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Apparent partial loss age spectra of Neoarchean hornblende (Murmansk Terrane, Kola Peninsula, Russia): the role of biotite inclusions revealed by 40Ar/39Ar laserprobe analysis

Abstract : Metamorphic hornblende frequently yields spectra with progressively increasing 40Ar/39Ar age steps, often interpreted as caused by partial resetting due to thermally activated radiogenic argon loss by solid-state diffusion. Yet, in many cases rising Ca/K ratio spectra for such samples imply the presence of minor inclusions of K-contaminant minerals. To avoid parts of grains with mineral inclusions or compositional zoning we drilled tiny discs from thin sections under a petrographic microscope. Laser step-heating of drilled biotite-free hornblende discs yielded flat age and ratio spectra. In contrast, furnace step-heated hornblende separates from the same samples produced apparent loss age spectra. Moreover, biotite-free samples yielded flat spectra by laser and furnace dating. Consequently, apparent loss spectra result from degassing of included substantially younger biotite before its hornblende host during laboratory step-heating; c. 2640 Ma hornblende ages constrain the Murmansk Terrane's cooling.
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Koenraad de Jong, Jan R. Wijbrans. Apparent partial loss age spectra of Neoarchean hornblende (Murmansk Terrane, Kola Peninsula, Russia): the role of biotite inclusions revealed by 40Ar/39Ar laserprobe analysis. Terra Nova, Wiley-Blackwell, 2006, 18, pp.353-364. ⟨hal-00109454⟩

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