5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
[SGL38-P04] The progress of the CHIME monazite dating on JXA-8530F FE-EPMA equipped with R = 100 mm spectrometers
Keywords:CHIME dating, EPMA, monazite
The CHIME monazite age for the Cooma granodiorite was determined to check the reliability of the data provided by this advanced procedure. The Cooma granodiorite is a 3 km × 6 km pluton at the core of an N-S trending Cooma metamorphic complex in the Lachlan Fold Belt, New Sowth Wales, southeastern Australia (Vernon et al., 2001). The procedure carried out 434 ± 26 Ma for monazite from Cooma granodiorite, which was previously dated by SHRIMP as 432.8 Ma (Williams, 2001). The CHIME dating is applicable to monazite as young as ca. 60 Ma (Suzuki and Adachi, 1998). The Kojaku granite is exposed in the Tsuruga Peninsula and the northern side of the Lake Biwa, central Japan. The CHIME monazite age of the Kojaku granite is 68 ± 8 Ma that accords well with the LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon age of 68.5 Ma (Sueoka et al., 2016, in press). Both of CHIME monazite age and U-Pb zircon age represent the formation age of rock body, because their closure temperatures are sufficiently high to record the formation of rock body, suggesting agreements of these ages guarantee accuracy of the monazite dating system. The age values in this study correspond to the values of the previous researches within the error range, thus the improved CHIME monazite dating using the JXA-8530F FE-EPMA has been established.
In our presentation we also show the CHIME age of the Steenkampskraal monazite, which was dated by SHRIMP as 1033 Ma (Knoper et al., 2000; Hokada and Motoyoshi, 2006). In addition, a quick heavy mineral identification method, which has been established as well, is introduced. In this method heavy minerals are identified based on their elemental compositions quantitatively analyzed by the FE-EPMA in contrast to the general conventional method depending on microscopic observations. The method is developed to enable the identification of several-hundred grains of heavy minerals in short time as possible, and by using this method the monazite grains for CHIME dating can be found quickly.
This study was carried out under a contract with Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan as part of its R&D supporting program for developing geological disposal technology.