Granitoid emplacement by multiple sheeting during Variscan dextral transpression: The Saint-Laurent - La Jonquera pluton (Eastern Pyrenees)

Philippe Olivier, Elena Druguet, Lina Marcela Castaño, Gérard Gleizes

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© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. The structural study of the Saint-Laurent - La Jonquera pluton (Eastern Pyrenees), a Variscan composite laccolithic intrusion emplaced in metasedimentary and gneissic rocks of the Roc de Frausa dome, by means of the anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) technique has allowed the determination of the nature and orientation of its magmatic fabrics. The magmatic foliation has a predominant NE-SW strike and the mean lineation is also NE-SW trending with a shallow plunge. A strain gradient is measured so that the tonalites to granodiorites that form the basal parts of the pluton, and are intruded into amphibolite-facies metamorphic rocks, recorded the highest anisotropies, whereas the monzogranites and leucogranites, emplaced into upper crustal, low-grade metamorphic rocks, are weakly deformed. These results point to the synkinematic sequential emplacement of multiple granitoid sheets, from less to more differentiated magmatic stages, during the Late Carboniferous D2 event characterized by an E-W-trending dextral transpression. The magmatic foliation appears locally disturbed by the effects of two tectonic events. The first of them (D3) produced mylonitization of granitoids along NW-SE retrograding shear zones and open folds in the host Ediacaran metasediments of the Roc de Frausa massif, likely during late Variscan times. Interference between D2 and D3 structures was responsible for the dome geometry of the whole Roc de Frausa massif. The second and last perturbation consisted of local southward tilting of the granitoids coupled to the Mesozoic-Cenozoic cover during the Alpine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-92
JournalJournal of Structural Geology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Alpine
  • AMS
  • Axial zone
  • Granitoid
  • Magmatic fabric
  • Magnetic fabric
  • Pyrenees
  • Saint-Laurent - La Jonquera pluton
  • Syntectonic emplacement
  • Transpression
  • Variscan


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