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TitleDeciphering the effects of zircon deformation and recrystallization to resolve the age and heritage of an Archean mafic granulite complex
AuthorRayner, N MORCID logo; Sanborn-Barrie, MORCID logo; Moser, D E
SourceMicrostructural geochronology: planetary records down to atom scale; by Moser, D E (ed.); Corfu, F (ed.); Darling, J R (ed.); Reddy, S M (ed.); Tait, K (ed.); American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph 232, 2018 p. 225-245,
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20160324
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
NTS45N/09; 45N/10; 45N/11; 45N/14; 45N/15; 45N/16; 45O/09; 45O/12; 45O/13; 45O/15; 45O/16; 45P; 46A; 46B; 46C/01; 46C/02; 46C/03; 46C/06; 46C/07; 46C/08; 46C/09; 46C/10; 46C/11; 46C/14; 46C/15; 46C/16; 46F/01; 46F/02; 46F/03; 46F/06; 46F/07; 46F/08; 46G/03; 46G/04
AreaSouthampton Island
Lat/Long WENS -85.5000 -80.0000 65.5000 63.5000
Subjectsgeochronology; geochemistry; tectonics; radiometric dating; uranium lead dating; zircon; geological history; tectonic history; tectonic evolution; crustal evolution; crystallization; magmatism; metamorphism; deformation; foliation; recrystallization; intrusions; emplacement; stress analyses; thermal history; strain; bedrock geology; lithology; metamorphic rocks; granulites; gneisses; mafic rocks; ultramafic rocks; metasedimentary rocks; marbles; silicates; semipelites; psammites; igneous rocks; intrusive rocks; granites; monzo-granites; granodiorites; monzonites; pegmatites; diorites; anorthosites; peridotites; pyroxenites; gabbros; sedimentary rocks; ironstone; inclusions; metamorphic facies; amphibolite facies; granulite facies; structural features; folds; antiforms; synforms; shear zones; faults, transcurrent; electron microscope analyses; electron diffraction analyses; trace element analyses; textural analyses; heavy mineral analyses; craton; crustal studies; crystallography; rock analyses, rare earth elements; Archean; Laurentia; Superior Province; Rae Craton; Kokumiak River Suite; Precambrian; Proterozoic
Illustrationsgeoscientific sketch maps; photographs; photomicrographs; tables; Concordia diagrams; plots; geochemical plots; geochronological charts
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Rae Province, Boothia-Somerset
ProgramStrategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED)
ProgramNSERC Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Released2017 12 01
Southampton Island, Nunavut, Canada, is uniquely situated to provide critical insight into the architecture and evolution of northeast Laurentia. However, extensive metamorphism at mid-crustal, upper amphibolite- to granulite-facies conditions has resulted in complex U-Pb systematics and challenges in establishing igneous versus metamorphic histories. Resolution of ambiguous geochronological results through integration of ion microprobe analyses and electron microscopy is applied to two texturally, chemically and morphologically distinct zircon populations from a high-grade layered mafic complex. Whereas U-Pb results for anhedral zircon grains define a discordia with an upper intercept of ca. 3.08 Ga and a lower intercept of ca. 1.81 Ga, equant grains yield a single age population at 1869±8 Ma. The data allow either an upper intercept crystallization age affected by Paleoproterozoic reworking, or an inherited component within 1.87 Ga intrusion. Spatially correlated CL, EBSD and SHRIMP trace element analyses establish that regional deformational stresses combined with heating has created deformed, net-textured, inclusion-rich domains of Pb-loss sometimes accommodated by trace element change. These changes need to be understood to resolve the age and affinity of these rocks. This work highlights the utility of microstructural analysis of zircon to determine crustal affinity and gain insight into regional craton-scale evolution.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This manuscript was invited for inclusion in the GSA Monograph entitled "Microstructural geochronology; lattice to atom-scale records of planetary evolution". It explores a unique zircon microstructure found in a mafic granulite from Arctic Canada and its associated complex U-Pb and trace element systematics. This was accomplished through an integrated ion probe (U-Pb and REE analyes) and electron microscopy (CL and EBSD) study. This work demonstrates how U-Pb ages, geochemical variations, microstructural measurement and textural observations of zircon can be integrated to arrive at reliable interpretations of complex data and to explain the sequence of mechanism that affected the zircons. It also highlights the importance of micro-scale studies on understanding big-picture questions about tectonics and regional geology in Nunavut.

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