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Origin of Carboniferous sandstones fringing the northern margin of the Wales-Brabant Massif: insights from detrital zircon ages

Morton, Andrew; Waters, Colin; Fanning, Christopher; Chisholm, Ian; Brettle, Matt

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A study of detrital zircon age populations in Namurian-Westphalian (Carboniferous) sandstones in the southern Central Pennine Basin of the UK has revealed considerable complexity in their provenance history. The Pendleian-Marsdenian Morridge Formation, which is known to have been derived from the Wales-Brabant Massif to the south on the basis of palaeocurrent and petrographic information, is dominated by zircons ultimately derived from the Caledonian belt to the north. These zircons were...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMorton, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorWaters, Colin
dc.contributor.authorFanning, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorChisholm, Ian
dc.contributor.authorBrettle, Matt
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:43:03Z
dc.identifier.issn0072-1050
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/58035
dc.description.abstractA study of detrital zircon age populations in Namurian-Westphalian (Carboniferous) sandstones in the southern Central Pennine Basin of the UK has revealed considerable complexity in their provenance history. The Pendleian-Marsdenian Morridge Formation, which is known to have been derived from the Wales-Brabant Massif to the south on the basis of palaeocurrent and petrographic information, is dominated by zircons ultimately derived from the Caledonian belt to the north. These zircons were recycled from sandstones of northern origin that had been previously deposited over the massif during Middle to Late Devonian times. The Morridge Formation also includes Late Neoproterozoic zircons of local Wales-Brabant Massif origin. The south lobe of the Yeadonian Rough Rock has been previously interpreted as having a complex provenance including sediment of northern origin interbedded with sediment ascribed to a Wales-Brabant Massif source. However, the zircon spectrum lacks a Late Neoproterozoic component that would have been diagnostic of input from the Wales-Brabant Massif, and the provenance history of the Rough Rock south lobe therefore remains enigmatic. The Langsettian Ludgbridge Conglomerate is dominated by Late Neoproterozoic zircons of Wales-Brabant Massif origin, but even in this evidently proximal deposit, the provenance is complex since the main zircon group (ca.640Ma) cannot be matched with known local Neoproterozoic basement sources. The data either indicate the presence of hitherto-unknown magmatic rocks of this age adjacent to the South Staffordshire coalfield or indicate that the zircons were recycled from sediment with a more distal origin. Finally, the Duckmantian Top Hard Rock contains zircons that can be reconciled with a source in the Irish Caledonides, consistent with the palaeocurrent evidence, supplemented by zircons derived from the Wales-Brabant Massif, possibly including the Monian Composite Terrane of Anglesey. The study reinforces the important message that failure to recognize the presence of recycled zircon could lead to erroneous reconstructions of sediment provenance and transport history.
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc
dc.sourceGeological Journal
dc.titleOrigin of Carboniferous sandstones fringing the northern margin of the Wales-Brabant Massif: insights from detrital zircon ages
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolumeOnline Early Version
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor040303 - Geochronology
local.identifier.absfor040310 - Sedimentology
local.identifier.absfor040311 - Stratigraphy (incl. Biostratigraphy and Sequence Stratigraphy)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4027924xPUB425
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMorton, Andrew, HM Research Associates Ltd
local.contributor.affiliationWaters, Colin, British Geological Survey
local.contributor.affiliationFanning, Christopher, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationChisholm, Ian, Loughborough
local.contributor.affiliationBrettle, Matt, Premier Oil UK Limited
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2014
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage22
local.identifier.doi10.1002/gj.2572
local.identifier.absseo970104 - Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T11:12:16Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84941098354
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