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New insights into the Late Ordovician magmatism in the Eastern Pyrenees: U–Pb SHRIMP zircon data from the Canigó massif

Casas Tuset, Josep María and Castiñeiras García, Pedro and Navidad Fernández de la Cruz, Marina and Liesa Torre Marín, Montserrat and Carreras, Jordi (2010) New insights into the Late Ordovician magmatism in the Eastern Pyrenees: U–Pb SHRIMP zircon data from the Canigó massif. Gondwana research, 17 . pp. 317-324. ISSN 1342-937X

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Abstract

New geochronological data from the Canigó massif (Eastern Pyrenees) using U–Pb SIMS on zircon provide
evidence of the existence of a Late Ordovician (456–446 Ma) plutonic event that emplaced granitic and
dioritic bodies into a Late Neoproterozoic–Early Paleozoic metasedimentary series. These are the first
geochronological data documenting this magmatic episode in the Pyrenees, which is coeval with
synsedimentary volcanism and normal fault development in rocks of the Upper Ordovician. This Late
Ordovician magmatic event postdates a ?Middle Ordovician compressional episode recorded in the pre-
Upper Ordovician sequence, and is distinct from an Early Ordovician magmatic event that gave rise to the
protoliths of large gneissic bodies cropping out in the Pyrenees. This evolution argues against a continuous
extensional regime related to the opening of the Rheic or the Rheic and Paleotethys oceans in this segment of
the Northern Gondwana margin during the Ordovician and Silurian.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pre-Variscan; Late Ordovician magmatism; SHRIMP geochronology; U–Pb zircon; Canigó massif; Eastern Pyrenees
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Petrology
ID Code:14020
Deposited On:05 Dec 2011 12:21
Last Modified:05 Dec 2011 12:21

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