This book deals with the geological record and the evolution of ideas concerning the Variscan orogenic belt in France and neighboring regions.
Volume 1 is based on a general introduction concerning the imprint of the Variscan period on the geology of France, as well as on the particularities of the study of this ancient orogen. A history of the concepts applied to the Variscan belt is proposed in order to consider this orogen in the history of Earth Sciences. A paleogeodynamic analysis of the Variscan cycle sets the general framework for the evolution of the orogen, which is then tackled through the prism of the magmatic, metamorphic and tectonic record of the early phases (from Cambrian to Lower Carboniferous).
Volume 2 proposes an analysis of the late evolution of the Variscan orogenic belt, reflecting its dismantling in a high-temperature context during the Upper Carboniferous and Permian. The sedimentary archives are described, as well as the questions raised by the specificities of this ancient orogen.
1. High-Temperature Metamorphism and Syn- to Late-Orogenic Magmatism, Arnaud Villaros, Oscar Laurent, Simon Couzinie, and Jean-François Moyen.
2. Late-Orogenic Structural Reorganization of the Variscan Belt during the Upper Carboniferous, Yoann Denèle and Bryan Cochelin.
3. Sedimentary Basins and Evolution of Reliefs Associated with the Variscan Cycle in France and Adjacent Countries, Markus Aretz, Élise Nardin, Frédéric Christophoul, and Julien Denayer.
Yoann Denèle is a structural geologist, specializing in the tectonic evolution of the ductile domains of orogens.
Julien Berger is a petrologist, specializing in the magmatic and metamorphic evolution of ancient orogenic belts and magmatic arcs.
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