Evolution of polycyclic basement complexes in the Araçuaí Orogen, based on U-Pb SHRIMP data: Implications for Brazil-Africa links in Paleoproterozoic time

Carlos M. Noce*, Antônio Carlos Pedrosa-Soares, Luiz Carlos da Silva, Richard Armstrong, Danielle Piuzana

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    Abstract

    Paleoproterozoic basement of the Araçuaí Orogen is composed of amphibolite and granulite facies orthogneiss units known as Mantiqueira and Juiz de Fora complexes. Six U-Pb SHRIMP crystallization ages for the Mantiqueira Complex range from 2137 ± 19 to 2041 ± 7 Ma. Studied samples are characterized by the abundance of inherited Archean zircon grains, TDM model ages ranging from 2.9 to 3.2 Ga, and strongly negative εNd(t) (-9 to -13). Gneiss protholits were mainly generated by partial melting of older continental material, and the Mantiqueira Complex is related to active margin and syn-collisional magmatism. High-grade gneiss samples of the Juiz de Fora Complex yields crystallization ages of 2119 ± 16 and 2084 ± 13, and inherited zircon grains are absent. This plutonic unit much probably evolved within an oceanic magmatic arc setting, or on a very stretched continental crust. The Mantiqueira and Juiz de Fora complexes, together with the Kimezian basement of the West Congo Belt, were parts of a Paleoproterozoic orogenic system disrupted and deeply reworked during the evolution of the Araçuaí-West Congo Orogen. Neoproterozoic metamorphic overprint is dated at ca. 590-574 Ma.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)60-78
    Number of pages19
    JournalPrecambrian Research
    Volume159
    Issue number1-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2007

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