Disturbed 40Ar/39Ar spectra from hornblendes: Thermal loss or contamination?.

Rex, D. C., Guise, P. G. and Wartho, Jo-Anne (1993) Disturbed 40Ar/39Ar spectra from hornblendes: Thermal loss or contamination?. Chemical Geology, 103 (1-4). pp. 271-281. DOI 10.1016/0009-2541(93)90306-4.

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Abstract

Accurately weighed aliquots of the ∼ 500-Ma-old interlaboratory standard hornblende MMHb-1 were mixed with known quantities of a ∼ 100 Ma-old Himalayan biotite and subjected to normal Full-size image (<1 K) incremental heating analysis. The addition of the biotite created monotonically increasing apparent ages, similar to profiles interpreted as showing Ar diffusive loss in the literature. The release of Ar from biotite dominates the low-temperature portion of the spectra and lowers the observed age. Lower Ca/K ratios in the first increments are consistent with contamination, but do not distinguish the composition of the contaminant phase. A large number of published amphibole “diffusive loss” profiles may, in fact, be due to contamination by biotite or other phases which release Ar at low extraction temperatures.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Argon; hornblendes
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/0009-2541(93)90306-4
ISSN: 0009-2541
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2015 10:32
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/30294

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