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Recycling of Lead at Neoarchean Continental Margins

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Evolution of Archean Crust and Early Life

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A time-fixed Pb-Pb model of 2.7 ± 0.1 Ga mantle-derived granitoids from different Archean cratons suggests that the Pb isotope heterogeneity of Neoarchean granitoids can be explained by sediment recycling and subduction at oceanic and continental margins consisting of different-aged crustal segments. Recycling of crustal Pb to the mantle wedge gave rise to increasingly radiogenic mantle sources for the granitoids as the accretion of oceanic island arcs (OIA) and Mesoarchean microcontinents proceeded, leading to the formation of young (< 3.2 Ga) continental margins (YCM). Materials recycling at old (> 3.2 Ga) continental margins (OCM) encompassing fragments of Paleo- and Eoarchean protocrust provided the high- or low-µ Pb isotope signatures, depending on the age and U/Pb ratio of the crustal lead sources.

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This study is a contribution to IGCP-SIDA 599 Project “The Changing Early Earth” sponsored by UNESCO and SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency).

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Halla, J. (2014). Recycling of Lead at Neoarchean Continental Margins. In: Dilek, Y., Furnes, H. (eds) Evolution of Archean Crust and Early Life. Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences, vol 7. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7615-9_8

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