Two parallel magmatic belts with contrasting isotopic characteristics from southern Tibet to Myanmar: Zircon U–Pb and Hf isotopic constraints

Published on 2018-11-23T12:58:00Z (GMT) by
Before the India–Asia collision, Neotethyan subduction gave rise to an Andean-type convergent margin on the southern margin of Asia. To investigate the spatial and temporal distribution of the subduction-related magmatism, we undertook a combined determination of zircon U–Pb ages and Hf isotopes of Mesozoic to Paleogene intrusive and volcanic rocks from southern Tibet to Myanmar to characterize the two parallel magmatic belts that were previously been considered separately. One belt extends from the Gangdese Batholith in the Southern Lhasa sub-terrane to the Lohit Batholith, the Sodon Pluton and the Popa-Loimye Arc in the West Burma Block, and the other from the Central Lhasa Plutonic Belt (CLPB) to the Bomi–Chayu Batholith, the Dianxi Batholith and the Shan Scarps Batholith in central Myanmar. The Gangdese belt, as the main arc component, consists typically of I-type granitoids that contain magmatic zircons showing positive ε<sub>Hf</sub>(T) values. In contrast, the CLPB belt is dominated by S type granites in which most zircons show negative ε<sub>Hf</sub>(T) values suggesting the involvement of older continental crust in their petrogenesis. The distinct geochemical characteristics indicate not only distinct tectonic settings of their genesis but also the diverse nature of the crust forming the exotic continental ribbons amalgamated to Asia.

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Lin, Te-Hsien; Mitchell, A.H.G.; Chung, Sun-Lin; Tan, Xi-Bin; Tang, Jui-Ting; Oo, Thura; et al. (2018): Two parallel magmatic belts with contrasting isotopic characteristics from southern Tibet to Myanmar: Zircon U–Pb and Hf isotopic constraints. Geological Society of London. Collection.