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Accretion of Grenvillian terranes to the southwestern border of the Rio de la Plata craton, western Argentina

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Varela, Ricardo [1] ; Basei, Miguel A. S. [2] ; Gonzalez, Pablo D. [1] ; Sato, Ana M. [1] ; Naipauer, Maximiliano [3] ; Campos Neto, Mario [2] ; Cingolani, Carlos A. [1] ; Meira, Vinicius T. [2]
Total Authors: 8
[1] Univ Nacl La Plata, Ctr Invest Geol, CONICET, La Plata - Argentina
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Geociencias, BR-01498 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Buenos Aires, Lab Tecton Andina, Buenos Aires, DF - Argentina
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Review article
Source: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES; v. 100, n. 2-3, p. 243-272, APR 2011.
Web of Science Citations: 33

A comprehensive review of the geological, geochronological, and isotopic features of the Mesoproterozoic Grenvillian terranes attached to the southwest of the Rio de la Plata craton in Early Paleozoic times is presented in this paper. They are grouped into the northern (sierras de Umango, Maz and del Espinal and surroundings), central (Sierra de Pie de Palo, southern Precordillera and Frontal Cordillera), and southern (San Rafael and Las Matras Blocks) segments. The Mesoproterozoic basement consists mainly of arc related, intermediate to acidic and mafic-ultramafic rocks of 1,244-1,027 Ma, with juvenile, Laurentian affinity. Exception to it is the Maz Group, with a protracted history and reworked character. They are affected by 846-570 Ma, extensional magmatism in the northern and central segments, which represents the Neoproterozoic breakup of the Rodinia supercontinent. Successive passive margin sedimentation is registered in Late Neoproterozoic (similar to 640-580 Ma) and Cambro-Ordovician (similar to 550-470 Ma) times. The southern segment is noted for the younger sedimentation alone, and for showing the exclusive primary unconformable relationship between the Mesoproterozoic basement and Early Ordovician cover. The effects of Early Paleozoic Famatinian orogeny, associated with the collisions of Cuyania and Chilenia terranes, are recorded as main phase (480-450 Ma), late phase (440-420 Ma), and Chanic phase (400-360 Ma). Among them, the tectonothermal climax is the Ordovician main phase, to which klippe and nappe structures typical of collisional orogens are related in the northern and central segments. Preliminary data allow us to suggest a set of paired metamorphic belts, with an outboard high-P/T belt, and an inboard Barrowian P/T belt. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 05/58688-1 - South America in the context of supercontinents: fusion and fission
Grantee:Miguel Angelo Stipp Basei
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants