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The Tommot pluton: a Middle Paleozoic rift-related alkaline gabbro and syenite complex, Yakutia, northeast Russia

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Author(s): V. A. Trunilina | P. W. Layer | L. M. Parfenov | A. I. Zaitsev | Y. S. Orlov

Journal: Stephan Mueller Special Publication Series
ISSN 1868-4556

Volume: 4;
Start page: 97;
Date: 2009;
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ABSTRACT
The Tommot pluton is located within the continental Omulevka terrane of the inner zone of the Verkhoyansk-Kolyma Mesozoic orogen. It is a small complex (~12 km2) composed of alkaline-ultramafic rocks, alkaline and subalkaline gabbroids, and alkaline and quartz syenites. The pluton is unique both in the composition and age of its constituent rocks. Mineralogical-petrographical and geochemical studies of the rocks indicate that the alkaline rocks resulted from the melting of depleted mantle horizons. K-Ar, Rb-Sr, and 40Ar/39Ar age determinations confirm a Paleozoic age of the rocks. Formation of the alkaline rocks is related to Middle Paleozoic rifting which occurred as two discrete events: a Late Devonian event, which affected the marginal part of the Siberian continent, and a Late Carboniferous event that reflects internal deformation of the Omulevka terrane or late-stage extension. A spatially associated alkali granite, the Somnitel'nyy pluton, is Late Jurassic–Early Cretaceous in age and is synchronous with accretion of the Kolyma-Omolon Superterrane to Siberia in the Mesozoic.
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