Elements: Shedding Light on the European Alps

May 06, 2021

The European Alps are one of the most studied orogens worldwide. New research has brought into question long-established paradigms of Alpine evolution. This issue provides a petrological, geochemical, and tectonic overview of the Alpine orogeny, from rifting and spreading to subduction and collision and, finally, to postcollisional uplift and erosion. Also discussed are the current debates regarding the origins of (ultra-)high pressure metamorphism, the origins of syncollisional magmatism, and the evolution of rifting and ocean spreading.

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