Th-U-total Pb timing constraints on the emplacement of the granitoid pluton of Stolpen, Germany

Katarzyna Lisowiec, Bartosz Budzyń, Ewa Słaby, Bernhard Schulz, Axel D Renno


Monazite from the Stolpen monzogranite (SE Germany) was studied to constrain the Th-U-total Pb age of pluton formation. Monazite grains demonstrate subtle to distinct patchy zoning related to slight compositional variations. Textural and compositional characteristics indicate that the monazite formed in a single magmatic event in a slightly heterogeneous system, and was only weakly affected by secondary alteration, which did not disturb the Th-U-Pb system. Chemical dating of the monazite gave a consistent age of 299 ± 1.7 Ma. The current study presents the first geochronological data for the Stolpen granite. It provides evidence that Stolpen is the youngest Variscan granitic intrusion in the Lusatian Granodiorite Complex and indicates that magmatic activity related to post-collisional extension in this region lasted at least 5my longer than previously assumed.


Monazite, Th-U-Pb chemical dating; Lusatian Granodiorite Complex; Stolpen Granite; Variscan granitoids.

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