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Type: Journal article
Title: Precambrian crustal evolution of the central Jiangnan Orogen (South China): evidence from detrital zircon U-Pb ages and Hf isotopic compositions of Neoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks
Author: Sun, J.
Shu, L.
Santosh, M.
Wang, L.
Citation: Precambrian Research, 2018; 318:1-24
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 0301-9268
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Junjun Sun, Liangshu Shu, M. Santosh, Liangshu Wang
Abstract: The Neoproterozoic amalgamation and timing of collision between the Yangtze and Cathaysia sub-blocks along the Jiangnan Orogen in South China remain disputed. With a view to constrain the crustal evolution in this major orogen, here we present new results from petrology, geochemistry, zircon U-Pb chronology and Lu-Hf isotopes, on a suite of meta-sedimentary rocks from the Shuangqiaoshan Group and tuffaceous rock from the Liantuo Formation in the Jiuling terrane of central Jiangnan Orogen. Magmatic zircon grains in meta-sedimentary and sedimentary samples from the bottom to top part of the lower and upper Shuangqiaoshan groups constraints the deposition during 863–820 Ma and 797–780 Ma, respectively. The unconformities were formed during 820–797 Ma, reflecting the final amalgamation of Yangtze with Cathaysia sub-blocks along the central Jiangnan Orogen. Our data also identify four major events at 1000–800, 1500–1900, 1900–2200, 2300–2600 Ma. The Neoproterozoic detrital zircons in the lower Shuangqiaoshan Group possess variable εHf(t) values of −44.0 to +13.4. Combined with the geochemical features, these data suggest that the lower Shuangqiaoshan Group was deposited in a back-arc basin with a mixed provenance of granitic and felsic volcanic components, whereas the upper Shuangqiaoshan Group was formed in a rift basin with more granitic or felsic components in the source region. Integrating the results presented in this study with those from previous works, a five-stage crustal evolution model is proposed for the Neoproterozoic Jiangnan Orogen involving (1) intra-oceanic subduction beneath the Huaiyu oceanic island arc (1000–880 Ma), (2) collision between Huaiyu arc and Yangtze Sub-block (880–860 Ma), (3) back-arc extension beneath the Yangtze Sub-block (860–830 Ma), (4) collision between Cathaysia and Yangtze sub-blocks (830–800) and (5) intracontinental rifting throughout South China Block (800–750 Ma).
Keywords: Detrital zircon geochronology; geochemistry; multi-stage tectonic evolution; Jiangnan Orogen; South China
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2018.09.008
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