Application of in situ U-Pb carbonate geochronology to Stenian-Tonian successions of North China

Lan, Zhongwu; Roberts, Nick M.W.; Zhou, Ying; Zhang, Shujing; Li, Zhensheng; Zhao, Taiping. 2022 Application of in situ U-Pb carbonate geochronology to Stenian-Tonian successions of North China. Precambrian Research, 370, 106551.

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Linking geological and biological events requires a robust geochronologic framework, which is especially challenging for poorly fossiliferous Precambrian strata. Although this can be achieved through zircon U-Pb dating, only maximum or minimum ages can typically be obtained, with rare interbedded volcanic ash beds providing precise depositional ages. U-Pb dating of authigenic carbonates could potentially become a more widely applicable geochronometer, but only if carbonate minerals can be dated with sufficient precision. A renaissance in carbonate U-Pb geochronology, utilizing the in situ laser ablation method, has opened new doors in the application of this method to geological problems. Here we apply laser ablation U-Pb dating to carbonate-rich sedimentary strata of likely Meso-Neoproterozoic age on the southeastern margin of the North China Craton, resulting in two meaningful U-Pb ages of 1036 ± 45 Ma and 1010 ± 36 Ma (2σ), from early diagenetic fine-grained microspar samples. As well as being mutually consistent, these new ages show that precision approaching the limiting uncertainty of the reference material used (∼2.5% 2σ) can be achieved. Success in this study holds promise for dating other key Precambrian successions.

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ISSN: 03019268
Date made live: 07 Apr 2022 10:41 +0 (UTC)

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