Time-Scales Of Assembly And Thermal History Of A Composite Felsic Pluton- Constraints From The Emerald Lake Area, Northern Canadian Cordillera, Yukon

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Journal Article: Time-Scales Of Assembly And Thermal History Of A Composite Felsic Pluton- Constraints From The Emerald Lake Area, Northern Canadian Cordillera, Yukon

Abstract
Knowledge of the time-scales of emplacement and thermal history during assembly of composite felsic plutons in the shallow crust are critical to deciphering the processes of crustal growth and magma chamber development. Detailed petrological and chemical study of the mid-Cretaceous, composite Emerald Lake pluton, from the northern Canadian Cordillera, Yukon Territory, coupled with U-Pb and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, indicates that this pluton was intruded as a series of magmatic pulses. Intrusion of these pulses produced a strong petrological zonation from augite syenite, hornblende quartz syenite and monzonite, to biotite granite. Our data further indicate that multiple phases were emplaced and cooled to below the mineral closure temperatures over a time-scale on the order of the resolution of the 40Ar/39Ar technique (~1 Myr), and that emplacement occurred at 94.3 Ma. Simple thermal modelling and heat conduction calculations were used to further constrain the temporal relationships within the intrusion. These calculations are consistent with the geochronology and show that emplacement and cooling were complete in less than 100 kyr and probably 70±5 kyr. These results demonstrate that production, transport and emplacement of the different phases of the Emerald Lake pluton occurred essentially simultaneously, and that these processes must also have been closely related in time and space. By analogy, these results provide insights into the assembly and petrogenesis of other complex intrusions and ultimately lead to an understanding of the processes involved in crustal development.

Authors 
Ian M. Coulson, Mike E. Villeneuve, Gregory M. Dipple, Robert A. Duncan, James K. Russell and James K. Mortensen








Published Journal 
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 2002





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Citation

Ian M. Coulson,Mike E. Villeneuve,Gregory M. Dipple,Robert A. Duncan,James K. Russell,James K. Mortensen. 2002. Time-Scales Of Assembly And Thermal History Of A Composite Felsic Pluton- Constraints From The Emerald Lake Area, Northern Canadian Cordillera, Yukon. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .