Journal article

Gondwana margin evolution from zircon REE, O and Hf signatures of Western Province gneisses, Zealandia

Joe Hiess, Keewook Yi, Jon Woodhead, Trevor Ireland, Mark Rattenbury, NMW Roberts (ed.), M VanKranendonk (ed.), S Parman (ed.), S Shirey (ed.), PD Clift (ed.)

CONTINENT FORMATION THROUGH TIME | GEOLOGICAL SOC PUBLISHING HOUSE | Published : 2015

Abstract

U-Th-Pb dated zircons from Western Province paragneisses and orthogneisses were analysed for rare earth element (REE) concentrations, as well as oxygen and hafnium isotopic compositions. Experiments performed in situ using a sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) and laser ablation multicollection inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (LA-MC-ICPMS) allow better understanding of crustal growth on the Zealandia margin of Gondwana from the micron scale. Paragneiss zircons were probably derived from similar sources to those that supplied the regional Ordovician Greenland Group and correlative southern Australian and Antarctic meta-sedimentary rocks. Detrital zircon grains recor..

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