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Dating microstructures by the Ar-40/Ar-39 step-heating technique: deformation-pressure-temperature-time history of the Penninic Units of the Western Alps

Beltrando, Marco; Lister, Gordon; Forster, Margaret; Dunlap, William James; Fraser, Geoffrey L.; Hermann, Joerg


White micas from the Penninic units of the Urtier Valley, in the Western Alps, have been dated by the 40Ar/39Ar step-heating method. A strong correlation is observed between measured ages, mica composition and deformation fabrics. Samples characterized by a single mineral reservoir yielded relatively flat age spectra, allowing to estimate an age of 44.4 ± 0.4 Ma for the formation of phengite-bearing fabrics in eclogite facies conditions (SHP) and an age of 42.0 ± 0.4 Ma for the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Lithos
DOI: 10.1016/j.lithos.2009.07.006


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