Abstract

—We report preliminary experimental data on the interaction of zircon with the peridotitic assemblage olivine + serpentine at 2.5 GPa and 1400 °C. In these conditions, zircon is unstable and decomposes with the formation of baddeleyite. Therefore, it is unlikely that zircon could survive in ultramafic rocks for a long time in the presence of a fluid phase at high temperatures. Thus, rigorous constraints on boundary conditions are required for the use of zircon in the dating of high-temperature geologic processes.

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