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Linking monazite geochronology with fluid infiltration and metamorphic histories: Nature and experiment

Shazia, JR and Harlov, DE and Suzuki, K and Kim, SW and Girish-Kumar, M and Hayasaka, Y and Ishwar-Kumar, C and Windley, BF and Sajeev, K (2015) Linking monazite geochronology with fluid infiltration and metamorphic histories: Nature and experiment. In: LITHOS, 236 . pp. 1-15.

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Migmatised metapelites from the Kodaikanal region, central Madurai Block, southern India have undergone ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism (950-1000 degrees C; 7-8 kbar). In-situ electron microprobe Th-U-Pb isochron (CHIME) dating of monazites in a leucosome and surrounding silica-saturated and silica-poor restites from the same outcrop indicates three principal ages that can be linked to the evolutionary history of these rocks. Monazite grains from the silica-saturated restite have well-defined, inherited cores with thick rims that yield an age of ca. 1684 Ma. This either dates the metamorphism of the original metapelite or is a detrital age of inherited monazite. Monazite grains from the silica-poor restite, thick rims from the silica-saturated restite, and monazite cores from the leucosome have ages ranging from 520 to 540 Ma suggesting a mean age of 530 Ma within the error bars. In the leucosome the altered rim of the monazite gives an age of ca. 502 Ma. Alteration takes the form of Th-depleted lobes of monazite with sharp curvilinear boundaries extending from the monazite grain rim into the core. We have replicated experimentally these altered rims in a monazite-leucosome experiment at 800 degrees C and 2 kbar. This experiment, coupled with earlier published monazite-fluid experiments involving high pH alkali-bearing fluids at high P-T, helps to confirm the idea that alkali-bearing fluids, in the melt and along grain boundaries during crystallization, were responsible for the formation of the altered monazite grain rims via the process of coupled dissolution-reprecipitation. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: LITHOS
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, PO BOX 211, 1000 AE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Keywords: Monazite; Coupled dissolution-reprecipitation; Experimental petrology; Migmatitic metapelite; Electron microprobe CHIME method
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2015 06:05
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2015 06:05
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/52953

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