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An insight on the polyphase thermal history of the Ghomarides and Upper Sebtides in the Internal Rif (North Morocco) by means of Raman spectroscopy on organic matter

Andrea Schito1, Achraf Atouabat2, Rocco Calcagni2, Sveva Corrado2, David Muirhead1, Claudia Romano2, Alessandro Pozzi3, Roberto Galimberti3, and Amalia Spina4
Andrea Schito et al.
  • 1University of Aberdeen, School of Geosciences, Aberdeen, United Kingdom of Great Britain – England, Scotland, Wales (
  • 2Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Scienze, Sezione di Scienze Geologiche, Largo San Leonardo Murialdo 1, 00146 Rome, Italy
  • 3Geolog Technologies S.r.l. (GEOTech Research and Laboratory) – Viale Ortles 22/4, 20139, Milan, Italy
  • 4Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia, Via Alessandro Pascoli, 06123 Perugia, Italy

The correct assessment of maximum temperatures experienced by rocks is an essential tool to unravel the evolution of the thermal structure of the crust during the main phases of an orogenesis. Given to broad P-T stability field of classical metamorphic mineralogical indicators, maximum temperatures derived from the analyses of carbonaceous material dispersed in rocks by means of Raman spectroscopy has shown to be a suitable alternative to classical geothermometer. Initially developed for high metamorphic rocks the use of this tools has recently been extended also at lower metamorphic degree and diagenesis. This allowed us to extend the analyses of paleotemperatures experienced by rocks from Ghomarides and Sebtides from the Internal Rif in North Morocco with respect to previous works. Ghomaride and Sebtides in this portion of the Rif-Betic-Tell chain, represent respectively the upper and lower plates of a metamorphic core complex  and are composed, the first, by Paleozoic rocks with a partially preserved Mesozoic-Cenozoic cover and the second by lower Paleozoic to Triassic deep-crustal mica-schists, migmatites and granulites associated with peridotites (Beni Bousera complex).

Our data suggest that the uppermost Tiszgarine Unit of the Upper Sebtides experienced warmer condition than previously observed. Moreover, we calculate the maximum temperatures experienced by the Ghomarides  during both the Eo and Late Variscan cycles showing that differences in temperature exist among the vary units that compose the complex. Finally, in the southern area our data suggest a less severe alpine heating related to the emplacement of the Beni Bousera peridotite, than previously calculated.

How to cite: Schito, A., Atouabat, A., Calcagni, R., Corrado, S., Muirhead, D., Romano, C., Pozzi, A., Galimberti, R., and Spina, A.: An insight on the polyphase thermal history of the Ghomarides and Upper Sebtides in the Internal Rif (North Morocco) by means of Raman spectroscopy on organic matter, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-7459,, 2021.