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Metadacite crosscut by an aplitic dyke (Argentera Massif, Western Alps)

Petrology of crustal and mantle rocks

Petrologia di rocce crostali mantelliche



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 geology, geochemistry, petrology and geochronology of crustal (mainly metamorphic) and mantle rocks from distinct geodynamic settings in order to define the P-T-t conditions at which these rocks are generated and re-equilibrated. The aim is to characterize and understand the relevant petrologic processes occurring during rifting, subduction, collision and exhumation. The main studied localities are the central-western Alps.

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Fig. 1 Photomicrograph of a mesh structure in peridotite (Serie dei Laghi, Southern Alps; XPL)

Main partnerships

  • Mosca Pietro, IGG-CNR Torino, Italy
  • Froitzheim Nikolaus, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Rubatto Daniela, University of Bern, Switzerland



  • 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
  • RUBATTO D., FERRANDO S., COMPAGNONI R., LOMBARDO B. (2010): Carboniferous high-pressure metamorphism of Ordovician protoliths in the Argentera Massif (Italy), Southern European Variscan belt. Lithos, 116, 65-76. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2009.12.013

Tag: Metamorphic evolution, tectono-thermal evolution, convergent and divergent margins

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