TUNIK Maisa Andrea
U-Pb detrital zircon ages in upper Jurassic continental successions: provenance and maximum depositional age for the Tordillo Formation in the retro-arc Neuquén Basin, western central Argentina
NAIPAUER, MAXIMILIANO; TUNIK, MAISA; MARQUES, JULIANA; ROJAS VERA, EMILIO; VUJOVICH, GRACIELA; PIMENTEL, MARCIO; RAMOS, VICTOR A.
GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SPECIAL PUBLICATION
Geological Society of London
Año: 2015 p. 131 - 154
New U-Pb detrital zircon ages are presented for the Tordillo Formation. The ages indicate that the most important source region of sediment supply was the Jurassic Andean arc (peaks at c. 144 Ma, 153 Ma, and 178 Ma); two secondary sources were defined at c. 218 Ma and 275 Ma. Temporal variation in the provenance indicates that at the beginning of the sedimentation, Carboniferous to Lower Jurassic magmatic rocks and Lower Palaeozoic metamorphic rocks were the most important sources. Towards the top the data suggest that the Andean arc becomes the main source region. The comparison between provenance patterns of the Tordillo Formation and of the Avilé Member (Agrio Formation) showed some differences. In the first the arc region played a considerable role as a source region; this is not identified in the last. The results permitted a statistically robust estimation of the maximum deposition age for the Tordillo Formation at c. 144 Ma. This younger age represents a discrepancy of at least 7 Ma with the absolute age of the Kimmeridgian and Tithonian boundary from the chronostratigraphic time scale accepted by the International Commission of Stratigraphy (I.U.G.S.), and has strong implications with the absolute age of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary.