Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

2 Researcher, California Institute of Technology, California, USA

3 Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran


Two different ages of Precambrian and Jurassic are considered for the Zayanderud metamorphic complex in the Najafabad and Chadegan geology maps, respectively. This disagreement has made these two maps to be the most incompatible adjacent maps. The metamorphic complex is nonconformably covered by fossiliferous Permian limestones suggesting a Pre-Permian age. This relative age is supported by 206Pb/238U zircon ages of Neoproterozoic for the cross-cutting mylonitic orthogneisses. In this paper we discuss the Jurassic age considered for protolith of the metamorphic and granitoid rocks in the Chadegan map as an misunderstanding in field observations. Also we argue that Ar/Ar Jurassic ages represent the time of metamorphism and do not reflect  the protolith age.  


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