U-Pb zircon systematics of the Mansehra Granitic Complex: implications on the early Paleozoic orogenesis in NW Himalaya of Pakistan


Mansehra Granitic Complex (MGC) lies in the NW Himalaya of Pakistan. The MGC magmatic rocks are peraluminous, calc-alkaline S-type granitoids. Prior to this study the Mansehra Granite had produced ages of 83 Ma by K/Ar, 215 Ma using Ar/Ar on biotite, and 516 ± 16 Ma, using the whole rock Rb/Sr method. The Susalgali Granite Gneiss, a sheared facies of the Mansehra Granite previously regarded as older than the Mansehra Granite, was dated at 79 Ma using K/Ar on biotite. Hakale Granite, which is intrusive into the Mansehra Granite, had yielded K/Ar muscovite age of 165 Ma. The age of the leucogranites was not reported before this contribution. We have presented the revised geochronology of the MGC magmatic bodies, employing SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon chronometry, to constraint precise crystallization ages and tectonic setting of the NW Himalaya, Pakistan. Dates of emplacement of the Mansehra Granite, leucogranites and Hakale Granite are ca. 478, 475 and 466 Ma, respectively. These new ages are comparable to U-Pb zircon and Rb/Sr dates of other granites and granite gneisses in the Lesser Himalaya to the east, in India, Nepal, south Tibet and SW China. The age components of ca. 1900–1300, 985–920, 880–800 and 690–500 Ma are interpreted as inherited grains. Geochronological and field evidence suggest that the MGC of the NW Himalaya are the product of an Andean-type Cambro-Ordovician accretional orogenesis with continental-continental settings along the northen margin of east Gondwana. On the basis of new age data of the MGC plutonic rocks it is inferred that Cambro-Ordovician accretional event commenced from SW China and extends at least up to NW Pakistan along the northern margin of east Gondwana. However, granitic rocks of Pan African affiliation prevail in central Iran and Turkey along northern and western margins of Gondwana.

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Naeem, M., Burg, J., Ahmad, N. et al. U-Pb zircon systematics of the Mansehra Granitic Complex: implications on the early Paleozoic orogenesis in NW Himalaya of Pakistan. Geosci J 20, 427–447 (2016) doi:10.1007/s12303-015-0062-x

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  • Mansehra Granitic Complex
  • S-type granitoids
  • U-Pb zircon chronometry
  • LA-ICP-MS techniques
  • Gondwana
  • Pan African
  • Cambro-Ordovician