U–Pb zircon constraints on obduction initiation of the Unst Ophiolite: an oceanic core complex in the Scottish Caledonides?
2016-06-21T11:45:47Z (GMT) by
<p>The Unst Ophiolite is the best exposed of a chain of early Ordovician ophiolites in the Scottish Caledonides and is widely regarded as having formed in a supra-subduction zone setting within the Iapetus Ocean. Reinterpretation of sheeted dykes suggests that it formed as an oceanic core complex, presumably during subduction roll-back immediately prior to obduction onto the Laurentian margin. A new U–Pb zircon age of 484 ± 4 Ma for development of the metamorphic sole places a lower limit on the timing of obduction, which was subsequently followed by regional-scale crustal thickening and Barrovian metamorphism during the Grampian orogenic event. </p>