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High-precision U–Pb dating of complex zircon from the Lewisian Gneiss Complex of Scotland using an incremental CA-ID-TIMS approach

Crowley, Q.G.; Key, R.; Noble, S.R.. 2015 High-precision U–Pb dating of complex zircon from the Lewisian Gneiss Complex of Scotland using an incremental CA-ID-TIMS approach. Gondwana Research, 27 (4). 1381-1391. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2014.04.001

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Abstract/Summary

A novel approach of thermally annealing and sequentially partially dissolving single zircon grains prior to highprecision Isotope Dilution Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (ID-TIMS) is presented. This technique is applied to complex zircon from the Precambrian Lewisian Gneiss Complex of Scotland. Up to six partial dissolutions were conducted at incrementally higher temperatures and analysed at each successive step. ID-TIMS analyses reveal the portions of zircon affected by the lowest temperature partial dissolution step have suffered Pb-loss. Successively higher temperature partial dissolution steps yield a series of analyses fromthe younger domains, followed by mixing trajectories with older components, presumably fromthe inner domains. Specifically, for a partially retrogressed granulite tonalite gneiss from the central block (Assynt), high-grade metamorphic zircon ages of c. 2500 Ma and c. 2700Ma are resolved with a protolith age of c. 2860Ma also recognised. This unequivocally demonstrates two separate episodes of high-grade metamorphism affected rocks from this region. The c. 2700Ma age provides aminimumage constraint on the highest pressure event known fromArchean crustal rocks. Using this technique of pseudo-spatial resolution coupled with high-precision analysis it is possible to recognise discrete Pb-loss andmultiple stages of zircon growth or isotopic resettingwithin single grains towithin 0.1–0.2% error (2σ) on individual 207Pb/206Pb ages. This method has relevance to U–Pb zircon geochronology where conventional micro-beam techniques are unable to resolve between separate ages within single grains.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2014.04.001
ISSN: 1342937X
Date made live: 13 May 2014 10:51 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/507237

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