We present new high-precision geochemical and isotopic data showing that magmas related to the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP) were emplaced at the base of the continental crust in the Ivrea Zone of northwest Italy. These results significantly extend the known footprint of one of the largest examples of a large igneous province (LIP) on the planet. The La Balma–Monte Capio (LBMC) intrusion ranges from dunitic at the base to plagioclase-bearing pyroxenitic at the top. Zircons were extracted from two samples at different levels, and dated using the chemical abrasion–isotope dilution–thermal ionization mass spectrometry (CA-ID-TIMS) U-Pb method. The two weighted-mean 206Pb/238U ages at 200.5 ± 0.3 Ma and 200.1 ± 0.5 Ma indicate a short-lived magmatic system that fractionated in place. The timing of emplacement is different from that of all other mafic-ultramafic intrusions in the Ivrea Zone and is consistent with magmatism associated with the CAMP. We suggest that exposure in the Ivrea Zone provides a unique glimpse into the presently unknown character of LIP magmas at the base of the continental crust, where the emplacement of this intrusion was facilitated by its location at a lithospheric suture.

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