High-pressure metamorphic assemblages occur in mafic, ultramafic and a few intermediate rocks in a gneiss complex that covers an area of approximately 400 ?? 100 km in the North-East Greenland Caledonides. Detailed petrologic and geochronologic studies were carried out on three samples in order to clarify the P-T-t evolution of this eclogite province. Geothermobarometry yields temperature estimates of 700-800 ??C and pressure estimates of at least 1.5 GPa from an ecologite senu stricto and a high as 2.35 GPa for a garnet websterite. The eclogite defines a garnet-clinopyroxene-amphibole-whole rock Sm-Nd isochron age of 405 ?? 24 Ma (MSWSD 0.9). Isofacial garnet websterites define garnet-clinopyroxene-orthopyroxene-amphibole-whole rock-(biotite) ages of 439 ?? 8 Ma (MSWD = 2.1) for a coarse=grained sample and 370 ?? 12 Ma (MSWD = 0.6) for a finer-grained variety. Overgrowths on zircons from the fine-grained pyroxenite and the eclogite give a pooled 206Pb/238U SHRIMP age of 377 ?? 7 Ma (n = 4). Significantly younger Rb-Sr biotite ages of 357 ?? 8, 330 ?? 6 and 326 ?? 6 agree withyoung Rb-Sr, K-Ar and 40Ar/39Ar mineral ages from the gneiss complex and indicate slow cooling of the eclogitic rocks. High-pressure metamorphism may have been at least 439 Ma old (Siluro-Ordovician) with cooling through amphibolite-facies conditions in the Devonian and continued crustal thinning and exhumation well into the Carboniferous. Sm-Nd whole rock model ages indicate the eclogite protoliths are Early Proterozoic in age, while 207Pb/206Pb SHRIMP ages of 1889 ?? 8 from an-hedral zircon cores probably reflect Proterozoic metasomatism. The samples have negative ??Nd values (-5 to -16) and elevated 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.708-0.715), consistent with field evidence that the eclogite protoliths were an integral part of the continental crust long before Caledonian metamorphism. The presence of a large Caledonian eclogite terrane in Greenland requires modification of current tectonic models that postulate subduction of Baltica beneath Laurentia during the Caledonian orogeny.
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Caledonian eclogite-facies metamorphism of early Proterozoic protoliths from the North-East Greenland Eclogite Province