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[BPT05-06] U-Pb zircon geochronology of the North Pole Dome adamellite in the eastern Pilbara Craton
Keywords:North Pole Dome, U-Pb zircon geochronology, Metamict, Common Pb, U-Pb Concordia age
The North Pole Dome adamellite intrudes into the bottom of the Warrawoona Group, and most zircons separated from the adamellites (95NP207 and 96NP208) suffered from severe metamictization. We selected less metamictized domains using a pre-ablation technique in conjunction with elemental mapping and then conducted in situ U-Pb isotopic analyses with a laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Most analyzed domains contain certain amounts of common Pb (204Pb/206Pb > 0.0001), whereas we have obtained three and five concordant data points with less common Pb (204Pb/206Pb < 0.0001). These concordant data-sets yield Concordia ages of 3445 ± 23 and 3454 ± 17 Ma, respectively. Although these ages are almost similar to those from previous reports, the new ages are based on more reliable data with the smaller errors owing to avoidance of metamictized domains. These ages constrain the intrusive age of the North Pole Dome adamellite and the minimum depositional age of the Warrawoona Group and indicates that the microfossils discovered in this area had appeared by ca. 3454 Ma. In addition, a single xenocrystic zircon grain with less common Pb (204Pb/206Pb < 0.0001) shows a 207Pb/206Pb age of ca. 3545 Ma, supporting the idea that the sialic basement of the Pilbara Craton existed prior to 3500 Ma.
In general, old zircon grains often suffer from metamictization and contain detectable level of common Pb, which are unsuitable to constrain precise igneous ages of the host rocks. In contrast, the in situ U-Pb zircon dating combined with the pre-ablation technique can obviate to measure such metamictized domains, and has the potential for yielding precise and accurate geochronological data even from metamict zircons.