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The two-stage Aegean extension, slow-localized vs fast-distributed

Jean-Pierre Brun
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Frédéric Gueydan
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Dimitrios Sokoutis
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Anouk Beniest
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Aegean extension is a process driven by slab rollback that since 45 Ma shows a two-stage evolution. From 45 to13 Ma it is accommodated by localized deformation leading to i) the exhumation of high-pressure metamorphicrocks from mantle to crustal depths, ii) the exhumation of high-temperature rocks in core complexes and iii) thedeposition of Paleogene sedimentary basins. Since 13 Ma, extension is distributed over the whole Aegean domaingiving a widespread development of onshore and offshore Neogene sedimentary basins. The 3D reconstruction atAegean scale of this two-stage evolution shows that the rate of trench retreat was around 0.6 cm/y during the first30 My and then accelerated up to 3.2 cm/y during the last 13 My. Using available tomographic evidence, timingof metamorphic and sedimentary processes, paleomagnetic data and geometry and kinematics of deformation, wepropose that the sharp transition in trench retreat and deformation mode, localized vs distributed, at 13 Ma wascontrolled to slab tearing. Moreover, the development of dextral NE-SW strike-slip faults and related pull-apartbasins in the North Aegean domain, from the Cyclades to the Rhodope, strongly suggests that this sharp transitionalso corresponds to the onset of Anatolia westward escape.


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insu-01137631 , version 1 (31-03-2015)


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Jean-Pierre Brun, Frédéric Gueydan, Konstantinos Kydonakis, Melody Philippon, Dimitrios Sokoutis, et al.. The two-stage Aegean extension, slow-localized vs fast-distributed. European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2015, European Geoscience Union, Apr 2015, Vienne, Austria. ⟨insu-01137631⟩
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