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Ancient and juvenile components in the continental crust and mantle: Hf isotopes in zircon from Svecofennian magmatic rocks and rapakivi granites in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Solid Earth Geology.
2011 (English)In: Lithosphere, ISSN 1941-8264, Vol. 3, no 6, 409-419 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The sources of igneous rocks in the continental crust are elusive, but they may be traced by radiogenic isotopes, which convey a message about the age and composition of the concealed parts of the continent. We investigated the Hf-isotope composition of zircon in ten rocks from central and southern Sweden. Two felsic metavolcanic rocks and two metagabbros (ca. 1.89 Ga) from Bergslagen, southern Sweden, show epsilon(Hf)(t) ranges of -1.8 to +5.1 and +2.6 to +6.8, respectively, suggesting that juvenile sources have contributed to both. A 1.85 Ga granite from southern Bergslagen shows a epsilon(Hf)(t) range of -2.6 to +4.6 for magmatic zircons, but both highly negative and positive values for inherited grains, providing evidence for both Archean and juvenile crustal sources. These and previous data confirm the existence of juvenile proto-Svecofennian crust (<2.2-1.9 Ga) with a minor Archean component, from which later crustal magmas were generated. The Hf-isotope evolution curve for this crust can be approximated by epsilon(Hf)(1.90) = 3 +/- 3 and (176)Lu/(177)Hf = 0.018. Similarly, the present data, together with data for younger mafic intrusions, can be used to infer the presence of a "mildly depleted" sub-Svecofennian mantle evolution curve with epsilon(Hf)(1.90) = 4.5 +/- 2.5 and (176)Lu/(177)Hf = 0.0315. Zircons from four out of five rapakivi intrusions (1.53-1.50 Ga) in central Sweden yield negative epsilon(Hf)(t) in the range -9.8 to -4.6, suggesting mixed Archean and juvenile Svecofennian sources. One intrusion farther south ranges between epsilon(Hf)(t) of -4.1 and -1.6, and has a larger contribution from Svecofennian crust. The data suggest that the crust in Bergslagen, southern Sweden, is dominantly Paleoproterozoic, while higher proportions of Archean material are present below central Sweden.

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2011. Vol. 3, no 6, 409-419 p.
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-167645DOI: 10.1130/L162.1ISI: 000298138500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-167645DiVA: diva2:488315
Available from: 2012-02-01 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-02-01Bibliographically approved

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