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Zircon in amphibolites from Naxos, Aegean Sea, Greece: origin, significance and tectonic setting
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
Number of Authors: 32017 (English)In: Journal of Metamorphic Geology, ISSN 0263-4929, E-ISSN 1525-1314, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 413-434Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We report U-Pb zircon ages of c. 700-550Ma, 262-220Ma, 47-38Ma and 15-14Ma from amphibolites on Naxos Island in the Aegean extensional province of Greece. The zircon has complex internal structures. Based on cathodoluminescence response, zoning and crosscutting relationships a minimum of four zircon growth stages are identified: inherited core, magmatic core, inner metamorphic (?) rim and an outer metamorphic rim. Trace element compositions of the amphibolites suggest igneous differentiation and crustal assimilation. Zircon solubility as a function of saturation temperatures, Zr content and melt composition indicates that the zircon did not originally crystallize in the mafic bodies but was inherited from felsic precursor rocks, and subsequently assimilated into the mafic intrusives during emplacement. Zircon inheritance is corroborated by the complex, xenocrystic nature of the zircon in one sample. Ages of c. 700-550Ma and 262-220Ma are assigned to inherited zircon. Available geochemical data suggest that the 15-14Ma metamorphic rims grew insitu in the amphibolites, corresponding to a high-grade metamorphic event at this time. However, the geochemical data cannot conclusively establish if the c. 40Ma zircon rims also grew insitu, or whether they were inherited along with the xenocrystic cores. Two scenarios for emplacement of the mafic intrusives are discussed: (i) Intrusion during late-Triassic to Jurassic ocean basin development of the Aegean realm, in which case the 40Ma zircon rims would have grown insitu, and (ii) emplacement in the Miocene as a result mafic underplating during large-scale extension. In this case, only the 15-14Ma metamorphic outer rims would have formed insitu in the amphibolitic host rocks.

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2017. Vol. 35, no 4, p. 413-434
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amphibolite, Cyclades, inheritance, Naxos, saturation, zircon
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166180DOI: 10.1111/jmg.12238ISI: 000398628200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166180DiVA, id: diva2:1298295
Available from: 2019-03-22 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2019-03-22Bibliographically approved

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