Detrital zircon populations from two sandstone samples from the lower member (Johnsons Dock Member) of the Miers Bluff Formation at Hurd Peninsula have been dated by the Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe (SHRIMP) U-Pb method. In one of the samples, zircons as young as early Middle Jurassic (Bajocian) age are present. In the second sample, the youngest detrital zircons are Middle Triassic in age. The detrital zircon age spectra indicate that Permian, early Palaeozoic and Meso- to Neoproterozoic zircon bearing rocks were present in the source areas of the Miers Bluff Formation. The sedimentary rocks are intruded by the Hespérides Point Intrusive diorite stock which yielded a U-Pb zircon crystallization age of 137.7 ± 1.4 Ma (Early Cretaceous, Valanginian). These results indicate that sedimentation of the Johnsons Dock Member of the Miers Bluff Formation is bracketed in time between the Bajocian and the Valanginian. The Miers Bluff Formation has been correlated with the Trinity Peninsula Group from the Antarctic Peninsula, based on sedimentological and structural similarity. Since the Trinity Peninsula Group is older than Middle Jurassic a direct chronological correlation is not supported by our new U-Pb zircon data. However, we suggest that the tectonic setting may have migrated in time with deposition of the pre-Middle Jurassic TPG on the peninsula, to Livingston Island where the maximum age for deposition of the MBF is Bajocian (about 170 Ma).
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