Zircon and Titanite U–Pb SHRIMP dating of unexposed basement units of the Buenos Aires region, southeastern Río de La Plata Craton, Argentina
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We present U–Pb Sensitive High Mass Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP) data of unexposed igneous-metamorphic basement rocks from two areas of the southeastern Río de la Plata craton (RPC; Buenos Aires city) located within the Buenos Aires–Piedra Alta (BAPA) terrane – and the Tapalqué area (Buenos Aires province) – located within the Tandilia terrane, and discuss the tectonic evolution of that portion of the craton based on both the new data and previous work. The newly obtained geochronological data of drill cores indicate that: (a) arc magmatism occurred at 2164–2186 Ma corresponding to early ‘Trans-Amazon’ (early Rhyacian) arc magmatism; (b) the age of collision between the BAPA and Tandilia terranes is inferred to have commenced at ca. 2110 Ma; (c) peak metamorphism occurred at ca. 2069 Ma; and (d) the presence of rocks related to the RPC is confirmed under Cenozoic sediments in a large area between Martin Garcia Island and Tandil. We envisage an early Rhyacian divergent double subduction scheme between the BAPA and Tandilia terranes – i.e. N-dipping towards BAPA and S-dipping towards Tandilia – prior to the late Rhyacian collision between these two terranes.
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