GHR1 Zircon – A New Eocene Natural Reference Material for Microbeam U-Pb Geochronology and Hf Isotopic Analysis of Zircon

Michael P. Eddy, Mauricio Ibañez-Mejia, Seth D. Burgess, Matthew A. Coble, Umberto G. Cordani, Joel DesOrmeau, George E. Gehrels, Xianhua Li, Scott MacLennan, Mark Pecha, Kei Sato, Blair Schoene, Victor A. Valencia, Jeffrey D. Vervoort, Tiantian Wang

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We present multitechnique U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotopic data from zircon separated from rapakivi biotite granite within the Eocene Golden Horn batholith in Washington, USA. A weighted mean of twenty-five Th-corrected 206Pb/238U zircon dates produced at two independent laboratories using chemical abrasion-isotope dilution-thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (CA-ID-TIMS) is 48.106 ± 0.023 Ma (2s analytical including tracer uncertainties, MSWD = 1.53) and is our recommended date for GHR1 zircon. Microbeam 206Pb/238U dates from laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) laboratories are reproducible and in agreement with the CA-ID-TIMS date to within < 1.5%. Solution multi-collector ICP-MS (MC-ICP-MS) measurements of Hf isotopes from chemically purified aliquots of GHR1 yield a mean 176Hf/177Hf of 0.283050 ± 17 (2s, n = 10), corresponding to a εHf0 of +9.3. Hafnium isotopic measurements from two LA-ICP-MS laboratories are in agreement with the solution MC-ICP-MS value. The reproducibility of 206Pb/238U and 176Hf/177Hf ratios from GHR1 zircon across a variety of measurement techniques demonstrates their homogeneity in most grains. Additionally, the effectively limitless reserves of GHR1 material from an accessible exposure suggest that GHR1 can provide a useful reference material for U-Pb geochronology of Cenozoic zircon and Hf isotopic measurements of zircon with radiogenic 176Hf/177Hf.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-132
Number of pages20
JournalGeostandards and Geoanalytical Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


  • Hf isotope ratios
  • U-Pb geochronology
  • reference material
  • secondary ion mass spectrometry
  • zircon


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