Geological and chronological evidence of Indo-Chinese strike-slip movement in the Altyn Tagh fault zone

TitleGeological and chronological evidence of Indo-Chinese strike-slip movement in the Altyn Tagh fault zone
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsLi H, Yang J, Xu Z, Wu C, Wan Y, Shi R, Liou JG, Tapponnier P, Ireland TR
JournalChinese Science Bulletin
Volume47
Pagination27-32
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number1001-6538
Accession NumberWOS:000173988800005
Abstract

A set of granitic and amphibole mylonite are exposed in the Altyn Tagh fault zone. The preliminary study shows that these rocks are the product of the syntectonic anatexis in the process of the left-lat- eral strike-slip shear, and are the result of the ductile transpression. There are two types of zircon sorted from the mylonite formed with synshear anatexis. Among them, one is the anatectic long columnar zircon and another is the residual metamorphic sub-rounded columnar zircon. Two groups of age for single zircon measured by ion microprobe (SHRIMP) are obtained: one is 461-547 Ma for the sub-rounded columnar residual metamorphic zircon, and the other is 239-244 Ma for the long-columnar anatectic zircon. This type of zircon is directionally spread in rock, and the long axis direction of its crystal is identical to that of stretching lin eation, representing the direction of tectonic stress in the process of the strike-slip. Ar-40-Ar-39 age of the directional growth hornblende in the same mylonite sample measured is 223-226 a. The above geological and chronological data prove that the syntectonic anatexis occurred during Indo-Chinese Epoch, showing that the strong strike-slip movement occurred in the Altyn Tagh fault zone at least as early as Indo-Chinese Epoch.