INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE NIVOLOGIA, GLACIOLOGIA Y CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Provenance of the Miocene Alto Tunuyán Basin (33º40'S, Argentina) and its implications for the evolution of the Andean Range: insights from petrography and U-Pb LA-ICPMS zircon ages
PINTO, LUISA; PORRAS, HERNAN; GIAMBIAGI LAURA,; TUNIK, MAISA ANDREA
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2016 vol. 690 p. 298 - 298
The Alto Tunuyán Foreland Basin in western Argentina is located immediately south of the flat-slab segment of the Central Andes and its evolution is directly related to the propagation of structures to the east. Petrographic and geochronologic studies have been performed to determine the provenance of syntectonic sediments in the basin in order to establish their relationship to the Andean orogenic activity. The analysed detrital and igneous zircons in contrast with previous data, allow us to restrict the basin age between ca. 15 and 6 Ma. Sandstones record twomain contributions, one from andesitic volcanic rocks and the other from an acidic igneous source, the first probably corresponding to Miocene volcanic rocks from the Principal Cordillera (Farellones Formation) and the second to Permo?Triassic, acidic, igneous rocks from the Frontal Cordillera (Choiyoi Magmatic Province, CMP). Two secondary sources have been recorded, sedimentary and metamorphic; the first one is represented by Mesozoic rocks in the Principal Cordillera and the second by the Proterozoic/early Carboniferous Guarguaráz Complex (GC) in the Frontal Cordillera, respectively. Sandstones from the lower basin deposits (15?11Ma) register supply pulses from the Farellones Formation reflecting the unroofing of the Principal Cordillera by upliftpulses during the middle Miocene. Sandstones from the upper basin deposits (ca. 11?9 Ma) record an increase in material derived fromthe CMP, reflecting important uplift of the Frontal Cordillera. A thick, ca. 9Ma old ignimbritewithin the basin indicates an eruption in the Frontal Cordillera. Detrital zircons fromthe CMP have been detected also in the lower basin deposits, suggesting either recycling of Mesozoic deposits containing CMP zircons or an early paleorelief of the Frontal Cordillera. The good correlation between the age of the detrital zircons of the CMP and the GC in the lower basin deposits supports recycling of Mesozoic sedimentary deposits.