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Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 58, Issue 34, pp 4300–4307

First Online: 24 July 2013Received: 25 March 2013Accepted: 03 May 2013DOI: 10.1007-s11434-013-5993-x

Cite this article as: Zhang, Y., Wei, C., Tian, W. et al. Chin. Sci. Bull. 2013 58: 4300. doi:10.1007-s11434-013-5993-x


Hengshan granulite facies terrane consists of tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite TTG gneisses and minor high-pressure mafic granulite blocks. LA-ICP-MS zircon dating for two TTG gneiss samples indicates metamorphic ages of 1916.7±9.9 Ma and 1850–1930 Ma, and magmatic protolith age of ca. 2.5 Ga, with similar HREE-rich patterns. Phase equilibria modelling in ZrO2-bearing system reveals that zircon abundance varies inversely with melt abundance in suprasolidus metamorphism, zircon growth occurs with melt crystallization during cooling, and thus, the newly grown zircon can only record the age of retrograde metamorphism. Consequently, we suggest that the Hengshan granulite facies terrane experienced slowly uplifting and cooling during 1.85–1.93 Ga in an extensional setting under middle-crust, while the collision orogeny corresponding to peak stage of high-pressure granulite may have happened much earlier.

Keywordszircon U-Pb dating P-T pseudosection Hengshan Complex North China Craton This article is published with open access at

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Author: YingHui Zhang - CunJing Wei - Wei Tian - XiWen Zhou


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