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Type: Thesis
Title: The tectonic evolution of the Ongole Domain, India: a metamorphic and geochronological approach
Author: Henderson, B. J.
Issue Date: 2011
School/Discipline: School of Physical Sciences
Abstract: The Ongole Domain, situated in the southern Eastern Ghats Belt, exposes an assemblage of granulite facies metasedimentary and metaigneous rocks that preserve fundamental evidence for the Paleoproterozoic-Mesoproterozoic reconstruction of the supercontinent Nuna. LA-ICP-MS detrital zircon data from metasedimentary rocks constrain the timing of deposition for the sedimentary precursors, to between ca. 1850-1750 Ma. Lu-Hf isotopic data from detrital zircons provide a wide range of εHf values between -18 and +10, and TDM of ca. 3.2- 2.6 Ga. The Mesoarchean to Paleoproterozoic detrital components display geochemical similarities with the Napier Complex, the North Australian Craton and to a lesser extent, the North China Craton. U-Pb zircon and monazite geochronology have identified three episodes of metamorphism in the Ongole Domain; at ca. 1750, 1640 and 1590 Ma. Peak P-T estimates of 900 - 910°C and 9 - 9.2 kbar are calculated for metamorphism associated with collisional orogenesis, between ca. 1640-1590 Ma. Ti-in-zircon thermometry independently constrains the UHT conditions, yielding estimates of 935 ± 55°C. U-Pb geochronology and trace element analysis of zircon grains from metaigneous rocks confirm syn-tectonic magmatism occurred in the Ongole Domain between ca. 1640-1570 Ma. The results provide support for paleogeographic reconstructions that link the southern Eastern Ghats Belt and East Antarctica during the late Paleoproterozoic
Dissertation Note: Thesis (B.Sc.(Hons)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 2011
Where: Ongole Domain, India
Keywords: Honours; Geology; Ongole Domain; Eastern Ghats Belt; Nuna; zircon; monazite; pseudosections; Lu-Hf isotopes; rare earth elements; Ti-in-zircon thermometry; UHT metamorphism
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