PRELIMINARY GARNET GROWTH AGES FROM THE ANITA SHEAR ZONE AND ADJACENT ROCKS, NORTHERN FIORDLAND, NEW ZEALAND
We present preliminary P, T, and age data from the ASZ along Milford Sound in order to determine if garnet growth in the ASZ reflects young (<110 Ma) garnet ages in adjacent rocks. Preliminary P-T results indicate garnet core growth was at 9.2 – 10.1 kbar and ca. 850 °C (Grt-Bt-Hbl-Plag) and garnet rim equilibration was at similar pressures and temperatures ca. 775 °C (pseudosection), followed by a final T of <700 °C (pseudosection) for matrix equilibration. Garnet Sm-Nd ages indicate isotopic equilibration at 100.8±5.7 Ma (5 pts., 2s, MSWD 2.9). Initial garnet growth in the Pembroke Granulite, which intruded older ARC rocks 8 km east of the ASZ, was at 126 - 123 Ma. This Pembroke garnet growth was synchronous with initial emplacement of the WFO to the south 125 – 115 Ma.
Garnet Sm- Nd results from south and east of the ASZ also record <110 Ma ages. Garnet from the ARC, 5 km east of the ASZ, is 69.8±5.6 Ma. The youngest garnet age recorded in Pembroke rocks is 108.9±5.6 Ma. In addition, garnet in the Mt Edgar Diorite 15 km south of Milford Sound grew ca. 102 Ma. Our preliminary ASZ garnet age of ca. 100 Ma could result from garnet growth or diffusional re-equilibration. High metamorphic temperatures and Mn zoning, which we infer to reflect diffusion, are compatible with diffusional re-equilibration of Sm and Nd until ca. 100 Ma or a late stage reheating event. We tentatively conclude that the northernmost Fiordland crust was ca. 850°C before ca. 110 Ma allowing REE diffusion in garnet.