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U-Pb geochronology and evolution of Mesoproterozoic basement rocks, western Connecticut

January 1, 2004

Geologic mapping and U-Pb geochronology by ion microprobe on zircon, titanite, and monazite in the New Milford quadrangle, western Connecticut indicate Meso-proterozoic events at ca. 1.3, 1.05, and 0.99 Ga in the Laurentian basement rocks. Pink granite gneiss (1311 ± 7 Ma) intruded a paragneiss sequence during the early stages of the Elzevirian orogeny. During the Ottawan orogeny, syn-tectonic anatexis produced a belt of stromatic migmatite at 1057 ± 10 Ma. Ottawan igneous activity included syn-tectonic intrusion of abundant sills of biotite granite gneiss, dated at 1050 ± 14 and 1048 ± 11 Ma, and intrusion of the Danbury augen granite at 1045 ± 8 Ma. Overgrowths on igneous zircon and metamorphic zircon in hornblende gneiss indicate that terminal Grenville metamorphism occurred at ca. 993 ± 8 Ma.

Late Ordovician syn-tectonic events included intrusion of a leucogranite dike into the Brookfield Gneiss at 453 ± 6 Ma and intrusion of the Candlewood Granite at 443 ± 7 Ma. A monazite age from the Candlewood Granite of 445 ± 9 Ma agrees with the zircon age. A second phase of migmatization in the basement rocks is associated with the injection of numerous granitic leucosomes at 444 ± 6 Ma along the margin of the Candlewood Granite. Titanite ages from 431 to 406 Ma indicate several high-grade heating events from the Silurian to the Early Devonian. The lack of Grenville-age titan-ite in the basement suggests that post-Taconian heating was sufficient to completely reset old titanite in the massif.

Publication Year 2004
Title U-Pb geochronology and evolution of Mesoproterozoic basement rocks, western Connecticut
DOI 10.1130/0-8137-1197-5.729
Authors Gregory J. Walsh, John N. Aleinikoff, C. Mark Fanning
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70241989
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center; Florence Bascom Geoscience Center