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A U–Pb zircon age (479 ± 5 Ma) from the uppermost layers of the Ollo de Sapo Formation near Viveiro (NW Spain): implications for the duration of rifting-related Cambro-Ordovician volcanism in Iberia

  • M.A. LOPEZ-SANCHEZ (a1), A. IRIONDO (a2), A. MARCOS (a1) and F.J. MARTÍNEZ (a3)

The uppermost metavolcanic layer of the Cambro-Ordovician Ollo de Sapo Formation, the largest accumulation of pre-Variscan igneous rocks in the Iberian Peninsula, have been dated in its northernmost part using U–Pb SHRIMP-RG zircon age techniques at 479.0 ± 4.7 Ma. The age obtained is the youngest age found so far in the metavolcanic facies of Ollo de Sapo Formation and represents the cessation of the rifting-related Cambro-Ordovician Ollo de Sapo volcanism at the northernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula. Our results show that the Cambro-Ordovician volcanism in the NW of the Iberian Peninsula is not as short-lived as previously thought and confirm the correlation between the Cambro-Ordovician volcanic sequences that crop out in the Central Iberian Zone and the French Southern Armorican Massif. Finally, our study suggests that the cessation of the Cambro-Ordovician volcanism along the Ibero-Armorican Arc was synchronic or, less probably, slightly diachronic with younger ages towards the north (in present-day geographical coordinates).

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