[SMP35-P03] U–Pb zircon geochronology on high-grade metamorphic rocks from the Higo metamorphic Belt in central Kyushu, Japan
Keywords:Zircon, Detrital zircon ages, Higo metamorphic Belts
Zircons exhibit internal structures of bright oscillatory or sector zoning cores with dark faint to unzoned rims, and dark faint or patchy zoned cores with bright homogenous rims. U-Pb zircon dating by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry provided ca. 105-125 Ma with low Th/U ratios from overgrowth rims and other older age dates of 182-284, 350-450, 900-1000, 1800 and 2000 Ma with various Th/U ratios from the relic cores. The internal textures and Th/U ratios indicates the former as the metamorphic ages and the latter as detrital ages. The associated igneous rocks cutting the foliation yielded the zircon U-Pb ages of ca. 105-110 Ma. It suggests these igneous rocks intruded into host metamorphic rocks after peak metamorphism at ca. 105-110 Ma. The maximum depositional age of protolith sediments was deduced at ca. 150 Ma on the basis of the youngest detrital zircon date. The detrital age distributions possibly indicated that the zircon provenance for Higo metamorphic rocks might be derived from the North China craton (Suga et al., 2017) or South China craton (Isozaki et al., 2010; Fujisaki et al., 2014). The similarities, including the Cretaceous age high-temperature with low to medium pressure metamorphism and the presence of the Proterozoic to Triassic provenance of sediments from zircon dates, suppose that the Higo metamorphic Belt may correlate with Ryoke Belt further to the east (Dunkley et al., 2008; Herzig et al., 1998) as well as the Abukuma Belt to the north (Dunkley et al., 2008; Hiroi et al., 1998) and South Kitakami Belt (Dunkley et al., 2008; Sakashima et al., 2003). In addition, the detrital zircon ages of 235-250, 282, 350-450 and 1844 Ma are consistent with those from psammitic schists in the Sangun Belt (Chizu belt, Suga et al., 2017; Suo belt, Tsutsumi et al., 2003), suggesting that the protolith of the Higo high-T metamorphic rocks is possibly equivalent to that of the Sangun high-P metamorphic rocks.