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Aug 2009
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Hongming Cai, Hongfei Zhang, Wangchun Xu. U-Pb Zircon Ages, Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf Isotopic Compositions of Granitoids in Western Songpan-Garze Fold Belt: Petrogenesis and Implication for Tectonic Evolution. Journal of Earth Science, 2009, 20(4): 681-698. doi: 10.1007/s12583-009-0054-8
Citation: Hongming Cai, Hongfei Zhang, Wangchun Xu. U-Pb Zircon Ages, Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf Isotopic Compositions of Granitoids in Western Songpan-Garze Fold Belt: Petrogenesis and Implication for Tectonic Evolution. Journal of Earth Science, 2009, 20(4): 681-698. doi: 10.1007/s12583-009-0054-8

U-Pb Zircon Ages, Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf Isotopic Compositions of Granitoids in Western Songpan-Garze Fold Belt: Petrogenesis and Implication for Tectonic Evolution

doi: 10.1007/s12583-009-0054-8
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the National Natural Science Foundation of China 40821061

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  • Corresponding author: Zhang Hongfei, hfzhang@cug.edu.cn
  • Received Date: 10 Jan 2008
  • Accepted Date: 20 Mar 2009
  • Granitoids are widespread in the Songpan-Garze (松潘-甘孜) fold belt, western China. These granitoids provide insight into regional tectono-magmatic events, basement nature and tectonic evolution. However, previous studies mainly focused on the eastern Songpan-Garze fold belt. In this article, five granitoid intrusions from the western Songpan-Garze fold belt have been studied. These intrusions are composed of quartz-diorite and granodiorite. Using LA-ICP-MS zircon dating method, the obtained magma crystallization ages are 219±2 Ma for the quartz-diorite and 216±5 Ma for the granodiorite. The ages, combined with regional geological analyses, show that they formed in a post-collisional tectonic setting. The quartz-diorite and granodiorite display co-linear variation in their chemical compositions. REE compositions for both the quartz-diorite and granodiorite show strongly fractionated patterns with (La/Yb)N=5.02–18.34 and Eu/Eu*=0.44–0.89. The quartz-diorites have initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (ISr) of 0.709 29–0.711 97 and ɛNd(t) values of −8.6 to −6.1 and the granodiorites have ISr values of 0.705 49–0.709 97 and ɛNd(t) values of −8.3 to −4.3. Zircon Hf isotopic data show ɛHf(t) values of −3.8 to +1.6 for the quartz-diorites and −1.2 to +3.0 for the granodiorites. Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic compositions indicate that the quartz-diorites and granodiorites have similar petrogenesis. We suggest that the magmas for the quartz-diorites and granodiorites were derived from partial melting of lower crustal mafic source, resulting from amphibole dehydration melting reaction. The probing of the magma source reveals that the western Songpan-Garze fold belt contains an unexposed continental basement, which is similar to the eastern Songpan-Garze fold belt. Geodynamically, it is proposed that a lithospheric delamination model can account for the magma generation for the quartz-diorites and granodiorites in the western Songpan-Garze fold belt.

     

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