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Evidence from Rb–Sr mineral ages for multiple orogenic events in the Caledonides of Shetland, Scotland

Bird, Anna; Walker, S.; Walker, Steven; Thirlwall, M. F.; Strachan, R. A.; Thirlwall, Matthew; Bird, A. F.

Authors

S. Walker

Steven Walker

M. F. Thirlwall

R. A. Strachan

Matthew Thirlwall



Abstract

Shetland occupies a unique central location within the North Atlantic Caledonides. Thirty-three new high-precision Rb–Sr mineral ages indicate a polyorogenic history. Ages of 723–702 Ma obtained from the vicinity of the Wester Keolka Shear Zone indicate a Neoproterozoic (Knoydartian) age and preclude its correlation with the Silurian Moine Thrust. Ordovician ages of c. 480–443 Ma obtained from the Yell Sound Group and the East Mainland Succession constrain deformation fabrics and metamorphic assemblages to have formed during Grampian accretionary orogenic events, broadly contemporaneously with orogenesis of the Dalradian Supergroup in Ireland and mainland Scotland. The relative paucity of Silurian ages is attributed to a likely location at a high structural level in the Scandian nappe pile relative to mainland Scotland. Ages of c. 416 and c. 411 Ma for the Uyea Shear Zone suggest a late orogenic evolution that has more in common with East Greenland and Norway than with northern mainland Scotland.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-05
Journal Journal of the Geological Society
Print ISSN 0016-7649
Electronic ISSN 2041-479X
Publisher Geological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 173
Issue 3
Pages 489-503
APA6 Citation Walker, S., Thirlwall, M. F., Strachan, R. A., & Bird, A. F. (2016). Evidence from Rb–Sr mineral ages for multiple orogenic events in the Caledonides of Shetland, Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society, 173(3), 489-503. https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2015-034
DOI https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2015-034
Keywords Geology
Publisher URL http://jgs.lyellcollection.org/content/early/2015/12/09/jgs2015-034.abstract?sid=f0dc4e70-6b21-4751-ad12-fbffa895d05b
Copyright Statement © 2016 The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
Additional Information Copy of article first published in: Journal of the Geological Society, 2016, v.173.

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© 2016 The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)





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