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Composition and U-Pb ages of apatite in the Amba Dongar carbonatite-alkaline complex, India

Fosu, Benjamin R and Ghosh, Prosenjit and Chew, David M and Viladkar, Shrinivas G (2019) Composition and U-Pb ages of apatite in the Amba Dongar carbonatite-alkaline complex, India. In: GEOLOGICAL JOURNAL, 54 (6). pp. 3438-3454.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/gj.3350


The Amba Dongar carbonatite-alkaline complex is regarded as a late phase intrusion (ca. 65 Ma) associated with Deccan volcanism. Existing age constraints on the Amba Dongar carbonatite are based on phlogopite Ar-40-Ar-39 plateau ages derived from carbonatite and associated alkaline rocks within the complex. We explore the utility of apatite, a common accessory mineral in Amba Dongar carbonatites, as a petrogenetic and geochronological tool to constrain further the evolution of the carbonatites. Apatite exhibits different crystal forms-from hexagonal stubby prisms to ovoid and elongate grains. Apatite occurs as cumulate and disseminated grains that are either primary, fractured, or recrystallized. SrO content is high in primary apatite (3.17 wt%) but less in recrystallized (1.90 wt%) and disseminated grains (0.47 wt%). MnO and Cl are negligible while FeO is typically low in all samples. SiO2 content is low except for a few primary grains which measure up to 1.35 wt%, correlating with high REE content. LREEs dominate the total REE budget of Amba Dongar apatite, with HREEs below EPMA detection limit in most samples. Total REE content is generally low, though some primary apatite contains up to 3.19 wt% REEs. We also report U-Pb apatite ages from the carbonatites analysed in situ by LA-ICP-MS. The data from all samples combined on a U-Pb Tera-Wasserburg concordia yield a lower intercept age of 65.4 +/- 2.5 Ma (MSWD = 2.8, Pb-207/Pb-206(i) = 0.8272 +/- 0.0028), and the Amba Dongar carbonatites are thus interpreted to represent a phase of coeval magmatic activity with Deccan volcanism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: WILEY
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to WILEY
Keywords: Amba Dongar; apatite; carbonatite; Deccan Traps; magmatism; U-Pb dating
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 07:44
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2020 07:44
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/64012

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