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Serpentinite crosscut by distinct veins generations (Zermatt-Saas Zone, Western Alps)

Fluid-rock interaction in oceanic and continental lithosphere




ERC Sectors

PE10_5 - Geology, tectonics, volcanology
PE10_10 - Mineralogy, petrology, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology
PE10_11 - Geochemistry, cosmochemistry, crystal chemistry, isotope geochemistry, thermodynamics


This research is focussed on petrology, geochemistry and thermodynamics applied to fluid-rock interactions to constrain fluid release, transport, and sequestration in distinct geodynamic settings. The main cases considered are: fluids released during subduction and their role in orogenic magmatism; fluids present in lithospheric mantle that is source of intraplate magmatism; fluids released from collisional orogens; metasomatic rocks. The studied localities are: the alpine-himalayan orogen, the Dabie-Sulu orogen (China), the ethiophian rift, the Canary islands.

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Fig. 1 Trace element pattern of multiphase-solid inclusions within quartzites subducted at ultrahigh-pressure conditions (Sulu orogen, China)

Main Partnership

  • Decarlis Alessandro, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates
  • Frezzotti Maria Luce, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
  • Petrelli Maurizio, University of Perugia, Italy
  • James Connolly, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


  • FERRANDO S., PETRELLI M., FREZZOTTI M.L. (2019): Gradual and selective trace-element enrichments in slab-released fluids at sub-arc depths. Scientific Reports, 9, 16393, doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-52755-9.
  • FREZZOTTI M.L., FERRANDO S. (2018): The role of halogens in the lithospheric mantle. In D.E. Harlow & L. Aranovich (eds) The role of halogens in terrestrial and extraterrestrial geochemical processes, Springer Geochemistry, 805-845. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-61667-4_13
  • OGLIALORO E., FREZZOTTI M.L., FERRANDO S., TIRABOSCHI C., PRINCIPE C., GROPPELLI G., VILLA I.M. (2017): Lithospheric magma dynamics beneath the El Hierro Volcano, Canary Islands: insights from fluid inclusions. Bull. Volcanol., 79, 70. doi: 10.1007/s00445-017-1152-6
  • FERRANDO S., GROPPO C., FREZZOTTI M.L., CASTELLI D., PROYER A. (2017): Dissolving dolomite in a stable UHP mineral assemblage: evidence from Cal-Dol marbles of the Dora-Maira Massif (Italian Western Alps). American Mineralogist, 102, 42-60. doi: 10.2138/am-2017-5761
  • FREZZOTTI M.L., FERRANDO S. (2015): The chemical behavior of fluids released during deep subduction based on fluid inclusions. American Mineralogist, 100, 352-377. DOI:

Projects related to the Research

PRIN2017 Project - n.2017LMNLAW: "Carbon cycling and Earth control on the livable planet: connecting deep key carbon sources to surface CO2 degassing by transfer processes"

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020 - 956127 FluidNET: Fluids driving the evolution of the continental crust: influence of pathway networks, fluxes, and time scales.

Tag: metasomatism, fluid-rock interaction, carbon cycle

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