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1.05–1.01 Ga Sveconorwegian metamorphism and deformation of the supracrustal sequence at Sæsvatn, South Norway: Re–Os dating of Cu–Mo mineral occurrences

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H. J. Stein
H. J. Stein
AIRIE Program, Department of Earth Resources, Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523–1482, USAhstein@cnr.colostate.eduGeological Survey of Norway N-7491 Trondheim, Norway
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B. Bingen
B. Bingen
Geological Survey of Norway N-7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Published:
January 01, 2002

Abstract

Re–Os dating of a suite of nine molybdenite samples from two small Cu–Mo mineral occurrences in the epidote-amphibolite facies Sæsvatn supracrustal sequence provides a temporal record of Sveconorwegian metamorphism and deformation. The sequence is situated in the western allochthonous lithotectonic domain of the Sveconorwegian orogen, the Rogaland–Hardangervidda terrane of south Norway. Onset of metamorphism occurred at about 1047 ± 2 Ma, as recorded in small gash veinlets, followed by a deformational peak at about 1032 ± 2 Ma, as recorded in mineralized breccia and mineralized metagabbro comprising a ductile shear zone constituting the Langvatn deposit. Deformation waned significantly by about 1017 ± 2 Ma, based on mineralization hosted in a brittle fault zone within stratigraphically higher metabasalts exposed at the Kobbernuten deposit. The origin of the mineralization at both deposits is most probably metamorphic with ore constituents provided by metasomatism of hosting basalt and gabbro. A metamorphic origin is supported by an array of Re–Os ages that can be related to structural features and the stratigraphic sequence, the absence of plutons related in time and space, the confinement of ore occurrences to mafic sequences in a bimodal supracrustal package that includes rhyolites and clastic units, and clear evidence for Cu mobility in mafic units. The ‘main’ Sveconorwegian orogenic event, probably a continent–continent collision involving imbrication, stacking, and burial of terranes took place at about 1.05 Ga and thereafter. Peak deformation in the Sæsvatn supracrustal sequence in the western part of the Sveconorwegian orogen (South Norway) may correlate with thermal metamorphism in the Idefjorden terrane in the eastern part of the orogen (SW Sweden), with a timing of about 1.03 Ga for both regions. The results of this study indicate that comparatively low grade domains in the orogen (greenschist to epidote-amphibolite facies), corresponding to upper crust, were deformed in a ductile fashion at about 1.03 Ga and were affected by brittle deformation as early as 1.025–1.015 Ga. In the high-grade domains (amphibolite to granulite facies), corresponding to middle and lower crust, ductile deformation is younger, beginning at about 1.025 Ga and persisting until 0.97 Ga.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

The Timing and Location of Major Ore Deposits in an Evolving Orogen

D. J. Blundell
D. J. Blundell
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
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F. Neubauer
F. Neubauer
University of Salzburg, Austria
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A. von Quadt
A. von Quadt
ETH-Z, Zurich, Switzerland
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Geological Society of London
Volume
204
ISBN electronic:
9781862394520
Publication date:
January 01, 2002

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