Journal of Earth Science

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 920–938 | Cite as

U-Pb Geochronology, Elemental and Sr-Nd Isotopic Geochemistry of the Houyaoyu Granite Porphyries: Implication for the Genesis of Early Cretaceous Felsic Intrusions in East Qinling

  • Xiaohu He
  • Hong ZhongEmail author
  • Zhifang Zhao
  • Shucheng Tan
  • Weiguang Zhu
  • Siqi Yang
  • Wenjun Hu
  • Zhong Tang
  • Congfa Bao


The Early Cretaceous Houyaoyu granite porphyries are located in the south margin of the North China Craton. Field observations, petrography, geochronology, major and trace elemental and Sr-Nd isotopic compositions are reported to elucidate the genesis of the Houyaoyu granite porphyries. SIMS zircon U-Pb analyses for the Houyaoyu granite porphyries yield two concordant ages of 133.2±2.3 (2σ) and 131±1.1 (2σ) Ma, respectively. Major and trace elemental compositions indicate that these porphyries are high-K I-type granites with high contents of SiO2, K2O, Rb, U, Pb, low Nb, Ta, Ti, and P. Initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios range from 0.708 3 to 0.709 7, and εNd(t) values range from -9.13 to -12.3, with corresponding two-stage depleted-mantle Nd model ages (T2DM) varying from 1.57 to 1.91 Ga. This suggests that the Houyaoyu granite porphyries were predominantly derived from ancient lower continental crust, with minor involvement of mantle-derived components. On the basis of the tectonic evolution of the Qinling Orogen and geochemical characteristics of the Houyaoyu granite porphyries, it is proposed that they were formed in an extensional tectonic setting related to lithospheric destruction of the North China Craton, and produced Mo and Pb-Zn mineralization in East Qinling Orogen.

Key words

East Qinling granite porphyries ancient lower continental crust destruction of North China Craton 


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This research was jointly supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (No. 2016YFC0600405) and the National Natural Foundation of China (Nos. 41425011, 41262004). The authors are grateful to Dr. Aimin Fang and his colleagues from Lushi Mining Co., Ltd for providing invaluable assistance during our field investigation, and also grateful to two anonymous reviewers and Dr. Jianbo Chen, Dr. Min Tang for their constructive reviews, which considerably improved the paper. The final publication is available at Springer via

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geology, School of Resource Environment and Earth ScienceYunnan UniversityKunmingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Ore Deposit Geochemistry, Institute of GeochemistryChinese Academy of SciencesGuiyangChina
  3. 3.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.Kunming University of Science and TechnologyKunmingChina
  5. 5.Institute of Yunnan Geology SurveyKunmingChina

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