A geological traverse across the Jack Hills Metasedimentary Belt, Western Australia: Isotopic constraints on the distribution of proterozoic rocks and the evolution of Hadean Crust
Prof. Simon Wilde
Prof. Birger Rusmussen
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Department of Applied Geology
Samples of every rock type present along a traverse through the Jack Hills belt were examined and processed for zircon, monazite and xenotime isotopic study. Zircon U-Pb ages range from 1618±22 Ma to 4381±5 Ma, confirming the presence of both Archean and Proterozoic successions. Lutetium-Hf data for Hadean zircons imply a primitive source that was reworked with little juvenile input from the mantle. Monazite data confirm that the Archean rocks were metamorphosed at 2.65 Ga.