[SGL37-P03] Influence of surface condition on data quality of U-Pb zircon geochronology: an example from AS3 zircon, the Duluth Complex, U.S.A.
Observation of thin sections by optical microscope and electron microprobe reveals chloritization of amphibole in AS3, which suggests hydrothermal alteration. U–Pb analyses of some AS3 zircon grains yielded discordant data. The analytical spots that yield discordant data can be classified into (1) altered domains characterized by high contents of LREE and non-formula elements, such as Ca, Al, and Fe, and (2) domains containing undersurface fractures. In the case that analytical depth is close to the undersurface fractures, the second domains also show high LREE contents. When the fractures in zircon worked as channels of hydrothermal fluid (Carson et al., 2002), there are possibilities that areas around the fractures was altered like a clad by the fluid. Therefore, selection of the analytical spots for U–Pb zircon dating should be based on observation of fractures not only on the surface but also under the surface. When AS3 zircon is used as U–Pb reference material, it is important to carefully choose analytical spots on the basis of the backscattered electron and optical microscope images for achieving more precise analysis.
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Carson, C.J., Ague, J.J., Grove, M., Coath, C.D., & Harrison, T.M. (2002) Earth and Planetary Science Letters 199, 287-310.