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Eastwards migration of the Tuscan anatectic magmatism due to anticlockwise rotation of the Apennines


AT the northern apex of the Tyrrhenian Sea, two mountain chains face each other displaying opposite vergence: the Corsican alpine chain and the Northern Apennines (Fig. 1). The Corsican alpine chain consists of both oceanic and continental nappes transported towards the West which are assumed to have derived from the peeling off of European, Tethyan and African (Austroalpine domains) lithosphere sectors. The age of metamorphism and orogenic transport towards the European foreland is mainly Cretaceous–Palaeogene. We present here an interpretation of the available data on post-collision continental anatectic magmatism in the Tuscan province (Italy) in the light of geodynamic evolution of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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CIVETTA, L., ORSI, G., SCANDONE, P. et al. Eastwards migration of the Tuscan anatectic magmatism due to anticlockwise rotation of the Apennines. Nature 276, 604–606 (1978).

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