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Archean inheritance in zircon from late Paleozoic granites from the Avalon zone of southeastern New England: an African connection

Earth and Planetary Science Letters

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Abstract

In southeastern New England the Narragansett Pier Granite locally intrudes Carboniferous metasedimentary rocks of the Narragansett basin, and yields a monazite UPb Permian emplacement age of 273 ?? 2 Ma. Zircon from the Narragansett Pier Granite contains a minor but detectable amount of an older, inherited component, and shows modern loss of lead. Zircon from the late-stage, aplitic Westerly Granite exhibits a more pronounced lead inheritance -permitting the inherited component to be identified as Late Archean. Such old relict zircon has not been previously recognized in Proterozoic to Paleozoic igneous rocks in New England, and may be restricted to late Paleozoic rocks of the Avalon zone. We suggest that the Archean crustal component reflects an African connection, in which old Archean crust was underplated to the Avalon zone microplate in the late Paleozoic during collision of Gondwanaland with Avalonia. ?? 1987.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Archean inheritance in zircon from late Paleozoic granites from the Avalon zone of southeastern New England: an African connection
Series title:
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Volume
82
Issue:
3-4
Year Published:
1987
Language:
English
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Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
First page:
305
Last page:
315