Concurrent Pb–Hf isotope analysis of zircon by laser ablation multi-collector ICP-MS, with implications for the crustal evolution of Greenland and the Himalayas

Kemp, A.I.S., Foster, G.L., Schersten, A., Whitehouse, M.J., Darling, J., and Storey, C. (2009) Concurrent Pb–Hf isotope analysis of zircon by laser ablation multi-collector ICP-MS, with implications for the crustal evolution of Greenland and the Himalayas. Chemical Geology, 261 (3-4). pp. 244-260.

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Abstract

The in situ Lu–Hf isotope analysis of zircon by laser ablation has emerged as a high-calibre tool for tackling magmatic and crustal evolution. The strength of the approach lieswith the ability to target specific zircon growth domains identified by imaging, and thus to unravel polyphase crystallisation histories. However, due to the volume of material being sampled during analysis there remains the possibility of ablation-induced mixing between Hf from domains of different age. Inaccurate Hf isotope ratios and spurious geological interpretations could result. One approach to this problem involves dating the same volume ofmaterial analysed for Hf isotopes by concurrently measuring 207Pb/206Pb ratios during ablation [Woodhead, J.D., Hergt, J.M., Shelley,M., Eggins, S., Kemp, R. 2004. Zircon Hf-isotope analysis with an excimer laser, depth profiling, ablation of complex geometries, and concomitant age estimation. Chemical Geology 209, 121–135.]. This paper explores the viability of this dual analysis by investigating complex zircons fromthree different geological contexts, detrital zircons in sedimentary rocks, inherited zircons in granites, and zircons in metamorphosed Eo-Archaean TTG gneisses from Greenland. The implications of the Greenland data for Archaean crustal evolution are discussed in the light of published solution zircon Hf isotope datasets fromthese gneisses. Acase study of detrital zircons frommodern river sands in the Himalayas highlights the potential of the technique for providing a rapid, cost-effective picture of crustal evolution that should complement regional bulk rock studies.

Item ID: 5277
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Lu–Hf isotopes; Pb isotopes; zircon; laser ablation; Greenland; Himalayas
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ISSN: 1872-6836
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2009 22:47
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0402 Geochemistry > 040202 Inorganic Geochemistry @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences @ 100%
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