Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Solid Earth, 12, 1357–1388, 2021
Solid Earth, 12, 1357–1388, 2021

Research article 16 Jun 2021

Research article | 16 Jun 2021

Interactions of plutons and detachments: a comparison of Aegean and Tyrrhenian granitoids

Laurent Jolivet et al.

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Although viscosity of the crust largely exceeds that of magmas, we show, based on the Aegean and Tyrrhenian Miocene syn-kinematic plutons, how the intrusion of granites in extensional contexts is controlled by crustal deformation, from magmatic stage to cold mylonites. We show that a simple numerical setup with partial melting in the lower crust in an extensional context leads to the formation of metamorphic core complexes and low-angle detachments reproducing the observed evolution of plutons.