Tectonothermal evolution of the continental crust beneath the Yakutian diamondiferous province (Siberian craton)

U–Pb and Hf isotopic evidence on zircons from crustal xenoliths of kimberlite pipes

V. S. Shatsky*, V. G. Malkovets, E. A. Belousova, I. G. Tretiakova, W. L. Griffin, A. L. Ragozin, A. A. Gibsher, S. Y. O'Reilly

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Abstract

U–Pb age and Hf-isotope data were collected on zircons from crustal xenoliths from the Late Devonian kimberlite pipes of Markha terrane. The xenoliths include mafic garnet granulites (Gt+Pl+Cpx±Opx±Amp±Bt±Scp) and garnet–biotite gneisses (Grt+Bt+Pl+Kfs+Qtz±Scp). The data from this study demonstrate that the crust of the Markha terrane experienced several tectonothermal events. Zircons with Archean Hf model ages (TDM = 3.13–2.5 Ga) are predominant in all xenoliths with one exception. These data imply that most of the lower and middle crust beneath the Markha terrane was produced in the Archean time. Later this Paleoarchean crust was significantly reworked in several tectonothermal events, including a Neoarchean stage (2.9–2.5 Ga), and several Paleoproterozoic metamorphic stages (1.98, 1.9 and 1.8 Ga). There is very little evidence for generation of juvenile crust associated with these metamorphic events. Importantly, crustal xenoliths from kimberlite pipes of the Markha terrane record all the same events that occurred in the adjacent Daldyn and Magan terranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalPrecambrian Research
Volume282
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

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