Isotope dilution thermal ionization mass spectrometry (ID-TIMS) and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA–ICP-MS) are two popular analytical methods used to constrain the age of minerals, including cassiterite. Compared to ID-TIMS, the LA–ICP-MS analytical method is often favoured due to its simple analytical procedure and sample preparation, although the methodology constantly needs modification. Our recent paper on dating cassiterite from the Baiganhu W-Sn ore field in NW China based on LA–MC-ICP-MS and ID-TIMS methods has received a response from Dr. Leonid A. Neymark (2017). Definitely, Neymark is appreciated, and his suggestions are helpful to improve the methodology of cassiterite U–Pb geochronology. Based on a discussion on the cassiterite U–Pb dating method, we re-confirm the validity of the cassiterite U-Pb ages for the Baiganhu W-Sn ore field. The initial non-radiogenic 204Pb used in the U-Pb isochron approach can be replaced by the non-radiogenic 207Pb, because the radiogenic 207Pb decayed from 235U can be ignored in cassiterite with a high Pb content. Therefore, the cassiterite U-Pb isochron yields an age similar to that obtained from T-W concordia for the same sample, testifying the validity of the cassiterite 238U/207Pb–206Pb/207Pb isochron method.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Ore Geology Reviews|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2018|