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dc.contributor.authorDusséaux, Camille
dc.contributor.authorGébelin, Aude
dc.contributor.authorRuffet, Gilles
dc.contributor.authorMulch, Andreas
dc.contributor.otherFaculty of Science & Engineeringen_US

Received 9 September 2020 Received in revised form 17 May 2021 Accepted 13 June 2021 Available online xxxx Editor: J.-P. Avouac Keywords: stable isotope paleoaltimetry meteoric fluids shear zone detachment Variscan Carboniferous 1. Introduction The Variscan belt, extending from South America to East Asia through North America and Central Europe, is a Himalayan-type collision belt that resulted from protracted convergence between the Laurentia-Baltica and Gondwana lithospheric plates between ∼ 410 and ∼ 310 Ma (e.g. Matte, 2001). This extensive mountain belt exposes vast amounts of granites, migmatitic complexes and granulite facies rocks and is considered a “hot orogen” character- ized by crustal thickening, syntectonic crustal melting, high-grade metamorphism, and syn- to post-convergence gravitational col- lapse (Fig. 1; e.g. Gébelin et al., 2009; Vanderhaeghe et al., 2020). * Corresponding author. E-mail address: (C. Dusséaux). 0012-821X/© 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. abstract We present the first stable isotope paleoaltimetry estimates for the hinterland of the eroded Variscan Belt of Western Europe based on the hydrogen isotope ratios of muscovite from syntectonic leucogranites that have been emplaced at ∼ 315 Ma. We focus on the Limousin region (Western Massif Central, France) where peraluminous granites are spatially associated with strike-slip and detachment shear zones that developed as a consequence of Late Carboniferous syn- to post-orogenic extension. In this region, we show that the north-east corner of the Millevaches massif (located at the junction between brittle and ductile fault systems) represented a pathway for Earth surface-derived fluids that penetrated the crust and reached the ductile segment of the low-angle Felletin detachment zone. Using microstructural, thermometry, hydrogen isotope and 40Ar/39Ar geochronological data, we show that these Variscan meteoric fluids interacted with hydrous silicates during high temperature deformation between ∼ 318 and 310 Ma. For paleoaltimetry purposes, we reference our hydrogen isotope record (δD) of ancient meteoric fluids from mylonitic rocks to ∼ 295 Myr-old records retrieved from freshwater shark remains preserved in the Bourbon l’Archambault basin that developed in the external zones of the orogen. A ∼ 76􏰁 difference in δDmeteoric water values between the Millevaches massif (δDmeteoric water value = − 96 ± 8􏰁) and the Bourbon l’Archambault foreland basin (δDwater value = − 20 ± 6􏰁) is consistent with paleoaltimetry estimates of 3.4 ± 0.7 km based on a modern lapse rate of ∼ -22􏰁/km for δDwater values. The rather large difference in δD values between the foreland basin and the continental interior suggests that the hinterland of the Variscan belt of western Europe was high enough to act as a barrier to moisture transport from the south-south-east and induce an orographic rain shadow to the north.

dc.publisherUniversity of Plymouthen
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dc.subjectStable Isotope Paleoaltimetryen_US
dc.subjectVariscan Belt of Western Europeen_US
dc.subjectDetachment zonesen_US
dc.subjectMeteoric Fluidsen_US
dc.titleLate Carboniferous paleoelevation of the Variscan Belt of Western Europeen_US

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