Tectonic significance and geodynamic processes of large-scale Early Cretaceous granitoid magmatic events in the Southern Great Xing'an Range, North China

Shan Li*, Sun Lin Chung, Tao Wang, Simon A. Wilde, Mei Fei Chu, Qian Qian Guo

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Abstract

The origin and geodynamic evolution of peak Early Cretaceous magmatism in the southern Great Xing'an Range, North China, have long been controversial. Here we report new U-Pb zircon ages (141-129Ma) of a suite of dioritic-granitic rocks from central Inner Mongolia, far from the sutures or plate boundaries of the Paleo-Pacific and Mongol-Okhotsk oceans, thus delineating an Early Cretaceous intracontinental magmatic province, which had a peak activity at 130-120Ma. Dioritic suite including diorite, tonalite, and granodiorite shows variable zircon εHf(t) of +1.4 to+11.8 and δ18O values of +5.7 to +6.9‰, while granitic suite consisting of monzogranite, syenogranite, and granite porphyry also records variable zircon εHf(t) of -0.9 to +15.0 and δ18O values of +6.3 to +8.1‰, suggesting crustal melting by preexisting crustal source with important recycled supracrustal components including fluids. Furthermore, these rocks show variable whole-rock δ7Li values (-0.6 to +12.1‰), indicating fluids played an important role in magma source. We propose a deep-sourced water-fluxed melting scenario by ancient hydrous slabs inherited from the Paleo-Asian Ocean that were trapped in the deep interior, thus releasing aqueous fluids to melt the lithospheric mantle and produce water-rich mafic magmas. These mafic magmas were underplated into crust where they promoted water-fluxed partial melting to generate the large-scale Early Cretaceous magmatism in the southern Great Xing'an Range. Such melting due to fluxing of aqueous fluids was probably operating as a widespread process responsible for the Early Cretaceous dramatically tectonomagmatic events and evolution of continental crust in NE Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615–633
Number of pages19
JournalTectonics
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aqueous fluids
  • Central Asian Orogenic Belt
  • Granites
  • Multiple subduction
  • Stagnant slab
  • Water-fluxed melting

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