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Chemical U - Th - Pb monazite dating and the Proterozoic history of King Island, southeast Australia


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Berry, RF and Holm, OH and Steele, DA (2005) Chemical U - Th - Pb monazite dating and the Proterozoic history of King Island, southeast Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 52. pp. 461-471. ISSN 0812-0099

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The Proterozoic stratigraphy of Tasmania has some common aspects with South Australia but the
Wickham Orogeny (760 Ma) has been a major contrasting feature. We have used chemical U-Th-Pb
monazite dating to clarify the age relationships in western King Island, which is the key area for the
definition of the Wickham Orogeny. New monazite dates demonstrate that the major regional
deformation on King Island occurred at 1290 Ma. The Wickham Orogeny is reinterpreted as a local
deformation restricted to the contact aureole of the Cape Wickham granite. The Wickham Orogeny in
Tasmania may correlate with minor felsic volcanism in the Adelaide Fold Belt, and low-angle
unconformities in the Neoproterozoic of northwest Tasmania. The metamorphism on King Island is
synchronous with Grenville-age (1300 Ma) orogenic events recognised in central and western Australia.
The nearest known examples to Tasmania are in the Musgrave Ranges. Monazite dating of western King
Island provides the first direct evidence for Mesoproterozoic basement in southeastern Australia and
has major implications for Rodinia reconstructions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: geochronology, Grenville, King Island, metamorphism, monazite, Rodinia, Tasmania, uranium, lead dating, Wickham Orogeny.
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Page Range: pp. 461-471
ISSN: 0812-0099
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/08120090500134514
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Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:13
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