Buzzi, Laura and Gaggero, Laura and Oggiano, Giacomo (2008) The Santa Giusta ignimbrite (NW Sardinia): a clue for the magmatic, structural and sedimentary evolution of a Variscan segment between Early Permian and Triassic. Bollettino della Società geologica italiana, Vol. 127 (3), p. 683-695. ISSN 0037-8763. Article.
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The main volcanic rhyolitic event in NW Sardinia (Nurra) and Permo-Triassic successions outcrop between Punta Capparoni and Cala Viola, where they attain the maximum thickness (> 300 m), northwards undergo sudden reduction. In particular at Mt. Santa Giusta, the «Autunian» succession was not deposited, and the thickness of the Permo-Triassic red beds decreases to few metres above the ignimbrite that rests directly on the basement. New 40Ar-39Ar step heating technique on biotite separates gives 291.5±1.5 Ma for this event; this age is considerably older than existing radiometric data. The corresponding Lower Sakmarian age and the field relationships with the Permo-Triassic successions in Nurra to the S, allow to assess that north of Porto Ferro the Nurra basement was a structural high bounded by E-W trending faults since the Late Carboniferous-Lower Permian, and that the same faults that controlled the post-collisional Variscan extension also controlled the development of Mid Permian and Lower Triassic successions.
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