TerraneChron® is GEMOC's unique methodology for terrane evaluation. Industry continued extensive use of TerraneChron® as a cost-effective tool for mapping crustal history on different scales.


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Guide to applications of the TerraneChron® methodology

Griffin, W.L., Belousova, E.A.  and O’Reilly, S.Y.  2007.  Crustal history and metallogenic fertility: Terrane-scale assessment with detrital zircons. Proceedings of Exploration 07: 5th Decennial International Conference on Mineral Exploration, Toronto, September 2007, 311-315. (GEMOC pub. #491) pdf

Papers based on the TerraneChron® methodology

Andersen, T., Griffin, W.L. and Pearson, N.J.  2002.  Crustal evolution in the SW part of the Baltic Shield: The Hf isotope evidence. Journal of Petrology, 43, 1725-1747. (GEMOC pub. #262) pdf

Belousova, E.A., Griffin, W.L., O’Reilly, S.Y. and Fisher, N.I.  2002.  Igneous zircon: trace-element composition as an indicator of source rock type.  Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 143, 602-622. (GEMOC pub. #269) pdf

Andersen, T., Griffin, W.L., Pearson, N.J. and Andresen, A.  2003.  Scveconorwegian rejuvenation of lower crust in south Norway.  Norges Geol. Unders. Bulletin, 9, 51-53. (GEMOC pub. #288)

Andersen, T., Griffin, W.L., Jackson, S.E., Knudsen, T.-L. and Pearson, N.J.  2004.  Mid-Proterozoic magmatic arc evolution at the southwest margin of the Baltic Shield.  Lithos, 73, 289-318. (GEMOC pub. #333) pdf

Griffin, W.L., Belousova, E.A., Shee, S.R., Pearson, N.J. and O’Reilly, S.Y.  2004.  Archean crustal evolution in the northern Yilgarn Craton: U-Pb and Hf-isotope evidence from detrital zircons.  Precambrian Research, 131, 231-282. (GEMOC pub. #300) pdf

Zheng, J., Griffin, W.L., O’Reilly, S.Y., Lu, F., Wang, C., Zhang, M., Wang, F. and Li, H.  2004.  3.6 Ga lower crust in central China: New evidence on the assembly of the North China craton.  Geology, 32, 229-232. (GEMOC pub. #339) pdf

Andersen, T.  2005.  Detrital zircons as tracers of sedimentary provenance: Limiting conditions from statistics  and numerical simulation.  Chemical Geology, 216, 249-270. (GEMOC pub. #375) pdf

Veevers, J.J., Saeed, A., Belousova, E.A. and Griffin, W.L.  2005.  U-Pb ages and source composition by Hf-isotope and trace-element analysis of detrital zircons in Permian sandstone and modern sand from southwestern Australia and a review of the palaeogeographical and denudational history of the Yilgarn Craton.  Earth Science Reviews, 68, 245-279. (GEMOC pub. #358) pdf

Griffin, W.L., Belousova, E., Walters, S.G and O'Reilly, S.Y.  2006.  Archaean and Proterozoic crustal evolution in the Eastern Succession of the Mt Isa district, Australia: U-Pb and Hf-isotope studies of detrital zircons. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, (Mt Isa Special Volume), 53, 125-149. (GEMOC pub. #385) pdf

Veevers, J.J, Belousova, E.A., Saeed, A., Sircombe, K., Cooper, A.F. and Read, S.E.  2006.  Pan-Gondwanaland detrital zircons from Australia analysed for Hf-isotopes and trace elements reflect an ice-covered Antarctic provenance of 700-500 Ma age, TDM of 2.0-1.0 Ga, and alkaline affinity.  Earth-Science Reviews, 76, 135-174. (GEMOC pub. #417) pdf

Zheng, J., Griffin, W.L., O'Reilly, S.Y., Zhang, M., Pearson, N.J. and Pan, Y.  2006.  Widespread Archean basement beneath the Yangtze craton.  Geology, 34, 417-420. (GEMOC pub. #422) pdf

Andersen, T., Griffin, W.L. and Sylvester, A.G.  2007. Sveconorwegian crustal underplating in southwestern Fennoscandia: LAM-ICPMS U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotope evidence from granites and gneisses in Telemark, southern Norway.  Lithos, 93, 273-287. (GEMOC pub. #435) pdf

Batumike, J.M., O’Reilly, S.Y., Griffin, W.L. and Belousova, E.A.  2007.  U-Pb and Hf-isotope analyses of zircon from the Kundelungu Kimberlites, D. R. Congo: Implications for crustal evolution.  Precambrian Research, 156, 195-225. (GEMOC pub. #464) pdf

Griffin, W.L., Belousova, E.A. and O’Reilly, S.Y.  2007.  TerraneChron analysis of zircons from Western Australian samples.  Western Australia Geologial Survey, Record 2007/4, 51pp.   (GEMOC pub. #526)

Veevers, J.J. and Saeed, A.  2007. Central Antarctic provenance of Permian sandstones in Dronning Maud Land and the Karoo Basin: Integration of U-Pb and TDM ages and host-rock affinity from detrital zircons.  Sedimentary Geology, 202, 653-676. (GEMOC pub. #470)

Wang, X.L., Zhou, J.C., Griffin, W.L., Wang, R.C., Qiua, J.S., O’Reilly, S.Y., Xua, X., Liuc, X.M. and Zhang, G.L.  2007.  Detrital zircon geochronology of Precambrian basement sequences in the Jiangnan orogen: Dating the assembly of the Yangtze and Cathaysia Blocks.  Precambrian Research, 159, 117-131. (GEMOC pub. #486) pdf

Xu, X., O’Reilly, S.Y. Griffin, W.L., Wang, X.L., Pearson, N.J. and He, Z.  2007.  The crust of Cathaysia : Age, assembly and reworking of two terranes.  Precambrian Research, 158, 51-78. (GEMOC pub. #477) pdf

Condie K.C., Belousova E.A. and Griffin, W.L.  2008.  Granitic Events in Space and Time:  Constraints from Igneous and Detrital Zircon Age Spectra. Geosphere. (in press). (GEMOC pub. #492)

O’Reilly, S.Y., Griffin, W.L., Pearson, N.J., Jackson, S.E., Belousova, E.A., Alard, O. and Saeed, A.  2008.  Taking the pulse of the earth:  linking crustal and mantle events.  Australian Journal of Earth Sciences.  (in press) (GEMOC pub. #465)

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