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U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic systems in zircons and Hf-Nd isotopic systematization

of the Kimozero kimberlites (Karelia).

Lokhov K.I.*, Lepekhina E.N.**, Kapitonov I.N.**, Polekhovsky Yu.S.*,

Afanaseva Z.L.*, Bogomolov E.S.***, Sergeev S.A.**

*  St.-Petersburg State University,geological faculty, St.-Petersburg, Russia;

** VSEGEI St.-Petersburg, Russia; *** IPGG RAS, St.-Petersburg, Russia.



In Kimozero kimberlites we have found a number of zircons with U-Pb age from 150 to 2545 Ma (SIMS SHRIMP II). According to low uranium concentration (3-16 ppm) and morphology, only zircon grains with measured U-Pb age 1850-2070 Ma, can be considered as magmatic kimberlite. These zircons have concordant U-Pb ages, and for the array of U-Pb data can be obtained estimation of concordant age of kimberlite crystallization 200441 Ma. From other side U-Pb dating by ID TIMS of individual grains of supposed magmatic kimberlite genesis gave estimation 19864 Ma (Samsonov, e.a., 2009). Geochemical peculiarities of kimberlite zircons (177Lu/176Hf<0.0001) (Nowell, e.a., 2004), give possibility of their robust determination, even in case of presence in kimberlite object as captured, so metamorphic zircon grains. Lu-Hf isotopic investigation of zircons from Kimozero kimberlites have shown, that only zircons with measured U-Pb age 1850-2070 Ma can be classified as magmatic kimberite ones (fig.1). 

Fig.1. Values of Lu/Hf ratios in zircons from Kimozero kimberlites.


Hf-Nd isotopic systematization give possibility for robust identification of genesis of individual zircon grains (Lokhov, e.a., 2009b) and exhibits, that zircons with age near 2500 Ma are captured, and zircons with age in the range 130 600 Ma are metamorphic (fig.2). Metamorphic zircons with the same range of Phanerozoic ages were found in majority of Paleoproterozoic rocks of the Onega depression (Goltsin, e.a., 2010).  To magmatic zircons on this plot can be attributed only those, which are belonging to correlation for magamtic rocks terrestrial array. Magmatic zircons can be subdivided into four groups with measured U-Pb age: 1815-1825, 1870-1875, 1920-1975 and 2000-2070 Ma. Each of these groups is characterized by specific and in series increasing parameter εHf(T) (fig.2.). Zircons of the first group mainly have 177Lu/176Hf>0.0001 (fig.1), hence, are not kimberlitic. The zircons of last three groups cannot be correlated with any known group of kimberlites by Hf-Nd systematization in (Nowell, e.a., 2004) (fig.2). Them are occupying some intermediate position, and are most close to the field of kimberlites of transitional type, which are considered to be generated by relatively enriched deep source. There is a clear regularity: as younger is the group of zircons, so them demonstrate lower values of εHf(T) (fig.2.). 

Geological, geochemical and petrographic data sow that in Kimozero body can be found at least three generations of kimberlite rocks (Dubovikova, Polekhovsky 2009). Hence these three groups of zircons can be attributed to different generations of kimberlites. Calculation for these groups of U-Pb data gives estimations of concordant ages of zircon crystallization: 189357, 197565 204848 Ma. Obtained data demonstrate, that the magmatic source of kimberlites suffered evolution in the time span over 150 Ma at progressive increase of its enrichment from kimberlites of first type to transitional type ones. Effect of enrichment of the deep source in fact is virtual and is related to evolution of isolated deep reservoir with model age relative to depleted mantle by hafnium near 2450 Ma (fig.3).

The source of captured zircon with age near 2500 Ma, according to negative εHf(T) value, could be rocks of lower crust. Metamorphic zircons of Phanerozoic age range demonstrate clear excess of radiogenic hafnium, usual for analogous metamorphic zircons from sedimentary and volcanic Paleoproterozoic rocks of the Onega depression.


Fig.2. Isotopic Hf-Nd systematization of the Kimozero kimberlites. Gray dotted lines are marking correlation for magmatic rocks - terrestrial array, black ellipses fields of known kimberlites by (Nowell, e.a., 2004): 1- first type, 2- second type, 3- transitional type.


.3. Evolution of Hf isotopic composition (by zircons) in the deep source of Kimozero kimberlites.



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