Chapter 12: A 251 Ma diorite clast from a Maitai Group conglomerate and a c. 259 Ma microdiorite sill intruding the Productus Creek Group, Southland, New Zealand: note
Published:May 08, 2019
N. Mortimer, R. E. Turnbull, A. H. F. Robertson, H. J. Campbell, 2019. "A 251 Ma diorite clast from a Maitai Group conglomerate and a c. 259 Ma microdiorite sill intruding the Productus Creek Group, Southland, New Zealand: note", Paleozoic–Mesozoic Geology of South Island, New Zealand: Subduction-related Processes Adjacent to SE Gondwana, A. H. F. Robertson
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We present the results of U–Pb dating of zircons of two Late Permian igneous rocks from the Dun Mountain–Maitai and Brook Street terranes of New Zealand's South Island. A conglomerate clast of hornblende diorite from the Early–Middle Triassic Stephens Subgroup, Maitai Group, gives an age of 251.1 ± 1.6 Ma. A sample of hypabyssal andesite–microdiorite (Weetwood Formation) that intrudes the Late Permian Productus Creek Group of the Brook Street Terrane gives an age of 258.8 ± 7.9 Ma. The intermediate and subalkaline geochemistry of the two samples is not distinctive of specific tectonic settings, but their ages match plutons of the I-type, subduction-related Longwood Suite of the nearby Median Batholith. Assuming that correlation with the Longwood Suite is correct, the Weetwood sample increases the known areal extent of intrusion of the Longwood Suite; and the Stephens Subgroup Formation clast is consistent with a detrital link between Gondwana and the Dun Mountain–Maitai Terrane by the Middle Triassic. However, because of uncertainties regarding the timing of magmatism along other parts of the Gondwana margin, the data in this paper do not establish any specific provenance links.
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Paleozoic–Mesozoic Geology of South Island, New Zealand: Subduction-related Processes Adjacent to SE Gondwana
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This volume presents a set of research papers that provide new data and interpretations of the Permian–Triassic terranes of SE Gondwana, now exposed in South Island, New Zealand. Following an introduction for general readers, a historical summary and a review of biostratigraphy, the individual papers primarily focus on the Permian magmatic arc of the Brook Street Terrane, the classic Permian Dun Mountain ophiolite and the Permian–Triassic Maitai Group sedimentary succession. The new results emphasize the role of subduction and terrane displacement adjacent to the Permo-Triassic Gondwana margin, and present fundamental insights into three crustal processes: subduction initiation, supra-subduction zone oceanic crust genesis and forearc basin evolution. The volume concludes with a wide-ranging summary and synthesis of the regional Cambrian to Early Cretaceous tectonostratigraphy of New Zealand's South Island in relation to the wider areas of Zealandia, East Australia and West Antarctica. The volume will interest geoscientists, including stratigraphers, sedimentologists, palaeontologists, igneous petrologists, geochemists, geochronologists and economic geologists, and is aimed at professional geologists and advanced students of geology.