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Diachronous late-stage exhumation across the western Alpine arc; constraints from apatite fission-track thermochronology between the Pelvoux and Dora-Maira Massifs

Pierre Tricart, Peter van der Beek, Stephane Schwartz and Erika Labrin
Diachronous late-stage exhumation across the western Alpine arc; constraints from apatite fission-track thermochronology between the Pelvoux and Dora-Maira Massifs
Journal of the Geological Society of London (January 2007) 164 (1): 163-174

Abstract

We present new apatite fission-track (AFT) data from the central western Alps that confirm the synchronicity and high cooling rates during Latest Miocene-Pliocene final exhumation of the External Crystalline Massifs but also provide evidence for diachronous Neogene evolution along and across the internal arc. To the SE of the Pelvoux Massif, across the front of the internal arc (Penninic Frontal Thrust), the jump in AFT ages (c. 22 Ma) and in final cooling rates is significantly larger than further north. This difference results from reversal of movement along a major Oligocene thrust. In its hanging wall, the western Brianconnais Zone provides a mean AFT age of c. 27 Ma, which is older than further north. Early cooling in the southern Brianconnais Zone would result from rapid erosion of the compressional fan structure built during the Oligocene. Across the entire Brianconnais and Piemont nappe stack, with the exception of the Dora-Maira Massif, AFT ages young eastward and span the entire Miocene, a period during which this structure underwent extension. Further north a reverse gradient with ages younging northwestward has been described, prompting the question of the asymmetry of the internal western Alpine arc during its late-stage tectonic and morphological evolution.


ISSN: 0016-7649
EISSN: 2041-479X
Coden: JGSLAS
Serial Title: Journal of the Geological Society of London
Serial Volume: 164
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Diachronous late-stage exhumation across the western Alpine arc; constraints from apatite fission-track thermochronology between the Pelvoux and Dora-Maira Massifs
Affiliation: Universite Joseph Fourier, Laboratoire de Geodynamique des Chaines Alpines, Grenoble, France
Pages: 163-174
Published: 200701
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
References: 64
Accession Number: 2007-008442
Categories: GeochronologyStructural geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch maps, 2 tables, sects.
N44°40'00" - N45°10'00", E06°10'00" - E07°19'60"
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 200704
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