Chinese Science Bulletin

, 48:1670 | Cite as

Preliminary study of microscale zircon oxygen isotopes for Dabie-Sulu metamorphic rocks: Ion probe in situ analyses

  • Chen Daogong 
  • Deloule Etienne 
  • Cheng Hao 
  • Xia Qunke 
  • Wu Yuanbao 
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151 in situ analyses of oxygen isotopes were carried out by ion micro-probe for zircons from 8 localities of HP-UHP metamorphic rocks including eclogites in the Dabie-Sulu terrane. The results show significant heterogeneity in δ18O values, with variation in different rocks from −8.5‰ to +9.7‰ and within one sample from 2‰ to 12‰. No measurable difference in δ18O was observed between protolith magmatic (detrital) zircons and metamorphic recrystallized zircons within analytical uncertainties from the ion micro-probe measurements. This indicates that the metamorphic zircons have inherited the oxygen isotopic compositions of protolith zircons despite the HP to UHP metamorphism. According to their protolith ages from zircon U-Pb in situ dating by the same ion micro-probe, two groups of oxygen isotope composition are recognized, with one having δ18O values of 6‰–7‰ for old protolith of 1.9–2.5 Ga ages and the other 0‰–2‰ for young protolith of 0.7–0.8 Ga ages. The latter anomalously low δ18O values of zircons indicate that the magma has had the obvious involvement of meteoric water when forming the young protolith of high-grade metamorphic rocks. This may be correlated with the snowball Earth event occurring in South China and the world elsewhere during the Neoproterozoic.


zircon oxygen isotopes internal structure ion microprobe Dabie-Sulu protolith ages 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chen Daogong 
    • 1
  • Deloule Etienne 
    • 2
  • Cheng Hao 
    • 1
  • Xia Qunke 
    • 1
  • Wu Yuanbao 
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Earth and Space SciencesUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina
  2. 2.CRPG-CNRSNancyFrance

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