Chotanagpur Granite Gneiss Craton
Understanding the evolution of the Chotanagpur Granite Gneiss Complex (CGGC) of the East Indian Shield is crucial to decipher the role of the Indian Shield in the formation of the Rodinia supercontinent. The area around Deoghar–Dumka exposes a suite of granulite-facies orthogneisses (variably retrogressed to amphibole–biotite gneiss) that enclose remnants of Palaeoproterozoic metasedimentary and meta-igneous rocks. Results from mineral chemistry, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA ICP-MS) U–Pb dating of zircon and limited bulk-rock compositions of the studied rocks suggest that the magmatic protoliths of the felsic orthogneisses had A-type chemistry, and that these were emplaced at approximately 1450 Ma presumably in a continental rift setting. Intense deformation and metamorphism of the felsic rock culminated at approximately 9 kbar and 850°C along an apparent geothermal gradient of 26°C km−1. These peak metamorphic conditions were successively followed by initially a steeply decompressive and then a weakly decompressive retrograde pressure–temperature path. The shape of the retrograde pressure–temperature path and the estimated geothermal gradient at the metamorphic peak are interpreted to be the products of continent–continent collision; U–Pb dates of metamorphic zircon overgrowths suggest an age of approximately 943 Ma for the collisional event. This study demonstrates that ‘Grenville-age’ orogenesis thoroughly reworked the approximately 1450 myr-old basement of the CGGC during the formation of the Rodinia supercontinent.
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The Proterozoic aeon involved at least three major continental readjustments. India and Antarctica appear in most models of supercontinent reconstructions, but their relative position has been the subject of debate. High-resolution petrological and geochronological data, especially from the Proterozoic mobile belts, provide the principal means of resolving this issue. The ice-covered nature of Antarctica allows only limited access to the rocks, and then only in coastal tracts, so detailed studies in more accessible Proterozoic terrains in India assume added significance.
This volume, a follow-up to the XII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science, Goa (a SCAR symposium), provides new data from selected locations in east Antarctica (Enderby Land and Dronning Maud Land) and from India, including the Eastern Ghats Mobile Belt (EGMB), Chota Nagpur Gneissic Complex, the Khasi Hills and the Aravalli–Delhi Mobile Belt. The presented geochronological data, constrained by petrological studies, are expected to provide new insights, especially into the EGMB–east Antarctica connection and the rate of continental readjustments in the post-Rodinia break-up.