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U-Pb zircon ages of basic rocks and gneisses intruded into the Dalradian rocks of Cashel, Connemara, western Ireland.

Jagger, M. D., Max, M. D., Aftalion, M. and Leake, B. E. 1988. U-Pb zircon ages of basic rocks and gneisses intruded into the Dalradian rocks of Cashel, Connemara, western Ireland. Journal of the Geological Society 145 , pp. 645-648. 10.1144/gsjgs.145.4.0645

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Abstract

New isotopic ages are presented from the syntectonic Cashel-Lough Wheelaun basic intrusion and an associated K-feldspar granite gneiss of the Connemara gneiss complex from Lettershinna Hill. The linear, normally discordant distribution of data-points from the Cashel-Lough Wheelaun metagabbro indicates that the zircons in this intrusion have no significant inherited radiogenic Pb. They yield an upper concordia intercept age of 477+25−6 Ma, and a more precise 207Pb/206Pb age of 490 ± 1 Ma. In contrast, zircons from the K-feldspar granite gneiss show distinct reverse discordance. The non-magnetic fractions show a good linear arrangement yielding a lower intercept age of 454+6 −14Ma and a very uncertain upper intercept age of 1807+646−570Ma. The lower intercept age is younger than the 477 ± 9 Ma K-Ar age of hornblendes in gneisses from Lettershinna Hill (Elias et al. 1988) and therefore reflects a Pb loss episode younger than igneous crystallization. The imprecise Proterozoic upper intercept age indicates contamination by older inherited and only partially reset zircons.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 15:45
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/133083

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