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1.86 Ga granites in the Salo area, SW Finland

List of Authors: Heidi Penttinen, Jaakko Kara, Markku Väisänen, Yann Lahaye, Hugh O'Brien
Publication year: 2016
Volume number: 1
Issue number: 1


The Svecofennian bedrock in the Salo area in SW Finland comprises granitoids
and migmatised metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks, metamorphosed in higher
amphibolite and granulite facies conditions. The area is characterised by subhorizontal
structures in large areas. We performed U-Pb zircon and monazite age determinations
on two granites using the single-grain LA-MC-ICP-MS method.
One of the homogenous leucogranites, intruded into the subhorizontal structures,
yielded a zircon age of c. 1.86 Ga. A younger c. 1.83 Ga age is interpreted as
a metamorphic overprint. The sample also contained inherited zircons of various
Palaeoproterozoic and Archaean ages. The monazites of the same sample showed
two populations: c. 1.85 Ga and 1.81 Ga. At least the latter is interpreted as a metamorphic
age. The other sample, a porphyritic granite, yielded an age of approximately
1.86-1.85 Ga. Monazite was not detected in this sample.
The 1.86-1.85 Ga granitoids are younger than those regarded as typical synorogenic
Svecofennian ones but older than the voluminous late-orogenic granites related to high
metamorphic temperatures. Although so far rarely described in Finland, they are
common in the Ljusdal area in Central Sweden (Högdahl et al. 2008). Coeval mafic
enclaves in the granites indicate a contemporaneous mantle activity and a possible heat
source for the melting for which a middle crust source has been suggested (Väisänen
et al. 2012). The inherited zircons imply that the magmas to some extent have a
sedimentary origin. Future work will further examine this topic through in-situ Lu-Hf
analyses on zircon.

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