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  1. P- T- t constraints on the development of the Doi Inthanon metamorphic core complex domain and implications for the evolution of the western gneiss belt, northern Thailand

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    Macdonald, A. S.; Barr, S. M.; Miller, B. V.; Reynolds, P. H.; Rhodes, B. P.; Yokart, B.

    2010-01-01

    The western gneiss belt in northern Thailand is exposed within two overlapping Cenozoic structural domains: the extensional Doi Inthanon metamorphic core complex domain located west of the Chiang Mai basin, and the Mae Ping strike-slip fault domain located west of the Tak batholith. New P- T estimates and U-Pb and 40Ar/ 39Ar age determinations from the Doi Inthanon domain show that the gneiss there records a complex multi-stage history that can be represented by a clockwise P- T- t path. U-Pb zircon and titanite dating of mylonitic calc-silicate gneiss from the Mae Wang area of the complex indicates that the paragneissic sequence experienced high-grade, medium-pressure metamorphism (M1) in the Late Triassic - Early Jurassic (ca. 210 Ma), in good agreement with previously determined zircon ages from the underlying core orthogneiss exposed on Doi Inthanon. Late Cretaceous monazite ages of 84 and 72 Ma reported previously from the core orthogneiss are attributed to a thermal overprint (M2) to upper-amphibolite facies in the sillimanite field. U-Pb zircon and monazite dating of granitic mylonite from the Doi Suthep area of the complex provides an upper age limit of 40 Ma (Late Eocene) for the early stage(s) of development of the actual core complex, by initially ductile, low-angle extensional shearing under lower amphibolite-facies conditions (M3), accompanied by near-isothermal diapiric rise and decompression melting. 40Ar/ 39Ar laserprobe dating of muscovite from both Doi Suthep and Doi Inthanon provided Miocene ages of ca. 26-15 Ma, representing cooling through the ca. 350 °C isotherm and marking late-stage development of the core complex by detachment faulting of the cover rocks and isostatic uplift of the sheared core zone and mantling gneisses in the footwall. Similarities in the thermochronology of high-grade gneisses exposed in the core complex and shear zone domains in the western gneiss belt of northern Thailand (and also in northern Vietnam, Laos, Yunnan

  2. The structural setting and deformation associated with pseudotachylite occurrences in the Palala Shear Belt and Sand River Gneiss, Northern Transvaal

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    Brandl, G.; Reimold, W. U.

    1990-01-01

    Two occurrences of shear-related pseudotachylite from the Limpopo Metamorphic Province are described. In particular, the structural setting as well as deformation textures in pseudotachylite inclusions and host rocks are presented for these occurrences in gabbroic anorthosite from the Palala Shear Belt and dioritic to granodioritic rocks from the Sand River Gneiss locality. The Palala Shear Belt is a 13 km wide zone of intensely mylonitized rocks of the Beit Bridge and Bushveld Complexes, situated at the southern boundary of the Central Zone of the Limpopo Metamorphic Province. The Sand River Gneiss comprises a bimodal suite of high-grade dioritic and granodioritic rocks which were subjected to at least three periods of deformation. In the context of comparisons between pseudotachylites from different geological settings (i.e. cryptoexplosion structures, meteorite craters and tectonic settings) the major results are as follows: (1) The deformation phenomena associated with pseudotachylite formation as recorded in quartz and feldspar, occurring as inclusions or at the host rock contact, are undulatory extinction in quartz, brecciation, mechanical twinning and kinking of plagioclase, and characteristic formation of irregular and planar (Vredefort-type) fractures, the latter occurring in quartz. (2) Frequency distributions of crystallographic orientations of planar fractures and their annealed manifestation (planar fluid inclusion trails) are very similar for the Vredefort structure, the Sudbury structure, the Johannesburg dome, the Witwatersrand basin and the Limpopo pseudotachylites. It is therefore concluded that planar fractures in quartz are the typical microdeformation associated with pseudotachylite, irrespective of the geological setting of the latter. Planar fractures alone do not provide unambiguous information on the genesis of the structure in which they are found.

  3. Structure, age, and regional significance of syntectonic augen gneisses in the Pan-African Zambezi belt, south-central Zambia

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    Hanson, R.E.; Wilson, T.J.; Wardlaw, M.S.

    1985-01-01

    The Pan-African Zambezi belt in Zambia contains two major augen gneiss units that are elongated parallel to regional strike. These were previously regarded as slices of sialic basement structurally interleaved with Katangan metasedimentary rocks. New field and geochronologic evidence suggests that the gneisses are syntectonic granites intruded as large concordant sheets during main-phase (D/sub 1/) Pan-African deformation. A pervasive, horizontal or shallowly plunging mineral lineation on S/sub 1/ in the gneisses indicates that the parent granites were injected along major zones of transcurrent shear. The northern gneiss unit shows local discordant contacts against, and contains xenoliths of, adjacent Katangan rocks. Large, partly polygonized K-spar augen in the gneiss are wrapped around by S/sub 1/ and offset by microfractures antithetic to S/sub 1/. Finer grained granites intruding the gneiss are penetratively foliated to nondeformed, indicating that they were injected at various times relative to D/sub 1/. In the more intensely deformed southern gneiss unit, local pods of protomylonitic flaser gneiss grade into mylonites containing asymmetric K-spar augen set in a dynamically recrystallized matrix. U-Pb analyses of four fractions plus an air-abraded split of one fraction form a normal linear discordance pattern with an upper intercept of 820 +/- 7 Ma, taken as the age of igneous crystallization. Comparison with other available geochronologic data indicates that this age dates main-phase deformation in the Zambezi belt, and that deformation in the supposedly continuous Damaran belt to the SW was significantly younger.

  4. Metamorphism of Proterozoic agpaitic nepheline syenite gneiss from North Singhbhum Mobile Belt, eastern India

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    Goswami, Bapi; Basu, Swades Kumar

    2013-08-01

    Sushina nepheline syenite gneisses of Early Proterozoic North Singhbhum Mobile Belt (NSMB), eastern India suffered regional metamorphism under greenschist-amphibolite transitional facies condition. The Agpaitic Sushina nepheline syenite gneisses consist of albite, K-feldspar, nepheline (close to Morozewicz-Buerger composition), aegirine, biotite, epidote, piemontite, sodalite, cancrinite, natrolite and local alkali amphibole. Accessory phases include zircon, hematite, magnetite, rare pyrochlore and occasional eudialyte and manganoan calcic zirconosilicates. Mineral chemistry of albite, K-feldspar, nepheline, aegirine, alkali amphibole, natrolite and zirconium silicate minerals are described. The detailed textural features together with chemical data of some minerals indicate metamorphic overprint of these rocks. A new reaction is given for the genesis of metamorphic epidote. Metamorphic piemontite suggests greenschist facies metamorphism under high fO2 (Hematite-Magnetite buffer). Up to 15.34 mol% of jadeite component in aegirine suggests that the metamorphic grade of the nepheline syenite gneiss reached at least to greenschist-amphibolite transitional facies or higher. Nepheline geothermometry suggests temperature of metamorphism <500 °C, which is consistent with greenschist facies metamorphism of surrounding chlorite-biotite-garnet phyllite country rock.

  5. Northern Belt of Jupiter

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    2000-01-01

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    A four-panel frame shows a section of Jupiter's north equatorial belt viewed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at four different wavelengths, and a separate reference frame shows the location of the belt on the planet.

    A fascinating aspect of the images in the four-panel frame is the small bright spot in the center of each. The images come from different layers of the atmosphere, so the spot appears to be a storm penetrating upward through several layers. This may in fact be a 'monster' thunderstorm, penetrating all the way into the stratosphere, as do some summer thunderstorms in the midwestern United States. These images were taken on Nov. 27, 2000, at a resolution of 192 kilometers (119 miles) per pixel. They have been contrast-enhanced to highlight features in the atmosphere.

    The top panel of the four-panel frame is an image taken in a near-infrared wavelength at which the gases in Jupiter's atmosphere are relatively non-absorbing. Sunlight can penetrate deeply into the atmosphere at this wavelength and be reflected back out, providing a view of an underlying region of the atmosphere, the lower troposphere.

    The second panel was taken in the blue portion of wavelengths detected by the human eye. At these wavelengths, gases in the atmosphere scatter a modest amount of sunlight, so the clouds we see tend to be at somewhat higher altitudes than in the top panel.

    The third panel shows near-infrared reflected sunlight at a wavelength where the gas methane, an important constituent of Jupiter's atmosphere, absorbs strongly. Dark places are regions without high-level clouds and consequently large amounts of methane accessible to sunlight. Bright regions are locations with high clouds in the upper troposphere shielding the methane below.

    The bottom panel was taken in the ultraviolet. At these very short wavelengths, the clear atmosphere scatters sunlight, and hazes in the stratosphere, above the troposphere

  6. Northern Belt of Jupiter

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    2000-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    A four-panel frame shows a section of Jupiter's north equatorial belt viewed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at four different wavelengths, and a separate reference frame shows the location of the belt on the planet.

    A fascinating aspect of the images in the four-panel frame is the small bright spot in the center of each. The images come from different layers of the atmosphere, so the spot appears to be a storm penetrating upward through several layers. This may in fact be a 'monster' thunderstorm, penetrating all the way into the stratosphere, as do some summer thunderstorms in the midwestern United States. These images were taken on Nov. 27, 2000, at a resolution of 192 kilometers (119 miles) per pixel. They have been contrast-enhanced to highlight features in the atmosphere.

    The top panel of the four-panel frame is an image taken in a near-infrared wavelength at which the gases in Jupiter's atmosphere are relatively non-absorbing. Sunlight can penetrate deeply into the atmosphere at this wavelength and be reflected back out, providing a view of an underlying region of the atmosphere, the lower troposphere.

    The second panel was taken in the blue portion of wavelengths detected by the human eye. At these wavelengths, gases in the atmosphere scatter a modest amount of sunlight, so the clouds we see tend to be at somewhat higher altitudes than in the top panel.

    The third panel shows near-infrared reflected sunlight at a wavelength where the gas methane, an important constituent of Jupiter's atmosphere, absorbs strongly. Dark places are regions without high-level clouds and consequently large amounts of methane accessible to sunlight. Bright regions are locations with high clouds in the upper troposphere shielding the methane below.

    The bottom panel was taken in the ultraviolet. At these very short wavelengths, the clear atmosphere scatters sunlight, and hazes in the stratosphere, above the troposphere

  7. Geochemical Signatures of Neoproterozoic Granites and Granitoid-gneisses from Angavo Belt, Central Madagascar

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    Raharimahefa, T.

    2015-12-01

    The basement rocks of Madagascar record high-grade metamorphism, magmatism, and contractional and extensional structures that accompanied the collision of the eastern and western Gondwana segments of the supercontinent followed by its collapse. In the eastern central Madagascar, granitoids dominate the landscape and occur in a large area near and within the N-S trending highly strained zone known as the Angavo Shear Zone or Angavo belt. The area is a key in understanding the evolution of basement of Madagascar and the reconstruction of the Gondwana supercontinent. These granitoids range from layered to massive and previously published U-Pb zircon dating yielded three distinctive Neoproterozoic magmatisms at 770 Ma to 820 Ma, ca. 660Ma, and ca 550Ma. However, it was unknown whether these ages represent distinct magmatic pulses or reflect a continuous granitoid emplacement. This work contributes to the knowledge of the Malagasy basement rocks and to explore and discuss the origin and petrotectonic evolution of the granites and granitoid-gneisses from this part of the Madagascar. The rock samples are placed into three groups: group A and B for granitoid-gneisses and a third group for the granite layers. Group A and B are metaluminous and slightly peraluminous, respectively. All rocks have typical subduction zone calc-alkaline signatures. Group A is characterized by enrichment in large ion lithophile elements (LILE) but low U, LREE enrichment, depletion in the high field strength elements (HFSE). In contrast, Group B has REE patterns closely similar to Archean sediments. The granite layers show fractionated REE patterns in which HREE patterns show strong correlation with Zr abundances. Trends in major element variation diagrams and the enrichment of incompatible elements could be explained by simple fractional crystallization, while the overall geochemical signatures reflect either (1) melting of ancient crust or (2) crustal contamination of a more evolved magmas that

  8. The Palaeoproterozoic crustal evolution: evidences from granulite-gneiss belts, collisional and accretionary orogens

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    Mints, M. V.; Konilov, A. N.

    2003-04-01

    The Palaeoproterozoic juvenile assemblages were emplaced within two types of mobile belts: (1) high-grade or "granulite-gneiss" belts; (2) low- and medium-grade volcano-sedimentary and volcano-plutonic belts. Type (1) belts resulted from plume-induced heating, magmatism, emergence of riftogenic basins and volcano-tectonic depressions, their filling with rift-type sediments and juvenile but strongly contaminated lavas and ash-flow deposits, high-grade recrystallization of the lower- and mid-crustal assemblages including the filling of the basins and depressions that followed in intraplate and back-arc settings, and final thrusting and exhumation caused by collision-related tectonism. Type (2) belts represent sutures containing MORB- and arc-related assemblages, together with initial rift-related assemblages formed during evolution of the short-lived, mainly Red Sea-type oceans (intracontinental collisional orogens) and systems of oceanic, island-arc and back-arc terranes amalgamated along continent margins (peripheral accretionary orogens). Palaeoproterozoic history can be subdivided into five periods: (1) 2.51-2.44 Ga superplume activity and displacement of Fennoscandia; (2) 2.44-2.0 (2.11) Ga quiescent within-plate development complicated by local plume- and plate tectonics-related processes; (3) a 2.0-1.95 Ga superplume event; (4) 1.95-1.75 (1.71) Ga combined plume- and plate tectonics-related evolution, resulting in the partial disruption of the continental crust, and formation of accretionary orogens along some margins of the supercontinent and rebirth of the supercontinent entity, and (5) < 1,75 Ga post- and anorogenic magmatism and metamorphism. Magmatic and thermal activity during the early Palaeoproterozoic was almost exclusively concentrated within Laurentia (comprising North American and Fennoscandian cratons). In contrast, late Palaeoproterozoic assemblages are distributed within all continents. The simultaneous appearance of within-plate plume

  9. U-Pb ages and Sr, Pb and Nd isotope data for gneisses near the Kolar Schist Belt: Evidence for the juxtaposition of discrete Archean terranes

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    Krogstad, E. J.; Hanson, G. N.; Rajamani, V.

    1988-01-01

    Uranium-lead ages and Sr, Pb, and Nd isotopic data for gneisses near the Kolar Schist Belt and their interpretation as evidence for the juxtaposition of discrete Archean terranes were presented. The granodioritic Kambha gneiss east of the schist belt has a zircon age of 2532 + or - 3 Ma and mantle-like initial Sr, Pb, and Nd isotopic ratios. Therefore these gneisses are thought to represent new crust added to the craton in the latest Archean. By contrast, more mafic Dod gneisses and leucocratic Dosa gneisses west of the schist belt (2632 + or - 7 and 2610 + or - 10 Ma) show evidence for contamination of their magmatic precursors (LREE-enriched mantle-derived for the Dod gneisses) by older (greater than 3.2 Ga) continental crust. Fragments of this older crust may be present as granitic and tonalitic inclusions in the 2.6-Ga gneisses and in shear zones. The antiquity of these fragments is supported by their Nd, Sr, and Pb isotopic compositions and by 2.8 to greater than 3.2 Ga zircon cores.

  10. A regional paleomagnetic study of lithotectonic domains in the Central Gneiss Belt, Grenville Province, Ontario

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    Constanzo Alvarez, Vincenzo; Dunlop, David J.

    1998-04-01

    We have made a regional paleomagnetic study of lithotectonic domains in the Central Gneiss Belt of the Grenville Province in Ontario along ten N-S and E-W traverses up to 200 km in length. Although originally intended to clarify the tectonic mechanism by which these exotic terranes were assembled and welded to the Archean Superior craton during the ˜1150-Ma Grenvillian orogeny, we actually learned much more about the timing of post-orogenic uplift of the various domains around 1000-900 Ma as they stabilized and became part of the Rodinia supercontinent. The normal (N) and reverse (R) natural remanent magnetizations (NRMs) of all domains, as well as those of reactivated regions flanking the Grenville Front (GF, the Superior-Grenville boundary) to the north and south, have paleomagnetic poles falling on the 980-920-Ma ( 40Ar/ 39Ar calibrated) portion of the Grenville apparent polar wander track for Laurentia. There is a general tendency for paleopoles to young with increasing distance of domains from the GF, implying that more southerly domains were uplifted and magnetized later, but two of the domains do not fit this pattern. Previously reported younging trends away from the GF, based on K/Ar thermochron maps and paleomagnetic 'zone poles', are untrustworthy because of hydrothermal alteration, which causes chemical remagnetization and anomalously old K/Ar ages near the GF. Another trend in our data is a regular increase in the R/N ratio with increasing distance south of the GF. In the reactivated zones flanking the GF, NRMs are overwhelmingly of N polarity, whereas well away from the GF, R/N is close to 50:50. Also, NRM intensities and susceptibility values increase 100-fold away from the GF, peaking ≈10 km south of the front, with a pulse-like pattern similar to that documented in anomalously high 40Ar/ 39Ar dates in the same region. Both the magnetic and Ar/Ar results are likely due to a 'wave' of hydrothermal alteration and remagnetization during which fluids

  11. Growth of early archaean crust in the ancient Gneiss complex of Swaziland and adjacent Barberton Greenstone Belt, Southern Africa

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    Kroener, A.; Compston, W.; Tegtmeyer, A.; Milisenda, C.; Liew, T. C.

    1988-01-01

    The relationship between early Archean greenstones and high grade gneisses in the Ancient Gneiss Complex of Swaziland and the neighboring Barberton greenstone belt in Southern Africa is discussed. New high precision zircon analyses reveal a complex history in individual zircons from tonalitic orthogneisses, with ages as old as 3644 + 4 Ma. This suggests the presence of continental crust prior to the formation of the supracrustal rocks of the Barberton greenstone belt, which have been previously considered the earliest rocks in the area. The author suggested that these data are incompatible with the intraoceanic settings that have been widely accepted for this terrane, and favors either a marginal basin or rift environment. By using the detailed age information obtained from zircons in combination with Ar-40 and Ar-39 and paleomagnetic measurements, the author estimated that plate velocities for this part of Africa craton were about 10 to 70 mm/yr, during the period 3.4 to 2.5 Ga. This is not incompatible with the idea that Archean plate velocities may have been similiar to those of today.

  12. Growth of early archaean crust in the ancient Gneiss complex of Swaziland and adjacent Barberton Greenstone Belt, Southern Africa

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    Kroener, A.; Compston, W.; Tegtmeyer, A.; Milisenda, C.; Liew, T. C.

    1988-01-01

    The relationship between early Archean greenstones and high grade gneisses in the Ancient Gneiss Complex of Swaziland and the neighboring Barberton greenstone belt in Southern Africa is discussed. New high precision zircon analyses reveal a complex history in individual zircons from tonalitic orthogneisses, with ages as old as 3644 + 4 Ma. This suggests the presence of continental crust prior to the formation of the supracrustal rocks of the Barberton greenstone belt, which have been previously considered the earliest rocks in the area. The author suggested that these data are incompatible with the intraoceanic settings that have been widely accepted for this terrane, and favors either a marginal basin or rift environment. By using the detailed age information obtained from zircons in combination with Ar-40 and Ar-39 and paleomagnetic measurements, the author estimated that plate velocities for this part of Africa craton were about 10 to 70 mm/yr, during the period 3.4 to 2.5 Ga. This is not incompatible with the idea that Archean plate velocities may have been similiar to those of today.

  13. Geophysical interpretation of the gneiss terrane of northern Washington and southern British Columbia, and its implications for uranium exploration

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    Cady, John W.; Fox, Kenneth F.

    1984-01-01

    The Omineca crystalline belt of northeastern Washington and southern British Columbia has a regional Bouguer gravity high, and individual gneiss domes within the terrane are marked by local gravity highs. Models of crustal structure that satisfy the limited available seismic-refraction data and explain the gravity high over the gneiss terrane permit the hypothesis that the core metamorphic complexes are the surface expression of a zone of dense infrastructure that makes up the upper 20 km (kilometers) of the crust within the crystalline belt. The Omineca crystalline belt is characterized regionally by low aeromagnetic relief. The gneiss domes and biotite- and biotite-muscovite granites are generally marked by low magnetic relief, whereas hornblende-biotite granites often cause magnetic highs. Exceptional magnetic highs mark zones of magnetic rock within the biotite- and biotite-muscovite granites and the gneiss domes; these areas are worthy of study, both to determine the origin and disposition of the magnetite and to explore the possible existence of uraniferous magnetite deposits.

  14. Geochemistry and tectonic setting of metabasic rocks of the Gneiss Dome Belt, SW New England Appalachians

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    Chocyk-Jaminski, Marzena; Dietsch, Craig

    2002-01-01

    Acadian structural domes in the Connecticut Valley Zone in western Connecticut expose polydeformed, amphibolite and upper amphibolite facies pre-Silurian rocks correlative with the Notre Dame subzone (western Dunnage zone) of Williams et al. [Geologic Survey of Canada Paper 88-1B, 1988, pp. 91-98] of the Canadian Appalachians. We have analyzed the geochemistry of 99 metabasic rocks from the Cambrian-Lower Ordovician Rowe Schist (RS), the Arenig or older Taine Mountain Formation (TMF), and the overlying Arenig Collinsville Formation (CF) to identify the tectonic setting of mafic volcanism in the Gneiss Dome Belt (GDB) in western Connecticut and southwestern Massachusetts. The metabasites record epidote-amphibolite to lower amphibolite facies metamorphism and exhibit equilibrium microstructures and only limited retrogression. We used our data to test whether the GDB represents part of a Taconic volcanic arc in southwestern New England. RS and TMF metabasites that can be interpreted as dikes range in composition from subalkaline basalt to basaltic andesite and exhibit overall arc-like signatures. Their REE patterns at 10-25× chondrite are mildly LREE enriched with (La/Yb) N=1.50-1.94. Enriched HFSE from Th to Ce and lack of negative Ta-Nb anomalies indicate that the RS and TMF metabasites experienced some degree of crustal contamination. The majority of CF metabasites range from basaltic andesite to subalkaline basalt. The CF metabasites are geochemically diverse and have a wide range of Ti/V ratios characteristic of boninites and low-Ti arc tholeiites, arc tholeiites, ocean floor basalts, and ocean island and alkali basalts. Based on their geochemical characteristics, CF metabasites have been subdivided into three major types: (1) boninitic and low-Ti IAT metabasites (20% of the analyzed samples), (2) arc-like metabasites (27%), and (3) MORB-like and MORB/WPB transitional metabasites (53%). Boninitic CF metabasites are characterized by extremely depleted HFSE

  15. Quartz c-axis fabrics of poly-deformed leucocratic gneisses from the Aracena metamorphic belt (SW Variscan Chain)

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    Díaz-Azpiroz, Manuel; Fernández, Carlos

    2008-05-01

    Quartz c-axis fabrics from leucocratic gneisses of the Aracena metamorphic belt (southwestern Variscan Chain) record two different tectonic phases. The first one consists of a predominant flattening component and the local development of shear zones with a normal, top-to-the-north shear sense. The second phase resulted in the reactivation of the first-phase shear zones that subsequently acted with a reverse, top-to-the-south sense of displacement. Accordingly, it is suggested that the imprint of a non-coaxial deformation phase over a previous flattening phase leads to quartz c-axis fabrics defined by asymmetric small circles around the Z-axis of the finite-strain ellipsoid.

  16. Origin of allanite in gneiss and granite in the Dabie orogenic belt, Central East China

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    Guo, Haihao; Xiao, Yilin; Xu, Lijuan; Sun, He; Huang, Jian; Hou, Zhenhui

    2017-03-01

    Allanite is a common accessory mineral phase, representing an important carrier of rare earth elements, Th, U, Sr and other trace elements in most continental rocks. As Th and U can be incorporated into the allanite lattice, the mineral is a good geochronological tool for constraining geological events. Moreover, the trace element features δEu, Th/U ratio and common lead content of allanite are indicators of the forming conditions. Allanite and coexisting epidote-group minerals are abundant in ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks from the Dabie-Sulu orogen in central East China. However, if these minerals formed in the Neoproterozoic as magmatic phases, or in the Triassic as metamorphic phases is a matter of long-standing controversy. We report major and trace element analyses of whole rocks, allanite and coexisting epidote-group minerals, together with U-Th-Pb isotopic compositions of allanite in UHP gneiss from the Dabie-Sulu orogen, and allanite in the adjacent Jingshan granite. The granite is emplaced along the southeastern margin of the North China Craton and considered a product of partial melting of the subducted Dabie-Sulu gneiss. Trace elements (low Th/U and La/Sm, high δEu and high Sr) and high common lead concentrations indicate a metamorphic origin of allanite-epidote in the UHP gneiss. On the other hand, coarse-grained allanite from the Jingshan granite shows a corrosion core and a magmatic rim with common 208Pb up to 70% in the core and less than 30% in the rim. The allanite cores are of peritectic and the rims of magmatic origin with ages of ∼160 Ma, consistent with the granite crystallization age. In combination with previous studies, we conclude that the allanite of the Jingshan granite has form from the subducted and remolten Dabie-Sulu gneiss. Allanite records Triassic UHP metamorphic ages as well as Jurassic peritectic-magmatic ages as a part of the evolution of the Dabie-Sulu orogen.

  17. New models for Paleoproterozoic orogenesis in the Cheyenne belt region: Evidence from the geology and U-Pb geochronology of the Big Creek Gneiss, southeastern Wyoming

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    Jones, D.S.; Snoke, A.W.; Premo, W.R.; Chamberlain, K.R.

    2010-01-01

    The disputed age of the deep crust of the Colorado Province is central to hypotheses for Paleoproterozoic crustal growth in the region. We studied the high-grade Big Creek Gneiss, southeastern Wyoming, as a potential exposure of pre-1780 Ma basement rocks. New geologic mapping and U-Pb geochronological data indicate that the Big Creek Gneiss exposes a deeper, but coeval, level of the Green Mountain arc relative to the predominantly supracrustal section to the west. The Big Creek Gneiss is composed of: supracrustal rocks; a ca. 1780 Ma Green Mountain arc-correlative, bimodal intrusive suite; a ca. 1763 Ma extensional(?) bimodal intrusive suite; and widespread ca. 1630 Ma pegmatitic leucogranite. The mafic member of the younger bimodal suite is documented here for the first time. U-Pb zircon ages from migmatite leucosomes indicate penetrative deformation of the Big Creek Gneiss at ca. 1750 Ma. We find that the postarc intrusive suite is mantle-involved, implying a second period of crustal growth. Shortening postdates arc magmatism by ~20 m.y., implying that termination of arc magmatism and accretion were separate events. Finally, criteria previously used to constrain the polarity of subduction for the Green Mountain arc are not reliable. We propose two competing models: (1) southward-dipping Green Mountain arc subduction (present coordinates), with slab breakoff-related magmatism following arc accretion; or (2) northward-dipping subduction, with extensional postarc magmatism. In both models, high-temperature deformation coincides with accretion along the Cheyenne belt, and extensional magmatism is an important component of crustal growth. We prefer the northward-dipping subduction model because it can be better integrated with regional tectonic events and published isotopic compositions of the igneous rocks. ?? 2010 Geological Society of America.

  18. U-Pb geochronology of zircon and monazite from Mesoproterozoic granitic gneisses of the northern Blue Ridge, Virginia and Maryland, USA

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    Aleinikoff, J.N.; Burton, W.C.; Lyttle, P.T.; Nelson, A.E.; Southworth, C.S.

    2000-01-01

    Mesoproterozoic granitic gneisses comprise most of the basement of the northern Blue Ridge geologic province in Virginia and Maryland. Lithology, structure, and U-Pb geochronology have been used to subdivide the gneisses into three groups. The oldest rocks, Group 1, are layered granitic gneiss (1153 ?? 6 Ma), hornblende monzonite gneiss (1149 ?? 19 Ma), porphyroblastic granite gneiss (1144 ?? 2 Ma), coarse-grained metagranite (about 1140 Ma), and charnockite (>1145 Ma?). These gneisses contain three Proterozoic deformational fabrics. Because of complex U-Pb systematics due to extensive overgrowths on magmatic cores, zircons from hornblende monzonite gneiss were dated using the sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP), whereas all other ages are based on conventional U-Pb geochronology. Group 2 rocks are leucocratic and biotic varieties of Marshall Metagranite, dated at 1112??3 Ma and 1111 ?? 2 Ma respectively. Group 3 rocks are subdivided into two age groups: (1) garnetiferous metagranite (1077 ?? 4 Ma) and quartz-plagioclase gneiss (1077 ?? 4 Ma); (2) white leucocratic metagranite (1060 ?? 2 Ma), pink leucocratic metagranite (1059 ?? 2), biotite granite gneiss (1055 ?? 4 Ma), and megacrystic metagranite (1055 ?? 2 Ma). Groups 2 and 3 gneisses contain only the two younger Proterozoic deformational fabrics. Ages of monazite, seprated from seven samples, indicate growth during both igneous and metamorphic (thermal) events. However, ages obtained from individual grains may be mixtures of different age components, as suggested by backscatter electron (BSE) imaging of complexly zoned grains. Analyses of unzoned monazite (imaged by BSE and thought to contain only one age component) from porphyroblastic granite gneiss yield ages of 1070, 1060, and 1050 Ma. The range of ages of monazite (not reset to a uniform date) indicates that the Grenville granulite event at about 1035 Ma did not exceed about 750??C. Lack of evidence for 1110 Ma growth of monazite in

  19. Geochronology and geochemistry of zircon from the northern Western Gneiss Region: Insights into the Caledonian tectonic history of western Norway

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    Gordon, Stacia M.; Whitney, Donna L.; Teyssier, Christian; Fossen, Haakon; Kylander-Clark, Andrew

    2016-03-01

    The Western Gneiss Region (WGR) of Norway is divided by the Møre-Trøndelag shear zone (MTSZ) into a southern region that contains domains of Caledonian ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks (> 2.5 GPa) and a northern area of similar Caledonian-aged rocks that record a maximum pressure reported thus far of 1.5 GPa. Although both regions contain similar lithologies (primarily migmatitic quartzofeldspathic gneiss containing mafic lenses) and structural relationship of basement rocks to infolded nappes, this difference in maximum pressure implies a difference in tectonic history (continental subduction south of the shear zone, none to the north) and raises questions about the role of the MTSZ in the metamorphic history (including exhumation) of the WGR. Previous geochronology results indicated a difference in timing of peak metamorphism (older in north, younger in south). In order to better understand the tectonic history of the northern WGR and the MTSZ, and in particular the late- to post-Caledonian tectonic history, U-Pb zircon geochronology and trace-element abundances were obtained using the split-stream, laser-ablation ICPMS technique from metabasaltic lenses and migmatitic quartzofeldspathic host rocks from the structurally lowest exposed region of the northern WGR (Roan Peninsula basement), as well as leucosomes from an intercalated portion of the Seve Nappe Complex and a pegmatite in the MTSZ. Zircon from Roan gneiss and metabasite yield metamorphic ages of ca. 410-406 Ma, and zircon from a variety of migmatite samples (foliation-parallel leucosome to dikes) indicate melt crystallization at ca. 410 to 405 Ma. The Seve Nappe leucosomes yield only early Caledonian dates that cluster at ca. 437 Ma and ca. 465 Ma, suggesting that the allochthons in this region did not experience (or record) the same Scandian tectonic history as the basement rocks. Zircon from a weakly deformed pegmatite dike within the MTSZ crystallized at ca. 404 Ma, indicating that this

  20. Emplacement of an Archean gneiss dome, northern Ontario, Canada: Inflation inferred from magnetic fabrics

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    Borradaile, G. J.; Gauthier, D.

    2003-04-01

    Previous field structural studies of the Ash Bay gneiss dome revealed an upward convex foliation with an integral east-west lineation defined by a quartzo-felspathic matrix. Unfortunately, the amphibolite facies gneisses lack traditional indicators of microfabric evolution, such as kinematic indicators, so that it is difficult to relate the foliation's orientation distribution to an emplacement mechanism for the dome. Fortunately, anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility isolates a distinct microfabric because of the preferred orientation of high-susceptibility, accessory magnetite. The magnetite subfabric developed late in the metamorphic crystallization history, and its magnetic foliation and magnetic lineation are similarly oriented to the S-L fabric of the quartz-feldspar matrix. However, the magnetite foliation dips less steeply and forms a less convex domal surface than the field schistosity. The metamorphic schistosity and the magnetite foliation thus isolate the domal deflection at different stages, confirming the inflation and upward motion of the Ash Bay diapir during the closing stages of amphibolite facies metamorphism.

  1. Metamorphic evolution of the Maud Belt: P- T- t path for high-grade gneisses in Gjelsvikfjella, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica

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    Bisnath, Avinash; Frimmel, Hartwig E.

    2005-12-01

    A metamorphic petrological study, in conjunction with recent precise geochronometric data, revealed a complex P- T- t path for high-grade gneisses in a hitherto poorly understood sector of the Mesoproterozoic Maud Belt in East Antarctica. The Maud Belt is an extensive high-grade, polydeformed, metamorphic belt, which records two significant tectono-thermal episodes, once towards the end of the Mesoproterozoic and again towards the late Neoproterozoic/Cambrian. In contrast to previous models, most of the metamorphic mineral assemblages are related to a Pan-African tectono-thermal overprint, with only very few relics of late Mesoproterozoic granulite-facies mineral assemblages (M 1) left in strain-protected domains. Petrological and mineral chemical evidence indicates a clockwise P- T- t path for the Pan-African orogeny. Peak metamorphic (M 2b) conditions recorded by most rocks in the area ( T = 709-785 °C and P = 7.0-9.5 kbar) during the Pan-African orogeny were attained subsequent to decompression from probably eclogite-facies metamorphic conditions (M 2a). The new data acquired in this study, together with recent geochronological and geochemical data, permit the development of a geodynamic model for the Maud Belt that involves volcanic arc formation during the late Mesoproterozoic followed by extension at 1100 Ma and subsequent high-grade tectono-thermal reworking once during continent-continent collision at the end of the Mesoproterozoic (M 1; 1090-1030 Ma) and again during the Pan-African orogeny (M 2a, M 2b) between 565 and 530 Ma. Post-peak metamorphic K-metasomatism under amphibolite-facies conditions (M 2c) followed and is ascribed to post-orogenic bimodal magmatism between 500 and 480 Ma.

  2. Two contrasting metamorphosed ultramafic-mafic complexes from greenstone belts, the northern Kaapvaal Craton and their significance in Archaen tectonics

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    Smit, C. A.; Vearncombe, J. R.

    1986-01-01

    The character of Archaean ultramafic-mafic complexes can, given their prominance in greenstone belts, provide critical clues to help deduce the tectonic setting of these belts. Here are described two contrasting, metamorphosed, ultramafic-mafic complexes, the first a partially serpentinized dunitic body with associated chromite from Lemoenfontein, one of several peridotitic bodies occurring as discrete lenses and pods in granulite facies gneisses of the northern Kaapvaal craton. The second, the Rooiwater complex is a major layered igneous body, now metamorphosed in the amphibolite facies, but without pervasive deformation, which crops out in the northern Murchison greenstone belt. The Lemoenfontein chromites and associated ultramafic rocks are lithologically and chemically similar to their Phanerozoic equivalents of ophiolitic origin, interpreted as obducted oceanic crust. The Lemoenfontein complex is a remnant of Archaean oceanic material. In contrast, the Rooiwater complex is, despite the lack of exposed intrusive contacts, similar to layered igneous complexes such as Ushushwana or Bushveld. These complexes are intrusive in continental environments. It is concluded that contrasting ultramafic-mafic complexes represent a heterogeneity in greenstone belts with either oceanic or continental environments involved.

  3. Crustal influx, indentation, ductile thinning and gravity redistribution in a continental wedge: Building a Moldanubian mantled gneiss dome with underthrust Saxothuringian material (European Variscan belt)

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    Chopin, F.; Schulmann, K.; Skrzypek, E.; Lehmann, J.; Dujardin, J. R.; Martelat, J. E.; Lexa, O.; Corsini, M.; Edel, J. B.; Å TíPská, P.; Pitra, P.

    2012-02-01

    The contribution of lateral forces, vertical load, gravity redistribution and erosion to the origin of mantled gneiss domes in internal zones of orogens remains debated. In the Orlica-Śnieżnik dome (Moldanubian zone, European Variscan belt), the polyphase tectono-metamorphic history is initially characterized by the development of subhorizontal fabrics associated with medium- to high-grade metamorphic conditions in different levels of the crust. It reflects the eastward influx of a Saxothuringian-type passive margin sequence below a Teplá-Barrandian upper plate. The ongoing influx of continental crust creates a thick felsic orogenic root with HP rocks and migmatitic orthogneiss. The orogenic wedge is subsequently indented by the eastern Brunia microcontinent producing a multiscale folding of the orogenic infrastructure. The resulting kilometre-scale folding is associated with the variable burial of the middle crust in synforms and the exhumation of the lower crust in antiforms. These localized vertical exchanges of material and heat are coeval with a larger crustal-scale folding of the whole infrastructure generating a general uplift of the dome. It is exemplified by increasing metamorphic conditions and younging of 40Ar/39Ar cooling ages toward the extruded migmatitic subdomes cored by HP rocks. The vertical growth of the dome induces exhumation by pure shear-dominated ductile thinning laterally evolving to non-coaxial detachment faulting, while erosion feeds the surrounding sedimentary basins. Modeling of the Bouguer anomaly grid is compatible with crustal-scale mass transfers between a dense superstructure and a lighter infrastructure. The model implies that the Moldanubian Orlica-Śnieżnik mantled gneiss dome derives from polyphase recycling of Saxothuringian material.

  4. Paleoproterozoic migmatitic gneisses from the Tandilia belt (Argentina), Río de la Plata craton, record cooling at deep crustal levels

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    Martínez, Juan Cruz; Massonne, Hans-Joachim; Dristas, Jorge Anastasio; Theye, Thomas; Graff, Ailín Ayelén

    2016-04-01

    We studied high-grade metamorphic rocks of the El Cristo hill area of the Tandilia belt. Mineral analyses and thermodynamic calculations were carried out for two adjacent rock samples: an amphibole-biotite gneiss and a garnet-biotite-bearing migmatite. Peritectic garnets in the migmatite show core compositions of pyr4.5(gro + andr)10spes6alm79.5 changing to pyr3.5(gro + andr)17spes6alm73.5 at their thin rims. Garnet compositions in the gneiss are pyr6.5(gro + andr)26spes12alm55.5 and pyr4.5(gro + andr)34spes12alm49.5 for core and rim, respectively. A P-T path was constructed by calculating pseudosections in the 11-component system Si-Ti-Al-Fe-Mn-Mg-Ca-Na-K-O-H and contouring them by isopleths for garnet components using the PERPLE_X software package. Supra-solidus crystallization of garnet cores in the migmatite began at 5.8 kbar and 660 °C. Garnet rims equilibrated at 7.0 kbar and 640 °C compatible with garnet cores in the amphibole-biotite gneiss (7.6 kbar and 660 °C). The further chemical development of garnet in this rock points to P-T conditions of 11.6 kbar and 620 °C and 12.2 kbar and 595 °C (outermost garnet rim). At this high-pressure stage Ca-amphibole was not stable. Most biotite formed during exhumation whereas the high-pressure accessory minerals, titanite and epidote, persisted. According to the obtained anti-clockwise P-T path the originally partly melted material was tectonically transported from ∼22 km (middle crust) to ∼40 km (lower crust) depths reaching a geothermal gradient as low as 15 °C km-1. This transport probably occurred along a major suture zone, which was active during the Paleoproterozoic (2.25-2.10 Ga), before a terminating collision of terranes near the SW boundary of the Rio de la Plata craton.

  5. Effective crustal permeability controls fault evolution: An integrated structural, mineralogical and isotopic study in granitic gneiss, Monte Rosa, northern Italy

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    Lawther, Susan E. M.; Dempster, Tim J.; Shipton, Zoe K.; Boyce, Adrian J.

    2016-10-01

    Two dextral faults within granitic gneiss in the Monte Rosa nappe, northern Italy reveal key differences in their evolution controlled by evolving permeability and water/rock reactions. The comparison reveals that identical host rock lithologies develop radically different mineralogies within the fault zones, resulting in fundamentally different deformation histories. Oxygen and hydrogen isotope analyses coupled to microstructural characterisation show that infiltration of meteoric water occurred into both fault zones. The smaller Virgin Fault shows evidence of periodic closed system behaviour, which promoted the growth of hydrothermal K-feldspar, whilst the more open system behaviour of the adjacent Ciao Ciao Fault generated a weaker muscovite-rich fault core, which promoted a step change in fault evolution. Effective crustal permeability is a vital control on fault evolution and, coupled to the temperature (i.e. depth) at which key mineral transformations occur, is probably a more significant factor than host rock strength in controlling fault development. The study suggests that whether a fault in granitic basement grows into a large structure may be largely controlled by the initial hydrological properties of the host rocks. Small faults exposed at the surface may therefore be evolutionary "dead-ends" that typically do not represent the early stages in the development of larger faults.

  6. Tectonics of some Amazonian greenstone belts

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    Gibbs, A. K.

    1986-01-01

    Greenstone belts exposed amid gneisses, granitoid rocks, and less abundant granulites along the northern and eastern margins of the Amazonian Craton yield Trans-Amazonican metamorphic ages of 2.0-2.1 Ga. Early proterozoic belts in the northern region probably originated as ensimatic island arc complexes. The Archean Carajas belt in the southeastern craton probably formed in an extensional basin on older continental basement. That basement contains older Archean belts with pillow basalts and komatiites. Belts of ultramafic rocks warrant investigatijon as possible ophiolites. A discussion follows.

  7. Future aerosol reductions and widening of the northern tropical belt

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    Allen, Robert J.; Ajoku, Osinachi

    2016-06-01

    Observations show that the tropical belt has widened over the past few decades, a phenomenon associated with poleward migration of subtropical dry zones and large-scale atmospheric circulation. Although part of this signal is related to natural climate variability, studies have identified an externally forced contribution primarily associated with greenhouse gases (GHGs) and stratospheric ozone loss. Here we show that the increase in aerosols over the twentieth century has led to contraction of the northern tropical belt, thereby offsetting part of the widening associated with the increase in GHGs. Over the 21st century, however, when aerosol emissions are projected to decrease, the effects of aerosols and GHGs reinforce one another, both contributing to widening of the northern tropical belt. Models that have larger aerosol forcing, by including aerosol indirect effects on cloud albedo and lifetime, yield significantly larger Northern Hemisphere (NH) tropical widening than models with direct aerosol effects only. More targeted simulations show that future reductions in aerosols can drive NH tropical widening as large as greenhouse gases, and idealized simulations show the importance of NH midlatitude aerosol forcing. Mechanistically, the 21st century reduction in aerosols peaks near 40°N, which results in a corresponding maximum increase in surface solar radiation, NH midlatitude tropospheric warming amplification, and a poleward shift in the latitude of maximum baroclinicity, implying a corresponding shift in atmospheric circulation. If models with aerosol indirect effects better represent the real world, then future aerosol changes are likely to be an important -- if not dominant -- driver of NH tropical belt widening.

  8. Brother is high Sr/Y two-mica granite and sister is leucogranite: twin granites in the Northern Himalayan Gneiss Domes, southern Tibet

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    Zeng, L.; Gao, L.; Xie, K.

    2011-12-01

    Leucogranites in the Himalayan orogen is widely considered as the type example of crustal melts, which provides a probe to investigate the interplay among high-grade metamorphism, crustal anatexis, and tectonic transition in large-scale collisional belts. Whether the leucogranite was a daughter product from a more primitive granitic melt is an interesting question that deserves careful examination to address the above issue. We report a new suite of two-mica granite (TMG) and leucogranite (LG) in the Yardoi gneiss dome (YGD) in the easternmost of the Northern Himalayan Gneiss Domes (NHGD), south of the Yarlung-Tsangpo suture. SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS zircon U/Pb dating show that TMG and LG formed at ~17.7 Ma to ~20.0 Ma and at ~17.1 Ma, respectively. Both suites of granite have high Na/K (>1.30) ratios. The TMGs are characterized by (1) high Sr (>450 ppm), low Rb (<95 ppm) and Y (<6 ppm), and high Sr/Y (>86) ratios; (2) no Eu anomalies; and (3) low initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (<0.7098) and higher ɛNd (>-8.5) values. In contrast, the LGs have (1) lower Sr (<130 ppm) and higher Rb (92-130 ppm); (2) pronounced negative Eu anomalies with Eu/Eu*<0.55; and (3) relatively higher Sr (87Sr/86Sr(t) =0.7136-0.7148) and unradiogenic Nd (ɛNd(t)=-7.7~-11.1). These data demonstrate that these Mid-Miocene granites have major and trace element and radiogenic isotope compositions similar to those of >35 Ma granites, but significantly different from those granites of similar ages in the High Himalaya as well as in the NHGD. High Sr/Y and relatively unradiogenic Sr isotope compositions in the TMGs could be derived from partial melting of mafic materials formed during previous compressional thickening event which was triggered by the input of juvenile heat and material associated with the Miocene E-W extension. An AFC process (plagioclase fractional crystallization and contamination by crustal materials) could be a primary factor leading to the formation of these LGs. Concurrence of high Sr

  9. Geological evolution of the Neoproterozoic Bemarivo Belt, northern Madagascar

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    Thomas, Ronald J.; De Waele, B.; Schofield, D.I.; Goodenough, K.M.; Horstwood, M.; Tucker, R.; Bauer, W.; Annells, R.; Howard, K. J.; Walsh, G.; Rabarimanana, M.; Rafahatelo, J.-M.; Ralison, A.V.; Randriamananjara, T.

    2009-01-01

    The broadly east-west trending, Late Neoproterozoic Bemarivo Belt in northern Madagascar has been re-surveyed at 1:100 000 scale as part of a large multi-disciplinary World Bank-sponsored project. The work included acquisition of 14 U-Pb zircon dates and whole-rock major and trace element geochemical data of representative rocks. The belt has previously been modelled as a juvenile Neoproterozoic arc and our findings broadly support that model. The integrated datasets indicate that the Bemarivo Belt is separated by a major ductile shear zone into northern and southern "terranes", each with different lithostratigraphy and ages. However, both formed as Neoproterozoic arc/marginal basin assemblages that were translated southwards over the north-south trending domains of "cratonic" Madagascar, during the main collisional phase of the East African Orogeny at ca. 540 Ma. The older, southern terrane consists of a sequence of high-grade paragneisses (Sahantaha Group), which were derived from a Palaeoproterozoic source and formed a marginal sequence to the Archaean cratons to the south. These rocks are intruded by an extensive suite of arc-generated metamorphosed plutonic rocks, known as the Antsirabe Nord Suite. Four samples from this suite yielded U-Pb SHRIMP ages at ca. 750 Ma. The northern terrane consists of three groups of metamorphosed supracrustal rocks, including a possible Archaean sequence (Betsiaka Group: maximum depositional age approximately 2477 Ma) and two volcano-sedimentary sequences (high-grade Milanoa Group: maximum depositional age approximately 750 Ma; low grade Daraina Group: extrusive age = 720-740 Ma). These supracrustal rocks are intruded by another suite of arc-generated metamorphosed plutonic rocks, known as the Manambato Suite, 4 samples of which gave U-Pb SHRIMP ages between 705 and 718 Ma. Whole-rock geochemical data confirm the calc-alkaline, arc-related nature of the plutonic rocks. The volcanic rocks of the Daraina and Milanoa groups also

  10. Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic gneisses reworked during a Neoproterozoic (Pan-African) high-grade event in the Mozambique belt of East Africa: Structural relationships and zircon ages from the Kidatu area, central Tanzania

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    Vogt, M.; Kröner, A.; Poller, U.; Sommer, H.; Muhongo, S.; Wingate, M. T. D.

    2006-06-01

    This study presents new zircon ages and Sm-Nd whole-rock isotopic compositions for high-grade gneisses from the Udzungwa Mountain area in the central part of the Mozambique belt, Tanzania. The study area comprises a succession of layered granulite-facies para- and orthogneisses, mostly retrograded to amphibolite-facies. The original intrusive contacts became obscured or severely modified during non-coaxial ductile deformation, and extensive shearing occurred during retrogression. Structures reflecting the early deformational history were mostly obscured when the rocks were transported into the lower crust as documented by severe flattening. Only the fragmented gneisses in the eastern part of the area testify to a brittle regime. Structures in narrow low strain zones that predate the currently observed layering are preserved in rootless isoclinal folds and boudins. Magmatic and detrital zircons from tonalitic to felsic orthogneisses and a metapelite sample were dated using the U-Pb and Pb-Pb evaporation methods and SHRIMP II. Cathodoluminiscence images reveal ubiquitous xenocrystic cores, rimmed by clear, unzoned overgrowth due to high-grade metamorphism. Discordant U-Pb data therefore reflect core-rim relationships, and it was not always possible to obtain precise crystallisation ages. The analyses reveal Neoarchaean, Palaeoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic protolith ages. Nd isotopic systematics yielded strongly negative ɛNd( t) -values and Neoarchaean to Palaeoproterozoic model ages, even for gneisses emplaced in the Neoproterozoic. The trace element distribution suggests upper crustal derivation of the gneisses. Therefore, our study provides evidence that recycling of older crust played a major role during the evolution of the Kidatu area. Neoarchaean rocks are interpreted to represent fragments of the Tanzania craton. Our results, together with those of earlier workers, lead to the conclusion that the central part of the Mozambique belt mainly consists of ancient

  11. Deformation of the Eastern Franciscan Belt, northern California

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    Jayko, A.S.; Blake, M.C.

    1989-01-01

    The late Jurassic and Cretaceous Eastern Franciscan belt of the northern California Coast Range consists of two multiply deformed, blueschist-facies terranes; the Pickett Peak and Yolla Bolly terranes. Four deformations have been recognized in the Pickett Peak terrane, and three in the Yolla Bolly terrane. The earliest recognized penetrative fabric, D1, occurs only in the Pickett Peak terrane. The later penetrative fabrics, D2 and D3, occur in both the Yolla Bolly and Pickett Peak terranes. D1 and D2 apparently represent fabrics that formed during subduction and accretion of the terranes. Fabrics from both D1 and D2 are consistent with SW-NE movement directions with respect to their present geographic positions. D3 postdates blueschist-facies metamorphism of the terranes and may be related to emplacement of the terranes to higher structural levels. A broad regional warping, D4, is evident from the map pattern and folding of large metamorphosed thrust sheets. D4 folds may be related to deformation associated with oblique convergence along the continental margin in late Cretaceous and (or) early Tertiary time. ?? 1989.

  12. The Afeição augen-gneiss Suite and the record of the Cariris Velhos Orogeny (1000-960 Ma) within the Riacho do Pontal fold belt, NE Brazil

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    Caxito, Fabrício de Andrade; Uhlein, Alexandre; Dantas, Elton Luiz

    2014-04-01

    Early Tonian (˜1000-920 Ma) rocks occur within the Transversal Zone of the Borborema Province in Northeast Brazil comprising the 700 km-long sigmoidal Cariris Velhos belt. The Afeição augen-gneiss Suite crops out in the internal zone of the Riacho do Pontal fold belt, about 100 km southwestward of the closest Cariris Velhos occurrence within the Transversal Zone, and has been proposed to represent a continuation of this belt within the Southern subprovince of the Borborema Province. Several plutons included within this unit intrude or are thrust upon metavolcanosedimentary sequences of three different units (Santa Filomena, Paulistana and Morro Branco complexes). The Afeição Suite is composed mostly of calc-alkaline, high-K, peraluminous, high-silica ferroan and magnesian granites. Chondrite-normalized REE patterns are moderate to highly fractionated, with a pronounced negative Eu anomaly. Incompatible element spidergrams show a negative Nb-Ta anomaly, akin to convergence setting (Cordilleran-type) granites. U-Pb zircon data constrain the age of crystallization between 1000 and 960 Ma, thus confirming chrono-correlation with the Cariris Velhos belt. Values of ɛNd(t) between -1.0 and +3.1 and TDM of 1.2-1.5 Ga, similar to other Cariris Velhos occurrences, suggest variable mixing of Tonian juvenile sources with older crustal sources, the latter involving Archean/Paleoproterozoic basement. Although there are currently no reliable geochronological data for the supracrustal sequences of the internal zone, cross-cutting relationships indicate that the Santa Filomena and Morro Branco complexes are older or of similar age to the Afeição Suite, and thus could be related to the Cariris Velhos Orogeny. Based on petrographic, lithogeochemical, geochronological and isotope data, and according to previous models proposed for the Cariris Velhos belt, we interpret the Afeição Suite as the southwestern edge of a continental margin magmatic arc accreted to this portion of

  13. Early Precambrian gneiss terranes and Pan-African island arcs in Yemen: Crustal accretion of the eastern Arabian Shield

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    Windley, Brian F.; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Ba-Bttat, Mahfood A. O.

    1996-02-01

    Within the Precambrian of Yemen, we have identified four gneiss terranes and two island-arc terranes on the basis of existing literature, mapping, and our own field observations, together with new Sm-Nd isotopic data. The two western gneiss terranes can be correlated with well-documented terranes (Asir and Afif) in Saudi Arabia. To the east of these, the Abas and Al-Mahfid gneiss terranes yield Sm-Nd model ages (tDM) of 1.7 2.3 Ga and 1.3 2.7 Ga, respectively, and cannot be correlated with any documented terranes in Saudi Arabia. These two terranes are separated by a Pan-African island-arc terrane that has been obducted onto one or both of the gneiss terranes, and a second arc bounds the Al-Mahfid gneiss terrane to the east. Our discovery of extensive Proterozoic to late Archean gneisses in Yemen provides important constraints upon the much-discussed tectonic framework of northeast Gondwana and the rate of Pan-African crustal growth. The terranes in Yemen may be correlated with comparable terranes on the eastern margin of the Arabian Shield and in northern Somalia. Thus Yemen provides a link between the arc collage of the Arabian Shield and the gneissic Mozambique belt of East Africa.

  14. Gneisses (Serizzi and Beole) of the Verbano-Cusio-Ossola district (Piedmont, Northern Italy): possible candidates for the designation of "Global Heritage Stone province"

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    Antonella Dino, Giovanna; Borghi, Alessandro; Cavallo, Alessandro; Primavori, Piero

    2016-04-01

    The Verbano-Cusio-Ossola quarrying district (Piedmont, northern Italy) produces many different ornamental stones (granites, gneisses, marbles): two really important categories are represented by Serizzo and Beola gneisses. Several varieties of Serizzo and Beola crop out in the upper and middle Ossola Valley: Serizzo derives from the Antigorio, Monte Leone and Monte Rosa Penninic Units, whereas Beola from the Monte Leone, Orselina-Moncucco-Isorno and Monte Rosa Penninic Units, as well from the Fobello-Rimella schists (Austroalpine). The Serizzo, represented by a group of foliated granitoid orthogneisses (Serizzo Antigorio, Serizzo Formazza, Serizzo Sempione and Serizzo Monte Rosa varieties), is probably the most important and extensively exploited ornamental stones from the VCO province (about 70% of the VCO stone production). The quarries are mostly concentrated in the Antigorio and Formazza valleys, where the Antigorio nappe has a sub-horizontal attitude and reaches its greatest thickness (up to 1000 m). This stone was largely used to produce columns since the end of XV century (e.g. the old Ospedale Maggiore in Milano, now University of Milano) and later on it was replaced with granites. It was also used in the building structure of the Duomo di Milano, for the plinth and the piers. Nowadays, thanks to its good wear resistance and low cost, it is mainly used in polished slabs for paving: a recent application is the Frankfurt airport floor. Beola is the name of a group of heterogeneous orthogneisses with mylonitic foliation and strong mineralogical lineation (Beola Grigia, Bianca, Ghiandonata, Striata varieties), easy to split into thin slabs with hammer and chisel, occurring in the middle Ossola Valley, between Vogogna and Montecrestese. The quarries of Beola are probably the oldest of the Ossola Valley, although the precise period in which the stone started to be exported is unknown. The Beola trade probably started at the end of the XIII century, with the

  15. The dehydration, rehydration and tectonic setting of greenstone belts in a portion of the northern Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa

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    Vanreenen, D. D.; Barton, J. M., Jr.; Roering, C.; Vanschalkwyk, J. C.; Smit, C. A.; Debeer, J. D.; Stettler, E. H.

    1986-01-01

    High-grade gneiss terranes and low-grade granite-greenstone terranes are well known in several Archaean domains. The geological relationship between these different crustal regions, however, is still controversial. One school of thought favors fundamental genetic differences between high-grade and low-grade terranes while others argue for a depth-controlled crustal evolution. The detailed examination of well-exposed Archaean terranes at different metamorphic grades, therefore, is not only an important source of information about the crustal levels exposed, but also is critical to the understanding of the possible tectonic and metamorphic evolution of greenstone belts with time. Three South African greenstone belts are compared.

  16. Combined analysis of land cover change and NDVI trends in the Northern Eurasian grain belt

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    Wright, Christopher K.; de Beurs, Kirsten M.; Henebry, Geoffrey M.

    2012-06-01

    We present an approach to regional environmental monitoring in the Northern Eurasian grain belt combining time series analysis of MODIS normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data over the period 2001-2008 and land cover change (LCC) analysis of the 2001 and 2008 MODIS Global Land Cover product (MCD12Q1). NDVI trends were overwhelmingly negative across the grain belt with statistically significant ( p⩽0.05) positive trends covering only 1% of the land surface. LCC was dominated by transitions between three classes; cropland, grassland, and a mixed cropland/natural vegetation mosaic. Combining our analyses of NDVI trends and LCC, we found a pattern of agricultural abandonment (cropland to grassland) in the southern range of the grain belt coinciding with statistically significant ( p⩽0.05) negative NDVI trends and likely driven by regional drought. In the northern range of the grain belt we found an opposite tendency toward agricultural intensification; in this case, represented by LCC from cropland mosaic to pure cropland, and also associated with statistically significant ( p⩽0.05) negative NDVI trends. Relatively small clusters of statistically significant ( p⩽0.05) positive NDVI trends corresponding with both localized land abandonment and localized agricultural intensification show that land use decision making is not uniform across the region. Land surface change in the Northern Eurasian grain belt is part of a larger pattern of land cover land use change (LCLUC) in Eastern Europe, Russia, and former territories of the Soviet Union following realignment of socialist land tenure and agricultural markets. Here, we show that a combined analysis of LCC and NDVI trends provides a more complete picture of the complexities of LCLUC in the Northern Eurasian grain belt, involving both broader climatic forcing, and narrower anthropogenic impacts, than might be obtained from either analysis alone.

  17. Aeromagnetic and aeromagnetic-based geologic maps of the Coastal Belt, Franciscan Complex, northern California

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    Langenheim, V.E.; Jachens, R.C.; McLaughlin, R.J.

    2011-01-01

    The Coastal belt of the Franciscan Complex represents a Late Cretaceous to Miocene accretionary prism and overlying slope deposits. Its equivalents may extend from the offshore outer borderland of southern California to north of the Mendocino Triple Junction under the Eel River Basin and in the offshore of Cascadia. The Coastal belt is exposed on land in northern California, yet its structure and stratigraphy are incompletely known because of discontinuous exposure, structural disruption, and lithologically non-distinctive clastic rocks. The intent of this report is to make available, in map form, aeromagnetic data covering the Coastal belt that provide a new dataset to aid in mapping, understanding, and interpreting the incompletely understood geology and structure in northern California.The newly merged aeromagnetic data over the Coastal belt of the Franciscan Complex reveal long, linear anomalies that indicate remarkably coherent structure within a terrane where mapping at the surface indicates complex deformation and that has been described as "broken formation" and, even locally as "mélange". The anomalies in the Coastal belt are primarily sourced by volcanic-rich graywackes and exotic blocks of basalt. Some anomalies along the contact of the Coastal belt with the Central belt are likely caused by local interleaving of components of the Coast Ranges ophiolite. These data can be used to map additional exotic blocks within the Coastal belt and to distinguish lithologically indistinct graywackes within the Coastal terrane. Using anomaly asymmetry allows projection of these "layers" into the subsurface. This analysis indicates predominant northeast dips consistent with tectonic interleaving of blocks within a subduction zone.

  18. Aeromagnetic and aeromagnetic-based geologic maps of the Coastal Belt, Franciscan Complex, northern California

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    Langenheim, V.E.; Jachens, R.C.; McLaughlin, R.J.

    2011-01-01

    The Coastal belt of the Franciscan Complex represents a Late Cretaceous to Miocene accretionary prism and overlying slope deposits. Its equivalents may extend from the offshore outer borderland of southern California to north of the Mendocino Triple Junction under the Eel River Basin and in the offshore of Cascadia. The Coastal belt is exposed on land in northern California, yet its structure and stratigraphy are incompletely known because of discontinuous exposure, structural disruption, and lithologically non-distinctive clastic rocks. The intent of this report is to make available, in map form, aeromagnetic data covering the Coastal belt that provide a new dataset to aid in mapping, understanding, and interpreting the incompletely understood geology and structure in northern California. The newly merged aeromagnetic data over the Coastal belt of the Franciscan Complex reveal long, linear anomalies that indicate remarkably coherent structure within a terrane where mapping at the surface indicates complex deformation and that has been described as "broken formation" and, even locally as "melange". The anomalies in the Coastal belt are primarily sourced by volcanic-rich graywackes and exotic blocks of basalt. Some anomalies along the contact of the Coastal belt with the Central belt are likely caused by local interleaving of components of the Coast Ranges ophiolite. These data can be used to map additional exotic blocks within the Coastal belt and to distinguish lithologically indistinct graywackes within the Coastal terrane. Using anomaly asymmetry allows projection of these "layers" into the subsurface. This analysis indicates predominant northeast dips consistent with tectonic interleaving of blocks within a subduction zone.

  19. Tectonics of the Himalayan thrust belt in northern Pakistan

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    Yeats, R. S.; Lawrence, R. D.

    1982-01-01

    It is pointed out that the Himalayan ranges of southern Asia represent a dilemma in modern plate tectonic theory. Alvarez (1982) has tried to resolve some of the problems, but inconsistencies remain. The present investigation considers some of the problems which are now encountered in light of present knowledge. The investigation is concerned mainly with the evolution of the Himalaya south of the Main Mantle Thrust (MMT) and the Indus-Tsangpo suture zone, taking into account the neotectonic setting of northern Pakistan. Attention is given to subdivisions of the central Indian Himalaya, the transition from central Himalaya to northern Pakistan, subdivisions of the Himalaya of northern Pakistan, and aspects of neotectonics. Problems for future work are also discussed.

  20. Tectonics of the Himalayan thrust belt in northern Pakistan

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    Yeats, R. S.; Lawrence, R. D.

    1982-01-01

    It is pointed out that the Himalayan ranges of southern Asia represent a dilemma in modern plate tectonic theory. Alvarez (1982) has tried to resolve some of the problems, but inconsistencies remain. The present investigation considers some of the problems which are now encountered in light of present knowledge. The investigation is concerned mainly with the evolution of the Himalaya south of the Main Mantle Thrust (MMT) and the Indus-Tsangpo suture zone, taking into account the neotectonic setting of northern Pakistan. Attention is given to subdivisions of the central Indian Himalaya, the transition from central Himalaya to northern Pakistan, subdivisions of the Himalaya of northern Pakistan, and aspects of neotectonics. Problems for future work are also discussed.

  1. Mafic rocks from Erinpura gneiss terrane in the Sirohi region: Possible ocean-floor remnants in the foreland of the Delhi Fold Belt, NW India

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    Pandit, M. K.; de Wall, H.; Daxberger, H.; Just, J.; Bestmann, M.; Sharma, K. K.

    2011-08-01

    A small isolated mafic body occurs to the south of Sirohi near village Daba within the Neoproterozoic Erinpura Granite in the southern sector of the Proterozoic Delhi Fold Belt in NW India. This mafic body occurs close to a 100 m wide NE-SW trending shear zone (Daba Shear Zone) which overprints the felsic rock fabrics. Further south, a small mafic body near village Kui was also sampled which forms the southern limit of the Phulad Ophiolite Suite which is a 300 km long major NE-SW trending lineament, described as Western Margin Fault. Some of the lithological components of the Daba mafic body show locally preserved magmatic fabric but completely transformed mineralogies under lower amphibolites facies metamorphic conditions where two-stage deformation has been inferred. Magnetic fabric analysis underlines a general correspondence of structural elements in both felsic and mafic lithologies. Binary correlations of Zr with other high field strength elements underline fractionation as the main process in the evolution of Daba and Kui rocks. Geochemical characteristics indicate subalkaline tholeiitic basalt affinity for these mafic rocks. The trace element characteristics, such as enriched LIL elements, high Th, absence of negative Nb anomalies and depletion in compatible elements in Daba samples suggest an enriched mantle source and lower degree of melting. The trace and rare earth element characteristics for Kui (Th anomaly, Nb-Ta trough and less spiked patterns, flat REE trends) indicate derivation from a refractory mantle source affected by fluids derived from subduction. Distinct differences in trace and REE characteristics between Daba and Kui can be interpreted in terms of different stages of ophiolite development.

  2. Triple junction orogeny: tectonic evolution of the Pan-African Northern Damara Belt, Namibia

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    Lehmann, Jérémie; Saalmann, Kerstin; Naydenov, Kalin V.; Milani, Lorenzo; Charlesworth, Eugene G.; Kinnaird, Judith A.; Frei, Dirk; Kramers, Jan D.; Zwingmann, Horst

    2014-05-01

    Trench-trench-trench triple junctions are generally geometrically and kinematically unstable and therefore can result at the latest stages in complicated collisional orogenic belts. In such geodynamic sites, mechanism and timescale of deformations that accommodate convergence and final assembly of the three colliding continental plates are poorly studied. In western Namibia, Pan-African convergence of three cratonic blocks led to pene-contemporaneous closure of two highly oblique oceanic domains and formation of the triple junction Damara Orogen where the NE-striking Damara Belt abuts to the west against the NNW-striking Kaoko-Gariep Belt. Detailed description of structures and microstructures associated with remote sensing analysis, and dating of individual deformation events by means of K-Ar, Ar-Ar (micas) and U-Pb (zircon) isotopic studies from the Northern Damara Belt provide robust constraints on the tectonic evolution of this palaeo-triple junction orogeny. There, passive margin sequences of the Neoproterozoic ocean were polydeformed and polymetamorphosed to the biotite zone of the greenschist facies to up to granulite facies and anatexis towards the southern migmatitic core of the Central Damara Belt. Subtle relict structures and fold pattern analyses reveal the existence of an early D1 N-S shortening event, tentatively dated between ~635 Ma and ~580 Ma using published data. D1 structures were almost obliterated by pervasive and major D2 E-W coaxial shortening, related to the closure of the Kaoko-Gariep oceanic domain and subsequent formation of the NNW-striking Kaoko-Gariep Belt to the west of the study area. Early, km-scale D1 E-W trending steep folds were refolded during this D2 event, producing either Type I or Type II fold interference patterns visible from space. The D2 E-W convergence could have lasted until ~533 Ma based on published and new U-Pb ages. The final D3 NW-SE convergence in the northernmost Damara Belt produced a NE-striking deformation

  3. Southward shift of the northern tropical belt from 1945 to 1980

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    Brönnimann, Stefan; Fischer, Andreas M.; Rozanov, Eugene; Poli, Paul; Compo, Gilbert P.; Sardeshmukh, Prashant D.

    2015-12-01

    Changes in the position and width of the tropical belt are societally and ecologically relevant, because they are associated with shifts of the subtropical dry zones. The tropical belt has widened since about 1980, but little is known about its earlier variability. Here we analyse historical surface and upper-level observations, three global reanalysis data sets, and a reconstruction of total column ozone, to show that the northern tropical edge retracted from 1945 to 1980, while the northern Hadley cell shifted southwards in both summer and winter. We present chemistry-climate model simulations that reproduce the retraction and southward shift. We find that retraction of the tropical belt was largely due to cooling sea-surface temperatures north of the Equator and warming south of the Equator, most prominently over the Atlantic. Substantial hydroclimatic anomalies such as European droughts of the 1940s and 1950s and the Sahel drought of the 1970s were associated with this shift of the Hadley cell. Our results suggest that multidecadal changes in the position of the northern Hadley cell are an important component of climate variability.

  4. Loess-paleosol sequences at the northern European loess belt in Germany: Distribution, geomorphology and stratigraphy

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    Lehmkuhl, Frank; Zens, Joerg; Krauß, Lydia; Schulte, Philipp; Kels, Holger

    2016-12-01

    Pleistocene loess and loess derivates are distributed along the mountain front of the Central European Mountain Belt in northern and central Germany. Examples from two regions, the Lower Rhine Embayment (LRE) and the Northern foreland of the Harz Mountains (FHM) show that the distribution of loess and the development of loess-paleosol sequences (LPS) are controlled by relief, climate, tectonics, the distance to large river systems, the distance to the Scandinavian ice sheet and the distance to the shelf of the North Sea. In the oceanic LRE higher humidity enhanced the periglacial processes which increased erosion, but also led to preservation in accumulative positions. In contrast, in the more continental FHM the sediments were affected by less intensive periglacial processes and no solifluction can be detected. New loess distribution maps are presented for both key areas, and key sections, especially for the last glacial cycle, are compared and summarized. Both study regions are located in the west - east trending loess belt north of the Central European Mountain belt (in front of the Rhenish Shield = Ardennes-Eifel and Harz Mountains). Finally, a synthesis of typical sediment sequences for both regions is given as an example of paleoenvironmental (landscape) development in northern Central Europe.

  5. SHRIMP U-Pb zircon ages of granite gneiss and paragneiss from Oki-Dogo island, southwest Japan, and their tectonic implications

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    Cho, D.-L.; Takahashi, Y.; Yi, K.; Lee, S. R.

    2012-04-01

    The Hida belt, located in the northern part of southwest Japan, is considered to be a rarely preserved cratonic remnant originated from the easternmost continental margin of the Eurasian continent before the major build-up of the Japanese Islands. It is thus one of the key tectonic elements to unravel the continental accretion processes of the East Asia that have been almost accomplished at the end of the Permo-Triassic time. The gneiss in the Oki-Dogo Island is considered as a western extension of the Hida gneiss on the basis of similarities in both lithofacies and metamorphic ages. However, recent geochronologic investigations on these gneisses raised a question against the simple tectonic correlation between the Hida belt and Oki-Dogo Island (e.g., Tsutsumi et al., 2006). In this work we report new SHRIMP U-Pb zircon ages obtained from two granite gneiss and a paragneiss (Oki gneiss) from Oki-Dogo island. Samples include garnet-bearing granite gneiss (OKI8), granite gneiss (OKI14) and garnet-biotite gneiss (OKI13). Most of zircon grains in OKI8 and OKI14 show oscillatory zoning patterns. They give almost equivalent Late Paleoprotrozoic ages of 1867±16 Ma (n=20, MSWD=2.0) and 1881±17 Ma (n= 20, MSWD=4.4) which are interpreted to date the emplacement ages of the granite protoliths. A few of zircon grains from sample OKI8 show recrystallized rims yielding Triassic metamorphic age of 235.0±6.1 Ma (n=9, MSWD=1.8). Zircon grains from OKI13 have overgrowth rims with low Th/U ratio, and gave a Late Paleoprotrozoic metamorphic age of 1867±16 Ma (n=18, MSWD=3.3) marking the timing of the paragneiss. Most of inherited cores of OKI13 zircons showing magmatic zoning patterns with high Th/U ratio gave a spectrum ranging in ages from Late Archean (up to 2693 Ma) to Early Paleotroterozoic. The Permo-Triassic metamorphic age (~235 Ma) obtained here is well corroborated with those reported from the Hida belt. However, formation ages (~1.9 Ga) of the Oki Gneisses are clearly

  6. Recurrent metalliferous fluid flow, Khetri Copper Belt, northern Rajasthan, NW India

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    Stein, Holly J.; Pandit, Manoj K.; Hannah, Judith L.; Torsvik, Trond H.

    2013-04-01

    Proterozoic copper deposits in deformed sedimentary rocks present a challenging geologic environment for unraveling ore history. Typically, copper ores are broadly but not strictly stratabound and show deformed, less deformed and undeformed generations. A common observation is a late oxidation episode, unrelated to modern weathering, which affects primary sulfides. Thus, formation of Proterozoic copper deposits may span intervals of time within larger orogenic histories, with ores episodically upgraded or even downgraded by multiple generations of introduced fluids moving at regional scales. U-Pb dating of standard minerals (monazite, titanite, zircon) in Proterozoic copper belts is challenging as the isotope systematics may respond unfavorably to post-depositional ingress of fluids. Re-Os dating, on the other hand, can be used to target specific generations of sulfide minerals, thereby directly dating fluid-flow events that move metals. Application of Re-Os dating in multiply-deformed Proterozoic terranes is not without challenge, however, especially when a record of oxidation is clearly visible in the ore-forming history. Utmost care in sampling within a well-defined paragenesis and regional geologic setting is essential. Sulfide mineralization is well known from the Archean-Proterozoic Aravalli-Delhi fold belt in NW India. The northern Delhi fold belt contains the rich Khetri Cu belt, which is hosted in the Ajabgarh Group (quartz-biotite schists, retrograde chlorite-garnet-magnetite-hematite schists, banded amphibolite-quartzites, graphitic schists, calc-silicate units) within the Middle Proterozoic Delhi Supergroup. Recent U-Pb dating of key units in the southern Aravalli-Delhi fold belt reveals a complex history of Neoproterozoic magmatism (1 Ga and 850-750 Ma) along the western side. The northern Delhi fold belt, in contrast, has far fewer radiometric ages other than 1.8 to 1.7 Ga ages for basement granitoids. We provide some of the first geochronology for

  7. The Mesozoic palaeo-relief and immature front belt of northern Tianshan

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    Chen, K.; Gumiaux, C.; Augier, R.; Chen, Y.; Wang, Q.

    2012-04-01

    The modern Tianshan (central Asia) extends east-west on about 2500 km long with an average of more than 2000 m in altitude. At first order, the finite structure of this range obviously displays a crust-scale 'pop-up' of Palaeozoic rocks surrounded by two Cenozoic foreland basins. Up to now, this range is regarded as a direct consequence of the Neogene to recent reactivation of a Palaeozoic belt due to the India - Asia collision. This study focuses on the structure of the northern front area of Tianshan and is mainly based on field structural works. In particular, relationships in between sedimentary cover and basement units allow discussing the tectonic and morphological evolution of the northern Tianshan during Mesozoic and Cenozoic times. The study area is about 250 km long, from Wusu to Urumqi, along the northern piedmont of the Tianshan. Continental sedimentary series of the basin as well as structure of the cover/basement interface can well be observed along several incised valleys. Sedimentological observations argue for a limited transport distance for Lower and Uppermost Jurassic deposits that are preserved within intra-mountainous basins or within the foreland basin, along the range front. Moreover, some of the studied geological sections show that Triassic to Jurassic sedimentary series can be continuously followed from the basin to the range where they unconformably overlie the Carboniferous basement. Such onlap type structures of the Jurassic series, on top of the Palaeozoic rock units, can also be observed at more local-scale (~a few 100 m). At different scales, our observations thus clearly evidence i) the existence of a substantial relief during Mesozoic times and ii) very limited deformation, after Mesozoic, along some segments of the northern range front. Yet, thrusting of the Palaeozoic basement on the Mesozoic or Cenozoic sedimentary series of the basin is also well exposed along some other river valleys. As a consequence, the northern front of

  8. Structural and geochronological constraints on the Pan-African tectonic evolution of the northern Damara Belt, Namibia

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    Lehmann, Jérémie; Saalmann, Kerstin; Naydenov, Kalin V.; Milani, Lorenzo; Belyanin, George A.; Zwingmann, Horst; Charlesworth, Guy; Kinnaird, Judith A.

    2016-01-01

    The Pan-African Orogen formed by convergence of numerous continental blocks during the Neoproterozoic to early Cambrian. This convergence eventually led to amalgamation of Gondwana, a supercontinent crosscut by a network of highly oblique linear orogenic belts that locally intersect each other, as in NW Namibia, where the NNW trending Kaoko Belt joins the NE trending Damara Belt. The northern Damara Belt has preserved well three regional Pan-African tectonic events due to the dominance of weak Neoproterozoic marine sediments (Damara Supergroup) that have been affected by low-grade metamorphism. A newly discovered early N-S horizontal contraction, dated by 40Ar/39Ar at ~590 Ma, is tentatively linked to convergence between the Congo and Kalahari cratons. This was superseded by collision between the Congo and Rio de la Plata cratons between 580 and 530 Ma that thickened and exhumed the orogenic crust of the Kaoko Belt and produce upper crustal N-S oriented folds of earlier fold trains and associated axial planar schistosities in the northern Damara Belt. A switch from E-W to NW-SE horizontal shortening occurred at ~530 Ma as a result of collision with the Kalahari Craton, triggering extensive syn-orogenic magmatism in the entire Damara Belt. During this last event, southward indentation and underthrusting of the Congo Craton promontory below the Neoproterozoic cover sequences produced a deformation front in the northern Damara Belt. Our results show that highly oblique convergent processes competed over a period of ~120 Ma to build Gondwana in Namibia during the late Neoproterozoic to early Cambrian.

  9. Arsenic in groundwaters in the Northern Appalachian Mountain belt: A review of patterns and processes

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    Peters, Stephen C.

    2008-07-01

    Naturally occurring arsenic in the bedrock of the Northern Appalachian Mountain belt was first recognized in the late 19th century. The knowledge of the behavior of arsenic in groundwater in this region has lagged behind nearly a century, with the popular press reporting on local studies in the early 1980s, and most peer-reviewed research articles on regional patterns conducted and written in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Research reports have shown that within this high arsenic region, between 6% and 22% of households using private drinking water wells contain arsenic in excess of 10 µg/L, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's maximum contaminant level. In nearly all reports, arsenic in drinking water was derived from naturally occurring geologic sources, typically arsenopyrite, substituted sulfides such as arsenian pyrite, and nanoscale minerals such as westerveldite. In most studies, arsenic concentrations in groundwater were controlled by pH dependent adsorption to mineral surfaces, most commonly iron oxide minerals. In some cases, reductive dissolution of iron minerals has been shown to increase arsenic concentrations in groundwater, more commonly associated with anthropogenic activities such as landfills. Evidence of nitrate reduction promoting the presence of arsenic(V) and iron(III) minerals in anoxic environments has been shown to occur in surface waters, and in this manuscript we show this process perhaps applies to groundwater. The geologic explanation for the high arsenic region in the Northern Appalachian Mountain belt is most likely the crustal recycling of arsenic as an incompatible element during tectonic activity. Accretion of multiple terranes, in particular Avalonia and the Central Maine Terrane of New England appear to be connected to the presence of high concentrations of arsenic. Continued tectonic activity and recycling of these older terranes may also be responsible for the high arsenic observed in the Triassic rift basins

  10. The immature thrust belt of the northern front of the Tianshan

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    Chen, Ke; Gumiaux, Charles; Augier, Romain; Chen, Yan; Wang, Qingchen

    2010-05-01

    The modern Tianshan (central Asia), which extends east-west on about 2500 km long with an average of more than 2000 m in altitude, is considered as a direct consequence of the reactivation of a Paleozoic belt due to the India - Asia collision. At first order, the finite structure of this range obviously displays a significant uprising of Paleozoic "basement" rocks - as a crustal-scale ‘pop-up' - surrounded by two Cenozoic foreland basins. In order to characterize the coupling history of this Cenozoic orogeny with its northern foreland basin (Junggar basin), a detailed structural field work has been carried out on the northern piedmont of Tianshan. From Wusu to Urumqi, on about 250 km long, the thrusting of the Paleozoic basement on the Mesozoic or Cenozoic sedimentary series of the basin is remarkably exposed along several river valleys. In contrast, in other sections, the Triassic to Jurassic sedimentary series can be followed from the basin to the range where they unconformably overlie on the Carboniferous basement. These series are only gently folded along the "range front". These features imply that, at regional-scale, the Cenozoic reactivation of the Tianshan has not produced important deformation along its contact with the juxtaposed Junggar basin. The shortening ascribed to the Cenozoic intra-continental collision would either be localized in the range, mostly accommodated by reactivated Paleozoic structures or faults in the basement units, or in the distal parts of the Junggar basin, by folds and faults within the Cenozoic sedimentary series. Alternative hypothesis would be that the Tianshan uplift and the movements associated with along its northern front structures, which are traditionally assigned to its Cenozoic reactivation, might be reduced. Such characteristic significantly differs from other well-known orogenic ranges, such as the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Appalachians, the Pyrenees which display highly folded foreland basins and thrust belts

  11. Arsenic in groundwaters in the Northern Appalachian Mountain belt: a review of patterns and processes.

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    Peters, Stephen C

    2008-07-29

    Naturally occurring arsenic in the bedrock of the Northern Appalachian Mountain belt was first recognized in the late 19th century. The knowledge of the behavior of arsenic in groundwater in this region has lagged behind nearly a century, with the popular press reporting on local studies in the early 1980s, and most peer-reviewed research articles on regional patterns conducted and written in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Research reports have shown that within this high arsenic region, between 6% and 22% of households using private drinking water wells contain arsenic in excess of 10 microg/L, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's maximum contaminant level. In nearly all reports, arsenic in drinking water was derived from naturally occurring geologic sources, typically arsenopyrite, substituted sulfides such as arsenian pyrite, and nanoscale minerals such as westerveldite. In most studies, arsenic concentrations in groundwater were controlled by pH dependent adsorption to mineral surfaces, most commonly iron oxide minerals. In some cases, reductive dissolution of iron minerals has been shown to increase arsenic concentrations in groundwater, more commonly associated with anthropogenic activities such as landfills. Evidence of nitrate reduction promoting the presence of arsenic(V) and iron(III) minerals in anoxic environments has been shown to occur in surface waters, and in this manuscript we show this process perhaps applies to groundwater. The geologic explanation for the high arsenic region in the Northern Appalachian Mountain belt is most likely the crustal recycling of arsenic as an incompatible element during tectonic activity. Accretion of multiple terranes, in particular Avalonia and the Central Maine Terrane of New England appear to be connected to the presence of high concentrations of arsenic. Continued tectonic activity and recycling of these older terranes may also be responsible for the high arsenic observed in the Triassic rift

  12. Regional magnetic anomalies, crustal strength, and the location of the northern Cordilleran fold-and-thrust belt

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    Saltus, R.W.; Hudson, T.L.

    2007-01-01

    The northern Cordilleran fold-and-thrust belt in Canada and Alaska is at the boundary between the broad continental margin mobile belt and the stable North American craton. The fold-and-thrust belt is marked by several significant changes in geometry: cratonward extensions in the central Yukon Territory and northeastern Alaska are separated by marginward re-entrants. These geometric features of the Cordilleran mobile belt are controlled by relations between lithospheric strength and compressional tectonic forces developed along the continental margin. Regional magnetic anomalies indicate deep thermal and compositional characteristics that contribute to variations in crustal strength. Our detailed analysis of one such anomaly, the North Slope deep magnetic high, helps to explain the geometry of the fold-and-thrust front in northern Alaska. This large magnetic anomaly is inferred to reflect voluminous mafic magmatism in an old (Devonian?) extensional domain. The presence of massive amounts of malic material in the lower crust implies geochemical depletion of the underlying upper mantle, which serves to strengthen the lithosphere against thermal erosion by upper mantle convection. We infer that deep-source magnetic highs are an important indicator of strong lower crust and upper mantle. This stronger lithosphere forms buttresses that play an important role in the structural development of the northern Cordilleran fold-and-thrust belt. ?? 2007 The Geological Society of America.

  13. U-Pb geochronology of two augen gneiss terranes, Idaho - new data and tectonic implications.

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    Evans, K.V.; Fischer, L.B.

    1986-01-01

    The augen-gneiss of Red River (Idaho) is interpreted as being approx 1370 m.y. old. U-Pb systematics of cogenetic zircons indicate at least one component of inherited radiogenic lead. Field relationships indicate some intense deformation of the host rocks prior to or synchronous with intrusion of the augen-gneiss of Red River. The augen-gneiss of Priest River is 1576 + or - 13 m.y. old, there being no indication of inherited radiogenic lead. The Priest River augen-gneiss probably forms a pre-belt basement that is either tectonically interleaved with belt strata, unconformably underlies belt strata, or both. In any case, the age of 1576 m.y. is probably a maximum for deposition of the Prichard formation.-J.M.H.

  14. Polyphase Neoproterozoic orogenesis within the east Africa- Antarctica orogenic belt in central and northern Madagascar

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    Key, R.M.; Pitfield, P.E.J.; Thomas, Ronald J.; Goodenough, K.M.; Waele, D.; Schofield, D.I.; Bauer, W.; Horstwood, M.S.A.; Styles, M.T.; Conrad, J.; Encarnacion, J.; Lidke, D.J.; O'connor, E. A.; Potter, C.; Smith, R.A.; Walsh, G.J.; Ralison, A.V.; Randriamananjara, T.; Rafahatelo, J.-M.; Rabarimanana, M.

    2011-01-01

    Our recent geological survey of the basement of central and northern Madagascar allowed us to re-evaluate the evolution of this part of the East Africa-Antarctica Orogen (EAAO). Five crustal domains are recognized, characterized by distinctive lithologies and histories of sedimentation, magmatism, deformation and metamorphism, and separated by tectonic and/or unconformable contacts. Four consist largely of Archaean metamorphic rocks (Antongil, Masora and Antananarivo Cratons, Tsaratanana Complex). The fifth (Bemarivo Belt) comprises Proterozoic meta-igneous rocks. The older rocks were intruded by plutonic suites at c. 1000 Ma, 820-760 Ma, 630-595 Ma and 560-520 Ma. The evolution of the four Archaean domains and their boundaries remains contentious, with two end-member interpretations evaluated: (1) all five crustal domains are separate tectonic elements, juxtaposed along Neoproterozoic sutures and (2) the four Archaean domains are segments of an older Archaean craton, which was sutured against the Bemarivo Belt in the Neoproterozoic. Rodinia fragmented during the early Neoproterozoic with intracratonic rifts that sometimes developed into oceanic basins. Subsequent Mid- Neoproterozoic collision of smaller cratonic blocks was followed by renewed extension and magmatism. The global 'Terminal Pan-African' event (560-490 Ma) finally stitched together the Mid-Neoproterozoic cratons to form Gondwana. ?? The Geological Society of London 2011.

  15. Primary relationships of basaltic intrusive rocks and siliceous sedimentary rocks in the Northern Chichibu Belt, Shikoku Island, southwest Japan

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    Tsuji, Tomohiro; Sakakibara, Masayuki; Hori, Rie S.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the primary relationships between basaltic rocks and fossiliferous sedimentary rocks provides direct information on the timing and geologic setting of past oceanic igneous activity. Though the basalts associate with cherts in the Northern Chichibu Belt have been petrographically identified as OIA/OIT or MORB, such primary relationships of them are not well understood.

  16. Development of the Philippine Mobile Belt in northern Luzon from Eocene to Pliocene

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    Suzuki, Shigeyuki; Peña, Rolando E.; Tam, Tomas A.; Yumul, Graciano P.; Dimalanta, Carla B.; Usui, Mayumi; Ishida, Keisuke

    2017-07-01

    The origin of the Philippine Archipelago is characterized by the combination of the oceanic Philippine Mobile Belt (PMB) and the Palawan Continental Block (PCB). This paper is focused on the geologic evolution of the PMB in northern Luzon from Eocene to Pliocene. The study areas (northern Luzon) are situated in the central part of the PMB which is occupied by its typical components made up of a pre-Paleocene ophiolitic complex, Eocene successions, Eocene to Oligocene igneous complex and late Oligocene to Pliocene successions. Facies analysis of the middle Eocene and late Oligocene to early Pliocene successions was carried out to understand the depositional environment of their basins. Modal sandstone compositions, which reflect the basement geology of the source area, were analyzed. Major element geochemistry of sediments was considered to reconstruct the tectonic settings. The following brief history of the PMB is deduced. During the middle Eocene, the PMB was covered by mafic volcanic rocks and was a primitive island arc. In late Eocene to late Oligocene time, the intermediate igneous complex was added to the mafic PMB crust. By late Oligocene to early Miocene time, the PMB had evolved into a volcanic island arc setting. Contributions from alkalic rocks are detected from the rock fragments in the sandstones and chemical composition of the Zigzag Formation. During the middle Miocene to Pliocene, the tectonic setting of the PMB remained as a mafic volcanic island arc.

  17. Early Archean tonalite gneiss in the upper peninsula of Michigan

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    Peterman, Z. E.; Zartman, R. E.; Sims, P. K.

    1986-01-01

    Geochronological results on tonalite gneiss of northern Michigan that is 3.56 Ga or slightly older is presented. Tonalitic augen gneiss and structurally overlying biotite gneiss and schist are exposed in a dome near Watersmeet. They are part of an extensive gneiss terrane of southern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan that includes rocks of early to late Archean ages and lies south of the Wawa volcanic subprovince. Two samples of the augen gneiss and one of the biotite gneiss show zircon grains of similar shape, zoning, color, and development of crystal faces. These zircons give Pb/U isotopic ratios that plot on a chord of 3,560 + or - 40 m.y. upper intersect and of 1,250 + or m.y. lower intersect. The 3,560 m.y. number is believed to be a minimum age because analysis of one of the least discordant zircon fractions by ion microprobe that gave a nearly concordant age of 3,650 m.y. The 1,250 m.y. lower intersect is without geological significance: it is interpreted to be a result of multiple lead loss at 2.7, 1.8, and 0.5 Ga by U/Pb in zircon. Archean rocks 10 to 25 km northwest of the Watersmeet dome give a 2.75 Ga age on zircons. Quartz monzonite here is dated at 2.65 Ga.

  18. Early Archean tonalite gneiss in the upper peninsula of Michigan

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    Peterman, Z. E.; Zartman, R. E.; Sims, P. K.

    Geochronological results on tonalite gneiss of northern Michigan that is 3.56 Ga or slightly older is presented. Tonalitic augen gneiss and structurally overlying biotite gneiss and schist are exposed in a dome near Watersmeet. They are part of an extensive gneiss terrane of southern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan that includes rocks of early to late Archean ages and lies south of the Wawa volcanic subprovince. Two samples of the augen gneiss and one of the biotite gneiss show zircon grains of similar shape, zoning, color, and development of crystal faces. These zircons give Pb/U isotopic ratios that plot on a chord of 3,560 + or - 40 m.y. upper intersect and of 1,250 + or m.y. lower intersect. The 3,560 m.y. number is believed to be a minimum age because analysis of one of the least discordant zircon fractions by ion microprobe that gave a nearly concordant age of 3,650 m.y. The 1,250 m.y. lower intersect is without geological significance: it is interpreted to be a result of multiple lead loss at 2.7, 1.8, and 0.5 Ga by U/Pb in zircon. Archean rocks 10 to 25 km northwest of the Watersmeet dome give a 2.75 Ga age on zircons. Quartz monzonite here is dated at 2.65 Ga.

  19. Evolution of the northern Sierra Nevada metamorphic belt: Petrological, structural, and Ar/Ar constraints

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    Hacker, B.R.

    1993-05-01

    The Sierra Nevada metamorphic belt constitutes an important record of the growth of continental crust from essentially oceanic materials. In the northern Sierra, the central part of the belt is made up of volcanoplutonic arcs and sediment-dominated units inferred to be accretionary wedges or closed ocean basins. The latter are broken formation and melange composed of radiolarian chert, lava, and volcanogenic and continental turbidites. Sedimentary detritus in the largest of these units can be plausibly linked to sources farther east in the Sierra, suggesting that deposition occurred near the eastern Sierran arc. Isoclinal folds, steeply dipping foliations, and steeply plunging down-dip lineations are characteristics structures. The westernmost unit is only feebly recrystallized, and deformation was accomplished principally by stress solution and local redeposition in veins. More easterly, inboard units are compositionally similar, but they recrystallized at pumpellyite-actinolite-and blueschist-facies conditions and deformed via solution-transfer and dislocation creep. Phengite silica contents, the degree of quartz veining, and the locations of pseudo-isograds support an eastward increase in metamorphic pressure and temperature. Metamorphic conditions during the growth of pumpellyite and actinolite ranged from {approximately}150-350 {degrees}C and 200-400 MPa, compatible with recrystallization and deformation in subduction zones or the deeper levels of magmatic arcs. Ar/Ar ages of volcanisclastic rocks and crosscutting plutons constrain the age of deformation and metamorphism in the western part of the region to 174-165 Ma. Deformation and recrystallization in more easterly units may have been coeval or begun as early as Triassic time. 58 refs., 14 figs., 4 tabs.

  20. Filamentous microbial fossil from low-grade metamorphosed basalt in northern Chichibu belt, central Shikoku, Japan

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    Sakakibara, M.; Sugawara, H.; Tsuji, T.; Ikehara, M.

    2014-05-01

    The past two decades have seen the reporting of microbial fossils within ancient oceanic basalts that could be identical to microbes within modern basalts. Here, we present new petrographic, mineralogical, and stable isotopic data for metabasalts containing filamentous structures in a Jurassic accretionary complex within the northern Chichibu Belt of the Yanadani area of central Shikoku, Japan. Mineralized filaments within these rocks are present in interstitial domains filled with calcite, pumpellyite, or quartz, and consist of iron oxide, phengite, and pumpellyite. δ13CPDB values for filament-bearing calcite within these metabasalts vary from -2.49‰ to 0.67‰. A biogenic origin for these filamentous structures is indicated by (1) the geological context of the Yanadani metabasalt, (2) the morphology of the filaments, (3) the carbon isotope composition of carbonates that host the filaments, and (4) the timing of formation of these filaments relative to the timing of low-grade metamorphism in a subduction zone. The putative microorganisms that formed these filaments thrived between eruption (Late Paleozoic) and accretion (Early Jurassic) of the basalt. The data presented here indicate that cryptoendolithic life was present within water-filled vesicles in pre-Jurassic intraplate basalts. The mineralogy of the filaments reflects the low-grade metamorphic recrystallization of authigenic microbial clays similar to those formed by the encrustation of prokaryotes in modern iron-rich environments. These findings suggest that a previously unusual niche for life is present within intraplate volcanic rocks in accretionary complexes.

  1. Tectonic evolution of greenstone-Gneiss association in Dharwar Craton, South India: Problems and perspectives for future research

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    Rao, Y. J. B.

    1986-01-01

    The two fold stratigraphic subdivision of the Archean-Proterozoic greenstone-gneiss association of Dharwar craton into an older Sargur group (older than 2.9 Ga.) and a younger Dharwar Supergroup serves as an a priori stratigraphic model. The concordant greenstone (schist)-gneiss (Peninsular gneiss) relationships, ambiguities in stratigraphic correlations of the schist belts assigned to Sargur group and difficulties in deciphering the older gneiss units can be best appreciated if the Sargur group be regarded as a trimodal association of: (1) ultrabasic-mafic metavolcanics (including komatiites), (2) clastic and nonclastic metasediments and paragneisses and (3) mainly tonalite/trondhemite gneisses and migmatites of diverse ages which could be as old as c. 3.4 ga. or even older. The extensive occurrence of this greenstone-gneiss complex is evident from recent mapping in many areas of central and southern Karnataka State.

  2. Previously unrecognized regional structure of the Coastal Belt of the Franciscan Complex, northern California, revealed by magnetic data

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    Langenheim, Victoria; Jachens, Robert C.; Wentworth, Carl M.; McLaughlin, Robert J.

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic anomalies provide surprising structural detail within the previously undivided Coastal Belt, the westernmost, youngest, and least-metamorphosed part of the Franciscan Complex of northern California. Although the Coastal Belt consists almost entirely of arkosic graywacke and shale of mainly Eocene age, new detailed aeromagnetic data show that it is pervasively marked by long, narrow, and regularly spaced anomalies. These anomalies arise from relatively simple tabular bodies composed principally of magnetic basalt or graywacke confi ned mainly to the top couple of kilometers, even though metamorphic grade indicates that these rocks have been more deeply buried, at depths of 5–8 km. If true, this implies surprisingly uniform uplift of these rocks. The basalt (and associated Cretaceous limestone) occurs largely in the northern part of the Coastal Belt; the graywacke is recognized only in the southern Coastal Belt and is magnetic because it contains andesitic grains. The magnetic grains were not derived from the basalt, and thus require a separate source. The anomalies defi ne simple patterns that can be related to folding and faulting within the Coastal Belt. This apparent simplicity belies complex structure mapped at outcrop scale, which can be explained if the relatively simple tabular bodies are internally deformed, fault-bounded slabs. One mechanism that can explain the widespread lateral extent of the thin layers of basalt is peeling up of the uppermost part of the oceanic crust into the accretionary prism, controlled by porosity and permeability contrasts caused by alteration in the upper part of the subducting slab. It is not clear, however, how this mechanism might generate fault-bounded layers containing magnetic graywacke. We propose that structural domains defined by anomaly trend, wavelength, and source reflect imbrication and folding during the accretion process and local plate interactions as the Mendocino triple junction migrated north, a

  3. Previously unrecognized regional structure of the Coastal Belt of the Franciscan Complex, northern California, revealed by magnetic data

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    Langenheim, V.E.; Jachens, R.C.; Wentworth, C.M.; McLaughlin, R.J.

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic anomalies provide surprising structural detail within the previously undivided Coastal Belt, the westernmost, youngest, and least-metamorphosed part of the Franciscan Complex of northern California. Although the Coastal Belt consists almost entirely of arkosic graywacke and shale of mainly Eocene age, new detailed aeromagnetic data show that it is pervasively marked by long, narrow, and regularly spaced anomalies. These anomalies arise from relatively simple tabular bodies composed principally of magnetic basalt or graywacke confined mainly to the top couple of kilometers, even though metamorphic grade indicates that these rocks have been more deeply buried, at depths of 5–8 km. If true, this implies surprisingly uniform uplift of these rocks. The basalt (and associated Cretaceous limestone) occurs largely in the northern part of the Coastal Belt; the graywacke is recognized only in the southern Coastal Belt and is magnetic because it contains andesitic grains. The magnetic grains were not derived from the basalt, and thus require a separate source. The anomalies define simple patterns that can be related to folding and faulting within the Coastal Belt. This apparent simplicity belies complex structure mapped at outcrop scale, which can be explained if the relatively simple tabular bodies are internally deformed, fault-bounded slabs. One mechanism that can explain the widespread lateral extent of the thin layers of basalt is peeling up of the uppermost part of the oceanic crust into the accretionary prism, controlled by porosity and permeability contrasts caused by alteration in the upper part of the subducting slab. It is not clear, however, how this mechanism might generate fault-bounded layers containing magnetic graywacke. We propose that structural domains defined by anomaly trend, wavelength, and source reflect imbrication and folding during the accretion process and local plate interactions as the Mendocino triple junction migrated north, a

  4. Do mitigation strategies reduce global warming potential in the northern U.S. corn belt?

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    Johnson, Jane M-F; Archer, David W; Weyers, Sharon L; Barbour, Nancy W

    2011-01-01

    Agricultural management practices that enhance C sequestration, reduce greenhouse gas emission (nitrous oxide [N₂O], methane [CH₄], and carbon dioxide [CO₂]), and promote productivity are needed to mitigate global warming without sacrificing food production. The objectives of the study were to compare productivity, greenhouse gas emission, and change in soil C over time and to assess whether global warming potential and global warming potential per unit biomass produced were reduced through combined mitigation strategies when implemented in the northern U.S. Corn Belt. The systems compared were (i) business as usual (BAU); (ii) maximum C sequestration (MAXC); and (iii) optimum greenhouse gas benefit (OGGB). Biomass production, greenhouse gas flux change in total and organic soil C, and global warming potential were compared among the three systems. Soil organic C accumulated only in the surface 0 to 5 cm. Three-year average emission of N₂O and CH was similar among all management systems. When integrated from planting to planting, N₂O emission was similar for MAXC and OGGB systems, although only MAXC was fertilized. Overall, the three systems had similar global warming potential based on 4-yr changes in soil organic C, but average rotation biomass was less in the OGGB systems. Global warming potential per dry crop yield was the least for the MAXC system and the most for OGGB system. This suggests management practices designed to reduce global warming potential can be achieved without a loss of productivity. For example, MAXC systems over time may provide sufficient soil C sequestration to offset associated greenhouse gas emission. by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, Inc.

  5. Dynamics of Continental Plate Delamination: a Numerical Study Applied to the Northern Apenninic Belt.

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    Minelli, G.; Faccenda, M.; Gerya, T.

    2007-12-01

    Suduction zone are sites on the earth surface where a gravitationally unstable lithosphere sinks into the mantle. Normally, cold oceanic plates are good candidates for such behaviour, thought subduction of young slabs is sometimes observed (i.e., Cascadia and Nankai subduction zones). However, other ¢®¡Æanomalous¢®¡¾ subduction zones exist where the subducting plate is a gravitationally stable continent. How is it possible, hence, to subduct continets (or at least part of them)? What are the dynamical processes that occur when weak and buoyant material as the continental crust enter the trench? To answer to these intriguing questions we perform 2D numerical models of an oceanic plate with the attached continental passive margin subducting at 2 cm/yr under a fix continent. As collision occurs, weak (Wet Quartzite flow law) upper crust is deeply subducted and hydrated mantle wedges between the plates through deformation of the low viscosity material. The plates have now lost completely coupling and the lower plate, pulled by the oceanic slab, starts to retreat. The buoyant and weak upper crust is scraped off by the passively advancing astenospheric wedge so that the lower plate increases its negative buoyancy. The upper crust undergoes two deformational phases with early compressional structures being later dissected by extension. The compressional front is characterized by thick crust and low heat flux, while the extensional domain has shallow mantle and high heat flux. Results of the model are on good agreement with the geological and geophysical data collected in the Northern Apennnines, supporting, hence, the retreating and delaminating continental plate model for the last 20 Ma evolution of this belt.

  6. U-Th-Pb isotope chronology of sulfide ores and rocks in the early Proterozoic metavolcanic belt of northern Wisconsin.

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    Afifi, A.; Doe, B.R.; Sims, P.K.; Delevaux, M.H.

    1984-01-01

    Lead from galena of massive sulphide deposits in the metavolcanic belt of northern Wisconsin was probably derived from 3700 m.y. old source material 1800-1900 m.y. ago. Approximately 3500 m.y. old rocks occur within 100-300 km to the north and west. The U-Th-Pb systems of the metavolcanic and granitic rocks in the belt were reset about 1600 m.y. ago during retrogressive metamorphism. The ages from lead isotope data are in accord with Rb/Sr whole-rock, Rb/Sr and K/Ar mineral, and U-Th-Pb zircon dating. A concordia plot of whole-rock lead data shows that many of the rocks lost lead 200-400 m.y. ago during uplift and erosion. Meta-volcanic rocks near Crandon, Wisconsin, had lead isotope compositions 20 m.y. ago that match those in the Pb-Zn ores in Palaeozoic rocks of the upper Mississippi valley. Possibly the volcanic rocks were a source of lead for the Pb-Zn ores. Similar ores might therefore occur between the northern Wisconsin metavolcanic belt and the upper Mississippi valley.-G.J.N.

  7. Spatial and temporal relations between coronae and extensional belts, northern Lada Terra, Venus

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    Baer, Gidon; Schubert, Gerald; Bindschadler, Duane L.; Stofan, Ellen R.

    1994-01-01

    Preliminary studies of the distribution of coronae and volcanic rises on Venus show that many of these features tend to cluster along zones of rifting and extension. The plains north of Lada Terra are crossed by two such extensional belts. Each belt is composed of grabens, ridges, faults, volcanic flows, coronae and coronalike features. The longer and more prominent belt is the NW trending Alpha-Lada extensional belt, which is over 6000 km long and 50-200 km wide, and includes the coronae Eve, Tamfana, Carpo, Selu, Derceto, Otygen, and an unnamed corona south of Otygen. The second belt is the NNE trending Derceto-Quetzalpetlatl extensional belt, which is about 2000 km long and in places over 300 km wide, and includes the coronae Sarpanitum, Eithinoha, and Quetzalpetlatl. The two belts intersect at the 1600 x 600 km wide Derceto volcanic plateau. It is apparent that deformation along the two belts overlapped in time, though deformation along the Alpha-Lada extensional belt probably continued after the deformation along the Derceto-Quetzalpetlatl extensional belt terminated. In certain areas, volcanism originated in grabens within the extensional belts, whereas in other areas, such as in Eve, Selu, Derceto, and Quetzalpetlatl, volcanism originated in the coronae and flowed into the lower parts of the extensional belts. Regional extension has affected the evolution of all the coronae at some stage of their development. Regional deformation occurred before the initiation of Derceto and Eithinoha of their development. Regional deformation occurred before the initiation of Derceto and Eithinoha and after the initiation of Carpo, Tamfana, Otygen, and Sarpanitum. It is thus unlikely that coronae formation along the belts is solely a consequence of the regional extension, and it is also unlikely that regional extension has been caused solely by the coronae. No corona along the belts was formed subsequent to the cessation of the regional extension. We therefore suggest that

  8. Spatial and temporal relations between coronae and extensional belts, northern Lada Terra, Venus

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    Baer, G.; Schubert, G.; Bindschadler, D. L.; Stofan, E. R.

    1994-04-01

    Preliminary studies of the distribution of coronae and volcanic rises on Venus show that many of these features tend to cluster along zones of rifting and extension. The plains north of Lada Terra are crossed by two such extensional belts. Each belt is composed of grabens, ridges, faults, volcanic flows, coronae and coronalike features. The longer and more prominent belt is the NW trending Alpha-Lada extensional belt, which is over 6000 km long and 50-200 km wide, and includes the coronae Eve, Tamfana, Carpo, Selu, Derceto, Otygen, and an unnamed corona south of Otygen. The second belt is the NNE trending Derceto-Quetzalpetlatl extensional belt, which is about 2000 km long and in places over 300 km wide, and includes the coronae Sarpanitum, Eithinoha, and Quetzalpetlatl. The two belts intersect at the 1600 x 600 km wide Derceto volcanic plateau. It is apparent that deformation along the two belts overlapped in time, though deformation along the Alpha-Lada extensional belt probably continued after the deformation along the Derceto-Quetzalpetlatl extensional belt terminated. In certain areas, volcanism originated in grabens within the extensional belts, whereas in other areas, such as in Eve, Selu, Derceto, and Quetzalpetlatl, volcanism originated in the coronae and flowed into the lower parts of the extensional belts. Regional extension has affected the evolution of all the coronae at some stage of their development. Regional deformation occurred before the initiation of Derceto and Eithinoha of their development. Regional deformation occurred before the initiation of Derceto and Eithinoha and after the initiation of Carpo, Tamfana, Otygen, and Sarpanitum. It is thus unlikely that coronae formation along the belts is solely a consequence of the regional extension, and it is also unlikely that regional extension has been caused solely by the coronae. No corona along the belts was formed subsequent to the cessation of the regional extension. We therefore suggest that

  9. Ultra-high temperature granulite-facies metamorphic rocks from the Mozambique belt of SW Tanzania

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    Sommer, H.; Kröner, A.

    2013-06-01

    The metamorphic rocks in the Neoproterozoic (Pan-African) Mozambique belt of southwestern Tanzania, around the town of Songea, can be subdivided into one- and two pyroxene bearing charnockitic gneisses, migmatitic granitoid gneisses and amphibolite-facies metapelites. Lower-grade amphibolite-facies rocks are rare and can be classified as sillimanite- and/or garnet-bearing metapelites. Most of the studied charnockitic gneisses show excellent corona textures with large orthopyroxene grains rimmed by clinopyroxene, followed by quartz and well developed garnet rims due to the reaction Opx + Pl = Grt + Cpx + Qtz that formed during isobaric cooling. These and other charnockitic gneisses show symplectites of orthopyroxene and An-rich plagioclase that resulted from the breakdown of garnet during isothermal decompression due to the reaction Grt + Cpx + Qtz = Opx + Pl. Geothermobarometric calculations yield up to ~ 1050 °C and up to ~ 12 kbar for peak metamorphic conditions. These are higher temperature and slightly lower pressure conditions than reported for other granulite-facies terrains in the Mozambique belt of Tanzania. Single zircon Pb-Pb evaporation and U-Pb SHRIMP ages for magmatic zircons extracted from two charnockitic and two granitic gneisses cluster in two groups, one at ~ 750 Ma and one at ~ 1150 Ma with the older reflecting the time of emplacement of the igneous precursors, and the younger approximating the time of charnockitization. These protolith ages are similar to those farther east in the Masasi area of southern Tanzania, as well as in northern Mozambique and in southern Malawi, and suggest that the Mozambique belt consists of chronologically heterogeneous assemblages whose pre-metamorphic tectonic setting remains obscure.

  10. The Blaník Gneiss in the southern Bohemian Massif (Czech Republic): a rare rock composition among the early palaeozoic granites of Variscan Central Europe

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    René, Miloš; Finger, Fritz

    2016-08-01

    Metamorphosed and deformed tourmaline-bearing leucogranites with a Cambro-Ordovician formation age are widespread in the Monotonous Group of the Variscan southern Bohemian Massif, Czech Republic. The rocks, known locally as Blaník gneiss, are strongly peraluminous and classify as phosphorus-rich low-T, S-type granite. The magma formed from a metapelitic source, most likely through muscovite dehydration melting. With respect to its low-T origin and the abundance of tourmaline, the Blaník gneiss is exotic within the spectrum of Early Palaeozoic granites of the Variscan fold belt of Central Europe. Coeval granitic gneisses in the neighbouring Gföhl unit of the Bohemian Massif can be classified as higher T S-type granites and were probably generated through biotite dehydration melting. The geochemical differences between the Early Palaeozoic granitic magmatism in the Gföhl unit and the Monotonous Group support models claiming that these two geological units belonged to independent peri-Gondwana terranes before the Variscan collision. It is suggested here, that the Gföhl unit and the Monotonous Group represent zones of higher and lower heat flow within the Early Palaeozoic northern Gondwana margin, respectively. The geochemical data presented in this study could be helpful for terrane correlations and palaeogeographic reconstructions.

  11. The switch of magmatic evolution between early and late Paleozoic in the northern Beishan, southern Central Asia Orogenic belt

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    Yuan, Y.; Zong, K.; He, Z.

    2016-12-01

    The Beishan Orogenic Belt locates in the southernmost of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), which plays a key role in understanding the formation and evolution of the CAOB. However, the petrogenesis and geodynamic settings of widely distributed Paleozoic granitoids in the Beishan Orogenic Belt are poorly understood. In this study, we found that petrogenesis and tectonic settings are distinguished between the early and late Paleozoic granitoids in the Mazongshan unit located in the northern Beishan Orogenic Belt. The early Paleozoic intrusions are represented by Hongliuxia granite and Shibanjing complex which intruded at 460-430 Ma. On one hand, they display large range of zircon ɛHf(t) values from -17.1 to +14.2, implying both the juvenile and ancient crust material were involved in their petrogenesis. Noticeable, their zircon Hf model ages range from 0.5 Ga to 2.1 Ga and peaks at 0.9 Ga, 1.2 Ga and 1.8 Ga that are accordance with the formation time of the ancient continental crust in the southern Beishan Orogenic Belt. On the other hand, their geochemical and petrographic signatures reveal a classic high-K I-type granite affinity (e.g., weak peraluminous, moderate A/CNK values (0.72-1.27) , low Ga/Al ratios (1.87-2.41) and occurrence of hornblende). Moreover, they display relative enrichment of LILEs and LREEs but pronounced depletion of Nb, Ta and Ti. Thus, we suggest the early Paleozoic granitoids in the Beishan Orogenic Belt are generated in the continental arc setting. In contrast, the late Paleozoic granitoids are represented by Shuangjingzi complex which emplaced at 330 and 280 Ma. They are characterized by the positive zircon ɛHf(t) values of 5.4-12.8, supporting their magma source are dominated by partial melting of juvenile crust material in the extension setting. Therefore, the early and late Paleozoic magmatic evolutions in the Beishan Orogenic belt are distinguished by the reworking of ancient crust and remelting of juvenile crust materials

  12. Complex temporal-spatial metamorphic relationships, Feather River ultramafic belt, northern Sierra Nevada, California

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    Masutsubo, N.; Wakabayashi, J.

    2011-12-01

    Conventional tectonic models cannot explain the spatial-temporal distribution of the metamorphic grade of the Feather River ultramafic belt (FRB) of the northern Sierra Nevada, California. In the North Yuba River area, thin slabs of ilmenite-bearing, redbrown-amphibole (high Ti, low Al) amphibolites, apparently formed by high-temperature, low to medium pressure (LP-HT) metamorphism, structurally underlie ultramafic rocks, and structurally overlie the high-pressure, low-temperature (HP-LT) blueschist facies Red Ant schist. The Red Ant schist includes a mélange zone with blocks of rutile-bearing, green-amphibole (low Ti, high Al) amphibolite, indicative of high-pressure, high-temperature metamorphism (HP-HT) that have been heavily overprinted with sodic amphibole and lawsonite consistent with mineral assemblages in metabasites in the Red Ant schist coherent units. In the Alleghany and Forest City areas, directly south of the North Yuba River, Red Ant schist, amphibolites, and serpentinites are interleaved as a result of isoclinal folding. In the Alleghany area and the North Fork Feather River areas (roughly 50 km to the north), HP-HT garnet amphibolites occur beneath ultramafic rocks, and the Ar-Ar ages of the latter are about 100 m.y. younger. (ca. 240 vs 340 Ma). In the Forest City area, most of the HP-HT assemblages in amphibolites are almost completely overprinted or erased by later LP-HT metamorphism with red-brown hornblende, diopside, and presumed plagioclase (altered, no fresh plagioclase found), and the only hint of HP-HT metamorphic history was recorded by rutile cores in ilmenite. In the Alleghany area, serpentinite structurally overlies HP-HT amphibolites (rutile-bearing, green amphibole, locally garnet-bearing) that overlie LP-HT (red brown amphibole, ilmenite-bearing) amphibolites, that in turn overlie HP-LT Red Ant schist. These units are repeated in map view by isoclinal folding. The HP-HT rocks may have formed at subduction initiation as a

  13. Petrogenesis of Triassic granitoids in the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt, northern Tibetan Plateau and their tectonic implications

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    Shao, Fengli; Niu, Yaoling; Liu, Yi; Chen, Shuo; Kong, Juanjuan; Duan, Meng

    2017-06-01

    The East Kunlun Orogenic Belt (EKOB), an important part of the Greater Tibetan Plateau, is an ideal region for understanding the tectonic evolution of the Anyemaqen Ocean. Here, we present zircon U-Pb ages, bulk-rock major and trace element analyses and Sr-Nd-Hf isotope compositions on representative samples of the syn-collisional Dulan batholith at the eastern end of the EKOB. The zircon U-Pb age data indicate that the bulk of the Dulan batholith was emplaced at 240-235 Ma. The granitoids have high- to medium-K and metaluminous characteristics. They are enriched in large ion lithophile elements (LILEs) and light rare earth elements (LREEs) and depleted in some high field strength elements (HFSEs, e.g., Nb and Ta), while having a flat heavy REE (HREEs) pattern. The mafic magmatic enclaves (MMEs) share the same age, mineralogy and indistinguishable Sr-Nd-Hf isotopes with their granitoid hosts except for the higher HREE abundances. We show that the MMEs represent cumulate formed at earlier stages of the same magmatic system. The trace element data (e.g., Nb/Th, Ta/U) and inherited mantle isotopic characteristics of the Dulan batholith are also consistent with an origin via partial melting of the last fragments of underthrusting ocean crust. Simple mass balance calculations using the Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic data show that 85% Paleo-Tethys MORB and 15% mature crustal material (the Proterozoic gneiss of the study area) contribute to the source of the granitoids. The Dulan batholith shows compositional similarities to the bulk continental curst with inherited mantle isotopic signatures. The syn-collisional felsic magmatism must have contributed to the net continental crust growth in the EKOB. We infer that the Kunlun and Qinling orogens may actually be one single orogen offset later by the Wenquan fault system.

  14. The arcuate fold-and-thrust belt of northern Taiwan: Results of a two-stage rotation revealed from a paleomagnetic study

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    Sonnette, Lionel; Lee, Jian-Cheng; Horng, Chorng-Shern

    2017-10-01

    The Taiwan orogen is the result of the collision of the Luzon Volcanic Arc pushed northwestward by the Philippine Sea Plate against the Chinese Continental Margin since the Late Miocene and is still uplifting nowadays. The fold-and-thrust belt in northern Taiwan shows an arcuate shape from SW to NE: the strike of the main tectonic structures changes from N 0 ° E to N 70 ° E. Such curvature has not yet been properly interpreted so far. In this study we used paleomagnetic analyses to decipher the tectonic evolution along the fold-and-thrust belt in northern Taiwan, which reveals complex magnetization patterns both in ante-folding and post-folding formations. We also interpret that the fold-and-thrust belt in northern Taiwan has experienced two main rotational events: a 30 - 60 ± 14 ° clockwise rotation followed by a 30 ± 7 ° counterclockwise rotation during the ages of 4.6-1.5 Ma.

  15. Porphyry molybdenum deposits in the Tianshan-Xingmeng orogenic belt, northern China

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    Zeng, Qingdong; Qin, Kezhang; Liu, Jianming; Li, Guangming; Zhai, Mingguo; Chu, Shaoxiong; Guo, Yunpeng

    2015-06-01

    Molybdenum (Mo) exploration activity in China has increased tremendously over the past decade, and China is now known to have the largest Mo reserves in the world. The Tianshan-Xingmeng orogenic belt, the second largest Mo metallogenic belt, possesses over 8.2 Mt of Mo reserves. Porphyry Mo deposits contain 99 % of the Mo reserves in the Tianshan-Xingmeng orogenic belt; other Mo deposits contain 1 % of the Mo reserves. Five subtypes of the porphyry Mo deposits can be distinguished by deposit associations, such as Mo, Mo-Cu, Mo-W, Mo-Pb-Zn-Ag, and Cu-Mo deposits. These porphyry Mo deposits are formed at different stages: during the Ordovician, Devonian, Carboniferous, Late Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods. The polystage porphyry Mo mineralizations indicate that polystage tectonic-magmatic activity occurred in the orogenic belt. The Ordovician-Carboniferous porphyry Cu-Mo deposits are formed in an island-arc setting; the Late Permian porphyry Mo deposits are formed in a syn-collisional tectonic setting; and the Triassic porphyry Mo deposits are formed in a syn-collisional to post-collisional tectonic setting. The Ordovician-Triassic porphyry deposits are related to the Paleo-Asian Ocean tectonic system. The Jurassic porphyry Mo deposits are formed at the eastern margin of the Asian continent and are associated with a Paleo-Pacific plate-subduction tectonic setting. Cretaceous porphyry Mo deposits are formed in a lithospheric thinning setting and are related to the rollback of the Paleo-Pacific subduction plate.

  16. Growth of the Zagros Fold-Thrust Belt and Foreland Basin, Northern Iraq, Kurdistan

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    Koshnaw, Renas; Horton, Brian; Stockli, Daniel; Barber, Douglas; Ghalib, Hafidh; Dara, Rebwar

    2016-04-01

    The Zagros orogenic belt in the Middle Eastern segment of the Alpine-Himalayan system is among the youngest seismically active continental collision zones on Earth. However, due to diachronous and incremental collision, the precise ages and kinematics of shortening and deposition remain poorly understood. The Kurdistan region of the Zagros fold-thrust belt and foreland basin contains well-preserved Neogene wedge-top and foredeep deposits that include clastic nonmarine fill of the Upper Fars, Lower Bakhtiari, and Upper Bakhtiari Formations. These deposits record significant information about orogenic growth, fold-thrust dynamics, and advance of the deformation front. Thermochronologic and geochronologic data from thrust sheets and stratigraphic archives combined with local earthquake data provide a unique opportunity to address the linkages between surface and subsurface geologic relationships. This research seeks to constrain the timing and geometry of exhumation and deformation by addressing two key questions: (1) Did the northwestern Zagros fold-thrust belt evolve from initial thin-skinned shortening to later thick-skinned deformation or vice-versa? (2) Did the fold-thrust belt advance steadily under critical/supercritical wedge conditions involving in-sequence thrusting or propagate intermittently under subcritical conditions with out-of-sequence deformation? From north to south, apatite (U-Th)/He ages from the Main Zagros Thrust, the Mountain Front Flexure (MFF), and additional frontal thrusts suggest rapid exhumation by ~10 Ma, ~5 Ma, and ~8 Ma respectively. Field observations and seismic sections indicate progressive tilting and development of growth strata within the Lower Bakhtiari Formation adjacent to the frontal thrusts and within the Upper Bakhtiari Formation near the MFF. In the Kurdistan region of Iraq, a regional balanced cross section constrained by new thermochronometric results, proprietary seismic reflection profiles, and earthquake hypocenters

  17. The Cretaceous iron belt of northern Chile: role of oceanic plates, a superplume event, and a major shear zone

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    Oyarzun, Roberto; Oyarzún, Jorge; Ménard, Jean Jacques; Lillo, Javier

    2003-08-01

    The Cretaceous constitutes a turning point in the tectonic, magmatic, and metallogenic history of Chile. The geological evidence indicates that a major change occurred in late Neocomian time when superplume emplacement (Mid-Pacific Superplume) and plate reorganization processes took place in the Pacific. The superplume event resulted in a major ridge-push force resulting in increased coupling between the subducting and overriding plates. This completely changed the tectonic setting of Chile ending the Early Cretaceous extensional period (aborted rifting in the back-arc basin), and increasing stress at a crustal scale. As a consequence, overpressurized dioritic magmas were pushed up mainly along the best possible structural path in northern Chile, i.e., the Atacama Fault Zone, eventually forming a +500-km-long belt of Kiruna-type iron deposits with reserves of ~2,000 Mt (60% Fe), a unique case in Chile's geological history.

  18. Physiographic discontinuity along the Levant-Margin hinge-belt of the Arabian Plate (Late Cenomanian, northern Israel)

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    Frank, Ran; Buchbinder, Binyamin; Benjamini, Chaim

    2014-07-01

    The paleo-depositional hinge-belt of the Levant is a zone of rapid proximal-to-distal carbonate facies transitions that defined the western edge of the passive Mesozoic Levant Margin of the Arabian Plate. It was striking parallel to the present day Mediterranean coastline, from northern Sinai to northern Lebanon, but in the mid-Cretaceous a “gap zone”, in which the facies transitions are unclear, extended from northern Israel to southern Mt. Lebanon. This study examines the paleo-physiography and sedimentary evolution in this “gap zone” in the Late Cenomanian of northern Israel. The sedimentary evolution in this region is reflected by five genetic-stratigraphic units representing systems tracts, which were proximal in the Galilee region to the north and distal to the SSW in the Carmel region. During the early Late Cenomanian a carbonate ramp sloped gently from the Galilee towards the Carmel region. Later in the Cenomanian the Galilean part of the ramp was strongly uplifted and faulting enhanced the topography of this region. A steep SSW-facing slope was formed in the Galilee, subdivided into extensional basins tens to hundreds of meters in length. Carbonate sand filled these small basins and was mass-transported further downslope, forming sheeted calciturbidites to the south in the Carmel region. This depositional phase terminated in sea-level fall and subaerial exposure. During the latest Cenomanian, faulting was renewed in the Galilee region, muddy carbonate was deposited on the slope and shelf, and debrites and slides were mass-transported downslope as far as the Carmel region. This depositional phase ended by a second episode of subaerial exposure that was followed by Early Turonian sea-level rise. The direction of mass transport in this region and the trend of proximal-to-distal facies transitions, as well as the strike of the Cenomanian faults, indicate that the depositional strike of the Levantine hinge-belt shifted in this region toward the east

  19. Northward extension of Carolina slate belt stratigraphy and structure, South-Central Virginia: Results from geologic mapping

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    Hackley, P.C.; Peper, J.D.; Burton, W.C.; Horton, J.W.

    2007-01-01

    Geologic mapping in south-central Virginia demonstrates that the stratigraphy and structure of the Carolina slate belt extend northward across a steep thermal gradient into upper amphibolite-facies correlative gneiss and schist. The Neoproterozoic greenschist-facies Hyco, Aaron, and Virgilina Formations were traced northward from their type localities near Virgilina, Virginia, along a simple, upright, northeast-trending isoclinal syncline. This syncline is called the Dryburg syncline and is a northern extension of the more complex Virgilina synclinorium. Progressively higher-grade equivalents of the Hyco and Aaron Formations were mapped northward along the axial trace of the refolded and westwardly-overturned Dryburg syncline through the Keysville and Green Bay 7.5-minute quadrangles, and across the northern end of the Carolina slate belt as interpreted on previous geologic maps. Hyco rocks, including felsic metatuff, metawacke, and amphibolite, become gneisses upgrade with areas of local anatexis and the segregation of granitic melt into leucosomes with biotite selvages. Phyllite of the Aaron Formation becomes garnet-bearing mica schist. Aaron Formation rocks disconformably overlie the primarily felsic volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks of the Hyco Formation as evidenced by repeated truncation of internal contacts within the Hyco on both limbs of the Dryburg syncline at the Aaron-Hyco contact. East-northeast-trending isograds, defined successively by the first appearance of garnet, then kyanite ?? staurolite in sufficiently aluminous rocks, are superposed on the stratigraphic units and synclinal structure at moderate to high angles to strike. The textural distinction between gneisses and identifiable sedimentary structures occurs near the kyanite ?? staurolite-in isograd. Development of the steep thermal gradient and regional penetrative fabric is interpreted to result from emplacement of the Goochland terrane adjacent to the northern end of the slate belt during

  20. The Paleoproterozoic komatiite-hosted PGE mineralization at Lomalampi, Central Lapland Greenstone Belt, northern Finland

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    Törmänen, T.; Konnunaho, J. P.; Hanski, E.; Moilanen, M.; Heikura, P.

    2016-03-01

    Several komatiite-hosted Ni-Cu-PGE deposits occur in Archean and Paleoproterozoic Greenstone Belts in Finland. Some of these deposits are enriched in platinum-group elements, especially in Pd and Pt. The Lomalampi PGE-(Cu-Ni) deposit is associated with a peridotitic cumulate body of the Sattasvaara Formation in the Paleoproterozoic Central Lapland Greenstone Belt. The sulfides in the deposit occur in disseminated form. Whole rock sulfur contents are 0.4-2 wt%, and Ni contents are <0.5 wt% and Cu <0.4 wt%, while PGE contents exceed 500 ppb. The sulfides consist of magmatic pentlandite, pyrrhotite, and chalcopyrite and have not been substantially modified by metamorphic processes. Palladium minerals are associated with sulfides and silicates, but the only Pt-bearing phase, sperrylite, occurs mainly within silicates. The host rock of the deposit is a chromite undersaturated Al-undepleted high-Mg basalt or low-Mg komatiite. In contrast to most other komatiite-hosted Ni-Cu-PGE deposits world-wide that have Pt/Pd around 0.5, the Lomalampi deposit is enriched in Pt over Pd (Pt/Pd = 2). Only a weak contamination signal in the host-cumulate is evident in REE data, but a strong signal is evident in S-isotope ratios (δ34S + 10 ‰ to +15 ‰), which differ substantially from the mantle value (0 ± 2 ‰). Geochemical characteristics (e.g., PGE enrichment) and R-factor modeling indicate certain similarities between Lomalampi and the Raglan Ni-Cu-PGE deposits of Canada. The combined data suggest that Lomalampi formed through contamination of a PGE-rich magnesian magma with S rich country rocks. This suggests that the extensive Central Lapland Greenstone Belt is favorable for komatiite-hosted Ni-Cu-PGE deposits, which are substantially enriched in platinum and palladium.

  1. The geochemical nature of the Archean Ancient Gneiss Complex and Granodiorite Suite, Swaziland: a preliminary study

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    Hunter, D.R.; Barker, F.; Millard, H.T.

    1978-01-01

    The Ancient Gneiss Complex (AGC) of Swaziland, an Archean gray gneiss complex, lies southeast and south of the Barberton greenstone belt and includes the most structurally complex and highly metamorphosed portions of the eastern Kaapvaal craton. The AGC is not precisely dated but apparently is older than 3.4 Ga. The AGC consists of three major units: (a) a bimodal suite of closely interlayered siliceous, low-K gneisses and metabasalt; (b) homogeneous tonalite gneiss; and (c) interlayered siliceous microcline gneiss, metabasalt, and minor metasedimentary rocks - termed the metamorphite suite. A geologically younger gabbro-diorite-tonalite-trondhjemite suite, the Granodiorite Suite, is spatially associated with the AGC and intrusive into it. The bimodal suite consists largely of two types of low-K siliceous gneiss: one has SiO2 14%, low Rb/Sr ratios, and depleted heavy rare earth elements (REE's); the other has SiO2 > 75%, Al2O3 < 13%, high Rb/Sr ratios, and relatively abundant REE's except for negative Eu anomalies. The interlayered metabasalt ranges from komatiitic to tholeiitic compositions. Lenses of quartz monzonitic gneiss of K2O/Na2O close to 1 form a minor part of the bimodal suite. Tonalitic to trondhjemitic migmatite locally is abundant and has major-element abundances similar to those of non-migmatitic varieties. The siliceous gneisses of the metamorphic suite show low Al2O, K2O/Na2O ratios of about 1, high Rb/Sr ratios, moderate REE abundances and negative Eu anomalies. K/Rb ratios of siliceous gneisses of the bimodal suite are very low (???130); of the tonalitic gneiss, low (???225); of the siliceous gneiss of the metamorphite suite, moderate (???300); and of the Granodiorite Suite, high (???400). Rocks of the AGC differ geochemically in several ways from the siliceous volcanic and hypabyssal rocks of the Upper Onverwacht Group and from the diapirs of tonalite and trondhjemite that intrude the Swaziland Group. ?? 1978.

  2. Bouguer gravity trends and crustal structure of the Palmyride Mountain belt and surrounding northern Arabian platform in Syria

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    Best, J.A.; Barazangi, M. ); Al-Saad, D.; Sawaf, T.; Gebran, A. )

    1990-12-01

    This study examines the crustal structure of the Palmyrides and the northern Arabian platform in Syria by two- and three-dimensional modeling of the Bouguer gravity anomalies. Results of the gravity modeling indicate that (1) western Syria is composed of at least two different crustal blocks, (2) the southern crustal block is penetrated by a series of crustal-scale, high-density intrusive complexes, and (3) short-wavelength gravity anomalies in the southwest part of the mountain belt are clearly related to basement structure. The crustal thickness in Syria, as modeled on the gravity profiles, is approximately 40{plus minus}4 km, which is similar to crustal thicknesses interpreted from refraction data in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The different crustal blocks and large-scale mafic intrusions are best explained, though not uniquely, by Proterozoic convergence and suturing and early Paleozoic rifting, as interpreted in the exposed rocks of the Arabian shield. These two processes, combined with documented Mesozoic rifting and Cenozoic transpression, compose the crustal evolution of the northern Arabian platform beneath Syria.

  3. Mid-Late Miocene deformation of the northern Kuqa fold-and-thrust belt (southern Chinese Tian Shan): An apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He study

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    Chang, Jian; Tian, Yuntao; Qiu, Nansheng

    2017-01-01

    The Kuqa fold-and-thrust belt developed in response to Cenozoic southward shortening between the Chinese Tian Shan and the Tarim Basin. This study aims to constrain the timing of the Late Cenozoic deformation by determining the onset time of enhanced rock cooling using apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronometry. Eight sedimentary samples were collected from Triassic to Cretaceous strata exposed along a 17 km N-S transect, cross-cutting the northern Kuqa fold-and-thrust belt. Single-grain AHe ages from these samples mostly cluster around 8-16 Ma and are younger than their depositional ages. Older AHe ages show a positive relationship with [eU], a proxy for radiation damage. Modelling of the observed age-eU relationships suggest a phase of enhanced cooling and erosion initiated at Mid-Late Miocene time (10-20 Ma) in the northern Kuqa fold-and-thrust belt. This result is consistent with a coeval abrupt increase of sedimentation rate in the foreland Kuqa depression, south of the study area, indicating a Mid-Late Miocene phase of shortening in the northern Kuqa fold-and-thrust belt.

  4. Pan-African reactivation of the Lurio segment of the Kibaran Belt system: a reappraisal from recent age determinations in northern Mozambique

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    Sacchi, R.; Cadoppi, P.; Costa, M.

    2000-04-01

    The role of the Lurio Belt in northern Mozambique, and the geological evolution of its foreland in the Proterozoic are discussed in the light of recent, single zircon age determinations showing Pan-African age for the granulite-facies metamorphism. The following tentative conclusions are reached, and evidence for and against them is reviewed. The Lurio Belt had a two-fold history, as a crust-forming orogen during the Kibaran and as a transpressive suture in Pan-African times. Together with the Zambezi Belt and the Schlesien-Mwembeshi Lineament, it formed a 3000 km discontinuity which underwent an embryonic oceanic development before being sutured during the Pan-African collisional event. The Lurio Belt foreland had a tectonic-metamorphic evolution at ca 1000 Ma, prior to major, Pan-African overprinting and was probably continuous with the basement of Queen Maud Land (Antarctica) and Natal. In Pan-African times, clockwise transpressive movements along the Lurio Belt brought about emplacement of granulite klippen in its foreland. If there is a southward continuation of the Pan-African Mozambique Belt beyond Mozambique, it is probably to be found in Antarctica.

  5. Spatial greenstone-gneiss relationships: Evidence from mafic-ultramafic xenolith distribution patterns

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    Glikson, A. Y.

    1986-01-01

    The distribution patterns of mafic-ultramafic xenoliths within Archaean orthogneiss terrain furnish an essential key for the elucidation of granite-greenstone relations. Most greenstone belts constitute mega-xenoliths rather than primary basin structures. Transition along strike and across strike between stratigraphically low greenstone sequences and xenolith chains demonstrate their contemporaneity. These terrains represent least deformed cratonic islands within an otherwise penetratively foliated deformed gneiss-greenstone crust. Whereas early greenstone sequences are invariably intruded by tonalitic/trondhjemitic/granodioritic gneisses, stratigraphically higher successions may locally overlap older gneiss terrains and their entrained xenoliths unconformably. The contiguity of xenolith patterns suggests their derivation as relics of regional mafic-ultramafic volcanic crustal units and places limits on horizontal movements between individual crustal blocks.

  6. Comparison of the tectonics and geophysics of the major structural belts between the northern and southern continental margins of the South China Sea

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    Xia, Kan-yuan; Huang, Ci-liu; Jiang, Shao-ren; Zhang, Yi-xiang; Su, Da-quan; Xia, Si-gao; Chen, Zhong-rong

    1994-07-01

    A comparison of the tectonics and geophysics of the major structural belts of the northern and the southern continental margins of South China Sea has been made, on the basis of measured geophysical data obtained by ourselves over a period of 8 years (1984-1991). This confirmed that the northern margin is a divergent one and the southern margin is characterized by clearly convergent features. The main extensional structures of the northern margin are, from north to south: (1) The Littoral Fault Belt, a tectonic boundary between the continental crust and a transitional zone, along the coast of the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian in South China. It is characterised by earthquake activities, high magnetic anomalies and a rapid change in crustal thickness. (2) The Northern and Southern Depression zones (i.e., the Pearl River Mouth Basin), this strikes NE-ENE and is a very large Cenozoic depression which extends from offshore Shantou westwards to Hainan Island. (3) The Central Uplift Zone. This includes the Dongsha Uplift, Shenhu Uplift and may be linked with the Penghu uplift and Taiwan shoals to the east, forming a large NE-striking uplift zone along the northern continental slope. It is characterized by high magnetic anomalies. (4) Southern Boundary Fault Belt of the transitional crust. This has positive gravity anomalies on the land side and negative ones on the sea side. (5) The Magnetic Quiet Zone. This is located south of the southern Boundary Fault Belt and between the continental margin and the Central Basin of the South China Sea. Magnetic anomalies in this belt are of small amplitude and low gradient. We consider the Magnetic Quiet Zone to be a very important tectonic zone. The major structures of southern continental margin southwards are: (1) The Northern Fault Belt of the Nansha Block. This extends along the continental slope north of the Liyue shoal (Reed Bank) and Zhongye reef, and is a tectonic boundary between oceanic crust and the Nansha Block

  7. Anorogenic nature of magmatism in the Northern Baikal volcanic belt: Evidence from geochemical, geochronological (U-Pb), and isotopic (Pb, Nd) data

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    Neymark, L.A.; Larin, A.M.; Nemchin, A.A.; Ovchinnikova, G.V.; Rytsk, E. Yu

    1998-01-01

    The Northern Baikal volcanic belt has an age of 1.82-1.87 Ga and extends along the boundary between the Siberian Platform and the Baikal foldbelt. The volcanic belt is composed of volcanics of the Akitkan Group and granitic rocks of the Irel and Primorsk complexes. The geochemistry of the rocks points to the intraplate anorogenic nature of the belt. U-Pb zircon dating of the Chuya granitoids revealed that they are older (2020-2060 Ma) than the Northern Baikal volcanic belt and, thus, cannot be regarded as its component. Data on the Pb isotopic system of feldspars from the granitoids confirm the contemporaneity of all volcanic rocks of the belt except the volcanics of the upper portion of the Akitkan Group (Chaya Formation). Our data suggest its possibly younger (???1.3 Ga) age. The isotopic Nd and Pb compositions of the acid volcanic rocks provide evidence of the heterogeneity of their crustal protoliths. The volcanics of the Malaya Kosa Formation have ??Nd(T) = -6.1, ??2 = 9.36, and were most probably produced with the participation of the U-depleted lower continental crust of Archean age. Other rocks of the complex show ??Nd(T) from -0.1 to -2.4, ??2 = 9.78, and could have been formed by the recycling of the juvenile crust. The depletion of the Malaya Kosa volcanics in most LILEs and HFSEs compared with other acid igneous rocks of the belt possibly reflects compositional differences between the Late Archean and Early Proterozoic crustal sources. The basaltic rocks of the Malaya Kosa Formation (??Nd varies from -4.6 to -5.4) were produced by either the melting of the enriched lithospheric mantle or the contamination of derivatives of the depleted mantle by Early Archean lower crustal rocks, which are not exposed within the area. Copyright ?? 1998 by MAEe Cyrillic signK Hay??a/Interperiodica Publishing.

  8. Eastward extent of the Late Eocene-Early Oligocene onset of deformation across the northern Andes: constraints from the northern portion of the Eastern Cordillera fold belt, Colombia

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    Corredor, Freddy

    2003-12-01

    New geologic information supports an interpretation of the initiation of tectonic uplift in the eastern margin of the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia and the onset of deformation across the northern Andes during the Late Eocene-Early Oligocene. The eastern edge of Late Eocene-Early Oligocene deformation was located at the present site of the eastern margin of the Eastern Cordillera. This uplift can be linked to tectonic events already described for the western margin of the Eastern Cordillera. On the basis of an interpretation of geologic maps, a new regional balanced cross-section across the region, seismic reflection profiles, remote sensing images, and biostratigraphic data, three major deformation events are invoked to describe the evolution of this fold belt. The first event occurred early during the Late Eocene-Early Oligocene and formed a NE-vergent imbricate fan. This imbricate fan was eroded and covered by Late Oligocene deposits, which formed a major angular unconformity. A subsequent compressional event in Miocene-Pliocene times (Andean orogeny) reactivated preexisting thrust faults and created new ones that folded those formed during the earlier event. These younger thrust faults also offset and folded the angular unconformity. Finally, a more recent tectonic event refolded the structures from the previous events. The thin-skinned thrust system of the northeastern margin of the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia can be linked to a foot wall shortcut of the inverted Servitá fault formed during the Late Eocene-Recent inversion of a Jurassic-Cretaceous extensional basin.

  9. Enhanced detection of gossans using hyperspectral data: Example from the Cape Smith Belt of northern Quebec, Canada

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    Laakso, K.; Rivard, B.; Rogge, D.

    2016-04-01

    Owing to the links between gossans and mineral deposits, detecting gossans by remote sensing means is essential for mineral exploration. In northern regions, gossans can develop as thin oxidized surfaces, named thin gossans, that can be covered with lichens. This study investigates the effects of spectral mixing between such gossans with lichens and their rock substrates using laboratory spectroscopic data obtained from samples collected in the Cape Smith Belt of Canada. These observations are then scaled up to the airborne hyperspectral data obtained from the same area. Our laboratory results indicate that the presence of lichens on gossans induces a general spectral shift towards shorter wavelengths of the iron absorption typical of gossan spectra. The opposite shift is observed due to the influence of the rock substrates. These effects can thus impede classification of gossans based on the interpretation of iron oxide mineralogy from spectra. Our airborne spectral results suggest that thin gossans can be detected and discriminated from thick gossans, and further broken down into several classes according to their host rock substrates. The ability to define distinct classes of thin gossans is significant since the association of these gossans with specific rock substrates can be exploited for exploration. The ability to distinguish thin and thick gossans alone can contribute to mineral exploration since it can be either the former or the latter group of gossans that acts as an ore deposit vector.

  10. Chloritites of the Tocantins Group, Araguaia fold belt, central-northern Brazil: Vestiges of basaltic magmatism and metallogenetic implications

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    Kotschoubey, Basile; Villas, Raimundo Netuno; Aires, Benevides

    2016-08-01

    Chloritites from different localities (Arapoema, Couto Magalhães Velho, Juarina, Morro Grande, Morro do Jabuti, Morro do Pau Ferrado, Morro do Salto, Serra do Jacu, Serra do Quatipuru, Serra do Tapa, Serrinha) of the Araguaia fold belt, Tocantins geotectonic province, central-northern Brazil, have been investigated. Based on field work and petrographic, diffractometric, geochemical and mineral chemistry data, these rocks, commonly associated with metacherts and banded iron formations, have been interpreted as products of ocean-floor exhalative-hydrothermal activity on MORB basalts. Distribution patterns of rare earth elements and diagrams of relatively immobile components in the hydrothermal environment highlight not only the genetic link between the chloritites and the basaltic rocks that occur in the region (Serra do Tapa and Morro do Agostinho), but also some peculiar characteristics of the submarine environment. The rock association and anomalous contents of Cu, Zn, Ni, As, and Au are suggestive that the region was favorable to the formation of volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits, what makes it a potential target for mineral exploration programs.

  11. Overview of radiometric ages in three allochthonous belts of Northern Venezuela: Old ones, new ones, and their impact on regional geology

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    Sisson, V.B.; Ave Lallemant, H.G.; Ostos, M.; Blythe, A.E.; Snee, L.W.; Copeland, Peter; Wright, J.E.; Donelick, R.A.; Guth, L.R.

    2005-01-01

    The margin of northern Venezuela is a complex zone representing the orogenic events from basement formation to subsequent subduction and exhumation during transpressional collision. This boundary zone has six east-west-trending belts that each record a different segment of its development. This geologic complexity requires radiometric ages to unravel, and we herein provide 48 new ages including U-Pb (4), Rb-Sr (2), 40Ar/39Ar (24), zircon and apatite fission-track (17), and 14C (1) ages to constrain the evolution of three of these belts. These three belts are the Cordillera de la Costa, Caucagua-El Tinaco, and Serran??a del Interior belts. In the Cordillera de la Costa belt, U-Pb geochronologic data indicate portions of the basement igneous and metaigneous rocks formed in the Cambro-Ordovician (513-471 Ma). New 40Ar/39Ar data from Margarita Island indicate that some of the subduction complex was rapidly cooled and exhumed, whereas other portions indicate slower cooling. This contrasts with new 40Ar/39Ar data from the Puerto Cabello. ?? 2005 Geological Society of America.

  12. Evolving Stress State and Deformation Mechanism in the Himalayan Foreland Fold-and-Thrust Belt, Northern Pakistan

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    Ahmad, I.; Dasti, N.

    2010-12-01

    Crustal deformation along with shortening due to northward under-thrusting of the Indian plate beneath the Eurasian plate continues to create active tectonic features on the northern fringes of the Indian craton since major collision began in the Eocene. Here the study provides insights on the evolving stress state and deformation mechanism of the Salt Range and Potwar area of Northern Pakistan. This part of Himalayan foreland fold-and-thrust-belt has severe history of deformation during 5.1 Ma and 2 Ma. This foreland area lies between Main Boundary Thrust (MBT) in the north, Himalayan Frontal Thrust (HFT) in the south and Jhelum fault of sinistral nature in the east & Kalabagh fault of dextral nature in the west. An integrated data from seismic reflection profiles and drilling logs reveal that the subsurface deformation encompasses pop-ups, imbricates, duplexes with in-sequence and out-of-sequence thrusting. It also depicts that intensity of deformation increases from the northern margin of Soan geosyncline towards north due to lacking of evaporites while in the south it decreases due to gradual increase in salt thickness. Surface geologic mapping glimpses a series of thrust sheets and anticlines trending ENE-SWS in the eastern and central part of the study area; whereas in the western part, the trend is almost E-W. This variation in the trend of structures is the result of counter clock rotational behaviour (~10°deviation from north to the west) of north-western part of the Indian lithospheric plate. Current outcrop-scale natural fracture data collected from selected anticlinal structures of the study area is presented to manifest the stress evolution and deformation styles under the established tectonic framework. Collected data is analysed for the evaluation of tectonic stress direction and deformation mechanism. The genetic arrangement and types of fractures observed in the study area indicate that the whole area is under compression. The data also testify

  13. Clustering of velocities in a GPS network spanning the Sierra Nevada Block, the northern Walker Lane Belt, and the Central Nevada Seismic Belt, California-Nevada

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    Savage, James C.; Simpson, Robert W.

    2013-01-01

    The deformation across the Sierra Nevada Block, the Walker Lane Belt, and the Central Nevada Seismic Belt (CNSB) between 38.5°N and 40.5°N has been analyzed by clustering GPS velocities to identify coherent blocks. Cluster analysis determines the number of clusters required and assigns the GPS stations to the proper clusters. The clusters are shown on a fault map by symbols located at the positions of the GPS stations, each symbol representing the cluster to which the velocity of that GPS station belongs. Fault systems that separate the clusters are readily identified on such a map. Four significant clusters are identified. Those clusters are strips separated by (from west to east) the Mohawk Valley-Genoa fault system, the Pyramid Lake-Wassuk fault system, and the Central Nevada Seismic Belt. The strain rates within the westernmost three clusters approximate simple right-lateral shear (~13 nstrain/a) across vertical planes roughly parallel to the cluster boundaries. Clustering does not recognize the longitudinal segmentation of the Walker Lane Belt into domains dominated by either northwesterly trending, right-lateral faults or northeasterly trending, left-lateral faults.

  14. Clustering of velocities in a GPS network spanning the Sierra Nevada Block, the Northern Walker Lane Belt, and the Central Nevada Seismic Belt, California-Nevada

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    Savage, J. C.; Simpson, R. W.

    2013-09-01

    The deformation across the Sierra Nevada Block, the Walker Lane Belt, and the Central Nevada Seismic Belt (CNSB) between 38.5°N and 40.5°N has been analyzed by clustering GPS velocities to identify coherent blocks. Cluster analysis determines the number of clusters required and assigns the GPS stations to the proper clusters. The clusters are shown on a fault map by symbols located at the positions of the GPS stations, each symbol representing the cluster to which the velocity of that GPS station belongs. Fault systems that separate the clusters are readily identified on such a map. Four significant clusters are identified. Those clusters are strips separated by (from west to east) the Mohawk Valley-Genoa fault system, the Pyramid Lake-Wassuk fault system, and the Central Nevada Seismic Belt. The strain rates within the westernmost three clusters approximate simple right-lateral shear (~13 nstrain/a) across vertical planes roughly parallel to the cluster boundaries. Clustering does not recognize the longitudinal segmentation of the Walker Lane Belt into domains dominated by either northwesterly trending, right-lateral faults or northeasterly trending, left-lateral faults.

  15. Shallow and Deep Crustal Seismicity under the Precordilleran Belt, Northern Chile

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    Kummerow, Joern; Salazar, Pablo; Wigger, Peter; Shapiro, Serge A.; Asch, Guenter

    2010-05-01

    We have analyzed crustal and Nazca slab- related seismicity around 21°S in Northern Chile, which has been recorded by a temporary local seismic network in the years 2005-2009. The focus of this study is the high-resolution location of more than 1000 crustal earthquakes in the Precordilleran region with local magnitudes Ml in the range between -0.5 < Ml < 5.4. We have applied a largely automized earthquake location algorithm, which includes cluster identification and optimization of arrival times for events within each cluster. Seismicity shows different patterns north and south of 21°S, respectively. It is distributed along several distinct active segments of the West Fissure Fault System at shallow depths (< 10km). A west-dipping major crustal interface, which has been unrevealed before, can be clearly imaged from a few kilometers depth near the West Fissure Fault system at 69°W down to about 25km depth. We have also detected two deep crustal earthquake clusters (35 - 40km depth). Their position and orientation correlate remarkably well with previously found bands of high seismic reflectivity, supporting the interpretation as being images related to ongoing fluid migration.

  16. Diamonds in an Archean greenstone belt: Diamond suites in unconventional rocks of Wawa, Northern Ontario (Canada)

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    Kopylova, Maya; Bruce, Loryn; Ryder, John

    2010-05-01

    Diamonds typically are found on Archean cratons entrained by younger Phanerozoic kimberlites. In contrast, Wawa diamonds are hosted in "unconventional", non-kimberlitic rocks that formed contemporaneously with the mafic and sedimentary rocks of the Archean Michipicoten Greenstone Belt (MGB). We studied two diamond suites that occur within the 2.9-2.7 Ga greenschist facies rocks of MGB located in the southwest portion of the Superior Craton (E. Canada). The first diamond suite henceforth referred to as the Wawa breccia diamonds (384 stones), are hosted in the 2618-2744 Ma calc-alkaline lamprophyres and volcaniclastic breccias, contemporaneous with pillow basalts and felsic volcanics of MGB. The second suite, the Wawa conglomerate diamonds (80 crystals), are hosted in the 2697-2700 Ma poorly sorted sedimentary polymictic conglomerate which is interpreted as a proximal alluvial fan debris flow in a fan-delta environment. The majority of the diamonds was found within the matrix of the conglomerate. The diamondiferous breccia occurs 20 km north of the town of Wawa, whereas the conglomerate is found 12 km northeast of Wawa. Diamonds from the 2 occurrences were characterized and described for provenance studies. Both the breccia and conglomerate diamonds show similar crystal habits, with the predominance of octahedral single crystals and ~ 10% of cubes. The conglomerate diamonds are significantly less resorbed (no resorbtion in 43% of the stones) than the breccia diamonds (8% non-resorbed stones). In both suites, only 21-24% show high degrees of resorption. The majority of crystals in both suites are colourless, with some yellow, brown and grey stones. Conglomerate diamonds had a wider variety of colours that were not seen in the breccia diamonds, including green and pink. The breccia diamonds contain 0-740 ppm N and show two modes of N aggregation at 0-30 and 60-95%. Among the breccia diamonds, Type IaA stones comprise 17%, whereas IaAB stones make up 49% of the

  17. Early Cretaceous structural deformation and evolution of the northern segment of the Sulu orogenic belt : a case study of the Rizhao ductile shear zones, eastern Jiaodong

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    Shi, Xiaoxiao; Liu, Junlai; Yuan, Fengjie

    2017-04-01

    Located between the North China and the Yangtze plates, the Sulu orogenic belt became part of the Eurasian plate in Late Mesozoic. The structural deformation, evolution and denudation of the UHP rocks in the orogenic belt in the Early Cretaceous has been extensively debated in the last decades. Middle-upper crustal shear zones are widely distributed in the Rizhao-Wulian area that is located in the northern segment of the Sulu orogenic belt. Our detailed study on the structural, microstructural and fabric characteristics of the shear zones may help to clarify the debates. Middle-upper crustal shear zones are inhomogeneously localized within and along the north margin of the Sulu orogenic belt. They extend generally in NE-SW direction, but locally change to E-W in Rizhao region. Mylonitic foliations in the shear zones generally have varying dipping directions and generally shallow dip angles, but stretching lineations on the foliations consistently plunge E-W. Microstructural and fabric analysis suggest that mylonitic rocks along a section from Sanzhuang (west) to Rizhao (east), across the orogenic belt, show prograde trend, i.e., from upper greenschist facies to upper amphibolites facies. In any case, top-to-the-West or -WNW shear sense is shown by mesoscopic and microscopic shear indicators, e.g., S-C fabrics, σ- and δ- type mantled feldspar porphyroclasts, and mica fish etc., which is consistent with that from the Wulian detachment shear zone. A mylonitized granitic pegmatite vein with zircon U-Pb age of 134.4 ± 3.0 Ma and the undeformed Kuaijishan granitic pluton with zircon U-Pb age of 119.5 ± 2.0 Ma near Rizhao imply that the shearing started at or after ca. 135 and ceased before ca. 120 at the southwestern part of the Sulu orogenic belt. This age span is in accordance with the results from the Wulian detachment fault zone along the western margin of the Sulu belt. We therefore propose that shearing in both the Rizhao and the Wulian areas are the product of

  18. Study of Magnetic Fabrics and Paleomagnetism Across Northern Transect of Taiwan Mountain Belt and Thier Implications

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    Yeh, E. C.; Peng, X. J.; Tseng, Y. C.; Chou, Y. M.; Lee, T. Q.; Aubourg, C.; Chen, C. C.; Lin, S. T.; Chen, C. T.

    2015-12-01

    Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) can be regarded as a useful tool for understanding the variation of finite strain pattern for regional deformation. In order to evaluate the interrelationship between maximum metamorphic temperature and deformation during mountain building, oriented samples of low-grade metamorphic rocks across the northern Taiwan were collected. In addition to the study of magnetic susceptibility anisotropy, experiments of natural remanent magnetization, hysteresis loop, and temperature-function magnetic susceptibility were also conducted. Results show that K1 orientation of magnetic ellipsoids suggested NW-SE compression, which is consistent with plate convergence direction. Both deformation intensity and anisotropy increase from the west to east with abnormally strong intensity and oblate strain near major faults. Magnetic fabrics have grouped six-stage from Type I to VI upon increasing strain. Study area can be divided into four domain A to D by geological characteristics and distribution of magnetic fabric. Rocks in Domain A begin to be influenced by horizontal tectonic strain. Ellipsoid is oblate and K1 is in northeast-southwest orientation, indicating NW-SW compression. Magnetic fabric belongs to Type II. K3 orientation in Domain B started to be affected by cleavage. The shape of ellipsoid is mainly oblate. Magnetic fabric is classified as Type II-III. The shape of ellipsoid in Domain C gradually converts to prolate. Distribution of K3, influenced by cleavage development, becomes a girdle in NW-SE orientation. It is treated as Type III-IV. In Domain D, though both anisotropy and deformation intensity are increased, the direction of K3 is still concentrated in vertical, not in horizontal. Results might be the reflective of discontinuous strain response to different kinematic mechanisms between the Backbone Range and the Hsueshan Range. Thermopaleogeomagnetic records of pyrrhotite remanence on both limbs of the Chungling Anticline

  19. Clonal Waves of Neisseria Colonisation and Disease in the African Meningitis Belt: Eight- Year Longitudinal Study in Northern Ghana

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    Leimkugel, Julia; Hodgson, Abraham; Forgor, Abudulai Adams; Pflüger, Valentin; Dangy, Jean-Pierre; Smith, Tom; Achtman, Mark; Gagneux, Sébastien; Pluschke, Gerd

    2007-01-01

    Background The Kassena-Nankana District of northern Ghana lies in the African “meningitis belt” where epidemics of meningococcal meningitis have been reoccurring every eight to 12 years for the last 100 years. The dynamics of meningococcal colonisation and disease are incompletely understood, and hence we embarked on a long-term study to determine how levels of colonisation with different bacterial serogroups change over time, and how the patterns of disease relate to such changes. Methods and Findings Between February 1998 and November 2005, pharyngeal carriage of Neisseria meningitidis in the Kassena-Nankana District was studied by twice-yearly colonisation surveys. Meningococcal disease was monitored throughout the eight-year study period, and patient isolates were compared to the colonisation isolates. The overall meningococcal colonisation rate of the study population was 6.0%. All culture-confirmed patient isolates and the majority of carriage isolates were associated with three sequential waves of colonisation with encapsulated (A ST5, X ST751, and A ST7) meningococci. Compared to industrialised countries, the colonising meningococcal population was less constant in genotype composition over time and was genetically less diverse during the peaks of the colonisation waves, and a smaller proportion of the isolates was nonserogroupable. We observed a broad age range in the healthy carriers, resembling that of meningitis patients during large disease epidemics. Conclusions The observed lack of a temporally stable and genetically diverse resident pharyngeal flora of meningococci might contribute to the susceptibility to meningococcal disease epidemics of residents in the African meningitis belt. Because capsular conjugate vaccines are known to impact meningococcal carriage, effects on herd immunity and potential serogroup replacement should be monitored following the introduction of such vaccines. PMID:17388665

  20. Petrogenesis and tectonic implications of Upper Triassic appinite dykes in the East Kunlun orogenic belt, northern Tibetan Plateau

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    Liu, Bin; Ma, Chang-Qian; Huang, Jian; Wang, Lian-Xun; Zhao, Shao-Qing; Yan, Rong; Sun, Yang; Xiong, Fu-Hao

    2017-07-01

    This paper presents geochronological, mineralogical, geochemical, and Sr-Nd isotopic data for recently identified Upper Triassic appinite dyke swarms in the East Kunlun orogenic belt (EKOB), northern Tibetan Plateau. Zircon U-Pb isotopic analyses using SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS techniques yield 206Pb/238U ages of 226.1 ± 1.9 Ma and 226.4 ± 3.5 Ma, which can be interpreted as the crystallization ages of the appinite dykes. All the samples are characterized by high Al2O3 contents, enrichments in light rare earth elements (LREEs) and large ion lithophile elements (LILEs) and strong depletions in Nb, Ta, Ti and P. These characteristics are comparable to those of subduction-related calc-alkaline high-Al basalts. Delayed plagioclase nucleation caused by relatively high-pressure conditions and high H2O contents is the most likely interpretation of the high Al contents. The geochemical and isotopic variations suggest that the appinite dykes were derived from partial melting of a mixed mantle source consisting of enriched lithospheric mantle and MORB-type asthenospheric mantle and had experienced some degree of crustal contamination during migration through continental crust. The appinite dykes are associated with previously documented, contemporaneous high-Ba-Sr and/or high-Sr/Y granites (225-223 Ma) derived from thickened mafic lower crust. These rocks provide important constraints on the compositional variations in the orogenic lithospheric mantle during the Late Triassic and provide evidence of a post-collisional environment associated with lithospheric delamination or slab break-off.

  1. Geochemistry of the mafic volcanic rocks of the Buzwagi gold mine in the Neoarchaean Nzega greenstone belt, northern Tanzania

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    Manya, Shukrani

    2016-11-01

    The Buzwagi gold mine, found in the Neoarchaean Nzega greenstone belt of northern Tanzania; is underlain by mafic volcanic rocks which are associated with a massive body of ultramafic rocks that are considered to be cumulates. The mafic-ultramafic rocks association are cross-cut by 2.71 Ga grey TTG and 2.67 Ga pink microcline K-rich granites. The Buzwagi mine mafic volcanic rocks are Fe-rich tholeiites (MgO = 3.59-7.67 wt.%, Fe2O3 = 12.5-17.7 wt.% and Mg# = 30-56) that are characterized by flat REE (La/SmCN = 0.78-1.12) and N-MORB like patterns except for moderate negative anomalies of Nb (Nb/Lapm = 0.46-1.13) and Ta, Zr and Hf. The rocks exhibit sub-chondritic Zr/Hf ratios of 28.5-40.5 (average = 32.6) and Ti/Zr ratios of 102-136 (average = 124) and suggest that they are mantle-derived. Their La/Nb ratios of 0.85-2.10 encompass the range of oceanic ridge/plateau (La/Nb < 1.4) and arc-like (La/Nb > 1.4) basalts. The Buzwagi mine mafic volcanic rocks have been interpreted as products of 4-10% (average = 5%) non-modal partial melting of the DMM source leaving a residual mineralogy comprised of olivine (57%), orthopyroxene (28%), clinopyroxene (13%) and spinel (2%). The DMM source was metasomatized by the slab-derived hydrous fluids in a back arc setting. This study corroborates previous evidence that crustal growth in the late Archaean Tanzania Craton occurred at convergent margins.

  2. Microfacies Analysis and Paleoenvironmental Interpretation of the Eocene Kohat Formation, Gumbat Section, Himalayan Fold and Thrust Belt, Northern Pakistan.

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    Mirza, Kamran

    2015-04-01

    A section of the Middle Eocene Kohat Formation has been measured and sampled systematically for the microfacies analysis and paleoenvironmental interpretation from the Gumbat Section, Kohat Basin, Himalayan Fold and Thrust Belt, Northern Pakistan. The section of Kohat Formation is 84 m thick in this area. A total number of 45 samples were collected from bottom to top in such a way that minor lithological variations were noticed and sampled. Out of these samples, 67 thin sections were made that were later on studied under the microscope for microfacies analysis and paleoenvironmental interpretation. Four microfacies and eight subfacies have been identified in the section. These microfacies and their subfacies are: Lime Mudstone Facies Benthic Foraminiferal Wackstone Facies This microfacies is further divided into five subfacies: Nummulites-Milliolid Wackestone Facies, Nummulites-Alveolina-Milliolid Wackestone Facies, Nummulites-Alveolina Wackestone Facies, Alveolinid Wackestone Facies, Nummulites-Coskinolina Wackestone Facies, Benthic Foraminiferal Packstone Facies This microfacies is again divided into three subfacies namely: Nummulites-Alveolina Packstone Facies, Milliolid-Peloid Packstone Facies and Nummulites-Assilina Packstone Facies. And Milliolid-Peloid Grainstone Facies. These microfacies indicate some interesting results about the paleoenvironments at the time of deposition of the Kohat Formation in this area. The larger benthic foraminifera of different groups have been used for the interpretation of paleoenvironments. These micro organisms show a great susceptibility to the minor changes in climate, depth zone and the nature of substrate. These can safely be used for the paleoenvironmental interpretation of any carbonate system deposited in the marine realm. On the basis of above mentioned microfacies, it can be concluded that the Kohat Formation in Gumbat area was deposited in low to moderate energy conditions, open marine, shallow shelf environments.

  3. Anatomy of a volcanic district in a carbonate fold-and-thrust belt: the northern Volsci Range (Italy)

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    Cardello, Giovanni Luca; Consorti, Lorenzo; Di Filippo, Michele

    2015-04-01

    The Volsci Range is a carbonate fold-and-thrust belt crossed by important normal faults in places associated with explosive volcanic deposits and hydrothermal ongoing activity within a moderately active seismic area (e.g., Latina earthquake 2012, Mw=3.8). Though distribution of volcanites is known, origin, volume and field characterization of a previously unstudied volcanic district is far to be addressed and it is the topic of this work. Several monogenic phreatomagmatic vents occur at the edges of the chain and within its backbone. The most relevant ones are characterized at the base by well welded to zeolitized tuffs, followed either by incoherent tuffs or by surges (e.g., Patrica, Valvisciolo) and locally by lavas (i.e., Giuliano di Roma, Pofi, Terracina) and finally by late Quaternary slope deposits. Most explosive units are largely composed by local Mesozoic platform carbonate litic clasts, showing different degrees of rounding and decarbonation. Micropalaeontology and facies analysis confirm that clasts are not older than late Jurassic and not younger than Cenomanian (Upper part of the Ostracoda and Miliolidae biozone). Therefore considering the stratigraphy beneath the vent points, litics could come from depths of about 400-600 meters. Juvenile litics of different composition, accretionary lapilli and the above mention carbonate litic clasts testify for a complex conduct composition and for the rupture of the carbonatic aquifer during eruption. Right at the southern slope of the Lepini Mounts (northern Volsci Range), as detected from the analysis of the n-2 residual gravity anomalies, monogenic circular vents (tuff rings) occur buried under Quaternary deposits or are just barely cropping out as necks (Doganella di Ninfa). Further south, despite the occurrence of pyroclastic deposits in boreholes, thickness and shape of volcanic deposits below the Pontina Plain is still unconstrained, providing a challenge for further geophysical studies. However, the

  4. Thermobarometric studies on the Levack Gneisses: Footwall rocks to the Sudbury Igneous Complex

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    James, R. S.; Peredery, W.; Sweeny, J. M.

    1992-01-01

    Granulite and amphibolite facies gneisses and migmatites of the Levack Gneiss Complex occupy a zone up to 8 km wide around the northern part of the Sudbury Igneous Complex (SIC). Orthopyroxene- and garnet-bearing tonalitic and semipelitic assemblages of granulite facies grade occur within 3 km of the SIC together with lenses of mafic and pyroxenitic rock compositions normally represented by an amphibole +/- cpx-rich assemblage; amphibolite facies assemblages dominate elsewhere in this terrain. These 2.711-Ga gneisses were introduced by (1) the Cartier Granite Batholith during late Archaean to early Proterozoic time and (2) the SIC, at 1.85 Ga, which produced a contact aureole 1-1.5 km wide in which pyroxene hornfelses are common within 200-300 m of the contact. A suite of 12 samples including both the opx-gt and amphibole-rich rock compositions have been studied. Garnets in the semipelitic gneisses are variably replaced by a plg-bio assemblage. Thermobarometric calculations using a variety of barometers and thermometers reported in the literature suggest that the granulite facies assemblages formed at depths in the 21-28 km range (6-8 kbar). Textures and mineral chemistry in the garnet-bearing semipelitic rocks indicate that this terrain underwent a second metamorphic event during uplift to depth in the 5-11 km range (2-3 kbar) and at temperatures as low as 500-550 C. This latter event is distinct from thermal recrystallization caused by the emplacement of the SIC; it probably represents metamorphism attributable to intrusion of the Cartier Granite Batholith. These data allow two interpretations for the crustal uplift of the Levack Gneisses: (1) The gneisses were tectonically uplifted prior to the Sudbury Event (due to intrusion of the Cartier Batholith); or (2) the gneisses were raised to epizonal levels as a result of meteorite impact at 1.85 Ga.

  5. Sedimentation of the mud belt along the coast of China from the mouth of the Yangtze (Changjiang) River to northern Taiwan Strait: An Source-to-Sink Perspective

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    Chien, C. C.; Liu, J. T.; Yang, R.; Huh, C. A.; Su, C. C.

    2016-02-01

    Sediments in the Taiwan Strait are originated from Mainland China and Taiwan. The China Coastal Current, influenced by the northeast monsoon in winter, becomes enhanced, which caries the sediments exported from the Yangtze River to the southern East China Sea and the Taiwan Strait along the Zhemin-Taiwan Strait mud belt. The sediment transport process is also influenced by tidal current and Kuroshio Branch Current and Taiwan Warm Current, making the seafloor sediment signals complex. This study used R/V Ocean Researcher V (Cruise 0032), to collect six box cores and three gravity cores along the Zhemin mud belt and the mud belt in northern Taiwan Strait in the winter of 2014. From the core samples, grain-size distribution, Multi-Sensor Core Logger, and 7Be activity were measured to investigate the sedimentation process along the mud belts. The box core taken at the mouth of the Changjiang- is composed of homogeneous clay and rich in shell fragments. The core off the mouth of Ou River is composed of homogeneous clay, but showing horizontal laminations. Near the Taishan Island off the coast of Zhejiang the core is consisted of a homogeneous sandy sediments that turned into clay. Off the mouth of the Min River the core consists of clay with shell fragments. Off the coast of the Wu River on the west coast of the Taiwan, the core is mainly composed of muddy sediments, which has the siltstone layers of oblique bedding. Off the mouth of Zhuoshui River in central Taiwan, the core is composed of sandy sediments. From the mouth of the Changhjiang, Zhemin mud belt, the northern Taiwan Strait mud belt, to the central Taiwan Strait, 7Be activity in the seafloor sediment indicates that the freshness of the terrigenous sediments decreased. The Mass Magnetic Susceptiblity (MSI) demonstrates that the terrigenous sediments decreased from north to south. The MSI signals in the core off the mouth of the Minjiang are different from those in the neighboring cores. This is suspected due

  6. Structure of the Millen Schist Belt (Antarctica): Clues for the tectonics of northern Victoria Land along the paleo-Pacific margin of Gondwana

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    Crispini, Laura; Federico, Laura; Capponi, Giovanni

    2014-04-01

    Northern Victoria Land (Antarctica) belonged to the active proto-Pacific margin of Gondwana, which was the site of convergence during the Paleozoic. This study provides new insights into the structural architecture of northern Victoria Land, focusing on the boundary area between the Bowers and Robertson Bay terranes, i.e., in the Millen Schist Belt. It is a high-strain equivalent of the adjoining terranes, presently delimited by the Leap Year and the Handler faults. Our study reveals that these two faults overprint a preexisting transitional deformational boundary and are associated with a significant syntectonic circulation of fluids and mineralization. The Millen Schist Belt consists of two lithotectonic packages, juxtaposed along the Crosscut-Aorangi duplex thrust system, related to late Ross deformation. As there is increasing evidence of a post-Ross contractional event in northern Victoria Land, we suggest that the structural architecture of the Bowers-Robertson Bay terrane boundary results from a long-lasting SW-NE contractional regime, during the Ross-Delamerian Orogeny and still active afterward. This points to an extension of the Australian Lachlan Orogeny in Antarctica. The similarity of the structural architecture, the gold mineralization, the rock type, and the age supports the correlation of the Bowers and the Robertson Bay terranes with the Stawell Zone of the Lachlan Fold Belt. In our new tectonic scenario the Lanterman Fault (northern Victoria Land) plays the same role as the Moyston Fault (southeastern Australia), and the Leap Year and Handler faults correlate with the "intra-zone faults" of the Stawell Zone (e.g., the Ararat-Stawell Fault Zone).

  7. Melting-induced fluid flow during exhumation of gneisses of the Sulu ultrahigh-pressure terrane

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    Zong, Keqing; Liu, Yongsheng; Hu, Zhaochu; Kusky, Timothy; Wang, Dongbin; Gao, Changgui; Gao, Shan; Wang, Jianqi

    2010-12-01

    -facies metamorphic age of 217 ± 5 Ma (2σ), overlap with the formation age of the quartz vein. This implies that retrogression of the eclogite lens could have been caused by melting-induced fluid flow. Based on the above observations, we speculate that partial melting of the gneiss in the continental subduction-related UHP belt could have induced a significant fluid flow during the exhumation stage, and thus contributed significantly to the extensive retrogression of eclogites in the Sulu UHP terrane.

  8. Sm-Nd age and isotopic systematics of the bimodal suite, ancient gneiss complex, Swaziland

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    Carlson, R.W.; Hunter, D.R.; Barker, F.

    1983-01-01

    Studies of the development and stabilization of the Archaean crust often focus on the relative temporal relationships between the metamorphosed basaltic to ultramafic volcanic units (greenstone belts) and the sialic gneiss terrains that make up the oldest sections of the terrestrial crust. At the heart of this interest are the questions of the processes responsible for crust formation in the Archaean and whether or not the various units of an Archaean crustal section represent new additions to the crust from the mantle or are products of the reprocessing of even older crustal materials. One area where this controversy has been particularly pronounced is the Archaean crustal section of south-west Africa1-6. The oldest rocks in the Kaapvaal craton consist of the Onverwacht Group of mafic to ultramafic metavolcanics of the Barberton greenstone belt and a grey-gneiss complex termed the ancient gneiss complex (AGC) of Swaziland. We report here the results of a whole-rock Sm-Nd isotopic study of the AGC and the implications these data may have for crustal evolution in the Kaapvaal craton. ?? 1983 Nature Publishing Group.

  9. Thermal structure and melting conditions associated with `hot' subduction: Implications from thermobarometry of Garibaldi belt basalts, northern Cascadia Subduction System

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    Green, N. L.

    2005-12-01

    The northern Cascadia margin of North America is the classic example of a "hot" subduction system. The downgoing Juan de Fuca plate decreases in age from ca. 10 m.y. off the central Washington coast to less than 5 m.y. off central Vancouver Island; beneath the Garibaldi volcanic belt (GVB) 250 km east of the convergent margin, inferred age of the oceanic lithosphere decreases northward from ca. 22 m.y to 13 m.y. Primitive and near-primitive mafic lavas, which primarily occur trenchward of the GVB volcanic front, range northward from high-Al olivine tholeiites, Mg-andesites and LILE- and LREE-enriched calc-alkaline basalts at Glacier Peak, through transitional basalts in the Cheakamus Valley to alkali olivine basalts and trachybasalts at Meager Mountain, Salal Glacier and Bridge River. The more northerly GVB basaltic magmas show the least evidence of slab-derived components in their source regions. Application of various olivine-melt and pyroxene-melt thermobarometers to GVB basalts indicates a general increase in magmatic temperatures from 1150-1200 C in Mount Baker and Glacier Peak basalts to 1225-1300 C in Bridge River and Salal Glacier lavas. Fe-Ti oxide thermobarometry suggests that northernmost basalts equilibrated under oxygen fugacities conditions between QFM and NNO, whereas Glacier Peak lavas equilibrated at higher oxygen fugacities (ca. 1 log unit above NNO). Estimated P and T conditions of mantle segregation suggest that GVB basalts ascended from increasingly greater depths northward along the volcanic arc. Similar variation is indicated by calculated P-T of basalt equilibrations with both Mg- and Fe-rich peridotite mineral assemblages, based on diopside and albite activity-composition relations. Estimated mantle equilibration temperatures correlate positively with some HFSE abundances (e.g., Hf), but negatively with those of fluid mobile elements (e.g., Cs and B). These relationships are considered in terms of the influence of slab thermal structure on

  10. Geology of the Eoarchean, > 3.95 Ga, Nulliak supracrustal rocks in the Saglek Block, northern Labrador, Canada: The oldest geological evidence for plate tectonics

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    Komiya, Tsuyoshi; Yamamoto, Shinji; Aoki, Shogo; Sawaki, Yusuke; Ishikawa, Akira; Tashiro, Takayuki; Koshida, Keiko; Shimojo, Masanori; Aoki, Kazumasa; Collerson, Kenneth D.

    2015-11-01

    The Earth is a unique planet, which has been highly evolved, diversified and complicated through geologic time, and underwent many key events, including giant impact, magma ocean, core formation, large-scale mantle differentiation and late heavy bombardment, especially in its dawn. But, our knowledge of early Earth is limited due to the lack of the Hadean supracrustal rocks. The supracrustal rocks with the Eoarchean ages provide key evidence for the Earth's early evolution, but few supracrustal rocks have been comprehensively investigated. Therefore, we mapped in seven areas of the Saglek Block, northern Labrador, where ancient supracrustal sequences are interleaved with a diverse assemblage of orthogneisses. Early studies suggested that some of them have the Mesoarchean ages because of the lack of the Mesoarchean Saglek dyke, but we found the Saglek dykes in the areas to recognize the Eoarchean Nulliak supracrustal rocks and Uivak Gneiss in all the areas. Recent reassessment of U-Pb dating and cathodoluminescence observation of zircons from the oldest suites of the Uivak Gneiss showed that the Uivak Gneiss has the Eoarchean age, > 3.95 Ga, and forms the Iqaluk-Uivak Gneiss series. Because our geological survey clearly showed that the Iqaluk-Uivak Gneisses were intruded into the Nulliak supracrustal belts, the Nulliak supracrustal rocks are the oldest supracrustal rock in the world. The supracrustal belts consist of piles of fault-bounded blocks, which are composed of the ultramafic rocks, mafic rocks and sedimentary rocks in ascending order, similar to modern ocean plate stratigraphy (OPS). In addition, small-scale duplex structures are found over the areas. The presence of duplex structure and OPS indicates that the > 3.95 Ga Nulliak supracrustal belts originate from an accretionary complex. The presence of the accretionary complex, ophiolite and granitic continental crust provides the oldest evidence for the plate tectonics on the early Earth.

  11. Zircon geochronology of the Webb Canyon Gneiss and the Mount Owen Quartz Monzonite, Teton Range, Wyoming: Significance to dating late Archean metamorphism in the Wyoming craton

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    Zartman, R.E.; Reed, J.C.

    1998-01-01

    The Webb Canyon Gneiss is a strongly foliated and lineated orthogneiss intercalated with layered Archean gneisses in the northern part of the Teton Range in northwestern Wyoming. The Mount Owen Quartz Monzonite is a non-foliated or weakly flow foliated rock which forms a discordant pluton exposed in the central part of the range and that cuts the Webb Canyon Gneiss and the associated layered gneisses. U-Pb zircon geochronology reported here indicates that euhedral pink zircon grew in the Webb Canyon Gneiss at about 2680 Ma, probably during the peak of regional metamorphism and that the Mount Owen was emplaced at 2547??3 Ma. These dates provide the best constraints so far reported on the age of Late Archean regional metamorphism in the western part of the Wyoming craton.

  12. An unusual triangle zone in the external northern Alpine foreland (Switzerland): Structural inheritance, kinematics and implications for the development of the adjacent Jura fold-and-thrust belt

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    Malz, Alexander; Madritsch, Herfried; Meier, Beat; Kley, Jonas

    2016-02-01

    Triangle zones represent typical structural elements of thin-skinned foreland fold-and-thrust belts. Here, we report the results of an in-depth structural analysis of a rather unusual triangle zone at the front of the easternmost Jura fold-and-thrust belt in the otherwise only very mildly deformed Alpine foreland of Northern Switzerland. The investigation is based on the interpretation of recently reprocessed and depth-migrated 2D reflection seismic sections. Classical bed-length and area cross-section balancing methods were used to validate the interpretation and unravel the tectonic evolution of the triangle zone. According to our interpretation the analyzed triangle zone formed along the Baden-Irchel-Herdern-Lineament (BIH-Lineament), a regional Paleozoic normal fault that shows evidence of Cenozoic reactivation. The triangle zone is composed of one major foreland-directed thrust rooting in Triassic evaporites and a back-thrust splaying from it in the Middle Jurassic Opalinus Clay, pointing to the importance of secondary detachments. Steeply dipping secondary reverse faults next to the triangle zone suggest reactivation of pre-existing normal faults. The formation of the thrust triangle is considered to relate to thin-skinned foreland deformation in Late Miocene time. Strain estimations of the thrust triangle along-strike show a laterally very uniform amount of shortening, which is in contrast to the southward adjacent Jura fold-and-thrust belt. We interpret this constant shortening to represent the maximum contractional strain attainable by the specific geometry of the BIH triangle zone. At this point, the complex structure became mechanically ineffective and further shortening led to the formation of new contractional structures in its hinterland. This kinematic hypothesis suggests an early-stage formation of the BIH triangle zone followed by back stepping of the deformation front. As such, it challenges the classical view of a purely forward-breaking sequence

  13. Structural analysis of the Itapucumí Group in the Vallemí region, northern Paraguay: Evidence of a new Brasiliano/Pan-African mobile belt

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    Campanha, Ginaldo Ademar da Cruz; Warren, Lucas; Boggiani, Paulo César; Grohmann, Carlos Henrique; Cáceres, Alberto Arias

    The Neoproterozoic (Ediacaran) Itapucumí Group in northern Paraguay is composed of carbonate and siliciclastic rocks, including ooid grainstones, marls, shales and sandstones, containing Cloudina fossils in the eastern region. It is almost undeformed over the Rio Apa Cratonic Block but shows a strong deformational pattern at its western edge. A detailed structural analysis of the Itapucumí Group was conducted in the Vallemí Mine, along with a regional survey in other outcrops downstream in the Paraguay River and in the San Alfredo, Cerro Paiva and Sargento José E. López regions. In the main Vallemí quarry, the structural style is characterized by an axial-plane slaty cleavage in open to isoclinal folds, sometimes overturned, associated with N-S trending thrust faults and shear zones of E-vergence and with a low-grade chlorite zone metamorphism. The structural data presented here are compatible with the hypothesis of a newly recognized mobile belt on the western side of the Rio Apa Cratonic Block, with opposite vergence to that of the Paraguay Mobile Belt in Brazil. Both belts are related to the Late Brasiliano/Pan-African tectonic cycle with a Lower Cambrian deformation and metamorphism age. The deformation could be due to the late collision of the Amazonian Craton with the remainder of Western Gondwana or to the western active plate boundary related to the Pampean Belt. The structural and lithologic differences between the western Itapucumí Group in the Vallemí and Paraguay River region and the eastern region, near San Alfredo and Cerro Paiva, suggest that this group could be divided into two lithostratigraphic units, but more stratigraphic and geochronological analyses are required to confirm this possibility.

  14. The Gogebic Iron Range - A Sample of the Northern Margin of the Penokean Fold and Thrust Belt

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    Cannon, William F.; LaBerge, Gene L.; Klasner, John S.; Schulz, Klaus J.

    2008-01-01

    The Gogebic iron range is an elongate belt of Paleoproterozoic strata extending from the west shore of Lake Gogebic in the upper peninsula of Michigan for about 125 km westward into northern Wisconsin. It is one of six major informally named iron ranges in the Lake Superior region and produced about 325 million tons of direct-shipping ore between 1887 and 1967. A significant resource of concentrating-grade ore remains in the western and eastern parts of the range. The iron range forms a broad, gently southward-opening arc where the central part of the range exposes rocks that were deposited somewhat north of the eastern and western parts. A fundamental boundary marking both the tectonic setting of deposition and the later deformation within the Penokean orogen lies fortuitously in an east-west direction along the range so that the central part of the range preserves sediments deposited north of that boundary, whereas the eastern and western parts of the range were deposited south of the boundary. Thus, the central part of the range provides a record of sedimentation and very mild deformation in a part of the Penokean orogen farthest from the interior of the orogen to the south. The eastern and western parts of the range, in contrast, exhibit a depositional and deformational style typical of parts closer to the interior of the orogen. A second fortuitous feature of the iron range is that the entire area was tilted from 40° to 90° northward by Mesoproterozoic deformation so that the map view offers an oblique cross section of the Paleoproterozoic sedimentary sequence and structures. Together, these features make the Gogebic iron range a unique area in which to observe (1) the lateral transition from deposition on a stable platform to deposition in a tectonically and volcanically active region, and (2) the transition from essentially undeformed Paleoproterozoic strata to their folded and faulted equivalents.Paleoproterozoic strata in the Gogebic iron range are part

  15. Who Needs Isostasy? Non-Isostatic Support for Major Mountain Belts, an Example From the Northern Iran-South Caspian System

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    Guest, B.; Guest, A. S.; Axen, G. J.

    2004-12-01

    What supports mountains and creates deep basins on earth? We present a new mechanism for the coeval development of an isostatically unsupported 2 to 4 km high mountain belt and flanking sedimentary basins. Within the Arabia-Eurasia continent-continent collision zone, contrasts in strength and geometry between northern Iranian continental lithosphere and south Caspian oceanic lithosphere focuses collision-related deformation at the Caspian northern-Iran interface. This process is responsible for Late Miocene to Recent rapid south Caspian subsidence, rapid uplift of northern Iran (Alborz Mountains) and subsidence within the Turkish Iranian Plateau (central Iran). A north-south oriented, 600 km long by 130 km deep, cross-sectional finite element model for the south Caspian and northern Iran system is centered on the continent-oceanic lithospheric interface at 10 million years before present when there was ~10km of sediment overlying the south Caspian oceanic lithosphere and low topography along the south Caspian margin. The model is displaced 90 km from the south with its northern margin fixed, causing the oceanic lithosphere to warp down and the continental lithosphere to warp up adjacent to the interface. Deformation decreases to the north and south with a lower amplitude depression forming south of the up-warped continental lithosphere and a lower amplitude up-warp forming north of the depressed oceanic lithosphere. This model fits geological and geophysical observations from northern Iran and indicates that high mountains can be supported flexurally by horizontal compression without calling on other mechanisms like Pratt isostasy and Airy isostasy. Similarly, the Caspian basin to the north and the central Iranian basin to the south are flexurally depressed explaining the great thickness of the south Caspian basin (>20 km) and the development of a broad basin within the Turkish-Iranian Plateau.

  16. The Cordilleran foreland thrust belt in northwestern Montana and northern Idaho from COCORP and industry seismic reflection data

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    Yoos, T.R.; Potter, C.J.; Thigpen, J.L.; Brown, L.D. )

    1991-06-01

    COCORP and petroleum industry seismic reflection profiles in northwestern Montana reveal the structure of the Cordilleran foreland thrust belt. The Front Ranges consist of thick thrust sheets containing Precambrian Belt Supergroup and Paleozoic miogeoclinal shelf rocks above a thin remnant of Paleozoic rocks and gently westward-dipping North American basement. Interpretation of the seismic data and results from a recent petroleum exploration well suggest that 15-22 km of Precambrian Belt Supergroup sedimentary rocks are present in several thrust plates beneath the eastern Purcell anticlinorium. Previous hypotheses of a large mass of Paleozoic miogeoclinal sedimentary rocks or slices of crystalline basement located beneath the eastern Purcell anticlinorium do not appear to be supported by the data. The easternmost occurrence of allochthonous basement is interpreted to be in the western part of the anticlinorium near the Montana-Idaho border. Comparison of the Cordilleran foreland thrust belt in northwestern Montana and southern Canada suggest that a change in the deep structure of the Purcell anticlinorium occurs along strike. The anticlinorium in southern Canada has been interpreted as a hanging-wall anticline that was thrust over the western edge of thick Proterozoic North American basement, whereas in northwestern Montana the anticlinorium appears to consist of a complex series of thrust sheets above highly attenuated North American basement.

  17. Petrological and geochemical evolution of the Central Gneissic Belt, Rengali Province, eastern India: Implications for the Neoarchean growth and orogenesis

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    Dasgupta, Arnab; Bose, Sankar; Das, Kaushik; Ghosh, Gautam

    2017-09-01

    This study focuses on the evolution of the Central Gneissic Belt of the Archean Rengali Province which evolved as a craton-margin orogenic belt. The Central Gneissic Belt is constituted of charnockite gneiss, migmatitic hornblende gneiss and granite gneiss often showing gradational contacts. While mafic granulite occurs as enclave within the charnockite gneiss, amphibolite and calc-silicate granofels enclaves are present within the granite gneiss. Mafic granulite shows peak metamorphic assemblage of garnet + clinopyroxene + plagioclase + quartz ± orthopyroxene which was stabilized at 10.6 ± 0.5 kbar and 860 ± 20 °C. Charnockite gneiss with the peak assemblage of orthopyroxene + quartz + plagioclase + K-feldspar was metamorphosed at 792 ± 48 °C and 7.6 ± 0.4 kbar. Amphibolite and migmatitic hornblende gneiss contain hornblende along with plagioclase and garnet and these rocks were metamorphosed at 800 ± 20 °C, 8.5 ± 0.2 kbar and 695 °C, 8 kbar respectively. Later meta-dolerite dikes exhibit relic igneous textures which are slightly modified by greenschist-facies metamorphism. Charnockite gneiss, migmatitic hornblende gneiss and granite gneiss show similar trace and REE characteristics (moderate fractionation in terms of La and Yb, LREE enrichment and flat HREE pattern) implying the same protolith composition for these rock groups. Based on the field, petrographic and geochemical data, we propose that the protoliths for the charnockite gneiss, the migmatitic hornblende gneiss and the granite gneiss crystallized as fractionated magma in within-plate syncollisional setting during the ca. 2860-2780 Ma orogeny at the Rengali Province.

  18. Early Cambrian Post-collisional volcanosedimentary Rey Bouba greenstone belt in northern Cameroun: LA-MC-ICP-MS U-Pb geochronology and implications for the geodynamic evolution of the Central African Fold Belt (CAFB).

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    Bouyo, Merlain

    2014-05-01

    The Rey Bouba Greenstone Belt (RBGB) is a greenschist volcanosedimentary basin representing the youngest accretion event that characterized the geodynamic evolution of the CAFB of Northern Cameroon. LA-MC-ICP-MS U-Pb detrital zircon data indicate that both older PP to MP and younger NP to Early Cambrian sources from ca 2000 to ca 540 Ma, with main provenance being zircon grains from Cryogenian igneous rocks (between ca 850 and ca 650 Ma) were involved in the formation of the RBGB basin. Considering the age of metamorphism inferred from high pressure granulites at ca 600 Ma within the CAFB of northern Cameroon as the most direct evidence for the timing of continental collision, we conclude that the deformation associated with migmatites and post-collisional granites which fed the Rey Bouba basin mostly with NP zircon lasts until post 540 Ma, in correlation with the final amalgamation of the Gondwana Supercontinent during Latest Neoproterozoic-Earliest Cambrian. Therefore, the RBGB may represent the youngest post-collisional metavolcanosedimentary basin within the CAFB.

  19. Towards a new understanding of the Neoproterozoic-early palæozoic Lufilian and northern Zambezi belts in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo

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    Porada, Hubertus; Berhorst, Volker

    2000-04-01

    The Lufilian Belt is of geological significance and economic importance due to rich CuCo mineralisation in the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Copperbelt of Zambia. Though thorough exploration has yielded much information on the mines districts, the understanding of the belt as a whole appears, to some extent, historically charged and confused. In the first part of this article, basic knowledge and assumptions are reviewed and existing models critically assessed. Results include recognition of standard lithostratigraphies of the Katanga Supergroup comprising the Roan, Mwashia, Lower and Upper Kudelungu Groups in the Copperbelt and Katanga, a lower limit for the onset of deposition at about 880 Ma, and a major orogenetic event involving northeast directed thrusting (Lufilian Orogeny) at 560-550 Ma. The depositional history of the Lufilian Belt was controlled by continental rifting leading to formation of a passive continental margin. Continental rifting related to the dispersal of Rodinia began ca 880 Ma ago and was accompanied by magmatism (Kafue rhyolites: 879 Ma; Nchanga Granite: 877 Ma; Lusaka Granite: 865 Ma). Differential subsidence of the northwestward propagating rift soon allowed invasion by the sea advancing from the southeast, and subsequent development of marine rift-basin and platform domains. The standard stratigraphies for the Roan Group are restricted to the platform domain that bordered the rift-basin on its northeastern side. This domain included the Domes region of the Lufilian Belt and extended southeastwards into the northern Zambezi Belt. The platform was differentiated into a carbonate platform (barrier) represented by the Bancroft Subgroup (previously 'Upper Roan') in Zambia and Kambove Dolomite Formation in Katanga and a lagoon-basin (lower Kitwe Subgroup/Zambia; Dolomitic Shale Formation/Katanga) with mudflats (R.A.T. Subgroup/Katanga) and a siliciclastic margin towards the hinterland. The mineralised

  20. Ion microprobe zircon geochronology of the Uivak Gneisses: Implications for the evolution of early terrestrial crust in the North Atlantic Craton

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    Collerson, K. D.

    1983-01-01

    Ion microprobe U-Pb results for zircons from three Uivak I gneisses and one specimen of Uivak II gneiss, from the Saglek-Hebron area of Northern Labrador are reported. These results are compared with interpretations based on published conventional U-Pb zircon results and with conclusions about crustal evolution in the NAC derived from Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd and Pb-Pb isotopic studies.

  1. Tungsten isotope composition of the Acasta Gneiss Complex

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    Willbold, M.; Mojzsis, S. J.; Chen, H.-W.; Elliott, T.

    2015-06-01

    High-precision tungsten (182W/184W) isotope measurements on well-characterised mafic and felsic samples of the ca. 3960 Ma Acasta Gneiss Complex (AGC; Northwest Territories, Canada) show radiogenic ε182W values between +0.06 to +0.15. Two ca. 3600 Ma felsic samples from this terrane have ε182W ∼ 0 and are the oldest samples so far documented to have a W isotopic composition indistinguishable from that of the modern mantle. The ε182W data are correlated with ε142Nd (Roth et al., 2014) and we attribute this variability to incomplete metamorphic homogenisation of the 3960 Ma protolith with more recent material in a 3370 Ma tectono-thermal event. Notably, the value of the positive ε182W anomalies seen in the 3960 Ma AGC samples that are least affected by metamorphic homogenisation is comparable to that observed in other early Archean rocks (Isua Supracrustal Belt, Greenland; Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt, Canada) and the late Archean Kostomuksha komatiites (Karelia). This demonstrates a globally constant signature. We infer that the presence of a pre-late veneer mantle represents the most straightforward interpretation of a uniform distribution of ε182W ∼ + 0.15 value in Archean rocks of different ages. We show that such a notion is compatible with independent constraints from highly siderophile element abundances in mafic and ultra-mafic Archean mantle-derived rocks. The absence of anomalous ε182W and ε142Nd so far measured in samples younger than ca. 2800 Ma suggests progressive convective homogenisation of silicate reservoirs. The downward mixing of an upper mantle rich in late-delivered meteoritic material might account for these combined observations.

  2. Subsurface structural interpretation by applying trishear algorithm: An example from the Lenghu5 fold-and-thrust belt, Qaidam Basin, Northern Tibetan Plateau

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    Pei, Yangwen; Paton, Douglas A.; Wu, Kongyou; Xie, Liujuan

    2017-08-01

    The application of trishear algorithm, in which deformation occurs in a triangle zone in front of a propagating fault tip, is often used to understand fault related folding. In comparison to kink-band methods, a key characteristic of trishear algorithm is that non-uniform deformation within the triangle zone allows the layer thickness and horizon length to change during deformation, which is commonly observed in natural structures. An example from the Lenghu5 fold-and-thrust belt (Qaidam Basin, Northern Tibetan Plateau) is interpreted to help understand how to employ trishear forward modelling to improve the accuracy of seismic interpretation. High resolution fieldwork data, including high-angle dips, 'dragging structures', thinning hanging-wall and thickening footwall, are used to determined best-fit trishear model to explain the deformation happened to the Lenghu5 fold-and-thrust belt. We also consider the factors that increase the complexity of trishear models, including: (a) fault-dip changes and (b) pre-existing faults. We integrate fault dip change and pre-existing faults to predict subsurface structures that are apparently under seismic resolution. The analogue analysis by trishear models indicates that the Lenghu5 fold-and-thrust belt is controlled by an upward-steepening reverse fault above a pre-existing opposite-thrusting fault in deeper subsurface. The validity of the trishear model is confirmed by the high accordance between the model and the high-resolution fieldwork. The validated trishear forward model provides geometric constraints to the faults and horizons in the seismic section, e.g., fault cutoffs and fault tip position, faults' intersecting relationship and horizon/fault cross-cutting relationship. The subsurface prediction using trishear algorithm can significantly increase the accuracy of seismic interpretation, particularly in seismic sections with low signal/noise ratio.

  3. Neotectonics and seismicity of a slowly deforming segment of the Adria-Europe convergence zone - the northern Dinarides fold-and-thrust belt

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    Ustaszewski, Kamil; Herak, Marijan; Tomljenović, Bruno; Herak, Davorka; Matej, Srebrenka

    2014-05-01

    With GPS-derived shortening rates of c. 3-5 mm/a, the Adria-Europe convergence zone across the fold-and-thrust belt of the Dinarides (Balkan Peninsula) is a slowly deforming plate boundary by global standards. We have analysed the active tectonics and instrumental seismicity of the northernmost segment of this fold-and-thrust belt at its border to the Pannonian Basin. This area hosts a Maastrichtian collisional suture formed by closure of Mesozoic fragments of the Neotethys, overprinted by Miocene back-arc extension, which led to the exhumation of greenschist- to amphibolite-grade rocks in several core complexes. Geological, geomorphological and reflection seismic data provide evidence for a compressive or transpressive reactivation of extensional faults after about 5 Ma. The study area represents the seismically most active region of the Dinarides apart from the Adriatic Sea coast and the area around Zagreb. The strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake (27 October 1969) affected the city of Banja Luka (northern Bosnia and Herzegovina). Fault plane solutions for the main shock (ML 6.4) and its largest foreshock (ML 6.0) indicate reverse faulting along ESE-WNW-striking nodal planes and generally N-S trending pressure axes. The spatial distribution of epicentres and focal depths, analyses of the macroseismic field and fault-plane solutions for several smaller events suggest on-going shortening in the internal Dinarides. Our results therefore imply that current Adria-Europe convergence is widely distributed across c. 300 km, rendering the entire Dinarides fold-and-thrust belt a slowly deforming plate boundary.

  4. Conductivity model of the passive continental margin derived from an amphibian magnetotelluric study on the Walvis Ridge and at the Kaoko Belt in Northern Namibia

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    Weckmann, U.; Kapinos, G.; Ritter, O.; Jegen, M.

    2013-12-01

    The magnetotelluric (MT) study is a part of the interdisciplinary SAMPLE project investigating processes related to the breakup of supercontinent Gondwana and the post breakup evolution of the passive continental margins of Africa and South America. We present an electrical conductivity image from the Southern African passive continental margin, derived from an amphibian MT experiment crossing the entire Kaoko Belt in Northern Namibia and the Walvis Ridge in the Atlantic Ocean. The MT data at 167 onshore sites are generally of a high quality but large diagonal components of impedance tensor, phases over 90° at some sites and a strong variability of transfer functions within short distances indicate three-dimensional structures in the crust and upper mantle. Such 3D effects are observed particularly in the Western Kaoko Zone in the vicinity of the prominent Neoproterozoic shear zones. Thus, we apply a two-part inversion strategy: In areas and frequency ranges where the 3D effects are not dominant, we apply 2D inversion of data sub-sets in order to identify the prominent conductivity features and assess their resolution and robustness; however, the entire data set can only be explained by 3D inversion. The 2D models of the crust beneath the profile from the Walvis Ridge onto the Congo Craton reveal a spatial correlation of resistive zones with the cratonic Northern Platform. Zones of high electrical conductivity seem to correlate with surface expressions of prominent faults such as the Purros Mylonite Zone and the Three Palm Mylonite Zone of the Kaoko Belt. Outcropping Etendeka flood basalts in the Western Kaoko Zones correlate with zones of high resistivity. The offshore part of the models shows a thin conductive layer corresponding to sea floor sediments. Interestingly, the Walvis Ridge exhibits a more resistive and deeper reaching seafloor compared to what typically is expected from oceanic crust. These results are complemented by 3D inversion, which generally

  5. A preliminary electrical image of the passive continental margin at the Kaoko Belt in Northern Namibia and the Walvis Ridge derived from an amphibian magnetotelluric study

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    Kapinos, Gerhard; Weckmann, Ute; Ritter, Oliver; Jegen-Kulcsar, Marion

    2013-04-01

    Imaging the subsurface electrical conductivity structure and studying the magmatic and tectonic processes occurred during the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, are objectives of the amphibian magnetotelluric (MT) investigations of the Southern African passive continental margin in Northern Namibia. The onshore experiment consists of 167 sites in a ~140 km wide and ~260 km long EW trending corridor from the Atlantic Ocean onto the Congo Craton across the major tectono-stratigraphic units of the Kaoko Belt. It was extended offshore by measurements along two transects parallel and perpendicular to the Walvis Ridge. The MT data are generally of a high quality but large diagonal components of impedance tensor, phases over 90° at some sites and a strong variability of transfer functions within short distances indicate three-dimensional structures in the crust and upper mantle. Such 3D effects are observed particularly in the Western Kaoko Zone in the vicinity of the prominent Neoproterozoic shear zones (Purros Mylonite Zone, Three Palm Mylonite Zone). Thus, we apply a two-part inversion strategy: In areas and frequency ranges where the 3D effects are not dominant, we apply 2D inversion of data sub-sets in order to identify the prominent conductivity features and assess their resolution and robustness; however, the entire data set can only be explained by 3D inversion. The 2D models of the crust beneath the profile from the Walvis Ridge onto the Congo Craton reveal a spatial correlation of resistive zones with the Archean Craton and the Northern Platform. Zones of high electrical conductivity seem to correlate with surface expressions of prominent faults of the Kaoko Belt. First 3D inversion models will complement the 2D results.

  6. Holocene surface faulting along the west flank of the Santa Rosa Range (Nevada-Oregon) and the possible northern extension of the Central Nevada Seismic Belt

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    Michetti, A.M. Univ. of Nevada, Reno, NV . Center for Neotectonic Studies); Wesnousky, S.G. . Center for Neotectonic Studies)

    1993-04-01

    The 130 km long Santa Rose Range fault system extends northward from a point about 70 km north of the 1915 Pleasant Valley earthquake fault ruptures to Blue Mountain Pass, Oregon. The authors have examined 1:12,000 low-sun-angle aerial photographs and conducted surveys of scarp morphology to investigate the neotectonic evolution and paleoseismicity of this possible northern extension of the Central Nevada Seismic Belt. Two adjoining segments of the fault zone are separated by a right step in the range-front and apparent absence of Holocene scarps. Each segment records evidence of a Holocene faulting event. The southern 31 km segment between Frey Ranch and the Willow Creek fan shows both small scarps (< 1 m) which cut Lahontan shorelines in the fluvio-lacustrine sediments of the Quinn River Valley and larger scarps which oversteepen the base of the adjacent range-front to slopes of 20[degree] to 24[degree]. The northern 42 km segment between Flat Creek and Oregon Canyon Creek shows a recent offset which rejuvenates older (pre-Lahontan) fault scarps and also cuts Holocene terraces along the base of the piedmont pediment. Based on preliminary morphometric data, the maximum vertical displacement (3--4 m) and age of the faulting (early Holocene) are similar in both segments but it is not known whether both segments ruptured contemporaneously. Except for the lack of large historical surface faulting the main neotectonic and geomorphic features of the Santa Rose Range fault zone are similar to that of the Dixie Valley and Pleasant Valley regions of the Central Nevada Seismic Belt. Hence, the occurrence of a large earthquake rupture along this range-front in the near future should not be viewed as a surprise.

  7. Is the Cameron River greenstone belt allochthonous?

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    Kusky, T. M.

    1986-01-01

    Many tectonic models for the Slave Province, N.W.T., Canada, and for Archean granite - greenstone terranes in general, are implicitly dependent on the assumption that greenstone belt lithologies rest unconformably upon older gneissic basement. Other models require originally large separations between gneissic terranes and greenstone belts. A key question relating to the tectonics of greenstone belts is therefore the original spatial relationship between the volcanic assemblages and presumed-basement gneisses, and how this relationship has been modified by subsequent deformation. What remains unclear in these examples is the significance of the so-called later faulting of the greenstone - gneiss contacts. Where unconformities between gneisses and overlying sediments are indisputable, such as at Point Lake, the significance of faults which occur below the base of the volcanic succession also needs to be evaluated. As part of an on-going investigation aimed at answering these and other questions, the extremely well-exposed Cameron River Greenstone Belt and the Sleepy Dragon Metamorphic Complex in the vicinity of Webb Lake and Sleepy Dragon Lake was mapped.

  8. Meso-Cenozoic building of the northern Central Asian Orogenic Belt: Thermotectonic history of the Tuva region

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    De Grave, Johan; De Pelsmaeker, Elien; Zhimulev, Fedor I.; Glorie, Stijn; Buslov, Mikhail M.; Van den haute, Peter

    2014-05-01

    The Tuvinian and West-Sayan mountain ranges form part of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB); more specifically, they align along the Altai-Sayan-Hangay zone. Its Precambrian-Paleozoic basement has been subjected to Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonic reactivation. Two north-south transects across the mountain belts and intervening basins of Tuva were sampled for apatite fission-track (AFT) thermochronology in order to elucidate the thermal history of the Tuvinian basement in relation to the Mesozoic and Cenozoic reactivation of the CAOB. Most AFT ages are Late Cretaceous and range between 55 and 115 Ma. Mean lengths of confined fission tracks are relatively long with most values between 13 and 14 μm. Thermal history modeling shows a rapid Late Jurassic-Cretaceous cooling for the sampled Tuvinian crystalline rocks, related to exhumation of the Paleozoic basement. This exhumation is possibly related to the building and subsequent orogenic collapse of the Mongol-Okhotsk orogen that formed between the Siberian and North China-Mongolian (Sino-Korean or Amurian) continental blocks during the Late Mesozoic. Far-field effects of this orogeny and its collapse, might have affected the Baikal, Altai and Sayan units of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, including the Tuvinian basement. Also, at the Mesozoic southern Eurasian margin, growth of the Asian continent continued and several collision-accretion events asserted distal tectonic influence into the CAOB. After a Paleogene period of stability, thermal history models for some samples hint at a renewed period of basement cooling during the Neogene. In support of this Neogene event, a single sample from the main West Sayan fault zone contains an apatite population with ~ 2 Ma reset AFT ages. This is interpreted in the framework of ongoing building of the modern Central Asian orogens and associated fault movements and exhumation of the basement, presumably related with the ongoing India-Eurasia convergence.

  9. The Kerala Khondalite Belt (KKB) of Southern India: An ensialic mobile belt

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    Chacko, Thomas; Meen, James K.; Kumar, G. R. Ravindra; Rogers, John J. W.

    The Proterozoic Kerala Khondalite belt of the Southern Indian Shield is described, a belt dominated by granulite grade (750 C, 5 to 6 kbar) supracrustal rocks whose protoliths included arkoses and shales with cratonic provenances. Rare earth elements and other geochemical signatures suggest a granitic source for these metasediments, possibly the spatially associated charnockite massifs. The presence of intercalated mafic gneisses, interpreted as basalts, implies a cratonic rift basin rather than a foreland basin setting. It was argued that the Kerala, as well as other early Proterozoic mobile belts formed during abortive continental rifting without major additions of new crust.

  10. The geology and tectonic significance of the Big Creek Gneiss, Sierra Madre, southeastern Wyoming

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    Jones, Daniel S.

    The Big Creek Gneiss, southern Sierra Madre, southeastern Wyoming, is a heterogeneous suite of upper-amphibolite-facies metamorphic rocks intruded by post-metamorphic pegmatitic granite. The metamorphic rocks consist of three individual protolith suites: (1) pre- to syn-1780-Ma supracrustal rocks including clastic metasedimentary rocks, calc-silicate paragneiss, and metavolcanic rocks; (2) a bimodal intrusive suite composed of metagabbro and granodiorite-tonalite gneiss; and (3) a younger bimodal suite composed of garnet-bearing metagabbronorite and coarse-grained granitic gneiss. Zircons U-Pb ages from the Big Creek Gneiss demonstrate that: (1) the average age of detrital zircons in the supracrustal rocks is ~1805 Ma, requiring a significant source of 1805-Ma (or older) detritus during deposition, possibly representing an older phase of arc magmatism; (2) the older bimodal igneous suite crystallized at ~1780 Ma, correlative with arc-derived rocks of the Green Mountain Formation; (3) the younger bimodal igneous suite crystallized at ~1763 Ma, coeval with the extensional(?) Horse Creek anorthosite complex in the Laramie Mountains and Sierra Madre Granite batholith in the southwestern Sierra Madre; (4) Big Creek Gneiss rocks were tectonically buried, metamorphosed, and partially melted at ~1750 Ma, coeval with the accretion of the Green Mountain arc to the Wyoming province along the Cheyenne belt; (5) the posttectonic granite and pegmatite bodies throughout the Big Creek Gneiss crystallized at ~1630 Ma and are correlative with the 'white quartz monzonite' of the south-central Sierra Madre. Geochemical analysis of the ~1780-Ma bimodal plutonic suite demonstrates a clear arc-affinity for the mafic rocks, consistent with a subduction environment origin. The granodioritic rocks of this suite were not derived by fractional crystallization from coeval mafic magmas, but are instead interpreted as melts of lower-crustal mafic material. This combination of mantle

  11. Influence of syn-sedimentary faults on orogenic structures in a collisional belt: Insights from the inner zone of the Northern Apennines (Italy)

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    Brogi, Andrea

    2016-05-01

    This paper discusses the possible influence of syn-sedimentary structures on the development of orogenic structures during positive tectonic inversion in the inner Northern Apennines (Italy). Examples from key areas located in southern Tuscany provided original cartographic, structural and kinematics data for Late Oligocene-Early Miocene thrusts, organized in duplex systems, verging in the opposite direction of the foreland propagation (back-thrusts), which affected the Late Triassic-Oligocene sedimentary succession of the Tuscan Domain, previously affected by pre-orogenic structures. These latter consist of mesoscopic-to cartographic-scale Jurassic syn-sedimentary normal faults and extensional structures, which gave rise to effective stratigraphic lateral variation and mechanical heterogeneities. Structural analysis of both syn-sedimentary faults and back-thrusts were therefore compared in order to discuss the possible role of the pre-existing anisotropies in influencing the evolution of the back-thrusts. As a result, it can be reasonably proposed that back-thrusts trajectories and stacking pattern were controlled by relevant syn-sedimentary normal faults; these latter were reactivated, in some cases, if properly oriented. Such an issue adds new inputs for discussing the potential role of structural inheritance during tectonic inversions, and helps to better understand the processes suitable for the development of back-thrusts in the inner zones of orogenic belts, as it is the case of the inner Northern Apennines.

  12. Meso-Cenozoic building of the northern Central Asian Orogenic Belt: thermotectonic history of the Tuva region

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    De Grave, Johan; De Pelsmaeker, Elien; Zhimulev, Fedor; Glorie, Stijn; Buslov, Mikhail; Van den haute, Peter

    2014-05-01

    The Tuvinian and West-Sayan mountain ranges (West Sayan, Shapshal, Tannu Ola and Sengilen Range) form part of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), and more specifically they align along the Altai-Sayan-Hangai zone of the CAOB in South Siberia and Mongolia. Its Precambrian-Palaeozoic basement has been subjected to Meso-Cenozoic tectonic reactivation. Two North-South transects across the mountain belts and intervening Meso-Cenozoic basins of Tuva were sampled for apatite fission-track (AFT) thermochronology in order to elucidate the thermal history of the Tuvinian basement in relation to Meso-Cenozoic reactivation of the CAOB. Mainly Palaeozoic granitoid basement was targeted for sampling. Most AFT ages of these granitoids are Late Cretaceous and range between 55 and 115 Ma. Mean lengths of confined fission tracks are relatively long with most values between 13 and 14 µm. Thermal history modeling shows a rapid Late Jurassic - Cretaceous cooling for the sampled Tuvinian crystalline rocks, related to exhumation of the Palaeozoic basement. This exhumation is most likely related to the building and subsequent orogenic collapse of the Mongol-Okhotsk orogen that formed between the Siberian and North China - Mongolian (Sino-Korean or Amurian) continental blocks during the Late Mesozoic. Far-field effects of this orogeny and its collapse, affected the Baikal, Altai and Sayan units of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, including the Tuvinian basement. After a Palaeogene period of stability, thermal history models for some samples hint at a renewed period of basement cooling during the Neogene. In support of this Neogene event, a single sample from the main West Sayan fault zone contains an apatite population with ~2 Ma reset AFT ages. This is interpreted in the framework of ongoing building of the modern Central Asian orogens and associated fault movements and exhumation of the basement, presumably related with the ongoing India-Eurasia convergence. Sediments derived from

  13. Deformation consequences of impingement of Foreland and Northern Thrust Belt (Palisades-Jackson Hole area), eastern Idaho and western Wyoming

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    Kopania, A.A.

    1984-07-01

    Structural studies in the Wyoming-Idaho segment of the Cordilleran thrust belt have provided insight into the nature and origin of the broad, east-facing salient west and southwest of Jackson, Wyoming. Changes in the orientation of regional fracture patterns and compression directions determined by dynamic analysis of calcite twins both indicate that the thrust sheets rotated into the salient in a counterclockwise direction. Furthermore, both field observations and calcite twin data show that there has been a large amount of subhorizontal, strike-normal deformation in the Prospect thrust sheet in the Teton Pass area, where the Prospect and Cache Creek thrusts are in direct contact. Subsurface evidence from Teton valley and the Hoback basin dates the Cache Creek thrust as older than the Prospect, Darby, and Absaroka thrusts. An accurate understanding of the timing of these structural events relative to the timing of hydrocarbon generation and migration should be an essential factor in any exploration model of the area.

  14. Evolution of the Chilka Lake granulite complex, northern Eastern Ghats Belt, India: First evidence of ~ 780 Ma decompression of the deep crust and its implication on the India-Antarctica correlation

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    Bose, S.; Das, K.; Torimoto, J.; Arima, M.; Dunkley, D. J.

    2016-10-01

    High-grade para- and orthogneissic rocks near the Chilka Lake granulite complex, northern part of the Eastern Ghats Belt show complex structural and petrological history. Based on field and petrographic characters, five (M1-M5) metamorphic events could be identified. The earliest metamorphic event (M1) produced amphibolite grade mineral assemblage which produced the peak granulite (M2) assemblages at 900-950 °C, 8.5-9.0 kbar. The third metamorphic event caused decompression of the deeper crust up to 700-800 °C, 6.0-6.5 kbar. This was followed by cooling (M4) and subsequent thermal overprinting (M5). Fluid-composition during M3 was dominated by high-density CO2 and changed to low-density mixed CO2-H2O during the M3. Zircon U-Pb SHRIMP data suggest 781 ± 9 Ma age for M3 event. Texturally constrained monazite U-Th-Pb EPMA data, on the other hand, yield a group age of 988 ± 23 Ma from grain interior, which can signifies the age of M2 event. Few spots with younger dates in the range of 550-500 Ma are also noted. This interpretation changes the existing tectonothermal history of northern Eastern Ghats Belt. Our data show that the two adjacent crustal domains of the Eastern Ghats Belt show distinctly contrasting Neoproterozoic histories. While the central Domain 2 evolved through early anticlockwise P-T path culminating in ultrahigh temperature, the northern Domain 3 evolved through a clockwise P-T path. It appears that the Domain 3 was contiguous to East Antarctica and became part of the Eastern Ghats Belt during the assembly of Gondwana. The ca. 780 Ma decompression event in the northern Eastern Ghats Belt opens up new possibilities for interpreting the breakup of Rodinia.

  15. The Niassa Gold Belt, northern Mozambique - A segment of a continental-scale Pan-African gold-bearing structure?

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    Bjerkgard, T.; Stein, H. J.; Bingen, B.; Henderson, I. H. C.; Sandstad, J. S.; Moniz, A.

    2009-01-01

    The Niassa Gold Belt, in northernmost Mozambique, is hosted in the Txitonga Group, a Neoproterozoic rift sequence overlying Paleoproterozoic crust of the Congo-Tanzania Craton and deformed during the Pan-African Orogeny. The Txitonga Group is made up of greenschist-facies greywacke and schist and is characterized by bimodal, mainly mafic, magmatism. A zircon U-Pb age for a felsic volcanite dates deposition of the sequence at 714 ± 17 Ma. Gold is mined artisanally from alluvial deposits and primary chalcopyrite-pyrite-bearing quartz veins containing up to 19 ppm Au have been analyzed. In the Cagurué and M'Papa gold fields, dominantly N-S trending quartz veins, hosted in metagabbro and schist, are regarded as tension gashes related to regional strike-slip NE-SW-trending Pan-African shear zones. These gold deposits have been classified as mesozonal and metamorphic in origin. Re-Os isotopic data on sulfides suggest two periods of gold deposition for the Cagurué Gold Field. A coarse-crystalline pyrite-chalcopyrite assemblage yields an imprecise Pan-African age of 483 ± 72 Ma, dating deposition of the quartz veins. Remobilization of early-formed sulfides, particularly chalcopyrite, took place at 112 ± 14 Ma, during Lower Cretaceous Gondwana dispersal. The ˜483 Ma assemblage yields a chondritic initial 187Os/ 188Os ratio of 0.123 ± 0.058. This implies a juvenile source for the ore fluids, possibly involving the hosting Neoproterozoic metagabbro. The Niassa Gold Belt is situated at the eastern end of a SW-NE trending continental-scale lineament defined by the Mwembeshi Shear Zone and the southern end of a NW-SE trending lineament defined by the Rukwa Shear Zone. We offer a review of gold deposits in Zambia and Tanzania associated with these polyphase lineaments and speculate on their interrelation.

  16. Westernmost structures of Idaho-Wyoming Thrust Belt: structural geology of Mt. Putnam and vicinity, northern Portneuf Range, southeastern Idaho

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    Pogue, K.R.; Link, P.K.

    1984-07-01

    Detailed mapping of Mt. Putnam in the Portneuf Range (Fort Hall Indian Reservation) has revealed the presence of previously unrecognized large-scale overturned folds and thrust faults characteristic of the Idaho-Wyoming overthrust belt. The structure of Mt. Putnam is controlled primarily by a northwest-trending overturned anticline-syncline system that is responsible for the inverted Precambrian Z-Cambrian stratigraphy of the area. Parts of the upper limb of the overturned anticline were sheared off and thrust over more gently dipping strata to the east. This Bear Canyon thrust places Precambrian Z-Cambrian Camelback Mountain Quartzite over the Cambrian-Ordovician carbonate sequence. Mt. Putnam, as well as th rest of the Portneuf Range, is in the upper plate of the Putnam thrust that is exposed 7 km (4 mi) northeast of Mt. Putnam. The thrust is then displaced 5 km (3 mi) to the east by east-trending normal faults interpreted as reactivated tear faults. These faults have created windows through the upper plate Pennsylvanian-Permian Wells Formation, exposing the Ordovician Garden City Formation of the lower plate. South of this offset, the Putnam thrust resumes its southeasterly trend toward the Chesterfield Range and a possible juncture with the Paris thrust. Ten kilometers (6 mi) west of Mt. Putnam in the Bannock Range are younger over older low-angle faults characteristic of the hinterland of the thrust belt. The area of transition between the two structural styles lies in the Pocatello Range north of Inkom, Idaho, and is presently being remapped in detail.

  17. Uncoupled vs. coupled thrust belt-foreland deformation: a model for northern Patagonia inferred from U-Th/He and apatite fission track dating

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    Savignano, Elisa; Mazzoli, Stefano; Zattin, Massimiliano; Gautheron, Cécile; Franchini, Marta

    2017-04-01

    The study of the Cretaceous - Cenozoic evolution of the Patagonian Andes represents a great opportunity to investigate the effects of coupling between deep lithospheric processes and near-surface deformation. Low-temperature thermochronological systems are ideally suited for detecting events involving rocks in the uppermost part of the crust because they record time and rates of cooling related to exhumation of the top few kilometers of the crust. The Patagonia region, although characterized by a general continuity of the Andean orogen along its strike, shows an appreciable internal tectonic segmentation (marked by a variable position of the magmatic arc and of the deformation front in the retroarc area) at various latitudes. This complex structural architecture has been interpreted as the result of different processes acting since the Late Cretaceous. The present-day configuration of the southern Andes is interpreted to have been controlled by alternating stages of flat- and steep-slab subduction, which produced shortening and upper plate extension episodes,, respectively. Furthermore, the deformation in this whole retroarc sector varied not only in time (i.e. with major 'cycles' of mountain building and orogenic collapse), but also in space, due to the variable transmission of horizontal compressive stress away from the orogen, that produced an irregular unroofing pattern. In this study, we have integrated field structural observations with new apatite (U-Th)/He data (AHe) and apatite fission-track (AFT) ages in the north Patagonia region (at latitudes between 40° and 44°S) in order to analyse and compare the exhumation patterns from the frontal part of the orogen and from the adjacent foreland sector, as well as to gain new insights into the timing and modes of coupling vs. uncoupling of the deformation between the northern Patagonian fold and thrust belt and its foreland. The obtained data indicate a markedly different unroofing pattern between the 'broken

  18. Delineation of the ca. 2.7 Ga TTG gneisses in the Zanhuang Complex, North China Craton and its geological implications

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    Yang, Chonghui; Du, Lilin; Ren, Liudong; Song, Huixia; Wan, Yusheng; Xie, Hangqiang; Geng, Yuansheng

    2013-08-01

    Through detailed studies we have delineated a suite of banded TTG gneisses from the Zanhuang Complex. The protolith of the gneisses, predominantly tonalite, has undergone intensive metamorphism, deformation and anatexis and in a banded structure is intimately associated with melanocratic dioritic gneiss and leucocratic trondhjemitic veins. SHRIMP Zircon U-Pb data show that the tonalite was formed ca. 2692 ± 12 Ma ago. The tonalitic gneiss has the features of high SiO2 (67.76-73.31%), high Al2O3 (14.38-15.83%), rich in Na2O (4.48-5.07%) and poor in K2O (0.77-1.93%). The gneiss is strongly fractioned in REE ((La/Yb)N = 12.02-24.65) and shows a weak positive Eu anomaly (Eu/Eu* = 1.05-1.64). It has high contents of Ba (199-588 ppm) and Sr (200-408 ppm), low contents of Yb (0.32-1.00 ppm) and Y (3.41-10.3 ppm) with high Sr/Y ratios (21.77-96.77) and depletion in HFSE Nb, Ta and Ti. These characteristics are similar to those of the high-Si adakitic rocks. The melanocratic dioritic gneiss has low SiO2 (59.81%), high MgO (6.34%), high Al2O3 (14.02%) contents, rich in Na2O (3.7%) and poor in K2O (1.79%), with high Mg index (Mg# = 67). REE and trace elements are on the whole similar to that of the tonalitic gneiss, but compatible element abundances V (116 ppm), Cr (249 ppm), Co (37 ppm) and Ni (179 ppm) are higher. The leucocratic felsic bands (approximating trondhjemite in composition) have major oxides similar to that of the TTG gneisses but the REE and compatible elements are extremely low, which are indicative of the products of anatexis. The tonalitic gneiss has positive ɛNd(t) (2.37-3.29) and low initial Sr (0.69719-0.70068) values with depleted mantle Nd model age of ca. 2.8 Ga, suggesting its generation from partial melting of mantle-derived juvenile crust. The dioritic gneiss was also derived from subduction environment, but has undergone significant metasomatism of mantle wedge. The delineation of the ca. 2.7 Ga TTG gneisses in the Zanhuang Complex further proves

  19. The eastern Central Pamir Gneiss Domes: temporal and spatial geometry of burial and exhumation

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    Rutte, Daniel; Stearns, Michael; Ratschbacher, Lothar

    2013-04-01

    of the domes are Paleozoic. Detrital zircon data from the low-grade cover and surrounding units of the Muskol dome suggest that low-grade cover and high-grade dome formed from the same Paleozoic, possibly early Mesozoic strata. This indicates that the upper crust of the Central Pamir thickened to at least 30 km in phase (1). Based on our data and those of Robinson et al. (2012) underthrusted Karakul-Mazar (Songpan-Ganze) material (as discussed by Schwab et al. 2004), in analogy to the Tibetan Qiangtang domes (Kapp et al. 2000), can be ruled out as protolith for the Muskol and Shatput domes. (3) Neogene shortening is bi-vergent: top-to-S back-thrusting north of the Central Pamir Gneiss Domes opposes top-to-N thrusting in the south. Neogene deformation affected ~18 Ma (Ar-Ar) coarse fluvial and alluvial fan strata with basaltic dikes and flows south of the dome; restoration of these strata yielded up to 40% shortening. Total shortening by thrusting of the Central Pamir is at least 40% in the Shatput-Muskol area with a minimal total shortening of 70 km; internal deformation with recumbent north-verging folds within the domes and its cover indicate much higher values. Literature: Kapp, P., Yin, A., Manning, C. E., Murphy, M., Harrison, T. M., Spurlin, M., Lin, D., Yi-Guang, D., Cun-Ming, W. (2000) Blueshist-bearing metamorphic core complexes in the Qiangtang block reveal deep crustal structure of northern Tibet, Geology, v. 28; no. 1; p.19-22 Robinson, A. C., M. Ducea, and T. J. Lapen (2012), Detrital zircon and isotopic constraints on the crustal architecture and tectonic evolution of the northeastern Pamir, Tectonics, 31, TC2016, doi:10.1029/2011TC003013. Schwab, M., Ratschbacher, L., Siebel, W., McWilliams, M., Minaev, V., Lutkov., V., Chen, F., Stanek, K., Nelson, B. and Wooden, J. L. (2004) Assembly of the Pamir: Age and origin of magmatic belts from the southern Tien Shan to the southern Pamir and their relation to Tibet, Tectonics, 23, No. 4, TC4002

  20. Laser-Ablation Split-Stream (LASS) Petrochronology of the Ultrahigh-Pressure Western Gneiss Region

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    Hacker, B. R.; Kylander-Clark, A. R. C.

    2012-04-01

    Comprehensive geologic understanding of large-scale tectonic processes requires many detailed investigations at small scales distributed over large areas. Prior to the advent of LA-ICPMS, such collection of geochronologic data was impossible. We present a new laser-ablation split-stream (LASS) petrochronology dataset from the ultrahigh-pressure Western Gneiss Region (WGR) of Norway that now rivals structural and petrological datasets in richness and information content: >150 titanite samples, >50 zircon samples, >30 monazite samples, and >20 rutile samples. The half of the WGR that is close to the foreland shows weak Caledonian deformation and preserves Precambrian Sm-Nd garnet ages, Precambrian U-Pb zircon ages, partially reset U-Pb titanite ages, 398-397 Ma U/Th-Pb monazite ages, and muscovite 40Ar/39Ar ages that decrease monotonically away from the foreland from 400 to 390 Ma. The hinterland is variably deformed and preserves three distinct UHP domains that are marked by 420-400 Ma Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd eclogite ages, 418-407 Ma Sm-Nd garnet ages from HP gneiss, 425-402 Ma U-Pb zircon ages from eclogite, 425-405 Ma monazite U/Th-Pb ages from garnet-stable gneiss, 430-415 Ma U-Pb zircon ages from HP gneiss, 407-392 Ma U-Pb zircon ages from exhumation-related leucocratic intrusions, 405-394 Ma U/Th-Pb monazite ages from post-UHP gneiss, 400-398 Ma U-Pb zircon ages from post-UHP gneiss, 405-375 Ma titanite ages, 395-372 Ma U-Pb rutile ages, and 390-375 Ma muscovite 40Ar/39Ar ages. In general, coherence among the age gradients defined by the different isotopic systems indicates simple east-directed exhumation. In detail, however, differences among the ages within the three UHP domains indicate juxtaposition of the central and northern UHP domains against the southern UHP domain after titanite and rutile closure and prior to muscovite closure.

  1. UHP gneisses of the Kockhetav complex are sources for proto-shoshonite melts

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    Stepanov, Aleksandr; Campbell, Ian

    2014-05-01

    Collision belts often contain potassium-rich igneous rock, which can occur as both intrusions and volcanic sequences (shoshonitic series) that are characterized by high of trace element contents (most commonly LREE, Th and U) and strong crustal isotopic signatures (Nd, Sr, Pb). The formation of shoshonite melts in collisional setting is commonly attributed to low degree partial melting of mantle that had previously been metasomatized by fluids/melts derived from subducted crust. However this model has been recently challenged. The ultrapotassic shoshonite series in Eastern Tibet (China) range in composition from felsic dacites to ultramafic rocks. Campbell et al. (2014) explained the felsic members of this series by high degree partial melting of crustal rocks at high-temperature and pressure, and the mafic-ultramafic members by reaction of these felsic melts with mantle peridotite. The Kokchetav UHP complex in Kazakhstan is famous for its occurrence of rocks that have experienced metamorphism within diamond stability field at a pressure over 45 kbar and a temperature of 950-1000°C. The most widespread lithology in the Kokchetav is metasedimentary garnet-biotite gneisses. The gneisses are characterized by strong depletion in LREE, Th and U, loss of K2O, compatible behaviour of HREE, Ti, Fe and Mg and large fractionation of both Nb and Ta. The trace element characteristics of the melt inclusions from gneisses demonstrate that these features are due to high degree partial melting and extraction of granitic melts with high abundances of LREE, Th and U. The residual assemblage contained garnet, coesite, ±phengite, ±clinopyroxene but not monazite, which dissolved into the partial melts. The depletion patterns of the Kokchetav UHP gneisses are complementary to the enrichment patterns in shoshonites. Furthermore the compositions of melt inclusions in the gneisses are remarkable similar to those of the felsic members of shoshonite suite studied by Campbell et al. (2014

  2. Neoproterozoic diamictite-bearing sedimentary rocks in the northern Yili Block and their constraints on the Precambrian evolution of microcontinents in the Western Central Asian Orogenic Belt

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    He, Jingwen; Zhu, Wenbin; Zheng, Bihai; Wu, Hailin; Cui, Xiang; Lu, Yuanzhi

    2015-12-01

    The origin and tectonic setting of Precambrian sequences in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) have been debated due to a lack of high resolution geochronological data. Answering this question is essential for the understanding of the tectonic framework and Precambrian evolution of the blocks within the CAOB. Here we reported LA-ICP-MS detrital zircon U-Pb ages and in-situ Hf isotopic data for Neoproterozoic sedimentary cover in the northern Yili Block, an important component of the CAOB, in order to provide information on possible provenance and regional tectonic evolution. A total of 271 concordant U-Pb zircon ages from Neoproterozoic sedimentary cover in the northern Yili Block define three major age populations of 1900-1400 Ma, 1300-1150 Ma and 700-580 Ma, which are quite different from cratons and microcontinents involved in the CAOB. Although it is not completely consistent with the local basement ages, an autochthonous provenance interpretation is more suitable. Some zircon grains show significant old Hf model ages (TDMC; 3.9-2.4 Ga) and reveal continental crust as old as Paleoarchean probably existed. Continuous Mesoproterozoic zircon age populations exhibit large variations in the εHf(t) ratios, suggesting the long-time involvement of both reworked ancient crust and juvenile material. Similar Mesoproterozoic evolution pattern is identified in many continental terranes involved in the CAOB that surround the Tarim Craton. Based on our analysis and published research, we postulate that the northern Yili Block, together with Chinese Central Tianshan, Kyrgyz North Tianshan and some other microcontinents surrounding the Tarim Craton, once constituted the continental margin of the Tarim Craton in the Mesoproterozoic, formed by long-lived accretionary processes. Most of the late Neoproterozoic zircons exhibit significant positive εHf(t) ratios, suggesting the addition of juvenile crust. It is consistent with the tectonic event related to the East Africa

  3. Researching the Link Between Biomass Burning and Drought Across the Northern Sub-Saharan African Savanna/Sahel Belt

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    Ichoku, Charles; Ellison, Luke

    2012-01-01

    The northern sub-Saharan African (NSSA) region, bounded by the Sahara, Equator, and the West and East African coastlines, is subjected to intense biomass burning every year during the dry season. This is believed to be one of the drivers of the regional carbon and energy cycles, with serious implications for the water cycle anomalies that probably contribute to drought and desertification. In this presentation, we will discuss a new multi-disciplinary research in the NSSA region, review progress, evaluate preliminary results, and interact with the research and user communities to examine how best to coordinate with other research activities in order to address related environmental issues most effectively.

  4. The Acasta Gneiss - a Hadean cratonic nucleus

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    Sprung, P.; Scherer, E. E.; Maltese, A.; Bast, R.; Bleeker, W.; Mezger, K.

    2016-12-01

    The known terrestrial rock record lacks undisputed, chemically intact Hadean crust. Direct evidence from this eon has been restricted to zircon grains within younger rocks [1]. The Acasta Gneiss Complex (AGC; NT, CA) has yielded zircon with Hadean domains [e.g., 2,3], but the time at which AGC rocks became closed chemical systems is unclear [4,5]. Determining this `time of last disturbance' (tld) would provide a minimum protolith age, and is crucial for using radiogenic isotope compositions of bulk rocks to trace crust-mantle evolution. Recent studies mostly focused on the `low-strain' eastern AGC [e.g., 6, 7], which records an evolving, early-mid Archean cratonic nucleus [7]. We also studied the `high-strain' banded gneiss in the western AGC, which hosts >4 Ga zircon domains [2,3], too. Our focusing lay on adjoining, lithologically distinct bands [8] of two distinct chemical groups: A) Mafic, chondrite-normalized LaN/YbN ≦20, slightly HFSE- depleted, and B) TTG-like, LaN/YbN up to 145, markedly HFSE-depleted. Six adjacent bands yield a well-defined 4 Ga Sm-Nd isochron with a ɛNd4Ga of +2 and ɛHf4Ga values from +1 to +6. Within-band Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf systematics imply younger mineral re-equilibration [9]. We interpret the 4 Ga Sm-Nd isochron to date the physical juxtaposition of bands in the gneiss unit and to define tld among bands for elements less mobile and diffusive than Sm and Nd. Contrasting Sm-Nd results from the same unit [10] likely are due to sampling at too fine a scale. Digestion of metamict pre-tld zircon likely caused the scatter in Lu-Hf. Both decay systems hint at the existence of a possibly local, strongly depleted Hadean mantle domain. The TTG-like bands are 0.4 Gyr older than similar rocks in the `low-strain' eastern AGC [7]. The AGC was thus an evolved cratonic nucleus already at 4 Ga, possibly with a depleted lithospheric keel. [1] Cavosie et al. (2004) Prec. Res. 135, 251-279 [2] Bowring & Williams (1999) CMP 134, 3-16 [3] Iizuka et al

  5. Association of deformation and fluid events in the central Brooks Range fold-and-thrust belt, Northern Alaska

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    Moore, Thomas E.; Potter, Christopher J.; O'Sullivan, Paul B.; Shelton, Kevin L.; Underwood, Michael B.

    2003-01-01

    Ocentral Brooks Range consists of two superposed north-directed contractional orogens, one formed between 140-120 Ma and the other at ~60-45 Ma. The older orogen was an arc-continent collisional zone characterized by far-traveled allochthons and relatively low structural relief. The younger orogen is a retroarc thrust belt with relatively low amounts of shortening and high structural relief. Folding and thrusting of the younger episode is superimposed on the thin-skinned deformational wedge of the earlier orogen and also produced a frontal triangle zone in a thick sequence of mid-Cretaceous foreland basin sediments to the north. Stable isotope compositions of calcite and quartz veins indicate two fluid events including: (1) an earlier, higher-temperature (~250-300° C) event that produced veins in deformed Devonian clastic rocks, and (2) a younger, lower-temperature (~150° C) event that deposited veins in deformed Mississippian through Albian strata. The fluids in the first event had variable d18O values, but nearly constant d13C values buffered by limestone lithologies. The vein-forming fluids in the second event had similarly variable d18O values, but with distinctly lower d13C values as a result of oxidation of organic matter and/or methane. Zircon fission track ages demonstrate cooling to temperatures below 200° C between 140-120 Ma for the Devonian rocks, whereas zircon and apatite fission track ages show that Mississippian to Albian rocks were never heated above 200° C and cooled below 110-90° C at ~60-45 Ma. These data are interpreted as indicating that the older, high-temperature fluid event was active during thrusting at 120-140 Ma, and the younger fluid event during deformation at ~60-45 Ma. The data and results presented in this poster will be published in early 2004 in Moore and others (in press).

  6. The Northern Extent of the Southern Hemisphere Westerly Wind Belt since the Last Glacial Maximum Tracked via Sediment Provenance

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    Franzese, A. M.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemming, S. R.

    2015-12-01

    The Southern Hemisphere Westerlies are known to be important for climate due to their effects on the global carbon cycle and on the global thermohaline circulation. Many proxy records suggest that the strength and position of the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds have changed significantly since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) at ~21,000 years BP. However, a recent compilation of all available evidence for Southern Hemisphere westerly wind changes during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) led to the conclusion that "their strength and position in colder and warmer climates relative to today remain a wide open question" (Kohfeld et al. (2013) Quaternary Science Reviews, 68). This paper finds that an equatorward displacement of the glacial winds is consistent with observations, but cannot rule out other, competing hypotheses. Using the geochemical characteristics of deep-sea sediments deposited along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, I test the hypothesis that the LGM Southern Hemisphere Westerlies were displaced northward. In the central South Atlantic, dust can be delivered from South America via the Westerlies, or from Africa via the Trade Winds. The continental sources of South America and Africa have very different geochemical signatures, making it possible to distinguish between eolian transport via the Westerlies vs. the Trade Winds. Any northward shift in the Southern Hemisphere Westerlies would increase the northward extent of a South American provenance in sediments dominated by eolian sources. I will present geochemical provenance data (radiogenic isotope ratios; major and trace element concentrations) in a latitudinal transect of cores along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that document whether, in fact, such a shift occurred, and put an important constraint on how far north the wind belts shifted during the LGM.

  7. Geochemistry and tectonic significance of the Gongzhu peridotites in the northern branch of the western Yarlung Zangbo ophiolitic belt, western Tibet

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    Lian, Dongyang; Yang, Jingsui; Liu, Fei; Wu, Weiwei; Zhang, Li; Zhao, Hui; Huang, Jian

    2017-01-01

    The Gongzhu ophiolite is situated in the northern branch of the western Yarlung Zangbo ophiolitic belt. This massif consists of a strongly dismembered ophiolitic sequence dominated by mantle peridotites. The peridotites comprise lherzolite with low- to moderately-depleted mineral and bulk rock compositions. The degree of partial melting deduced from Cr# values of the Gongzhu peridotites varies between 7% and 10%. The mineral and whole rock compositions of the Gongzhu peridotites are comparable to those of abyssal peridotites. The chondrite normalized REE compositions of the peridotites typically display U-shaped or spoon-shaped patterns, and primitive mantle-normalized PGEs patterns show Ir depletion relative to Os and Ru, and Pt enrichment relative to Rh and Pd. On the basis of the petrological, mineralogical and geochemical data, we concluded that the Gongzhu peridotites either formed in the back-arc setting of an intra-oceanic subduction system or the Gongzhu and Dajiweng peridotites both formed in the in the same incipient forearc/proto-forearc environment of an intra-oceanic subduction zone.

  8. Analysis of thrust shear zones in curve-shaped belts: Deformation mode and timing of the Olevano-Antrodoco-Sibillini thrust (Central/Northern Apennines of Italy)

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    Calamita, F.; Satolli, S.; Turtù, A.

    2012-11-01

    This work reports the results of our analysis of the brittle-ductile shear zone associated with the Olevano-Antrodoco-Sibillini (OAS) curved-shape thrust in the Central/Northern Apennines of Italy. Its southern sector is characterized by NNW-SSE trending footwall anticlines, which also affect the OAS thrust surface. S tectonites in the NNE-SSW trending sector are crenulated by conjugate extensional surfaces (extensional crenulation cleavage). The NW-SE trending segment of the OAS thrust is characterized by SC tectonites developed along the thrust-related shear zone. Both the SC and S tectonites are consistent with a top-to-the N60-70°E direction of tectonic transport. The SC tectonites are associated with a simple-shear-dominated deformation (Wn = 0.86-0.98). On the other hand, the S tectonites and their related extensional shear planes document two stages of strain: (i) sub-simple shear (Wn = 0.34-0.50, related to OAS thrusting contemporaneous to growing incipient footwall anticlines, and (ii) pure-shear-dominated deformation (Wn = 0.17-0.00), subsequent to the OAS thrusting and caused by the definitive growth of footwall anticlines within an in-sequence deformation context. The present study proposes the analysis of shear zones to: (i) discriminate in-sequence against out-of-sequence evolution, and (ii) use as a tool to constrain the modes and timing of the curved belt's development.

  9. The Sanfandila earthquake sequence of 1998, Queretaro, Mexico: activation of an undocumented fault in the northern edge of central Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

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    Zúñiga, F. R.; Pacheco, J. F.; Guzmán-Speziale, M.; Aguirre-Díaz, G. J.; Espíndola, V. H.; Nava, E.

    2003-01-01

    A sequence of small earthquakes occurred in Central Mexico, at the northern edge of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (TMVB) in the State of Queretaro, during the first 3 months of 1998. Medium to large events in the continental regime of central Mexico are not common, but the seismic history of the region demonstrates that faults there are capable of generating destructive events. The sequence was analyzed using data from a temporary network with the goals of identifying the causative fault and its relation to regional tectonics. Employing a waveform inversion scheme adapted from a method used for regional studies, we found that the source mechanisms conform to the style of faulting (i.e. extension in the E-W direction) representative of the Taxco-San Miguel Allende Fault system. This system has been proposed as the southernmost extension of the Basin and Range (BR) Province. The spatial distribution of hypocenters and source mechanisms indicate that the seismogenic segment was a fault with an azimuth of approximately 334° with almost pure dip slip. Since events which occurred just south from this region show features which are consistent with TMVB tectonics (i.e. extension in an N-S direction), the sequence may mark the boundary between the TMVB and BR stress domains.

  10. Small scale heterogeneity of Phanerozoic lower crust: evidence from isotopic and geochemical systematics of mid-Cretaceous granulite gneisses, San Gabriel Mountains, southern California

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    Barth, A.P.; Wooden, J.L.; May, D.J.

    1992-01-01

    An elongate belt of mid-Cretaceous, compositionally banded gneisses and granulites is exposed in Cucamonga terrane, in the southeastern foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California. Banded gneisses include mafic granulites of two geochemical types: type 1 rocks are similar to high Al arc basalts and andesites but have higher HFSE (high-field-strength-element) abundances and extremely variable LILE (largeion-lithophile-element) abundances, while type 2 rocks are relatively low in Al and similar to alkali rich MOR (midocean-ridge) or intraplate basalts. Intercalated with mafic granulites are paragneisses which include felsic granulites, aluminous gneisses, marble, and calc-silicate gneisses. Type 1 mafic granulites and calcic trondhjemitic pegmatites also oceur as cross-cutting, synmetamorphic dikes or small plutons. Small-scale heterogeneity of deep continental crust is indicated by the lithologic and isotopic diversity of intercalated ortho-and paragneisses exposed in Cucamonga terrane. Geochemical and isotopic data indicate that K, Rb, and U depletion and Sm/Nd fractionation were associated with biotite +/- muscovite dehydration reactions in type 1 mafic granulites and aluminous gneisses during high-grade metamorphism. Field relations and model initial isotopic ratios imply a wide range of protolith ages, ranging from Early Proterozoic to Phanerozoic. ?? 1992 Springer-Verlag.

  11. Geochronological and sedimentological evidences of Panyangshan foreland basin for tectonic control on the Late Paleozoic plate marginal orogenic belt along the northern margin of the North China Craton

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    Li, Jialiang; Zhou, Zhiguang; He, Yingfu; Wang, Guosheng; Wu, Chen; Liu, Changfeng; Yao, Guang; Xu, Wentao; Zhao, Xiaoqi; Dai, Pengfei

    2017-08-01

    There is a wide support that the Inner Mongolia Palaeo-uplift on the northern margin of the North China Craton has undergone an uplifting history. However, when and how did the uplift occurred keeps controversial. Extensive field-based structural, metamorphic, geochemical, geochronological and geophysical investigations on the Inner Mongolia Palaeo-uplift, which suggested that the Inner Mongolia Palaeo-uplift was an uplifted region since the Early Precambrian or range from Late Carboniferous-Early Jurassic. The geochemical characteristics of the Late Paleozoic to Early Mesozoic intrusive rocks indicated that the Inner Mongolia Palaeo-uplift was an Andean-type continental margin that is the extensional tectonic setting. To address the spatial and temporal development of the Inner Mongolia Palaeo-uplift, we have carried out provenance analysis of Permian sedimentary rocks which collected from the Panyangshan basin along the northern margin of the North China Craton. The QFL diagram revealed a dissected arc-recycled orogenic tectonic setting. Moreover, the framework grains are abundant with feldspar (36-50%), indicating the short transport distance and unstable tectonic setting. Detrital zircon U-Pb analysis ascertained possible provenance information: the Precambrian basement ( 2490 and 1840 Ma) and continental arc magmatic action ( 279 and 295 Ma) along the northern margin of the North China Craton. The projection in rose diagrams of the mean palaeocurrent direction, revealing the SSW and SSE palaeoflow direction, also shows the provenance of the Panyangshan basin sources mainly from the Inner Mongolia Palaeo-uplift. The andesite overlying the Naobaogou Formation has yielded U-Pb age of 277.3 ± 1.4 Ma. The additional dioritic porphyry dike intruded the Naobaogou and Laowopu Formations, which has an emplacement age of 236 ± 1 Ma. The above data identify that the basin formed ranges from Early Permian to Middle Triassic (277-236 Ma). Accordingly, the Inner Mongolia

  12. Microdiamonds from the European Variscan Orogenic Belt

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    Kotkova, J.; Jakubova, P.; Whitehouse, M.; Fedortchouk, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Diamond, along with coesite, has been discovered recently in the continental crustal rocks of the European Variscan orogenic belt, namely the Bohemian Massif (BM). In addition to the garnet-phengite gneiss in Germany, western BM, microdiamond occurs in major rock forming minerals - garnet, kyanite - and in zircon in ultrahigh-pressure rocks overprinted under high-pressure granulite facies conditions (c. 16-20 kbar, c. 1000°C) in the northern and eastern BM. Well-preserved 10-30 μm-sized microdiamonds from northern BM exhibit diverse morphologies (SEM data) depending upon the host rock type. Octahedral diamond occurs in felsic garnet-kyanite-feldspar-quartz rock (metasediment), whereas intermediate garnet-clinopyroxene-feldspar-quartz rock contains a cubo-octahedral variety. Diamond morphology can be thus controlled by solid impurities available in the medium of crystallization (K- vs. Ca-bearing fluids or melts), as shown by experiments. Pointed-bottom negatively oriented trigonal etch pits on the octahedral diamond faces developed due to diamond resorption at CO2-dominated environment (less than 50 wt % of H2O, experimental data), possibly by action of a residual fluid. SIMS determined δ13C values range from -22 to -21 ‰ for the felsic rock and from - 26 to - 33 for the intermediate one, corresponding to the typical range of organic carbon δ13C and inconsistent with a significant mantle carbon (δ13C ~ - 5 ‰) input. Diamond-bearing domains in zircon, also analysed by SIMS, yielded a Variscan U-Pb age of c. 340 Ma. The present stage of knowledge allows us to conclude that (i) metamorphic diamonds in the BM occur in lithologies of metasedimentary character, and their carbon source was organic; (ii) crustal-derived CO2-rich fluids with impurities played an important role in diamond formation and dissolution; (iii) diamonds formed during the Variscan orogenic cycle and (iv) diamonds are best preserved in the external domain of the Variscan orogenic belt.

  13. Intra-continental transpression and gneiss doming in an obliquely convergent regime in SE Asia

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    Zhang, Bo; Chai, Zhi; Yin, Cong Yuan; Huang, Wen Tao; Wang, Yang; Zhang, Jin Jiang; Wang, Xiao Xian; Cao, Kai

    2017-04-01

    The Tengchong terrane comprises a sequence of linear dome-like zones, cored by granite and migmatitic layers. These cores are mantled by predominantly gneiss and subordinate schist sequences, decreasing in deformation intensity outward from extensive mylonitization to weak mylonitization. The pre-doming deformation was characterized by the formation of large-scale top-to-the-east shearing (D1) in the gneiss terrane, locally preserved flat-lying foliation (S1), weak folding (F1) and emplacement of the Mangbang granite during the Cretaceous (114-104 Ma). The second stage of deformation (D2) consisted of map-scale east-verging folds (F2, dome amplification) and minor lateral strike-slip shear zones between the anticlines in the gneiss and migmatitic sequences. Extensive partial melting and emplacement of 67-30 Ma synkinematic granitoid bodies/veins occurred, leading to the emplacement of wedges of granite into the easterly directed F2 fold cores. These wedges formed kilometer-scale granitoid domes. The post-doming D3 deformation with transpression recorded strain partitioning with simple shear-dominated high-strain zones along the Gaoligong and Nabang dextral lateral strike-slip shear zones (active during 30-11 Ma). Late transtensional deformation (D4) during cooling of the entire terrane involved the localized low-temperature Gaoligong west and east detachment faults that controlled the late exhumation of the Gaoligong metamorphic zone (since 10 Ma). Our structural observations, combined with previous studies, suggest that this style of doming is a representative type of intra-continental deformation in the Cenozoic during the oblique India-Asia collision. The actual dome shapes reflect formation of antiforms during compression-dominated transpression, prior to localized strike-slip shearing, in the accommodation belt around the Eastern Himalayan Syntaxis. Vertical exhumation of crustal material by contractional doming played an important role in absorbing the vast

  14. The Lu-Hf isotope system in the Acasta gneiss complex (NWT, Canada)

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    Guitreau, Martin; Blichert-Toft, Janne; Mojzsis, Stephen J.; Roth, Antoine S. G.; Bourdon, Bernard; Bleeker, Wouter

    2013-04-01

    The Acasta gneiss complex (AGC) is an outcrop of poly-phase Hadean/Eoarchean rocks that records a multi-stage history. We explore the complexities encountered in such an old crustal remnant at the mineral- to outcrop scale and discuss the preservation and disturbance of the Lu-Hf isotope system in these rocks. Twenty-one new Lu-Hf isotope whole rock measurements are used in combination with previous data to show that some samples have been disturbed by metamorphic garnet growth and/or migmatization/mineral segregation while others clearly preserve their Lu-Hf isotope systematics. Two main Archean magmatic events to be identified at around 3600 and 3960 Ma and an almost purely metamorphic event at about 3750 Ma. Least-contaminated gneisses indicate a Lu-Hf isochron age range of 3929 ± 84 to 3945 ± 91 Ma for the oldest rocks that range from mafic to felsic. This age discrepancy relative to 3960 Ma is likely due to crust assimilation. This process is significant in both magmatic groups in the AGC as also observed by previous authors. However, our study demonstrates that crustal contamination is widespread but not ubiquitous and, according to assimilation calculations, the least contaminated samples identified here indicate a near-CHUR Hf isotope composition for the mantle source of 3960 Ma group. Comparison between Hf isotopes in >3.9 Ga detrital zircons from North-American Archean meta-sedimentary basins and those in Acasta gneisses indicate a possible connection that would in turn imply that the AGC was volumetrically significant. Analogy with western Australian Hadean zircon bearing meta-sedimentary belts would point out to local effects in early crustal record in favor of progressive (but not continuous) crustal growth as independent crustal segments in the Hadean-Eoarchean.

  15. Belt-driven conveyor belts

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    1984-01-01

    An intermediate belt drive system offers a number of advantages over conventional systems, including lower power requirements and the ability to use lower quality, cheaper, conveyor belts. The advantages of a correctly designed belt conveyor with end pulley drives are included.

  16. The Ross Orogen and Lachlan Fold Belt in Marie Byrd Land, Northern Victoria Land and New Zealand: implication for the tectonic setting of the Lachlan Fold Belt in Antarctica

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    Bradshaw, J.D.

    2007-01-01

    Correlation of the Cambrian Delamerian Orogen of Australia and Ross Orogen of the Transantarctic Mountains widely accepted but the extension of the adjacent Lachlan Orogen into Antarctica is controversial. Outside the main Ross-Delamerian belt, evidence of this orogeny is preserved at Mt Murphy in Marie Byrd Land and the in Takaka Terrane of New Zealand. In all pre-break- configurations of the SW Pacific, these two areas are far removed from the Ross-Delamerian belt. Evidence from conglomerates in the Takaka Terrane, however, shows that in Late Cambrian times it was adjacent to the Ross Orogen. This indicates major tectonic displacements within Gondwana after the Cambrian and before break-up. The Lachlan Orogen formed in an extensional belt in a supra-subduction zone setting and the Cambrian rocks of Marie Byrd Land and New Zealand are interpreted as parts of a rifted continental ribbon on the outboard side of the Lachlan belt.

  17. Rifting and reactivation of a Cretaceous structural belt at the northern margin of the South China Sea

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    Nanni, Ugo; Pubellier, Manuel; Chan, Lung Sang; Sewell, Roderick J.

    2017-04-01

    The Tiu Tang Lung Fault, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - China, is located on the northern stretched continental margin of the South China Sea. Along this fault, Middle Jurassic volcanic rocks of the Tai Mo Shan Formation are tectonically juxtaposed on Lower Cretaceous sedimentary rocks of the Pat Sin Leng Formation. Both extensional detachments and compressional features are observed and various genetic strain configurations are proposed for the Tiu Tang Lung Fault with implications for understanding the dynamics of the pre-South China Sea rifting during the Cretaceous. We have identified tilted bedding planes in the continental deposits of the Pat Sin Leng Formation which can be related to Early Cretaceous syn-extensional deposition. A mid-Cretaceous penetrative top-to-the-south to top-to-the-west shear fabric is also observed and serves as an indicator of the strain pattern. This deformation is expressed by cleavages, schistosity, S/C fabrics, kink-folds, phacoids and stretched pebbles at both a macroscopic and microscopic scale. Cleavages and bedding are generally sub-parallel to the local shear orientation. The whole sedimentary pile is crosscut by Cenozoic N70 and N150 normal faults. These constraints, together with previous fission track, seismic and structural data, allow us to reinterpret the kinematics of this domain during syn-orogenic to syn-extensional periods. The observed top-to-the-south thrusting event is coeval with NE-SW strike-slip sinistral fault movement. Subsequent N-S extension can be correlated with South China Sea rifting from Eocene to Oligocene. These observations reveal a polyphase history associated with continental margin inversion which witnessed localized extension on previous compressional structures.

  18. Late Pleistocene to Holocene Uplift Rates in the frontal part of the Fold-and-Thrust Belts in Northern Hokkaido, Japan

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    Morishita, N.

    2006-12-01

    In Hokkaido to Sakhalin, Late Cenozoic compressional processes have produced N-S trending fold-and-thrust belts. Active tectonics started in late Pliocene time (Ito, 1999) was poorly constrained from the previous studies on seismicity, geodesy and structural geology because of the complicated tectonic framework. In northern Hokkaido, coarsening upward Pliocene-Pleistocene basin-fill successions, which named the Koetoi, Yuchi and Sarabetsu Formations in ascending order, have been deformed by west verging stepped folds structures. The Teshio fault zone constitutes the frontal part of the fold-and-thrust belts and contributes to the history of uplifting along the western coast of northern Hokkaido. Terraces distributed in the study area are classified into Higher terraces group (Terrace I-III), Middle terraces group (Terrace IV) and Lower terraces group (Terrace V-VI). On the basis of tephrochronology and 14C dating methods, Terrace IV and VI are correlated with MIS 5e and 1, respectively (Koike and Machida eds, 2001). The author clarifies the tectonic processes of the Teshio fault zone by using the dislocation model and balanced cross-sections to determine the Plio-Quaternary shortening deformation. The N-S trending Kitakawaguchi anticline is a typical fault-propagation-fold defined by a steeply west dipping forelimb and a more gently east dipping and broader back limb. Western part of the anticline, the Yuchi Formation has up to 30° dip to the west, and Terrace II and IV tilt westward. The elevation of the shoreline angle of Terrace IV and II are about 55-60 m and 110 m a.s.l., respectively. The Kitakawaguchi anticline has started to grow in the Early Pleistocene when the Yuchi Formation deposited, and has continued to move during Late Pleistocene time, shown in the seismic reflection profile (Ogura and Kamon, 1992). The Teshio fault zone extends 5-10 km west off shore farther south of the Kitakawaguchi anticline. According to Hydrographic Department, Maritime

  19. Petrological and geochemical features of the Jingtieshan banded iron formation (BIF): A unique type of BIF from the Northern Qilian Orogenic Belt, NW China

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    Yang, Xiu-Qing; Zhang, Zuo-Heng; Duan, Shi-Gang; Zhao, Xin-Min

    2015-12-01

    The Jingtieshan banded iron formation (BIF) is located in the Northern Qilian Orogenic Belt (NQOB) in NW China. The BIFs are hosted in Mesoproterozoic Jingtieshan Group, a dominantly clastic-carbonate sedimentary formation, and was metamorphosed to lower greenschist facies. The Jingtieshan BIFs include oxide-, carbonate- and mixed carbonate-oxide facies, and consist of alternating iron-rich and silica-rich bands. The BIFs are composed essentially of specularite and jasper, with minor carbonate minerals and barite. The SiO2 + Fe2O3 content is markedly high in the oxide facies BIF, followed by FeO, CO2 and Ba, with the other elements usually lower than 1%, suggesting that the original chemical sediments were composed of Fe, Si, CO32- and Ba. The positive correlation between Al2O3, TiO2 and Zr in the BIFs indicates that these chemical sediments incorporate minor detrital components. Oxide facies BIF shows low HFSE, low ∑REE and low Y/Ho. The Post Archean Australian Shale-normalized REE patterns for Jingtieshan BIFs are characterized slight LREE depletion, strong positive Eu anomalies and lack of significant negative Ce anomalies. Siderite in the carbonate- and mixed carbonate-oxide facies BIF shows negative δ13C values varying from -8.4‰ to -3.0‰, and δ18O values show a range of -16.6‰ to -11.7‰. The geochemical signatures and carbon-oxygen isotopes suggest origin from high-temperature hydrothermal fluids with weak seawater signature for the sediments of Jingtieshan BIFs. The absence of negative Ce anomalies and the high Fe3+/∑Fe ratios of the oxide facies BIF do not support ocean anoxia. In contrast to the three main types (Algoma-, Superior- and Rapitan-type) of global BIFs, the Jingtieshan BIFs represent a unique type with features similar to those of sedimentary-exhalative mineralization.

  20. Activity in Jupiter's Northern Hemisphere Before and During the Juno Mission: Waves Associated with the North Equatorial Belt and Relation to Expansion Phase

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    Orton, Glenn S.; Momary, Thomas W.; Sinclair, James; Fletcher, Leigh N.; Rogers, John H.; Fernandes, Joshua; Kasaba, Yasumasa; Sato, Takao M.; Fujiyoshi, Takuya; Yanamandra-Fisher, Padma A.; Baines, Kevin

    2016-10-01

    Visible and infrared observations of Jupiter in 2015-2016 reveal phenomena that may be active during the Juno mission. For the North Equatorial Belt (NEB), near-infrared observations of Jupiter's upper-tropospheric particulate field at wavelengths of strong gaseous absorption reveal a zonal wave structure that encompasses the longitudes of a northward expansion of dark-colored regions of the NEB. The longitudinal structure of the waves appears to be highly correlated with the structure of zonal waves in the upper-tropospheric temperature field. This wave pattern was also observed by Cassini and ground-based observers in late 2000 / early 2001 during its flyby of Jupiter, which Li et al. (2006, Icarus 185, 416) argued was a planetary (Rossby) wave. The 2000-2001 wave was also observed during a period of NEB expansion. Using our historical infrared observations, as well as CCD images at 889 nm, the NEB expansion sequences in 2004 and 2009 also appear to be accompanied by zonal waves in the upper-tropospheric particulate field as well as by zonal waves in the upper-tropospheric temperature field. This correlation implies that the wave is a commonplace consequence of the dynamical reconfiguration at the northern edge of the NEB during its apparent expansion, created by a downwelling that causes sublimation of white aerosols at some longitudes. Properties of the 2015-2016 wave do not appear to be correlated with those of a nearby prominent stratospheric zonal temperature wave, although both began within months of each other. At cloud-top level, the NEB expansions lead to the generation of cyclonic circulations ('barges'), which are expected to be visible in 2016-2017. The current NEB-related phenomena, together with other types of waves and instabilities, mark a very interesting period for Juno observations and its coordinated campaign of Earth-based support.

  1. Types and Evolutionary Processes of Formation of the Ordovician Taconic Mélanges in the Central and Northern Appalachian Orogenic Belt, Eastern USA

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    Codegone, Giulia; Festa, Andrea; Dilek, Yildirim; Pini, Gian Andrea

    2010-05-01

    We examined in eastern Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont (USA) various types of unmetamorphosed mélanges, which formed at an accretionary wedge-front of the Ordovician Taconic allochthon in the central and northern Appalachian orogenic belt. These mélange occurrences display structural evidence for progressive deformation of a middle-late Ordovician trench-fill succession during the subduction-accretion to collision tectonic episodes of the Taconic Orogeny. Mélanges and broken formations (mélanges s.l.) commonly represent the products of tectonic, sedimentary and diapiric processes during the evolution of accretionary wedges. Geologic mapping and stratigraphic-structural observations in the central and northern Appalachians indicate that different types of mélanges s.l. appear to have developed in different structural positions with respect to the wedge front, and that they show different types of chaotic arrangements and deformation intensities depending on their origin, evolution, and tectonic position. Mass-wasting deposits and/or olistostromes were emplaced at the wedge front as precursory olistostromes of the advancing allochthons, providing exotic material into a flysch succession. These sedimentary mélanges were then overridden by the advancing thrust sheet and were incorporated into the shear zone forming an olistostromal carpet. Shearing led to the juxtaposition and mixing of rocks (in some cases including exotic blocks) of various ages, and subsequently to the formation of boudinage, enucleation of isoclinals folds, and phacoidal microshear cleavages. Broken formations, mainly formed at the base of the wedge front and Taconic thrust fault systems, occur in a continuum ranging from originally coherent stratigraphic successions to variously disrupted strata, and finally to an entirely chaotic block-in-matrix fabric, which lacks a stratigraphic continuity. In-situ accretion-related deformation caused by tectonic loading and related increase of fluid

  2. Glastonbury Gneiss and mantling rocks (a modified Oliverian dome) in south-central Massachusetts and north-central Connecticut; geochemistry, petrogenesis, and isotopic age

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    Leo, G.W.; Zartman, R.E.; Brookins, D.G.

    1984-01-01

    The Glastonbury dome is a long, narrow structure trending approximately 70 km north-northeast through Connecticut and Massachusetts along the west side of the Bronson Hill anticlinorium. Structurally and stratigraphically the dome is analogous to the Oliverian domes of New Hampshire. It is cored by Glastonbury Gneiss and is mantled by Ammonoosuc Volcanics and Partridge Formation (or their equivalents) of Ordovician age. The Glastonbury Gneiss intrudes the Ammonoosuc and, thereby, establishes the relative age of the two units. Monson Gneiss, which unconformably underlies the Ammonoosuc Volcanics in the Monson anticline to the east, is not in contact with Glastonbury Gneiss except near Stafford Springs, Conn., where the contact may be gradational. In some places, Monson Gneiss shows evidence of plastic flow and potential anatexis. The northern part of the Glastonbury Gneiss typically is leucocratic, granoblastic, relatively potassium-poor gneiss that appears homogeneous in outcrop, but proves to be chemically and modally inhomogeneous over short distances, as shown by variation diagrams and REE plots. The gneiss straddles the compositional fields of trondhjemite, tonalite, and granodiorite, and partly overlaps that of Monson Gneiss. The southern part of the Glastonbury Gneiss is consistently more potassic than the northern, having compositions ranging from granite to granodiorite. All of the Glastonbury Gneiss show pervasive, strong foliation, deformation, and local shearing related to the Acadian orogeny. Field relations, textures, and chemistry of the northern part of the Glastonbury suggest an origin by anatexis of the premetamorphic Monson sequence at temperatures of about 690 DC to 750 DC and pressures of <3kbars. The southern part of the Glastonbury appears to have been generated contemporaneously but not comagmatically from calcalkaline crust. U-Pb zircon ages for both the northern and southern bodies are slightly discordant with 207PbfosPb ages of 445 to 467

  3. Influence of slab thermal structure on basalt source regions and melting conditions: REE and HFSE constraints from the Garibaldi volcanic belt, northern Cascadia subduction system

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    Green, Nathan L.

    2006-03-01

    Garibaldi volcanic belt (GVB) basalts were erupted above the relatively young (≤ 24 Ma) Juan de Fuca plate, which comprises the subducted oceanic lithosphere that becomes progressively younger (22-13 Ma), and presumably hotter, northward along the northern Cascadia convergent margin. Primitive and near-primitive mafic lavas of the 15-km-wide volcanic belt change from high-alumina olivine tholeiites and magnesian andesites near Glacier Peak, northwestern Washington, through transitional basalts to alkali-olivine basalts and basanites in the Bridge River-Salal Glacier areas, southwestern British Columbia. The distribution of different basalt types is consistent with varied source conditions imposed by differences in the thermal structure of the underlying subducted plate. Significant arc-parallel variations characterize REE and HFSE contents in GVB basalts and suggest that source enrichment processes and melting conditions vary within the mantle wedge as the age and thermal state of the underlying subducted plate changes. More northerly GVB basaltic suites tend to have higher TiO 2, Nb, Ta, total REE, La, Sm / Yb, Nb / Yb, Ti / V, Y / Sc and Zr / Yb and lower Th / U, Zr / Ti and Zr / Nb than their southern counterparts. The basalts have sub-chondritic to chondritic Nb / Ta (6-21) and super-chondritic Zr / Hf (up to 55.90) ratios that exhibit positive correlation. Only Mount Baker and Glacier Peak basalts exhibit the distinctive negative Nb-Ta anomalies associated with arc lavas. Inter-HFSE and REE fractionations (including La / Yb, La / Nb and Ce / Pb) show significant correlations with the inferred age of the underlying subducted plate. Proportions of slab-derived HFSE-REE components (SC) transferred to basalt sources in the Cascadia mantle wedge appear to vary from negligible (Ti, Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf, Y, Sm, Eu and Tb: less than 15% SC) to perceptible (Nd: up to 35% SC) through moderate (La: up to 75% SC) to substantial (U, Th and Pb: up to 95% SC). Arc-parallel HFSE

  4. Source and evolution of ore-forming hydrothermal fluids in the northern Iberian Pyrite Belt massive sulphide deposits (SW Spain): evidence from fluid inclusions and stable isotopes

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    Sánchez-España, Javier; Velasco, Francisco; Boyce, Adrian J.; Fallick, Anthony E.

    2003-08-01

    A fluid inclusion and stable isotopic study has been undertaken on some massive sulphide deposits (Aguas Teñidas Este, Concepción, San Miguel, San Telmo and Cueva de la Mora) located in the northern Iberian Pyrite Belt. The isotopic analyses were mainly performed on quartz, chlorite, carbonate and whole rock samples from the stockworks and altered footwall zones of the deposits, and also on some fluid inclusion waters. Homogenization temperatures of fluid inclusions in quartz mostly range from 120 to 280 °C. Salinity of most fluid inclusions ranges from 2 to 14 wt% NaCl equiv. A few cases with Th=80-110 °C and salinity of 16-24 wt% NaCl equiv., have been also recognized. In addition, fluid inclusions from the Soloviejo Mn-Fe-jaspers (160-190 °C and ≈6 wt% NaCl equiv.) and some Late to Post-Hercynian quartz veins (130-270 °C and ≈4 wt% NaCl equiv.) were also studied. Isotopic results indicate that fluids in equilibrium with measured quartz (δ18Ofluid ≈-2 to 4‰), chlorites (δ18Ofluid ≈8-14‰, δDfluid ≈-45 to -27‰), whole rocks (δ18Ofluid ≈4-7‰, δDfluid ≈-15 to -10‰), and carbonates (δ18Oankerite ≈14.5-16‰, δ13Cfluid =-11 to -5‰) evolved isotopically during the lifetime of the hydrothermal systems, following a waxing/waning cycle at different temperatures and water/rock ratios. The results (fluid inclusions, δ18O, δD and δ13C values) point to a highly evolved seawater, along with a variable (but significant) contribution of other fluid reservoirs such as magmatic and/or deep metamorphic waters, as the most probable sources for the ore-forming fluids. These fluids interacted with the underlying volcanic and sedimentary rocks during convective circulation through the upper crust.

  5. Geochemistry and zircon U-Pb geochronology of granitoids in the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt, northern Tibetan Plateau: origin and tectonic implications

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    Zhou, Bo; Dong, Yunpeng; Zhang, Feifei; Yang, Zhao; Sun, Shengsi; He, Dengfeng

    2016-11-01

    The East Kunlun Orogenic Belt (EKOB) in the northern margin of the Tibet Plateau is characterized by widespread granitic plutons, which are keys to understanding the tectonic evolution of the EKOB. The Zhiyu pluton, newly recognized in the central part of the EKOB, mainly consists of monzogranites, biotite granites and quartz diorites. Their LA-ICPMS zircon U-Pb results show formation ages of 447 ± 1.6 Ma, 448 ± 2.5 Ma and 408 ± 1.8 Ma. The monzogranites and biotite granites are characterized by relatively high Sr (208-631 ppm), low Y (4.28-15.82 ppm) and Yb (0.44-1.59 ppm) contents, thus resulting in elevated Sr/Y (30-105) and (La/Yb)N (4-79) ratios, indicating geochemical features of adakitic rocks. These adakitic granites are medium- to high-K, calcic or calc-alkaline in composition, and display a weak peraluminous character. They have low MgO (0.57-1.84 wt.%, average 1.01 wt.%), Mg# (40-53, average 45), as well as low Cr (3.67-17.98 ppm, average 7.19 ppm) and Ni (2.59-9.30 ppm, average 4.71 ppm) contents. These rocks are enriched in LREE, and show negligible or variable positive Eu anomalies (Eu/Eu∗ = 0.61-3.80, average 1.45) and significant negative Nb and Ta anomalies. Majority of the zircon grains from these adakitic granitic rocks have positive εHf(t) values of 0.09-5.21 with two-stage model ages ranging from 1.1 Ga to 1.6 Ga. These features are compatible with those of adakitic rocks derived from a thickened lower crust in the garnet stability field. Their formation is mainly controlled by the process of crust thickening following the closure of the Qimantag Ocean. The younger quartz diorites belong to medium- to high-K, calc-alkalic or alkali-calcic and metaluminous series, and exhibit a relatively high MgO (2.23-5.18 wt.%) and Mg# (40-56, average 50.11), with significant LREE enrichment and negative Eu anomalies, as well as depletion of Nb, Ta. In addition, the quartz diorites have an enriched εHf(t) values ranging from -5.25 to -3.19. Combining

  6. Geochemistry and zircon U-Pb geochronology of granitoids in the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt, northern Tibetan Plateau: origin and tectonic implications

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    Zhou, Bo; Dong, Yunpeng; Zhang, Feifei; Yang, Zhao; Sun, Shensi; He, Dengfeng

    2017-04-01

    The East Kunlun Orogenic Belt (EKOB) in the northern margin of the Tibet Plateau is characterized by widespread granitic plutons, which are keys to understanding the tectonic evolution of the EKOB. The Zhiyu pluton, newly recognized in the central part of the EKOB, mainly consists of monzogranites, biotite granites and quartz diorites. Their LA-ICPMS zircon U-Pb results show formation ages of 447 ± 1.6 Ma, 448 ± 2.5 Ma and 408 ± 1.8 Ma. The monzogranites and biotite granites are characterized by relatively high Sr (208-631 ppm), low Y (4.28-15.82 ppm) and Yb (0.44-1.59 ppm) contents, thus resulting in elevated Sr/Y (30-105) and (La/Yb)N (4-79) ratios, indicating geochemical features of adakitic rocks. These adakitic granites are medium- to high-K, calcic or calc-alkaline in composition, and display a weak peraluminous character. They have low MgO (0.57-1.84 wt.%, average 1.01 wt.%), Mg# (40-53, average 45), as well as low Cr (3.67 to 17.98 ppm, average 7.19 ppm) and Ni (2.59 to 9.30 ppm, average 4.71 ppm) contents. These rocks are enriched in LREE, and show negligible or variable positive Eu anomalies (Eu/Eu*=0.61-3.80, average 1.45) and significant negative Nb and Ta anomalies. Majority of the zircon grains from these adakitic granitic rocks have positive ɛHf(t) values of 0.09 to 5.21 with two-stage model ages ranging from 1.1 Ga to 1.6 Ga. These features are compatible with those of adakitic rocks derived from a thickened lower crust in the garnet stability field. Their formation is mainly controlled by the process of crust thickening following the closure of the Qimantag Ocean. The younger quartz diorites belong to medium- to high-K, calc-alkalic or alkali-calcic and metaluminous series, and exhibit a relatively high MgO (2.23 to 5.18 wt.%) and Mg#(40 to 56, average 50.11), with significant LREE enrichment and negative Eu anomalies, as well as depletion of Nb, Ta. In addition, the quartz diorites have an enriched ɛHf(t) values ranging from -5.25 to -3

  7. Anthropogenic initiation and acceleration of aeolian dune activity within the northern European Sand Belt and societal feedbacks over the last 2500 yrs

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    Lungershausen, Uta; Larsen, Annegret; Bork, Hans-Rudolf; Duttmann, Rainer

    2017-04-01

    In North-Western Europe, Pleistocene sand sheets have been re-activated during phases of Holocene deforestation and agricultural land-use. Although there are temporal overlaps between anthropogenic activity and sand sheet re-activation, the root cause and subsequent feedbacks between aeolian activity and societal response remain largely unknown. Here, we seek to establish cause and effect by examining the detailed co-variation in both the timing and magnitude of aeolian and anthropogenic activity through the quantification of Holocene dune sediments in combination with archaeological and pollen records. These records indicate a series of complex phases of aeolian activity followed by landscape stabilization, which we attribute primarily to changing patterns of human impact. We find that a steady increase in dune deposition rates in the Medieval Period corresponds to an increase in settlement activity and deforestation ( 1000-1500 AD). At their peak, Medieval deposition rates were 3.4-times larger than during the late Pleistocene, which was the period experiencing the most favourable natural conditions for aeolian sediment transport in the past 11600 years. Prior to the Medieval Period, relative land-surface stability (depositional hiatus) persisted from the late Pleistocene until the Roman Iron Age Period (0-400 AD), in which deforestation to fuel iron production had a minor impact on aeolian activity, as indicated by the lowest recorded deposition rate (0.12 t/ha/a ± 0.02 t/ha/a). Following the Medieval Period peak in aeolian deposition rates, aeolian activity diminishes rapidly, and coincides with the abandonment of nearby human settlement. This can be interpreted as a direct positive feedback in which Medieval agricultural overexploitation crossed sufficient aeolian activity thresholds to render the landscape practically unworkable for cropping agriculture. Based on our findings and a comprehensive review of Northern European sand belt activity, we interpret a

  8. Constraints on slab inputs and mantle source compositions in the northern Cascade arc (Garibaldi belt) from Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopes and trace elements in primitive basalts

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    Mullen, E. K.; Carpentier, M.; Weis, D.

    2011-12-01

    The northernmost segment of the Cascade arc, known as the Garibaldi volcanic belt (GVB), extends from Glacier Peak in Washington to the Bridge River cones in British Columbia. GVB primitive basalts display strong arc-parallel geochemical gradients, most prominently a northerly progression from calc-alkaline to highly alkalic compositions, which present an ideal opportunity to address key questions regarding the origin of primary arc basalts including the compositions and relative inputs of sub-arc mantle sources and slab-derived fluids/melts. The gradient in GVB basalt alkalinity was proposed to result from a northerly reduction in slab-derived contributions to the sub-arc mantle wedge, a consequence of the ~4 myr decrease in slab age at the trench [1-3]. As a test of this hypothesis, we have obtained new whole-rock high-precision isotopic (Sr, Nd, Pb, Hf) and trace element data for the GVB basalt suites previously investigated by Green and others. La/Nb decreases from south (4.25 at Glacier Peak) to north (0.78 at Bridge River), confirming a progressive reduction in the "arc signature" (elevated LILE and LREE abundances relative to HFSE and HREE). 87Sr/86Sr ranges from 0.70310 to 0.70396, 206Pb/204Pb from 18.65 to 18.92, ɛNd from 8.5 to 3.8, and ɛHf from 13.3 to 8.7. Our data overlap the Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic compositions of primitive samples at Mt. Baker and Chilliwack batholith [4], but extend to more depleted compositions. GVB basalts are isotopically distinct from other Cascade arc primitive basalts, with systematically lower 208Pb/206Pb at a given 206Pb/204Pb and higher ɛNd at a given 87Sr/86Sr. In Pb-Pb space, GVB basalts define a linear trend extending from Explorer MORB to local subducting sediments drilled at ODP Sites 888 and 1027 in the northern Cascadia basin. We interpret this array as a mixing line reflecting variable sediment input to the mantle. However, Sr, Pb and Nd isotope ratios are only weakly correlated with La/Nb and latitude, whereas 208Pb

  9. Early Miocene granitoids from the Leo Pargil gneiss dome, northwest Himalaya

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    Hassett, W.; Leech, M. L.

    2007-12-01

    The Leo Pargil gneiss dome is comprised of upper amphibolite-facies metasedimentary rocks of the lower Tethyan Himalayan sequence (known as the Haimantas Group), that are intruded by numerous small granitoid bodies and leucogranite dikes. The dome is located in northern India/southwestern Tibet at the junction of the Sutlej and Spiti rivers, west of the Zada basin. U-Pb SHRIMP dating of zircon yield concordant ages ranging from Late Archean to Late Proterozoic for paragneisses (2.6 Ga to 970 Ma) corresponding to the Haimantas group, and Early Oligocene to Middle Miocene ages for granitoid intrusions (33 Ma to 15 Ma). Concordant analyses and lower intercept ages from Tera-Wasserburg concordia plots range from 28.1-17.2 Ma. Late Oligocene to Early Miocene ages are from zircon domains with consistently high U contents (1500 to over 25000 ppm). Linear regression of age vs. U content scatter plots show a trend toward younger ages (22-20 Ma) corresponding to ages from zircon with lower U contents (1000-3000 ppm) and that is consistent with lower intercept ages. These Early Miocene ages for Leo Pargil granitoids correspond to the ages for the widespread leucogranite bodies exposed throughout the Himalaya and granites from the North Himalayan gneiss domes further east.

  10. Ancient granite gneiss in the Black Hills, South Dakota

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    Zartman, R.E.; Norton, J.J.; Stern, T.W.

    1964-01-01

    Granite gneiss, with an age of approximately 2.5 billion years, in the Black Hills, South Dakota , provides a link betweeen ancient rocks in western Wyoming and Montana and in eastern North and South Dakota and Minnesota. The discovery suggests that early Precambrian rocks covered an extensive area in northcentral United States and were not restricted to several small nuclei.

  11. Age and origin of gneisses south of Ameralik, between Kangimut-Sangmissoq and Qasigianguit

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    Jones, N. W.; Moorbath, S.; Taylor, P. N.

    1986-01-01

    Gneisses which crop out along the southern coast of Ameralik between Kangimut-sangmissoq and Qasigianguit (K-s-Q) are the subject of long-standing controversy concerning their relationship to the early Archean Amitsoq gneisses of the Godthaab district. On the basis of field observations, it was argued that gneisses at Kangimut-sangmissoq and Qasigianguit are correlatives of the early Archean Amitsoq gneisses. The data were reexamined and it is concluded that the K-s-Q gneisses represent an addition of substantially juvenile mantle-derived material to the Archean craton of West Greenland during the late Archean times. Some of the parent magmas have undergone interaction with older crust, as indicated by Pb isotope evidence for contamination with Amitsoq-derived Pb. However, the positive epsilon Nd(I) value for the K-s-Q gneisses firmly rules out any significant material contribution from the Amitsoq gneisses to the K-s-Q gneisses.

  12. Basement-cover relations and internal structure of the Cape Smith klippe: A 1.9 Ga greenstone belt in northern Quebec, Canada

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    St-Onge, M. R.; Hoffman, P. F.; Lucas, S. G.; Scott, D. J.; Begin, N. J.

    1986-01-01

    The Cape Smith Belt is a 380x60 km tectonic klippe composed of greenschistto amphibolite-grade mafic and komatiitic lava flows and fine-grained quartzose sediment, intruded by minor syn- to post-tectonic granitoids. Previously studied transects in areas of relatively high structural level show that the belt is constructed of seven or more north-dipping thrust sheets which verge toward the Superior Province (Archean) foreland in the south and away from an Archean basement massif (Kovik Antiform) external to the Trans-Hudson Orogen (Early Proterozoic) in the north. A field project (mapping and structural-stratigraphic-metamorphic studies) directed by MRS was begun in 1985 aimed at the structurally deeper levels of the belt and underlying basement, which are superby exposed in oblique cross-section (12 km minimum structural relief) at the west-plunging eastern end of the belt. Mapping now complete of the eastern end of the belt confirms that all of the metavolcanic and most of the metasedimentary rocks are allochthonous with respect to the Archean basement, and that the thrusts must have been rooted north of Kovik Antiform. The main findings follow.

  13. Overview of the Proterozoic evolution of the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, Scotland - constraints from the SE corner of Laurentia

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    Goodenough, Kathryn; Krabbendam, Maarten; Crowley, Quentin

    2013-04-01

    Prior to the opening of the Atlantic, the Lewisian Gneiss Complex in the NW Highlands of Scotland formed part of the Archaean-Proterozoic Laurentian craton. Over the last decades a large number of geochronological studies have elucidated its evolution, as summarised by Kinny et al. 2005. The Lewisian thus provides an important link between Laurentia and Baltica during the Proterozoic Most of the Lewisian Gneiss Complex was formed during the Meso- to Neoarchaean, as a series of crustal terranes that were largely amalgamated at the end of the Archaean to form part of the North Atlantic Craton. During the Proterozoic, numerous igneous, tectonic and metamorphic events have affected and reworked the complex; these can be linked to similar events in mainland Laurentia and/or Baltica. Here, we provide an overview of the Proterozoic history, based on information from the literature and new geochronological data (Goodenough et al. in press). Juvenile magmas were emplaced into many parts of the Lewisian Gneiss Complex in the period c. 1900-1870 Ma, followed locally by high-grade metamorphism. Magmatism at this time has now been recognised along most terrane boundaries in the Lewisian. Some distinct terranes with arc-like characteristics are recognised (Loch Maree Group, South Harris Complex) whereas elsewhere granitoids intruded into Archaean crust (Laxford Shear Zone). This magmatic activity was related to the development of continental arcs during the accretion of the Columbia supercontinent, and may be correlated with the Ketilidian or Nagssugtoqidian events in Greenland and the Svecofennian and Lapland-Kola belts in Scandinavia. Subsequently, the Lewisian Gneiss Complex was affected by a crustal thickening and heating event (or events) during the period 1770-1650 Ma. This period is characterised by amphibolite-facies metamorphism, shearing (typically sinistral strike slip or transpression) and intrusion of largely crustal-derived granite and pegmatite sheets. Again

  14. Cretaceous high-pressure metamorphic belts of the Central Pontides (northern Turkey): pre-collisional Pacific-type accretionary continental growth of Laurasian Margin

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    Aygul, Mesut; Okay, Aral I.; Oberhaensli, Roland; Sudo, Masafumi

    2014-05-01

    Cretaceous blueschist-facies metamorphic rocks crop out widely in the central part of the Pontides, an east-west trending mountain belt in northern Turkey. They comprise an accretionary wedge along to the southern Laurasian active continental margin and predate the opening of Black Sea basin. From North to South, the wedge consists of a low grade metaflysch unit with marble, Na-amphibole-bearing metabasite and serpentinite blocks. An extensional shear zone separates the accreted distal terrigenous sediments from HP/LT micaschists and metabasites of oceanic origin, known as Domuzdaǧ Complex. The shear zone reaches up to one km in thickness and consists of tectonic slices of serpentinite, metabasite, marble, phyllite and micaschist with top to the NW sense of shear. The Domuzdaǧ Complex predominantly consists of carbonaceous micaschist and metabasite with serpentinite, and minor metachert, marble and metagabbro. Metabasites consist mainly of epidote-blueschists sometimes with garnet. Fresh lawsonite-blueschists are found as blocks within the shear zone. Peak metamorphic assemblages in the micaschists are chloritoid-glaucophane and garnet-chloritoid-glaucophane-lawsonite in addition to phengite, paragonite, quartz, chlorite and rutile (P: 17 ± 1 Kbar, T: 390-450 °C). To the south, lithologies change slightly, with metabasite and thick, pale marble with few metachert and metapelitic horizons. The degree of metamorphism also changes. The metabasites range from high-pressure upper-greenschist facies with growth of sodic-amphibole to lower greenschist without any HP index mineral, suggesting a general decrease in pressure toward south within the prism. While Domuzdaǧ Complex represents deep-seated underplated oceanic sediments and basalts, the carbonate-rich southern parts can be interpreted as seamounts integrated into the accretionary prism. Ar/Ar dating on phengite separates both from terrigenous and oceanic metasediments give consistent plateau ages of 100 ± 2

  15. The Last Glacial Maximum in the Northern European loess belt: Correlations between loess-paleosol sequences and the Dehner Maar core (Eifel Mountains)

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    Zens, Joerg; Krauß, Lydia; Römer, Wolfgang; Klasen, Nicole; Pirson, Stéphane; Schulte, Philipp; Zeeden, Christian; Sirocko, Frank; Lehmkuhl, Frank

    2016-04-01

    The D1 project of the CRC 806 "Our way to Europe" focusses on Central Europe as a destination of modern human dispersal out of Africa. The paleo-environmental conditions along the migration areas are reconstructed by loess-paleosol sequences and lacustrine sediments. Stratigraphy and luminescence dating provide the chronological framework for the correlation of grain size and geochemical data to large-scale climate proxies like isotope ratios and dust content of Greenland ice cores. The reliability of correlations is improved by the development of precise age models of specific marker beds. In this study, we focus on the (terrestrial) Last Glacial Maximum of the Weichselian Upper Pleniglacial which is supposed to be dominated by high wind speeds and an increasing aridity. Especially in the Lower Rhine Embayment (LRE), this period is linked to an extensive erosion event. The disconformity is followed by an intensive cryosol formation. In order to support the stratigraphical observations from the field, luminescence dating and grain size analysis were applied on three loess-paleosol sequences along the northern European loess belt to develop a more reliable chronology and to reconstruct paleo-environmental dynamics. The loess sections were compared to newest results from heavy mineral and grain size analysis from the Dehner Maar core (Eifel Mountains) and correlated to NGRIP records. Volcanic minerals can be found in the Dehner Maar core from a visible tephra layer at 27.8 ka up to ~25 ka. They can be correlated to the Eltville Tephra found in loess section. New quartz luminescence ages from Romont (Belgium) surrounding the tephra dated the deposition between 25.0 + 2.3 ka and 25.8 + 2.4 ka. In the following, heavy minerals show an increasing importance of strong easterly winds during the second Greenland dust peak (~24 ka b2k) correlating with an extensive erosion event in the LRE. Luminescence dating on quartz bracketing the following soil formation yielded ages of

  16. Zircon U-Pb ages and Hf isotopes of the Askot klippe, Kumaun, northwest India: Implications for Paleoproterozoic tectonics, basin evolution and associated metallogeny of the northern Indian cratonic margin

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    Mandal, Subhadip; Robinson, Delores M.; Kohn, Matthew J.; Khanal, Subodha; Das, Oindrila; Bose, Sukhanjan

    2016-04-01

    Throughout the Himalayan thrust belt, klippen of questionable tectonostratigraphic affinity occur atop Lesser Himalayan rocks. Integrated U-Pb ages, Hf isotopic, and whole rock trace element data establish that the Askot klippe, in northwest India, is composed of Paleoproterozoic lower Lesser Himalayan rocks, not Greater Himalayan rocks, as previously interpreted. The Askot klippe consists of 1857 ± 19 Ma granite-granodiorite gneiss, coeval 1878 ± 19 Ma felsic volcanic rock, and circa 1800 Ma Berinag quartzite, representing a small vestige of a Paleoproterozoic (circa 1850 Ma) continental arc, formed on northern margin of the north Indian cratonic block. Detrital zircon from Berinag quartzite shows ɛHf1850 Ma values between -9.6 and -1.1 (an average of -4.5) and overlaps with ɛHf1850 Ma values of the Askot klippe granite-granodiorite gneiss (-5.5 to -1.2, with an average of -2.7) and other Paleoproterozoic arc-related Lesser Himalayan granite gneisses ( -4.8 to -2.2, with an average of -4.0). These overlapping data suggest a proximal arc source for the metasedimentary rocks. Subchondritic ɛHf1850 Ma values (-5.5 to -1.2) of granite-granodiorite gneiss indicate existence of a preexisting older crust that underwent crustal reworking at circa 1850 Ma. A wide range of ɛHf1850 Ma values in detrital zircon (-15.0 to -1.1) suggests that a heterogeneous crustal source supplied detritus to the northern margin of India. These data, as well as the presence of a volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit within the Askot klippe, are consistent with a circa 1800 Ma intra-arc extensional environment.

  17. Andean evolution of the Aluminé fold and thrust belt, Northern Patagonian Andes (38°30‧-40°30‧S)

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    García Morabito, Ezequiel; Ramos, Víctor A.

    2012-10-01

    The Aluminé fold and thrust belt between 38°30' and 40°30'S is the result of two periods of progression of deformation toward the foreland. The chronology of deformation and its relationship with magmatism through time show spatially and temporally separated magmatic events closely linked to distinct deformational stages. Data presented here confirms a Late Cretaceous mountain-building phase that coexisted in space and time with an eastward arc-migration. During this stage, a belt of deformation expanded through the foreland where it produced the Southern Neuquen Precordillera. This eastern independent mountain grew separately from the main Andean axis through a combination of inversion of the old rift systems and interaction with a pre-Andean belt which acted as a foreland obstacle. On the basis of tectonostratigraphic controls we define the last Andean contractional phase between the Late Miocene and the Pliocene. This event induced the reactivation of both sectors of the fold and thrust belt with minor propagation toward the foreland, leading to the uplift of the Patagonian Andes and reshaping the Southern Neuquén Precordillera. Both intervals of shortening are separated by a period of localized extension that resulted in the development of the Collón Cura basin within this Andean segment. Here, large thicknesses of volcanosedimentary sequences accumulated contemporaneously with the extensional activity between the earliest Oligocene and the Early Miocene.

  18. Correlations and contrasts in structural history and style between an Archaean greenstone belt and adjacent gneiss belt, NE Minnesota

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    Bauer, R. L.; Hudleston, P. J.; Southwick, D. L.

    1986-01-01

    An analysis of the deformation along the boundary between the Vermilion Granitic Complex (VGC) and the Vermilion district indicates that the two terranes have seen a similar deformation history since the earliest stages of folding in the area. Despite this common history, variations in structural style occur between the two terranes, such as the relative development of D sub 1 fabrics and D sub 2 shear zones, and these can be attributed to differences in the crustal levels of the two terranes during the deformation. Similarly, the local development of F sub 3 folds in the VGC, but not in the Vermilion district, is interpreted to be a result of later-D sub 2 pluton emplacement which was not significant at the level of exposure of ther Vermilion district.

  19. Component geochronology in the polyphase ca. 3920 Ma Acasta Gneiss

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    Mojzsis, Stephen J.; Cates, Nicole L.; Caro, Guillaume; Trail, Dustin; Abramov, Oleg; Guitreau, Martin; Blichert-Toft, Janne; Hopkins, Michelle D.; Bleeker, Wouter

    2014-01-01

    The oldest compiled U–Pb zircon ages for the Acasta Gneiss Complex in the Northwest Territories of Canada span about 4050–3850 Ma; yet older ca. 4200 Ma xenocrystic U–Pb zircon ages have also been reported for this terrane. The AGC expresses at least 25 km2 of outcrop exposure, but only a small subset of this has been documented in the detail required to investigate a complex history and resolve disputes over emplacement ages. To better understand this history, we combined new ion microprobe235,238U–207,206Pb zircon geochronology with whole-rock and zircon rare earth element compositions ([REE]zirc), Ti-in-zircon thermometry (Tixln) and 147Sm–143Nd geochronology for an individual subdivided ∼60 cm2 slab of Acasta banded gneiss comprising five separate lithologic components. Results were compared to other variably deformed granitoid-gneisses and plagioclase-hornblende rocks from elsewhere in the AGC. We show that different gneissic components carry distinct [Th/U]zirc vs. Tixln and [REE]zirc signatures correlative with different zircon U–Pb age populations and WR compositions, but not with 147Sm–143Nd isotope systematics. Modeled  [REE] from lattice-strain theory reconciles only the ca. 3920 Ma zircons with the oldest component that also preserves strong positive Eu∗ anomalies. Magmas which gave rise to the somewhat older (inherited) ca. 4020 Ma AGC zircon age population formed at ∼IW (iron–wüstite) to gneisses.

  20. Component geochronology in the polyphase ca. 3920 Ma Acasta Gneiss

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    Mojzsis, Stephen J.; Cates, Nicole L.; Caro, Guillaume; Trail, Dustin; Abramov, Oleg; Guitreau, Martin; Blichert-Toft, Janne; Hopkins, Michelle D.; Bleeker, Wouter

    2014-05-01

    The oldest compiled U-Pb zircon ages for the Acasta Gneiss Complex in the Northwest Territories of Canada span about 4050-3850 Ma; yet older ca. 4200 Ma xenocrystic U-Pb zircon ages have also been reported for this terrane. The AGC expresses at least 25 km2 of outcrop exposure, but only a small subset of this has been documented in the detail required to investigate a complex history and resolve disputes over emplacement ages. To better understand this history, we combined new ion microprobe 235,238U-207,206Pb zircon geochronology with whole-rock and zircon rare earth element compositions ([REE]zirc), Ti-in-zircon thermometry (Tixln) and 147Sm-143Nd geochronology for an individual subdivided ˜60 cm2 slab of Acasta banded gneiss comprising five separate lithologic components. Results were compared to other variably deformed granitoid-gneisses and plagioclase-hornblende rocks from elsewhere in the AGC. We show that different gneissic components carry distinct [Th/U]zirc vs. Tixln and [REE]zirc signatures correlative with different zircon U-Pb age populations and WR compositions, but not with 147Sm-143Nd isotope systematics. Modeled DWRzircon [REE] from lattice-strain theory reconciles only the ca. 3920 Ma zircons with the oldest component that also preserves strong positive Eu∗ anomalies. Magmas which gave rise to the somewhat older (inherited) ca. 4020 Ma AGC zircon age population formed at ˜IW (iron-wüstite) to gneisses.

  1. Rare earth element mobility in the Roffna Gneiss, Switzerland

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    Vocke, Robert D.; Hanson, Gilbert N.; Grünenfelder, Marc

    1987-02-01

    The Roffna Gneiss, a deformed Hercynian granite porphyry within the Penninic nappes of eastern Switzerland, underwent extreme cataclasis with the progressive development of phengite towards the margins of the nappe under conditions of the glaucophane schist to greenschist facies. This resulted in the selective mobilization of major and trace elements over distances of 10's to 100's of meters and the resetting of the Rb — Sr whole rock isotopic systems some 100 my ago. The component ratios and compositionvolume relationships of progressively deformed gneiss samples studied here suggest that this process was essentially isovolumetric. The mineralogy of the deformation sequence appears to have been controlled by a reaction involving the breakdown of microcline, albite and biotite and the formation of phengite and quartz. The fluids introduced Mg and H2O, promoting the development of phengite, and removed the Na being released by the breakdown of albite. The fluids were most probably derived from the surrounding Triassic carbonates and quartzites. These relatively high fO2 and carbonate rich fluids also introduced rare earth elements (REE) into the gneiss. The gneiss was progressively enriched in Eu up to 60%, Y up to 40%, and Yb up to 100%. These enrichments are associated with the development of epitaxial xenotime around zircon in the most phengite-rich sample. While the REE were mobile, uranium and thorium were essentially immobile. The formation of xenotime was suggested to explain the observed heavy REE enrichment when large differences in the REE contents were found for replicate analyses using HF and then lithium metaborate for dissolution. These differences arose because xenotime, like monazite, can be difficult (if not impossible) to dissolve in hydrofluoric acid. Due to the possibility of incomplete sample dissolution, we now recommend fusion with lithium metaborate for all REE, Lu — Hf or Sm — Nd studies.

  2. Orebody geometry, fluid and metal sources of the Omitiomire Cu deposit in the Ekuja Dome of the Damara Belt in Namibia

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    Kitt, Shawn; Kisters, Alexander; Vennemann, Torsten; Steven, Nick

    2017-04-01

    The Omitiomire Cu deposit (resource of 137 Mt at 0.54% Cu) in the Ekuja Dome of the Damara Belt in Namibia is hosted by an anastomosing, low-angle Pan-African (ca. 520 Ma) shear zone system developed around an older (ca. 1100-1060 Ma), late Mesoproterozoic intrusive breccia between a suite of mafic rocks (originally lava flows) and later tonalitic gneisses. High-grade ore shoots preferentially formed along contacts between tectonically interleaved biotite-epidote-quartz-chalcocite schists and felsic gneisses, and are directly related to an increase in the number and cumulative thickness of thin, contact-parallel mineralized shear zones. Alteration and mineralization are associated with elevated concentrations of K2O, Cr, Rb, S, and Cu and a loss of Na2O, CaO, and MgO. Oxygen isotope fractionation for quartz-biotite, quartz-feldspar, and quartz-amphibole mineral pairs support equilibrium temperatures of between 500 and 650 °C during the fluid/rock interaction. Mineral separates from amphibole-biotite gneisses and mineralized schists have similar ranges in δ18O values of about 1.2 to 2 ‰ relative to VSMOW. Coexisting minerals are arranged in an order of increasing δ18O values from biotite, to epidote, amphibole, and quartz, suggesting that the Omitiomire Shear Zone was a rock-dominated system. Similarly, H-isotope results for mineral separates from biotite-epidote schists and amphibole gneisses do not show any reversals for D/H fractionations, with δD values of between -48 and -82 ‰, typical of metamorphic-magmatic rocks. The homogeneous and low δ34S values (-6.1 to -4.7 ‰ CDT) are compatible with a local redistribution of sulfur from magmatic rocks and interaction with sulfur derived from metamorphic fluids of metasedimentary origin. The relatively low fluid/rock ratios and elevated Cu values (>1500 ppm) from unaltered amphibolite point to a local redistribution of an earlier (late Mesoproterozoic) Keweenaw-type Cu mineralization into later Pan

  3. Deformation regime variations in an arcuate transpressional orogen (Ribeira belt, SE Brazil) imaged by anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility in granulites

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    Egydio-Silva, Marcos; Vauchez, Alain; Raposo, Maria Irene B.; Bascou, Jérôme; Uhlein, Alexandre

    2005-10-01

    The Ribeira belt of southeastern Brazil displays an arcuate shape, with a structural trend that varies from ˜NS in the northern domain to ENE-WSW in the southern domain. This curvature is accompanied by a transition from contraction-dominated to transcurrent-dominated tectonics. The transition in deformation regime is accommodated in the central domain of the belt where granulitic rocks dominate and mineral-stretching lineations are commonly concealed by metamorphic recrystallization. We present anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) data from 664 samples from 62 sites in high-temperature gneisses, granulites and migmatites of the transitional, central domain of the belt, with the aim of investigating: (1) how well AMS allows one to map the mineral-stretching lineation and foliations in domains displaying a complex kinematic framework and (2) to investigate the kinematic pattern at the transition between the thrusting dominated and a wrench-faulting dominated orogenic segments. The mean magnetic susceptibility is 7.54×10 -3 SI. The degree of anisotropy varies from 1.32 up to 4.31, with an average value of 1.53. The shape parameter T is generally >0 meaning that the AMS ellipsoid is dominantly oblate. Magnetic lineations and foliations form a consistent pattern correlated with the modification of the structural characteristics observed along the Ribeira belt. In the southern wrench-fault-dominated domain, the magnetic lineation is subhorizontal, parallel to the trend of the steeply dipping magnetic foliation. This correlation with the fabric observed in mylonites suggests that the magnetic fabric is a valid proxy of the tectonic fabric in granulites. Results from the northern domain show that it comprises two sub-domains both displaying a ˜NS-trending magnetic foliation. Eastward, over a broad area, the magnetic foliation is consistently steeply dipping and bears a shallowly to moderately plunging magnetic lineation. Westward, the dip of the foliation

  4. Geochemistry of mylonitic gneisses from the Cycladic Basement Unit (Paros and Serifos, Aegean Sea): implications for protoliths of the high-grade gneisses

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    McGrath, Annette; Stouraiti, Christina; Windley, Brian

    2016-10-01

    The nature of the protolith(s) of high-grade gneisses from the Aegean Cycladic Basement Unit of the islands of Paros and Serifos is investigated using whole-rock geochemistry and Sr-Nd-O isotopes, in order to better understand their origin and to compare with possible equivalents from the southern Aegean region. On Paros, the basement unit consists of heterogeneous, mylonitized upper amphibolite-grade paragneisses and associated migmatitic rocks, whereas on Serifos, it consists of a mylonitized felsic gneiss, intercalated with layers and lenses of S-type leucogranites and minor mafic metavolcanics. New Nd, Sr and O isotope data suggest a predominantly crustal-derived source in the gneiss protolith from both islands: high initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (≥7052 to 0.711, calculated at 300 Ma), negative initial ɛNd (-2.8 to -7.7) values for bulk-rock gneiss samples, and high δ18O values of quartz separates (+10 to +12.7 ‰). Major and trace-element variations corroborate that chemical differentiation within the NW Paros gneiss subunit results from progressive migmatitization. Peraluminous gneisses from eastern Paros share clear similarities with metapelitic gneisses from the Naxos gneiss dome, in terms of their trace-element patterns, ɛNd (300) and O isotope characteristics. The mineral assemblage, the fine grain size (due to intense mylonitization), and the metaluminous affinity of the South Serifos grey quartzofeldpathic gneiss do not allow for an unambiguous interpretation for these undated rocks; however, a combination of geochemical parameters and tectonic discrimination diagrams indicates an immature siliciclastic (greywacke) protolith from a continental island arc setting. Sr-Nd isotopic systematics indicates an increasing lower crustal component in gneisses from NW Paros, which is closer to the migmatitic core of the Paros dome. The overall isotopic trend of the gneissic Cycladic Basement Unit on Paros is spatially correlated with that of the Naxos gneiss dome.

  5. Geochemistry of mylonitic gneisses from the Cycladic Basement Unit (Paros and Serifos, Aegean Sea): implications for protoliths of the high-grade gneisses

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    McGrath, Annette; Stouraiti, Christina; Windley, Brian

    2017-09-01

    The nature of the protolith(s) of high-grade gneisses from the Aegean Cycladic Basement Unit of the islands of Paros and Serifos is investigated using whole-rock geochemistry and Sr-Nd-O isotopes, in order to better understand their origin and to compare with possible equivalents from the southern Aegean region. On Paros, the basement unit consists of heterogeneous, mylonitized upper amphibolite-grade paragneisses and associated migmatitic rocks, whereas on Serifos, it consists of a mylonitized felsic gneiss, intercalated with layers and lenses of S-type leucogranites and minor mafic metavolcanics. New Nd, Sr and O isotope data suggest a predominantly crustal-derived source in the gneiss protolith from both islands: high initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (≥7052 to 0.711, calculated at 300 Ma), negative initial ɛNd (-2.8 to -7.7) values for bulk-rock gneiss samples, and high δ18O values of quartz separates (+10 to +12.7 ‰). Major and trace-element variations corroborate that chemical differentiation within the NW Paros gneiss subunit results from progressive migmatitization. Peraluminous gneisses from eastern Paros share clear similarities with metapelitic gneisses from the Naxos gneiss dome, in terms of their trace-element patterns, ɛNd (300) and O isotope characteristics. The mineral assemblage, the fine grain size (due to intense mylonitization), and the metaluminous affinity of the South Serifos grey quartzofeldpathic gneiss do not allow for an unambiguous interpretation for these undated rocks; however, a combination of geochemical parameters and tectonic discrimination diagrams indicates an immature siliciclastic (greywacke) protolith from a continental island arc setting. Sr-Nd isotopic systematics indicates an increasing lower crustal component in gneisses from NW Paros, which is closer to the migmatitic core of the Paros dome. The overall isotopic trend of the gneissic Cycladic Basement Unit on Paros is spatially correlated with that of the Naxos gneiss dome.

  6. Gneiss-charnockite transformation at Kottavattam, Southern Kerala (India)

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    Raith, M.; Klatt, E.; Spiering, B.; Srikantappa, C.; Staehle, H. J.

    1988-01-01

    At Kottavattam, leucocratic granitic garnet-biotite gneisses (age less than 2 Ga) were partially transformed to coarse-grained charnockite along a system of conjugate fractures (N70E and N20W) and the foliation planes (N60 to 80W; dip 80 to 90 SW) about 550 m.y. ago. To examine and quantify changes in fabric, mineralogy, pore fluids and chemical composition associated with this process, large rock specimens showing gneiss-charnockite transition were studied in detail. The results of the present study corroborate the concept that charnockite formation at Kottavattam is an internally-generated phenomenon and was not triggered by the influx of carbonic fluids from a deep-seated source. It is suggested that charnockitization was caused by the following mechanism: (1) near-isothermal decompression during uplift of the gneiss complex led to an increase of the pore fluid pressure (P sub fluid greater than P sub lith) which - in a regime of anisotropic stress - triggered or at least promoted the development of conjugate fractures; (2) the simultaneous release of pore fluids from bursting fluid inclusions and their escape into the developing fracture system resulted in a drop of fluid pressure; and (3) the internal generation and buffering of the fluids and their, probably, limited migration in an entirely granitic rock system explains the absence of any significant metasomatic mass transfer.

  7. Revisiting the high temperature metamorphic field gradient of the Ryoke Belt (SW Japan): New constraints from the Iwakuni-Yanai area

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    Skrzypek, Etienne; Kawakami, Tetsuo; Hirajima, Takao; Sakata, Shuhei; Hirata, Takafumi; Ikeda, Takeshi

    2016-09-01

    We revisit the origin of the metamorphic field gradient exposed in the Ryoke Belt (SW Japan) - the type locality for low pressure/high temperature (LP/HT) conditions - based on combined structural, petrological and geochronological data from the Iwakuni-Yanai area (W Ryoke). In this area metasedimentary rocks pass from schist in the north to partly migmatitic paragneiss in the south, and are surrounded by numerous granitoid bodies. Three deformation phases are emphasized; an accretionary-stage or burial deformation of weak intensity (D0), a vertical shortening (D1) which generated a subhorizontal, locally extensional foliation in the southern gneiss zone, and E-W upright folding (D2) which reworked both the northern schist and southern gneiss zones. Crystallization-deformation relationships indicate that, in the schist zone, most andalusite, cordierite and mica porphyroblasts formed after D0 and before D1. Syn-D1 mineral assemblages define E-W trending metamorphic zones with increasing grade from north to south, and rare syn-D2 parageneses reveal a similar pattern. Continuous magmatic activity lasted from ca. 105 to 94 Ma. The oldest granitoids (Shimokuhara, Soo, Namera), found in the western part of the belt, were emplaced below schistose rocks at 105-100 Ma. Subsequently, syn- to post-D1 granodiorite (Gamano) intruded concordantly with the foliation of southern, high-grade gneissic rocks from 100 to 94 Ma. A large, syn-D1 pluton (Kibe) intruded the center of the belt at 98 Ma, whereas a younger granite (Iwakuni) and its satellite dykes were emplaced to the northeast at 96-94 Ma. Constraints on the timing of D1 (103-99 Ma) and the likely diachronous D2 phase (100-94 Ma) suggest a deformation continuum during magma intrusion and metamorphism. We conclude that the exposed metamorphic field gradient is an apparent, but fortuitous, alignment of P-T data resulting from spatially and temporally distinct thermal events. Peak temperature conditions in the relatively

  8. Insights into the Timing, Origin, and Deformation of the Highland Mountains Gneiss Dome in Southwestern Montana, USA

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    Boyer, Lane Markes

    The Highland Mountains of southwestern Montana offer a unique view of the Archean igneous and metamorphic rocks within the Great Falls tectonic zone (GFTZ). A Paleoproterozoic structural gneiss dome has been interpreted in the southern extent of the Highland Mountains. The ˜ 130km2 of exhumed metamorphic rocks and gneiss dome exposed in the Highland Mountains are the primary focus of this research. The formation of the Highland Mountains gneiss dome is proposed to be directly related to a northwest-side down detachment (the Steels Pass shear zone) that formed during terrane collision along the GFTZ. The field investigation determined foliation and lineation orientation measurements taken at 65 stations. Twenty-two field oriented samples were obtained from a variety of rock types distributed across the ˜ 24 km2 field area. Three field-based domains were established from the lithology, foliation, and lineation observations. Full-section X-ray maps of three sample thin-sections were collected via EPMA to identify all monazite grains. Twenty-eight grains were mapped at high-spatial resolution (0.3--6.0 mum). Thin section micro-structures observed show effects of a multistage deformation history with both dynamic and static recrystallization processes. Monazite geochronology of one thin section revealed two distinct populations of monazite grains; Archean (˜ 2.5 Ga) and Mesoproterozoic (˜ 1.5 Ga). The older population represents the crystallization age of either, or both the Medicine Hat block and the Wyoming province terranes. The younger population is hypothesized to have grown during deformation/alteration associated with the formation of the Belt-Purcell Rift Basin.

  9. Multiple deformation at the western edge of the Carolina slate belt, north-central North Carolina

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    Hibbard, J.P.; Shell, G.S.; Wilkins, J.K. ); Samson, S.; Wortman, G. . Dept. of Geology)

    1994-03-01

    In north-central North Carolina, volcanic-plutonic rocks of the Carolina slate belt are separated from gneisses of the Milton belt to the west by a wide, ENE-trending, polygenetic structural zone. Within a portion of this zone, the Country Line Creek complex (CLCC) forms the western edge of the slate belt. Rocks of the CLCC span a wide age range and include mafic and granitoid gneisses with subordinate pelitic schist, granitoid pegmatite, and a concordant sheet-like intrusion, the Yanceyville metagranite. The complex is heterogeneously deformed and metamorphosed. Along the SE margin of the structural zone, steeply-dipping, strongly foliated biotite granitoid and mafic gneisses of the complex appear to be intruded by the Roxboro metagranite of the Carolina slate belt. To the NW, in more interior portions of the zone, the CLCC is affected by multiphase foliations and folds that record a dextral oblique normal shear event. Here, the Yanceyville metagranite is affected by a strong foliation that is folded. A preliminary new date on the Roxboro pluton of ca. 545 Ma, indicates a Late Precambrian or older timing of deformation along the SE margin of the zone. In contrast, a preliminary, ca. 340 Ma, age on the Yanceyville metagranite indicates multiple stage Late Paleozoic deformation for interior portions of the zone. Regional structural and isotopic data hint that the Precambrian deformation may record initial interactions between the Milton and Carolina slate belts. Subsequently, this contact was reactivated during Alleghanian orogenesis.

  10. Intrusive relationships within the Barnard Gneiss of southern Vermont: Lithodemic constraints on Ordovician arc tectonics

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    Armstrong, T.R. . Dept. of Geological Sciences)

    1993-03-01

    Recent mapping of rocks previously called Bernard Volcanics and Bernard Gneiss, in 4 adjacent quadrangles in southern Vermont has shown that this belt is comprised of at least 8 metaigneous and 2 metasedimentary units which exhibit tremendous across- and along-strike discontinuity. Informally named igneous rock types include fine-grained amphibolite and interlayered felsic segregations (volcanics at South Pond; SPV), fine-grained fuschsite-bearing felsite (NF), and quartz phenocryst felsic volcanics (volcanics at Sunset Lake). These are cut by two hypabyssal intrusives; porphyritic, mafic dikes and sills, displaying fine-grained chilled margins and zoned feldspar phenocrysts (exposed in the town of Williamsville, WMF), and mafic and intermediate to felsic, porphyritic, dikes and sills (Whitneyville locality; WF). These intrusive rocks comprise an igneous complex, itself intruded by: (1) coarse grained, tan-weathering tonalite (Newfane locality, NT) which also intrudes a well layered, chemically similar, felsic unit (Baker Brook locality; BBV): (2) coarse- to fine-grained trondjemite (WHT) containing xenoliths of SPV, WMF, and WF. Relative age relationships between WHT and NT are unclear. Barnard metasedimentary rocks include: quartz-plagioclase granofels (QPG), similar to units in the underlying Moretown Fm., but separated from them by the Acadian South Newfane Thrust. The other sedimentary unit, the Cram Hill Fm., consists of carbonaceous, sulfidic schist with interlayered dark gray quartzite. Throughout the rest of the belt, Cram Hill is interlayered with SPV and QPG and intruded by WF, WMF, and WHT. These relationships suggest that the intrusives were emplaced into a coherent sedimentary and volcanic sequence, including rocks as young as the supposed Silurian-Devonian North field Fm.

  11. New U-Pb SHRIMP dating for the Leo Pargil gneiss dome, western Himalaya

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    Leech, M. L.; Sas, R.

    2006-12-01

    The Leo Pargil gneiss dome is comprised of upper amphibolite-facies metasedimentary rocks of the lower Tethyan Himalayan sequence (the Haimantas unit) that are intruded by numerous small granitoid bodies and leucogranite dikes. The dome is exposed in northern India/southwestern Tibet at the confluence of the Sutlej and Spiti rivers west of the Zada basin. The dome is bound by generally N-S trending normal faults; the western boundary is termed the Kaurik-Chango normal fault and has a history of recent seismicity. The Leo Pargil dome differs from other North Himalayan domes in that it exhibits orogen-parallel stretching lineations and a uniform top-to-the-northwest sense-of-shear on its western flank (in contrast to approximately arc-normal stretching lineations and variable sense-of-shear in other North Himalayan domes; the youngest phase of Leo Pargil dome development is related to an orogen-parallel extensional structure similar to that which bounds the Gurla Mandhata dome to the southeast. New U-Pb SHRIMP dating of zircon yields Late Archean to Late Proterozoic ages for Leo Pargil paragneisses (c. 800-900 Ma and rarer 2-3 Ga zircons) and Late Oligocene to Early Miocene ages for granitoid intrusions (c. 27-16 Ma). These Oligocene to Miocene ages for Leo Pargil granitoids may correspond to magmatism associated with the widespread leucogranite bodies exposed througout the Himalaya. The Leo Pargil dome, like other similar Himalayan gneiss domes, may be exposures of a ductile mid-crustal channel.

  12. The pre-Mesozoic tectonic unit division of the Xing-Meng orogenic belt (XMOB)

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    Xu, Bei; Zhao, Pan

    2014-05-01

    According to the viewpoint that the paleo-Asian ocean closed by the end of early Paleozoic and extended during the late Paleozoic, a pre-Mesozoic tectonic unit division has been suggested. Five blocks and four sutures have been recognized in the pre-Devonia stage, the five blocks are called Erguna (EB), Xing'an (XB), Airgin Sum-Xilinhot (AXB), Songliao-Hunshandak (SHB) and Jiamusi (JB) blocks and four sutures, Xinlin-Xiguitu (XXS), Airgin Sum-Xilinhot-Heihe (AXHS), Ondor Sum-Jizhong-Yanji (OJYS) and Mudanjiang (MS) sutures. The EB contains the Precambrian base with the ages of 720-850Ma and ɛHf(T)=+2.5to +8.1. The XB is characterized by the Paleoproterozoic granitic gneiss with ɛHf(T)=-3.9 to -8.9. Several ages from 1150 to 1500 Ma bave been acquired in the AXB, proving presence of old block that links with Hutag Uul block in Mongolia to the west. The Paleoproterozoic (1.8-1.9Ga) and Neoproterozoic (750-850Ma) ages have been reported from southern and eastern parts of the SHB, respectively. As a small block in east margin of the XMOB, the JB outcrops magmatite and granitic gneiss bases with ages of 800-1000Ma. The XXS is marked by blueschists with zircon ages of 490-500Ma in Toudaoqiao village, ophiolites in Xiguitu County and granite with ages of about 500Ma along the northern segment of XXS. The AXHS is characterized by the early Paleozoic arc magmatic rocks with ages from 430Ma to 490Ma, mélange and the late Devonia molass basins, which indicates a northward subduction of the SHB beneath the AXB during the early-middle Paleozoic. The OJYS is composed of the early Paleozoic volcanic rocks, diorites and granites with ages of 425-475Ma, blueschists, ophiolitic mélange, the late Silurian flysch and Early-Middle Devonian molasses in western segment, granites (420-450Ma) in middle segment, and plagiogranites (443Ma) and the late Silurian molasses in eastern segment. This suture was caused by a southward subduction of the SHB beneath the North China block. The MS

  13. Geochemistry, geochronology and zircon Hf isotopic study of peralkaline-alkaline intrusions along the northern margin of the North China Craton and its tectonic implication for the southeastern Central Asian Orogenic Belt

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    Zhao, Pan; Jahn, Bor-ming; Xu, Bei; Liao, Wen; Wang, Yanyang

    2016-09-01

    A giant Permian alkaline magmatic belt has recently been identified in southern Inner Mongolia, along the northern margin of the North China Craton (NCC). This belt is mainly composed of syenite, quartz syenite, alkaline granite and mafic microgranular enclaves (MME)-bearing granodiorite. In order to study the petrogenesis and tectonic implications of these rocks, we undertook zircon U-Pb dating and geochemical analysis of two Permian alkaline plutons. The first Guangxingyuan Pluton occurs in the Hexigten area and is composed of MME-bearing tonalite, K-feldspar granite and syenite. The second Durenwuliji Pluton, located in the Xianghuangqi area, comprises syenite, quartz syenite and K-feldspar granite. Zircon U-Pb dating on tonalite, K-feldspar granite, syenite and quartz syenite from the two plutons yielded a tight range of ages from 259 to 267 Ma. The peralkaline-alkaline rocks show high abundance of total alkalis (K2O + Na2O = 7.9-12.9%) and K2O contents (3.9-8.0%), enrichment in large ion lithophile elements (LILE) and light rare earth element (LREE), and depletion of high field strength elements (HFSE). The associated tonalite and MMEs display I-type granitic geochemical affinity, with less total abundance of trace elements than the peralkaline-alkaline rocks. Zircon Hf isotopic analysis of the Guangxingyuan pluton yielded a large range of εHf(t) values from - 15.5 to + 6.7 and model ages (TDMC) from 781 to 2012 Ma. By contrast, the Hf isotopic data of the Durenwuliji pluton shows a small range of εHf(t) from + 6.2 to + 8.9 and TDMC from 667 to 816 Ma. The geochemical and Hf isotopic characteristics indicate that the parental magma was derived from a mixing of metasomatic mantle-derived mafic magma with different amount of crust-derived felsic magma, and followed by fractional crystallization. Considering previous tectonic studies in Inner Mongolia, a Permian post-orogenic extension was proposed to account for these peralkaline-alkaline intrusions following

  14. The Zimbabwe Craton in Mozambique: A brief review of its geochronological pattern and its relation to the Mozambique Belt

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    Chaúque, F. R.; Cordani, U. G.; Jamal, D. L.; Onoe, A. T.

    2017-05-01

    The eastern margin of the Zimbabwe Craton, along the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border, includes the oldest rocks of west-central Mozambique constituting a large terrain of granite-greenstone type dated between 3000 and 2500 Ma. These rocks consist mainly of gneisses and granitoid rocks of tonalitic-trondhjemitic-granodioritic composition belonging to the Mudzi Metamorphic Complex in the northern part and to the Mavonde Complex in the southern part. The latter is associated with a granite-greenstone terrain, which includes the eastern part of Mutare-Odzi-Manica greenstone belt. A volcano-sedimentary sequences cover, belonging to the apparently Mesoproterozoic and Paleoproterozoic Umkondo and Gairezi groups respectively was deposited along the eastern margin of the craton and is exposed in the territory of Mozambique. The Umkondo minimum age is marked by intrusive dolerite in Zimbabwe dated at 1100 Ma while for the Ghairezi it is still not well established. The Gairezi Group was subjected to progressive metamorphism of Pan-African age. At the margin of the Zimbabwe Craton, in its northern part, metasedimentary units occur representing a passive margin of Neoproterozoic age. They make up the Rushinga Group, which includes felsic metavolcanic rocks dated at ca.800 Ma. Granulites and medium- to high-grade paragneisses, and migmatites of the Chimoio, Macossa and Mungari Groups of Neoproterozoic metamorphic age, overly the ortho-metamorphic pre-existing rock of ca. 1100 Ma, which belongs to the Báruè Magmatic Arc. They characterize the N-S trend Mozambique Belt, which appears to the east of the craton tectonically juxtaposed on the Archean rocks. The maximum age of deposition of these rocks, indicated by U-Pb dating of detrital zircons, is ca. 700 Ma and their minimum age is limited by a few monzonitic Cambrian intrusions dated at ca. 500 Ma. The Neoproterozoic bimodal Guro Suite, dated at ca. 850 Ma and composed of felsic and mafic members characterizes the east

  15. The Late Cretaceous Aarya flora of the northern Okhotsk region and phytostratigraphy of the lower part of the Okhotsk-Chukotka volcanogenic belt section

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    Shczepetov, S. V.; Golovneva, L. B.

    2014-07-01

    The Zarya flora comes from volcanogenic sedimentary rocks of the Zarya and Parnyi formations that correspond to the basal part of the section of the Okhotsk-Chukotka volcanogenic belt in the Omsukchan district (Magadan oblast, Russia). The revision of its taxonomic composition resulted in identifying approximately 25 species of horsetails, ferns, cycads, ginkgoalens, czekanowskians, conifers, and angiosperms. The Zarya flora is characterized by a combination of the Early Cretaceous relicts ( Hausmannia, Birisia, Sphenobaiera, Phoenicopsis, Nilssonia, Podozamites) and typical Late Cretaceous taxa ( Taxodium, Sequoia, Menispermites, Dalembia, Trochodendroides, Cissites, Terechovia, Platanaceae). Among all the paleofloral assemblages of the Okhotsk-Chukotka volcanogenic belt, the Zarya flora is the most similar to the Turonian-Coniacian Arman flora of the Magadan region, which indicates their synchronism and floral unity. The Chingandzha flora of the Omsukchan area, which comes from the same stratigraphic level as Zarya flora, differs substantially from the latter in its taxonomic composition. It is conceivable that the Chingandzha flora was confined to a large river valley which was connected to coastal lowlands. The plant remains of the Arman flora with many mountain relicts could be buried in sediments of intermountain troughs isolated from coastal lowlands. Araucarites ochotensis sp. nov. is described.

  16. Structural record of mechanisms of granite intrusion in the Achaean gneisses

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    Perchuk, L. L.; van Reenen, D. D.

    2009-04-01

    A model of diapiric formation of granite domes within green-stone areas is based on gravitational re-distribution mechanisms of rocks in the Precambrian continental crust (e.g. McGregor, 1951; Ramberg, 1951; Perchuk, 1989, 1993; Perchuk et al., 1992). In addition, the gravitational re-distribution is the leading mechanism to form Precambrian granulite facies terrains among green-stone belts. It has been proven by data on general geology, tectonics, petrology, geochemistry, isotopic geology, geophysics, and numerical modeling (Perchuk et al., 2001; Gerya et al., 2000, 2002). However the behavior of granite melt within gneisses of similar bulk composition is questionable. If the above mechanisms works well in the case of "granitic gneiss - granite melt", the ascending rocks must have structural features that indicate upward movement, while the adjacent wall rocks must demonstrate structural features of the opposite movement. In metamorphic rocks these features are represented by lineation, drag folds, orientation of fold hinges etc. Apart from "straight gneisses" (Davidson, 1984; Smit & van Reenen, 1997) no direct evidence for the internal dynamics of the formation of high-grade terrains has ever been considered. In this paper we formulate a rule allowing discrimination between cylindrical metamorphogenic and magmatogenic structures and demonstrate a model of their formation. Two types of ring structures are considered as indicators of ascending granulites toward the surface, i.e. cylindrical folds (sheath fold) and granite stocks. Systematic studies of such structures at diverse erosion sections allowing the conclusion on their formation. During exhumation (decompression) of granulite facies terrains the formation of sheath folds are resulted from generation of the granite magma within the same granitogneissic material and subsequent uprising due to difference in densities of contacting materials because all sheath folds con. This is recorded in the contrasting

  17. Systematic conveyor belt cleaning

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    Rappen, A.

    1984-01-01

    The currently available conveyor belt cleaning devices are enumerated. Recent investigations have confirmed the belt scraping devices based on intermittent linear contact by means of individually adjustable and spring-loaded scraper blades, usually of metallic construction as the most advanced type of belt cleaner. The system also allows application on reversing belts. Criteria are presented for assessing the performance of a belt cleaner.

  18. Deformation of the deep crust: Insights from physiochemical characteristics of deformation microstructures of plagioclase and quartz in gneiss from the Salt Mylonite Zone, Western Gneiss Region, Norway

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    Renedo, R. N.; Piazolo, S.; Whitney, D. L.; Teyssier, C. P.

    2014-12-01

    The deformation behavior of quartz and feldspar controls the rheology of large parts of the continental crust. One way to understand the deformation of these abundant and important minerals in the deep crust is to compare their behavior within and outside of naturally-deformed shear zones. To this end, three samples of quartzofeldspathic gneiss within and adjacent to the Salt Mylonite Zone, a discrete ductile deformation zone in the ultrahigh-pressure Western Gneiss Region of Norway, are investigated in terms of microstructure, chemical composition, and fabric. The three samples represent the microstructural variation across the shear zone including grain size variation, layered (quartz ribbon bearing) v. non-layered gneiss, and variation in modal abundance. Layered gneiss is composed of one grain thick, laterally continuous quartz ribbons with plagioclase and accessory phases in the intervening regions. Non-layered gneiss consists of isolated quartz (individual grains or clusters of up to four grains) within an interconnected network of plagioclase and accessory phases. In layered gneiss, quartz preserves a well-developed crystallographic preferred orientation consistent with dominant activation of the prism and rhomb slip systems, and plagioclase preserves a nearly random fabric. Quartz fabrics from layered shear zone gneiss are stronger than those of quartz from layered gneiss outside of the shear zone. In non-layered gneiss, plagioclase develops a fabric that is consistent with activation of the (001) <010> slip system whereas quartz exhibits a random fabric. Plagioclase in all samples is zoned from Na-richer cores to Ca-richer rims (reverse zoning); zoning is weaker outside of the shear zone (average core-to-rim ΔAn 6%) than within the shear zone (average core-to-rim ΔAn 10%). Results suggest a change in plagioclase and quartz deformation mechanisms occurred during decompression and shear zone development owing to strain/strain-rate variation.

  19. Low-temperature thermochronologic constraints on cooling and exhumation trends along conjugate margins, within core complexes and eclogite-bearing gneiss domes of the Woodlark rift system of eastern Papua New Guinea

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    Fitzgerald, P. G.; Baldwin, S.; Bermudez, M. A.; Miller, S. R.; Webb, L. E.; Little, T.

    2012-12-01

    In eastern Papua New Guinea, active sea-floor spreading within the Woodlark Basin has been propagating westward since at least 6 Ma into heterogeneous crust of the Woodlark Rift. The seafloor spreading system divides the northern conjugate margin (Woodlark Rise) from the southern margin (Pocklington Rise). West of the seafloor spreading rift-tip are high-standing extensional gneiss domes and core complexes of the D'Entrecasteaux Islands (DEI). Domes comprise amphibolite and eclogite-facies gneisses, and Pleistocene granitoid intrusions. Flanked by mylonitic shear zone carapaces and normal faults, the domes are juxtaposed against an upper plate that includes ultramafic rocks and gabbro, correlated with the Papuan ultramafic belt. Petrologic and structural evidence from the DEI has been interpreted as evidence for diapiric ascent of the largely felsic domes, with thermo-mechanical modeling proposing (U)HP exhumation in terms of diapiric flow aided by propagating extension, with feedback between the two. Core complexes lacking evidence for diapiric-aided exhumation include the Prevost Range (eastern Normanby Island), Dayman Dome (Papuan Peninsula), and Misima Island (southern conjugate margin). Thermochronology is being applied to understand the thermal and exhumation history, and hence help constrain mechanisms of (U)HP exhumation. AFT and AHe ages from samples near sea-level along conjugate margins and DEI range from ca. 12 Ma to <1 Ma, generally decreasing from east to west, although with some localized variation. Confined track length distributions (CTLD), obtained using 252Cf implantation, generally indicate rapid cooling (means ≥~14 μm), except on Goodenough Island, the western-most and highest-standing dome. On Goodenough Island, samples from the core zone have AFT ages from ~3 - <1 Ma with age decreasing with decreasing elevation. Core zone samples have mean track lengths (7-13 μm) and are positively skewed, whereas samples from shear zones are younger (<1

  20. The tectono-metamorphic evolution of gneiss complexes in the Middle Urals, Russia: a reappraisal

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    Echtler, H. P.; Ivanov, K. S.; Ronkin, Y. L.; Karsten, L. A.; Hetzel, R.; Noskov, A. G.

    1997-07-01

    The Middle Urals are characterized by a major virgation in the linear trend of the Urals orogen, and represent the most highly contracted part of the late Palaeozoic collisional belt. This part of the orogen is dominated by metamorphic complexes and major fault and shear zones. The Main Uralian Fault zone (MUF), the east-dipping suture of the orogen containing low-grade metamorphic rocks, separates the Sysert Complex in the east from the Ufaley Complex in the west. The Sysert Complex in the hanging wall of the MUF consists of intensely deformed gneisses, granitic intrusions and a metamorphosed mélange zone. Tectonic and isotopic investigations suggest the following stages for the evolution of the Sysert Complex: (a) pre-orogenic rifting and magmatism during Ordovician and Silurian times; (b) oceanic closure, island arc formation related to convergence and subduction during Devonian times; (c) major ductile deformation under amphibolite facies conditions related to NW-directed thrusting associated with crustal stacking during collision in Carboniferous times; (d) exhumation and contractional intracontinental tectonics during Permian times; and (e) closing of isotope systems related to cooling and the end of orogenic shortening through Triassic times. The Ufaley Complex, in the footwall of the MUF, is interpreted as an east-dipping crustal stack that records an amphibolite facies Uralian metamorphism. Lithologically the complex can be divided into pre-orogenic European basement (West Ufaley) and intensely deformed Palaeozoic metasediments and amphibolites (East Ufaley). High-pressure relics in the East Ufaley Complex are interpreted to be the result of subduction, whereas intense ductile deformation is related to overthrusting onto West Ufaley. The West Ufaley Complex is composed of gneisses, amphibolites, migmatites and granitic intrusions and has been thrust onto Devonian limestones along a major shear zone. In both Sysert and Ufaley Complexes, NW

  1. Permeability Evolution of Granite Gneiss During Triaxial Creep Tests

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    Liu, L.; Xu, W. Y.; Wang, H. L.; Wang, W.; Wang, R. B.

    2016-09-01

    Permeability is an important factor for seepage analysis of rock material, and a key factor in ensuring the safety of underground works. In this study, the permeability evolution of granite gneiss during triaxial creep tests was investigated. In the context of an underground oil storage cavern in China, a series of hydro-mechanical coupling creep tests were conducted on rock cores of granite gneiss at three different pore pressures to reveal the effect of pore pressure on the permeability evolution and to investigate the correlation between the permeability and volumetric strain during the creep process. During the creep tests, the permeability decreases in the initial loading phase. At all deviatoric stress levels, the permeability remains stable in the steady creep stage and increases rapidly in the accelerated creep stage. Based on the test data, the initial permeability, steady permeability and peak permeability at various stress levels are defined. The effect of pore pressure on the permeability is captured by a linear model. In addition, the relationship between permeability and volumetric strain can be described as a process divided into three phases, with different functions in each phase.

  2. Origin and dynamics of the northern South American coastal savanna belt during the Holocene - the role of climate, sea-level, fire and humans

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    Alizadeh, Kamaleddin; Cohen, Marcelo; Behling, Hermann

    2015-08-01

    Presence of a coastal savanna belt expanding from British Guiana to northeastern Brazil cannot be explained by present-day climate. Using pollen and charcoal analyses on an 11.6 k old sediment core from a coastal depression in the savanna belt near the mouth of the Amazon River we investigated the paleoenvironmental history to shed light on this question. Results indicate that small areas of savanna accompanied by a forest type composed primarily by the genus Micropholis (Sapotaceae) that has no modern analog existed at the beginning of the Holocene. After 11,200 cal yr BP, savanna accompanied by few trees replaced the forest. In depressions swamp forest developed and by ca 10,000 cal yr BP replaced by Mauritia swamps. Between 8500 and 5600 cal yr BP gallery forest (composed mainly of Euphorbiaceae) and swamp forest succeeded the treeless savanna. The modern vegetation with alternating gallery forest and savanna developed after 5600 cal yr BP. We suggest that the early Holocene no-analog forest is a relict of previously more extensive forest under cooler and moister Lateglacial conditions. The early Holocene savanna expansion indicates a drier phase probably related to the shift of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) towards its northernmost position. The mid-Holocene forest expansion is probably a result of the combined influence of equatorwards shift of ITCZ joining the South Atlantic Convergence Zone (SACZ). The ecosystem variability during the last 5600 cal yr BP, formed perhaps under influence of intensified ENSO condition. High charcoal concentrations, especially during the early Holocene, indicate that natural and/or anthropogenic fires may have maintained the savanna. However, our results propose that climate change is the main driving factor for the formation of the coastal savanna in this region. Our results also show that the early Holocene sea level rise established mangroves near the study site until 7500 cal yr BP and promoted swamp formation in

  3. Neogene shortening and exhumation of the Zagros fold-thrust belt and foreland basin in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

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    Koshnaw, Renas I.; Horton, Brian K.; Stockli, Daniel F.; Barber, Douglas E.; Tamar-Agha, Mazin Y.; Kendall, Jerome J.

    2017-01-01

    The Zagros fold-thrust belt in the Kurdistan region of Iraq encroached southward toward a rapidly subsiding Neogene foreland basin and was later partitioned by out-of-sequence shortening focused along the Mountain Front Flexure (MFF), as defined by new low-temperature thermochronologic, stratigraphic, and provenance results. Apatite (U-Th)/He ages document rapid deformation advance from the Main Zagros Fault to southern frontal structures (Kirkuk, Shakal, and Qamar thrusts) at 10-8 Ma, followed by potential basement-involved out-of-sequence development of the MFF (Qaradagh anticline) by 5 Ma. Distinct shifts in detrital zircon U-Pb provenance signatures for Neogene foreland basin fill provide evidence for drainage reorganization during fold-thrust belt advance. U-Pb age spectra and petrologic data from the Injana (Upper Fars) Formation indicate derivation from a variety of Eurasian, Pan-African, ophiolitic and Mesozoic-Cenozoic volcanic terranes, whereas the Mukdadiya (Lower Bakhtiari) and Bai-Hasan (Upper Bakhtiari) Formations show nearly exclusive derivation from the Paleogene Walash-Naopurdan volcanic complex near the Iraq-Iran border. Such a sharp cutoff in Eurasian, Pan-African, and ophiolitic sources is likely associated with drainage reorganization and tectonic development of the geomorphic barrier formed by the MFF. As a result of Zagros crustal shortening, thickening and loading, the Neogene foreland basin developed and accommodated an abrupt influx of fluvial clastic sediment that contains growth stratal evidence of synkinematic accumulation. The apparent out-of-sequence pattern of upper crustal shortening in the hinterland to foreland zone of Iraqi Kurdistan suggests that structural inheritance and the effects of synorogenic erosion and accumulation are important factors influencing the irregular and episodic nature of orogenic growth in the Zagros.

  4. Mineralization types in the Mozambique Belt of eastern Zambia

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    Kamona, A. F.

    1994-10-01

    Several mineral occurences, that include massive, disseminated and vein types of mineralization, are found in Paleoproterozoic rocks of the Mozambique Belt of Eastern Zambia. Mineralization associated with mafic igneous activity is presented by ilmenite in gabbros, whereas muscovite, aquamarine and tourmaline are mined from numerous pegmatites, which intrude into basement schists and gneisses. Massive Zn-Cu sulphides are interbanded with amphibolites and paragneisses of the Mvuvye Group. The disseminated type of mineralization includes cooper associated with gold in schists and metavolcanics and with graphite in gneisses and granulites. Quartz veins in schists and quartzites are mineralized with gold, bismuth and copper. The gold is associated mainly with disseminated pyrite, bismutite and bismuthinite as well as wtih native copper, chalcopyrite or malachite. In addition, concentrations of alluvial gold derived from quartz veins have been worked from sands and gravels in the region.

  5. The Acasta Gneisses revisited: Evidence for an early depleted mantle

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    Scherer, E. E.; Sprung, P.; Bleeker, W.; Mezger, K.

    2010-12-01

    The oldest known mineral samples crystallized on the Earth are the up to 4.4 Ga zircon grains from the Jack Hills, Australia [e.g., 1,2]. Zircon, which is datable by U-Pb, contains ca. 1 wt% Hf, and has very low Lu/Hf, is well suited to recording the initial 176Hf/177Hf of its parent magma. It has therefore been widely used to track Earth’s crust-mantle differentiation over time and to estimate the relative amounts of juvenile and recycled components that contributed to Archean and Hadean crust. [e.g., 3,4,5,6]. Zircon studies may be subject to sampling bias, however: Juvenile mafic magmas are likely to stem from depleted sources, but are less likely to crystallize zircon. Processes such as host-rock metamorphism, remelting, weathering of the host rock, and sedimentary transport of grains may have further biased the zircon population. Metamict grains or those with high aspect ratios are likely to be destroyed by these processes, potentially biasing the zircon Hf record toward enriched compositions such that the degree of mantle depletion remains poorly defined before 4 Ga. In addition, incorrect age assignments to Hf analyses result in spurious initial ɛHf values. Here, we attempt to overcome these issues by investigating the bulk rock Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd systematics of some of the oldest rocks on Earth, the Acasta Gneisses (Northwest Territories, Canada). Earlier studies showed that zircon grains in these gneisses tend to come from enriched sources [e.g, 3,7,8] and are thus of little use for directly tracking the degree of mantle depletion. Furthermore, the gneisses themselves have been multiply metamorphosed and are often affected by mixing: The banded gneisses in particular comprise several magmatic precursor rocks of different age that have been repeatedly folded into each other. This promted questions of whether zircon ages should be used in the calculation of bulk rock initial epsilon Nd, and whether linear trends on Sm-Nd isochron represented meaningful

  6. Tectonic setting and evolution of late Archaean greenstone belts of Superior Province, Canada

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    Card, K. D.

    1986-01-01

    Late Archean (3.0-2.5 Ga) greenstone belts are a major component of the Superior Province of the Canadian Shield where alternating, metavolcanic - rich and metasedimentary - rich subprovinces form a prominent central striped region bordered in part by high-grade gneiss subprovinces, the Pikiwitonei and Minto in the north, and the Minnesota River Valley in the south. The high-grade gneiss subprovinces are characterized by granulite facies gneiss of plutonic and supracrustal origin, and by abundant plutonic rocks. Minnesota River Valley has rocks older than 3.5 Ga; absolute ages of Pikiwitonei and Minto rocks are unknown but Minto does have north-south structural trends distinctive from the dominant east-west structures of Superior Province. A discussion follows.

  7. Deep Structure of the Fold-and-Thrust Belt in the Tenpoku Area, Northern Hokkaido Island, Japan, Revealed by Reprocessing of Seismic Reflection Data From the 1990 MITI Geophysical Explorations.

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    Yokokura, T.; Miyazaki, T.; Kano, N.

    2005-12-01

    The Tenpoku area, the northern part of Hokkaido island, Japan, is believed to have hydrocarbon potential in the thick Cretaceous-Tertiary sediments. Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI, present Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and some private companies have conducted many geological and geophysical explorations and test drillings in this area. These surveys have revealed that some anticlines (e.g. Horonobe and Toyotomi anticlines) and faults (e.g. Ohmagari and Horonobe faults) exist in the mountainous area and that a large sedimentary basin extends from the west of the mountainous area to the Japan Sea. The area shows a fold-and-thrust belt structure of west vergence. There is an active Sarobetsu flexural zone in the eastern end of the sedimentary basin. The flexural zone is believed to have become active since the middle Pliocene. In this way, overall geological structure down to around 5km in depth is well known, while there is few information about the deeper part. Japan National Oil Corporation (present Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)) conducted seismic reflection surveys in this area in 1990 on consignment from MITI. Part of the seismic reflection data was acquired by using dynamite and has long two-way traveltime of 18sec. As the seismic data may provide us deeper information on this fold-and-thrust belt, we tried to reprocess the data with permission by JOGMEC. As a result, we found that two low-angle east-dipping thrusts extend to around 10km in depth, which are related to the Ohmagari fault and Sarobetsu flexural zone. Beneath these thrusts, some other east-dipping thrusts also exist which may be related to micro-earthquake activity of this area.

  8. A ground electromagnetic survey used to map sulfides and acid sulfate ground waters at the abandoned Cabin Branch Mine, Prince William Forest Park, northern Virginia gold-pyrite belt

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    Wynn, Jeffrey C.

    2000-01-01

    INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND: Prince William Forest Park is situated at the northeastern end of the Virginia Gold-Pyrite belt northwest of the town of Dumfries, VA. The U. S. Marine Corps Reservation at Quantico borders the park on the west and south, and occupies part of the same watershed. Two abandoned mines are found within the park: the Cabin Branch pyrite mine, a historic source of acid mine drainage, and the Greenwood gold mine, a source of mercury contamination. Both are within the watershed of Quantico Creek (Fig.1). The Cabin Branch mine (also known as the Dumfries mine) lies about 2.4 km northwest of the town of Dumfries. It exploited a 300 meter-long, lens-shaped body of massive sulfide ore hosted by metamorphosed volcanic rocks; during its history over 200,000 tons of ore were extracted and processed locally. The site became part of the National Capitol Region of the National Park Service in 1940 and is currently managed by the National Park Service. In 1995 the National Park Service, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy reclaimed the Cabin Branch site. The Virginia Gold-Pyrite belt, also known as the central Virginia volcanic-plutonic belt, is host to numerous abandoned metal mines (Pavlides and others, 1982), including the Cabin Branch deposit. The belt itself extends from its northern terminus near Cabin Branch, about 50 km south of Washington, D.C., approximately 175 km to the southwest into central Virginia. It is underlain by metamorphosed volcanic and clastic (non-carbonate) sedimentary rocks, originally deposited approximately 460 million years ago during the Ordovician Period (Horton and others, 1998). Three kinds of deposits are found in the belt: volcanic-associated massive sulfide deposits, low-sulfide quartz-gold vein deposits, and gold placer deposits. The massive sulfide deposits such as Cabin Branch were historically mined for their sulfur, copper, zinc, and lead contents, but also yielded byproduct

  9. Evolution of the siliciclastic-carbonate shelf system of the northern Kenyan coastal belt in response to Late Pleistocene-Holocene relative sea level changes

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    Accordi, Giovanni; Carbone, Federico

    2016-11-01

    A classification of depositional environments of the Lamu Archipelago is proposed based on a sedimentary facies analysis of unconsolidated and hard bottoms of the study area. The genesis of the siliciclastic-carbonate depositional pattern, typical of this East African region, is closely related both to the presence of a quartz-dominate Pleistocene riverine net-flooded during the Holocene sea level rise-and to the coeval development on the shallow shelf of a coral ecosystem producing vast skeletal sediments. The present facies pattern originates from the variable contribution in time and space of three sediment types: skeletal carbonate, quartz and palimpsest debris. The facies analysis allowed to distinguish 10 depositional facies and to differentiate them into three main types of substratum: soft bottom, reefal hard bottom and non-reefal hard bottom. These three types define both the loose facies typical of the channelized coastal belt and several facies of the shallow shelf. In the first, the amounts and textures of the stored sediment are strictly related to three major geomorphic types of substratum: sheltered mangal flat, shallow channel and deep channel. In the second and the third, a wide range of textures is related to coastal flats, benches, islets and emerging rocks. This modern facies pattern is implemented through a series of evolutionary phases: i-during the Last Interglacial Period, since isotope substage 5b, the shallow shelf-above -20 m-is permanently exposed for about 80 ka, with erosion, karstification and cuts of river channels through the shelf; ii-after the Last Glacial Maximum, when the sea level fell to about 110-115 m b.p.s.l. (below present sea level) at 18-17 ka BP, the sea level rose at -20 m for about 9 ka, flooding the shallow shelf area and gradually drowning the riverine net; iii-the maximum flooding of the coastal belt was reached at about 4.5 ka BP, when a gradual moisture reduction caused a decrease of siliciclastic sediment supply

  10. Rare Earth and HFSE Constraints on Basalt Source Regions and Melting Conditions in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, Northern Cascadia Subduction System

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    Green, N. L.

    2002-12-01

    Garibaldi belt (GVB) basalts were erupted above the relatively young (<24 Ma) Juan de Fuca plate, subducted oceanic lithosphere that becomes progressively younger (22-13 Ma), and presumably hotter, northward along the Cascadia convergent margin. Mafic lavas of the 15-km-wide volcanic belt range from high-alumina olivine tholeiites and magnesian andesites near Glacier Peak, northwestern Washington, through transitional basalts to alkali-olivine basalts and basanites in the Bridge River-Salal Glacier areas, southwestern British Columbia. Significant strike-parallel variations characterize REE and HFSE contents of these (GVB) basalts and provide insight into the nature of mantle source heterogeneities that may characterize subduction regimes. Lavas of more northerly volcanic suites tend to have (1) somewhat higher Ti, Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf, La, total REE, La/Yb, Sm/Yb, Nb/Y, Zr/Y, Y/Sc and Zr/Yb and (2) lower Th/U, La/Nb, and Th/Yb. The basalts have sub-chondritic to chondritic Na/Tb (6-21) and chondritic to super-chondritic Zr/Hf (up to 55.90) ratios. Only Mount Baker and Glacier Peak basalts exhibit the distinctive negative Na-Ta anomalies associated with arc lavas. REE systematics suggest that the more northerly basaltic suites formed as lower degree melts of mantle sources typically containing 1) garnet + spinel peridotite rather than spinel peridotite and 2) slightly more garnet (4% versus 2%) than in garnet-bearing source regions beneath more southerly eruptive centers. Inverse REE modeling suggests that the Bridge River-Salal Glacier lavas may have been derived from at least two distinct source regions (garnet-bearing and garnet-free). Nb/Ta exhibits slight positive correlations with Nb, Ta, La/Yb, and Th/Yb in some GVB basaltic suites, implying the role of a residual mineral, most likely rutile, in controlling extremely low HFSE partitioning into suduction-related fluids that equilibrated with basalt source regions in the mantle wedge.

  11. Behavior of Fluid Mobile Elements Across hot Subduction Zone: Insights from Along-Strike B, As, Sb and Cs Systematics in Mafic Lavas from the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, Northern Cascadia Subduction System.

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    Savov, I. P.; Green, N. L.; Price, R.

    2005-12-01

    We explore the consequences of "hot" subduction zone thermal structure for the recycling of fluid mobile elements across convergent margins. We selected the Late Cenozoic Garibaldi Volcanic Belt (GVB) of the Northern Cascadia Subduction System because it is associated with the subduction of extremely young (< 23 Ma) and "hot" oceanic lithosphere. The volcanic belt is ~ 15 km wide and consists of near primitive high-Al tholeiites and Mg-andesites (near Glacier Peak in NW Washington) through transitional basalts to alkali olivine basalts and basanites (near Bridge River- Salal Glacier area in SW British Columbia). The age of the subducted lithosphere decreases northward (latitude range 48 to 51 North) by almost 10 Ma, and thus the thermal structure of the convergent margin must be hotter in the northern part of GVB. The average B (3.3 ppm), As (0.2 ppm), Sb (0.1 ppm) and Cs (0.2 ppm) contents of the GVB mafic lavas are much lower compared to those reported from other convergent margins (Noll et al., 1996, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 60, No. 4, pp. 587-611). As expected the B/La (range = 0.003- 0.63; ave. ~ 0.2), Cs/La (range = 0-0.032; ave. ~ 0.01) and Sb/Ce (range = 0.001-0.013; ave. ~ 0.003) ratios show progressively lower values with transition from volcanic centers sampling old (19-23 Ma) (colder) slabs (Glacier Peak and Mount Baker areas) toward volcanic centers sampling young (15-17) (hot) slabs (Meager-Elaho, Helm Creek, Cheakamus, Bridge River and Salal Glacier areas). Surprisingly, the As/Ce (range = 0.001-0.015; ave. ~ 0.005) increases with decreasing slab age. Fluid mobile elements are extremely enriched in all members of the subducted slab inventory (to extremes in the serpentinized mantle wedge) and are depleted in slab melts (adakites), OIBs and MORBs. Their enrichment-depletion patterns could potentially be used to trace the extent of slab devolatilization and to test models about the mantle structure beneath volcanic arc fronts.

  12. Understanding progressive-arc- and strike-slip-related rotations in curve-shaped orogenic belts: The case of the Olevano-Antrodoco-Sibillini thrust (Northern Apennines, Italy)

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    Turtã¹, Antonio; Satolli, Sara; Maniscalco, Rosanna; Calamita, Fernando; Speranza, Fabio

    2013-02-01

    We report on a paleomagnetic study of the southern sector of the Olevano-Antrodoco-Sibillini (OAS) thrust front, which corresponds to the southern limb of the Northern Apennines (Italy) orogenic salient. A lively debate has developed regarding the oroclinal/progressive-arc versus non-rotational nature of the OAS, which has been alternatively interpreted as a dextral strike-slip fault, dextral transpressive fault, or frontal to oblique ramp that reactivated pre-existing Jurassic normal faults. Here, we document the paleomagnetism, integrated with biostratigraphic and structural data, of 52 new sites from both the OAS hanging wall and footwall. On the basis of 39 retained sites, we find a peculiar pattern of tectonic rotations along the OAS thrust that evidences four rotational domains. The thrust footwall is characterized by a southern domain that undergoes an approximately 30° counterclockwise rotation with respect to the stable foreland, and an approximately non-rotated domain. The data from the hanging wall indicate the occurrence of a dextral strike-slip component along the southern sector of the OAS thrust supported by a strong clockwise rotation close to the NE-SW lateral ramp, which rapidly fades 1 km from the thrust front. A slight but significant CW rotation observed in the remaining sites from the hanging wall confirms the progressive nature of the OAS, and its structural position as the southern limb of the Northern Apennines salient. Our detailed paleomagnetic study is crucial in discriminating between progressive-arc- and strike-slip-related components in the main curved orogenic front of the Northern Apennines.

  13. Laterally bendable belt conveyor

    DOEpatents

    Peterson, William J.

    1985-01-01

    An endless, laterally flexible and bendable belt conveyor particularly adapted for coal mining applications in facilitating the transport of the extracted coal up- or downslope and around corners in a continuous manner is disclosed. The conveying means includes a flat rubber belt reinforced along the middle portion thereof along which the major portion of the belt tension is directed so as to cause rotation of the tubular shaped belt when trammed around lateral turns thus preventing excessive belt bulging distortion between adjacent belt supports which would inhibit belt transport. Pretension induced into the fabric reinforced flat rubber belt by conventional belt take-up means supports the load conveyed when the belt conveyor is making lateral turns. The carrying and return portions of the belt are supported and formed into a tubular shape by a plurality of shapers positioned along its length. Each shaper is supported from above by a monorail and includes clusters of idler rollers which support the belt. Additional cluster rollers in each shaper permit the belt supporting roller clusters to rotate in response to the belt's operating tension imposed upon the cluster rollers by induced lateral belt friction forces. The freely rotating roller clusters thus permit the belt to twist on lateral curves without damage to itself while precluding escape of the conveyed material by effectively enclosing it in the tube-shaped, inner belt transport length.

  14. Laterally bendable belt conveyor

    SciTech Connect

    Peterson, W.J.

    1985-07-02

    An endless, laterally flexible and bendable belt conveyor particularly adapted for coal mining applications in facilitating the transport of the extracted coal up- or downslope and around corners in a continuous manner is disclosed. The conveying means includes a flat rubber belt reinforced along the middle portion thereof along which the major portion of the belt tension is directed so as to cause rotation of the tubular shaped belt when trammed around lateral turns thus preventing excessive belt bulging distortion between adjacent belt supports which would inhibit belt transport. Pretension induced into the fabric reinforced flat rubber belt by conventional belt take-up means supports the load conveyed when the belt conveyor is making laterial turns. The carrying and return portions of the belt are supported and formed into a tubular shape by a plurality of shapers positioned along its length. Each shaper is supported from above by a monorail and includes clusters of idler rolles which support the belt. Additional cluster rollers in each shaper permit the belt supporting roller clusters to rotate in response to the belt's operating tension imposed upon the cluster rollers by induced lateral belt friction forces. The freely rotating roller clusters thus permit the belt to twist on lateral curves without damage to itself while precluding escape of the conveyed material by effectively enclosing it in the tube-shaped, inner belt transport length.

  15. Laterally bendable belt conveyor

    SciTech Connect

    Peterson, W.J.

    1982-09-24

    An endless, laterally flexible and bendable belt conveyor particularly adapted for coal mining applications in facilitating the transport of the extracted coal up- or downslope and around corners in a continuous manner is disclosed. The conveying means includes a flat rubber belt reinforced along the middle portion thereof along which the major portion of the belt tension is directed so as to cause rotation of the tubular shaped belt when trammed around lateral turns thus preventing excessive belt bulging distortion between adjacent belt supports which would inhibit belt transport. Pretension induced into the fabric reinforced flat rubber belt by conventional belt take-up means supports the load conveyed when the belt conveyor is making lateral turns. The carrying and return portions of the belt are supported and formed into a tubular shape by a plurality of shapers positioned along its length. Each shaper is supported from above by a monorail and includes clusters of idler rollers which support the belt. Additional cluster rollers in each shaper permit the belt supporting roller clusters to rotate in response to the belt's operating tension imposed upon the cluster rollers by induced lateral belt friction forces. The freely rotating roller clusters thus permit the belt to twist on lateral curves without damage to itself while precluding escape of the conveyed material by effectively enclosing it in the tube-shaped, inner belt transport length.

  16. Identifying Blind Seismogenic Faults at the Apennine Thrust Front: Implications for the Seismic Hazard of the Northern Marche (Central Italy) Coastal Belt

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Basili, R.; Mirabella, F.; Vannoli, P.; Valensise, G.

    2004-12-01

    The structural architecture of the northern Apennines is dominated by NE-verging arc-shaped folds and thrusts that developed through progressive migration of the contractional process combined with regional uplift. Migration and shortening of the Apennine fold-and-thrust system appear to be constant over space (from SW to NE) and time (since the Burdigalian; ca. 19 My), indicating that the two major frontal thrusts are active. The coastal area of the northern Marche - one of the most densely populated regions in central Italy - extends between the axes of these two structures. We reconstructed the deep geometry, size, and style of deformation of these youngest folds and blind thrusts by using seismic reflection lines. Anomalously behaving river courses and warped coastal and fluvial terraces provided insights on the rates of their recent activity. The occurrence of several historical and instrumental earthquakes suggests that these structures can also be seismogenic. The results of a detailed analysis on one of these structures allowed us to constrain the source of the Senigallia, 1930, earthquake (Me 5.9) as a blind thrust fault accompanied by anticlinal growth. Prospectively, our findings can be extended at the entire fault system to (i) outline its possible segmentation, (ii) identify the areas that have been historically silent and that could be regarded as potential seismic gaps, and (iii) evaluate the seismic potential of the region. Successfully addressing the above three points is a necessary step for individual-source, time-dependent seismic hazard assessment.

  17. The Hurd Peak gneiss of the Long Lake shear zone, eastern Sierra Nevada, California

    SciTech Connect

    Holland, K.S.; Reed, W.E. . Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences)

    1993-04-01

    The Hurd Peak gneiss is located within the Long Lake valley of the east-central Sierra Nevada, California. This unit is the principle orthogneiss in Hathaway's (1993) Long Lake shear zone. The rock shows porphyroclasts of plagioclase and quartz, abundant mafic enclaves, and cross-cutting field associations which suggest that the gneiss had a plutonic protolith. The gneiss varies from biotite-poor nearest the contact with the Lamarck to biotite-rich nearest Long Lake. The contact zone between the gneiss and the Lamarck pluton ranges from sharp to gradational and from migmatitic to mixed, i.e., the mixed zone being greater than 50% intermingled dikes of 10 cm or greater thickness. In places this contact is marked by a quartz-free biotite hornfels approximately 5 m thick. Based on their relative deformation, at least 3 suites of aplite dikes cross-cut the gneiss, and 5 other lithologies, including basaltic, mixed, composite, andesitic, and quartz dioritic compositions, also cross-cut the gneiss. The Rb-Sr whole rock isochron age of the Hurd Peak gneiss has been determined to be 90.2 Ma. The authors interpret this isochron to be the result of mobilization of the Rb-Sr isotopic system during intrusion of the Lamarck Granodiorite (90 Ma); this may represent a regional cooling age. The initial [sup 87]/Sr[sup 86]Sr ratio of the gneiss is 0.7098, i.e., much more evolved than the surrounding plutons which have [sup 87]Sr/[sup 86]Sr ratios near 0.706. Sr model ages indicate that the protolith of the gneiss is considerably older than 90 Ma, one such calculation suggests an age of approximately 250 Ma. Single crystals of zircon have been isolated from the gneiss for U-Pb dating, and analytical work on the zircons is presently on-going.

  18. Petrogenesis of the ∼500 Ma Fushui mafic intrusion and Early Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the Northern Qinling Belt, Central China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shi, Yu; Pei, Xiaoli; Castillo, Paterno R.; Liu, Xijun; Ding, Haihong; Guo, Zhichao

    2017-06-01

    The Fushui mafic intrusion in the Qinling orogenic belt (QOB) is composed of meta-gabbro, meta-gabbro-diorite, diorite, and syenite. Most of these rocks are metamorphosed under the upper greenschist facies to lower amphibolite facies metamorphism. Zircon separates from eight samples have LA-ICP-MS U-Pb ages of 497-501 Ma which are taken to be the emplacement age of magmas that formed the Fushui intrusion. Most of the zircon grains exhibit negative εHf values, correspond to TDM2 model ages of late Paleoproterozoic-early Mesoproterozoic or Neoproterozoic and suggest that the mafic rocks were most probably derived from mafic melts produced by partial melting of a previously metasomatized lithospheric mantle. The intrusion is not extensively contaminated by crustal materials and most chemical compositions of rocks are not modified during the greenschist to amphibolite-facies metamorhism. Rocks from the intrusion have primitive mantle-normalized trace element patterns with significant enrichment in light-REE and large ion lithophile elements (LILE) and depletion in high field-strength elements (HFSE). On the basis of the trace element contents, the Fushui intrusion was derived from parental magmas generated by <10% partial melting of both phlogopite-lherzolite and garnet-lherzolite mantle sources. These sources are best interpreted to be in a subduction-related arc environment and have been modified by fluids released from a subducting slab. The formation of the Fushui intrusion was related to the subduction of the Paleotethyan Shangdan oceanic lithosphere at ∼500 Ma.

  19. The giant Shakhdara migmatitic gneiss dome, Pamir, India-Asia collision zone: 1. Geometry and kinematics

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    Stübner, Konstanze; Ratschbacher, Lothar; Rutte, Daniel; Stanek, Klaus; Minaev, Vladislav; Wiesinger, Maria; Gloaguen, Richard

    2013-07-01

    Cenozoic gneiss domes comprise one third of the surface exposure of the Pamir and provide a window into the deep crustal processes of the India-Asia collision. The largest of these are the doubly vergent, composite Shakhdara-Alichur domes of the southwestern Pamir, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan; they are separated by a low-strain horst. Top-to-SSE, noncoaxial pervasive flow over the up to 4 km thick South Pamir shear zone exhumed crust from 30-40 km depth in the ~250 × 80 km Shakhdara dome; the top-to-NNE Alichur shear zone exposed upper crustal rocks in the ~125 × 25 km Alichur dome. The Gunt shear zone bounds the Shakhdara dome in the north and records alternations of normal shear and dextral transpression; it contributed little to bulk exhumation. Footwall exhumation along two low-angle, normal-sense detachments resulted in up to 90 km syn-orogenic ~N-S extension. Extension in the southwestern Pamir opposes shortening in a fold-thrust belt north of the domes and in particular in the Tajik depression, where an evaporitic décollement facilitated upper crustal shortening. Gravitational collapse of the Pamir-plateau margin drove core-complex formation in the southwestern Pamir and shortening of the weak foreland adjacent to the plateau. Overall, this geometry defines a "vertical extrusion" scenario, comprising frontal and basal underthrusting and thickening, and hanging gravitationally driven normal shear. In contrast to the Himalayan vertical extrusion scenario, erosion in the Pamir was minor, preserving most of the extruded deep crust, including the top of the South Pamir shear zone at peak elevations throughout the dome.

  20. Provenance and accommodation pathways of late Quaternary sediments in the deep-water northern Ionian Basin, southern Italy

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    Perri, Francesco; Critelli, Salvatore; Dominici, Rocco; Muto, Francesco; Tripodi, Vincenzo; Ceramicola, Silvia

    2012-12-01

    The northern Calabria along the southeastern coast of Italy provides a favorable setting in which to study complete transects from continental to deep-marine environments. The present northern Ionian Calabrian Basin is a wedge-top basin within the modern foreland-basin system of southern Italy. The Ionian margin of northern Calabria consists of a moderately developed fluvial systems, the Crati and Neto rivers, and diverse smaller coastal drainages draining both the Calabria continental block (i.e., Sila Massif) and the southern Apennines thrust belt (i.e., Pollino Massif). The main-channel sand of the Crati and Neto rivers is quartzofeldspathic with abundant metamorphic and plutonic lithic fragments (granodiorite, granite, gneiss, phyllite and sedimentary lithic fragments). Sedimentary lithic fragments were derived from Jurassic sedimentary successions of the Longobucco Group. The mud samples contain mostly phyllosilicates, quartz, calcite, feldspars and dolomite. Traces of gypsum are present in some samples. The I-S mixed layers, 10 Å-minerals (illite and micas), chlorite and kaolinite are the most abundant phyllosilicates, whereas smectite and chlorite/smectite mixed layers are in small amounts. The geochemical signatures of the muds reflect a provenance characterized by both felsic and mafic rocks with a significant input from carbonate rocks. Furthermore, the degree of source-area weathering was most probably of low intensity rather than moderately intense because CIA values for the studied mud samples are low. Extrapolation of the mean erosion budget from 1 to 25 Ma suggests that at least 5 to 8 km of crust have been removed from the Calabrian orogenic belt and deposited in the marine basins. The Calabrian microplate played an important role in the dynamic evolution of southern Italian fossil and modern basins, representing the key tectonic element of the entire orogenic belt.

  1. The Santa Terezinha-Campos Verdes emerald district, central Brazil: structural and Sm-Nd data to constrain the tectonic evolution of the Neoproterozoic Brası´lia belt

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    D'el-Rey Silva, Luiz José Homem; Barros Neto, Leonel de Souza

    2002-12-01

    Structural analysis coupled with Sm-Nd isotope data and a detailed description of the geology of the Santa Terezinha-Campos Verdes emerald district (Goiás State, Central Brazil) constrain the evolution of the Neoproterozoic Brası´lia belt. The area is composed of tectonic slices of Archean-Paleoproterozoic gneiss, a Meso-Neoproterozoic metavolcanic sedimentary sequence called the Santa Terezinha sequence, and crustal-derived intrusive rocks such as mylonitic (ortho)gneiss and a syntectonic porphyry granite. It underwent a Neoproterozoic greenschist facies polyphase ductile deformation (D 1-D 3). Structures indicate an event of rotational deformation along a typical frontal ramp dipping gently to the west (i.e. an event of simple shear with top to ESE relative regional movement due to a subhorizontal WNW-ESE compression). A Sm-Nd whole-rock isochron age of 577±77 Ma for the intrusive rocks constrains the timing of at least part of the deformation/metamorphism in the area. Primary and metamorphic planar structures (mainly D 1-D 2) strike SW-NE and dip at low to moderate angles to the NW in the northern part of the area. However, they gradually rotate to SSE in the central SE part, where the Peixe River synclinorium is developed. This synclinorium is also the nest of the D 2 sheath folds that control emerald ore shoots. The Santa Cruz dome is a basement-cored, major elliptic structure in the SW of the area. The Santa Terezinha sequence represents a back-arc basin that received input from the Neoproterozoic Goiás magmatic arc to the west and the São Francisco ancient continental margin to the east. The basal and upper sections of this sequence correlate, respectively, with other passive margin and back-arc sequences of the Brası´lia belt.

  2. Belt attachment and system

    DOEpatents

    Schneider, Abraham D.; Davidson, Erick M.

    2016-02-02

    Disclosed herein is a belt assembly including a flexible belt with an improved belt attachment. The belt attachment includes two crossbars spaced along the length of the belt. The crossbars retain bearings that allow predetermined movement in six degrees of freedom. The crossbars are connected by a rigid body that attaches to the bearings. Implements that are attached to the rigid body are simply supported but restrained in pitching rotation.

  3. Climatic and morphological controls on post-glacial lake and river valley evolution in the Weichselian belt - an example from the Wda valley, Northern Poland

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    Kramkowski, M. A.; Błaszkiewicz, M.; Piotrowski, J. A.; Brauer, A.; Gierszewski, P.; Kordowski, J.; Lamparski, P.; Lorenz, S.; Noryśkiewicz, A. M.; Ott, F.; Slowinski, M. M.; Tyszkowski, S.

    2014-12-01

    The River Wda valley is a classical example of a polygenetic valley, consisting of former lake basins joined by erosive gap sections. In its middle section, which was the subject of our research, a fragment of an abandoned Lateglacial river valley is preserved, which is unique for the Weichselian moraine belt in the Central European Lowlands. The analysis of the relationship between the lacustrine and fluvial sediments and landforms enabled the authors to report many evolutionary connections between the initial period of the river system formation and the emergence of lakes during the Weichselian Lateglacial. The surface drainage essentially determined the progress of melting of dead ice blocks buried in the glacial depressions, which finally led to lake formation there. Most of the lake basins in the study area were formed during the Bølling-Allerød period. However, one section of the subglacial channel was not exposed to the thermokarst conditions and was therefore preserved with dead ice blocks throughout the entire Lateglacial. The dead ice decay at the beginning of the Holocene, as well as the emergence of another lake, created a lower base level of erosion in the close vicinity of the abandoned valley and induced a change of the river's course. Both fluvial and lacustrine deposits and landforms distributed in the central section of the River Wda valley indicate two processes, which proceeded simultaneously: (1) emergence of fluvially joined lake basins within a glacial channel, (2) degradation of the river bed in the gap sections interfering between the lakes. The processes described for the central section of the River Wda channel indicate a very dynamic river valley development during the Weichselian Lateglacial and the early Holocene. The valley formation was tightly interwoven with the morphogenesis of the primary basins within the valley, mainly with the melting of the buried blocks of dead ice and the development of lakes. This study is a contribution

  4. CORN BELT PLAIN RIVER AND STREAMS PROJECT - 3 BIOCRITERIA PRODUCTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This effort resulted in eight products, as follows: 1) Development of Index of Biotic Integrity Expectations for the Ecoregions of Indiana I. Central Corn Belt Plain; 2) Ibid. II. Huron-Erie Lake Plain; 3) Ibid III. Northern Indiana Till Plain; 4) Ibid .IV.Eastern Corn Belt Plain...

  5. CORN BELT PLAIN RIVER AND STREAMS PROJECT - 3 BIOCRITERIA PRODUCTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This effort resulted in eight products, as follows: 1) Development of Index of Biotic Integrity Expectations for the Ecoregions of Indiana I. Central Corn Belt Plain; 2) Ibid. II. Huron-Erie Lake Plain; 3) Ibid III. Northern Indiana Till Plain; 4) Ibid .IV.Eastern Corn Belt Plain...

  6. 14. INTERIOR VIEW OF REFINING MILL, SHOWING CONVEYOR BELT IN ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    14. INTERIOR VIEW OF REFINING MILL, SHOWING CONVEYOR BELT IN PULVERIZING AND PACKING PLANT, LOOKING NORTH - Clay Spur Bentonite Plant & Camp, Refining Mill, Clay Spur Siding on Burlington Northern Railroad, Osage, Weston County, WY

  7. Trondhjemitic, 1.35-1.31 Ga gneisses of the Mount Holly Complex of Vermont: evidence for an Elzevirian event in the Grenville Basement of the United States Appalachians

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Ratcliffe, N.M.; Aleinikoff, J.N.; Burton, W.C.; Karabinos, P.

    1991-01-01

    A newly recognized suite of trondhjemite-tonalite and dacitic gneiss forms a 10 km wide belt of rocks within the Mount Holly Complex in the central part of the Green Mountain massif. Field relationships and chemistry indicate that these gneisses are calc-alkaline, volcanic, and hypabyssal plutonic rocks older than the Middle Proterozoic regional deformation that affected the Mount Holly Complex. U-Pb zircon dates indicate ages as great as 1.35 Ga for crystallization of the volcanic protoliths and for intrusion of crossing trondhjemite. Tonalitic plutonism continued until 1.31 Ga. The Mount Holly intrusives and volcanics may have formed during 1.35-1.31 Ga ensialic volcanic-arc activity, contemporaneous with ensimatic arc activity during the early part of the Elzevirian phase of the Grenville orogeny. -from Authors

  8. Geochemistry and origin of albite gneisses, northeastern Adirondack Mountains, New York

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Whitney, Philip R.; Olmsted, James F.

    1988-08-01

    Albite gneisses containing up to 8.7 percent Na2O and as little as 0.1% K2O comprise a significant part of the Proterozoic Lyon Mountain Gneiss in the Ausable Forks Quadrangle of the northeastern Adirondacks, New York State. Two distinct types of albite gneisses are present. One is a trondhjemitic leucogneiss (LAG) consisting principally of albite (Ab95 Ab98) and quartz with minor magnetite and, locally, minor amounts of amphibole or acmiterich pyroxene. LAG probably originated by metamorphism of a rhyolitie or rhyodacitic ash-flow tuff with A-type geochemical affinities, following post-depositional analcitization in a saline or saline-alkaline environment. The other type is a mafic albite gneiss (MAG) containing albite and pyroxene along with 0 45 percent quartz, minor amphibole, and titanite. MAG locally displays pinstripe banding and contains albite (Ab98) megacrysts up to 5 cm across. Its precursor may have been a sediment composed of diagenetic analcite or albite, dolomite, and quartz. Both types of albite gneiss are interlayered with granitic gneisses (LMG) of variable composition derived from less altered tuffs. A potassium-rich (up to 9.7% K2O) microcline gneiss facies may have had a protolith rich in diagenetic K feldspar. We propose that the albite gneisses and associated granitic gneisses are the granulite-facies metamorphic equivalent of a bimodal, dominantly felsic, volcanic suite with minor intercalated sediments, probably including evaporites. The volcanics were erupted in an anorogenic setting, such as an incipient or failed intracontinental rift. Deposition took place in a closed-basin, playa lake environment, where diagenetic alteration resulted in redistribution of the alkalis and strong oxidation.

  9. Geochemistry and origin of albite gneisses, northeastern Adirondack Mountains, New York

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Whitney, P.R.; Olmsted, J.F.

    1988-01-01

    Albite gneisses containing up to 8.7 percent Na2O and as little as 0.1% K2O comprise a significant part of the Proterozoic Lyon Mountain Gneiss in the Ausable Forks Quadrangle of the northeastern Adirondacks, New York State. Two distinct types of albite gneisses are present. One is a trondhjemitic leucogneiss (LAG) consisting principally of albite (Ab95-Ab98) and quartz with minor magnetite and, locally, minor amounts of amphibole or acmiterich pyroxene. LAG probably originated by metamorphism of a rhyolitie or rhyodacitic ash-flow tuff with A-type geochemical affinities, following post-depositional analcitization in a saline or saline-alkaline environment. The other type is a mafic albite gneiss (MAG) containing albite and pyroxene along with 0-45 percent quartz, minor amphibole, and titanite. MAG locally displays pinstripe banding and contains albite (Ab98) megacrysts up to 5 cm across. Its precursor may have been a sediment composed of diagenetic analcite or albite, dolomite, and quartz. Both types of albite gneiss are interlayered with granitic gneisses (LMG) of variable composition derived from less altered tuffs. A potassium-rich (up to 9.7% K2O) microcline gneiss facies may have had a protolith rich in diagenetic K feldspar. We propose that the albite gneisses and associated granitic gneisses are the granulite-facies metamorphic equivalent of a bimodal, dominantly felsic, volcanic suite with minor intercalated sediments, probably including evaporites. The volcanics were erupted in an anorogenic setting, such as an incipient or failed intracontinental rift. Deposition took place in a closed-basin, playa lake environment, where diagenetic alteration resulted in redistribution of the alkalis and strong oxidation. ?? 1988 Springer-Verlag.

  10. Association of gold with uraninite and pyrobitumen in the metavolcanic rock hosted hydrothermal Au-U mineralisation at Rompas, Peräpohja Schist Belt, northern Finland

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    Molnár, Ferenc; Oduro, Harry; Cook, Nick D. J.; Pohjolainen, Esa; Takács, Ágnes; O'Brien, Hugh; Pakkanen, Lassi; Johanson, Bo; Wirth, Richard

    2016-06-01

    The Peräpohja Schist Belt comprises a supracrustal sequence of quartzites, mafic volcanics and volcaniclastics, carbonate rocks, black shales, mica schists and greywackes which were deposited from ca. 2.44 to ~1.91 Ga, during the rifting of the Archaean basement in the eastern part of the Fennoscandian shield. Metamorphism and multiple folding of the basin fill took place during the Svecofennian orogeny (1.9-1.8 Ga) followed by intrusions of late-orogenic (1.84-1.80 Ga) and post-orogenic granitoids (1.79-1.76 Ga). The Rompas Au-U mineralisation is hosted by deformed calcsilicate veins in mafic volcanic rocks and locally contains very high grade (>10,000 g/t Au) gold pockets with strict spatial association of gold minerals to uraninite and pyrobitumen. Chemical ages from the unaltered domains in the structure of uraninite indicate a 1.95-1.90 Ga age for the deposition of the primary, high temperature (e.g. U/Th < 100 in uraninite) hydrothermal uranium mineralisation. These data are in agreement with the results of previous U-Pb dating of uraninite by SIMS. Textural evidence suggests that metamorphic recrystallisation of the uraninite-bearing quartz-dolomite veins into calcsilicate mineral assemblages during the Svecofennian orogeny (1.9-1.8 Ga) was followed by a hydrocarbon-bearing fluid flow event and radiolytic polymerisation of hydrocarbons around grains of uraninite. Gold precipitated during a subsequent hydrothermal process in the fractures of uraninite, as well as in the cracks and on the botryoidal surfaces of uraninite-pyrobitumen nodules. Remobilisation and redeposition of uranium by these hydrothermal events produced secondary uraninite grains with chemical ages between 1.85 and 1.65 Ga. Native gold is associated with galena, altaite, hunchunite, nickeline and rare cobaltite, Pb-bearing maldonite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, molybdenite and titanite. Raman spectra show disordered structure of undeformed pyrobitumen nodules in contrast with the well

  11. Progressive-arc- vs. strike-slip-related rotations in curved orogenic belts: a case study from the Northern Apennines (Italy).

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    Turtù, Antonio; Satolli, Sara; Maniscalco, Rosanna; Calamita, Fernando; Speranza, Fabio

    2013-04-01

    A detailed paleomagnetic study has been performed in the southern sector of the Olevano-Antrodoco-Sibillini (OAS) thrust front (i. e. the southern limb of the Northern Apennines, Italy). The oroclinal/progressive-arc vs. non rotational nature of the OAS thrust is still a matter of debate, as it has been interpreted in the literature as dextral strike-slip fault, dextral transpressive fault, or as a frontal to oblique ramp complex. We document the paleomagnetism of 52 sites from Jurassic to Eocene pelagic limestones and Messinian siliciclastic turbidites from both the OAS hanging wall and footwall. In the hanging wall, sampling was designed to follow two transects perpendicular to two thrust segments oriented roughly NE-SW and NNW-SSE. Paleomagnetic data have been integrated with biostratigraphical and structural data, in order to understand both the rotational nature of the OAS arc and the kinematics of the thrust front. All samples were paleomagnetically investigated by a 2G DC-SQUID cryogenic magnetometer at the INGV of Rome. Thermal cleaning was used throughout. A characteristic component of magnetization was successfully isolated in 39 (over 52) sites. The tilt-corrected directions were compared to the coeval directions expected for the Adriatic-African foreland, in order to calculate rotations due to Apennine orogenesis. On the basis of cluster analysis and tectonic constrains, we document a peculiar pattern of tectonic rotations along the OAS thrust with four rotational domains: 1. a strongly rotated clockwise (CW) domain (54.78° ±5.46° ) in the hanging wall, close to the NE-SW-trending segment of the thrust; 2. a less CW-rotated domain in the hanging wall (15.1° ±5.8° ) that includes both the NNW-SSE oriented thrust segment and sites far from the thrust; 3. a uniform counterclockwise (CCW) rotation (-30.79° ±4.73° ) in the footwall; 4. an approximately null rotation (-5.2° ±3.8° ) in the external footwall. The strong CW domain in the hanging wall

  12. Conveyor belt plow for ideal belt cleaning

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    Michaelsen, W.J.

    1982-05-01

    The accumulation of excess material around the return drum of a conveyor arises from an inefficient belt plow. The frequency with which this problem occurs would indicate a design problem rather than faulty installation or negligent maintenance. The reasons for the poor operation of the plow become obvious after applying basic physical principles. Simple and cheap improvements can be implemented to improve plow performance. To be effective, a plow should be installed either near the tail end, to protect the return drum, or ahead of the automatic belt tensioning device, to prevent spillage from falling onto the take-up pulley. In order to perform well, the scraping blade of the plow must be in continuous contact with the belt across its full width, having contact pressure as uniform as possible. It has been proven, though, that uniform contact pressure cannot be achieved under operating conditions with the standard arrangement shown in Figure 1. There are two solutions to this problem which can be carried out in most mine workshops and help reduce belt downtime. All too often an ineffective plow allows material to be needlessly trapped against the belt, causing excessive wear and, ultimately, tearing the belt. Even with highly experienced belt crews, a short stoppage in the main belt can have serious effects throughout the mine. An efficient plow means a cleaner running belt.

  13. Economic geology of the Copper Mountain Supracrustal Belt, Owl Creek Mountains, Fremont County, Wyoming

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    Hausel, W.D.; Graff, P.J.; Albert, K.G.

    1985-01-01

    The Archean stratigraphy and associated mineral deposits at Copper Mountain were investigated to determine if this supracrustal belt has potential commercial mineral deposits. It was concluded Copper Mountain lacks the stratigraphic and structural character of a classical greenstone belt, exhibits higher metamorphic grade, and may be better classified as a high-grade terrain. However, potential is noted for stratiform Au associated with iron formation, stratiform W associated with gneiss, and Cu-Au mineralization in strike veins. 63 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs. (ACR)

  14. Potential links between porphyry copper deposits and exhumed metamorphic basement complexes in northern Chile

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    Cooper, Frances; Docherty, Alistair; Perkins, Rebecca

    2014-05-01

    Porphyry copper deposits (PCDs) are typically associated with magmatic arcs in compressional subduction zone settings where thickened crust and fractionated calc-alkaline magmas produce favourable conditions for copper mineralisation. A classic example is the Eocene-Oligocene PCD belt of Chile, the world's leading copper producing country. In other parts of the world, older late Cretaceous to early Tertiary PCDs are found in regions of former subduction-related magmatism that have undergone subsequent post-orogenic crustal extension, such as the Basin and Range province of western North America, and the Eurasian Balkan-Carpathian-Dinaride belt. In the Basin and Range there is a striking correlation between the location of many PCDs and exhumed metamorphic core complexes (isolated remnants of the middle to lower crust exhumed during extensional normal faulting). This close spatial relationship raises questions about the links between the two. For example, are their exhumation histories related? Could the presence of impermeable metamorphic rocks at depth affect and localise mineralising fluids? In Chile there appears to be a similar spatial relationship between PCDs and isolated outcrops of exhumed metamorphic basement. In northern Chile, isolated exposures of high-grade metamorphic gneisses and amphibolites are thought to be exhumed remnants of the pre-subduction Proterozoic-Paleozoic continental margin of Gondwana [2], although little is known about when they were exhumed and by what mechanism. For example, the Limón Verde metamorphic complex, exhumed from a depth of ca. 50 km, is situated adjacent to Chuquicamata, the largest open pit copper mine in the world. In northernmost Chile, another metamorphic exposure, the Belén complex, sits close to the Dos Hermanos PCD, a small deposit that is not actively mined. Comprising garnet-bearing gneisses and amphibolites, the Belén is thought to have been exhumed from a depth of ca. 25 km, but when and how is unclear [3

  15. Flying through an African Greenstone Belt by EMusic

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    Menghini, Antonio; Pontani, Stefano

    2017-04-01

    This performance will simulate a flying over and across a "Greenstone Belt" area in Sierra Leone, that was investigated by means of Airborne EM method for detecting gold. VTEM (Versatile Time Domain Electromagnetic - Geotech Ltd) data were sonified according to the procedure (EMusic) defined by Menghini and Pontani (2016). The soundtrack of the video showing a journey through the survey area (also into the subsurface) describes the different geophysical responses, provided by the regolith aquifer, the granitic-gneiss basement and by the greenstone belt bedrock. It represents a funny way to disseminate the knowledge and the utility of the geophysical methods towards common audience. References Menghini, A., and Pontani, S., (2016): What is the Sound of the Earth? First Break, 34, 41-46.

  16. Geochemistry and zircon U-Pb geochronology of granitic rocks in the Buqingshan tectonic mélange belt, northern Tibet Plateau, China and its implications for Prototethyan evolution

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    Li, Ruibao; Pei, Xianzhi; Li, Zuochen; Pei, Lei; Liu, Chengjun; Chen, Youxin; Chen, Guochao; Liu, Zhanqing; Yang, Jie

    2015-06-01

    The Yikehalaer intrusives are distributed in the Buqingshan tectonic mélange belt at the southern margin of East Kunlun, China. They tectonically intruded the conglomerate of Permian Gequ Formation to the south and the marble of Mesoproterozoic Kuhai Group to the north. These intrusives mainly consist of off-white coarse- and fine-grained granodiorite and granite. U-Pb dating of zircons from the intrusive samples yielded weighted mean 206Pb/238U ages of 436 ± 7 Ma and 437 ± 6 Ma, indicating Early Silurian crystallization age. The intrusives are high-silica, Na-rich, I-type calc-alkalic rocks. They are divisible into two subgroups on the basis of their trace element content: adakitic rocks in the northern part and normal calc-alkalic arc rocks in the southern part. Rocks in the northern part exhibit high Sr (280-493 ppm), low Y (3.8-11.7 ppm), high Sr/Y ratios (23.9-125.0), high light rare earth elements (LREE)/ heavy rare earth elements (HREE) (15.1-35.7), and invisible Eu/Eu∗. They resemble adakites formed by slab melting in subduction zones. However, the rocks in the southern part possess the attributes of normal arc rocks. In addition, the εHf(t) values of the intrusives are consistently positive (0.6-7.6), implying that they were generated by melting of an isotopically depleted mantle source, with insignificant contributions from crustal materials. The source residues likely contained 10-20% garnet and hornblende, and plagioclase was either absent or totally consumed during partial melting. Combining the regional tectonic data, we conclude that the Buqingshan paleo-ocean may have started to subduct in Middle Cambrian until Early Silurian (436 Ma), generating an important adakitic magma event during the late stage of oceanic crust subduction. Moreover, the Proto-Tethyan Ocean closed, and the Bayan Har, East Kunlun, and Qaidam blocks collided during the Middle-Late Silurian.

  17. Petrology and zircon geochronology of felsic gneiss from the Tromsø Nappe, the Scandinavian Caledonides

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    Monta, Yasuhiro; Hirajima, Takao; Kato, Ryosuke; Osanai, Yasuhito; Nakano, Nobuhiko; Adachi, Tatsuro; Sakata, Shuhei; Majka, Jaroslaw; Janak, Marian

    2017-04-01

    The spatial extent/distribution of ultrahigh pressure metamorphic (UHPM) rocks gives a critical condition to consider the exhumation process of the relevant area. Main lithotype hosting UHPM rocks in the world is commonly orthogneiss, and most of orthogneiss mainly consists of amphibolite facies minerals that harm to determine the exact distribution of the UHPM terranes. However, zircon grains have a potential to retain UHPM minerals, such as coesite and jadeite, from the later stage overprint (e.g., Tabata et al., 1998). Therefore, the comprehensive study on zirconology is a potential tool to determine the exact spatial distribution and the formation timing of UHPM belt. The Tromsø Nappe, belonging to the Uppermost Allochthon of the Scandinavian Caledonides, is one of the UHP terranes, and evidence of UHPM comes from eclogites (e.g., Ravna & Roux, 2006; Janák et al. 2012) and diamond-bearing gneiss (Janák et al., 2013). The studied sample is garnet-muscovite gneiss from the Tromsø Nappe. It shows an augen structure characterized by cm-size plagioclase porphyroclasts in the gneissose matrix mainly composed of micas, mm-size garnet and quartz. Si-content and XMg of muscovite are homogeneous in each grain (6.20 - 6.40 for O = 22 basis and 0.60 - 0.74, respectively). X-ray mapping of garnet suggests that some garnet grains show a zoning structure, such as Ca-poor (XGrs = 0.09 - 0.15) and inclusion-rich inner-core (including kyanite), Ca- and inclusion-poor outer-core and Ca (XGrs = 0.16 - 0.26)-rich rim (ca. 50 μm), although most of garnet grains are free from Ca-rich rim. Outline of inner-core shows an irregular shape, suggesting that some garnet was partially resorbed during its formation stage. Most plagioclase grains shows a zoning of Ca-rich (XAn = 0.25-0.31) core and Ca-poor (XAn = 0.15-0.22) rim. Zr-in-Rt thermometry and GASP barometry give 640 - 700 C and 1.5 - 1.7 GPa for the garnet and plagioclase cores. The same thermometry and Grt-Hbl-Pl-Qtz barometry

  18. Synaptic ribbon. Conveyor belt or safety belt?

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    Parsons, T D; Sterling, P

    2003-02-06

    The synaptic ribbon in neurons that release transmitter via graded potentials has been considered as a conveyor belt that actively moves vesicles toward their release sites. But evidence has accumulated to the contrary, and it now seems plausible that the ribbon serves instead as a safety belt to tether vesicles stably in mutual contact and thus facilitate multivesicular release by compound exocytosis.

  19. Geology of 1. 7 GA ( ) Baldwin gneiss in the Baldwin Lake type area, San Bernardino Mountains, southern California

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    Barth, A.P. . Dept. of Geology); Ehlig, P.L. . Dept. of Geology); Wooden, J.L. )

    1993-04-01

    Precambrian gneisses in the San Bernardino Mountains were first identified and described in the vicinity of Baldwin Lake by Guillou (1953). Five lithologic units mappable at 1:24,000 scale are recognized: biotite [+-] muscovite quartzofeldspathic gneiss, amphibolite, pyroxene metagabbro, augen gneiss, and biotite [+-] muscovite granitic gneiss. Baldwin gneiss with this L < S tectonite fabric is unconformably overlain by latest Proterozoic, upright, greenschist/hornfels facies quartzite (Big Bear Group). North and northeast of Baldwin Lake, the gneissic fabric is rotated toward the northwest, subparallel to the Doble fault. Along this fault, Baldwin gneiss is structurally underlain by overturned Paleozoic quartzite and marble (Zabriskie Quartzite and Carrara Formation). Regional relations suggest that the Doble fault is a northeast-directed basement thrust fault of pre-Late Cretaceous age, and may be contemporaneous with late Paleozoic deformation and metamorphism of Paleozoic rocks further west in the range. Field relations suggest that Baldwin gneiss in its type area largely retains Proterozoic fabrics and mineral assemblages, despite marginal Phanerozoic reworking. Silver (1971) reported a U-Pb zircon age of ca. 1,730 Ma for Baldwin augen ( ) gneiss, from an unknown locality, and Miller and Morton (1980) reported Late Cretaceous mica K-Ar ages from a sample of augen gneiss. Preliminary Pb isotopic ratios in galena, feldspar and whole rock samples of Baldwin gneiss, and feldspars in Mesozoic plutons suggest isotopic affinity to the Mojave crustal province of Wooden and Miller (1990).

  20. Geochronological, geochemical and mineralogical constraints of emplacement depth of TTG suite from the Sinassi Batholith in the Central African Fold Belt (CAFB) of northern Cameroon: Implications for tectonomagmatic evolution

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    Houketchang Bouyo, M.; Penaye, J.; Njel, U. O.; Moussango, A. P. I.; Sep, J. P. N.; Nyama, B. A.; Wassouo, W. J.; Abaté, J. M. E.; Yaya, F.; Mahamat, A.; Ye, Hao; Wu, Fei

    2016-04-01

    The Sinassi Batholith in the Central African Fold Belt (CAFB) of northern Cameroon represents the largest volume of plutonic rocks or granitoids massif of the Western Cameroonian Domain. It is made up dominantly of tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite (TTG) suite and lesser granite which are locally more or less deformed, and composed of varying proportions of quartz, plagioclase, K-feldspar, biotite, hornblende, sphene, magnetite, apatite and zircon. Major and trace element compositions of fifteen rock samples of granitoids (Djourdé granodiorite, Sinassi quartz diorite and orthogneisses groups) indicate that investigated rocks from the Sinassi Batholith are characterized by medium- to high-K calc-alkaline affinity and metaluminous I-type signature. In addition, their chondrite- and primitive mantle-normalized trace element patterns are strongly fractionated ((La/Yb)N = 2.96-61.40) and show respectively enrichment in LREE relative to HREE and enrichment in LILE compared to HFSE with moderate to slight negative Nb-Ta, Ti and Eu anomalies consistent with a continental magmatic arc setting related to a subduction zone. Geothermobarometric calculations using hornblende-plagioclase thermometry and aluminum-in-hornblende barometry on eleven rock samples indicate that plutons from Sinassi Batholith were emplaced at average temperatures and pressures ranging between 698 and 720 °C and 4.06-5.82 kbar (Djourdé granitoids), 698-728 °C and 4.04-5.34 kbar (Sinassi granitoids) and 667-670 and 4.23-4.76 kbar (orthogneisses group) respectively. The average emplacement depths estimates for the investigated granitoids is constrained at ca 16-18 km, indicating that at least 16 km of crustal rocks of the Sinassi Batholith must have been eroded or uplifted at approximately exhumation rates of 0.08-0.10 mm/year. Regardless of their Th/U ratios, geochronological results highlight three main events characterizing the Neoproterozoic tectonomagmatic evolution within the Sinassi Batholith

  1. Geochemical study of the Cambrian-Ordovician meta-sedimentary rocks from the northern Altai-Mongolian terrane, northwestern Central Asian Orogenic Belt: Implications on the provenance and tectonic setting

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    Chen, Ming; Sun, Min; Cai, Keda; Buslov, Mikhail M.; Zhao, Guochun; Rubanova, Elena S.

    2014-12-01

    The Altai-Mongolian terrane (AM) is a key component of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), but its tectonic nature has been poorly constrained. This paper reports geochemical compositions of Cambrian-Ordovician meta-sedimentary rocks from the northern AM to trace their source nature and depositional setting, which in turn place constraints on the geodynamic evolution of the AM. The Cambrian-Ordovician meta-sedimentary rocks from the northern AM show variable major-element compositions, with negative correlation between SiO2 and TiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3T, MgO and K2O. Their high ICV values (1.18-2.53) and relatively low CIA values (37.9-76.3) indicate that the sediments were immature and probably underwent mild to moderate chemical weathering. The low-SiO2 samples are characterized by relatively restricted SiO2/Al2O3 (mostly 2.60-6.07) and low Rb/Sr ratios (0.02-1.89), implying their proximal deposition without obvious sedimentary sorting and recycling. In contrast, the high-SiO2 samples show much higher SiO2/Al2O3 ratios (15.4-19.9) possibly due to sedimentary sorting and/or silicification. All these samples yield relatively high Al2O3/TiO2 ratios (15.6-22.8), strong LREEs/HREEs differentiation ((La/Yb)N = 4.86-10.7) and obvious negative Eu anomalies (δEu = 0.61-0.83). Combined with their Th/Sc, Zr/Sc, La/Th and Co/Th ratios comparable with intermediate-acidic magmatic rocks, we infer that these kinds of magmatic rocks served as a major source for the investigated meta-sedimentary rocks. The TiO2, Al2O3 and Fe2O3T + MgO concentrations are mostly higher than typical sediments from passive margin, and the Th/U, La/Sc, Th/Sc, Eu/Eu∗, Zr/Hf, Zr/Th and La/Th ratios are quite similar to sediments from continental arcs. These data suggest that the Cambrian-Ordovician meta-sedimentary rocks from the northern AM were most likely deposited in an environment related to a continental arc setting rather than a passive regime. These rocks show strong similarities to their

  2. A Neoarchean subduction recorded by the Eastern Hebei Precambrian basement, North China Craton: Geochemical fingerprints from metavolcanic rocks of the Saheqiao-Shangying-Qinglong supracrustal belt

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    Guo, Rongrong; Liu, Shuwen; Bai, Xiang; Wang, Wei

    2017-03-01

    The Saheqiao-Shangying-Qinglong supracrustal belt (SSQB) in the northern Eastern Hebei Precambrian basement (EHPB) is located in the northern margin of the Eastern Block (EB) of the North China Craton (NCC). The Shangying terrane constitutes the middle segment of the SSQB and contains primarily metamorphic volcanics and plutonic tonalitic gneisses. The metamorphic volcanics mainly consist of pyroxene plagioclase amphibolites, garnet plagioclase amphibolites, biotite plagioclase amphibole gneisses, and amphibole plagioclase gneisses. Zircon U-Pb-Lu-Hf isotopic analyses reveal that the metavolcanic rocks from the Shangying terrane crystallized at ∼2506-2613 Ma with TDM (Hf) values of ∼2541-2944 Ma. These metamorphic volcanic rocks are subdivided into four groups based on their lithological and chemical features. Group I consists chiefly of tholeiites that are characterized by slightly light rare earth element (LREE) depleted patterns and flat multi-element spider diagrams, which are similar to back-arc basin basalt (BABB)-like rocks and were derived from the partial melting of the depleted mantle. The tholeiites in Group II have slightly fractionated rare earth element (REE) patterns without Nb anomalies, exhibit an affinity to Nb-enriched basalt (NEB)-like rocks, and were produced by the partial melting of HFSE-enriched mantle peridotites. Group III is composed of slightly LREE-enriched tholeiites with negative Nb-Ta anomalies that resemble island arc tholeiites. Group IV comprises calc-alkaline basalts and andesites with highly enriched LREEs and evident Nb, Ta and Ti depletions that are geochemically similar to the products of island arcs. The island arc tholeiites and calc-alkaline basalt-andesites originated from the partial melting of sub-arc mantle peridotites that were previously metasomatized by slab-derived fluids/melts with the fractional crystallization of ferromagnesian minerals. Collectively, the BABB-like rocks, the NEBs, arc tholeiites and calc

  3. Geochemical data and zircon ages for rocks in a high-pressure belt of Chu-Yili Mountains, southern Kazakhstan: Implications for the earliest stages of accretion in Kazakhstan and the Tianshan

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    Alexeiev, D. V.; Ryazantsev, A. V.; Kröner, A.; Tretyakov, A. A.; Xia, X.; Liu, D. Y.

    2011-10-01

    The mechanism and age of Palaeozoic accretion in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt remain poorly constrained. One of the most complex belts extends from the Kokchetav area in northern Kazakhstan to the Kyrgyz northern Tianshan. It represents an assemblage of small blocks with Palaeoproterozoic continental crust, intervening slivers containing early Palaeozoic ophiolites and/or deep-marine sediments, and a number of HP and UHP metamorphic complexes. The HP-LT metamorphic rocks provide important clues for reconstructions of the overall structure and evolution of the accretionary collage. This study is aimed to constrain the metamorphic age and tectonic implications of HP garnet pyroxenites and enclosing mica schists in the Anrakhai area of the Chu-Yili Mountains of southern Kazakhstan. The HP belt is located in the central part of the Anrakhai metamorphic block and extends NW-SE between Neoproterozoic gneisses in the SW and undated ophiolites and granodiorites in the NE. Garnet pyroxenites and their retrograded equivalents form tectonic boudins and blocks in garnet-muscovite and muscovite schist of sedimentary origin. Metamorphic zircons from two garnet pyroxenite samples yielded a SHRIMP mean 206Pb/ 238U age of 489.9 ± 3.1 Ma. This age is interpreted to reflect the time of Early Ordovician peak metamorphism and ongoing subduction in the area as constrained by geological data and suggests that HP metamorphism was related to subduction. Exhumation of the HP rocks occurred between 490 and ˜475 Ma, based on the Early Ordovician age of overlap assemblages. Detrital zircons from a garnet-muscovite schist enclosing the pyroxenites were dated by LA-ICP-MS and range in age from 694 to 2557 Ma. They suggest a maximum late Neoproterozoic age for deposition of the sedimentary protolith and derivation from a continental source including Neoproterozoic to Archaean crustal components. Granodiorites with chemical characteristics of island arc rocks intruded into Proterozoic

  4. Monazite petrochronology from the UHP Western Gneiss Region, Norway

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    Holder, R. M.; Hacker, B. R.; Kylander-Clark, A. R.

    2013-12-01

    To understand the significance of U/Th-Pb chronology, dates from accessory minerals need to be tied to petrological conditions such as pressure, temperature, and mineral assemblage. This work examines monazite composition, petrologic texture, and U/Th-Pb dates acquired via LASS (laser ablation split stream) geochronology from pelites across the ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) Western Gneiss Region, Norway (WGR), to evaluate the range in monazite compositions preserved in UHP terranes and determine the petrologic reasons for the observed compositions. Proterozoic monazites (1600 & 1100-900 Ma) occur in amphibolite- to granulite-facies rocks across the WGR and as garnet inclusions in eclogite- and amphibolite-facies rocks. The oldest Paleozoic monazites have dates of 460 Ma (1 sample), sector zoning, and show typical HREE profiles (Gd/Yb <1000). Four samples have dates of 430-420 Ma, and a decrease in HREE with time (up to Gd/Yb >10000), but no trend in Eu/Eu*, compatible with garnet + plagioclase stable conditions during prograde metamorphism. Three samples from the Sørøyane UHP domain have dates of 410-405 Ma, depleted HREE (Gd/Yb >1000), weaker Eu anomalies, 2-3% common Pb, and, in one sample, high Sr contents relative to younger monazites in the same rock (0.6 vs <0.1 wt%). High Gd/Yb ratios, weak Eu/Eu*, and relatively high Sr concentrations are compatible with garnet-stable, plagioclase-absent conditions during (U)HP metamorphism. Except for the samples listed above, most monazites measured from the WGR have concordant dates from 400-390 Ma with increasing HREE concentrations over time, compatible with garnet resorbtion during the decompression that followed the (U)HP metamorphism. Two of the 430-420 Ma and most of the 400-390 Ma monazites have rims that vary laterally in width and composition, in the form of finger- to scallop-shaped embayments. These rims have large variation in U/Th, U/Pb and Th/Pb ratios, suggesting that alteration, by a fluid or other mechanism

  5. Nature, geochemistry and petrogenesis of the syn-tectonic Amspoort suite (Pan-African Boundary Igneous Complex, Kaoko Belt, NW Namibia)

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    Janousek, Vojtech; Konopasek, Jiri; Ulrich, Stanislav

    2010-05-01

    Crucial information on the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian amalgamation of Western Gondwana is provided by studies of the large Pan-African collisional belt in central-northern Namibia. This so-called Damara Orogen (Miller, 1983) can be subdivided into two branches, the SW-NE trending Damara Belt and a roughly perpendicular, NNW-SSE trending Kaoko Belt further north. The Kaoko Belt consists of two principal crustal units. The easterly part has a Congo Craton affinity (a basement built mostly by ≥ 1.5 Ga granitic gneisses with Neoproterozoic metasedimentary cover), whereas the westerly Coastal Terrane consists of Neoproterozoic (c.850-650 Ma) metapsammites and minor metabasic bodies; no exposures of the basement were found. The at least 180 km long, NNW-SSE trending suture between both units was intruded by numerous syn-tectonic magmatic bodies with ages spanning the interval 580-550 Ma (Seth et al., 1998; Kröner et al., 2004) designated as the Boundary Igneous Complex by Konopásek et al. (2008). The most typical representatives of this syn-collision igneous association are c.550 Ma old K-feldspar-phyric, Bt ± Cam granites-granodiorites of the Amspoort suite, with minor Cpx gabbro and rare two-pyroxene dolerite bodies. The petrological character, whole-rock geochemistry and Sr-Nd isotopic signatures of the scarce Opx-Cpx-Bt dolerites indicate an origin from a CHUR-like mantle-derived melts (87Sr/86Sr550 ~ 0.7045, ɛNd550 ~ 0) modified by extensive (?Ol-) Cpx fractionation. The rest of the suite is interpreted as a product of a high-temperature anatexis of a heterogeneous lower crust, built mainly by immature metapsammites - rich in arc-derived detritus - with minor metabasite and intermediate metaigneous bodies. The most likely source appears to be the anatectic Coastal Terrane gneisses. Yet, partial melting of the so far little constrained Congo Craton cover, if formed by immature and youthful detritus unrelated to the basement, cannot be discounted. In any case, the

  6. Structures and rheology of syn-kinematic partially molten gneiss: an experimental approach.

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    Anne-Céline, Ganzhorn; Laurent, Arbaret; Rémi, Champallier; Loic, Labrousse; Gaëlle, Prouteau

    2013-04-01

    Partial melting of the continental crust is a weakening process prone to induce ductile flow of orogens. The presence of melts indeed affects both the thermal and rheological behavior of the crust during orogeny, probably since the very first percents of partial melting. The rheological laws of the partially molten crustal rocks often refer to deformation experiments of synthetic metapelites with well-constrained composition but less realistic initial textures. This study focuses on the experimental deformation of a natural two-micas gneiss from the Western Gneiss Region, Norway, in order to constrain its rheological and textural behaviors when subjected to low temperature (750°C) water-present melting. Two starting materials were used for Paterson experiments. Cores of a dry gneiss were prepared while others were first hydrated at room temperature and loaded in the bore furnace of an internally heated pressure vessel at 750°C and 300 MPa during 48 hours, then isobarically quenched. The partially molten gneiss contain up to 20% of hydrated glass that forms a 20 µm thick film isotropically distributed at muscovite-quartz grain boundaries. The dry gneiss submitted to similar P/T conditions remained un-melted. Thin films of melt only appear at temperature above 850°C for the same pressure. Axial deformation experiments were performed with both dry and pre-hydrated cores in a gas medium Paterson apparatus at constant 300 MPa confining pressure and two temperatures of 750°C and 850°C. Axial stress was applied perpendicularly to the mineral foliation; finite strain varied from 14% to 23%. Varying strain rates from 5x10-6 to 10-4 s-1 allowed us to determine the rheological behaviour of the hydrated gneiss. We found a shear thinning behaviour with stress at T = 750°C. In addition, the measured stress at this temperature is reduced by one order of magnitude between the dry gneiss (2.5x109 Pa) and the partially molten gneiss (<2.5x108 Pa). SEM textural analysis

  7. Timing, petrogenesis and tectonic setting of the Late Paleozoic gabbro-granodiorite-granite intrusions in the Shalazhashan of northern Alxa: Constraints on the southernmost boundary of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt

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    Shi, Xingjun; Wang, Tao; Zhang, Lei; Castro, Antonio; Xiao, XuChang; Tong, Ying; Zhang, Jianjun; Guo, Lei; Yang, Qidi

    2014-11-01

    The Late Paleozoic tectonic setting and location of the southernmost boundary of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) with respect to the Alxa Block or Alxa-North China Craton (ANCC) are debated. This paper presents new geochronological, petrological, geochemical and zircon Hf isotopic data of the Late Paleozoic intrusions from the Shalazhashan in northern Alxa and discusses the tectonic setting and boundary between the CAOB and ANCC. Using zircon U-Pb dating, intrusions can be broadly grouped as Late Carboniferous granodiorites (~ 301 Ma), Middle Permian gabbros (~ 264 Ma) and granites (~ 266 Ma) and Late Permian granodiorites, monzogranites and quartz monzodiorites (254-250 Ma). The Late Carboniferous granodiorites are slightly peraluminous and calcic. The remarkably high zircon Hf isotopes (εHf(t) = + 6-+ 10) and characteristics of high silica adakites suggest that these granodiorites were mainly derived from "hot" basaltic slab-melts of the subducted oceanic crust. The Middle Permian gabbros exhibited typical cumulate textures and were derived from the partial melting of depleted mantle. The Middle Permian granites are slightly peraluminous with high-K calc-alkaline and low εHf(t) values from - 0.9 to + 2.9. These granites were most likely derived from juvenile materials mixed with old crustal materials. The Late Permian granodiorites, monzogranites and quartz monzodiorites are characterized as metaluminous to slightly peraluminous, with variable Peacock alkali-lime index values from calc-alkalic to alkali-calcic. These rocks were mainly derived from juvenile crustal materials, as evidenced by their high εHf(t) values (+ 3.3 to + 8.9). The juvenile sources of the above intrusions in the Shalazhashan are similar to those of the granitoids from the CAOB but distinct from the granitoids within the Alxa Block. These findings suggest that the Shalazhashan Zone belongs to the CAOB rather than the Alxa Block and that its boundary with the Alxa block can be

  8. Characterizing a middle to upper crustal shear zone: Microstructures, quartz c-axis fabrics, deformation temperatures and flow vorticity analysis of the northern Ailao Shan-Red River shear zone, China

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    Wu, Wenbin; Liu, Junlai; Zhang, Lisheng; Qi, Yinchuan; Ling, Chengyang

    2017-05-01

    Structural and microstructural characteristics, deformation temperatures and flow vorticities of the northern Ailao Shan (ALS) high-grade metamorphic belt provide significant information regarding the nature and tectonic evolution of the Ailao Shan-Red River (ASRR) shear zone. Mineral deformation mechanisms, quartz lattice-preferred orientation (LPO) patterns and the opening angles of quartz c-axis fabrics of samples from the Gasa section indicate that the northern ALS high-grade metamorphic belt has experienced progressive shear deformation. The early stage shearing is characterized by a gradual decrease of deformation temperatures from >650 °C at the northeastern unit to ca. 300 °C at the southwestern unit, that results in the formation of migmatites, mylonitic gneisses, thin bedded mylonites, mylonitic schists and phyllonites from the NE to SW across the strike of the shear zone. The late stage low-temperature (300-400 °C) shearing is superimposed on the early deformation throughout the belt with the formation of discrete, small-scale shear zones, especially in the thin-banded mylonitic rocks along both margins. The kinematic vorticity values estimated by rotated rigid porphyroclast method and oblique grain-shaped/quartz c-axis-fabric method imply that the general shear-dominated flow (0.49-0.77) progressively changed to a simple shear-dominated flow (0.77-1) toward the late stage of ductile deformation. The two stages of shearing are consistent with early shortening-dominated and late extrusion-controlled regional tectonic processes. The transition between them occurred at ca. 27 Ma in the ALS high-grade metamorphic belt along the ASRR shear zone. The large amount of strike-slip displacement along the ASRR shear zone is predominantly attributed to accelerated flow along the shear zone during the late extrusion-controlled tectonic process.

  9. Regional variation in the Amitsoq gneisses related to crustal levels during late Archean granulite facies metamorphism: Southern west Greenland

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    Nutman, A. P.; Bridgwater, D.; Mcgregor, V. R.

    1986-01-01

    The dominant lithology at Kangimut sangmissoq is described as nebulitic tonalitic gneiss containing highly distended plagioclase phyric amphibolites. The gneiss amphibolite complex was intruded by Nuk gneiss between 3.05 and 2.90 Ga and later (2.6 to 2.7 Ga) by post granulite facies granitoid sheets. The amphibolites are though to be Ameralik dikes and the older gray gneiss are then Amitsoq by definition. The problem arises when the isotopic data are considered, none of which indicate rocks older that about 3.0 Ga.

  10. Belt conveyor apparatus

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    Oakley, D.J.; Bogart, R.L.

    1987-05-05

    A belt conveyor apparatus is described comprising: means defining a conveyance path including a first pulley and at least a second pulley, an endless belt member adapted for continuous travel about the pulleys defining thereby an upper and lower reach, the endless belt member having a lower portion which engages the pulleys and an integral upper portion adapted to receive objects at a first location on the conveyance path and transport the objects to and then discharge the objects at a second location on the conveyance path; and motive means in communication with the means defining a conveyance path, for effecting the travel of the endless belt member about the conveyance path.

  11. Rutile and topaz in Precambrian gneiss, Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties, Colorado

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    Sheridan, Douglas M.; Taylor, Richard B.; Marsh, Sherman P.

    1968-01-01

    Disseminated rutile and major amounts of topaz have been identified in Precambrian topaz-quartz gneiss northwest of Evergreen, Colo. The rutile occurs in quartz-topaz-sillimanite gneiss that forms a stratigraphic unit which is 11 to 100 feet thick and is identified along strike for more than 7,000 feet. Three composite chip samples taken across this unit contain 2.2 to 4.2 percent of rutile, by weight, in grains averaging from 0.1 to 0.3 millimeter in size. The topaz content, by weight, in the same samples ranges from 23 to 67 percent.

  12. Generation of early Archean felsic volcanics and TTG gneisses through crustal melting, eastern Kaapvaal craton, southern Africa

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    Kröener, A.; Hoffmann, J.; Xie, H.; Wu, F.; Münker, C.; Hegner, E.; Wong, J.; Wan, Y.; Liu, D.

    2012-12-01

    An unresolved question in early Archean granite-gneiss-greenstone terranes is whether they evolved in oceanic environments or whether older continental crust was involved. We investigated felsic volcanic rocks of the 3.55-3.2 Ga Barberton Greenstone Belt (BGB) and adjacent 3.66-3.45 TTGs in the Ancient Gneiss Complex (AGC) of Swaziland, southern Africa, using SHRIMP zircon dating as well as whole-rock Nd-Hf and Hf-in-zircon isotopes. Xenocrystic zircons in BGB felsic rocks and negative whole-rock ɛNd(t)-values with model ages of 3.6-3.7 Ga question models whereby these rocks resulted from differentiation of mafic precursors. Involvement of older crust was also likely in the formation of several TTGs and is supported by rare zircon xenocrysts and Hf-in-zircon isotopic data suggesting at least partial cannibalistic recycling of older continental crust. The felsic volcanics, interlayered with basalts and komatiites, exhibit REE patterns with distinct negative Eu-anomalies. 3 samples from the oldest felsic unit (Theespruit Fm.) have zircon ages of 3529-3552 Ma, whole-rock Nd isotopic values of -1.1 to +1.1, and model ages of 3.55-3.73 Ga. Hf isotopic data were acquired on concordant or near-concordant zircon domains analyzed on SHRIMP, and most analyses show negative ɛHf(t)-values, suggesting zircon derivation from older crustal protoliths, whereas a few analyses suggest input from a juvenile source. Hf crustal model ages are 3.60-3.95 Ga and imply a heterogeneous crustal source. The younger felsic rocks (Hoogenoeg Fm.) display well-preserved volcanic and/or sedimentary textures, and some are high in K2O and contain primary magmatic K-feldspar. 4 samples have zircon ages of 3447-3462 Ma, and 3 samples contain 3499-3541 Ma xenocrysts. Whole-rock Nd isotopic values are around -1.5 with a model age of ca. 3.69 Ga. Hf-in-zircon isotopic data are similar to those of the Theespruit rocks, and most analyses show negative ɛHf(t)-values, suggesting zircon derivation from a

  13. Precambrian Cratons and Fold-Belts in Brazil: Overview

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    Fuck, R.

    2008-05-01

    The main Precambrian terrains recognized in Brazil comprise the Amazonian, São Francisco and Rio de la Plata cratons, surrounded by Neoproterozoic Brasiliano fold belts, making up the Borborema, Mantiqueira and Tocantins provinces. The Amazonian craton comprises an Archean core, surrounded by Paleoproterozoic terrains (Maroni-Itacaiunas, Ventuari-Tapajós, Rio Negro-Juruena), which southwestwards give way to the Mesoproterozoic Rondoniano-San Ignacio and Sunsas belts, the latter thought to be related to the Grenville belt of North America. The São Francisco craton comprises several Archean blocks (Gavião, Serrinha, Jequié) amalgamated by the Paleoproterozoic high-grade Itabuna-Salvador-Curaçá orogen. The Rio de la Plata craton, largely covered by Phanerozoic strata, is made of Paleoproterozoic basement gneiss and several Paleoproterozoic greenstone belts. Other cratonic blocks are hidden below large Phanerozoic basins, like the Paranapanema and Parnaíba blocks below the Paraná and Parnaíba basins, respectively. Several smaller Archean/Paleoproterozoic blocks appear within the Brasiliano provinces: some were strongly reworked during the Neoproterozoic orogenic events (São José do Campestre, Pernambuco-Alagoas, Goiás, Guanhães, Juiz de Fora, Curitiba), others were only marginally affected (São Luiz, Rio Apa, Luís Alves). The Brasiliano provinces are the result of Neoproterozoic to early Paleozoic orogenic events within the framework of West Gondwana amalgamation. The Mantiqueira Province extends from eastern Brazil to southern Uruguay and includes the Araçuaí, Ribeira and Dom Feliciano fold belts, bordering the São Francisco, Paranapanema and Rio de la Plata cratons and surrounding the Luís Alves craton. The Tocantins province in central Brazil includes the Araguaia, Paraguay and Brasília fold belts, the former bordering the Amazonian craton, the second bordering both the southern Amazonian craton and the Rio Apa block, and the last established on

  14. Low-temperature thermochronology of the central and northwestern Pamir gneiss domes

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    Khan, Jahanzeb; Rutte, Daniel; Ratschbacher, Lothar; Stübner, Konstanze

    2013-04-01

    The Pamir—the western prolongation of the Tibet-Himalaya orogen—resulted from N-S convergence between India and Asia. In the Pamir, the Cenozoic orogeny formed a high-relief mountain knot of ~500 km N-S extent, which contrasts with the ~1000 km wide, low-relief Tibet Plateau. About ~30% of the surface exposure of the Pamir comprises high-grade, middle to lower crustal metamorphic rocks exhumed in Cenozoic syn-orogenic domes; understanding the evolution of these domes is central to understanding the behavior of the Himalaya-Tibet-Pamir orogen because the domes expose a range of shallow to deep structural levels. In the Central Pamir, the (from east to west) Shatput, Muskol, Sarez, and Yazgulem domes form a nearly continuous anticlinorium of greenschist- to mostly amphibolite-facies crystalline rocks, framed by mostly unmetamorphic volcano-sedimentary rocks. The crystalline rocks contain Mesozoic intrusives. The Cenozoic evolution shows a pre-~20 Ma prograde evolution and a post-~20 Ma retrograde evolution accompanied by N-S extension that is replaced since ~10 Ma by renewed N-S shortening. Cenozoic magmatic activity spans 40-15 Ma. Here, we focus on a characterization of the post~20 Ma exhumation history in the central Pamir domes, employing zircon and apatite fission-track and (U-Th)/He thermochronology. These domes yielded apatite fission-track ages between 15 and 6 Ma; there are several trends: (1) Younger ages occur in the west; this is interpreted as an effect of erosional exhumation along the deeply incised western Pamir. (2) Ages young toward the bounding normal shear zones. (3) Age versus elevation relationships indicate most rapid exhumation at ~10 Ma. In the Southern Pamir, low-temperature thermochronology records a longer extensional exhumation history, ending at ~5 Ma in the Alichur dome and ~2 Ma in the Shakhdara dome. In the Northern Pamir, the Triassic Kurgovat gneiss dome shows Cenozoic exhumation from less than 10 km depth; Cenozoic exhumation

  15. Shortening and syn-contractional extension: the burial and exhumation history of the Cenozoic Central Pamir Gneiss domes, Tajikistan

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    Rutte, Daniel; Ratschbacher, Lothar; Schneider, Susanne; Stearns, Michael A.

    2014-05-01

    We present a structural and thermochronologic study of the Cenozoic gneiss domes and their cover in the eastern Central Pamir. Emphasis is laid on flow along the bounding shear zones, faulting in their hanging walls, and geometric analysis by balanced structural cross-sections. Cenozoic deformation related to the India-Asia collision dominates the structure of the Central Pamir. The gneiss domes form asymmetric, elongate (~80 km E-W, ~15 km N-S), en-échelon structures, exhibiting up to upper amphibolite facies metamorphic sedimentary rocks of Phanerozoic age (proven by detrital zircon studies). They are bound by E-trending normal sense shear zones with the northern boundary accommodating most of the displacement. Relics of large-scale thrust sheets and repetitions in the stratigraphic succession document the pre-extensional N-S shortening that thickened the crust. Structural studies—including fault-slip analysis—in the hanging wall of the normal sense shear zones document four major phases of ductile to brittle deformation in the Cenozoic: A first brittle-ductile phase of N-S shortening includes isoclinal folds and deforms Ordovician to Cretaceous strata. This deformation is overprinted by brittle-ductile N-S extension structures that we relate to the normal sense motion along the bounding shear zones of the domes (cooling ages constrain normal shear to ~19-14 Ma; Ar-Ar, AFT geochronology). A third phase - brittle N-S shortening - overprinted the older structures. It was followed by the latest stage, E-W dipping normal faults that we relate to rifting along the Karakul rift. These four phases of deformation can be traced throughout the region. The normal sense North Muskol Shear Zone (NMSZ) defines the northern boundary of the Muskol and Shatput domes and is among the major structures of the region. The metamorphic gradient across the NMSZ reaches from amphibolite-facies ms+bt+grt±sil±ky-schists and gneisses in the footwall to non-metamorphic to greenschist

  16. Regional and local controls on mineralization and pluton emplacement in the Bondy gneiss complex, Grenville Province, Canada interpreted from aeromagnetic and gravity data

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    Dufréchou, G.; Harris, L. B.; Corriveau, L.; Antonoff, V.

    2015-05-01

    The Bondy gneiss complex in the Grenville Province of Southwest Quebec hosts a mineralized iron oxide- and copper-rich hydrothermal system. The northern part of the complex overlies the lithospheric-scale Mont-Laurier lineament and is cut by the regional Mont-Laurier South shear zone interpreted from Bouguer gravity. A sinistral 6 km wide strike-slip corridor defined by several second-order shears (the Mont-Laurier South shear zone) in the complex was identified from geophysical data, including a new high-resolution airborne magnetic survey, and field observations. The spatial association of a metamorphosed alteration system, several pre- to post-metamorphic mineralized zones and mafic intrusions within the Mont-Laurier South shear zone suggests that (i) underlying basement structures controlled hydrothermal fluid migration during the formation of epithermal-IOCG mineralization and associated alteration system before ca. 1.2 Ga high-grade metamorphism and penetrative ductile deformation in the complex; (ii) post-metamorphic reactivation allowed magma ascent and pluton emplacement in the complex and adjacent supracrustal rocks within dilatational sites; and (iii) brittle-ductile shears that postdate high-grade metamorphism provided channel ways for fluid migration associated with magnetite-related mineralization. Although the complex does not host an economic mineral deposit, the role between structures at different levels and the combination of gravity and aeromagnetics at different scales provides an example of an approach for mineral exploration in similar high grade gneiss terrains.

  17. Zircon U-Pb age and Sr-Nd-Hf isotope geochemistry of the Ganluogou dioritic complex in the northern Triassic Yidun arc belt, Eastern Tibetan Plateau: Implications for the closure of the Garzê-Litang Ocean

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    Wu, Tao; Xiao, Long; Wilde, Simon A.; Ma, Chang-Qian; Li, Zi-Long; Sun, Yi; Zhan, Qiong-Yao

    2016-04-01

    The Triassic Yidun arc belt (YAB) lies between the Jinshajiang suture zone to the west and the Garzê-Litang suture zone to the east, Eastern Tibetan Plateau. To study the YAB can not only help us to better understand the evolutionary history of the Garzê-Litang Ocean but can also provide some important information to constrain the evolution of the eastern Paleo-Tethys. In this paper, the geochronological and geochemical data of the Ganluogou dioritic complex were systematically investigated in order to decipher the geodynamic setting of the complex and to further determine the final closure time of the Garzê-Litang Ocean. The Ganluogou dioritic complex is located in the northern part of the YAB. It consists of ferrodiorite, diorite and a mixing zone between them and is the largest intermediate-mafic pluton in the YAB. The ferrodiorites were emplaced at 213 ± 2 Ma have low SiO2 and high Fe2O3* contents, whereas the diorites formed at 209 ± 2 Ma and have relatively higher SiO2, Na2O + K2O, Th, U, Zr, and Hf contents, but lower Al2O3, MgO, CaO, Co, and Sr contents than the ferrodiorites. Relative to the primitive mantle both the ferrodiorites and diorites are depleted in Nb and Ta. However, the ferrodiorites exhibit strong depletion in Zr and Hf, whereas the diorites contain relatively higher Th and U contents without negative Zr and Hf anomalies. Both rock-types have similar chondrite-normalized rare earth element patterns with (La/Yb)N ratios = 4.4 to 18.2, and show weak Eu anomalies, with Eu/Eu* of 0.47 to 1. They both show narrow ranges in Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic compositions. However, the ferrodiorites contain lower initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.7052-0.7057) and relatively higher εNd(t) values (- 3.8 to - 2.4) than the diorites, which record values of 0.7062-0.7066 and - 5.5 to - 5.7, respectively. For the zircon Hf isotopic composition, the ferrodiorites also exhibit higher 176Hf/177Hf ratios (0.282738-0.282804) and more depleted εHf(t) values (3.4-5.6) than

  18. The Paleozoic tectonic evolution and metallogenesis of the northern margin of East Junggar, Central Asia Orogenic Belt: Geochronological and geochemical constraints from igneous rocks of the Qiaoxiahala Fe-Cu deposit

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    Liang, Pei; Chen, Huayong; Hollings, Pete; Xiao, Bing; Wu, Chao; Bao, Zhiwei; Cai, Keda

    2016-11-01

    The East Junggar terrane (NW China) is an important constituent of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB). From the Devonian to Permian, regional magmatism evolved from mainly calc-alkaline (I-type) to alkaline (A-type). The Qiaoxiahala Fe-Cu deposit, located in the Late Paleozoic Dulate island arc (northern margin of the East Junggar), is hosted in the volcanic rocks of the Middle Devonian Beitashan Formation. Two magmatic stages were identified in the deposit, the Qiaoxiahala diorite porphyry (380 ± 4.0 Ma) and a younger aplite (331 ± 3.1 Ma). The (high-K) calc-alkaline Beitashan Formation basaltic rocks are characterized by LILE and LREE enrichments and HFSE depletions, pointing to a subduction-related affinity. The high Mg# (42-75), elevated Ce/Th and Ba/Th, depleted Nb, positive εNd(t) (6.6), low (87Sr/86Sr)i (0.7037) and MORB-like Pb isotope characters all suggest an origin involving partial melting of a MORB-like depleted mantle wedge (metasomatized by slab-derived fluids) with little evidence of crustal contamination. The calc-alkaline (I-type) diorite porphyry, characterized by LILE and LREE enrichments and HFSE depletions, may have formed from fractional crystallization of the basaltic rocks, with its parental magma derived from the same depleted mantle wedge. The negative εHf(t) (-8.26), Hf model age (TDMC) of 1406 Ma and the presence of inherited zircons (ca. 470 and 506 Ma) indicate that the diorite has assimilated older crustal material. The alkaline, metaluminous (A-type) aplite is characterized by HFSE enrichment and depletions in Sr, P and Ti, distinct from the basaltic rocks and diorite porphyry at Qiaoxiahala. The low Mg# (35-38), positive Zr and Hf, positive εHf(t) (4.77-9.75) and εNd(t) (6.85-6.86) and low T2DM (538-520 Ma) suggest a juvenile lower crustal source due to partial melting of basaltic lower crust as a result of underplating of mantle-derived melts and accompanied by magma mixing. The tectonic evolution of the Paleozoic East

  19. To Belt or Not To Belt?

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    Vail, Kathleen

    1999-01-01

    The National Highway Traffic Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is in the midst of the first school-bus crash tests in more than 10 years. Its report is expected in June 2000, and those on both sides of the seat-belt debate are waiting to see what NHTSA will recommend on passenger restraints in large school buses. A sidebar lists sources…

  20. Characterization of fluids involved in the Gneiss-Charnockite transformation in Southern Kerala (India)

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    Klatt, E.; Hoernes, S.; Raith, M.

    1988-01-01

    The characterization of fluids involved in the gneiss-charnockite transformation in southern Kerala are discussed. Using a variety of techniques, including microthermometry, Raman laser probe analysis, and mass spectrometry, it was concluded that the CO2-rich, N2-bearing metamorphic fluids in these rocks were internally-derived rather than having been introduced by CO2-streaming.

  1. Origin and evolution of Gneiss-Charnockite rocks of Dharmapuri District, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Rao, D. Rameshwar; Narayana, B. L.

    1988-01-01

    A low- to high-grade transition area in Dharmapuri district was investigated petrologically and geochemically. The investigation confirmed the presence of a continuous section through a former lower crust, with felsic charnockites predominating the lower part and felsic gneisses the upper part. The structure of original gneisses is preserved in charnockites and the latter show petrographic evidence for prograde metamorphism. The prograde metamorphism is of isochemical nature as revealed by the similarity of compositions of tonalitic gneisses and tonalitic charnockites. However, the depletion of LIL elements particularly Rb, caused variation in K/Rb ratios from low values (345) in the gneisses in upper part to higher values (1775) in the charnockites in the lower crust. This variation in K/Rb ratio in a north to south traverse is related to the progressive break-down of hydrous minerals under decreasing H2O and increasing CO2 fluid conditions. Metasomatism and partial melting has also taken place to a limited extent along shear planes and weak zones. During cooling the H2O circulation affected substantial auto-regression in the transition zone resulting in the formation of second generation biotite.

  2. Paleoarchean orthopyroxenites of the Bug granulite-gneiss domain at the Ukrainian shield

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    Lobach-Zhuchenko, S. B.; Balaganskii, V. V.; Koreshkova, M. Yu.; Lokhov, K. I.; Baltybaev, Sh. K.; Stepanyuk, L. M.; Egorova, Yu. S.; Sergeev, S. A.; Kapitonov, I. N.; Galankina, O. L.; Bogomolov, E. S.; Berezhnaya, N. G.; Sukach, V. V.

    2017-06-01

    This report presents data on the geological structure and location of the orthopyroxenite inclusion in gneissic enderbites of the Bug granulite-gneiss domain. Three stages of orthopyroxenite formation were identified on the basis of studies of the mineral composition along with the U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotope systems of zircons.

  3. Zircon evidences, ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic growth of Tso Morari gneisses, Ladakh India

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    Mukherjee, Barun Kumar

    2013-04-01

    The Tso Morari is a metamorphic unit of polyphase paragneiss-orthogneiss -metabasic complex. The metabasics are present as boudins within gneisses, spread over hundreds of kilometre along Indus Suture Zone, Himalaya, and this preserve relict of ultrahigh- pressure eclogite facies. While paragneiss and orthogneiss representing greenschist to low grade amphibolites facies metamorphism at P > 5 kbar and T >550 oC, suggest subsurface metamorphic growth of Tso Morari gneisses. The contrast relationship between UHP -metabsics and surrounding gneisses are due to the subtle preservation of UHP mineral assemblages in the felsic crustal rock. The TMC region usually preserves poor evidence of UHPM, possibly due to the pervasive deformation and strong retrogression process. The key minerals especially UHP indicator normally preserves only in tiny inclusion armor in chemically inert mineral like zircon and garnet. It's a rewarding task to search the inclusion in zircon, exceptionally the unique phases of high pressure mineral like phengite, pyrope-garnet, clinopyroxene, coesite, etc. The above study reveals first evidence of UHP metamorphism preserve within Tso Morari gneissic bodies. The studied zircons from TMC gneisses qualify the extreme UHPM condition suffered by this area at around 50 Ma and these zircons are grown with polyphase metamorphic condition, shown coeval nature to Tso Morari UHP eclogite. Our data provide strong evidence that the metasedimentary rock of~500 Ma even older could probably occupy core part of the TMC unit including metabasics patches, are suffered maximum grade of metamorphism at ~4 GPa, ever known from Himalaya.

  4. Variation in the structure of the surface layer of a heterogeneous solid (gneiss) on a shear

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    Vettegren', V. I.; Ponomarev, A. V.; Arora, K.; Mamalimov, R. I.; Shcherbakov, I. P.; Patonin, A. V.

    2017-07-01

    The structure of surface layers with a thickness of 1 μm formed at destruction of gneiss is studied by means of photoluminescent and infrared spectroscopy. It is found that, in this layer, feldspar (plagioclase and microcline) crystals are completely destroyed and replaced by montmorillonite.

  5. Neoproterozoic eclogite- to high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphism in the Mozambique belt of east-central Tanzania: A petrological, geochemical and geochronological approach

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    Sommer, H.; Kröner, A.; Lowry, J.

    2017-07-01

    This study investigated Neoproterozoic (Pan-African) eclogite- and high-pressure-granulite (E-HPG) facies rocks from the Mozambique belt of east-central Tanzania, collected close to the town of Ifakara and the adjacent Furua area from different tectonic settings, the Palaeoproterozoic Usagaran and the Neoproterozoic Mozambique belt. The studied rocks are E-HPG facies granite- and diorite-gneisses and a meta-gabbroic rock, which are retrogressed to amphibolite- and greenschist-facies conditions. Four different clockwise P-T paths were constructed. The first P-T path for a granodioritic gneiss displays peak metamorphic conditions at 830 °C and 13.0 kbar. The second P-T path for a quartz dioritic gneiss shows peak metamorphic conditions of 920 °C and 14.9 kbar. The third P-T path for a mafic granulite shows peak metamorphic conditions of 820 °C and 13.2 kbar. A fourth P-T path for a monzodioritic gneiss also displays peak metamorphic conditions of up to 810 °C and 14.9 kbar. Evidence for all four P-T paths is provided by mineral chemical and modal abundance calculations in combination with textural observations in thin sections. Zircon ages indicate that the east-central part of the Mozambique belt in Tanzania consists of granite-, granodiorite- and monzodiorite gneisses with Mesoarchaean ( 2915 Ma), Neoarchaean ( 2637-2676 Ma) and Palaeoproterozoic ( 1873-1926 Ma) protolith ages. Early Neoproterozoic (Tonian) igneous zircons were found in the mafic granulite with an age of 989 Ma. Late Neoproterozoic (Cyrogenian) igneous zircons were found in a dioritic and monzodiorite gneiss with ages of 748 Ma and 718 Ma, respectively. Metamorphic zircons extracted from Qtz-monzodiorite and granodiorite gneisses yielded ages of 640 Ma and are considered to approximate the peak of regional E-HPG metamorphism. We suggest that this high-grade metamorphic event was caused by the collision of fragments of East and West Gondwana during the Pan-African orogeny, associated with ocean

  6. Granulite-facies rocks in the Whatley Mill gneiss, Pine Mountain basement massif, Eastern Alabama

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    Daniell, N.; Salpas, P.A. . Dept. of Geology)

    1993-03-01

    The Pine Mountain basement massif is a granulite terrane exposed in a tectonic window through the Inner Piedmont of western Georgia and eastern Alabama. Investigations of the westernmost extent of the massif, the Whatley Mill Gneiss, have revealed four distinct lithologies: (1) an augen gneiss, the type lithology; (2) mylonite that develops in the shear zones cutting the unit; (3) a phaneritic rock showing weak to no foliation; (4) enclaves of biotite gneiss within the weakly-foliated rock. Additionally, the weakly-foliated rock comprises two distinct phases which are in sharp contact along curved and undulating boundaries: phase 1 is a coarser-grained rock; phase 2 is a finer-grained rock of the same mineralogy as phase 1 except it contains rare hypersthene. This first recorded observation of hypersthene unequivocally confirms the granulite-facies origin of the unit. Major and trace element compositions of the phase 1 rock are identical to those of the augen gneiss. The phase 2 rock, has a distinct composition with higher SiO[sub 2] and lower incompatible trace elements than the phase 1 rock. The enclaves display a range in major elements but higher incompatible elements than the other lithologies. Geochemical and petrologic relationships leads one to interpret: (1) the weakly-foliated rock retains many of its primary igneous features including its two phases and enclaves; (2) the two phases of the weakly-foliated rock arose as a result of injection of one magma (phase 2) into a cooler, crystal mush solidifying from another magma (phase 1); (3) the enclaves represent either autoliths of xenoliths; (4) the augen gneiss arose by isochemical deformation of the phase 1 rock.

  7. Preliminary results, Central Gneiss Complex of the Coast Range batholith, southeastern Alaska: the roots of a high-K, calc-alkaline arc?

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    Barker, F.; Arth, Joseph G.

    1984-01-01

    The Central Gneiss Complex (CGC) of the Coast Range batholith is the oldest unit of the batholith east of Ketchikan, Alaska, being dated by the zircon UPb method (by T.W. Stern) at 128-140 Ma. Heterogeneous, layered, commonly migmatitic, orthogneiss of hornblende-biotite quartz diorite, tonalite, quartz monzodiorite and granodiorite compositions (IUGS terminology) form the major part of the CGC. These gneisses show a range of 50-65% SiO2 and are high in Al2O3 (c. 15-19%), K2O (1.5-4%) and Sr (800-900 ppm). Most major elements show coherent, typically magmatic trends with SiO2. La and Rb show maxima at ??? 58% SiO2. Initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios are relatively high and range from 0.7052 to 0.7066. Wallrocks of the CGC are mostly metagraywacke, pelite and metavolcanic rocks at amphibolite facies; they are geochemically dissimilar to the CGC. Major and minor elements of the CGC are very similar to those of high-K orogenic, calc-alkaline andesitic suites. The CGC may have formed largely by fractionation of mantle-derived, high AlKSr basaltic liquid in an ascending diapir, having hornblende, plagioclase, and biotite as major precipitating phases. The CGC probably represents the plutonic equivalent of a continental-margin or Andean arc that formed when the Taku terrane of the Insular belt on the west collided with the previously emplaced (but also allochthonous) Stikine terrane on the east in Late Jurassic or Early Cretaceous time. ?? 1984.

  8. Geology of the Northern Part of the Harcuvar Complex, West-Central Arizona

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    Bryant, Bruce; Wooden, J.L.

    2008-01-01

    In west-central Arizona near the northeast margin of the Basin and Range Province, the Rawhide detachment fault separates Tertiary and older rocks lacking significant effects of Tertiary metamorphism from Precambrian, Paleozoic, and Mesozoic rocks in the Harcuvar metamorphic core complex below. Much of the northern part of the Harcuvar complex in the Buckskin and eastern Harcuvar Mountains is layered granitic gneiss, biotite gneiss, amphibolite, and minor pelitic schist that was probably deformed and metamorphosed in Early Proterozoic time. In the eastern Buckskin Mountains, Early and Middle Proterozoic plutons having U-Pb zircon ages of 1,683?6.4 mega-annum (Ma) and 1,388?2.3 Ma, respectively, intruded the layered gneiss. Small plutons of alkaline gabbro and diorite intruded in Late Jurassic time. A sample of mylonitized diorite from this unit has a U-Pb zircon age of 149?2.8 Ma. In the Early Cretaceous, amphibolite facies regional metamorphism was accompanied by partial melting and formation of migmatite. Zircon from a granitic layer in migmatitic gneiss in the eastern Harcuvar Mountains has a U-Pb age of 110?3.7 Ma. In the Late Cretaceous, sills and plutons of the granite of Tank Pass were emplaced in both the Buckskin and eastern Harcuvar Mountains. In the Buckskin Mountains those intrusions are locally numerous enough to form an injection migmatite. A pluton of this granite crops out over almost half the area of the eastern Harcuvar Mountains. Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rocks were caught as slices along south-vergent Cretaceous thrusts related to the Maria fold and thrust belt and were metamorphosed beneath a thick sheet of Proterozoic crustal rocks. Inception of volcanism and basin formation in upper-plate rocks indicates that regional extension started at about 26 Ma, in late Oligocene. The Swansea Plutonic Suite, composed of rocks ranging from gabbro to granite, intruded the lower-plate rocks in the Miocene and Oligocene(?). Granite and a gabbro

  9. Pattern of seat belt wearing in Nanjing, China

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    Routley, V; Ozanne‐Smith, J; Li, D; Hu, X; Wang, P; Qin, Y

    2007-01-01

    Objective To describe the patterns of seat belt wearing in Nanjing, China for drivers, front seat passengers, and rear occupants of motor vehicles. Design Roadside observational study. Setting Four sites in central and northern Nanjing during daylight hours over 1 week in April 2005. Subjects Drivers and passengers of 17 147 cars, taxis, goods vans, and pickups, which traveled in the inside traffic lane. Main outcome measures Percentage seat belt wearing for each of seating position, age/sex, time of day, vehicle type, day of week. Results The rate of seat belt wearing was significantly higher in drivers (67.3%, 95% CI 66.6 to 68.0) than front seat passengers (18.9%, 95% CI, 18.0 to 19.8). It was negligible for second front seat passengers (2.6%, 95% CI 0.3 to 4.9) and rear seat passengers (0.5%, 95% CI 0.3 to 0.7). Belt tampering, such that protection would be reduced in the event of a crash, was observed for 18.5% of taxi drivers. Drivers were most likely to wear seat belts in cars and vans and at a city roundabout; front seat passengers were most likely to wear seat belts in non‐taxi vehicles, during the evening rush hour, if the driver was wearing a belt, and on the local north road. Drivers were least likely to wear a belt in the early morning, in pickups and taxis, on Tuesday (or the following week), and on the local north road; front seat passengers were least likely to wear a belt in taxis and if the driver was not wearing a belt. Conclusions Rates of seat belt wearing by passengers were low despite national legislation and provincial regulations coming into effect several months before the survey. Combined education and enforcement are necessary accompaniments to legislation. PMID:18056315

  10. Geochemistry and petrogenesis of Paleo-Proterozoic granitoids from Mahakoshal Supracrustal Belt (MSB), CITZ

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    Yadav, Bhupendra; Ahmad, Talat; Kaulina, Tatiana; Bayanova, Tamara

    2015-04-01

    Voluminous granitic magmatism of Proterozoic age occupies a vast expanse at the southern margin of Mahakoshal Supracrustal Belt (MSB), CITZ. The present study focuses on eastern part of this belt and discusses possible crustal evolution processes based on the geochemical, geochronological and Sm-Nd isotopic constraints on these rocks. The rocks present are predominantly granites and gneisses viz. grey to pink granite gneiss and leuco- to mesocratic granites. In general these rocks are medium to coarse grained and microscopically show typical granitic assemblages with apatite, titanite, zircon and allanite as accessories. Mineralogically these rocks are grouped into three categories viz. Hbl-Bt granite gneiss, Bt- granite gneiss and Bt-granite. Major oxide characteristics show that the Hbl-Bt granite Gneiss are metaluminous (ASI~0.98), whereas Bt- granite gneiss (ASI=1.05-1.22) and Bt- granite (ASI=1.03-1.21) are weakly peraluminous to strongly peraluminous. In terms of Fe* number and alkali-lime index these rocks belong to magnesian and calc-alkalic series respectively. Overall these rocks range from 59.43 to 72.01 wt.% SiO2 and have low Na2O content (average ~2.60 wt.%) with average ~4.02 wt.% K2O and high K2O/Na2O ratio. On Harker variation diagrams, all rock types show negative correlation for TiO2, P2O5, CaO, MnO, MgO, Fe2O3T and Al2O3 against SiO2 suggesting fractionation of Pl-Hbl-Ttn-Mag-Ap during evolution of these rocks. On chondrite-normalized Rare Earth Element (REE) plot, the Bt-granite is enriched in LREE ((La/Sm)N ~10.21) and show negative Eu anomaly (Eu/Eu*=0.39) with depleted HREE ((Gd/Yb)N ~4.38). The Hbl-Bt granite gneiss shows LREE ((La/Sm)N ~6.68) depletion and enriched HREE ((Gd/Yb)N ~2.05) patterns compared to Bt-granite, with negative Eu anomaly (Eu/Eu*=0.44). Whereas Bt-gneiss is moderate in comparison with LREE enrichment ((La/Sm)N ~9.17) and HREE depletion ((Gd/Yb)N ~3.02) with weak negative Eu anomaly (Eu/Eu*=0.60). Multi-elemental plot

  11. Mid-Miocene two-mica granites in the Malashan gneiss dome, south Tibet: Geochemical characteristics and formation mechanism

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    Gao, L.; Zeng, L.

    2011-12-01

    Knowledge of the timing of formation and geochemical nature of the Cenozoic granites along the High Himalaya as well as the Tethyan Himalaya is essential to test or formulate models that link high-grade metamorphism, crustal anatexis, and tectonic transition during the evolution of the Himalayan orogen. The Malashan gneiss dome, one of the prominent domes within the Tethyan Himalaya, consists of pelitic schists, calc-silicate metamorphic rocks, and at least two generations of granites. Two mica granites(TMG) occur as large plutons in Cuobu and Malashan, whereas a small leucogranite pluton occurs at the western side of the Paiku Lake. Two-mica granites from the Cuobu and the Malashan share similar characteristics in mineral composition, major and trace element geochemistry and isotope(Sr and Nd) compositions. New LA-ICP-MS zircon U/Pb analyses yielded that the Cuobu and the Malashan TMG formed at 17.6±0.1 Ma and 16.9±0.1 Ma, respectively. Both suits of granites are characterized by:(1)high SiO2(>71.3wt%), Al2O3(>14.8wt%), and relatively high CaO(>1.5wt%); (2)high A/CNK(>1.0) and K/Na ratios; (3)relatively high Sr(>146ppm), low Rb(<228ppm) and Rb/Sr ratios(<1.3); (4) enriched in LREE, depleted in HREE, as well as no or weakly negative Eu anomalies(Eu*=0.7~0.9); (5) as compared to leucogranites of similar ages in other Northern Himalayan Gneiss Domes, lower initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.7390~0.7484) and similarly unradiogenic Nd isotope compositions (ɛNd(t)=-13.7~-14.4). Correlations between Ba and Rb/Sr ratios and between Rb/Sr and initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios imply that these two-mica granites were derived from muscovite H2O-fluxed melting of metasedimentary rocks at T=700-780oC. Such a reaction could be represented by 9Muscovite + 15Plagioclase + 7Quartz + xH2O = 31Melt, in which enhances the involvement of plagioclase, but suppresses the biotite due to relatively low temperature and the presence of water. This reaction not only produces granitic melts with low Rb

  12. Strontium and neodymium isotopic variations in early Archean gneisses affected by middle to late Archean high-grade metamorphic processes: West Greenland and Labrador

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    Collerson, K. D.; Mcculloch, M. T.; Bridgwater, D.; Mcgregor, V. R.; Nutman, A. P.

    1986-01-01

    Relicts of continental crust formed more than 3400 Ma ago are preserved fortuitously in most cratons. The cratons provide the most direct information about crust and mantle evolutionary processes during the first billion years of Earth history. In view of their polymetamorphic character, these terrains are commonly affected by subsequent tectonothermal events. Hence, their isotope systematics may be severely disturbed as a result of bulk chemical change or local isotopic homogenization. This leads to equivocal age and source information for different components within these terrains. The Sr and Nd isotopic data are presented for early Archean gneisses from the North Atlantic Craton in west Greenland and northern Labrador which were affected by younger metamorphic events.

  13. Geochronology of the Baltica crust in the Western Gneiss Region, Norway: Palaeoproterozoic augen gneisses, Sveconorwegian zircon neocrystallization and Caledonian zircon deformation

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    Røhr, Torkil S.; Bingen, Bernard; Robinson, Peter; Reddy, Steven M.

    2013-04-01

    The Western Gneiss Region, Western Norway, is dominated by Palaeoproterozoic to Mesoproterozoic felsic crust of Baltica ancestry (Baltican Basement), partly subducted to high- and ultrahigh-pressure (HP-UHP) conditions during the Caledonian (Scandian) orogeny between 415 and 395 Ma. The dominant felsic gneisses, in contrast with mafic rocks, carry little evidence for the HP-UHP history, but were affected by amphibolite-facies reworking during exhumation. LA-ICPMS and SIMS zircon U-Pb data were collected in augen orthogneiss samples to constrain the magmatic and metamorphic geochronology in this crust. Five samples from the eclogite-bearing HP-UHP basement near Molde yield intrusion ages ranging from 1644 +/-6 to 1594 +/-10 Ma. Two samples of the structurally underlying eclogite-free basement yield ages of 1685 ±18 and 1644 +/-13 Ma, and a sample from the infolded Middle Allochthon Risberget Nappe yields an equivalent age of 1676 +/-18 Ma. Two samples of the eclogite-bearing basement contain low Th/U neocrystallized zircon with an age of 950 +/-26 Ma. This zircon provides the northernmost direct evidence for at least amphibolite-facies Sveconorwegian metamorphism in unquestionable Baltican crust, close to the known "Sveconorwegian boundary" in the Western Gneiss Region. The Western Gneiss Region characterized by 1686-1594 Ma magmatism, the Eastern Segment of the Sveconorwegian Orogen characterized by 1795-1640 Ma magmatism, and the Idefjorden terrane hosting the type Gothian active margin magmatism dated between 1659 and 1520 Ma, probably represent three distinct Proterozoic growth zones of Baltica into which Sveconorwegian reworking propagated. Samples of the eclogite-bearing basement lack Scandian neocrystallization of zircon, but show partial recrystallization of zircon. Paired CL and EBSD images indicate that zircon crystals underwent crystal-plastic deformation during the Scandian subduction-exhumation cycle. They illustrate a relationship between crystal

  14. Belt conveyor apparatus

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    Oakley, David J.; Bogart, Rex L.

    1987-01-01

    A belt conveyor apparatus according to this invention defines a conveyance path including a first pulley and at least a second pulley. An endless belt member is adapted for continuous travel about the pulleys and comprises a lower portion which engages the pulleys and an integral upper portion adapted to receive objects therein at a first location on said conveyance path and transport the objects to a second location for discharge. The upper belt portion includes an opposed pair of longitudinally disposed crest-like members, biased towards each other in a substantially abutting relationship. The crest-like members define therebetween a continuous, normally biased closed, channel along the upper belt portion. Means are disposed at the first and second locations and operatively associated with the belt member for urging the normally biased together crest-like members apart in order to provide access to the continuous channel whereby objects can be received into, or discharged from the channel. Motors are in communication with the conveyance path for effecting the travel of the endless belt member about the conveyance path. The conveyance path can be configured to include travel through two or more elevations and one or more directional changes in order to convey objects above, below and/or around existing structures.

  15. Belt scales user's guide

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    Rosenberg, N.I. )

    1993-02-01

    A conveyor-belt scale provides a means of obtaining accurate weights of dry bulk materials without delaying other plant operations. In addition, for many applications a belt scale is the most cost-effective alternative among many choices for a weighing system. But a number of users are not comfortable with the accuracy of their belt scales. In cases of unsatisfactory scale performance, it is often possible to correct problems and achieve the accuracy that was expected. To have a belt scale system that is accurate, precise, and cost effective, practical experience has shown that certain basic requisites must be satisfied. These requisites include matching the scale capability to the needs of the application, selecting durable scale equipment and conveyor idlers, adopting improved conveyor support methods, employing superior scale installation and alignment techniques, and establishing and practicing an effective scale testing and performance monitoring program. The goal of the Belt Scale Users' Guide is to enable utilities to reap the benefits of consistently accurate output from their new or upgraded belt scale installations. Such benefits include eliminating incorrect payments for coal receipts, improving coal pile inventory data, providing better heat rate results to enhance plant efficiency and yield more economical power dispatch, and satisfying regulatory agencies. All these benefits can reduce the cost of power generation.

  16. Quantitative estimates of metamorphic equilibria: Tallassee synform, Dadeville belt, Alabama's Inner Piedmont

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    Drummond, M.S.; Neilson, M.J. . Dept. of Geology)

    1993-03-01

    The Tallassee synform is the major structural feature in the western part of the Dadeville belt. This megascopic F2 structure folds amphibolite (Ropes Creek Amphibolite) and metasedimentary units (Agricola Schist, AS), as well as tonalitic (Camp Hill Gneiss, CHG), granitic (Chattasofka Creek Gneiss, CCG), and mafic-ultramafic plutons (Doss Mt. and Slaughters suites). Acadian-age prograde regional metamorphism preceded the F2 folding event, producing the pervasive S1 foliation and metamorphic recrystallization. Prograde mineralogy in the metapelites and metagraywackes of the AS includes garnet, biotite, muscovite, plagioclase, kyanite, sillimanite, and epidote. The intrusive rocks, both felsic and mafic-ultramafic, are occasionally garnetiferous and provide suitable mineral assemblages for P-T evaluation. The AS yields a range of T-P from 512--635C and 5.1--5.5 kb. Muscovite from the AS exhibits an increase in Ti content from 0.07 to 0.15 Ti/22 O formula unit with progressively increasing T's from 512 to 635C. This observation is consistent with other studies that show increasing Ti content with increasing grade. A CHG sample records an average metamorphic T-P of 604C and 5.79 kb. Hornblende-garnet pairs from a Doss Mt. amphibolite sample provides an average metamorphic T of 607C. These data are consistent with regional Barrovian-type middle to upper amphibolite facies metamorphism for the Tallassee synform. Peak metamorphism is represented by kyanite-sillimanite zone conditions and localized migmatization of the AS. The lithotectonic belts bounding the Dadeville belt to the NW and SE are the eastern Blue Ridge and Opelika belts. Studies have shown that these belts have also experienced Acadian-age amphibolite facies metamorphism with comparable P-T estimates to those presented here. These data suggest that the eastern Blue Ridge and Inner Piedmont of AL experienced the same pervasive dynamothermal Barrovian-type metamorphic episode during Acadian orogenesis.

  17. The Rwenzori Mountains, a Palaeoproterozoic crustal shear belt crossing the Albertine rift system

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    Koehn, D.; Link, K.; Sachau, T.; Passchier, C. W.; Aanyu, K.; Spikings, A.; Harbinson, R.

    2016-09-01

    This contribution discusses the development of the Palaeoproterozoic Buganda-Toro belt in the Rwenzori Mountains and its influence on the western part of the East African Rift System in Uganda. The Buganda-Toro belt is composed of several thick-skinned nappes consisting of Archaean Gneisses and Palaeoproterozoic cover units that are thrusted northwards. The high Rwenzori Mountains are located in the frontal unit of this belt with retrograde greenschist facies gneisses towards the north, which are unconformably overlain by metasediments and amphibolites. Towards the south, the metasediments are overthrust by the next migmatitic gneiss unit that belongs to a crustal-scale nappe. The southwards dipping metasedimentary and volcanic sequence in the high Rwenzori Mountains shows an inverse metamorphic grade with greenschist facies conditions in the north and amphibolite facies conditions in the south. Early D1 deformation structures are overgrown by cordierite, which in turn grows into D2 deformation, representing the major northwards directed thrusting event. We argue that the inverse metamorphic gradient develops because higher grade rocks are exhumed in the footwall of a crustal-scale nappe, whereas the exhumation decreases towards the north away from the nappe leading to a decrease in metamorphic grade. The D2 deformation event is followed by a D3 E-W compression, a D4 with the development of steep shear zones with a NNE-SSW and SSE-NNW trend including the large Nyamwamba shear followed by a local D5 retrograde event and D6 brittle reverse faulting. The Palaeoproterozoic Buganda-Toro belt is relatively stiff and crosses the NNE-SSW running rift system exactly at the node where the highest peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains are situated and where the Lake George rift terminates towards the north. Orientation of brittle and ductile fabrics show some similarities indicating that the cross-cutting Buganda-Toro belt influenced rift propagation and brittle fault development

  18. Lu-Hf isotope systematics of the Hadean-Eoarchean Acasta Gneiss Complex (Northwest Territories, Canada)

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    Guitreau, Martin; Blichert-Toft, Janne; Mojzsis, Stephen J.; Roth, Antoine S. G.; Bourdon, Bernard; Cates, Nicole L.; Bleeker, Wouter

    2014-06-01

    The Acasta Gneiss Complex (AGC) is a remnant Hadean-Eoarchean terrane composed of strongly deformed polyphase mafic to felsic gneisses which preserve a multi-stage history of magmatic emplacement, inheritance, and subsequent tectono-thermal modifications. The complexities encountered in such an old terrane fragment have been documented in previous geochronological studies of the AGC (e.g. zircon U-Pb, 147Sm-143Nd), and are evident also in its Lu-Hf isotope systematics. Here, we report new Lu-Hf isotope whole-rock measurements which show that some AGC gneisses were severely disturbed by migmatization and associated mineral segregation, while others preserve their Lu-Hf isotope systematics relatively intact with mostly near- to sub-chondritic initial 176Hf/177Hf ratios. Results reveal identifiable Eoarchean and later (Paleoarchean) magmatic events at around 3960 Ma and again at 3600 Ma, with a major metamorphism of the complex at 3750 Ma. The oldest and least disturbed gneisses have a Lu-Hf regression age of 3946 ± 87 Ma, in good agreement with U-Pb zircon geochronology. A role of yet older crust (4000-4200 Ma) in the formation of the AGC is also evident, but seems not to have influenced to first order the Lu-Hf isotope systematics of the 3960 Ma group. The ca. 3960 Ma group is proposed to be representative of its mantle source based on the absence of correlation between εHf(t) and Ce/Pb. It is further suggested that these two parameters show that the ca. 3600 Ma gneisses were sourced in part from a mafic lithology belonging to the 3960 Ma group, and that multiple sources (mantle and crust) were involved in AGC formation. The identification of preserved Lu-Hf isotope systematics in AGC gneisses means that complementary geochemical and isotopic studies bearing on the petrogenesis of pre-3900 Ma rocks are possible. Despite its history of strong deformation and alteration, carefully selected domains within the AGC carry surviving information about the evolution of the

  19. Precambrian coal or anthraxolite: A source for graphite in high-grade schists and gneisses-a reply

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    Mancuso, J.J.; Seavoy, R.E.

    1982-08-01

    Argues that without considering data for igneous carbon (carbonatites) or for ultrahigh metamorphic calcareous gneisses such as are found in the Grenville province of North America, the conclusion that the source of carbon for vein graphite is magmatic or carbonate carbon is not justified. Points out that marbles and calc-silicate gneisses occur with the graphite-bearing granulite facies rocks in Sri Lanka. Calcite may also be seen in the veins with the graphite. Concludes that whether the graphite in epigenetic veins in high grade schists and gneisses has variable carbon isotope ratios depends on whether it was derived from organic material in carbonate or noncarbonate metasediments.

  20. Age and origin of magmatism along the Cenozoic Red River shear belt, China

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    Zhang, Lian-Sheng; Schärer, Urs

    To decipher the geodynamic significance of Cenozoic magmatism along the Red River shear belt, geochemical analyses, U-Pb and Rb-Sr dating, and Pb-Sr-Nd isotope tracing were undertaken. Zircon, monazite, titanite, and a Ti-U-oxide from foliated granitoid intrusions in the shear belt gneisses yield U-Pb emplacement ages of 33.1+/-0.2 (2σ), 31.9+/-0.3, 25.8+/-0.2 and 24.7+/-0.2Ma, and an age of 35.0+/-0.3Ma was obtained for the roughly 100km long, adjacent Jinping (Phan Si Pang) alkali granite. Together with our previous data the new ages suggest that magmatism and left-lateral strike-slip movements occurred coevally during latest Eocene-Oligocene times from 33 to 22Ma. The Rb-Sr dating of muscovite and biotite from the northernmost gneisses indicates that cooling to 500°C occurred at 52.6+/-1.1Ma, pre-dating the onset of magmatism, whereas further cooling to 300°C took place at 28.9+/-0.6. This shows that unroofing in the north took place almost 9million years earlier than in the central gneiss segments of the shear zone. Geochemical data substantiate two types of magmas: (1) amphibole-bearing intrusions of alkaline trend which are derived from sources with Isr: 0.7065-0.7089 and iNd: -3.7 to -6.6 (2) leucogranitic layers and bodies having Isr: 0.7084-0.7354 and iNd: -3.3 to -13.4. The former type of intrusion is found in both the gneisses and the adjacent unmetamorphosed cover rocks, whereas leucogranites are restricted to the shear belt gneisses. Source signatures of the alkaline intrusions lie adjacent to the those of OIB, plotting at the lower end of the Mantle Array. Contamination of these melts by continental material seems to be very limited. On the other hand, the leucogranitic layers are essentially crustal derived but none of the them has country rock isotope signatures, requiring melting of crust different from the actually exposed gneisses. Magma sources similar to those of ocean island basalt indicate magmatism to involve melting of light rare earth

  1. Evaluation of Silurian-Niagaran reef belt in Northeastern Michigan

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    Aminian, K.; Ameri, S.; Bomar, R.M.

    1987-12-01

    Silurian pinnacle reefs have remained the main exploration targets in the Michigan basin over the last decade. Recent discoveries have extended the reef belt into new areas in the western and northeastern parts of Michigan's lower peninsula. Meanwhile, the exploration for these reefs has continued in more developed areas of the belt in northern Michigan, southwestern Ontario, and southern Michigan. The results of exploration activities in northeastern Michigan in Cheboygan, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties is different from the rest of the northern portion of the belt. A detailed study used the data available from the exploration activities in this area to determine the reef belt characteristics and reserves potential in northeastern Michigan and its extension into Lake Huron. The results indicated some interesting features, including the narrowing of the belt as it approaches Lake Huron. It was concluded that the different depositional environment during the Silurian Age had affected the development of the belt and the hydrocarbon accumulation in the pinnacle reefs in this part of the basin.

  2. The Beaufort Sea fold-and-thrust belt, northwestern Canada: Implications for thrust-belt evolution

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    Root, K.G. )

    1991-06-01

    The northeasternmost segment of the Cordilleran thrust belt of western North American underlies the Beaufort Sea continental margin. Folds and associated northesat-directed thrusts in this region formed synchronously with Tertiary sedimentation. As a result, the times of fold development can be determined from reflection seismic data by analyzing lateral thickness changes in stratigraphic sequences of known ages, and onlap and truncation relationships at unconformities. Thrust faulting occurred throughout the late Paleocene-Pliocene. The abundant temporal data indicate the deformational seuqence was significantly differet from the simple, steplike, foreland-propagating model formulated in other less well-dated thrust belts. Many thrusts were active simultaneously, especially during the late Eocnee, when the region of active thrusting had an across-strike width of greater than 200 km. This observation calls into question the popular concept that only one thrust moves at a time as a thrust belt develops. The thrust belt propagated along, as well as across, strike. During the late Paleocene-middle Eocene, the area of active thrusting was bounded on the southeast by poorly imaged zones of right-lateral strike-slip faults that apparently are the northern offshore continuation of the Rapid fault array. The change in the age of thrusting along strike results in no obvious geometrical anomalies and could not be deduced without timing information. This has an important implication: temporal data cannot necessarily be projected along strike in a thrust belt.

  3. Fluid-deposited graphite and its geobiological implications in early Archean gneiss from Akilia, Greenland.

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    Lepland, A; van Zuilen, M A; Philippot, P

    2011-01-01

    Graphite, interpreted as altered bioorganic matter in an early Archean, ca. 3.83-Ga-old quartz-amphibole-pyroxene gneiss on Akilia Island, Greenland, has previously been claimed to be the earliest trace of life on Earth. Our petrographic and Raman spectroscopy data from this gneiss reveal the occurrence of graphitic material with the structure of nano-crystalline to crystalline graphite in trails and clusters of CO₂, CH₄ and H₂O bearing fluid inclusions. Irregular particles of graphitic material without a fluid phase, representing decrepitated fluid inclusions are common in such trails too, but occur also as dispersed individual or clustered particles. The occurrence of graphitic material associated with carbonic fluid inclusions is consistent with an abiologic, fluid deposited origin during a poly-metamorphic history. The evidence for fluid-deposited graphitic material greatly complicates any claim about remnants of early life in the Akilia rock.

  4. Regional tectonic context, timing, and intrusion mechanism of gneiss domes, eastern Papua New Guinea, from offshore seismic reflection and well data

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    Fitz, G. G.; Mann, P.; Lavier, L. L.

    2011-12-01

    The D'Entrecasteaux Island (DEI) gneiss domes are fault-bounded topographic domes with ~2.5 km of relief exposing ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) and high-pressure (HP) metamorphic gneisses and migmatites that began to exhume ~8 Ma in a zone of continental extension 120 km west of the tip of the westward propagating Woodlark seafloor spreading. Two previous models for the origin and emplacement of the gneiss domes include: 1) the domes are metamorphic core complexes formed as footwall blocks on north-dipping, low-angle (<30 deg.) normal faults of Plio-Pleistocene age; and 2) the domes are diapirs of buoyant lower crustal material extruding vertically through narrow zones of extension (~30 km wide) in an overlying dense layer of ultramafic rock. To study the style of continental extension accompanying exhumation of the DEI gneiss domes, we interpreted a loose grid of 1,518 km of 2-D multi-channel seismic (MCS) reflection data and well data from the offshore areas surrounding the DEI, including the Trobriand basin and the Goodenough basin. MCS and well data show the Trobriand basin initially formed as an asymmetrical Miocene forearc basin overlying the south-dipping Trobriand subduction zone that underwent a late Miocene (~11-9 Ma) inversion event that deformed and uplifted the basin's southern and northern margins. Since extension began 8 Ma, the Trobriand basin has evolved as a symmetrical sag basin with 1-3 km of subsidence and few normal faults deforming the upper crust. The Goodenough basin to the south of the Trobriand basin formed as an asymmetrical and southward-tilted half-graben whose master normal fault is the Owen-Stanley fault zone (OSFZ) along the southern edge of the basin. Reconstruction on this structure based on the geometry of faults in the hanging wall indicates a minimum slip on the order of 10 km along a listric fault plane shallowly dipping to the north. The western extension of the OSFZ dips 18 deg. to 24 deg. north along the northern edge of the

  5. Pioneering studies on the flotation of corundum from a Montana gneiss

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    Smith, C.W.; Llewellyn, T.O.

    1987-01-01

    Bureau of Mines conducted laboratory-scale beneficiation tests on a sample of corundum gneiss from Montana to devise a method for beneficiating corundum for use as a substitute for refractory-grade bauxite. A flotation process utilizing petroleum sulfonate as the collector in an acid circuit was devised. Results showed that two flotation schemes each produced a concentrate exceeding the national stockpile specifications for calcined bauxite.

  6. Gneiss-charnockite-granite connection in the archaean crust of Karnataka Craton, India

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    Ananthaiyer, G. V.

    1988-01-01

    It is explained that the big picture of the Indian crust contains essentially three components: (1) the upper crust, which is composed of platformal sedimentary sequences (including banded iron formations), (2) the middle crust, which is represented by the Peninsular gneiss, and (3) the deep crust, which is composed predominantly of charnockites. The charnockitization controversy was addressed by stating that CO2 is absolutely not essential for charnockite formation, and it is suggested rather that molecular hydrogen movements play an important role.

  7. High-gradient metamorphism and anatexis in the Teletsk-Chulyshman metamorphic belt (Gornyi Altai): New data on the age and estimate of P-T parameters

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    Kargopolov, S. A.; Polyansky, O. P.; Reverdatto, V. V.; Novikov, I. S.; Vysotsky, E. M.

    2016-11-01

    Estimates of the P- T parameters of metamorphism, the first results of U-Pb dating of zircons from migmatites of the Teletsk-Chulyshman metamorphic belt, are reported. The age of migmatites from the southern block of the Teletsk-Chulyshman belt is 483.9 ± 5.7 Ma. As is evident from the pressure estimate (≤3-4 kbar), the Chulyshman migmatite-gneiss complex could be an apical part of the thermal-dome structure formed during the Early Ordovician thermal impact of a shallow magmatic basic thermal source, later displaced to the appropriate depth along the thrust at the collisional stage.

  8. Oxygen isotopes of some trondhjemites, siliceous gneisses, and associated mafic rocks

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    Barker, F.; Friedman, I.; Hunter, D.R.; Gleason, J.D.

    1976-01-01

    Analyses of oxygen isotopes in whole-rock samples of 58 Precambrian and Phanerozoic trondhjemites and siliceous gneisses and of 28 cogenetic mafic to intermediate rocks from North America, Fennoscandia, and southern Africa give the following results: 1. (1) 47 trondhjemites, tonalites, and mostly Archean acidic gneisses that apparently are not isotopically disturbed show an overage ?? 15O of +7.3??? and a range of 5.2-8.9???; 11 other samples are slightly to moderately disturbed and show higher values; and 2. (2) the mafic rocks show a wide range of ??-values, from about 0-9??? but the undisturbed ones give an average ?? 18O of 5.2???. The ?? 18O values of the trondhjemitic intrusives and siliceous gneisses of similar composition are lower than those of most granitic rocks and support models for derivation of these rocks from basaltic parents. This approach, however, cannot be used to determine if individual bodies formed by differentiation or by partial melting. ?? 1976.

  9. Fluid-rock interaction at a carbonatite-gneiss contact, Alnö, Sweden

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    Skelton, A.; Hode Vuorinen, J.; Arghe, F.; Fallick, A.

    2007-07-01

    We evaluate balanced metasomatic reactions and model coupled reactive and isotopic transport at a carbonatite-gneiss contact at Alnö, Sweden. We interpret structurally channelled fluid flow along the carbonatite-gneiss contact at ˜640°C. This caused (1) metasomatism of the gneiss, by the reaction: {biotite + quartz + oligoclase + K2 O + Na2O ± CaO ± MgO ± FeO = albite + K-feldspar + arfvedsonite + aegirene-augite + H2 O + SiO2}, (2) metasomatism of carbonatite by the reaction: calcite + SiO2 = wollastonite + CO2, and (3) isotopic homogenization of the metasomatised region. We suggest that reactive weakening caused the metasomatised region to widen and that the metasomatic reactions are chemically (and possibly mechanically) coupled. Spatial separation of reaction and isotope fronts in the carbonatite conforms to a chromatographic model which assumes local calcite-fluid equilibrium, yields a timescale of 102-104 years for fluid-rock interaction and confirms that chemical transport towards the carbonatite interior was mainly by diffusion. We conclude that most silicate phases present in the studied carbonatite were acquired by corrosion and assimilation of ijolite, as a reactive by-product of this process and by metasomatism. The carbonatite was thus a relatively pure calcite-H2O-CO2-salt melt or fluid.

  10. Lu-Hf total-rock age for the Amitsoq gneisses, West Greenland

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    Pettingill, H. S.; Patchett, P. J.

    1981-01-01

    Lu-Hf total-rock data for the Amitsoq gneisses of West Greenland yield an age of 3.55 + or - 0.22 billion years, based on the decay constant for Lu-176 of 1.96 x 10 to the -11th/year, and an initial Hf-176/Hf-177 ratio of 0.280482 + or - 33. The result is in good agreement with Rb-Sr total-rock and U-Pb zircon ages. In spite of severe metamorphism of the area at 2.9 billion years, zircons from two of the samples have remained on the total-rock line, and define points close to the initial Hf ratio. The initial Hf-176/Hf-177 lies close to a chondritic Hf isotopic evolution curve from 4.55 billion years to present. This is consistent with the igneous precursors to the Amitsoq gneisses having been derived from the mantle at or shortly before 3.6 billion years. Anomalous relationships between Hf concentration and the Lu-176/Hf-177 ratio may suggest that trace element abundances in the Amitsoq gneisses are partly controlled by processes related to metamorphism.

  11. Effects of weathering on the RbSr and KAr ages of biotite from the Morton Gneiss, Minnesota

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    Goldich, S.S.; Gast, P.W.

    1966-01-01

    Weathering has drastically reduced the RbSr and, to a lesser extent, the KAr age of biotite from the Morton Gneiss of southwestern Minnesota. The ages are approximately 75% and 25% lower than the corresponding ages for biotite from the fresh gneiss. The effects of even incipient weathering cannot be neglected in RbSr dating of biotite and, by analogy, of feldspar and whole-rock samples. ?? 1966.

  12. Petrology of garnet — cordierite — sillimanite gneisses from the El Tormes thermal dome, Iberian Hercynian foldbelt (W Spain)

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    Gil Ibarguchi, J. I.; Martinez, Francisco J.

    1982-08-01

    The core of the El Tormes thermal dome, situated in the central part of one of the main metamorphic belts of the Iberian Peninsula, is formed by garnet-cordierite-biotite-sillimanite pelitic gneisses. These rocks, that very often are cut by minor intrusions of Al-rich S-type granites, are metatexitic gneisses in which there exists garnet showing different stages of resorption and transformation into an aggregate of cordierite±plagioclase±biotite. The garnet, mantled and corroded mainly by cordierite, has never been found to occur in contact with the prismatic sillimanite of the matrix, thus indicating that the continuous reaction Gr+Sill+Q = Cd has taken place. The presence of corroded biotite inside the garnet-rimming cordierite of the aggregates as well as inside the cordierite of the matrix, which usually includes remmants of sillimanite, indicates that the continuous reaction Bi+Sill+Q = Cd+FK+H2O has occurred too. Therefore, a realistic net reaction for these aggretates should be represented by the univariant, at a given X_{{text{H}}_{text{2}} {text{O}}} , equilibrium: Biotite+Sillimanite+Garnet+Quartz = Cordierite+K-feldspar+H2O (1) The important garnet resorption near the anatectic granitic veins implies that this process is favoured by a decrease in X_{{text{H}}_{text{2}} {text{O}}} , this factor being otherwise buffered by the reaction (1) assemblage. The most probable P-T path, assuming these conditions, consistent with the AFM projection of the former (inferred) and present assemblages in the aggregates and in the matrix, implies a decrease in P coeval with a decrease in T (Fig. 4, path 2). The most reliable P-T determination for the final stage of garnet breakdown through reaction (1), based on the coexistence of the seven phase assemblage garnet — cordierite — biotite — sillimanite — plagioclase — potash feldspar — quartz plus melt, gives 695° C, 4.3 kbar, X_{{text{H}}_{text{2}} {text{O}}} = 0.5, The maximum pressure for this process

  13. Geochemical and isotopic constraints on the tectonic setting of Serra dos Carajas belt, eastern Para, Brazil

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    Olszewski, W. J., Jr.; Gibbs, A. K.; Wirth, K. R.

    1986-01-01

    The lower part of the Serra dos Carajas belt is the metavolcanic and metasedimentary Grao para Group (GPG). The GPG is thought to unconformably overlie the older (but undated) Xingu Complex, composed of medium and high-grade gneisses and amphibolite and greenstone belts. The geochemical data indicate that the GPG has many features in common with ancient and modern volcanic suites erupted through continental crust. The mafic rocks clearly differ from those of most Archean greenstone belts, and modern MORB, IAB, and hot-spot basalts. The geological, geochemical, and isotopic data are all consistent with deposition on continental crust, presumably in a marine basin formed by crustal extension. The isotopic data also suggest the existence of depleted mantle as a source for the parent magmas of the GPG. The overall results suggest a tectonic environment, igneous sources, and petrogenesis similar to many modern continental extensional basins, in contrast to most Archean greenstone belts. The Hammersley basin in Australia and the circum-Superior belts in Canada may be suitable Archean and Proterozoic analogues, respectively.

  14. Geochronologic Constraints on the Location of the Sino-Korean/Yangtze Suture and Evolution of the Northern Dabie Shan

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    Bryant, D. L.; Ayers, J. C.; Gao, S.; Miller, C. F.; Zhang, H.

    2002-05-01

    The Northern Dabie Complex (NDC) has been proposed to be either a Paleozoic magmatic arc, an exhumed piece of subducted continental crust, or young crust produced almost entirely by Cretaceous extensional magmatism. Ion microprobe zircon 238U-206Pb ages of separates from NDC gneisses center around 689Ma (+/- 31(95%CL)), consistent with the characteristic zircon dates of the Yangtze Craton [1]. Field observations also show that these gneisses, ranging from granitic to dioritic composition, make up a sizeable area ( ~30%) of the NDC. Zircon separates from the Baimajian granitoid, the largest of the widespread Cretaceous intrusions in the NDC, have yielded ages clustered around 677Ma (+/- 79), and 120Ma (+/- 3.4), the latter of which agrees with ion probe Th-Pb monazite ages. The ~700Ma age indicates that this intrusion may be linked with partial melting of underlying Yangtze crust, while the 120Ma age is the age of its crystallization. Granitic intrusions from Sanzushi and Yerenshai in the Dabie ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) region also show clusters of ages at 714Ma (+/- 55) from zircon cores, as well as rims around 250Ma (+/- 38), which is interpreted as the time of collision of the two continental blocks. These age data support the hypothesis set forth by Zhang et al. [2] using Sm-Nd and Pb isotopic data, that the Yangtze block lies beneath the exhumed UHP belt and outcrops as the NDC, which lies between the UHP belt and the Sino-Korean/Yangtze suture. The Baimajian granitoid, however, also shows a range of older zircon core ages from 1.4-2.0Ga, which may represent the early stages of formation of the Yangtze craton. Zhang et al. [2] suggested craton formation at 1.6-2.4Ga but few such ages have been reported for rocks of the Yangtze or Sino-Korean cratons. 1. Hacker, et al. (2000) Journal of Geophysical Research. Vol. 105. p. 13,339. 2. Zhang, et al. (In press) Chemical Geology.

  15. Map showing sampled radiolarian localities in the western Paleozoic and Triassic belt, Klamath Mountains, California

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    Irwin, William P.; Jones, David L.; Blome, Charles D.

    1982-01-01

    The western Paleozoic and Triassic belt, the largest of several major subdivisions of the Klamath Mountains geologic province, extends 300 km northward from the south end of the province in California to the north end of the province in Oregon (see inset map). The rocks of the belt are mainly sedimentary and volcanic, including tuff, cherty tuff, chert, argillite, limestone, and volcanic flows and breccia. They are of oceanic and island arc facies and are highly disarranged tectonically. The southern part of the belt is subdivided into three tectonostratigraphic terranes --- the North Fork, Hayfork, and Rattlesnake Creek terranes. The central and northern parts of the belt are undevided. 

  16. Impact of textural anisotropy on syn-kinematic partial melting of natural gneisses: an experimental approach.

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    Ganzhorn, Anne-Céline; Trap, Pierre; Arbaret, Laurent; Champallier, Rémi; Fauconnier, Julien; Labrousse, Loic; Prouteau, Gaëlle

    2015-04-01

    Partial melting of continental crust is a strong weakening process controlling its rheological behavior and ductile flow of orogens. This strength weakening due to partial melting is commonly constrained experimentally on synthetic starting material with derived rheological law. Such analog starting materials are preferentially used because of their well-constrained composition to test the impact of melt fraction, melt viscosity and melt distribution upon rheology. In nature, incipient melting appears in particular locations where mineral and water contents are favorable, leading to stromatic migmatites with foliation-parallel leucosomes. In addition, leucosomes are commonly located in dilatants structural sites like boudin-necks, in pressure shadows, or in fractures within more competent layers of migmatites. The compositional layering is an important parameter controlling melt flow and rheological behavior of migmatite but has not been tackled experimentally for natural starting material. In this contribution we performed in-situ deformation experiments on natural rock samples in order to test the effect of initial gneissic layering on melt distribution, melt flow and rheological response. In-situ deformation experiments using a Paterson apparatus were performed on two partially melted natural gneissic rocks, named NOP1 & PX28. NOP1, sampled in the Western Gneiss Region (Norway), is biotite-muscovite bearing gneiss with a week foliation and no gneissic layering. PX28, sampled from the Sioule Valley series (French Massif Central), is a paragneiss with a very well pronounced layering with quartz-feldspar-rich and biotite-muscovite-rich layers. Experiments were conducted under pure shear condition at axial strain rate varying from 5*10-6 to 10-3 s-1. The main stress component was maintained perpendicular to the main plane of anisotropy. Confining pressure was 3 kbar and temperature ranges were 750°C and 850-900°C for NOP1 and PX28, respectively. For the 750

  17. (Un)Coupled thrust belt-foreland deformation in the northern Patagonian Andes: New insights from the Esquel-Gastre sector (41°30'-43°S)

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    Savignano, E.; Mazzoli, S.; Arce, M.; Franchini, M.; Gautheron, C.; Paolini, M.; Zattin, M.

    2016-11-01

    The Patagonian Andes represents a unique natural laboratory to study surface deformation in relation to deep slab dynamics. In the sector comprised between latitudes 41°30' and 43°S, new apatite (U-Th)/He ages indicate a markedly different unroofing pattern between the "broken foreland" area (characterized by Late Cretaceous to Paleogene exhumation) and the adjacent Andean sector to the west, which is dominated by Miocene-Pliocene exhumation. These unroofing stages can be confidently ascribed to inversion tectonics involving reverse fault-related uplift and concomitant erosion. Late Cretaceous-Paleogene shortening and exhumation are well known to have affected also the thrust belt sector of the study area during a prolonged stage of flat-slab subduction. Therefore, the different ages of near-surface unroofing documented in this study suggest coupling of the deformation between the thrust belt and its foreland during periods of flat-slab subduction (e.g., during Late Cretaceous-Paleogene times) and dominant uncoupling during periods of steep-slab subduction and rollback, even when these are associated with high convergence rates (i.e., > 4 cm/yr), as those documented in Miocene times for the Patagonian Andes.

  18. Gaspé Belt subsurface geometry in the northern Québec Appalachians as revealed by an integrated geophysical and geological study: 2 — Seismic interpretation and potential field modelling results

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    Pinet, Nicolas

    2013-03-01

    Geological information, seismic reflection profiles and potential field data are used to study the geometry of the Middle Paleozoic Gaspé Belt (eastern Canada) that has been interpreted in various ways in the past. On the western edge of the Gaspé Belt, in the Matapédia area, growth strata are imaged on seismic profiles and testify of normal (or transtensional) motion during the period spanning the Silurian (and possibly Late Ordovician) to earliest Devonian along several faults, including the Shickshock-Sud Fault. In this area, Acadian deformation during the Middle to Late Devonian is associated with relatively modest shortening (less than 20%) accommodated by broad open folds, steeply-dipping neo-formed faults and inversion of previously formed faults. Neo-formed faults cut the entire Middle Paleozoic succession and offset the Ordovician Taconian unconformity suggesting that no sedimentary interval acted as an efficient décollement level. Toward the SE, the Sainte-Florence Fault divides rock assemblages with different paleogeographic settings and structural styles. Increase in tectonic complexity and amount of shortening to the south of the fault is interpreted as resulting of a vise effect between two basement blocks.

  19. 30 CFR 77.406 - Drive belts.

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    2011-07-01

    ... Mechanical Equipment § 77.406 Drive belts. (a) Drive belts shall not be shifted while in motion unless the machines are provided with mechanical shifters. (b) Belt dressing shall not be applied while belts are...

  20. 30 CFR 77.406 - Drive belts.

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    2010-07-01

    ... Mechanical Equipment § 77.406 Drive belts. (a) Drive belts shall not be shifted while in motion unless the machines are provided with mechanical shifters. (b) Belt dressing shall not be applied while belts are...

  1. The Radiation Belt Storm Probes

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    The Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission (RBSP) will explore the Van Allen Radiation Belts in the Earth's magnetosphere. The charge particles in these regions can be hazardous to both spacecraft and ...

  2. Moving belt radiator development status

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    White, K. Alan

    1988-01-01

    Development of the Moving Belt Radiator (MBR) as an advanced space radiator concept is discussed. The ralative merits of Solid Belt (SBR), Liquid Belt (LBR), and Hybrid Belt (HBR) Radiators are described. Analytical and experimental efforts related to the dynamics of a rotating belt in microgravity are reviewed. The development of methods for transferring heat to the moving belt is discussed, and the results from several experimental investigations are summarized. Limited efforts related to the belt deployment and stowage, and to fabrication of a hybrid belt, are also discussed. Life limiting factors such as seal wear and micrometeroid resistance are identified. The results from various MBR point design studies for several power levels are compared with advanced Heat Pipe Radiator technology. MBR designs are shown to compare favorable at both 300 and 1000 K temperature levels. However, additional effort will be required to resolve critical technology issues and to demonstrate the advantage of MBR systems.

  3. Moving belt radiator development status

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    White, K.A.

    1988-07-01

    Development of the Moving Belt Radiator (MBR) as an advanced space radiator concept is discussed. The ralative merits of Solid Belt (SBR), Liquid Belt (LBR), and Hybrid Belt (HBR) Radiators are described. Analytical and experimental efforts related to the dynamics of a rotating belt in microgravity are reviewed. The development of methods for transferring heat to the moving belt is discussed, and the results from several experimental investigations are summarized. Limited efforts related to the belt deployment and stowage, and to fabrication of a hybrid belt, are also discussed. Life limiting factors such as seal wear and micrometeroid resistance are identified. The results from various MBR point design studies for several power levels are compared with advanced Heat Pipe Radiator technology. MBR designs are shown to compare favorable at both 300 and 1000 K temperature levels. However, additional effort will be required to resolve critical technology issues and to demonstrate the advantage of MBR systems.

  4. Moving Belt Radiator technology issues

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    White, K. Alan, III

    1988-01-01

    Development of the Moving Belt Radiator (MBR) as an advanced space radiator concept is discussed. The relative merits of Solid Belt (SBR) Liquid Belt (LBR), and Hybrid Belt (HBR) Radiators are described. Analytical and experimental efforts related to the dynamics of a rotating belt in microgravity are reviewed. The development of methods for transferring heat to the moving belt is discussed, and the results from several experimental investigations are summarized. Limited efforts related to the belt deployment and stowage, and to fabrication of a hybrid belt, are also discussed. Life limiting factors such as seal wear and micrometeroid resistance are identified. The results from various MBR point design studies for several power levels are compared with advanced Heat Pipe Radiator technology. MBR designs are shown to compare favorable at both 300 and 1000 K temperature levels. However, additional effort will be required to resolve critical technology issues and to demonstrate the advantage of MBR systems.

  5. The giant Shakhdara migmatitic gneiss dome, Pamir, India-Asia collision zone: 2. Timing of dome formation

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    Stübner, Konstanze; Ratschbacher, Lothar; Weise, Carsten; Chow, Judy; Hofmann, Jakob; Khan, Jahanzeb; Rutte, Daniel; Sperner, Blanka; Pfänder, Jörg A.; Hacker, Bradley R.; Dunkl, István.; Tichomirowa, Marion; Stearns, M. A.

    2013-09-01

    Cenozoic gneiss domes—exposing middle-lower crustal rocks—cover ~30% of the surface exposure of the Pamir, western India-Asia collision zone; they allow an unparalleled view into the deep crust of the Asian plate. We use titanite, monazite, and zircon U/Th-Pb, mica Rb-Sr and 40Ar/39Ar, zircon and apatite fission track, and zircon (U-Th)/He ages to constrain the exhumation history of the ~350 × 90 km Shakhdara-Alichur dome, southwestern Pamir. Doming started at 21-20 Ma along the Gunt top-to-N normal-shear zone of the northern Shakhdara dome. The bulk of the exhumation occurred by ~NNW-ward extrusion of the footwall of the crustal-scale South Pamir normal-shear zone along the southern Shakhdara dome boundary. Footwall extrusion was active from ~18-15 Ma to ~2 Ma at ~10 mm/yr slip and with vertical exhumation rates of 1-3 mm/yr; it resulted in up to 90 km ~N-S extension, coeval with ~N-S convergence between India and Asia. Erosion rates were 0.3-0.5 mm/yr within the domes and 0.1-0.3 mm/yr in the horst separating the Shakhdara and Alichur domes and in the southeastern Pamir plateau; rates were highest along the dome axis in the southern part of the Shakhdara dome. Incision along the major drainages was up to 1.0 mm/yr. Thermal modeling suggests geothermal gradients as high as 60°C/km along the trace of the South Pamir shear zone and their strong N-S variation across the dome; the gradients relaxed to ≤40-45°C/km since the end of doming.

  6. Timing of metamorphism of the Lansang gneiss and implications for left-lateral motion along the Mae Ping (Wang Chao) strike-slip fault, Thailand

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    Palin, R. M.; Searle, M. P.; Morley, C. K.; Charusiri, P.; Horstwood, M. S. A.; Roberts, N. M. W.

    2013-10-01

    The Mae Ping fault (MPF), western Thailand, exhibits dominantly left-lateral strike-slip motion and stretches for >600 km, reportedly branching off the right-lateral Sagaing fault in Myanmar and extending southeast towards Cambodia. Previous studies have suggested that the fault assisted the large-scale extrusion of Sundaland that occurred during the Late Eocene-Early Oligocene, with a geological offset of ˜120-150 km estimated from displaced high-grade gneisses and granites of the Chiang Mai-Lincang belt. Exposures of high-grade orthogneiss in the Lansang National Park, part of this belt, locally contain strong mylonitic textures and are bounded by strike-slip ductile shear zones and brittle faults. Geochronological analysis of monazite from a sample of sheared biotite-K-feldspar orthogneiss suggests two episodes of crystallization, with core regions documenting Th-Pb ages between c. 123 and c. 114 Ma and rim regions documenting a significantly younger age range between c. 45-37 Ma. These data are interpreted to represent possible magmatic protolith emplacement for the Lansang orthogneiss during the Early Cretaceous, with a later episode of metamorphism occurring during the Eocene. Textural relationships provided by in situ analysis suggest that ductile shearing along the MPF occurred during the latter stages of, or after, this metamorphic event. In addition, monazite analyzed from an undeformed garnet-two-mica granite dyke intruding metamorphic units at Bhumipol Lake outside of the Mae Ping shear zone produced a Th-Pb age of 66.2 ± 1.6 Ma. This age is interpreted to date the timing of dyke emplacement, implying that the MPF cuts through earlier formed magmatic and high-grade metamorphic rocks. These new data, when combined with regional mapping and earlier geochronological work, show that neither metamorphism, nor regional cooling, was directly related to strike-slip motion.

  7. Paleoproterozoic multistage metamorphic events in Jining metapelitic rocks from the Khondalite Belt in the North China Craton: Evidence from petrology, phase equilibria modelling and U-Pb geochronology

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    Cai, Jia; Liu, Fulai; Liu, Pinghua

    2017-05-01

    Metapelitic rocks of the Jining Complex (sillimanite-cordierite-garnet (Sil-Crd-Grt) gneisses, sillimanite-garnet (Sil-Grt) gneisses and quartzofeldspathic rocks) are exposed in the eastern segment of the Khondalite Belt (KB) in the North China Craton (NCC). The Sil-Crd-Grt gneisses have preserved polyphase mineral assemblages and microstructural evidence of anatexis, resulting from biotite dehydration melting. Petrological observations revealed that the Sil-Crd-Grt gneisses contain three metamorphic assemblages: a peak assemblage of garnet porphyroblast and matrix biotite + sillimanite + K-feldspar + plagioclase + quartz + ilmenite + magnetite, a post-peak near-isothermal decompressional assemblage of garnet + cordierite + biotite + sillimanite + K-feldspar + plagioclase + quartz + ilmenite + magnetite, and a decompressional cooling assemblage of garnet + biotite + cordierite + K-feldspar + plagioclase + quartz + ilmenite + magnetite. A clockwise P-T path was defined involving the inferred peak stage followed by post-peak near-isothermal decompression and decompressional cooling stages, with P-T conditions of 790-825 °C and 9-10 kbar, 810-890 °C and 6.0-6.5 kbar, and 780-810 °C and 4.0-5.5 kbar, respectively. Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) U-Pb analyses of the Sil-Crd-Grt gneisses and Sil-Grt gneisses for the detrital and metamorphic zircons yielded a protolith age of ∼2.0 Ga and the late Paleoproterozoic metamorphic age of 1895-1885 Ma. The results reveal that the metapelitic rocks of the Jining Complex underwent continent-continent subduction or collision in the peak metamorphic stage, followed by a post-collisional exhumation event in the post-peak decompressional stage, and a subsequent decompressional cooling stage between the Yinshan and Ordos blocks to form the Paleoproterozoic KB.

  8. Conveyor belt care.

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    1989-07-08

    Nurses, doctors, politicians and public have reacted to the prospect of high-volume hospital bed usage - conveyor belt care - by warning of a future-shock scenario of 'pro[Illegible Word] pea' patients whipped through dehumanising hospital treatment and promptly dumped crutchless into the community.

  9. The Stroke Belt Consortium.

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    Alberts, M J

    1996-01-01

    The "Stroke Belt" describes a region of the southeastern United States with a high incidence of stroke and mortality due to stroke. In an effort to address the problem of stroke in this region, we have formed the Stroke Belt Consortium (SBC). This report describes the formation and functions of the SBC. The SBC is a unique organization with representatives from many areas, including health care, government, nonprofit organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, minority groups, educational groups, and managed care. The goals of the consortium are to advance public and professional education about stroke in the Stroke Belt, with a special emphasis on the populations in that region. The first meeting of the consortium was held in November 1994. Many helpful and innovative ideas and initiatives were generated at the first SBC meeting. These included improved techniques for professional education, the development of a mass media campaign for public education, screening of college students for stroke risk factors, and using fast-food restaurants and sporting events as venues to promote stroke education. This type of organized effort may produce cost-effective programs and initiatives, particularly for largescale educational efforts, that will enhance the prevention and treatment of stroke patients. If successful in the Stroke Belt, similar organizations can be formed in other regions of the nation to address specific issues related to stroke prevention, education, and treatment.

  10. Radiation belts of jupiter.

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    Fillius, R W; McIlwain, C E

    1974-01-25

    Pioneer 10 counted relativistic electrons throughout the magnetosphere of Jupiter, with the greatest fluxes being inside 20 Jupiter radii. The peak flux of electrons with energy greater than 50 million electron volts was 1.3 x 10(7) per square centimeter per second at the innermost penetration of the radiation belts.

  11. Radiation belts of jupiter.

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    Stansberry, K G; White, R S

    1973-12-07

    Predictions of Jupiter's electron and proton radiation belts are based mainly on decimeter observations of 1966 and 1968. Extensive calculations modeling radial diffusion of particles inward from the solar wind and electron synchrotron radiation are used to relate the predictions and observations.

  12. Cenozoic intracontinental deformation of the Kopeh Dagh Belt, Northeastern Iran

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    Chu, Yang; Wan, Bo; Chen, Ling; Talebian, Morteza

    2016-04-01

    Compressional intracontinental orogens represent large tectonic zones far from plate boundaries. Since intracontinental mountain belts cannot be framed in the conventional plate tectonics theory, several hypotheses have been proposed to account for the formations of these mountain belts. The far-field effect of collision/subduction at plate margins is now well accepted for the origin and evolution of the intracontinental crust thickening, as exemplified by the Miocene tectonics of central Asia. In northern Iran, the Binalud-Alborz mountain belt witnessed the Triassic tectonothermal events (Cimmerian orogeny), which are interpreted as the result of the Paleotethys Ocean closure between the Eurasia and Central Iran blocks. The Kopeh Dagh Belt, located to the north of the Binalud-Alborz Belt, has experienced two significant tectonic phases: (1) Jurassic to Eocene rifting with more than 7 km of sediments; and (2) Late Eocene-Early Oligocene to Quaternary continuous compression. Due to the high seismicity, deformation associated with earthquakes has received more and more attention; however, the deformation pattern and architecture of this range remain poorly understood. Detailed field observations on the Cenozoic deformation indicate that the Kopeh Dagh Belt can be divided into a western zone and an eastern zone, separated by a series of dextral strike-slip faults, i.e. the Bakharden-Quchan Fault System. The eastern zone characterized by km-scale box-fold structures, associated with southwest-dipping reverse faults and top-to-the NE kinematics. In contrast, the western zone shows top-to-the SW kinematics, and the deformation intensifies from NE to SW. In the northern part of this zone, large-scale asymmetrical anticlines exhibit SW-directed vergence with subordinate thrusts and folds, whereas symmetrical anticlines are observed in the southern part. In regard to its tectonic feature, the Kopeh Dagh Belt is a typical Cenozoic intracontinental belt without ophiolites or

  13. Microstructural finite strain analysis and 40Ar/39Ar evidence for the origin of the Mizil gneiss dome, eastern Arabian Shield, Saudi Arabia

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    Al-Saleh, Ahmad M.; Kassem, Osama M. K.

    2012-07-01

    The Mizil antiform is a gneiss-cored culmination situated near the northern end of the Ar Rayn island arc terrane, which is the easternmost exposed tectonic unit of the Arabian Shield. This domal structure has a mantle of metamorphosed volcanosedimentary rocks belonging to the Al-Amar Group, and an igneous interior made up of foliated granodiorite-tonalite with adakitic affinity. The gneissic core has a SHRIMP U-Pb zircon age of 689 ± 10 Ma making it the oldest rock unit in the Ar Rayn terrane. An adakite diapir, formed by the melting of the subducted crust of a young marginal basin, and rising through the volcanosedimentary succession of the Ar Rayn island arc is thought to have caused the observed doming. Relatively uniform strain throughout the dome combined with strong vertical shortening and the roughly radial pattern of stretching lineation is consistent with diapirism; the absence of strain localization rules out detachment faulting as a causative mechanism. Amphibolites from the metamorphic envelope have an 40Ar/39Ar age of 615 ± 2 Ma; the age gap between core and cover is thought to reflect the resetting of metamorphic ages during the final suturing event, a phenomenon that is often observed throughout the eastern shield. Aeromagnetic anomalies beneath the Phanerozoic sedimentary cover indicate the presence of a collage of accreted terranes east of the Ar Rayn terrane that were probably amalgamated onto the Arabian margin during the latest stages of the closure of the Mozambique ocean; culminant orogeny is believed to have taken place between 620 and 600 Ma as these terrane collided with a major continental mass to the east referred to here as the eastern Arabian block (EAB). The Mizil gneiss dome is therefore considered to have formed in a convergent contractional setting rather than being the outcome of extensional post-orogenic collapse.

  14. Timing of tectonic evolution of the East Kunlun Orogen, Northern Tibet Plateau

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    Dong, Yunpeng

    2017-04-01

    and Ti, and enrichment of LILEs, LREEs, K, Pb, Sr and Nd, accounting for a subduction relation setting. The gabbro yields a LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb age of 243 Ma, representing the formation age of the ophiolite. Taking into account of evidence from the Early Paleozoic ophiolites in the Buqinshan ( Bian Qiantao et al., 2001, 2007; Li Zuochen et al., 2013; Li Ruibao et al., 2014; Liu Zhanqing et al., 2011) and the Derni areas (Chen Liang et al., 2001, 2003), the Central Kunlun ocean might be existed from Early Paleozoic to Middle Triassic time. The Northern Qimantagh tectonic belt, to the north of the Qimantagh suture, exposes a large volume of Early Paleozoic granitic plutons and volcanic rocks. Geochemistry of the granites suggests an arc setting. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb ages ranging from ca. 440 to 402 Ma constrain the time of the subduction and arc setting. The Central Kunlun tectonic belt is characterized by occurring of Paleo-Proterozoic basement which was intruded by large amounts of Triassic granitoids. The basement represented by the Jinshuikou Group including gneisses, amphibolites and marbles, yields a protolith formation age of 2.2 Ga which was overprinted by Neoproterozoic tectono-thermal event. The plutonic intrusions display LA-ICP-MS zircon ages mainly of 260-200 Ma with minor ages of 470-400 Ma, revealing a long-lived subduction from Early Paleozoic to Late Triassic. Taken into together all above evidence, trench-arc-back arc basin tectonics were suggested here accounting for the tectonic evolution of the East Kunlun Orogeny during Early Paleozoic to Triassic time.

  15. Epsilon Eridani Inner Asteroid Belt

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    2017-09-14

    SCI2017_0004: Artist's illustration of the Epsilon Eridani system showing Epsilon Eridani b, right foreground, a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting its parent star at the outside edge of an asteroid belt. In the background can be seen another narrow asteroid or comet belt plus an outermost belt similar in size to our solar system's Kuiper Belt. The similarity of the structure of the Epsilon Eridani system to our solar system is remarkable, although Epsilon Eridani is much younger than our sun. SOFIA observations confirmed the existence of the asteroid belt adjacent to the orbit of the Jovian planet. Credit: NASA/SOFIA/Lynette Cook

  16. Anatomy of an intracratonic fold belt: Examples from the southwestern Palmyride fold belt in central Syria

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    Chaimov, T.A.; Barazangi, M.; Best, J.A. ); Al-Saad, D.; Sawaf, T.; Gebran, A. )

    1991-03-01

    The Palmyride fold belt, a 400 {times} 100 km, NE-trending, transpressive belt in central Syria, represents the late Mesozoic and Cenozoic inversion of a linear intracratonic basin. The southwestern Palmyrides are characterized by short wavelength (2-5 km) folds separated by small intermontane basins. To elucidate the subsurface structure, a three-dimensional model, based mainly on about 450 km of two-dimensional seismic reflection data, was generated using a LandMark{reg sign} graphics workstation. The new model includes many features not identified in outcrop. Short, NW-trending transcurrent, or transfer, faults link the short, en echelon NE-trending thrust faults and blind thrusts of the Palmyrides. Varying structural styles are observed within the southwestern part of the belt. In one instance the structure of Mesozoic and Cenozoic rocks mimics that in deeper Paleozoic rocks; elsewhere, a strong discordance between Paleozoic and Mesozoic rocks appears to be related to the development of a regional detachment in Triassic rocks at about 4 km depth. Shortening the southwestern palmyrides totals about 20-25 km, based on palinspastic restoration of a balanced cross section across the belt. Seismic stratigraphy constrains the timing of at least three distinct episodes of Palmyride shortening: Late Cretaceous, middle Eocene, and Miocene to present. All three episodes were penecontemporaneous with specific tectonic events along the northern Arabian plate boundaries.

  17. An exposed slab window margin: the eastern part of the Neoproterozoic Baikal-Muya belt, Russia

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    Fedotova, A.; Khain, E.; Razumovskiy, A.; Anosova, M.; Orlova, A.

    2012-04-01

    A series of dykes and small laccolith-type magmatic bodies of tonalite, trondhjemite, granodiorite and granites marks the final stage in the geological history of the Baikal-Muya belt in an adjacent area of the Siberian craton. These bodies intrude granulite-enderbite-charnokite complex, as well as troctolite Tonkiy Mys massif. These high-silica (SiO2N56%), high alumina (Al2O3>15%), pyroxene or and amphibole bearing granitoids, with Na2O>4%, high Sr (>400 ppm), low Y (<7 ppm), high Sr/Y(>35), low Yb (<1), and are geochemically similar to adakites. The same structural position was defined for granites showing K2O=4.5% and K2O/Na2O=1,4. The tonalites of this complex collected f yielded the U-Pb zircon age of 591±3 Ma (LA ICP-MS data). Previously obtained age estimate for the enderbites is 617±5 Ma [Amelin et al., 2000]. Three samples of enderbites and gneisse provided U-Pb zircon ages fallen into the time span between 603-620 Ma. The Slyudinskii massif of high-Ti gabbronorites spatially related to the enderbite-granulite complex was crystallized 618±61 Ma ago [Makrygina et al., 1993]. The published data obtained for the massif (585±22 Ma [Makrygina et al., 1993]) show that troctolite-gabbro massifs crystallized simultaneously or insignificantly later than granulite-enderbite complex at upper levels of the lithosphere. Rocks of these massifs and the gabbro-granulite-enderbite series formed at lower levels have been joined during a stage of tectonic activity and intruded by adakites 591±3 Ma ago. High tectonic activity also reflected in deposition of the coarse clastics occurred in a lower part of Kholodnenskaya suite and contemporary formations. The following events can be reconstructed for the eastern part of the Baikal-Muya belt. Formation of the heterogeneous accretional orogenic structure (tectonic collage), with ophiolites and remnants of earlier formed Neoproterozoic island arcs and related complexes [Izokh, 1998; Rytsk, 2001; Shatskii et al., 1996], was

  18. The empty primordial asteroid belt.

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    Raymond, Sean N; Izidoro, Andre

    2017-09-01

    The asteroid belt contains less than a thousandth of Earth's mass and is radially segregated, with S-types dominating the inner belt and C-types the outer belt. It is generally assumed that the belt formed with far more mass and was later strongly depleted. We show that the present-day asteroid belt is consistent with having formed empty, without any planetesimals between Mars and Jupiter's present-day orbits. This is consistent with models in which drifting dust is concentrated into an isolated annulus of terrestrial planetesimals. Gravitational scattering during terrestrial planet formation causes radial spreading, transporting planetesimals from inside 1 to 1.5 astronomical units out to the belt. Several times the total current mass in S-types is implanted, with a preference for the inner main belt. C-types are implanted from the outside, as the giant planets' gas accretion destabilizes nearby planetesimals and injects a fraction into the asteroid belt, preferentially in the outer main belt. These implantation mechanisms are simple by-products of terrestrial and giant planet formation. The asteroid belt may thus represent a repository for planetary leftovers that accreted across the solar system but not in the belt itself.

  19. The empty primordial asteroid belt

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    Raymond, Sean N.; Izidoro, Andre

    2017-01-01

    The asteroid belt contains less than a thousandth of Earth’s mass and is radially segregated, with S-types dominating the inner belt and C-types the outer belt. It is generally assumed that the belt formed with far more mass and was later strongly depleted. We show that the present-day asteroid belt is consistent with having formed empty, without any planetesimals between Mars and Jupiter’s present-day orbits. This is consistent with models in which drifting dust is concentrated into an isolated annulus of terrestrial planetesimals. Gravitational scattering during terrestrial planet formation causes radial spreading, transporting planetesimals from inside 1 to 1.5 astronomical units out to the belt. Several times the total current mass in S-types is implanted, with a preference for the inner main belt. C-types are implanted from the outside, as the giant planets’ gas accretion destabilizes nearby planetesimals and injects a fraction into the asteroid belt, preferentially in the outer main belt. These implantation mechanisms are simple by-products of terrestrial and giant planet formation. The asteroid belt may thus represent a repository for planetary leftovers that accreted across the solar system but not in the belt itself. PMID:28924609

  20. Geochemical characters and tectonic evolution of the Chitradurga schist belt: An Archaean suture (?) of the Dharwar Craton, India

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    Naqvi, S. M.

    The Chitradurga schist belt extending for about 450 km in a NS direction and 2-50 km across, is one of the most prominent Archean (2.6 b.y.) tectonic features of the Indian Precambrian terrain, comprising about 2 to 10 km thick sequence of volcano sedimentary rocks. The basal unit of this belt is composed of an orthoquartzite-carbonate facies, unlike many other contemporary greentone belts of the Gondwana land which begin with a basal mafic-ultramafic sequence. Eighty percent of the belt is made up of detrital and chemogenic sediments, their succession commencing with a poorly preserved quartz pebble basal conglomerate and current bedded quartzites which, in turn, rest on tonalitic gneisses, the latter having been further remobilized with along the schist belt. Deposition of current bedded matue arenites indicte the existence of platformal conditions near the shore line. Polymictic graywacke conglomerates, graywackes, shales, phyllites, carbonates, BIFs (oxide, carbonate and sulfide) BMF's (Banded Maganese Formations) and cherts thus constitute the main sedimentary rocks of the belt. The polymicitic conglomerates contain debris of rocks of older greenstone sequences, as well as an abundant measure of folded quartzites, BIF's and gneissic fragments which represent earlier orogenies.

  1. Geochemical characters and tectonic evolution of the Chitradurga schist belt: An Archaean suture (?) of the Dharwar Craton, India

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    Naqvi, S. M.

    1986-01-01

    The Chitradurga schist belt extending for about 450 km in a NS direction and 2-50 km across, is one of the most prominent Archean (2.6 b.y.) tectonic features of the Indian Precambrian terrain, comprising about 2 to 10 km thick sequence of volcano sedimentary rocks. The basal unit of this belt is composed of an orthoquartzite-carbonate facies, unlike many other contemporary greentone belts of the Gondwana land which begin with a basal mafic-ultramafic sequence. Eighty percent of the belt is made up of detrital and chemogenic sediments, their succession commencing with a poorly preserved quartz pebble basal conglomerate and current bedded quartzites which, in turn, rest on tonalitic gneisses, the latter having been further remobilized with along the schist belt. Deposition of current bedded matue arenites indicte the existence of platformal conditions near the shore line. Polymictic graywacke conglomerates, graywackes, shales, phyllites, carbonates, BIFs (oxide, carbonate and sulfide) BMF's (Banded Maganese Formations) and cherts thus constitute the main sedimentary rocks of the belt. The polymicitic conglomerates contain debris of rocks of older greenstone sequences, as well as an abundant measure of folded quartzites, BIF's and gneissic fragments which represent earlier orogenies.

  2. Partial melting of UHP calc-gneiss from the Dabie Mountains

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    Liu, Penglei; Wu, Yao; Liu, Qiang; Zhang, Junfeng; Zhang, Li; Jin, Zhenmin

    2014-04-01

    Exhumation melting has been proposed for the ultra-high pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks in the Dabie Mountains based on melting experiments. We document here the first petrological and mineralogical evidence demonstrating that the UHP calc-gneisses from the Ganjialing area in the Dabie Mountains experienced partial melting during early exhumation. The assemblage of garnet, phengite (Si = 3.65 pfu), coesite, rutile and carbonate preserved in the calc-gneisses indicates a peak metamorphic condition of 692-757 °C and 4.0-4.8 GPa. Partial melting is indicated by several lines of evidence: the melting textures of phengite, the feldspar-dominated films, bands, branches, blebs and veins, the euhedral K-feldspars, the intergrowth film of plagioclase and K-feldspar, the plagioclase + biotite intergrowth after garnet and the epidote poikiloblasts. Polyphase inclusions in garnet are characterized with wedge-like offshoots and serrate outlines whereas those in epidote display negative crystal shapes, which can be best interpreted by entrapment of former melts. We propose a wet melting reaction of Phn + Q ± Na-Cpx + H2O = Bt + Pl + Grt + felsic melts, which likely took place at ca.650-800 °C and ca.1.0-2.0 GPa, to interpret the melting event in the calc-gneisses. Chemical exchanges between garnet and melts produced new garnet domains with higher almandine, spessartine, MREE, HREE and Y but lower grossular, pyrope, P, Sc, Ti, V and Zr contents. Zr-in-rutile thermometer reveals a low temperature of 620-643 °C at 5 GPa, indicating a later reset for Zr in rutile. Healed fractures are suggested to be responsible for the formation of some polyphase inclusions in garnet.

  3. Gently sloping shear zones in the Belomorian Mobile Belt: Geology, structure, and P- T parameters

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    Kozlovskii, V. M.; Travin, V. V.; Korpechkov, D. I.; Zaitseva, M. N.; Kurdyukov, E. B.; Travin, A. V.; Terent'eva, L. B.; Savatenkov, V. M.

    2016-11-01

    The Belomorian Mobile Belt (BMB) in northern Karelia mostly consists of gently sloping shear zones, whose gneisses and migmatized amphibolites and blastomylonites are typically thinly banded, with their banding consistently dipping north- and northeastward. These gently sloping shear zones were not affected by folding after they were produced and are not cut by Paleoproterozoic metabasite dikes. Intrusive metabasites in the gently sloping shear zones make up relatively small (usually <5 m) equant or elongate bodies and occur as fragments of larger bodies. These fragments are often concentrated in stripes. Metabasites in the gently sloping shear zone are sometimes also found as lenses and tabular bodies of relatively small thickness, which are conformable with the foliation of the host rocks. The gently sloping shear zones cut across older domains of more complicated structure, which suggests that these zones are gently sloping ductile shear zones. Along these zones, the nappes were thrust south- and southwestward, and this process was the last in the origin of major structural features of BMB when the Paleoproterozoic Lapland-Kola orogen was formed. Practically identical age values were obtained for the gently sloping shear zone in the two widely separated Engonozero and Chupa segments of BMB: 1879 ± 21 Ma (40Ar/39Ar amphibole age of amphibolite whose protolith was mafic rock) and 1857 ± 13 Ma (Sm-Nd mineral isochron age of garnet amphibolites after gabbronorite). The P- T metamorphic parameters in these gently sloping shear zones are remarkably different from the metamorphic parameters outside these zones: the pressure is 3-4 kbar lower and the temperature is 60-100°C lower. Thrusting-related decompression triggered the transition from the older high-pressure episode of Paleoproterozoic metamorphism to a younger syn-thrusting higher temperature metamorphic episode. The peak metamorphic parameters corresponding to the boundary between the amphibolite and

  4. Mantle wedge involvement in the petrogenesis of Archaean grey gneisses in West Greenland

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    Steenfelt, Agnete; Garde, Adam A.; Moyen, Jean-François

    2005-01-01

    The Archaean crust in West Greenland is dominated by grey orthogneiss complexes formed in periods of crustal accretion at around 3.8, 3.6, 3.2, 3.0-2.9 and 2.8-2.7 Ga. The majority of the gneisses have tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite (TTG) compositions, while subordinate quartz-dioritic and dioritic gneisses have calc-alkaline compositions. The major and trace element chemistry of gneiss samples has been compiled from three large regions representing different terranes and ages in southern and central West Greenland, the Godthåbsfjord, Fiskefjord and Disko Bugt regions. The TTG gneisses are typical for their kind and show little variation, except marked Sr enrichment in the Fiskefjord area and slight Cr enrichment in a unit within the Disko Bugt region. Thus, while most of the crust has probably formed from magmas derived by slab melting, local involvement of mantle-derived components is suggested. Most of the diorites have geochemical signatures compatible with mantle-derived parental magmas, i.e., elevated Mg, Cr and flat chondrite-normalised REE patterns. A group of quartz-diorite and diorite samples from the Fiskefjord region exhibits marked enrichment in Sr, Ba, P, K and REE, combined with steep REE patterns. A similar but much more pronounced enrichment in the same elements characterises Palaeoproterozoic subduction-related monzodiorites within the Nagssugtoqidian orogen, as well as carbonatites and carbonatitic lamprophyres within the same part of West Greenland. We argue that the parental magmas of the enriched diorites are derived by partial melting from regions within the mantle that have been metasomatised by carbonatite-related material, e.g., in the form of carbonate-apatite-phlogopite veins. Alternatively, ascending slab melts may have reacted with carbonatite-metasomatised mantle. Carbonatitic carbonates have high Sr and Ba, and carbonatitic apatite has high P 2O 5 and very steep REE spectra. Adding such a component to a peridotite-derived magma

  5. Evolution of high-pressure mafic granulites and pelitic gneisses from NE Madagascar: Tectonic implications

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    Ishwar-Kumar, C.; Sajeev, K.; Windley, B. F.; Kusky, T. M.; Feng, P.; Ratheesh-Kumar, R. T.; Huang, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Jiang, X.; Razakamanana, T.; Yagi, K.; Itaya, T.

    2015-11-01

    The occurrence of high-pressure mafic-ultramafic bodies within major shear zones is one of the indicators of paleo-subduction. In mafic granulites of the Andriamena complex (north-eastern Madagascar) we document unusual textures including garnet-clinopyroxene-quartz coronas that formed after the breakdown of orthopyroxene-plagioclase-ilmenite. Textural evidence and isochemical phase diagram calculations in the Na2O-CaO-K2O-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O-TiO2 system indicate a pressure-temperature (P-T) evolution from an isothermal (780 °C) pressure up to c. 24 kbar to decompression and cooling. Such a P-T trajectory is typically attained in a subduction zone setting where a gabbroic/ultramafic complex is subducted and later exhumed to the present crustal level during oceanic closure and final continental collision. The present results suggest that the presence of such deeply subducted rocks of the Andriamena complex is related to formation of the Betsimisaraka suture. LA-ICPMS U-Pb zircon dating of pelitic gneisses from the Betsimisaraka suture yields low Th/U ratios and protolith ages ranging from 2535 to 2625 Ma. A granitic gneiss from the Alaotra complex yields a zircon crystallization age of ca. 818 Ma and Th/U ratios vary from 1.08 to 2.09. K-Ar dating of muscovite and biotite from biotite-kyanite-sillimanite gneiss and garnet-biotite gneiss yields age of 486 ± 9 Ma and 459 ± 9 Ma respectively. We have estimated regional crustal thicknesses in NE Madagascar using a flexural inversion technique, which indicates the presence of an anomalously thick crust (c. 43 km) beneath the Antananarivo block. This result is consistent with the present concept that subduction beneath the Antananarivo block resulted in a more competent and thicker crust. The textural data, thermodynamic model, and geophysical evidence together provide a new insight to the subduction history, crustal thickening and evolution of the high-pressure Andriamena complex and its link to the terminal

  6. The levantine amber belt

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    Nissenbaum, A.; Horowitz, A.

    1992-02-01

    Amber, a fossil resin, is found in Early Cretaceous sanstones and fine clastics in Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel. The term "Levantine amber belt" is coined for this amber-containing sediment belt. The amber occurs as small nodules of various colors and frequently contains inclusions of macro- and microorganisms. The Lebanese amber contains Lepidoptera and the amber from southern Israel is rich in fungal remains. The source of the amber, based on geochemical and palynological evidence, is assumed to be from a conifer belonging to the Araucariaceae. The resins were produced by trees growing in a tropical near shore environment. The amber was transported into small swamps and was preserved there together with lignite. Later reworking of those deposits resulted in redeposition of the amber in oxidized sandstones.

  7. Kuiper Belt Mapping Radar

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    Freeman, A.; Nilsen, E.

    2001-01-01

    Since their initial discovery in 1992, to date only a relatively small number of Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO's) have been discovered. Current detection techniques rely on frame-to-frame comparisons of images collected by optical telescopes such as Hubble, to detect KBO's as they move against the background stellar field. Another technique involving studies of KBO's through occultation of known stars has been proposed. Such techniques are serendipitous, not systematic, and may lead to an inadequate understanding of the size, range, and distribution of KBO's. In this paper, a future Kuiper Belt Mapping Radar is proposed as a solution to the problem of mapping the size distribution, extent, and range of KBO's. This approach can also be used to recover radar albedo and object rotation rates. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  8. Jupiter's radiation belts.

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    Brice, N.; Mcdonough, T. R.

    1973-01-01

    A model for the production and loss of energetic electrons in Jupiter's radiation belt is presented. It is postulated that the electrons originate in the solar wind and are diffused in toward the planet by perturbations which violate the particles' third adiabatic invariant. At large distances, magnetic perturbations, electric fields associated with magnetospheric convection, or interchange instabilities driven by thermal plasma gradients may drive the diffusion. Inside about 10 Jupiter radii, the diffusion is probably driven by electric fields associated with the upper atmosphere dynamo which is driven by neutral winds in the ionosphere. The diurnal component of the dynamo wind fields produces a dawn-dusk asymmetry in the decimetric radiation from the electrons in the belts, and the lack of obvious measured asymmetries in the decimetric radiation measurements provides estimates of upper limits for these Jovian ionospheric neutral winds.

  9. Deconstructing the conveyor belt.

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    Lozier, M Susan

    2010-06-18

    For the past several decades, oceanographers have embraced the dominant paradigm that the ocean's meridional overturning circulation operates like a conveyor belt, transporting cold waters equatorward at depth and warm waters poleward at the surface. Within this paradigm, the conveyor, driven by changes in deepwater production at high latitudes, moves deep waters and their attendant properties continuously along western boundary currents and returns surface waters unimpeded to deepwater formation sites. A number of studies conducted over the past few years have challenged this paradigm by revealing the vital role of the ocean's eddy and wind fields in establishing the structure and variability of the ocean's overturning. Here, we review those studies and discuss how they have collectively changed our view of the simple conveyor-belt model.

  10. Infrared Kuiper Belt Constraints

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    Teplitz, V.L.; Stern, S.A.; Anderson, J.D.; Rosenbaum, D.; Scalise, R.J.; Wentzler, P.

    1999-05-01

    We compute the temperature and IR signal of particles of radius {ital a} and albedo {alpha} at heliocentric distance {ital R}, taking into account the emissivity effect, and give an interpolating formula for the result. We compare with analyses of {ital COBE} DIRBE data by others (including recent detection of the cosmic IR background) for various values of heliocentric distance {ital R}, particle radius {ital a}, and particle albedo {alpha}. We then apply these results to a recently developed picture of the Kuiper belt as a two-sector disk with a nearby, low-density sector (40{lt}R{lt}50{endash}90 AU) and a more distant sector with a higher density. We consider the case in which passage through a molecular cloud essentially cleans the solar system of dust. We apply a simple model of dust production by comet collisions and removal by the Poynting-Robertson effect to find limits on total and dust masses in the near and far sectors as a function of time since such a passage. Finally, we compare Kuiper belt IR spectra for various parameter values. Results of this work include: (1) numerical limits on Kuiper belt dust as a function of ({ital R}, {ital a}, {alpha}) on the basis of four alternative sets of constraints, including those following from recent discovery of the cosmic IR background by Hauser et al.; (2) application to the two-sector Kuiper belt model, finding mass limits and spectrum shape for different values of relevant parameters including dependence on time elapsed since last passage through a molecular cloud cleared the outer solar system of dust; and (3) potential use of spectral information to determine time since last passage of the Sun through a giant molecular cloud. {copyright} {ital {copyright} 1999.} {ital The American Astronomical Society}

  11. Eclogitization on the way up? Lu-Hf garnet chronology of metasomatic ultrahigh-pressure rocks from the Western Gneiss Complex, Norway

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    Cutts, Jamie; Smit, Matthijs; Vrijmoed, Johannes

    2017-04-01

    The Western Gneiss Complex (WGC) is a fragment of continental crust that was subjected to high- and ultrahigh pressure (HP; UHP) conditions as a result of Caledonian continental collision (420-400 Ma). Most eclogites and related high-pressure rocks have yielded chronological and petrological data that are consistent with a generalized model of Caledonian continental subduction. Nevertheless, a distinct suite of eclogitic rocks - metasomatized Fe-Ti meta-peridotites - indicate extreme pressure conditions that do not fit the regional field gradient and yield unexpectedly young ages. This has lead to alternative models of non-lithostatic pressure conditions, which explain local and late generation of extreme pressures during fluid-flow and melting in orogenic belts. The validity of both models is testable through high-precision chronology; however, so far only limited age constraints have been provided for these (ultra-)mafic rocks. In this study, we subject two orthopyroxene-bearing eclogites to Lu-Hf garnet chronology; a method that provides precise and robust data for garnet even at the extreme temperature. Conventional barometry indicates equilibration of the main garnet-bearing assemblage at c. 4.3 GPa and Lu-Hf garnet chronology yields ages of c. 393 Ma. These results overlap with Sm-Nd garnet and U-Pb zircon ages from the nearby diamond-bearing Svartberget peridotite body and leucosomes in its host gneiss. However, the results are ≥ 10 Ma younger than garnet ages for 'normal' eclogite lenses in the WGC and correspond to a time when the terrane was already exhumed to 30-35 km depth. The discrepancy in P-T-t evolution between the bulk of the WGC, and the UHP (ultra-)mafic rocks indicates that the latter rocks reflect localized fluid-induced re-equilibration at pressures higher than lithostatic. The new data provide new support for the occurrence of this phenomenon in deep continental crust undergoing exhumation and partial melting, and quantify the pressures

  12. The UHP metamorphic Seve Nappe Complex of the Swedish Caledonides - a new occurrence of the microdiamond-bearing gneisses and their exhumation

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    Klonowska, Iwona; Janák, Marian; Majka, Jarosław; ‎ Froitzheim, Nikolaus; Gee, David G.

    2015-04-01

    The ultra-high pressure metamorphism (UHPM) in the Seve Nappe Complex of the Swedish Caledonides has been recently recognized within several lithologies including gneisses, eclogites and garnet pyroxenites (e.g. Janák et al. 2013, Klonowska et al. 2014a, Majka et al. 2014). Thermodynamic modelling and thermobarometric calculations indicate peak pressure conditions of >3GPa at c. 800-900°C (reaching the diamond stability field) for eclogites and garnet pyroxenites from northern Jämtland (e.g. Klonowska et al. 2014b). In addition to this, the first microdiamonds were found in paragneisses from the Snasahögarna Mt. in central Jämtland (Majka et al. 2014). Here we report a new discovery of microdiamond together with moissanite (SiC) from one of the world's most famous localities for thrusting, Mount Åreskutan, where long transport distances were recognized already in the 19th century (Törnebohm 1888). Garnet porphyroblasts in gneisses from the Åreskutan Mt. contain abundant mineral inclusions, mainly graphite, carbonates and quartz, together with fluid inclusions of CO2 concentrated in swarms. Among these inclusions three microdiamonds were found in two gneiss samples. In one of the samples moissanite was also discovered. Both minerals were identified by micro-Raman spectroscopy. In addition to these 'swarm' inclusions, biotite, kyanite, rutile, feldspars, zircon, monazite, ±phengite, ±muscovite, ±spinel, ±ilmenite, ±apatite occur in garnets. Phase equilibrium modelling for the phengite-bearing gneiss confirms its UHP history at temperatures of c. 800°C. Recent discoveries of UHP metamorphism within the Seve Nappe Complex derived from the Baltican outer margin (part of the Middle Allochthon) challenged us to present a new tectonic model incorporating exhumation of the deeply subducted continental rocks together with mantle lithosphere peridotites. Majka et al. (2014) introduced a new "under-pressure"-driven exhumation mechanism of rocks buried in

  13. Exploring Main Belt Asteroids

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    Sykes, M. V.; Larson, S. M.; Whiteley, R.; Fink, U.; Jedicke, R.; Emery, J.; Fevig, R.; Kelley, M.; Harris, A. W.; Ostro, S.; Reed, K.; Binzel, R. P.; Rivkin, A.; Magri, C.; Bottke, W.; Durda, D.; Walker, R.; Davis, D.; Hartmann, W. K.; Sears, D.; Yano, H.; Granahan, J.; Storrs, A.; Bus, S. J.; Bell, J. F.; Tholen, D.; Cellino, A.

    2001-11-01

    Terrestrial planet formation in the main asteroid belt was interrupted when growing protoplanets became sufficiently massive to gravitationally perturb the local population, causing bodies to collide with increased energy, thus ending accretion and commencing fragmentation and disruption. Few of these protoplanets are thought to have survived unshattered (e.g., Ceres, Vesta, Pallas), leaving a main belt population dominated by fragments of fragments, and significantly depleted of mass as a consequence of dynamical scattering. Yet, these fragments retain a record of the early steps of planet formation and evolution, as well as a record of early solar system conditions and the primordial composition gradient in that region. By exploring main belt asteroids through groundbased observations and spacecraft, modeling and theoretical work, we seek ultimately to recover this information. A single mission to a single target is not sufficient to address, in isolation, these questions. They require a foundation of robust, broad, and continuing groundbased, theoretical, and modeling programs. Such work is funded at a small fraction of a typical mission cost through the NASA Research and Analysis Program. Therefore, within the context of planetary decadal study recommendations to NASA, highest priority needs to be given to maintaining and growing a healthy R&A program over the next ten years and beyond. Missions also have an important role to play. An Earth orbiting remote sensing mission needs to be considered as a means of collecting important data for a large fraction of all main belt asteroids above a sub-kilometer diameter (while also realizing synergistic benefits to astrophysics). Missions to specific main belt targets can provide important new insights and leverage new understanding of existing data, models, and theories, but target definition (and corresponding instrument complement) is critical and must be based on our existing knowledge of these very diverse objects

  14. Simulation of a true-triaxial deformation test on anisotropic gneiss using FLAC3D

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    Ye, Shenghua; Sehizadeh, Mehdi; Nasseri, Mohammad; Young, Paul

    2016-04-01

    A series of true-triaxial experiments have been carried out at the University of Toronto's Rock Fracture Dynamics Laboratory. Isotropic pegmatite and gneiss have been used to systematically study the effect of anisotropy on the strength, behaviour and seismic response. Samples were loaded under true-triaxial stress conditions and subjected to complex loading and unloading histories associated with rock deformation around underground openings. The results show expected patterns of weakness from preferentially oriented samples and highlight the importance of unloading history under true-triaxial conditions on the deformation and seismic response of the samples. These tests have been used to validate a synthetic simulation using the Itasca FLAC3D numerical code. The paper describes the FLAC3D simulations of the complex true-triaxial loading and unloading history of the different anisotropic samples. Various parameters were created to describe the physico-mechanical properties of the synthetic rock samples. Foliation planes of preferential orientations with respect to the primary loading direction were added to the synthetic rock samples to reflect the anisotropy of the gneiss. These synthetic rock samples were subjected to the same loading and unloading paths as the real rock samples, and failed in the same mechanism as what was observed from the experiments, and thus it proved the validity of this numerical simulation with FLAC3D.

  15. A Rubidium-Strontium study of the Twilight Gneiss, West Needle Mountains, Colorado

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    Barker, F.; Peterman, Z.E.; Hildreth, R.A.

    1969-01-01

    The Precambrian trondhjemitic Twilight Gneiss (Twilight Granite of Cross and Howe, 1905b) of the West Needle Mountains, southwestern Colorado, and its interlayered amphibolite and metarhyodacite yield a Rb-Sr isochron of 1,805??35 m.y. A low initial Sr87/Sr86 ratio of 0.7015 implies that metamorphism of these rocks to amphibolite facies took place soon after their emplacement. The mild metamorphism of Uncompahgran age, prior to 1,460 m.y. ago, and Laramide volcanism did not affect the Rb-Sr system in the Twilight. Rb contents of 26.5 to 108 ppm, Sr contents of 114 to 251 ppm, and K2O percentages of 1.23 to 3.64 in the Twilight Gneiss, in conjunction with high K/Rb ratios and the low initial ratio of Sr87/Sr86, lend support to geologic data that suggest the Twilight originated as volcanic or hypabyssal igneous rocks in a basaltic volcanic pile. ?? 1969 Springer-Verlag.

  16. Strain-collapsed metamorphic isograds in a sillimanite gneiss dome, Seward Peninsula, Alaska

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    Miller, E.L.; Calvert, A.T.; Little, T.A. )

    1992-06-01

    Unusually closely spaced Barrovian series isograds have been described along the flanks of the Kigluaik Mountains, Seward Peninsula, Alaska, where they separate a high-grade gneiss complex intruded by granites of Cretaceous age from surrounding, regionally developed, blueschist to greenschist facies rocks. Structural mapping of the transition zone between the two metamorphic types indicates that their juxtaposition was aided by significant syn- to late-metamorphic solid-state flow that served to attenuate the overlying rock column and thus collapse the field metamorphic gradient. On the basis of field relations, structural data, petrography, and geochronologic data, strain appears to have accompanied the rapid (adiabatic) rise of high-temperature rocks from several tens of kilometers to less than 10 km depth during the Cretaceous, in an event younger than the unrelated to high-P metamorphism. Granite-cored gneiss domes on the Seward Peninsula may have formed during extension of previously thickened continental crust, resulting in the {approximately}35-km-thick crust and near-sea-level elevations of the region today.

  17. Potential field constraints on the deep structure of the Lugo gneiss dome (NW Spain)

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    Ayarza, Puy; Martínez Catalán, José R.

    2007-07-01

    The Lugo gneiss dome, in the NW Iberian Massif (Spain) is a Variscan structure developed during late stages of orogenic collapse. Crustal extension was mainly accomplished by two kilometre-scale conjugate extensional shear zones and by the late development of the dome and a huge normal fault. These structures overprint previous contractional recumbent folds and a thrust fault. The Lugo dome and its southward continuation, the Sanabria dome, are the site of the conspicuous Eastern Galicia Magnetic Anomaly (EGMA), a N-S band, 50 km wide and 190 km long, with a maximum amplitude of 190 nT. Integrated potential field modelling of the EGMA and its corresponding gravity signature have been carried out aided by constraints provided by the measurement of c. 900 magnetic susceptibilities and by previous geophysical data, mainly seismic refraction and reflection profiles. Results suggest that a large volume of low-density migmatites and associated inhomogeneous granites are the main source of the magnetic anomaly. Small massifs of basic and ultrabasic rocks inside the migmatites and high-susceptibility iron ore bodies sparsely distributed in low-grade Middle Ordovician slates are also thought to contribute to the anomaly but to a minor extent. Although otherwise similar to other gneiss domes, the Lugo dome is accompanied by a striking magnetic anomaly whose origin is discussed in terms of the tectonic evolution of this structure and the provenance of the magnetite-bearing migmatites and inhomogeneous granites that core it.

  18. Geochemistry and geochronology of late Mesozoic volcanic rocks in the northern part of the Eastern Pontide Orogenic Belt (NE Turkey): Implications for the closure of the Neo-Tethys Ocean

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    Özdamar, Şenel

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents 40Ar/39Ar and U-Pb age data, Sr-Nd isotopes, whole-rock and mineral compositions of Upper Cretaceous volcanic rocks from the Ordu area of the Eastern Pontide Orogenic Belt (EPOB) in northeastern Turkey. The volcanic rocks exhibit a wide compositional range: basalt, basaltic-andesites, andesites and a rhyodacite suite; they are characterized by subparallel light rare earth element (LREE)-enrichment, relatively flat heavy rare earth element (HREE) patterns with Eu anomalies and moderate fractionation [average (La/Yb)N = 8.55]. The geochemical results show that the volcanic rocks have calc-alkaline affinity consistent with arc volcanic rocks erupted in an active continental margin. Initial 87Sr/86Sr values vary between 0.70569 and 0.70606, while initial 143Nd/144Nd values lie between 0.51244 and 0.51249. Crustal contamination affected the mantle-originated primary magma, as indicated by increased 87Sr/86Sr and decreased 143Nd/144Nd ratios with increasing SiO2. New precise laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (LA-ICP-MS) 206Pb-238U age analyses of zircon and 40Ar/39Ar age data of plagioclase from the volcanics enable a more precise reconstruction of the EBOP. The ages provide insight into the timing of arc formation in this region, constrain the volcanic activity between 86 My (Coniacian) and 75 My (Campanian) and constrain the timing of closure of the Neo-Tethys.

  19. Reduced, reused and recycled: Detrital zircons define a maximum age for the Eoarchean (ca. 3750-3780 Ma) Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt, Québec (Canada)

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    Cates, Nicole L.; Ziegler, Karen; Schmitt, Axel K.; Mojzsis, Stephen J.

    2013-01-01

    A key discovery from the Hadean (pre-3850 Ma) detrital zircon record has been that the dichotomy of granitic and basaltic crust was established within about 160 Myr of Earth's formation (Harrison, 2009). Understanding the origin and fate of this primordial crust would greatly add to what we know about the geodynamics of the Hadean Earth. Insights emerge from 147,146Sm-143,142Nd isotope data reported from different Eoarchean terranes worldwide, including the Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt (NSB) in northern Québec. Some Ca-poor (cummingtonite-rich) amphibolites and granitoid gneisses of the NSB preserve lower 142Nd/144Nd than Bulk Silicate Earth (BSE); these also show positive correlations against 147Sm/144Nd that were used by O'Neil et al. (2008, 2012) to assign a ca. 4400 Ma age. Alternatively, the compositions were inherited during the formation of the NSB at around 3800 Ma (Roth et al., 2013; Guitreau et al., 2013). To resolve this discrepancy, ion microprobe U-Pb ages are reported for detrital zircons from NSB meta-sediments from within the same supracrustal successions that preserve low 142Nd/144Nd. The youngest detrital zircon cores of igneous derivation define a maximum age for the NSB of ca. 3780 Ma. This age is about 600 Myr younger than that obtained from 142Nd/144Nd vs. 147Sm-143Nd regressions. Thus, just like the variable 142Nd/144Nd ratios reported for other Eoarchean terranes, non-BSE 142Nd/144Nd values of the NSB were inherited from an older component.

  20. Petrogenesis and tectonic implications of the Neoarchean North Liaoning tonalitic-trondhjemitic gneisses of the North China Craton, North China

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    Wang, Maojiang; Liu, Shuwen; Wang, Wei; Wang, Kang; Yan, Ming; Guo, Boran; Bai, Xiang; Guo, Rongrong

    2016-12-01

    Tonalitic-trondhjemitic-granodioritic (TTG) gneisses are dominant lithological assemblages in Archean high grade metamorphic terranes in the world. These TTG gneisses preserve important information in formation and evolution of Archean continental crust. Tangtu-Majuanzi microblock in North Liaoning Province (NLP) is one of the major Neoarchean metamorphic basement terranes in the northeastern margin of the North China Craton (NCC). The Tangtu-Majuanzi microblock is composed mainly of Neoarchean tonalitic-trondhjemitic (TT) gneisses, subordinate granodioritic to monzogranitic association (GMA) and minor supracrustal rocks. The tonalitic-trondhjemitic gneisses are divided into high MgO Group (HMG) and low MgO Group (LMG) based on their chemical compositions. Detailed petrogenetic investigations suggest that the magmatic precursors of the HMG samples were derived from partial melting of subducted slabs and contaminated by the overlying mantle wedge during its ascent; whereas, magmatic precursors of the LMG samples were derived from the juvenile lower crust. LA-ICPMS zircon U-Pb isotopic dating analyses reveal that the magmatic precursors of the HMG samples were formed at 2553-2531 Ma. An older HMG tonalitic gneiss sample was discovered at Sandaoguan in the southmost of the studied area, with its magmatic precursor emplaced at 2680 Ma. The magmatic precursors of the LMG samples emplaced at 2595-2583 Ma. Combined with previous credible chronological data, our newly obtained zircon U-Pb dating and Lu-Hf isotopic data indicate that three episodes of magmatism at ∼2700-2680 Ma, ∼2600-2570 Ma and ∼2550-2510 Ma occurred in the Tangtu-Majuanzi microblock, and the TT gneisses in this microblock were subjected to generally amphibolite-facies metamorphism at ∼2520-2470 Ma. Based on the above Neoarchean crust-mantle thermal-dynamic processes, we propose that the Neoarchean magmatism and metamorphism in the Tangtu-Majuanzi microblock of North Liaoning Province occurred in

  1. Reaction softening in the Prospect Gneiss on the New York Promontory during Eastern North American Paleozoic Orogenies

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    Helou, C. E.; Wathen, B.; Wintsch, R. P.; Yi, K.

    2016-12-01

    The Prospect Gneiss, a Late Ordovician diorite to granodiorite porphyry lying on the eastern margin of the New York promontory in south-central Connecticut, records repeated deformation events in multiple foliations. Its high feldspar content (>65%) made the Prospect Gneiss the strongest rock along this margin. Salinic and Acadian events, recorded by U-Pb ages of recrystallized titanites and zircons, produced a pervasive gneissosity. Transpressive strain during this time produced a gneissosity with a sub-horizontal SSW stretching lineation. Exhumation and cooling in the Neoacadian and Alleghenian, made the majority of the gneiss too strong for penetrative strain. Most continuing strain was partitioned into a ½ km wide greenschist facies shear zone along the eastern margin of the Prospect Gneiss. However, local ductile shear zones formed in the Prospect Gneiss in the Neoacadian and Alleghenian. These shear zones show reaction weakening through the dissolution of strong feldspars and precipitation of weak, foliation-forming muscovite. The reaction occurring: 3 K-feldspar + 2H+ = muscovite + 6 quartz + 2K+ has a ΔVreaction of -15 %. K-feldspar dissolved and muscovite precipitated along planes normal to sigma 1, which produced a Sn fabric, and SiO2, diffusing down its activity gradient, precipitated quartz as beards in strain shadows of feldspars. Textures also support the static replacement of feldspar, which indicate the introduction of H+ into the shear zones. An example of these textures are fingers of muscovite embaying K-feldspar and armored by quartz, consistent with the reaction above. The crystallization of weak muscovite constitutes reaction softening and its preferred orientation in Sn constitutes textural softening. This softening allowed localized strain in the Prospect Gneiss to continue into the greenschist facies during the later Paleozoic orogenies.

  2. Lap belt injuries in children.

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    McGrath, N; Fitzpatrick, P; Okafor, I; Ryan, S; Hensey, O; Nicholson, A J

    2010-01-01

    The use of adult seat belts without booster seats in young children may lead to severe abdominal, lumbar or cervical spine and head and neck injuries. We describe four characteristic cases of lap belt injuries presenting to a tertiary children's hospital over the past year in addition to a review of the current literature. These four cases of spinal cord injury, resulting in significant long-term morbidity in the two survivors and death in one child, arose as a result of lap belt injury. These complex injuries are caused by rapid deceleration characteristic of high impact crashes, resulting in sudden flexion of the upper body around the fixed lap belt, and consequent compression of the abdominal viscera between the lap belt and spine. This report highlights the dangers of using lap belts only without shoulder straps. Age-appropriate child restraint in cars will prevent these injuries.

  3. The migmatite-gneiss complex of the Chuya-Kendyktas sialic massif (Southern Kazakhstan): Structure and age

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    Tretyakov, A. A.; Degtyarev, K. E.; Kovach, V. P.; Kotov, A. B.; Salnikova, E. B.; Pilitsyna, A. V.; Yakovleva, S. Z.

    2016-03-01

    A migmatite-gneiss complex made up of paraand orthogneisses and crystalline schists with bodies of ultrametagenic tonalites is distinguished in the basement of the northwestern part of the Chuya-Kendyktas Massif. ID-TIMS dating of accessory zircon from orthogneisses and ultrametagenic tonalites in combination with LA-ICP-MS analyses of detrital zircons from garnet-biotite paragneisses showed that the migmatite-gneiss complex was formed after protoliths with an age within 800-770 Ma and completed its evolution in the first half of the Neoproterozoic.

  4. The Tintina Gold Belt - A global perspective

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    Goldfarb, Richard J.; Hart, Craig J.R.; Miller, Marti L.; Miller, Lance D.; Farmer, G. Lang; Groves, David I.; Tucker, T.L.; Smith, M.T.

    1999-01-01

    The so-called Tintina Gold Belt extends for more than 1000 km along the length of the northern North American Cordillera. Middle to Late Cretaceous Au deposits within the belt have various similar characteristics, among which are a spatial and temporal association with magmatism; Bi-W-Te signatures in deposits hosted by granitod stocks and As-Sb signatures where hosted by sedimentary rocks and dyke systems; and δ180 values consistently > 12 per mil for Au-bearing quartz. Nevertheless significant differences in structural styles, levels of deposit emplacement, ore-fluid chemistry, and Au grades suggest that the characteristics represent a broad range of deposit types. Many of these are best classified as orogenic Au deposits in the Yukon-Tanana terrane, as epithermal and porphyry-style Au deposits in the Kuskokwim region, and as Au-bearing, granite-related veins and stockworks, replacements, and skarns, as well as associated polymetallic lodes, in central Yukon. The diverse types of Au deposits and associated plutons of the Tintina Gold Belt collectively define a 45-m.y.-long period of arc magmatism that migrated northwesterly, for about 1000 km, across the active collisional margin of Cretaceous northwestern North America. The initiation of fluid flow and plutonism in Albian time seems to correlate with the onset of oblique subduction and dextral strike-slip on the Denali-Farewell, Tintina-Kaltag, and related fault systems. Initial Au-vein formation and subduction-related magmatism at about 115-110 Ma (e.g., including the Goodpaster and Fortymile districts), within the seaward side of the Yukon-Tanana terrane, correlate with the arrival of the Wrangellia superterrane off the continental margin. Dextral translation of the allochthonous Wrangellia block was associated with the migration of the thermal pulse to the northwest at about 95-90 Ma. Orogenic (or so­ called mesotherrnal) and granitoid-related Au deposits formed across the width of the Yukon

  5. SLH Timing Belt Powertrain

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    Schneider, Abe

    2014-04-09

    The main goal of this proposal was to develop and test a novel powertrain solution for the SLH hydroEngine, a low-cost, efficient low-head hydropower technology. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. renewable electricity is produced by hydropower (EIA 2010). According to the U.S. Department of Energy; this amount could be increased by 50% with small hydropower plants, often using already-existing dams (Hall 2004). There are more than 80,000 existing dams, and of these, less than 4% generate power (Blankinship 2009). In addition, there are over 800 irrigation districts in the U.S., many with multiple, non-power, low-head drops. These existing, non-power dams and irrigation drops could be retrofitted to produce distributed, baseload, renewable energy with appropriate technology. The problem is that most existing dams are low-head, or less than 30 feet in height (Ragon 2009). Only about 2% of the available low-head hydropower resource in the U.S. has been developed, leaving more than 70 GW of annual mean potential low-head capacity untapped (Hall 2004). Natel Energy, Inc. is developing a low-head hydropower turbine that operates efficiently at heads less than 6 meters and is cost-effective for deployment across multiple low-head structures. Because of the unique racetrack-like path taken by the prime-movers in the SLH, a flexible powertrain is required. Historically, the only viable technological solution was roller chain. Despite the having the ability to easily attach blades, roller chain is characterized by significant drawbacks, including high cost, wear, and vibration from chordal action. Advanced carbon- fiber-reinforced timing belts have been recently developed which, coupled with a novel belt attachment system developed by Natel Energy, result in a large reduction in moving parts, reduced mass and cost, and elimination of chordal action for increased fatigue life. The work done in this project affirmatively addressed each of the following 3 major uncertainties concerning

  6. U-Pb ID-TIMS geochronology of gneisses and metaintrusives in the pre-Caledonian magma-poor hyperextended margin of Baltica

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    Jakob, Johannes; Alsaif, Manar; Andersen, Torgeir; Corfu, Fernando

    2017-04-01

    the origin of such heterogeneous units after they were incorporated in a mountain belt during inversion of the passive margin. Furthermore, later magmatic additions and tectonometamorphic overprints may provide important information on the post-rift geological history. We present U-Pb ID-TIMS ages of eleven rocks from the mélange unit in south Norway. Four gneiss sheets crystallized in the Mesoproterozoic at about 1495 and 1229 Ma. Two gneisses contain secondary titanite that formed close to 1100 Ma. The ages of crystallization and metamorphism are similar to those of the Telemarkia Terrane in southern Norway and support a Baltican origin of the mélange. Three meta-igneous rocks yielded latest Cambrian-early Ordovician crystallization ages and may have been added to the rock assemblage either during shortening within a narrow basin floored by transitional crust or during hyperextension in a back-arc basin. Scandian thrusting and main inversion of the hyperextended margin began at c. 438-427 Ma, which is indicated by the formation of metamorphic titanite and zircon. At c. 420 Ma, the westernmost parts of the mélange were locally truncated by late Scandian granitoid intrusives.

  7. Numerical modeling of fold-and-thrust belts: Applications to Kuqa foreland fold belt, China

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    Yin, H.; Morgan, J. K.; Zhang, J.; Wang, Z.

    2009-12-01

    We constructed discrete element models to simulate the evolution of fold-and-thrust belts. The impact of rock competence and decollement strength on the geometric pattern and deformation mechanics of fold-and-thrust belts has been investigated. The models reproduced some characteristic features of fold-and-thrust belts, such as faulted detachment folds, pop-ups, far-traveled thrust sheets, passive-roof duplexes, and back thrusts. In general, deformation propagates farther above a weak decollement than above a strong decollement. Our model results confirm that fold-and-thrust belts with strong frictional decollements develop relatively steep and narrow wedges formed by closely spaced imbricate thrust slices, whereas fold belts with weak decollements form wide low-taper wedges composed of faulted detachment folds, pop-ups, and back thrusts. Far-traveled thrust sheets and passive-roof duplexes are observed in the model with a strong lower decollement and a weak upper detachment. Model results also indicate that the thickness of the weak layer is critical. If it is thick enough, it acts as a ductile layer that is able to flow under differential stress, which helps to partition deformation above and below it. The discrete element modeling results were used to interpret the evolution of Kuqa Cenozoic fold-and-thrust belt along northern Tarim basin, China. Seismic and well data show that the widely distributed Paleogene rock salt has a significant impact on the deformation in this area. Structures beneath salt are closely spaced imbricate thrust and passive-roof duplex systems. Deformation above salt propagates much farther than below the salt. Faults above salt are relatively wide spaced. A huge controversy over the Kuqa fold-and-thrust belt is whether it is thin-skinned or thick-skinned. With the insights from DEM results, we suggest that Kuqa structures are mostly thin-skinned with Paleogene salt as decollement, except for the rear part near the backstop, where the

  8. Early Proterozoic transcontinental orogenic belts in the United States

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    Van Schmus, W.R. . Dept. of Geology); Bickford, M.E. . Dept. of Geology); Condie, K.C. . Dept. Geoscience)

    1993-02-01

    It has been recognized for many years that Early Proterozoic orogenic rocks in the western US range from 1.8 to 1.6 Ga, with a general distribution such that 1.8 to 1.7 Ga rocks underlie Colorado, northern Arizona, and northern New Mexico and 1.7 to 1.6 Ga rocks underlie southern Arizona and southern New Mexico. Recent U-Pb geochronologic and Sm-Nd isotopic studies by a variety of research groups have refined crustal history in the western region and have extended knowledge eastward into the buried midcontinent basement. As a result, the authors propose that 1.8 Ga to 1.6 Ga crust of the US by divided into two distinct, but overlapping, orogenic belts: a 1.8 to 1.7 Ga Inner Accretionary Belt and a 1.7 to 1.6 Ga Outer Tectonic Belt. The Inner Accretionary Belt (IAB) comprises rock suites with compositions and isotopic signatures compatible with origin as juvenile crustal terranes formed as oceanic or off-shore and related terranes that were accreted to southern Laurentia between 1.8 and 1.6 Ga. The IAB includes the Yavapai Province of Arizona, Early Proterozoic basement of Colorado and southern Wyoming, and the basement of Nebraska. The Mojave Province of California may be part of this belt, although it also includes components derived from older Proterozoic or Archean crust. Extension of the IAB eastward from Nebraska is uncertain at present, although coeval rocks that may be eastern manifestations of this 1.8 to 1.7 Ga orogenesis occur in Wisconsin (1.76 Ga granite-rhyolite suite), Ontario (Killarney granite), Labrador (Makkovic Province) and southern Greenland (Ketilidian orogen). The Outer Tectonic Belt (OTB) comprises rock suites which have compositions, structures, and isotopic signature compatible with origin in continental margin tectonic settings between 1.7 and 1.6 Ga.

  9. Radiation Belt Dynamics

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    2015-12-27

    is unlimited. 15 DISTRIBUTION LIST DTIC/OCP 8725 John J. Kingman Rd, Suite 0944 Ft Belvoir, VA 22060-6218 1 cy AFRL /RVIL Kirtland AFB, NM 87117... AFRL -RV-PS- AFRL -RV-PS- TR-2016-0007 TR-2016-0007 RADIATION BELT DYNAMICS Jay M. Albert, et al. 27 December 2015 Final Report APPROVED FOR... KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, NM 87117-5776 DTIC COPY NOTICE AND SIGNATURE PAGE Using Government drawings, specifications, or other data included in this

  10. 3.3 Ga SHRIMP U-Pb zircon age of a felsic metavolcanic rock from the Mundo Novo greenstone belt in the São Francisco craton, Bahia (NE Brazil)

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    Peucat, J. J.; Mascarenhas, J. F.; Barbosa, J. S. F.; de Souza, S. L.; Marinho, M. M.; Fanning, C. M.; Leite, C. M. M.

    2002-07-01

    Felsic metavolcanics associated with supracrustal rocks provide U-Pb zircon and Sm-Nd TDM ages of approximately 3.3 Ga, which establish an Archean age of the Mundo Novo greenstone belt. A granodioritic gneiss from the Mairi complex, located on the eastern boundary of the Mundo Novo greenstone belt, exhibits a zircon evaporation minimum age of 3.04 Ga and a Nd model age of 3.2 Ga. These results constrain the occurrence of at least three major geological units in this area: the Archean Mundo Novo greenstone belt, the Archean Mairi gneisses, and the adjoining Paleoproterozoic (<2.1 Ga) Jacobina sedimentary basin. The Jacobina basin follows the same trend as the Archean structure, extending southward to the Contendas-Mirante belt, in which a similar Archean-Paleoproterozoic association appears. We postulate that during the Paleoproterozoic in the eastern margin of the Gavião block, these Archean greenstone belts constituted a zone of weakness along which a late-stage orogenic sedimentary basin developed.

  11. Geochemical and zircon U-Pb dating analysis of metamagmatic rocks from the Yuli belt in Taiwan

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    Hung, Chia-Chia

    2016-04-01

    The Tananao Schist Complex of the oldest rocks in Taiwan is exposed at the eastern limb of Backbone Range. Based on the lithologic and metamorphic characteristics, the complex can be divided into the Tailuko and Yuli belts. The Tailuko belt consists of marble, gneiss, and subordinate scattered metabasite; the Yuli belt is composed of greenschist, serpentinite, meta-tuff, meta-gabbro, metabasite, and glaucophane-schist blocks which enclosed by spotted schist of the host rocks. The metamorphic belts were inferred as a Mesozoic mélange. It's still controversial due to the difficulty of analyzing metamorphic rocks. In this study, we focus on the zircon U-Pb dating, geochemistry, and petrographic analysis of spotted schist, metabasite, meta-gabbro, and meta-tuff in order to constrain the formation and crystallization ages and interpret its tectonic setting. Based on zircon U-Pb dating, the host rocks of spotted schist and the exotic blocks of meta-tuff, meta-gabbro (the peak age of 14.4, 15.8, and 16.7 Ma), and metabasite occurred at Miocene. Geochemical characteristics for metabasite and meta-gabbro blocks show Ta-Nd-Ti depletion and LREE depletion in spidergram occurring volcanic arc and N-MORB type affinities, respectively. Results as above mentioned, we suggest that the metamagmatic rocks in the Yuli belt occur within a mélange during the Eurasia continental margin subduction at the Middle-Late Miocene.

  12. Gould Belt Origin

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    Rivera, Leticia; Loinard, Laurent; Dzib, Sergio

    2013-07-01

    Using archive VLA data and recent observations on the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array it is worked on a semi-automatic python/CASA code to select, reduce and plot several young stars belonging to the Ophiuchus core. This code mean to help to select observations made along the 30 years of the VLA done in the selected area with the wide configurations A and B, and in the X and C band, to determine their position and compare it with the most recent ones. In this way it is possible to determinate their proper motion with very high precision. It is presented the phases of the process and our first results worked on three well know stars: S1, DoAr 21 and VLA1623. This is the tip of a bigger work that includes Taurus molecular cloud and other important recent star formation regions belonging to the Gould Belt. Our goal is to support the most suitable among several theories about Gould Belt origin or provide a new one taking in count the dynamics of those regions.

  13. The separation of the Hartland Formation and Ravenswood Granodiorite from the Fordham Gneiss at Cameron's Line in the New York City area

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    Baskerville, C.A.; Mose, D.G.

    1989-01-01

    Recent study of the rocks in City Water Tunnel Number 3 between Roosevelt Island and beneath 34th Street and the 63rd Street subway-rail tunnels at 41st Avenue in Long Island City, as well as study of drill core from other sites in western Queens, establishes that this area of New York City is underlain by the Ravenswood Granodiorite and the Hartland Formation. The Fordham Gneiss does not appear east of the East River at these sites. Cameron's Line can be traced down the east side of the East River, as learned from observations in the tunnels, separating the Middle Proterozoic Fordham Gneiss to the west from the Cambrian and Ordovician Hartland Formation and related Ravenswood Granodiorite to the east. The older, adequately defined, Ravenswood Granodiorite, Hartland Formation, and the Fordham Gneiss, are the rock units that make up the poorly defined Brooklyn gneiss or Brooklyn Injection Gneiss and thus appropriately should supercede these later classifications. -from Authors

  14. Exhumation of high-pressure rocks beneath the Solund Basin, Western Gneiss Region of Norway

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    Hacker, B.R.; Andersen, T.B.; Root, D.B.; Mehl, L.; Mattinson, J.M.; Wooden, J.L.

    2003-01-01

    The Solund-Hyllestad-Lavik area affords an excellent opportunity to understand the ultrahigh-pressure Scandian orogeny because it contains a near-complete record of ophiolite emplacement, high-pressure metamorphism and large-scale extension. In this area, the Upper Allochthon was intruded by the c. 434 Ma Sogneskollen granodiorite and thrust eastward over the Middle/Lower Allochthon, probably in the Wenlockian. The Middle/Lower Allochthon was subducted to c. 50 km depth and the structurally lower Western Gneiss Complex was subducted to eclogite facies conditions at c. 80 km depth by c. 410-400 Ma. Within 100. Exhumation to upper crustal levels was complete by c. 403 Ma. The Solund fault produced the last few km of tectonic exhumation, bringing the near-ultrahigh-pressure rocks to within c. 3 km vertical distance from the low-grade Solund Conglomerate.

  15. Pseudosection modeling of coesite-eclogite and felsic host gneiss from Papua New Guinea

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    Manon, M. R.

    2009-12-01

    The coesite-bearing eclogite described by Baldwin et al. (2008) is the first evidence of ultra-high pressure (UHP) metamorphism in an active tectonic environment, and the youngest yet discovered. Pseudosection modeling performed on bulk-rock data from this eclogite and a nearby felsic gneiss using THERMOCALC suggests that the presence/absence of sodic amphibole in eclogites can be very sensitive to the Al-content of the rock, and retrograde phases may reflect changing rock compositions. The peak assemblage in the mafic eclogite is almandine +omphacite +phengite +coesite +rutile +zircon +apatite, but pseudosection modeling in both NCKFMASH and NCKFMASHT yields a diagram in which sodic amphibole persists from the blueschist facies, throughout the eclogite facies. The observed paragenesis does not appear in the diagram unless the bulk composition of the rock used to calculate the pseudosection is altered. This assemblage is insensitive to changes in water or Fe/Mg, but in a T-XAl diagram the glaucophane out reaction is very steep and it is possible to obtain the natural eclogite assemblage by a slight addition of Al203 (1-2 mol %). UHP amphiboles were described by Zhang and Liou (1994), and these calculations suggest a stability field for them at low Al bulk compositions. No amphibole is stable at peak conditions in the coesite-eclogites implying that either the XRF analysis is not representative of the equilibration volume of the rock, or there is a problem with the thermodynamic models used to construct the pseudosection. Retrograde corona textures in this rock are composed of plagioclase and sodic-calcic amphibole, as well as interstitial quartz. Subtraction of these minerals from the total bulk composition would lead to a more aluminous overall bulk composition and stabilize the observed mineral assemblage. This implies that the overall chemical composition of the rock is changing during exhumation from UHP conditions and the observed retrograde minerals are a

  16. Re-Os, Rb-Sr, and O isotopic systematics of the Archean Kolar schist belt, Karnataka, India

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    Walker, Richard J.; Shirey, Steven B.; Hanson, Gilbert N.; Rajamani, V.; Horan, Mary F.

    1989-01-01

    The Re-Os, Rb-Sr, and O isotopic compositions of mafic and ultramafic amphibolites, gold ores, and granitic gneisses of the circa 2700 Ma Kolar schist belt are reported which reveal at least two episodes of postmagmatic alteration that affected these systems. The Re-Os isotopic systematics of many of the belt rocks indicate that Os was introduced to the area via fluids that carried very radiogenic Os, probably from ancient crust. The Rb-Sr systematics of most of these rocks indicate that the alteration event probably occurred no later than the early Proterozoic. Samples of several komatiitic amphibolites have very Os-187-depleted compositions, indicating that open-system behavior also occurred at a much later time than the late Archean or early Proterozoic. The results suggest that the Re-Os system may have only limited utility for geochronologic applications in regions for which postcrystallization noble metal mineralization is evident.

  17. Implications of Sm-Nd model ages and single grain U-Pb zircon geochronology for the age and heritage of the Swakane gneiss, Yellow Aster Complex, and Skagit gneiss, North Cascades, Wash

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    Rasbury, E.T.; Walker, N.W. . Dept. of Geological Sciences)

    1992-01-01

    Uncertainties regarding the protolith, age, and tectonic affinity of the Swakane gneiss (Swg), Skagit gneiss (Skg), and Yellow Aster complex (YAc) have long been obstacles to deciphering the tectonic history of the North Cascades. Single-grain zircon U-Pb data and Sm-Nd model ages now demonstrate these units are genetically unrelated metasediments derived from Early Proterozoic and younger sources. Zircon populations from Swg samples include rounded, subrounded, and euhedral grains. Three of four analyzed grains define a well-correlated discordia array that intercepts concordia at 1.4 Ga whereas the fourth grain has a 1.6 Ga 207Pb/206Pb age. the Sm-Nd depleted mantle model ages of two samples of Swg are 1.18 Ga and 1.27 Ga. The authors suggest that the Swg gneiss is a metaclastic rock derived chiefly from rocks of Middle Proterozoic age. A single analyzed zircon crystal extracted from garnet-biotite yields a nearly concordant age of 0.14 Ga. The YAc consists of fragments of metaplutonic rocks and quartz-pyroxene gneisses of uncertain protolith that are imbricated with Paleozoic and Mesozoic rocks of the Cretaceous Northwest Cascades thrust system. U-Pb data from 6 single zircons extracted from mylonitic quartz-pyroxene gneiss are interpreted to indicate the presence of Grenville orogen-derived grains of ca 0.9--1.3 Ga age whereas one analyzed zircon has an ca 0.6 Ga age. Analyses of abraded zircons from a post-mylonitic pegmatite dike indicate pegmatite crystallization at ca0.22 Ga and imply the presence of ca1.85 Ga xenocrystic zircons.

  18. Physics and Automobile Safety Belts.

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    Kortman, Peter; Witt, C. Edwin

    This collection of problems and experiments related to automobile safety belt usage is intended to serve as a supplement to a standard physics course. Its purpose is to convince the students that the use of safety belts to prevent injury or death is firmly supported by the considerations of physical quantities and laws which apply in a collision…

  19. Teaching Science: Seat Belt Science.

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    Leyden, Michael B.

    1994-01-01

    Describes activities that will help students understand how car seat belts work, the limited reaction time available to passengers in an automobile accident, and the force of impact in a car collision. These activities will provide students with hands-on experiences that demonstrate the importance of always wearing seat belts while in an…

  20. Geography of the asteroid belt

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    Zellner, B. H.

    1978-01-01

    The CSM classification serves as the starting point on the geography of the asteroid belt. Raw data on asteroid types are corrected for observational biases (against dark objects, for instance) to derive the distribution of types throughout the belt. Recent work on family members indicates that dynamical families have a true physical relationship, presumably indicating common origin in the breakup of a parent asteroid.

  1. Fabric controls on the brittle failure of folded gneiss and schist

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    Agliardi, Federico; Zanchetta, Stefano; Crosta, Giovanni B.

    2014-12-01

    We experimentally studied the brittle failure behaviour of folded gneiss and schist. Rock fabric and petrography were characterised by meso-structural analyses, optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and SEM imaging. Uniaxial compression, triaxial compression and indirect tension laboratory tests were performed to characterise their strength and stress-strain behaviour. Fracture patterns generated in compression were resolved in 3D through X-ray computed tomography at different resolutions (30 to 625 μm). Uniaxial compression tests revealed relatively low and scattered values of unconfined compressive strength (UCS) and Young's modulus, with no obvious relationships with the orientation of foliation. Samples systematically failed in four brittle modes, involving different combinations of shear fractures along foliation or parallel to fold axial planes, or the development of cm-scale shear zones. Fracture quantification and microstructural analysis show that different failure modes occur depending on the mutual geometrical arrangement and degree of involvement of two distinct physical anisotropies, i.e. the foliation and the fold axial planes. The Axial Plane Anisotropy (APA) is related to micro-scale grain size reduction and shape preferred orientation within quartz-rich domains, and to mechanical rotation or initial crenulation cleavage within phyllosilicate-rich domains at fold hinge zones. In quartz-rich rocks (gneiss), fracture propagation through quartz aggregates forming the APA corresponds to higher fracture energy and strength than found for fracture through phyllosilicate-rich domains. This results in a strong dependence of strength on the failure mode. Conversely, in phyllosilicate-rich rocks (schist), all the failure modes are dominated by the strength of phyllosilicates, resulting in a sharp reduction of strength anisotropy.

  2. Particle Swarm Optimization for inverse modeling of solute transport in fractured gneiss aquifer

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    Abdelaziz, Ramadan; Zambrano-Bigiarini, Mauricio

    2014-08-01

    Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) has received considerable attention as a global optimization technique from scientists of different disciplines around the world. In this article, we illustrate how to use PSO for inverse modeling of a coupled flow and transport groundwater model (MODFLOW2005-MT3DMS) in a fractured gneiss aquifer. In particular, the hydroPSO R package is used as optimization engine, because it has been specifically designed to calibrate environmental, hydrological and hydrogeological models. In addition, hydroPSO implements the latest Standard Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm (SPSO-2011), with an adaptive random topology and rotational invariance constituting the main advancements over previous PSO versions. A tracer test conducted in the experimental field at TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany) is used as case study. A double-porosity approach is used to simulate the solute transport in the fractured Gneiss aquifer. Tracer concentrations obtained with hydroPSO were in good agreement with its corresponding observations, as measured by a high value of the coefficient of determination and a low sum of squared residuals. Several graphical outputs automatically generated by hydroPSO provided useful insights to assess the quality of the calibration results. It was found that hydroPSO required a small number of model runs to reach the region of the global optimum, and it proved to be both an effective and efficient optimization technique to calibrate the movement of solute transport over time in a fractured aquifer. In addition, the parallel feature of hydroPSO allowed to reduce the total computation time used in the inverse modeling process up to an eighth of the total time required without using that feature. This work provides a first attempt to demonstrate the capability and versatility of hydroPSO to work as an optimizer of a coupled flow and transport model for contaminant migration.

  3. Geochemical investigation of Archaean Bimodal and Dwalile metamorphic suites, Ancient Gneiss Complex, Swaziland

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    Hunter, D.R.; Barker, F.; Millard, H.T.

    1984-01-01

    The bimodal suite (BMS) comprises leucotonalitic and trondhjemitic gneisses interlayered with amphibolites. Based on geochemical parameters three main groups of siliceous gneiss are recognized: (i) SiO2 14%, and fractionated light rare-earth element (REE) and flat heavy REE patterns; (ii) SiO2 and Al2O3 contents similar to (i) but with strongly fractionated REE patterns with steep heavy REE slopes; (iii) SiO2 > 73%, Al2O3 < 14%, Zr ??? 500 ppm and high contents of total REE having fractionated light REE and flat heavy REE patterns with large negative Eu anomalies. The interlayered amphibolites have major element abundances similar to those of basaltic komatiites, Mg-tholeiites and Fe-rich tholeiites. The former have gently sloping REE patterns, whereas the Mg-tholeiites have non-uniform REE patterns ranging from flat (??? 10 times chondrite) to strongly light REE-enriched. The Fe-rich amphibolites have flat REE patterns at 20-30 times chondrite. The Dwalile metamorphic suite, which is preserved in the keels of synforms within the BMS, includes peridotitic komatiites that have depleted light REE patterns similar to those of compositionally similar volcanics in the Onverwacht Group, Barberton, basaltic komatiites and tholeiites. The basaltic komatiites have REE patterns parallel to those of the BMS basaltic komatiites but with lower total REE contents. The Dwalile tholeiites have flat REE patterns. The basic and ultrabasic liquids were derived by partial melting of a mantle source which may have been heterogeneous or the heterogeneity may have resulted from sequential melting of the mantle source. The Fe-rich amphibolites were derived either from liquids generated at shallow levels or from liquids generated at depth which subsequently underwent extensive fractionation. ?? 1984.

  4. Particle Swarm Optimization for inverse modeling of solute transport in fractured gneiss aquifer.

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    Abdelaziz, Ramadan; Zambrano-Bigiarini, Mauricio

    2014-08-01

    Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) has received considerable attention as a global optimization technique from scientists of different disciplines around the world. In this article, we illustrate how to use PSO for inverse modeling of a coupled flow and transport groundwater model (MODFLOW2005-MT3DMS) in a fractured gneiss aquifer. In particular, the hydroPSO R package is used as optimization engine, because it has been specifically designed to calibrate environmental, hydrological and hydrogeological models. In addition, hydroPSO implements the latest Standard Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm (SPSO-2011), with an adaptive random topology and rotational invariance constituting the main advancements over previous PSO versions. A tracer test conducted in the experimental field at TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany) is used as case study. A double-porosity approach is used to simulate the solute transport in the fractured Gneiss aquifer. Tracer concentrations obtained with hydroPSO were in good agreement with its corresponding observations, as measured by a high value of the coefficient of determination and a low sum of squared residuals. Several graphical outputs automatically generated by hydroPSO provided useful insights to assess the quality of the calibration results. It was found that hydroPSO required a small number of model runs to reach the region of the global optimum, and it proved to be both an effective and efficient optimization technique to calibrate the movement of solute transport over time in a fractured aquifer. In addition, the parallel feature of hydroPSO allowed to reduce the total computation time used in the inverse modeling process up to an eighth of the total time required without using that feature. This work provides a first attempt to demonstrate the capability and versatility of hydroPSO to work as an optimizer of a coupled flow and transport model for contaminant migration. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Frictional Properties of Hoping Granitic Gneiss, Northeast Taiwan, and Its Implication

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    Hung, C. C.; Kuo, L. W.; Dong, J. J.; Song, S. R.; Spagnuolo, E.; Lin, W.; Di Toro, G.

    2016-12-01

    Fault-origin pseudotachylyte is a solidified melt produced by frictional heating during big earthquakes. It is well-known as a seismic indicator which can provide information on earthquake physics. A new locality of pseudotachylyte-bearing fault, hosted in the Tananao granitic gneiss, was discovered in the Hoping area of Eastern Taiwan. To investigate the plausible dynamic frictional behavior of Hoping pseudotachylyte, we perform rock friction experiments on granitic gneiss cores collected from the borehole in the Hoping area. All the mechanical data show similar frictional trends that the shear stress initially increases up to a peak value of 0.6-1.0 (peak friction) and decreased with displacement to a steady state of 0.3-0.45 from low to high normal stresses (3 to 30 MPa). It is notable that, at low normal stresses of 3 to 9 MPa, a transient increase of shear stress (friction bump) appears after peak friction. Microanalytical results of slip-stepping experimental products including in situ synchrotron XRD and FESEM-EDX show chemical and compositional variation in the matrix of melts. Since flash heating is efficient and causes high temperature at initial small slip, we propose that as the mechanism responsible for differential melting on slip surfaces. Therefore, the chemical variation in the matrix results in different matrix viscosity accordingly and thus forms the observed friction bump. Since the presence of the friction bump seems to terminate seismic slip at low normal stresses because of the generation of high viscous melts. We surmise that the required energy for the friction bump, as well as energy dissipation, may inhibit seismic slip at shallow depth, even melt lubrication was operated during earthquake propagation.

  6. Application of qualitative phase diagrams for the inferrence of detailed P-T paths from migmatitic rocks: an example from the Beit Bridge Compex (Limpopo Belt, South Africa)

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    Zeh, A.; Klemd, R.; Buhlmann, S.; Barton, J. M.

    2003-04-01

    Qualitative phase diagrams (P-T pseudosections) are powerful tools to gain detailed information about the P-T evolution of high-grade metamorphic rocks. Such diagrams enable metamorphic petrologists to explain observed mineral compositions, zonations and textures in migmatic rocks, and consequently allow the detailed inferrence of P-T paths from high-grade gneiss terranes. Examples are presented for three migmatitic rocks from the Beit Bridge Complex of the Central Zone in the Limpopo Belt (South Africa). These rocks have very distinct bulk compositions and, thus show different mineral assemblages: (1) a K, Al-rich gneiss sample with the assemblage Grt-Bt-Crd-Sil-Kfs-Pl-Qtz-Grh-liquid, a (2) K-poor, Al-rich gneiss with the assemblage Grt-Bt-St-Crd-Ky-Sil-Pl-Qtz-Rt-liquid, and a (3) K,Al-poor, Fe-rich gneiss with the assemblage Grt-Opx-Bt-Chl-Pl-Qtz-Rt-Ilm-liquid. P-T pseudosections calculated in the model system CaO-Na2O-K2O-TiO2-MnO-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O provide for the first time unambiguous evidence that the mineral assemblages, zonations and textures observed in all three gneiss samples result from a prograde (pre-peak) P-T increase from c. 600°C at 7.0 kbar to 810°C at 8-9kbar, followed by a simultaneous P and T decrease to c. 600°C at 4 kbar.

  7. Complex ridged terrain-related ridge belts on Venus: Global distribution and classification

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    Toermaenen, T.

    1993-01-01

    Fifty-six features were identified in a global survey of complex ridged terrain (CRT)-related ridge belts. Nonrandom aerial distribution was observed with all of the CRT-related ridge belts located to the north of 20 deg S and increasing in number towards the north. In the equatorial highlands the only concentration of CRT-related ridge belts occurs along N and NE Ovda Regio and western Thetis Regio. Major areas of CRT devoid of related ridge belts (Beta, Phoebe, Alpha Regiones, and northern Lada Terra) are regions dominated by rifting, fractures, coronae, and volcanic features. A noticeable concentration of ridge belts is located within a region 20 deg S - 80 deg N, 0 deg - 150 deg E. Three classes of CRT-related ridge belts were defined: (1) ridge belts directly in contact with CRT margins, (2) ridge belts located apart from the CRT boundary, but whose shape and strike are affected by CRT, and (3) ridge belts terminating against a margin of CRT. There does not appear to be any relation between ridge belt class and type of CRT margin. Some of the class 2 and 3 belts of the 20 deg S - 80 deg N, 0 deg - 150 deg E region seem to be continuations of adjacent elongated blocks of CRT and could reflect the hypothesized basement of tessera-like material. Majority of class 1 and 2 ridge belts within this region parallel N of NE boundaries of large CRT plateaus of arc-like arrangements of tesserae. These relationships show that this region was dominated by compressional stresses oriented perpendicular to the CRT boundaries, in N-S/NE-SW direction.

  8. Inner Radiation Belt Data Assimilation

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    Guild, Timothy; Selesnick, Richard; Mazur, Joseph

    We present preliminary results of inner belt proton data assimilation using an augmented ver-sion of the Selesnick et al., [2007] model. The physics-based model computes inner belt proton intensities as a function of time and of the three adiabatic invariants M, K, and L according to a comprehensive list of inner belt source and loss processes. We modify the model solution based on in-situ proton observations and according to a data-assimilation method which exploits the non-Gaussian nature of inner belt proton intensities and Poisson or Gaussian counting statistics of the observations, as appropriate. We demonstrate the method by presenting data-assimilated inner belt proton intensities during a solar particle injection.

  9. Inner Radiation Belt Data Assimilation

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    Guild, T. B.; O'Brien, T. P.

    2011-12-01

    We present preliminary results of inner belt proton data assimilation using an augmented version of the Selesnick Inner Zone Model (SIZM). The physics-based model computes inner belt proton intensities as a function of time and of the three adiabatic invariants M, K, and L according to a comprehensive list of inner belt source and loss processes. We modify the model solution based on in-situ proton observations from SAMPEX/PET and HEO orbit and according to a data-assimilation method which exploits the non-Gaussian nature of inner belt proton intensities and Poisson or Gaussian counting statistics of the observations, as appropriate. We demonstrate the method by presenting data-assimilated inner belt proton intensities during a solar particle injection.

  10. Inner Radiation Belt Data Assimilation

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    Guild, T. B.; O'Brien, T. P.; Mazur, J. E.

    2010-12-01

    We present preliminary results of inner belt proton data assimilation using an augmented version of the Selesnick et al., [2007] model. The physics-based model computes inner belt proton intensities as a function of time and of the three adiabatic invariants M, K, and L according to a comprehensive list of inner belt source and loss processes. We modify the model solution based on in-situ proton observations and according to a data-assimilation method which exploits the non-Gaussian nature of inner belt proton intensities and Poisson or Gaussian counting statistics of the observations, as appropriate. We demonstrate the method by presenting data-assimilated inner belt proton intensities during a solar particle injection.

  11. Chemical, petrological and structural analysis of syn-kinematic migmatites: insights from the Western Gneiss Region, Norway.

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    Anne-Céline, Ganzhorn; Loic, Labrousse; Gaëlle, Prouteau; Clémence, Leroy; Johannes, Vrijmoed; Torgeir B., Andersen; Laurent, Arbaret

    2013-04-01

    Migmatites in the inner part of collisional orogens are markers of past partial melting during burial and/or exhumation of their crustal root. If melt production has a softening effect as soon as the very first percents of melt are produced, as suggested by experimental data, then the exact timing of partial melting initiation and the complete duration of the melting event need to be estimated. The Western Gneiss Region (WGR), a basement window within the Norwegian Caledonides, presents excellent exposures of migmatites associated with (ultra)-high pressure (UHP) eclogites and amphibolitic gneisses, appropriate for a field study on the relationships between partial melting, (U)HP metamorphism and subsequent retrogression. Based on structural studies in the WGR, melt products were classified in three populations: zoned veins trapped in (U)HP (ultra)mafic bodies, deformed leucosomes present in the amphibolite gneiss foliation and undeformed leucosomes secant to Caledonian structures. The structural positions of leucosomes or veins and their relative chronology are correlated to eclogite facies metamorphism and amphibolite retrogression. Chemical analyses of natural leucosomes and veins in the WGR define two trends correlated to the mafic or gneiss nature of samples hosts. The first trend from Na rich to K rich compositions correlates with leucosomes hosted in gneiss whereas the second group from Na to Ca rich compositions corresponds to veins and leucosomes hosted in (ultra)mafic rocks. The natural Na to K trend is comparable to experimental results obtained in vapor-present partial melting experiments of metapelites, whereas the natural Na to Ca trend is comparable to experimental results obtained in vapor-present partial melting experiments of metabasite. The chemistry of the zoned trapped veins suggests a more complex origin, involving interaction between melt and (ultra)mafic solids. The observation of both natural chemical trends in the WGR suggests vapor

  12. Out-of-sequence thrusting in polycyclic thrust belts: An example from the Mesozoic Yanshan belt, North China Craton

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    Li, Chengming; Zhang, Changhou; Cope, Tim D.; Lin, Yi

    2016-09-01

    The EW trending Yanshan belt, an intraplate fold-thrust belt located in the northern North China Craton that has experienced several episodes of deformation widely separated in time, is characterized by out-of-sequence thrusts. According to detailed mapping in the central Yanshan belt, five geometric and stratigraphic criteria used to aid in determining whether a thrust has an out-of-sequence geometry or not can be recognized. They are (1) unconformable relationships, (2) inclination of fault surfaces, (3) irregular changes in apparent offset along strike, (4) short fault length relative to apparent offset, and (5) in-sequence geometry. With the help of these criteria, two generations of out-of-sequence thrusts that postdate the original in-sequence thrusting in the central Yanshan belt are recognized. The ancestral southward verging fold-and-thrust belt that formed prior to 180 Ma was deformed and cut by two younger generations of faults that are probably more deeply rooted and are constrained to between 172-165 Ma and 152-135 Ma. A series of thrusts with opposite vergence formed during the last period, resulting in abundant abnormal field relationships such as younger-on-older thrust relations, fold truncation, and cutting down-section. The nature and occurrence of faults in the Yanshan belt implies that superimposed deformation, a common feature in polycyclic orogenic belts, is a mechanism for the generation of out-of-sequence thrusting. This adds to mechanisms already described in the literature, such as maintaining constant critical taper at an orogenic scale, inhibition of the deformation front, and lateral changes in the nature of the décollement horizons.

  13. Petrography, geochemistry, and geochronology of granitoid rocks in the Neoproterozoic-Paleozoic Lufilian?Zambezi belt, Zambia: Implications for tectonic setting and regional correlation

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    Katongo, Crispin; Koller, Friedrich; Kloetzli, Urs; Koeberl, Christian; Tembo, Francis; Waele, Bert De

    2004-12-01

    There are several pre-orogenic Neoproterozoic granitoid and metavolcanic rocks in the Lufilian-Zambezi belt in Zambia and Zimbabwe that are interpreted to have been emplaced in a continental-rift setting that is linked to the break-up of the Rodinia supercontinent. However, no geochemical data were previously available for these rocks in the Zambian part of the belt to support this model. We conducted petrographic and whole-rock chemical analyses of the Neoproterozoic Nchanga Granite, Lusaka Granite, Ngoma Gneiss and felsic metavolcanic rocks from the Lufilian-Zambezi belt in Zambian, in order to evaluate their chemical characteristics and tectonic settings. Other magmatic rocks of importance for understanding the evolution of the belt in Zambia, included in this study, are the Mesoproterozoic Munali Hills Granite and associated amphibolites and the Mpande Gneiss. The Neoproterozoic rocks have monzogranitic compositions, aluminum-saturation indices (ASI) < 1.1, and high contents of high field strength elements (HFSE) and rare earth elements (REE). The chondrite-normalised spider diagrams are similar to those of A-type granites from the Lachlan fold belt and show negative Sr, P, and Ti anomalies. On various tectonic discrimination diagrams the Neoproterozoic rocks plot mainly in A-type granite fields. These petrographic and trace element compositions indicate that these rocks are A-type felsic rocks, but they do not have features of granites and rhyolites emplaced in true continental-rift settings, as previously suggested. On the basis of the A-type features and independent regional geological and geochronological data, we suggest that the Neoproterozoic granitoid and felsic metavolcanic rocks were emplaced during the earliest extensional stages of continental rifting in the Lufilian-Zambezi belt. The apparent continental-arc like chemistry of the granitoid and felsic metavolcanic rocks is thus inferred to be inherited from calcalkaline sources. The Mesoproterozoic

  14. Zircon and monazite geochronology of the granulites and associated gneisses from the Rengali Province, India: Growth of the southern margin of the Singhbhum Craton

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    Bose, S.; Das, K.; Kimura, K.; Hayasaka, Y.; Hidaka, H.; Dasgupta, A.; Ghosh, G.; Mukhopadhyay, J.

    2013-12-01

    Geological evidences show that cratons grew in size by multiple orogenic cycles which can best be studied in their marginal orogenic belts. Rengali Province, occurring at the southern margin of the Singhbhum Craton, India is one such belt, characterized by low- to high-grade metamorphic signatures. This is sharply different from the virtually unmetamorphosed cratonic rocks in north and ultrahigh temperature metamorphosed rocks of the Eastern Ghats Province in south. High-grade gneisses and granitoids (including charnockite) constitute the central highland of this province. Several large-scale faults and shear zones juxtapose rocks of contrasting metamorphic grades. Our geochronological investigation from samples of high-grade orthogneiss and paragneiss along with the intrusive granitoids from central and eastern part of the Rengali Province using zircon (SHRIMP) and monazite chemical techniques reveal a complex evolutionary history. Zircon grains of the metapelitic granulites from the eastern segment yield detrital ages in the time span of ca. 3528-3087 Ma, without perceptible evidence of subsequent metamorphism. In contrast, monazite grains from the same samples record strong metamorphic signature at ca. 2.8-2.7 Ga along with inherited populations of ca. 3.0-2.9 Ga. Charnockite from the eastern segment has protolith age of 3058×15 Ma while that from the central segment records high-grade metamorphism at 2818×15 Ma. Mafic granulite from the central segment preserves the oldest core age of 2844×7 Ma. Synkinematic leucogranite in the central and undeformed granitoid in the eastern segment were emplaced at 2807×13 Ma and 2809×13 Ma respectively. Most of the samples show zircon overgrowth at ca. 2500 Ma, which possibly caused by a separate tectonothermal overprinting. From the available geochronological data, we postulate the existence of marine basin which opened at ca. 3050 Ma, received sediments from the adjacent cratonic hinterland, switched to an active

  15. Detrital Zircon U-Pb and Hf Results from the Swakane Gneiss and Pelona-Orocopia-Rand Schists: Mechanisms of Sediment Incorporation into Arc Systems and Implications for Margin-Parallel Translation

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    Sauer, K.; Gordon, S. M.; Miller, R. B.; Jacobson, C. E.; Grove, M.; Vervoort, J. D.; Fisher, C. M.

    2016-12-01

    The U-Pb and Hf isotope composition of detrital zircons from the Swakane Gneiss (SG) of the North Cascades, Washington and the Pelona-Orocopia-Rand schists (POR) of the southern California and southwestern Arizona are investigated to compare mechanisms of sediment incorporation into arc systems and to evaluate paleogeographic reconstructions. The SG and POR consist largely of sediments (now quartzofeldspathic schist/gneiss) that were thrust beneath the Cordilleran arc during Late Cretaceous to Paleocene subduction. In both cases, burial occurred soon after deposition. Both units also include minor amounts of metabasite, chert, and marble. Neither is intruded by arc-related plutons. Rocks of the SG and POR that were deposited between ca. 85-70 Ma have similar detrital zircon age signatures characterized by peaks at ca. 70-100 Ma, 140-200 Ma, 1.3-1.4 Ga, and 1.6-1.8 Ga. Late Cretaceous SG zircons have a wide range of initial Hf isotope compositions from ɛHfi = +13 to -20. The unradiogenic grains were likely sourced from eroded Late Cretaceous intrusions that incorporated Proterozoic crust, possibly from the Idaho Batholith or Mojave terrane. Jurassic and Proterozoic detrital zircons have ɛHfi values that range from chondritic to depleted (+13). The protolith of the POR is interpreted to be eroded from the Mojave terrane and underplated beneath the arc during shallow slab subduction. In comparison, the protolith of the SG is unknown but has similar detrital zircon age characteristics to trench sediments (western mélange belt) and forearc units (Nanaimo Basin) currently at the latitude of northwestern WA and may have been either underplated or underthrust into the arc. However, the similar detrital zircon ages of the SG and the POR may indicate a common protolith of buried trench sediment. These data suggest the possibility that SG protolith and/or the SG originated at the latitude of southern CA and was translated north by ca. 55 Ma.

  16. Trace-element characteristics of rutile in HP-UHP rocks from the Western Gneiss Complex, Norway: implications for element mobility and provenance studies

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    Enea, Florentina; Cuthbert, Simon; Storey, Craig; Marschall, Horst

    2014-05-01

    Trace element compositions of rutiles from the Western Gneiss Complex of the Norwegian Caledonides, a giant HP-UHP terrane representing a transiently subducted continental margin. Trace element characterisation (V, Cr, Zr, Nb, Mo, Sn, Sb, Hf, Ta, W and U) was used to fingerprint the geochemical features of rutile in both mafic and pelitic source rocks that span a range of P-T conditions from 550°C, 1.6GPa to 850°C, 4.5GPa. The results provide the first large-scale use of the Zr-in-rutile geothermometer in the WGC, and this method is shown to be more reliable than exchange thermometers based on the major phases in these rocks. On Nb versus Cr plots, which have been used to discriminate mafic from pelitic rutiles in other HP terranes, WGC rutiles that equilibrated below 650°C successfully discriminate mafic from pelitic HP and UHP rutiles. However, those equilibrated above 650°C show mafic eclogite rutile compositions overlapping into the pelite field. This indicates trace element mixing above 650°C due to mobility of fluids or melts and their migration from the predominant felsic host rocks into the eclogite bodies. This finding is supported by distinct trace-element differences between hydrothermal vein rutiles in HP versus UHP eclogites from the WGC, and is also consistent with previous studies of Sr isotopic compositions in WGC eclogites. In addition, the results have implications for the the use of Nb/Cr plots to discriminate mafic from pelitic rutile in sedimentary provenance studies, as some rutiles of mafic eclogitic origin will tend to be misrepresented. Extremely niobian rutiles (up to 118,000 μg/g) were found in enigmatic eclogites enclosed within a large, mantle-derived, orogenic peridotite massif. The reasons for this are not yet fully understood, but suggest either metasomatism after Scandian tectonic emplacement into the subducted continental crust by fluids sourced from the nearby felsic gneisses, or by deep mantle (carbonatitic?) fluids during

  17. Small-scale polygenetic mélanges in the Ligurian accretionary complex, Northern Apennines, Italy, and the role of shale diapirism in superposed mélange evolution in orogenic belts

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    Codegone, Giulia; Festa, Andrea; Dilek, Yildirim; Pini, Gian Andrea

    2012-09-01

    The Argille varicolori (Varicolored scaly clays) of the External Ligurian Units of the Northern Apennines have been widely described as a typical unmetamorphosed broken formation (i.e., a chaotic unit without exotic blocks), produced by offscraping and tectonic imbrication during the evolution of the Ligurian accretionary wedge. Geological mapping and integrated structural and stratigraphic observations show that the Argille varicolori consist of diverse types of small-scale mélanges (non-mappable at a 1:25,000 scale) forming a composite chaotic unit, in which the superposition of tectonic, sedimentary and diapiric processes resulted in the occurrence of polygenetic chaotic bodies at different scales. These mélange units record the evolution of the Ligurian accretionary wedge from subduction to collision and intracontinental deformation. Tectonically Disrupted Body 1 (TDB1) comprises boudinage and pinch-and-swell structures formed by layer-parallel extension/contraction at the wedge front of the Ligurian accretionary complex during the late Cretaceous-middle Eocene. It is interleaved with non-mappable Gravity-driven Chaotic Bodies (GCB) developed during alternating episodes of accretion and removal of material at the wedge front. The late Oligocene-early Miocene out-of-sequence thrusting related to the collisional episodes in the Apennines overprinted the previously formed chaotic bodies and formed a polygenetic tectonic mélange (Tectonically Disrupted Body 2, TDB2). This unit is characterized by a structurally ordered block-in-matrix fabric and by the gradual decrease of stratal disruption away from the regional thrust. Overpressurized fluids concentrated along the shear surfaces, and the scaly cleavage planes facilitated the diapiric upward movement of unconsolidated sediments in the early Miocene. This process produced non-mappable shale dike injections (DDB1) and mappable Diapirically Disrupted Bodies (DDB2), which show an internal zonation of deformation

  18. Geochemical constraints on the evolution of mafic and felsic rocks in the Bathani volcanic and volcano-sedimentary sequence of Chotanagpur Granite Gneiss Complex

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    Saikia, Ashima; Gogoi, Bibhuti; Ahmad, Mansoor; Ahmad, Talat

    2014-06-01

    The Bathani volcanic and volcano-sedimentary (BVS) sequence is a volcanic and volcano-sedimentary sequence, best exposed near Bathani village in Gaya district of Bihar. It is located in the northern fringe of the Chotanagpur Granite Gneiss Complex (CGGC). The volcano-sedimentary unit comprises of garnet-mica schist, rhyolite, tuff, banded iron formation (BIF) and chert bands with carbonate rocks as enclaves within the rhyolite and the differentiated volcanic sequence comprises of rhyolite, andesite, pillow basalt, massive basalt, tuff and mafic pyroclasts. Emplacement of diverse felsic and mafic rocks together testifies for a multi-stage and multi-source magmatism for the area. The presence of pillow basalt marks the eruption of these rocks in a subaqueous environment. Intermittent eruption of mafic and felsic magmas resulted in the formation of rhyolite, mafic pyroclasts, and tuff. Mixing and mingling of the felsic and mafic magmas resulted in the hybrid rock andesite. Granites are emplaced later, cross-cutting the volcanic sequence and are probably products of fractional crystallization of basaltic magma. The present work characterizes the geochemical characteristics of the magmatic rocks comprising of basalt, andesite, rhyolite, tuff, and granite of the area. Tholeiitic trend for basalt and calc-alkaline affinities of andesite, rhyolite and granite is consistent with their generation in an island arc, subduction related setting. The rocks of the BVS sequence probably mark the collision of the northern and southern Indian blocks during Proterozoic period. The explosive submarine volcanism may be related to culmination of the collision of the aforementioned blocks during the Neoproterozoic (1.0 Ga) as the Grenvillian metamorphism is well established in various parts of CGGC.

  19. Evaluation of the static belt fit provided by belt-positioning booster seats.

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    Reed, Matthew P; Ebert, Sheila M; Sherwood, Christopher P; Klinich, Kathleen D; Manary, Miriam A

    2009-05-01

    Belt-positioning booster seats are recommended for children who use vehicle seat belts as primary restraints but who are too small to obtain good belt fit. Previous research has shown that belt-positioning boosters reduce injury risk, but the belt fit produced by the wide range of boosters in the US market has not previously been assessed. The present study describes the development of a method for quantifying static belt fit with a Hybrid-III 6-year-old test dummy. The measurement method was applied in a laboratory seat mockup to 31 boosters (10 in both backless and highback modes) across a range of belt geometries obtained from in-vehicle measurements. Belt fit varied widely across boosters. Backless boosters generally produced better lap belt fit than highback boosters, largely because adding the back component moved the dummy forward with respect to the lap belt routing guides. However, highback boosters produced more consistent shoulder belt fit because of the presence of belt routing guides near the shoulder. Some boosters performed well on both lap belt and shoulder belt fit. Lap belt fit in dedicated boosters was generally better than in combination restraints that also can be used with an integrated harness. Results demonstrate that certain booster design features produce better belt fit across a wide range of belt geometries. Lap belt guides that hold the belt down, rather than up, and shoulder belt guides integrated into the booster backrest provided better belt fit.

  20. Petrology and tectonic development of supracrustal sequence of Kerala Khondalite Belt, Southern India

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    Kumar, G. R. Ravindra; Chacko, Thomas

    1988-01-01

    The granulite terrain of southern India, of which the Kerala Khondalite belt (KKB) is a part, is unique in exposing crustal sections with arrested charnockite growth in different stages of transformation and in varied lithological association. The KKB with rocks of surficial origin and incipient charnockite development, poses several problems relating to the tectonics of burial of vast area and mechanisms involved in expelling initial H2O (causes of dryness) for granulite facies metamorphism. It is possible to infer the following sequence of events based on the field and laboratory studies: (1) derivation of protoliths of KKB from granitic uplands and deposition in fault bounded basin (cratonic rift); (2) subhorizontal deep burial of sediments; (3) intense deformation of infra and supracrustal rocks; (4) early granulite facies metamorphism predating F sub 2 - loss of primary structure in sediments and formation of charnockites from amphibole bearing gneisses and khondalites from pelites; (5) migmatisation and deformation of metasediments and gneisses; (6) second event of charnockite formation probably aided by internal CO2 build-up; and (7) isothermal uplift, entrapment of late CO2 and mixed CO2-H2O fluids, formation of second generation cordierites and cordierite symplectites.

  1. Neoproterozoic collision tectonics in the Mozambique Belt of East Africa: evidence from the Uluguru mountains, Tanzania

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    Muhongo, Sospeter

    1994-10-01

    The fault-bounded Proterozoic metamorphic terranes lying to the E of the Tanzanian craton make up the Usagara tectonic domain and are a part of the transcontinental Mozambique Orogenic Belt (MB). The lithotectonic units in the MB of the East Africa consist of comparable rock assembles which underwent the same complex deformational history and are thought to represent large thrust sheets or nappes. Their shelf- and fore-deep terranes border the Tanzanian craton and make up the foreland terranes of the Pan-African Mozambique Belt. Granulite-gneiss nappes are ubiquitous in the orogen. Granulite-facies metamorphism, associated with recumbent folds, was due to crustal thickening, which took place during the collision between Gondwana fragments. Isotope data suggest a collision (and concomitant granulite-facies metamorphism) age of between 700 and 550 Ma. The orientations of planar and linear fabrics in the granulite-facies rocks of the Uluguru mountains are used to infer the relative crustal block motions during this collisional event. This Pan-African collisional event was characterized by NW-directed movements, oblique to the N-S trend of the orogen, and involved SE-directed backthrusting. The Ubendian Belt of Tanzania and the Aswa Shear Zone in Uganda and Kenya, which both bifurcate around the Tanzania craton, accommodated the tectonically thickened crust, created by the collisional event, through NW-SE sinistral strike-slip movements.

  2. Gneiss domes of the Danba Metamorphic Complex, Songpan Ganze, eastern Tibet

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    Billerot, Audrey; Duchene, Stéphanie; Vanderhaeghe, Olivier; de Sigoyer, Julia

    2017-06-01

    In this paper we address the formation and exhumation of the Danba Metamorphic Complex (DMC) that represents the deepest structural level of the Songpan Ganze terrane situated along the eastern margin of the Tibetan plateau. The DMC comprises a variety of gneiss domes and offers a unique opportunity to decipher their development during orogenic evolution. For that purpose, PTtD paths of metamorphic rocks sampled at different structural levels have been reconstructed. The DMC is composed of Triassic metaturbidites of the Xikang group, Paleozoic metasedimentary cover and basement of the Yangtze craton. The DMC is structurally marked by transposition of the upright S1 foliation of the Triassic metaturbidites into a NW-SE trending S2 composite foliation dipping to the NE. Transposition is associated with a localized top-to-the-northeast shear zone along the northeastern edge of the DMC and with pervasive top-to-the-southwest shearing from the core to the border of the complex. These structures are consistent with extrusion of the core of the DMC relative to the lower grade Triassic metaturbidites. The position of the biotite isograd overlapping the structural boundary of the DMC suggests that the Triassic metaturbidites have been affected by an increase in temperature as a result of extrusion. Within the DMC, the position of the metamorphic index minerals relative to the composite S2 foliation reveals that biotite, garnet, staurolite and kyanite grew before the transposition into S2, in contrast with sillimanite which crystallizes in the hinge of F2 folds and along the axial planar S2 schistosity. The sillimanite isograd delineates regional-scale overturned F2 folds and cross-cuts the staurolite and kyanite isograds consistent with an increase in temperature during D2. The melt-in isograd characterizes the deepest structural level of the DMC. PT conditions for these metamorphic rocks, determined using pseudosections and conventional thermometry, indicate a temperature

  3. Seat Belt Use and Stress in Adolescents.

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    Schichor, Aric; And Others

    1990-01-01

    Explored adolescent seat belt use and psychosocial risk factors in urban minority population (n=541). Found seat belt use reported by 49 percent of respondents. Those reporting no or intermittent seat belt use were significantly more likely than seat belt users to feel down, have decreased home support, have problems with school and the law, and…

  4. Investigation of a new type charging belt

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    Jones, N.L.

    1994-12-31

    There are many desirable characteristics for an electrostatic accelerator charging belt. An attempt has been made to find a belt that improves on these properties over the stock belt. Results of the search, procurement, and 1,500 hours of operational experience with a substantially different belt are reported.

  5. First field identification of the Cuonadong dome in southern Tibet: implications for EW extension of the North Himalayan gneiss dome

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    Fu, Jiangang; Li, Guangming; Wang, Genhou; Huang, Yong; Zhang, Linkui; Dong, Suiliang; Liang, Wei

    2017-07-01

    The Cuonadong dome exposes in east-southern margin of the North Himalayan gneiss domes (NHGD), which is reported first time in this study. The Cuonadong dome is located at the southern part of the Zhaxikang ore concentration area, which is divided into three tectono-lithostratigraphic units by two curved faults around the dome geometry from upper to lower (or from outer to inner): the upper unit, middle unit and lower unit, and the outer fault is Nading fault, while the inner fault is Jisong fault. The Cuonadong dome is a magmatic orthogneiss and leucogranite mantled by orthogneiss and metasedimentary rocks, which in turn are overlain by Jurassic metasedimentary and sedimentary rocks. The grades of metamorphism and structural deformation increase towards the core, which is correspondence with the Ridang Formation low-metamorphic schist, tourmaline granitic-biotite gneiss, garnet-mica gneiss and mylonitic quartz-mica gneiss. The Cuonadong dome preserves evidences for four major deformational events: firstly top-to-S thrust (D1), early approximately N-S extensional deformation (D2), main approximately E-W extensional deformation (D3), and late collapse structural deformation (D4) around the core of the Cuonadong dome, which are consistent to three groups lineation: approximately N-S-trending lineation including L1 and L2, E-W trending L3, and L4 with plunging towards outside of the dome, respectively. The formation of the Cuonadong dome was probably resulted from the main E-W extensional deformation which is a result of eastward flow of middle or lower crust from beneath Tibet accommodated by northward oblique underthrusting of Indian crust beneath Tibet. The establishment of the Cuonadong dome enhanced the E-W extension of the NHGD, which is further divided into two structural dome zones according to the different extensional directions: approximately N-S extensional North Himalayan gneiss domes (NS-NHGD) and E-W extensional North Himalayan gneiss domes (EW

  6. First field identification of the Cuonadong dome in southern Tibet: implications for EW extension of the North Himalayan gneiss dome

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    Fu, Jiangang; Li, Guangming; Wang, Genhou; Huang, Yong; Zhang, Linkui; Dong, Suiliang; Liang, Wei

    2016-07-01

    The Cuonadong dome exposes in east-southern margin of the North Himalayan gneiss domes (NHGD), which is reported first time in this study. The Cuonadong dome is located at the southern part of the Zhaxikang ore concentration area, which is divided into three tectono-lithostratigraphic units by two curved faults around the dome geometry from upper to lower (or from outer to inner): the upper unit, middle unit and lower unit, and the outer fault is Nading fault, while the inner fault is Jisong fault. The Cuonadong dome is a magmatic orthogneiss and leucogranite mantled by orthogneiss and metasedimentary rocks, which in turn are overlain by Jurassic metasedimentary and sedimentary rocks. The grades of metamorphism and structural deformation increase towards the core, which is correspondence with the Ridang Formation low-metamorphic schist, tourmaline granitic-biotite gneiss, garnet-mica gneiss and mylonitic quartz-mica gneiss. The Cuonadong dome preserves evidences for four major deformational events: firstly top-to-S thrust (D1), early approximately N-S extensional deformation (D2), main approximately E-W extensional deformation (D3), and late collapse structural deformation (D4) around the core of the Cuonadong dome, which are consistent to three groups lineation: approximately N-S-trending lineation including L1 and L2, E-W trending L3, and L4 with plunging towards outside of the dome, respectively. The formation of the Cuonadong dome was probably resulted from the main E-W extensional deformation which is a result of eastward flow of middle or lower crust from beneath Tibet accommodated by northward oblique underthrusting of Indian crust beneath Tibet. The establishment of the Cuonadong dome enhanced the E-W extension of the NHGD, which is further divided into two structural dome zones according to the different extensional directions: approximately N-S extensional North Himalayan gneiss domes (NS-NHGD) and E-W extensional North Himalayan gneiss domes (EW

  7. 49 CFR 393.93 - Seats, seat belt assemblies, and seat belt assembly anchorages.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Seats, seat belt assemblies, and seat belt... § 393.93 Seats, seat belt assemblies, and seat belt assembly anchorages. (a) Buses—(1) Buses... the driver's seat and seat belt assembly anchorages that conform to the location and...

  8. 49 CFR 393.93 - Seats, seat belt assemblies, and seat belt assembly anchorages.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 5 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Seats, seat belt assemblies, and seat belt... § 393.93 Seats, seat belt assemblies, and seat belt assembly anchorages. (a) Buses—(1) Buses... the driver's seat and seat belt assembly anchorages that conform to the location and...

  9. 30 CFR 75.1731 - Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor entries.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor....1731 Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor entries. (a) Damaged rollers, or other damaged belt conveyor components, which pose a fire hazard must be immediately repaired or replaced. All...

  10. 30 CFR 75.1731 - Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor entries.

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    2011-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor....1731 Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor entries. (a) Damaged rollers, or other damaged belt conveyor components, which pose a fire hazard must be immediately repaired or replaced. All...

  11. 30 CFR 75.1731 - Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor entries.

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    2013-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor....1731 Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor entries. (a) Damaged rollers, or other damaged belt conveyor components, which pose a fire hazard must be immediately repaired or replaced. All...

  12. 30 CFR 75.1731 - Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor entries.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor....1731 Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor entries. (a) Damaged rollers, or other damaged belt conveyor components, which pose a fire hazard must be immediately repaired or replaced. All...

  13. 30 CFR 75.1731 - Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor entries.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor....1731 Maintenance of belt conveyors and belt conveyor entries. (a) Damaged rollers, or other damaged belt conveyor components, which pose a fire hazard must be immediately repaired or replaced. All...

  14. The Birth of a Cratonic Core: Petrologic Evolution of the Hadean-Eoarchean Acasta Gneiss Complex

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    Reimink, J. R.; Chacko, T.; Davies, J.; Pearson, D. G.; Stern, R. A.; Heaman, L. M.; Carlson, R.; Shirey, S. B.

    2016-12-01

    Granitoid magmatism within the 4.02-3.6 Ga Acasta Gneiss Complex records distinct whole-rock compositional changes during the building the Slave Craton. Previously1,2 we suggested that these signatures implied petrologic changes from initiation of evolved crust formation in an Iceland-like setting to partial melting of hydrated mafic crust at increasing depth through time, culminating in relatively voluminous magmatism at 3.6 Ga. Increasing La/Yb in these rocks suggest increasing depth of melting (and increasing residual garnet content) with time, ending in emplacement of rocks comparable to other Archean TTG suites3, with both high pressure (high La/Yb) and low pressure (low La/Yb) rocks represented at 3.6 Ga. Data from rocks with variable La/Yb that crystallized 3.6 Ga allow us to evaluate potential mechanisms for formation of rocks of this age such as subduction/accretion or intracrustal melting/delamination. Despite major and trace element compositional and age variability, zircon oxygen isotope compositions from a wide variety of rocks are extremely consistent (+6.0-6.5 ‰ from 3.9-2.9 Ga), implying a similar source, one that had been altered by surface waters1. Potential source rocks include the upper portion of oceanic crust, which contains a large portion of mafic crust that had been altered at low temperatures (e.g., 4). Paired whole rock and zircon radiogenic isotopic data are especially sensitive to the extent of pre-existing felsic material in the region, as well as the longevity of primary, basaltic rocks prior to their reworking into more evolved crust. New paired zircon Hf and whole rock Nd isotope data collected from these samples show variably unradiogenic signatures and allow an exploration of similarities and disparities between crust formation in the Acasta Gneiss Complex and other Paleoarchean-Mesoarchean crustal blocks. [1] Reimink et al., 2016. Precambrian Research 281, 453-472. [2] Reimink et al., 2014 Nature Geoscience 7, 529-533. [3

  15. Long-range laser scanning and 3D imaging for the Gneiss quarries survey

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    Schenker, Filippo Luca; Spataro, Alessio; Pozzoni, Maurizio; Ambrosi, Christian; Cannata, Massimiliano; Günther, Felix; Corboud, Federico

    2016-04-01

    In Canton Ticino (Southern Switzerland), the exploitation of natural stone, mostly gneisses, is an important activity of valley's economies. Nowadays, these economic activities are menaced by (i) the exploitation costs related to geological phenomena such as fractures, faults and heterogeneous rocks that hinder the processing of the stone product, (ii) continuously changing demand because of the evolving natural stone fashion and (iii) increasing administrative limits and rules acting to protect the environment. Therefore, the sustainable development of the sector for the next decades needs new and effective strategies to regulate and plan the quarries. A fundamental step in this process is the building of a 3D geological model of the quarries to constrain the volume of commercial natural stone and the volume of waste. In this context, we conducted Terrestrial Laser Scanning surveys of the quarries in the Maggia Valley to obtain a detailed 3D topography onto which the geological units were mapped. The topographic 3D model was obtained with a long-range laser scanning Riegl VZ4000 that can measure from up to 4 km of distance with a speed of 147,000 points per second. It operates with the new V-line technology, which defines the surface relief by sensing differentiated signals (echoes), even in the presence of obstacles such as vegetation. Depending on the esthetics of the gneisses, we defined seven types of natural stones that, together with faults and joints, were mapped onto the 3D models of the exploitation sites. According to the orientation of the geological limits and structures, we projected the different rock units and fractures into the excavation front. This way, we obtained a 3D geological model from which we can quantitatively estimate the volume of the seven different natural stones (with different commercial value) and waste (with low commercial value). To verify the 3D geological models and to quantify exploited rock and waste volumes the same

  16. Previously Undetected Radiation Belt Revealed

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    Since their discovery over 50 years ago, the Earth'€™s Van Allen radiation belts have been considered to consist of two distinct zones of trapped, highly energetic charged particles. Observations f...

  17. The earth's trapped radiation belts

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    Noll, R. B.; Mcelroy, M. B.

    1975-01-01

    The near-earth charged particle environment is discussed in terms of spacecraft design criteria. Models are presented of the trapped radiation belts and based on in-situ data obtained from spacecraft.

  18. Chaos on the conveyor belt.

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    Sándor, Bulcsú; Járai-Szabó, Ferenc; Tél, Tamás; Néda, Zoltán

    2013-04-01

    The dynamics of a spring-block train placed on a moving conveyor belt is investigated both by simple experiments and computer simulations. The first block is connected by a spring to an external static point and, due to the dragging effect of the belt, the blocks undergo complex stick-slip dynamics. A qualitative agreement with the experimental results can be achieved only by taking into account the spatial inhomogeneity of the friction force on the belt's surface, modeled as noise. As a function of the velocity of the conveyor belt and the noise strength, the system exhibits complex, self-organized critical, sometimes chaotic, dynamics and phase transition-like behavior. Noise-induced chaos and intermittency is also observed. Simulations suggest that the maximum complexity of the dynamical states is achieved for a relatively small number of blocks (around five).

  19. Middle Precambrian detrital monazite and zircon from the hida gneiss on Oki-Dogo Island, Japan: their origin and implications for the correlation of basement gneiss of Southwest Japan and Korea

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    Suzuki, Kazuhiro; Adachi, Mamoru

    1994-08-01

    Monazite and zircon from seven paragneiss samples of the upper amphibolite facies grade from Oki-Dogo Island in the Hida terrane, western Japan, were analyzed for Th, U and Pb on an electron microprobe. Most monazite grains are chronologically unzoned and give unequivocal CHIME (chemical Th-U-total Pb isochron) ages of 250 Ma, but some grains show a distinct core-overgrowth relationship. The cores retain evidence of pre-250 Ma ages and are interpreted to be of detrital origin, suggesting that monazite can be more immune to diagenetic and low-grade metamorphic decompositions than had been thought previously. Zircon grains, rounded to nearly euhedral, give CHIME ages ranging from 3000 to 350 Ma. Of particular interest are several rounded 3000 Ma recycled zircons which perhaps originated from an Archean terrain in the Sino-Korean craton. The youngest age of detrital zircons constrains that the gneiss protolith deposited after the 350 Ma event. The CHIME monazite and zircon ages for the paragneisses from Oki-Dogo Island, and from the main part of the Hida terrane, reveal that the gneisses formed from Permo-Carboniferous clastic sediments during a single metamorphism at ca. 250 Ma. The results are in marked contrast to the current view that (1) the Hida gneiss is a polymetamorphosed Precambrian complex; (2) the central part ('Hida gneiss' region) and the eastern marginal part (Unazuki schist' region) of the Hida terrane are correlative with the Precambrian Kyonggi massif and the Paleozoic Okchon zone in the Korean Peninsula, respectively. Instead, we consider that the Okchon zone alone can be correlatable with the Paleozoic Hida terrane.

  20. Propeller Belts of Saturn

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    2017-05-10

    This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is the sharpest ever taken of belts of the features called propellers in the middle part of Saturn's A ring. The propellers are the small, bright features that look like double dashes, visible on both sides of the wave pattern that crosses the image diagonally from top to bottom. The original discovery of propellers in this region in Saturn's rings was made using several images taken from very close to the rings during Cassini's 2004 arrival at Saturn. Those discovery images were of low resolution and were difficult to interpret, and there were few clues as to how the small propellers seen in those images were related to the larger propellers Cassini observed later in the mission. This image, for the first time, shows swarms of propellers of a wide range of sizes, putting the ones Cassini observed in its Saturn arrival images in context. Scientists will use this information to derive a "particle size distribution" for propeller moons, which is an important clue to their origins. The image was taken using the Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera on April 19. The view was has an image scale of 0.24 mile (385 meters) per pixel, and was taken at a sun-ring-spacecraft angle, or phase angle, of 108 degrees. The view looks toward a point approximately 80,000 miles (129,000 kilometers) from Saturn's center. https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA21448

  1. The distant Kuiper Belt

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    Gladman, B.; Kavelaars, J. J.; Petit, J. M.; Morbidelli, A.; Holman, M.; Loredo, T.

    2000-10-01

    We present results from a series of deep imaging surveys designed to look for very faint objects in the outer solar system. We find roughly 10-20 percent of our detections outside a heliocentric distance of 48 AU, a much larger fraction than all previously published surveys. The implications of this result for the radial structure of the Kuiper Belt will be discussed, as well as how it interacts with various theories regarding the sculpting of the orbital distribution of the trans-Neptunian region. We find a luminosity function with a continuing steep slope down to the limit of our detections at about 26th magnitude, implying that observations are just on the threshold of reaching the level where the TNO size distribution is exptected to `roll over' to a shallower collisional slope. The size distribution in the observed region is expected to hold information about the time scale and physics of planetesimal building in the early outer Solar System. This work has been supported by a Henri Chretien international research grant (AAS), by NASA Origins grants NAG5-8198 and NAG5-9678, by an ACI Jeune award from the French Research Ministry, and an Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur BQR grant.

  2. Stenian - Tonian and Ediacaran metamorphic imprints in the southern Paleoproterozoic Ubendian Belt, Tanzania: Constraints from in situ monazite ages

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    Boniface, Nelson; Appel, Peter

    2017-09-01

    In situ monazite geochronological data yield the timing of migmatitic metamorphism in southern Ubendian Belt. The mineral assemblage of garnet-biotite- sillimanite- K-feldspar- plagioclase-quartz- ilmenite, in migmatitic metapelitic gneisses was achieved during the Ediacaran metamorphic episode between 565 ± 4 Ma and 559 ± 8 Ma as manifested by dating of monazite grains that include garnet. The Ediacaran metamorphic event in the southern Ubendian Belt overprinted the Paleoproterozoic metamorphic event established at 1808 ± 9 Ma and the Mesoproterozoic metamorphic event at 944 ± 4 Ma (Tonian Period). The Stenian - Tonian and Ediacaran metamorphic imprints in the southern Ubendian Belt fall within the time window of metamorphism and deformation of the neighboring Irumide, southern Irumide, and Unango/Marrupa Complexes. The ca. 560 Ma old granulite facies imprinting in the southern Ubendian Belt is coeval with shear zone patterns in the neighboring Nyika Terrane in NE Malawi the event that was followed by eclogite facies metamorphism during the last stage of Gondwana amalgamation.

  3. The Yellowstone sage belts 1958 to 2008: 50 years of change in the big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) communities of Yellowstone National Park

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    Pamela G. Sikkink

    2011-01-01

    In 1958, 13 belt transects were established within the ungulate winter range in the northern portion of Yellowstone National Park to study how shrub communities were affected by grazing from ungulate populations. Between 1958 and 2008, the belts have been measured and photographed by different researchers at least once per decade, which has resulted in a comprehensive...

  4. Hydrogeological impacts of a railway tunnel in fractured Precambrian gneiss rocks (south-eastern Norway)

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    Kværner, Jens; Snilsberg, Petter

    2013-11-01

    Groundwater monitoring along the Romeriksporten tunnel, south-eastern Norway, provided an opportunity for studying the impacts of tunnelling on groundwater in fractured Precambrian gneiss rocks, and examining relations between bedrock hydrology, tectonic weakness zones and catchments. Tunnel leakage resulted in groundwater drawdown up to 35 m in weakness zones, converted groundwater discharge zones into recharge zones, and affected groundwater chemistry. The magnitude of drawdown and fluctuations in groundwater level differed between weakness zones, and varied with distance from the tunnel route, tunnel leakage, and recharge from catchments. Clear differences in groundwater level and fluctuation patterns indicated restricted groundwater flow between weakness zones. The groundwater drawdowns demonstrated coherent water-bearing networks to 180-m depth in faults and fracture zones. Similar groundwater levels with highly correlated fluctuations demonstrated hydraulic connectivity within fracture zones. Different groundwater drawdown and leakage in weakness zones with different appearance and influence of tectonic events demonstrated the importance of the geological history for bedrock hydrogeology. Water injection into the bedrock counteracted groundwater drawdowns. Even moderate leakage to underground constructions may lead to large groundwater drawdown in areas with small groundwater recharge. Hydrogeological interpretation of tectonic weakness zones should occur in the context of geological history and local catchment hydrology.

  5. Large-Scale, Short-Lived Subduction of the Western Gneiss Region Ultrahigh-Pressure Terrane

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    Kylander-Clark, A. R.; Hacker, B. R.; Corfu, F.

    2006-12-01

    The Western Gneiss Region (WGR) of Norway includes one of Earth's giant ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) terranes. Understanding the subduction and exhumation of this >60,000 km2 area is relevant to a range of processes, including collisional orogenesis, reworking of the continents, and the global geochemical cycle. Important aspects that remain unanswered include the spatial and temporal style of subduction. Was the crust subducted as smaller slivers one at a time, or as one larger unit, all at the same time? The WGR exhibits consistent ages of ~415-400 Ma, 100+ km along strike, but no ages have been identified at an equivalent distance across strike. To address this issue we have determined the age of one of the easternmost eclogites identified in the WGR, a retrogressed eclogite from Lesja. Seven fractions of this sample were analyzed; six of them yield identical U/Pb ages, however, they are slightly discordant. The seventh fraction is anomalously young and interpreted to have suffered lead loss. A weighted-mean 206Pb/238U age of 408.0 ± 1.7 Ma is obtained from the six older fractions; an age that is within the range of U/Pb, Sm/Nd, and Lu/Hf ages from the western portion of the WGR. The similarity in ages from 100+ km north to south and 100+ km east to west indicate that large portions of the continental crust were subducted in a short-lived event, if not en masse.

  6. Metamorphism of cordierite gneisses from Eastern Ghat Granulite Terrain, Andhra Pradesh, South India

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    Murthy, D. S. N.; Charan, S. Nirmal

    1988-01-01

    Cordierite-bearing metapelites of the Eastern Ghat granulite terrain occur in close association of Khondalites, quartzites, calc-silicate rocks and charnockites. Rocks occurring between Bobbili in the north and Guntur in the south of Andhra Pradesh are studied. The association of the mineral and textural relationships suggest the following metamorphic reactions: Garnet + sillimanite + quartz = cordierite, hypersthene + sillimanite + quartz = cordierite, sillimanite + spinel = cordierite + corundum, and biotite + quartz + sillimanite = cordierite + K=feldspar. Generally the minerals are not chemically zoned except garnet-biotite showing zoning when they come in close contact with one another. The potential thermometers are provided by the Fe-Mg distribution of coexisting biotite-garnet and cordierite-garnet. Conflicting interpretation of the P/T dependence of these reactions involving cordierite are due to H2O in the cordierite. The presence of alkali feldspar-quartz assemblage which is common in these gneisses will be constrained from melting only if H2O activity is less than 0.5. The piezometric array inferred is convex towards the temperature array, indicating a rapid and isothermal crustal uplift probably aided by thrust tectonics.

  7. Late Cretaceous and early Tertiary plutonism and deformation in the Skagit Gneiss Complex, north Cascade Range, Washington and British Columbia

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    Haugerud, R.A.; Van Der Heyden, P.; Tabor, R.W.; Stacey, J.S.; Zartman, R.E.

    1991-01-01

    The Skagit Gneiss Complex forms a more-or-less continuous terrane within the North Cascade Range. The complex comprises abundant plutons intruded at mid-crustal depths into a variety of metamorphosed supracrustal rocks of both oceanic and volcanic-arc origin. U-Pb zircon ages from gneissis plutons within and near the Skagit Gneiss Complex indicate magmatic crystallziations between 75 and 60 Ma. Deformation, recrystallization, and migmatization in part postdate intrusion of the 75-60 Ma plutons. This latest Cretaceous and earliest Tertiary plutonism and migmatization may reflect thermal relaxation following early Late Cretaceous orogeny. The complex was ductilely extended northwest-southeast shortly after intrusion of granite dikes at ~45 Ma, but before emplacement of the earliest (~34 Ma) plutons of the Cascade arc. -from Authors

  8. Belt conveyors for bulk materials. 6th ed.

    SciTech Connect

    2007-07-01

    The 16 chapters are entitled: Belt conveyor general applications economics; Design considerations; Characteristics and conveyability of bulk materials; Capacities, belt widths and speeds; Belt conveyor idlers; Belt tension and power engineering; Belt selection; Pulleys and shafts; Curves; Steep angle conveying; Belt cleaners and accessories; Transfer points; Conveyor motor drives and controls; Operation, maintenance and safety; Belt takeups; and Emerging technologies. 6 apps.

  9. Geochronology of the Palaeoproterozoic Kautokeino Greenstone Belt, Finnmark, Norway, in its Fennoscandian context

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    Bingen, Bernard; Solli, Arne; Viola, Giulio; Sverre Sandstad, Jan; Torgersen, Espen; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Skår, Øyvind; Nasuti, Aziz

    2016-04-01

    The northeastern part of the Fennoscandian Shield consists of Archaean cratonic blocks alternating with Palaeoproterozoic greenstone belts ranging in age from c. 2500 to 1950 Ma. Traditionally, the greenstones are interpeted as evidence for rifting of the Archaean continent(s) although it remains unclear whether modern-style oceanic lithosphere developed, followed by a Wilson-cycle-type closure during the Svecokarelian orogeny. Existing geological, isotopic and geochronological data show that the exposed basins hosting the greenstones have distinct lithostratigraphies and geological evolutions and are pericontinental rather than oceanic. A diversity of Palaeoproterozoic mafic mantle derived magmatic rocks show a secular increase of Nd value with time, from EpsilonNd =-2 at 2500 Ma (Shalskiy dikes, Onega, Russia) to EpsilonNd =+4.4 at 2090 Ma (Jouttiaapa basalts, Peräpohja, Finland), suggesting that the regional asthenospheric mantle was less depleted than the model MORB-producing depleted mantle before 2090 Ma. In this work, we report new zircon U-Pb geochronological data in 19 samples from Finnmarkvidda, Norway, to constrain the evolution of the Palaeoproterozoic high-strain Kautokeino Greenstone Belt and its relations with the neighbouring felsic Jergul and Ráiseatnu gneiss complexes. The Jergul complex is an Archaean, low heat flow, TTG cratonic bloc of Karelian affinity formed between 2975 ±10 and 2776 ±6 Ma. The Masi formation, at the base of the Kautokeino Greenstone Belt, is a typical Jatulian quartzite unconformably overlying the Archean basement. An albite-magnetite-rich mafic sill, similar to the Haaskalehto intrusion in Finland, provides a minimum age of 2220 ±7 Ma for the deposition of the quartzite. The Likčá and Čáskejas formations represent the main basaltic volcanism. Direct evidence of an oceanic setting or oceanic suture is lacking. A probably synvolcanic gabbro sill gives an age of 2137 ±5 Ma. Published Sm-Nd whole-rock data on

  10. A comparison of the chemistry of pseudotachylyte breccias in the Archean Levack Gneisses of the Sudbury structure, Ontario

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    Thompson, Lucy M.; Spray, John G.

    1992-01-01

    The Archean Levack Gneisses of the North Range host millimeter-thick veins and centimeter-thick lenses of pseudotachylyte, as well as substantially larger meter-wide, dykelike bodies of pseudotachylytic 'breccia'. The 'breccia' occurs up to several tens of kilometers away from the Sudbury Igneous Complex and is commonly sited within or near joints and other natural weaknesses such as bedding, dyke contacts, and lithological boundaries. The larger 'breccia' dykes comprise a generally dark matrix containing rounded to subrounded and occasionally angular rock fragments derived predominantly from Levack Gneiss. Selected samples of bulk Sudbury Breccia and Sudbury Breccia matrices were chemically analyzed and compared to existing data on the Levack Gneisses and Sudbury Breccia. The matrices are apparently enriched in Fe and, to a lesser extent, Mg, Ti, and Ca compared to the wallrocks and the majority of clasts. This enrichment can be partly explained by the preferential cataclasis and/or frictional melting of hydrous ferromagnesian wallrock minerals, but also appear to require contamination by more basic exotic lithologies. This suggests that certain components of pseudotachylitic Sudbury Breccia have undergone significant transport during their formation.

  11. Early lineations in a later shear zone: case study from the Eastern Ghats Belt, India

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    Bose, S.; Gupta, S.

    2016-12-01

    In polydeformed gneissic terranes, ductile shear zones may cut across rocks with older penetrative fabrics. Earlier lineations in later ductile shear zones need to be identified to avoid incorrect kinematic interpretation. To investigate the fate of early lineations during later ductile shearing, the Mahanadi Shear Zone (MSZ) from the Eastern Ghats Belt (EGB) in India is taken as a case study. The EGB is a Proterozoic granulite terrane correlated with Indo-Antarctica collision. The MSZ lies within the EGB, but is oriented almost perpendicular to the trend of the belt. The penetrative structural fabric in the EGB is NE-SW trending and dipping SE. However, a broad swing in structural trend from NE-SW to WNW-ESE can be detected near the MSZ from satellite imagery. In mylonitised rocks of the shear zone, a discrepancy between the shear zone lineation and inferred shear sense leads to uncertainty in kinematic interpretation of the shear zone. The EGB rock types include charnockites, quartzofeldspathic gneisses and garnet-sillimanite-bearing metapelitic gneisses (khondalites). Outside the MSZ, gneisses preserve an earlier, dominantly down-dip intersection lineation. Sillimanite needles in khondalites are aligned parallel to this lineation, while quartz and garnet are also annealed into the granulite facies fabric. In the vicinity of the shear zone, evidence of dextral non-coaxial shearing progressively increases but the lineation distribution is scattered. Quartz grains show strong undulose extinction caused by strain at lower temperatures, and crystallographic c-axis fabric analyses using EBSD indicate deformation by basal c-slip mechanism. Preferred alignment of the sillimanite needles is disrupted in khondalites within the MSZ because of partial rotation of the needles towards the sub-horizontal movement direction, with the extent of rotation of the needles being apparently controlled by grain size. Some sillimanite needles also appear to have undergone

  12. Insights on high-grade deformation in quartzo-feldspathic gneisses during the early Variscan exhumation of the Cabo Ortegal nappe, NW Iberia

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    José Fernández, Francisco; Llana-Fúnez, Sergio; Valverde-Vaquero, Pablo; Marcos, Alberto; Castiñeiras, Pedro

    2016-04-01

    High-grade, highly deformed gneisses crop out continuously along the Masanteo peninsula and constitute the upper part of the lower crustal section in the Cabo Ortegal nappe (NW Spain). The rock sequence formed by migmatitic quartzo-feldspathic (qz-fsp) gneisses and mafic rocks records the early Ordovician (ca. 480-488 Ma) injection of felsic dioritic/granodioritic dykes at the base of the qz-fsp gneisses, and Devonian eclogitization (ca. 390.4 ± 1.2 Ma), prior to its exhumation. A SE-vergent ductile thrust constitutes the base of quartzo-feldspathic gneissic unit, incorporating mafic eclogite blocks within migmatitic gneisses. A NW-vergent detachment displaced metasedimentary qz-fsp gneisses over the migmatites. A difference in metamorphic pressure of ca. 0.5 GPa is estimated between both gneissic units. The tectono-metamorphic relationships of the basal ductile thrust and the normal detachment bounding the top of the migmatites indicate that both discrete mechanical contacts were active before the recumbent folding affecting the sequence of gneisses during their final emplacement. The progressive tectonic exhumation from eclogite to greenschist facies conditions occurred over ca. 10 Ma and involved bulk thinning of the high-grade rock sequence in the high pressure and high temperature (HP-HT) Cabo Ortegal nappe. The necessary strain was accommodated by the development of a widespread main foliation, dominated by flattening, that subsequently localized to a network of anastomosing shear bands that evolved to planar shear zones. Qz-fsp gneisses and neighbouring mafic granulites were exhumed at > 3 mm yr-1, and the exhumation path involved a cooling of ˜ 20 °C/100 MPa, These figures are comparable to currently active subduction zones, although exhumation P-T trajectory and ascent rates are at the hotter and slower end in comparison with currently active similar settings, suggesting an extremely ductile deformation environment during the exhumation of qz

  13. High-grade deformation in quartzo-feldspathic gneisses during the early Variscan exhumation of the Cabo Ortegal nappe, NW of Iberia

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    Fernández, F. J.; Llana-Fúnez, S.; Marcos, A.; Castiñeiras, P.; Valverde-Vaquero, P.

    2015-12-01

    High-grade highly deformed gneisses crop out continuously along the Masanteo peninsula in the Cabo Ortegal nappe (NW Spain). The rock sequence formed by quartzo-feldspathic gneisses and mafic rocks records two partial melting events: during the Early Ordovician (ca. 480-488 Ma.), at the base of the Qz-Fsp gneisses, and immediately after eclogization (ca. 390.4 ± 1.2 Ma), during its early Variscan exhumation. Despite the strain accumulated during their final exhumation in which a pervasive blastomylonitic S2 foliation was developed, primary sedimentary layering in Qz-Fsp gneisses is well preserved locally at the top of the sequence. This first stage of the exhumation process occurred in ~ 10 Ma, during which bulk flattening of the high-grade rock sequence was accommodated by anastomosing shear bands that evolved to planar shear zones. Strain was progressively localized along the boundaries of the migmatitic Qz-Fsp gneisses. A SE-vergent ductile thrust constitutes the base of gneisses, incorporating eclogite blocks-in-matrix. A NW-vergent detachment placed the metasedimentary Qz-Fsp gneisses over the migmatitic Qz-Fsp gneisses. A difference in metamorphic pressure of ca. 0.5 GPa is estimated between both gneissic units. The high-grade deformation reduced substantially the thickness of the gneissic rock sequence during the process of exhumation controlled by change in the strain direction and the progressive localization of strain. The combined movement of the top detachment and basal thrust resulted in an extrusion of the migmatites within the nappe, directed to the SE in current coordinates.

  14. Controls on Andean thrust belt development 15[degrees]-30[degrees]S

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    Allmendinger, R.W.; Gubbels, T.L. )

    1993-02-01

    The Andean foreland thrust belt would appear to be the perfect test locality for models of climatic control on thrust belt geometry and evolution. To evaluate this possibility, we examine three transects across the thrust belt: the Subandean belt at [approximately]15[degrees] and 20[degrees]S, and the Precordillera at 30[degrees]S, where current precipitation is 1000-2400 mm/yr, 400-800 mm/yr, and 200 mm/yr, respectively. Thrust belt width is directly correlated with average topographic slope and shortening. The northern Subandean belt and the Precordillera are both narrow (70 and 50 km), have high surface slopes of 2.5-3.5[degrees], and have net shortening >60% whereas the intervening southern Subandean belt is 90-110 km wide, has a slope of 0.5-1[degrees], and <50% shortening. Additional non-thrust belt shortening in the north occurs as major strike slip faults and in the south as basement uplifts. The formation of the Altiplano plateau west of the Subandean thrust belt required both Neogene and Quaternary magmatism and large magnitude shortening; neither alone would be sufficient to form the Altiplano. Second order plateau width variations may be climatically controlled. There are two significant controls on thrust belt geometry; the pre-existing basin architecture (i.e., width, thickness, number of competent units, pre-existing structures) and the Andean plate setting(arc magmatism, oblique shortening and strike-slip faulting, and basement up-lifts). The climatic influence is most clear in drainage and denudation patterns which determine the locus of sediment redistribution (i.e. piggyback basins, provenance of foreland basin fill), but otherwise climate remains an elusive control.

  15. A mantle conveyor belt beneath the Tethyan collisional belt

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    Becker, T. W.; Faccenna, C.

    2011-12-01

    Collisional belts are generated by the arrival of continental lithosphere into a subduction zone, leading to stacking of crustal slices during indentation. The Tethyan suture from the Bitlis to the Himalayas is a prime example where the Arabian and Indian plates collided with Eurasia during the Cenozoic, generating the highest mountain belts on Earth (Argand, 1924). While the kinematics of this process are well established, its dynamics are more uncertain. India and Arabia intriguingly keep advancing in spite of large collisional resisting forces. We perform global mantle circulation computations to test the role of deep mantle flow as a driving force for the kinematics of the Tethyan collisional belt, evaluating different boundary conditions and mantle density distributions as inferred from seismic tomography or slab models. Our results show that mantle drag exerted on the base of the lithosphere by a large-scale upwelling is likely the main cause for the ongoing indentation of the Indian and Arabian plates into Eurasia.

  16. Proton Spectrometer Belt Research (PSBR)

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    Byers, David

    The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), NASA, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Aerospace Corporation, the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have jointly formed the Proton Spectrometer Belt Research (PSBR) program to meet two primary objectives: to measure the high-energy proton spectrum by placing the Relativistic Proton Spectrometer (RPS) instrument on board the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) spacecraft to measure the inner Van Allen belt protons with energies from 50 MeV to 2 GeV, and to produce the next generation radiation belt models. Presently, the intensity of trapped protons with energies beyond about 150 MeV is not well known and thought to be underestimated in existing specification models. Such protons are known to pose a number of hazards to astronauts and spacecraft; including total ionizing dose, displacement damage, single event effects, and nuclear activation. The RPS addresses a priority highly ranked by the scientific and technical community and will extend the measurement capability of the RBSP mission to a range beyond that originally planned. The PSBR program will use the RPS data, coupled with other data sets, to upgrade existing radiation belt models, significantly improving the radiation hazards specified by increasing the spectral and spatial coverage, and the time-correlated probability of occurrence statistics, quantifying the model accuracy and uncertainty.

  17. Applications of radiation belt research

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    Lanzerotti, Louis J.

    2011-10-01

    When Arthur Clark and John Pierce proposed geosynchronous and low-Earth-orbiting (GEO and LEO) communications satellites, respectively, they did not envision that the environment in which their concepts would fly would be anything but benign. Discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts in 1958 fundamentally altered understanding of Earth's near-space environment and its impacts on technologies. Indeed, the first commercial telecommunications satellite, Telstar 1, in LEO, failed some 6 months after launch (10 July 1962) due to trapped radiation that had been enhanced from the Starfish Prime high-altitude nuclear test on the day prior to launch. Today radiation trapped in the geomagnetic field, as well as solar energetic particles that can access the magnetosphere, forms critical constraints on the design and operations of satellite systems. These considerations were important factors in the planning of the AGU Chapman Conference on radiation belts that was hosted in July 2011 by the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, Canada (see "Chapman Conference on Radiation Belts and the Inner Magnetosphere," page 4). The conference presentations, discussions, and hallway conversations illuminated current understanding of Earth's radiation belts and critical issues remaining. Certainly, fundamental understanding of radiation belt origins remains elusive. The relative roles of adiabatic processes, geomagnetic storm injections, and wave heating, among other considerations, are central topics of intense debate and of competing modeling regimes by numerous active groups.

  18. Trends in PVC conveyor belting

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    Hopwood, J.E.

    1984-03-01

    The development of mechanical systems of extraction at the coal face necessitated the introduction of efficient methods of mineral transportation in deep-mining operations. The most popular system is the belt conveyor. Originally PVC was being evaluated as a rubber substitute, as in its liquid form it appeared to offer an easier route to fabric coating and impregnation for conveyor belt applications. However, it was not until 1950, when over 200 miners lost their lives due to an underground fire being spread by combustible rubber conveyor belts, that the full significance of the properties of PVC were appreciated. Following this tragedy, an intensive development program to produce a substitute for rubber was initiated. It had to have similar operational characteristics as rubber while incorporating the safety features of resistance to flame propagation and build-up of static electrical charges. It became evident that PVC could be compounded to realize these requirements and belting manufacturers immediately started to produce a new generation of belts based on the previouly proven mechanical characteristics of multiply fabrics, but substituting PVC for the rubber content. The advantages of PVC are discussed.

  19. Mantle peridotites from the Dinaridic ophiolite belt and the Vardar zone western belt, central Balkan: A petrological comparison

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    Bazylev, B. A.; Popević, A.; Karamata, S.; Kononkova, N. N.; Simakin, S. G.; Olujić, J.; Vujnović, L.; Memović, E.

    2009-03-01

    that the studied ultramafic rocks formed in two different oceanic basins, probably marginal seas. We also suggest that the orogenic lherzolites that dominate the central-northern part of the Dinaridic ophiolite belt formed as a result of continental lithosphere extension after closure of the Dinaride oceanic basin and were later tectonically incorporated into the ophiolitic mélange.

  20. Effects of vehicle seat and belt geometry on belt fit for children with and without belt positioning booster seats.

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    Reed, Matthew P; Ebert-Hamilton, Sheila M; Klinich, Kathleen D; Manary, Miriam A; Rupp, Jonathan D

    2013-01-01

    A laboratory study was conducted to quantify the effects of belt-positioning boosters on lap and shoulder belt fit. Postures and belt fit were measured for forty-four boys and girls ages 5-12 in four highback boosters, one backless booster, and on a vehicle seat without a booster. Belt anchorage locations were varied over a wide range. Seat cushion angle, seat back angle, and seat cushion length were varied in the no-booster conditions. All boosters produced better mean lap belt fit than was observed in the no-booster condition, but the differences among boosters were relatively large. With one midrange belt configuration, the lap belt was not fully below the anterior-superior iliac spine (ASIS) landmark on the front of the pelvis for 89% of children in one booster, and 75% of children failed to achieve that level of belt fit in another. In contrast, the lap belt was fully below the ASIS for all but two children in the best-performing booster. Child body size had a statistically significant but relatively small effect on lap belt fit. The largest children sitting without a booster had approximately the same lap belt fit as the smallest children experienced in the worst-performing booster. Increasing lap belt angle relative to horizontal produced significantly better lap belt fit in the no-booster condition, but the boosters isolated the children from the effects of lap belt angles. Reducing seat cushion length in the no-booster condition improved lap belt fit but changing cushion angle did not. Belt upper anchorage (D-ring) location had a strong effect on shoulder belt fit in conditions without shoulder belt routing from the booster. Unexpectedly, the worst average shoulder belt fit was observed in one highback booster with a poorly positioned shoulder belt routing clip. The shoulder belt was routed more outboard, on average, with a backless booster than without a booster, but raising the child also amplified the effect of D-ring location, such that children were

  1. A faunistic survey of bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) in the Black Belt Prairie of Mississippi

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    A survey of bees (Apoidea) in the Black Belt Prairie of northern Mississippi was conducted from 1991 to 2001. Collecting methods included netting specimens from floral hosts and use of malaise traps. The survey resulted in collection of 6138 specimens, of which 3627 were identified to 118 species. O...

  2. The origin of jarosite associated with a gossan on Archean gneiss in Southwest Greenland

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    Peng, Y.; Pratt, L. M.; Young, S. A.; Cadieux, S. B.; White, J. R.

    2013-12-01

    The mineral Jarosite [KFe3(SO4)2(OH)6] since its discovery, by Opportunity rover at Meridiani Planum on Mars, has been the subject of intense geochemical and environmental study over the last 5-10 years. Jarosite requires highly acidic, K-enriched, and oxidizing aqueous conditions for formation. Stable isotopes of O, H, and S of jarosite have the ability to record the temperatures of formation, environments of deposition, fluids, and fluid/atmospheric interactions. Therefore, the origin of jarosite is important for understanding present and past environmental conditions on Mars. Unfortunately, the origin of jarosite on Mars remains unclear. Jarosite is commonly found on Earth in the weathering zones of pyrite-bearing ore deposits, near-surface playa sediments in acid-saline lakes, or epithermal environments and hot springs. Here, we report the occurrence of jarosite in association with a gossan overlying weathered Archean gneiss and Paleoproterozoic mafic dikes at the ice-free margin of southwestern Greenland. In our 2012 field campaign, we excavated soil pits to a depth of 40 cm with a high vertical sampling resolution. No visible pyrite was found in the nearby outcroppings of gneiss in the field. XRD data show that all samples were composed of anorthite, quartz, albite, jarosite, muscovite, and microcline. Jarosite was the only sulfur-bearing mineral identified by XRD, with abundance of jarosite increasing with depth (up to 8.4 wt. %) in the soil pits. Water soluble and acid soluble sulfate were sequentially extracted using 10% NaCl and 2N HCl solutions, respectively. Pyrite was then subsequently extracted from insoluble residues by a chromium reduction method. The average abundance of water soluble sulfate, acid soluble sulfate, and pyrite were 100 ppm, 7 wt. %, and 10 ppm, respectively. The δ34S values of water soluble sulfate, acid soluble sulfate, and pyrite range from -0.7‰ to 3.1‰ (average= 1.5‰), -1.2 to 1.5‰ (average= 0.7‰), and 0.3‰ to 6.7

  3. Fluid-induced Crystallization of Majoritic Garnet During Deep Continental Subduction (Western Gneiss Region, Norway)

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    Scambelluri, M.; Pettke, T.; van Roermund, H. L.

    2008-12-01

    In ultrahigh pressure (UHP) rocks, garnet containing pyroxene exsolutions derives from breakdown of majorite crystallized at depths > 200 km. Presence of microdiamonds in some of these rocks [1], including those of the Western Gneiss Region (WGR) of Norway [2], may suggest a fluid-bearing environment for the genesis of majorite. The WGR UHP gneisses host garnet peridotite and websterite recording uplift from extraordinary depths prior to uptake in a subducting slab [2]. These ultramafic rocks (islands of Otrøy and Bardane) derive from depleted Archean transition-zone mantle (350 km depth) upwelled and accreted to a cratonic lithosphere (M2 stage). Evidence for this are decimetric garnets (grt) preserved in Otrøy, hosting up to 20 volume% orthopyroxene (opx) and clinopyroxene (cpx) exsolved from precursor majoritic garnet (M1 stage). The pyroxene lamellae (20-30 ¥ìm thick, hundreds of ¥ìm long) [3] were exsolved under high-T, as shown by the garnet/cpx REE distribution [4]. This Archean-mid Proterozoic record is overprinted by the 425- 390 Ma Scandian continental subduction (M3 stage), forming new grt + cpx + opx + phlogopite (phl) + spinel (sp) that contain diamond-bearing micro-inclusions witnessing deep COH subduction fluids [2]. Here we document formation of new majoritic garnet in the M3 assemblage and in veins at Bardane [5]. Textural characteristics, together with the LREE and LILE enrichments of the M3 minerals, indicate that the new majorite is linked to infiltration of subduction fluids during renewed burial towards sub-lithospheric depths. It represents the deepest occurrence of fluid-related microstructures in mantle rocks. The new majoritic garnet crystallized at grain boundaries and in micro-veins at 7 Gpa and 900-1000 °C. It hosts thin pyroxene needles (5 mm thick, 100 mm long) exsolved under comparatively low-T, as indicated by the garnet/cpx REE distribution. The trace element signature of the majorite-bearing subduction assemblage is LREE

  4. Gneisses of Brazil's cultural heritage buildings and its most frequent degradations

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    Gilberto Costa, Antônio

    2017-04-01

    Macroscopic descriptions of cultural heritage buildings constructed using gneisses in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Ouro Preto, Brazil, allowed to identify alterations and degradations, in part conditioned by the mineralogical composition and the structures present in these stone materials. It is important to emphasize that: - some changes still begin in the environments where these materials were formed, experiencing an intensification from the processes of extraction, processing and application; - modifications occurring after the applications are understood herein as degradations. The studied gneisses present banding consisting of parts with different thicknesses and mineralogical contents. Due to these differentiated contents, clear bands were identified and constituted essentially by felsic minerals, such as feldspars and quartz, as well as dark bands formed by mafic minerals represented by: biotite, garnets, amphiboles, such as hornblende or pyroxene (hyperstene). In addition to these minerals, low contents of oxides and sulphides were found. Also under the influence of this distribution of minerals, planar structures or foliations, more or less developed, that can be very penetrative have been identified, mainly when these rocks were submitted to the performance of milonitization processes. From the set of changes and degradations observed stand out those related to the decomposition of minerals that make up these materials. In these cases, feldspars and other silicates, such as micas, amphiboles and pyroxenes, were decomposed due to the hydrolysis and products were generated which compromised the resistance of these stone materials, leading to their consequent disintegration. On the other hand, the presence of expansive clays in these products, caused volume increases which also contributed to the expansion of the weathered surface layer (blistering). This process may result detachments in the form of scales to cavities in cases of

  5. Metamorphic signature of the Gneiss Canyon Shear Zone, Lower Granite Gorge, Grand Canyon, Arizona

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    Robinson, K.; Williams, M.L. . Dept. of Geology and Geography)

    1992-01-01

    The Proterozoic orogen in Arizona consists of structural blocks separated by NE trending shear zones. The Gneiss Canyon Shear Zone (GCSZ) is important because it appears to define in part the boundary between the amphibolite facies Yavapai Province and the granulite facies Mojave Province. An early NW striking foliation is clearly visible in many samples from the Lower Granite Gorge (LGG). In Travertine Canyon, east of the GCSZ, pelitic schists contain And-Sil-Crd-Bi and Gar-Sil-Sta-Bi. Mafic rocks exhibit complex phase relations between cummingtonite, anthophyllite, gedrite, garnet, and cordierite. The coexistence of cordierite-cummingtonite is indicative of low pressure metamorphism. Microprobe analyses of garnets reveal prograde growth zoning profiles. Temperature and pressure estimates of peak metamorphism are 550--600 C and 3 kb. Just east of the GCSZ, pelitic assemblages contain Gar-Bi [+-] Sil [+-] Mus, and garnet zoning profiles are flat in the cores. In Spencer Canyon, west of the GCSZ, samples commonly contain Gar-Bi-Sil-Crd, and in many samples cordierite is being replaced by sillimanite. Thermobarometric calculations yield temperature and pressure estimates of 650 C and 3.5 kb. Mineral assemblages and quantitative thermobarometry suggest higher peak metamorphic temperature west of the GCSZ but relatively constant pressures across the LGG. On the east side of the GCSZ, temperatures increase toward the Shear Zone, probably due to the presence of extensive dikes, pods, and veins of variably deformed granite. Peak mineral assemblages are syntectonic with respect to the NE-striking GCSZ fabric. If a suture exists in the LGG, the GCSZ fabrics apparently reflect post-accretionary tectonism, with accretion occurring prior to the peak of metamorphism.

  6. Microfabric reconstruction via quantitative digital petrographic image analysis for weakly foliated gneisses

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    Yeh, Meng-Wan; Lin, Yu-Ling; Lee, Tung-Yi; Ji, Jian-Qing

    2013-03-01

    Detection and documentation of petro-structural features such as alignment features of minerals/grains, and extraction of such spatial property data are two fundamental steps for structural geology. Such tasks were mostly carried out manually. However, manual analysis is laborious and potentially biased. These drawbacks are less obvious when the foliation is well developed and the amount of platy mineral is higher. For samples with weakly developed foliation and low platy mineral content, automatic method is required for subjective interpretation. A semi-automatic computerized method of 3D foliation orientation reconstruction via two-dimensional petrographic-shape fabric analysis from serial oriented digital microphotograph has been developed and demonstrated in this study. The foliation is reconstructed by fitting a best fitting plane to the maximum modal peaks of micro textural parameters (SPO) for different mineral groups of platy and granular minerals from each thin section on a stereonet for four coarse grained biotite gneiss samples collected along the Jialie fault, SE Tibet, China. Regardless of platy or granular mineral aggregates, the reconstructed foliations showed similar orientation within 10° angular variation to the field measurement. The 10° angular variation can be maintained if the foliations are reconstructed by consecutive thin section groupings ≦ 50° angular intervals and a horizontal thin section. The angular spread increased to 30° for thin section groupings with > 50° to 100° angular intervals with a horizontal thin section. Major advantages of the computerized photometric methods demonstrated by this study are: the reduction of human prejudice and obtaining quantified and repeatable data sets.

  7. Dynamics of Radiation Belt Particles

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    Ukhorskiy, A. Y.; Sitnov, M. I.

    2013-11-01

    This paper reviews basic concepts of particle dynamics underlying theoretical aspect of radiation belt modeling and data analysis. We outline the theory of adiabatic invariants of quasiperiodic Hamiltonian systems and derive the invariants of particle motion trapped in the radiation belts. We discuss how the nonlinearity of resonant interaction of particles with small-amplitude plasma waves, ubiquitous across the inner magnetosphere, can make particle motion stochastic. Long-term evolution of a stochastic system can be described by the Fokker-Plank (diffusion) equation. We derive the kinetic equation of particle diffusion in the invariant space and discuss its limitations and associated challenges which need to be addressed in forthcoming radiation belt models and data analysis.

  8. Apparatus for forming drive belts

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    Topits, A., Jr. (Inventor)

    1974-01-01

    An apparatus for manufacturing belts, such as seamless belts, is provided, the apparatus has relatively movable rollers that are mounted in an oven. A belt blank, for example, of a thin polyester film, is rotated on the rollers as heat is applied. Four rollers, each mounted on a separate roller assembly, are movable along appropriate tracks while a fifth centrally located roller is stationary. A pair of dc motors are operatively connected to a speed reduction gear assembly to provide a pair of rotating drive shafts that extend into the oven. One rotating shaft drives all of the rollers through a rotational gear assembly while the other drive shaft is capable of positioning the movable rollers through respective rotating threaded shafts. Control devices are provided for controlling the motors while measuring devices are operatively connected to the positional drive shaft to indicate the position of the rollers.

  9. Limited Flow of Continental Crust at UHP Depths: Coupled Age and Trace-Element Analyses of Titanite in the Western Gneiss Region, Norway

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    Garber, J. M.; Hacker, B. R.; Kylander-Clark, A. R.

    2015-12-01

    Coupled age and trace-element data from titanites in the Western Gneiss Region (WGR) of Norway suggest that continental crust underwent limited recrystallization and ductile flow through ~40 My of deep subduction and subsequent exhumation. Precambrian igneous titanites in granitic to tonalitic orthogneisses from the WGR were metastably preserved though Caledonian ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphism and variably recrystallized through subsequent amphibolite-facies metamorphism from ~420-385 Ma. The inherited Precambrian titanites are not present everywhere but rather cluster primarily in a cooler "southern domain" (peak T ~650oC) and a hotter "northern domain" (peak T ~750-800oC).Titanite data were collected using LASS (laser-ablation split stream inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry) at UCSB, and a principal component analysis (PCA) was used to define age and trace-element populations. These data indicate that inherited titanites are LREE-enriched, HFSE-enriched, and have higher Th/U, consistent with Precambrian neocrystallization from a granitic melt. In contrast, the recrystallized titanites have generally lower Th/U and flat, LREE-depleted, or hump-shaped trace-element patterns. These data suggest that (1) Caledonian titanite recrystallization occurred in the presence of LREE-depleted melts or fluids, or that (2) recrystallization was accompanied by a "typical" granitic melt, but that titanite/bulk-rock distribution coefficients are different for neo- and recrystallization; on-going whole-rock analyses will clarify these hypotheses. Critically, the geochemical signature of recrystallized titanite in felsic orthogneisses is comparable across the entire WGR - emphasizing that the petrologic process of titanite recrystallization was similar orogen-wide, but was less extensive in the domains where inherited titanite was preserved. In this case, large volumes of crust outside of the "old domains" may also have retained metastable titanite during subduction

  10. Landscape pattern characteristics of northern foothill belts along Tianshan mountains

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    Cheng, Weiming; Zhou, Chenghu; Zhu, Axing; Li, Jianxin

    2003-07-01

    This paper investigates the oasis expansion and land use changes in arid Manas River Valley using imageries of Landsat MSS, TM and ETM, land use and topographic maps. Over last 50 years, oasis area increased from 156.385km2 in 1949 to 5042.440 km2 in 2001. Oasis expansion process over last 50 years can be divided into oasization and urbanization stages according to the rate of increase. Farmland quickly increased from 156.4 km2 in 1949 to 3639.5 km2 in 1976 during the oasization stage with an annual increase rate of 129.004 km2/a. In urbanization stage from 1976 to 2001, urban area increased from 22.481 km2 to 75.257 km2 with an annual increase rate of 2.111 km2/a. The driving-force analysis reveals that human activities of reclamation and population growth played a major role in oasis expansion in Manas River Valley. With the oasis expansion, a series of eco-environment problems such as sand invasion, pasture degeneration, soil saltization and land abandonment have become more and more seriously. The issues of how to improve the efficiency of water resource usage, protect mountain and desert environments, deal with saltization problems in oasis have become the most important research topics of oasis expansion and sustainable development over these oasis.

  11. Crustal structure of central Syria: The intracontinental Palmyride mountain belt

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    Al-Saad, Damen; Sawaf, Tarif; Gebran, Ali; Barazangi, Muawia; Best, John A.; Chaimov, Thomas A.

    1992-07-01

    Along a 450-km transect across central Syria seismic reflection data, borehole information, potential field data and surface geologic mapping have been combined to examine the crustal structure of the northern Arabian platform beneath Syria. The transect is surrounded by the major plate boundaries of the Middle East, including the Dead Sea transform fault system along the Levantine margin to the west, the Bitlis suture and East Anatolian fault to the north, and the Zagros collisional belt to the northeast and east. Three main tectonic provinces of the northern Arabian platform in Syria are crossed by this transect from south to north: the Rutbah uplift, the Palmyra fold-thrust belt, and the Aleppo plateau. The Rutbah uplift in southern Syria is a broad, domal basement-cored structure with a thick Phanerozoic (mostly Paleozoic) cover of 6-7 km. Isopachs based on well and seismic reflection data indicate that this region was an early Paleozoic depocenter. The Palmyra fold-thrust belt, the northeastern arm of the Syrian Arc, is a northeast-southwest-trending intracontinental mountain belt that acts as a mobile tectonic zone between the relatively stable Rutbah uplift to the south and the less stable Aleppo plateau to the north. Short-wavelength en-echelon folds characterized by relatively steep, faulted southeast flanks dominate in the southwest, most strongly deformed segment of the belt, while a complex system of deeply rooted faults and broad folds characterize the northeastern region, described in this study. The Aleppo plateau lies immediately north of the Palmyride belt, with a combined Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary section that averages 4-5 km in thickness. Although this region appears relatively undeformed on seismic reflection data when compared to Palmyride deformation, a system of near-vertical, probable strike-slip faults crosscut the region in a dominantly northeasterly direction. Gravity and magnetic modeling constrains the deep crustal structure

  12. 14 CFR 31.63 - Safety belts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... STANDARDS: MANNED FREE BALLOONS Design Construction § 31.63 Safety belts. (a) There must be a safety belt... requirements of Subpart C of this part. (b) This section does not apply to balloons that incorporate a...

  13. 14 CFR 31.63 - Safety belts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... STANDARDS: MANNED FREE BALLOONS Design Construction § 31.63 Safety belts. (a) There must be a safety belt... requirements of subpart C of this part. (b) This section does not apply to balloons that incorporate a...

  14. 14 CFR 31.63 - Safety belts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... STANDARDS: MANNED FREE BALLOONS Design Construction § 31.63 Safety belts. (a) There must be a safety belt... requirements of subpart C of this part. (b) This section does not apply to balloons that incorporate a...

  15. 14 CFR 31.63 - Safety belts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... STANDARDS: MANNED FREE BALLOONS Design Construction § 31.63 Safety belts. (a) There must be a safety belt... requirements of subpart C of this part. (b) This section does not apply to balloons that incorporate a...

  16. Radiation Belt Storm Probe Mission Trailer

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    With launch scheduled for 2012, the Radiation Belt Storm Probe (RBSP) are two identical spacecraft that will investigate the doughnut shaped Van Allen radiation belts, the first discovery of the sp...

  17. Scenarios for the Evolution of Asteroid Belts

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    2012-11-01

    This illustration shows three possible scenarios for the evolution of asteroid belts. At the top, a Jupiter-size planet migrates through the asteroid belt, scattering material and inhibiting the formation of life on planets.

  18. Timing and origin of migmatitic gneisses in south Karakoram: Insights from U-Pb, Hf and O isotopic record of zircons

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    Mahar, Munazzam Ali; Mahéo, Gweltaz; Goodell, Philip C.; Pavlis, Terry L.

    2016-04-01

    The timing and origin of partial melting in collision belts is crucial to understand the thermotectonic evolution and the relationship between HT metamorphism and magmatism in over-thickened crust. In the pr