Structural, petrologic, and thermobarometric data presented in this paper contribute to our understanding of the tectono-metamorphic evolution of the lowest tectonic slices of the Aspromonte Massif (southern Calabria, Italy), which crop out in three main tectonic windows. Despite previously being considered different units, they exhibit the following similar features: the same tectonic evolution, analogous blasto-deformation relationships, and absence of Hercynian mineralogical assemblage relics. Similar P-T paths indicate early HP-LT Meso-Alpine metamorphism (400-600° C at 0.95-1.35 GPa), evolving in the Oligocene-Miocene toward a subsequent retrograde shearing event ranging from 480° to 610°C and 0.50 to 0.95 GPa. The latest retrograde evolution is characterized by 350-480°C and 0.32-0.62 GPa. In this new tectonic framework, it is proposed to group the metapelite sequences defining the Madonna di Polsi Unit. Data presented herein suggest that the pre-Alpine geodynamic setting of southern Calabria was a thinned continental margin made up of Hercynian basement and Mesozoic terrigenous-carbonate sedimentary cover. This continental margin evolved during the early Meso-Alpine stage into a subduction zone beneath the European plate, followed by Neo-Alpine syn-convergent exhumation along a deep-seated mylonitic shear zone. These processes are responsible for the Alpine metamorphic overprint on the Hercynian terranes, as well as for Alpine metamorphism of their Mesozoic cover.

Alpine Metamorphism in the Aspromonte Massif: Implications for a new Framework for the Southern Sector of the Calabria-Peloritani Orogen, Italy

PEZZINO, Antonino
Primo
Conceptualization
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FAZIO, EUGENIO
Formal Analysis
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FIANNACCA, PATRIZIA
Writing – Review & Editing
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ORTOLANO, GAETANO
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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PUNTURO, Rosalda
Data Curation
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CIRRINCIONE, ROSOLINO
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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2008

Abstract

Structural, petrologic, and thermobarometric data presented in this paper contribute to our understanding of the tectono-metamorphic evolution of the lowest tectonic slices of the Aspromonte Massif (southern Calabria, Italy), which crop out in three main tectonic windows. Despite previously being considered different units, they exhibit the following similar features: the same tectonic evolution, analogous blasto-deformation relationships, and absence of Hercynian mineralogical assemblage relics. Similar P-T paths indicate early HP-LT Meso-Alpine metamorphism (400-600° C at 0.95-1.35 GPa), evolving in the Oligocene-Miocene toward a subsequent retrograde shearing event ranging from 480° to 610°C and 0.50 to 0.95 GPa. The latest retrograde evolution is characterized by 350-480°C and 0.32-0.62 GPa. In this new tectonic framework, it is proposed to group the metapelite sequences defining the Madonna di Polsi Unit. Data presented herein suggest that the pre-Alpine geodynamic setting of southern Calabria was a thinned continental margin made up of Hercynian basement and Mesozoic terrigenous-carbonate sedimentary cover. This continental margin evolved during the early Meso-Alpine stage into a subduction zone beneath the European plate, followed by Neo-Alpine syn-convergent exhumation along a deep-seated mylonitic shear zone. These processes are responsible for the Alpine metamorphic overprint on the Hercynian terranes, as well as for Alpine metamorphism of their Mesozoic cover.
continental margin, exhumation, metamorphism, metapelite; P-T conditions; Calabria Italy
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