The surface response, in terms of drainage pattern changes, to the Cretaceous geodynamic reorganization of the Andean subduction zone between 36 degrees S and 41 degrees S is reconstructed through the geochronology-based provenance study of alluvial detrital zircons. The age spectra obtained by 500 spot U-Pb ages record an eastward provenance of detritus coming from the foreland during the Early Cretaceous backarc extensional stage, followed by westward-sourced clastics coming from the Cordillera during the Cenomanian. This drainage pattern reversal fits the regional unconformity in the sedimentary record that is linked to the geodynamic reorganization of the continental margin from an extensional to a compressional regime, forcing the Neuquen Basin to evolve from a retroarc to a foreland stage. After this inversion, the elastic systems progressively returned to be mainly fed by the foreland, due to the uplift of the peripheral bulge as a consequence of the Late Cretaceous thrust front migration. This tectonic evolution of the Neuquen Basin and the related response of the drainage pattern are thought to he the surface expression of the dip decrease of the Benioff subduction zone.
|Titolo:||Detrital zircon provenance from the Neuquen Basin (south-central Andes): Cretaceous geodynamic evolution and sedimentary response in a retroarc-foreland basin|
|Parole Chiave:||Southwestern Gondwana; tectonic evolution; U-PB; Argentina; geochronology; deformation; Patagonia|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore GEO/08 - Geochimica e Vulcanologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||giu-2012|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1130/G33052.1|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|