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Palaeozoic history of the Armorican Massif: Models for the tectonic evolution of the suture zones

Valérie Bosse
Pavel Pitra

Abstract

The Armorican Massif (western France) provides an excellent record of the Palaeozoic history of the Variscan belt. Following the Late Neoproterozoic Cadomian orogeny, the Cambro-Ordovician rifting was associated with oceanic spreading. The Central- and North-Amorican domains (which together constitute the core of the Armorica microplate) are bounded by two composite suture zones. To the north, the Léon domain (correlated with the ''Normannian High'' and the ''Mid-German Crystalline Rise'' in the Saxo-Thuringian Zone) records the development of a nappe stack along the northern suture zone, and was backthrusted over the central-Armorican domain during the Carboniferous. To the south, an intermediate block (''Upper Allochthon'') records a complex, polyorogenic history, with an early high-temperature event followed by the first generation of eclogites (Essarts). This intermediate block overthrusts to the north the Armorica microplate (Saint-Georges-sur-Loire), to the south: (i) relics of an oceanic domain; and (ii) the Gondwana palaeomargin. The collision occurred during a Late Devonian event, associated with a second generation of eclogites (Cellier).

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insu-00392779 , version 1 (09-06-2009)

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Michel Ballevre, Valérie Bosse, Céline Ducassou, Pavel Pitra. Palaeozoic history of the Armorican Massif: Models for the tectonic evolution of the suture zones. Comptes Rendus Géoscience, 2009, 341 (2-3), pp.174-201. ⟨10.1016/j.crte.2008.11.009⟩. ⟨insu-00392779⟩
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