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Nadeau S.,Guyana Geology and Mines Commission | Chen W.,State Key Laboratory of Mineral Deposit Research | Reece J.,Guyana Geology and Mines Commission | Lachhman D.,Guyana Geology and Mines Commission | And 5 more authors.
Brazilian Journal of Geology | Year: 2013

A Hadean zircon xenocryst with a U-Pb zircon age of 4,219 ±19 Ma, along with several zircon xenocrysts of Archean age (ca. 2,510 to 3,811 Ma) were found in a rock of the Paleoproterozoic Iwokrama Formation, which includes felsic volcanics and co-magmatic granitic intrusions. It demonstrates the existence of an underlying "Lost Hadean Crust", representing the oldest crustal component of the Guiana Shield. Detrital zircons of late Archean age, up to 2,700 Ma, are also present in the high-grade rocks of the Kanuku Complex, located to the south, and may be derived from the same Hadean-Archean crustal block.

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