Brittle fracturing and fracture healing of zircon: An integrated cathodoluminescence, EBSD, U-Th-Pb, and REE study
Summary, in English
The entire population of magmatic oscillatory zoned zircons in a migmatitic granite from the Tjarnesjo intrusion, southwest Sweden, reveal fine-scale brittle fracturing. The oscillatory zoned fragments are rotated but not dispersed. Fractures between individual fragments are sealed by newly formed CL-bright zircon. Hydraulic fracturing is the most probable mechanism. The internal structure of fractured zircons and the LREE-enriched, low Th character of CL-bright zircon both suggest that cracks between oscillatory zoned zircon fragments were rapidly sealed after fracturing by CL-bright zircon, precipitated from hydrothermal fluids. Zircon fracturing and crack-sealing has been dated by SIMS ion-probe and U-Th-Pb isotopes to 920 +/- 51 Ma (lower intercept age, 2 sigma, MSWD = 1.09) with a limit for the Youngest possible age of 960 +/- 16 Ma (Pb-207/(206) Pb, 2 sigma, MSWD = 0.23) dated by sector-zoned rims forming overgrowths on the fractured cores.
- Lithosphere and Biosphere Science
Mineralogical Society of America
- ISSN: 0003-004X