It is generally thought that the onset of the GOE was a singular event 2 , an assumption rooted in the perceived bistability of atmospheric oxygen 3. However, this inferred bistability in oxygen was challenged through additional modeling 4 , allowing for multiple oscillations in atmospheric oxygen during the onset of the GOE. Geological evidence has also established that this transition was broadly coincident with emplacement of numerous large igneous provinces LIPs 5 on extensive continental landmasses positioned at low latitudes 6 and glaciations interpreted to reflect global Snowball Earth conditions 7. Models linking these events have been hampered, however, by uncertainties in local and global stratigraphic correlations and age constraints 2. Evidence from the Huronian Supergroup on the Superior Craton in Canada, which hosts three Paleoproterozoic glacial intervals, indicates that the GOE is bracketed in age between ca. New observations from the critical Transvaal Supergroup in southern Africa indicate that the GOE may have occurred by ca.
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Baddeleyite monoclinic ZrO2 is a refractory mineral chronometer of great potential to date these processes due to its widespread occurrence in achondrites and robust U-Pb isotopic systematics, but there is little understanding of shock-effects on this phase. Here we present new nano-structural measurements of baddeleyite grains in a thin-section of the highly-shocked basaltic shergottite Northwest Africa NWA , using high-resolution electron backscattered diffraction EBSD and scanning transmission electron microscopy STEM techniques, to investigate shock-effects and their linkage with U-Pb isotopic disturbance that has previously been documented by in-situ U-Pb isotopic analyses.
The shock-altered state of originally igneous baddeleyite grains is highly variable across the thin-section and often within single grains. Analyzed grains range from those that preserve primary magmatic twinning and trace-element zonation baddeleyite shock Group 1 , to quasi-amorphous ZrO2 Group 2 and to recrystallized micro-granular domains of baddeleyite Group 3. These groups correlate closely with measured U-Pb isotope compositions.
The youngest U-Pb dates occur from Group 3 recrystallized nano- to micro-granular baddeleyite grains, indicating that it is post-shock heating and new mineral growth that drives much of the isotopic disturbance, rather than just shock deformation and phase transitions.
Rating Newest Oldest Best Answer: It has a very high closure temperature, is resistant to mechanical weathering and is very chemically inert. Zircon also forms multiple crystal layers during metamorphic events, which each may record an isotopic age of the event. This can be seen in the concordia diagram, where the samples plot along an errochron straight line which intersects the concordia curve at the age of the sample.
Samarium-neodymium dating This involves the alpha-decay of Sm to Nd with a half life of 1. Accuracy levels of less than twenty million years in two-and-a-half billion years are achievable. Potassium-argon dating This involves electron capture or positron decay of potassium to argon
Microstructural Geochronology: Planetary Records Down to Atom Scale
I am most interested in how mantle-derived, mafic magmas form at depth i. LIPs related to older supercontinental break-ups are more deeply eroded and commonly exposed as Precambrian giant up to km-long mafic dyke swarms e. Such reconstructions rely heavily on precise baddeleyite U-Pb ages and paleopoles, but where subsequent investigations into the magma petrogenesis and intrusion mechanisms can also be applied to such dated and more completely reconstructed LIP settings. I also investigate a very diverse group of lamprophyric sheet and dyke intrusions, which may relate to carbonatites but where a Phanerozoic swarm in southern W Greenland was emplaced along a proto-rift and Proterozoic appinites in SE Greenland were emplaced during the latter stages of the Ma Ketilidian Orogeny.
Journal of African Earth Sciences , Mesoproterozoic dykes in the Timmiarmiit area, Southeast Greenland:
These range from dating terrestrial mafic magmatic events, such as dike swarms and large igneous provinces (e.g. Ernst and Buchan, ), to determining the age of Martian crust from dating of baddeleyite in SNC meteorites (Herd et al., ).
Single grain pyrite Rb—Sr dating of the Linglong gold deposit, eastern China This study employs the single grain pyrite Rb—Sr technique to date mineralization, using the exam The gold deposits in this area are interpreted to have a consistent spatial—temporal relationship with widespread Late Jurassic—Early Cretaceous magmatism in eastern China, likely related to lithospheric thinning around Ma.
Four pyrite samples from veins of different mineralization stages give an average isochron age of Analyses of one quartz and two sericite samples yield isochron ages between Ma and Ma. Hence, the successful attempt of the single grain Rb—Sr technique of pyrite, which occurs as a common mineral phase in orebodies and is genetically related to the mineralization, has great potential for precise geochronology of hydrothermal mineral deposits.
Compared to the K—Ar and 40Ar—39Ar results previously reported, these mica standards nevertheless show complex characteristics in the Rb—Sr isotopic system. Analysis on eight individual grains of GA biotite gives a Rb—Sr isochron age of Although evidence of the laser ablation 40Ar—39Ar analyses in many previous studies demonstrates that LP-6 biotite is considerably inhomogeneous in the K—Ar isotopic system, Rb—Sr isotopic analyses on ten individual biotite grains show achievement of Sr isotopic equilibrium during crystallization.
A Rb—Sr isochron age of Excellent age reproducibility on Bern-4M muscovite was previously achieved by K—Ar and 40Ar—39Ar dating by total fusion in c.
The isochron method Many radioactive dating methods are based on minute additions of daughter products to a rock or mineral in which a considerable amount of daughter-type isotopes already exists. These isotopes did not come from radioactive decay in the system but rather formed during the original creation of the elements. In this case, it is a big advantage to present the data in a form in which the abundance of both the parent and daughter isotopes are given with respect to the abundance of the initial background daughter.
The incremental additions of the daughter type can then be viewed in proportion to the abundance of parent atoms. In mathematical terms this is achieved as follows. This term, shown in Figure 1, is called the initial ratio.
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In this study, zircon and baddeleyite were successfully extracted from three mineralized samples of the J-M Reef. The samples, which were collected over 15 km of strike length of the deposit, provide high-precision crystallization ages for the reef and the Stillwater Complex. All samples are coarse grained to pegmatitic and range in composition from olivine-bearing gabbronorite to anorthosite and troctolite. Irregular anhedral morphology and prominent sector zoning characterize interstitial zircon.
U-Pb crystallization zircon ages determined by chemical abrasion thermal ionization mass spectrometry CA-TIMS for the three samples are indistinguishable within uncertainty: Frog Pond adit A U-Pb baddeleyite date from the Frog Pond adit sample Collectively, the results illustrate that the J-M Reef is an intrusion-wide time marker that formed at ca. The recognition that zircon can be successfully extracted from mafic-ultramafic rocks associated with magmatic ore deposits provides new opportunities for testing the timing of mineralization and duration of mineralization processes in layered intrusions worldwide.
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U-Pb baddeleyite dating of the Proterozoic Pará de Minas dyke swarm in the São Francisco craton (Brazil) – implications for tectonic correlation with the Siberian, Congo and North China cratons.
Decay routes[ edit ] The above uranium to lead decay routes occur via a series of alpha and beta decays, in which U with daughter nuclides undergo total eight alpha and six beta decays whereas U with daughters only experience seven alpha and four beta decays. The term U—Pb dating normally implies the coupled use of both decay schemes in the ‘concordia diagram’ see below.
However, use of a single decay scheme usually U to Pb leads to the U—Pb isochron dating method, analogous to the rubidium—strontium dating method. Finally, ages can also be determined from the U—Pb system by analysis of Pb isotope ratios alone. This is termed the lead—lead dating method. Clair Cameron Patterson , an American geochemist who pioneered studies of uranium—lead radiometric dating methods, is famous for having used it to obtain one of the earliest estimates of the age of the Earth.
Mineralogy[ edit ] Although zircon ZrSiO4 is most commonly used, other minerals such as monazite see: Where crystals such as zircon with uranium and thorium inclusions do not occur, a better, more inclusive, model of the data must be applied. These types of minerals often produce lower precision ages than igneous and metamorphic minerals traditionally used for age dating, but are more common in the geologic record. Interaction between mineralogy and radioactive breakdown[ edit ] During the alpha decay steps, the zircon crystal experiences radiation damage, associated with each alpha decay.
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The investigated samples are eclogites and high-pressure metasomatic rocks metarodingites and centimetre-sized Ti-clinohumite-bearing dykes. Zircon contained in an eclogitic metagabbro and a metarodingite preserves magmatic zoning patterns and trace element compositions. Ti-clinohumite dykes in the same unit contain baddeleyite crystals in textural equilibrium with Ti-clinohumite, diopside, chlorite and magnetite, which form the eclogite-facies assemblage in these rocks.
Baddeleyite also contains inclusions of such minerals, indicating its formation at high pressure. The baddeleyite has cathodoluminescence intensity and chaotic patterns similar to metamorphic zircon.
A U-Pb baddeleyite date from the Frog Pond adit sample ( ± Ma) is identical within uncertainty with the zircon dates. Collectively, the results illustrate that the J-M Reef is an intrusion-wide time marker that formed at ca. Ma during crystallization of .
Add meeting dates to your calendar. Baddeleyite ZrO2 is a more common accessory mineral in alkaline mafic rocks and is considered to be a reliable geochronometer due to its high U and minimal initial Pb content. The results of this study became known as the crystal orientation effect. In recent years, simplified methods for extracting baddeleyite have been demonstrated. These developments reinforce the potential for baddeleyite in geochronology. The BIP is an alkaline igneous province x km in size closely approximating the boundary between Mesoproterozoic cratonic lithosphere of the Texas craton, and Jurassic age transitional lithosphere of the northern Gulf coast region.
U-Pb dating of baddeleyite from this region could provide more data with which we can further constrain the ages of mafic rocks from the BIP, as well as support a more wide-spread use of baddeleyite in geochronology. Permission is hereby granted to the author s of this abstract to reproduce and distribute it freely, for noncommercial purposes. Permission is hereby granted to any individual scientist to download a single copy of this electronic file and reproduce up to 20 paper copies for noncommercial purposes advancing science and education, including classroom use, providing all reproductions include the complete content shown here, including the author information.
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Chris Marone Previous Speakers EarthScope speakers are selected based on their outstanding research accomplishments involving EarthScope as well as their abilities to engage a variety of audiences. Each speaker presents science-based lectures on their own EarthScope-related project, and their talks include an introduction highlighting broader EarthScope objectives and accomplishments. Her research focuses on using GPS and imaging geodesy to examine tectonic phenomena including long-term plate motions, the distribution of relative motion within plate boundary zones, earthquakes, and transient tectonic deformation as well as non-tectonic signals such as glacial isostatic adjustment and glacier dynamics.
Julie is PI of an ongoing EarthScope project using GPS to look at fault locking and possible transient tectonic signals along the eastern edge of the Alaska subduction zone. Continuously operating GPS sites, such as those in the Earthscope Plate Boundary Observatory PBO , have allowed us to reduce measurement uncertainty and capture transient events such as slow slip episodes, postseismic motion, and seasonal variations, providing a more complete image of the deformation field.
The deformation field here is complex, with contributions from long-term tectonic motion, earthquakes, postseismic deformation, slow slip episodes, seasonal snow loading, and the adjustment of the Earth to current and past ice loss.
Yuri Amelin, Chusi Li, A.J Naldrett, Geochronology of the Voisey’s Bay intrusion, Labrador, Canada, by precise U–Pb dating of coexisting baddeleyite, zircon, and apatite, Lithos, Volume 47, Issues 1–2, June , Pages
June 23, The Importance of When Isotopic analyses at the microscopic scale indicate an ancient age for an impact mixture from Mars and appear to confirm a young age for a group of basaltic lava flows. Jeffrey Taylor Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology Unraveling a planet’s geologic evolution requires knowing what happened and when it happened.
Two recent studies of the ages of Martian meteorites illuminate the early and late stages of Martian crust formation. One, by Munir Humayun Florida State University and colleagues in Australia and France studied Martian meteorite NWA , an impact melt breccia composed of alkali-rich basalt similar to those at the Gusev landing site analyzed by instruments onboard the Spirit rover, and impact-modified products of such basalts. Humayun and colleagues determined the age of rock fragments in the meteorite by using secondary-ion mass spectrometry SIMS to date the mineral zircon.
They report an age of 4.
They do have decent estimates, mostly based on counting craters pockmarking the Martian crust—more craters equate to a greater age. Yet the only way to pin down an age with something approaching absolute certainty is to closely analyze rock samples, and none of the rovers and landers set down on the Red Planet has carried the necessary equipment. Without precise ages the entire history of the planet is blurred, making it more difficult to answer important questions about when and whether Mars was ever truly habitable.
Fortunately, there are Martian rocks right here on Earth. Asteroids or comets can hit Mars hard enough to hurl chipped-off fragments of crust on interplanetary voyages to our world.
Baddeleyite, which is essentially pure zirconium dioxide, ZrO 2, is the only other important zirconium mineral, but the commercial product is more cheaply recovered from zircon. Zirconium is produced by the same process as that used for titanium.
It is inferred that the low silica content of the initial magma resulted in the formation of euhedral baddeleyite. Survival of baddeleyite as the magma became silica saturated implies a rapid cooling process. Zircon grains in the porphyry are anhedral to needle shaped, and are often clustered together within K-feldspar stringers or along the interface of quartz and K-feldspar in the granophyric groundmass, suggesting undercooling likely due to rapid emplacement.
These observations indicate that zircon did not crystallize until final emplacement. Subsequent medium- to high-temperature hydrothermal alteration affected most minerals at subsolidus conditions. Amphibole-plagioclase thermobarometry indicates pressure of 2. Related alteration, such as total albitization of plagioclase, crystallization of secondary apatite, and sporadic secondary zircon overgrowths on baddeleyite, indicates that the fluid phase was enriched in Si, Na, and halogens e.
In addition to direct replacement of baddeleyite, zirconium required for the development of zircon overgrowths may also have been available through the alteration of Zr-bearing matrix phases such as amphibole and ilmenite. Zircon overgrowths can also be formed during hydrothermal alteration Heaman and Grotzinger, ; Heaman and LeCheminant, ; Wingate, In some cases, baddeleyite may be completely replaced by polycrystalline zircon aggregates Davidson and van Breemen, As a high field strength element HFSE , zirconium Zr is usually stable in host minerals, but when fluid is present, it can be easily transported as halogen or hydroxyl complexes Rasmussen, ; Migdisov et al.
It is noteworthy that baddeleyite and zircon are not the sole Zr-rich phases. Hornblende and ilmenite are also the major carriers of Zr Rubin et al.
Revised manuscript accepted 09 September While the con- figuration of crustal blocks in Pangea is well established, the configurations of Precambrian supercontinents are not. Large Ig- neous Provinces LIPs and especially their mafic dyke swarms are important tools for supercontinent reconstructions since they Downloaded by [ The craton is surrounded by Ne- oproterozoic orogens, i.
Arai are associated with breakups or attempted breakup.
A mixed blessing for geochronologists, sHRIMP baddeleyite and zircon ages types are Umkondo dolerite what, and so of. If a material that selectively rejects the daughter dating is heated, chapter 4: What about radiometric dating? The dating method is usually performed on the mineral zircon. The mineral incorporates uranium and thorium atoms.
Radioactive decay[ edit ] Example of a radioactive decay chain from lead Pb to lead Pb. The final decay product, lead Pb , is stable and can no longer undergo spontaneous radioactive decay. All ordinary matter is made up of combinations of chemical elements , each with its own atomic number , indicating the number of protons in the atomic nucleus. Additionally, elements may exist in different isotopes , with each isotope of an element differing in the number of neutrons in the nucleus.
A particular isotope of a particular element is called a nuclide. Some nuclides are inherently unstable. That is, at some point in time, an atom of such a nuclide will undergo radioactive decay and spontaneously transform into a different nuclide. This transformation may be accomplished in a number of different ways, including alpha decay emission of alpha particles and beta decay electron emission, positron emission, or electron capture.
Another possibility is spontaneous fission into two or more nuclides. While the moment in time at which a particular nucleus decays is unpredictable, a collection of atoms of a radioactive nuclide decays exponentially at a rate described by a parameter known as the half-life , usually given in units of years when discussing dating techniques.