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The Galicia–Ossa-Morena Zone: Proposal for a new zone of the Iberian Massif. Variscan implications

AuthorsArenas, Ricardo ; Díez Fernández, Rubén; Rubio Pascual, F. J.; Sánchez Martínez, S.; Martín Parra, L. M.; Matas, J.; González del Tánago, J.; Jiménez-Díaz, Alberto ; Fuenlabrada, J. M.; Andonaegui, P.; García-Casco, Antonio
KeywordsGalicia–Ossa-Morena Zone
New geotectonic zone
Iberian Massif
Variscan Orogen
Issue Date20-Jun-2016
PublisherElsevier
CitationTectonophysics 681: 135-143 (2016)
AbstractCorrelation of a group of allochthonous terranes (referred to as basal, ophiolitic and upper units) exposed in the NW and SW of the Iberian Massif, is used to propose a new geotectonic zone in the southern branch of the Variscan Orogen: the Galicia–Ossa-Morena Zone. Recent advances in SW Iberia identify most of the former Ossa-Morena Zone as another allochthonous complex of the Iberian Massif, the Ossa-Morena Complex, equivalent to the Cabo Ortegal, Órdenes, Malpica-Tui, Bragança and Morais complexes described in NW Iberia. The new geotectonic zone and its counterparts along the rest of the Variscan Orogen constitute an Internal Variscan Zone with ophiolites and units affected by high-P metamorphism. The Galicia–Ossa-Morena Zone includes a Variscan suture and pieces of continental crust bearing the imprint of Ediacaran–Cambrian events related to the activity of peri-Gondwanan magmatic arcs (Cadomian orogenesis). In the Iberian Massif, the general structure of this geotectonic zone represents a duplication of the Gondwanan platform, the outboard sections being juxtaposed on top of domains located closer to the mainland before amalgamation. This interpretation offers an explanation that overcomes some issues regarding the differences between the stratigraphic and paleontological record of the central and southern sections of the Iberian Massif. Also, equivalent structural relationships between other major geotectonic domains of the rest of the Variscan Orogen are consistent with our interpretation and allow suspecting similar configurations along strike of the orogen. A number of issues may be put forward in this respect that potentially open new lines of thinking about the architecture of the Variscan Orogen.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2016.02.030
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/184827
DOI10.1016/j.tecto.2016.02.030
ISSN0040-1951
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