Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
Solid Earth, 10, 1581–1595, 2019
Solid Earth, 10, 1581–1595, 2019

Research article 20 Sep 2019

Research article | 20 Sep 2019

Miocene basement exhumation in the Central Alps recorded by detrital garnet geochemistry in foreland basin deposits

Laura Stutenbecker et al.


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ED: Publish as is (19 Aug 2019) by Kei Ogata
ED: Publish as is (20 Aug 2019) by Elias Samankassou(Executive Editor)
Short summary
The Aar and Mont Blanc regions in the Alps are large granitoid massifs characterized by high topography. We analyse when these granitoids were first exhumed to the surface. We test this by tracking specific garnet grains, which are exclusively found in the granitoid massifs, in the sediments contained in the alpine foreland basin. This research ties in with ongoing debates on the timing and mechanisms of mountain building.