Grenville-age pseudotachylite in the Lewisian: laserprobe 40Ar/39Ar ages from the Gairloch region of Scotland (UK)

Sherlock, Sarah C.; Jones, Kevin A. and Park, R. Graham (2008). Grenville-age pseudotachylite in the Lewisian: laserprobe 40Ar/39Ar ages from the Gairloch region of Scotland (UK). Journal of the Geological Society, 165(1) pp. 73–83.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1144/0016-76492006-134

URL: http://jgs.geoscienceworld.org/cgi/content/abstrac...

Abstract

Infrared laserprobe 40Ar/39Ar dating has been used to date pseudotachylite and host-rock minerals from a crush belt in the Lewisian basement of Scotland. It has revealed complexity in the pseudotachylite data that is attributable to the presence of refractory host-rock clasts and mineral fragments in the pseudotachylite. In conjunction with the host-rock mineral laserprobe 40Ar/39Ar data it has been possible to simplify the pseudotachylite data for the samples, and the preferred ages for these are: 980 ± 39 Ma, 999 ± 31 Ma and 1024 ± 30 Ma (2). These ages are the first record of Grenville-aged brittle deformation in the Lewisian. Further, this study serves to illustrate the complexity of dating pseudotachylites, and the advantages and limitations of the IR laserprobe applied to such materials.

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