Timing and evolution of Middle Triassic magmatism in the Southern Alps (northern Italy)

Storck, Julian-Christopher; Brack, Peter; Wotzlaw, Jörn-Frederik; Ulmer, Peter (2019). Timing and evolution of Middle Triassic magmatism in the Southern Alps (northern Italy). Journal of the Geological Society, 176(2), pp. 253-268. Geological Society of London 10.1144/jgs2018-123

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Middle Triassic magmatism in the Southern Alps (northern Italy) consists of widespread volcanoclastic deposits, basaltic lava flows and intrusive complexes. Despite their importance in understanding the geodynamic evolution of the westernmost Tethys, the timing of magmatic activity and the links between the different igneous products remain poorly understood. We present a comprehensive high-precision zircon U–Pb geochronology dataset for the major intrusive complexes and several volcanic ash layers and integrate this with a high-resolution stratigraphic framework of Middle Triassic volcano-sedimentary successions. The main interval of Middle Triassic magmatism lasted at least 5.07 ± 0.06 myr. Magmatic activity started with silicic eruptions between 242.653 ± 0.036 and 238.646 ± 0.037 Ma, followed by a <1 myr eruptive interval of voluminous basaltic lava flows. Coeval mafic to intermediate intrusions dated at 238.190 ± 0.055 to 238.075 ± 0.087 Ma may represent feeder and subvolcanic complexes related to the basalt flows. The youngest products are silicic tuffs from latest Ladinian to early Carnian sequences dated at 237.680 ± 0.047 and 237.579 ± 0.042 Ma. Complemented by zircon trace element data, our high-resolution temporal framework places tight constraints on the link between silicic and mafic igneous products in a complex geodynamic setting.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Storck, Julian-Christopher

Subjects:

500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology
500 Science > 560 Fossils & prehistoric life
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology

ISSN:

0016-7649

Publisher:

Geological Society of London

Language:

English

Submitter:

Julian-Christopher Storck

Date Deposited:

18 Nov 2019 16:43

Last Modified:

18 Nov 2019 18:39

Publisher DOI:

10.1144/jgs2018-123

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.135098

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/135098

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