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39Ar-40Ar dating of multiply zoned amphibole generations (Malenco, Italian Alps)

Villa, Igor M; Hermann, Joerg; Muntener, Othmar; Trommsdorff, Volkmar

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Mafic rocks of a Permian crust to mantle section in Val Malenco (Italy) display a multi-stage evolution: pre-Alpine exhumation to the ocean floor, followed by burial and re-exhumation during Alpine convergence. Four prominent generations of amphiboles were formed during these stages. On the basis of microstructural investigations combined with electron microprobe analyses two amphibole generations can be assigned to the pre-Alpine decompression and two to the Alpine metamorphic P-T evolution....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorVilla, Igor M
dc.contributor.authorHermann, Joerg
dc.contributor.authorMuntener, Othmar
dc.contributor.authorTrommsdorff, Volkmar
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:17:51Z
dc.identifier.issn0010-7999
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/89898
dc.description.abstractMafic rocks of a Permian crust to mantle section in Val Malenco (Italy) display a multi-stage evolution: pre-Alpine exhumation to the ocean floor, followed by burial and re-exhumation during Alpine convergence. Four prominent generations of amphiboles were formed during these stages. On the basis of microstructural investigations combined with electron microprobe analyses two amphibole generations can be assigned to the pre-Alpine decompression and two to the Alpine metamorphic P-T evolution. The different amphiboles have distinct NaM4, Ca, K and C1 contents according to different P-T conditions and fluid chemistry. Analysing these mixed amphiboles by the 39Ar-40Ar stepwise heating technique yielded very complex age spectra. However, by correlating amphibole compositions directly obtained from the electron microprobe with the components deduced from the release of Ar isotopes during stepwise heating obtained ages were consistent with the geological history deduced from field and petrological studies. The two generations of pre-Alpine amphiboles gave distinguishable Triassic to Late Jurassic/Early Cretaceous ages (-e7225 and 130-140 Ma respectively). High-NaM4 amphiboles have higher isotopic ages than low-NaM4 ones, in agreement with their decompressional evolution. The exhumation of the Permian crust to mantle section is represented by the former age. The latter age concerns C1-dominated amphibole related to an Early Cretaceous oceanic stage. For the early Alpine, pressure-dominated metamorphism we obtained a Late Cretaceous age (83-91 Ma). The later, temperature-dominated overprint is significantly younger, as indicated by 39Ar-40Ar ages of 67-73 Ma. These Late Cretaceous ages favour an Adriatic origin for the Malenco unit. Our data show that 39Ar-40Ar dating combined with detailed microprobe analysis can exploit the potential to relate conditions of amphibole formation to their respective ages.
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.sourceContributions to Mineralogy and Petrology
dc.subjectKeywords: amphibole; argon-argon dating; Cretaceous; Italy
dc.title39Ar-40Ar dating of multiply zoned amphibole generations (Malenco, Italian Alps)
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume140
dc.date.issued2000
local.identifier.absfor040203 - Isotope Geochemistry
local.identifier.absfor040304 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub20133
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationVilla, Igor M, University of Bern
local.contributor.affiliationHermann, Joerg, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMuntener, Othmar, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
local.contributor.affiliationTrommsdorff, Volkmar, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issueno 3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage363
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage381
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s004100000197
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:54:39Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0034487789
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