40 Ar/ 39 Ar age gradients in micas from a high-temperature-low- pressure metamorphic terrain: evidence for very slow cooling and implications for the interpretation of age spectra

K. V. Hodges, W. E. Hames, S. A. Bowring

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

112 Scopus citations

Abstract

Estimates of the time-temperature history of geologic samples are often based on 40 Ar/ 39 Ar ages obtained through incremental-heating experiments on minerals with different Ar retentivities. Laser incremental heating of single crystals of muscovite and biotite from an ~1700 Ma monzogranite from a low-pressure - high-temperature metamorphic terrain in central Arizona suggested an essentially uniform distribution of radiogenic 40 Ar in each crystal and yielded ages of 1412 ± 5 Ma for the muscovite and 1410 ± 10 Ma for the biotite. The similarity in these ages implies rapid (~25 K/m.y.) cooling of the monzogranite after a reheating episode slightly before 1412 Ma. In contrast, detailed age mapping of single crystals from the same samples with the laser microprobe revealed large radiogenic 40 Ar gradients indicative of very slow (<1 K/m.y.) cooling and a closure interval for Ar diffusion lasting >400 m.y. Inconsistency between the laser mapping and incremental-heating results for these micas suggests caution when interpreting incremental-heating data for slowly cooled samples. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-58
Number of pages4
JournalGeology
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of '<sup>40</sup> Ar/ <sup>39</sup> Ar age gradients in micas from a high-temperature-low- pressure metamorphic terrain: evidence for very slow cooling and implications for the interpretation of age spectra'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this