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U-Pb Zircon Dating of Migmatitic Paragneisses and Garnet Amphibolite from the High Pressure Seve Nappe Complex in Kittelfjäll, Swedish Caledonides

Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, AGH-University of Science and Technology, 30-059 Kraków, Poland
Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, CSIC & Universidad de Granada, 18100 Armilla, Granada, Spain
Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
Department of Geosciences, Swedish Museum of Natural History, 104 05 Stockholm, Sweden
Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków Research Centre, 31-002 Kraków, Poland
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Minerals 2020, 10(4), 295;
Received: 17 February 2020 / Revised: 20 March 2020 / Accepted: 23 March 2020 / Published: 25 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue High‐and Ultrahigh‐Pressure Rocks)
The Seve Nappe Complex exposed in the Kittelfjäll area of the northern Scandinavian Caledonides comprises a volcano-sedimentary succession representing the Baltica passive margin, which was metamorphosed during the Iapetus Ocean closure. Garnet amphibolites, together with their host migmatitic paragneisses, record a potential (U)HP event followed by decompression-driven migmatization. The garnet amphibolites were originally thought to represent retrogressively altered granulites. The petrological and geochemical features of a studied garnet amphibolite allow for speculation about a peridotitic origin. Zirconium (Zr) content in rutile inclusions hosted in garnet in paragneisses points to near-peak temperatures between 738 °C and 780 °C, which is in agreement with the c. 774 °C obtained from the matrix rutile in the garnet amphibolite. The matrix rutile in multiple paragneiss samples records temperatures below 655 °C and 726 °C. Whereas the LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating of zircon cores revealed the age spectrum from Paleoproterozoic to early Paleozoic, suggesting a detrital origin of zircon cores in paragneisses, the metamorphic zircon rims show an Early Ordovician cluster c. 475–469 Ma. Additionally, zircon cores and rims from the garnet amphibolite yielded an age of c. 473 Ma. The REE patterns of the Caledonian zircon rims from the paragneisses show overall low LREE concentrations, different from declining to rising trends in HREE (LuN/GdN = 0.49–38.76). Despite the textural differences, the cores and rims in zircon from the garnet amphibolite show similar REE patterns of low LREE and flat to rising HREE (LuN/GdN = 3.96–65.13). All zircon rims in both lithologies display a negative Eu anomaly. Hence, we interpret the reported ages as the growth of metamorphic zircon during migmatization, under granulite facies conditions related to exhumation from (U)HP conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: geochronology; subduction; metamorphism; migmatite; decompression geochronology; subduction; metamorphism; migmatite; decompression
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Bukała, M.; Majka, J.; Walczak, K.; Włodek, A.; Schmitt, M.; Zagórska, A. U-Pb Zircon Dating of Migmatitic Paragneisses and Garnet Amphibolite from the High Pressure Seve Nappe Complex in Kittelfjäll, Swedish Caledonides. Minerals 2020, 10, 295.

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