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Type: Thesis
Title: The geology, petrology and geochemistry of the Proterozoic inlier, south of Myponga, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia
Author: Crowhurst, P. V.
Issue Date: 1988
School/Discipline: School of Physical Sciences
Abstract: The study area is located within the Yankalilla-Myponga Proterozoic lnlier, approximately 60km south of Adelaide. The basement rocks are comprised of a mixture of metasediments and intrusives. The metasediments predominantly comprise of quartz-biotite gneisses and schists. They are intruded by basic dykes, pegmatites and an aplite/microgranite. The basic dykes have oceanic basalt affinities and could originally have been formed during an 'aborted rifting' event, but the more felsic rocks are more likely to lie within plate granites. The origin of the 'Houghton' granulite is difficult to ascertain, because it has a varied internal composition and is closely comparable to a diorite and a shale. The basement inlier rocks are found within the overlying unconformable upper Proterozoic Adelaidean System. They have undergone at least four phases of deformation and metamorphism. Mineral assemblages found in the rocks indicate metamorphism reached at least upper amphibolite facies. The maximum pressure and temperature conditions were calculated from microprobe data. They range from 8-10 kb at 550 -650 C. U-Pb isochron dating was performed on the aplite/microgranite of the area and was found to be 1578+\-22Ma ,which places a minimum age on the inlier rocks. This date obtained and the deformation processes recognized are comparable to other basement rocks in South Australia; noticeably the Gaw1er Craton and the Olary Province. This may indicate a homogeneous terrain once spanned most of South Australia during the lower Proterozoic.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (B.Sc.(Hons)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Physical Sciences, 1988
Where: Adelaide Geosyncline, Kanmantoo Trough, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia
Keywords: Honours; Geology; Precambrian; basement inlier; Adelaide Geosyncline; Kanmantoo Trough; Fleurieu Peninsula; petrology; structure; metamorphism; U-Pb dating
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