Journal of Earth Science

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Age, Geochemistry, and Tectonic Implications of Dulaerqiao Granite, Inner Mongolia

  • Anxia Chen
  • Duo Zhou
  • Qingkui Zhang
  • Zhongzhu Yang
Mineralogy and Petrogeochemistry


Dulaerqiao granite is located at the Xinlin-Xiguitu-Toudaoqiao suture zone between the Erguna massif and the Xing’an massif, northeast of Inner Mongolia. The rocks are mainly composed of K-feldspar, quartz, and plagioclase. Zircon LA-ICP-MS U-Pb data show that this granite was deposited in the Late Carboniferous Period (308.7±2.0 Ma). The samples are rich in alkali, Fe, and Al and low in Mg, Ca, and P. Chondrite-normalized REEs exhibit right-inclined patterns with significant negative Eu anomalies. Additionally, the granite shows high quantities of trace elements such as Zr, Hf, Th, K, and Rb and decreased quantities of Sr, P, and Ti. The chemical characteristics identified herein and a series of diagrams that distinguish different types of granite show that Dulaerqiao alkali-feldspar granites belong to the aluminous A-type granite group. Meanwhile, the initial magma crystallizes under high-temperature, low-pressure conditions resulting from a tectonic extension setting. The formation of Dulaerqiao aluminous A-type granite is related to the rejuvenation of the ancient Xinlin-Xiguitu- Toudaoqiao suture zone, which was activated by the interaction between the combined Erguna-Xing’an massif and the Songnen massif in the Late Paleozoic Era. This aluminous A-type granite was deposited about 30 Ma after the collision.

Key words

aluminous A-type granite zircon U-Pb age geochemistry post-orogenic extensional environment rejuvenation of an ancient suture zone Dulaerqiao 


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This work was supported by the foundation of “Geological and Mineral Surveys in Northern Part of Greater Xing’an Range Metallogenic Belt” (No. [2013]01-009-030). We thank the reviewers and the editors for the constructive comments. We also thank Dr. Kunyue Ling from Institute of Geochemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences for performing a careful reading of earlier version of this paper. The final publication is available at Springer via

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ocean CollegeZhejiang UniversityZhoushanChina
  2. 2.Liaoning Institute of Geological ExplorationDalianChina
  3. 3.Shenyang CenterChina Geological SurveyShenyangChina

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