Triassic sequences from ‘intermediate units’ between the Alpujárride and the Maláguide complexes (Betic Cordilleras, Spain) of the westernmost part of the Cordilleras (Casares area) occur as four superimposed tectonic units; the uppermost unit shows lithological characteristics similar to those of the Maláguide complex, changing progressively at increasing depth, towards lithologies typical of the Alpujárride complex. The units studied, with a maximum thickness of ~400 m, record important variations in metamorphic pressures, according to the b parameter of white micas: from low-pressure metamorphism (in the upper unit) to high-pressure facies series (in the deepest one). The mean b values range from 8.988 Å in the uppermost unit (Crestellina) to 9.042 Å in the lowermost one (Jubrique). The lowest metamorphic grade is represented by mineral assemblages consisting of phengite + intermediate Na-K white mica ± Fe-chlorite ± sudoite ± pyrophyllite, which record temperatures of ~300°C and pressures of 1.5–3 kbar. At increasing tectonic depth, intermediate Na-K mica and pyrophyllite disappear and the metamorphic assemblages consist of phengite ± paragonite ± margarite + Mg-chlorite ± sudoite, which record minimum pressures of ~7 kbar and temperatures in the order of 400–450°C. These mineral assemblages provide evidence of the passage from collisional to extensional geotectonic settings. The units showing different metamorphic patterns were juxtaposed tectonically, after the development of metamorphic mineral assemblages.

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