Terra Nova: Direct 40Ar/39Ar K-feldspar dating of Late Permian – Early Triassic brittle faulting in northern Norway

Corine Davids (Norut), Jeff A. Benowitz (Univ. Alaska Fairbanks), Paul W. Layer (Univ. Alaska Fairbanks) and Steffen Bergh (UiT) have earlier this year published the paper “Direct 40Ar/39Ar K-feldspar dating of Late Permian – Early Triassic brittle faulting in northern Norway” in the journal Terra Nova.

Abstract: 

While the offshore post‐Caledonian extensional history of the north Norwegian passive margin is well constrained, the tectonic relationship between onshore and offshore regions is less clear because of limited age constraints on the timing of rifting onshore. 40Ar/39Ar dating of K‐feldspar from hydrothermally altered fault rocks in a Precambrian gneiss complex in northern Norway was used to study the timing of extensional faulting onshore. In addition, 40Ar/39Ar dating of K‐feldspar from the host rock provided insight into the regional rock cooling history prior to brittle deformation. Results indicated a dominant Late Permian–Early Triassic (~265–244 Ma) faulting event and found no evidence for later reactivation, which has been documented offshore. The region cooled to below the closure temperature for 40Ar/39Ar K‐feldspar in the Carboniferous to Early Permian, prior to the main brittle faulting event. 40Ar/39Ar dating of fault zone K‐feldspar products provided a means to date brittle faulting events.

Reference: 

Davids, C., Benowitz, J., Layer, P. & Bergh, S.G. (2018): Direct 40Ar/39Ar K-feldspar dating of Late Permian – Early Triassic brittle faulting in northern Norway. Terra Nova, 2018, 1-7. DOI: 10.1111/ter.12333 [intranet]