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|Title:||New U-Pb ages for syn-orogenic magmatism in the SW sector of the Ossa Morena Zone (Portugal)|
Santos, J. F.
Costa, M. M.
U-Pb zircon ages
|Publisher:||The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Abstract:||The Ossa-Morena Zone (OMZ) is a major geotectonic unit within the Iberian Massif (which constitutes an important segment of the European Variscan Belt) and one of its distinguishing features is the presence of a noteworthy compositional diversity of plutonic rocks. In the SW sector of the OMZ, the tonalitic Hospitais intrusion (located to the W of Montemor-o-Novo) is considered a typical example of syn-orogenic magmatism, taking into account that both the long axis of the plutonic body and its mesoscopic foliation are oriented parallel to the Variscan WNW-ESE orientation. Another relevant feature of the Hospitais intrusion is the occurrence of mafic microgranular enclaves within the main tonalite. In previous works (Moita et al., 2005; Moita, 2007), it was proposed that: (1) the Hospitais intrusion is part of a calc-alkaline suite, represented by a large number of intrusions in this sector of the OMZ, ranging from gabbros to granites; (2) the enclaves are co-genetic to the host tonalite in the Hospitais pluton. In this study, zircon populations from one sample of the main tonalite (MM-17) and one sample of the associated enclave (MM-17E) were analysed by ID-TIMS for U-Pb geochronology. In each sample, three fractions of nice glassy, euhedral, long prismatic and inclusion free crystals were analysed. The results from the three fractions of MM-17 yielded a 206Pb/238U age of 337.0 ± 2.0 Ma. Similarly, for the enclave MM-17E a 206Pb/238U zircon age of 336.5 ± 0.47 Ma was obtained. These identical ages, within error, are in agreement with a common parental magma for the tonalite and mafic granular enclaves. Similar U-Pb ages have been reported in previous works for plutonic and metamorphic events in this region (e.g.: Pereira et al., 2009; Antunes et al., 2011). Furthermore, also in the SW sector of the OMZ, palaeontological studies (Pereira et al., 2006; Machado & Hladil, 2010) carried out in Carboniferous sedimentary basins containing intercalated calc-alkaline volcanics (Santos et al., 1987; Chichorro, 2006) have shown that they are mainly of Visean age. Therefore, magmatism displaying features typical of continental arc setting seems to have been active in this part of the OMZ during the Lower Carboniferous times.|
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