Abstract

Concentrates of coarse-grained detrital muscovite from the Ratcliffe Brook Formation (lowermost Cambrian) display internally discordant 40Ar/39Ar age spectra. Gas fractions evolved at intermediate and high experimental temperatures record apparent ages of ca. 610–620 Ma. These are interpreted as dating initial cooling through temperatures appropriate for intracrystalline retention of 40Ar and may indicate derivation from mylonite zones developed within proximal late Precambrian granitic rocks. Gas fractions evolved at lower experimental temperatures record patterns of spectra discordance that suggest the constituent grains experienced partial, intracrystalline diffusive loss of 40Ar during a late Paleozoic, low-grade thermal overprint. A muscovite concentrate from pelitic schist beneath the allochthonous, latest Precambrian Cranberry Head granite records a 40Ar/39Ar plateau age of 318 ± 1 Ma. This is interpreted as closely dating Late Carboniferous thrust emplacement of the allochthon.

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