Multiple subduction imprints in the mantle below Italy detected in a single lava flow

I. K. Nikogosian, Ozlem Ersoy, Martin Whitehouse, Paul R.D. Mason, Cees-Jan De Hoog, Rinus Wortel, Manfed J. Van Bergen

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Post-collisional magmatism reflects the regional subduction history prior to collision but the link between the two is complex and often poorly understood. The collision of continents along a convergent plate boundary commonly marks the onset of a variety of transitional geodynamic processes. Typical responses include delamination of subducting lithosphere, crustal thickening in the overriding plate, slab detachment and asthenospheric upwelling, or the complete termination of convergence. A prominent example is the Western–Central Mediterranean, where the ongoing slow convergence of Africa and Europe (Eurasia) has been accommodated by a variety of spreading and subduction systems that dispersed remnants of subducted lithosphere into the mantle, creating a compositionally wide spectrum of magmatism. Using lead isotope compositions of a set of melt inclusions in magmatic olivine crystals we detect exceptional heterogeneity in the mantle domain below Central Italy, which we attribute to the presence of continental material, introduced initially by Alpine and subsequently by Apennine subduction. We show that superimposed subduction imprints of a mantle source can be tapped during a melting episode millions of years later, and are recorded in a single lava flow.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-19
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Early online date2 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


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