Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana - Vol. 29/2013

Numerical model of an ocean/continent subduction and comparison with Variscan orogeny natural data

Alessandro Regorda (a), Anna Mari a Marotta (a,b) & M. Iole Spalla (a,b)
(a) Department of Earth Sciences "Ardito Desio", University of Milan, via Mangiagalli 34, 20133, Milan, Italy. E-mail: (b) CNR-IDPA, via Mangiagalli 34, 20133, Milan, Italy.

Volume: 29/2013
Pages: 142-145


The effects of the viscous heating and the hydration of the mantle wedge on the continental crust recycling during the evolution of an ocean/continent subduction system are analysed by using a 2D finite element thermo-mechanical model. The dehydration of the oceanic slab, and the consequent hydration of the mantle wedge, is accomplished by lawsonite breakdown (Roda et al., 2010; 2011). The model shows the activation of convective cells in the mantle wedge that determine the recycling of subducted continental material. Moreover, with respect to Marotta and Spalla (2007), in which the hydration of the mantle wedge was not taken into account, much more correspondences between P-T predictions and the natural P-T estimates of the Alpine Variscan metamorphism are obtained.


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