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We investigated the petrogenetic characteristics of the Paleogene Veneto volcanic province and compared them with other intraplate magmatic occurrences of the Adria–North Africa plate since Late Cretaceous time. Veneto volcanic province magmas were erupted through a transtensional rift system that resulted from intra-plate reactions to the Alpine collisional events. The lavas, mostly basic in composition, encompass a wide range of serial affinities from (mela)-nephelinites to quartz-normative tholeiites. Nephelinites and basanites often carry spinel-peridotite mantle xenoliths that have rheologic and thermobarometric characteristics that indicate an origin from the mechanical boundary layer at depths not exceeding 50–60 km. Incompatible element patterns of...

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