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Re-Os geochronology of oxide minerals

  • Author / Creator
    Davies, Joshua
  • 187Re-187Os analysis of magnetite and other oxide minerals from various well dated geological settings (kimberlites, lamprophyres, Manicouagan impact melt rock, Great Bear magmatic zone iron ore deposits and Laramie Anorthosite complex) worldwide have been used to investigate the potential for precise geochronology. 187Re-187Os isotopes in groundmass oxide minerals from kimberlites and lamprophyres are not suitable for emplacement geochronology due to low Re contents and large quantities of un-radiogenic Os. TRD and TMA ages can be calculated however, and correlate well with previously published depletion ages and large magmatic events in the overlying crust, indicating the effectiveness of this technique. Geochronology using magnetite from the remaining settings is im-precise due to very low Re and Os contents but the ages produced are in the correct area. Young ages produced from the Laramie anorthosite complex indicate that magnetite may have a low closure temperature to Os diffusion (~200-300ºC).

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  • Graduation date
    2010-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3Q91V
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Rob Creaser (Earth and Atmospheric Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Claire Currie (Physics)
    • Larry Heaman (Earth and Atmospheric Science)