Early to Middle Paleozoic tectonometamorphic evolution of the Hongseong area, central western Korean Peninsula: Tectonic implications

Sung Won Kim, Sanghoon Kwon, Seung Ik Park, Keewook Yi, M. Santosh, Hyeong Soo Kim

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The migmatized gneiss (viz. Gwangcheon gneiss) of the southern Hongseong area, central–western Korean Peninsula underwent intermediate to high granulite-facies metamorphism (ca. 9.2–12.0 kbar and 770–870 °C) during Early Silurian to Early Devonian in age. Field and petrographic evidences from the Gwangcheon migmatite provide a clear indication of partial melting. Particularly the migmatized paragneiss is juxtaposed with arc-related doleritic metagabbro, which might be related to the heat source of the migmatization. The migmatized paragneiss has similar arc-related geochemical characteristics, such as depletions in Ta–Nb, Sr, P, and Ti and enrichments in large ion lithophile elements (LILE) caused by the partial melting effect related to the doleritic metagabbro. Sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) zircon U–Pb dating of the migmatized paragneiss yielded ages of 432 ± 6 Ma, 431 ± 10 Ma, 421 ± 3 Ma, and 403 ± 3 Ma. The U–Pb ages of inherited zircons from the migmatized paragneiss yielded an age spectra from Neoarchean to Early Paleozoic, with a dominant age population at Neoproterozoic. In contrast, new-growth and recrystallized equant zircons showed dominant concordant Early Silurian to Early Devonian ages that provide critical evidence on the timing of migmatization. These age results and the tectonic signatures are similar to those reported from the Central China Orogenic Belt in China, indicating their tectonic linkage at the northeastern margin of eastern Gondwana during Early to Middle Paleozoic in age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-322
Number of pages15
JournalGondwana Research
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 1


  • Early Silurian to Early Devonian
  • Hongseong–Imjingang Belt
  • Korean Peninsula
  • Migmatite
  • Partial melting
  • SHRIMP zircon U–Pb age

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology


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