The age of camptonite dikes of the Agardag alkali-basalt complex (western Sangilen)

Results of Ar/Ar and U/Pb dating

A. A. Gibsher*, V. G. Malkovets, A. V. Travin, E. A. Belousova, V. V. Sharygin, Z. Konc

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A camptonite dike swarm (Agardag alkali-basalt complex) in the western part of the Sangilen Upland abounds in mantle xenoliths. Mineralogical, petrographic, and petrochemical studies show that the dikes are composed of lamprophyres of two groups, basic and ultrabasic. Ar/Ar dating of amphibole and phlogopite megacrysts gives an intrusion age for the dikes of 443.0 ± 1.3 Ma. 206Pb/ 238U dating of zircon from a glomeroporphyritic intergrowth in camptonite from one of the dikes yielded a core age of 489.0 ± 5.4 Ma. This corresponds to the time of formation of the Chzhargalanta granite-leucogranite complex (489.4 ± 2.6 Ma). The 206Pb/ 238U age of the zircon rim is 444.0 ± 7.5 Ma. The ages obtained by Ar/Ar dating of amphibole and biotite megacrysts and by U/Pb dating of the magmatic rim of zircon crystal from the camptonite coincide within the dating error, which indicates that the camptonite dikes formed in the Late Ordovician. These dikes are the oldest-known example of mantle-derived xenoliths in mafic volcanic rocks from an off-craton setting. These are samples of the Upper Ordovician lithospheric mantle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-775
Number of pages13
JournalRussian Geology and Geophysics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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