Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2015

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Symbol S (Solid Earth Sciences) » S-GC Geochemistry

[S-GC51] Frontiers in noble gas isotope geosciences

Sun. May 24, 2015 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM A04 (APA HOTEL&RESORT TOKYO BAY MAKUHARI)

Convener:*Hironobu Hyodo(Research Institute of Natural Sciences, Okayama University of Science), Hirochika Sumino(Geochemical Research Center, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo), Takahiro Tagami(Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University), Chair:Hirochika Sumino(Geochemical Research Center, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo), Hironobu Hyodo(Research Institute of Natural Sciences, Okayama University of Science)

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

[SGC51-01] ^{40}Ar/^{39}Ar age of Haedean zircon

*Hironobu HYODO1, Keiko SATO2, Hidenori KUMAGAI2, Shinji YAMAMOTO3, Takazo SHIBUYA2, Tsuyoshi KOMIYA3 (1.RINS, Okayama Univ. of Sci., 2.JapanAgency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, 3.Dep. of Earth Science & Astronomy, Univ. of Tokyo)

Keywords:Haedean zircon, ^{40}Ar/^{39}Ar age

Analyses of ages and closure temperatures using SHRIMP and LA-ICPMS U-Pb system of zircon, K-Ar system of hornblende and micas, and fission track method in zircon and apatite in the same rock sample are the standard techniques in thermochronology. Since zircon has no potassium, it has rarely been used in K-Ar geochronology. After intensive microscopic observation and electron microprobe analyses of Haedean zircons from the Labrador and Acasta gneiss, fine grain muscovite and other minerals as well as fluid inclusions are recognized. The presence of such inclusions suggests a possibility of a secondary event, and it might have caused disturbance in U-Pb system in the zircons, implying the zircons may be older. Utilizing susceptive characteristics of K-Ar system in a secondary hydrothermal event, laser step heating 40Ar/39Ar method was applied on the individual zircon grains to investigate the timing of formation of such inclusions in the zircons.
During laser step heating experiment, unirradiated Haedean zircons showed little release of 40Ar below 1000oC. However, without exception, they released large amount of 40Ar (an order of 10-7 ccSTP/g) above 1000oC in spite of a fact that zircon has no potassium. This suggested that either the zircons have excess argon trapped or a potassium phase. In 40Ar/39Ar experiment, the released argon isotopes were approximately 10-13 ccSTP (39Ar) and 10-10 ccSTP (40Ar) from a grain of 400 microgram. The volume of 39Ar was very small, and the relative error was large. However, one of Labrador zircon gave 4.39 + 0.34 Ga at a fusion step after 1000oC, and the 39Ar fraction was over 70% of the total release. The age could be caused by an excess argon during initial stage of zircon formation or a secondary event. Because of localized nature of excess argon, it tends to produce various ages in the same area rather than a uniform age. The facts that the similar age was observed in another grain, and that the fraction is above 1000oC suggest that the age may have been preserved since the formation of the zircon. The results from other area will be discussed together.