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Potassium-argon (argon-argon), structural fabrics

October 7, 2014

Definition: 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of structural fabrics: The application of 40Ar/39Ar methods to date development of structural fabrics in geologic samples.

Structural fabrics develop during rock deformation at variable pressures (P), temperatures (T), fluid compositions (X), and time (t). Structural fabrics are represented in rocks by features such as foliations and shear zones developed at the mm to km scale. In ideal cases, the P-T-X history of a given structural fabric can be constrained using stable isotope, cation exchange, and/or mineral equilibria thermobarometry (Essene 1989). The timing of structural fabric development can be assessed qualitatively using geologic field observations or quantitatively using isotope-based geochronology. High-precision geochronology of the thermal and fluid flow histories associated with structural fabric development can answer fundamental geologic questions including (1) when hydrothermal fluids transported and deposited ore minerals, ...

Citation Information

Publication Year 2014
Title Potassium-argon (argon-argon), structural fabrics
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-6326-5_124-1
Authors Michael A. Cosca
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70093880
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center