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For leucocratic granites U–Pb zircon dates, therefore, may reflect the ages of the source rocks rather than the igneous crystallisation age.

Both findings have consequences for the duration of associated orogenic events and any estimates for magma generation rates.

Leucocratic granite samples analysed previously using U–Pb zircon geochronology were re-analysed in this study using U–Th–Pb monazite geochronology.

Presented below are the original zircon geochronology results for selected peraluminous, leucocratic samples from three generations of Proterozoic magmatism (Table a).

The monazite geochronology has contributed to a more reliable tectonic history for a complex, long-lived orogen.

Our results emphasise the benefit of monazite as a geochronometer for leucocratic granites derived by low-temperature crustal melting and are relevant to other orogens worldwide.).

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