Journal article

A MAJOR LATE DEVONIAN-EARLY CARBONIFEROUS (HERCYNIAN) THERMOTECTONIC EVENT AT THE NW MARGIN OF THE ARABIAN-NUBIAN SHIELD - EVIDENCE FROM ZIRCON FISSION-TRACK DATING

BP KOHN, M EYAL, S FEINSTEIN

Tectonics | AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION | Published : 1992

Abstract

Zircon fission track (ZFT) ages of 17 Precambrian samples from deep boreholes and outcrops in southern Israel and Sinai fall within the range 328–373 Ma (Late Devonian‐Early Carboniferous). Single zircon grain age distributions are unimodal with a high chi‐square probability. The age data indicate total resetting of the ZFT clocks but only partial resetting of coexisting sphenes, constraining the temperatures attained to about 225° ± 50°C, followed by relatively rapid regional cooling at the times indicated. In the study area, the lower Paleozoic section presently overlying Precambrian rocks is limited to Cambrian strata, up to 300 m thick. Further, stratigraphic evidence for sub‐Carbonifero..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers