The radioactive decay of rubidium 87 Rb to strontium 87 Sr was the first widely used dating system that utilized the isochron method. Because rubidium is concentrated in crustal rocks, the continents have a much higher abundance of the daughter isotope strontium compared with the stable isotopes. A ratio for average continental crust of about 0. This difference may appear small, but, considering that modern instruments can make the determination to a few parts in 70,, it is quite significant. Dissolved strontium in the oceans today has a value of 0. Thus, if well-dated, unaltered fossil shells containing strontium from ancient seawater are analyzed, changes in this ratio with time can be observed and applied in reverse to estimate the time when fossils of unknown age were deposited. The rubidium—strontium pair is ideally suited for the isochron dating of igneous rocks. As a liquid rock cools, first one mineral and then another achieves saturation and precipitates, each extracting specific elements in the process. Strontium is extracted in many minerals that are formed early, whereas rubidium is gradually concentrated in the final liquid phase.
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Paleogene basalts are widely distributed in the Xialiaohe Depression, which lies in the northern part of the Bohai Bay Basin, the second largest petroleum-bearing basin of China, in the northeastern part of the North China Craton. They display a positive correlation between [sup. The geochemical characteristics of these basalts are quite different from that expected from magmas derived from crustal contamination or melting from a uniform asthenospheric mantle source, but is consistent with derivation from newly formed lithospheric mantle.
Combined with the geochemical character of the ESF and ODF basalts, we ascribe the abnormally low radiogenic lead isotopic composition for the Paleocene PFF basalts to newly formed lithospheric mantle that originated from recycling of delaminated thickened lithosphere in Late Mesozoic, including a lower crustal component. Des basaltes datant du Paleogene sont distribues a grande echelle dans la depression d’Xialiaohe, situee dans la partie nord du bassin de la baie de Bohai.
Ce bassin constitue le deuxieme plus important bassin petrolifere de la Chine; il se situe dans la partie nord-est du craton de Chine du Nord.
Our Rb—Sr and Sm—Nd data show also that the suevites are mixtures of meta-greywacke and phyllite and possibly a very low amount of granite. A comparison of our new isotopic data with literature data for the Ivory Coast tektites allows to better constrain the parent material of the Ivory Coast tektites i. It may perhaps reflect a common ancient source whose Rb—Sr isotope systematics has not basically been reset on the whole rock scale during the Bosumtwi impact event, or even reflect another unknown geologic event.
The shock-induced metamorphism that affected the rocks from the Bosumtwi area, has been investigated in detail during the last years e. It is clearly established that this shock metamorphic event took place about 1. For this purpose, U—Pb ages of single detrial zircon grains from Bosumtwi impactites were measured, assuming that zircons have retained their primary i.
This assumption is realistic in the present case considering that no shock-induced features were observed in any of the measured zircons grains. In addition, analyses of Sr and Nd isotopic compositions of crater-fill impact breccia and shocked basement rock samples were obtained and compared with isotopic data previously determined for samples from outside the crater rim.
Location map and geological map of the Bosumtwi impact structure, in Ghana, and its immediate environs after Koeberl and Reimold,
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Other lavas from the Western Rift and from the southern Kenyan Rift can also be explained through mixing between the same endmember components. In contrast, lavas from the northern Kenyan and Main Ethiopian rifts can be explained through variable mixing between the same mantle plume material and Middle to Late Proterozoic lithospheric mantle, present beneath the northern EARS. We propose further that the African Superplume, a large, seismically anomalous feature originating in the lower mantle beneath southern Africa, influences magmatism throughout eastern Africa with magmatism at RVP and the Main Ethiopian Rift representing two different heads of a single mantle plume source.
The East African Rift System EARS —from southern Tanzania and Lake Malawi, where the African continent begins to break apart, northward to the Afar Triple Junction, where the on-land Danakil Depression meets the oceanic spreading ridges of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Figure 1 —provides exceptional opportunities to study geologic processes controlling continental rifting and eventual ocean formation.
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Journal of Economic Geology. Double blind peer review. Abstract Full Text. The north of the Lut block is affected by tectonic rotation and subduction processes which occur in the east of Iran Tirrul et al. The magmatism of Lut block begins in Jurassic and continues in Tertiary Aghanabati, The data gathered on the I-type intrusive rocks include their field geology, petrography, U—Pb zircon dating and Sr—Nd isotope and also alteration and mineralization in the study area.
Because of this event, pull-apart basins were formed and high-K to shoshonitic calc-alkalineI- and A-type magmatism occur Sillitoe, Most important deposits accompany with this magmatism are Au-Cu deposits types and Fe-Skarns Sillitoe, We have similar scenario to Neotethys subduction. We suggest Khaf-Kashmar-Bardeskan volcano-plutonic belt forms at the arc-parallel fault and shear zones in the back of continental magmatic arc.
These events cause magma intrusion and circulation of hydrothermal fluids. On the basis of geology, geochemistry and magnetic susceptibility measuring of intrusive rocks, several high K to shoshonitic calc-alkaline to alkaline I-type and one A-type intrusive rocks are intruded in Kashmar area. Swarm dykes are the youngest and the agent for alteration and mineralization.
SM–ND isotopic investigations of Isua supracrustals and implications for mantle evolution
Geologically derived stable isotope ratios can be used as a tracer for the source of many kinds of substances, with current geochemical techniques allowing the precise determination of numerous stable isotope ratios in both natural and manmade objects. This review presents examples of the use of stable isotopes as tracers within diverse dynamic ecosystems, focusing on Sr isotopes but also including examples of Nd and Pb isotopic analysis, and reviewing the potential of this technique for a wide range of environmental research, including determining the geographic origin of food and archeological materials.
Some 80 of the 92 naturally occurring elements on Earth are stable, with 54 of these having two or more stable isotopes.
more radiogenic = mantle-derived lower ε. Nd. = less radiogenic = continental crust. Nd Isotopes Nd and Sr cross-plots from Franco U-Pb, Th-Pb, and Pb-Pb isotopic ratios may be used in age dating and petrogenetic tracing of igneous.
Ivey Jr. All Rights Reserved. Ngauruhoe in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of New Zealand erupted andesite lava flows in and , and avalanche deposits in When compared with recent andesite flows from the related adjacent Ruapehu volcano, the Sr-Nd-Pb radioisotopic systems plotted on correlation diagrams provide information about the depleted mantle source for the parental basalt magmas and the source of the crustal contamination that produced the andesite lavas from them.
Thus the radioisotopic ratios in these recent Ngauruhoe andesite flows were inherited, and reflect the origin and history of the mantle and crustal sources from which the magma was generated. Andesite, — flows, Mt. Skip to main content. Abstract Mt. More The Earth Is Unique. Strange Ocean Crust Waves Discovered. While searching for a missing plane on the ocean floor, scientists made an interesting geological discovery. On March 8, , Malaysia Airlines flight Recently, the southeastern United States was hit by a huge cloud of dust from the Sahara desert that drifted across the Atlantic Ocean.
A second such cloud
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Boron isotopes are used in geochemical fingerprinting, source tracking, contamination prediction, global carbon cycles, and ocean circulation studies. Sr-Nd-Hf radiogenic isotopic ratios are widely used in the fields of solid earth and earth system sciences for geochemical fingerprinting. Lead isotopes are used for solid earth geochemistry and petrology, geochemical fingerprinting, contaminant source tracing, forensics, and archaeological studies.
In this article we provide an overview of LA-MC-ICP-MS dating Measurement of U–Th–Pb ages, Sr/Nd/Hf isotopic compositions and trace.
Box , Beijing , P. E-mail: xieliewen mail. The advantages include high spatial resolution, high sample throughput, good precision and accuracy, and limited sample preparation. For the application of these techniques in U—Th—Pb geochronology, the main challenges involve ion counter drift, matrix differences between reference materials and samples, laser-induced downhole elemental fractionation and common lead corrections. We review recent efforts to improve spatial resolution, calibrate ion counter drift, and correct for common lead contamination, elemental fractionation and matrix mismatching.
Multi-collectors simultaneously measure all isotopic signals over flat-topped peaks so that 1 the detection efficiency is significantly improved and relatively high spatial resolution is obtained, 4,5 and 2 the effects of spectral skew and flicker noise from the plasma source or ablated particles are removed or significantly reduced, resulting in improved counting statistics and lower internal and external uncertainties in isotopic ratios.
GSA Bulletin ; : — The Wufeng and Longmaxi organic-rich shales host the largest shale gas plays in China. The fractures hosted in the Longmaxi Formation are mineralized with quartz as the predominant fracture cement, and calcite as an intracementation phase postdating the earlier quartz cement. In contrast, the fractures hosted in the Wufeng Formation are dominantly mineralized by calcite, which occurs either as the only cement present or as a cement phase predating later quartz cement.
REE data equally indicate that the distinguishable Eu anomalies 6. The Sm-Nd isochron ages and fluid inclusion data of fracture cements suggest that fracture opening and calcite precipitation in composite veins within the Wufeng and Longmaxi Formations were triggered by gas generation overpressurization.
We report here U–Pb zircon age, geochemical and Sr–Nd isotopic data for these Eastern Pontides; I type; Köprübaşı pluton; SHRIMP dating; Sr–Nd isotope.
THE Sm— Nd system has been successfully exploited for the dating of lunar rocks and meteorites 1—3 and has yielded results of comparable precision to those obtained from the 87 Rb— 87 Sr system. Furthermore, recent studies of the Angra dos Reis achondrite 3,4,30 have shown that the age obtained by the Sm—Nd method is in excellent agreement with ages calculated from U—Pb-isotope compositions when the new U-decay constants are used 5.
Hamilton et al. Here we report the results of Sm—Nd dating of the oldest known terrestrial rocks from the Isua supracrustal succession in West Greenland. Lugmair, G.
There are two stable isotopes of carbon: 12 C and 13 C, and one naturally occurring radionuclide: 14 C. The half life of 14 C is only 5, years, which is orders of magnitude shorter than the age of the Earth. Therefore, no primordial radiocarbon remains and all 14 C is cosmogenic see Section 8 for related methods.