Zircon (ZrSiO4) is a common accessory mineral in nature, occurring in a wide variety of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. Known to incorporate an assortment of minor and trace elements, zircon has the ability to retain substantial chemical and isotopic information, leading to its use in a wide range of geochemical investigations, including studies on the evolution of Earth’s crust and mantle (e.g., Hanchar et al. 1994, Bowring 1995, Vervoort et al. 1996, Hoskin and Schaltegger, this volume; Valley, this volume) as well as age dating (e.g., Gibson and Ireland 1995, Bowring et al....

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