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Adamello massif, Italian Alps

Date of pluton emplacement: 42 – 31 million years ago

The Adamello massif is situated in the Italian Alps. The batholith is comprised of four plutons that were emplaced during three major growth episodes between 42 and 31 million years ago; during this time, magma was intruded into metamorphic rocks comprising the upper continental crust of the Southern Alps. Modern day exposure of the pluton extends for over 700 km2 and rock-types span gabbros and diorites to tonalites and granites. Recent CRITMAG-funded research has focussed on analysing mafic enclaves to reveal the thermal evolution of plutons during accretion.

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