Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/gchron-5-127-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/gchron-5-127-2023
Research article
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03 Apr 2023
Research article |  | 03 Apr 2023

Chemical abrasion: the mechanics of zircon dissolution

Alyssa J. McKanna, Isabel Koran, Blair Schoene, and Richard A. Ketcham

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Short summary
Acid leaching is commonly used to remove damaged portions of zircon crystals prior to U–Pb dating. However, a basic understanding of the microstructural processes that occur during leaching is lacking. We present the first 3D view of zircon dissolution based on X-ray computed tomography data acquired before and after acid leaching. These data are paired with images of etched grain surfaces and Raman spectral data. We also reveal exciting opportunities for imaging radiation damage zoning in 3D.