First U-Pb age of detrital zircons from sandstones of the upper Emsian Takaty formation of the western Urals with regard to the problem of primary sources of the Uralian diamond Placers

Several alternative points of view currently exist on the origin of the primary sources of diamonds from the Cenozoic Western Urals placers. Some researchers suppose that their economic diamond resource potential is related to diamonds from tuffisitic facies of the mantle kimberlites-lamproites or impact structures. Other researchers suggest that diamonds originated from the eroded sandstones of the Upper Emsian Takaty Formation of the Lower Devonian, which represents ancient (fossil) placers or intermediate reservoirs. It is assumed that these reservoirs collected diamonds from worn kimberlite bodies, which were located in the Urals or on the East European platform (EEP). This paper presents the first U-Pb (LA-ICP-MS) age of detrital zircons from quartz sandstones of the Takaty Formation, which spans a range from 1857.5 ± 53.8 to 3054.0 ± 48.0 Ma. The absence of detrital zircons younger than 1.86 Ga excludes that the structural coMplexes of the Uralian, Fennoscandian, and Sarmatian EEP parts were the provenance areas that supplied the clastic material to the sedimentary basin, which accumulated the Takaty Formation. The similar age of our zircons and ancient crystalline complexes of the Volga-Uralian EEP part allows consideration that it was a single provenance area. If we assume that the diamond resource potential of the Western Urals is completely or partly related to the ancient diamond placers from the Takaty Formation, then the intermediate diamond reservoirs from its structure originated due to redeposition of destruction products of primary diamond-bearing rocks of the Volga-Uralia area. Thus, within the Volga-Uralian part of the EEP basement, we may expect identification of a previously unknown stage of kimberlite formation, which is significantly older than that responsible for the diamond resource potential of the Arkhangel'sk province. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2014.

Kuznetsov N.B. 1, 2 , Romanyuk T.V.3, 4 , Shatsillo A.V.3 , Orlov S.Yu.1 , Gorozhanin V.M.5 , Gorozhanina E.N.5 , Seregina E.S. 2 , Ivanova N.S. 2 , Meert J.6
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  • 1 Russian Academy of Sciences, Geological Institute, Pyzhevskii Per. 7, Moscow, 119017, Russian Federation
  • 2 Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Ul. Miklukho-Maklaya 6, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation
  • 3 Schmidt Institute of Physics of Earth, Gruzinskaya Ul. 10/1, Moscow, 123995, Russian Federation
  • 4 Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Leninksii Pr. 65, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation
  • 5 Ufa Scientific Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geology, Pr. Karla Marksa 16/2, Ufa, 450057, Russian Federation
  • 6 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32611, United States
Diamond deposits; Geology; Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry; Minerals; Quartz; Sandstone; Volcanic rocks; Clastic materials; Crystalline complexes; European Platform; Impact structures; Primary sources; Resource potentials; Sedimentary basin; Structural complexes; Diamonds; detrital deposit; diamond; Emsian; geochronology; kimberlite; lamproite; quartz; sandstone; uranium-lead dating; zircon; Arkhangelsk [Arkhangelsk (ADS)]; Arkhangelsk [Russian Federation]; Fennoscandia; Russian Federation; Urals
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