Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Solid Earth, 11, 437–467, 2020
Solid Earth, 11, 437–467, 2020

Research article 03 Apr 2020

Research article | 03 Apr 2020

Cenozoic deformation in the Tauern Window (Eastern Alps) constrained by in situ Th-Pb dating of fissure monazite

Emmanuelle Ricchi et al.

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Short summary
This study investigates Cenozoic deformation during cooling and exhumation of the Tauern metamorphic and structural dome, Eastern Alps, through Th–Pb dating of fissure monazite-(Ce). Fissure (or hydrothermal) monazite-(Ce) typically crystallizes in a temperature range of 400–200 °C. Three major episodes of monazite growth occurred at approximately 21, 17, and 12 Ma, corroborating previous crystallization and cooling ages.