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The Nunatak Viedma within the Southern Patagonian Icefield has been considered as a volcanic center based on its geomorphologic features, despite the fact that field explorations by Eric Shipton determined its metamorphic nature 70 years ago. We carried out fieldwork to characterize this isolated outcrop and performed the first U-Pb dating in detrital zircons from the basement rocks located inside the Southern Patagonian Icefield. We recognized very-low grade metamorphic rocks, corresponding principally to metapelites and metapsammites, and scarce metabasites. Detrital zircons in three metapsammitic samples (composite group of 240 grains) yielded prominent age population peaks at ∼1090, ∼960, ∼630, ∼520, ∼480–460, ∼380, ∼290–260, ∼235-225 Ma that are typical of Gondwanide affinity, and youngest grains at ∼208 Ma. Maximum depositional ages of 225, 223 and 212 Ma were calculated for each sample from the youngest cluster of ages. This distinctive and novelty Late Triassic age justifies differentiate the Nunatak Viedma Unit from the Devonian-early Carboniferous and Permian-Early Triassic (?) belts of the Eastern Andean Metamorphic Complex. Possible primary source areas for the detrital zircons are outcropping in southern Patagonia, the Antarctic Peninsula, and the Malvinas Islands. Additionally, secondary sources could be part of the erosion and recycling of metasediments from the Eastern Andean Metamorphic Complex. We propose that the cluster of Triassic ages is related to the volcanic arc emplaced along the Antarctic Peninsula and active at that time when was still attached to southern Patagonia during the Triassic. The dynamics of the early Mesozoic orogen is also discussed. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd


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Título:The metamorphic rocks of the Nunatak Viedma in the Southern Patagonian Andes: Provenance sources and implications for the early Mesozoic Patagonia-Antarctic Peninsula connection
Autor:Suárez, R.J.; Ghiglione, M.C.; Calderón, M.; Sue, C.; Martinod, J.; Guillaume, B.; Rojo, D.
Filiación:Instituto de Estudios Andinos IDEAN (Universidad de Buenos Aires - CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Carrera de Geología, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Andres Bello, Sazié 2119, Santiago, Chile
CNRS-UMR6249, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 16 route de Gray, Besançon Cedex, 25030, France
ISTerre, Université de Savoie Mont-BlancLe Bourget du Lac cedex 73376, France
Université Rennes, CNRS, Géosciences Rennes - UMR 6118, Rennes, F-35000, France
Facultad de Ingenieria y Arquitectura, Universidad Arturo Prat, Iquique, Chile
Palabras clave:Antarctic Peninsula; Detrital zircons ages; Nunatak Viedma; Southern Patagonian Andes; Southwestern Gondwana; Very-low grade metamorphic rocks; age determination; detrital deposit; Gondwana; Mesozoic; metamorphic rock; outcrop; provenance; zircon; Andes; Antarctic Peninsula; Antarctica; Patagonia; West Antarctica
Página de inicio:471
Página de fin:486
Título revista:Journal of South American Earth Sciences
Título revista abreviado:J. South Am. Earth Sci.


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Suárez, R.J., Ghiglione, M.C., Calderón, M., Sue, C., Martinod, J., Guillaume, B. & Rojo, D. (2019) . The metamorphic rocks of the Nunatak Viedma in the Southern Patagonian Andes: Provenance sources and implications for the early Mesozoic Patagonia-Antarctic Peninsula connection. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 90, 471-486.
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Suárez, R.J., Ghiglione, M.C., Calderón, M., Sue, C., Martinod, J., Guillaume, B., et al. "The metamorphic rocks of the Nunatak Viedma in the Southern Patagonian Andes: Provenance sources and implications for the early Mesozoic Patagonia-Antarctic Peninsula connection" . Journal of South American Earth Sciences 90 (2019) : 471-486.
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Suárez, R.J., Ghiglione, M.C., Calderón, M., Sue, C., Martinod, J., Guillaume, B., et al. "The metamorphic rocks of the Nunatak Viedma in the Southern Patagonian Andes: Provenance sources and implications for the early Mesozoic Patagonia-Antarctic Peninsula connection" . Journal of South American Earth Sciences, vol. 90, 2019, pp. 471-486.
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Suárez, R.J., Ghiglione, M.C., Calderón, M., Sue, C., Martinod, J., Guillaume, B., et al. The metamorphic rocks of the Nunatak Viedma in the Southern Patagonian Andes: Provenance sources and implications for the early Mesozoic Patagonia-Antarctic Peninsula connection. J. South Am. Earth Sci. 2019;90:471-486.