The Middle Permian to Triassic tectono-magmatic system in the southern Korean Peninsula

Sung Won Kim, Sanghoon Kwon, Youn Joong Jeong, Weon Seo Kee, Byung Choon Lee, Uk Hwan Byun, Kyoungtae Ko, Deung Lyong Cho, Paul S. Hong, Seung Ik Park, M. Santosh

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The Permo-Triassic adakitic magmatism in the southern Korean Peninsula preserves important tectonomagmatic records along the East Asian continental margin. In this study, we present SHRIMP/LA–MC–ICPMS U-Pb zircon ages and Hf isotope signature with whole-rock geochemical compositions of the Middle Permian to Middle Triassic granitoid gneiss-granitoid suites and the Middle to Late Triassic plutonic rocks in the southeastern Korean Peninsula. The former yields three age groups of ca. 272–263 Ma, ca. 258–251 Ma and ca. 243–240 Ma, respectively. The latter group yields ca. 237–216 Ma ages, indicating a long term magmatism that lasted from the Middle Permian to late Triassic. The granitoid gneiss-granitoid suites have chemical compositions similar to high silica adakitic rocks, showing high SiO2 (59.55–73.97 wt.%), Na2O (3.55–5.30 wt.%), Sr/Y (30–401), and La/YbN (11–173), and low MgO (0.18–1.82 wt.%), Y (2–14 ppm) and YbN (2–7). These rocks are peraluminous with high Ba and Sr, and show relatively high K2O contents and K2O/Na2O ratios (> 0.7), with positive correlation between La/YbN vs. Sr/Y ratios and high initial Sr ratios. These features reflect different contribution of the slab-derived adakite melts that interacted with peridotitic mantle in the metasomatized mantle wedge and the Middle Paleoproterozoic lower crustal basement of the Yeongnam Massif. On the contrary, the Triassic alkaline magmatism in the Yeongnam Massif is alternatively interpreted either by a tectonic switch to the extension-dominated arc system or by a delamination of an overthickened arc. The results from this study offer important evidence for a common subduction-accretion system existed between the North and South China Cratons and microcontinents between them along margins of the East Asian continental blocks, with different plate interaction in different locations generating distinct magmatic suites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-322
Number of pages21
JournalGondwana Research
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec

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Funding Information:
This work was supported as a Basic Research Project (GP2020-003; Tectonic evolution of the western Gyeonggi Block and construction of geologic DB system) of the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Korea. SK acknowledge the supports from the 2017R1A6A1A07015374 (Multidisciplinary study for assessment of large earthquake potentials in the Korean Peninsula) and the NRF-493 2019R1A2C1002211 through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and by KBSI under the R&D program (project no. C030440 ), and S.I. Park acknowledge partial support from the 2018R1C1B6003851 supervised by the Ministry of Science and ICT , Korea. Authors sincerely thanks to members of the Geological Research Division, KIGAM for their help to study this topic as part of the 1:1,000,000 scale Geological Map of Korea 2020 project.

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