Melchiorre, M. and Álvarez-Valero, A.M. and Vergés, J. and Fernàndez, M. and Belousova, E.A. and El Maz, A. and Moukadiri, A. (2017) In situ U-Pb zircon geochronology on metapelitic granulites of Beni Bousera (Betic-Rif system, N Morocco). Special Paper of the Geological Society of America, 526. pp. 151-171.

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Integration of geochronological analyses of in situ zircons with the petrologi-cal study of their microstructural growth microdomains (through petrography and phase diagram modeling) yields a more precise interpretation and understanding of any geological process than the study of ages from separate zircons. This is essential especially for those rocks affected by polymetamorphic histories. We present new in situ U-Pb zircon dating from metapelitic granulites exposed in the contact with the ultramafic massif of Beni Bousera (northern Morocco, Western Mediterranean). Geo-chronological data scatter from Paleoproterozoic (1508 ± 23 Ma) to Miocene (22.9 ± 0.7 Ma), though the majority of ages range between 100 and 400 Ma, with four main peak ages clustering around 390-319, 286-264, 193, and 105 Ma. The Middle Permian (ca. 286-264 Ma) and earliest Miocene (22.9 ± 0.7 Ma) ages are constrained from a thermobarometric point of view: The former ages represent the formation of the zircons at depth (higher pressure), and the latter ages represent the exhumation process (lower pressure). Combining these petrological results with previous geophysical and geodynamical studies from the literature in the area, we propose a four-step geo-dynamic model for the Beni Bousera orogenic peridotite since the end of the Paleozoic (i.e., Middle Permian) to the present, supporting an evolution linked to a subduction-related scenario since Late Cretaceous times. © 2017 The Geological Society of America. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Binary alloys; Geophysics; Igneous rocks; Indium alloys; Lead alloys; Petrography; Silicate minerals; Zircon, Chronological datum; Geological process; Micro-structural; Paleoproterozoic; U-Pb zircon dating; U-pb zircon geochronologies; Ultramafic massifs; Western Mediterranean, Geochronology, Cretaceous; geochronology; granulite; metapelite; microstructure; uranium-lead dating; zircon, Beni Bousera; Betic Cordillera; Morocco; Rif; Spain; Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Divisions: SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION > Earth and Planetary Sciences
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