The principal aims of CASP are to:• Determine the age and metamorphic history of pre-Mesozoic Arctic terranes in order to establish provenance reference datums.
• Determine the sediment provenance of circum-Arctic Mesozoic successions using those reference datums.
• Incorporate all results into our Arctic database in order to facilitate regional synthesis and model development.
• Integrate these results to develop a unifying tectonic model for the evolution of the Amerasian Basin in particular, and of the Arctic terranes in general.
U-Pb dating of detrital zircons is our primary tool in these investigations. We use high resolution secondary ion-microprobe mass spectrometry (SIMS) or laser ablation-inductively coupled mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) to determine the provenance of Arctic sediments. The current phase of the project is funded for 3 years (2008-2011).
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