Isotopic constraints on crustal architecture and Permo-Triassic tectonics in New Guinea: Possible links wih eastern Australia

P. V. Crowhurst*, R. Maas, K. C. Hill, D. A. Foster, C. M. Fanning

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    Abstract

    New U-Pb zircon ages and Sr-Nd isotopic data for Triassic igneous and metomorphic rocks from northern New Guinea help constrain models of the evolution of Australia's northern and eastern margin. These data provide further evidence for an Early to Late Triassic volcanic arc in northern New Guinea, interpreted to have been part of a continuous magmatic belt along the Gondwana margin, through South America, Antarctica, New Zealand, the New England Fold Belt, New Guinea and into southeast Asia. The Early to Late Triassic volcanic arc in northern New Guinea intrudes high-grade metamorphic rocks probably resulting from Late Permian to Early Triassic (ca 260-240 Ma) orogenesis, as recorded in the New England Fold Belt. Late Triassic magmatism in New Guinea (ca 220 Ma) is related to coeval extension and riffing as a precursor to Jurassic breakup of the Gondwana margin. In general, mantle-like Sr-Nd isotopic compositions of mafic Palaeozoic to Tertiary granitoids appear to rule out the presence of a North Australian-type Proterozoic basement under the New Guinea Mobile Belt. Parts of northern New Guinea may have a continental or transitional basement whereas adjacent areas are underlain by oceanic crust. It is proposed that the post-breakup margin comprised promontories of extended Proterozoic-Palaeozoic continental crust separated by embayments of oceanic crust, analogous to Australia's North West Shelf. Inferred movement to the south of an accretionary prism through the Triassic is consistent with subduction to the south-southwest beneath northeast Australia generating arc-related magmatism in New Guinea and the New England Fold Belt.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)107-124
    Number of pages18
    JournalAustralian Journal of Earth Sciences
    Volume51
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004

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