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Potassium-Argon ages of Tertiary volcanic rocks, Tasmania

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posted on 2023-11-02, 05:35 authored by FL Sutherland, P Wellman
Sixteen new K-Ar dates are presented from Tasmanian and Bass Basin basalts, more than doubling the previously published number. Eight volcanic regions are described, based on boundaries established on the range of the basalt types contained in each geographic region. Volcanism occurred within the span from Eocene to Miocene (47 to 13+ Ma), but mainly within the time range Middle Eocene to Early Miocene. Alkali basalts erupted throughout this span and are interspersed with tholeiites (22-31 Ma), fractionated alkaline rocks (22-27 Ma) and rare melilite-bearing varieties (26-35 Ma).

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Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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120

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77-86

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0080-4703

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