Multiple monazite growth in the Areskutan migmatite: evidence for a polymetamorphic Late Ordovician to Late Silurian evolution in the Seve Nappe Complex of west-central Jamtland, Sweden
2012 (English)In: Journal of Geosciences, ISSN 1802-6222, E-ISSN 1803-1943, Vol. 57, no 1, 3-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Monazite from granulite-facies rocks of the angstrom reskutan Nappe in the Scandinavian Caledonides (Seve Nappe Complex, Sweden) was dated using in-situ U-Th-total Pb chemical geochronology (CHIME). Multi-spot analyses of a non-sheared migmatite neosome yielded an age of 439 +/- 3 Ma, whereas a sheared migmatite gave 433 +/- 3 Ma (2 sigma). Although the obtained dates are rather similar, a continuous array of single dates from c. 400 Ma to c. 500 Ma suggests possibly a more complex monazite age pattern in the studied rocks. The grouping and recalculation of the obtained results in respect to Y-Th-U systematics and microtextural context allowed distinguishing several different populations of monazite grains/growth zones. In the migmatite neosome, low-Th and low-Y domains dated at 455 +/- 11 Ma are considered to have grown under high-grade sub-solidus conditions, most likely during a progressive burial metamorphic event. The monazites with higher Th and lower Y yielded an age of 439 +/- 4 Ma marking the subsequent partial melting event caused by decompression. The youngest (423 +/- 13 Ma) Y-enriched monazite reveals features of fluid-assisted growth and is interpreted to date the emplacement of the Areskutan onto the Lower Seve Nappe. In the sheared migmatite, the high-Th and low-U (high Th/U) monazite with variable Y contents yielded an age of 438 +/- 4 Ma, which is interpreted to date the partial melting event. Relatively U-rich rims on some of the monazite grains again reveal features of fluid-assisted growth, and thus their age of 424 +/- 6 Ma is interpreted as timing of the nappes emplacement. These results call, however, for further more precise, isotopic (preferably ion microprobe) dating of monazite in the studied rocks.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 57, no 1, 3-23 p.
Scandinavian Caledonides, geochronology, monazite, partial melting, metamorphism
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Geology
Research subject Earth Science with specialization in Mineral Chemistry, Petrology and Tectonics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208207DOI: 10.3190/jgeosci.112ISI: 000306651200002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208207DiVA: diva2:651302