Mineralogy and Petrology

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Morphology, trace elements, and geochronology of zircons from monzogranite in the Northeast Xing’an Block, northeastern China: constraints on the genesis of the host magma

  • Changzhou Deng
  • Guangyi Sun
  • Deyou SunEmail author
  • Jinsheng Han
  • Dongguang Yang
  • Zongyuan Tang
Original Paper


The morphology, trace-element composition and geochronology of 43 zircon grains from two monzogranite samples from the Northeast Xing’an Block, northeastern China, were determined using cathodoluminescence imaging and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Three morphological subtypes (S3, S8 and S9) are recognized in the zircon grain samples, and subtype S8 is dominant, reflecting a calc-alkaline, moderately aluminous, high-pressure crystallization medium and a crystallization temperature of 700 ± 50 °C. The zircon grains are characterized by oscillatory zoning, relatively high Th/U ratios (0.3–1.0), steep chondrite-normalized rare-earth element patterns, high Hf contents (>9000 ppm), positive Ce (Ce/Ce* = 4.84 to 2914) and negative Eu (Eu/Eu* = 0.24 to 0.90) anomalies, indicating a magmatic source. The 206Pb/238U ages of the two monzogranite samples are 180 ± 1 and 181 ± 1 Ma, respectively, implying an Early Jurassic emplacement age for the intrusion. The disparate geochemical behaviors of Hf, Th, and Nb within the zircons, as well as the U/Yb, Nb/Yb, Th/U, Nb/Hf, Th/Nb, and Hf/Th ratios, suggest a continental-crust source in a compressional-magmatic-arc or orogenic-tectonic setting, and a calc-alkaline parent magma. All of the grains show relatively high Ce4+/Ce3+ ratios, suggesting that they were derived from an oxidized magma, which favors enrichment of Cu-Mo elements in the granite porphyry.


Zircon Morphology U–Pb age Geochemistry Monzogranite 



This work was supported by the Heilongjiang Research Project of Land and Resources (201701) and Self-determined Foundation of Key Laboratory of Mineral Resources Evaluation in Northeast Asia, Ministry of Natural Resources (DBY-ZZ-18-10). We are very grateful to Dr. Hu Huang for a helpful scientific review on the original manuscript. We would like to thank Dr. Maarten A.T.M. BROEKMANS and JEO Assistant Lhiric Agoyaoy and two reviewers for the constructive suggestions of the manuscript.

Supplementary material

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Supplementary Table 1 Trace-element data for zircons from DGS01 from the monzogranite in the NE Xing’an Block. (XLS 18 kb)
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Supplementary Table 2 Trace-element data for zircons from DGS25 from the monzogranite in the NE Xing’an Block. (XLS 18 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Earth SciencesJilin UniversityChangchunChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of GeochemistryChinese Academy of SciencesGuiyangChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Mineral Resources Evaluation in Northeast Asia, Ministry of Land and ResourcesChangchunChina
  4. 4.Guangzhou Institute of GeochemistryChinese Academy of ScienceGuangzhouChina

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