U–Pb geochronological constraints on the timing of plutonism, volcanism, and sedimentation, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK Academic Article uri icon


  • Uranium-lead dates for single and small multiple grain zircon separates are presented for the main geological units from Jersey, British Channel Islands. A turbiditic sandstone from the Jersey Shale Formation (Brioverian Supergroup) contains detrital zircons of a variety of ages, ranging from c. 2.6 to 0.6 Ga. The youngest zircons yielded nearly concordant U-Pb dates of 586.7 ± 3.0 Ma and 587.1 ± 2.7 Ma providing a maximum depositional age for the unit. Zircons from overlying volcanic rocks (Anne Port Rhyolite) give an upper intercept date of 582.8 +3-2.7 Ma, considered to be the age of eruption. The undeformed SW Jersey granite, which intrudes and locally thermally metamorphoses the folded Jersey Shale Formation, is dated at 580 +2.3-1.6 Ma. These dates constrain tightly the timing of deposition of the Jersey Shale Formation and the age of deformation on Jersey, and indicate a dynamic arc environment during the late Neoproterozoic. Zircons from the NW Jersey granite define an upper intercept date of 482.7 ± 1.6 Ma, similar to the previously reported 40Ar/ 39Ar hornblende date of c. 473 Ma, confirming a renewed pulse of magmatism during the Ordovician in this sector of Cadomia.

author list (cited authors)

  • MILLER, B. V., SAMSON, S. D., & D’LEMOS, R. S.

citation count

  • 25

publication date

  • March 2001