Mineralogy and Petrology

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U-Pb geochronology on zircon and columbite-group minerals of the Cap de Creus pegmatites, NE Spain

  • Marieke Van LichterveldeEmail author
  • Alexis Grand’Homme
  • Michel de Saint-Blanquat
  • Philippe Olivier
  • Axel Gerdes
  • Jean-Louis Paquette
  • Joan Carles Melgarejo
  • Elena Druguet
  • Pura Alfonso
Original Paper


The Cap de Creus granitic pegmatites in the eastern Catalan Pyrenees were dated using in situ U-Pb geochronology by laser ablation ICP-MS on zircon and columbite-group minerals (CGM), which are present in the different types of pegmatites from type I (K-feldspar pegmatites, least evolved) to type IV (albite pegmatites, most evolved) and therefore allow dating the different pegmatitic pulses. In a type III pegmatite where zircon and CGM are co-genetically associated in the same sample, both minerals were dated using zircon and tantalite reference materials, respectively, to avoid laser-induced matrix-dependent fractionation. In one sample, xenotime genetically associated with zircon was also dated. Two ages were obtained for type I and three ages for type III pegmatites. Three of these 5 ages range from 296.2 ± 2.5 to 301.9 ± 3.8 Ma and are allocated to the primary magmatic stage of crystallization and therefore to the emplacement event. Two younger ages (290.5 ± 2.5 and 292.9 ± 2.9 Ma) obtained on secondary zircon and xenotime, respectively, are interpreted as late post-solidus hydrothermal remobilization. There is no age difference between type I and type III pegmatites. The mean 299 Ma primary magmatic age allows the main late Carboniferous deformation event to be dated and is also synchronous with other peraluminous and calc-alkaline granites in the Pyrenees. However, the youngest ages around 292 Ma imply that tectonics was still active in Early Permian times in the Cap de Creus area.


Geochronology Pegmatites Cap de Creus Zircon Columbite-group minerals 



We thank Thierry Aigouy, Sophie Gouy and Philippe de Parseval for SEM imaging and electron probe microanalyses. Constructive comments by reviewers Jérémie Melleton, Simon Goldmann, Ian Buick, Frank Melcher and an anonymous expert are greatly appreciated. Associate Editor Dirk Frei and Editor-in-Chief Lutz Nasdala are thanked for editorial handling of the manuscript. This work was financed by the program CESSUR of CNRS-INSU and the 2014 SGR 1661 of the Generalitat de Catalunya.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marieke Van Lichtervelde
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alexis Grand’Homme
    • 2
  • Michel de Saint-Blanquat
    • 1
  • Philippe Olivier
    • 1
  • Axel Gerdes
    • 3
  • Jean-Louis Paquette
    • 4
  • Joan Carles Melgarejo
    • 5
  • Elena Druguet
    • 6
  • Pura Alfonso
    • 7
  1. 1.Géosciences Environnement ToulouseUniversité de Toulouse, CNES, CNRS, IRD, UPSToulouseFrance
  2. 2.ISTerreUniversité GrenobleGrenobleFrance
  3. 3.Department of Geosciences, Petrology and GeochemistryGoethe-University FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  4. 4.UMR 6524 Laboratoire Magmas et VolcansClermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, CNRS, IRDClermont-FerrandFrance
  5. 5.Departament de Cristal·lografia, Mineralogia i Dipòsits MineralsUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  6. 6.Departament de GeologiaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterra (Barcelona)Spain
  7. 7.Departament d’Enginyeria Minera i Recursos NaturalsEscola Politècnica Superior d’Enginyeria de Manresa-UPCManresaSpain

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