An assessment of 40Ar 39Ar dating for the whole-rock volcanic samples from the Luzon Arc near Taiwan

Ching Hua Lo, Tullis C. Onstott, Chang Hwa Chen, Typhoon Lee

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From electron microprobe, petrographic and image analyses of samples from the northern tip of the Luzon Arc, the effects of various alteration reactions, phenocryst and groundmass assemblages on the whole-rock 40Ar 39Ar step-heating spectra have been delineated. The alteration of primary hornblende to an assemblage of zoisite+chlorite+sphene, the palagonitization of glass and the crystallization of phillipsite tends to cause discordant 40Ar 39Ar dates in the low-temperature steps of the age spectra. Discordant 40Ar 39Ar dates in the high-temperature steps appear to result from degassing of inherited or trapped 40Ar from coarse-grained phenocrysts. Samples in which most of the K resides in groundmass plagioclase tend to yield meaningful plateau dates, whereas samples in which most of the K resides primarily in palagonitized glass tend to yield meaningless plateau and isochron dates. Substantial loss of 39Ar (13-40%) occurred from irradiated samples prior to 40Ar 39Ar step-heating analysis, which appears to be correlated with the abundance of groundmass and the degree of alteration. This argon loss is attributed to thermally-induced argon diffusion from the fine-grained groundmass plagioclase, glass and alteration phases during the pre-step-heating bakeout.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-178
Number of pages22
JournalChemical Geology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - May 5 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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