Skip navigation
Skip navigation

3806Ma Isua rhyolites and dacites affected by low temperature Eoarchaean surficial alteration: Earth's earliest weathering

Bennett, Victoria; Chivas, A R; Friend, Clark; Liu, Xiao-Ming; Dux, Florian W.; Nutman, Allen


This paper reports evidence for Earth's oldest-recognised low temperature alteration, at ~3800. Ma. Potassic felsic schists with a protolith age of 3806 ± 2. Ma form a ~30. km long unit in the amphibolite facies, deformed, Isua supracrustal belt (West Greenland). At a single locality, boudinaged layers (nodules) within the schists are low strain zones: they are fine-grained, weakly feldspar-phyric, contain quartz amygdules and have fiamme-like structures, all supporting a volcanic protolith.The...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Precambrian Research
DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2015.07.014


File Description SizeFormat Image
01_Bennett_3806Ma_Isua_rhyolites_and_2015.pdf7.87 MBAdobe PDF    Request a copy

Items in Open Research are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Updated:  19 May 2020/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator