Genetically and geochronologically contrasting plagiogranites in South Central Tianshan ophiolitic mélange: Implications for the breakup of Rodinia and subduction zone processes

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Jiang T, Gao J, Klemd R, Qian Q, Zhang X, Wang XS, Tan Z, Zhu Z
Journal: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 113
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 266-281
ISSN: 1367-9120
Language: English


Abstract

Plagiogranites are exposed as exotic blocks at two localities (Wuwamen and Guluogou) in the South Central Tianshan ophiolitic mélange and have U–Pb zircon ages of 775 ± 11 Ma and 416 ± 4 Ma, respectively. The Wuwamen plagiogranites have low-K tholeiitic to medium-K calc-alkaline and weakly peraluminous compositions. They further display relatively low concentrations of total rare earth elements (REEs), pronounced positive Eu anomalies and distinct depletions of P and Ti. The trace element characteristics, whole-rock initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios from 0.708812 to 0.708839 and negative εNd(t) values from −6.4 to −6.2 suggest that the granitic magma was derived from low degree partial melting of amphibolites at middle to lower crustal levels with hornblende as the dominant residual phase. In contrast, the Guluogou plagiogranites are strongly peraluminous and are characterized by an enrichment of both large ion lithophile elements (LILEs) and light rare earth elements (LREEs). Negative anomalies of Nb, Ta, P and Ti are in accordance with the geochemical signature of Andean arc-type granites. The zircon εHf(t) values from −6.1 to +2.4, the corresponding two-stage Hf model ages (TDMC = 1259–1798 Ma) and the εNd(t) values from −5.0 to −2.9 favor partial melting of ancient continental crust, which was contaminated by some juvenile material from a depleted-mantle wedge, for the origin of the Guluogou plagiogranites. Thus, we conclude that the Wuwamen and Guluogou plagiogranites have no direct genetic relationship with the ophiolites and occur as exotic blocks in the ophiolitic mélanges. It is further suggested that the 775 Ma Wuwamen plagiogranites originated during the breakup of Rodinia, whereas the 416 Ma Guluogou plagiogranites were generated in an Andean-type active continental margin environment related to the northward subduction of the South Tianshan Ocean.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Klemd, Reiner Prof. Dr.
Professur für Geochemie und Lagerstättenkunde


External institutions with authors

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) / 中国科学院
Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


How to cite

APA:
Jiang, T., Gao, J., Klemd, R., Qian, Q., Zhang, X., Wang, X.-S.,... Zhu, Z. (2015). Genetically and geochronologically contrasting plagiogranites in South Central Tianshan ophiolitic mélange: Implications for the breakup of Rodinia and subduction zone processes. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 113(1), 266-281. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jseaes.2014.10.015

MLA:
Jiang, Tuo, et al. "Genetically and geochronologically contrasting plagiogranites in South Central Tianshan ophiolitic mélange: Implications for the breakup of Rodinia and subduction zone processes." Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 113.1 (2015): 266-281.

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