SHRIMP U-Pb zircon dating for the dacite of the Sangxiu Formatin in the central segment of Tethyan Himalaya and its implications
Abstract Petrology and SHRIMP U-Pb zircon chronology are reported for the dacite of the Sangxiu Formation in the central segment of Tethyan Himalaya to the southeast of Yangzuoyong Co. Twenty-one measured zircon grains from a dacite sample of the Sangxiu Formation can be divided into two groups, which include long columnar magmatic zircons of 133±3.0 Ma, representing the age of volcanism in the Sangxiu Formation, and inherited zircons consisting of core and overgrowth rim, in which ages of the three cores are 2244±16,1153±33 and 492±25 Ma respectively; and the age of one overgrowth rim is 132.7±5.2 Ma. These ages are considered to represent the remelting of accretionary crust at different periods resulting from the volcanism of Sangxiu Formation. These volcanic rocks in the Sangxiu Formation,for which age is close to that of Bunbury basalt in southwestern margin of Australia, and older than that of Rajmahal basalt in northeastern India, maybe considered as the products of early activity of the hotspot represented by the Rajmahal basalt.
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