Abstract

A magnetotelluric profile through the Central Pyrenees indicates the présence of very high conductive zones at lower crustal and upper mantle depths. High conductivity at upper mantle depths is interpreted as partial melts within subducted lower crust, whereas high conductivity at lower crustal depths is interpreted as rising magmas derived from the melting crustal slab. Such melts suggest that the continental lower crust, together with its lithospheric mantle may have been subducted into the mantle during the Pyrenean continental collision. Thus, magma generation can be related to thermal reequilibration of a subducted lower crust, a scenario that may serve as a model for understanding the late evolution of other collisional orogens.

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