The Alpine chain exposed in the Western Mediterranean area represents a front several kilometres in width, dismembered by more recent tectonics and by opening of the Tyrrhenian Basin. In most exposures of this mountain belt, relics of older metamorphic rocks occur. The deformational sequence of events may be revealed by the recognition of metamorphic records associated with different structures.Within a tract of the Alpine front cropping out in the Peloritani Mountains (NE Sicily), we distinguished two metamorphic complexes characterized by different tectonometamorphic histories. Their present tectonic juxtaposition is a cataclastic thrust linked to the recent Africa-verging Sicilian–Maghrebian fold-and-thrust belt. The Lower Complex is characterized by Hercynian metamorphism (P > 0.2 GPa and T ≈ 350◦C) exclusively. It essentially consists of very low-grade metapelites and metavolcanic rocks overlain by an unmetamorphosed sedimentary cover. The Upper Complex, comprising different tectonic slices, consists of medium- to high-grade Hercynian metamorphic rocks (P =0.3–0.8 GPa and T up to 650◦C) with Alpine metamorphic overprint (T > 250◦C) affecting also the Mesozoic–Cenozoic cover. Lithotypes, structures, and inferred P–T conditions of investigated rocks suggest the existence of an Alpine accretionary wedge during the Cretaceous deformational collision.Within the Upper Complex, a polyphase Palaeogene mylonitic horizon involving rocks belonging to different tectonic slices fully preserves the tectonometamorphic evolution. For this reason, we focused our attention on these sheared rocks in order to reconstruct the entire tectonic history of this geologically complex area. Our new basic model allows the complex structure of the nappe-pile edifice of the Peloritani Mountains to be simplified, casting new light on the tectonic evolution of this key sector of the southern Calabrian-Peloritani Orogen.
|Titolo:||Fault-related rocks: Deciphering the structural-metamorphic evolution of an accretionary wedge in a collisional belt, NE Sicily|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Citazione:||Fault-related rocks: Deciphering the structural-metamorphic evolution of an accretionary wedge in a collisional belt, NE Sicily / Cirrincione R; Fazio E; Ortolano G; Pezzino A; Punturo R. - In: INTERNATIONAL GEOLOGY REVIEW. - ISSN 0020-6814. - 54:8(2012), pp. 940-956.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|