U-Th-Pb and Trace Element Evaluation of Existing Titanite and Apatite LA-ICP-MS Reference Materials and Determination of 208Pb/232Th-206Pb/238U Date Discordance in Archaean Accessory Phases

Omar Khalil Droubi, Ann M. Bauer, Chloë Bonamici, William O. Nachlas, Michael J. Tappa, Joshua M. Garber, Jesse R. Reimink

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Abstract

The last decade has seen a marked increase in U-Th-Pb petrochronological studies focused on titanite and apatite. This has motivated the need for detailed, phase-specific method development and well-characterised reference materials with a wide variety of ages and chemical compositions. This study presents new U-Th-Pb isotope and major-, minor- and trace-element mass fraction data for ten titanite and five apatite reference materials based on integrated EPMA, LA-ICP-MS and isotope-dilution (ID) multi-collector (MC)-ICP-MS characterisation. Cross-comparison of EPMA and LA-ICP-MS data for the same titanite reference material suite demonstrates that careful selection of EPMA primary reference materials is necessary to minimise inaccuracies. We further identify a significant X-ray interference when measuring low Ce abundances in Ti-bearing phases and outline a method for its correction. New ID-MC-ICP-MS and LA-ICP-MS data suggest tri-concordance (defined as concordant ages for the 238U-206Pb, 235U-207Pb and 232Th-208Pb decay systems) of the MKED-1 titanite reference material and demonstrate the reproducibility of 208Pb/232Th measurements in some secondary titanite reference materials. Integration of 208Pb/232Th results with U-Pb geochronology provides a meaningful tool to help interpret complex U-Th-Pb isotopic age spectra. We provide example applications of 208Pb/232Th LA-ICP-MS measurements toward interpreting Archaean titanite ages from the Acasta Gneiss Complex, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-369
Number of pages33
JournalGeostandards and Geoanalytical Research
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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