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Thermochronology of the Yidun Arc, central eastern Tibetan Plateau: constraints from (40)Ar/(39)Ar K-feldspar and apatite fission track data

AJ Reid, AP Fowler, D Phillips, CJL Wilson

Journal of Asian Earth Sciences | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2005


Four K-feldspar samples from the Yidun Arc, eastern Tibetan Plateau, were analysed by the Ar/ Ar method with the aim of recovering information on their thermal history using multiple diffusion domain (MDD) theory. Arrhenius plots for each of the samples reveal low retentivity early in the heating experiments, a property that is attributed to their recrystallised nature. This low argon retentivity appears to violate the MDD assumption that volume diffusion is the only mechanism for argon transport within the crystals, thus the thermal histories derived from these analyses are considered suspect. Nevertheless, the age spectra themselves suggest that the majority of samples had cooled below ∼2..

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