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Laurentian crust in northeast Australia; implications for the assembly of the supercontinent Nuna

Adam R. Nordsvan, William J. Collins, Zheng-Xiang Li, Christopher J. Spencer, Amaury Pourteau, Ian W. Withnall, Peter G. Betts and Silvia Volante
Laurentian crust in northeast Australia; implications for the assembly of the supercontinent Nuna
Geology (Boulder) (January 2018) 46 (3): 251-254

Abstract

The Georgetown Inlier of northeast Australia provides evidence of critical links between Australia and Laurentia during the late Paleoproterozoic and the early Mesoproterozoic. Detrital zircon age spectra from sedimentary strata within the inlier show two distinct changes in sedimentary provenance: (1) the lowermost units (depositional age ca. 1700-1650 Ma) have detrital zircon age spectra that strongly resemble Laurentian magmatic ages and detrital zircon age spectra of the similar-aged Wernecke Supergroup of northwest Laurentia; (2) sediments deposited from ca. 1650 to 1610 Ma show a unimodal proximal signature; and (3) postorogenic sediments deposited after 1550 Ma have detrital zircon age spectra like the Mount Isa Inlier of the North Australia craton. Along with new paleocurrent measurements, the detrital age data challenge current models that suggest that the Georgetown Inlier was part of Australia before ca. 1700 Ma. Rather, we argue it was a continental ribbon rifted from west Laurentia during slab rollback ca. 1680 Ma; by 1650 Ma, the Georgetown Inlier had completely separated from Laurentia, and ca. 1600 Ma collided with Australia during supercontinent Nuna amalgamation.


ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Coden: GLGYBA
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 46
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Laurentian crust in northeast Australia; implications for the assembly of the supercontinent Nuna
Affiliation: Curtin University, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Perth, West. Aust., Australia
Pages: 251-254
Published: 20180117
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 32
Accession Number: 2018-037135
Categories: Solid-earth geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: GSA Data Repository item 2018071
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch map
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Secondary Affiliation: Geological Survey of Queensland, AUS, AustraliaMonash University, AUS, Australia
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201820
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