Argon-40/argon-39 analyses of samples from the Gardnos impact structure, Norway

Jennifer A. Grier, Timothy D. Swindle, David A. Kring, H. Jay Melosh

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Abstract

We have conducted 40Ar/39Ar age dating on a sample of impact melt from the Gardnos impact structure in Norway in an attempt to better constrain the formation age of the crater. Current estimates of the age of the Gardnos crater cover a wide range and are as old as 900 Ma (Dons and Naterstad, 1992; French et al., 1997). The age spectra that we obtained from three samples are consistent with a thermal event at 385 ± 5 Ma (1σ). Because this differs greatly from the best stratigraphic age of ~600 Ma, and because the minerals present in the dated sample are a metamorphic assemblage, we believe we have not dated the formation age of the crater. Instead we have probably dated the effect of the early Devonian collapse of the late Caledonian (Scandian) orogeny on these materials (Dons and Naterstad, 1992; French et al., 1997). Although it may be possible, it will be difficult to determine the age of the impact by isotopic means alone because of this widespread metamorphism. Detailed stratigraphic analyses of the crater fill sediments may be the most promising method for constraining the crater age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)803-807
Number of pages5
JournalMeteoritics and Planetary Science
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1999

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  • Geophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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