5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
[SGL37-P10] K–Ar dating of a subduction thrust in the Mugi Mélange of the Shimanto accretionary complex, southwest Japan
Keywords:fault, accretionary complex, Shimanto Belt, K–Ar age
Complications arise when dating authigenic clay minerals in sedimentary rocks because of contamination by detrital potassium-bearing minerals. We attempt to evaluate the amount of detrital material in the samples using X-ray diffraction pattern. For this purpose, samples were separated four grain-size fractions of 1.0–2.0 μm, 0.5–1.0 μm, 0.2–0.5 μm, and less than 0.2 μm.
K–Ar dating analyses were conducted at the Okayama University of Science. Ages of the mélange matrix shale decrease with decreasing the detrital mica component. A lower intercept age at 100% authigenic illite of the shale is 32.8 ± 1.0 Ma and younger than the zircon U–Pb age of the Mugi Mélange by previous study. The authigenic illite probably formed by diagenetic alternation from smectite. Ages of the cataclasite of the thrust also decrease with decreasing the detrital mica component. A lower intercept age at 100% authigenic illite of the cataclasite is 56.2 ± 0.8 Ma and overlapped to the youngest zircon U–Pb age of the Mugi Mélange (57.9 ± 2.9 Ma) by a previous study. It shows that the thrust activity has few temporal differences with sedimentation of the Mugi Mélange.
These results are consistent with geological interpretation that the thrust was due to underplating. This thrusting had no complete 40Ar diffusion. And no reactivation was occurred after the underplating. On the other hand, K–Ar ages of a northernmost boundary fault of the mélange shows complete 40Ar resetting between 29 and 23 Ma (Tonai et al., in revision). These different K–Ar ages of faults in the Mugi Mélange may reflect the temporal evolution and variety of fault activities of the mélange.