Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology

, Volume 154, Issue 3, pp 335–356 | Cite as

Behaviour of zircon in high-grade metamorphic rocks: evidence from Hf isotopes, trace elements and textural studies

  • J. SlámaEmail author
  • J. Košler
  • R. B. Pedersen
Original Paper


Hf isotopic data of minerals in a mafic pyroxene granulite from the southern Bohemian Massif, together with their major and trace element composition and petrological observations were used to decipher the metamorphic history and behaviour of zircon in the granulite. The Hf isotopic composition in the minerals was used to estimate whether the decompression reaction, namely the consumption of garnet and rutile, could have provided Zr for the formation of newly grown metamorphic zircon. The age of the decompression reaction indicated by the evolution of Hf isotopes in garnet and orthopyroxene is between 333 and 331 Ma, i.e. ca. 7 Ma younger than the available U–Pb zircon ages from the Moldanubian granulites and than the newly obtained 343 ± 2 Ma laser ablation ICP-MS U–Pb age of zircons. The combination of bulk and in-situ Hf isotopic data, major and trace element composition and petrological modeling of P–T evolution revealed that the formation of zircons can not be related to the decompression phase of the evolution of the mafic granulites.


Hf isotopes Zircon Granulite U–Pb dating Laser ablation ICP-MS Garnet Decompression Metamorphic reaction 



This project has been financially supported by the Czech Science Foundation—grant 205/05/0381 and Grant Agency of the Charles University—grant 264/2005/B-GEO. J. Franěk is thanked for providing granulite samples necessary for the study and L. Tajčmanová for help with pseudosection calculation. Ole Tumyr, Hildegunn Almelid and Yuval Ronen provided laboratory assistance in Bergen. The ICP-MS facility at Bergen University is supported by Research Council of Norway. The authors would like to thank S. Harley and U. Schaltegger for careful and constructive reviews of this manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Petrology and Structural GeologyCharles UniversityPrague 2Czech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of GeologyAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPrague 6Czech Republic
  3. 3.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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