Timing of diagenesis and very low-grade metamorphism in the eastern sector of the Sierra de Cameros (Iberian Range, Spain): a U–Pb SHRIMP study on monazite
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DepartmentCiencias de la Tierra
The Sierra de Cameros is an intracontinental orogen and represents the north-western part of the Iberian Range in Northern Spain. It comprises a thick sequence of syn-rift continental sediments (mainly sandstones and carbonates) deposited during lower Cretaceous times. A unique characteristic of the Sierra de Cameros in relation to the rest of the Iberian Range is the presence of low-grade metamorphism in certain parts of the basin, an event that predates basin inversion. This paper describes the presence, textural relationships and geochemical aspects of authigenic and ⁄ or metamorphic monazite within different lithologies from the deepest parts of the basin. Sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) U–Pb dating of monazite records the presence of two age populations: the first with 206Pb ⁄ 238U ages ranging from 122 to 116 Ma which is considered as diagenetic in origin, whilst the second is dated at 99 ± 2 Ma and postdates the metamorphic climax.