K-Ar Dating of Fault Gouges from the Red River Fault Zone of Vietnam

Hoang Bac Bui, Xuan Thanh Ngo, Yungoo Song, Tetsumaru Itaya, Koshi Yagi, The Hung Khuong, Tien Dung Nguyen

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Constraining the timing of fault zone formation is fundamentally important in terms of geotectonics to understand structural evolution and brittle fault processes. This paper presents the first authigenic illite K-Ar age data from fault gouge samples collected from the Red River Shear Zone at Lao Cai province, Vietnam. The fault gouge samples were separated into three grain-size fractions (<0.1 µm, 0.1–0.4 µm and 0.4–1.0 µm). The results show that the K-Ar age values decrease from coarser to finer grain fractions (24.1 to 19.2 Ma), suggesting enrichment in finer fraction of more-recently grown authigenic illites. The timing of the fault movement are the lower intercept ages at 0% detrital illite (19.2 ± 0.92 Ma and 19.4 ± 0.49 Ma). In combination with previous geochronological data, this result indicates that the metamorphism of the Day Nui Con Voi (DNCV) metamorphic complex took place before ca. 26.8 Ma. At about 26.8 Ma-25 Ma, the fault strongly acted to cause the rapid exhumation of the rocks along the Red River-Ailoa Shan Fault Zone (RR-ASFZ). During brittle deformation, the DNCV slowly uplifted, implying weak movement of the fault. This brittle deformation might have lasted for ca. 5 Ma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1653-1663
Number of pages11
JournalActa Geologica Sinica
Volume90
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 1

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Bui, H. B., Ngo, X. T., Song, Y., Itaya, T., Yagi, K., Khuong, T. H., & Nguyen, T. D. (2016). K-Ar Dating of Fault Gouges from the Red River Fault Zone of Vietnam. Acta Geologica Sinica, 90(5), 1653-1663. https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-6724.12808
Bui, Hoang Bac ; Ngo, Xuan Thanh ; Song, Yungoo ; Itaya, Tetsumaru ; Yagi, Koshi ; Khuong, The Hung ; Nguyen, Tien Dung. / K-Ar Dating of Fault Gouges from the Red River Fault Zone of Vietnam. In: Acta Geologica Sinica. 2016 ; Vol. 90, No. 5. pp. 1653-1663.
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Bui, HB, Ngo, XT, Song, Y, Itaya, T, Yagi, K, Khuong, TH & Nguyen, TD 2016, 'K-Ar Dating of Fault Gouges from the Red River Fault Zone of Vietnam', Acta Geologica Sinica, vol. 90, no. 5, pp. 1653-1663. https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-6724.12808

K-Ar Dating of Fault Gouges from the Red River Fault Zone of Vietnam. / Bui, Hoang Bac; Ngo, Xuan Thanh; Song, Yungoo; Itaya, Tetsumaru; Yagi, Koshi; Khuong, The Hung; Nguyen, Tien Dung.

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