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New U–Pb and Rb–Sr constraints on pre-Acadian tectonism in North Wales

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posted on 2016-06-21, 12:12 authored by D.I. SCHOFIELD, J.A. EVANS, I.L. MILLAR, P.R. WILBY, J.A. ASPDEN

A new U–Pb date of 615.2 ± 1.3 (2σ) Ma for the Twt Hill Granite, North Wales, contrasts with an Rb–Sr isochron age of 491 ± 12 (2σ) Ma from the same body. The latter age is thought to result from isotope resetting during regional low-grade metamorphism or fault reactivation. The Rb–Sr age also coincides with the onset of latest Cambrian to Early Tremadoc regression and is taken to reflect tectonic uplift prior to the Arenig overstep at around 478 Ma. It is proposed that this in turn reflects plate-scale processes along the contemporary peri-Gondwanan continental margin.


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