Acta Geochimica

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 734–752 | Cite as

Geochemical characterization of Granitoids in Katchuan Irruan area: further evidence for peraluminous and shoshonitic compositions and post-collisional setting of granitic rocks in the Precambrian Basement Complex of Nigeria

  • Chinedu U. IbeEmail author
  • Smart C. Obiora
Original Article


Petrographic studies on Granitoids from Katchuan Irruan and adjoining areas, southeastern Nigeria, has shown that they are garnetiferous biotite granite, aplitic granite, porphyritic hornblende biotite granite, porphyritic muscovite biotite granite, weakly foliated leucogranodiorite and simple pegmatite. They are closely associated with the Precambrian Basement Complex rocks which they intruded. Modal analysis shows that the rocks consist of quartz (10%–25%), oligoclase (10%–30%), K-feldspar (15%–35%), biotite (3%–25%), with occasional garnet, hornblende, muscovite, and accessory chlorite, haematite and magnetite. Geochemical data indicates that the rocks are generally shoshonitic, alkali-calcic to calcic, ferroan and peraluminous. They are enriched in large ion lithophile elements as well as high field strength elements (Hf, Ta, Yb, Sm, Zr and Y). Their trace elements and REE patterns are similar, indicating that they are co-genetic. They are characterized by high fractionation factor (La/Yb)N (3.04–228.44) and pronounced negative Eu anomalies (Eu/Eu*) (0.23–0.71). Their overall geochemical features indicate that they were most likely derived from partial melting of crustal materials in an orogenic (post-collisional) tectonic setting. They are therefore related to the Pan-African granites, otherwise known as the Older Granites which were emplaced during the Pan African orogenic event.


Pan African Partial melting Post-collisional Precambrian Older Granites Orogenic 



The authors are grateful to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka for employing the first author as a graduate assistant who made the study possible. The assistance of the Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG) in carrying out the whole rock geochemical analyses (In-Kind Analytical support) is greatly acknowledged. They are also grateful to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (IBR-2017) for sponsoring the field work and petrographic analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of NigeriaNsukkaNigeria

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