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Anders Scherstén

Anders Scherstén

Senior lecturer

Anders Scherstén

New age (ca. 2970 Ma), mantle source composition and geodynamic constraints on the Archean Fiskenaesset anorthosite complex, SW Greenland


  • Ali Polat
  • Robert Frei
  • Anders Scherstén
  • Peter W. U. Appel

Summary, in English

The Archean Fiskenaesset Complex, SW Greenland, consists of an association of ca. 550-meter-thick layered anorthosite, leucogabbro, gabbro, and ultramafic rocks (peridotite, pyroxenite, dunite, hornblendite). The complex was intruded by tonalite, trondhjemite, and granodiorite (TTG) sheets (now orthogneisses) during thrusting that was followed by several phases of isoclinal folding. The trace element systematics of the Fiskenaesset Complex and associated volcanic rocks are consistent with a supra-subduction zone geodynamic setting. The Fiskenaesset anorthosites, leucogabbros, gabbros and ultramafic rocks collectively yield an Sm-Nd errorchron age of 2973 +/- 28 Ma (MSWD = 33), with an average initial epsilon(Nd) = + 3.3 +/- 0.7, consistent with a long-term depleted mantle source. Regression of Pb isotope data define an age of 2945 36 Ma (MSWD = 44); and the regression line intersects the average growth curve at 3036 Ma. Slightly lower Pb-Pb errorchron age is interpreted as reflecting partial disturbance of the U-Pb system in gabbros, leucogabbros and ultramafic rocks during intrusion of TTGs. Complex internal structures in zircons from orthogneisses reveal several episodes of zircon growth and recrystallization taking place between ca. 3200 and 2650 Ma. Zircon ages peak at about 3200, 3100, 3000, 2950, 2820, and 2750 Ma. The 3200-3000 Ma zircon cores are interpreted as inherited xenocrysts from older reworked crustal rocks. 2950 Ma is considered as an approximate intrusion age of sampled TTGs. The 29402650 Ma ages are attributed to metamorphic overgrowth and recrystallization in response to multiple tectonothermal events that affected the Fiskenaesset region. On the basis of recently published trace element data, and new Nd and Pb isotope and U-Pb zircon age data, a three-stage geodynamic model is proposed to explain the evolution of the Fiskenaesset Complex. Stage 1 represents the formation of depleted shallow mantle source> 3000 Ma (epsilon(Nd) = + 3.3 +/- 0.7) for the complex. Stage 2 corresponds to the development of an intra-oceanic island arc between 3000-2950 Ma. Stage 3 is characterized by the collision of the island arc with either a passive continental margin or with an older arc between 2950-2940 Ma. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


  • Lithosphere and Biosphere Science

Publishing year







Chemical Geology





Document type

Journal article




  • Geology


  • Geochronology
  • Isotopes
  • Archean
  • Anorthosite
  • Fiskenaesset Complex
  • SW Greenland




  • ISSN: 0009-2541