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The Tectonothermal evolution and provenance of the Tyrone Central Inlier, Ireland: Grampian imbrication of an outboard Laurentian microcontinent?

Chew, D.M.; Flowerdew, M.J.; Page, L.M.; Crowley, Q.G.; Daly, J.S.; Cooper, M.; Whitehouse, M.J.. 2008 The Tectonothermal evolution and provenance of the Tyrone Central Inlier, Ireland: Grampian imbrication of an outboard Laurentian microcontinent? Journal of the Geological Society, 165 (3). 675-685. 10.1144/0016-76492007-120

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Abstract/Summary

The Tyrone Central Inlier is a metamorphic terrane of uncertain affinity situated outboard of the main Dalradian outcrop (south of the Fair Head–Clew Bay Line) and could represent sub-arc basement to part of the enigmatic Midland Valley Terrane. Using a combination of isotopic, structural and petrographic evidence, the tectonothermal evolution of the Tyrone Central Inlier was investigated. Sillimanite-bearing metamorphic assemblages (c. 670 degreesC, 6.8 kbar) and leucosomes in paragneisses are cut by granite pegmatites, which post-date two deformation fabrics. The leucosomes yield a weighted average 207Pb/206Pb zircon age of 467 +/- 12 Ma whereas the main fabric yields a 40Ar–39Ar biotite cooling age of 468 +/- 1.4 Ma. The pegmatites yield 457 +/- 7 Ma and 458 +/- 7 Ma Rb–Sr muscovite–feldspar ages and 40Ar–39Ar step-heating plateaux of 466 +/- 1 Ma and 468 +/- 1 Ma, respectively. The metasedimentary rocks yield Palaeoproterozoic Sm–Nd model ages and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry detrital zircon U–Pb analyses from a psammitic gneiss yield age populations at 1.05–1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2.7 and 3.1 Ga. Combined, these data permit correlation of the Tyrone Central Inlier with either the Argyll or the Southern Highland Group of the Dalradian Supergroup. The inlier was thus part of Laurentia onto which the Tyrone ophiolite was obducted.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1144/0016-76492007-120
Programmes: BGS Programmes > NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory
BAS Programmes > Other Special Projects
ISSN: 0016-7649
Additional Keywords: Tyrone Central Inlier, Isotopes
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 15 Apr 2008 14:03
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2783

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