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Chemical U-Th-Pb monazite dating and the Proterozoic history of King Island, southeast Australia


Berry, RF and Holm, OH and Steele, DA, Chemical U-Th-Pb monazite dating and the Proterozoic history of King Island, southeast Australia, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 52, (3) pp. 461-471. ISSN 0812-0099 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/08120090500134514


The Proterozoic stratigraphy of Tasmania has some common aspects with South Australia but the Wickham Orogeny (760 Ma) has been a major contrasting feature. We have used chemical U-Th-Pb monazite dating to clarify the age relationships in western King Island, which is the key area for the definition of the Wickham Orogeny. New monazite dates demonstrate that the major regional deformation on King Island occurred at 1290 Ma, The Wickham Orogeny is reinterpreted as a local deformation restricted to the contact aureole of the Cape Wickham granite. The Wickham Orogeny in Tasmania may correlate with minor felsic volcanism in the Adelaide Fold Belt, and low-angle unconformities in the Neoproterozoic of northwest Tasmania. The metamorphism on King Island is synchronous with Grenville-age (1300 Ma) orogenic events recognised in central and western Australia. The nearest known examples to Tasmania are in the Musgrave Ranges. Monazite dating of western King Island provides the first direct evidence for Mesoproterozoic basement in southeastern Australia and has major implications for Rodinia reconstructions. © Geological Society of Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Geochronology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Berry, RF (Associate Professor Ron Berry)
UTAS Author:Holm, OH (Mr Oliver Holm)
UTAS Author:Steele, DA (Dr David Steele)
ID Code:39007
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2007-10-17

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