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In this paper, we show that deformation can be dated by combining mesoscopic and microscopic structural observations with an understanding of metamorphic mineral reactions and U-Pb ages of newly grown sphene (titanite). This approach can be used on a variety of rock types that have been deformed at a wide range of metamorphic conditions. In an example from the Proterozoic Laramie Peak shear zone of southeastern Wyoming, a single period of syntectonic sphene growth in sheared mafic dikes is documented both by a strong spatial relationship between deformation and metamorphism and by sphene microtextures. U-Pb analyses of sphene separates give overlapping concordant or nearly concordant ages with a weighted mean of the 207Pb/206Pb ages of 1763 ± 7 Ma. We interpret this direct age of deformation as evidence that the Laramie Peak shear zone records the cratonic response to the 1.78–1.74 Ga Cheyenne belt collisional event.
Phillip G. Resor, Kevin R. Chamberlain, Carol D. Frost, B Ronald Frost, and Arthur W. Snoke. "Direct dating of deformation; U-Pb age of syndeformational sphene growth in the Proterozoic Laramie Peak shear zone" Geology 24.7 (1996): 623-626.