Reassessment of aguapei (salto do ceu) paleomagnetic pole, amazonian craton and implications for proterozoic supercontinents

Reassessment of aguapei (salto do ceu) paleomagnetic pole, amazonian craton and implications for proterozoic supercontinents

Author D'Agrella-Filho, Manoel S. Google Scholar
Trindade, Ricardo I. F. Google Scholar
Queiroz, Marcelo V. B. Google Scholar
Meira, Vinicius T. Google Scholar
Janikian, Liliane Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ruiz, Amarildo S. Google Scholar
Bispo-Santos, Franklin Google Scholar
Abstract The Aguapei paleomagnetic pole obtained for mafic sills and dykes from Salto do Ceu region at the western margin of the Amazonian Craton constrains its links with Baltica and Laurentia in Rodinian reconstructions. A new U-Pb age on baddeleyite at 1439 +/- 4 Ma for the intrusives, contrasts strongly with a previous Ar-Ar age at 981 +/- 2 Ma, with important consequences for paleogeographic reconstructions. We report new paleomagnetic and magnetic anisotropy results for sills from the Salto do Ceu region and reassess the paleomagnetic data in view of the new geochronological age. A total of 155 samples were collected from thirteen new paleomagnetic sampling sites, five of them corresponding to sedimentary rocks located at the borders of the sills in an attempt to perform baked contact tests. After thermal and alternating field demagnetization, the sills provided a characteristic magnetic component at D-m=208.2 degrees, I-m=68.5 degrees (N=8, alpha(95)=6.4), with a corresponding paleomagnetic pole at 46.4 degrees S

277.0 degrees E (A(95)=10.2 degrees). Directions obtained in this study are similar to those reported previously for other mafic sills and dykes in the same region. A pole integrating the new results for the sills with those of the previous Aguapei pole is situated at 56.0 degrees S

278.5 degrees E (A(95)=7.9 degrees). This new combined Salto do Ceu pole supersedes the previous Aguapei pole. Magnetic mineralogy studies, optical and electronic microscopy indicates PSD magnetite as the main magnetic carrier in these rocks. The baked contact tests were inconclusive, but the similarity between Salto do Ceu pole and other high-quality poles with ages around 1420-1430 Ma suggests they carry a primary thermoremanence of that age. The Salto do Ceu and other coeval poles are compatible with a connection between Amazonia and Baltica at the Mesoproterozoic in a paleogeographic configuration slightly different from SAMBA (South America-Baltica). At the same time, the new geochronological and paleomagnetic data imply that all paleogeographic interpretations for the position of Amazonia in Rodinia based on the previously published Aguapei pole (and now renamed as Salto do Ceu pole) must be revised. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords Amazonian Craton
Salto Do Ceu Intrusive Suite
Nuna Supercontinent
Rodinia SupercontinentPaleo-Mesoproterozoic Supercontinent
North China Craton
U-Pb Geochronology
Columbia Supercontinent
Rodinia Supercontinent
Southern Laurentia
Rapakivi Granites
Language English
Sponsor Fundo de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo (FAPESP) [2011/50887-6, 2012/50327-3]
Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa (CNPq) [303130/2014-8]
Grant number FAPESP: 2011/50887-6
FAPESP: 2012/50327-3
CNPq: 303130/2014-8
Date 2016
Published in Precambrian Research. Amsterdam, v. 272, p. 1-17, 2016.
ISSN 0301-9268 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier science bv
Extent 1-17
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000368868900001

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