Special Issue "Dating Deep-Seated Tectonic Activities with Minerals"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. habil. Alexander Krohe

Institute of Mineralogy, University of Münster, Münster, Germany
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Interests: tectonophysics; structural geology; microscopy; metamorphic petrology; geochronology; fluid–rock interaction; geodynamics of the Alpine–Mediterranean belt
Guest Editor
Dr. Nicole Wawrzenitz-Hoymann

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany
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Interests: isotope geochemisty; petrochronology; fluid–mineral–rock interactions; dating rock deformations; structural geology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit contributions on quantifying the timing of tectonic activity using radiometric methods. Translating the radiometric data of metamorphic and magmatic rocks into meaningful ages using geological dating processes has been a perpetual challenge. Solid-state diffusion has long been thought to represent the only mechanism of resetting isotope systems in minerals, giving rise to the “cooling age concept”. However, it has become increasingly obvious that dissolution and precipitation processes and connected fluid-associated mass-transfer (in chemically open systems) is a much faster process, effectively resetting the various isotope systems.

Dissolution precipitation reactions are sensitive to stress. As they are dependent on variations in the availability and composition of fluid, which determines the preservation or resetting of an isotope system, the rocks may contain a wide range of (potentially geologically meaningful) geochronological ages, at length scales of hundreds of metres down to micrometres. Thus, combining geochronology with petrology and structural geology opens up new vistas for dating deep-seated tectonic processes.

Structures and petrological data in metamorphic terrain—such as (U)HP-mineral assemblages, migmatitic gneiss domes, and shear-/detachment zones in granulites—demonstrate that the lithosphere was internally deformed over large scales, at all depths. Dating deformation-related structures in metamorphic rocks is important for the understanding of the pathways of lithospheric movements over time and the rheological properties of the crust. We welcome reviews and original papers dealing with all aspects of dating tectonic activities that occurred deep in the lithosphere, particularly (but not solely): (i) dealing with the role of deformation mechanisms (dislocation creep and dissolution precipitation creep) in the resetting of isotope systems; (ii) dating deformation structures in metamorphic rocks responsible for large-scale tectonic movements; (iii) dating episodes and the duration of deep-seated deformation processes; (iv) linking ductile deformation at depths recorded in metamorphic terrains to tectonic processes that shape the earth´s surface; (v) discussing the linkage between ore formation and fluid-assisted ductile deformation/detachment at depths; and (vi) presenting novel methods of the in-situ dating of deformation in metamorphosed rocks.

Dr. habil. Alexander Krohe
Dr. Nicole Wawrzenitz-Hoymann
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Radiometric dating
  • Fluids
  • Mineral chemistry
  • Microstructures
  • Deformation mechanisms
  • Structural geology

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