Lattice distortion in a zircon population and its effects on trace element mobility and U–Th–Pb isotope systematics: examples from the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, northwest Scotland

@article{MacDonald2013LatticeDI,
  title={Lattice distortion in a zircon population and its effects on trace element mobility and U–Th–Pb isotope systematics: examples from the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, northwest Scotland},
  author={John M. MacDonald and John Wheeler and Simon L. Harley and Elisabetta Mariani and Kathryn M. Goodenough and Quentin Crowley and Daniel Tatham},
  journal={Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology},
  year={2013},
  volume={166},
  pages={21-41}
}
Zircon is a key mineral in geochemical and geochronological studies in a range of geological settings as it is mechanically and chemically robust. However, distortion of its crystal lattice can facilitate enhanced diffusion of key elements such as U and Pb. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis of ninety-nine zircons from the Lewisian Gneiss Complex (LGC) of northwest Scotland has revealed five zircons with lattice distortion. The distortion can take the form of gradual bending of… CONTINUE READING

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