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Title: Quantifying deformation processes in the SE Pyrenees using U-Pb dating of fracture-filling calcites
Author: Cruset Segura, David
Vergés i Masip, Jaume
Albert, Richard
Gerdes, Axel
Benedicto Esteban, Antonio
Cantero, Irene
Travé i Herrero, Anna
Keywords: Calcita
Falles (Geologia)
Faults (Geology)
Issue Date: 7-Sep-2020
Publisher: The Geological Society
Abstract: It is difficult to quantify the timing of the deformation processes in brittle fold-thrust belts because minerals suitable for dating and well-preserved growth strata sediments are scarce or absent. Here, we quantify the duration of thrust sheet emplacement and shortening rates in the SE Pyrenean thrust sequence using U-Pb dating of fracture-filling calcites. The obtained U-Pb dates reveal a minimum duration for the emplacement of each thrust unit (18.7 Ma for the Bóixols-Upper Pedraforca, 11.6 Ma for the Lower Pedraforca and 14.3 Ma for the Cadí thrust sheets) and show that piggy-back thrusting was accompanied by post-emplacement deformation of the upper thrust sheets above the lower sheets during their south-directed tectonic transport. We calculated shortening rates of 0.6, 3.1 and 1.1 mm a−1 from the older to younger emplaced thrust sheets. Our results also reveal the formation of local normal faults during the late Oligocene as a result of the late stages of compression and exhumation in the SE Pyrenees. We observed that temperatures >110 °C could be a limiting factor when applying the U-Pb dating method.
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It is part of: Journal of the Geological Society, 2020, vol. 177, p. 1186-1196
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ISSN: 0016-7649
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