Goals This proposed work will extend laser ablation resonance ionization spectrometry LARIMS from the previously demonstrated rubidium-strontium Rb-Sr geochronology system to four other radiogenic systems, enabling in-situ, concordant age determinations to be made on extraterrestrial bodies in the solar system. Advantages include providing an independent test of concordance, while expanding the potential range of samples that can be successfully measured. Testing for concordance is important because individual isotopic dating systems can be biased by a variety of factors. These biases are frequently distinct for different radiometric systems. Objectives This proposal addresses the important NASA goal to understand the history and evolution of the solar system. The time of key events in solar system history are poorly constrained by current samples, giving impetus to future missions with sample return and in-situ landed dating measurements. An issue for in-situ radiometric measurements is the desire for testing concordance, i.
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Some examples of isotope systems used to date geologic materials. 87Sr. 48 b.y. >10 million years. Sm, Nd, b.y.. 14C. 14N.
The radioactive decay of rubidium 87 Rb to strontium 87 Sr was the first widely used dating system that utilized the isochron method. Because rubidium is concentrated in crustal rocks, the continents have a much higher abundance of the daughter isotope strontium compared with the stable isotopes. A ratio for average continental crust of about 0. This difference may appear small, but, considering that modern instruments can make the determination to a few parts in 70,, it is quite significant.
Dissolved strontium in the oceans today has a value of 0. Thus, if well-dated, unaltered fossil shells containing strontium from ancient seawater are analyzed, changes in this ratio with time can be observed and applied in reverse to estimate the time when fossils of unknown age were deposited. The rubidium—strontium pair is ideally suited for the isochron dating of igneous rocks.
Paleogene basalts are widely distributed in the Xialiaohe Depression, which lies in the northern part of the Bohai Bay Basin, the second largest petroleum-bearing basin of China, in the northeastern part of the North China Craton. The geochemical characteristics of these basalts are quite different from that expected from magmas derived from crustal contamination or melting from a uniform asthenospheric mantle source, but is consistent with derivation from newly formed lithospheric mantle.
Combined with the geochemical character of the ESF and ODF basalts, we ascribe the abnormally low radiogenic lead isotopic composition for the Paleocene PFF basalts to newly formed lithospheric mantle that originated from recycling of delaminated thickened lithosphere in Late Mesozoic, including a lower crustal component. If you have an individual subscription to this journal, or if you have purchased this article through Pay-Per-view , you can gain access by logging in with your username and password here:.
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Importantly, he noted an overall decrease in Sr and Nd isotope data average Pb/U date of ± Ma (MSWD=; n=8) as.
GSA Bulletin ; : — The Wufeng and Longmaxi organic-rich shales host the largest shale gas plays in China. The fractures hosted in the Longmaxi Formation are mineralized with quartz as the predominant fracture cement, and calcite as an intracementation phase postdating the earlier quartz cement. In contrast, the fractures hosted in the Wufeng Formation are dominantly mineralized by calcite, which occurs either as the only cement present or as a cement phase predating later quartz cement.
REE data equally indicate that the distinguishable Eu anomalies 6. The Sm-Nd isochron ages and fluid inclusion data of fracture cements suggest that fracture opening and calcite precipitation in composite veins within the Wufeng and Longmaxi Formations were triggered by gas generation overpressurization. Shibboleth Sign In. OpenAthens Sign In.
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14C dating Trace amounts of Rb and Sr are found in most minerals as substitutions for The ionic radius of Nd and Sm is and Å, respectively.
Neodymium is a rare earth element REE that occurs in many silicate, phosphate, and carbonate minerals by substitution for major ions. It has seven stable isotopes. Nd and samarium Sm are considered “light” REEs and become concentrated in feldspars, biotite, and apatite. This has made Nd useful for age dating terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials as well as many other geologic applications DePaolo, The growth of 87 Sr and Nd together provides useful insight into geochemical evolution.
Mafic rocks and associated suites of more differentiated rocks can be dated by whole-rock or internal mineral isochrons. These Sm-Nd dates are less susceptible to metamorphic alteration than Rb-Sr dates. The concentration of Nd in natural waters is extremely low because the natural abundance of Nd is very small, and Nd is non-hydrophilic in low temperature environments. In most geological environments, the isotopic composition of Nd varies systematically, though inversely, with the isotopic composition of Sr.
Except in very specific environments, Nd will not be as useful as Sr due to its higher concentration in natural waters in the interpretation of the weathering process in rocks and minerals.
SM–ND isotopic investigations of Isua supracrustals and implications for mantle evolution
Paleogene basalts are widely distributed in the Xialiaohe Depression, which lies in the northern part of the Bohai Bay Basin, the second largest petroleum-bearing basin of China, in the northeastern part of the North China Craton. They display a positive correlation between [sup. The geochemical characteristics of these basalts are quite different from that expected from magmas derived from crustal contamination or melting from a uniform asthenospheric mantle source, but is consistent with derivation from newly formed lithospheric mantle.
Combined with the geochemical character of the ESF and ODF basalts, we ascribe the abnormally low radiogenic lead isotopic composition for the Paleocene PFF basalts to newly formed lithospheric mantle that originated from recycling of delaminated thickened lithosphere in Late Mesozoic, including a lower crustal component. Des basaltes datant du Paleogene sont distribues a grande echelle dans la depression d’Xialiaohe, situee dans la partie nord du bassin de la baie de Bohai.
Taking the necessary measures to maintain employees’ safety, we continue to operate and accept samples for analysis. Over the years, Beta Analytic has provided high-quality radiocarbon dating, stable isotope analysis, biobased carbon testing, renewable carbon testing of biofuels and waste-derived fuels including CO2 emissions, carbon analysis of natural products, and nitrate source tracking. In , the lab starts to offer specialized isotope services for geochronology, geochemical fingerprinting, and environmental source tracking through its subsidiary Isobar Science.
Services include:. Sr isotope measurements can be conducted on various sample types such as water, forams, bones ashed , mineral dust ashed , igneous rocks, and shells, coral and carbonates. U-Th Dating — As a radiometric dating technique used in the area of geochronology, U-Th dating is used to determine the age of carbonate material. Sample types accepted for U-Th dating include coral, stalagmite, and flowstone.
Sr-Nd-Hf ratio — Strontium Sr , neodymium Nd , and hafnium Hf radiogenic isotopes are extensively used in the fields of solid earth and earth system sciences for geochemical fingerprinting. The isotopic ratios can be measured in numerous sample types such as igneous and metamorphic rocks, mineral dust, and marine and lacustrine sediments. Boron Isotopes — Boron isotopic ratios are used for environmental source tracking and geochemical fingerprinting.
Whole rock Rb—Sr and Sm—Nd isotope data of six suevites five from inside the crater and one from outside the northern crater rim , three meta-graywacke, and two phyllite samples from core LBA are also presented, providing further insights into the timing of the metamorphism and a possibly related isotopic redistribution of the Bosumtwi crater rocks.
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Other lavas from the Western Rift and from the southern Kenyan Rift can also be explained through mixing between the same endmember components. In contrast, lavas from the northern Kenyan and Main Ethiopian rifts can be explained through variable mixing between the same mantle plume material and Middle to Late Proterozoic lithospheric mantle, present beneath the northern EARS. We propose further that the African Superplume, a large, seismically anomalous feature originating in the lower mantle beneath southern Africa, influences magmatism throughout eastern Africa with magmatism at RVP and the Main Ethiopian Rift representing two different heads of a single mantle plume source.
The East African Rift System EARS —from southern Tanzania and Lake Malawi, where the African continent begins to break apart, northward to the Afar Triple Junction, where the on-land Danakil Depression meets the oceanic spreading ridges of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Figure 1 —provides exceptional opportunities to study geologic processes controlling continental rifting and eventual ocean formation.
An outstanding feature of the EARS is the diverse and extensive magmatism associated with the various facets of rifting along its strike, making it a prime target to study the role of magmatism in continental break-up, one of the major issues regarding ocean formation. Results of investigations on this topic thus far suggest that mantle plume-type melting provides the bulk of magmas associated with rifting in the EARS, suggesting active, in this case plume, magmatism plays a significant role in ocean formation e.
Figure 1. Sketch map of East Africa showing the locations of the Main Ethiopia, Kenyan and Western rifts, the distribution of Tertiary—Recent volcanism and disposition of basement of contrasting ages. Curved dash lines denote the extent of the Ethiopia and Kenyan domes and dark lines mark the strike of the major border faults of the main rift valleys modified after Begg et al.
Extending In-Situ Dating to New Geochronometers: Pb-Pb, Sm-Nd, Re-Os, and LuHf
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Sr-Nd-Hf radiogenic isotopic ratios are widely used in the fields of solid earth and earth system sciences for geochemical fingerprinting. Lead isotopes are used for solid earth geochemistry and petrology, geochemical fingerprinting, contaminant source tracing, forensics, and archaeological studies.
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Cara L. Donnelly, William L. To provide better constraints on the sources of the kimberlite magmas and the timing of magmatism, we have carried out in situ U—Pb dating and Sr—Nd isotopic analysis of groundmass perovskite from four of the Kuruman kimberlites Bathlaros, Elston, Helpmekaar and Zero. We also have measured the Sr-isotope composition of groundmass apatite and carbonate in several of the kimberlites, for comparison with published whole-rock isotopic data.
Attempts to date perovskite using in situ laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry LA-ICP-MS were hindered by extensive Pb loss, even in apparently unaltered grains, yielding anomalously young emplacement ages. The smaller sampling volume of secondary ion mass spectrometry and the ability to measure Pb, thus allowing more precise common-Pb corrections, produces concordant ages.
The results of this study suggest that alteration may disrupt the U—Pb system in perovskite. The isotopic data suggest that the Kuruman kimberlite magmas were initially derived from a deeper sub-lithospheric source region, but their distinctive compositional characteristics were imposed through assimilation, first of metasomatized sub-continental lithospheric mantle and later of crustal material, during magma ascent.
Kimberlites are rare, small-volume, potassic and volatile-rich ultramafic rocks that have been the focus of many geochemical studies. In addition to being the carriers of diamonds and mantle xenoliths, kimberlite magmas can provide insights into deep Earth processes, including the links between metasomatism and low-degree melting. However, studies of kimberlites are complicated by their hybrid nature and their common post-intrusion alteration.
Samarium—neodymium dating is a radiometric dating method useful for determining the ages of rocks and meteorites , based on the radioactive decay of a long-lived samarium isotope Sm to a radiogenic neodymium isotope Nd. Neodymium isotope ratios together with samarium-neodymium ratios are used to provide information on age information and the source of igneous melts. It is sometimes assumed that at the moment when crustal material is formed from the mantle the neodymium isotope ratio depends only on the time when this event occurred, but thereafter it evolves in a way that depends on the new ratio of samarium to neodymium in the crustal material, which will be different from the ratio in the mantle material.
Samarium—neodymium dating allows us to determine when the crustal material was formed. The usefulness of Sm—Nd dating stems from the fact that these two elements are rare earth elements and are thus, theoretically, not particularly susceptible to partitioning during sedimentation and diagenesis.
Jurassic intraplate magmatism in southern Hunan-eastern Guangxi: 40Ar/39Ar dating, geochemistry, Sr-Nd isotopes and implications for the tectonic evolution of.
Ivey Jr. All Rights Reserved. Ngauruhoe in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of New Zealand erupted andesite lava flows in and , and avalanche deposits in When compared with recent andesite flows from the related adjacent Ruapehu volcano, the Sr-Nd-Pb radioisotopic systems plotted on correlation diagrams provide information about the depleted mantle source for the parental basalt magmas and the source of the crustal contamination that produced the andesite lavas from them.
Thus the radioisotopic ratios in these recent Ngauruhoe andesite flows were inherited, and reflect the origin and history of the mantle and crustal sources from which the magma was generated. Andesite, — flows, Mt. Skip to main content. Abstract Mt. More The Earth Is Unique. Strange Ocean Crust Waves Discovered. While searching for a missing plane on the ocean floor, scientists made an interesting geological discovery.
On March 8, , Malaysia Airlines flight