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dc.contributor.authorMorton, M. J.-
dc.coverage.spatialSydney Basin, eastern Australia-
dc.descriptionThis item is only available electronically.en
dc.description.abstractDetrital zircons from Permian and Triassic sediments of the Sydney Basin were analysed for U-Pb geochronology to determine their provenance and to evaluate potential geomorphological effects for the Permian-Triassic mass-extinction event. Five major age peaks were obtained for the zircon U-Pb age distribution diagrams: Cryogenian (~700-620 Ma); Cambrian (~540-490 Ma); Silurian - Devonian (~440-390 Ma); Carboniferous (~360-300 Ma) and Permian - Triassic (~280-240 Ma). These age peaks reflect pulses of significant magmatism within sediment source regions. Most detrital zircons in the analysed Sydney Basin sediments are late Palaeozoic in age and are thought to be derived from the New England Fold Belt that underwent deformation during the Hunter-Bowen Orogeny at that time. The Precambrian detrital zircons were likely derived from the Beardmore micro-continent that accreted to the margin of Gondwana in the Cryogenian. Other zircon contributions can be associated with Cambrian-aged basement uplifts of the Ross Orogenic Belt and Silurian – Devonian aged basement uplifts of the Lachlan Fold Belt. The U-Pb age results from this study furthermore highlight a significant shift in provenance during the Late Permian and into the early Triassic sediments with the disappearance of Pre-Carboniferous zircon contributions in the latest Permian. This shift in provenance is thought to reflect changing river dynamics from meandering river systems to braided rivers systems with different sediment calibre transportation properties. This change is associated with the mass dying of deep-rooted vegetation during the Permian-Triassic mass extinction event.en
dc.subjectHonours; Geology; Sydney Basin; provenance; Permian-Triassic boundary; extinction event; U-Pb geochronology; fluvialen
dc.titleDetrital zircon geochronology of Permian – Triassic fluvial sediments of the Sydney Basin: provenance analysis and geomorphological effects of the Permian –Triassic extinctionen
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Physical Sciencesen
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dc.description.dissertationThesis (B.Sc.(Hons)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Physical Sciences, 2015-
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