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Palaeogeographic reconstruction of the late-Jurassic ocean-continent transition in the Canavese and Southalpine sectors

Geodynamic role of metamorphic and metasomatic processes




ERC Sectors

PE10_5 - Geology, tectonics, volcanology
PE10_10 - Mineralogy, petrology, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology


The P-T-t and fluid phase evolution of rocks from continental and oceanic lithosphere is coupled with data from other analytical methods (structural mapping, evolution of sedimentary basins, geophysical imaging) in order to identify the role of metamorphic and metasomatic processes in the development and evolution of divergent and convergent margins. This research is mainly focussed on the Alpine chain.

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Fig. 1. Model explaining the seismic evidence of carbon sequestration in the upper mantle by cold subduction and the delayed CO2 release


Main Partnership

  • Decarlis Alessandro, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates
  • Frezzotti Maria Luce, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
  • Malusà Marco, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy



  • MALUSA’ M., FREZZOTTI M.L., FERRANDO S., BRANDMAYR E., ROMANELLI F., PANZA G.F. (2018): Active carbon sequestration in the Alpine mantle wedge and implications for long-term climate trends. Scientific Reports, 8, 4740, doi. 10.1038/s41598-018-22877-7.
  • DECARLIS A., FELLIN M.G., MAINO M., FERRANDO S., MANATSCHAL G., GAGGERO L., SENO S., STUART F.M., BELTRANDO M. (2017): Tectono-thermal evolution of a distal rifted margin: constraints from the Calizzano Massif (Prepiedmont-Briançonnais domain, Ligurian Alps). Tectonics, 36, 3209-3228, doi: 10.1002/2017TC004634
  • DECARLIS A., BELTRANDO M., MANATSCHAL G., FERRANDO S., CAROSI R. (2017): Architecture of the distal Piedmont-Ligurian rifted margin in NW-Italy: hints for a flip of the rift system polarity. Tectonics, 36, 2388-2406, doi: 10.1002/2017TC004561.
  • FERRANDO S. (2012): Mg-metasomatism of metagranitoids from the Alps: genesis and possible tectonic scenarios. Terra Nova, 24, 423-436. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2012.01078.x

Research related projects:

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"

Tag: rifting, subduction, collision

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