Early crustal evolution in the western Yangtze block

evidence from U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopes on detrital zircons from sedimentary rocks

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    In situ U-Pb and Lu-Hf data on detrital zircons from Proterozoic sediments have been used to gain a clearer picture of the tectonic background and crustal evolution in the western part of the Yangtze Block. The youngest concordant zircon ages for sedimentary units suggest maximum depositional ages of 1014 Ma for the Kunyang Group, 750649 Ma for the Sinian sequences, and 525 Ma for the Cambrian sediments. The Yinmin Formation, previously assigned to the Kunyang Group, was actually deposited after 1667 Ma and contains zircons whose ages are dominantly from late Archean to Paleoproterozoic (2.72.8 Ga, 2.52.3 Ga and 1.85 Ga). The Heishantou Formation in the lower part of the Kunyang Group has two major age populations of 1.0 Ga and 1.61.8 Ga. The Sinian and Cambrian sedimentary rocks are dominated by Neoproterozoic zircons with age peaks at 760 Ma and 825 Ma. The Lu-Hf isotope data suggest that a significant juvenile input took place during Archean and Neoproterozoic, respectively, while crustal reworking was dominant during Paleoproterozoic. The Archean-Paleoproterozoic detritus is isotopically distinct from the coeval basement exposed in northern Yangtze Block, suggesting that a subarea of old crust lies beneath the young sediments covering the craton. The presence of abundant 1.85 Ga zircons suggests that the Yangtze Block was probably part of the Columbia supercontinent during Paleoproterozoic, and could have been adjacent to the North China Craton and/or Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventInternational Geological Congress (34th : 2012) - Brisbane, Australia
    Duration: 5 Aug 201210 Aug 2012


    ConferenceInternational Geological Congress (34th : 2012)

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