Peak-temperature patterns of polyphase metamorphism resulting from accretion, subduction and collision (eastern tauern window, european alps) - a study with raman microspectroscopy on carbonaceous material (RSCM)

A. Scharf, M. R. Handy, M. A. Ziemann, S. M. Schmid

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Raman microspectroscopy on carbonaceous material (RSCM) from the eastern Tauern Window indicates contrasting peak-temperature patterns in three different fabric domains, each of which underwent a poly-metamorphic orogenic evolution: Domain 1 in the northeastern Tauern Window preserves oceanic units (Glockner Nappe System, Matrei Zone) that attained peak temperatures (Tp) of 350-480 °C following Late Cretaceous to Palaeogene nappe stacking in an accretionary wedge. Domain 2 in the central Tauern Window experienced Tp of 500-535 °C that was attained either within an exhumed Palaeogene subduction channel or during Oligocene Barrovian-type thermal overprinting within the Alpine collisional orogen. Domain 3 in the Eastern Tauern Subdome has a peak-temperature pattern that resulted from Eo-Oligocene nappe stacking of continental units derived from the distal European margin. This pattern acquired its presently concentric pattern in Miocene time due to post-nappe doming and extensional shearing along the Katschberg Shear Zone System (KSZS). Tp values in the largest (Hochalm) dome range from 612 °C in its core to 440 °C at its rim. The maximum peak-temperature gradient (≤70 °C km-1) occurs along the eastern margin of this dome where mylonitic shearing of the Katschberg Normal Fault (KNF) significantly thinned the Subpenninic- and Penninic nappe pile, including the pre-existing peak-temperature gradient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-880
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Metamorphic Geology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013



  • Doming
  • Eastern Alps
  • High-pressure and Barrovian-type metamorphism
  • Orogen-parallel extension
  • Peak-temperature pattern
  • Raman microspectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geology

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