In situ chemical dating of tectonothermal events in the French Variscan Belt.

Abstract : In situ U–Th–Pb geochronology on monazite using Electron Probe Micro Analyser has been performed on migmatite in the southern French Variscan Massif Central in order to decipher its complex history. After the Early Visean (340 Ma) nappe stacking, the Cévennes area experienced a regional migmatization already dated 330–325 Ma in northern Cévennes. In these rocks two monazite populations are recognized on the basis of petrology texture and geochemistry. The oldest monazite generation that appears as inclusion in K-feldspar is dated at 331 ± 4 Ma. This age complies with that of the crustal melting experienced by the Cévennes metamorphic series. The youngest monazite generation is interstitial and gives an age of 320 ± 5 Ma. A hydrothermal origin, coeval with the peraluminous magmatism that predates the formation of the Late Carboniferous Velay Dome is proposed as a working hypothesis to account for the formation of this second monazite generation.
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Eugène Be Mezeme, Michel Faure, Alain Cocherie, Yan Chen. In situ chemical dating of tectonothermal events in the French Variscan Belt.. Terra Nova, Wiley-Blackwell, 2005, 17, pp.420-426. ⟨10.1111/j.1365-3121.2005.00628.x⟩. ⟨hal-00023352⟩

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