Rb-Sr isotopic ages from Late Palaeozoic metamorphic rocks of central Chile.

F. Herve, K. Kawashita, F. Munizaga, M. Bassei

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Two metamorphic complexes of different lithology and structure occur in the coast ranges of central Chile. The Tanume metamorphic complex to the east belongs to a low P-T series of sillimanite-cordierite gneisses derived from a continental platform clastic sedimentary sequence and gives a whole-rock isochron age of 347 + or - 32 m.y. whereas the accreted Pichilemu complex to the west consists of stilpnomelane-bearing cherts, crossite-bearing metabasic rocks and siliceous metapelites, with an age of 311 + or - 10 m.y. Different provenance of the protoliths is indicated by the higher 87Sr/ 86Sr initial ratios of the Tanume rocks (0.7124 + or - 0.0007) relative to the Pichilemu rocks (0.7060 + or - 0.0005), which were more affected than the former by the main phase of deformation and metamorphism in the area.-R.A.H.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-884
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Geological Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geology
  • Environmental Science(all)


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