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  1. Chemical abrasion-SIMS (CA-SIMS) U-Pb dating of zircon from the late Eocene Caetano caldera, Nevada

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    Watts, Kathryn E.; Coble, Matthew A.; Vazquez, Jorge A.; Henry, Christopher D.; Colgan, Joseph P.; John, David A.

    2016-01-01

    Zircon geochronology is a critical tool for establishing geologic ages and time scales of processes in the Earth's crust. However, for zircons compromised by open system behavior, achieving robust dates can be difficult. Chemical abrasion (CA) is a routine step prior to thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) dating of zircon to remove radiation-damaged parts of grains that may have experienced open system behavior and loss of radiogenic Pb. While this technique has been shown to improve the accuracy and precision of TIMS dating, its application to high-spatial resolution dating methods, such as secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), is relatively uncommon. In our efforts to U-Pb date zircons from the late Eocene Caetano caldera by SIMS (SHRIMP-RG: sensitive high resolution ion microprobe, reverse geometry), some grains yielded anomalously young U-Pb ages that implicated Pb-loss and motivated us to investigate with a comparative CA and non-CA dating study. We present CA and non-CA 206Pb/238U ages and trace elements determined by SHRIMP-RG for zircons from three Caetano samples (Caetano Tuff, Redrock Canyon porphyry, and a silicic ring-fracture intrusion) and for R33 and TEMORA-2 reference zircons. We find that non-CA Caetano zircons have weighted mean or bimodal U-Pb ages that are 2–4% younger than CA zircons for the same samples. CA Caetano zircons have mean U-Pb ages that are 0.4–0.6 Myr older than the 40Ar/39Ar sanidine eruption age (34.00 ± 0.03 Ma; error-weighted mean, 2σ), whereas non-CA zircons have ages that are 0.7–1.3 Myr younger. U-Pb ages do not correlate with U (~ 100–800 ppm), Th (~ 50–300 ppm) or any other measured zircon trace elements (Y, Hf, REE), and CA and non-CA Caetano zircons define identical trace element ranges. No statistically significant difference in U-Pb age is observed for CA versus non-CA R33 or TEMORA-2 zircons. Optical profiler measurements of ion microprobe pits demonstrate consistent depths of ~ 1.6

  2. Role of CA-EDTA on the Synthesizing Process of Cerate-Zirconate Ceramics Electrolyte

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    Sharizal Hasan; Nur Athirah Abdullah; Nafisah Osman

    2013-01-01

    The role of a combination between citric acid (CA) and ethylenediaminetetra acetic acid (EDTA) as chelating agents in preparation of BaCe0.54Zr0.36Y0.1O2.95 powder by a modified sol-gel method is reported. The precursor solutions were prepared from metal nitrate salts (M+), chelating agents (C), and ethylene glycol (EG) at molar ratio of M+ : C : EG = 3 : 2 : 3. Chemical and phase transformation of samples during thermal decomposition were analyzed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Four...

  3. Development of mixed conducting dense nickel/Ca-doped lanthanum zirconate cermet for gas separation application

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    Highlights: ► Phase pure La1.95Ca0.05Zr2O7-δ (LCZ) material is prepared by combustion synthesis. ► LCZ and Ni-LCZ bulk samples are prepared with theoretical density close to 100%. ► Bulk electrical conductivity ∼400 S/cm is obtained for Ni–LCZ cermet at 750 °C. -- Abstract: La1.95Ca0.05Zr2O7-δ (LCZ) and Ni–LCZ cermet have been prepared by combustion synthesis and conventional solid state mixing methods respectively. Both the materials are sintered in air and controlled atmosphere (5% H2 in Ar). The density obtained for the material sintered at 1400 °C in controlled atmosphere is found to be more than 99.5%. This sintering temperature (1400 °C) is considered to be much lower compared to the conventional sintering temperature. The corresponding total conductivity for such Ni–LCZ cermet materials is ∼400 S/cm measured at 750 °C having 40 vol% of Ni and 60 vol% LCZ.

  4. Isomorphous miscibility in MEO4 (scheelite) - LnVO4 (zircon) systems, where M=Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd, Pb; E=Mo, W; Ln=Y and lanthanides

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    Method of X-ray phase analysis was used to study phase relations in MEO4 (scheelite) - LnVO4 (zircon) systems, where M=Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd, Pb; E=Mo, W; Ln=Y, Ce, Nd, Eu. Formation of limited solid solutions M1-xVxO4 was established. Evaluation of isomorphous miscibility in scheelite-zircon systems according to the statements of energy theory of isomorphous miscibility was conducted

  5. Permian U-Pb (CA-TIMS) zircon ages from Australia and China: Constraining the time scale of environmental and biotic change

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    Denyszyn, S. W.; Mundil, R.; Metcalfe, I.; He, B.

    2010-12-01

    In eastern Australia, the interconnected Bowen and Sydney Basins are filled with terrestrial sediments of late Paleozoic to early Mesozoic age. These sedimentary units record significant evolutionary events of eastern Gondwana during the time interval between two major mass extinctions (end Middle Permian and Permian-Triassic), and also provide lithological evidence for the Carboniferous-Permian Late Paleozoic Ice Age of southern Pangea, considered to be divisible into up to seven discrete glaciation events in Australia [e.g., 1]. These glaciations are currently assigned ages that indicate that the last of the glaciations predate the end Middle Permian mass extinction at ca. 260 Ma. However, the estimates for the time and durations are largely based on biostratigraphy and lithostratigraphy that, in the absence of robust and precise radioisotopic ages, are unacceptably fragile for providing an accurate high-resolution framework. Interbedded with the sediments are numerous tuff layers that contain zircon, many of which are associated with extensive coal measures in the Sydney and Bowen Basins. Published SHRIMP U-Pb zircon ages [2, 3] have been shown to be less precise and inaccurate when compared to ages applying the CA-TIMS method to the same horizons. Also within the late Middle Permian, the eruption of the Emeishan flood basalts in SW China has been proposed to have caused the end Middle Permian mass extinction [e.g., 4], though a causal link between these events demands a rigorous test that can only be provided by high-resolution geochronology. We present new U-Pb (CA-TIMS) zircon ages on tuff layers from the Sydney and Bowen Basins, with the purpose of generating a timescale for the Upper Permian of Australia to allow correlation with different parts of the world. Initial results, with permil precision, date a tuff layer within the uppermost Bandanna Fm. to ca. 252 Ma, a tuff within the Moranbah Coal Measures to ca. 256 Ma, and a tuff within the Ingelara Fm. to

  6. Stability and oxygen ionic conductivity of zircon-type Ce 1- xAxVO 4+ δ ( A=Ca, Sr)

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    Tsipis, E. V.; Kharton, V. V.; Vyshatko, N. P.; Shaula, A. L.; Frade, J. R.

    2003-11-01

    Zircon-type Ce 1- xAxVO 4+ δ ( A=Ca, Sr; x=0-0.2) are stable in air up to approximately 1300 K, whilst further heating or reducing oxygen partial pressure leads to formation of A-site deficient zircon and CeO 2- δ phases. The stability boundaries of Ce 1- xAxVO 4+ δ are comparable to those of vanadium dioxide and calcium orthovanadate. At oxygen pressures lower than 10 -15 atm, perovskite-type CeVO 3- δ is formed. The oxygen ion transference numbers of Ce 1- xAxVO 4+ δ, determined by faradaic efficiency measurements in air, vary in the range from 2×10 -4 to 6×10 -3 at 973-1223 K, increasing with temperature. The oxygen ionic conductivity has activation energy of 87-112 kJ/mol and is essentially independent of A-site dopant content. Contrary to the ionic transport, p-type electronic conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of Ce 1- xAxVO 4+ δ are influenced by the divalent cation concentration. The average thermal expansion coefficients of Ce 1- xAxVO 4+ δ, calculated from high-temperature XRD and dilatometric data in air, are (4.7-6.1)×10 -6 K -1.

  7. Stability and oxygen ionic conductivity of zircon-type Ce1-xAxVO4+δ (A=Ca, Sr)

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    Zircon-type Ce1-xAxVO4+δ (A=Ca, Sr; x=0-0.2) are stable in air up to approximately 1300 K, whilst further heating or reducing oxygen partial pressure leads to formation of A-site deficient zircon and CeO2-δ phases. The stability boundaries of Ce1-xAxVO4+δ are comparable to those of vanadium dioxide and calcium orthovanadate. At oxygen pressures lower than 10-15 atm, perovskite-type CeVO3-δ is formed. The oxygen ion transference numbers of Ce1-xAxVO4+δ, determined by faradaic efficiency measurements in air, vary in the range from 2x10-4 to 6x10-3 at 973-1223 K, increasing with temperature. The oxygen ionic conductivity has activation energy of 87-112 kJ/mol and is essentially independent of A-site dopant content. Contrary to the ionic transport, p-type electronic conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of Ce1-xAxVO4+δ are influenced by the divalent cation concentration. The average thermal expansion coefficients of Ce1-xAxVO4+δ, calculated from high-temperature XRD and dilatometric data in air, are (4.7-6.1)x10-6 K-1

  8. In situ zircon U-Pb and Hf-O isotopic results for ca. 73 Ma granite in Hainan Island: Implications for the termination of an Andean-type active continental margin in southeast China

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    Jiang, Xiao-Yan; Li, Xian-Hua

    2014-03-01

    We report in the paper integrated analyses of in situ zircon U-Pb ages, Hf-O isotopes, whole-rock geochemistry and Sr-Nd isotopes for the Longlou granite in northern Hainan Island, southeast China. SIMS zircon U-Pb dating results yield a crystallization age of ˜73 Ma for the Longlou granite, which is the youngest granite recognized in southeast China. The granite rocks are characterized by high SiO2 and K2O, weakly peraluminous (A/CNK = 1.04-1.10), depletion in Sr, Ba and high field strength elements (HFSE) and enrichment in LREE and large ion lithophile elements (LILE). Chemical variations of the granite are dominated by fractional crystallization of feldspar, biotite, Ti-Fe oxides and apatite. Their whole-rock initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.7073-0.7107) and ɛNd(t) (-4.6 to -6.6) and zircon ɛHf(t) (-5.0 to 0.8) values are broadly consistent with those of the Late Mesozoic granites in southeast China coast. Zircon δ18O values of 6.9-8.3‰ suggest insignificant involvement of supracrustal materials in the granites. These granites are likely generated by partial melting of medium- to high-K basaltic rocks in an active continental margin related to subduction of the Pacific plate. The ca. 73 Ma Longlou granite is broadly coeval with the Campanian (ca. 80-70 Ma) granitoid rocks in southwest Japan and South Korea, indicating that they might be formed along a common Andean-type active continental margin of east-southeast Asia. Tectonic transition from the Andean-type to the West Pacific-type continental margin of southeast China likely took place at ca.70 Ma, rather than ca. 90-85 Ma as previously thought.

  9. Zircon Recycling in Arc Intrusions

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    Miller, J.; Barth, A.; Matzel, J.; Wooden, J.; Burgess, S.

    2008-12-01

    Recycling of zircon has been well established in arc intrusions and arc volcanoes, but a better understanding of where and how zircons are recycled can help illuminate how arc magma systems are constructed. To that end, we are conducting age, trace element (including Ti-in-zircon temperatures; TzrnTi) and isotopic studies of zircons from the Late Cretaceous (95-85 Ma) Tuolumne Intrusive Suite (TIS) in the Sierra Nevada Batholith (CA). Within the TIS zircons inherited from ancient basement sources and/or distinctly older host rocks are uncommon, but recycled zircon antecrysts from earlier periods of TIS-related magmatism are common and conspicuous in the inner and two most voluminous units of the TIS, the Half Dome and Cathedral Peak Granodiorites. All TIS units have low bulk Zr ([Zr]825°C), [Zr] in the TIS is a factor of 2 to 3 lower than saturation values. Low [Zr] in TIS rocks might be attributed to a very limited supply of zircon in the source, by disequilibrium melting and rapid melt extraction [1], by melting reactions involving formation of other phases that can incorporate appreciable Zr [2], or by removal of zircon at an earlier stage of magma evolution. Based on a preliminary compilation of literature data, low [Zr] is common to Late Cretaceous N.A. Cordilleran granodioritic/tonalitic intrusions (typically Tzrnsat [3]. A corollary is that slightly older zircon antecrysts that are common in the inner units of the TIS could be considered inherited if they are derived from remelting of slightly older intrusions. Remelting at such low temperatures in the arc would require a source of external water. Refs: [1] Sawyer, J.Pet 32:701-738; [2] Fraser et al, Geology 25:607-610; [3] Harrison et al, Geology 35:635- 638

  10. Zircon Saturation Re-Revisited

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    Boehnke, P.; Trail, D.; Schmitt, A. K.; Watson, E. B.; Harrison, M.

    2011-12-01

    Zircon saturation in silicate melts has been utilized for magma thermometry and predicting the survival of zircon xenocrysts in crustal melts for nearly 30 years. The original calibration, which assumed only compositional (M = [2Ca+Na+K]/[AlxSi]) and temperature controls, was bolstered by subsequent experimental investigations and thermometry of volcanic rocks and glasses. These latter studies, while confirming the general predictions of the model, suggested that other environmental parameters (e.g., pressure, H 2O, halogens, [Fe], oxygen fugacity, etc.) might have second-order effects. Given the tremendous advances in micro-analytical capabilities over the intervening three decades, we have returned to this question with a view to obtaining a refined zircon solubility calibration as a function of P, T, [H2O] and FM (= [Na+K+2(Ca+Mg+Fe)]/[AlxSi]). Detailed SEM imaging of the original low-temperature crystallization experiments (1.2-2.1 kbar) revealed limitations of this approach and we chose instead to use a new experimental design in which shattered Mud Tank zircon is infiltrated by melts of selected composition and water contents. 10 kbar hydrothermal experiments (925o and 850oC) were run for sufficiently long durations (2 to 3 days) to ensure microscale diffusive equilibration of Zr released by zircon dissolution into the intercrystalline melt pools. Sectioned run products were analyzed by SIMS ion imaging of selected areas where glass is exposed in close proximity to or surrounded by Mud Tank zircon fragments. Ion imaging has the advantage of permitting high spatial resolution (3 μm) analysis of the glasses allowing assessment of Zr equilibration. Using synthetic glass standards, we found [Zr] in anhydrous glasses to be enhanced by ca. 20% relative to hydrous (at 6 wt.% H2O). Our new experiments and re-analysis of the earlier glasses broadly reproduce the original calibration, albeit with substantially enhanced (factor of five) precision compared to the

  11. Ceramic with zircon coating

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    Wang, Hongyu (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    An article comprises a silicon-containing substrate and a zircon coating. The article can comprise a silicon carbide/silicon (SiC/Si) substrate, a zircon (ZrSiO.sub.4) intermediate coating and an external environmental/thermal barrier coating.

  12. Alkaline Earth Metal Zirconate Perovskites MZrO3 (M=Ba(2+), Sr(2+), Ca(2+)) Derived from Molecular Precursors and Doped with Eu(3+) Ions.

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    Drąg-Jarząbek, Anna; John, Łukasz; Petrus, Rafał; Kosińska-Klähn, Magdalena; Sobota, Piotr

    2016-03-24

    The effect of alkaline earth metal alkoxides on the protonation of zirconocene dichloride was investigated. This approach enabled the design of compounds with preset molecular structures for generating high-purity binary metal oxide perovskites MZrO3 (M=Ba(2+), Sr(2+), Ca(2+)). Single-source molecular precursors [Ba4 Zr2 (μ6 -O)(μ3 ,η(2)-OR)8 (OR)2(η(2) -HOR)2 (HOR)2 Cl4], [Sr4 Zr2 (μ6 -O)(μ3 ,η(2)-OR)8 (OR)2 (HOR)4 Cl4], [Ca4 Zr2 (μ6-O)(μ3 ,η(2)-OR)8 (OR)2 Cl4], and [Ca6 Zr2 (μ2 ,η(2)-OR)12 (μ-Cl)2 (η(2) -HOR)4 Cl6 ]⋅8 CH2 Cl2 were prepared via elimination of the cyclopentadienyl ring from Cp2 ZrCl2 as CpH in the presence of M(OR)2 and alcohol ROH (ROH=CH3OCH2 CH2OH) as a source of protons. The resulting complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, IR and NMR spectroscopy, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compounds were then thermally decomposed to MCl2 /MZrO3 mixtures. Leaching of MCl2 from the raw powder with deionized water produced highly pure perovskite-like oxide particles of 40-80 nm in size. Luminescence studies on Eu(3+)-doped MZrO3 revealed that the perovskites are attractive host lattices for potential applications in display technology. PMID:26891039

  13. Chemical durability of zircon

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    Trocellier, Patrick; Delmas, Robert

    2001-07-01

    Zircon (ZrSiO 4) exhibits a strong structural affinity for uranium and thorium together with a very high chemical durability. This makes it a potential crystalline host matrix to immobilize actinides issued from separation of nuclear wastes. Irradiation induces amorphization of the crystalline structure (the metamictization process) and thus may decrease the chemical durability of the material. Leaching tests have been conducted on natural zircons from Brazil and Madagascar at 96°C for a period of 1 month, using deionized water. Leachates have been analysed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and UV-visible spectrophotometry. Zircon solid surfaces have been investigated by coupling scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis (SEM-EDX) with nuclear microprobe analysis ( μPIXE, μRBS and μERDA). From the mass balance between leachates and hydrated surfaces, the probable mechanisms of zircon aqueous alteration are presented and discussed.

  14. Chemical durability of zircon

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    Zircon (ZrSiO4) exhibits a strong structural affinity for uranium and thorium together with a very high chemical durability. This makes it a potential crystalline host matrix to immobilize actinides issued from separation of nuclear wastes. Irradiation induces amorphization of the crystalline structure (the metamictization process) and thus may decrease the chemical durability of the material. Leaching tests have been conducted on natural zircons from Brazil and Madagascar at 96 deg. C for a period of 1 month, using deionized water. Leachates have been analysed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and UV-visible spectrophotometry. Zircon solid surfaces have been investigated by coupling scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis (SEM-EDX) with nuclear microprobe analysis (μPIXE, μRBS and μERDA). From the mass balance between leachates and hydrated surfaces, the probable mechanisms of zircon aqueous alteration are presented and discussed

  15. A Further Investigation of the Exceptional Zircon Aggregate in Lunar Thin Section 73235,82

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    Pidgeon, R. T.; Nemchin, a. A.; Meyer, C.

    2005-01-01

    Introduction: Smith et al. described an exceptional zircon assemblage in thin section 82 from lunar breccia 73235 which, in transmitted light, resembles a cluster of pomegranate seeds, situated in a clast dominated by bytownite (Fig.1). They reported that high-contrast back-scattered electron (BSE) images of the zircon assemblage clearly show an overgrowth around most of the crystals. Most significantly these authors reported that the age of the rims of ca 4.18Ga is 120 million years younger than age of the interiors, dated at ca 4.31Ga. Smith et al. concluded that ca 4.31 billion years ago a relatively large (500+micron) zircon crystallized within a clast of Ca rich plagioclase. The zircon was fractured into numerous smaller crystals and was subsequently overgrown by a second generation of zircon at approximately 4.18Ga.

  16. Trace element and oxygen isotope composition of Hawaiian hotspot zircon

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    Vazquez, J. A.; Bindeman, I. N.; Shamberger, P. J.; Hammer, J. E.

    2010-12-01

    The trace element and isotopic compositions of zircon are increasingly used to delimit the provenance of detrital minerals in sedimentary rocks, as well as the dynamics and timescales of magmagenesis and metamorphism. Numerous studies document the characteristics of zircon hosted by continental and MORB-related rocks, but the characteristics of zircon generated in magmas from oceanic hotspots are relatively unknown. We present the trace element and O-isotope compositions of Hawaiian zircon from gabbroic and dioritic xenoliths sampled by Holocene basalts at Hualalai volcano. The plutonic zircon yield U-Pb and 238U-230Th ages of ca. 250 ka and 40 ka and grew from intrusions of highly fractionated alkalic magma lodged at >10 km depths (Shamberger & Hammer, 2006; Vazquez et al., 2007). Individual Hualalai zircon are euhedral to anhedral with inclusions of feldspars, pyroxenes, and trachytic glass. Zoning apparent in cathodoluminescence images is generally indistinct, but a significant minority of crystals has rims with relatively high luminescence. Ion microprobe analyses of individual zircon crystals reveal trace element zoning that generally correlates with luminescence. Up to 20-fold variation in HREE concentrations, with overall positive correlation between Eu/Eu* and Ti and inverse correlation between Hf and Ti, characterize Hualalai zircon. These relations are similar to those reported for zircon from some felsic suites related by cooling-induced fractionation. Luminescent rims have relatively low REE, Hf, and Y, but have Ti concentrations like their corresponding interiors. Ti-in-zircon thermometry yields temperatures between 800-1000°C after adjustments for sub-unity TiO2 and SiO2 activities using silicate-oxide equilibria. These temperatures are generally consistent with temperatures derived from two-feldspar and glass-pyroxene pairs included by single zircon crystals. Despite compositional differences, zircon interiors and luminescent rims yield 238U-230Th

  17. Zircon decomposition with dolomite in the presence of fluxes

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    The process of direct preparation of zirconium dioxide from zircon using natural dolomite as well as effect on the process and quality of the prepared dioxide of the fluxes-calcium salts (CaCl2, CaF2) is investigated. Distribution of the zirconium, silicon and calcium oxides by the products of the reaction depending on ratio of the using reagents is studied

  18. Barium zirconate base ceramics

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    The chemical corrosion at high temperatures is a serious problem in the refractory materials field, leading to degradation and bath contamination by elements of the refractory. The main objective of this work was to search for ceramics that could present higher resistance to chemical attack by aggressive molten oxides. The general behaviour of a ceramic material based on barium zirconate (Ba Zr O3) with the addition of different amounts of liquid phase former was investigated. The densification behaviour occurred during different heat treatments, as well as the microstructure development, as a function of the additives and their reactions with the main phase, were observed and are discussed. (author)

  19. Mineral chemistry of a zircon-bearing, composite, veined and metasomatised upper-mantle peridotite xenolith from kimberlite

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    Dawson, J. B.; Hill, P. G.; Kinny, P. D.

    2001-02-01

    Zircon-bearing veins in a harzburgite xenolith from kimberlite have imposed Ca-metasomatism on the harzburgite wall rock, in addition to adding K, Fe, Ti and OH. The zircon, previously dated to have an age similar to that of the xenolith-hosting kimberlite, shows higher Y, Nb, Ba, REE, Th and U contents than other mantle-derived zircons. Peripheral alteration of the zircon to baddeleyite and zirconolite, and alteration of vein ilmenite to perovskite suggest reaction with an evolving carbonatitic kimberlite melt. The high Cr2O3 content (0.77 wt%) of the zirconolite extends the compositional range of terrestrial zirconolite.

  20. Preliminary U-Pb zircon ages of high-grade rocks in southern Kerala, India

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    South Kerala in southwestern India offers interesting khondalite-charnockite assemblages suitable for detailed multidisciplinary case studies on granulite petrogenesis. Arrested charnockite formation is also characteristic of the terrain. Absolute ages of the khondalites are poorly constrained; limited U-Pb zircon data for various rock types of south Kerala khondalite belt have been obtained. Zircons from khondalite sensu-stricto and garnet-biotite gneiss of possible sedimentary origin give a concordia upper-intercept apparent age of ca. 2200 Ma, suggesting that the khondalites contain detrital material that is at least early Proterozoic in age; the data yield a lower intercept apparent age of ca. 400-600 Ma, but it is not clear if this represents new zircon growth and episodic Pb loss at that time (preferred) or is an artifact of normal diffusive loss of radiogenenic Pb. Zircons from retrograded granulitic gneisses have zircon upper-intercept apparent ages of ca. 1550 Ma, indicating either a younger protolith age or, more probably, greater radiogenic Pb loss during subsequent migmatite-grade metamorphism that caused retrogression of the granulite. Since all the zircon populations are complex, more detailed analyses will need to be pursued to resolve age relationships of these rocks with greater certainty. Monazite from a retrograded granulitic gneiss, yields a concordant age of ca. 520 Ma; this age is probably related to late Proterozoic-early Cambrian regional thermal event is south Kerala and is correlative with a similar event in Sri Lanka. (author). 25 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  1. Phonon dispersion relation in zircon

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    The silicate mineral zircon is one of the major constituents of the earth's crust. The low thermal expansion, structural and chemical stability of zircon ZrSiO4 (space group I41/amd; Z=2) enable it as a host material for radioactive elements uranium and thorium in the earth's crust. Phonon spectrum is needed to understand the thermodynamic behaviour of this mineral. Lattice dynamical calculations of the phonon dispersion relation have been carried out and some acoustic phonons of zircon have also been measured

  2. Chemical characteristics of zircon from A-type granites and comparison to zircon of S-type granites

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    Breiter, Karel; Lamarão, Claudio Nery; Borges, Régis Munhoz Krás; Dall'Agnol, Roberto

    2014-04-01

    The trace element content in zircons from A-type granites and rhyolites was investigated by using back-scattered electron images and electron microprobe analyses. The studied Proterozoic (Wiborg batholith, Finland and Pará, Amazonas and Goiás states, Brazil) and Variscan (Krušné Hory/Erzgebirge, Czech Republic and Germany) plutons cover a wide range of rocks, from large rapakivi-textured geochemically primitive plutons to small intrusions of F-, Li-, Sn-, Nb-, Ta-, and U-enriched rare-metal granites. While zircon is one of the first crystallized minerals in less fractionated metaluminous and peraluminous granites, it is a late-crystallized phase in peralkaline granites and in evolved granites that may crystallize during the whole process of magma solidification. The early crystals are included in mica, quartz, and feldspar; the late grains are included in fluorite or cryolite or are interstitial. The zircon in hornblende-biotite and biotite granites from the non-mineralized plutons is poor in minor and trace elements; the zircon in moderately fractionated granite varieties is slightly enriched in Hf, Th, U, Y, and HREEs; whereas the zircon in highly fractionated ore-bearing granites may be strongly enriched in Hf (up to 10 wt.% HfO2), Th (up to 10 wt.% ThO2), U (up to 10 wt.% UO2), Y (up to 12 wt.% Y2O3), Sc (up to 3 wt.% Sc2O3), Nb (up to 5 wt.% Nb2O5), Ta (up to 1 wt.% Ta2O5), W (up to 3 wt.% WO3), F (up to 2.5 wt.% F), P (up to 11 wt.% P2O5), and As (up to 1 wt.% As2O5). Metamictized zircons may also be enriched in Bi, Ca, Fe, and Al. The increase in the Hf content coupled with the decrease in the Zr/Hf value in zircon is one of the most reliable indicators of granitic magma evolution. In the zircon of A-type granites, the Zr/Hf value decreases from 41-67 (porphyritic granite) to 16-19 (equigranular granite) in the Kymi stock, Finland, and from 49-52 (biotite granite) to 18-36 (leucogranite) in the Pedra Branca pluton, Brazil. In the in situ strongly

  3. Composition of the zircon surface

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    Composition of functional groups on zircon surface was studied by the methods of potentiometry, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and analysis of adsorption of organic acids and based. It was ascertained that zircon surface properties are similar to silica ones to a greater extent than those of ZrO2. Composition of zircon surface at pH values ≤ pH0 (where pH0 - point of zero charge of zircon reached at pH 5.9) does not differ from composition of its volumetric phase (ZrO2:SiO2 = 1:1.4), however, at pH > pH0 increase in the share of ≡ ZrOH surface groups occurs

  4. In-situ trace element analyses and Pb-Pb dating of zircons in granulite from Huangtuling, Dabieshan by LAM-ICP-MS

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    吴元保; 陈道公; 夏群科; 涂湘林; 程昊; 杨晓志

    2003-01-01

    It is revealed by CL images that there are multi-stage growth internal structures of zircons in the Huangtuling granulite, including the inherited zircons, protolith zircons, sector and planar zone zircons and retrograde zircons. In-situ trace element compositions and Pb-Pb ages have been analyzed by LAM-ICP-MS. The sector and the planar zone domains show typical trace element characteristics of granulite zircon (low Th, U, Th/U, total REEs, clear negative Eu anomalies, relatively depleted HREE and small differential degree between MREE and HREE, etc.), indicating that they formed during granulite-facies metamorphism. The protolith zircons have trace element characteristics of crustal zircon (high Th, U, Th/U, total REEs and enriched HREEs, etc.). 12 analyzed spots on granulite-facies domains give a weighted mean 207Pb/206Pb age of (2154±26) Ma (MSWD = 3.8), which is the best estimated age of granulite-facies metamorphism of this sample. The weighted mean 207Pb/206Pb age of 5 analyzed spots on protolith zircon domains is (2714 ± 22) Ma (MSWD = 1.4), which represents the protolith forming time. The discovery of ca. 3.4 Ga inherited zircon indicates that there are Palaeoarchean continental materials in this area. The interpretation of formation conditions and the ages of zircons can be constrained by simultaneous in-situ analysis of trace elements and ages.

  5. Detrital Zircon Geochronology of Cretaceous and Paleogene Strata Across the South-Central Alaskan Convergent Margin

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    Bradley, Dwight; Haeussler, Peter; O'Sullivan, Paul; Friedman, Rich; Till, Alison; Bradley, Dan; Trop, Jeff

    2009-01-01

    Talkeetna Mountains (schist of Hatcher Pass) and, immediately to the south, the northernmost sedimentary sequence of the Matanuska forearc basin (Arkose Ridge Formation). Detrital zircons from the Paleogene Arkose Ridge Formation are as young as 61 and 70 Ma; the population is dominated by a single Late Cretaceous peak at 76 Ma; the oldest zircon is 181 Ma. Sedimentological evidence clearly shows that the conglomeratic Arkose Ridge Formation was derived from the Talkeetna Mountains; our detrital zircon data support this inference. Zircons dated at ca. 90 Ma in the Arkose Ridge sample suggest that buried or unmapped plutons of this age may exist in the Talkeetnas. This is a particularly interesting age as it corresponds to the age of the supergiant Pebble gold-molybdenum-copper porphyry prospect near Iliamna and suggests a new area of prospectivity for Pebble-type deposits. The schist of Hatcher Pass, which was previously assigned a Jurassic depositional age, yielded surprisingly young Late Cretaceous detrital zircons, the youngest at 75 Ma. The probability density curve has four Cretaceous peaks from 76 to 102 Ma, a pair of Late Jurassic peaks at 155 and 166 Ma, three Early Jurassic to Late Triassic peaks at 186, 197, and 213 Ma, minor Carboniferous peaks at 303 and 346 Ma, and a minor Paleoproterozoic peak at 1828 Ma. The schist of Hatcher Pass was largely derived from Mesozoic arc sources, most likely the Wrangellia composite terrane, with some contribution from one or more older, inboard sources, probably including the Yukon-Tanana terrane. We postulate that the schist of Hatcher Pass represents metamorphosed rocks of the Valdez Group that were subducted and then exhumed along the Chugach terrane's 'backstop' during Paleogene transtension. Western Alaska Range - Six detrital zircon samples were collected from a little studied belt of turbidites in Tyonek quadrangle on strike with the Kahiltna assemblage of the central Alaska Range. Many of the sandstones ar

  6. Determination of uranium in zircon

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    Cuttitta, F.; Daniels, G.J.

    1959-01-01

    A routine fluorimetric procedure is described for the determination of trace amounts of uranium in zircon. It employs the direct extraction of uranyl nitrate with ethyl acetate using phosphate as a retainer for zirconium. Submicrogram amounts or uranium are separated in the presence of 100,000 times the amount of zirconium. The modified procedure has been worked out using synthetic mixtures of known composition and zircon. Results of analyses have an accuracy of 97-98% of the contained uranium and a standard deviation of less than 2.5%. ?? 1959.

  7. WA zircon undermines major theory

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    Analysis of a tiny zircon crystal found in Western Australia suggests the Earth had oceans and continents just 50 million years after a giant impact was supposed to have melted the planet and formed the Moon. The 200-micron crystal comes from ancient rocks in the remote Jack Hills area. Radiometric dating puts its age at 4.404 billion years, more than 100 million years older than the next-oldest known fragment of the Earth. More surprisingly, the ratio of oxygen isotopes indicates the material that formed the zircon had reacted with liquid water - suggesting the Earth had oceans much earlier than anyone had expected. The conventional model is that the top 1000 kilometres of the Earth was molten rock at the time, says John Valley, a geologist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The Earth formed 4.55 billion years ago, but the impact of a Mars-sized body about 4.45 billion years ago was thought to have melted the planet again and splashed material into space which formed the Moon. The discovery presents 'real problems' for the lunar impact theory, according to Allan Treiman of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. On impact. 'an incredible amount of heat gets dumped into the Earth - all the heat of the impact, plus the heat of the object's core' he said. Cooling would take a long time. With only 50 million years between the supposed impact and the time the zircon formed, 'you're running out of time to create the Moon and have the Earth cool down enough to have oceans,' Treiman said. Although a magma ocean might lose heat quickly, cooling would slow once a solid crust covered the liquid. The ancient zircon suggests the Earth's surface was solid rock 4.4 billion years ago, and had even developed continents. Zircons normally form in granites or andesites and these rocks result from the melting of crustal rock and subsequent eruption on continents. The isotope concentration of 180 in the zircon indicates the rocks that melted had previously reacted with

  8. Topological Modeling of Metamict Zircon

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    Hobbs, L. W.; Zhang, Y.; Yuan, X.

    2006-05-01

    Zircon (ZrSiO4) is the most studied metamict mineral and a leading model for candidate ceramic hosts designed to encapsulate highly radioactive nuclear waste and excess plutonium. It is also emblematic of compound oxide ceramics with a potential to phase separate in the amorphized state. Several groups have carried out ab initio or molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of melt-quenched or radiation-disordered zircon. A tendency for silica tetrahedra to polymerize, implying incipient phase separation, has been noted, but adequate descriptors of the amorphous state capable of distinguishing between different disordered arrangements have not been available. This contribution details critical modifications made to empirical potentials used in MD simulations and useful improvements in modeling efficiency that have facilitated constant pressure simulations of quenched and displacement cascade-amorphized zircon. The simulated end- states have been subjected to topological assessment algorithms for enumerating coordinations, bond lengths and bond angles; counting primitive rings and identifying structure-defining local primitive-ring clusters; and assessing degree of coordination-unit polymerization. The topologies of simulated melt, melt-quenched and cascade-amorphized disordered arrangements have been found to be different and distinguishable. A two-body Born-Mayer empirical potential with ZBL short-range repulsive term was fit to major structural, elastic, thermal and dielectric properties of crystalline zircon, but it was noted that the best crystalline fit, with non-stoichiometric partial ion charges, led to unrealistic coordinations in amorphized arrangements and uncontrolled expansions in constant pressure simulations because of silica polymerization. Therefore, stoichiometrically charge-balanced partial charges were instead chosen and optimized; the optimal choice of O-1.2, Si+2.4, Zr+2.4 led to realistic coordinations (Zr 7, Si 4) and well-behaved constant

  9. Surface morphology and reactivity of natural zircon

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    Zircon is a mineral known to be highly resistant to weathering. It may also survive to several geological cycles including metamorphism and anatexis. However, in some environments (hydrothermal fluids, tropical soils), zircon may loose its resistance and use of zirconium as an immobile element in weathering mass balance studies has been questioned. In addition, loss of crystal structure due to the accumulation of radiation induced defects, i.e. metamictization, strongly modifies the bulk thermodynamic properties of zircon.As surface properties are known to control the silicate weathering rates and may be different from bulk properties, a detailed study of the surface of zircons from tropical soils and sediments has been undertaken in order to better understand the resistance of zircon to dissolution. Surface chemistry of zircons was probed by Rutherford backscattering analysis whereas their surface morphology was analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscopy. First results show contrasted surface morphologies depending on the crystallographic nature of the observed face. Concerning the well crystallized zircon, these contrasts can be interpreted from theoretical surface structures. In the case of variably metamict zircon, the metamictization degree can be probed using Raman spectroscopy and is shown to partly control the surface morphology of zircons originating from weathering environments. In both cases, no strong chemical modification was found near the surface of zircon. (authors)

  10. Fission track dating of zircon: a multichronometer

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    Scattering in Fission Track ages of zircons of a single rock is possible when they present morphological and geochemical variations, if the greatest care is not taken in the choice of the etching conditions and the counting of tracks. The Fission Track study of two heterogeneous populations of zircons from the Mont Blanc granite and from the Gran Paradiso gneisses allows to show that zircon may work as a multichronometer

  11. Metallic lead nanospheres discovered in ancient zircons.

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    Kusiak, Monika A; Dunkley, Daniel J; Wirth, Richard; Whitehouse, Martin J; Wilde, Simon A; Marquardt, Katharina

    2015-04-21

    Zircon (ZrSiO4) is the most commonly used geochronometer, preserving age and geochemical information through a wide range of geological processes. However, zircon U-Pb geochronology can be affected by redistribution of radiogenic Pb, which is incompatible in the crystal structure. This phenomenon is particularly common in zircon that has experienced ultra-high temperature metamorphism, where ion imaging has revealed submicrometer domains that are sufficiently heterogeneously distributed to severely perturb ages, in some cases yielding apparent Hadean (>4 Ga) ages from younger zircons. Documenting the composition and mineralogy of these Pb-enriched domains is essential for understanding the processes of Pb redistribution in zircon and its effects on geochronology. Using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, we show that Pb-rich domains previously identified in zircons from East Antarctic granulites are 5-30 nm nanospheres of metallic Pb. They are randomly distributed with respect to zircon crystallinity, and their association with a Ti- and Al-rich silica melt suggests that they represent melt inclusions generated during ultra-high temperature metamorphism. Metallic Pb is exceedingly rare in nature and previously has not been reported in association with high-grade metamorphism. Formation of these metallic nanospheres within annealed zircon effectively halts the loss of radiogenic Pb from zircon. Both the redistribution and phase separation of radiogenic Pb in this manner can compromise the precision and accuracy of U-Pb ages obtained by high spatial resolution methods. PMID:25848043

  12. Radiation damage effects in zircon

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    Trachenko, Kostya; Dove, Martin; Salje, Ekhard

    2002-03-01

    Zircon, ZrSiO_4, is important for geology and geochronology, and has been proposed as a host material to immobilize highly radioactive materials from dismantled weapons and nuclear waste from power stations [1]. In these applications zircon is exposed to alpha-irradiation. Computer simulations have started to be employed to simulate radiation damage in zircon [2], but the origin and microscopic mechanisms of the most important structural changes in zircon - unit cell expansion and large macroscopic swelling at higher doses, strong shear deformation of the crystalline lattice, and polymerization of SiOn units [3], remain unknown. Here, we perform the molecular dynamics simulation of highly energetic recoils in zircon. Basing on the simulation results, we propose the simple picture of the density change in the damaged region that consists of the depleted and densified matter. We find that the experimentally observed structural changes originate from the interaction of the damaged region with the surrounding crystalline lattice: the shear of the lattice around the damaged region causes shear deformation and expansion of the unit cells. The polymers of connected SiOn polyhedra are most commonly present in the densified shell at the periphery of the damaged region. [1] R C Ewing et al, J. Mater. Res. 10, 243 (1995); W J Weber et al, B E Burakov et al, in Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XIX, 25-32 and 33-40 (Plenum, New York, 1996); R C Ewing, et al in Crystalline Ceramics: Waste Forms for the Disposal of Weapons Plutonium, NATO Workshop Proceedings 65 (Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1996). [2] B Park et al, Phys. Rev. B, 64, 174108 (1-16) (2001); J P Crocombette and D Ghaleb, J. Nucl. Mater., 295, 167 (2001); K Trachenko et al, J. Appl. Phys., 87, 7702 (2000); K Trachenko et al, J. Phys.: Cond. Matt., 13, 1947 (2001). [3] T Murakami et al, Am. Min., 76, 1510 (1991); H D Holland and D Gottfried, Acta Cryst. 8, 291 (1955).; W J Weber, J. Am

  13. Thermal Forensics of Zircons from the Mesoproterozoic Sudbury Impact Structure (ontario, Canada)

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    Prado, D.; Mojzsis, S. J.

    2010-12-01

    The Sudbury Igneous Complex (SIC) forms the central part of the Mesoproterozoic (ca. 1.85 Ga) Sudbury impact structure and comprises three lithological units: norite (bottom), quartz gabbro, and granophyre (top). To determine the precise timing of the impact and the subsequent thermal behavior of the crust to this impact, an experimental approach was formulated to directly assess the associated impact energies by exploiting the crystallo-chemical response of zircon (Zr(SiO4)). The differential (slow) diffusional response of constituent elements (e.g. U, Th, Pb, REEs, Ti) in zircon at different temperatures and time-scales of the thermal pulse associated with impact makes this mineral an ideal recorder of the timing and condition of impact energies. Because titanium concentration in zircon is a function of temperature, we can also use this relationship a useful thermometer to probe time vs. temperature during the impact and its aftermath. Here, we report our studies of individual zircon grains extracted from SIC norite and granophyre drill core samples via standard heavy-mineral techniques (no zircons were found in the quartz gabbro unit). Grains were both hand-picked under an optical microscope and cast in epoxy, or entire heavy-mineral aliquots were cast without bias that arises from hand-picking. Electron imaging was used to identify individual zircons; many of the norite zircons displayed sets of planar deformation features (PDFs) attributable to shock wave deformation from impact, but none of the granophyre zircons displayed such structures. The largest and least altered grains from the sample aliquot we prepared were removed from their mounts and recast in epoxy with standard zircon AS-3 in anticipation of titanium thermometry and uranium-lead geochronology by high-resolution ion microprobe in depth-profile mode. Depth profiling reveals relationships between zircon growth time and the geochemical environment during crystallization and cooling after impact. We

  14. U-Pb age and Hf-O isotopes of detrital zircons from Hainan Island: Implications for Mesozoic subduction models

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    Jiang, Xiao-Yan; Li, Xian-Hua; Collins, W. J.; Huang, Hui-Qing

    2015-12-01

    A compilation of magmatic ages from the Mesozoic South China Block suggests a number of "magmatic quiescence" periods at ca. 205-195 Ma, ca. 150-140 Ma and ca. 125-115 Ma, casting doubt on tectonic models that suggest ongoing Andean-type subduction along the South China continental margin. However, SIMS U-Pb analyses on two detrital zircon samples from the Cretaceous Lumuwan Formation on Hainan Island, southeast China, reveal three major age peaks at ca. 120 Ma, ca. 155 Ma and ca. 235 Ma. Zircons of these ages are mostly euhedral and show typical magmatic oscillatory zoning, suggesting short-distance transport from nearby magmatic sources. The extremely rare occurrence of ca. 120 Ma magmatic records onshore suggests that detrital zircons of this age population may be derived from a source proximal to Hainan Island but presently missing. Therefore, our data provide new evidence for ongoing magmatic activity in late Mesozoic South China. In situ Hf and O isotope analyses of the Mesozoic detrital zircons reveal large variations in both εHf(t) (- 21.2 to 10.5) and δ18O (4.4‰ to 13.6‰) values. A general negative correlation between them suggests the reworking of old supracrustal materials (average crustal residence age of ca. 2.0 Ga) by juvenile mantle-derived magmas. The progression of increasing εHf(t) and decreasing δ18O values of zircons from the Triassic to the Cretaceous suggests progressive crustal growth during the Mesozoic. The results are consistent with hybridization at an active continental margin. We briefly review tectonic models for the Indosinian orogeny and suggest that the petrologic evidence indicates that Mesozoic magmatism was part of the circum-Pacific accretionary orogens that formed along the continental margin of East Asia no later than ca. 250 Ma and continued at least to the late Cretaceous.

  15. Zircon-rutile-ilmenite froth flotation process

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    This patent describes a method for separating a mixture of minerals comprising at least zircon, ilmenite and rutile. It comprises adding an acid solution to the mixture to acidify to a pH of between about 2.0 and 6.0; adding starch to the mixture to depress the ilmenite and the rutile; adding a source of fluoride ions to the mixture to provide a negative surface charge on the zircon surface to activate the zircon; adding an amine cationic collector to the mixture to float the activated zircon; subjecting the mixture containing the added acid solution, the fluoride ions, the starch and the cationic collector, to froth flotation; and withdrawing a float product comprising the zircon and a sink product comprising the ilmenite and rutile

  16. Radiation effects in zircon and apatite

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    Zircon and apatite form as actinide host phases in several high-level waste forms and have been proposed as host phases for the immobilization of plutonium and other actinides. Self-radiation damage from α-decay of the incorporated Pu (or other actinides) can affect the durability and performance of these actinide-bearing phases. Natural zircons and apatites, with ages up to 4 billion years, provide abundant evidence for their long-term durability because of their wide spread use in geochronology and fission-track dating. Detailed studies of natural zircons and apatites, 238Pu-containing zircon, a 244Cm-containing silicate apatite, and ion-irradiated zircon, natural apatite, and synthetic silicate apatites provide a unique basis for the analysis of α-decay effects over broad time scales. Recent results of some of these studies are presented here

  17. Solidification of simulated actinides by natural zircon

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    YANG Jian-Wen; LUO Shang-Geng

    2004-01-01

    Natural zircon was used as precursor material to produce a zircon waste form bearing 20wt% simulated actinides (Nd2O3 and UO2) through a solid state reaction by a typical synroc fabrication process. The fabricated zircon waste form has relatively good physical properties (density 5.09g/cm3, open porosity 4.0%, Vickers hardness 715kg/mm2). The XRD, SEM/EDS and TEM/EDS analyses indicate that there are zircon phases containing waste elements formed through the reaction. The chemical durability and radiation stability are determined by the MCC-1method and heavy ion irradiation; the results show that the zircon waste form is highly leach resistance and relatively stable under irradiation (amorphous dose 0.7dpa). From this study, the method of using a natural mineral to solidify radioactive waste has proven to be feasible.

  18. Zircon xenocryst resorption and magmatic regrowth at El Chichón Volcano, Chiapas, Mexico

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    Pack, Brenda; Schmitt, Axel K.; Roberge, Julie; Tenorio, Felipe Garcia; Damiata, Brian N.

    2016-02-01

    El Chichón volcano is the only active volcano located within the Chiapanecan Volcanic Arc in southern Mexico, which lies between the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and the Central American Volcanic Arc. Previous studies have shown that ~ 12 eruptions have occurred at El Chichón within the last 8000 years, forming a complex of lava domes with a central crater and surrounding pyroclastic deposits. Here, we report the discovery of zircon in Holocene El Chichón rocks, which were analyzed by high spatial resolution imaging (color cathodoluminescence CCL) and isotopic (secondary ionization mass spectrometry SIMS) methods to resolve core and rim crystallization ages. Pumice samples from five proximal pyroclastic flow and fall-out deposits were collected based on published stratigraphy. Two of the samples were further (re-)classified by new 14C dates. In addition, we sampled two lavas from the 1982 eruption and from remnants of the older Somma lava complex. Zircon crystals were dated using 230Th/238U disequilibrium (U-Th) and U-Pb geochronology. U-Th zircon ages fall between near eruption ages and ca. 84 ka, with overlapping ages in all samples. By contrast, zircon core U-Pb ages range between ca. 290 Ma and 1.9 Ga. These ages are consistent with xenocrystic origins and their heterogeneity indicates derivation from clastic country rocks. Strong age contrasts between inherited xenocrystic and young magmatic domains in individual zircon crystals are evidence for arrested assimilation of crustal rocks where initially zircon-undersaturated magmas cooled rapidly to form a crystal mush or subsolidus amalgamate as a crustally contaminated boundary layer. This layer contributed zircon crystals to eruptible magma during episodic recharge events followed by partial melt extraction, mixing and homogenization. Zircon overgrowths are significantly older than major minerals whose U-series ages and sharp zonation boundaries suggest crystallization only within a few ka before eruption

  19. Interaction of Bi, Pb(2223) precursors with metal zirconates

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    The new technique of oxide barriers has significantly increased the transverse resistivity of the sheath material and reduced the ac losses in Ag/Bi, Pb(2223) multifilamentary tapes. In order to find a suitable oxide barrier material and to understand the effects of the barrier on the superconducting filament, we have studied the interaction of Pb-doped Bi(2223) with five different zirconates: BaZrO3, SrZrO3, CaZrO3, PbZrO3 and Sr0.5Ca0.5ZrO3, from different sources. The interaction is studied in three different ways: by directly adding the zirconate to the Bi, Pb(2223) powder, by studying the interactions in diffusion couples and by fabricating Bi, Pb(2223) tapes with these barrier materials and measuring their transport properties. Ultrafine commercial SrZrO3 powder has been found to be a very suitable and low-cost barrier material. (author)

  20. U-Pb Dating of Zircons and Phosphates in Lunar Meteorites, Acapulcoites and Angrites

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    Zhou, Q.; Zeigler, R. A.; Yin, Q. Z.; Korotev, R. L.; Joliff, B. L.; Amelin, Y.; Marti, K.; Wu, F. Y.; Li, X. H.; Li, Q. L.; Lin, Y. T.; Liu, Y.; Tang, G. Q.

    2012-01-01

    Zircon U-Pb geochronology has made a great contribution to the timing of magmatism in the early Solar System [1-3]. Ca phosphates are another group of common accessory minerals in meteorites with great potential for U-Pb geochronology. Compared to zircons, the lower closure temperatures of the U-Pb system for apatite and merrillite (the most common phosphates in achondrites) makes them susceptible to resetting during thermal metamorphism. The different closure temperatures of the U-Pb system for zircon and apatite provide us an opportunity to discover the evolutionary history of meteoritic parent bodies, such as the crystallization ages of magmatism, as well as later impact events and thermal metamorphism. We have developed techniques using the Cameca IMS-1280 ion microprobe to date both zircon and phosphate grains in meteorites. Here we report U-Pb dating results for zircons and phosphates from lunar meteorites Dhofar 1442 and SaU 169. To test and verify the reliability of the newly developed phosphate dating technique, two additional meteorites, Acapulco, obtained from Acapulco consortium, and angrite NWA 4590 were also selected for this study as both have precisely known phosphate U-Pb ages by TIMS [4,5]. Both meteorites are from very fast cooled parent bodies with no sign of resetting [4,5], satisfying a necessity for precise dating.

  1. Records of magmatic change as preserved in zircon: examples from the Yellowstone Volcanic Field

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    Rivera, T. A.

    2015-12-01

    Zircon crystals have been used as proxies for their host magmatic composition and as records of the evolution and differentiation of silicic magma systems through the use of integrated techniques such as cathodoluminescence imaging, LA-ICPMS trace element analysis, thermometry, and high-precision CA-IDTIMS U/Pb dating. This petrochronologic approach can aid in identifying crystal populations arising from discrete pulses of magmatism, reconstructing the growth histories of those populations, quantifying the chemical evolution of the host magma, and determining the timing and tempo of that chemical evolution. The Yellowstone Volcanic Field hosts both large and small volume silicic eruptions whose zircon records can provide insights to magmatic processes using a petrochronologic approach. Morphological and thermochemical trends preserved in zircon grains extracted from the three Yellowstone super-eruptions and a small volume precursory eruption indicate that magmatism in the volcanic field is punctuated, characterized by numerous pulses of melting, differentiation, and solidification occurring prior to eruption. U/Pb zircon dating constrains magma assembly to geologically short timescales, with populations of earlier solidified zircon incorporated into the nascent magma just prior to eruption. This requires punctuated intervals of high magmatic flux be superimposed on longer durations of a much lower background flux. Thus super-eruptions within the Yellowstone Volcanic Field result from rapid production and evolution of magma, and preceded by periods of smaller volume magma production that undergo similar differentiation processes over comparable timescales.

  2. Thorium-rich zircon from the Idar pegmatite, Sabarkantha district, Gujarat

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    Cyrtolite variety of zircon rich in thorium occurs as pockets of radiating, multiple intergrowth crystals in a pegmatite emplaced in the Idar granite, Sabarkantha district, Gujarat. It has a lower specific gravity (3.86-4.4) and micro-hardness (676-835), compared to crystalline zircon (4.71 and 841-1468) respectively. The mineral analysed lower contents of SiO2 (23.89%) and ZrO2 + HfO2 (43.36%), compared to normal zircon, and high contents of ThO2 (5.06%), UO2 (0.74%), rare earth oxides (REO) (7.88%), FeO (4.44%), CaO (1.98%), MnO (1.26%), H2O (7.95%). Accumulated damage to the crystal structure caused by the presence of appreciable amount of radioelements (5.06% ThO2 ad 0.74% UO2) and also REO (7.88%) in the phase, aided in its metamictisation, hydration and alteration resulting in cyrtolite formation. On heating at 900degC the re-crystallised material yielded zircon x-ray pattern. The d spacings, intensities of the reflections obtained and increase in the size of unit cell determined for the specimen, compared to that of standard zircon, matches well with the observations made for similar metamict cyrtolites studied by others. (author)

  3. Zircon dating of oceanic crustal accretion.

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    Lissenberg, C Johan; Rioux, Matthew; Shimizu, Nobumichi; Bowring, Samuel A; Mével, Catherine

    2009-02-20

    Most of Earth's present-day crust formed at mid-ocean ridges. High-precision uranium-lead dating of zircons in gabbros from the Vema Fracture Zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge reveals that the crust there grew in a highly regular pattern characterized by shallow melt delivery. Combined with results from previous dating studies, this finding suggests that two distinct modes of crustal accretion occur along slow-spreading ridges. Individual samples record a zircon date range of 90,000 to 235,000 years, which is interpreted to reflect the time scale of zircon crystallization in oceanic plutonic rocks. PMID:19179492

  4. Detrital zircons from the Ordovician rocks of the Pyrenees: Geochronological constraints and provenance

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    Margalef, Aina; Castiñeiras, Pedro; Casas, Josep Maria; Navidad, Marina; Liesa, Montserrat; Linnemann, Ulf; Hofmann, Mandy; Gärtner, Andreas

    2016-06-01

    The first LA-ICP-MS U-Pb detrital zircon ages from quartzites located below (three samples) and above (one sample) the Upper Ordovician unconformity in the Central Pyrenees (the Rabassa Dome, Andorra) were investigated. The maximum depositional age for the Jújols Group, below the unconformity, based on the youngest detrital zircon population, is around 475 Ma (Early Ordovician), whereas for the Bar Quartzite Fm., above the unconformity, the presence of only two zircons of 442 and 443 Ma precludes obtaining a precise maximum sedimentation age. A time gap of ~ 20 million years for the Upper Ordovician unconformity in the Pyrenees can be proposed, similar to that of the Sardic unconformity in Sardinia. The similar age patterns obtained on both sides of the Upper Ordovician unconformity suggest that there was no change in the source area of these series, while the absence of a Middle Ordovician age population may be due to a lack of sedimentation at that time. The four study samples present very similar U-Pb age patterns: the main age populations correspond to Neoproterozoic (Ediacarian-Cryogenian, ca. 550-750 Ma); Grenvillian (Tonian-Stenian, ca. 850-1100 Ma); Paleoproterozoic (Orosirian, ca.1900-2100 Ma) and Neoarchean (ca. 2500-2650 Ma). The similarity with the Sardinian age distribution suggests that these two terranes could share the same source area and that they were paleogeographically close in Ordovician times in front of the Arabian-Nubian Shield.

  5. Metamictization of zircon: Raman spectroscopic study

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    Raman spectroscopy of radiation-damaged natural zircon samples shows increased line broadening and shifts of phonon frequencies with increasing radiation dose. Stretching and bending frequencies of SiO4 tetrahedra soften dramatically with increasing radiation damage. The frequency shifts can be used to determine the degree of radiation damage. Broad spectral bands related to Si-O stretching vibrations between 900 and 1000 cm-1 were observed in metamict/amorphous zircon. The radiation-dose-independent spectral profiles and the coexistence of this broad background and relative sharp Raman modes in partially damaged samples indicate that these bands are correlated with amorphous domains in zircon. The spectral profiles of metamict zircon suggest that in comparison with silica, the SiO4 tetrahedra are less polymerized in metamict zircon. This study also shows that ZrO2 and SiO2 are not the principal products of metamictization in zircon. No indication of bulk chemical unmixing of zircon into ZrO2 and SiO2 was found in 26 samples with a large variation of radiation damage (maximum dose: 23.5x1018 α-events g-1). Only one sample showed clearly, in all measured sample areas, extra sharp lines at 146, 260, 312, 460 and 642 cm-1 characteristic of tetragonal ZrO2. The geological (and possibly artificial heating) history of this sample is not known. It is concluded that radiation damage without subsequent high temperature annealing does not cause unmixing of zircon into constituent oxides. (author)

  6. Thermoluminescence of zircon: a kinetic model

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    Turkin, AA; Van Es, HJ; Vainshtein, DI; den Hartog, HW

    2003-01-01

    The mineral zircon, ZrSiO4, belongs to a class of promising materials for geochronometry by means of thermoluminescence (TL) dating. The development of a reliable and reproducible method for TL dating with zircon requires detailed knowledge of the processes taking place during exposure to ionizing radiation, long-term storage, annealing at moderate temperatures and heating at a constant rate (TL measurements). To understand these processes one needs a kinetic model of TL. This paper is devote...

  7. Mineral zircon: A novel thermoluminescence geochronometer

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    Van Es, HJ; Vainshtein, DI; De Meijer, RJ; den Hartog, HW; Donoghue, JF; Rozendaal, A.

    2002-01-01

    Mineral zircon contains trace amounts (typically 10-1000 ppm) of the alpha-emitters uranium and thorium, which irradiate this mineral internally. This outstanding feature of zircon turns out to be extremely useful when this mineral is applied as a thermoluminescence (TL) dating medium, because the build-up of the age-dependent luminescence is dominated by the presence of well-defined internal radioactive sources and the contributions to the dose from external radiation sources are two orders ...

  8. Component geochronology in the polyphase ca. 3920 Ma Acasta Gneiss

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    Mojzsis, Stephen J.; Cates, Nicole L.; Caro, Guillaume; Trail, Dustin; Abramov, Oleg; Guitreau, Martin; Blichert-Toft, Janne; Hopkins, Michelle D.; Bleeker, Wouter

    2014-01-01

    The oldest compiled U–Pb zircon ages for the Acasta Gneiss Complex in the Northwest Territories of Canada span about 4050–3850 Ma; yet older ca. 4200 Ma xenocrystic U–Pb zircon ages have also been reported for this terrane. The AGC expresses at least 25 km2 of outcrop exposure, but only a small subset of this has been documented in the detail required to investigate a complex history and resolve disputes over emplacement ages. To better understand this history, we combined new ion microprobe235,238U–207,206Pb zircon geochronology with whole-rock and zircon rare earth element compositions ([REE]zirc), Ti-in-zircon thermometry (Tixln) and 147Sm–143Nd geochronology for an individual subdivided ∼60 cm2 slab of Acasta banded gneiss comprising five separate lithologic components. Results were compared to other variably deformed granitoid-gneisses and plagioclase-hornblende rocks from elsewhere in the AGC. We show that different gneissic components carry distinct [Th/U]zirc vs. Tixln and [REE]zirc signatures correlative with different zircon U–Pb age populations and WR compositions, but not with 147Sm–143Nd isotope systematics. Modeled  [REE] from lattice-strain theory reconciles only the ca. 3920 Ma zircons with the oldest component that also preserves strong positive Eu∗ anomalies. Magmas which gave rise to the somewhat older (inherited) ca. 4020 Ma AGC zircon age population formed at ∼IW (iron–wüstite) to ca. 3920 Ma emplacement age for the AGC is contemporaneous with bombardment of the inner solar system. Analytical bombardment simulations show that crustal re-working from the impact epoch potentially affected the precursors to the Acasta gneisses.

  9. Component geochronology in the polyphase ca. 3920 Ma Acasta Gneiss

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    Mojzsis, Stephen J.; Cates, Nicole L.; Caro, Guillaume; Trail, Dustin; Abramov, Oleg; Guitreau, Martin; Blichert-Toft, Janne; Hopkins, Michelle D.; Bleeker, Wouter

    2014-05-01

    The oldest compiled U-Pb zircon ages for the Acasta Gneiss Complex in the Northwest Territories of Canada span about 4050-3850 Ma; yet older ca. 4200 Ma xenocrystic U-Pb zircon ages have also been reported for this terrane. The AGC expresses at least 25 km2 of outcrop exposure, but only a small subset of this has been documented in the detail required to investigate a complex history and resolve disputes over emplacement ages. To better understand this history, we combined new ion microprobe 235,238U-207,206Pb zircon geochronology with whole-rock and zircon rare earth element compositions ([REE]zirc), Ti-in-zircon thermometry (Tixln) and 147Sm-143Nd geochronology for an individual subdivided ˜60 cm2 slab of Acasta banded gneiss comprising five separate lithologic components. Results were compared to other variably deformed granitoid-gneisses and plagioclase-hornblende rocks from elsewhere in the AGC. We show that different gneissic components carry distinct [Th/U]zirc vs. Tixln and [REE]zirc signatures correlative with different zircon U-Pb age populations and WR compositions, but not with 147Sm-143Nd isotope systematics. Modeled DWRzircon [REE] from lattice-strain theory reconciles only the ca. 3920 Ma zircons with the oldest component that also preserves strong positive Eu∗ anomalies. Magmas which gave rise to the somewhat older (inherited) ca. 4020 Ma AGC zircon age population formed at ˜IW (iron-wüstite) to ca. 3920 Ma emplacement age for the AGC is contemporaneous with bombardment of the inner solar system. Analytical bombardment simulations show that crustal re-working from the impact epoch potentially affected the precursors to the Acasta gneisses.

  10. Proterozoic-Cambrian detrital zircon and monazite ages from the Anakie lnlier, central Queensland: Grenville and Pacific-Gondwana signatures

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    The Anakie Metamorphic Group is a complexly deformed, dominantly metasedimentary succession in central Queensland. Metamorphic cooling is constrained to ca 500 Ma by previously published K-Ar ages. Detrital-zircon SHRIMP U-Pb ages from three samples of greenschist facies quartz-rich psammites (Bathampton Metamorphics), west of Clermont, are predominantly in the age range 1300-1000Ma (65-75%). They show that a Grenville-aged orogenic belt must have existed in northeastern Australia, which is consistent with the discovery of a potential Grenville source farther north. The youngest detrital zircons in these samples are ca 580 Ma, indicating that deposition may have been as old as latest Neoproterozoic. Two samples have been analysed from amphibolite facies pelitic schist from the western part of the inlier (Wynyard Metamorphics). One sample contains detrital monazite with two age components of ca 580-570 Ma and ca 540 Ma. The other sample only has detrital zircons with the youngest component between 510Ma and 700Ma (Pacific-Gondwana component), which is consistent with a Middle Cambrian age for these rocks. These zircons were probably derived from igneous activity associated with rifting events along the Gondwanan passive margin. These constraints confirm correlation of the Anakie Metamorphic Group with latest Neoproterozoic - Cambrian units in the Adelaide Fold Belt of South Australia and the Wonominta Block of western New South Wales. Copyright (2001) Geological Society of Australia

  11. Jurassic zircons from the Southwest Indian Ridge.

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    Cheng, Hao; Zhou, Huaiyang; Yang, Qunhui; Zhang, Lingmin; Ji, Fuwu; Dick, Henry

    2016-01-01

    The existence of ancient rocks in present mid-ocean ridges have long been observed but received less attention. Here we report the discovery of zircons with both reasonably young ages of about 5 Ma and abnormally old ages of approximate 180 Ma from two evolved gabbroic rocks that were dredged from the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) in the Gallieni fracture zone. U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotope analyses of zircons were made using ion probe and conventional laser abrasion directly in petrographic thin sections. Young zircons and their host oxide gabbro have positive Hf isotope compositions (εHf = +15.7-+12.4), suggesting a highly depleted mantle beneath the SWIR. The spread εHf values (from-2.3 to-4.5) of abnormally old zircons, together with the unradiogenic Nd-Hf isotope of the host quartz diorite, appears to suggest an ancient juvenile magmatism along the rifting margin of the southern Gondwana prior to the opening of the Indian Ocean. A convincing explanation for the origin of the unusually old zircons is yet to surface, however, an update of the theory of plate tectonics would be expected with continuing discovery of ancient rocks in the mid-oceanic ridges and abyssal ocean basins. PMID:27185575

  12. Jurassic zircons from the Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Cheng, Hao; Zhou, Huaiyang; Yang, Qunhui; Zhang, Lingmin; Ji, Fuwu; Dick, Henry

    2016-05-01

    The existence of ancient rocks in present mid-ocean ridges have long been observed but received less attention. Here we report the discovery of zircons with both reasonably young ages of about 5 Ma and abnormally old ages of approximate 180 Ma from two evolved gabbroic rocks that were dredged from the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) in the Gallieni fracture zone. U–Pb and Lu–Hf isotope analyses of zircons were made using ion probe and conventional laser abrasion directly in petrographic thin sections. Young zircons and their host oxide gabbro have positive Hf isotope compositions (εHf = +15.7–+12.4), suggesting a highly depleted mantle beneath the SWIR. The spread εHf values (from‑2.3 to‑4.5) of abnormally old zircons, together with the unradiogenic Nd-Hf isotope of the host quartz diorite, appears to suggest an ancient juvenile magmatism along the rifting margin of the southern Gondwana prior to the opening of the Indian Ocean. A convincing explanation for the origin of the unusually old zircons is yet to surface, however, an update of the theory of plate tectonics would be expected with continuing discovery of ancient rocks in the mid-oceanic ridges and abyssal ocean basins.

  13. Radiation damage in zircon and monazite

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    Monazite and zircon respond differently to ion irradiation and to thermal and irradiation-enhanced annealing. The damage process (i.e., elastic interactions leading to amorphization) in radioactive minerals (metamictization) is basically the same as for the ion-beam-irradiated samples with the exception of the dose rate which is much lower in the case of natural samples. The crystalline-to-metamict transition in natural samples with different degrees of damage, from almost fully crystalline to completely metamict, is compared to the sequence of microstructures observed for ion-beam-irradiated monazite and zircon. The damage accumulation process, representing the competing effects of radiation-induced structural disorder and subsequent annealing mechanisms (irradiation-enhanced and thermal) occurs at much higher temperatures for zircon than for monazite. The amorphization dose, expressed as displacements per atom, is considerably higher in the natural samples, and the atomic-scale process leading to metamictization appears to develop differently. Ion-beam-induced amorphization data were used to calculate the α-decay-event dose required for amorphization in terms of a critical radionuclide concentration, i.e., the concentration above which a sample of a given age will become metamict at a specific temperature. This equation was applied to estimate the reliability of U-Pb ages, to provide a qualitative estimate of the thermal history of high-U natural zircons, and to predict whether actinide-bearing zircon or monazite nuclear waste forms will become amorphous (metamict) over long timescales

  14. Intrinsic disorders and annealing metamict zircon as wave-guides

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    The study of intrinsic disorders in zircon showed that at certain temperature during an annealing process, both Schottky and interstitial disorders would dominate the zircon structure. This time would be the best time to implant relative ions by diffusion, or directly to use an accelerator to implant these ions, then anneal the metamict zircon to tailor the characteristics of the zircon as wave-guides

  15. Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, Lu-Hf isotopes and REE geochemistry constrains on the provenance and tectonic setting of Indochina Block in the Paleozoic

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    Wang, Ce; Liang, Xinquan; Foster, David A.; Fu, Jiangang; Jiang, Ying; Dong, Chaoge; Zhou, Yun; Wen, Shunv; Van Quynh, Phan

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    In situ U-Pb geochronology, Lu-Hf isotopes and REE geochemical analyses of detrital zircons from Cambrian-Devonian sandstones in the Truong Son Belt, central Vietnam, are used to provide the information of provenance and tectonic evolution of the Indochina Block. The combined detrital zircon age spectra of all of the samples ranges from 3699 Ma to 443 Ma and shows with dominant age peaks at ca. 445 Ma and 964 Ma, along with a number of age populations at 618-532 Ma, 1160-1076 Ma, 1454 Ma, 1728 Ma and 2516 Ma. The zircon age populations are similar to those from time equivalent sedimentary sequences in continental blocks disintegrated from the East Gondwana during the Phanerozoic. The younger zircon grains with age peaks at ca. 445 Ma were apparently derived from middle Ordovician-Silurian igneous and metamorphic rocks in Indochina. Zircons with ages older than about 600 Ma were derived from other Gondwana terrains or recycled from the Precambrian basement of the Indochina Block. Similarities in the detrital zircon U-Pb ages suggest that Paleozoic strata in the Indochina, Yangtze, Cathaysia and Tethyan Himalayas has similar provenance. This is consistent with other geological constrains indicating that the Indochina Block was located close to Tethyan Himalaya, northern margin of the India, and northwestern Australia in Gondwana.

  16. Eocene Kashmar granitoids (NE Iran): Petrogenetic constraints from U-Pb zircon geochronology and isotope geochemistry

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    Shafaii Moghadam, Hadi; Li, Xian-Hua; Ling, Xiao-Xiao; Santos, Jose F.; Stern, Robert J.; Li, Qiu-Li; Ghorbani, Ghasem

    2015-02-01

    Kashmar granitoids outcrop for ~ 100 km along the south flank of the Sabzevar ophiolite (NE Iran) and consist of granodiorite and monzogranite along with subordinate quartz monzonite, syenogranite and aplitic dikes. These granitoids intruded Early to Middle Eocene high-K volcanic rocks and can spatially be grouped into eastern and western granitoids. Five samples of granite have identical zircon U-Pb ages of ca. 40-41 Ma. The granitoids have quite high K2O (~ 1.3-5.3 wt.%) and Na2O (~ 1.1-4.6 wt.%) with SiO2 ranging between ~ 62 and 77 wt.%. They are metaluminous to peraluminous, calc-alkaline and I-type in composition. Their chondrite-normalized REE patterns are characterized by LREE enrichment and show slight negative Eu anomalies. Kashmar granitoids have low whole rock εNd (- 0.43 to - 2.3), zircon εHf values (- 1.9 to + 7.2), and somewhat elevated δ18O (+ 6.1 to + 8.7‰) in the range of I-type granites. The Kashmar granitoids show Early Neoproterozoic zircon second-stage Hf and bulk rock Nd model ages at ca. 500-1000 Ma (associated with ca. 640 Ma old inherited zircons). Bulk rock Nd-Sr isotopic modeling suggests that 10-20% assimilation of Cadomian lower crust by juvenile mantle melts and then fractional crystallization (AFC process) can explain the Sr-Nd isotopic compositions of Kashmar granitoids. Kashmar granitoids are products of crustal assimilation by mantle melts associated with extension above the subducting Neotethyan Ocean slab beneath SW Eurasia. Similar subduction-related extension was responsible for the flare-up of Eocene-Oligocene magmatism across Iran, associated with core complex formation in central Iran.

  17. Preparation of zircon nozzle for the Tundish

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    Zircon sand of two different particle distribution with 2 percent of ground pyrophyllite were adopted to prepare the dense specimens of the stopper nozzle for the tundish. The molding pressure of 600kg/cm2 brought about the superior properties to those obtained at the pressure of 300kg/cm2, and as the firing temperatures were increased from 1,3500C to 1,6000C, better characteristics resulted. The addition of 2 percent MgCr2O2 to zircon pyrophyllite batch was more effective in corrosion-resistance to the blast furnace-slag. (author)

  18. Precise zircon U-Pb ages from the Marra Mamba iron formation and Wittenoom formation, Hamersley Group, Western Australia

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    The Mt Bruce Supergroup of the Pilbara Craton of Western Australia was laid down in the Hamersley Basin, unconformably over a basement of granite-greenstone terrane, and consists of the Fortescue. Hamersley and Turee Creek Groups. The base of the -230 m-thick Marra Mamba Iron Formation, the lowest formation of the Hamersley Group. marks the onset of the major banded iron-formation deposition that characterizes the group. Ion microprobe U-Pb isotope analyses of zircons from a tuff band (NS3) within a high-grade iron orebody in the uppermost (Mt Newman) member show two distinct, and non-overlapping, age populations. Fifteen grains from the younger group of 16 have a pooled age of 2597±5 Ma (95% confidence), interpreted as the age of syndepositional volcanism: individual grains of the older group of 8, with ages between ca 2950 Ma and ca 2820 Ma, are interpreted as xenocrysts derived from basement rocks transected by the rising magma. The conformably overlying Wittenoom Formation, ∼300-600 m thick, consists largely of dolomitic rocks. Zircons from a submarine fallout tuff within the uppermost (Bee Gorge) member also have two non-overlapping zircon age populations. Most of the 23 zircons analysed belong to an older population with near-concordant ages between ca 2750 and ca 2650 Ma., but 12 analysed spots from 7 grains have a pooled age of 2561 ±8 Ma. This is interpreted to be the age of volcanism coeval with deposition. The older zircons were probably derived from tuffs of Fortescue Group age, entrained with the Crystal-rich Tuff ejectamenta during its explosive, probably phreatoplinian, eruption. Copyright (1998) Blackwell Science Asia

  19. Phase relations and conductivity of Sr-zirconates and La-zirconates

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    Poulsen, F.W.; Vanderpuil, N.

    1992-01-01

    The formation of the strontium zirconates SrZrO3, Sr4Zr3O10, Sr3Zr2O7 and Sr2ZrO4, and of the lanthanum zirconates La2Zr2O7 and La2-xYZr2O7 at 1450-degrees-C was investigated by x-ray powder diffraction and DTA. Three different routes of synthesis were tested. In the Sr-zirconate system, single......-C. The conductivity of the Sr-zirconates increases with increasing Sr/Zr ratio. Samples with a nominal composition corresponding to Sr2ZrO4 have a conductivity of 7.5 x 10(-5) and 5.9 x 10(-4) S/cm at 750 and 1000-degrees-C, respectively. For all samples one observes low activation energies for ionic...

  20. Trace Element Zoning and Incipient Metamictization in a Lunar Zircon: Application of Three Microprobe Techniques

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    Wopenka, Brigitte; Jollife, Bradley L.; Zinner, Ernst; Kremser, Daniel T.

    1996-01-01

    We have determined major (Si, Zr, Hf), minor (Al, Y, Fe, P), and trace element (Ca, Sc, Ti, Ba, REE, Th, U) concentrations and Raman spectra of a zoned, 200 microns zircon grain in lunar sample 14161,7069, a quartz monzodiorite breccia collected at the Apollo 14 site. Analyses were obtained on a thin section in situ with an ion microprobe, an electron microprobe, and a laser Raman microprobe. The zircon grain is optically zoned in birefringence, a reflection of variable (incomplete) metamictization resulting from zo- nation in U and Th concentrations. Variations in the concentrations of U and Th correlate strongly with those of other high-field-strength trace elements and with changes in Raman spectral parameters. Concentrations of U and Th range from 21 to 55 ppm and 6 to 31 ppm, respectively, and correlate with lower Raman peak intensities, wider Raman peaks, and shifted Si-O peak positions. Concentrations of heavy rare earth elements range over a factor of three to four and correlate with intensities of fluorescence peaks. Correlated variations in trace element concentrations reflect the original magmatic differentiation of the parental melt approx. 4 b.y. ago. Degradation of the zircon structure, as reflected by the observed Raman spectral parameters, has occurred in this sample over a range of alpha-decay event dose from approx. 5.2 x 10(exp 14) to 1.4 x 10(exp 15) decay events per milligram of zircon, as calculated from the U and Th concentrations. This dose is well below the approx. 10(exp 16) events per milligram cumulative dose that causes complete metamictization and indicates that laser Raman microprobe spectroscopy is an analytical technique that is very sensitive to the radiation-induced damage in zircon.

  1. Zircon ion microprobe dating of high-grade rocks in Sri Lanka

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    Kroener, A.; Williams, I.S.; Compston, W.; Baur, N.; Vitanage, P.W.; Perera, L.R.K.

    1987-11-01

    The high-grade gneisses of Sri Lanka display spectacular in-situ granulitization phenomena similar to those observed in southern India and of current interest for evolutionary models of the lower continental crust. The absolute ages of these rocks are poorly constrained and so, using the SHRIMP ion microprobe, the authors have analyzed small spots on zircons from upper amphibolite to granulite grade quartzitic and pelitic metasediments. Detrital grains from a metaquartzite of the Highland Group preserve premetamorphic U-Pb ages of between 3.17 and 2.4 Ga and indicate derivation of the sediment from an unidentified Archean source terrain. The Pb-loss patterns of these zircons and the other samples suggest severe disturbance at ca 1100 Ma ago, which the authors attribute to high-grade regional metamorphism. Two pelitic gneisses contain detrital zircons with ages up to 2.04 Ga and also record an approx. = 1100 Ma event that is also apparent from metamorphic rims around old cores and new zircon growth. A granite intrusive into the Highland Group granulites records an emplacement age of 1000-1100 Ma as well as metamorphic disturbance some 550 Ma ago but also contains older, crustally derived xenocrysts. Zircons from a metaquartzite xenolith within the granitoid Vijayan Complex are not older than approx. 1100 Ma; therefore the Vijayan is neither Archean in age nor acted as basement to the Highland Group, as previously proposed. The authors suggest that the Vijayan Complex formed significantly later than the Highland Group and that the two units were brought into contact through post-1.1 Ga thrusting. Although the granulitization phenomena in India and Sri Lanka are similar, the granulite event in Sri Lanka is not Archean in age but took place in the late Proterozoic.

  2. Going back in time with zircon

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    Uranium-lead age dating, with zircon as the agent is the most recent advance in exploring rocks and minerals to define their stratigraphic sequence. The authors believe it will have a tremendous effect on the accurate mapping of the earth's mineral resources, including those of Antartica; indeed, even of the moon

  3. Paleoproterozoic mojaveprovince in northwestern Mexico? Isotopic and U-Pb zircon geochronologic studies of precambrian and Cambrian crystalline and sedimentary rocks, Caborca, Sonora

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    Lang, Farmer G.; Bowring, S.A.; Matzel, J.; Maldonado, G.E.; Fedo, C.; Wooden, J.

    2005-01-01

    Whole-rock Nd isotopic data and U-Pb zircon geochronology from Precambrian crystalline rocks in the Caborca area, northern Sonora, reveal that these rocks are most likely a segment of the Paleoproterozoic Mojave province. Supporting this conclusion are the observations that paragneiss from the ??? 1.75 Ga Bamori Complex has a 2.4 Ga Nd model age and contains detrital zircons ranging in age from Paleo- proterozoic (1.75 Ga) to Archean (3.2 Ga). Paragneisses with similar age and isotopic characteristics occur in the Mojave province in southern California. In addition, "A-type" granite exposed at the southern end of Cerro Rajon has ca 2.0 Ga Nd model age and a U-Pb zircon age of 1.71 Ga, which are similar to those of Paleoproterozoic granites in the Mojave province. Unlike the U.S. Mojave province, the Caborcan crust contains ca. 1.1 Ga granite (Aibo Granite), which our new Nd isotopic data suggest is largely the product of anatexis of the local Precambrian basement. Detrital zircons from Neoproterozoic to early Cambrian miogeoclinal arenites at Caborca show dominant populations ca. 1.7 Ga, ca. 1.4 Ga, and ca. 1.1 Ga, with subordinate Early Cambrian and Archean zircons. These zircons were likely derived predominately from North American crust to the east and northeast, and not from the underlying Caborcan basement. The general age and isotopic similarities between Mojave province basement and overlying miogeoclinal sedimentary rocks in Sonora and southern California is necessary, but not sufficient, proof of the hypothesis that Sonoran crust is allochthonous and was transported to its current position during the Mesozoic along the proposed Mojave-Sonora megashear. One viable alternative model is that the Caborcan Precambrian crust is an isolated, autochthonous segment of Mojave province crust that shares a similar, but not identical, Proterozoic geological history with Mojave province crust found in the southwest United States ?? 2005 Geological Society of America.

  4. Mechanisms and timescales of generating eruptible rhyolitic magmas at Yellowstone caldera from zircon and sanidine geochronology and geochemistry

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    Stelten, Mark; Cooper, Kari M.; Vazquez, Jorge A.; Calvert, Andrew T.; Glessner, Justin G

    2015-01-01

    We constrain the physical nature of the magma reservoir and the mechanisms of rhyolite generation at Yellowstone caldera via detailed characterization of zircon and sanidine crystals hosted in three rhyolites erupted during the (ca. 170 – 70 ka) Central Plateau Member eruptive episode – the most recent post-caldera magmatism at Yellowstone. We present 238U-230Th crystallization ages and trace-element compositions of the interiors and surfaces (i.e., unpolished rims) of individual zircon crystals from each rhyolite. We compare these zircon data to 238U- 230Th crystallization ages of bulk sanidine separates coupled with chemical and isotopic data from single sanidine crystals. Zircon age and trace-element data demonstrate that the magma reservoir that sourced the Central Plateau Member rhyolites was long-lived (150 – 250 kyr) and genetically related to the preceding episode of magmatism, which occurred ca. 256 ka. The interiors of most zircons in each rhyolite were inherited from unerupted material related to older stages of Central Plateau Member magmatism or the preceding late Upper Basin Member magmatism (i.e., are antecrysts). Conversely, most zircon surfaces crystallized near the time of eruption from their host liquids (i.e., are autocrystic). The repeated recycling of zircon interiors from older stages of magmatism demonstrates that sequentially erupted Central Plateau Member rhyolites are genetically related. Sanidine separates from each rhyolite yield 238U-230Th crystallization ages at or near the eruption age of their host magmas, coeval with the coexisting zircon surfaces, but are younger than the coexisting zircon interiors. Chemical and isotopic data from single sanidine crystals demonstrate that the sanidines in each rhyolite are in equilibrium with their host melts, which considered along with their near-eruption crystallization ages suggests that nearly all CPM sanidines are autocrystic. The paucity of antecrystic sanidine crystals relative to

  5. Age distribution of detrital zircons in the psammitic schist of the Sanbagawa Belt, southwest Japan

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    We measured the 206Pb/238U age distribution of detrital zircons in five psammitic schist samples from the Sanbagawa Belt in east-central Shikoku and the western Kii Peninsula to constrain their depositional age. The age-distribution diagrams for the five psammitic schist samples all show that detrital zircons of 100 to 90 Ma are most abundant and the age of the youngest zircon in each sample is less than 80 Ma. Considering the age of the retrogressive metamorphism of these psammitic schists, ca. 80-60 Ma, the protoliths age of the psammitic schists is constrained to 75-70 Ma, correlative to the age of the sandstone of the Middle Shimanto Belt (Yanai, 1984). A similar age-distribution has already been reported for two psammitic schist samples from the Central Unit of the Sanbagawa Belt in the Kanto Mountains (Tsutsumi et al., 2009). Thus the Sanbagawa Belt is most widely occupied by metamorphic rocks originating from rocks of the Middle Shimanto Belt. We also measured the 206Pb/238U age distribution of detrital zircons in Turonian sandstone from the Northern Shimanto Belt in the central Kii Peninsula. The age-distribution diagram shows that detrital zircons of around 128 Ma are most abundant and the age of the youngest zircon in the sample is about 100 Ma. A similar age-distribution has already been reported from a psammitic schist sample from the Southern Unit of the Sanbagawa Belt in the Kanto Mountains, overlying the Central Unit (Tsutsumi et al., 2009). The protolith age is still younger than the metamorphic age of the eclogites in central Shikoku, ca. 120-110 Ma (Okamoto et al., 2004), which occupy the uppermost portion of the Sanbagawa Belt. Although some previous studies suggested that the Sanbagawa Belt consists of metamorphosed Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous accretionary complex, the present study shows that the belt is largely occupied by metamorphosed Late Cretaceous rocks: the Shimanto Metamorphic Rocks of Aoki et al. (2007). As a result, the

  6. Comparing pre- and post-chemical abrasion ages for Miocene Peach Springs Tuff zircon from ID-TIMS and SIMS analyses

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    Lidzbarski, M. I.; Mundil, R.; Miller, J. S.; Vazquez, J. A.

    2012-12-01

    The Miocene Peach Spring Tuff (PST) is a voluminous (>600 km3), zoned ignimbrite (trachyte to high-SiO2 rhyolite) that is exposed widely in eastern California, western Arizona, and southernmost Nevada, which was erupted from the Silver Creek caldera in the southwestern Black Mountains, AZ. PST serves as a regionally widespread marker unit and its eruption age has been determined to 18.8 to 18.9 Ma by 40Ar/39Ar methods, when corrected for systematic bias and normalized to the U-Pb system (Renne et al., 2010,). We performed ion-microprobe (SIMS) U-Pb dating of zircon from individual pumice clasts from PST to evaluate the growth history of zircon in the PST magma system. Sectioned, polished zircon from conventional epoxy mounts allows dating of internal growth domains (e.g. cores, interiors, and near-rim), whereas mounting unpolished zircon in indium and analyzing unpolished crystal faces provides a means to selectively sample the final increments of crystal growth (Reid and Coath, 2000). Combining U-Pb ages of unpolished zircon rims with near-rim interior analyses on sectioned grains yields a mean age of ca. 18.3 Ma, whereas ages of cores of sectioned crystals yield a mean of ca. 18.9 Ma. Several zircons have rim and/or core ages that are several hundred thousand years older or younger than these means (up to 1 m.y. total spread), although the uncertainties for individual SIMS ages are 2 to 5% (2 sigma uncertainty). Therefore, the distribution of ages is challenging to resolve. A modest number of the older grains are plausibly recycled antecrysts, but we suspect that the youngest zircons may have experienced Pb-loss. Failure to account for the possibility of inheritance and Pb-loss may lead to erroneous interpretations about crystallization in the PST system. In order to evaluate and mitigate the effects of Pb-loss, we employed the chemical abrasion (CA) technique of Mattinson (2005), which effectively eliminates domains in zircon that have suffered Pb-loss, and

  7. Detrital zircon evidence for progressive underthrusting in Franciscan metagraywackes, west-central California

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    Snow, C.A.; Wakabayashi, J.; Ernst, W.G.; Wooden, J.L.

    2010-01-01

    We present new U/Pb ages for detrital zircons separated from six quartzose metagraywackes collected from different Franciscan Complex imbricate nappes around San Francisco Bay. All six rocks contain a broad spread of Late Jurassic-Cretaceous grains originating from the Klamath-Sierra Nevada volcanic-plutonic arc. Units young structurally downward, consistent with models of progressive underplating and offscraping within a subduction complex. The youngest specimen is from the structurally lowest San Bruno Mountain sheet; at 52 Ma, it evidently was deposited during the Eocene. None of the other metagraywackes yielded zircon ages younger than 83 Ma. Zircons from both El Cerrito units are dominated by ca. 100-160 Ma grains; the upper El Cerrito also contains several grains in the 1200-1800 Ma interval. These samples are nearly identical to 97 Ma metasedimentary rock from the Hunters Point shear zone. Zircon ages from this m??lange block exhibit a broad distribution, ranging from 97 to 200 Ma, with only a single pre-Mesozoic age. The Albany Hill specimen has a distribution of pre-Mesozoic grains from 1300 to 1800 Ma, generally similar to that of the upper El Cerrito sheet; however, it contains zircons as young as 83 Ma, suggesting that it is significantly younger than the upper El Cerrito unit. The Skaggs Spring Schist is the oldest studied unit; its youngest analyzed grains were ca. 144 Ma, and it is the only investigated specimen to display a significant Paleozoic detrital component. Sedimentation and subduction-accretion of this tract of the trench complex took place along the continental margin during Early to early-Late Cretaceous time, and perhaps into Eocene time. Franciscan and Great Valley deposition attests to erosion of an Andean arc that was active over the entire span from ca. 145 to 80 Ma, with an associated accretionary prism built by progressive underthrusting. We use these new data to demonstrate that the eastern Franciscan Complex in the northern and

  8. Radioactivity in Zircon from Jos, Central Nigeria

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    Mining and processing of zircon along with other minerals, generally for export purposes, have been taking place in Jos, central Nigeria, for several decades. Over the years, there has been increasing concern about the radiological impact resulting from these activities. A previous assessment in the vicinity of processing areas reported an annual dose of 50 mSv which by far exceeds the 1 mSv dose limit for members of the public. In the study, the activity concentrations of 238U and 232Th in 28 samples of zircon from Jos were determined using neutron activation analysis. The results gave concentrations of 466 μg/g (5.75 Bq/g) for 238U and 7054 μg/g (28.62 Bq/g) for 232Th. These results complement the results of earlier assessments and may assist in the proper management of these activities and the choice and implementation of appropriate protective measures. (author)

  9. Investigation into dilution of zircon suspensions

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    Investigated is the influence of a number of dilution additives in acid as well as in alkali media on the viscosity of utterly destructed structure of zircon suspensions. It is shown that practically all tested additives, except the extracts of fir (0.5 %) and quebracho (0.25-0.5 %), decrease more or less the ultimate stress of the shift and viscosity of utterly destructed structure. It is stated that the usage of complex additive on the basis of syntan-5, triethanolamine and oxalic acid ammonium, in certain ratios provide suspensions of fine-dispersed zircon after washing with polyacrylamide addition, sufficient yield and viscosity in alkali medium. The properties of castings of such suspensions correspond to ones of suspensions with acid media without polyacrilamide usage

  10. Studies on plasma dissociation of zircon

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    Zircon (zirconium silicate) is a major source of zirconium metal. Extraction of zirconium involves chlorination step to convert zirconium silicate to ZrCl4 and SiCl4. SiCl4 is separated and zirconium tetrachloride is reduced with magnesium to yield zirconium metal. Instead of this direct chlorination of zircon, it can be converted to zirconia by thermal plasma dissociation followed by alkali leaching process to separate silica. The resulting zirconium oxide can be used for zirconium extraction. This would result in considerable savings of chlorine consumption and also would eliminate the SiCl4 separation step. The Laser and Plasma Technology Division has developed a 20 kW laboratory 1 scale plasma reactor, which consists of a DC plasma torch mounted on a water cooled reaction chamber, DC power source, water cooling and gas feed system and a powder feeder. The system has been used to study in-flight dissociation of zircon in the thermal plasma jet. Dissociation studies were carried out over 5-16 kW power range. The plasma processed product was characterized by x-ray diffraction technique, which showed that it consisted of zirconium dioxide and silica. The extent of dissociation was estimated by gravimetric method involving alkali leaching of silica. Results of the study indicate that the extent of dissociation strongly depends on input power and other parameters such as plasma gas flow rate. Complete dissociation could be achieved at an input power of 12 kW. The average temperature at the nozzle exit of the plasma torch has been calculated for various input power levels. Calculations on heat transfer to the particles and residence time required to effect dissociation of zircon particles injected in the plasma jet have been carried out for various input power levels and particle sizes ranging from 20-150 microns. Details of the experiments and results will be discussed in the paper. (author)

  11. A kinetic model of zircon thermoluminescence

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    Turkin, A.A.; Es, H.J. van; Vainshtein, D.I.; Hartog, H.W. den

    2002-01-01

    A kinetic model of zircon thermoluminescence (TL) has been constructed to simulate the processes and stages relevant to thermoluminescent dating such as: filling of electron and hole traps during the excitation stage both for natural and laboratory irradiation; the time dependence of fading after laboratory irradiation; TL experiments both after laboratory and natural irradiation. The goal is to inspect qualitative behavior of the system and to unravel the processes and determine the paramete...

  12. Zirconium oxide obtainment from brazilian zircon concentrate

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    This work presents the experimental results of studies about alkaline melting, acid leaching and sulfation steps for obtention of zirconium oxide and partially stabilized zirconia by yttrium and rare-earth coprecipitation in chlorine medium, starting from the brazilian zircon concentrate. Using statistical methods of factorial design and the Packett-Burman approach, the results are discussed and the optimal conditions of the production steps were determined. (author)

  13. Heavy-ion irradiation tracks in zircon

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    Heavy-ion irradiation (14 MeV/u Pb ions) of zircon crystals gives rise to linear latent tracks of 80x10-10 m diameter and length 140 μm. Direct observation of the track core, by high-voltage high-resolution electron microscopy at atomic resolution, reveals a core having roughly circular cross-section, with some facetting of the core/matrix interface on [101] planes of zircon. The core diameter appears quite uniform. Conventional transmission electron microscopy (bright- and dark-field imaging) reveals an elastic strain field extending for a short distance into the zircon matrix. This appears to drop off more rapidly with distance, say 1/R2, than do dislocation strain fields (∼ 1/R). Analysis of the various contrast mechanisms yields the result that the core is essentially amorphous. The observations confirm directly earlier conclusions based on track etching and electrical conductivity measurements, that the irradiation damage is confirmed to a 50-100 Aangstroem core region of atomically-disordered material, with virtually no damage outside this region. Mechanisms for track production are discussed briefly, but it is concluded that the problem, which is now defined by this structural analysis, has not been fully-appreciated by condensed matter physicists. In particular a damage confinement mechanism is required, which is not intuitively obvious. Some tentative suggestions along this direction are proposed. 33 refs., 9 figs

  14. Thermoluminescence of zircon: a kinetic model

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    Turkin, A A; Vainshtein, D I; Hartog, H W D

    2003-01-01

    The mineral zircon, ZrSiO sub 4 , belongs to a class of promising materials for geochronometry by means of thermoluminescence (TL) dating. The development of a reliable and reproducible method for TL dating with zircon requires detailed knowledge of the processes taking place during exposure to ionizing radiation, long-term storage, annealing at moderate temperatures and heating at a constant rate (TL measurements). To understand these processes one needs a kinetic model of TL. This paper is devoted to the construction of such a model. The goal is to study the qualitative behaviour of the system and to determine the parameters and processes controlling TL phenomena of zircon. The model considers the following processes: (i) Filling of electron and hole traps at the excitation stage as a function of the dose rate and the dose for both (low dose rate) natural and (high dose rate) laboratory irradiation. (ii) Time dependence of TL fading in samples irradiated under laboratory conditions. (iii) Short time anneali...

  15. Determinations of major, minor and trace elements including U and Th in heavy minerals assemblage-zircon using ICP-AES

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    The current study is a new approach for the sample solution preparation in analyzing Zircon, Baddeylite and other zirconium minerals using phosphate flux. Sample is fused with the mixture of NaHPO4 and Na2HPO4 in the ratio 1:1 (flux). Modifications in the procedures have been done depending upon the elements to be analyzed. The sample is fused directly with phosphate salts and the stable solution obtained is analyzed for about 30 elements (Si, Zr, Hf, Si, Ti, Al, Fe, Mn, Ca, Mg, Ba, V, Sc, Th, U and REEs) by ICP-AES. Otherwise, the sample is treated first with HF to remove silica then fused with phosphate salts. This flux is used for the rapid decomposition and dissolution of silicate minerals for the first time. In nature zirconium mainly occurs as silicate (e.g. Zircon) and oxide (e.g. Baddeleyite). Zircon chemistry is relatively simple and usually ZrO2, HfO2 and SiO2 compose more than 99% of the total oxides. Previous investigations have documented the presence of as many as 50 elements in zircon. Zircon is very useful mineral for industrial use, geochemical and petro-genetic works as well as provenance studies, whereas Baddeleyite is commonly used in industrial purposes. Zircon is one of the most chemically stable compounds, so, very aggressive reaction conditions are require to breakdown the strong binding between zirconium and silicon parts in the compound. It normally requires the analysis of Zr, Hf, Si, Ti, Al, Fe, Mn, Ca, Mg, V, Ba, Sc, U, Th, and REEs. Several fusion methods are used to decompose zircon, like, KHSO4, NaF-KHF2, Na2O2, and LiBO2. In most cases fuming is a must, involving evolution of SO3 fumes in the atmosphere. All the above procedures are multistep, lengthy and tedious. Moreover, Silica has to be analyzed separately

  16. Role of zircon in tracing crustal growth and recycling

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    Compston, W.; Williams, I. S.; Armstrong, R. A.; Claoue-Long, J. C.; Kinny, P. D.; Foster, J. J.; Kroener, A.; Pidgeon, R. T.; Myers, J. S.

    1988-01-01

    Single crystal ion probe ages of zircons is discussed, which allow much better time resolution compared to other geochronological methods, although the technique is not without problems. Rocks from two areas that contain composite zircon populations, including true magmatic zircons as well as a variety of xenocrystic types are described. It is often difficult to distinguish these; xenocrystic zircons, for example, cannot always be identified on the basis of morphology alone. Additional evidence is needed before making age interpretations. Evidence is also presented of zircon growth long after the original time of crystallization, in some cases apparently at temperatures less than 300 C. The spectacular discovery of 4.1 to 4.2 Ga detrital zircons in metaquartzites from the Mount Narryer area of Western Australia is described. Similar zircons with ages as old as 4276 Ma have been found in the nearby Jack Hills area. The source areas or parent lithologies of these zircons have not yet been determined, but the author expects that they may be unrecognized or buried antecedents of the K rich Narryer gneisses. U or Th concentrations of zircon cannot be used to discriminate between felsic and mafic source rocks.

  17. Oxygen isotopic composition and U-Pb discordance in zircon

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    Booth, A.L.; Kolodny, Y.; Chamberlain, C.P.; McWilliams, M.; Schmitt, A.K.; Wooden, J.

    2005-01-01

    We have investigated U-Pb discordance and oxygen isotopic composition of zircon using high-spatial resolution ??18O measurement by ion microprobe. ??18O in both concordant and discordant zircon grains provides an indication of the relationship between fluid interaction and discordance. Our results suggest that three characteristics of zircon are interrelated: (1) U-Pb systematics and concomitant age discordance, (2) ??18O and the water-rock interactions implied therein, and (3) zircon texture, as revealed by cathodoluminescence and BSE imaging. A key observation is that U-Pb-disturbed zircons are often also variably depleted in 18O, but the relationship between discordance and ??18O is not systematic. ??18O values of discordant zircons are generally lighter but irregular in their distribution. Textural differences between zircon grains can be correlated with both U-Pb discordance and ??18O. Discordant grains exhibit either a recrystallized, fractured, or strongly zoned CL texture, and are characteristic of 18O depletion. We interpret this to be a result of metamictization, leading to destruction of the zircon lattice and an increased susceptibility to lead loss. Conversely, grains that are concordant have less-expressed zoning and a smoother CL texture and are enriched in 18O. From this it is apparent that various stages of water-rock interaction, as evidenced by systematic variations in ??18O, leave their imprint on both the texture and U-Pb systematics of zircon. Copyright ?? 2005 Elsevier Ltd.

  18. Determination of major, minor and trace elements in zircon, heavy mineral assemblage, using ICP-OES

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    One of the biggest challenges in analyzing heavy minerals assemblage/refractory minerals is the complexity of the sample matrices. Zircon is one of the most stable chemical compounds due to the strong bond between zirconia and silica in its molecule. The current study is a new approach for the Sample Solution preparation in analyzing heavy minerals, Zircon, Baddeylite and other zircon containing minerals, using phosphate salts. A simple reagent which acts as a flux and also as a complexing agent is used for the rapid decomposition and dissolution of silicate minerals for the first time. Modifications in the procedures have been done depending upon the elements to be analyzed. The sample is fused directly with phosphate salts and the stable solution obtained is analyzed for about 30 elements (Si, Zr, Hf, Si, Ti, Al, Fe, Mn, Ca, Mg, Ba, V, Sc, Th, U and REEs) by ICP-OES. Otherwise the sample is treated first with HF to remove silica then fused with phosphate salts. In this case Si cannot be analyzed. Trueness and reproducibility were assessed by analyzing Certified Reference Material (CRM), synthetic mixtures and against the established standard procedures. The procedure has been applied successfully to heavy minerals received from beach sands of India. The proposed method is accurate and the precision is characterized by an RSD varying from 0.5 to 3.0% (n=5), from element to element. (author)

  19. [The characteristics of microstructure and chemical compositions of K-feldspar, sphene and zircon with zoning structure].

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    Liu, Chun-Hua; Wu, Cai-Lai; Lei, Min; Qin, Hai-Peng; Li, Ming-Ze

    2013-08-01

    K-feldspar, sphene and zircon in quartz monzonite from Shahewan, south Qinling, showing strong zoning structure. Characteristics of microstructure and chemical compositions of K-feldspar, sphene and zircon with zoning structure were investigated using advanced instruments of electron probe micro analyses equipped with wavelength dispersive spectrometer (EPM-WDS), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM-EDS) and laser ablation--inductively coupled plasma--mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Our study suggests that K+ could be substituted by small amounts of Na+, Ca2+, Ba2+, Fe2+ and Ce3+. Ca2+ in sphene could be replaced by V3+, Ce3+, Ba2+ and Ti4+ could be substituted by both Fe2+ and Al3+. Zircon contains trace elements like Fe, Th, U, Nb, Ta, Y, Hf, Yb and Pb. Concentration of Si, Al, K, Ca, Na, Mg and Ba in K-feldspar ranked from high to low, among which the contents of K and Na are negatively correlated, the lighter part of BSE images featuring K-feldspar is attributed to comparably higher Ba content, additionally, Si and K contents are elevated while Na content decreased rimward. Ca, Si, Ti, Ba, V, Ce, Al and Fe concentration listed downward, among which higher iron content corresponds to brighter portion of BSE images. Element concentration of zircon could be ranked from high to low as Zr, Si, Nd, Ce, Hf, U, Pb and Th, in which Hf and Zr exhibit negatively correlated. Zr concentration increased while Hf, U and Th concentration decreased from core to rim. PMID:24159884

  20. First SHRIMP U Pb zircon dating of granulites from the Kontum massif (Vietnam) and tectonothermal implications

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    Nam, Tran Ngoc; Sano, Yuji; Terada, Kentaro; Toriumi, Mitsuhiro; Van Quynh, Phan; Dung, Le Tien

    2001-02-01

    The Kontum massif in Central Vietnam represents the largest continuous exposure of crystalline basement of the Indochina craton. The central Kontum massif is chiefly made of orthopyroxene granulites (enderbite, charnockite) and associated rocks of the Kannack complex. Mineral assemblages and geothermobarometric studies have shown that the Kannack complex has severely metamorphosed under granulite facies corresponding to P-T conditions of 800-850°C and 8±1 kbars. Twenty-three SHRIMP II U-Pb analyses of eighteen zircon grains separated from a granulite sample of the Kannack complex yield ca 254 Ma, and one analysis gives ca 1400 Ma concordant age for a zoned zircon core. This result shows that granulites of the Kannack complex in the Kontum massif have formed from a high-grade granulite facies tectonothermal event of Indosinian age (Triassic). The cooling history and subsequent exhumation of the Kannack complex during Indosinian times ranged from ˜850°C at ca 254 Ma to ˜300°C at 242 Ma, with an average cooling rate of ˜45°C/Ma.

  1. Uranium-lead ages of zircon megacrysts and zircon included in corundum from Peixe Alcaline complex (Brazil)

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    The Peixe Alkaline Complex, Brazil, contains unusual mineral occurrences. Among them are zircon megacrysts (there are centimetric zircons) that have been subject of economic exploitation since the 1970's. But these crystals have not been studied in detail, in particular with respect to their isotope composition and U-Pb age. Pegmatites bearing corundum megacrysts also occur inside this complex. These corundum megacrysts also contain millimetric-sized zircon inclusions, which have never been studied before. The geochronological study of these zircons are important both for the understanding of the complex and the pegmatitic corundum, as well for an improved understanding of the regional geological evolution (au)

  2. Feasibility limits in using cerium as a surrogate for plutonium incorporation in zircon, zirconia and pyrochlore

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    Cerium is a well-known surrogate element for Pu that is widely used in experiments on the synthesis and study of ceramic waste forms for actinide immobilization. Cathodoluminescence (CL) images and emission spectra from synthetic zircon, (Zr,...)SiO4, cubic zirconia, (Zr,Y,Gd,...)O2 and pyrochlore, Ca(HfGd,...)Ti2O7, individually doped with Ce and Pu were investigated. It was determined that some of the Ce, which was added as Ce4+ in the form of CeO2, was converted to the 3+ valence state during synthesis of zircon-based ceramics by sintering in air and in argon gas. However, Pu-doped zircon synthesized in air under the same conditions does not exhibit the CL emission of Pu3+. Analysis of CL spectra of cubic zirconia doped with Ce as well as Pu suggests that both ions are in the tetra-valent state in these synthetic materials. However, the CL peak of Ce-doped zirconia is almost identical to that of pure zirconia (2.6 eV). The CL peak for Pu-doped zirconia is shifted to 2.4 eV. No CL emission of Ce3+ or Pu3+ was observed in pyrochlore samples. The CL spectra for Ce-and Pu-doped pyrochlore samples were almost identical. We suggest that under oxidizing conditions Ce is good surrogate of Pu for experiments on the synthesis of pyrochlore-based and acceptable enough for zirconia-based ceramics. The use of Ce as Pu surrogate for zircon-based ceramics should be considered as limited. Copyright (2001) Material Research Society

  3. Is ''metamictization'' of zircon a phase transition?

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    Metamictization is the transition from the crystalline to an aperiodic or amorphous state due to alpha-decay event damage from constituent radionuclides (238U, 235U, and 232Th) and their daughters. However, this transformation in minerals is part of a larger class of radiation-induced transformations to the amorphous state that has received considerable recent attention as a result of ion- and electron-beam experiments on metals, intermetallics, simple oxides, and complex ceramics and minerals. Diffuse X-ray scattering from single crystals of metamict zircon reveals residual crystallinity even at high fluences (up to 7.2 x 1018 α-decay events/g). The experimental evidence does not suggest that radiation-induced amorphization is a phase transition. The observations are in good agreement with a nonconvergent, heterogeneous model of amorphization in which damage production is a random process of cascade formation and overlap at increasing fluence. Instead of an amorphization transition, the existence of a percolation transition is postulated. At the level of radiation damage near the percolation point, the heterogeneous strain broadening of X-ray diffraction profiles is reduced whereas the particle-size broadening increases. Simultaneously, the macroscopic swelling of the zircon becomes larger than the maximum expansion of the unit-cell parameters. A suitable empirical parameter that characterizes this transition is the flux, Ds, at which the macroscopic expansion is identical to the maximum expansion of the crystallographic unit cell. In zircon, Ds = 3.5·1018 α-decay events/g

  4. Natural radioactivity and radon specific exhalation rate of zircon sands

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    Righi, S.; Verita, S.; Bruzzi, L. [Bologna Univ., Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca per le Scienze Ambientali and Dipt. di Fisica, Ravenna (Italy); Albertazzi, A. [Italian Ceramic Center, Bologna (Italy)

    2006-07-01

    The study focuses on the radon emanation from zircon sands and their derivatives, which are widely used in many sectors of industry. In particular, the results obtained by experimental measurements on samples of zircon sands and zircon flours commonly used in Italian ceramic industries are reported. Zircon sands contain a significant concentration of natural radioactivity because Th and U may substitute zirconium in the zircon crystal lattice. The relevant routes of exposure of workers to T.E.N.O.R.M. from zircon materials are external radiation and internal exposure, either by inhalation of aerosols in dusty working conditions or by inhalation of radon in workplaces. The main objective of this investigation is to provide experimental data able to better calculate the internal exposure of workers due to radon inhalation. Zircon samples were surveyed for natural radioactivity, radon specific exhalation rate and emanation fraction. Measurements of radioactivity concentration were carried out using {gamma}-spectrometry. Methods used for determining radon consisted in determining the {sup 222}Rn activity accumulated in a vessel after a given accumulation build-up time. The average activity concentrations of {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th in samples result about 2600 and 550 Bq kg-1, respectively; these concentrations are significantly higher than the world average noticed in soils, rocks and Earth crust. The {sup 222}Rn specific exhalation rates result very low probably due to the low porosity of the material and the consequent difficulty for radon to be released from the zircon crystal lattice. (author)

  5. Natural radioactivity and radon specific exhalation rate of zircon sands

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    The study focuses on the radon emanation from zircon sands and their derivatives, which are widely used in many sectors of industry. In particular, the results obtained by experimental measurements on samples of zircon sands and zircon flours commonly used in Italian ceramic industries are reported. Zircon sands contain a significant concentration of natural radioactivity because Th and U may substitute zirconium in the zircon crystal lattice. The relevant routes of exposure of workers to T.E.N.O.R.M. from zircon materials are external radiation and internal exposure, either by inhalation of aerosols in dusty working conditions or by inhalation of radon in workplaces. The main objective of this investigation is to provide experimental data able to better calculate the internal exposure of workers due to radon inhalation. Zircon samples were surveyed for natural radioactivity, radon specific exhalation rate and emanation fraction. Measurements of radioactivity concentration were carried out using γ-spectrometry. Methods used for determining radon consisted in determining the 222Rn activity accumulated in a vessel after a given accumulation build-up time. The average activity concentrations of 238U and 232Th in samples result about 2600 and 550 Bq kg-1, respectively; these concentrations are significantly higher than the world average noticed in soils, rocks and Earth crust. The 222Rn specific exhalation rates result very low probably due to the low porosity of the material and the consequent difficulty for radon to be released from the zircon crystal lattice. (author)

  6. Extinct Plutonium Geochemistry of Ancient Hadean Zircons

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    Turner, G.; Gilmour, J.; Crowther, S.; Busfield, A.; Mojzsis, S.; Harrison, M.

    2005-12-01

    The abundance of 244Pu in the early solar system has important implications for r-process nucleosynthesis and models of noble gas transport within the Earth's mantle. Our recent discovery(1) of xenon isotopes from the in-situ decay of 244Pu in ancient Jack Hills zircons promises to provide a new time-sensitive window on the first 500 Ma of Earth history. We have extended this initial work by the use of resonance ioniisation mass spectrometry to analyse xenon released by stepped heating from 17 individual zircons with Pb-Pb ages in the range 3.95 to 4.18 Ga. Our immediate objectives are to determine the causes of variations in the inferred Pu/U ratios and in the longer term to determine the initial Pu/U ratio of the Earth. The Pu/U ratios calculated for individual zircons may be expected to vary as a result of igneous fractionation and also from differential loss of Pu and U fission xenon in the last 4 Ga. We have studied the effects of xenon loss by irradiating the zircons with thermal neutrons to generate xenon from 235U neutron fission in order to determine U/Xe ratios and apparent ages. 131Xe/134Xe and 132Xe/134Xe ratios can be used to calculate the relative contributions from 244Pu and 238U spontaneous fission and 235U neutron fission. The measured Pu/U ratios (back calculated to 4.56 Ga on the basis of the individual Pb-Pb ages) range from zero to 0.012. The highest ratio in our initial study was 0.008 (note that the published ratio has been revised upwards on the basis of improved decay parameters for 238U spontaneous fission). Comparison of Pb-Pb and U-Xe ages indicate varying amounts of xenon loss, over 50% in some cases. While this accounts for some of the variability in the inferred Pu/U, igneous fractionation may also play a part, and we are currently attempting to investigate this by a comparison with REE abundances. Reference: (1) Turner et al. (2004) Science, 306, 89-91.

  7. Large swelling and percolation in irradiated zircon

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    Trachenko, K; Salje, E K H

    2003-01-01

    We study the effect of large swelling in irradiated zircon. We perform molecular dynamics simulation of the overlap of two radiation events and find that the damage produced in the second event scatters away from the densified boundary of the damaged region implanted previously. This serves as the microscopic mechanism of the increase of volume occupied by the damage. The additive nature of this effect results in large swelling observed experimentally. We translate the damage accumulation into the percolation problem, and show that volume swelling is a percolation phenomenon, with the swelling curve increasing rapidly at the percolation threshold. (letter to the editor)

  8. Auto-regenerative thermoluminescence dating using zircon inclusions

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    Fired ceramics containing zircon inclusions have been dated by allowing the zircons to regenerate their own thermoluminescence (TL) signal, hence auto-regenerative TL dating. The technique is conceptually straightforward. One first measures the TL accrued since the last heating of the material. The zircon grains are then stored for six months and the TL signal regenerated through self-irradiation is measured. Since the internal dose-rate for zircon is dominated by the internal component the age of the sample is simply given by the ratio of the natural to auto-regenerated signal times the laboratory storage period. The technique, however, requires the measurement of a very small auto-regenerated signal, which introduces a number of experimental and physical complications. The methods for overcoming these problems and successfully dating zircons by auto-regeneration are described. (Author)

  9. Luminescence dating of zircon using an imaging photon detector

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    The luminescence dating of zircon can be difficult with conventional photomultipliers because of the combined background from dark current and black-body radiation. Previously the latter problem has been minimized by imaging the thermoluminescence (TL) to blank off regions of the disc which do not hold zircons. A better approach is to replace the photomultiplier with an imaging photon detector (IPD). Recent advances in technology have resulted in an instrument which approaches the performance characteristics of conventional photomultipliers. The great advantage for zircon dating is that the TL from individual grains can easily be integrated and the effects of both dark current and black-body radiation from all other regions neglected. The IPD has been used in the dating of several pottery and volcanic samples, as well as for procedural developments in the dating of zircon from sediment. The performance characteristics of the IPD are described, together with some examples of its application to zircon dating. (author)

  10. Detrital zircon geochronology by LA-ICP-MS of the Neoarchean Manjeri Formation in the Archean Zimbabwe craton- the disappearance of Eoarchean crust by 2.7 Ga?

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    Sawada, Hikaru; Maruyama, Shigenori; Sakata, Shuhei; Hirata, Takafumi

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    For the ca. 2.7 Ga (Neoarchean) clastic rocks in the Belingwe greenstone belt (Manjeri Formation), U-Pb age of detrital zircon grains were analyzed by Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). The Manjeri Formation, composed of sandstone, quartzite, and limestone with stromatolites, was deposited in a shallow marine setting along the ancient passive continental margin of the Zimbabwe craton. Nearly 100 detrital zircon grains, for each from two sandstone samples in central Zimbabwe, were separated for U-Pb dating. Age spectra of detrital zircon grains of two analyzed sandstones of the Manjeri Formation show more or less the same multiple age clusters: i.e., ca. 2.9 Ga, ca. 3.15 Ga, ca. 3.3 Ga, and ca. 3.5 Ga. These age spectra reflect nature of the provenance of proto-Zimbabwe, which was considerably different from that of the modern Zimbabwe craton. The age clusters of ca. 2.9 Ga, ca. 3.3 Ga, and ca. 3.5 Ga are correlated with those of extant basement rocks of the present Zimbabwe craton, whereas the ca. 3.15 Ga cluster has no corresponding unit within the craton, except for detrital zircons from the 2.65 Ga Shamvaian Group in a neighboring area of the Zimbabwe craton. The extremely old (3.85 Ga; Eoarchean) detrital zircon grains, previously reported from the ca. 2.9 Ga and ca. 3.4 Ga sandstones elsewhere in the craton, were not detected at all in the present two analyzed samples. As no Eoarchean (>3.8 Ga) basement rocks remain in the Zimbabwe craton at present either, the present study confirmed that the Eoarchean crustal rocks once occurred in the proto-Zimbabwe craton but they had been removed secondarily from the provenance of Neoarchean and younger basins prior to 2.7 Ga. Possible geologic processes for such disappearance of older crusts may include the physiological separation by continental rifting, subduction erosion, and/or other crustal recycling processes.

  11. Zirconia (NC) zircon as a potential standard

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    Covey, A. K.; Braun, S. A.; Gualda, G. A.; Bream, B. R.; Fisher, C.; Wooden, J. L.; Schmitz, M. D.

    2012-12-01

    As microanalysis continues to advance and become more widespread there is a greater need for abundant and suitable age standards. Megacrystic zircons from the inactive Freeman Mine near Zirconia, NC were collected from weathered mine dump piles. Zirconia zircon crystals are large (> 1 mm) relative to typical zircons (up to 100s μm) and easily obtained; attributes that make them attractive as a potential standard. We present here preliminary data and assess the suitability of Zirconia zircons as a U-Pb geochronology, Hf-isotope and trace-element standard. Grains are variably fluorescent (Callahan et al, Southeastern Geol., 2007), and we used shortwave fluorescence to separate grains with high, medium, low/no fluorescence from one another. Images were taken of the grains before mounting and post-polishing to understand the fluorescence characterization of the surface to the core. After preparing the grains, we found that the fluorescence was not homogenous and did not provide a good means of separating out grains. In order to investigate the differences in fluorescence, we collected cathodoluminescence (CL) and backscatter electron (BSE) images and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) maps using a Tescan Vega 3 LMU equipped with an Oxford X-max 50 mm2 solid-state EDS detector at Vanderbilt University. This allowed division of the grains into two types: (a) grains with finely oscillatory zoned rims, which are variably crosscut by dull-CL irregular zones, sometimes showing hourglass zoning; and (b) grains with cores showing more irregular, patchy zoning with and without thin oscillatory rims. EDS maps show no major element zoning in the zircon grains, but reveal a variety of inclusions, particularly of quartz and thorite. Preliminary U-Pb ages were obtained using a Perkin Elmer Elan DRCII ICP-MS coupled with a New Wave/Mechantek 213 nm Nd:YAG laser ablation system at Vanderbilt University. A total of ~150 individual ages on oscillatory-zoned (Type a) crystals yield a

  12. Selection of Raw Materials for the Reactive Sinterling of Zircon Porous Ceramics

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    SHENYi; ZHANGWenli; 等

    1999-01-01

    The effect of three kinds of zircon raw materials on the sinterability and properties of porous zircon ceramics have been investigated.The results have shown that all the tested fired compacts are of high porosity,However,the sintering process are different for different raw materials.The preferable selected raw materials for porous zircon ceramics were commercials zircon and quartz.

  13. The complex systematics of zircons in migmatitic gneisses: An example from an Archean migmatite along the Patos Shear Zone, Borborema Province, NE Brazil

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    The Northem Tectonic Domain Borborema Province, in Northeast of Brazil records a complex history of tectonic activity ranging from 3.4 Ga to 0.6 Ga (Brito Neves, 1995 and Dantas, 1996). U-Pb systematics of zircons from a migmatitic gneiss just north of the Patos Shear Zone provide an excellent example of the difficulties encountered using conventional single-grain U/Pb zircon geochronology in polydeformed gneiss terranes. Our conventional single grain zircon analyses of a migmatite yielded Archean ages between ca. 3.3 at 2.8 a, as well as some highly discordant Paleoproterozoic ages. Subsequent cathodoluminescence images of these zircon grains showed complex internal structures that possibly record up to 4 separate stages of zircon growth. With such internal complexity, is impossible resolve primary crystallization ages as well as the ages of subsequent overgrowth events using conventional single grain analyses. Such resolution will require analyses of the individual grain domains using the SHRIMP method (au)

  14. Carbonitridation of mechanically activated mixtures of zircon and carbon

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    Setoudeh, N., E-mail: nsetoudeh@mail.yu.ac.ir [Materials Engineering Department, Yasouj University, Yasouj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Welham, N.J., E-mail: nicholas.welham@gmail.com [West Australian School of Mines, Curtin University, PO Box U1977, Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

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    Highlights: • Formation temperature of ZrN and ZrC decreased to 1400 °C in the five hours milled sample. • Either ZrC or ZrN were observed in the heating of 6:1 C:Zircon samples under argon/nitrogen atmospheres. • Amount of tetragonal zirconia increased in nitrogen atmosphere. • Percentage of tetragonal zirconia increased at higher C:Zircon ratios. -- Abstract: Two different stoichiometries of zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}) and activated carbon (C:zircon molar ratios of 3:1 and 6:1) were milled together at for 5 h and subjected to thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). TGA runs were performed under argon and nitrogen atmospheres. The main mass loss reaction started at around 1200 °C in all samples, but the mass loss was greater in the 6:1 C:zircon ratio samples in nitrogen. X-ray diffraction (XRD) of the residues showed the decomposition of zircon was nearly complete. Traces of ZrN along with monoclinic and tetragonal forms of zirconia were observed in the nitrogen atmosphere, however only zirconia was present after heating in argon. Heating the 6:1 C:zircon molar ratio sample for 1 h at 1400 °C in argon resulted in the formation of ZrC and SiC, in nitrogen ZrN was formed.

  15. Carbonitridation of mechanically activated mixtures of zircon and carbon

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    Highlights: • Formation temperature of ZrN and ZrC decreased to 1400 °C in the five hours milled sample. • Either ZrC or ZrN were observed in the heating of 6:1 C:Zircon samples under argon/nitrogen atmospheres. • Amount of tetragonal zirconia increased in nitrogen atmosphere. • Percentage of tetragonal zirconia increased at higher C:Zircon ratios. -- Abstract: Two different stoichiometries of zircon (ZrSiO4) and activated carbon (C:zircon molar ratios of 3:1 and 6:1) were milled together at for 5 h and subjected to thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). TGA runs were performed under argon and nitrogen atmospheres. The main mass loss reaction started at around 1200 °C in all samples, but the mass loss was greater in the 6:1 C:zircon ratio samples in nitrogen. X-ray diffraction (XRD) of the residues showed the decomposition of zircon was nearly complete. Traces of ZrN along with monoclinic and tetragonal forms of zirconia were observed in the nitrogen atmosphere, however only zirconia was present after heating in argon. Heating the 6:1 C:zircon molar ratio sample for 1 h at 1400 °C in argon resulted in the formation of ZrC and SiC, in nitrogen ZrN was formed

  16. Detrital zircon U-Pb reconnaissance of the Franciscan subduction complex in northwestern California

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    Dimitru, Trevor; Ernst, W. Gary; Hourigan, Jeremy K.; McLaughlin, Robert J.

    2015-01-01

    In northwestern California, the Franciscan subduction complex has been subdivided into seven major tectonostratigraphic units. We report U-Pb ages of ≈2400 detrital zircon grains from 26 sandstone samples from 5 of these units. Here, we tabulate each unit's interpreted predominant sediment source areas and depositional age range, ordered from the oldest to the youngest unit. (1) Yolla Bolly terrane: nearby Sierra Nevada batholith (SNB); ca. 118 to 98 Ma. Rare fossils had indicated that this unit was mostly 151-137 Ma, but it is mostly much younger. (2) Central Belt: SND; ca. 103 too 53 Ma (but poorly constrained), again mostly younger than previously thought. (3) Yager terrane: distant Idaho batholith (IB); ca. 52 to 50 Ma. Much of the Yager's detritus was shed during major core complex extension and erosion in Idaho that started 53 Ma. An eocene Princeton River-Princeton submarine canyon system transported this detritus to the Great Valley forearc basin and thence to the Franciscan trench. (4) Coastal terrane: mostly IB, ±SNB, ±nearby Cascade arc, ±Nevada Cenozoic ignimbrite belt; 52 to <32 Ma. (5) King Range terrane: dominated by IB and SNB zircons; parts 16-14 Ma based on microfossils. Overall, some Franciscan units are younger than previously thought, making them more compatible with models for the growth of subduction complexes by positive accretion. From ca. 118 to 70 Ma, Franciscan sediments were sourced mainly from the nearby Sierra Nevada region and were isolated from southwestern US and Mexican sources. From 53 to 49 Ma, the Franciscan was sourced from both Idaho and the Sierra Nevada. By 37-32 Ma, input from Idaho had ceased. The influx from Idaho probably reflects major tectonism in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, plus development of a through-going Princeton River to California, rather than radical changes in the subduction system at the Franciscan trench itself.

  17. Moessbauer study of the structure of Fe - zircon system

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    Iron-doped silicate (zircon), prepared by a ceramic method with the addition of LiF as mineralizer, was analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and 57Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy to obtain information on the solid solution formation. The results of X-ray diffraction and Moessbauer spectroscopy have shown that only a small fraction of iron, about 1.5 mol%, is incorporated in the zircon structure as paramagnetic Fe3+ species while the remaining Fe3+ cations form magnetic α-Fe2O3 particles which are trapped within the zircon matrix. (author)

  18. A Raman spectroscopic study of zircons on micro-scale and Its significance in explaining the origin of zircons

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    Bao, Xuezhao; Lu, Songnian

    1998-01-01

    The magmatic and metamorphic zircons were investigated with Raman spectrum microprobe analysis. We found notable differences between these two kinds of zircons exhibited by the variation trend of Raman peak intensity from core to rim of a crystal. In magmatic zircons, the intensity and the ratio H/W of Raman spectrum peaks gradually decrease from core to rim of a crystal, which is produced by an increase in metamictization degree and suggests an increase in U and Th concentrations from core to rim. In metamorphic zircons, there are two kinds of crystals according to their Raman spectra: the first group of zircons exhibits a variation trend opposite to those of magmatic zircons, tending to increase in the Raman peak intensity and H/W value from core to rim of a crystal, which is produced by a decrease in metamictization degree and indicates a decrease of U and Th concentrations from core to rim of a crystal. The second group of zircons exhibits no change in Raman peak intensity and H/W value through a crystal....

  19. Evolution of the African continental crust as recorded by U-Pb, Lu-Hf and O isotopes in detrital zircons from modern rivers

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    Iizuka, Tsuyoshi; Campbell, Ian H.; Allen, Charlotte M.; Gill, James B.; Maruyama, Shigenori; Makoka, Frédéric

    2013-04-01

    To better understand the evolutionary history of the African continental crust, a combined U-Pb, Lu-Hf and O isotopic study has been carried out by in situ analyses of approximately 450 detrital zircon grains from the Niger, Nile, Congo, Zambezi and Orange Rivers. The U-Pb isotopic data show age peaks at ca. 2.7, 2.1-1.8, 1.2-1.0, ca. 0.8, 0.7-0.5 and ca. 0.3 Ga. These peaks, with the exception of the one at ca. 0.8 Ga, correspond with the assembly of supercontinents. Furthermore, the detrital zircons that crystallized during these periods of supercontinent assembly have dominantly non-mantle-like O and Hf isotopic signatures, in contrast to the ca. 0.8 Ga detrital zircons which have juvenile characteristics. These data can be interpreted as showing that continental collisions during supercontinent assembly resulted in supermountain building accompanied by remelting of older continental crust, which in turn led to significant erosion of young igneous rocks with non-mantle-like isotopic signatures. Alternatively, the data may indicate that the major mode of crustal development changed during the supercontinent cycle: the generation of juvenile crust in extensional settings was dominant during supercontinent fragmentation, whereas the stabilization of the generated crust via crustal accretion and reworking was important during supercontinent assembly. The Lu-Hf and O isotope systematics indicate that terreigneous sediments could attain elevated 18O/16O via prolonged sediment-sediment recycling over long crustal residence time, and also that reworking of carbonate and chert which generally have elevated 18O/16O and low Hf contents is minor in granitoid magmatism. The highest 18O/16O in detrital zircon abruptly increased at ca. 2.1 Ga and became nearly constant thereafter. This indicates that reworking of mature sediments increased abruptly at that time, probably as a result of a transition in the dynamics of either granitoid crust formation or sedimentary evolution

  20. Characterization of zirconized silica supports for HPLC

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    The preparation and characterization of zirconized silica has been investigated. The material was prepared via the reaction of silica with zirconium tetrabutoxide, optimized by a central composite design and response surface methodology. The new material was characterized by nitrogen adsorption-desorption investigations (BET/BJH) showing specific surface areas adequate for use as a chromatographic support. DRUVS, FTIR, XPS, XAS, XRF and SEM methods also were used to characterize the new material. It was shown that silica networks were not significantly modified with the introduction of zirconium. Surface analyses show that there is appreciable element enrichment at the surface, while significant changes in binding energies of Zr 3d, Si 2p, and O 1s have been detected. The above observations indicate that Si-O-Zr bonds were formed, with zirconium grafted onto the silica surface, yielding a support suitable for HPLC

  1. Zircon Archean of the Transuralian megazone

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    Krasnobaev, A. A.; Puchkov, V. N.; Puzhakov, B. A.; Busharina, S. V.; Sergeeva, N. D.

    2015-12-01

    The Il'inka metamorphic complex (IC) is located in the Transuralian megazone at the latitude of the Chelyabinsk granite pluton, east of the Chelyabinsk graben. The petrological, mineralogical, and age data on the IC indicate the presence of Archean complexes during its formation. Taking into account the importance of the age data on IC, zircons were additionally analyzed using a SHRIMP. For the Transuralian megazone, the analytical data allowed us for the first time to establish the presence of the Neoarchean (2715 ± 15 Ma) substance and two stages of metamorphism of gneisses. The early stage was in the Paleoproterozoic (1970-2130 Ma). The metamorphism of 648 ± 18 Ma ends the evolution of IC.

  2. Thermal expansion in lead zirconate titanate

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    The volume anomalies with temperature variations in tin-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics are investigated. Experimental results show that the volume changes are related to the phase transitions induced with temperature. The magnitude and orientation of crystal volume changes are dependent on the particular phase transition. When antiferroelectrics is transformed to ferroelectrics or paraelectrics the volume expands. Oppositely when ferroelectrics is transformed to antiferroelectrics or paraelectrics the volume contracts. In the transition of antiferroelectric orthorhombic structure to tetragonal structure or ferroelectric low-temperature rhombohedral structure to high-tem- perature rhombohedral structure, there are also revealed apparent anomalies in the curves of thermal expansion. Among them, the volume strain caused by the transition between antiferroelectrics and ferroelectrics is the biggest in magnitude, and the linear expansion dL/L0 and the expansion coefficient (dL/L0)/dT can reach 2.810?3 and 7.5 × 10?4 K?1 respectively.

  3. Chemical Th-U-total Pb isochron ages of zircon and monazite from granitic rocks of the Negele area, southern Ethiopia

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    CHIME (Chemical Th-U-total Pb Isochron Method) age determinations were made on zircon and monazite grains from granitoid samples in the Negele area of southern Ethiopia. A 611±32 Ma zircon age was obtained from a syn-tectonic hornblende-biotite granite of the Alghe domain. A 453±29 Ma zircon age and a 459±16 Ma monazite age were also obtained from post-tectonic two-mica granites of the Alghe domain and the Kenticha domain, respectively. Since these ca. 450 Ma zircon and monazite ages coincide well, as significant post-tectonic granitic magmatism appears to have occurred in southern Ethiopia in early Paleozoid time. The new CHIME age results indicate at least two episodes of granitic magmatism in southern Ethiopia in the late Proterozoic to early Paleozoic, with a ca. 150 Ma interval between syn- and post-tectonic granitic emplacements, and have a important geochronological constraint on the evolution of the East African Orogen. (author)

  4. Thermal behaviour of amorphous zircon prepared by ball milling

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    Results are presented on the recrystallisation behaviour of the mineral zircon (ZrSiO4) which has been amorphised by ball milling. X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis techniques were used to investigate the structural evolution after mechanical treatment. Phase transformations detected by the differential thermal analysis technique included transient formation of tetragonal or pseudo cubic ZrO2, followed by recrystallisation of zircon at reduced temperatures of around 1000 C. The behaviour of the milled samples was compared to literature data concerning amorphous zircon prepared by other techniques, including natural and ion beam radiation damage and sol-gel processing. The ball milled zircon was found to have similar thermal behaviour, but had a structural recovery temperature 180-600 C lower than that found for other amorphous samples. (orig.)

  5. Contribution to the study of xenotime and zircon flotation

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    Flotation and electrokinetics behaviour have studied with xenotime (YPO4) and zircon (Zr Si O4) from a mixture of grains with 90% xenotime and 10% zircon, produced in cassiterite concentration process. Micro flotation and zeta potential have been also studied, by using oleic acid P.A. and DP1-6256 as collectors, and sodium metasillicate and Procol DA911 as modifier agents

  6. Petrogenesis of Late Permian sodic metagranitoids in southeastern Korea: SHRIMP zircon geochronology and elemental and Nd-Hf isotope geochemistry

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    Cheong, Chang-sik; Kim, Namhoon; Kim, Jeongmin; Yi, Keewook; Jeong, Youn-Joong; Park, Chan-Soo; Li, Huai-kun; Cho, Moonsup

    2014-12-01

    One of the striking tectonomagmatic features recently found in southeastern Korea is the occurrence of ca. 250 Ma high-silica adakite. Sodic metagranitoids mainly consisting of tonalitic-trondhjemitic-granodioritic gneisses occur in the Andong-Cheongsong area adjacent to the Yeongdeok adakite site. To investigate temporal and petrogenetic relationships of these orthogneisses with the adakite, we conducted SHRIMP zircon U-Pb dating as well as elemental and Nd-Hf isotopic analyses. Zircon core ages of the orthogneisses (ca. 262-251 Ma) confirm the widespread occurrence of arc-related Late Permian magmatism in southeastern Korea. The Late Triassic (ca. 230 Ma) zircon overgrowths reflect a thermal overprint probably related to the initiation of another subduction system. The analyzed orthogneisses have major element compositions comparable to the Phanerozoic adakites and Archean TTG suite, such as high SiO2 (58.7-65.5 wt.%) and Al2O3 (17.1-19.1 wt.%) contents and Na2O/K2O ratios (1.83-4.95). However, their moderate Sr/Y (35-43) and La/Yb (14-53) ratios and negative Eu anomalies (Eu/Eu* = 0.75-0.95) are incompatible with the key features reported from the Yeongdeok adakite. Moreover, initial whole-rock εNd (-7.9 to -3.3) and zircon εHf (-0.3 ± 2.4) values of the orthogneisses negate a direct derivation from the subducted slab. Our elemental and Nd-Hf isotopic data collectively suggest that the protoliths of the tonalitic-trondhjemitic-granodioritic gneisses were generated by partial melting of mafic lower crust at depths shallower than the garnet stability field. Our Nd and Hf model ages of the gneisses, together with those previously reported from the Mesozoic granitoids indicate a selective involvement of young source materials along the margin of the Yeongnam massif. The Hf isotopic compositions of zircons from a trondhjemitic gneiss attest to the involvement of primitive melts during their crystallization. The ridge subduction and consequent development of a slab

  7. Preparation of Zircon Whisker Using Carbon Black as Reducing Agent

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    WANG San-Hai, JIANG Wei-Hui, FENG Guo, LIU Jian-Min, MIAO Li-Feng, WANG Hong-Da

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Zircon whisker was synthesized at 700°C via non-hydrolytic Sol-Gel method using anhydrous zirconium tetrachloride (ZrCl4 as zirconium source, tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS as silicon source, lithium fluoride (LiF as mineralizer, ethanol as solvent and carbon black as reducing agent. Thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA, X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD and transmission electron microscope (TEM were employed to characterize the influences of adding ways and amount of carbon black on the synthesis and morphology of zircon whisker. The results show that the carbon black added in form of suspension is favorable to the one-dimension growth of zircon. When 6wt% carbon black is added, optimized zircon whiskers are achieved along the growth direction of [001], which diameter and aspect ratio are in the range of 30­90 nm and 6­15, respectively. Because of carbon black reacting with oxygen to form carbon dioxide and monoxide, the adding way and amount of carbon black efficiently regulate the oxygen partial pressure in the reaction system. Reducing oxygen partial pressure can form more SiF4 gas, which is the basis of one-dimensional direction growth of zircon. However, excessively low oxygen partial pressure is against the ZrSiO4 formation. Therefore, appropriate oxygen partial pressure can promote the growth of zircon whisker.

  8. Phonon dispersion relation in zircon: an inelastic neutron scattering study

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    Full text: The silicate mineral zircon ZrSiO4 (space group I41/amd ; Z=2) is a host mineral for radioactive elements uranium and thorium in the earth's crust. Zircon undergoes a zircon to scheelite type phase transition at high pressure and temperature. Phonon spectrum is needed to develop a reliable interatomic potential model for the calculation of thermodynamic properties of zircon at high temperature and pressure. We earlier reported the low energy part (5-32 MeV) of the phonon dispersion curves along (100) and (001) directions from a natural single crystal of zircon (volume 4 cc) using triple axis spectrometer at Dhruva. The measurements at high energies requires good energy resolution and intensity. Continuing our work on zircon we have measured the phonon dispersion relation up to 50 MeV from the same single crystal at ISIS, UK using PRISMA spectrometer which is a multi analyser crystal spectrometer employing the time of flight technique. The low energy part of the phonon spectrum measured at Trombay is in good agreement with that measured at ISIS, UK. An independent lattice dynamical model is used for the calculations of one phonon inelastic structure factors for the selection of Bragg points for the inelastic measurements. The measurements are in good agreement with our lattice dynamical calculations

  9. Ion irradiation effects in natural garnets: Comparison with zircon

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    The behavior of garnet (A3B2(XO4)3; Ia3d; Z=8) under ion-beam irradiation was investigated in order to compare its radiation susceptibility to another orthosilicate: zircon, ZrSiO4. Five natural end-member compositions were examined by in situ transmission electron microscopy during irradiation with 1.0 MeV Kr2+ over the temperature range of 50-1070 K. The critical amorphization temperature, above which amorphization does not occur, was 1030 K for andradite, but could not be determined for the other garnet composition because the Tc was higher than the highest temperature of the experiment. Based on topologic criterion, the degree of structural freedom in garnet is ∼-2.25 and for zircon ∼-1.5. Based on topology the critical amorphization dose for garnet should be higher than that of zircon; however, the average amorphization dose of garnet (0.20 dpa) is lower than that of zircon (0.37 dpa) at room temperature. This may be the result of the assumed value for the displacement energies, Ed, used in the calculation of dpa. Garnet did not decompose, while zircon decomposes to SiO2+ZrO2 during the ion irradiation at high temperature. This behavior may be related to the phase relations of garnet which melts congruently and zircon which decomposes to ZrO2+SiO2

  10. Creation of a continent recorded in zircon zoning

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    Moser, D.E.; Bowman, J.R.; Wooden, J.; Valley, J.W.; Mazdab, F.; Kita, N.

    2008-01-01

    We have discovered a robust microcrystalline record of the early genesis of North American lithosphere preserved in the U-Pb age and oxygen isotope zoning of zircons from a lower crustal paragneiss in the Neoarchean Superior province. Detrital igneous zircon cores with ??18O values of 5.1???-7.1??? record creation of primitive to increasingly evolved crust from 2.85 ?? 0.02 Ga to 2.67 ?? 0.02 Ga. Sharp chemical unconformity between cores and higher ??18O (8.4???-10.4???) metamorphic overgrowths as old as 2.66 ?? 0.01 Ga dictates a rapid sequence of arc unroofing, burial of detrital zircons in hydrosphere-altered sediment, and transport to lower crust late in upper plate assembly. The period to 2.58 ?? 0.01 Ga included ???80 m.y. of high-temperature (???700-650 ??C), nearly continuous overgrowth events reflecting stages in maturation of the subjacent mantle root. Huronian continental rifting is recorded by the youngest zircon tip growth at 2512 ?? 8 Ma (??? 600 ??C) signaling magma intraplating and the onset of rigid plate behavior. This >150 m.y. microscopic isotope record in single crystals demonstrates the sluggish volume diffusion of U, Pb, and O in zircon throughout protracted regional metamorphism, and the consequent advances now possible in reconstructing planetary dynamics with zircon zoning. ?? 2008 The Geological Society of America.

  11. Early Mesozoic paleogeography and tectonic evolution of the western United States: Insights from detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, Blue Mountains Province, northeastern Oregon

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    LaMaskin, T.A.; Vervoort, J.D.; Dorsey, R.J.; Wright, J.E.

    2011-01-01

    This study assesses early Mesozoic provenance linkages and paleogeographic-tectonic models for the western United States based on new petrographic and detrital zircon data from Triassic and Jurassic sandstones of the "Izee" and Olds Ferry terranes of the Blue Mountains Province, northeastern Oregon. Triassic sediments were likely derived from the Baker terrane offshore accretionary subduction complex and are dominated by Late Archean (ca. 2.7-2.5 Ga), Late Paleoproterozoic (ca. 2.2-1.6 Ga), and Paleozoic (ca. 380-255 Ma) detrital zircon grains. These detrital ages suggest that portions of the Baker terrane have a genetic affinity with other Cordilleran accretionary subduction complexes of the western United States, including those in the Northern Sierra and Eastern Klamath terranes. The abundance of Precambrian grains in detritus derived from an offshore complex highlights the importance of sediment reworking. Jurassic sediments are dominated by Mesozoic detrital ages (ca. 230-160 Ma), contain significant amounts of Paleozoic (ca. 290, 380-350, 480-415 Ma), Neoproterozoic (ca. 675-575 Ma), and Mesoproterozoic grains (ca. 1.4-1.0 Ga), and have lesser quantities of Late Paleoproterozoic grains (ca. 2.1-1.7 Ga). Detrital zircon ages in Jurassic sediments closely resemble well-documented age distributions in transcontinental sands of Ouachita-Appalachian provenance that were transported across the southwestern United States and modified by input from cratonal, miogeoclinal, and Cordilleran-arc sources during Triassic and Jurassic time. Jurassic sediments likely were derived from the Cordilleran arc and an orogenic highland in Nevada that yielded recycled sand from uplifted Triassic backarc basin deposits. Our data suggest that numerous Jurassic Cordilleran basins formed close to the Cordilleran margin and support a model for moderate post-Jurassic translation (~400 km) of the Blue Mountains Province. ?? 2011 Geological Society of America.

  12. Zircon crytallization and recycling in the magma chamber of the rhyolitic Kos Plateau Tuff (Aegean arc)

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    Bachman, O.; Charlier, B.L.A.; Lowenstern, J. B.

    2007-01-01

    In contrast to most large-volume silicic magmas in continental arcs, which are thought to evolve as open systems with significant assimilation of preexisting crust, the Kos Plateau Miff magma formed dominantly by crystal fractionation of mafic parents. Deposits from this ??? 60 km3 pyroclastic eruption (the largest known in the Aegean arc) lack xenocrystic zircons [secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) U-Pb ages on zircon cores never older than 500 ka] and display Sr-Nd whole-rock isotopic ratios within the range of European mantle in an area with exposed Paleozoic and Tertiary continental crust; this evidence implies a nearly closed-system chemical differentiation. Consequently, the age range provided by zircon SIMS U-Th-Pb dating is a reliable indicator of the duration of assembly and longevity of the silicic magma body above its solidus. The age distribution from 160 ka (age of eruption by sanidine 40Ar/39Ar dating; Smith et al., 1996) to ca. 500 ka combined with textural characteristics (high crystal content, corrosion of most anhydrous phenocrysts, but stability of hydrous phases) suggest (1) a protracted residence in the crust as a crystal mush and (2) rejuvenation (reduced crystallization and even partial resorption of minerals) prior to eruption probably induced by new influx of heat (and volatiles). This extended evolution chemically isolated from the surrounding crust is a likely consequence of the regional geodynamics because the thinned Aegean microplate acts as a refractory container for magmas in the dying Aegean subduction zone (continent-continent subduction). ?? 2007 Geological Society of America.

  13. Zircon crystallization and recycling in the magma chamber of the rhyolitic Kos Plateau Tuff (Aegean arc)

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    Bachman, O.; Charlier, B.L.A.; Lowenstern, J. B.

    2007-01-01

    In contrast to most large-volume silicic magmas in continental arcs, which are thought to evolve as open systems with significant assimilation of preexisting crust, the Kos Plateau Tuff magma formed dominantly by crystal fractionation of mafic parents. Deposits from this ~60 km3 pyroclastic eruption (the largest known in the Aegean arc) lack xenocrystic zircons [secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) U-Pb ages on zircon cores never older than 500 ka] and display Sr-Nd whole-rock isotopic ratios within the range of European mantle in an area with exposed Paleozoic and Tertiary continental crust; this evidence implies a nearly closed-system chemical differentiation. Consequently, the age range provided by zircon SIMS U-Th-Pb dating is a reliable indicator of the duration of assembly and longevity of the silicic magma body above its solidus. The age distribution from 160 ka (age of eruption by sanidine 40Ar/39Ar dating; Smith et al., 1996) to ca. 500 ka combined with textural characteristics (high crystal content, corrosion of most anhydrous phenocrysts, but stability of hydrous phases) suggest (1) a protracted residence in the crust as a crystal mush and (2) rejuvenation (reduced crystallization and even partial resorption of minerals) prior to eruption probably induced by new influx of heat (and volatiles). This extended evolution chemically isolated from the surrounding crust is a likely consequence of the regional geodynamics because the thinned Aegean microplate acts as a refractory container for magmas in the dying Aegean subduction zone (continent-continent subduction).

  14. Zircon U-Pb ages and geochemical characteristics of granitoids in Nagqu area, Tibet

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    Sun, Sai-Jun; Sun, Wei-Dong; Zhang, Li-Peng; Zhang, Rong-Qing; Li, Cong-Ying; Zhang, Hong; Hu, Yong-Bin; Zhang, Zhao-Rong

    2015-08-01

    This paper reports zircon LA-ICP-MS U-Pb ages and Hf-O isotopic ratios, and whole-rock major and trace element data of Early Cretaceous felsic intrusive rocks from Nagqu area, the northern Lhasa subterrane, southern Tibet. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating of biotite granites and biotite monzogranites in the area yields magmatic crystallization ages of ca. 112 Ma, which suggests that they were emplaced in the late Early Cretaceous. Both rocks show high-K calc-alkaline to shoshonitic composition and slightly-moderately peraluminous signature. They are enriched in the alkalis, Rb, Th, K, U and light rare earth elements, depleted in Nb, Ta, Ti and P, and characterized by high Al2O3 contents (12-16 wt.%), high Rb/Sr ratios (1.3-33) and low Mg# values (15-39). Their magmatic zircons have negative εHf(t) values (from - 25.9 to 0.5) and high positive δ18O values (from 7.9‰ to 11.5‰). All the above characteristics indicate that Nagqu biotite monzogranites and biotite granites were likely derived from hybrid melts of sediments from the continent crust with minor mantle-derived input, then experienced varied degrees of fractional crystallization. The Nagqu intrusion is a component of the late Early Cretaceous magmatic flare-up event that occurred during ~ 120-100 Ma in the northern and partly central Lhasa subterranes. This magmatic flare-up is marked with a great compositional diversity (basalt, rhyolite, adakitic rocks, dioritic enclave, biotite monzogranite and granite) that might be caused by the slab breakoff of the southward subducting Bangong-Nujiang oceanic lithosphere, or more likely by slab window opening, which may have significantly contributed to juvenile crustal growth of the northern Lhasa subterrane.

  15. The Minerageny of Two Groups of Zircons from Plagioclase- Amphibolite of Mayuan Group in Northern Fujian

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    Bao, Xuezhao

    1996-01-01

    Zircon can crystallize in a wide range of physical and chemical conditions. At the same time, it has very high stability and durability. Therefore zircon can grow and survive in a variety of geological processes. In addition, the diffusivity of chemical compositions in its crystal is very low. Consequently, we can trace back the evolution history of the planetary materials containing zircon by zircon U-Th-Pb geochronology and geochemistry studies. However, this depends on our ability to decipher its genesis, namely magmatic or metamorphic origins. In this paper, magmatic and metamorphic zircons were found from plagioclase-amphibolite samples. Their geneses have been determined by zircon morphology, chemical composition zonations and geological field setting combined with their zircon U-Th-Pb ages. We have found obvious differences in micro-scale Raman spectra between these magmatic and metamorphic zircons. The magmatic zircons exhibit a high sloping background in their Raman spectra, but the metamorphic zirco...

  16. Detrital zircon geochronology of some neoproterozoic to triassic rocks in interior alaska

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    Bradley, D.C.; McClelland, W.C.; Wooden, J.L.; Till, A.B.; Roeske, S.M.; Miller, M.L.; Karl, S.M.; Abbott, J.G.

    2007-01-01

    We report 777 U-Pb SHRIMP detrital zircon ages from thirteen sandstones and metasandstones in interior Alaska. About sixty grains per sample were analyzed; typically, half to three-fourths of these were concordant within ?? 10%. Farewell terrane. Two quartzites were collected from Ruby quadrangle and a third from Taylor Mountains quadrangle. All three are interpreted to represent a low stratigraphic level in the Nixon Fork platform succession; the samples from Ruby quadrangle are probably late Neoproterozoic, and the sample from Taylor Mountains quadrangle is probably Cambrian in age. The youngest detrital zircon in any of the three is 851 Ma. The two Ruby quadrangle samples area almost identical: one has a major age cluster at 1980-2087 and minor age clusters at 944-974 and 1366-1383 Ma; the other has a major age cluster at 1993-2095 Ma and minor age clusters at 912-946 and 1366-1395 Ma. The Taylor Mountains sample shows one dominant peak at 1914-2057 Ma. Notably absent are zircons in the range 1800-1900 Ma, which are typical of North American sources. The detrital zircon populations are consistent with paleontological evidence for a peri- Siberian position of the Farewell terrane during the early Paleozoic. Mystic subterrane of the Farewell terrane. Three graywackes from flysch of the Mystic subterrane, Talkeetna quadrangle, were sampled with the expectation that all three were Pennsylvanian. Asample from Pingston Creek is Triassic (as revealed by an interbedded ash dated at ca. 223 Ma) and is dominated by age clusters of 341-359 and 1804-1866 Ma, both consistent with a sediment source in the Yukon-Tanana terrane. Minor age clusters at 848-869 and 1992-2018 Ma could have been sourced in the older part of the Farewell terrane. Still other minor age clusters at 432-461, 620-657, 1509-1536, and 1627-1653 Ma are not readily linked to sources that are now nearby. Asample from Surprise Glacier is mid-Mississippian or younger. Adominant age cluster at 1855-1883 and a

  17. Geochronology and geochemistry of zircon from the northern Western Gneiss Region: Insights into the Caledonian tectonic history of western Norway

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    Gordon, Stacia M.; Whitney, Donna L.; Teyssier, Christian; Fossen, Haakon; Kylander-Clark, Andrew

    2016-03-01

    The Western Gneiss Region (WGR) of Norway is divided by the Møre-Trøndelag shear zone (MTSZ) into a southern region that contains domains of Caledonian ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks (> 2.5 GPa) and a northern area of similar Caledonian-aged rocks that record a maximum pressure reported thus far of ~1.5 GPa. Although both regions contain similar lithologies (primarily migmatitic quartzofeldspathic gneiss containing mafic lenses) and structural relationship of basement rocks to infolded nappes, this difference in maximum pressure implies a difference in tectonic history (continental subduction south of the shear zone, none to the north) and raises questions about the role of the MTSZ in the metamorphic history (including exhumation) of the WGR. Previous geochronology results indicated a difference in timing of peak metamorphism (older in north, younger in south). In order to better understand the tectonic history of the northern WGR and the MTSZ, and in particular the late- to post-Caledonian tectonic history, U-Pb zircon geochronology and trace-element abundances were obtained using the split-stream, laser-ablation ICPMS technique from metabasaltic lenses and migmatitic quartzofeldspathic host rocks from the structurally lowest exposed region of the northern WGR (Roan Peninsula basement), as well as leucosomes from an intercalated portion of the Seve Nappe Complex and a pegmatite in the MTSZ. Zircon from Roan gneiss and metabasite yield metamorphic ages of ca. 410-406 Ma, and zircon from a variety of migmatite samples (foliation-parallel leucosome to dikes) indicate melt crystallization at ca. 410 to 405 Ma. The Seve Nappe leucosomes yield only early Caledonian dates that cluster at ca. 437 Ma and ca. 465 Ma, suggesting that the allochthons in this region did not experience (or record) the same Scandian tectonic history as the basement rocks. Zircon from a weakly deformed pegmatite dike within the MTSZ crystallized at ca. 404 Ma, indicating that this

  18. New SHRIMP zircon results from Broken Hill: towards robust stratigraphic and event timing

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    Full text: Zircon U-Pb SHRIMP geochronology is a powerful means of elucidating geological ages, providing that it is integrated with unequivocal field constraints, and providing that the fundamental assumptions which are behind any isotopic dating methods are geologically validated. In an attempt to better quantify the timing of Broken Hill's complex history and to reduce some current uncertainties, we report initial results from a new U-Pb SHRIMP investigation. This program was planned within the background of our own disparate stratigraphic and structural approaches to Broken Hill geology, and with objectives to (a) benchmark our new age results with those of previous workers as well as our own previous work in the Broken Hill Group, (b) evaluate and test the evidence for reported Archaean basement terrain, (c) date stratigraphic units in the upper parts of the Willyama Supergroup, (d) better constrain the timing of deformational events. Our U-Pb SHRIMP work on zircons from layered paragneisses in the Redan Geophysical Zone near Farmcote was catalysed by Nutman and Ehlers' (1998a) preferred interpretation that these 'strondhjemitic' gneisses represent an original ∼2650 Ma protolith. Our work finds zircon provenance age signatures typical of almost all ca. 1700 Ma metasediments, whether in the Broken Hill Block or other Australian Palaeoproterozoic settings. This therefore suggests that the rocks are not Archaean basement, but are part of a Thackaringa Group package possibly deposited about 1705-1710 Ma ago. New SHRIMP work on the Alma Gneiss provides a magmatic age of 1704±3 Ma, and a minimum stratigraphic age for host Thackaringa Group. This result is within error of our ages for other granitoids (1703±3 Ma, 1704±3 Ma) in the same stratigraphic position near Farmcote. As the Thackaringa Group is no more than 1000-1500 metres thick and includes 1710-1700 Ma detrital zircons, pan of the Alma Gneiss intrusion may well have been shallowly intruded, and akin to

  19. Brittle-ductile deformation effects on zircon crystal-chemistry and U-Pb ages: an example from the Finero Mafic Complex (Ivrea-Verbano Zone, western Alps)

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    Langone, Antonio; José Alberto, Padrón-Navarta; Zanetti, Alberto; Mazzucchelli, Maurizio; Tiepolo, Massimo; Giovanardi, Tommaso; Bonazzi, Mattia

    2016-04-01

    A detailed structural, geochemical and geochronological survey was performed on zircon grains from a leucocratic dioritic dyke discordantly intruded within meta-diorites/gabbros forming the External Gabbro unit of the Finero Mafic Complex. This latter is nowadays exposed as part of a near complete crustal section spanning from mantle rocks to upper crustal metasediments (Val Cannobina, Ivrea-Verbano Zone, Italy). The leucocratic dyke consists mainly of plagioclase (An18‑24Ab79‑82Or0.3‑0.7) with subordinate amounts of biotite, spinel, zircon and corundum. Both the leucocratic dyke and the surrounding meta-diorites show evidence of ductile deformation occurred under amphibolite-facies conditions. Zircon grains (up to 2 mm in length) occur mainly as euhedral grains surrounded by fine grained plagioclase-dominated matrix and pressure shadows, typically filled by oxides. Fractures and cracks within zircon are common and can be associated with grain displacement or they can be filled by secondary minerals (oxides and chlorite). Cathodoluminescence (CL) images show that zircon grains have internal features typical of magmatic growth, but with local disturbances. However EBSD maps on two selected zircon grains revealed a profuse mosaic texture resulting in an internal misorientation of ca. 10o. The majority of the domains of the mosaic texture are related to parting and fractures, but some domains show no clear relation with brittle features. Rotation angles related to the mosaic texture are not crystallographically controlled. In addition, one of the analysed zircons shows clear evidence of plastic deformation at one of its corners due to indentation. Plastic deformation results in gradual misorientations of up to 12o, which are crystallographically controlled. Trace elements and U-Pb analyses were carried out by LA-ICP-MS directly on petrographic thin sections and designed to cover the entire exposed surface of selected grains. Such investigations revealed a strong

  20. Bias in Crustal Growth Models Based on age and Isotopic Composition of Detrital Zircon: The Role of Zircon Fertility

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    Samson, S. D.

    2011-12-01

    Early models of continental crustal growth based on the ages of crystallization of granitoids were abandoned once it was understood that many silicic magmas form by remelting pre-existing crustal materials. Subsequent crustal evolution models focused on the age and whole-rock isotopic composition of granitoids or on the isotopic composition of fine-grained clastic sedimentary rocks; rare studies examined both igneous and sedimentary rock compositions. Recently there has been a resurgence of emphasizing major crustal growth events by compiling the ages of detrital zircon. This has led to interesting speculations, such as some supercontinent forming events represent the world's largest orogenies and periods of crustal growth, that there may have been significant hiatuses of crustal production in geologic time, and that there was episodicity in magma generation that is asynchronous with apparent growth peaks based on isotopic compositions of sedimentary rocks. Some workers have emphasized that the apparent trends observed in detrital zircon ages could be a function of selective preservation rather than a strict indication of the timing of major magmatic episodes. Others have noted that relying on ages of detrital crystals is equivalent to basing growth models on granitoid ages and does not discriminate between juvenile magmas and melts formed by complete crustal recycling. More sophisticated approaches involve dating detrital zircon crystals followed by determining their hafnium isotopic composition thereby assessing if the zircon crystallized from a juvenile or recycled magma. While this latter approach holds promise for constraining episodes of juvenile crustal construction it is based on the assumption that the abundance of detrital zircon of a certain age directly reflects the volume of magma generated at that time. In other words, the assumption is implicitly made that the 'zircon fertility' of most magmas is uniform. The assumption of uniform fertility is

  1. Calcium zirconate: preparation, properties and application to the solid oxide galvanic cells

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    Stoichiometric, and doped with a small amount of CaO, calcium zirconate dense samples were prepared. X-ray analysis revealed that the solid solution was formed in the concentration range up to x=0.06 in the {xCaO+(1-x)CaZrO3} mixture. The activity of CaO in the solid solution was determined by the emf method at the temperatures 1073 and 1273 K. The electrical conductivity was measured using both dc four-probe and ac impedance spectroscopy methods. The maximum conductivity values were observed for the sample with x=0.06. This sample was used for further investigation. The oxygen-ion transference number, estimated by the emf method, appeared to be close to unity. The partial electronic (electron and electron hole) conductivities, deduced from current-potential curves following the polarisation method, were found to be very small with respect to total electrical conductivity. Then, the sample was tested as an electrolyte in solid oxide galvanic cells. In this way, the values of the standard free enthalpy of formation of cobalt and nickel silicates at the temperatures 1073 and 1273 K were determined and compared with those obtained by other authors

  2. Crystallization process of zircon and fergusonite during hydrothermal alteration in Nechalacho REE deposit, Thor Lake, Canada

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    Hoshino, M.; Watanabe, Y.; Murakami, H.; Kon, Y.; Tsunematsu, M.

    2012-04-01

    The core samples of two drill holes, which penetrate sub-horizontal mineralized horizons at Nechalacho REE deposit in the Proterozoic Thor Lake syenite, Canada, were studied in order to clarify magmatic and hydrothermal processes that enriched HFSE (e.g. Zr, Nb, Y and REE). Zircon is the most common REE minerals in Nechalacho REE deposit. The zircon is divided into five types as follows: Type-1 zircon occurs as single grain in phlogopite and the chondrite-normalized REE pattern is characterized by a steeply-rising slope from the LREE to the HREE with a positive Ce-anomaly and negative Eu-anomaly. This chemical characteristic is similar to that of igneous zircon. Type-2 zircon consists of HREE-rich magmatic porous core and LREE-Nb-F-rich hydrothermal rim. This type zircon is mostly included in phlogopite and fluorite, and occasionally in microcline. Type-3 zircon is characterized by euhedral to anhedral crystal, occurring in a complex intergrowth with REE fluorocarbonates. Type-3 zircons have high contents of REE, Nb and fluorine. Type-4 zircon consists of porous-core and -rim zones, but their chemical compositions are similar to each other. This type zircon is a subhedral crystal rimmed by fergusonite. Type-5 zircon is characterized by smaller, porous and subhedral to anhedral crystals. The interstices between small zircons are filled by fergusonite. Type-4 and -5 zircons show low REE and Nb contents. Occurrences of these five types of zircon are different according to the depth and degree of the alteration by hydrothermal solutions rich in F- and CO3 of the two drill holes, which permit a model for evolution of the zircon crystallization in Nechalacho REE deposit as follows: (1) type-1 (single magmatic zircon) is formed in miaskitic syenite. (2) LREE-Nb-F-rich hydrothermal zircon formed around HREE-rich magmatic zircon (type-2 zircon); (3) type-3 zircon crystallized thorough F and CO3-rich hydrothermal alteration of type-2 zircon which formed the complex

  3. Fabrication of zircon for disposition of weapons plutonium

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    This is the final report of a one-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). In an effort to address the problems of long term storage and nuclear waste minimization, zircon has been proposed as a host medium for plutonium and other actinides recovered from dismantled nuclear weapons. The objective of this work is to investigate the feasibility of large scale fabrication of Pu-bearing zircon. Since PuO2 is thermodynamically less stable than ZrO2, it is expected that the process parameters determined for synthesizing ZrSiO4 (zircon) would be applicable to those for PuSiO4 (Pu-zircon). Furthermore, since the foremost concern in plutonium processing is the potential for contamination release, this work emphasizes the development of process parameters, using zircon first, to anticipate potential material problems in the containment system for reaction mixtures during processing. Stoichiometric mixtures of ZrO2 and SiO2, in hundred-gram batches, have been subjected to hot isostatic pressing (HIP) at temperatures near 1,500 C and pressures approximately 10,000 psi. The product materials have been analyzed by x-ray powder diffraction, and are found to consist of zircon after approximately two hours of reaction time. From this work, it is clear that the fabrication of large quantities of Pu-zircon is feasible. The most notable result of this work is evidence for the existence of container problems. This result, in turn, suggests potential solutions to these problems. Experiments with the quartz inner container, the glass sealant, a sacrificial metal barrier, and a metal outer container are being investigated to mitigate these potential hazards

  4. Evidence for multi-cycle sedimentation and provenance constraints from detrital zircon U-Pb ages: Triassic strata of the Lusitanian basin (western Iberia)

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    Pereira, M. F.; Gama, C.; Chichorro, M.; Silva, J. B.; Gutiérrez-Alonso, G.; Hofmann, M.; Linnemann, U.; Gärtner, A.

    2016-06-01

    Laser ablation ICP-MS U-Pb analyses were conducted on detrital zircons of Triassic sandstone and conglomerate from the Lusitanian basin in order to: i) document the age spectra of detrital zircon; ii) compare U-Pb detrital zircon ages with previous published data obtained from Upper Carboniferous, Ordovician, Cambrian and Ediacaran sedimentary rocks of the pre-Mesozoic basement of western Iberia; iii) discuss potential sources; and iv) test the hypothesis of sedimentary recycling. U-Pb dating of zircons established a maximum depositional age for this deposit as Permian (ca. 296 Ma), which is about sixty million years older compared to the fossil content recognized in previous studies (Upper Triassic). The distribution of detrital zircon ages obtained points to common source areas: the Ossa-Morena and Central Iberian zones that outcrop in and close to the Porto-Tomar fault zone. The high degree of immaturity and evidence of little transport of the Triassic sediment suggests that granite may constitute primary crystalline sources. The Carboniferous age of ca. 330 Ma for the best estimate of crystallization for a granite pebble in a Triassic conglomerate and the Permian-Carboniferous ages (age spectra found in Triassic strata are also the result of recycling from the Upper Carboniferous Buçaco basin, which probably acted as an intermediate sediment repository. U-Pb data in this study suggest that the detritus from the Triassic sandstone and conglomerate of the Lusitanian basin is derived from local source areas with features typical of Gondwana, with no sediment from external sources from Laurussia or southwestern Iberia.

  5. Detrital zircon U-Pb ages of the Proterozoic metaclastic-sedimentary rocks in Hainan Province of South China: New constraints on the depositional time, source area, and tectonic setting of the Shilu Fe-Co-Cu ore district

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    Wang, Zhilin; Xu, Deru; Hu, Guocheng; Yu, Liangliang; Wu, Chuanjun; Zhang, Zhaochong; Cai, Jianxin; Shan, Qiang; Hou, Maozhou; Chen, Huayong

    2015-12-01

    The Shilu Fe-Co-Cu ore district, located at Hainan Province of South China, is well known for high-grade hematite-rich Fe ores and also two Precambrian host successions, i.e. the Shilu Group and the overlying Shihuiding Formation. This district has been interpreted as a banded iron formation (BIF) deposit-type, but its depositional time, source area and depositional setting have been in debate due to poor geochronological work. Detrital zircon U-Pb dating aided by cathodoluminescence imaging has been carried out on both the Shilu Group and Shihuiding Formation. Most of the zircon grains from both the successions are subrounded to rounded in morphology and have age spectra between 2000 Ma and 900 Ma with two predominant peaks at ca. 1460-1340 Ma and 1070 Ma, and three subordinate peaks at ca. 1740-1660 Ma, 1220 Ma and 970 Ma. The similar age distribution suggests the same depositional system for both successions. Linked to the geological and paleontological signatures, the Shihuiding Formation is better re-interpreted as the top, i.e. Seventh member of the Shilu Group, rather than a distinct Formation. The youngest statistical zircon age peaks for both successions, i.e. ca. 1070-970 Ma may define the maximum depositional time of the Shilu Group and interbedded BIFs. At least two erosional sources are required for deposition of the studied detrital zircons, with one proximal to provide the least abraded zircons and the other distal or recycled to offer the largely abraded zircons. The predominance of rounded or subrounded zircons over angular zircons probably implies a relatively stable tectonic setting during deposition. Given the Precambrian tectonics of Hainan Island, a retro-arc foreland basin is proposed for the deposition of the Shilu Group and interbedded BIFs. In comparison with those from the South China and other typical Grenvillian orogens, the detrital zircon age populations reveal that Hainan Island had crystalline basement similar to neither the Yangtze

  6. Petrography and detrital zircon study of late Carboniferous sequences in the southwestern North China Craton: Implications for the regional tectonic evolution and bauxite genesis

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    Cai, Shuhui; Wang, Qingfei; Liu, Xuefei; Feng, Yuewen; Zhang, Ying

    2015-02-01

    The North China Craton (NCC) has been flanked by the North Qilian and North Qinling arc-accretionary belts to the south and southwest since ∼400 Ma. The part of the NCC to the east of the Alax terrane (E-NCC) experienced a long sedimentary hiatus and tectonic quiescence between the Middle Ordovician and the late Carboniferous. The northern margin of the E-NCC was reactivated and uplifted with contemporaneous volcanism during the late Carboniferous, an event that partly induced the transformation of the E-NCC from an erosional platform to a continental sedimentary basin. However, the factors controlling this transformation are still not fully understood. A series of sedimentary rocks overlying Ordovician carbonates in the southwestern E-NCC contains a lower iron-oxide layer and an upper phyllosilicate layer. Detrital zircons from different parts of the profile, from the base to the top of the two layers, have similar U-Pb ages. These zircons have a minimum age of ca. 300 Ma and a prominent peak at ca. 450 Ma, with subordinate peaks at ca. 1000 and 2500 Ma. The near-identical minimum age for the two layers suggests they were semi-simultaneously deposited in the late Carboniferous after the long hiatus in sedimentation. Detrital zircons with ages of ∼450 Ma have initial Hf isotopic compositions that vary from large negative to elevated positive. These data, together with the trace element compositions of these zircons, indicate that these minerals formed in a continental arc environment. Samples from the upper sedimentary layer contain mica group minerals that are weakly buckled and fractured, and have weathered to form clay minerals, including chlorite and illite. This suggests that the protolith of this sedimentary layer was dominated by mica schist or mica-bearing granitoid that most likely located near the adjoined part between the North Qilian and North Qinling arc-accretionary belts. Detrital zircons with the youngest ages (ca. 300 Ma) were considered to

  7. Evidence of proterozoic crust under the coastal Cordillera of Central Chile: Grenville age xenocrystic zircons in cretaceous volcanic rocks

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    In the central Andes, Proterozoic basement rocks outcrop in isolated areas from beneath a Mesozoic and Cenozoic cover in southern Peru, northernmost Chile, Bolivia, and in northwestern Argentina. Their role in Andean magmatism and metallogenesis is well documented. In the southern Central Andes, Proterozoic rocks are so far known to outcrop in Argentina, east of the continental divide. In the course of U-Pb dating of the bimodal volcanic and sub-volcanic host rocks for Mesozoic manto-type copper deposits, we have encountered xenocrystic zircon with Proterozoic and Paleozoic ages. In the Punta del Cobre Cu-Fe (Au) District (27o30' S / 70o15' W) 22 km south of Copiapo xenocrystic zircon in the Lower Cretaceous host dacite yields ca. 1 Ga ages. In the El Soldado Cu District, (32o38' S /71o04' W), 120 km northwest of Santiago, scarce and strongly resorbed zircon crystals in the Lower Cretaceous host rhyodacite yield ages of 0.5 to 1.3 Ga. The early Cretaceous bimodal volcanic and subvolcanic rocks, which consists of primitive calc-alkaline basalts and rhyodacites, display geochemical evidence of crustal contamination. Our results suggest that, during their formation and ascent, the felsic magmas picked up zircons in the Proterozoic and Paleozoic crystalline basement of the Coastal Cordillera. The presence of Proterozoic (Grenville age) basement underlying localities as close as 30 km from the Pacific coast has implications for the extent and age of the Chilenia Terrane and gives further credence to correlation models that juxtapose eastern North America (Laurentia) and southwestern South America (Gondwana) during the Late Proterozoic (au)

  8. Provenance shift in Cambrian mid-Baltica: detrital zircon chronology of Ediacaran–Cambrian sandstones in Estonia

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    Yukio Isozaki

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    Full Text Available In order to clarify the tectono-sedimentary history of Paleozoic Baltica, age spectra of detrital zircon grains from the Ediacaran (Kotlin Regional Stage and Lower Cambrian sandstones (lowermost Lontova and Lükati formations in western Estonia in central Baltica were analyzed by LA-ICPMS. The abundant occurrence of Archean to Mesoproterozoic (2800–1000 Ma zircon grains was confirmed in all samples. The new data provided the following information on the provenance of siliciclastic material as well as a major change in the sedimentary regime of the Paleo-Baltic basin during the Early Cambrian: (1 the Ediacaran–Lower Cambrian Paleo-Baltic basin received abundant terrigenous clastics from the core of Baltica underlain by the Archean–Mesoproterozoic crystalline crust, (2 the exposed surface area of the 1600 Ma Rapakivi granites apparently was more extensive during the Ediacaran–Early Cambrian than at present, (3 a major re-organization of the basin geometry occurred in the middle Early Cambrian (ca 530–515 Ma in central Baltica, inducing a change in the sediment supply system, (4 in contrast to the total absence of Neoproterozoic detrital zircon grains before the middle Early Cambrian, their sudden appearance at this time, together with consistent occurrence at least until the mid-Devonian, suggests a significant uplift event located in southeast Baltica and/or in a more easterly land domain (e.g., in Sarmatia, (5 possible sources for the Neoproterozoic zircon grains include the peripheral mobile belts with pan-African signatures around Baltica, e.g., the so-called Gondwanan fragments along the Tornquist margin to the southwest and the Timanian belt along the northeastern margin.

  9. U-Th-Pb systematics in zircon and titanite

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    U-Th-Pb isotopic analyses of zircon and titanite were made for two core samples of granite from borehole ATK-1 drilled into the Eye-Dashwa Lakes pluton. One of the samples from near the bottom of the hole (990.97 to 996.78 m) yielded zircon and titanite that were slightly to severely disturbed isotopically. Eight fractions of zircon give an upper concordia intercept age of 2625 ± 16 Ma (MSWD = 34), which, based on an evaluation of the more concordant data points and on other geochronological results, is interpreted as being slightly too young. The time of crystallization is probably better approximated by the 207Pb/206Pb age of 2665 Ma determined on a slightly (∼8 percent) discordant titanite. The other sample from near the surface (3.85 to 9.61 m) generally revealed even more severely disturbed isotopic systematics for both zircon and titanite. The complex nature of the disturbances probably resulted from the penetration of meteoritic water into rock already modified by post-crystallization hydrothermal alteration. Nuclide migration occurred in both minerals -- during the Middle or Late Proterozoic for the zircon and during the modern weathering cycle for the titanite. Material balance calculations are used to demonstrate a recent relative gain of radiogenic Pb and/or loss of Th and U from the freshest-looking, least-altered titanite by exchange with altered, leucoxenite-bearing titanite

  10. U-Pb zircon and biostratigraphic data of high-pressure/low-temperature metamorphic rocks of the Talea Ori: tracking the Paleotethys suture in central Crete, Greece

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    Zulauf, G.; Dörr, W.; Krahl, J.; Lahaye, Y.; Chatzaras, V.; Xypolias, P.

    2016-03-01

    Inherited deformation microfabrics of detrital quartz grains and U-Pb (Laser ablation (LA)-ICPMS and ID TIMS) ages of detrital zircons separated from the Phyllite-Quartzite Unit s.l. of the Talea Ori, central Crete, suggest strikingly different source rocks. Albite gneiss of the lower Rogdia Beds includes Cambrian and Neoproterozoic rounded zircons with main U-Pb age peaks at 628 and 988 Ma. These and minor Paleoproterozoic and Archean peaks, together with the lack of Variscan-aged and Mesoproterozoic zircons, are similar to the age spectra obtained from the Phyllite-Quartzite Unit s.str. of the Peloponnesus and eastern Crete and from the Taurides. All of these zircons should be derived from the northeastern passive margin of Gondwana (Cimmeria). Metatuffites of the uppermost Rogdia Beds and metasandstone of Bali beach, on the other hand, include euhedral detrital zircons displaying a Variscan U-Pb age spectra at ca. 300 Ma with concordia ages at 291 ± 3, 300 ± 1 Ma (Rogdia) and 286 ± 3, 300 ± 3, 313 ± 2 Ma (Bali). Both types of metasediments and their zircons are similar to those of the pre-Alpine basement and overlying Tyros Beds of eastern Crete, revealing a provenance at the southern active margin of Laurasia. Thus, in central Crete the Paleotethys suture should be situated inside the Rogdia Beds. Magmatic zircons separated from a rhyolite boulder of the lower Achlada Beds yielded a concordant U-Pb zircon age at 242 ± 2 Ma placing a maximum age for the deposition of the (meta)conglomerate from which the boulder was collected. This age is compatible with an Olenekian-early Anisian age of the underlying Vasilikon marble suggested by new findings of the foraminifera Meandrospira aff. pusilla. Both the Achlada Beds and the Vasilikon marble can be attributed to the lower Tyros Beds of eastern Crete. The Alpine deformation led to a pervasive mylonitic foliation, which is affecting most of the studied rocks. This foliation results from D2 top

  11. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of neodymium oxide doped lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Janardan Singh; N C Soni; S L Srivastava

    2003-06-01

    The dielectric and electromechanical properties of lead zirconate titanate [Pb(Zr, Ti)O3] ceramic added with neodymium oxide have been systematically studied employing the vector impedance spectroscopic (VIS) technique. The specimens were prepared using the mixed oxide route by adding different mol% of Nd2O3 (0.1 to 7 mol%) in [Pb(Zr, Ti)O3] near morphotropic phase boundary. Piezoelectric equivalent circuit parameters , , $C_a$ in series and $C_b$ in parallel have been determined by simulating /Z/ and plots. Electromechanical coupling coefficients and strain constants for the radial modes show a peak at about 3 mol%, the dielectric constant peaks at about 1 mol% and voltage constants peak at about 0.75 mol% of Nd2O3.

  12. Pb-Pb zircon ages of Archaean metasediments and gneisses from the Dharwar craton, southern India: Implications for the antiquity of the eastern Dharwar craton

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    Maibam, B.; Goswami, J. N.; Srinivasan, R.

    2011-08-01

    207Pb-206Pb ages of zircons in samples of metasediments as well as ortho- and para-gneisses from both the western and the eastern parts of the Dharwar craton have been determined using an ion microprobe. Detrital zircons in metasedimentary rocks from both yielded ages ranging from 3.2 to 3.5 Ga. Zircons from orthogneisses from the two parts also yielded similar ages. Imprints of younger events have been discerned in the ages of overgrowths on older zircon cores in samples collected throughout the craton. Our data show that the evolution of the southwestern part of eastern Dharwar craton involved a significant amount of older crust (>3.0 Ga). This would suggest that crust formation in both the western and eastern parts of the Dharwar craton took place over similar time interval starting in the Mesoarchaean at ca. 3.5 Ga and continuing until 2.5 Ga. Our data coupled with geological features and geodynamic setting of the Dharwar craton tend to suggest that the eastern Dharwar craton and the western Dharwar craton formed part of a single terrane.

  13. Pb–Pb zircon ages of Archaean metasediments and gneisses from the Dharwar craton, southern India: Implications for the antiquity of the eastern Dharwar craton

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    B Maibam; J N Goswami; R Srinivasan

    2011-08-01

    207Pb–206Pb ages of zircons in samples of metasediments as well as ortho- and para-gneisses from both the western and the eastern parts of the Dharwar craton have been determined using an ion microprobe. Detrital zircons in metasedimentary rocks from both yielded ages ranging from 3.2 to 3.5 Ga. Zircons from orthogneisses from the two parts also yielded similar ages. Imprints of younger events have been discerned in the ages of overgrowths on older zircon cores in samples collected throughout the craton. Our data show that the evolution of the southwestern part of eastern Dharwar craton involved a significant amount of older crust (< 3.0 Ga). This would suggest that crust formation in both the western and eastern parts of the Dharwar craton took place over similar time interval starting in the Mesoarchaean at ca. 3.5 Ga and continuing until 2.5 Ga. Our data coupled with geological features and geodynamic setting of the Dharwar craton tend to suggest that the eastern Dharwar craton and the western Dharwar craton formed part of a single terrane.

  14. Protocol for TL dating with zircon: Computer simulation of temperature and dose rate effects

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    Turkin, AA; Va Es, HJ; Vainshtein, DI; den Hartog, HW

    2002-01-01

    Natural zircon is irradiated internally by U and Th impurities. After exposure to ionizing irradiation zircon exhibits thermoluminescence (TL), which can be used to calculate the irradiation dose and the sample age. A kinetic model for TL of zircon developed earlier is used to model the processes relevant for dating. The response of zircon to irradiation at different dose rates is simulated for different temperatures. Several scenarios for the dating procedure are considered, including labora...

  15. Incorporation of network in synthesis of zircon-imprinted polymer and its effect on zircon ion extraction

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    Aladin, S.; Amran, M. B.; Buchari, B.; Arcana, I. M.

    2014-03-01

    The material polymer functionalized on SPE have been developed by ion- imprinted polymer. The ion-polymer with zircon ion as imprint ions were synthesized via bulk polymerization methods by forming binary complex Zr-Xylenol orange in 2-methoxy ethanol and copolymerizing in the presence of styrene as a monomer functional, divinyl benzene as a monomer cross-linker, and peroxide as an initiator. The zircon-imprinted polymer produced the porous polymer. It was indicated that zircon ion imprints were released under conditioning. The polymer particles both prior to and after leaching have been characterized by IR, SEM-EDS, TEM, and pore size. Incorporation of network polymer using divinyl benzene as the cross-linker were performances tested on zircon ion extraction, and the optimum of the mole ratio of styrene/DVB was observed about 1. The decrease of percent extraction of zircon ion when the mole ration of styrene/divinyl benzene polymers were covered, and it was evidenced by the decrease in total pore volume.

  16. Investigation of Trace Elements in Zircon by Nuclear Techniques

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    Sixteen samples of Zircon from 4 locations, i.e., Nong Bawn, Namyun, Phrae and Cambodia, were studied by x-ray fluorescence and neutron activation analysis techniques. The result shows that the major elements are Zr and Si while Hf is the minor element. By neutron activation analysis, the trace elements found in every sample were Al. Sc, Y, La, Dy, Yb, Au, Th and U. For samples from Phrae, Tb and Er were also found and the concentration of Al, Dy, Th and U were higher than any other area. It is also found that the color of Zircon samples that contain Tb and Er became darker after irradiation and the present of Al, Sc, , La, Dy, Yb, Au, Th and U might cause the Zircon opaque

  17. Thermoluminescent dating using zircon grains from archaeological ceramics

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    A new thermoluminescence dating technique is described which uses zircon grains separated from ceramics. Because the zircons are orders of magnitude more radioactive than typical ceramics or soil, no burial information is needed. Nearly all of the natural dose is from internal alpha particles so effects of ground water and supralinearity are negligible. In a test programme on potsherds of known age, ages for individual homogeneous (unzoned) grains were within 20% of the archaeologic ages; the mean ages of 2 to 5 grains from a potsherd lay within 7% of the archaeologic age on average. The main limitations are that zoned zircon grains must be avoided (which makes the procedure somewhat laborious) and a sample at least 1 g in size is required. (author)

  18. High-pressure crystal chemistry of zircon, monazite, scheelite and related minerals

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    Full text: Many crystal structures of ABO4 compounds consists AO8 bisdisphenoids and BO4 tetrahedra. They include important mineral structures, e.g. zircon (ZrSiO4), anhydrite (CaSO4), silver perchlorate (AgClO4), and scheelite (CaWO4). These oxides, because of their compositional diversity and structural simplicity, played a key role in developing comparative crystal chemistry. In addition, zircon-type oxides exist in Nature being important minerals in the Earth mantle. Due to their incorporation of rare-earth (RE) elements they control the RE distribution in igneous rocks. Thus, the knowledge of their high-pressure (HP) structural behavior is relevant for mineral physics and chemistry (also for petrology). On the other hand, last decade RE phosphates and vanadates gained attention due to their optical and luminescent properties. Furthermore, given the crystal-chemical similarity between RE and actinides, phosphates were investigated for their use as solid-state repository for radioactive waste. The study of the HP mechanical and structural properties of ABO4 oxides is relevant for all these subjects. In this presentation different HP pressure studies performed in zircon-, monazite-, and scheelite-type oxides and related minerals (e.g. wolframite, barite, and anhydrite) are reviewed. The studies include XRD, EXAFS, and Raman experiments using a diamond-anvil cell up to 50 GPa as well as ab initio calculations. The combination of the experiments and calculations reveals the existence of complex HP phase-diagrams. In particular, the occurrence of pressure-induced phase transitions is discussed in detail. The differential bond compressibility of different polyhedra is also commented and related to the anisotropic compressibility of the structures. Results for tungstates, molybdates, vanadates, phosphates, chromates, arsenates, silicates, and germanates are shown. Finally, a systematic for the HP structural sequence of the studied oxides is present and discussed (e

  19. Zircon-scale insights into the history of a Supervolcano, Bishop Tuff, Long Valley, California, with implications for the Ti-in-zircon geothermometer

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    Reid, M.R.; Vazquez, J.A.; Schmitt, A.K.

    2011-01-01

    Zircon has the outstanding capacity to record chronological, thermal, and chemical information, including the storage history of zoned silicic magma reservoirs like the one responsible for the Bishop Tuff of eastern California, USA. Our novel ion microprobe approach reveals that Bishop zircon rims with diverse chemical characteristics surround intermediate domains with broadly similar compositions. The highest Y, REE, U, and Th concentrations tend to accompany the largest excesses in Y + REE3+:P beyond what can be explained by xenotime substitution in zircon. Apparent Ti-in-zircon temperatures of <720??C for zircon rims are distinctly lower than most of the range in eruption temperatures, as estimated from FeTi-oxide equilibria and zircon solubility at quench. While permissive of crystallization of zircon at near-solidus conditions, the low Ti-in-zircon temperatures are probably better explained by sources of inaccuracy in the temperature estimates. After apparently nucleating from different melts, zircons from across the Bishop Tuff compositional spectrum may have evolved to broadly similar chemical and thermal conditions and therefore it is possible that there was no significant thermal gradient in the magma reservoir at some stage in its evolution. There is also no compelling evidence for punctuated heat ?? chemical influxes during the intermediate stages of zircon growth. Judging by the zircon record, the main volume of the erupted magma evolved normally by secular cooling but the latest erupted portion is characterized by a reversal in chemistry that appears to indicate perfusion of the magma reservoir by-or zircon entrainment in-a less evolved melt from the one in which the zircons had previously resided. ?? 2010 Springer-Verlag.

  20. Dating of zircons by the fission track method

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    This work describes the methodology to date zircons by the Fission Track Method. A brief discussion is made of the physical principles of the method, physical properties of zircons and the geochemical properties of uranium. When starting with a hand sample, a mineral separation is required; to do this the following steps are needed: crushing and sieving of the sample, washing and drying, magnetic separation, heavy liquid separation (Bromoform 2.89 g/cm3, Diyodomethane = 3.31 g/cm3), and manual separation on a stereoscopic microscope. Once the zircon concentrate is obtained, these are mounted on a FEP teflon mount, then polished and etched on an eutectic mix of 10 g. of KOH + 7.2 g. of NaOH, heated to 210 Centigrade degrees. Afterwards the mounts are prepared for irradiation, sterilizing and putting on top of them an external detector (a thin sheet of muscovite poor in uranium content). The package is then wrapped in plastic and sent to the reactor together with standard zircons of known age (Fish Canyon Tuff: Naeser et.al., 1981), mounted in the same way, plus standard glasses of known uranium content. The package was irradiated in a site known as SIRCA (Rotatory Capsules Irradiation System). Then the package is left to decay for several days, and then the external detectors are etched in a 48% concentrated hydrofluoric acid for 5 minutes. Once the samples are processed through the mentioned steps, spontaneous tracks appear in the zircons and induced tracks appear in the external detectors. On counting the tracks one obtains ρs (spontaneous track density) and ρ1 (induced track density). These two parameters together with another one called '#zeta #' (obtained from the standard zircons and glasses), are used to obtain the age of the sample. Zircons from Cerro de Mercado, Durango were dated and the age obtained was 30 ±5 Ma. This date is in agreement with similar results obtained by Fleisher and Naeser (1975) for zircons of the same locality and dated by the same

  1. Plutonium stabilization in zircon: Effects of self-radiation

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    Weber, W. J.; Hess, N. J.; Williford, R. E.; Heinisch, H. L.; Begg, B. D.; Conradson, S. D.; Ewing, R. C.

    2000-07-01

    Zircon (ZrSiO4) is the most thoroughly studied of all candidate ceramic phases for the stabilization of plutonium. Self-radiation damage from α-decay of the 239Pu, which releases a 5.16 MeV α-particle and a 0.086 MeV 235U recoil nucleus, can significantly affect the structure and properties of zircon. Recent computer simulations using energy minimization techniques indicate that the lowest energy configuration occurs for a defect cluster composed of two near-neighbor Pu3+ substitutions on Zr4+ sites and a neighboring charge-compensating oxygen vacancy.

  2. Zircon U-Pb, O, and Hf isotopic constraints on Mesozoic magmatism in the Cyclades, Aegean Sea, Greece

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    Fu, Bin; Bröcker, Michael; Ireland, Trevor; Holden, Peter; Kinsley, Leslie P. J.

    2015-01-01

    Compared to the well-documented Cenozoic magmatic and metamorphic rocks of the Cyclades, Aegean Sea, Greece, the geodynamic context of older meta-igneous rocks occurring in the marble-schist sequences and mélanges of the Cycladic Blueschist Unit is as yet not fully understood. Here, we report O-Hf isotopic compositions of zircons ranging in age from ca. 320 Ma to ca. 80 Ma from metamorphic rocks exposed on the islands of Andros, Ios, Sifnos, and Syros with special emphasis on Triassic source rocks. Ion microprobe (SHRIMP II) single spot oxygen isotope analysis of pre-Cretaceous zircons from various felsic gneisses and meta-gabbros representing both the marble-schist sequences and the mélanges of the study area yielded a large range in δ18O values, varying from 2.7 ‰ to 10.1 ‰ VSMOW, with one outlier at -0.4 %. Initial ɛHf values (-12.5 to +15.7) suggest diverse sources for melts formed between Late Carboniferous to Late Cretaceous time that record derivation from mantle and reworked older continental crust. In particular, variable δ18O and ɛHf( t) values for Triassic igneous zircons suggest that magmatism of this age is more likely rift- than subduction-related. The significant crustal component in 160 Ma meta-gabbros from Andros implies that some Jurassic gabbroic rocks of the Hellenides are not part of SSZ-type (supra-subduction zone) ophiolites that are common elsewhere along the margin of the Pelagonian zone.

  3. Synthesis of submicron CaZrO{sub 3} in combustion reactions

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    Khaliullin, Sh. M., E-mail: khaliullin@ihim.uran.ru; Zhuravlev, V. D.; Bamburov, V. G.; Ermakova, L. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-15

    Submicron CaZrO{sub 3} powder is obtained in combustion reactions (solution combustion synthesis—SCS) with glycine. It is found that SCS reduces the sintering temperature of CaZrO{sub 3} powders. The dielectric properties of calcium zirconate ceramics are studied by the electrochemical impedance method. It is shown that a ceramics of powders obtained by the SCS method has high dielectric characteristics.

  4. Developing Zircon as a Probe of Planetary Impact History

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    Wielicki, Matthew

    2014-12-01

    The identification of Meteor Crater in Arizona as an extraterrestrial impact by Eugene Shoemaker provided the first evidence of this geologic phenomenon and opened the door to a new field of research that has eventually lead to the identification of over ~150 terrestrial impact structures. Subsequently impacts have been evoked in the formation of the moon, delivery of volatiles and bio-precursors to early Earth, creation of habitats for the earliest life and, in more recent times, major mass extinction events. However, understanding the impact flux to the Earth-Moon system has been complicated by the constant weathering and erosion at Earth's surface and the complex nature of impactite samples such that only a hand full of terrestrial craters have been accurately and precisely dated. Currently 40Ar/39Ar step-heating analysis of impactite samples is commonly used to infer impact ages but can be problematic due to the presence of relic clasts, incomplete 40Ar outgassing or excess 40Ar, and recoil and shock effects. The work presented here attempts to develop zircon geochronology to probe planetary impact histories as an alternative to current methods and provides another tool by which to constrain the bolide flux to the Earth-Moon system. Zircon has become the premier geo-chronometer in earth science and geochemical investigation of Hadean zircon from Western Australia has challenged the long-standing, popular conception that the near-surface Hadean Earth was an uninhabitable and hellish world; Zircons may preserve environmental information regarding their formation and thus provide a rare window into conditions on early Earth. Isotopic and petrologic analyses of these ancient grains have been interpreted to suggest that early Earth was more habitable than previously envisioned, with water oceans, continental crust, and possibly even plate tectonics. The Hadean is also suspected to be a time of major planetary bombardment however identifying impact signatures within

  5. Petrography and zircon U-Pb isotopic study of the Bayanwulashan Complex: Constrains on the Paleoproterozoic evolution of the Alxa Block, westernmost North China Craton

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    Wu, Sujuan; Hu, Jianmin; Ren, Minghua; Gong, Wangbin; Liu, Yang; Yan, Jiyuan

    2014-11-01

    The Bayanwulashan Metamorphic Complex (BMC) exposes along the eastern margin of the Alxa Block, the westernmost part of the North China Craton (NCC). BMC is principally composed of metamorphic rocks with amphibole plagiogneiss, biotite plagioclase gneiss and granitic gneiss. Our research has been focused on the petrography and zircon U-Pb geochronology of the BMC to better understand the evolution of the Alxa Block and its relationship with the NCC. Evidences from field geology, petrography, and mineral chemistry indicate that two distinct metamorphic assemblages, the amphibolite and greenschist facies, had overprinted the preexisting granitic gneiss and suggest that the BMC experienced retrograde metamorphic episodes. The LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb ages reveal that the primary magmatic activities of BMC were at ca. 2.30-2.24 Ga and the two metamorphic events were at ca. 1.95-1.91 Ga and ca. 1.88-1.85 Ga respectively. These ages indicate that BMC initially intruded during Paleoproterozoic, not as previously suggested at Archean period. The Early Paleoproterozoic metamorphic records and the magmatic thermochronological data in BMC exhibit different evolution paths between the Alxa Block and the NCC. The Alxa Block was most likely an independent Early Paleoproterozoic terrain. Following different amalgamation processes, The Alxa Block combined with Western Block at ca. 1.95 Ga and then united with NCC at ca. 1.85 Ga.

  6. Energetic study of the defect structure of zircon as a host form for nuclear waste

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    A set of potential parameters for modeling zircon structure by atomistic simulation techniques was obtained. A reasonable structure model of zircon was established by fitting important properties of zircon. Based on the equilibrium configuration, the formation energies of the basic point defects and the intrinsic disorders in zircon were calculated. The calculated heats of solution of substituting Pu for Zr in different ratios showed that there was an immiscible gap at the composition ratio (Pu 75 mol %-Zr 25 mol %), which means that the amount of substituting Pu for Zr should be confined in 50 mol % when using zircon to immobilize Pu

  7. Kinetics of Pb and U losses from metamict zircon under different P-T-X conditions

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    Peculiarities of the kinetics of Pb and U migration from zircon under elevated P, T - parameters depending on the solution chemical composition. 206Pb and 238U contents in zircon were measured in experiments in the case of zircon-solution interaction. It is shown that Pb migration from metamict zircon is controlled by transportation of its atoms in the solution. Low activation energy of Pb in the mineral explains the observed large losses of radiogenic Pb under hypergene conditions. Recrystallization process in the temperature range of 400-600 deg C hampers the migration of Pb atoms. U migration from zircon to the solution is accompanied by its entry into new compounds

  8. Hf isotope compositions and chronology of magmatic zircons from Tarim continental flood basalts: implications for magmatic evolution of the Early Permian Tarim Large Igneous Province in NW China

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    Li, Y.; Li, Z.; Yu, X.; Langmuir, C. H.; Yang, S.; Chen, H.

    2013-12-01

    The Early Permian Tarim Large Igneous Province (TLIP) in the Tarim cratonic block of northwestern China has been largely regarded to be genetically linked with a mantle plume. Recently, some euhedral zircon crystals with magmatic growth zoning have been obtained from the Tarim continental flood basalts (TCFB) for detailed U-Pb chronological and genetic study. The zircons have the concordant 206Pb/238U ages of 297~283 Ma, coinciding with the previously reported whole-rock 40K/39Ar and 40Ar/39Ar ages (292~283 Ma) of their host basalts. In-situ LA-MC-ICPMS Lu-Hf isotopic analyses of Early Permian zircons from the Keping area of the TCFB reveal that the zircons from two basalt sub-groups (Groups 1a, 1b) have a narrow range of 176Hf/177Hf ratios between 0.282422 and 0.282568. Their corresponding ɛHf(t) (t = 290 Ma) values (-6.8~-1.4) are generally lower than their host basalts (-2.3~2.1), and distinctively different from the intrusive rocks (3.0~7.1) and their zircons (4.9~8.8) from the TLIP and the Precambrian crustal rocks (extrusion of basalts and been captured as xenocrysts by the rapidly erupted basaltic lavas. Almost the same ɛHf(t) values between the corroded and uncorroded zircons suggest that the zircons have preserved the initial Hf isotopic compositions from their original source region. Moreover, the very close but relatively higher ɛHf(t) values from the zircons than the inferred sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) beneath Tarim in the Early Permian [ɛHf(t) = -8.7~-5.2; t = 290 Ma] indicate that the zircons were probably originated from the SCLM with minor addition of depleted mantle magmas during the mantle source partial melting. Both the zircons and their host basalts have almost the same formation ages (~290 Ma) and Hf TDM model ages (ca. 1300~1000 Ma), suggesting that they may have a similar mantle source region. The relatively higher ɛHf(t) values of the basalts than zircons further indicate that more depleted mantle components have been

  9. Late Neoproterozoic magmatism in South Qinling, Central China: Geochemistry, zircon U-Pb-Lu-Hf isotopes and tectonic implications

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    Wang, Ruirui; Xu, Zhiqin; Santosh, M.; Yao, Yuan; Gao, Li'e.; Liu, Chunhua

    2016-06-01

    The Neoproterozoic tectonic evolution of the northern margin of the Yangtze Block in South China remains debated. In this study, we present results from LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb geochronology on a suite of intermediate-felsic rocks in South Qinling, Central China which show a mean age of ca. 630 Ma. The zircon εHf(t) values of these rocks mostly range from + 0.44 to + 14.78. Geochemically, the granites and syenite show high total alkali contents, with enrichment in LREE, LILE (Rb, Ba, and K), and HFSE (Th, U, Nb, Ta, Zr, and Hf), and depletion in Sr, P, and Ti, similar to the features of A-type granites. The meta-diorite shows high Na2O, with depletion in Eu, Ti, and LILE (Sr, Rb, Ba, and K), and enrichment in HFSE (Th, U, Nb, Ta, Zr, and Hf). The geochemical features are consistent with formation of the intermediate-felsic suite through fractionation from underplated basaltic magma that originated from sub-continental lithospheric mantle metasomatized by asthenosphere-derived oceanic-island-basalt-like (OIB-like) melts, coupled with minor crustal contamination. We correlate the ca. 630 Ma magmatism with a back-arc rift setting that probably developed in relation to slab tearing during continued slab rollback.

  10. Zircon U-Pb ages and geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks in the northern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica

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    High-grade metamorphic and felsic igneous rocks from the northern Prince Charles Mountains, East Antarctica, have been characterised geochemically and dated from SHRIMP zircon geochronological data. Around 980 Ma ago, voluminous magmas representing a combination of mantle-derived and intracrustal melts, including orthopyroxene- quartz monzonite ('charnockite') on Loewe Massif and granitic and syenitic intrusions on Mount Collins, were emplaced during a regional high-grade tectonothermal event. Garnet leucogneiss sheets on Mount McCanhy, the products of local partial melting, were also emplaced at about this time. The geology of Fisher Massif is exceptional in that a ca 1280-Ma metavolcanic sequence and coeval granodiorite have been metamorphosed only up to the lower amphibolite facies, and intruded by a ca 1020-Ma biotite granite. None of the analysed samples shows, in its isotopic systematics, the effects of 500-Ma events, prominent elsewhere in East Antarctica. Rare inherited components, 1850-1900 Ma old, were found in some samples. A paragneiss on Mount Meredith yielded 2500-2800-Ma and 1800-2100-Ma detrital zircon populations. (authors)

  11. Magma mixing and the generation of isotopically juvenile silicic magma at Yellowstone caldera inferred from coupling 238U–230Th ages with trace elements and Hf and O isotopes in zircon and Pb isotopes in sanidine

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    Stelten, Mark E.; Cooper, Kari M.; Vazquez, Jorge A.; Reid, Mary R.; Barfod, Gry H.; Wimpenny, Josh; Yin, Qing-Zhu

    2013-01-01

    The nature of compositional heterogeneity within large silicic magma bodies has important implications for how silicic reservoirs are assembled and evolve through time. We examine compositional heterogeneity in the youngest (~170 to 70 ka) post-caldera volcanism at Yellowstone caldera, the Central Plateau Member (CPM) rhyolites, as a case study. We compare 238U–230Th age, trace-element, and Hf isotopic data from zircons, and major-element, Ba, and Pb isotopic data from sanidines hosted in two CPM rhyolites (Hayden Valley and Solfatara Plateau flows) and one extracaldera rhyolite (Gibbon River flow), all of which erupted near the caldera margin ca. 100 ka. The Hayden Valley flow hosts two zircon populations and one sanidine population that are consistent with residence in the CPM reservoir. The Gibbon River flow hosts one zircon population that is compositionally distinct from Hayden Valley flow zircons. The Solfatara Plateau flow contains multiple sanidine populations and all three zircon populations found in the Hayden Valley and Gibbon River flows, demonstrating that the Solfatara Plateau flow formed by mixing extracaldera magma with the margin of the CPM reservoir. This process highlights the dynamic nature of magmatic interactions at the margins of large silicic reservoirs. More generally, Hf isotopic data from the CPM zircons provide the first direct evidence for isotopically juvenile magmas contributing mass to the youngest post-caldera magmatic system and demonstrate that the sources contributing magma to the CPM reservoir were heterogeneous in 176Hf/177Hf at ca. 100 ka. Thus, the limited compositional variability of CPM glasses reflects homogenization occurring within the CPM reservoir, not a homogeneous source.

  12. Rare earth elements in synthetic zircon. 1. synthesis, and rare earth element and phosphorus doping.

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    Hanchar, J. M.; Finch, R. J.; Hoskin, W. O.; Watson, E. B.; Cherniak, D. J.; Mariano, A. N.; Chemical Engineering; George Washington Univ.; Univ. of Canterbury; Australian National Univ.; Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.

    2001-05-01

    Sedimentary mineral assemblages commonly contain detrital zircon crystals as part of the heavy-mineral fraction. Age spectra determined by U-Pb isotopic analysis of single zircon crystals within a sample may directly image the age composition--but not the chemical composition--of the source region. Rare earth element (REE) abundances have been measured for zircons from a range of common crustal igneous rock types from different tectonic environments, as well as kimberlite, carbonatite, and high-grade metamorphic rocks, to assess the potential of using zircon REE characteristics to infer the rock types present in sediment source regions. Except for zircon with probable mantle affinities, zircon REE abundances and normalized patterns show little intersample and intrasample variation. To evaluate the actual variation in detrital zircon REE composition in a true sediment of known mixed provenance, zircons from a sandstone sample from the Statfjord Formation (North Sea) were analyzed. Despite a provenance including high-grade metasediment and granitoids and a range in zircon age of 2.82 b.y., the zircon REEs exhibit a narrow abundance range with no systematic differences in pattern shape. These evidences show zircon REE patterns and abundances are generally not useful as indicators of provenance.

  13. Mineralogical and microtextural characterization of ''gel-zircon'' from the Manibay uranium mine, Kazakhstan

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    Gel-zircon, an unusual Zr-silicate phase from the Manibay uranium mine, northern Kazakhstan, was studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). XRD results indicate that gel-zircon is mostly amorphous and occurs with numerous impurity phases. Microprobe EDS results indicate a UO2 content up to 9.14 wt.% HRTEM images revealed that the microtexture of gel-zircon consists of nanocrystallites of zircon, 2--10 nm in size, in a dominantly amorphous matrix. Despite the U-Pb age of 420 ± 25 my and the lack of significant crystallinity, the gel-zircon is an apparently chemically durable phase. Leaching of uranium ores which contain gel-zircon as the major U-bearing phase is impossible using existing uranium plant technologies. The alpha-decay dose, 2.64 displacements per atom (dpa), corresponding to the age of gel-zircon is much higher than that (0.5 dpa) required to cause metamictization of crystalline zircon. However, the morphology of gel-zircon which occurs as veins up to 5 mm thick and tens of mm long does not indicate initial crystallinity. Initially crystalline natural zircons often preserve their crystal morphology after metamictization. This amorphous phase is analogous to the highly damaged state characteristic of zircon proposed as a waste form for the disposition of excess weapons plutonium

  14. Extrusion and properties of lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramics

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    Cai, S.; Millar, C.E.; Pedersen, L.;

    1997-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to develop a procedure for fabricating electroceramic actuators with good piezoelectric properties. The preparation of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric ceramic rods and tubes by extrusion processing is described. The microstructure of extrudates...... was investigated in comparision with different processing conditions. Finally, the measuremental results of density, dielectric and piezoelectric properties are reported and analyzed....

  15. Isotope age of zircons of metamorphic formations of Tien Shan

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    Results of U-Pb and Pb-Pb determinations of age of zircons of metamorphic layers of Tien Shan, subjected to obvious and concealed contact action of intrusions tearing them are presented. It is shown that construction of discordance in these cases presents intrusion age as the true one

  16. Fission-track dating of zircon by laser ablation ICPMS

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    Svojtka, Martin; Košler, J.

    Elsevier. Roč. 66, 15A (2002), s. A756. ISSN 0016-7037. [Goldschmidt Conference. 18.08.2002-23.08.2002, Davos] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3013912 Keywords : fission-track * zircon * ICPMS-LA Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  17. Raman study of radiation-damaged zircon under hydrostatic compression

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    Nasdala, Lutz; Miletich, Ronald; Ruschel, Katja; Váczi, Tamás

    2008-12-01

    Pressure-induced changes of Raman band parameters of four natural, gem-quality zircon samples with different degrees of self-irradiation damage, and synthetic ZrSiO4 without radiation damage, have been studied under hydrostatic compression in a diamond anvil cell up to ~10 GPa. Radiation-damaged zircon shows similar up-shifts of internal SiO4 stretching modes at elevated pressures as non-damaged ZrSiO4. Only minor changes of band-widths were observed in all cases. This makes it possible to estimate the degree of radiation damage from the width of the ν3(SiO4) band of zircon inclusions in situ, almost independent from potential “fossilized pressures” or compressive strain acting on the inclusions. An application is the non-destructive analysis of gemstones such as corundum or spinel: broadened Raman bands are a reliable indicator of self-irradiation damage in zircon inclusions, whose presence allows one to exclude artificial color enhancement by high-temperature treatment of the specimen.

  18. Evaluating the paleomagnetic potential of single zircon crystals using the Bishop Tuff

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    Fu, Roger R; Lima, Eduardo A; Kehayias, Pauli; Araujo, Jefferson F D F; Glenn, David R; Gelb, Jeff; Einsle, Joshua F; Bauer, Ann M; Harrison, Richard J; Ali, Guleed A H; Walsworth, Ronald L

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    Zircon crystals offer a unique combination of suitability for high-precision radiometric dating and high resistance to alteration. Paleomagnetic experiments on ancient zircons may potentially constrain the earliest geodynamo, which holds broad implications for the early Earth interior and atmosphere. However, the ability of zircons to record accurately the geomagnetic field has not been fully demonstrated. Here we conduct thermal and room temperature alternating field (AF) paleointensity experiments on 767.1 thousand year old (ka) zircons from the Bishop Tuff, California. The rapid emplacement of these zircons in a well-characterized magnetic field provides a high-fidelity test of the zircons intrinsic paleomagnetic recording accuracy. Successful dual heating experiments on nine zircons measured using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) microscope yield a mean paleointensity of 46.2 +/- 18.8 microtesla (1sigma), which agrees closely with high-precision results from Bishop Tuff whole rock (43...

  19. Thermomagmatic evolution of Mesoproterozoic crust in the Blue Ridge of SW Virginia and NW North Carolina: Evidence from U-Pb geochronology and zircon geothermometry

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    Tollo, Richard P.; Aleinikoff, John N.; Wooden, Joseph L.; Mazdab, Frank K.; Southworth, Scott; Fanning, Mark C.

    2010-01-01

    New geologic mapping, petrology, and U-Pb geochronology indicate that Mesoproterozoic crust near Mount Rogers consists of felsic to mafic meta-igneous rocks emplaced over 260 m.y. The oldest rocks are compositionally diverse and migmatitic, whereas younger granitoids are porphyritic to porphyroclastic. Cathodoluminescence imaging indicates that zircon from four representative units preserves textural evidence of multiple episodes of growth, including domains of igneous, metamorphic, and inherited origin. Sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) trace-element analyses indicate that metamorphic zircon is characterized by lower Th/U, higher Yb/Gd, and lower overall rare earth element (REE) concentrations than igneous zircon. SHRIMP U-Pb isotopic analyses of zircon define three episodes of magmatism: 1327 ± 7 Ma, 1180–1155 Ma, and 1061 ± 5 Ma. Crustal recycling is recorded by inherited igneous cores of 1.33–1.29 Ga age in 1161 ± 7 Ma meta-monzogranite. Overlapping ages of igneous and metamorphic crystallization indicate that plutons of ca. 1170 and 1060 Ma age were emplaced during episodes of regional heating. Local development of hornblende + plagioclase + quartz ± clinopyroxene indicates that prograde metamorphism at 1170–1145 Ma and 1060–1020 Ma reached upper-amphibolite-facies conditions, with temperatures estimated using Ti-in-zircon geothermometry at ~740 ± 40 °C during both episodes. The chemical composition of 1327 ± 7 Ma orthogranofels from migmatite preserves the first evidence of arc-generated rocks in the Blue Ridge, indicating a subduction-related environment that may have been comparable to similar-age systems in inliers of the Northern Appalachians and the Composite Arc belt of Canada. Granitic magmatism at 1180–1155 Ma and ca. 1060 Ma near Mount Rogers was contemporaneous with anorthosite-mangerite-charnockite-granite (AMCG) plutonism in the Northern Appalachian inliers and Canadian Grenville Province. Metamorphism at ca. 1160

  20. U-Pb SHRIMP zircon dating of high-grade rocks from the Upper Allochthonous Terrane of Bragança and Morais Massifs (NE Portugal); geodynamic consequences

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    Mateus, A.; Munhá, J.; Ribeiro, A.; Tassinari, C. C. G.; Sato, K.; Pereira, E.; Santos, J. F.

    2016-04-01

    Bragança and Morais Massifs are part of the mega-klippen ensemble of NW Iberia, comprising a tectonic pile of four allochthonous units stacked above the Central-Iberian Zone autochthon. On top of this pile, the Upper Allochthonous Terrane (UAT) includes different high-grade metamorphic series whose age and geodynamic meaning are controversial. Mafic granulites provided U-Pb zircon ages at 399 ± 7 Ma, dating the Variscan emplacement of UAT. In contrast, U-Pb zircon ages of ky- and hb-eclogites, felsic/intermediate HP/HT-granulites and orthogneisses (ca. 500-480 Ma) are identical to those of gabbros (488 ± 10 Ma) and Grt-pyroxenites (495 ± 8 Ma) belonging to a mafic/ultramafic igneous suite that records upper mantle melting and mafic magma crustal underplating at these times. Gabbros intrude the high-grade units of UAT and did not underwent the HP metamorphic event experienced by eclogites and granulites. These features and the zircon dates resemblance among different lithologies, suggest that extensive age resetting of older events may have been correlative with the igneous suite emplacement/crystallisation. Accordingly, reconciliation of structural, petrological and geochronological evidence implies that the development and early deformation of UAT high-grade rocks should be ascribed to an orogenic cycle prior to ≈ 500 Ma. Undisputable dating of this cycle is impossible, but the sporadic vestiges of Cadomian ages cannot be disregarded. The ca. 500-480 Ma time-window harmonises well with the Lower Palaeozoic continental rifting that trace the Variscan Wilson Cycle onset and the Rheic Ocean opening. Subsequent preservation of the high heat-flow regime, possibly related to the Palaeotethys back-arc basin development (ca. 450-420 Ma), would explain the 461 ± 10 Ma age yielded by some zircon domains in felsic granulites, conceivably reflecting zircon dissolution/recrystallisation till Ordovician times, long before the Variscan paroxysm (ca. 400-390 Ma). This

  1. Tectonic implications of new single zircon Pb-Pb evaporation data in the Lossogonoi and Longido ruby-districts, Mozambican metamorphic Belt of north-eastern Tanzania

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    Le Goff, Elisabeth; Deschamps, Yves; Guerrot, Catherine

    2010-01-01

    Three single zircon Pb-Pb evaporation dating studies were performed on felsic orthogneisses and migmatites from the Longido and Lossogonoi ruby districts, Mozambique Belt of north-eastern Tanzania, in order to better constrain the geological setting of gemstone mineralizations. Igneous emplacement ages of protoliths ranging between 2636 and 2448 Ma document for the first time the presence of a Neoarchean to Lower Paleoproterozoic (Siderian) basement reworked in the Late Neoproterozoic Mozambique Belt of north-eastern Tanzania. This ancient crust of unknown dimension is well documented farther south, but also in south-eastern Kenya. A shearing event under high-grade amphibolite facies conditions, postdating the Pan-African metamorphic peak at 640 Ma and following nappes emplacement is demonstrated at ca. 610 Ma from metamorphic zircons of Lossogonoi district. In Lossogonoi district, ruby crystallizes during this last stage of deformation.

  2. Middle Archaean age of Sargur group by single grain zircon dating and geochemical evidence for the clastic origin of metaquartzite from J.C. Pura greenstone belt, Karnataka

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    Euhedral zircons from J.C. Pura metaquartzite were dated by single grain evaporation technique which yielded a Pb-Pb age of 3230 ± 5Ma. This date representing the maximum age of the Sargur metaquartzite is fully in accord with previous Sm-Nd model ages and SHRIMP U-Pb zircon ages (ca 3200 Ma) of Sargur rocks from nearby areas. The Sargur group is pervasively intruded by gneisses and granites around 3000 Ma. Still older gneisses seen in the neighbourhood such as the Gorur gneiss of 3300 Ma age may constitute a possible basement to the Sargur supracrustals and represent widespread early Archaean granitic crust of the Dharwar craton. (author). 45 refs., 6 tabs., 4 figs

  3. Chemical characteristics of zircon from A-type granites and comparison to zircon of S-type granites

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    Breiter, Karel; Lamarão, C. N.; Krás Borges, R. M.; Dall'Agnol, R.

    1192/195, April (2014), s. 208-225. ISSN 0024-4937 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : zircon * A-type granites * S-type granites * Wiborg batholith * Brazil * Krušné hory/Erzgebirge Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry Impact factor: 4.482, year: 2014

  4. Latest Carboniferous closure of the Junggar Ocean constrained by geochemical and zircon U-Pb-Hf isotopic data of granitic gneisses from the Central Tianshan block, NW China

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    Zhang, Xiaoran; Zhao, Guochun; Eizenhöfer, Paul R.; Sun, Min; Han, Yigui; Hou, Wenzhu; Liu, Dongxing; Wang, Bo; Liu, Qian; Xu, Bing

    2015-12-01

    Once situated between the Central Tianshan and Junggar terranes during Paleozoic time, the Junggar Ocean was a major southern branch of the Paleo-Asian Ocean. Thus, when and how it was closed are essential in understanding the final assembly of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt. However, the exact closure time of the Junggar Ocean remains unresolved due to the lack of reliable timing of collision-related regional metamorphism. This paper reports whole-rock geochemical and zircon U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic data for granitic gneisses from the northern margin of the Central Tianshan block, which can provide crucial constraints on the final closure of the Junggar Ocean. Mineral assemblages and geochemical suggest that the protoliths of the Central Tianshan gneisses are weakly peraluminous high-K calc-alkaline I-type granites, possessing typical subduction-related features such as strong enrichment in LREE and LILE and depletion in HFSE. Negative Eu anomalies (δEu = 0.46-0.81) and highly variable zircon Hf isotope compositions indicate various amounts of residual plagioclase in the source and crustal contamination during magma formation. LA-ICPMS U-Pb dating on magmatic-type zircons (72%), characterized by euhedral to subhedral shapes, concentric oscillatory zoning, high Th/U ratios (0.30-2.05) and large ranges of εHf(t) values (- 3.4 to + 8.7; up to 6 epsilon units in each sample), yields consistent weighted mean 206Pb/238U ages of ca. 325-320 Ma, interpreted as the crystallization ages of the granitic protoliths. Geochemical signatures and dominantly positive zircon εHf(t) values reveal that the protoliths were emplaced in a continental arc setting, pinpointing the development of a late Early to early Late Carboniferous continental arc system on the northern margin of the Central Tianshan block, probably related to the southward subduction of the Junggar oceanic plate. Meanwhile, younger ages at ca. 303-301 Ma were obtained on recrystallized zircon-rims and unzoned

  5. Age of meta-rhyolite of Marata sequence, Araxa Group, Goias: geochronology study by U-Pb in zircon, Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd methods

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    U-Pb isotopic analyses in eight zircon fractions separated from a meta-rhyolite sample of the Marata sequence (Araxa Group, Goias) are presented. Two morphologically distinct zircon populations were identified: stubby prismatic crystals (width:length of 1:2 to 1:3) in which core-overgrowth relationships are observed; long prismatic crystals (needles) with width:length ratios of ca. 1:10. Analyses performed on group zircons indicated the presence of a ca. 2.0 Ga. old inherited component. Analyses of group zircons plot very close to the concordia and yield an upper intercepts age of 794 ± 10 Ma for the crystallization of the volcanic protolith. The study was complemented with whole-rock isotopic analyses by the Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd methods. Rb-Sr isochron obtained with samples from two different outcrops gave data of 829 ± 82 Ma (initial 87 Sr/86 Sr of 0.7057 ± 0.0157) and 691 ± 30 Ma (initial 87 Sr/86 Sr of 0.7337 ± 0.0034). The latter reflects a later Sr-isotopic re-homogenization episode, possibly associated with the intense deformation and metamorphism suffered by these rocks. Sm-Nd isotopic analyses on three samples reveal ENd (T) (T =794 Ma) values in the range of -6.1 to -9.5 which indicate the presence of older (early Proterozoic) crustal Nd. This is consistent with the inheritance pattern shown in the U-Pb isotopic results. (author)

  6. Component geochronology of the ca. 3920 Ma Acasta Gneiss

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    Cates, Nicole L.; Mojzsis, Stephen J.; Caro, Guillaume; Hopkins, Michelle D.; Abramov, Oleg; Trail, Dustin; Bleeker, Wouter; Guitreau, Martin; Blichert-Toft, Janne

    2013-04-01

    Compiled U-Pb zircon ages of the oldest parts of the Acasta Gneiss Complex (AGC) in the Northwest Territories (Canada) span about 4050-3850 Ma (Stern and Bleeker, 1998); yet older 4200 Ma xenocrystic U-Pb zircon ages have also been reported for this terrane (Iizuka et al., 2006). The AGC has at least 50 km2 of outcrop exposure, but only a small subset has been documented in the detail required to investigate a complex history. To better understand this history, ion microprobe zircon geochronology was combined with whole-rock and zircon rare earth element compositions (+Y; [REE+Y]zirc) and Ti-in-zircon thermometry (Tixln) from a sub-divided ~60 cm2 slab of Acasta banded gneiss, and compared to other nearby variably deformed AGC granitoid gneiss samples. Micro-sampling by this method reveals components with distinctive [Th/U]zirc vs. Tixln and [REE+Y]zirc that are correlative with separate 235,238U-207,206Pb zircon age populations and whole-rock compositions, but not with 147Sm-143Nd isotope systematics. Lattice-strain theory used to model [REE+Y] reconciles U-Pb zircon geochronology for the individual components, which also preserve strong positive Eu* anomalies. Modeling shows that the magmas that gave rise to the oldest domains formed at contemporary oxygen fugacities. The AGC preserves a legacy older than about 4000 Ma, but this derives from incomplete assimilation of older crust. Magmatic emplacement at ca. 3920 Ma is contemporaneous with the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB) of the Moon. Later superimposed Eoarchean events (3850-3720 Ma) are reminiscent of formation times for the Itsaq Gneiss Complex in West Greenland (Nutman et al., 1996), Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt in northern Québec (Cates et al. 2013), and Manfred Complex in Western Australia (Kinny et al., 1990). Equilibration of Sm-Nd occurred at the scale of individual components over the course of one or more of these events.

  7. Finite lattice distortion patterns in plastically deformed zircon grains

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available This study examines finite deformation patterns of zircon grains from high-temperature natural shear zones. Various zircon-bearing rocks were collected in the Western Tauern Window, Eastern Alps, where they were deformed under amphibolite facies conditions, and in the Ivrea-Verbano Zone (IVZ, Southern Alps, where deformation is related with granulite-facies metamorphism. Among the sampled rocks are: granitic orthogneisses, meta-lamprophyres and paragneisses, all of which are highly deformed. The investigated zircon grains ranging from 10 to 50 microns were studied in situ using a combination of scanning electron microscope (SEM techniques, including secondary electron (SE, backscattered electron (BSE, forward scattered electron (FSE, cathodoluminescence (CL imaging, and crystallographic orientation mapping by electron backscatter diffraction analysis (EBSD, as well as micro-Raman spectroscopy. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS was applied to host phases. Microstructural analysis of crystal-plastically deformed zircon grains was based on high-resolution EBSD maps. Three general types of finite lattice distortion patterns were detected: Type (I is defined by gradual bending of the zircon lattice with orientation changes of about 0.6° to 1.4° per μm without subgrain boundary formation. Type (II represents local gradual bending of the crystal lattice coupled with the formation of subgrain boundaries that have concentric semicircular shapes in 2-D sections. Cumulative grain-internal orientation variations range from 7° to 40° within single grains. Type (III is characterized by formation of subgrains separated by a well-defined subgrain boundary network, where subgrain boundaries show a characteristic angular closed contour in 2-D sections. The cumulative orientation variation within a single grain ranges from 3° to 10°. Types (I and (II predominate in granulite facies rocks, whereas type (III is restricted to the amphibolite facies

  8. Zircon dating of Neoproterozoic and Cambrian ophiolites in West Mongolia and implications for the timing of orogenic processes in the central part of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt

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    Jian, Ping; Kröner, Alfred; Jahn, Bor-ming; Windley, Brian F.; Shi, Yuruo; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Fuqin; Miao, Laicheng; Tomurhuu, Dondov; Liu, Dunyi

    2014-06-01

    We present new isotopic and trace element data to review the geochronological/geochemical/geological evolution of the central part of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), and find a fundamental geological problem in West Mongolia, which has traditionally been subdivided into northwestern early Paleozoic (formerly Caledonian) and southerly late Paleozoic (formerly Hercynian) belts by the Main Mongolian Lineament (MML). We resolve this problem with SHRIMP zircon dating of ophiolites and re-evaluation of much published literature. In Northwest Mongolia the Dariv-Khantaishir ophiolite marks the boundary between the Lake arc in the west and the Dzabkhan-Baydrag microcontinent in the east. Zircons from a microgabbro and four plagiogranites yielded weighted mean 206Pb/238U ages of 568 ± 5 Ma, 567 ± 4 Ma, 560 ± 8 Ma (Dariv), 573 ± 8 Ma and 566 ± 7 Ma (Khantaishir) that we interpret as reflecting the time of ophiolite formation (ca. 573-560 Ma). Metamorphic zircons from an amphibolite on a thrust boundary between the Khantaishir ophiolite and the Dzabkhan-Baydrag microcontinent formed at 514 ± 8 Ma, which we interpret as the time of overthrusting. In South Mongolia the Gobi Altai ophiolite and the Trans-Altai Gurvan Sayhan-Zoolen forearc with an ophiolite basement were investigated. Zircons of a layered gabbro (lower ophiolite crust) and a leucogabbro (mid-upper crust) of the Gobi Altai ophiolite yielded crystallization ages of 523 ± 5 Ma and 518 ± 6 Ma. The age data constrain the formation time of ophiolite within ca. 523-518 Ma. Zircons from four samples of the Gurvan Sayhan-Zoolen forearc, with similar hybrid adakite-boninite affinities, yielded 519 ± 4 Ma for an anorthosite, ≥ 512 ± 4 Ma for a hornblendite and 520 ± 5 and 511 ± 5 Ma for two diorites. The ophiolite basement has an upper age limit of 494 ± 6 Ma, determined by dating a tonalite dike cutting the Zoolen ophiolite. Integrating available zircon ages as well as geochemical and geological data

  9. Metasedimentary melting in the formation of charnockite: Petrological and zircon U-Pb-Hf-O isotope evidence from the Darongshan S-type granitic complex in southern China

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    Jiao, Shu-Juan; Li, Xian-Hua; Huang, Hui-Qing; Deng, Xi-Guang

    2015-12-01

    Charnockites are Opx-bearing igneous rocks commonly found in high-grade metamorphic terranes. Despite being volumetrically minor, they show a wide range in both bulk geochemistry and intensive parameters. They form a characteristic component of the AMCG (anorthosite-mangerite-charnockite-granite) suite, but their association with typical S-type granites is less well-known. The Darongshan S-type granitic complex (DSGC) in Guangxi Province, southern China, contains granites varying in mafic silicate mineral assemblages from Bt + Crd (Darongshan suite) to Opx + Grt + Bt + Crd (Jiuzhou suite) and Opx + Crd ± Bt (Taima suite), corresponding to a geochemical transition from magnesian calc-alkalic to ferroan calc-alkalic. However, its genesis, even the accurate age of intrusion, remains highly contentious despite intensive research. In order to understand the genesis of charnockite and its genetic relationship with S-type granite; here, we first determined zircon U-Pb ages of each suite using a SIMS on the basis of a detailed petrological study. Zircon U-Pb ages show that all suites of the complex were emplaced contemporaneously at ca. 249 Ma. Monazite apparent U-Pb ages are indistinguishable from zircon U-Pb ages within analytical error. Further in situ zircon Hf-O isotope analyses reveal that the granitic complex was dominantly derived from reduced melting metasedimentary rocks (δ18Ozircon = ca. 11‰; εHf(t)zircon = ca. - 10; Δlog FMQ ≤ 0; Mn in apatite oxybarometer) with rare material input from the mantle. The variation in δ18O (7.8‰-12.9‰) is more likely a result of hybridization, whereas that in εHf(t) (- 31.9 to - 1.8) is a result of both hybridization and disequilibrium melting. The variation in mineralogy and geochemistry may be interpreted as a result of entrainment of peritectic garnets from biotite-dehydration melting. Nevertheless, heat input from mantle through basaltic intrusion/underplating is considered to play a major role in high

  10. The anatectic effect on the zircon Hf isotope composition of migmatites and associated granites

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    Chen, Yi-Xiang; Gao, Peng; Zheng, Yong-Fei

    2015-12-01

    Zircon Hf isotope composition is widely used to trace the growth and evolution of continental crust. However, it is controversial whether the Hf isotope composition of magmatic zircons can faithfully reflect that of their sources, especially for S-type granites. In order to provide an insight into this issue, we have revisited the published Lu-Hf isotope data of zircons from well-studied migmatites and associated granites in the Sulu orogen and the Cathaysian terrane, respectively. The results show greatly elevated 176Hf/177Hf ratios (by more than 10ε units) for newly grown zircon domains compared to the relict zircon domains. This indicates considerable contributions from non-zircon Hf to anatectic melts during crustal anatexis and subsequent magmatism. Furthermore, this more radiogenic Hf isotope signature was not erased during magmatic processes such as crystal fractionation during melt ascent and emplacement. The budget of Hf isotopes in source rocks with respect to mineral Lu/Hf ratios suggests the involvement of Hf-bearing major minerals in anatectic reactions by dissolving Hf-bearing major minerals into the anatectic melts. The significant Hf isotope variations in some anatectic and magmatic zircon domains from the migmatites and granites suggest not only the source heterogeneity but also the variable non-zircon Hf contributions. As such, the Hf isotope compositions of anatectic and magmatic zircons are substantially dictated by the mass balance between the non-zircon Hf from anatectic reactions and the zircon-Hf from the dissolution of protolith zircons into the anatectic melts. They are primarily controlled by P-T conditions and mechanism of crustal anatexis, and the magmatic processes during melt evolution. The present study highlights the important contribution of non-zircon Hf to the anatectic and magmatic zircon domains. In this regard, the greatly elevated 176Hf/177Hf ratios for newly grown zircon domains in the migmatites and granites cannot reflect

  11. The Ordovician-Silurian tectonic evolution of the northeastern margin of the Tarim block, NW China: Constraints from detrital zircon geochronological records

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    Dong, Shunli; Li, Zhong; Jiang, Lei

    2016-05-01

    The northeastern margin of the Tarim block is a key tectonic-unit for understanding the evolution processes and geodynamic mechanisms of basin-range coupling between the Paleo-Asian tectonic realm to the north and the Tarim block to the south during the Paleozoic period. Four Upper Ordovician-Silurian sandstone samples were collected from the Tabei and Quruqtagh areas for measuring the detrital zircon U-Pb dating and Hf isotopic compositions, with an aim to decipher the provenances and elucidate the tectonic implications. The results show that all the sandstone samples yield evident detrital zircon U-Pb age groups of ca. 1100-720 Ma and ca. 2100-1700 Ma, demonstrating that the Tarim block was once a part of the Rodinia and Columbia supercontinents during the Neoproterozoic and the Paleoproterozoic, respectively. Remarkably, the Upper Ordovician sandstone sample from the Tabei area yields a higher proportion in age group of ca. 1100-900 Ma than that of ca. 860-720 Ma, whilst the Lower Silurian sample yields the opposite result. The former and the latter age groups aforementioned are consistent with the age patterns of the tectono-thermal events in the Central Tianshan microcontinent and the Tarim block, respectively. Combined with valuable igneous rock information, it is indicative that the Central Tianshan microcontinent drifted away from the proto Tarim block (with attachment of the Central Tianshan microcontinent) most likely at the Early Silurian. The Upper Silurian sandstone in the South Quruqtagh area yield massive detrital zircon U-Pb ages with a peak age of ca. 450 Ma, combining the Late Ordovician magmatic rocks reported from the Central Tianshan and northeastern Tarim margin, which suggests that there was a broad magmatic arc along the northeastern proto Tarim margin during the Late Ordovician. The opening of the South Tianshan Ocean began in the Early Silurian and continued in the Late Silurian, leaving a remanent magmatic arc along northeastern Tarim

  12. Application of mineral binders during briquetting of zircon concentrate

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    The paper studies a possibility to use mineral binders for briqueting zircon-blaring concentrates subject to chloride treatment in shaft furnaces. The effect of chloride treatment time and carbon content in the brickets on concentrates component break-down is investigated. Efficiency of mineral binder (bentonite and sodium silicate) application is confirmed: power consumption and treatment time decrease 8-10 times, a high level of concentrate break-down is achieved

  13. Feasibility of infrared analysis of iron in zircon

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    A feasibility study has concluded that quantitative infrared analysis can be employed to determine the concentration of iron in zircon. The spectral transmission curves have shown that the iron absorption band is located at 1.15 microns. These curves also revealed a second absorption band at 1.49 microns. The source of this second peak is not known; but it exhibits some features which suggest its dependance on natural α-recoil damage. 23 references, 14 figures, 2 tables

  14. Comment on''Large Swelling and Percolation in Irradiated Zircon''

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    A recent model for the large radiation-induced swelling behavior in irradiated zircon (ZrSiO4) is partially based on results of molecular dynamics simulations of the partial overlap of two collision cascades that predict a densified boundary of polymerized silica and the scattering of the second cascade away from the densified boundary (Trachenko K, Dove M T and Salje E K H 2003 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 15 L1). These MD simulations are based on an atomic interaction potential for zircon (Trachenko K, Dove MT and Salje EKH 2001 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 13 1947) for which, according to our analysis, only reproduces some of the crystallographic properties at equilibrium and do not adequately describe the scattering physics for zircon, and on simulation methodologies for which the standard procedures for boundary conditions of energetic events are ill-defined. In fact, the interatomic potential model used by Tranchenko et al yields a significantly more rigid structure, with very high Frenkel defect formation energies and extremely low entropy and specific heat capacity. The synergy of all these unphysical properties for zircon, naturally leads to highly localized collision cascades. Consequently, the reported results of the cascade simulations, which are events far from equilibrium, may be artifacts of both the potential model and simulation methodologies employed. Thus, the structural changes predicted by the simulations must be viewed cautiously, and these simulations results cannot be taken as confirmation of a new scattering physics process that is the basis for the proposed swelling model. In this comment, the deficiencies in the atomic interaction potential and methodologies employed by these authors are critically reviewed, and the validity of the cascade overlap simulations and proposed physics is discussed

  15. Plasma Sprayed Zircon Deposits Modified by Laser Treatment

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    Kolman, Blahoslav Jan; Neufuss, Karel; Jančárek, A.; Dubský, Jiří; Chráska, Pavel

    Tallinn, 2003 - (Ugaste, U.), s. 69-78 ISBN 9985-58-276-4. ISSN 1736-0633. [Dense Plasma Interaction with Materials.. Tallinn (EE), 09.10.2003-11.10.2003] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/01/0094 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : plasma, spraying, zircon Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials

  16. Study of natural zircon-xenotime assemblages for estimation of the actinide waste forms stability

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    In order to estimate compositions and structural stability of YPO4-ZrSiO4-USiO4-ThSiO4 solid solution, natural specimens of (U, Th)-enriched zircon-xenotime assemblages were studied. The samples were picked from granitic pegmatites of North Karelia of about 1,850 Ma age. TEM data show that amorphization of the zircon structure is not complete. Xenotime has typical crystal structure. ASEM and EPMA results indicate that zircon and xenotime are micro-heterogeneous in there compositions. Numerous micro-inclusions (3+ vs. Zr4+ and P5+ vs. Si4+). Data on high amounts of rare earth elements and phosphorus in natural zircons are result from REE-phosphate inclusions in analyzed zircons. Content of U in the zircon allowed the estimation of the solubility of coffinite end member to be no less than 5 mol.% USiO4

  17. Perfect zircon for rock dating no fairy tale

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    The scheme used to date rocks is based on the radioactive decay of uranium. Minute traces of uranium locked inside the zircon crystals have been decaying over aeons, producing lead. Scientists know that the decay occurs at a fixed rate and how quickly it happens. By measuring the relative amounts of uranium and lead encased in the crystals, scientists can determine how old the rock is. But sometimes lead is lost from zircon crystals via processes such as weathering (if the rocks were exposed on the surface) or deformation and metamorphism (if the rocks had crystallised deep in the earth and been subjected to high temperatures and pressure). Hence the special nature of the Temora rocks- a 417 million years old zirconium-containing rock which have been partially exposed in recent times in a remote paddock in NSW, Australia. SHRIMP dating was used for initial tests on the Temora rocks. Then, in December last year, the sample was sent to the world-recognised authority, Canada's Royal Ontario Museum, for independent analysis and dating via chemical decomposition. The museum confirmed the near perfect quality of the zircon and its age

  18. Diffuse x-ray scattering from weakly metamict zircon

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    Diffuse x-ray (Cu K1α) scattering from α-decay radiation-damaged natural zircon has been investigated at room temperature. Huang scattering around Bragg reflections was observed in samples with radiation doses between 0.06 and 2x1018 α-decay events g-1, but none in a highly crystalline natural zircon sample (18 α-decay events g-1). Huang scattering (∼q-2) dominates for small wavevectors, while Stokes-Wilson scattering (∼q-4) is observed at larger values of q from the Bragg reflection. The displacement field produced by α-decay radiation damage is shown to correspond to transverse shear waves. The unit-cell expansion observed in zircon is thus interpreted as originating as a consequence of the shear waves propagating in the crystal, rather than from simply longitudinal expansion waves. A cluster size between 70 and 140 A, depending on the degree of damage, characterizes the defect accumulation. (author)

  19. Radiological safety assessment in zircon sand handling plant

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    In addition to the application of the zircon in nuclear field, there are other non-nuclear applications of zirconium where different grades of zircon sands are micronised to manufacture zirconium silicate to be used in ceramic tiles, sanitary wares etc. The zircon sand is either obtained locally or imported from two agencies abroad. The production of different grades of silicate involves specific physical and chemical processes and the quality of product changes with chemical compositions used, density of slurry and the particle size. A radiological protection survey was conducted at the plant where zirconium silicate (ZIRCOSIL) is being produced on commercial scale. Air monitoring carried out at this plant has shown radiation levels within the permissible limits. However the exposures rates, at the places where raw and finished products were stored, were found in the range of 0.35 - 1.96μ Sv/h. The final product has the specific concentration of 3.53 ± 0.03 kBq/Kg of 238U and 0.67± 0.008 kBq/kg of 232Th. (author)

  20. Extrapolation of zircon fission-track annealing models

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    One of the purposes of this study is to give further constraints on the temperature range of the zircon partial annealing zone over a geological time scale using data from borehole zircon samples, which have experienced stable temperatures for ∼1 Ma. In this way, the extrapolation problem is explicitly addressed by fitting the zircon annealing models with geological timescale data. Several empirical model formulations have been proposed to perform these calibrations and have been compared in this work. The basic form proposed for annealing models is the Arrhenius-type model. There are other annealing models, that are based on the same general formulation. These empirical model equations have been preferred due to the great number of phenomena from track formation to chemical etching that are not well understood. However, there are two other models, which try to establish a direct correlation between their parameters and the related phenomena. To compare the response of the different annealing models, thermal indexes, such as closure temperature, total annealing temperature and the partial annealing zone, have been calculated and compared with field evidence. After comparing the different models, it was concluded that the fanning curvilinear models yield the best agreement between predicted index temperatures and field evidence. - Highlights: ► Geological data were used along with lab data for improving model extrapolation. ► Index temperatures were simulated for testing model extrapolation. ► Curvilinear Arrhenius models produced better geological temperature predictions

  1. The metamictization of zircon: Radiation dose-dependent structural characteristics

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    A suite of gem zircon samples from Sri Lanka has been studied using infrared (IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and chemical analysis. The degree of metamictization of the zircon, as indicated by unit-cell parameters, increases systematically with U-Th content up to the point of total metamictization. The appearance of IR spectra also varies as a function of metamictization. The appearance of IR spectra also varies as a function of metamictization; bands related to Si-O bonds and disappearance of bands related to Zr-O bonds indicates that the structure of metamict zircon consists of distorted and disoriented isolated silica tetrahedra with few if any undisplaced Zr cations. All spectroscopic indicators of crystalline order show that total metamictization is reached at an accumulated radiation dosage of ∼ 4.5 x 1015 alpha decay events per mg. Hydrous components enter the structure only after total metamictization, but the amounts are not correlated with U-Th content. In all cases OH was the only hydrous species detected

  2. Deciphering igneous and metamorphic events in high-grade rocks of the Wilmington complex, Delaware: Morphology, cathodoluminescence and backscattered electron zoning, and SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology of zircon and monazite

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    Aleinikoff, J.N.; Schenck, W.S.; Plank, M.O.; Srogi, L.A.; Fanning, C.M.; Kamo, S.L.; Bosbyshell, H.

    2006-01-01

    High-grade rocks of the Wilmington Complex, northern Delaware and adjacent Maryland and Pennsylvania, contain morphologically complex zircons that formed through both igneous and metamorphic processes during the development of an island-arc complex and suturing of the arc to Laurentia. The arc complex has been divided into several members, the protoliths of which include both intrusive and extrusive rocks. Metasedimentary rocks are interlayered with the complex and are believed to be the infrastructure upon which the arc was built. In the Wilmingto n Complex rocks, both igneous and metamorphic zircons occur as elongate and equant forms. Chemical zoning, shown by cathodoluminescence (CL), includes both concentric, oscillatory patterns, indicative of igneous origin, and patchwork and sector patterns, suggestive of metamorphic growth. Metamorphic monazites are chemically homogeneous, or show oscillatory or spotted chemical zoning in backscattered electron images. U-Pb geochronology by sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) was used to date complexly zoned zircon and monazite. All but one member of the Wilmington Complex crystallized in the Ordovician between ca. 475 and 485 Ma; these rocks were intruded by a suite of gabbro-to-granite plutonic rocks at 434 ?? Ma. Detrital zircons in metavolcanic and metasedimentary units were derived predominantly from 0.9 to 1.4 Ga (Grenvillian) basement, presumably of Laurentian origin. Amphibolite to granulite facies metamorphism of the Wilmington Complex, recorded by ages of metamorphic zircon (428 ?? 4 and 432 ?? 6 Ma) and monazite (429 ?? 2 and 426 ?? 3 Ma), occurred contemporaneously with emplacement of the younger plutonic rocks. On the basis of varying CL zoning patterns and external morphologies, metamorphic zircons formed by different processes (presumably controlled by rock chemistry) at slightly different times and temperatures during prograde metamorphism. In addition, at least three other thermal episodes are

  3. Study on roasting process of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould

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    Zhang Yeming; Zeng Ming; Hu Li

    2011-01-01

    Dry stock of silica sol ceramic mould was prepared by using of colloidal moulding technique with an optimized vacuum drying process. Effect of roasting process on the shrinkage rate and compressive strength of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould, and the relationship between the roasting temperature and microstructure of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould were studied. The optimum roasting temperature of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould gained by the experiments is 900℃ and the holding time is 2 h. T...

  4. The significance of zircon characteristic and its uranium concentration in evaluation of uranium metallogenetic prospect

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    Zircon characteristic and its relation to uranium metallogenetic process have been studied on the basis of physics properties and chemical compositions. It is indicated that the colour of zircon crystal is related to uranium concentration; on the basis of method of zircon population type of Pupin J.P., the sectional plan of zircon population type has been designed, from which result that zircon population type of uranium-producing rock body is distributed mainly in second section, secondly in fourth section; U in zircon presents synchronous increase trend with Th, Hf and Ta; the uranium concentration in zircon from uranium-producing geologic body increases obviously and its rate of increase is more than that of the uranium concentration in rock; the period, in which uranium concentration in zircon is increased, is often related to better uranium-producing condition in that period of this area. 1785 data of the average uranium concentration in zircon have been counted and clear regularity has been obtained, namely the average uranium concentrations in zircon in rich uranium-producing area, rock, geologic body and metallogenetic zone are all higher than that in poor or no uranium-producing area, rock, geologic body and metallogenetic zone. This shows that the average uranium concentration in zircon within the region in fact reflects the primary uranium-bearing background in region and restricts directly follow-up possibility of uranium mineralization. On the basis of this, the uranium source conditions of known uranium metallogenetic zones and prospective provinces have been discussed, and the average uranium concentrations in zircon from magmatic rocks for 81 districts have been contrasted and graded, and some districts in which exploration will be worth doing further are put forward

  5. A Zircon U-Pb Study of the Evolution of Lunar KREEP

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    Meyer, Charles; Nemchin, A.; Pidgeon, R.; Whitehouse, M.; Vaughan, J.

    2007-01-01

    SIMS U-Pb analyses show that zircons from breccias from Apollo 14 and Apollo 17 have essentially identical age distributions in the range 4350 to 4200 Ma but, whereas Apollo 14 zircons additionally show ages from 4200 to 3900 Ma, the Apollo 17 samples have no zircons with ages <4200 Ma. The zircon results also show an uneven distribution with distinct peaks of magmatic activity. In explaining these observations we propose that periodic episodes of KREEP magmatism were generated from a primary reservoir of KREEP magma, which contracted over time towards the centre of Procellarum KREEP terrane.

  6. Metamorphic zircon from Xindian eclogite, Dabie Terrain: U-Pb age and oxygen isotope composition

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    Detailed CL image, U-Pb age and oxygen isotope composition in situ analyses for two metamorphic zircons from ultra-high pressure Xindian eclogite, Southern Dabie Terrain were carried out. There are two kinds of zircon in eclogite. The major subpopulation is podgy and isometric, and interpreted as protolith magmatic zircon with partial recrystallization. Its formation age is 811±22 Ma.The less abundant one is euhedral prismatic with core-rim structure and the rim being metamorphic overgrowth and formed at 221 -217 Ma. Zircon CL image strength is mainly controlled by U and Th contents. The magmatic zircon has its Th/U ratio around 1.3 and decreasing with recrystallization,whereas metamorphic zircon has Th/U ratio of lower than 0.1. Magmatic and metamorphic zircon domains all show very low oxygen isotopic compositions with average δ8O values of 1.8‰ and 2.8‰,respectively. The low δ18O values in protolith zircon indicated meteoric water involvement in their magma source region. It may correlate with snowball earth event during Neoproterozoic. It also indicates that protolith zircon could survive its oxygen isotope signature during Dabie eclogite facies UHP metamorphism.

  7. Peculiarities of accessory zircon from the carter seamount tuffs (Sierra Leone Rise in the East Atlantic)

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    Petrova, V. V.; Skolotnev, S. G.; Chistyakova, N. I.

    2010-03-01

    In volcanic tuffs, dredged during Cruise 23 of the R/V Akademik Nikolaj Strakhov, accessory zircon was found; except for the mineral-forming components, there were ˜2% of ThO2 and 0.75% of Ce2O3 in zircon. During rapid uplift of magmatic masses to the ocean bottom surface, admixture elements isolated into specific minerals. As a result, destruction structures were formed in the rim parts of primary zircon crystals, and the new-formed association of zircon + thorite + cerite + thoriante + baddeleyite appeared.

  8. Paragneiss zircon geochronology and trace element geochemistry, North Qaidam HP/UHP terrane, western China

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    Mattinson, C.G.; Wooden, J.L.; Zhang, J.X.; Bird, D.K.

    2009-01-01

    In the southeastern part of the North Qaidam terrane, near Dulan, paragneiss hosts minor peridotite and UHP eclogite. Zircon geochronology and trace element geochemistry of three paragneiss samples (located within a ???3 km transect) indicates that eclogite-facies metamorphism resulted in variable degrees of zircon growth and recrystallization in the three samples. Inherited zircon core age groups at 1.8 and 2.5 Ga suggest that the protoliths of these rocks may have received sediments from the Yangtze or North China cratons. Mineral inclusions, depletion in HREE, and absence of negative Eu anomalies indicate that zircon U-Pb ages of 431 ?? 5 Ma and 426 ?? 4 Ma reflect eclogite-facies zircon growth in two of the samples. Ti-in-zircon thermometry results are tightly grouped at ???660 and ???600 ??C, respectively. Inclusions of metamorphic minerals, scarcity of inherited cores, and lack of isotopic or trace element inheritance demonstrate that significant new metamorphic zircon growth must have occurred. In contrast, zircon in the third sample is dominated by inherited grains, and rims show isotopic and trace element inheritance, suggesting solid-state recrystallization of detrital zircon with only minor new growth. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

  9. Recrystallization of zircon and its effect on U-Pb dating

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    Zircon is the most preferred mineral for U-Pb geochronology to obtain high precision mineral growth ages of crystalline rocks. In this work, a suite of discordant zircons from a leucosome of a garnet biotite gneiss from the Kerala Khondalite Belt, India were investigated by a combination of back-scattered electron imaging and SHRIMP analyses to ponder over the pattern of Pb-loss in recrystallized zircon. Previous attempts for U-Pb zircon dating of this rock type in the area have all resulted highly discordant ages

  10. Nuclear microprobe (PIXE) analyses of zircons as indicators of granite type

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    Petrochemical investigation of the Cape Granite Suite illustrated that three major granitoid types exist namely S-, I-and A-types. Studies of zircon typologies of these granites confirmed that the three major types and their subtypes could be distinguished with relative ease. Using the typological classification as a base, zircons from the three granite groups were analysed by proton microprobe. The proton microprobe was utilized to enable the detection of elements normally present in low quantities in zircon. The results clearly illustrated that PIXE analyses may readily be used to discriminate zircons from S-, I- and A-type granites using the elements Th, Y and Yb

  11. Age of the Lava Creek supereruption and magma chamber assembly at Yellowstone based on 40Ar/39Ar and U-Pb dating of sanidine and zircon crystals

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    Vazquez, J. A.; Matthews, N. E.; Calvert, A. T.

    2015-12-01

    The last supereruption from the Yellowstone Plateau formed Yellowstone caldera and ejected the >1000 km3 of rhyolite that composes the Lava Creek Tuff (LCT). Tephra from the eruption blanketed much of the western United States, and is a key Quaternary chronostratigraphic marker, in particular for dating deposition of mid-Pleistocene glacial and pluvial deposits in western North America. We performed 40Ar/39Ar dating of single sanidines to delimit eruption age, and ion microprobe U-Pb and trace-element analyses of crystal faces on single zircons to characterize magmatic evolution and date near-eruption crystallization, as well as analyses of crystal interiors to date the interval of zircon crystallization. Sanidines from the two LCT members A and B yield an 40Ar/39Ar isochron date of 631 ± 4 ka (2σ). Crystal faces on zircons from both members yield a weighted mean 206Pb/238U date of 627 ± 6 ka (2σ) and have trace element concentrations that vary with eruptive stratigraphy. Zircon interiors yield a weighted mean 206Pb/238U date of 660 ± 6 ka, and reveal reverse and/or oscillatory zoning of trace element concentrations, with many crystals containing high-U concentrations and dark cathodoluminescence (CL) cores. These crystals with high-U cores are possibly sourced from 'defrosting' of melt-impregnated margins of the growing subvolcanic reservoir. LCT sanidines mirror the variation of zircon composition within the eruptive stratigraphy, with crystals from upper LCT-A and basal LCT-B having bright-CL rims with high Ba concentrations, suggesting late crystallization after addition of less evolved silicic magma. The occurrence of distal LCT in stratigraphic sequences marking the Marine Isotope Stage 16-15 transition supports the apparent eruption age of ca. 631 ka. These results reveal that Lava Creek zircons record episodic heating, renewed crystallization, and an overall up-temperature evolution for Yellowstone's subvolcanic reservoir in the 103-104 year interval

  12. Southernmost Andes and South Georgia Island, North Scotia Ridge: Zircon U-Pb and muscovite {40Ar }/{39Ar } age constraints on tectonic evolution of Southwestern Gondwanaland

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    Mukasa, Samuel B.; Dalziel, Ian W. D.

    1996-11-01

    Zircon U-Pb and muscovite {40Ar }/{39Ar } isotopic ages have been determined on rocks from the southernmost Andes and South Georgia Island, North Scotia Ridge, to provide absolute time constraints on the kinematic evolution of southwestern Gondwanaland, until now known mainly from stratigraphic relations. The U-Pb systematics of four zircon fractions from one sample show that proto-marginal basin magmatism in the northern Scotia arc, creating the peraluminous Darwin granite suite and submarine rhyolite sequences of the Tobifera Formation, had begun by the Middle Jurassic (164.1 ± 1.7 Ma). Seven zircon fractions from two other Darwin granites are discordant with non-linear patterns, suggesting a complex history of inheritances and Pb loss. Reference lines drawn through these points on concordia diagrams give upper intercept ages of ca. 1500 Ma, interpreted as a minimum age for the inherited zircon component. This component is believed to have been derived from sedimentary rocks in the Gondwanaland margin accretionary wedge that forms the basement of the region, or else directly from the cratonic "back stop" of that wedge. Ophiolitic remnants of the Rocas Verdes marginal basin preserved in the Larsen Harbour complex on South Georgia yield the first clear evidence that Gondwanaland fragmentation had resulted in the formation of oceanic crust in the Weddell Sea region by the Late Jurassic (150 ± 1 Ma). The geographic pattern in the observed age range of 8 to 13 million years in these ophiolitic materials, while not definitive, is in keeping with propagation of the marginal basin floor northwestward from South Georgia Island to the Sarmiento Complex in southern Chile. Rocks of the Beagle granite suite, emplaced post-tectonically within the uplifted marginal basin floor, have complex zircon U-Pb systematics with gross discordances dominated by inheritances in some samples and Pb loss in others. Of eleven samples processed, only two had sufficient amounts of zircon for

  13. Exploring for early bombardments on Earth from pre-3.85 Fa thermal effects recorded in Hadean zircons - a status report

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    Mojzsis, S. J.; Abramov, O.; Harrison, T. M.; Kring, D. A.; Levison, H. F.; Trail, D.; Watson, E. B.

    2008-12-01

    We report on our progress with high-resolution ion microprobe U-Th-Pb depth profiles and Ti+REEs spot analysis which show that subsequent to their crystallization in melts under typical crustal conditions on Earth, some Hadean (pre-3.85 Ga) zircons record common age domains with unusual chemical and isotopic characteristics consistent with a high-temperature (possibly impact) origin. We have found evidence for later overprints caused by intense thermal alteration between 3.94-3.97 Ga in six of eight studied grains but no evidence for older events. These findings alert us to two fundamental things we did not know before about the probiotic potential of the Earth in the earliest solar system: (i) that the bombardment epoch did not result in complete 'Doomsday' scale destruction of the Earth's crust since the Moon-forming event at ca. 4.5 Ga; and (ii) age constraints on both sides of the ther-mally altered 3.94-3.97 Ga zircon domains are very good and so far our data show that no detectable thermal events are recorded by the zircons before ~3.97 Ga up to about 4.3 Ga. This observation is consistent with the output of new classes of dynamical models that successfully re-create the decay of impactor populations in the early solar system as recorded on the Moon and in meteorites.

  14. Evaluation of fission-track and U-Pb double dating method for identical zircon grains. Using homogeneous zircon grains in Kawamoto Granodiorite in Shimane prefecture, Japan

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    Using the double-dating approach, we have conducted fission-track (FT) and U-Pb age dating on the same zircon grain to evaluate the reliability of the resulting age data. The zircon grains (OD-3) used for the investigation were collected from the Mihara Body of the Kawamoto Granodiorite, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. The zircon crystals yielded a FT age of 33 Ma, with a spontaneous FT density of 106-107 cm2. The U-Pb age data were obtained using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) combined with a frequency quintupled Nd-YAG (λ=213 nm) laser ablation (LA) sample introduction system. The U-Pb age determinations on the zircon samples were performed after chemical leaching using 47% HF for 20 hrs at room temperature, or after FT etching using a KOH-NaOH eutectic solution for 20 hrs at 225degC. The resulting U-Pb age of 33 Ma was concordant with the FT age data, suggesting that there was no significant loss of Pb during etching or chemical preparation, thus indicating the feasibility of FT and U-Pb double dating of single zircon grains. The results indicate that the zircon grains (OD-3) from the Kawamoto Granodiorite (Mihara Body) can become a new working standard for precise U-Pb age determinations of young zircons. (author)

  15. Morphology versus U-Pb systematics in zircon: A high-resolution isotopic study of a zircon population from a Variscan dike in the Central Alps

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    U/Pb isotopic measurements on individual zircon crystals combined with morphological analyses permit the identification of three distinct components within the zircon population of the Saedelhorn diorite, a Variscan dike from the western Gotthard (Central Alps, Switzerland): (i) 94% of the grains in the zircon population are elongate crystals with pronounced skeletal morphology indicative of rapid growth from a supercooled melt. (ii) 5% of the population consist of turbid, mostly subhedral zircons frequently showing D-type morphology and elevated uranium contents compared to the skeletal variety. Single-crystal and multi-grain U-Pb isotopic data of group (i) and (ii) zircons define an intrusion age of 293 + 5/ -4 m.y. for the dike. (iii) Rare, transparent zircon crystals (< 1% of the zircons population) yield apparent U-Pb ages in the range of 370-490 m.y. and display morphological and isotopic characteristics closely resembling those of a Caledonian orthogneiss intruded by the dike. This implies presence of assimilated wall-rock components in the macroscopically homogeneous dike sample. (orig./WB)

  16. Low energy 40Ca + 40Ca collisions

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    This paper deals with the classical microscopic study of 40Ca + 40Ca collisions. Fusion cross-sections (σsub(CF)) for various incident energies, energy variations with time, shape deformation and the life time of resonance scattering (T) have been studied. Comparison of 40Ca + 40Ca results with those of 16O + 16O have also been made. (author)

  17. From a long-lived upper-crustal magma chamber to rapid porphyry copper emplacement: Reading the geochemistry of zircon crystals at Bajo de la Alumbrera (NW Argentina)

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    Buret, Yannick; von Quadt, Albrecht; Heinrich, Christoph; Selby, David; Wälle, Markus; Peytcheva, Irena

    2016-09-01

    The formation of world class porphyry copper deposits reflect magmatic processes that take place in a deeper and much larger underlying magmatic system, which provides the source of porphyry magmas, as well as metal and sulphur-charged mineralising fluids. Reading the geochemical record of this large magmatic source region, as well as constraining the time-scales for creating a much smaller porphyry copper deposit, are critical in order to fully understand and quantify the processes that lead to metal concentration within these valuable mineral deposits. This study focuses on the Bajo de la Alumbrera porphyry copper deposit in Northwest Argentina. The deposit is centred on a dacitic porphyry intrusive stock that was mineralised by several pulses of porphyry magma emplacement and hydrothermal fluid injections. To constrain the duration of ore formation, we dated zircons from four porphyry intrusions, including pre-, syn- and post-mineralisation porphyries based on intersection relations between successive intrusion and vein generations, using high precision CA-ID-TIMS. Based on the youngest assemblages of zircon grains, which overlap within analytical error, all four intrusions were emplaced within 29 ka, which places an upper limit on the total duration of hydrothermal mineralisation. Re/Os dating of hydrothermal molybdenite fully overlaps with this high-precision age bracket. However, all four porphyries contain zircon antecrysts which record protracted zircon crystallisation during the ∼200 ka preceding the emplacement of the porphyries. Zircon trace element variations, Ti-in-zircon temperatures, and Hf isotopic compositions indicate that the four porphyry magmas record a common geochemical and thermal history, and that the four intrusions were derived from the same upper-crustal magma chamber. Trace element zoning within single zircon crystals confirms a fractional crystallisation trend dominated by titanite and apatite crystallisation. However, zircon

  18. Sm-Nd and zircon SHRIMP U-Pb dating of Huilanshan mafic granulite in the Dabie Mountains and its zircon trace element geochemistry

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    HOU; Zhenhui; LI; Shuguang; CHEN; Nengsong; LI; Qiuli; LIU

    2005-01-01

    The mafic granulites from Huilanshan are outcropped on the center of the Luotian dome in the northern Dabie Mountains. The Sm-Nd isochron defined by granulite-facies metamorphic minerals (garnet + clinopyroxene + hypersthene) yields an age of 136(±)18 Ma indicating the early Cretaceous granulite-facies metamorphism. The cathodoluminescence (CL) images of zircons from the granulite show clearly core-mantle-rim structures. The zircon cores are characterized by typical oscillatory zoning and highly HREE enriched patterns, which suggests their magma origin. Some zircon cores among them with little Pb loss give SHRIMP U-Pb ages ranging from 753 to 780 Ma, which suggests that the protolith of Huilanshan granulite is Neoproterozoic mafic rocks. The zircon mantles usually cut across the oscillatory zone of the zircon cores have 3―10 times lower REE, Th, U, Y, Nb and Ta contents than the igneous zircon cores but have high common Pb contents. These characteristics suggest that they were formed by hydrothermal alteration of the igneous zircons. The part of zircon mantles with little Pb loss give a similar SHRIMP U-Pb age (716―780 Ma) to the igneous zircon cores, which implies that the hydrothermal events occurred closely to the magmatic emplacement. In view of the strong early Cretaceous magmatism in the Luotian dome, consequently, the Huilanshan mafic granulite was formed by heating of the Neoproterozoic mafic rocks in mid-low crust, which caused the granulite-facies metamorphism underneath the Dabie Mountains. The similarity between the granulite metamorphic age (136±18 Ma) defined by Sm-Nd isochron and K-Ar age of 123―127 Ma given by amphible from the gneiss in Luotian dome suggests a rapid uplifting of the Luotian dome, which may result in further exhumation of the ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks in the Dabie Mountains.

  19. The origin of high δ18O zircons: marbles, megacrysts, and metamorphism

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    Cavosie, Aaron J.; Valley, John W.; Kita, Noriko T.; Spicuzza, Michael J.; Ushikubo, Takayuki; Wilde, Simon A.

    2011-11-01

    The oxygen isotope ratios (δ18O) of most igneous zircons range from 5 to 8‰, with 99% of published values from 1345 rocks below 10‰. Metamorphic zircons from quartzite, metapelite, metabasite, and eclogite record δ18O values from 5 to 17‰, with 99% below 15‰. However, zircons with anomalously high δ18O, up to 23‰, have been reported in detrital suites; source rocks for these unusual zircons have not been identified. We report data for zircons from Sri Lanka and Myanmar that constrain a metamorphic petrogenesis for anomalously high δ18O in zircon. A suite of 28 large detrital zircon megacrysts from Mogok (Myanmar) analyzed by laser fluorination yields δ18O from 9.4 to 25.5‰. The U-Pb standard, CZ3, a large detrital zircon megacryst from Sri Lanka, yields δ18O = 15.4 ± 0.1‰ (2 SE) by ion microprobe. A euhedral unzoned zircon in a thin section of Sri Lanka granulite facies calcite marble yields δ18O = 19.4‰ by ion microprobe and confirms a metamorphic petrogenesis of zircon in marble. Small oxygen isotope fractionations between zircon and most minerals require a high δ18O source for the high δ18O zircons. Predicted equilibrium values of Δ18O(calcite-zircon) = 2-3‰ from 800 to 600°C show that metamorphic zircon crystallizing in a high δ18O marble will have high δ18O. The high δ18O zircons (>15‰) from both Sri Lanka and Mogok overlap the values of primary marine carbonates, and marbles are known detrital gemstone sources in both localities. The high δ18O zircons are thus metamorphic; the 15-25‰ zircon values are consistent with a marble origin in a rock-dominated system (i.e., low fluid(external)/rock); the lower δ18O zircon values (9-15‰) are consistent with an origin in an external fluid-dominated system, such as skarn derived from marble, although many non-metasomatized marbles also fall in this range of δ18O. High δ18O (>15‰) and the absence of zoning can thus be used as a tracer to identify a marble source for high δ18O

  20. Effect of Pb loss on the ages of reference zircons QGNG and SL13, and of volcanic zircons from the Early Devonian Merrions and Turondale Formations, New South Wales

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    Recent papers (Black et al. 1997; Jagodzinski and Black 1999) reported that SL13-referenced SHRIMP zircon ages are ca 1.3% younger than QGNG-referenced ages. It is shown here that these authors overestimated their analytical errors and as a consequence failed to register the presence of large and variable fractions of Pb loss within both QGNG (median 40% of spots) and SL13 (25%). If only the oldest 206Pb/238U age groups within each of the same 16 analytical sessions are selected for comparison, the 206Pb/238U ages of QGNG relative to SL13 agree with the Concordia intersection age by isotope dilution to within 0.4% (standard deviation). This observation eliminates the possibility of systematic bias. Jagodzinski and Black (1999) also overlooked Pb loss in their ages for the Early Devonian Turondale and Merrions Formations, which are corrected here for time-scale use. Copyright (2001) Geological Society of Australia

  1. Reconstructing deep crustal dynamics in a large, hot orogen: Application of integrated zircon petrochronology and petrological modeling to the Canadian Grenville Province

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    Marsh, Jeffrey; Culshaw, Nicholas

    2014-05-01

    The timing and conditions of high pressure (HP) metamorphism, crustal anatexis, and shear zone formation are of primary importance in understanding lithosphere-scale dynamics of collisional orogens. Within the western Grenville Province, Ontario, Canada, a number of structural and metamorphic relationships are preserved that represent specific orogenic stages or processes. Lower allochthonous domains contain variably retrogressed mafic complexes that typically retain vestages of earlier HP metamorphic assemblages (e.g. garnet porphyroblasts, kyanite, and rutile) within a matrix dominated by incomplete decompression reactions (e.g. pseudomorphous diopside + sodic plagioclase intergrowths after omphacite and concentric coronas of aluminous minerals surrounding kyanite). Zircon from these samples yield U-Pb ages between 1085-1097 Ma, and exhibit REE characteristics consistent with crystallization in an eclogite-facies (garnet-rich, plagioclase-poor) mineral assemblage. REE partitioning between zircon and garnet suggests zircon growth coincided with the latter stages of garnet growth. Titanium concentrations in zircon constrain crystallization temperatures between ~678-736 °C, whereas Zr concentration in rutile yield crystallization temperatures of ~705-740 °C (for rutile inclusions in garnet) and 742-764 °C (for rutile in the matrix). Intersection of zircon and rutile crystallization temperature with the calculated stability field for the HP assemblage (Grt+Cpx+Ky+Rt+Zrn±Hbl) yields minimum pressures of ~15 kbar. Thus, HP metamorphism apparently occurred at ca. 1090 Ma across the orogen, at minimum depths of ~53 km and T ~700±50 °C, yielding a geothermal gradient of pegmatite-rich, amphibolite-facies shear zones by ca. 1100 Ma. Thus, petrochronological data constrain a sequence of nappe emplacement, HP metamorphism, and migmatization evolving over ~15-20 Myrs, apparently marking a transition in the deep crustal dynamics from a predominantly thickening phase to a

  2. (U-Th)/He Ages of Detrital Zircons From Paleozoic Strata of the Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago (Russian High Arctic): implication for testing the different tectonic models

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    Ershova, Victoria; Anfinson, Owen; Prokopiev, Andrei; Khudoley, Andrei; Stockli, Daniel; Faleide, Jan Inge; Gaina, Carmen; Malyshev, Nikolay

    2016-04-01

    The Severnaya Zemlya archipelago comprises four main islands (Pioneer, October Revolution, Komsomolets and Bol'shevik), along with numerous other small islands, islets and island groups. It contains rocks varying in age from Late Cambrian to Permian and is a key area for understanding the tectonic evolution of the North Kara and Laptev Sea basins. Various models have been proposed for the Paleozoic history of the Kara Terrane: 1) Kara terrane inferred as a part of a larger continent block called Arctida (Zonenshain et al, 1990). 2) Lorenz et al. (2008a, 2008b) described the Kara terrane as a marginal part of Baltica. 3) The Kara Terrane existed as a separate terrane or microcontinent during the Paleozoic (Bogdanov et al., 1998; Gramberg & Ushakov, 2000; Metelkin et al., 2000, 2005) Here we present (U-Th)/He ages of detrital zircons collected from Ordovician - Devonian strata of Pioneer and October Revolution islands) along with Sedov Islands. All detrital zircon (U-Th)/He ages are older than age of host rocks indicating the samples were not buried deep enough (less than ~6-8 km) to reset the (U-Th)/He isotopic system. Thus, (U-Th)/He ages indicate the exhumational history of the clastic source region. The (U-Th)/He detrital zircon ages from Ordovician- Silurian strata, with a peak age of ca. 465 Ma, suggest the primary source region was located within the Caledonian Orogen, which is unknown in the modern vicinity of Severnaya Zemlya. The abundance of Caledonian (U-Th)/He zircon ages in the studied samples suggests a continuation of Caledonides northeastward across Barents shelf as previously inferred from pre-Permo-Carboniferous rifting restoration and illustrated by geophysical data. In contrast to older clastic rocks, (U-Th)/He detrital zircon ages from the Devonian deposits show a mixture of Ellesmerian and Caledonian ages with age peaks at ca. 365 Ma and 465 Ma and the youngest grains nearing the depositional age of the strata. The ages suggest the clastic

  3. Late Paleozoic magmatic record of Middle Gobi area, South Mongolia and its implications for tectonic evolution: Evidences from zircon U-Pb dating and geochemistry

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    Zhu, Mingshuai; Miao, Laicheng; Baatar, Munkhtsengel; Zhang, Fochin; Anaad, Chimedtseren; Yang, Shunhu; Li, Xingbo

    2016-01-01

    Late Paleozoic subduction-accretion complexes occur widely in Middle Gobi area and provide a good opportunity for unraveling the Paleozoic tectonic evolution of South Mongolia. The magmatic rocks in the Tsavchir hudug district mainly consist of rhyolites and volcaniclastic rocks. The rhyolites show enrichment in LREE and LILE and negative Nb, Ta and Ti anomalies, indicating genesis in the subduction zone. A rhyolite sample from the Tsavchir hudug region yielded a SHRIMP 206Pb/238U zircon age of 315 ± 4 Ma (MSWD = 0.79, n = 15). The andesite overlying the Namdain hundy Early Paleozoic ophiolite shows adakite geochemical features, and the two andesite samples yielded SHRIMP 206Pb/238U zircon ages of 325 ± 3 Ma (MSWD = 1.6, n = 14) and 319 ± 4 Ma (MSWD = 0.56, n = 13), respectively, suggesting that the Carboniferous island arc formed on the basis of Early Paleozoic accretionary complex. The granodiorite sample that intrudes the Early Paleozoic accretion complex with adakite geochemical features yielded a SHRIMP 206Pb/238U zircon age of 333 ± 4 Ma (MSWD = 1.6, n = 16), representing the Late Paleozoic island arc intrusive. The SHRIMP U-Pb analyses for the tuff sandstones that occur associated with Early Paleozic oceanic inliers in Middle Gobi area suggest detrital zircons mainly stem from the Devonian-Carboniferous arc. The age data obtained from the ophiolite (528-509 Ma) and tuff sandstone indicate the accretion in Middle Gobi area lasted from Early Paleozoic to Late Paleozoic for at least ca. 200 Ma, suggesting the ocean of the accretionary complex was the major Paleo-Asain ocean basin. The subduction related magmatic belt in Middle Gobi area includes both Early Paleozoic and Late Paleozoic island arc activities, which is consistent with the accretion duration time obtained from accretionary complex and also attests the argument of major Paleo-Asain ocean basin.

  4. Phosphorus-controlled trace element distribution in zircon revealed by NanoSIMS

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    Yang, Wei; Lin, Yangting; Hao, Jialong; Zhang, Jianchao; Hu, Sen; Ni, Huaiwei

    2016-03-01

    To better understand the origin of oscillatory zoning in zircons, distributions of REEs (represented by Ce, Sm, Dy and Lu), Y, Ti, Li and P in the igneous zircons (QH) from a felsic syenite in the Qinghu alkaline complex and metamorphic zircons (DMP06-14) from a banded granulite xenolith from Hannuoba basalts have been investigated with NanoSIMS. The NanoSIMS analyses reveal well correlation between the trace element distributions and the cathodoluminescence dark-bright zonings of zircons. The QH zircons with oscillatory zonings display large trace element variations within single grains by a factor up to 13.5, with Y and P ranging from 574 and 227 ppm in the bright zones to 7754 and 2464 ppm in the dark zones, respectively. By contrast, the DMP06-14 zircons without oscillatory zonings show much smaller trace element variations by a factor of 1.4, with Y ranging from 477 to 636 ppm and P from 331 to 467 ppm. Such large trace element variations in oscillatory zonings cannot be produced by compositional fluctuation in the magma chambers. The correlations between P and Y, REEs (Ce, Sm, Dy and Lu) ( R 2 > 0.97) indicate xenotime substitution in zircons. The oscillatory distribution of P in zircon could be formed by the fluctuation of P in the melt adjacent to the mineral-melt boundary, either because P diffuses slower than Zr in the melt or due to surfacial interaction of melt with crystals. Such a zoned distribution of P in turn controls the substitution types of phosphates in zircon, developing oscillatory distributions of Y and REEs. Our results indicate that apparent partition coefficients of Y and REEs between zircon and melt are controlled by P contents, which may result in the large discrepancy in zircon partitioning data.

  5. Mechanisms of radon loss from zircon: Microstructural controls on emanation and diffusion

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    Eakin, Marty; Brownlee, S. J.; Baskaran, M.; Barbero, L.

    2016-07-01

    Understanding how radon escapes from minerals is important for many fields in Earth science, yet few studies have focused on the mechanisms for radon escape. We measured radon emanation rate and radon loss upon heating for crushed aliquots of three large zircon crystals from three localities: Mud Tank (Australia), Bancroft (Canada), and Malawi (Africa). Our study, in conjunction with published data, shows that the room temperature radon emanation coefficient (REC) varies over 5 orders of magnitude in zircon. For low U zircon, Mud Tank, there are variations in REC that appear to be related to annealing at different temperatures, possibly due to annealing of fission tracks, however, all REC values for Mud Tank zircon are within error of one another. Bancroft and Malawi zircons have higher U content and do not show any systematic relationship of REC to annealing temperature. Results from Mud Tank zircon suggest that partial annealing of fission tracks decreases REC, but when all fission tracks are annealed REC reaches a maximum. REC in zircons with high U content, Bancroft and Malawi, is slightly higher than in zircon with lower U, although results are within error. Results of measurements of radon loss upon heating suggest that radon diffusion is slow, ∼30% of the radon is lost during heating at 975 °C for 48 h. Samples heated a second time yield less fractional radon loss, ∼10%, suggesting that diffusion parameters are changed during heating at temperatures ⩾975 °C, which is likely the result of annealing of radiation damage. Diffusion parameters calculated from the fractional loss experiments reflect diffusion in highly radiation damaged or metamict zircons. Our results indicate that internal microstructures in zircon, such as fission tracks and alpha-radiation damage, influence radon escape for diffusion and recoil mechanisms, and hence if these effects can be further characterized, measurements of 222Rn escape have the potential to be useful for probing

  6. Detrital and volcanic zircon U-Pb ages from southern Mendoza (Argentina): An insight on the source regions in the northern part of the Neuquén Basin

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    Naipauer, Maximiliano; Tapia, Felipe; Mescua, José; Farías, Marcelo; Pimentel, Marcio M.; Ramos, Victor A.

    2015-12-01

    The infill of the Neuquén Basin recorded the Meso-Cenozoic geological and tectonic evolution of the southern Central Andes being an excellent site to investigate how the pattern of detrital zircon ages varies trough time. In this work we analyze the U-Pb (LA-MC-ICP-MS) zircon ages from sedimentary and volcanic rocks related to synrift and retroarc stages of the northern part of the Neuquén Basin. These data define the crystallization age of the synrift volcanism at 223 ± 2 Ma (Cerro Negro Andesite) and the maximum depositional age of the original synrift sediments at ca. 204 Ma (El Freno Formation). Two different pulses of rifting could be recognized according to the absolute ages, the oldest developed during the Norian and the younger during the Rhaetian-Sinemurian. The source regions of the El Freno Formation show that the Choiyoi magmatic province was the main source rock of sediment supply. An important amount of detrital zircons with Triassic ages was identified and interpreted as a source area related to the synrift magmatism. The maximum depositional age calculated for the Tordillo Formation in the Atuel-La Valenciana depocenter is at ca. 149 Ma; as well as in other places of the Neuquén Basin, the U-Pb ages calculated in the Late Jurassic Tordillo Formation do not agree with the absolute age of the Kimmeridgian-Tithonian boundary (ca. 152 Ma). The main source region of sediment in the Tordillo Formation was the Andean magmatic arc. Basement regions were also present with age peaks at the Carboniferous, Neoproterozoic, and Mesoproterozoic; these regions were probably located to the east in the San Rafael Block. The pattern of zircon ages summarized for the Late Jurassic Tordillo and Lagunillas formations were interpreted as a record of the magmatic activity during the Triassic and Jurassic in the southern Central Andes. A waning of the magmatism is inferred to have happened during the Triassic. The evident lack of ages observed around ca. 200 Ma suggests

  7. Study and make sulfur dioxide treatment equipment for degradation process of fine silicate zircon ore by sulfuric acid

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    The against absorbent method was researched by research group to solve the above issue. This method was carried out by adsorbent lime-milk agent on the buffer of porous material with diameter D=9 cm and height H=1.2 m. The main parameters were gained: absorbent effect reached 98% with lime-milk concentration of 14% in water, against air flow speed of 0.7 m/s and lime-milk output of 0.45 liter/minute. Base on the above main researched parameter, the SO2 treatment equipment system by sulfuric acid was worked out with the scale of 0.5 ton/batch/day; absorbent tower diameter D=0.47 m, buffer height H=3.5 m and expenditure of 33.2 kg CaO/ton of zircon silicate. (author)

  8. New assemly model of Jiangnan Orogen: insight from detrital zircon geochronology of pre-Cretaceous strata, South China

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    Su, J.; Dong, S.

    2013-12-01

    The Jiangnan Orogen separates the Yangtze and Cathaysian Blocks in South China and provokes a longstanding debate on the amalgamation history between the two Blocks. The assembly of the two Blocks is termed Sibao orogeny marked by undeformed Late Neoproterozoic strata (Banxi Group) overlying on the deformed Early Neoproterozoic strata (Lengjiaxi Group) in China. Detrital zircons can provide critical links in recognizing the source history of a deposit, sedimentary dispersal systems and tectonic reconstructions. Therefore, fifteen sandstone samples taken from pre-Cretaceous strata of Yangtze Block are analyzed to constrain the evolution of the South China Block (SCB), especially the assembly between Yangtze and Cathaysia Blocks. The results show that the detrital zircons from the Neoproterozoic Lengjiaxi Group (ca. 830 Ma) near the boundary of large detachment fault of Hengshan have similar age populations with that in the other sites of the Jiangnan Orogen, different from that of the Kunyang and Dahongshan Groups (>960 Ma) in the southwestern margin of the Yangtze Block. The detrital zircons from Paleozoic samples have similar age populations with that in the Cathaysia Block. We infer that they originate from the Cathaysia Block, together with paleogeography, paleocurrent and former research. The detrital zircons of middle-late Jurassic sandstones in southwestern and central Yangtze yield dominant populations at 2.0-1.7 Ga and subordinate Groups of 2.6-2.4Ga, 0.7-0.8Ga and 0.6-0.4Ga. The provenance of late Triassic strata may be derived from southern Yangtze and North China Block due to the collisions among the Indosina, South China and North China Blocks, whereas the Jurassic sediments may be partly derived from uplift erosion of Jiangnan Orogen due to intra-continental orogeny induced by pacific subduction towards Eurasia Plate. The tectothermal event occurred at ca. 1.1-0.8 Ga has long been attributed to the assembly or breakup of Yangtze and Cathaysia Blocks

  9. Textures and geochemistry of zircons in ODP holes 735B and 1105A, Atlantis Bank, SWIR

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    John, B. E.; Cheadle, M. J.; Rioux, M. E.; Wooden, J. L.; Baines, G.

    2012-12-01

    Zircon is a common accessory mineral in ocean crust, and an important chronometer for studying the timing and duration of crustal accretion. Here, we present a comprehensive textural/geochemical study of zircon in 25 samples from the length of ODP Hole 735B (1508m) and adjacent Hole 1105A (158m) at Atlantis Bank, South West Indian Ridge (SWIR). Two zircon-bearing rock suites include i) a dioritic suite comprising amphibole granodiorite, quartz diorite and diorite dikes/veins, and ii) a suite of oxide gabbro segregations/veins. Combined TIMS U/Pb dating (Rioux et al, this meeting) and SIMS REE and other trace element (TE) chemical analyses of these zircons provide constraints on the growth and thermal history of ocean crust, and melt evolution. Zircons from both drill holes vary in morphology, but are typically pristine, colorless euhedral to anhedral grains from ~50-1000 μm in the long dimension. Over 90% show weak sector zoning, and ~50% show oscillatory zoning in CL. Additional textures include: 1. resorbed rims in two dioritic veins; 2. high U rims in two additional dioritic veins; 3. internal resorption/recrystallization boundaries in one diorite dike and one oxide gabbro; 4. a sub-population of high U grains hosting mottled/spongy interiors, possibly indicative of disequilibrium/reaction, in one diorite dike; and 5. mineral/melt inclusions in zircons in most of the dioritic veins, and in ~50% of oxide gabbros. SIMS analyses of 390 zircons (>750 spot analyses) confirm that the zircons have TE concentrations (including U/Yb vs Hf) typical of those from ocean crust. U ranges from 800 ppm in zircons from the dioritic veins (mean 123 ppm), and 5 to >500 ppm in zircons from the oxide gabbros (mean 59 ppm). All analyzed zircons have steep positive REE slopes with distinct positive Ce and negative Eu anomalies (Ce/Ce* and Eu/Eu*), similar to other oceanic zircons. Zircons from dioritic veins are REE-enriched (ΣREE = 216-15670; mean 3000 ppm) and have significant

  10. New U-Pb zircon geochronology of the Choma-Kalomo Block (Zambia) and the Dete-Kamativi Inlier (Zimbabwe), with implications for the extent of the Zimbabwe Craton.

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    Glynn, Sarah; Wiedenbeck, Michael; Master, Sharad; Frei, Dirk

    2015-04-01

    The Choma-Kalomo Block is a north-east trending, Mesoproterozoic terrane located in southern Zambia. It is composed of as yet undated gneissic basement with a high-grade metamorphosed supracrustal metasedimentary sequence, which is intruded by hornblende granites and gneisses of the Choma-Kalomo Batholith, that is dated between ca. 1.37 and 1.18 Ga. Our new zircon U-Pb age data on metasedimentary rocks of the Choma-Kalomo Block identifies samples of different ages, with slightly different provenances. The oldest metasedimentary rock is a muscovite-biotite schist, which has only Palaeoproterozoic detrital zircons, the two age clusters around 2.03-2.02 Ga and 1.8-1.9 Ga, correspond to the ages of granitic intrusion, and metamorphism, in the Magondi Mobile Belt on the western side of the Archaean Zimbabwe Craton. The second sample is a garnetiferous paragneiss, which contains both Palaeoproterozoic (2.04 Ga), and Mesoproterozoic zircons, ca. 1.36 Ga, derived from the granites of the Choma-Kalomo Batholith. The third sample is a biotite-muscovite schist, in which the detrital zircon ages fall into four separate clusters: ca. 3.39 Ga, ca. 2.7-2.6 Ga, ca. 2.1-1.7 Ga (with a peak at ca. 1.18 Ga), and 1.55 - 1.28 Ga. The Archaean zircons in this sample are derived from the Zimbabwe Craton, while the Palaeoproterozoic samples come from the Magondi belt, and the youngest zircons come from both phases of the Choma-Kalomo Batholith. A possible connection between the Choma-Kalomo Block and the Dete-Kamativi Inlier - some 150 km to the south-east in western Zimbabwe - has been proposed on the basis of similarities in the nature of their Sn-Ta-muscovite pegmatite mineralisation. The Dete-Kamativi Inlier, which is part of the Magondi Mobile Belt, is a window into Palaeoproterozoic north-east trending belts of deformed and metamorphosed supracrustal rocks. By dating localities which we suspect form the basement to the surrounding younger sediments, along with selected pegmatites

  11. Discordance of the U Pb system in detrital zircons: Implication for provenance studies of sedimentary rocks

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    Nemchin, Alexander A.; Cawood, Peter A.

    2005-12-01

    Provenance studies involving U / Pb analysis of detrital zircons have become increasingly popular through the application of microanalytical techniques. Adopted one-dimensional methods for the presentation of detrital zircon data, such as probability density distribution plots, generally require various degrees of filtering of discordant analyses. However, a uniform approach for filtering does not exist, making comparison of data from different samples and sedimentary units, as well as different studies of detrital populations, extremely difficult. The problem is further complicated by the need to switch from 207Pb / 206Pb based ages to 206Pb / 238U ages when zircon populations within a sample show a range of ages from Archean to Proterozoic or even Phanerozoic. Ion probe analysis of multiple spots within a single zircon crystal and calculation of an internal isochron can potentially eliminate problems associated with discordance, but this is a time consuming approach. Comparison of internal isochron ages for zircons generated by multiple ion probe intra-grain zircon analyses from a sample of psammite within the Dalradian Supergroup of Scotland with a data set from the same sample based on single grain ion probe analysis using various filtering methods suggests good agreement between the two approaches particularly when filtering is based on the probability of concordance. However, when precise information is required, such as the age of the youngest zircon grains so as to accurately constrain the maximum depositional age of the strata, then multiple analyses of individual zircon grains may be required.

  12. Prediction of thermodynamic property of Pu-zircon and Pu-pyrochlore

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    Xu, Hulfang; Wang, Yifeng

    2000-07-01

    Due to its high durability, zircon is often present as a heavy mineral in natural environments and is the oldest mineral that has been dated on the earth. There are four zircon structure phases of M4+SiO4 occurring in nature: zircon (ZrSiO4), hafnon (HfSiO4), thorite (ThSiO4), and coffinite (USiO4). These phases may form solid solution. Recent interest in zircon minerals stems from the study of highly durable radioactive waste forms. Crystalline phases of M4+SiO4 with zircon structure have been proposed as a durable ceramic waste form for immobilizing actinides such as Pu, Np, and U. To predict the behavior of zircon-based waste forms in a geologic repository environment as well as to optimize the fabrication of those waste forms, the thermodynamic and kinetic properties for zircon mineral phases have to be determined. In this paper, we use a linear free energy relationship to predict the Gibbs free energies of formation of Pu-bearing phases (Xu et al., 1999). The calculated results show that the PuSiO4 phase with zircon structure is unstable with respect to oxides of PuO2 and quartz. However, the PuSiO4 phase will be stable with respect to oxides of PuO2 and silica glass at low temperature.

  13. Strontium zirconate as silicon and aluminum scavenger in yttria stabilized zirconia

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    Andersen, Thomas; Hansen, Karin Vels; Chorkendorff, Ib;

    2011-01-01

    Here we report on strontium zirconate as a getter for silicon dioxide and aluminum oxide in yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) single crystals for cleaning purposes. YSZ single crystals were covered with strontium zirconate powder and heat treated at 1450°C in water vapor. After treatment the YSZ...

  14. Extreme lithium isotopic fractionation in three zircon standards (Plešovice, Qinghu and Temora).

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    Gao, Yu-Ya; Li, Xian-Hua; Griffin, William L; Tang, Yan-Jie; Pearson, Norman J; Liu, Yu; Chu, Mei-Fei; Li, Qiu-Li; Tang, Guo-Qiang; O'Reilly, Suzanne Y

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    To understand the behavior of Li in zircon, we have analyzed the abundance and isotopic composition of Li in three zircon standards (Plešovice, Qinghu and Temora) widely used for microbeam analysis of U-Pb ages and O-Hf isotopes. We have mapped Li concentration ([Li]) on large grains, using a Cameca 1280HR Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS). All zircons have a rim 5-20 μm wide in which [Li] is 5 to 20 times higher than in the core. Up to ~20‰ isotopic fractionation is observed on a small scale in the rims of a single zircon grain. The measured δ(7)Li values range from -14.3 to 3.7‰ for Plešovice, -22.8 to 1.4‰ for Qinghu and -4.7 to 16.1‰ for Temora zircon. The [Li] and δ(7)Li are highly variable at the rims, but relatively homogenous in the cores of the grains. From zircon rim to core, [Li] decreases rapidly, while δ(7)Li increases, suggesting that the large isotopic variation of Li in zircons could be caused by diffusion. Our data demonstrate that homogeneous δ(7)Li in the cores of zircon can retain the original isotopic signatures of the magmas, while the bulk analysis of Li isotopes in mineral separates and in bulk-rock samples may produce misleading data. PMID:26594042

  15. Hydrothermal processing method of producing zirconia from Malaysia zircon

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    Zircon is the major source for zirconium and it is available in Malaysia as an associated mineral from the tin mining industry. Zirconium chemicals especially zirconia has found wide applications especially as advanced materials and in high technology industries. Production of high purity zirconia normally requires the used of very high temperature. Hydrothermal process provides an alternative to this aspect by incorporating low temperature technique. In this paper characteristics studies were performed on product obtained from this method to ascertain its crystalline phases, purity and also particle size. Study was also done to determine the effect of temperature on these characteristics. (Author)

  16. Characterization and microstructure of porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    B Praveenkumar; H H Kumar; D K Kharat

    2005-08-01

    Porous lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics are widely used because of their low acoustic impedance, high figure of merit and high hydrostatic sensitivity. In the present work, porous PZT ceramics were fabricated by incorporating polyethylene oxide (PEO) as pore-forming agent. Both PZT powder and PEO were mixed with a binder at different ratios and compaction was carried out. The samples were slowly heated to remove the pore-forming agent and binder without cracks, followed by controlled sintering and electrode forming. Samples were poled using corona poling technique. The ferroelectric properties and microstructure of the prepared ceramics were characterized. The correlation of porosity with microstructure and ferroelectric properties were discussed.

  17. Cosmogenic and nucleogenic ^3He in apatite, titanite, and zircon

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    Farley, K. A.; Libarkin, J.; Mukhopadhyay, S; Amidon, W.

    2006-01-01

    Cosmogenic ^3He was measured in apatite, titanite, and zircon and cosmogenic ^(21)Ne in quartz at 13 depth intervals in a 2.7-m long drill core in a Miocene ignimbrite from the Altiplano of Bolivia. All three ^3He depth profiles as well as the ^(21)Ne profile attenuate exponentially with depth, indicating that both of these isotopes are cosmogenic in origin with no significant contribution from other sources. The attenuation lengthscale for ^3He production of Λ = 180 ± 11 g/cm^2 is consistent...

  18. Microstructural and analytical analysis of plasma dissociated zircon

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    The investigation of the microstructure and distribution of impurities was carried out on plasma dissociated zircon (PDZ). The morphology of the PDZ and crystalline nature of the zirconia was determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) while energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) provided compositional information. The SEM and TEM results indicate that the morphology and crystalline nature of the zirconia varies as a result of the existence of a thermal gradient. The EDS results show that the majority of the impurities segregates to the silica phase of the PDZ.

  19. Teaching material for radiation education using zircon sand

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    In this paper, we introduced safe and inexpensive student experiment using zircon and containing a uranium series, as well as a similar experiment using several chemicals and foods containing potasium 40. In practice, our experiments were confirmed to be available in classes of Chemistry and/or Earth Science. It should be noted here that they are also expected to be useful in many places other than senior high school because they do not need any dangerous chemicals or special techniques, and can make younger students more interested in radioactivity in their environment. (J.P.N.)

  20. Lead zirconate titanate cantilever for noncontact atomic force microscopy

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    Miyahara, Y.; Fujii, T.; Watanabe, S.; Tonoli, A.; Carabelli, S.; Yamada, H.; Bleuler, H.

    1999-02-01

    Noncontact atomic force microscopy with frequency modulation detection is a promising technique for surface observation with true atomic resolution. The piezoelectric material itself can be an actuator and sensor of the oscillating probe simultaneously, without the need for additional electro-mechanical transducers or other measurement systems. A vertical resolution of 0.01 nm rms has been achieved using a microfabricated cantilever with lead zirconate titanate thin film in noncontact mode frequency modulation detection. The cantilever also has a sharpened pyramidal stylus with a radius of about 10 nm for noncontact atomic force microscopy.

  1. Colloidal stability of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate

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    Boschini, Frédéric; Rulmont, André; Cloots, Rudi; Moreno, R.

    2005-01-01

    In this article, the colloidal behaviour of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate is investigated. The variation of zeta-potential as a consequence of changing the pH and the concentration of an anionic polyelectrolyte is studied, the isoelectric point occurring at pH 5.3. The IEP shifts down on calcining the powder and also when anionic polyelectrolytes are added. Rheological studies have been made on suspensions prepared to a solids loading of 27 vol.% (72 wt.%). Optimum dispersing condit...

  2. Vertical zonality of fractionated granite plutons reflected in zircon chemistry

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    s. l : Universidad d Salamanca ; Escuela politécnica superior de Avila ; Universidad de Granada, 2011 - (Molina, J.; Scarrow, J.; Bea, F.; Montero, P.). s. 25-25 ISBN 978-84-694-5253-0. [Hutton Symposium on Granites and Related Rocks /7./. 04.07.2011-09.07.2011, Avila] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : zircon * granite geochemistry * granite zonality * Cínovec * Beauvoir Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy http://www.seventh-hutton.org/meeting/Abstracts,_posters,_Lithos_Special_Issue_files/abstracts_book_Hutton_ISBN.pdf

  3. Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of lead zirconate fine powders

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A rapid synthesis of lead zirconate fine powders by microwave-assisted hydrothermal technique is reported. The influences of type of lead precursor, concentration of potassium hydroxide mineraliser, applied microwave power and irradiation time are described. The synthesised powders were characterised by powder X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic microanalysis and light scattering technique. The merits of the microwave application in reducing reaction time and improving particle mono-dispersion and size uniformity as well as the drawbacks, viz. low purity of the desired phase and increasing demand of mineraliser, are discussed in relation to conventional heating method.

  4. Trace elements in zircon from rocks of the Katugin rare-metal deposit

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    Levashova, E. V.; Skublov, S. G.; Marin, Yu. B.; Lupashko, T. N.; Ilchenko, E. A.

    2015-12-01

    The Katugin deposit of economic Ta, Nb, Zr, U, REE, Y, and cryolite (Na3AlF6) ores is located in the Kalar district of the Chita region and classified as unique in Nb, Ta, and Y reserves hosted in rare-metal alkali granite. The distribution of trace elements (including REE) in zircon was studied for ore-bearing arfvedsonite-aegirine, biotite-riebeckite rocks, and zones of late recrystallization with nodular zircon clusters. The outer rims and marginal zones of zircon grains are depleted in almost all trace elements except for hafnium as compared with cores and central zones. Compositional features of zircon cores indicate their magmatic origin and do not prove metasomatic nature of the deposit. The similar REE patterns of zircon rims and cores, as well as other attributes assume postmagmatic or metamorphic origin of the rims.

  5. Phase quantification of mullite-zirconia and zircon commercial powders using PAC and XRD techniques

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    Rendtorff, Nicolas M.; Conconi, Maria S.; Aglietti, Esteban F. [Centro de Tecnologia de Recursos Minerales y Ceramica (CETMIC: CONICET-CIC) (Argentina); Chain, Cecilia Y.; Pasquevich, Alberto F. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departamento de Fisica, IFLP, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Argentina); Rivas, Patricia C. [CONICET (Argentina); Martinez, Jorge A., E-mail: toto@fisica.unlp.edu.ar; Caracoche, Maria C. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departamento de Fisica, IFLP, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Argentina)

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    The short range technique of the Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) and x-ray diffraction (Rietveld) methods have been employed to determine the phase content in commercial mullite-zirconia and zircon raw materials that are ordinarily used to produce ceramic materials. The PAC technique, which probes zirconium-containing compounds at nanoscopic level, showed that zircon contains crystalline ZrSiO{sub 4} and an important amount of a structurally distorted zircon, which is also observed accompanying monoclinic zirconia in mullite-zirconia. This particular zircon phase was not detected by the long range x-ray diffraction-Rietveld technique. After an annealing treatment, important changes in crystalline contents of the powders allow confirming, by the x-ray diffraction-Rietveld method, the preexistence of this particular zircon phase. This fact must be taken into account when preparing multicomposites based on the present raw materials.

  6. Partition coefficients of Hf, Zr, and REE between zircon, apatite, and liquid

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    Fujimaki, H.

    1986-01-01

    Concentration ratios of Hf, Zr, and REE between zircon, apatite, and liquid were determined for three igneous compositions: two andesites and a diorite. The concentration ratios of these elements between zircon and corresponding liquid can approximate the partition coefficient. Although the concentration ratios between apatite and andesite groundmass can be considered as partition coefficients, those for the apatite in the diorite may deviate from the partition coefficients. The HREE partition coefficients between zircon and liquid are very large (100 for Er to 500 for Lu), and the Hf partition coefficient is even larger. The REE partition coefficients between apatite and liquid are convex upward, and large (D=10-100), whereas the Hf and Zr partition coefficients are less than 1. The large differences between partition coefficients of Lu and Hf for zircon-liquid and for apatite-liquid are confirmed. These partition coefficients are useful for petrogenetic models involving zircon and apatite. ?? 1986 Springer-Verlag.

  7. Phase quantification of mullite–zirconia and zircon commercial powders using PAC and XRD techniques

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    The short range technique of the Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) and x-ray diffraction (Rietveld) methods have been employed to determine the phase content in commercial mullite–zirconia and zircon raw materials that are ordinarily used to produce ceramic materials. The PAC technique, which probes zirconium-containing compounds at nanoscopic level, showed that zircon contains crystalline ZrSiO4 and an important amount of a structurally distorted zircon, which is also observed accompanying monoclinic zirconia in mullite–zirconia. This particular zircon phase was not detected by the long range x-ray diffraction–Rietveld technique. After an annealing treatment, important changes in crystalline contents of the powders allow confirming, by the x-ray diffraction–Rietveld method, the preexistence of this particular zircon phase. This fact must be taken into account when preparing multicomposites based on the present raw materials.

  8. Single-zircon dating by stepwise Pb-evaporation constrains the Archean history of detrital zircons from the Jack Hills, Western Australia

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    Pb isotope analyses have been carried out on 42 zircon grains from a Western Australian metaconglomerate using stepwise Pb-evaporation directly in the ion source of a thermal ionization mass spectrometer. The metaconglomerate is from the Archean Jack Hills Metasedimentary Belt, and is known from ion microprobe (''SHRIMP'') analyses to contain a complex zircon population with ages between 4.2 Ga and 3.1 Ga. The same complex pattern of ages is found by the Pb evaporation studies. Five grains yielded minimum crystallization ages from 4.17 Ga to 4.07 Ga. The main population appears significantly younger, having been generated at about 3.55-3.3 Ga. The agreement between the two analytical approaches confirms the SHRIMP results and demonstrates the value of the stepwise-evaporation technique in determining the age patterns of mixing zircon populations. In many of the evaporative Pb isotope records the 207/206 ratios remained constant for all evaporation steps, which we interpret as evaporation from concordant zircon phases. However, for the majority of zircons 207/206 ratios increased with increasing evaporation temperature, and usually approached constant values during evaporation at the highest temperatures. This can be attributed to mixing of different radiogenic Pb components from either crystalline zircon phases of different ages or from domains of isotopically disturbed metamict zircon. Present results confirm > 4 Ga zircon ages in the metaconglomerate from the Hack Hills and substantiate formation of crust at a very early stage in the evolution of the earth. Results also confirm a major crust-forming event 3.55-3.3 Ga ago. (orig.)

  9. Kwangsian and Indosinian reworking of the eastern South China Block: Constraints on zircon U-Pb geochronology and metamorphism of amphibolites and granulites

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    Wang, Yuejun; Wu, Chunming; Zhang, Aimei; Fan, Weiming; Zhang, Yanhua; Zhang, Yuzhi; Peng, Touping; Yin, Changqin

    2012-10-01

    To constrain temporal-spatial patterns of the Kwangsian and Indosinian orogenic events and the Phanerozoic tectonic evolution of the eastern South China Block, this paper documents the zircon U-Pb geochronology of the high-grade metamorphic rocks for key outcrops in the eastern SCB and the P-T path for the Indosinian metamorphic amphibolites. Our data show that the representative amphibolites from the originally-defined Badou, Mayuan, Chencai, Zhoutan and Yunkai Groups and associated granulites yielded zircon U-Pb metamorphic ages of 428-468 Ma. The weighted mean ages of 221-246 Ma are also given by the metamorphic zircons from amphibolites and granulites in the Yunkai, Shiwandashan, northern Wuyi and southern Hunan regions. The two age groups are followed by the 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages of 406-438 Ma and 195-217 Ma for synkinematic minerals from major shear zones in the eastern South China Block, respectively. The age-spans of 406-468 Ma and 195-246 Ma roughly coincide with the formation time of the Kwangsian (396-462 Ma) and Indosinian (202-248 Ma) granites of the eastern South China Block, respectively. The strongly compressive deformation, metamorphism and granitic magmatism are roughly contemporaneous for the Kwangsian and Indosinian tectonothermal events in the eastern South China Block. They occurred over a similar spatial extent, only reaching westward to the Jiangnan-Xuefeng Domains across the Jiangshan-Shaoxing Fault. The amphibolites from Zhouyuan (SW Zhejiang Province) of the Cathaysia Block, which have the Indosinian zircon U-Pb metamorphic ages of 243-246 Ma, underwent three episodes of metamorphism (M1-M3) and yielded a near-isothermal decompression clockwise P-T path. In combination with other geological data, it is proposed that the ages of ca. 430 Ma and ca.230 Ma might be interpreted as the transformational time from the prograde- to retro-metamorphism for the Kwangsian and Indosinian events, respectively. The Kwangsian and Indosinian orogenic

  10. Resolving the age of Wilson Creek Formation tephras and the Mono Lake excursion using high-resolution SIMS dating of allanite and zircon rims

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    Vazquez, J. A.; Lidzbarski, M. I.

    2012-12-01

    Sediments of the Wilson Creek Formation surrounding Mono Lake preserve a high-resolution archive of glacial and pluvial responses along the eastern Sierra Nevada due to late Pleistocene climate change. An absolute chronology for the Wilson Creek stratigraphy is critical for correlating the paleoclimate record to other archives in the western U.S. and the North Atlantic region. However, multiple attempts to date the Wilson Creek stratigraphy using carbonates and interbedded rhyolitic tephras yield discordant 14C and 40Ar/39Ar results due to open-system effects, carbon reservoir uncertainties, as well as abundant xenocrysts entrained during eruption. Ion microprobe (SIMS) 238U-230Th dating of the final increments of crystallization recorded by allanite and zircon autocrysts from juvenile pyroclasts yields ages that effectively date eruption of key tephra beds and resolve age uncertainties about the Wilson Creek stratigraphy. To date the final several micrometers of crystal growth, individual allanite and zircon crystals were embedded in soft indium to allow sampling of unpolished rims. Isochron ages derived from rims on coexisting allanite and zircon (± glass) from hand-selected pumiceous pyroclasts delimit the timing of Wilson Creek sedimentation between Ashes 7 and 19 (numbering of Lajoie, 1968) to the interval between ca. 27 to ca. 62 ka. The interiors of individual allanite and zircon crystals sectioned in standard SIMS mounts yield model 238U-230Th ages that are mostly Mono Craters volcanism and/or intrusions. Tephra (Ash 15) erupted during the geomagnetic excursion originally designated the Mono Lake excursion yields a rim isochron age of ca. 41 ka indicating that the recorded event is instead the Laschamp excursion. The results are consistent with a depositional chronology from correlation of relative paleointensity (Zimmerman et al., 2006) that indicates quasi-synchronous glacial and hydrologic responses in the Sierra Nevada and Mono Basin to climate change

  11. DFT and two-dimensional correlation analysis methods for evaluating the Pu3+–Pu4+ electronic transition of plutonium-doped zircon

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    Highlights: • Effect of Pu f-shell electron on the electronic property of zircon is calculated via DFT and 2D-CA techniques. • Reasons of Pu f-shell electron influencing on electronic properties are systematically discussed. • Phase transitions are found at two point 2.8 mol% and 7.5 mol%. - Abstract: Understanding how plutonium (Pu) doping affects the crystalline zircon structure is very important for risk management. However, so far, there have been only a very limited number of reports of the quantitative simulation of the effects of the Pu charge and concentration on the phase transition. In this study, we used density functional theory (DFT), virtual crystal approximation (VCA), and two-dimensional correlation analysis (2D-CA) techniques to calculate the origins of the structural and electronic transitions of Zr1−cPucSiO4 over a wide range of Pu doping concentrations (c = 0–10 mol%). The calculations indicated that the low-angular-momentum Pu-fxy-shell electron excites an inner-shell O-2s2 orbital to create an oxygen defect (VO-s) below c = 2.8 mol%. This oxygen defect then captures a low-angular-momentum Zr-5p65s2 electron to form an sp hybrid orbital, which exhibits a stable phase structure. When c > 2.8 mol%, each accumulated VO-p defect captures a high-angular-momentum Zr-4dz electron and two Si-pz electrons to create delocalized Si4+ → Si2+ charge disproportionation. Therefore, we suggest that the optimal amount of Pu cannot exceed 7.5 mol% because of the formation of a mixture of ZrO8 polyhedral and SiO4 tetrahedral phases with the orientation (10-1). This study offers new perspective on the development of highly stable zircon-based solid solution materials

  12. Air abrasion experiments in U-Pb dating of zircon

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    Goldich, S.S.; Fischer, L.B.

    1986-01-01

    Air abrasion of zircon grains can remove metamict material that has lost radiogenic Pb and zircon overgrowths that were added during younger events and thereby improve the precision of the age measurements and permit closer estimates of the original age. Age discordance that resulted from a single disturbance of the U-Pb isotopic decay systems, as had been demonstrated by T.E. Krogh, can be considerably reduced, and, under favorable conditions, the ages brought into concordancy. Two or more events complicate the U-Pb systematics, but a series of abrasion experiments can be helpful in deciphering the geologic history and in arriving at a useful interpretation of the probable times of origin and disturbances. In east-central Minnesota, U.S.A., Penokean tonalite gneiss is dated at 1869 ?? 5 Ma, and sheared granite gneiss is shown to have been a high-level granite intrusion at 1982 ?? 5 Ma in the McGrath Gneiss precursor. Tonalite gneiss and a mafic granodiorite in the Rainy Lake area, Ontario, Canada, are dated at 2736 ?? 16 and 2682 ?? 4 Ma, respectively. The tonalitic phase of the Morton Gneiss, southwestern Minnesota, is dated at 3662 ?? 42 Ma. ?? 1986.

  13. Zircons reveal magma fluxes in the Earth's crust.

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    Caricchi, Luca; Simpson, Guy; Schaltegger, Urs

    2014-07-24

    Magma fluxes regulate the planetary thermal budget, the growth of continents and the frequency and magnitude of volcanic eruptions, and play a part in the genesis and size of magmatic ore deposits. However, because a large fraction of the magma produced on the Earth does not erupt at the surface, determinations of magma fluxes are rare and this compromises our ability to establish a link between global heat transfer and large-scale geological processes. Here we show that age distributions of zircons, a mineral often present in crustal magmatic rocks, in combination with thermal modelling, provide an accurate means of retrieving magma fluxes. The characteristics of zircon age populations vary significantly and systematically as a function of the flux and total volume of magma accumulated in the Earth's crust. Our approach produces results that are consistent with independent determinations of magma fluxes and volumes of magmatic systems. Analysis of existing age population data sets using our method suggests that porphyry-type deposits, plutons and large eruptions each require magma input over different timescales at different characteristic average fluxes. We anticipate that more extensive and complete magma flux data sets will serve to clarify the control that the global heat flux exerts on the frequency of geological events such as volcanic eruptions, and to determine the main factors controlling the distribution of resources on our planet. PMID:25056063

  14. Significance of zircon trace element geochemistry, the Shihu gold deposit,western Hebei Province, North China

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    CAO Ye; LI Shengrong; ZHANG Huafeng; LIU Xiaobin; LI Zhenzhen; AO Chong; YAO Meijuan

    2011-01-01

    The Shihu gold deposit is characterized by gold-bearing quartz-polymetallic sulfides and quartz veins. Both Mapeng granitoids batholith and intermediate-basic dikes intruded the metamorphic basement rocks, and are spatially associated with gold mineralization. Trace element abundances in zircons from the Shihu gold deposit, determined by laser-ablation microprobe ICPMS analysis, are sensitive to source rock type and crystallization environment. Concentrations of 21 trace elements were determined for zircons from granitoid rocks, diorites,quartz diorite porphyrites and gold-bearing quartz veins revealed some elemental characteristics and chondrite-normalized trace element patterns from different samples. There were no distinctive differences in REE concentrations of zircons from plutonic rocks and quartz veins, indicating that they probably had the same origin. Relatively flat chondrite-normalized REE patterns with (Yb/Sm)N ratios less than 60 characterized zircons from quartz diorite porphyrites and quartz veins. The highest Nb/Ta ratios were found in zircons from quartz diorite porphyrites, whereas the lowest ratios were found in quartz vein zircons. The Nb/Ta ratios were broadly correlated with HREE+Y contents, and had weak positive correlations with the depth of the Eu negative anomalies. High values U up to 0.4% and Th up to 0.1%, as well as positive correlations with REE+Y characterized zircons from quartz vein. The lowest Th/U ratios of zircons present in quartz veins reflected the relatively high concentration of U in hydrothermal fluid, and high Pb concentrations only typified quartz vein grains relatively enriched in U and Th.Zircons from quartz diorite porphyrites showed the most pronounced Ce anomalies, whereas weak Ce anomalies were typical of zircons from quartz veins, in which Eu/Eu* of zircons had a broadly negative correlation with Ce/Ce*. Trace element geochemistry of zircons from mineralized quartz veins and plutonic rocks confirmed that the

  15. Oxidation of zirconium diboride-silicon carbide ceramics under an oxygen partial pressure of 200 Pa: Formation of zircon

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    The formation and evolution of zircon during oxidation of ZrB2-20 vol.% SiC ceramics under a low oxygen partial pressure of 200 Pa is studied. The formation mechanism of zircon is proposed according to experimental results and thermodynamic consideration. And the main reason to the formation of zircon can be attributed to the active oxidation of SiC. Two steps can be divided for the formation and evolution of zircon: (1) nucleation from silica glass; and (2) crystal growth into prism like particles. Furthermore, the emergence of zircon significantly improves the oxidation resistance performance.

  16. U-Pb (LA-ICPMS) zircon ages and Nd isotopes for granitoids of the Tamboril-Santa Quiteria Complex, Ceara Central Domain: implication for neoproterozoic syncollisional magmatism in north Borborema Province, Brazil

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    Costa, Felipe Grandjean da; Araujo, Carlos Eduardo Ganade de; Vasconcelos, Antonio Maurilio, E-mail: felipe.costa@cprm.gov.br, E-mail: caegeo@gmail.com, E-mail: maurilio.vasconcelos@cprm.gov.br [Servico Geologico do Brasil (CPRM), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil); Amaral, Wagner da Silva, E-mail: wamaral@ufc.br [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Departamento de Geologia; Rodrigues, Joseneusa Brilhante, E-mail: joseneusa.rodrigues@cprm.gov.br [Servico Geologico do Brasil (CPRM), Brasilia, DF (Brazil)

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    The Tamboril-Santa Quiteria Complex (TSQC) is one of the largest Neoproterozoic plutonic manifestations in the north Borborema Province (NE Brazil). It represents an anatectic/igneous association characterized by a number of magmatic pulses that occurred in the 650-610 Ma interval. In this paper, we present U-Pb (LA-MC-ICP-MS) zircon ages and Nd isotopes for quartz monzonite and quartz diorites of the southern part of TSQC. The quartz monzonite belong to a hybrid granitoid association, including monzonite, syenites and quartz syenites, all with abundant mafic magmatic enclaves. A quartz monzonite sample yielded a U-Pb zircon age of 634 {+-} 10 Ma and a TDM age of 2.69 Ga. The quartz diorites are much more homogeneous in composition and yielded a U-Pb zircon age of 618 {+-} 23 Ma and a TDM age of 2.19 Ga. The presence of coeval mantle-derived magmatism and diatexites (crustal anatexis) post-dating high-pressure metamorphism (ca. 650 Ma), and together with high-temperature metamorphism (ca. 630-610 Ma), suggests that this large magmatic manifestation evolved in a collisional setting, probably related to slab break off during the Western Gondwana amalgamation. (author)

  17. U-Pb (LA-ICPMS zircon ages and Nd isotopes for granitoids of the Tamboril-Santa Quitéria Complex, Ceará Central Domain: implication for neoproterozoic syncollisional magmatism in north Borborema Province

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    Full Text Available The Tamboril-Santa Quitéria Complex (TSQC is one of the largest Neoproterozoic plutonic manifestations in the northBorborema Province (NE Brazil. It represents an anatectic/igneous association characterized by a number of magmaticpulses that occurred in the 650-610 Ma interval. In this paper, we present U-Pb (LA-MC-ICP-MS zircon ages and Ndisotopes for quartz monzonites and quartz diorites of the southern part of TSQC. The quartz monzonites belong to a hybridgranitoid association, including monzonites, syenites and quartz syenites, all with abundant mafic magmatic enclaves.A quartz monzonite sample yielded a U-Pb zircon age of 634 ± 10 Ma and a TDM age of 2.69 Ga. The quartz diorites aremuch more homogeneous in composition and yielded a U-Pb zircon age of 618 ± 23 Ma and a TDM age of 2.19 Ga. Thepresence of coeval mantle-derived magmatism and diatexites (crustal anatexis post-dating high-pressure metamorphism(ca. 650 Ma, and together with high-temperature metamorphism (ca. 630-610 Ma, suggests that this large magmatic manifestationevolved in a collisional setting, probably related to slab breakoff during the Western Gondwana amalgamation.

  18. U-Pb (LA-ICPMS) zircon ages and Nd isotopes for granitoids of the Tamboril-Santa Quiteria Complex, Ceara Central Domain: implication for neoproterozoic syncollisional magmatism in north Borborema Province, Brazil

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    The Tamboril-Santa Quiteria Complex (TSQC) is one of the largest Neoproterozoic plutonic manifestations in the north Borborema Province (NE Brazil). It represents an anatectic/igneous association characterized by a number of magmatic pulses that occurred in the 650-610 Ma interval. In this paper, we present U-Pb (LA-MC-ICP-MS) zircon ages and Nd isotopes for quartz monzonite and quartz diorites of the southern part of TSQC. The quartz monzonite belong to a hybrid granitoid association, including monzonite, syenites and quartz syenites, all with abundant mafic magmatic enclaves. A quartz monzonite sample yielded a U-Pb zircon age of 634 ± 10 Ma and a TDM age of 2.69 Ga. The quartz diorites are much more homogeneous in composition and yielded a U-Pb zircon age of 618 ± 23 Ma and a TDM age of 2.19 Ga. The presence of coeval mantle-derived magmatism and diatexites (crustal anatexis) post-dating high-pressure metamorphism (ca. 650 Ma), and together with high-temperature metamorphism (ca. 630-610 Ma), suggests that this large magmatic manifestation evolved in a collisional setting, probably related to slab break off during the Western Gondwana amalgamation. (author)

  19. Two Trends of Composition Variation of Zircons and Their Significance in Origin Discrimination

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    Bao, Xuezhao

    1995-01-01

    Zircon can crystallize in a wide range of physical and chemical conditions. At the same time, it has very high stability and durability. Therefore zircon can grow and survive in a variety of geological processes. In addition, the diffusivity of chemical compositions in its crystal is very low. Consequently, we can trace back the evolution history of the planetary materials containing zircon by zircon U-Th-Pb geochronology and geochemistry studies. However, this depends on our ability to decipher its genesis,namely magmatic or metamorphic origins. In this paper, we have found that there are obvious differences between magmatic and metamorphic zircons in their chemical composition zonations. The magmatic zircons exhibit composition zonation of increasing HfO2, and (UO2 + ThO2) content and decreasing ZrO2/HfO2 ratio and ZrO2 content from inner to outer parts within each growth zone or from core to rim of a crysta1. The metamorphic zircons exhibit compositional variation trend opposite to that of magmatic (igneou...

  20. Surface characteristics and bioactivity of a novel natural HA/zircon nanocomposite coated on dental implants.

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    Karamian, Ebrahim; Khandan, Amirsalar; Motamedi, Mahmood Reza Kalantar; Mirmohammadi, Hesam

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    The surface characteristics of implant which influence the speed and strength of osseointegration include surface chemistry, crystal structure and crystallinity, roughness, strain hardening, and presence of impurities. The aim of this study was to evaluate the bioactivity and roughness of a novel natural hydroxyapatite/zircon (NHA/zircon) nanobiocomposite, coated on 316L stainless steel (SS) soaked in simulated body fluid (SBF). NHA/zircon nanobiocomposite was fabricated with 0 wt.%, 5 wt.%, 10 wt.%, and 15 wt.% of zircon in NHA using ball mill for 20 minutes. The composite mixture was coated on 316L SS using plasma spray method. The results are estimated using the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation to evaluate surface morphology, X-ray diffraction (XRD) to analyze phase composition, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) technique to evaluate the shape and size of prepared NHA. Surfaces roughness tester was performed to characterize the coated nanocomposite samples. The maximum average R a (14.54 μm) was found in the NHA 10 wt.% of zircon coating. In addition, crystallinity (X c ) was measured by XRD data, which indicated the minimum value (X c = 41.1%) for the sample containing 10 wt.% of zircon. Maximum bioactivity occurred in the sample containing 10 wt.% of zircon, which was due to two reasons: first, the maximum roughness and, second, the minimum crystallinity of nanobiocomposite coating. PMID:24822204

  1. Zircon synthesis via sintering of milled SiO2 and ZrO2

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    The formation of zircon (ZrSiO4) via sintering of milled SiO2 and ZrO2 powders was studied, and the effects of slurry vs dry milling, sintering time, and particle size on zircon yield were examined. It was found that very high zircon yields could be obtained via slurry milling, cold pressing, and sintering of the oxide precursors. The controlling factor in determining zircon yield was found to be the particle size of the SiO2 and ZrO2 powders. Zircon yield as a function of sintering time was examined, and found to be similar to previous studies in which sol-gel precursors seeded with zircon were used. SEM studies reveal a homogeneous product with particle sizes on the order of 1--5 microm. It was found that complete reaction to zircon can be achieved from a once-through milling, pressing, and sintering process of SiO2-ZrO2 powders

  2. Growth of the Tuolumne Batholith: Zircon Crystallization Temperature, Age and Trace Element Data

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    Matzel, J.; Miller, J.; Mundil, R.; Wooden, J.; Mazdab, F.; Burgess, S.; Paterson, S.; Memeti, V.

    2007-12-01

    Deciphering the intrusive record of magma systems is essential to understanding the links between surface volcanism and the long-term storage and evolution of magma reservoirs. Here we use age and geochemical data from zircon crystals to track mixing between different parts of the Tuolumne Batholith (Sierra Nevada, California). U-Pb zircon TIMS analyses from all locations examined in the batholith exhibit appreciable dispersion of single crystal or crystal fragment ages (several 105 yrs to 1x106 yrs) and, in addition, display distinctly older ages that likely represent zircon crystals entrained from older parts of the Tuolumne magmatic system. Since techniques aimed at eliminating Pb loss (and thus age scatter) have been employed prior to analysis, we interpret the age dispersion to reflect real variation in the timing of zircon crystallization. Two samples that show a high degree of age dispersion (> 1 Myr) were selected for trace element analysis and Ti- in zircon geothermometry by SHRIMP-RG. Crystallization temperatures ranged from 780-640°C and averaged 695°C (aTiO2 0.75 based on presence of titanite). No clear correlation exists between crystal age and temperature, and in most cases, the temperatures from crystal centers are within uncertainty of the temperatures at the rims. Trace element ratios vary systematically with temperature (e.g. decreasing Th/U ratio with decreasing T) and are attributed to fractionation, although neither sample represents strongly fractionated melt. Low total Zr indicates that the magmas were initially undersaturated in zircon when emplaced, which is also consistent with late zircon crystallization. Combined evidence from TIMS age analyses, geothermometry and trace element data suggests that entrainment of zircon from older parts of the magmatic system occurred late in the history of the batholith, and recycling of zircon crystals during successive magmatic injections is compatible with progressive growth of a large, long

  3. New insights into Arctic paleogeography and tectonics from U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology

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    Miller, E.L.; Toro, J.; Gehrels, G.; Amato, J.M.; Prokopiev, A.; Tuchkova, M.I.; Akinin, V.V.; Dumitru, T.A.; Moore, T.E.; Cecile, M.P.

    2006-01-01

    To test existing models for the formation of the Amerasian Basin, detrital zircon suites from 12 samples of Triassic sandstone from the circum-Arctic region were dated by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The northern Verkhoyansk (NE Russia) has Permo-Carboniferous (265-320 Ma) and Cambro-Silurian (410-505 Ma) zircon populations derived via river systems from the active Baikal Mountain region along the southern Siberian craton. Chukotka, Wrangel Island (Russia), and the Lisburne Hills (western Alaska) also have Permo-Carboniferous (280-330 Ma) and late Precambrian-Silurian (420-580 Ma) zircons in addition to Permo-Triassic (235-265 Ma), Devonian (340-390 Ma), and late Precambrian (1000-1300 Ma) zircons. These ages suggest at least partial derivation from the Taimyr, Siberian Trap, and/ or east Urals regions of Arctic Russia. The northerly derived Ivishak Formation (Sadlerochit Mountains, Alaska) and Pat Bay Formation (Sverdrup Basin, Canada) are dominated by Cambrian-latest Precambrian (500-600 Ma) and 445-490 Ma zircons. Permo-Carboniferous and Permo-Triassic zircons are absent. The Bjorne Formation (Sverdrup Basin), derived from the south, differs from other samples studied with mostly 1130-1240 Ma and older Precambrian zircons in addition to 430-470 Ma zircons. The most popular tectonic model for the origin of the Amerasian Basin involves counterclockwise rotation of the Arctic Alaska-Chukotka microplate away from the Canadian Arctic margin. The detrital zircon data suggest that the Chukotka part of the microplate originated closer to the Taimyr and Verkhoyansk, east of the Polar Urals of Russia, and not from the Canadian Arctic. Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.

  4. Extreme lithium isotopic fractionation in three zircon standards (Plešovice, Qinghu and Temora)

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    Yu-Ya Gao; Xian-Hua Li; Griffin, William L.; Yan-Jie Tang; Norman J. Pearson; Yu Liu; Mei-Fei Chu; Qiu-Li Li; Guo-Qiang Tang; O’Reilly, Suzanne Y.

    2015-01-01

    To understand the behavior of Li in zircon, we have analyzed the abundance and isotopic composition of Li in three zircon standards (Plešovice, Qinghu and Temora) widely used for microbeam analysis of U-Pb ages and O-Hf isotopes. We have mapped Li concentration ([Li]) on large grains, using a Cameca 1280HR Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS). All zircons have a rim 5–20 μm wide in which [Li] is 5 to 20 times higher than in the core. Up to ~20‰ isotopic fractionation is observed on a small ...

  5. Natural radionuclides in zircon and related radiological impacts in mineral separation plants

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    The activity concentration of uranium and thorium present in zircon obtained from mineral sand industries are presented. External gamma radiation levels and inhalation of airborne dust are found to be the significant routes of radiation exposure to occupational workers. The annual average dose attributed to zircon processing is estimated to be 2.3 mSv in the plants under study. This paper presents the results of external gamma measurements, estimation of airborne radioactivity in zircon process locations and radon and thoron in the occupational environment of two mineral separation plants in India. Analyses of the solid wastes and liquid effluent generated and resultant environmental impacts are indicated. (authors)

  6. Annealing of natural metamict zircons: II high degree of radiation damage

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    Colombo, M

    1998-01-01

    In situ time-dependent high-temperature X-ray powder diffraction was used to study the amorphous to crystalline transition in natural zircons which are characterized by a high degree of radiation damage. It was possible to distinguish two stages of the annealing process: (i) the recovery of the heavily disturbed but still crystalline domains and (ii) the recrystallization of the amorphous regions. The first stage is very fast under the chosen experimental conditions and, at least apparently, is not thermally activated. The second stage is a diffusion-controlled process, whose products (zircon or zircon and zirconia phases) are strongly correlated to the annealing temperature.

  7. A precise UPb zircon age for the Archaean Pongola Supergroup volcanics in Swaziland

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    Hegner, E.; Kroner, A.; Hunt, P.

    1994-01-01

    UPb dating of single abraded zircon grains from a Pongola Supergroup rhyodacite sample collected in southern Swaziland yields a crystallization age of 2985??1 Ma. This date is significantly older than our previously reported UPb age determined on highly discordant and unabraded zircons from the same sample. The new zircon age indicates that the formation of the Pongola volcanics occurred not much later than the emplacement of the youngest granitoids thought to be broadly coeval with the Dominion Group (Robb et al., 1991), and before deposition of the Lower West Rand Group (Barton et al., 1989). ?? 1994.

  8. Effect of α-damage on fission-track annealing in zircon

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    Kasuya, Masao; Naeser, Charles W.

    1988-01-01

    The thermal stability of confined fission-track lengths in four zircon samples having different spontaneous track densities (i.e., different amounts of ??-damage) has been studied by one-hour isochronal annealing experiments. The thermal stability of spontaneous track lengths is independent of initial spontaneous track density. The thermal stability of induced track lengths in pre-annealed zircon, however, is significantly higher than that of spontaneous track lengths. The results indicate that the presence of ??-damage lowers the thermal stability of fission-tracks in zircon.

  9. Cation antisite disorder in uranium-doped gadolinium zirconate pyrochlores

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    The incorporation of uranium into gadolinium zirconate (Gd2Zr2O7) is investigated by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy. The results suggest that the uranium cation is largely located on the pyrochlore B-site instead of the targeted A-site. Cation disorder in Gd2Zr2O7 and U-doped Gd2Zr2O7 is investigated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) which demonstrates the absence of cation vacancies in these systems. This work provides direct evidence for cation antisite (A- and B-site mixing) disorder in U-doped and off-stoichiometric Gd2Zr2O7 pyrochlore

  10. Ferroelastic domain switching fatigue in lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    The influence of the frequency and amplitude of cyclic mechanical loading on soft, tetragonal lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics was investigated via neutron diffraction. Intensity change in the {2 0 0} reflections provided quantitative measurements of domain switching behavior, domain texture and the strain resulting from domain switching. The results are explained using a viscoelasticity model. It was found that the magnitude of applied stress affects the level of strain accumulated, while its frequency affects the time taken for the strain to reach saturation. Furthermore, markedly different behaviors are exhibited by poled and unpoled samples. For samples loaded under identical conditions, the frequency effect is more pronounced in unpoled samples and the accumulated ferroelastic strain is greater in poled samples

  11. Detrital Zircons U-Pb Age and Hf Isotope from the Western Side of the Taiwan Strait: Implications for Sediment Provenance and Crustal Evolution of the Northeast Cathaysia Block

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    Full Text Available In situ detrital zircons U-Pb and Hf isotope analyses from the Min and Jiulong River of Southeast China were carried out to identify sediment provenance and crustal evolution of the northeast Cathaysia Block. Detrital zircons from both rivers displayed similar spectrum peaks at 236, 155, and 110 Ma, but samples from the Min River displayed a distinct Caledonian peak (ca. 460 Ma and contained more Precambrian particles (ca. 1.8 Ga, which likely stemmed from the upstream area of the Wuyishan terrain. Interestingly, because Taiwan Island cannot supply Caledonian and Paleoproterozoic detrital materials and because the Ou and Jiulong River also lack components from these two populations, it is highly likely that the sediment in the western Taiwan coast partially originates from the Min River. The sediments from the Min River in Fujian are also considered the most likely source of the beach sands of western Taiwan (Chen et al. 2006. However, we stress that the ~1.8 Ga age source in the western Taiwan sediments was found and recognized. Combining U-Pb dating and Hf-isotope suggests that the northeast Cathaysia Block contains some Neoarchean detrital zircons, which derived from the incorporation of juvenile mantle materials and re-melting of ancient crustal substances. The wide ranges of εHf(t value in the Paleoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic demonstrate the re-melting of ancient crustal materials with minor juvenile mantle materials. Phanerozoic zircons stemmed from re-melting and recycling of Proterozoic crustal materials with or without the invasion of juvenile mantle-derived magmas.

  12. Positron annihilation lifetime study of radiation-damaged natural zircons

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    Roberts, J.; Gaugliardo, P.; Farnan, I.; Zhang, M.; Vance, E. R.; Davis, J.; Karatchevtseva, I.; Knott, R. B.; Mudie, S.; Buckman, S. J.; Sullivan, J. P.

    2016-04-01

    Zircons are a well-known candidate waste form for actinides and their radiation damage behaviour has been widely studied by a range of techniques. In this study, well-characterised natural single crystal zircons have been studied using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS). In some, but not all, of the crystals that had incurred at least half of the alpha-event damage of ∼1019 α/g required to render them structurally amorphous, PALS spectra displayed long lifetimes corresponding to voids of ∼0.5 nm in diameter. The long lifetimes corresponded to expectations from published Small-Angle X-ray Scattering data on similar samples. However, the non-observation by PALS of such voids in some of the heavily damaged samples may reflect large size variations among the voids such that no singular size can be distinguished or. Characterisation of a range of samples was also performed using scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption spectroscopy, Raman scattering and X-ray scattering/diffraction, with the degree of alpha damage being inferred mainly from the Raman technique and X-ray diffraction. The observed void diameters and intensities of the long lifetime components were changed somewhat by annealing at 700 °C; annealing at 1200 °C removed the voids entirely. The voids themselves may derive from He gas bubbles or voids created by the inclusion of small quantities of organic and hydrous matter, notwithstanding the observation that no voidage was evidenced by PALS in two samples containing hydrous and organic matter.

  13. Preparation of lead titanate zirconate from metal citrates

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    Lead titanate zirconate (PZT) preparation from its metal constituent citrates have been investigated. Metal citrates were obtained by forced precipitation using a dehydration alcohol mixture. Salt solutions of lead nitrate and octahydrated zirconyl chloride, and titanium tetrachloride were treated separately with citric acid and ammonium hydroxide. Zirconium, titanium and lead oxides resulted from thermal decomposition of corresponding citrates at 5000 C, 4500 C and 2500 C, respectively. Lead titanate (PT) and lead zirconate (P Z) were obtained by calcining at 4500 C and 5000 C, respectively, after adequate heating of citrates mechanically mixed in ethyl ether. PZT samples were obtained with different starting stoichiometry. Rhombohedral PZT-1 53/47 sample was prepared from co precipitating zirconyl ammonium and ammonium lead citrates in presence of ethanolic titanium oxide dispersion, and calcinating at 8000 C. Rhombohedral PZT-q 52/48 sample was obtained from heating at 5000 C for 2 hours a mixture of metal citrates coprecipitated by dehydration mixture of acetone-ethanol-formic acid (2:1:0,06). Tetragonal PZT-m stoichiometry 53/47 sample were obtained by calcining at after 6000 C for 2 hours after heating a mechanically mixed metal citrates. PT phase arose at 4000 C. PZT-m powders obtained in a range of 4000 C-8000 C were isostatically pressed, and sintered at 11000 C and 12000 C in saturated Pb O atmosphere. Rhombohedral sintered PZT was obtained with 7,78 g.cm-3 at 12000 C. (author). 123 refs, 53 figs, 32 tabs

  14. Thermal shock behavior of zircon-mullite dense composites

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    Many refractory ceramics are submitted to severe thermomechanical conditions when they are used in service. Good behavior of the material under sharp temperature changes (or thermal cycles) is commonly known as thermal shock resistance (TSR). Ceramics are polycrystalline and fissures can easily begin in them. The presence of interphases can introduce big variations in the mechanism of propagation. The microstructure is another characteristic that should be controlled to reduce the damage caused by the rigorous conditions that characterize these processes. Zircon-mullite materials do not escape this problem and in most of their applications they will be submitted to abrupt temperature changes and in many cases the resistance to the thermal shock limits their use. This study investigated the behavior of zircon-mullite ceramics obtained by direct sintering, using pieces consolidated by plaster mold casting of concentrated aqueous suspensions. The degree of damage after the thermal shock was evaluated using the variation of the Elasticity (E) module. The E modules of the sintered pieces were measured by the impulse excitation technique. The influence of the severity of the thermal shock was determined as well as the number of thermal cycles (N). The refractory materials were observed to behave in a typical manner. The critical value of the temperature difference (ΔTc) of these materials remained at 200oto 400oC .The behaviors of the evolution of the E with ΔT of E with N were mathematically modeled. There are several theoretical models of resistance to thermal shock (R, R''' y Rst), and the experimental behavior of these materials was compared with the predictions of these models (au)

  15. Petrogenesis of keratophyes in the Pingshui Group,Zhejiang: Constraints from zircon U-Pb ages and Hf isotopes

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    CHEN ZhiHong; XING GuangFu; GUO KungaYi; DONG YongGuan; CHEN Rong; ZENG Yong; LI LongMing; HE ZhengYu; ZHAO Ling

    2009-01-01

    Zircon LA-ICP-MS U-Pb ages and Hf isotopic as well as whole-rock geochemical data are reported for keratophyes in the Pingshui Group, Zhejiang. The results are used to discuss their petrogenesis and geological significance. The keratophyes were dated at 904±8 to 906±10 Ma. These intermediate-felsic rocks are characterized by high LREE contents end depletion of HREE and HFSE (e.g., Nb, Ta, Ti, P), resembling arc-derived rocks. The keratophyes exhibit positive εHf(t) values of 8.6 to 15.4, consistent with their εNd(t) values of 6.4 to 7.9 but far away from those of crust-derived rocks. Such features indicate that they were likely originated from prompt reworking of juvenile crust by arc-continent collision during the early-Neoproterozoic assembly between the Cathaysia and Yangtze Blocks. Combining with their Hf model ages, we suggest that there may exist not only remarkable growth of juvenile crust at ca.1.3-1.1 Ga but also production of juvenile arc-derived crust along the southeastern margin of the Yangtze Block (e.g., the Pingshui area) at ca.1.0-0.9 Ga.

  16. Study on roasting process of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould

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    Zhang Yeming

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Dry stock of silica sol ceramic mould was prepared by using of colloidal moulding technique with an optimized vacuum drying process. Effect of roasting process on the shrinkage rate and compressive strength of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould, and the relationship between the roasting temperature and microstructure of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould were studied. The optimum roasting temperature of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould gained by the experiments is 900℃ and the holding time is 2 h. The scanning electron microscope (SEM observation showed the growth of refractory particles during the roasting process. The occurrence of sintering was observed in the zircon-silica sol ceramic mould when roasting temperature was above 1,000℃.

  17. U–Pb zircon provenance of Moldanubian metasediments in the Bohemian Massif

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    Košler, J.; Konopásek, J.; Sláma, Jiří; Vrána, S.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 171, č. 1 (2014), s. 83-95. ISSN 0016-7649 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : zircon * metasediments * Bohemian Massif Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry Impact factor: 2.639, year: 2014

  18. The effect of temperature and damage energy on amorphization in zircon

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    Several groups have irradiated single crystals of synthetic and natural zircon (ZrSiO4) with a wide range of ions (from He to Bi) over a wide range of temperatures. The results of these studies show that amorphization in zircon is controlled by a variety of parameters and is a more complex process than previously thought. The critical dose for amorphization increases with temperature, similar to other materials. However, the critical displacement dose (in dpa) for amorphization is significantly higher at lower temperatures (below 500 K) for very heavy ions, such as Pb and Bi. This unusual dependence on the damage energy density has not been observed previously in other materials. Possible explanations for this behavior in terms of amorphization mechanisms are discussed. In addition, there is a significant difference in the temperature dependence of the critical dose in synthetic and natural zircons, which suggests that the impurities in natural zircons may affect the kinetics of recovery processes

  19. Structural analysis of a completely amorphous 238Pu-doped zircon by neutron diffraction

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    The structure of a completely amorphous zircon was determined by time-of-flight neutron diffraction at Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS). The sample of metamict zircon (ZrSiO4),initially doped to 8.85 weight percent 238Pi, had been completely amorphized by alpha-recoil damage since its synthesis in 1981 at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The measured diffraction structure factor, S(Q), indicated a completely amorphous sample, with no signs of residual zircon microcrystallinity. The pair distribution function obtained indicated that the structure was that of an oxide glass, retaining the Si-0, Zr-0, and O-O bond lengths of crystalline zircon

  20. Computational study of tetravalent uranium and plutonium lattice diffusion in zircon

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    Empirical potentials have been established for zircon (ZrSiO4), uranium dioxide (UO2) and plutonium dioxide (PuO2) with the pair interactions U-O and Pu-O being transferable to zircon. The quality of the potentials obtained is tested by calculating different physical properties of these oxides and comparing to the experimental values. The transferability to zircon of the two body short range interactions, U-O and Pu-O, is tested by calculating the cell volume variation of orthosilicates ASiO4 (A=Zr,U,Pu) with respect to the contained A4+ ionic radius. Using the established force field and applying static transition state theory, we calculate the activation energies for lattice diffusion of uranium and plutonium in zircon. The corresponding diffusion coefficients are estimated and compared to recent experimental data. (orig.)

  1. Structural analysis of a completely amorphous 238Pu-doped zircon by neutron diffraction

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    The structure of a completely amorphous zircon was determined by time-of-flight neutron diffraction at Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS). The sample of metamict zircon (ZrSiO4), initially doped to 8.85 wt.% 238Pu, had been completely amorphized by alpha-recoil damage since its synthesis in 1981 at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The measured diffraction structure factor, S(Q), indicated a completely amorphous sample, with no signs of residual zircon micro-crystallinity. The pair distribution function obtained indicated that the structure was that of an oxide glass, retaining the Si-O, Zr-O, and O-O bond lengths of crystalline zircon

  2. New natural zircon standard for laser ablation ICP-MS U-Pb geochronology

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    Sláma, Jiří; Košler, J.; Schaltegger, U.; Tubrett, M.; Gutjahr, M.

    Amherst : I C P Information Newsletter, Inc, 2006 - (Barnes, R.). --- [2006 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry. 09.01.2006-14.01.2006, Tucson] Keywords : zircon * ICP-MS * U-Pb dating * reference material Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry

  3. Dating Archean zircon by ion microprobe: New light on an old problem

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    Williams, I. S.; Kinny, P. D.; Black, L. P.; Compston, W.; Froude, D. O.; Ireland, T. R.

    1985-01-01

    Ion microprobe analysis of zircons from three sites (Watersmeet Dome in northern Michigan, Mount Sones in eastern Antarctica, and Mount Narryer in western Australia) is discussed. Implications of the results to Archean geochronology and early Earth crust composition are addressed.

  4. Detrital zircon age populations from the Moine Supergroup, Scotland, and their implications for tectonic evolution

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    Kindgren, Kelly; Steltenpohl, Mark; Strachan, Rob; Law, Rick; Cawood, Peter; Schwartz, Joshua

    2016-04-01

    U-Pb detrital zircon age populations determined by LA-SF-ICPMS analysis (California State University - Northridge) from the Neoproterozoic Moine Supergroup, northern Scotland, provide important insights into its depositional age and nature of source. U-Pb detrital zircon ages for 100 grains from the stratigraphically lowest recognized unit of the Moine Supergroup, the Morar Group (sample KMK-MT-07), were analyzed and 80 were less than 10% discordant. KMK-MT-07 has a broad major peak at 1640 Ma (52.5% of grains in sample create this peak). This major peak is skewed by a secondary hump at 1196 Ma (accounting for 21.3% of all grains). There are two minor peaks at 2618 Ma (3.8%) and 3200 Ma (3.8%). A major trough occurs between 1280 Ma and 1500 Ma (6.3%) and a minor trough appears between 1750 Ma and 2000 Ma (12.5%). Sixty-five grains from the stratigraphically highest unit of the Moine succession, the Loch Eil Group (sample RS-IS-47), yielded ages ranging from 1843 to 885 Ma. Forty-four grains were less than 10% discordant and reveal a major peak at 1726 Ma (63.6% of all grains) and a secondary peak at 1263 Ma (9%). A minor peak occurs between 1050 Ma and 1106 Ma (4.5%) and a minor cluster occurs between 1835 Ma and 1845 Ma (4.5%). The two youngest concordant or near concordant grains have ages of 885 Ma. Troughs occur between 1300 Ma and 1500 Ma (13.6%). The youngest grain within the Loch Eil data set, ca. 885 Ma, which in combination with a previously reported age of ca. 870 Ma for the West Highland Granitic Gneiss that intrudes the group, constrains the depositional age of at least the upper parts of the Moine Supergroup to a 15 Ma period in the early Neoproterozoic. The overall age range of detrital grains in the two samples is indicative of derivation from the Laurentian foreland to the south of Scotland (i.e., NE Canada/Labrador). However, the contrasting distribution of specific age peaks between the upper and lower units of the Moine Supergroup, as well as the

  5. Li zoning in zircon as a potential geospeedometer and peak temperature indicator

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    Trail, Dustin; Cherniak, Daniele J.; Watson, E. Bruce; Harrison, T. Mark; Weiss, Benjamin P.; Szumila, Ian

    2016-03-01

    Zircon Li concentrations and δ7Li values may potentially trace crustal recycling because continental and mantle-derived zircons yield distinct values. The usefulness of these differences may depend upon the retentivity of zircon to Li concentrations and isotopic ratios. Given the relatively high Li diffusivities measured by Cherniak and Watson (Contrib Mineral Petrol 160: 383-390, 2010), we sought to discover the scenarios under which Li mobility might be inhibited by charge-compensating cations. Toward this end, we conducted "in" diffusion experiments in which Li depth profiles of synthetic Lu-doped, P-doped, and undoped zircon were determined by nuclear reaction analysis. In separate experiments, Li was ion-implanted at depth within polished natural zircon slabs to form a Gaussian Li concentration profile. Diffusively relaxed concentration profiles were measured after heating the slabs to determine diffusivities. In all experiments, which ranged from 920 to 650 °C, calculated diffusivities are in agreement with a previously established Arrhenius relationship calibrated on trace-element-poor Mud Tank zircon. Our revised Arrhenius relationship that includes both datasets is: D_{Li} = 9.60 × 10^{ - 7} exp [ {{ - 278 ± 8{{kJ}/{mol}^{ - 1} }}{RT}} ]{m}^{ 2} {{s}}^{ - 1} We also observed that synthetic sector-zoned zircon exhibits near-step-function Li concentration profiles across sectors that correlate with changes in the rare earth element (REE) and P concentrations. This allowed us to examine how Li diffusion might couple with REE diffusion in a manner different than that described above. In particular, re-heating these grains revealed significant Li migration, but no detectable migration of the rare earth elements. Thus, unlike most elements in zircon which are not mobile at the micrometer scale under most time-temperature paths in the crust, Li zoning, relaxation of zoning, or lack of zoning altogether could be used to reveal time-temperature information

  6. Provenance of zircon of the lowermost sedimentary cover, Estonia, East-European Craton

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    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available Bulk and accessory mineral composition of fresh and weathered crystalline rocks, and sedimentary deposits overlying the crystalline-sedimentary unconformity have been examined in core samples from 28 drill holes in Estonia. Before the Late Vendian to Early Cambrian regional subsidence and sedimentation, the region represented a flat plateau within the Svecofennian Domain. Palaeo-and Mesoproterozoic crystalline rocks, regardless their different initial mineral composition, subcrop under the Upper Vendian/Lower Cambrian sedimentary cover as usually intensely weathered rocks (saprolites composed of residual quartz, altered micas and prevailing clay minerals mainly of the kaolinite group. Thus, the bulk mineral composition of any basement crystalline rocks imparts no specific inherited rock-forming minerals into the covering sedimentary rocks. From the variety of accessory and opaque minerals of crystalline rocks, only zircon populations survived in saprolites. Crystalline rocks of different origin yield different zircons. Relationships between the zircon typology of the basement rocks having specific areas of distribution and the sedimentary rocks immediately overlying those crystalline rocks were the main subject of this study. The result is that siliciclastic sedimentary rocks covering weathered crystalline rocks only in places inherited zircons with typological features characteristic of specific basement areas. In northeastern Estonia, local lenses of the Oru Member (the earliest Upper Vendian sedimentary rocks in Estonia resembling the debris of weathered crystalline rocks yield accessory zircon which in a 1-2 m thick layer above the basement surface is similar to the zircons of the underlying weathering mantle of certain crystalline rocks. In the next unit, the Moldova Member, up to 43 m above the basement surface, a mixture of zircons resembling those of various local basement rocks has been found. Further upwards, in the Vendian and Lower

  7. Re-Os molybdenite ages and zircon Hf isotopes of the Gangjiang porphyry Cu-Mo deposit in the Tibetan Orogen

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    Leng, Cheng-Biao; Zhang, Xing-Chun; Zhong, Hong; Hu, Rui-Zhong; Zhou, Wei-De; Li, Chao

    2013-06-01

    The Miocene porphyry Cu-(Mo) deposits in the Gangdese orogenic belt in southern Tibet were formed in a post-subduction collisional setting. They are closely related to the Miocene adakite-like porphyries which were probably derived from a thickened basaltic lower crust. Furthermore, mantle components have been considered to have played a crucial role in formation of these porphyry deposits (Hou et al. Ore Geol Rev 36: 25-51, 2009; Miner Deposita doi:10.1007/s00126-012-0415-6, 2012). In this study, we present zircon Hf isotopes and molybdenite Re-Os ages on the newly discovered Gangjiang porphyry Cu-Mo deposit in southern Tibet to constrain the magma source of the intrusions and the timing of mineralization. The Gangjiang porphyry Cu-Mo deposit is located in the Nimu ore field in the central Gangdese porphyry deposits belt, southern Tibet. The copper and molybdenum mineralization occur mainly as disseminations and veins in the overlapped part of the potassic and phyllic alteration zones, and are predominantly hosted in the quartz monzonite stock and in contact with the rhyodacite porphyry stock. SIMS zircon U-Pb dating of the pre-mineral quartz monzonite stock and late intra-mineral rhyodacite porphyry yielded ages of 14.73 ± 0.13 Ma (2 σ) and 12.01 ± 0.29 Ma (2 σ), respectively. These results indicate that the magmatism could have lasted as long as about 2.7 Ma for the Gangjiang deposit. The newly obtained Re-Os model ages vary from 12.51 ± 0.19 Ma (2 σ) to 12.85 ± 0.18 Ma (2 σ) for four molybdenite samples. These Re-Os ages are roughly coincident with the rhyodacite porphyry U-Pb zircon age, and indicate a relatively short-lived episode of ore deposition (ca. 0.3 Ma). In situ Hf isotopic analyses on zircons by using LA-MC-ICP-MS indicate that the ɛ Hf( t) values of zircons from a quartz monzonite sample vary from +2.25 to +4.57 with an average of +3.33, while zircons from a rhyodacite porphyry sample vary from +5.53 to +7.81 with an average of +6.64. The

  8. Zircon geochronology of intrusive rocks from Cap de Creus, eastern Pyrenees

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    Druguet, Elena; de Castro, Antonio; Chichorro, Martim; Pereira, M. Francisco; Fernandez, Carlos

    2014-01-01

    New petrological and U–Pb zircon geochronological information has been obtained from intrusive plutonic rocks and migmatites from the Cap de Creus massif (Eastern Pyrenees) in order to constrain the timing of the thermal and tectonic evolution of this northeasternmost segment of Iberia during late Palaeozoic time. Zircons from a deformed syntectonic quartz diorite from the northern Cap de Creus Tudela migmatitic complex yield a mean age of 298.8±3.8 Ma. A syntectonic granodiori...

  9. Provenance variations in the Late Paleozoic accretionary complex of central Chile as indicated by detrital zircons

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    Hervé, F.; Calderón, M.; Fanning, C. M.; Pankhurst, R.J.; Godoy, E.

    2013-01-01

    We present detrital zircon UPb SHRIMP age patterns for the central segment (34–42°S) of an extensive accretionary complex along coastal Chile together with ages for some relevant igneous rocks. The complex consists of a basally accreted high pressure/low temperature Western Series outboard of a frontally accreted Eastern Series that was overprinted by high temperature/low pressure metamorphism. Eleven new SHRIMP detrital zircon age patterns have been obtained for meta-turbidites from the cent...

  10. Late Pleistocene granodiorite source for recycled zircon and phenocrysts in rhyodacite lava at Crater Lake, Oregon

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    Bacon, C.R.; Lowenstern, J. B.

    2005-01-01

    Rhyodacite tephra and three lavas erupted ???27 ka, interpreted to be early leaks from the climactic magma chamber of Mount Mazama, contain ubiquitous resorbed crystals (antecrysts) that were recycled from young granodiorite and related plutonic rocks of the same magmatic system. The shallow composite pluton is represented by blocks ejected in the 7.7-ka climactic eruption that formed Crater Lake caldera. Plagioclase crystals in both rhyodacite and granodiorites commonly have cores with crystallographically oriented Fe-oxide needles exsolved at subsolidus conditions. At least 80% of plagioclase crystals in the rhyodacite are antecrysts derived from plutonic rocks. Other crystals in the rhyodacite, notably zircon, also were recycled. SIMS 238U- 230Th dating indicates that zircons in 4 granodiorite blocks crystallized at various times between ???20 ka and ???300 ka with concentrations of analyses near 50-70, ???110, and ???200 ka that correspond to periods of dacitic volcanism dated by K- Ar. U-Th ages of zircon from a rhyodacite sample yield similar results. No analyzed zircons from the granodiorite or rhyodacite are pre-Quaternary. Zircon minimum ages in blocks from different locations around the caldera reflect ages of nearby volcanic vents and may map the distribution of intrusions within a composite pluton. Survival of zircon in zircon-undersaturated hydrous magma and of Fe-oxide needles in plagioclase suggests that little time elapsed from entrainment of antecrysts to the ???27-ka eruption of the rhyodacite. The ???27-ka rhyodacite is an example of young silicic magma that preserved unstable antecrysts from a known source early during growth of a large high-level magma chamber. In contrast, the voluminous 7.7-ka climactic rhyodacite pumice is virtually lacking in zircon, indicating dissolution of any granodioritic debris in the intervening period. Mineralogical evidence of assimilation may be destroyed in hot, vigorously growing silicic magma bodies such as

  11. Lithofacies control in detrital zircon provenance studies: Insights from the Cretaceous Methow basin, southern Canadian Cordillera

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    DeGraaff-Surpless, K.; Mahoney, J.B.; Wooden, J.L.; McWilliams, M.O.

    2003-01-01

    High-frequency sampling for detrital zircon analysis can provide a detailed record of fine-scale basin evolution by revealing the temporal and spatial variability of detrital zircon ages within clastic sedimentary successions. This investigation employed detailed sampling of two sedimentary successions in the Methow/Methow-Tyaughton basin of the southern Canadian Cordillera to characterize the heterogeneity of detrital zircon signatures within single lithofacies and assess the applicability of detrital zircon analysis in distinguishing fine-scale provenance changes not apparent in lithologic analysis of the strata. The Methow/Methow-Tyaughton basin contains two distinct stratigraphic sequences of middle Albian to Santonian clastic sedimentary rocks: submarine-fan deposits of the Harts Pass Formation/Jackass Mountain Group and fluvial deposits of the Winthrop Formation. Although both stratigraphic sequences displayed consistent ranges in detrital zircon ages on a broad scale, detailed sampling within each succession revealed heterogeneity in the detrital zircon age distributions that was systematic and predictable in the turbidite succession but unpredictable in the fluvial succession. These results suggest that a high-density sampling approach permits interpretation of finescale changes within a lithologically uniform turbiditic sedimentary succession, but heterogeneity within fluvial systems may be too large and unpredictable to permit accurate fine-scale characterization of the evolution of source regions. The robust composite detrital zircon age signature developed for these two successions permits comparison of the Methow/Methow-Tyaughton basin age signature with known plutonic source-rock ages from major plutonic belts throughout the Cretaceous North American margin. The Methow/Methow-Tyaughton basin detrital zircon age signature matches best with source regions in the southern Canadian Cordillera, requiring that the basin developed in close proximity to the

  12. The transport of bulk quantities of naturally occurring radioactive materials - with the focus on zircon sand

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    Zircon is a naturally occurring silicate of zirconium, which is used, in large quantities (∼ 1 million tons per annum) for its refractory properties and its extreme chemical inertness. All zircons contain uranium and thorium bound into the crystal lattice, generally at levels up to 500 ppm of uranium plus thorium. This paper focuses on one aspect of the zircon industry - the ability to safely transport large quantities of the zircon sand. Currently zircon is not classified as a radioactive material for transport purposes. However this is because of a factor used in the exemption clauses of the IAEA Code on safe transport of radioactive materials. The objective of this study was to determine the validity of this factor, and was submitted as part of an IAEA CRP. The study is based primarily on measured rather than modeled data and covers the transport of large quantities of zircon from producers in South Africa to customers in Europe. Both occupational exposure of workers and exposure of members of the public have been considered. The transport routes studied cover rail, road, ocean going ship and inland barge transport of unpackaged bulk products. The study showed that the most exposed member of the public would receive 10μSv/annum, whilst the most exposed worker would receive 144μSv/ annum of exposure. It is concluded that these levels are well below all regulatory limits for such activities involving naturally occurring materials. The study also showed that normal operational exposures are higher than those in accident scenarios, a feature which does not occur with higher activity materials. It is further concluded that the study validates the use of the factor of 10 in TS-R-1, as applied to zircon sand. Additionally it is also concluded that the exemption currently applied to the transportation of bulk zircon sand is valid. (author)

  13. Effects of weathering on the UPb ages of zircon from the Morton Gneiss, Minnesota

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    Stern, T.W.; Goldich, S.S.; Newell, M.F.

    1966-01-01

    Weathering has caused large losses of lead from the zircon in the residual clay derived from the Morton Gneiss of southwestern Minnesota, drastically reducing the 206Pb/238U and the 207Pb/235U ages. The 207Pb/206Pb age probably has not been significantly affected. Loss of lead by leaching during weathering has not been adequately considered in explanation of discordant ages of zircon. ?? 1966.

  14. Thermoluminescence of ZrSiO4 (zircon): A new dating method?

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    Es, H.J. van; Vainshtein, D.I.; Rozendaal, A.; Donoghue, J. F.; Meijer, R.J.; Hartog, H.W. den

    2002-01-01

    Zircon appears to be a suitable medium for thermoluminescence (TL) dating of sediments from the Quaternary. TL of zircon results predominantly from internal irradiation, due to the relatively high internal concentrations of α-emitting U and Th. The internal dose predominates over the external one that is caused by the surrounding geological layers and cosmic rays. Measurement of the TL buildup forms the basis for the development of a geochronometer, to measure the time elapsed since burial of...

  15. U-Pb ages in meta-rhyolite zircon from Arai Group and associated granites

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    Geochronology results by V-Pb method in zircon of granite rocks from staniferous province of Goias and rhyolite Arai groups are revealed. Two distinct episode of acid magmatism in Paleo-and Meso proterozoic are presented. V-Pb data in zircon from Sucuri and Soledade granites of the province from Parana River with ages of higher intercepted are also defined. This ages are consider mistakes, similar the V-Pb age of a rhyolite from Arai group. (author)

  16. SHRIMP Age of Exotic Zircons in the Mengyin Kimberlite, Shandong, and Their Formation

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    2005-01-01

    Due to various courses of formation of zircons from kimberlites, different kinds of zircons can provide useful information about the mantle and the crystallization of kimberlites. We chose 9 typical ones out of 33 zircons from the Shengli-1 kimberlite pipe in Mengyin County, Shandong Province to study their ages and formation by means of SHRIMP,CL, Raman spectroscopy, etc. The result shows that the 207pb/206Pb ages of many zircons vary from 2567±13 Ma to 2636±42 Ma, which are close to the age of Archaean granitoid (2457.3±47 Ma) in the study area. The contents of U and Th in the samples are higher than those of zircons crystallized in kimberlite and vary from 89 to 398 ppm as well as from 10 to 283 ppm. Color zones are obvious in these samples under the CL. The inclusions are composed of feldspar, quartz, apatite,etc. The above results show that the zircon samples came from the crust of the earth, which means that the kimberlite magmas are contaminated by crustal substances. The position where a great deal of volatile escapes and even explodes during rapid rise of magmas is located at the boundary of the ancient basement and the Precambrian stratum.

  17. Detrital zircon ages in Buller and Takaka terranes, New Zealand : constraints on early Zealandia history

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    Detrital zircon ages are presented for 34 early Palaeozoic sandstones from Buller and Takaka terranes, New Zealand, and formerly adjacent parts of Australia-Antarctica. The Buller-Takaka datasets always have two major groups: Ordovician-late Neoproterozoic, 444-700 Ma (but mainly 540-700 Ma), termed 'Gondwana Assembly' (GA), and early Neoproterozoic-Mesoproterozoic, 700-1600 Ma (but mainly 900-1200 Ma), termed 'Rodinia Assembly' (RA). In both terranes, significant age components within these groups are strikingly similar and also have RA/GA ratios, 0.6-1.8. The Cambrian volcanic arc of the Takaka Terrane has contributed little to the zircon patterns. Proportions of Late Cambrian-Early Ordovician zircons, characteristic of granitoid sources in the Ross-Delamerian Orogen are low. The zircons are predominantly reworked with contemporary zircons only evident in a few Buller datasets. The zircon patterns suggest that two major sources (late Mesoproterozoic and late Neoproterozoic), enduring over 120 Ma, were widely distributed and it is postulated they form Precambrian basement beneath southern Zealandia. (author).

  18. Diversity in early crustal evolution: 4100 Ma zircons in the Cathaysia Block of southern China.

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    Xing, Guang-Fu; Wang, Xiao-Lei; Wan, Yusheng; Chen, Zhi-Hong; Jiang, Yang; Kitajima, Kouki; Ushikubo, Takayuki; Gopon, Phillip

    2014-01-01

    Zircons are crucial to understanding the first 500 Myr of crustal evolution of Earth. Very few zircons of this age (>4050 Ma) have been found other than from a ~300 km diameter domain of the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia. Here we report SIMS U-Pb and O isotope ratios and trace element analyses for two ~4100 Ma detrital zircons from a Paleozoic quartzite at the Longquan area of the Cathaysia Block. One zircon ((207)Pb/(206)Pb age of 4127 ± 4 Ma) shows normal oscillatory zonation and constant oxygen isotope ratios (δ(18)O = 5.8 to 6.0‰). The other zircon grain has a ~4100 Ma magmatic core surrounded by a ~4070 Ma metamorphic mantle. The magmatic core has elevated δ(18)O (7.2 ± 0.2‰), high titanium concentration (53 ± 3.4 ppm) and a positive cerium anomaly, yielding anomalously high calculated oxygen fugacity (FMQ + 5) and a high crystallization temperature (910°C). These results are unique among Hadean zircons and suggest a granitoid source generated from dry remelting of partly oxidizing supracrustal sediments altered by surface waters. The ~4100 Ma dry melting and subsequent ~4070 Ma metamorphism provide new evidence for the diversity of the Earth's earliest crust. PMID:24888297

  19. Comparison of thermal stability between internal and external surfaces of zircon

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    F-T ages were measured for both internal and external surfaces of zircon crystals in quartz-diorite samples obtained from central Japan. These data suggested that ages tightly cluster around 3.8 Ma for internal surfaces and around 7.4 Ma for external surfaces. This age discrepancy can be experimentally elucidated by thermal stability difference in internal and external surfaces of zircon. To establish a comparison of thermal stability between internal and external surfaces of zircon, 1 h annealing experiments for spontaneous and induced fission tracks on both surfaces of zircon were undertaken in this study. At temperatures between 200oC and 800oC, the density of spontaneous and induced fission tracks is reduced on both internal and external surfaces. This reduction, however, takes place at lower temperatures on internal surfaces of zircon. This suggests that external surface is more stable with respect to thermal influences and that fission track closure temperatures vary from internal to external surfaces of zircon. (Author)

  20. Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy characterizations of fission track method datable zircon grains.

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    Resende, Rosana Silveira; Sáenz, Carlos Alberto Tello; Curvo, Eduardo Augusto Campos; Constantino, Carlos José Leopoldo; Aroca, Ricardo F; Nakasuga, Wagner Massayuki

    2014-01-01

    Spectroscopic and morphological studies, designed to improve our understanding of the physicochemical phenomena that occur during zircon crystallization, are presented. The zircon fission track method (ZFTM) is used routinely in various laboratories around the world; however, there are some methodological difficulties needing attention. Depending on the surface fission track density observed under an optical microscope, the zircon grain surfaces are classified as homogeneous, heterogeneous, hybrid, or anomalous. In this study, zircon grain surfaces are characterized using complementary techniques such as optical microscopy (OM), micro-Raman spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), both before and after chemical etching. Our results suggest that anomalous grains have subfamilies and that etching anisotropy related to heterogeneous grains is due to different crystallographic faces within the same polished surface that cannot be observed under an optical microscope. The improved methodology was used to determine the zircon fission track ages of samples collected from the Bauru Group located in the north of Paraná Basin, Brazil. A total of 514 zircon grains were analyzed, consisting of 10% homogeneous, about 10% heterogeneous, about 20% hybrid, and 60% anomalous grains. These results show that the age distributions obtained for homogeneous, heterogeneous, and hybrid grains are both statistically and geologically compatible. PMID:25014598

  1. Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured CaZrO{sub 3} and BaZrO{sub 3}

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    Ibiapino, Amanda Laura; Figueiredo, Laysa Pires de [Departamento de Quimica, Instituto de Ciencias Exatas e da Terra, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso, MT (Brazil); Lascalea, Gustavo E. [LISAMEN/CONICET, Ciudad de Mendoza (Argentina); Prado, Rogerio Junqueira, E-mail: rjprado@ufmt.br [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso, Cuiaba - MT (Brazil)

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    In this work, nanostructured samples of barium zirconate (BaZrO{sub 3}) and calcium zirconate (CaZrO{sub 3}) were synthesized by the gel-combustion method, using glycine as fuel. The ceramic powders were calcined at 550 Degree-Sign C for 2 h and subsequently heat treated at 1350 Degree-Sign C for 10 min (fast-firing). The X-ray diffraction technique was employed to identify and characterize the crystalline phases present in the synthesized powders, using the Rietveld method. Monophasic nanostructured samples of BaZrO{sub 3} and CaZrO{sub 3} presenting average crystallite sizes of around 8.5 and 10.3 nm, respectively, were found after fast-firing. (author)

  2. Role of mantle-derived magma in genesis of early Yanshanian granites in the Nanling Range, South China: in situ zircon Hf-O isotopic constraints

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    2009-01-01

    Although a number of petrographic observations and isotopic data suggest that magma mixing is common in genesis of many granite plutons, it is still controversial whether the mantle-derived magmas were involved in granites. We carried out in this study a systematic analysis of in situ zircon Hf-O isotopes for three early Yanshanian intrusions dated at ca. 160 Ma from the Nanling Range of Southeast China. The Qinghu monzonite has very homogeneous zircon Hf-O isotopic compositions, εHf(t) =11.6±0.3 and δ18O=5.4‰±0.3‰. In combination with whole-rock geochemical and Sr-Nd isotopic data, the parental magma of the Qinghu monzonite were likely derived from the partial melting of recently-metasomatized, phlogopite-bearing lithospheric mantle without appreciable crustal contamination. The Lisong and Fogang granites and the mafic microgranular enclaves (MME) within the Lisong granites have a wide range of zircon Hf-O isotopic compositions, with Hf and O isotopes being negatively correlated within each pluton. The Lisong MMEs were crystallized from a mantle-derived magma, similar to the parental magma of the Qinghu monzonite, with small amount of crustal assimilation. The Lisong and Fogang granites were formed by reworking of meta-sedimentary materials by mantle-derived magmas and mixing of the mantle-and sediment-derived melts to varying degrees. It is thus concluded that these two Yanshanian granites in the Nanling Range were formed associated with growth and differentiation of continental crust.

  3. Compilation of U-Pb zircon data from the Willyama Supergroup, Broken Hill region, Australia: evidence for three tectonostratigraphic successions and four magmatic events?

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    The Willyama Supergroup of the Broken Hill region in southern Australia consists of supracrustal sedimentary and magmatic rocks, formed between 1810 and 1600 Ma. A statistical analysis of nearly 2000 SHRIMP U-Pb zircon spot ages, compiled from published and unpublished sources, provides evidence for three distinct tectonostratigraphic successions and four magmatic events during this interval. Succession 1 includes Redan Geophysical Zone gneisses and the lower part of the Thackaringa Group (Cues Formation). These rocks were deposited after 1810 Ma and host granite sills of the first magmatic event (1710-1700 Ma). Succession 2 includes the upper Thackaringa Group (Himalaya Formation), the Broken Hill Group and the Sundown Group and was deposited between 1710 and 1660 Ma. These rocks all contain detrital zircons from the first magmatic event (1710-1700 Ma) and in some cases from the second magmatic event (1690-1680 Ma). The second magmatic event (1690-1680 Ma) was bimodal, resulted from crustal extension, and was coeval with deposition of the Broken Hill Group and deepening of the basin. With this event a mafic sill swarm focused in the Broken Hill Domain. Mafic sills lack any trace of inheritance, unlike the granitoids that commonly contain inherited zircons typical of the supracrustal sediments. Succession 3, the Paragon Group and equivalents were deposited after 1660 Ma, but before a regional metamorphic event at 1600 Ma. Metamorphism was closely followed by inversion of the succession into a fold-and-thrust belt, accompanied by a fourth late to post-orogenic magmatic event (ca 1580 Ma) characterised by granite intrusion and regional acid volcanism (the local equivalents of the Gawler Range Volcanics in South Australia). Copyright (2002) Geological Society of Australia

  4. Tracking the growth of plutons: the contribution of high-precision U-Pb zircon dating

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    Full text: A growing body of high-precision U-Pb data from magmatic zircon indicates that plutons grow over timescales of 105-106 years. A complex interplay of processes - including accumulation of melt batches from lower and middle crustal levels, crystallization, remelting of solidified crystal mushes, mixing and mingling, transfer of pheno- and xenocrysts between melt portions, and many more - results in equally complicated pluton structures and rock textures. The use of (202Pb-) 205Pb-233U-235U tracer solutions in U-Pb dating of magmatic zircon can lead to a precision of 0.1 % in the 206Pb/238U age of an individual zircon analysis, and to as low as 0.02 % for a weighted mean of 6-10 coeval analyses. Such uncertainty is well within the time interval of zircon crystallization and residence in intermediate and acid magmatic liquids and allows resolution of incremental accumulation of melt batches in plutons. We demonstrate that we can achieve sub-permil precisions with MSWD values of around 1 on weighted mean dates by analyzing simultaneously precipitated zircon from H2O-enriched residual liquids within zircon-undersaturated basalt. Any age variation in granitoid rocks beyond this analytical spread is therefore considered real age dispersion, leading to an array of non-equivalent, analytically concordant points (within decay constant uncertainty). The reasons for such age dispersion may be the following: incorporation of antecrystic zircon from earlier magma batches of the same magmatic system, which have crystallized 104 to 105 years earlier; protracted zircon crystallization within a single batch of magma during its ascent and emplacement; presence of smallest xenocrystic cores in the analyzed zircons which contain a small proportion of older lead; minor degrees of unresolved lead loss that lead to slightly young ages. Though Pb-loss can largely be avoided by applying chemical abrasion prior to analysis, its effects are difficult to rule out completely

  5. Zircon U-Pb And Biotite 40Ar/39Ar Ages Of Kohistan Lower Crustal Tonalite And Their Implications For The History Of Continental Collision

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    Nakajima, T.; Williams, I. S.; Hyodo, H.; Miyazaki, K.; Sano, S.; Kausar, A. B.

    2002-12-01

    The Kohistan block in northern Pakistan exposes a crustal cross section through an ancient oceanic island arc, comprising garnet pyroxenite, garnet granulite, banded amphibolite, norite gabbro, metasediment and metavolcanics. The Dasu Tonalite intrudes the lower crustal Kamila Amphibolite. The tonalite is foliated and folded concordantly with the host amphibolite, indicating syn-tectonic intrusion, and contains abundant magmatic epidotes, indicating high-P crystallization. The Dasu Tonalite is extremely poor in K2O (0.6-0.9 wt.% for SiO2 64-70%) and has a low initial 87Sr/86Sr (0.7037-0.7038, similar to the associated lower crustal amphibolite and granulite), consistent with juvenile granitic magma free of contamination by recycled upper crust. The Dasu Tonalite gave SHRIMP zircon U-Pb ages of 97.6+/-1.0 Ma and 98.0+/-1.1 Ma on two samples, and biotite 40Ar/39Ar ages of 69.7+/-0.7 Ma and 69.7+/-0.9 Ma. The euhedral shape and lack of overgrowth or resorption features in CL images of the zircons suggest a simple magmatic history starting at ca. 98 Ma with no evidence for a later major thermal event. The large discrepancy between the U-Pb and Ar-Ar ages might record the deep crustal residence time of the Dasu Tonalite. The tonalite magma was probably generated and crystallized at ca. 98 Ma, then remained in the lower crust at a temperature of about 700C (which is given by geothermometry of the intercalating Kamila amphibolite), cooling down to ca.300C at 69.7Ma. 69.7Ma is a cooling age during the process of exhumation of the Kohistan arc caused by the Indian collision.

  6. Investigation of single crystal zircon, (Zr,Pu)SiO4 doped with Pu

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    Hanchar, J. M.; Burakov, B. E.; Anderson, E. B.; Zamoryanskaya, M. V.

    2003-04-01

    Zircon-based ceramics are under consideration as durable waste forms for immobilization of weapons grade plutonium and other actinide elements. Samples of polycrystalline zircon doped with 238Pu and 239Pu have been obtained in previous studies. These materials, however, are difficult to use for precise measurement of the leach-rate of Pu, and to accurately determine the level of Pu doping that can be attained in zircon, (Zr,Pu)SiO_4. Single crystals of 238Pu doped zircon (ranging from 0.3 to 3.5 mm in size) were successfully grown for the first time ever using a Li-Mo flux synthesis method. The incorporation of Pu ranged from 1.9 to 4.7 wt. % el. (with approximately 81 wt.% of 238Pu isotope) based on electron microprobe analysis. The zircon crystals were pinkish-brown when they were crystallized, and then over a period of five months changed to a brown color. After fourteen months the crystals turned to a brown-gray color. The zircon crystals glow in the dark probably from alpha particle induced luminescence. The intensity of the cathodoluminescence (CL) emission in the Pu doped crystals is correlated with the Pu content, and the CL emission showed no change 141 days after the initial CL measurements were made. Single crystal X-ray diffraction results obtained 141 days after synthesis indicate unit cell parameters (in angstroms): a = 6.6267(15), c = 5.9992(10) and a cell volume of 263.41(10). When the zircon crystals were grown, they were free of cracks. Over the course of five months cracks appeared throughout the crystals, and after fourteen months the cracks became much more abundant. The zircon crystals were transparent upon crystallization, and even with numerous cracks throughout the crystals remain transparent. Radiation damage calculations indicate that after only a short period of time, six months, these zircon crystals had already accumulated significant alpha-induced radiation damage (˜2.5 x1014 alpha-decay events per milligram). After five years they

  7. Assessment of the 187Re decay constant by cross calibration of Re Os molybdenite and U Pb zircon chronometers in magmatic ore systems

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    Selby, David; Creaser, Robert A.; Stein, Holly J.; Markey, Richard J.; Hannah, Judith L.

    2007-04-01

    The past decade has seen renewed interest in 187Re- 187Os geochronology using a variety of matrices including sulfide minerals, shales and meteorites. The most widely used value of the 187Re decay constant ( λ187Re) is 1.666 ± 0.005 × 10 -11 a -1 (±0.31%), which is based on cross calibration of Re-Os and Pb-Pb chronometers for certain meteorites [Smoliar M. I., Walker R. J., and Morgan J. W. (1996) Re-Os isotope constraints on the age of Group IIA, IIIA, IVA, and IVB iron meteorites. Science271, 1099-1102]. However, other recent studies have yielded alternate values of λ187Re, based upon either direct counting experiments or analysis of meteorites. Here, we provide an independent assessment of λ187Re, using methodology, sample materials, and preparation of Os standard solutions different from those of Smoliar et al. (1996). Combining Re-Os age data for molybdenite formed in magmatic ore deposits, with the U-Pb zircon age of the magmatic rocks, a refined λ187Re value is determined by averaging 11 individual cross-calibration experiments spanning ca. 2700 Ma of Earth history. Using the U decay constants of Jaffey [Jaffey A. H., Flynn K. F., Glendenin L. E., Bentley W. C., and Essling A. M. (1971) Precision measurement of half-lives and specific activities of 235U and 238U. Phys. Rev.4, 1889-1906], a value for λ187Re of 1.6668 ± 0.0034 × 10 -11 a -1 is determined. Using the λ238U value of Jaffey et al. (1971) and λ235U value of Schoene [Schoene B., Crowley J. L., Condon D. J., Schmitz M. D., and Bowring S. A. (2006) Reassessing the uranium decay constants for geochronology using ID-TIMS U-Pb data. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta70, 426-445], a value for λ187Re of 1.6689 ± 0.0031 × 10 -11 a -1 is determined. These values are nominally higher (ca. 0.1 and ca. 0.2%) than the value determined by Smoliar et al. [Smoliar M. I., Walker R. J., and Morgan J. W. (1996) Re-Os isotope constraints on the age of Group IIA, IIIA, IVA, and IVB iron meteorites. Science271

  8. Structure and SHRIMP U/Pb zircon ages of granites adjacent to the Chitradurga Schist belt: implications for neoarchaean convergence in the Dharwar Craton, Southern India

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    Neoarchaean granites adjacent to the Chitradurga schist belt were emplaced in thc inner margin of the foreland in the context of the Neoarchaean oblique convergent setting of the Dharwar craton. Two previously unreported granites, one 50 km and the other 80 km NW of Chitradurga town, and a mylonitised granite in the hanging wall of a duplex in the NW of the schist belt yielded SHRIMP U/Pb zircon emplacement ages of 2648±40 Ma, 2598± 19 Ma, and ca. 2600 Ma, respectively, the large errors being due to radiogenic Pb loss during an unidentified Neoproterozoic event. Some discrete zircon grains and xenocrystic cores yielded ≥3000 Ma ages that were derived from older rocks during anatexis or emplacement. The granites NW of Chitradurga town were emplaced as steep sheets trending NW-SE. The Chitradurga granite has a similar form, bifurcating N of Chitradurga town into two separate, steeply dipping, NW-SE sheets. Magmatic- and solid-state fabrics in these granites show that emplacement took place during, but was outlasted by, sinistral and dextral strike-parallel shear. Emplacement of the granite above the hanging wall of the duplex in the NW of the schist belt was outlasted by top-SW displacement. The shapes of the granites and their emplacement in relation to the structure of the Ranibennur and Chitradurga schist belts in the west of the craton are modelled as a mid-crustal part of a craton-wide imbricate fold-thrust belt. The relationships show that whereas some Neoarchaean granites in the craton were emplaced prior to, or during, SW -vergent thrust thickening, most granites and related plutonic suites in the foreland and accretionary complex were emplaced later as multipulse injections in steep NW-SE sheets or wedges during orogen-parallel, sinistral and dextral shear. Steep high- strain zones in the foreland and accretionary complex are interpreted as listric structures that root into an attachment at a depth of ca. 18-20 km in accord with the depth of the boundary

  9. New Techniques of LASS-ICPMS Depth Profiling Applied to Detrital Zircon from the Central Alps-Apennines System

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    Anfinson, O. A.; Smye, A.; Stockli, D. F.

    2014-12-01

    Detrital zircon U-Pb age dating has become a widely used tool for determining sediment provenance in basins and orogenic systems. While traditional LA-ICPMS zircon geochronology is powerful, it has limitations when source regions are characterized by monotonous or non-diagnostic crystallization ages or by major sediment recycling and homogenization, leading to minimal zircon age variability. In the central Alps of Switzerland and Italy, for example, similar Cadomian, Caledonian, and Variscan zircons dominate with only minor Alpine ages. Samples collected from Oligocene-Miocene strata deposited in both the northern (Swiss Molasse) and southern (Apenninic foredeep) Alpine foreland basins document shifts in the relative abundance of Cadomian, Caledonian, Variscan and Alpine aged detrital zircon, but the exact source region and genesis of the grains remains poorly constrained based on zircon U-Pb age data alone. Laser Ablation Split Stream (LASS)-ICPMS depth profiling of detrital zircon allows for the simultaneous recovery of multiple ages and of chemical/petrogenetic data from single zircons, and has the potential to shed additional light on provenance. This study applies this approach to Oligocene-Miocene strata of the Swiss Molasse Basin and Apenninic foredeep. Recent advances in LA-ICPMS sample cell technology allow for reliable recovery of age and trace element data during progressive ablation into zircons. Decreased washout (rim-core relationships and REE/trace element abundances from grains of the major orogenic cycles, further constraining the provenance of these strata.

  10. U-Pb zircon and Rb-Sr mineral dating of eclogites and their country rocks. Example- Muenchberg Gneiss Massif, northeast Bavaria

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    In order to evaluate the usefulness of the U-Pb zircon suite method to date eclogitic rocks, zircon populations have been analyzed from two eclogites and one cogenetic metagabbro. Samples were taken from the Muenchberg Gneiss Massif (northeast Bavaria) containing the largest B-type eclogite body of the non-Alpine part of Central Europe. All nine analyzed grain size and magnetic fractions plot linearly on a U/Pb evolution diagram and yield intercept ages at 525sub(-31)sup(+40) m.y. and 380sub(-22)sup(+14) m.y., respectively, indicating a Lower to Middle Devonian eclogitization of a Cambrian tholeiitic protolith. Rb-Sr analyses have been carried out on the post-eclogitic mineral paragenesis, hornblende and phengite, in order to find out whether or not it belongs to the same Acadian cycle (ca. 380 m.y.) as the high-pressure assemblage. An initial Sr isotopic ratio of 0.7031 can be calculated for the tholeiitic protolith of the eclogites which is in agreement with a primary magmatic mantle origin. (Auth.)

  11. Detrital zircon provenance of Mesoproterozoic to Cambrian arenites in the Western United States and Northwestern Mexico

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    Stewart, John H.; Gehrels, G.E.; Barth, A.P.; Link, P.K.; Christie-Blick, N.; Wrucke, C.T.

    2001-01-01

    U-Pb isotopic dating of detrital zircon from supracrustal Proterozoic and Cambrian arenites from the western United States and northern Mexico reveal three main age groups, 1.90 to 1.62 Ga, 1.45 to 1.40 Ga, and 1.2 to 1.0 Ga. Small amounts of zircons with ages of 3.1 to 2.5 Ga, 1.57 Ga, 1.32 Ga, 1.26 Ga, 0.7 Ga, and 0.5 Ga are also present. Detrital zircons ranging in age from 1.90 to 1.62 Ga and from 1.45 to 1.40 Ga are considered to have been derived from Proterozoic crystalline basement rocks of these known ages, and probably in part from reworked Proterozoic supracrustal sedimentary rocks, of the western United States. The 1.2 to 1.0 Ga detrital zircon ages from California, Arizona, and Sonora are characterized by distinct spikes (1.11 Ga, in particular) in the age-probability plots. These spikes are interpreted to indicate the influx of zircon from major silicic volcanic fields. Igneous rocks such as the Pikes Peak Granite (1.093 Ga) of Colorado, and the Aibo Granite (1.110 Ga) of Sonora, Mexico, may represent the deeply eroded roots of such volcanic fields. Samples from farther north along the Cordilleran margin that contain abundant 1.2-1.0 Ga detrital zircons do not show spikes in the age distribution, but rather ages spread out across the entire 1.2-1.0 Ga range. These age spectra resemble those for detrital zircons from the Grenville province, which is considered their source. Less common detrital zircons had a variety of sources. Zircons ranging in age from 3.36 to 2.31 Ga were apparently derived from inland parts of the North American continent from Wyoming to Canada. Zircons of about 1.577 Ga are highly unusual and may have had an exotic source; they may have come from Australia and been deposited in North America when Australia and North America were juxtaposed as part of the hypothetical Rodinian supercontinent. Detrital zircon of ??1.320 Ga apparently had the same source as that for tuff (1.320 Ga) in the Pioneer Shale of the Apache Group in Arizona

  12. Ceramic powders of CaZrO3. Preparation and sintering

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    Calcium zirconate (CaZrO3 ) is a compound belonging to the perovskite family of the A2+B4+O36- type with orthorhombic crystalline structure (distorted perovskite).CaZrO3 is used in the manufacture of sensors of oxygen, humidity, hydrogen and hydrocarbides.Additionally, it is also being studied for the manufacture of thermistors.The calcium zirconate preparation by solid state reaction from stoichiometric mixtures of CaCO3 and ZrO2 is studied.The formation reaction was followed by thermal analysis techniques (DTA-TG-DTG) and X-ray diffraction (XRD).The different behaviour of the mixtures was studied according to the milling type employed.It could be observed a shift of some peaks, mainly of TG (gravimetry) with a tendency to a temperature decrease.These changes are mainly influenced by the amorphization effects on the carbonate and by the mixing caused by the milling type used.The powder (CaZrO3) was isostatically pressed obtaining then green densities of 50% of the theoretical one.Sintering was made in air between 1300 and 1600degC at times between 0 and 240.Densities reached were between 90 and 95% increasing with the temperature and the sintering time

  13. Detrital Zircon Record and Continental Growth: Differentiating Crustal Generation versus Preservation

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    Cawood, Peter; Hawkesworth, Chris; Dhuime, Bruno; Kemp, Tony; Prave, Tony

    2010-05-01

    The detrital (and magmatic) zircon record is being increasingly used to understand the rate, duration and process of formation of continental crust. Compilations of zircons have identified peaks of ages of crystallisation and crust formation. Taken at face value these peaks suggest that continental crust formation is episodic with significant pulses of juvenile magmatism and crustal growth in the late Archean and Paleoproterozoic (2.7 Ga and 1.9 Ga), and with only subdued addition in the Phanerozoic. Punctuated crustal growth remains difficult to explain by global changes in plate tectonic regimes, and so it is typically attributed to mantle plume activity. However, the andesitic composition of continental crust and evidence that plate tectonics has been active since at least 3.0 Ga suggests magmatic arcs should be the major site of continental growth. Alternatively, we argue that peaks reflect variations in preservation potential in relation to tectonic setting and that peaks correspond with phases of supercontinent assembly: collisional belts have high preservation potential whereas magmatic arcs, which are sites for significant crustal generation, have a low preservation potential. The detrital zircon record can also be used to unravel tectonic setting. The key features of zircons sampled in different tectonic settings are (i) the time between crystallisation and incorporation into the sedimentary record, and (ii) the age distributions. The detrital record from magmatic arcs yields zircons with crystallisation ages close to that of the host sediment, and little range in ages. Other settings yield large differences between the ages of crystallisation and that of sedimentation, reflecting the history of the pre-existing crust, and the extent to which there was magmatism close to the time of sedimentation. The most marked example is for divergent margins that may be associated with little magmatism that crystallises zircon, and simply record peaks of older ages

  14. Determination of uranium, thorium and rare-earth elements in zircon samples using ICP-MS

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    Zircon is an accessory mineral, which occurs at low concentrations in a wide variety of rocks and is a host for hafnium, rare-earth elements (REE) and radio active elements like uranium and thorium. The presence of uranium in zircon has led to its increased use in the age determination of rocks. Zirconium is also considered as a strategic, hi-tech element because of its various applications, especially in the manufacturing, nuclear and aerospace industries. Analysis of zircon constitutes one of the tough tasks in analytical chemistry as it is a highly resistant mineral and it is extremely difficult to achieve its complete decomposition. In the present work, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry has been applied to the determination of hafnium, REE, uranium and thorium in zircon samples using two different sample dissolution procedures, one employing sodium peroxide fusion and another using a fusion mixture of KHF2 and NaF in 3:1 ratio. Some selected zircon samples originating from different places on the eastern coast of India have been analysed by both the methods and values obtained by both methods were found to be in good agreement with each other. Though a number of international zircon reference materials are available, certified or even proposed values are available only for a very few elements in them. Two zircon reference materials have also been analysed by both methods and usable values have been proposed in this paper. The values obtained by both methods were found to compare well with each other and as well with those reported in literature. The % RSD for all the estimated elements varied from 1.0 to 12.0% at different concentration levels. (author)

  15. Reconciling the detrital zircon record and crustal growth within juvenile accretionary orogens

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    Spencer, C. J.; Cawood, P. A.; Roberts, N. M. W.

    2014-12-01

    Ancient cratons are generally characterised by Archaean cores surrounded by Proterozoic accretionary belts with large volumes of juvenile crust. Their crustal growth histories provide important insights into the genesis of continents and orogenic evolution. Whole-rock and detrital zircon isotopic studies are often used to deduce those histories, but the extent to which representative lithologies within the orogens are reliably sampled for such studies is not well established. This is especially true in cases where juvenile, zircon-poor mafic crust comprises a significant proportion of an orogen such as the East African (0.8-0.5 Ga), Namaqua-Natal (1.2-1.0 Ga), Trans-Hudson (1.9-1.8 Ga), and Kola (2.5 Ga). In particular, the Mesoproterozoic Namaqua-Natal orogenic belt (NNO) fringing the Kalahari Craton is a case in point in which Nd isotopic studies of whole-rock outcrop samples and U-Pb-Hf isotopic studies of detrital zircons from sediments of the Orange River (which drains the NNO) show different crust-formation ages and proportions of new and reworked crustal material. We hypothesise that this discrepancy is due to biasing of the detrital zircon record towards felsic rocks. Understanding the representative nature of the crustal archive preserved in detrital zircons remains critical for many studies of crustal evolution. We present data that: (a) addresses the scale of potential bias within an accretionary orogen containing large proportions of juvenile material, (b) demonstrates how the whole-rock and detrital zircon records can be reconciled for the Namaqua-Natal orogen to start, and (c) can be used to evaluate the effect of zircon bias on previous crustal growth models.

  16. Origin of northern Gondwana Cambrian sandstone revealed by detrital zircon SHRIMP dating

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    Avigad, D.; Kolodner, K.; McWilliams, M.; Persing, H.; Weissbrod, T.

    2003-01-01

    Voluminous Paleozoic sandstone sequences were deposited in northern Africa and Arabia following an extended Neoproterozoic orogenic cycle that culminated in the assembly of Gondwana. We measured sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) U-Pb ages of detrital zircons separated from several Cambrian units in the Elat area of southern Israel in order to unravel their provenance. This sandstone forms the base of the widespread siliciclastic section now exposed on the periphery of the Arabian-Nubian shield in northeastern Africa and Arabia. Most of the detrital zircons we analyzed yielded Neoproterozoic concordant ages with a marked concentration at 0.55–0.65 Ga. The most likely provenance of the Neoproterozoic detritus is the Arabian-Nubian shield; 0.55–0.65 Ga was a time of posttectonic igneous activity, rift-related volcanism, and strike-slip faulting there. Of the zircons, 30% yielded pre-Neoproterozoic ages grouped at 0.9–1.1 Ga (Kibaran), 1.65–1.85 Ga, and 2.45–2.7 Ga. The majority of the pre-Neoproterozoic zircons underwent Pb loss, possibly as a consequence of the Pan-African orogeny resetting their provenance. Rocks of the Saharan metacraton and the southern Afif terrane in Saudi Arabia (∼1000 km south of Elat) are plausible sources of these zircons. Kibaran basement rocks are currently exposed more than 3000 km south of Elat (flanking the Mozambique belt), but the shape of the detrital zircons of that age and the presence of feldspar in the host sandstone are not fully consistent with such a long-distance transport. Reworking of Neoproteorozoic glacial detritus may explain the presence of Kibaran detrital zircons in the Cambrian of Elat, but the possibility that the Arabian-Nubian shield contains Kibaran rocks (hitherto not recognized) should also be explored.

  17. Thermoluminescence of ZrSiO4 (zircon): A new dating method?

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    Zircon appears to be a suitable medium for thermoluminescence (TL) dating of sediments from the Quaternary. TL of zircon results predominantly from internal irradiation, due to the relatively high internal concentrations of α-emitting U and Th. The internal dose predominates over the external one that is caused by the surrounding geological layers and cosmic rays. Measurement of the TL buildup forms the basis for the development of a geochronometer, to measure the time elapsed since burial of the sediment by more recent layers. The separation and selection procedures, which are used to concentrate the high quality, transparent and colorless part of the zircon fraction of the sediments are an important part of the zircon TL measurements methodology. By improving the procedures, the colored (i.e. light absorbing) grains are excluded from the measurements. For all sand samples, the 3D TL spectra show Dy3+ peaks at low temperatures and Tb3+ bands at high temperatures. The Dy3+ peaks fade rapidly but we have found that after storage for 16 weeks in the dark, the peaks associated with Tb3+ are stable at room temperature for at least two years. Zircons were formed many millions to several billions years ago and therefore we suspected that the problems with zircons are related with 'old' radiation damage. In this paper we will focus on two major problems of zircon dating: fading and zoning. We will show that if suitable procedures are used during the preparation stage and the dating experiments, these problems can be solved to a large extent

  18. Preparation of nuclear pure zirconium oxide from zircon

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    Nuclear fuel used in the commercial nuclear reactors is cladded to confine the radioactivity. Zirconium based alloys standout as cladding materials because of their high mechanical strengh at high temperatures and pressures combined with good corrosion resistence and a low absorption cross section for thermal neutrons. However, a separation procedure to reduce the Hafnium content which occurs along with Zirconium and possesses a high neutron absorption cross section is needed. The preparation of nuclear pure Zirconium from Zircon is presented. The mineral was opened by alkali fusion at 4500C and later transformed into Zirconyl Nitrate via oxychloride and basic carbonate and purified by solvent extraction with TBP-HNO3. The solvent extraction process was developed using 95Zr and 181Hf tracers and studing process variables like acidity, nitrate and metal concentration. The extraction of Zirconium with 60% TBP in kerosene equilibrated with 5 M HNO3 increases with increasing acidity and nitrate concentration. The dependence of coefficient of distribution with acidity was of the power = 1.5 and with concentration of nitrate was of 3 sup(rd) power under the experimental conditions. The extraction of Zirconium and Hafnium reduces with increasing loading of the solvent but the separation factor remained approximately constant. (Author)

  19. Lanthanum zirconate nanofibers with high sintering-resistance

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    The PVP/lanthanum nitrate/zirconium oxychloride (PVP-precursor) nanofiber was prepared by electrospinning technique. Lanthanum zirconate (La2Zr2O7, LZ) in the nanofiber is formed after calcination at 800 deg. C and the nanofiber with pyrochlore structure and a diameter of 100-500 nm can be obtained by calcination of the above precursor fiber at 1000 deg. C for 12 h. The surface of the fiber is rough but the continuous microstructure is still maintained after calcination. LZ fibers stack randomly, resulting in a structure with a low contact area between the fibers. This special structure makes the fiber to have a high resistance to sintering at elevated temperatures. The BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) specific surface areas of the LZ fiber and powder calcined at different temperatures are shown in this paper, and the fiber was characterized by TG-DTA (thermal gravimetry-differential thermal analysis), XRD (X-ray diffraction), N2 absorption-desorption porosimetry and SEM (scanning electron microscopy)

  20. Single crystal U–Pb zircon age and Sr–Nd isotopic composition of impactites from the Bosumtwi impact structure, Ghana: Comparison with country rocks and Ivory Coast tektites

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    Ferrière, Ludovic; Koeberl, Christian; Thöni, Martin; Liang, Chen

    2010-01-01

    The 1.07 Myr old Bosumtwi impact structure (Ghana), excavated in 2.1–2.2 Gyr old supracrustal rocks of the Birimian Supergroup, was drilled in 2004. Here, we present single crystal U–Pb zircon ages from a suevite and two meta-graywacke samples recovered from the central uplift (drill core LB-08A), which yield an upper Concordia intercept age of ca. 2145 ± 82 Ma, in very good agreement with previous geochronological data for the West African Craton rocks in Ghana. Whole rock Rb–Sr and Sm–Nd is...

  1. Constraints on the timing of Co-Cu ± Au mineralization in the Blackbird district, Idaho, using SHRIMP U-Pb ages of monazite and xenotime plus zircon ages of related Mesoproterozoic orthogneisses and metasedimentary rocks

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    Aleinikoff, John N.; Slack, John F.; Lund, Karen; Evans, Karl V.; Fanning, C. Mark; Mazdab, Frank K.; Wooden, Joseph L.; Pillers, Renee M.

    2012-01-01

    The Blackbird district, east-central Idaho, contains the largest known Co reserves in the United States. The origin of strata-hosted Co-Cu ± Au mineralization at Blackbird has been a matter of controversy for decades. In order to differentiate among possible genetic models for the deposits, including various combinations of volcanic, sedimentary, magmatic, and metamorphic processes, we used U-Pb geochronology of xenotime, monazite, and zircon to establish time constraints for ore formation. New age data reported here were obtained using sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) microanalysis of (1) detrital zircons from a sample of Mesoproterozoic siliciclastic metasedimentary country rock in the Blackbird district, (2) igneous zircons from Mesoproterozoic intrusions, and (3) xenotime and monazite from the Merle and Sunshine prospects at Blackbird. Detrital zircon from metasandstone of the biotite phyllite-schist unit has ages mostly in the range of 1900 to 1600 Ma, plus a few Neoarchean and Paleoproterozoic grains. Age data for the six youngest grains form a coherent group at 1409 ± 10 Ma, regarded as the maximum age of deposition of metasedimentary country rocks of the central structural domain. Igneous zircons from nine samples of megacrystic granite, granite augen gneiss, and granodiorite augen gneiss that crop out north and east of the Blackbird district yield ages between 1383 ± 4 and 1359 ± 7 Ma. Emplacement of the Big Deer Creek megacrystic granite (1377 ± 4 Ma), structurally juxtaposed with host rocks in the Late Cretaceous ca. 5 km north of Blackbird, may have been involved in initial deposition of rare earth elements (REE) minerals and, possibly, sulfides. In situ SHRIMP ages of xenotime and monazite in Co-rich samples from the Merle and Sunshine prospects, plus backscattered electron imagery and SHRIMP analyses of trace elements, indicate a complex sequence of Mesoproterozoic and Cretaceous events. On the basis of textural relationships

  2. Shrimp U-Pb in zircon and lead-isotope constraints on the timing and source of an Archaean granulite-hosted lode-gold deposit at Griffin's Find, Yilgarn craton, Western Australia

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    A SHRIMP U-Pb in zircon age of a syn- to late- gold mineralization pegmatite dyke from a granulite-hosted lode-gold deposit at Griffin's Find Western Australia, provides a minimum age constraint on gold mineralization of 2632±3 Ma. A nearby syenogranite has an indistinguishable SHRIMP U-Pb in zircon age of 2636±10 Ma. These age constraints are within error of a previously published age of 2636±3 Ma for gold mineralization and peak metamorphism at Griffin's Find, determined by a Pb-Pb isochron for ore and alteration minerals, and similar to a U-Pb in zircon age of 2640±1 Ma for peak metamorphism. This age is also compatible with that of other age determinations on gold mineralization from lower metamorphic-grade settings elsewhere in the Yilgarn Craton. A minimum age of 2669±36 (σ) Ma, determined by a concordant analysis on an inherited zircon core by SHRIMP II, is suggested for the source rock of the pegmatite dykes. Two other analyses, which yield 207Pb/206Pb ages of 2676±20 and 2660±20 Ma with 77-92% concordance, support the presence of an old inherited component in the source of the pegmatite magma A Pb-Pb isochron, comprising two whole-rock and two K-feldspar analyses for samples from the granite, gives a precise age of 2680±6 Ma, which is tentatively interpreted to reflect an old inherited component in a ca. 2636 Ma felsic intrusion. The geochronological results detailed in this study, together with previous data, suggest the emplacement of a regional granitic batholith in high-grade metamorphic settings at the time of fold mineralization. (authors)

  3. The quest for a high-quality zircon standard for microbeam Pb-U-Th geochronology

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    Full text: Many, if not most, geological studies are critically dependent on effective geochronological control, and microbeam technology is playing an increasingly important role in this respect. Like other microbeam geochronology techniques, SHRIMP Pb-U-Th zircon dating is currently totally dependent on calibrating the analyses of unknown zircons against zircon of known age (the standard). The ideal standard must meet several strict criteria. Naturally, it must have been dated by a technique quite independent of SHRIMP, and that independent age measurement must be both highly accurate and precise. The standard must also represent only a single generation of zircon growth, and have constant Pb/U (and preferably Pb/Th) on all scales from submicron to intergranular. There must have been no post-crystallisation chemical or isotopic disturbance. The standard should also be sufficiently abundant to last indefinitely, and its quality should be so obvious that it will be readily adopted by other laboratories. Over the course of the past two decades about a dozen different zircon samples from a wide range of rocks around the world have been trialed as reference materials at the RSES/AGSO laboratory. A few of these have been selected as in-house standards. As knowledge of both SHRIMP itself and those standards has advanced, the production of progressively more precise data has allowed the question of standard homogeneity to be addressed, and at least most of these standards have proved to be less than ideal in this regard. A recent outcome of this testing process has been the identification of a promising new standard from a small, high-level gabbroic diorite plug near Temora, in the Lachlan Fold Belt, eastern Australia. A reconnaissance sample from this pluton contains 10 ppm of relatively coarse-grained zircon crystals which appear to have remained geologically and isotopically undisturbed since the diorite was emplaced 417 Ma ago. The excellent uniformity of the zircon

  4. Implications of an enigmatic Late Permian to Early Triassic detrital zircon population in Eocene sediments of Nagaland

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    Aitchison, J. C.

    2015-12-01

    Age spectra from some recent detrital zircon investigations of younger sedimentary units in the Tethyan Himalayan Series in eastern parts of the Himalayan orogenic system have indicated the existence an enigmatic Late Permian to Early Triassic magmatic source. Data from mature passive margin sedimentary rocks of the Tethyan Himalayan Series have revealed this hitherto unreported zircon population in samples from both east of Xigaze and south of Zedong in southern Tibet. Such zircons might not have been detected before simply because most detrital zircon studies involving Himalayan rocks examined strata in which grains of this age would not have been present. Alternatively, it may be that this population is restricted to eastern outcrops of the Tethyan Himalayan Series. Several models have been proposed in order to explain this zircon population with the most recent work favouring a rift-fill interpretation with the zircons being sourced from the Lhasa terrane. However, the various models proposed are not fully supported by other geological constraints and/or involve paleogeographies that present intractable source to sink gradient issues. Our investigations of sedimentary rocks in Nagaland including Eocene sediments of both the Disang and Phokphur formations reveal the presence of a similar Late Permian to Early Triassic detrital zircon population. Notably, unlike the Lhasa terrane detrital sediments of nearby Eurasian margin units in this region similarly aged sedimentary rocks in the Indo-Burman range do not contain this population. Other zircon populations in the Nagaland samples are consistent with pre-Gondwana break-up (i.e. pre Cretaceous) paleogeography and suggest derivation from western Australia. Age-correlative zircon populations have been reported recently from detrital zircon investigations of sediments on the North West Shelf of Western Australia and a similar source is inferred for the Nagaland zircons.

  5. Himalaya evolution at Paleogene-Neogene boundary unraveled by zircon age spectrum from Arabian Sea Sediments

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    Feng, Han; Lu, Huayu; Zhang, Hanzhi

    2016-04-01

    Although virtually all the intensive orogenic activities of Himalaya occurred in Neogene, the tectonic evolution of this high mountain range in Paleogene is poorly understood. Investigations of tectonic change pattern at Paleogene-Neogene boundary are important to better understand the interaction between mountain building and climate evolution. Here we present new U-Pb ages of zircon grains from Indus Fan sediments to constrain the orogenic history of Himalaya at Paleogene-Neogene boundary. 11 samples between late Oligocene and early Miocene from ODP 117 cores are dated by the zircon U-Pb technique. We calculate relative contributions of potential sources by counting zircon grains for each sample, and the quantized results indicate Himalaya contributed sediments to the coring site, and an extremely high input from Great and Tethyan Himalaya during late Oligocene-early Miocene. Four samples in Pleistocene are also dated for comparison, which indicates that high proportion of Lesser Himalaya has contributed to the sediment in Pleistocene. Our results suggest that the high contribution of Great and Tethyan Himalaya at Paleogene-Neogene boundary might correlate with the beginning of activity of MCT and extension of STD with leucogranite intrusion along Himalaya, which give rise to the extensive Great Himalaya exhumation. Our study demonstrates that zircon U-Pb dating technique is a good tool to reconstruct erosional history of mountain building on a tectonic timescale. Key words: ODP, Himalaya, Indus Fan, zircon U-Pb dating, Paleogene-Neogene boundary

  6. Archaean hydrothermal zircon in the Abitibi greenstone belt: Constraints on the timing of gold mineralisation

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    Hydrothermal zircons have been found in Archaean mesothermal Au-veins and altered wallrock selvages at Val d'Or, in the Abitibi greenstone belt of Canada. The zircons are paragenetically associated with vein quartz, tourmaline, mica, carbonate, scheelite, pyrite, and gold. Zirconium mobility, and the consequent occurrence of hydrothermal zircon, may be associated with the intense tourmalinisation characteristic of Archaean gold deposits in this district. The SHRIMP ion-microprobe has been used to analyse hydrothermal zircons from four separate mines spatially associated with the Bourlamaque batholith, and has yieleded ages constraining formation of the Au-bearing vein systems to within 20 Ma of emplacement of the pluton. The ion microprobe data reveal multiple stages of hydrothermal zircon growth in the vein systems, contemporaneous with the regional metamorphic peak and late kinematic activity along regional structures. Younger (including Proterozoic) ages previously obtained for the veins, using other minerals and isotopic schemes, must reflect either alteration or renewed mineral growth during much later reactivation of fluids along the same structures up to 400 Ma after initial formation of the veins. (orig.)

  7. U-Pb dating by zircon dissolution method using chemical abrasion

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    Takehara, Lucy, E-mail: lucytakehara@gmail.com.br [Servico Geologico do Brasil (CPRM), Brasilia, DF (Brazil); Chemale Junior, Farid [Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), Brasilia, DF (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Lab. de Geocronologia; Hartmann, Leo A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias; Dussin, Ivo A.; Kawashita, Koji [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP, (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisa Geocronologicas

    2012-06-15

    Chemical abrasion was carried out on zircons grains of the Temora II standard for U-Pb dating prior to analyses using in situ Laser Ablation-Multi Collector Ion Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (LA-ICPMS) followed by the Isotope Dissolution Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (ID-TIMS) method. The proposed methodology was herein applied in order to reduce primarily the effects of secondary Pb loss, the presence of common lead and/or silicate impurities. Nine Temora II zircon grains were analyzed by the laser ablation method yielding an age of 418.3 +- 4.3 Ma. Zircon grains of a same population were separated for chemical abrasion before dissolution and mass spectrometry analyses. Six fractions of them were separated for isotope dissolution using {sup 235}U-{sup 205}Pb mixed spike after we have checked and assured the laboratory conditions of low blank values for total Pb of less than 2 pg/g. The obtained U-Pb zircon age by the ID-TIMS method was 415.7 +- 1.8 Ma (error 0.43 %) based on four successful determinations. The results are consistent with the published ages for the Temora diorite (Temora I - 416.75 +- 1.3 Ma; Temora II - 416.78 +- 0.33 Ma) and established as 416 +- 0.33 Ma. The technique is thus recommended for high precision U-Pb zircon analyses (error < 1 %), mainly for high resolution stratigraphic studies of Phanerozoic sequences. (author)

  8. A short and long range study of mullite-zirconia-zircon composites

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    Rendtorff, Nicolas M.; Conconi, Maria S.; Aglietti, Esteban F. [Centro de Tecnologia de Recursos Minerales y Ceramica (CETMIC: CONICET-CIC) (Argentina); Chain, Cecilia Y.; Pasquevich, Alberto F. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departamento de Fisica, IFLP, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Argentina); Rivas, Patricia C. [CONICET (Argentina); Martinez, Jorge A., E-mail: toto@fisica.unlp.edu.ar; Caracoche, Maria C. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departamento de Fisica, IFLP, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Argentina)

    2010-06-15

    In the field of refractory materials, ceramics containing mullite-zirconia are the basis of those most used in the industry of glass and steel. It is known that the addition of zircon improves the behavior of the refractory used in service. Knowing that some mullite-zirconia composites properties as fracture strength and the elastic modulus E are associated with the material microstructure integrity, the eventual thermal decomposition of zircon into zirconia and silica could seriously alter the material elastic properties. In this paper the phase content of a series of mullite-zirconia-zircon (3Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.2SiO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2}-ZrSiO{sub 4}) composites is determined at atomic level via perturbed angular correlations (PAC) and compared with that derived from the long range X-ray diffraction technique. PAC results on the as-prepared materials indicate that all nominal zircon is present and that it involves two types of nanoconfigurations, one of them describing aperiodic regions. The thermomechanical properties already reported for these materials could be related to the crystalline to aperiodic zircon concentrations ratio they exhibit.

  9. U-Pb dating by zircon dissolution method using chemical abrasion

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    Chemical abrasion was carried out on zircons grains of the Temora II standard for U-Pb dating prior to analyses using in situ Laser Ablation-Multi Collector Ion Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (LA-ICPMS) followed by the Isotope Dissolution Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (ID-TIMS) method. The proposed methodology was herein applied in order to reduce primarily the effects of secondary Pb loss, the presence of common lead and/or silicate impurities. Nine Temora II zircon grains were analyzed by the laser ablation method yielding an age of 418.3 +- 4.3 Ma. Zircon grains of a same population were separated for chemical abrasion before dissolution and mass spectrometry analyses. Six fractions of them were separated for isotope dissolution using 235U-205Pb mixed spike after we have checked and assured the laboratory conditions of low blank values for total Pb of less than 2 pg/g. The obtained U-Pb zircon age by the ID-TIMS method was 415.7 +- 1.8 Ma (error 0.43 %) based on four successful determinations. The results are consistent with the published ages for the Temora diorite (Temora I - 416.75 +- 1.3 Ma; Temora II - 416.78 +- 0.33 Ma) and established as 416 +- 0.33 Ma. The technique is thus recommended for high precision U-Pb zircon analyses (error < 1 %), mainly for high resolution stratigraphic studies of Phanerozoic sequences. (author)

  10. A short and long range study of mullite–zirconia–zircon composites

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    In the field of refractory materials, ceramics containing mullite–zirconia are the basis of those most used in the industry of glass and steel. It is known that the addition of zircon improves the behavior of the refractory used in service. Knowing that some mullite–zirconia composites properties as fracture strength and the elastic modulus E are associated with the material microstructure integrity, the eventual thermal decomposition of zircon into zirconia and silica could seriously alter the material elastic properties. In this paper the phase content of a series of mullite–zirconia–zircon (3Al2O3.2SiO2–ZrO2–ZrSiO4) composites is determined at atomic level via perturbed angular correlations (PAC) and compared with that derived from the long range X-ray diffraction technique. PAC results on the as-prepared materials indicate that all nominal zircon is present and that it involves two types of nanoconfigurations, one of them describing aperiodic regions. The thermomechanical properties already reported for these materials could be related to the crystalline to aperiodic zircon concentrations ratio they exhibit.

  11. Isotope dating of alkaline rocks from the Urals using U-Pb zircon data

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    Uranium-lead isotope-geochronologic studying of zircons from miaskites and carbonatites of the ilmenorock-wischnevorock complex is carried out by methods and low-background analysis technique. A tendency to inverse relationship between the degree of U-Pb-dating discordanticity and uranium concentration in a sample. The point positions in discordanticity correlate with morphological zircon peculiarities. The two-stage history of zircon (crystallization-metamorphism) and the model of its U-Pb system, in which is assumed to be U, Th and radiogenic Pb concentrations in microinclusions of Th-U-mineral in zircon are based. Synchronism of events in miaskite and carbonatite history is shown. Rock metamorphization accompanied by Pbrad loss is dated by concordia in 261 ± 14 and 261 ± 6 for miaskite and carbonatites. The age of zircon crystallization is determined 422 ± 10 and 432 ± 12 mln years correspondingly. Pre-folded (Ordovician) age of alkaline rocks of the Urals and manifestation of their metamorphism in the Variscian epoch of regional folding is based

  12. New U-Pb SHRIMP zircon ages for pre-variscan orthogneisses from Portugal and their bearing on the evolution of the Ossa-Morena tectonic zone

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available New SHRIMP U-Pb zircon ages for the Portalegre and Alcáçovas orthogneisses document a complex pre- Variscan history for the Iberian basement in Portugal. The available geochemical and geochronological data for the Alcáçovas orthogneiss (ca. 540 Ma tend to favor its involvement in a Cadomian orogenic event. This is consistent with the development of an active continental margin setting at the end of the Proterozoic and supports a Gondwanan provenance for the Iberian crust. On the other hand, the Ordovician emplacement age obtained for the magmatic precursors of the Portalegre orthogneisses (497?10 Ma provides additional evidence for the occurrence of rift-related magmatic activity during the Lower Paleozoic.

  13. Tectonic evolution of the Western Kunlun orogenic belt in northern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau: Evidence from zircon SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS U-Pb geochronology

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    ZHANG ChuanLin; LU SongNian; YU HaiFeng; YE HaiMin

    2007-01-01

    The Western Kunlun Range in northern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is composed of the North Kunlun Terrane,the South Kunlun Terrane and the Karakorum-Tianshuihai Terrane. Here we report zircon SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS U-Pb ages of some metamorphic and igneous rocks and field observations in order to provide a better understanding of their Precambrian and Palaeozoic-early Mesozoic tectonic evolution.Based on these data we draw the following conclusions: (1) The paragneisses in the North Kunlun Terrane are likely of late Mesoproterozoic age rather than Palaeoproterozoic age as previously thought,representing tectonothermal episodes at 1.0-0.9 Ga and ~0.8 Ga. (2) The North Kunlun Terrane was an orogenic belt accreted to the southern margin of Tarim during late Mesoproterozoic to early Neoproterozoic, the two episodes of metamorphisms correspond to the assemblage and breakup of Rodinia respectively. (3) The Bulunkuole Group in western South Kunlun Terrane, which was considered to be the Palaeoproterozoic basement of the South Kunlun Terrane by previous studies, is now subdivided into the late Neoproterzoic to early Palaeozoic paragneisses (khondalite) and the early Mesozoic metamorphic volcano-sedimentary series; the paragneisses were thrust onto the metamorphic volcano-sedimentary series from south to north, with two main teconothermal episodes (i.e., Caledonian,460-400 Ma, and Hercynian-Indosinian, 340-200 Ma), and have been documented by zircon U-Pb ages.(4) In the eastern part of the South Kunlun Terrane, a gneissic granodiorite pluton, which intruded the khondalite, was crystallized at ca. 505 Ma and metamorphosed at ca. 240 Ma. In combination with geochronology data of the paragneiss, we suggest that the South Kunlun Terrane was a Caledonian accretionary orogenic belt and overprinted by late Paleozoic to early Mesozoic arc magmatism.

  14. Tectonic evolution of the Western Kunlun orogenic belt in northern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau:Evidence from zircon SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS U-Pb geochronology

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    2007-01-01

    The Western Kunlun Range in northern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is composed of the North Kunlun Terrane,the South Kunlun Terrane and the Karakorum-Tianshuihai Terrane. Here we report zircon SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS U-Pb ages of some metamorphic and igneous rocks and field observations in order to pro-vide a better understanding of their Precambrian and Palaeozoic-early Mesozoic tectonic evolution. Based on these data we draw the following conclusions: (1) The paragneisses in the North Kunlun Terrane are likely of late Mesoproterozoic age rather than Palaeoproterozoic age as previously thought,representing tectonothermal episodes at 1.0―0.9 Ga and ~0.8 Ga. (2) The North Kunlun Terrane was an orogenic belt accreted to the southern margin of Tarim during late Mesoproterozoic to early Neopro-terozoic,the two episodes of metamorphisms correspond to the assemblage and breakup of Rodinia respectively. (3) The Bulunkuole Group in western South Kunlun Terrane,which was considered to be the Palaeoproterozoic basement of the South Kunlun Terrane by previous studies,is now subdivided into the late Neoproterzoic to early Palaeozoic paragneisses (khondalite) and the early Mesozoic metamorphic volcano-sedimentary series; the paragneisses were thrust onto the metamorphic vol-cano-sedimentary series from south to north,with two main teconothermal episodes (i.e.,Caledonian,460―400 Ma,and Hercynian-Indosinian,340―200 Ma),and have been documented by zircon U-Pb ages. (4) In the eastern part of the South Kunlun Terrane,a gneissic granodiorite pluton,which intruded the khondalite,was crystallized at ca. 505 Ma and metamorphosed at ca. 240 Ma. In combination with geochronology data of the paragneiss,we suggest that the South Kunlun Terrane was a Caledonian accretionary orogenic belt and overprinted by late Paleozoic to early Mesozoic arc magmatism.

  15. The kinetics of alpha-decay-induced amorphization in zircon and apatite containing weapons-grade plutonium or other actinides

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    Zircon and apatite form as actinide host phases in several high-level waste forms and have been proposed as host phases for the disposition of excess weapons-grade Pu and other actinides. Additionally, closely-related structure types appear as actinide-bearing phases among the corrosion products of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste glasses. Self-radiation damage from α-decay of the incorporated Pu or other actinides can affect the durability and performance of these actinide-bearing phases. For both zircon and apatite, these effects can be modeled as functions of storage time and repository temperature and validated by comparison with data from natural occurrences. Natural zircons and apatites, with ages up to 4 billion years, provide abundant evidence for their long-term durability because of their wide spread use in geochronology and fission-track dating. Detailed studies of natural zircons and apatites, 238Pu-containing zircon, a 244Cm-containing silicate apatite, and ion-irradiated zircon, natural apatite and synthetic silicate apatites provide a unique basis for the analysis of α-decay effects over broad time scales. Models for α-decay effects in zircon and apatite are developed that show α-decay of Pu and other actinides will lead to a crystalline-to-amorphous transformation in zircon, but not in apatite, under conditions typical of a repository, such as the Yucca Mountain site. (orig.)

  16. Multiphase composites obtained by sintering reaction of boehmite and zircon part I: Development and microstructural characterization

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, different composites (zircon-mullite, zirconia-mullite-zirconia, mullite-zirconia and alumina-zirconia-mullite were developed by reactive sintering of a powder mixture of boehmite (AlOOH and zircon (ZrSiO4. These powder mixtures were mixed and ground by ball milling and then pressed in cylindrical form. Finally, the green specimens were sintered in air during 2 hours between 1400°C and 1600°C, with a heating and cooling rate of 5°C/min. The dilatometric curves show that there are several microstructural transformations in these mixtures. X-rays diffraction spectra showed formation of several composites depending on the initial conditions (% of boehmite and zircon and sintering temperature. The micrographic observations of the samples confirmed the presence of various phases.

  17. Fabrication of Nanosized Lanthanum Zirconate Powder and Deposition of Thermal Barrier Coating by Plasma Spray Process

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    Mishra, S. K.; Jagdeesh, N.; Pathak, L. C.

    2016-07-01

    The present manuscript discusses our findings on fabrication of nanosized lanthanum zirconate powder for thermal barrier coating application and its coating by plasma spray on nickel-based superalloy substrate. Single-phase La2Zr2O7 coating of thickness of the order of 45 µm on the Ni-Cr-Al bond coat coated Ni-based superalloy substrate was deposited by plasma spray process. The layers at the interface did not show spallation and inter diffusion was very less. The microstructure, interface, porosity, and mechanical properties of different layers are investigated. The lanthanum zirconate hardness and modulus were 10.5 and 277 GPa, respectively. The load depth curve for lanthanum zirconate showed good elastic recovery around 74%.

  18. Silica-calcium zirconate nanocomposite, studying its thermal and electrical properties

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    Neda Kermani; Maryam Kargar Razi; Seyed Saeed Mirzaee; Reza Tayebee

    2015-06-01

    Silica–calcium zirconate nanocomposite was prepared in a two-step procedure. First, nanocalcium zirconate was synthesized by the modified sol–gel method; then, silica was added to the prepared sol and the resulting product was calcined at 700–1000° C. Dilatometric measurements were performed to determine the coefficient of thermal expansion (). It was concluded that was decreased from 15.96 × 10−6 to 10.26 × 10−6 1° C−1 with the increase in calcium zirconate/silica ratio. Moreover, studies on the dielectric properties and calcination temperature showed that the dielectric constant (r) was increased from 3.9 to 5.7.

  19. Fabrication of Nanosized Lanthanum Zirconate Powder and Deposition of Thermal Barrier Coating by Plasma Spray Process

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    Mishra, S. K.; Jagdeesh, N.; Pathak, L. C.

    2016-05-01

    The present manuscript discusses our findings on fabrication of nanosized lanthanum zirconate powder for thermal barrier coating application and its coating by plasma spray on nickel-based superalloy substrate. Single-phase La2Zr2O7 coating of thickness of the order of 45 µm on the Ni-Cr-Al bond coat coated Ni-based superalloy substrate was deposited by plasma spray process. The layers at the interface did not show spallation and inter diffusion was very less. The microstructure, interface, porosity, and mechanical properties of different layers are investigated. The lanthanum zirconate hardness and modulus were 10.5 and 277 GPa, respectively. The load depth curve for lanthanum zirconate showed good elastic recovery around 74%.

  20. Study of nanoconfigurations in Zircon-Mullite composites using perturbed angular correlations

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    Chain, Cecilia Y., E-mail: yamil@fisica.unlp.edu.ar; Pasquevich, Alberto F. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departamento de Fisica, IFLP, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Argentina); Rivas, Patricia C. [CONICET (Argentina); Martinez, Jorge A.; Caracoche, Maria C. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departamento de Fisica, IFLP, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Argentina); Rendtorff, Nicolas M. [CONICET (Argentina); Conconi, Maria S. [Centro de Tecnologia de Recursos Minerales y Ceramica (CETMIC: CONICET-CIC) (Argentina); Aglietti, Esteban F. [CONICET (Argentina)

    2010-06-15

    It has been already published that, at nanoscopic level, zircon exhibits wide regions of aperiodic material not detected by the ordinary techniques used to analyse the obtained product in the production of ceramic materials. In this paper it is reported how the Perturbed Angular Correlations (PAC) technique has assisted the interpretation of a mismatch between experiment and theoretical estimation of a mechanical property in some zircon-mullite composites. In fact, it has been proved that the difference observed between the calculated and the experimental value of the elastic modulus in composites of the form (1-x) ZrSiO{sub 4} - x 3Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.2SiO{sub 2} (with x = 15, 25, 35 and 45 wt.%) behaves very similarly as the relative amount of aperiodic zircon determined by PAC. This result allows to re-interpret the mullite role during the materials preparation.

  1. Physical properties of zircon and scheelite lutetium orthovanadate: Experiment and first-principles calculation

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    Huang, Zuocai; Zhang, Lei; Pan, Wei

    2013-09-01

    Pure zircon and scheelite LuVO4 were prepared by solid state reaction and high-pressure route, respectively. Structure, elastic constants, lattice dynamics and thermodynamics of LuVO4 polymorphs were studied by experiments and first principles calculation. Calculations here are in good agreement with the experimental results. The phonon dispersions of LuVO4 polymorphs were studied by the linear response method. The calculated phonon dispersions show that zircon and scheelite LuVO4 phases are dynamically stable. Raman-active frequencies were measured and assigned to different modes according to the calculations. The internal frequencies shift downward after phase transition from zircon to scheelite. Born effective charge tensors elements for both phases are analyzed. The finite temperature thermodynamic properties of LuVO4 polymorphs were calculated from the obtained phonon density of states by quasi-harmonic approach.

  2. Recrystallization of almost fully amorphous zircon under hydrothermal conditions: An infrared spectroscopic study

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    Hydrothermal experiments were carried out with powder from an almost fully amorphous, natural zircon under various P-T-t conditions mainly in a 0.1 N HCl solution. Powder infrared spectroscopic measurements on the experimental products reveal that first structural changes occurred at a fluid temperature as low as 75 deg. C. Significant recrystallization started at 200 deg. C, as indicated by an increase in the absorption intensity of the zircon fundamental IR bands and the formation of sharp OH stretching bands at 3385 and 3420 cm-1. Although the powder has fully reacted at 400 deg. C, the zircon fundamental absorption bands are not fully recovered, indicating the occurrence of significant amounts of amorphous remnants. The experimental results in neutral to acidic solutions are consistent with the idea that water (H+ and possibly H2O) diffuses into the amorphous network where it 'catalyses' solid state recrystallization. During this process, Zr and Si were leached from the amorphous network

  3. DFT and two-dimensional correlation analysis methods for evaluating the Pu{sup 3+}–Pu{sup 4+} electronic transition of plutonium-doped zircon

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    Bian, Liang, E-mail: bianliang@ms.xjb.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang (China); Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, South West University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Dong, Fa-qin; Song, Mian-xin [Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, South West University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Dong, Hai-liang [Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056 (United States); Li, Wei-Min [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang (China); Duan, Tao; Xu, Jin-bao [Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, South West University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Zhang, Xiao-yan [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang (China); Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, South West University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China)

    2015-08-30

    Highlights: • Effect of Pu f-shell electron on the electronic property of zircon is calculated via DFT and 2D-CA techniques. • Reasons of Pu f-shell electron influencing on electronic properties are systematically discussed. • Phase transitions are found at two point 2.8 mol% and 7.5 mol%. - Abstract: Understanding how plutonium (Pu) doping affects the crystalline zircon structure is very important for risk management. However, so far, there have been only a very limited number of reports of the quantitative simulation of the effects of the Pu charge and concentration on the phase transition. In this study, we used density functional theory (DFT), virtual crystal approximation (VCA), and two-dimensional correlation analysis (2D-CA) techniques to calculate the origins of the structural and electronic transitions of Zr{sub 1−c}Pu{sub c}SiO{sub 4} over a wide range of Pu doping concentrations (c = 0–10 mol%). The calculations indicated that the low-angular-momentum Pu-f{sub xy}-shell electron excites an inner-shell O-2s{sup 2} orbital to create an oxygen defect (V{sub O-s}) below c = 2.8 mol%. This oxygen defect then captures a low-angular-momentum Zr-5p{sup 6}5s{sup 2} electron to form an sp hybrid orbital, which exhibits a stable phase structure. When c > 2.8 mol%, each accumulated V{sub O-p} defect captures a high-angular-momentum Zr-4d{sub z} electron and two Si-p{sub z} electrons to create delocalized Si{sup 4+} → Si{sup 2+} charge disproportionation. Therefore, we suggest that the optimal amount of Pu cannot exceed 7.5 mol% because of the formation of a mixture of ZrO{sub 8} polyhedral and SiO{sub 4} tetrahedral phases with the orientation (10-1). This study offers new perspective on the development of highly stable zircon-based solid solution materials.

  4. Observations and controls on the occurrence of inherited zircon in Concord-type granitoids, New Hampshire

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    Harrison, T.M.; Aleinikoff, J.N.; Compston, W.

    1987-01-01

    U-Pb analyses of zircons separated from two Concord-type plutons near Sunapee and Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, reveal differences in the pattern and magnitude of zircon inheritance which are related to differences in melt chemistry. The Sunapee pluton contains only slightly more Zr than required to saturate the melt at the peak temperature of 700 ?? 30??C. Traces of inherited zircon in this separate are inferred to be present as small, largely resorbed grains. In contrast, the Long Mountain pluton, near Dixville Notch, contains about 240% more Zr than required to saturate the melt. Thus, more than half of the Zr existed as stable, inherited zircon crystals during the partial fusion event, consistent with the observation of substantial inheritance in all grain size fractions. Ion probe intra-grain analyses of zircon from the Long Mountain pluton indicate a complex pattern of inheritance with contributions from at least two Proterozoic terrenes and caution against simple interpretations of upper and lower intercepts of chords containing an inherited component. Ion probe analyses of zircons from the Sunapee pluton reveal clear evidence of U loss which results in incorrect apparent conventional U-Pb ages. Ages of crystallization for the Long Mountain and Sunapee pluton are ~350 and 354 ?? 5 Ma, respectively. A Sm/Nd measurement for the Long Mountain pluton yields a depleted mantle model age of 1.5 Ga, consistent with the observed inheritance pattern. In contrast, a Sm/Nd model age for the Sunapee pluton is improbably old due to minor monazite fractionation. ?? 1987.

  5. Theoretical investigations of the physical properties of zircon-type YVO4

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    The crystal structure, electronic properties, elastic properties, hardness and thermodynamic properties of the laser host material zircon-type YVO4 are studied using the pseudopotential plane wave method within the local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The calculated ground state values such as lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative, the band structure and densities of states were in favorable agreement with previous works and the existed experimental data. The elastic constants Cij, the aggregate elastic moduli (B, G, E), Poisson's ratio and elastic anisotropy have been investigated. In YVO4, V–O bonds with shorter bond length and larger Mulliken population make great contribution to hardness than Y–O bonds. Using quasi-harmonic Debye model considering the phonon effects, bulk modulus, heat capacity and thermal expansion coefficient of YVO4 are calculated within a range of 0–6 GPa and 0–1200 K. - Graphical Abstract: (a) Directional dependence of Young's modulus in zircon-type YVO4 and (b) projections of the directional dependent Young's modulus in different planes for zircon-type YVO4. The units are in GPa. Highlights: ► This paper systematically studied the physical properties of zircon-type YVO4 from first-principles calculations. ► Zircon-type YVO4 is mechanically stable and it is ductile for B/G>1.75 and v>0.26. ► Universal elastic anisotropy index AU for zircon-type YVO4 is 2.41, so YVO4 is anisotropic. ► V–O bonds with shorter bond length and larger Mulliken population make greater contribution to the hardness of YVO4.

  6. Determination of rare earth elements in zircons by neutron activation analysis and their geochemical significance

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    The concentrations of rare earth elements (REE) have been determined in zircon samples from different geological environments by radiochemical neutron activation analysis (RNAA) procedure, which is described. Prior to the REE determination, the uranium content of the zircon is obtained by the delayed neutron activation analysis technique (DNAA). In the determination of light rare earth elements from the activity of (n,γ) products, corrections were applied for the contributions from fission products nuclide (which are identical with the (n,γ) products). The REE patterns thus obtained seem to be characteristic of the evolution of their parent magma and could be used to trace their petrogenetic history. (author)

  7. Applied and theoretical study of textural and structural evolution of pure and doped zircon powders

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    Using different preparation methods, undoped zircon constituted of quadratic and monoclinic phases, and quadratic phase zircon doped with lanthanum, magnesium or silicon were obtained and characterized. An applied kinetic study of the influence of the gaseous phase, and of the doping on pre-sintering shows an accelerating effect of water vapour, an important stabilization effect of lanthanum or silicon additions and a little effect of magnesium additions. This kinetic study leads to a model giving two parallel types of matter transport: one using water vapour catalytic effect, and the other oxygen diffusion

  8. Structural properties of the zircon- and scheelite-type phases of YVO4 at high pressure

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    Wang, X.; Loa, I.; Syassen, K.; Hanfland, M.; Ferrand, B.

    2004-08-01

    The laser host material yttrium orthovanadate YVO4 with a tetragonal zircon-type structure has been studied by angle-dispersive powder x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell up to 26GPa (T=300K) . In situ diffraction confirms that the compound undergoes a nonreversible transformation to a scheelite-type structure at a pressure of 8.5GPa . The equations of state of the zircon and scheelite phases and changes in internal structural parameters are reported. The effect of pressure on the distorted tetrahedral and dodecahedral coordinations of the V and Y ions, respectively, is discussed.

  9. Annealing of natural metamict zircons. I low degree of radiation damage

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    1998-01-01

    In-situ time dependent high temperature X-ray powder diffraction was used to investigate the ordering process occurring during annealing of natural zircons with a low degree of radiation damage. It was possible to distinguish two stages of this process. Firstly, the diffusion of defects induced by alpha-particles, this stage contributes only to a certain degree of relaxation in the unit cell. In the second stage there is some degree of recrystallization. A hkl-dependence in the variation of the integrated intensity is observed and the increase in the volume of crystalline zircon is therefore related to a process of migration of dislocations.

  10. Application of energy-dispersive XRF technique in the hydrometallurgy study of local zircon

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    In this study, energy-dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXR-F) was used to analyse the elemental composition of the starting zircon mineral associated elements in the leaching solution. Besides analysing the major elements i.e. of zirconium, silicon and hafnium, trace elemental analysis for iron, titanium and the naturally occurring radioactive element thorium and uranium are important in establishing the grades of Malaysian zircon. The technique was also used in determine the optimum conditions for zirconium and hafnium recovery during the leaching process

  11. Zircon U-Pb dating, trace element and Sr-Nd-Hf isotope geochemistry of Paleozoic granites in the Miao'ershan-Yuechengling batholith, South China: Implication for petrogenesis and tectonic-magmatic evolution

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    Zhao, Kui-Dong; Jiang, Shao-Yong; Sun, Tao; Chen, Wei-Feng; Ling, Hong-Fei; Chen, Pei-Rong

    2013-09-01

    The Miao'ershan-Yuechengling batholith (MYB) is one of the largest granitic batholiths in South China. At least five individual phases have been identified for the Paleozoic granites in the MYB. SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating results imply that these granites were emplaced at 435 ± 4 Ma, 427 ± 3 Ma, 417 ± 6 Ma, 404 ± 6 Ma and 382 ± 2 Ma, respectively. The ages gradually decreased from the southeast to the northwest, implying that the MYB was incrementally emplaced from the southeast to the northwest lasting from early Silurian to late Devonian. Most granites are metaluminous to weakly peraluminous, and contain low P2O5 contents (0.715), low ɛNd(t) values (-8.9 to -6.7), and low zircon ɛHf(t) values (-9.5 to -4.0). These geochemical and isotopic characteristics indicate that these granites may have formed from partial melting of Paleoproterozoic basement rocks. Slight geochemical differences between different phases can be interpreted as resulting from partial melting of heterogeneous sources or different proportion mixing of meta-igneous and meta-sedimentary rocks. Zircon Hf isotope model ages vary from 1.77 to 1.93 Ga, with an average value of 1.84 ± 0.07 Ga. These data indicate that crust growth in this region took place mainly during the Paleoproterozoic (ca. 1.84 Ga), and the basement in the MYB should belong to the Cathaysia Block. The formation of the Paleozoic granites in the MYB was suggested to be related to the late orogenic magmatism of the Wuyi-Yunkai orogeny. Thus, the late orogenic magmatism in the northwestern part of the Wuyi-Yunkai orogeny must have lasted until ca. 381 Ma and took place also to the east of the Anhua-Luocheng Fault.

  12. Lattice distortion in a zircon population and its effects on trace element mobility and U-Th-Pb isotope systematics: examples from the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, northwest Scotland

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    MacDonald, John M.; Wheeler, John; Harley, Simon L.; Mariani, Elisabetta; Goodenough, Kathryn M.; Crowley, Quentin; Tatham, Daniel

    2013-07-01

    Zircon is a key mineral in geochemical and geochronological studies in a range of geological settings as it is mechanically and chemically robust. However, distortion of its crystal lattice can facilitate enhanced diffusion of key elements such as U and Pb. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis of ninety-nine zircons from the Lewisian Gneiss Complex (LGC) of northwest Scotland has revealed five zircons with lattice distortion. The distortion can take the form of gradual bending of the lattice or division of the crystal into subgrains. Zircon lattices are distorted because of either post-crystallisation plastic distortion or growth defects. Three of the five distorted zircons, along with many of the undistorted zircons in the population, were analysed by ion microprobe to measure U and Pb isotopes, Ti and REEs. Comparison of Th/U ratio, 207Pb/206Pb age, REE profile and Ti concentration between zircons with and without lattice distortion suggests that the distortion is variably affecting the concentration of these trace elements and isotopes within single crystals, within samples and between localities. REE patterns vary heterogeneously, sometimes relatively depleted in heavy REEs or lacking a Eu anomaly. Ti-in-zircon thermometry records temperatures that were either low (~700 °C) or high (>900 °C) relative to undistorted zircons. One distorted zircon records apparent 207Pb/206Pb isotopic ages (-3.0 to +0.3 % discordance) in the range of ~2,420-2,450 Ma but this does not correlate with any previously dated tectonothermal event in the LGC. Two other distorted zircons give discordant ages of 2,331 ± 22 and 2,266 ± 40 Ma, defining a discordia lower intercept within error of a late amphibolite-facies tectonothermal event. This illustrates that Pb may be mobilised in distorted zircons at lower metamorphic grade than in undistorted zircons. These differences in trace element abundances and isotope systematics in distorted zircons relative to undistorted

  13. Early Carboniferous (Viséan) emplacement of the collisional Kłodzko-Złoty Stok granitoids (Sudetes, SW Poland): constraints from geochemical data and zircon U-Pb ages

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    Mikulski, Stanisław Z.; Williams, Ian S.; Bagiński, Bogusław

    2013-06-01

    Sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe zircon U-Pb dating and geochemical data of igneous rocks from the composite Kłodzko-Złoty Stok (KZS) Granite Pluton, Sudetic Block, indicate that the granitoids represent an Early Carboniferous Viséan phase of Variscan metaluminous, high-K, I-type, syn-collisional granite magmatism within the Saxothuringian Zone of the Central European Variscides. Igneous zircon records hypabyssal magmatism that produced various granitoids and lamprophyre (spessartite) emplaced from ca. 340 to 331 Ma. The KZS granitoids have compositions ranging from granodiorite to monzonite, low A/CNK ratios (origin with high-K material from partly melted continental crust was probably a more important factor than fractional crystallization, in controlling the evolution of the magmas. The mean Pb-U ages of the main population of igneous zircon from a quartz monzodiorite (Żelazno) and hornblende monzonite (Droszków) are 340.2 ± 2.5 Ma and 339.5 ± 3.1 Ma, respectively. A slightly younger biotite-hornblende granodiorite from Chwalisław, 336.7 ± 2.5 Ma, was cut by a spessartite dyke at 333.1 ± 3.1 Ma. This indicates that mafic magmas were immediately intruded into fractured, probably incompletely solidified, granodiorites. The lamprophyric dyke also contains igneous zircon of Neoproterozoic age, 566.3 ± 6.4 Ma, typical of the crust in the Saxothuringian Zone. Tonalite from Ptasznik Hill near Droszków is of similar age to the spessartite, 331.5 ± 2.6 Ma. High REE contents in the tonalite and its igneous zircon indicate advanced differentiation of granitic magma, producing a more leucocratic melt associated with post-magmatic activity including abundant late crosscutting pegmatites and quartz veins, and contact metasomatic mineralization. The KZS granitoids have rather similar petrographic and geochemical characteristics to granitoids from other parts of the Central European Variscides, where a thickened orogenic root caused a substantial rise in

  14. Early Cretaceous arc volcanic suite in Cebu Island, Central Philippines and its implications on paleo-Pacific plate subduction: Constraints from geochemistry, zircon U-Pb geochronology and Lu-Hf isotopes

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    Deng, Jianghong; Yang, Xiaoyong; Zhang, Zhao-Feng; Santosh, M.

    2015-08-01

    The Philippine island arc system is a collage of amalgamated terranes of oceanic, continental and island arc affinities. Here we investigate a volcanic suite in Cebu Island of central Philippines, including basalt, diabase dike, basaltic pyroclastic rock and porphyritic andesite. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb geochronology of zircon grains from the porphyritic andesite and pyroclastic rock yielded ages of 126 ± 3 Ma and 119 ± 2 Ma, respectively, indicating an Early Cretaceous age. The age distribution of the detrital zircons from river sand in the area displays a peak at ca. 118 Ma, close to the age of the pyroclastic rock. The early Cretaceous volcanic rocks in the central Philippines were previously regarded as parts of ophiolite complexes by most investigators, whereas the Cebu volcanics are distinct from these, and display calc-alkaline affinity and island arc setting, characterized by high LREE/HREE ratios and low HFSE contents. These features are similar to the Early Cretaceous arc basalts in the Amami Plateau and east Halmahera in the northernmost and southernmost West Philippine Basin respectively. Zircon Hf isotopes of the pyroclastic rocks show depleted nature similar to those of the Amami Plateau basalts, implying the subducted Pacific-type MORB as probable source. Zircon Hf isotopes of the porphyritic andesite show slight enrichment relative to that of the pyroclastic rocks and MORB, indicating subducted sediments as a minor end-member in the source. The Hf isotopic compositions of the volcanic rocks are also reflected in the detrital zircons from the river sands. We propose that the volcanic rocks of Cebu Island were derived from partial melting of sub-arc mantle wedge which was metasomatized by dehydration of subducted oceanic crust together with minor pelagic sediments. Within the tectonic environment of Southeast Asia during Early Cretaceous, the volcanic rocks in Cebu Island can be correlated to the subduction of paleo-Pacific plate. The Early Cretaceous

  15. Zircon provenance of SW Caledonian phyllites reveals a distant Timanian sediment source

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    Sláma, Jiří; Pedersen, R. B.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 172, č. 4 (2015), s. 465-478. ISSN 0016-7649 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : East-European-Craton * LA-ICP-MS * Norwegian Caledonides * detrial zircon * U-PB * Scandinavian Caledonides * LU-HF * Cambrian papaeogeography * South Norwey * Oslo region Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 2.639, year: 2014

  16. SHRIMP U-Pb dating of zircon from the Xugou UHP eclogite, Sulu terrane, eastern China

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    Zhao, R.; Liou, J.G.; Zhang, R.Y.; Wooden, J.L.

    2005-01-01

    Eclogites, together with garnet clinopyroxenites, occur as lenses within the Xugou garnet peridotite body in the southern Sulu ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) terrane. Combined cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging and SHRIMP U-Pb dating of zircon from two Xugou mafic eclogites provide added constraints on the timing of UHP metamorphism in this area. Zircons from both samples show subrounded to rounded shapes and patchy CL patterns without inherited igneous cores, indicating that they are metamorphic zircons. SHRIMP U-Pb analyses of these zircons yielded apparent U-Pb ages of 214-280 Ma, with a weighted mean age of 237 ?? 8 Ma, which is consistent with previous reported UHP metamorphic ages from eclogite pods and country-rock gneisses. The Xugou mafic lenses may have formed by partial melting of the enclosing peridotites in the mantle before subduction (Zhang et al., 2003); then these eclogites, together with the host peridotites, were tectonically emplaced into the subduction zone and subjected to UHP metamorphism at 237 ?? 8 Ma. Copyright ?? 2005 by V. H. Winston & Son, Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Zircon ages of felsic volcanic rocks in the upper Precambrian of the Blue Ridge, Appalachian mountains

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    Rankin, D.W.; Stern, T.W.; Reed, J.C., Jr.; Newell, M.F.

    1969-01-01

    Five zircon samples from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina yield discordant uranium-lead ages which suggest an original age of 820 million years and an episodic lead loss at 240 million years. The indicated age of lead loss is interpreted as the age of movement of the Blue Ridge thrust sheet.

  18. Crete and the Minoan Terranes: Age constraints from U-Pb dating of detrital zircons

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    Zulauf, G.; Romano, S. S.; Dörr, W.; Fiala, Jiří

    Colorado : Boulder, 2007 - (Linnemann, U.), s. 401-411 ISBN 978-0-8137-2423-2. - (Special papers- Geological Society of America . 423) Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Crete * Minoan terranes * peri-Gondwanan terranes * U-Pb-TIMS * Gondwana * detrital zircons Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  19. Proterozoic tectonostratigraphy and paleogeography of central Madagascar derived from detrital zircon U-Pb age populations

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    Cox, R.; Coleman, D.S.; Chokel, C.B.; DeOreo, S.B.; Wooden, J.L.; Collins, A.S.; De Waele, B.; Kroner, A.

    2004-01-01

    Detrital zircon U-Pb ages determined by SHRIMP distinguish two clastic sequences among Proterozoic metasedimentary rocks from central Madagascar. The Itremo Group is older: zircon data, stromatolite characteristics, and carbon isotope data all point to a depositional age around 1500-1700 Ma. The Molo Group is younger, deposited between ???620 Ma (the age of the youngest zircon) and ???560 Ma (the age of metamorphic overgrowths on detrital cores). Geochronologic provenance analysis of the Itremo Group points to sources in East Africa as well as local sources in central and southern Madagascar but provides no evidence for a detrital contribution from northern and eastern Madagascar nor from southern India. Detrital zircon and sedimentologic similarities between rocks of the Itremo Group and the Zambian Muva Supergroup suggest a lithostratigraphic correlation between the two. The Molo Group has a strong 1000-1100 Ma detrital signature that also indicates an east African provenance and suggests a Neoproterozoic geographic connection with Sri Lanka but shows no indication of input from the Dharwar craton and eastern Madagascar. Central Madagascar was probably juxtaposed with the Tanzanian craton in the Paleo- and Mesoproterozoic, whereas northern and eastern Madagascar were connected to India. Internal assembly of Madagascar postdates Neoproterozoic Molo Group sedimentation and is likely to have occurred at about 560 Ma. ?? 2004 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

  20. Enhanced diffusion of Uranium and Thorium linked to crystal plasticity in zircon

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    Reddy Steven M

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The effects of crystal-plasticity on the U-Th-Pb system in zircon is studied by quantitative microstructural and microchemical analysis of a large zircon grain collected from pyroxenite of the Lewisian Complex, Scotland. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD mapping reveals a c.18° variation in crystallographic orientation that comprises both a gradual change in orientation and a series of discrete low-angle (207Pb/206Pb ages for individual analyses show no significant variation across the grain, and define a concordant, combined mean age of 2451 ± 14 Ma. This indicates that the grain was deformed shortly after initial crystallization, most probably during retrograde Inverian metamorphism at amphibolite facies conditions. The elevated Th over U and consistent 207Pb/206Pb ages indicates that deformation most likely occurred in the presence of a late-stage magmatic fluid that drove an increase in the Th/U during deformation. The relative enrichment of Th over U implies that Th/U ratio may not always be a robust indicator of crystallization environment. This study provides the first evidence of deformation-related modification of the U-Th system in zircon and has fundamental implications for the application and interpretation of zircon trace element data.

  1. Zircon reveals protracted magma storage and recycling beneath Mount St. Helens

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    Claiborne, L.L.; Miller, C.F.; Flanagan, D.M.; Clynne, M.A.; Wooden, J.L.

    2010-01-01

    Current data and models for Mount St. Helens volcano (Washington, United States) suggest relatively rapid transport from magma genesis to eruption, with no evidence for protracted storage or recycling of magmas. However, we show here that complex zircon age populations extending back hundreds of thousands of years from eruption age indicate that magmas regularly stall in the crust, cool and crystallize beneath the volcano, and are then rejuvenated and incorporated by hotter, young magmas on their way to the surface. Estimated dissolution times suggest that entrained zircon generally resided in rejuvenating magmas for no more than about a century. Zircon elemental compositions reflect the increasing influence of mafic input into the system through time, recording growth from hotter, less evolved magmas tens of thousands of years prior to the appearance of mafic magmas at the surface, or changes in whole-rock geochemistry and petrology, and providing a new, time-correlated record of this evolution independent of the eruption history. Zircon data thus reveal the history of the hidden, long-lived intrusive portion of the Mount St. Helens system, where melt and crystals are stored for as long as hundreds of thousands of years and interact with fresh influxes of magmas that traverse the intrusive reservoir before erupting. ?? 2010 Geological Society of America.

  2. Zircon fission-track analysis of sediments from the James Ross Island and Seymour Island, Antarctica

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    Murakami, M.; Svojtka, Martin

    -: Japan Geoscience Union, 2006. s. 152-152. [Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2006. 14.05.2006-18.05.2006, Chiba] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : zircon * fission-track * Antarctica Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  3. Physical properties of zircon and scheelite lutetium orthovanadate: Experiment and first-principles calculation

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    Pure zircon and scheelite LuVO4 were prepared by solid state reaction and high-pressure route, respectively. Structure, elastic constants, lattice dynamics and thermodynamics of LuVO4 polymorphs were studied by experiments and first principles calculation. Calculations here are in good agreement with the experimental results. The phonon dispersions of LuVO4 polymorphs were studied by the linear response method. The calculated phonon dispersions show that zircon and scheelite LuVO4 phases are dynamically stable. Raman-active frequencies were measured and assigned to different modes according to the calculations. The internal frequencies shift downward after phase transition from zircon to scheelite. Born effective charge tensors elements for both phases are analyzed. The finite temperature thermodynamic properties of LuVO4 polymorphs were calculated from the obtained phonon density of states by quasi-harmonic approach. - Graphical abstract: Lutetium orthovanadate polymorphs were synthesized by SSR and HP methods and their physical and chemical properties, including lattice dynamical properties, were determined by DFT calculations and experiments. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Pure zircon and scheelite LuVO4 polymorphs were synthesized by solid state reaction and high-pressure route. • Chemical and physical properties of LuVO4 polymorphs were studied by experiments and first principles calculation. • Raman-active frequencies were measured and assigned to different modes according to the calculations. • Lattice dynamics of polymorphs were discussed in details

  4. High-pressure structural investigation of several zircon-type orthovanadates

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    Errandonea, D.; Lacomba-Perales, R.; Ruiz-Fuertes, J.; Segura, A.; Achary, S. N.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2009-05-01

    Room temperature angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction measurements on zircon-type EuVO4 , LuVO4 , and ScVO4 were performed up to 27 GPa. In all the three compounds we found evidence of a pressure-induced structural phase transformation from zircon to a scheelite-type structure. The onset of the transition is near 8 GPa, but the transition is sluggish and low-pressure and high-pressure phases coexist in a pressure range of about 10 GPa. In EuVO4 and LuVO4 a second transition to a M -fergusonite-type phase was found near 21 GPa. The equations of state for the zircon and scheelite phases are also determined. Among the three studied compounds, we found that ScVO4 is less compressible than EuVO4 and LuVO4 , being the most incompressible orthovanadate studied to date. The sequence of structural transitions and compressibilities are discussed in comparison with other zircon-type oxides.

  5. Physical properties of zircon and scheelite lutetium orthovanadate: Experiment and first-principles calculation

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    Huang, Zuocai; Zhang, Lei; Pan, Wei, E-mail: panw@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

    2013-09-15

    Pure zircon and scheelite LuVO{sub 4} were prepared by solid state reaction and high-pressure route, respectively. Structure, elastic constants, lattice dynamics and thermodynamics of LuVO{sub 4} polymorphs were studied by experiments and first principles calculation. Calculations here are in good agreement with the experimental results. The phonon dispersions of LuVO{sub 4} polymorphs were studied by the linear response method. The calculated phonon dispersions show that zircon and scheelite LuVO{sub 4} phases are dynamically stable. Raman-active frequencies were measured and assigned to different modes according to the calculations. The internal frequencies shift downward after phase transition from zircon to scheelite. Born effective charge tensors elements for both phases are analyzed. The finite temperature thermodynamic properties of LuVO{sub 4} polymorphs were calculated from the obtained phonon density of states by quasi-harmonic approach. - Graphical abstract: Lutetium orthovanadate polymorphs were synthesized by SSR and HP methods and their physical and chemical properties, including lattice dynamical properties, were determined by DFT calculations and experiments. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Pure zircon and scheelite LuVO{sub 4} polymorphs were synthesized by solid state reaction and high-pressure route. • Chemical and physical properties of LuVO4 polymorphs were studied by experiments and first principles calculation. • Raman-active frequencies were measured and assigned to different modes according to the calculations. • Lattice dynamics of polymorphs were discussed in details.

  6. U-Pb ages and morphology of zircons from different granites within the Saxonian Granulite Massif

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    Sagawe, Anja [Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden (Germany). Oeffentlichkeitsarbeit; Gaertner, Andreas; Hofmann, Mandy; Linnemann, Ulf [Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden (Germany). Sektion Geochronologie

    2013-07-01

    The Saxonian Granulite Massif comprises various granitoid intrusions with different stages of deformation but of similar ages. However, there is only little knowledge about the magmatic source of these rocks. Combining the external and internal morphology of zircons and taking into consideration their Th-U values allows the differentiation of the granitoids into at least two groups of distinct evolution.

  7. Alpha-decay damage and recrystallization in zircon: evidence for an intermediate state from infrared spectroscopy

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    α-decay damage and recrystallization in natural zircon (with dose ranging from 0.06 to 23.3x1018 α-events g-1) were studied using polarized reflection infrared spectroscopy. The experimental results show that α-decay damage leads to a gradual decrease in reflectivity and a loss of anisotropy of IR spectra. Recrystallization of damaged zircon is found as a multi-stage process with a strong dependence on the initial degree of damage. In weakly and moderately damaged samples the major recrystallization takes place near 1000 K. Annealed samples recrystallize epitaxially along their original crystallographic orientations. A highly damaged zircon with radiation dose of 15.9x1018 α-events g-1 decomposes into SiO2 and ZrO2 near 1100 K. In this sample the growth of ZrSiO4 from the binary oxides occurs between 1400 and 1500 K. An additional IR signal peaked near 790 cm-1 is detected in moderately damaged samples annealed at temperatures higher than 800 K. This peak is sharp and isotropic. The peak tends to disappear at temperatures above 1400 K. This signal may be related to an unknown intermediate phase caused by heating of radiation-damaged zircon. Alternatively, the signal may be due to the structural distortions near the boundaries between the amorphized and crystalline regions. (author)

  8. Potentially biogenic carbon preserved in a 4.1 billion-year-old zircon.

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    Bell, Elizabeth A; Boehnke, Patrick; Harrison, T Mark; Mao, Wendy L

    2015-11-24

    Evidence of life on Earth is manifestly preserved in the rock record. However, the microfossil record only extends to ∼ 3.5 billion years (Ga), the chemofossil record arguably to ∼ 3.8 Ga, and the rock record to 4.0 Ga. Detrital zircons from Jack Hills, Western Australia range in age up to nearly 4.4 Ga. From a population of over 10,000 Jack Hills zircons, we identified one >3.8-Ga zircon that contains primary graphite inclusions. Here, we report carbon isotopic measurements on these inclusions in a concordant, 4.10 ± 0.01-Ga zircon. We interpret these inclusions as primary due to their enclosure in a crack-free host as shown by transmission X-ray microscopy and their crystal habit. Their δ(13)CPDB of -24 ± 5‰ is consistent with a biogenic origin and may be evidence that a terrestrial biosphere had emerged by 4.1 Ga, or ∼ 300 My earlier than has been previously proposed. PMID:26483481

  9. Fission-track dating of apatite and zircon: An interlaboratory comparison

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    Naeser, C.W.; Zimmermann, R.A.; Cebula, G.T.

    1981-01-01

    Apatite and zircon separates from the Fish Canyon Tuff (K-Ar age, 27.9??0.7 Myr), San Juan Mtns., Colorado, have been given to over 50 laboratories for fission-track dating. Nineteen laboratories have reported fission-track ages that they have determined for apatites. Nine laboratories have reported their analysis of the zircons. The principal difference between the results reported by the laboratories reflects their choice of the decay constant. The laboratories which use a value of ??f ??? 7.0 ?? 10-17 yr-1 for the spontaneous-fission decay constant of 238U, report an average age for the apatite of 28.5??0.7 Myr, and those using ??f ??? = 8.4 ?? 10-17 yr-1 report an average age of 23.6??1.0 Myr. The average fission-track age for the zircons is 28.4??0.7 Myr. Only laboratories which use ??f ??? 7.0 ?? 10-17 yr-1 reported zircon data. ?? 1981.

  10. Capability of resisting γ-ray irradiation and immobilization for simulated trivalent actinides on synthesized zircon

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    In order to investigate zircon immobilization for trivalent actinides and its γ-ray irradiation stability, zircon was synthesized at 1 500 degree C for 22 h using ZrO2, SiO2 and Eu2O3(2.5%-10% in mole) powders as the starting materials and trivalent europium (Eu3+) as the simulacrum. Then, γ-ray irradiation experiment of the condensates was conducted. The phases, structure and surface morphology of the synthesized condensates and the corresponding irradiated condensates were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), laser Raman microprobe (RMP) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results indicate that the main phase of the synthesized condensates is zircon, and it still shows a high crystallinity although 2.5%-10% of Eu2O3 is added in the starting materials. With the increase of Eu2O3 in the starting materials, the metamict degree of the synthesized condensates is slightly increased. Zircon is still the main phase in the irradiated condensates though they are irradiated by 579.1 kGy of γ-ray. The crystallinity of irradiated samples is slightly weakened hence the degree of metamict slightly increased. (authors)

  11. Effect of the temperature and oxalic acid in the uranyl sorption in zircon

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    In this work the results of the temperature effect study are presented on uranyl solutions adsorbed on zirconium silicate (ZrSiO4) and also on the compounds formed in surface with oxalic acid. The adsorption isotherms of uranyl on hydrated zircon with NaClO4 0.5 M, show an increase of the uranyl sorption efficiency when increasing the temperature from 20 to 4 C with a sudden descent in this efficiency when changing the temperature at 60 C. The uranyl sorption efficiency increases to hydrate the zircon with a solution of oxalic acid 0.1 M, maintaining the same tendency regarding to the temperatures of the sorption in medium NaClO4 0.5 M. The complex formation in the zircon surface with organic acids of low molecular weight increases the fixation of the uranyl in solution due to the formation of ternary systems, in the order Zircon/A. Organic/Uranyl, without altering their response to the temperature. (Author)

  12. Anisotropic dielectric response of lead zirconate crystals in the terahertz and infrared range at low temperature

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    Ostapchuk, Tetyana; Kadlec, Christelle; Kužel, Petr; Kroupa, Jan; Železný, Vladimír; Hlinka, Jiří; Petzelt, Jan; Dec, J.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 87, 10-11 (2014), s. 1129-1137. ISSN 0141-1594 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-15110S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : antiferroelectrics * infrared and terahertz spectroscopy * lead zirconate * phonons * complex dielectric permittivity Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.954, year: 2014

  13. Three Stages of Zircon Growth in Magmatic Rocks from the Pingtan Complex, Eastern China

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    WANG Xiang; W.L.GRIFFIN; S.Y.O'REILLY; LI Wuxian

    2007-01-01

    Morphological and chemical studies on zircon grains from gabbro and granite of the Pingtan magmatic complex, Fujian Province, eastern China, show that there are three stages of zircon growth.The early stage of zircon growth is characterized by colorlessness, high transparence and birefringence,low and dispersive Ⅰpr and Ⅰpy, weak and homogeneous BSE brightness, lower Hf content and depletion of U, Th and Y; the middle stage is characterized by abruptly increasing Ⅰpy, progressively strong and sectoral-zoning BSE brightness, higher Hf content and enrichment of U, Th and Y with Th/U > 1; the late stage of growth is characterized by brownish color, poor transparence, low birefringence, highest Ⅰpr and Ⅰpy, middle and oscillatorily-zoning BSE brightness, highest contents of Hf, U and Y with Th/U <1. The stages are considered to be formed in a deep magma chamber, ascent passage and emplacement site, respectively. Due to the more or less long residual time of the magma chamber, the difference in age between the early and late stages of zircon might be great enough to be distinguished, which can be attributed to tectonic constraint for the magmatism.

  14. Comparing Carbon and Strontium Isotope Chemostratigraphy against U-Pb Detrital Zircon Analysis in Dating Marbles of the Uppermost Allochthon in North Norway

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    Verellen, Devon; Yaw Agyei-Dwarko, Nana; Steltenpohl, Mark; Andresen, Arild

    2015-04-01

    .5 ±3.3 Ma. This age is consistent with deposition upon the 474 Ma ophiolitic basement and reconciles the discrepancy between the chemostratigraphic ages and the field/structural observations. We interpret the chemostratigraphic age assignment in this instance to be erroneous likely due to disturbance of the isotopic systems during amphibolite-facies metamorphism. We also present LA-ICPMS data on detrital zircons from the psammitic matrix of a conglomerate from the Fauske nappe ~150 km south of Ofoten, which is lithologically correlated to the Evenes Group. Twelve percent of the 120 zircons analyzed with <10% central discordance produce a major peak at ca. 460 Ma with the two youngest zircons having a concordia age of 443.4 ±2.2 Ma (MSWD= 0.87). Chemostratigraphic dating of the conglomerate reportedly was non-unique but suggested it was younger than Early Ordovician, which is compatible with our 443 Ma maximum age for deposition. As in Ofoten, however, a fault placed between the conglomerate-bearing units and underlying 440 Ma marbles (based on chemostratigraphy) is not required by the age dates because they are essentially the same. Our current work, therefore, indicates that carbon and strontium isotope stratigraphy for dating amphibolite-facies marbles in north Norway may either conflict or conform to age dates based on U-Pb isotopic systems that are much more stable and resistant to subsequent geological disturbances. More systematic studies are underway to attempt to further clarify this.

  15. Pb, U, Ti, Hf and Zr distributions in zircons determined by proton microprobe and fission track techniques

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    A proton microprobe has been used to determine Pb, Tl, Hf and Zr distributions across four single zircon crystals separated from a 'rapakivi' granite. The Pb and Zr data are quantitative: Pb and Tl concentrations were below the measurable limits for determinations in situ by most other techniques. The distribution of U in the same crystals was determined by the fission track technique. Limits on precision of U allow only a qualitative correlation of U and Pb, whereas the Tl and Pb correlation is more exactly determined. Zircons with distinct cores and overgrowths exhibited uniform Zr and Hf concentrations across the crystals, whereas the high U rims and 'inclusions' (domains) also had high Tl and Pb contents. Since almost all the Pb in these zircons is derived by radioactive decay of U, the Tl substitution has paralleled that of U. The results indicate that the high U domains are 'hot spots' rather than a separate mineral phase. The strong positive correlation of U and Pb indicates that there is little U daughter product migration relative to U, within the crystal. However, for the zircon population investigated here, the data are equivocal on the question of whether U addition to zircon crystals is associated with new zircon growth or not. In either case, the heterogeneous U and Pb distributions complicate any interpretations of U-Pb isotopic analysis for such zircon populations. (author)

  16. Genetic Mechanism of Mineral Inclusions in Zircons from the Khondalite Series, Southeastern Inner Mongolia

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    2003-01-01

    The early Precambrian khondalite series is widely distributed in the Jining-Zhuozi-Fengzhen- Liangcheng area, southeastern Inner Mongolia. The khondalite series mainly consists of sillimanite garnet potash feldspar (or two-feldspar) gneiss and garnet biotite plagioclase gneiss. These gneissic rocks have commonly experienced granulite-facies metamorphism. In zircons separated from sillimanite garnet potash feldspar gneisses, many mineral inclusions, including Sil, Grt, Ky, Kfs, Qtz and Ap, have been identified by the Laser Raman spectroscopy. Generally, prograde metamorphic mineral inclusion assemblages such as Ky + Kfs + Qtz + Ap and Ky + Grt + Kfs + Qtz are preserved in the core of zircon, while peak granulite-facies metamorphic minerals including Sil + Grt + Kfs + Qtz and Sil + Grt + Kfs + Qtz + Ap are identified in the mantle and rim of the same zircon. However, in some zircons are only preserved the peak metamorphic minerals such as Sil + Grt + Kfs + Qtz and Sil + Grt + Kfs + Qtz + Ap from core to rim, and in others are inherited the primary cores with minor mineral inclusions of Kfs + Qtz, with peak metamorphic mineral inclusions around the inherited cores. These data indicate that the mineral assemblage evolution of sillimanite garnet potash feldspar gneisses in the study are did experience a polymorphic transformation of kyanite to sillimanite. In garnet biotite plagioclase gneisses, secondary electron microscopic images reveal that most zircons display distinct zoning textures, which comprise cores and rims, each with distinctive inclusion assemblages. The inherited mineral inclusions, mainly consisting of Kfs + Pl + Qtz, Kfs + Qtz and Kfs + Qtz + Ap, are preserved in the primary cores, while peak granulite-facies mineral asemblages, including Grt + Bt + Pl + Qtz + Ap, Grt + Bt + Pl + Qtz and Grt + Bt + Pl + Qtz + Rt, are identified on the rims. The occurrence of peak metamorphic mineral inclusions in zircons indicates that these gneissic rocks, including

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  18. Rapid cooling rates at an active mid-ocean ridge from zircon thermochronology

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    Schmitt, Axel K.; Perfit, Michael R.; Rubin, Kenneth H.; Stockli, Daniel F.; Smith, Matthew C.; Cotsonika, Laurie A.; Zellmer, Georg F.; Ridley, W. Ian; Lovera, Oscar M.

    2011-02-01

    Oceanic spreading ridges are Earth's most productive crust generating environment, but mechanisms and rates of crustal accretion and heat loss are debated. Existing observations on cooling rates are ambiguous regarding the prevalence of conductive vs. convective cooling of lower oceanic crust. Here, we report the discovery and dating of zircon in mid-ocean ridge dacite lavas that constrain magmatic differentiation and cooling rates at an active spreading center. Dacitic lavas erupted on the southern Cleft segment of the Juan de Fuca ridge, an intermediate-rate spreading center, near the intersection with the Blanco transform fault. Their U-Th zircon crystallization ages (29.3 - 4.6 + 4.8 ka; 1σ standard error s.e.) overlap with the (U-Th)/He zircon eruption age (32.7 ± 1.6 ka) within uncertainty. Based on similar 238U- 230Th disequilibria between southern Cleft dacite glass separates and young mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) erupted nearby, differentiation must have occurred rapidly, within ~ 10-20 ka at most. Ti-in-zircon thermometry indicates crystallization at 850-900 °C and pressures > 70-150 MPa are calculated from H 2O solubility models. These time-temperature constraints translate into a magma cooling rate of ~ 2 × 10 - 2 °C/a. This rate is at least one order-of-magnitude faster than those calculated for zircon-bearing plutonic rocks from slow spreading ridges. Such short intervals for differentiation and cooling can only be resolved through uranium-series ( 238U- 230Th) decay in young lavas, and are best explained by dissipating heat convectively at high crustal permeability.

  19. Selective zircon accumulation in a new benthic foraminifer, Psammophaga zirconia, sp. nov.

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    Sabbatini, A; Negri, A; Bartolini, A; Morigi, C; Boudouma, O; Dinelli, E; Florindo, F; Galeazzi, R; Holzmann, M; Lurcock, P C; Massaccesi, L; Pawlowski, J; Rocchi, S

    2016-07-01

    Benthic foraminifera are single-celled eukaryotes that make a protective organic, agglutinated or calcareous test. Some agglutinated, single-chambered taxa, including Psammophaga Arnold, 1982, retain mineral particles in their cytoplasm, but the selective mechanism of accumulation is not clear. Here, we report the ability of a foraminiferal species to select and accumulate zircons and other heavy minerals in their cytoplasm. In particular, the use of Scanning Electron Microscope coupled with an Energy Dispersive X-ray microanalysis system (SEM-EDS) enabled a representative overview of the mineral diversity and showed that the analysed Psammophaga zirconia sp. nov. individuals contained dominantly crystals of zircon (51%), titanium oxides (27%), and ilmenite (11%) along with minor magnetite and other minerals. The studied specimens occur in the shallow central Adriatic Sea where the sediment has a content of zircon below 1% and of other heavy minerals below 4%. For that reason we hypothesize that: (i) P. zirconia may be able to chemically select minerals, specifically zircon and rutile; (ii) the chemical mechanism allowing the selection is based on electrostatic interaction, and it could work also for agglutinated foraminifera (whether for ingestion, like Xenophyophores, or incorporation in the test as in many other described taxa). In particular, this aptitude for high preferential uptake and differential ingestion or retention of zircon is reported here for the first time, together with the selection of other heavy minerals already described in members of the genus Psammophaga. They are generally counted among early foraminifera, constructing a morphologically simple test with a single chamber. Our molecular phylogenetic study confirms that P. zirconia is a new species, genetically distinctive from other Psammophaga, and occurs in the Adriatic as well as in the Black Sea. PMID:27001345

  20. Depositional ages of clastic metasediments from Samos and Syros, Greece: results of a detrital zircon study

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    Löwen, Kersten; Bröcker, Michael; Berndt, Jasper

    2015-01-01

    Siliciclastic metasediments from the islands of Samos and Syros, Cycladic blueschist unit, Greece, were studied to determine maximum sedimentation ages. Four samples from the Ampelos unit on Samos yielded age distribution spectra that range from ~320 Ma to ~3.2 Ga with a dominance of Cambrian-Neoproterozoic zircons (500-1,100 Ma). The youngest well-constrained age groups cluster at 500-550 Ma. Our results allow to link the Samos metasediments with occurrences showing similar age distribution patterns elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean region (Greece, Turkey, Libya, Israel and Jordan) that record the influx of `Pan-African' detritus. The lack of post-500-Ma zircons in the Samos samples is in marked contrast to the data from Syros that indicates Triassic to Cretaceous depositional ages. The samples from Syros were collected from the matrix of a meta-ophiolitic mélange that is exposed near the top of the metamorphic succession as well as from outcrops representing the basal part of the underlying marble-schist sequence. The zircon populations from Syros were mainly supplied by Mesozoic sources dominated by Triassic protolith ages. Subordinate is the importance of pre-Triassic zircons, but this may reflect bias induced by the research strategy. Sediment accumulation continued until Late Cretaceous time, but the overall contribution of Jurassic to Cretaceous detritus is more limited. Zircon populations are dominated by grains with small degree of rounding suggesting relatively short sediment transportation. Available observations are in accordance with a model suggesting deposition close to the magmatic source rocks.

  1. Detrital zircon provenance of the Paleogene syn-rift sediments in the northern South China Sea

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    Shao, Lei; Cao, Licheng; Pang, Xiong; Jiang, Tao; Qiao, Peijun; Zhao, Meng

    2016-02-01

    The early rift sedimentation history of the South China Sea is still not well understood due to restricted borehole coverage of the Paleogene strata and lack of reliable stratigraphic dating. We use detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology to explore the source-to-sink characteristics of syn-rift sequences in the northern South China Sea. The results reveal significant intrabasinal provenances in addition to the well-perceived terrigenous supply from the north. The Dongsha Uplift is considered to account for the dominance of the Early Cretaceous zircons in the Eocene samples. The Lower Oligocene sediments in the Qiongdongnan Basin could have been sourced from Hainan Island and local uplifts, but their distinction cannot be confirmed by the U-Pb age spectra. Contemporary sediments in the northern Pearl River Mouth Basin were most likely transported from southeastern South China with well-rounded zircon grains showing U-Pb age similarity to those from the northeastern tributaries of the Pearl River. By contrast, intrabasinal sources from the west and east are suggested to have contributed the infill of the southern part of the Pearl River Mouth Basin based on generally euhedral zircon shapes. These sedimentary source patterns appear to change very little in the Oligocene northern South China Sea. However, the newly detected Neoproterozoic zircons in the Upper Oligocene sediments from borehole L21 tend to indicate a southern source. The episodic and diachronic nature of rifting and erosion processes in the early South China Sea is the cause of complex patterns in the Paleogene provenance history.

  2. Unroofing history of the Sillai Patti granite gneiss, Pakistan: constraints from zircon fission-track dating

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    A group of alkaline igneous rocks is exposed in the north of the Peshawar Plain, extending from Tarbela in the east up to Loe-Shilman near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the west. The alkaline rocks consist mainly of granites, syenites, gabbros, ijolites and carbonatites. Granitic gneisses of Paleozoic age are exposed at the Malakand and further westward at Sillai Patti. However, the fission-track dating studies on zircon, based on the present work, indicate that the age of the Sillai Patti granite gneiss is less than the absolute age of granite gneisses. Therefore, the zircon fission-track age of 24.28±2.97 Ma of the Sillai Patti granite gneiss, represents a time of post-metamorphic denudation history of the area, when these rocks passed through the 210 deg. C isotherm, corresponding to a depth of about 6.7 km inside the earth's crust from their present position if a paleogeothermal gradient of 30 deg. C/km is assumed to have prevailed. Our average fission-track zircon age of 24.28±2.97 Ma is very similar to the average fission-track zircon age of 25.4±0.7 Ma of Mansehra granites. Average cooling rates of the Mansehra and Sillai Patti granite gneisses have been computed to be (8.00±0.22) deg. C/Ma and (8.00±0.98) deg. C/Ma, while the average denudation rates of the Mansehra and Sillai Patti granite gneisses have been computed to be (0.262±0.007) and (0.274±0.034) mm/yr, respectively, on the basis of zircon fission-track ages for the period between 25 Ma and the present time. This indicates that the two complexes have experienced similar average cooling/uplift-induced denudation histories during the last 25 Ma or so

  3. Major zircon megacryst suites of the Indo-Pacific lithospheric margin (ZIP) and their petrogenetic and regional implications

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    Sutherland, Lin; Graham, Ian; Yaxley, Gregory; Armstrong, Richard; Giuliani, Gaston; Hoskin, Paul; Nechaev, Victor; Woodhead, Jon

    2016-04-01

    Zircon megacrysts (± gem corundum) appear in basalt fields of Indo-Pacific origin over a 12,000 km zone (ZIP) along West Pacific continental margins. Age-dating, trace element, oxygen and hafnium isotope studies on representative zircons (East Australia-Asia) indicate diverse magmatic sources. The U-Pb (249 to 1 Ma) and zircon fission track (ZFT) ages (65 to 1 Ma) suggest thermal annealing during later basalt transport, with migrating lithosphere. In contrast, East Asian-Russian ZIP sites reflect later basaltic magmatism (migrating lithosphere and slab subduction.

  4. Using Zircon-Hosted Melt Inclusions to Track the Late Volatile Evolution of the 74 ka Youngest Toba Tuff, Sumatra

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    Lerner, A. H.; Kent, A. J.

    2014-12-01

    Melt inclusions provide important constraints on the behavior of magmatic volatiles; however, our understanding is hindered by a lack of temporal constraints on volatile evolution. Melt inclusions in zircon crystals have the unique potential to provide a temporal record of pre-eruptive magmatic volatile abundances through radiometric U-Pb or U-Th dating of zircon hosts. We present work on zircon-hosted melt inclusions (ZHMIs) from the ~74 ka Youngest Toba Tuff (hereafter: Toba), Sumatra, Indonesia. Zircon separated from Toba pumice contain abundant melt inclusions of ovoid or irregular-wormy forms, which range in size from 5-50 μm. Cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging of Toba zircon show that many ovoid melt inclusions and all the irregular melt inclusions occur within areas of zircon growth following earlier dissolution events. These zones crosscut oscillatory-zoned zircon and have negligible CL variability, suggesting that remineralizion and entrapment of melt inclusions may have occurred relatively quickly. Some inclusions do occur within regions of oscillatory CL zonation, indicating melt entrapment also occurs during primary crystal growth. Electron microprobe analyses show no significant compositional differences between ovoid and irregular-shaped inclusions. Toba ZHMIs are chemically similar to quartz-hosted melt inclusions (Chesner and Luhr, 2010) and to the most differentiated Toba pumice glass (Chesner, 1998). Zircon saturation calculations (Boehnke et al, 2013) from ZHMI chemistries indicate that zircon saturated at ~750-770°C, consistent with Fe-Ti geothermometry from Toba pumice (700-780°C; Chesner and Luhr, 2010). Chlorine in zircon inclusions range from 0.11-0.17 wt%, which are within the range measured in quartz-hosted inclusions (0.11-0.20 wt%). Non-degassed matrix glass has a similar maximum chlorine content of 0.15 wt%, while out-gassed samples have Cl as low as 0.08 wt% (Chesner and Luhr, 2010). Evidence indicates that zircon saturated late and

  5. Evolution of the Gondwanaland Archaean Shield: ion microprobe zircon dating and southwestern Australia/Wilkes Land, Antartica

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    The ion microprobe has been used to study 207Pb/206Pb ages on 20μm-sized sites on single zircon grains from coastal rocks on either side of the rift in the Gondwanaland Archaean Shield between southwestern Australia and Wilkes Land, Antarctica. The ages on individual sites on zircon grains from a variety of rock types from southwestern Australia show a range from 1600 m.y. to about 3400 m.y., with an inverse dependence on the uranium abundance at each site. Ages of zircons from rocks from the Antartic region show a range from 1600 m.y. to 3100 m.y

  6. Determination of Gibbs Free Energy of Formation from Elements for Ca4Fe9O17 by Solid-state Galvanic Cell

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    Li, Hui-Yu; Guo, Xing-Min

    2015-02-01

    Aiming to fill the thermodynamic blank in CaO-FeO-Fe2O3 system, the determination of the Gibbs free energy of formation from elements for ternary Ca4Fe9O17 was carried out using a solid-state galvanic cell with air and calcium zirconate material, respectively, as the reference electrode and electrolyte. The ternary system Ca2Fe2O5-CaFe2O4-Ca4Fe9O17 was selected as the measuring electrode and its equilibrium was confirmed. The essential thermodynamic data of Ca2Fe2O5 and CaFe2O4 were cited from the reassessed data from a previous investigation. The reversible electromotive forces of the cell were determined from 1273 K to 1473 K (1000 °C to 1200 °C). The Gibbs free energy of formation from elements for Ca4Fe9O17 was derived and given by: The increment of enthalpy and entropy of formation from elements for Ca4Fe9O17 at 298 K (25 °C) are calculated to be and . The Ellingham diagram was developed in temperature range 1273 K to 1473 K (1000 °C to 1200 °C). The oxygen potential of Ca4Fe9O17 was found to be slightly higher than CaFe2O4 and much higher than Ca2Fe2O5.

  7. Zircon U-Pb geochronology of the volcanic rocks from Fanchang-Ningwu volcanic basins in the Lower Yangtze region and its geological implications

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    YAN Jun; LIU HaiQuan; SONG ChuanZhong; XU XiSheng; AN YaJun; LIU Jia; DAI LiQun

    2009-01-01

    The latest eruptions in two important Mesozoic volcanic basins of Fanchang and Ningwu located in the middle-lower reaches of the Yangtze River formed the bimodal volcanic rocks of the Kedoushan Formation and ultrapotassic volcanic rocks of the Niangniangshan Formation,respectively.The representative volcanic rocks of the two Formations were selected for LA-ICPMS zircon U-Pb dating.The results indicate that there exist a large amount of magmatic zircons as indicated by high Th/U ratios in these volcanic rocks.The weighted mean age of 21 analyses is 130.7±1.1 Ma for the Kedoushan Formation,and that of 20 analyses is 130.6±1.1 Ma for the Niangniangshan Formation.These U-Pb ages are interpreted to represent the formation times of the volcanic rocks.In combination with other known geochronological data for Mesozoic volcanic rocks from the Lower Yangtze region,it is proposed that the latest volcanic activations in the Jinniu,Luzong,Fanchang and Ningwu volcanic basins probably came to end prior to ca.128 Me.There is no significant time interval between the early and later volcanic activities in the Luzong and Ningwu basins,suggesting e short duration of volcanic activities and thus implying the onset of an extensional tectonic setting at about 130 Ma in the Lower Yangtze region.Integrated studies reveal that the Early Cretaceous magmatic activities and their geochronological framework in the Lower Yangtze region are a response to progressively dynamic deep processes that started with the transformation of tectonic setting from compression to extension,followed by delaminating of the lower part of the thickened lithosphere,lithospheric thinning,asthenosphere upwelling,and crust-mantle interaction.

  8. Zircon U-Pb age, geochemical, and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic constraints on the origin of alkaline intrusions in eastern Shandong Province, China

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    Liu, Shen; Feng, Caixia; Hu, Ruizhong; Gao, Shan; Wang, Tao; Feng, Guangying; Qi, Youqiang; Coulson, Ian M.; Lai, Shaocong

    2013-08-01

    Alkaline intrusions in the eastern Shandong Province consist of quartz monzonite and granite. U-Pb zircon ages, geochemical data, and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic data for these rocks are reported in the present paper. Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) U-Pb zircon analyses yielded consistent ages ranging from 114.3 ± 0.3 to 122.3 ± 0.4 Ma for six samples of the felsic rocks. The felsic rocks are characterised by a wide range of chemical compositions (SiO2 = 55.14-77.63 wt. %, MgO = 0.09-4.64 wt. %, Fe2O3 = 0.56-7.6 wt. %, CaO = 0.40-5.2 wt. %), light rare earth elements (LREEs) and large ion lithophile elements (LILEs) (i.e., Rb, Pb, U) enrichment, as well as significant rare earth elements (HREEs) and heavy field strength (HFSEs) (Nb, Ta, P and Ti) depletion, various and high (87Sr/86Sr) i ranging from 0.7066 to 0.7087, low ɛ Nd (t) values from -14.1 to -17.1, high neodymium model ages (TDM1 = 1.56-2.38Ga, TDM2 = 2.02-2.25Ga), 206Pb/204Pb = 17.12-17.16, 207Pb/204Pb = 15.44-15.51, and 208Pb/204Pb = 37.55-37.72. The results suggested that these rocks were derived from an enriched crustal source. In addition, the alkaline rocks also evolved as the result of the fractionation of potassium feldspar, plagioclase, +/- ilmenite or rutile and apatite. However, the alkaline rocks were not affected by crustal contamination. Moreover, the generation of the alkaline rocks can be attributed to the structural collapse of the Sulu organic belt due to various processes.

  9. DFT and two-dimensional correlation analysis methods for evaluating the Pu(3+)-Pu(4+) electronic transition of plutonium-doped zircon.

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    Bian, Liang; Dong, Fa-qin; Song, Mian-xin; Dong, Hai-liang; Li, Wei-Min; Duan, Tao; Xu, Jin-bao; Zhang, Xiao-yan

    2015-08-30

    Understanding how plutonium (Pu) doping affects the crystalline zircon structure is very important for risk management. However, so far, there have been only a very limited number of reports of the quantitative simulation of the effects of the Pu charge and concentration on the phase transition. In this study, we used density functional theory (DFT), virtual crystal approximation (VCA), and two-dimensional correlation analysis (2D-CA) techniques to calculate the origins of the structural and electronic transitions of Zr1-cPucSiO4 over a wide range of Pu doping concentrations (c=0-10mol%). The calculations indicated that the low-angular-momentum Pu-fxy-shell electron excites an inner-shell O-2s(2) orbital to create an oxygen defect (VO-s) below c=2.8mol%. This oxygen defect then captures a low-angular-momentum Zr-5p(6)5s(2) electron to form an sp hybrid orbital, which exhibits a stable phase structure. When c>2.8mol%, each accumulated VO-p defect captures a high-angular-momentum Zr-4dz electron and two Si-pz electrons to create delocalized Si(4+)→Si(2+) charge disproportionation. Therefore, we suggest that the optimal amount of Pu cannot exceed 7.5mol% because of the formation of a mixture of ZrO8 polyhedral and SiO4 tetrahedral phases with the orientation (10-1). This study offers new perspective on the development of highly stable zircon-based solid solution materials. PMID:25841086

  10. Isotope, scanning electron microscope, and energy dispersive spectrometer studies of heterogeneous zircons from radioactive granites in the Grenville structural province, Quebec and Ontario

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    Heterogeneous zircons yielded discordant Pb-U, Pb-Th, and 207Pb-206Pb isotopic ages. Most data points fall below the concordia curve, implying losses of daughter elements, bqt they define a discordia line that intersects the concordia at approximately 90 Ma and 1020 Ma. To obtain evidence for mobilization of U and radiogenic Pb, zircon grains were studied using a scanning electron microscope coupled with an energy dispersive spectrometer. High magnification backscattered and secondary electron images of the zircon revealed narrow fractures, zoning and diverse mineral inclusions. Three groups of mineral inclusions observed were: 1) those predating zoned zircon and apparently serving as a nucleus; 2) uraninite, feldspar, and apatite associated with the growth and zoning of the host zircon; and 3) fracture-fillings that postdate crystallization of the host zircon. The U- and Pb-rich inclusions incorporated into the zircon grains during and after its crystallization markedly affect isotopic ages of the host zircon. Migration of Pb and U have occurred along fractures in zircon. Zircon, uraninite, and other associated minerals have decomposed and complex reactions have taken place between the liberated Zr, U, Th and other elements to produce overgrowths on mineral grains and unidentified Zr-bearing material in fractures

  11. 1.8 Billion Years of Detrital Zircon Recycling Calibrates a Refractory Part of Earth’s Sedimentary Cycle

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    Hadlari, Thomas; Swindles, Graeme T.; Galloway, Jennifer M.; Bell, Kimberley M.; Sulphur, Kyle C.; Heaman, Larry M.; Beranek, Luke P.; Fallas, Karen M.

    2015-01-01

    Detrital zircon studies are providing new insights on the evolution of sedimentary basins but the role of sedimentary recycling remains largely undefined. In a broad region of northwestern North America, this contribution traces the pathway of detrital zircon sand grains from Proterozoic sandstones through Phanerozoic strata and argues for multi-stage sedimentary recycling over more than a billion years. As a test of our hypothesis, integrated palynology and detrital zircon provenance provides clear evidence for erosion of Carboniferous strata in the northern Cordillera as a sediment source for Upper Cretaceous strata. Our results help to calibrate Earth's sedimentary cycle by showing that recycling dominates sedimentary provenance for the refractory mineral zircon. PMID:26658165

  12. Late Jurassic detrital zircons from the Haast Schist and their implications for New Zealand terrane assembly and metamorphism

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    The youngest detrital zircon age groups from three samples within the Haast Schist in northwest Otago are Late Jurassic (154, 155, 160 Ma), as determined by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analysis of U-Pb isotopes in individual zircons. It is inferred that this is the maximum age of sedimentation for these samples, which is within the range of ages for Haast Schist metamorphism (145-180 Ma). This maximum sedimentation age is at least 50 Ma younger than the previously inferred depositional ages for the Caples and Rakaia terranes which are the protoliths of Haast Schist. The zircon age populations within the samples are also different from those found within the Rakaia and Caples terranes, implying different sedimentary sources and possibly a different terrane. The detrital zircon populations are comparable to those found within the Waipapa Terrane in the North Island. (author)

  13. 1.8 Billion Years of Detrital Zircon Recycling Calibrates a Refractory Part of Earth's Sedimentary Cycle.

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    Hadlari, Thomas; Swindles, Graeme T; Galloway, Jennifer M; Bell, Kimberley M; Sulphur, Kyle C; Heaman, Larry M; Beranek, Luke P; Fallas, Karen M

    2015-01-01

    Detrital zircon studies are providing new insights on the evolution of sedimentary basins but the role of sedimentary recycling remains largely undefined. In a broad region of northwestern North America, this contribution traces the pathway of detrital zircon sand grains from Proterozoic sandstones through Phanerozoic strata and argues for multi-stage sedimentary recycling over more than a billion years. As a test of our hypothesis, integrated palynology and detrital zircon provenance provides clear evidence for erosion of Carboniferous strata in the northern Cordillera as a sediment source for Upper Cretaceous strata. Our results help to calibrate Earth's sedimentary cycle by showing that recycling dominates sedimentary provenance for the refractory mineral zircon. PMID:26658165

  14. Effect of naturally-occurring uranium and thorium on the level of crystal lattice damage of Malaysian Zircon

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    Malaysian zircon is classified as a radioactive mineral due to its high uranium and thorium content. Recoil α, which is produce from the decay process of these radioactive elements, could results to the damage of the crystal. Metamictization or crystal lattice damage level of this mineral can be determined from their crystallise size and lattice strain values. Results for two local zircon samples with different uranium and thorium content seem to suggest that there is some relationship between the concentration of these elements and its metamictization level. Comparison of the lattice strain value with previous results conducted on zircon from different country shows that the value is still within the range obtained. Microstructure analysis was also done on the samples. Fractures and pores formed on the mineral surface support the lattice expansion phenomena obtained from the crystallographic analysis. Production of a clean, white non-radioactive zircon pigment is among the commercial potential that could be derived from this study. (Author)

  15. Statistical Comparison of Detrital Zircon Suites from the Arctic and Their Bearing on Plate Reconstructions

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    Soloviev, A. V.; Miller, E. L.

    2010-12-01

    Detrital zircon (DZ) geochronology is a powerful means of establishing paleogeographic ties between regions translated or rifted apart as a consequence of plate motions. The Arctic represents a series of relatively small ocean basins formed in the Cretaceous and Tertiary that rift apart longer established, mostly shelf/shelf basin systems and orogenic belts. Over 87 sets of detrital zircon data (~ 100 grains/sample) are compared and contrasted to each other and to published data using relative age probability distribution diagrams, cumulative age probability curves and the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. This comparison of data sets help establish major depositional systems, their provenance through time, and how these changed with rifting and accretion events. Late Paleozoic-early Mesozoic siliciclastic strata deposited along the paleo-Pacific margin of Siberia (Verkhoyansk) were transported by the “paleo-Lena” transcontinental river system from the actively deforming southern margin of Siberia into shelf and deep water settings (Prokopiev et al., 2008). Youngest zircons track the depositional ages of host sediments and reflect the tectonic and magmatic history of their source regions. Northern Siberia and platformal upper Paleozoic sections of the New Siberian Islands have similar sources. Importantly, a restricted range of older Precambrian detrital zircon ages (~1.8-2.0 Ga) characterize Paleozoic and Mesozoic strata flanking Siberia. In contrast, a broad Carboniferous-Permian carbonate shelf characterized the Russian Arctic between the Caledonides and the Urals. A ~ 1- 2 Ga range of detrital zircon ages in these samples is characteristic and compatible with derivation or reworking of Baltic Shield sources. Chukotka, Wrangel Island and NW Alaska are similar and were once paleogeographically linked to the flanks of Baltica. Formation of the Urals in the Permian brought Siberia and Baltica together, bringing new orogenic sources to Baltica. Soon after, Permo

  16. U-Pb ages of detrital zircon from Pegasus Group, Stewart Island

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    Stewart Island (New Zealand) is relatively unaffected by Cenozoic deformation related to the present-day plate boundary and has thus been a locale of investigations that focus on the relationship between Mesozoic continental margin magmatic rocks and the Western Province (WP) of NZ. Pegasus Group metasedimentary rocks represent the only candidate for WP equivalents on Stewart Island. We measured U-Pb and 207Pb / 206Pb ages of detrital zircons from the Pegasus Group in an effort to validate the correlation with the WP. On SI, Pegasus Group is exposed over a small area in the southern Tin Range where it forms amphibolite facies roof pendants and screens among plutons of mid Paleozoic to mid Cretaceous age. Mica schists predominate, with lesser amounts of psammite and metaquartzite and rare calcareous schist and amphibolite. Zircons were extracted from metaquarzite and 24 grains were chosen on the basis of morphology for geochronologic investigation. Sixteen single crystals were dated by U-Pb TIMS; 8 additional grains were studied by the total evaporation method described by Kober. Despite vigorous air abrasion prior to processing, the 16 grains measured by conventional U-Pb TIMS yielded slightly normally discordant ages that we interpret to reflect minor Pb-loss. The 8 grains studied by the total evaporation method yielded more than four analytically identical /sup 207Pb / 206Pb ages within each grain at progressively higher temperatures (1515-1580 degrees C) of evaporation. The results permit the following general conclusions: 1) the age range of 420-2700 Ma is grossly similar to that reported from the Greenland Group/Victoria Paragneiss (Ireland 1992) of the Buller Terrane, WP; 2) the zircon population is dominantly 530-680 Ma but a subsidiary population is 900-1100 Ma; 3) no zircons with ages that match the timing of the Ross Orogen (530-480 Ma) were identified; 4) two grains of 420 Ma and a 453 Ma are probably too young for the paleontogically-known Ordovician

  17. Detrital zircon study of the Dezful Embayment in the central Zagros, southern Iran

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    Hsieh, Hao Cheng; Chung, Sun Lin; Talebian, Morteza; Chen, Ling; Zarrinkoub, Mohammad H.; Lee, Hao Yang

    2016-04-01

    The Dezful Embayment of the Zagros Simply Folded Belt (ZFTB) in southern Iran is a foreland basin that formed as a flexural basin during the Miocene by the Zagros orogeny. This study reports a LA-ICPMS analysis of zircon U-Pb geochronology of 13 sedimentary rock samples from the Dezful Embayment, and five others from the Urumieh-Dokhtar magmatic arc (UDMA) and the Sanandaj-Sirjan zone (SSZ). In the northern and central parts of the Dezful Embayment, samples were collected from four principal sedimentary sequences including, from bottom to top, the Gachsaran Formation, Mishan Formation, Agha Jari Formation and Bakhtyari Formation. Our new zircon ages, together with published geochronological data from the UDMA and SSZ, can be used to better constrain the source provenance and tectonic implication of the Dezful Embayment related to the Arabia-Eurasia collision following the closure of Neo-Tethys. Samples of the UDMA and SSZ are characterized by abundant zircon ages of Eocene to Oligocene (55-25 Ma) and Jurassic (176-144 Ma), respectively. In the Dezful Embayment, detrital zircon age populations show significant variations. The age spectra of the northern Embayment show major peaks at the Precambrian (950-550 Ma), Late Carboniferous (323-299 Ma), Jurassic (176-144 Ma) and Eocene to Oligocene (55-25 Ma), with the last two age peaks suggesting an important source provenance from Eurasia, involving the SSZ and UDMA. By contrast, in the central Embayment, detrital zircons are dominated by Precambrian ages (2500 Ma, 1850 Ma, and 950-550 Ma), with rare Jurassic and Cenozoic ages. This suggests a different sedimentary source that we interpret to be the Arabian continent from the south. Moreover, gradual changes in the detrital zircon age spectra and thus in the source provenances are observed in different parts of the Dezful Embayment. The change in the northern Embayment occurred in the Agha Jari Formation, earlier than that in the central Embayment occurring between the

  18. Oxidation state of uranium in metamict and annealed zircon: near-infrared spectroscopic quantitative analysis

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    Radiation and thermally induced changes in the oxidation state of uranium in metamict zircon have been systematically analysed, for the first time, using polarized near-infrared spectroscopy. The results showed that in damaged zircon U ions in crystalline domains exhibited relatively sharp, anisotropic signals from tetravalent and pentavalent U ions in crystalline domains (Ucrystal4+ and Ucrystal5+). The linewidths and peak positions of the 4834 cm-1 band (Ucrystal4+, E || c) and the 6668 cm-1 band (Ucrystal5+, E perp. c) are a non-linear function of the self-radiation dose. They reach nearly constant values at doses greater than ∼ 3.5 x 1018 α-events g-1. Quantitative analysis of Ucrystal4+ and Ucrystal5+ signals revealed that the intensity ratio (Ucrystal4+ /Ucrystal5+) exhibited a nearly linear increase as a function of dose and decreased on heating. This suggests that radiation leads to an alteration of the oxidation states of U and the tetravalent state is more preferable in radiation-damaged zircons. U ions associated with amorphous materials (Uamorphous) gave rise to broad and isotropic signals and they were mainly in the tetravalent state (Uamorphous4+), although small amounts of pentavalent U ions (Uamorphous5+) may exist. The dose dependence of the intensity ratio of Uamorphous/Utotal did not follow that of the reported fraction of the amorphous domain, but gave clearly lower values. This implies the potential preferential occurrence of U ions or possible U enrichment in the crystalline regions. Annealing intermediately and highly damaged zircon had different impacts on the oxidation state of U. An intermediately damaged zircon (with a dose of ∼ 5.2 x 1018 α-events g-1), annealed at high temperatures between 500 and 1800 K, showed a systematic increase in the signals of Ucrystal4+ and Ucrystal5+ above 700 K while Ucrystal4+ bands disappeared at temperatures above 1600 K. In contrast, a highly damaged zircon (with a dose of ∼ 15.9 x 1018

  19. Zircons and fluids: An experimental investigation with applications for radioactive waste disposal. Hydrothermal stability of zircons: Progress report, January 1991--December 1991

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    Sinha, A.K.; Student, J.; Essex, R.

    1991-12-31

    The long-term stability of nuclear waste forms or barriers is related to changes in physical properties of the material induced through radiation damage and subsequent changes in solubility. Investigations conducted by us on natural zircons (ZrSiO{sub 4}) supports a positive correlation between level of alpha damage and fluid composition to enhanced levels of corrosion. New data are presented on the nature and rate of the solution process. We also present data on our continuing efforts to synthesize and characterize both pure ZrSiO{sub 4} and doped with U, Th, Hf, Dy and P.

  20. Enhanced sintering and conductivity study of cobalt or nickel doped solid solution of barium cerate and zirconate

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    Ricote, Sandrine; Bonanos, Nikolaos

    atmospheres and compared to the undoped compounds. The ionic and p-type conductivities have been determined, as well as the activation energy in wet reducing atmospheres, in which protonic conduction is dominant. A decrease of the ionic conductivity is noticeable for the cobalt or nickel doped barium...... zirconate (x = 0), while not for cobalt or nickel solid solution of barium cerate and zirconate (x = 0.2)....

  1. The crust-mantle interaction in continental subduction channels: Zircon evidence from orogenic peridotite in the Sulu orogen

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    Li, Hai-Yong; Chen, Ren-Xu; Zheng, Yong-Fei; Hu, Zhaochu

    2016-02-01

    A combined secondary ion mass spectrometer and laser ablation-(multicollector)-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer study of zircon U-Pb ages, trace elements, and O and Hf isotopes was carried out for orogenic peridotite and its host gneiss in the Sulu orogen. Newly grown zircon domains exhibit weak zoning or no zoning, relatively low Th/U ratios (earth element (HREE) contents, steep middle rare earth element-HREE patterns, negative Eu anomalies, and negative to low δ18O values of -11.3 to 0.9‰ and U-Pb ages of 220 ± 2 to 231 ± 4 Ma. Thus, these zircons would have grown from metasomatic fluids during the early exhumation of deeply subducted continental crust. The infiltration of metasomatic fluids into the peridotite is also indicated by the occurrence of hydrous minerals such as amphibole, serpentine, and chlorite. In contrast, relict zircon domains exhibit magmatic zircon characteristics. Their U-Pb ages and trace element and Hf-O isotope compositions are similar to those for protolith zircons from ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Dabie-Sulu orogenic belt. Thus, these relict magmatic zircons would be physically transported into the peridotite by metasomatic fluids originated from the deeply subducted continental crust. Therefore, the peridotite underwent metasomatism by aqueous solutions derived from dehydration of the deeply subducted continental crust during the early exhumation. It is these crustally derived fluids that would have brought not only such chemical components as Zr and Si but also tiny zircon grains from the deeply subducted crustal rocks into the peridotite at the slab-mantle interface in continental subduction channels. As such, the orogenic peridotite records the crust-mantle interaction at the deep continental subduction zone.

  2. Zircon age constraints on the provenance of Llandovery to Wenlock sandstones from the Midland Valley terrane of the Scottish Caledonides

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    Phillips, E. R.; Smith, R A; Stone, P.; Horstwood, M.; Pashley, V.

    2009-01-01

    Detrital zircon populations within the Llandovery to Wenlock sandstones of the southern Midland Valley of Scotland indicate that the recycled orogenic provenance for these sedimentary rocks was essentially bimodal, comprising a younger Lower Palaeozoic component and an older predominantly Mesoproterozoic component. The Lower Palaeozoic contribution is dominated by Arenig/Llanvirn (c. 475 Ma) zircons interpreted as having been derived from a volcanic-plutonic source located within the Midland ...

  3. 2.9, 2.36, and 1.96 Ga zircons in orthogneiss south of the Red River shear zone in Viet Nam: evidence from SHRIMP U-Pb dating and tectonothermal implications

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    Nam, Tran Ngoc; Toriumi, Mitsuhiro; Sano, Yuji; Terada, Kentaro; Thang, Ta Trong

    2003-05-01

    Orthogneissic rocks coexisting with migmatites and containing small amphibolite lenses are exposed in the center of the metamorphic belt which runs parallel to the Day Nui Con Voi-Red River shear zone in northern Viet Nam. The orthogneiss complex has given some radiogenic dates of Early Proterozoic and Late Archean, which are the oldest ages ever registered for the Southeast Asian continent. Zircon grains separated from three samples of the orthogneiss complex have been dated to establish the protolith age and the timing of high-grade tectonothermal events in the complex. Sixty-five SHRIMP U-Th-Pb analyses of these zircons define three age groups of 2.84-2.91, 2.36, and 1.96 Ga. The age groups correspond to three periods of zircon generation. The oldest ˜2.9 Ga cores indicate a minimum age for the protolith of the orthogneiss complex. Two younger generations (including ˜2.36 Ga outer-cores and ˜1.96 Ga rims) probably grew during later high-grade tectono-metamorphic events, which were previously suggested by K-Ar and 40Ar/ 39Ar cooling ages of ˜2.0 Ga for synkinematic hornblendes. An early thermal history of the orthogneiss complex has been constrained, including a primary magma-crystallization stage starting at ˜2.9 Ga, followed by two Early Proterozoic (˜2.36 and ˜1.96 Ga) high-grade tectonothermal events. The ca. 2.9 Ga protolith age of the orthogneiss complex documented in this study provides new convincing evidence for the presence of Archean rocks in Indochina, and clearly indicates that the crustal evolution of northern Viet Nam started as early as Late Archean time.

  4. Monazite U-Th-Pb EPMA and zircon U-Pb SIMS chronological constraints on the tectonic, metamorphic, and thermal events in the inner part of the Variscan orogen, example from the Sioule series, French Massif Central

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    Do Couto, Damien; Faure, Michel; Augier, Romain; Cocherie, Alain; Rossi, Philippe; Li, Xian-Hua; Lin, Wei

    2016-03-01

    In the northern Variscan French Massif Central, the Sioule metamorphic series exposes from top to bottom the tectonic superposition of the Upper Gneiss Unit (UGU), Lower Gneiss Unit (LGU), and Para-autochthonous Unit (PAU). The nappe stacking developed throughout two prograde syn-metamorphic events: D1 is a top-to-the-SW shearing coeval with a probable Devonian migmatization and D2 is a top-to-the-NW shearing event. Both events were completed before the unconformable deposition of the undeformed and unmetamorphosed "Tufs anthracifères" formation, dated at ca 330 Ma (Late Visean). Furthermore, the UGU experienced a high-pressure metamorphism ascribed to a D0 event during which eclogite or granulite crystallized in several parts of the UGU. Monazite U-Th-Pb and zircon U-Pb SIMS datings were carried out in order to constrain the ages of these D0, D1, and D2 tectono-metamorphic events. These new geochronological results are placed in a P-T-t diagram constructed for the UGU, LGU, and PAU. Monazite sampled in UGU, LGU, and PAU rocks yields similar 365-350 Ma ages consistent with the D2 event dated in other places of the French Massif Central. A zoned monazite grain from a granulitic paragneiss yields 416 ± 15 and 362 ± 14 Ma ages interpreted as those of the D0 and D2 events, respectively. Zircon from the same granulitic paragneiss yields SIMS ages at 343 ± 2 and 328 ± 2 Ma that are interpreted as recrystallization processes associated with post-thickening thermal events, possibly recording the onset of orogenic collapse of the Northern Massif Central. It is worth to note that neither monazite nor zircon recorded the D1 event.

  5. Zircon U-Pb age, Lu-Hf isotope, mineral chemistry and geochemistry of Sundamalai peralkaline pluton from the Salem Block, southern India: Implications for Cryogenian adakite-like magmatism in an aborted-rift

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    Renjith, M. L.; Santosh, M.; Li, Tang; Satyanarayanan, M.; Korakoppa, M. M.; Tsunogae, T.; Subba Rao, D. V.; Kesav Krishna, A.; Nirmal Charan, S.

    2016-01-01

    The Sundamalai peralkaline pluton is one among the Cryogenian alkaline plutons occurring in the Dharmapuri Rift Zone (DRZ) of the Salem Block in the Southern Granulite Terrane (SGT) of India. Here we present zircon U-Pb age and Lu-Hf isotopic composition, mineral chemistry and geochemistry of the pluton to explore the petrogenesis and geodynamic implications. Systematic modal variation of orthoclase, Na-plagioclase, Ca-amphibole (ferro-edenite and hastingsite) and quartz developed quartz-monzonite and granite litho units in the Sundamalai pluton. Thermometry based on amphibole-plagioclase pair suggests that the pluton was emplaced and solidified at around 4.6 kbar pressure with crystallization of the major phases between 748 and 661 °C. Estimated saturation temperature of zircon (712-698 °C) is also well within this range. However, apatite saturation occurred at higher temperatures between 835 and 870 °C, in contrast with monazite saturation (718-613 °C) that continued up to the late stage of crystallization. Estimated oxygen fugacity values (log fO2: -14 to -17) indicate high oxidation state for the magma that stabilized titanite and magnetite. The magmatic zircons from Sundamalai pluton yielded a weighted mean 206Pb/238U age of 832.6 ± 3.2 Ma. Geochemically, the Sundamalai rocks are high-K to shoshonitic, persodic (Na2O/K2O ratio > 1), silica-saturated (SiO2:65-72 wt.%), and peralkaline in composition (aluminum saturation index, ASI aborted rifting along the DRZ generating the magma that crystallized the Sundamalai rocks. Age of this pluton is comparable with that of the other Cryogenian felsic alkaline plutons from Salem Block suggesting extensive rift-related magmatism at this time in the SGT.

  6. A new material in the nuclear technology. Gadolinium zirconate pyrochlore prepared by reactive sintering

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    The ability of gadolinium zirconate pyrochlore for actinides incorporation in its lattice makes this material a possible matrix for the immobilization of nuclear wastes. The aim of the presented work was to develop a novel method of gadolinium zirconate synthesis by using a reactive sintering procedure under high pressure based on commercial ZrO2 and Gd2O3 nanopowders. Samples were analyzed using X-ray diffraction and SEM to check their phase composition and microstructure. The obtained sintered pellets demonstrated peaks characteristic for pyrochlore structure for a wide range of preparation temperatures and high density (99.5 % of the theoretical value). It was found that the resulting materials exhibited a homogeneous microstructure and the average grain size dependent on sintering temperature. (author)

  7. Metagabro sill zircon dating: Archean age confirmation from the Aguas Claras formation, Carajas, Para State, Brazil

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    The Carajas region, situated at Para State, Brazil, presents a great diversity of the mafic rock occurrences, distributed between various units. The rocks have been described petrographically and its geochemical and geochronological data have been accumulated. However, these last data are relatively limited or inexact due to the difficulties to these rock dating using the Uranium-Lead (U-Pb) in zircons method. The Aguas Claras Formation age is another problem in the Carajas stratigraphy. The occurrence of metagabros sills in the Aguas Claras region and the fact of existing zircons in these metagabros, stimulated the authors to realize a geochronological study of these metagabros aiming to define its age and, consequently, the minimum age of the Aguas Claras Formation. The paper presents the geological context and the methodology to develop the geochronological studies of these rocks. (author)

  8. Anisotropic magnetic susceptibility of erbium and ytterbium in zircon, ZrSiO4

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    Thorpe, A.N.; Briggs, Charles; Tsang, T.; Senftle, F.; Alexander, Corrine

    1977-01-01

    Magnetic susceptibility measurements have been made for both Er- and Yb-doped (1̃03ppm) zircon single crystals with the magnetic field perpendicular and parallel to the [001] axis. Large susceptibility anisotropies were found in both cases. Our observed anisotropies of ZrSiO4: Yb indicate small populations (1̃9%) of Yb ions at the axial (tetragonal) sites, as the susceptibility of ZrSiO4: Yb would be nearly isotropic if the Yb ions only occupied the orthorhombic sites. For Er3+ in orthorhombic sites of zircon, our data indicate that the first excited state is paramagnetic with gx = 9 and gy 5̃ at 20 cm-1 above the ground state (gx 0̃, gy 1̃5). The first excited state is quite similar to the ground states observed for Er3+ in many host lattices. ?? 1977.

  9. New Analyses of Diverse Hadean Zircon Inclusions from Jack Hills, Western Australia

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    Trail, D.; Catlos, E. J.; Harrison, T. M.; Mojzsis, S. J.

    2004-01-01

    The geological record is the only direct source of information regarding physical/chemical processes that may have ultimately been responsible for the origin of life. Known terrestrial rocks have ages that span from present day to approx. 4.0 Ga. This leaves a time gap of more than 500 Myr between lunar formation, and preservation of the oldest terrestrial crust. What were planetary conditions like wherein the prebiotic chemistry leading to life took place? The recent discovery of up to 4.37 Ga detrital zircons from Western Australia represents the only tangible record of the time period termed the Hadean Eon (4.5-4.0 Ga). Knowledge of the paragenesis of the oldest zircons potentially contributes information regarding the origin of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, continental lithosphere and the potential for life on the Hadean Earth.

  10. Magnesia-zircon brick: Evolution of microstructure, properties and performance with increasing sintering temperature

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    Gao J.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Depending on phase components and densification, Magnesia-Zircon brick varies in appearance from white to veined and then brown with increasing sintering temperature. Properties including bulk density, apparent porosity and hot modulus of rupture as well as performance embodied with creep resistance and refractoriness continue to improve with sustaining enhancement of sintering temperature. Exceptionally, cold crushing strength first increases then decreases with rising sintering temperature and a peak exists at 1550oC. Microstructural evolution suffers zircon decomposition companying by silica escape, forsterite formation, matrix solidification and zirconia coagulation, until a zirconia/forsterite composites belt tightly coating on magnesia aggregates. Excessive coagulation of zirconia caused by oversintering probably results in microcracks formation and defects enlargement thereby degrades cold crushing strength.

  11. PALEOMAGNETISM. A Hadean to Paleoarchean geodynamo recorded by single zircon crystals.

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    Tarduno, John A; Cottrell, Rory D; Davis, William J; Nimmo, Francis; Bono, Richard K

    2015-07-31

    Knowing when the geodynamo started is important for understanding the evolution of the core, the atmosphere, and life on Earth. We report full-vector paleointensity measurements of Archean to Hadean zircons bearing magnetic inclusions from the Jack Hills conglomerate (Western Australia) to reconstruct the early geodynamo history. Data from zircons between 3.3 billion and 4.2 billion years old record magnetic fields varying between 1.0 and 0.12 times recent equatorial field strengths. A Hadean geomagnetic field requires a core-mantle heat flow exceeding the adiabatic value and is suggestive of plate tectonics and/or advective magmatic heat transport. The existence of a terrestrial magnetic field before the Late Heavy Bombardment is supported by terrestrial nitrogen isotopic evidence and implies that early atmospheric evolution on both Earth and Mars was regulated by dynamo behavior. PMID:26228145

  12. Precise U-Pb Zircon Dating of the Syenite Phase from the Ditrau Alkaline Igneous Complex

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    2000-04-01

    Full Text Available The Ditrău igneous complex represents the largest alkaline intrusion in the Carpathian-Pannonian region consisting of a plethora of rock types formed by complicated magmatic and metasomatic processes. A detailed U-Pb zircon age study is currently underway and the results for the syenite intrusion phase is reported herein. The U-Pb zircon emplacement age of the syenite of 229.6 +1.7/-1.2 Ma documents the quasi-contemporaneous production and emplacement of the gabbro and syenite magmas. We suggest that the syenite and associated granite formed by crustal melting during the emplacement of the mantle derived gabbroic magma around 230 Ma. The thermal contact aureole produced by the Ditrău alkaline igneous complex constrains the main tectonism recorded by surrounding metamorphic lithotectonic assemblages to be pre-Ladinian.

  13. Converse mode piezoelectric coefficient for lead zirconate titanate thin film with interdigitated electrode

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    Chidambaram, N.; Balma, D.; Nigon, R.; Mazzalai, A.; Matloub, R.; Sandu, C. S.; Muralt, P.

    2015-01-01

    The use of interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) in conjunction with ferroelectric thin films shows many attractive features for piezoelectric MEMS applications. In this work, growth of {1 0 0}-textured lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films was achieved on insulating MgO buffered, oxidized silicon substrates. IDEs were fabricated by lift-off techniques and cantilevers were formed by dicing. The deflection upon application of a sweeping voltage was measured as large signal response in parallel t...

  14. Manufacturing Technology of Lead Zirconate Titanate Cylindrical Elements for Passive Transducer Arrays

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    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available State-of-the-art technology has been developed for the fabrication of 33 mm hollow cylindrical elements from Lanthanum-dooed lead zirconate titanate-based material suitable for oassive surveillance arrays of SONAR systems. It covers properties of the material composition, isostatic pressing technique, precision machining, sintering to produce dielectrically sound distortion-free cylindrical elements, ceramic grinding, electroding, poling to achieve electromechanical properties, and evaluation of dielectric, piezoelectric, and elastic properties of the cylinders.

  15. Zircon and apatite fission-track dating of the James Ross Basin sediments (Antarctic Peninsula)

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    Svojtka, Martin; Nývlt, D.; Murakami, M.; Macáková, J.; Filip, Jiří; Mixa, P.

    Teplá: Czech Geological Survey, 2007. s. 84-84. [CzechTec 07. Meeting of the Central European Tectonic Studies Group (CETeG) /5./ and Meeting of the Czech Tectonic Studies Group (ČTS) /12./. 11.04.2007-14.04.2007, Teplá] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1K05030 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : zircon * apatite * James Ross Island Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  16. A study of a production process for hafnium-free zirconium from zircon

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    The purpose of this experiment was to extract and purify the zirconium from zircon. The effects of time of extraction and stripping of zirconium, concentration of feed solution, concentration of hydrochloric acid in stripping process, equilibrium curve of extraction of zirconium and hafnium and equilibrium curve of stripping zirconium or scrubbing hafnium were studied from standard zirconium and hafnium. The results, subsequently were applied to the extraction procedures for zirconium from zircon. Minus 100 mesh zircon was fused with sodium hydroxide in the ratio of 1 : 6 at 700 degree C for l hour. After fusion the zirconate was leached with water and dissolved in hot concentrated hydrochloric acid. Zirconyl chloride octahydrate crystallized out when the solution was cooled. An agueons solution of zirconyl chloride was used as the feed to the hexone - thiocyanate solvent extraction process. This was prepared by dissolving zirconyl chloride octahydrate crystal in waster. This zirconium feed solution in 1 M HCl and 1 M N H4CNS was extracted with 2.7 m N H4CNS in hexone and then stripped with 3.6 M HCl the aqueous phase was got rid of thiocyanate ion by extracting with pure hexone, then the zirconium in aqueous phase was precipitated with sulfuric acid and ammonium hydroxide at pH 1.8 - 2.0 and zirconium oxide was obtained by ignition at 700 degree C. The process could be modified to improve the purity of zirconium by using cation exchange resin to get rid of thiocyanate ion after solvent extraction process

  17. Displacive radiation effects in the monazite- and zircon-structure orthophosphates

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    Monazite-structure orthophosphates, including LaPO4, PrPO4, NdPO4, SmPO4, EuPO4, GdPO4, and natural monazite, and their zircon-structure analogs, including ScPO4, YPO4, TbPO4, TmPO4, YbPO4, and LuPO4, were irradiated by 800keVKr2+ ions in the temperature range of 20 to 600 K. The critical amorphization dose was determined in situ as a function of temperature using selected-area electron diffraction. Amorphization doses were in the range of 1014 to 1016ions/cm2, depending on the temperature. Materials with the zircon structure were amorphized at higher temperatures than those with the monazite structure. The critical amorphization temperature ranged from 350 to 485 K for orthophosphates with the monazite structure and from 480 to 580 K for those with the zircon structure. However, natural zircon (ZrSiO4) can be amorphized at over 1000 K. Within each structure type, the critical temperature of amorphization increased with the atomic number of the lanthanide cation. Structural topology models are consistent with the observed differences between the two structure types, but do not predict the relative amorphization doses for different compositions. The ratio of electronic-to-nuclear stopping correlates well with the observed sequence of susceptibility to amorphization within each structure type, consistent with previous results that electronic-energy losses enhance defect recombination in the orthophosphates. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  18. Laser-induced time-resolved spectroscopy of visible broad luminescence bands in zircon

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    This work examines the luminescence of zircon studied by laser-induced time-resolved methods. This method allows the differentiation between luminescence centers of similar emission wavelengths, but different decay times. Samples include a suite of natural zircons, nominally pure synthetic ZrSiO4, and ZrSiO4 artificially doped by Mn, Fe, Cr, Ni, Co, Pb, Sb, Ti, Ta, V, Sc, U, U-P, and Th-P. In addition, pure ZrSiO4 samples irradiated by thermal neutrons have been studied. We have clarified the nature of several luminescence bands reported previously from time independent studies, and suggest the following as the causes of luminescence in zircon systems: 1) the yellow band with peak wavelength (λmax) = 575 nm, peak half-width (Δ) = 120-130 nm, and decay time (τ) = 30-35 μs is connected with neutron and alpha irradiation, 2) the green band with λmax 505 nm, and vibrational structure is linked to the presence of the uranyl ion, but it is only observed in artificial samples with co-doping by U and P, 3) the red band with λmax = 750 nm, Δ =110-120 nm and τ 3-5 ms is connected with Fe3+. We have also identified new luminescence bands, obscured by stronger emissions. These are: emission a) with λmax 480 nm, Δ = 70-80 nm and τ = 300-325 μs, emission b) with λmax = 515 nm, Δ = 90-100 nm and τ 500-520 gs, emission c) with λmax = 605 nm, Δ = 110-125 nm and τ = 8-10 μs. These emissions have not been detected in synthetic doped zircons and their interpretation remains the subject of further investigation. (author)

  19. Possible Biosphere-Lithosphere Interactions Preserved in Igneous Zircon and Implications for Hadean Earth.

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    Trail, Dustin; Tailby, Nicholas D; Sochko, Maggie; Ackerson, Michael R

    2015-07-01

    Granitoids are silicic rocks that make up the majority of the continental crust, but different models arise for the origins of these rocks. One classification scheme defines different granitoid types on the basis of materials involved in the melting/crystallization process. In this end-member case, granitoids may be derived from melting of a preexisting igneous rock, while other granitoids, by contrast, are formed or influenced by melting of buried sedimentary material. In the latter case, assimilated sedimentary material altered by chemical processes occurring at the near surface of Earth-including biological activity-could influence magma chemical properties. Here, we apply a redox-sensitive calibration based on the incorporation of Ce into zircon crystals found in these two rock types, termed sedimentary-type (S-type) and igneous-type (I-type) granitoids. The ∼400 Ma Lachlan Fold Belt rocks of southeastern Australia were chosen for investigation here; these rocks have been a key target used to describe and explore granitoid genesis for close to 50 years. We observe that zircons found in S-type granitoids formed under more reducing conditions than those formed from I-type granitoids from the same terrain. This observation, while reflecting 9 granitoids and 289 analyses of zircons from a region where over 400 different plutons have been identified, is consistent with the incorporation of (reduced) organic matter in the former and highlights one possible manner in which life may modify the composition of igneous minerals. The chemical properties of rocks or igneous minerals may extend the search for ancient biological activity to the earliest period of known igneous activity, which dates back to ∼4.4 billion years ago. If organic matter was incorporated into Hadean sediments that were buried and melted, then these biological remnants could imprint a chemical signature within the subsequent melt and the resulting crystal assemblage, including zircon. PMID

  20. Interaction of piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate with 400 MeV/n xenon beam

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    Takechi, Seiji; Morinaga, Shin-ya; Kurozumi, Atsuma; Miyachi, Takashi; Fujii, Masayuki; Hasebe, Nobuyuki; Shibata, Hiromi; Murakami, Takeshi; Uchihori, Yukio; Okada, Nagaya

    2010-05-01

    The characteristics of radiation detector fabricated by stacking some piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) elements were studied by irradiating it with a 400 MeV/n xenon (Xe) beam. Comparing between observed results from the detector and calculation results using Bethe-Bloch formula, it was found that the amplitude of the output voltage observed was dependent on the amount of ionization energy loss of Xe ion with PZT.

  1. Electrodeposition of Ca Metal in CaCl2-CaO Molten Salt

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    GUO; Jun-kang; WANG; Chang-shui; CAO; Long-hao; OUYANG; Ying-gen

    2013-01-01

    To realize the continuouscalciothermic reduction in molten salts,the electrodeposition behavior of Ca metal in CaCl2-CaO molten salt was investigated by cylic voltammetry.The cyclic voltammograms at the scan rate of 100 mV/s are shown in Fig.1.As is shown,the electrodeposition potential of Ca deviated from-1.66 V to-0.97 V after CaO was added to molten CaCl2 and the decomposition of CaO

  2. Deformation-induced trace element redistribution in zircon revealed using atom probe tomography

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    Piazolo, Sandra; La Fontaine, Alexandre; Trimby, Patrick; Harley, Simon; Yang, Limei; Armstrong, Richard; Cairney, Julie M.

    2016-02-01

    Trace elements diffuse negligible distances through the pristine crystal lattice in minerals: this is a fundamental assumption when using them to decipher geological processes. For example, the reliable use of the mineral zircon (ZrSiO4) as a U-Th-Pb geochronometer and trace element monitor requires minimal radiogenic isotope and trace element mobility. Here, using atom probe tomography, we document the effects of crystal-plastic deformation on atomic-scale elemental distributions in zircon revealing sub-micrometre-scale mechanisms of trace element mobility. Dislocations that move through the lattice accumulate U and other trace elements. Pipe diffusion along dislocation arrays connected to a chemical or structural sink results in continuous removal of selected elements (for example, Pb), even after deformation has ceased. However, in disconnected dislocations, trace elements remain locked. Our findings have important implications for the use of zircon as a geochronometer, and highlight the importance of deformation on trace element redistribution in minerals and engineering materials.

  3. On the valency state of radiogenic lead in zircon and its consequences

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    Kramers, J.; Frei, Robert; Newville, M.;

    2009-01-01

    compatible in the zircon lattice. Also, by analogy with U4+, Th4+ and Hf4+, its diffusivity should be several orders of magnitude lower than that measured for Pb2+ in zircon. These factors can account for the extreme retentivity of U-Pb clocks even at high temperatures. On the other hand, radiogenic Pb......, although the former does not resemble that of PbO2. The arguments why radiogenic Pb should be tetravalent are based on analogies with studies relating to the tetravalent state of 234Th and the hexavalent state of 234U, which show that a-recoil in silicates generates a strongly oxidizing environment at the...... site where the recoiling nucleus comes to rest. Further, a zircon grain, being small, should remain highly oxidizing in its interior by the constant loss of ß-particles, maintaining the 4+ state of radiogenic Pb. From its effective ion radius, similar to that of Zr4+, and its charge, Pb4+ has to be...

  4. Zircon LA-ICPMS geochronology of the Cornubian Batholith, SW England

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    Neace, Erika R.; Nance, R. Damian; Murphy, J. Brendan; Lancaster, Penelope J.; Shail, Robin K.

    2016-06-01

    Available Usbnd Pb age data for the Cornubian Batholith of SW England is based almost entirely on monazite and xenotime, and very little zircon Usbnd Pb age data has been published. As a result, no zircon inheritance data is available for the batholith, by which the nature of the unexposed basement of the Rhenohercynian Zone in SW England might be constrained. Zircon LA-ICPMS data for the Cornubian Batholith provides Concordia ages (Bodmin Moor granite: 316 ± 4 Ma, Carnmenellis granite: 313 ± 3 Ma, Dartmoor granite: ~ 310 Ma, St. Austell granite: 305 ± 5 Ma, and Land's End granite: 300 ± 5 Ma) that are consistently 20-30 Ma older than previously published emplacement ages for the batholith and unrealistic in terms of geologic relative age relationships with respect to the country rock. This discrepancy is likely as a consequence of minor pre-granitic Pb inheritance. Several of the batholith's granite plutons contain a component of late-Devonian inheritance that may record rift-related, lower crustal melting or arc-related magmatism associated with subduction of the Rheic Ocean. In addition, the older granites likely contain Mesoproterozoic inheritance, although the highly discordant nature of the Mesoproterozoic ages precludes their use in assigning an affinity to the Rhenohercynian basement in SW England.

  5. Synthesis of ZrO2 -SiC Composite by Carbothermal Reduction of Zircon

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    2007-01-01

    Zircon (mesh size ≤ 44μm ) and carbon black (mesh size≤30 μm) were used as the starting materials,weighed with m(zircon): m(carbon black) of 100:20 and mixed fully. The specimens with the diameter of 20mm and length of 5mm were prepared by pressing at 100 MPa, then dried at 120℃ for 12h, put into a furnace with 1. 5L · min-1 argon gas and fired at 1450℃, 1500℃, 1550℃, 1600℃ and 1650℃ for 4h, respectively. The chemical composition, phase composition and microstructure of the specimens were studied by chemical analysis, X-ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscope, and the carbothermal reduction reaction process was discussed by thermodynamic analysis.The results showed that the ZrO2-SiC composite could be synthesized by carbothermal reduction reaction using zircon and carbon black as the starting materials in argon atmosphere. The composite with different composition was obtained by controlling the firing temperature and partial pressure of CO gas. The proper temperature to synthesize ZrO2-SiC composite was 1600℃ in this experiment.

  6. Determination of strontium and lanthanum zirconates in YPSZ-LSM mixtures for SOFC

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    Cortes-Escobedo, Claudia Alicia [Centro de Investigacion e Innovacion Tecnologica del IPN, Cda. Cecati s/n, Col. Sta. Catarina, CP 02250, Azcapotzalco, D.F. (Mexico); Munoz-Saldana, Juan [Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Queretaro, pdo. Postal 1-798, 76001 Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico); Bolarin-Miro, Ana Maria; Sanchez-de Jesus, Felix [Centro de Investigaciones en Materiales y Metalurgia, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, CU, Carr. Pachuca-Tulancingo Km. 4.5, Mineral de la Reforma, CP 42184, Hidalgo (Mexico)

    2008-05-15

    Mixtures of 3% yttria- and partially-stabilized zirconia with LSM{sub x} (strontium-doped lanthanum manganite, x = 0, 0.15 and 0.2) were prepared and heat treated at temperatures between 1000 and 1300 C to recreate the cathode-electrolyte interface interactions taking place during preparation and operation of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Such interactions include the formation of La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} and SrZrO{sub 3}, which are undesirable for SOFC. The effect of the manganese oxidation number on the mechanosynthesis of LSM during zirconate formation is also discussed. A quantitative analysis of zirconate formation by X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement was undertaken. Formation of lanthanum and strontium zirconates was completely avoided at temperatures as high as 1300 C by synthesizing lanthanum manganites from MnO{sub 2} doped with 15 at.% of Sr. Finally, in the presence of LSM, monoclinic phase content was diminished to less than 1.5 mol% after heat treatment at 1300 C. (author)

  7. Isotopic age of zircon from pegmatites of the North-Baikalian muscovite province

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    Results of the determination of zircon age of pegmatite formation of the North-Baikalian muscovite province by the Pb-Pb method are given. The zircon age was determined by means of measuring the isotopic composition of lead evaporated directly from a specimen placed on the evaporator of the ion solid-phase source of the TSN 206A mass spectrometer. Isotopic ratios obtained were plotted on the graph having 207Pb/204Pb-206Pb/204Pb coordinates, then, using them, thermoisochrone was obtained by the regression method. 10 thermoisochrones have been obtained for different age groups of pegmatites, metamorphic rocks and gneiss-granites. For the first time clearly shown ancient values of ages-1900 mln. years - have been obtained for gueiss-granite migmatite domes. Pegmatite is 1800, 00-680 and 540-300 mln. years of age which corresponds to the initial stage of the pegmatite formation, its final stage and Paleozoic rejuvenation. The zircons of the metamorphic rocks turned out to be metamict ones of poor preservation that is attributed to their strong regressive metamorphism. This hampers the interpretation of the age values obtained

  8. Zircon Lu-Hf systematics: Evidence for the episodic development of Archaean greenstone belts

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    Smith, P. E.; Tatsumoto, M.; Farquhar, R. M.

    1986-01-01

    A combined U-Th-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic study of zircons was undertaken in order to determine the provenance and age of an Archean granite-greenstone terrain and to test the detailed application of the Lu-Hf system in various Archean zircons. The eastern Wawa subprovince of the Superior province consists of the low grade Michipicoten and Gamitagama greenstone belts and the granitic terrain. The Hf isotopic data indicate that the typical lithological features of a greenstone belt cycle could be accommodated in a crustal growth model that involved decreasing depth of melting in three isotopically distinct reservoirs: mantle, lower crust and upper crust. The model age of the sources given by the intersection of the lower crustal curve with the bulk earth evolution curve is about 2900 My, in good agreement with the zircon U-Pb basement age. This linear array also has a similar intersection age to that of Proterozoic carbonatite complexes. The general convergence of the other reservoir vectors around this age suggests that mantle depletion, crustal extraction and intracrustal differentiation were all part of the same episodic event. It is also apparent that recycling of older basement was important in the formation of many of the later greenstone belt rocks.

  9. Late cenozoic magmatism in the South Patagonian batholith: SHRIMP U-Pb zircon age evidence

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    The North Patagonian Batholith (NPB) has a zonal age pattern which includes a well defined belt of Miocene and Mio-Pliocene plutons in its central portion (Pankhurst et al., 1999) which are spatially, and probably genetically related to the Liquine-Ofqui Fault Zone. Previous geochronological studies in the Southern Patagonian Batholith (SPB), as summarized by Bruce et al. (1991), have yielded 9 late Cenozoic K-Ar or Ar-Ar ages out of a total of 116 age determinations. None of these young ages correspond to U-Pb determinations on zircons, and some of the young ages correspond to satellite plutons east of the SPB proper, such as the Torres del Paine intrusion. In this paper we present the first late Cenozoic SHRIMP U-Pb zircon ages in the area of the SPB. The morphology of the analysed zircon crystals is described and leads to some inferences on the methodology and on the geological interpretation of the obtained ages (au)

  10. Deformation-induced trace element redistribution in zircon revealed using atom probe tomography.

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    Piazolo, Sandra; La Fontaine, Alexandre; Trimby, Patrick; Harley, Simon; Yang, Limei; Armstrong, Richard; Cairney, Julie M

    2016-01-01

    Trace elements diffuse negligible distances through the pristine crystal lattice in minerals: this is a fundamental assumption when using them to decipher geological processes. For example, the reliable use of the mineral zircon (ZrSiO4) as a U-Th-Pb geochronometer and trace element monitor requires minimal radiogenic isotope and trace element mobility. Here, using atom probe tomography, we document the effects of crystal-plastic deformation on atomic-scale elemental distributions in zircon revealing sub-micrometre-scale mechanisms of trace element mobility. Dislocations that move through the lattice accumulate U and other trace elements. Pipe diffusion along dislocation arrays connected to a chemical or structural sink results in continuous removal of selected elements (for example, Pb), even after deformation has ceased. However, in disconnected dislocations, trace elements remain locked. Our findings have important implications for the use of zircon as a geochronometer, and highlight the importance of deformation on trace element redistribution in minerals and engineering materials. PMID:26868040

  11. An evaluation of the zircon method of isotopic dating in the Southern Arabian Craton

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    Cooper, J.A.; Stacey, J.S.; Stoeser, D.G.; Fleck, R.J.

    1979-01-01

    A zircon study has been made on eleven samples of igneous rocks from the Saudi Arabian Craton. Ages of sized and magnetic fractions of zircon concentrates show variable degrees of discordance which seem to result from a very young disturbance that produces linear arrays in the Concordia plot. Model age calculations based on a statistically and geologically reasonable lower intercept produce very consistent internal relationships. The Pan African Orogeny, considered to be responsible for loss of radiogenic argon and strontium from minerals of many rocks, does not appear to have affected the zircon data, even though uplift had exposed the rocks of the Arabian Shield at that time. Tonalite, granodiorite, and crosscutting leucoadamellite bodies in the southern part of the An Nimas Bathylith yield ages in the time range 820-760 Ma. A narrow time range of 660 to 665 million years was indicated for ages of widely separated and compositionally different intrusive bodies all to the east of the An Nimas Bathylith. This work suggests that the younger end of the age spectrum established from regional K-Ar and Rb-Sr measurements may be underestimated, and that magmatic activity could be more episodic than previously assumed.

  12. SHRIMP U–Pb zircon dating of anatexis in high-grade migmatite complexes of Central Spain: implications in the Hercynian evolution of Central Iberia

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    Castiñeiras García, Pedro; Villaseca González, Carlos; Barbero González, Luis C.; Martín Romera, Cristina

    2008-01-01

    U–Pb SHRIMP ages obtained in zircons from the Sotosalbos and Toledo anatectic complexes in Central Spain give new constraints to the evolution of the inner part of the Hercynian Iberian belt. Pre- Hercynian ages in zircons from the Sotosalbos complex (~464 Ma) are well preserved and reveal that an age diversity of the Lower Paleozoic magmatism in the area exists, as previous data on westernmost orthogneisses yield significant older ages. Zircon ages in the pelite-de...

  13. Insights into the ancient Mississippi drainage system from detrital zircons analyses of the modern Mississippi deep-sea fan

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    Fildani, A.; McKay, M. P.; Stockli, D. F.; Clark, J. D.; Weislogel, A. L.; Dykstra, M.; Hessler, A. M.

    2014-12-01

    The modern Mississippi deep-sea fan is a large-scale accumulation of Quaternary sediment deposited in the Gulf of Mexico by the modern Mississippi River via the Mississippi delta. The Mississippi River has a well-characterized drainage system extending across North America from the western Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians in the east. Deep-water sand samples of buried channel-fill and lobe deposits of the Mississippi fan from selected Sites of Leg 96 of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and were integrated with USGS piston core samples from the most recent lobe for detrital zircon U-Pb isotopic analysis. Since the modern Mississippi River has a well-known catchment, the detrital zircon age 'signal' observed in the deep-water sediments can therefore be used as an actualistic study of the detrital zircon provenance signatures resulting from modern drainage patterns. Based on this approach, we compare this dataset with published data and observe minor variability in the detrital zircon signature through time. Populations sourced from the Western North American Cordillera are consistent through time in terms of ages, however Paleocene sediments are slightly enriched in Yavapai-Mazatzal zircons sourced from southwestern continental U.S.. Grenville- and Appalachian-derived zircons reflect minor variation in sediment input from the Appalachian Mountains and related deposits in the eastern Mississippi River catchment. When compared to published Upper Jurassic Norphlet formation detrital zircon data, the Paleocene published dataset and the newly acquired modern sands are partly depleted of Appalachian-derived zircons. This paucity in Appalachian age zircon in Paleocene-to-modern sediments suggests a reconfiguration of the Mississippi River drainage prior to Tertiary time. Since this realignment, the Mississippi River drainage has remained relatively unchanged. Piston core samples from the most recent lobe yielded zircons indicating a recent influx of Appalachian

  14. Infrared spectra of Si-O overtones, hydrous species, and U ions in metamict zircon: radiation damage and recrystallization

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    Radiation damage and recrystallization in natural zircons have been studied by analysing Si-O stretching overtones/combinations, hydrous species, and U-ion spectra in the frequency region between 1200 and 11 000 cm-1. The effects of radiation are characterized by a dramatic variation of intensity, a decrease in frequencies of multi-phonon bands (e.g., Si-O stretching overtones), a change of spectral profile of OH species, a formation of new OH species, and new signals related to U ions. The formation of new anisotropic OH species in the crystalline regions of metamict zircon is observed and this could account for the different thermal behaviour of OH species between metamict zircon and titanite during high-temperature annealing. The results imply systematic modifications of the local environments of the OH and U ions in the damage process. Both U4+ and U5+ spectra show dramatic variations during metamictization. We observe, for the first time, that as a result of radiation damage, the U5+ signals near 6668 and 9030 cm-1 become undetectable at a dose of around 1.5x1018 α-events g-1 while extra lines near 6650 and 8969 cm-1 appear. These variations are interpreted as radiation-induced local modifications in crystalline regions. The general shape of the U-ion spectrum of the crystalline zircon is somehow still preserved in highly damaged zircon. A decomposed zircon, consisting of ZrO2, SiO2, and ZrSiO4, shows spectral features different from those of metamict zircon samples. Thermal annealing of a highly damaged zircon leads to recovery of the structure of zircon, indicated by spectral changes of multi-phonon bands and U ions, accompanied with the appearance of new OH species. The results confirm that the recrystallization process in heavily damaged zircon involves the decomposition of metamict ZrSiO4 into SiO2 and ZrO2 near 1100 K and the significant crystal growth of ZrSiO4 near 1400 K as indicated by the recovery of Si-O stretching overtones and U4+ and U5+ bands

  15. New structural and U-Pb zircon data from Anafi crystalline basement (Cyclades, Greece): constraints on the evolution of a Late Cretaceous magmatic arc in the Internal Hellenides

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    Martha, Silviu O.; Dörr, Wolfgang; Gerdes, Axel; Petschick, Rainer; Schastok, Janina; Xypolias, Paraskevas; Zulauf, Gernold

    2016-06-01

    The Asterousia Crystalline Complex consists of Late Cretaceous amphibolite facies metamorphic rocks and associated granitoids, which can be found in exposures on Crete and the Cyclades (Greece). It is attributed to the Uppermost Unit and therefore to the Pelagonian domain of the Internal Hellenides. The tectonometamorphic evolution of this unit is still a matter of debate. We present new structural and petrological data of Asterousia-type rocks and greenschist facies metamorphic rocks from the island of Anafi in the southern Aegean Sea as well as U-Pb zircon ages of granitoids from Anafi. The crystalline sequence of Anafi rests on top of Eocene flysch and comprises from bottom to top: (a) Anafi Greenschist; (b) Anafi Amphibolite Group (orthoamphibolite with intercalations of metasedimentary rocks at the base); and (c) Chalepa Group (amphibolite facies metasediments with slices of serpentinite and granitoids). LA-ICP-MS and ID-TIMS 206Pb/238U zircon ages of granodiorite from the Chalepa Group reveal several similar zircon populations suggesting continuous emplacement of granitoids inside a magmatic arc from ca. 72.5 to 79 Ma. The minimum emplacement age of granodioritic magma, deduced from the 206Pb/238U median age of the youngest zircon population, is 72.6 +0.1/-0.2 Ma. Deformation (micro)fabrics of granodiorite result from low strain obtained at T > 600 °C. This along with the U-Pb ages and published K-Ar ages indicates intrusion of the plutonic rocks at deep structural levels followed by very slow cooling. Monzogranitic dykes cutting through granodiorite in north-eastern Anafi are undeformed and yielded a 206Pb/238U median age of 69.9 +0.7/-0.7 Ma. Based on the new and published data, the following implications for the tectonometamorphic evolution on Anafi can be made: (1) obduction and accretion of mantle slices (serpentinite) to the Asterousia-type rocks were prior to amphibolite facies metamorphism; (2) intrusion of granitoids during the middle to late

  16. Large-scale displacement along the Median Tectonic Line, Japan: evidence from SHRIMP zircon U-Pb dating of granites and gneisses from the South Kitakami and paleo-Ryoke belts

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    Sakashima, Toshihiko; Terada, Kentaro; Takeshita, Toru; Sano, Yuji

    2003-07-01

    In this paper we present new U-Pb zircon ages determined with Sensitive High-Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP) for nine plutonic rocks or orthogneisses and one paragneiss from the Higo and Maana belts (here referred to as the paleo-Ryoke belt) in southwest Japan, and the South Kitakami belt in northeast Japan. Both belts are Paleozoic-Mesozoic continental terranes discontinuously distributed along the Median Tectonic Line (MTL), and structurally lying on the Sambagawa belt in the Japanese Islands. Three groups of U-Pb zircon ages showing the timing of different magmatic events were determined for the plutonic rock or orthogneiss samples: ca. 500 Ma (Early Ordovician, two samples), a mean age of 292.0±12.4 Ma (Late Carboniferous-Early Permian, one sample) and ca. 110 Ma (Early Cretaceous, six samples). Furthermore, zircons with core-rim microstructures from a garnet-biotite-cordierite paragneiss in the Higo belt were also dated with SHRIMP. The cores yielded 2155-184 Ma inherited U-Pb ages (mostly varying between 330 and 184 Ma), while the rims yielded a mean age of 116.5±18.7 Ma (Early Cretaceous) U-Pb recrystallization ages comparable with the igneous ages, limiting the sedimentary age of the protolith to between Early-Middle Jurassic (ca. 180 Ma) and Early Cretaceous time. These SHRIMP U-Pb ages of plutonism, metamorphism and sedimentation, together with previously reported radiometric ages, have revealed a strong similarity in the tectonic histories of the paleo-Ryoke and South Kitakami and Abukuma belts, suggesting that these belts can be correlated. At present the paleo-Ryoke belt and the South Kitakami and Abukuma belts are separated by more than 1000 km. However, these belts may have originally comprised a continuous continental terrane that was later displaced and juxtaposed, together with the underlying Sambagawa belt, against the Ryoke belt by large-scale sinistral faulting along the MTL and associated major strike-slip faults during the Latest

  17. U-Pd isotope systematics of micro-zircon inclusions. Implications for the age and origin of eclogite xenolith from the Colorado Plateau

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    We improved the U-Pb zircon dating method employing HR-SIMS by applying 1) preparation of precise and homogeneous zircon standards by ID-TIMS, 2) simultaneous analysis of Pb isotopes by multi-collection system, and 3) use of a highly focused primary ion beam as small as 5 μm in diameter. Using the improved HR-SIMS technique, U-Pb ages of zircons in an eclogite xenolith from the Colorado Plateau were determined. Zircon occurs as small inclusions (90 km depth along a cold genotherm with a subduction rate of >2 cm/y in Tertiary. (author)

  18. Gamma-rays attenuation of zircons from Cambodia and South Africa at different energies: A new technique for identifying the origin of gemstone

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    In this work, the gamma-rays interaction properties of zircons from Cambodia and South Africa have been studied. The densities of Cambodian and South African’s zircons are 4.6716±0.0040 g/cm3 and 4.5505±0.0018 g/cm3, respectively. The mass attenuation coefficient and the effective atomic number of gemstones were measured with the gamma-ray in energies range 223–662 keV using the Compton scattering technique. The mass attenuation coefficients of both zircons decreased with the increasing of gamma-rays energies. The different mass attenuation coefficients between the two zircons observed at gamma-ray energies below 400 keV are attributed to the differences in the photoelectric interaction. The effective atomic number of zircons was decreased with the increasing of gamma-ray energies and showed totally different values between the Cambodia and South Africa sources. The origins of the two zircons could be successfully identified by the method based on gamma-rays interaction with matter with advantage of being a non-destructive testing. - Highlights: • Gamma-rays interaction of zircons from Cambodia and South Africa studied. • Measured energy is during 223–662 keV. • Different μm between the two zircons observed at gamma-ray energies below 400 keV. • The origins the two zircons could be successfully identified

  19. Crystallization ages of the A-type magmatism of the Graciosa Province (Southern Brazil): Constraints from zircon U-Pb (ID-TIMS) dating of coeval K-rich gabbro-dioritic rocks

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    Vlach, Silvio R. F.; Siga, Oswaldo; Harara, Ossama M. M.; Gualda, Guilherme A. R.; Basei, Miguel A. S.; Vilalva, Frederico C. J.

    2011-12-01

    Zircon U-Pb (ID-TIMS) ages for gabbro-dioritic rocks and for a monzogranite from the Graciosa Province of A-type granites and syenites, southern Brazil, are presented. Two gabbro-dioritic samples gave concordant ages (580 ± 2, 583 ± 3 Ma), while less precise upper intercept ages were obtained for another one (584 ± 8 Ma) and the monzogranite (585 ± 12 Ma). The best results indicate crystallization ages of the basic-intermediate magmas around 580-583 Ma. Micro-structural evidences and structural relationships between the mafic-intermediate rocks and the much more abundant granites and syenites demonstrate that magmas mingled and partially mixed with one another during emplacement and crystallization. Therefore, the results are representative of the overall magmatism. The extensional A-type magmatism occurred ca. 10-30 Ma after (1) emplacement and crystallization of the high-K calc-alkaline syn- to late-collisional batholiths, (2) peak regional metamorphism, and (3) final amalgamation of the Luis Alves, Curitiba, and Paranaguá terrains. It is suggested that the whole magmatism occurred in a short time interval and there is no evidence of spatial or temporal migration of the magmatic foci. ID-TIMS zircon dating of coeval basic-intermediate rocks may yield better emplacement and crystallization ages than direct dating of granitic and syenitic rocks, which are more susceptible to inheritance and/or late- to post-magmatic disturbances.

  20. The evolution of the neoproterozoic São Gabriel juvenile terrane, southern Brazil based on SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS U-Pb ages and ?18O data on detrital zircon

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    Lena, L. O.; Pimentel, M. M.; Philipp, R. P.; Armstrong, R. A.; Sato, K.

    2013-12-01

    The São Gabriel terrane is a segment of juvenile crust exposed in the western part of the Dom Feliciano Belt in the southern Mantiqueira Province, southern Brazil. In this study, SHRIMP and LA-ICPMS U-Pb geochronological data for 171 detrital zircons of the Cambaizinho Complex are used to investigate the tectonic evolution of this juvenile terrain. Eighty-one grains were later selected for SIMS δ18O analyses. Ages ranged from 840 to 660 Ma, with a strong concentration between ca. 750 and 700 Ma. The age spectrum of the detrital zircon grains from this meta-sedimentary succession suggests that the original sediments were derived from the erosion of the arc, most likely in a short-lived syn-orogentic basin. Th/U ratios and internal structures of the zircon grains reveal that they were mostly eroded from the arc magmatic rocks, without any relevant contribution from their metamorphic counterparts, or from any other older source. The δ18O values varied from 3.2 to 9.6‰, indicating the coeval crystallization of both unaltered, pristine mantle magmas alongside altered mantle magmas, and strongly contaminated continental crustal magmas generated in both continental and oceanic arc setting. Three periods in the progressive evolution of the terrane were recognized: Period I is represented by the installation of an island-arc subduction zone. The data set suggest that this period started at ca. 840 Ma and went on until 750 Ma. In this period δ18O values varied between 3.2 to 5.5 ‰, suggesting the crystallization of normal mantle-derived magmas, and juvenile magmas with assimilation of hydrothermally altered crust. Period II took place between ca. 750-690 Ma, which represents the peak of magmatic activity suggested by the large abundance of detrital zircons in the probability density diagrams. Here, δ18O values ranged from 4.0 to 9.4 ‰. The wide range of δ18O values reveals the coexistence of magmas with continental, mantle, and altered mantle isotopic signatures

  1. Provenance from zircon U-Pb age distributions in crustally contaminated granitoids

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    Bahlburg, Heinrich; Berndt, Jasper

    2016-05-01

    The basement of sedimentary basins is often entirely covered by a potentially multi-stage basin fill and therefore removed from direct observation and sampling. Melts intruding through the basin stratigraphy at a subsequent stage in the geological evolution of a region may assimilate significant volumes of country rocks. This component may be preserved in the intrusive body either as xenoliths or it may be reflected only by the age spectrum of incorporated zircons. Here we present the case of an Ordovician calc-alkaline intrusive belt in NW Argentina named the "Faja Eruptiva de la Puna Oriental" (Faja Eruptiva), which in the course of intrusion sampled the unexposed and unknown basement of the Ordovician basin in this region, and parts of the basin stratigraphy. We present new LA-ICP-MS U-Pb ages on zircons from 9 granodiorites and granites of the Faja Eruptiva. The main part of the Faja Eruptiva intruded c. 445 Ma in the Late Ordovician. The zircon ages obtained from the intrusive rocks have a large spread between 2683.5 ± 21.6 and 440.0 ± 4.9 Ma and reflect the underlying crust and may be interpreted in several ways. The inherited zircons may have been derived from the oldest known unit in the region, the thick siliciclastic turbidite successions of the upper Neoproterozoic-lower Cambrian Puncoviscana Formation, which is inferred to represent the basement of the NW Argentina. The basement to the Puncoviscana Formation is not known. Alternatively, the inherited zircons may reflect the geochronological structure of the entire unexposed Early Paleozoic crust underlying this region of which the Puncoviscana Formation was only one component. This crust likely contained rocks pertaining to and detritus derived from earlier orogenic cycles of the southwestern Amazonia craton, including sources of Early Meso- and Paleoproterozoic age. Detritus derived, in turn, from the Faja Eruptiva intrusive belt reflects the origin of the granitoids as well as the inherited

  2. Radiogenic isotope systematics of clastic sedimentary rocks - with emphasis on detrital zircon geochronology

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    In the present study, the radiogenic isotope systematics of clastic sedimentary rocks are applied to provenance studies. Provenance means place of origin and is basically focused on the location and nature of sediment source areas, the pathways by which the eroded material is transferred from the source to the basin of deposition, and the factors that influence the composition of sedimentary rocks (e.g. relief, climate, tectonic setting). ICP-MS has revolutionised analytical trace element geochemistry, and micro-sampling by laser ablation makes it possible to analyse the trace element and isotope compositions of detrital mineral grains. At the time when this study was initiated, a few pilot studies on detrital zircon geochronology had been carried out. The higher sample throughput and the lower investment cost of 1CPMS compared to SIMS instrumentation, were clear advantages. The analytical challenge was to improve the lower accuracy and precision of the technique. However, new correction methods had shown promising results when applied to the analyses of zircon standards. A careful comparison of the LA-ICPMS with the SIMS technique was needed before LA-ICPMS could confidently be used for provenance studies. A comparative study of' the two techniques was therefore carried out using the NORDSIM facility and the ICPMS laboratory at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The first paper of this thesis deals with the LA-ICPMS technique, and the accuracy and precision of the method when applied to detrital zircon dating. The subsequent papers present three case studies that use the technique, 1) as a tool for terrane analyses of orogenic belts; 2) for provenance studies of a molasse basin to constrain late orogenic exhumation history; and 3) to study the provenance of offshore sediments. 4 papers are included and have titles: 1) U-Pb dating of detrital zircons for sediment provenance studies -a comparison of laser ablation ICPMS and SIMS techniques. 2) U-Pb zircon and Sm

  3. Detrital zircon geochronology of the Cretaceous succession from the Iberian Atlantic Margin: palaeogeographic implications

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    Dinis, Pedro A.; Dinis, Jorge; Tassinari, Colombo; Carter, Andy; Callapez, Pedro; Morais, Manuel

    2016-04-01

    Detrital zircon U-Pb data performed on eight Cretaceous sandstone samples (819 age isotopic results) from the Lusitanian basin (west Portugal) constrain the history of uplift and palaeodrainage of western Iberia following break-up of Pangaea and opening of the North Atlantic Ocean. We examined the links between shifts in provenance and known basinwide unconformities dated to the late Berriasian, Barremian, late Aptian and Cenomanian-Turonian. The detrital zircon record of sedimentary rocks with wider supplying areas is relatively homogenous, being characterized by a clear predominance of late Palaeozoic ages (c. 375-275 Ma) together with variable proportions of ages in the range c. 800-460 Ma. These two groups of ages are diagnostic of sources within the Variscan Iberian Massif. A few samples also reveal significant amounts of middle Palaeozoic (c. 420-385 Ma) and late Mesoproterozoic to early Neoproterozoic (c. 1.2-0.9 Ga) zircon, which are almost absent in the basement to the east of the Lusitanian basin, but are common in terranes with a Laurussia affinity found in NW Iberia and the conjugate margin (Newfoundland). The Barremian unconformity marks a sudden rise in the proportion of c. 375-275 Ma zircon ages accompanied by a decrease in the abundance of the c. 420-385 Ma and c. 1.2-0.9 Ga ages. This shift in the zircon signature, which is contemporaneous with the separation of the Galicia Bank from Flemish Cap, reflects increased denudation of Variscan crystalline rocks and a reduction in source material from NW Iberia and adjoining areas. The late Aptian unconformity, which represents the largest hiatus in the sedimentary record, is reflected by a shift in late Palaeozoic peak ages from c. 330-310 Ma (widespread in Iberia) to c. 310-290 Ma (more frequent in N Iberia). It is considered that this shift in the age spectra resulted from a westward migration of catchment areas following major uplift in northern Iberia and some transport southward from the Bay of

  4. Annealing of α-decay damage in zircon: a Raman spectroscopic study

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    Recrystallization and structural recovery in α-decay damage in zircon samples have been studied using Raman spectroscopy. Fifteen zircon samples with different degrees of radiation damage have been thermally annealed between 600 K and 1800 K for up to 28 days and 8 hours. The experimental results from this study reveal that recrystallization in the damaged zircon samples is a multi-stage process that depends on the degree of initial damage of the samples. In partially damaged samples the lattice recovery of damaged crystalline ZrSiO4 takes place at temperatures as low as about 700 K, as shown by a remarkable band-sharpening and a significant increase in the frequencies of ν1 and ν3 Si-O stretching vibrations together with the external band near 357 cm-1 with increasing temperature. A dramatic increase of Raman scattering intensity of ZrSiO4 occurs in partially damaged samples near 1000 K due to a recrystallization process involving epitaxial growth. Heavily damaged samples tend to decompose into ZrO2 and SiO2 at high temperatures. Tetragonal ZrO2 has been observed under annealing between 1125 K and about 1600 K in heavily damaged samples while monoclinic ZrO2 appears above 1600 K. Weak signals from ZrSiO4 were detected at 1125 K in highly metamict zircon although the main recrystallization appears to occur near 1500 K accompanied by a decrease of the volumes of ZrO2 as well as SiO2. This suggests that this recrystallization is associated with the reaction of ZrO2 with SiO2 to form ZrSiO4. A possible intermediate phase has been observed, for the first time, by Raman spectroscopy in damaged zircons annealed at temperatures between 800 K and 1400 K. This phase is characterized by strong, broad Raman signals near 670, 798 and 1175 cm-1. Prolonged isothermal annealing at 1050 K results in a decrease of these characteristic bands and eventually the disappearance of this intermediate phase. (author)

  5. Fabrication and electrical characterization of 15% yttrium-doped barium zirconate-nitrate freeze drying method combined with vacuum heating

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    Research highlights: → Very fine 15% yttrium-doped barium zirconate powder of particle size about 30 nm was obtained by synthesizing at 500 deg. C in vacuum from powder mixed by the nitrate freeze-drying method. → Large and homogeneous grains of 15% yttrium-doped barium zirconate were easily obtained using the synthesized powder. → Grain boundary resistance was not inversely proportional to the grain size as theoretically expected. → Specific grain boundary conductivity varies with samples because impurities and/or evaporation loss of barium oxide might affect the grain-boundary resistance in 15% yttrium-doped barium zirconate. - Abstract: We applied a nitrate freeze-drying method to obtain a fine synthesized powder of 15% yttrium-doped barium zirconate. Fine 15% yttrium-doped barium zirconate powder of particle size about 30 nm was obtained by synthesizing at 500 deg. C in vacuum from a powder mixed by the nitrate freeze-drying method. However, we could not obtain such fine powder by synthesizing in air. Using the powder synthesized in vacuum, large and homogeneous grains of 15% yttrium-doped barium zirconate were easily obtained after sintering. Then, the bulk and grain boundary resistance were evaluated by AC 2-terminal measurement of sample in the form of bar and pellet and DC 4-terminal measurement of bar-shape sample. The grain boundary resistance was not inversely proportional to the grain size as theoretically expected. We concluded that specific grain boundary conductivity varies with samples. Some impurities, evaporation loss of barium oxide and/or other unexpected reasons might affect the grain boundary resistance in 15% yttrium-doped barium zirconate.

  6. First U-Pb detrital zircon ages from Numidian sandstones in Southern Apennines (Italy): Evidences of African provenance

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    Fornelli, Annamaria; Micheletti, Francesca; Langone, Antonio; Perrone, Vincenzo

    2015-05-01

    Two samples of quartz-rich sandstones collected in the Numidian Flysch of Southern Apennines (Italy) have been studied to highlight the provenance of detritus using radiometric dating by LA-ICP-MS of detrital zircons and to compare the obtained ages with those of the Betic and Maghrebian Chains. The provenance of quartzose detritus from European or African Plates is still debated in these Chains, accordingly the ages of the detrital zircons can contribute significantly to discriminate the origin of the quartzose supply. The U-Pb zircon ages (n = 47) vary from 3047 ± 13 Ma (Mesoarchean) to 516 ± 19 Ma (Cambrian). The predominance of Paleo-Proteozoic ages (2500-1600 Ma) and the lack of Hercynian and Alpine ones suggest a provenance of the Numidian supply from North-African cratonic areas during the early-middle Langhian, when the Numidian successions of Southern Apennines were deposited. In addition, a cluster of ages at 773 ± 24 Ma and 668 ± 12 Ma in one sample and at 664 ± 17 Ma in the other sample, calculated on zircon domains with magmatic zoning, testify to an important contribution from Neo-proterozoic "granitic" rocks widely outcropping in the North-African Craton. The age data on detrital zircons from Numidian sandstones in Southern Apennines overlap those found in the Numidian sandstones widespread in the Betic Cordillera and in the Maghrebian Chain from south Spain to Sicily. This suggests that the entire depositional zone in which Numidian Flysch deposited, was fed from a southerly source represented by the African Craton where Archean, Proterozoic and Cambrian rocks widely crop out from the Atlantic coast to the Hoggar and Tibesti Massifs. Finally, it must be outlined that a Meso-Archean zircon age (3047 Ma) has been found in the Numidian Flysch of the Southern Apennines whereas in the Numidian Flysch of the Maghrebian Chain, zircons older than Paleo-proterozoic (1840 Ma) have not yet been found.

  7. A preliminary geochemical study of zircons and monazites from Deccan felsic dikes, Rajula, Gujarat, India: Implications for crustal melting

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    Nilanjan Chatterjee; Somdev Bhattacharji

    2004-12-01

    Zircons of 10–100 m size and monazites of up to 10 m size are present in rhyolite and trachyte dikes associated with Deccan basalts around Rajula in the southern Saurashtra Peninsula of Gujarat. On the basis of structural conformity of the felsic and basaltic dikes, K-Ar ages and trace element considerations, a previous study concluded that the felsic rocks are coeval with the Deccan Volcanics and originated by crustal anatexis. The felsic rocks contain two populations of zircons and monazites, one that crystallized from the felsic melt and the other that contains inherited crustal material. Trace element variations in the rhyolites and trachytes indicate that zircons and monazites crystallized from the felsic melts, but compositional analysis of a zircon indicates the presence of a small core possibly inherited from the crust. Hf compositional zoning profile of this zircon indicates that it grew from the host rhyolitic melt while the melt differentiated, and Y and LREE contents suggest that this zircon crystallized from the host melt. Pb contents of some monazites also suggest the presence of inherited crustal cores. Hence, any age determination by the U-Th-Pb isotopic method should be interpreted with due consideration to crustal inheritance. Temperatures estimated from zircon and monazite saturation thermometry indicate that the crust around Rajula may have been heated to a maximum of approximately 900°C by the intruding Deccan magma. Crustal melting models of other workers indicate that a 1-2 million year emplacement time for the Deccan Traps may be appropriate for crustal melting characteristics observed in the Rajula area through the felsic dikes.

  8. Localized rejuvenation of a crystal mush recorded in zircon temporal and compositional variation at the Lassen Volcanic Center, northern California.

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    Full Text Available Zircon ages and trace element compositions from recent silicic eruptions in the Lassen Volcanic Center (LVC allow for an evaluation of the timing and conditions of rejuvenation (reheating and mobilization of crystals within the LVC magmatic system. The LVC is the southernmost active Cascade volcano and, prior to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, was the site of the only eruption in the Cascade arc during the last century. The three most recent silicic eruptions from the LVC were very small to moderate-sized lava flows and domes of dacite (1915 and 27 ka eruptions of Lassen Peak and rhyodacite (1.1 ka eruption of Chaos Crags. These eruptions produced mixed and mingled lavas that contain a diverse crystal cargo, including zircon. 238U-230Th model ages from interior and surface analyses of zircon reveal ages from ∼17 ka to secular equilibrium (>350 ka, with most zircon crystallizing during a period between ∼60-200 ka. These data support a model for localized rejuvenation of crystal mush beneath the LVC. This crystal mush evidently is the remnant of magmatism that ended ∼190 ka. Most zircon are thought to have been captured from "cold storage" in the crystal mush (670-725°C, Hf >10,000 ppm, Eu/Eu* 0.25-0.4 locally remobilized by intrusion of mafic magma. A smaller population of zircon (>730°C, Hf 0.4 grew in, and are captured from, rejuvenation zones. These data suggest the dominant method to produce eruptible melt within the LVC is small-scale, local rejuvenation of the crystal mush accompanied by magma mixing and mingling. Based on zircon stability, the time required to heat, erupt and then cool to background conditions is relatively short, lasting a maximum of 10 s-1000 s years. Rejuvenation events in the LVC are ephemeral and permit eruption within an otherwise waning and cooling magmatic body.

  9. Localized rejuvenation of a crystal mush recorded in zircon temporal and compositional variation at the Lassen Volcanic Center, northern California.

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    Klemetti, Erik W; Clynne, Michael A

    2014-01-01

    Zircon ages and trace element compositions from recent silicic eruptions in the Lassen Volcanic Center (LVC) allow for an evaluation of the timing and conditions of rejuvenation (reheating and mobilization of crystals) within the LVC magmatic system. The LVC is the southernmost active Cascade volcano and, prior to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, was the site of the only eruption in the Cascade arc during the last century. The three most recent silicic eruptions from the LVC were very small to moderate-sized lava flows and domes of dacite (1915 and 27 ka eruptions of Lassen Peak) and rhyodacite (1.1 ka eruption of Chaos Crags). These eruptions produced mixed and mingled lavas that contain a diverse crystal cargo, including zircon. 238U-230Th model ages from interior and surface analyses of zircon reveal ages from ∼17 ka to secular equilibrium (>350 ka), with most zircon crystallizing during a period between ∼60-200 ka. These data support a model for localized rejuvenation of crystal mush beneath the LVC. This crystal mush evidently is the remnant of magmatism that ended ∼190 ka. Most zircon are thought to have been captured from "cold storage" in the crystal mush (670-725°C, Hf >10,000 ppm, Eu/Eu* 0.25-0.4) locally remobilized by intrusion of mafic magma. A smaller population of zircon (>730°C, Hf 0.4) grew in, and are captured from, rejuvenation zones. These data suggest the dominant method to produce eruptible melt within the LVC is small-scale, local rejuvenation of the crystal mush accompanied by magma mixing and mingling. Based on zircon stability, the time required to heat, erupt and then cool to background conditions is relatively short, lasting a maximum of 10 s-1000 s years. Rejuvenation events in the LVC are ephemeral and permit eruption within an otherwise waning and cooling magmatic body. PMID:25470726

  10. Residual stress of monoclinic zircon obtained by X-ray diffraction in ZY4 oxidized cladding tubes

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    It is well established that in Zircaloy-4 (ZY4) oxidized samples (in steam at 400 C), at least two crystallographic structures of zircon can be found : monoclinic (stable) and tetragonal (metastable). The tetragonal structure is stabilized by the strong stress in the inner part of the oxide layer. The stress measurement of the monoclinic part in zircon oxide and the proportion of tetragonal part may contribute to understand corrosion kinetics of Zr alloys. Non-destructive measurements of residual stresses by X-ray diffraction in the external monoclinic zircon were performed directly on ZY4 oxidized cladding tube. The monoclinic zircon has a compressive stress that increase with oxidation duration up to about -600 MPa (for an oxidation time of 30 days) and then it becomes almost constant at about -400 MPa (for oxidation times greater than 100 days). This variation allows to confirm the kinetic transition in the oxide growth already described. Stress measurements in the metal underlying the oxide show a low level of tensile stress of about 50 MPa. There is no important changes of the stress with the oxidation time. An improved method to obtain the volume fraction of tetragonal zircon present in the oxide layers of textured tubes, is proposed. Indeed, monoclinic and tetragonal zircon are textured and classical methods, taking into account relative intensities of (111) m and (anti 111) m from monoclinic and (111)t from tetragonal structures, can not be applied directly. Pole figures have been performed and geometric corrections induced by tube interaction with X-ray radiation in classic goniometric configuration have been calculated. Preliminary quantitative results show a decrease of the proportion of tetragonal zircon in the kinetic transition zone. (orig.)

  11. Zircon U-Pb Age Determination of Volcanic Eruptions in Lutao and Lanyu in the Northern Luzon Magmatic Arc

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    Wen-Yu Shao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports for the first time zircon U-Pb ages of volcanic rocks and sands from Lutao and Lanyu, two islets off SE Taiwan in the north Luzon arc. The samples include (1 seven andesites from four volcanic units and three river/beach sands from Lutao and (2 five basaltic andesites from four volcanic units and two river/beach sands from Lanyu. The Lutao andesites contain abundant magmatic zircons, aging from ~1.54 to ~1.24 Ma for individual sample, which yielded an overall mean 206Pb/238U age of 1.31 ±± 0.03 Ma (n = 190, MSWD = 2.6. This is slightly older than, or broadly coincident with, a mean 206Pb/238U age of 1.23 ±± 0.03 Ma (n = 103, MSWD = 1.9 given by detrital zircons from the three sands. The Lanyu volcanics appear to have less abundant magmatic zircons, aging from ~2.72 to ~2.35 Ma for individual sample, which yielded an overall mean 206Pb/238U age of 2.61 ±± 0.13 Ma (n = 11, MSWD = 1.8. This accords with a mean 206Pb/238U age of 2.69 ±± 0.11 Ma (n = 34, MSWD = 4.7 obtained by detrital zircons from the two sands. The age data suggest that in Lutao and Lanyu the major volcanic eruptions occurred at ~1.3 and ~2.6 Ma, respectively. Moreover, volcanic samples from both islets contain various amounts of older inherited zircons, ~11% in Lutao and up to ~82% in Lanyu, which together with detrital zircons from the sands show main age peaks at ~150 Ma and ~1.9 and ~2.5 Ga, consistent with the notion for a _ continental crust involved in the genesis of the northern Luzon magmatic arc.

  12. A preliminary geochemical study of zircons and monazites from Deccan felsic dikes, Rajula, Gujarat, India: implications for crustal melting

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    Zircons of 10-100 μm size and monazites of up to 10 μm size are present in rhyolite and trachyte dikes associated with Deccan basalts around Rajula in the southern Saurashtra Peninsula of Gujarat. On the basis of structural conformity of the felsic and basaltic dikes, K-Ar ages and trace element considerations, a previous study concluded that the felsic rocks are coeval with the Deccan Volcanics and originated by crustal anatexis. The felsic rocks contain two populations of zircons and monazites, one that crystallized from the felsic melt and the other that contains inherited crustal material. Trace element variations in the rhyolites and trachytes indicate that zircons and monazites crystallized from the felsic melts, but compositional analysis of a zircon indicates the presence of a small core possibly inherited from the crust. Hf compositional zoning profile of this zircon indicates that it grew from the host rhyolitic melt while the melt differentiated, and Y and LREE contents suggest that this zircon crystallized from the host melt. Pb contents of some monazites also suggest the presence of inherited crustal cores. Hence, any age determination by the U- Th-Pb isotopic method should be interpreted with due consideration to crustal inheritance. Temperatures estimated from zircon and monazite saturation thermometry indicate that the crust around Rajula may have been heated to a maximum of approximately 900 degC by the intruding Deccan magma. Crustal melting models of other workers indicate that a 1-2 million year emplacement time for the Deccan Traps may be appropriate for crustal melting characteristics observed in the Rajula area through the felsic dikes. (author)

  13. Tracking magma mixing: in-situ Hf-isotope analysis of zircons

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    Full text: Field relationships in the 115 Ma Pingtan complex in coastal Fujian Province, SE China show extensive mingling of mafic and felsic magmas, producing pillow-like enclaves, and suggest formation of at least some intermediate members of the suite (granodiorite, quartz diorite) through hybridisation (Xu et al., 1999). Similar Sr (initial 87Sr/86Sr =0.7065) and Nd (eNd = -1.5) isotopic compositions imply that both the felsic and the mafic magmas represent contain a significant crustal component, but Nd model ages (TDM =1Ga), significantly younger than known crust in the region (1.4-2.0 Ga), suggest a juvenile component as well. To investigate the processes of crust-mantle interaction, and specifically the timing of any mixing of crustal and mantle components, we have carried out a detailed study of the Pingtan rocks, using LAM-MC-ICPMS techniques to analyse Hf isotopes in individual zircon grains. Zircons (*150x50 μm) were separated from a granite, a granodiorite enclave (pillow) in the granite, a quartz diorite enclave, a granodiorite and a gabbro. The zircons in each rock show several growth stages, recognised by studies of external and internal morphology in cathodoluminescence images. Detailed studies by EMP (Hf, Y, U, Th) and LAM-ICPMS (REE, U, Th, other trace elements) show that changes in internal morphology or zoning style are accompanied by changes in trace-element patterns, reflecting changes in magma composition and/or physical conditions. It is clear that the zircons have acted as recorders of the evolution of the magmas, and that this evolution included abrupt changes in composition. Hf isotope measurements were done using a Merchantek LUV266 Nd:YAG laser probe, attached to a Nu Plasma multi-collector ICPMS. Typical spot sizes were 30-40 microns; typical internal precision on 1-2 minute ablations was 176Hf/177Hf of ±0.00002-6 (2SE). Interferences of 176Lu and 176Yb on 176Hf were corrected by monitoring 175Lu and 172Yb; the accuracy and

  14. C.A. Nothardbiblioteek

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    Full Text Available As instructed by the Central Board of the South African Nursing Association during 1985, an investigation was launched into the function of the C.A. Not hard Library, namely to provide optimal information to members. The underlying philosophy concerned with the establishment of the library was to provide a service which is not available elsewhere. The investigation revealed however, that various training institutions in the country meet this need. As a result of the findings, as presented in the article, the C.A. Northard Library was closed on 1 December 1985 as a lending library. A unique Nursing reference library is being established in its place, with the emphasis in the future on the S. A. Nursing Association’s role in the promotion of Nursing research.

  15. A cryptic record of magma mixing in diorites revealed by high-precision SIMS oxygen isotope analysis of zircons

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    Appleby, S. K.; Graham, C. M.; Gillespie, M. R.; Hinton, R. W.; Oliver, G. J. H.; EIMF

    2008-05-01

    High-precision in-situ ion microprobe (SIMS) oxygen isotope analysis of zircons from two diorite intrusions associated with the late Caledonian Lochnagar pluton in Scotland has revealed large differences in the degree of heterogeneity in zircon δ18O between the diorites. Zircon crystals from the Cul nan Gad diorite (CnG) show a unimodal distribution of oxygen isotope values ( δ18O = 6.0 ± 0.6‰ (2 σ)) and no or only minor grain-scale variation. Those from the Allt Darrarie diorite (AD1) show a large range in δ18O and an apparent bimodal distribution with modes of 6.6 ± 0.4‰ and 7.3 ± 0.4‰. Variations of up to 1.2‰ occur between and within grains; both an increase and decrease in δ18O with zircon growth has been observed. The δ18O composition of growing zircon can only change if open-system processes affect the magma composition, i.e. if material of contrasting δ18O composition is added to the magma. The variability in AD1 is interpreted to represent a cryptic record of magma mixing. A 'deep crustal hot zone' is a likely site for generation of the dioritic magmas which developed by mixing of residual melts and crustal partial melts or by melting of mafic lower crustal rocks. The overall small number of zircons with mantle-like δ18O values (5.3 ± 0.6‰ (2 σ)) in the Lochnagar diorites is largely the product of crustal differentiation rather than crustal growth. The δ18O of quartz from the CnG and AD1 diorites shows only minor variation (CnG: 10.9 ± 0.5‰ (2 σ), AD1: 11.7 ± 0.6‰ (2 σ)) within single populations, with no evidence of mixing. Quartz-zircon isotopic disequilibrium is consistent with later crystallisation of quartz from late magmatic fluids, and in case of the AD1 diorite after the inferred magma mixing from a homogenised, higher δ18O melt. High-precision SIMS oxygen isotope analysis of zircon provides a new approach to identifying and resolving previously undetected early-stage magma mixing and constraining the compositions

  16. Seasonal Sr/Ca, and 44Ca/40Ca co-variation in Arctica islandica

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    Full text: We have studied the Ca isotopic variations and Sr/Ca ratios within an A. islandica shell in relation to temperature fluctuations of the ambient seawater with sub-seasonal resolution. The long-lived bivalve A. islandica dwells at 10-200 m depth throughout much of the North Atlantic continental shelf. Its shells represent a promising SST archive for boreal marine settings. The A. islandica shell used for this study was collected at 60-m depth near the former position of the Nantucket Shoals Lightship. The years 1956-1958 were analyzed for both, Sr/Ca ratios and δ44/40Ca, with 1957 being the best resolved. The δ44/40Ca are highly correlated with Sr/Ca ratios (r= 0.92 for 1957). The positive correlation of Sr/Ca ratios and temperature in A. islandica is in accordance with published data on other bivalves, but contrary to thermodynamic expectations and e.g. coral data. The same inversion is found for Ca isotope fractionation: the δ44/40Ca correlation with temperature of A. islandica is negative, while all δ44/40Ca temperature gradients published so far (inorganic precipitates and foraminifera data) show varying degrees of positive correlation. Thus, as for Sr/Ca, the temperature correlation of δ44/40Ca in A. islandica is not under thermodynamic control. It appears inevitable to conclude that biological effects dominate both, Sr incorporation and Ca isotope fractionation in A. islandica. Growth rates and food supply are parameters that might relate Sr/Ca ratios as well as Ca isotopic compositions to vital activity and thus indirectly to temperature. In any case the high correlation of Sr/Ca ratios and Ca isotope fractionation indicates a common metabolic process for the observed variations. (author)

  17. Zircon LA-ICPMS study and petrogenesis simulation of Dahuabei pluton in the Wulashan area,Inner Mongolia

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    Dapeng Li; Yuelong Chen; Liemeng Chen; Zhong Wang; Jinbao Liu

    2009-01-01

    Dahuabei pluton in the Wulashan area,Inner Mongolia,is an alkaline and peraluminous granitic pluton.LA-ICPMS U-Pb dating of zircons indicates that this pluton crystallized at 330±10 Myr.The pluton did not experience apparent zircon fractionation.The consistent temperatures between Zr saturation (765℃) and the average zircon-rutile Ti equilibrium (780℃),together with zircon ages and their CL images,indicated that there were no inherited zircons in this pluton.Through the simulation of the dry-system crystallization process of magma cooling at 200 MPa and 1100-709℃,the phase diagram and composition evolution tendency of different phases were obtained.The magma reached its liquidus at 1069℃.Sanidine was the first crystallized phase;at 709℃ the residual magma was less than 4%,and the range of 1069-719℃ should be the most suitable approach to the real condition.It is shown that at least some part of the pluton underwent such isobaric equilibrium crystallization processes during its crystallization.

  18. Influence of yttria addition on the phase transformations of zirconia from zircon ore by carbothermal reduction process

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    Xu, Youguo; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yan-gai; Fang, Minghao; Yin, Li; Guan, Ming

    2012-06-01

    Zircon ore carbothermal reduction with yttria addition has been carried out. The influences of heating temperature and yttria addition on the phase transformations of zirconia from zircon ore by carbothermal reduction have been investigated in detail. The phase transformations of zirconia from zircon ore by carbothermal reduction were monitored by X-ray diffraction. The microstructure and micro-area chemical analysis of the products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometer. The chemical states of Zr 3d, Y 3d and O 1s presented in the products of zircon carbothermal reduction with 10 wt% yttria addition were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results showed that the optimized heating temperature of zircon carbothermal reduction with no addition was 1600 °C, and the main phase of the products consists of m-ZrO2, c-ZrO2, ZrC and β-SiC. Yttria addition could be introduced into zirconia lattice and caused it to form Y2O3 stabilized zirconia. Zirconia in the products would be turned into partially stabilized zirconia with yttria addition from 1 wt% to 5 wt% while it would exist in the form of fully stabilized zirconia with over 8 wt% yttria addition.

  19. A combined study of SHRIMP U-Pb dating, trace element and mineral inclusions on high-pressure metamorphic overgrowth zircon in eclogite from Qinglongshan in the Sulu terrane

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    LI Qiuli; LI Shuguang; HOU Zhenhui1; HONG Jian; YANG Wei1

    2005-01-01

    Methods recently advanced for discrimination on the genesis of metamorphic zircon, such as analysis of mineral inclusions and trace elements, provide us powerful means to distinguish zircon overgrowth during high-pressure metamorphism. Zircons in ultrahigh-pressure eclogite from Qinglongshan in the Sulu terrane were studied by the SHRIMP U-Pb method in combining with trace element and mineral inclusion analyses. No inherited core was identified in the analyzed zircons by means of cathodoluminescence images. The occurrence of high-pressure metamorphic mineral inclusions in zircon, such as garnet, omphacite, rutile, and the flat HREE pattern in zircon indicate that the zircon formed at high-pressure metamorphic conditions. Therefore, a weighted average U-Pb age of 227.4 ± 3.5 Ma obtained from such a kind of zircon is interpreted to represent the timing of peak metamorphism for the Qinglongshan eclogite.

  20. Magnetism of CaAs, CaP, and CaN half-metals

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    First principles calculations indicate that CaAs, CaP, and CaN compounds are ferromagnets. Analysis of these and other II-V compounds that do not contain transition metal atoms shows that their magnetism derives from the spin polarization of the atomic p(anion) orbitals, which persists in the compounds of Ca, Sr, and Ba due to their large atomic radii

  1. Magnetism of CaAs, CaP, and CaN half-metals

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    Volnianska, O. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)]. E-mail: volnian@ifpan.edu.pl; Jakubas, P. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Boguslawski, P. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)

    2006-10-26

    First principles calculations indicate that CaAs, CaP, and CaN compounds are ferromagnets. Analysis of these and other II-V compounds that do not contain transition metal atoms shows that their magnetism derives from the spin polarization of the atomic p(anion) orbitals, which persists in the compounds of Ca, Sr, and Ba due to their large atomic radii.

  2. Precambrian evolution and cratonization of the Tarim Block, NW China: Petrology, geochemistry, Nd-isotopes and U-Pb zircon geochronology from Archaean gabbro-TTG-potassic granite suite and Paleoproterozoic metamorphic belt

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    Zhang, Chuan-Lin; Li, Huai-Kun; Santosh, M.; Li, Zheng-Xiang; Zou, Hai-Bo; Wang, Hongyan; Ye, Haimin

    2012-03-01

    We report field characteristics, petrography, geochemistry and isotopic ages of the Neoarchaean intrusive complex and the Paleoproterozoic metamorphic belt around Quruqtagh in the northern margin of the Tarim Block, NW China in an attempt to evaluate the evolution of the Precambrian basement of the Tarim Block. Zircon U-Pb ages indicate that the tonalite-trondhjemite complex with gabbroic enclaves and the slightly younger potassic granites crystallized at ca. 2.60 Ga and ca. 2.53 Ga respectively, and were metamorphosed at ca.1.85-1.80 Ga. Zircon U-Pb ages indicate that the amphibolite to granulite facies assemblages in the strongly deformed Paleoproterozoic gneiss-schist belt were generated during a major thermal event at 1.85-1.80 Ga, and were again overprinted by late Mesoproterozoic to early Neoproterozoic metamorphism (1.1-0.95 Ga). Geochemically, the gabbros occurring within the tonalite-trondhjemite suite exhibit arc tholeiite signature and their chemical and Nd isotopic compositions suggest that they were derived from partial melting of a metasomatised and depleted mantle. The tonalites and trondhjemites have varied geochemical compositions but both preserve distinct Archaean TTG (tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite) signatures. However, the ca. 2.53 Ga potassic granites have very different geochemical compositions as compared to the tonalite-trondjemite suite and show extreme enrichment of LREE and LILE, as well as a marked depletion of HREE and HFSE. Based on the geochemical and geochronological data presented in this contribution, we suggest that: (1) the gabbro-tonalite-trondhjemite suite and the late potassic granites represent an evolution from an arc system through the final collision and late or post-orogenic extension when the potassic granite was emplaced, thus building the cratonic architecture of the proto-crust of the Tarim Block; (2) the ca.1.9-1.8 Ga metamorphism marks an important orogenic event in the crystalline basement of the Tarim Block

  3. Anisotropic mechanical properties of zircon and the effect of radiation damage

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    Beirau, Tobias; Nix, William D.; Bismayer, Ulrich; Boatner, Lynn A.; Isaacson, Scott G.; Ewing, Rodney C.

    2016-06-01

    This study provides new insights into the relationship between radiation-dose-dependent structural damage due to natural U and Th impurities and the anisotropic mechanical properties (Poisson's ratio, elastic modulus and hardness) of zircon. Natural zircon samples from Sri Lanka (see Muarakami et al. in Am Mineral 76:1510-1532, 1991) and synthetic samples, covering a dose range of zero up to 6.8 × 1018 α-decays/g, have been studied by nanoindentation. Measurements along the [100] crystallographic direction and calculations, based on elastic stiffness constants determined by Özkan (J Appl Phys 47:4772-4779, 1976), revealed a general radiation-induced decrease in stiffness (~54 %) and hardness (~48 %) and an increase in the Poisson's ratio (~54 %) with increasing dose. Additional indentations on selected samples along the [001] allowed one to follow the amorphization process to the point that the mechanical properties are isotropic. This work shows that the radiation-dose-dependent changes of the mechanical properties of zircon can be directly correlated with the amorphous fraction as determined by previous investigations with local and global probes (Ríos et al. in J Phys Condens Matter 12:2401-2412, 2000a; Farnan and Salje in J Appl Phys 89:2084-2090, 2001; Zhang and Salje in J Phys Condens Matter 13:3057-3071, 2001). The excellent agreement, revealed by the different methods, indicates a large influence of structural and even local phenomena on the macroscopic mechanical properties. Therefore, this study indicates the importance of acquiring better knowledge about the mechanical long-term stability of radiation-damaged materials.

  4. Flotation of anomalous radioactive zircon from the luxullinnite pegmatite of Dihmit AREA, southeastern desert, Egypt

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    Dihmit area is located to the east of Wadi el arab southeastern desert. The area is covered by several granitic masses related the post-orogenic plutonites. These masses trending in different directions; namely, NE-S W, N W-S E, Ene-WSW and WNW-ESE. The radioactivity of these dykes has been found where it reaches 10000 cps or even more. Metamict zircon occurs in high amounts that attain up to 3.97% in the head sample and was found to be responsible for the radioactivity of the pegmatitic rocks. Chemical assay of the prepared head sample reveals the of 2.31% Zro2, 0.26 total Re2 o3, 0.72% Tho2 and 0.34% U3 o8. It was found that these high Th and impurities that are weakly bound to their surface and are thus easily acid soluble. Flotation recovery of this radioactive zircon using Na- oleate as collector, cryselic acid as frothier and Na2SiO3 as depressant is herein studied. The effects of pH as a major variable with the help of the collector concentration and zeta potential measurement have been investigated. Maximum grade and recovery have been achieved at pH 8.0 and 200 mg/Kg Na-oleate. According to the proposed flowsheet, more than 96% of the radioactive zircon was concentrated in one fraction. The latter was found to assay up 52.72% Zr O2, 5.9% total R E2 O3, 16.31% Th O2 and 7.33% U3 O8. 7 fig., 3 tab

  5. New U-Pb zircon ages and the duration and division of Devonian time

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    Tucker, R.D.; Bradley, D.C.; Ver Straeten, C.A.; Harris, A.G.; Ebert, J.R.; McCutcheon, S.R.

    1998-01-01

    Newly determined U-Pb zircon ages of volcanic ashes closely tied to biostratigraphic zones are used to revise the Devonian time-scale. They are: 1) 417.6 ?? 1.0 Ma for an ash within the conodont zone of Icriodus woschmidti/I. w. hesperius Lochkovian); 2) 408.3 ?? 1.9 Ma for an ash of early Emsian age correlated with the conodont zones of Po. dehiscens--Lower Po. inversus; 3) 391.4 ?? 1.8 Ma for an ash within the Po. c. costatus Zone and probably within the upper half of the zone (Eifelian); and 4) 381.1 ?? 1.3 Ma for an ash within the range of the Frasnian conodont Palmatolepis punctata (Pa. punctata Zone to Upper Pa. hassi Zone). U-Pb zircon ages for two rhyolites bracketing a palyniferous bed of the pusillites-lepidophyta spore zone, are dated at 363.8 ?? 2.2 Ma and 363 ?? 2.2 Ma and 363.4 ?? 1.8 Ma, respectively, suggesting an age of ~363 Ma for a level within the late Famennian Pa. g. expansa Zone. These data, together with other published zircon ages, suggest that the base and top of the Devonian lie close to 418 Ma and 362 Ma, respectively, thus lengthening the period of ~20% over current estimates. We suggest that the duration of the Middle Devonian (Eifelian and Givitian) is rather brief, perhaps no longer than 11.5 Myr (394 Ma-382.5 Ma), and that the Emsian and Famennian are the longest stages in the period with estimated durations of ~15.5 Myr and 14.5 Myr, respectively.

  6. Detrital zircon geochronology of Neoproterozoic to Middle Cambrian miogeoclinal and platformal strata: Northwest Sonora, Mexico

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    Gross, E.L.; Stewart, John H.; Gehreis, G.E.

    2000-01-01

    Eighty-five detrital zircon grains from Mesoproterozoic and/or Neoproterozoic to Middle Cambrian sedimentary strata in northwest Sonora, Mexico, have been analyzed to determine source terranes and provide limiting depositional ages of the units. The zircon suites from the Mesoproterozoic and/or Neoproterozoic El Alamo Formation and El Aguila unit yield ages between 1.06 Ga and 2.67 Ga, with predominant ages of 1.1 to 1.2 Ga. Zircons from the Lower? and Middle Cambrian Bolsa Quartzite show age groups from 525 Ma to 1.63 Ga, with a dominant population of 1.1 to 1.2 Ga grains. Grains older than 1.2 Ga in the samples were most likely derived from basement terranes and ???1.4 Ga granitic bodies of the southwest U.S. and northwest Mexico. It is also possible that the sediments were transported from the south, although source rocks of the appropriate age are not presently exposed south of the study area in northern Mexico. Three possibilities for the dominant 1.1 to 1.2 Ga grains include derivation from: (I) exposures of the Grenville belt in southern North America, (2) local 1.1-1.2 Ga granite bodies, or (3) a southern source, such as the Oaxaca terrane, that was subsequently rifted away. Sampling of additional units in the western U.S. and northern Mexico may help resolve the ambiguity surrounding the source of the 1.1 to 1.2 Ga grains.

  7. Strengths and limitations of zircon Lu-Hf and O isotopes in modelling crustal growth

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    Payne, Justin L.; McInerney, David J.; Barovich, Karin M.; Kirkland, Christopher L.; Pearson, Norman J.; Hand, Martin

    2016-04-01

    The robust nature of the mineral zircon, combined with our analytical ability to readily acquire in-situ uranium-lead (U-Pb), lutetium-hafnium (Lu-Hf) and oxygen (O) isotopic data, has resulted in a rapid rise in the use of zircon isotopic datasets for studying both the generation of continental crust and its growth through Earth history. In such studies there has been a strong focus on developing methods to determine the timing and/or proportion of juvenile magmatic addition to the continental crust. One widespread approach to determine the timing of crustal growth has been the construction or fitting of 'reworking arrays' to regional Hf isotopic datasets. Simple stochastic models are presented which highlight that in many cases apparent reworking arrays are much more likely to represent a process of on-going dilution and refertilisation of ancient crust, consistent with "Hot Zone" models of granitoid generation and the need to refertilise lower crustal reservoirs to maintain magmatism. A new compilation of magmatic rock zircon Lu-Hf and O isotope data is used to demonstrate that the use of mantle-like O isotope data as a screening tool for "meaningful" Hf model ages is also unlikely to be reliable, with independently constrained data indicating that as few as 14% of Hf model ages provide a meaningful indicator of the timing of crustal growth. The limitations of Hf model ages are discussed with regard to existing approaches for continental growth and we demonstrate that popular inverse modelling approaches suffer from a bias created by both the use of model ages and numerical artefacts. In an effort to address some of the limitations within existing models, we develop stochastic models based on joint calibration of multiple datasets which allow for more unique solutions.

  8. Synthesis, microstructural and mechanical properties of ex situ zircon particles (ZrSiO4 reinforced Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs: a review

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    Satish Kumar Thandalam

    2015-07-01

    This review article details the current development on the synthesis, microstructure and mechanical properties of zircon reinforced MMCs, with specific attention on the abrasive wear behavior of the composites. This review also summarizes the work done by various research groups on zircon reinforced MMCs in achieving higher hardness and wear resistance in these composites.

  9. Provenance of Wurmian loess and loess-like sediments of Moravia and Silesia (Czech Republic): a study of zircon typology and cathodoluminiscence

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    Lisá, Lenka; Uher, P.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 57, č. 5 (2006), s. 397-403. ISSN 1335-0552 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Pleistocene * Würmian * Czech Republic * Moravia * cathodoluminiscence * loess sediments * zircon typology * zircon Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.364, year: 2006 http://www.geologicacarpathica.sk/src/main.php

  10. Geochemistry and zircon ages of mafic dikes in the South Qinling, central China: evidence for late Neoproterozoic continental rifting in the northern Yangtze block

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    Zhu, Xiyan; Chen, Fukun; Liu, Bingxiang; Zhang, He; Zhai, Mingguo

    2015-01-01

    Neoproterozoic volcanic-sedimentary sequences of the southern Qinling belt, central China, were intruded by voluminous mafic dikes. secondary ion mass spectrometry zircon U-Pb dating indicates that these dikes were emplaced at 650.8 ± 5.2 Ma, coeval with mafic rocks occurring at the northern margin of the Yangtze block. The dikes are characterized by enrichment of large ion lithophile elements, high Ti contents (up to 3.73 wt%) and Nb/Ta ratios between 14.5 and 19.6, suggesting a mantle source of oceanic island basalt affinity. Initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios show positive correlation with SiO2 contents and negative correlation with Zr/Nb ratios, implying that these rocks were affected by crustal contamination during the magma ascend and emplacement process. The dikes have initial ɛ Nd values of +0.2 to +3.3, low 206Pb/204Pb ratios of 16.96-17.45, and moderate 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.7043-0.7076, likely pointing to the involvement of an enriched mantle source. The mafic dikes and coeval mafic volcanic equivalents in the South Qinling and the northern Yangtze are hypothesized to be related with the prolonged breakup of the supercontinent Rodinia, suggesting that continental rifting lasted until ca. 650 Ma.

  11. Properties of Lead Zirconate Titanate (PbZr0.5Ti0.5O3) Piezoelectric Ceramic Fibers Prepared by Gelation of Sodium Alginate

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    A novel ceramic fiber processing method by gelation of Na-alginate, a natural in noxious polymer, is reported. The ion exchange reaction between Na and Ca, and associated gelation process is utilized to fabricate lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramic fibers using a Na-alginate based ceramic suspension. Effects of solid loading, viscosity of the starting sodium alginate and its amount in the slurry, and the chelator content were investigated as main parameters in obtaining uniform, dense fibers. Slurries with 64 wt% solid loading containing 1.0-1.5 wt% low or 0.5 wt% medium viscosity Na-alginate and 0.25-1.0 wt% chelator resulted in dense fibers with uniform shapes and dimensions. Electrical measurements taken from pellets prepared from reprocessed slurry and fibers indicate a decrease in the properties with increasing Na-alginate content of the slurry. However, the dielectric constant and piezoelectric charge coefficient values prove that this is a viable process to produce piezoelectric ceramic fibers

  12. U-Pb zircon ages of syenitic and granitic rocks in the Ashizuri igneous complex, southwestern Shikoku. Constraint for the origin of forearc alkaline magmatism

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    We report two first U-Pb zircon ages of the felsic rocks in the Ashizuri igneous complex, southwestern Shikoku, using the LA-ICP-MS. Samples are a syenite (ASH54) and a biotite granite (ASH5). Weighted means of the 238U-206Pb ages of concordant data of ASH54 and ASH5 are 13.12±0.09 Ma (2σ) and 12.95±0.06 Ma (2σ), respectively. It is concluded that the felsic member of the Ashizuri complex was formed almost simultaneously at ca. 13 Ma after the major activity of the Outer Zone Granitic Rocks. Presence of alkali dolerite dike cutting the syenite indicates that the alkali basaltic magma intruded after the subduction of Shikoku Basin of the Philippine Sea plate beneath the southwest Japan arc. Alkali basaltic magma of Ashizuri complex may have been derived from a depth possibly deeper than that of subducted Shikoku Basin of the Philippine Sea Plate. (author)

  13. Single zircon LAM-ICPMS U-Pb dating of Guidong complex (SE China) and its petrogenetic significance

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    XU Xisheng; DENG Ping; S. Y. O'Reilly; W. L. Griffin; ZHOU Xinmin; TAN Zhengzhong

    2003-01-01

    Single zircon LAM-ICPMS U-Pb dating indicates that the Guidong granitic complex is a multistage batholith formed during Indosinian-Yanshanian time. The Luxi body (239 ± 5 Ma) and the Xiazhuang body (235.8 ± 7.6 Ma) intruded during Indosinian time, whereas the Aizi body (160.1 ± 6.1 Ma) and the Siqian body (151 ± 11 Ma) formed during Yanshanian time. Inherited zircons (1275-2137 Ma) in the Xiazhuang body imply that at least part of the source rocks of the Guidong complex are from the Proterozoic basement of southeast China. Detailed single zircon LAM-ICPMS U-Pb dating results provide important evidence for understanding the evolution, tectonic setting and mineralisation of the complex.

  14. Archean inheritance in zircon from late Paleozoic granites from the Avalon zone of southeastern New England: an African connection

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    Zartman, R.E.; Don, Hermes O.

    1987-01-01

    In southeastern New England the Narragansett Pier Granite locally intrudes Carboniferous metasedimentary rocks of the Narragansett basin, and yields a monazite UPb Permian emplacement age of 273 ?? 2 Ma. Zircon from the Narragansett Pier Granite contains a minor but detectable amount of an older, inherited component, and shows modern loss of lead. Zircon from the late-stage, aplitic Westerly Granite exhibits a more pronounced lead inheritance -permitting the inherited component to be identified as Late Archean. Such old relict zircon has not been previously recognized in Proterozoic to Paleozoic igneous rocks in New England, and may be restricted to late Paleozoic rocks of the Avalon zone. We suggest that the Archean crustal component reflects an African connection, in which old Archean crust was underplated to the Avalon zone microplate in the late Paleozoic during collision of Gondwanaland with Avalonia. ?? 1987.

  15. EFFECT OF FLUORINE AND CHLORINE IONS ON THE REACTION SINTERING OF MECHANICALLY ACTIVATED ZIRCON-ALUMINA MIXTURE

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    R. Zamani Foroshani

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to study the effect of fluorine and chlorine ions on the formation of mullite during the reaction sintering of mechanically activated zircon-alumina powder mixture. The results showed that mechanical activation of zirconalumina powder mixture for 20 h led to grain refinement and partial amorphization. In the presence of fluorine and chlorine ions, complete formation of mullite in the mechanically activated sample occurred after 2 h of reaction sintering at 1300oC and 1400oC, respectively. In the sample lacking fluorine and chlorine ions, mullitization was not completed even after 2 h of reaction sintering at 1400oC. It was concluded that presence of fluorine and chlorine ions enhance the dissociation of zircon and formation of mullite during the reaction sintering of mechanically activated zircon-alumina mixture.

  16. Polymetamorphic history of the Crixas-Acu gneiss, central Brazil: SHRIMP U-Pb evidence from titanite and zircon

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    A sample of the Crixas-Acu gneiss in Central Brazil contains protolith and metamorphic zircons, and two generations of metamorphic titanite. SHRIMP U-Pb data of these different mineral generations indicate the following temporal sequence: tonalitic magmatism at 2817 ± 9 M.y derived from an older source region (3050 to 2930 M.y zircon cores); Archaen metamorphic at 2772±6 M.y (from zircon)with cooling to the blocking temperature of titanite (at 2711 ±34 Ma); followed by Paleoproterozoic metamorphism and weak fabric development at 2011 ±+ 15 Ma, and a possible Neoproterozoic metamorphism. The field relations and these age data indicate the polymetamorphic history of the area and demonstrate the value of in situ age determinations on well-characterized rocks. (author)

  17. Timing and sources of granite magmatism in the Ribeira Belt, SE Brazil: Insights from zircon in situ U–Pb dating and Hf isotope geochemistry in granites from the São Roque Domain

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    Janasi, Valdecir de Assis; Andrade, Sandra; Vasconcellos, Antonio Carlos B. C.; Henrique-Pinto, Renato; Ulbrich, Horstpeter H. G. J.

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    Eight new in situ U-Pb zircon age determinations by SHRIMP and LA-MC-ICPMS reveal that the main granitic magmatism in the São Roque Domain, which is largely dominated by metaluminous high-K calc-alkaline monzogranites with subordinate peraluminous leucogranites, occurred between 604 ± 3 and 590 ± 4 Ma. This small temporal range is ca. 20-30 Ma younger than previously admitted based on U-Pb TIMS dates from literature, some of which obtained in the same occurrences now dated. The observed discrepancy seems related to the presence of small Paleoproterozoic inherited cores in part of the zircon populations used for TIMS multigrain dating, which could also respond for the unusually high (up to 10 Ma) uncertainty associated with most of these dates. The younger age range now identified for the São Roque granite magmatism has important implications for the evolution of the Ribeira Fold Belt. Whilst previously admitted ages ca. 620-630 Ma substantiated correlations with the widespread and intensely foliated high-K calc-alkaline granitoid rocks of the neighbor Socorro-Guaxupé Nappe (potentially associated with an accretionary continental margin), the ∼600-590 Ma interval seems more consistent with a late deformation tectonic setting. Strongly negative εHf(t) characterize the magmatic zircons from the São Roque Domain granites. An eastward increase from -22 in the São Roque Granite to -11 in the Cantareira Granite and neighboring stocks suggests an across-domain shift in granite sources. Such eastward younging of sources, also indicated by Sm-Nd isotope data from granites and supracrustal sequences in neighboring domains, is suggestive that some of the first-order limits and discontinuities in this belt are not defined by the strike-slip fault systems traditionally taken to separate distinct domains. Although the negative εHf(t) and εNd(t) indicate sources with long crustal residence for all studied granite plutons, the observed range is more radiogenic than the

  18. Excess hafnium-176 in meteorites and the early Earth zircon record

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    Bizzarro, Martin; Connelly, J.N.; Thrane, K.;

    2012-01-01

    The long-lived Lu-to- Hf decay system is a powerful tool to understand ancient chemical fractionation events associated with planetary differentiation. Detrital Hadean zircons (>3.8 Gyr) from the Jack Hills metasedimentary belt of Western Australia record extremely enriched Hf-isotope signals sug...... crust prior to ~4.4 Gyr. This new view suggests continuous juvenile crustal growth and recycling throughout the Hadean and Archean eras, perhaps analogous to modern plate tectonics. Copyright © 2012 by the American Geophysical Union....

  19. Thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence of gamma-irradiated mineral zircon

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    Secu, M.; Vainshtein, D.; Turkin, A.A.; Hartog, H.W. den

    2007-01-01

    Thermoluminescence (TL) manifested by gamma-irradiated mineral zircon has shown a strong TL peak at about 165 °C which is due to recombination of electrons and Dy3+ related shallow hole traps. After they have been removed by a short preheat we have observed two TL peaks at 300-320 °C and ≈420 °C, which are mainly due to recombination of electrons and Tb3+ related hole traps centres yielding its characteristic luminescence. The experimental results indicate that optically stimulated luminescen...

  20. Bistable optical information storage using antiferroelectric-phase lead lanthanum zirconate titanate ceramics

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    A recently discovered photostorage effect in antiferroelectric-phase (AFE-phase) lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) compositions appears to be particularly applicable to binary optical information storage. The basis for bistable optical information storage is that exposure to near-UV or visible light shifts the electric field threshold of the phase transition between the field-induced ferroelectric (FE) phase and the stable AFE phase in the direction of the initial AFE → FE phase transition. Properties of this photoactivated shift of the FE → AFE phase transition, including preliminary photosensitivity measurements and photostorage mechanisms, are presented. Photosensitivity enhancement by ion implantation is also discussed

  1. Late Triassic detrital zircons in meta-turbidites of the Chonos Metamorphic Complex, southern Chile

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    Francisco Hervé

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    Full Text Available Circones detríticos del Triásico tardío en metaturbiditas del Complejo Metamórfico Chonos, sur de Chile. Las edades U-Pb de circones detríticos, obtenidas con el SHRIMP en metareniscas del Complejo Metamórfico de Chonos, revelan una abundante población de circones con edades correspondientes al Triásico Superior. Una de las muestras proviene del estrato que se ubica inmediatamente bajo la capa coquinácea con fósiles que inicialmente otros autores asignaron al Silúrico Superior-Devónico Inferior, y recientemente al Triásico Superior. Las edades de circones detríticos concuerdan totalmente con esta última, y eliminan la posibilidad de una edad paleozoica de deposición de las rocas fosilíferas. Otras dos muestras, una de las cuales proviene de las vecindades de un estrato que contiene Lima sp., dan resultados similares, lo que indica que esta edad de deposición tiene amplia distribución en la franja oriental del Complejo Metamórfico de los Chonos. En cambio, en una cuarta muestra la edad más joven de circones detríticos es carbonífera. La construcción del prisma de acreción estaba activa en el Triásico Superior, y su metamorfismo tuvo lugar, probablemente, durante el Jurásico, contrariamente a la edad paleozoica superior que se le asignaba hasta ahora.Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP U-Pb age determinations of detrital zircons from metasandstones of the Chonos Metamorphic Complex reveal a significant population of Late Triassic ages. One of the samples is immediately underlying the coquinaceous bed containing fossils which were initially identified as Late Silurian-Early Devonian, and more recently as Late Triassic faunas. The zircon data confirm the latter age as the depositional age of the fossil bearing rocks, excluding completely the possibility of a Paleozoic depositional age. Similar U-Pb detrital zircon ages are recorded in two other samples, one of which was collected in the vicinity of strata

  2. Fabrication and Characterization of a Lead Zirconate Titanate Micro Energy Harvester Based on Eutectic Bonding

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    Li, Yi-Gui; Sun, Jian; Yang, Chun-Sheng; Liu, Jing-Quan; Sugiyama, Susumu; Tanaka, Katsuhiko

    2011-06-01

    A lead zirconate titanate(PZT)-Si energy harvester cantilever with PZT bulk ceramics is fabricated by eutectic bonding, polishing and dicing processes. The feasibility of this process is studied using a successful operation of the cantilever in both actuation and harvesting modes. The first prototype made from a PZT-Au-Si cantiliever is tested. The testing results show the voltage output of 632 mV at the frequency of 815 Hz when the excitation acceleration is 0.5 g. The PZT and silicon layers are bonded together to form a sandwiched structure using a gold layer as an intermediate layer.

  3. Effets d'irradiation et comportement des produits de fission dans la zircone et le spinelle

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    Gentils, Aurélie

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    Certains oxydes sous forme cristalline, plus particulièrement la zircone (ZrO2) et le spinelle (MgAl2O4), sont des matrices potentielles pour la transmutation du plutonium et des actinides mineurs. Ce travail concerne l'étude des propriétés physico-chimiques de ces matrices, avec un accent particulier sur leur comportement vis-à-vis de l'irradiation et leur capacité à confiner les produits de fission. Les irradiations à basse énergie et l'incorporation d'analogues stables de produits de fissi...

  4. Emplacement time of Salai Patai carbonatite, Malakand, Pakistan, from fission track dating of zircon and apatite

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    Qureshi, A.A.; Khan, H.A. (N.E.D., Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan). SSNTD-Lab.); Butt, K.A. (Atomic Energy Minerals Centre, Lahore (Pakistan))

    1991-01-01

    Based on fission track dating of zircon and apatite, the emplacement history of Salai Patai carbonatite has been traced. It has been estimated that the carbonatite was emplaced along the thrust plane associated with the Indian-Eurasian plate collision during the Oligocene period followed by some thermal/tectonic episode during Early Miocene. This negates the previous proposal that all carbonatites found in Pakistan are a part of a 200 km long alkaline province associated with the rifting of Peshawar Valley during Late Cretaceous or early tertiary. (author).

  5. Zircons and fluids: An experimental investigation with applications for radioactive waste disposal

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    The long-term stability of nuclear waste forms or barriers is related to changes in physical properties of the material induced through radiation damage and subsequent changes in solubility. Investigations conducted by us on natural zircons (ZrSiO4) supports a positive correlation between level of alpha damage and fluid composition to enhanced levels of corrosion. New data are presented on the nature and rate of the solution process. We also present data on our continuing efforts to synthesize and characterize both pure ZrSiO4 and doped with U, Th, Hf, Dy and P

  6. Preliminary radiometric analyses of zircons from the Mount Copeland syenite gneiss, Shuswap metamorphic complex, British Columbia

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    The isotopic ratios resulting from Pb and U analyses on three zircon fractions from syenite gneiss intrusive into metasediments of the Shuswap Metamorphic Complex are collinear on a concordia plot and yield upper and lower intercepts of about 773 Ma and 70 Ma. The upper intercept is tentatively interpreted as the minimum age of emplacement. The lower intercept is suggested to be the time of uplift and cooling associated with tectonic denudation of the Shuswap Complex. The implied age of the country rocks is pre-late Proterozoic and they may be correlatives of the Purcell Supergroup. (auth)

  7. Equation of State of Zircon-Type TbVO4

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    High-pressure energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction study were performed on zircon-type phase of terbium orthovanadate, TbVO4, in the pressure range up to 7 GPa. For analysis of the collected diffraction spectra, Le Bail refinements were performed. The values of bulk modulus and its pressure derivative (B0 = 121 GPa, B' = 4.1) were obtained from fitting of the second-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. The equation of state derived for TbVO4, is compared with earlier data based on the Raman spectroscopic studies and with data of several other rare-earth orthovanadates. (authors)

  8. Magmatic and crustal differentiation history of granitic rocks from Hf-O isotopes in zircon.

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    Kemp, A I S; Hawkesworth, C J; Foster, G L; Paterson, B A; Woodhead, J D; Hergt, J M; Gray, C M; Whitehouse, M J

    2007-02-16

    Granitic plutonism is the principal agent of crustal differentiation, but linking granite emplacement to crust formation requires knowledge of the magmatic evolution, which is notoriously difficult to reconstruct from bulk rock compositions. We unlocked the plutonic archive through hafnium (Hf) and oxygen (O) isotope analysis of zoned zircon crystals from the classic hornblende-bearing (I-type) granites of eastern Australia. This granite type forms by the reworking of sedimentary materials by mantle-like magmas instead of by remelting ancient metamorphosed igneous rocks as widely believed. I-type magmatism thus drives the coupled growth and differentiation of continental crust. PMID:17303751

  9. Dynamic Magnetoelectric Effects in Bulk and Layered composites of Cobalt Zinc Ferrite and Lead Zirconate Titanate

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    Srinivasan, G.; Hayes, R; DeVreugd, C. P.; Laletsin, V. M.; Padubnaya, N.

    2003-01-01

    Low frequency magnetoelectric (ME) coupling has been investigated in bulk and multilayers of cobalt zinc ferrite, Co1-xZnxFe2O4 (x=0-0.6), and lead zirconate titanate. In bulk samples, the transverse and longitudinal couplings are weak and are of equal magnitude. A substantial strengthening of ME interactions is evident in layered structures, with the ME voltage coefficient a factor of 10-30 higher than in bulk samples. Important findings of the studies in layered composites are as follows. (...

  10. Hot isostatic pressing of silicon nitride Sisub3n4 containing zircon, or zirconia and silica

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    Somiya, S.; Yoshimura, M.; Suzuki, T.; Nishimura, H.

    1980-01-01

    A hydrothermal synthesis apparatus with a 10 KB cylinder was used to obtain a sintered body of silicon nitride. The sintering auxiliary agents used were zircon (ZrSiO4) and a mixture of zirconia (ZrO2) and silica (SiO2). Experiments were conducted with the amounts of ZrSi04 or ArO2 and SiO2 varying over a wide range and the results compared to discover the quantity of additive which produced sintering in silicon nitride by the hot pressing method.

  11. Detrital zircon provenance evidence for large-scale extrusion along the Altyn Tagh fault

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    Yue, Y.; Graham, S.A.; Ritts, B.D.; Wooden, J.L.

    2005-01-01

    The question of whether or not the Altyn Tagh fault is a large-scale extrusion boundary is critical for understanding the role of lateral extrusion in accommodating the Indo-Asian convergence and in building the Tibetan Plateau. Oligocene conglomerate clasts in the eastern Xorkol basin are low-grade slate, phyllite, sandstone, dacite and carbonate, and associated paleocurrent indicators evince sediment derivation from the opposing side of the Altyn Tagh fault. Matching these clasts with similar basement rocks in the North Qilian and Tuolainanshan terranes requires post-Oligocene left-lateral offset of 380 ?? 60 km on the eastern segment of the Altyn Tagh fault, suggesting large-scale extrusion along the fault in the Cenozoic (Yue, Y.J., Ritts, B.D., Graham, S.A., 2001b. Initiation and long-term slip history of the Altyn Tagh fault. International Geological Review 43, 1087-1094.). In order to further define this piercing point, the detrital zircon pattern of Oligocene sandstone from the Xorkol basin and the zircon ages of basement on the southern side of the fault were established by ion microprobe dating. Characterized by strong peaks between 850 and 950 Ma and the absence of Paleozoic and Mesozoic ages, the detrital zircon age pattern of the Oligocene sandstone matches the age distribution of zircon-bearing rocks of the Tuolainanshan terrane. This match requires 360 ?? 40 km of post-Oligocene left-lateral displacement on the eastern segment of the Altyn Tagh fault, supporting as well as refining the previously reported lithology-based cross-fault match. At least one of the following three extrusion scenarios must have existed to accommodate this large offset: (1) northeastward extrusion along the Altyn Tagh-Alxa-East Mongolia fault, (2) eastward extrusion along the Altyn Tagh-North Qilian-Haiyuan fault, and (3) northeastward extrusion of northern Tibet as a Himalaya-scale thrust sheet along the North Qilian-Haiyuan fault. We prefer the first scenario inasmuch as

  12. Infrared spectroscopic analysis of zircon: Radiation damage and the metamict state

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    Radiation damage and the nature of the metamict state in natural zircons were studied and analysed using reflection and absorption infrared spectroscopy. IR bands of crystalline zircon in the far infrared region remain detectable in highly metamict samples. This suggests that some local order or short-range order persists around Zr atoms in the amorphized phase. Signals due to Si-O-Si linkages, which do not exist in crystalline zircon, were observed in the regions of 500-800 cm-1 and 1000-1300 cm-1. The results suggest the appearance of high-Q species and a complex polymerization state in the metamict state. The dielectric constant (ε=ε'+iε'') and energy loss function (-Im(1/ε)) were obtained through Kramers-Kronig analysis. Radiation damage leads to significant and continuous variations in ε and -Im(1/ε). IR spectra of damaged samples were analysed using the effective-medium approach. It was found that IR signals of damaged zircons consist of two principal components: one with broad spectral features from the amorphized/metamict material and the other with relatively sharp lines from crystalline material with various degrees of structural distortion. The former signals increase in intensity with increasing dose while the latter decrease in intensity. The signals from the amorphized phase have been detected in samples with radiation dose as low as 1.5x1018 α-events g-1. The dose dependence of the fraction of the amorphized phase was extracted. The result confirms earlier analysis in x-ray diffraction and NMR studies. The IR data show a feature that may be due to the existence of an intermediate phase in moderately damaged samples. An extra, sharp IR band near 796 cm-1, which shows no detectable orientation dependence, is observed in all the samples with intermediate degrees of damage and its intensity shows a systematic change with increasing dose - an increase followed by a decrease. This band is absent or very weak in both undamaged and very heavily

  13. Auto-regenerative TL dating with zircon inclusions from fired materials

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    In this paper it is shown that it is possible to date fired material using zircon inclusions. The effects of zoning and anomalous fading are overcome using an auto-regenerative dating procedure. The high radioactivity of the grains gives a measurable self-induced TL (thermoluminescence) signal within a few months. Comparison of this ''auto-regenerated'' TL with the natural TL (which has accumulated since the firing) yields the age of the material. A sensitive TL reader capable of recording the auto-regenerated signal after 6 months is also described, and the results of age determinations on a number of known age samples are presented. (author)

  14. Zircons and fluids: An experimental investigation with applications for radioactive waste disposal

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    Sinha, A.K.; Student, J.; Essex, R.

    1991-01-01

    The long-term stability of nuclear waste forms or barriers is related to changes in physical properties of the material induced through radiation damage and subsequent changes in solubility. Investigations conducted by us on natural zircons (ZrSiO{sub 4}) supports a positive correlation between level of alpha damage and fluid composition to enhanced levels of corrosion. New data are presented on the nature and rate of the solution process. We also present data on our continuing efforts to synthesize and characterize both pure ZrSiO{sub 4} and doped with U, Th, Hf, Dy and P.

  15. Zircon U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic and geochemical constraints on the origin of the paragneisses from the Jiaobei terrane, North China Craton

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    Shan, Houxiang; Zhai, Mingguo; Zhu, Xiyan; Santosh, M.; Hong, Tao; Ge, Songsheng

    2016-01-01

    Clastic sedimentary rocks are important tracers to understand the evolution of the continental crust. Whole-rock major and trace element data, zircon U-Pb dating and Hf isotopic data for the paragneisses from the Jiaobei terrane are presented in this study in order to constrain their protoliths, provenance and tectonic setting. The paragneisses are characterized by enrichment in Al2O3 and TiO2, negative DF (DF = 10.44 - 0.21SiO2 - 0.32Fe2O3T - 0.98MgO + 0.55CaO + 1.46Na2O + 0.54K2O) values and the presence of aluminum-rich metamorphic minerals (e.g., garnet and sillimanite). Together with the mineral assemblages and zircon features, it can be inferred that the protoliths of these rocks are of sedimentary origin. The K-A (A = Al2O3/(Al2O3 + CaO + Na2O + K2O), K = K2O/(Na2O + K2O)) and log(Fe2O3/K2O)-log(SiO2/Al2O3) diagrams indicate that they belong principally to clay-silty rocks with some contributions from graywacke. A series of geochemical indexes, such as the widely employed CIA (CIA = [Al2O3/(Al2O3 + CaO∗ + Na2O + K2O)] × 100; molar proportions) and ICV (ICV = (Fe2O3 + MnO + MgO + CaO + Na2O + K2O + TiO2)/Al2O3) values, and the A-CN-K diagram for the paragneisses indicate relatively weak weathering in the source rocks and negligible post-depositional K-metasomatism. In addition, their REE patterns, low Cr/Zr (0.61-1.99), high Zr/Y (4.81-23.59) and Th/U (3.21-40.67) ratios, the low to moderate contents of Cr (197-362 ppm) and Ni (6.68-233 ppm), and source rock discrimination diagrams collectively suggest that the sediments of the protoliths of the paragneisses in the Jiaobei terrane were derived from the source with intermediate-acidic composition, probably granitic-to-tonalitic rocks. In combination with geochronological and isotopic studies on the paragneisses and the basement rocks in the Jiaobei terrane, it is suggested that the Archean-early Paleoproterozoic granitic rocks in the Jiaobei terrane possibly provided the most important source materials. In

  16. Using detrital zircons from river sands to constrain major tectono-thermal events of the Cathaysia Block, SE China

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    Xu, Yonghang; Wang, Christina Yan; Zhao, Taiping

    2016-07-01

    Detrital zircons from the Minjiang and Zhujiang Rivers in SE China have been analyzed for U/Pb ages and Lu-Hf isotopic compositions to constrain their provenance and the growth history of the continental crust of the Cathaysia Block. Zircon U/Pb ages show five major populations at 90-250 Ma, 400-500 Ma, 0.7-1.2 Ga, 1.6-2.0 Ga and 2.3-2.6 Ga. Proterozoic zircons have Hf isotopic signatures consistent with the remelted ancient crust and the involvement of juvenile crust. However, Phanerozoic zircons have Hf isotopic signatures indicative of reworked or recycled ancient crust. Crustal growth rates based on the two-stage Hf model ages of the detrital zircons indicate that 30% and 90% of present crust in the northeastern Cathaysia Block was formed by 2.5 Ga and 1.6 Ga, respectively, whereas <20% continental crust was formed by 2.5 Ga, and 80% by 1.6 Ga in the southwestern Cathaysia Block. Therefore, Neoarchean and Paleoproterozoic were two major periods of crustal growth of the Cathaysia Block. Our results also reveal that the tectono-thermal events at ∼370 Ma and ∼117 Ma may have occurred to the Wuyishan terrane in the northeastern Cathaysia Block. Jurassic zircon grains have Hf isotopic compositions more variable than Cretaceous grains, which may have been derived from different source rocks. The 140-120 Ma tectono-thermal events were likely related to the change of the subduction direction of the Paleo-Pacific plate from northward to northwestward at 140 Ma. The 112-90 Ma tectono-thermal events may be correlated with the rollback of the subducted paleo-Pacific plate at ∼110 Ma.

  17. Provenance and sediment dynamics within river basins in Western Peru through detrital zircons U-Pb ages

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    Camille, Litty; Pierre, Lanari; Marco, Burn; Fritz, Schlunegger

    2016-04-01

    U-Pb dating of detrital zircons from clastic sediments by LA-ICPMS has become a popular method in sedimentary correlation and provenance studies. Because of remarkable durability, detrital zircons may be reworked through multiple sedimentary cycles and provide an ideal material to study the sedimentary provenance in rivers and the erosional characteristics. The Western side of the Peruvian Andes has experienced multiple pluvial periods induced phases of erosion and the formation of subsequent cut-and-fill terrace sequences since the Pleistocene. The aim of the study is to estimate the source areas of the terrace and modern deposits to infer changes in sediment dynamics through time and correlate them with the climatic change and especially precipitation patterns. To this extent, we determined the provenance of 4 dated terrace deposits along with modern sediments from the same streams by matching detrital-zircon ages with crystallization ages of source rocks. Age populations of detrital zircons are derived using U-Pb LA-ICP-MS analysis of about 50 zircons. Results show changes in the sediment provenance through time. Nowadays, sediment source areas are mainly located on the uppermost reach of the rivers whereas during the Pleistocene, sediment source areas were both located in the headwaters and along the middle reach of the rivers. These differences in terms of provenance could correlate with a change in precipitation locations and rates. Indeed a scenario where the locus of precipitation occurrence shifted from the middle reaches including the Altiplano during the past, to the Altiplano only as observed today, along with higher precipitation rates during the periods of terraces formation, offers an explanation to explain the erosional patterns recorded by detrital zircons.

  18. Detrital zircon provenance analysis of the Great Valley Group, California: Evolution of an arc-forearc system

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    DeGraaff-Surpless, K.; Graham, S.A.; Wooden, J.L.; McWilliams, M.O.

    2002-01-01

    The improved resolution of sediment provenance from detrital zircon analysis of Great Valley stratigraphy enables recognition of previously undocumented arc magmatism and the evolution of regional drainage systems within the Cretaceous arc-forearc system related to uplift, magmatism, and structure in the arc. Great Valley detrital zircon age data confirm previous studies that indicate that the locus of the sediment source in the southern Sierra Nevada arc migrated east with the active volcanic front and suggest rapid rates of uplift and unroofing of the southern arc. Sacramento Valley detrital zircon age data indicate a more complex history of drainage in the northern Klamath-Sierran arc than previously documented. Detrital zircon age distributions from the Cache Creek section of the Great Valley Group broaden through time from nearly unimodal age distributions to signatures with multiple age peaks. This transition to more broadly distributed detrital zircon age spectra likely results from a combination of (1) expanding subaerial drainage systems from highly localized to more broadly distributed catchments; (2) changing shelf and submarine-canyon morphology with rising sea level and/or basin subsidence; (3) increased degree of dissection of the Klamath-Sierran arc; and (4) potential drainage capture and redirection within the arc. Sacramento Valley detrital zircon age data also record a pulse of Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous magmatism in the northwestern Sierra Nevada arc, an age of Cordilleran magmatism and deformation represented by limited exposure in the modern Sierra Nevada. These results offer significant new insights into the evolution of a well-studied arc-forearc system.

  19. 胶东谭格庄地区奥长花岗质片麻岩和斜长角闪岩的野外地质和锆石SHRIMP定年%Geology and zircon dating of trondhjemitic gneiss and amphibolite in the Tangezhuang area, eastern Shandong

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    颉颃强; 万渝生; 王世进; 刘敦一; 谢士稳; 刘守偈; 董春艳; 马铭株

    2013-01-01

    ~2. 5Ga and ~ 1.9Ga metamorphic events are widely recorded all over the North China Craton, being important for understanding the formation and evolution of the craton. Eastern Shandong is located in the eastern North China Craton and contains metamorphic rocks with ca. 2. 5Ga and ca. 1. 9Ga metamorphic zircon ages. For further constraining the Early Precambrian tectono-thermal events in the area, we carried out detailed field observation and SHRIMP U-Pb zircon dating in a road cutting section near Tangezhuang, Laixi County, eastern Shandong. The outcrop consists of interlayered and folded trondhjemitic gneisses and amphibolites. The foliation of the rocks is completely parallel to each other and shows thin interlayer in strong deformation domain, suggesting that thin interlayers of different components cannot be considered as a fact that the protoliths are sedimentary in origin. SHRIMP U-Pb zircon dating yielded an age of 2496 ± 10Ma (MSWD = 0. 45) for magmatic zircons from a trondhjemitic gneiss sample ( S1105), with metamorphic rims having ages of ca. 2. 5Ga and ca. 1. 9Ga. Two amphibolite samples ( S1238 and S0812) contain metamorphic zircons with ages of 1842 ± 3Ma ( MSWD = 1.6) and 1833 ± 13Ma (MSWD = 1. 0) , respectively, but no magmatic zircons have been identified. Combining with previous researches, we suggest that the Late Neoarchean raetamorphism widespread over the whole Jiaodong terrane, leading to anatexis and recycling of older crust material, and the Late Paleoproterozoic metamorphism shows a zonal feature as a result of orogenesis.%对胶东谭格庄地区一地质剖面进行了详细野外观察和锆石SHRIMP年代学研究.剖面主要是由奥长花岗质片麻岩和斜长角闪岩组成,两者互层产出并一起发生褶皱变形,在强变形域两者完全平行化.所以,在强变形地区,不同成分岩性的薄层状互层产出不能作为变质沉积岩的识别标志.奥长花岗质片麻岩(S1105)形成于2496±10Ma,遭

  20. Zircon chemistry and magma mixing, SE China: In-situ analysis of Hf isotopes, Tonglu and Pingtan igneous complexes

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    Griffin, W. L.; Wang, Xiang; Jackson, S. E.; Pearson, N. J.; O'Reilly, Suzanne Y.; Xu, Xisheng; Zhou, Xinmin

    2002-04-01

    Field relations and whole-rock geochemistry indicate that magma mixing has been important in the genesis of the late Mesozoic I-type igneous complexes at Pingtan and Tonglu in SE China. Morphological and trace-element studies of zircon populations in rocks from each of these complexes have defined several distinct growth stages [Mineral. Mag. (2001)]. In-situ LAM-MC-ICPMS microanalysis shows large variations in 176Hf/ 177Hf (up to 15 ɛHf units) between zircons of different growth stages within a single rock, and between zones within single zircon grains (up to 9 ɛHf units). These variations suggest that each of the observed magmas in both complexes developed through hybridisation of ≥2 magmas with different sources. Although this mixing has produced similar Sr and Nd isotopic compositions in the different rock types of each complex, the zircons have functioned as "tape recorders" and have preserved details of the assembly of the different magmas. In the Tonglu complex the most primitive magma is a mafic monzonite (preserved as enclaves), whose isotopic composition suggests derivation from the lower crust; rhyodacites, rhyolites and quartz diorites reflect the mixing of the monzonite with ≥2 more felsic magmas, derived from older crustal materials. In the Pingtan complex, zircons in a quartz diorite enclave suggest mixing between a crustal magma and a more primitive mantle-derived component. Zircons from granites and granodiorite enclaves indicate mixing between the quartz diorite and more felsic melts with lower 176Hf/ 177Hf. Major changes in 176Hf/ 177Hf correlate with discontinuous changes in the trace-element composition and morphology of the zircons, in particular the development of sector zoning that suggests rapid disequilibrium crystallisation. We suggest that the magma mixing recorded by the changes in 176Hf/ 177Hf occurred during transport in magma conduits. The in-situ analysis of Hf-isotopic stratigraphy in zircons is a new and powerful tool for

  1. Influence of temperature in TL signal induced by gamma radiation in zircon prepared by sol gel via

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    In this work, it was realized a study of the temperature effects in thermoluminescent signal (Tl) induced by gamma radiation in zircon, which was prepared by the sol gel method. According to the obtained results, the zircon thermically treated at 500 C or over is sensitive to radiation. This sensitivity is increased when the temperature in study is augmented, moreover, the Tl spectra form also is modified with the temperature increment. The samples thermically treated at 750 C or over present a linear response in the dose interval 27 to 165 Gy; therefore, such materials result promissories for dosimetric purposes. (Author)

  2. Determination of elastic stiffness coefficients of lead zirconate single crystals in the cubic phase by Brillouin light scattering

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    The temperature dependence of the three independent elastic constants of antiferroelectric lead zirconate single crystals was determined in the cubic, paraelectric phase by Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy. Two longitudinal elastic moduli of C11 and (C11 + C12+2 C44)/2 showed softening upon cooling toward the phase transition temperature, indicating the coupling of the acoustic waves to the polarization fluctuations of the precursor polar clusters. Among the two transverse acoustic modes, C44 was almost constant while (C11-C12)/2 showed a noticeable softening in the paraelectric phase. This was attributed to the acoustic instability of lead zirconate toward the orthorhombic ground state

  3. Pressure-induced phase transformation in zircon-type orthovanadate SmVO4 from experiment and theory

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    Popescu, C.; Garg, Alka B; Errandonea, D.; Sans, J.A.; Rodriguez-Hernandez, P.; Radescu, S.; Munoz, A.; Achary, S N; Tyagi, A. K.

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    The compression behavior of zircon-type samarium orthovanadate, SmVO4, has been investigated using synchrotron-based powder x-ray diffraction and ab-initio calculations up to 21 GPa. The results indicate the instability of ambient zircon phase at around 6 GPa, which transforms to a high-density scheelite-type phase. The high-pressure phase remains stable up to 21 GPa, the highest pressure reached in the present investigations. On pressure release, the scheelite phase is recovered. Crystal str...

  4. Initiation of the Magallanes foreland basin: Timing of the southernmost Patagonian Andes orogeny revised by detrital zircon provenance analysis

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    Fildani, A.; Cope, T.D.; Graham, S.A.; Wooden, J.L.

    2003-01-01

    New sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe-reverse geometry U-Pb detrital zircon data establish the timing of onset of foreland basin subsidence in the Magallanes basin and the age of the Patagonian Andes in southernmost Chile. Initiation of the Magallanes foreland basin is signaled by the abrupt occurrence of sandstone of the Punta Barrosa Formation, loosely dated as upper Albian-Cenomanian from biofacies assemblages. Detrital zircon analyses demonstrate that the Punta Barrosa Formation is not older than 92 ?? 1 Ma and that the linked Andean belt started forming in the Turonian.

  5. BOTANyCA

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    Armenta, Almudena; Guerrero, Teresa

    2012-01-01

    Esta publicación se realiza con motivo de la exposición titulada BOTANyCA celebrada en el Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid del 10 al 21 de octubre de 2012. Dicha exposición fue llevada a cabo por el Grupo de Investigación, Arte, Ciencia y Naturaleza de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid en colaboración con el Real Jardín Botánico. Comisariado de la exposición: Almudena Armenta y Teresa Guerrero. Coordinación técnica: Esther García Guillén y Marga Juárez Canga. Artistas participantes: Almudena...

  6. Zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronometry and modeling of Cenozoic exhumation of the West Spitsbergen Fold Belt: a HeFTy task

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    Barnes, Chris; Schneider, David; Majka, Jaroslaw; Lorenz, Henning; Kosminska, Karolina; Manecki, Maciej

    2015-04-01

    The West Spitsbergen Fold Belt (WSFB) is part of a ca. 55 Ma Eurekan deformation zone which trends N-S along the western margin of the Svalbard archipelago and is largely comprised of Meso- to Neoproterozoic metasediments and metavolcanics. (U-Th)/He thermochronometry is being conducted from three different regions within the fold belt to resolve the time-temperature history: Wedel Jarlsberg Land, Prins Karls Forland, and Sorkapp Land. Preliminary data obtained from Wedel Jarlsberg Land (amphibolite facies Eimfjellet Group and greenschist facies Sofiebogen Group) yield zircon (U-Th)/He (ZHe) ages indicative of Late Cretaceous to Early Paleogene cooling. It is apparent from the cooling ages that these Neoproterozoic rocks were >200°C before Eurekan deformation. Despite no clear trend between cooling age and grain size, the zircons exhibit a large range of eU values (51 to 826), viewed as a proxy for radiation damage, corresponding to a Gaussian distribution with age. Preliminary ZHe ages obtained from the Macnairrabbane unit of Prins Karls Forland suggests slightly younger cooling, as young as Late Eocene. HeFTy inversion models suggest the possibility that these rocks were at near-surface conditions through much of the Carboniferous and Permian as part of the Sorkapp-Hornsund High as a consequence of the Late Devonian Svalbardian Event. A moderate-temperature burial or heating event is therefore required to explain the Late Cretaceous /Early Paleogene ZHe cooling ages. With the current data, it is difficult to resolve whether this heating event was the result of pre-Eurekan sedimentation or syn-Eurekan over-thrusting. Nonetheless, the data strongly suggest fast cooling (and exhumation) through the He partial-retention zone during Eurekan tectonism, which may have commenced prior to 55 Ma. Similar thermochronometry results have been produced from Mesozoic rocks of the Sverdrup Basin exposed on Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere Islands of Canada; apatite fission-track and

  7. Zircon U-Pb age, Hf isotope and geochemistry of Carboniferous intrusions from the Langshan area, Inner Mongolia: Petrogenesis and tectonic implications

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    Liu, Min; Zhang, Da; Xiong, Guangqiang; Zhao, Hongtao; Di, Yongjun; Wang, Zhong; Zhou, Zhiguang

    2016-04-01

    Late Paleozoic was a critical period for the tectonic evolution of the northern margin of the Alxa-North China craton, but the evolutionary history is not well constrained. The Carboniferous intrusions in the Langshan area in the western part of the northern margin of the Alxa-North China craton are mainly composed of tonalite, quartz diorite, olivine gabbro and pyroxene peridotite. Zircon LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating indicates that the Langshan Carboniferous intrusions were emplaced at ca. 338-324 Ma. The quartz diorites are characterized by high amounts of compatible trace elements (Cr, Ni and V) and high Mg# values, which may suggest a significant mantle source. The positive Pb and negative Nb-Ta-Ti anomalies, the variable εHf(t) (-6.9 to 2.0) values and the old Hf model ages (1218-1783 Ma) imply some involvement of ancient continental materials in its petrogenesis. The tonalite has relatively high Sr/Y ratios, low Mg#, Yb and Y contents, features of adakite-like rocks, negative εHf(t) values (-9.8 to -0.1) and older Hf model ages (1344-1953 Ma), which suggest significant involvement of ancient crust materials and mantle-derived basaltic component in its petrogenesis. The high Mg# values, high Cr and Ni contents, and low Zr and Hf contents of the mafic-ultramafic rocks show evidence of a mantle source, and the relatively low zircon εHf(t) values (-5.9 to 3.2) might point to an enriched mantle. The trace element characteristics indicate the influence of subducted sediments and slab-derived fluids. In the tectonic discrimination diagrams, all the rocks plot in subduction-related environment, such as volcanic arc and continental arc. Considering the regional geology, we suggest that the Carboniferous intrusions in the Langshan area were likely emplaced during the late stage of the southward subduction of the Paleo-Asian Ocean plate, which formed a continental arc along the northern margin of the Alxa-North China craton.

  8. Correlation between radionuclides associated with zircon and monazite in beach sand of Rosetta, Egypt

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    The study aims to evaluate the activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs along Rosetta beach, Egypt. Non-destructive assay techniques were carried out using HP-Ge spectrometer and binocular microscope. The results of this study serve as a database for radioactivity levels of the mineral sand deposits of Rosetta area. The activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th and 40K ranged from 5.39 to 134.2, 6.6 to 160.8 and 57.6 to 492 Bq kg-1 respectively. The range of activity concentrations of 137Cs is between 0.05 and 0.91 Bq kg-1. The total gamma absorbed dose rates varied from 11.59 to 160.01 nGyh-1 with a mean value of 50.53 nGyh-1. These values correspond to an annual effective dose equivalent of 0.01-0.2 mSvy-1 with a mean of 0.07 mSvy-1, which is in agreement with the worldwide average. Also, a correlation between the calculated zircon and monazite radioactive mineral contents with the measured radioactive isotopes was carried out to determine the contribution of each mineral for radioactivity. These correlations predicted that both zircon and monazite minerals are the main contributors for radioactivity in the Egyptian beach black sands. Also the present study ensured that area under investigation is to be safe for public. (author)

  9. Co-precipitation Synthesis and Thermal Stability of Zircon Encapsulated Carbon Black

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    PENG Cheng, ZHANG Chu-Xin, L? Ming, LI Zhi-Hong, WU Jian-Qing

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Zircon encapsulated carbon black powders were synthesized by a co-precipitation method using TEOS and zirconium oxychloride as starting materials. X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electronic microscope (SEM, colorimeter and laser grain size analyzer were used to investigate the phase structure, morphology, thermal stability and size distribution of the prepared composite powders, respectively. The effect of experimental conditions including the pH of the precursor solution, the calcination temperature, the type and amount of mineralizers on their thermal stability was studied by orthogonal test. The optimal conditions were accordingly determined as follows: precursor solution pH=5, calcination temperature 1150¡æ and 5% LiF mineralizer. Under these conditions, zircon encapsulated carbon black with embedded structures can be obtained. The composite powder has high thermal stability and adequate size distribution, and thus it is a good candidate material for black ceramic pigment. When calcined at 1000¡æ in the frit glaze, the powder shows considerable tilting strength.

  10. Fabrication and Characterization of a Lead Zirconate Titanate Micro Energy Harvester Based on Eutectic Bonding

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    LI Yi-Gui; SUN Jian; YANG Chun-Sheng; LIU Jing-Quan; SUGIYAMA Susumu; TANAKA Katsuhiko

    2011-01-01

    A lead zirconate titanate(PZT)-Si energy harvester cantilever with PZT bulk ceramics is fabricated by eutectic bonding, polishing and dicing processes. The feasibility of this process is studied using a successful operation of the cantilever in both actuation and harvesting modes. The first prototype made from a PZT-Au-Si cantiliever is tested. The testing results show the voltage output of 632mV at the frequency of 815Hz when the excitation acceleration is 0.5 g. The PZT and silicon layers are bonded together to form a sandwiched structure using a gold layer as an intermediate layer.%@@ A lead zirconate titanate(PZT)-Si energy harvester cantilever with PZT bulk ceramics is fabricated by eutectic bonding, polishing and dicing processes.The feasibility of this process is studied using a successful operation of the cantilever in both actuation and harvesting modes.The first prototype made from a PZT-Au-Si cantiliever is tested.The testing results show the voltage output of 632mV at the frequency of 815 Hz when the excitation acceleration is 0.5 g.The PZT and silicon layers are bonded together to form a sandwiched structure using a gold layer as an intermediate layer.

  11. Spatial heterogeneity of piezoelectric properties in fatigued lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    A spatial non-uniformity of the switching properties during the fatigue cycling in lead zirconate titanate ceramics was investigated by a quasi-static piezoelectric and a polarization switching measurements. The agreement between the local piezoelectric properties and the switching behavior of segmented samples was demonstrated. The observed spatial variation of the properties and its evolution with cycle number provides clear evidence of the presence of heterogeneous regions that possess a local fatigue state and the local switching behavior. These results can be explained as a result of the build-up of the spatially non-uniform field and the formation of frozen domains in the ceramics during cycling. The statistical analysis of spatial variation of the switching properties and its evolution with cycle number provides the evidence that the heterogeneity of the switching properties during the fatigue cycling in lead zirconate titanate ceramics is mostly related to the non-uniform change of the local characteristic switching time. (copyright 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Timing of Crystallisation of the Lunar Magma Ocean Constrained by the Oldest Zircon

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    Nemchin, A.; Timms, N.; Pidgeon, R.; Geisler, T.; Reddy, S.; Meyer, C.

    2009-01-01

    The presently favoured concept for the early evolution of the Moon involves consolidation of debris from a giant impact of a Mars sized body with Earth forming a primitive Moon with a thick global layer of melt referred to as the Lunar Magma Ocean1 . It is widely accepted that many significant features observed on the Moon today are the result of crystallisation of this magma ocean. However, controversy exists over the precise timing and duration of the crystallisation process. Resolution of this problem depends on the establishment of precise and robust key crystallisation time points. We report a 4417 6 Myr old zircon in lunar breccia sample 72215,195, which provides a precisely determined younger limit for the solidification of the Lunar Magma Ocean. A model based on these data, together with the age of the Moon forming giant impact, defines an exponential time frame for crystallisation and suggests formation of anorthositic crust after about 80-85% of the magma ocean was solidified. In combination with other zircon ages the 4417 +/- 6 Myr age also suggests that the very small (less than a few per cent) residual portion of the magma ocean continued to solidify during the following 300-500 m.y.

  13. Oxidation state of uranium in metamict and annealed zircon: near-infrared spectroscopic quantitative analysis

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    Zhang Ming; Ewing, R C

    2003-01-01

    Radiation and thermally induced changes in the oxidation state of uranium in metamict zircon have been systematically analysed, for the first time, using polarized near-infrared spectroscopy. The results showed that in damaged zircon U ions in crystalline domains exhibited relatively sharp, anisotropic signals from tetravalent and pentavalent U ions in crystalline domains (U sub c sub r sub y sub s sub t sub a sub l sup 4 sup + and U sub c sub r sub y sub s sub t sub a sub l sup 5 sup +). The linewidths and peak positions of the 4834 cm sup - sup 1 band (U sub c sub r sub y sub s sub t sub a sub l sup 4 sup + , E || c) and the 6668 cm sup - sup 1 band (U sub c sub r sub y sub s sub t sub a sub l sup 5 sup + , E perp. c) are a non-linear function of the self-radiation dose. They reach nearly constant values at doses greater than approx 3.5 x 10 sup 1 sup 8 alpha-events g sup - sup 1. Quantitative analysis of U sub c sub r sub y sub s sub t sub a sub l sup 4 sup + and U sub c sub r sub y sub s sub t sub a sub l...

  14. U-Pb zircon geochronology and evolution of some Adirondack meta-igneous rocks

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    An update was presented of the recent U-Pb isotope geochronology and models for evolution of some of the meta-igneous rocks of the Adirondacks, New York. Uranium-lead zircon data from charnockites and mangerites and on baddeleyite from anorthosite suggest that the emplacement of these rocks into a stable crust took place in the range 1160 to 1130 Ma. Granulite facies metamorphism was approximately 1050 Ma as indicated by metamorphic zircon and sphene ages of the anorthosite and by development of magmatitic alaskitic gneiss. The concentric isotherms that are observed in this area are due to later doming. However, an older contact metamorphic aureole associated with anorthosite intrusion is observed where wollastonite develops in metacarbonates. Zenoliths found in the anorthosite indicate a metamorphic event prior to anorthosite emplacement. The most probable mechanism for anorthosite genesis is thought to be ponding of gabbroic magmas at the Moho. The emplacement of the anorogenic anorthosite-mangerite-charnockite suite was apparently bracketed by compressional orogenies.

  15. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ion–solid interactions in zirconate pyrochlores

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    In this study, an ab initio molecular dynamics method is employed to study low energy recoil events in zirconate pyrochlores (A2Zr2O7, A = La, Nd and Sm). It shows that both cations and anions in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 are generally more likely to be displaced than those in La2Zr2O7. The damage end states mainly consist of Frenkel pair defects, and the Frenkel pair formation energies in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 are lower than those in La2Zr2O7. These results suggest that the order–disorder structural transition more easily occurs in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 resulting in a defect-fluorite structure, which agrees well with experimental observations. Our calculations indicate that oxygen migration from 48f and 8b to 8a sites is dominant under low energy irradiation. A number of new defects, including four types of cation Frenkel pairs and six types of anion Frenkel pairs, are revealed by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The present results may help to advance the fundamental understanding of the irradiation response behavior of zirconate pyrochlores

  16. Impact of hydrothermal alteration on the U-Pb isotopic system of zircons from the Fangcheng syenites in the Qinling orogen, Henan Province, China

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    BAO Zhiwei; WANG Qiang; BAI Guodian; ZHAO Zhenhua

    2009-01-01

    Disturbance of the zircon U-Pb isotopic system has been investigated extensively, but mostly in lab, in the last decades. Here, we reported a field-based study on intensive sericitization, K-feldsparthization and the impacts of mylonitization on zircons from the Fangcheng syenites.The Fangcheng syenites occur in the eastern part of the Qinling orogen and consist mainly of aegirine-augite syenite, aegirine nepheline syenite, biotite syenite and hornblende nepheline syenite. Zircons from the slightly sericitized aegirine augite syenite are colorless, transparent crystals and exhibit well-developed oscillatory and sector zoning on the cathodoluminescence (CL) images which are typical of magmatic zircons from alkaline rocks. Zircon U-Pb determinations by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) showed that the syenite was formed in Neoproterozoic time, the weighted average of 206Pb/238U ages is 844.3±1.6 Ma (MSWD=0.86). In contrast, the hydrothermally altered zircons (hydrothermal zircon) from the intensively sericitized, K-feldsparthized, and weakly mylonitized aegirine augite syenite are conglomerates, yellowish to brown in color, generally translucent and internally textureless. The CL and backscatter electron (BSE) images of hydrothermal zircons exhibit fractured, textureless or mosaic textures, and occasionally show "sponge texture" with the veinlets and inclusions of K-feldspar; however, relicts of magmatic oscillatory zoning can still be discerned locally in individual grains. LA-ICPMS analyses of the hydrothermal zircons demonstrated that the zircons are chemically inhomogeneous, with enhanced and widely varied Pb, U, and Th contents. The U and Th contents of the hydrothermal zircons are estimated to be 32×10-6-1550×10-6 and 188×10-6-4059×10-6, respectively, with Th/U ratios within the range of 0.7-44.9. 206Pb/238U apparent ages of the hydrothermal zircons are negatively correlated with the contents of U, and radiogenic and

  17. Accessing the nuclear symmetry energy in Ca+Ca collisions

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    The status of the analysis of the INDRA-VAMOS experiment performed at GANIL, using the reactions 40,48Ca+40,48Ca reactions at 35 AMeV, are presented. Isotopic distributions of fragments produced in multifragmentation events provide information on the importance of the surface term contribution in the symmetry energy by comparison to AMD predictions. (authors)

  18. Role of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, CaO, MgO additives on structural and microstructural behavior of zirconia/mullite aggregates

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    Mishra, D. K.; Prusty, Sasmita; Mohapatra, B. K.; Singh, S. K.; Behera, S. N. [Advanced Materials Technology Department, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751 013, Odisha (India); Geological Survey of India, Alandi Road, Pune 411 006, Maharashtra (India); Mineralogy Department, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751 013, Odisha (India); Advanced Materials Technology Department, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751 013, Odisha (India); National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), Berhampur 761 008, Odisha (India)

    2012-07-23

    Zirconia mullite (MUZ), Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-MUZ, CaO-MUZ and MgO-MUZ composites, synthesized through plasma fusion technique, are becoming important due to their commercial scale of production within five minutes of plasma treatment from sillimanite, zircon and alumina mixture. The X-ray diffraction studies reveal the monoclinic zirconia phase in MUZ composite whereas mixed monoclinic, tetragonal and cubic phases of zirconia have been observed in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, CaO, MgO added MUZ composites. The Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, CaO and MgO additives act as sintering aids to favour the transformation and stabilisation of tetragonal and cubic zirconia phases at room temperature. These additives also play a key role in the development of various forms of microstructure to achieve dense MUZ composites.

  19. Role of Y2O3, CaO, MgO additives on structural and microstructural behavior of zirconia/mullite aggregates

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    Zirconia mullite (MUZ), Y2O3-MUZ, CaO-MUZ and MgO-MUZ composites, synthesized through plasma fusion technique, are becoming important due to their commercial scale of production within five minutes of plasma treatment from sillimanite, zircon and alumina mixture. The X-ray diffraction studies reveal the monoclinic zirconia phase in MUZ composite whereas mixed monoclinic, tetragonal and cubic phases of zirconia have been observed in Y2O3, CaO, MgO added MUZ composites. The Y2O3, CaO and MgO additives act as sintering aids to favour the transformation and stabilisation of tetragonal and cubic zirconia phases at room temperature. These additives also play a key role in the development of various forms of microstructure to achieve dense MUZ composites.

  20. SHRIMP zircon U-Pb geochronology of early Mesozoic felsic igneous rocks from the southern Lancangjiang and its tectonic implications