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Geochronological and thermochronological constraints on the high grade rocks related to the neoproterozoic orogenesis in the vicinities of the Transbrasiliano-Kandi Lineament (NE-Brazil - NW Africa)

Grant number: 12/00071-2
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: April 01, 2012 - September 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Geosciences - Geology
Principal Investigator:Umberto Giuseppe Cordani
Grantee:Umberto Giuseppe Cordani
Host Institution: Instituto de Geociências (IGC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers: Carlos Eduardo Ganade de Araujo ; Miguel Angelo Stipp Basei


This research involves the study of the Neoproterozoic evolution of some important geotectonic elements along the Transbrasiliano-Kandi Lineament in NE Brazil and NW Africa. Among these elements are the high grade rocks formed in the Neoproterozoic collisional front and the magmatic rocks of the granitic-migmatitic Tamboril-Santa Quitéria Complex, formed in the associated convergent zone. Robust geochronological studies, such as U-Pb SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS on zircon, for the determination of precise ages of the igneous and metamorphic events, and 40Ar/39Ar thermochronological studies on minerals with distinct isotopic closure temperatures, will be carried on, in order to obtain a better scenario for the tectonic evolution of the rocks involved in Neoproterozoic collision. The main objectives of this work are: 1) determination of metamorphic ages, including the age of eclogitic metamorphism in the Ceará Central Domain and its equivalents in Africa, as well as the age of regional cooling during exhumation; 2) dating of the Tamboril-Santa Quitéria Complex, based on U-Pb in situ analyses in zircons to check its relation with the regional metamorphism; 3) interpretation of the tectonic environment and evolution of the Neoproterozoic chain, within the final dynamic process of formation of West Gondwana. (AU)

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Scientific publications (4)
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GANADE DE ARAUJO, CARLOS E.; CORDANI, UMBERTO G.; WEINBERG, ROBERTO F.; BASEI, MIGUEL A. S.; ARMSTRONG, RICHARD; SATO, KEI. Tracing Neoproterozoic subduction in the Borborema Province (NE-Brazil): Clues from U-Pb geochronology and Sr-Nd-Hf-O isotopes on granitoids and migmatites. LITHOS, v. 202, p. 167-189, . (12/00071-2)
GANADE DE ARAUJO, CARLOS E.; WEINBERG, ROBERTO F.; CORDANI, UMBERTO G.. Extruding the Borborema Province (NE-Brazil): a two-stage Neoproterozoic collision process. TERRA NOVA, v. 26, n. 2, p. 157-168, . (12/00071-2, 05/58688-1)
GANADE, CARLOS E.; CORDANI, UMBERTO G.; AGBOSSOUMOUNDE, YAO; CABY, RENAUD; BASEI, MIGUEL A. S.; WEINBERG, ROBERTO F.; SATO, KEI. Tightening-up NE Brazil and NW Africa connections: New U-Pb/Lu-Hf zircon data of a complete plate tectonic cycle in the Dahomey belt of the West Gondwana Orogen in Togo and Benin. Precambrian Research, v. 276, p. 24-42, . (12/00071-2)
GANADE DE ARAUJO, CARLOS E.; RUBATTO, DANIELA; HERMANN, JOERG; CORDANI, UMBERTO G.; CABY, RENAUD; BASEI, MIGUEL A. S.. Ediacaran 2,500-km-long synchronous deep continental subduction in the West Gondwana Orogen. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, v. 5, . (12/00071-2)

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