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[SGL40-01] Geochronology and geochemistry of the early Paleozoic metamorphics-igneous complexes of Japan
Keywords:early Paleozoic, metamorphics-igneous complex, zircon U-Pb age, K-Ar age, bulk rock chemistry
The metagabbro–amphibolite complex in the Nomo Peninsula is located on the western end of the early Paleozoic igneous–metamorphics complexes. Isozaki et al (2010) pointed out this complex is one of the oldest igneous rocks in Japan. The zircon U–Pb ages of the metagabbo show 491–458 Ma. Re-examined amphibole K–Ar ages of the amphibolite are 534 Ma and 468 Ma.
The Kiroko amphibolite (Takeuchi and Makimoto, 1995) is located Yorii-machi, Saitama Prefecture, and situated in the middle part of the early Paleozoic igneous–metamorphics distribution, this rock has 420 Ma amphibole 39Ar–40Ar age, and 555–463 Ma zircon U–Pb ages.
The Miyamori ophioltie complex and the Motai metamorphic rocks are north-eastern end of the distribution of early Paleozoic complex in Japan (Ozawa, 1984). The zircon U–Pb ages of gabbro of Miyamori ophiolite are 544–420 Ma. The Miyamori ophiolite complex often includes metamorphic rocks that correlate to the Motai metamorphic rocks. The amphibole K–Ar ages of the Ohachimori amphibolites in the Motai metamorphic rocks are 431–392 Ma. The amphibole 40Ar–39Ar spectra has not good plateau, however the total 40Ar–39Ar ages show 508–432 Ma.
The zircon U–Pb ages and amphibole K–Ar ages have good agreement with these complexes. An important note is that these amphibolites of early Paleozoic age were not suffered HP metamorphism, suggesting that their geochemical characteristics will be used to estimate tectonic setting.
The bulk rock chemistry of amphiboles belongs to basalt or basaltic andesite. The chemical feature of metagabbos and amphibolites belongs to calc-alkaline series, and is supposed to have an intra-oceanic arc/remnant arc characteristics.
Isozaki et al. (2010) Gondowana Res., 18, 82–105.
Takeuchi and Makimoto, (1995), Bull. Geol. Surv. Japan, 46, 419–423.
Ozawa (1984) Jour. Geol. Soc. Japan, 90, 697–716.