Excess argon in amphiboles linked to greenschist facies alteration in the Kamila Amphibolite Belt, Kohistan island arc system, northern Pakistan: insights from 40Ar/39Ar step-heating and acid leaching experiments.

Wartho, Jo-Anne , Rex, David C. and Guise, Philip G. (1996) Excess argon in amphiboles linked to greenschist facies alteration in the Kamila Amphibolite Belt, Kohistan island arc system, northern Pakistan: insights from 40Ar/39Ar step-heating and acid leaching experiments. Geological Magazine, 133 (05). pp. 595-609. DOI 10.1017/S0016756800007871.

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Abstract

A mineralogical and 4OAr/39Ar study of 13 amphibole samples in the Kamila Amphibolite Belt and Kamila Shear Zone in northern Pakistan has found a correlation between the degree of greenschist facies alteration and quantity of excess 40Ar. Additionally, there is a north–south divide with amphibole samples from the northern region showing larger degrees of gree schist facies alteration, brittle deformation, and excess 40Ar incorporation compared to the predominantly plastically deformed, less altered, amphibole samples from the Kamila Shear Zone in the south. Acid leaching of two amphiboles from the Kamila Amphibolite Belt indicates that a large proportion of the excess 40Ar is correlated with later greenschist facies alteration hases, and can be easily removed by acid etching, thus revealing acceptable regional 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Argon; amphiboles; greenschist facies; Kamila Amphibolite Belt; Kamila Shear Zone; northern Pakistan
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1017/S0016756800007871
ISSN: 0016-7568
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 10:21
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 07:55
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/30288

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