Geochemistry and geochronology of orthogneisses across a major transcurrent shear zone (East Pernambuco shear zone, Borborema Province, Northeast Brazil): Tectonic implications

Abstract : The East Pernambuco shear zone (EPSZ) is a dextral shear zone bounding the Rio Capibaribe and Pernambuco-Alagoas domains of the Neoproterozoic Borborema Province (NE Brazil). This study reports new geological data from orthogneisses across the central segment of the EPSZ. Two samples from the Bezerros orthogneiss to the north of the EPSZ yielded 207Pb/206Pb weighted mean ages of 2111 ± 7 Ma and 2104 ± 8 Ma. The c. 2.1 Ga age is taken as the age of crystallization of the protolith. It is undistinguishable from the age of the 2.13–2.09 Ga-old Vertentes Complex, which is the main Paleoproterozoic unit of the Rio Capibaribe Domain, and of orthogneisses that occur immediately south of the EPSZ. Like the Vertentes Complex, the Bezerros orthogneiss has a subduction-zone geochemical signature (e.g., pronounced negative Nb-Ta anomalies), suggesting intrusion in a magmatic arc setting. South of the EPSZ, a migmatized granitic orthogneiss and the Encruzilhada de São João orthogneiss yielded 206Pb/238U weighted mean ages of 645 ± 3 Ma and 639 ± 5 Ma, respectively. Ages of 615 ± 17 Ma and 618 ± 12 Ma obtained at the rims of zircon grains from Encruzilhada de São João and migmatized granitic orthogneisses, respectively, are interpreted as dating the acquisition of the low-angle gneissic fabric. The age of the EPSZ is bracketed by the 591 ± 4 Ma age of a monazite grain from the Bezerros orthogneiss and by the of 575 ± 17 Ma age of a young zircon grain in the Encruzilhada de São João orthogneiss. Rather than being a terrane boundary, the EPSZ more likely represents an intracontinental shear zone that nucleated at preexisting crustal heterogeneities.
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Rafaela H.M. França, Sérgio Neves, João P.S. Bezerra, Olivier Bruguier. Geochemistry and geochronology of orthogneisses across a major transcurrent shear zone (East Pernambuco shear zone, Borborema Province, Northeast Brazil): Tectonic implications. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, Elsevier, 2019, 91, pp.285-301. ⟨10.1016/j.jsames.2019.02.015⟩. ⟨hal-02131708⟩

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