Extending In-Situ Dating to New Geochronometers: Pb-Pb, Sm-Nd, Re-Os, and LuHf
Geologically derived stable isotope ratios can be used as a tracer for the source of many kinds of substances, with current geochemical techniques allowing the precise determination of numerous stable isotope ratios in both natural and manmade objects. This review presents examples of the use of stable isotopes as tracers within diverse dynamic ecosystems, focusing on Sr isotopes but also including examples of Nd and Pb isotopic analysis, and reviewing the potential of this technique for a wide range of environmental research, including determining the geographic origin of food and archeological materials.
Some 80 of the 92 naturally occurring elements on Earth are stable, with 54 of these having two or more stable isotopes.
14C dating Trace amounts of Rb and Sr are found in most minerals as substitutions for The ionic radius of Nd and Sm is and Å, respectively.
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Ivey Jr. All Rights Reserved. Ngauruhoe in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of New Zealand erupted andesite lava flows in and , and avalanche deposits in When compared with recent andesite flows from the related adjacent Ruapehu volcano, the Sr-Nd-Pb radioisotopic systems plotted on correlation diagrams provide information about the depleted mantle source for the parental basalt magmas and the source of the crustal contamination that produced the andesite lavas from them.
Thus the radioisotopic ratios in these recent Ngauruhoe andesite flows were inherited, and reflect the origin and history of the mantle and crustal sources from which the magma was generated.
The latter investigation also indicates that the Sm–Nd system will probably prove more valuable than the Rb–Sr system for dating ancient.
Neodymium is a rare earth element REE that occurs in many silicate, phosphate, and carbonate minerals by substitution for major ions. It has seven stable isotopes. Nd and samarium Sm are considered “light” REEs and become concentrated in feldspars, biotite, and apatite. This has made Nd useful for age dating terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials as well as many other geologic applications DePaolo, The growth of 87 Sr and Nd together provides useful insight into geochemical evolution.
Mafic rocks and associated suites of more differentiated rocks can be dated by whole-rock or internal mineral isochrons. These Sm-Nd dates are less susceptible to metamorphic alteration than Rb-Sr dates. The concentration of Nd in natural waters is extremely low because the natural abundance of Nd is very small, and Nd is non-hydrophilic in low temperature environments. In most geological environments, the isotopic composition of Nd varies systematically, though inversely, with the isotopic composition of Sr.
Except in very specific environments, Nd will not be as useful as Sr due to its higher concentration in natural waters in the interpretation of the weathering process in rocks and minerals. And because of their similar geochemical behavior, Sm and Nd are not fractionated from one another as severely as Rb and Sr.
SM–ND isotopic investigations of Isua supracrustals and implications for mantle evolution
Paleogene basalts are widely distributed in the Xialiaohe Depression, which lies in the northern part of the Bohai Bay Basin, the second largest petroleum-bearing basin of China, in the northeastern part of the North China Craton. The geochemical characteristics of these basalts are quite different from that expected from magmas derived from crustal contamination or melting from a uniform asthenospheric mantle source, but is consistent with derivation from newly formed lithospheric mantle.
Combined with the geochemical character of the ESF and ODF basalts, we ascribe the abnormally low radiogenic lead isotopic composition for the Paleocene PFF basalts to newly formed lithospheric mantle that originated from recycling of delaminated thickened lithosphere in Late Mesozoic, including a lower crustal component. If you have an individual subscription to this journal, or if you have purchased this article through Pay-Per-view , you can gain access by logging in with your username and password here:.
To provide better constraints on the sources of the kimberlite magmas and the timing of magmatism, we have carried out in situ U–Pb dating and Sr–Nd isotopic.
GSA Bulletin ; : — The Wufeng and Longmaxi organic-rich shales host the largest shale gas plays in China. The fractures hosted in the Longmaxi Formation are mineralized with quartz as the predominant fracture cement, and calcite as an intracementation phase postdating the earlier quartz cement. In contrast, the fractures hosted in the Wufeng Formation are dominantly mineralized by calcite, which occurs either as the only cement present or as a cement phase predating later quartz cement.
REE data equally indicate that the distinguishable Eu anomalies 6. The Sm-Nd isochron ages and fluid inclusion data of fracture cements suggest that fracture opening and calcite precipitation in composite veins within the Wufeng and Longmaxi Formations were triggered by gas generation overpressurization. Shibboleth Sign In. OpenAthens Sign In.
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Goals This proposed work will extend laser ablation resonance ionization spectrometry LARIMS from the previously demonstrated rubidium-strontium Rb-Sr geochronology system to four other radiogenic systems, enabling in-situ, concordant age determinations to be made on extraterrestrial bodies in the solar system. Advantages include providing an independent test of concordance, while expanding the potential range of samples that can be successfully measured.
Testing for concordance is important because individual isotopic dating systems can be biased by a variety of factors. These biases are frequently distinct for different radiometric systems. Objectives This proposal addresses the important NASA goal to understand the history and evolution of the solar system.
Other lavas from the Western Rift and from the southern Kenyan Rift can also be explained through mixing between the same endmember components. In contrast, lavas from the northern Kenyan and Main Ethiopian rifts can be explained through variable mixing between the same mantle plume material and Middle to Late Proterozoic lithospheric mantle, present beneath the northern EARS. We propose further that the African Superplume, a large, seismically anomalous feature originating in the lower mantle beneath southern Africa, influences magmatism throughout eastern Africa with magmatism at RVP and the Main Ethiopian Rift representing two different heads of a single mantle plume source.
The East African Rift System EARS —from southern Tanzania and Lake Malawi, where the African continent begins to break apart, northward to the Afar Triple Junction, where the on-land Danakil Depression meets the oceanic spreading ridges of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Figure 1 —provides exceptional opportunities to study geologic processes controlling continental rifting and eventual ocean formation.
An outstanding feature of the EARS is the diverse and extensive magmatism associated with the various facets of rifting along its strike, making it a prime target to study the role of magmatism in continental break-up, one of the major issues regarding ocean formation. Results of investigations on this topic thus far suggest that mantle plume-type melting provides the bulk of magmas associated with rifting in the EARS, suggesting active, in this case plume, magmatism plays a significant role in ocean formation e.
Figure 1. Sketch map of East Africa showing the locations of the Main Ethiopia, Kenyan and Western rifts, the distribution of Tertiary—Recent volcanism and disposition of basement of contrasting ages. Curved dash lines denote the extent of the Ethiopia and Kenyan domes and dark lines mark the strike of the major border faults of the main rift valleys modified after Begg et al.
However, the number and nature of plumes involved in rifting in the EARS are controversial. Geochemical and petrological variations along the length and breadth of the EARS, on the other hand, suggest the possible presence of a number of plumes Figure 1. Moreover, Chakrabarti et al. Our results suggest that the regionally extensive African Superplume with a limited range of composition provides a common source for all reported plume occurrences and, thus, we propose a unified mantle plume model for the entire EARS.
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Journal of Economic Geology. Double blind peer review. Abstract Full Text. The north of the Lut block is affected by tectonic rotation and subduction processes which occur in the east of Iran Tirrul et al.
DATING MELT ROCK BY Rb-Sr AND Sm-Nd: AGE OF IMBRIUM; SPA DRESS REHEARSAL. L. E. Nyquist 1,4, C.-Y. Shih2, Y. D. Reese3. 1KR/NASA.
There are two stable isotopes of carbon: 12 C and 13 C, and one naturally occurring radionuclide: 14 C. The half life of 14 C is only 5, years, which is orders of magnitude shorter than the age of the Earth. Therefore, no primordial radiocarbon remains and all 14 C is cosmogenic see Section 8 for related methods. The main production mechanism is through secondary cosmic ray neutron reactions with 14 N in the stratosphere: 7 14 N n,p 6 14 C.
Any newly formed 14 C rapidly mixes with the rest of the atmosphere creating a spatially uniform carbon composition, which is incorporated into plants and the animals that eat them. Prior to the industrial revolution, a gram of fresh organic carbon underwent When a plant dies, it ceases to exchange carbon with the atmosphere and the 14 C concentration decays with time according to Equation 2.
Samarium—neodymium dating is a radiometric dating method useful for determining the ages of rocks and meteorites , based on the radioactive decay of a long-lived samarium isotope Sm to a radiogenic neodymium isotope Nd. Neodymium isotope ratios together with samarium-neodymium ratios are used to provide information on age information and the source of igneous melts.
It is sometimes assumed that at the moment when crustal material is formed from the mantle the neodymium isotope ratio depends only on the time when this event occurred, but thereafter it evolves in a way that depends on the new ratio of samarium to neodymium in the crustal material, which will be different from the ratio in the mantle material. Samarium—neodymium dating allows us to determine when the crustal material was formed.
In this study the viability of Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd dating of clay diagenesis is explored, as the evaluation of models of diagenesis depends on the ability to constrain.
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Eudialyte is the only mineral investigated to date for which it is possible to determine simultaneously U–Pb ages and Sr, Nd and Hf isotopic compositions.
Box , Beijing , P. E-mail: xieliewen mail. The advantages include high spatial resolution, high sample throughput, good precision and accuracy, and limited sample preparation. For the application of these techniques in U—Th—Pb geochronology, the main challenges involve ion counter drift, matrix differences between reference materials and samples, laser-induced downhole elemental fractionation and common lead corrections. We review recent efforts to improve spatial resolution, calibrate ion counter drift, and correct for common lead contamination, elemental fractionation and matrix mismatching.
Multi-collectors simultaneously measure all isotopic signals over flat-topped peaks so that 1 the detection efficiency is significantly improved and relatively high spatial resolution is obtained, 4,5 and 2 the effects of spectral skew and flicker noise from the plasma source or ablated particles are removed or significantly reduced, resulting in improved counting statistics and lower internal and external uncertainties in isotopic ratios.
The coupling of laser systems and more than one MS system where the carrier gas flow and, therefore, the ablated product is split between the mass spectrometers has been termed laser ablation split stream LASS analysis.