SHRIMP U-Pb dating of coesite-bearing zircon from the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks, Sulu terrane, east China

J. S. Yang, J. L. Wooden, C. L. Wu, F. L. Liu, Z. Q. Xu, R. D. Shi, I. Katayama, J. G. Liou, S. Maruyama

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This paper provides further evidence for the ongoing discussion as to whether the Dabie UHPM belt formed in Triassic or Palaeozoic time, and whether the Sulu UHPM belt formed in Triassic or Neoproterozoic time. Combined use of laser Raman spectrometer (LR), cathodoluminescence imaging (CL), and ion probe U-Pb in-situ dating (SHRIMP) provided accurate ages of UHPM from rocks collected from Weihai. NE Sulu UHPM belt. LR was used to identify coesite and other UHP minerals as inclusions in zircon separates from an amphibolized peridotite and an eclogite. CL was used to examine the zoning structure of these zircon, and SHRIMP dating was performed on specific spots on zircon to obtain ages of different geological events. An age of 221 ± 12 Ma was obtained for coesite- bearing zircon from the amphibolized peridotite; an age of 228 ± 29 Ma for eclogite was obtained from the lower intercept of a concordia plot. These ages are interpreted as the time of UHPM in the Weihai region. Ultramafic rocks to the east of Weihai yield a magmatic age at 581 ± 44 Ma. The zircon in the ultramafic rocks possibly also records a thermal event at c. 400 Ma, but no independent geological evidence for this event has been found. The eclogite protolith formed in the Middle Proterozoic (1821 ± 19 Ma), which is similar to the age of country rock gneisses of 1847-1744 Ma. The new geochronological data confirm that UHPM occurred in the Triassic in the Sulu area when subduction took the ultramafic body and the eclogite protolith, together with the adjacent Supracrustal rocks, to mantle depths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-560
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Metamorphic Geology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • Coesite
  • Eclogite
  • Peridotite
  • Sulu
  • UHPM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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Yang, J. S., Wooden, J. L., Wu, C. L., Liu, F. L., Xu, Z. Q., Shi, R. D., Katayama, I., Liou, J. G., & Maruyama, S. (2003). SHRIMP U-Pb dating of coesite-bearing zircon from the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks, Sulu terrane, east China. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 21(6), 551-560.