1.8 Billion years of detrital zircon recycling calibrates a refractory part of earth's sedimentary cycle

Thomas Hadlari, Graeme T. Swindles, Jennifer M. Galloway, Kimberley M. Bell, Kyle C. Sulphur, Larry M. Heaman, Luke P. Beranek, Karen M. Fallas

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    Abstract

    Detrital zircon studies are providing new insights on the evolution of sedimentary basins but the role of sedimentary recycling remains largely undefined. In a broad region of northwestern North America, this contribution traces the pathway of detrital zircon sand grains from Proterozoic sandstones through Phanerozoic strata and argues for multi-stage sedimentary recycling over more than a billion years. As a test of our hypothesis, integrated palynology and detrital zircon provenance provides clear evidence for erosion of Carboniferous strata in the northern Cordillera as a sediment source for Upper Cretaceous strata. Our results help to calibrate Earth's sedimentary cycle by showing that recycling dominates sedimentary provenance for the refractory mineral zircon.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number0144727
    JournalPLoS ONE
    Volume10
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
    • General

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