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The role of lower crust and continental upper mantle during formation of non-volcanicpassive margins: evidence from the Alps

Muntener, Othmar; Hermann, Joerg


The remnants of a Mesozoic passive continental margin and of the Tethyan ocean floor are preserved in the Austroalpine and Upper Penninic nappes in eastern Switzerland and northern Italy. Reconstructions of the continent-ocean transition indicate that large areas of subcontinental mantle rocks, but only limited areas of lower-crustal rocks were exposed on the Tethyan sea floor. Microstructures, large shear zones, and the retrograde metamorphic evolution of peridotite and gabbro from Malenco...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Book chapter
DOI: 10.1144/GSL.SP.2001.187.01.13


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