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Document type
Journal articles

Document subtype
Full paper

Title
High-precision geochronology of Mesozoic magmatism in Macao, Southeast China: Evidence for multistage granite emplacement

Participants in the publication
Pedro Quelhas (Author)
IDL - Instituto Dom Luiz
Ágata Alveirinho Dias (Author)
IDL - Instituto Dom Luiz
João Mata (Author)
Dep. Geologia
IDL - Instituto Dom Luiz
Donald Wayne Davis (Author)
Maria Luísa Ribeiro (Author)

Scope
International

Refereeing
Yes

Summary
Six new high precision U–Pb zircon ID-TIMS ages plus thirteen in situ high spatial resolution U–Pb zircon LA-MC-ICPMS ages are reported from Jurassic plutonic (metaluminous to weakly peraluminous biotite granites) and Jurassic to Cretaceous hypabyssal (dacites) rocks from Macao. Despite its relatively small area (∼30 km2), the new ages tightly constrain the Macao granitic magmatism to two periods ranging from 164.5 ± 0.6 Ma to 162.9 ± 0.7 Ma and 156.6 ± 0.2 Ma to 155.5 ± 0.8 Ma, separated by ca. 6 Ma. Inherited zircons point to the existence of a basement with ages up to Paleo-Proterozoic and late Archean in the region. In addition, younger dacitic rocks were dated at 150.6 ± 0.6 Ma and <120 Ma. U–Pb zircon ages and whole-rock REE data of Macao granites indicate that the first pulse is also represented in Hong Kong and Southeast (SE) China, while magmatism with the chemical characteristics of the second pulse seems to not be represented outside Macao. The two granitic magmatic pulses have distinct mineralogical and geochemical features that support their discrete nature rather than a continuum of comagmatic activity and suggest that the Macao granitic suite was incrementally assembled during a period of ca. 9 Ma, a hypothesis also extendable to the neighboring Hong Kong region for a time lapse of ca. 24 Ma. In Macao, the transition from granitic magmatism (Middle to Upper Jurassic) to the younger dacite dykes (Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous) most likely corresponds to a change in the regional tectonic setting, from an extensional regime related with foundering of the subducting paleo-Pacific plate during the Early Yanshanian period to the reestablishment of a normal subduction system in SE China during the Late Yanshanian period.

Date of Submisson/Request
2018-11-07
Date of Acceptance
2019-03-06
Date of Publication
2020-01

Institution
FACULDADE DE CIÊNCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Where published
Geoscience Frontiers

Publication Identifiers
ISSN - 1674-9871
ISBN - 16749871

Publisher
Elsevier BV

Volume
11
Number
1

Number of pages
20
Starting page
243
Last page
263

Document Identifiers
DOI - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsf.2019.04.011
URL - http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gsf.2019.04.011

Rankings
SCIMAGO Q1 (2019) - 1.535 - Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
SCOPUS Q1 (2019) - 7.4 - General Earth and Planetary Sciences

Keywords
Granites U–Pb geochronology Jurassic Yanshanian orogeny Zircons Macao

Tags
Macao Geochronology

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APA
Pedro Quelhas, Ágata Alveirinho Dias, João Mata, Donald Wayne Davis, Maria Luísa Ribeiro, (2020). High-precision geochronology of Mesozoic magmatism in Macao, Southeast China: Evidence for multistage granite emplacement. Geoscience Frontiers, 11, 243-263. ISSN 1674-9871. eISSN . http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gsf.2019.04.011

IEEE
Pedro Quelhas, Ágata Alveirinho Dias, João Mata, Donald Wayne Davis, Maria Luísa Ribeiro, "High-precision geochronology of Mesozoic magmatism in Macao, Southeast China: Evidence for multistage granite emplacement" in Geoscience Frontiers, vol. 11, pp. 243-263, 2020. 10.1016/j.gsf.2019.04.011

BIBTEX
@article{44985, author = {Pedro Quelhas and Ágata Alveirinho Dias and João Mata and Donald Wayne Davis and Maria Luísa Ribeiro}, title = {High-precision geochronology of Mesozoic magmatism in Macao, Southeast China: Evidence for multistage granite emplacement}, journal = {Geoscience Frontiers}, year = 2020, pages = {243-263}, volume = 11 }