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    South Atlantic passive margin evolution: a thermochronology case study from the Rio de Janeiro-Três Rios section, SE Brazil

    Gezatt, J.N. and Macdonald, D.I.M. and Stephenson, R. and Jelinek, A.R. and Carter, Andrew (2021) South Atlantic passive margin evolution: a thermochronology case study from the Rio de Janeiro-Três Rios section, SE Brazil. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 106 (103051), pp. 1-13. ISSN 0895-9811.

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    Abstract

    The southeastern Brazilian passive margin records a complex post-rift evolution, with two parallel high-elevation features formed after the opening of the South Atlantic. We applied apatite fission track (AFT) and U-Th/He (AHe) low temperature thermochronology to constrain the thermo-tectonic history of the Serra do Mar escarpment in the area of Rio de Janeiro state. New AFT central ages for basement areas collected from a N-S transect orthogonal to the shoreline between the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Três Rios, range between 98.5 ± 5.3 and 54.1 ± 4.2 Ma, with mean track lengths between 12.34 ± 0.40 and 14.63 ± 0.17 μm. Uncorrected AHe ages lie between 68.1 ± 5.9 and 60.2 ± 7.3 Ma and are consistent with AFT results. Inverse thermal history models constrained by AFT and AHe data imply earliest cooling onset from the Barremian (Early Cretaceous), with steady rates more common for samples closer to coastal areas. Maximum depths of denudation are between 2.5 and 4.5 km. Published thermochronological data from adjacent areas combined with the new results shows a seemingly simpler post-rift evolution for the area, although suggesting structural control of age distribution and exhumation.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Earth and Planetary Sciences, Institute of
    Depositing User: Andy Carter
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 07:38
    Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 01:10
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41765

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