupko RUNDIĆ - Pliocene lake deposits and the Pliocene/Quaternary boundary at the Fruška gora (Serbia): an integrated study

15:45 Coffee break & POSTER SESSION C - D
# Tomislav KUREČIĆ - Stable isotope (d13C, d18O) composition of Lake Slavonia mollusks from the Pliocene Viviparus beds in the region of Kravarsko (Cernikian, Central Croatia)
# Ljupko RUNDIĆ - Subsurface distribution model of the “post-Cardiids” Neogene of Vojvodina (northern Serbia)
# Klára PALOTÁS - Sarmatian evaporites in the Zagyva Trough (North Hungary)
# Karin SANT - Late Burdigalian sea retreat from the North Alpine Foreland Basin: new magnetostratigraphic age constraints
# Jura JANKOV - Upper Miocene sedimentation processes in Croatian part of Pannonian basin based on results of 3D seismic interpretation
# Eva MENCIN - Plio-Quaternary intramountain basins of southeastern Slovenia: first steps towards landscape evolution model
# Imre MAGYAR - Correlation of Late Miocene lacustrine to fluvial lithostratigraphic units in the Danube–Kisalföld Basin (Slovakia, Hungary)
# Marianne VAN UNEN - Structural analyses and petroleum potential along regional transects across the Dinarides mountain chains
# Dragana ŽIVOTIĆ - Organic geochemical and maceral composition of coal and shales from the Ibar cacustrine basin (south Serbia)

Session D. Geodynamics & Sedimentary systems
Origin, type and history of lake basins depend strictly on regional geodynamic settings, controlling the accommodation space of sedimentary systems. Thereby, extensional, as well as compressional tectonic regimes may provide conditions suitable for lake initiation and stability. As a result of the specific physical environment created through tectonic isolation, lacustrine basins hold increased economic values - 10% today's oil production takes place in petroleum source that formed in lakes. As a matter of fact, the most important reservoir rocks in the southern Pannonian Basin oil province are genetically bounded to lake deposits. This session will focus on the structural, sedimentological, and industrial aspects of lake basin analysis.

16:30 Liviu MATENCO - Lake basin evolution dynamics - tectonic control of depositional processes in isolated setting (Keynote)
17:00 Nevena ANDRIĆ - The link between tectonics and sedimentation in asymmetric extensional basins: inferences from the study of the Sarajevo-Zenica Basin
17:15 Doris GROß - Geodynamic controls of organic matter deposition in lacustrine basins: The case of Miocene pull-apart basins in the Eastern Alps
17:30 Krešimir KRIZMANIĆ - Lake Pannon sedimentation model in the Legrad field area (NW Croatia)
17:45 Nadja ZUPAN HAJNA - Age of karst sediments in SW Slovenia
18:00 Emö MÁRTON - Tectonically oriented paleomagnetic study of the Pag and Drnis-Sinj intramontane basins, External Dinarides

18:15 Closing ceremony & light drinks

Social Event

19:30 Social dinner in one of Zagreb's pubs


22 to 24 May (Sunday to Tuesday)

Excursion 2 – Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Plitvice – Vrana – Sinj – Livno – Tomislavgrad – Kupres – Bugojno - Kakanj)

O. Mandic, K. Sant, N. Andrić, L. Matenco, N. Horvatinčić, S. Miko, N. Ilijanić, A. Novosel, H. Hrvatović
Dinarides lakes and basins - from 18 Ma to Present

Excursion 2 will present ongoing limnogeological investigations on the past and present fresh water lacustrine environments represented since the Early Miocene in the karst valleys and intra-mountainous basins of the Dinarides (the so-called Dinaride Lake System). Results from current and ongoing research about their geodynamic, depositional, environmental, and biotic histories will be first-hand presented by its researchers and excursion guides, respectively.

The excursion starts with the World heritage site, the spectacular calcareous tufa cascades of the Plitvice lakes (picture below), situated in the largest national park of Croatia hosting more than 1 million visitors per year. It continues with Lake Vrana, located in a Dalmatian karst valley of the Adriatic coastal area, and represents the largest Croatian fresh water lake. Recent limnogeological drilling campaigns therein allowed precise reconstruction of the regional sea-level history in the Pleistocene. The end of the day will be spent in the Sinj Basin, filled by the coal bearing carbonate deposits of a long-living lake that existed there for about 3 Myrs during the Miocene Climate Optimum.

The second day will demonstrate the rise and fall of the long-lived lacustrine environments in the Livno (picture below) and Tomislavgrad basins in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Beside different sediment types such as coals, marl, carbonates, volcanic ashes and debrites, the visit to the Mio-Pliocene proboscidean site Cebara will bring insights to the complex geodynamic history of these two classical karst valleys of the External Dinarides. A fossil site with excellently preserved 15 Myr old endemic fresh water mollusks will be visited by the end of the day in the Kupres basin.

The third day will start with a visit to the open cast mine Gračanica in the Bugojno basin where large-scale outcrops show transgressive open lake marls with slump structures grading over thick lignite measures, bearing large mammal remains. The rest of the day will be spent in the region of Kakanj in the Sarajevo Basin. This is the largest Dinaride lake basin. The asymmetric extensional basin formed in the hanging-wall of a large-scale top-NNE detachment and is associated with the exhumation of the Mid-Bosnian Schists Mountains in its foot-wall. The field stops will take you from the deep lake to alluvial plains, and thereby illustrate the close connection between tectonics and sedimentation.

After the closing ceremony in the local guest house, the arrival to Zagreb is set to 21:00 at the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, that will be also the starting point of the excursion. The fee covers the field guide, transportation, hotel/pension (twin bedrooms) and boarding costs. Be aware to have a valid visa for Bosnia-Herzegovina, if necessary, before the excursion's start.

22 May 08:00 Departure Excursion 2 (Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering)
24 May 21:00 Arrival Excursion 2 (Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering)



Mandic, O., Pavelic, D., Kovacic, M., Sant, K., Andric, N., Hrvatovic, H. (eds.) 2016. Program & Abstracts. Lake - Basin - Evolution, RCMNS Interim Colloquium 2016 & Croatian Geological Society Limnogeology Workshop, 20-24 May 2016, Zagreb, Croatia. Hrvatsko geološko društvo / Croatian Geological Society. 62 pp. ISBN 978-953-95130-9-0 pdf

Mandic, O., Pavelic, D., Kovacic, M., Sant, K., Andric, N., Hrvatovic, H. (eds.) 2016. Field Trip Guidebook. Lake - Basin - Evolution, RCMNS Interim Colloquium 2016 & Croatian Geological Society Limnogeology Workshop, 19-24 May 2016, Zagreb, Croatia. Hrvatsko geološko društvo / Croatian Geological Society. 80 pp. ISBN 978-953-59036-0-4 pdf



GALLERY 1 (by Frank Wesselingh)
GALLERY 2 (by Andrzej Pisera)


Scientific committee

José P. Calvo (Univ. Madrid)
Wout Krijgsman (Univ. Utrecht)
Mathias Harzhauser (NHM Vienna)
Fabrizio Lirer (IAMC-CNR Napoli)
Imre Magyar (MOL Budapest)
Liviu Matenco (Univ. Utrecht)
Werner E. Piller (Univ. Graz)
Frank Wesselingh (Naturalis Leiden)
Thomas Wilke (Univ. Gießen)


Organization committee

Oleg Mandic (NHM Vienna)
Davor Pavelić (RGNF – Univ. Zagreb)
Hazim Hrvatović (FGZ Sarajevo)
Marijan Kovačić (PMF – Univ. Zagreb)
Nevena Andrić (Univ. Belgrade)
Karin Sant (Univ. Utrecht)


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