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Electron micoprobe (EMP) dating on monazite from Forefinger Point granulites, East Antarctica: Implication for Pan-African overprint

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Motoyoshi, Y. , Hokada, T. and Shiraishi, K. (2006): Electron micoprobe (EMP) dating on monazite from Forefinger Point granulites, East Antarctica: Implication for Pan-African overprint , In: Fütterer, D.K.; Damaske, D.; Kleinschmidt, G.; Miller, H.; Tessensohn, F. (eds) Antarctica contributions to global earth sciences. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg New York .
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Electron microprobe (EMP) dating on monazite in granulite-facies rocks from Forefinger Point,East Antarctica, yielded dominant ages of ~500 Ma on matrix monazites.They are associated with secondary cordierite, biotite and sapphirine, formed during nearly isothermal decompression after the high P-T assemblages involving garnet, orthopyroxene and sillimanite. Older ages around 750 1 000 Ma are detected in monazite cores and in monazite inclusions in garnet porphyroblast. Combining the available age data and the reaction textures, it becomes evident that the Forefinger Point granulites have been overprinted by a granulite-facies decompressional event of Pan-African age. Moreover, EMP monazite dating imply that the Forefinger Point granulites have experienced at least two stages of metamorphic evolution.

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