Implications of new \(^{40}\hbox {Ar}/^{39}\hbox {Ar}\) age of Mallapur Intrusives on the chronology and evolution of the Kaladgi Basin, Dharwar Craton, India

  • Shilpa Patil Pillai
  • Kanchan Pande
  • Vivek S Kale


The Kaladgi Basin on the northern edge of the Dharwar craton has characters diverse from the other epicratonic Purana basins of Peninsular India. Sedimentological studies in the basin have established the presence of three cycles of flooding separated by an event of intra-basinal deformation accompanied by low grade incipient metamorphism. The overall structural configuration of the basin indicates its development by supracrustal extension accompanied by shearing in a trans-tensional regime during the Mesoproterozoic. This was followed by sagging that yielded Neoproterozoic sedimentation in a successor nested basin. \(^{40}\)Ar/\(^{39}\)Ar dating of an intrusive mafic dyke along the axial plane of a fold has yielded a plateau age of \(1154{\pm }4\,\hbox {Ma}\). This helps constraint the age of the various events during the evolution of this basin.


Kaladgi Basin geochronology basin history Purana basins India 



Earlier studies in the Kaladgi Basin were funded by DST, CSIR and UGC through a series of project grants to VSK in the 1990’s. KP acknowledges Grant No. IR/S4/ESF-04/2003 from the DST (Govt. of India) towards the setting up of the IIT Bombay-DST National Facility for \({}^{40}\)Ar\(/{}^{39}\)Ar Geo-thermochronology and thanks the IRCC, IIT Bombay, for maintenance support to the Central Facility (grant 15IRCCCF04). The research work for this paper was undertaken by SPP during the DST funded research project [SR/FTP/ES-31/2005]. We thank V V Peshwa, Amogh Chitrao, Anand Kale, Nitin Karmalkar, Aneesh Soman and Pradeep Jadhav for discussions and meaningful suggestions in this work. The critical assessment and suggestions by the referees (A Basu and anonymous) and the editor (N V Chalapathi Rao) helped in improving the contribution significantly.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shilpa Patil Pillai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kanchan Pande
    • 1
  • Vivek S Kale
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesIndian Institute of Technology-BombayPowai, MumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of GeologySinhgad College of SciencePuneIndia
  3. 3.Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and ManagementPuneIndia

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