The Alpine belt in Corsica (France) is characterized by the occurrence of stacked tectonic slices derived from the Corsica/Europe continental margin, which outcrop between two weakly or non-metamorphic tectonic domains: the “autochthonous” domain of the Hercynian basement to the west and the Balagne Nappe (ophiolitic unit belonging to the “Nappes supérieures”) to the east. These slices, including basement rocks (Permian granitoids and their Palaeozoic host rocks), Late Carboniferous–Permian volcano-sedimentary deposits, coarse-grained polymict breccias (Volparone Breccia) and Middle Eocene siliciclastic turbidite deposits, were affected by a polyphase deformation history of Alpine age, associated with a well-developed metamorphic recrystallization. This study provides new quantitative data about the peak of metamorphism and the retrograde P–T path in the Alpine Corsica: the tectonic slices of Volparone Breccia from the Balagne region (previously regarded as unmetamorphosed) were affected by peak metamorphism characterized by the phengite + chlorite + quartz ± albite assemblage. Using the chlorite-phengite local equilibria method, peak metamorphic P–T conditions coherent with the low-grade blueschist facies are estimated as 0.60 ± 0.15 GPa and 325 ± 20 C. Moreover, the retrograde P–T path, characterized by a decrease of pressure and temperature, is evidence of the first stage of the exhumation path from the peak metamorphic conditions to greenschist facies conditions (0.35 ± 0.06 GPa and 315 ± 20 °C). The occurrence of metamorphic peak at high-pressure/lowtemperature (HP/LT) conditions is evidence of the fact that these tectonic slices, derived from the Corsica/Europe continental margin, were deformed and metamorphosed in the Alpine subduction zone during their underplating at about 20 km of depth into the accretionary wedge and were subsequently juxtaposed against the metamorphic and non-metamorphic oceanic units during a complex exhumation history.

HP/LT metamorphism in the Volparone Breccia (Northern Corsica, France): evidence for involvement of the Europe/Corsica continental margin in the Alpine subdution zone

MARRONI, MICHELE
2007-01-01

Abstract

The Alpine belt in Corsica (France) is characterized by the occurrence of stacked tectonic slices derived from the Corsica/Europe continental margin, which outcrop between two weakly or non-metamorphic tectonic domains: the “autochthonous” domain of the Hercynian basement to the west and the Balagne Nappe (ophiolitic unit belonging to the “Nappes supérieures”) to the east. These slices, including basement rocks (Permian granitoids and their Palaeozoic host rocks), Late Carboniferous–Permian volcano-sedimentary deposits, coarse-grained polymict breccias (Volparone Breccia) and Middle Eocene siliciclastic turbidite deposits, were affected by a polyphase deformation history of Alpine age, associated with a well-developed metamorphic recrystallization. This study provides new quantitative data about the peak of metamorphism and the retrograde P–T path in the Alpine Corsica: the tectonic slices of Volparone Breccia from the Balagne region (previously regarded as unmetamorphosed) were affected by peak metamorphism characterized by the phengite + chlorite + quartz ± albite assemblage. Using the chlorite-phengite local equilibria method, peak metamorphic P–T conditions coherent with the low-grade blueschist facies are estimated as 0.60 ± 0.15 GPa and 325 ± 20 C. Moreover, the retrograde P–T path, characterized by a decrease of pressure and temperature, is evidence of the first stage of the exhumation path from the peak metamorphic conditions to greenschist facies conditions (0.35 ± 0.06 GPa and 315 ± 20 °C). The occurrence of metamorphic peak at high-pressure/lowtemperature (HP/LT) conditions is evidence of the fact that these tectonic slices, derived from the Corsica/Europe continental margin, were deformed and metamorphosed in the Alpine subduction zone during their underplating at about 20 km of depth into the accretionary wedge and were subsequently juxtaposed against the metamorphic and non-metamorphic oceanic units during a complex exhumation history.
2007
Malasoma, A; Marroni, Michele
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