Tectonic plates sinking over millions of years? Megaearth-quakes & tsunamis? Global fluxes of elements?… How do stresses and energy release, via earth-quakes and fluid-mediated mass transfer, interact on such varied spatial and temporal scales (from 10-4 to 106-7 yr)? Time to ZIP (Zoom In between Plates), into the subduction plate interface!


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SIP: the ZIP Final conference

SIP: An international conference zooming on the subducting plate interface

The Subduction Interface Processes – SIP – Conference (Barcelona, April 18-21, 2017) was organized in the frame of ZIP, with contribution by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) through the Barcelona Centre for Subsurface Imaging (Barcelona- CSI). It was a very pleasant, successful meeting at the Hotel Rey Don Jaime, Castelldefels (Barcelona). The Conference aimed at bridging the gap between the various Earth Science communities and enhancing future collaborations on subduction processes. Contributions across different disciplines included surface processes, structural geology and geodynamics, petrology, rheology, geochemistry, geophysics and numerical modelling. Keynote presentations introduced each session theme, which ended with general discussion. The invited keynote speakers and leaders of the final discussions included S. Kodaira, L. Mc Neill, D. Fischer, J.M. Nocquet, S. Sobolev, K. Wang, A. Schubnel, H. Raimbourg, G. Abers and H. Marschall.

ZIP @ EGU Vienna 2016 – Visit us!

Several ZIP fellows and scientists contribute to this year’s EGU General Assembly in Vienna and will present their work between the 18th and 22nd of April. We have compiled all ZIP presentations below and are looking forward to your visit as well as fruitful discussions with you.

Monday, 18th of April


EGU2016-6438 (Poster – Session GMPV5.8/EMRP4.10/TS1.7: Pores, Cracks, Fluids & Permeability in Crustal, Magmatic and Volcanic Environments; Room L7)

Watching dehydration: transient vein-shaped porosity in the oceanic mantle of the subducting Nazca slab
Wasja Bloch, Timm John, Jörn Kummerow, Peter Wigger, Pablo Salazar, and Serge Shapiro

Tuesday, 19th of April

EGU2016-9124 (Talk – Session GD5.3/EMRP4.4/GMPV2.4/SM6.10: Subduction dynamics from surface to deep mantle; Room L1)

Accretion/underplating, detachment and exhumation: short/long-term rheology of the subduction plate interface
Philippe Agard, Samuel Angiboust, Alexis Plunder, Stéphane Guillot, Philippe Yamato, Onno Oncken, Jonas Ruh, Evgueni Burov, and Guillaume Bonnet


EGU2016-6811 (Talk – Session GD5.3/EMRP4.4/GMPV2.4/SM6.10: Subduction dynamics from surface to deep mantle; Room L1)

Insights into a fossil plate interface of an erosional subduction zone: a tectono-metamorphic study of the Tianshan metamorphic belt.
Lea Bayet, Lowen Moritz, Jilei Li, Tan Zhou, Philippe Agard, Timm John, and Jun Gao


EGU2016-14060 (Poster – Session TS2.3/EMRP4.13, Strain localization from the mid-crust to the upper mantle: brittle-ductile transition and ductile shear zones in nature, experiments and theory; Hall X2 – X2.102)

Eclogitic breccia from the Monviso meta-ophiolite complex: field and petrographic evidences of multiple-stage eclogite-facies brecciation
Michele Locatelli, Anne Verlaguet, Laura Federico, and Philippe Agard

Wednesday, 20th of April

EGU2016-4235 (Talk – Session GMPV4.4/ERE1.13: Hydrothermal systems: fluid sources and pathways, flux estimates, and economic potential; Room L7)

Li-chronometric constraints on the duration of fluid-rock interaction
Timm John, Andreas Beinlich, Stephan Taetz, Yuri Podladchikov, and Tomas Magna


EGU2016-7219 (Poster – Session GMPV1.1, Open Session on Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology and Volcanology; Hall X2 - X2.344)

Major to ultra trace element bulk rock analysis of nanoparticulate pressed powder pellets by LA-ICP-MS
Daniel Peters and Thomas Pettke

Thursday, 21st of April

EGU2016-14952 (Talk – Session TS6.1/GD6.5/SM6.17, Dynamics and Structure of the Mediterranean Collisions and Back-arcs; Room G2)

Calabrian Arc Hazards in Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas: First results from the CHIANTI cruise
Cesar R. Ranero, Valenti Sallares, Ingo Grevemeyer, Nevio Zitellini, and Chianti Scientific Parties


EGU2016-4680 (Talk – Session NH5.1, Tsunami; Room N1)

Relocation of the Mw 6.4 July 1, 2009 earthquake to the south of Crete and modeling of its associated small tsunami
Gian Maria Bocchini, Gerassimos A. Papadopoulos, Tatiana Novikova, Vassilis K. Karastathis, Aggelos Mouzakiotis, and Nikolaos Voulgaris


EGU2016-5743 (Poster – Session GMPV4.1/TS2.5, Chemo-mechanical feedback between mineral reactions, stress generation, deformation and mass transport in the presence of fluids; Hall X2 – X2.123)

Deciphering the dynamics of olivine nucleation and growth during antigorite breakdown 
Nicole Dilissen, Wolf-Achim Kahl, Carlos J. Garrido, Vicente López Sánchez-Vizcaíno, and Károly Hidas


EGU2016-13237 (Poster – Session SM5.2, Imaging and joint inversion in applied and exploration geophysics; Hall X1 - X1.253)

Improvements of Travel-time Tomography Models from Joint Inversion of Multi-channel and Wide-angle Seismic Data
Slaven Begović, César Ranero, Valentí Sallarès, Adrià Meléndez, and Ingo Grevemeyer


EGU2016-15585 (Poster – Session TS4.1/GD8.10/NH4.15/SM6.5, The Interplay between Earthquakes, the Seismic Cycle and Long-term Deformation; Hall X1 – X1.323)

Towards three-dimensional continuum models of self-consistent along-strike megathrust segmentation
Casper Pranger, Ylona van Dinther, Dave May, Laetitia Le Pourhiet, and Taras Gerya


EGU2016-13950 (Poster – Session TS6.1/GD6.5/SM6.17, Dynamics and Structure of the Mediterranean Collisions and Back-arcs (co-organized); Hall X2 – X2.13)

Similarity and Cluster Analysis of Intermediate Deep Events in the Southeastern Aegean
Marija Ruscic, Dirk Becker, Andrea Brüstle, and Thomas Meier

Friday, 22nd of April

EGU2016-9077 (Talk – Session GD7.1/EMRP4.5/TS8.5, Long-term rheological behavior of the crust and mantle inferred from observations and models at laboratory and geological time and spatial scales (in memory of E. Burov) (co-organized); Room 2.20)

Subduction in fancy: stripping young slabs as a result of similar crust-mantle rheologies
Philippe Agard, Philippe Yamato, Mathieu Soret, Cécile Prigent, Stéphane Guillot, Alexis Plunder, Benoît Dubacq, Patrick Monié, and Alain Chauvet


2nd European Mineralogical Conference (Rimini, Italy 11 – 15 September 2016) Minerals, rocks and fluids: alphabet and words of planet Earth

Dear Colleagues,

the Second European Mineralogical Conference will be held in Rimini, Italy, from 11 to 15 September, 2016. The Registration and Call for Abstracts are now open at the address http://emc2016.socminpet.it
The conference is organized on 16 themes with 42 thematic sessions. We would like to draw your attention on the following session:

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P7 Fluids and melts in the subduction factory: genesis and implications

Subduction zones are active geodynamic environments enabling crustal recycing into the mantle and generating new continental crust. Of particular importance is the slab-mantle wedge system at 40-200 km depth. It is increasingly recognized that subduction materials are modified in this region by metamorphism, metasomatism and mechanical mixing with vast implications for the physico-chemical state of subduction zones. At the plate-interface of subduction zones, fluids, melts and rocks derived from subducting lithosphere interact with depleted mantle in a region of strong chemical and physical gradients. These interactions mediate planetary-scale volatile cycling, produce arc magmas and continental crust and yield modified subducted lithosphere and mantle-wedge peridotites whose chemical signals may persist in the deep Earth for billions of years. We welcome all contributions from geochemistry, petrology, experimental, modeling and field studies that address the major processes operating in the subduction system through geologic time from trenches to depths of ~100 km and beyond.

Deadline for abstract submission is May 9

We look forward to attract your interest and see many of you at the session

Kind regards
Jörg Hermann, Timm John and Marco Scambelluri (contact: marco.scambelluri@dipteris.unige.it)

Pre-EGU ZIP Meeting in Vienna (17.04.2016)

The ZIP project will hold a meeting prior to the EGU in Vienna on April 17th and interested scientists and students are welcome to participate. This informal mini-workshop will focus on intermediate-depth seismicity but also on what plate interface lithologies might look like, how they react and deform. ZIP fellows and scientists will give insights into recent research projects and subsequent discussions are intended to foster cross-disciplinary interactions between scientists. For a detailed program please see the attached PDF file.
The meeting will take place at the Gasthaus Stafler (5 minutes walk from Meidling Hauptstrasse station (line U4)) and start at 14:30 local time.