Original paper

40Ar/39Ar isotopic evidence for mid-Devonian post-metamorphic pegmatite emplacement in the Marianske Lazne Complex, Bohemian Massif, Central European Hercynides

Bowes, D.R.; van Breemen, O.; Hopgood, A.M.; Jelí nek, E.


Large (2-3 cm) crystals of ferroan pargasite in a narrow pegmatite vein that cross-cuts amphibolite in the Mariánské Lázně Complex yield 40Ar/39Ar regression ages of 378.7 ± 3.5 and 379.5 ± 4.3 Ma: these date the time of cooling through 550-500 °C soon after emplacement and crystallization. With this and associated veins also cutting flexural-type folds and a fracture cleavage, both tectonothermal activity in, and uplift of the host metamorphic assemblage into the upper crust must have taken place by, or near, a time corresponding to the Eifelian-Givetian boundary (mid-Devonian). The age of pegmatite formation corresponds, within errors, with the time of closure of the Sm-Nd isotopic system in eclogites elsewhere in the domain (377 ± 7Ma). This points to the crustal uplift having been rapid. Isotopic evidence also indicates a considerable time gap between the tectonothermal - igneous activity so prominently expressed in the Mariánské Lázně Complex and the superimposed effects of early Carboniferous tectonothermal activity.


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