The ca. 2785-2805 Ma High Temperature Ilivertalik Intrusive Complex of Southern West Greenland

Tomas Næraa, Thomas F. Kokfelt, Anders Scherstén, Andreas Petersson

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Ferroan granitoid intrusions are rare in the Archaean rock record, but have played a large role in the evolution of the Proterozoic crust, particular in relation to anorthosite-mangerite-charnockite-granite suites. Here we discuss the petrogenesis of the ca. 2785-2805 Ma ferroan Ilivertalik Intrusive Complex, which has many geochemical similarities to Proterozoic iron rich granitoids. We present major and trace element whole rock chemistry and combined in-situ zircon U-Pb, Hf and O isotope data. The intrusive complex divides into: (i) minor tabular units of mainly diorite-tonalite compositions, which are typically situated along contacts to the host basement and (ii) interior larger, bodies of mainly granite-granodiorite composition. Geochemically these two unites display continuous to semi-continuous trends in Haker-diagrams. Whole rock REE enrichment display increases from Yb to La, from 10-25 to 80-100 times chondrite, respectively. The diorite-tonalite samples are generally more enriched in REE compared to the granite-granodiorite samples. The complex has hafnium isotope compositions from around +1.5 to -2.5 epsilon units and O-18 compositions in the range of 6.3 to 6.6 parts per thousand. The complex is interpreted to be derived from partial melting in a crustal source region during anomalously high crustal temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number319
Number of pages16
JournalGeosciences (Switzerland)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018


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