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Fission track and K-Ar dating on some granitic rocks of the Hida Mountain Range, Central Japan

Ryuji Yamada, Satoru Harayama
Geochemical Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1, P. 59-66, 1999

ABSTRACT

Fission track (FT) zircon ages for eight samples, and K-Ar ages using biotite and hornblende for two samples were determined on four granitic rock bodies and a dyke in the Hida Mountain Range, Central Japan. FT zircon ages were determined <3 Ma for six samples, and >40 Ma for two samples. K-Ar ages were always older than the FT ages, reflecting the difference in closure temperature. For a sample of the Okukurobe Granite, the evidence of secondary thermal overprinting was found according to the statistical test for single grain FT ages and FT length distribution aspect. The apparent FT age of 44 ± 5 Ma (2σ level) should not correspond to any geological events. On the basis of the radiometric age data, the emplacement order of the rock bodies could be reconstructed as follows: The Kitamatadani Tonalite intruded at ∼90 Ma, the Tsurugidake Granite at ∼60-70 Ma, the Okukurobe Granite prior to ∼60 Ma, the Kurobegawa Granite (KG) prior to ∼7 Ma, and a dyke intruded into KG at ∼1 Ma. Because a simple cooling process is not applicable to the rock bodies in this region, it is necessary to analyze systematically the cooling histories of relatively small parts of each rock body prior to the thermo-tectonic history analysis.

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