Protracted oceanic subduction prior to continental subduction: New Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd geochronology of oceanic-type high-pressure eclogite in the western Dabie orogen

Hao Cheng, S. Andrew DuFrane, Jeffrey D. Vervoort, Eizo Nakamura, Yong Fei Zheng, Zuyi Zhou

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    Abstract

    Oceanic-type high-pressure eclogite from the Huwan mélange in the western partof the Dabie orogen, north of the classic ultrahigh-pressure terrane, has been investigated with combined Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd geochronology. The eclogites are thought to have formedduring the subduction of oceanic crust prior to the subduction of the Yangtze craton beneath the North China block. Garnet Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd garnet-whole rock dates yield similar ages of 257.4 ± 1.4 and 252.5 ± 2.7 Ma, the youngest ages reported thus far fromthis mélange. Despite the partially preserved prograde major- and trace-element zoning in garnets, the Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd ages mostly reflect the high-pressure eclogite-facies metamorphism instead of the early phase of garnet growth. The data define a new high-pressure age population for the Dabie orogen, which provides a more detailed insight intothe subduction history of the Yangtze craton before continental collision. The new Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd dates for these oceanic-type eclogites, combined with existing geochronologicalinformation, range from 315 to 253 Ma. This broad interval suggests that the overall subduction of oceanic crust occurred over a period of ∼60 Ma and that different slices withdistinct pressure-temperature histories underwent HP metamorphism at distinct times. Amodel of a continuous evolution from oceanic to continental subduction is favored, and the onset of the deeply continental subduction occurred probably not before ca. 257 Ma.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1214-1223
    Number of pages10
    JournalAmerican Mineralogist
    Volume95
    Issue number8-9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Dabie
    • Eclogite
    • Lu-Hf
    • Oceanic subduction
    • Sm-Nd

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geophysics
    • Geochemistry and Petrology

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