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Sample records for paragonite

  1. Experimental determination of the solubility of the assemblage paragonite, albite, and quartz in supercritical H 2O

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    Woodland, Alan B.; Walther, John V.

    1987-02-01

    The concentrations of Na, Al, and Si in an aqueous fluid in equilibrium with natural albite, paragonite, and quartz have been measured between 350°C and 500°C and 1 to 2.5 kbar. Si is the dominant solute in solution and is near values reported for quartz solubility in pure H 2O. At 1 kbar the concentrations of Na and Al remain fairly constant from 350°C to 425°C but then decrease at 450°C. At 2 kbar, Na increases slightly with increasing temperature while Al remains nearly constant. Concentrations of Si, Na, and Al all increase with increasing pressure at constant temperature. The molality of Al is close to that of Na and is nearly a log unit greater than calculated molalities assuming Al(OH) 03 is the dominant Al species. This indicates a Na-Al complex is the dominant Al species in solution as shown by ANDERSON and BURNHAM (1983) at higher temperature and pressure. The complex can be written as NaAl( OH) 04 ± nSiO2 where n is the number of Si atoms in the complex. The value of n is not well constrained but appears to be less than or equal to 3. The results indicate Al can be readily transported in pure H 2O solutions at temperatures and pressures as low as 350°C and 1 kbar.

  2. L'aspidolite fluorée : rôle des évaporites dans la genèse du rubis des marbres de Nangimali (Azad-Kashmir, Pakistan)

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    Garnier, Virginie; Ohnenstetter, Daniel; Giuliani, Gaston

    2004-11-01

    Ruby-bearing marbles from Nangimali, in the Azad-Kashmir, Pakistan, contain, besides phengite, different mica intergrowths: paragonite, phlogopite and aspidolite (sodium phlogopite). Both phlogopites, intimately linked and coexisting with paragonite, are fluorine rich, contrary to phengite and paragonite. F-enriched aspidolite is described for the first time. Phengite is either associated with phlogopite or could be isolated. The presence of aspidolite in the ruby-bearing marbles, together with other arguments such as salt solid inclusions and presence of anhydrite, suggest the implication of evaporites in the genesis of gem corundums. To cite this article: V. Garnier et al., C. R. Geoscience 336 (2004).

  3. Phase relations in the greenschist-blueschist-amphibolite-eclogite facies in the system Na2O-CaO-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O (NCFMASH), with application to metamorphic rocks from Samos, Greece

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    Will, Thomas; Okrusch, Martin; Schmädicke, Esther; Chen, Guoli

    Calculated phase equilibria among the minerals sodic amphibole, calcic amphibole, garnet, chloritoid, talc, chlorite, paragonite, margarite, omphacite, plagioclase, carpholite, zoisite/clinozoisite, lawsonite, pyrophyllite, kyanite, sillimanite, quartz and H2O are presented for the model system Na2O-CaO-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O (NCFMASH), which is relevant for many greenschist, blueschist, amphibolite and eclogite facies rocks. Using the activity-composition relationships for multicomponent amphiboles constrained by Will and Powell (1992), equilibria containing coexisting calcic and sodic amphiboles could be determined. The blueschist-greenschist transition reaction in the NCFMASH system, for example, is defined by the univariant reaction sodic amphibole + zoisite=calcic amphibole + chlorite + paragonite + plagioclase (+ quartz + H2O) occurring between approximately 420 and 450°C at 9.5 to 10kbar. The calculated petrogenetic grid is a valuable tool for reconstructing the PT-evolution of metabasic rocks. This is shown for rocks from the island of Samos, Greece. On the basis of mineral and whole rock analyses, PT-pseudosections were calculated and, together with the observed mineral assemblages and reaction textures, are used to reconstruct PT-paths. For rocks from northern Samos, pseudomorphs after lawsonite preserved in garnet, the assemblage sodic amphibole-garnet-paragonite-chlorite-zoisite-quartz and the retrograde appearance of albitic plagioclase and the formation of calcic amphibole around sodic amphibole constrain a clockwise PT-path that reaches its thermal maximum at some 520°C and 19kbar. The derived PT-trajectory indicates cooling during exhumation of the rocks and is similar to paths for rocks from the western part of the Attic-Cycladic crystalline complex. Rocks from eastern Samos indicate lower pressures and are probably related to high-pressure rocks from the Menderes Massif in western Turkey.

  4. Mineralogy, paragenesis and textures associated with metasomatic- hydrothermal processes, Qatruyeh area, Sanandaj- Sirjan zone, SW Iran

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    Asadi, S.; Rajabzadeh, M. A.

    2009-04-01

    The Qatruyeh area is located at about 40 Km northeastern of Neyriz region, in the eastern edge of the high P- Low T metamorphic Zagros orogenic belt. The studied area principally includes outcrops of green schist facies metamorphic rocks that are thrusted over the Neotethyan ophiolites. Hydrothermal activities occurred episodically in the Mesozoic era . The textural relationships, mineral assemblages and X- Ray diffractions have recognized two different stages of hydrothermal alteration during mineralization. The Mineralization was largely controlled by striking faults and host rock layers. Three different types of magnetite are distinguished in microscopic investigation. The First is euhedral to subhedral, partly replacement by martite with exsolved ilmenites. The Second reveals myrmekite like textures and the last type includes layered magnetite. All of the types are related to replacement textures such as psedomorphism, widening of a fracture filling, irregulare or vermicular intergrowths, islands of unreplaced host rock, cusp or caries, nonmatching walls or borders of a fracture and rims of one mineral penetrating another along its crystallographic direction. X- Ray analyses indicate oxide minerals (Magnetite, Hematite, Maghemite, Specularite, Goethite, Limonite and Ilmenite), Silicate minerals (Tourmaline-shorl and dravite-, Epidote, Chlorite, Actinolite, Titanite, Paragonite, Talc, Muscovite and Quartz), Carbonate minerals (Siderite and Malachite) and Sulfide minerals (Pyrite and Chalcopyrite-minor-) as major phases. The mineral paragenesis and textures show two different stages of metasomatic- hydrothermal alteration. The first stage alteration (Sodic- Calsic) accompanying with mineral paragenesis of Magnetite+ Tourmaline+ Titanite+ Paragonite and the second stage of alteration (Solfidation- Oxidation) follows with Magnetite+ Hematite+ Quartz

  5. Timing and processes for exhumation of HP/LT rocks of the southern Brooks Range (AK): Insight from combined geochemistry and 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology of white mica

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    O'Brien, T.; Miller, E. L.; Grove, M. J.; Hayden, L. A.

    2015-12-01

    The obduction of an island arc onto the Arctic Alaska continental margin in the Jura-Cretaceous led to southward subduction of continental crust and high-pressure/low-temperature (HP/LT) epidote-blueschist facies metamorphism in the southern Brooks Range (BR). A regionally developed greenschist facies normal-sense shear zone system along the southern margin of the BR suggests that extensional faulting had an influential role in the exhumation of the metamorphic core. To better constrain the exhumation history of the metamorphic core of the BR, samples were collected from a N-S transect through the metamorphic core of the orogen. Electron microprobe (EMP) analyses of white micas reveal that they are composed of phengite (Si > 3.0 pfu) or a combination of phengite + paragonite. Si-content of phengites reveal a southward increase in Si from 3.1 to 3.4 pfu (corresponding to an increase in pressure). Si-contents in higher-P phengites are scattered, reflecting subsequent muscovite growth. The Si trend is matched by a southward increase in the 40Ar/39Ar total gas ages of white micas. Phengite from the north are characterized by younger ages (~115 Ma) and flatter 40Ar/39Ar spectra. Farther south, phengites and paragonites yield older 40Ar/39Ar ages. These samples yield convex, staircase 40Ar/39Ar spectra that initiate ~115-120 Ma and flatten-out ~130-138 Ma. Modeling using MacArgon proposes that an initial cooling of HP/LT metamorphism occurred ~130-138 Ma, recorded in the high-Si phengites and paragonites. Following initial cooling, modeling suggests HP/LT rocks stalled in the greenschist facies field before subsequent exhumation, resulting in the staircase 40Ar/39Ar spectra. Flatter 40Ar/39Ar spectra recorded by the northern samples and modeling of 40Ar/39Ar results from the southern samples suggest that these rocks from metamorphic core of the BR were exhumed to temperatures < 300°C by ~115 Ma.

  6. Origin of peak and retrograde assemblages during Grenvillian orogeny from garnet-staurolite bearing mica schist of Bhilwara Supergroup, NW India: constraints from pseudosection modelling

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    Prakash, Abhishek; Saha, Lopamudra; Sarkar, Saheli

    2016-04-01

    Fractionation of components due to formation of garnet porphyroblasts during prograde metamorphism, have been constrained from pseudosection analyses. Such fractionation process leads to changes in the effective bulk composition within the rock, which can be modelled with well-preserved growth zonation patterns in garnet porphyroblasts. On the contrary, textures and mineralogy in metamorphic rocks can be far more complex with different textural domains within a single rock preserving assemblages formed along different segments of the P-T paths or during different metamorphic events. Examples of such textures include pseudomorphs, reaction rims or coronae, symplectites formed by breakdown of both cores and rims of porphyroblasts. Apart from pressure and temperature, availability of fluids during metamorphic reactions plays important roles in defining mineral assemblages and textures. In this study we have constrained formation of garnet porphyroblasts and paragonite-albite-sillimanite-quartz-staurolite bearing domains within the mica schist from the Rajpura-Dariba sequence of the Bhilwara Supergroup in NW India. The mica schist is inter-layered with calc-silicates and quartzite and together the units form a NE-SW trending Grenvillian orogenic belt in southern part of Bhilwara Supergroup sequence. Within the mica schist, three distinct textural domains have been observed: (i) muscovite-biotite-quartz-feldspar bearing matrix foliation, (ii) garnet porphyroblasts within the matrix foliation, (iii) staurolite-paragonite-albite-staurolite-sillimanite-quartz bearing domains. Paragonite, albite and sillimanite occur exclusively in the pseudomorph domains. Garnet porphyroblasts show variation in compositions from cores (Spessartine0.14 Grossular0.10 Pyrope0.12 Almandine0.72) to rims (Spessartine0.09Grossular0.15Pyrope0.12Almandine0.75). The average XMg contents of staurolite and matrix biotite are 0.21 and 0.57 respectively. Pseudosections have been constructed from the

  7. Petrology of HP metamorphic veins in coesite-bearing eclogite from western Tianshan, China: Fluid processes and elemental mobility during exhumation in a cold subduction zone

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    Lü, Zeng; Zhang, Lifei; Du, Jinxue; Yang, Xin; Tian, Zuolin; Xia, Bin

    2012-04-01

    A petrological study was carried out for high pressure (HP) veins which cut through the host coesite-bearing eclogites at Habutengsu-Kebuerte in western Tianshan, China. The results place constraints on the origin and property of metamorphic fluids during subduction-zone metamorphism. Omphacite-, clinozoisite- and quartz-dominated veins occur on centimeter to meter scales within lens-shaped and layered eclogites, or cutting into the country rocks of garnet phengite schists. Coesite-bearing eclogites mainly consist of fibrous fine-grained omphacite and porphyroblastic garnet, with minor amounts of amphibole (mainly barroisite), clinozoisite, white mica (mainly paragonite) and rutile. The veins are pronouncedly coarse-grained compared to the host eclogites and commonly consist of quartz, clinozosite, rutile, white mica (phengite and paragonite) and garnet, with or without omphacite, titanite, apatite, carbonate (mainly dolomite) and glaucophane. Fluid inclusions are abundant in vein omphacite, titanite and apatite, but are rare in the equivalent minerals of host eclogites. Rounded vein garnets usually occur close to the sharp interface of vein and host eclogite. Omphacite in the veins is characterized by its euhedral form surrounded by quartz, or coarse bladed aggregates in contrast to the fibrous or patchy one, suggesting dynamic recrystallization in the host rocks. Omphacite in both veins and host eclogites has similar jadeite contents (Jd40-50), indicating formation at eclogite-facies metamorphic conditions. Vein phengite uniformly contains certain amounts of Ba with maximum BaO content of 3.16-4.25 wt.%, suggesting that Ba was mobilized during the exhumation of UHP rocks. Specific textures of vein minerals, such as the enclosure of magnesite (or calcite) in dolomite, rutile in titanite, and the occurrence of zoned Ba-rich phengite, indicate the chemical variability of channelized fluids over time. Based on Zr content in rutile and the presence of paragonite

  8. Trace elements in metapelitic schists from Alpe Sponda (Central Alps, Switzerland)

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    Redler, Charlotte; Irouschek, Alfred; Jeffries, Teresa; Gieré, Reto

    2015-04-01

    Lenses of kyanite-cordierite-garnet-bearing paragonite-biotite schist were found in paragonite-free metapelitic rocks at Pizzo Forno, near Alpe Sponda (Simano Nappe, Central Alps). These lenses are mineralogically distinct, as they lack both quartz and staurolite, but they contain large amounts of tourmaline (up to 20-25 vol.%). Tourmaline shows strong colour zoning, which in combination with the major and trace element data indicates at least two stages of crystal growth during prograde metamorphism. Mineral equilibrium modelling based on the bulk-rock compositions yielded peak metamorphic conditions of amphibolite-facies grade (T = 590-660 °C and P = 6.5-7.8 kbar), which is consistent with the P-T conditions estimated previously for this part of the Central Alps. The light elements lithium and boron are strongly enriched in the Alpe Sponda samples, which therefore show unusual bulk-rock concentrations. Lithium is mainly distributed to cordierite (450 ppm) and to a lower extent to muscovite (250 ppm), biotite (180 ppm) and paragonite; all other minerals show only minor amounts of lithium. As commonly expected, boron is partitioned into tourmaline and to a much lesser amount into muscovite, whereas all other minerals have low boron contents. In addition, cordierite has a relatively high Be content, underlining the hypotheses of the presence of Na-Be cordierite. The analysis of rare earth elements (REE) shows that all samples are enriched in low REE (LREE; La-Eu) relative to the heavy REE (HREE: Gd-Lu), and have a small negative Ce anomaly, as well as a pronounced negative Eu anomaly, which can be illustrated in a chondrite-normalised diagram. Furthermore, all minerals that do not show a distinct positive Eu anomaly (i.e. garnet, biotite, muscovite, cordierite, kyanite, chlorite and rutile) show a marked negative Ce anomaly. In addition, plagioclase and tourmaline exhibit a pronounced positive Eu anomaly but no Ce anomaly. Especially in the case of tourmaline the

  9. Petrology of HP/LT metapelitic rocks of an accretionary wedge, the Central Pontides, Turkey: evidence for tectonic stacking and syn-subduction exhumation

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    Aygül, Mesut; Okay, Aral; Oberhänsli, Roland

    2015-04-01

    Cretaceous HP/LT chloritoid-bearing metapelitic rocks crop out widely in the central part of the Pontides, northern Turkey. They are associated with eclogite to blueschist-facies metabasites and represent deep levels of an underplated subduction-accretion complex, which is tectonically overlain by low-grade HP phyllite/metasandstone intercalation along an extensional shear zone. Close to the shear zone, the footwall micaschists consist of quartz, phengite, paragonite, chlorite, rutile with syn-kinematic albite porphyroblast formed by pervasive shearing during exhumation. This type of micaschists is tourmaline-bearing and their retrograde nature suggests high-fluid flux along shear zones. Peak metamorphic assemblages are partly preserved in the chloritoid-micaschist farther away from the shear zone. Three peak metamorphic assemblages are identified and their PT conditions are constrained by pseudosections produced by Theriak-Domino and by Raman spectra of carbonaceous material: 1) garnet-chloritoid-glaucophane with lawsonite pseudomorphs (P: 17.5 ± 1 Kbar, T: 390-450 °C) 2) chloritoid with glaucophane pseudomorphs (P: 16-18 Kbar, T: 475 ± 40 °C) and 3) relatively high-Mg chloritoid (17%) with jadeite pseudomorphs (22-25 Kbar; T: 440 ± 30 °C) in addition to phengite, paragonite, quartz, chlorite, rutile. The last mineral assemblage is interpreted as transformation of the chloritoid + glaucophane assemblage to chloritoid + jadeite paragenesis with increasing pressure. Absence of tourmaline suggests that the chloritoid-micaschist did not interact with B-rich fluids during zero strain exhumation. Peak metamorphic assemblages and PT estimates suggest tectonic stacking within wedge with different depths of burial. 40Ar/39Ar phengite age of a pervasively sheared footwall micaschist is constrained to 100.6 ± 1.3 Ma and that of a chloritoid-micaschist is constrained to 91.8 ± 1.8 Ma suggesting exhumation during on-going subduction. Coupling and exhumation of the

  10. An example of trondhjemite genesis by means of alkali metasomatism: Rockford Granite, Alabama Appalachians

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    Drummond, Mark S.; Ragland, Paul C.; Wesolowski, David

    1986-03-01

    A model for trondhjemite genesis is proposed where granite is transformed to trondhjemite via infiltration by a Na-rich metamorphic fluid. The Rockford Granite of the Northern Alabama Piedmont serves as the case example for this process and is characterized as a synmetamorphic, peraluminous trondhjemite-granite suite. The major process operative in the conversion of granite to trondhjemite involves cation exchange of Na for K in the feldspar and mica phases through a volatile fluid medium. Whole-rock δ 18O values for the trondhjemites are negatively correlated with atomic proportion K/Na ratio indicating a partial reequilibration of the altered granitoids with a Na- and18O-rich metamorphically derived fluid. Biotite decomposition to an Al-epidote-paragonitic muscovite-secondary quartz assemblage is also associated with the sodium metasomatism, as are apatite replacement by Al-epidote and secondary zircon crystallization. Rare albitization of primary magmatic plagioclase and discontinuous grossularite reaction rim growth on magmatic garnet are present in the trondhjemites indicating the mobility of Ca during alkali metasomatism. The replacement of magmatic phases by me tasomatic phases exemplifies the chemical changes produced during infiltration metasomatism where the trondhjemites are depleted in P2O5, Th, Rb, U, K2O, V, Sn, F, MgO, Pb, TiO2, FeO* and Li and enriched in CaO, Na2O, Zr and Sr relative to the granites. Other elements, such as Cr, MnO, Cu, Zn, Co, Ba, SiO2, Ni, Al2O3, are shown to be relatively immobile during the metasomatism. The infiltration metasomatism probably occurred during prograde regional metamorphism, when a discrete fluid phase was produced in the surrounding amphibolite-grade metasediments. Foliation planes in the granite apparently served as conduits for fluid flow with reaction-enhanced permeability accompanying the 8% molar volume reduction during Na-for-K exchange in the feldspars. A source for the Na and Sr in the metamorphic fluid

  11. White micas with mixed interlayer occupancy: a possible cause of pitfalls in applying illite Kübler index for the determination of metamorphic grade

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    Árkai, P.; Livi, K. T.; Frey, M.; Brukner-Wein, A.; Sajgó, Cs.

    2003-04-01

    Integrated X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) modal composition, illite Kübler index and chlorite "crystallinity" determinations and vitrinite reflectance measurements were carried out on marly slates from selected profiles of the Helvetic domain of the Central Alps, Switzerland. In some of the localities studied illite Kübler index values were anomalously high, indicating only diagenetic conditions, while in these same samples chlorite "crystallinity" and vitrinite reflectance showed anchi- and epizonal metamorphic grades. XRPD observations indicated subordinate amounts of swelling (smectitic) interstratifications in white mica. In addition to the dominant white K-mica, traces of paragonitic and tobelitic impurities could also be detected using higher-order basal reflections. The amount of NH_4^+ fixed in inorganic phases could be estimated on the basis of: (1) the organic maturity assumed from vitrinite reflectance, (2) probable partitioning of N and H between organic and inorganic phases, and (3) results of elemental (C, H, N, S) analyses carried out on the <2μm fraction decarbonated and oxidized samples. Small, but consistent absorption bands between 1400 and 1440 cm-1 in the FTIR spectra unequivocally proved the presence of NH_4^+ in the rocks studied. Electron energy loss spectroscopy revealed small amounts of N in the mica structures, confirming that NH_4^+ is fixed in the interlayer site position. X-ray maps generated by scanning transmission electron microscope energy dispersive spectroscopy exhibited heterogeneities in the interlayer cation occupancies. Although K was always dominant, local irregular domain-like enrichments of Na could be seen, but without strong segregation into paragonite. Thus, instead of mixed-layering with homogeneous interlayer site compositions, a dioctahedral mica structure with irregularly varying interlayer occupancy, combined also with subordinate amounts of swelling mixed-layers, seems to be a reliable model to describe the

  12. Eclogitic metasediments from the Tso Morari area (Ladakh, Himalaya): evidence for continental subduction during India-Asia convergence

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    Guillot, S.; de Sigoyer, J.; Lardeaux, J. M.; Mascle, G.

    Metasediments in the Tso Morari area (Ladakh, Himalaya) provide new insights into the Higher Himalayan metamorphism in the northwestern part of the Himalayan belt. Whole-rock analyses and petrologic observations show that the metasediments correspond to Fe-rich metapelites, Mg-rich metapelites, intermediate metapelites and metagreywackes of the Indian continental margin. Jadeite + chloritoid + paragonite + garnet in the Fe-rich metapelites indicate pressures of 20 +/-2 kbar at temperatures of 550 +/-50°C according to major element partitioning thermobarometry, stability fields of minerals and Thermocalc P-T estimates. These results are consistent with P-T estimates on other metasediments and with the occurrence of eclogites. Subsequent retrogression at the eclogite-blueschist facies transition (from 18 to 13 kbar and 540 +/-50°C) was followed by an increase in temperature to 630 +/-30°C at amphibolite facies conditions. The metamorphic evolution is related to subduction of the Indian continental margin beneath the southern Asian margin at the onset of the Indian-Eurasian collision.

  13. Polygenetic pyritic gold occurrences in Bousquet Township, Quebec

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    Valliant, R.I.; Stone, W.E.

    1985-01-01

    Bousquet Township contains stratiform and stratabound pyritic gold deposits and gold-bearing quartz veins within volcaniclastic sedimentary rocks, felsic volcanic rocks and a granitoid stock on the south side of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, 50 km east of Noranda, Quebec. Bousquet number3 is a large stratiform lens of fine grained gold in layered disseminated and massive pyrite with minor telluride and base metal sulfide minerals. The enclosing rock consists of quartz and muscovite with accessory andalusite, corundum, paragonite, chloritoid, and manganiferous garnet. Bousquet number5 and Doyon number2 are large stratabound lenses of fine grained gold with disseminated pyrite on a cleavage penetrating a rock of quartz, muscovite, chlorite and carbonate. The vein deposits are relatively small and have gold with quartz, pyrite, and chalcopyrite which crosscut the Doyon number2 lens and the granitoid stock. The stratiform, stratabound, and vein deposits record a progressive metallogenic event coeval with deposition and deformation of the enveloping rocks. The stratiform deposits are interpreted as products of exhalative activity accompanying felsic volcanism. Stratabound occurrences are interpreted as successively modified variations of the stratiform deposits or, as gold introduced during deformation which is synchronous with or after volcanism. The vein deposits represent waning stages of hydrothermal fluid circulation accompanying crystallization of the granitoid stock toward the end of volcanic activity in the district.

  14. Aluminium phosphate and phosphate-sulphate minerals in kyanite schists of the Ichetuyskoye area, West Transbaikalia, Russia: crystal chemistry and evolution

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    Izbrodin, Ivan A.; Ripp, German S.; Doroshkevich, Anna G.

    2011-01-01

    Aluminium phosphate and aluminium phosphate-sulphate (APS) minerals occur as disseminated crystals and fine-grained aggregates in kyanite schists near Ichetuyskoye, in the Dzhida basin (West Transbaikal region, Russia). Petrographical, mineralogical and geochemical data suggest a metamorphic evolution through prograde and retrograde stages. Lazulite-scorzalite and trolleite in association with kyanite, quartz, muscovite, paragonite, topaz, rutile, magnetite and hematite formed during the prograde stage. More than 25 minerals identified in schists are genetically related to the retrograde stage. Some phosphates and all of the APS minerals belong to the alunite, beudantite and plumbogummite groups. Electron-microprobe data reveal the presence of wide compositional variations and complex solid-solution series among the members. The main crystal-chemical variations of the APS solid-solution series in the alunite supergroup concern the relative proportions of svanbergite, woodhouseite, goyazite, crandallite, florencite-(Ce) and natroalunite. Chemical analyses of APS minerals indicate extremely high amounts of LREE, Sr, Ba, Ca and Na. In some cases, APS minerals have compositions of Ba and Ca,Ba phosphates- sulphates.

  15. Garnet cannibalism provides clues to extensive hydration of lower crustal fragments in a subduction channel (Sesia Zone, Northwestern Alps)

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    Giuntoli, Francesco; Lanari, Pierre; Engi, Martin

    2015-04-01

    The extent to which granulites are transformed to eclogites is thought to impose critical limits on the subduction of continental lower crust. Although it is seldom possible to document such densification processes in detail, the transformation is believed to depend on fluid access and deformation. Remarkably complex garnet porphyroblasts are widespread in eclogite facies micaschists in central parts of the Sesia Zone (Western Italian Alps). They occur in polydeformed samples in assemblages involving phengite+quartz+rutile ±paragonite, Na-amphibole, Na-pyroxene, chloritoid. Detailed study of textural and compositional types reveals a rich inventory of growth and partial resorption zones in garnet. These reflect several stages of the polycyclic metamorphic evolution. A most critical observation is that the relict garnet cores indicate growth at 900 °C and 0.9 GPa. This part of the Eclogitic Micaschist Complex thus derived from granulite facies metapelites of Permian age. These dry rocks must have been extensively hydrated during Cretaceous subduction, and garnet records the conditions of these processes. Garnet from micaschist containing rutile, epidote, paragonite and phengite were investigated in detail. Two types of garnet crystals are found in many thin sections: mm-size porphyroclasts and smaller atoll garnets, some 100 µm in diameter. X-ray maps of the porphyroclasts show complex zoning in garnet: a late Paleozoic HT-LP porphyroclastic core is overgrown by several layers of HP-LT Alpine garnet, these show evidence of growth at the expense of earlier garnet generations. Textures indicate 1-2 stages of resorption, with garnet cores that were fractured and then sealed by garnet veins, rimmed by multiple Alpine overgrowth rims with lobate edges. Garnet rim 1 forms peninsula and embayment structures at the expense of the core. Rim 2 surrounds rim 1, both internally and externally, and seems to have grown mainly at the expense of the core. Rim 3 grew mainly at

  16. Zr-in-rutile thermometry in eclogite and vein from southwestern Tianshan, China

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    Chen, Zhen-Yu; Zhang, Li-Fei; Du, Jin-Xue; Lü, Zeng

    2013-02-01

    Trace element LA-ICPMS analyses of rutile from eclogites and veins from southwestern Tianshan, China, are carried out for testing the validity of Zr-in-rutile thermometry in low-T/UHP eclogites. Mineral inclusions in rutile and time-resolved mass spectrometer data are carefully examined to identify and reject contaminated data. The Zr contents vary between individual grains from the same sample; rutile inclusions in garnet, amphibole, and paragonite have a narrower range of Zr contents than matrix rutiles that always show the highest Zr contents, which reflects the progressive rutile growth in the eclogites. Average Zr concentrations in rutile from all six investigated eclogite samples statistically belong to one well-defined population (34 ± 5 ppm; 33 ± 11 ppm; 26 ± 7 ppm; 36 ± 17 ppm; 22 ± 6 ppm; 40 ± 17 ppm), while average Zr concentration in rutile from the three veins belong to a second well-defined population (55 ± 7 ppm; 66 ± 6 ppm; 55 ± 5 ppm). The peak temperature of eclogite can be estimated as 535-570 °C at a pressure of 2.7 GPa inverted from the discovery of well preserved coesite in an increasing number of rocks from southwestern Tianshan. The mineral assemblage of the veins suggests their retrograde formation in the epidote-amphibolite facies; the growth temperature of vein rutile is 530-540 °C at ˜1.0 GPa. A robust P-T path constructed by Zr-in-rutile thermometry in eclogites and veins indicates that the rocks underwent a rapid uplift involving an early isothermal decompression from eclogite to epidote-amphibolite facies. Zr in rutile from eclogites and veins can serve as a pressure indicator in study area that suggests the pressure has a significant effect to the Zr-in-rutile thermometry.

  17. Laboratory Far-infrared Spectroscopy Of Terrestrial Phyllosilicates To Support Analysis Of Cosmic Dust Spectra.

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    Yesiltas, Mehmet; Brusentsova, T.; Peale, R.; Maukonen, D.; Figueiredo, P.; Harlow, G. H.; Ebel, D. S.; Nissinboim, A.; Sherman, K.; Lisse, C. M.

    2012-01-01

    Poster Abstract: 219th AAS Meeting M. Yesiltas1, T. Brusentsova1, R. E. Peale1, D. Maukonen1, P. Figueiredo1, G. E. Harlow2, D. S. Ebel2, A. Nissinboim2, K. Sherman2, and C. M. Lisse3 Remote spectral detection of hydrated minerals is of general interest in the solar system and dusty circumstellar disks. This paper presents spectroscopy of terrestrial phyllosilicate minerals in the wavelength range 15 - 250 µm to support interpretation of returned data from far-IR space-missions such as the Herschel Space Observatory. The far-IR spectral region beyond 15 micron wavelength is especially diagnostic of mineral composition and crystal structure. Relatively little far-IR spectral data exists in the literature on suitably-characterized naturally-occurring phyllosilicate minerals in the wavelength range 60-210 microns corresponding to the PACS instrument of Herschel Space Observatory. Extending the database of laboratory far-IR spectra of terrestrial mineral analogs is therefore desirable and timely. Seventeen phyllosilicate minerals expected in various astronomical environments were sampled from the American Museum of Natural History for diversity and astrophysical relevancy, based on their identification in Stardust, in stratospheric IDP samples, or in meteorites. These include serpentines (Antigorite and Chrysotile), smectites (Talc, Pyrophyllite, Vermiculite, Montmorillonite, Beidellite, Saponite, Nontronite and Hectorite), chlorites (Clinochlore), micas (Muscovite, Paragonite, Margarite, Clintonite, Biotite and Illite), and kaolinites (Dickite, Nacrite, Kaolinite, Halloysite, Attapulgite and Sepiolite). Spectra of micron-sized powder suspensions in polyethelyne pellets reveal prominent and characteristic far-IR features, which differ significantly in some cases from already published spectra, where available. Acknowledgements : This research was supported by NASA-JPL Contract # 1327221. 1Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando FL 32816 USA2

  18. The Flin Flon paleosol and the composition of the atmosphere 1.8 BYBP

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    Holland, H. D.; Feakes, C. R.; Zbinden, E. A.

    1989-01-01

    Within the 1800 to 1900 my old Flin Flon-Snow Lake greenstone belt, Amisk Group volcanics are overlain by Missi Group fluvial sediments. Several localities along the Missi-Amisk contact, the volcanics show evidence of subaerial weathering. Field relationships, mineralogical evidence, and chemical analyses confirm that this alteration zone is a paleosol. Pedogenic fabrics and mineralogy were somewhat obscured by greenschist-grade metamorphism associated with the Hudsonian orogeny (1750 my). This is especially true in the upper meter of the paleosol, where metamorphic paragonite and sericitic micas developed in a crenulated fabric. This metamorphism did not, however, obliterate the imprint of weathering on the Amisk volcanics. Features characteristic of well-drained modern soils are evident in the paleosol. Corestones of spheroidally weathered pillow lavas occur at depth within the paleosol (Cr horizon). The corestones decrease in size upward and eventually disappear into a hematite-rich horizon at the top of the paleosol. These macroscopic changes are accompanied by a decrease in CaO and MgO and by an increase in Al2O3, TiO2, and total iron toward the paleosol-Missi contact. Ferrous iron decreases upward toward the contact; FeO was apparently oxidized to ferric iron and retained within the paleosol during weathering. The oxidation and retention of iron within the Flin Flon paleosol indicates that PO2 was probably > or = 10(-2) P.A.L. at the time of weathering. The behavior of iron in the Flin Flon paleosol contrasts sharply with its behavior in the 2200 my Hekpoort paleosol, which is strongly depleted in iron. This difference suggests that a significant increase in the ratio of PO2/PCO2 in the atmosphere took place between 2200 and 1800 mybp.

  19. Example of trondhjemite genesis by means of alkali metasomatism: Rockford Granite, Alabama Appalachians

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    Drummond, M.S.; Wesolowski, D.; Ragland, P.C.; Ragland, J.

    1985-01-01

    An alternative model for trondhjemite genesis is proposed where granite is transformed to trondhjemite via infiltration by a Na-rich metamorphic fluid. The Rockford Granite serves as the case example for this process and is characterized as a synmetamorphic, peraluminous trondhjemite-granite suite. The major process operative in the conversion of granite to trondhjemite involves cation exchange of Na for K in the feldspar and mica phases through a volatile fluid medium. Whole-rock delta/sup 18/O values for the trondhjemites are negatively correlated with the atomic prop. K/Na ratio indicating a partial reequilibration of the altered granitoids with a Na- and /sup 18/O-rich metamorphically derived fluid. Biotite decomposition to an Al-epidote-paragonitic muscovite-quartz assemblage is also associated with the Na-metasomatism, as are apatite replacement by Al-epidote and secondary zircon crystallization. The replacement of magmatic phases by metasomatic phases exemplifies the chemical changes produced during infiltration metasomatism where the trondhjemites are depleted in all REE's. The timing of the infiltration metasomatism is thought to have occurred during regional metamorphism, producing a discrete fluid phase in the surrounding amphibolite-grade metasediments. Foliation planes in the granitoid apparently served as conduts for fluid flow with reaction enhanced permeability accompanying the 8% molar volume reduction during Na for K exchange in the feldspars. A model is proposed where metamorphic fluids migrated updip and along strike from their source and were buffered by the presence or absence of two feldspars in the metasediments.

  20. Very low-temperature metamorphism in Ordovician metasedimentary rocks above and below the Sardic unconformity, SW Sardinia, Italy

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    Franceschelli, M.; Battaglia, S.; Cruciani, G.; Pasci, S.; Puxeddu, M.

    2016-07-01

    In the Iglesiente region, the Cabitza and Monte Argentu Formations are separated by an angular unconformity known as the Sardic unconformity. This is related to an early Ordovician mild compressional phase, known as the "Sardic phase". The pelitic samples from the structurally lower Cabitza Formation consist of alternating reddish phyllosilicate-rich and whitish phyllosilicate-poor, sialic layers, whose S0 bedding plane is parallel to a pre-Variscan S1P schistosity overprinted by the Variscan S1V schistosity. Pelitic samples from the Monte Argentu Formation are characterized by a Variscan S1V axial plane schistosity. Samples from the two formations consist of quartz and phyllosilicates. The latter are potassic white mica, chlorite, paragonite, locally kaolinite, and pyrophyllite. The illite crystallinity values determined for the Cabitza samples are 0.25-0.31, with an average of 0.29; meanwhile, the Monte Argentu samples produce values of 0.33-0.38, with an average of 0.35. The chlorite crystallinity and b0 of potassic white mica values show greater heterogeneity in the Cabitza than the Monte Argentu samples. The b0 values and P-T pseudosections allow us to confirm that there is no significant difference in the P-T metamorphism conditions between the Cabitza and Monte Argentu samples. The Iglesiente region, which is considered to be the rift zone behind the Middle Ordovician Sarcidano-Barbagia volcanic arc, underwent the "Sardic phase", giving rise to E-W folds. These were first overprinted by weak E-W, and then by stronger N-S-oriented Variscan deformation events.

  1. Coupled alkai fieldspar dissolution and secondary mineral precipatation in batch systems-2: New experiments with supercritical CO2 and implications for carbon sequestration

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    Lu, Peng; Fu, Qi; Seyfried, William E. Jr.; Hedges, Sheila W.; Soong, Yee; Jones, Kyle; Zhua, Chen

    2013-01-01

    In order to evaluate the extent of CO{sub 2}–water–rock interactions in geological formations for C sequestration, three batch experiments were conducted on alkali feldspars–CO{sub 2}–brine interactions at 150–200 °C and 300 bars. The elevated temperatures were necessary to accelerate the reactions to facilitate attainable laboratory measurements. Temporal evolution of fluid chemistry was monitored by major element analysis of in situ fluid samples. SEM, TEM and XRD analysis of reaction products showed extensive dissolution features (etch pits, channels, kinks and steps) on feldspars and precipitation of secondary minerals (boehmite, kaolinite, muscovite and paragonite) on feldspar surfaces. Therefore, these experiments have generated both solution chemistry and secondary mineral identity. The experimental results show that partial equilibrium was not attained between secondary minerals and aqueous solutions for the feldspar hydrolysis batch systems. Evidence came from both solution chemistry (supersaturation of the secondary minerals during the entire experimental duration) and metastable co-existence of secondary minerals. The slow precipitation of secondary minerals results in a negative feedback in the dissolution–precipitation loop, reducing the overall feldspar dissolution rates by orders of magnitude. Furthermore, the experimental data indicate the form of rate laws greatly influence the steady state rates under which feldspar dissolution took place. Negligence of both the mitigating effects of secondary mineral precipitation and the sigmoidal shape of rate–ΔG{sub r} relationship can overestimate the extent of feldspar dissolution during CO{sub 2} storage. Finally, the literature on feldspar dissolution in CO{sub 2}-charged systems has been reviewed. The data available are insufficient and new experiments are urgently needed to establish a database on feldspar dissolution mechanism, rates and rate laws, as well as secondary mineral

  2. The Flin Flon paleosol and the composition of the atmosphere 1.8 BYBP.

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    Holland, H D; Feakes, C R; Zbinden, E A

    1989-04-01

    Within the 1800 to 1900 my old Flin Flon-Snow Lake greenstone belt, Amisk Group volcanics are overlain by Missi Group fluvial sediments. Several localities along the Missi-Amisk contact, the volcanics show evidence of subaerial weathering. Field relationships, mineralogical evidence, and chemical analyses confirm that this alteration zone is a paleosol. Pedogenic fabrics and mineralogy were somewhat obscured by greenschist-grade metamorphism associated with the Hudsonian orogeny (1750 my). This is especially true in the upper meter of the paleosol, where metamorphic paragonite and sericitic micas developed in a crenulated fabric. This metamorphism did not, however, obliterate the imprint of weathering on the Amisk volcanics. Features characteristic of well-drained modern soils are evident in the paleosol. Corestones of spheroidally weathered pillow lavas occur at depth within the paleosol (Cr horizon). The corestones decrease in size upward and eventually disappear into a hematite-rich horizon at the top of the paleosol. These macroscopic changes are accompanied by a decrease in CaO and MgO and by an increase in Al2O3, TiO2, and total iron toward the paleosol-Missi contact. Ferrous iron decreases upward toward the contact; FeO was apparently oxidized to ferric iron and retained within the paleosol during weathering. The oxidation and retention of iron within the Flin Flon paleosol indicates that PO2 was probably > or = 10(-2) P.A.L. at the time of weathering. The behavior of iron in the Flin Flon paleosol contrasts sharply with its behavior in the 2200 my Hekpoort paleosol, which is strongly depleted in iron. This difference suggests that a significant increase in the ratio of PO2/PCO2 in the atmosphere took place between 2200 and 1800 mybp. PMID:11539777

  3. Carbonate dissolution and transport in H2O fluids during subduction revealed by diamond-bearing rocks from the Alps

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    Frezzotti, M.; Selverstone, J.; Sharp, Z. D.; Compagnoni, R.

    2011-12-01

    Here we discuss the fate of subducted carbonates and its implications for recycling of crustal carbon. Thermodynamic models predict little decarbonation along most subduction geotherms, and the mechanisms by which carbon is transferred from the subducting slab to the overlying mantle remain poorly constrained. Diamond-bearing fluid inclusions in garnet in oceanic metasedimentary rocks from Lago di Cignana (western Alps) represent the first occurrence of diamond from a low-temperature subduction complex of clearly oceanic origin (T ≤600°C; P ≥3.5 GPa). The presence of diamonds in and associated with fluid inclusions provides clear evidence of carbon transport by fluids at depths that are directly relevant to slab-mantle fluid transfer during subduction. At room temperature, the fluid inclusions contain aqueous fluid, a vapor bubble, and multiple solid daughter crystals. Daughter crystals identified by Raman spectroscopy and microprobe analysis include ubiquitous Mg-calcite/calcite and rutile, and less common diamond, quartz, paragonite, dawsonite, rhodochrosite, dypingite, and pentahydrite. Molecular CO2 is absent or in trace amounts. The aqueous liquid phase contains ≥0.2 wt%, HCO3-, CO32-, and SO42- ions. In Raman spectra, broad peaks at 773 and 1017 cm-1 point to the presence of both Si(OH)4(aq) and deprotonated monomers (e.g., SiO(OH)3-(aq), and SiO2(OH)22-(aq)), indicative of alkaline solutions. The absence of CO2 in the vapor, and the presence of carbonate daughter minerals, CO32-(aq), and HCO3-(aq) also show that the trapped fluids are alkaline at ambient conditions. High activities of aqueous carbon species reveal that carbonate dissolution is an important mechanism for mobilizing slab carbon at sub-arc depths (100-200 km) during oceanic subduction. Our results imply that the magnitude of carbon release and transport from the slab at sub-arc depths is greater than experimentally predicted on the basis of decarbonation reactions alone.

  4. A thermodynamic analysis of the system LiAlSiO4-NaAlSiO4-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O based on new heat capacity, thermal expansion, and compressibility data for selected phases

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    Fasshauer, Detlef W.; Chatterjee, Niranjan D.; Cemic, Ladislav

    Heat capacity, thermal expansion, and compressibility data have been obtained for a number of selected phases of the system NaAlSiO4-LiAlSiO4-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O. All Cp measurements have been executed by DSC in the temperature range 133-823K. The data for T>=223K have been fitted to the function Cp(T)=a+cT -2+dT -0.5+fT -3, the fit parameters being The thermal expansion data (up to 525°C) have been fitted to the function V0(T)=V0(T) [1+v1 (T-T0)+v2 (T-T0)2], with T0=298.15K. The room-temperature compressibility data (up to 6 GPa) have been smoothed by the Murnaghan equation of state. The resulting parameters are These data, along with other phase property and reaction reversal data from the literature, have been simultaneously processed by the Bayes method to derive an internally consistent thermodynamic dataset (see Tables 6 and 7) for the NaAlSiO4-LiAlSiO4-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O quinary. Phase diagrams generated from this dataset are compatible with cookeite-, ephesite-, and paragonite-bearing assemblages observed in metabauxites and common metasediments. Phase diagrams obtained from the same database are also in agreement with the cookeite-free, petalite-, spodumene-, eucryptite-, and bikitaite-bearing assemblages known to develop in the subsolidus phase of recrystallization of lithium-bearing pegmatites. It is gratifying to note that the cookeite phase relations predicted earlier by Vidal and Goffé (1991) in the context of the system Li2O-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O agree with our results in a general way.

  5. Compositions of hydrothermal dravitic tourmalines from some deposits in the Urals, Russia

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    Baksheev, I.; Kudryavtseva, O.

    2003-04-01

    We have studied compositions of tourmaline from the phlogopite schist and other alterations in the Emerald mines, propylitic- and listwaenitic-type alterations and related veins at the Berezovskoe Au and the Shabrovskoe talc deposits in the Central Urals and Syrostanskoe talc deposit in the South Urals. In the Emerald mines tourmaline associates with hornblende and different phyllosilicates, including phlogopite, paragonite, margarite and chlorite. All phyllosilicates are F-bearing. Based on calculations, however, they are characterized by different values of the Fe/(Fe+Mg) ratio (f) and F, OH, and O in the W site. Tourmaline from the earliest albite-hornblende alteration is OH dominated (0.67-0.96 apfu) with the f value ranging from 0.15 to 0.22. Tourmaline from usual phlogopite schists is OH dominated (0.44-0.80 apfu) with F and O ranging from 0.02 to 0.38 apfu and from 0 to 0.24 apfu. The f value ranges from 0.12 to 0.25. Tourmaline associated with the Fe-free phlogopite and paragonite cementing brecciated chromium spinel crystals is F or OH dominated ranging from 0 to 0.75 apfu and from 0 to 0.83 apfu, respectively. The f value is very low ranging from 0 to 0.01. Tourmaline associated with paragonite and topaz is also F or OH dominated ranging from 0 to 0.52 apfu and from 0.18 to 0.76 apfu, respectively. The f value varies from 0.24 to 0.32. Tourmaline from margarite veinlets cutted phlogopite schists is OH dominated (0.54-0.80 apfu). The f value ranges from 0.19 to 0.29. Tourmalines from the phlogopite-chlorite alteration and carbonate-muscovite-chlorite veinlets are F-poor and are characterized by different amounts of OH and O, ranging from 0.29 to 0.97 apfu and from 0 to 0.59 apfu. The f values of these tourmalines range from 0.17 to 0.29 and from 0.25 to 0.37, respectively. Based on the Moesbauer data the Fe3+/Fetotal ratio in the Emerald mines tourmalines is low and ranges from 0.04 to 0.08. All above tourmalines are Na dominated in the X site. According

  6. Eclogite-, amphibolite- and blueschist-facies rocks from Diego de Almagro Island (Patagonia): Episodic accretion and thermal evolution of the Chilean subduction interface during the Cretaceous

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    Hyppolito, Thais; Angiboust, Samuel; Juliani, Caetano; Glodny, Johannes; Garcia-Casco, Antonio; Calderón, Mauricio; Chopin, Christian

    2016-11-01

    Few localities in the Patagonian Andes expose remnants of the Mesozoic Chilean paleo-accretionary complex. We focus on the Diego de Almagro Island high-pressure/low-temperature (HP/LT) Complex, a pluri-kilometer thick sequence comprising metavolcanic rocks with oceanic affinities and metasedimentary rocks. In this study, the deepest segments of the Chilean subduction interface in Patagonia are characterized for the first time. Despite its apparent homogeneity, the complex is actually composed of two tectonic units with distinct ages of metamorphism and thermal evolution: the garnet amphibolite (GA) and the underlying blueschist (BS) units. The GA unit mafic rocks exhibit epidote, phengite, titanite, rutile, chloritoid and paragonite inclusions in prograde garnet I, diopside + albite intergrows replacing omphacite inclusions in garnet II, and relict omphacite (XJd45) included in edenitic-pargasitic amphiboles. Thermobarometric results show that these rocks were buried along a relatively cold prograde path (c. 11 °C/km) and reached eclogite-facies near peak pressure conditions (c. 550-600 °C, 1.6 GPa). The GA unit underwent a pervasive stage of amphibolitization during decompression at c. 1.3 GPa. Field and petrological observations, together with multi-mineral Rb-Sr dating, indicate that amphibolitization of the GA unit took place along the subduction interface at c. 120 Ma in a slightly warmer subduction regime (c. 13-14 °C/km), in agreeement with the formation of coetanoeus amphibolites at c. 35 km. The underlying BS unit (i) yields four consistent Rb-Sr deformation ages of c. 80 Ma, i.e. 40 Ma younger than the overlying rocks from the GA unit; (ii) exhibits slightly cooler peak metamorphic conditions (c. 520-550 °C, 1.6 GPa) indicating burial along a prograde path of c. 10 °C/km (iii) does not show amphibolite-facies overprint as seen in the GA unit. After a long residence time under amphibolite-facies conditions, the amphibolitized rocks of the GA unit

  7. Interaction between fluid flow, fracturing and mineral growth during eclogitization, an example from the Sunnfjord area, Western Gneiss Region, Norway

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    Engvik, A. K.; Austrheim, H.; Erambert, M.

    2001-06-01

    In Sunnfjord, Western Gneiss Region of south Norway, a Proterozoic layered gabbro complex displays various degrees of transformation to eclogite. In the unreacted parts, layering in the gabbro is defined by modal variations of plagioclase, olivine, pyroxenes and minor Fe-Ti oxide and spinel. Coronitic and foliated eclogite formed from the gabbro by hydration reactions at T=510-620°C, causing a volume decrease of c. 13%. In the coronitic eclogite, the mafic magmatic phases are replaced by aggregates of omphacite, barroisite, tremolite, talc and rutile, whereas the plagioclase domains are pseudomorphed by omphacite, barroisite, clinozoisite, kyanite, paragonite and garnet. The felsic and mafic domains are separated by a garnet rim up to 5-mm thick. Garnet was also formed along dilational veins connecting and radiating out of coronas, including the same eclogite facies minerals. In addition, microfractures filled by amphibole and omphacite cut through the corona and vein garnet, oriented perpendicular to the garnet layering. The transformation of dry gabbro to eclogite with hydrous minerals requires supply of water. The timing of metamorphic reactions is therefore dependent on the timing of fluid introduction. The inclusion pattern of garnet in the Holt-Tyssedalsvatnet metagabbro complex indicates that transformation started under eclogite facies conditions. Brittle deformation, in form of fractures allowing infiltration of fluids and mobilisation of elements, is shown to be the most important process initiating transformation. Brittle deformation is thereby active in deep crustal levels corresponding to eclogite facies conditions. Fracturing is interpreted as having been caused by a combination of high fluid pressure, volume changes during mineral transformations and external stresses. Ductile deformation started after the initial metamorphic transformation. Garnet chemistry and zoning pattern are controlled by the chemistry of the growth place, the fluid influx and

  8. Archaeological jade mystery solved using a 119-year-old rock collection specimen

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    Harlow, G. E.; Davies, H. L.; Summerhayes, G. R.; Matisoo-Smith, E.

    2012-12-01

    In a recent publication (Harlow et al. 2012), a ~3200-year old small stone artefact from an archaeological excavation on Emirau Island, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea was described and determined to be a piece of jadeite jade (jadeitite). True jadeitite from any part of New Guinea was not previously known, either in an archaeological or geological context, so this object was of considerable interest with respect to its geological source and what that would mean about trade between this source and Emirau Island. Fortuitously, the artefact, presumably a wood-carving gouge, is very unusual with respect to both pyroxene composition and minor mineral constituents. Pyroxene compositions lie essentially along the jadeite-aegirine join: Jd94Ae6 to Jd63Ae36, and without any coexisting omphacite. This contrasts with Jd-Di or Jd-Aug compositional trends commonly observed in jadeitites worldwide. Paragonite and albite occur in veins and cavities with minor titanite, epidote-allanite, and zircon, an assemblage seen in a few jadeitites. Surprisingly, some titanite contains up to 6 wt% Nb2O5 with only trace Ta and a single grain of a Y-Nb phase (interpreted as fergusonite) is present; these are unique for jadeitite. In a historical tribute to C.E.A. Wichmann, a German geologist who taught at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, a previously unpublished description of chlormelanite from the Torare River in extreme northeast Papua, Indonesia was given. The bulk composition essentially matches the pyroxene composition of the jade, so this sample was hypothesized as coming from the source. We were able to arrange a loan from the petrology collection at Utrecht University of the specimen acquired by Wichmann in 1893. In addition we borrowed stone axes from the Natural History Museum - Naturalis in Leiden obtained from natives near what is now Jayapura in eastern-most Papua. Petrography and microprobe analysis of sections of these samples clearly show that (1) Wichmann's 1893

  9. Pressure-temperature evolution of eclogites from the Kechros complex in the Eastern Rhodope (NE Greece)

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    Mposkos, E.; Baziotis, I.; Proyer, A.

    2012-06-01

    The Rhodope Domain in NE Greece consists of different tectonometamorphic complexes involved in the Alpine collisional history between the Eurasian and African plates. In the Kechros Complex, which is the lowermost tectonic unit in the East Rhodope, a lense of kyanite eclogite occurs within orthogneiss and common eclogites are found between serpentinized peridotite and underlying pelitic gneisses. In kyanite eclogite, the high-pressure (HP) mineral assemblage is Grt + Omp (Jd35-55) + Ky + Ph + Qz + Rt + (indirectly inferred Tlc + Law); a Na-rich tremolite and zoisite formed at or near peak metamorphic conditions. In common eclogites, the HP mineral assemblage is Grt + Omp (Jd29-41) + Rt and, with less certainty, Amp (Gln-rich + Brs + Wnc + Hbl) ± Czo. The inclusions in garnet are glaucophane, actinolite, barroisite, hornblende, omphacite, clinozoisite, titanite, rutile and rarely paragonite and albite. In kyanite eclogite, peak P- T conditions are constrained at 2.2 GPa and 615°C using garnet-omphacite-phengite geothermobarometry and very similar values of 585 ± 32°C and 2.17 ± 0.11 GPa with the average P- T method, by which conditions of formation could also be narrowed down for the common eclogite (619 ± 53°C and 1.69 ± 0.17 GPa) and for a retrogressed eclogite (534 ± 36°C and 0.77 ± 0.11 GPa). Ages for the HP metamorphism in the Kechros Complex are not yet available. A Rb-Sr white mica age of 37 Ma from orthogneiss records a stage of the exhumation. The HP event may be coeval with the Eocene HP metamorphism (49-55 Ma) recorded in the Nestos Shear Zone in Central Rhodope and in the Attic-Cycladic crystalline belt, where it is interpreted as the result of subduction and final closure of the Axios/Vardar ocean and subsequent subduction of the Apulian continental crust (a promontory of the Africa continent) under the southern margin of the European continent in the late Cretaceous and early Tertiary.

  10. Eclogites and related metamorphism in the North America-Caribbean plate boundary: An example from the Motagua fault zone, Guatemala (Invited)

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    Tsujimori, T.; Hernandez Pineda, G. A.

    2009-12-01

    Active volcanic arcs and strike-slip fault systems characterize the present-day Caribbean Plate margins. The northern boundary of the Caribbean plate in Guatemala is the Motagua fault zone (MFZ). Along the MFZ in central and eastern Guatemala, eclogite- and jadeitite-bearing serpentinite-matrix mélange are exposed stretching ˜200 km on either side of the Motagua-Polochic fault system. The MFZ eclogites and related high-pressure metamorphic rocks represent key evidence for testing existing competing Caribbean plate tectonic models (e.g., Harlow et al., 2008, GSA Abs. Prog. 40:452). The presence of lawsonite-eclogite and jadeite-eclogite with lawsonite-blueschist-facies overprinting in the south of the MFZ (Tsujimori et al., 2006, GSA Spec. Paper 403:147-68) indicates that the geotherm in the paleo-subduction zone is very low. Protoliths for these high-pressure rocks consist of uppermost oceanic crust including MORB-origin greenstones and cherts with minor trench turbidites. Epidote-paragonite-eclogites of layered gabbroic origin occur in the north of the MFZ. Although some N-MFZ eclogites record amphibolite-facies hydration and new mineral growth, eclogitic garnets preserve lawsonite-pseudomorph and glaucophane, suggesting a cold subduction zone. The lack of ubiquitous lawsonite in northern eclogites may be attributed to due to water under-saturated conditions. Considering recent geochronology that implies a coeval eclogite-facies metamorphism at ˜130 Ma (Bruekener et al., 2009, EPSL284:228-35) and petrologic similarities of host serpentinized spinel-lherzolite on either side of the MFZ, we can tentatively reconstruct the succession of a fragmented eclogite-facies metamorphosed oceanic crust. However, the correct interpretation of the paleo-subduction record and further understanding of a cold subduction-zone process at paleo-Caribbean plate margin requires a more comprehensive approach to focus on in-situ geochemical and isotopic analyses of prograde metamorphic

  11. Metamorphic evolution of eclogites at Qinglongshan: modeling in system Na2O-CaO-K2O-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O-TiO2-Fe2O3

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    Yan, R.; Yang, J.; Zhang, Z.

    2011-12-01

    Eclogite at Qinglongshan in NE Jiangsu province is one of the research objects which are investigated frequently and products are remarkable in ultra-high pressure (UHP) metamorphic petrology and geochemistry nearly twenty years. Though scholars in China and abroad have made abundant petrological work, there are opposite perspectives to some important petrological questions such as peak assemblage, crystalization time and condition of epidote porphyroblasts which contain coesite, peak assemblage contains talc or not, lawsonite has occurred in the rock or not. This paper choose eclogites in Qinglongshan. Besides traditional petrological work, we applied phase diagram modeling to mineral assemblage and chemical composition, quantitatively investigating the change with temperature and pressure. With the help of petrographic observation the petrological questiones can be solved. Eclogites in Qinglongshan can be divided into three categories: porphyroblastic foliated eclogites, granular massive eclogites and banded eclogites. The peak assemblage in three kinds of eclogites is garnet + omphacite + phengite + kyanite +rutile + coesite. The minerals in the peak assemblage show shape preferred orientation defining the rock foliation in porphyroblastic eclogites. The peak assemblage defined by garnet compositional isopleths in the calculated phase diagram is garnet +omphacite + phengite + kyanite + rutile + coesite + lawsonite + talc in porphyroblastic eclogites, and is garnet + omphacite + phengite + kyanite + rutile +coesite + lawsonite in banded eclogites, both inconsistent with the petrographic observation. This discrepancy probably resulted from the assumption of pure water as the ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) fluid phase. Three stages of metamorphism are established for Qinglongshan eclogites. Prograde inclusions such as amphibole, epidote, plagioclase, chlorite, muscovite, paragonite and albite coexist in the area of < 0.8GPa and < 575. It can infer from mineral assemblage

  12. Experimental insights into the magma-hydrothermal transition in the middle and lower crust

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    Manning, C. E.

    2012-12-01

    Magma-hydrothermal systems are sites of major heat and mass transfer in the brittle upper crust. Magmas also stall and crystallize in the middle and lower crust, and they may generate such systems in these deeper environments as well. However, the nature of the fluid phase at the transition from magmatic to hydrothermal system differs substantially in shallow vs. deep systems. In the brittle upper crust, fluids tend to be relatively dilute, and solutes are dominated by ions, ion pairs and monomeric species. In contrast, near-solidus fluids of the deeper crust are dominated by extensive aluminosilicate polymerization in the aqueous phase. For example, at 1 GPa (~35 km depth) minimum hydrous melting of albite + paragonite + quartz is at 635±5 °C. With increasing subsolidus T from 350-620 °C, bulk solubility of the mineral assemblage increases from ~1 to ~8 wt% oxides, fluids are slightly peralkaline, and Si/(Na+Al) >> 1.5 (molar). Strong, progressive solubility increase from 500-620 °C points to increasing abundance of aqueous Si, Al-Si, and Na-Al-Si polymers which comprise >80% of total dissolved solids at the melting point. Slightly subsolidus experiments at 1 GPa, 700 °C, on K-feldspar + quartz + muscovite + H2O show that the concentration of aqueous aluminosilicate polymers is even greater in fluids in this model system. Mineral solubility is further enhanced by addition of NaCl and/or KCl. For example, solubility of Al2O3 in H2O saturated with quartz or Ab melt rises with NaCl concentration, in part due to incorporation of Al into polymeric species. Moreover, the haplogranite minimum melting temperature increases more strongly with dissolved salt than with the same concentration of CO2, and dP/dT of minimum melting isoactivity surfaces is strongly positive. Thus, rising granitic magmas may be fluid saturated and even increase their melting capacity with decompression. This implies greater melt productivity and fluid saturation in some cases of mid

  13. Geology of the Windsor quadrangle, Massachusetts

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    Norton, Stephen A.

    1967-01-01

    are inverted in the northwestern part of the quadrangle and upright in the southwestern part of the quadrangle. A later generation of open, post-metamorphic folds has folded the recumbent folds in the miogeosynclinal rocks. The eugeosynclinal rocks show 3 phases of folding. The earliest folds are isoclinal, have steep plunges, were synmetamorphic, and have a strong axial plane schistosity. Two post-metamorphic generations of folds are more open and have axial plane cleavage. The development of the Hoosac nappe and the isoclinal folds was accompanied by regional metamorphism of the garnet zone. The pressure exceeded the pressure for the triple point of the Al2SiO 5 polymorphs. The composition of the paragonite coexisting with muscovite suggests a period of retrograde metamorphism for the Paleozoic rocks as well as the Cambrian rocks that were originally of higher grade (sillimanite? ). Later events include high-angle faulting (Triassic?), erosion, and Pleistocene glaciation.

  14. Elemental responses to subduction-zone metamorphism: Constraints from the North Qilian Mountain, NW China

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    Xiao, Yuanyuan; Niu, Yaoling; Song, Shuguang; Davidson, Jon; Liu, Xiaoming

    2013-02-01

    Subduction zone metamorphism (SZM) and behaviors of chemical elements in response to this process are important for both arc magmatism and mantle compositional heterogeneity. In this paper, we report the results of our petrographic and geochemical studies on blueschist and eclogite facies rocks of sedimentary and basaltic protoliths from two metamorphic sub-belts with different metamorphic histories in the North Qilian Mountain, Northwest China. The protolith of low-grade blueschists is basaltic in composition and is most likely produced in a back-arc setting, while the protoliths of high-grade blueschists/eclogites geochemically resemble the present-day normal and enriched mid-oceanic ridge basalts plus some volcanic arc rocks. The meta-sedimentary rocks, including meta-graywacke, meta-pelite, meta-chert and marble, show geochemical similarity to global oceanic (subducted) sediments. Assuming that high field strength elements (HFSEs) are relatively immobile, the correlated variations of rare earth elements (REEs) and Th with HFSEs suggest that all these elements are probably also immobile, whereas Pb and Sr are mobile in rocks of both basaltic and sedimentary protoliths during SZM. Ba, Cs and Rb are immobile in rocks of sedimentary protoliths and mobile in rocks of basaltic protolith. The apparent mobility of U in rocks of basaltic protolith may be inherited from seafloor alterations rather than caused by SZM. On the basis of in situ mineral compositional analysis (both major and trace elements), the most significant trace element storage minerals in these subduction-zone metamorphic rocks are: lawsonite, pumpellyite, apatite, garnet and epidote group minerals for REEs, white micas (both phengite and paragonite) for large ion lithophile elements, rutile and titanite for HFSEs. The presence and stability of these minerals exert the primary controls on the geochemical behaviors of most of these elements during SZM. The immobility of REEs, Th and U owing to their

  15. White mica K-Ar geochronology of HP-UHP units in the Lago di Cignana area, western Alps, Italy: Tectonic implications for exhumation

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    Gouzu, Chitaro; Yagi, Koshi; Thanh, Ngo Xuan; Itaya, Tetsumaru; Compagnoni, Roberto

    2016-04-01

    High-pressure and ultra-high pressure (HP-UHP) blueschist- and eclogite-facies metabasaltic and metasedimentary rocks occur in four different tectonic units near Lago di Cignana, western Alps. We have determined K-Ar ages for white micas (matrix phengite and paragonite) from the Lago di Cignana UHP unit (LCU; 39-41 Ma); the lower and upper units of the Zermatt-Saas meta-ophiolite (LU and UU; 37-38 Ma and 38-41 Ma respectively), and the Combin unit (CU; 36-40 Ma). These K-Ar ages overlap with single-grain Ar-Ar plateau ages (36-42 Ma) previously determined for phengites from LCU metasediments. Matrix white micas have been severely deformed during exhumation, and their chemistries differ from those of micas included in garnet. Although individual mica grains in the matrix could have experienced different degrees of deformation which have reset their K-Ar systems, "bulk" white mica separates provide the average age of all the individual grains in the separate. The similarity of ages determined for white micas from the LCU, LU, UU and CU units, regardless of rock type and mineral species, suggests that these four units were metamorphosed together as part of a single metamorphic sequence in the Piemonte-Liguria paleosubduction zone and were subsequently exhumed together. However, present-day structural relationship among those units and the limited occurrence of UHP minerals in LCU suggests that the exhumation of LCU was more rapid than that for LU, UU and CU. The age gaps between the youngest value of white mica K-Ar ages in each unit and the inferred timing of the metamorphic peak (U-Pb age: 44 Ma) is 5, 7, 6 and 8 Myr for LCU, LU, UU and CU, respectively. These intervals are considerably shorter than that determined for the Sanbagawa HP metamorphic belt of Southwest Japan (> 31 Myr). The short interval observed for the Lago di Cignana units that we have studied is consistent with the model of rapid exhumation of the UHP-bearing metamorphic domain, suggesting the

  16. Mineralogical, IR-spectral and geochemical monitoring of hydrothermal alteration in a deformed and metamorphosed Jurassic VMS deposit at Arroyo Rojo, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

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    Biel, C.; Subías, I.; Acevedo, R. D.; Yusta, I.; Velasco, F.

    2012-04-01

    -Chlorite ± Sericite, (2) Quartz-Chlorite, (3) Chlorite ± Quartz-Sericite-Calcite, (4) Quartz-Chlorite ± Calcite and (5) Sericite + Quartz ± Chlorite ± Calcite. Magnesium-chlorite and phengitic white mica typically occur in the vicinity of the Arroyo Rojo ore lenses. To provide field criteria for exploration vectoring, the chemical composition of chlorite and the phengitic and paragonitic content of the white mica were determined and correlated with PIMA Fe-OH and Al-OH absorption wavelengths, respectively, relative to their proximity to the mineralized lenses. The results of this study can be used to help identify (1) felsic proximal facies associations, (2) ore horizons and (3) favorable hydrothermal alteration zones in other parts of the Fin del Mundo district.

  17. Phengite-hosted LILE enrichment in eclogite and related rocks: Implications for fluid-mediated mass transfer in subduction zones and arc magma genesis

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    Sorensen, Sorena S.; Grossman, J.N.; Perfit, M.R.

    1997-01-01

    Geochemical differences between island arc basalts (LAB) and ocean-floor basalts (mid-ocean ridge basalts; MORB) suggest that the large-ion lithophile elements (LILE) K, Ba, Rb and Cs are probably mobilized in subduction zone fluids and melts. This study documents LILE enrichment of eclogite, amphibolite, and epidote ?? garnet blueschist tectonic blocks and related rocks from melanges of two subduction complexes. The samples are from six localities of the Franciscan Complex, California, and related terranes of Oregon and Baja California, and from the Samana Metamorphic Complex, Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic. Most Franciscan blocks are MORB-like in their contents of rare earth elements (REE) and high field strength elements (HFSE); in contrast, most Samana blocks show an LAB signature of these elements. The whole-rock K2O contents of both groups range from 1 to 3 wt %; K, Ba, Rb, and Cs are all strongly intercorrelated. Many blocks display K/Ba similar to melasomatized transition zones and rinds at their outer margins. Some transition zones and rinds are enriched in LILE compared with host blocks; others are relatively depleted in these elements. Some LILE-rich blocks contain 'early' coarse-grained muscovite that is aligned in the foliation defined by coarse-grained omphacite or amphibole grains. Others display 'late' muscovite in veins and as a partial replacement of garnet; many contain both textural types. The muscovite is phengite that contains ???3??25-3??55 Si per 11 oxygens, and ???0??25-0??50 Mgper 11 oxygens. Lower-Si phengite has a significant paragonite component: Na per 11 oxygens ranges to ???0??12. Ba contents of phengite range to over 1 wt % (0??027 per 11 oxygens). Ba in phengite does not covary strongly with either Na or K. Ba contents of phengite increase from some blocks to their transition zones or rinds, or from blocks to their veins. Averaged KlBa ratios for phengite and host samples define an array which describes other subsamples of

  18. Unraveling eclogite-facies fluid-rock interaction using thermodynamic modelling and whole-rock experiments: the in-situ eclogitization of metapelites from Val Savenca (Sesia Zone, Western Alps)

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    Jentsch, Marie; Tropper, Peter

    2015-04-01

    A common feature of HP and UHP terranes is the subduction of crustal rocks to great depths. Previous investigations have shown that this process is triggered by fluids present during an eclogite-facies metamorphic overprint. An examples is exposed in the metapelites at Val Savenca in the Sesia-Lanzo Zone, Italy where Alpine eclogite-facies metamorphism and fluid flow led to partial transformation of Variscan amphibolite-eclogite facies metapelites (garnet + biotite + sillimanite + K-feldspar + plagioclase + quartz) to zoisite ± jadeite + kyanite + phengite + quartz. This transformation took place under P-T conditions of 1.7 - 2.1 GPa at 600°C and low a(H2O) of 0.3-0.6. The replacement of plagioclase by jadeite + zoisite + kyanite + quartz takes place also along former fractures. Biotite is replaced by the assemblage phengite + omphacite ± kyanite adjacent to former plagioclase, otherwise by phengite + rutile/titanite. Garnet and clinopyroxene show variable compositions depending in which micro-domain (plagioclase or biotite) they grew. The extreme development of microdomains can best be studied by thermodynamic pseudosection modelling of individual microdomains using stoichiometric mixtures of protolith minerals from this domain and the program DOMINO (De Capitani & Petrakakis, 2010). The aim of these calculations was: 1.) to reproduce the observed mineral assemblage and 2.) to provide constraints on the amount of fluid present in the transformation. The results so far indicate that the amount of fluid was very low, otherwise paragonite would have formed instead of jadeite and reproduction of the observed mineral assemblage has only been partly successful so far since biotite is still stable in the calculations. In addition to understand the role of fluids in the mineralogical and textural transformation piston-cylinder experiments with a fresh, natural orthogneiss granulite from the Moldanubic Unit in upper Austria with the assemblage garnet + biotite + K

  19. REE geochemistry of jadeitite and related rocks from the Dominican Republic

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    Hertwig, A.; Maresch, W. V.; Schertl, H.

    2012-12-01

    The Rio San Juan Complex (RSJC) of the northern Dominican Republic is dominated by a serpentinite mélange associated with subduction-related metavolcanics. The mélange hosts different types of metamorphic blocks such as jadeite±lawsonite blueschist, eclogite, and orthogneiss; it originated within the subduction channel of an intra-oceanic arc system. Jadeite-bearing rocks occur as blocks in surficial lag deposits and as boulders in river beds. In contrast to most other occurrences in the world, they also form concordant layers and discordant veins in blocks of jadeite-lawsonite blueschist. Because most jadeitites are now thought to have formed from fluid-rock interactions within a subduction-channel environment, these rocks are valuable monitors of mass-transfer processes in such an environment. Two suites of jadeite-rich rocks can be distinguished: the first comprises quartz-bearing jadeitite s. str. (>90 vol% jadeite), jadeite quartzite and jadeite-lawsonite quartzite as well as transitional rock types between these three "end-members". The rocks of this suite occur as discrete blocks/boulders as well as layers and veins in jadeite-lawsonite blueschist. The second suite consists of quartz-free and albite-bearing jadeitite s. str. (>90 vol% jadeite) exclusively found as discrete blocks/boulders and never in direct contact with blueschist country rock. Additional minerals in both rock suites are omphacite, phengite, glaucophane, albite, as well as rare garnet and paragonite. Epidote, titanite, rutile and zircon are important carriers of REE and trace elements. Generally, blocks of jadeitite s. str. show flat chondrite-normalized REE patterns with a slightly positive Eu anomaly. The patterns are parallel, but lie at various levels of enrichment from 2 to 30 x chondrite. Jadeite-bearing rocks very rich in quartz can be of two distinct types: (1) convex upward with LREE depleted relative to HREE and chondrite; (2) approximately U-shaped with LREE enriched relative

  20. Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Snow Camp-Saxapahaw Area, Central North Carolina

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    Schmidt, Robert G.; Gumiel, Pablo; Payas, Alba

    2006-01-01

    uneven distribution of outcrops prevented comprehensive structural studies. Except for a few late plutons and dikes, all of the rocks of the area have been metamorphosed in middle to upper greenschist facies, and contact aureoles were recognized around some of the plutons. Several relatively small bodies of granitic rock contain plagioclase grains in which primary oscillatory zoning was unaffected by metamorphism. These were interpreted to be post-metamorphic. We think that there were three separate stages of hydrothermal alteration in the complex volcanic terrane in the area. The oldest, an area of at least 8.5 square miles (22 square kilometers), was subjected to an intense hydrothermal alteration, ranging from peripheral zones of quartz-sericite-paragonite through a patchy marginal zone of pyrophyllite, andalusite, and other high-alumina minerals, to almost totally silicified core zones. The second event resulted in large areas of weak to moderate sericitic and propylitic alteration recognizable only in the Reedy Branch Tuff. The last event was related to post-metamorphic plutons. All of the pyrophyllite-andalusite deposits and perhaps most of the gold and silver mineralization can be related to the first period of hydrothermal alteration. The subsequent metamorphism did not produce significant changes in mineral species in the zones of most intense hydrothermal alteration. Gold- and silver-bearing sulfide minerals in fracture zones along the southeastern margin of the graben may also have been deposited during this earliest alteration stage. No metallic mineralization appears to have occurred during the second event. A group of molybdenum-bearing greisenlike bodies formed during the emplacement of the youngest plutons during the post-metamorphic event. One gold-bearing sulfide zone occurs in the exocontact of one such porphyritic stock. Significant amounts of pyrophyllite-andalusite-bearing rock have been extracted from the Snow Camp Mine and from

  1. Pre-Alpine and Alpine microfabrics in the Austroalpine crystalline basement (Matsch Unit, Italy)

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    Eberlei, T.; Habler, G.; Grasemann, B.; Thöni, M.

    2012-04-01

    The Matsch Unit is part of the Austroalpine crystalline basement of the Eastern Alps. Three distinct tectonometamorphic events have been recognized in this unit. These include Variscan amphibolite-facies metamorphism, a Permian low-pressure event related with pegmatite emplacement and a Cretaceous greenschist-facies metamorphic overprint (Haas, 1985; Habler et al., 2009). The Cretaceous "Vinschgau Shear Zone" representing the southern tectonic boundary of the Matsch unit is supposed to show an increase in shear zone width and metamorphic grade from W to E (Schmid & Haas, 1989; Froitzheim et al., 1997). Cretaceous deformation in the Matsch crystalline complex was typically restricted to distinct shear zones, especially at subunit boundaries as well as at the northern and southern margin of the Matsch unit. The current study is focused on comparing deformation and reaction microstructures in high- and low-strain domains of Cretaceous deformation affecting Permian pegmatites and their metapelitic host rocks from the eastern portion of the Matsch unit. A major challenge was the discrimination of Cretaceous and pre-Cretaceous microfabrics. Remarkable differences of heterochronous deformation stages are reflected by the deformation and recrystallization behaviour of quartz, feldspar, biotite and white mica as well as characteristic syn-tectonic phase assemblages that replaced Variscan and Permian parageneses in peraluminous metapelites. Pre-existing staurolite was decomposed to chloritoid and paragonite, whereas a second garnet generation grew at the expense of biotite. Furthermore, biotite fishes were marginally decomposed to aggregates of white mica and ilmenite. This reaction was also observed at kink bands within biotite clasts. Cretaceous quartz microfabrics imply dynamic recrystallization by subgrain rotation (SGR) and grain boundary migration (GBM) associated with the development of a strong lattice preferred orientation (LPO). Subsequently, bulging

  2. Modelling metamorphism in the Hoosac Schist, Western Massachusetts: new approaches to a New England problem

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    Bidgood, Anna; Waters, Dave; Gardiner, Nick

    2015-04-01

    Along the western margin of the metamorphic Appalachians in New England, Taconic (Ordovician) tectonism and metamorphism are overprinted towards the east by Acadian (Devonian) structures and metamorphism. The Hoosac Schist, a probable correlate of the well-known Gassetts Schist of Vermont, lies in the region of overprinting. It forms a narrow N-S-trending tectonically-bound zone crossing several Barrovian mineral-assemblage zones from garnet to kyanite grade. Highly aluminous units containing cm-sized garnets (Cheney & Brady, 1992) are noted for the occurrence of textural unconformities within the garnets, separating inclusion-rich cores from inclusion-poor rims. Matrix domains contain both paragonite and muscovite. Muscovite is present in at least two compositionally distinct generations, with broad later laths cutting across a microfolded earlier fabric. Rutile is restricted to inclusions in garnet, whereas the matrix Ti- phase is ilmenite. These features suggest a polymetamorphic history, potentially recording the superimposition of Acadian metamorphism on Taconic, but it has not yet proved possible to demonstrate the presence of two metamorphic cycles. This study aims to test and employ the new and revised activity models recently developed for metapelites in the full system MnNCKFMASHTO (White et al, 2014), for use with the Holland & Powell data-set 6. Features that can now be more explicitly modelled include garnet zonation in relation to its inclusion suites and microstructural features, the occurrence, texture and distribution of Ti-bearing accessory minerals, and the assemblages and compositional trends in white micas. Preliminary modelling, correlated with microstructural observation, indicates (1) some confirmation of the concern expressed by White et al (2014) that the stability of margarite-bearing assemblages may be somewhat overestimated, (2) that apart from this, the early growth history of garnet is consistent with its suite of trapped inclusions

  3. The uncertainty of the standard entropy and its effect on petrological calculations

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    Dachs, E.; Geiger, C. A.; Benisek, A.

    2012-04-01

    Internally consistent thermodynamic data bases are now routinely used in the Earth sciences for investigating various petrological, geochemical and geophysical problems. In this regard, the central question is to what level of precision the standard entropy So should be known for petrological calculations. We have addressed this issue and have chosen as study cases the dehydration reaction muscovite = K-feldspar + corundum + H2O, the Mg-Fe exchange reaction between garnet and biotite, the GASP-barometer (grossular = 3 anorthite + 2 kyanite + quartz) and the continuous reaction muscovite /paragonite + quartz = K-feldspar/albite + sillimanite + H2O, and we have used Monte Carlo simulation to calculate the effect of uncertainties in So on reaction positions in P-T space. It turns out that the standard entropy should be precise in the 0.1 percent range in order that uncertainty envelopes of calculated reaction positions are not too broad and phase diagrams would become meaningless. Current calorimetric methods are able to deliver entropies with that quality (e.g. Dachs and Benisek, 2011). So in internally consistent thermodynamic data bases is sometimes not sufficiently precise. In the case of mineral end-members where So has not been measured, entropy estimation schemes are sometimes used (e.g. in THERMOCALC). However, deviations from calorimetric values can be several percent and even up to ~10% in some cases. One example is spessartine. Recent relaxation calorimetric measurements on synthetic spessartine give S° = 335.3 J/mole/K (Dachs et al., 2009), whereas previous estimates were considerably removed from this value (S° = 367 J/mole/K, Holland and Powell, 1998). Entropy estimation techniques are not able to deliver reliable entropies and they are no substitute for calorimetric measurements. A further issue is the extrapolation of heat capacities to high temperatures outside the range where calorimetric data are available. This is important when e.g. calculating

  4. Reconstruction of in situ composition of sedimentary formation waters

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    Palandri, James L.; Reed, Mark H.

    2001-06-01

    Chemical equilibrium calculations on sedimentary formation waters show that the waters, as analyzed, cannot be in equilibrium with diagenetic minerals in their host rocks at the formation temperature. However, if alkalinity is corrected to account for organic acid anions, and if the pH and bicarbonate are corrected for CO 2 loss from the sample, chemical equilibrium between formation waters and host rock diagenetic minerals can be clearly shown for systems in the temperature range of 75 to 160°C. Compositional reconstruction of some formation waters from published analyses is complicated by lack of analytical data for aluminum, silica, and organic acid anions. Missing aluminum and silica can be estimated by assuming equilibrium with an aluminum silicate (K-feldspar, muscovite) and quartz or chalcedony. pH, CO 2, and organic acid anions can be reconstructed by fixing CO 2 to exactly saturate calcite at the formation temperature because the fast kinetics of calcite precipitation makes it almost certain that calcite saturation is more likely than the strong supersaturation that is otherwise observed. Results from the equilibrium calculations are evaluated by using graphs of the saturation states of diagenetic minerals vs. temperature, for each of many sedimentary brines. If the diagenetic minerals selected as diagnostic of equilibrium (from qz, chalcedony, mus, paragonite, k-sp, alb, kaol, ca, and dol) are not saturated at or near a single temperature, the missing or erroneous quantities of components are adjusted to obtain agreement in the saturation temperature. Composition data for fluids from four locations are used in the calculations: Kettleman North Dome, California, offshore Norway, the Texas Gulf Coast, and offshore Texas. The calculations suggest that in most cases, control of silica concentration shifts from chalcedony to quartz with increasing temperature near 100°C. In some fluids, silica concentration may approach chalcedony saturation to temperatures

  5. The composition of fluids generated during deep continental subduction estimated from fluid inclusions in UHP rocks

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    Ferrando, S.; Frezzotti, M.; Compagnoni, R.

    2009-12-01

    Composition and provenance of slab-derived hydrous fluids and melts represent a key parameter in understanding the geochemical variations of subduction-related magmas. Chemical and physical characteristics of the slab components may be strongly reliant upon both the thermal structure of the mantle wedge, and the nature of the subducted lithosphere. While fluids are well known to play a key role in element recycling during subduction of oceanic crust, it is less clear how dehydration and/or melting occur during subduction of continental crust. A direct approach to get information on the nature of fluids is provided by fluid inclusion analysis. Two examples of peak fluid inclusions in UHP metamorphic rocks from the Su-Lu Terrane (China) and the Dora-Maira Massif (Alps) are discussed. In the Su-Lu terrane, primary multiphase solid (MS) inclusions within UHP quartzites represent fluids internally generated through dehydration reactions at pressure above 3.5 GPa. Inclusions contain paragonite, muscovite, sulfates, carbonates, phosphates, and oxides. Calculated compositions indicate aqueous fluids (H2O = 25 - 50 wt %) containing tens of wt % of Si, Al, and alkalies. Trace element patterns show enrichments in large-ion lithophile elements (LILE; K, Sr, Rb, Cs, Ba, Pb, U) and light rare earth elements (LREE). In the Dora-Maira whiteschists, MS inclusions formed at 730°C and ≤ 4GPa have rather complex compositions and consist of Mg-chlorite, Na-phlogopite, Cl-rich apatite, Zn-rich pyrite, and chlorides, with subordinate talc and magnesite. Although water is absent, IR-synchrotron-radiation mapping revealed significant H+ diffusion from MS inclusions to host garnet. Peak aqueous solutions are Si, Al, and Na-rich, and contain significant amounts of Mg, Ca, P, S, and LILE, supporting an open system fluid generation with significant contribution from external brines derived from dehydration of oceanic lithosphere during subduction. Although the studied rocks have been

  6. Supercritical aqueous fluids in subduction zones carrying carbon and sulfur: oxidants for the mantle wedge?

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    Sverjensky, Dimitri; Manning, Craig

    2014-05-01

    Much speculation surrounds the nature of aqueous fluids in subduction zones. Aqueous fluids likely trigger partial melting in the mantle wedge, influencing the chemistry of the magmas that erupt in island arcs. They also may play a role in transporting elements that could metasomatize and oxidize the overlying mantle wedge, most importantly C, S and Fe. However, full coupling of aqueous fluid chemistry with the silicate, carbonate, C, sulfide and sulfate minerals has remained limited to pressures of 0.5 GPa because of limitations on the HKF aqueous ion equation of state. Recent progress in developing a Deep Earth Water model (Sverjensky et al., 2014), calibrated with new experimental data, now enables a detailed evaluation of the evolution of aqueous fluid chemistry to a pressure of 6 GPa, well into subduction zone conditions. We report aqueous speciation models for eclogitic aqueous fluids constrained by model mineral assemblages that give preliminary indications of the solubilities of elements that could contribute to mass transfer and redox changes in the mantle wedge. For example, at 600 °C and 2.5 GPa, an aqueous fluid in equilibrium with jadeite, paragonite, muscovite, quartz, lawsonite, almandine, talc, magnesite and pyrite at QFM oxidation state with 0.1 molal total Cl, contains 5.5 molal C, 0.04 molal S, and 9 micromolal Fe. The fluid has a pH of 4.7, much greater than the neutral pH of 3.3; the predominant species and molalities are CO2 (5.0), Na+ (0.44), Si(OH)4 (0.36), HCO3- (0.26), H3SiO4- (0.23), CaHCO3+ (0.18), silica dimer (0.10), Cl- (0.09), K+ (0.08), HCOO- (0.06), H2S (0.03). Calculations for model eclogitic fluids at the higher pressures and temperatures of subarc conditions also show that the solubility of C is much greater than either S or Fe at QFM. However, in subarc eclogitic fluids of higher oxidation state (QFM +3 to +4) in equilibrium with hematite, anhydrite, jadeite, kyanite, phlogopite, coesite, lawsonite, almandine-pyrope, and

  7. Phase-equilibrium modelling of blueschists from the Vestgötabreen Complex (SW Svalbard)

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    Kośmińska, Karolina; Majka, Jarosław; Manecki, Maciej; Lorenz, Henning; Kozub, Gabriela

    2014-05-01

    In Svalbard Archipelago, blueschists are known from Motalafjella area (Oscar II Land). They belong to the Vestgötabreen Complex, which is divided into a Lower (LU) and Upper Unit (UU). The former is composed of high pressure-low temperature (HP-LT) metasediments. The latter consists mainly of blueschists and eclogites. Various radiometric dating yielded an age of c. 470 Ma for the HP-LT metamorphism in the Motalafjella area. The pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions for carpholite-bearing schists from LU have been estimated to c. 16 kbar and 330-450°C (Agard et al., 2005), whereas eclogites from UU indicate peak conditions of 18-24 kbar and 580-640°C (Hirajima et al., 1988). During the fieldwork in 2011, blueschists were also discovered at the western coast of Nordenskiöld Land. They form isolated bodies enclosed within metasedimentary units, but their tectonic position is still under debate. Preliminary P-T estimates indicate peak pressure conditions of c. 17 kbar and 480°C (Kośmińska et al., in revision). The age of metamorphism is unknown, however P-T conditions as well as metamorphic assemblage suggest that the blueschists from Nordenskiöld Land may be an equivalent of these in the Vestgötabreen Complex. Samples of blueschists from UU have been collected on Skipperryggen. They consist mainly of glaucophane, garnet, white micas (phengite and paragonite), rutile, lawsonite and chlorite. The garnet typically forms euhedral to subhedral porphyroblasts which contain voluminous inclusions. Its composition varies from Alm63Prp13Grs22Sps2 in the cores to Alm60Prp19Grs20Sps1 in the rims. The change in chemical zoning is rather gradual. The garnet shows bowl-shaped pyrope profiles and opposite almandine trends. The P-T conditions were estimated using phase equilibrium modeling. Preliminary modeling in the NCKFMMnASHTO system yields peak pressure conditions at c. 20 kbar and 520°C. The estimated P-T conditions for the blueschists from Skipperryggen are in

  8. Carbonate dissolution and transport in aqueous fluids from subducting oceanic lithosphere

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    Frezzotti, M.; Huizenga, J.; Selverstone, J.; Compagnoni, R.; Sharp, Z. D.

    2012-12-01

    Subduction zones modulate the long-term carbon cycle. However, the mechanisms for the transfer of carbon from the subducting slab and sediments into the overlying mantle wedge are not well understood. Decarbonation reactions, releasing molecular CO2, were thought to be the primary mechanism. Yet, thermodynamic models show that decarbonation occurs at much greater pressures and temperatures than those found in typical subduction zones (Connolly, 2005. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 236, 524-541; Poli, 2009. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 278, 350-360). Carbon should therefore be retained in the slab and transported to great depths in the mantle, rather than supply the arc volcanoes. Diamond-bearing fluid inclusions in garnet in oceanic metasedimentary graphite-free rocks from Lago di Cignana (western Alps, Italy) represent the first occurrence of diamond from a low-temperature subduction complex of clearly oceanic origin (T ≤600°C; P ≥3.2 GPa; Groppo et al., 2009. J. Metam. Geol. 27, 207-231). The presence of diamonds in and associated with fluid inclusions provides clear evidence of carbon transport by fluids at depths that are directly relevant to sub-arc slab-mantle fluid transfer during subduction (Frezzotti et al. 2011. Nature G,4, 703-706 ). At room temperature, the fluid inclusions contain liquid water, a vapor bubble, and multiple solid daughter crystals. Daughter crystals include ubiquitous Mg-calcite/calcite and rutile, less common diamond, quartz, paragonite, hydrous/hydrated carbonates, and minor sulfates. The aqueous liquid phase further contains ≥ 0.2 wt%, HCO3-, CO32-, and SO42- ions, along with Si(OH)4(aq) and deprotonated hydrous silica monomers (e.g., SiO(OH)3-(aq), and SiO2(OH)22-(aq)). Fluid inclusions do not contain any detectable molecular CO2 in the vapor phase. This constrains XCO2 in the fluid phase to be < 0.026 (Diamond and Akinfiev, 2003. Fluid phase Eq., 208, 265-290). Thermodynamic calculations demonstrate that in the case of the Lago di