New K-Ar Cooling Ages of Granitoids from the Strzegom-Sobótka Massif, SW Poland
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Institute of Geological Sciences, Wrocław University, M. Borna 9, 50-205 Wrocław
Institute of Physics, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Plac Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 1, 20-031 Lublin, Poland
Online publication date: 2007-07-04
Publication date: 2007-07-01
Geochronometria 2007;27:5-9
The Strzegom-Sobótka Variscan Massif (Fore-Sudetic Block, NE Bohemian Massif) consists of various post-kinematic Variscan granitoids emplaced into Palaeozoic low grade metamorphic rocks. Biotite from five samples representing the hornblende-biotite monzogranite, biotite monzogranite and biotite granodiorite has been dated using the K-Ar method for two size-fractions (0.25-0.35 and 0.35-0.5 mm). Finer fractions show more intense chloritization and therefore the results for them were rejected in further discussion. Coarser fractions with higher potassium content were accepted as yielding a maximum estimate approaching the true K-Ar biotite cooling ages. The results are clustered in two groups. The older age group (308.8±4.6 Ma and 305.5±4.3 Ma) comprises results obtained from the biotite granodiorites. They are generally consistent with the zircon crystallization age of 308.4±1.7 Ma reported by Turniak et al. (2005) and imply rapid cooling of the biotite granodiorite from magmatic temperatures down to the closure temperature of K-Ar isotopic system in biotite. The younger group is defined by 291.0±4.4 Ma and 298.7±5.2 Ma ages for the hornblende-biotite monzogranite and 294.2±4.3 Ma age for the biotite monzogranite. In the absence of precise U-Pb or Pb-Pb zircon data further geochronological studies are needed to decipher precisely the cooling history of the monzogranites.
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