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Inherited Ocean-Continent Transition zones in deeply subducted terranes: Insights from Alpine Corsica

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Abstract

In the Schistes Lustres of Alpine Corsica (France) serpentinized mantle rocks are associated with continental basement and meta-volcanic/-seclimentary cover rocks. The relationships among these different lithologies are especially well exposed in the Monte San Petrone unit, where Alpine metamorphism reached lawsonite-eclogite conditions. The contact between serpentinites and slivers of continental basement, relatively flat-lying over several kilometers, is characterized by evidence of cataclastic deformation pre-dating Alpine High-Pressure ductile fabrics. The serpentinite/continental basement pair is stratigraphically overlain by metasediments with a typical Jurassic-Cretaceous supra-ophiolitic lithostratigraphy, with metaradiolarites passing upward to marbles and cal cschists. Noticeably, no evidence of cataclastic deformation is found in metasediments. These observations indicate that the lithostratigraphy of the Monte San Petrone unit was established during a pre-Alpine polyphase evolution, which culminated in extensive brittle deformation along a flat-lying detachment fault prior to the deposition of Jurassic sediments. We suggest that the inferred Mesozoic extensional tectonics were related to the opening of the Westem Tethys. The Mesozoic architecture of the Monte San Petrone area, which is typical of an Ocean-Continent Transition (OCT) zone, was preserved despite Alpine deformation and metamorphism, when the different lithologies (i.e. meta-ophiolites, continent-derived rocks and metasediments) underwent a common metamorphic evolution, culminating at T=490-550 degrees C and P= 2.2-2.6 GPa. Similar tectonostratigraphic associations are observed in other high-pressure terranes of Alpine Corsica, suggesting that inherited OCT-type domains may be common in Alpine-type orogens.

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hal-00617744 , version 1 (30-08-2011)

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A. Vitale Brovarone, Marco Beltrando, Jacques Malavieille, Francesco Giuntoli, Ermete Tondella, et al.. Inherited Ocean-Continent Transition zones in deeply subducted terranes: Insights from Alpine Corsica. Lithos, 2011, 124 (3-4), pp.273-290. ⟨10.1016/j.lithos.2011.02.013⟩. ⟨hal-00617744⟩
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