Age and sources of Precambrian zircon–rutile deposits in the Kokchetav sialic massif (northern Kazakhstan)

K. E. Degtyarev*, V. P. Kovach, A. A. Tret’yakov, A. B. Kotov, Kuo Lun Wang

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The U–Pb geochronological data on detrital zircons from placers confined to Neoproterozoic quartzite–schist sequences, which are widespread in the Kokchetav massif of northern Kazakhstan, are discussed. Detrital zircons (332 grains in total) originate from the ore occurrences in the central, northern, and western parts of the massif. The concordant ages of detrital zircons from all the examined occurrences largely correspond to intervals of 1017–1528, 1628–1946, and 2653–2739 Ma. The obtained data imply that material of quartzite–schist sequences of the Kokchetav massif was provided by Mesoproterozoic, Paleoproterozoic, and Neoarchean rock complexes. The lower age limit determined for these sequences is approximately 1.06 Ga. The dates obtained for detrital zircons are most consistent with events that took place in Laurentia. They correspond to the formation and breakup of the Columbia/Nuna supercontinent (approximately 1650–1580 and 1450–1380 Ma ago, respectively) and formation of the Rodinia supercontinent in the period of 1300–900 Ma ago.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1009
Number of pages5
JournalDoklady Earth Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

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