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Gem-bearing basaltic volcanism, Barrington, New South Wales: Cenozoic evolution, based on basalt K-Ar ages and zircon fission track and U-Pb isotope dating

Sutherland, F L; Fanning, Christopher


Barrington shield volcano was active for 55 million years, based on basalt K-Ar and zircon fission track dating. Activity in the northeast, at 59 Ma, preceded more substantial activity between 55 and 51 Ma and more limited activity on western and southern flanks after 45 Ma. Eruptions brought up megacrystic gemstones (ruby, sapphire and zircon) throughout the volcanism, particularly during quieter eruptive periods. Zircon fission track dating (thermal reset ages) indicates gem-bearing eruptions...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-0952.2001.00851.x


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