Andradite–Morimotoite Garnets as Promising U–Pb Geochronometers for Dating Ultrabasic Alkaline Rocks
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U–Pb geochronological studies of garnet of the andradite–morimotoite series and Sm–Nd geochronological studies of this garnet and apatite from the Chikskii Massif (Tuva-Mongolia microcontinent) were carried out. The garnet studied is characterized by relatively high concentrations of U (14–16 ppm) and by a low level of common Pb (Pbс/Pbt = 0.07–0.1). The concordia age of garnet is 492 ± 2 Ma (MSWD = 0.01, probability 92%) and matches within the error with the Sm–Nd age determined by the isochrone for apatite, garnet, and bulk rock (489 ± 9 Ma, MSWD = 0.86). This allows us to consider calcic garnets of the andradite–morimotoite series as promising mineral geochronometers for U–Pb dating of ultrabasic alkaline rocks.
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