1600-1500 Ma hotspot track in eastern Australia: implications for Mesoproterozoic continental reconstructions

Peter G. Betts*, David Giles, Bruce F. Schaefer, Geordie Mark

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Abstract

Mesoproterozoic A-type magmatic rocks in the Gawler Craton, Curnamona Province and eastern Mount Isa Inlier, form a palaeo-curvilinear belt for reconstructed plate orientations. The oldest igneous rocks in the Gawler Craton are the Hiltaba Granite Suite: c. 1600-1575 Ma. The youngest in the Mount Isa Inlier are the Williams-Naraku Batholiths: c. 1545-1500 Ma. The belt is interpreted as a segment of a hotspot track that evolved between c. 1600 and 1500 Ma. This hotspot track may define a quasilinear part of Australia's motion between 1636 and 1500 Ma, and suggests that Australia drifted to high latitudes. An implication of this interpretation is that Australia and Laurentia may not have been fellow travellers leading to the formation of Rodinia. A hotspot model for A-type magmatism in Australia differs from geodynamic models for this style of magmatism on other continents. This suggests that multiple geologic processes may be responsible for the genesis of Proterozoic A-type magmas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-501
Number of pages6
JournalTerra Nova
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

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