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  1. Origin of an unusual monazite-xenotime gneiss, Hudson Highlands, New York: SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology and trace element geochemistry

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    Aleinikoff, John N.; Grauch, Richard I.; Mazdab, Frank K.; Kwak, Loretta; Fanning, C. Mark; Kamo, Sandra L.

    2012-01-01

    A pod of monazite-xenotime gneiss (MXG) occurs within Mesoproterozoic paragneiss, Hudson Highlands, New York. This outcrop also contains granite of the Crystal Lake pluton, which migmatized the paragneiss. Previously, monazite, xenotime, and zircon from MXG, plus detrital zircon from the paragneiss, and igneous zircon from the granite, were dated using multi-grain thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). New SEM imagery of dated samples reveals that all minerals contain cores and rims. Thus TIMS analyses comprise mixtures of age components and are geologically meaningless. New spot analyses by sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) of small homogeneous areas on individual grains allows deconvolution of ages within complexly zoned grains. Xenotime cores from MXG formed during two episodes (1034 ± 10 and 1014 ± 3 Ma), whereas three episodes of rim formation are recorded (999 ± 7, 961 ± 11, and 874 ± 11 Ma). Monazite cores from MXG mostly formed at 1004 ± 4 Ma; rims formed at 994 ± 4, 913 ± 7, and 890 ± 7 Ma. Zircon from MXG is composed of oscillatory-zoned detrital cores (2000-1170 Ma), plus metamorphic rims (1008 ± 7, 985 ± 5, and ∼950 Ma). In addition, MXG contains an unusual zircon population composed of irregularly-zoned elongate cores dated at 1036 ± 5 Ma, considered to be the time of formation of MXG. The time of granite emplacement is dated by oscillatory-zoned igneous cores at 1058 ± 4 Ma, which provides a minimum age constraint for the time of deposition of the paragneiss. Selected trace elements, including all REE plus U and Th, provide geochemical evidence for the origin of MXG. MREE-enriched xenotime from MXG are dissimilar from typical HREE-enriched patterns of igneous xenotime. The presence of large negative Eu anomalies and high U and Th in monazite and xenotime are uncharacteristic of typical ore-forming hydrothermal processes. We conclude that MXG is the result of unusual metasomatic processes during high grade

  2. Monazite geochronology of the Bodonch metamorphic complex, southwestern Mongolia

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    Cina, S. E.; Yin, A.; Dash, B.; Manning, C.

    2007-12-01

    The Bodonch metamorphic complex in southwestern Mongolia is a steeply dipping assemblage of low to high grade metamorphic rocks exposed along a ~30 km stretch of the Bodonch River which has been variably regarded as either a microcontinental block, due to presence of gneissic foliation; a metamorphic core complex; or an accretionary complex in the Central Asian Orogenic System. Metamorphic grade generally increases from subgreenschist facies at the southern margin of the complex to amphibolite facies in the central section, and decreases again to subgreenschist facies further to the north. Foliation is approximately E-W striking and predominately dips northward, although isoclinal folding is pervasive at all scales. Lithologically, the complex consists primarily of metapelites, with minor interbedded metavolcanics and metacherts. Carbonates and quartzites are generally absent and are observed only in thin depositional lenses. The entire complex is intruded by granitic dikes ranging from ~1 m in thickness to several tens of meters which postdate the metamorphism. The most striking feature of the Bodonch metamorphic complex is the occurrence of garnet bearing schist in the central section which contains zones of almost pure garnet mineralization. Along its southern margin, the assemblage is thrust over a sequence of unmetamorphosed to low grade Devonian-Carboniferous volcanics and sediments which are classified as belonging to an oceanic island arc terrane. Based on the observed lithologies, lack of crystalline basement, and style of deformation we favor the accretionary complex model for the tectonic origin of the Bodonch metamorphic complex. We present new Th-Pb ages of monazite inclusions in garnets obtained using in situ ion-microprobe techniques, which are interpreted to correspond to the timing of accretion related metamorphism.

  3. Linking monazite geochronology with fluid infiltration and metamorphic histories: Nature and experiment

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    Shazia, J. R.; Harlov, D. E.; Suzuki, K.; Kim, S. W.; Girish-Kumar, M.; Hayasaka, Y.; Ishwar-Kumar, C.; Windley, B. F.; Sajeev, K.

    2015-11-01

    Migmatised metapelites from the Kodaikanal region, central Madurai Block, southern India have undergone ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism (950-1000 °C; 7-8 kbar). In-situ electron microprobe Th-U-Pb isochron (CHIME) dating of monazites in a leucosome and surrounding silica-saturated and silica-poor restites from the same outcrop indicates three principal ages that can be linked to the evolutionary history of these rocks. Monazite grains from the silica-saturated restite have well-defined, inherited cores with thick rims that yield an age of ca. 1684 Ma. This either dates the metamorphism of the original metapelite or is a detrital age of inherited monazite. Monazite grains from the silica-poor restite, thick rims from the silica-saturated restite, and monazite cores from the leucosome have ages ranging from 520 to 540 Ma suggesting a mean age of 530 Ma within the error bars. In the leucosome the altered rim of the monazite gives an age of ca. 502 Ma. Alteration takes the form of Th-depleted lobes of monazite with sharp curvilinear boundaries extending from the monazite grain rim into the core. We have replicated experimentally these altered rims in a monazite-leucosome experiment at 800 °C and 2 kbar. This experiment, coupled with earlier published monazite-fluid experiments involving high pH alkali-bearing fluids at high P-T, helps to confirm the idea that alkali-bearing fluids, in the melt and along grain boundaries during crystallization, were responsible for the formation of the altered monazite grain rims via the process of coupled dissolution-reprecipitation.

  4. LASS U-Th-Pb monazite and rutile geochronology of felsic high-pressure granulites (Rhodope, N Greece): Effects of fluid, deformation and metamorphic reactions in local subsystems

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    Wawrzenitz, Nicole; Krohe, Alexander; Baziotis, Ioannis; Mposkos, Evripidis; Kylander-Clark, Andrew R. C.; Romer, Rolf L.

    2015-09-01

    The specific chemical composition of monazite in shear zones is controlled by the syndeformation dissolution-precipitation reactions of the rock-forming minerals. This relation can be used for dating deformation, even when microfabric characteristics like shape preferred orientation or intracrystalline deformation of monazite itself are missing. Monazite contemporaneously formed in and around the shear zones may have different compositions. These depend on the local chemical context rather than reflecting successive crystallization episodes of monazite. This is demonstrated in polymetamorphic, mylonitic high-pressure (HP) garnet-kyanite granulites of the Alpine Sidironero Complex (Rhodope UHP terrain, Northern Greece). The studied mylonitic rocks escaped from regional migmatization at 40-36 Ma and from subsequent shearing through cooling until 36 Ma. In-situ laser-ablation split-stream inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LASS) analyses have been carried out on monazite from micro-scale shear zones, from pre-mylonitic microlithons as well as of monazite inclusions in relictic minerals complimented by U-Pb data on rutile and Rb-Sr data of biotite. Two major metamorphic episodes, Mesozoic and Cenozoic, are constrained. Chemical compositions, isotopic characteristics and apparent ages systematically vary among monazite of four different microfabric domains (I-IV). Within three pre-mylonitic domains (inclusions in (I) pre-mylonitic kyanite and (II) garnet porphyroclasts, and (III) in pre-mylonitic microlithons) monazite yields ages of ca. 130-150 Ma for HP-granulite metamorphism, in line with previous geochronological results in the area. Patchy alteration of the pre-mylonitic monazite by intra-grain dissolution-precipitation processes variably increased negative Eu anomaly and reduced the HREE contents. The apparent age of this altered monazite is reduced. Monazite in the syn-mylonitic shear bands (IV) differs in chemical composition from unaltered and

  5. High-spatial-resolution isotope geochemistry of monazite (U-Pb & Sm-Nd) and zircon (U-Pb & Lu-Hf) in the Old Woman and North Piute Mountains, Mojave Desert, California

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    Phillips, Stacy E.; Hanchar, John M.; Miller, Calvin F.; Fisher, Christopher M.; Lancaster, Penny J.; Darling, James R.

    2014-05-01

    Recent improvements in analytical capabilities allow us to reveal details of magmatic processes at an increasingly finer spatial and temporal scale. In situ analyses of the isotopic and trace element composition of accessory minerals at the sub-grain scale have proven to be effective tools for solving a wide range of geological problems. This study presents new data on accessory minerals including monazite & zircon, examined by in situ LA-ICP-MS and Laser Ablation Split Stream (LASS) techniques, analyzing multiple isotopic systems (U-Pb + Sm-Nd, and U-Pb + Lu-Hf in monazite and zircon, respectively) in order to track geochemical changes over time through a magmatic system. The late Cretaceous granitoids of the Old Woman Mountains in the Mojave Desert, California, provide an excellent opportunity to apply these analytical techniques. The peraluminous granites of the Sweetwater Wash, Painted Rock, and North Piute plutons represent different depths of the magmatic system, and are well understood in terms of field relations and whole-rock geochemistry. A preliminary study on the Sweetwater Wash monazites (Fisher et al., in preparation) has revealed significant inter-grain isotopic heterogeneity in the ɛNd composition of the source region (~1700 Ma); however, the U-Pb ages show an isotopic resetting during emplacement at ~75 Ma. This decoupling of U-Pb and Sm-Nd isotopic systems is suggested by Fisher et al. to be due to recrystallisation and/or dissolution-reprecipitation of monazite. If grain boundary diffusion of Pb overrides the more kinetically limited volume diffusion, then the U-Pb systematics will be reset while Sm and Nd remain immobile in the monazite structure as essential structural components of the lattice. This new data will allow the further investigation of these preliminary results, providing new insights into the observed isotopic disequilibrium, with the LASS technique accurately linking the multiple isotopic systems. This will provide important

  6. Petrology, phase equilibria and monazite geochronology of granulite-facies metapelites from deep drill cores in the Ordos Block of the North China Craton

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    He, Xiao-Fang; Santosh, M.; Bockmann, Kiara; Kelsey, David E.; Hand, Martin; Hu, Jianmin; Wan, Yusheng

    2016-10-01

    Among the various Precambrian crustal blocks in the North China Craton (NCC), the geology and evolution of the Ordos Block remain largely enigmatic due to paucity of outcrop. Here we investigate granulite-facies metapelites obtained from deep-penetrating drill holes in the Ordos Block and report petrology, calculated phase equilibria and in-situ monazite LA-ICP-MS geochronology. The rocks we studied are two samples of cordierite-bearing garnet-sillimanite-biotite metapelitic gneisses and one graphite-bearing, two-mica granitic gneiss. The peak metamorphic age from LA-ICP-MS dating of monazite in all three samples is in the range of 1930-1940 Ma. The (U + Pb)-Th chemical ages through EPMA dating reveals that monazite occurring as inclusions in garnet are older than those in the matrix. Calculated metamorphic phase diagrams for the cordierite-bearing metapelite suggest peak P-T conditions ca. 7-9 kbar and 775-825 °C, followed by decompression and evolution along a clockwise P-T path. Our petrologic and age data are consistent with those reported from the Khondalite Belt in the Inner Mongolia Suture Zone in the northern part of the Ordos Block, suggesting that these granulite-facies metasediments represent the largest Paleoproterozoic accretionary belt in the NCC.

  7. 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

  8. Provenance of Permian Malužiná Formation sandstones (Hronicum, Western Carpathians): evidence from monazite geochronology

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    Vozárová, Anna; Konečný, Patrik; Vďačný, Marek; Vozár, Jozef; Šarinová, Katarína

    2014-10-01

    The Permian Malužiná Formation and the Pennsylvanian Nižná Boca Formation are Upper Paleozoic volcano- sedimentary complexes in the Hronicum nappe system. Sandstones, shales and conglomerates are the dominant lithological members of the Malužiná Formation sequence. Detrital monazites were analysed by electron microprobe, to obtain Th-U-Pb ages of the source areas. The majority of detrital monazites showed Devonian-Mississippian ages, ranging from 330 to 380 Ma with a weighted average of 351 ± 3.3 (2σ), that correspond well with the main phase of arcrelated magmatic activity in the Western Carpathians. Only a small portion of detrital monazites displayed Permian ages in the range of 250-280 Ma, with a significant maximum around 255 Ma. The weighted average corresponds to 255 ± 6.2 Ma. These monazites may have been partially derived from the synsedimentary acid volcanism that was situated on the margins of the original depositional basin. However, some of the Triassic ages (230-240 Ma), reflect, most likely, the genetic relationship with the overheating connected with Permian and subsequent Triassic extensional regime. Detrital monazite ages document the Variscan age of the source area and also reflect a gradual development of the Hronicum terrestrial rift, accompanied by the heterogeneous cooling of the lithosphere.

  9. Geochemistry and Geochronology of the Lower Crust Beneath Central Mongolia

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    Ancuta, L. D.; Carlson, R. W.; Ionov, D. A.; Zeitler, P. K.

    2014-12-01

    Two-pyroxene granulite xenoliths recovered from the Shavaryn-Tsaram Quaternary basaltic breccia pipe near Tariat Mongolia provide a snapshot of the modern lower crust beneath the elevated Hangay Dome in central Mongolia. Two-pyroxene thermometry indicates the xenoliths equilibrated at temperatures of 840 ± 30ºC. Previous studies using the Grt-Opx-Pl barometer indicated an upper limit on pressures between 12.5 and 15.5 kbar for samples collected from the same locality (Stosch et al., 1995). Whole-rock trace-element data for the xenoliths show similar trends to arc-derived magmatic rocks, with enrichments in the large-ion lithophile elements and rare earth elements compared to depletion in the high field-strength elements. The arc-like geochemical signature of the lower crust suggests it did not form through underplating during the most recent phase of Cenozoic volcanism, which has geochemical characteristics typical of intraplate volcanism. Instead, the lower crust beneath the Hangay dome may have formed during the accretion of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) in the Late Paleozoic to Early Mesozoic. Alternatively, it could include remnants of older Precambrian basement accreted during the formation of the CAOB. Abundant zircon observed in the samples will be dated by U-Pb laser ablation ICP-MS and ID-TIMS to better determine the timing of lower-crust formation and metamorphism. To the extent that a crustal root supports the high elevation of Hangay region, constraining the age of the root will help place constraints on the timing of crustal thickening and the attainment of high elevation. The post-orogenic, long-term thermal evolution of the lower crust can be assessed using U-Pb analyses of a number of trace phases, including monazite and apatite. Results from these measurements will address the timing and evolution of the high topography in central Mongolia.

  10. Linking metamorphic textures to U-Pb monazite in-situ geochronology to determine the age and nature of aluminosilicate-forming reactions in the northern Monashee Mountains, British Columbia

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    Gervais, Félix; Hynes, Andrew

    2013-02-01

    The Monashee Mountains of the Canadian Cordillera are thought to expose a classic Barrovian-facies series of isograds. The timing of aluminosilicate growth in the region was determined for four pelitic schist samples by combining textural relationships with monazite compositional zoning and monazite U-Pb geochronology conducted directly on thin-sections by the laser ablation method. Three distinct phases of kyanite growth are recorded in the kyanite zone: at c. 153 Ma, between 122 and 94 Ma and between 76 and 58 Ma. For each phase, monazite and garnet grew synchronously with kyanite, probably by a reaction involving the breakdown of staurolite. In contrast, sillimanite growth by muscovite dehydration melting occurred at or before c. 104 Ma in the sillimanite zone, and retrograde sillimanite grew in schists previously metamorphosed at the kyanite grade during the first two phases by the influx of hot, acidic fluids during top-to-the-east shearing at ca. 71 Ma. These results indicate that rocks metamorphosed at different places and different times in the orogen were juxtaposed prior to being overprinted at the sillimanite grade in the Late Cretaceous-Early Paleocene during the influx of hot fluids in a structurally coherent body deforming by easterly directed shearing. This study also provides new insight into monazite petrogenesis and suggests that, at least in some circumstances, monazite formation is linked to the staurolite-out reaction that produces kyanite.

  11. A Multi-Method Approach to Improving Monazite Geochronology: TIMS, LA-ICP-MS, SIMS and EPMA

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    Peterman, E. M.; Hacker, B. R.; Grove, M.; Gehrels, G. E.; Mattinson, J. M.

    2006-12-01

    A challenging aspect of monazite U-Th-Pb analysis by LA-ICPMS or other `in situ' methods relates to how to appropriately standardize measured inter-element ratios in this compositionally variable phase. A major impediment is the lack of widely available and compositionally appropriate standards. At UCSB, we have characterized three monazite samples: `Madagascar' (B. Schultz), `Jefferson County' (M. Bersch), and `Smithsonian' (Smithsonian Institution). Grains were analyzed by multicollector ID-TIMS in the static multi- collection mode to establish precise U-Pb ages. Inclusion free grains from each sample were fully digested in HCl and loaded onto filaments using silica gel. We obtained 206Pb/238U ages of 363.98 ± 0.74 Ma for the Jefferson County monazite, 511.25 ± 4.91 Ma for the Madagascar sample and 274.58 ± 0.58 Ma for the Smithsonian sample. Jefferson County and Madagascar are reversely discordant, which is partly attributed to `excess' 206Pb from the decay of 230Th. U, Th, and Pb isotopic measurements were undertaken by multicollector LA-ICPMS at UA. The He carrier gases have sufficiently low Hg abundance that any Hg in the 204 mass position was subtracted by measuring on-peak backgrounds prior to sample analysis. Using the well-characterized monazite sample `44069' (J. Aleinikoff) as a primary standard, we obtained 206Pb/238U of 365.5 ± 2.6 Ma for Jefferson County, 1416 ± 29 Ma for Madagascar, and 357.1 ± 4.9 Ma for Smithsonian. Measured Th-Pb ages were 360.0 ± 4.6 Ma, 1345 ± 39 Ma, and 262.1 ± 4.1 Ma respectively. Ion microprobe Th-Pb ages obtained at UCLA from the same materials were 411 ± 12 Ma, 571 ± 18 Ma, and 327 ± 16 Ma using 44069 as a standard. The discrepancies among U-Pb and Th-Pb ages measured with the three methods clearly indicates that we have much to learn regarding standard-based in situ analysis of monazite. To quantify polyatomic species interference on targeted masses, we analyzed a synthetic CePO4 on the LA-ICPMS at UA. Data

  12. U Pb zircon and monazite geochronology of Variscan magmatism related to syn-convergence extension in Central Northern Portugal

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    Valle Aguado, B.; Azevedo, M. R.; Schaltegger, U.; Martínez Catalán, J. R.; Nolan, J.

    2005-05-01

    The Viseu area is located in the Central Iberian Zone of the Iberian Variscan Belt and hosts numerous post-thickening, collision-related granitoids intruded into upper and middle crustal levels. The present paper reports high precision U-Pb zircon and monazite ages for four plutons of the Viseu area: the syn-kinematic granitoids of Maceira (314±5 Ma), Casal Vasco (311±1 Ma) and Junqueira (307.8±0.7 Ma) and the late-kinematic biotite monzogranites of Cota (306±9 Ma). This points to a synchronous emplacement of the different syn-kinematic plutons shortly followed by the intrusion of the late-kinematic granites and shows that the Upper Carboniferous plutonism occurred within a short time span of ca. 10 million years. The ascent of granite magmas took place after an extensional tectonic event (D 2) and is coeval with dextral and sinistral crustal-scale transcurrent shearing (D 3). Field and petrographical evidence suggest a narrow time-span between peak T metamorphic conditions and the intrusion of granitic melts which implies very fast uplift rates accommodated through active tectonic exhumation. Magma compositions evolve through time, reflecting an increasing involvement of mid-crustal sources and the underplating effect of an upwelling asthenospheric mantle at the base of a thinning and stretching continental crust.

  13. Inheritance, Variscan tectonometamorphic evolution and Permian to Mesozoic rejuvenations in the metamorphic basement complexes of the Romanian Carpathians revealed by monazite microprobe geochronology

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    Săbău, Gavril; Negulescu, Elena

    2014-05-01

    Monazite U-Th-Pb chemical dating reaches an acceptable compromise between precision and accuracy on one side, and spatial resolution and textural constraints on the other side. Thus it has a powerful potential in testing the coherence of individual metamorphic basement units, and enabling correlations among them. Yet, sensitivity and specificity issues in monazite response to thermotectonic events, especially in the case of superposed effects, remain still unclear. Monazite dating at informative to detailed scale in the main metamorphic basement units of the Carpathians resulted in complex age spectra. In the main, the spectra are dominated by the most pervasive thermal and structural overprint, as checked against independent geochronological data. Post-peak age resetting is mostly present, but statistically subordinate. Resetting in case of superposed events is correlated with the degree of textural and paragenetic overprinting, inheritances being always indicated by more or less well-defined age clusters. The lack of relict ages correlating with prograde structural and porphyroblast zonation patterns is indicative for juvenile formations. Age data distribution in the Carpathians allowed distinction of pre-Variscan events, syn-metamorphic Variscan tectonic stacking of juvenile and reworked basement, post-Variscan differential tectonic uplift, as well as prograde metamorphic units ranging down to Upper Cretaceous ages. In the South Carpathians, the Alpine Danubian domain consists of several Variscan and Alpine thrust sheets containing a metamorphic complex dominated by Upper Proterozoic to Lower Cambrian metamorphic and magmatic ages (Lainici-Păiuş), and several complexes with metamorphic overprints ranging from Carboniferous to Lower Permian. Any correlation among these units, as well as geotectonic models placing a Lower Paleozoic oceanic domain between pre-existing Lainici-Păiuş and Drăgşan terranes are precluded by the age data. Other basement of the

  14. Paragneiss zircon geochronology and trace element geochemistry, North Qaidam HP/UHP terrane, western China

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    Mattinson, C.G.; Wooden, J.L.; Zhang, J.X.; Bird, D.K.

    2009-01-01

    In the southeastern part of the North Qaidam terrane, near Dulan, paragneiss hosts minor peridotite and UHP eclogite. Zircon geochronology and trace element geochemistry of three paragneiss samples (located within a ???3 km transect) indicates that eclogite-facies metamorphism resulted in variable degrees of zircon growth and recrystallization in the three samples. Inherited zircon core age groups at 1.8 and 2.5 Ga suggest that the protoliths of these rocks may have received sediments from the Yangtze or North China cratons. Mineral inclusions, depletion in HREE, and absence of negative Eu anomalies indicate that zircon U-Pb ages of 431 ?? 5 Ma and 426 ?? 4 Ma reflect eclogite-facies zircon growth in two of the samples. Ti-in-zircon thermometry results are tightly grouped at ???660 and ???600 ??C, respectively. Inclusions of metamorphic minerals, scarcity of inherited cores, and lack of isotopic or trace element inheritance demonstrate that significant new metamorphic zircon growth must have occurred. In contrast, zircon in the third sample is dominated by inherited grains, and rims show isotopic and trace element inheritance, suggesting solid-state recrystallization of detrital zircon with only minor new growth. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

  15. Geochronology of granulite, charnockite and gneiss in the poly-metamorphosed Gaozhou Complex (Yunkai massif), South China: Emphasis on the in-situ EMP monazite dating

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    Chen, Cheng-Hong; Liu, Yung-Hsin; Lee, Chi-Yu; Xiang, Hua; Zhou, Han-Wen

    2012-07-01

    The in-situ EMP (electron microprobe) monazite age dating performed directly in the polished sections, in addition to the conventional U-Pb zircon and EMP monazite age dating on grains from heavy mineral concentrates, has been applied to the granulite, charnockite and gneiss in the Gaozhou Complex of the Yunkai massif in South China. While the conventional dating systems all give Caledonian ages, the in-situ EMP monazite ages provide more information to reveal not only detailed age groups pertaining to the Caledonian orogeny but also traces of later thermal events overprinting these rocks. For granulites, although some monazites present zoning (concentric, patchy and complex) in the BSE images, no discernable age differences are observed. Resetting of the Th-U-Pb monazite dating system under the high temperature condition could be the reason. Ages of homogeneous monazite in garnet porphyroblast (ca. 440 Ma) of the garnet-cordierite granulite that match nicely with the U-Pb zircon ages are systematically older than those in the matrix (ca. 430 Ma). The same case of two age groups is also present in the orthopyroxene-biotite granulite as revealed by monazite inclusions in plagioclase and orthopyroxene and those in quartz, respectively. For charnockites, despite similar ages of ca. 430 Ma are given by monazite in biotite and zircon in the rock, significant younger ages are obtained from monazites with particular features. Relict monazites with a breakdown texture to form successive layers of apatite and allanite in the rim as well as those which are close to the biotite-chlorite microvein always show a similar age of ca. 230 Ma. Moreover, tiny monazites in close association with the garnetiferous corona mainly surrounding orthopyroxene give rise to another age group around 370 Ma. For gneissic rocks, monazites enclosed by quartz give 434 Ma and those setting in the chlorite-epidote microvein of a paragneiss yield 237 Ma, consistent with the U-Pb zircon core-rim age

  16. Deciphering igneous and metamorphic events in high-grade rocks of the Wilmington complex, Delaware: Morphology, cathodoluminescence and backscattered electron zoning, and SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology of zircon and monazite

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    Aleinikoff, J.N.; Schenck, W.S.; Plank, M.O.; Srogi, L.A.; Fanning, C.M.; Kamo, S.L.; Bosbyshell, H.

    2006-01-01

    High-grade rocks of the Wilmington Complex, northern Delaware and adjacent Maryland and Pennsylvania, contain morphologically complex zircons that formed through both igneous and metamorphic processes during the development of an island-arc complex and suturing of the arc to Laurentia. The arc complex has been divided into several members, the protoliths of which include both intrusive and extrusive rocks. Metasedimentary rocks are interlayered with the complex and are believed to be the infrastructure upon which the arc was built. In the Wilmingto n Complex rocks, both igneous and metamorphic zircons occur as elongate and equant forms. Chemical zoning, shown by cathodoluminescence (CL), includes both concentric, oscillatory patterns, indicative of igneous origin, and patchwork and sector patterns, suggestive of metamorphic growth. Metamorphic monazites are chemically homogeneous, or show oscillatory or spotted chemical zoning in backscattered electron images. U-Pb geochronology by sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) was used to date complexly zoned zircon and monazite. All but one member of the Wilmington Complex crystallized in the Ordovician between ca. 475 and 485 Ma; these rocks were intruded by a suite of gabbro-to-granite plutonic rocks at 434 ?? Ma. Detrital zircons in metavolcanic and metasedimentary units were derived predominantly from 0.9 to 1.4 Ga (Grenvillian) basement, presumably of Laurentian origin. Amphibolite to granulite facies metamorphism of the Wilmington Complex, recorded by ages of metamorphic zircon (428 ?? 4 and 432 ?? 6 Ma) and monazite (429 ?? 2 and 426 ?? 3 Ma), occurred contemporaneously with emplacement of the younger plutonic rocks. On the basis of varying CL zoning patterns and external morphologies, metamorphic zircons formed by different processes (presumably controlled by rock chemistry) at slightly different times and temperatures during prograde metamorphism. In addition, at least three other thermal episodes are

  17. Cold seep carbonates along the Norwegian margin, insights into U-Th geochronology and S geochemistry

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    Cremiere, A.; Lepland, A.; Wing, B. A.; Sahy, D.; Condon, D. J.; Chand, S.; Noble, S. R.; Bui, T. H.; Thorsnes, T.; Brunstad, H.

    2015-12-01

    Cold seep carbonates along the Norwegian margin, insights into U-Th geochronology and S geochemistryAuthigenic carbonate crusts form in shallow subsurface of marine sediments due to the microbial anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM). As a result they are unique archives of the locus and intensity of past methane seepage that can be dated by using U-daughter decay affording the unique opportunity to constrain the absolute timing of methane release events. Because AOM is mainly driven by the microbial reduction of seawater sulfate, multiple sulfur isotope compositions of paired carbonate-associated sulfate (CAS) and pyrite in seep carbonates taken as proxies for porewater sulfate and sulfide, respectively, have the potential to reconstruct the biogeochemical conditions under which seep carbonates precipitate. Methane-derived carbonate crusts were collected from several seepage sites on the Norwegian continental shelf, including sites in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. The U-Th dating results constrain the main episode of carbonate crust formation in the Barents and Norwegian seas during the time interval between 14 and 7 ka. Such ages suggest that the methane seepage along the northern Norwegian margin was most active after the collapse of the Scandinavian ice sheet and deglaciation of the area that took place at about 15 ka. The methane flux for the carbonate crust formation was likely provided by the dissociation of methane hydrates that extensively formed in underlying sediments during the last glacial period, but became unstable due to depressuring effects of retreating ice sheet. The precipitation of studied North Sea carbonate crusts occurred more recently, from 6 to 1 ka, suggesting that their formation is unrelated to the glacial history of the area. The paired sulfur stable isotope compositions of pyrite-CAS record a large range of fractionation factors (from 30 to 70 ‰) reflecting change of sulfate-reduction rates possibly controlled

  18. Contrasted monazite hydrothermal alteration mechanisms and their geochemical implications

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    Poitrasson, Franck; Chenery, Simon; Bland, David J.

    1996-12-01

    In spite of the major importance of monazite as a repository for the rare earths and Th in the continental crust, for U-Th-Pb geochronology, and as a possible form for high-level nuclear waste, very little work has been carried out so far on the behaviour of this mineral during fluid-rock events. This contribution describes two contrasting examples of the hydrothermal alteration of monazite. The first case comes from a sample of the Carnmenellis granite (Cornwall, Southwest England), chloritized at 284 ± 16°C, whereas the other occurs in the Skiddaw granite (Lake District, Northwest England), which underwent greisenization at 200 ± 30°C. An integrated study involving backscattered scanning electron microscopy, electron microprobe analyses, and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) reveals that the chloritization event was characterized by the coupled substitution 2REE 3+ ⇌ Th 4+ + Ca 2+ in the altered parts of the monazite, thus leaving the P-O framework of the crystal untouched. In contrast, greisenization led to the coupled substitution REE 3+ + P 5+ ⇌ Th 4+ + Si 4+, and therefore involved a partial destruction of the phosphate framework. The resulting rare earth element patterns are quite different for these two examples, with a maximum depletion for Dy and Er in the altered parts of the Carnmenellis monazite, whereas the Skiddaw monazite shows a light rare earth depletion but an Yb and Er enrichment during alteration. This latter enrichment, accompanied by an increase in U but roughly unchanged Pb concentrations, probably resulted from a decrease in the size of the 9-coordinated site in monazite, thereby favouring the smaller rare earths. These contrasted styles of monazite alteration show that the conditions of fluid-rock interaction will not only affect the aqueous geochemistry of the lanthanides, actinides and lead, and the relative stability of the different minerals holding these elements. Variations in these

  19. Progress integrating ID-TIMS U-Pb geochronology with accessory mineral geochemistry: towards better accuracy and higher precision time

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    Schoene, B.; Samperton, K. M.; Crowley, J. L.; Cottle, J. M.

    2012-12-01

    It is increasingly common that hand samples of plutonic and volcanic rocks contain zircon with dates that span between zero and >100 ka. This recognition comes from the increased application of U-series geochronology on young volcanic rocks and the increased precision to better than 0.1% on single zircons by the U-Pb ID-TIMS method. It has thus become more difficult to interpret such complicated datasets in terms of ashbed eruption or magma emplacement, which are critical constraints for geochronologic applications ranging from biotic evolution and the stratigraphic record to magmatic and metamorphic processes in orogenic belts. It is important, therefore, to develop methods that aid in interpreting which minerals, if any, date the targeted process. One promising tactic is to better integrate accessory mineral geochemistry with high-precision ID-TIMS U-Pb geochronology. These dual constraints can 1) identify cogenetic populations of minerals, and 2) record magmatic or metamorphic fluid evolution through time. Goal (1) has been widely sought with in situ geochronology and geochemical analysis but is limited by low-precision dates. Recent work has attempted to bridge this gap by retrieving the typically discarded elution from ion exchange chemistry that precedes ID-TIMS U-Pb geochronology and analyzing it by ICP-MS (U-Pb TIMS-TEA). The result integrates geochemistry and high-precision geochronology from the exact same volume of material. The limitation of this method is the relatively coarse spatial resolution compared to in situ techniques, and thus averages potentially complicated trace element profiles through single minerals or mineral fragments. In continued work, we test the effect of this on zircon by beginning with CL imaging to reveal internal zonation and growth histories. This is followed by in situ LA-ICPMS trace element transects of imaged grains to reveal internal geochemical zonation. The same grains are then removed from grain-mount, fragmented, and

  20. Stratigraphy, geochronology, geochemistry and tectonic setting of the Mesozoic Nazas Formation, north-central Mexico

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    Bartolini, Claudio

    Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic volcanic-sedimentary sequences that were part of the Mesozoic continental-margin of western North America are exposed in northern and central Mexico. These sequences have been grouped into the Nazas Formation and crop out in the states of Durango, Coahuila, Zacatecas, and San Luis Potosi. The Nazas Formation consists of 2,500 m or more of volcanic and pyroclastic rocks and interbedded clastic sedimentary rocks that were deposited in alluvial fan and fluvial depositional systems that developed in intra-arc basins, mainly fault-bound grabens and topographic depressions within an extending Mesozoic volcanic arc. Major and trace element geochemistry of volcanic rocks suggests that the volcanic suite is calc-alkaline and includes rhyolite, dacite, rhyodacite, andesite, trachyandesite and rare basalt. Pyroclastic rocks are basically air-fall tuffs and volcanic breccias. The sedimentary strata include conglomerate, sandstone, shale, and siltstone, locally red in color. Geochronology (Ar-Ar, K-Ar and Rb-Sr) and field evidence indicate that the age of the Nazas Formation ranges from Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic, but the peak of arc volcanism appears to be Early and Middle Jurassic. The Mesozoic magmatic arc in Mexico has a northwest trend and extends from Sonora to Chiapas. The arc structure is more than 2,000 km long, and possibly up to 150 km wide. The width of the arc is uncertain due to the limited number of surface outcrops, however, it did not extend east into the Gulf of Mexico. Arc-related magmatism began in latest Triassic time, but the peak of arc evolution occurred during the Early and Middle Jurassic. By Oxfordian time, the arc was deeply dissected and eroded, and magmatic activity had ceased. A marine transgression from the Gulf of Mexico covered most of the Nazas arc, depositing the initial sediments of the Oxfordian Zuloaga Limestone in the Mexican Geosyncline. Jurassic crustal extension in the Gulf of Mexico was

  1. Petrogenesis of Malaysian tin granites: geochemistry, fractional crystallization, U-Pb zircon geochronology and tectonic setting

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    Wai-Pan Ng, Samuel; Searle, Mike; Whitehouse, Martin; Chung, Sun-Lin; Ghani, Azman; Robb, Laurence; Sone, Masatoshi; Oliver, Grahame; Gardiner, Nick; Roselee, Mohammad

    2014-05-01

    The Malaysian tin granites forming the backbone of the Thai-Malay Peninsula has been long recognized with two distinct granitic provinces:- 1. Early Permian to Late Triassic Eastern Province with mainly "I-type" (Hbl)-Bt granites with associated Cu-Au deposits, with subordinate Bt granites hosting limited Sn-W deposits, and 2. Late Triassic Main Range Province with mainly "S-type" Bt granites with associated Sn-W deposits, and subordinate (Hbl)-Bt granites. New geochemical data show that Chappell and White's (1974) I-S granite classification adopted in the existing model does not adequately distinguish the granites from one another as previously implied. Trace element geochemistry and Sr-Nd isotopic compositions show that the Malaysian tin granites in both provinces have transitional I-S characteristics. In addition, they inherited within-plate signature from Cambro-Ordovician Gondwana-related source rocks. Previous ages were obtained by whole rock Rb-Sr and biotite K-Ar geochronology in the 70s and 80s, dating methods that may not accurately represent the crystallization age of granites. We re-sampled the entire Malaysian Peninsula and 40 samples were collected for high-precision U-Pb SIMS dating on extracted zircon grains in order to better constrain the magmatic and tectonic evolution of Southeast Asia. The crystallization ages of the Eastern Province granitoids have been constrained ranging from 220 to 290 Ma, while the Main Range (Western) Province granitoids have ages ranging from 200 to 230 Ma. A progressive westward younging trend is apparent across the Eastern Province, but becomes less obvious in the Main Range Province. Our model suggests two east dipping subduction zones. We suggest that subduction roll-back along the Bentong-Raub suture might account for the westward younging trend, in the Eastern province. A second Late Triassic east-dipping subduction zone beneath western Malaysia is proposed in order to explain the "I-type" components to the Main

  2. Geochemistry and Rb-sr geochronology of associated proterozoic peralkaline and subalkaline anorogenic granites from Labrador

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    Collerson, Kenneth D.

    1982-12-01

    Anorogenic granites of middle to late Proterozoic age in the Davis Inlet — Flowers Bay area of Labrador are subdivided on the basis of petrology and geochemistry into three coeval suites. Two of these are high-temperature anhydrous hypersolvus granites: a peralkaline aegirine-sodic-calcic to sodic amphibole-bearing suite and a non-alkaline fayalite-pyroxene-bearing suite. The third is a group of non-alkaline subsolvus hornblende-biotite-bearing granites. Associated with the hypersolvus peralkaline suite is a group of genetically related syenites and quartz syenites. The granites cut ca. 3,000 Ma old Archaean gneisses as well as Elsonian layered basic intrusions of the Nain Complex. One of these, a crudely layered mass which ranges in composition from gabbro to diorite and monzonite, appears to be related to the syenites. The peralkaline granites and some of the syenites are extremely enriched in the high field-strength elements such as Y, Zr, Nd, as well as Rb, Ga and Zn, and have low abundances of Ba, Sr and most of the transition elements. In contrast, the non-alkaline hypersolvus and subsolvus granites do not show the same degree of enrichment. Concentration of the highly charged cations in the peralkaline suite is believed to be the result of halogen-rich fluid activity during fractionation of the magma. The sodic evolution trend in the peralkaline suite is reflected mineralogically by the development of aegirine and aegirine-hedenbergite solid solutions, and by a spectacular amphibole compositional range from katophorite through winchite, richterite, riebeckite to arfvedsonite and ferro eckermannite. Accessory phases which are ubiquitous in these rocks include aenigmatite, astrophyllite, fluorite, monazite and zircon. The non-alkaline hypersolvus granites typically contain iron-rich phases such as fayalite, eulite, ferrosilite-hedenbergite, and annite rich biotite. In the subsolvus granites, amphiboles range in composition from edenite through common

  3. Monazite stability, composition and geochronology as tracers of Paleoproterozoic events at the eastern margin of the East European Craton (Taratash complex, Middle Urals)

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    Sindern, Sven; Gerdes, Axel; Ronkin, Yuri L.; Dziggel, Annika; Hetzel, Ralf; Schulte, Bernd Aloys

    2012-02-01

    The Precambrian Taratash complex (Middle Urals) is one of the rare windows into the Palaeoproterozoic and earlier history of the eastern margin of the East European Craton. Monazite from intensively deformed rocks within a major amphibolite-facies shear zone in the Taratash complex has been investigated by means of electron-probe microanalysis and laser-ablation SF-ICP-MS. Metamorphic and magmatic cores of monazite from metasedimentary and metagranitoid rocks yield U-Pb ages of 2244 ± 19 and 2230 ± 22 Ma (± 2 σ) and record a previously unknown pre-deformational HT-metamorphic event in the Taratash complex. Subsequent dissolution-reprecipitation of monazite, during shear zone formation under amphibolite-facies conditions, caused patchy zonation and chemical alteration of the recrystallised monazite domains, leading to higher cheralite and huttonite components. This process, which was mediated by a probable (alkali + OH)-bearing metamorphic fluid also caused a total resetting of the U-Pb-system. The patchy domains yield concordant U-Pb-ages between 2052 ± 16 and 2066 ± 22 Ma, interpreted as the age of the shear zone. In line with previously published ages of high grade metamorphism and migmatisation, the data may point to a Palaeoproterozoic orogenic event at the eastern margin of the East European Craton. Post-deformational fluid-induced greenschist-facies retrogression caused partial to complete breakdown of monazite to fluorapatite, REE + Y-rich epidote, allanite and Th-orthosilicate.The retrograde assemblages either form coronas around monazite, or occur as dispersed reaction zones, indicating that the REE, Y, and Th were mobile at least on the thin section scale. The greenschist-facies metamorphic fluid was aqueous and rich in Ca. Monazite affected by advanced breakdown responded to the retrogression by incorporating the cheralite or huttonite components during a fluid-induced dissolution-reprecipitation process. This event did not reset the U

  4. Geochronology and geochemistry of tuff beds from the Shicaohe Formation of Shennongjia Group and tectonic evolution in the northern Yangtze Block, South China

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    Du, Qiuding; Wang, Zhengjiang; Wang, Jian; Deng, Qi; Yang, Fei

    2016-03-01

    Meso- to Neoproterozoic magmatic events are widespread in the Yangtze Block. The geochronology and tectonic significance of the Shennongjia Group in the Yangtze Block are still highly controversial. An integrated geochronology and geochemistry approach provides new insights into the geochronological framework, tectonic setting, magmatic events, and basin evolution of the northern Yangtze Block. Our new precise sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe U-Pb data indicate a deposition age of 1180 ± 15 Ma for the Shicaohe Formation subalkaline basaltic tuff that is geochemically similar to modern intracontinental rift volcanic rocks. The integration of available geochemical data together with our new U-Pb ages indicates the Shicaohe Formation subalkaline basaltic tuff formed ca. 1180 in a continental rift-related setting on a passive continental margin. The Shennongjia Group is topped by the Zhengjiaya Formation volcanic sequence, indicating arc-related igneous events at 1103 Ma. The transition of the late Mesoproterozoic tectonic regime from intracontinental extension to convergence occurred between ca. 1180 and 1103 Ma in the northern Yangtze Block. Tectonic evolution in the Neoproterozoic led to accretion along the northern margin of the Yangtze Block. These results provide geochronological evidence, which is of utmost importance for reconfiguration of the chronostratigraphic framework and for promoting research on Mesoproterozoic strata in China, thereby increasing understanding of magmatic events and basin evolutionary history in the northern Yangtze Block.

  5. Geochemistry and Geochronology of Middle Tertiary Volcanic Rocks of the Central Chiricahua Mountains, Southeast Arizona

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    du Bray, Edward A.; Pallister, John S.; Snee, Lawrence W.

    2004-01-01

    Middle Tertiary volcanic rocks of the central Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona are the westernmost constituents of the Eocene-Oligocene Boot Heel volcanic field of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. About two dozen volumetric ally and stratigraphically significant volcanic units are present in this area. These include large-volume, regionally distributed ash-flow tuffs and smaller volume, locally distributed lava flows. The most voluminous of these units is the Rhyolite Canyon Tuff, which erupted 26.9 million years ago from the Turkey Creek caldera in the central Chiricahua Mountains. The Rhyolite Canyon Tuff consists of 500-1,000 cubic kilometers of rhyolite that was erupted from a normally zoned reservoir. The tuff represents sequential eruptions, which became systematically less geochemically evolved with time, from progressively deeper levels of the source reservoir. Like the Rhyolite Canyon Tuff, other ashflow tuffs preserved in the central Chiricahua Mountains have equivalents in nearby, though isolated mountain ranges. However, correlation of these other tuffs, from range to range, has been hindered by stratigraphic discontinuity, structural complexity, and various lithologic similarities and ambiguities. New geochemical and geochronologic data presented here enable correlation of these units between their occurrences in the central Chiricahua Mountains and the remainder of the Boot Heel volcanic field. Volcanic rocks in the central Chiricahua Mountains are composed dominantly of weakly peraluminous, high-silica rhyolite welded tuff and rhyolite lavas of the high-potassium and shoshonitic series. Trace-element, and to a lesser extent, major-oxide abundances are distinct for most of the units studied. Geochemical and geochronologic data depict a time and spatial transgression from subduction to within-plate and extensional tectonic settings. Compositions of the lavas tend to be relatively homogeneous within particular units. In

  6. Peri-Amazonian provenance of the Proto-Pelagonian basement (Greece), from zircon U-Pb geochronology and Lu-Hf isotopic geochemistry

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    Zlatkin, Olga; Avigad, Dov; Gerdes, Axel

    2014-01-01

    The basement of the Pelagonian zone of the Hellenides, in the Eastern Mediterranean realm, has been shaped by mid-Neoproterozoic (700 Ma) and Variscan (300 Ma) igneous activities. In the present study, detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and Lu-Hf isotope geochemistry of ca. 700 Ma-aged granites and of pre-700 Ma metasediments from the Pelagonian zone allow a genuine perspective into the provenance and origin of this terrane which hosts one of the oldest sedimentary sequences known in SE Europe. Pelagonian crustal vestiges comprising 700 Ma granitoids and their hosting metasediments are termed here "Proto-Pelagonian".

  7. Petrography, geochemistry and geochronology of granite hosted rhyodacites associated with a disseminated pyrite mineralization (Arnolz, Southern Bohemian Massif, Austria)

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    Göd, Richard; Kurzweil, Johannes; Klötzli, Urs

    2016-09-01

    The study focuses on a subvolcanic rhyodacite dyke intruding a fine grained biotite granite and paragneisses of the South Bohemian Massif, part of the Variscan Orogenic Belt in Central Europe. The subvertical dyke strikes NNE, displays a thickness of about 30 m and has been traced by boulder mapping for approximately 7 km. The rhyodacites have been affected by two hydrothermal fluids. An older one of oxidizing condition giving rise to a reddish to brownish type of rock (Type I) and a younger fluid of reducing condition causing a greenish variety (Type II). The hydrothermal alteration is associated with the formation of the clay minerals chlorite, sericite, kaolinite and smectite and a disseminated pyrite mineralization. Bulk chemistries of the rhyodacites emphasize the hydrothermal alterations to be isochemical with the exception of sulphur enriched up to a maximum of 0.6 wt%. Trace element composition of the rhyodacites points to a barren geochemical environment in terms of base and precious elements. Sulphur isotope investigations of pyrites from the rhyodacites and the hosting granites respectively yield d34S data ranging from +0.07 to -2.22 ‰, emphasizing a magmatic origin of the sulphur. Geochronological investigations yield in situ U/Pb zircon ages of 312 ± 4 Ma for the biotite granite and of 292 ± 4 Ma for the rhyodacitic dykes indicating a time gap of ≈ 20 Ma between these two intrusive events. A contemporaneous but geochemically specialized granitic intrusion associated with NW striking "felsitic" dykes occurs about 10 to 20 km to the NW of Arnolz. However, the rhyodacites around Arnolz differ significantly from these felsitic dykes in their geochemistry and alteration phenomena which points to a different magmatic source. This coincides with a change in the orientation of the dykes from a NW direction controlling the geochemically specialized intrusions in the NW to a dominating NNE direction mirrored by the studied rhyodacites at Arnolz.

  8. The Vanda Dike Swarm, Dry Valleys, Antarctica II: Geochemistry and Geochronology

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    Harpp, K. S.; Bray, B.; Geist, D.; Garcia, M. O.

    2014-12-01

    One of the most spectacular features of the Dry Valleys of Antarctica is the Vanda Dikes, an exceptionally well exposed swarm of >600 Cambro-Ordovician dikes emplaced near the end of the Ross Orogeny. Whereas their compositions range from mafic to felsic, they are primarily bimodal, with few intermediate compositions between 56 and 66 wt.% SiO2; mafic dikes vary from calc-alkaline to shoshonitic. The suite of dikes exhibits 87Sr/86Sr from 0.704-0.711 and 143Nd/144Nd from 0.51217-0.51242; the wide range of Nd isotopic ratios may reflect variable degrees of assimilation of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle inherited during Proterozoic crustal generation and the Ross Orogeny. The mafic dikes have a subduction-related trace element signature and we propose they originated as melts of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle. The siliceous suite is characterized by elevated 87Sr/86Sri and an average Nd model age (τDM) of 1444 Ma, suggesting that the silica-rich dikes were generated by melting of or contamination by a Neoproterozoic crustal source, followed by variable fractional crystallization and further continental crust contamination. Analysis of zircons by CA-TIMS U-Pb geochronology reveals that the dikes were emplaced in a narrow time window, from 491 to 495 ± 0.3 Ma, which falls between emplacement of a synorogenic pluton (DV1) and extension-related plutons (DV2). Thus, we conclude that the dikes were intruded during the transition of the Ross Orogeny from collision to extension. During orogenic uplift and collapse, decompression melting of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle was initiated, resulting in the emplacement of the Vanda Dike Swarm. Because there is a strong correlation between dike age and latitude, the dikes can be used to map the progress of the collision-extension transition during the Ross Orogeny across the Dry Valleys.

  9. Miocene silicic volcanism in southwestern Idaho: Geochronology, geochemistry, and evolution of the central Snake River Plain

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    Bonnichsen, B.; Leeman, W.P.; Honjo, N.; McIntosh, W.C.; Godchaux, M.M.

    2008-01-01

    New 40Ar-39Ar geochronology, bulk rock geochemical data, and physical characteristics for representative stratigraphic sections of rhyolite ignimbrites and lavas from the west-central Snake River Plain (SRP) are combined to develop a coherent stratigraphic framework for Miocene silicic magmatism in this part of the Yellowstone 'hotspot track'. The magmatic record differs from that in areas to the west and east with regard to its unusually large extrusive volume, broad lateral scale, and extended duration. We infer that the magmatic systems developed in response to large-scale and repeated injections of basaltic magma into the crust, resulting in significant reconstitution of large volumes of the crust, wide distribution of crustal melt zones, and complex feeder systems for individual eruptive events. Some eruptive episodes or 'events' appear to be contemporaneous with major normal faulting, and perhaps catastrophic crustal foundering, that may have triggered concurrent evacuations of separate silicic magma reservoirs. This behavior and cumulative time-composition relations are difficult to relate to simple caldera-style single-source feeder systems and imply complex temporal-spatial development of the silicic magma systems. Inferred volumes and timing of mafic magma inputs, as the driving energy source, require a significant component of lithospheric extension on NNW-trending Basin and Range style faults (i.e., roughly parallel to the SW-NE orientation of the eastern SRP). This is needed to accommodate basaltic inputs at crustal levels, and is likely to play a role in generation of those magmas. Anomalously high magma production in the SRP compared to that in adjacent areas (e.g., northern Basin and Range Province) may require additional sub-lithospheric processes. ?? Springer-Verlag 2007.

  10. Igneous rocks of Arctic Ocean deep sea ridges: new data on petrology, geochemistry and geochronology

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    Petrov, Oleg; Morozov, Andrey; Shokalsky, Sergey; Sobolev, Nikolay; Kashubin, Sergey; Shevchenko, Sergey; Sergeev, Sergey; Belyatsky, Boris; Shatov, Vitaly; Petrov, Eugeny

    2015-04-01

    The aggregate results of studies of igneous rocks, collected from the central part of the Arctic Ocean during scientific marine expeditions «Arctic-2000, 2005, 2007 and 2012» are presented and discussed in the frame of modern understanding of High Polar Arctic tectonic constraint. Petrological, geochemical and isotope-geochronological studies of more than 500 samples have shown that the sedimentary rocks are of dominated population among the rock fragments dredged from deep-sea bottom, and represented by metamorphosed dolomite and quartz sandstone, limestone, sometimes with the Devonian - Permian fauna. Igneous rocks are 10-15% only (Archean and Paleoproterozoic gneissouse granites and gabbro, Neoproterozoic dolerite) and metamorphic rocks (green shales, metabasites, gneisses). Apparently, these rocks are part of the acoustic basement underlying the Late Mesozoic - Cenozoic layered loose sediments. In addition to the dredged fragments of the ancient mafic rocks, some samples were taken as a core during deep-water drilling in the northern and southern slopes of the Mendeleev Ridge and represented by trachybasalts, marking the border of Late-Cenozoic deposit cover and acoustic basement and quite similar in composition to those of Early-Late Cretaceous basalts form northward of the Chukchi Plateau seamounts, Alpha Ridge, Franz Josef Land, De Long islands and other parts of the large igneous province of the High Arctic (HALIP). Video-filming of Mendeleev Ridge escarps proofs the existing of rock outcrops and supports local origin of most of the rock fragments found in the sampling areas. Thus the continental type of the earth's crust of the Central Arctic Ridges basement is based on all obtained results of our study of sea-bottom excavated rock material.

  11. Geochronology and geochemistry of pre-Jurassic superterranes in Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica

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    Pankhurst, R. J.; Weaver, S. D.; Bradshaw, J. D.; Storey, B. C.; Ireland, T. R.

    1998-02-01

    Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica, is a major part of the proto-Pacific supercontinental margin. On the basis of new geochronological and geochemical data relating to its pre-Jurassic evolution, Marie Byrd Land is subdivided into western or interior ("Ross") and eastern or exterior ("Amundsen") provinces, equivalent to two superterranes in New Zealand. The Ross province is characterized by Cambrian? metagraywackes and I-type orthogneiss dated at 505±5 Ma by U-Pb SHRIMP (Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe). Its magmatic record consists of Devonian-Carboniferous (375±5 Ma and circa 339±6 Ma), predominantly I-type granitoids, and further minor granitic magmatism in Permo-Triassic times. This Paleozoic history is comparable to that of the Gondwana margin in northern Victoria Land, western New Zealand, and SE Australia. The Amundsen province has no observed Paleozoic graywacke succession; evidence from Rb-Sr and U-Pb SHRIMP dating supports calc-alkaline granitoid events in Ordovician/Silurian (450-420 Ma) and Permian (276±2 Ma) times. The latter may be the previously unknown source of Permian volcanic detritus in the Ellsworth and Transantarctic mountains. The Amundsen province is considered to be the equivalent of the Median Tectonic Zone of New Zealand, and arc magmatism of comparable ages is found in the Antarctic Peninsula and Thurston Island. The underlying lithosphere of the two provinces may be distinguished by Nd isotope data; granitoids and metasedimentary rocks of the Ross province have Meso-Proterozoic Nd model ages, generally 1300-1500 Ma, compared to 1000-1300 Ma for the Amundsen province. On the basis of published palaeomagnetic data, the two provinces amalgamated to form Marie Byrd Land in mid-Cretaceous times, only shortly before rifting of the New Zealand continental block away from Antarctica.

  12. Geochemistry and geochronology of pre-Brasiliano rocks from the Transversal Zone, Borborema Province, Northeast Brazil

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    Sá, J. M.; Bertrand, J. M.; Leterrier, J.; Macedo, M. H. F.

    2002-03-01

    Proterozoic metamorphosed sequences are identified in the Transversal Zone (TZ) domain of the Borborema geological province, Northeast Brazil. This TZ domain is located between the well-known E-W Patos and Pernambuco continental shear zones. In its eastern part, in the Taquaritinga region, a large mass of augen gneisses with a conspicuous horizontal to subhorizontal tectonic foliation forms one of the most important rock types in the region that displays U-Pb zircon ages ca. 1.52 Ga. Paleoproterozoic orthogneisses dated by U-Pb on zircon at ca. 1.97 Ga and older paragneisses and banded gneisses represent basement rocks, which were cross-cut by these Mesoproterozoic augen gneisses, and have been in turn intruded by plutonic rocks in upper Neoproterozoic (U-Pb and Rb-Sr, ca. 0.6 Ga) times. Chemical analyses of major, minor, and trace elements (including REE) for the basement orthogneisses indicate calcalkaline affinities and a signature very similar to volcanic arc granites, representing crustal accretion during the Paleoproterozoic Transamazonian/Eburnean orogenesis in the region. In turn, the chemical data for augen gneisses indicate that they are relatively homogeneous and evolved metaluminous metaplutonic rocks with characteristics very similar to A-type granites generated and emplaced in an extensional anorogenic setting. Relatively high 87Sr/ 86Sr initial ratio and negative ɛNd( t) are signatures of crustal components in these rocks. Based on geochemical, geochronological, and structural data, the Taquaritinga region is composed of Paleoproterozoic (>1.97 Ga) rocks intruded by Mesoproterozoic (ca. 1.5 Ga) anorogenic granites and Neoproterozoic granites (ca. 0.6 Ga). These data also suggest that the tectonometamorphic structures displayed by Meso and Neoproterozoic suites were developed by the Brasiliano/Pan-African orogeny and that the record of Transamazonian/Eburnean orogeny is restricted to basement rocks. This means that there is no evidence for a

  13. Geochronology, geochemistry and tectonic evolution of the Western and Central cordilleras of Colombia

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    Villagómez, Diego; Spikings, Richard; Magna, Tomas; Kammer, Andreas; Winkler, Wilfried; Beltrán, Alejandro

    2011-08-01

    Autochthonous rocks of the pre-Cretaceous continental margin of NW South America (the Tahami Terrane) are juxtaposed against a series of para-autochthonous rock units that assembled during the Early Cretaceous. Allochthonous, oceanic crust of the Caribbean Large Igneous Province collided with and accreted onto the margin during the Late Cretaceous. We present the first regional-scale dataset of zircon U-Pb LA-ICP-MS ages for intrusive and metamorphic rocks of the autochthonous Tahami Terrane, Early Cretaceous igneous para-autochthonous rocks and accreted oceanic crust. The U-Pb zircon data are complemented by multiphase 40Ar/ 39Ar crystallization and cooling ages. The geochronological data are combined with whole rock major oxide, trace element and REE data acquired from the same units to constrain the tectonic origin of the rock units and terranes exposed in the Western Cordillera, Cauca-Patía Valley and the Central Cordillera of Colombia. The Tahami Terrane includes lower Paleozoic orthogneisses (~ 440 Ma) that may have erupted during the active margin stage of the Rheic Ocean. Basement gneisses were intruded by Permian, continental arc granites during the final assembly of Pangea. Triassic sedimentary rocks were subsequently deposited in rift basins and partially melted during high-T metamorphism associated with rifting of western Pangea during 240-220 Ma. Continental arc magmatism during 180-145 Ma is preserved along the whole length of the Central Cordillera and was followed by an Early Cretaceous out-board step of the arc axis and the inception of the Quebradagrande Arc that fringed the continental margin. Back-stepping of the arc axis may have been caused by the collision of buoyant seamounts, which were coeval with plateau rocks exposed in the Nicoya Peninsular of Costa Rica. Rapid westward drift of South America closed the Quebradagrande basin in the late Aptian and caused medium-high P-T metamorphic rocks of the Arquía Complex to exhume and obduct onto

  14. Resolving arc processes through detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry: a case study from the southern California Mesozoic convergent margin

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    Johnston, S. M.; Kylander-Clark, A. R.

    2015-12-01

    Detrital zircon geochronology has been widely exploited to establish temporal characteristics in sedimentary source terranes. Detrital zircon geochemistry, however, has been largely overlooked given results from continentally derived igneous zircon that show subtle intersample variation in trace-element concentrations, and which make correlation between detrital zircon and their host terrane difficult. Nevertheless, recent studies suggest systematically variable geochemistry in McCoy Mountain detrital zircons derived from the southern California Mesozoic arc, and our preliminary data from the Peninsular Ranges batholith indicates strong correlations between whole-rock and zircon geochemistry. Here, we present coupled U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry measured by laser ablation split stream ICPMS on detrital zircons from Nacimiento block forearc sediments in Central California to characterize temporal and geochemical trends in the adjacent Mesozoic arc terrane. 1098 grains of Mesozoic age analyzed from 22 samples in the Nacimiento block define three periods of high magmatic flux in the Permian (270-250 Ma), Jurassic (170-140 Ma), and late Cretaceous (115-90 Ma). Zircon from the Permian arc is the least abundant of the three magmatic pulses, although they consistently display elevated Yb/Gd and U/Yb. Jurassic zircons display consistently low U/Yb, variably elevated Yb/Gd, abruptly higher Th/U and LREE from 155-145, and abruptly lower REE concentrations from 145-140 Ma. Zircon from the Cretaceous arc displays gradually increasing U/Yb, Th/U and LREE, with abruptly decreasing Yb/Gd at 95 Ma. The geochemical trends observed in the Nacimiento block detrital zircons of Cretaceous age are strikingly similar to temporal changes in geochemistry known from Cretaceous arc rocks of the Mojave and Peninsular Ranges, and strongly suggest a southern California provenance for Nacimiento block sediments. Furthermore, the similarity of geochemical trends between Cretaceous detrital

  15. Geochemistry and zircon geochronology of Late Proterozoic leucogranites north of Boston, eastern Massachusetts

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    Markus, R.; Hon, R. . Geology and Geophysics); Dunning, G. . Dept. of Earth Sciences)

    1993-03-01

    An igneous sequence that includes Late Precambrian volcanics (Lynn Volcanics) and granites, granodiorites, tonalites, plus diorites of the Dedham North suite, is located in a tectonic block bounded by the Walden Pond and Northern Boundary Faults north of the Boston Basin. Within the block between the rhyolites and granodiorites is a several hundred foot wide zone of leucogranites that contains frequent roof pendants in various stages of partial melting. The migmatitic nature of the pendants suggests that the leucogranites were locally derived by melt extraction from the partially melted pendant xenoliths. U-Pb zircon ages were obtained from samples of the leucogranite, granodiorite and diorite. Their crystallization ages are: leucogranite 609 [+-] 4 Ma, granodiorite 607 [+-] 4 Ma, and diorite 606 [+-] 3 Ma. All three samples yield ages that are identical within their statistical error limits and all three samples contain inherited component with average mid-Proterozoic ages. Major and trace element geochemistry of 43 samples of all representative types show that the predominantly pelitic'' layers underwent extensive partial melting and that the leucogranites represent a minimum granite melt at 0.5 to 2.0 kb of P(H2O). Geochemical modeling also supports the origin by partial melting of the pendant inclusions. Once formed, the leucogranite melts were then mixed with mafic magmas which must have also been the provider of the necessary heat to sustain the partial melting process. The data indicate that the Dedham North plutonic suite was formed at shallow crustal levels and that its compositional range is a result of magma mixing of varying proportions between the leucogranite and mafic melts.

  16. Geochronology, geochemistry, and petrology of the Precambrian Sandia granite, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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    Majumdar, A.

    1985-01-01

    The Precambrian Sandia granite of north-central New Mexico belongs to the 1.2-1.6 Ga crustal province of the western USA. The granite shows an intrusive contact with the metamorphic country rocks. The Rb-Sr whole rock isochron age of the country rocks is 1.61 +/- 0.06 Ga, (/sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr)/sub 0/ = 0.705 +/- 0.001. The culmination of the intrusion of the Sandia granite took place at 1.44 +/- 0.04 GA. (/sup 87/Sr//sup 86/)/sub 0/ = 0.7054 +/- 0.0005. Rb-Sr ages on biotite-whole rock pairs and an /sup 40/Ar//sup 39/Ar dating of a biotite from the granite indicate final cooling to 300-350/sup 0/C at 1.33 Ga. This suggests slow cooling of the granite at rates which averaged 4/sup 0/C/Ma for about 100 Ma after its emplacement; during this period the Rb-Sr isotope system perhaps remained partially open. The Sandia granite shows compositional variation from granodiorite to quartz monzonite in both the northern and southern blocks. The field geology, petrology, and geochemistry of the two blocks suggest that they form a single pluton. Both the Sandia granite and mesocratic, two pyroxene granulite xenoliths therein give an ..delta../sup 18/O value of +8.0 +/- 0.5% indicating (meta)igneous source ricks for each of them. These values tend to rule out Condie's (1978) favored hypothesis for magma generation of 30-50% partial melting of siliceous gradulites. Rather, they favor an alternative hypothesis, equally satisfactory from the geochemical viewpoint, involving 5-10% melt of a gabbroic or two-pyroxene granulite parent rock in the lower crust. The Sandia granite, and by implication, the other high-Ca granitic rocks of the western USA thus do not seem to represent addition of new mantle-derived materials to the middle-late Proterozoic crust of this section of the continent.

  17. El Ventorrillo, a paleostructure of Popocatépetl volcano: insights from geochronology and geochemistry

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    Sosa-Ceballos, G.; Macías, J. L.; García-Tenorio, F.; Layer, P.; Schaaf, P.; Solís-Pichardo, G.; Arce, J. L.

    2015-10-01

    Volcán Popocatépetl (México) was constructed over the remains of a volcanic paleostructure. Based on fieldwork, 40Ar/39Ar dating, U-Pb dating, and geochemistry, we have determined the age, chemistry, and location of this paleostructure and named it El Ventorrillo. Most remnants of El Ventorrillo are covered by deposits from subsequent activity of Popocatépetl, except for the El Abanico scarp and the Barranca de Nexpayantla, where the stratigraphy of El Ventorrillo eruptive products can be investigated. Inception of volcanism at El Ventorrillo occurred at 331 ± 10 ka with emission of the Nexpayantla andesitic lavas, and continued with extrusion of the Yoloxochitl (267 ± 31 ka) and microwave (227 ± 6 ka) domes. Intrusion of dikes occurred at 298 ± 94 and 230 ± 3 ka. Activity at El Ventorrillo continued with the emission of lavas that built the El Abanico scarp (193 ± 29 to 96 ± 8 ka) and continued until the Tutti Frutti eruption destroyed the cone 14.1 kyr ago. El Ventorrillo magmas produced rocks divided into two mineralogical groups. The first group contains biotite-amphibole-rich rocks and the second group consists of biotite-amphibole-free lavas. The rocks that contain biotite and amphibole are older than 198 ± 13 ka, whereas the rocks with no hydrous phases are younger than 227 ± 6 ka and contain skarn and granodiorite xenoliths. We interpret the change to an anhydrous mineral assemblage and the occurrence of skarn and granodiorite xenoliths as evidence for the formation of a new, shallower reservoir. A granodiorite xenolith was chosen for 40Ar/39Ar dating and U-Pb zircon analyses. The U-Pb method yielded an age of 540 ± 110 ka and the 40Ar/39Ar an age of 109 ± 24 ka. These ages are interpreted to indicate granodiorite crystallization (540 ± 110 ka), which metamorphosed the calcareous basement beneath Popocatépetl into skarn and an influx of magma (109 ± 24 ka) that reheated the granodiorite. Major and trace elements, Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic

  18. Elucidating the magmatic history of the Austurhorn silicic intrusive complex (southeast Iceland) using zircon elemental and isotopic geochemistry and geochronology

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    Padilla, A. J.; Miller, C. F.; Carley, T. L.; Economos, R. C.; Schmitt, A. K.; Coble, M. A.; Wooden, J. L.; Fisher, C. M.; Vervoort, J. D.; Hanchar, J. M.

    2016-09-01

    The Austurhorn intrusive complex (AIC) in southeast Iceland comprises large bodies of granophyre and gabbro, and a mafic-silicic composite zone (MSCZ) that exemplifies magmatic interactions common in Icelandic silicic systems. Despite being one of Iceland's best-studied intrusions, few studies have included detailed analyses of zircon, a mineral widely recognized as a valuable tracer of the history and evolution of its parental magma(s). In this study, we employ high spatial resolution zircon elemental and isotopic geochemistry and U-Pb geochronology as tools for elucidating the complex construction and magmatic evolution of Austurhorn's MSCZ. The trace element compositions of AIC zircon crystals form a broad but coherent array that partly overlaps with the geochemical signature for zircons from Icelandic silicic volcanic rocks. Typical of Icelandic zircons, Hf concentrations are relatively low (<10,000 ppm) and Ti concentrations range from 5 to 40 ppm (Ti-in-zircon model temperatures = 761-981 °C). Zircon δ18O values vary from +2.2 to +4.8 ‰, consistent with magmatic zircons from other Icelandic silicic rocks, and preserve evidence for recycling of hydrothermally altered crust as a significant contribution to the generation of silicic magmas within the AIC. Zircon ɛ Hf values generally range from +11 to +15. This range overlaps with that of Icelandic basalts from off-rift settings as well as the least depleted rift basalts, suggesting that the AIC developed within a transitional rift environment. In situ zircon U-Pb ages yield a weighted mean of 6.52 ± 0.03 Ma for the entire complex, but span a range of ~320 kyr, from 6.35 ± 0.08 to 6.67 ± 0.06 Ma (2 σ SE). Gabbros and the most silicic units make up the older part of this range, while granophyres and intermediate units make up the younger part of the complex, consistent with field relationships. We interpret the ~320 kyr range in zircon ages to represent the approximate timescale of magmatic construction

  19. Elucidating the construction of the Austurhorn Intrusion, SE Iceland, using zircon elemental and isotopic geochemistry and geochronology

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    Padilla, A. J.; Miller, C. F.; Carley, T. L.; Economos, R. C.; Schmitt, A. K.; Fisher, C. M.; Hanchar, J. M.; Bindeman, I. N.; Wooden, J. L.; Sigmarsson, O.

    2013-12-01

    The Austurhorn Intrusive Complex (AIC) in SE Iceland comprises large bodies of granophyre, gabbro, and a mafic-felsic composite zone (MFCZ) that exemplifies mafic-felsic interactions common in Icelandic silicic systems. However, despite being one of Iceland's best-studied intrusions (Blake 1966; Furman et al 1992a,b; Thorarinsson & Tegner 2009), few studies have included detailed analyses of zircon, a mineral widely recognized as a valuable tracer of the history and evolution of its parental magma(s). In this study, we employ in-situ zircon elemental and isotopic (hafnium and oxygen) geochemistry, as well as U-Pb geochronology, as tools for elucidating the complex construction and magmatic evolution of Austurhorn's MFCZ. The elemental compositions of AIC zircons form a broad but coherent array partly overlapping with the zircon geochemical signature for Icelandic silicic volcanic rocks (Carley et al 2011). With some exceptions (see below), Hf concentrations are low (less than 10,000 ppm), typical of Icelandic zircon, and Ti concentrations range from 6 to 25 ppm (Ti-in-zircon temps. 730-870°C). Their δ18O values are generally well-constrained at +2.5 to +4 ‰, consistent with other Icelandic magmatic zircon (Bindeman et al 2012) and preserving evidence for partial melting of hydrothermally-altered crust as the source of silicic magmas within the Austurhorn system. Epsilon-Hf values cluster tightly at +13×1 ɛ-units, suggesting a single source for the different units of the MFCZ. The notable exceptions to the trends described above are zircons from a high-silica granophyre displaying CL-dark zones and convoluted zoning. These fall well outside the AIC geochemical arrays, primarily distinguished by high Hf (up to 24,000 ppm) and lower Ti (down to 2 ppm), far higher Hf and lower Ti than any other analyzed Icelandic zircon, and extremely low δ18O values (down to -6 ‰). We interpret these to reflect multiple episodes of partial melting and melt extraction of the

  20. Geochemistry.

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    Fyfe, William S.

    1979-01-01

    Techniques in geochemistry continue to improve in sensitivity and scope. The exciting areas of geochemistry still include the classical fields of the origin of the elements and objects in space, but environmental crisis problems are important as well. (Author/BB)

  1. The Ellsworth terrane, coastal Maine: Geochronology, geochemistry, and Nd-Pb isotopic composition - Implications for the rifting of Ganderia

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    Schulz, K.J.; Stewart, D.B.; Tucker, R.D.; Pollock, J.C.; Ayuso, R.A.

    2008-01-01

    The Ellsworth terrane is one of a number of fault-bounded blocks that occur along the eastern margin of Ganderia, the western-most of the peri-Gondwanan domains in the northern Appalachians that were accreted to Laurentia in the Paleozoic. Geologic relations, detrital zircon ages, and basalt geochemistry suggest that the Ellsworth terrane is part of Ganderia and not an exotic terrane. In the Penobscot Bay area of coastal Maine, the Ellsworth terrane is dominantly composed of bimodal basalt-rhyolite volcanic sequences of the Ellsworth Schist and unconformably overlying Castine Volcanics. We use new U-Pb zircon geochronology, geochemistry, and Nd and Pb isotopes for these volcanic sequences to constrain the petrogenetic history and paleotectonic setting of the Ellsworth terrane and its relationship with Ganderia. U-Pb zircon geochronology for rhyolites indicates that both the Ellsworth Schist (508.6 ?? 0.8 Ma) and overlying Castine Volcanics (503.5 ?? 2.5 Ma) are Middle Cambrian in age. Two tholefitic basalt types are recognized. Type Tb-1 basalt, present as pillowed and massive lava flows and as sills in both units, has depleted La and Ce ([La/Nd]N = 0.53-0.87) values, flat heavy rare earth element (REE) values, and no positive Th or negative Ta anomalies on primitive mantle-normalized diagrams. In contrast, type Th-2 basalt, present only in the Castine Volcanics, has stightly enriched LREE ([La/Yb]N = 1.42-2.92) values and no Th or Th anomalies. Both basalt types have strongly positive ??Nd (500) values (Th-1 = +7.9-+8.6; Th-2 = +5.6-+7.0) and relatively enriched Pb isotopic compositions (206Ph/204Pb = 18.037-19.784; 207/204Pb = 15.531-15.660; 2088Pb/204Pb = 37.810-38.817). The basalts have compositions transitional between recent normal and enriched mid-ocean-ridge basalt, and they were probably derived by partial melting of compositionatly heterogeneous asthenosphenc mantle. Two types of rhyolite also are present. Type R-1 rhyolite, which mostly occurs as tuffs

  2. Geochemistry

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    Ailin-Pyzik, Iris B.; Sommer, Sheldon E.

    1977-01-01

    Enumerates some of the research findings in geochemistry during the last year, including X-ray analysis of the Mars surface, trace analysis of fresh and esterarine waters, and analysis of marine sedements. (MLH)

  3. Black monazite from Taiwan

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    Matzko, J.J.; Overstreet, W.C.

    1977-01-01

    Two forms of detrital monazite are known in offshore bars in southwestern Taiwan: a yellow-green to colorless form and an unusual but abundant pelletlike form, generally black but also colored gray or brown. These black pellets, which are about 160 by 200 microns in size, are composed of fine-grained monazite crystals from 2 to 20 microns in size. The pellets are associated with highly variable amounts of discrete grains of detrital quartz, rutile, amphibole, tourmaline, and other minerals. Intergrown with the monazite are quartz, a cerium oxide mineral, chlorite, sulfides, and other minerals. Opaqueness of the pelletlike monazite is due principally to the cryptocrystalline nature of part of the monazite; only a small part of the opaqueness can be attributed to opaque inclusions. The black pelletlike monazite lacks thorium and has a high content of europium. In this respect, as in color, shape, size, and inclusions, the pelletlike monazite differs from the yellow-green detrital monazite. Despite the fact that they occur together in the littoral placers, they appear to have had different origins. The yellow-green monazite originated as an accessory mineral in plutonic rocks and has accumulated at the coast through erosion and transport. The origin of the pelletlike monazite is as yet unknown, but it is here inferred that it originated in unconsolidated coastal plain sediments through migration of cerium from the detrital monazite during weathering, and of the intermediate weight mobile rare earths from clay minerals during diagenesis. Possibly these pelletlike grains are detrital particles formed through erosion and transport from originally larger aggregates cemented by diagenetic monazite.

  4. Geochronology and geochemistry of late Paleozoic magmatic rocks in the Yinwaxia area, Beishan: Implications for rift magmatism in the southern Central Asian Orogenic Belt

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    Zheng, Rongguo; Wu, Tairan; Zhang, Wen; Meng, Qingpeng; Zhang, Zhaoyu

    2014-09-01

    Mafic-ultramafic rocks are distributed widely in the Beishan rift, which is located in the southern Beishan, central southern Central Asian Orogenic Belt. The Yinwaxia study area is located in eastern Beishan rift, where mafic-ultramafic rocks occur along major faults. The zircon SHRIMP U-Pb age obtained of a gabbro is 281 ± 11 Ma, and the age of the basalt is constrained by the youngest xenocrystal with an age of 265 Ma, which substantiate that these mafic rocks formed in Permian. Basalts and gabbros exhibit similar geochemical characteristics including: high SiO2, total Fe2O3 and TiO2 contents; low MgO contents and Mg# values; and tholeiitic characteristics. Yinwaxia mafic rocks have relatively high total rare earth element contents, enrichment in light rare earth elements, enrichments in the high field strength elements, and obvious negative Nb-Ta-Ti anomalies. Basalts exhibit low (87Sr/86Sr)i and high εNd(t) values, while gabbros exhibit relatively high (87Sr/86Sr)i and low εNd(t) values. Isotopic compositions of these mafic rocks display a mixed trend between depleted and enriched mantles. Meanwhile, differing εNd(t) values show that basalts were intensively contaminated by juvenile crustal materials, but gabbros were contaminated by older continental crust. We conclude that Yinwaxia mafic rocks were derived from lithospheric mantle metasomatized by fluids and/or melts from subducted slab; parental magmas underwent AFC processes, then emplaced along faults in a continental rift. We collected geochemical and geochronological data in the study area, and collated geochronological data from previous workers in the Beishan orogenic belt to develop a geochronological frequency diagram. From these data and analyses we deduced a model of tectonic evolution for the Beishan orogenic belt. Considering the geochemistry, sedimentological evidence for rifting, and the geochronological frequency diagram, we propose that the Beishan rift had entered a post-collision stage

  5. Decoding polyphase migmatites using monazite petrochronology

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    Yakymchuk, C.; Brown, M.; Korhonen, F. J.; Piccoli, P. M.; Siddoway, C. S.

    2014-12-01

    Unraveling the P-T-t evolution of deep crustal rocks requires the use of multiple high-temperature geochronometers integrated with careful petrography and quantitative phase equilibria modeling. As an example, in situ U-Pb monazite ages and Lu-Hf garnet geochronology are used to distinguish mineral parageneses associated with overprinting suprasolidus metamorphic events in migmatitic paragneisses and orthogneisses from the Fosdick migmatite-granite complex in West Antarctica. Then phase equilibria modeling is used to quantify the P-T conditions for each event. In the Fosdick complex, U-Pb monazite ages define two populations at 365-300 Ma (minor population; cores of polychronic grains) and 120-96 Ma (dominant population; monochronic grains and rims of polychronic grains). For seven samples, Lu-Hf ages of garnet range from 116 to 111 Ma, which are interpreted to record the approximate timing of peak metamorphism during the overprinting Cretaceous metamorphic event. Phase equilibria modeling constrains peak P-T conditions to 720-800°C at 0.45-1.0 GPa for the older (Devonian-Carboniferous) metamorphic event and 850-880°C at 0.65-0.80 GPa for the overprinting Cretaceous event. This younger metamorphic event is dominant throughout the Fosdick complex; it has extensively reworked evidence of the older metamorphic event as indicated by resorbed Devonian-Carboniferous cores of polychronic monazite grains that are always surrounded by Cretaceous overgrowths. Within the Cretaceous monazite population, the paucity of ages predating peak metamorphism suggests that prograde monazite growth was limited or prograde monazite was obliterated. Y-enriched overgrowths on monazite spatially associated with cordierite and biotite yield ages of 106-97 Ma, which are interpreted to record growth during breakdown of garnet in the presence of melt in the course of exhumation and cooling of the complex. Most monazite in the Cretaceous population yields ages that range from 106 to 96 Ma with

  6. Origin and time-space distribution of hydrothermal systems in east-central Australian sedimentary basins: Constraints from illite geochronology and isotope geochemistry.

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    Uysal, I. Tonguç

    2016-04-01

    Some well-known precious mineral deposits and hydrocarbon resources occur extensively in east-central Australian sedimentary Basins. The metal occurrences are abundant in northwestern and eastern part of Queensland, whereas no significant deposits are known in large areas further south, which may, however, be hidden beneath the Jurassic-Cretaceous sedimentary basins. Important hydrocarbon resources exist within the Jurassic-Cretaceous sedimentary rocks at relatively shallow depths, of which the distribution represent zones of high paleo-geothermal gradients. This study examines the time-space distribution in relation to the regional tectonic history of concealed metal deposits and areas of high paleo-geothermal gradient leading to hydrocarbon maturation. To this end, authigenic illitic clay minerals representing various locations and stratigraphic depths in east-central Australia were investigated, of which the Rb-Sr and Ar-Ar geochronology and stable isotope geochemistry assist in delineating zones of hydrothermal systems responsible for hydro-carbon maturation/migration and potentially ore deposition. The Late Carboniferous - Early Permian crustal extension that affected large areas of eastern Australia and led to the epithermal mineralisations (e.g., the Drummond Basin) is also recorded in northern South Australia and southwest Queensland. A Late Triassic - Early Jurassic tectonic event being responsible for coal maturation and gas generation in the Bowen Basin and the epithermal mineralisation in the North Arm goldfield in SE Queensland likewise affected the areas much further west in Queensland. Some illites from the basement in outback Queensland and fault gouges from the Demon Fault in NE New South Wales yield younger Rb-Sr and Ar-Ar ages indicating the effect of hydrothermal processes as a result of a Middle-Upper Jurassic tectonic event. The majority of illite samples from the crystalline basement rocks, Permian Cooper Basin, and Jurassic

  7. Th-U-total Pb geochronology of authigenic monazite in the Adelaide rift complex, South Australia, and implications for the age of the type Sturtian and Marinoan glacial deposits

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    Mahan, K. H.; Wernicke, B. P.; Jercinovic, M. J.

    2010-01-01

    The Adelaide rift complex in South Australia contains the type sections for Sturtian and Marinoan glacial deposits. The litho- and chemo-stratigraphy of these deposits play a central role in evaluating global Neoproterozoic ice age hypotheses and Rodinia supercontinent reconstructions, but reliable depositional age constraints have been extremely limited. We report results of in situ Th-U-total Pb (electron microprobe) dating of detrital and authigenic monazite in two samples from the Umberatana Group (Sturtian Holowilena Ironstone and pre-Marinoan Enorama Shale) in the Central Flinders Ranges. Several texturally and chemically distinct detrital and authigenic populations are recognized. Detrital dates range from 1600 Ma to 760 Ma and most relate to well-known orogenic or igneous events in surrounding cratonic regions. Authigenic monazite grew in three or more pulses ranging from 680 Ma to 500 Ma. The date of 680 ± 23 Ma (2 σ) for the earliest generation of authigenic monazite in sandstone from the Enorama Shale (1) provides an estimate for the age of the base of the Trezona carbon isotopic anomaly just beneath the Marinoan glacial deposits, (2) provides an absolute minimum age constraint on the underlying Sturtian glacial deposits, and (3) supports proposed correlations between type Marinoan deposits and precisely dated glacial deposits in Namibia and China, which bracket the presumed Marinoan equivalents between 655 and 635 Ma. This age is inconsistent with a Re-Os isochron age of 643 ± 2.4 Ma (2 σ) on shales near the bottom of the Sturtian-Marinoan interglacial succession, stratigraphically > 3000 m below the Enorama Shale sample, and militate against the hypothesis that the type Marinoan is correlative with the 580 Ma Gaskiers glaciation. Monazite growth near 600 Ma and again at about 500 Ma probably represent hydrothermal fluid-flow events, the latter of which also corresponds to the well-known Delamerian Orogeny during which the Adelaide sediments were

  8. U-Pb-Th geochronology of monazite and zircon in albitite metasomatites of the Rožňava-Nadabula ore field (Western Carpathians, Slovakia): implications for the origin of hydrothermal polymetallic siderite veins

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    Hurai, V.; Paquette, J.-L.; Lexa, O.; Konečný, P.; Dianiška, I.

    2015-10-01

    Sodic metasomatites (albitites) occur around and within siderite veins in the southern part of the Gemeric tectonic unit of the Western Carpathians. Accessory minerals of the metasomatites represented by monazite, zircon, apatite, rutile, tourmaline and siderite are basically identical with the quartz-tourmaline stage of other siderite and stibnite veins of the tectonic unit. Statistical analysis of chemical Th-U(total)-Pb isochron method (CHIME) of monazite dating yielded Jurassic-Cretaceous ages subdivided into 3-4 modes, spreading over time interval between 78 and 185 Ma. In contrast, LA-ICPMS 206Pb/238U dating carried out on the same monazite grains revealed a narrow crystallization interval, showing ages of Th-poor cores with phengite inclusions identical within the error limit with Th-rich rims with cauliflower-like structure. The determined lower intercept at 139 ± 1 Ma overlapped the Vallanginian-Berriasian boundary, thus corroborating the model of formation of hydrothermal vein structures within an arcuate deformation front built up in the Variscan basement as a response to Early Cretaceous compression, folding and thrusting. In contrast, associated zircons are considerably older than the surrounding Early-Palaeozoic volcano-sedimentary rocks, showing Neoproterozoic ages. The zircon grains in albitite metasomatites are thus interpreted as fragments of Pan-African magmatic detritus incorporated in the vein structures by buoyant hydrothermal fluids.

  9. Constraints on the collision and the pre-collision tectonic configuration between India and Asia from detrital geochronology, thermochronology, and geochemistry studies in the lower Indus basin, Pakistan

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    Zhuang, Guangsheng; Najman, Yani; Guillot, Stephane; Roddaz, Martin; Antoine, Pierre-Olivier; Metais, Gregoire; Carter, Andrew; Marivaux, Laurent; Solangi, Sarfraz

    2016-04-01

    The timing of India-Asia suturing in the Western Himalaya is complex, with the relative timings of collision between the Indian plate and Asian plate with the Kohistan Island arc and a proposed Tethyan Himalayan microcontinent, debated. Here we present an integrated provenance study of geochronology, thermochronology, and geochemistry on the late Cretaceous-Pleistocene sediments from the lower Indus basin on the Indian plate. The detrital zircon U-Pb and fission track data show a reversal in sediment source from a pure Indian signature to increasing inputs from the suture zone and the Asian plate between the middle Paleocene and early Oligocene. The Nd and Sr isotopes narrow down this change to 50 Ma by revealing input of Asian detritus and the establishment of a Nd & Sr isotopic pattern similar to that of the present-day Indus Fan by 50 Ma, with no significant variations up section, contrary to what might be expected if later major collisions had occurred. Our isotopic data indicate that since 50 Ma, Greater India was occupied by a fluvial-deltaic system, analogous to the present-day Indus and named as the Paleo-Indus, which has been transporting Asian detritus southward across the suture zone and Kohistan-Ladakh arc. This suggests that no other ocean basins were located between India and Asia after this time in this region. Our data require that in the west, the India-Asia collision was accomplished by ˜50 Ma.

  10. Paleomagnetism, Geochronology, and Geochemistry of the Type Section of the Stanislaus Group: Reference Parameters from the Stable Sierra Nevada Microplate, CA

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    Farner, M. J.; Pluhar, C. J.; Asami, R.; Putirka, K. D.; Busby, C.; Renne, P. R.

    2012-12-01

    The Late Miocene Stanislaus Group, of California and Nevada is composed of Table Mountain Formation, Eureka Valley Tuff, and Dardanelles Formation. This ~9.0-~10.2 million year old unit interrupted Miocene andesitic arc volcanism in the Sierra Nevada, providing a regional lithostratigraphic marker that has been used extensively to reconstruct tilt and uplift of the range, Neogene tectonics of the Walker Lane Belt, magmagenetic processes beneath the Sierra Nevada, and lithospheric evolution of the Sierra Nevada and Eastern California. A recent study (Koerner et al, 2009) produced a measured section and geologic map of the Stanislaus Group type section, but until now this locality has never seen comprehensive multidisciplinary study of the geochronology, geochemistry, and magnetostratigraphy of the site and to integrate this into the overall understanding of the Stanislaus Group. Stratigraphy, geochemistry, and paleomagnetism from the type section suggest addition of a basal trachyte lava flow member to the Eureka Valley tuff and adds an additional intermediate-polarity lava flow to Table Mountain Formation magnetostratigraphy. This study dates the youngest member of the Stanislaus Group, the Dardanelles Formation, by 40Ar/39Ar radioisotopic dating for the first time, yielding an age of 9.048 ± 0.017 Ma. Paleomagnetic results verify the previous paleomagnetic reference direction from the Sierra Nevada microplate for the Tollhouse Flat Member of the Eureka Valley Tuff (King et al., 2007). However, our work revises the By-Day Member reference direction to D = 349.6°, I = 51.9° n = 8, α95 = 3.0°, k = 346. This difference is because the prior work analyzed By-Day localities within the tectonically-active Walker Lane Belt. The revised reference direction is critical for measurements of relative vertical-axis rotation studies in the Walker Lane. Our study also demonstrates that little to no vertical-axis rotation of the Sierra Nevada microplate has occurred since

  11. CO2 outburst events in relation to seismicity: Constraints from microscale geochronology, geochemistry of late Quaternary vein carbonates, SW Turkey

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    Ünal-İmer, Ezgi; Uysal, I. Tonguç; Zhao, Jian-Xin; Işık, Veysel; Shulmeister, James; İmer, Ali; Feng, Yue-Xing

    2016-08-01

    Vein and breccia carbonates precipitated in a highly fractured/faulted carbonate bedrock in SW Turkey were investigated through high-resolution U-series geochronology, microstructural and geochemical studies including C-O-Sr isotope and rare-earth element and yttrium (REY) analyses. Petrographical observations and geochronological data are interpreted as evidence that the calcite veins formed through a crack-seal mechanism, mostly accompanied/initiated by intensive hydraulic fracturing of the host limestone in response to high-pressure fluids, which is manifested by multi-stage breccia deposits. Microscale U-series dates (272.6-20.5 kyr) and geochemical compositions of the vein/breccia samples provide information on the timing and mechanism of the vein formation and identify the source of CO2-bearing fluids responsible for the carbonate precipitation. δ18OVPDB and δ13CVPDB values of the calcite veins range between -5.9 and -1.7‰, and -10.6 and -4.6‰, respectively. The isotopic compositions of the veins show highly fluctuating values as calcite grew successively perpendicular to vein walls, which, in combination with microstructural and geochronological constraints, are interpreted to reflect episodic CO2 degassing events associated with seismic and aseismic deformation. Oxygen and Sr isotope compositions (δ18OVPDB: -5.9 to -1.7‰; 87Sr/86Sr: 0.7082 to 0.7085) together with REY concentrations indicate deep infiltration of meteoric waters with various degrees of interactions mostly with the host limestone and siliciclastic parts of the basement rocks. Oxygen and carbon isotope compositions suggest CO2 degassing through intensive limestone dissolution. While majority of the veins display similar Post-Archaean Australian Shale (PAAS)-normalised REY variations, some of the veins show positive EuPAAS anomalies, which could be indicative of contributions from a deeply derived, heated, and reduced fluid component, giving rise to multiple fluid sources for the

  12. Geochemistry and geochronology of granitoids in the Kibi-Asamankese area of the Kibi-Winneba volcanic belt, southern Ghana

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    Anum, Solomon; Sakyi, Patrick Asamoah; Su, Ben-Xun; Nude, Prosper M.; Nyame, Frank; Asiedu, Daniel; Kwayisi, Daniel

    2015-02-01

    In Ghana the West African Craton is represented by Birimian and Tarkwaian rocks with extensive granitoid bodies. Granitoids from Asamankese area of the Kibi-Winneba volcanic belt, southern Ghana were analysed for major and trace element contents and found to be characterised by highly-fractionated REE, enrichments, in LILE, and depletion in Nb, Ta and Sr. The LILE enrichment relative to strong Nb-Ta depression, indicates that these granitoids were emplaced in an active margin. Based on field relations, geochemical composition and geochronological data, the granitoids from the Kibi-Asamankese area can be divided into three types, namely; the Eburnean biotite granodiorite (2133-2127 Ma) and hornblende granodiorite (2147 Ma), and the Pre-Eburnean gneissic biotite granite (2193 Ma). The geochemical data of the studied rocks plot in the tholeiitic field, whereas on the A/CNK-A/NK diagram, they generally fall within the metaluminous field, with A/CNK values between 0.69 and 0.88. U-Pb dating of zircons in the granitoids yielded ages ranging from 2193 to 2127 Ma, which are among the oldest ages obtained from the granitoid plutons in Ghana. Such high-precision geochronological data indicate that magmatism occurred over a time-span of about 70 Ma. This provides further evidence that the period 2.1-2.2 Ga was one of the important stages of Birimian magmatism that led to the generation of the granitoids. From the above-mentioned ages, it is possible to link the geological activities to crustal processes and establish the cyclic geotectonic evolution in the West African Craton over time as part of an arc-back-arc basin system.

  13. Geochronology and Geochemistry of Zircons from the IODP Site U1437 in the Rear of the Izu-Bonin Volcanic Arc

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    Andrews, G. D.; Schmitt, A. K.; Busby, C. J.; Brown, S. R.

    2015-12-01

    Zircons recovered from International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 350 Site U1437 (31°47.390'N, 139°01.580'E) in the Izu-Bonin arc were analyzed by SIMS to constrain their age (U/Pb geochronology) and geochemistry (trace elements, δ18O); LA-ICP-MS ɛHf analyses are pending. Seven intervals were dated successfully: six tuffs and lapilli-tuffs between 680.99 and 1722.46 m below sea floor (mbsf) and a single peperitic rhyolitic intrusion at 1388.86 - 1390.07 mbsf. Thirty-two intervals which underwent mineral separation lacked zircon, or yielded zircon much older than age expectations for U1437. Geochronology results from separated zircons confirm and extend the shipboard age model to 1360.77 mbsf where Late Miocene (Tortonian) submarine volcanic rocks (11.3 ±0.7 Ma; n = 17) were sampled. In-situ measurement of zircons associated with magnetite crystals in the rhyolite intrusion yield an age of 13.6 ±1.7 Ma (n = 9). Zircon U contents are low (typically <300 ppm), with trace element ratios characteristic of oceanic lithosphere and near-mantle δ18O values (4-6 ‰). Individual Miocene zircon crystals are difficult to distinguish by age alone from those in the drilling mud (sepiolite) used during Expedition 350; the sepiolite is quarried by IMV Nevada in the Amargosa Valley. Our analysis of thirty-three zircons from the sepiolite finds that they have a broad and varied age distribution (2 - 2033 Ma) with a prominent peak at 12-14 Ma, bimodal δ18O values (peaks at 5-5.5 and 6.5-7.5 ‰), and dominantly continental trace element signatures. Three zircons from U1437 are tentatively identified as sepiolite-derived, but a single Eocene grain (51.7 ±2.4 Ma) recovered from 1722.46 mbsf has an age unlike those in the sepiolite, and potentially is genuinely xenocrystic. The majority of U1437 zircons thus crystallized from evolved melts lacking continental characteristics, although thermal and compositional conditions conducive for zircon crystallization appear to have

  14. Timing and conditions of metamorphism and melt crystallization in Greater Himalayan rocks, eastern and central Bhutan: insight from U-Pb zircon and monazite geochronology and trace-element analyses

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    Zeiger, K.; Gordon, S. M.; Long, S. P.; Kylander-Clark, A. R. C.; Agustsson, K.; Penfold, M.

    2015-05-01

    Within the eastern Himalaya in central and eastern Bhutan, Greater Himalayan (GH) rocks are interpreted to have been thickened by the Kakhtang thrust (KT). In order to understand the metamorphic and exhumation history of the GH and to evaluate the structural significance of the KT, zircon and monazite from twenty samples were analyzed by laser-ablation split-stream ICPMS. In eastern Bhutan, zircon and monazite from samples collected in the KT hanging wall revealed ca. 36-28 Ma metamorphism. Subsequently, the initiation of melt crystallization shows a trend with structural distance above the KT, with early melt crystallization (ca. 27 Ma) in the structurally highest samples and younger melt crystallization (ca. 16 Ma) for leucosomes within the KT zone. Melt crystallization was protracted and continued until ca. 14-13 Ma in both the KT hanging wall and the footwall. In comparison, in central Bhutan, two leucosomes revealed extended melt crystallization from ca. 31 to 19 Ma. The youngest zircon dates from samples exposed structurally above and below the KT are similar, indicating that the KT was not as significant of a structure as other fault systems to which it has been correlated. However, the younging trend in the initiation of melt crystallization with decreasing structural distance above the KT argues that progressive underplating of ductile material assisted in the initial emplacement of the GH unit in central and eastern Bhutan. The KT likely represents a minor shear zone that aided in this underplating process.

  15. 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

  16. The Geochronology and Geochemistry of Caldera-related Plutons in the Southern Rocky Mountain Volcanic Field: Insight into the Volcanic-plutonic Connection

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    Zimmerer, M. J.; Mills, R. D.; Tappa, M. J.; McIntosh, W. C.; Coleman, D. S.

    2009-12-01

    source of the Wall Mountain Tuff. Four zircon ages indicate emplacement at ~35.4 Ma. Ar-Ar biotite ages are between 35.7 and 30.7 Ma, suggesting protracted emplacement or thermal resetting. Whole-rock Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopes of the Wall Mountain Tuff and Mt. Princeton batholith do not overlap, indicating the two are not related. A single resurgent pluton intrudes the intracaldera Badger Creek Tuff and is geochemically and temporally similar to the caldera forming ignimbrite. The relationship between the Mt. Princeton batholith and regional ignimbrites is still unclear. The Mt. Princeton batholith may represent Wall Mountain postcaldera magmatism or Badger Creek precaldera magmatism. Additional geochronology and geochemistry of Mt. Princeton batholith will help determine this relationship.

  17. Geology, geochronology, and geochemistry of basaltic flows of the Cat Hills, Cat Mesa, Wind Mesa, Cerro Verde, and Mesita Negra, central New Mexico

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    Maldonado, F.; Budahn, J.R.; Peters, L.; Unruh, D.M.

    2006-01-01

    The geochronology, geochemistry, and isotopic compositions of basaltic flows erupted from the Cat Hills, Cat Mesa, Wind Mesa, Cerro Verde, and Mesita Negra volcanic centres in central New Mexico indicate that each of these lavas had unique origins and that the predominant mantle involved in their production was an ocean-island basalt type. The basalts from Cat Hills (0.11 Ma) and Cat Mesa (3.0 Ma) are similar in major and trace element composition, but differences in MgO contents and Pb isotopic values are attributed to a small involvement of a lower crustal component in the genesis of the Cat Mesa rocks. The Cerro Verde rock is comparable in age (0.32 Ma) to the Cat Hills lavas, but it is more radiogenic in Sr and Nd, has higher MgO contents, and has a lower La/Yb ratio. This composition is explained by the melting of an enriched mantle source, but the involvement of another crustal component cannot be disregarded. The Wind Mesa rock is characterized by similar age (4.01 Ma) and MgO contents, but it has enriched rare-earth element contents compared with the Cat Mesa samples. These are attributed to a difference in the degree of partial melting of the Cat Mesa source. The Mesita Negra rock (8.11 Ma) has distinctive geochemical and isotopic compositions that suggest a different enriched mantle and that large amounts of a crustal component were involved in generating this magma. These data imply a temporal shift in magma source regions and crustal involvement, and have been previously proposed for Rio Grande rift lavas. ?? 2006 NRC Canada.

  18. Geochemistry and Re-Os geochronology of the organic-rich sedimentary rocks in the Jingtieshan Fe-Cu deposit, North Qilian Mountains, NW China

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    Yang, Xiuqing; Zhang, Zuoheng; Li, Chao; Duan, Shigang; Jiang, Zongsheng

    2016-04-01

    The Jingtieshan Group in the North Qilian Mountains, NW China, is dominantly composed of banded iron formations (BIFs), copper deposits and organic-rich sedimentary rocks (ORS, carbonaceous phyllite). X-ray diffraction analysis of the ORS shows the mineral assemblage to be quartz + clay minerals. The total organic carbon contents show a range of 0.44-1.72%. Here we present the results of the geochemistry and Re-Os geochronology of the ORS from the Jingtieshan Group. The high values of Chemical Index of Alteration (CIA), Chemical Index of Weathering (CIW), Plagioclase Index of Alteration (PIA), and Th/U ratio, indicate intense weathering. The Al2O3/TiO2, Zr/Sc, Th/Sc, La/Th ratios, high rare earth elements abundances, light rare earth elements enrichment (normalized to chondrite), and distinctly negative Eu anomalies, suggest that the Jingtieshan Group ORS were derived mainly from felsic volcanic units. The new Re-Os isochron age of 1308 ± 100 Ma (2σ, n = 6, MSWD = 23) broadly overlap with the previous published ages determined using Sm-Nd and U-Pb isotope systems. The new age represents the depositional age of the Jingtieshan Group, as well that of BIF in the Jingtieshan area. Furthermore, the initial 187Os/188Os ratios (0.44 ± 0.07) indicate that the Os in the seawater was dominantly derived from hydrothermal fluids (∼75%). The Ce anomaly (Ce/Ce∗ = 0.95-1.00) and V/(V + Ni) ratios (0.71-0.86), as well as the lack of enrichment in redox-sensitive trace elements such as U, V, Zn, Pb, Cu, Ni, Cr, Co and Mn, together with the presence of overlying BIF, suggest that the Jingtieshan area represents a ferruginous deep-water succession. This, and intense submarine hydrothermal activities contributed to the deposition of the Jingtieshan BIF.

  19. Geochemistry and geochronology of the volcano-plutonic rocks associated with the Glojeh epithermal gold mineralization, NW Iran

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    Siani, Majid Ghasemi; Mehrabi, Behzad; Azizi, Hossein; Wilkinson, Camilla Maya; Ganerød, Morgan

    2015-08-01

    Eocene to Oligocene volcano-plutonic rocks are widespread throughout NW Iran. The Tarom-Hashtjin metallogenic province is one of the most promising epithermal-porphyry ore mineralized districts in NW Iran. The Glojeh gold deposit, located in the center of this province, is a typical high to intermediate sulfidation epithermal system, spatially and temporally associated with a granite intrusion and associated high-K calc-alkaline to shoshonitic volcano-plutonic rocks. The intrusive complexes of the Glojeh district are characterized by: SiO2 contents of 60.9 to 70.7 wt.%, K2O+Na2O of 7.60 to 8.92 wt.%, and K2O/Na2O ratios of 0.9 to 1.8. They are enriched in light rare earth elements (LREEs), and large ion lithophile elements (LILEs), depleted in high field strength elements (HFSEs), and have weak negative Eu anomalies (Eu/Eu*= 0.5 to 0.9). 40Ar/39Ar geochronology applied to biotite and feldspar, separated from two intrusives (Goljin and Varmarziar), and two feldspar aliquots separated from hydrothermal veins at North Glojeh and South Glojeh, was carried out to constrain magmatic and hydrothermal events. Plagioclase (± sericite), from North Glojeh and South Glojeh produced ages (42.20±0.34 Ma, and 42.56±1.47 Ma respectively) that overlap with the age of the Goljin intrusion (41.87±1.58 Ma). Geochemical data for the volcano-plutonic rocks in the Glojeh district, that have87Sr/86Sr isotopic compositions that range from 0.706344 to 0.708331, suggest an origin involving partial melting of a depleted mantle source during Neo-Tethyan subduction.

  20. U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry of the McCoy Mountains Formation, southeastern California: A Cretaceous retroarc foreland basin

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    Barth, A.P.; Wooden, J.L.; Jacobson, C.E.; Probst, K.

    2004-01-01

    The timing of deposition of fluvial sediments now forming the >7-km-thick McCoy Mountains Formation is one of the key uncertainties in reconstructing the Mesozoic poleogeography of southern California and western Arizona. Ion-microprobe U-Pb geochronologic data for individual zircons from nine sandstones from the McCoy Mountains type section and six associated igneous rocks provide significant new constraints on the tectonic setting and the timing of deposition within the northwest-trending McCoy basin. U-Pb zircon data from a metavolcanic rock of the underlying Dome Rock sequence in the Palen Mountains confirm that the McCoy Mountains Formation was deposited after regional Middle to Late Jurassic arc magmatism. U-Ph zircon data from a Late Cretaceous granodiorite intruding the formation in the Coxcomb Mountains confirm that the formation was deformed and metamorphosed prior to 73.5 ?? 1.3 Ma. Populations of detrital zircons vary systematically with both rock type and stratigraphic height; lithic arkoses predominantly derived from the west have consistently more abundant younger zircons than do litharenite sandstones predominantly derived from the north, and the youngest zircons yield maximum depositional ages that decrease from 116 Ma near the base to 84 Ma near the top of the section. The detrital-zircon data permit a Late Jurassic age for the basal, comparatively quartz-rich sandstone. However, the data further suggest that >90% of the formation was deposited between middle Early and middle Late Cretaceous time. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that most of the McCoy Mountains Formation represents a retroarc foreland basin, deposited behind the active, evolving Cretaceous Cordilleran continental-margin magmatic arc that lay to the west and in the foreland of the actively deforming Cretaceous Maria fold-and-thrust belt.

  1. Geology, geochemistry and Ar Ar geochronology of the Nangimali ruby deposit, Nanga Parbat Himalaya (Azad Kashmir, Pakistan)

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    Pêcher, A.; Giuliani, G.; Garnier, V.; Maluski, H.; Kausar, A. B.; Malik, R. H.; Muntaz, H. R.

    2002-12-01

    The Nangimali ruby deposit in the southern part of the Nanga Parbat Himalaya, has been investigated through field work, geochemistry, stable and radiogenic isotopes. It outcrops in the Shontar valley in a large north-vergent syncline consisting of high-grade metamorphic gneisses capped by a metasedimentary series dominated by marbles and amphibolites. The ore-body is stratiform. Ruby is found within 0.1-2 cm thick shear-veinlets and gash veins cutting dolomitic marbles and carbonate-bearing bands. The marbles of the Nangimali Formation display restricted ranges in δ18O (from 23.6 to 27.6‰ relative to SMOW) and in δ13C (from -1.9 to 2.6‰ relative to PDB). Fluid infiltration along the shear-zone in the marble has no effect on the isotopic signatures of the carbonates. Fluids are metamorphic and CO 2 is derived from the decarbonation of marbles. Mass-balance and geochemical analyses suggest that the mobilisation by the fluids of aluminium and chromium in the marbles is sufficient to enable the formation of ruby in the shear-zone. Rubies have been indirectly dated using a stepwise 40Ar- 39Ar laser heating technique on syngenetic phlogopites. The Miocene age records a Neogene cooling in the South of the Nanga Parbat massif and a minimum formation age for ruby of 16 Ma.

  2. Geochronology, geochemistry and origins of the Paleozoic-Triassic plutons in the Langshan area, western Inner Mongolia, China

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    Wang, Zeng-Zhen; Han, Bao-Fu; Feng, Li-Xia; Liu, Bo

    2015-01-01

    The Langshan area is the northeastern part of the Alxa block and adjacent to the Inner Mongolia-Da Hinggan Orogenic Belt (IMDOB) to the north, and geochronological and geochemical studies of the Langshan plutons would be helpful for unraveling the relationship of the magmatism in the Langshan area with that in the IMDOB. Based on zircon U-Pb ages presented in this study and in published papers, five magmatic stages are recognized in Langshan area: Late Silurian (∼418 Ma), Carboniferous (328-304 Ma), Early Permian (294-272 Ma), Late Permian (260-254 Ma) and Middle-Late Triassic (245-227 Ma). The Late Silurian two-mica granite is peraluminous and has a source from ancient continental crust, indicating a collision event. The late Early Carboniferous mafic plutons are subalkaline, show appinitic affinities, and may originate from the subduction-modified continental lithospheric mantle. The late Early Permian granodiorite is weakly peraluminous and high-K calc-alkaline and may be derived from ancient continental crust, while the late Early Permian alkaline gabbro-diorite displays EM I-like Sr-Nd isotopic signatures, indicating an enriched subcontinental lithospheric mantle source. The Late Permian granodiorite is calc-alkaline and peraluminous and may result from the partial melting of ancient lower continental crust, whereas the Late Permian leuconorite belongs to low-K tholeiitic series and has a cumulate origin from an enriched mantle source with the input of juvenile mantle materials. The Paleozoic-Triassic magmatic stages in the Langshan area are consistent with the main magmatic periods in the northern NCC, which are the Late Silurian to Middle Devonian (∼418-386 Ma) and Early Carboniferous to Late Triassic (∼342-211 Ma, with three magmatic stages of Carboniferous, Permian and Triassic). Especially, the Carboniferous to Late Triassic magmatic period in the northern NCC are closely comparable with that in the IMDOB, indicating the two domains might be

  3. Evolution of Pleistocene to Holocene eruptions in the Lesser Caucasus Mts:Insights from geology, petrology, geochemistry and geochronology

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    Savov, Ivan; Meliksetian, Khachatur; Connor, Charles; Karakhanian, Arkadi; Sugden, Patrick; Navasardyan, Gevorg; Halama, Ralf; Ishizuka, Osamu; Connor, Laura; Karapetian, Sergei

    2016-04-01

    Both effusive and highly explosive (VEI>5) and often voluminous caldera volcanism has developed atop the collision zone between the Arabian and the Eurasian plates. Currently what is exposed on the Anatolian-Armenian-Iranian active orogenic plateau is post-Mesozoic felsic to intermediate collision-related plutons, and mostly collision or post-collision related Quaternary volcanic structures. We have studied in detail the volcanism, tectonics and geophysics on the territory of E.Turkey and Armenia, where several large stratovolcanoes (Ararat, Lesser Ararat, Aragats, Tsghuk, Ishkhanasar) are surrounded by distinct monogenetic volcanic fields (distributed volcanism). These large in volume stratovolcanoes and the associated low volume monogenetic cones range from normal calk-alkaline to high-K shoshonitic in affinity, with their products ranging from basanites to high K trachytes and rhyolites. Several volcanic provinces, namely Kechut/Javakheti, Aragats, Gegham, Vardenis and Syunik are recognized in Armenia and each of them has > 100 mapped volcanoes. These have distinct geochemical (mineral chemistry, trace element and Sr-Nd-B isotope systematics) and petrological (melt eruption temperatures and volatile contents) fingerprints that may or may not vary over time. Age determinations and volcano-stratigraphy sections for each of the case studies we aim to present shows that the volcanism includes a continuous record from Pleistocene to Holocene, or even historical eruptions. The excellent volcano exposures and the now complete high resolution database (GIS), geological mapping, and new and improved K-Ar and Ar-Ar geochronology, uniquely allows us to evaluate the driving forces behind the volcanism in this continent-continent collision setting that is uniquely associated with long lasting eruption episodes. We shall compare the now well studied historical/Holocene eruptions with those pre-dating them, with the aim to identify possible geochemical or petrological

  4. Geochronology and geochemistry of the high Mg dioritic dikes in Eastern Tianshan, NW China: Geochemical features, petrogenesis and tectonic implications

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    Li, Deng-Feng; Zhang, Li; Chen, Hua-Yong; Hollings, Pete; Cao, Ming-Jian; Fang, Jing; Wang, Cheng-Ming; Lu, Wan-Jian

    2016-01-01

    Zircon U-Pb ages of high Mg dioritic dikes in the Mesoproterozoic Kawabulake Group in the Eastern Tianshan area, NW China indicate that they were emplaced in the Early Carboniferous at 353-348 Ma. The dikes consist of medium-grained plagioclase and hornblende with minor clinopyroxene and trace quartz. They are characterized by intermediate SiO2 (60-62 wt.%), low TiO2 (0.63-0.71 wt.%), relatively high Al2O3 (15.1-15.8 wt.%) and MgO contents (3.45-4.15 wt.%) with Mg# generally higher than 56 (56-59). The geochemistry of the high Mg diorites suggest they were formed by similar magmatic processes to sanukitoid high Mg Andesites such as those of the Setouchi volcanic belt, Japan. Zircons from the high Mg dioritic dikes have εHf(t) values of -6.8 to +14.5. The dominantly positive values suggest a juvenile source, whereas the small number of negative values suggests mature components were also incorporated into the source. Similarly, the positive εNd(t) values (0 to +2.2) are interpreted to reflect a juvenile source whereas the negative values of (-5.2 to 0) suggest participation of old crustal rocks in the petrogenesis of the diorites. The variable εHf(t) and εNd(t) values suggest that the mature material was assimilated during magma ascent rather than in the mantle wedge which would result in more uniform values. Mass balance calculations suggest that the dioritic dikes were derived from sources composed of approximately 97% juvenile mantle-derived material and 3% sediment. Petrographic, elemental, and isotopic evidence suggest that the dioritic dikes were generated by partial melting of depleted mantle that migrated into the shallow crust where it assimilated older sedimentary rocks of the Mesoproterozoic Kawabulake Group.

  5. Petrology, geochemistry and geochronology of the magmatic suite from the Jianzha Complex, central China: Petrogenesis and geodynamic implications

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    Li, Xiaowei; Mo, Xuanxue; Bader, Thomas; Scheltens, Mark; Yu, Xuehui; Dong, Guochen; Huang, Xiongfei

    2014-12-01

    The intermediate-mafic-ultramafic rocks in the Jianzha Complex (JZC) at the northern margin of the West Qinling Orogenic Belt have been interpreted to be a part of an ophiolite suite. In this study, we present new geochronological, petrological, geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic data and provide a different interpretation. The JZC is composed of dunite, wehrlite, olivine clinopyroxenite, olivine gabbro, gabbro, and pyroxene diorite. The suite shows characteristics of Alaskan-type complexes, including (1) the low CaO concentrations in olivine; (2) evidence of crystal accumulation; (3) high calcic composition of clinopyroxene; and (4) negative correlation between FeOtot and Cr2O3 of spinels. Hornblende and phlogopite are ubiquitous in the wehrlites, but minor orthopyroxene is also present. Hornblende and biotite are abundant late crystallized phases in the gabbros and diorites. The two pyroxene-bearing diorite samples from JZC yield zircon U-Pb ages of 245.7 ± 1.3 Ma and 241.8 ± 1.3 Ma. The mafic and ultramafic rocks display slightly enriched LREE patterns. The wehrlites display moderate to weak negative Eu anomalies (0.74-0.94), whereas the olivine gabbros and gabbros have pronounced positive Eu anomalies. Diorites show slight LREE enrichment, with (La/Yb)N ratios ranging from 4.42 to 7.79, and moderate to weak negative Eu anomalies (Eu/Eu∗ = 0.64-0.86). The mafic and ultramafic rocks from this suite are characterized by negative Nb-Ta-Zr anomalies as well as positive Pb anomalies. Diorites show pronounced negative Ba, Nb-Ta and Ti spikes, and typical Th-U, K and Pb peaks. Combined with petrographic observations and chemical variations, we suggest that the magmatism was dominantly controlled by fractional crystallization and crystal accumulation, with limited crustal contamination. The arc-affinity signature and weekly negative to moderately positive εNd(t) values (-2.3 to 1.2) suggest that these rocks may have been generated by partial melting of the juvenile

  6. Geochronology and geochemistry of deep-drill-core samples from the basement of the central Tarim basin

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    Guo, Zhao-Jie; Yin, An; Robinson, Alexander; Jia, Cheng-Zao

    2005-04-01

    The Tarim basin between the Tibetan plateau to the south and Tian Shan to the north in the Indo-Asian collision zone is little deformed as indicated by flat-lying Cenozoic strata across much of the basin. Due to the lack of direct observations from its crystalline basement, the geologic setting for the existence of such a rigid Cenozoic block remains elusive. Hypotheses for the nature of the Tarim basement include (1) Precambrian basement, (2) late Paleozoic trapped oceanic basin, (3) a late Precambrian failed rift, and (4) a Precambrian oceanic plateau. These models make specific predictions about the age and composition of the Tarim basement. To test these hypotheses, we conduct geochemical and geochronologic analyses of samples recovered from a deep well that reached a depth of >7000 m and drilled into the crystalline basement for ˜35 m beneath the central Tarim basin. Mineralogical composition and major element analysis suggest that the crystalline from the drill core is a diorite. Under think sections the rocks samples consist of fine-grained (0.1-0.4 mm in the longest dimension) and medium-grain domains (2-3 mm in the longest dimension). The contact between the two domains is sharp and the change in grain size across the boundary is abrupt. The rock under thin section shows undeformed igneous textures. Rare earth element patterns and isotopic compositions of Sr and Nd suggest that the central Tarim diorite was derived from an arc setting. The minimum age of the diorite is determined by 40Ar/ 39Ar dating of hornblende, which yields three ages from three different samples: 790.0±22.1, 754.4±22.6, and 744.0±9.3 Ma, respectively (uncertainty is reported at 1 σ). The older age is associated with the fine-grained sample while the younger ages are associated with the medium-grained samples. We are unable to determine whether the different ages are due to argon loss as the rock was located in partial retention zone or caused by different phases of igneous

  7. The Beiminghe skarn iron deposit, eastern China: Geochronology, isotope geochemistry and implications for the destruction of the North China Craton

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    Shen, Jun-Feng; Santosh, M.; Li, Sheng-Rong; Zhang, Hua-Feng; Yin, Na; Dong, Guo-Cheng; Wang, Yan-Juan; Ma, Guang-Gang; Yu, Hong-Jun

    2013-01-01

    The Beiminghe (BMH) iron ore in the southern part of the Taihang Mountain (TM), Hebei province, is one of the largest skarn iron deposits in China. Here we report phlogopite 40Ar-39Ar and zircon U-Pb age data, as well as sulfur, lead, and He-Ar isotope geochemistry of pyrite from the ores and skarnitized rocks in the deposit in an attempt to constrain the timing and mechanism of formation of the mineralization. The phlogopite 40Ar-39Ar and LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb data show markedly consistent ages constraining the timing of ore formation as 136-137 Ma. The presence of several inherited zircons with late Archean or Paleoproterozoic ages indicates the participation of the basement rocks during the ore-forming process. The δ34S values of pyrite from the ores range from 12.2 to 16.5‰, with 206Pb/204Pb = 17.84-18.79, 207Pb/204Pb = 15.46-15.62, and 208Pb/204Pb = 37.93-39.75, suggesting that continental crust is the major contributor. This is further confirmed by the He-Ar isotope data (3He/4He = 0.0648-0.1886 Ra, mean 0.1237Ra; 40Ar/36Ar = 311.7-22909.4; and 40Ar*/4He = 0.036-0.421). The Mesozoic magmatism and metallogeny in the BMH correlate well with the peak event of lithospheric thinning and destruction of the North China Craton during this process, the early Precambrian lower crustal rocks in the region were re-melted through underplating of mantle magmas, leading to the formation of the Beiminghe monzodioritic pluton. Minor mantle input occurred during the evolution of the monzodiorite magma, which scavenged the ore-forming materials from the lower crust. Interaction of the magmas and fluids with the surrounding rocks resulted in the formation of the Beiminghe skarn iron deposits. The magmatism and metallogeny in the Taihang Mountain are signatures of the extensive craton destruction and lithospheric thinning in the eastern part of the North China Craton during Mesozoic, probably associated with Pacific slab subduction.

  8. Constraints on the collision and the pre-collision tectonic configuration between India and Asia from detrital geochronology, thermochronology, and geochemistry studies in the lower Indus basin, Pakistan

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    Zhuang, Guangsheng; Najman, Yani; Guillot, Stéphane; Roddaz, Martin; Antoine, Pierre-Olivier; Métais, Grégoire; Carter, Andrew; Marivaux, Laurent; Solangi, Sarfraz H.

    2015-12-01

    Knowledge of the timing of India-Asia collision is a fundamental prerequisite for understanding the evolution of the Himalayan-Tibetan orogen and its role in global climate, oceanic chemistry, and ecological evolution. Despite much active research, the basic pre-collision tectonic configuration and the timing of terminal India-Asia suturing remain debated. For example, debates regarding when and how the intervening Kohistan-Ladakh arc was sutured with India and Asia still remain elusive; some models propose the arc collided with Asia at about 100 Ma, with India-Asia collision at ca. 55 Ma, whilst a newer model proposed the arc's collision with India at 50 Ma and subsequently with Asia at 40 Ma. Another example is the recent proposition that an oceanic Greater India Basin separated the Tethyan Himalaya microcontinent from the remaining Indian plate until 20- 25 Ma with the consumption of this oceanic basin marking the final collision at this time. These controversies relate to whether the commonly documented 50 Ma contact represents the terminal India-Asia suturing or the amalgamation between various arcs or microcontinents with India or Asia. Here we present an integrated provenance study of geochronology, thermochronology, and geochemistry on the late Cretaceous-Pleistocene sediments from the lower Indus basin on the Indian plate. The detrital zircon U-Pb and fission track data show a reversal in sediment source from a pure Indian signature to increasing inputs from the suture zone and the Asian plate between the middle Paleocene and early Oligocene. The Nd and Sr isotopes narrow down this change to 50 Ma by revealing input of Asian detritus and the establishment of a Nd & Sr isotopic pattern similar to the present-day Indus Fan by 50 Ma, with no significant variations up section, contrary to what might be expected if later major collisions had occurred. Our isotopic data indicate that Greater India was occupied by a fluvial-deltaic system, analogous to the

  9. Field geology, geochronology and geochemistry of mafic-ultramafic rocks from Alxa, China: Implications for Late Permian accretionary tectonics in the southern Altaids

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    Jianyun, Feng; Wenjiao, Xiao

    2013-04-01

    The termination of orogenesis for the southern Altaids has been controversial. Systematical investigations of field geology, geochronology and geochemistry on mafic-ultramafic rocks from the northern Alxa of the southern Altaids were conducted to address the termination controversy. The newly discriminated mafic-ultramafic rocks belt is located at Bijiertai, Honggueryulin, and Qinggele areas, stretching from west to east for about 100 km in length. All of the three rock associations contact tectonically with the adjacent metamorphic and deformed Precambrian rocks as tectonic blocks or lenses, and are composed of peridotite, pyroxenite, gabbro, and serpentinite, most of which have subjected to pronounced alteration, i.e., serpentinization and chloritization. Geochemically, the rocks are characterized by a uniform trend of compositional distribution, e.g., with low SiO2-contents (42.51-52.21 wt.%) and alkalinity (Na2O+K2O) (0.01-5.45 wt.%, mostly less than 0.8 wt.%), and enriched in MgO (7.37-43.36 wt.%), with Mg# = 52.75-91.87. As the rocks have had strong alteration and have a wide range of loss-on-ignition (LOI: 0.44-14.07 wt.%), the rocks may be subjected to considerable alteration by either sea-water or metamorphic fluid. The REE and trace element patterns for the rocks show a relatively fractionated trend with LILE enrichment and HFSE depletion, similar to that of T-MORB between N-MORB and E-MORB, indicating that the parental melt resulted from the partial melting of oceanic lithospheric mantle overprinted by fluid alteration of island-arc subsequently. The ultramafic rocks are relics derived from the magma after large degree of partial melting of the oceanic lithospheric mantle with overprinted by island-arc processes under the influence of mid-ocean-ridge magmatism. LA - ICP MS U - Pb zircon ages of gabbros from the three spots are 274 ± 3 Ma (MSWD = 0.35), 306 ± 3 Ma (MSWD = 0.49), 262 ± 5 Ma (MSWD = 1.2), respectively, representing the formation ages of

  10. Geochronology and geochemistry of Early Jurassic volcanic rocks in the Erguna Massif, northeast China: Petrogenesis and implications for the tectonic evolution of the Mongol-Okhotsk suture belt

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    Wang, Wei; Tang, Jie; Xu, Wen-Liang; Wang, Feng

    2015-03-01

    The Mongol-Okhotsk suture belt played an important role in the tectonic evolution of northeast Asia during the Mesozoic. However, few studies have examined the influence of this tectonic belt on the geological evolution of northeast China. In this paper, we present zircon U-Pb geochronology, major and trace element geochemistry, and zircon Hf-O isotopic data for Early Jurassic volcanic rocks in the Erguna Massif of northeast China, with the aim of constraining the evolution of the Mongol-Okhotsk suture belt and its influence on the tectonic history of China during the Early Jurassic. Zircon U-Pb dating indicates that the trachybasalt and basaltic andesite in the study area were erupted between 193 ± 5 Ma and 181 ± 9 Ma (i.e., in the Early Jurassic). These Early Jurassic volcanic rocks belong to the high-K calc-alkaline series and are enriched in large ion lithophile elements and light rare earth elements, as well as being depleted in heavy rare earth elements and high field strength elements such as Nb and Ta. The rocks show a small negative Eu anomaly. The zircon εHf (182 Ma) values of the volcanic rocks range from - 1.9 to + 5.1, corresponding to TDM1 values of 640-901 Ma and TDM2 values of 901-1345 Ma. Zircons from two volcanic rocks yield δ18O values of 7.2‰ ± 1.5‰ (n = 19) and 6.6‰ ± 0.7‰ (n = 35). Geochemically, these Early Jurassic volcanic rocks are similar to those from active continental margin settings, and their primary magmas could have been derived from the partial melting of a lithospheric mantle wedge modified by fluid from a subducted slab. The discovery of Early Jurassic calc-alkaline volcanic rocks in the Erguna Massif, together with the coeval porphyry Cu-Mo deposits, indicates that an active continental margin existed in the Erguna area during the Early Jurassic. Taken together, we conclude that southward subduction of the Mongol-Okhotsk oceanic plate took place beneath the Erguna Massif during the Early Jurassic.

  11. Mesozoic magmatism and metallogeny in the Chizhou area, Middle-Lower Yangtze Valley, SE China: Constrained by petrochemistry, geochemistry and geochronology

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    Song, Guoxue; Qin, Kezhang; Li, Guangming; Evans, Noreen J.; Li, Xianhua

    2014-09-01

    The Chizhou area, southeast China, hosts extensive W-Mo-Pb-Zn and Cu-Au deposits but remains relatively unstudied. A wide range of Mesozoic magmatic intrusives were analyzed (whole-rock geochemistry, Sr-Nd isotopes, zircon U-Pb dating, and zircon Lu-Hf isotopes) in order to elucidate their genesis, relationship to W-Mo-Pb-Zn-Cu-Au mineralization, and the tectonic setting of emplacement. Zircon U-Pb geochronology yielded a range of ages (147-110 Ma) encompassing three magmatic episodes; 147-135 Ma, 130-120 Ma, and 115-110 Ma. This work marks the first time the youngest episode has been identified. The oldest episode resulted in the formation of small granite porphyries, always associated with skarn-porphyry type W-Mo-Pb-Zn-Cu-Au deposits under an extensional setting. The 130-120 Ma and 115-110 Ma intrusives were the products of enhanced N-S extension with no associated mineralization. A comparative study reveals two types of magmatism-mineralization systems: acid magmatic rocks in the Chizhou area related to skarn-porphyry type W-Mo-Pb-Zn-Cu-Au deposits and intermediate-acid magmatic rocks in the Tongling area related to skarn-porphyry type Cu-Au-Fe-S deposits. Whole-rock Sr-Nd isotopes, zircon Lu-Hf isotopes, and inherited zircon U-Pb ages suggest that the lower crust and meso-neoproterozoic Shangxi group rocks were the main sources of magmatic rocks and related W-Mo-Pb-Zn-Cu-Au deposits. A genetic model for Mesozoic magmatism-skarn-porphyry type W-Mo-Pb-Zn-Cu-Au mineralization involves partial melting of the lower crust, mixing with the re-melted products of Meso-neoproterozoic Shangxi group rocks, and assimilation/fractional crystallization process. Results from this study suggest that there is great potential for the discovery of more and larger skarn-porphyry type W-Mo deposits in the transitional W-Mo-Pb-Zn metallogenic belt.

  12. Large Igneous Provinces of the Central Asia: data on geochronology, geochemistry and petrology of the Tien Shan and Junggar basaltic complexes

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    Simonov, V.; Mikolaichuk, A.

    2012-04-01

    During last years Large Igneous Provinces of the Central Asia were an object of steadfast attention of researchers. It was established that on a formation and development of continental earth crust a great influence was rendered by deep magmatic systems of mantle plumes of various age. Undoubtedly that these global processes of basaltic magmatism had in many respects crucial importance for ecology, climate and life development. Our researches of magmatic associations of the Tien Shan and Junggar have allowed to accumulate a considerable volume of new data on geochronology, geochemistry and physico-chemical parameters of petrogenesis of within-plate basaltic complexes of the Central Asia, which area of distribution covers territory over than 285000 km2. Analysis with the help of 40Ar/39Ar method has shown that the basaltic complexes of the Tien Shan have Cretaceous-Paleogene age (61-76 Ma). Basalts of the Southeast Kazakhstan (North Tien Shan) corresponds to Paleozoic age: 305-312 Ma. Rather close values of 40Ar/39Ar data are received for basalts of the Altynemel Ridge (South Junggar) - 282 Ma. Isotope 40Ar/39Ar dating of basalts of the Alakol site (Junggar) has shown Mesozoic age (186-198 Ma). As a whole, the carried out researches testify to formation of Tien Shan and Junggar within-plate basalt complexes as a result of influence of three plumes, operating in various time: Tarim (282-312 Ma), Junggar (186-198 Ma) and Tien Shan (61-76 Ma). Data on petrochemistry, geochemistry of trace and rare-earth elements and mineralogy shows an enriched plume characteristics (close to OIB) of Mesozoic-Cenozoic basalts and presence of group of Paleozoic rocks close to continental and oceanic plateau basalts. As a whole, successive evolution in time of geodynamics of within-plate basalt magmatism of Tien Shan and Junggar is established. Paleozoic - plateau basaltic magmatism like Siberian traps or oceanic plateau basalts of Ontong Java. Mesozoic - development of more local hot

  13. The behaviour of monazite from greenschist facies phyllites to anatectic gneisses: An example from the Chugach Metamorphic Complex, southern Alaska

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    Gasser, Deta; Bruand, Emilie; Rubatto, Daniela; Stüwe, Kurt

    2012-01-01

    Monazite is a common accessory mineral in various metamorphic and magmatic rocks, and is widely used for U–Pb geochronology. However, linking monazite U–Pb ages with the PT evolution of the rock is not always straightforward. We investigated the behaviour of monazite in a metasedimentary sequence ranging from greenschist facies phyllites into upper amphibolites facies anatectic gneisses, which is exposed in the Eocene Chugach Metamorphic Complex of southern Alaska. We investigated textures, chemical compositions and U–Pb dates of monazite grains in samples of differing bulk rock composition and metamorphic grade, with particular focus on the relationship between monazite and other REE-bearing minerals such as allanite and xenotime. In the greenschist facies phyllites, detrital and metamorphic allanite is present, whereas monazite is absent. In lower amphibolites facies schists (~ 550–650 °C and ≥ 3.4 kbar), small, medium-Y monazite is wide-spread (Mnz1), indicating monazite growth prior and/or simultaneous with growth of garnet and andalusite. In anatectic gneisses, new low-Y, high-Th monazite (Mnz2) crystallised from partial melts, and a third, high-Y, low-Th monazite generation (Mnz3) formed during initial cooling and garnet resorption. U–Pb SHRIMP analysis of the second and third monazite generations yields ages of ~ 55–50 Ma. Monazite became unstable and was overgrown by allanite and/or allanite/epidote/apatite coronas within retrograde muscovite- and/or chlorite-bearing shear zones. This study documents polyphase, complex monazite growth and dissolution during a single, relatively short-lived metamorphic cycle. PMID:26525358

  14. The Siderian-Orosirian magmatism in the Gavião Paleoplate, Brazil: U–Pb geochronology, geochemistry and tectonic implications

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    Pereira Cruz, Simone Cerqueira; Figueiredo Barbosa, Johildo Salomão; Pinto, Marilda Santos; Peucat, Jean-Jacques; Paquette, Jean Louis; Santos de Souza, Jailma; de Souza Martins, Violeta; Júnior, Farid Chemale; Carneiro, Mauricio Antonio

    2016-08-01

    The southern portion of the Gavião Paleoplate is composed by Archean orthogneisses, Archean-Paleoproterozoic metavolcano-sedimentary rocks and Siderian-Rhyacian-Orosirian granitoids. Petrographic, geochemical, U-Pb (Laser Ablation, ICPMS) and Sm-Nd data are presented for five Paleoproterozoic granitoids that were recently mapped: Jussiape II, Lagoa das Almas, Humaitá, Belo Campo and Broco granitoids. These granitoids present U-Pb zircon (LA-ICPMS) ages of 2052 ± 43, 2114 ± 24, 2140 ± 9, 2049 ± 23 and 2038 ± 8 Ma, respectively. In addition to these granitoids, another twenty-five ones were identified and studied by several authors, resulting in a total of twenty-nine plutons. Despite the previous petrography, geochemistry and geochronology studies that have been performed, no model had been proposed to explain the tectonic setting of this extensive granitogenesis. Integration of the new data and the literature has been done and corresponds to the second part of the article. Based on U-Pb dating and geochemical data, Siderian-Rhyacian-Orosirian granitoids of the southern Gavião Paleoplate were classified into five groups, or five suites: 1 (2324 ± 6 to 2091 ± 6.6 Ma), 2a (2054 -6/+8 to 2041 ± 23 Ma), 2b (2066 ± 37 to 2019 ± 32 Ma), 2c (2058 ± 8 to 1852 ± 50 Ma) and 2d (2049 ± 12 to 1929 ± 16 Ma). The granitoids of Group 1 present heterogeneous deformation, while the granitoids of groups 2a to 2d are generally not deformed. Usually the rocks are potassic, but sodic granitic rocks can be found in samples of groups 1, 2c and 2d. Several chemical classification parameters are presented and discussed herein, but it is noteworthy that the granitoids of Group 1 are mainly classified as calcic to calc-alkalic, while the rocks of the second group are mostly classified as alkalic ones. In the remaining groups, the samples vary between calc-alkalic and alkali-calcic. The εNd values range between 4.0 and -15.4 and suggest an important and varied share of the

  15. The Siderian-Orosirian magmatism in the Gavião Paleoplate, Brazil: U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry and tectonic implications

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    Pereira Cruz, Simone Cerqueira; Figueiredo Barbosa, Johildo Salomão; Pinto, Marilda Santos; Peucat, Jean-Jacques; Paquette, Jean Louis; Santos de Souza, Jailma; de Souza Martins, Violeta; Júnior, Farid Chemale; Carneiro, Mauricio Antonio

    2016-08-01

    The southern portion of the Gavião Paleoplate is composed by Archean orthogneisses, Archean-Paleoproterozoic metavolcano-sedimentary rocks and Siderian-Rhyacian-Orosirian granitoids. Petrographic, geochemical, U-Pb (Laser Ablation, ICPMS) and Sm-Nd data are presented for five Paleoproterozoic granitoids that were recently mapped: Jussiape II, Lagoa das Almas, Humaitá, Belo Campo and Broco granitoids. These granitoids present U-Pb zircon (LA-ICPMS) ages of 2052 ± 43, 2114 ± 24, 2140 ± 9, 2049 ± 23 and 2038 ± 8 Ma, respectively. In addition to these granitoids, another twenty-five ones were identified and studied by several authors, resulting in a total of twenty-nine plutons. Despite the previous petrography, geochemistry and geochronology studies that have been performed, no model had been proposed to explain the tectonic setting of this extensive granitogenesis. Integration of the new data and the literature has been done and corresponds to the second part of the article. Based on U-Pb dating and geochemical data, Siderian-Rhyacian-Orosirian granitoids of the southern Gavião Paleoplate were classified into five groups, or five suites: 1 (2324 ± 6 to 2091 ± 6.6 Ma), 2a (2054 -6/+8 to 2041 ± 23 Ma), 2b (2066 ± 37 to 2019 ± 32 Ma), 2c (2058 ± 8 to 1852 ± 50 Ma) and 2d (2049 ± 12 to 1929 ± 16 Ma). The granitoids of Group 1 present heterogeneous deformation, while the granitoids of groups 2a to 2d are generally not deformed. Usually the rocks are potassic, but sodic granitic rocks can be found in samples of groups 1, 2c and 2d. Several chemical classification parameters are presented and discussed herein, but it is noteworthy that the granitoids of Group 1 are mainly classified as calcic to calc-alkalic, while the rocks of the second group are mostly classified as alkalic ones. In the remaining groups, the samples vary between calc-alkalic and alkali-calcic. The ɛNd values range between 4.0 and -15.4 and suggest an important and varied share of the

  16. A review of the geochronology and geochemistry of Late Yanshanian (Cretaceous) plutons along the Fujian coastal area of southeastern China: Implications for magma evolution related to slab break-off and rollback in the Cretaceous

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    Li, Zhen; Qiu, Jian-Sheng; Yang, Xue-Mei

    2014-01-01

    The Cretaceous plutonic suites in the Fujian coastal area include abundant I-type and A-type granitoids and lesser gabbroids. They are important components of the Late Yanshanian magmatic belt along the southeastern coast of China, and define a linear NNE-SSW-trending belt of magmatism. Geochronological, geochemical and geological data from thirty intrusions are summarised in this paper, and the data provide distinct magmatic, geochemical and tectonic patterns in the area. A compilation of geochronological data for these intrusive rocks indicates emplacement mainly from around 125 to 90 Ma, with a major peak from 115 to 90 Ma, and a subordinate peak from 125 to 115 Ma. Besides their temporal and spatial coexistence, all these intrusive rocks have similar geochemical patterns which point to involvement of components from a depleted asthenospheric mantle source for the parental magmas, most probably by magma mixing. The first appearance of sparse I-type granitoids with post-collisional extensional granite affinities, and the emplacement of the Baijuhuajian and Suzhou A-type granites, mark the beginning of extension during the Early Cretaceous at ca. 125 to 119 Ma. The subsequent development of bimodal magmatism at 115 to 90 Ma, with numerous arc-related mafic gabbros and I-type granites, together with some A-type granites, suggests that this major igneous event took place as a response to back-arc extension. On the basis of petrology, geochronology, tectonics, and elemental and isotopic geochemistry, we speculate that break-off and rollback of the subducting Palaeo-Pacific Plate during the Cretaceous were responsible for the Late Yanshanian regional tectono-magmatic evolution in the area. We suggest that this process facilitated a strong and rapid linear upwelling of the asthenospheric mantle beneath the coastal area of southeastern China, with consequential extension of the overlying continental lithosphere, and ultimately the large-scale Late Yanshanian magmatism

  17. PROCESSING OF MONAZITE SAND

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    Calkins, G.D.; Bohlmann, E.G.

    1957-12-01

    A process for the recovery of thorium, uranium, and rare earths from monazite sands is presented. The sands are first digested and dissolved in concentrated NaOH, and the solution is then diluted causing precipitation of uranium, thorium and rare earth hydroxides. The precipitate is collected and dissolved in HCl, and the pH of this solution is adjusted to about 6, precipitating the hydroxides of thorium and uranium but leaving the rare earths in solution. The rare earths are then separated from the solution by precipitation at a still higher pH. The thorium and uranium containing precipitate is redissolved in HNO/sub 3/ and the two elements are separated by extraction into tributyl phosphate and back extraction with a weakly acidic solution to remove the thorium.

  18. Geology, geochemistry, geochronology, and economic potential of Neogene volcanic rocks in the Laguna Pedernal and Salar de Aguas Calientes segments of the Archibarca lineament, northwest Argentina

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    Richards, J. P.; Jourdan, F.; Creaser, R. A.; Maldonado, G.; DuFrane, S. A.

    2013-05-01

    This study presents new geochemical, geochronological, isotopic, and mineralogical data, combined with new geological mapping for a 2400 km2 area of Neogene volcanic rocks in northwestern Argentina near the border with Chile, between 25°10‧S and 25°45‧S. The area covers the zone of intersection between the main axis of the Cordillera Occidental and a set of NW-SE-trending structures that form part of the transverse Archibarca lineament. This lineament has localized major ore deposits in Chile (e.g., the late Eocene La Escondida porphyry Cu deposit) and large volcanic centers such as the active Llullaillaco and Lastarría volcanoes on the border between Chile and Argentina, and the Neogene Archibarca, Antofalla, and Cerro Galán volcanoes in Argentina. Neogene volcanic rocks in the Laguna Pedernal and Salar de Aguas Calientes areas are mostly high-K calc-alkaline in composition, and range from basaltic andesites, through andesites and dacites, to rhyolites. Magmatic temperatures and oxidation states, estimated from mineral compositions, range from ~ 1000 °C and ∆FMQ ≈ 1.0-1.5 in andesites, to ~ 850 °C and ∆FMQ ≈ 1.5-2.0 in dacites and rhyolites. The oldest rocks consist of early-middle Miocene andesite-dacite plagioclase-pyroxene-phyric lava flows and ignimbrites, with 40Ar/39Ar ages ranging from 17.14 ± 0.10 Ma to 11.76 ± 0.27 Ma. Their major and trace element compositions are typical of the Andean Central Volcanic Zone, and show strong crustal contamination trends for highly incompatible elements such as Cs, Rb, Th, and U. These rocks are geochemically grouped as sub-suite 1. This widespread intermediate composition volcanism was followed in the middle-late Miocene by a period of more focused rhyodacitic flow-dome complex formation. These felsic rocks are characterized by less extreme enrichments in highly incompatible elements, and increasing depletion of heavy rare earth elements. These rocks are geochemically grouped as sub-suite 2. The

  19. METHOD OF PROCESSING MONAZITE SAND

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    Welt, M.A.; Smutz, M.

    1958-08-26

    A process is described for recovering thorium, uranium, and rare earth values from monazite sand. The monazite sand is first digested with sulfuric acid and the resulting "monazite sulfate" solution is adjusted to a pH of between 0.4 and 3.0, and oxalate anions are added causing precipitation of the thorium and the rare earths as the oxalates. The oxalate precipitate is separated from the uranium containing supernatant solution, and is dried and calcined to the oxides. The thorium and rare earth oxides are then dissolved in nitric acid and the solution is contacted with tribntyl phosphate whereby an organic extract phase containing the cerium and thorium values is obtained, together with an aqueous raffinate containing the other rare earth values. The organic phase is then separated from the aqueous raffinate and the cerium and thorium are back extracted with an aqueous medium.

  20. Geochemistry, petrography, and zircon U-Pb geochronology of Paleozoic metaigneous rocks in the Mount Veta area of east-central Alaska: implications for the evolution of the westernmost part of the Yukon-Tanana terrane

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    Dusel-Bacon, Cynthia; Day, Warren C.; Aleinikoff, John N.

    2013-01-01

    We report the results of new mapping, whole-rock major, minor, and trace-element geochemistry, and petrography for metaigneous rocks from the Mount Veta area in the westernmost part of the allochthonous Yukon–Tanana terrane (YTT) in east-central Alaska. These rocks include tonalitic mylonite gneiss and mafic metaigneous rocks from the Chicken metamorphic complex and the Nasina and Fortymile River assemblages. Whole-rock trace-element data from the tonalitic gneiss, whose igneous protolith was dated by SHRIMP U–Pb zircon geochronology at 332.6 ± 5.6 Ma, indicate derivation from tholeiitic arc basalt. Whole-rock analyses of the mafic rocks suggest that greenschist-facies rocks from the Chicken metamorphic complex, a mafic metavolcanic rock from the Nasina assemblage, and an amphibolite from the Fortymile River assemblage formed as island-arc tholeiite in a back-arc setting; another Nasina assemblage greenschist has MORB geochemical characteristics, and another mafic metaigneous rock from the Fortymile River assemblage has geochemical characteristics of calc-alkaline basalt. Our geochemical results imply derivation in an arc and back-arc spreading region within the allochthonous YTT crustal fragment, as previously proposed for correlative units in other parts of the terrane. We also describe the petrography and geochemistry of a newly discovered tectonic lens of Alpine-type metaharzburgite. The metaharzburgite is interpreted to be a sliver of lithospheric mantle from beneath the Seventymile ocean basin or from sub-continental mantle lithosphere of the allochthonous YTT or the western margin of Laurentia that was tectonically emplaced within crustal rocks during closure of the Seventymile ocean basin and subsequently displaced and fragmented by faults.

  1. Petrogenesis of the Late Triassic volcanic rocks in the Southern Yidun arc, SW China: Constraints from the geochronology, geochemistry, and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopes

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    Leng, Cheng-Biao; Huang, Qiu-Yue; Zhang, Xing-Chun; Wang, Shou-Xu; Zhong, Hong; Hu, Rui-Zhong; Bi, Xian-Wu; Zhu, Jing-Jing; Wang, Xin-Song

    2014-03-01

    Studies on zircon ages, petrology, major and trace element geochemistry, and Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotopic geochemistry of intermediate volcanic rocks from the Southern Yidun arc, Sanjiang-Tethyan Orogenic Belt, SW China have been undertaken in this paper. They are used to discuss the petrogenesis of these rocks and to constrain the tectonic setting and evolution of the Yidun arc. These intermediate volcanic rocks were erupted at ca. 220 Ma (U-Pb zircon ages). Trachyandesite is the dominant lithology among these volcanic rocks, and is mainly composed of hornblende and plagioclase, with minor clinopyroxene and biotite. A hornblende geobarometer suggests that the stagnation of magma in the lower crust, where plagioclase crystallization was suppressed while hornblende crystallized, giving rise to high Sr/Y ratios that are one of the distinguishing features of adakites, after the primary magma originated from the lithospheric mantle wedge. Steeply right-inclined Rare Earth Element (REE) pattern combined with high La/Yb ratios suggests adakitic affinity of these volcanic rocks, implying that slab-melt from the subducting oceanic crust is a necessary component in the primary magma. Besides, trace element geochemistry and isotopic geochemistry also indicate that partial melting of pelagic sediments in the subduction zone and noticeable contamination with the lower crust were involved in the evolution of parental magma of these volcanic rocks. Based on previous work on the Northern Yidun arc and this study, we propose that the subduction was initiated in the Northern Yidun arc and extended to the southern part and that the Northern Yidun arc is an island arc while the Southern Yidun arc represents a continental arc, probably caused by the existence of the Zhongza Massif, that was invoked to be derived from Yangtze Block, as a possible basement of the Southern Yidun arc.

  2. Differentiating Detrital and Metamorphic Monazite in Greenschist-Facies Sandstones From the Witwatersrand Supergroup

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    Muhling, J. R.; Rasmussen, B.

    2009-05-01

    , calcite and titanate, and monazite has been partially replaced by fine intergrowths of allanite, apatite and Th-silicate. Careful characterisation of monazite in low-grade metasedimentary rocks can distinguish detrital grains from metamorphic, and open the way for precise geochronology of low-temperature events.

  3. U-Pb Geochronology, Geochemistry and Kinematic Analyses of Subduction-Related Late Triassic Basins in Northern Chile (24.5º-26ºS).

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    Espinoza, M. E.

    2015-12-01

    In northern Chile (24.5°-26°S) two Pre-Andean depocenters crop out: the Cifuncho basin in the Coastal Cordillera and the Profeta basin in the Precordillera. These basins have been classically interpreted as a continental rifting unrelated to subduction during the period prior to the Andean orogenic cycle. However, recent petrographic and geochemical data suggest the development of these basins in an active subduction system. In order to test this hypothesis and to establish the geologic evolution of the basins and the strain field during the rifting process, we present preliminary U-Pb geochronological and geochemical data together with structural analyses of synrift structures. The geochronological data along the Cifuncho and Profeta basins, show a main continental sedimentary deposition during the Norian to Raethian. Volcanosedimentary rocks show a main detrital supply of Early Permian age (~297-283 Ma). This input can be associated with the volcanic La Tabla Formation and/or the exhumation of Permian granitoids. A minor supply close to ~478 Ma is related to a source from the Lower Ordovician arc (~480 Ma), suggesting the tectonic exhumation of this source to the east of the Profeta basin during the Late Triassic. On the other hand, structural analysis was carried in third and four order extensional faults (<10 m of slip) along the Profeta basin. Most of the faults show a clear synrift character with the development of fault controlled growing strata. The kinematic analyses evidence a variability in the orientation of the maximum strain axes from a main northwest to a subordinate northeast direction of extension. Thus, the intimate relation between the continental sedimentary deposition and a proximal volcanism of intermediate composition and calk-alkaline affinity, suggests the development of these basins in a supra-subduction setting during the Late Triassic. Structural data probably reflect local variation in the strain field across the basins.

  4. Geochronology, geochemistry, and tectonic characterization of Quaternary large-volume travertine deposits in the southwestern United States and their implications for CO2 sequestration

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    Priewisch, Alexandra

    Travertines are freshwater carbonates that precipitate from carbonic groundwater due to the degassing of CO2. Travertine deposits are often situated along faults that serve as conduits for CO2-charged groundwater and their geochemistry often records mixing of deeply-derived fluids and volatiles with shallow meteoric water. Travertines are surface expressions of dynamic mantle processes related to the tectonic setting. This dissertation includes four chapters that focus on different aspects of travertine formation and their scientific value. They are excellent, although underestimated, diagnostic tools for climatology, hydrology, tectonics, geochemistry, geomicrobiology, and they can inform carbon sequestration models. Quaternary large-volume travertine deposits in New Mexico and Arizona occur in an extensional tectonic stress regime on the southeastern Colorado Plateau and along the Rio Grande rift. They accumulated above fault systems during episodes of high hydraulic head in confined aquifers, increased regional volcanic activity, and high input of mantle-derived volatiles such as CO 2 and He. Stable isotope and trace element geochemistry of travertines is controlled by groundwater geochemistry as well as the degassing of CO 2. The geochemical composition allows for distinguishing different travertine facies and evaluating past groundwater flow. The travertine deposits in New Mexico are interpreted to be extinct CO2 fields due to the large volumes that accumulated and in analogy to the travertine deposits in Arizona that are associated with an active CO2-gas field. Travertines are natural analogues for CO2 leakage along fault systems that bypassed regional cap rocks and they provide important insight into the migration of CO2 from a reservoir to the surface. The volume of travertine can be used to infer the integrated CO2 leakage along a fault system over geologic time. This leakage is estimated as: (1) CO2 that becomes fixed in CaCO3/travertine (tons of carbon

  5. METHOD OF PROCESSING MONAZITE SAND

    DOEpatents

    Calkins, G.D.

    1957-10-29

    A method is given for the pretreatment of monazite sand with sodium hydroxide. When momazite sand is reacted with sodium hydroxide, the thorium, uranium, and rare earths are converted to water-insoluble hydrous oxides; but in the case of uranium, the precipitate compound may at least partly consist of a slightly soluble uranate. According to the patent, monazite sand is treated with an excess of aqueous sodium hydroxide solution, and the insoluble compounds of thorium, uranium, and the rare earths are separated from the aqueous solution. This solution is then concentrated causing sodium phosphate to crystallize out. The crystals are removed from the remaining solution, and the solution is recycled for reaction with a mew supply of momazite sand.

  6. A-type granites from the Pan-African orogenic belt in south-western Chad constrained using geochemistry, Sr-Nd isotopes and U-Pb geochronology

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    Isseini, Moussa; André-Mayer, Anne-Sylvie; Vanderhaeghe, Olivier; Barbey, Pierre; Deloule, Etienne

    2012-11-01

    The Zabili granitic pluton (SW Chad) exposed in the Mayo Kebbi massif is dominated by a coarse-grained hornblende biotite granite grading into a fine-grained biotite granite along its southern margin. Petrologic (micrographic intergrowth of quartz and alkali feldspars, granophyric microstructures, the presence of fluorite and bastnaesite as accessory minerals) and geochemical data (high silica, alkalis and Fe/Mg, depletions in CaO, MgO, TiO2; high Ga, Nb, Zr, Ga/Al, REE, depletions in Ba, Sr, Eu and compatible elements) indicate that this pluton consists of A-type granites crystallized from hot (apatite and zircon saturation temperatures ranging from 744 °C to 923 °C), extremely differentiated magmas. U-Pb zircon geochronology indicates that the magmas crystallized at 567 ± 10 Ma and reveals the presence of older Neoproterozoic xenocrystic zircons at 668 ± 5 Ma in both facies. Within the fine-grained biotite granite, discordant zircons with U-Pb and Pb-Pb ages ranging from Neoproterozoic to Archaean are also reported. The 668 ± 5 Ma old zircons are considered to derive from country-rocks while discordant zircons, characterized by angular shapes, internal fractures and inherited cores, are likely to represent multi-sources detrital crystals that have recorded at least one metamorphic event. Old pre-Neoproterozoic zircons are reported for the first time for rocks of the Mayo Kebbi massif and they attest to the contribution of an old basement (likely to be the Eastern Nigeria basement and/or the Congo craton) involved in a collisional event with a juvenile Neoproterozoic crust prior to the emplacement of the Zabili granitic pluton. Initial ɛNd values calculated for the Zabili pluton range from + 2.6 to + 7.0, the highest value recorded by one sample from the coarse-grained hornblende-biotite granite being close to the one of the depleted mantle at 570 Ma (ɛNd = + 7.4). Combining geochronology, Nd isotopes composition and geochemical modeling, leads us to

  7. Paleoproterozoic crustal evolution in the East Sarmatian Orogen: Petrology, geochemistry, Sr-Nd isotopes and zircon U-Pb geochronology of andesites from the Voronezh massif, Western Russia

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    Terentiev, R. A.; Savko, K. A.; Santosh, M.

    2016-03-01

    Andesites and related plutonic rocks are major contributors to continental growth and provide insights into the interaction between the mantle and crust. Paleoproterozoic volcanic rocks are important components of the East Sarmatian Orogen (ESO) belonging to the East European Craton, although their petrogenesis and tectonic setting remain controversial. Here we present petrology, mineral chemistry, bulk chemistry, Sr-Nd isotopes, and zircon U-Pb geochronological data from andesites and related rocks in the Losevo and Vorontsovka blocks of the ESO. Clinopyroxene phenocrysts in the andesites are depleted in LREE, and enriched in HFSE (Th, Nb, Zr, Hf, Ti) and LILE (Ba, Sr). Based on the chemistry of pyroxenes and whole rocks, as well as Fe-Ti oxides, we estimate a temperature range of 1179 to 1262 °C, pressures of 11.3 to 13.0 kbar, H2O content of 1-5 wt.%, and oxygen fu gacity close to the MH buffer for the melts of the Kalach graben (KG) and the Baygora area (BA) andesites. Our zircon U-Pb geochronological data indicate new zircon growth during the middle Paleoproterozoic as displayed by weighted mean 207Pb/206Pb ages of 2047 ± 17 Ma and 2040 ± 16 Ma for andesite and dacite-porphyry of the BA, and 2050 ± 16 Ma from high-Mg basaltic andesite of the KG. The andesites and related rocks of the KG and BA are characterized by high magnesium contents (Mg # up to 0.68). All these volcanic rocks are depleted in LREE and HFSE, and display negative Nb and Ti anomalies relative to primitive mantle. The high-Mg bulk composition, and the presence of clinopyroxene phenocrysts suggests that the parent melts of the KG and BA suite were in equilibrium with the mantle rocks. The rocks show positive εNd(T) values and low initial 87Sr/86Sr, suggesting that the magmas were mostly derived from metasomatized mantle source. The geochemical differences between the two andesite types are attributed to: the predominance of fractional crystallization, and minor role of contamination in the

  8. Monazite deposits of the southeastern Atlantic States

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    Mertie, John Beaver

    1953-01-01

    Monazite, a phosphate of the rare earths, is the principal mineral from which the cerium earths and thorium are obtained. Fluviatile monazite placers were mined in the Piedmont province of North and South Carolina from 1887 to 1911, and again intermittently from 1915 to 1917; but the principal sources In recent years have been the beach placers of India and Brazil. In 1946, an embargo was placed on the exportation of Indian monazite, and the Brazilian production has not increased materially to replace this loss. Accordingly monazite in recent years has become a scarce commodity. The principal domestic sources from which monazite may be recovered commercially are in Idaho and in the Piedmont province of the southeastern States. Some monazite is now being produced in Idaho, and a small output is being recovered as a byproduct of heavy mineral mining in Florida. The southeastern placers were not exhausted by the earlier mining and new deposits have been discovered; but production from this region awaits adequate exploration. The country rock of the southeastern Piedmont province is a complex assemblage of metamorphic and igneous rocks. The monazite occurs in two belts. A western belt has been traced from east-central Virginia for 600 miles southwestward into Alabama; and an eastern belt has been traced from the vicinity of Fredericksburg, Va., south-southwestward for 200 miles into North Carolina. Monazite-bearing rocks near. Rion, S. C., appear to indicate a southwestward continuation of the eastern belt. The western, or principal belt, includes the placers that were formerly mined in North and South Carolina. These placers were sampled, and the monazite was separated from the best of the samples, for mineralogical and chemical analysis. The tabulated results show a mean tenor, in the headwater placers of highest grade, of 8.4 pounds of monazite to the cubic yard. Farther downstream where mining must be done to obtain larger yardages, the tenor will be much lower

  9. Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, Lu-Hf isotopes and REE geochemistry constrains on the provenance and tectonic setting of Indochina Block in the Paleozoic

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    Wang, Ce; Liang, Xinquan; Foster, David A.; Fu, Jiangang; Jiang, Ying; Dong, Chaoge; Zhou, Yun; Wen, Shunv; Van Quynh, Phan

    2016-05-01

    In situ U-Pb geochronology, Lu-Hf isotopes and REE geochemical analyses of detrital zircons from Cambrian-Devonian sandstones in the Truong Son Belt, central Vietnam, are used to provide the information of provenance and tectonic evolution of the Indochina Block. The combined detrital zircon age spectra of all of the samples ranges from 3699 Ma to 443 Ma and shows with dominant age peaks at ca. 445 Ma and 964 Ma, along with a number of age populations at 618-532 Ma, 1160-1076 Ma, 1454 Ma, 1728 Ma and 2516 Ma. The zircon age populations are similar to those from time equivalent sedimentary sequences in continental blocks disintegrated from the East Gondwana during the Phanerozoic. The younger zircon grains with age peaks at ca. 445 Ma were apparently derived from middle Ordovician-Silurian igneous and metamorphic rocks in Indochina. Zircons with ages older than about 600 Ma were derived from other Gondwana terrains or recycled from the Precambrian basement of the Indochina Block. Similarities in the detrital zircon U-Pb ages suggest that Paleozoic strata in the Indochina, Yangtze, Cathaysia and Tethyan Himalayas has similar provenance. This is consistent with other geological constrains indicating that the Indochina Block was located close to Tethyan Himalaya, northern margin of the India, and northwestern Australia in Gondwana.

  10. Petrogenesis and tectonic settings of volcanic rocks of the Ashele Cu-Zn deposit in southern Altay, Xinjiang, Northwest China: Insights from zircon U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry and Sr-Nd isotopes

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    Wu, Yufeng; Yang, Fuquan; Liu, Feng; Geng, Xinxia; Li, Qiang; Zheng, Jiahao

    2015-11-01

    The Early-Mid-Devonian Ashele Formation of the southern margin of the Chinese Altay hosts the Ashele Cu-Zn volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposit and consists of intercalated volcanic and sedimentary rocks that have experienced regional greenschist-facies metamorphism. We studied the petrography, zircon U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry, and Sr-Nd isotopes of dacites and basalts in order to understand the petrogenesis of these rocks and the regional tectonic evolution. Two dacites yielded LA-MC-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb ages of 402 ± 6 Ma and 403 ± 2 Ma. The dacites are calc-alkaline, and characterized by high Na2O/K2O ratios (3.6-9.3), and high Mg# values (47-63), enrichment in large ion lithophile elements (LILE) and light rare earth elements (LREE), depletion in Nb, Ta, Ti, and P, and relatively positive εNd(t) values (+3.6 to +7.5), collectively suggesting a sanukitic magma affinity. The variations in the major and trace elements of the dacites indicate that Fe-Ti oxide, plagioclase, and apatite were fractionated during their petrogenesis. The basalts are tholeiitic, and are characterized by high Mg# values (66-73), and negative Nb and Ta anomalies. The geochemical characteristics of the basalts are similar to those of N-MORB. Those characteristics together with the positive εNd(t) values (+6.8 to +9.2) of the basalts, indicate that the precursor magma was derived mainly from an N-MORB-type depleted asthenospheric mantle in an island arc setting. The geochemical similarities between the basalts and dacites indicate that they both originated from a similar depleted mantle source via partial melting under different magmatic conditions in each case, possibly related to ridge subduction.

  11. Geochemistry and Sr-Nd isotopes of the subvolcanic sill complex and sandstone geochronology from María Magdalena island, Nayarit, Mexico

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    Villanueva, D.; Schaaf, P. E.; Hernandez, T.; Solis, G.; Weber, B.; Pompa, V.

    2013-12-01

    María Magdalena island is part of the Islas Marías archipielago, located at the mouth of the Gulf of California. Understanding the nature and origin of the archipelago is very important for reconstructing the paleoposition of Baja California Peninsula prior to the opening of the Gulf of California. We present the first geochemical, isotopic and geochronologic data from María Magdalena, a lithologically different island compared to the rest of the archipelago. María Magdalena island is located southeast of María Madre and northeast of María Cleofas islands and is composed by a sedimentary sequence of sandstones and minor shale, which is intruded by gabbroic sills. The sedimentary sequence dips approximately 20 degrees to the NW. The thickness of sills range from 1 to 3 meters with mineralogical variations of plagioclase +/- orthopyroxene +/- clinopyroxene +/- hornblende and some altered olivine crystals. Textures are mostly porphyritic with plagioclase crystals sizes up to 5 cm and olivines up to 5 mm. The gabbroic sills show SiO2 contents from 42.7 to 47.5 wt. %; TiO2 from 0.8 to 2 wt. %; Fe2O3t from 7.7 to 11.9 wt. %; MgO from 6.2 to 19.8 wt. % and of CaO from 6 to 11.6 wt. %, indicating mafic to ultramafic compositions. A multielement spider diagram as well as REE patterns show compositions very similar to N-MORB or even peridotites, which is confirmed by 87Sr/86Sr values from 0.70273 to 0.70497, and 143Nd/144Nd values from 0.513003 to 0.513100. U-Pb single zircon geochronology of the intruded sandstones display the following age distribution: eight crystals show ages from 80 to 86 Ma, three crystals have ages from 61 to 72 Ma, and three are around 21 Ma which constrains a maximum sandstone deposition age. Consequently, the sills must be younger than 21 Ma. There is not much lithological similarity with neighboring María Madre island to the NW (containing a metamorphic complex, granitoids and acid volcanic roks) and with María Cleofas island to the SE

  12. Petrologic significance of silicic magmatism in the Ferrar Large Igneous Province: geochemistry and geochronology of the Butcher Ridge Igneous Complex, Antarctica

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    Nelson, D. A.; Cottle, J. M.; Barboni, M.; Schoene, B.

    2014-12-01

    Mafic sills and lavas of the c. 183 Ma Ferrar Large Igneous Province are assumed to have originated from the same parental magma source with minor differentiation during long-distance transport, storage, and emplacement. However, a brief field study by Marshak et al. (1981) reported that the Butcher Ridge Igneous Complex (BRIC), a ~6000 km3 glassy hypabyssal intrusion in the Cook Mountains of southern Victoria Land, reputed to be a significant magma distribution center within the Ferrar LIP, contains lithologies and structures consistent with a major episode of magma differentiation. At present, based on available data, it remains unclear whether production of compositionally diverse magmas, ranging from 53 to 73 wt. % SiO2, originated purely via fractional crystallization of a parental Ferrar magma(s) or whether crustal contamination, and/or re-melting of granitoid basement played a significant role in driving differentiation. In addition, the timing and duration of BRIC magmatism with respect to the main phase of Ferrar magmatism is debated. Here we present the results of new isotopic, major- and trace-element geochemical analyses for (n=130) BRIC samples that, when combined with detailed petrologic and thermodynamic modeling, delineate the geochemical diversity within the BRIC, and enable detailed comparisons with new and existing data for the remainder of Ferrar LIP. In addition, new high-resolution U-Pb ID-TIMS geochronology on baddeleyite from both the BRIC and Dolerite sills from the Ferrar LIP indicate magmatism occurred over a relatively short time span (<<100ka) and overlaps with the main phase of Ferrar magma emplacement. These data are combined with ongoing geochemical and thermodynamic modeling to develop a petrogenetic model for the BRIC and establish the origins and petrologic significance of silicic magmatism within the Ferrar LIP and other LIPs globally.

  13. Geochemistry and geochronology of the blueschist in the Heilongjiang Complex and its implications in the late Paleozoic tectonics of eastern NE China

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    Ge, Mao-hui; Zhang, Jin-jiang; Liu, Kai; Ling, Yi-yun; Wang, Meng; Wang, Jia-min

    2016-09-01

    The Paleozoic to early Mesozoic tectonic framework and evolution of Northeast China, especially the Jiamusi block and its related structural belts, are highly debated. In this paper, geochemical, geochronological and isotopic analyses were carried out on the blueschist in the Heilongjiang Complex to address these issues. The Heilongjiang Complex defines the suture belt between the Jiamusi block and the Songliao block in NE China, and the blueschist is a major composition for this complex, coexisting with mafic-ultramafic rocks, greenschist, quartzite and mica schist. The blueschist has a mineral association of sodic amphibole, epidote, chlorite, phengite, albite and quartz with accessory phases of apatite, titanite, zircon and ilmenite. Together with the lithological association, the major and trace element compositions present that the protoliths of the blueschist can be divided into the alkaline and tholeiitic basalts and have OIB affinities, formed in an ocean island setting, indicated by the (La/Yb) N values of 3.57 - 11.54, and the (La/Sm) N values of 0.69 - 3.64. The high and positive εNd (t) values of + 3.7 to + 9.0, and relative enrichment in Nb (vs. Th) and Ta (vs. U) show that both the alkaline and tholeiitic basalts may be derived from the asthenospheric mantle with insignificant crustal contamination. Magmatic zircons from the blueschist in Yilan area yield a 206Pb/238U age of 281 ± 3 Ma, interpreted as its protolithic age. The youngest ages of ~ 200 Ma of the detrital zircons in the associated mica schist from Mudanjiang area place constraints on the timing of metamorphism for the blueschist. These indicate that a big ocean existed between the Jiamusi and Songliao blocks at least since the early Permian, and the blueschist formed since the late Triassic to late Jurassic by the subduction of this ocean. Such an ocean during the Permian - Jurassic is difficult to be interpreted by the tectonic evolution of the Paleo-Asian Ocean.

  14. Geochronology and geochemistry of the Parashi granitoid, NE Colombia: Tectonic implication of short-lived Early Eocene plutonism along the SE Caribbean margin

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    Cardona, A.; Weber, M.; Valencia, V.; Bustamante, C.; Montes, C.; Cordani, U.; Muñoz, C. M.

    2014-03-01

    The Parashi granitoid of northeasternmost Colombia intrudes the Upper Cretaceous to Lower Paleocene accretionary complex formed by the collision of the Caribbean arc and the continental margin of South America. This granitoid presently separated of the continental margin includes a major quartzdiorite body with andesite to dacite dikes and mafic enclaves. Zircon U-Pb LA-MC-ICP-MS and K-Ar geochronology on the quartzdiorite and the dikes suggest that crystallization extended from ca. 47 to 51 Ma. Major and trace elements are characterized by a medium-K, immature continental arc signature and high Al2O3, Na2O and Ba-Sr contents. Initial 87Sr/86Sr isotopic values range between 0.7050 and 0.7054, with 143Nd/144Nd = 0.51235-0.51253, ɛNd and ɛHf values from -0.81 to -4.40 and -4.4 and -5.2. Major and trace element ratios and isotopic modeling suggest that sedimentary and/or quartzofeldspathic crustal sources were mixed with a mafic melt input. The petrotectonic and geological constraints derived from this granitoid suggest that Parashi plutonism records an immature, oblique subduction-zone setting in which the presence of a high-temperature mantle realm and strong plate coupling associated to upper crust subduction caused the partial fusion of a previously tectonically underplated mafic crust and associated metasediments exposed in the continental margin. The limited temporal expression of this magmatism and the transition to a regional magmatic hiatus are related to a subsequent change to strongly and slow oblique tectonics in the Caribbean-South America plate interactions and the underflow of a relatively thick slab of Caribbean oceanic crust.

  15. U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry of Zahedan and Shah Kuh plutons, southeast Iran: Implication for closure of the South Sistan suture zone

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    Mohammadi, Ali; Burg, Jean-Pierre; Bouilhol, Pierre; Ruh, Jonas

    2016-04-01

    We present U-Pb zircon crystallization ages combined with major and trace element analyses, Sr-Nd isotopes and zircon in-situ Hf isotope analyses of intermediate to granitic intrusions along the southern segment of the N-S trending Sistan suture zone in eastern Iran. The Zahedan and Shah-Kuh Eocene plutons consist in a series of granite-granodiorite-rhyolite with U-Pb zircon ages of 40.5-44.3 Ma and ca. 28.9-30.9 Ma. Isotope geochemistry and modeling suggest that 40.5-44.3 Ma plutons represent melts derived from the turbidites of the surrounding accretionary wedge. Melting of the wedge was induced by the intrusion of mantle magmas, with subsequent interaction between mantle- and turbiditic melts being responsible for the wide range of compositions. Most of the 28.9-30.9 Ma magmas were generated from mantle melting, with assimilation of the surrounding turbidites. The rare setting of within-wedge intrusions is attributed to mantle upwelling reaching wedge sediments at the inception of delamination processes, which signal the end of subduction-related deformational and thermal events in the Sistan suture zone.

  16. Late Cretaceous granites from the giant Dulong Sn-polymetallic ore district in Yunnan Province, South China: Geochronology, geochemistry, mineral chemistry and Nd-Hf isotopic compositions

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    Xu, Bin; Jiang, Shao-Yong; Wang, Rong; Ma, Liang; Zhao, Kui-dong; Yan, Xiong

    2015-03-01

    As a world-class tin-tungsten province, South China is well known for its extensive Mesozoic granitic magmatism. The Dulong district, located in the western Cathaysia Block of the South China tin-tungsten province, is characterized by widespread Mesozoic granitoids and accompanying Sn-polymetallic ore deposit (~ 30 Mt of Sn). It is one of the most important polymetallic tin ore districts in China. In this study, three mineralization-related granite types were identified in the Dulong district, including the Dulong coarse-grained granite (DCG), the Dulong fine-grained granite (DFG), and the Dulong porphyritic granite (DPG). Detailed studies are presented on zircon U-Pb ages, major and trace elements, mineral chemical and Nd-Hf isotopic compositions of the tin-bearing granites from the Dulong district. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating of zircon grains from these three granite bodies yields ages of 90.1 ± 0.7 Ma, 89.7 ± 0.8 Ma and 86.0 ± 0.5 Ma, respectively. Geochemically, the granites are strongly peraluminous, with high contents of alkalis, enrichment in P, Li, Rb, Cs, Ta, Sn, W and U, depletion in Ti, Mg, Co, Ni, Sr, Ba, Zr, Hf, Th and rare earth elements. Fractional crystallization of plagioclase and K-feldspar was the principal process of magmatic differentiation that controlled Rb, Sr, Ba and Eu concentrations, whereas rare earth elements were fractionated by accessory minerals, such as apatite and monazite. The geochemical data suggest that the rocks are highly fractionated S-type granites. The granites show bulk rock εNd(t) values in the range of - 12.2 to - 10.8 and zircon εHf(t) values from - 15.5 to - 2.5, with Meso-Paleoproterozoic TDMC ages for both Nd and Hf isotopes. Geochemical and isotopic data suggest that these highly fractionated S-type granites DCG, DFG and DPG were originated from the same episode of partial melting of the protolith, which have analogous components of metamorphosed pelitic rocks from the Meso-Paleoproterozoic continental crust

  17. Importance of LA-ICP-MS Zircon Geochronology and Geochemistry in Determining the History of Magmatic Systems: Insights from the Graciosa A-type Province, Southern Brazil

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    Braun, S.; Gualda, G. A.; Bream, B. R.; Vlach, S. R.

    2010-12-01

    textural and geochemical evidence, we interpret these 3 age populations as being representative of inheritance (>620 Ma), magmatism (~581 Ma), and hydrothermal alteration (~540 Ma). In light of these results, it is not surprising that previous age determinations using whole-zircon TIMS U/Pb and whole-rock Rb/Sr found a wide range of ages. Our study highlights the benefits of in-situ LA-ICPMS zircon geochronology as a method to deconvolve the evolution of igneous provinces, and shows that adequate precision (~0.5%) can be achieved in favorable circumstances. 1 GAR Gualda & SRF Vlach (2007) Anais Acad. Bras. Ciências, 79: 405-430

  18. Evolution of the Cretaceous magmatism in the Apuseni-Timok-Srednogorie metallogenic belt and implications for the geodynamic reconstructions: new insight from geochronology, geochemistry and isotope studies

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    von Quadt, A.; Peytcheva, I.; Heinrich, C. A.; Frank, M.; Cvetkovic, V.

    2003-04-01

    Most major Cu-Au (-PGE) deposits in the Carpathian Balkan orogen are related to a 1500 km long belt of Upper Cretaceous magmatism extending from southern Romania through Yugoslavia to Bulgaria, with a likely continuation southeast of the Black Sea into Turkey, known as the Apuseni Banat Timok Srednogorie (ABTS) belt (Popov et al., 2000). In the frame of ABTS belt a new investigation was started to reveal the relation between Cretaceous magmatism and the Cu-Au-PGE deposits across the belt in East Serbia (Yugoslavia) and the Panagyurishte district (Bulgaria). The Late Cretaceous (Palaeogene?) magmatism of East Serbia developed along the Timok Magmatic Complex (TMC) in the east and the Ridanj Krepoljin Zone (RKZ) in the west. High precision U-Pb single zircon dating and a combination of isotope tracing, geochronological data as well as petrological data were used to provide additional data for the geodynamic evolution. A maximum life span of 2.5 Ma could be calculated for the first phase of volcanic activity in TMC, starting with the Amf-andesites of Veliki Kravelj (86.29 ± 0.32 Ma) and finishing with the Timozites (84.66 ± 0.5 Ma). Ore bearing magmatism in a single deposit (Veliki Kravelj) extended a maximum of 0.6 Ma ("pre-ore": 86.29 ± 0.32 Ma, "post-ore": 86.17 ± 0.15 Ma). Preliminary data for the dacites (70.3 ± 3.5 Ma) outcropping near Krepoljin give evidence for a shifting of the volcanic activity from TMC to RKZ together with changing the ore-deposit type from Cu-Au-PGE (TMC) to Pb-Zn-Cu (RKZ). Isotope tracing give evidence for mantle dominated source with increasing of crustal contamination in the same direction: (87Sr/86Sr ratios: 0.70388 to 0.706050, e-Hf-zircon data: +12 in TMC to +4.5 in RKZ). The Panagyurishte district (Bulgaria) show a duration time of the magmatic activity of 14 Ma, starting in the north at 92 Ma and finishing in the south at 78 Ma. Ore-related magmatism becomes younger in the same direction but finishes with 86 Ma. Multiple short

  19. Zircon U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry, and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopes of granitoids in the Yulekenhalasu copper ore district, northern Junggar, China: Petrogenesis and tectonic implications

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    Yang, Fuquan; Chai, Fengmei; Zhang, Zhixin; Geng, Xinxia; Li, Qiang

    2014-03-01

    The Yulekenhalasu porphyry copper deposit is located in the Kalaxiange'er metallogenic belt in northern Junggar, China. We present the results from zircon U-Pb geochronology, and geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotope analyses of the granitoids associated with the ore deposits with a view to constrain their petrogenesis and tectonic setting. The granitoids consist of quartz diorite, diorite porphyry, porphyritic monzonite, and quartz porphyry, emplaced at 382, 379, 375-374, and 348 Ma, respectively, which span Late Devonian to early Carboniferous ages. The ore-bearing intrusion is mainly diorite porphyry, with subordinate porphyritic monzonite. The Late Devonian intrusions are characterized by SiO2 contents of 54.5-64.79 wt.%, Na2O contents of 3.82-8.24 wt.%, enrichment in Na, light rare-earth elements (LREEs), and large ion lithophile elements. They also display relative depletion in Y, Ba, P, Nb, Ta, and Ti, and weak negative Eu anomalies (δEu = 0.6-0.87). The early Carboniferous quartz porphyry is characterized by high SiO2 content (72.26-73.35 wt.%), enrichment in LREEs, K, and Sr, and relative depletion in Y (10.82-12.52 ppm) and Yb (1.06-1.15 ppm). The Late Devonian and early Carboniferous granitoids are characterized by positive ɛNd(t) values (5.2-10.1, one sample at - 1.9), positive ɛHf(t) values (7.46-18.45), low (87Sr/86Sr)i values (0.70363-0.70476), and young crustal residence ages. These data indicate that the sources of the granitoids were mainly mantle-derived juvenile rocks. Geochemical and Nd-Sr-Hf isotopic data demonstrate that the Late Devonian granitoids formed in an oceanic island arc, and they were formed from different sources, among which the mineralized diorite porphyry might have originated from a mixed slab-derived and mantle wedge melt source. The early Carboniferous quartz porphyry was likely emplaced in a mature island arc environment, and was probably derived from juvenile crust.

  20. In situ U Pb dating and element mapping of three generations of monazite: Unravelling cryptic tectonothermal events in low-grade terranes

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    Rasmussen, Birger; Fletcher, Ian R.; Muhling, Janet R.

    2007-02-01

    In situ U-Pb dating of monazite and xenotime in sedimentary rocks from the mid-Archean Soanesville Group in the Pilbara Craton, yields ages for provenance, diagenesis and multiple low-grade metamorphic events. Detrital monazite and xenotime grains give dates >3250 Ma, whereas diagenetic xenotime provides a new minimum age of 3190 ± 10 Ma for deposition of the basal Soanesville Group, previously constrained between ˜3235 Ma and ˜2955 Ma. Metamorphic monazite provides evidence for three episodes of growth: at 2.88, 2.16 and 1.65 Ga. Element mapping of monazite for La, Sm, Y and Th reveals distinct cores and rims in some crystals that were used to guide the placement of analytical spots during in situ U-Pb dating by sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP). Specifically, La and Sm distributions closely correlate with different generations of monazite. The presence of two generations in single monazite crystals highlights the need for characterizing mineral chemistry prior to geochronology. It also shows the importance of using in situ dating techniques rather than methods that rely on the analysis of entire, potentially multi-aged, crystals. The ages recorded by metamorphic monazite span more than one billion years and are interpreted to record cryptic tectonothermal events within the craton. The 2.88 Ga age coincides with a phase of regional deformation, metamorphism and gold mineralization along a major crustal lineament, whereas the most common monazite age population (at 2.16 Ga) corresponds with the migration of a foreland fold-and-thrust belt across the craton. The youngest age (1.65 Ga) coincides with an episode of tectonic reworking in the Capricorn Orogen along the southern Pilbara margin. The prolonged history of monazite growth may, in part, relate to channelized fluid flow during reactivation of long-lived N- to NE-trending crustal structures that transect the craton. Despite repeated episodes of metamorphism, the isotopic system in each

  1. U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry of Eocene and Oligocene plutons in southeast Iran: Implication for closure of the South Sistan Suture Zone

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    Burg, Jean-Pierre; Mohammadi, Ali; Ruh, Jonas; Bouilhol, Pierre

    2016-04-01

    The N-S trending Sistan Suture Zone in eastern Iran is a splay of the Tethys sutures. It represents an oceanic embayment that separated the Central Iran from the Afghan continental blocks. Structural, tectonic and petrological/geochemical evidence define eastward subduction beneath the Afghan continental block of the Sistan inlet of the Mesozoic Tethys Ocean. Mapping of the area allowed reaching and sampling intermediate to granitic intrusions stretched along the southern segment of this collisional suture zone. U-Pb zircon crystallization ages combined with major and trace element analyses, dated the series of granite-granodiorite-rhyolite at ca 40.5-44.3 Ma and ca 28.9-30.9 Ma. Isotopic geochemistry, including Sr-Nd isotopes and Hf isotope analyses, and petrological modelling suggest that the 40.5-44.3 Ma plutons crystallized from melts largely derived from the turbidites of the host accretionary wedge. Melting of the deep wedge was induced by the intrusion of mantle magmas interacting with the crustal turbiditic melts, which is responsible for the wide range of compositions. Most of the 28.9-30.9 Ma magmas were generated from mantle melting, with assimilation of the surrounding turbidites. The rare setting of within-wedge intrusions is attributed to mantle upwelling reaching wedge sediments at the inception of delamination processes, which sign the end of subduction-related deformational and thermal events in the Sistan Suture Zone. Numerical modelling of subduction - magma production - intrusion and melting of wedge sediments further constrains this collisional to post-collisional scenario.

  2. Geochronology and geochemistry of the Badaguan porphyry Cu-Mo deposit in Derbugan metallogenic belt of the NE China, and their geological significances

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    Gao, Bingyu; Zhang, Lianchang; Jin, Xindi; Li, Wenjun; Chen, Zhiguang; Zhu, Mingtian

    2016-03-01

    The Badaguan porphyry Cu-Mo deposit belongs to the Derbugan metallogenic belt, which is located in the Ergun block, NE China. In the mining area, the Cu-Mo mineralization mainly occurs in quartz diorite porphyry and is hosted within silicified-sericitized and sericite alteration zone. Geochemical results of the host porphyry is characterized by high SiO2, high Al2O3, low MgO, weak positive Eu anomalies and clearly HREE depletion, high Sr, low Y and low Yb, similar to those of adakite. The Sr-Nd isotopic composition of the host porphyry displays an initial (87Sr/86Sr)i ratio of 0.7036-0.7055 and positive Nd( t) values of +0.1 to +0.6, which are similar to the OIB, reflecting the source of the host porphyry may derive from subducted ocean slab, and the new lower crust also had some contribution to the magma sources. The SIMS zircon U-Pb age from the host porphyry is 229 ± 2 Ma. The Re-Os isochron age for the molybdenite in the deposit is 225 ± 2 Ma closed to zircon U-Pb age of the host porphyry, indicating that Cu-Mo mineralization event occurred in Triassic. Combining the geology-geochemistry of the host porphyry and the regional tectonic evolution, we infer that the subduction processes of Mongol-Okhotsk oceanic slab under the Ergun block led to the formation of the Badaguan porphyry Cu-Mo deposit during the Triassic.

  3. Space and time evolution of volcanism within Basse-Terre Island (Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles) based on new geochronology, geochemistry and geomorphology data

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    Ricci, J.; Quidelleur, X.; Lahitte, P.; Pallares, C.

    2013-12-01

    Capesterre volcanoes, display similar geochemical signatures and that their activity appears coeval from our new age dataset, we propose that a single volcanic massif was established there between 659 × 11 and 509 × 10 ka. Following a major erosional phase, having affected this massif, the Sans-Toucher volcano grew between 447 × 6 and 435 × 8 ka in the central part of the southern Axial Chain. Finally, a catastrophic event affecting the southeast flank favored the establishment of the Grande-Decouverte volcanic complex where the younger volcanic activity lies. Having now a more accurate framework of the south Basse-Terre Island volcanic evolution, we can infer the successive geomorphological reconstructions of paleo-surfaces for the different volcanic massifs. Combined with the new geochronological dataset, these numerical reconstructions will allow us to compute the volume of each edifice in order to calculate their erosion rates throughout the last million year at different time and space scales.

  4. Petrology, geochemistry and U-Pb geochronology of magmatic rocks from the high-sulfidation epithermal Au-Cu Chelopech deposit, Srednogorie zone, Bulgaria

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    Chambefort, Isabelle; Moritz, Robert; von Quadt, Albrecht

    2007-10-01

    The Chelopech deposit is one of the largest European gold deposits and is located 60 km east of Sofia, within the northern part of the Panagyurishte mineral district. It lies within the Banat-Srednegorie metallogenic belt, which extends from Romania through Serbia to Bulgaria. The magmatic rocks define a typical calc-alkaline suite. The magmatic rocks surrounding the Chelopech deposit have been affected by propylitic, quartz-sericite, and advanced argillic alteration, but the igneous textures have been preserved. Alteration processes have resulted in leaching of Na2O, CaO, P2O5, and Sr and enrichment in K2O and Rb. Trace element variation diagrams are typical of subduction-related volcanism, with negative anomalies in high field strength elements (HFSE) and light element, lithophile elements. HFSE and rare earth elements were relatively immobile during the hydrothermal alteration related to ore formation. Based on immobile element classification diagrams, the magmatic rocks are andesitic to dacitic in compositions. Single zircon grains, from three different magmatic rocks spanning the time of the Chelopech magmatism, were dated by high-precision U-Pb geochronology. Zircons of an altered andesitic body, which has been thrust over the deposit, yield a concordant 206Pb/238U age of 92.21 ± 0.21 Ma. This age is interpreted as the crystallization age and the maximum age for magmatism at Chelopech. Zircon analyses of a dacitic dome-like body, which crops out to the north of the Chelopech deposit, give a mean 206Pb/238U age of 91.95 ± 0.28 Ma. Zircons of the andesitic hypabyssal body hosting the high-sulfidation mineralization and overprinted by hydrothermal alteration give a concordant 206Pb/238U age of 91.45 ± 0.15 Ma. This age is interpreted as the intrusion age of the andesite and as the maximum age of the Chelopech epithermal high-sulfidation deposit. 176Hf/177Hf isotope ratios of zircons from the Chelopech magmatic rocks, together with published data on the

  5. Geochemistry and U-Pb zircon geochronology of the pegmatites in Ede area, southwestern Nigeria: A newly discovered oldest Pan African rock in southwestern Nigeria

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    Adetunji, A.; Olarewaju, V. O.; Ocan, O. O.; Ganev, V. Y.; Macheva, L.

    2016-03-01

    Field and petrographic studies, whole rock geochemistry and in-situ LA-ICP-MS geochemical and isotopic U-Pb measurements on zircons have been performed on granitic pegmatites of Ede area, southwestern Nigeria with a view to characterize them, determining their mineralization potentials, petrogenetic attributes and emplacement age. The pegmatites are hosted by migmatite gneiss complex, biotite-muscovite schist and associated quartzite. The textural and mineralogical characteristics of these pegmatites indicate the occurrence of two main varieties, namely, muscovite pegmatite and garnet pegmatite. Of less importance are inclusions and pods of graphic granite, quartz-microcline aplitic and pegmatitic bodies. At the present level of erosion, the parent igneous rocks of the pegmatites are not exposed. The two dominant pegmatite varieties show slightly different chemical peculiarities but similar peraluminous character. The average K/Rb ratios of 165 and 163, respectively, for muscovite and garnet pegmatites combined with other trace element compositions are indicative of affinity to muscovite class of pegmatite which are generally not promising for rare elements mineralization. However, the unusually high concentration of bismuth in the zircons indicates Bi mineralization in the area which can either be in the pegmatites or host rocks. The Nb/Ta ratios for both muscovite and garnet pegmatites range from 0.7 to 15.2 and 1.0 to 14.8, respectively. These Nb/Ta ratios and Eu anomalies are statistically similar for both pegmatites. These probably indicate the pegmatites crystallized from a common source but separated into crystallization paths that produced different pegmatite varieties through liquid-liquid immiscibity mechanism. In-situ measurements of REE, P, Y, Nb, Hf, Ta, Bi, Th and U of individual zircon grains show the existence of two chemically and texturally different domains which are indicative of alteration that may be due to interface-coupled dissolution

  6. Provenance and paleogeography of the Late Cretaceous Mengyejing Formation, Simao Basin, southeastern Tibetan Plateau: Whole-rock geochemistry, U-Pb geochronology, and Hf isotopic constraints

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    Wang, Licheng; Liu, Chenglin; Gao, Xiang; Zhang, Hua

    2014-05-01

    The Late Cretaceous Mengyejing Formation, which contains the only pre-Quaternary potash salt deposit in the Simao Basin, southeastern Tibet, is thought to be genetically related to the Maha Sarakham Formation in the Khorat Basin. The provenance and paleogeography of these two basins have been under debate, although little diagnostic evidence has been previously published. A combined analysis of whole rock geochemistry, zircon U-Pb chronology, and Hf isotopic compositions was performed to characterize the provenance of the Mengyejing Formation. These formation's sandstones are characterized by moderate chemical index of alteration (CIA) values. These values, together with plots of the Th/U-Th ratios, suggest that certain samples have undergone moderate weathering and sedimentary recycling. The major and trace elements (La/Th-Hf, Th/Sc-Zr/Sc, Eu/Eu*-Th/Sc, TiO2-Fe2O3T + MgO, Al2O3/SiO2-Fe2O3T + MgO, K2O/Na2O-SiO2) indicate that the sedimentary sources were felsic rocks from an active continental margin or continental arc with a minor amount of recycled sediment from a passive continental margin. The Mengyejing Formation contains detrital zircons primarily with U-Pb ages of 2.45-2.57 Ga, 1.8-1.9 Ga, 740-880 Ma, 410-470 Ma, and 215-300 Ma. The results reveal that the pre-Devonian zircons are derived from the recycled sediments of the Yangtze block originating in the Qinling Orogenic Belt, and they share this provenance with the coeval sediments in the Khorat Basin. The magmatic rocks of the Ailaoshan and Lincang areas are responsible for supplying the Devonian to Triassic detrital zircons. These provenance data combined with published paleocurrent results suggest that the Simao Basin was situated on the western margin of the Khorat Basin during the Late Cretaceous. The basins were connected when marine incursion occurred. We propose that pre-Devonian materials from the southwestern Sichuan Basin first supplied detritus to the Simao Basin and subsequently to the Khorat

  7. Progress report of southeastern monazite exploration, 1952

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    Overstreet, W.C.; Theobald, P.K.; White, A.M.; Cuppels, N.P.; Caldwell, D.W.; Whitlow, J.W.

    1953-01-01

    Reconnaissance of placer monazite during the field season of 1952 covered 6,600 square miles drained by streams in the western Piedmont of Virginia 5 North Carolina, South Carolina,, and Georgia. Emphasis during this investigation was placed on the area between the Savannah River at the border of South Carolina and Georgia and the Catawba River in North Carolina because it contains most of the placers formerly mined for monaziteo Four other areas along the strike of the monazite-bearing crystalline rocks were also studied, They center around Mt. Airy, N.C., Athens, Ga. Griffin, Ga. and LaGrange, Ga. In the Savannah River Catawba River district, studies indicate that even the highest grade stream deposits of more than 10 million cubic yards of alluvium contain less than 1 pound of monazite per cubic yard. The average grade of the better deposits is about 0 0 5 pound of monazite per cubic yard. Only trace amounts of niobium, tantalum, and tin have been detected in the placers. Tungsten is absent. Locally gold adds a few cents per cubic yard to the value of placer ground. The best deposits range in size from 1 to 5 million cubic yards and contain 1 to 2 pounds of monazite to the cubic yard. Hundreds of placers smaller than 1 million cubic yards exceed 2 pounds of monazite to the cubic yard and locally attain an average of 10 pounds Monazite deposits around Athens, Ga., are similar to the smaller deposits in the central part of the Savannah River - Catawba River district. A few small very low-grade monazite placers were found near Mt. Airy, N.C., Griffin, Ga., and LaGrange Ga., but they are of no economic value. The larger the flood plain and the farther it lies from the source of the stream, the lower is the monazite content of the sediment. Monazite cannot be profitably mined .from the crystalline rocks in the five areas. The alluvial placers are in stream sediments of post-Wisconsin age. Some pre-Wisconsin terrace gravel of small areal extent is exposed but it

  8. Paleoproterozoic magmatism across the Archean-Proterozoic boundary in central Fennoscandia: Geochronology, geochemistry and isotopic data (Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf, O)

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    Lahtinen, Raimo; Huhma, Hannu; Lahaye, Yann; Lode, Stefanie; Heinonen, Suvi; Sayab, Mohammad; Whitehouse, Martin J.

    2016-10-01

    characterized by both I-type and A-type (CFGC/A) intermediate and felsic granitoids. The I-type granitoids are divided into two groups at ≥ 1885 Ma and ≤ 1882 Ma, where the latter overlap in age with the CFGC/A granitoids. Both I-type CFGC and CFGC/A granitoids are interpreted to have formed from mixing of Paleoproterozoic SCLM-derived melts with crustal melts from hydrous and dry intermediate-felsic igneous sources, respectively. The geochemistry, dominantly δ18O values below 6.5‰ in zircons and TDM (2.11-2.42 Ga) of the CFGC granitoids favor the occurrence of older crust (ca. 2.1-2.0 Ga) in their genesis. The BZ granitoids are similar in age but more juvenile with TDM ages between 1.94 Ga and 2.16 Ga. The 1.92 Ga granodiorite in the BB is correlated with juvenile gneissic tonalites and granodiorites found from the AP boundary. We suggest that the present high-velocity lower crust under the CFGC is composed of melt-extracted granulites (crustal source age ≥ 2.0 Ga) and mafic cumulates which both formed during 1.90-1.88 Ga arc magmatism. The ≤ 1.88 Ga stage represents the end of compression/transpression and is followed by 1.87-1.86 Ga buckling, forming the Bothnian Oroclines.

  9. Geochronology, geochemistry, and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopes of the early Paleozoic igneous rocks in the Duobaoshan area, NE China, and their geological significance

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    Wu, Guang; Chen, Yuchuan; Sun, Fengyue; Liu, Jun; Wang, Guorui; Xu, Bei

    2015-01-01

    The Duobaoshan area of northwestern Heilongjiang Province is the most important copper resource concentration region in NE China. To date, the Duobaoshan superlarge Cu-Mo deposit and the Tongshan large Cu-Mo deposit have been discovered in the Duobaoshan area. Both the deposits are hosted by granodiorites and volcanic rocks. Zircon LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating indicates that these granodiorites emplaced approximately 479 Ma ago and that those volcanic rocks erupted between 447 and 450 Ma. The early Ordovicain granodiorites belong to the high-K to medium-K calc-alkaline series and are characterized by high Al2O3 and Sr contents, low Yb and Y contents, and relatively low Mg# values and Na2O/K2O ratios, with positive Eu or slight negative Eu anomalies (averaging 1.18). All of these geochemical characters are similar to those of the adakites generated by partial melting of a thickened lower crust in the world. Moreover, the granodiorites have low initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (varying from 0.703474 to 0.704436), very high zircon εHf(t) and whole-rock εNd(t) values (varying from 13.0 to 16.8 and 5.27 to 5.46, respectively), and young zircon Hf and whole-rock Nd single-stage and two-stage model ages. Taking these geochemical characteristics and Sr-Nd-Hf isotope compositions together, we suggest that the early Ordovician granodiorites in the Duobaoshan area occurred in a post-collision environment and were formed by partial melting of a juvenile thickened lower crust dominated by depleted mantle-derived material. These late Ordovician volcanic rocks, which are composed of basalt, basaltic andesite, and andesite, belong to the tholeiitic or calc-alkaline series. They are generally enriched in large ion lithophile elements (LILEs) and depleted in high field strength elements (HFSEs; e.g., Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf, P, and Ti), consistent with the geochemistry of igneous rocks from island arcs or active continental margins. Compared with the early Ordovician granodiorites, these volcanic rocks

  10. Provenance and tectonic setting of Proterozoic metasedimentary sequences of the São Roque Domain, Ribeira Fold Belt, Brazil: a combination of whole-rock geochemistry, Sm-Nd isotopic systematics and detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology

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    Henrique Pinto, Renato; Janasi, Valdecir de A.; Barnes, Sarah-Jane; Borges Carvalho, Bruna; Tassinari, Colombo C. G.; Basei, Miguel A. S.

    2014-05-01

    The Proterozoic São Roque Group (Ribeira Fold Belt, southeast Brazil) is a metasedimentary sequence deposited in a marine environment consisting of proximal metasandstones and meta-felspathic wackes with some volcanic layers (Boturuna Formation) and more distal metawackes and metamudstones (Piragibu Formation). A combination of zircon provenance studies in metasandstones (textural and trace-element analysis and U-Pb geochronology) and whole-rock major and trace-element geochemistry and Sm-Nd isotopic systematics in metamudstones was used to understand the provenance and tectonic significance of this sequence, and their implications to the evolution of the Precambrian crust in the region. Whole-rock geochemistry indicates that the sources are largely granitic (as indicated for instance by the LREE-rich moderately fractionated REE patterns and subtle negative Eu anomalies) with some mafic contribution (responsible for higher contents of Fe2O3, MgO, V, and Cr) and were subject to moderate weathering (CIA - 60 to 82). The trace element signatures in detrital zircons indicate that most of them are derived from plagioclase-rich felsic rocks, as indicated by strong positive Ce anomalies, high (Lu/Sm)N ratios, low U/Yb, and a concave-down shape of the intermediate REE in chondrite-normalized plots. A significant proportion of the zircon crystals show rounded cores with growth zoning truncated and overgrown by a thin rim that has dark color in cathodoluminescence images. These overgrowths are chemically distinct, being enriched in trace elements, especially the LREE, and were dated at 584±47 Ma, reflecting the regional Neoproterozoic metamorphism. Sm-Nd isotope data for Piragibu Formation metamudstones show four main groups of Nd TDM ages at ca. 1.9 Ga, 2.1 Ga, 2.4 Ga and 3.0 Ga. The younger ages define an upper limit for the deposition of the unit, and reflect greater contributions from sources younger than the >2.1 Ga basement. The oldest Nd TDM age (3.0 Ga) is similar

  11. The role of electron microprobe mapping and dating in tectonic geochronology

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    Williams, M. L.; Jercinovic, M. J.; Dumond, G.; Mahan, K. H.; Flowers, R. M.

    2007-12-01

    Electron microprobe geochronology occupies a special niche within the spectrum of geochronological techniques and may be particularly relevant to the question, "What are we dating?" The technique was originally envisioned to be a low-cost, reconnaissance dating tool, opening low-resolution geochronology to a large number of researchers. However, more than a decade of research has shown that, when used in a reconnaissance fashion (i.e. using major-element analytical techniques for trace-element analysis) uncertainties are unsuitably large (several 10s of m.y. or more) for solving most tectonic problems. Using trace element analytical techniques (background modeling, interference correction, highly conductive coating, multi-analysis measurement, etc.) precision and accuracy are dramatically increased, but analysis time and cost are also increased, challenging the "quick, cheap, and easy" description. The power of microprobe geochronology comes from the spatial resolution and the natural integration with compositional data. High-resolution compositional mapping is valuable for all in-situ geochronology. Large area maps provide petrologic and textural context for chronometer phases; small scale maps illuminate the history of the chronometers themselves. Compositional maps associated with monazite are particularly informative, but examples from the East Athabasca granulite terrane using zircon, titanite, and rutile will be discussed. Most monazite crystals are 30μ or less and most have several compositional domains. Rim compositions and dates are particularly critical because they can commonly be tied to reactions and to matrix texture and fabric. Commonly, rims and internal sub domains are several microns in width and can only be analyzed by electron probe. Y has been widely used to tie monazite to Grt growth or breakdown, but current studies use a suite of trace and REE (Y, Sm, Nd, Ca, Eu, Gd, etc) to tie monazite into chemical reactions. A rapidly growing

  12. Interpretation of U-Th-Pb in-situ ages of hydrothermal monazite-(Ce) and xenotime-(Y): evidence from a large-scale regional study in clefts from the western alps

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    Grand'Homme, A.; Janots, E.; Bosse, V.; Seydoux-Guillaume, A. M.; De Ascenção Guedes, R.

    2016-06-01

    In eleven Alpine clefts of the western Alps, in-situ dating of monazite-(Ce) and xenotime-(Y) has been attempted to gain insights on possible disturbances of the geochronological U-Th-Pb systems and age interpretations in hydrothermal conditions. In most clefts, monazite-(Ce) in-situ 208Pb/232Th dating using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) yields well-resolved ages (with errors typically <0.3 Ma, quoted at the 2σ level), indicative of a short duration monazite-(Ce) growth. However, monazite-(Ce) dating demonstrates two successive episodes of growth separated by several million years within two single clefts. Only in one cleft, complex age mixture in a porous and complex zoned monazite-(Ce) suggests disturbance of the 208Pb/232Th ages due to replacement by dissolution-precipitation processes. While some U-Pb ages are coherent with the 208Pb/232Th ages, U-Pb ages are generally disturbed by significant 206Pb excess in monazite-(Ce) with high Th/U ratio (>100). Xenotime-(Y) has remarkably high Th/U ratios and U-Pb dating is also disturbed by 206Pb excess, whereas 208Pb/232Th dating gave well-resolved ages (34.9 ± 0.5 Ma), close to but higher than the monazite-(Ce) age obtained in the same cleft (32.3 ± 0.3 Ma). Correlation of the monazite-(Ce) U-Th-Pb age dataset with other geochronological data suggests for monazite-(Ce) precipitation at periods of high tectonic activity. In the external massifs, monazite-(Ce) dating confirms a polyphased transpressive regime with activity periods around 13-11 Ma and 8-6 Ma. Older monazite-(Ce) ages in the Argentera massif (20.6 ± 0.3 Ma) are consistent with the regional diachronism in the western external Alps. In the 2 clefts of the internal massifs, monazite-(Ce) dating provides first ages of hydrothermal activity: the monazite-(Ce) age at 32.3 ± 0.3 Ma coincides with the exhumation along the Penninic front, but the monazite-(Ce) age at 23.3 ± 0.2 Ma is complex to attribute to a

  13. EBSD Imaging of Monazite: a Petrochronological Tool?

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    Mottram, C. M.; Cottle, J. M.

    2014-12-01

    Recent advances in in-situ U-Th/Pb monazite petrochronology allow ages obtained from micron-scale portions of texturally-constrained, individual crystals to be placed directly into a quantitative Pressure-Temperature framework. However, there remain major unresolved challenges in linking monazite ages to specific deformation events and discerning the effects of deformation on the isotopic and elemental tracers in these phases. Few studies have quantitatively investigated monazite microstructure, and these studies have largely focused only on crystals produced experimentally (e.g. Reddy et al., 2010). The dispersion in age data commonly yielded from monazite U-Th/Pb datasets suggest that monazite dynamically recrystallises during deformation. It remains unclear how this continual recrystallisation is reflected in the monazite crystal structure, and how this subsequently impacts the ages (or age ranges) yielded from single crystals. Here, combined laser ablation split-stream analysis of deformed monazite, EBSD imaging and Pressure-Temperature (P-T) phase equilibria modelling is used to quantify the influence of deformation on monazite (re)crystallisation mechanisms and its subsequent effect on the crystallographic structure, ages and trace-element distribution in individual grains. These data provide links between ages and specific deformation events, thus helping further our understanding of the role of dynamic recrystallisation in producing age variation within and between crystals in a deformed rock. These data provide a new dimension to the field of petrochronology, demonstrating the importance of fully integrating the Pressure-Temperature-time-deformation history of accessory phases to better interpret the meaningfulness of ages yielded from deformed rocks. Reddy, S. et al., 2010. Mineralogical Magazine 74: 493-506

  14. Structural interpretation of the Steenkampskraal monazite deposit, Western Cape, South Africa

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    Basson, I. J.; Muntingh, J. A.; Jellicoe, B. C.; Anthonissen, C. J.

    2016-09-01

    The Steenkampskraal Monazite Mine was first established in 1952, to extract monazite ore for the production of thorium and rare earth element (REE) concentrate. Refurbishment of the mine in recent years has required the re-inspection and re-evaluation of the mineralized monazite zone (MMZ). This contribution presents a structural review of the MMZ and its emplacement, based on recent data and its setting at the southern extent of the Bushmanland Sub-province of the Namaqua-Natal Metamorphic Belt. New surface and underground mapping confirm that the MMZ is a moderately-dipping body within gneissic host rocks on the southern limb of a broad F3 antiform. Thickness variations, both down-dip and along-strike, are the result of D2 and D3 deformation. The MMZ has been locally transected and steepened by subsequent late-D3, "steep-structures", which are typical of the Okiep copper district, ∼150 km north of Steenkampskraal. Geochronological data suggest that the MMZ was intruded, emplaced or formed at 1046 ± 7.5 Ma, at the start of the D3 Klondikean Episode (1040-1020 Ma). Unlike the analogous copper-bearing Koperberg Suite in the Okiep Copper district, the MMZ was not intruded into Klondikean-aged steep structures, but was rather transected and steepened by these. Local steepening of the otherwise moderately-dipping to flat-lying MMZ makes it locally amenable to detection by soil sampling and radiometric surveys.

  15. Geochronology and Nd isotope geochemistry of the Gameleira Cu-Au deposit, Serra dos Carajás, Brazil: 1.8-1.7 Ga hydrothermal alteration and mineralization

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    Pimentel, Márcio M.; Lindenmayer, Zara G.; Laux, Jorge H.; Armstrong, Richard; de Araújo, Janice Caldas

    2003-01-01

    . The geochronological data suggest that the Gameleira Cu-Au mineralization is related to a Paleoproterozoic (ca. 1.83 Ga) episode of hydrothermal activity and is not Archaean. The younger ages of ca. 1.70-1.73 might be interpreted as products of the lower blocking temperatures of biotite in relation to the Ar-Ar and Sm-Nd isotopic systems. Combined with previous geochemistry and stable isotope data, the Nd isotopic data suggest that the mineralizing fluids were derived from, or strongly interacted with, a Paleoproterozoic crustal granite, possibly similar in age and composition to the Pojuca granite.

  16. Using multi-scale structural and petrological analysis coupled with zircon and monazite SIMS and in-situ EPMA geochronology to document the evolution of a mid-crustal transpression system: a case study from the Northern Appalachians, U.S.A.

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    Massey, M. A.; Moecher, D. P.; McCulla, J. K.; Draper, K. P. J.; Young, J.; Rohrer, L.; Walker, T. B.; O'Brien, T.

    2015-12-01

    Three-dimensional transpressional strain is commonly associated with zones of oblique convergence, rather than ideal 2D simple shear or pure shear. Consequently, a considerable body of modeling has been aimed at understanding the progressive evolution of transpression, which has been used to explain an assortment of structures observed in natural settings. The basic tenants of most models involve simultaneous strike-slip and shortening, which provide the underlying mechanism for a constantly evolving finite strain geometry and magnitude. Despite the obvious temporal-dependence, very few studies have evaluated timescales of transpression. In the Northern Appalachians, the Bronson Hill arc and Central Maine basin of southern New England largely reflect highly oblique dextral transpression. Fabrics were initially characterized by strong foliations, subhorizontal lineations, and dextral kinematics, all of which are present in 360-354 Ma tonalite, diorite, and granite intrusions, the youngest placing a maximum age on transpression. As strains accumulated, fabrics began to reflect the increasing manipulation of the shortening component, marked by tightening of foliations, closed to isoclinal folding, and reverse high strain zones; stretching lineations changed in orientation to steeply plunging parallel to dip, while older pre-existing subhorizontal lineations were rotated. Syntectonic monazite and metamorphic zircon nucleated episodically throughout this time. Y-enriched monazite nucleated at 330 Ma along with fabric-forming biotite and sillimanite, and place a minimum age on the development of dip-parallel lineations. Mineral assemblages and associated ages document retrograde cooling attending deformation from partial melting at 355-350 Ma, to sillimanite grade at 330 Ma, below the Ar closure temperature for amphibole of 500°C at 326-314 Ma, and into biotite grade deformation as young as 295 Ma. Collectively, structures, fabrics, mineral assemblages, and

  17. A new method integrating high-precision U-Pb geochronology with zircon trace element analysis (U-Pb TIMS-TEA)

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    Schoene, B.; Latkoczy, C.; Schaltegger, U.; Günther, D.

    2010-12-01

    Increased precision in isotope-dilution thermal ionization mass spectrometry (ID-TIMS) U-Pb geochronology has revealed age complexities in zircon populations that require new tools for understanding how the growth of zircon is related to geologic processes. U and Pb are routinely separated from other elements in dated minerals by ion exchange separation prior to TIMS isotope measurement. We develop a method in which trace elements in the exact same volume of zircon are redissolved and analyzed using solution nebulization inductively coupled plasma sector-field mass spectrometry with matrix-matched external liquid calibration. Using <0.5 ml solution, resulting concentrations are between <1 ppt for elements such as Ti, Nb and Ta and tens of ppb for Zr. By analyzing a series of standard solutions, zircons and procedural blanks, we show that accurate measurements are performed on Zr, Hf, Y, Sc, and the HREE while low-concentration elements can be measured accurately to <5 ppt. We performed combined U-Pb ID-TIMS geochronology with trace element analysis (here called U-Pb TIMS-TEA) on zircons from eight volcanic rocks comprising several volcanic systems and one metamorphic sample. Similar to previous in situ trace element analyses, zircon geochemistry is distinct between different samples and records petrogenetic processes such as fractional crystallization, assimilation and/or magma mixing. Unique from in situ analysis, U-Pb TIMS-TEA can trace geochemical evolution in accessory minerals with adequate age precision to resolve magmatic processes in rocks at least 200 million years old. This provides a means to identify auto-, ante- and xenocrystic zircon and lead to more robust age interpretations in ID-TIMS U-Pb geochronology. One suite of Cretaceous andesitic zircons shows correlations in geochemistry and absolute time that record evolution of a magmatic system over ˜250 ka prior to eruption. Future work will combine U-Pb TIMS-TEA with solution isotopic analysis of Nd

  18. Actinide valences in xenotime and monazite

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    Vance, E. R.; Zhang, Y.; McLeod, T.; Davis, J.

    2011-02-01

    Tetravalent U, Np and Pu can be substituted by ceramic methods into the rare earth site of xenotime and monazite in air atmospheres using Ca ions as charge compensators, while no evidence of penta- or hexavalent actinide ions was found. Some Pu 3+ and Np 3+ can be incorporated in xenotime samples fired in a reducing atmosphere.

  19. Analyses and economic potential of monazite in Liberia

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    Rosenblum, Sam

    1974-01-01

    Eleven monazite samples from Liberia, including seven from beach sands, were analyzed by the X-ray fluorescence method. The monazite samples, containing only one-half percent impurities, were obtained by use of a hot Clerici-solution procedure for purification which was devised by the author. The percentage of the rare-earth elements in Liberian monazite concentrates does not differ greatly from that of monazite sands elsewhere in the world. The average of the 11 samples shows less praseodymium and neodymium than Russian and American monazites, but more cerium. Liberian coastal sands apparently contain sufficient reserves of monazite (and other heavy minerals of commerce) to encourage mining. A feasibility study of production and marketing of monazite from Liberian beach sands is recommended.

  20. Geochemistry, geochronology, mineralogy, and geology suggest sources of and controls on mineral systems in the southern Toquima Range, Nye County, Nevada; with geochemistry maps of gold, silver, mercury, arsenic, antimony, zinc, copper, lead, molybdenum, bismuth, iron, titanium, vanadium, cobalt, beryllium, boron, fluorine, and sulfur; and with a section on lead associations, mineralogy and paragenesis, and isotopes

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    Shawe, Daniel R.; Hoffman, James D.; Doe, Bruce R.; Foord, Eugene E.; Stein, Holly J.; Ayuso, Robert A.

    2003-01-01

    Geochemistry maps showing the distribution and abundance of 18 elements in about 1,400 rock samples, both mineralized and unmineralized, from the southern Toquima Range, Nev., indicate major structural and lithologic controls on mineralization, and suggest sources of the elements. Radiometric age data, lead mineralogy and paragenesis data, and lead-isotope data supplement the geochemical and geologic data, providing further insight into timing, sources, and controls on mineralization. Major zones of mineralization are centered on structural margins of calderas and principal northwest-striking fault zones, as at Round Mountain, Manhattan, and Jefferson mining districts, and on intersections of low-angle and steep structures, as at Belmont mining district. Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, mostly limestones (at Manhattan, Jefferson, and Belmont districts), and porous Oligocene ash-flow tuffs (at Round Mountain district) host the major deposits, although all rock types have been mineralized as evidenced by numerous prospects throughout the area. Principal mineral systems are gold-silver at Round Mountain where about 7 million ounces of gold and more than 4 million ounces of silver has been produced; gold at Gold Hill in the west part of the Manhattan district where about a half million ounces of gold has been produced; gold-mercury-arsenic-antimony in the east (White Caps) part of the Manhattan district where a few hundred thousand ounces of gold has been produced; and silver-lead-antimony at Belmont where more than 150,000 ounces of silver has been produced. Lesser amounts of gold and silver have been produced from the Jefferson district and from scattered mines elsewhere in the southern Toquima Range. A small amount of tungsten was produced from mines in the granite of the Round Mountain pluton exposed east of Round Mountain, and small amounts of arsenic, antimony, and mercury have been produced elsewhere in the southern Toquima Range. All elements show unique

  1. The legacy of monazite processing in Brazil.

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    da Costa Lauria, Dejanira; Rochedo, Elaine R R

    2005-01-01

    The exploitation of natural resources containing naturally occurring radionuclides may lead to enhanced levels of radioactive isotope and enhanced potential for exposure to naturally occurring radionuclides in products, by-products, residues or wastes. Such resources include, for instance, monazite, the processing of which, in Brazil, generated a great amount of radioactive residues, being stored in buried concrete tanks, in temporary storage buildings and in sealed trenches. In addition, during the 1980s there were no radiological protection rules concerning the storage and transportation of these kinds of residues. Mineral radioactive residues were used as landfills and the residues of chemical processes contaminated floors and buildings. The decommissioning process and cleaning of old plants have generated tons of wastes that has been added to previously produced wastes. This paper reports and discusses the cycle of monazite in Brazil and its consequences in terms of site remediation and amount of wastes and residues generated and stored. PMID:15899906

  2. Selected fluvial monazite deposits in the southeastern United States

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    Overstreet, William C.; White, A.M.; Theobald, P.K.; Caldwell, D.W.

    1971-01-01

    Farther southwest in Georgia, around Griffin and Zebullon, along streams tributary to the Flint River in the monazite belt the flood plains are generally small and discontinuous, and only about 1 percent of the sediment is gravel. The area between Griffin, Zebullon, and the Flint River is underlain by biotite schist and biotite gneiss into which biotite granite has been intruded. Only along one stream, Flat Creek, which drains monazite-bearing granite near Zetella, Ga., are the tenors in monazite even moderately high, but a combination of thick, clayey overburden and discontinuous flood plains make the stream unsuitable for placer mining. Elsewhere in the Flint River area the heavy-mineral concentrates contain less than 1 percent monazite. The southwesternmost area in which reconnaissance of the monazite belt was conducted includes a groups of southwest-flowing tributaries to the Chattahoochee River north of Pine Mountain and near La Grange, Ga. A combination of three characteristics of the alluvium make the area unfavorable for mining: (1) the upper half of the sedimentary sequence is clay and silt, (2) there is scant gravel, and (3) much of the sand is fine grained. Monazite is associated with the Snelson Granite, schists, and gneisses north of the Towaliga fault, but even in this area the tenor of most riffle sediments is only 0.1 to 0.5 pound of monazite per cubic yard, and the average tenor of the alluvium is about 0.2 pound per cubic Yard. Rocks south of the Towaliga fault contain scant monazite. The monazite-bearing area in the drainage basin of the Chattahoochee River has no monazite placers. Evidence from the areas on the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers shows that streams in western Georgia are a much poorer source of monazite than streams farther to the northeast in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Also, the northeastern part of the belt in the drainage basins of the Yadkin and Dan Rivers is a poorer source for monazite than the area between

  3. Dithizone method for determination of lead in monazite

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    Powell, R.A.; Kinser, C.A.

    1958-01-01

    In the determination of lead in monazite-to be used as the basis for geologic age measurements-it was necessary to eliminate interferences due to the presence of phosphates of thorium and the rare earth metals. The method involves attacking the monazite samples with hot, concentrated sulfuric acid, then taking them up with dilute nitric acid. Lead is extracted as the dithizonate and determined spectrophotometrically at 520 m??. Rapid determinations were made with good reproducibility on a series of monazite samples.

  4. Systematic variation of rare earths in monazite

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    Murata, K.J.; Rose, H.J.; Carron, M.K.

    1953-01-01

    Ten monazites from widely scattered localities have been analyzed for La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Y and Th by means of a combined chemical and emission spectrographic method. The analytical results, calculated to atomic percent of total rare earths (thorium excluded), show a considerable variation in the proportions of every element except praseodymium, which is relatively constant. The general variation trends of the elements may be calculated by assuming that the monazites represent different stages in a fractional precipitation process, and by assuming that there is a gradational increase in the precipitability of rare earth elements with decreasing ionic radius. Fractional precipitation brings about an increase in lanthanum and cerium, little change in praseodymium, and a decrease in neodymium, samarium, gadolinium, and yttrium. Deviations from the calculated lines of variation consist of a simultaneous, abnormal increase or decrease in the proportions of cerium, praseodymium, and neodymium with antipathetic decrease or increase in the proportions of the other elements. These deviations are ascribed to abnormally high or low temperatures that affect the precipitability of the central trio of elements (Ce, Pr, Nd) relatively more than that of the other elements. The following semiquantitative rules have been found useful in describing the composition of rare earths from monazite: 1. 1. The sum of lanthanum and neodymium is very nearly a constant at 42 ?? 2 atomic percent. 2. 2. Praseodymium is very nearly constant at 5 ?? 1 atomic percent. 3. 3. The sum of Ce, Sm, Gd, and Y is very nearly a constant at 53 ?? 3 atomic percent. No correlation could be established between the content of Th and that of any of the rare earth elements. ?? 1953.

  5. Constraining metamorphic rates through allanite and monazite petrochronology: a case study from the Miyar Valley (High Himalayan Crystalline of Zanskar, NW India)

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    Robyr, Martin; Goswami-Banerjee, Sriparna

    2014-05-01

    porphyroblasts yield respective ages of 33.6 ± 0.9 Ma and 29.5 ± 0.2 Ma, constraining the time elapsed between allanite crystallization (~ 420 °C) and monazite crystallization (~ 600°C). These data indicate that the rock needed ~ 4 Myr to be subducted from the 420 °C isotherm down to the 600°C isotherm, implying a heating rate of ca. 45°C/m.y. References Robyr, M., Epard, J.-L. & El Korh, A., 2014. Structural, metamorphic and geochronological relations between the Zanskar Shear Zone and the Miyar Shear Zone (NW Indian Himalaya): Evidence for two distinct tectonic structures and implications for the evolution of the High Himalayan Crystalline of Zanskar. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 79, 1-15. Robyr, M., Hacker, B. R. & Mattinson, J. M., 2006. Doming in compressional orogenic settings: New geochronological constraints from the NW Himalaya. Tectonics, 25. Robyr, M., Vannay, J. C., Epard, J. L. & Steck, A., 2002. Thrusting, extension, and doming during the polyphase tectonometamorphic evolution of the High Himalayan Crystalline Zone in NW India. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 21, 221-239.

  6. Methods of isotopic geochronology

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    Gorokhov, I. M.; Levchenkov, O. A.

    Papers are presented on such topics as the age of the chemical elements; the age of meteorites, the moon, and the earth; isotopic ages of the most ancient terrestrial formations; and the Archean evolution of Enderby Land in the Antarctic as evidenced by isotopic dating. Consideration is also given to a uranium-lead geochronology technique for investigating Precambrian ore deposits, a Pb-Pb technique of zircon dating, and the potentials and limitations of Sm-Nd geochronology.

  7. Challenging EMP trace element analysis in monazite: example from low-Th authigenic monazite

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    Allaz, J. M.; Selleck, B.; Williams, M. L.; Jercinovic, M. J.

    2011-12-01

    Trace element analysis by EMP is challenging. Due to the low net intensity of peak measurements, the accuracy of trace element analyses relies critically on background measurements, and on the accuracy of any pertinent peak interference corrections. We use the CAMECA SX-100 "Ultrachron", which has enhanced capability for trace element analysis including high efficiency X-ray spectrometers (e.g. VLPET), high brightness electron source (La or CeB6), and an improved stability. With this instrumentation, precision for trace element analysis can be enhanced through improved counting statistics, but accuracy remains more elusive. One of the most crucial issues is background characterization, especially in terms of counting statistics, curvature of the spectrum, and interferences. Currently, the most accurate background measurement is done by acquiring a WDS scan over the region of interest, selecting the background region, and regressing the background value at the peak position. A primary application of our EMP laboratory is the dating of REE-phosphate, monazite and xenotime. This is relatively straightforward when monazite is old (> 1 Ga) and/or when the (Th+U)-content is high, yielding >1000 ppm of Pb. A number of recent studies have suggested that REE-bearing accessory phases can be dissolved and later re-precipitated, typically during burial and diagenesis. However, the low actinide content of such authigenic REE-phosphate, yields only trace concentrations of Pb, and, ultimately creates an exceptional analytical challenge for dating by EPMA We have investigated authigenic monazite and xenotime overgrowths on detrital monazite and zircon respectively. Samples are from the Potsdam Formation (Cambrian sandstone), deposited uncomfortably on Proterozoic (Grenville) basement in New York. Unfortunately, the low actinide content and the young expected age (<510 Ma) insure a very low radiogenic Pb content. Indeed, Th in the authigenic monazite and xenotime does not exceeds 2

  8. A Monazite-bearing clast in Apollo 17 melt breccia

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    Jolliff, Bradley L.

    1993-01-01

    A phosphate-rich clast in a pigeonite-plagioclase mineral assemblage occurs in Apollo 17 impact-melt breccia 76503,7025. The clast, measuring 0.9 x 0.4 mm in thin section, contains 3.3 percent (volume) apatite (Ca5P3O12(F,Cl)), 0.8 percent whitlockite (Ca16(Mg,Fe)2REE2P14O56), and trace monazite ((LREE)PO4). Major minerals include 26 percent pigeonite, En53-57FS34-35W08-13, and 69 percent plagioclase, An84-92Ab7-15Oro.6-1.1. Troilite, ilmenite, and other accessory minerals constitute less than 1 percent of the assemblage and Fe-metal occurs along fractures. Also present in the melt breccia as a separate clast is a fragment of felsite. Based on the association of these clasts and their assemblages, a parent lithology of alkali-anorthositic monzogabbro is postulated. Monazite occurs in the phosphate-bearing clast as two less than 10 micron grains intergrown with whitlockite. The concentration of combined REE oxides in monazite is 63.5 percent and the chondrite-normalized REE pattern is strongly enriched in LREE, similar to lunar monazite in 10047,68 and terrestrial monazite. Thorium concentration was not measured in monazite, but based on oxide analyses of approximately 100 percent (including interpolated values for REE not measured), substantial Th concentration is not indicated, similar to monazite in 10047,68. Measured monazite/whitlockite REE ratios are La: 11, Ce: 8, Sm: 3.6, Y: 0.9, and Yb: 0.5. Compositions of monazite and coexisting whitlockite and apatite are given.

  9. A Critical Look at NORM In The Monazite Cycle

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    Paschoa, Anselmo S.; da Cunha, Kenya Dias

    2008-08-01

    Thorium, cerium, lanthanum and other rare earths have been extracted from monazite sands for a long time due to several reasons. At the end of the XIX century monazite sands from Brazilian beaches were concentrated gravimetrically to be clandestinely transported to Europe to be used in the manufacture of fabric bags to be burned. Those bags when burning had their brightness enhanced by a mixture of thorium, lanthanum and cerium. The thorium oxide (ThO2) percentages found in monazite concentrates from several parts of the world range from 1 to 11%. While not burned or processed chemically monazite concentrate can be considered hazardous only due to gamma radiation and 220Rn (thoron) inhalation by those who stay very close to storage piles. In old monazite plants the thoron concentration in air reached levels higher than 20 kBqṡm-3. Fortunately, the industrial hygiene improved with time and today's monazite separation plants do not present such high thoron concentrations. Old and recent data from rare earth processing plants suggest that occupational annual doses indoors may be up to two orders of magnitude higher than the worldwide average effective dose reported by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of the Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) due to the inhalation of thoron. Consumer products, like fabric bags used in gas or kerosene lamps have 232Th concentrations of the order of 150 Bqṡg-1. Remnants of the monazite industrial cycle can present 228Ra activity concentrations as high as 5.0 kBqṡg-1. Piles of monazite concentrates were kept for strategic reasons during cold war times in several places of the territories of the United States and the former Soviet Union. Cleanup at those sites may be hazardous mostly due to high concentrations of thoron daughters that may be inhaled by workers. The paper will take a critical look at the naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) extant in the monazite cycle and its remnants.

  10. A dithizone method for the determination of lead in monazite

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    Powell, R.A.; Kinser, C.A.

    1956-01-01

    In determining lead in monazite [(Ce,La,Th)PO4]--to be used as the basis for geologic age measurements--it was necessary to eliminate interferences due to the presences of phosphates of thorium and the rare-earth metals. The method, in which monazite samples are attacked with hot concentrated sulfuric acid, taken up with dilute nitric acid, lead extracted as the dithizonate and then determined spectrophotometrically at 520 mμ, was successfully applied to a series of monazite samples. Rapid determinations were made with good reproducibility.

  11. Zircon geochronology and geochemistry to constrain the youngest eruption events and magma evolution of the Mid-Miocene ignimbrite flare-up in the Pannonian Basin, eastern central Europe

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    Lukács, Réka; Harangi, Szabolcs; Bachmann, Olivier; Guillong, Marcel; Danišík, Martin; Buret, Yannick; von Quadt, Albrecht; Dunkl, István; Fodor, László; Sliwinski, Jakub; Soós, Ildikó; Szepesi, János

    2015-12-01

    A silicic ignimbrite flare-up episode occurred in the Pannonian Basin during the Miocene, coeval with the syn-extensional period in the region. It produced important correlation horizons in the regional stratigraphy; however, they lacked precise and accurate geochronology. Here, we used U-Pb (LA-ICP-MS and ID-TIMS) and (U-Th)/He dating of zircons to determine the eruption ages of the youngest stage of this volcanic activity and constrain the longevity of the magma storage in crustal reservoirs. Reliability of the U-Pb data is supported by (U-Th)/He zircon dating and magnetostratigraphic constraints. We distinguish four eruptive phases from 15.9 ± 0.3 to 14.1 ± 0.3 Ma, each of which possibly includes multiple eruptive events. Among these, at least two large volume eruptions (>10 km3) occurred at 14.8 ± 0.3 Ma (Demjén ignimbrite) and 14.1 ± 0.3 Ma (Harsány ignimbrite). The in situ U-Pb zircon dating shows wide age ranges (up to 700 kyr) in most of the crystal-poor pyroclastic units, containing few to no xenocrysts, which implies efficient recycling of antecrysts. We propose that long-lived silicic magma reservoirs, mostly kept as high-crystallinity mushes, have existed in the Pannonian Basin during the 16-14 Ma period. Small but significant differences in zircon, bulk rock and glass shard composition among units suggest the presence of spatially separated reservoirs, sometimes existing contemporaneously. Our results also better constrain the time frame of the main tectonic events that occurred in the Northern Pannonian Basin: We refined the upper temporal boundary (15 Ma) of the youngest counterclockwise block rotation and the beginning of a new deformation phase, which structurally characterized the onset of the youngest volcanic and sedimentary phase.

  12. Geochemistry and zircon U-Pb geochronology of the ultramafic and mafic rocks emplaced within the anatectic series of the Variscan Pyrenees: The example of the Gavarnie-Heas dome (France)

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    Kilzi, Mohammad A.; Grégoire, Michel; Bosse, Valérie; Benoît, Mathieu; Driouch, Youssef; de Saint Blanquat, Michel; Debat, Pierre

    2016-02-01

    The origin and evolution of ultramafic (UM), mafic (M) and intermediate rocks emplaced within the metamorphic and anatectic series of the middle crust of the Variscan segment of the Pyrenees are defined in the light of new isotopic data U-Pb zircon ages, and Sr, Nd isotopic ratios. In the Gavarnie-Heas dome (central Pyrenees), ultramafic, mafic and intermediate rocks form three massifs several kilometers in size emplaced within the anatectic series: (i) the Gloriettes massif, which mostly consists of norites with enclaves of ultramafic rocks; (ii) the Troumouse massif, which comprises intermediate rocks (gabbro-diorite and diorite) with norite enclaves, and (iii) the Aguila massif, which consists of intermediate rocks with hornblendite enclaves. U-Pb zircon geochronology (first data for these rock types in the Axial Zone of the Pyrenees) revealed an age of 294 Ma for the diorite crystallization and correlatively for the crystallization of the anatectic granite. This new radiometric age allows us to suggest that the Variscan orogeny continued at least until the Early Permian and spread over around 30 Ma. The Nd and Sr isotopic compositions of all UM and M samples plot within the field of the continental crust. Two scenarios can explain the genesis and the emplacement of the components of the magmatic suite: i) evolution of mantle melts and contamination (AFC); ii) evolution of melts originating from a heterogeneous source (mantle + crust) at the local or regional scale. The strong crustal affinity of all UM and M rock types from Gavarnie-Heas leads us to favor the second scenario.

  13. Composition of monazites from pegmatites in eastern Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Murata, K.J.; Dutra, C.V.; da Costa, M.T.; Branco, J.J.R.

    1959-01-01

    Two zoned pegmatites in south-eastern Minas Gerais were sampled in detail for their content of monazite and xenotime and the monazite was analysed for certain of the rare-earth elements and thorium. The ratio of xenotime to monazite increases in both pegmatites from the wall toward the quartz core. The content of the less basic rare-earth elements and of thorium in monazite rises in the same direction. These variation trends suggest that during the crystallization of these pegmatites there was a fractionation of the elements leading to a more or less steady enrichment of the less basic rare-earth elements and of thorium in the residual fluids. One mode of explaining these observed effects postulates that the rare-earth elements and thorium were present in pegmatitic fluids as co-ordination complexes rather than as simple cations. ?? 1959.

  14. Shock Deformation Features in Monazite: Implications for Dating Impacts

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    Erickson, T. M.; Cavosie, A. J.; Timms, N. E.; Pearce, M. A.; Kirkland, C. L.; Tohver, E.; Reddy, S. M.

    2016-08-01

    This study presents detailed microstructural and U-Th-Pb analyses of shock deformed monazites from the Vredefort Dome, South Africa and Araguainha, Brazil impact structures, with significant insights on its use as impact indicator and geochronometer.

  15. Geochemistry, U-Pb geochronology, Sm-Nd and O isotopes of ca. 50 Ma long Ediacaran High-K Syn-Collisional Magmatism in the Pernambuco Alagoas Domain, Borborema Province, NE Brazil

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    Francisco da Silva Filho, Adejardo; de Pinho Guimarães, Ignez; Santos, Lucilene; Armstrong, Richard; Van Schmus, William Randall

    2016-07-01

    The Pernambuco Alagoas (PEAL) domain shows the major occurrence of granitic batholiths of the Borborema Province, NE Brazil, with Archean to Neoproterozoic range of Nd TDM model ages, giving clues on the role of granites during the Brasiliano orogeny. SHRIMP U/Pb zircon geochronological data for seven granitic intrusions of the PEAL domain divide the studied granitoids into three groups: 1) early-to syn-collision granitoids with crystallization ages ca. 635 Ma (Serra do Catú pluton), 2) syn-collision granitoids with crystallization ages 610-618 Ma (Santana do Ipanema, Água Branca, Mata Grande and Correntes plutons) and 3) late-to post-collision granitoids with ages of ca. 590 Ma (Águas Belas, and Cachoeirinha plutons). The intrusions of group 1 and 2, except the Mata Grande and Correntes plutons, show Nd TDM model ages ranging from 1.2 to 1.5 Ga, while the granitoids from group 3, and Mata Grande Pluton and Correntes plutons have Nd TDM model ages ranging from 1.7 to 2.2 Ga. The studied granitoids with ages <600 Ma are high-K, calc-alkaline, shoshonitic and those with ages <600 Ma are transitional high-K calc-alkaline to alkaline. The volcanic arc signatures associated with the Paleoproterozoic Nd TDM model ages are interpreted as inherited from the source rocks. The oldest ages and lower Nd TDM model ages are recorded from granitoids intruded in the southwest part of the PEAL domain, suggesting that these intrusions are associated with slab-tearing during convergence between the PEAL and the Sergipano domains. Zircon oxygen isotopic data in some of the studied plutons, together with the available Nd isotopic data suggest that the Brasiliano orogeny strongly reworked older crust, of either Paleoproterozoic or Tonian ages. The studied granitoids are coeval with calc-alkaline granitoids of the Transversal Zone and Sergipano domains and rare high-K calc-alkaline granitoids from the Transversal Zone domain. Such large volumes of high-K granitoids with

  16. Geochemistry, U–Pb geochronology, Sm–Nd and O isotopes of ca. 50 Ma long Ediacaran High-K Syn-Collisional Magmatism in the Pernambuco Alagoas Domain, Borborema Province, NE Brazil

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    Francisco da Silva Filho, Adejardo; de Pinho Guimarães, Ignez; Santos, Lucilene; Armstrong, Richard; Van Schmus, William Randall

    2016-07-01

    The Pernambuco Alagoas (PEAL) domain shows the major occurrence of granitic batholiths of the Borborema Province, NE Brazil, with Archean to Neoproterozoic range of Nd TDM model ages, giving clues on the role of granites during the Brasiliano orogeny. SHRIMP U/Pb zircon geochronological data for seven granitic intrusions of the PEAL domain divide the studied granitoids into three groups: 1) early-to syn-collision granitoids with crystallization ages ca. 635 Ma (Serra do Catú pluton), 2) syn-collision granitoids with crystallization ages 610-618 Ma (Santana do Ipanema, Água Branca, Mata Grande and Correntes plutons) and 3) late-to post-collision granitoids with ages of ca. 590 Ma (Águas Belas, and Cachoeirinha plutons). The intrusions of group 1 and 2, except the Mata Grande and Correntes plutons, show Nd TDM model ages ranging from 1.2 to 1.5 Ga, while the granitoids from group 3, and Mata Grande Pluton and Correntes plutons have Nd TDM model ages ranging from 1.7 to 2.2 Ga. The studied granitoids with ages <600 Ma are high-K, calc-alkaline, shoshonitic and those with ages <600 Ma are transitional high-K calc-alkaline to alkaline. The volcanic arc signatures associated with the Paleoproterozoic Nd TDM model ages are interpreted as inherited from the source rocks. The oldest ages and lower Nd TDM model ages are recorded from granitoids intruded in the southwest part of the PEAL domain, suggesting that these intrusions are associated with slab-tearing during convergence between the PEAL and the Sergipano domains. Zircon oxygen isotopic data in some of the studied plutons, together with the available Nd isotopic data suggest that the Brasiliano orogeny strongly reworked older crust, of either Paleoproterozoic or Tonian ages. The studied granitoids are coeval with calc-alkaline granitoids of the Transversal Zone and Sergipano domains and rare high-K calc-alkaline granitoids from the Transversal Zone domain. Such large volumes of high-K granitoids with

  17. 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology, Isotope Geochemistry (Sr, Nd, Pb), and petrology of alkaline lavas near Yampa, Colorado: migration of alkaline volcanism and evolution of the northern Rio Grande rift

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    Cosca, Michael A.; Thompson, Ren A.; Lee, John P.; Turner, Kenzie J.; Neymark, Leonid A.; Premo, Wayne R.

    2014-01-01

    Volcanic rocks near Yampa, Colorado (USA), represent one of several small late Miocene to Quaternary alkaline volcanic fields along the northeast margin of the Colorado Plateau. Basanite, trachybasalt, and basalt collected from six sites within the Yampa volcanic field were investigated to assess correlations with late Cenozoic extension and Rio Grande rifting. In this paper we report major and trace element rock and mineral compositions and Ar, Sr, Nd, and Pb isotope data for these volcanic rocks. High-precision 40Ar/39Ar geochronology indicates westward migration of volcanism within the Yampa volcanic field between 6 and 4.5 Ma, and the Sr, Nd, and Pb isotope values are consistent with a primary source in the Proterozoic subcontinental lithospheric mantle. Relict olivine phenocrysts have Mg- and Ni-rich cores, whereas unmelted clinopyroxene cores are Na and Si enriched with finely banded Ca-, Mg-, Al-, and Ti-enriched rims, thus tracing their crystallization history from a lithospheric mantle source region to one in contact with melt prior to eruption. A regional synthesis of Neogene and younger volcanism within the Rio Grande rift corridor, from northern New Mexico to southern Wyoming, supports a systematic overall southwest migration of alkaline volcanism. We interpret this Neogene to Quaternary migration of volcanism toward the northeast margin of the Colorado Plateau to record passage of melt through subvertical zones within the lithosphere weakened by late Cenozoic extension. If the locus of Quaternary alkaline magmatism defines the current location of the Rio Grande rift, it includes the Leucite Hills, Wyoming. We suggest that alkaline volcanism in the incipient northern Rio Grande rift, north of Leadville, Colorado, represents melting of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle in response to transient infiltration of asthenospheric mantle into deep, subvertical zones of dilational crustal weakness developed during late Cenozoic extension that have been

  18. Early Cretaceous arc volcanic suite in Cebu Island, Central Philippines and its implications on paleo-Pacific plate subduction: Constraints from geochemistry, zircon U-Pb geochronology and Lu-Hf isotopes

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    Deng, Jianghong; Yang, Xiaoyong; Zhang, Zhao-Feng; Santosh, M.

    2015-08-01

    The Philippine island arc system is a collage of amalgamated terranes of oceanic, continental and island arc affinities. Here we investigate a volcanic suite in Cebu Island of central Philippines, including basalt, diabase dike, basaltic pyroclastic rock and porphyritic andesite. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb geochronology of zircon grains from the porphyritic andesite and pyroclastic rock yielded ages of 126 ± 3 Ma and 119 ± 2 Ma, respectively, indicating an Early Cretaceous age. The age distribution of the detrital zircons from river sand in the area displays a peak at ca. 118 Ma, close to the age of the pyroclastic rock. The early Cretaceous volcanic rocks in the central Philippines were previously regarded as parts of ophiolite complexes by most investigators, whereas the Cebu volcanics are distinct from these, and display calc-alkaline affinity and island arc setting, characterized by high LREE/HREE ratios and low HFSE contents. These features are similar to the Early Cretaceous arc basalts in the Amami Plateau and east Halmahera in the northernmost and southernmost West Philippine Basin respectively. Zircon Hf isotopes of the pyroclastic rocks show depleted nature similar to those of the Amami Plateau basalts, implying the subducted Pacific-type MORB as probable source. Zircon Hf isotopes of the porphyritic andesite show slight enrichment relative to that of the pyroclastic rocks and MORB, indicating subducted sediments as a minor end-member in the source. The Hf isotopic compositions of the volcanic rocks are also reflected in the detrital zircons from the river sands. We propose that the volcanic rocks of Cebu Island were derived from partial melting of sub-arc mantle wedge which was metasomatized by dehydration of subducted oceanic crust together with minor pelagic sediments. Within the tectonic environment of Southeast Asia during Early Cretaceous, the volcanic rocks in Cebu Island can be correlated to the subduction of paleo-Pacific plate. The Early Cretaceous

  19. Evolution of the Mazatzal province and the timing of the Mazatzal orogeny: Insights from U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry of igneous and metasedimentary rocks in southern New Mexico

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    Amato, J.M.; Boullion, A.O.; Serna, A.M.; Sanders, A.E.; Farmer, G.L.; Gehrels, G.E.; Wooden, J.L.

    2008-01-01

    New U-Pb zircon ages, geochemistry, and Nd isotopic data are presented from three localities in the Paleoproterozoic Mazatzal province of southern New Mexico, United States. These data help in understanding the source regions and tectonic setting of magmatism from 1680 to 1620 Ma, the timing of the Mazatzal orogeny, the nature of postorogenic maginatism, Proterozoic plate tectonics, and provide a link between Mazatzal subblocks in Arizona and northern New Mexico. The data indicate a period from 1680 to 1650 Ma in which juvenile felsic granitoids were formed, and a later event between 1646 and 1633 Ma, when these rocks were deformed together with sedimentary rocks. No evidence of pre-1680 Ma rocks or inherited zircons was observed. The igneous rocks have ENd(t) from -1.2 to +4.3 with most between +2 and +4, suggesting a mantle source or derivation from similar-aged crust. Nd isotope and trace element concentrations are consistent with models for typical are magmatism. Detrital zircon ages from metasedimentary rocks indicate that sedimentation occurred until at least 1646 Ma. Both local and Yavapai province sources contributed to the detritus. All of the samples older than ca. 1650 Ma are deformed, whereas undeformed porphyroblasts were found in the contact aureole of a previously dated 1633 Ma gabbro. Regionally, the Mlazatzal orogeny occurred mainly between 1654 and 1643 Ma, during final accretion of a series of island arcs and intervening basins that may have amalgamated offshore. Rhyolite magmatism in the southern Mazatzal province was coeval with gabbro intrusions at 1633 Ma and this bimodal magmatism may have been related to extensional processes following arc accretion. ?? 2007 Geological Society of America.

  20. The Oldest Known Caldera Associated with the Yellowstone Hotspot: New Geologic Mapping, Geochemistry, and 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology for the Northern McDermitt Volcanic Field, Northern Nevada and Southeastern Oregon

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    Benson, T. R.; Mahood, G. A.

    2015-12-01

    McDermitt Volcanic Field (MVF) of Nevada and Oregon is one of three major caldera centers associated with Mid-Miocene Steens/Columbia River flood basalts. Pioneering geologic mapping of MVF by Rytuba and McKee (1984) and subsequent work established four main ignimbrites within the field. Our new 40Ar/39Ar ages (FCT=28.02 Ma) are 16.41±0.02 (±2σ) Ma for Tuff of Oregon Canyon, 16.35±0.04 Ma for Tuff of Trout Creek Mountains, 16.30±0.04 Ma for Tuff of Long Ridge, and 15.56±0.08 Ma for Tuff of Whitehorse Creek. We have mapped two previously unrecognized overlapping calderas that we interpret as sources for Tuff of Oregon Canyon and Tuff of Trout Creek. These ~20-km diameter calderas lie north of the well-known McDermitt Caldera; a smaller 7-km caldera that formed on eruption of the Tuff of Whitehorse Creek is nested within them. Argon ages and geochemistry of alkali rhyolite lava domes in the northern MVF define two populations: ~16.6-16.3 Ma associated with the newly recognized calderas, and ~15.5-15.3 Ma outlining the margins of the younger Whitehorse Caldera. Consistent with both ignimbrites erupting from the same evolving magma system, the high-silica alkali rhyolite Tuff of Oregon Canyon lies on compositional trends defined by the Tuff of Trout Creek, which is zoned from a moderately crystal-rich high-silica alkali rhyolite to a strongly porphyritic low-silica alkali rhyolite. They both are distinguished from the Tuff of Long Ridge from McDermitt Caldera by their higher Zr/Rb, and relatively high FeO* concentrations distinguish all MVF ignimbrites from ignimbrites from the nearby High Rock Caldera Complex, where the oldest caldera formed on eruption of the Idaho Canyon Tuff at 16.38±0.02 Ma (Coble and Mahood, in review). The Tuff of Trout Creek rests conformably on the Tuff of Oregon Canyon west and southwest of the calderas, where they overlie a thick stack of Steens Basalt lavas. To the east and southeast the two ignimbrites are separated by as much as

  1. Geochronology, geochemistry, and Hf isotopes of Jurassic intermediate-acidic intrusions in the Xing'an Block, northeastern China: Petrogenesis and implications for subduction of the Paleo-Pacific oceanic plate

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    Dong, Yu; Ge, Wen-chun; Yang, Hao; Xu, Wen-liang; Zhang, Yan-long; Bi, Jun-hui; Liu, Xi-wen

    2016-03-01

    Zircon U-Pb dating, whole-rock geochemistry, Hf isotopic compositions, and regional geological observations of Jurassic intermediate-acidic intrusions in the Xing'an Block, northeastern China, are presented to constrain their petrogenesis and the tectonic evolution of the Paleo-Pacific Ocean. Zircon U-Pb age dating indicates that the intrusions were emplaced in three stages: during the Early Jurassic (180-177 Ma), Middle Jurassic (171-170 Ma), and Late Jurassic (∼151 Ma). Despite the wide range in ages of the intrusions, the magmas of Jurassic acidic intrusions were likely derived from a similar or common source and experienced different degrees of magmatic differentiation, as inferred from their geochemical and Hf isotopic characteristics. The Jurassic acidic intrusions are characterized by high SiO2 and total Na2O + K2O, low MgO, and I-type affinities, suggesting that the primary magmas were derived from partial melting of lower crustal material. These findings, combined with their εHf(t) values and two-stage model ages, indicate the primary magmas originated from partial melting of juvenile crustal material accreted during the Neoproterozoic to Phanerozoic. The Middle Jurassic intermediate-acidic rocks (diorites and granodiorites of the TJ pluton) have SiO2 contents of 57.96-69.10 wt.%, MgO contents of 4.48-1.81 wt.%, and high Mg numbers (45-54). They are enriched in large ion lithophile elements (e.g., Rb, Ba, Th, U, and K) and light rare earth elements, depleted in high field strength elements (e.g., Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf, and Ti) and heavy rare earth elements, and have εHf(t) values of +6.5 to +9.1. These data suggest that the magma was derived from partial melting of a depleted mantle wedge that had been metasomatized by subduction-related fluids. According to these findings and previous studies that focused on contemporaneous magmatic-tectonic activity in northeastern China, we conclude that the generation of Jurassic intermediate-acidic intrusions in the Xing

  2. Geology, geochronology, and geochemistry of the Yinachang Fe-Cu-Au-REE deposit of the Kangdian region of SW China: Evidence for a Paleo-Mesoproterozoic tectono-magmatic event and associated IOCG systems in the western Yangtze Block

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    Hou, Lin; Ding, Jun; Deng, Jun; Peng, Hui-juan

    2015-05-01

    Numerous Fe-Cu-Au-rare earth element (REE) deposits have been identified within the Paleoproterozoic Dongchuan Group of the Kangdian region of SW China. This region hosts the Yinachang deposit, which contains more than 16.8 Mt Fe, 682.6 kt Cu, and significant amounts of Au and the REEs. Both the Haizi dolerite and a magmatic breccia in the central part of the Kangdian region are thought to be related to the Dongchuan dolerite in the northern part of this region; all three of these units provide evidence of the tectono-magmatic history of the Kunyang Rift and are closely spatially and temporally related to Fe-Cu-Au-REE mineralization in this region. Here, we present a new zircon U-Pb age for the Haizi dolerite (1764.7 ± 5.7 Ma), which is consistent with the known age of the Dongchuan dolerite (1765 ± 57 Ma), allowing the determination of the precise timing of Paleo-Mesoproterozoic intraplate mafic magmatism in this region (1.72-1.77 Ga). The breccia in this region formed during magmatism at around 1.73-1.74 Ga, as documented by zircon U-Pb dating of matrix material within the Yinachang magmatic breccia (1739 ± 13 Ma). The geochemistry of Haizi and Dongchuan dolerite samples provides evidence of intraplate extension in the Kangdian region, the majority of which was concentrated along the Kunyang Rift. The Kangdian region underwent variable degrees of extension, as evidenced by the fact that break-up in the central part of this region occurred earlier than in the north. This also led to the emplacement of deeper-sourced alkaline magmas (usually OIB-type magmas) in the central part of this region. The iron-oxide copper gold (IOCG) mineralization in the Kangdian region is associated with the upwelling of mantle material. A chalcopyrite Re-Os age of 1648 ± 14 Ma from the Yinachang Fe-Cu-Au-REE deposit obtained during this study is some 50-100 Myr younger than the timing of emplacement of the deeply sourced Haizi and Dongchuan dolerites. The Yinachang deposit is a

  3. Electron microprobe observations of PB diffusion in metamorphosed detrital monazites

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    Suzuki, K.; Adachi, M.; Kajizuka, I.

    1994-12-01

    Electron microprobe analyses have been made on monazite grains from paragneiss samples in the andalusite-sillimanite transition (620 +/- 15 C) and sillimanite-orthoclase (680 +/- 15 C) zones of the Cretaceous Ryoke metamorphic belt, southwest Japan. Monazites from pelitic gneisses are of metamorphic origin, euhedral to subhedral and chronologically homogeneous, giving chemical Th-U-total Pb isochron (CHIME) ages of 98.8 +/- 3.3 - 98.0 +/- 3.2 Ma. Two psammitic gneisses of individual metamorphic grade contain both metamorphic monazite grains and detrital ones as old as ca. 1700 Ma. Most detrital monazite grains are heterogeneous in the ThO2 and UO2 concentrations and have multiple or single rims as young as ca. 100 Ma. Several detrital monazite grains are well rounded in form, exhibit homogeneous Th and U distributions and show a Pb diffusion profile in the margin. The width of the diffusion zones is approximately constant throughout grains from each psammitic gneiss: 18-22 micrometers for 620 C and 48-58 micrometers for 680 C. Assuming the isothermal diffusion of Pb from homogeneous monazite spheres during a 5 Ma duration of peak metamorphism, we obtain diffusion coefficients of 1.9 (+/- 0.3) x 10-21 and 1.5 (+/- 0.3) x 10-20 sq cm/s at 620 C and 680 C, respectively. These data derive an activation energy of 2.44 (+2.85/-1.26) x 105 J/mol and a frequency factor of 3.4 x 10-7 (8.5 x 10-12 - 2.2 x 107 sq cm/s, taking account of uncertainties of +/- 15 C in the temperatures and of +/- 20% in the diffusion coefficients. The diffusion parameters obtained from natural samples in this study provide a reliable insight into the closure temperature for Pb in monazite that has been poorly understood so far.

  4. Mineral chemistry and U-series geochronology reveal timescales of differentiation for late Pleistocene peraluminous rhyolite erupted from Hayes Volcano, Alaska

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    Coombs, M. L.; Vazquez, J. A.; Hayden, L. A.; Calvert, A. T.

    2014-12-01

    The Hayes River ignimbrite is a recently recognized deposit from Hayes volcano, the northernmost and easternmost volcano in the Aleutian-Alaskan arc, with unusual whole-rock composition (peraluminous rhyolite; 74.2‒75.5 wt% SiO2, 1.14 to 1.18 ASI) and phenocryst mineralogy (biotite-sanidine-plagioclase-quartz) compared to the Quaternary arc. The accessory minerals zircon, monazite [(LREE)PO4], and xenotime [(Y,HREE)PO4] are also present. We use ion microprobe 238U-230Th ages and trace-element geochemistry of unpolished rims and sectioned interiors of individual zircon and monazite grains to track differentiation of the silicic magma body. Core-to-rim zoning in zircon indicates that the parent melt became progressively enriched with U, HREEs, P, and Sc, and depleted in Th and LREEs due to monazite crystallization. Zircon (238U/232Th) values reach as high as 110 in the most differentiated rims. Monazite rims exhibit similar differentiation trends with lower LREE, higher M-HREEs, and higher U than crystal interiors, which eventually led to co-precipitation of monazite and xenotime. Monazite grains form a curved array on an activity ratio plot, with unpolished rims at the higher end. The unusual abundance of monazite, which can accommodate up to several weight percent Th, in the crystallizing assemblage significantly affected the U-Th ratio of the magma as differentiation progressed. 238U/232Th values ranges from 2.6 for early melt, represented by the whole-rock value, to 7.4 for groundmass glass. Assuming monazite fractionation alone is responsible for this change, it would take ~0.12 wt% monazite crystallization, using partition coefficients of 120 and 1000 for U and Th, respectively. This amount of monazite is consistent with that observed in the samples. An isochron for early melt and low-238U/232Th monazites yields an age of 67.0±2.8 ka, whereas one for late melt and high-238U/232Th monazites yields 42.5±0.9 ka. This younger age is indistinguishable from the

  5. Exploration Geochemistry.

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    Closs, L. Graham

    1983-01-01

    Contributions in mineral-deposit model formulation, geochemical exploration in glaciated and arid environments, analytical and sampling problems, and bibliographic research were made in symposia held and proceedings volumes published during 1982. Highlights of these symposia and proceedings and comments on trends in exploration geochemistry are…

  6. Heat capacities of lanthanide and actinide monazite-type ceramics

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    Kowalski, Piotr M.; Beridze, George; Vinograd, Victor L.; Bosbach, Dirk

    2015-09-01

    (Ln, An)xPO4 monazite-type ceramics are considered as potential matrices for the disposal of nuclear waste. In this study we computed the heat capacities and the standard entropies of these compounds using density functional perturbation theory. The calculations of lanthanide monazites agree well with the existing experimental data and provide information on the variation of the standard heat capacities and entropies along the lanthanide series. The results for AnPO4 monazites are similar to those obtained for the isoelectronic lanthanide compounds. This suggests that the missing thermodynamic data on actinide monazites could be similarly computed or assessed based on the properties of their lanthanide analogs. However, the computed heat capacity of PuPO4 appear to be significantly lower than the measured data. We argue that this discrepancy might indicate potential problems with the existing experimental data or with their interpretation. This shows a need for further experimental studies of the heat capacities of actinide-bearing, monazite-type ceramics.

  7. Bioleaching of rare earth elements from monazite sand.

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    Brisson, Vanessa L; Zhuang, Wei-Qin; Alvarez-Cohen, Lisa

    2016-02-01

    Three fungal strains were found to be capable of bioleaching rare earth elements from monazite, a rare earth phosphate mineral, utilizing the monazite as a phosphate source and releasing rare earth cations into solution. These organisms include one known phosphate solubilizing fungus, Aspergillus niger ATCC 1015, as well as two newly isolated fungi: an Aspergillus terreus strain ML3-1 and a Paecilomyces spp. strain WE3-F. Although monazite also contains the radioactive element Thorium, bioleaching by these fungi preferentially solubilized rare earth elements over Thorium, leaving the Thorium in the solid residual. Adjustments in growth media composition improved bioleaching performance measured as rare earth release. Cell-free spent medium generated during growth of A. terreus strain ML3-1 and Paecilomyces spp. strain WE3-F in the presence of monazite leached rare earths to concentrations 1.7-3.8 times those of HCl solutions of comparable pH, indicating that compounds exogenously released by these organisms contribute substantially to leaching. Organic acids released by the organisms included acetic, citric, gluconic, itaconic, oxalic, and succinic acids. Abiotic leaching with laboratory prepared solutions of these acids was not as effective as bioleaching or leaching with cell-free spent medium at releasing rare earths from monazite, indicating that compounds other than the identified organic acids contribute to leaching performance.

  8. Research of the thorium purification at monazite refinement processes

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    Shagalov, V. V.; Sobolev, V. I.; Turinskaya, M. V.; Malin, A. V.

    2016-06-01

    This paper is aimed to the research of the thorium purification processes at monazite refinement processes. We have investigated different solution containing thorium with different mix of rare-earth elements. It was found that the application of cation resin is well- recommended if we want to reach the highest yields of thorium purification process.

  9. Geochemistry for Chemists.

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    Hostettler, John D.

    1985-01-01

    A geochemistry course for chemists is described. Includes: (1) general course information; (2) subject matter covered; and (3) a consideration of the uses of geochemistry in a chemistry curriculum, including geochemical "real world" examples, geochemistry in general chemistry, and geochemistry as an elective. (JN)

  10. Late Devonian - Early Carboniferous polyphase metamorphic evolution of the Orlica-Śnieżnik Dome (NE Bohemian Massif, Poland): evidence from Th-U-total Pb monazite dating

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    Budzyń, Bartosz; Jastrzębski, Mirosław; Stawikowski, Wojciech

    2014-05-01

    younger age domains of 371-356 Ma and 336-331 Ma are defined by monazite from four K-feldspar free light quartzites (SF), and two K-feldspar bearing light quartzite (SF). Similar two age domains of 372-363 Ma and 342-332 Ma yields monazite from six mica schists (SF), with a faint record of ca. 406 Ma in one of these samples. The geochronological results suggest polyphase Devono-Carboniferous metamorphic evolution that embraced at least two tectonometamorphic episodes. Microstructures indicate that the record of 370-360 Ma ages presumably defines a progressive metamorphism, whereas pervasive record of 340-330 Ma ages presumably reflects the superimposed penetrative shearing connected with exhumation. There is no evidence of pre-Variscan regional or contact metamorphism of the Młynowiec-Stronie Group. Cambrian to Ordovician monazites developed only in K-feldspar bearing rocks, i.e. orthogneisses and light quartzites (SF), which suggests growth of the Early Palaeozoic monazites during formation of their, respectively, magmatic and partially volcanic protoliths. Acknowledgements. The project was funded by the National Science Center of Poland, grant number DEC 2011/03/B/ST10/05638.

  11. The Argon Geochronology Experiment (AGE)

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    Swindle, T. D.; Bode, R.; Fennema, A.; Chutjian, A.; MacAskill, J. A.; Darrach, M. R.; Clegg, S. M.; Wiens, R. C.; Cremers, D.

    2006-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation reviews the Argon Geochronology Experiment (AGE). Potassium-Argon dating is shown along with cosmic ray dating exposure. The contents include a flow diagram of the Argon Geochronology Experiment, and schematic diagrams of the mass spectrometer vacuum system, sample manipulation mechanism, mineral heater oven, and the quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. The Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Operation with elemental abundances is also described.

  12. Microstructural observation and chemical dating on monazite from the Shilu Group, Hainan Province of South China: Implications for origin and evolution of the Shilu Fe-Co-Cu ore district

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    Xu, Deru; Kusiak, Monika A.; Wang, Zhilin; Chen, Huayong; Bakun-Czubarow, Nonna; Wu, Chuanjun; Konečný, Patrik; Hollings, Peter

    2015-02-01

    New monazite chemical U-Th-total-Pb (CHIME) ages, combined with microstructural observations, mineral compositions, and whole-rock geochemistry, indicate that the large-scale, banded iron formation (BIF)-type Shilu Fe-Co-Cu ore district in Hainan Province, South China is a multistage product of sedimentation, metamorphism, and hydrothermal-metasomatic alteration associated with multiple orogenies. Two types of monazite, i.e. "polygenetic" and "metamorphic", were identified. The "polygenetic monazite" comprises a magmatic and/or metamorphic core surrounded by a metamorphic rim, and shows complex zoning. Breakdown corona structure, with a core of monazite surrounded by a mantle of fluorapatite, allanite, and/or epidote as concentric growth rings, is commonly observed. This type of monazite yielded three main CHIME-age peaks at ca. 980 Ma, ca. 880 Ma and ca. 450 Ma. The ages which range up to ca. 880 Ma for detrital cores, record a pre-deformational magmatic and/or metamorphic event(s), and is considered to be the depositional time-interval of the Shilu Group and interbedded BIFs in a marine, back-arc foreland basin likely due to the Grenvillian or South China Sibao orogeny. After deposition, the Shilu district was subjected to an orogenic event, which is recorded by the syndeformational metamorphic monazite with ca. 560-450 Ma population. Probably this event not only caused amphibolite facies metamorphism and associated regional foliation S1 but also enriched the original BIFs, and most likely corresponds to the "Pan-African" and/or the South China Caledonian orogeny. The post-deformational "metamorphic" monazite occurs mostly as inclusions in garnet and shows ca. 260 Ma age. It likely represents the Late Permian post-magmatic hydrothermal and related retrograde event(s) initiated by the Indosinian orogeny due to the closure of the Paleo-Tethys. The breakdown of monazite to secondary coronal mineral phases as well as the Fe-remobilization and associated skarnization

  13. Neutron activation analysis of an Egyptian monazite ore sample

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    Eissa, E. A.; Rofail, N. B.; Ashmawy, L. S.; Hassan, A. M.

    1999-01-01

    The absolute sensitivity of a gamma-ray line following thermal or epithermal neutron activation is expressed as a product of four terms, namely, the intrinsic, irradiation, decay and measurement factors. The total absolute sensitivity is the sum of the absolute sensitivities due to thermal and epithermal activation. A. FORTRAN computer program was prepared on the TANDY 3000 NL PCA to calculate the total absolute sensitivity of the intensive gamma-ray lines from the thermal and epithermal neutron activation of all the naturally occurring nuclides. Another program was prepared for the determination of the total absolute sensitivity for gammarays emitted by radioactive daughters such as233Pa from233Th and239Np from239U. Long time irradiation periods (about 48 hours) for specimens of the monazite ore sample were carried out at the (ET-RR-1) reactor core periphery. The monazite ore sample was separated from the associating minerals in the sand of Abou-Khashaba of Rashied (Rosetta) area on the Mediterranean (North of Egypt). The separated monazite ore sample was provided by the Nuclear Material Authority of Egypt. The cadmium difference method was applied to thin gold foils for absolute thermal and epithermal neutron flux determination. The gamma-ray spectra were measured using a spectrometer with a HPGe coaxial detector. The evaluated absolute sensitivity tables were helpful in identifying the radioisotopes contributing to the gamma- ray spectra and in evaluating the elemental concentration of the monazite constitutents. Most of the rare earth elements were observed and their concentrations are reported. La, Ce, Nd, Sd and Th were found as major elements, U, Tb, Hf and Eu as minor elements.

  14. Characterization of Minerals of Geochronological Interest by EPMA and Atom Probe Tomography

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    Snoeyenbos, D.; Jercinovic, M. J.; Reinhard, D. A.; Hombourger, C.

    2012-12-01

    Isotopic and chemical dating techniques for zircon and monazite rely on several assumptions: that initial common Pb is low to nonexistent, that the analyzed domain is chronologically homogeneous, and that any relative migration of radiogenic Pb and its parent isotopes has not exceeded the analyzed domain. Yet, both zircon and monazite commonly contain significant submicron heterogeneities that may challenge these assumptions and can complicate the interpretation of chemical and isotopic data. Compositional mapping and submicron quantitative analysis by EPMA and FE-EPMA have been found to be useful techniques both for the characterization of these heterogeneities, and for quantitative geochronological determinations within the analytical limits of these techniques and the statistics of submicron sampling. Complementary to high-resolution EPMA techniques is Atom Probe Tomography (APT), wherein a specimen with dimensions of a few hundreds of nanometers is field evaporated atom by atom. The original position of each atom is identified, along with its atomic species and isotope. The result is a reconstruction allowing quantitative three-dimensional study of the specimen at the atomic scale, with low detection limits and high mass resolution. With the introduction of laser-induced thermal pulsing to achieve field evaporation, the technique is no longer limited to conductive specimens. There exists the capability to explore the compositional and isotopic structure of insulating materials at sub-nanometer resolution. Minerals of geochronological interest have been studied by an analytical method involving first compositional mapping and submicron quantitative analysis by EPMA and FE-EPMA, and subsequent use of these data to select specific sites for APT specimen extraction by FIB. Examples presented include 1) zircon from the Taconian of New England, USA, containing a fossil resorption front included between an unmodified igneous core, and a subsequent metamorphic

  15. Detrital geochronology of unroofing magmatic complexes

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    Malusà, Marco Giovanni; Villa, Igor Maria; Vezzoli, Giovanni; Garzanti, Eduardo

    2010-05-01

    . 110, 985-1009 (1998). DeCelles, P. G., Gehrels, G. E., Najman, Y., Martin, A. J., Carter, A., Garzanti, E. Detrital geochronology and geochemistry of Cretaceous-Early Miocene strata of Nepal: implications for timing and diachroneity of initial Himalayan orogenesis. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 227, 313-330 (2004). Jäger, E. in Rb-Sr Altersbestimmungen an Glimmern der Zentralalpen, Beitr. Geol. Karte Schweiz NF 134 (eds. Jäger, E., Niggli, E. & Wenk, E.) 28-31 (Bern, Kümmerly & Frey, 1967). Dodson, M. H. Closure temperature in cooling geochronological and petrological systems. Contr. Miner. Petrol. 40, 259-274 (1973). Giger, M. & Hurford, A. J. Tertiary intrusives of the Central Alps: their Tertiary uplift, erosion, redeposition and burial in the south-alpine foreland. Eclogae geol. Helv. 82, 857-866 (1989). Garzanti, E. & Malusà, M. G. The Oligocene Alps: Domal unroofing and drainage development during early orogenic growth. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 268, 487-500 (2008). Villa, I. M. From nanometer to megameter: Isotopes, atomic-scale processes, and continent-scale tectonic models. Lithos 87, 155-173 (2006).

  16. Monazite U-Th-Pb EPMA and zircon U-Pb SIMS chronological constraints on the tectonic, metamorphic, and thermal events in the inner part of the Variscan orogen, example from the Sioule series, French Massif Central

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    Do Couto, Damien; Faure, Michel; Augier, Romain; Cocherie, Alain; Rossi, Philippe; Li, Xian-Hua; Lin, Wei

    2016-03-01

    In the northern Variscan French Massif Central, the Sioule metamorphic series exposes from top to bottom the tectonic superposition of the Upper Gneiss Unit (UGU), Lower Gneiss Unit (LGU), and Para-autochthonous Unit (PAU). The nappe stacking developed throughout two prograde syn-metamorphic events: D1 is a top-to-the-SW shearing coeval with a probable Devonian migmatization and D2 is a top-to-the-NW shearing event. Both events were completed before the unconformable deposition of the undeformed and unmetamorphosed "Tufs anthracifères" formation, dated at ca 330 Ma (Late Visean). Furthermore, the UGU experienced a high-pressure metamorphism ascribed to a D0 event during which eclogite or granulite crystallized in several parts of the UGU. Monazite U-Th-Pb and zircon U-Pb SIMS datings were carried out in order to constrain the ages of these D0, D1, and D2 tectono-metamorphic events. These new geochronological results are placed in a P-T-t diagram constructed for the UGU, LGU, and PAU. Monazite sampled in UGU, LGU, and PAU rocks yields similar 365-350 Ma ages consistent with the D2 event dated in other places of the French Massif Central. A zoned monazite grain from a granulitic paragneiss yields 416 ± 15 and 362 ± 14 Ma ages interpreted as those of the D0 and D2 events, respectively. Zircon from the same granulitic paragneiss yields SIMS ages at 343 ± 2 and 328 ± 2 Ma that are interpreted as recrystallization processes associated with post-thickening thermal events, possibly recording the onset of orogenic collapse of the Northern Massif Central. It is worth to note that neither monazite nor zircon recorded the D1 event.

  17. Isotope geochronology of the Precambrian

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    Levskii, L. K.; Levchenkov, O. A.

    This symposium discusses the use of isotope methods for establishing the geochronology of Precambrian formations, with special consideration given to geochronological studies of the early phases of the earth's core evolution in the Baltic and Vitim-Aldan shields and the Enderby Land (Antarctica). Attention is also given to the Early Archean Vodlozero gneiss complex and its structural-metamorphic evolution, the influence of geological events during the Proterozoic on the state of the U-Pb and Rb-Sr systems in the Archean postkinematic granites of Karelia, the Rb-Sr systems in the andesite basalts of the Suna-Semch' region (Karelia), and the geochronology of the Karelian granite-greenstone region. Also discussed are the petrogenesis and age of the rocks from the Kola ultradeep borehole, the isotope-geochronological evidence for the early Precambrian history of the Aldan-Olekma region, the Rb-Sr systems in metasedimentary rocks of the Khani graben, and the U-Pb ages of zircons from polymetamorphic rocks of the Archean granulite complex of Enderby Land.

  18. Monazite chemical age and composition correlations, an insight in the Palaeozoic evolution of the Leaota Massif, South Carpathians

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    Săbău, Gavril; Negulescu, Elena

    2015-04-01

    Notwithstanding remarkable advantages of monazite microprobe U-Th-PbT geochronology of metamorphic formations, such as the direct investigation of a metamorphic mineral in a truly in situ setting, unequalled spatial resolution, and cost-effective analyses, it essentially remains affected by indeterminations as regards the accuracy and the representativity of the results. Besides the experimental hurdles related to trace element analyses with the microprobe (sensitivity, background and overlap effects) the method faces two main biases, firstly its inherently blind status emerging from the aprioric assumption of isotopic equilibrium, and secondly the marked susceptibility of monazite to fluid-stimulated chemical recrystallization and compositional resetting (e. g. Kelly et al. 2012). Age spectra obtained from individual sampled habitually display a significant scatter of calculated age data, in such a way that the separation of coherent and geologically relevant populations may often represent a substantial challenge. The interpretation of the results greatly benefits from the qualitative analysis of the textural and paragenetic setting or a trial-and error quantitative statistical assessment of distinct age clusters (Montel et al., 1996), though still maintaining a variable degree of subjectivity, as in any interpretative process not fully sustained by quantitative analysis. Additional dependable support can be gained from further qualitative parameters characterizing, besides the distribution of individual age data, also the global chemical composition of the analysed monazite grains, as well as the relationship to the corresponding metamorphic assemblages (Săbău & Negulescu, 2013). The quantitative assessment of the age patterns of individual samples can be achieved by plotting the normalized age gradient from the sorted age pattern, allowing distinction of quasi-gaussian distribution domains likely to correspond to coherent age clusters of geologic significance

  19. National Geochronological Database

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    Revised by Sloan, Jan; Henry, Christopher D.; Hopkins, Melanie; Ludington, Steve; Original database by Zartman, Robert E.; Bush, Charles A.; Abston, Carl

    2003-01-01

    The National Geochronological Data Base (NGDB) was established by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to collect and organize published isotopic (also known as radiometric) ages of rocks in the United States. The NGDB (originally known as the Radioactive Age Data Base, RADB) was started in 1974. A committee appointed by the Director of the USGS was given the mission to investigate the feasibility of compiling the published radiometric ages for the United States into a computerized data bank for ready access by the user community. A successful pilot program, which was conducted in 1975 and 1976 for the State of Wyoming, led to a decision to proceed with the compilation of the entire United States. For each dated rock sample reported in published literature, a record containing information on sample location, rock description, analytical data, age, interpretation, and literature citation was constructed and included in the NGDB. The NGDB was originally constructed and maintained on a mainframe computer, and later converted to a Helix Express relational database maintained on an Apple Macintosh desktop computer. The NGDB and a program to search the data files were published and distributed on Compact Disc-Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) in standard ISO 9660 format as USGS Digital Data Series DDS-14 (Zartman and others, 1995). As of May 1994, the NGDB consisted of more than 18,000 records containing over 30,000 individual ages, which is believed to represent approximately one-half the number of ages published for the United States through 1991. Because the organizational unit responsible for maintaining the database was abolished in 1996, and because we wanted to provide the data in more usable formats, we have reformatted the data, checked and edited the information in some records, and provided this online version of the NGDB. This report describes the changes made to the data and formats, and provides instructions for the use of the database in geographic

  20. U-Th-PbT Monazite Gechronology in the South Carpathian Basement: Variscan Syn-Metamorphic Tectonic Stacking and Long-Lasting Post-Peak Decompressional Overprints

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    Săbău, G.; Negulescu, E.

    2012-12-01

    Dating metamorphic events appears to be unsatisfactorily addressed by most of the widely-employed and otherwise accurate and productive isotopic techniques, because the phases and systems investigated do not directly relate to the metamorphic events themselves. An adequate answer to this challenge is instead provided by microprobe-assisted chemical U-Th-PbT monazite geochronology, by its spatial resolution, truly in situ character and the possibility to reference analyses against well-defined textural environments and features, as well as a qualitative timeframe derived therefrom. Though chemical U-Th-PbT monazite geochronology is increasingly applied to seek answers ranging form a general characterization to fine details of the thermotectonic evolution of magmatic and metamorphic rocks, there are so far, unlike in the case of isotopic geochronological methods, no clearly defined standard analytical and data processing protocols. Two main reasons for this have to be mentioned, namely that chemical U-Th-PbT chronology is actually a proxy for isotopic geochronology, and the quantification of the errors and their propagation cannot be directly assessed because apparent ages are related to the measured element concentrations by an implicit function, the law of radioactive decay. Current approaches rely on treating calculated individual age values as primary data, a priori grouping of analyses supposed (and subsequently tested) to be coeval, and their statistical processing in order to obtain age values. An alternative approach we applied in basement units of the South Carpathians consists in an explicit approximation of the age formula and associated errors propagated from element concentrations to age values, and individual treatment of each age datum. The separation of the age clusters from the overall age spectrum of each sample was operated by tracing the variations of the normalized age gradient on the age spectrum sorted by increasing age values, and fine

  1. Assembling and disassembling california: A zircon and monazite geochronologic framework for proterozoic crustal evolution in southern California

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    Barth, A.P.; Wooden, J.L.; Coleman, D.S.; Vogel, M.B.

    2009-01-01

    The Mojave province in southern California preserves a comparatively complete record of assembly, postorogenic sedimentation, and rifting along the southwestern North American continental margin. The oldest exposed rocks are metasedimentary gneisses and amphibolite, enclosing intrusive suites that range from tonalite and quartz mon-zodiorite to granite with minor trondhjemite. Discrete magmatic episodes occurred at approximately 1790-1730 and 1690-1640 Ma. Evidence from detrital and premagmatic zircons indicates that recycling of 1900-1790 Ma Paleopro-terozoic crust formed the unique isotopic character of the Mojave province. Peak metamorphic conditions in the Mojave province reached middle amphibolite to granulite facies; metamorphism occurred locally from 1795 to 1640 Ma, with widespread evidence for metamorphism at 1711-1689 and 1670-1650 Ma. Structures record early, tight to isoclinal folding and penetrative west-vergent shear during the final metamorphic event in the west Mojave province. Proterozoic basement rocks are overlain by siliciclastic-carbonate sequences of Mesoproterozoic, Neoproterozoic, and Cambrian age, recording environmental change over the course of the transition from stable Mojave crust to the rifted Cordilleran margin. Neoproterozoic quartzites have diverse zircon populations inconsistent with a southwest North American source, which we infer were derived from the western conjugate rift pair within Rodinia, before establishment of the miogeocline. Neoproterozoic-Cambrian miogeoclinal clastic rocks record an end to rifting and establishment of the Cordilleran miogeocline in southern California by latest Neoproterozoic to Early Cambrian time. ?? 2009 by The University of Chicago.

  2. Sulfate incorporation in monazite lattice: potential for dating the cycle of sulfur in metamorphic belts

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    Laurent, Antonin; Seydoux-Guillaume, Anne-Magali; Duchene, Stéphanie; Bingen, Bernard; Bosse, Valérie

    2016-04-01

    Monazite is a common accessory mineral in magmatic and metamorphic rocks that often shows complex chemical zoning at the μm- to nm-scale. The large number of cations that may be accommodated in its lattice, makes monazite particularly responsive to changes in the rock-forming minerals and fluid composition. Chemical zoning resulting from replacement or overgrowth may coincide, or not, with age zoning derived from U-Th-Pb isotopes. In this study, we focus on the potential for monazite to record both the redox condition of its crystalizing medium and an absolute U-Th-Pb isotopic age, during polyphase metamorphism in the Proterozoic province of Rogaland, S. Norway. The metamorphic evolution of several samples is derived from phase diagrams and the oxygen fugacity estimated from the FeO/Fe2O3 ratio measured by titration. Monazite grains were mapped at high spatial resolution for minor elements with electron microprobe, revealing convolute chemical zoning. Some of these zones yield appreciable content of S (up to 7000 ppm), accommodated following the Ca2+ + S6+ = REE3+ + P5+ substitution vector. The incorporation of sulfate in monazite has been subsequently investigated by TEM thanks to site specific FIB preparations. Besides, LA-ICP-MS U-Pb isotopic ages of monazite grains show a remarkable correlation with the sulfate content. It is therefore possible to distinguish different generations of monazite based on their S-content. From our petrological study we conclude that sulfate-bearing monazite reflects incongruent melting of Fe-Cu-As sulfides under oxidizing conditions, coeval with biotite dehydration melting. Monazite may therefore be used to probe the presence of sulfur in anatectic melts from high-grade terrains at a specific point in time. This property can be used to investigate the mineralization potential of a given geological event within a larger orogenic framework.

  3. Coupled dissolution-precipitation in natural monazite: effect of irradiation damage or fluid mediation?

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    Seydoux-Guillaume, Anne-Magali; Montel, Jean-Marc; de Parseval, Philippe; Bingen, Bernard; Janots, Emilie

    2010-05-01

    The LREE orthophosphate monazite is a common accessory mineral, important as a U-Th-Pb geochronometer in both metamorphic and magmatic rocks. In order to correctly interpret measured ages, it is essential to properly understand mechanisms that control them. Few studies have shown that coupled dissolution-crystallisation in the presence of a fluid phase is a mechanism incomparably more efficient that solid state diffusion to reset isotopic signature within monazite grains. It is known that dissolution-precipitation is efficiency enhanced by the presence of defects within crystals. Because of its high actinide contents (U and Th), monazite receives intense self-irradiation doses. In contrast to zircon (a silicate), monazite (a phosphate) is less sensitive to irradiation. Natural amorphous monazite has never been reported and the only proof that monazite lattice was destroyed by irradiation is shown by the presence of lattice distortion (strained lattice); this is because defect healing is more efficient than amorphization. The present study focuses on large (cm) single monazite crystals from five distinct localities in Norway, Madagascar, Srilanka, Zwaziland and Morefield. They have different chemical compositions, especially with regard to U, Th and Pb contents, and have ages ranging from ca. 500 to 1000 Ma. Nevertheless, all of them share the same petrographic features. Optical microscope and SEM images reveal variably intense fracturation. BSE imaging in the SEM indicates that monazite is composed of multiple phases: an unaltered monazite (Mnz1) + an altered monazite (Mnz2) associated with Th-rich phase (Thorium silicate or Thorium oxide) +/- Xenotime, depending on the initial composition of Mnz1. Analogous textures were already described by Seydoux-Guillaume et al. (2007) and Hetherington and Harlov (2008;). The alteration textures are always associated with radial cracks emanating from the high radioactive phase (Th-rich phase). The question addressed in the

  4. Polymetamorphic evolution of the upper part of the Iezer Complex (Leaota Massif, South Carpathians) constrained by petrological data and monazite ages

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    Negulescu, Elena; Săbău, Gavril; Massonne, Hans-Joachim

    2015-04-01

    The Leaota Massif in Romania consists of a flat-lying sequence of five structurally concordant units displaying mutual and partly internal lithologic and metamorphic contrasts. The lower part of the lithologic sequence is the Iezer Complex, a medium-grade psammopelitic unit with a structurally concordant thin granite sill located at its upper part. The lower limit of the granite is marked discontinuously by hornfels, also present as enclaves, which experienced intense strain and a subsequent low-pressure thermal overprint. Both granite and hornfels were affected by a medium-temperature, medium- to high-pressure event (Săbău, 2000). This event was also identified in gneisses below the hornfels. These rocks contain the assemblage garnet-phengite-chloritoid-kyanite which had overprinted an older garnet-kyanite-staurolite-biotite-muscovite assemblage. Available U-Th zircon ages indicate 472.7 ± 7.3 Ma (Balintoni et al. 2009) for the granite. Monazite geochronology (Săbău & Negulescu, 2013) reveals for the associated hornfels (1) inherited ages of 528 ± 17.86 Ma overprinted by pervasive Ordovician contact metamorphism (462 ± 4.54 Ma), slightly postdating the age of magmatic zircon in the granite, (2) Silurian to Early Devonian recrystallization episodes, and (3) a Variscan medium- to high-pressure metamorphic overprint responsible for the garnet-phengite-kyanite assemblage. New petrological and geochronological data constraining the polymetamorphic evolution of the upper part of the Iezer Complex were acquired from kyanite-garnet mylonitic gneisses made up of large garnet porphyroclasts embedded in a strongly deformed matrix. Large garnets are rich in quartz, phengite, epidote, kyanite, rutile, and ilmenite inclusions. Biotite, chlorite, apatite, monazite, and Al-cerite inclusions are also present. Garnet porphyroclasts are wrapped by laminae of small garnet - white mica - biotite - quartz or zoisite - kyanite - plagioclase alternating with bands made up of fine

  5. Constraints on the timing of Co-Cu ± Au mineralization in the Blackbird district, Idaho, using SHRIMP U-Pb ages of monazite and xenotime plus zircon ages of related Mesoproterozoic orthogneisses and metasedimentary rocks

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    Aleinikoff, John N.; Slack, John F.; Lund, Karen; Evans, Karl V.; Fanning, C. Mark; Mazdab, Frank K.; Wooden, Joseph L.; Pillers, Renee M.

    2012-01-01

    The Blackbird district, east-central Idaho, contains the largest known Co reserves in the United States. The origin of strata-hosted Co-Cu ± Au mineralization at Blackbird has been a matter of controversy for decades. In order to differentiate among possible genetic models for the deposits, including various combinations of volcanic, sedimentary, magmatic, and metamorphic processes, we used U-Pb geochronology of xenotime, monazite, and zircon to establish time constraints for ore formation. New age data reported here were obtained using sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) microanalysis of (1) detrital zircons from a sample of Mesoproterozoic siliciclastic metasedimentary country rock in the Blackbird district, (2) igneous zircons from Mesoproterozoic intrusions, and (3) xenotime and monazite from the Merle and Sunshine prospects at Blackbird. Detrital zircon from metasandstone of the biotite phyllite-schist unit has ages mostly in the range of 1900 to 1600 Ma, plus a few Neoarchean and Paleoproterozoic grains. Age data for the six youngest grains form a coherent group at 1409 ± 10 Ma, regarded as the maximum age of deposition of metasedimentary country rocks of the central structural domain. Igneous zircons from nine samples of megacrystic granite, granite augen gneiss, and granodiorite augen gneiss that crop out north and east of the Blackbird district yield ages between 1383 ± 4 and 1359 ± 7 Ma. Emplacement of the Big Deer Creek megacrystic granite (1377 ± 4 Ma), structurally juxtaposed with host rocks in the Late Cretaceous ca. 5 km north of Blackbird, may have been involved in initial deposition of rare earth elements (REE) minerals and, possibly, sulfides. In situ SHRIMP ages of xenotime and monazite in Co-rich samples from the Merle and Sunshine prospects, plus backscattered electron imagery and SHRIMP analyses of trace elements, indicate a complex sequence of Mesoproterozoic and Cretaceous events. On the basis of textural relationships

  6. Timing of Deformation in the Central Metasedimentary Belt Boundary Thrust Zone (CMBbtz), southern Ontario, Canada, from Electron Microprobe Dating of Monazite

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    Markley, M. J.; Dunn, S. R.; Peck, W. H.; Jercinovic, M. J.; Williams, M. L.

    2015-12-01

    In the Grenville Province of Southern Ontario, the Central Metasedimentary Belt boundary thrust zone (CMBbtz) is a crustal-scale tectonic boundary between the older, granulite-facies Central Gneiss Belt to the NW and the younger, amphibolite-facies Central Metasedimentary Belt to the SE. Although there are a range of tectonic models for the CMBbtz, most workers agree it is a major tectonic boundary that accommodated ductile thrusting and crustal shortening during the Ottawan phase of the Grenville Orogeny (~1080-1020 Ma). Some studies suggest that ductile thrusting in the CMBbtz was roughly synchronous with synorogenic extensional collapse below an orogenic lid. Previous geochronological studies also provide evidence of earlier deformation and/or metamorphic events in the CMBbtz, although the relation between deformation in the CMBbtz to the Elzeviran (~1230 Ma) and Shawinigan (~1180 Ma) orogenies is unclear. Our study is the first to report in situ electron microprobe monazite (mnz) dates from amphibolite-grade ortho- and para-gneisses of the CMBbtz. Our results are broadly consistent with other chronometers. We present dates from 132 age-domains within 83 mnz grains in 14 samples. Although our data provide strong evidence for deformation and metamorphism along the length of the CMBbtz during the Ottawan (1080-1020 Ma), we also report two other clusters of ages: 1140-1110 Ma and 1230-1170 Ma. The latter cluster falls between the widely accepted ranges for the Elzeviran and Shawinigan orogenies. In addition, some individual outcrops, particularly those in Killaloe and Minden, show mnz ages spanning over 200 m.y., and the setting and compositions of individual monazite domains allow us to link mnz growth to episodes of garnet growth during multiple events. Together these data indicate an unexpectedly continuous and long-lived period of deformation and metamorphism in the CMBbtz.

  7. Zircon and monazite response to prograde metamorphism in the Reynolds Range, central Australia

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    Rubatto, Daniela; Williams, Ian S.; Buick, Ian S.

    2001-01-01

    We report an extensive field-based study of zircon and monazite in the metamorphic sequence of the Reynolds Range (central Australia), where greenschist- to granulite-facies metamorphism is recorded over a continuous crustal section. Detailed cathodoluminescence and back-scattered electron imaging, supported by SHRIMP U-Pb dating, has revealed the different behaviours of zircon and monazite during metamorphism. Monazite first recorded regional metamorphic ages (1576 ± 5 Ma), at amphibolite-facies grade, at ˜600 °C. Abundant monazite yielding similar ages (1557 ± 2 to 1585 ± 3 Ma) is found at granulite-facies conditions in both partial melt segregations and restites. New zircon growth occurred between 1562 ± 4 and 1587 ± 4 Ma, but, in contrast to monazite, is only recorded in granulite-facies rocks where melt was present (≥700 °C). New zircon appears to form at the expense of pre-existing detrital and inherited cores, which are partly resorbed. The amount of metamorphic growth in both accessory minerals increases with temperature and metamorphic grade. However, new zircon growth is influenced by rock composition and driven by partial melting, factors that appear to have little effect on the formation of metamorphic monazite. The growth of these accessory phases in response to metamorphism extends over the 30 Ma period of melt crystallisation (1557-1587 Ma) in a stable high geothermal regime. Rare earth element patterns of zircon overgrowths in leucosome and restite indicate that, during the protracted metamorphism, melt-restite equilibrium was reached. Even in the extreme conditions of long-lasting high temperature (750-800 °C) metamorphism, Pb inheritance is widely preserved in the detrital zircon cores. A trace of inheritance is found in monazite, indicating that the closure temperature of the U-Pb system in relatively large monazite crystals can exceed 750-800 °C.

  8. "SHRIMP geochronology for the 1450 Ma Lakhna dyke swarm: Its implication for the presence of Eoarchaean crust in the Bastar Craton and 1450-517 Ma depositional age for Purana basin (Khariar), Eastern Indian Peninsula": Comment

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    Basu, Abhijit; Bickford, M. E.

    2011-11-01

    As critical comments to the recent paper by Ratre et al. (2010, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 39, 565-577) we cite U-Pb SHRIMP and CHIME ages of magmatic and detrital zircon and monazite from the Chhattisgarh and the Khariar basins in the Bastar craton to argue that these basins closed ca. 1000 Ma. We further argue that geochronologic data, geological evidence, and geological logic strongly indicate that sedimentation in the Khariar basin did not continue up to or beyond 517 Ma, as stated by Ratre et al. (op. cit).

  9. Applying Lu-Hf garnet geochronology and inverse phase equilibria modeling to migmatites

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    Yakymchuk, C.; Brown, M.; Vervoort, J. D.

    2013-12-01

    Garnet-bearing assemblages are common in HT metamorphic rocks and are widely used to determine P-T conditions. Garnet is also a host for accessory minerals that may be used to determine the timing of garnet growth or breakdown. However, using accessory minerals to date garnet in HT metamorphic rocks may produce ambiguous or erroneous age results if these minerals were grown or modified subsequently due to fluid or melt infiltration along microfractures. Direct dating of garnet using the Sm-Nd and/or Lu-Hf isotope systems potentially avoids these problems. However, at temperatures above the solidus, the Sm-Nd isotope composition of garnet may become homogenized during post-peak cooling and evidence of prograde growth may be removed. The Lu-Hf isotope system in garnet is more robust and less susceptible to diffusion-controlled re-equilibration. Therefore, Lu-Hf dating of garnet has the potential to constrain the period of prograde garnet growth in HT metamorphic rocks. In the Fosdick migmatite-granite complex of West Antarctica, two episodes of HT garnet growth have been proposed based on U-Pb monazite ages from garnet-bearing migmatitic paragneisses and orthogneisses and U-Pb zircon ages from spatially associated peraluminous granites. Cores of monazite inclusions in garnet yield Carboniferous ages whereas the rims yield Cretaceous ages, and the garnet itself records Cretaceous Sm-Nd ages. The Sm-Nd ages were interpreted to represent diffusional resetting during the Cretaceous of garnet that grew in the Carboniferous. In this study, Lu-Hf garnet geochronology is used to test the hypothesis that garnet in the migmatitic paragneisses and orthogneisses is Carboniferous in age. We also assess the utility of the Lu-Hf system for dating garnet growth in rocks that have experienced superimposed HT metamorphic events. In addition, inverse phase equilibria modeling of open system melting is used to constrain the P-T conditions of garnet growth in migmatitic paragneisses and

  10. Radioactive Dating: A Method for Geochronology.

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    Rowe, M. W.

    1985-01-01

    Gives historical background on the discovery of natural radiation and discusses various techniques for using knowledge of radiochemistry in geochronological studies. Indicates that of these radioactive techniques, Potassium-40/Argon-40 dating is used most often. (JN)

  11. Microporosity linked fluid focusing and monazite instability in greenschist facies para-conglomerates, western India

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    Rekha, S.; Bhattacharya, A.; Viswanath, T. A.

    2013-03-01

    In a deformed para-conglomerate (western India), monazites occur as discrete grains (50-250 μm long axis) in tonalite clasts, in the warping chlorite-biotite-calcite schist layers, and as disseminated grains (<5 μm) along with xenotime and huttonite forming veins in schist layers. The veins are absent in clasts. Chlorite and biotite defining schistosity in schist layers and in synchronously-formed extensional veins/fractures in clasts are chemically identical. δ18O (VSMOW) and δ13C (VPDB) in calcite in schistosity, in clasts, and in "beards" in pressure shadow zones around clasts are tightly bracketed, 11.4-12.2‰ and -3.1 to -3.6‰ respectively. Margins of clast-hosted monazites are partly altered to fluorapatite - huttonite ± allanite ± Y-xenotime. By contrast, monazite alteration in schist layers is extensive. In schist layers, rafts of embayed monazite occur in fluorapatite-dominated corona studded with idiomorphic huttonite, Y-xenotime ± allanite. Mass balance calculation in a well-defined alteration zone around monazite in schist layer with P conserved indicate large gain in mass fraction of lower-abundance, less soluble HREEs, Y and Th in the alteration zone was compensated by minor loss in mass fraction of higher abundance elements (LREEs, MREEs) resulting in negligible net mass change. Monazite decomposition was associated with ˜50% dilation strain. Yb, Th and U abundances in alteration zones around decomposed monazites in schist layer are computed to be manifold higher than average schists. The contemporaneous formation of pore microstructures, the chemical homogeneity among ferromagnesian minerals and C-O isotope data in calcite in different textural domains, and results of mass balance calculations are compatible with deformation-aided porosity generation, synchronous fluid-mediated advection transport of elements, and dissolution-re-precipitation of mica-calcite aggregates at upper crustal conditions, ˜500 °C, ˜4 kbar. Monazite instability

  12. Spectrochemical determination of thorium in monazite by the powder-d.c. arc technique

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    Dutra, C.V.; Murata, K.J.

    1954-01-01

    Thorium in monazite is determined by a d.c. carbon-arc technique using zirconium as the internal standard. The analytical curve for Th II 2870.413 A??/Zr II 2844-579 A?? is established by means of synthetic standards containing graduated amounts of thoria and 0.500 per cent zirconia in pegmatite base (60 parts quartz, 40 parts microchne, and 1 part ferric oxide). Monazite samples are diluted 14-fold with pegmatite base that contains 0.538 per cent ZrO2, so that the zirconia content of the resulting mixture is also 0.500 per cent. In addition, both the standards and the diluted monazites are mixed with one-half their weight of powdered graphite. Approximately 25 mg of the prepared samples are arced to completion at 15.5 to 17.5 amperes. With the 14-fold dilution employed, the accurate range of the method is 3 to 20 per cent thoria in the original monazite. The coefficient of variation for a single determination is 4 per cent at the 7 per cent thoria level. Tests with synthetic unknowns and chemically analyzed monazites show a maximum error of ??10 per cent of the thoria content. If niobium is substituted for zirconium as the internal standard, there is a loss of precision. Platinum as the internal standard gives results of good precision but introduces a marked sensitivity to matrix effects. ?? 1954.

  13. Community-Based Development of Standards for Geochemical and Geochronological Data

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    Lehnert, K. A.; Walker, D.; Vinay, S.; Djapic, B.; Ash, J.; Falk, B.

    2007-12-01

    The Geoinformatics for Geochemistry (GfG) Program (www.geoinfogeochem.org) and the EarthChem project (www.earthchem.org) aim to maximize the application of geochemical data in Geoscience research and education by building a new advanced data infrastructure for geochemistry that facilitates the compilation, communication, serving, and visualization of geochemical data and their integration with the broad Geoscience data set. Building this new data infrastructure poses substantial challenges that are primarily cultural in nature, and require broad community involvement in the development and implementation of standards for data reporting (e.g., metadata for analytical procedures, data quality, and analyzed samples), data publication, and data citation to achieve broad acceptance and use. Working closely with the science community, with professional societies, and with editors and publishers, recommendations for standards for the reporting of geochemical and geochronological data in publications and to data repositories have been established, which are now under consideration for adoption in journal and agency policies. The recommended standards are aligned with the GfG and EarthChem data models as well as the EarthChem XML schema for geochemical data. Through partnerships with other national and international data management efforts in geochemistry and in the broader marine and terrestrial geosciences, GfG and EarthChem seek to integrate their development of geochemical metadata standards, data format, and semantics with relevant existing and emerging standards and ensure compatibility and compliance.

  14. New geochronological history of the Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup (Proterozoic, DRC) through U-Pb and Sm-Nd dating

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    François, Camille; Baludikay, Blaise K.; Storme, Jean-Yves; Baudet, Daniel; Paquette, Jean-Louis; Fialin, Michel; Debaille, Vinciane; Javaux, Emmanuelle J.

    2016-04-01

    The Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup, DRC is located between the Archean-Paleoproterozoic Kasai Craton and the Mesoproterozoic Kibaran Belt. This sedimentary sequence, unaffected by regional metamorphism, preserves a large diversity of well-preserved acritarchs (organic-walled microfossils), evidencing the diversification of complex life (early eukaryotes) for the first time in mid-Proterozoic redox stratified oceans of Central Africa (Baludikay et al., in review). This Supergroup is composed of two distinct lithostratigraphic successions (i) BI Group: a lower siliciclastic sequence (ca. 1175 Myr to ca. 882 Myr or ca. 1050 Myr (Cahen, 1954; Holmes & Cahen, 1955; Delpomdor et al., 2013) unconformably overlying the ca. 2.82-2.56 Gyr granitoid Dibaya Complex to the North (Cahen & Snelling; recent notice on DRC geological map); and (ii) BII Group: a poorly age-constrained upper carbonate sequence with sparse shales . Basaltic lavas (including pillow lavas) overlying the Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup were dated around 950 Myr (Cahen et al., 1974; Cahen et al., 1984). To better constraint the age of this Supergroup in the Meso-Neoproterozoic limit, we combine different geochronological methods, in particular on diagenetic minerals such as monazite (Montel et al., 1996; Rasmussen & Muhling, 2007) and xenotime (McNaughton et al., 1999) but also on detrital zircons. For the BI Group, results of in situ U-Pb dating with LA-ICP-MS on monazite, xenotime and zircon (Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Clermont-Ferrand) provide ages between 2.9 and 1.2 Gyr for zircons and between 1.4 and 1.03 Gyr for monazites and xenotimes. New results of in situ U-Th-Pb dating of well-crystallized monazites and xenotimes with Electron MicroProbe (Camparis, UPMC, Paris), highlight that some crystals display zonations with an inherited core older than 1125 Myr and diagenetic rims around 1050-1075 Myr. This suggests that the diagenesis of BI Group is younger than 1175 Myr (Delpomdor et al., 2013) and probably around

  15. Appendix G: Geochemistry

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    Cantrell, Kirk J.; Serne, R. Jeffrey; Zachara, John M.; Krupka, Kenneth M.; Dresel, P. Evan; Brown, Christopher F.; Freshley, Mark D.

    2008-01-17

    This appendix discusses the geology of the Hanford Site and singe-shell tank (SST) waste management areas (WMAs). The purpose is to provide the most recent geochemical information available for the SST WMAs and the Integrated Disposal Facility. This appendix summarizes the information in the geochemistry data package for the SST WMAs.

  16. Metamorphic and structural evolution of the Straits Schist, W. Connecticut: U-PB monazite constraints

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    Lanzirotti, A.; Hanson, G.N. . Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences)

    1993-03-01

    U-Pb dating of monazites from two outcrops of The Straits Schist south of Waterbury Dome precisely constrains the timing of Acadian metamorphism and deformation. Synkinematic pegmatites which parallel schistosity are common in The Straits Schist south of Waterbury. A pegmatite at the type-section of The Straits Schist east of Straitsville yields U-Pb monazite ages of 385 [+-] 2.5 Ma. At both outcrops the axial planar schistosity is defined by muscovites and biotites which wrap around axes of folds but are not themselves deformed, suggesting they represent a recrystallized fabric. Monazites in the schists at both outcrops display petrographic evidence of grain boundary pinning against mica surfaces and growth across muscovite-biotite grain boundaries, consistent with growth during or after biotite and muscovite crystallization. Monazites from the schist at Straitsville and Naugatuck yield U-Pb ages of 383 [+-] 3 Ma. The U-Pb data, coupled with field and petrographic observations, suggest that pegmatite intrusion, deformation, and metamorphic recrystallization occurred within 3 Ma of about 383 Ma.

  17. The Influence of Interfacial Roughness on Fiber Sliding in Oxide Composites with La-Monazite Interphases

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    Davis, J. B.; Hay, R. S.; Marshall, D. B.; Morgan, P. E. D.; Sayir, A.; Gray, Hugh R. (Technical Monitor); Farmer, Serene C. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Room temperature debonding and sliding of La-Monazite coated fibers is assessed using a composite with a polycrystalline alumina matrix and fibers of several different single crystal (mullite, sapphire) and directionally solidified eutectic (Al2O3/Y3Al5O12 and Al2O3/Y-ZrO2) compositions. These fibers provide a range of residual stresses and interfacial roughnesses. Sliding occurred over a debond crack at the fiber-coating interface when the sliding displacement and surface roughness were relatively small. At large sliding displacements with relatively rough interfaces, the monazite coatings were deformed extensively by fracture, dislocations and occasional twinning, whereas the fibers were undamaged. Dense, fine-grained (10 nm) microstructures suggestive of dynamic recrystallization were also observed in the coatings. Frictional heating during sliding is assessed. The possibility of low temperature recrystallization is discussed in the light of the known resistance of monazite to radiation damage. The ability of La-Monazite to undergo plastic deformation relatively easily at low temperatures may be enabling for its use as a composite interface.

  18. An application of Petrochronology: U/Th-Pb geochronologic rates of burial and exhumation in the Cordilleran hinterland, northern Nevada, USA

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    Hallett, B. W.

    2014-12-01

    Monazite and zircon U/Th-Pb dating and yttrium thermometry results from metapelitic rocks of the northern East Humboldt Range, Nevada provide insight into the tectonic evolution of the North American Cordillera. Combining a petrologic approach with in situ U/Th-Pb SHRIMP geochronology gives constraints on the timing and rates of burial and exhumation. When integrated with the results from studies of the intrusive igneous and structural evolution of a complexly deformed crustal block, a broad picture of the behavior of the thickened middle crust in an orogenic wedge begins to emerge. In samples from the upper limb of the south verging Winchell Lake nappe, monazite cores giving moderate YPO4 components yield a mean U-Pb age of 82.8 ± 1.3 Ma representing initial growth near garnet zone conditions. A cycle of burial and heating giving way to decompression and melting, followed by zircon growth accompanied by low YPO4 monazite growth giving a wide range of ages (77.1-62.4 Ma) apparently documents cooling and melt crystallization. Monazite core and zircon ages from these samples bracket the time frame for this cycle through peak pressure and then temperature. Rates of burial therefore are ~1.0­-4.5 mm/year for the Winchell Lake nappe. Migmatitic pelites from the Lizzies Basin area, structurally beneath the Winchell Lake nappe give U-Pb monazite age brackets of 96.5-79.4 Ma, yielding a narrower range of burial rates, ~0.5-2.0 mm/year. Calculated exhumation rates for the same rocks from both the upper limb of the Winchell Lake nappe and the Lizzies Basin area fall between ~0.4 and 1.7 mm/year. Rapid burial followed by rapid exhumation is consistent with thickening by an overthrust mechanism followed by vertical ductile thinning, underplating, erosion, and/or normal faulting. Exhumation is generally slower than estimates for exhumation of metamorphic core complexes north of the Snake River Plain calculated by Bendick and Baldwin (2009). This may represent a difference in

  19. CHIME monazite dating using FE-EPMA equipped with R=100 mm spectrometers

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    Shibata, K.; Shimizu, M.; Suzuki, K.; Sueoka, S.; Niwa, M.

    2015-12-01

    The age spectrum of detrital monazite grains is used to unravel the tectono-thermal history of the pre-Neogene terranes, which is required for geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste on tectonically active Japanese Islands. The CHIME (Chemical Th-U-total Pb isochron method, Suzuki and Adachi, 1991) is best suited for dating of detrital monazite whose grains are not chronologically uniform. In the previous studies (eg, Suzuki, 2011), EPMA equipped with conventional R=140 mm spectrometers was used for measurement of U, Th and Pb. However the spectrometers have low count rate of measurement of Pb. The JEOL JXA-8530F FE-EPMA equipped with R=100 mm spectrometers has been applied for the CHIME monazite dating. The intrinsic responses of each of the R=100 mm spectrometers for PbMβ are around ten times higher than that of the R=140 mm spectrometer. The R=100 mm spectrometers permits obtaining high count rate, which enables us to shorten measurement time than before. As these spectrometers have peculiar spectral interference, the method reported by Amli and Griffin (1978) is applied for correction of the interference. In order to verify the dating using the FE-EPMA and the interference correction method, two distinct age groups of monazite were measured. The ages were 425±25 Ma for monazite from Cooma granite in southeastern Australia, which had dated by SHRIMP as 432.8 ± 3.5 Ma (Williams, 2001) and 67 ± 7 Ma for monazite of the Kojaku granite in southwestern Japan, which is corresponding to the LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon ages of 68.5 ± 0.7 Ma. These results indicate that the FE-EPMA and the interference correction method are useful for the CHIME monazite dating and for revealing the tectono-thermal history of the terranes. This study was carried out under a contract with Agency of Natural Resources and Energy(ANRE), part of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan as part of its R&D supporting program for developing geological disposal technology.

  20. Swelling induced by alpha decay in monazite and zirconolite ceramics: A XRD and TEM comparative study

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    Deschanels, X.; Seydoux-Guillaume, A. M.; Magnin, V.; Mesbah, A.; Tribet, M.; Moloney, M. P.; Serruys, Y.; Peuget, S.

    2014-05-01

    Zirconolite and monazite matrices are potential ceramics for the containment of actinides (Np, Cm, Am, Pu) which are produced over the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. Actinides decay mainly through the emission of alpha particles, which in turn causes most ceramics to undergo structural and textural changes (amorphization and/or swelling). In order to study the effects of alpha decays on the above mentioned ceramics two parallel approaches were set up. The first involved the use of an external irradiation source, Au, which allowed the deposited recoil energy to be simulated. The second was based on short-lived actinide doping with 238Pu, (i.e. an internal source), via the incorporation of plutonium oxide into both the monazite and zirconolite structures during synthesis. In both types of irradiation experiments, the zirconolite samples became amorphous at room temperature with damage close to 0.3 dpa; corresponding to a critical dose of 4 × 1018 α g-1 (i.e. ∼1.3 × 1021 keV cm-3). Both zirconolite samples also showed the same degree of macroscopic swelling at saturation (∼6%), with ballistic processes being the predominant damaging effect. In the case of the monazite however, the macroscopic swelling and amorphization were dependent on the nature of the irradiation. Externally, (Au), irradiated samples became amorphous while also demonstrating a saturation swelling of up to 8%. In contrast to this, the swelling of the 238Pu doped samples was much smaller at ∼1%. Also, unlike the externally (Au) irradiated monazite these 238Pu doped samples remained crystalline up to 7.5 × 1018 α g-1 (0.8 dpa). XRD, TEM and swelling measurements were used to fully characterize and interpret this behavior. The low swelling and the conservation of the crystalline state of 238Pu doped monazite samples indicates that alpha annealing took place within this material.

  1. Surface chemistry and flotation behavior of monazite, apatite, ilmenite, quartz, rutile, and zircon using octanohydroxamic acid collector

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    Nduwa Mushidi, Josue

    Global increase in rare earth demand and consumption has led to further understanding their beneficiation and recovery. Monazite is the second most important rare earth mineral that can be further exploited. In this study, the surface chemistry of monazite in terms of zeta potential, adsorption density, and flotation response by microflotation using octanohydroxamic acid is determined. Apatite, ilmenite, quartz, rutile, and zircon are minerals that frequently occur with monazite among other minerals. Hence they were chosen as gangue minerals in this study. The Iso Electric Point (IEP) of monazite, apatite, ilmenite, quartz, rutile, and zircon are 5.3, 8.7, 3.8, 3.4, 6.3, and 5.1 respectively. The thermodynamic parameters of adsorption were also evaluated. Ilmenite, rutile and zircon have high driving forces for adsorption with DeltaGads. = 20.48, 22.10, and 22.4 kJ/mol respectively. The free energy of adsorption is 14.87 kJ/mol for monazite. Adsorption density testing shows that octanohydroxamic acid adsorbs on negatively charged surfaces of monazite and its gangue minerals which indicates chemisorption. This observation was further confirmed by microflotation experiments. Increasing the temperature to 80°C raises the adsorption and flotability of monazite and gangue minerals. This does not allow for effective separation. Sodium silicate appeared to be most effective to depress associated gangue minerals. Finally, the fundamentals learned were applied to the flotation of monazite ore from Mt. Weld. However, these results showed no selectivity due to the presence of goethite as fine particles and due to a low degree of liberation of monazite in the ore sample.

  2. Stratigraphy, regional distribution, and reconnaisance geochemistry of Oligocene and Miocene volcanic rocks in the Paradise Range and northern Pactolus Hills, Nye County, Nevada

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    Not Available

    1992-01-01

    In this paper, stratigraphy, geochronology, and geochemistry of about 40 units of Oligocene and Miocene silicic ash-flow tuff, intermediate to silicic lava, and minor sedimentary rock exposed in three stratigraphic sections are described. The distribution and sources of five regionally widespread ash-flow tuff units were delineated. The late Cenozoic volcanic and tectonic history of the Paradise Range and northern Pactolus Hills was compared to other areas in the Great Basin.

  3. Mafic dykes intrusive into Pre-Cambrian rocks of the São Luís cratonic fragment and Gurupi Belt (Parnaíba Province), north-northeastern Brazil: Geochemistry, Sr-Nd-Pb-O isotopes, 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, and relationships to CAMP magmatism

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    Klein, Evandro L.; Angélica, Rômulo S.; Harris, Chris; Jourdan, Fred; Babinski, Marly

    2013-07-01

    Dykes of diabase and microgabbro intruded into Pre-Cambrian rocks of the São Luís cratonic fragment and Gurupi Belt, which are tectonic and erosive windows of the Parnaíba Basin in north-northeastern Brazil. Ar-Ar ages were determined, and major, trace element, and Nd-Sr-Pb-O isotopic compositions of these dykes were measured to provide insights into their age, and into the nature of their mantle sources and petrogenetic processes. The data have also been used to compare the chemical and isotopic signatures of the dykes with those of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP). Four chemical groups of mafic dykes have been identified. These comprise two subtypes of high-Ti rocks (i) HTi-1 (TiO2 < 2.3 wt.%; SiO2 > 47 wt.%), (ii) HTi-2 (TiO2 > 2.7 wt.%; SiO2 > 47 wt.%), in addition to (iii) evolved high-Ti (TiO2 > 4 wt.%; SiO2 of ~ 46 wt.%) and (iv) low-Si (TiO2 > 2.2 wt.%; SiO2 < 45 wt.%) rocks. 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of plagioclase returned ages of 201 ± 4 Ma and 193 ± 10 Ma for the HTi-2 subtype, and of 201 ± 2 Ma and 207 ± 9 Ma for the evolved high-Ti group. The HTi-1 and low-Si groups presented highly disturbed age spectra, and did not allow the definition of their emplacement ages. The Argon data indicate an age > 200 Ma for the low-Si group and are dubious with respect to the age of theHTi-1 subtype, if coeval with (i.e., ~ 200 Ma), or older than, the HTi-2 and evolved high-Ti types. All groups present δ18O values of pyroxene that are compatible with uncontaminated mantle-derived magmas. The HTi-1 subtype (average 143Nd/144Nd200 = 0.512644; 87Sr/86Sr200 = 0.7035; 206Pb/204Pb of 17.86) shows the less enriched and less fractionated (more primitive) trace element distribution of all groups. The HTi-2 subtype shows enriched trace element pattern and depleted Nd-Sr signature (143Nd/144Nd200 = 0.512610; 87Sr/86Sr200 = 0.7037) and average 206Pb/204Pb ratios of 17.23. The evolved high-Ti chemical group shows average ratios of 143Nd/144Nd200 = 0.512558, 87Sr

  4. Provenance implications of Th U Pb electron microprobe ages from detrital monazite in the Carboniferous Upper Silesia Coal Basin, Poland

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    Kusiak, Monika Agnieszka; Kędzior, Artur; Paszkowski, Mariusz; Suzuki, Kazuhiro; González-Álvarez, Ignacio; Wajsprych, Bolesław; Doktor, Marek

    2006-05-01

    This paper reports the results of CHIME (chemical Th-U-Pb isochron method) dating of detrital monazites from Carboniferous sandstones in the Upper Silesia Coal Basin (USCB). A total of 4739 spots on 863 monazite grains were analyzed from samples of sandstone derived from six stratigraphic units in the sedimentary sequence. Age distributions were identified in detrital monazites from the USCB sequence and correlated with specific dated domains in potential source areas. Most monazites in all samples yielded ca. 300-320 Ma (Variscan) ages; however, eo-Variscan, Caledonian and Cadomian ages were also obtained. The predominant ages are comparable to reported ages of certain tectonostratigraphic domains in the polyorogenic Bohemian Massif (BM), which suggests that various crystalline lithologies in the BM were the dominant sources of USCB sediments.

  5. Experimental and geologic evaluation of monazite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry: Catnip Sill, Catalina Core Complex, Tucson, AZ

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    Peterman, E. M.; Hourigan, J. K.; Grove, M.

    2014-10-01

    Monazite is a petrologically important and analytically promising target for (U-Th)/He thermochronology. Previous studies have reported highly variable He diffusion results from monazite from a single sample and demonstrated that composition can significantly affect He diffusion parameters. In this study, we performed incremental heating of single monazite grains to experimentally determine the 4He diffusion properties of reference monazite ‘554’ that occurs within a peraluminous two-mica granite from the Catnip Sill within the Catalina Core complex, Arizona. Assuming that the grain size defines the diffusion geometry, the six experiments yielded Ea values of 212 to 238±5 kJ mol (1σ) and Do values of 15.7 to 103 cm s with one value of 784 cm s. Monazite (U-Th)/He data from five grains yielded closure temperatures of 291 to 262 °C (± c. 15 °C) and ages of 23.8-20.3 (±∼1.2;2σ) Ma; the weighted mean age is 21.8±0.73 (MSWD=1.83, n=5) and the weighted mean closure temperature is 282±6 °C (MSWD=0.96, n=5;1σ). We tested the accuracy of these results by comparing our monazite thermochronology data with monazite Th/Pb depth profiling results, the 40Ar/39Ar thermal history for the Catnip Sill constrained using coexisting muscovite, biotite, and K-feldspar, and published regional zircon and apatite fission track results. The monazite Th/Pb data indicate emplacement of the Catnip Sill at ∼45 Ma. The 40Ar/39Ar muscovite and biotite data indicate cooling from 460 to 350 °C from 27 to 26 Ma. K-feldspar MDD modeling suggests cooling from 360 to 240 °C from 26 to 24 Ma. Zircon fission track data indicate cooling through 250 °C between 29 and 20 Ma. Additional cooling through 110 °C is recorded by apatite fission track ages of 19-16 Ma. Because the monazite thermochronology results are reproducible and consistent with the thermal history constrained by the other chronometers, our results 1) confirm the accuracy of the 4He diffusion kinetics from monazite

  6. Kyanite-garnet gneisses of the Kåfjord Nappe - North Norwegian Caledonides: P-T conditions and monazite Th-U-Pb dating

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    Ziemniak, Grzegorz; Kośmińska, Karolina; Majka, Jarosław; Janák, Marian; Manecki, Maciej

    2016-04-01

    The Kåfjord Nappe is the part of the Skibotn Nappe Complex traditionally ascribed to the Upper Allochthon of the North Norwegian Caledonides. Pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions and metamorphic age of the Kåfjord Nappe are not well constrained, geochronological data are limited to a single Rb-Sr age of c. 440 Ma (Dangla et al. 1978). Metamorphic evolution of kyanite-garnet gneisses of the Kåfjord Nappe is presented here. The kyanite-garnet gneisses are associated with a few meters thick amphibolite lenses. The gneisses mainly consist of quartz, plagioclase, biotite, muscovite, garnet, kyanite, and rutile. Retrograde minerals are represented by sillimanite and chlorite. Garnet occurs as two textural types. Garnet-I forms euhedral porphyroblasts with multiple small inclusions. Profiles through garnet-I show chemical zonation in all components. The composition varies from Alm64-68Prp11-16Grs13-18Sps2-8 in the core to Alm68-70Prp17-18Grs10-13Sps1-3 in the rim. Garnet-II is subhedral to anhedral, its core is inclusion-rich, whereas rim contains only single inclusions. Chemical composition of garnet-II is similar to that of the garnet-I rim. P-T conditions have been estimated using the garnet-biotite-muscovite-plagioclase (GBPM) geothermobarometer (Holdaway, 2001; Wu, 2014). Calculated peak P-T metamorphic conditions are 610-625 °C and 7.6-8.2 kbar corresponding to the amphibolite facies conditions. Phase equilibrium modelling in the NCKFMMnASH system yields peak metamorphic conditions of c. 620 °C at 8 kbar. Growth conditions of garnet-I core modelled in the NCKFMMnASH system are c. 570 °C at 9.7 kbar. Chemical Th-U-total Pb monazite dating has been performed. Preliminary dating results from the kyanite-garnet gneiss of the Kåfjord Nappe yield an array of dates from 468 Ma to 404 Ma. There is a correlation between an increase of yttrium content and decrease of monazite single dates. Compositional maps confirm an increase of yttrium towards the rim of the

  7. Variscan Collisional Magmatism and Deformation In The Viseu Area (northern Central Portugal) - Constraints From U-pb Geochronology of Granitoids

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    Azevedo, M. R.; Aguado, B. V.; Scaltegger, U.; Nolan, J.; Martins, M. R.; Medina, J.

    The Viseu area is located in the innermost zone of the Iberian Variscan Fold Belt (the Central Iberian Zone). It consists of abundant post-thickening, collision related grani- toids intruded into upper and middle crustal levels. The ascent of granite magmas took place after an extensional tectonic event (D2) and is coeval with D3 dextral and sinis- tral crustal-scale transcurrent shear zones. In the northern part of the area, the presence of a well preserved Upper Carboniferous tectonic basin filled with deformed conti- nental clastic sediments, bounded by contemporaneously exhumed deep crustal rocks and intruded by late-tectonic granites documents an episode of extension involving basin subsidence, uplift and erosion of the basement and granite magmatism in a post- thickening, but syn-convergent scenario. Convergence is manifested by strike-slip tec- tonics and basin inversion. According to structural criteria, the Variscan granitoids can be subdivided into two major groups: (1) syn-D3 granitoids including two dif- ferent petrological associations, highly peraluminous leucogranite and granodiorite- monzogranite intrusions and (2) late-D3 granitoids comprising slightly metaluminous to peraluminous granodiorites and monzogranites. Four plutons representing the syn- D3 leucogranites (Junqueira) and monzogranites (Maceira and Casal Vasco) and the late-D3 biotite granites (Cota) yielded U-Pb zircon + monazite or monazite ages of 310 Ma, 311 Ma, 311 Ma and 306 Ma, respectively. This points to a synchronous emplacement of the different syn-D3 plutons shortly followed by the intrusion of the late-D3 granites and suggests that the Upper Carboniferous plutonism occurred within a short time span of ca. 5 myr. Stratigraphic markers show that the oldest continental sediments in the Carboniferous basin are Westphalian whilst field relationships in- dicate that the deformation occurred prior to the intrusion of the late-D3 granitoids. Precise U-Pb geochronology proves that basin

  8. Chemical and ceramic methods toward safe storage of actinides using monazite. 1998 annual progress report

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    Morgan, P.E.D.; Boatner, L.A.

    1998-06-01

    'The use of ceramic monazite, (La,Ce)PO{sub 4}, for sequestering actinides, especially plutonium, and some other radioactive waste elements (rare earths e.g.) and thus isolating them from the environment has been championed by Lynn Boatner of ORNL. It may be used alone or, as it is compatible with many other minerals in nature, can be used in composite combinations. Natural monazite, which almost invariably contains Th and U, is often formed in hydrothermal pegmatites and is extremely water resistant--examples are known where the mineral has been washed out of rocks (becoming a placer mineral as on the beach sands of India, Australia, Brazil etc.) then reincorporated into new rocks with new crystal overgrowths and then washed out again--being 2.5--3 billion years old. During this demanding water treatment it has retained Th and U. Where very low levels of water attack have been seen (in more siliceous waters), the Th is tied up as new ThSiO{sub 4} and remains immobile. Lest it be thought that rare-earths are rare or expensive, this is not so. In fact, the less common lanthanides such as gadolinium, samarium, europium, and terbium, are necessarily extracted and much used by, e.g., the electronics industry, leaving La and Ce as not-sufficiently-used by-products. The recent development of large scale use of Nd in Nd-B-Fe magnets has further exaggerated this. Large deposits of the parent mineral bastnaesite are present in the USA and in China. (Mineral monazite itself is not preferred due to its thorium content.) In the last 5 years it has become apparent show that monazite (more specifically La-monazite) is an unrecognized/becoming-interesting ceramic material. PuPO4 itself has the monazite structure; the PO{sub 4} 3-unit strongly stabilizes actinides and rare earths in their trivalent state. Monazite melts without decomposition (in a closed system) at 2,074 C and, being compatible with common ceramic oxides such as alumina, mullite, zirconia and YAG, is useful in

  9. Characterization of a site contaminated by waste from a monazite ore processing plant

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    Lauria, D.C.; Reis, V.R.; Nouailhetas, Y.; Godoy, J.M.; Agudo, E.G.

    1993-12-31

    A radiological survey of an area of 60,000 m{sup 2}, previously occupied by the Usina de Interlagos (USIN), a branch of the Brazilian State Monazite Company was conducted. External exposure gamma rates, surface soil, subsurface soil and groundwater concentration of the long-life radionuclides from the uranium and thorium decay chain were determined. Two areas, one of 4,800 m{sup 2} and other of 1,750 m{sup 2}, were found to be contaminated with different radioactive materials, originating from the chemical and physical processing of the monazite sand. {sup 228}Ra is present up to 2.2 {times} 10{sup 4} Bq/kg in soil and 93 Bq/l in groundwater. Based on future scenarios, an allowable residual contamination level of {sup 232}Th and {sup 226}Ra of around 200 Bq/kg was derived. Clean-up actions are suggested.

  10. Pb isotopic composition, colour, and microstructure of monazites from a polymetamorphic rock in Antarctica

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    Black, Lance P.; Fitzgerald, John D.; Harley, Simon L.

    1984-02-01

    A moderate- to high-grade regionally metamorphosed paragneiss from Antarctica contains monazites of several different colours — brown, yellow and grey. Each colour type has a distinctive U-Pb isotopic composition which appears to result from different proportions of radiogenic Pb loss. Isotopic differences are neither related to La, Nd, Ce, P, Ca, Ti (and/or Ba), nor to U or Th content. All colour types have similar structures at the submicron scale, as determined by both conventional and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These show that the grains are essenttially non-metamict but are composed of 100 Å crystalline domains misoriented from each other by no more than 2× 10-3 radians, and separated by narrow confused boundary regions where misorientation is probably accommodated by imperfect atomic arrangements. These regions of mismatch form potential zones of high permeability/diffusivity which are believed to be fundamental to the isotopic and colour differences between grains. Colour type is apparently related to the capacity of different minerals to shield included monazite grains from fluids circulating in the rock system. The well aligned monazite U — Pb analyses produce concordia intercepts of 2429{-16/+17}Ma and 1087±29 Ma. Both ages are comparable to those of major geological events in this part of Antarctica. They are interpreted in terms of isotopic resetting through Pb loss, and original monazite crystallisation is thought to have occurred somewhat earlier, possibly at the time this terrain first underwent granulite-facies metamorphism, about 3070 Ma ago.

  11. Synthesis and sintering of a monazite brabantite solid solution ceramic for nuclear waste storage

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    Montel, Jean-Marc; Glorieux, Benoit; Seydoux-Guillaume, Anne-Magali; Wirth, Richard

    2006-12-01

    Various geological arguments suggest that monazite can be an interesting waste-form for actinides such as Np, Pu, Cm and Am. We set up a simple procedure for making dense pellets of monazite brabantite solid solution ceramics with composition Ca0.092Th0.092Ce0.089La0.727PO4. It consists of co-milling CaCO3, ThO2, CeO2, La2O3, and NH4H2PO4, 1250 °C calcination, milling, cold-pressing, and sintering at 1450 °C for 4 h. X-ray investigations showed that the reaction scheme from oxides to monazite is complex and involves various P+La-based intermediate compounds. The final density of the the product is around 95% of the theoretical density. The texture is homogeneous with a typical grain of size 5 20 μm. This process is designed to be adapted to hot cells and telemanipulators.

  12. Geochemistry and the environment

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    Moldan, Bedřich

    Geochemistry is one of the most important environmental disciplines. Indeed, a more proper term for this scientific field is biogeochemistry. The connection between the crucial aspects of the environment appears clearly from this term. It was coined by V.I. VERNADSKY in 1923 (MOCHALOV 1982). Later he incorporated this idea into the famous concept of the biosphere (VERNADSKY 1926) adopted by UNESCO in 1968 (UNESCO 1970) and is today one of the frequently used terms not only in scientific but also in general vocabulary.

  13. Linking microstructures, petrology and in situ U-(Th)-Pb geochronology to constrain P-T-t-D evolution of the Greather Himalyan Sequences in Western Nepal (Central Himalaya)

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    Iaccarino, Salvatore; Montomoli, Chiara; Carosi, Rodolfo; Langone, Antonio

    2013-04-01

    Last advances in forward modelling of metamorphic rocks and into the understanding of accessories minerals behaviour, suitable for geochronology (e.g. zircon and monazite), during metamorphism, bring new insights for understanding the evolution of metamorphic tectonites during orogenic cycles (Williams and Jercinovic, 2012 and reference therein). One of the best exposure of high- to medium grade- metamorphic rocks, is represented by the Greater Himalayan Sequence (GHS) in the Himalayan Belt, one of the most classic example of collisional orogen. Recent field work in Mugu Karnali valley, Western Nepal (Central Himalaya), identified a compressional top to the South ductile shear zone within the core of the GHS, named Magri Shear Zone (MSZ), developed in a high temperature regime as testified by quartz microstructures and syn-kinematic growth of sillimanite. In order to infer the tectono-metamorphic meaning of MSZ, a microstructural study coupled with pseudosection modelling and in situ U-(Th)-Pb monazite geochronology was performed on selected samples from different structural positions. Footwall sample constituted by (Grt + St ± Ky) micaschist shows a prograde garnet growth (cores to inner rims zoning), from ~500°C, ~0.60GPa (close to garnet-in curve) to ~580°C, ~1.2 GPa temporal constrained between 21-18 Ma, by medium Y cores to very low Y mantles monazite micro-chemical/ages domain . In this sample garnet was still growing during decompression and heating at ~640°C, ~0.75 GPa (rims), and later starts to be consumed, in conjunction with staurolite growth at 15-13 Ma, as revealed by high Y rims monazite micro-chemical/ages domain. Hanging-wall mylonitic samples have a porphyroclastic texture, with garnet preserve little memory of prograde path. Garnet near rim isoplets and matrix minerals intersect at ~700°C and ~0.70 GPa. A previous higher P stage, at ~1.10 GPa ~600°C, is testified by cores of larger white mica porhyroclasts. Prograde zoned allanite (Janots

  14. In-situ Rb-Sr geochronology

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    Anderson, F. S.; Nowicki, K.; Whitaker, T.

    This paper reports on the first rubidium-strontium (Rb-Sr) radiometric dates using a Laser Desorption Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry (LDRIMS) instrument capable of being miniaturized for flight to another planet. The LDRIMS instrument produces dates in under 24 hours, requires minimal sample preparation, and avoids the interference and mass resolution issues associated with other geochronology measurements. We have begun testing the bench-top prototype on the Boulder Creek Granite (BCG), from Colorado, comprised primarily of a gneissic quartz monzonite and granodiorite; whole rock Rb-Sr TIMS measurements result in dates of 1700± 40 Ma [1]. Data reduction of the LDRIMS Rb-Sr measurements on calibrated repeat runs result in a date for the BCG of 1.727± 0.087 Ga (n=288, MSWD=1). Most geochronology applications are willing to accept an MSWD up to ~2.7; at MSWD=2, the precision improves to ± 0.062 Ga. This technology is moving from lab prototype to field deployable instrument, and provides an opportunity to directly address the science goals of Mars Sample Return (MSR) within the bounds posed by current scientific, fiscal, and political pressures on the Mars program. Additionally, LDRIMS could potentially be flown to the Moon under the Discovery or New Frontiers program. We posit that in-situ geochronology missions to Mars to triage and validate samples for Mars Sample Return (MSR) are technically feasible in the 2018-2022 time frame.

  15. The timing of gold mineralization across the eastern Yilgarn craton using U-Pb geochronology of hydrothermal phosphate minerals

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    Vielreicher, Noreen; Groves, David; McNaughton, Neal; Fletcher, Ian

    2015-04-01

    The highly mineralized Eastern Goldfields of the eastern Yilgarn craton is an amalgamation of dominantly Neoarchaean granitoid-greenstone terranes and domains that record a history of early rifting, followed by westward directed collision with initial arc formation, collision and clastic basin formation, and final accretion to the western Yilgarn proto-craton between 2.66 and 2.60 billion years ago. The gold deposits that define this region as a world-class gold province are the product of orogenic processes that operated during accretion late in the tectonic history, after initial compressional deformation (D1-D2) and the majority of granitoid magmatism. Minor gold was also deposited throughout the entire tectonic history in magmatic-hydrothermal-related systems. However, such mineralization (mostly < 0.3 g/t gold) is nowhere economic unless it overprints, or is overprinted by, much higher-grade orogenic gold lodes. Robust SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology of gold-related hydrothermal xenotime and monazite supports structural studies that gold mineralization occurred during late transpressional events (D3-D4), shortly before cratonization. However, westward migration of collision and accretion produced a complementary diachroneity in the timing of gold mineralization of 5 to 20 m.y. between c. 2.65 Ma in the east (including Laverton District, Kurnalpi Terrane) to c. 2.63 Ma in the west (including Kalgoorlie Terrane) across the eastern part of the craton. The robust geochronology refutes previous suggestions that significant gold mineralization events extended from DE to D4 in the evolution of the orogen and that the Kalgoorlie gold deposits formed over a period of 45 m.y. The crustal continuum model is applicable within terranes where orogenic gold depositional events were penecontemporaneous, but must be modified to account for diachroneity of orogenic events and gold mineralization across the Eastern Goldfields.

  16. Disequilibrium Textures vs Equilibrium Modelling: Geochronology at the Crossroads

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    Villa, I. M.

    2007-12-01

    Observations made by electron microscopy show the processes affecting minerals at the atomic scale. The majority of reported analyses demonstrate chemical disequilibrium. A classic example are overgrowths of one mineral generation by a secondary one, which may be recognized on textural grounds. Disequilibrium recrystallization is promoted by water, which is everywhere on this planet (granites, contact aureoles, regional metamorphism, faults). It is mostly easier and energetically less costly to recrystallize a mineral at any temperature than to induce genuine volume diffusion in it. However, these observations are only relevant to geochronologists if chemical disequilibria are also accompanied by isotopic disequilibria. If a mineral mixture gives a mixed isotope record, then the interpretation of ages does not come cheap. If, on the contrary, diffusive reequilibration of the isotopic record is faster than that of chemical heterogeneities, then the petrology and microchemistry of a mineral could be ignored and its apparent age termed a "cooling age". First principle arguments and experimental data of the last decade concordantly show that the diffusivity of radiogenic isotopes is never higher than that of major elements forming the mineral structure. And indeed, end- member ages of mineral mixtures can be unravelled if the petrogenesis is understood. This was first shown by CL images of zircon grains (Gebauer et al, Schweiz Min Pet Mitt 68 (1988) 485-490). Similar progress was reported on monazite (Williams et al, Ann Rev Earth Planet Sci 35 (2007) 137-175), amphibole (Belluso et al, Eur J Mineral 12 (2000) 45-62), K-feldspar (Nyfeler et al, Schweiz Min Pet Mitt 78 (1998) 11-21), biotite (Villa et al, Water Rock Interaction 10 (2001) 1589-92). The mechanism for resetting the isotope record in nature thus seems more dependent on the availability of water to enhance disequilibrium recrystallization than on reaching a preset temperature. Intercomparison of laboratory

  17. Sulfide Mineralogy and Geochemistry

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    Dilles, John

    2007-02-01

    Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry Series, Volume 61 David J. Vaughan, Editor Geochemical Society and Mineralogical Society of America; ISBN 0-939950-73-1 xiii + 714 pp.; 2006; $40. Sulfide minerals as a class represent important minor rock-forming minerals, but they are generally known as the chief sources of many economic metallic ores. In the past two decades, sulfide research has been extended to include important roles in environmental geology of sulfide weathering and resultant acid mine drainage, as well as in geomicrobiology in which bacteria make use of sulfides for metabolic energy sources. In the latter respect, sulfides played an important role in early evolution of life on Earth and in geochemical cycling of elements in the Earth's crust and hydrosphere.

  18. Geochronologic, Thermochronologic, and Thermobarometric Constraints on the Tectonic Evolution of the Northeastern Pamir

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    Robinson, A. C.; Yin, A.; Manning, C. E.; Harrison, T. M.; Hei, W.; Xiong, M. Y.; Feng, W. X.

    2001-12-01

    exhumation of the Kongur Shan (and Muztaghata) massifs along the Kongur normal fault. High grade metamorphism in the Kongur Shan massif due to tectonic burial is constrained to be ~ 9 Ma from in-situ SIMS monazite geochronology. A 10 Ma biotite 40Ar/39Ar age from two km west of the ductile shear zone is interpreted to roughly indicate the timing of initiation of normal faulting.

  19. Optimization of Heating Schedules for Measurement of Helium Diffusion in Monazite

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    Day, C.; Grove, M.; Peterman, E.

    2010-12-01

    Minerals accumulate alpha particles (4-He) as radioactive thorium and uranium contained within them decay to lead. Mineral such as monazite, a rare-earth-element-bearing phosphate, contain significant amounts of U and Th and thus build up significant concentrations of He over geologic time. Depending upon temperature and other factors, some of this helium escapes from the mineral by intracrystalline diffusion. Although the balance between radiogenic in-growth and diffusive loss of He is a sensitive monitor of the rates and magnitude of geologic processes, such as crustal deformation and erosion, experimental calibration is required. A major goal of this project was to help develop practical temperature-time (T-t) schedules for measuring diffusive release of helium from monazite. Although activation energy (E) and frequency factor (Do) are intrinsic properties of a given monazite composition, diffusive length scale (r) is determined by the dimensions of the crystals and can be varied in the experiment by selecting grains of different size. To determine optimum T-t schedules for a given experiment, appropriate solutions of the diffusion equation were used to calculate the fraction of helium loss and diffusion coefficients as a function of measured r and estimated E and Do. For ease of measurement, the heating schedule had to satisfy the following criteria: (1) the helium loss per step should never be lower than about 0.5 femtomoles; (2) the average helium loss should be around 0.1 to 1.0 picomoles. The results of these calculations lead to the following conclusions: (1) both E and T significantly impact the amount of He release at a given stage of the experiment. In the diffusion equation, E and T occur within the exponential term exp(-E/RT)where R is the gas law constant. Increasing E retards release of He while increasing T has the opposite effect. Exponential dependence means that a large amount of He will be released from the sample over a narrow range of T

  20. A first principle study of the pressure dependent elastic properties of monazite LaPO4

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    Ali, Kawsar; Arya, A.; Ghosh, P. S.; Dey, G. K.

    2016-05-01

    DFT based ab-initio simulations have been performed to study the effect of pressure on the elastic properties of monazite LaPO4 which is a promising host material for immobilization of high level nuclear waste. The phase is found to be stable up to 30 GPa. The calculated polycrystalline bulk, shear and Young moduli show an increasing trend as a function of pressure. The ductility and anisotropy in shear modulus of the material have been found to increase with pressure; whilethe bulk modulus anisotropy decreases with pressure.

  1. Mechanical, Chemical and Microstructural Characterization of Monazite-Coated Silicon Carbide Fibers

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    Bansal, N. P.; Wheeler, D. R.; Chen, Y. L.

    2000-01-01

    Tensile strengths of as-received Hi-Nicalon and Sylramic fibers and those having monazite surface coatings, deposited by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition, were measured at room temperature and the Weibull statistical parameters determined. The average tensile strengths of uncoated Hi-Nicalon and Sylramic fibers were 3.19 +/- 0.73 and 2.78 +/- 0.53 GPa with a Weibull modulus of 5.41 and 5.52, respectively. The monazite-coated Hi-Nicalon and Sylramic fibers showed strength loss of approx. 10 and 15 percent, respectively, compared with the as-received fibers. The elemental compositions of the fibers and the coatings were analyzed using scanning Auger microprobe and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The LaPO4 coating on Hi-Nicalon fibers was approximately stoichiometric and about 50 nm thick. The coating on the Sylramic fibers extended to a depth of about 100 to 150 nm. The coating may have been stoichiometric LaPO4 in the first 30 to 40 nm of the layer. However, the surface roughness of Sylramic fiber made this profile somewhat difficult to interpret. Microstructural analyses of the fibers and the coatings were done by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and selected area electron diffraction. Hi-Nicalon fiber consists of fine beta-SiC nanocrystals ranging in size from 1 to 30 mn embedded in an amorphous matrix. Sylramic is a polycrystalline stoichiometric silicon carbide fiber consisting of submicron beta-SiC crystallites ranging from 100 to 300 nm. Small amount of TiB2 nanocrystallites (approx. 50 nm) are also present. The LaPO4 coating on Hi-Nicalon fibers consisted of a chain of peanut shape particles having monazite-(La) structure. The coating on Sylramic fibers consisted of two layers. The inner layer was a chain of peanut shape particles having monazite-(La) structure. The outer layer was comprised of much smaller particles with a microcrystalline structure.

  2. Low-temperature ceramic radioactive waste form characteriztion of supercalcine-based monazite-cement composites

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    Roy, D.M.; Wakeley, L.D.; Atkinson, S.D.

    1980-04-18

    Simulated radioactive waste solidification by a lower temperature ceramic (cement) process is being investigated. The monazite component (simulated by NdPO/sub 4/) of supercalcine-ceramic has been solidified in cement and found to generate a solid form with low leachability. Several types of commercial cements and modifications thereof were used. No detectable release of Nd or P was found through characterizing the products of accelerated hydrothermal leaching at 473/sup 0/K (200/sup 0/C) and 30.4 MPa (300 bars) pressure.

  3. Detrital zircon geochronology and Nd isotope geochemistry of an early Paleozoic succession in Korea:

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    Lee, Yong Il; Choi, Taejin; Lim, Hyoun Soo; Orihashi, Yuji

    2015-04-01

    This study reports the results of an analysis of U-Pb ages of detrital zircons and Nd isotope compositions from the well-established lower Paleozoic platform succession developed on the Precambrian gneiss and metasedimentary rocks in South Korea. The three stratigraphic units in the basal part of the succession are the Jangsan, Myeonsan, and Myobong Formations. The unfossiliferous Jangsan (white­to­pink quartz sandstone) and Myeonsan (dark-gray ilmenite-rich sandstone/shale) Formations are in fault contact and are generally considered to be coeval (Early Cambrian). Both formations are also generally considered to be conformably overlain by the dark­ gray, fossiliferous, fine-grained Myobong Formation (late Early-early Middle Cambrian). We here report U-Pb ages of detrital zircons and Nd isotopic data from the Jangsan, Myeonsan, and Myobong Formations. The Jangsan and Myeonsan Formations provide Archean-Paleoproterozoic U-Pb ages, but the former is characterized by Archean Sm-Nd model ages and the latter by late Paleoproterozoic Sm-Nd model ages, which is indicative of a significant change in provenance. This suggests that the Jangsan Formation predates the Myeonsan Formation. The Myobong Formation provides dominantly Meso- to Neoproterozoic U-Pb ages and Sm-Nd model ages that are slightly younger than those of the Myeonsan Formation. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, the combined evidence of unconformable contact and marked changes in zircon U-Pb ages and Nd isotopic compositions suggests that the Myobong Formation overlies the Jangsan and Myeonsan Formations unconformably. Considering the metamorphic age of the immediately underlying Precambrian basement metasediments (0.8 to 0.9 Ga), this stratigraphic relationship strongly suggests that the Jangsan Formation may be Neoproterozoic in age and that the Myeonsan Formation may be latest Neoproterozoic to Early Cambrian and calls for reevaluation of Precambrian-Paleozoic history of the Korean Peninsula. The results of this study also recommend application of this technique to unfossiliferous stratigraphic successions elsewhere.

  4. Application of geochronology/geochemistry of zircon in understanding the construction of the Peninsular Range Batholith

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    Kylander-Clark, A. R.; Johnston, S. M.

    2015-12-01

    Trace-element signatures of zircon are becoming increasingly used as a tool to infer the petrologic history of the rock from which that zircon crystallized. In this study, we sampled 11 igneous rocks from west to east across the northern Peninsular Ranges Batholith (PRB) to test how well REE patterns in zircon reflect those of the whole rock in arc magmas (granodiorite-tonalite). Previous studies of the PRB show two transitions from west to east, with respect to their REE patterns; transition 1) a decrease in HREE, from the west to the central PRB, and 2) an increase in LREE from the central to the eastern PRB. Whole rock samples in this study, analyzed by XRF and ICPMS, reproduce this pattern and thus provide a variety of REE signatures with which to test whether zircon can be used as a proxy for whole-rock data. Zircon from the 11 samples was analyzed by LASS (Laser Ablation Split Stream) ICP-MS, to measure both the age of the zircons and their trace-element compositions. In general, as expected, ages young from west (ca. 104 Ma) to east (ca. 90 Ma). Patterns of HREE in zircon correlate well with those of the whole rock, whereas the LREE correlation is weak. The distribution coefficient for HREE between zircon and whole rock, however, decreases with increasing HREE. Possibilities for this negative relation include: 1) minor changes in whole-rock chemistry, as samples become slightly more felsic from west to east, 2) changes in crystallization temperature from west to east, and 3) sampling bias of HREE-poor zircon rims with HREE fractionated in zircon cores. Other trace element data measured in zircon and whole rock include P, Ti, Y, Nb, Hf, Ta, Th, and U and provide interesting results. Nb and Ta show a moderate correlation between zircon and whole rock, but the Nb/Ta ratio does not. Also, though U correlates well between whole rock and zircon and Th/U correlates well between zircon and age, the Th/U ratio of the zircon is negatively correlated with the whole rock; thus, in this case, Th/U changes in zircon are not a good indication of Th/U trends overall. Finally, Ti in zircon correlates strongly with location and whole-rock HREE concentration, indicating that either temperatures and/or Ti activity were higher in the west, early in the construction of the batholith.

  5. Geochronology and geochemistry of late Cenozoic basalts from the Leiqiong area, southern China

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    Ho, Kung-suan; Chen, Ju-chin; Juang, Wen-shing

    2000-06-01

    The Leiqiong area, which includes the Leizhou Peninsula and the northern part of the Hainan Island, is the largest province of exposed basalts in southern China. Ar-Ar and K-Ar dating indicates that incipient volcanism in the Leiqiong area may have taken place in late Oligocene time and gradually increased in tempo toward the Miocene and Pliocene Epoch. Volcanic activities were most extensive during Pleistocene, and declined and ended in Holocene. Based on radiometric age dating and geographic distribution, Pliocene and Quaternary volcanism in Hainan Island can be grouped into two stages and six eruptive regions. The early volcanism is dominated by flood type fissure eruption of quartz tholeiites and olivine tholeiites whereas the later phase is dominated by central type eruption of alkali olivine basalts and olivine tholeiites. The systematic decrease of MgO, ΣFeO and TiO 2 with increasing SiO 2 content for basalts from Hainan Island indicates that fractional crystallization of olivine, clinopyroxene and Ti-bearing opaques may have occurred during magmatic evolution. From coexisting Fe-Ti oxide minerals, it is estimated that the equilibrium temperatures range from 895-986°C and oxygen fugacities range from 10 -13.4 to 10 -10.7 atmospheres in the basaltic magmas. The incompatible element ratios and the chondrite-normalized REE patterns of basalts from the Leiqiong area are generally similar to OIB. The Nb/U ratios (less than 37) in most of the tholeiitic rocks and the negative Nb anomaly observed in the spidergram of some basalts indicated that the influence of a paleo-subduction zone derived component can not be excluded in considering the genesis of the basalts from the Leiqiong area. The tholeiites in the Leiqiong area may have mixed with a more enriched lithospheric mantle component as well as undergone relatively larger percentages of partial melting than the alkali basalts.

  6. Eocene Kashmar granitoids (NE Iran): Petrogenetic constraints from U-Pb zircon geochronology and isotope geochemistry

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    Shafaii Moghadam, Hadi; Li, Xian-Hua; Ling, Xiao-Xiao; Santos, Jose F.; Stern, Robert J.; Li, Qiu-Li; Ghorbani, Ghasem

    2015-02-01

    Kashmar granitoids outcrop for ~ 100 km along the south flank of the Sabzevar ophiolite (NE Iran) and consist of granodiorite and monzogranite along with subordinate quartz monzonite, syenogranite and aplitic dikes. These granitoids intruded Early to Middle Eocene high-K volcanic rocks and can spatially be grouped into eastern and western granitoids. Five samples of granite have identical zircon U-Pb ages of ca. 40-41 Ma. The granitoids have quite high K2O (~ 1.3-5.3 wt.%) and Na2O (~ 1.1-4.6 wt.%) with SiO2 ranging between ~ 62 and 77 wt.%. They are metaluminous to peraluminous, calc-alkaline and I-type in composition. Their chondrite-normalized REE patterns are characterized by LREE enrichment and show slight negative Eu anomalies. Kashmar granitoids have low whole rock εNd (- 0.43 to - 2.3), zircon εHf values (- 1.9 to + 7.2), and somewhat elevated δ18O (+ 6.1 to + 8.7‰) in the range of I-type granites. The Kashmar granitoids show Early Neoproterozoic zircon second-stage Hf and bulk rock Nd model ages at ca. 500-1000 Ma (associated with ca. 640 Ma old inherited zircons). Bulk rock Nd-Sr isotopic modeling suggests that 10-20% assimilation of Cadomian lower crust by juvenile mantle melts and then fractional crystallization (AFC process) can explain the Sr-Nd isotopic compositions of Kashmar granitoids. Kashmar granitoids are products of crustal assimilation by mantle melts associated with extension above the subducting Neotethyan Ocean slab beneath SW Eurasia. Similar subduction-related extension was responsible for the flare-up of Eocene-Oligocene magmatism across Iran, associated with core complex formation in central Iran.

  7. Petrology, geochemistry, and geochronology of trondhjemites from the Qori Complex, Neyriz, Iran

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    Fazlnia, Abdolnaser; Schenk, Volker; van der Straaten, François; Mirmohammadi, Mirsaleh

    2009-10-01

    Metamorphism, magmatism, and thrusting were the result of subduction of Neotethys beneath the continental-margin arc of the Sanandaj-Sirjan shear zone (SSSZ) during the Mesozoic. The Qori metamorphic complex is a part of the southern SSSZ. Leuco-granitic (trondhjemitic) rocks crop out in the Qori metamorphic complex and are rare rock types in the SSSZ. These rocks have intruded into the marbles and garnet amphibolites, the highest grade metamorphic rocks of the Qori metamorphic complex, and in some outcrops, a transitional boundary between the amphibolites and the granitoids can be distinguished. The granitoids are granular in texture and consist of plagioclase (albite-oligoclase), quartz ± K-feldspar ±muscovite and subordinate garnet, spinel, rutile, and apatite which primarily occur as inclusions in the main phases. The peraluminous trondhjemitic rocks are enriched in Na 2O and SiO 2 and depleted in FeO, MgO, and CaO. Similarities with some trondhjemitic liquids produced through partial melting of amphibolites or hydrous basalts (i.e., low-Al 2O 3 content, less than 15 wt.%; low Ba, Sr, TiO 2, and Eu content, all with negative anomalies; moderately enriched LREEs and Y, and flat HREE patterns) suggest that the evolution of the parental magma was controlled by residual plagioclases during partial melting of a garnet amphibolite source. Concentrations of ferromagnesian elements, Mg, Fe, and Mn, are low, suggesting that the granitic rocks were not produced by high degrees of partial melting. Furthermore, they display low amounts of ferromagnesian components from the protolith (garnet amphibolite). This is supported by consideration of compatible elements, especially Cr, Ni and Ti (and the less robust HREE), which respectively show very high and high bulk partition coefficients for relatively small degrees (< 20%) of partial melting of the source. The partial melting of the garnet amphibolites occurred at pressures and temperatures between 7.5 and 9.5 kbar (at a depth of 25 to 32 km) and 680 and 720 °C, respectively, based on the Grt-Hbl and Hbl-Pl thermometers and a Grt-Hbl-Pl-Qtz barometer. Precise U-Th zircon SHRIMP ages of the trondhjemite show magmatic ages of 147.4 ± 0.76 Ma, Volgian, Late Jurassic, and suggest that Neotethys began to subduct beneath the continental-margin arc of the SSSZ. As a result of this process, an arc-related metamorphism occurred, leading to the development of the garnet amphibolites in the Qori metamorphic complex.

  8. The Jurassic-early Cretaceous Ilo batholith of southern coastal Peru: geology, geochronology and geochemistry

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    Boekhout, Flora; Sempere, Thierry; Spikings, Richard; Schaltegger, Urs

    2010-05-01

    The Ilo batholith (17°00 - 18°30 S) crops out in an area of about 20 by 100 km, along the coast of southern Peru. This batholith is emplaced into the ‘Chocolate‘ Formation of late Permian to middle Jurassic age, which consists of more than 1000 m of basaltic and andesitic lavas, with interbedded volcanic agglomerates and breccias. The Ilo Batholith is considered to be a rarely exposed fragment of the Jurassic arc in Peru. Our aim is to reconstruct the magmatic evolution of this batholith, and place it within the context of long-lasting magma genesis along the active Andean margin since the Paleozoic. Sampling for dating and geochemical analyses was carried out along several cross sections through the batholith that were exposed by post-intrusion eastward tilting of 20-30°. Sparse previous work postulates early to middle Jurassic and partially early Cretaceous emplacement, on the basis of conventional K/Ar and 40Ar/39Ar dating methods in the Ilo area. Twenty new U-Pb zircon ages (LA-ICP-MS and CA-ID-TIMS) accompanied by geochemical data suggests the Ilo batholith formed via the amalgamation of middle Jurassic and early Cretaceous, subduction-related plutons. Preliminary Hf isotope studies reveal a primitive mantle source for middle Jurassic intrusions. Additional Sr, Nd and Hf isotope analyses are planned to further resolve the source regions of different pulses of plutonic activity. We strongly suggest that batholith emplacement was at least partly coeval with the emplacement of the late Permian to middle Jurassic Chocolate Formation, which was deposited in an extensional tectonic regime. Our age results and geochemical signature fit into the scheme of episodic emplacement of huge amounts of subduction related magmatism that is observed throughout the whole Andean event, particularly during the middle Jurassic onset of the first Andean cycle (southern Peru, northern Chile and southern Argentina). Although the exact geodynamic setting remains to be precisely defined, these events can be linked to extensional episodes during the breakup of Pangea, which commenced at 230-220 Ma along the western South American margin, with a period of rifting, and culminated in the Jurassic with arc and back-arc extension.

  9. Geochronology, geochemistry and tectonic implications of Late Triassic granites in the Mongolian Altai Mountains

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    Dash, Batulzii; Boldbaatar, Enkhjargal; Zorigtkhuu, Oyun-Erdene; Yin, An

    2016-03-01

    Although the closure of the Paleo-Asian Ocean in western China and western Mongolia occurred in the Late Carboniferous and Early Permian, widespread intra-continental magmatism continued to occur across this region from the Late Permian to the end of the Triassic. In this study we document field relationships and geochemical characterization of a Late Triassic felsic intrusive complex in the western Mongolian Altai. The plutonic complex occurs as sills, dikes, and small stocks and its composition varies from biotite granite, two-mica granite, to leucogranite. Structurally, the plutonic complex occurs in the hanging wall of a segment of the regionally extensively (>1500 km long) Irtysh-Ertix-Bulgan thrust zone. As the plutonic bodies both cut and are deformed by the shear fabrics in this regional thrust shear zone, the duration of felsic magmatism and regional thrusting was temporally overlapping. This suggests that magmatism was coeval with crustal thickening. Major- and trace-element data and isotopic analysis of granitoid samples from our study area indicate that the felsic intrusions were derived from partial melting of meta-sediments, with the biotite and two-mica granite generated through vapor-absent melting and the leucogranite from flux melting. Although the Mongolian Altai intrusions were clearly originated from anatexis, coeval granite in the Chinese Altai directly west of our study area in the hanging wall of the Irtysh-Ertix-Bulgan thrust was derived in part from mantle melting. To reconcile these observations, we propose a Himalayan-style intracontinental-subduction model that predicts two geologic settings for the occurrence of felsic magmatism: (1) along the intracontinental thrust zone where granite was entirely generated by anatexis and (2) in the hanging wall of the intracontinental thrust where convective removal and/or continental subduction induced mantle melting.

  10. Geochemistry and geochronology of mafic rocks from the Luobusa ophiolite, South Tibet

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    Zhang, Chang; Liu, Chuan-Zhou; Wu, Fu-Yuan; Zhang, Liang-Liang; Ji, Wei-Qiang

    2016-02-01

    This study presents geochemical compositions of mafic rocks outcropped in the Luobusa ophiolite that locates at the eastern part of the Yarlung Zangbo Suture Zone (YZSZ). The studied mafic rocks include gabbroic/diabase dykes cutting the peridotites and foliated amphibolites embedded within the subophiolitic mélange. The diabases have low K2O contents and display N-MORB-like geochemical characteristics, i.e., with flat REE patterns and weak enrichment in LILE (e.g., Rb, Ba, Th and U). The gabbros show LREE-depleted patterns and variable enrichment in Rb and Ba. Foliated amphibolites mainly consist of hornblendes and plagioclases, with minor titanites. They commonly show LREE-depleted patterns, with strong enrichment in LILE. Three diabases have depleted Sr-Nd-Hf isotope compositions, with initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.703009-0.703502, εNd(t) of + 5.0 to + 8.5 and εHf (t) of ca + 14. Two gabbros have similar Nd-Hf isotopes with the diabases, but slightly higher initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (i.e., 0.704820 and 0.704550). Compared to both diabases and gabbros, the amphibolites have higher initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (i.e., 0.705131-0.705825), but more depleted Nd-Hf isotope compositions, with εNd(t) of + 9.1 to + 11.6 and εHf(t) of + 18.2 to + 21.9. Geochemical compositions of the diabase dykes indicate that they were formed in a mid-ocean ridge setting. Zircon SIMS U-Pb dating of the gabbroic dyke cutting the serpentinites yields an age of 128.4 ± 0.9 Ma, which is identical within uncertainty to the zircon U-Pb age of the amphibolite (i.e., 131.0 ± 1.2 Ma). Low U and Th contents of zircons in the amphibolite support their metamorphic origin. Titanites in the amphibolites have been dated by LA-ICPMS and give U-Pb ages of ~ 131-134 Ma, which are similar to the zircon U-Pb ages of the dated gabbro and amphibolite. Therefore, we suggest that the Luobusa ophiolite was generated at the Early Cretaceous and underwent the intra-oceanic emplacement immediately after its formation. This implies that ophiolites in the eastern segment of the YZSZ were formed roughly synchronously with those in both central and western segments of the YZSZ.

  11. Geochronology and geochemistry of the Yilan blueschists in the Heilongjiang Complex, northeastern China and tectonic implications

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    Zhu, Chloe Yanlin; Zhao, Guochun; Sun, Min; Liu, Qian; Han, Yigui; Hou, Wenzhu; Zhang, Xiaoran; Eizenhofer, Paul R.

    2015-02-01

    The geological attraction of the Heilongjiang Complex, extending along a suture zone between the Jiamusi and Songliao blocks in Northeast China, resides in excellent exposures of blueschists, which occur in association with granitic gneisses, marbles, meta-ultramafic rocks, greenschists, quartzites, muscovite-albite schists and two-mica schists from the complex. However, controversy has long surrounded the ages and tectonic settings of mafic protoliths of the blueschists from the complex. The lithological association and major and trace element compositions indicate that the ultramafic-mafic protoliths of the Yilan blueschists can be subdivided into the tholeiitic and alkali groups, both of which were derived from partial melting of garnet-facies peridotites, but at different degrees of melting. Magmatic zircons from a tholeiitic blueschist sample yield a 206Pb/238U age of 275 ± 2 Ma, interpreted as its protolithic age. The sample also contains large amounts of older inherited zircons up to 1200 Ma, which, together with the geochemical features of the sample, indicate that the tholeiitic basalts were generated in a continental rift. The further development of the rift led to the formation of an ocean between the Jiamusi and Songliao blocks, in which some ocean islands developed, represented by the alkali mafic protoliths of the Yilan blueschists, as supported by geochemical data. Magmatic zircons from an alkaline mafic blueschist sample yield a 206Pb/238U age of 141.8 ± 1 Ma, indicating that the ocean between the Jiamusi and Songliao blocks had not been closed by ~ 141 Ma, not at 210-180 Ma as previously considered.

  12. Coal Formation and Geochemistry

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    Orem, W. H.; Finkelman, R. B.

    2003-12-01

    Coal is one of the most complex and challenging natural materials to analyze and to understand. Unlike most rocks, which consist predominantly of crystalline mineral grains, coal is largely an assemblage of amorphous, degraded plant remains metamorphosed to various degrees and intermixed with a generous sprinkling of minute syngenetic, diagenetic, epigenetic, and detrital mineral grains, and containing within its structure various amounts of water, oils, and gases. Each coal is unique, having been derived from different plant sources over geologic time, having experienty -45ced different thermal histories, and having been exposed to varying geologic processes. This diversity presents a challenge to constructing a coherent picture of coal geochemistry and the processes that influence the chemical composition of coal.Despite the challenge coal presents to geochemists, a thorough understanding of the chemistry and geology of this complex natural substance is essential because of its importance to our society. Coal is, and will remain for sometime, a crucial source of energy for the US and for many other countries (Figure 1). In the USA, more than half of the electricity is generated by coal-fired power plants, and almost 90% of the coal mined in the USA is sold for electricity generation (Pierce et al., 1996). It is also an important source of coke for steel production, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and even perfumes ( Schobert, 1987). It may also, in some cases, be an economic source of various mineral commodities. The utilization of coal through mining, transport, storage, combustion, and the disposal of the combustion by-products, also presents a challenge to geochemists because of the wide range of environmental and human health problems arising from these activities. The sound and effective use of coal as a natural resource requires a better understanding of the geochemistry of coal, i.e., the chemical and mineralogical characteristics of the coal that control its

  13. Multiple generations of monazite growth in metapelites of the Wepawaug Schist, southern Connecticut

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    Lanzirotti, A.; Hanson, G.N. . Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences)

    1992-01-01

    The Wepawaug Schist, part of the Orange Milford Belt of southern Connecticut, consists dominantly of micaceous phyllites and schists. A progression in metamorphic zonation from chlorite through kyanite grade occurs within 3 km. There were previously no constraints on either the depositional age of the Wepawaug Schist or the time of metamorphism. Concordant U-Pb sphene ages of 457 [+-] 3 Ma for the Woodbridge granite, which cuts the Wepawaug Schist, mean that the metapelites are older than late Ordovician. Kyanite grade rocks contain two distinct monazite populations within a single outcrop: (1) Crystals from a graphitic schist are clear, round, and xenoblastic. They have [approximately]0.9 wt.% Th, Sm/Nd = 0.12--0.14, and display pronounced chemical zonation. These give normality discordant U-Pb ages that define an upper intercept age of 420 [+-] 12 Ma. (2) In a less graphitic schist they are light yellow, idioblastic, tabular crystals that cut muscovites. They have Sm/Nd = 0.16 and [approximately] 2.6 wt.% Th and give concordant U-Pb ages of 377 [+-] 3 Ma. The authors suggest that the Wepawaug Schist is older than 457 Ma and was affected by two events which resulted in monazite growth, one during the Middle Devonian (377 Ma) and one in the Late Silurian (420 Ma).

  14. Magmatism as a response to exhumation of the Priest River complex, northern Idaho: Constraints from zircon U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotopes

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    Stevens, L. M.; Baldwin, J. A.; Crowley, J. L.; Fisher, C. M.; Vervoort, J. D.

    2016-10-01

    Zircon and monazite U-Pb geochronology and zircon Hf isotopes place constraints on the temporal and source relationships between crustal anatexis, magmatism, and exhumation of the Priest River metamorphic core complex, northern Idaho. Granitoids that intruded the migmatitic, pelitic Hauser Lake gneiss include the < 76.5 ± 0.1 Ma Spokane granite, 50.13 ± 0.02 Ma Silver Point quartz monzonite, c. 47.9 Ma Wrencoe granodiorite, < 46.4 ± 1.8 Ma Rathdrum granite, and a < 49.8 ± 0.4 Ma leucocratic dike. Cretaceous magmatism preceded the c. 64 Ma peak metamorphism (recorded by monazite) of the Hauser Lake gneiss, whereas discrete pulses of Eocene magmatic activity post-date the onset of exhumation by 10 Ma. The relative timing of pluton emplacement in the Priest River complex indicates that it was primarily a response to decompression rather than a cause. The mylonitized Silver Point and undeformed Wrencoe plutons bracket the end of a rapid phase of exhumation to c. 50-48 Ma. Zircon εHf(i) values and Lu-Hf isotope evolution indicate that the Silver Point and Wrencoe plutons crystallized from homogeneous magmas sourced from Archean-Proterozoic basement orthogneisses, whereas the Spokane granite and two leucocratic units appear to have been produced by partial melting of the Hauser Lake gneiss. Comparison of the Priest River complex with other deeply exhumed northern Cordilleran complexes indicates variability in the timing and, therefore, relative influences of partial melting and magmatism on the initiation of exhumation, which must be accounted for in numerical models of metamorphic core complex formation and evolution.

  15. Monazite and zircon as major carriers of Th, U, and Y in peraluminous granites: examples from the Bohemian Massif

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    Breiter, Karel

    2016-06-01

    The chemical compositions of zircon and monazite and the relationships between the contents of Th, U, Y, and REE in both minerals and in the bulk samples of their parental rocks were studied in three Variscan composite peraluminous granite plutons in the Bohemian Massif. It was established that granites of similar bulk composition contain zircon and monazite of significantly different chemistry. Monazite typically contains 5-13 wt% (rarely up to 28 wt%) ThO2, 0.4-2 wt% (up to 8.2 wt%) UO2, and 0.5-2 wt% (up to 5 wt%) Y2O3, whereas zircon typically contains less than 0.1 wt% (rarely up to 1.7 wt%) ThO2, less than 1 wt% UO2 (in the Plechý/Plockenstein granite, commonly, 1-2 wt% and scarcely up to 4.8 wt% UO2), and less than 1 wt% Y2O3 (in the Nejdek pluton often 2-5, maximally 7 wt% Y2O3). Monazite is an essential carrier of thorium, hosting more than 80 % of Th in all studied granites. Monazite also appears to be an important carrier of Y (typically 14-16 %, and in the Melechov pluton, up to 81 % of the total rock content) and U (typically 18-35 % and occasionally 6-60 % of the total rock budget). The importance of zircon for the rock budget of all the investigated elements in granites is lower: 4-26 % U, 5-17 % Y, and less than 5 % Th.

  16. Medical geochemistry of tropical environments

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    Dissanayake, C. B.; Chandrajith, Rohana

    1999-10-01

    Geochemically, tropical environments are unique. This uniqueness stems from the fact that these terrains are continuously subjected to extreme rainfall and drought with resulting strong geochemical fractionation of elements. This characteristic geochemical partitioning results in either severe depletion of elements or accumulation to toxic levels. In both these situations, the effect on plant, animal and human health is marked. Medical geochemistry involves the study of the relationships between the geochemistry of the environment in which we live and the health of the population living in this particular domain. Interestingly, the relationships between geochemistry and health are most marked in the tropical countries, which coincidentally are among the poorest in the world. The very heavy dependence on the immediate environment for sustainable living in these lands enables the medical geochemist to observe correlations between particular geochemical provinces and the incidence of certain diseases unique to these terrains. The aetiology of diseases such as dental and skeletal fluorosis, iodine deficiency disorders, diseases of humans and animals caused by mineral imbalances among others, lie clearly in the geochemical environment. The study of the chemistry of the soils, water and stream sediments in relation to the incidence of geographically distributed diseases in the tropics has not only opened up new frontiers in multidisciplinary research, but has offered new challenges to the medical profession to seriously focus attention on the emerging field of medical geochemistry with the collaboration of geochemists and epidemiologists.

  17. Characterization of PAH matrix with monazite stream containing uranium, gadolinium and iron

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    Pal, Sangita; Meena, Sher Singh; Goswami, D.

    2016-05-01

    Uranium (U) gadolinium(Gd) and iron (Fe) containing alkaline waste simulated effluent (relevant to alkaline effluent of monazite ore) has been treated with a novel amphoteric resin viz, Polyamidehydroxamate (PAH) containing amide and hydroxamic acid groups. The resin has been synthesized in an eco-friendly manner by polymerization nad conversion to functional groups characterized by FT-IR spectra and architectural overview by SEM. Coloration of the loaded matrix and de-coloration after extraction of uranium is the special characteristic of the matrix. Effluent streams have been analyzed by ICP-AES, U loaded PAH has been characterized by FT-IR, EXAFS, Gd and Fe by X-ray energy values of EDXRF at 6.053 Kev and 6.405 Kev respectively. The remarkable change has been observed in Mössbauer spectrum of Fe-loaded PAH samples.

  18. Autonomous anorthosites of the Anabar Shield: Age, geochemistry, and formation mechanism

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    Glukhovskii, M. Z.; Kuz'min, M. I.; Bayanova, T. B.; Bazhenova, G. N.; Lyalina, L. M.; Serov, P. A.

    2015-10-01

    The new high-accuracy data on U-Pb zircon geochronology, Sm-Nd systematics, and geochemistry of anorthosites of the Anabar Shield are discussed. It is established that anorthosite massifs are composed of gabbro-anorthosites (1.96 Ga old) and oligoclasites (1.93 Ga old) in association with monzodiorites (1.84-1.90 Ga old) and porphyroblastic granites. These rocks were generated in the Archean (3.2-2.7 Ga ago) in the lower crust from quartz-diorite melts under the plume tectonics regime in line with the filterpressing mechanism. The rocks were successively exhumed to upper levels of the crust owing to the Paleoproterozoic impact-triggered process to form a tectonically juxtaposed complementary magmatic complex.

  19. The growth of the continental crust: Constraints from radiogenic isotope geochemistry

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    Taylor, Paul N.

    1988-01-01

    Most models for evolution of continental crust are expressed in the form of a diagram illustrating the cumulative crustal mass (normalized relative to the present crustal mass) as a function of time. Thus, geochronological data inevitably play a major role in either constructing or testing crustal growth models. For all models, determining the start-time for effective crustal accretion is of vital importance. To this end, the continuing search for, and reliable characterization of, the most ancient crustal rock-units remains a worthy enterprise. Another important role for geochronology and radiogenic isotope geochemistry is to assess the status of major geological events as period either of new crust generation or of reworking of earlier formed continental crust. For age characterization of major geological provinces, using the critieria outined, the mass (or volume) of crust surviving to the present day should be determinable as a function of crust formation age. More recent developments, however, appear to set severe limitations on recycling of crust, at least by the process of sediment subduction. In modeling crustal growth without recycling, valuable constaints on growth rate variations through time can be provided if variations in the average age of the continental crust can be monitored through geological history. The question of the average age of the exposed continental crust was addressed by determining Sm-Nd crustal residence model ages (T-CR) for fine-grained sediment loads of many of the world's major rivers.

  20. EARTHTIME: Teaching geochronology to high school students

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    Bookhagen, Britta; Buchwaldt, Robert; McLean, Noah; Rioux, Matthew; Bowring, Samuel

    2010-05-01

    The authors taught an educational module developed as part of the EARTHTIME (www.earth-time.org) outreach initiative to 215 high school students from a Massachusetts (USA) High School as part of an "out-of-school" field trip. The workshop focuses on uranium-lead (U-Pb) dating of zircons and its application to solving a geological problem. The theme of our 2.5-hour module is the timing of the K-T boundary and a discussion of how geochronology can be used to evaluate the two main hypotheses for the cause of the concurrent extinction—the Chicxlub impact and the massive eruption of the Deccan Traps. Activities are divided into three parts: In the first part, the instructors lead hands-on activities demonstrating how rock samples are processed to isolate minerals by their physical properties. Students use different techniques, such as magnetic separation, density separation using non-toxic heavy liquids, and mineral identification with a microscope. We cover all the steps from sampling an outcrop to determining a final age. Students also discuss geologic features relevant to the K-T boundary problem and get the chance to examine basalts, impact melts and meteorites. In the second part, we use a curriculum developed for and available on the EARTHTIME website (http://www.earth-time.org/Lesson_Plan.pdf). The curriculum teaches the science behind uranium-lead dating using tables, graphs, and a geochronology kit. In this module, the students start by exploring the concepts of half-life and exponential decay and graphically solving the isotopic decay equation. Manipulating groups of double-sided chips labeled with U and Pb isotopes reinforces the concept that an age determination depends on the Pb/U ratio, not the absolute number of atoms present. Next, the technique's accuracy despite loss of parent and daughter atoms during analysis, as well as the use of isotopic ratios rather than absolute abundances, is explained with an activity on isotope dilution. Here the students

  1. Building Interactive Visualizations for Geochronological Data

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    Zeringue, J.; Bowring, J. F.; McLean, N. M.; Pastor, F.

    2014-12-01

    Since the early 1990s, Ken Ludwig's Isoplot software has been the tool of choice for visualization and analysis of isotopic data used for geochronology. The software is an add-in to Microsoft Excel that allows users to generate visual representations of data. However, recent changes to Excel have made Isoplot more difficult to use and maintain, and the software is no longer supported. In the last several years, the Cyber Infrastructure Research and Development Lab for the Earth Sciences (CIRDLES), at the College of Charleston, has worked collaboratively with geochronologists to develop U-Pb_Redux, a software product that provides some of Isoplot's functionality for U-Pb geochronology. However, the community needs a full and complete Isoplot replacement that is open source, platform independent, and not dependent on proprietary software. This temporary lapse in tooling also presents a tremendous opportunity for scientific computing in the earth sciences. When Isoplot was written for Excel, it gained much of the platform's flexibility and power but also was burdened with its limitations. For example, Isoplot could not be used outside of Excel, could not be cross-platform (so long as Excel wasn't), could not be embedded in other applications, and only static images could be produced. Nonetheless this software was and still is a powerful tool that has served the community for more than two decades and the trade-offs were more than acceptable. In 2014, we seek to gain flexibility not available with Excel. We propose that the next generation of charting software be reusable, platform-agnostic, and interactive. This new software should allow scientists to easily explore—not just passively view—their data. Beginning in the fall of 2013, researchers at CIRDLES began planning for and prototyping a 21st-century replacement for Isoplot, which we call Topsoil, an anagram of Isoplot. This work is being conducted in the public domain at https://github.com/CIRDLES/topsoil. We

  2. Rejuvenation effects during plastic deformation of Zircon: geochronological implications

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    Kovaleva, Elizaveta; Klötzli, Urs

    2013-04-01

    -deformation events and hosted by the shear zones? How to evaluate the significance of isotopic-system resetting in deformed domains? How to estimate the possibility of dating the deformation events and what is the reliability of such dating? A complex of methods is used for this research: transmitted and reflected light microscopy, CL (cathode luminescence) imaging for growth history, BSE (backscattered electrons) imaging for orientation and chemical contrast, SE (secondary elements) pictures for surface relief, SHRIMP (Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe) for age dating, EBSD for crystallographic orientations. We suppose that careful combination of all these methods will lead to better understanding of some internal processes which happen with mineral during its evolution in host rocks. References: Moser D.E., Davis W.J., Reddy S.M., Flemming R.L., Hart R.J., 2009. Zircon U-Pb strain chronometry reveals deep impact-triggered flow. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 277, 73-79. Reddy, S.M., Timms, N.E., Pantleon, W., Trimby, T., 2007. Quantitative characterization of plastic deformation of zircon and geological implications. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 153, 625-645. Reddy, S.M., Timms, N.E., 2010. Deformation of zircon and implications for geochemistry and geochronology. Source Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America 42 (5), 634.

  3. Quaternary evolution of the rivers of northeast Hainan Island, China: Tracking the history of avulsion from mineralogy and geochemistry of river and delta sands

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    Pe-Piper, Georgia; Piper, David J. W.; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Yongzhan; Trottier, Corwin; Ge, Chendong; Yin, Yong

    2016-03-01

    The mineralogy and geochemistry of sands were investigated in the Nandu and Wanquan rivers, Hainan Island, China, to determine the history of avulsion in the lower reaches of the Nandu River. The study also provided the opportunity to assess the utility of geochemical analysis of sands as a provenance tool. Much of the heavy mineral fraction in the rivers consists of subangular Fe-Ti oxide and Fe-(hydr)oxide minerals, and less stable minerals such as amphibole, epidote, and andalusite, whereas rounded resistant ilmenite, rutile, tourmaline and zircon predominate on the deltaic coast. Mineral assemblage and chemical composition of individual samples are related to specific source areas and river tributaries. The results demonstrate northwestwards flow of the Nandu River during the mid-Holocene and earlier avulsion of the river to the northeast coast, probably during a Late Pleistocene marine highstand. Minor basement tilting, producing little relief, was sufficient to divert the lower reaches of rivers, and this effect was enhanced where basalt flows dammed former river courses. Bulk sample REE geochemistry is largely controlled by the relative abundance of monazite, allanite, titanite, zircon and epidote, derived principally from granites. Detrital geochemistry alone shows too much variability to interpret provenance. However, a smaller number of heavy mineral analyses provide an understanding of the mineralogical origins of geochemical variation, thus enabling interpretations of provenance.

  4. Rethinking early Earth phosphorus geochemistry

    PubMed Central

    Pasek, Matthew A.

    2008-01-01

    Phosphorus is a key biologic element, and a prebiotic pathway leading to its incorporation into biomolecules has been difficult to ascertain. Most potentially prebiotic phosphorylation reactions have relied on orthophosphate as the source of phosphorus. It is suggested here that the geochemistry of phosphorus on the early Earth was instead controlled by reduced oxidation state phosphorus compounds such as phosphite (HPO32−), which are more soluble and reactive than orthophosphates. This reduced oxidation state phosphorus originated from extraterrestrial material that fell during the heavy bombardment period or was produced during impacts, and persisted in the mildly reducing atmosphere. This alternate view of early Earth phosphorus geochemistry provides an unexplored route to the formation of pertinent prebiotic phosphorus compounds, suggests a facile reaction pathway to condensed phosphates, and is consistent with the biochemical usage of reduced oxidation state phosphorus compounds in life today. Possible studies are suggested that may detect reduced oxidation state phosphorus compounds in ancient Archean rocks. PMID:18195373

  5. A direct comparison of the ages of detrital monazite versus detrital zircon in Appalachian foreland basin sandstones: Searching for the record of Phanerozoic orogenic events

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hietpas, Jack; Samson, Scott; Moecher, David

    2011-10-01

    The provenance potential of detrital monazite was investigated by in situ measurement of 232Th- 208Pb dates of grains isolated from six Middle Carboniferous-Permian sandstones from the Appalachian foreland basin. Provenance assessment of these units was previously investigated by measuring U-Pb crystallization ages of detrital zircon (Thomas et al., 2004; Becker et al., 2005, 2006). Approximately 90% of the detrital zircon ages record Mesoproterozoic or older ages, with only 10% recording the three major pulses of tectonism (Taconian, Acadian and Alleghanian) that are the hallmark of the Appalachian Orogen. 232Th- 208Pb ages of detrital monazite, however, strongly record the complex phases of Paleozoic orogenesis. Nearly 65% of the ages record Paleozoic events, while 35% record Neoproterozoic or older ages. In several of the analyzed sandstones, detrital monazite ages record Paleozoic orogenic events that are completely missed by detrital zircon ages, demonstrating that monazite ages more accurately reflect the character of the sediment source rocks. The inferred maximum age of sediment deposition, as determined by the youngest monazite grains, is ~ 550 Ma younger for two of the analyzed sandstones compared to depositional constraints based on the youngest detrital zircon. The different physical properties and petrogenesis of zircon and monazite are interpreted to be factors for the dramatic differences in sediment provenance information provided by each mineral. The results from this study have important implications for determining sediment provenance, constraining maximum age of sediment deposition, and developing robust regional tectonic models.

  6. Proterozoic polymetamorphism in the Quanji Block, northwestern China: Evidence from microtextures, garnet compositions and monazite CHIME ages

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    Wang, Qinyan; Pan, Yuanming; Chen, Nengsong; Li, Xiaoyan; Chen, Haihong

    2009-05-01

    The Quanji Block, situated close to the triple junction of three major Precambrian terranes in China (i.e., the North China Craton, the Yangtze Block and the Tarim Block), is composed of Precambrian metamorphic crystalline basement and an unmetamorphosed Mesozoic-Paleozoic sedimentary cover; it has been interpreted as a remnant continental fragment. Microtextural relationships, garnet trace element compositions, and monazite CHIME ages in paragneisses, schists and granitic leucosomes show two episodes of regional metamorphism in the Quanji Block basement. The first regional metamorphism and accompaning anatexis took place at ˜1.93 Ga; the second regional metamorphism occurred between ˜1.75 and ˜1.71 Ga. Mineral compositions of the first metamorphism, including those of monazite, were significantly disturbed by the second event. These two regional metamorphic episodes were most likely linked to assembly and breakup of the supercontinent Columbia, respectively.

  7. National geochronological and natural radioelement data bases

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Zartman, Robert E.; Bush, Charles A.; Abston, C.C.

    1995-01-01

    This CD-ROM contains both the National Geochronological Data Base [NGDB] and the Natural Radioelement Data Base [NRDB]. Supporting location, geologic, and reference information is provided for both data bases. The NGDB is a compilation of more than 30,000 individual published Pb-alpha, fission-track, K-Ar, Rb-Sr, U-Th-Pb, and Sm-Nd rock and mineral ages reported on approximately 18,000 dated samples from the United States. A program is provided to search the data files by latitude and longitude, state, analytical method, and age range. The NGDB is provided as quote-comma delimited files that can be entered into most commercial spreadsheet programs. The NRDB gives gamma-ray spectrometric analyses of the natural radioelements (U, Th, and K) for more than 8500 whole-rock samples obtained under the USGS Natural Radioelement Distribution Project. A program is provided to search the data files by state, keyword, U content, Th content, and K content.

  8. Combined Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopic investigation of He-irradiation effects in monazite

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    Lenz, C.; Petautschnig, C.; Akhmadaliev, S.; Hanf, D.; Talla, D.; Nasdala, L.

    2012-04-01

    We present first results of a study addressing effects of the corpuscular self-irradiation on stress/strain and optical properties (in particular the photoluminescence behaviour) in monazite-(Ce). For this, natural samples, and synthetic CePO4 crystals mildly doped with Nd3+, were irradiated with 7.7 MeV He ions, which are analogues of alpha particles generated in the 214Po → 210Pb decay event (238U decay series). Light-ion irradiation was preferred over heavy-ion irradiation (i.e., ~100 keV heavy ions as analogues of alpha recoils) for two reasons. First, MeV He ions penetrate much deeper into mineral targets (tens of micrometres vs. a few hundred angstroms), resulting in irradiated volumes that are "measurable" using micro-spectroscopy techniques. Second, the depth distribution profiles of nuclear and electronic energy losses vary appreciably in the case of MeV He ions. The latter is most helpful in assigning observed effects to either point defects created or target ionisation. The irradiations were done at the 3 MV Tandem accelerator of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany). The fluences applied varied in the range 1013-1017 He/cm2. The degree of disturbance of the short-range order in the samples irradiated was evaluated from the broadening of the ν1(PO4) Raman band (symmetric PO4 stretching; A1g mode) near 970 cm-1 [1,2]. The majority of the damage created was observed near 28 μm into the monazite-(Ce) targets, i.e., near the ends of the helium trajectories. Here, the ν1(PO4) Raman band may broaden appreciably, from 2.2 cm-1 (in the case of synthetic CePO4) to well above 20 cm-1. The generation of additional damage was also observed upon He irradiation of naturally radiation-damaged monazite-(Ce). By contrast, there was no indication of any annealing effect of the MeV He ions irradiated in these samples (compare [3]; a similar effect of alpha-assisted annealing was suspected by [4] in the discussion of fission tracks). Sharp luminescence

  9. Fluid-assisted zircon and monazite growth within a shear zone: a case study from Finnmark, Arctic Norway

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kirkland, Christopher L.; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Slagstad, Trond

    2009-11-01

    The U-Pb ages, REE content, and oxygen isotopic composition of zircon rims developed within a major shear zone in the Kalak Nappe Complex (KNC), Arctic Norway have been determined along with the age of monazite crystals. Different generations of granitic veins have been distinguished based on both field criteria and monazite ages of 446 ± 3 and 424 ± 3 Ma. Within each of these veins, inherited zircon cores are mantled by homogeneous low CL-response zircon rims which yield a range of concordant U-Pb dates of ca. 470-360 Ma. Significant numbers of zircon rims coincide with the timing of monazite crystallization. The zircon rims have moderate light REE enrichment compared to cores, distinctive (Sm/La) n values of less than 12, and La between 0.3 and 10 ppm. This indicates free elemental exchange between newly formed zircon rims and the surrounding matrix. The rims have calculated accumulated alpha-radiation dosages corresponding with a crystalline structure and δ18O values of 1‰. This implies rim crystallization directly from a zirconium-saturated hydrothermal fluid which was modified by some silicate melt. Growth of the zircon rims was prolonged and locally variable due to preferential fluid flow. A third type of zircon can be recognized, forming both rims and cores, with high alpha-radiation doses, and significant enrichment in La, Pr, and Eu. These are interpreted as low-temperature hydrothermally altered metamict zircons. The high volatile input and partial melting in the shear zone favoured prolonged zircon rim growth due to its ability to easily nucleate on inherited seeds. On the other hand, monazite, susceptible to dissolution and re-growth, crystallized in brief episodes, as has been predicted from theoretical phase diagrams. From a regional perspective, these results elucidate cryptic Ar-Ar cooling ages, providing the first record of a Late Ordovician heating and cooling phase within the KNC prior to the climactic Scandian collision.

  10. Tracing the provenance and recrystallization processes of the Earth's oldest detritus at Mt. Narryer and Jack Hills, Western Australia: An in situ Sm-Nd isotopic study of monazite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Iizuka, Tsuyoshi; Nebel, Oliver; McCulloch, Malcolm T.

    2011-08-01

    Mount Narryer and Jack Hills metasedimentary rocks in the Narryer Gneiss Complex of the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia, contain zircons with ages up to 4.4 Ga, the oldest known crustal materials on Earth, and monazites up to 3.6 Ga. In this study, we have investigated 147Sm- 143Nd systematics of detrital and metamorphic monazites from these metasedimentary rocks using laser ablation-multicollector-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-MC-ICPMS). All detrital monazites have negative initial ɛNd(t) values, indicating that their parental magmas formed by remelting of older crustal materials. A comparison between the initial ɛNd(t) values of the detrital monazites and granitoids in the Narryer Gneiss Complex indicates that the Mt. Narryer and Jack Hills sediments were partly derived from the most isotopically enriched surrounding granitoids with ages of ca. 3.6 and 3.3 Ga. The metamorphic monazites generally have lower initial ɛNd(t) values when compared to the detrital monazites. However, the detrital and metamorphic monazites show similar distributions of ɛNd(t) at the ages of sediment deposition (3.28 Ga for Mt. Narryer and 3.05 Ga for Jack Hills). In addition, multiple analyses on single monazite grains having core-rim structures reveal that the cores and the recrystallized rims had identical Nd isotopic compositions at the time of recrystallization. These findings indicate that older monazites are source of light rare earth elements for younger metamorphic monazite formation and, therefore, that monazite can inherit its primary Sm-Nd isotopic signature during the recrystallization processes. We calculated the Nd model ages for all analyzed monazites to estimate crustal residence time of their source materials. We find that no igneous monazites older than 4.0 Ga were recrystallized to form the monazites. This implies that the lack of Hadean monazites is not due to recrystallization of ancient monazites during later metamorphism, but due to high

  11. Contributions of zircon U-Pb geochronology to understanding the volcanic and sedimentary history of some Purāna basins, India

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Basu, Abhijit; Bickford, Marion. E.

    2014-09-01

    In this century, U-Pb ages of magmatic and detrital zircons, together with a few less accurate but fairly robust ages determined on monazite and baddeleyite, in the Purāna successions in India have established a few firm timelines that constrain the opening, closure, inversion, and provenance of the Purāna basins. The Cuddapah basin opened shortly before ca. 1900 Ma, the Vindhyan basin opened before ca. 1630 Ma, the Khariar basin likely opened ca. 1500 Ma, and the Chhattisgarh basin opened ca. 1400 Ma. The Marwar basin opened after ca. 750 Ma. The Chhattisgarh basin began to invert at ca. 1000 Ma and closed shortly thereafter. The Indravati and the Vindhyan basins closed ca. 1000 Ma. There are no other defensible geochronologic data to adequately constrain the opening and closure of other Purāna basins (e.g., Kaladgi, Badami, Bhima, Kurnool, Mallampalli, Albaka, Ampani, Sabari, and Kolhan). Neither the fossil record nor the biostratigraphy of these basins necessarily correspond to the chronology determined through radiometric measurements. The discovery of ca. 1000 Ma volcanic events in the Indravati and Chhattisgarh basins adds to the growing list of ca. 1000 Ma thermal disturbances in the Indian shield. Most of these events were likely the far field effects of the final assembly of Rodinia.

  12. Magnetic measurements of the transuranium elements and charge state characterization of actinides in monazite. Progress report

    SciTech Connect

    Huray, P. G.

    1980-01-01

    A micromagnetic susceptometer for the purpose of measuring extremely small sample quantities (on the microgram level) was designed, constructed, and calibrated in previous years. (The 1979 progress report gives details of its operation.) This device has operated without significant downtime in this funding period, and much progress has been made in the magnetic characterization of elements beyond Am in the periodic table. This program has roughly doubled man's knowledge of magnetism in Cm, Bk, and Cf, and includes the only Es magnetic measurements to date. The incorporation of an automatic data collection system in this period has made analysis much more accurate, and has allowed quicker turnaround of compounds and metals for study. Results obtained for the compounds and metals studied this year are summarized. The lanthanide orthophosphates are being investigated as an alternate means of primary containment for high-level actinide wastes. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are involved in preparation of actinide-doped compounds for all of the lanthanide transition series (La through Lu) for a study of leaching characteristics and E.S.R. classification. To aid this study the charge state of /sup 237/Np or /sup 57/Fe has been identified, either in the as-prepared compounds or following radioactive decay of /sup 241/Am via the Moessbauer Effect. The final charge state will be an influential variable in the immobilization characteristics of the waste products stored in this synthetic monazite form. 10 figures, 1 table. (RWR)

  13. U-Pb and K-Ar Geochronological Constraints on the Tectonothermal Evolution of the Precambrian Terranes of the SE São Paulo State, Brazil

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Passarelli, C. R.; Wemmer, K.; Siga, O.; Basei, M. A.

    2008-12-01

    The Ribeira belt, the major tectonic unit of the Mantiqueira Province, southeastern Brazil, records the interface between the Congo-São Francisco, Kalahari, La Plata cratons and the Paranapanema cratonic block. The belt is made up of many terrains of different nature, and was generated and affected by the tectonomagmatic episodes of the Brasiliano orogenic cycle, the South American equivalent of the Pan- African Orogeny. Aiming at the characterization of the thermal history of Pre-Cambrian terranes of the southeastern of São Paulo state, specific geochronological studies were carried out on mylonitic and granitic rocks. This sector of Ribeira Belt consists of four major tectonic domains limited by significant shear zones, associated with Neoproterozoic events. The Embu Domain, north of the Cubatão Shear Zone (CSZ), is composed of metasedimentary rocks, and peraluminous granites, that yielded U-Pb ages of ca.790 Ma, 620 Ma and 600 Ma. Gneiss-migmatite rocks (640-620 Ma) and intrusive granites (580 Ma) predominate in the Mongaguá Domain, which is limited by Cubatão and Itariri shear zones. The Registro Domain, between Cubatão - Itariri Shear System (CISS) and the Serrinha Shear Zone (SSZ), is formed by metasediments and granitic rocks with migmatitic features represents a Paleoproterozoic terrane (1.9-2.2 Ga) strongly deformed during the Neoproterozoic (750-580 Ma). Rocks of the Iguape Domain, limited to the north by the SSZ, include granites (ca. 600 Ma) and low grade metasediments. The Itariri and Cubatão mylonites occur as high- and low-temperature varieties, formed in amphibolite and greenschist facies conditions, respectively, and the Serrinha mylonites developed under amphibolite facies. U-Pb zircon and monazite geochronological evidence indicates a short time interval at the end of Neoproterozoic for the blocks juxtaposition. From the compilation of geochronological data and apatite fission-track thermochronology, a temperature vs time correlation

  14. Multiple Basinal Fluid Events in the Lower Belt Supergroup, Montana: Constraints From CHIME Ages and REE Patterns of Monazites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gonzalez-Alvarez, I.; Kusiak, M. A.

    2004-05-01

    Chemical dates (CHIME) on 105 spots and REE patterns of monazites were obtained from coarse sandstones and siltstones in the Mesoproterozoic siliciclastic Appekunny and Grinnell formations, lower Belt Supergroup, Montana, by EMPA. At least three post-depositional events induced by basinal fluids can be recognized: (a) red coloration accompanied by a major K-addition; (b) a green overprint of red siltstones; and (c) dolomitization. Fluid advection in the unmineralized lower Belt is pervasive and may have been alkaline and oxidizing. These three events progressively modified the primary geochemical characteristics of the siliciclastic rocks. Calculated ages show similar ranges in the fine and coarse-grained facies. For siltstones there are two age clusters: (1) at 1,801 ± 21 to 1,968 ± 26 Ma, as well as (2) at 854 ± 7 to 962 ± 13 Ma. Coarse sandstones show similar age clusters (3) at 1,831 ± 14 to 1,982 ± 12 Ma, and (4) at 803 ± 6 to 944 ± 9 Ma. A wide range of dates plots between the clusters for both facies. Clusters (1) and (3) are interpreted as the result of detrital monazites from a source area ~1.8 to 1.9 Ga old. Mineralogical variations and trace element systematic reveal basinal brines, which mobilized MREE and HREE, locally generating secondary monazites, influencing large domains of the lower Belt. The lower Belt Supergroup is estimated to have been deposited between 1.47 Ga and 1.45 Ga; consequently, the second age cluster for sandstones and siltstones is viewed as constraining the timeframe of a major basinal fluid event at ~0.80 to 0.96 Ga. That event is clearly distinct from the hydrothermal system associated with the Sullivan sedex base metal deposit at the base of the Belt. Ages between the clusters are interpreted either as secondary, formed during additional basinal fluid events or as reset of detrital monazites. Accordingly, the Belt basin was intermittently an open system to fluids from ~1.47 to ~0.80 Ga. Chondrite-normalized REE patterns

  15. Isotope Geochemistry Researches in China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, James H.

    The publication of Isotope Geochemistry Researches in China represents a major milestone in such research in China. Every isotope geochemist will find at least one informative article in his or her own field of interest in this large and comprehensive volume.The book is divided into 27 chapters, written by 41 authors, and the scope, content, and quality of the chapters are variable. In general, each is a review or an overview of a topic in geochemistry. Some of the chapters are very short and provide only a very general overview. Others are long and provide a detailed and more comprehensive review of a specific subject. Most are translated into English and they are generally professionally done. The quality of the figures and tables varies, but most are clear and informative. An extensive, current bibliography (some in Chinese publications) is provided at the end of the book for each chapter, but there is no index.To help readers find the localities of the areas studied, a table is appended containing names in English and Chinese with latitude and longitude, but no map is included.

  16. Two-stage breakdown of monazite by post-magmatic and metamorphic fluids: An example from the Veporic orthogneiss, Western Carpathians, Slovakia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ondrejka, Martin; Uher, Pavel; Putiš, Marián; Broska, Igor; Bačík, Peter; Konečný, Patrik; Schmiedt, Ivan

    2012-06-01

    The initial to advanced stage of monazite breakdown was identified in a granitic orthogneiss from the pre-Alpine basement in the Veľký Zelený Potok Valley (the Veporic Unit, Western Carpathians, central Slovakia). Monazite-(Ce) formed during Variscan metamorphism of the original Cambrian to Ordovician granitic rock. Two younger, Permian post-magmatic hydrothermal, and Cretaceous metamorphic-hydrothermal events caused a breakdown of the monazite to secondary egg-shaped coronal structures (100 to 500 μm in diameter) with concentric newly-formed mineral phases. Two principal breakdown stages and newly formed mineral assemblages are recognizable: (1) partial to complete replacement of primary monazite with an internal apatite + ThSiO4 (huttonite or thorite) zone and an external allanite-(Ce) to clinozoisite zone; (2) hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) partly replacing apatite + ThSiO4 and allanite to clinozoisite aggregates. The monazite breakdown was initiated by fluid sources differing in composition. Stage (1) originated due to post-magmatic hydrothermal fluids, whereas stage (2) indicates an input of younger, CO2-bearing metamorphic-hydrothermal fluids.

  17. Electron-microprobe Th-U-Pb monazite dating in Early-Palaeozoic high-grade gneisses as a completion of U-Pb isotopic ages (Wilson Terrane, Antarctica)

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    Schulz, B.; Schüssler, U.

    2013-08-01

    The electron microprobe (EMP) Th-U-Pb monazite bulk chemical dating method was applied to granulite-facies rocks of the Wilson Terrane in Antarctica. A combination of this method to isotopic U-Pb-SHRIMP ages for the evaluation of metamorphic processes required the analysis of reference monazites. These can be subdivided into three groups: a) Monazite with variable total Pb at constant Th (e.g. VK-1) is unsuitable for EMP data evaluation; b) Monazite with highly variable total Pb and Th, but with at least some Th/Pb approximating an apparent isochrone (e.g. MPN) is partly useful; and c) Monazite with constant Th/Pb at high Th (e.g. Madmon monazite) is best suitable for the combined approach and can be additionally used to improve the Th calibration for EMP. Study of monazite in grain mounts and in thin sections led to partly different but complementary results: Older monazites with EMP ages up to 680 Ma occur mainly in a grain mount from diatexite and metatexite and are interpreted as detrital relics. Some of these monazites show structures and mineral-chemical zonation trends resembling metasomatism by alkali-bearing fluids. A marked mobility of Th, P, Ce, Si and U is observed. The age of the metasomatic event can be bracketed between 510 and 450 Ma. Furthermore, in the grain mount and in numerous petrographic thin sections of migmatites and gneisses, the EMP Th-U-Pb and SHRIMP U-Pb monazite data uniformly signal a major metamorphic event with a medium-pressure granulite facies peak between 512 and 496 Ma. Subsequent isothermal uplift and then amphibolite-facies conditions between 488 and 466 Ma led to crystallisation of pristine monazite. The high-grade metamorphic event, related to the Ross Orogeny, can be uniformly traced more than 600 km along strike in the Wilson Terrane.

  18. Fluid-induced dissolution breakdown of monazite from Tso Morari complex, NW Himalayas: evidence for immobility of trace elements

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    Upadhyay, Dewashish; Pruseth, Kamal Lochan

    2012-08-01

    Primary igneous monazite from the Polokongka La granite of the Tso Morari complex in the western Himalayas has been partially replaced by a three-layered corona of metamorphic fluor-apatite, allanite + U- and Th-bearing phases (huttonite + brabantite), and epidote. The alteration is related to high-pressure amphibolite-facies (10-11 kbar and 587-695 °C) fluid-induced retrogression of the ultra-high-pressure granite during exhumation after India-Asia collision. The corona textures can be explained by pseudomorphic partial replacement of the original monazite to apatite and allanite via a fluid-mediated coupled dissolution-reprecipitation process. Mass balance calculations using the volume proportions and compositions of coronal minerals show that the REE, U, Th, Pb, Ba and P were conserved and not transported outside the alteration corona. The formation of fluor-apatite, allanite, huttonite and coffinite from monazite and the immobility of REE, U and Th require an influx of alkali- and F-bearing, Ca-rich fluid having high Ca/Na into the corona. We are aware of only two other occurrences of such alteration textures, and these have several similarities in terms of geodynamic setting and P-T histories of the host rocks. We suggest that there may be a common mechanism of exhumation style, and source and composition of fluids during retrogression of granitoid rocks in collisional orogens and that such breakdown textures can be used to identify metagranites that have experienced high-P metamorphism in continental collision zones, which is otherwise difficult to constrain due to the high variance of the mineral assemblages in these rocks.

  19. Nd Isotope and U-Th-Pb Age Mapping of Single Monazite Grains by Laser Ablation Split Stream Analysis

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    Fisher, C. M.; Hanchar, J. M.; Miller, C. F.; Phillips, S.; Vervoort, J. D.; Martin, W.

    2015-12-01

    Monazite is a common accessory mineral that occurs in medium to high grade metamorphic and Ca-poor felsic igneous rocks, and often controls the LREE budget (including Sm and Nd) of the host rock in which it crystallizes. Moreover, it contains appreciable U and Th, making it an ideal mineral for determining U-Th-Pb ages and Sm-Nd isotopic compositions, both of which are readily determined using in situ techniques with very high spatial resolution like LA-MC-ICPMS. Here, we present the results of laser ablation split stream analyses (LASS), which allows for simultaneous determination of the age and initial Nd isotopic composition in a single analysis. Analyses were done using a 20mm laser spot that allowed for detailed Nd isotope mapping of monazite grains (~30 analyses per ~250mm sized grain). Combined with LREE ratios (e.g., Sm/Nd, Ce/Gd, and Eu anomalies) these results yield important petrogenetic constraints on the evolution of peraluminous granites from the Old Woman-Piute batholith in southeastern California. Our findings also allow an improved understanding of the causes of isotope heterogeneity in granitic rocks. U-Th-Pb age mapping across the crystals reveals a single Cretaceous age for all grains with precision and accuracy typical of laser ablation analyses (~2%). In contrast, the concurrent Nd isotope mapping yields homogeneous initial Nd isotope compositions for some grains and large initial intra-grain variations of up to 8 epsilon units in others. The grains that yield homogeneous Nd isotope compositions have REE ratios suggesting that they crystallized in a fractionally crystallizing magma. Conversely, other grains, which also record fractional crystallization of both feldspar and LREE rich minerals, demonstrate a change in the Nd isotope composition of the magma during crystallization of monazite. Comparison of inter- and intra-grain Nd isotope compositions reveals further details on the potential mechanisms responsible for isotope heterogeneity

  20. Abundance and distribution of uranium and thorium in zircon, sphene, apatite, epidote, and monazite in granitic rocks

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    Hurley, Patrick M.; Fairbairn, Harold W.

    1956-01-01

    Analyses were made of uranium and thorium in ziircon, sphene, apatite, epidote, and monazite separated as accessory minerals from samples of granitic rock from widely scattered localities to indicate the abundance and distribution of these two elements among the five mineral phases.  For any pair of mineral phases the distribution ratio remains within the same order of magnitude over the different rocks tested, although the variability of the data is such that only wide departures from constancy could be ascertained.  Such gross differences have not been found. 

  1. A precise 232Th-208Pb chronology of fine-grained monazite: Age of the Bayan Obo REE-Fe-Nb ore deposit, China

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    Wang, Jingyuan; Tatsumoto, M.; Li, X.; Premo, W.R.; Chao, E.C.T.

    1994-01-01

    We have obtained precise Th-Pb internal isochron ages on monazite and bastnaesite for the world's largest known rare earth elements (REE)-Fe-Nb ore deposit, the Bayan Obo of Inner Mongolia, China. The monazite samples, collected from the carbonate-hosted ore zone, contain extremely small amounts of uranium (less than 10 ppm) but up to 0.7% ThO2. Previous estimates of the age of mineralization ranged from 1.8 to 0.255 Ga. Magnetic fractions of monazite and bastnaesite samples (<60-??m size) showed large ranges in 232Th 204Pb values (900-400,000) and provided precise Th-Pb internal isochron ages for paragenetic monazite mineralization ranging from 555 to 398 Ma within a few percent error (0.8% for two samples). These results are the first indication that REE mineralization within the giant Bayan Obo ore deposit occurred over a long period of time. The initial lead isotopic compositions (low 206Pb 204Pb and high 208Pb 204Pb) and large negative ??{lunate}Nd values for Bayan Obo ore minerals indicate that the main source(s) for the ores was the lower crust which was depleted in uranium, but enriched in thorium and light rare earth elements for a long period of time. Zircon from a quartz monzonite, located 50 km south of the ore complex and thought to be related to Caledonian subduction, gave an age of 451 Ma, within the range of monazite ages. Textural relations together with the mineral ages favor an epigenetic rather than a syngenetic origin for the orebodies. REE mineralization started around 555 Ma (disseminated monazite in the West, the Main, and south of the East Orebody), but the main mineralization (banded ores) was related to the Caledonian subduction event ca. 474-400 Ma. ?? 1994.

  2. Revised Geochronology and Magnetostratigraphy of Northwest Iceland

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    Riishuus, M. S.; Duncan, R. A.; Kristjansson, L.

    2013-12-01

    .5-15.0 Ma - and at a significantly higher growth rate. This suggests that the period of volcanic quiescence, during which the lignite-bearing laterites were deposited, was long-lived (1-1.5 Myr). Our results also reveal significant variations in growth rates SW-NE along strike of the lava pile, presumably reflecting differences in the volcanic productivity along the rift zone, as well as higher resolution of temporal growth rate variations from 17 to 8 Ma (~350 m/Myr @ 17-15 Ma, ~2200m/Myr @ 14.5-13.8 Ma, ~700m/Myr @ 13.8-11.6 Ma, ~1500m/Myr @ 11.6-10.6 Ma, ~800m/Myr @ 10.5-8 Ma) than hitherto thought. At several stratigraphic levels the new absolute ages are significantly older than the recalculated age data from earlier studies. This requires reassessment of the correlation of the observed polarity patterns with the Geomagnetic Polarity Time Scale. McDougall, I., Kristjansson, L. and Saemundsson, K., 1984. Magnetostratigraphy and geochronology of Northwest Iceland. Journal of Geophysical Research 89, 7029-7060.

  3. Geochemistry

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    Brett, Robin; Hanshaw, Bruce B.

    1978-01-01

    The past year has seen the development of certain fields of geochemical research including Nd-Sm isotope studies of meteorites and ancient terrestrial rocks; the use of the consortium approach of assembling a multidisciplined team to tackle a problem; and the handling and analysis of small quantities of materials. (Author/MA)

  4. Ordovician appinites in the Wugongshan Domain of the Cathaysia Block, South China: Geochronological and geochemical evidence for intrusion into a local extensional zone within an intracontinental regime

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    Zhong, Yufang; Ma, Changqian; Liu, Lei; Zhao, Junhong; Zheng, Jianping; Nong, Junnian; Zhang, Zejun

    2014-06-01

    Palaeozoic mafic igneous rocks are potentially significant in constraining the tectonic nature and evolution of the Kwangsian Orogeny in the eastern South China Block, yet they have received little attention because of their limited outcrop. Geochemistry and geochronology was carried out on newly identified Ordovician ultramafic-mafic appinites in the Wugongshan Domain of the Cathaysia Block. Seven appinite samples yielded 206Pb/238U crystallisation ages ranging from 452 ± 4 Ma to 473 ± 3 Ma. Abundant 480-500 Ma zircon xenocrysts and/or inherited zircons were found in the appinites, possibly indicating an earlier magmatism episode in the early Palaeozoic period. The Wugongshan appinites are ultramafic to mafic in composition, and the ultramafic rocks display features of cumulates (high concentrations of MgO, Fe2O3t, Cr, Ni, and low concentrations of total alkali and total rare earth elements [REE]). The appinite geochemistry displays: relatively flat chondrite normalised REE patterns with slight enrichment in light REE and weak negative Eu anomalies; enrichment in large-ion lithophile elements (such as Rb, K), and weak depletion in Nb-Ta in primitive mantle normalised trace element patterns. We suggest that the Wugongshan appinites likely originated from an ancient metasomatised mantle, and that crustal assimilation, fractional crystallisation (AFC), magma mingling and hydration were involved in the petrogenetic process, based on the combination of geochemistry, crust-like bulk Sr, Nd and zircon Hf isotopic compositions (εNd (t) = - 8.2 to - 3.2, initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.7067-0.7144, zircon εHf (t) values peaking at - 9 to - 3) and regional geological data. Further considering the alignment and chronology of the appinites, we suggest that the appinitic magmas probably were emplaced along the Jiangshan-Shaoxing Fault in a local extensional zone in an intracontinental regime in the early Palaeozoic.

  5. Solid-state synthesis of monazite-type compounds containing tetravalent elements.

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    Bregiroux, Damien; Terra, Olivier; Audubert, Fabienne; Dacheux, Nicolas; Serin, Virgine; Podor, Renaud; Bernache-Assollant, Didier

    2007-11-26

    On the basis of optimized grinding/heating cycles developed for several phosphate-based ceramics, the preparation of brabantite and then monazite/brabantite solid solutions loaded with tetravalent thorium, uranium, and cerium (as a plutonium surrogate) was examined versus the heating temperature. The chemical reactions and transformations occurring when heating the initial mixtures of AnO2/CeO2, CaHPO(4).2H2O (or CaO), and NH4H2PO4 were identified through X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis experiments. The incorporation of thorium, which presents only one stabilized oxidation state, occurs at 1100 degrees C. At this temperature, all the thorium-brabantite samples appear to be pure and single phase as suggested by XRD, electron probe microanalyses, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. By the same method, tetravalent uranium can be also stabilized in uranium-brabantite, i.e., Ca0.5U0.5PO4, after heating at 1200 degrees C. Both brabantites, Ca0.5Th0.5PO4 and Ca0.5U0.5PO4, begin to decompose when increasing the temperature to 1400 and 1300 degrees C, respectively, leading to a mixture of CaO and AnO2 by the volatilization of P4O10. In contrast to the cases of thorium and uranium, cerium(IV) is not stabilized during the heating treatment at high temperature. Indeed, the formation of Ca0.5Ce0.5PO4 appears impossible, due to the partial reduction of cerium(IV) into cerium(III) above 840 degrees C. Consequently, the systems always appear polyphase, with compositions of CeIII1-2xCeIVxCaxPO4 and Ca2P2O7. The same conclusion can be also given when discussing the incorporation of cerium(IV) into La1-2xCeIIIx-yCeIVyCay(PO4)1-x+y. This incomplete incorporation of cerium(IV) confirms the results obtained when trying to stabilize tetravalent plutonium in Ca0.5PuIV0.5PO4 samples. PMID:17963377

  6. Phosphate monazite- and NaZr2(PO4)3 (NZP)-like ceramics containing uranium and plutonium

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    Orlova, A. I.; Kitaev, D. B.; Lukinich, A. N.; Tomilin, S. B.; Lizin, A. A.; Kulikov, I. A.; Samsonov, V. E.

    2003-01-01

    The synthesis and results of the X-ray diffraction examination of complex orthophosphates involving the cations Ca2+, Cd2+, Gd3+, Ti4+, Hf4+, Ce4+, U4+, and Pu4+ are described. Crystalline products containing either cerium or plutonium or these two elements together were prepared. Cerium was used as plutonium simulator. Phosphates containing cations Ti4+ and Hf4+ were found to form two-phase products. One of these phases was assumed to be of the NaZr2(PO4)3 (NZP) type, the other one of the CePO4 type (monazite). Formation of single-phase products with a monazite structure was found in the specimens that did not contain Ti and Hf. X-ray diffraction characteristics of synthesised phases were identified. An effect of the cation composition on the phase formation and also the effect of the cation size on the crystal lattice parameters of the formed phases were established.

  7. It's About Time: How Accurate Can Geochronology Become?

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    Harrison, M.; Baldwin, S.; Caffee, M. W.; Gehrels, G. E.; Schoene, B.; Shuster, D. L.; Singer, B. S.

    2015-12-01

    As isotope ratio precisions have improved to as low as ±1 ppm, geochronologic precision has remained essentially unchanged. This largely reflects the nature of radioactivity whereby the parent decays into a different chemical species thus putting as much emphasis on the determining inter-element ratios as isotopic. Even the best current accuracy grows into errors of >0.6 m.y. during the Paleozoic - a span of time equal to ¼ of the Pleistocene. If we are to understand the nature of Paleozoic species variation and climate change at anything like the Cenozoic, we need a 10x improvement in accuracy. The good news is that there is no physical impediment to realizing this. There are enough Pb* atoms in the outer few μm's of a Paleozoic zircon grown moments before eruption to permit ±0.01% accuracy in the U-Pb system. What we need are the resources to synthesize the spikes, enhance ionization yields, exploit microscale sampling, and improve knowledge of λ correspondingly. Despite advances in geochronology over the past 40 years (multicollection, multi-isotope spikes, in situ dating), our ability to translate a daughter atom into a detected ion has remained at the level of 1% or so. This means that a ~102 increase in signal can be achieved before we approach a physical limit. Perhaps the most promising approach is use of broad spectrum lasers that can ionize all neutrals. Radical new approaches to providing mass separation of such signals are emerging, including trapped ion cyclotron resonance and multi-turn, sputtered neutral TOF spectrometers capable of mass resolutions in excess of 105. These innovations hold great promise in geochronology but are largely being developed for cosmochemistry. This may make sense at first glance as cosmochemists are classically atom-limited (IDPs, stardust) but can be a misperception as the outer few μm's of a zircon may represent no more mass than a stardust mote. To reach the fundamental limits of geochronologic signals we need to

  8. AGE (Argon Geochronology Experiment): An Instrument for Geochronology on the Surface of Mars

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    Swindle, T. D.; Bode, R.; Boynton, W. V.; Kring, D. A.; Williams, M.; Chutjian, A.; Darrach, M. R.; Cremers, D. A.; Wiens, R. C.; Baldwin, S. L.

    2003-01-01

    As our knowledge of the planet Mars continues to grow, one parameter that remains elusive is the absolute chronology of the planet s geological history. Although crater counts have provided a robust relative chronology, impactor fluxes are poorly enough known that there are places on Mars where the absolute age is uncertain by a factor of two or more. To resolve these uncertainties, it will be necessary to either analyze well-documented samples returned to the Earth from the Martian surface or to perform in situ measurements with sufficient precision. Sample return is still at least a decade away, and even then it might be from a biologically interesting area that might be geologically complex. Hence an in situ measurement, within an uncertainty of 20% or better, could greatly improve our knowledge of the history of Mars. With funding from the Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (PIDDP), we have been working on an instrument to perform potassium-argon (K-Ar) and cosmic-ray exposure (CRE) dating in situ on the surface of Mars. For either of these techniques, it is necessary to measure the abundance of one or more major or minor elements (K in the case of KAr; all majors and minors in the case of CRE) and the abundance and isotopes composition of a noble gas (Ar in the case of K-Ar; He, Ne and Ar for CRE dating). The technology for either of these types of measurements exists, but has never before been integrated for a spacecraft. We refer to the instrument as AGE, the Argon Geochronology Experiment (although we will measure the noble gases He and Ne as well for CRE ages). We report here on the basic components that go into such an instrument, both those that use existing technology and those that had to be developed to create the integrated package.

  9. Mechanisms and timescales of generating eruptible rhyolitic magmas at Yellowstone caldera from zircon and sanidine geochronology and geochemistry

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    Stelten, Mark; Cooper, Kari M.; Vazquez, Jorge A.; Calvert, Andrew T.; Glessner, Justin G

    2015-01-01

    We constrain the physical nature of the magma reservoir and the mechanisms of rhyolite generation at Yellowstone caldera via detailed characterization of zircon and sanidine crystals hosted in three rhyolites erupted during the (ca. 170 – 70 ka) Central Plateau Member eruptive episode – the most recent post-caldera magmatism at Yellowstone. We present 238U-230Th crystallization ages and trace-element compositions of the interiors and surfaces (i.e., unpolished rims) of individual zircon crystals from each rhyolite. We compare these zircon data to 238U- 230Th crystallization ages of bulk sanidine separates coupled with chemical and isotopic data from single sanidine crystals. Zircon age and trace-element data demonstrate that the magma reservoir that sourced the Central Plateau Member rhyolites was long-lived (150 – 250 kyr) and genetically related to the preceding episode of magmatism, which occurred ca. 256 ka. The interiors of most zircons in each rhyolite were inherited from unerupted material related to older stages of Central Plateau Member magmatism or the preceding late Upper Basin Member magmatism (i.e., are antecrysts). Conversely, most zircon surfaces crystallized near the time of eruption from their host liquids (i.e., are autocrystic). The repeated recycling of zircon interiors from older stages of magmatism demonstrates that sequentially erupted Central Plateau Member rhyolites are genetically related. Sanidine separates from each rhyolite yield 238U-230Th crystallization ages at or near the eruption age of their host magmas, coeval with the coexisting zircon surfaces, but are younger than the coexisting zircon interiors. Chemical and isotopic data from single sanidine crystals demonstrate that the sanidines in each rhyolite are in equilibrium with their host melts, which considered along with their near-eruption crystallization ages suggests that nearly all CPM sanidines are autocrystic. The paucity of antecrystic sanidine crystals relative to antecrystic zircons require a model where eruptible rhyolites are generated by extracting melt and zircons from a long-lived mush of immobile crystal-rich magma. In this process the larger sanidine crystals remain trapped in the locked crystal network. The extracted melts (plus antecrystic zircon) amalgamate into a liquid dominated (i.e., eruptible) magma body that is maintained as a physically distinct entity relative to the bulk of the long-lived crystal mush. Zircon surfaces and sanidines in each rhyolite crystallize after melt extraction/amalgamation and their ages constrain the residence time of eruptible magmas at Yellowstone. Residence times of the large volume rhyolites (~40 – 70 km3) are ≤ 1 kyr (conservatively < 6 kyr), which suggests that large volumes of rhyolite can be generated rapidly by extracting melt from a crystal mush. Because the lifespan of the crystal mush that sourced the Central Plateau Member rhyolites is two orders of magnitude longer than the residence time of eruptible magma bodies within the reservoir, it is apparent that the Yellowstone magma reservoir spends most of its time in a largely-crystalline (i.e., uneruptible) state, similar to the present-day magma reservoir, and that eruptible magma bodies are ephemeral features.

  10. Geochronology and geochemistry of Cretaceous magmatic rocks of Arctic Chukotka: An update of GEOCHRON2.0

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    Akinin, V. V.; Miller, E. L.; Gottlieb, E.; Polzunenkov, G.

    2012-04-01

    Field work near and along the Arctic cost of Chukotka (Pevek to Cape Schmidt) contributes new data on the geology of this remote area which belongs to Arctic Alaska-Chukotka terrane or microcontinent which lies to the south of the vast and unexplored East Siberian Shelf, providing better constraints on basement ages and the magmatic and tectonic evolution of this part of the circum Arctic. U-Pb SHRIMP RG zircon ages from eight largest granitoid plutonic complexes intruded across this region are: Velitkinay (105-100 Ma), Kuvet (104±1 Ma), Pegtymel (108±2 Ma), Lootaypin (107±1 Ma), Inroginay (109-104 Ma), Pevek (108-105 Ma), Severny (88±1 Ma), Pyrkanay (92±1 Ma). Two last plutonic complexes are coeval with calc-alkaline volcanic rocks of the suprasubduction Okhotsk-Chukotka volcanic belt (Arctic Chukotka segment). Earlier plutons have extension-related geochemical signatures (monzonite trend and medium negative Nb-Ta anomalies) and Nd model ages of 1.0-1.8 Ga. The Velitkinay migmatite-granite complex, south of Cape Billings extends 150 km in a NW-SE direction. Along the southwest flank of the Velitkinay complex, poorly fossiliferous, metamorphosed Devonian (?), Carboniferous, Permian and Triassic strata are involved in regional W-NW-E-SE trending folds with steep axial planes. Country rocks to the plutonic complex dip steeply to gently SW and are intruded by variably deformed K-spar megacrystic biotite granites (102-106 Ma) in turn intruded by variably deformed medium- grained sphene and biotite bearing granites (~100 Ma, with zircon-core inheritance of 600-630 Ma) related to the migmatitic core of the complex. Precise U-Pb and Ar-Ar dates such as those above have been collected across North East Russia in the last decade and allow more modern regional synthesis of the age of main magmatic events in order to correlate them with the evolution of the Arctic Ocean basins. Our updated GEOCHRON data base documents important Jura-Cretaceous magmatic provinces and events: (1) 160-145 Ma granitoids of Kolyma batholith belt and coeval Uyandino-Yasachnaya volcanic arc (partly coeval with closure of the Anyui Ocean around c. 160-145 Ma); (2) 142-145 Ma syenites of Egdegkych alkaline complex, and volcanics of subduction related Nutesyn margin continental arc in the South Anyui suture zone; (3) 130-135 Ma Northern belt granites and oldest granitic complexes in Eastern Chukotka (coeval with beginning of HALIP volcanism); (4) 118-122 Ma Tytylveem continental volcano-plutonic belt in Chukotka (5) 100-109 Ma extension-related granite-metamorphic core complexes along Arctic cost of Chukotka (coeval with WPB alkaline basalts of De-Longy archipelago) (6) 90-88 Ma subduction-related Central Chukotka segment of Okhotsk-Chukotka volcanic belt (coeval with opening of the Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay between 90 and 55 Ma, which may have affected the Central Arctic region); (7) 54 to to 37 Ma alkali basalts in the Chersky seismic belt triggered by extension and thinning of the lithosphere combined with adiabatic upwelling of the underlying mantle (coeval with opening of the Eurasia oceanic basin at 55-33 Ma).

  11. Geochronology and geochemistry of Eocene potassic felsic intrusions in the Nangqian basin, eastern Tibet: Tectonic and metallogenic implications

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    Xu, Yue; Bi, Xian-Wu; Hu, Rui-Zhong; Chen, You-wei; Liu, He-qing; Xu, Lei-luo

    2016-03-01

    The Jinshajiang-Ailaoshan copper belt is the most significant porphyry copper belt in eastern Tibet. In the northern segment of this belt within the Nangqian basin, which occurs 100 km east of the Yulong porphyry copper deposit, several felsic intrusions have been recently discovered. The Yulong porphyry copper deposit is one of the largest porphyry copper deposits in China, and it is associated with peraluminous adakitic rocks formed in a post-collisional setting. The Nangqian felsic intrusions vary from syenite porphyry to monzonite porphyry in rock types. No significant Cu-Au mineralization has been found in the Nangqian felsic intrusions despite extensive exploration in recent years. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating reveals that the Nangqian syenite porphyry and monzonite porphyry were emplaced at ~ 35.6±0.3 Ma and from 39.5±0.3 to 37.4±0.3 Ma, respectively, similar to the age of the Yulong porphyry copper deposit. The Nangqian felsic intrusions are characterized by metaluminous compositions (A/CNK = 0.82-1.01), and they share some common features with shoshonites such as high K2O contents (4.58-5.58 wt.%), high K2O/Na2O ratios (0.92-1.28), LREE-LILE enrichments and negative Nb-Ta-Ti-P anomalies, as well as with adakites derived from an eclogite-facies source with high Al2O3 (14.98-15.74 wt.%), Sr (954-2190 ppm), Sr/Y (68-132) and La/Yb (53-85), and low Y and Yb contents. The Nangqian felsic intrusions have high initial 87Sr/86Sr (0.7050-0.7055), variable εNd(t) (- 0.31-1.43) and small variations in (206Pb/204Pb)i (18.68-18.74), (207Pb/204Pb)i (15.53-15.62) and (208Pb/204Pb)i (38.51-38.80). Zircon crystals from both syenite and monzonite porphyries are characterized by positive εHf(t) from 5.2 to 8.5. The results suggest that the syenite and monzonite magmas were differentiated from parental shoshonitic melts by fractional crystallization of olivine, clinopyroxene and minor feldspar. The parent magmas originated from a lithospheric mantle metasomatized by slab-derived fluids or melts during continental subduction. The differences in both sources and depths of partial melting may explain the difference in the extent of Cu-Au mineralization between the Yulong and Nangqian porphyries.

  12. Geochronology and Geochemistry of Lower Crustal Xenoliths: Exploring the Formation of the Lower Crust Beneath Central Mongolia

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    Ancuta, L. D.; Carlson, R.; Ionov, D. A.

    2015-12-01

    Central Mongolia is far removed from any active margin yet it is marked by the anomalously high Hangay Mountains. Near Tariat on the flanks of the Hangay range we recovered lower crustal xenoliths from the Shavaryn-Tsaram Quaternary basaltic breccia pipe. Two-pyroxene Fe-Mg exchange thermometry indicates the xenoliths equilibrated at 840 ± 30ºC. Previous studies indicated pressure ranges between 12.5 and 15.5 kbar for samples with similar equilibration temperatures from the same locality (Stosch et al., 1995). Abundant zircon in the samples dated by U-Pb laser ablation ICP-MS show a wide range of ages from 50 to 300 Ma with a broad peak around 200 Ma. Each of the seven dated samples shows a similar spread of ages with a maximum age range of 200 Ma for individual xenoliths. The new data suggest that the lower crust in the Tariat area formed in the Late Paleozoic to early Mesozoic during the accretion of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), which is consistent with arc like geochemical signatures of whole-rocks and with common Permo-Triassic Sm-Nd and U-Pb isotope ages for magmatic rocks exposed on the surface in the region. Whether the younger Mesozoic zircon ages reflect later metamorphic events or result from diffusive Pb loss is unclear. Based on elevated Th/U ratios the latter may be more likely, though more work is needed to fully resolve the origin of the zircons. Early Mesozoic whole-rock Sm-Nd model ages for the suite of xenoliths are broadly consistent with the zircon U-Pb data. Stachnik et al. (2014) indicated that the high elevations of the Hangay region could be isostatically supported by a thick crust. Our new data suggests the lower crust, and by inference the high topography, formed in the Late Paleozoic to Early Mesozoic during the formation of the CAOB.

  13. Geochronology and isotope geochemistry of the Baogutu porphyry copper deposit in the West Junggar region, Xinjiang, China

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    Shen, Ping; Shen, Yuanchao; Pan, Hongdi; Li, Xian-hua; Dong, Lianhui; Wang, Jingbin; Zhu, Heping; Dai, Huawu; Guan, Weina

    2012-04-01

    The Baogutu copper deposit, a newly-discovered middle-sized porphyry copper deposit, is located in the West Junggar region of Xinjiang, NW China. Baogutu is associated with a Late Carboniferous intrusive complex that was emplaced into Lower Carboniferous volcano-sedimentary strata. The intrusive complex comprises main-stage diorites and minor late-stage diorite porphyries. Their intrusive activity occurred in 313.0 ± 2.2 Ma to 312.3 ± 2.2 Ma based on U-Pb zircon SIMS analyses. Molybdenite separated from ore-bearing quartz veins yields Re-Os model ages from 309.4 ± 4.4 Ma to 314.1 ± 4.5 Ma with a weighted mean age of 312.4 ± 1.8 Ma. Biotites, separated from fresh diorite and hydrothermal breccias in main-stage diorites, yield 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages of 308.26 ± 1.88 and 305.69 ± 1.76 Ma, respectively. These dates obtained from three independent dating techniques constrain the ore-forming age of the Baogutu deposit. Stable isotopes (H, O, S) and radiogenic isotope (Pb) have been used to discriminate the sources of the ore-forming fluid at Baogutu. The δ18O (1.14-1.74‰) and δD (-74‰ to -98‰) data indicate that the water of the ore-forming fluids was derived from magmatic water. The δ34S values (-0.24‰ to +0.4‰) show that the sulfur isotope composition of the ore fluids is characterized by magma sulfur. Lead isotope compositions (206Pb/204Pb = 17.92-18.89, 207Pb/204Pb = 15.45-15.62, 208Pb/204Pb = 37.68-38.36) indicate that the lead of the ore fluids is derived from the mantle. These data confirm the occurrence of a Cu-Au-Mo mineralizing event at Late Carboniferous in the Baogutu region and the ore-forming fluids are mainly derived from the mantle. The event is inferred to be associated with Late Carboniferous Junggar oceanic crust subduction.

  14. Geology, isotope geochemistry and geochronology of the Jinshachang carbonate-hosted Pb-Zn deposit, southwest China

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    Zhou, Jia-Xi; Bai, Jun-Hao; Huang, Zhi-Long; Zhu, Dan; Yan, Zai-Fei; Lv, Zhi-Cheng

    2015-02-01

    The Jinshachang Pb-Zn deposit, an exceptionally radiogenic Pb-enriched sulfide deposit, hosted by dolostone of the Upper Sinian (Neoproterozoic) Dengying Formation and the Lower Cambrian Meishucun Formation, is located in the western Yangtze Block, about 300 km northeast of Kunming city in southwest China. Ore bodies in this deposit are dominated by strata-bound type and steeply dipping vein type. Primary ores in these two types are composed of sphalerite, galena, fluorite, barite and quartz with massive, banded, veined and disseminated structures. Twenty-seven ore bodies in the Jinshachang deposit host 4.6 million tons of sulfide ores at average grades of 4.07 wt.% Pb and 5.03 wt.% Zn. Quartz separates from the sulfide ores have δDH2O values ranging from -137‰ to -86.2‰ with an average of -114‰ (n = 7), lower than those of magmatic, metamorphic and meteoric water, suggesting a contribution of organic water. δ34SCDT values of ninety-one sulfide separates range from +1.1‰ to +13.4‰ with an average of +5.7‰, lower than those of evaporites (δ34SCDT = +15‰ to +35‰) in the Cambrian to Triassic sedimentary strata in NE Yunnan province. δ34SCDT values of eight barite separates range from +32‰ to +35‰ (average +34‰), within the range of evaporites. These data suggest that S2- in the hydrothermal fluids derived from evaporites by thermo-chemical sulfate reduction (TSR), whereas SO42- directly originated from the evaporites. Six sulfide separates have highly radiogenic 206Pb/204Pb ratios ranging from 20.74 to 21.18 (average 20.92), 207Pb/204Pb ratios ranging from 15.85 to 15.89 (average 15.87), and 208Pb/204Pb ratios ranging from 40.89 to 41.42 (average 41.16). The Pb isotopes of the sulfides plot above the upper crust Pb average evolution curve and overlap the Cambrian sedimentary rocks, but are different from the Sinian dolostone. This indicates a crustal source of Pb most likely derived from the Cambrian sedimentary rocks. The initial 87Sr/86Sr ratio of seven main stage sphalerite separates from the Jinshachang deposit is 0.713, which is higher than those of the Upper Sinian Dengying Formation dolostone (0.708-0.710), Lower Cambrian carbonates (0.708-0.710), Devonian to Lower Permian sedimentary rocks (0.707-0.711) and Middle Permian Emeishan flood basalts (0.704-0.708), and lower than those of the Proterozoic folded basement rocks (0.724-0.729), but similar to those of Lower Cambrian black shale (0.712-0.714). Therefore, the Sr isotope data of the sphalerite support the view that the Lower Cambrian sedimentary rocks, in particular the black shale, were important source of metals. The main stage sphalerite separates have an Rb-Sr isotopic age of 206.8 ± 3.7 Ma, reflecting the timing of Pb-Zn mineralization. This study suggests that the Jinshachang Pb-Zn deposit is an epigenetic, thrust fold-controlled and strata-bound deposit with fluids and metals derived from the Cambrian sedimentary strata.

  15. Geochronology and geochemistry constraints of the Early Cretaceous Taibudai porphyry Cu deposit, northeast China, and its tectonic significance

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    Zhou, Zhen-Hua; Mao, Jing-Wen; Wu, Xin-Li; Ouyang, Hen-Gen

    2015-05-01

    The southern Great Xing'an Range (SGXR), located in the southeastern part of Inner Mongolia, China, shows intense Mesozoic tectono-magmatic activity and hosts economically important polymetallic (Cu-Pb-Zn-Sn-Fe-Ag-Au-Mo) mineralization. Here, we present new zircon U-Pb ages, whole-rock geochemical data, Nd-Sr-Hf isotopic data and Re-Os ages for the Taibudai deposit in the SGXR. The Taibudai granitoids show high SiO2 (70.62-72.13 wt.%) and alkali (Na2O + K2O = 7.04-8.60 wt.%) concentrations, low MgO (0.89-1.37 wt.%) and Al2O3 (∼14 wt.%), ASI ratios <1.1 (0.94-0.97), LILEs (e.g., Rb) enriched, HFSEs (e.g., Nb, Ta, Ti, and P) depleted, and have low Sr and Yb concentrations, classifying these rocks as fractionated I-type granites. The Taibudai granitoids have negative εNd (t) values ranging from -2.2 to -1.6 and relatively low initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios from 0.70536 to 0.70581. In situ Hf isotopic analyses on zircons using LA-MC-ICP-MS show variable positive εHf (t) values ranging from +0.80 to +13.55, corresponding to relatively young two-stage Hf model ages from 801 to 942 Ma (excluding one spot). These mineralogical, geochemical, and isotopic features strongly suggest that the primary magmas of the Taibudai granitoids were derived mainly from the partial remelting of Neoproterozoic juvenile crustal material, with no remarkable modification through incorporation of continental or subduction-related material. Re-Os isotope analyses of molybdenite from the deposit yield an ore-forming age of 137.1 ± 1.4 Ma. Re contents range from 4.37 to 41.77 ppm, implying ore material components have a mixed crust-mantle origin. SHRIMP analysis of zircons show that the monzogranitic porphyry and biotite granite in the Taibudai deposit were formed at 137.0 ± 0.9 Ma and 138.3 ± 0.9 Ma, respectively, indicating a temporal link between granitic magmatism and Cu mineralization. This result, combined with the regional geology, tectonic evolution, and age data from the literature, suggests that the Early Cretaceous (∼140 Ma) was the peak metallogenic epoch for the Great Xing'an Range, and the mineralization in this period generally takes the form of porphyry, skarn, or hydrothermal polymetallic ore deposits in an active extensional continental margin environment. The Taibudai porphyry and associated mineralization provides a typical example of magmatism and metallogeny associated with a Paleo-Pacific plate subduction, continental margin, back-arc extensional setting.

  16. Evolution of the Bangong-Nujiang Tethyan ocean: Insights from the geochronology and geochemistry of mafic rocks within ophiolites

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    Wang, Bao-Di; Wang, Li-Quan; Chung, Sun-Lin; Chen, Jian-Lin; Yin, Fu-Guang; Liu, Han; Li, Xiao-Bo; Chen, Ling-Kang

    2016-02-01

    The Bangong-Nujiang suture zone (BNSZ) is located in the central Tibetan Plateau, and represents the relict of the Bangong-Nujiang Tethyan Ocean (BNTO). This paper presents zircon U-Pb ages and whole-rock geochemical and Sr-Nd isotope data for the ophiolitic rocks from the Rutog, Dongco, Dongqiao, Amdo, and Dengqen areas (from west to east) in the BNSZ. Zircon U-Pb ages obtained from five gabbros and one leucogabbro from the five areas are 169 ± 2, 167 ± 2, 187 ± 2, 184 ± 2, 177 ± 3, and 164 ± 2 Ma, respectively. Mafic rocks (gabbros and basalts) in the BNSZ can be divided into MORB-like and OIB-type, based on geochemical data. The MORB-like rocks are tholeiitic and can be further divided into N- and E-MORB subtypes, marked by depleted and flat REE patterns, respectively. All MORB-like rocks show supra-subduction zone (SSZ) geochemical affinities such as mild enrichment in the large ion lithophile elements and depletion in the high field strength elements, coupled with high and positive whole-rock εNd(t) values (+ 8.1 to + 5.4). The OIB-type rocks, which formed in the Early Cretaceous (~ 132-108 Ma), are exposed in the Dongco, Dongqiao, and Tarenben areas, and they consist mostly of alkali basalts with within-plate geochemical characteristics and positive εNd(t) values (+ 5.9 to + 4.5). On the basis of these new data, combined with information from the literature, we further support that the BNTO was an intra-oceanic arc-backarc basin that existed between the North Lhasa subterrane (NLT) and the South Qiangtang subterrane (SQT) during the Early-Middle Jurassic. This basin may have been active until the Early Cretaceous, when the OIB-type basalts erupted.

  17. U-Pb SHRIMP geochronology and trace-element geochemistry of coesite-bearing zircons, North-East Greenland Caledonides

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    McClelland, W.C.; Power, S.E.; Gilotti, J.A.; Mazdab, F.K.; Wopenka, B.

    2006-01-01

    Obtaining reliable estimates for the timing of eclogite-facies metamorphism is critical to establishing models for the formation and exhumation of high-pressure and ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic terranes in collisional orogens. The presence of pressure-dependent phases, such as coesite, included in metamorphic zircon is generally regarded as evidence that zircon growth occurred at UHP conditions and, ifdated, should provide the necessary timing information. We report U-Pb sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) ages and trace-element SHRIMP data from coesite-bearing zircon suites formed during UHP metamorphism in the North- East Greenland Caledonides. Kyanite eclogite and quartzofeldspathic host gneiss samples from an island in J??kelbugt (78??00'N, 18??04'W) contained subspherical zircons with well-defined domains in cathodoluminescence (CL) images. The presence of coesite is confirmed by Raman spectroscopy in six zircons from four samples. Additional components of the eclogite-facies inclusion suite include kyanite, omphacite, garnet, and rutile. The trace-element signatures in core domains reflect modification of igneous protolith zircon. Rim signatures show flat heavy rare earth element (HREE) patterns that are characteristic of eclogite-facies zircon. The kyanite eclogites generally lack a Eu anomaly, whereas a negative Eu anomaly persists in all domains of the host gneiss. The 207Pb- corrected 206Pb/238U ages range from 330 to 390 Ma for the host gneiss and 330-370 Ma for the kyanite eclogite. Weighted mean 206Pb/238U ages for coesite-bearing domains vary from 364 ?? 8 Ma for the host gneiss to 350 ?? 4 Ma for kyanite eclogite. The combined U-Pb and REE data interpreted in conjunction with observed CL domains and inclusion suites suggest that (1) Caledonian metamorphic zircon formed by both new zircon growth and recrystallization, (2) UHP metamorphism occurred near the end of the Caledonian collision, and (3) the 30-50m.y. span of ages records long residence times at eclogite-facies conditions for the UHProcks of North-East Greenland. This spread in observed ages is interpreted to be characteristic of metamorphic rocks that have experienced relatively long (longer than 10 m.y.) residence times at UHP conditions. ?? 2006 Geological Society of America.

  18. Geochronology and geochemistry of lithologies of the Tabuaço W-prospect area (Northern Portugal)

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    Cerejo, Tiago; Francisco Santos, Jose; Sousa, Joao Carlos; Castanho, Nuno; Sergio, Gabriel; Ribeiro, Sara

    2016-04-01

    This work is focussed on lithologies occurring at Quinta de São Pedro das Águias, which is located in the Tabuaço prospect (an area of 45 km2 where exploration for W-skarn deposits is taking place, in northern Portugal, close to the Douro valley). At Quinta de São Pedro das Águias several lithologies are recognized: "normal" phyllites, black phyllites (graphite-bearing), marbles, calcsilicate (s.s.) rocks and skarns (sometimes, scheelite-bearing), belonging to the Bateiras Formation, of the Douro Group (one of the two major subdivisions of the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Dúrico-Beirão Supergroup); Paredes da Beira-Tabuaço granite; several aplitic and pegmatitic bodies. The studied area belongs to the Central Iberian Zone, a geotectonic unit of the Iberian Variscan Chain. Rb-Sr isotope analyses done in the scope of this work, provided a 316 ± 7 Ma whole-rock isochron (MSWD = 1.7; initial 87Sr/86Sr = 0.7146) for the granitoids, using the 87Rb decay constant recently recommended by IUPAC-IUGS (Villa et al., 2015). This date is interpreted here as the emplacement age of those rocks, during a late stage of the Variscan D3. The granite revealed a S-type nature, namely because it is a muscovite granite, it shows a peraluminous composition (average A/CNK = 1.28), and the Sr and Nd isotope fingerprints (-8.9 ≤ ɛNd(316Ma) ≤ -7.8; +0.7105 ≤ 87Sr/86Sr(316Ma) ≤ 0.7182) fit into the composition of metasedimentary crust. The analysed phyllites show the following isotopic compositions: -9.7 ≤ ɛNd(316Ma) ≤ -8.2; +0.7148 ≤ 87Sr/86Sr(316Ma) ≤ 0.7188. Therefore, the isotope signatures, at 316 Ma, of the granite and of the studied metapelites overlap, suggesting that the parental magma was generated by anatexis of Grupo do Douro metasediments. According to their petrographic, geochemical and isotopic features, aplites and pegmatites are viewed as extreme differentiates from the granite. São Pedro das Águias metapelites show biotite zone parageneses. Geochemically, their REE normalized patterns are very similar to those displayed by NIBAS and by other upper crustal reference compositions. Isotopically, especially due to their lower ɛNd316, the studied metapelites are clearly distinct from the Grupo das Beiras metasediments (the other major division of the Dúrico-Beirão Supergroup), and, instead, they resemble other metasedimentary units of the Iberian Massif. Several lines of evidence, namely the isotope data (-8.1 ≤ ɛNd(316Ma) ≤ -6.4; +0.7090 ≤ 87Sr/86Sr(316Ma) ≤ 0.7102) and the occurrence of fine intercalations of sub-mm layers enriched in phyllosilicates, suggest that calcsilicate (s.l.) rocks owe their composition not only to metasomatism that accompanied the granite intrusion, but also to an inheritance from their protoliths, which should have resulted from mixed sedimentation, both chemical and terrigenous. This work was financially supported by: - FEDER funds trough Operational Programme Competitiveness Factors - COMPETE and by national funds through FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia in the scope of projects Petrochron (PTDC/CTE-GIX/112561/2009) and Geobiotec (UID/GEO/04035/2013); - Colt Resources. Reference: Villa, I.M., De Bièvre, P., Holden, N.E., Renne, P.R., 2015. IUPAC-IUGS recommendation on the half life of 87Rb. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 164, 382-385.

  19. Monazite, iron oxide and barite exsolutions in apatite aggregates from CCSD drillhole eclogites and their geological implications

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    Sun, Xiaoming; Tang, Qian; Sun, Weidong; Xu, Li; Zhai, Wei; Liang, Jinlong; Liang, Yeheng; Shen, Kun; Zhang, Zeming; Zhou, Bing; Wang, Fangyue

    2007-06-01

    We have identified abundant exsolutions in apatite aggregates from eclogitic drillhole samples of the Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling (CCSD) project. Electron microscope and laser Raman spectroscopy analyses show that the apatite is fluorapatite, whereas exsolutions that can be classified into four types: (A) platy to rhombic monazite exsolutions; (B) needle-like hematite exsolutions; (C) irregular magnetite and hematite intergrowths; and (D) needle-like strontian barite exsolutions. The widths and lengths of type A monazite exsolutions range from about 6-10 μm (mostly 6 μm) and about 50-75 μm, respectively. Type B exsolutions are parallel with the C axis of apatite, with widths ranging from 0.5 to 2 μm, with most around 1.5 μm, and lengths that vary dramatically from 6 to 50 μm. Type C exsolutions are also parallel with the C axis of apatite, with lengths of ˜30-150 μm and widths of ˜10 to 50 μm. Type D strontian barite exsolutions coexist mostly with type B hematite exsolutions, with widths of about 9 μm and lengths of about 60-70 μm. Exsolutions of types B, C and D have never been reported in apatites before. Most of the exsolutions are parallel with the C axis of apatite, implying that they were probably exsolved at roughly the same time. Dating by the chemical Th-U-total Pb isochron method (CHIME) yields an U-Pb isochron age of 202 ± 28 Ma for monazite exsolutions, suggesting that these exsolutions were formed during recrystallization and retrograde metamorphism of the exhumed ultrahigh pressure (UHP) rocks. Quartz veins hosting apatite aggregates were probably formed slightly earlier than 202 Ma. Abundant hematite exsolutions, as well as coexistence of magnetite/hematite and barite/hematite in the apatite, suggest that the oxygen fugacity of apatite aggregates is well above the sulfide-sulfur oxide buffer (SSO). Given that quartz veins host these apatite aggregates, they were probably deposited from SiO 2-rich hydrous fluids formed during

  20. In-situ measurements of U-series nuclides by electron microprobe on zircons and monazites from Gandak river sediments

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    Bosia, C.; Deloule, E.; France-Lanord, C.; Chabaux, F.

    2015-12-01

    Determination of sediment transfer time during transport in the alluvial plains is a critical issue to correctly understand the relationship between climate, tectonics and Earth surface evolution. The residence time of river sediments may be constrained by analyzing the U series nuclides fractionations (e.g. [1] and [2]), which are created during water rock interactions by the ejection of the daughter nuclides of the grain (α-recoil) and the preferential mobilization of nuclides in decay damaged crystal structure. However, recent studies on sediments from the Gandak river, one of the main Ganga tributary, highlighted the difficulties to obtain reproducible data on bulk sediments, due to the nuggets distribution of U-Th enriched minor minerals in the samples (Bosia et al., unpublished data). We therefore decided to analyze the U and Th isotopic systematic at a grain-scale for Himalayan sediments from the Gandak river. This has been tested by performing in situ depth profiles of 238U-234U-230Th and 232Th on zircons and monazites (50-250 μm) by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) at the CRPG, Nancy, France. The first results point the occurrence of 238U-234U-230Th disequilibria in the outermost parts of both monazite and zircon minerals with a return to the equilibrium state in the core of the grains. The relative U and Th enrichment is however slightly different depending on considered minerals, suggesting possible adsorption processes of 230-Th. Coupled to a simple model of U and Th mobility during water-mineral interactions, these data should help to constrain the origin of 238U-234U-230Th disequilibria in these minerals. Moreover, the results of the study should be relevant to discuss the potential of this approach to constrain the residence time of zircons and monazites in the Gandak alluvial plain. [1] Chabaux et al., 2012, C. R. Geoscience, 344 (11-12): 688-703; [2] Granet et al., 2007, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., 261 (3-4): 389-406.

  1. Geochronology of the Xihuashan composite granitic body and tungsten mineralization, Jiangxi province, south China.

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    McKee, E.H.; Rytuba, J.J.; Xu, Keqin

    1987-01-01

    One of the goals of this visit was to collect samples of different granitic rocks in the pluton for radiometric dating to establish the geochronology of intrusion, alteration, and mineralization. This report summarises geochronologic studies during a visit by Chinese and US scientists to the Xihuashan mine.-after Authors

  2. Evidence for Late Cretaceous-early Tertiary lower plate mylonitization and extension in the Harcuvar metamorphic core complex, Arizona: Evidence from U-Pb geochronology

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    Wrobel, A.; Wong, M.; Singleton, J. S.

    2014-12-01

    results raise questions about the time scales of core complex development and the role of tectonic inheritance in Miocene extension. U-Pb zircon and monazite geochronology currently in progress will further refine the timing of plutonic and metamorphic events and their role in the development of this core complex.

  3. Simultaneous in situ determination of U-Pb and Sm-Nd isotopes in monazite by laser ablation ICP-MS

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    Goudie, Dylan J.; Fisher, Christopher M.; Hanchar, John M.; Crowley, James L.; Ayers, John C.

    2014-06-01

    are presented for in situ simultaneous determination of U-Pb and Sm-Nd isotopes in monazite using the Laser Ablation Split-Stream (LASS) method. This method uses a laser ablation system coupled to a magnetic-sector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (HR) (ICP-MS) for measuring U-Pb isotopes and a multicollector (MC) ICP-MS for measuring Sm-Nd isotopes. Ablated material is split using a Y-connector and transported simultaneously to both mass spectrometers. In addition to Sm and Nd isotopes, the MC-ICP-MS is configured to also acquire Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, and Gd elemental abundances. This approach provides age, tracer isotope, and trace element data in the same ablation volume, reducing sampling problems associated with fine-scale zoning in accessory minerals and minimizing the material needed for ablation. Precision and accuracy of the U-Pb method (and the precision of the Sm-Nd method) is demonstrated with results from well-characterized monazite reference materials. The LASS results agree within uncertainty with the isotope dilution thermal ionization mass spectrometry (ID-TIMS) U-Pb dates. The accuracy of the Sm-Nd method is assessed by comparing the LA-MC-ICP-MS results with ID-TIMS determinations on a well-characterized, in-house monazite reference material. The LASS method is then applied to monazite from the Birch Creek Pluton in the White Mountains of California as a case study to illustrate the utility of this method for solving geologic problems. The U-Pb ages and Sm-Nd isotopic data from the LASS method support the conclusions drawn from previous results that monazite can record timing and information about the source region(s) of hydrothermal fluids.

  4. Organic geochemistry - A retrospective of its first 70 years

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    Kvenvolden, K.A.

    2006-01-01

    Organic geochemistry had its origin in the early part of the 20th century when organic chemists and geologists realized that detailed information on the organic materials in sediments and rocks was scientifically interesting and of practical importance. The generally acknowledged "father" of organic geochemistry is Alfred E. Treibs (1899-1983), who discovered and described, in 1936, porphyrin pigments in shale, coal, and crude oil, and traced the source of these molecules to their biological precursors. Thus, the year 1936 marks the beginning of organic geochemistry. However, formal organization of organic geochemistry dates from 1959 when the Organic Geochemistry Division (OGD) of The Geochemical Society was founded in the United States, followed 22 years later (1981) by the establishment of the European Association of Organic Geochemists (EAOG). Organic geochemistry (1) has its own journal, Organic Geochemistry (beginning in 1979) which, since 1988, is the official journal of the EAOG, (2) convenes two major conferences [International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry (IMOG), since 1962, and Gordon Research Conferences on Organic Geochemistry (GRC), since 1968] in alternate years, and (3) is the subject matter of several textbooks. Organic geochemistry is now a widely recognized geoscience in which organic chemistry has contributed significantly not only to geology (i.e., petroleum geochemistry, molecular stratigraphy) and biology (i.e., biogeochemistry), but also to other disciplines, such as chemical oceanography, environmental science, hydrology, biochemical ecology, archaeology, and cosmochemistry.

  5. Simultaneous in situ determination of both U-Th-Pb and Sm-Nd isotopes in monazite by laser ablation using a magnetic sector ICP-MS and a multicollector ICP-MS

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    Goudie, D. J.; Fisher, C. M.; Hanchar, J. M.; Davis, W. J.; Crowley, J. L.; Ayers, J. C.

    2012-12-01

    We present a method for the simultaneous in situ determination of U-Th-Pb and Sm-Nd isotopes in monazite, using a laser ablation (LA) system coupled to both a magnetic sector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (HR) ICP-MS and a multicollector (MC) ICP-MS. The ablated material is split using a glass Y-connector and transported simultaneously to both mass spectrometers via helium carrier gas. The MC-ICP-MS is configured to provide relative Ce, Gd, and Eu contents, in addition to Sm and Nd. This approach obtains both age (U-Pb), tracer isotope (Sm-Nd), and REE element data (Ce, Gd, and Eu), in the same ablation volume, thus reducing sampling problems associated with fine-scale zoning and other internal structures. The accuracy and precision of the U-Pb data are demonstrated using six well characterized monazite reference materials from the Geological Survey of Canada (three of which are currently used as SHRIMP standards) and agree well with previously determined ID-TIMS ages. The accuracy of the Sm-Nd isotopic data was assessed by comparison to TIMS measurements on a well-characterized in-house monazite standard. The dual LA-ICP-MS method was applied to the Birch Creek Pluton (BCP) in the White Mountains, California in a case study to test the utility of U-Th-Pb dating coupled with Sm-Nd (and Ce, Gd, Eu) isotopic data for solving geologic problems. Previous work on the Cretaceous BCP [1] used Th-Pb ages coupled with O isotopic data to constrain hydrothermal fluid events, as recorded in monazite. The original study suggested that the high delta 18O monazite in Paleozoic country rocks adjacent to the BCP grew in response to fluid alternation associated with the intrusion of the BCP, based on overlapping age with the BCP. New monazite split-stream U-Pb and Sm-Nd data show that monazite from the BCP pluton and monazite from altered country rock have homogenous and overlapping initial Nd isotopic composition, further strengthening the proposal that monazite in

  6. Composition and chemical microprobe dating of U-Th-bearing minerals. Part I. Monazites from the Urals and Siberia

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    Votyakov, S. L.; Khiller, V. V.; Shchapova, Yu. V.

    2012-12-01

    To develop chemical microprobe timing of U-Th-bearing minerals, monazite grains from several localities in the Ural and Siberia have been dated using upgraded measurement techniques and age calculation based on original software. The samples were taken from pegmatites of the Ilmeny Mountains and the Ilmeny-Vishnevy Mountains Complex in the South Urals; pegmatites from the Adui granitic pluton and its framework in the Central Urals; gneisses and granulites of the Taratash Complex in the South Urals; and felsic gneisses from the Transangara region of the Yenisei Ridge. Scrutiny of the composition, heterogeneity, and chemical substitution of U and Th ions is a necessary stage of chemical dating aimed at estimating the degree of closeness of the U-Th-Pb system and unbiased screening of analytical data. The results obtained have been compared with the known isotopic ages of the studied minerals; the compared data are satisfactorily consistent.

  7. U-Pb age of the Baltoro granite, northwest Himalaya, and implications for monazite U-Pb systematics

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    Parrish, R.R.; Tirrul, R. )

    1989-12-01

    The Baltoro granite is a major late- to post-tectonic plutonic phase of the Karakoram batholith of the northwest Himalaya in northern Pakistan. U-Pb zircon analyses indicate both emplacement at 21.0{plus minus}0.5 Ma and significant Precambrian zircon inheritance. Dates on monazite are 17-19 Ma and are interpreted to have remained near their closure temperature of about 700C for several million years after emplacement, resulting in Pb loss by diffusion. The authors suggest that the granite was emplaced into rocks which were at high temperature and that they remained so until late Miocene northeast-tilting, rapid uplift and/or tectonic denudation, and cooling.

  8. Geochemistry and Minerality of Wine

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    Oze, C.; Horton, T. W.; Beaman, M.

    2010-12-01

    Kaolinite (Al2Si2O5(OH)4) and gibbsite (Al(OH)3) are capable of forming in a variety of environments including anthropogenic solutions such as wine. Here, we evaluate the geochemistry of twelve white wines in order to assess the potential relationship between kaolinite/gibbsite saturation and minerality, a common wine descriptor used to express the rock and/or soil character in the aromas and flavors of wines. Aluminum and Si concentrations ranged from 228-1,281 µg L-1 and 6,583-19,746 µg L-1, respectively, where Si and Al are the only elements to demonstrate positive covariance with minerality scores. Sulfur levels varied from 25,013-167,383 µg L-1 and show the strongest negative covariance with minerality scores. However, like all of the elements studied (Al, Si, Na, Mg, S, K, Ca, and Fe), these trends were not significantly different than random at the 95% confidence level. In contrast, the relative degrees of gibbsite/kaolinite saturation display strong positive covariance with minerality scores and these trends are not random at the greater than 95% confidence level. Overall, our tasters were able to accurately assess the degree of gibbsite/kaolinite saturation amongst the twelve wines based on the objective of assessing minerality. Although the wines were undersaturated with respect to gibbsite/kaolinite, geochemical modeling reveals that increasing the wines’ pHs from ~3.3 to 4.1-4.6 (which is achievable on the palate where saliva has a pH of 7.4) results in gibbsite/kaolinite oversaturation. By considering that minerality is a function of gibbsite/kaolinite saturation and decreasing S, the origin of minerality’s taste and chemical origin in wine with known physical standards becomes increasingly crystalline.

  9. U-Th-Pb geochronology of the Massabesic Gneiss and the granite near Milford, South-Central New Hampshire: New evidence for avalonian basement and taconic and alleghenian disturbances in Eastern New England

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    Aleinikoff, J.N.; Zartman, R.E.; Lyons, J.B.

    1979-01-01

    U-Th-Pb systematics for zircon and monazite from Massabesic Gneiss (paragneiss and orthogneiss) and the granite near Milford, New Hampshire, were determined. Zircon morphology suggests that the paragneiss may be volcaniclastic (igneous) in origin, and thus the age data probably record the date (minimum of 646 m.y.) at which the rock was extruded. A two-stage lead-loss model is proposed to explain the present array of data points on a concordia diagram. Orthogneiss ages range only narrowly and are clustered around 475 m.y. Data for the granite of Milford, New Hampshire, are scattered, but may be interpreted in terms of inheritance and modern lead loss, yielding a crystallization age of 275 m.y. This is the only known occurrence of Avalonian-type basement in New Hampshire and as such provides evidence for the location of the paleo-Africa-paleo- North America suture. The geochronology also further documents the occurrence of disturbances during the Ordovician and Permian. ?? 1979 Springer-Verlag.

  10. Geochemical, geochronological characterization and tectonic setting of the metamorphic rocks from the Biga Peninsula, NW Turkey

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    Şengün, F.; Tunç, Ä.°. O.; Yiǧitbaş, E.

    2012-04-01

    The Biga Peninsula in the northwest Turkey is one of the world's important natural laboratories to study geochronology due to having complex geology. The Biga Peninsula has different metamorphic basements including Kazdağ Massif, Çamlıca metamorphics, Kemer metamorphics and Karadağ Massif under cover of the Cenozoic volcano-sedimentary association. The Çamlıca metamorphic assemblage are one of the most critical regions for understanding of the geology of northwestern Turkey. The Çamlıca metamorphic association located on the westernmost part of Turkey is mainly composed of the Andıktası formation, the Dedetepe formation and the Salihler formation, from bottom to top. Metasedimentary rocks of the Çamlıca metamorphics have high SiO2 and medium Al2O3 and TiO2 values. The protolith of these metasediments is arkose-subarkose and greywacke. However, whole-rock geochemistry for the HP eclogite/blueschist within the Çamlıca metamorphics suggests that their protolith was basalt with high TiO2 and K2O-Na2O content and Nb/Y ratios. REE pattern and trace element contents of the HP eclogite/blueschist similar to typical MORB based on tectonic discrimination diagrams. The metavolcanic rocks occurring on the lowest part of the Çamlıca metamorphicassociation has andesitic composition with calc-alkaline character. All metavolcanic rocks in this unit cluster within the volcanic arc field. Zircon grains from metavolcanic rocks and HP eclogite/blueschists were dated by LA-ICPMS. Zircon ages of two metavolcanic samples yielded 328.6 ± 3.5 Ma and 343.2 ± 2.6 Ma, respectively. These ages are interpreted as the time of protolith crystallization of metavolcanic rocks. Moreover, zircon ages from HP eclogite/blueschist yielded 338 ± 1.8 Ma (Early Carboniferous) which is interpreted as the age of protolith crystallization of HP eclogite/blueschist. Geochemical and isotopic data indicate that Early Carboniferous Variscan ages within the Sakarya Zone may form the eastern

  11. Diffusion kinetics of geochronologically relevant species in baddeleyite

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    Bloch, E. M.; Watkins, J. M.; Van Orman, J. A.

    2014-12-01

    Baddeleyite (ZrO2) is commonly present as an accessory mineral in silica under-saturated igneous rocks. In recent years, baddeleyite has gained popularity as a geochronological and petrological tool since it can provide important constraints on the age and geochemical evolution of mafic rocks, a rock type in which zircon, the far more routinely used mineral for geochronology, is often absent. Because baddeleyite has a high budget for U and preferentially excludes Pb from its crystal structure [1], the initial U/Pb ratio of baddeleyite is typically very high and its overall Pb isotopic composition becomes dominantly radiogenic in a relatively short timeframe. At the same time, baddeleyite has a strong affinity for Hf and a low budget for rare earth elements (REEs); therefore, the small amount of 176Lu present in baddeleyite does not significantly alter the 176Hf/177Hf composition of baddeleyite over time, making it an ideal mineral to fingerprint the initial 176Hf/177Hf ratios of its host rocks [2]. These geochemical characteristics of baddeleyite make it an important tool for studying the genesis and history both terrestrial and extraterrestrial mafic igneous rocks. Despite the favorable geochemical characteristics of baddeleyite outlined above, the interpretations of baddeleyite U-Pb ages and 176Hf/177Hf ratios are limited by the lack of diffusion data for these species in baddeleyite. The importance of quantifying the diffusion kinetic properties of the parent and daughter nuclides of any geochronological system has been well documented [3, 4], thus making acquisition of these data an important priority for the continued development of baddeleyite as a geochronological tool. We have performed preliminary experiments on U, Th, Pb, Hf and REE diffusion in baddeleyite, and obtained high-quality data utilizing a time-of flight secondary ion mass spectrometer. The results of this study should provide a quantitative framework for the interpretation of baddeleyite U

  12. The Role of the Ion Microprobe in Solid-Earth Geochemistry

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    Hauri, E. H.

    2002-12-01

    Despite the early success of the electron microprobe in taking petrology to the micron scale, and the widespread use of mass spectrometers in geochemistry and geochronology, it was not until the mid-1970s that the ion microprobe came into its own as an in situ analytical tool in the Earth sciences. Despite this inauspicious beginning, secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) was widely advertised as a technology that would eventually eclipse thermal ion mass spectrometry (TIMS) in isotope geology. However this was not to happen. While various technical issues in SIMS such as interferences and matrix effects became increasingly clear, an appreciation grew for the complimentary abilities of SIMS and TIMS that, even with the advent of ICP-MS, continues to this day. Today the ion microprobe is capable of abundance measurements in the parts-per-billion range across nearly the entire periodic table, and SIMS stable isotope data quality is now routinely crossing the 1 per mil threshold, all at the micron scale. Much of this success is due to the existence of multi-user community facilities for SIMS research, and the substantial efforts of interested scientists to understand the fundamentals of sputtered ion formation and their application to geochemistry. Recent discoveries of evidence for the existence of ancient crust and oceans, the emergence of life on Earth, the large-scale cycling of surficial materials into the deep Earth, and illumination of fundamental high-pressure phenomena have all been made possible by SIMS, and these (and many more) discoveries owe a debt to the vision of creating and supporting multi-user community facilities for SIMS. The ion microprobe remains an expensive instrument to purchase and maintain, yet it is also exceedingly diverse in application. Major improvements in SIMS, indeed in all mass spectrometry, are visible on the near horizon. Yet the geochemical community cannot depend on commercial manufacturers alone to design and build the next

  13. Altered volcanic ash layers of the Late Cretaceous San Felipe Formation, Sierra Madre Oriental (Northeastern Mexico): Usbnd Pb geochronology, provenance and tectonic setting

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    Velasco-Tapia, Fernando; Martínez-Paco, Margarita; Iriondo, Alexander; Ocampo-Díaz, Yam Zul Ernesto; Cruz-Gámez, Esther María; Ramos-Ledezma, Andrés; Andaverde, Jorge Alberto; Ostrooumov, Mikhail; Masuch, Dirk

    2016-10-01

    A detailed petrographic, geochemical, and Usbnd Pb geochronological study of altered volcanic ash layers, collected in eight outcrops of the Late Cretaceous San Felipe Formation (Sierra Madre Oriental, Northeastern Mexico), has been carried out. The main objectives have been: (1) to establish a deposit period, and (2) to propose a reliable provenance-transport-deposit-diagenetic model. These volcano-sedimentary strata represent the altered remains of vitreous-crystalline ash (main grains: quartz + K-feldspar (sanidine) + Na-plagioclase + zircon + biotite; groundmass: glass + calcite + clinochlore + illite) deposited and preserved in a shallow, relatively large in area, open platform environment. Major and trace element geochemistry indicate that parent volcanism was mainly rhyodacitic to rhyolitic in composition. Discrimination diagrams suggest a link to continental arc transitional to extension tectonic setting. Usbnd Pb geochronology in zircon has revealed that the volcanic ash was released from their sources approximately during the range 84.6 ± 0.8 to 73.7 ± 0.3 Ma, being transported to the depocenters. Burial diagenesis process was marked by: (a) a limited recycling, (b) the partial loss of original components (mainly K-feldspar, plagioclase, biotite and glass), and (c) the addition of quartz, calcite, illite and clinochlore. The location of the source area remains uncertain, although the lack of enrichment in Zr/Sc ratio suggests that ashes were subjected to relatively fast and short-distance transport process. El Peñuelo intrusive complex, at 130-170 km west of the depocenters, is the nearest known zone of active magmatism during the Upper Cretaceous. This intermediate to felsic pluton, characterized by a geochemical affinity to post-orogenic tectonic setting, could be linked to the volcanic sources.

  14. U.S. National Committee for Geochemistry

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    Geotimes, 1974

    1974-01-01

    Reports highlights of the April, 1973 meeting of the U.S. National Committee for Geochemistry. Some of the topics reported on were: The Geophysics Research Board, deep drilling, exchange of geochemists with China and the activities of the Subcommittee on Geochemical Environment in Relation to Health and Disease. (BR)

  15. Iron geochemistry of the mantle

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    Humayun, M.; Campbell, T. J.; Brandon, A. D.; Davis, F. A.; Hirschmann, M. M.

    2011-12-01

    The Fe/Mg ratio is an important constraint on the compositionally controlled density of the mantle. However, this ratio cannot be inferred from erupted lavas from OIB or MORB sources, but must be determined directly from mantle peridotites. Recently, the Fe/Mn ratio of erupted lavas has been used as an indicator of potential Fe variability in the mantle driven by core-mantle interaction, recycled oceanic crust, or even variations in the temperature of mantle melting. The classic compilation of McDonough & Sun (1995) provided the currently accepted Fe/Mn ratio of the upper mantle, 60±10. The uncertainty on this ratio allows for 15-30% variability in mantle iron abundances, which is equivalent to a density variation larger than observed by seismic tomography in the mantle. To better understand the relationship between mantle peridotites and erupted lavas, and to search for real variability in the Fe/Mn ratio of mantle peridotites, we report precise new ICP-MS measurements of the transition element geochemistry of suites of mantle xenoliths that have known Fe/Mg ratios. For 12 Kilbourne Hole xenoliths, we observe a clear correlation between Fe/Mn and MgO (or Fe/Mg) over an Fe/Mn range of 59-72. Extrapolation of this trend to a Primitive Mantle (PM) MgO content of 37.8 yields an Fe/Mn of 59±1 for the PM. Our new analyses of KLB-1 powder and fused glass beads yield an Fe/Mn of 61.4 for both samples, which plots on the Kilbourne Hole Fe/Mn vs. MgO trend. A set of ten xenoliths from San Carlos yield a wide range of Fe/Mn (56-65) not correlated with MgO content. The San Carlos xenoliths may have experienced a metasomatic effect that imprinted variable Fe/Mn. A clinopyroxene-rich lithology from San Carlos yields an Fe/Mn of 38, which plots on an extension of the Kilbourne Hole Fe/Mn vs. MgO trend. These new results, and those from other xenolith localities being measured in our lab, provide new constraints on the compositional variability of the Earth's upper mantle. Mc

  16. Development of the African continent deduced from U-Pb chronology and trace element chemistry of detrital monazites from major rivers

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    Itano, Keita; Iizuka, Tsuyoshi; Chang, Qing; Kimura, Jun-Ichi

    2015-04-01

    To better understand the development of the African continent and, by implication, the Gondwana supercontinent, we present U-Pb age and trace element data for ca. 500 detrital monazite grains corrected from five African major rivers (the Nile, Niger, Congo, Zambezi and Orange Rivers). Monazite, a light-REE phosphate, occurs as an accessory mineral in low-Ca felsic rocks and middle- to high-grade metamorphic rocks. Because monazite has high U, Th and low common Pb contents, it is suitable for precise U-Pb chronology. In addition, its crystallization condition can be recorded by the trace element composition. Consequently, combination of U-Pb dating and trace element analysis of detrital monazites from large rivers would provide valuable insights into the timing and nature of orogeny resulting from supercontinent assembly. For this, we determined U-Pb ages and trace element compositions of the monazite grains by LA-SF-ICP-MS and LA-ICP-QMS, respectively. Detrital monazite U-Pb age distributions of all studied rivers except for the Orange River indicate prominent age peaks between 700 and 480 Ma, corresponding to the period of the Gondwana supercontinent assembly. In detail, each river shows a different age distribution and peak(s) (Nile: 580-600 Ma, Niger: 560-600 Ma, Congo: 540-560 and 600-640 Ma, Zambezi: 480-500 Ma, Orange: 900-1200 Ma). Furthermore, detrital monazite grains show variable trace element signatures, especially in [Eu/Eu*]N, [Gd/Lu]N and [Th/U]N ratios. Given that these trace element signatures reflect the effects of co-existing minerals, such as feldspar, garnet and zircon (Rubatto et al., 2006), the trace element data allow us to interpret the geologic significance of the identified age peaks. By combining the U-Pb age and the trace element data, we obtained the following picture for the development of the African continent: metamorphic events took place in the drainage basin area of the Congo River during the orogeny correlated to collision

  17. Whole-Rock Geochemistry and Zircon U-Pb Isotopes of the Late Cretaceous Granitoids of the Eastern Taurus (turkey): Implications for Petrogenesis and Geodynamic Setting

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    Beyarslan, Melahat; Lin, Yu-Chin; Chung, Sun-Lin; Feyzi Bingol, Ahmet; Yildirim, Esra

    2015-04-01

    The granitoid plutons out crop largely in the Eastern Taurus, in Turkey. New data, including a combination of field relation, U-Pb zircon geochronology and rock geochemistry on the granitoids in the Eastern Taurus of the Tethyan orogen in Turkey, come from four plutons ( Pertek, Baskil, Göksun and Şifrin). Pertek, Baskil and Göksun plutons consist mainly of diorite, quartz-diorites, tonalite, granodiorites and granites of I-type, with minor monzonite, the Şifrin pluton consists of syenogranite, syenite, monzogranite, monzonite. U-Pb zircon geochronology of four samples of diorite and granite from Pertek and Baskil plutons indicate ages of 86±2 - 79 ± 1Ma. U-Pb zircon geochronology of four samples from the Şifrin granitoid yield ages 77±1-72±1 Ma. Considering these ages, emplacement of the plutons took place during Late Cretaceous (Santonian-Campanian), from 86 to 72 Ma. Although the SiO2 of rocks forming granitoids varies in wide range ( 46.792- 74.092 wt%), they show arc and syn-collision geochemical affinity, with enrichment of LILE (K, Rb, Sr and Ba) and depletion of HFSE (Nb, Ta and Ti) and P. Geochemical data indice that the diorite, tonalite and granodiorite are low-K tholeiite, monzodiorite, monzogranite, granite and K-granite are calc-alkaline and high-K calc-alkaline and monzonite, syenomonzonite and syenite of Şifrin pluton and some samples of the Pertek pluton are shoshonitic. The Eastern Taurus granitoids would be formed by partial melting of possible juvenile arc-derived rocks during subduction of the South Branch of the Neo-Tethyan oceanic crust and subsequent arc-continent collision.

  18. U-Pb garnet, sphene, monazite, and rutile ages: Implications for the duration of high-grade metamorphism and cooling histories, Adirondack Mts. , New York

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    Mezger, K.; Rawnsley, C.M.; Hanson, G.N. ); Bohlen, S.R. )

    1991-05-01

    Garnet ages for the Lowlands range from 1,168-1,127 Ma, those from the central and southern Highlands from 1,154-1,013 Ma. Metamorphism in the Highlands may not have occurred as a single event but rather in several discrete thermal pulses. An age of 1,153 {plus minus} 3 Ma was determined for garnets in the syn-regional metamorphic contact aureole of the Diana syenite, consistent with that of the syenite intrusion, 1 155 {plus minus} 4 Ma. Garnets just outside the contact aureole give an age of 1,168 {plus minus} 6 Ma. In the Lowlands, monazite yielded an age of 1,161 {plus minus} 1 Ma, rutiles yielded ages of 1,005 {plus minus} 2 Ma and 953 {plus minus} 4 Ma, and sphene ages range from 1,156 to 1,103 Ma. In the Highlands, monazite yielded an age of 1,033 {plus minus} 1 Ma, rutiles yielded ages of 911 {plus minus} 2 Ma and 885 {plus minus} 2 and sphenes from 1,033 Ma to 991 Ma. The rutile and monazite ages indicate that both terranes cooled at time-integrated rates of ca. 1.5C/Ma for at least 150 Ma following the last phase of high-grade metamorphism. The Lowlands cooled to ca. 400C by ca. 1,000 Ma and the Highlands by ca. 900 Ma. The mineral ages indicate that metamorphic pressures and temperatures recorded by thermobarometry correspond to conditions attained polychronically over 150 Ma or more. Mineral ages combined with temperature estimates for peak metamorphism indicate that the closure temperature for the U-Pb system is >800C in garnet, 640-730C in monazite, and 500-670C in sphene.

  19. Rare-element granitic pegmatite of Miocene age emplaced in UHP rocks from Visole, Pohorje Mountains (Eastern Alps, Slovenia): accessory minerals, monazite and uraninite chemical dating

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    Uher, Pavel; Janák, Marian; Konečný, Patrik; Vrabec, Mirijam

    2014-04-01

    The granitic pegmatite dike intruded the Cretaceous UHP rocks at Visole, near Slovenska Bistrica, in the Pohorje Mountains (Slovenia). The rock consists mainly of K-feldspar, albite and quartz, subordinate muscovite and biotite, while the accessory minerals include spessartine-almandine, zircon, ferrocolumbite, fluorapatite, monazite- (Ce), uraninite, and magnetite. Compositions of garnet (Sps48-49Alm45-46Grs + And3-4 Prp1.5-2), metamict zircon with 3.5 to 7.8 wt. % HfO2 [atom. 100Hf/(Hf + Zr) = 3.3-7.7] and ferrocolumbite [atom. Mn/(Mn + Fe) = 0.27-0.43, Ta/(Ta + Nb) = 0.03-0.46] indicate a relatively low to medium degree of magmatic fractionation, characteristic of the muscovite - rare-element class or beryl-columbite subtype of the rare-element class pegmatites. Monazite-(Ce) reveals elevated Th and U contents (≤11 wt. % ThO2, ≤5 wt. % UO2). The monazite-garnet geothermometer shows a possible precipitation temperature of ~495 ± 30 °C at P~4 to 5 kbar. Chemical U-Th-Pb dating of the monazite yielded a Miocene age (17.2 ± 1.8 Ma), whereas uraninite gave a younger (~14 Ma) age. These ages are comtemporaneous with the main crystallization and emplacement of the Pohorje pluton and adjacent volcanic rocks (20 to 15 Ma), providing the first documented evidence of Neogene granitic pegmatites in the Eastern Alps. Consequently, the Visole pegmatite belongs to the youngest rare-element granitic pegmatite populations in Europe, together with the Paleogene pegmatite occurrences along the Periadriatic (Insubric) Fault System in the Alps and in the Rhodope Massif, as well as the Late Miocene to Pliocene pegmatites in the Tuscany magmatic province (mainly on the Island of Elba).

  20. Metamorphic conditions and CHIME monazite ages of Late Eocene to Late Oligocene high-temperature Mogok metamorphic rocks in central Myanmar

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    Maw Maw Win; Enami, Masaki; Kato, Takenori

    2016-03-01

    The high temperature (T)/pressure (P) regional Mogok metamorphic belt is situated in central Myanmar, and is mainly composed of pelitic gneisses, amphibolites, marbles, and calc-silicate rocks. The garnet-biotite-plagioclase-sillimanite-quartz assemblage and its partial system suggest equilibrium P/T conditions of 0.6-1.0 GPa/780-850 °C for the peak metamorphic stage, and 0.3-0.5 GPa/600-680 °C for the exhumation and hydration stage. Monazite grains show complex compositional zoning consisting of three segments-I, II, and III. Taking into consideration the monazite zoning and relative misfit curves, the calculated chemical Th-U-total Pb isochron method (CHIME) monazite age data (284 spot analyses) indicated four age components: 49.3 ± 2.6-49.9 ± 7.9, 37.8 ± 1.0-38.1 ± 1.7, 28.0 ± 0.8-28.8 ± 1.6, and 23.7 ± 1.3 Ma (2σ level). The ages of the Late Eocene and Late Oligocene epochs were interpreted as the peak metamorphic stage of upper-amphibolite and/or granulite facies and the postdated hydration stage, respectively.

  1. Fifty years of IMOG (International Meetings on Organic Geochemistry)

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    Kvenvolden, Keith A.

    2012-01-01

    IMOG2011 is the 25th of a series of international meetings on organic geochemistry that began in 1962. Thus, this 25th meeting marks the 50th anniversary year of IMOG, which has (a) had a rich history with meetings taking place in 11 different countries, (b) published Proceedings, titled “Advances in Organic Geochemistry,” from each meeting that now number 24 volumes totaling almost 18,000 pages, and (c) documented the content and development of the science of organic geochemistry. IMOG2011 adds a new milestone to the progress of organic geochemistry through time.

  2. Precambrian organic geochemistry - Preservation of the record

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    Hayes, J. M.; Wedeking, K. W.; Kaplan, I. R.

    1983-01-01

    A review of earlier studies is presented, and new results in Precambrian organic geochemistry are discussed. It is pointed out that two lines of evidence can be developed. One is based on structural organic chemistry, while the other is based on isotopic analyses. In the present investigation, the results of both structural and isotopic investigations of Precambrian organic matter are discussed. Processes and products related to organic geochemistry are examined, taking into account the carbon cycle, an approximate view of the principal pathways of carbon cycling associated with organic matter in the present global ecosystem, processes affecting sedimentary organic matter, and distribution and types of organic matter. Attention is given to chemical fossils in Precambrian sediments, kerogen analyses, the determination of the structural characteristics of kerogen, and data concerning the preservation of the Precambrian organic geochemical record.

  3. A revised Holocene geochronology for the Lower Mississippi Valley

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    Kesel, Richard H.

    2008-10-01

    Data from two locations, 1) a hydrodam site at the Old River Diversion structure south of the latitude of Natchez MS and 2) eight water wells from the latitude of Baton Rouge, LA, are the basis for a revised Holocene geochronology of the Lower Mississippi River floodplain based on 84 radiocarbon dates, analyses of 64 borehole logs, and 75 grain-size analyses, which together provide major insight into questions concerning the complexity of meander belt movement, the influence of the Younger Dryas on the lower valley, and on the Pleistocene/Holocene interface. Following the Younger Dryas, the early Holocene was characterized by periodic flooding and deposition separated by times of little or no deposition.

  4. Three decades of geochronologic studies in the New England Appalachians

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    Zartman, R.E.

    1988-01-01

    Over the past 30 years, both isotope geochronology and plate tectonics grew from infancy into authoritative disciplines in the geological sciences. The existing geochronlogy is summarized into a map and table emphasizing the temporal construction of the New England Appalachians. By using lithotectonic zones as the building blocks of the orogen, seven such zones are defined in terms of pre-, syn-, and post-assembly geologic history. The boundaries between these zones are faults in most cases, some of which may have had recurring movement to further complicate any plate-tectonic scenario. A delineation of underlying Grenvillian, Chain Lakes, and Avalonian basement is also attempted, which now can make use of isotopes in igneous rocks as petrogenic indicators to supplement the rare occurrences of basement outcrop within mobile zones of the orogen. -from Author

  5. Laser-Ablation (U-Th)/He Geochronology

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    Hodges, K.; Boyce, J.

    2003-12-01

    Over the past decade, ultraviolet laser microprobes have revolutionized the field of 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. They provide unprecedented information about Ar isotopic zoning in natural crystals, permit high-resolution characterization of Ar diffusion profiles produced during laboratory experiments, and enable targeted dating of multiple generations of minerals in thin section. We have modified the analytical protocols used for 40Ar/39Ar laser microanalysis for use in (U-Th)/He geochronologic studies. Part of the success of the 40Ar/39Ar laser microprobe stems from fact that measurements of Ar isotopic ratios alone are sufficient for the calculation of a date. In contrast, the (U-Th)/He method requires separate analysis of U+Th and 4He. Our method employs two separate laser microprobes for this process. A target mineral grain is placed in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber fitted with a window of appropriate composition to transmit ultraviolet radiation. A focused ArF (193 nm) excimer laser is used to ablate tapered cylindrical pits on the surface of the target. The liberated material is scrubbed with a series of getters in a fashion similar to that used for 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, and the 4He abundance is determined using a quadrupole mass spectrometer with well-calibrated sensitivity. A key requirement for calculation of the 4He abundance in the target is a precise knowledge of the volume of the ablation pit. This is the principal reason why we employ the ArF excimer for 4He analysis rather than a less-expensive frequency-multiplied Nd-YAG laser; the excimer creates tapered cylindrical pits with extremely reproducible and easily characterized geometry. After 4He analysis, U and Th are measured on the same sample surface using the more familiar technique of laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS). Our early experiments have been done using a frequency-quintupled Nd-YAG microprobe (213nm), While the need to analyze U+Th and He in separate

  6. Monazite Growth from the Eocene to the Miocene: New Interpretations of the Metamorphic History of Greater Himalayan Rocks in the Eastern Himalaya

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    Gordon, S. M.; Kauffman, R.; Gonzales-Clayton, B.; Long, S. P.; Kylander-Clark, A. R.

    2015-12-01

    Across the Himalaya, mid- to lower-crustal Greater-Himalayan (GH) rocks have been exhumed during active continent-continent collision. In the eastern Himalaya within Bhutan, GH rocks are divided into an upper and lower level by an intra-GH shear zone, the Kakthang thrust (KT). To decipher the metamorphic, melt-crystallization and exhumation history of the GH rocks exposed above and below the KT, monazite from metapelites and migmatites was dated and trace elements were analyzed by laser-ablation, split-stream ICPMS. The trace elements from the monazite were used to track when the rocks were at near-peak conditions (based on the depletion of HREE and the likely presence of garnet during monazite growth) versus likely undergoing initial exhumation and garnet breakdown (based on an increase in HREE). Samples were collected from two N-S transects that cross the KT in central and eastern Bhutan. The eastern transect reveals a progressive younging of near-peak metamorphism within the GH, with dates of ca. 23-20 Ma for the structurally-highest sample versus ca. 18-16 Ma in the structurally-lowest sample. The youngest dates from all structural levels of the eastern Bhutan metapelites are 13-15 Ma; the same analyses yield higher HREE abundances, suggesting garnet breakdown during their (re)crystallization. The migmatites yield ca. 14-16 Ma melt-crystallization ages, consistent with the GH having undergone cooling and initial exhumation to cause garnet breakdown by ca. 15 Ma. In comparison, the central Bhutan transect reveals older near-peak metamorphic ages, with garnet-stable monazite populations at ca. 48­-46 Ma within the KT zone, ca. 38-30 Ma for rocks in the middle of the upper-GH, and ca. 25-22 Ma for the structurally-highest sample. Youngest monazites from the central Bhutan transect that yield growth or recrystallization at garnet-unstable conditions range from ca. 17-26 Ma. These results suggest earlier metamorphism and exhumation of GH rocks in central Bhutan

  7. Preparation and luminescence characteristics of monazite Eu3+:LaPO4 nanocrystals in NH4NO3 molten salt

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    Huang, Xinyang

    2015-12-01

    Molten-salt method and NH4NO3 flux were developed to fabricate monoclinic monazite Eu3+:LaPO4 nanocrystals for the first time. The products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, excitation spectra, emission spectra and luminescence decay curves. The as-obtained products were quasihexagonal Eu3+:LaPO4 nanocrystals with the mean size of 30 nm. The room temperature charge transfer bands (CTB) exhibited red-shift and spectral broadening in comparison with 10 K CTB. The optimal Eu3+ concentration was determined to be 8 mol% by a comparative study of the relative emission intensities for different Eu3+ doping concentrations. The higher concentration quenching could be caused by the possible nonradiative energy transfer (electric multipole-multipole interaction). The relationship between the FL lifetime of 5D0 energy level and Eu3+ concentration was investigated based on Auzel's model. This work is important not only to understand the unique physical properties of Eu3+:LaPO4 nanocrystals but also to bring an opportunity for the development of the other nanocrystals via the molten salt synthesis in NH4NO3 flux.

  8. 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

  9. Quantifying comparison of large detrital geochronology data sets

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    Saylor, J. E.; Sundell, K. E., II

    2015-12-01

    The increasing size of detrital geochronological data challenges existing approaches to data visualization and comparison, highlighting the need for quantitative techniques able to compare multiple large data sets. Using the DZstats software package we applied five metrics to twenty large synthetic data sets and one large empirical data set. The metrics included the Kolmogorov-Smirnov (K-S) and Kuiper tests as well as Cross-correlation, Likeness, and Similarity coefficients of probability density plots (PDPs), kernel density estimates (KDEs) and locally adaptive, variable-bandwidth KDEs (LA-KDEs). We evaluate the metrics' utility based on three criteria: 1) samples from the same population should become systematically more similar with increasing sample size; 2) the metrics should maximize the range of possible coefficients; and 3) the metrics should minimize artifacts resulting from sample-specific complexity. K-S and Kuiper test p-values, and all KDE and LA-KDE coefficients passed a maximum of one criterion. Likeness and Similarity coefficients of PDPs, as well as K-S and Kuiper test D- and V-values passed two of the criteria. Cross-correlation of PDPs passed all three. As hypothesis tests of derivation from a common source, individual K-S and Kuiper p-values too frequently reject the null hypothesis that samples come from a common source. However, mean p-values calculated by bootstrap subsampling and comparison of sample data sets yield a binary discrimination of identical versus different source populations. Cross-correlation and Likeness of PDPs, and Cross-correlation of KDEs yield the widest divergence in coefficients and thus a consistent discrimination between identical and different source populations, with Cross-correlation of PDPs requiring the smallest sample size. In light of this, we recommend standard acquisition of large (n > 300) detrital geochronology data sets and repeated subsampling for robust quantitative comparison using Likeness, Cross

  10. The Geochemistry of Mass Extinction

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    Kump, L. R.

    2003-12-01

    The course of biological evolution is inextricably linked to that of the environment through an intricate network of feedbacks that span all scales of space and time. Disruptions to the environment have biological consequences, and vice versa. Fossils provide the prima facie evidence for biotic disruptions: catastrophic losses of global biodiversity at various times in the Phanerozoic. However, the forensic evidence for the causes and environmental consequences of these mass extinctions resides primarily in the geochemical composition of sedimentary rocks deposited during the extinction intervals. Thus, advancement in our understanding of mass extinctions requires detailed knowledge obtained from both paleontological and geochemical records.This chapter reviews the state of knowledge concerning the geochemistry of the "big five" extinctions of the Phanerozoic (e.g., Sepkoski, 1993): the Late Ordovician (Hirnantian; 440 Ma), the Late Devonian (an extended or multiple event with its apex at the Frasnian-Famennian (F-F) boundary; 367 Ma), the Permian-Triassic (P-Tr; 251 Ma), the Triassic-Jurassic (Tr-J; 200 Ma), and the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T; 65 Ma). The focus on the big five is a matter of convenience, as there is a continuum in extinction rates from "background" to "mass extinction." Although much of the literature on extinctions centers on the causes and extents of biodiversity loss, in recent years paleontologists have begun to focus on recoveries (see, e.g., Hart, 1996; Kirchner and Weil, 2000; Erwin, 2001 and references therein).To the extent that the duration of the recovery interval may reflect a slow relaxation of the environment from perturbation, analysis of the geochemical record of recovery is an integral part of this effort. In interpreting the geochemical and biological records of recovery, we need to maintain a clear distinction among the characteristics of the global biota: their biodiversity (affected by differences in origination and extinction

  11. Evidence of ancient cataclysm in modern sand: shock microstructures in detrital quartz, zircon, and monazite from the Vaal River, Vredefort Dome, South Africa

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    Cavosie, A. J.; Quintero-Mendez, R. R.; Radovan, H. A.; Moser, D. E.; Valley, J. W.

    2009-12-01

    The record of terrestrial meteorite impacts is highly fragmentary, as the vast majority of impact structures are removed by erosion or tectonic activity. Discovering the missing impact record, and the nature of impact targets from Hadean to present, may be advanced through identification and analysis of residual shocked detritus. As a first step towards the goal of understanding the preservation of shocked minerals in sedimentary systems, we investigate modern sands from the Vaal River in South Africa, where it crosses the 2.02 Ga Vredefort Dome, the oldest and largest terrestrial impact structure known. Samples were collected from both the Vaal channel and tributary streams within the exposed structure specifically to evaluate if shock-deformed minerals survive erosion and sedimentary transport. Here we describe the occurrence of detrital shocked quartz and zircon, and a first report of detrital shocked monazite. Detrital quartz grains (sub-rounded) preserve a single orientation of decorated planar deformation features (PDFs) in transmitted light, assumed to be Brazil twins in the basal (0001) plane as previously reported from the Vredefort Dome. Cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging reveals that the decorated PDFs are straight, sharp, continuous features with irregular spacing. Detrital zircons (euhedral to anhedral) contain up to four orientations of planar fractures (PFs), including PFs on (001), (010), and (100). In total, at least 5 orientations of PFs are observed. Offset growth zoning along PFs in some zircons is conspicuous, and produces apparent rotation of sub-grains. Some zircons contain a network of non-planar fractures (nPFs) filled with optically continuous secondary zircon. If further work establishes an impact age for the infilling, they may represent a new non-planar, shock-produced microstructure. We also report PFs in naturally shocked monazite. Large (up to 800 μm), rounded, detrital monazites preserve up to 4 orientations of PFs, with variable

  12. Building the EarthChem System for Advanced Data Management in Igneous Geochemistry

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    Lehnert, K.; Walker, J. D.; Carlson, R. W.; Hofmann, A. W.; Sarbas, B.

    2004-12-01

    Several mature databases of geochemical analyses for igneous rocks are now available over the Internet. The existence of these databases has revolutionized access to data for researchers and students allowing them to extract data sets customized to their specific problem from global data compilations with their desktop computer within a few minutes. Three of the database efforts - PetDB, GEOROC, and NAVDAT - have initiated a collaborative effort called EarthChem to create better and more advanced and integrated data management for igneous geochemistry. The EarthChem web site (http://www.earthchem.org/) serves as a portal to the three databases and information related to EarthChem activities. EarthChem participants agreed to establish a dialog to minimize duplication of effort and share useful tools and approaches. To initiate this dialog, a workshop was run by EarthChem in October, 2003 to discuss cyberinfrastructure needs in igneous geochemistry (workshop report available at the EarthChem site). EarthChem ran an information booth with database and visualization demonstrations at the Fall 2003 AGU meeting (and will have one in 2004) and participated in the May 2003 GERM meeting in Lyon, France where we provided the newly established Publishers' Round Table a list of minimum standards of data reporting to ease the assimilation of data into the databases. Aspects of these suggestions already have been incorporated into new data policies at Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta and Chemical Geology (Goldstein et al. 2004), and are under study by the Geological Society of America. EarthChem presented its objectives and activities to the Solid Earth Sciences community at the Annual GSA Meeting 2003 (Lehnert et al, 2003). Future plans for EarthChem include expanding the types and amounts of data available from a single portal, giving researchers, faculty, students, and the general public the ability to search, visualize, and download geochemical and geochronological data for a

  13. Thermal history of low metamorphic grade Paleoproterozoic sedimentary rocks of the Penokean orogen, Lake Superior region: Evidence for a widespread 1786 Ma overprint based on xenotime geochronology

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    Vallini, D.A.; Cannon, W.F.; Schulz, K.J.; McNaughton, N.J.

    2007-01-01

    Paleoproterozoic strata in northern Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota were deposited between 2.3 and 1.75 Ga within the rifted margin and subsequent foreland basin of the Penokean orogen. These strata show evidence for multiple regional metamorphic events previously attributed entirely to the Penokean orogeny (1875-1835 Ma). Metasandstones from the Marquette Range Supergroup and the Animikie, Mille Lacs, and North Range Groups were sampled at multiple localities across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan for metamorphic xenotime suitable for in situ SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology. All samples are from the northern Penokean foreland basin where the metamorphic grade is greenschist to sub-greenschist and the strata are virtually undeformed. Xenotime U-Pb ages in these samples have a bimodal population with means of 1786 ?? 4 Ma (n = 32) and 1861 ?? 10 Ma (n = 9). Xenotime of both ages are contained in metasandstones from the basal Chocolay Group in Michigan and Wisconsin and the Mille Lacs Group and North Range Groups in Minnesota. The older age records a regional low-temperature thermal event that is slightly older than the overlying Menominee Group in Michigan and the Animikie Group in Minnesota and Ontario. This 1861 Ma event coincides with regional uplift that led to the formation of the unconformity between the Menominee Group and the overlying Baraga Group in Michigan; hence xenotime growth must have occurred at shallow burial depths. Younger units from the Menominee and Baraga Groups in Michigan and the Animikie Group in Minnesota, record only the 1786 Ma event. A dominant 1800-1790 Ma metamorphic monazite population that overprints Penokean-interval monazite has been documented within amphibolite- to granulite-facies rocks immediately north of the Niagara Fault Zone within the vicinity of gneiss domes and granitic plutons. In contrast, the 1786 Ma xenotime ages are from low-grade, virtually undeformed rocks 50-150 km from the high-grade zones and thus do not appear

  14. Cretaceous exhumation history of Cordillera Darwin, southern Patagonia, from patchily recrystallized garnet and U-Th-Pb monazite dating

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    Maloney, K. T.; Clarke, G. L.; Klepeis, K. A.; Fanning, C. M.; Wang, W.

    2010-12-01

    Garnet in amphibolite facies pelitic schists from Bahía Pia of Cordillera Darwin displays patchy textures whereby a single grain may have regions of turbid garnet with comparatively large inclusions of biotite, muscovite, plagioclase and quartz, juxtaposed against a region of clear, “ordinary” garnet. Clear areas with S1 inclusion trails are grossular rich, whereas post-S1 turbid areas are comparatively spessartine-pyrope rich. Raman spectroscopy identified the presence of an aqueous solution in turbid regions of garnet, lacking from clear areas. Turbid patches are associated with the growth of S2 kyanite and staurolite. Pseudosection modelling in Na2O-CaO-K2O-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O-TiO2-Fe2O3 (NCKFMASHTO) is consistent with garnet mode decreasing from c. 5% to less than 1% during exhumation of Cordillera Darwin, coinciding with the growth of S2 kyanite and staurolite at P≈9 kbar and T≈625°C. Turbid garnet in patchy and atoll-style textures is inferred to reflect recrystallization facilitated by fluid ingress whereby garnet cores, formed at higher P-T conditions than the rims, were preferentially recrystallised along grain cracks and boundaries. P-T paths inferred from the modelling indicate higher metamorphic conditions than previously documented, P conditions declining from 12 to 9 kbar over T= 610 to 630°C. U-Th-Pb dating of S2 monazite indicates that rapid exhumation was underway before 72.61±1.13 Ma, reflecting a tectonic shift from burial to uplift of Cordillera Darwin between c. 86 and c. 73 Ma. Sillimanite-bearing assemblages are restricted to contact aureoles associated with the intrusion of the Late Cretaceous Beagle Suite at shallower crustal conditions.

  15. Contaminant geochemistry--a new perspective.

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    Yaron, Bruno; Dror, Ishai; Berkowitz, Brian

    2010-01-01

    To date, the field of contaminant geochemistry--which deals with the study of chemical interactions in soil and aquifer environments--has focused mainly on pollutant toxicity, retention, persistence, and transport and/or on remediation of contaminated sites. Alteration of subsurface physicochemical properties by anthropogenic chemicals, which reach the land surface as a result of human activity, has been essentially neglected. Contaminant-induced changes in subsurface properties are usually considered as deviations from a normal geological environment, which will disappear under natural attenuation or following remediation procedures. However, contaminants may in many cases cause irreversible changes in both structure and properties of the soil-subsurface geosystem between the land surface and groundwater. The time scales associated with these changes are on a "human time scale", far shorter than geological scales relevant for geochemical processes. In this review, we draw attention to a new perspective of contaminant geochemistry, namely, irreversible changes in the subsurface as a result of anthropogenic chemical pollution. We begin by briefly reviewing processes governing contaminant-subsurface interactions. We then survey how chemical contamination causes irreversible changes in subsurface structure and properties. The magnitude of the anthropogenic impact on the soil and subsurface is linked directly to the amounts of chemical contaminants applied and/or disposed of on the land surface. This particular aspect is of major importance when examining the effects of humans on global environmental changes. Consideration of these phenomena opens new perspectives for the field of contaminant geochemistry and for research of human impacts on the soil and subsurface regimes.

  16. U-Pb Geochronology of Hydrous Silica (Siebengebirge, Germany)

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    Tomaschek, Frank; Nemchin, Alexander; Geisler, Thorsten; Heuser, Alexander; Merle, Renaud

    2015-04-01

    Low-temperature, hydrous weathering eventually leads to characteristic products such as silica indurations. Elevated U concentrations and the ability of silica to maintain a closed system permits silica to be dated by the U-Pb method, which, in turn, will potentially allow constraining the timing of near-surface processes. To test the feasibility of silica U-Pb geochronology, we sampled opal and chalcedony from the Siebengebirge, Germany. This study area is situated at the terminus of the Cenozoic Lower Rhine Basin on the Rhenish Massif. The investigated samples include silicified gravels from the Mittelbachtal locality, renowned for the embedded wood opal. Structural characterization of the silica phases (Raman spectroscopy) was combined with in situ isotopic analyses, using ion microprobe and LA-ICPMS techniques. In the Siebengebirge area fluviatile sediments of Upper Oligocene age were covered by an extended trachyte tuff at around 25 Ma. Silica is known to indurate some domains within the tuff and, in particular, certain horizons within the subjacent fluviatile sediments ('Tertiärquarzite'). Cementation of the gravels occurred during at least three successive growth stages: early paracrystalline silica (opal-CT), fibrous chalcedony, and late microcrystalline quartz. It has traditionally been assumed that this silica induration reflects intense weathering, more or less synchronous with the deposition of the volcanic ashes. Results from U-Pb geochronology returned a range of discrete 206Pb-238U ages, recording a protracted silicification history. For instance, we obtained 22 ± 1 Ma for opal-CT cement from a silicified tuff, 16.6 ± 0.5 Ma for silicified wood and opal-CT cement in the fluviatile gravels, as well as 11 ± 1 Ma for texturally late chalcedony. While silicification of the sampled tuff might be contemporaneous with late-stage basalts, opaline silicification of the subjacent sediments and their wood in the Mittelbachtal clearly postdates active

  17. Paleogene continental margin truncation in southwestern Mexico: Geochronological evidence

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    Schaaf, Peter; MoráN-Zenteno, Dante; HernáNdez-Bernal, Maria Del Sol; SolíS-Pichardo, Gabriela; Tolson, Gustavo; KöHler, Hermann

    1995-12-01

    The reasons for, and mechanisms of, continental margin truncation in SW Mexico where Mesozoic-Cenozoic plutons are situated directly on the Pacific coast, are not yet well understood. Large-scale dextral and/or sinistral displacements of the continental margin terranes, now forming parts of Baja California or the Chortis block, have been proposed. The well-defined along-coast NW-SE decreasing granitoid intrusion age trend (˜1.2 cm/yr in the 100 Ma-40 Ma time interval) between Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo is interpreted by us to be a geometric artifact of oblique continental margin truncation rather than the consequence of a sinistral offset of the Chortis block from those latitudes toward the SE. Changes in the dip and velocity of the NNW-SSE trending Cretaceous-Tertiary subduction zone resulted in a landward migration of the magmatic arc. Taking into account certain stratigraphic affinities of Chortis and the Oaxaca and Mixteca terranes, together with the known displacement rates along the North America-Caribbean Plate boundary, the northwesternmost paleoposition of the Chortis block with respect to SW Mexico was near Zihuatanejo. In contrast, between Zihuatanejo and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the cessation of the Tertiary magmatism decreased more rapidly (˜7.7 cm/yr), although the trend is not so obvious. Starting in the late Eocene, Chortis moved about 1100 km to the SE along a transform boundary associated with the opening of the Cayman Trough. Based on our geochronological data and structural relationships between mylonite zones and plutons in the Acapulco-Tehuantepec area, we propose an approximately 650 km SE movement of Chortis from about 40-25 Ma, with a velocity of 6.5-4.3 cm/yr. Since this is considerably slower than the decreasing age trend obtained by us using the geochronological data, we consider batholith formation in this segment to predate and postdate the offshore passage of the North America-Farallon-Caribbean triple junction. Geological

  18. Petrology, geochemistry and geochonology of the Jacupiranga ultramafic, alkaline and carbonatitic complex (southern Brazil)

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    Chmyz, Luanna; Arnaud, Nicolas; Biondi, João Carlos

    2015-04-01

    peridotitic unit; b) the intrusion and probable differentiation of the clinopyroxenites and ijolitic rocks; c) intrusions of several lithotypes forming the heterogeneous zone; d) intrusion of lamprophyric dykes into the syenites; e) the carbonatite intrusion. The precise geochronological sequence is still unknown, since only the syenites (134.9 ± 0.65 Ma this study), the carbonatite (131 Ma) and the clinopyroxenite (131 Ma) were dated at present. Our goal is now to investigate the origin and evolution of the magmas which formed the Jacupiranga Complex using geochronology with Ar/Ar, U-Pb and U-Th/He dating, as well as elemental and isotopic geochemistry. Considering that the Jacupiranga Complex is one of the most differentiated alkaline complexes around the world, this contribution will be important not only for the understanding of the unit itself but also for the general comprehension of the forming process, the evolution of the alkaline and carbonatitic magmas and the concentration of apatite in carbonatites, still controversial subjects among the scientific community.

  19. Heavy mineral concentrations in the sandstones of Amij Formation with particular emphasis on the mineral chemistry and petrographic characteristics of monazite, western desert of Iraq

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    Kettanah, Yawooz A.; Ismail, Sabah A.

    2016-11-01

    The heavy minerals in the clastic unit of the Lower Jurassic Amij Formation exposed in the western desert of Iraq were studied. The uppermost part of the clastic unit contains thin, placer-like black sandstone horizons that are radioactive and abnormally rich in heavy minerals (0.6-56%), dominated by opaque (65%) and transparent (35%) heavy minerals. The minerals, in the order of decreasing abundance are pseudorutile, goethite, zircon, hematite, magnetite, monazite, rutile, leucoxene, tourmaline, ilmenite, chromite, and few others. Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), microscopic and autoradiographic observations and analysis showed that the monazite is monazite-(Ce) type with an average composition of (Ce0.39Nd0.16La0.19Pr0.04Sm0.02Gd0.02Eu0.01Y0·04Th0·06U0·01Ca0·05Fe0.01)(P0·98Si0.03)O4. Monazite consists predominantly of REE-oxides (57.93%) and P2O5 (29.31%), with minor amounts of ThO2 (6.60%), Y2O3 (1.92%), UO2 (0.76%), CaO (1.14%), SiO2 (0.69%), and FeOt (0.17%). The dominant compositional substitution operating between REE and P were a mixture of the complex cheralite type substitution ([REE]-2 [Th][Ca]) and the coupled huttonite type substitution ([REE]-1 [P]-1 [Th][Si]). The chondrite-normalized REE distribution patterns of monazite show enrichment in LREE with positive Eu- and Pr-anomalies of 1.46 and 9.13, respectively. The median values of (La/Sm)CN and (La/Nd)CN ratios are 4.35 and 1.97, respectively. Zircon which is the dominant transparent mineral is Hf-rich that is composed of 30.61% SiO2, 57.58% ZrO2, 7.03% HfO2, 2.04% Y2O3, 0.56% ThO2, 0.19% UO2, and 0.19% Al2O3 corresponding to a formula (Zr0.909Hf0.065Th0·004U0·001Y0.031)Σ1.011(Si3·966Al0.028)Σ0.999O4. Rutile and tourmaline form 7% and 4% of the heavy minerals. Ilmenite which is one of the predominant heavy minerals forms 2.5% of the opaques because it is pervasively altered to Ti-Fe oxides. In addition of zircon and monazite, the chemical compositions of most of the other heavy

  20. Preliminary report on the geology and deposits of monazite, thorite and niobium-bearing rutile of the Mineral Hill district, Lemhi County, Idaho

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    Kaiser, Edward Peck

    1956-01-01

    Deposits of minerals containing niobium (columbium), thorium, and rare earths occur in the Mineral Hill district, 30 miles northwest of Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho. Monazite, thorite, allanite, and niobium-bearing rutile form deposits in metamorphic limestone layers less than 8 feet thick. The known deposits are small, irregular, and typically located in or near small folds. Minor faults are common. Monazite generally is coarsely crystalline and contains less than one percent thorium. Rutile forms massive lumps up to 3 inches across; it contains between 5 and 10 percent niobium. Rutile occurs in the northwestern half of the district, thorite in the central and southeastern parts. Monazite occurs in all deposits. Allanite is locally abundant and contains several percent thorium. Magnetite and ilmenite are also locally abundant. A major thrust fault trending northwest across the map-area separates moderately folded quartzite and phyllitic rocks of Belt age, on the northeast, from more intensely metamorphosed and folded rocks on the southwest. The more metamorphosed rocks include amphibolite, porphyroblastic feldspar gneiss, quartzite, and limestone, all probably of sedimentary origin, and probably also of Belt (late Precambrian) age. The only rocks of definite igneous origin are rhyolite dikes of probable Tertiary age. The more metamorphosed rocks were formed by metasomatic metamorphism acting on clastic sediments, probably of Belt age, although they may be older than Belt. Metamorphism doubtless was part of the episode of emplacement of the Idaho batholith, but the history of that episode is not well understood. The rare-element deposits show no evidence of fracture-controlled hydrothermal introduction, such as special fracture systems, veining, and gangue material. They may, however, be of hydrothermal type. More likely they are metamorphic segregations or secretions, deposited in favorable stratigraphic and structural positions during regional metamorphism.

  1. Pan-African metamorphic evolution in the southern Yaounde Group (Oubanguide Complex, Cameroon) as revealed by EMP-monazite dating and thermobarometry of garnet metapelites

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    Owona, Sebastien; Schulz, Bernhard; Ratschbacher, Lothar; Mvondo Ondoa, Joseph; Ekodeck, Georges E.; Tchoua, Félix M.; Affaton, Pascal

    2011-01-01

    Garnet-bearing micaschists and paragneisses of the Yaounde Group in the Pan-African Central African Orogenic Belt in Cameroon underwent a polyphase structural evolution with the deformation stages D 1-D 2, D 3 and D 4. The garnet-bearing assemblages crystallized in course of the deformation stage D 1-D 2 which led to the formation of the regional main foliation S 2. In XCa- XMg coordinates one can distinguish several zonation trends in the garnet porphyroblasts. Zonation trends with increasing XMg and variably decreasing XCa signalize a garnet growth during prograde metamorphism. Intermineral microstructures provided criteria for local equilibria and a structurally controlled application of geothermobarometers based on cation exchange and net transfer reactions. The syndeformational P- T path sections calculated from cores and rims of garnets in individual samples partly overlap and align along clockwise P- T trends. The P- T evolution started at ˜450 °C/7 kbar, passed high-pressure conditions at 11-12 kbar at variable temperatures (600-700 °C) and involved a marked decompression toward 6-7 kbar at high temperatures (700-750 °C). Th-U-Pb dating of metamorphic monazite by electron microprobe (EMP-CHIME method) in eight samples revealed a single period of crystallization between 613 ± 33 Ma and 586 ± 15 Ma. The EMP-monazite age populations between 613 ± 33 Ma enclosed in garnet and 605 ± 12 Ma in the matrix apparently bracket the high temperature-intermediate pressure stage at the end of the prograde P- T path. The younger monazites crystallized still at amphibolite-facies conditions during subsequent retrogression. The Pan-African overall clockwise P- T evolution in the Yaounde Group with its syndeformational high pressure stages and marked pressure variations is typical of the parts of orogens which underwent contractional crustal thickening by stacking of nappe units during continental collision and/or during subduction-related accretionary processes.

  2. Complete zircon and chromite digestion by sintering of granite, rhyolite, andesite and harzburgite rock reference materials for geochronological purposes

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    Bokhari, Syed Nadeem H.; Meisel, Thomas

    2014-05-01

    Zircon (ZrSiO4) is a common accessory mineral in nature that occurs in a wide variety of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. Zircon has the ability to retain substantial chemical and isotopic information that are used in range of geochemical and geo- chronological investigations. Sample digestion of such rock types is a limiting factor due to the chemical inertness of zircon (ZrSiO4) tourmaline, chromite, barite, monazite, sphene, xenotime etc. as the accuracy of results relies mainly on recovery of analytes from these minerals. Dissolution by wet acid digestions are often incomplete and high blank and total dissolved solids (TDS) contents with alkali fusions lead to an underestimation of analyte concentrations. Hence an effective analytical procedure, that successfully dissolves refractory minerals such as zircon is needed to be employed for reliable analytical results. Na2O2 digestion [1] was applied in characterisation of granite (G-3), rhyolite (MRH), andesite (MGL-AND) and harzburgite (MUH-1) powdered reference material with solution based ICP-MS analysis. In this study we undertake a systematic evaluation of decomposition time and sample:Na2O2 ratio and test portion size after minimising effect of all other constraints that makes homogeneity ambiguous. In recovering zircon and chromite 100 mg test portion was mixed with different amounts of Na2O2 i.e. 100-600 mg. Impact of decomposition time was observed by systematically increasing heating time from 30-45 minutes to 90-120 minutes at 480°C. Different test portion sizes 100-500 mg of samples were digested to control variance of inhomogeneity. An improved recovery of zirconium in zircon in granite (G-3), rhyolite MRH), andesite (MGL-AND) and chromite in harzburgite (MUH-1) was obtained by increasing heating time (2h) at 480°C and by keeping (1:6) ratio of sample:Na2O2. Through this work it has been established that due to presence of zircon and chromite, decomposition time and sample:Na2O2 ratio has

  3. Uplifting of the Jiamusi Block in the eastern Central Asian Orogenic Belt, NE China: evidence from basin provenance and geochronology

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    Liu, Yongjiang; Wen, Quanbo; Han, Guoqing; Li, Wei

    2010-05-01

    The main part of Jiamusi Block, named as Huanan-Uplift, is located in the northeastern Heilongjiang, China. The Huanan-Uplift is surrounded by many relatively small Mesozoic-Cenozoic basins, e.g. Sanjiang Basin, Hulin Basin, Boli Basin, Jixi Basin, Shuangyashan Basin and Shuanghua Basin. However previous research works were mainly focused on stratigraphy and palaeontology of the basins, therefore, the coupling relation between the uplift and the surrounding basins have not been clear. Based on the field investigations, conglomerate provenance studies of the Houshigou Formation in Boli Basin, geochronology of the Huanan-Uplift basement, we have been studied the relationships between Huanan-Uplift and the surrounding basins. The regional stratigraphic correlations indicates that the isolated basins in the area experienced the same evolution during the period of the Chengzihe and the Muling Formations (the Early Cretaceous). The paleogeography reconstructions suggest that the area had been a large-scale basin as a whole during the Early Cretaceous. The Huanan-Uplift did not exist. The paleocurrent directions, sandstone and conglomerate provenance analyses show that the Huanan-Uplift started to be the source area of the surrounding basins during the period of Houshigou Formation (early Late Cretaceous), therefore, it suggests that the Jiamusi Block commenced uplift in the early Late Cretaceous. The granitic gneisses in Huanan-Uplift give 494-415 Ma monazite U-Th-total Pb ages, 262-259 Ma biotite and 246-241 Ma K-feldspar 40Ar/39Ar ages. The cooling rates of 1-2 ℃/Ma from 500-260 Ma and 10-11 ℃/Ma from 260-240 Ma have been calculated based on the ages. This suggests that the Jiamusi Block had a rapid exhumation during late Permian, which should be related to the closure of the Paleo-Asian Ocean between the Siberian and North China continents. It is concluded that during the late Paleozoic the Jiamusi Block was stable with a very slow uplifting. With the closure of

  4. In-Situ Geochronology: Extending Larims to Pb-Pb Isocrhons

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    Whitaker, Tom; Anderson, Scott; Levine, Jonathan

    2016-04-01

    Introduction: We have previously described development of Laser Ablation Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry (LARIMS) for in-situ determination of the radiometric age of rocks using isotope ratios of Rb and Sr [1,2]. LARIMS uses laser resonance excitation of the target elements, which provides elemental selectivity, thus eliminating isobaric interferences with little or no sample preparation and allowing thousands of samples to be measured in significantly shorter periods of time than traditional methods. We have recently begun research that aims to extend the Rb-Sr capability to include Pb-Pb measurements. Preliminary measurements of Standard Reference Material 612 (SRM-612) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) demonstrate that resonance ionization of Pb can measure samples with as little as 0.12 ppm total Pb. Background: In-situ LARIMS will enable measurements of 1) isotope geochemistry relevant for chronology and igneous evolution, 2) light isotopes relevant for habitability, life, and climate history, as well as 3) elemental abundances relevant to understanding local and regional geology. In particular, the elemental selectivity of LARIMS makes isotopic geochronology measurements possible that heretofore required extensive sample preparation and were thought to be practically impossible for in-situ measurements. For example, we have used Rb-Sr LARIMS to analyze a piece of the Martian meteorite Zagami and the Duluth Gabbro, a lunar analogue. In these measurements, we obtained isochron ages consistent with the published ages within 200 Ma. Pb-Pb geochronology is well-suited for LARIMS analysis. The use of a single element simplifies the laser system and eliminates inter-element fractionation that can be problematic in Rb-Sr analysis or other multi-element LARIMS measurements. In general, there is less interference at masses corresponding to Pb isotopes than at lighter masses. However, there are potential interferences such as Hg and

  5. Amino acid geochronology of raised beaches in south west Britain

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    Bowen, D. Q.; Sykes, G. A.; Reeves (nee Henry), Alayne; Miller, G. H.; Andrews, J. T.; Brew, J. S.; Hare, P. E.

    Based on (1) the epimerization of L:isoleucine to D:alloisoleucine ( {D}/{L} ratios) in Patella vulgata, Littorina littorea, L. littoralis, L. saxatilis, Littorina species and Nucella lapillus from raised beaches in south west Britain, (2) statistical analysis of the {D}/{L} ratios, and (3) lithostratigraphic and geomorphic evaluation, three ( {D}/{L}) Stages are proposed. The {D}/{L} ratios for all the species measured are converted to a Patella vulgata standard. The three ( {D}/{L}) Stages are: (1) The Minchin Hole ( {D}/{L}) Stage, {D}/{L} ratios 0.175 ± 0.014, defined at a stratotype in Minchin Hole Cave, Gower, Wales. (2) A provisionally defined, but as yet, unamed ( {D}/{L}) Stage, because of the current unavailability of a suitable stratotype, with {D}/{L} ratios of 0.135 ± 0.014 (3) The Pennard ( {D}/{L}) Stage, {D}/{L} ratios 0.105 ± 0.016, defined at a stratotype in Minchin Hole Cave, Gower, Wales. Two geochronological models of the three high sea-level events representing the {D}/{L} Stages are constrained by uranium-series age determinations on stalagmite interbedded with marine beds in Minchin Hole and Bacon Hole Caves, Gower, Wales. A potential 'fixed point' in model evaluation is an age determination which is equivalent to Oxygen Isotope Sub-stage 5e (122 ka). The two models are:

  6. Strontium isotope geochronology of selected intervals within the Florida Neogene

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    Jones, D.S.; Mueller, P.A.; Hodell, D.A.; Stanley, L.A. . Dept. of Geology)

    1993-03-01

    The Neogene stratigraphic record of Florida reveals many richly fossiliferous (both invertebrate and vertebrate), shallow-marine deposits whose ages are poorly constrained, despite over a century of paleontological investigation. Chronostratigraphic analyses are frequently hampered by a general absence of age-diagnostic fossils (micro- or nannofossils in particular), laterally discontinuous sedimentary units, and an overall lack of natural exposure. Consequently, temporal correlations among many of Florida's Neogene units as well as with the global geomagnetic polarity timescale (GPTS) remain tenuous. Strontium isotope ([sup 87]Sr/[sup 86]Sr) geochronology offers considerable potential as an independent method for correlating these deposits with one another as well as with the GPTS. Portions of the Miocene and Pliocene as well as most of the Pleistocene were characterized by rapid increases in the global [sup 87]Sr/[sup 86]Sr of seawater. Marine carbonates formed within these intervals are therefore particularly amenable to investigation by Sr isotope techniques. Ratios ([sup 87]Sr/[sup 86]Sr) from mollusk shells collected throughout Florida within stratigraphic context ranged from 0.70785 which roughly correspond to the interval 30 Ma (late Oligocene) to 1 Ma (late Pleistocene). The data suggest that many accepted correlations based on lithologic and/or faunal similarities within Florida's Miocene and Plio-Pleistocene strata are improbable. While additional sampling is in order, improved correlation between vertebrate and invertebrate biochronologies has already resulted from the stratigraphic based upon this approach.

  7. Trends in organic geochemistry for petroleum exploration

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    Tissot, B.P.

    1988-08-01

    Exploration efficiency has increased since 1970 due to improvements in geophysical treatments and the development of organic geochemistry. Further increase of the success ratio in wildcats is expected during the 1990s from integrating all earth sciences in basin modeling. Explorationists expect from geochemistry a clear answer to several questions essential for prospect evaluation: existence and location of source rock kitchens, amount and type of hydrocarbons generated, migration paths, and quantity and type of petroleum accumulated in traps. Based on the scientific knowledge developed during the last 20 years, such a clear answer can now be given to all questions related to generation. Kinetic models of oil generation will help us quantify the evaluation. Regarding migration, both approaches - observations and basin model - offer promising trends for individual trap evaluation. However, further work is needed before a quantitative figure of inplace reserves can be given. Examples of bacterial and thermal gas prospects in the Po basin (northern Italy), mainly from lower Tertiary and lower Mesozoic sources, respectively, are presented. Occurrences of liquid oil at great depth in the same basin are also presented, and the influences of kerogen type, burial history, geothermal gradient, and pressure regime are discussed. Immature heavy oils are present in the Adriatic basin and in Sicily. Their conditions of generation are interpreted with respect to specific type of high-sulfur crudes and burial history. More generally the important role of a late subsidence associated with the Europe-Africa collision is emphasized.

  8. U-Pb zircon geochronology of the Adirondack Mountains and implications for their geologic evolution

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    McLelland, J. ); Chiarenzelli, J. ); Whitney, P.; Ischsen, Y. )

    1988-10-01

    U-Pb zircon studies of metamorphosed igneous rocks in the Adirondack Mountains have yielded preliminary ages within the range 1420-990 Ma. Several geochronologically and geochemically distinct episodes of igneous intrusion and at least one pre-granulite facies dynamothermal metamorphic event are documented. This information is consistent with recent field and geochronological studies throughout the Grenville province and suggests that a complex sequence of events occurred in the Adirondack Mountains prior to the widespread deformation and metamorphism commonly attributed to the {approximately} 1100-1000 Ma Ottawan phase of the Grenvillian orogenic cycle.

  9. Present status of the geochronology of the early Precambrian of South India

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    Gopalan, K.; Srinivasan, R.

    1988-01-01

    The present status of Precambrian geochronology of South India was summarized. Support was offered for Raith's conclusion of an extensive 3.3 to 3.4-Ga tonalite-forming event. Evidence that the Sargur supracrustal sequence predates this event, however, remains equivocal. The only reliably dated supracrustal rocks are the similar to 3.0-Ga Chitradurga acid volcanics, and these are separated from the older Bababudan supracrustals by a major gneiss-forming event. A major unsolved problem relates to the timing of the Sargur supracrustals in relation to the basal units of the Dharwar succession. An appeal was made for more geochronological work on South Indian samples.

  10. Fractionation of rare-earth elements in allanite and monazite as related to geology of the Mt. Wheeler mine area, Nevada

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    Lee, D.E.; Bastron, H.

    1967-01-01

    Rare-earth contents of 20 allanites and 13 monazites, accessory minerals from a restricted outcrop area of intrusive granitic rocks, are reported. A quantity called sigma (??), which is the sum of the atomic percentages of La, Ce and Pr, is used as an index of composition with respect to the rare-earth elements. Values of sigma vary from 61.3 to 80.9 at.% for these allanites and monazites, representing an appreciable range of composition in terms of the rare-earth elements. Degree of fractionation of rare earths varies directly with CaO content of the granitic rocks, which in turn depends largely on proximity of limestone. Four xenoliths included in the study suggest that spotty mosaic equilibria are superimposed on the regional gradients and that locally the degree of fractionation of rare earths responds to whole rock composition over distances of a few yards or less. The chemistry of the granitic rocks under study appears to be similar in some respects to that of alkalio rocks and carbonatites. Allanites from the most calcium-rich rocks show a pronounced concentration of the most basic rare earths, and whole-rock concentrations of such rare constituents as total cerium earths, Zr, F, Ti, Ba and Sr increase sympathetically with whole-rock calcium. The explanation for the concentration gradients observed in this chemical system must involve assimilation more than magmatic differentiation. ?? 1967.

  11. Isotope systematics and shock-wave metamorphism: I. U-Pb in zircon, titanite, and monazite, shocked experimentally up to 59 GPa

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    Deutsch, A. ); Schaerer, U. )

    1990-12-01

    This study reports the first U-Pb isotope analyses on experimentally shocked zircon, titanite, and monazite extracted from Proterozoic granitoid rocks. In all three types of minerals, shock-waves produce drastic changes in the crystal lattices, causing strong lowering of birefringence, turbidization, and decolorization of the individual grains. Moreover, X-ray patterns indicate transition of the crystals into polycrystalline aggregates of <10{sup {minus}5} mm block-size. Precisely dated grains with concordant or nearly concordant ages were embedded in KBr and shocked at 35, 47.5, and 59 GPa. U-Pb isotope analyses on these grains show that shock metamorphism does not fractionate Pb isotopes within the analytical precision of {plus minus}0.1%. As far as chemical fractionation is concerned, there is no difference in degree of concordancy between shocked and unshocked monazite, and small degrees (<2%) of relative U/Pb fractionation in shocked zircon and titanite are due to time-integrated Pb-loss and not to the shock experiment. In consequence, the data document that shock-wave metamorphism alone does not measurably effect the U-Pb chronometer, questioning the view that lower intercept ages of discordant U-Pb data reflect shock-induced re-equilibration of the chronometer in moderately to highly shocked, rapidly cooling rocks.

  12. Computational Studies in Molecular Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry

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    Felmy, Andrew R.; Bylaska, Eric J.; Dixon, David A.; Dupuis, Michel; Halley, James W.; Kawai, R.; Rosso, Kevin M.; Rustad, James R.; Smith, Paul E.; Straatsma, TP; Voth, Gregory A.; Weare, John H.; Yuen, David A.

    2006-04-18

    The ability to predict the transport and transformations of contaminants within the subsurface is critical for decisions on virtually every waste disposal option facing the Department of Energy (DOE), from remediation technologies such as in situ bioremediation to evaluations of the safety of nuclear waste repositories. With this fact in mind, the DOE has recently sponsored a series of workshops on the development of a Strategic Simulation Plan on applications of high perform-ance computing to national problems of significance to the DOE. One of the areas selected for application was in the area of subsurface transport and environmental chemistry. Within the SSP on subsurface transport and environmental chemistry several areas were identified where applications of high performance computing could potentially significantly advance our knowledge of contaminant fate and transport. Within each of these areas molecular level simulations were specifically identified as a key capability necessary for the development of a fundamental mechanistic understanding of complex biogeochemical processes. This effort consists of a series of specific molecular level simulations and program development in four key areas of geochemistry/biogeochemistry (i.e., aqueous hydrolysis, redox chemistry, mineral surface interactions, and microbial surface properties). By addressing these four differ-ent, but computationally related, areas it becomes possible to assemble a team of investigators with the necessary expertise in high performance computing, molecular simulation, and geochemistry/biogeochemistry to make significant progress in each area. The specific targeted geochemical/biogeochemical issues include: Microbial surface mediated processes: the effects of lipopolysacchardies present on gram-negative bacteria. Environmental redox chemistry: Dechlorination pathways of carbon tetrachloride and other polychlorinated compounds in the subsurface. Mineral surface interactions: Describing

  13. Insights into Igneous Geochemistry from Trace Element Partitioning

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    Jones, J. H.; Hanson, B. Z.

    2001-01-01

    Partitioning of trivalent elements into olivine are used to explore basic issues relevant to igneous geochemistry, such as Henry's law. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  14. POLLUTION PREVENTION OPPORTUNITY ASSESSMENT - GEOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY AT SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES

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    These reports summarize pollution prevention opportunity assessments conducted jointly by EPA and DOE at the Geochemistry Laboratory and the Manufacturing and Fabrication Repair Laboratory at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories facility in Albuquerque, New Mex...

  15. An Astronomically Dated Standard in 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology?

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    Kuiper, K.; Hilgen, F.; Krijgsman, W.; Wijbrans, J.

    2003-12-01

    The standard geological time scale of Berggren et al. (1995) and Cande and Kent (1995) is calibrated with different absolute dating techniques, i.e. the Plio - Pleistocene relies on astronomical tuning, and older parts of the time scale are based on radio-isotopic (40Ar/39Ar and U/Pb) calibration methods. In the new edition of the standard geological timescale (Lourens et al., to be published in 2004) the entire Neogene will rely on astronomical dating. Therefore, it is of crucial importance that all dating methods produce equivalent absolute ages when the same geological event is dated. The Mediterranean Neogene provides an excellent opportunity to compare different dating methods by isotopic dating (40Ar/39Ar, U/Pb) of volcanic ash layers intercalated in astronomically dated sediments. Here we will show that in spite of potential errors in all methods, we succeeded to intercalibrate the 40Ar/39Ar and astronomical methods, arriving at astronomically calibrated age of 28.24 +/- 0.01 Ma for the in 40Ar/39Ar geochronology commonly used standard FCT sanidine. The advantage of an astronomically calibrated FCT above a K/Ar calibrated standard is a smaller error in the absolute age due to the lack of uncertainties related to 40K and radiogenic 40Ar contents in the primary standard and a decreasing influence of errors in the decay constant (branching ratio is not required). In addition to an astronomically calibrated FCT age we propose to introduce an astronomically dated standard. A direct astronomically dated standard can be regarded as a "primary" standard and does not require intercalibration with other standards, thus reducing analytical (and geological) uncertainties. Ash layers intercalated in sedimentary sequences in the Melilla Basin, Morocco appear to be the most suitable for this purpose. A reliable astronomical time control is available and intercalated ash layers contain sanidine phenocrysts up to 2 mm. Four ash layers are not or barely affected by

  16. Episodic growth of Mt. Shasta, CA, documented by argon geochronology

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    Calvert, A. T.; Christiansen, R. L.

    2011-12-01

    eruptive focus shifted 1.5 km north (Misery Hill) between 50-35 ka, erupting silicic andesite and mafic dacite onto all sectors of the volcano. Flank vents directly south and north erupted domes and lavas 20-15 ka. At ~11 ka a voluminous episode began with the subplinian Red Banks pumice followed shortly by Shastina andesite/dacite lavas, domes, and pyroclastic flows, and soon after by Black Butte flank dacites. Existing 14C geochronology, and stratigraphic studies of the deposits show no eruptive breaks and constrain the episode to have lasted less than a few hundred years. Subsequent Holocene eruptions all issued from the modern summit (Hotlum cone), producing at least 10 large lava flows directed toward the NE sector, along with pyroclastic and debris flows, and a summit dome. Preliminary argon geochronology in progress dates summit lavas at 8.8, 5.8 and 4.7 ka.

  17. An Excess 226Ra Geochronology for Saanich Inlet

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    Grayson, R. P.; Plater, A. J.; Boyle, J. F.; Appleby, P. G.

    2004-12-01

    When examining past environmental and climatic change the ability to date both freshwater and marine sediments is essential. Numerous methods are currently available, however where present techniques fail, novel dating techniques are required to overcome these obstacles. In particular the use of 14C to date sediments over the Holocene period can be severely limited where there are significant hard-water and reservoir effects and where reworking of organic matter occurs. The use of unsupported or excess 226Ra offers a potential dating tool in such depositional contexts over the Holocene time period as a result of its half-life of 1600 years. Indeed, the technique has been applied to a number of environments since first being proposed by Koide et al. (1976). However, numerous question marks still surround the application of the technique, particularly with reference to the dating of sub-aqueous sediment deposits. As part of wider research into the applicability of excess 226Ra to date lake sedimentary environments, deep-sea samples from Saanich Inlet were obtained from the ODP (Leg 169S) in order to validate the dating technique. Saanich Inlet is an anoxic fjord located on the coastline of Vancouver Island, British Colombia, the sediments of which have been shown to be comprised of lamina-scale alternations between diatom-rich and diatom-poor clays and silts representing annual. Using digital sediment colour analysis Nederbragt and Thurow (2001) constructed a varve chronology for the last 6000 years. Alpha-spectrometry was successfully used to measure 226Ra, 230Th and 234U in sediment samples collected from Saanich Inlet during ODP Leg 169S. These activities were used to determine an excess 226Ra geochronology for Saanich Inlet. This radiometric chronology compares well with dates obtained from the varve record, and spans two different phases of sediment accumulation.

  18. The Violent Early Solar System, as Told by Sample Geochronology

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    Cohen, Barbara

    2013-01-01

    One of the legacies of the samples collected by the Apollo and Luna missions is the link forged between radiometric ages of rocks and relative ages according to stratigraphic relationships and impact crater size-frequency distributions. Our current understanding of the history of the inner solar system is based on the relative chronology of individual planets, tied to the absolute geochronology of the Moon via these important samples. Sample ages have enabled us to infer that impact-melt breccias from Apollo 14 and 15 record the formation of the Imbrium Basin, those from the highland massifs at Apollo 17 record the age of Serenitatis, those from the KREEP-poor Apollo 16 site record the age of Nectaris, and materials from Luna 24 record the age of Crisium. Ejecta from smaller and younger craters Copernicus and Tycho were sampled at Apollo 12 and 17, respectively, and local craters such as Cone at Apollo 14, and North Ray and South Ray at Apollo 16 were also sampled and ages determined for those events. Much of what we understand about the lunar impact flux is based on these ages. Samples from these nearside locations reveal a preponderance of impact-disturbed or recrystallized ages between 3.75 and 3.95 billion years. Argon and lead loss (and correlated disturbances in the Rb-Sr system) have been attributed to metamorphism of the lunar crust by an enormous number of impacts in a brief pulse of time, called the Lunar Cataclysm or Late Heavy Bombardment. Subsequent high-precision geochronometric analyses of Apollo samples and lunar highlands meteorites show a wider range of ages, but very few older than 4 Ga. The paucity of ancient impact melt rocks has been interpreted to mean that either that most impact basins formed at this time, or that ejecta from the large, near-side, young basins dominates the Apollo samples.

  19. Environmental geochemistry at the global scale

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    Plant, J.; Smith, D.; Smith, B.; Williams, L.

    2001-01-01

    Land degradation and pollution caused by population pressure and economic development pose a threat to the sustainability of the earth's surface, especially in tropical regions where a long history of chemical weathering has made the surface environment particularly fragile. Systematic baseline geochemical data provide a means of monitoring the state of the environment and identifying problem areas. Regional surveys have already been carried out in some countries, and with increased national and international funding they can be extended to cover the rest of the land surface of the globe. Preparations have been made, under the auspices of the International Union of Geological Surveys (IUGS) and the International Association of Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry (IAGC) for the establishment of just such an integrated global database. ?? 2001 NERC. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.

  20. Geochemistry and health in the United Kingdom.

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    Thornton, I; Webb, J S

    1979-12-11

    Before the 1960s, comparisons between the distribution of trace elements in the environment and health in the United Kingdom were primarily confined to ad hoc studies in areas associated with particular agricultural disorders or with unusual human mortality or morbidity records. More recently, increasing interest in the importance of trace elements in crop and animal production and in the hazards of environmental pollution have created a need for more systematic geochemical data. Geochemical reconnaissance maps for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland have demonstrated the extent of many known clinical trace element problems in agriculture and have also been valuable in delineating areas within which subclinical disorders may occur. Their application to studies on the composition of soils, food crops and surface waters in relation to public health has proved encouraging. Current knowledge and present investigations into environmental geochemistry and human health in the U.K. are reviewed, together with future research requirements. PMID:43529

  1. Aspects of the magmatic geochemistry of bismuth

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    Greenland, L.P.; Gottfried, D.; Campbell, E.Y.

    1973-01-01

    Bismuth has been determined in 74 rocks from a differentiated tholeiitic dolerite, two calc-alkaline batholith suites and in 66 mineral separates from one of the batholiths. Average bismuth contents, weighted for rock type, of the Great Lake (Tasmania) dolerite, the Southern California batholith and the Idaho batholith are, 32, 50 and 70 ppb respectively. All three bodies demonstrate an enrichment of bismuth in residual magmas with magmatic differentiation. Bismuth is greatly enriched (relative to the host rock) in the calcium-rich accessory minerals, apatite and sphene, but other mineral analyses show that a Bi-Ca association is of little significance to the magmatic geochemistry of bismuth. Most of the bismuth, in the Southern California batholith at least, occurs in a trace mineral phase (possibly sulfides) present as inclusions in the rock-forming minerals. ?? 1973.

  2. Investigating urban geochemistry using Geographical Information Systems.

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    Thums, C; Farago, M

    2001-01-01

    Geographical Information System (GIS) is an interactive digital extension of the two-dimensional paper map. Customised maps are created by the selection and aggregation of data from independent sources to assist studies in urban geochemistry. The metropolitan area of Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands, UK is used to illustrate the types of output that can be generated. These include: geographic and geological feature; geochemical data and land use. Multi-layered maps can be used to investigate spatial relationships, for example, between elevated concentrations of metals in soils and industrial land use. Such maps can also be used to assist the assessment of potential exposure of groundwater, ecosystems and humans using maps incorporating guideline values for metals in soils. PMID:11732156

  3. Petrology, Geochemistry and Genesis of Ureilites

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    Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Hudon, Pierre; Galindo, Charles, Jr.

    2005-01-01

    Ureilites are enigmatic achondrites that have some characteristics resulting from high temperature igneous processing, yet retain other characteristics inherited from the solar nebula. They are basalt-depleted ultramafic rocks containing 7-66 mg/g elemental C. They are rich in noble gases and display a correlation between mg# and Delta (17)O. This mishmash of properties has engendered various models for ureilite genesis, from those in which nebular processes dominate to those in which parent body igneous processes dominate. Characterization of new ureilites, especially of new subtypes, is an important part of attempts to unravel the history of the ureilite parent body or bodies. Here we report on the petrology and geochemistry of a suite of ureilites, mostly from Antarctica, and use these data to discuss ureilite petrogenesis. Additional information is included in the original extended abstract.

  4. Microbial Sulfur Geochemistry in Mine Systems (Invited)

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    Warren, L. A.; Norlund, K. L.; Hitchcock, A.

    2010-12-01

    Acid mine drainage (AMD), metal laden, acidic water, is the most pressing mining environmental issue on a global scale. While it is well recognized that the activity of autotrophic Fe and S bacteria amplify the oxidation of the sulfidic wastes, thereby generating acidity and leaching metals; the underlying microbial geochemistry is not well described. This talk will highlight results revealing the importance of microbial cooperation associated with a novel sulfur-metabolizing consortium enriched from mine waters. Results generated by an integrated approach, combining field characterization, geochemical experimentation, scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM), and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) [1]describing the underlying ecological drivers, the functionally relevant biogeochemical architecture of the consortial macrostructure as well as the identities of this environmental sulphur redox cycling consortium will be presented. The two common mine bacterial strains involved in this consortium, Acidithiobacillus ferroxidans and Acidiphilium sp., are specifically spatially segregated within a macrostructure (pod) of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) that enables coupled sulphur oxidation and reduction reactions despite bulk, oxygenated conditions. Identical pod formation by type culture strains was induced and linked to ecological conditions. The proposed sulphur geochemistry associated with this bacterial consortium produces 40-90% less acid than expected based on abiotic AMD models, with implications for both AMD mitigation and AMD carbon flux modeling. We are currently investigating the implications of these sulphur-processing pods for metal dynamics in mine systems. These results demonstrate how microbes can orchestrate their geochemical environment to facilitate metabolism, and underscore the need to consider microbial interactions and ecology in constraining their geochemical impacts. [1] Norlund, Southam, Tyliszcczak, Hu, Karunakaran, Obst

  5. The geochemistry of iodine - a review.

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    Fuge, R; Johnson, C C

    1986-06-01

    Iodine has long been recognised as an important element environmentally. Despite this there are many gaps in our knowledge of its geochemistry and even where information is available much of this is based on old data which, in the light of recent data, are suspect.Iodine forms few independent minerals and is unlikely to enter most rock-forming minerals. In igneous rocks its concentration is fairly uniform and averages 0.24 mg/kg. Sedimentary rocks tend to have higher concentrations with average iodine contents of:-recent sediments 5-200 mg/kg, carbonates 2.7 mg/kg, shales 2.3 mg/kg and sandstones 0.8 mg/kg. Organic-rich sediments are particularly enriched in iodine.Soils, generally, are much richer in iodine than the parent rocks with the actual level being decided mainly by soil type and locality. Little soil iodine is water-soluble and much iodine is thought to be associated with organic matter, clays and aluminium and iron oxides. Most iodine in soils is derived from the atmosphere where, in turn, it has been derived from the oceans. Seawater has a mean iodine content of 58 μg/L, while non-saline surface waters have lower and very variable levels. Subsurface brines and mineral waters are generally strongly enriched in iodine.Marine plants are frequently enriched in iodine while terrestrial plants have generally low contents. Iodine is essential for all mammals.Consideration of the geochemical cycle of iodine reveals that its transfer from the oceans to the atmosphere is probably the most important process in its geochemistry.

  6. Beryllium isotope geochemistry in tropical river basins

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    Brown, E.T.; Edmond, J.M. ); Raisbeck, G.M.; Bourles, D.L.; Yiou, F. ); Measures, C.I. )

    1992-04-01

    The distributions of beryllium-9 and beryllium-10 in rivers within the Orinoco and Amazon basins have been examined to extend the understanding of their geochemical cycles and to develop their use both in geochronometry, and in studying erosional processes. Analyses of {sup 9}Be in dissolved and suspended material from rivers with a wide range of chemical compositions indicate that its geochemistry is primarily controlled by two major factors: (1) its abundance in the rocks of the watershed and (2) the extent of its adsorption onto particle surfaces. The relative importance of these parameters in individual rivers is determined by the extent of interaction with flood-plain sediments and the riverine pH. This understanding of {sup 9}Be geochemistry forms a basis for examination of the geochemical cycling of {sup 10}Be. In rivers which are dominated by interaction with sediments, the riverine concentration of dissolved {sup 10}Be is far lower than that in the incoming rainwater, indicating that a substantial proportion of it is retained within the soils of the basin or is adsorbed onto riverine particles. However, in acidic rivers in which the stable dissolved Be concentration is determined by the Be level in the rocks of the drainage basin, dissolved {sup 10}Be has essentially the same concentration as in precipitation. These observations imply that the soil column in such regions must be saturated with respect to {sup 10}Be, and that the ratio of the inventory to the flux does not represent an age, as may be the case in temperate latitudes, but rather a residence time.

  7. Geochronology, structural evolution of the Tierra Colorada area, and tectonic implications for southern Mexico and Chortís block connections

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    Solari, L. A.; Torres de Leon, R.; Hernandez Pineda, G.; Sole', J.; Solis Pichardo, G.; Hernandez Treviño, T.

    2006-05-01

    The Tierra Colorada area is considered the best exposure of the northern limit between the Xolapa Complex and the Paleozoic-Precambrian Mixteca and Zapotecan terranes of southern Mexico. Geochemistry (major, trace, and REE) and geochronology on deformed granitoids in Tierra Colorada area show evidence of subduction-related magmatism during Mesozoic and Cenozoic. El Pozuelo granite, dated at 129 Ma (concordant U-Pb single-zircon age) is a foliated body, with local porphyric facies. Foliation is penetrative and characterized by oriented micas and stretched quartz. Geochemically it shows a metaluminous character, with arc-related trace and REE patterns. Because it cuts across high-grade gneisses of the Xolapa Complex, its intrusion postdates the second phase of metamorphism in the Xolapa Complex (> 130 Ma), which generated the orthogneisses-migmatites sequence. El Salitre granite (55 Ma, Rb-Sr 4 point isochron) is a foliated peraluminous body with a pronounced negative Zr anomaly. The protomylonitic Las PiÑas granite (54 +/- 6 Ma, U-Pb lower intercept) is characterized by ductile fabric, recognized by cinematic indicators such as mica fish, and indicates a top-to-the NNW sense of shear, dated at 50 +/- 1 Ma and 45.3 +/- 2 Ma (K-Ar on Bt, and Rb-Sr Bt-WR isochron, respectively), ages that indicate the time of ductile deformation along La Venta shear zone, as N-dipping detachment under low greenschist facies conditions. El Salitre and Las PiÑas granites are linked because of their similar HREE patterns. The Tierra Colorada, Xaltianguis and San Juan del Reparo granites, with calcalkaline subduction-related geochemistry, lack of penetrative deformation, and their ages of 30-34 Ma (U-Pb on zircons) constitute the last recognized granitic pulse in this area, post-dating the S-verging thrust of the Morelos limestones on top of sheared granites and volcanics. Together with previously published ages of magmatism in the studied area, we demonstrate here that calcalkaline

  8. Geochronology, petrogenesis and tectonic settings of pre- and syn-ore granites from the W-Mo deposits (East Kounrad, Zhanet and Akshatau), Central Kazakhstan

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    Li, GuangMing; Cao, MingJian; Qin, KeZhang; Evans, Noreen J.; Hollings, Pete; Seitmuratova, Eleonora Yusupovha

    2016-05-01

    There is significant debate regarding the mineralization ages of the East Kounrad, Zhanet and Akshatau W-Mo deposits of Central Kazakhstan, and the petrogenesis and tectono-magmatic evolution of the granites associated with these deposits. To address these issues, we present molybdenite Re-Os dating, zircon U-Pb dating, whole rock geochemistry as well as Sr-Nd-Pb and zircon O-Hf isotopic analyses on the pre-mineralization and ore-forming granites. U-Pb dating of zircons from pre-mineralization granitic rocks yield Late Carboniferous ages of 320-309 Ma, whereas ore-forming granites have Early Permian ages of 298-285 Ma. Molybdenite Re-Os isotopic data indicate a mineralization age of ~ 296 Ma at East Kounrad, ~ 294 Ma at Akshatau and ~ 285 Ma at Zhanet. The pre-ore and ore-forming granites are high-K calc-alkaline, metaluminous to slightly peraluminous I-type granites. The pre-mineralization granites are relatively unfractionated, whereas the ore-forming granites are highly fractionated. The fractionating mineral phases are probably K-feldspar, apatite, Ti-bearing phases and minor plagioclase. The pre-mineralization and ore-forming rocks are characterized by similar Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf-O isotopic compositions ((87Sr/86Sr)i = 0.70308-0.70501, εNd (t) = - 0.5 to + 2.8, 207Pb/204Pb = 15.60-15.82, zircon εHf (t) = + 1.2 to + 15.6 and δ18O = + 4.6 to + 10.3‰), whole rock TDMC (Nd) (840-1120 Ma) and zircon TDMC (Hf) (320-1240 Ma). The isotopic characteristics are consistent with a hybrid magma source caused by 10-30% assimilation of ancient crust by juvenile lower crust. The geochronology and geochemistry of these granites show that the Late Carboniferous pre-mineralization granitic rocks formed during subduction, whereas the Early Permian ore-forming, highly fractionated granite probably underwent significant fractionation with a restite assemblage of K-feldspar, apatite, Ti-bearing phases and minor plagioclase and developed during collision between the Yili and Kazakhstan

  9. Geochronology and petrogenesis of Middle Permian S-type granitoid in southeastern Guangxi Province, South China: Implications for closure of the eastern Paleo-Tethys

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    Li, Yan-Jun; Wei, Jun-Hao; Santosh, M.; Tan, Jun; Fu, Le-Bing; Zhao, Shao-Qing

    2016-07-01

    The Bangxi-Chenxing suture zone is an important region to address the history of closure of the eastern Paleo-Tethys ocean. Among the widespread S-type granite batholiths in the SE Guangxi Province adjacent to this suture is the Nali granodiorite. Here we report zircon U-Pb ages, major and trace element geochemistry, and Sr-Nd-Hf isotope geochemistry of a newly found Middle Permian S-type granite in this region. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb geochronology yields emplacement ages of 265 ± 2 to 262 ± 2 Ma for the Nali granodiorite. Both the inner and outer phases are characterized by variable SiO2 (66.91-71.39 wt.%), high Al2O3 (12.99-14.04 wt.%), K2O + Na2O (4.78-5.98 wt.%), and A/CNK values (1.11-1.50), resembling those of typical S-type granites. The rocks are enriched in Rb, Th, U and light rare earth elements with weak negative Eu anomalies, and show depletion in Nb, Ta, Ti, with typical arc-like affinity. They have relatively high (87Sr/86Sr)i ratios of 0.7228 to 0.7331, low εNd(t) values of - 13.6 to - 11.9, and low zircon εHf(t) values (- 21.9 to - 8.8). High whole-rock Nd isotopic model ages (2.00-2.02 Ga) and zircon Hf isotopic model ages (1.59-2.20 Ga), indicate that they might have been generated by partial melting of ancient lower crust with minor contribution from mantle sources. The granodiorite shows continental arc affinity and likely formed within a subduction setting. By combining previously extant data for Permo-Triassic arc-/collision-related magmatism in the Jinshajiang-Ailaoshan-Song Ma and Bangxi-Chenxing suture zones, we propose that the subduction of the eastern Paleo-Tethys might have started during Middle Permian triggered by the northward subduction of the Indochina Block (ICB) beneath the South China Block (SCB) and closure during Middle Triassic.

  10. The Timing of Early Magmatism and Extension in the Southern East African Rift: Tracking Geochemical Source Variability with 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology at the Rungwe Volcanic Province, SW Tanzania

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    Mesko, G. T.; Class, C.; Maqway, M. D.; Boniface, N.; Manya, S.; Hemming, S. R.

    2014-12-01

    The Rungwe Volcanic Province is the southernmost expression of volcanism in the East African Rift System. Rungwe magmatism is focused in a transfer zone between two weakly extended rift segments, unlike more developed rifts where magmatism occurs along segment axes (e.g. mid-ocean ridges). Rungwe was selected as the site of the multinational SEGMeNT project, an integrated geophysical, geochronological and geochemical study to determine the role of magmatism during early stage continental rifting. Argon geochronology is underway for an extensive collection of Rungwe volcanic rocks to date the eruptive sequence with emphasis on the oldest events. The age and location of the earliest events remains contested, but is critical to evaluating the relationship between magmatism and extension. Dated samples are further analyzed to model the geochemistry and isotopic signature of each melt's source and define it as lithospheric, asthenospheric, or plume. Given the goals, the geochronology focuses on mafic lavas most likely to preserve the geochemical signature of the mantle source. Groundmass was prepared and analyzed at the LDEO AGES lab. Twelve preliminary dates yield ages from 8.5 to 5.7Ma, consistent with prior results, supporting an eruptive episode concurrent with tectonic activity on the Malawi and Rukwa border faults (Ebinger et al., JGR 1989; 1993). Three additional samples yield ages from 18.51 to 17.6 Ma, consistent with the 18.6 ±1.0 Ma age obtained by Rasskazov et al. (Russ. Geology & Geophys. 2003). This eruptive episode is spatially limited to phonolite domes in the Usangu Basin and a mafic lava flow on the uplifted Mbeya Block. These eruptions predate the current tectonic extensional structure, suggesting magmatism predates extension, or that the two are not highly interdependent. No Rungwe samples dated yet can be the source of the of 26Ma carbonatitic tuffs in the nearby Songwe River Basin sequence (Roberts et al., Nature Geoscience 2012). Isochron ages

  11. A Combined Laser Ablation-Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometer for Planetary Surface Geochronology

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    Cardell, G.; Taylor, M. E.; Stewart, B. W.; Capo, R. C.; Crown, D. A.

    2002-01-01

    Progress in the development of an instrument for direct geochronologic measurements on rocks in situ will be described. The instrument integrates laser ablation sampling, resonance ionization, and mass spectrometry to directly measure concentrations of the Rb-Sr isotope system. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  12. The Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (KARLE): In Situ Geochronology for Planetary Robotic Missions

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    Cohen, B. A.; Devismes, D.; Miller, J. S.; Swindle, T. D.

    2014-01-01

    Isotopic dating is an essential tool to establish an absolute chronology for geological events, including crystallization history, magmatic evolution, and alteration events. The capability for in situ geochronology will open up the ability for geochronology to be accomplished as part of lander or rover complement, on multiple samples rather than just those returned. An in situ geochronology package can also complement sample return missions by identifying the most interesting rocks to cache or return to Earth. The K-Ar Laser Experiment (KArLE) brings together a novel combination of several flight-proven components to provide precise measurements of potassium (K) and argon (Ar) that will enable accurate isochron dating of planetary rocks. KArLE will ablate a rock sample, measure the K in the plasma state using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), measure the liberated Ar using mass spectrometry (MS), and relate the two by measuring the volume of the ablated pit by optical imaging. Our work indicates that the KArLE instrument is capable of determining the age of planetary samples with sufficient accuracy to address a wide range of geochronology problems in planetary science. Additional benefits derive from the fact that each KArLE component achieves analyses useful for most planetary surface missions.

  13. From Permo-Triassic lithospheric thinning to Jurassic rifting at the Adriatic margin: Petrological and geochronological record in Valtournenche (Western Italian Alps)

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    Manzotti, Paola; Rubatto, Daniela; Darling, James; Zucali, Michele; Cenki-Tok, Bénédicte; Engi, Martin

    2012-08-01

    Slices of polycyclic metasediments (marbles and meta-cherts) are tectonically amalgamated with the polydeformed basement of the Dent Blanche tectonic system along a major Alpine shear zone in the Western Alps (Becca di Salé area, Valtournenche Valley). A combination of techniques (structural analysis at various scales, metamorphic petrology, geochronology and trace element geochemistry) was applied to determine the age and composition of accessory phases (titanite, allanite and zircon) and their relation to major minerals. The results are used to reconstruct the polyphase structural and metamorphic histories, comprising both pre-Alpine and Alpine cycles. The pre-Alpine evolution is associated with low-pressure high-temperature metamorphism related to Permo-Triassic lithospheric thinning. In meta-cherts, microtextural relations indicate coeval growth of allanite and garnet during this stage, at ~ 300 Ma. Textures of zircon also indicate crystallisation at HT conditions; ages scatter from 263 to 294 Ma, with a major cluster of data at ~ 276 Ma. In impure marble, U-Pb analyses of titanite domains (with variable Al and F contents) yield apparent 206Pb/238U dates range from Permian to Jurassic. Chemical and isotopic data suggest that titanite formed at Permian times and was then affected by (extension-related?) fluid circulation during the Triassic and Jurassic, which redistributed major elements (Al and F) and partially opened the U-Pb system. The Alpine cycle lead to early blueschist facies assemblages, which were partly overprinted under greenschist facies conditions. The strong Alpine compressional overprint disrupted the pre-Alpine structural imprint and/or reactivated earlier structures. The pre-Alpine metamorphic record, preserved in these slices of metasediments, reflects the onset of the Permo-Triassic lithospheric extension to Jurassic rifting.

  14. Practical Laser Ablation U-Th Thermochronology and Geochronology

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    Hodges, K.; Van Soest, M. C.; Tripathy, A.; Boyce, J. W.

    2012-12-01

    (U-Th)/He thermochronology of the accessory phases apatite and zircon has become an essential tool for many landscape evolution and tectonic studies. Moreover, new geochronologic applications of the (U-Th)/He method -dating impact events, young volcanic eruptions, and secondary hydrothermal mineralization, for example - are only recently being explored. A significant impediment to all applications of the method is a commonly observed scatter of replicate dates for different crystals from an individual sample, typically greater than that which can be explained by analytical imprecision alone. While several reasons for this have been proposed, three are certainly important: 1) the propensity for many accessory minerals to be strongly and complexly zoned in U and Th; 2) inclusions of other (U+Th)-rich minerals in dated grains; and 3) frequently ignored and generally unquantifiable uncertainties in the alpha ejection corrections applied to dated crystals. For nearly a decade, we have worked to establish a new technique that avoids or minimizes the impact of these factors. Individual crystals are mounted, polished, and imaged to resolve internal zonation and inclusion content as a means of selecting appropriate grains for analysis. A 193 nm ArF excimer laser is used to ablate sample from the center of the polished surface, sufficiently far from the crystal rim to eliminate the need for an alpha ejection correction. 4He is measured in the ablated material by magnetic sector, gas-source mass spectrometry. After precise measurement of the ablation pit to permit the determination of 4He concentration, the sample is removed and mounted for U + Th analysis by laser ablation inductively coupled, plasma mass spectrometry. For parent element analyses, the ablation pit is targeted so as to encompass the 4He ablation pit on a scale large enough to integrate intragranular U + Th zoning and account for recoil redistribution of 4He within grains. We have documented the efficacy of

  15. Solidifying the lunar magma ocean: Model results and geochronology (Invited)

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    Elkins-Tanton, L. T.; Burgess, S. D.; Meyer, J.; Wisdom, J.

    2009-12-01

    far closer to the lunar origin age. We will present magma ocean and orbital models, and compare with geochronology.

  16. Geochronology of Quaternary glaciations from the tropical Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru

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    Hall, Sarah R.; Farber, Daniel L.; Ramage, Joan M.; Rodbell, Donald T.; Finkel, Robert C.; Smith, Jacqueline A.; Mark, Bryan G.; Kassel, Christopher

    2009-12-01

    The Cordillera Huayhuash in the central Peruvian Andes (10.3°S, 76.9°W) is an ideal mountain range in which to study regional climate through variations in paleoglacier extents. The range trends nearly north-south with modern glaciers confined to peaks >4800 m a.s.l. Geomorphology and geochronology in the nearby Cordillera Blanca and Junin Plain reveal that the Peruvian Andes preserve a detailed record of tropical glaciation. Here, we use ASTER imagery, aerial photographs, and GPS to map and date glacial features in both the western and eastern drainages of the Cordillera Huayhuash. We have used in situ produced cosmogenic 10Be concentrations in quartz bearing erratics on moraine crests and ice-polished bedrock surfaces to develop an exposure age chronology for Pleistocene glaciation within the range. We have also collected sediment cores from moraine-dammed lakes and bogs to provide limiting 14C ages for glacial deposits. In contrast to the ranges to the north and south, most glacial features within the Cordillera Huayhuash are Lateglacial in age, however we have identified features with ages that span ˜0.2 to ˜38 ka with moraine sets marking the onset of glacier retreat at ˜0.3 ka, ˜9-10 ka, ˜13-14 ka, ˜20-22 ka, and >26 ka. The range displays a pronounced east-west variation in maximum down-valley distance from the headwall of moraine crests with considerably longer paleoglaciers in the eastern drainages. Importantly, Lateglacial paleoglaciers reached a terminal elevation of ˜4000 m a.s.l. on both sides of the Cordillera Huayhuash; suggesting that temperature may have been a dominant factor in controlling the maximum glacier extent. We suggest that valley morphology, specifically valley slope, strongly influences down-valley distance to the maximum glacier extent and potential for moraine preservation. While regionally there is an extensive record of older (>50 ka) advances to the north (Cordillera Blanca) and to the south (Junin region), the apparent

  17. Proterozoic geochronologic and isotopic boundary in NW Arizona

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    Chamberlain, K.R.; Bowring, S.A. )

    1990-05-01

    U-Pb ages determined from zircon, sphene, and apatite in conjunction with Pb isotopic analyses of alkali feldspar establish a regional geochronological framework and constrain the location of a major north-trending Proterozoic crustal boundary in northwestern Arizona. Two regions west of the boundary (Hualapai Mountains and Lost Basin Range-Garnet Mountain) are characterized by complex U-Pb zircon systematics, evidence for inheritance of an older zircon component (1.8-2.3 Ga), and elevated {sup 207}Pb/{sup 204}Pb from feldspars compared to the east. Although the discordia patterns are complex, supracrustal rocks are interpreted to be ca. 1.73 Ga and are intruded by plutonic rocks ca. 1.70 Ga. Deformation is younger than ca. 1.70 Ga foliated granites and older than the 1,682 {plus minus} 4 Ma Garnet Mt. monzogranite. The rocks in one area east of the boundary (Cottonwood Cliffs) are characterized by relatively simple U-Pb zircon systematics, no evidence for inheritance of any older component, and feldspar {sup 207}/{sup 204}Pb near model mantle values. Supracrustal rocks are older than 1.73 Ga, as they are intruded by a 1,730 {plus minus} 9 Ma foliated granodiorite. Timing of deformation is constrained by the late syn-kinematic Valentine granite dated at 1,713 {plus minus} 12 Ma. Mineral ages indicate that the rocks on either side of the boundary had different cooling histories and inferentially, different uplift histories. West of the boundary, the cooling history is inferred from minerals separated from an amphibolite: metamorphic zircon is 1,687 +13/{minus}8 Ma, sphene is 1,660 {plus minus} 5 Ma, hornblende has a {sup 40}Ar/{sup 39}Ar age of 1,552 {plus minus} 5 Ma, and apatite has a U-Pb age of 1,520 {plus minus} 45 Ma. East of the boundary an amphibolite has sphene with an age of 1,670 {plus minus} 11 Ma and apatite with an age of 1,630 {plus minus} 8 Ma.

  18. In-Situ Geochronology: Extending Larims to Pb-Pb Isocrhons

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    Whitaker, Tom; Anderson, Scott; Levine, Jonathan

    2016-04-01

    Introduction: We have previously described development of Laser Ablation Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry (LARIMS) for in-situ determination of the radiometric age of rocks using isotope ratios of Rb and Sr [1,2]. LARIMS uses laser resonance excitation of the target elements, which provides elemental selectivity, thus eliminating isobaric interferences with little or no sample preparation and allowing thousands of samples to be measured in significantly shorter periods of time than traditional methods. We have recently begun research that aims to extend the Rb-Sr capability to include Pb-Pb measurements. Preliminary measurements of Standard Reference Material 612 (SRM-612) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) demonstrate that resonance ionization of Pb can measure samples with as little as 0.12 ppm total Pb. Background: In-situ LARIMS will enable measurements of 1) isotope geochemistry relevant for chronology and igneous evolution, 2) light isotopes relevant for habitability, life, and climate history, as well as 3) elemental abundances relevant to understanding local and regional geology. In particular, the elemental selectivity of LARIMS makes isotopic geochronology measurements possible that heretofore required extensive sample preparation and were thought to be practically impossible for in-situ measurements. For example, we have used Rb-Sr LARIMS to analyze a piece of the Martian meteorite Zagami and the Duluth Gabbro, a lunar analogue. In these measurements, we obtained isochron ages consistent with the published ages within 200 Ma. Pb-Pb geochronology is well-suited for LARIMS analysis. The use of a single element simplifies the laser system and eliminates inter-element fractionation that can be problematic in Rb-Sr analysis or other multi-element LARIMS measurements. In general, there is less interference at masses corresponding to Pb isotopes than at lighter masses. However, there are potential interferences such as Hg and

  19. RADIOIODINE GEOCHEMISTRY IN THE SRS SUBSURFACE ENVIRONMENT

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    Kaplan, D.; Emerson, H.; Powell, B.; Roberts, K.; Zhang, S.; Xu, C.; Schwer, K.; Li, H.; Ho, Y.; Denham, M.; Yeager, C.; Santschi, P.

    2013-05-16

    Iodine-129 is one of the key risk drivers for several Savannah River Site (SRS) performance assessments (PA), including that for the Low-Level Waste Disposal Facility in E-Area. In an effort to reduce the uncertainty associated with the conceptual model and the input values used in PA, several studies have recently been conducted dealing with radioiodine geochemistry at the SRS. The objective of this report was to review these recent studies and evaluate their implications on SRS PA calculations. For the first time, these studies measured iodine speciation in SRS groundwater and provided technical justification for assuming the presence of more strongly sorbing species (iodate and organo-iodine), and measured greater iodine sediment sorption when experiments included these newly identified species; specifically they measured greater sorption coefficients (K{sub d} values: the concentration ratio of iodine on the solid phase divided by the concentration in the aqueous phase). Based on these recent studies, new best estimates were proposed for future PA calculations. The new K{sub d} values are greater than previous recommended values. These proposed K{sub d} values reflect a better understanding of iodine geochemistry in the SRS subsurface environment, which permits reducing the associated conservatism included in the original estimates to account for uncertainty. Among the key contributing discoveries supporting the contention that the K{sub d} values should be increased are that: 1) not only iodide (I{sup -}), but also the more strongly sorbing iodate (IO{sub 3}{sup -}) species exists in SRS groundwater (average total iodine = 15% iodide, 42% iodate, and 43% organoiodine), 2) when iodine was added as iodate, the measured K{sub d} values were 2 to 6 times greater than when the iodine was added as iodide, and perhaps most importantly, 3) higher desorption (10 to 20 mL/g) than (ad)sorption (all previous studies) K{sub d} values were measured. The implications of this

  20. Schottky contribution to the heat capacity of monazite type (La, Pr)PO4 from low temperature calorimetry and fluorescence measurements

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    Bauer, J. D.; Hirsch, A.; Bayarjargal, L.; Peters, L.; Roth, G.; Winkler, B.

    2016-06-01

    We show that the combination of fluorescence spectroscopy and low temperature heat capacity measurements of Pr-containing samples in the (La, Pr)PO4 solid solution series can be employed to strongly constrain the Stark energy levels of Pr3+ in monazite type structures. The resulting set of Stark energy levels for the 3H4 ground state of Pr3+ reproduces the low temperature Schottky anomaly of the heat capacity much more accurately than theoretical models published earlier. We also show that there is no excess heat capacity along the binary solid solution with respect to an interpolation between the two end members LaPO4 and PrPO4.

  1. Lanthanide (Nd, Gd) compounds with garnet and monazite structures. Powders synthesis by "wet" chemistry to sintering ceramics by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Potanina, Ekaterina; Golovkina, Ludmila; Orlova, Albina; Nokhrin, Aleksey; Boldin, Maksim; Sakharov, Nikita

    2016-05-01

    Complex oxide Y2.5Nd0.5Al5O12 with garnet structure and phosphates NdPO4 and GdPO4 with monazite structure were obtained by using precipitation methods. Ceramics Y2.5Nd0.5Al5O12 and NdPO4 were processed by Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS). Relative density more 98%, sintering time did not exceed 8 min, sintering temperature 1330-1390 °C. Leaching rates of elements from ceramics were 10-6-10-7 g/(cm2 d). The process of ceramics sintering has two-stage character: the first step of sintering-compaction process is related to the plastic flow of the material, the second step-to the process of grain boundary diffusion and grain growth.

  2. Hydroxamic acid interactions with solvated cerium hydroxides in the flotation of monazite and bastnäsite-Experiments and DFT study

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    Sarvaramini, A.; Azizi, D.; Larachi, F.

    2016-11-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) simulations and experiments were performed to clarify the interaction mechanisms between hydroxamic acid collectors and cerium hydroxides during the flotation of bastnäsite and monazite minerals. These minerals showed considerable floatability at moderately alkaline pH which was related to the adsorption of hydroxamic acids on their surfaces as confirmed by vibrational spectroscopic and zeta potential measurements. DFT simulations showed that at moderately alkaline pH, the interactions between solvated Ce(OH)2+ and Ce(OH)2+ and heptyl-hydroxamic acid (HHA) anions resulted in the formation of, respectively, [Ce(OH)(HHA)x(H2O)y]2-x (x[y = ] = 1[6],2[3],3[1]) and [Ce(OH)2(HHA)x(H2O)y]1-x (x[y = ] = 1[5],2[1],3[0]) complexes. The collector anions were found to interact directly through formation of two covalent bonds between their two polar-head oxygen atoms and cerium in the hydroxide complexes. However, formation of such new bonds resulted in breakage of a few covalent/electrostatic bonds between cerium and water molecules initially present in the first hydration shell of the rare-earth metal cation. Building up in the electric double layer of the semi-soluble minerals, these complexes, and by extension, those from other rare-earth elements belonging to monazite and bastnäsite, are speculated to play a role in the interactions between rare-earth minerals and hydroxamic acid collectors.

  3. DOE workshop: Sedimentary systems, aqueous and organic geochemistry

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    Not Available

    1993-07-01

    A DOE workshop on sedimentary systems, aqueous and organic geochemistry was held July 15-16, 1993 at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Papers were organized into several sections: Fundamental Properties, containing papers on the thermodynamics of brines, minerals and aqueous electrolyte solutions; Geochemical Transport, covering 3-D imaging of drill core samples, hydrothermal geochemistry, chemical interactions in hydrocarbon reservoirs, fluid flow model application, among others; Rock-Water Interactions, with presentations on stable isotope systematics of fluid/rock interaction, fluid flow and petotectonic evolution, grain boundary transport, sulfur incorporation, tracers in geologic reservoirs, geothermal controls on oil-reservoir evolution, and mineral hydrolysis kinetics; Organic Geochemistry covered new methods for constraining time of hydrocarbon migration, kinetic models of petroleum formation, mudstones in burial diagenesis, compound-specific carbon isotope analysis of petroleums, stability of natural gas, sulfur in sedimentary organic matter, organic geochemistry of deep ocean sediments, direct speciation of metal by optical spectroscopies; and lastly, Sedimentary Systems, covering sequence stratigraphy, seismic reflectors and diagenetic changes in carbonates, geochemistry and origin of regional dolomites, and evidence of large comet or asteroid impacts at extinction boundaries.

  4. Geochemistry and origin of regional dolomites

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    Hanson, G.N.

    1984-01-01

    The objective is to develop quantitative, geochemical models for the source, flow-paths and chemistry of the diagenetic fluids responsible for the widespread dolomitization of the Mississippi Burlington-Keokuk Fms. In Iowa, Illinois and Missouri by integrating geochemistry, fluid inclusion studies, conventional and luminescent petrography, stratigraphy, facies analysis and burial history. The original area of study has been significantly expanded and now includes western Illinois and eastern Missouri as well as southeastern Iowa. This includes most of the area where good sections of the Burlington-Keokuk Formations are exposed and almost the complete range of facies from near shore to the platform edge. Stratigraphic sections and depositional facies maps are being prepared for Illinois, Missouri and Iowa for Osagean time. The geochemical studies include: correlation of the major and trace element variations within the various Burlington dolomites developed in southeastern Iowa and adjacent areas of Illinois and Missouri; rare earth element, Nd and Sr isotope analysis of the dolomites and coexisting phases; major and trace element analysis, petrography and x-ray mineralogy of selected shaly members in the Burlington-Keokuk formations; and fluid inclusion studies of the calcites and dolomite cements of southeastern Iowa. 8 figures.

  5. Exploration geochemistry: The Los Alamos experience

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    Maassen, L.W.; Bolivar, S.L.

    1989-01-01

    Los Alamos National Laboratory became actively involved in geochemical exploration in 1975 by conducting a reconnaissance-scale exploration program for uranium as part of the National Uranium Resource Evaluation program. Initially, only uranium and thorium were analyzed. By 1979 Los Alamos was analyzing a multielement suite. The data were presented in histograms and as black and white concentration plots for uranium and thorium only. Data for the remaining elements were presented as hard copy data listings in an appendix to the report. In 1983 Los Alamos began using exploration geochemistry for the purpose of finding economic mineral deposits to help stimulate the economies of underdeveloped countries. Stream-sediment samples were collected on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and a geochemical atlas of that island was produced. The data were statistically smoothed and presented as computer-generated color plots of each element of the multielement suite. Studies for the US Bureau of Land Management in 1984 consisted of development of techniques for the integration of several large data sets, which could then be used for computer-assisted mineral resource assessments. A supervised classification technique was developed which compares the attributes of grid cells containing mines or mineral occurrences with attributes of unclassified cells not known to contain mines or occurrences. Color maps indicate how closely unclassified cells match in attributes the cells with mines or occurrences. 20 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  6. Environmental geochemistry of antimony in Chinese coals.

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    Qi, Cuicui; Liu, Guijian; Chou, Chen-Lin; Zheng, Liugen

    2008-01-25

    Environmental geochemistry of antimony (Sb) has gained much attention recently because of its potential toxicity. We have reviewed the distribution, modes of occurrence, geological processes and environmental effects of Sb in Chinese coals. Data of Sb in 1058 coal samples from China were compiled and the average Sb content in Chinese coals is estimated to be 2.27 microg/g. Average Sb content in coals from provinces, cities and autonomous regions may be divided into three groups. Group 1 has a low average Sb content of lower than 1 microg/g, Group 2 has a medium average Sb content of 1-3 microg/g, and Group 3 has a high average Sb content of >3 microg/g. Coals from Guizhou and Inner Mongolia are extremely enriched in Sb. The abundance of Sb in coals differs among coal-forming periods and coal ranks. Antimony occurs in several modes in coals. It may substitute for iron or sulfur in discrete pyrite grains or occurs as tiny dispersed sulfide particles in organic matter. During coal combustion Sb is partly released to the atmosphere and partly partitioned into solid residues. Antimony in the environment brings about definite harm to human health.

  7. Geochemistry studies in Eastern Kentucky. Final report

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    Negus-de Wys, J.

    1981-04-01

    Presented here are the results of inorganic geochemical studies on well cuttings from fourteen wells in the Big Sandy Gas Field. Both x-ray fluorescence and x-ray diffraction were used in analysis. Resultant mineralic data and elemental data were mapped by computer and by hand for five intervals of Ohio Shale and for the Berea/Bedford sequence. Comparisons of the geochemistry trend maps were made with lithology, structure, thermal maturation, gas open flow, and paleoenvironment. Techniques used included visual map comparison, computer map comparison programs utilizing correlation coefficients based on grid derived data sets, cluster analysis, x-y plots, and r/sup 2/ (coefficient of determination). A limited number of regional maps are included. It is concluded that inorganic geochemical analysis can be useful in: (1) suggesting paleoenvironmental trends; (2) establishing depositional trends; (3) enhancing exploration in terms of setting limits and pinpointing potential areas for hydrocarbon recovery; and (4) identification of likely locations for large gas fields when used with other geological studies. Elemental data analysis is the most accurate, and can be done quickly and inexpensively. It is concluded that the Big Sandy gas field area is a unique stratigraphic-structural gas trap, in which sedimentary factors, depositional basin features, plant evolution and occurrence, and structural elements all played important roles. Combinations of certain of these ingredients in different amounts may exist in other parts of the basin, and thus, suggest areas for hydrocarbon accumulation and potential recovery.

  8. The origin of the 1.73-1.70 Ga anorogenic Ulkan volcano-plutonic complex, Siberian platform, Russia: inferences from geochronological, geochemical and Nd-Sr-Pb isotopic data

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    Larin, A.M.; Amelin, Yu. V.; Neymark, L.A.; Krymsky, R. Sh

    1997-01-01

    The Ulkan volcano-plutonic complex, a part of a 750 km Bilyakchian-Ulkan anorogenic belt, is located in the eastern part of the Archean-Paleoproterozoic Aldan shield. The tectonic position and geochemistry indicate that the Ulkan Complex is a typical A-type or intraplate magmatic association. The felsic volcanics of the Uian Group and granitoids of the North Uchur Massif, the major igneous components of the Ulkan Complex, have U-Pb zircon and monazite ages between 1721±1 Ma and 1703±18 Ma. Together with the spatially associated 1736±6 Ma Dzhugdzhur anorthosite massif, the Ulkan Complex forms a typical Proterozoic anorthosite-granite-volcanic association with the minimum duration of formation of 12 m.y. Initial εNd values between 0 and 1.1, similar for the Uian felsic volcanics, early granitoid phases of the North Uchur Massif and high-grade metamorphic basement rocks, indicate, along with geochemical data, that the crustal source of the Ulkan parental magmas may be similar to the basement rocks. The higher εNd(T) values of -0.3 to +1.9 in the later North Uchur granitoids and associated ore-bearing metasomatites, and relatively low time-integrated Rb/Sr, U/Pb, and Th/U estimated for their sources, may demonstrate involvement of variable amounts of a depleted mantle-derived component in the generation of later phases of the North Uchur Massif. The preferred model of formation of magmas parental to the Ulkan Complex involves thermal interaction of an uprising mantle diapir with Paleoproterozoic lower crust, which was accompanied by chemical interaction between a fluid derived from the diapir, with the lower crustal rocks.

  9. Geochronology and magma sources of Elbrus volcano (Greater Caucasus, Russia)

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    Lebedev, Vladimir

    2010-05-01

    Elbrus volcano (5642m), the largest Quaternary volcano in the European part of the Russia, is situated within the central part of Greater Caucasus mountain system at the watershed of Black and Caspian seas. Complex isotope-geochronological studies showed that the Elbrus volcano experienced long (approximately 200-250 thousands years) discrete evolution, with protracted periods of igneous quiescence (approximately 50 ka) between large-scale eruptions. The volcanic activity of Elbrus is subdivided into three phases: Middle-Neopleistocene (225-170 ka), Late Neopleistocene (110-70 ka), and Late Neopleistocene-Holocene (less than 35 ka). No eruptions presumably occurred during 'quiescence' periods, while the volcano was dormant or revealed only insignificant explosive eruptions and postmagmatic activity. Volcanic rocks of the Elbrus volcano are represented by biotite-hypersthene-plagioclase calc-alcaline dacites (65.2-70.4% SiO2, and 6.4-7.9% K2O+Na2O at 2.7-3.9% K2O). Petrogeochemical and isotope-geochemical signatures of Elbrus dacitic lavas (87Sr/86Sr - 0.70535-0.70636, Eps(Nd) from +0.8 to -2.3, 206Pb/204Pb - 18.631-18.671, 207Pb/204Pb - 15.649-15.660, and 208Pb/204Pb = 38.811-38.847) point to their mantle-crustal origin. It was found that hybrid parental magmas of the volcano were formed due to mixing and/or contamination of deep-seated mantle melts by Paleozoic upper crustal material of the Greater Caucasus. The temporal evolution of isotope characteristics for lavas of Elbrus volcano is well described by a Sr-Nd mixing hyperbole between mantle source of 'Common'-type and estimated average composition of the Paleozoic upper crust of the Greater Caucasus. It was shown that, with time, the proportions of mantle material in the parental magmas of Elbrus gently increased: from ~60% at the Middle-Neopleistocene phase of activity to ~80% at the Late Neopleistocene-Holocene phase, which indicates an increase of the activity of deep-seated source at decreasing input of

  10. Applications of New Synthetic Uranium Reference Materials for Geochemistry Research (Invited)

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    Richter, S.; Weyer, S.; Alonso, A.; Aregbe, Y.; Kuehn, H.; Eykens, R.; Verbruggen, A.; Wellum, R.

    2009-12-01

    For many applications in geochemistry research isotope ratio measurements play a significant role. In geochronology isotope abundances of uranium and its daughter products thorium and lead are being used to determine the age and history of various samples of geological interest. For measuring the isotopic compositions of these elements by mass spectrometry, suitable isotope reference materials are needed to validate measurement procedures and to calibrate multi-collector and ion counting detector systems. IRMM is a recognized provider for nuclear isotope reference materials to the nuclear industry and nuclear safeguards authorities, which are also being applied widely for geochemical applications. The preparation of several new synthetic uranium reference materials at IRMM during the recent five years has provided significant impacts on geochemical research. As an example, the IRMM-074 series of gravimetrically prepared uranium mixtures for linearity testing of secondary electron multipliers (SEMs) has been applied for the redetermination of the secular equilibrium 234U/238U value and the 234U half-life by Cheng et al (2009). Due to the use of IRMM-074, results with smaller uncertainties were obtained, which are shifted by about 0.04% compared to the commonly used values published earlier by Cheng et al. in 2000. This has a significant impact for U isotope measurements in geochemistry.. As a further example, the new double spike IRMM-3636 with a 233U/236U ratio of 1:1 and an expanded uncertainty as low as 0.016% (coverage factor k=2, 95% confidence level) was prepared gravimetrically. This double spike allows internal mass fractionation correction for high precision 235U/238U ratio measurements of close to natural samples. Using the new double spike IRMM-3636, the 235U/238U ratios for several commonly used natural U standard materials from NIST/NBL and IRMM, such as e.g. NBS960 (=NBL CRM-112a), NBS950a,b and IRMM-184, have been re-measured with improved precision

  11. Tracing recent environmental changes and pedogenesis using geochemistry and micromorphology of alluvial soils, Sabie-Sand River Basin, South Africa

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    Eze, Peter N.; Knight, Jasper; Evans, Mary

    2016-09-01

    Three pedons on the alluvial terraces of the Sabie-Sand River Basin within Kruger National Park, South Africa, were studied to improve our understanding of recent environmental changes, and assess degree of chemical weathering and pedogenesis in the area using geochemical and micromorphology proxies. Particle-size distributions were obtained using Malvern Mastersizer; soil geochemistry was determined by XRF and thin sections by routine laboratory procedures. The soils are predominantly sandy (> 94% sand in all samples). The mean phi-values of the soils had little variation suggesting that reworking of sediments upwards in individual profiles produced a more uniform pedogenesis rather than coming from different physical sources. Calcification is the dominant pedogenic process in these alluvial soils. The Chemical Index of Alteration (CIA) proved a more suitable index than Chemical Index of Weathering (CIW) for evaluating weathering in the terraces. The micromass and b-fabrics are mostly granostriated and partly brown mosaic speckled. MISECA values for the degree of soil development range from 4 to 9, which mean weakly to moderately-developed soils. Coarse secondary calcite nodules and coatings are responsible for cementation as observed in pedon 2, which suggests calcium carbonate precipitation from periodical flooding and evaporating groundwater events. The features and diagnostic properties of the soils on the alluvial terraces along the Sabie-Sand River provide evidence for land surface impacts of recent environmental changes in this internationally important conservation area. Precise dating of calcium carbonate precipitates is, however, needed to put the observed evidence into a wider geochronological perspective.

  12. New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory: Zuni-Bandera volcanic field road log

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    Laughlin, A.W.; Charles, R.; Reid, K.; White, C.

    1993-01-01

    This field conference was designed to assemble a group of Quaternary researchers to examine the possibility of using the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field in western New Mexico as a test area for evaluating and calibrating various Quaternary dating techniques. The Zuni-Bandera volcanic-field is comprised of a large number of basaltic lava flows ranging in age from about 700 to 3 ka. Older basalts are present in the Mount Taylor volcanic field to the north. Geologic mapping has been completed for a large portion of the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field and a number of geochronological investigations have been initiated in the area. While amending this conference, please consider how you might bring your expertise and capabilities to bear on solving the many problem in Quaternary geochronology.

  13. New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory: Zuni-Bandera volcanic field road log

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    Laughlin, A.W.; Charles, R.; Reid, K.; White, C.

    1993-04-01

    This field conference was designed to assemble a group of Quaternary researchers to examine the possibility of using the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field in western New Mexico as a test area for evaluating and calibrating various Quaternary dating techniques. The Zuni-Bandera volcanic-field is comprised of a large number of basaltic lava flows ranging in age from about 700 to 3 ka. Older basalts are present in the Mount Taylor volcanic field to the north. Geologic mapping has been completed for a large portion of the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field and a number of geochronological investigations have been initiated in the area. While amending this conference, please consider how you might bring your expertise and capabilities to bear on solving the many problem in Quaternary geochronology.

  14. The Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE): In Situ Geochronology for Planetary Robotic Missions

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    Cohen, Barbara

    2016-01-01

    The Potassium (K) - Argon (Ar) Laser Experiment (KArLE) will make in situ noble-gas geochronology measurements aboard planetary robotic landers and roverss. Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is used to measure the K abun-dance in a sample and to release its noble gases; the evolved Ar is measured by mass spectrometry (MS); and rela-tive K content is related to absolute Ar abundance by sample mass, determined by optical measurement of the ablated volume. KArLE measures a whole-rock K-Ar age to 10% or better for rocks 2 Ga or older, sufficient to resolve the absolute age of many planetary samples. The LIBS-MS approach is attractive because the analytical components have been flight proven, do not require further technical development, and provide complementary measurements as well as in situ geochronology.

  15. Experimental determination of synthetic NdPO4 monazite end-member solubility in water from 21°C to 300°C: implications for rare earth element mobility in crustal fluids1 1Associate editor: D. J. Wesolowski

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    Poitrasson, Franck; Oelkers, Eric; Schott, Jacques; Montel, Jean-Marc

    2004-05-01

    The solubility of synthetic NdPO 4 monazite end-member has been determined experimentally from 21 to 300°C in aqueous solutions at pH = 2, and at 21°C and pH = 2 for GdPO 4. Measurements were performed in batch reactors, with regular solution sampling for pH measurement, rare earths and phosphorous analysis by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) coupled with a desolvation system. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to check that no reprecipitation of secondary phases occurred and that the mineral surfaces remained those of a monazite. Coupled with speciation calculations, measured solution compositions permitted the determination of NdPO 4 and GdPO 4 solubility products which are in general agreement with previous experimental determination on rhabdophane at 25°C, but showing that monazite is more than two orders of magnitude less soluble than inferred on the basis of previous thermodynamic estimates. The temperature evolution from 21 to 300°C of the equilibrium constant (K) of the NdPO 4 monazite end-member dissolution reaction given by: NdPO4( s) ⇆ Nd3++ PO43- can be described by the equation: -log K= 7.621+ 0.04163T+ 1785/T where T is in Kelvins. Integration of this expression permitted the determination of the enthalpy, free energy and entropy of dissolution and formation of the NdPO 4 monazite end-member. Solubility-speciation calculations show that the presence of aqueous ligands, notably fluoride, carbonate or hydroxide in water strongly affect monazite solubility, depending on pH and temperature. These calculations also show that monazite will exhibit retrograde solubility only under acidic conditions from 70°C to 300°C and to a lesser extent in neutral aqueous solutions from 150°C to 300°C. Solubility-speciation calculations performed on natural seafloor vent hydrothermal fluids and on thermal springwaters from granitic areas at aquifer temperature show that these fluids

  16. Pacific ferromanganese crust geology and geochemistry

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    Andreev, S.I.; Vanstein, B.G.; Anikeeva, L.I. )

    1990-06-01

    Cobaltiferous ferromanganese crusts form part of a large series of oceanic ferromanganese oxide deposits. The crusts show high cobalt (commonly over 0.4%), low nickel and copper sum (0.4-0.8%), considerably high manganese (18-20%), and iron (14-18%). Less abundant elements in crusts are represented by molybdenum and vanadium; the rare-earth elements cerium, lanthenum, and yttrium; and the noble metals platinum and rhodium. Co-rich crusts form at water depths of 600 to 2,500 m. Crust thicknesses range from millimeters to 15-17 cm, averaging 2-6 cm. The most favorable conditions for 4-10 cm thick crusts to occur is at water depths of 1,200-2,200 m. The crusts formed on basaltic, calcareous, siliceous, and breccia bedrock surfaces provided there were conditions preventing bottom sedimentation at them. If the sedimentation takes place, it may be accompanied by nodules similar in composition to the crusts. The most favorable topography for extensive crust formation is considered to be subdued (up to 20{degree}) slopes and summit platforms of conical seamounts, frequently near faults and their intersection zones. Subhorizontal guyot summits do not usually favor crust growth. Crust geochemistry is primarily defined by mineralogy and manganese hydroxides (vernadite)/iron ratio. The first associated group of compounds includes cobalt, nickel, molybdenum, vanadium, cerium, and titanium; the other is strontium, yttrium, cerium, and cadmium. The aluminosilicate phase is associated with titanium, iron, chromium, and vanadium; phosphate biogenic phase includes copper, nickel, zinc, lead, and barium. The crucial point in cobaltiferous crust formation is their growth rate on which is dependent the degree of ferromanganese matrix sorption saturation with cobalt. The optimum for cobalt-rich ferromanganese ores is the conditions facilitating long-term and continuous hydrogenic processes.

  17. Geochemistry of tin (Sn) in Chinese coals.

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    Qu, Qinyuan; Liu, Guijian; Sun, Ruoyu; Kang, Yu

    2016-02-01

    Based on 1625 data collected from the published literature, the geochemistry of tin (Sn) in Chinese coals, including the abundance, distribution, modes of occurrence, genetic types and combustion behavior, was discussed to make a better understanding. Our statistic showed the average Sn of Chinese coal was 3.38 mg/kg, almost two times higher than the world. Among all the samples collected, Guangxi coals occupied an extremely high Sn enrichment (10.46 mg/kg), making sharp contrast to Xinjiang coals (0.49 mg/kg). Two modes of occurrence of Sn in Chinese coals were found, including sulfide-bounded Sn and clay-bounded Sn. In some coalfields, such as Liupanshui, Huayingshan and Haerwusu, a response between REEs distribution and Sn content was found which may caused by the transportation of Sn including clay minerals between coal seams. According to the responses reflecting on REEs patterns of each coalfield, several genetic types of Sn in coalfields were discussed. The enrichment of Sn in Guangxi coals probably caused by Sn-rich source rocks and multiple-stage hydrothermal fluids. The enriched Sn in western Guizhou coals was probably caused by volcanic ashes and sulfide-fixing mechanism. The depletion of Sn in Shengli coalfield, Inner Mongolia, may attribute to hardly terrigenous input and fluids erosion. As a relative easily volatilized element, the Sn-containing combustion by-products tended to be absorbed on the fine particles of fly ash. In 2012, the emission flux of Sn by Chinese coal combustion was estimated to be 0.90 × 10(9) g. PMID:25686909

  18. Aureoles of Pb(II)-enriched feldspar around monazite in paragneiss and anatectic pods of the Napier Complex, Enderby Land, East Antarctica: the roles of dissolution-reprecipitation and diffusion

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    Grew, Edward S.; Yates, Martin G.; Wilson, Christopher J. L.

    2008-03-01

    Extraordinarily high Pb content in K-feldspar and plagioclase has been found contiguous to monazite in two occurrences in the ultrahigh-temperature Napier Complex of Antarctica. Monazite shows a variety of textures and compositions. In a garnet-sillimanite-orthopyroxene paragneiss at Mount Pardoe (Amundsen Bay), grains range 80 150 μm across and are anhedral; two grains are Th- and Si-dominant. In pods that crystallized from anatectic melts at 2500 Ma at Zircon Point, Casey Bay, monazite grains range 0.05 mm 1 cm in length and are highly variable in texture. The coarsest grains (>0.7 cm) are skeletal and euhedral, whereas the smallest grains are anhedral and associated with fine- to medium-grained quartz, K-feldspar, plagioclase, garnet, sillimanite and rutile in aggregates that form interstitial veinlets interpreted to be a second generation of anatexis during an event at 1100 Ma. The huttonite component (ThSiO4) reaches 30 mole% in the cores of the coarsest skeletal grains, whereas other grains, particularly smaller ones, show complex and irregular zoning in Th and U. The latter zoning is attributed to dissolution-reprecipitation, which also resulted in complete Pb loss during the 1100 Ma event. In the paragneiss at Mount Pardoe, K-feldspar and myrmekitic plagioclase (An16) are found in a 70 80 μm band between monazite and orthopyroxene and contain up to 12.7 wt.% and 2.7 wt.% PbO, respectively, corresponding to 18.5% and 3.4% PbAl2Si2O8 component, respectively. Cathodoluminescence of both feldspars increases with distance from a nearby monazite grain and is not correlated with Pb content. Incorporation of Pb in K-feldspar and plagioclase could be a result of diffusion, even though the monazite adjacent to feldspar apparently lost little Pb, i.e., Pb could have been transported by fluid from the Th-rich grains, which did lose Pb. In contrast to the paragneiss, cathodoluminescence correlates with Pb content of K-feldspar in aureoles surrounding skeletal monazite

  19. Development of the Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE) Instrument for In Situ Geochronology

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    Cohen, Barbara A.; Li, Z.-H.; Miller, J. S.; Brinckerhoff, W. B.; Clegg, S. M.; Mahaffy, P. R.; Swindle, T. D.; Wiens, R. C.

    2012-01-01

    Absolute dating of planetary samples is an essential tool to establish the chronology of geological events, including crystallization history, magmatic evolution, and alteration. Traditionally, geochronology has only been accomplishable on samples from dedicated sample return missions or meteorites. The capability for in situ geochronology is highly desired, because it will allow one-way planetary missions to perform dating of large numbers of samples. The success of an in situ geochronology package will not only yield data on absolute ages, but can also complement sample return missions by identifying the most interesting rocks to cache and/or return to Earth. In situ dating instruments have been proposed, but none have yet reached TRL 6 because the required high-resolution isotopic measurements are very challenging. Our team is now addressing this challenge by developing the Potassium (K) - Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE) under the NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (PIDDP), building on previous work to develop a K-Ar in situ instrument [1]. KArLE uses a combination of several flight-proven components that enable accurate K-Ar isochron dating of planetary rocks. KArLE will ablate a rock sample, determine the K in the plasma state using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), measure the liberated Ar using quadrupole mass spectrometry (QMS), and relate the two by the volume of the ablated pit using an optical method such as a vertical scanning interferometer (VSI). Our preliminary work indicates that the KArLE instrument will be capable of determining the age of several kinds of planetary samples to +/-100 Myr, sufficient to address a wide range of geochronology problems in planetary science.

  20. The Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (karle): In Situ Geochronology for Planetary Missions

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    Cohen, B. A.

    2016-01-01

    Isotopic dating is an essential tool to establish an absolute chronology for geological events. It enables a planet's crystallization history, magmatic evolution, and alteration to be placed into the framework of solar system history. The capability for in situ geochronology will open up the ability for this crucial measurement to be accomplished as part of lander or rover complement. An in situ geochronology package can also complement sample return missions by identifying the most interesting rocks to cache or return to Earth. Appropriate application of in situ dating will enable geochronology on more terrains than can be reached with sample-return missions to the Moon, Mars, asteroids, outer planetary satellites, and other bodies that contain rocky components. The capability of flight instruments to conduct in situ geochronology is called out in the NASA Planetary Science Decadal Survey and the NASA Technology Roadmap as needing development to serve the community's needs. Beagle 2 is the only mission launched to date with the explicit aim to perform in situ K-Ar isotopic dating [1], but it failed to communicate and was lost. The first in situ K-Ar date on Mars, using SAM and APXS measurements on the Cumberland mudstone [2], yielded an age of 4.21 +/- 0.35 Ga and validated the idea of K-Ar dating on other planets, though the Curiosity method is not purpose-built for dating and requires many assumptions that degrade its precision. To get more precise and meaningful ages, multiple groups are developing dedicated in situ dating instruments.

  1. Zircon U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry of low-grade metamorphosed volcanic rocks from the Dantazi Complex: Implications for the evolution of the North China Craton

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    Ge, Songsheng; Zhai, Mingguo; Li, Tiesheng; Peng, Peng; Santosh, M.; Shan, Houxiang; Zuo, Pengfei

    2015-11-01

    The late Neoarchean witnessed the cratonization of the North China Craton (NCC) through amalgamation of several micro-blocks to form a coherent basement. The Archean orthogneisses and supracrustal rocks in this craton have experienced various grades of metamorphism ranging up to upper amphibolite and granulite facies at ∼2500 Ma. Recently, a suite of low-grade metamorphosed (greenschist to lower amphibolite facies) volcanic rocks was discovered in the late Neoarchean Dantazi Complex in northern Hebei province. These meta-volcanic rocks consist of bimodal basalt-andesite and trachyte-dacite with a SiO2 gap between 54.4 wt.% and 60.7 wt.%. Here we report SHRIMP zircon U-Pb ages of 2490 ± 19 Ma (MSWD = 2.0) and 2502 ± 8 Ma (MSWD = 0.83) from the meta-mafic and meta-felsic volcanics, respectively, representing the timing of igneous activity. All the meta-mafic volcanic rocks display coherent trace element and REE patterns which are characterized by enriched LILE and LREE but depleted HFSE and HREE ((La/Yb)N = 6.29-15.10). Combining these trace element features with the positive zircon εHf(t) values (+1.3 to +6.6), we propose that the mafic rocks were likely derived from partial melting of a previously metasomatized lithospheric mantle. In the primitive mantle-normalized diagram, the felsic rocks display uniform patterns enriched in LILE but depleted in Nb and Ta, similar to those of lower crust. Furthermore, their strongly fractionated REE ((La/Yb)N = 15.24-61.20), lower HREE concentrations (Yb = 0.47-1.65 ppm) and positive zircon εHf(t) values (+1.6 to +5.3) suggest that they were derived from partial melting of the lower crust with garnet in the residue. This coeval occurrence of metasomatized mantle-derived mafic magmas and potassic felsic magmas from different source regions reflects an intracontinental extensional setting during the late Neoarchean to earliest Paleoproterozoic following the cratonization of the NCC. Our new data, combined with previous published data, allow us to speculate that the intracontinental extensional regime might have prevailed in the NCC from late Neoarchean onwards.

  2. Timescales and mechanisms of plume-lithosphere interactions: 40Ar/ 39Ar geochronology and geochemistry of alkaline igneous rocks from the Paraná-Etendeka large igneous province

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    Gibson, S. A.; Thompson, R. N.; Day, J. A.

    2006-11-01

    We have determined high-precision 40Ar/ 39Ar ages for alkaline igneous rocks from the western margin of the Early-Cretaceous Paraná-Etendeka large igneous province (Paraguay). These show that small-fraction melt generation occurred beneath the region in two phases; at 145 Ma and 127.5 Ma, i.e. before and at the end of the 139-127.5 Ma Paraná-Etendeka flood-basalt eruptions. Previously published 40Ar/ 39Ar ages for alkaline igneous rocks on the proto-Atlantic coastal margins range from 134 to 128 Ma and indicate that small-fraction melt generation in the east of the province was either synchronous or slightly later than the main pulse of tholeiitic volcanism (between 134 and 132 Ma). Our new 40Ar/ 39Ar phlogopite ages confirm that: (i) the earliest melts associated with the initial impact of the Tristan plume were generated in the west of the Paraná-Etendeka large igneous province and (ii) igneous activity was long lived and immediately predates continental break-up. The Early-Cretaceous Paraguayan alkaline magmas are silica-undersaturated, enriched in incompatible-trace elements, have very-low initial ɛNd values and probably represent melts of phlogopite-bearing, carbonate-metasomatised peridotite in the subcontinental lithospheric mantle. Our simple one-dimensional, conductive-heating models suggest that the early-phase (145 Ma) alkaline magmas were emplaced on the margins of the Rio de La Plata craton at the time of sublithospheric impact of the proto-Tristan plume. The late phase (127.5 Ma) of Paraguayan alkaline magmatism is concentrated in an intra-cratonic rift zone and melt generation appears to have been triggered by lithospheric extension, perhaps facilitated by conductive heating and thermal weakening associated with the upwelling Tristan plume. The location and timing of both alkaline and tholeiitic melt generation in the Paraná-Etendeka province appear to have been significantly influenced by the non-uniform composition and thickness of the South American and south-west African lithosphere. The long duration of Paraná-Etendeka magmatism (17 Myr) relative to other Phanerozoic large igneous provinces (e.g. Siberia, Karoo, and Deccan) may be an artefact of the limited available high-precision age data for CFB-related alkaline igneous rocks.

  3. Origin of the Wunugetushan porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, Inner Mongolia, NE China: Constraints from geology, geochronology, geochemistry, and isotopic compositions

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    Zhang, Fang-Fang; Wang, Yin-Hong; Liu, Jia-Jun; Wang, Jian-Ping; Zhao, Chun-Bo; Song, Zhi-Wei

    2016-03-01

    The Wunugetushan porphyry Cu-Mo deposit is located in the southeastern margin of the Mongol-Okhotsk Orogenic Belt and in the northwestern segment of the Great Xing'an Range, NE China. The orebodies of this deposit are mainly hosted in the monzogranitic porphyry stock and in contact with the granitic porphyry dyke and biotite granite batholith. The SHRIMP zircon U-Pb dating of the granitic porphyry dyke yielded ages of 201.4 ± 3.1 Ma (2σ, MSWD = 1.5). These results indicate that the magmatism in the Wunugetushan area might have occurred at ca. 201 Ma in the early Jurassic, and that the mineralization age (ca. 181 Ma) of this deposit is later than the age of intrusive granitic porphyry in the area. Geochemically, the Wunugetushan granitoids belong to high-K calc-alkaline and shoshonitic series, enriched in K, Rb, Nd, and Pb, and depleted in Sr, Nb, Ti and P, with negative Eu anomalies. In situ Hf isotopic analyses of zircons using LA-MC-ICP-MS indicate that the εHf(t) values for zircons from a granitic porphyry sample vary from +2.4 to +11.8 and that the corresponding crustal model ages (TDMC) vary from 483 to 1088 Ma. The least-altered monzogranitic porphyry, granitic porphyry and biotite granite yielded relatively uniform εNd(t) values from -1.0 to +0.6 and low (87Sr/86Sr)i ratios ranging from 0.704387 to 0.708385. The geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic data for the granitoids indicate that the source magma for these rocks could be derived from a juvenile lower crust. The δ34S values of sulfides show a narrow range (+0.76‰ to +3.20‰) similar to those of magmatic sulfur, further implying a lower crust origin. Based on the results of this study and the regional geodynamic evolution, it is proposed that the formation of the Wunugetushan deposit and associated granitoids should be linked to the southeastward subduction of the Mongol-Okhotsk oceanic plate beneath the Erguna Massif during the early Jurassic, and that the monzogranitic porphyry intrusions in Wunugetushan area probably provided important ore metals responsible for the large-scale Cu-Mo mineralization.

  4. Geochemistry and geochronology of the Mkhondo suite, Swaziland: evidence for passive-margin deposition and granulite facies metamorphism in the Late Archean of Southern Africa

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    Condie, K. C.; Kröner, A.; Milisenda, C. C.

    1996-05-01

    The Archean Mkhondo suite in southern Swaziland is a multiply deformed succession of metasediments intruded with amphibolite dykes and sills and granitoid gneisses. Mineral and textural relationships indicate an early period of granulite facies metamorphism, followed later by amphibolite facies metamorphism. Geothermobarometry indicates maximum temperatures of 700-900°C and burial depths of 25-3 km. Paragneisses and biotite quartzites have LREE enriched patterns with small negative Eu anomalies, whereas white quartzites show variable REE patterns and low REE concentrations. BIF has slight LREE enrichment and Eu anomalies. Amphibolites have moderate LREE enrichment and depletions in TaNb and P. Unlike many Archean granitoids, the Mkhondo granitoid gneisses are high in K and other LILE, have large negative Eu anomalies and are not depleted in HREE. SHRIMP {U}/{Pb} isotopic analyses of detrital zircons from a biotite quartzite define a source age of ˜3600-3460 Ma. A deformed granitoid in tectonic contact with the Mkhondo suite yields a zircon evaporation {207Pb}/{206Pb} mean age of 3192±5 Ma, which is interpreted as the age of emplacement. A zircon evaporation age of a granitic melt patch in paragneiss, as well as whole-rock and garnet SmNd isotopic ages, suggest that the peak of high-grade metamorphism in the Mkhondo suite occurred at about 2750 Ma. This is the first evidence for Late Archean high-grade metamorphism in the southeastern Kaapvaal craton. The age data of this study restrict deposition of the Mkhondo suite to between ˜3.2 and ˜2.75 Ga. Mkhondo paragneisses are interpreted as shales with biotite quartzites as iron- and quartz-rich detrital sediments. Geochemical mixing calculations indicate that the sediment sources were composed of basalt (±komatiite), TTG and Eu-depleted granitoids. The Mkhondo assemblage may have been deposited along a passive continental margin or in a continental interior basin. The presence of minor BIF with positive Eu anomalies suggests minor hydrothermal input into the sedimentary basin. Intense chemical weathering was probably most important in production of the relatively pure quartz sands.

  5. Geochronology and geochemistry of Eocene-aged volcanic rocks around the Bafra (Samsun, N Turkey) area: Constraints for the interaction of lithospheric mantle and crustal melts

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    Temizel, İrfan; Arslan, Mehmet; Yücel, Cem; Abdioğlu, Emel; Ruffet, Gilles

    2016-08-01

    40Ar-39Ar age, whole-rock chemical, and Sr-Nd isotope data are presented for the post-collisional, Eocene (51.3-44.1 Ma)-aged volcanic rocks from the Bafra (Samsun) area in the western part of the Eastern Pontides (N Turkey) aiming to unravel their sources and evolutionary history. The studied Eocene volcanic rocks can be divided into two groups: analcime-bearing (tephritic lava flows and dykes) and analcime-free (basaltic to trachytic lava flows and basaltic dykes). The analcime-bearing volcanic rocks have a fine-grained porphyritic texture with clinopyroxene phenocrysts, whereas analcime-free volcanic rocks show a variety of textures including hyalo-microlitic microgranular porphyritic, intersertal, trachytic, fluidal, and glomeroporphyritic. The volcanic rocks also show evidence of mineral-melt disequilibrium textures such as sieved, rounded, and corroded plagioclases, partially melted and dissolved clinopyroxenes and poikilitic texture. Petrochemically, the parental magmas of the volcanic rocks evolved from alkaline to calc-alkaline lava suites and include high-K and shoshonitic compositions. They display enrichments in light rare earth and large ion lithophile elements such as Sr, K, and Rb, as well as depletions in high field strength elements such as Nb, Ta, Zr, and Ti, resembling subduction-related magmas. The analcime-bearing and -free volcanic rocks share similar incompatible element ratios and chondrite-normalised rare rearth element patterns, indicating that they originated from similar sources. They also have relatively low to moderate initial 87Sr/86Sr (0.7042-0.7051), high positive εNd(t) values (+ 0.20 to + 3.32), and depleted mantle Nd model ages (TDM1 = 0.63-0.93 Ga, TDM2 = 0.58-0.84 Ga). The bulk-rock chemical and Sr-Nd isotope features as well as the high Rb/Y and Th/Zr, but low Nb/Zr and Nb/Y ratios, indicate that the volcanic rocks were derived from a lithospheric mantle source that had been metasomatised by slab-derived fluids. Trace element modelling suggests that the parental magma(s) of the volcanic rocks represent mixtures of melts derived by low-degree (~ 5-10%) partial melting of spinel-lherzolite (40-85%) and garnet-lherzolite (15-60%) mantle sources. Sr-Nd isotopic modelling also suggests that a 25-35% lower crustal component was added in the parental magmas; AFC modelling additionally indicates minor upper crustal contamination during the evolution of the volcanic rocks. In conclusion, integration of the geochemical, petrologic, and isotopic data with regional geology suggests that the analcime-bearing and -free volcanic rocks evolved from parental magma(s) derived from melts of a subcontinental lithospheric mantle and lower crustal sources.

  6. Geochronology and geochemistry of mafic-intermediate intrusions in the Eastern Tianshan, NW China: Implications for a tectonic transition from subduction to post-collisional extension

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    Zhang, Xiaoran; Zhao, Guochun; Eizenhöfer, Paul R.

    2016-04-01

    This study presents new whole-rock geochemical, Sr-Nd and zircon U-Pb-Hf isotopic data for mafic-intermediate rocks from the Eastern Tianshan (NW China) to constrain the final closure of the Junggar Ocean between the Central Tianshan and Junggar terranes, which is essential in understanding the final assembly processes of the southern Central Asian Orogenic Belt. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating on selected igneous zircons yields well-constrained weighted mean 206Pb/238U ages of ca. 310 Ma and ca. 290 Ma, interpreted as the best estimates of the crystallization ages of the intrusions. Petrographic and geochemical analyses reveal that the Late Carboniferous samples are characterized by typical subduction-related signatures, low Sm/Yb (<2.0) but high Lu/Hf (≥0.2) ratios and positive ɛNd(t) (+1.2 to +3.1) and zircon ɛHf(t) (+4.1 to +7.8) values, suggesting that their parental magmas were most likely emplaced in a continental arc setting, genetically related to the partial melting of a metasomatized mantle wedge in the spinel stability field. This consideration agrees well with the findings of Carboniferous ophiolitic and arc-related granitoids in the region, most probably resulted from the southward subduction of the Junggar oceanic plate. In contrast, the Early Permian samples show high TiO2 (2.7-3.2 wt.%) contents with elevated Ti/V (86.0-115.1) and Zr/Y (4.9-9.3) ratios, OIB-like trace element patterns and high ɛNd(t) (+1.1 to +4.5) and zircon ɛHf(t) (+3.0 to +9.8) values, exhibiting close affinities to typical within-plate basalts. Combined with previous investigations, we suggest that the Early Permian mafic magmatism was most likely generated by the partial melting of an asthenospheric mantle source in the garnet stability field, plausibly triggered by upwelling of asthenosphere during the slab break-off of the Junggar oceanic plate, which is supported by the linear distributions of Permian post-collisional mafic-ultramafic rocks in the Eastern Tianshan. Therefore, our new data testify to a tectonic transition from Late Carboniferous oceanic subduction to Early Permian post-collisional extension in the Eastern Tianshan, probably as a result of the closure of the Junggar Ocean and subsequent arc-continent collision between the Central Tianshan and Junggar terranes that led to the final assembly of the Eastern Tianshan.

  7. Zircon U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry of two episodes of granitoids from the northwestern Zhejiang Province, SE China: Implication for magmatic evolution and tectonic transition

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    Li, Zilong; Zhou, Jing; Mao, Jianren; Santosh, M.; Yu, Minggang; Li, Yinqi; Hu, Yizhou; Langmuir, Charles H.; Chen, Zhongxing; Cai, Xiongxiang; Hu, Yanhua

    2013-10-01

    Granitoids (175-80 Ma) representing a prominent Yanshanian (Jurassic to Cretaceous) magmatic event in South China widely intrude the Precambrian crystalline basement and Paleozoic strata. Here we report zircon U-Pb age data, geochemical characteristics and Sr-Nd isotopes of the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous granitoids from the northwestern Zhejiang Province (ZXB) of southeastern China. Our results reveal two distinct episodes for the Yanshanian magmatism. The Jiemeng and Datongkeng granodiorites formed at 148.6 ± 1.1 Ma, whereas the Huangshitan, Jiuligang and Ruhong aluminous A-type granites were generated between 129.0 ± 0.6 Ma and 126.1 ± 1.1 Ma. The two magmatic phases represent a tectonic transition from an active continental margin to post-orogenic setting during the Late Jurassic (ca. 150 Ma) to Early Cretaceous (ca. 128 Ma). Geochemically, these intrusions are granodioritic to granitic in composition and show an affinity of S-type and A-type granitoids, respectively. The S-type granodiorites of Jiemeng and Datongkeng are characterized by moderate SiO2 (65.0-69.6 wt.%), high K2O + Na2O (5.0-7.6 wt.%), K2O/Na2O (1.2-1.5), Zr (31-109 ppm), Sr (71-190 ppm) and high field strength elements, low to intermediate Mg#, and moderate Nb depletion. The A-type granites of Huangshitan, Jiuligang and Ruhong are characterized by high SiO2 (72.7-77.2 wt.%), K2O + Na2O (6.9-8.8 wt.%), K2O/Na2O (1.3-2.1), FeT/(FeT + Mg), Ga (17-29 ppm, > 20 ppm commonly), Zr (96-197 ppm) and Sr (8-45 ppm) with slight Nb depletion. The S-type granodiorites have higher Mg#, A/NK, Sr, Sr/Ba, Sr/Y, (La/Yb)N, and LREE/HREE, and lower SiO2, K2O + Na2O, Ga and Zr with weak negative Eu anomalies compared to those of the A-type granites with negative Eu anomalies. All these rocks show Y/Nb ratios > 1.2, high initial 87Sr/86Sr (ISr) ratios and low ɛNd(t), and are depleted in Nb, Ti and Sr, indicating crustal origin with subduction zone signatures. We suggested that the ZXB S-type granitic bodies might have been derived from the Mesoproterozoic metamorphic basement rocks through partial melting induced by mantle-derived magma, followed by limited fractional crystallization. The ZXB aluminous A-type granites were also derived from a similar magma source but underwent fractional crystallization at higher crustal levels. The A-type granites in the ZXB correlate with a post-orogenic tectonic setting. A geological comparison between ZXB and adjacent areas indicates that the geochemical features of the ZXB A-type granites are comparable with the Baijuhuajian A-type granites and also the adjacent areas A-type granites, but are distinct from the Late Cretaceous A-type granites (105-90 Ma) distributed along the southeastern coastal area of South China. We correlate the formation of the ZXB S-type granodiorites to inland compression associated with the subduction and collision of the paleo-Pacific plate in the Late Jurassic (170-145 Ma). In contrast, the A-type granites formed under a post-orogenic setting during the Early Cretaceous period (145-120 Ma) resulting from lithospheric thinning and continent extension accompanied by slab roll-back of the paleo-Pacific plate following the subduction-collision event.

  8. Geochemistry, geochronology, and Sr-Nd isotopes of the Late Neoproterozoic Wadi Kid volcano-sedimentary rocks, Southern Sinai, Egypt: Implications for tectonic setting and crustal evolution

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    Moghazi, Abdel-Kader M.; Ali, Kamal A.; Wilde, Simon A.; Zhou, Qin; Andersen, Tom; Andresen, Arild; Abu El-Enen, Mahrous M.; Stern, Robert J.

    2012-12-01

    The Kid Group is one of the few exposures of Neoproterozoic metavolcano-sedimentary rocks in the basement of southern Sinai in the northernmost Arabian-Nubian Shield. It is divided into the mostly metamorphosed volcaniclastic Melhaq and siliciclastic Um Zariq formations in the north and the mostly volcanic Heib and Tarr formations in the south. The Heib, Tarr, and Melhaq formations reflect an intense episode of igneous activity and immature clastic deposition associated with core-complex formation during Ediacaran time, but Um Zariq metasediments are relicts of an older (Cryogenian) sedimentary sequence. The latter yielded detrital zircons with concordant ages as young as 647 ± 12 Ma, which may indicate that the protolith of Um Zariq schist was deposited after ~ 647 Ma but 19 concordant zircons gave a 206Pb/238U weighted mean age of 813 ± 6 Ma, which may represent the maximum depositional age of this unit. In contrast, a cluster of 11 concordant detrital zircons from the Melhaq Formation yield a weighted mean 206Pb/238U age of 615 ± 6 Ma. Zircons from Heib Formation rhyolite clast define a 206Pb/238U weighted mean age of 609 ± 5 Ma, which is taken to approximate the age of Heib and Tarr formation volcanism. Intrusive syenogranite sample from Wadi Kid yields a 206Pb/238U weighted mean age of 604 ± 5 Ma. These constraints indicate that shallow-dipping mylonites formed between 615 ± 6 Ma and 604 ± 5 Ma. Geochemical data for volcanic samples from the Melhaq and Heib formations and the granites show continuous major and trace element variations corresponding to those expected from fractional crystallization. The rocks are enriched in large ion lithophile and light rare earth elements, with negative Nb anomalies. These reflect magmas generated by melting of subduction-modified lithospheric mantle, an inference that is further supported by ɛNd(t) = + 2.1 to + 5.5. This mantle source obtained its trace element characteristics by interaction with fluids and melts from subducting oceanic crust during the Late Cryogenian time, prior to terminal collision between fragments of East and West Gondwana at ~ 630 Ma. Positive ɛNd(t) values and the absence of pre-Ediacaran zircons in all but Um Zariq metasediments indicate minor interaction with Cryogenian and older crust. A model of extensional collapse following continental collision, controlled mainly by lithospheric delamination and slab break-off is suggested for the origin of the post-collision volcanics and granites at Wadi Kid. No evidence of pre-Neoproterozoic sources was found. Kid Group Ediacaran volcanic rocks are compositionally and chronologically similar to the Dokhan Volcanics of NE Egypt, which may be stratigraphic equivalents.

  9. Geology, geochronology, geochemistry, and Pb-isotopic compositions of Proterozoic rocks, Poachie region, west-central Arizona; a study of the east boundary of Proterozoic Mojave crustal province

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    Bryant, Bruce; Wooden, J.L.; Nealey, L. David

    2001-01-01

    The Poachie region at the south edge of the Colorado Plateau transition zone in western Arizona is underlain by early and middle Proterozoic plutonic rocks locally separated by screens of amphibolite-facies early Proterozoic metamorphic rocks and is in the eastern part of the Mojave crustal province, as shown by 35 Pb-isotope analyses of rocks and feldspars. Previously published mapping, 10 U-Pb zircon ages, 55 rock analyses, and other studies in the larger region of the transition zone lead to interpretation of the history and origin of the Proterozoic crust.

  10. The evolution of Sumba Island (Indonesia) revisited in the light of new data on the geochronology and geochemistry of the magmatic rocks

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    Abdullah, C. I.; Rampnoux, J.-P.; Bellon, H.; Maury, R. C.; Soeria-Atmadja, R.

    2000-04-01

    The island of Sumba, presently located in the southern row of islands of the Eastern Nusa Tenggara province of Eastern Indonesia, has a unique position, being part of the Sunda-Banda magmatic arc and subduction system. It represents a continental crustal fragment located at the boundary between the Sunda oceanic subduction system and the Australian arc-continent collision system, separating the Savu Basin from the Lombok Basin. New data on magmatic rocks collected from Sumba are presented in this paper, including bulk rock major and trace element chemistry, petrography and whole rock and mineral 40K- 40Ar ages. Three distinct calc-alkaline magmatic episodes have been recorded during Cretaceous-Paleogene, all of them characterized by similar rock assemblages (i.e. pyroclastic rocks, basaltic-andesitic lava flows and granodioritic intrusions). They are: (i) the Santonian-Campanian episode (86-77 Ma) represented by volcanic and plutonic rock exposures in the Masu Complex in Eastern Sumba; (ii) the Maastrichtian-Thanetian episode (71-56 Ma) represented by the volcanic and plutonic units of Sendikari Bay, Tengairi Bay and the Tanadaro Complex in Central Sumba; and (iii) the Lutetian-Rupelian episode (42-31 Ma) of which the products are exposed at Lamboya and Jawila in the western part of Sumba. No Neogene magmatic activity has been recorded.

  11. Zircon-apatite U-Pb geochronology, zircon Hf isotope composition and geochemistry of granite batholith in the northern Mexico: Implications for Tectonomagmatic evolution of southern Cordillera.

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    Mahar, M. A.; Goodell, P.

    2015-12-01

    We present the zircon-apatite U-Pb ages and zircon Hf isotope composition of the granite batholith exposed at the western boundary of Chihuahua. Granidiorite samples were analyzed from both, north and south of the Rio El Fuerte and Sinforosa Lineament. Based on previous studies, the WWN-EES trending Sinforosa Lineament is proposed as the manifestation of a terrane boundary between Seri in the north and Tahue terrane in the south. Zircon U-Pb data indicate that the magmatism spans a time period of 36 Ma from 89 to 53 Ma to the north of the Sinforosa Lineament while granodiorites in the south of the Sinforosa Lineament are dated at 59 Ma. The U-Pb apatite ages are variable in the north of the Sinforosa Lineament and range from 86-51 Ma. These apatite dates are 1-28 Ma younger than the corresponding zircon U-Pb crystallization ages. This indicates variable cooling rates and moderate to shallow emplacement. In contrast, in the south of the Sinforosa Lineament, the U-Pb apatite ages (64-59 Ma) are indistinguishable from the zircon U-Pb age (59 Ma), indicating rapid cooling and shallow emplacement. Zircon morphology and U-Pb dating revealed the absence of inherited component in the zircon ages, as no inheritance of any age has been observed. Most of the northwestern Mexico is underlain by Precambrian-Paleozoic-Jurassic basement. However, in the study area, U-Pb dating does not support the involvement of the older basement in generating the granite magmas. The weighted mean initial ɛHf (t) isotope composition of granodiorites on both sides of the Sinforosa Lineament varies from +2 to +5. However, Hf isotope composition in the south of the Sinforosa Lineament is more heterogeneous and relatively evolved with weighted Mean ɛHf (t) = +1.45. The Hf isotope composition is consistent with the previously reported near bulk silicate Sr-Nd isotope values. We suggest that the magmatic rocks in this region are not derived from melting of a felsic older crust beneath the batholith. Instead, the magmatism is related to the mildly radiogenic arc system in the northwestern Mexico. However, partial melting of sub continental mantle wedge cannot be ruled out. The difference in U-Pb ages and initial Hf isotope composition implies that the Sinforosa Lineament might be a refined boundary between the Seri and Tahue Terranes.

  12. Geochronology and geochemistry of Late Pan-African intrusive rocks in the Jiamusi-Khanka Block, NE China: Petrogenesis and geodynamic implications

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    Yang, Hao; Ge, Wen-chun; Zhao, Guo-chun; Dong, Yu; Bi, Jun-hui; Wang, Zhi-hui; Yu, Jie-jiang; Zhang, Yan-long

    2014-11-01

    To constrain the early Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the Jiamusi-Khanka Block and its relationship to the Late Pan-African event in Gondwana, we undertook zircon U-Pb dating and geochemical analyses (major and trace elements, and Hf isotopic compositions) of early Paleozoic intrusive rocks in the Jiamusi-Khanka Block, NE China. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb age data demonstrate that these intrusive rocks were emplaced at three stages during the Late Pan-African event, represented by ~ 540 Ma syenogranite, ~ 515 Ma quartz syenite, and ~ 500 Ma monzogranite and gabbro. Geochemically, the ~ 500 Ma gabbros in the Jiamusi-Khanka Block have low SiO2 (50.26-51.21 wt.%), relatively high MgO (4.08-5.67 wt.%), Ni (13.1-14.1 ppm) and Cr (28.4-56.0 ppm), and are slightly enriched in LILEs (e.g., Ba, K) and LREEs, and depleted in Zr, Hf, Nb, Ta and P. The εHf(t) values of zircons in the gabbro range from + 2.6 to + 6.4. All these geochemical features indicate that the gabbros were likely produced by the partial melting of a depleted mantle that had been metasomatized by fluids derived from a subducted slab. In contrast, the ca.540-500 Ma granites and quartz syenites contain high SiO2 (64.49-72.20 wt.%) and low MgO (0.40-0.75 wt.%), Cr (1.69-6.88 ppm) and Ni (1.26-3.26 ppm). They have relatively low 176Hf/177Hf ratios of 0.282247-0.282599 with Hf two-stage model ages of 1173-2280 Ma, and most of the magmatic zircons have positive εHf(t) values varying from + 0.2 - + 4.8, indicating that these granites and quartz syenites were probably derived from a dominantly Paleo-Mesoproterozoic "old" crustal source with possible different degrees of addition of juvenile materials. According to the geochemical data and global geological investigations, we propose that the 541-498 Ma intrusive rocks in the Jiamusi-Khanka Block formed in a post-collisional or post-orogenic extensional setting linked to the collapse of a Late Pan-African orogen associated within the Gondwana.

  13. Formation and emplacement of two contrasting late-Mesoproterozoic magma types in the central Namaqua Metamorphic Complex (South Africa, Namibia): Evidence from geochemistry and geochronology

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    Bial, Julia; Büttner, Steffen H.; Frei, Dirk

    2015-05-01

    The Namaqua Metamorphic Complex is a Mesoproterozoic low-pressure, granulite facies belt along the southern and western margin of the Kaapvaal Craton. The NMC has formed between ~ 1.3 and 1.0 Ga and its central part consists essentially of different types of granitoids intercalated with metapelites and calc-silicate rocks. The granitoids can be subdivided into three major groups: (i) mesocratic granitoids, (ii) leucocratic granitoids and (iii) leucogranites. The high-K, ferroan mesocratic granitoids (54-75 wt% SiO2) have a variable composition ranging from granitic to tonalitic, and contain biotite and/or hornblende or orthopyroxene. They are strongly enriched in REE and LILE, indicating A-type chemical characteristics, and are depleted in Ba, Sr, Eu, Nb, Ta and Ti. The leucocratic granitoids and leucogranites (68-76 wt% SiO2) differ from the other group in having a granitic or slightly syenitic composition containing biotite and/or garnet/sillimanite. They have lower REE and MgO, FeOt, CaO, TiO2, MnO concentrations, but higher Na2O and K2O contents. Compositional variations in mesocratic granitoids indicate their formation by fractional crystallization of a mafic parental magma. Leucocratic granitoids and leucogranites lack such trends, which suggests melting of a felsic crustal source without subsequent further evolution of the generated magmas. The mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of the mesocratic granitoids are consistent magmatic differentiation of a mantle derived, hot (> 900 °C) parental magma. The leucocratic granitoids and leucogranites granites were formed from low-temperature magmas (< 730 °C), generated during fluid-present melting from metasedimentary sources. New U-Pb zircon ages reveal that both magma types were emplaced into the lower crust within a 30-40 million years interval between 1220-1180 Ma. In this time period the crust reached its thermal peak, which led to the formation of the leucocratic granitoids and leucogranites. A prolonged period of relatively high crustal temperatures is followed by a second heat pulse at ~ 1100 Ma, that was intense enough to facilitate zircon growth in the older plutons and it produced a younger granite suite. The crust cools down below amphibolite facies conditions after a further 100 million years. The prolonged high-temperature history is best compatible with steady and long-lasting heat transfer from mantle sources, suggesting a continental back-arc situation as the most likely setting of the NMC in the late Mesoproterozoic.

  14. Geochronology and geochemistry of Cretaceous Nanshanping alkaline rocks from the Zijinshan district in Fujian Province, South China: Implications for crust-mantle interaction and lithospheric extension

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    Li, Bin; Jiang, Shao-Yong

    2014-10-01

    In situ zircon U-Pb ages and Hf isotopic data, major and trace elements, and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic compositions are reported for Nanshanping alkaline rocks from the Zijingshan district in southwestern Fujian Province (the Interior or Western Cathaysia Block) of South China. The Nanshanping alkaline rocks, which consist of porphyritic quartz monzonite, porphyritic syenite, and syenite, revealed a Late Cretaceous age of 100-93 Ma. All of the rocks show high SiO2, K2O + Na2O, and LREE but low CaO, Fe2O3T, MgO, and HFSE (Nb, Ta, P, and Ti) concentrations. These rocks also exhibit uniform initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.7078 to 0.7087 and εNd(t) values of -4.1 to -7.2, thus falling within the compositional field of Cretaceous basalts and mafic dikes occurring in the Cathaysia Block. Additionally, these rocks display initial Pb isotopic compositions with a 206Pb/204Pbi ratio of 18.25 to 18.45, a 207Pb/204Pbi ratio of 15.63 to 15.67, and a 208Pb/204Pbi ratio of 38.45 to 38.88. Combined with the zircon Hf isotopic compositions (εHf(t) = -11.7 to -3.2), which are different from those of the basement rocks, we suggest that Nanshanping alkaline rocks were primarily derived from a subduction-related enriched mantle source. High Rb/Sr (0.29-0.65) and Zr/Hf (37.5-49.2) but relatively low Ba/Rb (4.4-8.1) ratios suggest that the parental magmas of these rocks were most likely formed via partial melting of a phlogopite-bearing mantle source with carbonate metasomatism. The relatively high SiO2 (62.35-70.79 wt.%) and low Nb/Ta (10.0-15.3) ratios, positive correlation between SiO2 and (87Sr/86Sr)I, and negative correlation between SiO2 and εNd(t) of these rocks suggest that the crustal materials were also involved in formation of the Nanshanping alkaline rocks. Combined with geochemical and isotopic features, we infer magmatic processes similar to AFC (assimilation and fractional crystallization) involving early fractionation of clinopyroxene and olivine and subsequent fractionation of biotite-dominated assemblages coupled with a lesser amount of crustal contamination, thereby forming the Nanshanping alkaline rocks. The Nanshanping alkaline rocks appear to be associated with an extensional environment in the Cathaysia Block. This extensional regime could have resulted in the slab break-off and rollback of the subducting paleo-Pacific plate and the upwelling of the asthenospheric mantle, which induced partial melting of the enriched lithospheric mantle in the Cretaceous.

  15. Geochronology and geochemistry of rhyolites from Hormuz Island, southern Iran: A new record of Cadomian arc magmatism in the Hormuz Formation

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    Faramarzi, Narges Sadat; Amini, Sadraddin; Schmitt, Axel Karl; Hassanzadeh, Jamshid; Borg, Gregor; McKeegan, Kevin; Razavi, Seyed Mohammad Hosein; Mortazavi, Seyed Mohsen

    2015-11-01

    Hormuz Island, a salt-gypsum dome in the Persian Gulf in southern Iran, is a complex halotectonic melange comprising evaporites, carbonates, volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks, as well as low-grade metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Based on trace element (including rare earth elements REE) compositions of whole rocks and zircon, Hormuz rhyolites are inferred to have formed from subduction-related magmas generated in an active continental margin setting. Ion microprobe analyses of zircon crystals yielded concordant U-Pb ages with weighted mean 206Pb/238U age of 558 ± 7 Ma (juvenile zircons in contrast to those from previous magmatic episodes or xenocrysts) along with younger and older discordant ages which likely represent Pb loss and the presence of xenocrystic domains, respectively. Trace element ratios and in particular REE patterns of juvenile zircon from Hormuz rhyolites indicate crystallization from continental crustal source rocks typical for subduction environments. The concordant 206Pb/238U zircon age agrees with ages obtained from most other structural zones of Iran which indicate regional consolidation of igneous basement during the Neoproterozoic to Early Cambrian. Furthermore, Hormuz rhyolite ages and compositions correlate with counterparts that co-evolved along the northern margin of Gondwana, and are now preserved along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf. Hormuz rhyolites erupted synchronously with the deposition of carbonates and evaporites, suggesting that volcanism occupied an extensional backarc or retroarc setting. Such depositional environments predominated in the northern Gondwana continental margin where convergent (Proto-Tethyan) and extensional (Najd) tectonic regimes coexisted.

  16. Alpha / Mendeleev Ridge and Chukchi Borderland 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology and Geochemistry: Character of the First Submarine Intraplate Lavas Recovered from the Arctic Ocean

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    Mukasa, Samuel B.; Mayer, Larry A.; Aviado, Kimberly; Bryce, Julie; Andronikov, Alex; Brumley, Kelley; Blichert-Toft, Janne; Petrov, Oleg; Shokalsky, Sergey

    2015-04-01

    At least three episodes of magmatic activity have been recognized on the basis of 40Ar/39Ar age determinations in the submarine basaltic samples dredged, drilled or grabbed with a manipulation arm from Alpha / Mendeleev Ridge and Chukchi Borderland of the Arctic Ocean by US Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy, in August-September 2008, and Russian research vessel Captain Dranitsin in August-October 2012: ca. 112 Ma, ca. 100 Ma and ca. 85-73 Ma. Major-oxide and trace-element concentrations, and Pb, Sr, Nd, and Hf isotopic ratios of the recovered lavas provide important constraints on the composition and sources for the original melts. Lavas erupted at ca. 112 Ma (Group 1) have alkali basalt major-oxide compositions. Their low degree of rare-earth-element (REE) fractionation (CeN/YbN = 1.7-2.5), combined with high overall HREE (22-24 times chondrite) and Mg# ~54, suggest derivation from a garnet-free source followed by only minimal crystal fractionation for this group. Pb-Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic systematics of the lavas (206Pb/204Pb = 18.73-18.79; 207Pb/204Pb = 15.54-15.56; 208Pb/204Pb = 38.28-38.35; 143Nd/144Nd = 0.512594-0.512610; 87Sr/86Sr = 0.709458-0.709601; 176Hf/177Hf = 0.283224), together with ratios of highly incompatible trace elements (Th/Ce = 0.09-0.11; Ce/Nb = 2.58-3.09; Th/Nb = 0.24-0.33), point toward a lithospheric source for the magmas. Eruptions at ca. 100 Ma and 85-73 Ma produced two types of lavas: low-Ti tholeiitic basalts - LT, and high-Ti alkali basalts - HT, both assigned to Group 2. This distribution of low- and high-Ti lavas is common in continental flood basalt (CFB) provinces elsewhere, and has been attributed to plume activity in some studies. The trace-element abundance patterns for these Group 2 Arctic lavas are also very similar to those of CFBs elsewhere. Their low degrees of REE fractionation (CeN/YbN = 2.0-3.3) accompanied by progressively decreasing Mg#s (from 53 to 33) suggest a garnet-free source, with the derivative magmas experiencing significant crystal fractionation prior to eruption. Both LT and HT basalts have Sr, Nd and Hf isotope ratios that fall between MORB and Bulk Silicate Earth (143Nd/144Nd = 0.512669-0.512919; 87Sr/86Sr = 0.703820-0.704764; 176Hf/177Hf = 0.283128-0.283191), and are thus characterized as depleted, most likely originating in a subcontinental asthenospheric source. Contamination of these lavas with small amounts of lithospheric components is a distinct possibility. HT basalts, generally the younger of the two lava types in Group 2, are more depleted in their Nd and Sr isotopic compositions than the older LT basalts. Measured Pb-isotopic ratios plot mostly along and above the Northern Hemisphere Reference Line or NHRL (206Pb/204Pb = 18.59-19.37; 207Pb/204Pb = 15.55-15.60; 208Pb/204Pb = 38.31-38.99). Volume estimates between the Group 1 and Group 2 lavas are not yet possible to determine. However, the composition-time relationships for the lavas suggest inception of melting in the Amerasia Basin sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) - probably due to rift-related decompression - followed later (at 100 Ma and 85-73 Ma) by asthenospheric melting that may or may not be associated with a plume.

  17. Mid-Neoproterozoic ridge subduction and magmatic evolution in the northeastern margin of the Indochina block: Evidence from geochronology and geochemistry of calc-alkaline plutons

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    Qi, Xuexiang; Santosh, M.; Zhao, Yuhao; Hu, Zhaocuo; Zhang, Chao; Ji, Fengbao; Wei, Cheng

    2016-04-01

    The mid-Neoproterozoic medium- to high-K calc-alkaline magmatic rocks in the northeastern margin of the Indochina block, SW China, provide important insights into the relationship of the Indochina block with the Gondwana supercontinent. Here we report zircon LA-ICP-MS U-Pb data from the early and late stage plutons which yield weighted mean 206Pb/238U ages of 765 Ma and 732-739 Ma suggesting mid-Neoproterozoic emplacement. The zircon εHf(t) values show a range of - 3.2 to + 2.4 (average + 0.1 ± 0.9) with TDMC of 1510 to 1870 Ma for the early plutons, and - 5.4 to + 5.1 (average + 2.1 to - 3.9) with TDMC of 1366 to 1985 Ma for late plutons. Both groups show similar geochemical characteristics including high Mg#, enrichment of LILE and LREE, slight negative Eu anomalies, and strongly negative Nb, Ta and Ti anomalies, with all the samples falling within the continental/island arc field in tectonic discrimination diagrams. These features suggest that the early and late stage magmas were produced by the mixing of mantle-derived magma and crust-derived magma in different proportion within an active continental margin, in subduction-related continental-arc tectonic setting. The linear zoning and roughly parallel distribution of the two generations of intrusions with a hiatus of 20 Ma might suggest an episode of ridge subduction with asthenosphere upwelling through the slab window that generated the second phase of plutons.

  18. Geochemistry and zircon geochronology of the Neoarchean volcano-sedimentary sequence along the northern margin of the Nilgiri Block, southern India

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    Samuel, Vinod O.; Santosh, M.; Yang, Qiong-Yan; Sajeev, K.

    2016-10-01

    The Nilgiri Block is one of the major Archean crustal blocks that define the tectonic framework of southern India. Here we report geologic, petrologic, geochemical, and zircon U-Pb, -REE, and -Lu-Hf data of a highly metamorphosed and disrupted sequence of amphibolite, meta-gabbro, websterite, volcanic tuff, meta-sediment, and banded iron formation (BIF) from the northern fringe of the Nilgiri Block. Geochemically, the amphibolite shows altered ocean floor basalt signature, whereas the meta-gabbro and the websterite samples form part of a volcanic arc. The metamorphosed volcanic tuff shows subalkaline rhyolitic signature. U-Pb isotope analysis of zircon grains from the volcanic tuff and meta-gabbro shows 207Pb/206Pb ages of 2490 ± 12 Ma and 2448 ± 16 Ma, respectively. Zircons from the meta-sediments show an age range of 2563 ± 33 Ma to 2447 ± 34 Ma. The dominantly positive εHf (t) values of the zircons in the analyzed rock suite suggest that the magmas from which the zircons crystallized evolved from a Neoarchean depleted mantle source. The Hf model ages (TDM) of volcanic tuff, meta-sediment and meta-gabbro samples are ranging between 2908-2706 Ma, 2849-2682 Ma, and 2743-2607 Ma, respectively. The ca. 2500 Ma ages for the arc-related magmatic rock suite identified along the northern periphery of Nilgiri Block suggest prominent Neoarchean arc magmatism and early Paleoproterozoic convergent margin processes contributing to the early Precambrian crustal growth in Peninsular India.

  19. Early Paleozoic subduction processes of the Paleo-Asian Ocean: Insights from geochronology and geochemistry of Paleozoic plutons in the Alxa Terrane

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    Liu, Qian; Zhao, Guochun; Sun, Min; Han, Yigui; Eizenhöfer, Paul R.; Hou, Wenzhu; Zhang, Xiaoran; Zhu, Yanlin; Wang, Bo; Liu, Dongxing; Xu, Bing

    2016-10-01

    The Alxa Terrane is situated in a key area between the North China and Tarim cratons. Paleozoic magmatic records in this terrane place important constraints on the subduction processes of the southern Paleo-Asian Ocean. New data of zircon U-Pb ages and whole-rock elemental and isotopic data reveal two groups of intermediate to felsic plutons in the Alxa Terrane. One group consists of diorites and granitoids that were emplaced at ca. 460-440 Ma and characterized by lower Al2O3/TiO2 ratios and higher TiO2 contents, implying high temperature-low pressure crystallization conditions and a shallow source region. The second group is dominated by granitoids aged at ca. 420-407 Ma and displays high Sr and Ba, low Y and high rare earth elements, with very high Sr/Y ratios and mostly positive Eu anomalies. These characteristics imply low temperature-high pressure crystallization conditions and source regions at deep crustal levels where garnet is stable in the residual phase. Both of the two groups are mostly calc-alkaline to high-K calc-alkaline, depleted in Nb, Ta and Ti and enriched in Ba, K and Sr, indicative of an arc affinity most likely related to the southward subduction of the Paleo-Asian Ocean. Zircon εHf(t) and whole-rock εNd(t) values of these magmatic rocks decrease from 458 Ma to 440 Ma and increase from 417 Ma to 407 Ma, whereas whole-rock initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios display an opposite trend. Such an isotopic change suggests a tectonic switch from an advancing to a retreating subduction regime at ~ 407 Ma. Synthesized data from this and previous studies suggest that the 460-400 Ma magmatic arc in the Alxa Terrane represented the western extension of the Paleozoic arc belt on the northern margin of the North China Craton.

  20. Cretaceous subduction-related magmatism and associated porphyry-type Cu-Mo prospects in the Eastern Pontides, Turkey: New constraints from geochronology and geochemistry

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    Delibaş, Okan; Moritz, Robert; Ulianov, Alexey; Chiaradia, Massimo; Saraç, Cem; Revan, Kemal M.; Göç, Deniz

    2016-04-01

    This study focuses on the Elbeyli-Ordu, Emeksen-Giresun, Güzelyayla-Trabzon and Ulutaş-Ispir porphyry-type prospects located in the Eastern Pontides, Turkey. Our new LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon age data reveal that the Elbeyli-Ordu Mo-Cu mineralization is hosted by a 77.0 ± 1.3 Ma-old monzonite/monzodiorite with a shoshonitic character. The Emeksen Mo mineralization, located ~ 40 km southeast of the Elbeyli-Ordu prospect, consists of NW- and NE-striking quartz veins crosscutting a high-K calc-alkaline to shoshonitic granite dated at 78.5 ± 0.8 Ma, a granodiorite dated at 78.7 ± 0.5 Ma and porphyry granite dated at 77.7 ± 0.5 Ma. The Güzelyayla porphyry Cu-Mo prospect consists of a stockwork-type Cu-Mo mineralization crosscutting a calc-alkaline 81.4 ± 1.1 Ma-old dacite porphyry and Late Cretaceous calc-alkaline andesite. The Ispir-Ulutaş mineralization is hosted within a highly sericitized 131.1 ± 0.9 Ma-old quartz-porphyry that intruded into a 132.9 ± 0.6 Ma-old calc-alkaline granite porphyry. Our new U-Pb zircon ages, lithogeochemical and radiogenic isotopic data of the host rocks associated with the porphyry-type prospects in the Eastern Pontides indicate that they formed in an arc-related environment during Cretaceous subduction of the Neotethys Ocean, and the Ispir-Ulutaş prospect is attributed to the main stage of the northward subduction of the Neotethys during the Early Cretaceous. We conclude that the Güzelyayla and Emeksen hydrothermal systems were formed during a transitional compressional to extensional tectonic evolution, whereas the Late Cretaceous Elbeyli hydrothermal system was emplaced during an extensional arc magmatic event. Highly-oxidized, high-K calc-alkaline to shoshonitic magmas at Emeksen and Elbeyli were derived from a metasomatized, heterogeneous and enriched lithospheric mantle, with variable degrees of partial melting of the mantle wedge and variable crustal contamination. Mixing/mingling processes between mafic magmas derived from the lower crust and acidic magmas at upper crustal levels played an important role in the formation of Cu-Mo porphyry-type mineralization in the Eastern Pontides.

  1. Geochemistry and Geochronology of Eocene Plutons in Northeastern Washington: A Test of Farallon Slab Rollback as a Cause of the Challis Event

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    Caulfield, L.; Tepper, J. H.

    2015-12-01

    The causes of widespread magmatism and extension that affected the Pacific Northwest during the Eocene "Challis Event" are poorly understood. Two models that have been advanced to explain this activity are passage of a slab window (e.g., Haeussler et al., 2011) and rollback of the subducting Farallon slab following accretion of Siletzia (Schmandt and Humphreys, 2011). Both scenarios would have resulted in widespread magmatism but with different temporal patterns. Based on reconstructed plate motion vectors magmatism related to a slab window should produce a younging-to-the-NW pattern whereas magmatism associated with slab rollback should young to the S or SW. Existing dates on Eocene igneous units in NE Washington appear to show an overall younging to the SW, consistent with the slab rollback model. However, many of these dates (mainly K-Ar) have large uncertainties so we are conducting a U-Pb dating and geochemical survey of Eocene plutons across the region. An initial set of zircon U-Pb ages (by LA-MC-ICP-MS) from five intrusions in east-central WA range from 50.7 - 46.7 Ma and young to the SW, a trend similar to that observed among Eocene rocks in the Idaho Batholith (Gaschnig et al., 2013). To further investigate this pattern we are dating an additional ten plutonic units that define a ~100 km SW-NE transect through NE WA. From NE to SW the units in this transect are (with dates from WA DNR mapping) as follows: Sheppard granite (undated), Herron Creek intrusion (51.4 +/- 1.9 Ma), Mt. Bonaparte pluton (52.8 +/- 2.6 Ma), Daisy Trail granite (49.9 +/- 0.3 Ma), Swimptkin Creek pluton (48.2 +/- 1.2 Ma), Moses pluton (48.6 +/- 1.2 Ma), Keller Butte granite (52.9 +/- 0.4 Ma), Johnny George plutonic complex (49.9 +/- 0.45 Ma), Manilla Creek (undated), and Swawilla Basin pluton (58.8 +/- 2.2 Ma). Results of this study should lead to a better understanding of the cause(s) of Challis magmatism and specifically its relationship to the ~50-48 Ma accretion of Siletzia.

  2. U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry, and H-O-S-Pb isotopic compositions of the Leqingla and Xin'gaguo skarn Pb-Zn polymetallic deposits, Tibet, China

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    Wang, Liqiang; Cheng, Wenbin; Tang, Juxing; Kang, Haoran; Zhang, Yan; Li, Zhuang

    2016-01-01

    The Leqingla and Xin'gaguo deposits are two representative skarn Pb-Zn polymetallic deposits of the Gangdese Pb-Zn polymetallic belt, Tibet, China. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating of the mineralization-related biotite granites from both the Leqingla and Xin'gaguo deposits yielded weighted mean ages of 60.8 Ma and 56.5 Ma, respectively, which can be inferred as their mineralization ages. The Leqingla biotite granite is characterized by high Al2O3, total Fe, Na2O, and low K2O. In comparison, the Xin'gaguo biotite granite is characterized by relative higher K2O but lower Al2O3, total Fe, and Na2O. Geochemical and mineralogical characteristics indicate that the Leqingla and Xin'gaguo biotite granites are calc-alkaline I-type granite and High K calc-alkaline I-type granite, respectively. Both the Leqingla and Xin'gaguo biotite granites are enrichment in LREE and LILEs and depletion in HFSEs, and they were formed at the India-Asia collision stage. δ18O and δD values for the Leqingla and Xin'gaguo deposits are -8.8‰ to 5.3‰ and -140.4‰ to -90.1‰, -4.5‰ to 7.0‰ and -117.3‰ to -81.0‰, respectively, indicating magma fluids mixed with meteoric water in ore-forming fluids. δ34S values (-11.6‰ to -0.3‰) of ore sulfides from the Leqingla deposit show characteristics of biogenetic sulfur isotope compositions, suggesting sulfur for the Leqingla deposit were sourced from wall rocks of the Mengla and Luobadui Formation, which are rich in organic materials. δ34S values of ore sulfides from the Xin'gaguo deposits show bimodal distribution (-5.0‰ to -1.6‰ and 1.6-2.1‰), indicating sulfur in the Xin'gaguo deposit were derived from both wall rocks and magma. In the Leqingla deposit, most ore sulfides have the similar Pb isotopic compositions with that of the mineralization-related biotite granite, suggesting the biotite granite supplied most of the ore-forming metals. Pb isotopic compositions of ore sulfides and Hf isotopic compositions of biotite granite show that the majority of ore-forming metals are derived from mantle components of partial melting of the Neo-Tethys Ocean slab, with some upper crust materials of the Lhasa terrane. Pb isotopic compositions of ore sulfides from the Xin'gaguo deposit are similar to that of the Leqingla deposit, indicating they have the similar sources of ore-forming metals.

  3. Zircon U-Pb and molybdenite Re-Os geochronology, and whole-rock geochemistry of the Hashitu molybdenum deposit and host granitoids, Inner Mongolia, NE China

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    Zhai, Degao; Liu, Jiajun; Wang, Jianping; Yang, Yongqiang; Zhang, Hongyu; Wang, Xilong; Zhang, Qibin; Wang, Gongwen; Liu, Zhenjiang

    2014-01-01

    The Hashitu deposit is a newly-discovered Mo deposit in the southern part of the Great Hinggan Range, NE China. Molybdenum mineralization occurs as quartz-sulfide veins within the Hashitu granite-porphyry composite pluton. The sulfide assemblage in the veins is dominated by molybdenite, with minor amounts of galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, pyrite and marcasite. The associated gangue minerals are quartz, fluorite, calcite, sericite, chlorite and epidote. Whole-rock chemical compositions show that the Hashitu granites belong to the A2-type. The U-Pb ages of zircons from the Hashitu granite and porphyry units are 147 ± 1 Ma and 143 ± 2 Ma, respectively. The Re-Os isochron age of molybdenites from the deposit is 150 ± 4 Ma. The molybdenite Re-Os model ages vary from 144 to 150 Ma, with a weighted mean of 147 ± 1 Ma. The results show that the ages of zircon crystallization and Mo mineralization are similar, mostly within analytical uncertainties, and that the host granite pluton is one of many late-Jurassic plutons in the Great Hinggan Range. The formation of the late-Jurassic granitic plutons in this region coincides with the subduction of the Pacific plate beneath the North China block which took place ˜2000 km to the east at the time. The occurrence of abundant late-Jurassic granitoids with compositions similar to the Hashitu pluton in the Great Hinggan Range is a positive sign for more discoveries of Mo deposits in this region.

  4. Petrogenesis of gold-mineralized magmatic rocks of the Taerbieke area, northwestern Tianshan (western China): Constraints from geochronology, geochemistry and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopic compositions

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    Tang, Gong-Jian; Wang, Qiang; Wyman, Derek A.; Sun, Min; Zhao, Zhen-Hua; Jiang, Zi-Qi

    2013-09-01

    Many Late Paleozoic Cu-Au-Mo deposits occur in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB). However, their tectonic settings and associated geodynamic processes have been disputed. This study provides age, petrologic and geochemical data for andesites and granitic porphyries of the Taerbieke gold deposit from the Tulasu Basin, in the northwestern Tianshan Orogenic Belt (western China). LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating indicates that the granitic porphyries have an Early Carboniferous crystallization age (349 ± 2 Ma) that is broadly contemporaneous with the eruption age (347 ± 2 Ma) of the andesites. The andesites have a restricted range of SiO2 (58.94-63.85 wt.%) contents, but relatively high Al2O3 (15.39-16.65 wt.%) and MgO (2.51-6.59 wt.%) contents, coupled with high Mg# (57-69) values. Geochemically, they are comparable to Cenozoic sanukites in the Setouchi Volcanic Belt, SW Japan. Compared with the andesites, the granitic porphyries have relatively high SiO2 (72.68-75.32 wt.%) contents, but lower Al2O3 (12.94-13.84 wt.%) and MgO (0.10-0.33 wt.%) contents, coupled with lower Mg# (9-21) values. The andesites and granitic porphyries are enriched in both large ion lithophile and light rare earth elements, but depleted in high field strength elements, similar to those of typical arc magmatic rocks. They also have similar Nd-Hf-Pb isotope compositions: ɛNd(t) (+0.48 to +4.06 and -0.27 to +2.97) and zircons ɛHf(t) (+3.4 to +8.0 and -1.7 to +8.2) values and high (206Pb/204Pb)i (18.066-18.158 and 17.998-18.055). We suggest that the Taerbieke high-Mg andesitic magmas were generated by the interaction between mantle wedge peridotites and subducted oceanic sediment-derived melts with minor basaltic oceanic crust-derived melts, and that the magmas then fractionated to produce the more felsic members (i.e., the Taerbieke granitic porphyries) during late-stage evolution. Taking into account the Carboniferous magmatic record from the western Tianshan Orogenic Belt, we suggest that the formation of the Early Carboniferous andesites and granitic porphyries in the Taerbieke area were related to the Paleo-Junggar Oceanic plate southward subduction under the Yili-Central Tianshan plate. The close association of the Early Carboniferous magmatic rocks and Au mineralization in the Taerbieke area suggests that the arc magmatic rocks in the Tulasu basin may have a high potential for Au mineralization.

  5. Geochronology, geochemistry and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic constraints on the origin of the Qian’echong porphyry Mo deposit, Dabie orogen, east China

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    Gao, Yang; Mao, Jingwen; Ye, Huishou; Li, Faling; Li, Yongfeng; Luo, Zhengzhuan; Xiong, Bikang; Meng, Fang

    2014-05-01

    The giant Qian’echong porphyry molybdenum deposit is located in the Dabie orogen, east China. The molybdenum mineralization mainly occurs as molybdenite-bearing quartz veins hosted by the Devonian Nanwan Formation in the external contact zone of the Qian’echong stock. The Qian’echong stock comprises an earlier formed monzogranite and a later formed granite porphyry. Sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) zircon U-Pb dating constrains the timing of crystallization of the monzogranite and granite porphyry to 130 ± 2 and 129 ± 2 Ma, respectively. The Re-Os model ages of six molybdenite samples range from 127.9 ± 1.9 to 129.7 ± 1.9 Ma with an isochron age of 129.4 ± 1.5 Ma, which are all consistent within errors with the zircon U-Pb ages, indicating an Early Cretaceous magmatic and mineralization event. The Qian’echong granites have moderate negative Eu anomalies and are relatively enriched in light rare earth elements (REE), but depleted in heavy REE, Y, and high field strength elements (HFSE; e.g., Nb, Ta, and Ti). The Qian’echong granites are I-type rather than A- or S-type, and they have high (87Sr/86Sr)i (0.706771-0.710326) and low ɛNd(t) (-25.5 to -16.8). Two-stage Nd model ages (T2DM) vary between 2.29 and 2.99 Ga. Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic data suggest that the Qian’echong granites were not derived from the North China Craton (NCC), but rather were generated from the Yangtze Craton (YC) lower crust. Paleoproterozoic inherited zircon age and whole-rock chemical and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic data suggest that the Qian’echong granites were derived mainly from partial melting of ultrahigh pressure eclogites, with incorporation of some Paleoproterozoic to Archean YC crustal materials at lower crustal levels. Delamination or foundering of eclogitic lower crust, which extensively occurred in the Dabie orogen during the Early Cretaceous, had not taken place beneath the Qian’echong deposit when it formed. The Qian’echong molybdenum deposit formed in an extensional setting in the Dabie orogen, and may have been associated with a change in the subduction direction of the Izanagi (or Paleo-Pacific) Plate after 135 Ma.

  6. Geochronology, petrology and Hf-S isotope geochemistry of the newly-discovered Xiarihamu magmatic Ni-Cu sulfide deposit in the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, western China

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    Li, Chusi; Zhang, Zhaowei; Li, Wenyuan; Wang, Yalei; Sun, Tao; Ripley, Edward M.

    2015-02-01

    This paper reports the first set of data for the newly-discovered Xiarihamu magmatic Ni-Cu sulfide deposit in the Eastern Kunlun Paleozoic arc terrane which is located in the northern part of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. An on-going drilling campaign reveals ~ 100 million tons of sulfide mineralization with the average grade of 0.8 wt.% Ni and 0.1 wt.% Cu for the deposit. This makes the Xiarihamu deposit one of the 20 largest magmatic Ni-Cu sulfide deposits in the world and the largest ever found in arc settings. The deposit is hosted in a small ultramafic body intruding older gabbroic and metamorphic rocks. New zircon U-Pb isotope age data reveal that the ultramafic body (411.6 ± 2.4 Ma) is ~ 20 Ma younger than the host gabbroic intrusion (431.3 ± 2.1 Ma). The ultramafic body is composed predominantly of lherzolite and olivine websterite, with minor dunite, websterite and orthopyroxenite. Mineralization mainly occurs as sub-horizontal to gently dipping (< 30°) disseminated sulfide zones that are generally concordant with the lithological structure of the ultramafic intrusion. The lateral extension and thickness of individual mineralized zones are up to ~ 200 m and ~ 100 m, respectively. Sulfide mineral assemblages are composed of pyrrhotite, pentlandite and chalcopyrite. The Xiarihamu ultramafic rocks show light REE enrichments and pronounced negative Nb anomalies, plus significant Ca-depletion in olivine (< 700 ppm Ca), which are characteristic of many arc basalts in the world. Olivine crystals in the Xiarihamu ultramafic rocks have relatively primitive compositions, with Fo contents up to 90 mol%, close to the mantle value. The contrasting Ni contents of olivine crystals with similar Fo contents from different sulfide-mineralized zones in a single drill core indicate that at least two pulses of sulfide-laden magma with different Ni compositions were involved in the development of the deposit. Estimated parental magma for the Xiarihamu lherzolites contains 52.4 wt.% SiO2 and 9.8 wt.% MgO, which are within the ranges of boninites worldwide, supporting the interpretation that the Xiarihamu sulfide ore-bearing ultramafic intrusion is the product of subduction-related boninitic magmatism. The εHf (t) values of zircon crystals from the Xiarihamu ultramafic rocks vary from 1 to 5, indicating minor crustal contamination of the parent magma. The involvement of external sulfur in the genesis of the Xiarihamu magmatic sulfide deposit is evident from higher δ34S values of sulfide ores (3.5 to 6.8‰) than typical mantle value (0 ± 2‰), although the actual contaminants are yet to be identified.

  7. An integrated zircon geochronological and geochemical investigation into the Miocene plutonic evolution of the Cyclades, Aegean Sea, Greece: part 2—geochemistry

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    Bolhar, Robert; Ring, Uwe; Kemp, Anthony I. S.; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Weaver, Steve D.; Woodhead, Jon D.; Uysal, I. Tonguc; Turnbull, Rose

    2012-12-01

    Zircons from 14 compositionally variable granitic rocks were examined in detail using CL image-guided micro-analysis to unravel the complex magmatic history above the southward retreating Hellenic subduction zone system in the Aegean Sea. Previously published U-Pb ages document an episodic crystallisation history from 17 to 11 Ma, with peraluminous (S-type) granitic rocks systematically older than closely associated metaluminous (I-type) granitic rocks. Zircon O- and Hf isotopic data, combined with trace element compositions, are highly variable within and between individual samples, indicative of open-system behaviour involving mantle-derived melts and evolved supracrustal sources. Pronounced compositional and thermal fluctuations highlight the role of magma mixing and mingling, in accord with field observations, and incremental emplacement of distinct melt batches coupled with variable degrees of crustal assimilation. In the course of partial fusion, more fertile supracrustal sources dominated in the earlier stages of Aegean Miocene magmatism, consistent with systematically older crystallisation ages of peraluminous granitic rocks. Differences between zircon saturation and crystallisation temperatures (deduced from zircon Ti concentrations), along with multimodal crystallisation age spectra for individual plutons, highlight the complex and highly variable physico-compositional and thermal evolution of silicic magma systems. The transfer of heat and juvenile melts from the mantle varied probably in response to episodic rollback of the subducting lithospheric slab, as suggested by punctuated crystallisation age spectra within and among individual granitic plutons.

  8. Geochemistry and geochronology of carbonate-hosted base metal deposits in the southern Brooks Range, Alaska: temporal association with VMS deposits and metallogenic implications

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    Kelly, Karen; Slack, John; Selby, David

    2009-01-01

    The Brooks Range contains enormous accumulations of zinc and copper, either as VMS or sediment-hosted deposits. The Ruby Creek and Omar deposits are Cu-Co stratabound deposits associated with dolomitic breccias. Numerous volcanogenic Cu-Zn (+/-Ag, Au) deposits are situated ~20 km north of the Ruby Creek deposit. The carbonate-hosted deposits consist of chalcopyrite and bornite that fill open spaces, replace the matrix of the breccias, and occur in later cross-cutting veins. Cobaltiferous pyrite, chalcocite, minor tennantite-tetrahedrite, galena, and sphalerite are also present. At Ruby Creek, phases such as carrollite, renierite, and germanite occur rarely. The deposits have undergone post-depositional metamorphism (Ruby Creek, low greenschist facies; Omar, blueschist facies). The unusual geochemical signature includes Cu-Co +/- Ag, As, Au, Bi, Ge, Hg, Sb, and U with sporadic high Re concentrations (up to 2.7 ppm). New Re-Os data were obtained for chalcopyrite, bornite, and pyrite from the Ruby Creek deposit (analyses of sulfides from Omar are in progress). The data show extremely high Re abundances (hundreds of ppb, low ppm) and contain essentially no common Os. The Re-Os data provide the first absolute ages of ore formation for the Ruby Creek deposit and demonstrate that the Re-Os systematics of pyrite, chalcopyrite, and bornite are unaffected by greenschist metamorphism. The Re-Os data show that the main phase of Cu mineralization occurred at 384 +/-4.2 Ma, which coincides with zircon U-Pb ages from igneous rocks that are spatially and genetically associated with VMS deposits. This suggests a temporal link between regional magmatism and hydrothermal mineralization.

  9. The 1.90-1.88 Ga magmatism in the southernmost Guyana Shield, Amazonas, Brazil: Geology, geochemistry, zircon geochronology, and tectonic implications

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    Valério, Cristóvão da Silva; Souza, Valmir da Silva; Macambira, Moacir José Buenano

    The southernmost Guyana Shield-Uatumã subdomain, northeastern Amazonas State, Brazil is dominantly formed by granitoid and volcanic rocks from the Água Branca Suite (ABS), undivided Granite Stocks (GS) and São Gabriel volcano-plutonic system (SGS). The ABS is characterized by a granite series that exhibits comparatively low Fe/(Fe + Mg) ratio, low (Nb/Zr) N, high Sr values and high Rb/Zr ratio. Its rocks display metaluminous to weakly peraluminous (A/CNK 0.94-1.06), high-K calc-alkaline, I normal-type character and have moderately to strongly fractionated rare earth elements (REE) pattern. The SG granites and SGS effusive-ignimbrite-granite association is metaluminous to weakly peraluminous (A/CNK 0.84-1.18), high-K calc-alkaline, has moderately to weakly fractionated REE trend, higher Fe/(Fe + Mg) ratio, lower Sr content and lower Rb/Zr ratio. The ABS geochemical signature is consistent with formation from volcanic arc rocks and small participation of collisional setting rocks, whereas the SG and SGS have post-collisional tectonic rocks-related geochemical signature. This model is in harmony with a post-collisional extensional regime, started with the 1.90-1.89 Ga Água Branca magmatism, and culminated with the 1.89-1.88 Ga São Gabriel system at an early stage of intracratonic reactivation, which included intrusion of mafic dikes. The Uatumã subdomain was related to mantle underplating with continental uplift and its origin involved contributions of 2.3-2.44 Ga Archean-contaminated Trans-Amazonian, 2.13-2.21 Ga Trans-Amazonian, 1.93-1.94/2.0 Ga Tapajós-Parima. Foliation styles point out that part of the Água Branca granitoids recorded later deformational effects, likely related to the Rio Negro Province formation.

  10. The Cenozoic volcanism in the Kivu rift: Assessment of the tectonic setting, geochemistry, and geochronology of the volcanic activity in the South-Kivu and Virunga regions

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    Pouclet, A.; Bellon, H.; Bram, K.

    2016-09-01

    The Kivu rift is part of the western branch of the East African Rift system. From Lake Tanganyika to Lake Albert, the Kivu rift is set in a succession of Precambrian zones of weakness trending NW-SE, NNE-SSW and NE-SW. At the NW to NNE turn of the rift direction in the Lake Kivu area, the inherited faults are crosscut by newly born N-S fractures which developed during the late Cenozoic rifting and controlled the volcanic activity. From Lake Kivu to Lake Edward, the N-S faults show a right-lateral en echelon pattern. Development of tension gashes in the Virunga area indicates a clockwise rotation of the constraint linked to dextral oblique motion of crustal blocks. The extensional direction was W-E in the Mio-Pliocene and ENE-WSW in the Pleistocene to present time. The volcanic rocks are assigned to three groups: (1) tholeiites and sodic alkali basalts in the South-Kivu, (2) sodic basalts and nephelinites in the northern Lake Kivu and western Virunga, and (3) potassic basanites and potassic nephelinites in the Virunga area. South-Kivu magmas were generated by melting of spinel + garnet lherzolite from two sources: an enriched lithospheric source and a less enriched mixed lithospheric and asthenospheric source. The latter source was implied in the genesis of the tholeiitic lavas at the beginning of the South-Kivu tectono-volcanic activity, in relationships with asthenosphere upwelling. The ensuing outpouring of alkaline basaltic lavas from the lithospheric source attests for the abortion of the asthenospheric contribution and a change of the rifting process. The sodic nephelinites of the northern Lake Kivu originated from low partial melting of garnet peridotite of the sub-continental mantle due to pressure release during swell initiation. The Virunga potassic magmas resulted from the melting of garnet peridotite with an increasing degree of melting from nephelinite to basanite. They originated from a lithospheric source enriched in both K and Rb, suggesting the presence of phlogopite and the local existence of a metasomatized mantle. A carbonatite contribution is evidenced in the Nyiragongo lavas. New K-Ar ages date around 21 Ma the earliest volcanic activity made of nephelinites. A sodic alkaline volcanism took place between 13 and 9 Ma at the western side of the Virunga during the doming stage of the rift and before the formation of the rift valley. In the South-Kivu area, the first lavas were tholeiitic and dated at 11 Ma. The rift valley subsidence began around 8-7 Ma. The tholeiitic lavas were progressively replaced by alkali basaltic lavas until to 2.6 Ma. Renewal of the basaltic volcanism happened at ca. 1.7 Ma on a western step of the rift. In the Virunga area, the potassic volcanism appeared ca. 2.6 Ma along a NE-SW fault zone and then migrated both to the east and west, in jumping to oblique tension gashes. The uncommon magmatic evolution and the high diversity of volcanic rocks of the Kivu rift are explained by varying transtensional constraints during the rift history.

  11. Petrogenesis of granitoids in the eastern section of the Central Qilian Block: Evidence from geochemistry and zircon U-Pb geochronology

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    Li, Jiyong; Niu, Yaoling; Chen, Shuo; Sun, Wenli; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Yi; Ma, Yuxin; Hu, Zhenxing; Zhang, Guorui

    2016-08-01

    The Caledonian-age Qilian Orogenic Belt at the northern margin of the Greater Tibetan Plateau comprises abundant granitoids that record the histories of the orogenesis. We report here our study of these granitoids from two localities. The Qingchengshan (QCS) pluton, which is situated in the eastern section of the Central Qilian Block, is dated at ~430-420 Ma. It has high-K calc-alkaline composition with high SiO2 (> 70 wt%), enrichment in large ion lithophile elements (LILEs), depletion in high field strength elements (HFSEs), and varying degrees of negative Sr and Eu anomalies. The granitoids in the Tongwei (TW) area, 150 km east of the QCS, are complex, the majority of which are dated at ~440 Ma, but there also exist younger, ~230 Ma intrusions genetically associated with the Qinling Orogeny. The Paleozoic TW intrusions also have high SiO2, fractionated REE (rare earth element) patterns, but a negligible Eu anomaly. The whole rock Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic compositions suggest that all these Paleozoic granitoids are consistent with melting-induced mixing of a two-component source, which is best interpreted as the combination of last fragments of subducted/subducting ocean crust with terrigenous sediments. The mantle isotopic signature of these granitoids (87Sr/86Sri: 0.7038 to 0.7100, ɛNd(t): -4.8 to -1.3, ɛHf(t): -0.7 to +4.0) reflects significant (~70 %) contribution of the ocean crust derived in no distant past from the mantle at ocean ridges with an inherited mantle isotopic signature. Partial melting of such ocean crust plus terrigenous sediments in response to the ocean closing and continental collision (between the Qilian and Alashan Blocks) under amphibolite facies conditions is responsible for the magmatism. Varying extents of fractional crystallization (±plagioclase, ±amphibole, ±garnet, ±zircon) of the parental magmas produced the observed QCS and TW granitoids. We note that sample HTC12-01 in the TW area shows an A-type or highly fractionated granite signature characterized by elevated abundances and a flat pattern of REEs, weak Nb-Ta anomaly, conspicuous negative Sr and Eu anomalies (Sr/Sr* = 0.09, Eu/Eu* = 0.22), and thus the high 87Sr/86Sr ratio (0.7851), and moderate ɛNd(t) (-4.9) and ɛHf(t) (-2.0), pointing to the significant mantle contribution. Compared with the Paleozoic granitoids, the ~230 Ma granitoids in the TW area represented by sample JPC12-02 have higher initial 87Sr/86Sr (0.7073) and lower ɛNd(t) (-6.2) and ɛHf(t) (-4.5) values, offering an ideal opportunity for future studies on tectonic effects of juxtaposition of younger orogenesis on an older orogen.

  12. Petrogenesis and geochemistry of the Late Carboniferous rear-arc (or back-arc) pillow basaltic lava in the Bogda Mountains, Chinese North Tianshan

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    Xie, Wei; Luo, Zhen-Yu; Xu, Yi-Gang; Chen, Yi-Bing; Hong, Lu-Bing; Ma, Liang; Ma, Qiang

    2016-02-01

    The tectonic nature of the Chinese Tianshan Orogen during the Late Paleozoic has been long disputed. With aims of providing constraints on this issue, an integrated study of geochronology and geochemistry has been carried out on the Late Carboniferous pillow basaltic lava of the Qijiagou Group from the Bogda Mountains, Chinese North Tianshan. Zircon SHRIMP U-Pb dating of a dacite ignimbrite, which is in conformable contact with the pillow lava, suggests that they were erupted at ~ 311 Ma. The pillow cores and rims show different petrological and geochemical characteristics, suggesting post-magmatic seafloor hydrothermal alteration. Nevertheless, both pillow cores and rims have the MORB-like Sr-Nd-Hf isotopes and arc-like trace element compositions. Clinopyroxene and plagioclase from the pillow lavas are compositionally different from those of the mafic rocks related to the Tarim mantle plume. These observations, together with the tholeiitic index (THI > 1) and the Fe/Mn ratios (53-57) of them, indicate that the Bogda pillow lavas may have been generated from a dry and depleted mantle source metasomatized by sediment-derived melts. Compared with basalts of the Izu-Bonin arc-back-arc system, the Bogda Late Carboniferous basaltic lavas show great resemblance to the Izu-Bonin rear-arc basalt (including the arc-like back-arc basalt) in terms of major and trace element and mineral compositions. It suggests that these basalts were likely formed in a rear-arc or back-arc environment.

  13. Paleoproterozoic anorogenic granitoids of the Zheltav sialic massif (Southern Kazakhstan): Structural position and geochronology

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    Tretyakov, A. A.; Degtyarev, K. E.; Sal'nikova, E. B.; Shatagin, K. N.; Kotov, A. B.; Ryazantsev, A. V.; Pilitsyna, A. V.; Yakovleva, S. Z.; Tolmacheva, E. V.; Plotkina, Yu. V.

    2016-01-01

    The basement of the Zheltav sialic massif (Southern Kazakhstan) is composed of different metamorphic rocks united into the Anrakhai Complex. In the southeastern part of the massif, these rocks form a large antiform with the core represented by amphibole and clinopyroxene gneissic granite varieties. By their chemical composition, dominant amphibole (hastingsite) gneissic granites correspond to subalkaline granites, while their petroand geochemical properties make them close to A-type granites. The U-Pb geochronological study of accessory zircons yielded an age of 1841 ± 6 Ma, which corresponds to the crystallization age of melts parental for protoliths of amphibole gneissic granites of the Zheltav Massif. Thus, the structural-geological and geochronological data make it possible to define the Paleoproterozoic (Staterian) stage of anorogenic magmatism in the Precambrian history of the Zheltav Massif. The combined Sm-Nd isotopic—geochronological data and age estimates obtained for detrital zircons indicate the significant role of the Paleoproterozoic tectono-magmatic stage in the formation of the Precambrian continental crust of sialic massifs in Kazakhstan and northern Tien Shan.

  14. River terrace sequences: templates for Quaternary geochronology and marine-terrestrial correlation

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    Bridgland, David; Maddy, Darrel; Bates, Martin

    2004-02-01

    Fluvial sequences, particularly terrace staircases, represent archives of Quaternary palaeoclimatic fluctuation and can serve as stratigraphical frameworks for geochronology and for correlation with other depositional environments, in particular, the global marine oxygen isotope record. Fluvial lithostratigraphical frameworks also provide contexts for records, from fossils and artefacts, of faunal evolution and human occupation; conversely, both records can be means of relative dating of riverine sequences.Three fluvial sequences are examined as case studies. First is the Severn-Avon system in the English Midlands, which has biostratgraphical evidence and an amino acid geochronology, together with marker inputs from three different glaciations. The Somme sequence of northern France, famous for its Palaeolithic artefact assemblages, again has biostratigraphy and an amino acid geochronology and has also been dated with reference to overlying loess/palaeosols sequences. The fluvial terraces of the River Arun, the final case study, lack dating evidence but are interspersed within the Sussex raised beach staircase. Although various lines of evidence suggest that the rivers discussed have formed terraces in response to climatic fluctuation, an intriguing difference is that interglacial sediments occur at the bases of terrace formations in the Severn-Avon, whereas in the Somme they occur at the tops of sequences, beneath loessic overburden. Copyright

  15. 10 CFR 960.4-2-2 - Geochemistry.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

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  16. 10 CFR 960.4-2-2 - Geochemistry.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 4 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Geochemistry. 960.4-2-2 Section 960.4-2-2 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF POTENTIAL SITES FOR A NUCLEAR WASTE... requirements specified in 10 CFR 60.113 for radionuclide releases from the engineered-barrier system...

  17. 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.

  18. Geochronological Constraints on Neoproterozoic Glaciations, the first appearance of Metazoans, and the Cambrian Explosion.

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    Bowring, S.; Condon, D.; Ramezani, J.; Myrow, P.; Landing, E.

    2004-05-01

    Studies of Neoproterozoic climate fluctuations, plate reconstructions, biological evolution and their interrelationships have been hindered by a lack of high-precision geochronological constraints. The correlation and estimates of duration for Neoproterozoic glaciations has relied on physical/chemo-stratigraphy, and thermal subsidence models respectively. New geochronological constraints from Neoproterozoic successions worldwide have sharpened the debate as to the number, synchroneity, and duration of glacial episodes and the relationship, if any, between Metazoan evolution and global glaciation(s). Crucial to the debate are correct interpretation of geochronological data that range from U-Pb zircon studies of intercalated volcanic ash-beds, U-Pb detrital zircon studies, Re-Os from black shales, Rb-Sr from clay-rich rocks, U-Pb and Pb-Pb from carbonates and phosphates, and Lu-Hf from phosphates. Development of a highly resolved Neoproterozoic timescale will require integration and cross-calibration of multiple dating techniques and consideration of what is actually being recorded by each chronometer. A review of available geological and geochronological data indicate that there were at least three and perhaps as many as five periods of Neoproterozoic glacial deposition including rocks from United States (Idaho and Virginia), Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories of Canada, Namibia, and Oman. What must be evaluated is how the paleogeographic distribution of glaciated regions varied with time during the Neoproterozoic. Do Neoproterozoic glacial successions distributed worldwide record a small number of globally synchronous, long-lived glaciations, or numerous diachronous glacial epochs, or a combination of both? At present, the duration of only one glacial deposit, the ca 581 Ma Gaskiers Formation (Newfoundland), is known and it is on the order of 1 Ma, at odds with a long-lived global glaciation predicted by the snowball Earth hypothesis. Other major issues are

  19. Experimental constraints on the monazite-fluorapatite-allanite and xenotime-(Y,HREE)-rich fluorapatite-(Y,HREE)-rich epidote phase relations as a function of pressure, temperature, and Ca vs. Na activity in the fluid

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    Budzyń, Bartosz; Harlov, Daniel E.; Majka, Jarosław; Kozub, Gabriela A.

    2014-05-01

    Stability relations of monazite-fluorapatite-allanite and xenotime-(Y,HREE)-rich fluorapatite-(Y,HREE)-rich epidote are strongly dependent on pressure, temperature and fluid composition. The increased Ca bulk content expands stability field of allanite relative to monazite towards higher temperatures (Spear, 2010, Chem Geol 279, 55-62). It was also reported from amphibolite facies Alpine metapelites, that both temperature and bulk CaO/Na2O ratio control relative stabilities of allanite, monazite and xenotime (Janots et al., 2008, J Metam Geol 26, 5, 509-526). This study experimentally defines influence of pressure, temperature, high activity of Ca vs. Na in the fluid, and high vs. moderate bulk CaO/Na2O ratio on the relative stabilities of monazite-fluorapatite-allanite/REE-rich epidote and xenotime-(Y,HREE)-rich fluorapatite-(Y,HREE)-rich epidote. This work expands previous experimental study on monazite (Budzyń et al., 2011, Am Min 96, 1547-1567) to wide pressure-temperature range of 2-10 kbar and 450-750°C, utilizing most reactive fluids used in previous experiments. Experiments were performed using cold-seal autoclaves on a hydrothermal line (2-4 kbar runs) and piston-cylinder apparatus (6-10 kbar runs) over 4-16 days. Four sets of experiments, two for monazite and two for xenotime, were performed with 2M Ca(OH)2 and Na2Si2O5 + H2O fluids. The starting materials included inclusion-free crystals of monazite (pegmatite, Burnet County, TX, USA) or xenotime (pegmatite, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan) mixed with (1) labradorite (Ab37An60Kfs3) + K-feldspar + biotite + muscovite ± garnet + SiO2 + CaF2 + 2M Ca(OH)2 or (2) albite (Ab100) + K-feldspar + biotite + muscovite ± garnet + SiO2 + CaF2 + Na2Si2O5 + H2O. 20-35 mg of solids and 5 mg of fluid were loaded into 3x15 mm Au capsules and arc welded shut. The monazite alteration is observed in all runs. Newly formed REE-rich fluorapatite and/or britholite are stable in all experimental P-T range in the

  20. Indus Basin sediment provenance constrained using garnet geochemistry

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    Alizai, Anwar; Clift, Peter D.; Still, John

    2016-08-01

    The chemical and mineralogical diversity of western Himalayan rivers is the result of each of them draining different tectonic and lithologic units, whose character is partly transferred to the sediments carried by those rivers. Garnet geochemistry was employed to discriminate provenance in the Indus River system. We characterized the geochemistry of garnet sediment grains from the modern Indus and all its major tributaries, as well as the related but ephemeral Ghaggar-Hakra River and dune sand from the Thar Desert. Garnet geochemistry displays a unique signature for the Himalayan rivers on the east of the Indus drainage compared to those in the western drainage. The trunk Indus remains distinct because of the dominant arc-type pyrope-garnet derived from Kohistan and the Karakoram. The Jhellum, which lies just east of the modern Indus has modest concentrations of arc-type pyrope garnets, which are more depleted in the other eastern tributaries. Their presence in the Jhellum reflects recycling of trunk Indus garnets through the Miocene Siwalik Group foreland sedimentary rocks. The Thar Desert dune sample contains significant numbers of grains similar to those in the trunk Indus, likely reworked by monsoon winds from the SW. Our data further indicate the presence of a Himalayan river channel east of the present Indus, close to the delta, in the Nara River valley during the middle Holocene. Sands from this channel cannot be distinguished from the Indus on the basis of their garnet geochemistry alone but we favour their sedimentation from an Indus channel rather than reworking of desert sands by another stream. The garnet geochemistry shows some potential as a provenance tool, but cannot be used alone to uniquely discriminate Indus Basin provenance.

  1. Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd geochronology of garnet gneisses in the central Appalachians, U.S.: Implications for the timing and duration of Grenville Orogeny

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    Vervoort, Jeff; Ramsey, Molly; Mulcahy, Sean; Aleinikoff, John; Southworth, Scott

    2014-05-01

    The Grenville orogeny is one of the most significant geological events in Earth's history with remnants of this event prominent on virtually every continent. Constraining its timing and duration is important not only for understanding the tectonics of the Grenville itself, but also for understanding supercontinent cycles and other questions of Earth's evolution. In order to provide better constraints on the timing of Grenvillian metamorphism, we analyzed garnet-bearing Mesoproterozoic ortho and paragneisses, collected along a 150 km transect in the northern Blue Ridge Province, using combined Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd geochronology. The orthogneisses have U-Pb zircon crystallization ages of ~1140 and 1100 Ma. The paragneisses have maximum depositional ages ~1050 to 1020 Ma, based on the youngest detrital zircon populations. Zircon overgrowths and monazite ages suggest metamorphic events between ~1050 and 960 Ma. The Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd data for these samples both yield robust garnet ages with large spread of parent/daughter ratios, low age uncertainties, and low MSWD values. Lu-Hf ages define a narrow time span (1043±12 Ma to 1016±4 Ma; wtd. mean, 1024±7 Ma, 2σ). The Sm-Nd ages, determined on the same solutions as Lu-Hf, also define a narrow time range but are systematically younger (974±11 Ma to 932±5 Ma; wtd. mean, 957±10 Ma). The average difference between Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd ages is 67 Ma; the oldest Sm-Nd age is 40 Ma younger than the youngest Lu-Hf age. These large systematic differences in the ages are enigmatic. While Sm-Nd ages younger than Lu-Hf are not uncommon, these differences are typically small. There are, however, potential explanations for these differences. (1) Lu partitions strongly into garnet during growth resulting in high Lu/Hf ratios in the core and yielding ages weighted toward the beginning of growth (e.g., Skora, 2006); no similar partitioning exists in Sm/Nd and these ages reflect mean garnet growth. (2) Lu diffuses much faster than Hf at elevated

  2. Britholite, monazite, REE carbonates, and calcite: Products of hydrothermal alteration of allanite and apatite in A-type granite from Stupné, Western Carpathians, Slovakia

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    Uher, Pavel; Ondrejka, Martin; Bačík, Peter; Broska, Igor; Konečný, Patrik

    2015-11-01

    An uncommon assemblage of primary and secondary accessory REE minerals was identified in a Permian A-type granite clast in polymict conglomerates intercalated in the Cretaceous flysch sequence of the Pieniny Klippen Belt, Western Carpathians, northwest Slovakia. A detailed electron-microprobe study of the granite reveals extensive subsolidus alteration of primary magmatic allanite-(Ce) to ferriallanite-(Ce) and fluorapatite. The Y, Ce-rich fluorapatite was replaced by the dissolution-reprecipitation process to the britholite group mineral members: fluorbritholite-(Y), britholite-(Y), fluorcalciobritholite, and its hydroxyl-dominant analogue ("calciobritholite"). Britholite-(Y) contains up to 5.2 wt.% ThO2 (0.15 apfu Th); the highest Th content yet reported in naturally occurring Y-dominant britholites. Moreover, the alteration of (ferri)allanite-(Ce) resulted to complex pseudomorphs and overgrowths, including mainly REE carbonate phases: [synchysite-(Ce) to its hydroxyl-dominant analogue "hydroxylsynchysite-(Ce)", bastnäsite-(Ce)] and calcite, rarely monazite-(Ce), epidote, clinochlore, titanite, TiO2 phase, and pseudorutile. In some cases, secondary carbonate minerals (mainly synchysite and calcite) replaced a substantial part of former allanite crystals. Moreover, primary magmatic biotite (annite) was partly transformed to acicular stilpnomelane. Textural and compositional data indicate extensive replacement and breakdown of the primary magmatic allanite and apatite by aqueous fluids rich in fluorine and carbon, liberated during a younger post-magmatic, low-temperature hydrothermal-metamorphic overprint of the granite.

  3. Synthesis, phase structure and microstructure of monazite-type Ce1-xPrxPO4 solid solutions for immobilization of minor actinide neptunium

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    Zeng, Pan; Teng, Yuancheng; Huang, Yi; Wu, Lang; Wang, Xiaohuan

    2014-09-01

    Praseodymium was used as the surrogate for trivalent minor actinide neptunium, and a complete series of pure monazite-type Ce1-xPrxPO4 (x = 0-1) solid solutions were successfully prepared by the solid state reaction. The effects of calcining temperature, holding time and Pr content on the structure of Ce1-xPrxPO4 solid solutions were investigated. The results show that although Pr6O11 (Pr23+Pr44+O11) exists two stabilized oxidation states, there has been no tetravalent praseodymium phosphate during the synthesis process. The optimized temperature for the synthesis of Ce0.8Pr0.2PO4 solid solution is more than 1100 °C, and a hypothetical reaction mechanism is also proposed. Besides, the crystalline grains coarsen as the increasing of holding time. The linear variation of unit cell parameters and a gradual hypsochromic shift in the Raman spectra are observed with the increase of Pr content, indicating that cerium is progressively replaced by praseodymium and Ce1-xPrxPO4 solid solutions were prepared.

  4. Geochronological constraints (40Ar/39Ar and U/Pb) on the thermal history of the Tolumne Intrusive Suite (Sierra Nevada, California)

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    Mundil, R.; Nomade, S.; Paterson, S. R.; Renne, P. R.

    2004-12-01

    The Tuolumne Intrusive Suite (TIS) in the Eastern Sierra Nevada is considered a type example of a batholith and represents a spectacularly exposed, protracted record of internal differentiation and plutonic assembly in a large, open-system, continental arc magma chamber. One of the recent advances in our understanding of magmatic systems is the recognition that a substantial number are constructed episodically over timescales of up to millions of years for larger plutons. The main objective of this study is to investigate the episodic growth and evolution of magmatic systems by integrating thermal, geochronologic, geochemical, and crystal size distribution (CSD) studies with ongoing field studies of the TIS. Here we present high-resolution U/Pb and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology from the TIS (which was assembled between 93 and 85 Ma, Coleman et al., 2004) and adjacent older units in order to unravel the time scales of its assemblage and thermal history. 25 Samples were collected along a SW-NE corridor (ca 30 km) across the TIS, including older plutons to the SW (El Capitan) and the NE (Soldier Lake (SDL) and Green Lake plutons (GRL)). So far, conventional U/Pb single-zircon analyses yield weighted mean 206Pb/238U ages of 165.0 ± 0.3 Ma for the GRL and a preliminary age of ca. 95 Ma for the SDL, which are interpreted as emplacement ages (all uncertainties are given at the 2σ level). 40Ar/39Ar analyses were performed on two different biotite and hornblende grain size fractions (800-900μ m and 150-180μ m) from each sample. As expected, isotherms in the eastern pendant of the Sierra Nevada move towards the TIS as a result of its cooling between 85 to 80 Ma. The gradient of temperature at the time of the emplacement of the Cathedral Peak (CP) Pluton (U/Pb zircon age of ca 88 Ma, Coleman, 2004) was about 150° C to 200° C per 5 km. The western margin of the GRL (at 5 km distance from the TIS) is thermally affected by the TIS as indicated by biotite ages that are reset (ca

  5. Geochemistry of the Bela Ophiolite, Pakistan

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    Khan, M.; Nicholson, K. N.; Mahmood, K.

    2008-12-01

    The Bela ophiolite complex of Balochistan, Pakistan has been the subject of several geochemical and tectonic studies in the past. However until now there has never been a combined structural, geochemical and tectonic assimilation study which adequately explains the observed geochemistry and structural geology in a global tectonic framework. Here we present the geochemical findings of our work. The Bela ophiolite complex consists of two major units: the basal section or Lower Unit, and the Upper Unit, between the two is a mélange zone. The Lower Unit is relatively homogeneous and consists almost entirely of flow basalts and pillow basalts. The base of the Upper Unit is the metamorphic sole which is overlain by a sequence of massive basalts flows and intrusions of gabbro and granites. The entire Upper Unit is cut by doleritic dykes and sills. Geochemically the Lower Unit is comprised of basaltic lavas with E-MORB affinities. These lavas are tholeiitic, low-K series lavas with trace element signatures of E-type MORB. For example ratios such as V/Ti, Zr/Y, Nb/Th, Th/La and Nb/U all suggest these lavas are E-MORB. Previous workers have suggested these lavas are back-arc basin (BAB) however the samples lack the characteristic signatures of subduction modified MORB. This conclusion is supported by chondrite and N-MORB normalized spider diagrams where the Lower Unit lavas are enriched in the LILE with respect to the HFSE. The Upper Unit of the Bela Ophiolite sequence has a slightly more complex history. The older lavas sequences, the massive basalt flows, gabbros and granites, all formed in an oceanic arc environment. These lavas exhibit classic arc signatures such as a negative Nb and Ti anomalies, are enriched in LILE and LREE relative to HSFE, and plot in the volcanic arc and island arc fields in classic ternary plots such as 2Nb- Zr/4-Y and Y/15-La/10-Nb/8. The younger sequence of intrusions found in the Bela ophiolite appear to have BAB signatures. These lavas have

  6. The Chelyabinsk meteorite fall: Geochemistry and Mineralogy

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    Galimov, Eric

    suggestthat the Chelyabinsk meteorite parent body was affected by a major impact event at approximately 290 Ma; however, this event did not completely homogenize its Nd isotope composition. The Sr isotopic system was also not homogenized by this event. VH nuclei tracks of solar cosmic rays were detected in the meteorite; this indicates that a part of collected material could occur on the surface of the parent body. The results of the research were published in special issue of the Geochemistry journal (N6, 2013). The meteorite name was approved by the Meteoritical Society.

  7. Isotope and chemical age of the Greater Caucasus basement metamorphic rocks

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    Konilov, A. N.; Somin, M. L.; Mukhanova, A. A.

    2009-04-01

    complexes independently of baric type seem to be formed roughly synchronously during Variscan epoch. References: Gamkrelidze I.P., Shengelia D.M. ( 2005).The Precambrian-Paleozoic Regional Metamorphism, Granitoid Magmatism, and Geodynamics of the Caucasus. M: Nauchnyi Mir [in Russian]. Pyle J.M., Frank S. Spear F.S. et al. (2001). Monazite-Xenotime-Garnet Equilibrium in Metapelites and a New Monazite-Garnet Thermometer. Journal of Petrology, , 42, 2083-2107. Slagstad T. (2006).Chemical (U-Th-Pb) dating of monazite: Analytical protocol for a LEO 1450VP scanning electron microscope and examples from Rogaland and Finnmark, Norway. Norges geologiske undersøkelse Bulletin, 446, 11-18. Somin M.L. (2007a). Pre-Alpine basement of the Greater Caucasus: main features. In: Alpine history of the Greater Caucasus (Yu.G. Leonovб Ed.). GEOS. Moscow. P.15-38. Somin M.L., Lepekhina E.N., Konilov A.N. ( 2007b). Age of the High-Temperature Gneiss Core of the Central Caucasus. Doklady Earth Sciences, 415, 690-694. Somin M.L., Levchenkov O.A., Kotov A.B. et al. (2007c). The Paleozoic Age of High-Pressure Metamorphic Rocks in the Dakhov Salient, North-Western Caucasus: Results of U-Pb Geochronological Investigations. Doklady Earth Sciences, 416, 1018-1021. Suzuki K., Adachi M. (1991). Precambrian provenance and Silurian metamorphism of the Tsunosava paragneiss in South Kitakami terrane, northeast Japan, revealed by the chemical Th-U-total Pb isochron ages of monazite, zircon and xenotime. Journal of Geochemistry, 25, 357-376.

  8. In-situ Geochronology on the Mars 2020 Rover with KArLE (The Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment)

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    Cohen, Barbara A.; Li, Z. -H.; Miller, J. S.; Devismes, D.; Swindle, T. D.; Schwenzer, S. P.; Kelley, S. P.; Zacny, K. A.; Roark, S. E.; Hardaway, L. R.; Weinberg, J. D.

    2014-01-01

    A successful Mars exploration program has revealed chapters of Mars history, but in this book, the pages are ripped out of the binding and scattered across the surface. An examination of each page reveals interesting information, but there is no way to read the book in a logical order. Geochronology is the tool that puts page number onto the individual pages, and allows the book of Martian history to be read in its proper order. The KArLE experiment performs the first dedicated in situ geochronology investigation on Mars, bringing clarity to Mars 2020 samples and context to its landing site.

  9. Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Geochronology as a Collaborative Endeavor: A Decade of Progress, A Decade of Plans

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    Bowring, J. F.; McLean, N. M.; Walker, J. D.; Gehrels, G. E.; Rubin, K. H.; Dutton, A.; Bowring, S. A.; Rioux, M. E.

    2015-12-01

    The Cyber Infrastructure Research and Development Lab for the Earth Sciences (CIRDLES.org) has worked collaboratively for the last decade with geochronologists from EARTHTIME and EarthChem to build cyberinfrastructure geared to ensuring transparency and reproducibility in geoscience workflows and is engaged in refining and extending that work to serve additional geochronology domains during the next decade. ET_Redux (formerly U-Pb_Redux) is a free open-source software system that provides end-to-end support for the analysis of U-Pb geochronological data. The system reduces raw mass spectrometer (TIMS and LA-ICPMS) data to U-Pb dates, allows users to interpret ages from these data, and then facilitates the seamless federation of the results from one or more labs into a community web-accessible database using standard and open techniques. This EarthChem database - GeoChron.org - depends on keyed references to the System for Earth Sample Registration (SESAR) database that stores metadata about registered samples. These keys are each a unique International Geo Sample Number (IGSN) assigned to a sample and to its derivatives. ET_Redux provides for interaction with this archive, allowing analysts to store, maintain, retrieve, and share their data and analytical results electronically with whomever they choose. This initiative has created an open standard for the data elements of a complete reduction and analysis of U-Pb data, and is currently working to complete the same for U-series geochronology. We have demonstrated the utility of interdisciplinary collaboration between computer scientists and geoscientists in achieving a working and useful system that provides transparency and supports reproducibility, allowing geochemists to focus on their specialties. The software engineering community also benefits by acquiring research opportunities to improve development process methodologies used in the design, implementation, and sustainability of domain-specific software.

  10. Algorithms and software for U-Pb geochronology by LA-ICPMS

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    McLean, Noah M.; Bowring, James F.; Gehrels, George

    2016-07-01

    The past 15 years have produced numerous innovations in geochronology, including experimental methods, instrumentation, and software that are revolutionizing the acquisition and application of geochronological data. For example, exciting advances are being driven by Laser-Ablation ICP Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICPMS), which allows for rapid determination of U-Th-Pb ages with 10s of micrometer-scale spatial resolution. This method has become the most commonly applied tool for dating zircons, constraining a host of geological problems. The LA-ICPMS community is now faced with archiving these data with associated analytical results and, more importantly, ensuring that data meet the highest standards for precision and accuracy and that interlaboratory biases are minimized. However, there is little consensus with regard to analytical strategies and data reduction protocols for LA-ICPMS geochronology. The result is systematic interlaboratory bias and both underestimation and overestimation of uncertainties on calculated dates that, in turn, decrease the value of data in repositories such as EarthChem, which archives data and analytical results from participating laboratories. We present free open-source software that implements new algorithms for evaluating and resolving many of these discrepancies. This solution is the result of a collaborative effort to extend the U-Pb_Redux software for the ID-TIMS community to the LA-ICPMS community. Now named ET_Redux, our new software automates the analytical and scientific workflows of data acquisition, statistical filtering, data analysis and interpretation, publication, community-based archiving, and the compilation and comparison of data from different laboratories to support collaborative science.

  11. An integrative geologic, geochronologic and geochemical study of Gorgona Island, Colombia: Implications for the formation of the Caribbean Large Igneous Province

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    Serrano, Lina; Ferrari, Luca; Martínez, Margarita López; Petrone, Chiara Maria; Jaramillo, Carlos

    2011-09-01

    The genesis of the Caribbean Large Igneous Province (CLIP) has been associated to the melting of the Galapagos plume head at ~ 90 Ma or to the interaction between the plume and the Caribbean slab window. Gorgona Island, offshore western Colombia, is an accreted fragment of the CLIP and its highly heterogeneous igneous suite, ranging from enriched basalts to depleted komatiites and picrites, was assumed to have formed at ~ 89 Ma from different part of the plume. Here we present new geologic, geochronologic and geochemical data of Gorgona with significant implications for the formation of the CLIP. A new set of 40Ar- 39Ar ages documents a magmatic activity spanning the whole Late Cretaceous (98.7 ± 7.7 to 64.4 ± 5 Ma) followed by a shallower, picritic pyroclastic eruption in the Paleocene. Trace element and isotope geochemistry confirm the existence of an enriched (EDMM: La/Sm N ≥ 1 and ɛNd i of 5.7 to 7.8) and a depleted (DMM: La/Sm N < 1 and ɛNd i of 9.5 to 11.3) mantle sources. A progressive increase in the degree of melting and melt extraction with time occurred in both groups. Petrologic modeling indicates that low but variable degrees of wet melting (< 5%) of an EDMM can produce the LREE-enriched rocks. Higher degree of melting (> 10%) of a mixed DMM + EDMM (40 to 60%) may reproduce the more depleted rocks with temperatures in the range of ambient mantle in absence of plumes. Our results contradict the notion that the CLIP formed by melting of a plume head at ~ 90 Ma. Multiple magmatic pulses over several tens of Ma in small areas like Gorgona, also recognized in other CLIP areas, suggest a long period of diffuse magmatism without a clear pattern of migration. The age span of this magmatism is broadly concurrent with the Caribbean slab window. During this time span the Farallon oceanic lithosphere (later becoming the Caribbean plate) advanced eastward ~ 1500 km, overriding the astenosphere feeding the proto-Caribbean spreading ridge. This hotter mantle

  12. Sedimentary basin geochemistry and fluid/rock interactions workshop

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    1991-12-31

    Fundamental research related to organic geochemistry, fluid-rock interactions, and the processes by which fluids migrate through basins has long been a part of the U.S. Department of Energy Geosciences program. Objectives of this program were to emphasize those principles and processes which would be applicable to a wide range of problems associated with petroleum discovery, occurrence and extraction, waste disposal of all kinds, and environmental management. To gain a better understanding of the progress being made in understanding basinal fluids, their geochemistry and movement, and related research, and to enhance communication and interaction between principal investigators and DOE and other Federal program managers interested in this topic, this workshop was organized by the School of Geology and Geophysics and held in Norman, Oklahoma in November, 1991.

  13. Plutonium and Americium Geochemistry at Hanford: A Site Wide Review

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    Cantrell, Kirk J.; Felmy, Andrew R.

    2012-08-23

    This report was produced to provide a systematic review of the state-of-knowledge of plutonium and americium geochemistry at the Hanford Site. The report integrates existing knowledge of the subsurface migration behavior of plutonium and americium at the Hanford Site with available information in the scientific literature regarding the geochemistry of plutonium and americium in systems that are environmentally relevant to the Hanford Site. As a part of the report, key research needs are identified and prioritized, with the ultimate goal of developing a science-based capability to quantitatively assess risk at sites contaminated with plutonium and americium at the Hanford Site and the impact of remediation technologies and closure strategies.

  14. Secondary Ionization Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) U-Th-Pb Geochronology of Rutile Under O2+ Bombardment

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    Schmitt, A. K.; Zack, T.

    2012-12-01

    In-situ geochronology of rutile can be applied to a large range of geological problems, from exhumation of lower crust to sedimentary provenance. Recent attempts to improve SIMS U-Pb rutile dating were stifled by crystal orientation dependent instrumental fractionation between Pb and U, leading to considerable uncertainty in the calibration [1], [2]. Here, we demonstrate that injection of oxygen into the sputtered target region (O2 flooding) significantly reduces variation in the depth sputter rate for rutile. O2 flooding also correlates with increased homogeneity of the UO2+/U+ vs. Pb/U relative sensitivity calibration, resulting in higher precision for U-Pb ages. We also successfully tested an O2+ beam for rutile analysis. Natural and synthetic rutiles were found to efficiently dissipate local charges from positive ion bombardment, whereas charging largely prohibits the use of an O2+ primary beam for insulating silicates and phosphates that are common targets for in-situ geochronology. The advantage of the O2+ beam for rutile analysis is an ~10-times more intense beam current at a lateral resolution equivalent to conventionally used O- or O2- beams. The intense O2+ beam is also efficient in removing surficial Pb contamination. This leads to highly radiogenic Pb yields and combined with a 208Pb-based correction minimizes bias in the common Pb correction resulting from unresolved interferences on the conventionally used 204Pb. We compared three well-characterized rutiles where high-precision U-Pb ages are available: R10b (Gjerstad, Norway; 1090 Ma), R19 (Blumberg, Australia; 489.5 Ma), and JIMP-1B (Windmill Hills, Australia; 2625 Ma). O2+ -generated SIMS U-Pb and Pb-Pb age averages are accurate within <1% for Paleozoic to Archean rutile, the best accuracy reached so far for any in-situ rutile dating study. This underscores the potential of SIMS U-Th-Pb rutile geochronology at a precision and accuracy commensurate to zircon over a wide range of ages. Other potential

  15. Timing is Everything:The Boon and Bane of 14C Geochronology

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    Guilderson, T; Guilderson, T; Reimer, P J; Brown, T

    2004-10-29

    There are underappreciated limitations of the conversion of {sup 14}C-ages to the fixed, calendrical time-scale that bear directly upon our understanding of the dynamic climate system, or the relationship between the collapse of one civilization and it's neighbor's. In this paper we present a quantitative assessment of the limits of {sup 14}C-geochronology and calibration onto the absolute calendrical time-scale over the Holocene. We take into account not only the inherent limitations of the {sup 14}C-calendar calibration curve, but also analytical uncertainties.

  16. Petrography and Geochemistry of Lunar Meteorite Miller Range 13317

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    Zeigler, R. A.; Korotev, R. L.

    2016-01-01

    Miller Range (MIL) 13317 is a 32-g lunar meteorite collected during the 2013-2014 ANSMET (Antarctic Search for Meteorites) field season. It was initially described as having 25% black fusion crust covering a light- to dark-grey matrix, with numerous clasts ranging in size up to 1 cm; it was tenta-tively classified as a lunar anorthositic breccia. Here we present the petrography and geochemistry of MIL 13317, and examine possible pairing relationships with previously described lunar meteorites.

  17. Engineering cyber infrastructure for U-Pb geochronology: Tripoli and U-Pb_Redux

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    Bowring, J. F.; McLean, N. M.; Bowring, S. A.

    2011-06-01

    In the past decade, major advancements in precision and accuracy of U-Pb geochronology, which stem from improved sample pretreatment and refined measurement techniques, have revealed previously unresolvable discrepancies among analyses from different laboratories. One solution to evaluating and resolving many of these discrepancies is the adoption of a common software platform that standardizes data-processing protocols, enabling robust interlaboratory comparisons. We present the results of a collaboration to develop cyber infrastructure for high-precision U-Pb geochronology based on analyzing accessory minerals by isotope dilution-thermal ionization mass spectrometry. This cyber infrastructure implements an architecture specifying the workflows of data acquisition, statistical filtering, analysis and interpretation, publication, community-based archiving, and the compilation and comparison of data from different laboratories. The backbone of the cyber infrastructure consists of two open-source software programs: Tripoli and U-Pb_Redux. Tripoli interfaces with commercially available mass spectrometers using standardized protocols, statistical filtering, and interactive visualizations to aid the analyst in preparing raw data for analysis in U-Pb_Redux. U-Pb_Redux implements the architecture by orchestrating the analyst's workflow with interactive visualizations and provides data reduction and uncertainty propagation that support data interpretations. Finally, U-Pb_Redux enables production of publication-ready graphics and data tables, the archiving of results, and the comparative compilation of archived results to support cooperative science.

  18. Eruptive Style and Geochronology of the Initial Fases of Monogenetic Vulcanism of Southern Basis of Mexico

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    Jaimes, M. D.; Martin, A.; Layer, P. W.

    2013-05-01

    Monogenetic vulcanism in the central part of Mexico includes the Chichinautzin Monogenetic Volcanic Field, located at the front of the Transmexican Volcanic Belt (TMVB), 300 km from the Mesoamerican trench. At least 220 volcanoes formed during the Pleistocene and Holocene. Most are scoria cones with associated lava flows, small shield volcanoes and lava domes; and cover an área of 2400 km2 (Martin Del Pozzo, 1982; Wallace and Carmichael, 1999; Velasco-Tapia and Verma, 2001; Velasco-Tapia, 2003). Previous studies in the area (paleomagnetic, geomorphologic, vulcanologic and radiometric) indicate that volcanism is less than 0.79 Ma (Bloomfield, 1973; Mooser et al., 1974; Herrero and Pal, 1978; Martin Del Pozzo et al., 1997; Siebe et al., 2004a). Our field studies include mapping and sampling of 50 lava flows associated with scoria cones, phreatomagmatic structures (2), lava flows without cones (2) and lava domes (5). Geomorphologic analyses, whole rock chemical analyse (FRX), petrographic and geochronologic (Ar-Ar) were carried out. We identified three zones with different eruptive styles: strombolian and violent strombolian to the north and south; and phreatomagmatic style only in the north. Samples are basaltic andesites to dacites. Geochronologic data is consistent with some of the relative ages according to the geomorphologic data and corresponds to three age groups.

  19. Re-Os geochronology and coupled Os-Sr isotope constraints on the Sturtian snowball Earth.

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    Rooney, Alan D; Macdonald, Francis A; Strauss, Justin V; Dudás, Francis Ö; Hallmann, Christian; Selby, David

    2014-01-01

    After nearly a billion years with no evidence for glaciation, ice advanced to equatorial latitudes at least twice between 717 and 635 Mya. Although the initiation mechanism of these Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth events has remained a mystery, the broad synchronicity of rifting of the supercontinent Rodinia, the emplacement of large igneous provinces at low latitude, and the onset of the Sturtian glaciation has suggested a tectonic forcing. We present unique Re-Os geochronology and high-resolution Os and Sr isotope profiles bracketing Sturtian-age glacial deposits of the Rapitan Group in northwest Canada. Coupled with existing U-Pb dates, the postglacial Re-Os date of 662.4 ± 3.9 Mya represents direct geochronological constraints for both the onset and demise of a Cryogenian glaciation from the same continental margin and suggests a 55-My duration of the Sturtian glacial epoch. The Os and Sr isotope data allow us to assess the relative weathering input of old radiogenic crust and more juvenile, mantle-derived substrate. The preglacial isotopic signals are consistent with an enhanced contribution of juvenile material to the oceans and glacial initiation through enhanced global weatherability. In contrast, postglacial strata feature radiogenic Os and Sr isotope compositions indicative of extensive glacial scouring of the continents and intense silicate weathering in a post-Snowball Earth hothouse.

  20. Using SHRIMP Zircon Geochronology to Characterise the Evolution of the Proterozoic Mount Isa Inlier, Australia

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    Neumann, N. L.; Southgate, P. N.; Gibson, G. M.

    2008-12-01

    The Proterozoic Mount Isa Inlier of northern Australia records an extensive record of basin evolution between 1800 Ma and 1575 Ma, and contains a number of world-class Pb-Zn-Ag, U and Iron Oxide Cu-Au deposits. Understanding the timing and nature of basin development is a critical component in understanding these mineral systems. The integration of U-Pb zircon SHIRMP geochronology with structural and facies analysis has allowed basin packages across this area to be divided into three superbasins; the Leichhardt, Calvert and Isa Superbasins. Detrital zircon geochronology of stratigraphic units within these basins has been used in conjunction with syn-sedimentary volcanics to constrain depositional ages, and to identify and characterise changes in provenance through time. Sedimentation between 1790 Ma and 1740 Ma associated with the Leichhardt Superbasin is characterised by fluvial to shallow marine sandstones deposited in half-grabens. Between 1690 Ma and 1670 Ma, deep-water turbidites in the eastern-most parts of the inlier were deposited during an interval of missing rock record on the platform to the west, and are coincident with the initiation of a break-up unconformity. Sedimentation between 1790 Ma and 1670 Ma is also associated with voluminous felsic and mafic magmatism, and mafic rocks emplaced during this time period record a change in geochemical signature from continental flood basalts to oceanic tholeiites. We interpret these changes to be consistent with an evolution in tectonic setting from intercontinental rifting to near passive margin development.

  1. Developement of the Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE) for In Situ Geochronology

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    Cohen, Barbara A.

    2012-01-01

    Absolute dating of planetary samples is an essential tool to establish the chronology of geological events, including crystallization history, magmatic evolution, and alteration. Thus far, radiometric geochronology of planetary samples has only been accomplishable in terrestrial laboratories on samples from dedicated sample return missions and meteorites. In situ instruments to measure rock ages have been proposed, but none have yet reached TRL 6, because isotopic measurements with sufficient resolution are challenging. We have begun work under the NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (PIDDP) to develop the Potassium (K) - Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE), a novel combination of several flight-proven components that will enable accurate KAr isochron dating of planetary rocks. KArLE will ablate a rock sample, measure the K in the plasma state using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), measure the liberated Ar using quadrupole mass spectrometry (QMS), and relate the two by measuring the volume of the abated pit using a optical methods such as a vertical scanning interferometer (VSI). Our preliminary work indicates that the KArLE instrument will be capable of determining the age of several kinds of planetary samples to 100 Myr, sufficient to address a wide range of geochronology problems in planetary science. Additional benefits derive from the fact that each KArLE component achieves analyses common to most planetary surface missions.

  2. Paleontology and geochronology of the Long Beach core sites and monitoring wells, Long Beach, California

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    McDougall, Kristin; Hillhouse, John; Powell, Charles; Mahan, Shannon; Wan, Elmira; Sarna-Wojcicki, Andrei M.

    2012-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey's Focus on Quaternary Stratigraphy in Los Angeles (FOQUS-LA) project was a cooperative coring program between Federal, State, and local agencies. It was designed to provide a better understanding of earthquake potentials and to develop a stratigraphic model of the western Los Angeles Basin in California. The biostratigraphic, geochronologic, and paleoecologic analyses of eight wells drilled during the FOQUS-LA project are presented. These analyses are based on microfossils (benthic and planktic foraminifers), macrofossils, paleomagnetic stratigraphy, optically stimulated luminescence, thermoluminescence, radiocarbon dating, and tephrochronology. A geochronologic framework (incorporating paleomagnetism, luminescence, and tephrochronology) was used to calibrate the sequence stratigraphic units in the FOQUS-LA wells and also was used to calibrate the ages of the microfossil stage and zonal boundaries. The results of this study show that (1) the offshore California margin zones can be used in a nearshore setting, and (2) the California margin zonal scheme refines the chronostratigraphic resolution of the benthic foraminiferal biostratigraphic framework for the Pacific Coast. Benthic foraminiferal stages are modified by the recognition of an early Hallian substage, which is a faunal change recognized throughout the Los Angeles Basin. Although no detailed macrofossil zonations exist for the Quaternary of southern California, several species, whose distribution is regulated by the climatic conditions, are useful as secondary marker species in the shallower water deposits of the Los Angeles Basin.

  3. Re-Os geochronology and coupled Os-Sr isotope constraints on the Sturtian snowball Earth

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    Rooney, Alan D.; Macdonald, Francis A.; Strauss, Justin V.; Dudás, Francis Ö.; Hallmann, Christian; Selby, David

    2014-01-01

    After nearly a billion years with no evidence for glaciation, ice advanced to equatorial latitudes at least twice between 717 and 635 Mya. Although the initiation mechanism of these Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth events has remained a mystery, the broad synchronicity of rifting of the supercontinent Rodinia, the emplacement of large igneous provinces at low latitude, and the onset of the Sturtian glaciation has suggested a tectonic forcing. We present unique Re-Os geochronology and high-resolution Os and Sr isotope profiles bracketing Sturtian-age glacial deposits of the Rapitan Group in northwest Canada. Coupled with existing U-Pb dates, the postglacial Re-Os date of 662.4 ± 3.9 Mya represents direct geochronological constraints for both the onset and demise of a Cryogenian glaciation from the same continental margin and suggests a 55-My duration of the Sturtian glacial epoch. The Os and Sr isotope data allow us to assess the relative weathering input of old radiogenic crust and more juvenile, mantle-derived substrate. The preglacial isotopic signals are consistent with an enhanced contribution of juvenile material to the oceans and glacial initiation through enhanced global weatherability. In contrast, postglacial strata feature radiogenic Os and Sr isotope compositions indicative of extensive glacial scouring of the continents and intense silicate weathering in a post–Snowball Earth hothouse. PMID:24344274

  4. Episodic continental arc volcanism, tectonism and erosion recorded in stratigraphy and detrital zircon geochronology

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    Cao, W.; Paterson, S. R.

    2015-12-01

    Stratigraphic studies and detrital zircon geochronology of metamorphic host rock pendants of the Mesozoic Sierra Nevada arc in California show temporal correlations with episodic arc volcanism and tectonism, and have implications for our understanding of sources and sinks of recycled volcanic and sedimentary materials, as well as the paleo-geography and erosion history of an ancient continental arc. The Middle Triassic to Early Cretaceous stratigraphy of the metamorphic pendants shows alternating volcanic and sedimentary beds. The latter varies from rocks formed in high-energy terrestrial to low-energy shallow marine environments. Sedimentary textures also vary from poorly sorted volcanic-clast/breccia-rich to well-sorted fine-grained rocks and carbonates. We interpret these variations in stratigraphic records to reflect the waning and waxing of arc volcanism and tectonism, which controls erosion of source rocks, as well as elevation changes through isostastic balance. These in turn control the paleo-geography and depositional environments. Detrital zircon geochronology confirms our hypothesis. Detrital zircon ages of sedimentary rocks closely track the ages of volcanic/plutonic rocks formed immediately earlier and also include age signals of older igneous rocks and pre-arc basement, suggesting the erosion of igneous rocks of higher elevation during the magmatic flare-ups and deposition of these clasts afterwards. We conclude that episodic arc volcanism and tectonism play important roles on processes of surface erosion and sedimentation.

  5. Geochronology and historical deposition of trace metals in three tropical estuaries in the Gulf of Guinea

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    Mahu, Edem; Nyarko, Elvis; Hulme, Samuel; Swarzenski, Peter; Asiedu, Daniel K.; Coale, Kenneth H.

    2016-08-01

    The depositional histories of trace metals (Pb, Cu, and Zn) in sediment cores from three Ghanaian estuaries were reconstructed using radioisotope-derived (210Pb and 137Cs) geochronologies. A core collected from each of the Amisa, Sakumo II and Volta estuaries was analyzed for trace metals and radionuclides. Lead-210 and 137Cs dating via gamma spectroscopy, and trace metal analysis via inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) were used in deriving sedimentation rates, geochronologies and accumulation trends of trace metals. The sedimentation rates in all three estuaries (in the range of 0.54-0.83 cm yr-1) were greater than the predicted sea level rise (∼0.33 cm yr-1) for the Accra Coast of Ghana. The 210Pb depositional rates of 6.83 dpm cm-2 y-1, 2.74 dpm cm-2 y-1 and 1.75 dpm cm-2 y-1 estimated for the Amisa, Sakumo II and Volta estuaries, respectively, are higher than those recorded in other latitudes. Trace metal analysis revealed differences in the concentrations of Cu, Pb and Zn between deeper and surficial layers of each core to be in the range of 10-20%, which is well within the natural variations attributed to geochemical factors. Relative to the Amisa and Volta estuaries, the temporal profiles of Al-normalized metal concentrations and estimated fluxes suggest anthropogenic processes augmented the natural fluxes of trace metals, particularly Zn into the Sakumo II estuary during the last 7 years.

  6. Re-Os geochronology and coupled Os-Sr isotope constraints on the Sturtian snowball Earth.

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    Rooney, Alan D; Macdonald, Francis A; Strauss, Justin V; Dudás, Francis Ö; Hallmann, Christian; Selby, David

    2014-01-01

    After nearly a billion years with no evidence for glaciation, ice advanced to equatorial latitudes at least twice between 717 and 635 Mya. Although the initiation mechanism of these Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth events has remained a mystery, the broad synchronicity of rifting of the supercontinent Rodinia, the emplacement of large igneous provinces at low latitude, and the onset of the Sturtian glaciation has suggested a tectonic forcing. We present unique Re-Os geochronology and high-resolution Os and Sr isotope profiles bracketing Sturtian-age glacial deposits of the Rapitan Group in northwest Canada. Coupled with existing U-Pb dates, the postglacial Re-Os date of 662.4 ± 3.9 Mya represents direct geochronological constraints for both the onset and demise of a Cryogenian glaciation from the same continental margin and suggests a 55-My duration of the Sturtian glacial epoch. The Os and Sr isotope data allow us to assess the relative weathering input of old radiogenic crust and more juvenile, mantle-derived substrate. The preglacial isotopic signals are consistent with an enhanced contribution of juvenile material to the oceans and glacial initiation through enhanced global weatherability. In contrast, postglacial strata feature radiogenic Os and Sr isotope compositions indicative of extensive glacial scouring of the continents and intense silicate weathering in a post-Snowball Earth hothouse. PMID:24344274

  7. Paleomagnetic and 40Ar/39Ar geochronologic data from late Proterozoic mafic dikes and sills, Montana and Wyoming

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    Harlan, Stephen S.; Geissman, John William; Snee, Lawrence W.

    1997-01-01

    Paleomagnetic and 40Ar/39Ar results from mafic dikes and sills in northwestern Wyoming and western Montana yield similar virtual geomagnetic poles and isotopic dates. In combination with paleomagnetic and geochronologic data from elsewhere in the western Cordillera, these data provide evidence for a regional mafic magnetic event at 780 to 770 Ma that affected a large area of western North America.

  8. Continued Development of in Situ Geochronology for Planetary Using KArLE (Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment)

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    Devismes, D.; Cohen, B. A.

    2016-01-01

    Geochronology is a fundamental measurement for planetary samples, providing the ability to establish an absolute chronology for geological events, including crystallization history, magmatic evolution, and alteration events, and providing global and solar system context for such events. The capability for in situ geochronology will open up the ability for geochronology to be accomplished as p