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Testing inferences from palaeocurrents: application of zircon double-dating to Miocene sediments from the Hengchun Peninsula, Taiwan

Kirstein, L.A. and Carter, Andrew and Chen, Y.G. (2010) Testing inferences from palaeocurrents: application of zircon double-dating to Miocene sediments from the Hengchun Peninsula, Taiwan. Terra Nova 22 (6), pp. 483-493. ISSN 0954-4879.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3121.2010.00970.x

Abstract

Detrital zircon provenance studies that combine low-temperature fission-track and high-temperature U–Pb single-grain age dating are powerful in constraining sediment provenance by documenting the tectonothermal evolution of the sediment source(s). We apply these techniques to Miocene (12–6 Ma) sandstones of the Hengchun Peninsula, southern Taiwan, which, based on diametrically opposite palaeocurrents, have a controversial provenance. U–Pb grain ages range from the Miocene (8 Ma) to Archaean (2.5 Ga). Cretaceous thermal cooling is recorded by detrital zircon fission tracks at Loshui and Lilongshan. Permian fission-track grain ages account for <33% of zircon ages from Loshui, while at Lilongshan, Jurassic/Triassic grain ages account for 33–66% of all zircon fission-track ages. Minor (<12%) Miocene age components are detected in both formations. These new data suggest that the primary sources of these Miocene sediments were similar. A simple model is proposed invoking sediment reworking in this complex tectonic setting.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 14:53
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3220

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