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Reza Aharipour

Assistant Professor of Sedimentology Geology

Selected Publications

Moghadam, H.S., Li, X.-H., Griffin, W.L., Stern, R.J., Thomsen, T.B., Meinhold, G., Aharipour, R., O'Reilly, S.Y. Early Paleozoic tectonic reconstruction of Iran: Tales from detrital zircon geochronology (2017) Lithos, 268-271, pp. 87-101.

DOI: 10.1016/j.lithos.2016.09.008

In this study we use detrital zircons to probe the Early Paleozoic history of NE Iran and evaluate the link between sediment sources and Gondwanan pre-Cadomian, Cadomian and younger events. U–Pb zircon ages and Hf isotopic compositions are reported for detrital zircons from Ordovician and Early Devonian sedimentary rocks from NE Iran. These clastic rocks are dominated by zircons with major age populations at ~ 2.5 Ga, ~ 0.8–0.6 Ga, 0.5 Ga and ~ 0.5–0.4 Ga as well as a minor broad peak at ~ 1.0 Ga. The source of 2.5 Ga detrital zircons is enigmatic; they may have been supplied from the Saharan Metacraton (or West African Craton) to the southwest or Afghanistan–Tarim to the east. The detrital zircons with age populations at 0.8–0.6 Ga probably originated from Cryogenian–Ediacaran juvenile igneous rocks of the Arabian–Nubian Shield; this inference is supported by their juvenile Hf isotopes, although some negative εHf (t) values suggest that other sources (such as the West African Craton) were also involved. The age peak at ca 0.5 Ga correlates with Cadomian magmatism reported from Iranian basement and elsewhere in north Gondwana. The variable εHf (t) values of Cadomian detrital zircons, resembling the εHf (t) values of zircons in magmatic Cadomian rocks from Iran and Taurides (Turkey), suggest an Andean-type margin and the involvement of reworked older crust in the generation of the magmatic rocks. The youngest age population at 0.5–0.4 Ga is interpreted to represent Gondwana rifting and the opening of Paleotethys, which probably started in Late Cambrian–Ordovician time. A combination of U–Pb dating and Hf-isotope data from Iran, Turkey and North Gondwana confirms that Iran and Turkey were parts of Gondwana at least until late Paleozoic time. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

AUTHOR KEYWORDS: Cadomian magmatism; Detrital zircon; Hf isotopes; NE Iran; Paleotethys
INDEX KEYWORDS: detrital deposit; geochronology; hafnium; isotopic composition; magmatism; Paleozoic; tectonic reconstruction; uranium-lead dating; zircon, Iran
PUBLISHER: Elsevier B.V.

Aharipour, R., Moussavi, M.R., Mosaddegh, H., Mistiaen, B. Facies features and paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Early to Middle Devonian syn-rift volcano-sedimentary succession (Padeha Formation) in the Eastern-Alborz Mountains, NE Iran (2010) Facies, 56 (2), pp. 279-294.

DOI: 10.1007/s10347-009-0200-x

The Padeha Formation in the Eastern-Alborz Mountains (northeast Iran) is an Early to Middle Devonian syn-rift succession. Siliciclastic rocks (conglomerates, sandstones, mudstones, and red paleosols) to non-marine carbonates (yellowish calcretes, dolocretes, stromatolites, and sandy bivalve packstone) associated with volcaniclastic rocks (basalts or andesites and tuffs) are present in this succession. Facies analysis led to the recognition of three facies associations that are deposited in three terrestrial environments (alluvial fan, distal fan, and palustrine/lacustrine). Its sedimentary fill pattern and association with mafic volcaniclastic rocks indicate that this formation is related to the initial phase of a rift basin (intracratonic rift). Paleosols of this formation are good indicators for recognition of paleoenvironmental factors (climatic changes from semi-arid to sub-humid with annual fluctuation, small and short gross-like vegetation cover, subaerial exposure, very shallow lake, volcanic source rocks, and early meteoric diagenesis). © Springer-Verlag 2009.

AUTHOR KEYWORDS: Devonian; Eastern-Alborz Mountains; Intracratonic rift basin; Padeha Formation; Paleosol; Terrestrial environment
INDEX KEYWORDS: depositional sequence; Devonian; facies analysis; intracratonic basin; paleoenvironment; paleosol; reconstruction; siliciclastic deposit; terrestrial environment; volcaniclastic deposit, Elburz; Iran, Bivalvia

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