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[MIS08-03] Early Archean (3.5 Ga) zircons from serpentinite mélange of the Kurosegawa belt in western Tokyo
Keywords:zircon U-Pb age, serpentinite, Archean, Kurosegawa belt
These zircons were likely crystallized primarily in felsic magma but not in mantle periodtite, as the grain with concordant ages preserved isotopic information of Archean felsic rocks. Other grains probably have the same origin but secondarily metamorphosed, as suggested by the loss of Pb and addition of U and REE. Two processes are possible to explain the occurrence of such extremely old zircons in serpentinite: 1) Archean meta-granitoid was tectonically mixed into serpentinite within Phanerozoic orogenic belts in shallow crust, and 2) Archean granitoid subducted into the mantle during the Archean to be mixed with mantle peridotite. The South China block, from which Japan was originated, has dominant Proterozoic crust with extremely minor Archean one. The North China Craton has both Archean and Proterozoic crusts. The studied serpentinite with Archean zircon totally lacks Proterozoic and Phanerozoic zircons, even though the serpentinite mélange in the same area contains blocks of mid-Paleozoic granitoid. This supports the second explanation. Serpentinite in subduction-related orogens represents hydrated peridotite primarily from subducted oceanic lithosphere or from the wedge mantle beneath an arc. Archean granitoid probably once subducted into the mantle and its fragments returned to crustal surface through orogenic belt for the first time in the last three billion years. More discussion is needed to explain how to mix solely older Archean continental zircons with mantle periodtite without involving much younger grains.