2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
[SGL38-03] Brittle fault dating – looking through a clutter of ages
Keywords:brittle faults, illite clay dating and tracing, K-Ar and hydrogen stable isotopes
Brittle fault illite K-Ar age data and δD from several studies in Europe, Scandinavia and Japan will be presented. All study areas are located within igneous or metamorphic rocks collected from tunnel or drill core samples, which offer a unique advantage as no detrital illite is present in the host rock, thus reducing potential contamination and weathering sources. The age data were obtained using a simplified and standarized method described by Zwingmann et al. (2010) . Ages range from the Mesoproterozoic (1240±26 Ma) for the Finland to the Neogene (6.0±2.1 Ma) for the European Alps study. Fault gouges in Japan scatter around the Paleogene – early Eocene.
The illite ages decrease with grain size, and are consistent with the cooling history of host rocks as bracketed by Ar-Ar, AFTA and ZFTA ages. The data indicates that the fault-rock samples formed within the stability field of illite and the main temperature field of brittle deformation (< ~ 300°C). The internal consistency of the illite K-Ar ages of fault gouges from samples, as well as their consistency with independent constraints from field relationships and existing geochronological data, demonstrate the potential of this simplified method for providing reliable data to constrain absolute timing of brittle deformation.
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 Zwingmann et al. 2010. Geology, v. 38, no 6, 487-490; doi10.1130/G30785.1