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  Information - SM6 The European Lithosphere: What do we know? (co-listed in TS; co-sponsored by ILP Task Force)

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The European lithosphere presents a mosaic of terranes covering at least 3.6 Ga of the Earth's evolution and ranging in age from the Archean-Proterozoic terranes of the East European Craton (which outcrop in the Baltic and the Ukrainian Shields), to Paleozoic orogens (the Caledonides, Variscides, and the Uralides), to presently tectonically active structures in central and southern Europe such as the Alps, the Mediterranean region, and the Pannonian Basin. The diversity of tectonic structures within Europe is as large as the age diversity: the European lithosphere includes stable platforms, continental rifts, collisional orogens with associated subduction zones, vast sedimentary basins, and regions of Cenozoic magmatism. A huge and constantly growing amount of geophysical and petrological data has been accumulated over the past decades on the structure of the crust and the lithospheric mantle of the continent.

The goal of this multi-disciplinary session is to bring together scientists working in various disciplines of geophysics and petrology to discuss and to summarize the state-of-the-art knowledge on the European lithosphere. The topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:
(1) regional geophysical models (seismic, thermal, gravity, and electrical) of the structure of the European lithosphere;
(2) studies of mantle xenoliths with implications for the structure of the European lithosphere and tectonic processes responsible for its evolution;
(3) stress regime and lithosphere deformation from GPS measurements, seismic and electric anisotropy, and mantle xenoliths;
(4) rheology of the European lithosphere, including postglacial rebound of the Baltic Shield;
(5) an interaction between the European lithosphere and mantle processes, with implications for lithospheric stability and origin of Iceland and Cenozoic magmatism in central Europe;
(6) processes controlling the long-term evolution of the European lithosphere as reflected in geophysical and geochemical data.

We invite contributions which focus on regional studies of any of the tectonic provinces of Europe as well as contributions which address crustal and upper mantle structure of the entire European continent.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers

ILP Task Force

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