Garnet Lu-Hf geochronology and P-T path of the Gridino-type eclogite in the Belomorian Province, Russia

Yu, Huanglu; Zhang, Lifei; Lanari, Pierre; Rubatto, Daniela; Li, Xiaoli (2019). Garnet Lu-Hf geochronology and P-T path of the Gridino-type eclogite in the Belomorian Province, Russia. Lithos, 326-327, pp. 313-326. Elsevier 10.1016/j.lithos.2018.12.032

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Eclogites are commonly seen as markers of subduction and thus their presence in Proterozoic and Archean orogenic provinces is crucial information for determining the initiation of modern plate tectonic. The Belomorian province hosts some of the oldest known eclogite-facies rocks. Here we present new garnet LuHf geochronology that constrains the prograde stage of Gridino-type eclogite to ca. 1.96–1.92 Ga. Inherited magmatic zircon cores have 176Hf/177Hf ratios that indicate isotopic disequilibrium between the inherited zircon cores and the metamorphic mineral assemblages, while the metamorphic rims have variable 176Hf/177Hf ratios that reflect Paleoproterozoic eclogite-facies metamorphism. Iterative thermodynamic models, involving the optimization of pressure (P), temperature (T) and reactive bulk composition (X) was used to reconstruct the P-T conditions recorded by garnet, and define the prograde trajectory. Zr-in-rutile thermometry, combined with equilibrium phase diagrams, constrains the peak P-T conditions at 725–750 °C and above 18 kbar, corresponding to an average apparent thermal gradient of below 41 °C/kbar. The P-T conditions of the high-pressure granulite facies overprint are 680–730 °C at 9–10 kbar. Thus, the metamorphic evolution of Gridino-type eclogite followed a clockwise P-T path with a cooling decompression stage, recording the assembly of the Columbia supercontinent during the Paleoproterozoic.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Lanari, Pierre and Rubatto, Daniela


500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology








Daniela Rubatto

Date Deposited:

11 Jun 2019 12:58

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24 Oct 2019 03:56

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