U-Pb geochronology and evolution of Mesoproterozoic basement rocks, western Connecticut
Published:January 01, 2004
Gregory J. Walsh, John N. Aleinikoff, C. Mark Fanning, 2004. "U-Pb geochronology and evolution of Mesoproterozoic basement rocks, western Connecticut", Proterozoic Tectonic Evolution of the Grenville Orogen in North America, Richard P. Tollo, James McLelland, Louise Corriveau, Mervin J. Bartholomew
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Geologic mapping and U-Pb geochronology by ion microprobe on zircon, titanite, and monazite in the New Milford quadrangle, western Connecticut indicate Meso-proterozoic events at ca. 1.3, 1.05, and 0.99 Ga in the Laurentian basement rocks. Pink granite gneiss (1311 ± 7 Ma) intruded a paragneiss sequence during the early stages of the Elzevirian orogeny. During the Ottawan orogeny, syn-tectonic anatexis produced a belt of stromatic migmatite at 1057 ± 10 Ma. Ottawan igneous activity included syn-tectonic intrusion of abundant sills of biotite granite gneiss, dated at 1050 ± 14 and 1048 ± 11 Ma, and intrusion of the Danbury augen granite at 1045 ± 8 Ma. Overgrowths on igneous zircon and metamorphic zircon in hornblende gneiss indicate that terminal Grenville metamorphism occurred at ca. 993 ± 8 Ma.
Late Ordovician syn-tectonic events included intrusion of a leucogranite dike into the Brookfield Gneiss at 453 ± 6 Ma and intrusion of the Candlewood Granite at 443 ± 7 Ma. A monazite age from the Candlewood Granite of 445 ± 9 Ma agrees with the zircon age. A second phase of migmatization in the basement rocks is associated with the injection of numerous granitic leucosomes at 444 ± 6 Ma along the margin of the Candlewood Granite. Titanite ages from 431 to 406 Ma indicate several high-grade heating events from the Silurian to the Early Devonian. The lack of Grenville-age titan-ite in the basement suggests that post-Taconian heating was sufficient to completely reset old titanite in the massif.