Interactions between plutonism and detachments during Metamorphic Core Complex formation, Serifos Island (Cyclades, Greece)

Abstract : In order to better understand the interactions between plutonic activity and strain localization during metamorphic core complexes formation the Miocene granodioritic pluton of Serifos (Cyclades, Greece) is studied. This pluton (11.6-9.5 Ma) intruded the Cycladic Blueschists during thinning of the Aegean domain along a system of low-angle normal faults belonging to the south-dipping West Cycladic Detachment System (WCDS). Based on structural fieldwork, together with microstructural observations and anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS), we recognize a continuum of deformation from magmatic to brittle conditions within the magmatic body. This succession of deformation events is kinematically compatible with the development of the WCDS. The architecture of the pluton shows a marked asymmetry resulting from its interaction with the detachments. We propose a tectonic scenario for the emplacement of Serifos pluton and its subsequent cooling during the Aegean extension. (1) A first stage corresponds to the metamorphic core complex initiation and associated southwestward shearing along the Meghàlo Livadhi detachment. (2) In a second stage the Serifos pluton has intruded the dome at shallow crustal level, piercing through the ductile/brittle Meghàlo Livadhi detachment. Southwest-directed extensional deformation was contemporaneously transferred upward in the crust along the more localized Kàvos Kiklopas detachment. (3) A third stage was marked by syn-magmatic extensional deformation and strain localization at the contact between the pluton and the host rocks resulting in narrow shear zones nucleation which (4) continued to develop after the pluton solidification.
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Aurélien Rabillard, Laurent Arbaret, Laurent Jolivet, Nicole Le Breton, Charles Gumiaux, et al.. Interactions between plutonism and detachments during Metamorphic Core Complex formation, Serifos Island (Cyclades, Greece). Tectonics, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2015, 34 (6), pp.1080-1106. ⟨10.1002/2014TC003650⟩. ⟨insu-01145540⟩

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