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Petrogenesis and tectonic setting of the Dapingliang Late Neoproterozoic magmatic rocks in the eastern Kuluketage Block: geochronological, geochemical and Sr–Nd–Pb–Hf isotopic implications

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 June 2019

Wei Chen*
Faculty of Earth Resources, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
Xinbiao Lü
Faculty of Earth Resources, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China Institute of Geological Survey, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
Xiaofeng Cao*
Faculty of Earth Resources, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China National Demonstration Center for Experimental Mineral Exploration Education, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
Wenjia Ai
School of Earth Sciences, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
Author for correspondence: Xiaofeng Cao, Email:; Wei Chen, Email:
Author for correspondence: Xiaofeng Cao, Email:; Wei Chen, Email:


In the past ten years, a great deal of geological study has been reported on the magmatic rocks exposed in the central and western region of the Kuluketage Block, while similar research in the eastern region has rarely been reported. In this paper, we report zircon U–Pb geochronological, zircon Lu–Hf isotopic, whole-rock elemental and Sr–Nd–Pb isotopic data for the Dapingliang intermediate-acid intrusive rocks in the eastern Kuluketage Block, in order to evaluate its petrogenesis and tectonic significance. Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) zircon U–Pb dating provided a weighted mean 206Pb/238U age of 735 ± 3 Ma for the albitophyre (D1), 717 ± 2 Ma for the granite porphyry (D2) and 721 ± 1 Ma for the diorite porphyrite (D3). Geochemical analyses reveal that D1 and D2 belong to Na-rich alkaline A-type granites, and D3 shows the features of high-K calc-alkaline I-type granite. D1 and D2 are characterized by light rare earth element (LREE) enrichment and relative depletion of high field strength element (HFSE), with relatively flat heavy rare earth element (HREE) patterns and obviously negative Eu anomalies. D3 is characterized by the enrichment of LREE and depletion of HFSE, with negative slope HREE patterns and slightly negative Eu anomalies. In tectonic discrimination diagrams, D1 and D2 fall in the within-plate granite (WPG) field, indicating a rift setting. Although D3 falls within the volcanic arc granite (VAG) field, it most likely formed in a rift setting, as inferred from its petrology, Sr–Nd–Hf isotopes and regional tectonic evolution. Based on pronounced εNd(t), εHf(t), Pb isotopic data, TDM2 and high (87Sr/86Sr)i and elemental compositions, D1 was derived from the partial melting of basement amphibolites of the old lower crust. D2 originated from a mixture of the old lower crust and depleted mantle-derived magmas and was dominated by partial melting of the basement amphibolites of the lower crust. D3 could have been formed by partial melting of K-rich hornblende in the lower crust. Combining previous studies, we think that the c. 745–710 Ma magmatic rocks were formed in a continental rift setting. A partial melting scheme, triggered by underplating of mantle plume-derived magmas, is proposed to interpret the formation of c. 745–710 Ma A-type and I-type granitoids, mantle-derived mafic dykes, bimodal intrusive rocks, adakitic granites and volcanic rocks. These magmatic activities were probably a reflection of the break-up of the Rodinia supercontinent.


  1. (1) Circa 720 Ma magmatism in the eastern Kuluketage Block.

  2. (2) Na-rich granite was derived from partial melting of basement amphibolites.

  3. (3) The c. 745–710 Ma magmatic rocks were formed in a continental rift setting.

  4. (4) The underplating of mantle plume-derived magmas is proposed.

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