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Re-Os isochron age of Fankeng basalts from Fujian of SE China and its geological significance

Jincheng Zhou, Shaoyong Jiang, Xiaolei Wang, Jinghong Yang, Mengqun Zhang
Geochemical Journal, Vol. 39, No. 6, P. 497-502, 2005

ABSTRACT

Mesozoic basalts occur widely in SE China, with two major episodes of activity during the Middle Jurassic and Early Cretaceous. The exact age and mantle source character for the first eruption of basaltic magma during the Jurassic are not well constrained. In this paper we report, for the first time, Re-Os isotope data on these basalts. We sampled the Fankeng basalts in the Yongding basin of southwestern Fujian, SE China and separated the Fe-Ti oxide concentrates in them. Six samples of the Fe-Ti oxide concentrates yield a Re-Os isochron age of 175.4 ± 3.1 Ma with an initial 187Os/188Os ratio of 0.124 ± 0.014, corresponding to an initial γOs value of -1.44 at 175.4 Ma. The age suggests that the Fankeng basalts are products of Middle Jurassic magmatism. Both (187Os/188Os)i and γOs values are near chondritic. Together with Sm-Nd isotope data of these basalts, we conclude that the Fankeng basaltic magma might be derived from depleted asthenospheric mantle. The near chondritic γOs and εNd(T) values may suggest interactions between asthenosphere and lithosphere during early Mesozoic in the area.

KEYWORDS

interactions between asthenosphere and lithosphere, Re-Os isochron age, tholeiites, Middle Jurassic, Fankeng in Fujian of China

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