Paleozoic ophiolitic mélanges from the South Tianshan Orogen, NW China: Geological, geochemical and geochronological implications for the geodynamic setting.

Jiang T, Gao J, Klemd R, Qian Q, Zhang X, Xiong X, Wang X, Tan Z, Chen B (2014)


Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2014

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Publisher: Elsevier

Book Volume: 612–613

Pages Range: 106–127

DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2013.11.038

Abstract

Two ophiolitic mélange belts, the South Central Tianshan Ophiolite Belt (SCTOB) and the South Tianshan Ophiolite Belt (STOB), extend almost parallel to the Chinese South Tianshan Orogen - the southernmost part of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB). The SCTOB occurs interlayered in the South Central Tianshan Suture Zone, the STOB as exotic blocks in Palaeozoic sedimentary strata. However, their tectonic settings and ages, which are crucial for understanding the formation of the CAOB, are still controversially discussed. In order to better understand these geological problems, geological, geochemical and geochronological investigations were conducted on the Guluogou (SCTOB) as well as on the Serikeyayilake and Aertengkesi ophiolitic mélanges (STOB). The ophiolitic suites are composed of basalts, gabbros and mantle peridotites. Laser ablation ICP-MS (LA-ICP-MS) U-Pb zircon ages of 334. ±. 5. Ma and 332. ±. 7. Ma were obtained for the Guluogou gabbros, while SHRIMP U-Pb zircon ages of 423. ±. 10. Ma and 423. ±. 4. Ma were determined for the Serikeyayilake and Aertengkesi gabbros. The mineral composition of the mantle peridotites and the geochemical characteristics of the basalts suggest a mid-ocean ridge (MOR) type affinity for the Guluogou ophiolite and a SSZ type affinity for the Serikeyayilake and Aertengkesi ophiolites. The present data, combined with previously published results, indicate that the STOB may have been derived from a forearc rifting setting that existed during the early Silurian to the early Carboniferous (ca. 439-356. Ma), whereas the SCTOB may represent fragments of a normal wide ocean that lasted to the early Carboniferous (ca. 332. Ma). © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

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Jiang, T., Gao, J., Klemd, R., Qian, Q., Zhang, X., Xiong, X.,... Chen, B. (2014). Paleozoic ophiolitic mélanges from the South Tianshan Orogen, NW China: Geological, geochemical and geochronological implications for the geodynamic setting. Tectonophysics, 612–613, 106–127. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2013.11.038

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Jiang, Tuo, et al. "Paleozoic ophiolitic mélanges from the South Tianshan Orogen, NW China: Geological, geochemical and geochronological implications for the geodynamic setting." Tectonophysics 612–613 (2014): 106–127.

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