Zircon SHRIMP U-Pb dating for the Cangshuipu volvanic rocks and its implications for the lower boundary age of the Nanhua strata in South China
Abstract The continental volcanic rocks and volcaniclastic sedimentary conglomerates of the Cangshuipu Formation occur well in Yiyang of Hunan Province, consisting of a wedge-shaped succession of Neoproterozoic strata that overlie with high-angle unconformity the flysch turbidites of the Lengjiaxi Group in the Upper Mesoproterozoic Eonothem.SHRIMP zircon U-Pb dating gives a weighted mean age of 814 ± 12 Ma for the dacitic volcanic agglomerates from the lowest part of the volcanic rocks in the Cangshuipu Formation.This age is younger than previously reported values of 921—933 Ma for the volcanic rocks from the Cangshuipu Formation. Our new dating represents the lower boundary age of the Neoproterozoic System in the studied area. The younger age for the Cangshuipu volcanic rocks is supported by the following observations: (1) Lower Neoproterozoic strata (814—1000 Ma) are missing in the studied area; (2) the Nanhua rift system was initiated at about 820 Ma; and(3) an age of ~820 Ma may be taken as the lower boundary timing of the Nanhua System (even Neoproterozoic) in South China.
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