40ar/39AR cooling ages of Pan-African structures from the Mozambique belt in SE Kenya: implications for the cooling history

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dc.contributor.author Mathu, Eliud M.
dc.contributor.author Bauernhofer, A. H.
dc.contributor.author Hauzenberger, C. A.
dc.contributor.author Handler, R.
dc.contributor.author Wallbrecher, E.
dc.contributor.author Hoinkes, G.
dc.contributor.author Muhongo, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-25T09:12:30Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-25T09:12:30Z
dc.identifier.uri http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Publication/10917023/40ar-39ar-cooling-ages-of-pan-african-structures-from-the-mozambique-belt-in-se-kenya-implications
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.seku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/1372
dc.description.abstract Ar/39Ar cooling ages of hornblende, biotite and muscovite are presented from the Taita Hills-Galana River area, SE Kenya. Ages of ~580-560 Ma are derived from hornblende and biotite from rocks belonging to a S-SW oriented thrust pile in the westernmost part of the study area (Taita Hills). These ages document cooling subsequent to a phase of thrusting and uplift in the orogen. Muscovite from an unfoliated pegmatite from the same area shows an age of ~505 Ma which is interpreted as incipient post-tectonic cooling. An adjacent domain characterized by large-scale strike slip shear (western Galana River) exhibits cooling ages of ~525 Ma (hornblende) and ~500- 490 Ma (biotite), respectively. These ages most likely constrain a late phase of post-collisional tectonics in the orogen. Between both domains biotites from a small zone containing distinct gneiss rigdes show a cooling age of ~548 Ma. In the easternmost part of the study area (eastern Galana River) a hornblende cooling age of ~519 Ma suggest a tectonic relationship to the strike slip domain. A combination of the 40Ar/39Ar- and recent U-Pb- and Sm-Nd age data support a polycyclic metamorphic evolution of the region as well as differences in the cooling history for certain domains.
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dc.title 40ar/39AR cooling ages of Pan-African structures from the Mozambique belt in SE Kenya: implications for the cooling history en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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