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  1. Petrology of blueschist facies metamorphic rocks of the Meliata Unit

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    Faryad Shah Wali

    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available Meliata blueschists originated from basalts, limestones, pelites, psammitic and amphibolite facies basement rocks. Compositionally, the metabasalts have a geochemical signature mostly indicative of a transitional arc-MORB origin, but some mafic rocks having affinity with within plate basalts also present. The mafic blueschists consist of blue amphibole, epidote and albite, rarely also garnet, Na-pyroxene and chloritoid. Apart from phengite and quartz the metapelites and metapsammites contain one or more of the minerals: chloritoid, paragonite, glaucophane, albite, chlorite, occasionally also Na-pyroxene and garnet. Amphibolite facies rocks contain relic garnet, plagioclase and hornblende, the latter two replaced by albite and blue amphibole, respectively. The zoning patterns of blue amphibole, garnet and chloritoid suggest their formation during prograde stage of metamorphism. P-T conditions of meta-morphism are estimated to be about 350-460 oC and 10-12 kbar.

  2. Multiscale characterization of pyritized plant tissues in blueschist facies metamorphic rocks

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    Bernard, Sylvain; Benzerara, Karim; Beyssac, Olivier; Brown, Gordon E., Jr.

    2010-09-01

    Pyritized plant tissues with well-preserved morphology were studied in rocks from Vanoise (western Alps, France) that experienced high-pressure, low-temperature metamorphic conditions in the blueschist facies during the Alpine orogeny. Organic and inorganic phases composing these fossils were characterized down to the nanometer scale by Raman microspectroscopy, scanning transmission X-ray microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The graphitic but disordered organic matter composing these fossils is chemically and structurally homogeneous and mostly contains aromatic functional groups. Its original chemistry remains undefined likely because it was significantly transformed by diagenetic processes and/or thermal degradation during metamorphism. Various mineral phases are closely associated with this organic matter, including sulphides such as pyrite and pyrrhotite, carbonates such as ankerite and calcite, and iron oxides. A tentative time sequence of formation of these diverse mineral phases relative to organic matter decay is proposed. The absence of traces of organic matter sulphurization, the pervasive pyritization of the vascular tissues and the presence of ankerite suggest that the depositional/diagenetic environment of these metasediments was likely rich in reactive iron. Fe-sulphides and ankerite likely precipitated early and might have promoted the preservation of the fossilized biological soft tissues by providing mechanical resistance to compaction during diagenesis and subsequent metamorphism. In contrast, iron oxides which form rims of 100-nm in thickness at the interface between organic matter and Fe-sulphides may result from metamorphic processes. This study illustrates that it may be possible in some instances to deconvolve metamorphic from diagenetic imprints and opens new avenues to better constrain processes that may allow the preservation of organic fossils during diagenesis and metamorphism.

  3. Felsic granulite with layers of eclogite facies rocks in the Bohemian Massif; did they share a common metamorphic history?

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    Jedlicka, Radim; Faryad, Shah Wali

    2017-08-01

    High pressure granulite and granulite gneiss from the Rychleby Mountains in the East Sudetes form an approximately 7 km long and 0.8 km wide body, which is enclosed by amphibolite facies orthogneiss with a steep foliation. Well preserved felsic granulite is located in the central part of the body, where several small bodies of mafic granulite are also present. In comparison to other high pressure granulites in the Bohemian Massif, which show strong mineral and textural re-equilibration under granulite facies conditions, the mafic granulite samples preserve eclogite facies minerals (garnet, omphacite, kyanite, rutile and phengite) and their field and textural relations indicate that both mafic and felsic granulites shared common metamorphic history during prograde eclogite facies and subsequent granulite facies events. Garnet from both granulite varieties shows prograde compositional zoning and contains inclusions of phengite. Yttrium and REEs in garnet show typical bell-shaped distributions with no annular peaks near the grain rims. Investigation of major and trace elements zoning, including REEs distribution in garnet, was combined with thermodynamic modelling to constrain the early eclogite facies metamorphism and to estimate pressure-temperature conditions of the subsequent granulite facies overprint. The first (U)HP metamorphism occurred along a low geothermal gradient in a subduction-related environment from its initial stage at 0.8 GPa/460 °C and reached pressures up to 2.5 GPa at 550 °C. The subsequent granulite facies overprint (1.6-1.8 GPa/800-880 °C) affected the rocks only partially; by replacement of omphacite into diopside + plagioclase symplectite and by compositional modification of garnet rims. The mineral textures and the preservation of the eclogite facies prograde compositional zoning in garnet cores confirm that the granulite facies overprint was either too short or too faint to cause recrystallisation and homogenisation of the eclogite

  4. Formation history and protolith characteristics of granulite facies metamorphic rock in Central Cathaysia deduced from U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic studies of single zircon grains

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    YU Jinhai; ZHOU Xinmin; Y. S. O'Reilly; ZHAO Lei; W. L. Griffin; WANG Rucheng; WANG Lijuan; CHEN Xiaomin

    2005-01-01

    The petrochemical as well as zircon U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic studies of granulite facies metamorphic rock from the Taoxi Group in eastern Nanling Range, Central Cathaysia indicate that its protolith is the sedimentary rock with low maturation index. The clastic materials are mostly from middle Neoproterozoic (~736 Ma) granitoid rocks with minor Neoarchaean and Paleoproterozoic rocks. The timing of this Neoproterozoic magmatism is in agreement with the second period of magmatism widespread surrounding the Yangtze Block. Hf isotopic data indicate that the Neoproterozoic granitoids resulted from the recycled Paleoproterozoic mantle-derived crustal materials. The sedimentary rock was deposited in Late Neoproterozoic Era, and carried into low crust in Early Paleozoic. The partial melting of the meta-sedimentary rock took place at about 480 Ma and subsequently granulite facies metamorphism occurred at ca. 443 Ma. The zircons forming during this time interval (Early Paleozoic) show large Hf isotope variations, and their -Hf(t) values increase from -13.2 to +2.36 with decreasing age, suggesting the injection of mantle-derived materials during partial melting and metamorphism processes in the Early Paleozoic. Calculation results show that this metamorphic rock, if evolved to Mesozoic, has similar isotopic composition to the nearby Mesozoic high Si peraluminous granites, implying that this kind of granulite facies metamorphic rock is probably the source material of some Mesozoic peraluminous granitoids in eastern Nanling Range.

  5. Chevkinite-group minerals from granulite-facies metamorphic rocks and associated pegmatites of East Antarctica and South India

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    Belkin, H.E.; Macdonald, R.; Grew, E.S.

    2009-01-01

    Electron microprobe data are presented for chevkinite-group minerals from granulite-facies rocks and associated pegmatites of the Napier Complex and Mawson Station charnockite in East Antarctica and from the Eastern Ghats, South India. Their compositions conform to the general formula for this group, viz. A4BC2D2Si4O22 where, in the analysed specimens A = (rare-earth elements (REE), Ca, Y, Th), B = Fe2+, Mg, C = (Al, Mg, Ti, Fe2+, Fe3+, Zr) and D = Ti and plot within the perrierite field of the total Fe (as FeO) (wt.%) vs. CaO (wt.%) discriminator diagram of Macdonald and Belkin (2002). In contrast to most chevkinite-group minerals, the A site shows unusual enrichment in the MREE and HREE relative to the LREE and Ca. In one sample from the Napier Complex, Y is the dominant cation among the total REE + Y in the A site, the first reported case of Y-dominance in the chevkinite group. The minerals include the most Al-rich yet reported in the chevkinite group (49.15 wt.% Al2O3), sufficient to fill the C site in two samples. Conversely, the amount of Ti in these samples does not fill the D site, and, thus, some of the Al could be making up the deficiency at D, a situation not previously reported in the chevkinite group. Fe abundances are low, requiring Mg to occupy up to 45% of the B site. The chevkinite-group minerals analysed originated from three distinct parageneses: (1) pegmatites containing hornblende and orthopyroxene or garnet; (2) orthopyroxene-bearing gneiss and granulite; (3) highly aluminous paragneisses in which the associated minerals are relatively magnesian or aluminous. Chevkinite-group minerals from the first two parageneses have relatively high FeO content and low MgO and Al2O3 contents; their compositions plot in the field for mafic and intermediate igneous rocks. In contrast, chevkinite-group minerals from the third paragenesis are notably more aluminous and have greater Mg/Fe ratios. ?? 2009 The Mineralogical Society.

  6. Low grade metamorphism of mafic rocks

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    Schiffman, Peter

    1995-07-01

    Through most of this past century, metamorphic petrologists in the United States have paid their greatest attention to high grade rocks, especially those which constitute the core zones of exhumed, mountain belts. The pioneering studies of the 50's through the 80's, those which applied the principles of thermodynamics to metamorphic rocks, focused almost exclusively on high temperature systems, for which equilibrium processes could be demonstrated. By the 1980's, metamorphic petrologists had developed the methodologies for deciphering the thermal and baric histories of mountain belts through the study of high grade rocks. Of course, low grade metamorphic rocks - here defined as those which form at pressures and temperatures up to and including the greenschist facies - had been well known and described as well, initially through the efforts of Alpine and Circum-Pacific geologists who recognized that they constituted an integral and contiguous portion of mountain belts, and that they underlay large portions of accreted terranes, many of oceanic origins. But until the mid 80's, much of the effort in studying low grade rocks - for a comprehensive review of the literature to that point see Frey (1987) - had been concentrated on mudstones, volcanoclastic rocks, and associated lithologies common to continental mountain belts and arcs. In the mid 80's, results of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) rather dramatically mitigated a shift in the study of low grade metamorphic rocks.

  7. Age and duration of eclogite-facies metamorphism, North Qaidam HP/UHP terrane, Western China

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    Mattinson, C.G.; Wooden, J.L.; Liou, J.G.; Bird, D.K.; Wu, C.L.

    2006-01-01

    Amphibolite-facies para-and orthogneisses near Dulan, at the southeast end of the North Qaidam terrane, enclose minor eclogite and peridotite which record ultra-high pressure (UHP) metamorphism associated with the Early Paleozoic continental collision of the Qilian and Qaidam microplates. Field relations and coesite inclusions in zircons from paragneiss suggest that felsic, mafic, and ultramafic rocks all experienced UHP metamorphism and a common amphibolite-facies retrogression. SHRIMP-RG U-Pb and REE analyses of zircons from four eclogites yield weighted mean ages of 449 to 422 Ma, and REE patterns (flat HREE, no Eu anomaly) and inclusions of garnet, omphacite, and rutile indicate these ages record eclogite-facies metamorphism. The coherent field relations of these samples, and the similar range of individual ages in each sample suggests that the ???25 m.y. age range reflects the duration of eclogite-facies conditions in the studied samples. Analyses from zircon cores in one sample yield scattered 433 to 474 Ma ages, reflecting partial overlap on rims, and constrain the minimum age of eclogite protolith crystallization. Inclusions of Th + REE-rich epidote, and zircon REE patterns are consistent with prograde metamorphic growth. In the Lu??liang Shan, approximately 350 km northwest in the North Qaidam terrane, ages interpreted to record eclogite-facies metamorphism of eclogite and garnet peridotite are as old as 495 Ma and as young as 414 Ma, which suggests that processes responsible for extended high-pressure residence are not restricted to the Dulan region. Evidence of prolonged eclogite-facies metamorphism in HP/UHP localities in the Northeast Greenland eclogite province, the Western Gneiss Region of Norway, and the western Alps suggests that long eclogite-facies residence may be globally significant in continental subduction/collision zones.

  8. Metamorphic Rocks in West Irian

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    Wegen, van der G.

    1971-01-01

    Low-grade metamorphics of West Irian occur to the east of Geelvink Bay associated with two narrow belts of basic and ultrabasic igneous rocks which represent ophiolitic suites of an eugeosynclinical development beginning in Early Mesozoic time. In both of these belts there are indications of regiona

  9. Partial melting of metavolcanics in amphibolite facies regional metamorphism

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    Alan Bruce Thompson

    2001-12-01

    Metavolcanic rocks containing low-Ca amphiboles (gedrite, cummingtonite) and biotite can undergo substantial dehydration-melting. This is likely to be most prominent in Barrovian Facies Series (kyanite-sillimanite) and occurs at the same time as widespread metapelite dehydration- melting. In lower pressure facies series, metavolcanics will be represented by granulites rich in orthopyroxene when dehydration occurs at much lower temperatures than melting. In higher pressure facies series it is not well known whether metavolcanic rocks dehydrate or melt at temperatures lower or similar to that of metapelites.

  10. Episodic subgreenschist facies metamorphism in the Andes of Chile - is it a valid model?

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    Bevins, R. E.; Robinson, D.; Aguirre, L.; Vergara, M.

    2003-04-01

    The Central Andes of Chile are characterized by subgreenschist facies burial metamorphism that is reported as having developed in up to seven episodic cycles of some 40Myr duration. The main evidence in support of the model is reported as mineralogical breaks at major stratigraphic boundaries that are interpreted as documenting sharp breaks in metamorphic grade. Here we test this model by examination of the progressive secondary mineral development, reaction progress in mafic phyllosilicates, and topological variations of the low-grade assemblages in metabasites for Jurassic to Miocene sequences east of Santiago. The mafic phyllosilicates (smectite - mixed-layer chlorite/smectite - chlorite) show increasing reaction progress with stratigraphic age and there is a continuum across the main stratigraphic boundaries, such there is no offset or gap in the reaction progress at these boundaries. There are some differences in mineral assemblages between the various stratigraphic units, such as between prehnite+pumpellyite+/-laumonite or amphibole-bearing and non amphibole bearing rocks, from which contrasting subgreenschist facies can be recognised. However, consideration of the controls on mineral parageneses at subgreenschist facies conditions demonstrates that these different facies cannot be used solely as evidence of sharp breaks in metamorphic grade at unconformities, as has been reported in many previous publications for the Andes. The presently accepted model for the Central Andes, involving repeated cycles of episodic metamorphism developing in extensional basins, is, therefore, partly unfounded. Consideration of the overall tectonic evolution of this part of the Andes concurs that the burial metamorphism developed in extensional settings, but in only two events, namely in mid-late Cretaceous and Late Miocene times respectively. The results from this work suggest that the record of sharp metamorphic breaks and the episodic model of metamorphism reported for many

  11. Burial metamorphism in rocks of the Western Andes of Peru

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    Offler, R.; Aguirre, L.; Levi, B.; Child, S.

    1980-01-01

    An unconformity bound, episodic pattern of burial metamorphism is preserved in marine and terrestrial volcanic and sedimentary rocks which were deposited in the West Peruvian Trough during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras. A particular metamorphic facies series is developed in each of the stratigraphic-structural units bounded by unconformities. In each unit, grade increases with stratigraphic depth and covers part or all of the range from zeolite to greenschist facies. At every unconformity a mineralogic break occurs where higher grade assemblages on top of the unconformity plane overlie lower grade assemblages. The presence of wairakite and the development of a wide range of metamorphic facies in thin sequences suggest high geothermal gradients, possibly related to generation of magma at depth.

  12. Fluid heterogeneity during granulite facies metamorphism in the Adirondacks: stable isotope evidence

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    Valley, J.W.; O'Neil, J.R.

    1984-01-01

    The preservation of premetamorphic, whole-rock oxygen isotope ratios in Adirondack metasediments shows that neither these rocks nor adjacent anorthosites and gneisses have been penetrated by large amounts of externally derived, hot CO2-H2O fluids during granulite facies metamorphism. This conclusion is supported by calculations of the effect of fluid volatilization and exchange and is also independently supported by petrologic and phase equilibria considerations. The data suggest that these rocks were not an open system during metamorphism; that fluid/rock ratios were in many instances between 0.0 and 0.1; that externally derived fluids, as well as fluids derived by metamorphic volatilization, rose along localized channels and were not pervasive; and thus that no single generalization can be applied to metamorphic fluid conditions in the Adirondacks. Analyses of 3 to 4 coexisting minerals from Adirondack marbles show that isotopic equilibrium was attained at the peak of granulite and upper amphibolite facies metamorphism. Thus the isotopic compositions of metamorphic fluids can be inferred from analyses of carbonates and fluid budgets can be constructed. Carbonates from the granulite facies are on average, isotopically similar to those from lower grade or unmetamorphosed limestones of the same age showing that no large isotopic shifts accompanied high grade metamorphism. Equilibrium calculations indicate that small decreases in ??18O, averaging 1 permil, result from volatilization reactions for Adirondack rock compositions. Additional small differences between amphibolite and granulite facies marbles are due to systematic lithologie differences. The range of Adirondack carbonate ??18O values (12.3 to 27.2) can be explained by the highly variable isotopic compositions of unmetamorphosed limestones in conjunction with minor 18O and 13C depletions caused by metamorphic volatilization suggesting that many (and possibly most) marbles have closely preserved their

  13. The effect of CO2 and N2 on phase relations, fluid composition, and quartz solubility in amphibolite facies metamorphic rocks

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    Artimenko, Margaret V.

    2016-12-01

    Phase equilibria in the system SiO2-TiO2-Al2O3-Fe2O3-MnO-MgO-CaO-Na2O-K2O-P2O5-H2O-CO2-N2 are calculated to illustrate phase relations in amphibolite facies metasediments over a wide range of X[H2O-CO2-N2] conditions at 600 °C and 4.4 kb. Calculations are performed using the Gibbs free energy minimization technique. Results are presented in plots showing stable mineral assemblages as a function of total carbon in the system at varying water (a_{{{{H}}2 {{O}}}} = 1) content in the presence/absence of N2 in the fluid. The calculations indicate that the typical assemblage plagioclase—quartz—biotite—ilmenite—garnet—apatite is restricted to the rocks with CO2 saturation and X_{{{{H}}_{ 2} {{O}}}} higher than 60% in the fluid. Significant decrease in X_{{{{CO}}2 }} favors the stability of muscovite rather than garnet, whereas the decrease in X_{{{{H}}_{ 2} {{O}}}} leads to the stability of microcline over all range of X_{{{{CO}}2 }}. This paper also presents the composition and parameters (pH, Eh) of the fluid equilibrated with mineral assemblage. It is shown that the presence of low concentrations of N2 causes the fluid to consist of two phases when an aqueous supercritical solution (AS) coexists with a supercritical fluid with gas-like properties (SF). At high concentration of N2, the fluid consists of SF alone; in the absence of nitrogen, the fluid consists of AS alone. The solubility of monomer SiO 2 0 and dimer Si2O 4 0 decreases with increasing CO2 and after CO2 saturation point is held constant. The magnitude of the silica solubility at CO2 saturation depends upon the water content in AS. The effect of nitrogen on quartz solubility has been demonstrated to be negligible.

  14. Facies metamórficas y edades relativas de las rocas del extremo oriental del Brazo Huemul, provincia de Neuquén Metamorphic facies and relative ages of rocks on the eastern part of Brazo Huemul, Neuquén province

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    M.F. Gargiulo

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available El estudio de las asociaciones minerales y facies metamórficas presentes en las rocas del extremo oriental del Brazo Huemul del lago Nahuel Huapi permitió establecer la sucesión temporal de aquellas unidades cuyos afloramientos son saltuarios, principalmente debido a la exuberante cubierta vegetal que caracteriza a este sector situado en el extremo sur de la provincia de Neuquén. En el área de estudio afloran rocas de composición principalmente tonalítica, que en este trabajo se correlaciona con el batolito patagónico Subcordillerano debido a que están atravesadas por dos tipos de diques básicos. Un grupo de estos diques está caracterizado por la asociación albita - clorita - epidoto - cummingtonita/grunerita - hornblenda, que indica condiciones de metamorfismo térmico transicional entre la facies de hornfels de albita - epidoto hacia la facies de hornfels de hornblenda, metamorfismo originado por la intrusión del Batolito Patagónico Cordillerano de edad cretácica. Motivo por lo cual estos diques han sido correlacionados con la Formación Montes de Oca. Los diques básicos correspondientes al otro tipo no están hornfelizados pero muestran asociaciones de metamorfismo de muy bajo grado en facies zeolita de alta temperatura (clorita + pumpellyita + laumontita + clorita/esmectita + óxidos de hierro y/o poseen alteración propilítica, por lo cual fueron asignados a la F. Ventana. La distinción entre estos dos tipos de diques permite poner en discusión la edad relativa del cuerpo tonalítico que los hospeda, proponiéndose en este trabajo una edad relativa jurásica inferior a media para el mismo.The study of mineral assemblages and metamorphic facies in rocks exposed on the eastern margin of Brazo Huemul, Nahuel Huapi Lake, allowed the reconsideration of the temporal succession of units whose outcrops are isolated and difficult to locate due to the exuberant forest that covers the southestern part of Neuquén province. The rocks

  15. Uranium, rare metals, and granulite-facies metamorphism

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    Michel Cuney

    2014-09-01

    The Tranomaro metasomatized marbles recrystallizing under granulite-facies conditions represent a demonstrative example of fluid transfer from granulite-facies supracrustals to traps represented by regional scale skarns. Such fluids may be at the origin of the incompatible element enrichment detected in leucosomes of migmatites from St Malo in Brittany (France and Black Hills in South Dakota. The northern French Massif Central provides us with an example of a potential association between incompatible element enrichment of granitic melts and granulite-facies metamorphism. U- and F-enriched fine-grained granites are emplaced along a crustal scale shear zone active during the emplacement within the St Sylvestre peraluminous leucogranitic complex. We propose that during granulite-facies metamorphism dominated by carbonic waves in a deep segment of the continental crust, these shear zones control: (i the percolation of F-, LILE-, rare metal-rich fluids liberated primarily by the breakdown of biotite; (ii the enhancement of partial melting by F-rich fluids at intermediate crustal levels with the generation of F-, LILE-, rare metal-rich granitic melts; (iii their transfer through the crust with protracted fractionation facilitated by their low viscosity due to high F-Li contents; and finally (iv their emplacement as rare metal intrusions at shallow crust levels.

  16. UHT granulite-facies metamorphism in Rogaland, S Norway, is polyphase in nature

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    Laurent, Antonin; Duchene, Stéphanie; Bingen, Bernard; Seydoux-Guillaume, Anne-Magali; Bosse, Valérie

    2016-04-01

    Propensity of metamorphic assemblages to remain metastable after melt extraction complicates singularly the petrologist's task to discriminate between a single granulite-facies P-T path and a polyphase one. Using an integrated petrological and in-situ geochronological approach in key rock-samples, we reconstruct the pressure-temperature-time path of Sveconorwegian metamorphism across a 30 km-wide metamorphic gradient ranging from upper amphibolite facies to ultra-high temperature (UHT) granulite-facies in Rogaland, S. Norway. Thermodynamic modelling of phase equilibria in the Na2O-CaO-K2O-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O-Ti2O-O2 chemical system (PerpleX code) are carried out with an emphasis on moderately oxidized, spinel-bearing assemblages resulting from either garnet or sapphirine breakdown. Geochronological U-(Th)-Pb data acquired on both monazite (LA-ICP-MS) and zircon (SIMS) are complemented by minor- and trace-elements signatures of both minerals, to monitor REE distribution through time and to evaluate garnet apparition or demise. Coupling field, petrological and geochronological data lead to a polyphase metamorphic history, lasting about 100 My. The onset of regional granulite facies metamorphism at 1035 Ma is associated with the emplacement of large volumes of granitic magmas in the amphibolite to granulite facies transition zone. In the deeper part of the crustal section, localized sapphirine-bearing restitic lithologies testify to UHT temperatures (900-920 °C). These conditions were reached at ca. 1010 Ma following a tight clockwise P-T path associated with minor exhumation (7 to 5.5 kbar) and subsequent cooling to 700 °C. A distinct thermal episode, initiated at ca. 950 Ma, reached UHT granulite-facies conditions with the intrusion of massif-type anorthosite plutons at ca. 930 Ma producing a 5-km wide aureole. The aureole is delimited by the presence of osumilite in high Fe-Al rocks yielding quantitative estimates of 900-950 °C at a maximum pressure of 5 kbar

  17. Nature and origin of fluids in granulite facies metamorphism

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    Newton, R. C.

    1988-01-01

    The various models for the nature and origin of fluids in granulite facies metamorphism were summarized. Field and petrologic evidence exists for both fluid-absent and fluid-present deep crustal metamorphism. The South Indian granulite province is often cited as a fluid-rich example. The fluids must have been low in H2O and thus high in CO2. Deep crustal and subcrustal sources of CO2 are as yet unproven possibilities. There is much recent discussion of the possible ways in which deep crustal melts and fluids could have interacted in granulite metamorphism. Possible explanations for the characteristically low activity of H2O associated with granulite terranes were discussed. Granulites of the Adirondacks, New York, show evidence for vapor-absent conditions, and thus appear different from those of South India, for which CO2 streaming was proposed. Several features, such as the presence of high-density CO2 fluid inclusions, that may be misleading as evidence for CO2-saturated conditions during metamorphism, were discussed.

  18. Active metasomatism in the Cerro Prieto geothermal system, Baja California, Mexico: a telescoped low pressure/temperature metamorphic facies series

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    Schiffman, P.; Elders, W.A.; Williams, A.E.; McDowell, S.D.; Bird, D.K.

    1983-01-01

    In the Cerro Prieto geothermal field, carbonate-cemented, quartzofeldspathic sediments of the Colorado River delta are being actively metasomatized into calc-silicate metamorphic rocks by reaction with alkali chloride brines between 200/sup 0/ and 370/sup 0/C, low fluid and lithostatic pressures, and low oxygen fugacities. Petrologic investigations of drill cores and cutting from over 50 wells in this field identified a prograde series of calc-silicate mineral zones which include as index minerals: wairakite, epidote, prehnite, and clinopyroxene. Associated divariant mineral assemblages are indicative of a very low pressure/temperature metamorphic facies series which encompasses the clay-carbonate, zeolite, greenschist, and amphibolite facies. This hydrothermal metamorphic facies series, which is becoming increasingly recognized in other active geothermal systems, is characterized by temperature-telescoped dehydration and decarbonation mineral equilibria. Its equivalent should now be sought in fossil hydrothermal systems.

  19. Chlorine isotope behavior during prograde metamorphism of sedimentary rocks

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    Selverstone, Jane; Sharp, Zachary D.

    2015-05-01

    Chlorine stable isotope compositions of two sedimentary sequences and their metamorphic equivalents were measured in order to study fractionation effects during prograde metamorphism and devolatilization. Protoliths (n = 25) were collected from a 50 m section of Triassic fluvial and playa-lake strata and Jurassic (Liassic) marine black shales in a well-characterized quarry. Low greenschist to middle amphibolite facies equivalents (n > 80) were collected from the Glarus Alps, Urseren Zone, and Lucomagno region. Bulk δ37Cl values are constant within individual sedimentary layers, but vary from -2.0 to + 2.4 ‰ in Triassic rocks and from -3.0 to 0‰ in the black shales. Dolomitic and gypsiferous samples have positive δ37Cl values, but marls and shales are isotopically negative. Bulk Cl contents show only small declines during the earliest stages of metamorphism. Metamorphic equivalents of the Triassic and Liassic protoliths record the same overall ranges in δ37Cl as their protoliths. Samples with highly correlated bulk compositions but different metamorphic grade show no statistically significant difference in δ37Cl. These data lead to the following conclusions: (1) Terrestrial and marine sedimentary rocks display large primary heterogeneities in chlorine isotope composition. As a result, an unambiguous "sedimentary signature" does not exist in the chlorine stable isotope system. (2) No isotopic fractionation is discernable during metamorphic devolatilization, even at low temperatures. Alpine-style metamorphism thus has little to no effect on bulk chlorine isotopic compositions, despite significant devolatilization. (3) Cl is largely retained in the rocks during devolatilization, contrary to the normally assumed hydrophilic behavior of chlorine. Continuous release of mixed-volatile C-O-H fluids likely affected Cl partitioning between fluid and minerals and allowed chlorine to remain in the rocks. (4) There is no evidence for fluid communication across (meta

  20. Geology of crystalline rocks of northern Fiordland: details of the granulite facies Western Fiordland Orthogneiss and associated rock units

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    Bradshaw, J.Y.

    1990-01-01

    A c. 700 km2 area of northern Fiordland (South Island, New Zealand) is described in which Early Cretaceous high-pressure metamorphic rocks and virtually unmetamorphosed plutonic rocks occur. The dominant rocks are orthogneisses developed from synmetamorphic basic-intermediate intrusive complexes, the youngest and most widespread of which is the Early Cretaceous Western Fiordland Orthogneiss (WFO). The latter has undergone granulite facies metamorphism and occurs throughout much of western Fiordland. WFO was emplaced synkinematically in a subduction-related magmatic arc. A collisional event during or immediately following magma emplacement resulted in crustal thickening equivalent to onloading of a 20 km thick section over rocks already buried at mid-crustal depths. This event was responsible for peak load pressures of c. 12-13 kbar. The steeply dipping Surprise Creek Fault juxtaposes high-pressure metamorphic rocks of western and central Fiordland against virtually unmetamorphosed gabbroic rocks of the Early Cretaceous Darran Complex. -from Author

  1. Fluid inclusions evidence for differential exhumation of ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks in the Sulu terrane

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    FAN Hongrui; GUO Jinghui; HU Fangfang; CHU Xuelei; CHEN Fukun; JIN Chengwei

    2005-01-01

    Differential exhumation was petrologically recognized in ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks from the southern and northern parts of the Sulu terrane. While a normal exhumation occurred for eclogites and gneisses in south Sulu, granulite-facies overprinting of ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks took place with high retrograde temperatures in north Sulu. A study of fluid inclusions reveals trapping of five type fluid inclusions in high and ultrahigh pressure eclogite minerals and vein quartz in the Sulu terrane. These are A-type N2±CO2 inclusion trapped at high and ultra-high pressure eclogite-facies metamorphic condition, B-type pure-CO2 liquid phase inclusion with higher density trapped during granulite-facies overprinting metamorphism of eclogites, C-type CO2-H2O inclusion and D-type hypersaline inclusion trapped in high pressure eclogite-facies re-crystallization stage, and E-type low salinity H2O inclusion trapped in the latest stage of ultrahigh pressure exhumation (amphibolite-facies retrogression). Identification of crowded-distributing pure-CO2 liquid inclusions with higher density trapped in garnet of eclogites provides an evidence for granulite-facies overprinting metamorphism in the north Sulu terrane.

  2. Chemical modifications accompanying blueschist facies metamorphism of Franciscan conglomerates, Diablo Range, California

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    Moore, Diane E.; Liou, J.G.; King, B.-S.

    1981-01-01

    As part of an investigation of blueschist-facies mineral parageneses in pebbles and matrix of some Franciscan metaconglomerates of the Diablo Range, California, textural and major-element chemical analyses were conducted on a number of igneous pebbles that comprise a range of rock types from granite and dacite to gabbro and basalt. Compositions of the igneous pebbles differ significantly from common igneous rocks, particularly with respect to Ca, K, Na, Si and H2O. The SiO2 and H2O contents are characteristically high and the K2O contents low. The CaO and Na2O contents may be relatively enriched or reduced in different pebbles. The igneous pebbles show little evidence of alteration prior to their incorporation into the Franciscan conglomerates, and the chemical modifications are considered to have been produced during metamorphism of the conglomerates to (lawsonite + albite + aragonite ?? jadeite)-bearing assemblages. The observed variations in the pebbles are shown to be functions of: (1) bulk chemistry; (2) the igneous mineral assemblage; (3) the stable metamorphic mineral assemblage; and (4) the composition of pore fluids in the conglomerates. The relative proportions of Mg and Fe in most of the pebbles apparently have been unaffected by the metamorphism, and these parameters, along with other textural and chemical factors, were used to determine the petrogenetic affinities of the igneous pebbles. The plutonic and most of the volcanic pebbles correspond to calc-alkaline rock series, whereas a few volcanic pebbles show apparent Fe-enrichment characteristic of tholeiitic rocks. A continental margin arc-batholith complex would be the best source for these igneous detrital assemblages. Conglomerates in local areas differ in igneous lithologies from conglomerates in other areas and probably differ somewhat in age, perhaps reflecting varying degrees of unroofing of such a complex during deposition of Franciscan sediments. ?? 1981.

  3. Timing of the granulite facies metamorphism in the Sanggan area, North China craton: zircon U-Pb geochronology

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    2001-01-01

    Zircon U-Pb ages are reported for three samples of intrusive rocks in Khondalite series in the Sanggan area, North China craton. The age of meta-granite is dated as 2005±9 Ma, implying that the sedimentary sequences in Khondalites series formed before 2.0Ga. The age of 1921 ±1Ma for the meta-diorite constrain the age of granulite facies metamorphism younger than this date. The age of 1892±10 Ma for garnet granite is obtained, but the granite crystallization age seems a little younger than the date considering the morphology of zircons. On the basis of these dates and of a concise review of previous age data, it is inferred that the Khondalite series was subjected to granulite facies metamorphism at about 1.87Ga together with tonalitic granulites and HP basic granulites in the Sanggan area.

  4. Garnet-bearing Granulite Facies Rock Xenoliths from Late Mesozoic Volcaniclastic Breccia, Xinyang, Henan Province

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    2001-01-01

    This paper presents the primary results of petrologic,mineralogical and petrochemical studies of garnet beating granulite facies rock xenoliths from Xinyang, Henan Province. These xenoliths, which are found in a pipe of late Mesozoic volcaniclastic breccia, are of high density (3.13-3.30 g/cm3) and high seismic velocity (Vp = 7.04-7.31 km/s), being products of underplating of basaltic magmas and had experienced granulite facies metamorphism. The underplating and metamorphism took place before the eruption of the host rock. Petrographical studies and equilibrium T-P calculations show that these xenoliths were captured at a 49 km depth and experienced at least a 16 km uplift before they were captured. The dynamics of the uplift could be related to the continent-continent collision between the North China plate and the Yangtze plate during the Triassic.

  5. Petrological and zircon evidence for the Early Cretaceous granulite-facies metamorphism in the Dabie orogen, China

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    Gao, Xiao-Ying; Zhang, Qiang-Qiang; Zheng, Yong-Fei; Chen, Yi-Xiang

    2017-07-01

    An integrated study of petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry, and geochronology was carried out for contemporaneous mafic granulite and diorite from the Dabie orogen. The results provide evidence for granulite-facies reworking of the ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rock in the collisional orogen. Most zircons from the granulite are new growth, and their U-Pb ages are clearly categorized into two groups at 122-127 Ma and 188 ± 2 Ma. Although these two groups of zircons show similarly steep HREE patterns and variably negative Eu anomalies, the younger group has much higher U, Th and REE contents and Th/U ratios, much lower εHf(t) values than the older group. This suggests their growth is associated with different types of dehydration reactions. The older zircon domains contain mineral inclusions of garnet + clinopyroxene ± quartz, indicating their growth through metamorphic reactions at high pressures. In contrast, the young zircon domains only contain a few quartz inclusions and the garnet-clinopyroxene-plagioclase-quartz barometry yields pressures of 4.9 to 12.5 kb. In addition, the clinopyroxene-garnet Fe-Mg exchange thermometry gives temperatures of 738-951 °C. Therefore, the young zircon domains would have grown through peritectic reaction at low to medium pressures. The younger granulite-facies metamorphic age is in agreement not only with the adjacent diorite at 125 ± 1 Ma in this study but also the voluminous emplacement of coeval mafic and felsic magmas in the Dabie orogen. Mineral separates from both mafic granulite and its adjacent diorite show uniformly lower δ18O values than normal mantle, similar to those for UHP eclogite-facies metaigneous rocks in the Dabie orogen. In combination with major-trace elements and zircon Lu-Hf isotope compositions, it is inferred that the protolith of mafic granulites shares with the source rock of diorites, both being a kind of mafic metasomatites at the slab-mantle interface in the continental subduction channel

  6. Low-grade Prehnite-Pumpellyite facies metamorphism in the Bamble sector, SE-Norway

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    Low-grade metamorphic minerals have been found within the high-grade terrain in the Bamble sector, SE-Norway. The minerals prehnite and pumpellyite indicative of prehnite-pumpellyite facies conditions have been confirmed around the Kragerø area. The formation of analcime, thomsonite, hydrogarnet, albite and clay minerals is also a part of the low-grade metamorphism. The occurrence of these low-grade minerals is constricted to pseudomorph replacement of earlier mineral phases, hydrothermal vei...

  7. Cause Analysis on the Phase Transition of the Tectonic Facies of the Metamorphic Rock Series in the Wutai Mountain-Heng Mountain Areas%五台山—恒山地区变质岩系构造相相变成因分析

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    郭景林; 米广尧; 范林森

    2011-01-01

    Areas in the Wutai mountain-Heng mountain are considered to be one of the most popular places for the tectonic facies researches owing to the various structural characters at different crust levels. In the present study, the structural characteristics of the Early Precambrian were analyzed. On the basis of the different geological characters of fold, fracture, pudding of the rock and syntectonic crystallization, some references were provided for analyzing the tectonic facies and the structural phase transition in the areas. Combined with the information of the geological characteristics, petrology, deformation,and metamorphic characteristics,and isotope chronology of the geological unit,the preliminary studies were conducted on the tectonic environment of the the Early Precambrian in the areas, and discussions were made on the crustal evolution andthe cause of the tectonic facies phase transition. The phenomena occurring commonly in the Metamorphic rock areas was explained reasonably,that is, the alienation between the same rocks and the convergence between the different rocks,or the same thing with different phases and the same phase with different faces. All of these provided the new research thinking and the working methods for the metamorphic rock areas.The high-grade regions of the Hornblende granulite phase in the Heng mountain areas represent the mid-lower crust's transitional zone and detachment zone. Their and it's typical structural styles, material composition, metamorphism and the effects of the deep melting have important significance on the researches of the mid-lower crust's rheological behavior, crustal differentiation and the cracking events for early continent.%五台山—恒山地区出露有不同层次的地壳,是研究构造相最理想的地区之一.作者对该区早前寒武纪构造特征进行了分析.根据不同层次的褶皱、断裂、布丁化岩石及同构造分泌结晶脉的宏观地质特征和与其相关的微组构特

  8. Active metasomatism in the Cerro Prieto geothermal system, Baja California, Mexico: a telescoped low-pressure, low-temperature metamorphic facies series

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    Schiffman, P.; Elders, W.A.; Williams, A.E.; McDowell, S.D.; Bird, D.K.

    1984-01-01

    In the Cerro Prieto geothermal field, carbonate-cemented, quartzofeldspathic sediments of the Colorado River delta are being actively metasomatized into calc-silicate metamorphic rocks by reaction with alkali chloride brines between 200 and 370 C, at low fluid and lithostatic pressures and low oxygen fugacities. Their petrologic investigations of drill cores and cuttings from more than 50 wells in this field identified a prograde series of zones that include as index minerals wairakite, epidote, prehnite, and clinopyroxene. Associated divariant mineral assemblages are indicate of a very low pressure, low-temperature metamorphic facies series spanning the clay-carbonate, zeolite, greenschist, and amphibolite facies. This hydrothermal facies series, which is now recognized in other active geothermal systems, is characterized by temperature-telescoped dehydration and decarbonation. Its equivalent can now be sought in fossil hydrothermal systems.

  9. Active metasomatism in the Cerro Prieto geothermal system, Baja California, Mexico: A telescoped low-pressure, low-temperature metamorphic facies series

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    Schiffman, P.; Elders, W. A.; Williams, A. E.; McDowell, S. D.; Bird, D. K.

    1984-01-01

    In the Cerro Prieto geothermal field, carbonate-cemented, quartzofeldspathic sediments of the Colorado River delta are being actively metasomatized into calc-silicate metamorphic rocks by reaction with alkali chloride brines between 200 and 370 °C, at low fluid and lithostatic pressures and low oxygen fugacities. Our petrologic investigations of drill cores and cuttings from more than 50 wells in this field identified a prograde series of zones that include as index minerals wairakite, epidote, prehnite, and clinopyroxene. Associated divariant mineral assemblages are indicative of a very low pressure, low-temperature metamorphic facies series spanning the clay-carbonate, zeolite, greenschist, and amphibolite facies. This hydro-thermal facies series, which is now recognized in other active geothermal systems, is characterized by temperature-telescoped dehydration and decarbonation. Its equivalent can now be sought in fossil hydrothermal systems.

  10. Contact metamorphism in Middle Ordovician arc rocks (SW Sardinia, Italy): New paleogeographic constraints

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    Costamagna, Luca Giacomo; Elter, Franco Marco; Gaggero, Laura; Mantovani, Federico

    2016-11-01

    In the early Cambrian Bithia Formation in the Variscan foreland of Sardinia, a Middle Ordovician granitic intrusion (478-457 Ma) is hosted by marly metasedimentary rocks that were affected by high-temperature (HT) metamorphism. A detailed structural-petrographical transect was conducted through the granitic intrusion and its host rocks. Field data and relationships between HT/low-pressure (LP) mineral assemblages in the metasedimentary rocks (Grt + Wo + Ves in carbonate lenses and And in pelite) demonstrate that the study area was affected by a polyphase HT overprint (I: T = 520-620 °C at XCO2 = 0.1, P: 0.2-0.4 GPa; and II: T = 600-670 °C at XCO2 = 0.1, P = 0.2-0.4 GPa) that pre-dates the Variscan tectonic, metamorphic, and igneous phases. In the Canigò or Canigou Massif (Eastern Pyrenees), the Somail Massif (Montagne Noire), and the Ruitor Massif (Internal Massifs, NW Alps), Middle Ordovician orthogneiss with relict igneous textures are deciphered despite being overprinted by Variscan amphibolite-to-granulite-facies metamorphism and subsequent Alpine low-grade metamorphism. Comparisons of associated igneous and metasedimentary rocks in the Sardinia foreland with the High-Grade Metamorphic Complex in the Variscan Axial Zone and the Canigou Massif indicate a convergent Middle Ordovician evolution that was overprinted by HT Variscan metamorphism.

  11. Rheologic Transitions During Exhumation of High-Pressure Metamorphic Rocks

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    Whitney, D. L.; Teyssier, C. P.; Rey, P. F.

    2015-12-01

    The exhumation of deeply buried rocks typically involves dynamic feedbacks between deformation and metamorphic reactions (+ fluid and/or melt) that influence rheology and facilitate or drive large-magnitude exhumation. The evolution of grain-scale to terrane-scale processes during decompression can be seen in rocks exhumed from oceanic and continental subduction and from orogenic crust. In the Sivrihisar (Turkey) high-P/low-T (oceanic subduction) complex, microstructures record deformation and syn-kinematic reactions during decompression from eclogite to blueschist facies conditions; this transformation resulted in dramatic strength reduction that promoted strain localization along the subduction interface. In quartz-rich rocks, qz was deformed in the dislocation creep regime and records transitions in microstructure and slip systems during near-isothermal decompression from 2.5 to 1.5 GPa; these transitions may be related to decreasing water fugacity over tens of km of decompression. High-to ultrahigh-P eclogite in exhumed continental subduction zones such as the Western Gneiss Region (Norway) record decompression from >2.5 GPa to crust, upper crustal extension/transtension drives rapid ascent of the deep crust to form migmatite-cored domes. The exhuming deep crust entrains HP relics such as eclogite (e.g. Montagne Noire dome, France) as it traverses much of the orogenic crust, from >1.2 GPa to (in some cases) crust reaches the near-surface. In summary, decompression of subducted or deeply buried crust systematically leads to rheologic transitions and feedbacks between deformation and metamorphism in the presence of aqueous fluid and/or melt.

  12. Mid amphibolite facies metamorphism of harzburgites in the Neoproterozoic Cerro Mantiqueiras Ophiolite, southernmost Brazil

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    HARTMANN LÉO A.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Valuable information is retrieved from the integrated investigation of the field relationships, microstructure and mineral compositions of harzburgites from the Neoproterozoic Cerro Mantiqueiras Ophiolite. This important tectonic marker of the geological evolution of southernmost Brazilian Shield was thoroughly serpentinized during progressive metamorphism, because the oldest mineral assemblage is: olivine + orthopyroxene + tremolite + chlorite + chromite. This M1 was stabilized in mid amphibolite facies - 550-600ºC as calculated from mineral equilibria. No microstructural (e.g. ductile deformation of olivine or chromite or compositional (e.g. mantle spinel remnant of mantle history was identified. A metamorphic event M2 occurred in the low amphibolite facies along 100 m-wide shear zones, followed by intense serpentinization (M3 and narrow 1-3 m-wide shear zones (M4 containing asbestos.

  13. Syn-metamorphic interconnected porosity during blueschist facies reactive fluid fluxes at the slab-mantle interface

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    Konrad-Schmolke, Matthias; Klitscher, Nicolai; Halama, Ralf; Wirth, Richard; Morales, Luiz

    2017-04-01

    At the slab-mantle interface in subdution zones fluids released from the downgoing plate infiltrate into a mechanical mixture of rocks with different chemical compositions, different hydration states and different rheological behaviour resulting in a highly reactive mélange within a steep temperature gradient. Fluid pathways, reaction mechanisms and reaction rates of such fluxes, however, are poorly known, although these parameters are thought to be crucial for several seismic phenomena, such as those commonly referred to as slow earthquakes (e.g., episodic tremor and slip (ETS)). We discovered syn-metamorphic fluid-pathways in the form of interconnected metamorphic porosity in eclogite and blueschist facies mélange rocks from the Franciscan Complex near Jenner, CA. The sampled rocks occur as rigid mafic blocks of different sizes (cm to decametre) in a weak chlorite-serpentine matrix interpreted to be an exhumed slab-mantle interface. Some of these mafic blocks record reactive fluid infiltration that transforms dry eclogite into hydrous blueschist with a sharp reaction front clearly preserved and visible from outcrop- down to µm-scale. We can show that a number of interconnected fluid pathways, such as interconnected metamorphic porosity between reacting omphacite and newly formed sodic amphibole enabled fluid infiltration and interface coupled solution-reprecipitation reactions at blueschist facies conditions. We investigated the different types of fluid pathways with TEM and visualized their interconnectivity with 3D focused ion beam (FIB) sections. The eclogitic parts of the samples preserve porous primary omphacite as a product of amphibole and epidote breakdown during subduction. This primary porosity in omphacite I results from a negative volume change in the solids during amphibole and epidote dehydration. The resulting pores appear as (fluid filled) elongated inclusions the orientations of which are controlled by the omphacite lattice. During

  14. Mineral deformation mechanisms in granulite facies, Sierra de Valle Fértil, San Juan province: evelopment conditions constrained by the P-T metamorphic path

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    Sergio Delpino

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available In the Sierra de Valle Fértil, evidence of granulite facies metamorphism have been preserved either in the constitutive associations as in deformation mechanisms in minerals from biotite-garnet and cordierite-sillimanite gneisses, cordierite and garnet-cordierite migmatites, metagabbros, metatonalites-metadiorites and mafic dikes. The main recognized deformation mechanisms are: 1 quartz: a dynamic recrystallisation of quartz-feldspar boundaries, b combination of basal and prism [c] slip; 2 K-feldspar: grain boundary migration recrystallisation; 3 plagioclase: combination of grain boundary migration recrystallisation and subgrain rotation recrystallisation; 4 cordierite: subgrain rotation recrystallisation; 5 hornblende: grain boundary migration recrystallisation. Preliminary geothermometry on gabbroic rocks and the construction of an appropriated petrogenetic grid, allow us to establish temperatures in the range 800-850 C and pressures under 5 Kb for the metamorphic climax. Estimated metamorphic peak conditions, preliminary geothermobarometry on specific lithologic types and textural relationships, together indicate an counter-clockwise P-T path for the metamorphic evolution of the rocks of the area. Ductile deformation of phases resulting from anatexis linked to the metamorphic climax indicates that the higher-temperature ductile event recognized in the study area took place after the metamorphic peak. Evidence of ductile deformation of cordierite within its stability field and presence of chessboard extinction in quartz (only possible above the Qtzα/Qtzß transformation curve, both indicate temperatures above 700 C considering pressures greater than 5 Kb. Based on the established P-T trajectory and the characteristics described above, it can be concluded that deformation mechanisms affecting the Sierra de Valle Fértil rocks were developed entirely within the granulite facies field.

  15. Extensional deformation of post ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism and exhumation process of ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Dabie massif,China

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    索书田; 钟增球; 游振东

    2000-01-01

    A detailed tectonic analysis demonstrates that the present ob served regional tectonic configuration of the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terrane in the Da bie massif was mainly formed by the extension processes of the post-lndosinian continent-continent oblique collision between the Sino-Korean and V’angtze cratons and ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism (UHPM). The configuration is characterized by a regional tectonic pattern similar to metamorphic core complexes and by the development of multi-layered detachment zones. On the basis of the identification of compressional and extensional fabrics, it is indicated that the exhumation and uplift of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks from the mantle depth to the surface can be divided into at least three different decompression retrogressive metamo rphism and tectonic deformation stages, in which the subhorizontal crustal-scale extensional flow in the middle-lower crust under amphibolite facies conditions is an important geodynamic process in the exhu

  16. Coupling of Oceanic and Continental Crust During Eocene Eclogite-Facies Metamorphism: Evidence From the Monte Rosa Nappe, Western Alps, Italy

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    Lapen, T. J.; Johnson, C. M.; Baumgartner, L. P.; Skora, S.; Mahlen, N. J.; Beard, B. L.

    2006-12-01

    Subduction of continental crust to HP-UHP metamorphic conditions requires overcoming density contrasts that are unfavorable to deep burial, whereas exhumation of these rocks can be reasonably explained through buoyancy-assisted transport in the subduction channel to more shallow depths. In the western Alps, both continental and oceanic lithosphere has been subducted to eclogite-facies metamorphic conditions. The burial and exhumation histories of these sections of lithosphere bear directly on the dynamics of subduction and the stacking of units within the subduction channel. We address the burial history of the continental crust with high precision U-Pb rutile and Lu-Hf garnet geochronology of the eclogite-facies Monte Rosa nappe (MR), western Alps, Italy. U-Pb rutile ages from quartz-carbonate-white mica-rutile veins that are hosted within eclogite and schist of the MR, Gressoney Valley, Italy, indicate that it was at eclogite-facies metamorphic conditions at 42.6 +/- 0.6 Ma. The sample area (Indren glacier, Furgg zone; Dal Piaz, 2001) consists of eclogite boudins that are surrounded by micaceous schist. Associated with the eclogite and schist are quartz-carbonate-white mica-rutile veins that formed in tension cracks in the eclogite and along the contact between eclogite and surrounding schist. Intrusion of the veins occurred at eclogite-facies metamorphic conditions (480-570°C, >1.3-1.4 GPa) based on textural relations, oxygen isotope thermometry, and geothermobarometry. Lu-Hf geochronology of garnet from a chloritoid-talc-garnet-phengite-quartz-calcite-pyrite - chalcopyrite bearing boudin within talc-chloritoid whiteschists of the MR, Val d'Ayas, Italy (Chopin and Monie, 1984; Pawlig, 2001) yields an age of 40.54 +/- 0.36 Ma. The talc-chloritoid whiteschists from the area record pressures and temperatures of 1.6-2.4 GPa and 500-530°C (Chopin and Monie, 1984; Le Bayon et al., 2006) indicating near UHP metamorphic conditions. Based on the age, P-T, and textural

  17. Neoproterozoic eclogite- to high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphism in the Mozambique belt of east-central Tanzania: A petrological, geochemical and geochronological approach

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    Sommer, H.; Kröner, A.; Lowry, J.

    2017-07-01

    This study investigated Neoproterozoic (Pan-African) eclogite- and high-pressure-granulite (E-HPG) facies rocks from the Mozambique belt of east-central Tanzania, collected close to the town of Ifakara and the adjacent Furua area from different tectonic settings, the Palaeoproterozoic Usagaran and the Neoproterozoic Mozambique belt. The studied rocks are E-HPG facies granite- and diorite-gneisses and a meta-gabbroic rock, which are retrogressed to amphibolite- and greenschist-facies conditions. Four different clockwise P-T paths were constructed. The first P-T path for a granodioritic gneiss displays peak metamorphic conditions at 830 °C and 13.0 kbar. The second P-T path for a quartz dioritic gneiss shows peak metamorphic conditions of 920 °C and 14.9 kbar. The third P-T path for a mafic granulite shows peak metamorphic conditions of 820 °C and 13.2 kbar. A fourth P-T path for a monzodioritic gneiss also displays peak metamorphic conditions of up to 810 °C and 14.9 kbar. Evidence for all four P-T paths is provided by mineral chemical and modal abundance calculations in combination with textural observations in thin sections. Zircon ages indicate that the east-central part of the Mozambique belt in Tanzania consists of granite-, granodiorite- and monzodiorite gneisses with Mesoarchaean ( 2915 Ma), Neoarchaean ( 2637-2676 Ma) and Palaeoproterozoic ( 1873-1926 Ma) protolith ages. Early Neoproterozoic (Tonian) igneous zircons were found in the mafic granulite with an age of 989 Ma. Late Neoproterozoic (Cyrogenian) igneous zircons were found in a dioritic and monzodiorite gneiss with ages of 748 Ma and 718 Ma, respectively. Metamorphic zircons extracted from Qtz-monzodiorite and granodiorite gneisses yielded ages of 640 Ma and are considered to approximate the peak of regional E-HPG metamorphism. We suggest that this high-grade metamorphic event was caused by the collision of fragments of East and West Gondwana during the Pan-African orogeny, associated with ocean

  18. Extensional deformation of post ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism and exhumation process of ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Dabie massif, China

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    2000-01-01

    A detailed tectonic analysis demonstrates that the present observed regional tectonic configuration of the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terrane in the Dabie massif was mainly formed by the extension processes of the post-Indosinian continent-continent oblique collision between the Sino-Korean and Yangtze cratons and ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism (UHPM). The configuration is characterized by a regional tectonic pattern similar to metamorphic core complexes and by the development of multi-layered detachment zones. On the basis of the identification of compressional and extensional fabrics, it is indicated that the exhumation and uplift of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks from the mantle depth to the surface can be divided into at least three different decompression retrogressive metamorphism and tectonic deformation stages, in which the subhorizontal crustal-scale extensional flow in the middle-lower crust under amphibolite facies conditions is an important geodynamic process in the exhumation of UHP metamorphic rocks. Moreover, the extensional flow is probably driven by delamination and magmatic underplating of thickened lithospheric mantle following the continental oblique collision.

  19. In search of early life: Carbonate veins in Archean metamorphic rocks as potential hosts of biomarkers

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    Peters, Carl A.; Piazolo, Sandra; Webb, Gregory E.; Dutkiewicz, Adriana; George, Simon C.

    2016-11-01

    The detection of early life signatures using hydrocarbon biomarkers in Precambrian rocks struggles with contamination issues, unspecific biomarkers and the lack of suitable sedimentary rocks due to extensive thermal overprints. Importantly, host rocks must not have been exposed to temperatures above 250 °C as at these temperatures biomarkers are destroyed. Here we show that Archean sedimentary rocks from the Jeerinah Formation (2.63 billion yrs) and Carawine Dolomite (2.55 billion yrs) of the Pilbara Craton (Western Australia) drilled by the Agouron Institute in 2012, which previously were suggested to be suitable for biomarker studies, were metamorphosed to the greenschist facies. This is higher than previously reported. Both the mineral assemblages (carbonate, quartz, Fe-chlorite, muscovite, microcline, rutile, and pyrite with absence of illite) and chlorite geothermometry suggest that the rocks were exposed to temperatures higher than 300 °C and probably ∼400 °C, consistent with greenschist-facies metamorphism. This facies leads to the destruction of any biomarkers and explains why the extraction of hydrocarbon biomarkers from pristine drill cores has not been successful. However, we show that the rocks are cut by younger formation-specific carbonate veins containing primary oil-bearing fluid inclusions and solid bitumens. Type 1 veins in the Carawine Dolomite consist of dolomite, quartz and solid bitumen, whereas type 2 veins in the Jeerinah Formation consist of calcite. Within the veins fluid inclusion homogenisation temperatures and calcite twinning geothermometry indicate maximum temperatures of ∼200 °C for type 1 veins and ∼180 °C for type 2 veins. Type 1 veins have typical isotopic values for reprecipitated Archean sea-water carbonates, with δ13CVPDB ranging from - 3 ‰ to 0‰ and δ18OVPDB ranging from - 13 ‰ to - 7 ‰, while type 2 veins have isotopic values that are similar to hydrothermal carbonates, with δ13CVPDB ranging from - 18

  20. Thermal contraints on high-pressure granulite metamorphism of supracrustal rocks

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    Ashwal, L. D.; Morgan, P.; Leslie, W. W.

    1983-01-01

    The circumstances leading to the formation and exposure at the Earth's surface of supracrustal granulites are examined. These are defined as sediments, volcanics, and other rock units which originally formed at the surface of the Earth, were metamorphosed to high-pressure granulite facies (T = 700-900 C, P = 5-10 kbar), and reexposed at the Earth's surface, in many cases underlain by normal thicknesses of continental crust (30-40 km). Five possible heating mechanisms to account for granulite metamorphism of supracrustal rocks are discussed: magnetic heating, thermal relaxation of perturbed temperature profiles following underthrusting of the continental crust, thermal relaxation after underthrusting of thin slivers of supracrustal rocks below continental crust of normal thickness, major preheating of the upper plate, and shear heating caused by frictional stress along the thrust plane.

  1. Granulites by name but eclogite facies by formation conditions: extreme metamorphism recorded by Saxony-type granulites

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    O Brien, P. J.

    2003-04-01

    The type locality `granulite' from the Saxonian Granulitgebirge is a felsic, granitic to granodioritic rock, composed predominantly of feldspars and quartz along with minor garnet, kyanite and rutile, and exhibiting a strong mylonitic fabric. In such rocks abundant mesoperthitic K-feldspar testifies to the former presence of high temperature (>900^oC) ternary feldspar. In intermediate to mafic layers the common antiperthite, when reconstituted to its single phase precursor, yields unequivocal ultrahigh-temperature (>1000^oC) conditions by feldspar solvus thermometry. The presence of kyanite together with such feldspar requires pressures (>15 kbar) equivalent to mantle depths. In addition, orthopyroxene, where present, is demonstrably of secondary origin. Importantly, experimental results show that the position of the orthopyroxene-out reaction curve for granitic/granodioritic compositions coincides with that of the plagioclase-out reaction in rocks of quartz-tholeiite composition. This means that the orthopyroxene-free felsic `granulites' formed at conditions above those generally taken as defining the start of the eclogite facies. It has long been known that rare mafic lenses contain clinopyroxene with jadeite content approaching or even exceeding that of omphacite. The presence or absence of plagioclase in these omphacite-bearing rocks is purely a function of bulk composition: more quartz tholeiitic rocks are plagioclase-free and are thus eclogites. Likewise, tectonic lenses of garnet peridotites in the granulite massifs are a clear indicator of metamorphism at mantle depths. Recent discoveries have extended the formation depths of some of these rocks even further as coesite (in eclogite) and microdiamond (in granulites) have been discovered in the nearby Erzgebirge. Even more remarkable are consistent ca. 340 Ma zircon ages which, along with other evidence, point to exhumation rates of several mm/a. The presence of garnet peridotites, combined with the

  2. Timing of the granulite facies metamorphism in the Sanggan area, North China craton: zircon U-Pb geochronology

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    GUO; Jinghui

    2001-01-01

    Serre, southern Calabria (Italy), Contrib. Mineral. Petrol., 1980, 73: 23-38.[28]Kroner, A., Stern, R. J., Dawoud, A. S. et al., The Pan-African continental margin in northeastern Africa: evidence from a geochronological study of granulites at Saboloka, Sudan, Earth Planet Sci. Lett., 1987, 85:91-104.[29]Mezger, K., Geochronology in granulites, in Granulites and Crustal Evolution (eds. D. Vielzeuf, Ph. Vidal), Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990, 451-470.[30]Kroner, A., Jaeckel, P., Williams, I. S., Pb-loss patterns in zircons from a high-grade metamorphic terrain as revealed by different dating methods: U-Pb and Pb-Pb ages for igneous and metamorphic zircons from northern Sri Lanka, Precambrian Research, 1994, 66: 151-181.[31]Pupin, J. P., Zircon and granite petrology, Contrib. Mineral. Petrol., 1980, 73: 207-220.[32]Vavra, G., On the kinematics of zircon growth and its petrogenetic significance: a cathodoluminescence study, Contrib. Mineral. Petrol., 1990, 106: 90-99.[33]Ganguly, J., Tirone, M., Hervig, R. L., Diffusion kinetics of Samarium and Neodymium in garnet, and a method for determining cooling rates of rocks, Science, 1998, 281: 805-807.[34]Hensen, B. J., Zhou, B., Retention of isotopic memory in garnets partially broken down during an overprinting granulite-facies metamorphism: implications for the Sm-Nd closure temperature, Geology, 1995, 23(3): 225-228.[35]Guo, J. H., Wang, S. S., Sang, H. Q. et al., 40Ar39Ar age spectra of garnet porphyroblast: Implications for metamorphic age of high-pressure granulite in the North China craton, Acta Petrologia Sinica (in Chinese with English abstract), 2001,17(3): 436-442.[36]Whitehouse, M. J., Granulite facies Nd-isotopic homogenization of the Lewisian complex of northwest Scotland, Nature,1988, 331: 705-707.[37]Wang, S. S., Hu, S. L., Zhai, M. G. et al., An application of the 40Ar-39Ar dating technique to the formation time of Qingyuan granite-greenstone terrain in NE

  3. Long-lived high-temperature granulite-facies metamorphism in the Eastern Himalayan orogen, south Tibet

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    Zhang, Zeming; Xiang, Hua; Dong, Xin; Ding, Huixia; He, Zhenyu

    2015-01-01

    The Namche Barwa Complex exposed in the Eastern Himalayan Syntaxis, south Tibet, underwent high-pressure (HP) and high-temperature (HT) granulite-facies metamorphism and associated anatexis. The HP pelitic granulites contain garnet, kyanite, sillimanite, cordierite, biotite, quartz, plagioclase, K-feldspar, spinel, ilmenite and graphite. These minerals show composite reaction texture and varying chemical compositions and form four successive mineral assemblages. Phase equilibrium modeling constrains the P-T conditions of 10-12 kbar and 550-700 °C for the prograde stage, 13-16 kbar and 840-880 °C for the peak-metamorphic stage, and 5-6 kbar and 830-870 °C for the late retrograde stage, indicating that the HP granulites recorded a clockwise P-T path involving the early heating burial and anatexis through dehydration melting of both muscovite and biotite, and the late isothermal decompression and gradual melt crystallization under HT granulite-facies conditions. The zircon U-Pb dating reveals that the HT granulite-facies metamorphism probably initiated at ca. 40 Ma, and lasted to ca. 8 Ma. Therefore, the present study provides robust evidence for a long-lived HT metamorphism and associated anatexis in the deeply buried Indian continent and important constraints on the leucogranite generation and tectonic evolution of the Himalayan orogen.

  4. Active hydrothermal metamorphism in the Cerro Prieto geothermal system, Baja California, Mexico: a telescoped low P/T facies series. [Abstract only

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    Schiffman, P. (Univ. of California, Riverside); Elders, W.A.; Williams, A.E.; McDowell, S.D.; Bird, D.K.

    1983-03-01

    In the Cerro Prieto geothermal system, carbonate-cemented, quartzo-feldspathic sediments of the Colorado River delta are being actively recrystallized into calc-silicate metamorphic rocks through intense fluid/rock interaction with alkali chloride brine (1.5 x 10/sup 4/ ppM TDS) at temperatures between 200/sup 0/ and 370/sup 0/C, fluid pressures <0.25 Kb, lithostatic pressures <1.0 Kb, and oxygen fugacities close to the QFM buffer. Petrologic investigations of cuttings and core from more than 50 wells in this field reveal a prograde series of calc-silicate mineral zones with index metamorphic minerals: wairakite (wr), epidote (ep), prehnite (pr), and calcic clinopyrosene (cpx). The compositions of these and other key phases: wr (Ca/Ca + Na + K + 0.97), ep (Fe/Fe + Al/sup vi/ = 0.11 to 0.31), pr (Fe/Fe + Al/sup vi/ = 0.01 to 0.28), cps (close to Wo/sub 50/ and Mg/Mg + Fe + Mn = 0.23 to 0.90), actinolite (0.20 Al/sup iv//15 cations and Mg/Mg + Fe + Mn = 0.67 to 0.82), biotite (Mg/Mg + Fe + Mn = 0.58 to 0.87) and microcline (Or/sub 96 to 100/) reflect recrystallization under low fluid pressures, relatively low f/sub O/sub 2//, and varying brine compositions. Divariant mineral assemblages in this system comprise a very low P/T facies series encompassing the clay-carbonate, zeolite, greenschist, and amphibolite facies and reflect equilibrium occurring in response to both increasing temperature and decreasing CO/sub 2/ pressure. Similar facies series, characterized by telescoped devolatization mineral reactions, are becoming increasingly recognized in other active geothermal systems above 300/sup 0/C. However, close analogues in the fossil geologic record are as yet unidentified.

  5. Complex Dielectric Properties of Several Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

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    1980-10-01

    Padovani et al. (1980). 2383 New York (eastern Garnet granulite Adirondacks) 2390 New York (eastern Garnet granulite Adirondacks) 2422 Central Maine...File Report 79-993, 1979. Padovani, E.R., S.B. Shirey, and G. Simons, Microcracks in amphibolite and granulite facies grade rocks from southeastern...hypersthene (pyroxene)-plagioclase granulite with lesser amounts of clinopyroxene, K-feldspar, and pyrite. Garnet, hornblende, and clinopyroxene occur as

  6. Metamorphic rocks in the deep boreholes near Maribor

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    Mirka Trajanova

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Six research-captive boreholes for thermal water passed through a pile of metamorphic rocks near Maribor (Eastern Slovenia that is on average about 1000 m thick. The succession of metamorphic rocks is characteristic for the Pohorje Mt. and eastern Kobansko region. In the area of the boreholes two tectonic zones are more pronounced: the upper one, at a depth of about 510 to 550 m at the contact of the Štelenska Gora and Phyllite formations and the deeper one at a depth of about 460 to 590 m, indicating the reverse fault junction of the Phyllite and Kobansko formations. They belong to the second andthe third thrust unit of the accretionary wedge formed at the collision of the European and African plates. Four Alpine nappe units are proven in the Slovenian part of the Eastern Alps.

  7. Nitrogen determination in micas of metamorphic rocks

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    Ager, F.J. [Depto. Fisica Aplicada I, Escuela Universitaria Politecnica, Universidad de Sevilla, C. Virgen de Africa 7, E-41011 Sevilla (Spain) and Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Av. Thomas A. Edison, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain)]. E-mail: fjager@us.es; Mata, M.P. [Depto. Geologia, Fac. Ciencias del Mar y Ambientales, Campus Rio San Pedro, s/n, E-11510 Puerto Real, Cadiz (Spain); Ynsa, M.D. [Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan, IN2P3-CNRS, BP 120, 33175 Gradignan Cedex (France); Respaldiza, M.A. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Av. Thomas A. Edison, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Goffe, B. [UMR 8538, Lb. Geologie, ENS, 24, Rue Lhomond, F-75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Nieto, F. [Dpto. Mineralogia y Petrologia, Fac. Ciencias, Av. Fuentenueva s/n, E-18002 Granada (Spain)

    2006-08-15

    Micas are minerals that provide large amounts of information regarding geological processes, because of the sensitivity of their chemical composition to temperature, pressure and deformation of rocks in which they form. Rocks under analysis are formed of different minerals with variable grain size. Mica grain size may vary between 5 and 10 {mu}m and approximately correspond to the chemical formula (Si{sub 3.2}Al{sub 0.8})O{sub 10}(Al{sub 1.9}Fe{sub 0.05}Mg{sub 0.1})(OH){sub 2}(K{sub 0.75}Na{sub 0.05}), being distinguishable from other minerals because of their composition and their morphology in secondary electron images and specially backscattered electron (BSE) images. NH{sub 4}, when present, would partially substitute K in the previous formula. In some cases NH{sub 4}-rich micas (tobelites) have been described coexisting with the corresponding K-rich micas, but the actual NH{sub 4} content of normal K-rich micas is still unknown. Low N content makes necessary to use nuclear reactions such as {sup 14}N(d, p{gamma}){sup 15}N at 1.4 MeV and its cascade of intense {gamma}-rays. For the quantification and localization of nitrogen on the surface of the samples, PIGE analysis was carried out in the vacuum microprobe line of the CNA, together with simultaneous micro-RBS and micro-PIXE analyses, giving a more comprehensive picture of sample structure and composition.

  8. Zircon U-Pb Age, Trace Element, and Hf Isotope Evidence for Paleoproterozoic Granulite-Facies Metamorphism and Archean Crustal Remnant in the Dabie Orogen

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    Lei Nengzhong; Wu Yuanbao

    2008-01-01

    Zircon U-Pb age, trace elements, and Hf isotopes were determined for granulite and gneiss at Huaugtuling (黄土岭), which is hosted by ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Dabie(大别) orogen, east-central China. Cathodolumineseence (CL) images reveal core-rim structure for most zircons in the granulite. The cores show oscillatory zoning, relatively high Th/U and 176 Lu/177 Hf ratios, and high rare earth element (HREE)-enriched pattern, consistent with magmatic origin. They gave a weighted mean 207 Pb/206 Pb age of (2 766±9) Ma, dating magma emplacement of protolith. The rims are characterized by sector ur planar zoning, low Th/U and 176 Lu/177 Hf ratios, negative Euanomalies and flat HREE patterns, consistent with their formation under granulite-facies metamorphicconditions. Zircon U-Pb dating yields an age of (2 029±13) Ma, which is interpreted as a record ofmetamorphic event during the assembly of the supercontinent Columbia. The gneiss has a protolith ageof (1982±14) Ma, which is similar to the zircon U-Pb age for the granulite-facies metamorphism,suggesting complementary processes to granulite-facies metamorphism and partial melting. A fewinherited cores with igneous characteristics have 207 pb/206 Pb ages of approximately 3.53, 3.24, and 2.90Ga, respectively, suggesting the presence of Mesoarchean to Paleoarchean crustal remnants. A fewTriassic and Cretaceous metamorphic ages were obtained, suggesting the influences by the Triassiccontinental collision and postcollisional collapse in response to the Cretaceous extension. Comparingwith abundant occurrence of Triassic metamorphic zircons in ultrahigh-pressure eclogite and granitehydrous melt is evident for zircon growth in theHuangtuling granulite and gneiss during thecontinental collision. The magmatic protolithzircons from the granulite show a large variationin 176 Hf/177 Hf ratios from 0.280 809 to 0.281 289,corresponding to era(t) values of-7.3 to 6.3 andHf model ages of 2.74 to 3.34 Ga. The 2

  9. Research on Diageneses of Cambrian Shoal Facies Carbonate Rocks in the Xiadong Area, Hubei Province

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    张秀莲; 蒋凌志

    2001-01-01

    With continuous outcrops, developed shoal facies rocks, complete types of diagenesis and changeable diagenetic environments, Cambrian strata are well developed in the Xiadong area, Yichang, Hubei Province. Under the combined influence of numerous diageneses, secondary pores can be formed, which result in better reservoir properties of the rock strata. The Cambrian rocks in this area consist of mainly carbonate rocks and secondarily detrital rocks. The carbonate rocks are dominated by grainstones including wormkalk, calcirudite-calcarenite, oolitic limestone and oncolitic limestone. Graded bedding and cross bedding are well developed in the strata, which indicates that the formation environment is of a high-energy shoal facies. In this area, there has developed a sequence of stable Cambrian platform carbonate deposition. The evolution trend is as follows: open sea shelf facies? intertidal low-energy restricted sea facies? intertidal high-energy shoal facies? coastal shoal facies? evaporite tidal-flat facies. The diageneses that the strata have experienced mainly include dolomitization, dedolomitization and dissolution, which are constructive diageneses for the formation of secondary pores, such as intercrystal pores, intercrystal solution pores, gypsum mold pores and caverns of dolomite. The diagenetic facies intervals can be divided into the unitary and the compound ones, totalling 22 in the area. In the early atmospheric fresh-water diagenetic environment and the late epidiagenetic environment, Cambrian rocks, especially dolomite of the Middle and Upper Cambrian, experienced extensive and profound fresh water corrosion, forming pore intervals with a porosity ranging from 5% to 15%.

  10. Omphacite microstructures as time-temperature indicators of blueschist- and eclogite-facies metamorphism

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    Carpenter, Michael A.

    1982-03-01

    Omphacites from a wide range of geological environments have been examined by transmission electron-microscopy. Their microstructures are sufficiently variable as to be potential indicators of thermal history for blueschist and eclogite metamorphism. In particular, the average size of equiaxed antiphase domains (APD's) arising from cation ordering appears to be a characteristic feature of each environment and increases in the sequence: Franciscan, blueschist (1) ≈ Turkey, blueschist (2) Wine Complex, Canada, amphibolite (1) behaviour in other systems where: (APD size)n 410_2004_Article_BF00375206_TeX2GIFE1.gif ({text{APD size)}}^{text{n}} ∝ {text{e}}^{{text{(}} - {text{Q/RT)}}} \\cdot {text{ }}time{text{.}} . Most omphacites fit into a self-consistent scheme with n=8±2 if the activation energy ( Q) is assumed to be that of cation disordering (75 kcal mole-1), available estimates of peak metamorphic temperature ( T) are used, and a reasonable geological time-scale is taken as 104 108 years. According to this model, APD sizes are set in a relatively short interval of the total history of a rock when its temperature is close to its peak value. APD sizes are much more sensitive to temperature than to time and may be used as a geothermometer which has the advantage of not being reset by re-equilibration at low temperatures. Petrological implications arising from the model are that Allalin metagabbros were metamorphosed at a similar peak temperature to Zermatt-Saas blueschists, Franciscan eclogites reached higher temperatures than has been previously supposed and that the microstructures in some Sesia-Lanzo omphacites are consistent with a high temperature, pre-blueschist origin. Deviation from an ideal coarsening law with n=2 implies that the APD's are not simply stacking mistakes but have some associated structural or compositional modification locally. Excess titanium concentrated at APD's in Red Wine Complex omphacites may account for their anomalously low

  11. REE Geochemistry of Precambrian Metamorphic Rocks in Wutaishan Region

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    吴素珍

    1989-01-01

    The metasedimentary-volcanic series of the Wutai and Hutuo groups experienced regional metamorphism and thus turned into moderate-to low-grade metamorphic rocks.REE abundances and REE distribution patterns in the Shizui and Taihuai Subgroup metasedimentary-volcanic rocks are typical of the Archean,whereas the Gaofan Subgroup and the Hutuo Group show post-Archean REE geochemical char-acteristics.Five types of REE distribution pattern are distinguished:(1)rightward inclined smooth curves with little REE anomaly(Eu/Eu*=0.73-0.95) and heavy REE depletion (e.g.the Late Archean metasedimentary rocks);(2)rightward inclined V-shaped curves with sharp Eu anoma-ly (Eu/Eu*=0.48-0.76) and slightly higher ∑REE (e.g.the post-Archean metasedimentary rocks);(3) rightward inclined steep curves with negative Eu anomaly(Eu/Eu*=0.73-0.76) and the lowest ∑REE (e.g.the post-Archean dolomites);(4)rightward inclined,nearly smooth curves with both positive Eu anomaly and unremarkable positive Eu anomaly(Eu/Eu*=0.95-1.25)(e.g.the meta-basic volcanic rocks);and (5) rightward inclined curves with Eu anomaly(Eu/Eu*=1.09-1.19)and heavy REE depletion(e.g.the meta-acid volcanic rocks).Strata of the two groups are considered to have been formed in an island-arc belt-an instable continental petrogenetic environment.

  12. Survey yields data on unique metamorphic rock complex in China

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    Schulze, A.; Jiang, M.; Ryberg, T.; Gao, R.

    Seismic data from survey work last year in Dabie Shan, China, are giving scientists their first view of the subsurface structure of a unique metamorphic rock complex. The work, in which a joint Chinese-German research team surveyed possible sites for a super deep borehole, set the stage for more intensive petrological and seismic investigations this year and next.Data were collected by near-vertical seismic imaging at Dabie Shan, the Earth's largest outcrop of ultra-high pressure metamorphic (UHM) rocks, some exhumed from depths of 100 km. Processing so far has revealed unexpectedly strong mid-and lower-crustal reflections, predominantly dipping west to east, indicating the involved tectonic history of the region. Upcoming research will look more closely at the three-dimensional structure of the rock and other matters. Scientific deep drilling is essential in addressing a wide range of major geoscientific problems of global importance. The International Continental Scientific Drilling Programme (ICDP) coordinates such, and one key target of ICDP is the Dabie Shan. To find the most appropriate location for a drill site and to extend the findings of the drilling beyond the drill hole, geophysical methods, especially seismic investigations, play an important role. Integrated interpretation of seismic and drill results in the Dabie Shan will lead to a better understanding of the structure and dynamic processes of the collisional history of the Yangtze and Sino-Korean Cratons. The Dabie Shan is located in the eastern part of the Qinling orogen in Anhui province, central China. The rocks there contain microdiamonds and coesite within a 20-km-thick eclogite zone representing a part of the lower lithosphere of the Yangtze Craton [Okay, 1993]. Such rocks suggest that continental crust had been subducted to depths greater than 100 km and exhumed afterwards [Hackeretal, 1995].

  13. Formation Mechanism and Exhumation Processes for HP-UHP Metamorphic Rocks in Dabie Mountains

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    Hou Mingjin; Tang Jiafu

    2004-01-01

    The high, ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks, widely distributed in Dabie Mountains, were described in terms of the geological setting, the marks of the petrology and the mineralogy of the ultrahigh pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks. According to the estimated uplifting and denudation of the Dabie Mountains, and to the thermodynamics theory, were assessed the depth and pressure (high pressure autoclave) of the formation setting of the UHP metamorphic rocks. Based on all the information mentioned above, a new explanation is derived from the mechanism of formation and the processes of exhumation of the UHP metamorphic rocks.

  14. Nano-texture of penetrative foliation in metamorphic rocks

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    2008-01-01

    By observing four samples obtained from Jiangxi Province, China, under the scanning electron mi-croscope (SEM), we discovered that nano-particle layers were commonly formed on sliding planes of the penetrative foliation in metamorphic rocks. We also successfully reproduced this phenomenon with a tri-axial pressure experiment. Having gone through the granulitization-alienation-partition in the shear sliding process, the nano-particles (40-95 nm in diameter) display different individual shapes and dis-tinct layered textures. This nano-confinement layer is essentially a frictional-viscous stripe with vis-cous-elastic deformation. In the micro-domain stripe, activities in structural stress field-rheological physical field-geochemical field are very dynamic, corresponding to the three stages (i.e., shear sliding strengthening-weakening-exfoliating) of the foliation development in metamorphism rocks. As such, the viscous-elastic deformation behavior helps shed light on the understanding of the micro-dynamic mechanism of the structural shearing.

  15. High-pressure metamorphic age and significance of eclogite-facies continental fragments associated with oceanic lithosphere in the Western Alps (Etirol-Levaz Slice, Valtournenche, Italy)

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    Fassmer, Kathrin; Obermüller, Gerrit; Nagel, Thorsten J.; Kirst, Frederik; Froitzheim, Nikolaus; Sandmann, Sascha; Miladinova, Irena; Fonseca, Raúl O. C.; Münker, Carsten

    2016-05-01

    The Etirol-Levaz Slice in the Penninic Alps (Valtournenche, Italy) is a piece of eclogite-facies continental basement sandwiched between two oceanic units, the blueschist-facies Combin Zone in the hanging wall and the eclogite-facies Zermatt-Saas Zone in the footwall. It has been interpreted as an extensional allochthon from the continental margin of Adria, emplaced onto ultramafic and mafic basement of the future Zermatt-Saas Zone by Jurassic, rifting-related detachment faulting, and later subducted together with the future Zermatt-Saas Zone. Alternatively, the Etirol-Levaz Slice could be derived from a different paleogeographic domain and be separated from the Zermatt-Saas Zone by an Alpine shear zone. We present Lu-Hf whole rock-garnet ages of two eclogite samples, one from the center of the unit and one from the border to the Zermatt-Saas Zone below. These data are accompanied by a new geological map of the Etirol-Levaz Slice and the surrounding area, as well as detailed petrology of these two samples. Assemblages, mineral compositions and garnet zoning in both samples indicate a clockwise PT-path and peak-metamorphic conditions of about 550-600 °C/20-25 kbar, similar to conditions proposed for the underlying Zermatt-Saas Zone. Prograde garnet ages of the two samples are 61.8 ± 1.8 Ma and 52.4 ± 2.1 Ma and reflect different timing of subduction. One of these is significantly older than published ages of eclogite-facies metamorphism in the Zermatt-Saas Zone and thus contradicts the hypothesis of Mesozoic emplacement. The occurrence of serpentinite and metagabbro bodies possibly derived from the Zermatt-Saas Zone inside the Etirol-Levaz Slice suggests that the latter is a tectonic composite. The basement slivers forming the Etirol-Levaz Slice and other continental fragments were subducted earlier than the Zermatt-Saas Zone, but nonetheless experienced similar pressure-temperature histories. Our results support the hypothesis that the Zermatt-Saas Zone and the

  16. Petrology, geochemistry, and metamorphic evolution of meta-sedimentary rocks in the Diancang Shan-Ailao Shan metamorphic complex, Southeastern Tibetan Plateau

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    Wang, Fang; Liu, Fulai; Liu, Pinghua; Shi, Jianrong; Cai, Jia

    2016-07-01

    Meta-sedimentary rocks are widely distributed within the Diancang Shan-Ailao Shan metamorphic complex in the Southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Detailed geochemical analyses show that all of them have similar geochemical features. They are enriched in light rare-earth elements (LREEs) and depleted in heavy rare-earth elements (HREEs), with moderately negative Eu anomalies (Eu/Eu∗ = 0.55-0.75). Major and trace element compositions for the meta-sedimentary rocks suggest that the protoliths were probably claystone, siltstone, and greywacke and deposited in an active continental margin. Garnet porphyroblasts in meta-sedimentary rocks have distinct compositional zonation from core to rim. The zonation of garnet in St-Ky-Grt-Bt-Ms schist indicates an increasing P-T trend during garnet growth. In contrast, garnets from (Sil)-Grt-Bt paragneiss show diffusion zoning, implying a decreasing P-T trend. Based on mineral transformations and P-T estimates using conventional geothermobarometers and pseudosection calculations, four metamorphic stages have been determined, including an early prograde metamorphic stage (M1), a peak amphibolite-granulite facies metamorphic stage (M2), a near-isothermal decompression stage (M3), and a late amphibolites-facies retrograde stage (M4). The relic assemblage of Ms + St ± Ky ± Bt ± Kfs + Qz preserved as inclusions in garnet porphyroblasts of the meta-sedimentary rocks belongs to prograde (M1) stage and records P-T conditions of 560-590 °C and 5.5-6.3 kb. Matrix mineral assemblages of Grt + Bt + Ky/Sil + Pl + Qz and Grt + Bt ± Sil + Pl ± Kfs + Qz formed at peak (M2) stage yield P-T conditions of 720-760 °C and 8.0-9.3 kb. M3 is characterized by decompression reactions, dehydration melting of assemblages that include hydrous minerals (e.g., biotite), and partial melting of felsic minerals. The retrograde assemblages is Grt + Bt + Sil + Pl + Qz formed at 650-760 °C and 5.0-7.3 kb. At the amphibolites-facies retrograde (M4) stage, fine

  17. Metamorphic conditions and CHIME monazite ages of Late Eocene to Late Oligocene high-temperature Mogok metamorphic rocks in central Myanmar

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    Maw Maw Win; Enami, Masaki; Kato, Takenori

    2016-03-01

    The high temperature (T)/pressure (P) regional Mogok metamorphic belt is situated in central Myanmar, and is mainly composed of pelitic gneisses, amphibolites, marbles, and calc-silicate rocks. The garnet-biotite-plagioclase-sillimanite-quartz assemblage and its partial system suggest equilibrium P/T conditions of 0.6-1.0 GPa/780-850 °C for the peak metamorphic stage, and 0.3-0.5 GPa/600-680 °C for the exhumation and hydration stage. Monazite grains show complex compositional zoning consisting of three segments-I, II, and III. Taking into consideration the monazite zoning and relative misfit curves, the calculated chemical Th-U-total Pb isochron method (CHIME) monazite age data (284 spot analyses) indicated four age components: 49.3 ± 2.6-49.9 ± 7.9, 37.8 ± 1.0-38.1 ± 1.7, 28.0 ± 0.8-28.8 ± 1.6, and 23.7 ± 1.3 Ma (2σ level). The ages of the Late Eocene and Late Oligocene epochs were interpreted as the peak metamorphic stage of upper-amphibolite and/or granulite facies and the postdated hydration stage, respectively.

  18. Thermal evolution of high-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Alps

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    Brouwer, F.M.

    2000-01-01

    There are two major and currently unresolved issues in Alpine geology concerning the metamorphic evolution of the rocks in the internal zones of the Alps. First, rocks showing evidence for geologically young, high-pressure to very high-pressure metamorphism are now exposed at the Earth's surface, im

  19. Thermal evolution of high-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Alps

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    Brouwer, F.M.

    2000-01-01

    There are two major and currently unresolved issues in Alpine geology concerning the metamorphic evolution of the rocks in the internal zones of the Alps. First, rocks showing evidence for geologically young, high-pressure to very high-pressure metamorphism are now exposed at the Earth's surface, im

  20. 榴辉岩相高压-超高压变质岩的He同位素地球化学研究现状与问题%Helium isotopic geochemistry of HP-UHP eclogite facies metamorphic rocks: a review

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    李兆丽; 李天福

    2011-01-01

    The helium isotopic composition of each sphere of the Earth has its characteristic isotopic ratios. These ratios show significant differences. Therefore, helium isotopes, as a tracer, are more sensitive than other isotopes to distinguishing crust from mantle materials. Up till now, geochemical behaviors of helium isotopes during the HP-UHP metamorphism have not been well studied, it led to the limited application of helium isotope in eclogites. Many HP-UHP eclogite belts have been discovered in China. These eclogites can be genetically classified into two types: one is associated with subduction of the continental slab, and the other is formed by the subduction of the oceanic slab. This paper reviewed the progresses therefore of HP-UHP eclogite fades metamorphic rocks well studied and some problems and future work of the application of helium isotope in eclogites are also discussed.%He同位素是区分地壳、地幔物质,研究壳-幔相互作用最灵敏的示踪剂之一,但其在高压-超高压变质作用过程中的地球化学行为目前仍不清楚,因而制约其在榴辉岩研究中的应用.中国作为高压-超高压榴辉岩带分布的重要地区,榴辉岩产出得天独厚,大洋、大陆两种俯冲成因榴辉岩均有分布.本文在归纳榴辉岩相高压-超高压变质岩研究进展的基础上,分析了He同位素示踪在榴辉岩研究中的应用现状.

  1. The timing of eclogite facies metamorphism and migmatization in the Orlica–Śnieżnik complex, Bohemian Massif: Constraints from a multimethod geochronological study

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    Brocker, M.; Klemd, R.; Cosca, M.; Brock, W.; Larionov, A.N.; Rodionov, N.

    2009-01-01

    The Orlica–Śnieżnik complex (OSC) is a key geological element of the eastern Variscides and mainly consists of amphibolite facies orthogneisses and metasedimentary rocks. Sporadic occurrences of eclogites and granulites record high-pressure (HP) to ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic conditions. A multimethod geochronological approach (40Ar–39Ar, Rb–Sr, Sm–Nd, U–Pb) has been used to gain further insights into the polymetamorphic evolution of eclogites and associated country rocks. Special attention was given to the unresolved significance of a 370- to 360 Ma age group that was repeatedly described in previous studies. Efforts to verify the accuracy of c.370 Ma K–Ar phengite and biotite dates reported for an eclogite and associated country-rock gneiss from the location Nowa Wieś suggest that these dates are meaningless, due to contamination with extraneous Ar. Extraneous Ar is also considered to be responsible for a significantly older 40Ar–39Ar phengite date of c. 455 Ma for an eclogite from the location Wojtowka. Attempts to further substantiate the importance of 370–360 Ma zircon dates as an indicator for a melt-forming high-temperature (HT) episode did not provide evidence in support of anatectic processes at this time. Instead, SHRIMP U–Pb zircon dating of leucosomes and leucocratic veins within both orthogneisses and (U)HP granulites revealed two age populations (490–450 and 345–330 Ma respectively) that correspond to protolith ages of the magmatic precursors and late Variscan anatexis. The results of this study further underline the importance of Late Carboniferous metamorphic processes for the evolution of the OSC that comprise the waning stages of HP metamorphism and lower pressure HT overprinting with partial melting. Eclogites and their country rocks provided no chronometric evidence for an UHP and ultrahigh-temperature episode at 387–360 Ma, as recently suggested for granulites from the OSC, based on Lu–Hf garnet

  2. "Fossil" bright layer recorded in the low-P/T metamorphic rocks

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    Terabayashi, M.; Yamamoto, H.; Kitajima, K.

    2004-12-01

    The "fossil" (geological time) bright layer was recognized in the Cretaceous low-P/T Ryoke metamorphic rocks in the Iwakuni-Yanai area, southwest Japan. Silicified pelitic schists distribute as layers or lenticular bodies several to fifteen meters in thickness, and they are restricted in the greenschist facies conditions within structurally vertical thickness about one kilometer. Silicified pelitic schist is mainly composed of fine-grained quartz and minor muscovite and biotite, and some of colored minerals are decolored by alteration more or less. The boundary between silicified layer and underlying pelitic schist is fairly distinct but that between the overlying pelitic schist is rather gradual. Quartz veins crossing high angles with schistosity were preferentially developed in the silicified rocks, while schistosity-parallel quartz veins, which underwent ductile flow, were observed in the pelitic schist. En echelon quartz vein and fishnet-like quartz veins are characteristic of silicified rocks. The mode of occurrences of quartz veins indicates that silicified rocks are competent relative to underlying pelitic schist. Fluid inclusion studies were conducted from two kinds of quartz-filled veins: crosscutting foliation in silicified pelitic schist and foliation-parallel in pelitic schist. Fluid inclusions in quartz from a vein crosscutting foliation in silicidied pelitic schist occur as isolated individual inclusions or clusters with preferred spatial arrangement. The isolated inclusions display negative crystal geometries, and are generally range in size from 5 to 10 μ m, with some inclusions up to 20 μ m across. Fluid inclusions in quartz from a foliation-parallel vein are rounded and usually small about a few μ m. Homogenization of the vapour and liquid phases to a single liquid phase occurred at temperatures (Th) between 275 and 330 ° C except in rare instances. The value is considered to be close to the condition of vein formation. Importantly, the

  3. Evidence of microstructures and fluid inclusions for the origin of polycrystalline quartz ribbons in high-grade metamorphic rocks in Daqingshan resion

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    LIU ZhengHong; XU ZhongYuan; WANG KeYong

    2007-01-01

    Polycrystalline quartz ribbons in high-grade metamorphic rocks from the Daqingshan region, are typical microfabrics of, and provide information for, deep crust deformation and metamorphism. The quartz ribbons have straight boundaries and extend stably along gneissosity. They truncate other mineral grains in the rocks and may contain inclusions of such minerals that are lens-shaped and oriented. They frequently end into branching termination. Analysis fluid inclusions in polycrystalline quartz ribbons reveal that the complex types of fluid inclusions are inhomogeneously distributed. They are obviously different from inclusions captured at granulite facies, in both fluid compositions and T-P estimations. Based on microfabric and fluid inclusion analysis, the polycrystalline quartz ribbons are suggested to be formed by SO2-rich fluids filling micro-fractures that are parallel to early gneissosity. The SO2 composition is derived from the deformed host rocks. The fluid phase has significant effects on the rheological characteristics, fracturing of rocks, and formation of quartz ribbons.

  4. STOCHASTIC FRACTURED ROCK FACIES FOR GROUNDWATER FLOW MODELING

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    DANIELA BLESSENT

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta los resultados de una simulación de flujo de agua subterránea en rocas fracturadas. Se emplea un enfoque estocástico (modelo estocástico equivalente en medio poroso fracturado para construir el modelo conceptual y para usar este último en la roca de baja permeabilidad encontrada en el sitio elegido como caso de estudio (Olkiluoto, Finlandia. La roca que se investiga se encuentra localizada alrededor de un grupo de pozos de sondeo y cubre un área de algunas hectáreas. Las mediciones de campo de pruebas de interferencia hidráulica se utilizan para calibrar el modelo de flujo de agua subterránea. Múltiples combinaciones de facies estocásticos se consideran para evaluar el impacto de la distribución y del número de facies en las cargas hidráulicas y en los caudales. Este estudio cuantifica la variabilidad de los resultados numéricos, lo cual es importante para el análisis de la incertidumbre en los sistemas hidrogeológicos. Por otra parte, este estudio muestra que el modelo conceptual de facies estocásticos es una alternativa adecuada a los modelos conceptuales de redes de fracturas discretas.

  5. Fluid inclusions hidden in coesite-bearing zircons in ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks from southwestern Sulu terrane in eastern China

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    LIU Fulai; XU Zhiqin

    2004-01-01

    Primary fluid inclusions, together with coesite mineral inclusions, are identified in the same zircon domains by laser Raman spectroscopy, cathodoluminescence (CL) image and micro-texture analysis in paragneiss and eclogite from the main drilling hole of Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling Project in southwestern Sulu terrane. Most fluid inclusions are characterized by CO2 (gas)-H2O (liquid) two-phase, a few by H2O one-phase liquid inclusions. These features indicate that the eclogite and its country-rocks may be located in the "wet system" rather than in the "dry system" during UHP metamorphism. SHRIMP U-Pb dating indicates that the timing of trapping the fluid and coesite inclusions in metamorphic zircon domains is about 233.7 ± 4.3 Ma, which may represent the age of zircon growth in the stage of pressure decrease but temperature increase during the retrograde period of UHP metamorphism thus indicating the fluid activity still under the UHP conditions. The zircons further overgrew at about 213.2 ± 5.2 Ma in response to amphibolite-facies retrogression. Therefore, fluid activity in the Sulu UHP metamorphic rocks principally occurred during the exhumation of UHP slab in the Middle to Late Triassic. The present results not only provide insight into the fluid property and fluid-rock interaction mechanism in the Sulu-Dabie UHP terrane, but also present a new means to exactly identify the primary fluid inclusions preserved in zircons from the UHP metamorphic rocks.

  6. Cl-rich minerals in Archean granulite facies ironstones from the Beartooth Mountains, Montana, USA: Implications for fluids involved in granulite metamorphism

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    Henry, D. J.

    1988-01-01

    The implications of Cl-rich minerals in granulite facies rocks are discussed. Results from ironstones of the Beartooth Mountains, Montana are discussed. It is suggested that CO2-brine immiscibility might be applicable to granulite facies conditions, and if so, then aqueous brines might be preferentially adsorbed onto mineral surfaces relative to CO2.

  7. Regional variation in the Amitsoq gneisses related to crustal levels during late Archean granulite facies metamorphism: Southern west Greenland

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    Nutman, A. P.; Bridgwater, D.; Mcgregor, V. R.

    1986-01-01

    The dominant lithology at Kangimut sangmissoq is described as nebulitic tonalitic gneiss containing highly distended plagioclase phyric amphibolites. The gneiss amphibolite complex was intruded by Nuk gneiss between 3.05 and 2.90 Ga and later (2.6 to 2.7 Ga) by post granulite facies granitoid sheets. The amphibolites are though to be Ameralik dikes and the older gray gneiss are then Amitsoq by definition. The problem arises when the isotopic data are considered, none of which indicate rocks older that about 3.0 Ga.

  8. Elemental geochemistry and Nd isotopic characteristics of the metasedimentary rocks from the metamorphic belt in central Jiangxi: Provenance and tectonically environmental constraints

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    HU Gongren; LIU Congqiang; ZHANG Bangtong; TANG Hongfeng; YU Ruilian

    2005-01-01

    The metamorphic belt in central Jiangxi, located in the compound terrain within the Cathaysia, Yangtze Block and Caledonian fold zone of South China, is composed dominantly of meta-argillo-arenaceous rocks, with minor amphibolite. These rocks underwent amphibolite-facies metamorphism. The meta-argillo-arenaceous rocks show large variations in major element composition, but have similar REE patterns and trace element composition, incompatible element and LIE enrichments [ high Th/Sc (0.57-3.59) , La/Sc ( 1.46 - 12.4), La/Yb (5.84 - 19.0) ] and variable Th/U ratios, with ∑REE = 129-296μg/g, δEu =0.51 -0.86, and (La/Yb)N = 3.95 -12.9. The Nd isotopic model ages tDM of these rocks vary from 1597 to 2124 Ma. Their 143 Nd/144 Nd values are low [εNd (0) = - 11.4 to -- 15.8]. Some conclusions have been drawn as follows: (1) The metamorphic rocks in central Jiangxi Province are likely formed in a tectonic environment at the passive continental margin of the Cathaysia massif. (2) The metamorphosed argillo-arenaceous rocks are composed dominantly of upper crustal-source rocks (Al- and Krich granitic or/and sedimentary rocks of Early Proterozoic), which experienced good sorting, slow deposition and more intense chemical weathering. (3) According to the whole-rock Sm-Nd isochron ages (1113±49 to 1199 ± 26 Ma) of plagioclase-amphibole (schist) and Nd isotopic model age tDM ( 1597 - 2124Ma) of meta-argillo-arenaceous rocks, the metamorphic belt in central Jiangxi Province was formed during the Middle Proterozoic ( 1100 - 1600 Ma).

  9. Rock relationships in the Mogok metamorphic belt, Tatkon to Mandalay, central Myanmar

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    Mitchell, A. H. G.; Htay, Myint Thein; Htun, Kyaw Min; Win, Myint Naing; Oo, Thura; Hlaing, Tin

    2007-03-01

    The Mogok metamorphic belt (MMB), over 1450 km long and up to 40 km wide, consists of regionally metamorphosed rocks including kyanite and sillimanite schists and granites lying along the Western margin of the Shan Plateau in central Myanmar and continuing northwards to the eastern Himalayan syntaxis. Exposures in quarries allow correlation of Palaeozoic meta-sedimentary, early Mesozoic meta-igneous and late Mesozoic intrusive rocks within a 230 km long northerly-trending segment of the MMB, from Tatkon to Kyanigan north of Mandalay, and with the Mogok gemstone district 100 km to the northeast. Relationships among the metamorphic and intrusive rocks, with sparse published radiometric age controls, indicate at least two metamorphic events, one before and one after the intrusion of Late Jurassic to early Cretaceous calc-alkaline rocks. These relationships can be explained by either of two possible tectonic histories. One, constrained by correlation of mid-Permian limestones across Myanmar, requires early Permian and early Jurassic regional metamorphic events, prior to an early Tertiary metamorphism, in the western part of but within a Shan-Thai - western Myanmar block. The second, not compatible with a single laterally continuous Permian limestone, requires pre-Upper Jurassic regional metamorphism and orogenic gold mineralization in the Mergui Group and western Myanmar, early Cretaceous collision of an east-facing Mergui-western Myanmar island arc with the Shan Plateau, and early Tertiary metamorphism in the MMB related to reversal in tectonic polarity following the arc-Plateau collision.

  10. Different origins of garnet in high pressure to ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks

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    Xia, Qiong-Xia; Zhou, Li-Gang

    2017-09-01

    Garnet in high-pressure (HP) to ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks in subduction zone commonly shows considerable zonation in major and trace elements as well as mineral inclusions, which bears information on its growth mechanism via metamorphic or peritectic reactions in coexistence with relic minerals and metamorphic fluids or anatectic melts at subduction-zone conditions. It provides an important target to retrieve physicochemical changes in subduction-zone processes, including those not only in pressure and temperature but also in the durations of metamorphism and anatexis. Garnet from different compositions of HP to UHP metamorphic rocks may show different types of major and trace element zonation, as well as mineral inclusions. Discrimination between the different origins of garnet provides important constraints on pressure and temperature and the evolution history for the HP to UHP metamorphic rocks. Magmatic garnet may occur as relics in granitic gneisses despite metamorphic modification at subduction-zone conditions, with spessartine-increasing or flat major element profiles from inner to outer core and exceptionally higher contents of trace elements than metamorphic mantle and rim. Metamorphic garnet can grow at different metamorphic stages during prograde subduction and retrograde exhumation, with spessartine-decreasing from core to rim if the intracrystalline diffusion is not too fast. The compositional profiles of metamorphic garnet in the abundances of grossular, almandine and pyrope are variable depending on the composition of host rocks and co-existing minerals. Peritectic garnet grows through peritectic reactions during partial melting of HP to UHP rocks, with the composition of major elements to be controlled by anatectic P-T conditions and the compositions of parental rocks and anatectic melts. Trace element profiles in garnet with different origins are also variable depending on the coexisting mineral assemblages, the garnet

  11. Petrographic analysis of igneous and metamorphic rocks from the Fishguard 1:50000 sheet, south Wales

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    McKervey, J.A.

    2005-01-01

    This report presents the results of petrographic analysis of samples of igneous and metamorphic rocks collected as part of a mapping survey of the Fishguard 1:50000 sheet, south Wales. The objective of the report is to provide petrographic descriptions of the rocks and to discuss the origin of the fabrics present.

  12. 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

  13. Deciphering igneous and metamorphic events in high-grade rocks of the Wilmington complex, Delaware: Morphology, cathodoluminescence and backscattered electron zoning, and SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology of zircon and monazite

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    Aleinikoff, J.N.; Schenck, W.S.; Plank, M.O.; Srogi, L.A.; Fanning, C.M.; Kamo, S.L.; Bosbyshell, H.

    2006-01-01

    High-grade rocks of the Wilmington Complex, northern Delaware and adjacent Maryland and Pennsylvania, contain morphologically complex zircons that formed through both igneous and metamorphic processes during the development of an island-arc complex and suturing of the arc to Laurentia. The arc complex has been divided into several members, the protoliths of which include both intrusive and extrusive rocks. Metasedimentary rocks are interlayered with the complex and are believed to be the infrastructure upon which the arc was built. In the Wilmingto n Complex rocks, both igneous and metamorphic zircons occur as elongate and equant forms. Chemical zoning, shown by cathodoluminescence (CL), includes both concentric, oscillatory patterns, indicative of igneous origin, and patchwork and sector patterns, suggestive of metamorphic growth. Metamorphic monazites are chemically homogeneous, or show oscillatory or spotted chemical zoning in backscattered electron images. U-Pb geochronology by sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) was used to date complexly zoned zircon and monazite. All but one member of the Wilmington Complex crystallized in the Ordovician between ca. 475 and 485 Ma; these rocks were intruded by a suite of gabbro-to-granite plutonic rocks at 434 ?? Ma. Detrital zircons in metavolcanic and metasedimentary units were derived predominantly from 0.9 to 1.4 Ga (Grenvillian) basement, presumably of Laurentian origin. Amphibolite to granulite facies metamorphism of the Wilmington Complex, recorded by ages of metamorphic zircon (428 ?? 4 and 432 ?? 6 Ma) and monazite (429 ?? 2 and 426 ?? 3 Ma), occurred contemporaneously with emplacement of the younger plutonic rocks. On the basis of varying CL zoning patterns and external morphologies, metamorphic zircons formed by different processes (presumably controlled by rock chemistry) at slightly different times and temperatures during prograde metamorphism. In addition, at least three other thermal episodes are

  14. Timing and conditions of regional metamorphism and crustal shearing in the granulite facies basement of south Namibia: Implications for the crustal evolution of the Namaqualand metamorphic basement in the Mesoproterozoic

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    Bial, Julia; Büttner, Steffen; Appel, Peter

    2016-11-01

    Granulite facies basement gneisses from the Grünau area in the Kakamas Domain of the Namaqua-Natal Metamorphic Province in south Namibia show high-grade mineral assemblages, most commonly consisting of garnet, cordierite, sillimanite, alkali feldspar and quartz. Cordierite + hercynitic spinel, and in some places quartz + hercynitic spinel, indicate granulite facies P-T conditions. The peak assemblage equilibrated at 800-850 °C at 4.0-4.5 kbar. Sillimanite pseudomorphs after kyanite1 and late-stage staurolite and kyanite2 indicate that the metamorphic record started and ended within the stability field of kyanite. Monazite in the metamorphic basement gneisses shows a single-phase growth history dated as 1210-1180 Ma, which we interpret as the most likely age of the regional metamorphic peak. This time coincides with the emplacement of granitic plutons in the Grünau region. The ∼10 km wide, NW-SE striking Grünau shear zone crosscuts the metamorphic basement and overprints high-temperature fabrics. In sheared metapelites, the regional metamorphic peak assemblage is largely obliterated, and is replaced by synkinematic biotite2, quartz, alkali feldspar, sillimanite and cordierite or muscovite. In places, gedrite, staurolite, sillimanite and green biotite3 may have formed late- or post-kinematically. The mylonitic mineral assemblage equilibrated at 590-650 °C at 3.5-5.0 kbar, which is similar to a retrograde metamorphic stage in the basement away from the shear zone. Monazite cores in two mylonite samples are similar in texture and age (∼1200 Ma) to monazite in metapelites away from the shear zone. Chemically distinct monazite rims indicate a second growth episode at ∼1130-1120 Ma. This age is interpreted to date the main deformation episode along the Grünau shear zone and the retrograde metamorphic stage seen in the basement. The main episode of ductile shearing along the Grünau shear zone took place 70-80 million years after the thermal peak metamorphism

  15. The Classifications of Metamorphic Rocks and Their Applications to Air Photo Interpretation Procedures,

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    1983-09-01

    minerals and the facies "". to which that assemblage belongs, such as orthopyroxene-plagioclase granulite . -.., Q 6 -. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 717...prehnite or green- ." schist); whereas, high-grade rocks were assumed to be of higher facies (amphibolite or granulite ). Specific facies names were then...350/400 3-8 .. - Greenschist,. - Upper 350-400/500 3-8 ’-" Lower 450/500-550 3--8 ~Amphibolite 2 ~Upper 550-650/700 3-8 ." Granulite Above 650 3--I12 l

  16. Metamorphic fluid flow - a question of scale, crustal depth and bulk rock composition

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    Tracy, R.J.; Rye, D.M.

    1985-01-01

    Recent studies have indicated that certain metamorphic rocks interacted with significant volumes of aqueous fluid during their time-integrated mineral reaction history. Rather than demonstrating that pervasive fluid flow is general in metamorphic rocks, these documented cases instead suggest the likelihood of pronounced to extreme channelization of through-going in fluids in deep-seated metamorphic terranes (P>3 kbar). In rocks more shallowly buried, and therefore under low lithostatic stress, pervasive flow along grain boundaries and open microfractures probably occurred, as at Skye and the Skaergaard Complex. In higher pressure metamorphic environments, documented cases of high fluid/rock ratio make a strong case for flow channelized in veins or in impure marble aquifers where pore space and permeability were created by decarbonation reactions driven by infiltration of aqueous fluid. The source of this fluid may commonly be traced to a nearby wet granitic intrusion or quartz vein. As long as the pressurized source of aqueous fluid continued, outward flow was possible as fluid held open the intergranular pore space which was created only at the infiltration/reaction front where a reduction in solid volume accompanied reaction. Cessation or interruption of fluid flow would allow the pore space to close due to porous-rock strength being exceeded by lithostatic stress. Pervasive flow or aqueous fluid in deepseated metamorphic terranes is therefore probably limited to carbonate-bearing lithologies adjacent to sources of major volumes of fluid; otherwise, fluid flow is likely to be localized in fractures or veins.

  17. Petrology and physical conditions of metamorphism of calcsilicate rocks from low- to high-grade transition area, Dharmapuri District, Tamil Nadu

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    Narayana, B. L.; Natarajan, R.; Govil, P. K.

    1988-01-01

    Calc-silicate rocks comprising quartz, plagioclase, diopside, sphene, scapolite, grossularite-andradite and wollastonite occur as lensoid enclaves within the greasy migmatitic and charnockitic gneisses of the Archaean amphibolite- to granulite-facies transition zone in Dharmapuri district, Tamil Nadu. The calc-silicate rocks are characterized by the absence of K-feldspar and primary calcite, presence of large modal quartz and plagioclase and formation of secondary garnet and zoisite rims around scapolite and wollastonite. The mineral distributions suggest compositional layering. The chemical composition and mineralogy of the calc-silicate rocks indicate that they were derived from impure silica-rich calcareous sediments whose composition is similar to that of pelite-limestone mixtures. From the mineral assemblages the temperature, pressure and fluid composition during metamorphism were estimated. The observed mineral reaction sequences require a range of X sub CO2 values demonstrating that an initially CO2-rich metamorphic fluid evolved with time towards considerably more H2O-rich compositions. These variations in fluid composition suggest that there were sources of water-rich fluids external to the calc-silicate rocks and that mixing of these fluids with those of calc-silicate rocks was important in controlling fluid composition in calc-silicate rocks and some adjacent rock types as well.

  18. Short-lived brine infiltration during upper amphibolite facies metamorphism in the continental collision zone

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    Higashino, Fumiko; Kawakami, Tetsuo; Tsuchiya, Noriyoshi; Satish-Kumar, Madhusoodhan; Ishikawa, Masahiro; Grantham, Geoffrey; Sakata, Shuhei; Hirata, Takafumi

    2017-04-01

    The importance of brine is increasingly recognized because of its role on mass transportation at the mid- to lower-crustal pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions (e.g., Newton & Manning, 2010). However, the passage and residence times of brine are not well understood. This study deals with garnet-hornblende (Grt-Hbl) veins, discordantly cutting the gneissose structure of garnet-orthopyroxene-hornblende gneiss from the central Sør Rondane Mountains (SRM), East Antarctica. The Cl contents of hornblende and biotite, K content of hornblende, and the thickness of Na-richer rims of plagioclase decreased with distance from the Grt-Hbl vein. The P-T conditions of the vein formation were estimated to be 680 °C, 0.69 GPa (Higashino et al., under review). In the wall rock in the vicinity of the vein, addition of Li, Cu, Rb, Ba, Pb, and U, which tend to be mobile in brines rather than in melts is observed, using Zr as an immobile element (Higashino et al., 2015). This indicates that the Grt-Hbl vein was formed by the infiltration of NaCl-KCl brine. Trace element concentrations in the wall rock minerals decrease with distance from the vein, and in most cases show concave up/down profiles. Distances where these concentrations in each mineral species become constant are dependent on elements, and not on mineral species. These profiles can be best modelled by diffusion equations, suggesting that the diffusion is the major process transferring the trace elements perpendicular to the vein. Although plagioclase does not show significant trace element zoning within each single grain, the discontinuous drop of anorthite content at rims is preserved. Thin brine films in grain boundaries presumably caused dissolution-reprecipitation (e.g., Ruiz-Agudo et al., 2014), and lattice diffusion in plagioclase would have followed this to form homogeneous trace element zonings. Therefore, the main process of brine infiltration into the wall rock is possibly grain boundary diffusion in wet

  19. New age data and geothermobarometric estimates from the Apuseni Mountains (Romania); evidence for Cretaceous amphibolite-facies metamorphism

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    Reiser, Martin; Schuster, Ralf; Spikings, Richard; Tropper, Peter; Fügenschuh, Bernhard

    2014-05-01

    New Ar-Ar ms, Rb-Sr bt and Sm-Nd grt age data in combination with microprobe analyses and structural data from the Apuseni Mountains provide new constraints for the tectonic evolution of the Tisza and Dacia Mega-Units during the Late Jurassic-Late Cretaceous time interval, which is of special importance for the present day arrangement of tectonic units in the Alpine-Carpathian-Dinaridic region. Late Jurassic obduction of Transylvanian Ophiolites (155 Ma) partially reset Ar-Ar ms ages at the top of the Biharia Nappe System in the Dacia Mega-Unit. New Sm-Nd grt ages and P-T estimates yielded amphibolite-facies conditions of 500°C and about 0.8 GPa during the Early Cretaceous (125 Ma Sm-Nd age) for the Dacia Mega-Unit and during late Early Cretaceous times (104 Ma Sm-Nd age) for the Tisza Mega-Unit. This implies that not only the Dacia Mega-Unit, but also the Tisza Mega-Unit experienced a strong regional metamorphic overprint accompanying Alpine deformation. New 95 Ma Ar-Ar ms and 81 Ma Rb-Sr bt ages from the Bihor Nappe (Tisza Mega-Unit), in combination with fission track ages constrain rapid cooling of more than 20°C/Ma after the thermal maximum. The amplitude of cooling corresponds to data from the Dacia Mega-Unit, which started cooling 20 Ma earlier, but at a rate of only about 12°C/Ma. Kinematic indicators and stretching lineations show NE-directed, in-sequence nappe stacking for the Tisza and Dacia Mega-Units during "Austrian Phase" deformation (125-100 Ma). Following the Austrian Phase, the Dacia Mega-Unit was thrust over the Tisza Mega-Unit during the Turonian Phase (93-89 Ma). Constrained through NW-directed kinematic indicators and 94-80 Ma Rb-Sr bt ages, this tectonic phase is responsible for a pervasive retrograde greenschist-facies overprint and the geometry of the present-day nappe stack in the Apuseni Mountains.

  20. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb Zircon Dating for Felsic Granulite,Huangtuling Area, North Dabieshan: Constraints on Timing of Its Protolith and Granulite-Facies Metamorphism, and Thermal Events in Its Provenance

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    Chen Nengsong; Liu Rong; Sun Min; Li Huimin; He Lei; Wang Qinyan; Zhang Hongfei

    2005-01-01

    Information about the protolith of the Huangtuling granulite in North Dabieshan has been unavailable. The complex evolution history of the rock and its host basement must be further discussed. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating was conducted on three textural domains in zircon from a high-temperature, high-pressure felsic granulite in the Huangtuling area, North Dabieshan, Central China. The metamorphic growth-derived detrital zircon domain yields a 207Pb/206Pb age in the range of (2 493±54) -(2 500±180) Ma. The magmatic genesis-derived detrital zircon domain gives a 207Pb/206Pb age ranging from 2 628 Ma to 2 690 Ma, with an oldest 206Pb/238U age of (2 790±150) Ma. The metamorphic overgrowth or metamorphic recrystallization zircon domain yields a dicsordia with an upper intercept age of (2 044.7±29.3) Ma. Compositions of the mineral assemblage, major element geochemistry, and especially the complex interior texture of the zircon suggest that the prololith of the felsic granulite is of sedimentary origin. Results show that the protolith material of the granulite came from a provenance with a complex thermal history, i.e. ~2.8 Ga magmatism and ~2.5 Ga metamorphism, and was deposited in a basin not earlier than 2.5 Ga. The high-temperature and high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphic age was precisely constrained at (2.04±0.03) Ga, which indicates the granulite in Huangtuling area should be a relict of a Paleoproterozoic UHT (ultrahigh temperature) metamorphosed slab.

  1. Flux rates for water and carbon during greenschist facies metamorphism: implications for the role of orogenic belts as a source/sink for atmospheric CO2

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    Skelton, A.

    2010-12-01

    The time-averaged flux rate for a CO2-bearing hydrous fluid during greenschist facies regional metamorphism was estimated to 10-10.2 ± 0.4 m3.m-2.s-1. This was evaluated by combining 1) Peclet numbers obtained by chromatographic analysis of the propagation of reaction fronts in 33 metamorphosed basaltic sills in the SW Scottish Highlands, 2) empirical diffusion rates for CO2 in water obtained by Wark & Watson (2003), and 3) calculated time-averaged metamorphic porosities. The latter were calculated using an expression obtained by combining estimated Peclet numbers with the empirical porosity - permeability relationships obtained by Wark and Watson (1998) and Price et al. (2006) and Darcy’s law. This approach yielded a time-averaged metamorphic porosity of 10-2.6 ± 0.2 for greenschist facies conditions. The corresponding timescale for metamorphic fluid flow was 103.6 ± 0.1 years. By using mineral assemblages to constrain fluid compositions, I further obtained a time-averaged annual flux rate for carbon of 0.5-7 mol-C.m-2.yr-1. This matches measured emission rates for metamorphic CO2 from orogenic hot springs. These fluxes significantly exceed estimated rates of CO2 drawdown by orogenic silicate weathering and therefore indicate that orogenic belts are a source rather than a sink of atmospheric CO2. Thin section in XPL showing replacement of amphibole by calcite recording syn-metamorphic carbonation of a metamorphosed basaltic sill in the SW Scottish Highlands.

  2. Mineral inclusions in zircons of S-type granite: implications for high pressure metamorphism history of meta-sedimentary rocks in the Huai'an terrain, North China Craton

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    Wang, Haozheng; Zhang, Huafeng; Zhai, Mingguo; Cui, Xiahong

    2016-04-01

    The Paleoproterozoic evolution of North China Craton (NCC) arises many argument as geologists have different viewpoints on the distribution and metamorphic history of mafic granulites and granulite facies meta-sedimentary rocks. To provide more evidence of constraining the metamorphic history of granulite facies meta-sedimentary rocks, we select granulite facies meta-sedimentary rocks and co-existing S-type granite in the Huai'an terrain to make a deep research. Magmatic zircons derived from the S-type granite reveal the magmatic age of ˜1.95 Ga and metamorphic age of ˜1.85 Ga with ɛHf(t) value of -4.5 - -0.5. The ɛHf(t) value of S-type granite and relict of garnet-sillimanite gneiss suggest that the S-type granite is generated by melting of meta-sedimentary rocks. Zircons with ages of ˜1.95 Ga and ˜1.85 Ga have the mineral inclusions of Ky + Qz + Ru + Pl and these mineral inclusions are determined by method of Laser-Raman. The ˜1.95 Ga magmatic zircons with inclusions of Ky + Qz + Ru + Pl suggest that meta-sedimentary rocks have mineral assemblages Ky + Qz + Ru + Pl. However, previous studies in the Huai'an terrain showed that almost granulite facies metamorphic condition of meta-sedimentary rocks were regarded as medium pressure by considering the Sill + Grt + Bt + Pl + Qz + Ru + Kf. Presence of kyanite instructs that meta-sedimentary rocks may experience high pressure granulite facies metamorphism. According to pseudosection calculation by using effective bulk composition of garnet-sillimanite gneiss, mineral assemblage of Grt + Ky + Pl + Bt + Qz + Ru + Kf is regarded as the peak stage of high pressure metamorphism. This mineral assemblage is occurred at field of 1033 - 1123 K and 9 - 15 Kbar and the peak pressure is around 11 - 13 Kbar, determined by the XMg and XCa isopleths of garnet. This P-T result is consistent with peak condition of high pressure mafic granulite. Considering the ˜1.95 Ga magmatic age of S-type granite generated by decompression

  3. The metamorphic evolution from ultrahigh-temperature to amphibolite facies metamorphism in the Odaesan area after the collision between the North and South China Cratons in the Korean Peninsula

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    Lee, Byung Choon; Oh, Chang Whan; Kim, Tae Sung; Yi, Keewook

    2016-07-01

    The Odaesan Gneiss Complex (Odesan Gneiss Complex) is the eastern end of the Hongseong-Odaesan collision belt in the Korean Peninsula, which is an extension of the Dabie-Sulu collision belt between the North and South China cratons. The Odaesan Gneiss Complex mainly consists of banded and migmatitic gneisses with porphyritic granitoids and amphibolites. The garnet-bearing banded gneisses can be subdivided into garnet-biotite and garnet-orthopyroxene banded gneisses. At the beginning of the post-collision stage, the banded gneisses underwent regional ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism (902-950 °C/8.8-9.4 kbar) at ca. 247-245 Ma due to the heat supplied from underplated basic magma, which was generated by the partial melting of the lithospheric mantle caused by the heat supplied from the asthenospheric mantle. As a result of the continuous extensional force, the study area (lower crust) uplifted onto the middle crust depths, and then the study area underwent prograde granulite facies metamorphism from 660 °C and 8.7 kbar to 750-760 °C and 6.3-6.5 kbar at ca. 227 Ma, causing migmatization, which erased the ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism in most of the study area. The ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism was preserved only in the garnet-orthopyroxene banded gneisses due to their very low water contents. During migmatization, the garnet-biotite banded gneisses were retrograded into upper granulite facies due to the relatively abundant water compared with the garnet-orthopyroxene gneisses. Finally, the study area was uplifted to a shallow depth and locally underwent amphibolite facies retrograde metamorphism (575-680 °C and 3.1-4.5 kbar). In addition, Paleoproterozoic metamorphic (ca. 1930-1886 Ma) and post-collisional magmatic events (ca. 1847 Ma) are identified based on SHRIMP age dating. These ages agree well with the regional Paleoproterozoic metamorphic and post-collisional magmatic activities reported from other areas of the Gyeonggi Massif.

  4. Application of seismic facies and attributes analysis on the identification of Permian igneous rock

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    Xu Yongzhong; Yang Haijun; Liu Yongfu; Wang Shuangshuang; Yang Peng; Zhao Jixiang

    2012-01-01

    Seismic facies and attributes analysis techniques are introduced.The geological characteristics of some oil fields in western China are used in conjunction with drilling results and logging data to identify the lithology,intrusion periods,and distribution range of the Permian igneous rocks in this area.The lithologic classification,the vertical and horizontal distribution,and the intrusion periods of igneous rock were deduced through this study.Combining seismic facies and attributes analysis based on optimization can describe the igneous rock in detail.This is an efficient way to identify lithology and intrusion periods.Using geological data and GR-DT logging cross-plots the Permian igneous rock from TP to TT was divided into three periods.The lithology of the first period is tuff and clasolite with a thickness ranging from 18 to 80 ms.The second is basalt with a thickness ranging from 0 to 20 ms.The third is tuff and clasolite and dacite whose thickness ranges from 60 to 80 ms.These results can help understand the clasolite trap with low amplitude and the lithologic trap of the Carboniferous and Silurian.They can also guide further oil and/or gas exploration.

  5. Correlation of metabasic rocks from metamorphic soles of the Dinaridic and the Western Vardar zone ophiolites (Serbia: Three contrasting pressure-temperature-time paths

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    Srećković-Batoćanin Danica

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The field, petrological-mineralogical, geochemical and geochronological data of the metamorphic sole rocks recorded beneath the Fruška Gora, Povlen (Tejići, Stolovi and Banjska ophiolites in the Western Vardar Zone (WVZ and beneath the Zlatibor, Bistrica, Sjenički Ozren and Brezovica ophiolites in the Dinaridic ophiolite belt (DOB in Serbia are compared. The focus has been made on metabasic rocks formed in contact with the oceanic crust members: cumulate gabbro and basalts of SSZ-type with E-MORB and OIB-signature and more evolved tholeiitic basalts of MOR-affinity. Amphibole, the major phase formed from the mafic sole components, depending on pressure-temperature conditions exhibits compositional variations. According to mineral assemblages, estimated P-T conditions and ages, the potential P-T paths are given: high pressure - low temperature blueschist facies assemblage (7-9 kbar and ~400°C and <300-350°C and 4-8 kbar, recorded only in the metamorphic sole at the Fruška Gora (WVZ; high pressure - high temperature amphibolite to granulite facies (8-10 kbar and >700-850°C, recorded in both domains, the WVZ (Banjska and the DOB (Bistrica, Sjenički Ozren, Brezovica and medium pressure - medium temperature amphibolite facies assemblages (~3.5-7 kbar and >350-650°C recognized in the WZV (Tejići, Devovići and the DOB (Zlatibor. The peak metamorphic conditions point to depths of the oceanic lithosphere detachment and its initial cooling at 10-30 km, but the ages and tectonic setting of ophiolites remain poorly constrained. The summarized data may be used as an important key in geodynamic evolution of the Mesozoic Tethyan ophiolites. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 176019 and br. 176016

  6. Grain coarsening in polymineralic contact metamorphic carbonate rocks: The role of different physical interactions during coarsening

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    Brodhag, Sabine; Herwegh, Marco; Berger, Alfons

    2011-01-01

    ) and microstructures with considerable second-phase volume fractions of up to 0.5. The variations might be of general validity for any polymineralic rock, which undergoes grain coarsening during metamorphism. The new findings are important for a better understanding of the initiation of strain localization based...... on the activation of grain size dependent deformation mechanisms....

  7. Source and location mechanism for lode gold deposits hosted in metamorphic rocks in northeastern Hunan, China

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    2001-01-01

    For understanding the source and location mechanism of lode gold deposits hosted in metamorphic rocks in northeastern Hunan, the authors analyzed the REE (rare earth elements) in ores and their host rocks, metallogenic elements in host rocks near and distant from the ore-bodies, and characteristics of ore-controlling structures, and deduced their genetic implication. Their geochemical features of REE and metallogenic elements suggest that they are formed by mobilization of dispersed metallogenic materials in Lengjiaxi Group of Middle Proterozoic during deformation and metamorphism process, mainly in Wulingian period. From the attributes of ore-controlling structures and regularity of location of gold metallization, it is concluded that the location of gold deposits is closely related to reverse shearing. Ore-forming fluids are focused on the secondary faults and extension fractures of reverse shear zones of nearly EW strike by stress-driven diffusion and seismic pumping.

  8. Evidence of microstructures and fluid inclusions for the origin of polycrystalline quartz ribbons in high-grade metamorphic rocks in Daqingshan region

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    2007-01-01

    Polycrystalline quartz ribbons in high-grade metamorphic rocks from the Daqingshan region, are typi- cal microfabrics of, and provide information for, deep crust deformation and metamorphism. The quartz ribbons have straight boundaries and extend stably along gneissosity. They truncate other mineral grains in the rocks and may contain inclusions of such minerals that are lens-shaped and oriented. They frequently end into branching termination. Analysis fluid inclusions in polycrystalline quartz rib- bons reveal that the complex types of fluid inclusions are inhomogeneously distributed. They are ob- viously different from inclusions captured at granulite facies, in both fluid compositions and T-P esti- mations. Based on microfabric and fluid inclusion analysis, the polycrystalline quartz ribbons are suggested to be formed by SO2-rich fluids filling micro-fractures that are parallel to early gneissosity. The SO2 composition is derived from the deformed host rocks. The fluid phase has significant effects on the rheological characteristics, fracturing of rocks, and formation of quartz ribbons.

  9. The discovery and significance of the northeastern Jiangxi Province ophiolite (NEJXO), its metamorphic peridotite and associated high temperature-high pressure metamorphic rocks

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    Guoqing, Zhou

    The NEJXO with a N.E.-S.W. elongation occurs in the mid-Lower Qigong Group, under which lies the Jiuling Group (1401 Ma) and above which lies the Shangshu Group (817 ± 87 Ma), so that the age of NEJXO is defined to be Proterozoic between 1401 Ma and 817 ± 87 Ma. The sediments of the Jiuling Group show evidence of continental derivation, but the Qigong Group and Shangshu Group are characterised by CA volcanic rocks and probably represent a gradually growing island-arc. Thus, we regard the NEJXO as occurring in a back-island-arc basin between the ancient continent and the island-arc. On the whole, the main members of dismembered ophiolite are all present. The metamorphic periodotite present in them, is considered to be especially important, because it may be the sole representative of the older mantle present and it differs from those younger. The high-T metamorphic rocks associated with the NEJXO are various hornstones and melilite marble, whereas the high-P metamorphic rocks are aragonite-jadeite-glaucophane schist and schistose lawsonite marble. From the fact that high-P metamorphism was superimposed on the high-T metamorphic rocks, it may be suggested that early tension (at opening stage) and late compression (at closing stage) occurred during the development of the basin.

  10. Restoration of the Western Himalaya:implications for metamorphic protoliths,thrust and normal faulting,and channel flow models

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    Michael P.Searle; Ben Stephenson; James Walker; Christian Walker

    2007-01-01

    @@ The Greater Himalayan Sequence(GHS)is composed of a sequence of Barrovian facies metamorphic rocks up to kyanite or sillimanite+K-feldspar grade,migrmatites,layered stromatic migmatites and leucogranite sheets.

  11. Morphological preservation of carbonaceous plant fossils in blueschist metamorphic rocks from New Zealand.

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    Galvez, M E; Beyssac, O; Benzerara, K; Bernard, S; Menguy, N; Cox, S C; Martinez, I; Johnston, M R; Brown, G E

    2012-03-01

    Morphological and chemical evidence of ancient life is widespread in sedimentary rocks retrieved from shallow depths in the Earth's crust. Metamorphism is highly detrimental to the preservation of biological information in rocks, thus limiting the geological record in which traces of life might be found. Deformation and increasing pressure/temperature during deep burial may alter the morphology as well as the composition and structure of both the organic and mineral constituents of fossils. However, microspore fossils have been previously observed in intensely metamorphosed rocks. It has been suggested that their small size, and/or the nature of the polymer composing their wall, and/or the mineralogy of their surrounding matrix were key parameters explaining their exceptional preservation. Here, we describe the remarkable morphological preservation of plant macrofossils in blueschist metamorphic rocks from New Zealand containing lawsonite. Leaves and stems can be easily identified at the macroscale. At the microscale, polygonal structures with walls mineralized by micas within the leaf midribs and blades may derive from the original cellular ultrastructure or, alternatively, from the shrinkage during burial of the gelified remnants of the leaves in an abiotic process. Processes and important parameters involved in the remarkable preservation of these fossils during metamorphism are discussed. Despite the excellent morphological preservation, the initial biological polymers have been completely transformed to graphitic carbonaceous matter down to the nanometer scale. This occurrence demonstrates that plant macrofossils may experience major geodynamic processes such as metamorphism and exhumation involving deep changes and homogenization of their carbon chemistry and structure but still retain their morphology with remarkable integrity even if they are not shielded by any hard-mineralized concretion.

  12. Possible polyphase metamorphic evolution of high grade metabasic rocks from the Songshugou ophiolite, Qinling orogen, China

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    Belic, Maximilian; Hauzenberger, Christoph; Dong, Yunpeng; Chen, Danling

    2014-05-01

    The Proterozoic Songshugou ophiolite consists of a series of ultrabasic and tholeitic metabasic rocks. They were emplaced as a lense shaped body into the southern margin of the Qinling Group. Isotope composition and trace element geochemistry display an E-MORB and T-MORB signature for the mafic rocks (Dong et al., 2008). Within the ophiolite sequence some rudimental fresh peridotites (dunites and harzburgites) within serpentines display low CaO (non-fertile mantle rocks. The metabasic rocks comprise the mineral assemblage garnet, amphibole, symplectitic pyroxenes, ilmenite, apatite, ±zoisite, ±sphene and show a strong retrograde metamorphic overprint. Garnet typically contains many inclusions within the core but are nearly inclusion free at the rim. The cores have sometimes snowball textures indicating initially syndeformative growth. Albite and prehnite were found in central parts of garnet. In the outer portions, pargasitic amphibole, rutile and a bluish amphibole, probably glaukophane were found. Garnet zoning pattern clearly show a discontinous growth seen in an sudden increase in grossular and decrease in almandine components. The symplectitic pyroxenes are of diopsidic composition which enclose typically prehnite and not albite, as common in retrograde eclogitic rocks. Different stages of garnet breakdown to plagioclase and amphibole, from thin plagioclase rims surrounding the garnets to plagioclase rich pseudomorphs, can be observed in different samples. Based on symplectitic pyroxenes a high pressure metamorphic event can be concluded (Zhang, 1999). The garnet breakdown to plagioclase and the symplectites clearly indicate a rapid exhumation phase. The age of the metamorphic event is probably related to the closure of the Shangdan ocean during the early Paleozoic. It is unclear if the garnet rims grew during a later stage of the metamorphic cycle or developed during a separate event. The financial support by Eurasia-Pacific Uninet is gratefully

  13. Elastic properties of granulite facies rocks of Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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    M V M S Rao; K J Prasanna Lakshmi; L P Sarma; K B Chary

    2006-12-01

    Compressional and shear wave velocities and attenuation measurements have been carried out in some of the borehole samples of acidic, basic and intermediate granulites of Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. The results have been obtained at ambient conditions using ‘time-of-flight’ pulse transmission technique at 1.0MHz frequency. The results show linear relationships between velocity and density, and velocity and attenuation properties of the rocks. The acidic granulites show lower velocities and higher attenuation than the intermediate and basic granulites. The average values of the Poisson’s ratio of acidic, intermediate and basic granulites have been found to be 0.210, 0.241 and 0.279 respectively. The variations in velocities and attenuation in these low porosity crystalline rocks are found to be strongly influenced by their mineral composition. The laboratory velocity data (extrapolated to high pressure) of the present study and the published field velocity data from deep seismic sounding studies indicate that these granulite facies rocks may belong to mid-crustal depths only.

  14. Orogenesis, high-T thermal events, and gold vein formation within metamorphic rocks of the Alaskan Cordillera

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    Goldfarb, R.J.; Snee, L.W.; Pickthorn, W.J.

    1993-01-01

    Mesothermal, gold-bearing quartz veins are widespread within allochthonous terranes of Alaska that are composed dominantly of greenschist-facies metasedimentary rocks. The most productive lode deposits are concentrated in south-central and southeastern Alaska; small and generally nonproductive gold-bearing veins occur upstream from major placer deposits in interior and northern Alaska. Ore-forming fluids in all areas are consistent with derivation from metamorphic devolatilisation reactions, and a close temporal relationship exists between high-T tectonic deformation, igneous activity, and gold mineralization. Ore fluids were of consistently low salinity, CO2-rich, and had ??18O values of 7 ???-12??? and ??D values between -15??? and -35???. Upper-crustal temperatures within the metamorphosed terranes reached at least 450-500??C before onset of significant gold-forming hydrothermal activity. In southern Alaska, gold deposits formed during latter stages of Tertiary, subduction-related, collisional orogenesis and were often temporally coeval with calc-alkaline magmatism. -from Authors

  15. Traces of H2O in Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphic Rocks

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    Dobrzhinetskaya, L. F.

    2007-05-01

    Ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks accommodate a significant amount of H2O at high pressures and temperatures during their deep subduction. Fluid-driven processes are responsible for mineral reactions; they may trigger phase transformations and provide a decisive weakening effect on the rheological behavior of the rocks during deep subduction, or they may lead to brittle failure and earthquakes. Dehydration reactions, producing fluid (i.e., H2O, CO2) during regional metamorphism at low-to-mid crustal levels (P ~ 0.1 - 1 GPa), are reasonably pressure insensitive. At these levels, the maximum dehydration occurs at the greatest temperatures experienced by buried rocks. In the deep subduction zone (> 120 - 150 km), where both high pressures and temperatures operate, the situation is different. There, on the one hand, the water becomes chemically bonded and incorporated into the structure of both nominally hydrous and anhydrous minerals. On the other hand, the aqueous fluid (a supercritical fluid) dissolves a considerable amount of mineral components at high pressures and temperatures, and a solute concentration increases as pressure is increased. Microstructural observations on ultrahigh-pressure minerals from eclogites and metasediments provide convincing evidence of fluid involvement as deep as the upper mantle and possibly, the mantle transition zone. Diamond is one of the minerals of great importance because it unambiguously records the high pressure (minimum 4 GPa and possibly > 4GPa) at which the host rocks were recrystallized. We present here the results of studies of nano-inclusions associated with dislocations of growth and/or with interstitial defects of carbon in diamond structure obtained with transmission electron microscopy, microRaman, and microInfrared synchrotron assisted spectroscopy. A diverse composition of multicomponent fluid and crystalline inclusions and characteristic of nitrogen aggregations, provide evidence that the diamonds were

  16. Tracking the timing of subduction and exhumation using 40Ar/39Ar phengite ages in blueschist- and eclogite-facies rocks (Sivrihisar, Turkey)

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    Fornash, Katherine F.; Cosca, Michael A.; Whitney, Donna L.

    2016-01-01

    Geochronologic studies of high-pressure/low-temperature rocks can be used to determine the timing and rates of burial and exhumation in subduction zones by dating different stages of the pressure–temperature history. In this study, we present new in situ UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar phengite ages from a suite of lawsonite blueschist- and eclogite-facies rocks representing different protoliths (metabasalt, metasediment), different structural levels (within and outside of a high-strain zone), and different textural positions (eclogite pod core vs. margin) to understand the timing of these events in an exhumed Neo-Tethyan subduction zone (Sivrihisar Massif, Tavşanlı Zone, Turkey). Weighted mean in situ 40Ar/39Ar ages of phengite from the cores of lawsonite eclogite pods (90–93 Ma) are distinctly older than phengite from retrogressed, epidote eclogite (82 ± 2 Ma). These ages are interpreted as the age of peak and retrograde metamorphism, respectively. Eclogite records the narrowest range of ages (10–14 m.y.) of any rock type analyzed. Transitional eclogite- and blueschist-facies assemblages and glaucophane-rimmed lawsonite + garnet + phengite veins from eclogite pod margins record a much wider age range of 40Ar/39Ar ages (~20 m.y.) with weighted mean ages of ~91 Ma. Blueschists and quartzites record more variable 40Ar/39Ar ages that may in part be related to structural position: samples within a high-strain zone at the tectonic contact of the HP rocks with a meta-ultramafic unit have in situ UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar ages of 84.0 ± 1.3–103.7 ± 3.1 Ma, whereas samples outside this zone range to older ages (84.6 ± 2.4–116.7 ± 2.7 Ma) and record a greater age range (22–38 m.y.). The phengite ages can be correlated with the preservation of HP mineral assemblages and fabrics as well as the effects of deformation. Collectively, these results show that high-spatial resolution UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar phengite data, when considered

  17. Tracking the timing of subduction and exhumation using 40Ar/39Ar phengite ages in blueschist- and eclogite-facies rocks (Sivrihisar, Turkey)

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    Fornash, Katherine F.; Cosca, Michael A.; Whitney, Donna L.

    2016-07-01

    Geochronologic studies of high-pressure/low-temperature rocks can be used to determine the timing and rates of burial and exhumation in subduction zones by dating different stages of the pressure-temperature history. In this study, we present new in situ UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar phengite ages from a suite of lawsonite blueschist- and eclogite-facies rocks representing different protoliths (metabasalt, metasediment), different structural levels (within and outside of a high-strain zone), and different textural positions (eclogite pod core vs. margin) to understand the timing of these events in an exhumed Neo-Tethyan subduction zone (Sivrihisar Massif, Tavşanlı Zone, Turkey). Weighted mean in situ 40Ar/39Ar ages of phengite from the cores of lawsonite eclogite pods (90-93 Ma) are distinctly older than phengite from retrogressed, epidote eclogite (82 ± 2 Ma). These ages are interpreted as the age of peak and retrograde metamorphism, respectively. Eclogite records the narrowest range of ages (10-14 m.y.) of any rock type analyzed. Transitional eclogite- and blueschist-facies assemblages and glaucophane-rimmed lawsonite + garnet + phengite veins from eclogite pod margins record a much wider age range of 40Ar/39Ar ages (~20 m.y.) with weighted mean ages of ~91 Ma. Blueschists and quartzites record more variable 40Ar/39Ar ages that may in part be related to structural position: samples within a high-strain zone at the tectonic contact of the HP rocks with a meta-ultramafic unit have in situ UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar ages of 84.0 ± 1.3-103.7 ± 3.1 Ma, whereas samples outside this zone range to older ages (84.6 ± 2.4-116.7 ± 2.7 Ma) and record a greater age range (22-38 m.y.). The phengite ages can be correlated with the preservation of HP mineral assemblages and fabrics as well as the effects of deformation. Collectively, these results show that high-spatial resolution UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar phengite data, when considered in a petrologic and structural

  18. Prograde, peak and retrograde metamorphic fluids and associated metasomatism in upper amphibolite to granulite facies transition zones

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    Nijland, T.G.; Touret, J.L.R.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Granulites constitute a major part of the (lower) continental crust, occurring on a regional scale in many metamorphic belts. Their origin is generally discussed in terms of vapour-absent melting and fluid-assisted dehydration. This last model is notably supported by the occurrence of two i

  19. Hydrogen and oxygen isotope studies of metamorphic fluid-rock interactions in the Dabie Mountains

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    傅斌; 郑永飞; 李一良; 肖益林; 龚冰

    1999-01-01

    Hydrogen and oxygen isotope studies were carried out on mineral separates from high to ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks at Huangzhen and Shuanghe in the eastern Dabie Mountains, East China. The δ 18O values of eelogites cover a wide range of-5‰ to+9‰, but the δD values of micas fall within a narrow range of -85‰ to -70‰. Both equilibrium and disequilibrium oxygen isotope fractionations were observed between quartz and the other minerals, with reversed fractionations between omphacite and garnet in some eclogite samples. The δ 18O values of -5‰ to -1‰ for some of the eclogites represent the oxygen isotope compositions of their protoliths which underwent meteoric water-rock interaction prior to plate subduction. The preservation of oxygen isotope heterogeneity in the eclogites implies a channelized flow of fluids during progressive metamorphism caused by rapid subduetion. Retrograde metamorphism has caused oxygen and hydrogen isotope disequilibria between some of the minerals, but the f

  20. Petrology and Geochronology of High-Grade Metamorphic Rocks from Cedros Island, Baja California, Mexico

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    Gonzales, D.; Leech, M. L.

    2014-12-01

    High-grade metamorphic rocks exposed on Cedros Island, Baja California, Mexico, record the Mesozoic subduction history of western North America. Blocks of amphibolite, blueschist, and eclogite crop out in a serpentinite-matrix mélange on the southeast and southwestern parts of Cedros Island. Amphibolite blocks contain Amp + Ep + Ab + Chl ± Ms ± Grt ± Ttn ± Qz; blueschist blocks have the assemblage Na-Amp + Ms + Lw + Qz ± Ttn ± Grt ± Jd ± Chl; and eclogite blocks are comprised primarily of Omp + Grt with retrograde Na-Amp + Ms + Lw. Blueschists from Cedros have been dated using 40Ar/39Ar step-heating of white mica and sodic amphiboles that yield ages from 103 ± 4 Ma to 94.9 ± 1.1 Ma, respectively, that represent cooling during exhumation. Apatite fission-track dating gives ages from 32 ± 4 Ma to 22 ± 3 Ma that record exhumation through the upper crust. Related Mesozoic subduction zone rocks of the Franciscan Complex crop out in a serpentinite-matrix mélange along coastal northern California. The Franciscan rocks are older, yielding 40Ar/39Ar step-heating ages of hornblende from amphibolite ranging from 159 to 156 Ma and represent an older part of the subduction history of the oceanic Farallon plate along western North America. I will determine the prograde and peak metamorphic P-T conditions for these high-grade rocks using petrography, mineral chemistries, and isochemical phase diagram modeling with Perple_X to generate complete P-T paths. I will then supplement these data with Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf geochronology for these high-grade Cedros rocks to evaluate their subduction/exhumation history, and develop a tectonic model for these southernmost Franciscan-type rocks. Ultimately, I will compare my results to Franciscan rocks in northern California to better understand the Mesozoic subduction margin of western North America.

  1. Geochemistry and Petrogenesis of Neoarchean Metamorphic Mafic Rocks in the Wutai Complex

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    L(U) Yongjun; LIU Shuwen; Guochun ZHAO; LI Qiugen; Jian ZHANG; LIU Chaohui; K. H. PARK; Y. S. SONG

    2006-01-01

    Neoarchean metamorphic mafic rocks in the lower and the middle Wutai Complex mainly comprise metamorphic gabbros, amphibolites and chlorite schists. They can be subdivided into three groups according to chondrite normalized REE patterns. Rocks in Group #1 are characterized by nearly flat REE patterns (Lan/Ybn=0.86-1.3), the lowest total REEs (29-52 ppm), and weak negative to positive Eu anomalies (Eun/Eun*=0.84-1.02), nearly flat primitive mantle normalized patterns and strong negative Zr(Hf) anomalies. Their geochemical characteristics in REEs and trace elements are similar to those of ocean plateau tholeiite, which imply that this group of rocks can represent remnants of Archean oceanic crust derived from a mantle plume. Rocks in Group #2 are characterized by moderate total REEs (34-116 ppm), LREE-enriched (Lan/Ybn=1.76-4.34) chondrite normalized REE patterns with weak Eu anomalies (Eun/Eun*=0.76-1.16), and negative Nb, Ta, Zr(Hf), Ti anomalies in the primitive mantle normalized spider diagram. The REE and trace element characteristics indicate that they represent arc magmas originating from a sub-arc mantle wedge metasomatized by slabderived fluids. Rocks in Group #3 are characterized by the highest total REEs (61-192 ppm), the strongest LREEs enrichment (Lan/Ybn=7.12-16) with slightly negative Eu anomalies (Eun/Eun*=0.81-0.95) in the chondrite normalized diagram. In the primitive mantle normalized diagram,these rocks are characterized by large negative anomalies in Nb, Ta, Ti, negative to no Zr anomalies.They represent arc magmas originating from a sub-arc mantle wedge enriched in slab-derived melts.The three groups of rocks imply that the formation of the Neoarchean Wutai Complex is related to mantle plumes and island-arc interaction.

  2. 大别-苏鲁超高压变质带内部的浅变质岩%On low-grade metamorphic rock within Dabie-Sulu ultrahigh pressure metamorphic belt.

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    周建波; 郑永飞; 李龙; 谢智

    2001-01-01

    There are sparotic occurrences of low-grade metamorphic rocks as tectonic relict flakes within the Dabie-Sulu ultrahigh pressure (UHP) orogen. They are mainly composed of metaclastics, phyllites and marbles. They having, suffered from dynamic metamorphism at low greenschist-facies and fold-and-fault deformation, are in tectonic contacts with the surrounding UHP rocks. Micro-paleontologic fossils from the low-grade metamorphic rocks suggest that their sedimentary protoliths were deposited in a shallow marine environment at Sinian in the northern margin of Yangze plate. Isotopic datings indicate that their igneous protoliths are of Late Proterozoic ages and experienced tectonic events at Caledonian and Indosinian like the surrounding UHP eclogites and gneisses. Oxygen isotope analysis shows that the low-grade metamorphic rocks within the Dabie orogen are depleted in 18O like the surrounding UHP rocks and thus their protoliths underwent hydrothermal alteration by ancient meteoric water at high temperatures. It appears that the low-grade metamorphic rocks were originally the Sinian sedimentary rocks and enclosed volcaniclastic rocks in the northern margin of the Yangtze plate, and have the geological occurrence and formation mechanism similar to accretionary wedge that was scraped from the subducting Yangtze plate and accumulated in the subduction zone. Therefore, they may be a part of the tectonic accretionary wedge of continental plate subduction.%大别苏鲁超高压变质带内部零星出露有若干呈构造残片状产出的浅变质岩,主要以变质碎屑岩-千枚岩-大理岩组合为代表,遭受过低绿片岩相变质和脆-韧性变形作用的改造,与围岩均为构造接触(断层或韧性剪切带)。微古生物化石研究表明,其原岩为震旦纪前后扬子板块北缘的浅海相沉积。同位素年代学研究指示,它们经历过加里东期和印支期构造热事件的影响,与区域超高压岩石经受

  3. Multiscale heterogeneity characterization of tidal channel, tidal delta and foreshore facies, Almond Formation outcrops, Rock Springs uplift, Wyoming

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    Schatzinger, R.A.; Tomutsa, L. [BDM Petroleum Technologies, Bartlesville, OK (United States)

    1997-08-01

    In order to accurately predict fluid flow within a reservoir, variability in the rock properties at all scales relevant to the specific depositional environment needs to be taken into account. The present work describes rock variability at scales from hundreds of meters (facies level) to millimeters (laminae) based on outcrop studies of the Almond Formation. Tidal channel, tidal delta and foreshore facies were sampled on the eastern flank of the Rock Springs uplift, southeast of Rock Springs, Wyoming. The Almond Fm. was deposited as part of a mesotidal Upper Cretaceous transgressive systems tract within the greater Green River Basin. Bedding style, lithology, lateral extent of beds of bedsets, bed thickness, amount and distribution of depositional clay matrix, bioturbation and grain sorting provide controls on sandstone properties that may vary more than an order of magnitude within and between depositional facies in outcrops of the Almond Formation. These features can be mapped on the scale of an outcrop. The products of diagenesis such as the relative timing of carbonate cement, scale of cemented zones, continuity of cemented zones, selectively leached framework grains, lateral variability of compaction of sedimentary rock fragments, and the resultant pore structure play an equally important, although less predictable role in determining rock property heterogeneity. A knowledge of the spatial distribution of the products of diagenesis such as calcite cement or compaction is critical to modeling variation even within a single facies in the Almond Fin. because diagenesis can enhance or reduce primary (depositional) rock property heterogeneity. Application of outcrop heterogeneity models to the subsurface is greatly hindered by differences in diagenesis between the two settings. The measurements upon which this study is based were performed both on drilled outcrop plugs and on blocks.

  4. Analysis of lineament swarms in a Precambrian metamorphic rocks in India

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    Tapas Acharya; Sukumar Basu Mallik

    2012-04-01

    Addressing the geologic significance of lineaments and their correlation with joints/fractures is still unclear. The present study attempts to analyse the lineament swarms developed in a Precambrian metamorphic terrain in India using both unfiltered and filtered techniques. The unfiltered analysis technique shows that the major lineament and fracture trends are oriented along EW and NS directions respectively, thus failing to provide any correlation between them. The application of domain-based filtering techniques identifies a highly predominant fracture-correlated lineaments in mica schist constituting the EW trending shear zone in the area. This correlation is not evident in the areas north and south of the shear zone, where the lineaments are consistently oriented along the foliation planes of the rocks and are designated as ‘foliation correlated’. The present analysis indicates that the fracture frequency and the strain history may have played significant roles for the formation of fracture-correlated lineaments in the metamorphic terrain.

  5. Shock metamorphism of Bosumtwi impact crater rocks, shock attenuation, and uplift formation.

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    Ferrière, Ludovic; Koeberl, Christian; Ivanov, Boris A; Reimold, Wolf Uwe

    2008-12-12

    Shock wave attenuation rate and formation of central uplifts are not precisely constrained for moderately sized complex impact structures. The distribution of shock metamorphism in drilled basement rocks from the 10.5-kilometer-diameter Bosumtwi crater, and results of numerical modeling of inelastic rock deformation and modification processes during uplift, constrained with petrographic data, allowed reconstruction of the pre-impact position of the drilled rocks and revealed a shock attenuation by approximately 5 gigapascals in the uppermost 200 meters of the central uplift. The proportion of shocked quartz grains and the average number of planar deformation feature sets per grain provide a sensitive indication of minor changes in shock pressure. The results further imply that for moderately sized craters the rise of the central uplift is dominated by brittle failure.

  6. 40Ar/39Ar Dating of Deformation Events and Reconstruction of Exhumation of Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphic Rocks in Donghai,East China

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    LI Jinyi; YANG Tiannan; CHEN Wen; ZHANG Sihong

    2003-01-01

    Recent investigations reveal that the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic (UHPM) rocks in the Donghai regionof East China underwent ductile and transitional ductile-brittle structural events during their exhumation. The earlierductile deformation took place under the condition of amphibolite facies and the later transitional ductile-brittledeformation under the condition of greenschist facies. The hanging walls moved southeastward during both of these twoevents. The 40Ar/39Ar dating of muscovites from muscovite-plagioclase schists in the Haizhou phosphorous mine, whichare structurally overlain by UHPM rocks, yields a plateau age of 218.0±2.9 Ma and isochron age of 219.8Ma, indicatingthat the earlier event of the ampibolite-facies deformation probably took place about 220 Ma ago. The 40Ar/39Ar dating oforiented amphiboles parallel to the movement direction of the hanging wall on a decollement plane yields a plateau age of213.1 ±0.3 Ma and isochron age of 213.4±4.1 Ma, probably representing the age of the later event. The dating of pegmatiticbiotites and K-feldspars near the decollement plane from the eastern Fangshan area yield plateau ages of 203.4±0.3 Ma,203.6±0.4 Ma and 204.8±2.2 Ma, and isochron ages of 204.0±2.0 Ma, 200.6±3.1 Ma and 204.0±5.0 Ma, respectively,implying that the rocks in the studied area had not been cooled down to closing temperature of the dated biotites and K-feldspars until the beginning of the Jurassic (about 204 Ma). The integration of these data with previous chronological ageson the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism lead to a new inference on the exhumation of the UHPM rocks. The UHPM rocksin the area were exhumed at the rate of 3-4 km/Ma from the mantle (about 80-100 km below the earth's surface at about240 Ma) to the lower crust (at the depth of about 20-30km at 220 Ma), and at the rate of 1-2 km/Ma to the middle crust (atthe depth of about 15 km at 213 Ma), and then at the rate of less than 1 km/Ma to the upper crust about 10 km deep

  7. Trace element geochemistry and tectonic characterization of the granulite facies rocks from Southwest Obudu Plateau, southeastern Nigeria

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    Ekere E. Ukwang; Barth N. Ekwueme

    2009-01-01

    The trace elements characteristics of the migmatitic gneisses (biotite-garnet- and hornblende-biotite), granulite facies rocks (charnockitic gneisses) and meta-peridotite in the area of Southwest Obudu Plateau indicate that the area exhibits a high degree of geochemical variability. Compatible trace elements (Ni and Cr) are comparatively high in the granulite facies rocks and meta-peridotite. Ni ranges from 28×10-6 to 266×10-6 whilst Cr ranges from 62×10-6 to 481×10-6 for the granulite facies rocks (charnockitic gneisses), and for the meta-peridotite Ni varies between 2045×10-6 and 2060×10-6. Incompatible trace elements show a higher variability in these rocks. The rocks in the area of Southwest Obudu Plateau generally are characterized by the high concentrations of Ba, Ce, Sr, Rb, Ga, Ni, Cr, Co, Zr, Pr and moderate concentrations of Cu, Sm and Th. The available data show that the charnockitic gneisses are of lower crustal origin. The enrichment of the meta-peridotite in compatible trace elements suggests the primitive mantle would be the source region, with slight contamination during ascent. These diverse origins collaborate the tectonic setting of the area as shown by discrimination diagrams. The diverse tectonic settings range from arc to collisional. Alkaline to sub-alkaline magmatism in the area was probably contemporaneous with the tectonic events that occurred in the area during the Proterozoic.

  8. Microprobe monazite dating and the ages of some granitic and metamorphic rocks from southeastern Brazil

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    Vlach, Silvio Roberto Farias; Gualda, Guilherme Augusto Rosa [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias]. E-mail: srfvlach@usp.br

    2000-03-01

    Electron microprobe monazite crystallization ages are presented for selected granite and metamorphic rock samples from the Socorro and Guaxupe Nappes and the Alto Rio grande and Ribeira Belts, southeastern Brazil. Results are consistent with ages close to 625 Myr of the main metamorphic episode in the nappe structures. Anatetic granite magmatic events in these terranes and in the Alto Rio Grande Belt were roughly coeval, most samples sharing ages between 610-625 ({+-} 15) Myr. A crust-derived granite and a granite contact aureole from the Ribeira Belt have ages of 600-608 ({+-} 15) Myr., suggesting that the main granite magmatism in this belt was somewhat younger, probably contemporaneous with the late orogenic phase in the nappe domains. Some regional and granite samples from all these terranes point to possible inheritance or incompletely monazite grains and intra-grain domains giving older ages, up to 690 Myr. The microprobe age results agree very well with independent isotopic data, reinforcing the applicability of the method to highlight an overall picture of main geochronological trends within the continental crust. The high spatial resolution of the probe should play an important role in understanding geochronological patterns of metasedimentary rocks and related migmatites and granites, as these rocks and their minerals often present chemical and isotopic domains related to contrasting geological events, not always recognized by conventional dating schemes. (author)

  9. SHRIMP U–Pb and REE data pertaining to the origins of xenotime in Belt Supergroup rocks: evidence for ages of deposition, hydrothermal alteration, and metamorphism

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    Aleinikoff, John N.; Lund, Karen; Fanning, C. Mark

    2015-01-01

    The Belt–Purcell Supergroup, northern Idaho, western Montana, and southern British Columbia, is a thick succession of Mesoproterozoic sedimentary rocks with an age range of about 1470–1400 Ma. Stratigraphic layers within several sedimentary units were sampled to apply the new technique of U–Pb dating of xenotime that sometimes forms as rims on detrital zircon during burial diagenesis; xenotime also can form epitaxial overgrowths on zircon during hydrothermal and metamorphic events. Belt Supergroup units sampled are the Prichard and Revett Formations in the lower Belt, and the McNamara and Garnet Range Formations and Pilcher Quartzite in the upper Belt. Additionally, all samples that yielded xenotime were also processed for detrital zircon to provide maximum age constraints for the time of deposition and information about provenances; the sample of Prichard Formation yielded monazite that was also analyzed. Ten xenotime overgrowths from the Prichard Formation yielded a U–Pb age of 1458 ± 4 Ma. However, because scanning electron microscope – backscattered electrons (SEM–BSE) imagery suggests complications due to possible analysis of multiple age zones, we prefer a slightly older age of 1462 ± 6 Ma derived from the three oldest samples, within error of a previous U–Pb zircon age on the syn-sedimentary Plains sill. We interpret the Prichard xenotime as diagenetic in origin. Monazite from the Prichard Formation, originally thought to be detrital, yielded Cretaceous metamorphic ages. Xenotime from the McNamara and Garnet Range Formations and Pilcher Quartzite formed at about 1160– 1050 Ma, several hundred million years after deposition, and probably also experienced Early Cretaceous growth. These xenotime overgrowths are interpreted as metamorphic–diagenetic in origin (i.e., derived during greenschist facies metamorphism elsewhere in the basin, but deposited in sub-greenschist facies rocks). Several xenotime grains are older detrital grains of igneous

  10. Mineral deformation mechanisms in granulite facies, Sierra de Valle Fértil, San Juan province: evelopment conditions constrained by the P-T metamorphic path Mecanismos de deformación en minerales en facies granulita, Sierra de Valle Fértil, provincia de San Juan: condiciones de desarrollo acotadas por la trayectoria P-T

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    Sergio Delpino

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available In the Sierra de Valle Fértil, evidence of granulite facies metamorphism have been preserved either in the constitutive associations as in deformation mechanisms in minerals from biotite-garnet and cordierite-sillimanite gneisses, cordierite and garnet-cordierite migmatites, metagabbros, metatonalites-metadiorites and mafic dikes. The main recognized deformation mechanisms are: 1 quartz: a dynamic recrystallisation of quartz-feldspar boundaries, b combination of basal and prism [c] slip; 2 K-feldspar: grain boundary migration recrystallisation; 3 plagioclase: combination of grain boundary migration recrystallisation and subgrain rotation recrystallisation; 4 cordierite: subgrain rotation recrystallisation; 5 hornblende: grain boundary migration recrystallisation. Preliminary geothermometry on gabbroic rocks and the construction of an appropriated petrogenetic grid, allow us to establish temperatures in the range 800-850 C and pressures under 5 Kb for the metamorphic climax. Estimated metamorphic peak conditions, preliminary geothermobarometry on specific lithologic types and textural relationships, together indicate an counter-clockwise P-T path for the metamorphic evolution of the rocks of the area. Ductile deformation of phases resulting from anatexis linked to the metamorphic climax indicates that the higher-temperature ductile event recognized in the study area took place after the metamorphic peak. Evidence of ductile deformation of cordierite within its stability field and presence of chessboard extinction in quartz (only possible above the Qtzα/Qtzß transformation curve, both indicate temperatures above 700 C considering pressures greater than 5 Kb. Based on the established P-T trajectory and the characteristics described above, it can be concluded that deformation mechanisms affecting the Sierra de Valle Fértil rocks were developed entirely within the granulite facies field.En la sierra de Valle Fértil han quedado preservadas

  11. Reconstruction of protoliths of metamorphic rocks and tectonic setting of Wolegen Group

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    2007-01-01

    Parametamorphic rocks from Arong County in southeastern Inner Mongolia-Daxinganling district are regarded as Proterozoic in age,belonging to the Wolegen Group and composed of volcanoclastic and sandstone in origin,and have been disputed in tectonic setting.Because of the stability in metamorphism,the rare earth dements indicate the features of their protoliths.The authors integrated the petrologic methods with the geochemical parameters which include ∑REE,∑LREE/∑HREE,δCe,δEu,La/Yb,Sm/Nd,Th/Sc and the standard values of chondrite.The results show that the protoliths of Wolengen Group may be a group of voleanoclastic and continental margin elastic rocks,and their tectonic setting is the continent island arc.

  12. On the role of horizontal displacements in the exhumation of high pressure metamorphic rocks

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    Brun, J.-P.; Tirel, C.; Philippon, M.; Burov, E.; Faccenna, C.; Gueydan, F.; Lebedev, S.

    2012-04-01

    High pressure metamorphic rocks exposed in the core of many mountain belts correspond to various types of upper crustal materials that have been buried to mantle depths and, soon after, brought back to surface at mean displacement rates up to few cm/y, comparable to those of plate boundaries. The vertical component of HP rock exhumation velocity back to surface is commonly well constrained by pressure estimates from petrology and geochronological data whereas the horizontal component remains generally difficult or impossible to estimate. Consequently, most available models, if not all, attempt to simulate exhumation with a minimal horizontal component of displacement. Such models, require that the viscosity of HP rocks is low and/or the erosion rate large -i.e. at least equal to the rate of exhumation. However, in some regions like the Aegean, where the exhumation of blueschists and eclogites is driven by slab rollback, it can be shown that the horizontal component of exhumation related displacement, obtained from map view restoration, is 5 to 7 times larger than the vertical one, deduced from metamorphic pressure estimates. Using finite element models performed with FLAMAR, we show that such a situation simply results from the subduction of small continental blocks (walk, with the block's tail slipping along a basal décollement, approaching the head and making a large buckle, which then unrolls at surface as soon as the entire block is delaminated. Finally, the crustal block emplaces at surface in the space created by trench retreat. This process of exhumation requires neither rheological weakening of HP rocks nor high rates of erosion.

  13. Why are Q-Ratios High in the Sulu UHP Metamorphic Rocks?

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    Liu Qingsheng

    2011-01-01

    I found high Q values (Q-ratio=Jn/Ji, Jn, Ji are remanent magnetization and induced magnetization) in the Sulu ultrahigh pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks, eastern China which is the world's largest UHP metamorphic belt (Fig. 1 in Liu et al., 2009). Q values of 320 core samples with variable lithologies in the 100-2 000 m interval from the Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling (CCSD) main hole are as follows: values between 0.06 and 608.24, with an average of 15.56 for 171 eclogite samples; values between 0.11 and 23.83, with an average of 1.93 for 61 orthogneiss samples; values between 0.13 and 1 746.00, with an average of 63.63 for 74 paragneiss samples; and values from 8.07 to 28.23, with an average of 16.59 for 14 serpentinized peridotite (Liu et al., 2010, 2009). However, continental lower crustal rocks generally have low Q values. For example, several thousand samples from the Ukranian shield show a mean Q of about 1.0 (Krutikhovskaya and Pashkevich, 1977).

  14. Comparison of laboratory, in situ, and rock mass measurements of the hydraulic conductivity of metamorphic rock at the Savannah River Plant near Aiken, South Carolina

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    Marine, I W

    1980-01-01

    In situ testing of exploratory wells in metamorphic rock indicates that two types of fracturing occur in the rock mass. Rock containing small openings that permit only extremely slow movement of water is termed virtually impermeable rock. Rock containing openings of sufficient size to permit transmission of water at a significantly faster rate is termed hydraulically transmissive rock. Laboratory methods are unsuitable for measuring hydraulic conductivity in hydraulically transmissive rock; however, for the virtually impermeable rock, values comparable to the in situ tests are obtained. The hydraulic conductivity of the rock mass over a large region is calculated by using the hydraulic gradient, porosity, and regional velocity. This velocity is determined by dividing the inferred travel distance by the age of water which is determined by the helium content of the water. This rock mass hydraulic conductivity value is between the values measured for the two types of fractures, but is closer to the measured value for the virtually impermeable rock. This relationship is attributed to the control of the regional flow rate by the virtually impermeable rock where the discrete fractures do not form a continuous open connection through the entire rock mass. Thus, laboratory methods of measuring permeability in metamorphic rock are of value if they are properly applied.

  15. Comparison of Laboratory, in Situ, and Rock Mass Measurements of the Hydraulic Conductivity of Metamorphic Rock at the Savannah River Plant Near Aiken, South Carolina

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    Marine, I. Wendell

    1981-06-01

    In situ testing of exploratory wells in metamorphic rock indicates that two types of fracturing occur in the rock mass. Rock containing small openings that permit only extremely slow movement of water is termed virtually impermeable rock. Rock containing openings of sufficient size to permit transmission of water at a significantly faster rate is termed hydraulically transmissive rock. Laboratory methods are unsuitable for measuring hydraulic conductivity in hydraulically transmissive rock; however, for the virtually impermeable rock, values comparable to those of the in situ tests are obtained. The hydraulic conductivity of the rock mass over a large region is calculated by using the hydraulic gradient, porosity, and regional velocity. This velocity is determined by dividing the inferred travel distance by the age of water, which is determined by the helium content of the water. This rock mass hydraulic conductivity value is between the values measured for the two types of fractures but is closer to the measured value for the virtually impermeable rock. This relationship is attributed to the control of the regional flow rate by the virtually impermeable rock where the discrete fractures do not form a continuous open connection through the entire rock mass. Thus laboratory methods of measuring permeability in metamorphic rock are of value if they are properly applied.

  16. Tethyan and Indian subduction viewed from the Himalayan high- to ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks

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    Guillot, S.; Mahéo, G.; de Sigoyer, J.; Hattori, K. H.; Pêcher, A.

    2008-04-01

    The Himalayan range is one of the best documented continent-collisional belts and provides a natural laboratory for studying subduction processes. High-pressure and ultrahigh-pressure rocks with origins in a variety of protoliths occur in various settings: accretionary wedge, oceanic subduction zone, subducted continental margin and continental collisional zone. Ages and locations of these high-pressure and ultrahigh-pressure rocks along the Himalayan belt allow us to evaluate the evolution of this major convergent zone. (1) Cretaceous (80-100 Ma) blueschists and possibly amphibolites in the Indus Tsangpo Suture zone represent an accretionary wedge developed during the northward subduction of the Tethys Ocean beneath the Asian margin. Their exhumation occurred during the subduction of the Tethys prior to the collision between the Indian and Asian continents. (2) Eclogitic rocks with unknown age are reported at one location in the Indus Tsangpo Suture zone, east of the Nanga Parbat syntaxis. They may represent subducted Tethyan oceanic lithosphere. (3) Ultrahigh-pressure rocks on both sides of the western syntaxis (Kaghan and Tso Morari massifs) formed during the early stage of subduction/exhumation of the Indian northern margin at the time of the Paleocene-Eocene boundary. (4) Granulitized eclogites in the Lesser Himalaya Sequence in southern Tibet formed during the Paleogene underthrusting of the Indian margin beneath southern Tibet, and were exhumed in the Miocene. These metamorphic rocks provide important constraints on the geometry and evolution of the India-Asia convergent zone during the closure of the Tethys Ocean. The timing of the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism in the Tso Morari massif indicates that the initial contact between the Indian and Asian continents likely occurred in the western syntaxis at 57 ± 1 Ma. West of the western syntaxis, the Higher Himalayan Crystallines were thinned. Rocks equivalent to the Lesser Himalayan Sequence are present

  17. Partial melting of ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks during continental collision: Evidence, time, mechanism, and effect

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    Chen, Yi-Xiang; Zhou, Kun; Gao, Xiao-Ying

    2017-09-01

    Partial melting of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks during continental collision has been increasingly found in nature. More and more studies have devoted to the evidence, time, mechanism and effect of crustal anataxis at mantle to lower crust depths. This is particularly so for UHP rocks from the Dabie-Sulu orogenic belt, whereas similar studies on these issues are relatively minor for other UHP terranes. The petrological evidence, especially microstructural observations and multiphase solid inclusion analyses, have been accumulated for the partial melting of UHP metamorphic rocks in collisional orogens. The results indicate that this is a kind of low-degree crustal anataxis at convergent plate margins due to decompressional dehydration of the UHP rocks themselves. Thus it has great bearing on intracrustal differentiation and crust-mantle interaction in continental subduction channels. Zircon may grow through peritectic reactions due to the breakdown of hydrous minerals. By dating of the peritectic zircons that contain coesite or diamond inclusions, the time of crustal anatexis under UHP conditions can be directly determined. In general, the partial melting of UHP rocks mainly took place at the stage of their early exhumation, partly still in the UHP regime and partly in the subsequent high-pressure (HP) regime. The crustal anatexis still at mantle depths is common in many UHP terranes, possibly facilitating exhumation of deeply subducted continental slices toward shallower levels. Petrological and geochemical studies indicate that phengite dehydration-driven melting during exhumation is the common mechanism for the anatexis of UHP rocks, though the other hydrous minerals were also involved in this process. The resulted HP to UHP melts may occur at different spatial scales and show significant fractionation in melt-mobile incompatible trace elements such as LILE and LREE. These melts are enriched in LILE to large extent and LREE and Th to small extent

  18. Facies discrimination in a mixed fluvio-eolian setting using elemental whole rock geochemistry

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    Svendsen, Johan; Friis, Henrik; Stollhofen, Harald

    2007-01-01

    performed on the geochemical data has enabled discrimination of seven of the eight facies types. Furthermore, the facies discrimination method allowed a quantitative estimate of the degree of fluvial reworking of eolian sand. We believe that the method presented here, when calibrated to a reference well...

  19. Mineral chemistry of garnet in pegmatite and metamorphic rocks in the Hamedan area

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    Ahmad Ahmadi Khalaji

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction The area of this study is located near Hamadan within the Sanandaj - Sirjan tectonic zone. In the Hamadan area, consisting mainly of Mesozoic plutonic and metamorphic rocks, aplites and pegmatites locally contain garnets.(Baharifar et al., 2004, Amidi and Majidi, 1977; Torkian, 1995. Garnet-bearing schists and hornfelses in the area are products of regional metamorphism shown by slate and phyllite (Baharifar, 2004. In this investigation the distribution of elements in garnet in different rock type was studied to determine their mineral types and conditions of formation. Garnet samples from igneous and metamorphic rocks were analyzed by electron microprobe (EMPA, the results of which are presented in this article. Materials and methods Thirty-five samples were selected for thin section preparation and twenty thin-polished sections were prepared for mineralogical and microprobe analysis. Thin sections of garnet-bearing igneous (pegmatite and metamorphic rocks (schist and hornfels were studied by polarizing microscope. Chemical analysis was performed on the garnets (38 points using a Caimeca SX100 electron microprobe at an acceleration voltage of 15 kV and electric current of 15 nA in the Mineral Processing Research Center, Iran. Separation of iron (II and Fe (III was calculated by Droop’s method (1987 and the structural formulas of the garnets were calculated using 24 oxygens to determine the relative proportions of the end-members using the mineral spreadsheet software of Preston and Still (2001. Results Based on the analyses, almandine (Fe - Al garnet and spessartine (Mn - Al garnet are the principal types of the (Kamari metamorphic and (Abaro pegmatitic garnets, that belong to the well-known pyralspite garnet group. Chemical zoning patterns of the garnets in the metamorphic rocks (schists differ from those in the igneous rocks (pegmatite, showing different compositions from core to rim. Petrographic evidence such as: co

  20. Tectono-metamorphic evolution of high-P/T and low-P/T metamorphic rocks in the Tia Complex, southern New England Fold Belt, eastern Australia: Insights from K-Ar chronology

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    Fukui, Shiro; Tsujimori, Tatsuki; Watanabe, Teruo; Itaya, Tetsumaru

    2012-10-01

    The Tia Complex in the southern New England Fold Belt is a poly-metamorphosed Late Paleozoic accretionary complex. It consists mainly of high-P/low-T type pumpellyite-actinolite facies (rare blueschist facies) schists, phyllite and serpentinite (T = 300 °C and P = 5 kbar), and low-P/high-T type amphibolite facies schist and gneiss (T = 600 °C and P high-Mg andesite and adakite might explain formation of S-type granitoids (Hillgrove suite) and coeval low-P/high-T type metamorphism in the Tia Complex.

  1. Genesis of the metamorphic rock from southeastern Lhasa terrane and the Mesozoic-Cenozoic orogenesis%拉萨地体东南部变质岩的成因与中-新生代造山作用

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    董昕; 张泽明; 刘峰; 王伟; 于飞; 林彦蒿; 姜洪颖; 贺振宇

    2012-01-01

    temperature (HT) and medium pressure (MP) granulite-facics metamorphism, then amphibolite-facies retrograde metamorphism. The temperature and pressure conditions of the peak granulite-facies metamorphism are 830 ~900t and 0. 9 - 1. 3GPa. And the time of metamorphism is the Late Cretaceous of 89 -81 Ma. Secondly, Bayi belt generally experienced 1ow pressure (LP) amphibolite-faaes metamorphism, of which the time is Eocene of 55 ~49Ma. And the temperature and pressure conditions are 625 ~ 679℃ and 0. 4 ~ 0. 55GPa. Thirdly, Bujiu belt experienced MP amphibolite-facies metamorphism, of which the time is Oligocene of 36 ~26Ma. And the temperature and pressure conditions are 615 ~ 663t and 0. 5 - 0. 8GPa. This study demonstrates that the prctoliths of these metamorphic rocks is mainly composed of the Late Paleozoic sedimentary rocks and the Paleozoic to Cenozoie magmatic rocks. Moreover, the material sources of the metasedimentary rocks have the records of the tectono-thermal events related to the Grenville and Pan-African orogenesis, indicating a tectonic affinity to Gondwana supercontinent. We consider that the Late Cretaceous HT and MP metamorphism related to the Andean-type orogeny derived from the subduction of Neo-Tethyan oceanic lithosphere, the Eocene LP amphibolite-facies metamorphism formed during the collision orogeny between Indian and Eurasian continents and then the deep-subduction slab' s break-off of Neo-Tethyan, and the Oligocene MP amphibolite-facies metamorphism resulted from the crustal thickening caused by the subduction between India and Eurasia continents. Therefore, the high-grade metamorphic rocks located on the southeastern segment of Lhasa terrane not only reveals the middle and lower crust composition, but also the tectonic evolution for the hanging wall of the subduction/collision compound orogenic belt.

  2. Li and B Isotope Systematics of Ultrahigh-pressure Metamorphic Rocks from the Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling Program

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    Yilin Xiao; Rolf L. Romer; Jochen Hoefs; Anette Meixner; Zeming Zhang

    2007-01-01

    @@ 1 Introduction Recent improvements in the precision of Li and B isotope measurements have demonstrated the potential of these elements in tracing a wide range of geological processes. The Li and B isotope systematics of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks provides a unique opportunity to investigate the behaviour of Li and B during fluid-rock interaction at high temperatures and very high pressures and to constrain the fluid budget and the recycling of subducted crustal materials into the mantle during UHP metamorphism.

  3. Facies discrimination in a mixed fluvio-eolian setting using elemental whole rock geochemistry

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    Svendsen, Johan; Friis, Henrik; Stollhofen, Harald

    2007-01-01

    Fluvio-eolian successions are generally characterized by a high degree of complexity and internal heterogeneity. Quantifying the rapid facies changes in time and space is a major challenge to hydrocarbon reservoir characterisation.We present a method for facies discrimination in fluvio-eolian suc......Fluvio-eolian successions are generally characterized by a high degree of complexity and internal heterogeneity. Quantifying the rapid facies changes in time and space is a major challenge to hydrocarbon reservoir characterisation.We present a method for facies discrimination in fluvio......-eolian successions. The method is developed on the modern fluvio-eolian sediments from the Skeleton Coast dune field, Namibia. The examined sediments comprise eight different facies types; eolian dune sands, inter dune fluvial channel sands, intra erg mass flow deposits, intra erg hyperconcentrated flow deposits...... performed on the geochemical data has enabled discrimination of seven of the eight facies types. Furthermore, the facies discrimination method allowed a quantitative estimate of the degree of fluvial reworking of eolian sand. We believe that the method presented here, when calibrated to a reference well...

  4. Rock-magnetic studies on hematite, maghemite and combustion-metamorphic rocks

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    de Boer, C.B.

    1999-01-01

    This thesis is structured in three parts. Part I and II comprise fundamental research of the magnetic properties of hematite and maghemite, respectively, essential to improve the quality of paleomagnetic interpretations of sedimentary rocks in particular. The main purpose is to develop diagnostic ro

  5. Zircon U-Pb geochronology of basement metamorphic rocks in the Songliao Basin

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    PEI FuPing; XU WenLiang; YANG DeBin; ZHAO QuanGuo; LIU XiaoMing; HU ZhaoChu

    2007-01-01

    Zircon LA-ICP MS U-Pb dating of six metamorphic rocks and a metagranite (breccia) from southern basement of the Songliao Basin are reported in order to constrain the formation ages of basement. The basement metamorphic rocks in the Songliao Basin mainly consist of metagabbro (L45-1), amphibolite (SN117), metarhyolitical tuff (G190), sericite (Ser) schist (N103), chlorite (Chi) schist (T5-1), biotite (Bi)-actinolite (Act)-quartz (Q) schist (Y205), and metagranite (L44-1). The cathodoluminesence (CL)images of the zircons from metagabbro (L45-1) and metagranite (L44-1) indicate that they have cores of magmatic origin and rims of metamorphic overgrowths. Their U-Pb isotopic ages are 1808±21 Ma and 1873±13 Ma, respectively. The zircons with oscillatory zoning from amphibolite (SN117) and Chi schist (T5-1), being similar to those of mafic igneous rocks, yield ages of 274 ± 3.4 Ma and 264 ± 3.2 Ma, respectively. The zircons from metarhyolitical tuff (G190) and Ser schist (N103) display typical magmatic growth zoning and yield ages of 424 ± 4.5 Ma and 287 ± 5.1Ma, respectively. Most of zircons from Bi-Act-Q schist (Y2O5) are round in shape and different in absorption degree in the CL images, implying their sedimentary detritals. U-Pb dating yield concordant ages of 427 ± 3.1Ma, 455 ± 12 Ma, 696 ± 13 Ma,1384±62 Ma, 1649±36 Ma, 1778±18 Ma, 2450±9 Ma, 2579±10 Ma, 2793±4 Ma and 2953±14 Ma. The above-mentioned results indicate that the Precambrian crystalline basement (1808-1873 Ma) exists in the southern Songliao Basin and could be related to tectonic thrust, and that the Early Paleozoic (424-490 Ma) and Late Paleozoic magmatisms (264-292 Ma) also occur in the basin basement, which are consistent with the ages of the detrital zircons from Bi-Act-Q schist in the basement.

  6. Preliminary study of microscale zircon oxygen isotopes for Dabie-Sulu metamorphic rocks: Ion probe in situ analyses

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    CHEN Daogong; Deloule Etienne; CHENG Hao; XIA Qunke; WU Yuanbao

    2003-01-01

    151 in situ analyses of oxygen isotopes were carried out by ion micro-probe for zircons from 8 localities of HP-UHP metamorphic rocks including eclogites in the Dabie-Sulu terrane. The results show significant heterogeneity inδ18O values, with variation in different rocks from -8.5‰ to +9.7‰ and within one sample from 2‰ to 12‰. No measurable difference inδ18O was observed between protolith magmatic (detrital) zircons and metamorphic recrystallized zircons within analytical uncertainties from the ion micro-probe measurements. This indicates that the metamorphic zircons have inherited the oxygen isotopic compositions of protolith zircons despite the HP to UHP metamorphism. According to their protolith ages from zircon U-Pb in situ dating by the same ion micro-probe, two groups of oxygen isotope composition are recognized, with one having δ18O values of 6‰-7‰ for old protolith of 1.9-2.5 Ga ages and the other 0‰-2‰ for young protolith of 0.7-0.8 Ga ages. The latter anomalously lowδ18O values of zircons indicate that the magma has had the obvious involvement of meteoric water when forming the young protolith of high-grade metamorphic rocks. This may be correlated with the snowball Earth event occurring in South China and the world elsewhere during the Neoproterozoic.

  7. Zircon U-Pb ages of olivine pyroxenite xenolith from Hannuoba:Links between the 97-158 Ma basaltic under-plating and granulite-facies metamorphism

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    LIU Yongsheng; YUAN Honglin; GAO Shan; HU Zhaochu; WANG Xuance; LIU Xiaoming; LIN Wenli

    2004-01-01

    U-Pb zircon dating by LA-ICP-MS and SHRIMP for one olivine pyroxenite yields complex age populations including Mesozoic ages of 97-158 Ma and 228 ±8.7 Ma, Early Paleozoic ages of 418-427 Ma, Paleoproterozoic age of 1844±13 Ma, Neoarchean age of 2541 ± 54 Ma and middle Archean age of 3123 ± 4.4 Ma. The 97-158 Ma and 228 ± 8.7 Ma zircons show typical igneous oscillatory zonation in CL images, suggesting two episodes of magmatic events. Overlapping of the 97-158 Ma ages with that of granulite xenoliths indicates that the Mesozoic granulite-facies metamorphism was induced by heating from the basaltic underplating at the base of the lower crust. Both processes lasted at least from about 158 to 97 Ma. Ages of 418-427 Ma could be records of the subduction of Mongolia oceanic crust under the North China craton. Ages of 1.84 Ga,2.54 Ga and 3.12 Ga correspond to the three important crust-mantle evolutionary events in the North China craton,and imply preservation of Precambrian lower crust in the present-day lower crust.

  8. Simulating the metamorphic evolution of rocks in the laboratory: experimental modelling of orogenic metamorphism of metapelites using a piston cylinder apparatus

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    Tropper, Peter; Mair, Philipp

    2017-04-01

    Metamorphic rocks contain a more or less complex mineral assemblage reflecting their metamorphic evolution. If the complex mineral assemblage is of multi-stage origin how do we know which mineral grew at which stage during the P-T evolution? To answer this question one needs to put constraints on the geological evolution of a given rock. The metamorphic evolution of a rock can be deciphered using three approaches: 1.) the practical geothermobarometric approach (inverse modelling), 2.) the theoretical pseudosection approach (forward modelling) and 3.) the experimental approach. Whereas with the first two approaches it is possible to constrain several stages of the P-T-X evolution but how do we know what assemblage is actually present at the desired P-T conditions? This question leads to the experimental approach, which allows a detailed mineralogical investigation of a given rock at distinct P-T conditions. Therefore, experimental investigations should be viewed as a forward modelling technique, which allow putting additional constraints on the evolution of a rock under defined P and T conditions and hence represents a snap-shot of a P-T point of the evolution of a given rock! For this purpose, simple experiments using natural rocks as starting materials can easily be conducted. The disadvantage of this method lies in the complex chemical composition of natural rocks and the deviation from chemical end-member systems. Therefore these experiments need to be evaluated not only 1.) in terms of their ability to reproduce the natural observations but also 2.) in their ability to reproduce theoretical calculations. In this study experimental investigations of orogenic metamorphism of metapelites (quartzphyllites with Grt1 + Ms1 + Ch1 + Bt1 + Rt) was investigated. Four different P-T conditions were chosen to represent an orogenic clockwise P-T loop: 400°C, 0.8 GPa, 600°C, 1.2 GPa, 700°C, 1 GPa and 500°C, 0.4 GPa. Two experiments with a duration of 16 and 33 days were

  9. HP metamorphic belt of the western Alps

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    RobertoCompagnoni

    2003-01-01

    The understanding of the subduction-related processes benefited by the studies of the high-pressure (HP) meta-morphic rocks from the western Alps. The most stimu-lating information was obtained from the inner part of the western Alpine belt, where most tectonic units show an early Alpine eclogite-facies recrystallisation. This is especially true for the Austroalpine Sesia Zone and the Penninic Dora-Maira massif. From the Sesia zone,which consists of a wide spectrum of continental crust lithologies recrystallised to quartz-eclogite-facies min-eral assemblages, the first finding of a jadeite-bearingmeta-granitoid has been described, supporting evidencethat even continental crust may subduct into the mantle.From the Dora-Maira massif the first occurrence of regional metamorphic coesite has been reported, open-ing the new fertile field of the ultrahigh-pressure meta-morphism (UHPM), which is now becoming the rule in the collisional orogenic belts.

  10. U-Pb zircon and CHIME monazite dating of granitoids and high-grade metamorphic rocks from the Eastern and Peninsular Thailand - A new report of Early Paleozoic granite

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    Kawakami, T.; Nakano, N.; Higashino, F.; Hokada, T.; Osanai, Y.; Yuhara, M.; Charusiri, P.; Kamikubo, H.; Yonemura, K.; Hirata, T.

    2014-07-01

    In order to understand the age and tectonic framework of Eastern to Peninsular Thailand from the viewpoint of basement (metamorphic and plutonic) geology, the LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon dating and the chemical Th-U-total Pb isochron method (CHIME) monazite dating were performed in the Khao Chao, Hub-Kapong to Pran Buri, and Khanom areas in Eastern to Peninsular Thailand. The LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon dating of the garnet-hornblende gneiss from the Khao Chao area gave 229 ± 3 Ma representing the crystallization age of the gabbro, and that of the garnet-biotite gneisses gave 193 ± 4 Ma representing the timing of an upper amphibolite facies metamorphism. The CHIME monazite dating of pelitic gneiss from the Khao Chao gneiss gave scattered result of 68 ± 22 Ma, due to low PbO content and rejuvenation of older monazite grains during another metamorphism in the Late Cretaceous to Tertiary time. The U-Pb ages of zircon from the Hua Hin gneissic granite in the Hub-Kapong to Pran Buri area scatter from 250 Ma to 170 Ma on the concordia. Granite crystallization was at 219 ± 2 Ma, followed by the sillimanite-grade regional metamorphism at 185 ± 2 Ma. Monazite in the pelitic gneiss from this area also preserves Early to Middle Jurassic metamorphism and rejuvenation by later contact metamorphism by non-foliated granite or by another fluid infiltration event in the Late Cretaceous to Tertiary time. The Khao Dat Fa granite from the Khanom area of Peninsular Thailand gave a U-Pb zircon age of 477 ± 7 Ma. This is the second oldest granite pluton ever reported from Thailand, and is a clear evidence for the Sibumasu block having a crystalline basement that was formed during the Pan-African Orogeny. The Khao Pret granite gives U-Pb zircon concordia age of 67.5 ± 1.3 Ma, which represents the timing of zircon crystallization from the granitic melt and accompanied sillimanite-grade contact metamorphism against surrounding metapelites and gneisses. Metamorphic rocks in the Doi Inthanon area

  11. Mass wasting process at the surface of the Sangun metamorphic rocks in Kaminishigawa area, Asahi-machi, Okayama Prefecture.

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    新宮原, 秀和; 平山, 恭之; 津島, 淳; 於保, 幸正

    1999-01-01

    The relation among microstructures, weathering and mass wasting of the Sangun metamorphic rocks in the Kaminishigawa area, Asahi-machi, Okayama Prefecture, was studied. Three stages of penetrative planar structures are recognized; S1 schistosity, S2 crenulation cleavage and S3 crenulation cleavage. The S2 cleavage is the most commonly observed structure. The deree of weathering is divided into two classes on the base of appearance; slightly weathered and highly weathered rock. The three types...

  12. Thermodynamic modeling using BINGO-ANTIDOTE: A new strategy to investigate metamorphic rocks

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    Lanari, Pierre; Duesterhoeft, Erik

    2016-04-01

    BINGO-ANTIDOTE is a new program, combing the achievements of the two petrological software packages XMAPTOOLS[1] and THERIAK-DOMINO[2]. XMAPTOOLS affords information about compositional zoning in mineral and local bulk composition of domains at the thin sections scale. THERIAK-DOMINO calculates equilibrium phase assemblages from given bulk rock composition, temperature T and pressure P. Primarily BINGO-ANTIDOTE can be described as an inverse THERIAK-DOMINO, because it uses the information provided by XMAPTOOLS to calculate the probable P-T equilibrium conditions of metamorphic rocks. Consequently, the introduced program combines the strengths of forward Gibbs free energy minimization models with the intuitive output of inverse thermobarometry models. In order to get "best" P-T equilibrium conditions of a metamorphic rock sample and thus estimating the degree of agreement between the observed and calculated mineral assemblage, it is critical to define a reliable scoring strategy. BINGO uses the THERIAKD ADD-ON[3] (Duesterhoeft and de Capitani, 2013) and is a flexible model scorer with 3+1 evaluation criteria. These criteria are the statistical agreement between the observed and calculated mineral-assemblage, -proportions (vol%) and -composition (mol). Additionally, a total likelihood, consisting of the first three criteria, allows the user an evaluation of the most probable equilibrium P-T condition. ANTIDOTE is an interactive user interface, displaying the 3+1 evaluation criteria as probability P-T-maps. It can be used with and without XMAPTOOLS. As a stand-alone program, the user is able to give the program macroscopic observations (i.e., mineral names and proportions), which ANTIDOTE converts to a readable BINGO input. In this manner, the use of BINGO-ANTIDOTE opens up thermodynamics to students and people with only a basic knowledge of phase diagrams and thermodynamic modeling techniques. This presentation introduces BINGO-ANTIDOTE and includes typical examples

  13. Sedimentary Facies and Distribution of Reservoir Rocks from the Feixianguan Formation in the Daxian-Xuanhan Region, NE Sichuan

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    2006-01-01

    The Lower Triassic Feixianguan Formation in the Daxian-Xuanhan region, northeastern Sichuan is interpreted to be a carbonate platform intermediate between the West Hubei-East Chongqing marine basin and Guangyuan-Wangcang marine basin. Outcrops, well logs and seismic data have disclosed that three sedimentary facies can be identified for the formation: open platform,platform exposed shoal and restricted platform facies. During the early stage of deposition of the Feixianguan Formation, there existed a sedimentary framework all the same as the Late Permian one:open platform in the west, and platform exposed shoal, restricted platform and open platform eastwards. The gradual increase of the shoal area permitted eastward migration of the shoal facies.During the deposition of the third member of the Feixianguan Formation, the study area was invaded by temporary transgressions. Till the deposition of the fourth member of the formation, the study area was prevailed over the unified restricted platform deposits, as indicated by the sedimentary model for the typical carbonate platform shoal deposits. The reservoir rocks in the Feixianguan Formation consist mostly of solution opening dolostone, and the rock types are assembled by oolitic dolostone, residual oolitic dolostone and sucrosic residual oolitic medium- to coarse-grained dolostone. The deep and shallow dual laterologs show relatively high resistivity, clear amplitude differences and time difference saltation of acoustic waves in some intervals. The seismic responses are indicated by low-frequency and highly variable amplitudes and chaotic reflection configurations. The reservoir rocks are characterized by high porosity-high permeability and medium porosity-medium permeability, showing a marked correlation between porosity and permeability. Solution openings are extremely developed in the reservoir rocks, including cast pores, intergranular solution openings, intercrystal pores, intercrystal solution openings

  14. The petrological evidence for the uplift of ultrahigh-pressure met-amorphic rocks in root zone of the Qinling-Dabie orogenic belt

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    游振东; 韩郁菁; 张泽明

    1996-01-01

    Petrographic evidence indicates that some of the ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) eclogites in Dabie Mountains area may be evolved from epidote amphibolite fades rocks recrystallized under ultrahigh pressure conditions. The evolution of the erogenic belt had eventually resulted in the uplift of the metamorphic terrane soon after the peak metamorphic ultrahigh pressure stage of collision. During the uplift the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks were superimposed by nearly isothermal decompressive retrograde metamorphism through high-pressure (HP) edogite fades to amphibolite fades. Some of them were followed by epidote amphibolite fades and greenschist fades of metamorphism, while others were followed by epidote blueschist fades and then lowered to greenschist fades. Accompanying the retrogressive metamorphism. the rocks underwent at least 6 stages of deformation ranging from plastic to brittle character. The decompressive P-T path is also shown in the evolution of fluid inclusions: the entrapment pressure is

  15. Geochronology of source materials from high-pressure and ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks in Jurassic sedimentary rocks of Hefei Basin

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    2003-01-01

    In this report, it is proven through stable isotopic geochronological study that for the Jurassic sedimentary rocks in the Dushan area of Anhui Province, the source materials derived from high-pressure and ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks are the products of subduction and exhumation of the Yangtze plate under the North China plate during the Triassic period. The cobble of high-pressure or ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rock in the Fenghuangtai Formation of Hefei Basin has Rb-Sr isotopic isochron age of phengite, apatite and whole rock, 232.1±2.1 Ma (MSWD = 0.59). Plateau ages of 40Ar/39Ar age spectra of detrital phengites in the Sanjianpu and Fenghuangtai formations are concordant, and they are 216.5±0.6 Ma and 217.4±1.3 Ma, respectively.

  16. Metamorphism of the Oddanchatram anorthosite, Tamil Nadu, South India

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    Wiebe, R. A.; Janardhan, A. S.

    1988-01-01

    The Oddanchatram anorthosite is located in the Madurai District of Tamil Nadu, near the town of Palni. It is emplaced into a granulite facies terrain commonly presumed to have undergone its last regional metamorphism in the late Archean about 2600 m.y. The surrounding country rock consists of basic granulites, charnockites and metasedimentary rocks including quartzites, pelites and calc-silicates. The anorthosite is clearly intrusive into the country rock and contains many large inclusions of previously deformed basic granulite and quartzite within 100 meters of its contact. Both this intrusion and the nearby Kaduvar anorthosite show evidence of having been affected by later metamorphism and deformation.

  17. [Myanmar jadeitite low-temperature metamorphic water-rock reaction: eveidence from microscopic fourier transform infrared spectroscopy].

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    Yan, Ruo-Gu; Qiu, Zhi-Li; Feng, Ming; Jin, Chun-Mei; Li, Liu-Fen; Shi, Gui-Yong; Wang, Ping

    2014-09-01

    Weathering & transporting and depositing processes may improve the quality of some natural low-quality jadeite through reaction with surrounding water fluids. But the mechanism of such water-rock reaction has not been known clearly to date. Applying microscopic Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (Micro-FTIR), this paper carried out comparatively in-situ research of jadeites' mineral composition before and after water-rock reaction. The results show that water-rock reaction cannot impact jadeites in their major and minor element composition, but greatly change their water content. Jadeites became richer, with even several times increase, in water content, after experiencing water-rock reaction, and hence show a shift of absorption peak at 3 550 cm(-1) to higher frequency. The mineral crystals of these jadeites showed reglar variation in water content from core to edge, and these jadeites have more water in marginal area than in center area, being opposite to the change in water content in jadeite during high temperature and pressure metamorphic process, hence implying that there are different mechanism and shift direction for H+/OH of jadeite between high pressure metamorphic process and low temperature water-rock reaction. We think that this finding may contribute to understanding the behavior of water in jadeite during metamorphic process and the mechanism of jadeite quality improvement.

  18. Radioactive occurrences in veins and igneous and metamorphic rocks of New Mexico with annotated bibliography. [Over 600 citations

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    McLemore, V. T.

    1982-01-01

    From an extensive literature search and field examination of 96 nonsandstone radioactive occurrences, the author compiled an annotated bibliography of over 600 citations and a list of 327 radioactive occurrences in veins and igneous and metamorphic rocks of New Mexico. The citations are indexed by individual radioactive occurrence, geographic area, county, fluorspar deposits and occurrences, geochemical analyses, and geologic maps. In addition, the geology, mineralization, and uranium and thorium potential of 41 geographic areas in New Mexico containing known radioactive occurrences in veins and igneous and metamorphic rocks or that contain host rocks considered favorable for uranium or thorium mineralization are summarized. A list of aerial-radiometric, magnetic, hydrogeochemical, and stream-sediment survey reports is included.

  19. Arrested development - a comparative analysis of multilayer corona textures in high-grade metamorphic rocks

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    Ogilvie, Paula; Gibson, Roger L.

    2017-02-01

    Coronas, including symplectites, provide vital clues to the presence of arrested reaction and preservation of partial equilibrium in metamorphic and igneous rocks. Compositional zonation across such coronas is common, indicating the persistence of chemical potential gradients and incomplete equilibration. Major controls on corona mineralogy include prevailing pressure (P), temperature (T) and water activity (aH2O) during formation, reaction duration (t) single-stage or sequential corona layer growth; reactant bulk compositions (X) and the extent of metasomatic exchange with the surrounding rock; relative diffusion rates for major components; and/or contemporaneous deformation and strain. High-variance local equilibria in a corona and disequilibrium across the corona as a whole preclude the application of conventional thermobarometry when determining P-T conditions of corona formation, and zonation in phase composition across a corona should not be interpreted as a record of discrete P-T conditions during successive layer growth along the P-T path. Rather, the local equilibria between mineral pairs in corona layers more likely reflect compositional partitioning of the corona domain during steady-state growth at constant P and T. Corona formation in pelitic and mafic rocks requires relatively dry, residual bulk rock compositions. Since most melt is lost along the high-T prograde to peak segment of the P-T path, only a small fraction of melt is generally retained in the residual post-peak assemblage. Reduced melt volumes with cooling limit length scales of diffusion to the extent that diffusion-controlled corona growth occurs. On the prograde path, the low melt (or melt-absent) volumes required for diffusion-controlled corona growth are only commonly realized in mafic igneous rocks, owing to their intrinsic anhydrous bulk composition, and in dry, residual pelitic compositions that have lost melt in an earlier metamorphic event. Experimental work characterizing rate

  20. SHRIMP U-Pb Dating of Zircons of a Dark Eclogite and a Garnet-bearing Gneissic Granitic Rock from Bixiling, EasternDabie Area, Anhui Province: Isotope Chronological Evidence of Neoproterozoic UHP Metamorphism

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    The paper reports SHRIMP U-Pb zircon data of a dark eclogite and a post-eclogite garnet-bearing gneissic granitic rock from the Bixiling area, Yuexi County, Anhui Province, in the eastern Dabie Mountains. The eclogite, which is metamorphosed basic tuff, contains very scarce zircons in omphacite or garnet, but more zircons in quartz. They usually exhibit a double-layered texture, as shown clearly in cathodoluminescence images. Their inner main parts give a206 Pb/238U age of 757±7Ma, representing the approximate age of the high-pressure (HP)-ultrahighpressure (UHP) metamorphic event duing which the eclogite was formed. The outer peripheral parts of the zircons,which have been modified by late-stage fluids, give an age of 223±3 Ma. The granitic rock contains more zircons of anatectic origin found mostly in feldspar and quartz and usually also showing a similar composite texture. The inner main parts of the anatectic zircons with oscillatory zoning give a 206Pb/238U age of 727±15Ma for the approximate age of the emplacement of the granitic rock, and their outer parts, an age of 219±3 Ma for a similar or even the same fluid event. It is thus suggested that the HP-UHP metamorphism of the Bixiling eclogite facies rocks took place during the Neoproterozoic Jinningian,and the Indosinian age values may only represent a late event in the nature of fluid activity.

  1. Provenance of the Late Neogene Siwalik sandstone, Kumaun Himalayan Foreland Basin: Constraints from the metamorphic rank and index of detrital rock fragments

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    Poonam Jalal; Sumit K Ghosh

    2012-06-01

    An understanding about lithology, tectonics and unroofing history of provenance is mostly drawn from the compositional and textural parameters of the detrital fragments. We here use different metamorphic ranks (Rm) and metamorphic index (MI) values of rock fragments present in Late Neogene Siwalik sandstone of the Ramganga sub-basin to infer the provenance history. The study indicates maximum contribution from metamorphic ranks 1 and 2 (Rm1 and Rm2; meta-sedimentary and very low grade metamorphic rocks) and minimum from metamorphic rank 4 (Rm4; high metamorphic grade rocks). The metamorphic index (MI) values range from 118 to 224, with an average of 186. The meta-sedimentary and very low-grade metamorphic rock fragments are derived from the Lesser Himalayan domain. The medium-to-high grade metamorphic fragments are derived from the Lesser Himalayan Crystalline bodies. The abundance of Rm2 and Rm3 detrital modes suggest the exhumation of crystalline bodies of the Ramgarh and Almora most likely occurred prior to 7 Ma and subsequently the source area shifted and resulted abundant supply of Rm1 fragments due to the upliftment along Main Boundary Thrust around 5.55 Ma.

  2. The fate of carbon and CO2 - fluid-rock interaction during subduction metamorphism of serpentinites

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    Menzel, Manuel D.; Garrido, Carlos J.; López Sánchez-Vizcaíno, Vicente; Marchesi, Claudio; Hidas, Károly

    2016-04-01

    Given to its large relevance for present and past climate studies, the deep carbon cycle received increasing attention recently. However, there are still many open questions concerning total mass fluxes and transport processes between the different carbon reservoirs in the Earth's interior. One key issue is the carbon transfer from the subducting slab into fluids and rocks in the slab and mantle wedge. This transfer is controlled by the amount and speciation of stable carbon-bearing phases, which have a strong impact on the pH, redox conditions and trace-element budget of slab fluids. As recent experiments and thermodynamic modeling have shown, water released from dehydrating serpentinites has a great potential to produce CO2-enriched slab fluids by dissolution of carbonate minerals. To constrain the fate of carbon and CO2-fluid-rock interactions during subduction metamorphism of serpentinites, we have studied carbonate-bearing serpentinites recording different prograde evolutions from antigorite schists to Chl-harzburgites in high-P massifs of the Nevado-Filabride Complex (Betic Cordillera, S. Spain). Our results indicate that dissolution of dolomite in marbles in contact with dehydrating serpentinites is spatially limited during prograde metamorphism of carbonate-bearing serpentinites, but it can lead to the formation of silicate-rich zones in marbles close to the contacts. In lower grade serpentinite massifs (1.0-1.5 GPa / 550 °C), the presence of marble lenses in contact with antigorite schists appears to promote local dehydration of serpentinite coupled with carbonation of antigorite, forming Cpx-Tr-Chl-bearing high grade ophicarbonate zones. At the Cerro del Almirez ultramafic massif, where a dehydration front from antigorite-serpentinite to prograde Chl-harzburgite is preserved (1.9 GPa / 680 °C), a significant amount of carbon is retained in prograde Chl-harzburgites and Tr-Dol-marble lenses. This observation is at odds with thermodynamic models that

  3. X-ray color maps of the zoned garnets from Silgará Formation metamorphic rocks,SantanderMassif, Eastern Cordillera (Colombia

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    Takasu Akira

    2010-12-01

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    The metamorphic rocks of the Lower Paleozoic Silgará Formation of the Santander Massif, Eastern Cordillera (Colombia, were affected by a Barrovian-type metamorphism under low to high temperature and medium pressure conditions. These rocks contain garnet porphyroblasts, which show several kinds of chemical zoning patterns. The garnet grains behave as closed systems with respect to the rock matrix. Most of the observed zoning patterns are due to gradual changes in physicochemical conditions during growth. However, some garnet grains show complex zoning patterns during multiple deformation and metamorphic events.

  4. Signature of Cenozoic orogenic movements in combustion metamorphic rocks: mineralogy and geochronology (example of the Salair-Kuznetsk Basin transition)

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    Novikov, I.S.; Sokol, E.V.; Travin, A.V.; Novikova, S.A. [RAS, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2008-06-15

    Cenozoic combustion metamorphic (CM) complexes produced by fossil natural coal fires are widespread at range-basin junctions worldwide. Large-scale fires accompany the initial orogenic phases as fresh coal-bearing strata become drawn into the aeration zone as a result of crustal deformation. In combustion metamorphism, the protolith melts to different degrees either into ferrous basic paralava or in glassy clinker. The melt rocks have a phase composition favorable for Ar-40/Ar-39 dating of ignition coeval with the onset of each episode in Late Cenozoic orogenic events. We suggest an algorithm providing correct Ar-40/Ar-39 age determination of CM rocks followed by well-grounded geological interpretation and test the new approach on melt rocks from the Kuznetsk Coal Basin. Paralava samples were dated by Ar-40/Ar-39 incremental heating and the isotope ratios were corrected for Ca-, Cl-, and K-derived Ar isotopic interferences. The interpretation of age-spectrum results was checked against internal and external criteria. The former were plateau and isochrone ages and the latter included the so-called 'couple criterion' and conventional relative ages inferred from geological and stratigraphic evidence. As a result, we distinguished two groups of dates for combustion metamorphic events bracketed between 1.2 {+-} 0.4 and 0.2 {+-} 0.3 Ma. The older ages represent rocks in the western edge of the Prokopievsk-Kiselevsk block of the Salair zone and the younger dates correspond to those in its eastern edge. The reported dates record the time when the fault boundaries of the blocks were rejuvenated during recent activity and the block accreted to the Salair orogenic area as a submontane step. The suggested approach to the choice of objects, classification of rocks, and interpretation of Ar-40/Ar-39 spectra is universal and can be practiced in any area of combustion metamorphism.

  5. "High-grade burial metamorphism of sedimentary mélange, Shoo Fly Complex, central Sierra Nevada, California"

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    Mendoza, Y.; Wakabayashi, J.

    2013-12-01

    The Shoo Fly Complex, California is a subduction complex metamorphosed at lower greenschist facies in much of the northern Sierra Nevada. Central Sierra Nevada exposures include higher grade assemblages. Previous studies have interpreted the higher grade rocks as gneissic granitoids representing the roots of a Paleozoic arc. Recent field work in the North Fork Mokelumne River drainage, shows that high-grade and low-grade metamorphic rocks were derived from similar subduction complex protoliths. The Shoo Fly in this region consists of mostly phyllite (metasiltstone, metasandstone, metachert), with some metabasite, and metaultramafic blocks. There is a metamorphic gradient from west to east in the field area, transitioning from sub to lower greenschist facies (white mica only) to middle and upper green schist facies (biotite) within the phyllites to amphibolite/upper amphibolite/granulite grade mica schists, gneisses, and amphibolites This gradient occurs across a zone about 1.5 km wide and this gradient is about 5 km west of the contact between the Shoo Fly Complex and plutons of the Sierra Nevada batholith. The higher-grade rocks do not have an apparent west-east metamorphic gradient. Accordingly the high-grade metamorphism does not appear to be a consequence of either contact metamorphism or raised regional geothermal gradients connected with the batholith. This conclusion is consistent with the fact that published metamorphic ages from probable correlative rocks within the central Sierra are much older than the Sierra Nevada batholith. Protoliths for the higher grade rocks appear identical to the lower grade rocks, for metaclastic rocks dominate with subordinate metacherts, metabasites, and metaultramafic rocks. The latter are represented by tremolite-talc schists. In the lower grade rocks some of the metabasite and metaultramafic blocks exhibit a higher grade of metamorphism than the surrounding metaclastic rocks and metacherts. Amphibolite and tremolite schist

  6. The Metamorphic Rocks-Hosted Gold Mineralization At Rumbia Mountains Prospect Area In The Southeastern Arm of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia

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    Hasria Hasria

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Recently, in Indonesia gold exploration activities  are not only focused along volcanic-magmatic belts, but also starting to shift along metamorphic and sedimentary terrains. The study area is located in Rumbia mountains, Bombana Regency, Southeast Sulawesi Province. This paper is aimed to describe characteristics of alteration and ore mineralization associated  with metamorphic rock-related gold deposits.  The study area is found the placer and  primary gold hosted by metamorphic rocks. The gold is evidently derived from gold-bearing quartz veins hosted by Pompangeo Metamorphic Complex (PMC. These quartz veins are currently recognized in metamorphic rocks at Rumbia Mountains. The quartz veins are mostly sheared/deformed, brecciated, irregular vein, segmented and  relatively massive and crystalline texture with thickness from 1 cm to 15.7 cm. The wallrock are generally weakly altered. Hydrothermal alteration types include sericitization, argillic, inner propylitic, propylitic, carbonization and carbonatization. There some precious metal identified consist of native gold and ore mineralization including pyrite (FeS2, chalcopyrite (CuFeS2, hematite (Fe2O3, cinnabar (HgS, stibnite (Sb2S3 and goethite (FeHO2. The veins contain erratic gold in various grades from below detection limit <0.0002 ppm to 18.4 ppm. Based on those characteristics, it obviously indicates that the primary gold deposit present in the study area is of orogenic gold deposit type. The orogenic gold deposit is one of the new targets for exploration in Indonesia

  7. Different stages of chemical alteration on metabasaltic rocks in the subduction channel: Evidence from the Western Tianshan metamorphic belt, NW China

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    Xiao, Yuanyuan; Niu, Yaoling; Wang, Kuo-Lung; Iizuka, Yoshiyuki; Lin, Jinyan; Wang, Dong; Tan, Yulong; Wang, Guodong

    2017-09-01

    To understand the geochemistry of subduction zone metamorphism, especially the large-scale mass transfer at forearc to subarc depths, we carried out a detailed study of a ∼1.5 m size metabasaltic block with well-preserved pillow structures from the Chinese Western Tianshan high- to ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic belt. This metabasaltic block is characterized by omphacite-rich interiors gradually surrounded by abundant channelized (veins) glaucophane-rich patches toward the rims. The glaucophane-rich rims share the same peak metamorphic conditions with omphacite-rich interiors, but have experienced stronger blueschist-facies overprinting during exhumation. Representative samples from the glaucophane-rich rims and omphacite-rich interiors yield a well-defined Rb-Sr isochron age of 307 ± 23 Ma, likely representing this overprinting event. Both glaucophane-rich rims and omphacite-rich interiors show elevated K-Rb-Cs-Ba-Pb-Sr contents relative to their protolith, reflecting a large-scale enrichment of these elements and formation of abundant phengite during subduction. Compared with the omphacite-rich interiors, the glaucophane-rich rims have gained rare earth elements (REEs, >25%), U-Th (∼75%), Pb-Sr (>100%) and some transition metals like Co and Ni (25-50%), but lost P (∼75%), Na (>25%), Li and Be (∼50%); K-Rb-Cs-Ba show only 10% loss. These chemical changes would be caused by serpentinite-derived fluids during the exhumation in the subduction channel. Therefore, there are two stages of fluid action in the subduction channel. As the formation of phengite stabilizes K-Rb-Cs-Ba at the first stage, the residual fluids released from the phengite-rich metabasaltic rocks would be depleted in these elements, which are unlikely to contribute to elevated contents of these elements in arc magmas if phengite remains stable at subarc depths. In addition, the decrease of U/Pb ratios as the preferred enrichment of Pb over U in the eclogitic rocks during the first stage

  8. Tectono-geochemistry analyses of fault rocks in shear zone of metamorphic core complex in north Jiangxi, China

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    2003-01-01

    Through a systematic sampling test and mass equilibrium analysis of the three sorts of complex assemblages (intrusive complex, tectonic complex and metamorphic complex) penetrating the metamorphic core complex (MCC) in the Xingzi area of north Jiangxi, the authors find that, like major elements, the trace elements of small ion radius, big specific gravity and high potential form the accumulative series in fault rocks, instead of divergence series. In rare earth elements, ΣREE and HREE are relatively centralized, characteristic of rising and Eu loss in the distribution pattern. Only on the upside of the ductile fault, there exist some phenomena contrary to the general rules, most of which are restricted by the rock rheologic differentiation, coupling of mechanics and chemistry, and inversion of tectonic regime.

  9. Petrographic study on the high-grade metamorphic rocks from the Highland and Kadugannawa Complexes, central Sri Lanka

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    Malaviarachchi, Sanjeewa; 高須, 晃

    2005-01-01

    This study focused on texture of the metamorphic rocks from the central region of Sri Lanka,representing both the Highland Complex and the Kadugannawa Complex.Petrographical investigation of some pelitic and intermediate to basic granulites from the central Highland Complex and some pelitic and mafic rocks from the Kadugannawa Complex of Sri Lanka was carried out.13; Among the metapelites,garnet-absent and garnet-bearing as well as spinel-absent and spinel-bearing lithologies were studied.Gar...

  10. Petrogenetic relationships between jadeitite and associated high-pressure and low-temperature metamorphic rocks in worldwide jadeitite localities

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    Tsujimori, T.; Harlow, G. E.

    2011-12-01

    Jadeitite-bearing serpentinite-matrix mélange is distributed in the Caledonian (Russia), Alps-Himalayan (Italy, Iran, Greece, and Myanmar), Caribbean (Guatemala, and Cuba), and circum-Pacific (Japan, and Western USA) orogenic belts, and always contains high-pressure, low-temperature (HP-LT) metamorphic rocks. There are also jadeitite xenoliths in kimberlitic pipes. Major occurrences consist principally of primary fluid precipitates (P-type) that infiltrated the mantle wedge, fewer occurrences document metasomatic replacement (R-type) of plagiogranite, metagabbro and eclogite, and both types may be possible in the same occurrence or system. Conditions of crystallization are difficult to constrain because of high-variance assemblages (few phases containing many components). Blueschist correlations are abundant, largely on textural grounds with respect to coexisting eclogites, however without adequate phase-assemblage constraints, jadeitite formation at eclogite conditions cannot be ruled out. Available geochronological data of both jadeitite and associated HP-LT rock show temporal discrepancies between jadeitite-formation and HT-LP metamorphism at some localities. The close association between older jadeitite and younger HP-LT rock in a single mélange complex implies different histories for the subduction channel and mélange. Jadeitite can stay at the wedge mantle for a considerable time and, as a result, experience multiple fluid-infiltration events. The subduction channel can occasionally incorporate overlying serpentinized mantle wedge material due to tectonic erosion. With time the disrupted wedge mantle containing jadeitite veins is mixed with younger blueschists, exhumed eclogites and various fragments of suprasubduction zone lithologies. Consequently, recrystallization and re-precipitation of jadeitite are reactivated along a slab-wedge mantle interface. All these possible scenarios and their combinations yield a complicated petrologic record in jadeitite

  11. Regional metamorphism at extreme conditions: Implications for orogeny at convergent plate margins

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    Zheng, Yong-Fei; Chen, Ren-Xu

    2017-09-01

    Regional metamorphism at extreme conditions refers either to Alpine-type metamorphism at low geothermal gradients of 30 °C/km. Extreme pressures refer to those above the polymorphic transition of quartz to coesite, so that ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) eclogite-facies metamorphism occurs at mantle depths of >80 km. Extreme temperatures refer to those higher than 900 °C at crustal depths of ≤80 km, so that ultrahigh-temperature (UHT) granulite-facies metamorphism occurs at medium to high pressures. While crustal subduction at the low geothermal gradients results in blueschist-eclogite facies series without arc volcanism, heating of the thinned orogenic lithosphere brings about the high geothermal gradients for amphibolite-granulite facies series with abundant magmatism. Therefore, UHP metamorphic rocks result from cold lithospheric subduction to the mantle depths, whereas UHT metamorphic rocks are produced by hot underplating of the asthenospheric mantle at the crustal depths. Active continental rifting is developed on the thinned lithosphere in response to asthenospheric upwelling, and this tectonism is suggested as a feasible mechanism for regional granulite-facies metamorphism, with the maximum temperature depending on the extent to which the mantle lithosphere is thinned prior to the rifting. While lithospheric compression is associated with subduction metamorphism in accretionary and collisional orogens, the thinned orogenic lithosphere undergoes extension due to the asthenospheric upwelling to result in orogen-parallel rifting metamorphism and magmatism. Thus, the rifting metamorphism provides a complement to the subduction metamorphism and its operation marks the asthenospheric heating of the orogenic lithosphere. Because of the partial melting and melt extraction of the lower continental crust, contemporaneous granite-migmatite-granulite associations may serve as a petrological indicator of rifting orogeny that is superimposed on precedingly accretionary and

  12. 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

  13. Multiphase solid inclusions in ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks: A snapshot of anatectic melts during continental collision

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    Gao, Xiao-Ying; Chen, Yi-Xiang; Zhang, Qiang-Qiang

    2017-09-01

    Partial melting of crustal rocks may take place during continental collision, giving rise to anatectic melts. Their composition and evolution are major concerns in the chemical geodynamics of continental subduction zones. They are often recorded by multiphase solid (MS) inclusions enclosed by peritectic minerals in ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic terranes inside collisional orogens. These MS inclusions generally show negative crystal shapes with the wedge-shaped off-shoot structure in garnet, omphacite and kyanite. They contain a number of silicate, carbonate and sulfate minerals such as K-feldspar, plagioclase, quartz, epidote, calcite and barite, with occasional occurrences of magnetite, zircon and pyrite. An integrated study of petrology, mineralogy and geochemistry indicates that the MS inclusions are the primary crystallization product of former silicate and carbonate melts. The silicate melts were derived from dehydration melting of hydrous minerals such as phengite and paragonite in UHP metamorphic rocks, and the carbonate melts were produced by partial melting of subducted carbonate minerals. Some MS inclusions show remarkably high Na contents, suggesting their derivation from dehydration melting of paragonite. In contrast, K-bearing MS inclusions are produced by dehydration melting of K-bearing hydrous minerals like phengite. Many studies have been devoted to the mineralogical and geochemical compositions of MS inclusions in UHP metamorphic rocks, with the aim to determine the time and mechanism of crustal anataxis during collisional orogeny. Various analytical methods were used to characterize the morphology, texture, mineral chemistry and trace element composition of MS inclusions. The results provide insights into the physicochemical properties of anatectic melts in continental subduction zones. The partial melting of deeply subducted crustal rocks would lead to their significant differentiation in lithochemistry and geochemistry. This process has

  14. Sedimentology and facies analysis of Devonian Rocks, southern district of Mackenzie, North West Territories, Canada

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    Meijer Drees, N.C.

    1989-01-01

    The Devonian rock succession in the southern part of the District of Mackenzie consists of interbedded evaporites and carbonates, fossiliferous carbonates and shales. Inthe study areathe Devonian succession unconformably overlies LowerPaleozoic orPrecambrian strata and thins in a northeastward direc

  15. Origin of eclogite-bearing, domed, layered metamorphic complexes ("core complexes") in the D'entrecasteaux Islands, Papua New Guinea

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    Davies, Hugh L.; Warren, R. G.

    1988-02-01

    Compositionally layered metamorphic rocks of the D'Entrecasteaux Islands, Papua New Guinea, are folded into domes and antiforms bounded by faults parallel to metamorphic layering and foliation. The structures are broadly similar to the metamorphic "core complexes" of western North America. Lenses of ultramafic rock lie on the bounding faults, and the same faults have served as loci for Quaternary andesitic volcanic activity. Metamorphic grade in the northern islands (Goodenough and Fergusson) is amphibolite facies, with pockets of eclogite (Fergusson Island only) and granulite, and is greenschist facies in the southern island (Normanby). In all three islands there is a characteristic tectonostratigraphic sequence (FMU sequence) from felsic metamorphic rocks at base, or internally, through mafic metamorphic rocks to ultramafic rocks at top, or externally. The association of metamorphic and ultramafic rocks apparently developed in a north dipping Paleogene subduction system and was exhumed to upper crustal level in the Oligocene--Early Miocene, possibly by reversal of movement on faults in the former subduction system. Vigorous uplift and development of domes and antiforms in the Pliocene was triggered by westward propagation of the Woodlark Basin spreading ridge and was accompanied by rifting, rift-related magmatism, rapid erosion, and deposition of coarse sediment in the adjacent Trobriand Basin.

  16. Zircon U-Pb dating of metabasic rocks in the Zanhuang metamorphic complex and its geological significance%赞皇变基性岩中锆石的U-Pb定年及其地质意义

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    肖玲玲; 王国栋

    2011-01-01

    赞皇变质杂岩区位于阜平杂岩南部,地处华北克拉通中部造山带的中段,和中部带北段杂岩一样,是洞悉华北克拉通前寒武纪基底构造演化历史的一个重要窗口.研究区变基性岩可分为斜长角闪岩和角闪斜长片麻岩两种,二者均以似层状方式产于黑云斜长片麻岩或长英质片麻岩中,斜长角闪岩亦可呈透镜状,二者后期与围岩一起共同经历了高角闪岩相变质作用.斜长角闪岩和角闪斜长片麻岩中普遍存在变质锆石,锆石SIMS U-Pb原位定年获得的207Pb/206Pb谐和年龄表明,赞皇变基性岩记录了约18.5亿年(1842±21 Ma、1868±29 Ma)的一次较为广泛的变质作用事件,结合赞皇变质杂岩的构造背景和变质演化特征,推测该期变质作用事件与古元古代末期华北克拉通东部陆块和西部陆块间的俯冲碰撞作用有关.%The Zanhuang metamorphic complex is significant for understanding the Precambrian tectonics and evolution of the North China Craton. Metabasic rocks composed of amphibolite and amphibole-bearing plagio-clase gneiss as thin layers or lenses are widely distributed within felsic gneisses and biotite-plagioclase gneisses. These metabasic rocks together with country rocks underwent high-amphibolite facies metamorphism, and abundant metamorphic zircons were formed during this thermal event. SIMS U-Pb chronological analysis indicates that metamorphic zircons record peak high-amphibolite facies metamorphism at 1 868~1 842 Ma. These Paleo-proterozoic metamorphic ages are largely in accordance with metamorphic ages of ~ 1 850 Ma produced from high-pressure granulites in the northern segment of the Trans-North China Orogen, indicating that a significant subduction-collision event did occur in the Trans-North China Orogen between the eastern block and the western block during Paleoproterozoic ( ~ 1 850 Ma).

  17. Petrography and Metamorphism of the Metasedimentary Country-Rocks of the Jacurici Valley Chromitite-Hosting Mafic-Ultramafic Complexes, Bahia, Northeastern Brazil

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    Eliane A. Del Lama

    2001-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper deal with on the metasedimentary country-rocks of the chromite-bearing ultramafic rocks that occur in the “Jacurici River Valley Chromium District” northeastern Bahia, Brazil. This region presents a complex geologic-petrologic framework of rocks that were intensely deformed, metamorphosed and transformed by metasomatic processes, making it difficult to interpret their volutionary/metamorphic record. Although the metasedimentary country rocks have also been affected by such processes, it is possible to distinguish evidence of a previous high-grade metamorphism that affected them. Thermobarometric data for the observed mineralogical associations indicate P-T conditions around 750-800ºC and 7-8 kb for the metamorphic peak, based mainly on the presence of olivine in marbles and the cordierite-garnet-sillimanitespinel association in aluminous gneisses.

  18. Hydrothermal alteration of a seamount complex on La Palma, Canary Islands: Implications for metamorphism in accreted terranes

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    Schiffman, P.; Staudigel, H.

    1994-02-01

    The hydrothermal metamorphism of a sequence of Pliocene-age seamount extrusive and volcaniclastic rocks on La Palma, Canary Islands, is characterized by a relatively complete low-pressure-high-temperature facies series encompassing the zeolite, prehnite-pumpellyite, and greenschist facies. The observed mineral zonations imply metamorphic gradients of 200-300 °C/km. The metamorphism of the seamount, at least in its core region, is distinct from ocean-floor metamorphism: the former is characterized by a serially continuous facies series encompassing zeolite, prehnite-pumpellyite, and greenschist assemblages, and the latter by a discontinuous metamorphic gradient in which prehnite-pumpellyite assemblages are absent. These metamorphic features, presumably reflecting fundamental thermal-tectonic differences between extending oceanic crust at mid- oceanic ridges vs. the more static crust underlying seamount volcanoes, should aid in the recognition of incoherent fragments of seamount metamorphic rocks within accreted terranes which typically have undergone subsequent higher pressure-temperature regional metamorphism, albeit to comparable grades.

  19. Seismic facies; Facies sismicas

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    Johann, Paulo Roberto Schroeder [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Exploracao e Producao Corporativo. Gerencia de Reservas e Reservatorios]. E-mail: johann@petrobras.com.br

    2004-11-01

    The method presented herein describes the seismic facies as representations of curves and vertical matrixes of the lithotypes proportions. The seismic facies are greatly interested in capturing the spatial distributions (3D) of regionalized variables, as for example, lithotypes, sedimentary facies groups and/ or porosity and/or other properties of the reservoirs and integrate them into the 3D geological modeling (Johann, 1997). Thus when interpreted as curves or vertical matrixes of proportions, seismic facies allow us to build a very important tool for structural analysis of regionalized variables. The matrixes have an important application in geostatistical modeling. In addition, this approach provides results about the depth and scale of the wells profiles, that is, seismic data is integrated to the characterization of reservoirs in depth maps and in high resolution maps. The link between the different necessary technical phases involved in the classification of the segments of seismic traces is described herein in groups of predefined traces of two approaches: a) not supervised and b) supervised by the geological knowledge available on the studied reservoir. The multivariate statistical methods used to obtain the maps of the seismic facies units are interesting tools to be used to provide a lithostratigraphic and petrophysical understanding of a petroleum reservoir. In the case studied these seismic facies units are interpreted as representative of the depositional system as a part of the Namorado Turbiditic System, Namorado Field, Campos Basin.Within the scope of PRAVAP 19 (Programa Estrategico de Recuperacao Avancada de Petroleo - Strategic Program of Advanced Petroleum Recovery) some research work on algorithms is underway to select new optimized attributes to apply seismic facies. One example is the extraction of attributes based on the wavelet transformation and on the time-frequency analysis methodology. PRAVAP is also carrying out research work on an

  20. Fi Investigations On Hp-Rocks From The Lower Engadine Window New Insights On Its Late Tectono-Metamorphic Evolution

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    Bertle, R. J.; Götzinger, M. A.; Koller, F.

    2003-04-01

    Fluid inclusions studies in metamorphic rocks allow to reconstruct not only the chemistry of the fluids enabling and/or supporting metamorphic reactions but also the late metamorphic evolution of orogenesis. Therefore late, discordant quarz-calcite veins were investigated using FI-techniques. The Engadine Window which is exposed at the Swiss-Austrian-border exposes the penninic units of the Western Alps as a tectonic window within the Austroalpine nappes of the Eastern Alps. The nappes of the Engadine window underwent metamorphism and deformation during Tertiary times (THÖNI 1981, BERTLE 2000). The highest unit (Fimber unit) and the core of the window (= Zone of Pfunds) suffered HP-LT-metamorphism. P-T-conditions for parts of the Zone of Pfunds at the region of Piz Mundin are at 13-15 kbar at 380^oC (BOUSQUET et al. 2002) indicated by the occurrence of carpholite and glaucophane. The late metamorphic history is not very well constrained. There exist only a few FI-data published in an abstract by STÖCKHERT et al. 1990 and some unpublished data in RING 1989. During the ongoing mapping campaign of the first author samples from the Fimber unit and the Zone of Pfunds were collected and investigated using a LINKHAM freezing-cooling-stage. The investigated veins are discordant in respect to the main-foliation of the rocks and show nice cristalls of quarz, calcite and sometimes feldspar (adularia). Structural data implie that the investigated veins correspond to a set of ac-joints that correlate to the late updoming of the large "Engadiner Gewölbe" (Engadin anticlinal structure, MATTMÜLLER 1996). All investigated veins (from all tectonic units) show the same relationship to the anticlinal structure. FI-investigations show, that a large amount of the primary FI are decrepitated, however it was possible to find enough to provide a serious statistical data set. FI from Piz Mundin in the core of the Engadine window exhibit at the base of the vein quarz at the contact to

  1. METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY

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    20160203 Ji Genyuan(Cores and Samples Center of Land Resources,Sanhe 065201,China);Dai Tagen Petrological Characteristics and Original Rocks for Metamorphic Rocks from the Jinmo Sb Deposit,in Quang Ninh Province,Vietnam(Acta Geologica Sichuan,ISSN1006-0995,CN51-1273/P,35(1),2015,p.43-46,6illus.,1table,6refs.)

  2. Deformation and Metasomatic Evolution at the Subduction Plate Interface As Viewed from Study of HP/UHP Metamorphic Rocks

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    Bebout, G. E.; Penniston-Dorland, S.

    2014-12-01

    We provide a view of lithologic makeup, deformation, and fluid-rock interaction along the deep forearc to subarc plate interface, based on insights gained from study of HP/UHP metamorphic rocks. Exposures of plate-boundary shear zones on which we base our perspective represent 30-80 km depths and are on Catalina Island and at Monviso, Syros, and New Caledonia. Each contains highly deformed zones with schistose matrix, commonly with a large ultramafic component, containing bodies of less deformed mafic, sedimentary, and ultramafic rocks. These "blocks" have varying geometries, are up to km-scale, and can preserve disparate P-T histories reflecting dynamics of incorporation and entrainment. Sheared matrices contain high-variance, hydrous mineral assemblages in some cases resembling metasomatic zones ("rinds") at block-matrix contacts, and rinds and matrices have homogenized isotopic compositions reflecting extensive fluid-rock interaction. Shearing and related physical juxtaposition of disparate metasomatic rocks can result in mixed or 'hybrid' chemical compositions. The chlorite-, talc-, and amphibole-rich schists developed by these processes can stabilize H2O to great depth and influence its cycling. Fluids (hydrous fluids, silicate melts) released within slabs necessarily interact with highly deformed, lithologically hybridized zones at the plate interface as they ascend to potentially enter mantle wedges. Fluids bearing chemical/isotopic signatures of hybrid rocks appear capable of producing arc magma compositions interpreted as reflecting multiple, chemically distinct fluids sources. Geophysical signatures of these rheologically weak zones are equivocal but many recognize the presence of zones of low seismic velocity at/near the top of slabs and attribute them to hydrated rocks. Whether rocks from this interface buoyantly ascend into mantle wedges, indicated in some theoretical models, remains largely untested by field and geophysical observations.

  3. Petrologic and geochemical characterization and mineralization of the metavolcanic rocks of the Heib Formation, Kid Metamorphic Complex, Sinai, Egypt

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    Ibrahim H. Khalifa

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Metavolcanic rocks hosting base metal sulphide mineralization, and belonging to the Kid Metamorphic Complex, are exposed in the Samra-Tarr area, Southern Sinai. The rocks consist of slightly metamorphosed varicolored porphyritic lavas of rhyolite-to-andesite composition, and their equivalent pyroclastics. Geochemically, these metavolcanics are classified as high-K calc-alkaline, metaluminous andesites, trachyandesites, dacites, and rhyolites. The geochemical characteristics of these metavolcanics strongly point to their derivation from continental crust in an active continental margin. The sulphide mineralization in these metavolcanics occurs in two major ore zones, and is represented by four distinct styles of mineralization. The mineralization occurs either as low-grade disseminations or as small massive pockets. The associated hydrothermal alterations include carbonatization, silicification, sericitization and argillic alterations. The base metal sulphide mineralization is epigenetic and was formed by hydrothermal solutions associated with subduction-related volcanic activity.

  4. Sequence Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Facies of Lower Oligocene Yacheng Formation in Deepwater Area of Qiongdongnan Basin, Northern South China Sea:Implications for Coal-Bearing Source Rocks

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    Jinfeng Ren; Hua Wang; Ming Sun; Huajun Gan; Guangzeng Song; Zhipeng Sun

    2014-01-01

    For unveiling coal-bearing source rocks in terrestrial-marine transitional sequences, the sequence stratigraphic framework and sedimentary facies of Lower Oligocene Yacheng Formation of Qiongdongnan Basin were investigated using seismic profiles, complemented by well bores and cores. Three third-order sequences are identified on the basis of unconformities on basin margins and cor-relative conformities in the basin center, namely SQYC3, SQYC2 and SQYC1 from bottom to top. Coal measure in Yacheng Formation of Qiongdongnan Basin were deposited within a range of facies asso-ciations from delta plain/tidal zone to neritic sea, and three types of favourable sedimentary facies as-sociations for coal measure were established within the sequence stratigraphic framework, including braided delta plain and alluvial fan, lagoon and tidal flat, and fan delta and coastal plain facies associa-tions. Results shown that, in the third-order sequences, coal accumulation in landward areas (such as delta plain) of the study area predominantly correlates with the early transgressive systems tract (TST) to middle highstand systems tract (HST), while in seaward areas (such as tidal flat-lagoon) it correlates with the early TST and middle HST. The most potential coal-bearing source rocks formed where the accommodation creation rate (Ra) and the peat-accumulation rate (Rp) could reach a state of balance, which varied among different sedimentary settings. Furthermore, intense tectonic subsidence and fre-quent alternative marine-continental changes of Yacheng Formation during the middle rift stage were the main reasons why the coal beds shown the characteristics of multi-beds, thin single-bed, and rapidly lateral changes. The proposed sedimentary facies associations may aid in predicting distribution of coal-bearing source rocks. This study also demonstrates that controlling factors analysis using sequence stratigraphy and sedimentology may serve as an effective approach for coal

  5. A Petrographic and Mineralogical Study of Volcanic Rocks from the Mayaxueshan Area, North Qilian Fold Belt, NW China

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    徐达伟; 萧炎宏

    2002-01-01

    The Ordovician volcanic rocks in the Mayaxueshan area have been pervasively altered or metamorphosedand contain abundant secondary minerals such as albite, chlorite, epidote, prehnite, pumpellyite, actinolite, titanite, quartz,and/or calcite. They were denoted as spilites or spilitic rocks in terms of their petrographic features and mineral assem-blages. The metamorphic grades of the volcanic rocks are equivalent to that of the intercalated metaclastic rocks. Thisindicates that both the spilitic volcanic rocks and metaclastic rocks in the Mayaxueshan area have formed as a result ofCaledonian regional metamorphism. We suggest that the previously denoted spilitic rocks or altered volcanic rocks shouldbe re-denoted as metabasalts or metabasaltic rocks. The metamorphic grade of the volcanic rocks increases with their age:prehnite-pumpellyite facies for the upper part of the Middle Ordovician volcanic rocks, prehnite-pumpellyite to lowergreenschist facies for the lower part of the Middle Ordovician volcanic rocks, and lower greenschist facies for the LowerOrdovician volcanic rocks. The P-T conditions are estimated as T = 240 - 290C and P = 1.5 - 4.5 kbar for the lower partof the Middle Ordovician rocks, and T = ~ 300~C for the Lower Ordovician rocks. The variations of mineral assemblagesoccurring at different domains of the volcanic rocks were controlled by the variations of the effective bulk composition inthose domains during metamorphism. The geochemical characteristics of Mg-Al chromite in the Mayaxueshan volcanicrocks are consistent with an origin of island arc environment.

  6. Pressure-temperature evolution of Neoproterozoic metamorphism in the Welayati Formation (Kabul Block), Afghanistan

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    Collett, Stephen; Faryad, Shah Wali

    2015-11-01

    The Welayati Formation, consisting of alternating layers of mica-schist and quartzite with lenses of amphibolite, unconformably overlies the Neoarchean Sherdarwaza Formation of the Kabul Block that underwent Paleoproterozoic granulite-facies and Neoproterozoic amphibolite-facies metamorphic events. To analyze metamorphic history of the Welayati Formation and its relations to the underlying Sherdarwaza Formation, petrographic study and pressure-temperature (P-T) pseudosection modeling were applied to staurolite- and kyanite-bearing mica-schists, which crop out to the south of Kabul City. Prograde metamorphism, identified by inclusion trails and chemical zonation in garnet from the micaschists indicates that the rocks underwent burial from around 6.2 kbar at 525 °C to maximum pressure conditions of around 9.5 kbar at temperatures of around 650 °C. Decompression from peak pressures under isothermal or moderate heating conditions are indicated by formation of biotite and plagioclase porphyroblasts which cross-cut and overgrow the dominant foliation. The lack of sillimanite and/or andalusite suggests that cooling and further decompression occurred in the kyanite stability field. The results of this study indicate a single amphibolite-facies metamorphism that based on P-T conditions and age dating correlates well with the Neoproterozoic metamorphism in the underlying Sherdarwaza Formation. The rocks lack any paragenetic evidence for a preceding granulite-facies overprint or subsequent Paleozoic metamorphism. Owing to the position of the Kabul Block, within the India-Eurasia collision zone, partial replacement of the amphibolite-facies minerals in the micaschist could, in addition to retrogression of the Neoproterozoic metamorphism, relate to deformation associated with the Alpine orogeny.

  7. THE GEOCHEMISTRY AND AGES OF ROCKS IN THE FOOTWALL OF THE BUTULIYN-NUR AND ZAGAN METAMORPHIC CORE COMPLEXES (NORTH MONGOLIA – WESTERN TRANSBAIKALIA)

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    T. V. Donskaya; A.M. MAZUKABZOV

    2015-01-01

    This article reviews data on ages of rocks in the footwall of the Butuliyn-Nur and Zagan metamorphic core complexes (MCC) and provides new data on the geochemistry of the rock complexes. It is noted that the oldest rocks are mylonitized gneisses on rhyolites (554 Ma) in the footwall of the Butuliyn-Nur MCC. The Late Permian – Triassic (249–211 Ma) igneous rocks are ubiquitous in the footwall of the Butuliyn-Nur and Zagan MCC. The youngest rocks in the studied MCC are the Jurassic granitoids (...

  8. Detachment within subducted continental crust and multi-slice successive exhumation of ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks: Evidence from the Dabie-Sulu orogenic belt

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    LIU YiCan; LI ShuGuang

    2008-01-01

    Although tectonic models were presented for exhumation of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks during the continental collision, there is increasing evidence for the decoupling between crustal slices at various depths within deeply subducted continental crust. This lends support to the multi-slice successive exhumation model of the UHP metamorphic rocks in the Dabie-Sulu orogen. The available evidence is summarized as follows: (1) the low-grade metamorphic slices, which have geotectonic af-finity to the South China Block and part of them records the Triassic metamorphism, occur in the northern margin of the Dabie-Sulu UHP metamorphic zone, suggesting decoupling of the upper crust from the underlying basement during the initial stages of continental subduction; (2) the Dabie and Sulu HP to UHP metamorphic zones comprise several HP to UHP slices, which have an increased trend of metamorphic grade from south to north but a decreased trend of peak metamorphic ages corre-spondingly; and (3) the Chinese Continental Science Drilling (CCSD) project at Donghai in the Sulu orogen reveals that the UHP metamorphic zone is composed of several stacked slices, which display distinctive high and low radiogenic Pb from upper to lower parts in the profile, suggesting that these UHP crustal slices were derived from the subducted upper and middle crusts, respectively. Detachment surfaces within the deeply subducted crust may occur either along an ancient fault as a channel of fluid flow, which resulted in weakening of mechanic strength of the rocks adjacent to the fault due to fluid-rock interaction, or along the low-viscosity zones which resulted from variations of geotherms and lithospheric compositions at different depths. The multi-slice successive exhumation model is different from the traditional exhumation model of the UHP metamorphic rocks in that the latter as-sumes the detachment of the entire subducted continental crust from the underlying mantle lithosphere and its

  9. Fluorian garnets from the host rocks of the Skaergaard intrusion: implications for metamorphic fluid composition

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    Manning, C.E.; Bird, D.K.

    1990-01-01

    Zoned, silica-deficient, calcic garnets containing up to 5 mol% F substitution for O formed during contact metamorphism of basalts by the Skaergaard intrusion in East Greenland. Fluorian calcic garnets occur as a retrograde alteration of prograde wollastonite and clinopyroxene that fills vesicles and vugs in lavas 30-70 m from the intrusion. The F content of garnet is extremely sensitive to minor changes in fluid composition. The calculations show that a decrease in pH or an increase in log aF- of 0.3 at constant pressure and temperature will decrease the F concentration in garnet from 5 to 0 mol%. The results of this study show that fluorian hydrous grandites provide a mineralogical record of the activities of F species in coexisting metamorphic and hydrothermal fluids. -from Authors

  10. Determining age of Pan African metamorphism using Sm-Nd garnet-whole rock geochronology and phase equilibria modeling in the Tasriwine ophiolite, Sirwa, Anti-Atlas Morocco

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    Inglis, Jeremy D.; Hefferan, Kevin; Samson, Scott D.; Admou, Hassan; Saquaque, Ali

    2017-03-01

    Sm-Nd garnet-whole rock geochronology and phase equilibria modeling have been used to determine the age and conditions of regional metamorphism within the Tasriwine ophiolite complex, Sirwa, Morocco. Pressure and temperature estimates obtained using a NaCaKFMASHT phase diagram (pseudosection) and garnet core and rim compositions predict that garnet growth began at ∼0.72 GPa and ∼615 °C and ended at ∼0.8 GPa and ∼640 °C. A bulk garnet Sm-Nd age of 647.2 ± 1.7 Ma, calculated from a four point isochron that combines whole rock, garnet full dissolution and two successively more aggressive partial dissolutions, provides a precise date for garnet formation and regional metamorphism. The age is over 15 million years younger than a previous age estimate of regional metamorphism of 663 ± 13 Ma based upon a SHRIMP U-Pb date from rims on zircon from the Iriri migmatite. The new data provide further constraints on the age and nature of regional metamorphism in the Anti-Atlas mountains and emphasizes that garnet growth during regional metamorphism may not necessarily coincide with magmatism/anatexis which predominate the signature witnessed by previous U-Pb studies. The ability to couple PT estimates for garnet formation with high precision Sm-Nd geochronology highlights the utility of garnet studies for uncovering the detailed metamorphic history of the Anti-Atlas mountain belt.

  11. U-Pb zircon dating constraints on formation time of Qilian high-grade metamorphic rock and its tectonic implications

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    XU WangChun; ZHANG HongFei; LIU XiaoMing

    2007-01-01

    In order to constrain the formation time of high-grade metamorphic rocks in the Qilian Mountains, U-Pb zircon dating was carried out by using LA-ICPMS technique for a paragneiss of the Hualong Group in the Qilian Mountains basement series and a weakly foliated granite that intruds into the Hualong Group. Zircons from the paragneiss consist dominantly of detrital magma zircons with round or sub-round shape. They have 207Pb/206Pb ages mostly ranging from 880 to 900 Ma, with a weighted mean age of 891±9 Ma, which is interpreted as the magma crystallization age of its igneous provenance and can be taken as a lower age limit for the Hualong Group. Magma crystallization age for the weak-foliated granite is 875±8 Ma, which can be taken as an upper age limit for the Hualong Group. Accordingly, the formation time of the Hualong Group is constrained at sometime between 875 and 891 Ma. A few zircons from both paragneiss and weak-foliated granite display old inherited ages of 1000 to 1700 Ma and young metamorphic ages of Early Paleozoic. The zircon age distribution pattern confirms that the Qilian Mountains and the northern margin of Qaidam Basin had a united basement, with geotectonic affinity to the Yangtze Block. The results also reveal that sediments of the Hualong Group formed by rapid accumulation due to rapid crustal uplift-erosion. This process may result from intensive Neoproterozoic orogenesis due to assembly of the suppercontinent Rodinia.

  12. The Kenna ureilite - An ultramafic rock with evidence for igneous, metamorphic, and shock origin

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    Berkley, J. L.; Brown, H. G.; Keil, K.; Carter, N. L.; Mercier, J.-C. C.; Huss, G.

    1976-01-01

    Ureilites are a rare group of achondrites. They are composed mainly of olivine and pigeonite in a matrix of carbonaceous material, including graphite, lonsdaleite, diamond, and metal. In most respects Kenna is a typical ureilite with the requisite mineralogical and chemical properties of the group. Differences of the Kenna ureilite from previously studied ureilites are related to a greater density, the occurrence of exceedingly minute quantities of feldspar, and a very strong elongation lineation of the silicate minerals. A description is presented of a study which indicates a complex history for Kenna, including igneous, mild metamorphic, and shock processes.

  13. Possibility of the misidentification of contaminated microdiamonds in UHP metamorphic rocks: An example of diamond grains in Dabie garnet clinopyroxenite

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    Ogasawara, Y.; Igarashi, M.; Tsai, C.; Iwasaki, I.; Liou, J. G.

    2011-12-01

    Extracted diamonds from crushed UHP metamorphic rocks always have some possibilities of misidentification by the contamination during crushing. In-situ Raman spectroscopy using polished thin sections or polished sections is necessary for the identification of microdiamonds in UHP metamorphic rocks. Even in in-situ observation that we use thin sections for the microdiamond identification by laser Raman spectroscopy, we have to pay attentions to the risk of the contamination during cutting with diamond blades, polishing with diamond paste/spray because most metamorphic diamonds are μm size and extremely rare, except for those from the Kokchetav Massif. Particularly, on the microdiamond grains which are not entirely included in the host crystals (e.g., garnet, zircon), we should carefully observe those occurrences, the positions and the coexisting materials in the host crystal under an optical microscope. If host crystals have holes or pits, the contamination of abrasive diamond and other shavings is highly probable. When acquired Raman spectra of microdiamonds are not clear (e.g., weak intensity, broad bands, low P/B ratio, mixture with other materials near diamond band), we have to keep in mind that several organic materials used in polished thin section making will make "noise" to Raman spectra of diamonds. During our study of lamellae and inclusions in clinopyroxene of Grt clinopyroxenite (no. 95-9A) from Raobazhai, North Dabie of central China, we found that several microdiamond grains in three holes of one clinopyroxene crystal. Microdiamond grains were positively identified by laser Raman spectrometry; Ar+ laser: 514.5 cm-1, 10 mW laser power, and 1 μm Φ laser beam. Typical diamond Raman band at about 1332 cm-1 (strong intensity and small FWHM) was detected. These microdiamond grains were not completely included in the host, and occurred as captured in a "hole" of clinopyroxene. On the basis of the observation with a reflected light microscope and the multi

  14. The Rock Elm meteorite impact structure, Wisconsin: Geology and shock-metamorphic effects in quartz

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    French, B.M.; Cordua, W.S.; Plescia, J.B.

    2004-01-01

    The Rock Elm structure in southwest Wisconsin is an anomalous circular area of highly deformed rocks, ???6.5 km in diameter, located in a region of virtually horizontal undeformed sedimentary rocks. Shock-produced planar microstructures (PMs) have been identified in quartz grains in several lithologies associated with the structure: sandstones, quartzite pebbles, and breccia. Two distinct types of PMs are present: P1 features, which appear identical to planar fractures (PFs or cleavage), and P2 features, which are interpreted as possible incipient planar deformation features (PDFs). The latter are uniquely produced by the shock waves associated with meteorite impact events. Both types of PMs are oriented parallel to specific crystallographic planes in the quartz, most commonly to c(0001), ??112??2, and r/z101??1. The association of unusual, structurally deformed strata with distinct shock-produced microdeformation features in their quartz-bearing rocks establishes Rock Elm as a meteorite impact structure and supports the view that the presence of multiple parallel cleavages in quartz may be used independently as a criterion for meteorite impact. Preliminary paleontological studies indicate a minimum age of Middle Ordovician for the Rock Elm structure. A similar age estimate (450-400 Ma) is obtained independently by combining the results of studies of the general morphology of complex impact structures with estimated rates of sedimentation for the region. Such methods may be applicable to dating other old and deeply eroded impact structures formed in sedimentary target rocks.

  15. Some aspects of the role of intergranular fluids in the compositional evolution of metamorphic rocks

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    Sumit Chakraborty; Ralf Dohmen

    2001-12-01

    Minerals that react with each other during the progressive evolution of metamorphic terranes are not always in physical contact. As such, an "intergranular fluid" could play a major role in element transfer and chemical evolution. However, the nature of this uid and its specific role remains somewhat elusive. Recent experiments in our laboratory shed some light on the behavior of such a uid. Here we present a simple mathematical model which accounts for diffusion within crystals and fluid, solubility in the fluid and mass balance between the various reservoirs. The model elucidates the nature of element exchange between two minerals via the mediation of an intergranular fluid. It is shown that a coupling of thermodynamics and kinetics controls the evolution of the system and the concentration of an element in the intergranular fluid is a key parameter of interest. The results have important implications for standard tools of metamorphic petrology such as geothermometers and barometers, geospeedometry and the closure of isotopic systems. For example, homogeneity of mineral grains may be a poor criterion for equilibrium and the rim compositions of minerals showing diffusion zoning may be out of equilibrium with distant exchange partners, even in the presence of a uid in which transport is fast.

  16. Crustal uplift of the Precambrian cratons due to metamorphism in crustal rocks under infiltration of mantle fluids

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    Artyushkov, Eugene; Chekhovich, Peter; Korikovsky, Sergey; Massonne, Hans-Joachim

    2017-04-01

    Precambrian cratons cover about 70% of the total area of the continents. During the last several million years cratonic areas underwent rapid uplift, from 100-200 m in East Europe to 1000-1500 m Southern Africa. Shortening of the Precambrian crust terminated half a billion years ago or earlier and this popular mechanism cannot be applied to its recent uplift. Large thickness of cratonic mantle lithosphere, 100-200 km in most regions, together with its low density precludes delamination of this layer and magmatic underplating as possible causes of recent uplift. It cannot be precluded that in some cratonic regions recent uplift occurred due to delamination of the lower part of mantle lithosphere with the density increased by metasomatism. Even a small uplift of ≥ 100-200 m would require delamination of a thick layer of mantle lithosphere. As a result a temperature drop of > 200 C would arise at the base of the lithosphere producing a shear wave velocities drop of > 2%. According to the seismic tomography data such a drop in VS is observed only in some regions with the Precambrian lithosphere, e.g., in Northeastern Africa. Spatial distribution of the Precambrian cratons is quite different from that predicted by the main models of dynamic topography in the mantle. Moreover, many uplifted blocks are bounded by steep slopes hundreds of meters to one kilometer high and only tens of kilometers wide. Such slopes could not have been formed by bending of thick cratonic lithosphere under the forces acting from below. Their recent formation indicates rock expansion within the crust at shallow depth comparable with the slope width. Rocks formed at the pressure P ˜ 0.5-1.0 GPa are widespread on the Precambrian cratons. This indicates that during their lifetime a layer of rocks ˜ 15-30 km thick has been removed from the crustal surface by denudation. As a result rocks which were initially located in the lower crust emerged to the middle or upper crust. Due to metamorphic

  17. High-grade contact metamorphism in the Reykjanes geothermal system: Implications for fluid-rock interactions at mid-oceanic ridge spreading centers

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    Marks, Naomi; Schiffman, Peter; Zierenberg, Robert A.

    2011-08-01

    Granoblastic hornfels identified in cuttings from the Reykjanes seawater-dominated hydrothermal system contains secondary pyroxene, anorthite, and hornblendic amphibole in locally equilibrated assemblages. Granoblastic assemblages containing secondary orthopyroxene, olivine, and, locally, cordierite and spinel occur within groups of cuttings that show dominantly greenschist facies hydrothermal alteration. Granoblastic plagioclase ranges continuously in composition from An54 to An96, in contrast with relict igneous plagioclase that ranges from An42 to An80. Typical hydrothermal clinopyroxene compositions range from Wo49En3Fs48 to Wo53En30Fo17; clinopyroxene from the granoblastic grains is less calcic with an average composition of Wo48En27Fs25. The hornfels is interpreted to form during contact metamorphism in response to dike emplacement, resulting in local recrystallization of previously hydrothermally altered basalts. Temperatures of granoblastic recrystallization estimated from the 2-pyroxene geothermometer range from 927°C to 967°C. Redox estimates based on the 2-oxide oxybarometer range from log fO2 of -13.4 to -15.9. Granoblastic hornfels comprised of clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene, and calcic plagioclase have been described in a number of ancient hydrothermal systems from the conductive boundary layer between the hydrothermal system and the underlying magma source, most notably in Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Hole 1256D, Ocean Drilling Program Hole 504B, and in the Troodos and Oman ophiolites. To our knowledge, this is the first evidence of high-grade contact metamorphism from an active geothermal system and the first description of equilibrated amphibole-absent pyroxene hornfels facies contact metamorphism in any mid-ocean ridge (MOR) hydrothermal system. This contribution describes how these assemblages develop through metamorphic reactions and allows us to predict that higher-temperature assemblages may also be present in MOR systems.

  18. The timing of metamorphism in the Odenwald-Spessart basement, Mid-German Crystalline Zone

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    Will, T. M.; Schulz, B.; Schmädicke, E.

    2016-07-01

    New in situ electron microprobe monazite and white mica 40Ar/39Ar step heating ages support the proposition that the Odenwald-Spessart basement, Mid-German Crystalline Zone, consists of at least two distinct crustal terranes that experienced different geological histories prior to their juxtaposition. The monazite ages constrain tectonothermal events at 430 ± 43 Ma, 349 ± 14 Ma, 331 ± 16 Ma and 317 ± 12 Ma/316 ± 4 Ma, and the 40Ar/39Ar analyses provide white mica ages of 322 ± 3 Ma and 324 ± 3 Ma. Granulite-facies metamorphism occurred in the western Odenwald at c. 430 and 349 Ma, and amphibolite-facies metamorphism affected the eastern Odenwald and the central Spessart basements between c. 324 and 316 Ma. We interpret these data to indicate that the Otzberg-Michelbach Fault Zone, which separates the eastern Odenwald-Spessart basement from the Western Odenwald basement, is part of the Rheic Suture, which marks the position of a major Variscan plate boundary separating Gondwana- and Avalonia-derived crustal terranes. The age of the Carboniferous granulite-facies event in the western Odenwald overlaps with the minimum age of eclogite-facies metamorphism in the adjacent eastern Odenwald. The granulite- and eclogite-facies rocks experienced contrasting pressure-temperature paths but occur in close spatial proximity, being separated by the Rheic Suture. As high-pressure and high-temperature metamorphisms are of similar age, we interpret the Odenwald-Spessart basement as a paired metamorphic belt and propose that the adjacent high-pressure and high-temperature rocks were metamorphosed in the same subduction zone system. Juxtaposition of these rocks occurred during the final stages of the Variscan orogeny along the Rheic Suture.

  19. The timing of metamorphism in the Odenwald-Spessart basement, Mid-German Crystalline Zone

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    Will, T. M.; Schulz, B.; Schmädicke, E.

    2017-07-01

    New in situ electron microprobe monazite and white mica 40Ar/39Ar step heating ages support the proposition that the Odenwald-Spessart basement, Mid-German Crystalline Zone, consists of at least two distinct crustal terranes that experienced different geological histories prior to their juxtaposition. The monazite ages constrain tectonothermal events at 430 ± 43 Ma, 349 ± 14 Ma, 331 ± 16 Ma and 317 ± 12 Ma/316 ± 4 Ma, and the 40Ar/39Ar analyses provide white mica ages of 322 ± 3 Ma and 324 ± 3 Ma. Granulite-facies metamorphism occurred in the western Odenwald at c. 430 and 349 Ma, and amphibolite-facies metamorphism affected the eastern Odenwald and the central Spessart basements between c. 324 and 316 Ma. We interpret these data to indicate that the Otzberg-Michelbach Fault Zone, which separates the eastern Odenwald-Spessart basement from the Western Odenwald basement, is part of the Rheic Suture, which marks the position of a major Variscan plate boundary separating Gondwana- and Avalonia-derived crustal terranes. The age of the Carboniferous granulite-facies event in the western Odenwald overlaps with the minimum age of eclogite-facies metamorphism in the adjacent eastern Odenwald. The granulite- and eclogite-facies rocks experienced contrasting pressure-temperature paths but occur in close spatial proximity, being separated by the Rheic Suture. As high-pressure and high-temperature metamorphisms are of similar age, we interpret the Odenwald-Spessart basement as a paired metamorphic belt and propose that the adjacent high-pressure and high-temperature rocks were metamorphosed in the same subduction zone system. Juxtaposition of these rocks occurred during the final stages of the Variscan orogeny along the Rheic Suture.

  20. Seismic modeling, rock physics, avo and seismic attribute analysis for illuminating sandstone facies of the Late Ordovic Ian Mamuniyat Reservoir, R-Field, Murzuq Basin-Libya

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    Abushalah, Yousf Milad

    The Late Ordovician Mamuniyat Formation is the main hydrocarbon reservoir in the R-Field in Murzuq Basin, SW Libya. The Lower Mamuniyat, which is the only unit that was encountered in the study area, is composed of sandstone facies called Clean Mamuniyat and shaly sandstone facies called Dirty Mamuniyat. One major problem with the development of the R-Field is the difficulty of distinguishing the two units so this project was aimed to develop better methods for distinguishing between the two units of the Lower Mamuniyat. The other problem is to distinguish the transgressive shaly facies of the Bir Tlacsin, which has an impact on the hydrocarbon accumulation. Those issues manifested in limit of seismic resolution and interference that resulted from the converted shear mode waves. The dissertation was divided into three chapters. In the first chapter, seismic modeling using a deterministic and a Ricker wavelet were used to investigate the interference effects on the poststack seismic data and a bandpass filter was used to remove those effects. Instantaneous frequency, spectral-based colored inversion and rock physics were, then applied to determine the distributions of the sandstone facies of the Lower Mamuniyat Formation and to interpret the depositional setting of it. In the second chapter, spectral decomposition and inverted density were utilized to determine the distribution of the shaly facies of Bir Tlacsin, and its temporal thickness and to remap the top reservoir. In the last chapter, amplitude variation with offset (AVO) modeling, ray tracing, and spectral analysis were used to investigate the mode conversion and its effect on AVO signature, the amplitude of the near-mid and far offsets and frequency contents. Data enhancement then was performed using partial stacks and a bandpass filter.

  1. Rock formation characterization for carbon dioxide geosequestration: 3D seismic amplitude and coherency anomalies, and seismic petrophysical facies classification, Wellington and Anson-Bates Fields, Kansas, USA

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    Ohl, Derek; Raef, Abdelmoneam

    2014-04-01

    Higher resolution rock formation characterization is of paramount priority, amid growing interest in injecting carbon dioxide, CO2, into subsurface rock formations of depeleting/depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs or saline aquifers in order to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. In this paper, we present a case study for a Mississippian carbonate characterization integrating post-stack seismic attributes, well log porosities, and seismic petrophysical facies classification. We evaluated changes in petrophysical lithofacies and reveal structural facies-controls in the study area. Three cross-plot clusters in a plot of well log porosity and acoustic impedance corroborated a Neural Network petrophysical facies classification, which was based on training and validation utilizing three petrophysically-different wells and three volume seismic attributes, extracted from a time window including the wavelet of the reservoir-top reflection. Reworked lithofacies along small-throw faults has been revealed based on comparing coherency and seismic petrophysical facies. The main objective of this study is to put an emphasis on reservoir characterization that is both optimized for and subsequently benefiting from pilot tertiary CO2 carbon geosequestration in a depleting reservoir and also in the deeper saline aquifer of the Arbuckle Group, south central Kansas. The 3D seismic coherency attribute, we calculated from a window embracing the Mississippian top reflection event, indicated anomalous features that can be interpreted as a change in lithofacies or faulting effect. An Artificial Neural Network (ANN) lithofacies modeling has been used to better understand these subtle features, and also provide petrophysical classes, which will benefit flow-simulation modeling and/or time-lapse seismic monitoring feasibility analysis. This paper emphasizes the need of paying greater attention to small-scale features when embarking upon characterization of a reservoir or saline-aquifer for CO2

  2. Metamorphism, Plate Tectonics, and the Supercontinent Cycle

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    Brown, Michael

    Granulite facies ultrahigh temperature metamorphism (G-UHTM) is documented in the rock record predominantly from Neoarchean to Cambrian; G-UHTM facies series rocks may be inferred at depth in younger, particularly Cenozoic orogenic systems. The first occurrence of G-UHTM in the rock record signifies a change in geodynamics that generated transient sites of very high heat flow. Many G-UHTM belts may have developed in settings analogous to modern continental backarcs. On a warmer Earth, the cyclic formation of supercontinents and their breakup, particularly by extroversion, which involved destruction of ocean basins floored by thinner lithosphere, may have generated hotter continental backarcs than those associated with the modern Pacific rim. Medium-temperature eclogite, high-pressure granulite metamorphism (E-HPGM), is also first recognized in the Neoarchean rock record and occurs at intervals throughout the Proterozoic and Paleozoic rock record. E-HPGM belts are complementary to G-UHTM belts and are generally inferred to record subduction-to-collision orogenesis. Blueschists become evident in the Neoproterozoic rock record; they record the low thermal gradients associated with modern subduction. Lawsonite blueschists and eclogites (high-pressure metamorphism, HPM) and ultrahigh pressure metamorphism (UHPM) characterized by coesite (±lawsonite) or diamond are predominantly Phanerozoic phenomena. HPM-UHPM registers the low thermal gradients and deep subduction of continental crust during the early stage of the collision process in Phanerozoic subduction-to-collision orogens. Although perhaps counterintuitive, many HPM-UHPM belts appear to have developed by closure of small ocean basins in the process of accretion of a continental terrane during a period of supercontinent introversion (Wilson cycle ocean basin opening and closing). A duality of metamorphic belts—reflecting a duality of thermal regimes—appears in the record only since the Neoarchean Era. A

  3. High-grade metamorphic rocks of the Mellid area, Galicia, NW Spain

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    Hubregtse, J.J.M.W.

    1973-01-01

    This study concerns the petrology of the Mellid area, the SE portion of the outer zone of the Ordenes Complex which is one of the upthrusted Precambrian complexes in the axial zone of the Hercynian orogen in Galicia, NW Spain. An eugeosynclinal rock sequence is found containing units with different

  4. The catazonal poly-metamorphic rocks of Cabo Ortegal (NW Spain), a structural and petrofabric study

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    Engels, J.P.

    1972-01-01

    The petrological study of the southern part of the Cabo Ortegal area is a complement of Vogel’s (1967) investigation of the northern half. The present investigations include a structural as well as a petrofabric study. The rocks belong to an eugeosynclinal sequence which during the Precambrian under

  5. The catazonal poly-metamorphic rocks of Cabo Ortegal (NW Spain), a structural and petrofabric study

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    Engels, J.P.

    1972-01-01

    The petrological study of the southern part of the Cabo Ortegal area is a complement of Vogel’s (1967) investigation of the northern half. The present investigations include a structural as well as a petrofabric study. The rocks belong to an eugeosynclinal sequence which during the Precambrian

  6. Microscopic Effects of Shock Metamorphism in Crystalline Rocks Correlated With Shock Induced Changes in Density, Haughton Impact Structure

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    Singleton, A. C.; Osinski, G.; Moser, D.

    2009-05-01

    Asteroid and comet impacts are an important geological process on all solid planetary bodies, including Earth, and involve pressures and temperatures that may reach several hundred GPa and several thousand K [1] over very limited spatial and temporal scales. This results in shock metamorphism and alters the target material on both megascopic and microscopic scales [2]. Many shock metamorphic features are unique to hypervelocity impact environments and are, therefore, diagnostic of such an event [1,2]. Of particular interest for this study is the effect of hypervelocity impact on the density of the target material. In the case of crystalline target rocks, shock metamorphism results in an increase of pore space and impact induced fractures which act to decrease the density. The Haughton impact structure is a well-preserved late Eocene (39 ± 2 Ma) complex impact structure, situated near the western end of Devon Island (75°22'N, 89°41'W) [3]. The geology of the area consists of a sedimentary sequence unconformably overlying crystalline Precambrian gneisses of the Canadian Shield. Since the impact, Devon Island has remained tectonically stable and Haughton remains well-preserved despite being subjected to several glaciations. The excellent preservation of the structure is largely due to the primarily cold and relatively dry environment that has existed in the Arctic since the Eocene [3]. Samples of crystalline material were collected from 36 sites within the impact breccia unit of the Haughton impact structure. These samples display a wide range of density and physical appearance. The type of shock effect(s) created depends upon the pressures and temperatures involved as well as the composition, density and material's location in the target. The samples found in the Haughton impact structure show a wide range of shock effects and thus were exposed to a variety of different conditions likely due to their in-situ positions relative to the impact. Polished thin sections

  7. Charnockite microstructures: From magmatic to metamorphic

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    Jacques L.R. Touret

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Charnockites sensu lato (charnockite-enderbite series are lower crustal felsic rocks typically characterised by the presence of anhydrous minerals including orthopyroxene and garnet. They either represent dry (H2O-poor felsic magmas that are emplaced in the lower crust or granitic intrusions that have been dehydrated during a subsequent granulite facies metamorphic event. In the first case, post-magmatic high-temperature recrystallisation may result in widespread metamorphic granulite microstructures, superimposed or replacing the magmatic microstructures. Despite recrystallisation, magmatic remnants may still be found, notably in the form of melt-related microstructures such as melt inclusions. For both magmatic charnockites and dehydrated granites, subsequent fluid-mineral interaction at intergrain boundaries during retrogradation are documented by microstructures including K-feldspar microveins and myrmekites. They indicate that a large quantity of low-H2O activity salt-rich brines, were present (together with CO2 under immiscible conditions in the lower crust.

  8. Discontinuity characterisation in metamorphic rock based on scanline and photogrammetric methods

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    Koppensteiner, Matthias; Zangerl, Christian

    2016-04-01

    The Ötztal-Stubai crystalline basement (Tyrol, Austria) is characterised by several ductile and brittle deformation phases. Concerning slope stability, landslide formation as well as engineering projects e.g. dam and tunnel construction brittle deformation phases forming brittle fault zones and fractures are highly relevant. These are the structures, which control failure processes, deformation behaviour and groundwater flow in fractured rock masses. A high alpine area of about two square kilometres in size, and located mostly in fractured granodioritic rock was selected to study the discontinuity pattern of faults and joints. Within this area, brittle fault zones are mapped by field survey and analyses of remote sensing data i.e. aerial views and high resolution digital elevation models based on airborne laser scanning. Concerning the joint pattern, sampling points for investigating the geometrical properties are distributed evenly over the area covered with granodioritic gneiss. Whereas most of the collected data is gathered through conventional scanline mapping, at some selected outcrops photogrammetric mapping methods (window mapping) are applied. Among the recorded and analysed parameters of the discontinuities are: orientation, number of joint sets, spacing, frequency, trace length, size, termination, roughness and waviness, block size and GSI. A systematic pattern of recurring discontinuity sets can be observed in the outcrops throughout the whole investigation area. Thus, spatial uniformity is assumed for the whole granodioritic gneiss lithology. Based on this the orientation of the discontinuities and their respective estimated sets are compared between scanline and photogrammetric measurements. For certain representative joint sets, calculated spacing data (mean and probability distribution) as well as joint trace lengths are compared between the scanline surveys and computed parameters from the photogrammetric models. This will help to understand the

  9. Variscan terrane of deep-crustal granulite facies in Yushugou area, southern Tianshan

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    王润三; 周鼎武; 王居里; 王焰; 刘养杰

    1999-01-01

    The Yushugou terrane of deep-crustal granulite facies in southern Tianshan consists of two parts, granulite and metaperidotite. The whole terrane is a metamorphism of (high-pressure) granulite facies, and typical mineral associations are: Gt-Cpx-Pl-Tit-Ilm (±Qz) (silica-saturated and oversaturated mafic rocks), Gt-Ky (pseudomorph)-Pl-Ru-Ilm±Qz (metapelitic rocks) and Spi-Opx-Cpx-Ol (meta-ultramafic rocks). The peak-stage P-T conditions are 795—964℃, 0.97—1.42 GPa, which are obtained with mineral chemistry, assemblage analyses and P-T estimation. The Sm-Nd isochron age of peak-stage metamorphic minerals is (315±3.62) Ma. All of these indicate that the terrane is a deep-crustal body, which subduets to the depth of 40—50 km in the middle late-Paleozoic, undergoing metamorphism of (high-pressure) granulite facies, and exhumed again to the surface by tectonic uplifting.

  10. Petromagnetic Properties of Granulite-Facies Rocks from the Northern North China Craton:Implications for Magnetic and Evolution of the Continental Lower Crust

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    Qingsheng Liu; Hongcai Wang; Jianping Zheng; Qingli Zeng; Qingsong Liu

    2013-01-01

    This paper studies magnetic properties and composition of granulite-facies rocks of both the Neogene and Archean continental lower crust in the Neogene xenolith-bearing Hannuoba(汉诺坝) alkaline basalt and the exposed lower crustal section in the Archean Huai'an(淮安) terrain (Wayaokou (瓦窑口)-Manjinggou(蔓菁沟) profile),the northern North China Craton.It provides a unique opportunity for a comparative study of magnetic properties and composition of both the Archean and Neogene continental lower crust.We measure magnetic parameters (susceptibility kand magnetic hysteresis parameters,such as saturation magnetization Js,saturation isothermal remanent magnetization Jrs,and intrinsic coercivity Hc) of eleven Hannuoba lower crustal xenoliths and nine terrain granulites from the Archean Huai'an terrain.Results indicate that the average values of k,Js and Jrs of Archean granulites are 4 122×10-6 Sl,523.1 A/m and 74.9 A/m,respectively,which are generally higher than those of granulite-facies xenoliths (1 657×10-6 SI,163.9 A/m and 41.9 A/m,respectively).These two types of granulites contain ilmenite,(titano) magnetite,minor hematite and some "magnetic silicates" (clinopyroxene,plagioclase and biotite).The Mg-rich ilmenite in granulite-facies xenolith is relatively higher than that in terrain granulites.We observe a more evolved character as higher magnetic as well as lower Sr/Nd,Cr/Nd,Ni/Nd,Co/Nd and V/Nd ratios in terrain granulites.These differences in magnetic characteristics reflect their different origins and evolutions.The high magnetization of granulites in the Huai'an terrain represents magnetic properties of the Archean continental lower crust,and low magnetization of granulite-facies xenoliths represents magnetic properties of the Cenozoic lower crusts in the northern North China Craton.

  11. Magnetic fabric of the rocks from the Klodzko Metamorphic Complex (West Sudetes, Poland) and relation to tectonics

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    Kadzialko-Hofmokl, M.; Werner, T.; Kruczyk, J.; Mazur, S.

    2003-04-01

    The Klodzko Metamorphic Complex KMC consists of metaigneous and metasedimentary rocks of Early Paleozoic and Precambrian age occurring as fragments of a nappe pile lying between the weakly metamorphosed Givetian sediments and Frasnian-Fammenian limestones and shales. At the basis of the Givetian sediments lies a fragment of the Silurian Sudetic ophiolite from which some pillow lavas were sampled. The study concerns the 5 KMC units, Silurian pillow lavas and both Devonian sets of sediments. According to Mazur the rocks under study underwent 6 deformational episodes out of which four D1-D4 took place at the Middle/Late Devonian and two other D5 and D6 - after the Namurian A. The D1 episode was connected with the WNW thrusting, the D2 and subsequent episodes - to dextral transpression or NNE-SSW compression. The mesoscopic mineral lineations L1 and L3 have an azimuth 90-135°E with dip ranging between 15° and 45°. This direction is common in the Sudetes and compatible with the direction of the Intrasudetic and Boundary Sudetic faults. The results of the AMS study agree with the structural conclusions. The Kmax directions calculated in situ for metaigneous rocks, part of metasediments, pillow lavas and Givetian limestones agree well with the mineral lineations. In metasediments from the passive continental margin where the diamagnetics prevail inversion of the anisotropy axes was observed in the fresh specimens. After heating them to 650°C, directions of Kmax became similar to the lineation. Directions of maximum axes of anisotropy of remanence were similar to magnetic lineation in the unheated specimens supporting the conclusion about the inversion of the AMS axes. In the Frasnian-Fammenian limestones the directions of Kmax axes are similar to the results from other units only after correction .for bedding. The results obtained lead to the following conclusions: the magnetic fabric of all studied rock units reflects one or more deformational episodes described by

  12. Recognition method for volcanic rock facies by well logging%利用测井方法识别火山岩岩相方法

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    张程恩; 潘保芝; 王飞; 边会媛; 韩雪; 陈刚

    2011-01-01

    利用实际岩石薄片数据及测井数据,通过GR-TH及GR-AC交会图方法将松南气田营城组岩石 结构划分为熔岩结构、熔结结构和凝灰结构3种.凝灰结构和熔结结构对应爆发相,熔岩结构对应喷溢相.结合次生孔隙度的大小及岩心、录井信息对出现的6种亚相:热碎屑流亚相、热基浪亚相、空落亚相、上部亚相、中部亚相和下部亚相进一步划分,其结果与地质上的岩相亚相基本一致.%Using actual rock slices and logging data, the rock structures of Yingcheng Formation in Songnan gas field was divided into lava, welding and tuff structures by the cross plots of GR-TH and GR-AC. Tuff and welding structures correspond to explosive facies, while lava structure corresponds to extrusive facies. The six different subfacies (thermal debris flow, thermal base surge, airfall, upper, middle and lower subfacies) recognized by secondary porosity, core and logging data show a high accuracy compared with the actual geological results.

  13. Epithermal neutron activation, radiometric, correlation and principal component analysis applied to the distribution of major and trace elements in some igneous and metamorphic rocks from Romania

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    Cristache, C.I. [National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering Horia-Hulubei, P.O. Box MG-6, 077125 Magurele, Ilfov (Romania); Duliu, O.G. [University of Bucharest, Department of Atomic and Nuclear Physics, P.O. Box MG-11, 077125 Magurele, Ilfov (Romania)], E-mail: duliu@b.astral.ro; Culicov, O.A.; Frontasyeva, M.V. [Joint Institute of Nuclear Research, 6, Joliot Curie str. 141980, Dubna (Russian Federation); Ricman, C. [Geological Institute of Romania, 1 Caransebes Street, 012271 Bucharest (Romania); Toma, M. [National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering Horia-Hulubei, P.O. Box MG-6, 077125 Magurele, Ilfov (Romania)

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    Six major (Na, Al, K, Ca, Ti, Fe) and 28 trace (Sc, Cr, V, Mn, Co, Zn, Cu, As, Br, Sr, Rb, Zr, Mo, Sn, Sb, Ba, Cs, La, Ce, Nd, Eu, Sm, Tb, Hf, Ta, W, Th and U) elements were determined by epithermal neutron activation analysis (ENAA) in nine Meridional Carpathian and Macin Mountains samples of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Correlation and principal factor analysis were used to interpret data while natural radionuclides radiometry shows a good correlation with ENAA results.

  14. Epithermal neutron activation, radiometric, correlation and principal component analysis applied to the distribution of major and trace elements in some igneous and metamorphic rocks from Romania.

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    Cristache, C I; Duliu, O G; Culicov, O A; Frontasyeva, M V; Ricman, C; Toma, M

    2009-05-01

    Six major (Na, Al, K, Ca, Ti, Fe) and 28 trace (Sc, Cr, V, Mn, Co, Zn, Cu, As, Br, Sr, Rb, Zr, Mo, Sn, Sb, Ba, Cs, La, Ce, Nd, Eu, Sm, Tb, Hf, Ta, W, Th and U) elements were determined by epithermal neutron activation analysis (ENAA) in nine Meridional Carpathian and Macin Mountains samples of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Correlation and principal factor analysis were used to interpret data while natural radionuclides radiometry shows a good correlation with ENAA results.

  15. Metamorphic Evolution of Garnet-bearing Epidote-Barroisite Schist from the Meratus Complex in South Kalimantan, Indonesia

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    Nugroho Imam Setiawan

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available DOI:10.17014/ijog.2.3.139-156This paper presents metamorphic evolution of metamorphic rocks from the Meratus Complex in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. Eight varieties of metamorphic rocks samples from this location, which are garnet-bearing epidote-barroisite schist, epidote-barroisite schist, glaucophane-quartz schist, garnet-muscovite schist, actinolite-talc schist, epidote schist, muscovite schist, and serpentinite, were investigated in detail its petrological and mineralogical characteristics by using polarization microscope and electron probe micro analyzer (EPMA. Furthermore, the pressure-temperature path of garnet-bearing epidote-barroisite schist was estimated by using mineral parageneses, reaction textures, and mineral chemistries to assess the metamorphic history. The primary stage of this rock might be represented by the assemblage of glaucophane + epidote + titanite ± paragonite. The assemblage yields 1.7 - 1.0 GPa in assumed temperature of 300 - 550 °C, which is interpreted as maximum pressure limit of prograde stage. The peak P-T condition estimated on the basis of the equilibrium of garnet rim, barroisite, phengite, epidote, and quartz, yields 547 - 690 °C and 1.1 - 1.5 GPa on the albite epidote amphibolite-facies that correspond to the depth of 38 - 50 km. The retrograde stage was presented by changing mineral compositions of amphiboles from the Si-rich barroisite to the actinolite, which lies near 0.5 GPa at 350 °C. It could be concluded that metamorphic rocks from the Meratus Complex experienced low-temperature and high-pressure conditions (blueschist-facies prior to the peak metamorphism of the epidote amphibolite-facies. The subduction environments in Meratus Complex during Cretaceous should be responsible for this metamorphic condition.

  16. Metamorphic Evolution of Garnet-bearing Epidote-Barroisite Schist from the Meratus Complex in South Kalimantan, Indonesia

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    Nugroho Imam Setiawan

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents metamorphic evolution of metamorphic rocks from the Meratus Complex in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. Eight varieties of metamorphic rocks samples from this location, which are garnet-bearing epidote-barroisite schist, epidote-barroisite schist, glaucophane-quartz schist, garnet-muscovite schist, actinolite-talc schist, epidote schist, muscovite schist, and serpentinite, were investigated in detail its petrological and mineralogical characteristics by using polarization microscope and electron probe micro analyzer (EPMA. Furthermore, the pressure-temperature path of garnet-bearing epidote-barroisite schist was estimated by using mineral parageneses, reaction textures, and mineral chemistries to assess the metamorphic history. The primary stage of this rock might be represented by the assemblage of glaucophane + epidote + titanite ± paragonite. The assemblage yields 1.7 - 1.0 GPa in assumed temperature of 300 - 550 °C, which is interpreted as maximum pressure limit of prograde stage. The peak P-T condition estimated on the basis of the equilibrium of garnet rim, barroisite, phengite, epidote, and quartz, yields 547 - 690 °C and 1.1 - 1.5 GPa on the albite epidote amphibolite-facies that correspond to the depth of 38 - 50 km. The retrograde stage was presented by changing mineral compositions of amphiboles from the Si-rich barroisite to the actinolite, which lies near 0.5 GPa at 350 °C. It could be concluded that metamorphic rocks from the Meratus Complex experienced low-temperature and high-pressure conditions (blueschist-facies prior to the peak metamorphism of the epidote amphibolite-facies. The subduction environments in Meratus Complex during Cretaceous should be responsible for this metamorphic condition.

  17. Short-lived subduction and exhumation in Western Papua (Wandamen peninsula): Co-existence of HP and HT metamorphic rocks in a young geodynamic setting

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    François, Camille; de Sigoyer, Julia; Pubellier, Manuel; Bailly, Vivien; Cocherie, Alain; Ringenbach, Jean-Claude

    2016-12-01

    Understanding processes of formation of accretionary wedges requires studying young and well preserved examples. The Lengguru wedge (West Papua) is younger than 10 Myr and is a result of oblique and fast subduction (11 cm/yr) of the Bird's Head (a part of the Australian margin beneath the Melanesian Arc). Thus, the rapid formation of this wedge (actually a Fold and Thrust Belt) may be attributed to a single tectonic event. High pressure (HP) metabasic and metasedimentary rocks have been discovered in the core of the wedge in the Wandamen peninsula. Locally, these rocks are overprinted by migmatization during the decompression. Field relationships indicate that migmatites and anatectic leucogranite crosscut the HP metamorphic rocks. This paper reports characterization of petrology and thermobarometry of metasediments and metabasic samples, all included in a former mélange-type rock association, as well as geochronology of metasediments. Pressure-Temperature (P-T) conditions highlight two stages of metamorphism within a small time bracket. In metasediments, a first stage of relatively HP ( 13-17 kbar) is observed as attested by a first paragenesis of garnet-kyanite-phengite. Garnet, kyanite and phengite are then destabilized in favor of biotite during the decompression (5-12 kbar and > 550 °C). Late fractures filled with chlorite and a second generation of white mica crosscut the foliation (< 7 kbar and 500-600 °C). In metabasic rocks, the peak of pressure is reached from 17 to 23 kbar and from 700 to 800 °C. Geochronological study was conducted using U-Pb dating (LA-MC-ICPMS) on zircons from the metasedimentary and migmatitic rocks. Some zircon cores often present high Th/U ratio typical for magmatic origin, as confirmed by trace element signature of metasediments, and recorded ages older than 300 Ma, witness of the activity of a volcanic arc on the former margin of the Australian craton. Most other zircons present a low Th/U ratio attesting their metamorphic

  18. Rheological Heterogeneity Along the Deep Subduction Interface: Insights from Exhumed HP Metamorphic Rocks Exposed on Syros Island, Greece

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    Kotowski, A. J.; Behr, W. M.; Stockli, D. F.; Ashley, K. T.

    2015-12-01

    Rheological properties of subduction interface shear zones control several aspects of subduction zone dynamics, including shear tractions along the plate interface, rates and amounts of exhumation, and depths and styles of seismicity. We document the rheological properties of a deep subduction interface using exhumed eclogite and blueschist-facies rocks from Syros Island, Greece. These rocks were subducted to ~60 km depth during the Eocene, were exhumed part way along the top of the subducting slab, and were then exhumed to upper-crustal levels beneath Miocene detachment faults. Localization of strain during exhumation allowed prograde fabrics to be preserved. The PT conditions (400-550°C, 12-16kb) of these fabrics are comparable to conditions of episodic tremor and slow slip (ETS) observed in some modern subduction zones, including Cascadia. Two types of prograde fabrics were distinguished after analyzing macro-scale distributions of strain and microphysical mechanisms of creep in metamafic rocks. Type 1 fabrics contain eclogite pods boudinaged within a blueschist matrix. The eclogites show brittle deformation with cross-cutting veins containing high-pressure minerals. Deformation in matrix blueschists is accommodated by rigid rotation of amphibole and diffusion creep in plagioclase. Type 2 fabrics contain blueschists and eclogites that are isoclinally folded at similar wavelengths, thus are approximately isoviscous. Deformation is again accommodated by diffusion creep in blueschists, but by dislocation creep of omphacite in eclogites. These deformation types characterizing boudin-matrix and isoviscous rheologies of blueschist-eclogite assemblages appear to reflect varying amounts of finite strain, but work is in progress to determine whether they also record different PT conditions. The transition from Type 1 to 2 fabrics represents a significant change in bulk viscosity and seismic anisotropy, and may correspond to a transition from ETS-type behavior

  19. Post-peak metamorphic evolution of the Sumdo eclogite from the Lhasa terrane of southeast Tibet

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    Cao, Dadi; Cheng, Hao; Zhang, Lingmin; Wang, Ke

    2017-08-01

    A reconstruction of the pressure-temperature-time (P-T-t) path of high-pressure eclogite-facies rocks in subduction zones may reveal important information about the tectono-metamorphic processes that occur at great depths along the plate interface. The majority of studies have focused on prograde to peak metamorphism of these rocks, whereas after-peak metamorphism has received less attention. Herein, we present a detailed petrological, pseudosection modeling and radiometric dating study of a retrograded eclogite sample from the Sumdo ultrahigh pressure belt of the Lhasa terrane, Tibet. Mineral chemical variations, textural discontinuities and thermodynamic modeling suggest that the eclogite underwent an exhumation-heating period. Petrographic observations and phase equilibria modeling suggest that the garnet cores formed at the pressure peak (∼2.5 GPa and ∼520 °C) within the lawsonite eclogite-facies and garnet rims (∼1.5 GPa and growth of garnet spans an interval of ∼7 million years, which is a minimum estimate of the duration of the eclogite-facies metamorphism of the Sumdo eclogite.

  20. Facies And Bedding Analysis of Deep-Marine, Arc-Related, Sediementary Rocks Cored on International Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 351.

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    Johnson, K. E.; Marsaglia, K. M.

    2015-12-01

    The Izu-Bonin-Mariana (IBM) Arc System, south of Japan, hosts a multitude of active and extinct (remnant) arc volcanic sediment sources. Core extracted adjacent to the proto-IBM arc (Kyushu-Palau Ridge; KPR) in the Amami-Sankaku Basin on International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 351 contains evidence of the variety of sediment sources that have existed in the area as a result of changing tectonic regimes through arc development, backarc basin formation and remnant arc abandonment. Approximately 1000 meters of Eocene to Oligocene volcaniclastic sedimentary rocks were analyzed via shipboard core photos, core descriptions, and thin sections with the intention of understanding the depositional history at this site. These materials contain a crucial record of arc development complementary to the Neogene history preserved in the active reararc (Expedition 350) and compressed whole-arc record in the current forearc (Expedition 352). A database of stratigraphic columns was created to display grain size trends, facies changes, and bedding characteristics. Individual beds (depositional events) were classified using existing and slightly modified classification schemes for muddy, sandy and gravel-rich gravity flow deposits, as well as muddy debris flows and tuffs. Utilizing the deep marine facies classes presented by Pickering et al. (1986), up section changes are apparent. Through time, as the arc developed, facies and bedding types and their proportions change dramatically and relatively abruptly. Following arc initiation facies are primarily mud-rich with intercalated tuffaceous sand. In younger intervals, sand to gravel gravity-flow deposits dominate, becoming more mud-rich. Muddy gravity flow deposits, however, dominate farther upsection. The overall coarsening-upward pattern (Unit III) is consistent with building of the arc edifice. Farther upsection (Unit II) an abrupt fining-upward trend represents the onset of isolation of the KPR as backarc spreading

  1. Applicability of the RSCM geothermometry approach in a complex tectono-metamorphic context: The Jebilet massif case study (Variscan Belt, Morocco)

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    Delchini, Sylvain; Lahfid, Abdeltif; Plunder, Alexis; Michard, André

    2016-07-01

    The Raman Spectroscopy of Carbonaceous Materials (RSCM) geothermometry approach allows determining the peak temperature recorded by metasediments through their metamorphic history. This technique, however, has been calibrated using Meso-Cenozoic metapelitic rocks that underwent a single metamorphic cycle. Until now, the reliability of the RSCM method has never been demonstrated for contexts with superposition of regional and contact metamorphism, such as many Variscan contexts. The present study aims at testing the applicability of the RSCM method to these polyphased metamorphism terrains and at investigating the cumulative molecular transformations of carbonaceous materials related to metamorphic superposition. To address the above issues, samples were collected in the Variscan Jebilet massif of the Moroccan Meseta. This massif was first affected by a regional, greenschist facies metamorphic event (D1 phase), and then by a higher-T, regional and contact metamorphism that reached the hornfels/amphibolite facies conditions (D2 and D2/D3 phases). Mineralogical, thermobarometric and RSCM methods have been used in this study to determine the peak T recorded by the studied rocks. The results obtained for greenschist facies metapelitic rocks show a good agreement between the mineralogical assemblage Chlorite-Phengite-Felspar-Quartz and the Raman temperatures ranging from 330 to 394 ± 50 °C. In the metapelitic rocks that underwent higher metamorphism grades (hornfels/amphibolite facies), four dominant mineral assemblages were observed: (1) Chlorite-Biotite, (2) Cordierite-Biotite, (3) Andalusite-Garnet-Bt, and (4) Andalusite-Cordierite-Biotite. The corresponding Raman temperatures vary respectively between 474 ± 50 °C and 628 ± 50 °C. The pseudo-sections generated for samples from the hornfels/amphibolite facies confirmed the peak temperatures measured by the RSCM method. Our results do not support clear evidence of potential molecular cumulative effect on CM

  2. Amphiboles and their host rocks in the high-grade metamorphic Precambrin of Rogaland/Vest-Agder, Sw. Norway

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    Dekker, A.G.C.

    1978-01-01

    In the high-grade metamorphic Precambrian of the Sirdal-¢rsdal area, Rogaland/Vest-Agder,south-west Norway, the Ca-amphiboles show a change in pleochroic colours, not only with changes in metamorphic grade, but also to some extend in bulk composition. A regional study was performed on the amphiboles

  3. Reconstruction of P-T-t metamorphic conditions from symplectites: insights from Pouso Alegre mafic rocks (Brasília Belt, Brazil)

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    Tedeschi, Mahyra; Lanari, Pierre; Rubatto, Daniela; Hermann, Jörg; Pedrosa-Soares, Antônio Carlos; Dussin, Ivo; Aurélio Pinheiro, Marco; Bouvier, Anne-Sophie; Baumgartner, Lukas

    2017-04-01

    Reconstructing the metamorphic history of polycyclic tectono-metamorphic mafic rocks that preserve potential relicts of high-pressure metamorphism is challenging because such rocks are commonly retrogressed and rare in supercrustal sequences. However, pressure-temperature-time (P-T-t) information is required to obtain the paleo-geothermal gradients and thus to define those units as markers for suture zones. The mafic rocks from Pouso Alegre in the Meridional Brasília Orogen (SW-Brazil) outcrop as rare lenses within Sil-Grt gneisses, Amp-Grt orthogneisses and Bt granites. They are heavily weathered. They have previously been defined as "retro-eclogites", based on the characteristic symplectite texture and some mineralogical observations. They have been intepreted to mark the suture zone between the Paranapanema and São Francisco cratons, although no quantitative estimates of the pressure is available to support this conclusion. In this study we investigated in detail these samples to refine their P-T-t history. As commonly observed in retrogressed eclogites, the studied mafic rock shows symplectite and corona textures overprinting the former paragenesis of Garnet (Grt) - Clinopyroxene (Cpx) 1 - Amphibole (Amp) 1 - Rutile (Rt). Phase equilibrium modelling shows that this assemblage is stable at 690°C and 13.5 kbar, in line with Zr-in-rutile thermometry (720 ±30° C). Local compositions of the symplectite domains were used to retrieve the jadeite content of Cpx1. This low-Jd cpx is in line with the predictions of the model and confirms a maximum pressure of 14 kbar. The symplectite formed from the reaction Cpx1+Qz+H2O→Cpx2+Amp+Pl+Qz taking place at conditions of 600-750°C and <7 kbar. Zircon and monazite U-Th-Pb geochronology was performed for the mafic and surrounding rocks. Zircon core dates from the mafic rock spread along concordia from ca. 1.7 to 1.0 Ga with a cluster at 1520±17 Ma, which is interpreted as the protolith crystallization age. Zircon rim

  4. Monazite Growth from the Eocene to the Miocene: New Interpretations of the Metamorphic History of Greater Himalayan Rocks in the Eastern Himalaya

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    Gordon, S. M.; Kauffman, R.; Gonzales-Clayton, B.; Long, S. P.; Kylander-Clark, A. R.

    2015-12-01

    Across the Himalaya, mid- to lower-crustal Greater-Himalayan (GH) rocks have been exhumed during active continent-continent collision. In the eastern Himalaya within Bhutan, GH rocks are divided into an upper and lower level by an intra-GH shear zone, the Kakthang thrust (KT). To decipher the metamorphic, melt-crystallization and exhumation history of the GH rocks exposed above and below the KT, monazite from metapelites and migmatites was dated and trace elements were analyzed by laser-ablation, split-stream ICPMS. The trace elements from the monazite were used to track when the rocks were at near-peak conditions (based on the depletion of HREE and the likely presence of garnet during monazite growth) versus likely undergoing initial exhumation and garnet breakdown (based on an increase in HREE). Samples were collected from two N-S transects that cross the KT in central and eastern Bhutan. The eastern transect reveals a progressive younging of near-peak metamorphism within the GH, with dates of ca. 23-20 Ma for the structurally-highest sample versus ca. 18-16 Ma in the structurally-lowest sample. The youngest dates from all structural levels of the eastern Bhutan metapelites are 13-15 Ma; the same analyses yield higher HREE abundances, suggesting garnet breakdown during their (re)crystallization. The migmatites yield ca. 14-16 Ma melt-crystallization ages, consistent with the GH having undergone cooling and initial exhumation to cause garnet breakdown by ca. 15 Ma. In comparison, the central Bhutan transect reveals older near-peak metamorphic ages, with garnet-stable monazite populations at ca. 48­-46 Ma within the KT zone, ca. 38-30 Ma for rocks in the middle of the upper-GH, and ca. 25-22 Ma for the structurally-highest sample. Youngest monazites from the central Bhutan transect that yield growth or recrystallization at garnet-unstable conditions range from ca. 17-26 Ma. These results suggest earlier metamorphism and exhumation of GH rocks in central Bhutan

  5. Raman spectra of carbonaceous materials in a fault zone in the Longmenshan thrust belt, China; comparisons with those of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks

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    Kouketsu, Yui; Shimizu, Ichiko; Wang, Yu; Yao, Lu; Ma, Shengli; Shimamoto, Toshihiko

    2017-03-01

    We analyzed micro-Raman spectra of carbonaceous materials (CM) in natural and experimentally deformed fault rocks from Longmenshan fault zone that caused the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, to characterize degree of disordering of CM in a fault zone. Raman spectral parameters for 12 samples from a fault zone in Shenxigou, Sichuan, China, all show low-grade structures with no graphite. Low crystallinity and δ13C values (-24‰ to -25‰) suggest that CM in fault zone originated from host rocks (Late Triassic Xujiahe Formation). Full width at half maximum values of main spectral bands (D1 and D2), and relative intensities of two subbands (D3 and D4) of CM were variable with sample locations. However, Raman parameters of measured fault rocks fall on established trends of graphitization in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. An empirical geothermometer gives temperatures of 160-230 °C for fault rocks in Shenxigou, and these temperatures were lower for highly sheared gouge than those for less deformed fault breccia at inner parts of the fault zone. The lower temperature and less crystallinity of CM in gouge might have been caused by the mechanical destruction of CM by severe shearing deformation, or may be due to mixing of host rocks on the footwall. CM in gouge deformed in high-velocity experiments exhibits slight changes towards graphitization characterized by reduction of D3 and D4 intensities. Thus low crystallinity of CM in natural gouge cannot be explained by our experimental results. Graphite formation during seismic fault motion is extremely local or did not occur in the study area, and the CM crystallinity from shallow to deep fault zones may be predicted as a first approximation from the graphitization trend in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. If that case, graphite may lower the friction of shear zones at temperatures above 300 °C, deeper than the lower part of seismogenic zone.

  6. Deep-derived enclaves (belonging to middle-lower crust metamorphic rocks) in the Liuhe-Xiangduo area,eastern Tibet: Evidence from petrogeochemistry

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    WEI Qirong; LI Dewei; ZHENG Jianping; WANG Jianghai

    2006-01-01

    Petrological and geochemical studies of deep-derived enclaves from the Liuhe-Xiangduo area, eastern Tibet, showed that the enclaves involve five types of rocks, i. e. , garnet diopsidite, garnet amphibolite, garnet hornblendite, amphibolite and hornblendite, whose main mineral assemblages are Grt+Di + Hbl, Grt+ Pl + Hbl + Di, Grt + Hbl + Pl, Pl + Hbl, and Hbl + Bt, respectively. The enclaves exhibit typical crystalloblastic texture, and growth zones are well developed in garnet (Grt) in the enclaves. In view of major element geochemistry, the deep-derived enclaves are characterized by high MgO and FeO * ,ranging from 12.00% to 12.30% and 8.15% to 10.94%, respectively. The protolith restoration of metamorphic rocks revealed that the enclaves belong to ortho-metamorphic rocks. The REE abundances vary over a wide range, and ∑ REE ranges from 53.39 to 129.04 μg/g. The REE patterns slightly incline toward the HREE side with weak LREE enrichment. The contents of Rb, Sr, and Ba range from 8.34 to 101μg/g, 165 to 1485 μg/g, and 105 to 721 μg/g, respectively. The primitive mantle-normalized spider diagrams of trace elements show obvious negative Nb, Ta, Zr and Hf anomalies. Sr-Nd isotopic compositions of the enclaves indicated that the potential source of deep-derived enclaves is similar to the depletedmantle, and their (87Sr/86Sr) i ratios vary from 0.706314 to 0.707198, (147Nd/144Nd)i ratios from 0.512947 to 0.513046, and εNd(T) values from + 7.0 to +9.0, respectively. The potential source of the enclaves is obviously different from the EM2-type mantle from which high-K igneous rocks stemmed(the host rocks), i.e. , there is no direct genetic relationship between the enclaves and the host rocks.Deep-derived enclaves in the host rocks belong to mafic xenoliths, and those in the Liuhe-Xiangduo area,eastern Tibet, are some middle-lower crust ortho-metamorphic rocks which were accidentally captured at20-50 km level by rapidly entrained high-temperature high-K magma

  7. On the compositional variability of metamorphic chlorites as an effect of the micro-site chemistry

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    Sassi, Raffaele; Zane, Antonella [Padua, Univ. (Italy). Dipt. di Mineralogia e Petrologia

    1997-12-31

    Chlorite is a widespread mineral in all metamorphic rock sequence with the exception of the upper part of the amphibolite facies and granulite. Its stability field is well known but the petrologic meaning of its compositional variability is still poorly understood. In this paper, the chemical variability of low grade metamorphic chlorites as an effect of the micro-site chemistry has been tested by means of 2169 microprobe analyses of selected chlorite flakes. The chemistry of studied chlorites turns out to be significantly scattered, as a function of the micro-site chemistry. As a general conclusion, the possible existence in the same thin section, of chlorite flakes having different composition is a serious drawback for geothermobarometry, at least in low grade metamorphic rocks.

  8. Unusual high-density and saline aqueous inclusions in ultrahigh pressure metamor-phic rocks from Sulu terrane in eastern China

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    SHEN Kun; ZHANG Zeming; A. M. van den Kerkhof; XIAO Yilin; XU Zhiqin; J. Hoefs

    2003-01-01

    Primary high-density fluid inclusions were identified in garnet from ultrahigh pressure eclogite in the southern part of the Sulu terrane. They occur isolatedly or in cluster together with relatively low-density two-phase inclusions. The eutectic temperature of the inclusions is as low as ≤ -52℃. A bubble was nucleated in a liquid inclusion during the specific stage of cyclic cooling-heating runs, and the liquid-gas homogenization temperature was measured to be ≤-12.5℃. The composition of the inclusions modeled by the system CaCl2-NaCl-H2O, yields the fluid density of 1.27 g/cm3 that corresponds to a pressure of ca. 2.4 Gpa at the temperature of peak eclogite-facies metamorphism, close to the ultrahigh pressure metamorphic conditions. During the exhumation of the eclogite the inclusions reacted with the host mineral, forming hydrous silicate minerals that resulted in lowering of the fluid density and its transformation to multi-phase inclusions.

  9. Microtectonic-assisted P-T determination on low-grade Alpine metamorphic rocks from the "Tisia Mega-Unit" of the Slavonian Mountains in Croatia

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    Balen, Dražen; Lihter, Iva; Massonne, Hans-Joachim

    2016-04-01

    The internal structure of the Tisia (Tisza) Mega-Unit in the Alpine-Carpathian-Dinaridic orogenic system encompasses large Alpine nappe systems brought to its present-day position by complex regional-scale movements. The Slavonian Mountains are part of the Bihor nappe system which is below the Codru and above the Mecsek nappe systems. The low-grade metamorphic schist unit of the Slavonian Mountains includes numerous rocks which were previously related to Precambrian and/or Lower Paleozoic orogeneses. However, recent studies (e.g. Balen, 2014, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, EGU 2014-6122) show that the metapelites of this unit should be attributed to the Alpine orogeny and the poorly known P-T conditions, which they experienced, should be refined. Although metapelites can be sensitive to changes of metamorphic conditions and, therefore, be suitable for the P-T estimation of metamorphic event(s), the extraction of mineral assemblages, being in equilibrium, and associated microtectonic data for particular low-grade metamorphic rocks is not straightforward. On the contrary, due to lack of suitable minerals and complex mictotectonic features, one can be faced with a severe problem concerning (dis)equilibrium. To avoid this, the observation scale in the research was set to the sub-mm level taking into account microtectonic positions of minerals. The investigated samples from the Slavonian Mountains are fine-grained schists consisting of chlorite (15-30 vol. %), white mica (15-25 vol. %), quartz (10-25 vol. %), feldspars (albite 10-15 vol. %; some K-feldspar), biotite (ages (113±20 and 82±23 Ma; Balen, 2014) has a significance in clarifying details of the geodynamic evolution during the Alpine orogeny. Financial support by the Croatian Science Foundation (IP-2014-09-9541) and T. Theye's help during microprobe work is greatly acknowledged.

  10. Deciphering P-T-t Paths from Reaction Microstructures in Metamorphic Rocks: a New Approach by Means of Three-Dimensional Finite Element Modelling

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    Sassi, R.; Marcuzzi, F.; Mazzoli, C.

    2008-12-01

    One of the main goals of metamorphic petrology is to obtain information on the variations of metamorphic P-T conditions during orogenesis (P-T-t paths). For this purpose petrologists are aware of the potentiality of studying reaction microstructures, although results are not always satisfactory as in most cases qualitative approaches, failing on the real meaning of specific microstructral relationships, are often adopted. Thus, the present research aimed to study the petrogenetic meaning of reaction microstructure in metamorphic rocks through the formulation of a new true three-dimensional finite-element model. For this purpose, different petrologically well studied metamorphic microstructural situations have been selected, in order to identify information, variables and constraints fundamental for the development of the model. A generalised finite-elements model (FEM) has been developed, applicable to any microstructural situation, independently on grain-size and distribution of minerals in the matrix, and able to also consider growth anisotropies, intracrystalline diffusion, pressure solution, and possibly anisotropy of the strain field. This model is based on a combination of the usual diffusion linear equations used in current irreversible thermodynamic models, providing constraints on absolute values of diffusion coefficients of chemical components, chemical potential gradients and time of reactions during metamorphism, starting from information on textural anisotropies observed in metamorphic rocks. In the model, parameterization is given by diffusion, convection and reaction coefficients of each chemical species within each finite element, which dimension is equal to the spatial resolution of the experimentally measured input data (i.e. SEM elemental maps). Thus, parameterization is able to describe locally heterogeneous reaction phenomena although based on a basically linear partial derivative differential model. Such a discretization of the continuum model

  11. Fluxed-melting of shallow and hot high-grade metamorphic rocks in the Namcha Barwa Massif: A new mechanism for the generation of adakitic melts

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    Zeng, L.; Liu, J.; Hou, Z.; Gao, L.; Xie, K.

    2008-12-01

    Extremely rapid exhumation has been a major factor leading to rapid advection of relatively hot crustal rocks into shallow crustal levels in the Namcha Barwa massif. In such a hot tectonic regime, it is conceivable that hot crustal material can undergo partial melting assisted by excessive water. Previous studies indeed have documented extremely young Na-rich granitic rocks (63.5 and up to 237.1), consistent with garnet either as a non-reactant phase or as a residue phase; (2) these leucosomes have similar Sr isotope compositions to their host rocks, but some of them have Nd isotope compositions significantly deviated from their host by ~4-5 epsilon units. Since high-grade metamorphic rocks in the Namcha Barwa were already shallower than 10 km in the past 5 million years, these data is best explained by water- fluxed melting of granitic components in the source rocks. This interpretation is also consistent with at water- present and relatively lower temperature conditions, both apatite and garnet behaves as non-reactant phases during a partial melting event, which could lead to depletion of garnet-compatible elements as well as negative shift in Nd isotope compositions in the amphibolite- or metapelite-derived melts. Our data emphasize that at rapidly exhumed and relatively hot tectonic regimes (e.g. the Nanga Parbat and Namcha Barwa areas), fluxed-melting of high-graded metamorphic rocks at relatively shallower crustal levels could be another important mechanism to produced adakitic magma and associated porphyritic Cu-Au deposits.

  12. Unraveling an antique subduction process from metamorphic basement around Medellín city, Central Cordillera of Colombian Andes

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    Bustamante, Andres; Juliani, Caetano

    2011-10-01

    In the surroundings of Caldas and El Retiro cities (Colombia) metamorphic rocks derived from basic and pelitic protoliths comprise the Caldas amphibole schist and the Ancón schist respectively. Subordinated metamorphosed granite bodies (La Miel gneiss) are associated to these units, and The El Retiro amphibolites, migmatites and granulites crops out eastwards of these units, separated by shear zones. The Caldas amphibole schist and the Ancón schist protoliths could have been formed in a distal marine reduced environment and amalgamated to the South American continent in an apparent Triassic subduction event. The El Retiro rocks are akin to a continental basement and possible include impure metasediments of continental margin, whose metamorphism originated granulite facies rocks and migmatites as a result of the anatexis of quartz-feldspathic rocks. The metamorphism was accompanied by intense deformation, which has juxtaposed both migmatites and granulite blocks. Afterward, heat and fluid circulation associated with the emplacement of minor igneous intrusions resulted in intense fluid-rock interaction, variations in the grain size of the minerals and, especially, intense retrograde metamorphic re-equilibrium. Thermobarometric estimations for the Caldas amphibole schist indicate metamorphism in the Barrovian amphibolite facies. The metamorphic path is counter-clockwise, but retrograde evolution could not be precisely defined. The pressures of the metamorphism in these rocks range from 6.3 to 13.5 kbar, with narrow temperature ranging from 550 to 630 °C. For the Ancón schist metapelites the P- T path is also counter-clockwise, with a temperature increase evidenced by the occurrence of sillimanite and the cooling by later kyanite. The progressive metamorphism event occurred at pressures of 7.6-7.2 kbar and temperatures of 645-635 °C for one sample and temperature between 500 and 600 °C under constant pressure of 6 kbar. The temperature estimated for these rocks

  13. Anomalous Seismic Velocity Drop in Iron and Biotite Rich Amphibolite to Granulite Facies Transitional Rocks from Deccan Volcanic Covered 1993 Killari Earthquake Region, Maharashtra (India): a Case Study

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    Pandey, O. P.; Tripathi, Priyanka; Vedanti, Nimisha; Srinivasa Sarma, D.

    2016-07-01

    65 Ma Deccan Volcanic Province of western India forms one of the largest flood basaltic eruptions on the surface of the earth. The nature of the concealed crust below this earthquake prone region, which is marked by several low velocity zones at different depths has hardly been understood. These low velocity zones have been invariably interpreted as fluid-filled zones, genetically connected to earthquake nucleation. While carrying out detailed geological and petrophysical studies on the Late Archean basement cores, obtained from a 617 m deep KLR-1 borehole, drilled in the epicentral zone of 1993 Killari earthquake region of the southern Deccan Volcanic Province, we came across several instances where we observed remarkable drop in measured P-wave velocity in a number of high density cores. We provide detailed petrographic and geological data on 11 such anomalous samples which belong to mid-crustal amphibolite to granulite facies transitional rocks. They are associated with a mean P-wave velocity of 6.02 km/s (range 5.82-6.22 km/s) conforming to granitic upper crust, but in contrast have a high mean density of 2.91 g/cm3 (range 2.75-3.08 g/cm3), which characterise mid to lower crust. This velocity drop, which is as much as 15 % in some cores, is primarily attributed to FeOT enrichment (up to about 23 wt%) during the course of mantle-fluid driven retrogressive metasomatic reactions, caused by exhumation of deep-seated mafic rocks. Presence of Iron content (mainly magnetite), widely seen as opaques in thin sections of the rocks, seems to have resulted into sharp increase in density, as well as mean atomic weight. Our study indicates that the measured V p is inversely related to FeOT content as well as mean atomic weight of the rock.

  14. Preservation of Blueschist Facies Minerals Along a Shear Zone By Fast Flowing CO2-Bearing Fluids - a Field Study from the Cycladic Blueschist Unit on Syros, Greece

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    Kleine, B. I.; Skelton, A.; Huet, B.; Pitcairn, I.

    2014-12-01

    Our study was undertaken at Fabrika Beach on the southeastern shore of Syros which belongs to the Greek Cycladic archipelago in the Aegean Sea. The island is situated within the Attic-Cycladic metamorphic core complex belt and is now located in the back-arc of the active Hellenic subduction zone. At Fabrika Beach, blueschist facies minerals are observed in haloes fringing a shear zone within greenschist facies rocks. The approximately vertical shear zone cuts a near horizontal layer of greenschist facies rocks. The blue haloes are ca. 1 m wide, and are seen on both sides of the shear zone. The haloes consist of a carbonated blueschist facies mineral assemblage. Based on petrological, geochemical and thermodynamic evidence we show that these haloes were preserved at greenschist facies conditions in response to fast flowing CO2-bearing fluid. Furthermore, we use a simple mass balance to calculate the fluid flux within the shear zone which would be required to cause the observed preservation of blueschist facies minerals. We constructed a simplified P-T vs. XCO2 pseudosection using PerPlex 6.6.6 to confirm that preservation of carbonated blueschist can occur at greenschist facies conditions in the presence of CO2-bearing fluid. The flux of CO2-bearing fluid along the shear zone was rapid with respect to the fluid flux in the surrounding rocks. Mass balance calculations reveal that the fluid flux within the shear zone was at least 100 - 2000 times larger than the fluid flux within the surrounding rocks. Mineral textures show greenschist facies minerals partially replacing blueschist minerals in the haloes supporting our interpretation that blueschist facies minerals were preserved during greenschist facies retrogression.

  15. Geology and geochronology of the metamorphic suite Colorado and his rock assemblages, southeastern Rondonia, Brazil: implications for the mesoproterozoic evolution of the southwestern Amazon Craton; Geologia e geocronologia da suite metamorfica Colorado e suas encaixantes, SE de Rondonia: implicacoes para evolucao mesoproterozoica do SW do Craton Amazonico

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    Rizzotto, Gilmar Jose [Centro de Pesquisas de Recursos Minerais (CPRM), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Servico Geologico do Brasil; Bettencourt, Jorge Silva; Teixeira, Wilson; Basei, Miguel Angelo Stipp [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Dept. de Mineralogia e Geotectonica; Pacca, Igor Ivory Gil; D' Agrella Filho, Manoel Sousa [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Astronomia, Geofisica e Ciencias Atmosfericas; Vasconcelos, Paulo [Queensland Univ., Brisbane, (Australia); Onoe, Artur Takashi [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Centro de Pesquisas Geocronologicas; Passarelli, Claudia Regina [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Programa de Pos-graduacao em Geoquimica e Geotectonica

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    Combined geochronological (U-Pb, 40 Ar/ 39 Ar, and RB-Sr) geological data help define an important tectonomagmatic event in the Colorado do Oeste and Cabixi regions, southeastern Rondonia, Brazil, and characterize the Colorado Metamorphic Suite (CMS), well represented by rock assemblages which experienced deformation and metamorphic recrystallization (upper-amphibolite facies). The suite is composed of: porphyritic monzogranite associated with amphibolite (bimodal magmatism); interlayered clastic and chemical metasedimentary rocks (sillimanite schists and iron formation); muscovite-garnet leucogranite; and mafic-ultramafic intrusive rocks. The CMS mafic rocks occur as underformed isolated bodies of layered coarse-grained metagabbro, still preserving typical cumulate igneous texture. U-Pb zircon isotopic data for three fractions of sample RO-10 define a discordia with an upper intercept (crystallization) age of 1352 + 4/-3 Ma (MSWD = 0,18). The porphyritic orthogneisses (RO-15; monzogranite and amphibolite) yielded a Rb-Sr whole rock isochron age of 1360 {+-} 45 Ma, and 87 Sr/86 Sr, = 0.7040 {+-} 0.0012 (MSWD = 9.2). One sample of aplite that is subparallel to the main regional foliation has furnished an age 1360 {+-}13 Ma. The 40 Ar/39 Ar data for muscovite from a anatectic leucogranite (RO-14) yielded plateau ages of 1312 {+-} 3 Ma (grain 1), and 1303 {+-} 2 Ma/1305 {+-} 2 Ma (grain 2). Grain 3 presented an heterogeneous isotopic spectrum, the integrated age being 1289 {+-} 2 Ma. Hornblende from two amphibolite samples yielded 40 Ar/39 Ar plateau ages of 1313 {+-} 4 Ma; 1313 {+-} 6 Ma and 1312 {+-} 3 Ma (RO-18), and 1325 {+-} 3 Ma; 1326 {+-} 2 Ma; 1330 {+-} 3 Ma (RO-19). The weighted-mean age 1319 {+-} 10 Ma, and is interpreted as the best estimated age for regional metamorphic cooling. These data suggest that southeastern Rondonia was affected by a tectonomagmatic event at ca. 1.36 - 1.32 Ga, predating the evolution of the Nova Brasilandia Terrane (1215 - 1110 Ma

  16. Experiments on Graphitization of Diamond in the Presence of Water: Implications for Exhumation of Ultrahigh Pressure Metamorphic Rocks

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    O'Bannon, E. F.; Xia, G.; Green, H. W.; Wirth, R.; Dobrzhinetskaya, L.

    2012-12-01

    Diamond and graphite occur in the mantle, and crustal ultrahigh pressure metamorphic (UHPM) rocks. The stability fields of carbon are well studied experimentally, but the mechanisms of phase transformation are not well understood. Observations on natural samples from UHPM terranes show that graphitization of diamond is accompanied by the formation of disordered graphite containing nanometric fluid inclusions. Since the structures of diamond and graphite are very dissimilar, it is unlikely that a direct phase transformation would occur during the graphitization process. Such an assumption is also supported by higher enthalpy (1.897) and lower entropy (2.38) of C-diamond with respect of those of C-graphite (enthalpy = 0, entropy=5.74). At least three different mechanisms of diamond-to-graphite transformation have been proposed. To constrain this process we conducted a series of anhydrous and hydrous experiments in a piston-cylinder apparatus and a hydrous experiment in a multianvil apparatus using 20-40 micron size virgin diamonds as the starting material. The piston-cylinder experiments were conducted at P=1 GPa and T=1300oC. In the hydrous experiments 1.15 wt.%. Mg(OH)2 was added to the starting material as the H2O supply according to the breakdown reaction: Mg(OH)2 = MgO + H2O. The multianvil experiment was conducted at P=6GPa and T=1300oC with 1 wt.%. distilled water added to the starting diamonds. Run products were studied with SEM, FIB assisted TEM, and SEM-Raman. The anhydrous experiments show that diamond crystals are "integrated" together producing deformed polycrystallites with complicated textural patterns occurring at the grain boundaries. The hydrous experiments show the formation of metastable nanometric spheroidal carbon particles which were distributed on the surface and between the corners of the diamonds. The metastable phase existed for ~6 months before it decomposed into graphite flakes. The graphite flakes have a disordered structure which was

  17. The relationship between carbonate facies, volcanic rocks and plant remains in a late Palaeozoic lacustrine system (San Ignacio Fm, Frontal Cordillera, San Juan province, Argentina)

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    Busquets, P.; Méndez-Bedia, I.; Gallastegui, G.; Colombo, F.; Cardó, R.; Limarino, O.; Heredia, N.; Césari, S. N.

    2013-07-01

    carbonate beds and palaeosols. Microbial carbonate clasts, silicified and silica-permineralized tree trunks, log stumps and other plant remains such as small branches and small roots inside pieces of wood (interpreted as fragments of nurse logs) are commonly found embedded within the ignimbrites. The study of the carbonate and volcanic rocks of the San Ignacio Fm allows the authors to propose a facies model that increases our understanding of lacustrine environments that developed in volcanic settings.

  18. Permo-Carboniferous granitoids with Jurassic high temperature metamorphism in Central Pontides, Northern Turkey

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    Gücer, Mehmet Ali; Arslan, Mehmet; Sherlock, Sarah; Heaman, Larry M.

    2016-12-01

    In the northern part of the Central Pontides (N Turkey) there are different metamorphic rocks exposed, notably the Devrekani metamorphic rocks. Here, upper amphibolite-lower granulite facies metamorphic rocks contain predominantly paragneiss, orthogneiss and metacarbonate, and to a lesser extent, amphibolite and quartzite, with cross-cutting aplite, pegmatite and granite veins. This is the first report of these rocks and includes new data on the petrochemistry, geochronology and metamorphic evolution of the Devrekani orthogneisses from the Central Pontides. The orthogneisses show five different mineral parageneses with the characteristic mineral assemblage quartz + K-feldspar + plagioclase + biotite ± hornblende ± opaque (± ilmenite and ± magnetite), and accessory minerals (zircon, sphene and apatite). These metamorphic rocks exhibit generally granoblastic, lepidogranoblastic and nematolepidogranoblastic with locally migmatitic and relic micrographic textures. They have well-developed centimeter-spaced gneissic banding and display gneissose structure with symmetric, asymmetric and irregular folds. The petrographic features, mineralogical assemblages and weak migmatization reflect high temperature conditions. Thermometric calculations in the orthogneisses indicate metamorphic temperatures reached 744 ± 33 °C. Field relations, petrography and petrochemistry suggest that the orthogneisses have predominantly granodioritic and some granitic protoliths, that show features of I-type, medium to high-potassic calc-alkaline volcanic arc granitoids. The orthogneisses have high contents of LILEs and low contents of HFSEs with negative Nb and Ti anomalies, which are typical of subduction-related magmas. The orthogneisses also show significant LREE enrichment relative to HREE with negative Eu anomalies (EuN/Eu* = 0.33-1.07) with LaN/LuN = 6.98-20.47 values. Based on U-Pb zircon dating data, the protoliths are related to Permo-Carboniferous (316-252 Ma) magmatism. It is

  19. Coincidence of gabbro and granulite formation and their implication for Variscan HT metamorphism in the Moldanubian Zone (Bohemian Massif), example from the Kutná Hora Complex

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    Faryad, Shah Wali; Kachlík, Václav; Sláma, Jiří; Jedlicka, Radim

    2016-11-01

    Leucocratic metagabbro and amphibolite from a mafic-ultramafic body within migmatite and granulite in the Kutná Hora Complex were investigated. The mafic-ultramafic rocks show amphibolite facies metamorphism, but in the central part of the body some metagabbro preserves cumulus and intercumulus plagioclase, clinopyroxene and spinel. Spinel forms inclusions in both clinopyroxene and plagioclase and shows various degree of embayment structure, that was probably a result of reaction with melt during magmatic crystallization. In the metagabbro, garnet forms coronae around clinopyroxene at the contacts with plagioclase. Amphibolite contains garnet with prograde zoning and plagioclase. Phase relations of igneous and metamorphic minerals indicate that magmatic crystallization and subsequent metamorphism occurred as a result of isobaric cooling at a depth of 30-35 km. U-Pb dating on zircon from leucogabbro yielded a Variscan age (337.7 ± 2 Ma) that is similar or close to the age of granulite facies metamorphism (ca 340 Ma) in the Moldanubian Zone. Based on the calculated PT conditions and age data, both the mafic-ultramafic body and surrounding granulite shared the same exhumation path from their middle-lower crustal position at the end of Variscan orogeny. The coincidence of mafic-ultramafic intrusives and granulite-amphibolite facies metamorphism is explained by lithospheric upwelling beneath the Moldanubian Zone that occurred due to slab break-off during the final stages of subduction of the Moldanubian plate beneath the Teplá Barrandian Block. The model also addresses questions about the preservation of minerals and/or their compositions from the early metamorphic history of the rocks subjected to ultradeep subduction and subsequent granulite facies metamorphism.

  20. High-pressure subduction-related serpentinites and metarodingites from East Thessaly (Greece): Implications for their metamorphic, geochemical and geodynamic evolution in the Hellenic-Dinaric ophiolite context

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    Koutsovitis, Petros

    2017-04-01

    Metaophiolites that consist mainly of serpentinites or metabasites outcrop in the East Thessaly region, Central Greece. These formations, along with some ophiolite outcrops, have been variably emplaced onto the Pelagonian tectonostratigraphic zone as dispersed and deformed thrust sheets. Based upon their estimated metamorphic degree, serpentinites from the metaophiolites and ophiolitic units of East Thessaly have been divided into three groups: Group-1 serpentinites from East Othris, include lizardite and antigorite in balanced amounts, defining greenschist facies metamorphic conditions ( 320-340 °C, P ≈ 6-7 kbar). Group-2 serpentinites are marked by further prevalence of antigorite over lizardite, suggesting upper-greenschist to lower-blueschist facies metamorphism ( 340-370 °C, P ≈ 8-10 kbar). Group-3 serpentinites are mainly characterized by the predominance of antigorite corresponding to blueschist facies metamorphism ( 360-400 °C, P ≈ 11-12 kbar). The chemical composition and mineral chemistry of the East Thessaly serpentinites suggest that their protoliths were highly depleted harzburgites. Group-1 serpentinites exhibit higher Mg/Si ratio values and LOI compared to serpentinite Groups-2 and -3, due to increasing metamorphic conditions of the latter groups. The prominent Cs, U, Pb, As and Sb enrichments point to subduction-related serpentinites that were subjected to fluid/rock interactions. The East Thessaly serpentinites also seem to have undergone deserpentinization retrograde metamorphism (estimated at P processes.

  1. THE GEOCHEMISTRY AND AGES OF ROCKS IN THE FOOTWALL OF THE BUTULIYN-NUR AND ZAGAN METAMORPHIC CORE COMPLEXES (NORTH MONGOLIA – WESTERN TRANSBAIKALIA

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    T. V. Donskaya

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This article reviews data on ages of rocks in the footwall of the Butuliyn-Nur and Zagan metamorphic core complexes (MCC and provides new data on the geochemistry of the rock complexes. It is noted that the oldest rocks are mylonitized gneisses on rhyolites (554 Ma in the footwall of the Butuliyn-Nur MCC. The Late Permian – Triassic (249–211 Ma igneous rocks are ubiquitous in the footwall of the Butuliyn-Nur and Zagan MCC. The youngest rocks in the studied MCC are the Jurassic granitoids (178–152 Ma of the Naushki and Verhnemangirtui massifs. In the footwall of the Butuliyn-Nur and Zagan MCC, the most common are granitoids and felsic volcanic rocks (249–211 Ma with many similar geochemical characteristics, such as high alkalinity, high contents of Sr and Ba, moderate and low concentrations of Nb and Y. Considering the contents of trace elements and REE, the granitoids and the felsic volcanic rocks are similar to I-type granites. Specific compositions of these rocks suggest that they might have formed in conditions of the active continental margin of the Siberian continent over the subducting oceanic plate of the Mongol-Okhotsk Ocean. The granitoids of the Naushki and Verhnemangirtui massifs, which are the youngest of the studied rocks (178–152 Ma, also have similar geochemical characteristics. In both massif, granitoids are ferriferous, mostly alkaline rocks. By contents of both major and trace elements, they are comparable to A-type granites. Such granitoids formed in conditions of intracontinental extension while subduction was replaced by collision. Based on ages and geochemical characteristics of the rocks in the footwall of the Butuliyn-Nur and Zagan MCC, a good correlation is revealed between the studied rocks  and the rock complexes of the Transbaikalian and North-Mongolian segments of the Central Asian fold belt (CAFB, and it can thus be suggested that the regions under study may have a common evolutionary history.

  2. Dual sources of water overprinting on the low zircon δ18O metamorphic country rocks: Disequilibrium constrained through inverse modelling of partial reequilibration

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    Wei, Chun-Sheng; Zhao, Zi-Fu

    2017-01-01

    Since water is only composed of oxygen and hydrogen, δ18O and δ2H values are thus utilized to trace the origin of water(s) and quantify the water-rock interactions. While Triassic high pressure (HP) and ultrahigh pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks across the Dabie-Sulu orogen in central-eastern China have been well documented, postcollisional magmatism driven hydrothermal systems are little known. Here we show that two sources of externally derived water interactions were revealed by oxygen isotopes for the gneissic country rocks intruded by the early Cretaceous postcollisional granitoids. Inverse modellings indicate that the degree of disequilibrium (doD) of meteoric water interactions was more evident than that of magmatic one (-65 ± 1o vs. -20 ± 2°) the partial reequilibration between quartz and alkali feldspar oxygen isotopes with magmatic water was achieved at 340 °C with a water/rock (W/R) ratio of about 1.2 for an open-hydrothermal system; two-stage meteoric water interactions were unraveled with reequilibration temperatures less than 300 °C and W/R ratios around 0.4. The lifetime of fossil magmatic hydrothermal system overprinted on the low zircon δ18O orthogneissic country rocks was estimated to maintain up to 50 thousand years (Kyr) through oxygen exchange modellings. Four-stage isotopic evolutions were proposed for the magmatic water interacted gneiss.

  3. Dual sources of water overprinting on the low zircon δ18O metamorphic country rocks: Disequilibrium constrained through inverse modelling of partial reequilibration

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    Wei, Chun-Sheng; Zhao, Zi-Fu

    2017-01-01

    Since water is only composed of oxygen and hydrogen, δ18O and δ2H values are thus utilized to trace the origin of water(s) and quantify the water-rock interactions. While Triassic high pressure (HP) and ultrahigh pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks across the Dabie-Sulu orogen in central-eastern China have been well documented, postcollisional magmatism driven hydrothermal systems are little known. Here we show that two sources of externally derived water interactions were revealed by oxygen isotopes for the gneissic country rocks intruded by the early Cretaceous postcollisional granitoids. Inverse modellings indicate that the degree of disequilibrium (doD) of meteoric water interactions was more evident than that of magmatic one (−65 ± 1o vs. −20 ± 2°); the partial reequilibration between quartz and alkali feldspar oxygen isotopes with magmatic water was achieved at 340 °C with a water/rock (W/R) ratio of about 1.2 for an open-hydrothermal system; two-stage meteoric water interactions were unraveled with reequilibration temperatures less than 300 °C and W/R ratios around 0.4. The lifetime of fossil magmatic hydrothermal system overprinted on the low zircon δ18O orthogneissic country rocks was estimated to maintain up to 50 thousand years (Kyr) through oxygen exchange modellings. Four-stage isotopic evolutions were proposed for the magmatic water interacted gneiss. PMID:28091552

  4. New insights into the history and origin of the southern Maya block, SE Mexico: U-Pb-SHRIMP zircon geochronology from metamorphic rocks of the Chiapas massif

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    Weber, Bodo; Iriondo, Alexander; Premo, Wayne R.; Hecht, Lutz; Schaaf, Peter

    2007-01-01

    The histories of the pre-Mesozoic landmasses in southern México and their connections with Laurentia, Gondwana, and among themselves are crucial for the understanding of the Late Paleozoic assembly of Pangea. The Permian igneous and metamorphic rocks from the Chiapas massif as part of the southern Maya block, México, were dated by U–Pb zircon geochronology employing the SHRIMP (sensitive high resolution ion microprobe) facility at Stanford University. The Chiapas massif is composed of deformed granitoids and orthogneisses with inliers of metasedimentary rocks. SHRIMP data from an anatectic orthogneiss demonstrate that the Chiapas massif was part of a Permian (∼ 272 Ma) active continental margin established on the Pacific margin of Gondwana after the Ouachita orogeny. Latest Permian (252–254 Ma) medium- to high-grade metamorphism and deformation affected the entire Chiapas massif, resulting in anatexis and intrusion of syntectonic granitoids. This unique orogenic event is interpreted as the result of compression due to flat subduction and accretionary tectonics. SHRIMP data of zircon cores from a metapelite from the NE Chiapas massif yielded a single Grenvillian source for sediments. The majority of the zircon cores from a para-amphibolite from the SE part of the massif yielded either 1.0–1.2 or 1.4–1.5 Ga sources, indicating provenance from South American Sunsás and Rondonian-San Ignacio provinces.

  5. Igneous and metamorphic petrology in the field: a problem-based, writing-intensive alternative to traditional classroom petrology

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    DeBari, S. M.

    2011-12-01

    The Geology Department at Western Washington University (~100 geology majors) offers field and classroom versions of its undergraduate petrology course. This is a one-quarter course (igneous and metamorphic petrology) with mineralogy as a prerequisite. The field version of the course is offered during the three weeks prior to fall quarter and the classroom version is offered in spring quarter. We take 15-20 students around the state of Washington, camping at different outcrop sites where students integrate observational skills, petrologic knowledge, and writing. Petrogenetic associations in various tectonic settings provide the theme of the course. We compare ophiolites vs. arc sequences (volcanic, plutonic, and metamorphic rocks), S- vs. I-type granitoids (plutonic rocks and associated metamorphic rocks), Barrovian vs. Buchan vs. subduction zone metamorphism of different protoliths, and flood-basalt vs. active-arc volcanism. Some basics are covered in the first day at WWU, followed by 17 days of field instruction. Lecture is integrated with outcrop study in the field. For example, students will listen to a lecture about magma differentiation processes as they examine cumulate rocks in the Mt. Stuart batholith, and a lecture about metamorphic facies as they study blueschist facies rocks in the San Juan Islands. Students study multiple outcrops around a site for 1-4 days. They then use their observations (sketches and written descriptions of mineral assemblages, rock types, rock textures, etc.) and analysis techniques (e.g. geochemical data plotting, metamorphic protolith analysis) to write papers in which the data are interpreted in terms of a larger tectonic problem. In advance of the writing process, students use group discussion techniques such as whiteboarding to share their observational evidence and explore interpretations. Student evaluations indicate that despite the intense pace of the course, they enjoy it more. Students also feel that they retain more

  6. High grade metamorphism in the Bundelkhand massif and its implications on Mesoarchean crustal evolution in central India

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    S P Singh; S B Dwivedi

    2015-02-01

    The Bundelkhand Gneissic Complex (BnGC) in the central part of the Bundelkhand massif preserves a supracrustal unit which includes pelitic (garnet–cordierite–sillimanite gneiss, garnet–sillimanite gneiss, biotite gneiss and garnet–biotite gneiss) and mafic (hornblende–biotite gneiss and garnetiferous amphibolite) rocks. Granulite facies metamorphism of the complex initiated with breaking down of biotite to produce garnet and cordierite in the pelitic gneisses. Geothermobarometric calculations indicate metamorphic conditions of 720°C/6.2 kbar, followed by a retrograde (687°C/4.9 kbar) to very late retro-grade stages of metamorphism (579°C/4.4 kbar) which is supported by the formation of late cordierite around garnet. The P–T conditions and textural relations of the garnet–cordierite-bearing gneiss suggest a retrograde cooling path of metamorphism.

  7. Hornblende-rich, high grade metamorphic terranes in the southernmost Sierra Nevada, California, and implications for crustal depths and batholith roots

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    Ross, Donald Clarence

    1983-01-01

    The southernmost Sierra Nevaaa widely exposes hornblende-rich, gneissic to granoblastic, amphibolite- to granulite-grade, metamorphic rocks and associated magmatic rocks, all of mid-Cretaceous age. Locally, red garnet, in part in euhedral crystals as large as 10 cm, as well as strongly pleochroic hyperstnene, characterize these rocks. These hornblende-rich rocks dominate the north slopes of the southern tail of the Sierra Nevada, but are also present as inclusion masses of various sizes in the dominantly granitic terrane to She northeast. The mafic, hornblende-rich rocks reflect a deeper crustal level than the dominantly granitic terrane to the northeast based on: 1) 'index' minerals (presence of hypersthene, coarse garnet, and brown hornblende; 2) textures (considerable ambivalence of whether individual samples are metamorphic or magmatic, 3) metamorphic grade (at least local granulite facies); and 4) the presence of migmatite, and the eviaence of local melting and mobilization. These rocks may be exposures of the upper part of the root zone and metamorphic substrate of the Sierra Nevada batholith. Xenoliths of gneiss, amphibolite, and granulite from sub-batholithic levels, that have been transported upward and preserved in volcanic rocks in the central Sierra Nevada, are similar to some exposed rocks of the southernmost Sierra Nevada. Hypersthene-bearing granulite and tonalite, as well as distinctive granofels of mid-Cretaceous age, are exposed in the western part of the Santa Lucia Range (some 300 km to the northwest across the San Andreas fault). These rocks have much in common with some of the metamorphic and magmatic rocks in the southernmost Sierra Nevada, suggesting that the two areas record similar metamorphic conditions and crustal depth. Mid-Cretaceous hypersthene granulite is rare, which makes correlation of the Santa Lucia Range and the southernmost Sierra Nevada seem attractive. Nevertheless, possibly significant petrographic anm rock distribution

  8. 越南西北部大象山超高温变质岩的发现及其区域构造意义%The discovery and tectonic implication of ultrahigh-temperature metamorphic rocks in the Day Nui Con Voi, northwestern Vietnam

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    吴虎峻; 刘俊来; TRANMy Dung; NGUYEN QuangLuat; PHAMBinh; 吴文彬; 陈文; 张招崇

    2011-01-01

    . 90 ~0. 94GPa, respectively. The early stage metamorphism is featured by the occurrence of corundum + fibrolite assemblage, which marks a shift of metamorphic conditions from upper amphibolite facies to granulite facies. Meanwhile, the peak metamorphism is characterized by the spinel + quartz assemblage, which indicates an ultrahigh-temperature metamorphic condition (temperature higher than 900℃ ). On the other hand, the formation of ilmenite during retrogressive metamorphism suggests that the rocks experienced a drastic decrease in pressure after the peak metamorphic conditions. The metamorphic P-T path shows that there is an early coeval increase in temperature and pressure and a subsequent rapid increase in temperature before reaching the peak conditions. In addition, a fast isothermal decrease in pressure characterizes temperature and pressure evolution after the peak metamorphism. Such a P-T path is in accordance with the temperature and pressure evolution of anomalously heated slab due to upwelling the asthenosphere by the break-off of subducting oceanic plate during plate convergence. SIMS U-Pb dating of zircons from the ultrahigh-temperature metamorphic rocks gave a minimum age of 58Ma Therefore, it is suggested that the ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism along the Day Nui Con Voi is related to the convergence between the Indian and the Eurasian plates.

  9. Fluid-rock interactions related to metamorphic reducing fluid flow in meta-sediments: example of the Pic-de-Port-Vieux thrust (Pyrenees, Spain)

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    Trincal, Vincent; Buatier, Martine; Charpentier, Delphine; Lacroix, Brice; Lanari, Pierre; Labaume, Pierre; Lahfid, Abdeltif; Vennemann, Torsten

    2017-09-01

    In orogens, shortening is mainly accommodated by thrusts, which constitute preferential zones for fluid-rock interactions. Fluid flow, mass transfer, and mineralogical reactions taking place along thrusts have been intensely investigated, especially in sedimentary basins for petroleum and uranium research. This study combines petrological investigations, mineralogical quantifications, and geochemical characterizations with a wide range of analytical tools with the aim of defining the fluid properties (nature, origin, temperature, and redox) and fluid-host rock interactions (mass transfers, recrystallization mechanisms, and newly formed synkinematic mineralization) in the Pic-de-Port-Vieux thrust fault zone (Pyrenees, Spain). We demonstrate that two geochemically contrasted rocks have been transformed by fluid flow under low-grade metamorphism conditions during thrusting. The hanging-wall Triassic red pelite was locally bleached, while the footwall Cretaceous dolomitic limestone was mylonitized. The results suggest that thrusting was accompanied by a dynamic calcite recrystallization in the dolomitic limestone as well as by leaching of iron via destabilization of iron oxides and phyllosilicate crystallization in the pelite. Geochemical and physical changes highlighted in this study have strong implications on the understanding of the thrust behavior (tectonic and hydraulic), and improve our knowledge of fluid-rock interactions in open fluid systems in the crust.

  10. Metamorphism of the Basement of the Qilian Fold Belt in the Minhe-Ledu Area, Qinghai Province, NW China

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    蔡金郎; 魏光华; 王庆树

    2002-01-01

    The basement of the central Qilian fold belt exposed along the Minhe-Ledu highway consists of psammiticschists, metabasitic rocks, and crystalline limestone. Migmatitic rocks occur sporadically among psammitic schist andmetabasitic rocks. The mineral assemblage of psammitic schist is muscovite + biotite + feldspar + quartz + tourmaline ±titanite ± sillimanite and that of metabasitic rocks is amphibole + plagioclase + biotite ± apatite ± magnetite ± pyroxene ±garnet ± quartz. The migmatitic rock consists of leucosome and restite of various volume proportions; the former consistsof muscovite + alkaline feldspar + quartz ± garnet ± plagioclase while the latter is either fragments of psammitic schist orthose of metabasitic rock. The crystalline limestone consists of calcite that has been partly replaced by olivine. The olivinewas subsequently altered to serpentine. Weak deformations as indicated by cleavages and fractures were imposed promi-nently on the psammitic schists, occasionally on metabasitic rocks, but not on migmatitic rocks. The basement experiencedmetamorphism up to temperature 606-778C and pressure 4.8-6.1 kbar (0.48-0.61 GPa), equivalent to amphibolite-granulite facies. The peak of the metamorphism is marked by a migmatization which occurred at several localities alongthe studied route 587-535 Ma ago. The basement also recorded a retrograde metamorphism of greenschist facies, duringwhich biotite, garnet, amphibole, and pyroxene were partly altered to chlorite.

  11. Geologic and Geochronologic Studies of the Early Proterozoic Kanektok Metamorphic Complex of Southwestern Alaska

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    Turner, Donald L.; Forbes, Robert B.; Aleinikoff, John N.; McDougall, Ian; Hedge, Carl E.; Wilson, Frederic H.; Layer, Paul W.; Hults, Chad P.

    2009-01-01

    The Kanektok complex of southwestern Alaska appears to be a rootless terrane of early Proterozoic sedimentary, volcanic, and intrusive rocks which were metamorphosed to amphibolite and granulite facies and later underwent a pervasive late Mesozoic thermal event accompanied by granitic plutonism and greenschist facies metamorphism of overlying sediments. The terrane is structurally complex and exhibits characteristics generally attributed to mantled gneiss domes. U-Th-Pb analyses of zircon and sphene from a core zone granitic orthogneiss indicate that the orthogneiss protolith crystallized about 2.05 b.y. ago and that the protolithic sedimentary, volcanic and granitic intrusive rocks of the core zone were metamorphosed to granulite and amphibolite facies about 1.77 b.y. ago. A Rb-Sr study of 13 whole-rock samples also suggests metamorphism of an early Proterozoic [Paleoproterozoic] protolith at 1.77 Ga, although the data are scattered and difficult to interpret. Seventy-seven conventional 40K/40Ar mineral ages were determined for 58 rocks distributed throughout the outcrop area of the complex. Analysis of the K-Ar data indicate that nearly all of these ages have been totally or partially reset by a pervasive late Mesozoic thermal event accompanied by granitic plutonism and greenschist facies metamorphism. Several biotites gave apparent K-Ar ages over 2 Ga. These ages appear to be controlled by excess radiogenic 40Ar produced by the degassing protolith during the 1.77 Ga metamorphism and incorporated by the biotites when they were at temperatures at which Ar could diffuse through the lattice. Five amphibolites yielded apparent Precambrian 40K/40Ar hornblende ages. There is no evidence that these hornblende ages have been increased by excess argon. The oldest 40K/40Ar hornblende age of 1.77 Ga is identical to the sphene 207Pb/206Pb orthogneiss age and to the Rb-Sr 'isochron' age for six of the 13 whole-rock samples. The younger hornblende ages are interpreted as

  12. Isotopic evidence for the infiltration of mantle and metamorphic CO2-H2O fluids from below in faulted rocks from the San Andreas Fault System

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    Pili, E.; Kennedy, B.M.; Conrad, M.E.; Gratier, J.-P.

    2010-12-15

    To characterize the origin of the fluids involved in the San Andreas Fault (SAF) system, we carried out an isotope study of exhumed faulted rocks from deformation zones, vein fillings and their hosts and the fluid inclusions associated with these materials. Samples were collected from segments along the SAF system selected to provide a depth profile from upper to lower crust. In all, 75 samples from various structures and lithologies from 13 localities were analyzed for noble gas, carbon, and oxygen isotope compositions. Fluid inclusions exhibit helium isotope ratios ({sup 3}He/{sup 4}He) of 0.1-2.5 times the ratio in air, indicating that past fluids percolating through the SAF system contained mantle helium contributions of at least 35%, similar to what has been measured in present-day ground waters associated with the fault (Kennedy et al., 1997). Calcite is the predominant vein mineral and is a common accessory mineral in deformation zones. A systematic variation of C- and O-isotope compositions of carbonates from veins, deformation zones and their hosts suggests percolation by external fluids of similar compositions and origin with the amount of fluid infiltration increasing from host rocks to vein to deformation zones. The isotopic trend observed for carbonates in veins and deformation zones follows that shown by carbonates in host limestones, marbles, and other host rocks, increasing with increasing contribution of deep metamorphic crustal volatiles. At each crustal level, the composition of the infiltrating fluids is thus buffered by deeper metamorphic sources. A negative correlation between calcite {delta}{sup 13}C and fluid inclusion {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He is consistent with a mantle origin for a fraction of the infiltrating CO{sub 2}. Noble gas and stable isotope systematics show consistent evidence for the involvement of mantle-derived fluids combined with infiltration of deep metamorphic H{sub 2}O and CO{sub 2} in faulting, supporting the involvement of

  13. Submarine-fan facies associations of the Eocene Butano Sandstone, Santa Cruz mountains, California

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    Nilsen, Tor H.

    1984-06-01

    The Eocene Butano Sandstone was deposited as a submarine fan in a relatively small, partly restricted basin in a borderland setting. It is possibly as thick as 3000 m and was derived from erosion of nearly Mesozoic granitic and older metamorphic rocks located to the south. Deposition was at lower bathyal to abyssal water depths. The original fan may have been 120-to 160-km long and 80-km wide. Outcrops of submarine-canyon, innerfan, middle-fan, and outer-fan facies associations indicate that the depositional model of Mutti and Ricci Lucchi can be used to describe the Butano Sandstone.

  14. Synchronous formation of the metamorphic sole and igneous crust of the Semail ophiolite: New constraints on the tectonic evolution during ophiolite formation from high-precision U-Pb zircon geochronology

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    Rioux, Matthew; Garber, Joshua; Bauer, Ann; Bowring, Samuel; Searle, Michael; Kelemen, Peter; Hacker, Bradley

    2016-10-01

    The Semail (Oman-United Arab Emirates) and other Tethyan-type ophiolites are underlain by a sole consisting of greenschist- to granulite-facies metamorphic rocks. As preserved remnants of the underthrust plate, sole exposures can be used to better understand the formation and obduction of ophiolites. Early models envisioned that the metamorphic sole of the Semail ophiolite formed as a result of thrusting of the hot ophiolite lithosphere over adjacent oceanic crust during initial emplacement; however, calculated pressures from granulite-facies mineral assemblages in the sole suggest the metamorphic rocks formed at >35 km depth, and are too high to be explained by the currently preserved thickness of ophiolite crust and mantle (up to 15-20 km). We have used high-precision U-Pb zircon dating to study the formation and evolution of the metamorphic sole at two well-studied localities. Our previous research and new results show that the ophiolite crust formed from 96.12-95.50 Ma. Our new dates from the Sumeini and Wadi Tayin sole localities indicate peak metamorphism at 96.16 and 94.82 Ma (±0.022 to 0.035 Ma), respectively. The dates from the Sumeini sole locality show for the first time that the metamorphic rocks formed either prior to or during formation of the ophiolite crust, and were later juxtaposed with the base of the ophiolite. These data, combined with existing geochemical constraints, are best explained by formation of the ophiolite in a supra-subduction zone setting, with metamorphism of the sole rocks occurring in a subducted slab. The 1.3 Ma difference between the Wadi Tayin and Sumeini dates indicates that, in contrast to current models, the highest-grade rocks at different sole localities underwent metamorphism, and may have returned up the subduction channel, at different times.

  15. Fluid-mediated slab-mantle interaction during (U)HP and HT metamorphism of garnet peridotites and their hosting crustal rocks (Monte Duria, Central Alps, N Italy)

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    Pellegrino, Luca; Malaspina, Nadia; Zanchetta, Stefano; Tumiati, Simone

    2017-04-01

    The Adula-Cima Lunga nappe represents the highest of the Lower Penninic units of the Central Alps. It consists of orthogneiss and paragneiss of pre-Mesozoic origin hosting lenses of metacarbonates, partly retrogressed eclogites and garnet/chlorite peridotites. The garnet peridotite bodies cropping out in the southern area of the nappe complex (Alpe Arami, Cima di Gagnone and Monte Duria) record the highest metamorphic conditions (P>3.0 GPa, T=800-850°C. In the study area garnet peridotite lenses are in contact with biotite-bearing migmatites or hosted in amphibole-bearing migmatites and K-feldspar gneisses. Petrographic and minerochemical data indicate a previously unknown HT stage during peridotite and eclogite exhumation. Peridotites show orthopyroxene with symplectites of tiny crystals of baddeleyte (ZrO2) and srilankite (ZrTi2O6), whereas only zircon was found in the symplectites after garnet. Bulk rock analyses of peridotites show REE content 3 to 5 times lower than PM but with a clear selective enrichment in LREE (spoon-like pattern), and with a Eu positive anomaly. The same "spoon like" pattern in the LREE field is displayed also by eclogites, shifted to values 2 to 5 times higher than PM. Due to the similarities of the REE patterns of peridotite and eclogite and the occurrence of the Eu positive anomaly in most of the peridotite analyses that points to a contamination by a "basaltic" source, we suggest that eclogites are the source of the metasomatic agent that enriched the original garnet peridotite. The Monte Duria area thus represents a natural laboratory where is possible to study "in situ" the mantle-crust interaction. Metasomatic agents and processes, relationships between UHP-UHT metamorphism and metasomatism, and mechanisms of emplacement of mantle rocks into crustal slab can be here addressed and framed in the context of the well known geological background of the Alps.

  16. Tectonic and regional metamorphic implications of the discovery of Middle Ordovician conodonts in cover rocks east of the Green Mountain massif, Vermont

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    Ratcliffe, N.M.; Harris, A.G.; Walsh, G.J.

    1999-01-01

    Middle Ordovician (late Arenigian - early Caradocian) conodonts were recovered from a dolostone lens in carbonaceous schist 30 m below the base of the Pinney Hollow Formation in the Eastern Cover sequence near West Bridgewater, Vermont. These are the first reported fossils from the metamorphic cover sequence rocks east of the Green Mountain, Berkshire, and Housatonic massifs of western New England. The conodonts are recrystallized, coated with graphitic matter, thermally altered to a color alteration index (CAI) of at least 5, and tectonically deformed. The faunule is nearly monospecific, consisting of abundant Periodon aculeatus Hadding? and rare Protopanderodus. The preponderance of Periodon and the absence of warm, shallow-water species characteristic of the North American Midcontinent Conodont Province suggest a slope or basin depositional setting. The conodont-bearing carbonaceous schist is traceable 3 km southeast to the Plymouth area, where it had been designated the uppermost member of the Plymouth Formation, previously regarded as Early Cambrian in age. The age and structural position of the carbonaceous schist above dolostones of the Plymouth Formation but below the Pinney Hollow Formation (upper Proterozoic and Lower Cambrian?) suggest that this unit may be correlative or time transgressive with the Ira Formation, which underlies the Taconic allochthons in the Vermont Valley. Such a correlation supports the concept of placing the western limit of the root zone of the Taconic allochthons beneath the Pinney Hollow Formation. An approximate absolute age assignment for the conodont-bearing rock is between 470 and 454 Ma. This suggests that dynamothermal metamorphism during the Taconian orogeny on the east flank of the Green Mountains was younger than early Caradocian, which is in accord with the middle Caradocian age of the Ira Formation west of the Green Mountain massif.

  17. Metamorphic pattern of the Cretaceous Celica Formation, SW Ecuador, and its geodynamic implications

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    Aguirre, Luis

    1992-04-01

    The volcanic rocks of the Cretaceous Celica Formation of southern Ecuador are affected by a weak although widespread alteration. The chemical study of the secondary chemical phases present in andesitic and basaltic lava flows reveals that this alteration corresponds to very low-grade metamorphism comprising the zeolite and the prehnite-pumpellyite facies. Main features of this metamorphism are: weak lithostatic pressure, moderate to steep thermal gradient, high ƒ O2, low value of the seawater/rock ratio and total absence of deformation. These characteristics are typically present in other volcanic suites of similar age and composition along the Andes and correspond to the pattern of metamorphism developed in extensional settings (diastathermal metamorphism) linked to various degrees of thinning of the continental crust. Based on this metamorphic pattern, a geodynamic model is proposed in which the Celica Formation is interpreted as an ensialic, aborted, marginal basin developed on strongly attenuated continental crust at the border of the South American plate. The relationship between the Ecuadorian and Colombian volcanic suites of Cretaceous age present along the Western Cordillera is discussed in the light of the model suggested.

  18. Accessories after the facts: Constraining the timing, duration and conditions of high-temperature metamorphic processes

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    Taylor, Richard J. M.; Kirkland, Christopher L.; Clark, Chris

    2016-11-01

    High-temperature metamorphic rocks are the result of numerous chemical and physical processes that occur during a potentially long-lived thermal evolution. These rocks chart the sequence of events during an orogenic episode including heating, cooling, exhumation and melt interaction, all of which may be interpreted through the elemental and isotopic characteristics of accessory minerals such as zircon, monazite and rutile. Developments in imaging and in situ chemical analysis have resulted in an increasing amount of information being extracted from these accessory phases. The refractory nature of these minerals, combined with both their use as geochronometers and tracers of metamorphic mineral reactions, has made them the focus of many studies of granulite-facies terrains. In such studies the primary aim is often to determine the timing and conditions of the peak of metamorphism, and high-temperature metasedimentary rocks may seem ideal for this purpose. For example pelites typically contain an abundance of accessory minerals in a variety of bulk compositions, are melt-bearing, and may have endured extreme conditions that facilitate diffusion and chemical equilibrium. However complexities arise due to the heterogeneous nature of these rocks on all scales, driven by both the composition of the protolith and metamorphic differentiation. In additional to lithological heterogeneity, the closure temperatures for both radiogenic isotopes and chemical thermometers vary between different accessory minerals. This apparent complexity can be useful as it permits a wide range of temperature and time (T-t) information to be recovered from a single rock sample. In this review we cover: 1) characteristic internal textures of accessory minerals in high temperature rocks; 2) the interpretation of zircon and monazite age data in relation to high temperature processes; 3) rare earth element partitioning; 4) trace element thermometry; 5) the incorporation of accessory mineral growth

  19. PETROLOGY METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY

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    2007-01-01

    <正>20070226 Chen Nengsong (Faculty of Earth Sciences, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China); Liu Rong LA-ICP-MS U-Pb Zircon Dating for Felsic Granulite, Huangtuling Area, North Dabieshan: Constraints on Timing of Its Protolith and Granulite-Facies Metamorphism, and Thermal Events in Its Provenance (Journal of China University of Geosciences, ISSN1002-0705, CN42-1279/P, 16(4), 2005, p.317-323, 4 illus., 2 tables, 32 refs.) Key words: granulites, Dabie Mountains

  20. Xenoliths in ultrapotassic volcanic rocks in the Lhasa block: direct evidence for crust-mantle mixing and metamorphism in the deep crust

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    Wang, Rui; Collins, William J.; Weinberg, Roberto F.; Li, Jin-xiang; Li, Qiu-yun; He, Wen-yan; Richards, Jeremy P.; Hou, Zengqian; Zhou, Li-min; Stern, Richard A.

    2016-07-01

    Felsic granulite xenoliths entrained in Miocene (~13 Ma) isotopically evolved, mantle-derived ultrapotassic volcanic (UPV) dykes in southern Tibet are refractory meta-granitoids with garnet and rutile in a near-anhydrous quartzo-feldspathic assemblage. High F-Ti (~4 wt.% TiO2 and ~3 wt.% F) phlogopite occurs as small inclusions in garnet, except for one sample where it occurs as flakes in a quartz-plagioclase-rich rock. High Si (~3.45) phengite is found as flakes in another xenolith sample. The refractory mineralogy suggests that the xenoliths underwent high-T and high-P metamorphism (800-850 °C, >15 kbar). Zircons show four main age groupings: 1.0-0.5 Ga, 50-45, 35-20, and 16-13 Ma. The oldest group is similar to common inherited zircons in the Gangdese belt, whereas the 50-45 Ma zircons match the crystallization age and juvenile character (ɛHf i +0.5 to +6.5) of Eocene Gangdese arc magmas. Together these two age groups indicate that a component of the xenolith was sourced from Gangdese arc rocks. The 35-20 Ma Miocene ages are derived from zircons with similar Hf-O isotopic composition as the Eocene Gangdese magmatic zircons. They also have similar steep REE curves, suggesting they grew in the absence of garnet. These zircons mark a period of early Miocene remelting of the Eocene Gangdese arc. By contrast, the youngest zircons (13.0 ± 4.9 Ma, MSWD = 1.3) are not zoned, have much lower HREE contents than the previous group, and flat HREE patterns. They also have distinctive high Th/U ratios, high zircon δ18O (+8.73-8.97 ‰) values, and extremely low ɛHf i (-12.7 to -9.4) values. Such evolved Hf-O isotopic compositions are similar to values of zircons from the UPV lavas that host the xenolith, and the flat REE pattern suggests that the 13 Ma zircons formed in equilibrium with garnet. Garnets from a strongly peraluminous meta-tonalite xenolith are weakly zoned or unzoned and fall into four groups, three of which are almandine-pyrope solid solutions and have low

  1. The role of boron and fluids in high temperature, shallow level metamorphism of the Chugach Metamorphic Complex, Alaska

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    Sisson, V. B.; Leeman, W. P.

    1988-01-01

    The possible role of boron (B) involvement in granite equilibria and generation of melts during crustal metamorphism has been a focus of speculation in recent literature. Most of the evidence for such involvement derives from experimental data which implies that the addition of B will lower the temperature of the granite solidus. Also the presence of tourmaline has a minor effect on the temperature of the solidus. Further indirect evidence that B may be involved in partial melting processes is the observation that granulites are commonly depleted in B, whereas the B content of low grade metapelites can be high (up to 2000 ppm). Researchers' measurements of the whole-rock B contents of granulites from the Madras region, India are low, ranging from 0.4 to 2.6 ppm. Ahmad and Wilson suggest that B was mobilized in the fluid phase during granulite facies metamorphism of the Broken Hill Complex, Australia. Thus, it appears that during the amphibolite to granulite transition, B is systematically lost from metasediments. The B that is released will probably partition into the vapor phase and/or melt phase. Preliminary measurements imply that the boron content of rocks in the Chugach Metamorphic Complex is not sufficient to influence the processes of partial melting at low pressures.

  2. Can the Metamorphic Basement of Northwestern Guatemala be Correlated with the Chuacús Complex?

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    Cacao, N.; Martens, U.

    2007-05-01

    The Chuacús complex constitutes a northward concave metamorphic belt that stretches ca. 150 km south of the Cuilco-Chixoy-Polochic (CCP) fault system in central and central-eastern Guatemala. It represents the basement of the southern edge of the Maya block, being well exposed in the sierra de Chuacús and the sierra de Las Minas. It is composed of high-Al metapelites, amphibolites, quartzofeldspathic gneisses, and migmatites. In central Guatemala the Chuacús complex contains ubiquitous epidote-amphibolite mineral associations, and local relics of eclogite reveal a previous high-pressure metamorphic event. North of the CCP, in the Sierra de Los Cuchumatanes area of western Guatemala, metamorphic rocks have been considered the equivalent of the Chuacús complex and hence been given the name Western Chuacús group, These rocks, which were intruded by granitic rocks and later mylonitized, include chloritic schist and gneiss, biotite-garnet schist, migmatites, and amphibolites. No eclogitic relics have been found within metamorphic rocks in northwestern Guatemala. Petrographic analyses of garnet-biotite schist reveal abundant retrogression and the formation of abundant zeolite-bearing veins associated with intrusion. Although metamorphic conditions in the greenschist and amphibolite facies are similar to those in the sierra de Chuacús, the association with deformed intrusive granites is unique for western Guatemala. Hence a correlation with metasediments intruded by the Rabinal granite in the San Gabriel area of Baja Verapaz seems more feasible than a correlation with the Chuacús complex. This idea is supported by reintegration of the Cenozoic left-lateral displacement along the CCP, which would place the metamorphic basement of western Guatemala north of Baja Verapaz, adjacent to metasediments intruded by granites in the San Gabriel-Rabinal area.

  3. Mid-Late Triassic metamorphic event for Changhai meta-sedimentary rocks from the SE Jiao-Liao-Ji Belt, North China Craton: Evidence from monazite U-Th-Pb and muscovite Ar-Ar dating

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    Liu, Fulai; Wang, Fang; Liou, J. G.; Meng, En; Liu, Jianhui; Yang, Hong; Xiao, Lingling; Cai, Jia; Shi, Jianrong

    2014-11-01

    The precise constraints on the timing of metamorphism of the Changhai metamorphic complex is of great importance considering the prolonged controversial issue of the north margin and the extension of the Sulu-Dabie HP-UHP Belt. While the monazite U-Th-Pb and muscovite 40Ar/39Ar techniques are widely accepted as two of the most powerful dating tools for revealing the thermal histories of medium-low grade metamorphic rocks and precisely constraining the timing of metamorphism. The Changhai metamorphic complex at the SE Jiao-Liao-Ji Belt, North China Craton consists of a variety of pelitic schist and Grt-Ky-bearing paragneiss, and minor quartzite and marble. Analyses of mineral inclusions and back-scattered electric (BSE) images of monazites, combined with LA-ICP-MS U-Th-Pb ages for monazites and 40Ar/39Ar ages for muscovites, provide evidence of the origin and metamorphic age of the Changhai metamorphic complex. Monazites separates from various Grt-Mus schists and Grt-Ky-St-Mus paragneisses exhibit homogeneous BSE images from cores to rims, and contain inclusion assemblages of Grt + Mus + Qtz ± Ctd ± Ky in schist, and Grt + Ky + St + Mus + Pl + Kfs + Qtz inclusions in paragneiss. These inclusion assemblages are very similar to matrix minerals of host rocks, indicating they are metamorphic rather than inherited or detrital in origin. LA-ICP-MS U-Th-Pb dating reveals that monazites of schist and paragneiss have consistent 206Pb/238U ages ranging from 228.1 ± 3.8 to 218.2 ± 3.7 Ma. In contrast, muscovites from various schists show slightly older 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages of 236.1 ± 1.5 to 230.2 ± 1.2 Ma. These geochronological and petrological data conclude that the pelitic sediments have experienced a metamorphic event at the Mid-Late Triassic (236.1-218.2 Ma) rather than the Paleoproterozoic (1950-1850 Ma), commonly regarded as the Precambrian basement for the Jiao-Liao-Ji Belt. Hence, the Changhai metamorphic complex should be considered as a discrete

  4. Blueschist-facies high-Si phengites record the timing of greenschist-facies overprinting: a Rb-Sr and Ar-ar study of marbles from the Cyclades, Greece

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    Bieling, D.; Bröcker, M.; Hacker, B.; Gans, P.

    2003-04-01

    In the Attic-Cycladic crystalline belt (Greece), white mica geochronology (Rb-Sr, K-Ar, Ar-Ar) has established time constraints for at least two metamorphic events: well-preserved high-pressure/low-temperature rocks yielded Eocene ages (c. 50-40 Ma); their greenschist-facies counterparts provided Oligocene-Miocene dates (c. 25-20 Ma). Previous studies indicated that the ages recorded by high-Si phengites may not correspond to the high-pressure stage but to the subsequent greenschist-facies overprint. This hypothesis is based on the observation that the range in Si-contents and the modal proportion of phengites with a specific Si-value are not significantly different between Eocene HP rocks and Oligocene-Miocene greenschists. The possibility that the barometric information and the geochronological record might be decoupled is of general importance for interpretation of phengite ages from polymetamorphic rocks. In order to look in more detail into this problem, we have studied marbles from Tinos and Sifnos. On both islands, HP rocks are best preserved in the upper parts of the metamorphic succession. Towards the base, the degree of greenschist overprinting increases. Phengite populations of blueschist- and greenschist facies rocks mostly show a considerable range in Si-values. However, in marbles which are either associated with HP or strongly retrogressed rocks, homogeneous high-Si phengite populations (>3.5 pfu) were recognized. On Tinos, Rb-Sr and Ar-Ar white mica dating of such samples yielded ages between 40 to 24 Ma. Of special interest are samples which yielded ages of c. 24 Ma. If the earlier metamorphic history is not taken into account, such datasets may suggest the erroneous conclusion of Miocene HP metamorphism. Recent studies [1] have reported large displacements (> 100km) for detachment faults in the Aegean. The critical parameter for such models is the age of HP metamorphism as deduced from white mica dating [1,2]. In the light of the complexities

  5. Combustion metamorphic events as age markers of orogenic movements, in Central Asia

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    Novikov, I.S.; Sokol, E.V. [Russian Academy of Science, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2007-07-15

    Combustion metamorphic (pyrometamorphic) complexes produced by prehistoric natural coal fires are widespread in Central Asia, namely at the interfaces between mountain systems and the flanking sedimentary basins. Large-scale and prolonged fires accompanied the initial orogenic stages as unweathered coal-bearing formations became exposed into the aeration zone. Pyrometamorphic rocks are comparable to sanidinite facies rocks in formation conditions and in alteration of sedimentary material but, unlike these, their protolith underwent different melting degrees to produce either ferrous basic paralavas or glazed clinkers. The phase composition of the newly-formed melted rocks are favorable for Ar-40/Ar-39 dating of combustion metamorphic events which are coeval to the onset of the main stage of recent orogenic events. We suggest a new algorithm providing correct Ar-40/Ar-39 dating of pyrometamorphic rocks followed by well-grounded geological interpretation. We applied it to pyrometamorphic rocks in the western Salair zone of the Kuznetsk coal basin where combustion metamorphism under temperatures above 1000 degrees C acted upon large volumes of coal-bearing sediments.

  6. Preliminary Assessment of the Hydrogeology and Groundwater Availability in the Metamorphic and Siliciclastic Fractured-Rock Aquifer Systems of Warren County, Virginia

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    Nelms, David L.; Moberg, Roger M.

    2010-01-01

    Expanding development and the prolonged drought from 1999 to 2002 drew attention to the quantity and sustainability of the groundwater resources in Warren County, Virginia. The groundwater flow systems of the county are complex and are controlled by the extremely folded and faulted geology that underlies the county. A study was conducted between May 2002 and October 2008 by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Warren County, Virginia, to describe the hydrogeology of the metamorphic and siliciclastic fractured-rock aquifers and groundwater availability in the county and to establish a long-term water monitoring network. The study area encompasses approximately 170 square miles and includes the metamorphic rocks of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province and siliciclastic rocks of the Great Valley section of the Valley and Ridge Physiographic Province. Well depths tend to be shallowest in the siliciclastic rock unit (predominantly in the Martinsburg Formation) where 75 percent of the wells are less than 200 feet deep. Median depths to bedrock are generally less than 40 feet across the county and vary in response to the presence of surficial deposits, faults, siliciclastic rock type, and topographic setting. Water-bearing zones are generally within 200 feet of land surface; median depths, however, are slightly deeper for the hydrogeologic units of the Blue Ridge Province than for those of the Great Valley section of the county. Median well yields for the different rock units generally range from 10 to 20 gallons per minute. High-yielding wells tend to cluster along faults, along the eastern contact of the Martinsburg Formation, and within potential lineament zones. Specific capacity is relatively low and ranges from 0.003 to 1.43 gallons per minute per foot with median values from 0.12 to 0.24 gallon per minute per foot. Transmissivity values derived from specific capacity data range over four orders of magnitude from 0.6 to 380 feet squared per day

  7. Disjunctive Grade Variation from Greenschist to Granulite Facies, Siyom Valley, Eastern Arunachal Pradesh, India

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    Clarke, G. L.; Bhowmik, S. K.; Aitchison, J. C.; Ireland, T. R.

    2014-12-01

    The Siyom Valley section in eastern Arunachal Pradesh exposes an inverted metamorphic succession (Nandini & Thakur, 2011), metapelitic assemblages increasing in grade northwards from chlorite, through biotite, garnet-staurolite and kyanite-bearing schist to kyanite-sillimanite migmatite. Grade changes are mostly controlled by shallowly north, and northwest-dipping fault structures. Two textural stages of garnet growth can be identified in the ilmenite-bearing amphibolite facies rocks, staurolite having formed late in, or after, deformation responsible for the main penetrative foliation (S2). Kyanite and rutile inclusions in garnet indicate that their growth in migmatite preceded that of matrix sillimanite, ilmenite and cordierite, though unrecrystallized kyanite is also common in the feldspathic matrix. Preliminary data indicate the pronounced tectonic thinning of metasedimentary protoliths during exhumation, and the probability of a pronounced step in grade in the middle part of the river section. Similarities with sections in the Sikkim (Dasgupta et al., 2004) and western Arunachal Pradesh (Goswami et al., 2009) Himalaya reflect the lateral continuity of the south-vergent thrusts that controlled the exhumation of the high-grade rocks, with debate concerning the location and significance of the Main Central Thrust zone begging protolith and metamorphic age data. Dasgupta, S.,Ganguly, J. & Neogi, S., 2004. Inverted metamorphic sequence in the Sikkim Himalayas: crystallization history, P-T gradient and implications. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 22, 395-412. Goswami, S., Bhowmik, S.K. & Dasgupta, S., 2009. Petrology of a non-classical Barrovian inverted metamorphic sequence from the western Arunachal Himalaya, India. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 36, 390-406. Nandini, P. & Thakur, S.S., 2011. Metamorphic evolution of the Lesser Himalayan Crystalline Sequence, Siyom Valley, NE Himalaya, India. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 40, 1089-1100

  8. Amphibolites and other metamorphic mafic rocks of the blastomylonitic graben in Western Galicia, NW Spain: field relations and petrography

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    Arps, C.E.S.

    1981-01-01

    Within the strongly migmatized axial zone of the Hesperian massif in western Galicia a graben-like structure has been distinguished, characterized essentially by the presence of non-migmatic rocks that comprise orthogneisses with blastomylonitic textures, leucocratic gneisses, plagioclase-blastbeari

  9. Protolith and metamorphic ages of the Haiyangsuo Complex, eastern China: A non-UHP exotic tectonic slab in the Sulu ultrahigh-pressure terrane

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    Liou, J.G.; Tsujimori, T.; Chu, W.; Zhang, R.Y.; Wooden, J.L.

    2006-01-01

    The Haiyangsuo Complex in the NE Sulu ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) terrane has discontinuous, coastal exposures of Late Archean gneiss with amphibolitized granulite, amphibolite, Paleoproterozoic metagabbroic intrusives, and Cretaceous granitic dikes over an area of about 15 km2. The U-Pb SHRIMP dating of zircons indicates that theprotolith age of a garnet-biotite gneiss is >2500 Ma, whereas the granulite-facie metamorphism occurred at around 1800 Ma. A gabbroic intrusion was dated at ???1730 Ma, and the formation of amphibolite-facies assemblages in both metagabbro and granulite occurred at ???340-460 Ma. Petrologic and geochronological data indicate that these various rocks show no evidence of Triassic eclogite-facies metamorphism and Neoproterozoic protolith ages that are characteristics of Sulu-Dabie HP-UHP rocks, except Neoproterozoic inherited ages from post-collisional Jurassic granitic dikes. Haiyangsuo retrograde granulites with amphibolite-facies assemblages within the gneiss preserve relict garnet formed during granulite-facies metamorphism at ???1.85 Ga. The Paleoproterozoic metamorphic events are almost coeval with gabbroic intrusions. The granulite-bearing gneiss unit and gabbro-dominated unit of the Haiyangsuo Complex were intruded by thin granitic dikes at about 160 Ma, which is coeval with post-collisional granitic intrusions in the Sulu terrane. We suggest that the Haiyangsuo Complex may represent a fragment of the Jiao-Liao-Ji Paleoproterozoic terrane developed at the eastern margin of the Sino-Korean basement, which was juxtaposed with the Sulu terrane prior to Jurassic granitic activity and regional deformation. ?? Springer-Verlag 2006.

  10. The potential role of fluids during regional granulite-facies dehydration in the lower crust

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    Daniel E. Harlov

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available High-grade dehydration of amphibolite-facies rocks to granulite-facies is a process that can involve partial melting, fluid-aided solid-state dehydration, or varying degrees of both. On the localized meter scale, solid-state dehydration, due to CO2-rich fluids traveling along some fissure or crack and subsequently outwards along the mineral grain boundaries of the surrounding rock, normally is the means by which the breakdown of biotite and amphibole to orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene occur. Various mineral textures and changes in mineral chemistry seen in these rocks are also seen in more regional orthopyroxene-clinopyroxene-bearing rocks which, along with accompanying amphibolite-facies rocks, form traverses of lower crust. This suggests that solid-state dehydration during high-grade metamorphism could occur on a more regional scale. The more prominent of these fluid-induced textures in the granulite-facies portion of the traverse take the form of micro-veins of K-feldspar along quartz grain boundaries and the formation of monazite inclusions in fluorapatite. The fluids believed responsible take the form of concentrated NaCl- and KCl- brines from a basement ultramafic magma heat source traveling upwards along grain boundaries. Additional experimental work involving CaSO4 dissolution in NaCl-brines, coupled with natural observation of oxide and sulfide mineral associations in granulite-facies rocks, have demonstrated the possibility that NaCl-brines, with a CaSO4 component, could impose the oxygen fugacity on these rocks as opposed to the oxygen fugacity being inherent in their protoliths. These results, taken together, lend credence to the idea that regional chemical modification of the lower crust is an evolutionary process controlled by fluids migrating upwards from the lithospheric mantle along grain boundaries into and through the lower crust where they both modify the rock and are modified by it. Their presence allows for rapid mass and

  11. Diagenesis, low-grade and contact metamorphism in the Triassic-Jurassic of the Vichuquen-Tilicura and Hualane-Gualleco Basins, Coastal Range of Chile

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    Belmar, M.; Schmidt, S.T.; Mahlmann, R.F.; Mullis, J.; Stern, W.B.; Frey, M. [University of Chile, Santiago (Chile). Dept. of Geology

    2002-07-01

    Diagenetic and low-grade metamorphic conditions have been determined (pressure and temperature) for Late Triassic to Early Jurassic sedimentary rocks from the Vichuquen-Tilicura and the Hualane-Gualleco basins in Central Chile using Kubler index (KI), coal rank data, K-white mica b cell dimension, characteristic mineral assemblages and fluid inclusion data. A burial-related diagenetic to low-grade metamorphic event, which is recorded in both basins, is partly overprinted in the Hualane-Gualleco basin by contact metamorphism around Jurassic dioritic to granodioritic intrusions. Diagenetic conditions prevailed in the northern Vichuquen-Tilicura basin, whereas in the southern Hualane-Gualleco basin low-grade metamorphism is observed with an increase in metamorphic grade from north to south. Epizonal conditions are locally reached in the very south of the Hualane-Gualleco basin. Low-pressure conditions were determined using the K-white mica b cell dimension. A numerical maturity model corroborates with the regional low-grade metamorphism. Evidence of contact metamorphism in the immediate proximity of some Jurassic intrusions includes: (1) hornfels facies assemblages such as ferrosilite (XFe0.6)-magnesiohornblende-ferroactinolite-biotite together with chlorite, plagioclase, stilpnomelane and (2) natural coke and pyrolitic bituminite in some sedimentary samples. Epizonal KI and high coal rank values are probably a result of this locally occurring contact metamorphism.

  12. Petrological Characteristics and Original Rocks for Metamorphic Rocks from the Jinmo Sb Deposit, in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam%越南广宁晋磨锑矿床变质岩石特征及原岩恢复

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    季根源; 戴塔根; 孔令湖; 姜爱玲

    2015-01-01

    The Jinmo Sb deposit lies in the collision boundary between the Indo-Chinese block and the South China block, and is close to the east side of the Honghe strike-slip fault and belongs to the South China block. The study of petrology and geochemistry of metamorphic rocks in this region indicates that the original rocks are greywacke, carbonaceous argillaceous sandstone, argillaceous sandstone and clay rock.%晋磨锑矿床位于印支地块和华南地块碰撞界限的边缘,紧靠红河走滑大断裂的东侧,属于华南地块。对研究区变质岩的岩石学、地球化学研究表明,该矿床变质岩均为浅变质的副变质岩,其原岩主要为杂砂岩,其次为泥质砂岩、含炭泥质砂岩,粘土岩。

  13. Coupled Chemical and Thermal Processes During Contact Metamorphism: Constraining Rates and Duration with Time-Dependent 3-D Heat and Mass Transport Modeling of Fluid-Rock Systems

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    Dutrow, B. L.; Henry, D.; Gable, C. W.; Heydari, E.; Travis, B. J.

    2016-12-01

    Hydrothermal, metamorphic and metasomatic rocks develop through a complex set of coupled thermal, chemical and mechanical processes that contain non-linear feedbacks. The integrated outcome results in a mineral assemblage with a specific texture that records the rates, magnitude and duration of the controlling processes. However, it is often difficult to extract this coupled information from the rock record due to the competing and time-integrated nature of the final product. A particularly problematic case arises when advective metasomatism accompanies thermal energy transport. Advective transport of reactive components by thermally driven flowing fluids can dramatically alter the original bulk rock chemistry. In some instances, these chemical transformations are slow but in others, these alterations can occur over short time scales (yrs). To facilitate investigations of coupled, complex systems and to constrain the rates, duration and relative importance of governing processes during a thermal event, high-resolution 3-D time dependent computational modeling is used. An example of the integrated effects of thermal and chemical transport is found in subsurface Louisiana. Here, an 11m alkali igneous dike intruded Late Jurassic sandy limestones transforming these into new mineral assemblages rich in alkali, alkaline earth elements and F; hydrogrossular, diopside, pectolite (pct), apophyllite, fluorite, and feldspars. Increased temperatures (Ts) and significant mass transport of components from the dike into the host rocks are required. A series of coupled heat and mass transport calculations constrain the rates and duration of the thermal pulse and provide insights into the time-scale of mass transport within this system. For example, calculations incorporating silica transport indicate that at the pct zone (1.5m), thermal conditions remained above 150oC for 2.8 yrs assuming anisotropic permeability (K) and 4.2 yrs (layered K) reaching Tmax at 0.36 (aniso) or 0.53 yr

  14. Seawater-like trace element signatures (REE + Y) of Eoarchaean chemical sedimentary rocks from southern West Greenland, and their corruption during high-grade metamorphism

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    Friend, C. R. L.; Nutman, A. P.; Bennett, V. C.; Norman, M. D.

    2008-02-01

    Modern chemical sediments display a distinctive rare earth element + yttrium (REE + Y) pattern involving depleted LREE, positive La/La*SN, Eu/Eu*SN, and YSN anomalies (SN = shale normalised) that is related to precipitation from circumneutral to high pH waters with solution complexation of the REEs dominated by carbonate ions. This is often interpreted as reflecting precipitation from surface waters (usually marine). The oldest broadly accepted chemical sediments are c. 3,700 Ma amphibolite facies banded iron-formation (BIF) units in the Isua supracrustal belt, Greenland. Isua BIFs, including the BIF international reference material IF-G are generally considered to be seawater precipitates, and display these REE + Y patterns (Bolhar et al. in Earth Planet Sci Lett 222:43 60, 2004). Greenland Eoarchaean BIF metamorphosed up to granulite facies from several localities in the vicinity of Akilia (island), display REE + Y patterns identical to Isua BIF, consistent with an origin by chemical sedimentation from seawater and a paucity of clastic input. Furthermore, the much-debated magnetite-bearing siliceous unit of “earliest life” rocks (sample G91/26) from Akilia has the same REE + Y pattern. This suggests that sample G91/26 is also a chemical sediment, contrary to previous assertions (Bolhar et al. in Earth Planet Sci Lett 222:43 60, 2004), and including suggestions that the Akilia unit containing G91/26 consists entirely of silica-penetrated, metasomatised, mafic rock (Fedo and Whitehouse 2002a). Integration of our trace element data with those of Bolhar et al. (Earth Planet Sci Lett 222:43 60, 2004) demonstrates that Eoarchaean siliceous rocks in Greenland, with ages from 3.6 to 3.85 Ga, have diverse trace element signatures. There are now geographically-dispersed, widespread examples with Isua BIF-like REE + Y signatures, that are interpreted as chemically unaltered, albeit metamorphosed, chemical sediments. Other samples retain remnants of LREE depletion but

  15. Impact of weathering on the geomechanical properties of rocks along thermal metamorphic contact belts and morpho-evolutionary processes: The deep-seated gravitational slope deformations of Mt. Granieri Salincriti (Calabria Italy)

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    Pellegrino, A.; Prestininzi, A.

    2007-06-01

    Numerous Deep-Seated Gravitational Slope Deformations (DSGSDs) occur throughout Italy, that originate from particular tectono-stratigraphic settings, relief, seismicity, deglaciation, as well as from intense and deep processes of chemico-physical weathering of crystalline-metamorphic rocks. These DSGSDs are particularly widespread in the Calabrian mountains. This study is focused on the Mt. Granieri-Salincriti slope, on the Ionian side of the Serre Massif, where granites and granodiorites (Stilo Unit, Palaeozoic) are in contact with metamorphites through a thermal-metamorphic aureole. This setting generates deep geochemical processes, inducing intense chemical weathering. These processes are mainly due to the interaction between groundwater and the sulphides that are contained in the local pegmatitic-hydrothermal intrusions, especially along the thermal-metamorphic contact belt. The Mt. Granieri-Salincriti slope has an important DSGSD, which is associated with many active and/or quiescent landslides. Among these landslides, the Salincriti rock avalanche-debris flow (about 2 M m 3) represents the paroxysmal and terminal stage of the deep creep deformations of Mt. Granieri, typifying a geological setting that is common in the Calabrian Arc. This multi-disciplinary study assessed the weathering susceptibility of the local crystalline-metamorphic rocks, especially those lying along thermal-metamorphic contact belts, by characterising the weathering horizons and the spatial distribution of weathering in the rock mass. The study was also aimed at identifying the relations between weathering, above all deep geochemical processes, effects on rocks and slope morphodynamics. The methodology was based on detailed geological data, geological-engineering surveys, geomorphology and surface hydrogeology analyses, as well as physico-mechanical laboratory tests. These investigations, supported by a monitoring program, led to the development of an engineering-geological model of the

  16. Erosion of the Alps: use of Rb-Sr isotopic data from molassic sediments to identify the ages of the metamorphism recorded by the eroded rocks; Erosion des Alpes: histoire metamorphique des roches erodees par l`analyse du couple Rb-Sr des sediments molassiques

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    Henry, P.; Deloule, E. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 54 - Nancy (France). Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques; Michard, A. [Aix-Marseille-3 Univ., 13 - Marseille (France)

    1994-06-01

    Rb-Sr isotopic data from Oligocene and Miocene peri-alpine molassic sediments allow us to identify the different periods for which the eroded rocks have or have not recorded an alpine metamorphism. The Chattian and the Burdigalian sediments result from the erosion of rocks for which the latest metamorphic event was variscan, while the Stampian, Aquitanian and ``Helvetian`` sediments show evidence for the erosion of rocks which have recorded alpine metamorphic events. The application of this method to old detrital sediments could permit determination of the ages of the tectonic events which occurred in the sediment source regions. (authors). 18 refs., 6 figs.

  17. 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.

    2017-03-01

    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.

  18. Geochronology of accessory allanite and monazite in the Barrovian metamorphic sequence of the Central Alps, Switzerland

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    Boston, Kate R.; Rubatto, Daniela; Hermann, Jörg; Engi, Martin; Amelin, Yuri

    2017-08-01

    The formation of accessory allanite, monazite and rutile in amphibolite-facies rocks across the Barrovian sequence of the Central Alps (Switzerland) was investigated with a combination of petrography and geochemistry and related to the known structural and metamorphic evolution of the Lepontine dome. For each of these minerals a specific approach was adopted for geochronology, taking into account internal zoning and U-Th-Pb systematics. In-situ U-Th-Pb dating of allanite and monazite by ion microprobe revealed systematic trends for the ages of main deformation and temperature in the Lepontine dome. Isotope dilution TIMS dating of rutile returns dates in line with this picture, but is complicated by inheritance of pre-Alpine rutile and possible Pb loss during Alpine metamorphism. Allanite is generally a prograde mineral that is aligned along the main foliation of the samples and found also as inclusions in garnet. Prograde allanite formation is further documented by rutile inclusions with formation temperatures significantly lower than the maximum T recorded by the rock mineral assemblage. Allanite ages vary from 31.3 ± 1.1 Ma in orthogneisses in the East to 31.7 ± 1.1 Ma for a Bündnerschiefer and 28.5 ± 1.3 Ma for a metaquartzite in the central area, to 26.8 ± 1.1 Ma in the western part of the Lepontine dome. These ages are interpreted to date the main deformation events (nappe stacking and isoclinal deformation of the nappe stack), close to peak pressure conditions. The timing of the thermal peak in the Lepontine dome is recorded in monazite that grew at the expense of allanite and after a main episode of garnet growth at temperatures of 620 °C. Monazite in the central area yields an age of 22.0 ± 0.3 Ma, which is indistinguishable from the age of 21.7 ± 0.4 Ma from a metapelite in the western part of the Lepontine dome. In the central area some of the classical kyanite-staurolite-garnet schists directly underlying the metamorphosed Mesozoic sediments

  19. Telescoping metamorphic isograds: Evidence from 40Ar/39A dating in the Orange-Milford belt, southern Connecticut

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    Kunk, Michael J.; Walsh, Gregory J.; Growdon, Martha L.; Wintsch, Robert P.

    2013-01-01

    New 40Ar/39Ar ages for hornblende and muscovite from the Orange-Milford belt in southern Connecticut reflect cooling from Acadian amphibolite facies metamorphism between ∼380 to 360 Ma followed by retrograde recrystallization of fabric-forming muscovite and chlorite during lower greenschist facies Alleghanian transpression at ∼280 Ma. Reported field temperature and pressure gradients are improbably high for these rocks and a NW metamorphic field gradient climbing from chlorite-grade to staurolite-grade occurs over less than 5 km. Simple tilting cannot account for this compressed isograd spacing given the geothermal gradient of ∼20 °C/km present at the time of regional metamorphism. However, post-metamorphic transpression could effectively telescope the isograds by stretching the belt at an oblique angle to the isograd traces. Textures in the field and in thin section reveal several older prograde schistosities overprinted by lower greenschist facies fabrics. The late cleavages commonly occur at the scale of ∼100 μm and these samples contain multiple age populations of white mica. 40Ar/39Ar analysis of these poly-metamorphic samples with mixed muscovite populations yield climbing or U-shaped age spectra. The ages of the low temperature steps are late Paleozoic, while the ages of the older steps are late Devonian. These results support our petrologic interpretation that the younger cleavage developed under metamorphic conditions below the closure temperature for Ar diffusion in muscovite, that is, in the lower greenschist facies. The correlation of a younger regionally reproducible age population with a pervasive retrograde muscovite ± chlorite cleavage reveals an Alleghanian (∼280 Ma) overprint on the Acadian metamorphic gradient (∼380 Ma). Outcrop-scale structures including drag folds and imbricate boudins suggest that Alleghanian deformation and cleavage development occurred in response to dextral transpression along a northeast striking boundary

  20. Thermal structure of pumpellyite-actinolite facies regions in the Sanbagawa belt, Shikoku, SW Japan

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    Sakaguchi, M.

    2003-12-01

    On the basis of the mineral assemblages of pelitic rocks, the Sanbagawa belt in Shikoku, SW Japan, has been divided, from low- to high-grade parts, into the chlorite, garnet, albite-biotite and oligoclase-biotite zones (Higashino, 1990). Also, the mineral assemblage of pumpellyite + actinolite + epidote + chlorite or epidote + actinolite + hematite + chlorite, which defines the pumpellyite-actinolite (PA) facies (e.g., Banno, 1998), is widely recognized in metabasites in the chlorite zone (e.g. Banno & Sakai, 1989). However, the detailed study on the PA facies regions has been done only in the Omoiji-Nagasawa area (Nakajima et al., 1977) and Asemigawa-Shirataki area (Nakajima, 1982) in central Shikoku, and thus, it is still hard to solve the regional thermal structure of the PA facies region. This study is aimed to reveal the thermal structure of the PA facies region of the Sanbagawa belt in Shikoku by analyzing the mineral assemblages and mineral chemistries of metabasites from the nine newly studied areas. The studied areas studied belong to the chlorite zone in the Oboke and Besshi units; the Oboke unit structurally underlay the Besshi unit. The mineral assemblages include pumpellyite + epidote + actinolite, epidote + actinolite _ hematite and epidote + Na-amphibole + actinolite + hematite. The metabasites from some areas involve Na-pyroxene-bearing assemblages, but the analyses of the Schreinemakers bundle of Tagiri et al. (1992) show that these assemblages do not define the Na-pyroxene-chlorite subfacies. As the low-grade metamorphic rocks do not have the hematite + pumpellyite paragenesis, its metamorphic temperature is estimated to be higher than the discontinuous reaction temperature of pumpellyite + hematite + quartz = epidote + actinolite + H2O, as shown by Nakajima et al. (1977). It is difficult to detect the difference in temperature in the PA facies regions by analyzing mineral assemblages. To detect the difference in temperature, and then to reveal

  1. Eduction, extension, and exhumation of ultrahigh-pressure rocks in metamorphic core complexes due to subduction initiation

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    Petersen, Kenni Dinesen; Buck, W. Roger

    2015-09-01

    The controversy over the exhumation of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) rocks centers on whether it involves rising of pieces of crust detached from subducted continental lithosphere or an entire subducted plate that undergoes "eduction," i.e., reverse subduction. We present a new thermomechanical model of continental subduction showing that these apparently contrasting mechanisms can occur together: crust subducted deep enough is heated and weakened, causing limited diapiric rise, while crust subducted to shallower depths retains strength and is exhumed only by eduction. The model also shows for the first time how eduction followed by seafloor spreading can occur in a zone of regional convergence. This occurs spontaneously when subduction of buoyant crust causes a subduction zone to "lock up" in one place causing a new subduction zone to form in another. The model is consistent with many features of the youngest region of UHP rock exhumation on earth: the D'Entrecasteaux Islands. UHP exhumation and the amount of regional extension, as well as the seismic structure around the islands, can be explained by eduction. Ductile flow fabrics, seen on the islands, would result from exhumation of the most deeply subducted crust heated enough to undergo partial melting. Reversal of motion on the north-dipping continental subduction zone, required by this model, was likely triggered by initiation of the New Britain Trench, as suggested previously. Our model implies that the crust of Goodenough Basin, south of the islands, was exhumed by eduction in the last 5 Ma and this hypothesis can be tested by drilling.

  2. Episodic burial metamorphism in the Andes—A viable model?

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    Bevins, R. E.; Robinson, D.; Aguirre, L.; Vergara, M.

    2003-08-01

    Burial metamorphism of regional extent throughout Mesozoic to Cenozoic sequences in the Andean Mountain belt has been attributed previously to a unique model of metamorphic development, involving episodic ˜40 m.y. cycles of extensional basin formation, burial, metamorphism, and then exhumation. A main premise of this model is that breaks in metamorphic grade occur at major stratigraphic unconformities, so marking successive metamorphic cycles. This model is tested in a Mesozoic Cenozoic sequence east of Santiago, where three metamorphic episodes have been reported on the basis of sharp breaks in metamorphic grade at two main unconformities. In metabasites from this area, reaction progress in mafic phyllosilicates shows a continuum across the sequence without breaks at the unconformities. There are differences in mineral assemblages between the various stratigraphic units, from which contrasting subgreenschist facies can be recognized. However, consideration of the controls on mineral paragenesis at subgreenschist facies conditions demonstrates that these different facies cannot be used as evidence of sharp breaks in metamorphic grade at unconformities, as has been reported in many previous publications. Thus, metamorphic breaks within this Andean section cannot be confirmed. Accordingly, models of Andean burial metamorphism linked to episodic tectonic cycles throughout the Mesozoic and Cenozoic appear unfounded.

  3. Trace element signature and U-Pb geochronology of eclogite-facies zircon, Bergen Arcs, Caledonides of W Norway

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    Bingen, Bernard; Austrheim, Håkon; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Davis, William J.

    Secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) U-Pb and trace element data are reported for zircon to address the controversial geochronology of eclogite-facies metamorphism in the Lindås nappe, Bergen Arcs, Caledonides of W Norway. Caledonian eclogite-facies overprint in the nappe was controlled by fracturing and introduction of fluid in the Proterozoic-Sveconorwegian-granulite-facies meta-anorthosite-norite protolith. Zircon grains in one massive eclogite display a core-rim structure. Sveconorwegian cores have trace element signatures identical with those of zircon in the granulite protolith, i.e. 0.31<=Th/U<=0.89, heavy rare earth element (HREE) enrichment, and negative Eu anomaly. Weakly-zoned to euhedral oscillatory-zoned Caledonian rims are characterized by Th/U<=0.13, low LREE content (minimum normalized abundance for Pr or Nd), variable enrichment in HREE, and no Eu anomaly. A decrease of REE towards the outermost rim, especially HREE, is documented. This signature reflects co-precipitation of zircon with garnet and clinozoisite in a feldspar-absent assemblage, and consequently links zircon to the eclogite-facies overprint. The rims provide a mean 206Pb/238U crystallization age of 423+/-4 Ma. This age reflects eclogite-forming reactions and fluid-rock interaction. This age indicates that eclogite-facies overprint in the Lindås nappe took place at the onset of the Scandian (Silurian) collision between Laurentia and Baltica.

  4. Contrasting geochemistry and metamorphism of pillow basalts in metamorphic complexes from Aysén, S. Chile

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    Hervé, F.; Aguirre, L.; Sepúlveda, V.; Morata, D.

    1999-07-01

    The geochemistry of pillow basalts from the Chonos Metamorphic Complex (CMC) and the Eastern Andes Metamorphic Complex of Aysén (EAMC) indicates contrasting tectonic environments for these basic lavas. They have E-MORB and continental alkaline affinities, respectively. The MORB-like basalts are metamorphosed in the pumpellyite-actinolite metamorphic facies, with mineral associations indicative of relatively high P/T metamorphism. The continental alkali basalts exhibit pumpellyite-chlorite assemblages developed in a low to intermediate P/T regime. These contrasting eruptive and metamorphic settings agree with recently established age differences between the complexes, and invalidate direct correlation between them.

  5. On Continent-Continent Point-Collision and Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphism

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    董树文; 武红岭; 刘晓春; 薛怀民

    2002-01-01

    Up to now it is known that almost all ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphism of non-impact origin occurred in continent-continent collisional orogenic belt, as has been evidenced by many outcrops in the eastern hemisphere. UHP metamorphic rocks are represented by coesite- and diamond-bearing eclogites and eclogite facies metamorphic rocks formed at 650–800°C and 2.6–3.5 Gpa, and most of the protoliths of UHP rocks are volcanic-sedimentary sequences of continental crust. From these it may be deduced that deep subduction of continental crust may have occurred. However, UHP rocks are exposed on the surface or occur near the surface now, which implies that they have been exhumed from great depths. The mechanism of deep subduction of continental crust and subsequent exhumation has been a hot topic of the research on continental dynamics, but there are divergent views. The focus of the dispute is how deep continental crust is subducted so that UHP rocks can be formed and what mechanism causes it to be subducted to great depths and again exhumed to the shallow surface. Through an analysis of the continental process and mechanical boundary conditions of the Dabie collisional belt—an UHP metamorphic belt where the largest area of UHP rocks in the world is exposed, this paper discusses the variations of viscous stresses and average pressure in the viscous fluid caused by tectonism with rock physical properties and the contribution of the tectonic stresses to production of UHP. Calculation indicates that the anomalous stress state on the irregular boundary of a continental block may give rise to stress concentration and accumulation at local places (where the compressional stress may be 5–9 times higher than those in their surroundings). The tectonic stresses may account for 20–35% of the total UHP. So we may infer that the HP (high-pressure)-UHP rocks in the Dabie Mountains were formed at depths of 60–80 km. Thus the authors propose a new genetic model of UHP

  6. Structural and alteration controls on gold mineralization the of the amphibolite facies Detour Lake Deposit, Canada

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    Dubosq, Renelle; Schneider, David

    2016-04-01

    The 15M oz Detour Lake deposit is a Neoarchean orogenic gold ore body located in the northern most region of the Abitibi district within the Superior Province. The mine is an open pit design in the high strain zone of the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone (SLDZ). The ductile-brittle SLDZ parallels the broadly E-W Abitibi greenstone belt and the deposit is situated in a dilation zone between volcanoclastic rocks of the Caopatina Assemblage and Lower Detour Lake Formation, consisting of ultramafic talc-chlorite-sericite schist. The Upper Detour Lake Formation consists of pillowed and massive flows and hyloclastic units crosscut by minor felsic to intermediate dykes. All of the formations are sub-vertical, north-dipping units with stretching lineations indicating dip-slip motion. The Detour deposit differs from other classic ore deposits in the dominantly greenschist facies Abitibi Subprovince by possessing an amphibolite facies metamorphic assemblage of actinolite-biotite-plagioclase-almandine. Consequently, the typical indicator minerals used to identify alteration and mineralization, such as secondary biotite, may not be useful. Petrological and geochemical analyses have revealed at least four populations of biotite: 1) large euhedral crystals located within quartz-carbonate veins, 2) small, euhedral zoned crystals present as alteration haloes, 3) very small, anhedral to subhedral indistinct crystal present in mafic volcanic host rock, and 4) large euhedral crystals defining the main metamorphic foliation in the metasediments. Extensive examination of mineral assemblages, alteration products, and vein structure in rock core across barren and mineralized zones has documented over a dozen vein types which can be grouped into two main categories: 1) sulfidized quartz-carbonate veins associated with biotite alteration and 2) late carbonate veins. Gold grades do not prove to be dependent on vein type but rather on the host rock composition: the highest ore grades are present

  7. SEM observation of grain boundary structures in quartz-iron oxide rocks deformed at intermediate metamorphic conditions

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    Leonardo Lagoeiro

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Several studies have demonstrated the effect of a second phase on the distribution of fluid phase and dissolution of quartz grains. However, as most observations came from aggregates deformed under hydrostatic stress conditions and mica-bearing quartz rocks, 3-D distribution of pores on quartz-quartz (QQB and quartz-hematite boundaries (QHB has been studied. Several fracture surfaces oriented according to finite strain ellipsoid were analyzed. The pore distribution characterizes the porosity and grain shape as highly anisotropic, which results from the nature and orientation of boundaries. QHB have physical/chemical properties very different from QQB, once the hematite plates have strong effect on wetting behavior of fluid, likewise micas in quartzites. They are pore-free flat surfaces, normal to compression direction, suggesting that they were once wetted with a continuous fluid film acting as faster diffusion pathway. At QQB, the pores are faceted, isolated, close to its edges reflecting the crystallographic control and an interconnected network of fluid along grain junctions. The QQB facing the extension direction are sites of fluid concentration. As consequence, the anisotropic dissolution and grain growth were responsible for the formation of hematite plates and tabular quartz grains significantly contributing for the generation of the foliation observed in the studied rocks.Muitos estudos têm demonstrado o efeito de uma segunda fase sobre a distribuição de fase fluida e dissolução de grãos de quartzo. Entretanto, como a maioria das observações vêm de agregados deformados sob condições de tensão hidrostática e em rochas quartzosas ricas em mica, a distribuição 3D de poros e bordas quartzo-quartzo (BQQ e quartzo-hematita (BQH tem sido estudada. Várias superfícies de fraturas orientadas segundo o elipsóide de deformação finita foram analisadas. A distribuição dos poros caracteriza a porosidade e a forma dos grãos como

  8. Clumped isotope thermometry of calcite and dolomite in a contact metamorphic environment

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    Lloyd, Max K.; Eiler, John M.; Nabelek, Peter I.

    2017-01-01

    Clumped isotope compositions of slowly-cooled calcite and dolomite marbles record apparent equilibrium temperatures of roughly 150-200 °C and 300-350 °C, respectively. Because clumped isotope compositions are sensitive to the details of T-t path within these intervals, measurements of the Δ47 values of coexisting calcite and dolomite can place new constraints on thermal history of low-grade metamorphic rocks over a large portion of the upper crust (from ∼5 to ∼15 km depth). We studied the clumped isotope geochemistry of coexisting calcite and dolomite in marbles from the Notch Peak contact metamorphic aureole, Utah. Here, flat-lying limestones were intruded by a pluton, producing a regular, zoned metamorphic aureole. Calcite Δ47 temperatures are uniform, 156 ± 12 °C (2σ s.e.), across rocks varying from high-grade marbles that exceeded 500 °C to nominally unmetamorphosed limestones >5 km from the intrusion. This result appears to require that the temperature far from the pluton was close to this value; an ambient temperature just 20 °C lower would not have permitted substantial re-equilibration, and should have preserved depositional or early diagenetic Δ47 values several km from the pluton. Combining this result with depth constraints from overlying strata suggests the country rock here had an average regional geotherm of 22.3-27.4 °C/km from the late Jurassic Period until at least the middle Paleogene Period. Dolomite Δ47 in all samples above the talc + tremolite-in isograd record apparent equilibrium temperatures of 328-12+13 °C (1σ s.e.), consistent with the apparent equilibrium blocking temperature we expect for cooling from peak metamorphic conditions. At greater distances, dolomite Δ47 records temperatures of peak (anchi)metamorphism or pre-metamorphic diagenetic conditions. The interface between these domains is the location of the 330 °C isotherm associated with intrusion. Multiple-phase clumped isotope measurements are complemented by

  9. 柴达木盆地西部第三系盐湖相有效生油岩的识别%Identification of Effective Source Rocks in the Tertiary Evaporate Facies in the Western Qaidam Basin

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    金强; 查明; 赵磊

    2001-01-01

    柴达木盆地西部第三系发现了储量可观的油气资源,但是总体上讲这里的生油层钙质含量高、有机质丰度低;如何识别有效生油岩,正确评价油气资源潜量,成为这里油气勘探和地球化学的首要问题。通过上、下干柴沟组生油岩的沉积特征和地球化学分析,可发现盐湖相存在许多有机质丰度较高的生油岩;利用热解和模拟实验等方法确定出有效生油岩的有机碳含量下限为0.4%。这样既为该区生油岩提供了评价标准,又找到大量有效生油岩,解决了研究区油气资源预测的基本问题。%Although there have been large volumes of oil and gas discovered from the Tertiary reservoirs in the western Qaidam basin, the source rocks have been believed as the mudstones and shales with high calcite contents and low organic carbon contents (TOC as low as 0.2%) which were deposited in the Tertiary evapo rate facies. The mudstones and shales are in great thick and distributed widely in the western Qaidam basin. In general sense, an effective source rock is ref erred to the rock with enough TOC, which expels oil when its generating oil is over a saturation in the porosity of the rock at proper buried depths or subsurf ace temperatures. If a rock with very low TOC, its generating oil could not be over the saturation for oil to be expelled out, the rock was called as ineffective source rock. Most samples analyzed by previous studies belong to the ineffec tive source rocks as their original TOC too low. Therefore, how to identify the effective source rocks is one of key aspects in petroleum resource assess ment on the Tertiary of the Qaidam basin.   By sedimentology study on the potential source rocks (dark colored mudstones and shales in the evaporate facies), the authors of this article discovered that th ere were significantly vertical changes in lithologies and TOC contents in the m udstones and shales, even in a single rhythmic

  10. Post-Collisional Ductile Extensional Tectonic Framework in the UHP and HP Metamorphic Belts in the Dabie-Sulu Region, China

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    索书田; 钟增球; 游振东; 张泽明

    2001-01-01

    The present-day observable tectonic framework of the ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) and high-pressure (HP) metamorphic belts in the Dabie-Sulu region was dominantly formed by an extensional process, mostly between 200 and 170 Ma, following the Triassic collision between the Sino-Korean and Yangtze cratons. The framework that controls the present spatial distribution of UHP and HP metamorphic rocks in particular displays the typical features of a Cordilleran-type metamorphic core complex, in which at least four regional-scale, shallow-dipping detachment zones are recognized. Each of these detachment zones corresponds to a pressure gap of 0.5 to 2.0 GPa. The detachment zones separate the rocks exposed in the region into several petrotectonic units with different P-T conditions. The geometry and kinematics of both the detachment zones and the petrotectonic units show that the exhumation of UHP and HP metamorphic rocks in the Dabie-Sulu region was achieved, at least in part, by non-coaxial ductile flow in the multi-layered detachment zones, and by coaxial vertical shortening and horizontal stretching in the metamorphic units, under amphibolite- to greenschist-facies conditions, and in an extensional regime. All ductile extensional deformations occurred at depths below 10 to 15 km, i.e. below the brittle/ductile deformation transition.

  11. Metamorphic evolution and U-Pb zircon SHRIMP geochronology of the Belizario ultramafic amphibolite, Encantadas Complex, southernmost Brazil

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    2003-09-15

    The integrated investigation of metamorphism and zircon U-Pb SHRIMP geochronology of the Belizario ultramafic amphibolite from southernmost Brazil leads to a better understanding of the processes involved in the generation of the Encantadas Complex. Magmatic evidence of the magnesian basalt or pyroxenite protolith is only preserved in cores of zircon crystals, which are dated at 2257 {+-} 12 Ma. Amphibolite facies metamorphism M{sub 1} formed voluminous hornblende in the investigated rock possibly at 1989 {+-} 21 Ma. This ultramafic rock was re-metamorphosed at 702+- 21 Ma during a greenschist facies event M{sub 2}; the assemblage actinolite + oligoclase + microcline + epidote + titanite + monazite formed by alteration of hornblende. The metamorphic events are probably related to the Encantadas Orogeny (2257 {+-} 12 Ma) and Camboriu Orogeny ({approx}1989 Ma) of the Trans-Amazonian Cycle, followed by an orogenic event (702 {+-} 21 Ma) of the Brasiliano Cycle. The intervening cratonic period (2000-700 Ma) corresponds to the existence of the Supercontinent Atlantica, known regionally as the Rio de la Plata Craton. (author)

  12. Oman metamorphic sole formation reveals early subduction dynamics

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    Soret, Mathieu; Agard, Philippe; Dubacq, Benoît; Plunder, Alexis; Ildefonse, Benoît; Yamato, Philippe; Prigent, Cécile

    2016-04-01

    Metamorphic soles correspond to m to ~500m thick tectonic slices welded beneath most of the large-scale ophiolites. They typically show a steep inverted metamorphic structure where the pressure and temperature conditions of crystallization increase upward (from 500±100°C at 0.5±0.2 GPa to 800±100°C at 1.0±0.2 GPa), with isograds subparallel to the contact with the overlying ophiolitic peridotite. The proportion of mafic rocks in metamorphic soles also increases from the bottom (meta-sediments rich) to the top (approaching the ophiolite peridotites). These soles are interpreted as the result of heat transfer from the incipient mantle wedge toward the nascent slab (associated with large-scale fluid transfer and possible shear heating) during the first My of intra-oceanic subduction (as indicated by radiometric ages). Metamorphic soles provide therefore major constraints on early subduction dynamics (i.e., thermal structure, fluid migration and rheology along the nascent slab interface). We present a detailed structural and petrological study of the metamorphic sole from 4 major cross-sections along the Oman ophiolite. We show precise pressure-temperature estimates obtained by pseudosection modelling and EBSD measurements performed on both the garnet-bearing and garnet-free high-grade sole. Results allow quantification of the micro-scale deformation and highlight differences in pressure-temperature-deformation conditions between the 4 different locations, showing that the inverted metamorphic gradient through the sole is not continuous in all locations. Based on these new constraints, we suggest a new tectonic-petrological model for the formation of metamorphic soles below ophiolites. This model involves the stacking of several homogeneous slivers of oceanic crust leading to the present-day structure of the sole. In this view, these thrusts are the result of rheological contrasts between the sole and the peridotite as the plate interface progressively cools down

  13. A thermo-mechanical numerical scenario aiming at reproducing the metamorphic record of high-P rocks in the Palaeoproterozoic Eburnean orogeny.

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    Gerbault, Muriel; Ganne, Jerome; Baratoux, Lenka; Dioh, Edmond; de Andrade, Vincent; Block, Sylvain; Perrouty, Stephane; Jessell, Marc

    2013-04-01

    We test a scenario of the evolution of the Palaeoproterozoic Eburnean event characterising the Birimian Province (2.2-2.0 Ga, Western African Craton). A compilation of field data and petrological modeling indicates that an early thermal regime (M1, =20 km), and which would have formed above an original Birimian oceanic crust (possibly preaccreted forearc-backarcs systems). These assemblages record elevated pressures (P> 6-8 Kb) and are found in the thermal aureoles of CaO-poor granitoids. A second warmer, dominant geothermal gradient M2a (20-30°C/km) is found superimposed on M1, associated to greenschist-amphibolite metamorphic assemblages of moderate- to high-pressure rocks. We suggest that these rocks underwent exhumation processes in close association with continued regional shortening and granitoid intrusions. A thermo-mechanical model is proposed here for the Birimian crust, in which we choose an initial setting of oceanic arc resistant layer underlain by a layer of buoyant granitoids (CaO-rich TTGs). At the center of the model, this layer is itself overlain by a tectonically paired, mechanically weak basin several hundreds of kilometers wide (forearc-backarc system ?). Under applied compression, the model reproduces a mechanism of burial and distributed large-scale folding of this juvenile crust. As the oceanic arc and TTGs layers fold below the overlying hydrated sediments, their hinges deepen and they reach appropriate PT conditions to start melting and transform into a dominantly buoyant (CaO-poor) melt product, of lower viscosity and density (by ~5%). This newly formed material ascends and migrate laterally towards the upper parts of the buckle folds, and then pursues its ascension through the weak overlying sediments, within about 50 Myrs. This spatially periodical and "diapiric" mode of exhumation is capable to entrain preserved lower crustal material as well as re-heated sediments, upwards to about 10-15 km depth. A significant recycling of TTGs in

  14. Late-Stage Ductile Deformation in Xiongdian-Suhe HP Metamorphic Unit, North-Western Dabie Shan, Central China

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    Suo Shutian; Zhong Zengqiu; Zhou Hanwen; You Zhendong

    2004-01-01

    New structural and petrological data unveil a very complicated ductile deformation history of the Xiongdian-Suhe HP metamorphic unit, north-western Dabie Shan, central China. The fine-grained symplectic amphibolite-facies assemblage and coronal structure enveloping eclogite-facies garnet, omphacite and phengite etc., representing strain-free decompression and retrogressive metamorphism, are considered as the main criteria to distinguish between the early-stage deformation under HP metamorphic conditions related to the continental deep subduction and collision, and the late-stage deformation under amphibolite to greenschist-facies conditions occurred in the post-eclogite exhumation processes. Two late-stages of widely developed, sequential ductile deformations D3 and D4, are recognized on the basis of penetrative fabrics and mineral aggregates in the Xiongdian-Suhe HP metamorphic unit, which shows clear, regionally, consistent overprinting relationships. D3 fabrics are best preserved in the Suhe tract of low post-D3 deformation intensity and characterized by steeply dipping layered mylonitic amphibolites associated with doubly vergent folds. They are attributed to a phase of tectonism linked to the initial exhumation of the HP rocks and involved crustal shortening with the development of upright structures and the widespread emplacement of garnet-bearing granites and felsic dikes. D4 structures are attributed to the main episode of ductile extension (D14) with a gently dipping foliation to the north and common intrafolial, recumbent folds in the Xiongdian tract, followed by normal sense top-to-the north ductile shearing (D24) along an important tectonic boundary, the so-called Majiawa-Hexiwan fault (MHF), the westward continuation of the Balifan-Mozitan-Xiaotian fault (BMXF) of the northern Dabie Shan. It is indicated that the two stages of ductile deformation observed in the Xiongdian-Suhe HP metamorphic unit, reflecting the post-eclogite compressional or extrusion

  15. The Cedrolina Chromitite, Goiás State, Brazil: A Metamorphic Puzzle

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    Yuri de Melo Portella

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The Cedrolina chromitite body (Goiás-Brazil is concordantly emplaced within talc-chlorite schists that correspond to the poly-metamorphic product of ultramafic rocks inserted in the Pilar de Goiás Greenstone Belt (Central Brazil. The chromite ore displays a nodular structure consisting of rounded and ellipsoidal orbs (up to 1.5 cm in size, often strongly deformed and fractured, immersed in a matrix of silicates (mainly chlorite and talc. Chromite is characterized by high Cr# (0.80–0.86, high Fe2+# (0.70–0.94, and low TiO2 (av. = 0.18 wt % consistent with variation trends of spinels from metamorphic rocks. The chromitite contains a large suite of accessory phases, but only irarsite and laurite are believed to be relicts of the original igneous assemblage, whereas most accessory minerals are thought to be related to hydrothermal fluids that emanated from a nearby felsic intrusion, metamorphism and weathering. Rutile is one of the most abundant accessory minerals described, showing an unusually high Cr2O3 content (up to 39,200 ppm of Cr and commonly forming large anhedral grains (>100 µm that fill fractures (within chromite nodules and in the matrix or contain micro-inclusions of chromite. Using a trace element geothermometer, the rutile crystallization temperature is estimated at 550–600 °C (at 0.4–0.6 GPa, which is in agreement with P and T conditions proposed for the regional greenschist to low amphibolite facies metamorphic peak of the area. Textural, morphological, and compositional evidence confirm that rutile did not crystallize at high temperatures simultaneously with the host chromitite, but as a secondary metamorphic mineral. Rutile may have been formed as a metamorphic overgrowth product following deformation and regional metamorphic events, filling fractures and incorporating chromite fragments. High Cr contents in rutile very likely are due to Cr remobilization from Cr-spinel during metamorphism and suggest that Ti was

  16. Peak metamorphic temperature and thermal history of the Southern Alps (New Zealand)

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    Beyssac, O.; Cox, S. C.; Vry, J.; Herman, F.

    2016-04-01

    The Southern Alps orogen of New Zealand results from late Cenozoic convergence between the Indo-Australian and Pacific plates and is one of the most active mountain belts in the world. Metamorphic rocks carrying a polymetamorphic legacy, ranging from low-greenschist to high-grade amphibolites, are exhumed in the hanging wall of the Alpine Fault. On a regional scale, the metamorphic grade has previously been described in terms of metamorphic zones and mineral isograds; application of quantitative petrology being severely limited owing to unfavorable quartzofeldspathic lithologies. This study quantifies peak metamorphic temperatures (T) in a 300 × 20 km area, based on samples forming 13 transects along-strike from Haast in the south to Hokitika in the north, using thermometry based on Raman spectroscopy of carbonaceous material (RSCM). Peak metamorphic T decreases across each transect from ≥ 640 °C locally in the direct vicinity of the Alpine Fault to less than 330 °C at the drainage divide 15-20 km southeast of the fault. Thermal field gradients exhibit a degree of similarity from the southernmost to the northernmost transects, are greater in low-grade semischist than high-grade schist, are affected by folding or discontinuous juxtaposition of metamorphic zones, and contain limited information on crustal-scale geothermal gradients. Temperatures derived by RSCM thermometry are slightly (≤ 50 °C) higher than those derived by traditional quantitative petrology using garnet-biotite thermometry and THERMOCALC modeling. The age of RSCM T appears to be mostly pre-Cenozoic over most of the area except in central Southern Alps (Franz Josef-Fox area), where the amphibolite facies schists have T of likely Cenozoic age. The RSCM T data place some constraints on the mode of exhumation along the Alpine Fault and have implications for models of Southern Alps tectonics.

  17. Metamorphic geology: Why should we care?

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    Tajcmanova, Lucie; Moulas, Evangelos; Vrijmoed, Johannes

    2016-04-01

    Estimation of pressure-temperature (P-T) from petrographic observations in metamorphic rocks has become a common practice in petrology studies during the last 50 years. This data then often serves as a key input in geodynamic reconstructions and thus directly influences our understanding of lithospheric processes. Such an approach might have led the metamorphic geology field to a certain level of quiescence. Obtaining high-quality analytical data from metamorphic rocks has become a standard part of geology studies. The numerical tools for geodynamic reconstructions have evolved to a great extend as well. Furthermore, the increasing demand on using the Earth's interior for sustainable energy or nuclear waste disposal requires a better understanding of the physical processes involved in fluid-rock interaction. However, nowadays, metamorphic data have apparently lost their importance in the "bigger picture" of the Earth sciences. Interestingly, the suppression of the metamorphic geology discipline limits the potential for understanding the aforementioned physical processes that could have been exploited. In fact, those phenomena must be considered in the development of new generations of fully coupled numerical codes that involve reacting materials with changing porosity while obeying conservation of mass, momentum and energy. In our contribution, we would like to discuss the current role of metamorphic geology. We will bring food for thoughts and specifically touch upon the following questions: How can we revitalize metamorphic geology? How can we increase the importance of it? How can metamorphic geology contribute to societal issues?

  18. Prolonged episodic Paleoproterozoic metamorphism in the Thelon Tectonic Zone, Canada: an in-situ SHRIMP/EPMA monazite geochronology study

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    Mitchell, Rhea; William, Davis; Robert, Berman; Sharon, Carr; Michael, Jercinovic

    2017-04-01

    The Thelon Tectonic zone (TTZ), Nunavut, Canada, is a >500km long geophysically, lithologically and structurally distinct N-NNE striking Paleoproterozoic boundary zone between the Slave and Rae Archean provinces. The TTZ has been interpreted as a ca. 2.0 Ga continental arc on the western edge of the Rae craton, that was deformed during collision with the Slave craton ca. 1.97 Ga. Alternatively, the Slave-Rae collision is interpreted as occurring during the 2.35 Ga Arrowsmith orogeny while the 1.9-2.0 Ga TTZ represents an intra-continental orogenic belt formed in previously thinned continental crust, postdating the Slave-Rae collision. The central part of the TTZ comprises three >100 km long, 10-20 km wide belts of ca. 2.0 Ga, mainly charnockitic plutonic rocks, and a ca. 1910 Ma garnet-leucogranite belt. Metamorphism throughout these domains is upper-amphibolite to granulite-facies, with metasedimentary rocks occurring as volumetrically minor enclaves and strands of migmatites. The Ellice River domain occurs between the western and central plutonic belts. It contains ca. 1950 Ma ultramafic to dacitic volcanic rocks and foliated Paleoproterozoic psammitic metasedimentary rocks at relatively lower grade with lower to middle amphibolite-facies metamorphic assemblages. In-situ U-Pb analyses of monazite using a combination of Sensitive High-Resolution Ion Microprobe (SHRIMP) and Electron Probe Microanalyzer (EPMA) were carried out on high-grade metasedimentary rocks from seventeen samples representing the eastern margin of the Slave Province and all major lithological domains of the TTZ. 207Pb/206Pb monazite ages from SHRIMP analysis form the foundation of this dataset, while EPMA ages are supplementary. The smaller <6µm spot size of EPMA allowed for further constraint on ages of micro-scale intra-crystalline domains in some samples. Monazite ages define four distinct Paleoproterozoic metamorphic events and one Archean metamorphic event at ca. 2580 Ma. The latter is

  19. Primary Analysis on Rock Salt Sedimentary Facies Area of Dawenkou Basin in Tai'an City%泰安市大汶口盆地岩盐沉积相区探析

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    张树淇; 郝瑞娥; 王浩

    2015-01-01

    Dongxiang depression Is a structural depression located in the west of Dawenkou basin.Favoura-ble structural conditions,ancient climate,geographical conditions,and the surrounding rich source formed rock salt deposit in the basin.Regional tectonic evolution caused sedimentary range and the concentration differences of brine.Thus,rock salt sedimentary facies have a certain evolution.The main tendency is a-long the direction of SWW from the northwest to the midwest of Dongxiang depression.The sedimentary thickness changes as well.%东向洼地是位于大汶口凹陷西部的构造洼地,有利的构造条件、古气候古地理条件、周边丰富的物源,形成了盆地内的岩盐矿床。区域构造演化,造成洼地内构造沉积幅度、卤水浓度差异,从而岩盐沉积相也有了一定的演化,主要趋势为沉积中心自沉积中心自东向洼地西北部沿走向 SWW 向向洼地中西部转移,沉积厚度也随之变化。

  20. Facies Constrained Elastic Full Waveform Inversion

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    2017-05-26

    Current efforts to utilize full waveform inversion (FWI) as a tool beyond acoustic imaging applications, for example for reservoir analysis, face inherent limitations on resolution and also on the potential trade-off between elastic model parameters. Adding rock physics constraints does help to mitigate these issues. However, current approaches to add such constraints are based on averaged type rock physics regularization terms. Since the true earth model consists of different facies, averaging over those facies naturally leads to smoothed models. To overcome this, we propose a novel way to utilize facies based constraints in elastic FWI. A so-called confidence map is calculated and updated at each iteration of the inversion using both the inverted models and the prior information. The numerical example shows that the proposed method can reduce the cross-talks and also can improve the resolution of inverted elastic properties.

  1. Deciphering fluid inclusions in high-grade rocks

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    Alfons van den Kerkhof

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The study of fluid inclusions in high-grade rocks is especially challenging as the host minerals have been normally subjected to deformation, recrystallization and fluid-rock interaction so that primary inclusions, formed at the peak of metamorphism are rare. The larger part of the fluid inclusions found in metamorphic minerals is typically modified during uplift. These late processes may strongly disguise the characteristics of the “original” peak metamorphic fluid. A detailed microstructural analysis of the host minerals, notably quartz, is therefore indispensable for a proper interpretation of fluid inclusions. Cathodoluminescence (CL techniques combined with trace element analysis of quartz (EPMA, LA-ICPMS have shown to be very helpful in deciphering the rock-fluid evolution. Whereas high-grade metamorphic quartz may have relatively high contents of trace elements like Ti and Al, low-temperature re-equilibrated quartz typically shows reduced trace element concentrations. The resulting microstructures in CL can be basically distinguished in diffusion patterns (along microfractures and grain boundaries, and secondary quartz formed by dissolution-reprecipitation. Most of these textures are formed during retrograde fluid-controlled processes between ca. 220 and 500 °C, i.e. the range of semi-brittle deformation (greenschist-facies and can be correlated with the fluid inclusions. In this way modified and re-trapped fluids can be identified, even when there are no optical features observed under the microscope.

  2. Facies del subfondo del canal Beagle, Tierra del Fuego Sub-bottom facies of the Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego

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    Gustavo Bujalesky

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available El canal Beagle conecta los océanos Pacífico y Atlántico en el extremo meridional de Sudamérica y se ubica en el ambiente subantártico. Conforma una cuenca de unos 300 m de profundidad máxima y está separada del océano Atlántico por un umbral de 30 m de profundidad. El canal es un valle tectónico que fue completamente cubierto por el hielo glacial durante la última glaciación. Posteriormente, el canal fue ocupado por un lago glacial desde los 12.000 a los 8.000 años A.P., cuando fue invadido por el mar que alcanzó un nivel máximo entre los 6.000 y 5.000 años A.P. Con el objetivo de analizar las facies sedimentarias superficiales y del subfondo del canal se realizó un relevamiento geofísico con sonar de barrido lateral y un perfilador de 3,5 kHz. Sobre un basamento constituido por rocas metamórficas del Mesozoico, se identificaron depósitos de till y secuencias granodecrecientes que representan distintos estadios del retroceso glaciar, evidenciando hacia la sección superior facies lacustres y por encima depósitos de la transgresión marina del Holoceno. Además, se han identificado paleocauces y secuencias fluviales cubiertas por sedimentos marinos transgresivos.The Beagle Channel connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in the southernmost part of South America, and has a subantarctic environment. It is a deep basin (300 m depth separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a shallow sill (30 m depth. The Beagle Channel is a tectonic valley that was completely covered by ice during the Last Glaciation. Later, it was occupied by a glacial lake from 12,000 to 8,000 years B.P. and then flooded by the sea, reaching a maximum sea level between 6,000 and 5,000 years B.P. A geophysical survey (side scan sonar and 3.5 kHz profiler was carried out in the channel to analyze the sea-bed and sub-bottom sedimentary facies. Metamorphic Mesozoic basement rocks are overlain by glacial deposits (till and fining upwards sequences. These sequences

  3. Submarine-fan facies associations of the Upper Cretaceous and Paleocene Gottero Sandstone, Ligurian Apennines, Italy

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    Nilsen, Tor H.; Abbate, Ernesto

    1984-06-01

    The Upper Cretaceous and Paleocene Gottero Sandstone was deposited as a small deep-sea fan on ophiolitic crust in a trench-slope basin. It was thrust northeastward as an allochthonous sheet in Early and Middle Cenozoic time. The Gottero, as thick as 1500 m, was probably derived from erosion of Hercynian granites and associated metamorphic rocks in northern Corsica. Outcrops of inner-fan channel, middle-fan channel and interchannel, outer-fan lobe, fan-fringe, and basin-plain facies associations indicate that the depositional model of Mutti and Ricci Lucchi for mixed-sediment deep-sea fans can be used. The original fan had a radius of 30 to 50 km.

  4. A metamorphic mineral source for tungsten in the turbidite-hosted orogenic gold deposits of the Otago Schist, New Zealand

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    Cave, Ben J.; Pitcairn, Iain K.; Craw, Dave; Large, Ross R.; Thompson, Jay M.; Johnson, Sean C.

    2016-09-01

    The orogenic gold deposits of the Otago Schist, New Zealand, are enriched in a variety of trace elements including Au, As, Ag, Hg, W and Sb. We combine laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) traverses and images to show that detrital rutile is the most important host mineral for W in the subgreenschist facies rocks. Furthermore, the prograde metamorphic recrystallisation of detrital rutile to titanite releases significant amounts of W (potentially 0.41 g/tonne of rock). Scheelite development closely follows the progression of this W-liberating reaction. Scheelite micrograins form early within the fabric of the rock evolving to locally and regionally sourced scheelite-bearing veins. Scheelite from syn-metamorphic veins at Fiddlers Flat and Lake Hāwea shows distinct differences in composition compared with scheelite from late-metamorphic veins at the Macraes Mine, the latter of which is enriched in REEs, Y and Sr. We suggest that the scheelite at Macraes became enriched due to the liberation of these elements during alteration of the Ca-silicate minerals epidote and titanite by the ore-forming fluid. These results are supportive of recent models for orogenic gold mineralisation in the Otago Schist, whereby prograde metamorphic recrystallisation of diagenetic or detrital metal-rich mineral phases (pyrite to pyrrhotite: Au, As, Ag, Hg and Sb; rutile to titanite: W) releases significant amounts of metals into the concurrently developing metamorphic fluids that can be subsequently focussed into regional structures and form significant tungsten-bearing orogenic gold deposits.

  5. 大别—苏鲁区超高压(UHP)变质岩的多阶段构造折返过程%Multi-Stage Tectonic Exhumation Processes of Ultrahigh-Pressure (UHP) Metamorphic Rocks in the Dabie-Sulu Area, East-Central China

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    索书田; 钟增球; 周汉文; 张利; 游振东

    2012-01-01

    Exhumation processes of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks, by which these deep-seated rocks were rapidly returned from mantle depths of more than 100 km within deep subduction zones into the upper crust and to the surface, are of paramount importance for the understanding of the kinematics and dynamics of convergent plate margins and continental collision belts. At least four large successive stages of the exhumation process of UHP metamorphic rocks in the Dabie-Sulu area, east-central China, mainly based on structural, petrological, geochemical data and available geochronological data, combined with previously regional polyphased deformation analyses, can be distinguished. Massive eclogites recorded the deep continental subduction/collision between the Sino-Korean and Yangtze cratons during the Triassic (~250-230 Ma). The early exhumation occurred after the peak of UHP metamorphism at conditions of up to >3. 1-4. 0 Gpa and 800±50 ℃ , which may correspond to the Dz regional deformation phase and took place at mantle depths, displaying the model of vertical ductile extrusion, within the coesite stability field. The subsequent exhumation stages, corresponding with D3, D4 and D5 regional deformation phase, respectively, and two intermediate tectono-thermal events, I. E. , the formation of the granulite/amphibolite facies symplectite or corona and the generation of extensive partial melting, occurred in crustal levels. Shear zones of an anastomosing rheological type were developed at diffterent stages and depths, indicating that the partitioning of deformation and metamorphism within the UHP metamorphic belt repeated. These imply that the exhumation of the UHP rocks is a complex tectonic process, in response to subduction/collision or extension of the continental crust, and is strongly constrained by a number of internal and external factors of the belt. In particular, fluids play important roles in the exhumation process of UHP rocks in the Dabie

  6. Attempts of whole-rock K/Ar dating of mesozoic volcanic and hypabissal igneous rocks from the Central Subbetic (Southern Spain: A case of differential Argon loss related to very low-grade metamorphism

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    Sanz de Galdeano, C.

    1988-04-01

    Full Text Available 12 samples of basic intrusives within Triassic rocks «ophites» and 11 samples of volcanic and associated intrusives within Jurassic to Early Cretaceous sequences of the Subbetic Zone were subjected to whole-rock K/Ar dating in combination with chemical/petrological analysis. Satisfactory results were obtained only from a number of samples of volcanic rocks, however, analytical ages commonly agree, within about 10 relative percent, with those deduced from stratigraphic location. «Ophite» samples, on the other hand, may reveal considerably lower analytic ages than the volcanics and show much stronger scattering, even among samples collected within a small area. It is argued that the inferred loss of Ar results from very-low-grade alpine metamorphic alteration, which affected the «ophites» more intensely than the higher volcanic rocks. Other post-emplacement chemical changes, such as the degree of secondary oxidation of Fe, are also distintive among the two groups of samples, and are to some extent consistent with the above view in that the alteration environment of the ophites should have produced conditions for more penetrative fluid-rock interactions and homogeneous recrystallization. Overall, the magmatic activity from which the ophitic rocks originated might have started in the Late Triassic and continued in the Lower Jurassic. 80th, the «ophites» and the volcanics are though to be the result of magmatic events Collowing tensional to transtensive crustal movements affecting the external basins of the Betic Cordilleras Crom Late Triassic to Early Cretaceous times.Doce muestras de cuerpos básicos intrusivos en rocas triásicas («ofitas» y 11 muestras de volcanitas y rocas intrusivas asociadas en secuencias jurásico-cretáceas de la zona Subbética han sido objeto de datación radiométrica K/Ar (roca total en combinación con análisis químico-petrográfico. Las edades analíticas obtenidas son 's

  7. Neoarchean arc magmatism followed by high-temperature, high-pressure metamorphism in the Nilgiri Block, southern India

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    Samuel, Vinod O.; Sajeev, K.; Hokada, T.; Horie, K.; Itaya, T.

    2015-11-01

    The Nilgiri Block, southern India is an exhumed lower crust formed through arc magmatic processes in the Neoarchean. The main lithologies in this terrane include charnockites, gneisses, volcanic tuff, metasediments, banded iron formation and mafic-ultramafic bodies. Mafic-ultramafic rocks are present towards the northern and central part of the Nilgiri Block. We examine the evolution of these mafic granulites/metagabbros by phase diagram modeling and U-Pb sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) dating. They consist of a garnet-clinopyroxene-plagioclase-hornblende-ilmenite ± orthopyroxene ± rutile assemblage. Garnet and clinopyroxene form major constituents with labradorite and orthopyroxene as the main mineral inclusions. Labradorite, identified using Raman analysis, shows typical peaks at 508 cm- 1, 479 cm- 1, 287 cm- 1 and 177 cm- 1. It is stable along with orthopyroxene towards the low-pressure high-temperature region of the granulite facies (M1 stage). Subsequently, orthopyroxene reacted with plagioclase to form the peak garnet + clinopyroxene + rutile assemblage (M2 stage). The final stage is represented by amphibolite facies-hornblende and plagioclase-rim around the garnet-clinopyroxene assemblage (M3 stage). Phase diagram modeling shows that these mafic granulites followed an anticlockwise P-T-t path during their evolution. The initial high-temperature metamorphism (M1 stage) was at 850-900 °C and ~ 9 kbar followed by high-pressure granulite facies metamorphism (M2 stage) at 850-900 °C and 14-15 kbar. U-Pb isotope studies of zircons using SHRIMP revealed late Neoarchean to early paleoproterozoic ages of crystallization and metamorphism respectively. The age data shows that these mafic granulites have undergone arc magmatism at ca. 2539.2 ± 3 Ma and high-temperature, high-pressure metamorphism at ca. 2458.9 ± 8.6 Ma. Thus our results suggests a late Neoarchean arc magmatism followed by early paleoproterozoic high-temperature, high

  8. Links between fluid circulation, temperature, and metamorphism in subducting slabs

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    Spinelli, G.A.; Wang, K.

    2009-01-01

    The location and timing of metamorphic reactions in subducting lithosph??re are influenced by thermal effects of fluid circulation in the ocean crust aquifer. Fluid circulation in subducting crust extracts heat from the Nankai subduction zone, causing the crust to pass through cooler metamorphic faci??s than if no fluid circulation occurs. This fluid circulation shifts the basalt-to-eclogite transition and the associated slab dehydration 14 km deeper (35 km farther landward) than would be predicted with no fluid flow. For most subduction zones, hydrothermal cooling of the subducting slab will delay eclogitization relative to estimates made without considering fluid circulation. Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.

  9. A multi-isotope approach to understanding the evolution of Cenozoic magmatism in the northeastern Basin and Range: Results from igneous rocks in the Albion-Raft River-Grouse Creek metamorphic core complex

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    Konstantinou, A.; Strickland, A.; Miller, E. L.

    2012-12-01

    Deep crustal rocks exposed by extensional processes in metamorphic core complexes provide a unique opportunity to address the magmatic and isotopic evolution of the crust and assess the relative crust versus mantle contributions in Cenozoic igneous rocks exposed in the complexes. The Albion-Raft River-Grouse Creek metamorphic core complex exposes mid-crustal rocks that resided at depths of ~15-20 km before the onset of Cenozoic extension. Three major Cenozoic magmatic events are represented in the complex and have been studied using multiple isotopic systems (whole rock Sr and Nd coupled with the Oxygen isotopes in zircon). These three major events are: (1) 42-31 Ma intrusion of a composite plutonic complex of calc-alkaline composition that intrudes both upper crustal rocks (~5-10 km depth) and deeper rocks. (2) A 32-25 Ma plutonic complex, with evolved calc-alkaline composition that intruded in the middle crust (~12-15 km depth), and (3) A 10-8 Ma bimodal (basalt-rhyolite) suite of volcanic rocks that contain high-T anhydrous mineral assemblages erupted across the complex. The pre-extensional crust consisted of an upper crust composed primarily of Neoproterozoic through Triassic metasedimentary rocks (schist and quartzite at its base and limestone at its top). The middle crust consists of late Archean orthogneiss with evolved composition (metamorphosed peraluminous granite) with average 87Sr/86Sr40~0.800, ɛNd40~ -43.4 and δ18Ozirc ~5.7‰. The lower crust is inferred to have been composed of Precambrian intermediate composition igneous rocks with average 87Sr/86Sr40~0.750, ɛNd40~ -37.5 and δ18Ozirc ~5.9‰, and Precambrian mafic rocks with average 87Sr/86Sr40~0.717, ɛNd40~ -25 and δ18Ozirc ~7.0‰. Existing and new data indicate that the 42-31 Ma upper crustal plutonic complex ranges in isotopic composition from 87Sr/86Sri=0.709-0.712, ɛNdi=-15 to -25 and δ18Ozirc 4.7-6.5‰. The composition of the 32-25 Ma middle crustal plutonic complex ranges from 87Sr

  10. Caracterización y evolución metamórfica de las rocas ultramáficas de la faja del río de las Tunas, Cordillera Frontal de Mendoza Characteristics and metamorphic evolution of the ultramafic rocks from Río de Las Tunas Belt, Frontal Cordillera of Mendoza.

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    M. Florencia Gargiulo

    2011-12-01

    penetrativa de los cuerpos ultramáficos, dando lugar a verdaderas serpentinitas. El posterior aumento en la proporción de CO2 del fluido mineralizante, inhibe la cristalización de Srp y da lugar a la cristalización conspicua de Tlc concentrado en estas zonas de cizalla, acompañado localmente por la presencia de carbonato.The goal of this contribution is to present the petro-mineralogical and chemical study of metaperidotites and serpentinites from the río de Las Tunas belt in Frontal Cordillera, Mendoza province. The metaperidotites preserve relictic magmatic minerals Ol, Cpx, (brownish-redSpls.l., scarce Opx with different modal proportions allowing to define the ultramafic protoliths: dunites, spinel-dunites, clinopyroxenitic-dunites, wehrlites, olivine-clinopyroxenites and clinopyroxenites. The crystallization sequence Srp+Mgt(±Brc±Chl→Tr±Tlc→�}Athà±(greenSpls.s./Ple±Opx evidence the metamorphic evolution of the ultramafic rocks. The initial serpentinization with pseudomorphic textures is followed by prograde metamorphism reaching the transition between the upper amphibolite facies and the granulite facies conditions. A second serpentinization process is evidenced by pseudomorphic textures after Amp and Chl and non-pseudomorphic and recrystallization textures, in agreement with the sequence a FeChrà→CrMgt→àMgt and b Spls.s./Ple(greenàMgt, which altogether indicate the low grade conditions during the retrogressive stage. During this stage reaction zones at metaperidotite-schist, -gneiss or -orthoamphibolite interfaces also were developed due to metasomatism between these lithologies. At the same time, local but pervasive carbonatization of the ultramafics near carbonatic levels of the Guarguaráz Complex took place. The emplacement of gondwanic igneous bodies in the study area occurred during the final stage of the metamorphic cycle. This magmatic event provides the physic-chemical conditions to allow elements mobilization, minerals concentration

  11. METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY

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    <正>20132334 Chai Fengmei(Key Laboratory of Geodynamic Processes and Metallogenic Prognosis of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt,Xinjiang University,Urumqi 830049,China);Yang Fuquan Geochronology and Genesis of Meta-Felsic Volcanic Rocks from the Kangbutiebao Formation in Chonghuer Basin on Southern Margin of Altay,Xinjiang(Geological

  12. Metamorfismo de muy bajo grado asociado a un sistema geotermal en rocas volcánicas básicas del Jurásico Medio, Formación Lonco Trapial, Paso Berwin, Chubut extra-andino Very low grade metamorphism associated with a geothermal system in basic volcanic rocks of the Middle Jurassic, Lonco Trapial Formation, Paso Berwin, Extra-Andean Chubut

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    P. Montecinos

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Las rocas volcánicas básicas de la Formación Lonco Trapial, poseen una mineralogía primaria compuesta principalmente por olivino, plagioclasa cálcica y piroxeno, presentando además gran cantidad de amígdalas. La mineralogía metamórfica de muy bajo grado en estas rocas está caracterizada por ceolitas, minerales arcillosos y micáceos. La asociación mineral más característica está compuesta por celadonita, montmorillonita, heulandita, analcima, gonnardita y, además, por levyna y minerales de la serie analcima-wairakita en forma subordinada. Esta asociación pertenece a la facies ceolita y tuvo un origen asociado a un sistema geotermal. La analogía establecida con las zonas de ceolitas conocidas para sistemas geotermales equivalentes y el uso de la grilla petrogénetica para paragénesis ceolíticas, en el sistema An-Ab-SiO2-H2O, permiten establecer un rango de temperatura entre 80°-180°C. En este contexto habría ocurrido un único evento metamórfico hidrotermal en presencia de una fase fluida, muy pobre en CO2, cuya composición química habría cambiado desde un carácter neutro con baja a(SiO2 y a(K2O moderada (permitiendo la precipitación de esmectitas y celadonita a un carácter neutro-alcalino con a(SiO2 que posibilita la estabilidad de la heulandita.The basic volcanic rocks of the Lonco Trapial Formation, have a primary mineralogy mainly composed of olivine, calcic plagioclase and pyroxene, and present a large quantity of amygdales. Their metamorphic mineralogy is characterized by zeolites, clay and micaceous minerals. The main mineral association includes celadonite, montmorillonite, heulandite, analcime, gonnardite and subordinate levyne and minerals of the wairakite-analcime series. This association belongs to the zeolite facies and its origin was associated with a geothermal system. The analogy with known zeolite zones in equivalent geothermal systems and the use of the petrogenetic grid for zeolite parageneses, in

  13. 华北克拉通的组成及其变质演化%Constituents and Evolution of the Metamorphic Basement of the North China Craton

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    沈其韩; 耿元生; 宋会侠

    2016-01-01

    Precambrian metamorphic basement of North China Craton (NCC) is composed of five sets of different types of metamorphic rocks. In the formation process, the NCC experienced multiple tectonic activities, multiple magma emplacement, multiple metamorphism, different degrees of migmatization and anatexis. The rocks suffered multiple superposition of different geological processes and, therefore, the NCC has a complicated evolution history. From Archean to Late Paleoproterozoic, the NCC mainly underwent five stages of regional metamorphism. Anshan area experienced amphibolite facies metamorphism in Paleo/Meso-Archean. However, no metamorphic ages have been obtained except 3560 Ma and 3000~3300 Ma metamorphic ages obtained from TTG series. In Lushan Taihua complex of Henan, 2776~2792 Ma and 2671~2651 Ma metamorphic ages are obtained from Mesoarchean amphibolites, which represent metamorphism in early Neoarchean. Granulites-TTG series and granite-greenstone belt of Neoarchean both experienced metamorphic transformation in late Neoarchean and early Paleoproterozoic. In Paleoproterozoic, on the northern margin of the NCC, L-MP/HP granulite facies metamorphism occurred between 1965~1900 Ma and UHT metamorphism appeared locally. This metamorphism is considered to be related to the continental collision and subsequent mantle upwelling. In Late Paleoproterozoic (1890~1800 Ma), in the central and eastern NCC, high-pressure granulite facies to amphibolite facies metamorphism occurred in Jiao–Liao–Ji belt, which indicates the collision and collage of continental blocks. Different types of metamorphic rock series experienced different kinds of metamorphism, which reflect different tectonic settings. A large number of late Archean TTG rock series and planar distribution M-LP granulites are mainly located in the central-northern part of NCC. They generally have counterclockwisep-T paths, which reflect mantle plume underplating tectonic setting. Granite-greenstone series of

  14. METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY

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    <正>20091533 Gao Changgui(State Key Laboratory of Geological Processes and Mineral Resources,China University of Geosciences,Wuhan 430074,China);Liu Yongsheng Distributions and Geodynamic Implications of High Field Strength Elements in Rutile from Ultrahigh Pressure Eclogites(Earth Science,ISSN1000-2383,CN42-1233/P,33(4),2008,p.487-503,8 illus.,3 tables,80 refs.)Key words:eclogite,Su-Lu orogenic beltsTrace element compositions of rutiles in eclogites from the Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling(CCSD)main hole were analyzed using LA-ICP-MS.The results indicate that Nb and Ta contents of rutiles are significantly controlled by whole rock compositions,while Zr and Hf show no obvious dependence on the whole rock compositions.Coupled with enrichments of Pb and Sr at the rim of the interstitial rutiles,Zr contents decrease from the core to the rim.

  15. Treatment measures for underground water leakage during construction of tunnel in metamorphic soft rock%变质软岩隧道施工中地下水渗漏处治措施

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    李皓晖; 左昌群; 唐霞; 丁少林; 刘代国

    2015-01-01

    Due to the metamorphic soft rock characteristics of water softening and disintegration,there is the phenomenon such as groundwater seepage and water inflow in tunnel construction,which could bring huge hidden danger to the tunnel construction safety. T aking the typical groundwater seepage zone of W udang group schist tunnel in Shiyan-fangxian expressway as research object,in this paper,the groundwater seepage effect in metamorphic soft rock tunnel construction w as analyzed from the aspects including groundw ater seepage characteristics of disaster section,water rationality of surrounding rock,physical mechanics function of groundwater,and put forward the specific control measures of groundwater. T he practice showed that the measures presented in this paper has good control effect on groundw ater leakage of soft rock tunnel,w hich could provide a reference for w atery section safe construction of similar soft rock tunnel.%由于变质软岩具有遇水软化、崩解的特征,在隧道施工过程中易出现地下水渗漏、涌水等,给隧道施工安全带来巨大隐患。以十堰至房县高速公路武当群片岩隧道中典型地下水渗漏区段为主要研究对象,从灾害段地下水渗漏特征、围岩的水理性、地下水的物理力学作用等方面阐述了变质软岩隧道施工中地下水渗漏的影响,并提出了有针对性的地下水控制措施。实践证明,该措施对软岩隧道地下水渗漏具有较好的控制作用,可为类似软岩隧道富水段安全施工提供参考。

  16. Timing and conditions of metamorphism and melt crystallization in Greater Himalayan rocks, eastern and central Bhutan: insight from U-Pb zircon and monazite geochronology and trace-element analyses

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    Zeiger, K.; Gordon, S. M.; Long, S. P.; Kylander-Clark, A. R. C.; Agustsson, K.; Penfold, M.

    2015-05-01

    Within the eastern Himalaya in central and eastern Bhutan, Greater Himalayan (GH) rocks are interpreted to have been thickened by the Kakhtang thrust (KT). In order to understand the metamorphic and exhumation history of the GH and to evaluate the structural significance of the KT, zircon and monazite from twenty samples were analyzed by laser-ablation split-stream ICPMS. In eastern Bhutan, zircon and monazite from samples collected in the KT hanging wall revealed ca. 36-28 Ma metamorphism. Subsequently, the initiation of melt crystallization shows a trend with structural distance above the KT, with early melt crystallization (ca. 27 Ma) in the structurally highest samples and younger melt crystallization (ca. 16 Ma) for leucosomes within the KT zone. Melt crystallization was protracted and continued until ca. 14-13 Ma in both the KT hanging wall and the footwall. In comparison, in central Bhutan, two leucosomes revealed extended melt crystallization from ca. 31 to 19 Ma. The youngest zircon dates from samples exposed structurally above and below the KT are similar, indicating that the KT was not as significant of a structure as other fault systems to which it has been correlated. However, the younging trend in the initiation of melt crystallization with decreasing structural distance above the KT argues that progressive underplating of ductile material assisted in the initial emplacement of the GH unit in central and eastern Bhutan. The KT likely represents a minor shear zone that aided in this underplating process.

  17. Tectonic evolvement of metamorphic complexes at Jilin paleocontinental margin during the transition from late Archaean to early Proterozoic

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    SUN Zhongshi; DENG Jun; JIANG Yanguo; WANG Jianping; WANG Qingfei; WEI Yanguang

    2004-01-01

    The kinematics and dynamical process of tectonic evolvement of metamorphic complexes at the interim from late Archaean to early Proterozoic is one of the key problems in geosciences. For the disputation on the genesis of metamorphic complexes at the margin of Jilin palaeocontinent, this paper takes the example of Banshigou region, Jilin Province to discuss the dynamical evolution of palaeocontinent during the transition from late Archaean to early Proterozoic (2600-2000 Ma). On the time sequence, from center to palaeocontinental margin, it shows a series of dynamical movements including underplating, horizontal movement, subduction, intraplate extension and separation. And its corresponding sequence of kinematical modes is as follows: vertical movement, horizontal movement, extension and shearing in contact zone,uplift-sliding movement in paleocontinental margin and interformational sliding, resulting in such tectonite sequence, tectonic gneiss, gneissic complex, gneissic complex-mylonite, mylonite and fracture cleavage-mylonite, which consist of the main body of metamorphic complexes. Their palaeostresses are: < 20, 20.40, 21.72, 28.80 and 30.8-69.8 MPa respectively. The deformational metamorphic temperature is between hornblende and low-grade greenschist facies. The general deformational characters of Jilin palaeocontinent reflect a complete dynamic system of crust evolution, which indicates that the formation of the metamorphic complexes and the tectonic evolution are altered from vertical movement to compression to extension. It also indicates a continuous tectonic transformation from deep to shallow, and from ductile to brittle. The transformation between different dynamic mechanisms not only forms tectonic rocks, but also benefits the linking up, exchange and enrichment with rock-forming minerals and ore-forming elements.This research is helpful to classifying regional tectonic events and making further study on the evolution of palaeocontinental dynamics.

  18. U-Th-Pb zircon geochronology on igneous rocks in the Toija and Salittu Formations, Orijärvi area, southwestern Finland: constraints on the age of volcanism and metamorphism

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    Christopher L. Kirkland

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Zircons from a felsic volcanic rock in the Toija Formation and a synvolcanic gabbro intrusion in the Salittu Formation within the Orijärvi area were dated by U-Th-Pb SIMS in order to provide depositional constraints on these formations. Zircon crystals from the felsic rock preserve a two-stage crystallisation history with zoned core domains and homogeneous rim domains. Inner domains yield a 1878±4 Ma concordia age, interpreted to determine the crystallisation of this rock. Rims yield a 1815±3 Ma concordia age interpretedto determine the regional metamorphism. Small rounded zircon grains from the Salittu gabbro, located within the Jyly shear zone, yield a concordia age of 1792±5 Ma. We interpret the grain textures to suggest that they recrystallised from inherited zircon seeds during the heat and fluid flow into the shear zone. Although no direct ages for the Salittu Formation have been recovered, field relationships imply that it was deposited between 1878−1875 Ma.

  19. Over 400 m.y. metamorphic history of the Fennoscandian lithospheric segment in the Proterozoic (the East European Craton)

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    Skridlaite, G.; Bogdanova, S.; Taran, L.; Baginski, B.; Krzeminska, E.; Wiszniewska, J.; Whitehouse, M.

    2009-04-01

    Several Palaeoproterozoic terranes in the Fennoscandian lithospheric segment of the East European Craton (EEC) evolved differently prior to their final amalgamation at c. 1.8 Ga. South-westward younging of the major tectono-thermal events characterizes the Baltic -Belarus region between the Baltic and Ukrainian Shields of the EEC. While at c.1.89-1.87 Ga and 1.85-1.84 Ga rocks of some northern and eastern terranes (Estonia, Belarus and eastern Lithuania) experienced syncollisional, moderate P metamorphism, subduction-related volcanic island arc magmatism still dominated southwestern terranes in Lithuania and Poland. The available age determinations of metamorphic zircon (SIMS/NORDSIM and TIMS methods, Stockholm, SHRIMP method, RSES, ANU, Canberra) and metamorphic monazite (TIMS, Stockholm and EPMA method, Warsaw University) allow to distinguish several metamorphic events related to major orogenic processes: - 1.90-1.87 Ga amphibolite-facies H/MP metamorphism occurred along with emplacements of juvenile TTG-type granitoids in the North Estonian and Lithuanian-Belarus terranes. They are coeval with the main accretionary growth of the crust in the Svecofennian Domain in the Baltic Shield (e.g. Lahtinen et al., 2005). - 1.84-1.79 Ga high-grade metamorphism affected sedimentary and igneous rocks in almost all the terranes and is assumed to have been related to the major aggregation of the EEC (Bogdanova et al, 2006, 2008). In the metasedimentary granulites of western Lithuania, a prograde metamorphism commenced with monazite growth prior garnet at 1.84-1.83 Ga. The sediments and mafic igneous rocks in Lithuania, felsic igneous rocks in NE Poland underwent peak metamorphism and deformation at 1.81-1.79 Ga (zircon and monazite ages). The 1.83-1.79 Ga metamorphism has the same age as a metamorphic imprint and strong shearing of the crust in central Sweden (Andersson et al., 2004). The postcollisional granulite metamorphism of mafic intrusions at 1.80-1.79 Ga in Belarus

  20. Strain localization in shear zones during exhumation: a graphical approach to facies interpretation

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    Cardello, Giovanni Luca; Augier, Romain; Laurent, Valentin; Roche, Vincent; Jolivet, Laurent

    2015-04-01

    Strain localization is a fundamental process determining plate tectonics. It is expressed in the ductile field by shear zones where strain concentrates. Despite their worldwide distribution in most metamorphic units, their detailed characterization and processes comprehension are far to be fully addressed. In this work, a graphic approach to tectono-metamorphic facies identification is applied to the Delfini Shear Zone in Syros (Cyclades, Greece), which is mostly characterized by metabasites displaying different degree of retrogression from fresh eclogite to prasinite. Several exhumation mechanisms brought them from the depths of the subduction zone to the surface, from syn-orogenic exhumation to post-orogenic backarc extension. Boudinage, grain-size reduction and metamorphic reactions determinate strain localization across well-deformed volumes of rocks organized in a hierarchic frame of smaller individual shear zones (10-25 meters thick). The most representative of them can be subdivided in 5 tectono-metamorphic (Tm) facies, TmA to E. TmA records HP witnesses and older folding stages preserved within large boudins as large as 1-2 m across. TmB is characterized by much smaller and progressively more asymmetric boudins and sigmoids. TmC is defined by well-transposed sub- to plane-parallel blueschist textures crossed by chlorite-shear bands bounding the newly formed boudins. When strain increases (facies TmD-E), the texture is progressively retrograded to LP-HT greenschist-facies conditions. Those observations allowed us to establish a sequence of stages of strain localization. The first stage (1) is determined by quite symmetric folding and boudinage. In a second stage (2), grain-size reduction is associated with dense shear bands formation along previously formed glaucophane and quartz-rich veins. With progressively more localized strain, mode-I veins may arrange as tension gashes that gradually evolve to blueschist shear bands. This process determinates the

  1. Vesuvianite–wollastonite–grossular-bearing calc-silicate rock near Tatapani, Surguja district, Chhattisgarh

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    S C Patel

    2007-04-01

    This paper reports the occurrence of vesuvianite + wollastonite + grossular + diopside + microcline + quartz assemblage in an enclave of calc-silicate rocks occurring within quartzofeldspathic gneiss near Tatapani in the western part of Chhotanagpur Gneissic Complex. The enclave contains phlogopite-absent and phlogopite-bearing calc-silicate rocks, the latter being much more abundant than the former. The above assemblage occurs in the phlogopite-absent rock. Phlogopite-bearing rock contains the assemblage phlogopite + salite + microcline + plagioclase + quartz. A strong schistosity is developed in both the calc-silicate rocks and the minerals are syntectonic with the major foliation-forming event in the area. The vesuvianite-bearing assemblage is formed by amphibolite facies regional metamorphism of a calcareous protolith at pressure > 4 kbar and XCO2 (fluid) > 0.15.

  2. Deciphering the tectonometamorphis history of the Anarak Metamorphic Complex, Central Iran

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    Zanchetta, Stefano; Malaspina, Nadia; Zanchi, Andrea; Martin, Silvana; Benciolini, Luca; Berra, Fabrizio; Javadi, Hamid Reza; Koohpeyma, Meysam; Ghasemi, Mohammad R.; Sheikholeslami, Mohammad Reza

    2014-05-01

    most of the "ophiolites" within the AMC. Structural analyses show that the Chah Gorbeh, Morghab units and the "ophiolites" have been tectonically coupled during at least two deformational phases that occurred at greenschist facies conditions and predate the LT-HP metamorphic overprint. Available geochronological data loosely constraints the subduction event in the Late Permian - Early Triassic times. Subsequent deformation events that occurred during the whole Mesozoic and the Cenozoic up to the Miocene and possibly later, resulted in folding, thrusting and faulting that dismembered the original tectonic contacts. Therefore, the correlations among deformation structures and metamorphic events in the different units are not straightforward. The other units of the AMC lack evidence of HP metamorphism, especially the Lakh Marble a large thrust sheet that occupies the uppermost structural position in the AMC. The contact with the underlying units is invariably tectonic, thus no original relationships have been preserved. So, if structural and petrographic data point out an accretionary wedge setting for the evolution of the Chah Gorbeh, Morghab and the "ophiolites", geodynamic significance and paleogeographic attribution of other units still remain controversial. In progress U-Pb dating of undeformed intrusive bodies and metamorphic minerals in the LT-HP rocks will soon help to better constrain the evolution of the ACM.

  3. Field Observations of Crustal Seismic Anisotropy: Implications for Mapping Tectonic Structure in Metamorphic Terranes

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    Christensen, N. I.; Okaya, D.; Meltzer, A.; Brocher, T.; Holbrook, W. S.

    2003-12-01

    The study of seismic anisotropy within continental tectonic provinces provides earth scientists with a powerful tool for measuring and quantifying deformation within the crust. Preferred mineral alignment observed in metamorphic terranes produced by recrystallization during metamorphism is associated with planar structures such as slaty cleavage, schistosity, and gneissic layering. These structures are often pervasive for tens to hundreds of kilometers and produce significant compressional wave seismic anisotropy as well as shear wave splitting. Observations of crustal anisotropy within (1) slates of the chlorite subzone of the Haast schist terrane of South Island, New Zealand, (2) lower greenschist facies phyllites and metagraywackes of the Valdez Group Chugach terrane in southern Alaska, (3) amphibolite facies mica schists within the Yukon-Tanana terrane in the eastern Alaska range and (4) amphibolite facies quartzofeldspathic gneisses, approaching granulite grade, within the Nanga Parbat-Haramosh massif demonstrate that crustal anisotropy is not limited to rocks of any particular metamorphic grade and thus can be present at all crustal levels. Two refraction lines at approximately right angles shown up to 10% compressional wave anisotropy in relatively low grade metapelites of the Haast schist terrane. Fast velocities parallel the strike of the upturned slaty cleavage. Measured field velocities in the Chugach terrane, obtained from observed first arrival travel times, demonstrate significant compressional wave anisotropy (~9%) with fastest directions oriented approximately east-west and parallel to foliations observed in outcrops. Within the Alaskan Yukon-Tanana terrane variations in seismic velocities of the first arrivals correlate with field observations of regional dips of foliated schists. A northward shallowing of foliation dips produces an observed northward increasing seismic velocity. The core of the Nanga-Parbat massif forms a large-scale antiformal

  4. The Nature of Crustal Seismic Anisotropy: Constraints From Field and Rock Physics Observations

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    Christensen, N. I.; Okaya, D.; Meltzer, A.

    2006-12-01

    Compared with mantle seismic anisotropy studies, which have been active for almost five decades, anisotropy of the crystalline crust has been only rarely studied. Seismic anisotropy within continental tectonic provinces is however important because it provides earth scientists with a powerful tool for measuring and quantifying deformation within the crust. Preferred mineral alignment observed in metamorphic terranes produced during metamorphism by recrystallization is associated with planar structures such as slaty cleavage, schistosity, and gneissic layering. These structures are often pervasive for tens to hundreds of kilometers in major collision zones and produce significant compressional wave seismic anisotropy as well as shear wave splitting. Observations of crustal anisotropy within (1) slates of the chlorite subzone of the Haast schist terrane of South Island, New Zealand, (2) prehnite-pumpellite to lower greenschist facies slates and phyllites of the Taiwan Slate Belt, (3) greenschist faces phyllites and metagraywackes of the Valdez Group Chugach terrane in southern Alaska, and (4) amphibolite facies quartzofeldspathic gneisses, approaching granulite grade, within the Nanga Parbat-Haramosh massif demonstrate that crustal anisotropy is not limited to rocks of any particular metamorphic grade and thus can be present at all crustal levels. Laboratory studies of compressional and shear wave velocities provide important constraints on the magnitudes and symmetries of anisotropies at various crustal levels within these orogenic zones. Although compositional layering can produce anisotropy, preferred mineral orientation of highly anisotropic single crystals, resulting from metamorphic recrystallization, is the major contributor. Most metamorphic rocks show significant compressional and shear wave anisotropy. Anisotropy is a particularly important parameter in low grade pelitic rocks such as phyllite and slate and can be as high as 20%. For the medium grade

  5. A tale of two eras: Pliocene-Pleistocene unroofing of Cenozoic and late Archean zircons from active metamorphic core complexes, Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea

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    Baldwin, Suzanne L.; Ireland, Trevor R.

    1995-11-01

    U/Pb ion microprobe analyses of zircons from gneisses and granodiorites exposed in the D'Entrecasteaux Islands, and from conglomerate sections of the Goodenough No. 1 well in the adjacent Trobriand Basin, provide constraints on the age of magmatism, peak metamorphism, and nature of rocks unroofed during initial stages of metamorphic core complex formation in the Solomon Sea. The youngest populations of zircons from felsic gneisses and granodiorites indicate late Pliocene 206Pb*/238U ages. No inherited zircons were identified in the granodiorites, and the 206Pb*/238U ages (1.65 ± 0.18 Ma; 1.98 ± 0.08 Ma [2σ]) are interpreted as crystallization ages. These synkinematically emplaced granodiorites, intruded into actively extending continental crust, are some of the youngest known granitoids currently exposed at the Earth' surface. Zircon ages from felsic gneisses (2.63 ± 0.16 Ma; 2.72 ± 0.28 Ma [2σ]) are interpreted to date zircon growth subsequent to eclogite facies metamorphism. Felsic gneiss samples also contained zircon xenocrysts from Cretaceous-Miocene protoliths. In striking contrast, zircons from igneous and metamorphic clasts from the Goodenough No. 1 well indicate a single population with a 207Pb*/206/Pb* age of 2781 ± 9 Ma (2σ). We speculate that they are derived from basement rocks unroofed during initial stages of development of the D&Entrecasteaux metamorphic core complexes. These results provide the first direct evidence for the existence of Archean protoliths in the basement rocks of southeastern Papua New Guinea.

  6. Metamorphism in the Tlikakila Complex, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska: Does it Record the Collision of the Peninsular Terrane With Alaska?

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    Amato, J. M.; Bogar, M. J.; Calvert, A. T.

    2001-12-01

    The Tlikakila complex is a ~80 km x ~5 km belt of variably metamorphosed and deformed rocks thought to be part of the Peninsular terrane of southern Alaska. This project uses detailed mapping, structural analysis, and thermochronology to address the tectonic evolution of rocks thought to be part of the Peninsular terrane in southern Alaska. Both meta-igneous and metasedimentary rocks of Triassic (?) age are exposed. Meta-igneous protoliths include mafic (gabbro, basalt) and ultramafic rocks. Metasedimentary protoliths include limestone, chert, and other siliceous sediments. Metapelites are rare. Metamorphic rocks in the study area include two distinct occurrences. Smaller outcrops, appear to be roof pendants in Tertiary plutons. At Kasna Creek, near Kontrashibuna Lake, limestone beds were contact metamorphosed with copper sulfide mineralization within a mafic pluton. Larger outcrops in the Tlikakila complex are more continuous, more pervasively deformed, and more recrystallized. A new 40Ar/39Ar analysis of white mica from a metasedimentary rock in the Tlikakila complex located just southwest of Saddle Lake yielded a monotonically increasing age spectrum, with the oldest high-temperature step giving a date of around 160 Ma, and the low-temperature step giving a date of 60.5 Ma. The oldest date could represent the timing of greenschist facies metamorphism of the Tlikakila complex. It is interesting that this 160 Ma date is similar to the youngest of the Middle to Late Jurassic plutons (174-158 Ma) in the Alaska-Aleutian Range batholith, considered to be part of the Peninsular terrane. Metamorphism in the Tlikakila complex could be related to the onset of the collision of the Peninsular terrane with Alaska, which also resulted in the cessation of arc magmatism. The youngest date from this sample overlaps with existing 59-63 Ma K-Ar dates from Tertiary volcanic and plutonic rocks in the area and records new mica growth associated with Tertiary magmatism.

  7. Generation of trondhjemite from partial melting of dacite under granulite facies conditions: an example from the New Jersey Highlands, USA

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    Puffer, J.H.; Volkert, R.A.

    1991-01-01

    New field and geochemical data place the Losee Metamorphic Suite (a tonalite/trondhjemite complex) of northern New Jersey into the context of a major Proterozoic continental are represented by a discontinuous belt of northern Appalachian metadacite. Samples of Losee rock range from extremely leucocratic trondhjemite locally associated with amphibolite, to banded biotite, hornblende, pyroxene, and garnet-bearing tonalites. The major element and REE composition of the tonalite closely resembles dacite from continental are settings and model melts extracted from an eclogite residue by partial melting at 15 kbar. The REE composition of most Losee trondhjemite is enriched in REE, particularly HREE, compared with Losee tonalite, and is interpreted as the product of local anatectic melting of Losee tonalite (metadacite) that occurred in a granulite facies environment during the Grenville orogeny. ?? 1991.

  8. Early carboniferous wrenching, exhumation of high-grade metamorphic rocks and basin instability in SW Iberia: Constraints derived from structural geology and U-Pb and 40Ar-39Ar geochronology

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    Pereira, M. Francisco; Chichorro, Martim; Silva, J. Brandão; Ordóñez-Casado, Berta; Lee, James K. W.; Williams, Ian S.

    2012-08-01

    New U-Pb and 40Ar-39Ar geochronology and structural data from high- to medium grade metamorphic shear zones of the Ossa-Morena Zone, and structural data from Early Carboniferous basins (Ossa-Morena Zone and South-Portuguese Zone), place additional constraints on the Variscan tectonics in SW Iberia. A zircon U-Pb age of 465 ± 14 Ma (Middle Ordovician) measured on migmatite from the Coimbra-Cordoba shear zone is interpreted as the age of protolith crystallization. This age determination revises the information contained in the geological map of Portugal, in which these rocks were considered to be Proterozoic in age. This paper describes the evolution of Variscan wrench tectonics related to the development of shear zones, exhumation of deep crustal rocks and emplacement of magma in the Ossa-Morena Zone basement. In the Coimbra-Cordoba shear zone (transpressional), migmatites were rapidly exhumed from a depth of 42.5 km to 16.6 km over a period of ca. 10 Ma in the Viséan (ca. 340-330 Ma), indicating oblique slip exhumation rates of 8.5 to 10.6 mm/yr (Campo Maior migmatites) and 3.2 mm/yr (Ouguela gneisses) respectively. In the Évora Massif, the gneisses of the Boa Fé shear zone (transtensional) were exhumed from 18.5 to 7.4 km depth in the period ca. 344-334 Ma (Viséan), with exhumation oblique slip rates of 2.8 to 4.2 mm/yr. At the same time, the Early Carboniferous basins of SW Iberia were filled by turbidites and olistoliths, composed mostly of Devonian rocks. The presence of olistoliths indicates significant tectonic instability during sedimentation with large-scale mass movement, probably in the form of gravity slides. Deformation and metamorphism dated at 356 ± 12 Ma, 321 ± 13 Ma and 322 ± 29 Ma respectively suggests that Variscan wrench movements were active in SW Iberia during the Early Carboniferous for a period of at least 35 Ma.

  9. Measured versus calculated thermal conductivity of high-grade metamorphic rocks – inferences on the thermal properties of the lower crust at ambient and in-situ conditions

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    Ray, Labani; Förster, Hans-Jürgen; Förster, Andrea

    The bulk thermal conductivity (TC) of 26 rock samples representing felsic, intermediate and mafic granulites, from the Southern Granulite Province, India, is measured at dry and saturated conditions with the optical-scanning method. Thermal conductivity is also calculated from modal mineralogy (d...

  10. U–Pb zircon and biostratigraphic data of high‐pressure/ low‐temperature metamorphic rocks of the Talea Ori : tracking the Paleotethys suture in central Crete, Greece

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    Zulauf, G.; Dörr, W.; Krahl, J.; Lahaye, Y.; Chatzaras, V.; Xypolias, P.

    2016-01-01

    Inherited deformation microfabrics of detrital quartz grains and U–Pb (Laser ablation (LA)-ICPMS and ID TIMS) ages of detrital zircons separated from the Phyllite–Quartzite Unit s.l. of the Talea Ori, central Crete, suggest strikingly different source rocks. Albite gneiss of the lower Rogdia Beds in

  11. High-pressure/low-temperature metamorphism in the collision zone between the Chilenia and Cuyania microcontinents (western Precordillera, Argentina)

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    Boedo, F. L.; Willner, A. P.; Vujovich, G. I.; Massonne, H.-J.

    2016-12-01

    In central-western Argentina, an Early Paleozoic belt including mafic-ultramafic bodies, marine metasedimentary rocks and high-pressure rocks occur along the western margin of the Precordillera and in the Frontal Cordillera. First pressure-temperature estimates are presented here for low-grade rocks of the southern sector of this belt based on two metasedimentary and one metabasaltic sample from the Peñasco Formation. Peak metamorphic conditions resulted within the range of 345-395 °C and 7.0-9.3 kbar within the high-pressure greenschist facies. The corresponding low metamorphic gradient of 13 °C/km is comparable with subduction related geothermal gradients. Comparison between these results and data from other localities of the same collision zone (Guarguaraz and Colohuincul complexes) confirms a collision between Chilenia and the composite margin of western Gondwana and suggests a stronger crustal thickening in the south of the belt, causing exhumation of more deeply buried sequences. During the Early Paleozoic a long-lived marine sedimentation coupled with the intrusion of MORB-like basalts occurred along a stable margin before the collision event. This contrasts with the almost contemporaneous sedimentation registered during accretion in accretionary prism settings and additionally proves the development of a collision zone along western Precordillera and the eastern Frontal Cordillera as well as the existence of Chilenia as a separate microcontinent.

  12. Palaeoproterozoic continental arc magmatism, and Neoproterozoic metamorphism in the Aravalli-Delhi orogenic belt, NW India: New constraints from in situ zircon U-Pb-Hf isotope systematics, monazite dating and whole-rock geochemistry

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    Kaur, Parampreet; Zeh, Armin; Chaudhri, Naveen

    2017-04-01

    Presently, the extent, origin and petrogenesis of late Palaeoproterozoic (ca. 1.85 Ga) magmatism in the north-central Aravalli-Delhi orogenic belt, NW India and subsequent metamorphic overprints are poorly constrained. Results of new in situ zircon U-Pb-Hf isotope analyses in combination with whole-rock elemental and isotopic data provide the first hard evidence that granitoid magmatism occurred in a continental magmatic arc setting between 1.86 and 1.81 Ga. The Hf-Nd model ages of 3.0-2.6 Ga and inherited zircon grains of 3.3-2.5 Ga indicate abundant reworking of Archaean crust. Flat HREE patterns with negative Eu anomalies furthermore reveal that the granitoids were generated from garnet-free and plagioclase-rich sources at shallow depths. Significant isotope variation among granitoid samples (εHft = -3.7 to -9.0; εNdt = -4.8 to -7.9) indicate that the reworked Archaean crust was not completely homogenised during the Palaeoproterozoic. This is best reflected by zircon Hf-isotope variation of ca. 9.5 epsilon units within the oldest granitoid sample. Zircon grains from this sample define three discrete Hf-isotope groups at εHf1.86Ga = -8.9, -4.8 and -1.6. These are interpreted to result from mixing of zircon-saturated magmas derived from three distinct sources within the crust prior to solidification. A monazite U-Pb isochron age of 868 ± 4 Ma from one of the granitoid samples furthermore indicates that the Aravalli fold belt was affected by an important post-magmatic overprint, perhaps related to the widespread metasomatic, granulite metamorphic and/or magmatic events during the same time span.

  13. Weakening and strain localization during metamorphic overprint: The example of Arnøya, Scandinavian Caledonides, Northern Norway

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    Faber, Carly; Stünitz, Holger; Jeřábek, Petr

    2015-04-01

    Metamorphic processes such as new mineral growth, changes in mineral composition, and infiltration of water are thought to play an important role in rheological weakening and strain localization in the lower crust. However, the exact mechanisms and extent to which these processes have an effect, are not well understood. The Scandinavian Caledonides in northern Norway offer a unique field laboratory to study pervasively deformed and metamorphosed lower crustal nappes and allow for the comparison of deformation and metamorphic conditions between nappe cores, nappe boundaries, and the transition between the two. The island of Arnøya provides a 20 km-long cross section through the Vaddas, Kåfjord and Nordmannvik nappes, with metamorphic grade increasing upwards from amphibolite to granulite facies, respectively. The nappes display a pervasive foliation associated with a strong NW-SE lineation and top-to-SE shear sense consistent with Caledonian thrust deformation. Nappe boundaries occur as wide (10's of metres) ultramylonite-, mylonite- and schist-bearing shear zones, and have a different mineralogy to internal parts of the nappes. Metapelites and migmatites of the Nordmannvik nappe are kyanite-bearing (high T, high P), and the Kåfjord nappe is composed mainly of homogenous semi-pelite (medium T and P). The Vaddas nappe is more variable and contains interlayered metapsammites, amphibolites and local marbles. A comparison of metapelitic samples from the nappes and the two nappe boundary shear zones show that grain size decreases and degree of mixing of phases increases towards shear zone cores. Also grain size becomes homogeneous towards shear zone cores. All samples show evidence of high temperature dynamic recrystallization of quartz. Quartz within aggregates in nappe rocks have a crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO), while quartz in shear zone rocks shows no CPO, indicating deformation mainly by dislocation creep in the nappes and a switch to diffusion

  14. Prograde and retrograde metamorphic processes in high-pressure subduction zone serpentinites from East Thessaly, Greece

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    Koutsovitis, Petros

    2016-04-01

    The East Thessaly region, Central Greece, includes metaophiolitic mélange formations which extend from the eastern foothills of Mt. Olympus and Ossa, throughout the Agia basin, Mt. Mavrovouni (Sklithro region), South Pelion and reaching up to northeast Othris (regions of Aerino and Velestino). They appear in the form of dispersed and deformed thrust sheets having been variably emplaced onto Mesozoic platform series rocks of the Pelagonian tectonostratigraphic zone[1]. These formations consist mainly of serpentinites, as well as metasediments, metagabbros, metadolerites, rodingites, ophicalcites, talc-schists and chromitites. Based upon petrographic observations, mineral chemistry data and XRD patterns, the subduction zone-related serpentinites from the regions of Potamia, Anavra, Aetolofos and Kalochori-Chasanbali (Agia basin), as well as from the regions of Aerino and Velestino, are characterized by the progressive transformation of lizardite to antigorite and are distinguished into two groups. The first group includes serpentinites from the metaophiolitic formations of Potamia, Anavra, Aerino and Velestino, which are marked by destibillization of lizardite to antigorite, mostly along the grain boundaries of the lizardite mesh textured relics. The presence of lizardite and antigorite in almost equal amounts indicates medium-temperature blueschist facies metamorphic conditions (˜340-370 ° C; P≈10-11 kbar)[2,3,4]. The second serpentinite group appears in the regions of Aetolofos and Kalochori, characterized by the predominance of antigorite, the minor occurrence of lizardite and the complete replacement of spinel by Cr-magnetite. The absence of metamorphic olivine suggests that these serpentinites were most likely formed at slightly higher temperature and pressure conditions compared to the first serpentinite group, corresponding to medium or high temperature blueschist facies metamorphism (˜360-380 ° C; P≈12 kbar)[2,3,4]. These metamorphic conditions are

  15. From oceanic subduction to continental collision: An overview of HP-UHP metamorphic rocks in the North Qaidam UHP belt, NW China

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    Zhang, Guibin; Zhang, Lifei; Christy, Andrew G.

    2013-02-01

    The North Qaidam UHPM belt is unique among "continental type" subduction zones in showing well-preserved subducted oceanic relics that predate continental subduction and collision. We review petrologic, thermobarometric, geochemical and geochronological studies for the Yuka, Luliang Shan, Xitieshan and Dulan terranes in this belt. UHP conditions are demonstrated by coesite inclusions in eclogite and country gneiss, and diamond inclusions from garnet peridotite. The relict subducted oceanic lithology crops out in the Shaliuhe cross-section in Dulan terrane; it originated as the floor of a Paleo-Qilian Ocean that existed between Qaidam and Qilian blocks before the early Ordovician. Whereas most eclogites of this belt are derived from mafic rocks of either a Neoproterozoic continental rift or incipient oceanic basin setting, which were subducted along with continental rocks in the early Paleozoic. The data, especially the two protolith sources for eclogites, demonstrate tectonic evolution of the North Qaidam UHPM belt from oceanic subduction to continental collision.

  16. Boninitic metavolcanic rocks and island arc tholeiites from the Older Metamorphic Group (OMG) of Singhbhum Craton, eastern India: Geochemical evidence for Archean subduction processes

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    Manikyamba, C.; Ray, J.; Ganguly, S.; Singh, M.R.; Santosh, M.; Saha, A.; Satyanarayanan, M.

    . Major, trace and rare earth element compositions of these rocks are characterized by high Mg# (80–82), MgO (30.6–32.9 wt.%), Ni (490–1262 ppm) and Cr (2404–4385 ppm) contents, high Al2O3/TiO2 (49–67), Zr/Hf (10...

  17. Petrology, phase equilibria and monazite geochronology of granulite-facies metapelites from deep drill cores in the Ordos Block of the North China Craton

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    He, Xiao-Fang; Santosh, M.; Bockmann, Kiara; Kelsey, David E.; Hand, Martin; Hu, Jianmin; Wan, Yusheng

    2016-10-01

    Among the various Precambrian crustal blocks in the North China Craton (NCC), the geology and evolution of the Ordos Block remain largely enigmatic due to paucity of outcrop. Here we investigate granulite-facies metapelites obtained from deep-penetrating drill holes in the Ordos Block and report petrology, calculated phase equilibria and in-situ monazite LA-ICP-MS geochronology. The rocks we studied are two samples of cordierite-bearing garnet-sillimanite-biotite metapelitic gneisses and one graphite-bearing, two-mica granitic gneiss. The peak metamorphic age from LA-ICP-MS dating of monazite in all three samples is in the range of 1930-1940 Ma. The (U + Pb)-Th chemical ages through EPMA dating reveals that monazite occurring as inclusions in garnet are older than those in the matrix. Calculated metamorphic phase diagrams for the cordierite-bearing metapelite suggest peak P-T conditions ca. 7-9 kbar and 775-825 °C, followed by decompression and evolution along a clockwise P-T path. Our petrologic and age data are consistent with those reported from the Khondalite Belt in the Inner Mongolia Suture Zone in the northern part of the Ordos Block, suggesting that these granulite-facies metasediments represent the largest Paleoproterozoic accretionary belt in the NCC.

  18. Evaluation of garnet discrimination diagrams using geochemical data of garnets derived from various host rocks

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    Krippner, Anne; Meinhold, Guido; Morton, Andrew C.; von Eynatten, Hilmar

    2014-06-01

    This work is an attempt to evaluate six different garnet discrimination diagrams (one binary diagram and five ternary diagrams) commonly used by many researchers. The mineral chemistry of detrital garnet is a useful tool in sedimentary provenance studies, yet there is no clear-cut understanding of what garnet type originates from which host lithology. Several discrimination diagrams exist for garnet showing distinct compositional fields, separated by strict boundaries that are thought to reflect specific types of source rocks. For this study, a large dataset was compiled (N = 3532) encompassing major element compositions of garnets derived from various host lithologies, including metamorphic, igneous, and mantle-derived rocks, in order to test the applicability of the various discrimination schemes. The dataset contains mineral chemical data collected from the literature complemented with some new data (N = 530) from garnet-bearing metamorphic and ultramafic rocks in Austria and Norway. Discrimination of the tested diagrams only works for a small group of garnets derived from mantle rocks, granulite-facies metasedimentary rocks, and felsic igneous rocks. For other garnet types, the assignment to a certain type of host rock remains ambiguous. This is considered insufficient and therefore the evaluated diagrams should be used with great care. We further apply compositional biplot analysis to derive some hints towards future perspectives in detrital garnet discrimination.

  19. Structural and metamorphic evolution of the Orocopia Schist and related rocks, southern California: Evidence for late movement on the Orocopia fault

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    Jacobson, Carl E.; Dawson, M. Robert

    1995-08-01

    The Pelona, Orocopia, and Rand Schists (POR schists) of southern California and southwesternmost Arizona are late Mesozoic or early Tertiary subduction complexes that underlie Precambrian to Mesozoic continental basement along the low-angle Vincent-Chocolate Mountains (VCM) fault system. The VCM faults are often considered to be remnants of the original subduction zone, but recent work indicates that many have undergone substantial postsubduction reactivation. In the Orocopia Mountains, for example, the Orocopia Schist exhibits an exceptionally complex structural and metamorphic history due to multiple periods of movement along the Orocopia fault. Structures in the schist include isoclinal folds with axial-planar schistosity, open-to-tight folds that fold schistosity, penetrative stretching lineations, and crenulation lineations, all of which show a nearly 360° range in trend. Folds and lineations that trend approximately NE-SW occur throughout the schist and are thought to be part of an early phase of deformation related to subduction. Folds of this orientation show no consistent vergence. Folds and lineations that trend approximately NW-SE are concentrated near the Orocopia fault and are interpreted to have formed during exhumation of the schist. The NW-SE trending folds, and shear indicators in late-stage mylonite at the top of the schist, consistently verge NE. The exhumation event culminated in emplacement of the schist against brittlely deformed upper plate. Exhumation of the Orocopia Schist was accompanied by retrograde replacement of garnet, biotite, epidote, and calcic amphibole by chlorite, calcite, and sericite. Matrix amphibole has a lower Na/Al ratio than amphibole inclusions in albite, consistent with a late-stage decrease in pressure. As NE vergence in the Orocopia Mountains is associated with exhumation of the schist, the NE movement along other segments of the VCM fault may also be late and therefore have no bearing on the facing direction of the

  20. Metamorphic sole formation and early plate interface rheology: Insights from Griggs apparatus experiments

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    Soret, Mathieu; Agard, Philippe; Dubacq, Benoît; Hirth, Greg; Yamato, Philippe; Ildefonse, Benoît; Prigent, Cécile

    2016-04-01

    Metamorphic soles correspond to m to ~500 m thick highly strained metamorphic rock units found beneath mylonitic banded peridotites at the base of large-scale ophiolites, as exemplified in Oman. Metamorphic soles are mainly composed of metabasalts deriving from the downgoing oceanic lithosphere and metamorphosed up to granulite-facies conditions by heat transfer from the mantle wedge. Pressure-temperature peak conditions are usually estimated at 1.0±0.2 GPa and 800±100°C. The absence of HP-LT metamorphism overprint implies that metamorphic soles have been formed and exhumed during subduction infancy. In this view, metamorphic soles were strongly deformed during their accretion to the mantle wedge (corresponding, now, to the base of the ophiolite). Therefore, metamorphic soles and banded peridotites are direct witnesses of the dynamics of early subduction zones, in terms of thermal structure, fluid migration and rheology evolution across the nascent slab interface. Based on fieldwork and EBSD analyses, we present a detailed (micro-) structural study performed on samples coming from the Sumeini window, the better-preserved cross-section of the metamorphic sole of Oman. Large differences are found in the deformation (CPO, grain size, aspect ratio) of clinopyroxene, amphibole and plagioclase, related to mineralogical changes linked with the distance to the peridotite contact (e.g., hardening due to the appearance of garnet and clinopyroxene). To model the incipient slab interface in laboratory, we carried out 5 hydrostatic annealing and simple-shear experiments on Griggs solid-medium apparatus. Deformation experiments were conducted at axial strain rates of 10-6 s-1. Fine-grained amphibolite was synthetized by adding 1 wt.% water to a (Mid-Ocean Ridge) basalt powder as a proxy for the metamorphic sole (amphibole + plagioclase + clinopyroxene ± garnet assemblage). To synthetize garnet, 2 experiments were carried out in hydrostatic conditions and with deformation at

  1. Thermobarometric studies on the Levack Gneisses: Footwall rocks to the Sudbury Igneous Complex

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    James, R. S.; Peredery, W.; Sweeny, J. M.

    1992-01-01

    Granulite and amphibolite facies gneisses and migmatites of the Levack Gneiss Complex occupy a zone up to 8 km wide around the northern part of the Sudbury Igneous Complex (SIC). Orthopyroxene- and garnet-bearing tonalitic and semipelitic assemblages of granulite facies grade occur within 3 km of the SIC together with lenses of mafic and pyroxenitic rock compositions normally represented by an amphibole +/- cpx-rich assemblage; amphibolite facies assemblages dominate elsewhere in this terrain. These 2.711-Ga gneisses were introduced by (1) the Cartier Granite Batholith during late Archaean to early Proterozoic time and (2) the SIC, at 1.85 Ga, which produced a contact aureole 1-1.5 km wide in which pyroxene hornfelses are common within 200-300 m of the contact. A suite of 12 samples including both the opx-gt and amphibole-rich rock compositions have been studied. Garnets in the semipelitic gneisses are variably replaced by a plg-bio assemblage. Thermobarometric calculations using a variety of barometers and thermometers reported in the literature suggest that the granulite facies assemblages formed at depths in the 21-28 km range (6-8 kbar). Textures and mineral chemistry in the garnet-bearing semipelitic rocks indicate that this terrain underwent a second metamorphic event during uplift to depth in the 5-11 km range (2-3 kbar) and at temperatures as low as 500-550 C. This latter event is distinct from thermal recrystallization caused by the emplacement of the SIC; it probably represents metamorphism attributable to intrusion of the Cartier Granite Batholith. These data allow two interpretations for the crustal uplift of the Levack Gneisses: (1) The gneisses were tectonically uplifted prior to the Sudbury Event (due to intrusion of the Cartier Batholith); or (2) the gneisses were raised to epizonal levels as a result of meteorite impact at 1.85 Ga.

  2. Geochemical, Metamorphic and Geodynamic Evolution implications from subduction-related serpentinites and metarodingites at East Thessaly (Central Greece)

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    Koutsovitis, Petros

    2017-04-01

    In Central Greece, the East Thessaly region encompasses ophiolitic and metaophiolitic formations emplaced onto Mesozoic platform series rocks. Metaophiolitic thrust sheets are characterized either by the predominance of serpentinites or metabasites. Serpentinites have been distinguished into three groups, representing distinct metamorphic degrees. Group-1 serpentinites (East Othris region) are characterized by the progressive transformation of lizardite to antigorite, estimated to have been formed under greenschist facies conditions (˜320-340 ˚ C, P≈6-8 kbar) [1]. Group-2 serpentinites (NE Othris and Agia-Agiokampos region) are marked by the further prevalence of antigorite over lizardite, suggesting upper-greenschist to low-blueschist facies metamorphism (˜340-370 ˚ C, P≈9-11 kbar) [1]. Group-3 serpentinites (Agia-Agiokampos region) are characterized by the predominance of antigorite and Cr-magnetite, as well as by their relatively low LOI (10.9-12.6 wt.%), corresponding to blueschist facies metamorphism (˜360-400 ˚ C, P≈12 kbar) [1]. These metamorphic conditions are highly comparable with the P-T estimates from the Easternmost Thessaly metabasic rocks, strongly indicating that the entire metaophiolitic formation (excluding East Othris) underwent blueschist facies metamorphism. Serpentinites from East Thessaly were formed from serpentinization of highly depleted harzburgitic protoliths under extensive partial melting processes (>15%), pointing to a hydrous subduction-related environment. Group-1 serpentinites exhibit higher Mg/Si ratio values and LOI compared to serpentinite Groups-2 and -3. Differences in the trace element behavior amongst the three serpentinite groups are also consistent with increasing metamorphic conditions (e.g. Pb, La enrichments, Ti, Y, Yb depletions) [1]. The East Thessaly serpentinites reflect highly oxidizing conditions (-0.4processes (Pprocesses upon the rodingite intrusions hosted within the serpentinites. Late

  3. Teaching the Rock Cycle with Ease.

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    Bereki, Debra

    2000-01-01

    Describes a hands-on lesson for teaching high school students the concept of the rock cycle using sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Students use a rock cycle diagram to identify pairs of rocks. From the rock cycle, students explain on paper how their first rock became the second rock and vice versa. (PVD)

  4. 40Ar/ 39Ar mineral ages from the Oki metamorphic complex, Oki-Dogo, southwest Japan: implications for regional correlations

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    Dallmeyer, R. D.; Takasu, A.

    1998-08-01

    The Oki metamorphic complex exposed in the Oki-Dogo islands consists predominantly of psammitic and pelitic gneisses with subordinate amphibolite and rare calcareous gneiss. The Oki gneisses were regionally metamorphosed to general amphibolite facies conditions, with local development of granulite facies assemblages. Peak metamorphic conditions of c. 800°C have been suggested. Hornblende concentrates from amphibolites collected within the Oki metamorphic complex record 40Ar/ 39Ar isotope correlation ages of 199-192 Ma. These are interpreted to date the post metamorphic cooling through temperatures required for intracrystalline retention of argon (c. 500°C). Muscovite concentrates record 40Ar/ 39Ar plateau ages of 167-168 Ma. These are interpreted to date post metamorphic cooling through appropriate closure temperature of muscovite (c. 400-375°C). Combined with the previously reported geochronological data, the Oki metamorphic complex appears to have experienced peak metamorphic conditions at c. 250 Ma. Subsequently, it cooled and was exhumed at the earth's surface at c. 90 Ma with cooling rate of c. 5°C/Ma. The Oki metamorphic complex records a similar prograde metamorphic event as the Hida metamorphic complex exposed in central Japan. The cooling and exhumation rates of the Hida metamorphic complex were significantly more rapid compared with the Oki metamorphic complex, and they were exhumed with extensively intruded Jurassic granites (Funatsu granites).

  5. Structural and metamorphic evolution of the Turku migmatite complex, southwestern Finland

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    Väisänen, M.

    1999-06-01

    Full Text Available The Turku migmatite complex in southwestern Finland is a representative area for the type of tectonic and metamorphic evolution seen within the Palaeoproterozoic Svecofennian Orogen in southern Finland. The orogeny can be divided into early, late and postorogenic stages. The early orogenic structural evolution of the crust is expressed by a D1/D2 deformation recorded as bedding-parallel S1 mica foliation deformed by tight to isoclinal D2 folds with subhorizontal axial planes and a penetrative S2 axial plane foliation. Syntectonic ca. 1890-1870 Ma tonalites were emplaced during D2 as sheet intrusions. This deformation is attributed to thrust tectonics and thickening of the crust. The late orogenic structural evolution produced the main D3 folding, which transposed previous structures into a NE-SW trend. The doubly plunging fold axis produced dome-and-basin structures. The attitude of the F3 folds varies from upright or slightly overturned to locally recumbent towards the NW. Granite dikes were intruded along S3 axial planes. Large D3 fold limbs are often strongly deformed, intensively migmatized and intruded by garnet- and cordierite-bearing granites. These observations suggest that these potassium-rich granites, dated at 1840-1830 Ma, were emplaced during D3. This late orogenic NW-SE crustal shortening further contributed to crustal thickening. Subvertical D4 shear zones that cut all previous rock types possibly controlled the emplacement of postorogenic granitoids. Steeply plunging lineations on D4 shear planes suggest vertical displacements during a regional uplift stage. Metamorphic grade increases from cordierite-sillimanite-K-feldspar gneisses in the northwest and from muscovite-quartz±andalusite rocks in the southeast to high-temperature granulite facies migmatites in the middle of the study area. Block movements during D4 caused the observed differences in metamorphic grade. Garnet and cordierite are mostly breakdown products of biotite

  6. A systematic evaluation of the Zr-in-rutile thermometer in ultra-high temperature (UHT) rocks

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    Pape, Jonas; Mezger, Klaus; Robyr, Martin

    2016-05-01

    The Zr-in-rutile geothermometer is potentially a widely applicable tool to estimate peak metamorphic temperatures in rocks from diverse geological settings. In order to evaluate its usefulness and reliability to record and preserve high temperatures in granulite facies rocks, rutile from UHT rocks was investigated to assess different mechanisms of Zr (re-)distribution following cooling from high temperature. Granulite facies paragneisses from the lowermost part of the Ivrea Zone, Italy, incorporated as thin sheets into the extensive basaltic body of the Mafic Complex were selected for this study. The results show that Zr-in-rutile thermometry, if properly applied, is well suited to identify and study UHT terranes as it preserves a record of temperatures up to 1190 °C, although the thermometer is susceptible to partial post-peak metamorphic resetting by Zr diffusion. Texturally homogeneous rutile grains preserve Zr concentrations corresponding to temperatures of prograde rutile growth. Diverse rutile textures and relationships between some rutile host grains and included or adjacent Zr-bearing phases bear testimony to varying mechanisms of partial redistribution and resetting of Zr in rutile during cooling and link Zr-in-rutile temperatures to different steps of the metamorphic evolution. Rutile grains that equilibrated their Zr concentrations at temperatures above 1070 °C (i.e. 1.1 wt% Zr) could not retain all Zr in the rutile structure during cooling and exsolved baddeleyite (ZrO2). By subsequent reaction of baddeleyite exsolution lamellae with SiO2, zircon needles formed before the system finally closed at 650-700 °C without significant net loss of Zr from the whole host rutile grain. By reintegration of zircon exsolution needles, peak metamorphic temperatures of up to 1190 °C are derived for the studied rocks, which demonstrates the suitability of this solution thermometer to record UHT conditions and also confirms the extraordinary geological setting of the

  7. Cretaceous high-pressure metamorphism and low pressure overprint in the Sistan Suture Zone, eastern Iran: Additional temperature estimates for eclogites, geological significance of U-Pb zircon ages and Rb-Sr constraints on the timing of exhumation

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    Kurzawa, Timon; Bröcker, Michael; Fotoohi Rad, Gholamreza; Berndt, Jasper; Lisker, Frank

    2017-10-01

    The Sistan Suture Zone, eastern Iran, includes blocks and lenses of eclogite-, blueschist- and/or epidote amphibolite-facies rocks that provide an excellent opportunity to examine the exhumation history of oceanic HP/LT rocks and their retrograde derivatives. Zr-in-rutile thermometry of eclogites corroborates previous interpretations suggesting metamorphic temperatures of ca. 550-600 °C during the HP stage in the Sistan area. Flat HREE distribution patterns and Ti-in-zircon temperatures of ca. 500-600 °C document that zircon in eclogite is of metamorphic origin. REE patterns of zircon from felsic meta-igneous rocks do not allow to distinguish between a magmatic or metamorphic origin, but relatively low temperatures indicated by Ti-in-zircon thermometry (ca. 500-600 °C) and the close similarity of zircon (U-Pb) and white mica (Rb-Sr, Ar-Ar) ages favor a metamorphic zircon origin. Previously published isotopic ages of the felsic rocks cannot unambiguously be linked to the eclogite- and/or blueschist-facies P-T conditions due to the absence of unequivocal mineralogical and petrological evidence. Instead, these rocks may record contemporaneous metamorphic processes that took place at a different depth within the subduction complex, or may indicate active ridge subduction and/or melt formation in the subduction zone at relatively low pressures. Biotite-based internal Rb-Sr isochrons of newly dated epidote amphibolite and biotite-albite gneisses indicate ages of ca. 74-80 Ma, either dating fluid-infiltration-induced formation of biotite during relatively fast uplift, or the time of final passage through the effective biotite closure temperature. Rb-Sr ages of phengite from both an epidote amphibolite and a biotite-albite gneiss yield ages that correspond to the HP/LT stage. This outcome, combined with textural evidence for derivation from eclogitic precursors documents that white mica ages of some strongly overprinted Sistan rocks are compromised by inheritance and do

  8. 激发极化法在早前寒武纪变质岩系找水中的应用%Application of Induced Polarization Method for Groundwater Exploration in Metamorphic Rock Areas of Taishan Group

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    刘洪波; 于林松; 刘伟; 魏印涛; 王强; 于在利

    2012-01-01

    通过对在早前寒武纪变质岩系进行抗旱找水中利用地球物理勘探定井的实例分析,阐述了利用激发极化法在早前寒武纪变质岩分布区辨认含水层,确定含水层埋深,最终确定较好井位的方法。该方法对解决早前寒武纪变质岩系的干旱缺水现状有广泛深远的意义。%Through analysis on successful examples for groundwater exploration,by using geophysical prospecting method in metamorphic rock areas of Taishan group,it is regarded that the induced polarization method is very useful for identifying aquifer,determining the depth of aquifer,and determining the position of wells finally.It will play an important role in solving the needs of water in the arid region.

  9. The timing of the tectono-metamorphic evolution at the Neoproterozoic-Phanerozoic boundary in central southern Madagascar

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    Giese, Jörg; Berger, Alfons; Schreurs, Guido;

    2011-01-01

    emplaced. HT/HP granulite facies metamorphism (M1), including migmatisation and anatexis of the crust started at~585Maand lasted until at least~500 Ma. Monazite growth between 480 and 450Mapostdates major ductile deformation and might be related to a second, HT/MP metamorphism (M2), indicating...

  10. The history of crustal uplift and metamorphic evolution of Panzhihua-Xichang micro-palaeoland, SW China:Constraints on Sm-Nd, 40Ar/39Ar and FT ages of granulites

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    XU Shijin; LIU Wenzhong; WANG Rucheng; YU Hangbo; LI Daming; WAN Jinglin; FANG Zhong

    2004-01-01

    Panzhihua-Xichang (Panxi) micro-palaeoland is the oldest terrane on the western margin of the Yangtze Block. Some intermediate-basic granulites are considered to be the crystalline basement of lower crust in the terrane. Granulite-facies metamorphism of the granulites was developed in the period from 1186 Ma to 1128 Ma. The origin of granulites was related to the collision orogenic process occurring when the micro-palaeolands merged to form the Rodinia Supercontinent. Amphibolite-facies retrogressive metamorphism of granulites took place in the period from 877 Ma to 825 Ma. This period was consistent with the breakup time of the Rodinia Supercontinent. 40Ar/39Ar ages and fission track (FT) ages of granulites in the Panxi micro-palaeoland show that the vertical movement history of crustal rocks was a slow uplift process of the rigid terrane in the time from Neoproterozoic to Mesozoic. The subduction of India Plate towards Euroasia Plate resulted in the rapid uplift of the Qinghai-Tibetan Block in Cenozoic.Meanwhile, the Qinghai-Tibetan Block moved towards east. Consequently the Panxi terrane was uplifted rapidly. As a result of the collision orogeny between the Qinghai-Tibetan Block and the Panxi terrane, the granulite-facies crystalline basement in this region was exhumed and exposed to the surface.

  11. U-Pb zircon and biostratigraphic data of high-pressure/low-temperature metamorphic rocks of the Talea Ori: tracking the Paleotethys suture in central Crete, Greece

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    Zulauf, G.; Dörr, W.; Krahl, J.; Lahaye, Y.; Chatzaras, V.; Xypolias, P.

    2016-10-01

    Inherited deformation microfabrics of detrital quartz grains and U-Pb (Laser ablation (LA)-ICPMS and ID TIMS) ages of detrital zircons separated from the Phyllite-Quartzite Unit s.l. of the Talea Ori, central Crete, suggest strikingly different source rocks. Albite gneiss of the lower Rogdia Beds includes Cambrian and Neoproterozoic rounded zircons with main U-Pb age peaks at 628 and 988 Ma. These and minor Paleoproterozoic and Archean peaks, together with the lack of Variscan-aged and Mesoproterozoic zircons, are similar to the age spectra obtained from the Phyllite-Quartzite Unit s.str. of the Peloponnesus and eastern Crete and from the Taurides. All of these zircons should be derived from the northeastern passive margin of Gondwana (Cimmeria). Metatuffites of the uppermost Rogdia Beds and metasandstone of Bali beach, on the other hand, include euhedral detrital zircons displaying a Variscan U-Pb age spectra at ca. 300 Ma with concordia ages at 291 ± 3, 300 ± 1 Ma (Rogdia) and 286 ± 3, 300 ± 3, 313 ± 2 Ma (Bali). Both types of metasediments and their zircons are similar to those of the pre-Alpine basement and overlying Tyros Beds of eastern Crete, revealing a provenance at the southern active margin of Laurasia. Thus, in central Crete the Paleotethys suture should be situated inside the Rogdia Beds. Magmatic zircons separated from a rhyolite boulder of the lower Achlada Beds yielded a concordant U-Pb zircon age at 242 ± 2 Ma placing a maximum age for the deposition of the (meta)conglomerate from which the boulder was collected. This age is compatible with an Olenekian-early Anisian age of the underlying Vasilikon marble suggested by new findings of the foraminifera Meandrospira aff. pusilla. Both the Achlada Beds and the Vasilikon marble can be attributed to the lower Tyros Beds of eastern Crete. The Alpine deformation led to a pervasive mylonitic foliation, which is affecting most of the studied rocks. This foliation results from D2 top

  12. The Lopu Kangri High-Pressure Metamorphic Complex: A Tso Morari Analog in Southern Tibet

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    Laskowski, A. K.; Kapp, P. A.

    2015-12-01

    The Lopu Range, located along the Yarlung-Tsangpo suture ~600 km west of Lhasa city in southern Tibet, exposes a high-pressure metamorphic complex composed of Indian passive margin (Tethyan) rocks. An integrated approach involving geologic mapping, kinematic analysis, phengite geobarometry, Zr-in-rutile geothermometry, garnet-phengite Fe-Mg exchange geothermometry and pseudosection modeling reveals that Lopu Range meta-Tethyan rocks reached peak pressures of 20-25 kbar (2.0-2.5 GPa) at temperatures <550-630 ºC along a clockwise P-T path. These data indicate subduction to mantle depths (~75 km) at eclogite facies conditions followed by exhumation to mid-crustal depths and retrogression at upper greenschist to amphibolite facies conditions. The structural geometry and interpreted P-T-t history of Lopu Kangri rocks is similar to the Tso Morari complex, located ~700 km along-strike to the northwest. Therefore, we interpret that these two localities formed in a similar manner following the onset of Tethyan Himalaya—Eurasia collision ca. 58-52 Ma. A previously published Ar-Ar date from Lopu Kangri suggests that exhumation to mid-crustal levels occurred by ~41 Ma. Two key differences exist between the Lopu Kangri and Tso-Morari complexes. 1) the high-grade nappe in the Lopu Kangri complex is composed entirely of Cambrian-Ordovician metasedimentary rocks whereas the high-grade nappe in the Tso Morari complex is composed of the Tso Morari orthogneiss, eclogite boudins (meta-mafic enclaves) and Cambrian-Ordovician metasediments. We interpret that the lack of eclogite boudins at Lopu Kangri resulted from the absence of a basic protolith. 2) Lopu Kangri is located along the Yarlung-Tsangpo segment of the Indus-Yarlung (India-Asia) suture whereas Tso Morari and nearby Kaghan Valley are located along the Indus suture. Prior to this study, no continental high-pressure metamorphic complexes were known along the Yarlung-Tsangpo suture. Previously formulated tectonic models

  13. Chemical mobility during low-grade metamorphism of a Jurassic lava flow: Río Grande Formation, Peru

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    Aguirre, L.

    Chemical and mineralogical changes produced by very low-grade metamorphism in a 40 meter thick, K-rich, calc-alkaline andesite flow of the marine Jurassic Río Grande Formation of southern coastal Peru are discussed. This metamorphism (=spilitization) was non-deformational and generated spilitic domains at (and near) both vesicular margins of the flow, whereas the massive central zone remained relatively unaltered. The metadomains are characterized by mineral associations of the zeolite facies. Primary minerals are Ca-plagioclase, augitic pyroxene, iron-titanium oxides, and (pseudomorphs after) olivine. Metamorphic minerals are: albite (three generations), K-feldspar, pumpellyite, chlorite, interlayered chlorite-celadonite, celadonite, various mixed-layer Si- and Fe-rich phyllosilicates, "iddingsite," calcite, analcime, titanite, and white mica. The effect of the metamorphism on the rock chemistry is reflected in changes especially observed at the marginal zones of the flow which affect major, trace, and RE elements: 1) strong increase of the iron oxidation ratio (Fe 2O 3/FeO); 2) enrichment in Na 2O accompanied by a concomitant depletion of CaO in non-amygdaloidal domains; 3) depletion of SiO 2; 4) strong enrichment in H 2O and CO 2; 5) marked depletion of Sr and Rb; 6) enrichment in Cl and S; and 7) slight depletion in RE elements, notably in the top zone of the flow. Conversely, elements such as Ti, P, Nb, and Y were fairly immobile, whereas Zr and K were only slightly mobilized. The effect of the metamorphism on the mineral chemistry is expressed by the predominance of metastable equilibrium evidenced by the existence of wide compositional ranges in the phyllosilicates, the incomplete albitization of the Ca-plagioclase, and the Al-rich character of the pumpellyites. The metamorphism is considered to be of hydrothermal-burial type, which takes place at low temperature and pressure — probably about 125-230°C and less than 3 kb, and is produced mainly through

  14. Eclogite-high-pressure granulite metamorphism records early collision in West Gondwana: new data from the Southern Brasilia Belt, Brazil

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    Reno II, Barry Len; Brown, Michael; Kobayashi, Katsura

    2009-01-01

    constrain the age of. (1) retrograded eclogite from a block along the tectonic contact beneath the uppermost nappe in a stack of passive margin-derived nappes; (2) high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphism in the uppermost passive margin-derived nappe; (3) high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphism...... in the overlying arc-derived nappe. Rare zircons from a retrograded eclogite yield a Pb-206/U-238 age of 678 +/- 29 Ma. which we interpret as most likely to (late close-to-peak-P metamorphism and to provide a minimum age for detachment of the overlying passive margin-derived nappe from the subducting plate. Zircon...

  15. Geochemistry, Nd Isotopic Characteristics of Metamorphic Complexes in Northern Hebei: Implications for Crustal Accretion

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    LIU Shuwen; TIAN Wei; L(U) Yongjun; LI Qiugen; FENG Yonggang; K. H. PARK; Y. S. SONG

    2006-01-01

    The middle segment of the northern margin of the North China Craton (NCC) consists mainly of metamorphosed Archean Dantazi Complex, Paleoproterozoic Hongqiyingzi Complex and unmetamorphosed gabbro-anorthosite-meta-alkaline granite, as well as metamorphosed Late Paleozoic mafic to granitoid rocks in the Damiao-Changshaoying area. The ~2.49 Ga Dantazi Complex comprises dioritic-trondhjemitic-granodoritic-monzogranitic gneisses metamorphosed in amphibolite to granulite facies. Petrochemical characteristics reveal that most of the rocks belong to a medium- to high-potassium calc-alkaline series, and display Mg# less than 40, right-declined REE patterns with no to obviously positive Eu anomalies, evidently negative Th, Nb, Ta and Ti anomalies in primitive mantlenormalized spider diagrams, εNd(t)=+0.65 to -0.03, and depleted mantle model ages TDM=2.78-2.71 Ga.Study in petrogenesis indicates that the rocks were formed from magmatic mixing between mafic magma from the depleted mantle and granitoid magma from partial melting of recycled crustal mafic rocks in a continental margin setting. The 2.44-2.41 Ga Hongqiyingzi Complex is dominated by metamorphic mafic-granodioritic-monzogranitic gneisses, displaying similar petrochemical features to the Dantazi Complex, namely medium to high potassium callc-alkaline series, and the mafic rocks show evident change in LILEs, negative Th, Nb, Ta, Zr anomalies and positive P anomalies. And the other granitiod samples also exhibit negative Th, Nb, Ta, P and Ti anomalies. All rocks in the Hongqiyingzi Complex show right-declined REE patterns without Eu anomaly. The metamorphic mafic rocks with εNd(t) = -1.64 may not be an identical magmatic evolution series with granitoids that have εNd(t) values of +3.19 to +1.94 and TDM ages of 2.55-2.52 Ga. These granitic rocks originated from hybrid between mafic magma from the depleted mantle and magma from partial melting of juvenile crustal mafic rocks in an island arc setting. All the ~311

  16. Facies composition and scaling relationships of extensional faults in carbonates

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    Bastesen, Eivind; Braathen, Alvar

    2010-05-01

    Fault seal evaluations in carbonates are challenged by limited input data. Our analysis of 100 extensional faults in shallow-buried layered carbonate rocks aims to improve forecasting of fault core characteristics in these rocks. We have analyzed the spatial distribution of fault core elements described using a Fault Facies classification scheme; a method specifically developed for 3D fault description and quantification, with application in reservoir modelling. In modelling, the fault envelope is populated with fault facies originating from the host rock, the properties of which (e.g. dimensions, geometry, internal structure, petrophysical properties, and spatial distribution of structural elements) are defined by outcrop data. Empirical data sets were collected from outcrops of extensional faults in fine grained, micro-porosity carbonates from western Sinai (Egypt), Central Spitsbergen (Arctic Norway), and Central Oman (Adam Foothills) which all have experienced maximum burial of 2-3 kilometres and exhibit displacements ranging from 4 centimetres to 400 meters. Key observations include fault core thickness, intrinsic composition and geometry. The studied fault cores display several distinct fault facies and facies associations. Based on geometry, fault cores can be categorised as distributed or localized. Each can be further sub-divided according to the presence of shale smear, carbonate fault rocks and cement/secondary calcite layers. Fault core thickness in carbonate rocks may be controlled by several mechanisms: (1) Mechanical breakdown: Irregularities such as breached relays and asperities are broken down by progressive faulting and fracturing to eventually form a thicker fault rock layer. (2) Layer shearing: Accumulations of shale smear along the fault core. (3) Diagenesis; pressure solution, karstification and precipitation of secondary calcite in the core. Observed fault core thicknesses scatter over three orders of magnitude, with a D/T range of 1:1 to 1

  17. Organic facies applied to petroleum exploration; Facies organica: conceitos, metodos e estudos de casos na industria do petroleo

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    Menezes, Taissa Rego; Araujo, Carla Viviane; Souza, Igor Viegas Alves F. de [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas (CENPES). Gerencia de Geoquimica,]. E-mail: taissamenezes@petrobras.com.br; Mendonca Filho, Joao Graciano; Mendonca, Joalice de Oliveira [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Geologia

    2008-06-15

    The concept of organic facies, as well as the definitions and means of the different facies became a very important tool to petroleum exploration. The application of this concept is the best way to integrate microscopy and geochemical techniques to study kerogen contained in sedimentary rocks. Thus, palynofacies analysis and bulk geochemical methods are used to characterize the total particulate organic matter. Palynofacies analysis involves the integrated study of all aspects of the kerogen assemblage: identification of the individual particulate components, assessment of their absolute and relative proportions and preservation states. The correlation between palynofacies and geochemical data provides the organic facies models that point out the depositional environmental conditions and hydrocarbon source rock potential. (author)

  18. Mapping contact metamorphic aureoles in Extremadura, Spain, using Landsat thematic mapper images

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    Rowan, L.C.; Anton-Pacheco, C.; Brickey, D.W.; Kingston, M.J.; Payas, A.

    1987-01-01

    In the Extremadura region of western Spain, Ag, Pb, Zn, and Sn deposits occur in the pieces of late Hercynian granitic plutons and near the pluton contacts in late Proterozoic slate and metagraywacke that have been regionally metamorphosed to the green schist facies. The plutons generally are well exposed and have distinctive geomorphological expression and vegetation; poor exposures of the metasedimentary host rocks and extensive cultivation, however, make delineation of the contact aureoles difficult. Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) images have been used to distinguish soil developed on the contact metamorphic rocks from soil formed on the stratigraphically equivalent slate-metagraywacke sequence. The mineral constituents of these soils are similar, except that muscovite is more common in the contact metamorphic soil; carbonaceous material is common in both soils. Contact metamorphic soil have lower reflectance, especially in the 1.6-micrometers wavelength region (TM 5), and weaker Al-OH, Mg-OH, and Fe3+ absorption features than do spectra of the slate-metagraywacke soil. The low-reflectance and subdued absorption features exhibited by the contact metamorphic soil spectra are attributed to the high absorption coefficient f the carbonaceous material caused by heating during emplacement of the granitic plutons. These spectral differences are evident in a TM 4/3, 4/5, 3/1 color-composite image. Initially, this image was used to outline the contact aureoles, but digital classification of the TM data was necessary for generating internally consistent maps of the distribution of the exposed contact metamorphic soil. In an August 1984, TM scene of the Caceras area, the plowed, vegetation-free fields were identified by their low TM 4/3 values. Then, ranges of TM 4/5 and 3/1 values were determine for selected plower fields within and outside the contact aureoles; TM 5 produced results similar to TM 4/5. Field evaluation, supported by X-ray diffraction and petrographic

  19. Precambrian crustal evolution and Cretaceous–Palaeogene faulting in West Greenland: Magnetic anomalies and metamorphic boundaries in the southern Nagssugtoqidian orogen, West Greenland

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    Korstgård, John A.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Within the southern Nagssugtoqidian orogen in West Greenland metamorphic terrains of both Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic ages occur with metamorphic grade varying from low amphibolites facies to granulite facies. The determination of the relative ages of the different metamorphic terrains is greatly aided by the intrusion of the 2 Ga Kangâmiut dyke swarm along a NNE trend. In Archaean areas dykes cross-cut gneiss structures, and the host gneisses are in amphibolite to granulite facies. Along Itilleq strong shearing in an E–W-oriented zone caused retrogression of surrounding gneisses to low amphibolite facies. Within this Itivdleq shear zone Kangâmiut dykes follow the E–W shear fabrics giving the impression that dykes were reoriented by the shearing. However, the dykes remain largely undeformed and unmetamorphosed, indicating that the shear zone was established prior to dyke emplacement and that the orientation of the dykes here was governed by the shear fabric. Metamorphism and deformation north of Itilleq involve both dykes and host gneisses, and the metamorphic grade is amphibolite facies increasing to granulite facies at the northern boundary of the southern Nagssugtoqidian orogen. Here a zone of strong deformation, the Ikertôq thrust zone, coincides roughly with the amphibolite–granulite facies transition. Total magnetic field intensity anomalies from aeromagnetic data coincide spectacularly with metamorphic boundaries and reflect changes in content of the magnetic minerals at facies transitions. Even the nature of facies transitions is apparent. Static metamorphic boundaries are gradual whereas dynamic boundaries along deformation zones are abrupt.

  20. Mid-Neoproterozoic (ca. 830-800 Ma) metamorphic P-T paths link Tarim to the circum-Rodinia subduction-accretion system

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    Ge, Rongfeng; Zhu, Wenbin; Wilde, Simon A.

    2016-06-01

    Long-lived exterior accretionary orogeny shapes tectonothermal evolution of the peripheral building blocks of supercontinents and leads to considerable crustal growth. However, such accretionary orogeny has only been locally recognized for the Rodinia supercontinent. Here a suite of newly discovered mid-Neoproterozoic high-grade metamorphic rocks in the northern Tarim Craton, NW China, are used to test the exterior accretion hypothesis for Rodinia. These rocks occur as dark-colored mafic and calc-silicate boudins in impure marbles and mica schists. Geochemical data suggest a protolith of arc-related basalts metasomatized by Ca-rich fluids. Mineral assemblages, phase diagram modeling, and mineral compositions for a garnet pyroxenite and a garnet clinopyroxene gneiss reveal upper amphibolite to high-pressure granulite facies peak metamorphism (660-700°C, 11-12 kbar) following a counterclockwise P-T path, which is characterized by prograde burial and heating, followed by near-isothermal burial and retrograde exhumation and cooling. This P-T path is interpreted to have recorded crustal thickening of an earlier magmatic arc transformed to a fore arc by subduction erosion and subsequent burial along bent isotherms near the subduction channel. All studied samples record ca. 830-800 Ma metamorphic zircon U-Pb ages, which probably date the early exhumation and cooling according to Ti-in-zircon temperatures, zircon rare earth element patterns, and Hf isotopes. This is the first mid-Neoproterozoic P-T-t path in Tarim, and it provides metamorphic evidence for a mid-Neoproterozoic advancing-type accretionary orogeny, which is coeval with the initial breakup events of Rodinia and thus links Tarim to the circum-Rodinia accretion system, supporting the peripheral subduction model.

  1. Indicators of coal metamorphism

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    Proskuryakov, A.E.

    1982-06-01

    Important in determining metamorphism of coal is the reliability of indicators of coalification. Both the reflection of vitrinite and emission of volatile matter have been used for this purpose. To determine which indicator more accurately characterizes metamorphism of coal, their conformity to the following demands was established: 1. uniformity in direction of change of parameters with degree of metamorphism; 2. independence of the indicator of the genetic characteristics of coal (petrographic composition, reduction and oxidation of coal); 3. sensitivity of indicator. Both indicators conform to the first requirement. Emission of volatile substance decreases and reflective capacity of vitrinite increases uniformly with degree of metamorphism. However, the reflectivity of vitrinite is not influenced by petrographic composition of coals and is less dependent on the oxidation and reduction of coal than emission of volatile matter. It is also a more sensitive indicator distinguishing more degrees of metamorphism than emission of volatile matter. Reflectivity of vitrinite is a more reliable indicator of metamorphism than emission of volatile matter. However, in many laboratories this indicator is not measured with sufficient accuracy. To correct this, measuring equipment must be standardized.

  2. Tertiary plate tectonics and high-pressure metamorphism in New Caledonia

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    Brothers, R.N.; Blake, M.C.

    1973-01-01

    The sialic basement of New Caledonia is a Permian-Jurassic greywacke sequence which was folded and metamorphosed to prehnite-pumpellyite or low-grade greenschist facies by the Late Jurassic. Succeeding Cretaceous-Eocene sediments unconformably overlie this basement and extend outwards onto oceanic crust. Tertiary tectonism occurred in three distinct phases. 1. (1) During the Late Eocene a nappe of peridotite was obducted onto southern New Caledonia from northeast to southwest, but without causing significant metamorphism in the underlying sialic rocks. 2. (2) Oligocene compressive thrust tectonics in the northern part of the island accompanied a major east-west subduction zone, at least 30 km wide, which is identified by an imbricate system of tectonically intruded melanges and by development of lawsonite-bearing assemblages in adjacent country rocks; this high-pressure mineralogy constituted a primary metamorphism for the Cretaceous-Eocene sedimentary pile, but was overprinted on the Mesozoic prehnite-pumpellyite metagreywackes. 3. (3) Post-Oligocene transcurrent faulting along a northwest-southeast line (the sillon) parallel to the west coast caused at least 150 km of dextral offset of the southwest frontal margin of the Eocene ultramafic nappe. At the present time, the tectonics of the southwest Pacific are related to a series of opposite facing subduction (Benioff) zones connected by transform faults extending from New Britain-Solomon Islands south through the New Hebrides to New Zealand and marking the boundary between the Australian and Pacific plates. Available geologic data from this region suggest that a similar geometry existed during the Tertiary and that the microcontinents of New Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand all lay along the former plate boundary which has since migrated north and east by a complex process of sea-floor spreading behind the active island arcs. ?? 1973.

  3. Ployphase Early Paleozoic metamorphism in the northern Qinling orogenic belt%北秦岭造山带的早古生代多期变质作用

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    张建新; 于胜尧; 孟繁聪

    2011-01-01

    北秦岭造山带的秦岭岩群以高级变质岩石为特征,主要包括少量榴辉岩、高压麻粒岩和区域上广泛分布的麻粒岩-角闪岩相变质岩石.年代学研究显示秦岭岩群中不同岩石记录了多期变质作用.已有的定年资料给出北秦岭官坡地区的榴辉岩的年龄为500Ma左右,代表榴辉岩相的变质时代.结合岩相学资料,对两个高压麻粒岩样品的SHRIMP和LA-ICPMS U-Pb测定分别获得504±7Ma和506±3Ma的年龄,应代表高压麻粒岩相变质时代.这表明高压麻粒岩和相邻的榴辉岩有相近的变质时代,但形成在造山带中不同的构热造环境中.西峡地区的角闪二辉麻粒岩的U-Pb定年给出两组早古生代年龄,一组为440±2Ma,可能代表了中低压麻粒岩相的变质时代,另一组为426±1Ma,应代表区域角闪岩相的变质时代.桐柏山北部的石榴二辉麻粒岩的U-Pb定年数据给出436±lMa的年铃,为中压麻粒岩相的变质时代.这些资料表明北秦岭造山带经历了早奥陶世的俯冲和地壳增厚作用,并在晚志留世遭受了广泛的巴罗式区城变质作用.%High-grade metamorphic rocks in North Qinling orogen, traditionally regarded as the Qinling Croup, consist of minor eclogites, high pressure granutlite and widely distributed medium-low P/T granulite-amphibolite facies metamorphic rocks. Radiometric data indicate that ployphase Early Paleozoic metamorphisms are recorded in different rocks. The previous U-Pb datings of eclogites and associated rocks in the Cuanpo area of the North Qinling orogen gave an age of ca. 500Ma, interpreted as the time of eclogite facies metamorphism. In combination with petrological data, SHRIMP and LA-ICPMS U-Pb geochronology on two HP granulite samples in the Songshugou area of the North Qinling orogen yield ages of 504 ± 7Ma and 506 ± 3Ma, respectively, representing the time of high pressure granulite metamorphism. This implies that HP granulite-facies conditions in

  4. Geochronology and geochemistry of a suite of mafic rocks in Chencai area, South China: Implications for petrogenesis and tectonic setting

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    Zhao, Lei; Zhai, Mingguo; Zhou, Xiwen; Santosh, M.; Ma, Xudong

    2015-11-01

    Paleozoic crust-mantle interaction and geodynamic setting of the South China Block have remained largely elusive due to the scarcity of mafic rock suites. Here we report data from a suite of mafic rocks including norite, mafic granulite, garnet-bearing amphibolite, biotite-bearing amphibolite, and amphibolite from the Chencai region in the northeastern Cathaysia Block of South China, that mostly record amphibolite to granulite facies metamorphism. U-Pb dating of zircons from the mafic granulite and biotite-bearing amphibolite show broadly coeval magmatism, and amphibolite- to granulite-facies metamorphism during 435-438 Ma. The garnet-bearing amphibolite also records metamorphism at 436 Ma and the magmatic age of its protolith is constrained to be between 436 Ma and 496 Ma. The norite has an emplacement age of 422 Ma. Geochemically, the amphibolite and granulite have high Al2O3 contents and belong to the high-alumina group. The garnet-bearing amphibolite belongs to the intermediate-alumina group, whereas the norite and biotite-bearing amphibolite belong to the low-alumina group. A cumulate origin is proposed for the norite with orthopyroxene as the main cumulus phase. Based on their similar trace element and Lu-Hf isotopic signatures, it is inferred that the protoliths of amphibolite and granulite belonging to high-alumina group were likely generated from the same source. Furthermore, their LREE enrichment relative to HREE, positive Eu anomaly, and negative Nb, Ta and Zr anomalies suggest derivation from the same enriched mantle source, perhaps in a continental arc environment. Zircons from the garnet-bearing amphibolite belonging to intermediate-alumina group have high positive ɛHf (t) values with a peak of + 14 and trace element signatures similar to N-MORB, suggesting a depleted asthenospheric mantle source. The rock suite from Chencai suggests formation in an active continental margin, with the garnet-bearing amphibolite representing relics of the Paleozoic

  5. Significance of elevated K/Rb ratios in lower crustal rocks

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    Frost, B. Ronald; Frost, Carol D.

    1988-01-01

    The granulite uncertainty principle, which states that it is difficult or impossible to determine with certainty the maximum geopressure and geotemperature that a granulite has experienced, is addressed. Also, geochemical fingerprinting cannot always be used reliably in the nebulous region that is transitional between metamorphic and igneous environments. Ion exchange thermometers are typically useful to approximately 800 C in slowly cooled plutonic rocks unless one uses a reintegration technique on unmixed minerals, or unless a metastable mineral assemblage can be observed. It is argued that in most granulites, fossil temperatures are typically obliterated by reequilibration and/or deformation during slow cooling. Granulite metamorphism may be further complicated by the common association with igneous activity. The previously-used geochemical indicators such as high K/Rb ratios and LIL depletion may not be strictly the result of granulite facies metamorphic depletion, but also may result from igneous processes, which depend on bulk and mineral compositions and on the mineralogy of the protolith. Detailed geologic mapping will be the ultimate arbitrator of whether a given geochemical signature is the result of igneous or metamorphic processes.

  6. Significance of elevated K/Rb ratios in lower crustal rocks

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    Frost, B. Ronald; Frost, Carol D.

    The granulite uncertainty principle, which states that it is difficult or impossible to determine with certainty the maximum geopressure and geotemperature that a granulite has experienced, is addressed. Also, geochemical fingerprinting cannot always be used reliably in the nebulous region that is transitional between metamorphic and igneous environments. Ion exchange thermometers are typically useful to approximately 800 C in slowly cooled plutonic rocks unless one uses a reintegration technique on unmixed minerals, or unless a metastable mineral assemblage can be observed. It is argued that in most granulites, fossil temperatures are typically obliterated by reequilibration and/or deformation during slow cooling. Granulite metamorphism may be further complicated by the common association with igneous activity. The previously-used geochemical indicators such as high K/Rb ratios and LIL depletion may not be strictly the result of granulite facies metamorphic depletion, but also may result from igneous processes, which depend on bulk and mineral compositions and on the mineralogy of the protolith. Detailed geologic mapping will be the ultimate arbitrator of whether a given geochemical signature is the result of igneous or metamorphic processes.

  7. Paleoproterozoic high-pressure metamorphism in the northern North China Craton and implications for the Nuna supercontinent.

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    Wan, Bo; Windley, Brian F; Xiao, Wenjiao; Feng, Jianyun; Zhang, Ji'en

    2015-09-21

    The connection between the North China Craton (NCC) and contiguous cratons is important for the configuration of the Nuna supercontinent. Here we document a new Paleoproterozoic high-pressure (HP) complex dominated by garnet websterite on the northern margin of the NCC. The peak metamorphism of the garnet websterite was after ∼1.90 Ga when it was subducted to eclogite facies at ∼2.4 GPa, then exhumed back to granulite facies at ∼0.9 GPa before ∼1.82 Ga. The rock associations with their structural relationships and geochemical affinities are comparable to those of supra-subduction zone ophiolites, and supported by subduction-related signatures of gabbros and basalts. We propose that a ∼1.90 Ga oceanic fragment was subducted and exhumed into an accretionary complex along the northern margin of the NCC. Presence of the coeval Sharyzhalgai complex with comparable HP garnet websterites in the southern Siberian active margin favours juxtaposition against the NCC in the Paleoproterozoic.

  8. Dating of Mesoproterozoic metamorphism in the Mount Isa and George Fisher Zn-Pb-Cu-Ag deposits, Australia, by paleomagnetism

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    Kawasaki, K.; Symons, D. T.

    2010-12-01

    The Mount Isa Zn-Pb-Cu-Ag and George Fisher Zn-Pb-Ag black-shale-hosted deposits in Queensland, Australia, are in carbonaceous and dolomitic shales of the ~1655 Ma Urquhart Formation of the Mount Isa Group that exhibit greenschist facies metamorphism. Both deposits give lead model ages of ~1655 Ma. Ar-Ar biotite and Re-Os ages for the Mount Isa copper ore are 1523±3 and 1372±4 Ma, respectively. Excluding modern hematite, paleomagnetic and rock magnetic analyses of 333 specimens (28 sites) isolate a stable characteristic remanent magnetization (ChRM) in single- and pseudosingle-domain pyrrhotite for the Zn-Pb-Ag ore specimens and in pyrrhotite and/or titanomagnetite for the Cu ore. A negative paleomagnetic fold test shows that the ChRM postdates D3 deformation of the ~1595 to 1500 Ma Isan orogeny, yielding a Mesoproterozoic paleopole at ~1505 Ma on the northern Australian apparent polar wander path. The ~1505 Ma age is similar to the ~1523 Ma Ar-Ar age and it provides a minimum age for ore genesis of both deposits, as well as the age for peak greenschist metamorphism during the Isan orogeny in the surrounding Mount Isa inlier.

  9. Late Cretaceous extension and exhumation of the Stong and Taku magmatic and metamorphic complexes, NE Peninsular Malaysia

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    François, T.; Md Ali, M. A.; Matenco, L.; Willingshofer, E.; Ng, T. F.; Taib, N. I.; Shuib, M. K.

    2017-08-01

    Fragmentation of large continental areas by post-orogenic extension requires favourable geodynamic conditions and frequently occurs along pre-existing suture zones or nappe contacts, as exemplified by the Stong and Taku magmatic and metamorphic complexes of northern Peninsular Malaysia. For this case, we have employed a field and microstructural kinematic study combined with low temperature thermo-chronology to analyse the tectonic and exhumation history. The results show that the Late Palaeozoic - Triassic Indosinian orogeny created successive phases of burial related metamorphism, shearing and contractional deformation. This orogenic structure was subsequently dismembered during a Cretaceous thermal event that culminated in the formation of a large scale Late Santonian - Early Maastrichtian extensional detachment, genetically associated with crustal melting, the emplacement of syn-kinematic plutons and widespread migmatisation. The emplacement of these magmatic rocks led to an array of simultaneously formed structures that document deformation conditions over a wide temperature range, represented by amphibolite- and greenschist- facies mylonites and as well as brittle structures, such as cataclastic zones and normal faults that formed during exhumation in the footwall of the detachment. The formation of this detachment and a first phase of Late Cretaceous cooling was followed by renewed Eocene - Oligocene exhumation, as evidenced from our fission track ages. We infer that an initial Cretaceous thermal anomaly was responsible for the formation of an extensional gneiss dome associated with simple shear and rotation of normal faults. These Cretaceous processes played a critical role in the establishment of the presently observed crustal structure of Peninsular Malaysia.

  10. Metamorphic P-T-t path retrieved from metapelites in the southeastern Taihua metamorphic complex, and the Paleoproterozoic tectonic evolution of the southern North China Craton

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    Lu, Jun-Sheng; Zhai, Ming-Guo; Lu, Lin-Sheng; Wang, Hao Y. C.; Chen, Hong-Xu; Peng, Tao; Wu, Chun-Ming; Zhao, Tai-Ping

    2017-02-01

    The Taihua metamorphic complex in the southern part of the North China Craton is composed of tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite (TTG) gneisses, amphibolites, metapelitic gneisses, marbles, quartzites, and banded iron formations (BIFs). The protoliths of the complex have ages ranging from ∼2.1 to ∼2.9 Ga and was metamorphosed under the upper amphibolite to granulite facies conditions with NWW-SEE-striking gneissosity. Metapelitites from the Wugang area have three stages of metamorphic mineral assemblages. The prograde metamorphic mineral assemblage (M1) includes biotite + plagioclase + quartz + ilmenite preserved as inclusions in garnet porphyroblasts. The peak mineral assemblage (M2) consists of garnet porphyroblasts and matrix minerals of sillimanite + biotite + plagioclase + quartz + K-feldspar + ilmenite + rutile + pyrite. The retrograde mineral assemblage (M3), biotite + plagioclase + quartz, occurs as symplectic assemblages surrounding embayed garnet porphyroblasts. Garnet porphyroblasts are chemically zoned. Pseudosection calculated in the NCKFMASHTO model system suggests that mantles of garnet porphyroblasts define high-pressure granulites facies P-T conditions of 12.2 kbar and 830 °C, whereas garnet rims record P-T conditions of 10.2 kbar and 840 °C. Integrating the prograde mineral assemblages, zoning of garnet porphyroblasts with symplectic assemblages, a clockwise metamorphic P-T path can be retrieved. High resolution SIMS U-Pb dating and LA-ICP-MS trace element measurements of the metamorphic zircons demonstrate that metapelites in Wugang possibly record the peak or near peak metamorphic ages of ∼1.92 Ga. Furthermore, 40Ar/39Ar dating of biotite in metapelites suggests that the cooling of the Taihua complex may have lasted until ∼1.83 Ga. Therefore, a long-lived Palaeoproterozoic metamorphic event may define a slow exhumation process. Field relationship and new metamorphic data for the Taihua metamorphic complex does not support the previous

  11. Detrital zircon analysis of Mesoproterozoic and neoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks of northcentral idaho: Implications for development of the Belt-Purcell basin

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    Lewis, R.S.; Vervoort, J.D.; Burmester, R.F.; Oswald, P.J.

    2010-01-01

    The authors analyzed detrital zircon grains from 10 metasedimentary rock samples of the Priest River complex and three other amphibolite-facies metamorphic sequences in north-central Idaho to test the previous assignment of these rocks to the Mesoproterozoic Belt-Purcell Supergroup. Zircon grains from two samples of the Prichard Formation (lower Belt) and one sample of Cambrian quartzite were also analyzed as controls with known depositional ages. U-Pb zircon analysis by laser ablation - inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry reveals that 6 of the 10 samples contain multiple age populations between 1900 and 1400 Ma and a scatter of older ages, similar to results reported from the Belt- Purcell Supergroup to the north and east. Results from the Priest River metamorphic complex confirm previous correlations with the Prichard Formation. Samples from the Golden and Elk City sequences have significant numbers of 1500-1380 Ma grains, which indicates that they do not predate the Belt. Rather, they are probably from a relatively young, southwestern part of the Belt Supergroup (Lemhi subbasin). Non-North American (1610-1490 Ma) grains are rare in these rocks. Three samples of quartzite from the Syringa metamorphic sequence northwest of the Idaho batholith contain zircon grains younger than the Belt Supergroup and support a Neoproterozoic age. A single Cambrian sample has abundant 1780 Ma grains and none younger than ~1750 Ma. These results indicate that the likely protoliths of many high-grade metamorphic rocks in northern Idaho were strata of the Belt-Purcell Supergroup or overlying rocks of the Neoproterozoic Windermere Supergroup and not basement rocks.

  12. Analysis of Metamorphic Rock Tunnel Deformation Influencing Factors and Mechanism by Monitoring Measurement%基于监控测量的石英片岩区变质岩隧道变形影响因素及机理分析

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    于卫云; 李伟

    2016-01-01

    为研究石英片岩区隧道变形破坏机理及影响因素,本文以油坊坪隧道作为研究对象,在对隧道围岩物理力学特性及工程地质条件进行调查分析的基础上,结合隧道变形监测方案,总结归纳了石英片岩隧道的变形破坏过程。研究发现:该变质岩隧道变形破坏多发生在节理裂隙发育,含有地下水,且含有蒙脱石、伊利石、高岭土等膨胀性矿物的围岩之中,且隧道变形破坏具有滞后性、多样性、变形速率快、变形时间长等特点;隧道围岩变形量均超过其对应围岩级别的预留变形量,油坊坪隧道进出口段及拱顶部位沉降变形速率范围为10~35 mm /d。在监测过程中,底板最终沉降最大值为130.5 mm,最小值为15.3 mm,拱顶沉降最大值为131.1 mm,最小值为27.8 mm;隧道变形破坏主要由重力驱动型、应力驱动型和应力-结构驱动型3种。%For the study of metamorphic rock tunnel deformation failure mechanism and influence factors,this paper takes oil mill ping metamorphic rock tunnel as the research object,on the surrounding rock physical and mechanical properties and engineering geological conditions on the basis of investigation and analysis,combined with the tunnel deformation monitoring,sums up the deformation and failure process of the metamorphic rock tunnel.Study found:metamorphic rock tunnel surrounding rock is mainly affected by ground stress,rock mass characteristics and groundwater three factors;Tunnel surrounding rock deformation than its corresponding reserve level of surrounding rock deformation,Oil Mill Flat tunnel section and arch parts import and export settlement rate range for 10 ~35 mm /d.In the process of monito-ring,the maximum floor final settlement is 130.5 mm,minimum value is 15.3 mm,a maximum of 131.1 mm,vault subsidence minimum value is 27.8 mm.;Tunnel deformation damage mainly driven by the gravity driven,stress and stress and

  13. High-grade metamorphism during Archean-Paleoproterozoic transition associated with microblock amalgamation in the North China Craton: Mineral phase equilibria and zircon geochronology

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    Yang, Qiong-Yan; Santosh, M.; Tsunogae, Toshiaki

    2016-10-01

    Metamorphic regimes in Archean terranes provide important keys to the plate tectonic processes in early Earth. The North China Craton (NCC) is one of the ancient continental nuclei in Asia and recent models propose that the cratonic architecture was built through the assembly of several Archean microcontinental blocks into larger crustal blocks. Here we investigate garnet- and pyroxene-bearing granulite facies rocks along the periphery of the Jiaoliao microcontinental block in the NCC. The garnet-bearing granulites contain peak mineral assemblage of garnet + clinopyroxene + orthopyroxene + magnetite + plagioclase + quartz ± biotite ± ilmenite. Mineral phase equilibria computations using pseudosection and geothermobarometry suggest peak P-T condition of 800-830 °C and 7-8 kbar for metamorphism. Isopleths using XMg of orthopyroxene and XCa of garnet in another sample containing the peak mineral assemblage of garnet + orthopyroxene + quartz + magnetite ± fluid yield peak P-T conditions of 860-920 °C and 11-14 kbar. Geochemical data show tonalitic to granodioritic composition and arc-related tectonic setting for the magmatic protoliths of these rocks. Zircon LA-ICP-MS analyses yield well-defined discordia with upper intercept ages of 2562 ± 20 Ma (MSWD = 0.94) and 2539 ± 21 Ma (MSWD = 0.59) which is correlated with the timing of emplacement of the magmatic protolith. A younger group of zircons with upper intercept ages of 2449 ± 41 Ma (MSWD = 0.83); N = 6 as 2449 ± 41 Ma (MSWD = 0.83; N = 6) and 2480 ± 44 Ma (MSWD = 1.2; N = 9) constrains the timing of metamorphism. Zircon Lu-Hf data show dominantly positive εHf(t) values (up to 8.5), and yield crustal residence ages (TDMC) in the range of 2529 to 2884 Ma, suggesting magma sources from Meso-Neoarchean juvenile components. The high temperature and medium to high pressure metamorphism is considered to have resulted from the subduction-collision tectonics associated with microblock amalgamation in the NCC at

  14. Fine-Grained Turbidites: Facies, Attributes and Process Implications

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    Stow, Dorrik; Omoniyi, Bayonle

    2016-04-01

    Within turbidite systems, fine-grained sediments are still the poor relation and sport several contrasting facies models linked to process of deposition. These are volumetrically the dominant facies in deepwater and, from a resource perspective, they form important marginal and tight reservoirs, and have great potential for unconventional shale gas, source rocks and seals. They are also significant hosts of metals and rare earth elements. Based on a large number of studies of modern, ancient and subsurface systems, including 1000s of metres of section logging, we define the principal genetic elements of fine-grained deepwater facies, present a new synthesis of facies models and their sedimentary attributes. The principal architectural elements include: non-channelised slope-aprons, channel-fill, channel levee and overbank, turbidite lobes, mass-transport deposits, contourite drifts, basin sheets and drapes. These comprise a variable intercalation of fine-grained facies - thin-bedded and very thin-bedded turbidites, contourites, hemipelagites and pelagites - and associated coarse-grained facies. Characteristic attributes used to discriminate between these different elements are: facies and facies associations; sand-shale ratio, sand and shale geometry and dimensions, sand connectivity; sediment texture and small-scale sedimentary structures; sediment fabric and microfabric; and small-scale vertical sequences of bed thickness. To some extent, we can relate facies and attribute characteristics to different depositional environments. We identify four distinct facies models: (a) silt-laminated mud turbidites, (b) siliciclastic mud turbidites, (c) carbonate mud turbidites, (d) disorganized silty-mud turbidites, and (e) hemiturbidites. Within the grainsize-velocity matrix turbidite plot, these all fall within the region of mean size < 0.063mm, maximum grainsize (one percentile) <0.2mm, and depositional velocity 0.1-0.5 m/s. Silt-laminated turbidites and many mud

  15. A study on the relationships between metamorphic anatexis and petrogenesis and mineralization

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    2007-01-01

    Metamorphic processes are closely associated with the formation and evolution of the crust and highly related to petrogenesis and mineralization processes. Dynamic systematic analysis indicates that regional metamorphism-migmatization-metamorphic anatexis process is a temperature-pressure progressive process. Metamorphic anatexis process is a critical part with its unique pressure/temperature and thermodynamic, dynamic and geochemical characteristics. The concept of metamorphic anatexis system (MAS) introduced by the author includes the essential factors of material resources, energy resources, process format, material transportation and concentration, occurring time and location. Based on the essential factors of MAS, metamorphic anatexis process-related granitic rocks and deposit cases are discussed on their petrogenesis and/or mineralizaion mechanisms. The discussion points out that granites in the Ailaoshan and Yunkai metamorphic zones are of metamorphic anatexis origin. The genesis of pegmatite ore deposits in metamorphic zones and shear zone gold deposits in shear zones are highly related to metamorphic anatexis process. The study of metamorphism process involved in ore formation and material transport is a hot subject concerned by the international geological circles. Thorough investigations into the relationships between metamorphic anatexis and petrogenesis-meneralization processes are of great importance not only in geological theory, but also in industrial practice.

  16. Traces of Catastrophe: A Handbook of Shock-Metamorphic Effects in Terrestrial Meteorite Impact Structures

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    French, Bevan M.

    1998-01-01

    This handbook of Shock-Metamorphic Effects in Terrestrial Meteorite Impact Structures emphasizes terrestrial impact structures, field geology, and particularly the recognition and petrographic study of shock-metamorphic effects in terrestrial rocks. Individual chapters include: 1) Landscapes with Craters: Meteorite Impacts, Earth, and the Solar System; 2) Target Earth: Present, Past and Future; 3) Formation of Impact Craters; 4) Shock-Metamorphic Effects in Rocks and Minerals; 5) Shock-Metamorphosed Rocks (Impactities) in Impact Structures; 6) Impact Melts; 7) How to Find Impact Structures; and 8) What Next? Current Problems and Future Investigations.

  17. Kanfenggou UHP Metamorphic Fragment in Eastern Qinling Orogen and Its Relationship to Dabie-Sulu UHP and HP Metamorphic Belts, Central China

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    Suo Shutian; Zhong Zengqiu; Zhou Hanwen; You Zhendong

    2003-01-01

    In the Central Orogenic Belt, China, two UHP metamorphic belts are discriminated mainly based on a detailed structural analysis of the Kanfenggou UHP metamorphic fragment exposed in the eastern Qinling orogen, and together with previous regional structural, petrological and geochronological data at the scale of the orogenic domain. The first one corresponds to the South Altun-North QaidamNorth Qinling UHP metamorphic belt. The other is the Dabie-Sulu UHP and HP metamorphic belts. The two UHP metamorphic belts are separated by a series of tectonic slices composed by the Qinling rock group, Danfeng rock group and Liuling or Foziling rock group etc. respectively, and are different in age of the peak UHP metamorphism and geodynamic implications for continental deep subduction and collision. Regional field and petrological relationships suggest that the Kanfenggou UHP metamorphic fragment that contains a large volume of the coesite- and microdiamond-bearing eclogite lenses is compatible with the structures recognized in the South Altun and North Qaidam UHP metamorphic fragments exposed in the western part of China, thereby forming a large UHP metamorphic belt up to 1 000 km long along the orogen strike. This UHP metamorphic belt represents an intercontinental deep subduction and collision belt between the Yangtze and Sino-Korean cratons, occurred during the Paleozoic. On the other hand, the well-constrained Dabie-Sulu UHP and HP metamorphic belts occurred mainly during Triassic time (250-220 Ma), and were produced by the intrucontinental deep subduction and collision within the Yangtze craton. The Kanfenggou UHP metamorphic fragment does not appear to link with the Dabie-Sulu UHP and HP metamorphic belts along the orogen. There is no reason to assume the two UHP metamorphic belts us a single giant deep subduction and collision zone in the Central Orogenic Belt situated between the Yangtze and Sino-Korean cratons. Therefore, any dynamic model for the orogen must account

  18. Predicted seafloor facies of Central Santa Monica Bay, California

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    Dartnell, Peter; Gardner, James V.

    2004-01-01

    Summary -- Mapping surficial seafloor facies (sand, silt, muddy sand, rock, etc.) should be the first step in marine geological studies and is crucial when modeling sediment processes, pollution transport, deciphering tectonics, and defining benthic habitats. This report outlines an empirical technique that predicts the distribution of seafloor facies for a large area offshore Los Angeles, CA using high-resolution bathymetry and co-registered, calibrated backscatter from multibeam echosounders (MBES) correlated to ground-truth sediment samples. The technique uses a series of procedures that involve supervised classification and a hierarchical decision tree classification that are now available in advanced image-analysis software packages. Derivative variance images of both bathymetry and acoustic backscatter are calculated from the MBES data and then used in a hierarchical decision-tree framework to classify the MBES data into areas of rock, gravelly muddy sand, muddy sand, and mud. A quantitative accuracy assessment on the classification results is performed using ground-truth sediment samples. The predicted facies map is also ground-truthed using seafloor photographs and high-resolution sub-bottom seismic-reflection profiles. This Open-File Report contains the predicted seafloor facies map as a georeferenced TIFF image along with the multibeam bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data used in the study as well as an explanation of the empirical classification process.

  19. Evolution of a Neoproterozoic suture in the Iberian Massif, Central Portugal: New U-Pb ages of igneous and metamorphic events at the contact between the Ossa Morena Zone and Central Iberian Zone

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    Henriques, S. B. A.; Neiva, A. M. R.; Ribeiro, M. L.; Dunning, G. R.; Tajčmanová, L.

    2015-04-01

    A Neoproterozoic suture is exposed at the contact between the Ossa Morena Zone and the Central Iberian Zone, in the Iberian Massif (Central Portugal), the westernmost segment of the European Variscides. Although, the Cadomian magmatic and tectonometamorphic events have been previously documented, their timing is still poorly constrained, particularly in the inner zones of the suture. We used geochronological (ID-TIMS U-Pb) data to establish the sequence of events, isotopic (Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd) data to characterize the magmatic sources and thermodynamic modelling to determine the maximum P-T conditions attained during the Cadomian metamorphism. The first event, in the future Ossa Morena Zone, is the onset of island arc magmatism represented mainly by tholeiites with a MORB signature. Their igneous crystallization age is unknown, but they are older than ca. 539 Ma. This magmatic activity was accompanied by deposition of fine-grained sediments in a Neoproterozoic basin. The second event is the evolution of the Cadomian magmatic arc in different stages. The earliest magmatic stage occurs at ca. 692 Ma, which is the oldest igneous age known in the Ossa Morena Zone. It is followed by the generation of subalkaline and peraluminous protoliths at ca. 569 Ma, with the isotopic signature of old crustal sources. The final phase of the arc magmatism (ca. 548-544 Ma) involved mainly partial melting of continental crust. The range of the main magmatic activity must have been between ca. 569 Ma and ca. 544 Ma as mentioned for other areas in the Ossa Morena Zone. A major metamorphic event, recorded in metamorphic monazite, zircon and titanite at ca. 540 Ma, attained upper amphibolite facies conditions close to the transition to granulite facies (7-8 kbar and 640-660 °C). It represents the continental arc accretion of the Ossa Morena Zone with the Iberian Autochthon passive margin (future Central Iberian Zone). The Early Ordovician rocks (ca. 483-477 Ma) were generated from depleted and

  20. Metamorphism, argon depletion, heat flow and stress on the Alpine fault

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    Scholz, C. H.; Beavan, J.; Hanks, T. C.

    1978-01-01

    The Alpine fault of New Zealand is a major continental transform fault which was uplifted on its southeast side 4 to 11 km within the last 5 m.y. This uplift has exposed the Haast schists, which were metamorphosed from the adjacent Torlesse graywackes. The Haast schists increase in metamorphic grade from prehnite-pumpellyite facies 9-12 km from the fault through the chlorite and biotite zones of the greenschist facies to the garnet-oligoclase zone amphibolite facies within 4 km of the fault. These metamorphic zone boundaries are subparallel to the fault for 350 km along the strike. The K-Ar and Rb-Sr ages of the schists increase with distance from the fault: from 4 m.y. within 3 km of the fault to approximately 110 m.y. 20 km from the fault. Field relations show that the source of heat that produced the argon depletion aureole was the fault itself.

  1. Reactions to define the biotite isograd in the Ryoke metamorphic belt, Kii Peninsula, Japan

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    Wang, Ge-Fan; Banno, Shohei; Takeuchi, Keiji

    1986-03-01

    Two types of biotite isograd are defined in the low-grade metamorphism of the Wazuka area, a Ryoke metamorphic terrain in the Kii Peninsula, Japan. The first, BI1, is defined by the reaction of chlorite+K-feldspar= biotite+muscovite+quartz+H2O that took place in psammitic rocks, and the second, BI2, by the continuous reaction between muscovite, chlorite, biotite and quartz in pelitic rocks. The Fe/Mg ratios of the host rocks do not significantly affect the reactions. From the paragenesis of pelitic and psammitic metamorphic rocks, the following mineral zones were established for this low-pressure regional metamorphic terrain: chlorite, transitional, chlorite-biotite, biotite, and sillimanite. The celadonite content of muscovite solid solution in pelitic rocks decreases systematically with the grade of metamorphism from 38% in the chlorite zone to 11% in the biotite zone. Low pressure does not prohibit muscovite from showing the progressive change of composition, if only rocks with appropriate paragenesis are chosen. A qualitative phase diagram of the AKF system relevant to biotite formation suggests that the higher the pressure of metamorphism, the higher the celadonite content of muscovite at BI1, which is confirmed by comparing the muscovites from the Barrovian and Ryoke metamorphism.

  2. Metamorphic history of LP/HT migmatites from the Bavarian Unit (Bohemian Massif)

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    Sorger, Dominik; Hauzenberger, Christoph; Linner, Manfred; Iglseder, Christoph

    2016-04-01

    Granulite facies migmatites are commonly observed in the Bavarian Unit which were formed during a late Variscan (post 330 Ma) LP-HT overprint. This event is related to a delamination of mantle lithosphere and subsequent asthenospheric upwelling. Most of these rocks underwent high degrees of melting forming meta- and diatexites. Former work in the Sauwald area, Upper Austria, by Tropper et al. (2006) determined metamorphic conditions of 700-800°C and 0.4-0.5 Gpa. In this study samples were taken along the (1) Danube valley (west of Linz), from the (2) Lichtenberg area (north of Linz), the (3) Bad Leonfelden area (west of the Rodl Fault) and the (4) Sauwald area (south of the river Danube). Biotite and plagioclase bearing migmatite is very common and occurs all over the investigated area. These rocks are the product of intensive melting (anatexite) and formed at conditions of ~650-700°C and 0.25-0.45 Gpa. Scarce outcrops of garnet bearing Al-rich migmatitic metapelites occur along the Danube valley. The formation of the migmatitc texture with well-developed leucosomes (K-feldspar, plagioclase, quartz) and melanosomes (garnet, cordierite, sillimanite, spinel, ilmenite, ± biotite) indicate high temperature metamorphism. Most of the garnet grains show a homogenous iron-rich composition and form generally an almandine-pyrope (Xalm=0.78-0.80, Xprp=0.16-0.18) solid solution with minor contents of grossular and spessartine (Xgrs=0.028-0.032, Xsps=0.020-0.024). Large garnet porphyroblasts (up to 1cm in size) display a distinct chemical zoning, especially in grossular component. Elevated homogeneous grossular content in the core is followed discontinously by low grossular content at the rim indicating a two stage growth. Garnet core and rim also display different mineral inclusions. Thermobarometric calculations using garnet core compositions with inclusions and garnet rim compositions with matrix phases as well as pseudosection calculations allow the reconstruction of a P

  3. Measurement of activity concentration of {sup 222}Rn in ground waters drawn from two wells drilled in the Amparo Complex metamorphic rocks, municipio de Amparo, SP; Medida da atividade do {sup 222}Rn em aguas subterraneas extraidas de dois pocos perfurados em rochas metamorficas do Complexo Amparo, municipio de Amparo, SP

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    Oliveira, Igor Jose Chaves de

    2008-07-01

    A sampling system was assembled for field {sup 222}Rn activity concentration measurements in ground waters. The system consists of a sampling flask that prevents the contact between the water sample and the atmosphere and a closed line for radon extraction from water. The system, its operation and calibration, are described in full detail, as well as, the conversion of the measured alpha counting rates in activity concentrations. The assembled system was used in {sup 222}Rn activity concentrations measurements in ground waters drawn from two wells drilled in the Amparo Complex metamorphic rocks. The wells are located at the urban area of the city of Amparo and are exploited for public use water. One well, named Vale Verde, is 56 meters deep and crosses 18 meters of soil, 26 meters of quartz rich gneiss and 12 meters of biotite-gneiss. The other well, named Seabra, is 117 meters deep, crosses 28 meters of soil and weathered rocks and ends in granite-gneiss. The mean activity concentrations for the year long observation were (377 +- 25) Bq/dm{sup 3}, for Seabra well, and (1282 +- 57) Bq/dm3, for the Vale Verde well. The {sup 222}Rn activity concentrations fall in the activity concentration range reported in the literature for similar geology areas and are larger than the concentrations found neighboring areas of the same metamorphic Complex. The seasonal activity concentration variations seem to correlate with rain fall variations in the study area. (author)

  4. Neoarchean metamorphism recorded in high-precision Sm-Nd isotope systematics of garnets from the Jack Hills (Western Australia)

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    Eccles, K. A.; Baxter, E. F.; Mojzsis, S. J.; Marschall, H.; Williams, M. L.; Jercinovic, M. J.

    2013-12-01

    Studies of metasedimentary rocks from the Jack Hills, which host Earth's oldest known detrital minerals, have focused on zircon and occasionally monazite or xenotime, but no attention has been directed toward one of the most common mineral markers of metamorphism: garnet. Garnet can provide a record of the post-depositional, prograde metamorphic history of Archean metasedimentary rocks. Additionally, the use of a newly developed detrital garnet dating technique [1,2] may reveal information about pre-depositional metamorphism that could address lingering questions about the nature and timing of Earth's earliest tectonometamorphic events. Here we investigate garnet from the Jack Hills metasedimentary rocks to test whether they record in situ metamorphism or are a detrital relict of even older metamorphic events. We identified garnet in two bulk quartz-pebble conglomerate samples collected from the 'discovery' outcrop at Eranondoo Hill in the Jack Hills of Western Australia. Electron microprobe analyses of polished grains and SEM measurements of unpolished grain surfaces are consistent, revealing garnet composition indicative of a single generation/population of predominantly almandine-spessartine solid solution (~10-35% mole fraction spessartine). Compositional maps of garnet grains reveal little zoning and no discontinuities, most consistent with a single growth event. Dating Jack Hills' garnet via the Sm-Nd system is possible due to continued development of small sample analysis techniques, including running NdO+ TIMS analyses with Ta2O5 activator [3] permitting nondestructive chemical prescreening technique (tabletop SEM) allows for grouping of multiple grains based on chemical similarity. Final Nd loads in the 450-750pg range routinely yield dates with precisions <×10Ma for two point isochrons between clean garnet (Sm/Nd ≥ 1.0) and their leached inclusion populations [2]. Four grouped garnet grain separates from one sample yield preliminary dates of 2703.6×6

  5. Coupling thermodynamic modeling and high-resolution in situ LA-ICP-MS monazite geochronology: evidence for Barrovian metamorphism late in the Grenvillian history of southeastern Ontario

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    McCarron, Travis; Gaidies, Fred; McFarlane, Christopher R. M.; Easton, R. Michael; Jones, Peter

    2014-12-01

    The Flinton Group is a greenschist to upper amphibolite facies package of metasediments in southeastern Ontario that was metamorphosed during the Ottawan Orogeny. Thermodynamic modeling of metapelitic mineral assemblages suggests an increase in peak conditions of metamorphism across the 40 km wide study area from 3.5 to 7.9 kbar and 540 to 715 °C. Garnet isopleth thermobarometry applied to the cores of compositionally zoned porphyroblasts reveals remarkably similar P-T conditions of initial crystallization at approximately 3.7-4.0 kbar and 512-520 °C, corresponding to a relatively high geothermal gradient of ca. 34-45 °C km-1. It is inferred from modeling and reaction textures that metamorphism was along Barrovian P-T paths. Major and trace element zoning in garnet from one sample records a complex growth history as evidenced by major and trace element zoning and the distribution of xenotime, allanite and monazite inclusions. High-resolution (6 μm) LA-ICP-MS U-Pb geochronology performed on monazite in the rock matrix and included in the outer 150 μm of garnet rim-ward of a Y annulus revealed an age of 976 ± 4 Ma. The age is interpreted to reflect monazite growth at the expense of allanite and apatite late in garnet's growth history over the P-T interval 4.5-6.8 kbar and 540-640 °C. This new age estimate for near peak metamorphism fits well into the regional framework but is significantly younger than previously reported ages for Ottawan metamorphism. Based on microstructures this new age suggests that compressional tectonics were operating much later in the history of the Grenville of southeastern Ontario than previously thought.

  6. P-T-time evolution of the Mejillones Metamorphic Complex: Insights into Late Triassic to Early Jurassic orogenic processes in northern Chile

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    Calderón, M.; Massonne, H.-J.; Hervé, F.; Theye, T.

    2017-10-01

    Better constrained pressure-temperature (P-T) histories of metamorphic complexes along the Andean continental margin are important for understanding the late Paleozoic and Mesozoic tectonic evolution of the southwestern margin of Gondwana. The Mejillones Metamorphic Complex of the northern Chilean Coastal Cordillera is composed of two tectonic units, the Morro Mejillones and Morro Jorgiño blocks. These units are bound by the NW-trending Caleta Herradura fault and show distinctly metamorphic ages and thermal evolution. The Morro Mejillones block was metamorphosed at low pressure conditions (andalusite-sillimanite series) during the intrusion of tonalitic plutons at ca. 208 Ma, as indicated by available geochronological data. In contrast, the Morro Jorgiño block comprises amphibolite-facies schists, gneisses and foliated metabasites with characteristic garnet-bearing mineral assemblages. For garnet-bearing pelitic gneisses, a clockwise P-T path has been determined from pseudosection modelling in the MnNCKFMASHTO system. The proposed evolution is characterized by a pressure increase from 7.5 to 8.5 kbar at increasing temperatures from 585 to 615 °C. Decompression to 6 kbar followed, accompanied by heating to 630-640 °C. Electron microprobe Th-U-Pb in-situ dating of high-Y monazite grains yielded a weighted average age of ca. 190 ± 4 Ma, which is interpreted as the age of tectonic burial of metamorphic rocks of the Morro Jorgiño tectonic unit. We infer that the block was buried to 25 km depth through contractional deformation of the continental edge in a subduction zone, likely linked to the docking of the Mejillonia terrane. Rapid exhumation followed and the ensuing juxtaposition of both tectonic units was controlled by Jurassic transtensional activity of the Atacama Fault System.

  7. Fluid evolution in H2O-CO2-NaCl system and metallogenic analysis of the Surian metamorphic complex, Bavanat Cu deposit, Southwest Iran

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    Asadi, Sina; Moore, Farid

    2016-07-01

    The Bavanat Cu deposit occurs as veins controlled by a NE-trending structure within the Permo-Triassic Surian metamorphic complex (SMC), southwest of Iran. The SMC rocks exposed in the area have undergone greenschist-facies metamorphism. The ore-forming process can be divided into early, middle, and late stages, represented by, respectively, pyrite-quartz, polymetallic sulfide-quartz, and late-stage barren quartz veins. Systematic studies of fluid inclusions (FIs) in the quartz veins found four types: aqueous, mixed aqueous-carbonic, carbonic, and multiphase-bearing inclusions. The FIs of early, middle and late-stages are mainly homogenized at temperatures of 335-417 °C, 230-380 °C, and 190-227 °C, with salinities of 1.1-6.7, 2.9-36.6, and 0.8-2.6 wt.% NaCl equivalent, respectively. The main stage of Cu mineralization is related to the middle-stage, where FIs show evidence of fluid immiscibility. The metal precipitation resulted from a decrease in copper solubility during the fluid immiscibility, cooling, crystallization of multiphase-bearing inclusions, and a small increase in pH. Laser Raman spectroscopy and FIs evidences indicate that the metallogenic system evolved from metamorphic CO2 (+CH4)-rich, relatively high fO2 (10-25 to 10-29 bars) to CO2-poor and relatively low fO2 (10-31 to 10-34 bars). Muscovite from the middle-stage veins yields 40Ar/39Ar plateau age of 195.2 ± 1.0 Ma, suggesting that the Cu mineralization at Bavanat formed in the Early Jurassic coeval with the retrograde metamorphic events during the post-early Cimmerian orogeny.

  8. Fluid evolution in H2O-CO2-NaCl system and metallogenic analysis of the Surian metamorphic complex, Bavanat Cu deposit, Southwest Iran

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    Asadi, Sina; Moore, Farid

    2017-02-01

    The Bavanat Cu deposit occurs as veins controlled by a NE-trending structure within the Permo-Triassic Surian metamorphic complex (SMC), southwest of Iran. The SMC rocks exposed in the area have undergone greenschist-facies metamorphism. The ore-forming process can be divided into early, middle, and late stages, represented by, respectively, pyrite-quartz, polymetallic sulfide-quartz, and late-stage barren quartz veins. Systematic studies of fluid inclusions (FIs) in the quartz veins found four types: aqueous, mixed aqueous-carbonic, carbonic, and multiphase-bearing inclusions. The FIs of early, middle and late-stages are mainly homogenized at temperatures of 335-417 °C, 230-380 °C, and 190-227 °C, with salinities of 1.1-6.7, 2.9-36.6, and 0.8-2.6 wt.% NaCl equivalent, respectively. The main stage of Cu mineralization is related to the middle-stage, where FIs show evidence of fluid immiscibility. The metal precipitation resulted from a decrease in copper solubility during the fluid immiscibility, cooling, crystallization of multiphase-bearing inclusions, and a small increase in pH. Laser Raman spectroscopy and FIs evidences indicate that the metallogenic system evolved from metamorphic CO2 (+CH4)-rich, relatively high fO2 (10-25 to 10-29 bars) to CO2-poor and relatively low fO2 (10-31 to 10-34 bars). Muscovite from the middle-stage veins yields 40Ar/39Ar plateau age of 195.2 ± 1.0 Ma, suggesting that the Cu mineralization at Bavanat formed in the Early Jurassic coeval with the retrograde metamorphic events during the post-early Cimmerian orogeny.

  9. Experimental research of gas injection displacement mechanism and efficiency in the fractured metamorphic rock reservoir%裂缝型变质岩油藏注气驱机理及驱替效率实验研究

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    林仁义; 孙雷; 梁宇; 黄堃

    2015-01-01

    采用物理模拟实验的方法,做注气膨胀实验,评价天然气在原油中的溶解性。通过数模和细管实验,确定目前地层压力和温度下的最小混相压力。开展双重介质变质岩油藏顶部注天然气,底部注水长岩心驱替实验(岩心夹持器呈30°倾斜),得出了裂缝和基质分别对采收率的贡献。驱替压力25.6 MPa和38.6 MPa,均小于最小混相压力,实验中天然气驱替过程为非混相驱。由于裂缝的收缩性远大于基质,衰竭采出的原油可以看作是裂缝的贡献。同时,由于基质与裂缝之间的渗透率相差极大,因此在初期的驱替过程中,裂缝中的原油可以被完全驱出。结合以上分析,可以由最终实验结果得出基质与裂缝系统各自对采收率的贡献。%The swelling test is conducted under physical simulation to analyze the natural gas solvency in the crude oil. MMP is cal⁃culated by simulation and slim tube experiment under the current pressure and temperature situation. The long core displacement experiment on the double medium metamorphic reservoir rock cores is conducted to get the recovery of the contribution from the matrix and fractures respectively, including natural gas injection on the top and water injection at the bottom of the long core(the core holder is 30° to the horizontal direction). The displacement pressure is 25.6 MPa and 38.6 MPa, lower than the MMP, meaning that the whole procedure is immiscible displacement. Contractility of fractures is much larger than matrix, thus the oil recovery from the depletion can be treated as the contribution of fractures. And the assumption can be made that the oil are completely out of the fractures in the initial displacement process because of the great permeability difference between fractures and matrix. Based on the analysis above, the contribution to the final recovery of the fractures and matrix respectively can be obtained from the experi

  10. Implications of the serpentine phase transition on the behaviour of beryllium and lithium-boron of subducted ultramafic rocks

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    Vils, Flurin; Müntener, Othmar; Kalt, Angelika; Ludwig, Thomas

    2011-03-01

    The Totalp-Platta-Malenco ophiolites in the Eastern Central Alps offer a unique opportunity to study the behaviour of Li, Be and B in ultramafic rocks in response to serpentinization and to progressive Alpine metamorphism. These units represent the remnants of a former ocean-continent transition that was intensely serpentinized during exposure on the Jurassic seafloor of the Ligurian Tethys. From north to the south, three isograd reactions ( lizardite⇒antigorite+brucite;lizardite+talc⇒antigorite;lizardite+tremolite⇒antigorite+diopside) have been used to quantify the evolution of the light element content of metamorphic minerals. We determined the Li, Be and B concentrations in major silicate minerals from the ultramafic bodies of Totalp, Platta and Malenco by secondary ion mass spectrometry. Mantle minerals have Be concentrations (e.g. <0.001-0.009 μg/g in olivine) similar to the metamorphic minerals that replace them (e.g. <0.001-0.016 μg/g in serpentine). The mantle signature of Be is thus neither erased during seafloor alteration nor by progressive metamorphism from prehnite-pumpellyite to epidote-amphibolite facies. In contrast, the Li and B inventories of metamorphic minerals are related to the lizardite-to-antigorite transition. Both elements display higher concentrations in the low-temperature serpentine polymorph lizardite (max. 156 μg/g Li, max. 318 μg/g B) than in antigorite (max. 0.11 μg/g Li, max. 12 μg/g B). Calculated average B/Li ratios for lizardite (˜1395) and antigorite (˜115) indicate that Li fractionates from B during the lizardite-to-antigorite transition during prograde metamorphism in ultramafic rocks. In subduction zones, this signature is likely to be recorded in the B-rich nature of forearc fluids. Relative to oceanic mantle the Be content of mantle clinopyroxene is much higher, but similar to Be values from mantle xenoliths and subduction-related peridotite massifs. These data support previous hypothesis that the mantle

  11. DYNAMIC MODELING OF METAMORPHIC MECHANISM

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    The concept of metamorphic mechanism is put forward according to the change of configurations from one state to another. Different configurations of metamorphic mechanism are described through the method of Huston lower body arrays. Kinematics analyses for metamorphic mechanism with generalized topological structure, including the velocity, angular velocity, acceleration and angular acceleration, are given. Dynamic equations for an arbitrary configuration, including close-loop constraints, are formed by using Kane's equations. For an arbitrary metamorphic mechanism, the transformation matrix of generalized speeds between configuration (*)and(*)+1 is obtained for the first time. Furthermore, configuration-complete dynamic modeling of metamorphic mechanism including all configurations is completely established.

  12. Organic facies characteristics of the Carboniferous Pamucakyayla Formation, western Taurus, Antalya Nappes, Kemer (Antalya/Turkey)

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    Bertan Gulludag, Cevdet; Altunsoy, Mehmet; Ozcelik, Orhan

    2015-04-01

    The study area is located in the western part of the Taurus Belt (SW Turkey). This region exhibits a complex structure involving two autochthonous units surrounded and imbricated with three allochthonous complexes. Antalya Nappes is a complex tectonic imbricate structure including sedimantary and ultrabasic rocks. In this study, organic facies characteristics of Carboniferous coaly units in the Pamucakyayla region (Kemer, Antalya-Turkey) were examined. The Carboniferous Pamucakyayla Formation, which is characterized by sandstone, claystone, marl and coaly units. This units includes different levels of coal seams in different thicknesses. Organic matter is composed predominantly of woody and amorphous material, with a minor contribution of planty and coaly material. Kerogen in the deposits is type II/III, as indicated by organic petrographic observations and Rock-Eval data. Total organic carbon (TOC) values are generally between 0.01 and 1.44 %, but reach 5.81 % in the formation. Tmax values vary between 446 and 451 °C and indicate mature zone (Based on the value of 0.25 % TOC). Organic facies type BC, C and CD were identified in the investigated units. Organic facies BC is related sandstoneand marl lithofacies. This facis is deposited under an anoxic water column in a fine grained clastics, where rapid deposition creates anoxia in the sediments after deposition. This facies is characterized by average values of HI around 317 (equivalent to type II kerogene), TOC around 0.02 %, and an average of S2 of 0.04 mg HC/g of rock. Organic facies C is related to sandstone, marl and coal lithofacies. This facies is characterized by average values of HI around 176 (equivalent to type III kerogene), TOC around 0.19 %, and an average of S2 of 0.03 mg HC/g of rock. The organic matter is partly oxidized, and terrestrial. Organic facies C is the "gas-prone" facies. Organic facies CD is related to limestone, marl and coal lithofacies. This facies is characterized by average values

  13. Stenian - Tonian and Ediacaran metamorphic imprints in the southern Paleoproterozoic Ubendian Belt, Tanzania: Constraints from in situ monazite ages

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    Boniface, Nelson; Appel, Peter

    2017-09-01

    In situ monazite geochronological data yield the timing of migmatitic metamorphism in southern Ubendian Belt. The mineral assemblage of garnet-biotite- sillimanite- K-feldspar- plagioclase-quartz- ilmenite, in migmatitic metapelitic gneisses was achieved during the Ediacaran metamorphic episode between 565 ± 4 Ma and 559 ± 8 Ma as manifested by dating of monazite grains that include garnet. The Ediacaran metamorphic event in the southern Ubendian Belt overprinted the Paleoproterozoic metamorphic event established at 1808 ± 9 Ma and the Mesoproterozoic metamorphic event at 944 ± 4 Ma (Tonian Period). The Stenian - Tonian and Ediacaran metamorphic imprints in the southern Ubendian Belt fall within the time window of metamorphism and deformation of the neighboring Irumide, southern Irumide, and Unango/Marrupa Complexes. The ca. 560 Ma old granulite facies imprinting in the southern Ubendian Belt is coeval with shear zone patterns in the neighboring Nyika Terrane in NE Malawi the event that was followed by eclogite facies metamorphism during the last stage of Gondwana amalgamation.

  14. Petrological and geochemical characterization of the plutonic rocks of the Sierra de La Aguada, Province of San Luis, Argentina: Genetic implications with the Famatinian magmatic arc

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    E. Cristofolini

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    Full Text Available This study presents a synthesis on the geology of the crystalline complex that constitute the Sierra de la Aguada, San Luis province, Argentine, from an approach based on field relations, petrologic and structural features and geochemical characteristic. This mountain range exposes a basement dominated by intermediate to mafic calcalkaline igneous rocks and peraluminous felsic granitoids, both emplaced in low to medium grade metamorphic rocks stabilized under low amphibolite facies. All this lithological terrane has been grouped in the El Carrizal-La Aguada Complex. Field relations, petrographic characterization and geochemical comparison of the plutonic rocks from the study area with those belonging to the Ordovician Famatinian suit exposed in the Sierra Grande de San Luis, suggest a genetic and temporal relation linked to the development of the Famatinian magmatic arc.

  15. Hydrothermal flake graphite mineralisation in Paleoproterozoic rocks of south-east Greenland

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    Rosing-Schow, Nanna; Bagas, Leon; Kolb, Jochen

    2017-01-01

    Flake graphite mineralisation is hosted in the Kuummiut Terrane of the Paleoproterozoic Nagssugtoqidian Orogen, south-east Greenland. Eclogite-facies peak-metamorphic assemblages record temperatures of 640–830 °C and pressures of 22–25 kbar, and are retrogressed in the high-pressure amphibolite......-facies during ca. 1870–1820 Ma. Graphite occurs as lenses along cleavage planes in breccia and as garnet-quartzgraphite veins in various metamorphic host rocks in the Tasiilaq area at Auppaluttoq, Kangikajik, and Nuuk-Ilinnera. Graphite contents reach >30 vol% in 0.2–4 × 20mwide semimassive mineralisation...... (Auppaluttoq, Kangikajik). Supergene alteration formed 1- to 2-m-thick and up to a 2.5 × 2.5 km wide loose limonitic gravel containing graphite flakes in places. The flake size ranges from 1 to6mm in diameter with an average of ~3 mm. Liberation efficiency is at minimum 60%. Hydrothermal fluids at ~600 °C...

  16. High temperatures and inverted metamorphism in the schist of Sierra de Salinas, California

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    Kidder, Steven; Ducea, Mihai N.

    2006-01-01

    New field and thermobarometric work in the Californian Salinian block clarifies current and pre-Tertiary relationships between the schist of Sierra de Salinas and Cretaceous arc-related granitic rocks. The contact is variably preserved as a brittle fault and high-temperature mylonite zone, the Salinas shear zone, which represents the contact between North America and sediments accreted above the Farallon slab between ˜ 76 Ma and ˜ 70 Ma. Near granulite facies, prograde replacement of hornblende with clinopyroxene is associated with deformation of plutonic rocks at the base of the upper plate. In the lower plate, the schist of Sierra de Salinas, garnet-biotite thermometry indicates decreasing temperatures down-section from at least 714 °C to ˜ 575 °C over an exposed thickness of ˜ 2.5 km, consistent with petrologic evidence of an inverted metamorphic gradient. The measured temperatures are significantly higher than observed at shallow levels above subducting slabs or predicted by 2D computational models assuming low shear stresses. Previous workers have called upon shear heating to explain similar observations in the correlative Pelona schist, an unlikely scenario given the results of recent rock deformation experiments which predict that feldspar-quartz-mica aggregates are far too weak to withstand stresses of ˜ 70 MPa required by the shear heating hypothesis. As an alternative, we propose that high temperatures resulted from conductive heating while the leading edge of the schist traveled ˜ 150 km beneath the recently active Salinian continental arc during the initiation of shallow subduction. Weakening of the schist due to high temperatures helped facilitate the collapse of the Salinian arc as the schist was emplaced. Schist emplacement coincided with loss of lower, mafic portions of the arc, and therefore evolution of the Southern California crust towards a more felsic composition.

  17. Investigations of garnets from polymetamorphic rocks of the Lapland Granulite Belt of the Kandalaksha Region

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    Miłosz A. Huber

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The Lapland Granulite Belt is placed on the Kandalaksha region (Kola Peninsula, Russia. The rocks of this Belt are composed mainly of amphibolites and granulites.Materials and methods: The research were focused on the garnets from the amphibolite and granulite rocks of Lapland Granulite Belt. The petrological methods like polarizing microscopy (PM, SEM-EDS, XRD for powdered samples and single crystal diffraction were used together with IR and Mössbauer spectroscopy and REE analysis by ion–microprobe.Results: It was found that the garnets from studied amphibolite and granulite rocks could be classified to pyralspite group without hydrogarnets components, so they were formed in high metamorphic facies.Conclusions: The joint geological observations and results of the performed experiments suggest that the garnets were subject of a blastesy, i.e. there were formed in long lasting metamorphic processes of low dynamics, except of those garnets from tectonic zones, found in the vicinity of mineral veins.

  18. Effects of the metamorphic changes on the subducting processes

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    Bousquet, R.; de Capitani, C.; Arcay, D.

    2005-12-01

    During the subduction-collision processes, the Earth's crust is squeezed, thickened and uplifted. Therefore rocks will be exposed to changing temperature, pressures and stress regimes and they may undergo metamorphism or partial melting. Meanwhile less attention has been paid to other important aspects of the metamorphic processes. The formation of different kind of rocks (amphibolites, eclogites, granulites) can lead to dramatic changes in petrophysical properties. When reacting rocks expand and contract, the volume changes will set up in the surrounding material. Modeling several cases of subduction for different types of rocks (granites, sediments, mafic and ultramafic rocks), we explore implications 1) on the dynamic of the subduction. Hence computing changes of physical properties of rocks as well quantity of released fluids by dynamic modeling of metamorphic reactions, we will show that some subductions are more propitious to exhume (U)HP rocks and thus to obstruct the subduction dynamic the while others are more propitious to produce heavier rocks and self-sustained subduction. 2) on the localization of earthquakes into the subducting slab. As shown by several authors, intermediate-depth earthquakes mainly occur where hydrous minerals are predicted to be present, implying a causal link between dehydration reactions and seismicity. We investigate petrophysical changes related to dehydration and their implications for generating an earthquake? 3) on the dynamic of the mantle wedge. In many subductions, the upper plate thinning seems to be controlled by the dehydration reactions. We test influence of bulk composition of the lithosphere to estimate the back-arc dynamic. Preliminary results suggest that the appearance of amphiboles within the lithosphere favors local convection and formation of back-arc basin. We conclude that changes associated with metamorphism as an alternative to changes attributed solely to compositional differences.

  19. Metamorphic and age constraints on tectono-thermal reworking in the western H.U. Sverdrupfjella: A new crustal evolution model for Western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica

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    Grosch, Eugene; Frimmel, Hartwig; Abu-Alam, Tamer; Košler, Jan

    2014-05-01

    Western Dronning Maud Land (WDML) of East Antarctica is argued to consist of two major crustal domains, namely the low-grade Archaean Kalahari-Grunehogna Craton and the high-grade Maud belt (e.g. Grantham et al., 1995; Jacobs et al. 2008). The geodynamic and tectono-thermal crustal evolution histories of these two proposed domains remain a debated topic in Rodinia and Gondwana reconstructions. In this study we conducted a petrological and metamorphic comparison of Mesoproterozoic metabasic rocks on the eastern margin of the Archaean Grunehogna Craton and the adjacent westernmost Maud Belt, across a major structural discontinuity known as the Pencksökket-Jutulstraumen Discontinuity (PJD). As such we evaluate to what extent the two domains of WDML represent independent crustal growth and metamorphic histories. Metamorphic constraints on low-grade rocks on the eastern Grunehogna craton record greenschist facies conditions of T = 340 ± 25oC and P = 2.9 ± 0.8 kbar. The high-grade PT-constraint of T =700 ± 30oC and P = 9.0 ± 2 kbar for the western extreme of the Maud Belt, derived from garnet-hornblende-plagioclase-quartz geothermobarometry and phase diagram modeling in PERPLEX, is very similar to that reported for the eastern Maud Belt and thus, does not support the concept of a westward decreasing metamorphic field gradient within the Maud Belt as previously proposed. Laser-ablation-ICP-MS U-Pb dating of titanite in a hornblende-plagioclase-quartz symplectite (after garnet breakdown), yielded a Pan-African age for high-grade metamorphism in the westernmost Maud belt, which overlaps with the age of tectonic decompression in the eastern Maud Belt. The new U-Pb age data argues against previous models that invoke only late-Mesoproterozoic high-grade metamorphism in the western Maud Belt. The new petrological data indicate that the inferred sub-glacial boundary (PJD) between the Grunehogna Craton and the Maud Belt, represents a major metamorphic hiatus as a Pan

  20. 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

  1. The Wuluma granite, Arunta Block, central Australia: An example of in situ, near-isochemical granite formation in a granulite-facies terrane

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    Collins, W. J.; Flood, R. H.; Vernon, R. H.; Shaw, S. E.

    1989-06-01

    The Wuluma granite is a small, elongate, relatively undeformed pluton in the Proterozoic Strangways Metamorphic Complex, central Australia. The complex constitutes a supracrustal assemblage that underwent granulite-facies metamorphism 1800 Ma ago. Metamorphism was associated with at least three phases of folding that ultimately produced upright, regional, doubly plunging F 3 folds and isobaric cooling ensued. Generation of the Wuluma granite occurred at ˜ 1750 Ma, based on RbSr isotopic data, during syn-D 3 regional retrogression and rehydration of the terrane. Contacts between the granite and gneisses are invariably gradational. At the pluton margin, banded gneisses grade along strike into granite containing abundant biotite schlieren that parallel regional structures. Granite and pegmatite dykes cut these rocks. Inwards from the contact, the granite is more homogeneous, containing diffuse parallel schlieren and small aligned rectangular feldspar crystals, indicating flow of magma. Rafts of unmelted granofels form a ghost layering; they mimic macroscopic F 3 folds and show only minor retrogressive metamorphic effects. At the pluton core, the granite is homogeneous and structurally isotropic, containing some subrounded granofelsic inclusions, very diffuse schlieren and disaggregated pegmatite dykes. Thus, it appears that an isoclinally folded, vertical body of quartzofeldspathic gneiss was melted "in situ" to form the pluton, which did not break away from the source. The body resembles a tapered diapir and we term this type of pluton a regional migmatite terrane granite. Geochemical data are consistent with the granite forming by anatexis of quartzofeldspathic migmatitic gneisses with appropriate composition. The chemical similarity of both rock types implies derivation of the granite by either partial melting and retention of residual material in the magma or more complete melting, followed by solidification virtually in situ. The latter interpretation is

  2. MetPetDB: New Directions for Metamorphic Studies

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    Spear, F. S.; Adali, S.; Szymanski, B. K.; Hallett, B. K.; Waters, A. J.; Linder, Z. J.; Fyffe, M. E.; Goldfarb, D.; Barlett, K.

    2008-12-01

    It is estimated that less than 1% of the data collected on metamorphic rocks is published, and MetPetDB (database for metamorphic geochemistry) is being developed and populated to preserve these data and to foster new and innovative directions for scientific research and education. The data model is based on a sample of metamorphic rock and includes information about location, rock type, mineral assemblage, fabric, plus images of all types and mineral composition data. Mineral analyses are linked to locations on appropriate images so the spatial integrity of the data is preserved. Tools will be available for mineral recalculation, plotting, and thermobarometric applications. Derivative data such as peak P-T conditions, metamorphic P-T path, and cooling rate will also be stored. The database will be searchable based on any number of data fields, permitting rapid location of samples that can be used to test hypotheses and discover new relationships. For example: A student is designing a thesis project and MetPetDB will be a first resource to determine the types of rocks present in a region, the work that has been done on them, and links to the published findings. The Fe/Mg zoning in migmatitic garnets has been used to infer cooling rates. What is the range of cooling rates recorded by migmatitic garnets, and is there a correlation between peak metamorphic temperature and cooling rate? Is it possible that melting triggers rapid thrusting that causes the rapid cooling? A search on: rock type = migmatite plus Fe and Mg X-ray maps of garnet would reveal all samples that could be used in this study. A new geobarometer based on a specific mineral assemblage is proposed that permits pressures to be estimated to within 50 MPa. A search of the database for all samples with this assemblage plus analyses of the necessary minerals would provide a set of samples to which this new barometer can be applied. Recalculating pressures and temperatures for an entire region using new

  3. Geology of Precambrian rocks and isotope geochemistry of shear zones in the Big Narrows area, northern Front Range, Colorado

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    Abbott, Jeffrey T.

    1970-01-01

    Rocks within the Big Narrows and Poudre Park quadrangles located in the northern Front Range of Colorado are Precambrian metasedimentary and metaigneous schists and gneisses and plutonic igneous rocks. These are locally mantled by extensive late Tertiary and Quaternary fluvial gravels. The southern boundary of the Log Cabin batholith lies within the area studied. A detailed chronology of polyphase deformation, metamorphism and plutonism has been established. Early isoclinal folding (F1) was followed by a major period of plastic deformation (F2), sillimanite-microcline grade regional metamorphism, migmatization and synkinematic Boulder Creek granodiorite plutonism (1.7 b.y.). Macroscopic doubly plunging antiformal and synformal structures were developed. P-T conditions at the peak of metamorphism were probably about 670?C and 4.5 Kb. Water pressures may locally have differed from load pressures. The 1.4 b.y. Silver Plume granite plutonism was post kinematic and on the basis of petrographic and field criteria can be divided into three facies. Emplacement was by forcible injection and assimilation. Microscopic and mesoscopic folds which postdate the formation of the characteristic mineral phases during the 1.7 b.y. metamorphism are correlated with the emplacement of the Silver Plume Log Cabin batholith. Extensive retrograde metamorphism was associated with this event. A major period of mylonitization postdates Silver Plume plutonism and produced large E-W and NE trending shear zones. A detailed study of the Rb/Sr isotope geochemistry of the layered mylonites demonstrated that the mylonitization and associated re- crystallization homogenized the Rb87/Sr 86 ratios. Whole-rock dating techniques applied to the layered mylonites indicate a probable age of 1.2 b.y. Petrographic studies suggest that the mylonitization-recrystallization process produced hornfels facies assemblages in the adjacent metasediments. Minor Laramide faulting, mineralization and igneous activity

  4. P-T path and timing of crustal thickening during amalgamation of East and West Gondwana: A case study from the Hafafit Metamorphic Complex, Eastern Desert of Egypt

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    Abu El-Enen, Mahrous M.; Abu-Alam, Tamer S.; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Ali, Kamal A.; Okrusch, Martin

    2016-10-01

    The southeastern sector of the Hafafit Metamorphic Complex, southern Eastern Desert of Egypt comprises infrastructural orthogneisses of tonalite and syenogranite parentage, amphibolites, and a volcano-sedimentary association. These are overthrust by an obducted suprastructural ophiolite nappes via the Nugrus thrust. The protolith of the biotite-hornblende-gneisses was formed during island-arc accretion, while that of the garnet-biotite gneisses were formed in a within-plate regime, consistent with a transition to a post-collisional setting. The volcano-sedimentary association comprises interbedded and intercalated highly foliated metapelitic schists, metabasites, and leucocratic gneisses, deposited in a back-arc basin. The metapelites and the leucocratic gneisses originated from immature Fe-shales and arkoses derived from intermediate-mafic and acidic igneous rocks, respectively, via weak chemical weathering in a tectonically active island arc terrane. The intercalated amphibolites were derived from tholeiitic basalts generated in a back-arc setting. The volcano-sedimentary association was metamorphosed under upper-amphibolite facies conditions with pressures of 9-13 kbar and temperatures of 570-675 °C, as derived from conventional geothermobarometry and pseudosection calculation. A steep, tight clockwise P-T path is constrained and a geothermal gradient around 20 °C/km is estimated for the peak metamorphism. We assume that deformation and metamorphism are due to crustal thickening during the collision of East and West Gondwana, where peak metamorphism took place in the middle to lower crust at 33 km average crustal depth. This was followed by a subsequent quasi-isothermal decompression due to rapid exhumation during wrench tectonics. Sinistral transcurrent shearing with extensional denudation resulted in vertical ductile thinning that was accompanied by heat input from magmatism, as indicated by a higher geothermal gradient during retrograde metamorphism and

  5. Late Jurassic blueschist facies pebbles from the Western Carpathian orogenic wedge and paleostructural implications for Western Tethys evolution

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    Dal Piaz, Giorgio V.; Martin, Silvana; Villa, Igor M.; Gosso, Guido; Marschalko, Robert

    1995-08-01

    In spite of the absence of ophiolitic slices at the surface, some traces of the lost Tethys ocean are recorded along the Pieniny Klippen Belt (PKB), a narrow décollement thrust system sutured at the transpressive boundary between the Outer and Inner Carpathians. The enigmatic precollisional evolution of Western Carpathians can be deciphered from some late Albian to Campanian flysch conglomerates which display chrome spinel grains, ophiolitic detritus and pebbles of blueschist facies tholeiitic metabasalts yielding a 40Ar/39Ar plateau age of 155.4+/-0.6 Ma. Other detrital components are represented by extrabasinal pebbles of limestones, arc volcanics, and igneous to metamorphic basement rocks from southern sources. Our results suggest a markedly northward extension of the sublongitudinal Triassic Vardar (Meliata) Ocean and its subduction since the late Middle Jurassic, supposedly balanced westward by coeval spreading in the Ligurian-Piedmont basin of the Apennine-Western Alpine Tethys. A lateral kinematic connection between these diachronous and roughly parallel Tethys branches was provided on the north by a left-lateral east-west trending shear zone running from the Swiss-Austrian Penninic domain to the Northern Carpathians. This reconstruction replaces the classic model of two paired North Penninic and South Penninic oceanic basins and eastern homologues with the Briançonnais-Hochstegen and Czorstin microcontinents in between. The Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous evolution of the Carpathian active margin was characterized by subduction metamorphism and accretion of a wide orogenic wedge; in this time, the shallowing to deeply subsiding basins inferred from facies analyses on the sedimentary units of the PKB were likely floored by individual sections of the growing wedge. Later, some exhuming blueschist ophiolitic units of the wedge were uplifted to the surface and functioned in the Albian-Campanian as an ``exotic ridge'' supplying clasts to the forearc basin

  6. Geochemical Characteristics of the Basic and Magnesian Metamorphic Rocks in Longyou Area,Zhejiang Province and Their Tectonic Setting%浙江龙游地区基性及镁质变质岩的地球化学特征及其构造环境

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    董学发; 唐增才; 陈忠大; 余盛强; 赵旭东; 周宗尧; 吴小勇; 肖庆辉

    2016-01-01

    位于扬子陆块东南缘与华夏地块之间的龙游地区出露一套中深变质岩系,其对华南前泥盆纪地质构造格局问题的解释至关重要,但目前人们对其形成时的大地构造背景了解不多。通过对其中的基性及镁质变质岩进行系统的岩石地球化学研究,可将这些岩石可以分为3种类型:“N-MORB”型、“T-MORB”型和“E-MORB”型。其中“N-MORB”型岩石原岩可能主要形成于洋内弧环境,“T-MORB”型岩石原岩主要形成于过渡型大洋中脊及火山弧环境,而“E-MORB”型岩石的原岩则主要形成于富集型大洋中脊、陆缘弧和板内环境。岩石成岩环境的多样性表明龙游地区的变质岩实属一套构造混杂岩,形成过程与古大洋地壳的俯冲、消减有关,这也为龙游榴闪岩的产出、定位提供了合理的解释。%A medium and high grade metamorphic rock series is exposed in Longyou area located in the southeast margin of Yan-gtze block and Cathaysia block,which is important for the interpretation of South China Predevonian tectonic pattern.But the tectonic setting of its formation remains unknown presently.It is found out these rocks can be divided into three types:“N-MORB”,“T-MORB”and “E-MORB”type rock by a basic and magnesian metamorphic rock geochemical study in this paper The protoliths of the “N-MORB”is mainly formed in the intra-oceanic arc,the “T-MORB”is mainly formed in the transition of mid-oceanic ridge and the volcanic arc,and the “E-MORB”type rock is formed in the enrichment of mid-oceanic ridge,epiconti-nental arc and intraplate environment.Rock diagenesis environment diversity shows that the metamorphic rock of Longyou area is a tectonic mélange and its forming process is related with the ancient oceanic crust subduction,which also provides a reasona-ble explanation for the output,positioning of the pomegranate amphibolite in Longyou area.

  7. SHRIMP Dating and Recrystallization of Metamorphic Zircons from a Granitic Gneiss in the Sulu UHP Terrane

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    LI Hongyan

    2004-01-01

    An unusual zircon SHRIMP dating result of a granitic gneiss from the Qinglongshan eclogite-gneiss roadcut section is presented in this paper. The very peculiar and complicated internal structures, as well as the very low Th/U ratios (0.01-0.08) of the zircons indicate that they were formed by metamorphic recrystallization. Strongly in contrast with previously published zircon U-Pb ages of the Dabie-Sulu UHP metamorphic rocks where protolith ages of 600-800 Ma are commonly recorded, only metamorphic age of 218+5 Ma, defined by 18 analytical spots either in rim or in core of zircons, are recorded in this granitic gneiss. This age represents the time of the complete metamorphic recrystallization overprint on primary magmatic zircons. The recrystallization was derived by the UHP metamorphism,and was strengthened by the early stage of retrograde metamorphic fluid activity.

  8. Major and trace-element composition and pressure-temperature evolution of rock-buffered fluids in low-grade accretionary-wedge metasediments, Central Alps

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    Miron, George D.; Wagner, Thomas; Wälle, Markus; Heinrich, Christoph A.

    2013-05-01

    The chemical composition of fluid inclusions in quartz crystals from Alpine fissure veins was determined by combination of microthermometry, Raman spectroscopy, and LA-ICPMS analysis. The veins are hosted in carbonate-bearing, organic-rich, low-grade metamorphic metapelites of the Bündnerschiefer of the eastern Central Alps (Switzerland). This strongly deformed tectonic unit is interpreted as a partly subducted accretionary wedge, on the basis of widespread carpholite assemblages that were later overprinted by lower greenschist facies metamorphism. Veins and their host rocks from two locations were studied to compare several indicators for the conditions during metamorphism, including illite crystallinity, graphite thermometry, stability of mineral assemblages, chlorite thermometry, fluid inclusion solute thermometry, and fluid inclusion isochores. Fluid inclusions are aqueous two-phase with 3.7-4.0 wt% equivalent NaCl at Thusis and 1.6-1.7 wt% at Schiers. Reproducible concentrations of Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, B, Al, Mn, Cu, Zn, Pb, As, Sb, Cl, Br, and S could be determined for 97 fluid inclusion assemblages. Fluid and mineral geothermometry consistently indicate temperatures of 320 ± 20 °C for the host rocks at Thusis and of 250 ± 30 °C at Schiers. Combining fluid inclusion isochores with independent geothermometers results in pressure estimates of 2.8-3.8 kbar for Thusis, and of 3.3-3.4 kbar for Schiers. Pressure-temperature estimates are confirmed by pseudosection modeling. Fluid compositions and petrological modeling consistently demonstrate that chemical fluid-rock equilibrium was attained during vein formation, indicating that the fluids originated locally by metamorphic dehydration during near-isothermal decompression in a rock-buffered system.

  9. Garnet peridotites from Pohorje: Petrography, geothermobarometry and metamorphic evolution

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    Mirijam Vrabec

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Ultrahigh-pressure (UHP metamorphism has been recorded in Eo-Alpine garnet peridotites from the PohorjeMts., Slovenia, belonging to the Eastern Alps. The garnet peridotite bodies are found within serpentinized metaultrabasitesin the SE edge of Pohorje and are closely associated with UHP kyanite eclogites. These rocks belongto the Lower Central Austroalpine basement unit of the Eastern Alps, exposed in the proximity of the Periadriaticfault system.Garnet peridotites show signs of a complex four-stage metamorphic history. The protolith stage is represented bya low-P high-T assemblage of olivine + Al-rich orthopyroxene + Al-rich clinopyroxene + Cr-spinel. Due to metamorphism,primary clinopyroxene shows exsolutions of garnet, orthopyroxene, amphibole, Cr-spinel and ilmenite. TheUHP metamorphic stage is defined by the assemblage garnet + olivine + Al-poor orthopyroxene + clinopyroxene +Cr-spinel. Subsequent decompression and final retrogression stage resulted in formation of kelyphitic rims aroundgarnet and crystallization of tremolite, chlorite, serpentine and talc.Pressure and temperature estimates indicate that garnet peridotites reached the peak of metamorphism at 4 GPaand 900 °C, that is well within the UHP stability field. Garnet peridotites in the Pohorje Mountains experiencedUHP metamorphism during the Cretaceous orogeny and thus record the highest-pressure conditions of all Eo-Alpinemetamorphism in the Alps.

  10. Long term accretion history (165-70 Ma) recorded by high-pressure rocks of Diego de Almagro Island (Patagonia, Chile): implications for understanding subduction zone interface tectonic processes

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    Angiboust, Samuel; Hyppolito, Thais; Glodny, Johannes; Cambeses, Aitor; Monié, Patrick; Garcia-Casco, Antonio; Calderon, Mauricio; Juliani, Caetano

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    The Diego de Almagro Island preserves one of the rare remnants of the Mesozoic Chilean paleo-accretionary wedge. This complex, formed by MOR-basalts interleaved with metasedimentary rocks, comprises three major tectonic units with distinct P-T-t paths: the HP granulite (Lazaro unit), the garnet amphibolite (GA) and the blueschist (BS) units. HP granulite-facies metamorphic conditions in the Lazaro Unit are attested by Grt-Cpx-Zo-Prg assemblages associated with trondhjemitic leucosomes (c. 1.3 GPa, 750°C). U-Pb SHRIMP dating of zircon metamorphic rims yields a homogeneous age population of 162 ± 2 Ma for this HT event, in agreement with Sm-Nd dating of peritectic garnet (163 ± 2 Ma and 163 ± 18 Ma). In situ white mica Ar-Ar dating and multi-mineral Rb-Sr dating of LT mylonites (c. 450°C) along the base of the Lazaro Unit reveals partial resetting of HT assemblages during deformation between 115 and 72 Ma. GA unit rocks, structurally below the Lazaro unit, locally preserve eclogite facies parageneses (c. 570°C, 1.7 GPa) that underwent a pervasive stage of amphibolitization during decompression down to 1.3 GPa. U-Pb dating of zircon metamorphic rims and Rb-Sr dating indicate that amphibolitization in GA unit took place at 125-120 Ma. GA unit rocks have been also lately overprinted by another HP-LT assemblage as shown by Si-richer phengite rims and small blue amphibole overgrowths. Conversely, the underlying BS unit does not show strong amphibolite facies overprint as seen in GA and Lazaro units and exhibits slightly cooler peak metamorphic conditions (c. 520°C, 1.7 GPa). Rb-Sr and Ar-Ar dating of these blueschists yield deformation ages between 80 and 70 Ma, i.e. 50 Ma younger than the overlying rocks from the GA unit, and 90 Ma younger than Lazaro unit HP-granulites. This new report sheds light on the formation of the youngest and deepest HP rocks exposed along the Chilean subduction margin. The Diego de Almagro Island represents a unique window onto long

  11. Metamorphic Testing for Cybersecurity.

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    Chen, Tsong Yueh; Kuo, Fei-Ching; Ma, Wenjuan; Susilo, Willy; Towey, Dave; Voas, Jeffrey; Zhou, Zhi Quan

    2016-06-01

    Testing is a major approach for the detection of software defects, including vulnerabilities in security features. This article introduces metamorphic testing (MT), a relatively new testing method, and discusses how the new perspective of MT can help to conduct negative testing as well as to alleviate the oracle problem in the testing of security-related functionality and behavior. As demonstrated by the effectiveness of MT in detecting previously unknown bugs in real-world critical applications such as compilers and code obfuscators, we conclude that software testing of security-related features should be conducted from diverse perspectives in order to achieve greater cybersecurity.

  12. Multiparameter Elastic Full Waveform Inversion With Facies Constraints

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    Zhang, Zhendong

    2017-08-17

    Full waveform inversion (FWI) aims fully benefit from all the data characteristics to estimate the parameters describing the assumed physics of the subsurface. However, current efforts to utilize full waveform inversion as a tool beyond acoustic imaging applications, for example in reservoir analysis, faces inherent challenges related to the limited resolution and the potential trade-off between the elastic model parameters. Adding rock physics constraints does help to mitigate these issues, but current approaches to add such constraints are based on including them as a priori knowledge mostly valid around the well or as a boundary condition for the whole area. Since certain rock formations inside the Earth admit consistent elastic properties and relative values of elastic and anisotropic parameters (facies), utilizing such localized facies information in FWI can improve the resolution of inverted parameters. We propose a novel confidence map based approach to utilize the facies-based constraints in both isotropic and anisotropic elastic FWI. We invert for such a confidence map using Bayesian theory, in which the confidence map is updated at each iteration of the inversion using both the inverted models and a prior information. The numerical examples show that the proposed method can reduce the trade-offs and also can improve the resolution of the inverted elastic and anisotropic properties.

  13. Magnetic petrology of ultramafic rocks and metabasites along the Lanterman-Mariner suture (Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica)

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    Strada, Eleonora; Lurcock, Pontus Conrad; Palmeri, Rosaria; Florindo, Fabio; Talarico, Franco Maria

    2016-04-01

    This study focuses on the integration between rock magnetism and metamorphic petrology of ultramafic rocks and metabasites, variably metamorphosed under UHP, eclogite or HP amphibolite facies peak conditions, and cropping out along the Lanterman-Mariner suture (Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica) in three different areas: the Lanterman Range, the Salamander Range and the Dessent Ridge. The outcrops along the Lanterman-Mariner suture provide a unique opportunity to define the relationships between magnetic properties and metamorphic evolution, in a wide P-T range, of ultramafic rocks and metabasites in the paleo-Pacific margin of Gondwana, an area which is well-studied from a petrological and structural point of view but lacking a rock magnetic study. To characterize the magnetic properties of these rocks, we performed a set of rock magnetic analyses (low-field magnetic susceptibility, natural remanence, thermomagnetic curves and hysteresis loops). We then characterized the minero-petrographical and compositional features of opaque minerals on selected samples using both the optical microscope and the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The samples display a remarkable heterogeneity in the studied magnetic properties depending on both type and abundance of the carriers of magnetization (Fe-Ti oxides and sulphides). Independently of the degree of retrogression and lithology (eclogites, retrogressed eclogites, pirossenites and amphibolites), several samples contain variable amounts of both magnetite and pyrrhotite, while others show only magnetite as the main ferromagnetic mineral. The remaining samples mainly consist of paramagnetic minerals and may display small amounts of magnetite. Based on the microstructural evidence, more than one generation of ferromagnetic minerals may occur in retrogressed UHP ultramafic rocks and eclogites. These new data and interpretations are essential 1) to characterize and to verify primary and secondary oxide and sulphide

  14. Metamorphic evolution and U-Pb zircon SHRIMP geochronology of the Belizário ultramafic amphibolite, Encantadas Complex, southernmost Brazil

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    Léo A. Hartmann

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available The integrated investigation of metamorphism and zircon U-Pb SHRIMP geochronology of the Belizário ultramafic amphibolite from southernmost Brazil leads to a better understanding of the processes involved in the generation of the Encantadas Complex. Magmatic evidence of the magnesian basalt or pyroxenite protolith is only preserved in cores of zircon crystals, which are dated at 2257 ± 12 Ma. Amphibolite facies metamorphism M1 formed voluminous hornblende in the investigated rock possibly at 1989 ± 21 Ma. This ultramafic rock was re-metamorphosed at 702±21 Ma during a greenschist facies eventM2; the assemblage actinolite + oligoclase + microcline + epidote + titanite + monazite formed by alteration of hornblende. The metamorphic events are probably related to the Encantadas Orogeny (2257±12 Ma and Camboriú Orogeny (~ 1989 Ma of the Trans-Amazonian Cycle, followed by an orogenic event (702±21 Ma of the Brasiliano Cycle. The intervening cratonic period (2000-700 Ma corresponds to the existence of the Supercontinent Atlantica, known regionally as the Rio de la Plata Craton.O entendimento dos processos evolutivos do Complexo Encantadas no sul do Brasil foi aperfeiçoado através do estudo integrado do metamorfismo de um anfibolito ultramáfico e da geocronologia U-Pb SHRIMP de zircão. Os núcleos herdados de alguns cristais de zircão tem idades em torno de 2257 ±12 Ma e constituem a única evidência preservada do protólito ígneo, que pode ter sido um basalto magnesiano ou um piroxenito. O metamorfismo M de fácies anfibolito formou abundante hornblenda na amostra investigada, possivelmente há 1989 ±21 Ma. Esta rocha ultramáfica foi re-metamorfizada talvez há cerca de 702 ±21 Ma durante um evento M de fácies xistos verdes do metamorfismo regional. Durante o evento M, a hornblenda foi recristalizada e formou a assembléia actinolita + oligoclásio + microclínio + epidoto + titanita + monazita. Estes eventos foram a manifesta

  15. Petrology of metabasic and peridotitic rocks of the Songshugou ophiolite, Qinling orogen, China

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    Belic, Maximilian; Hauzenberger, Christoph; Dong, Yunpeng

    2013-04-01

    The Proterozoic Songshugou ophiolite outcrops as a rootless nappe which was emplaced into the southern margin of the Qinling Group. It consists mainly of amphibolite facies metamafic and -ultramafic rocks. Trace element geochemistry and isotope composition show that the mafic rocks are mainly E-MORB and T-MORB metabasalts (Dong et al., 2008b). Within the ophiolite sequence, ultramafic rocks consist mainly of peridotites and serpentinites. Particularly, extremely fresh dunites and harzburgites, are found which do not display a conspicuous metamorphic overprint. The low CaO (non-fertile mantle rocks. Chromite is found as disseminated phase but can sometimes form massive chromite bands. The platinumgroup mineral Laurite (RuS2) could be identified as inclusion in chromites. Usually part of Ru is substituted by Os and Ir. The metamafic rocks consist of garnet, amphibole, symplectitic pyroxenes, ilmenite, apatite, ±zoisite, ±sphene and show a strong metamorphic overprint. Garnet contains numerous inclusions in the core but are nearly inclusion free at the rim. The cores have sometimes snowball textures indicating initially syndeformative growth. Pure albite and prehnite were found in the central parts of the garnets. In the outer portions, pargasitic amphibole, rutile and rarely glaukophane were found. The symplectitic pyroxenes are of diopsidic composition which enclose prehnite and not albite, as common in retrograde eclogitic rocks. Different stages of garnet breakdown to plagioclase and amphibole, from thin plagioclase rims surrounding the garnets to plagioclase rich pseudomorphs, can be observed in different samples. Based on the glaukophane inclusions and symplectitic pyroxenes a high pressure metamorphic event can be concluded. The garnet breakdown to plagioclase and the symplectites clearly indicate a rapid exhumation phase. The age of the metamorphic event is unclear but probably related to the closure of the Shangdan ocean during the early Paleozoic. The

  16. Hydrothermal flake graphite mineralisation in Paleoproterozoic rocks of south-east Greenland

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    Rosing-Schow, Nanna; Bagas, Leon; Kolb, Jochen; Balić-Žunić, Tonči; Korte, Christoph; Fiorentini, Marco L.

    2017-06-01

    Flake graphite mineralisation is hosted in the Kuummiut Terrane of the Paleoproterozoic Nagssugtoqidian Orogen, south-east Greenland. Eclogite-facies peak-metamorphic assemblages record temperatures of 640-830 °C and pressures of 22-25 kbar, and are retrogressed in the high-pressure amphibolite-facies during ca. 1870-1820 Ma. Graphite occurs as lenses along cleavage planes in breccia and as garnet-quartz-graphite veins in various metamorphic host rocks in the Tasiilaq area at Auppaluttoq, Kangikajik, and Nuuk-Ilinnera. Graphite contents reach >30 vol% in 0.2-4 × 20 m wide semi-massive mineralisation (Auppaluttoq, Kangikajik). Supergene alteration formed 1- to 2-m-thick and up to a 2.5 × 2.5 km wide loose limonitic gravel containing graphite flakes in places. The flake size ranges from 1 to 6 mm in diameter with an average of 3 mm. Liberation efficiency is at minimum 60%. Hydrothermal fluids at 600 °C, transporting carbon as CO2 and CH4, formed the mineralisation commonly hosted by shear zones, which acted as pathways for the mineralising fluids. The hydrothermal alteration assemblage is quartz-biotite-grunerite-edenite-pargasite-K-feldspar-titanite. The δ13C values of graphite, varying from -30 to -18‰ PDB, indicate that the carbon was derived from organic matter most likely from metasedimentary sources. Devolatilisation of marble may have contributed a minor amount of carbon by fluid mixing. Precipitation of graphite involved retrograde hydration reactions, depleting the fluid in H2O and causing graphite saturation. Although the high-grade mineralisation is small, it represents an excellent example of hydrothermal mineralisation in an eclogite-facies terrane during retrograde exhumation.

  17. Hydrothermal flake graphite mineralisation in Paleoproterozoic rocks of south-east Greenland

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    Rosing-Schow, Nanna; Bagas, Leon; Kolb, Jochen; Balić-Žunić, Tonči; Korte, Christoph; Fiorentini, Marco L.

    2016-11-01

    Flake graphite mineralisation is hosted in the Kuummiut Terrane of the Paleoproterozoic Nagssugtoqidian Orogen, south-east Greenland. Eclogite-facies peak-metamorphic assemblages record temperatures of 640-830 °C and pressures of 22-25 kbar, and are retrogressed in the high-pressure amphibolite-facies during ca. 1870-1820 Ma. Graphite occurs as lenses along cleavage planes in breccia and as garnet-quartz-graphite veins in various metamorphic host rocks in the Tasiilaq area at Auppaluttoq, Kangikajik, and Nuuk-Ilinnera. Graphite contents reach >30 vol% in 0.2-4 × 20 m wide semi-massive mineralisation (Auppaluttoq, Kangikajik). Supergene alteration formed 1- to 2-m-thick and up to a 2.5 × 2.5 km wide loose limonitic gravel containing graphite flakes in places. The flake size ranges from 1 to 6 mm in diameter with an average of 3 mm. Liberation efficiency is at minimum 60%. Hydrothermal fluids at 600 °C, transporting carbon as CO2 and CH4, formed the mineralisation commonly hosted by shear zones, which acted as pathways for the mineralising fluids. The hydrothermal alteration assemblage is quartz-biotite-grunerite-edenite-pargasite-K-feldspar-titanite. The δ13C values of graphite, varying from -30 to -18‰ PDB, indicate that the carbon was derived from organic matter most likely from metasedimentary sources. Devolatilisation of marble may have contributed a minor amount of carbon by fluid mixing. Precipitation of graphite involved retrograde hydration reactions, depleting the fluid in H2O and causing graphite saturation. Although the high-grade mineralisation is small, it represents an excellent example of hydrothermal mineralisation in an eclogite-facies terrane during retrograde exhumation.

  18. Zircon U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopes from the metamorphic basement in the Wuhe Complex: Implications for Neoarchean active continental margin along the southeastern North China Craton and constraints on the petrogenesis of Mesozoic granitoids

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    Full Text Available We report zircon U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope data from mafic granulites and garnet amphibolites of the Wuhe Complex in the southeastern margin of the North China Craton (NCC. In combination with previous data, our results demonstrate that these rocks represent fragments of the ancient lower crust, and have features similar to those of the granulite basement in the northern margin of the NCC. A detailed evaluation of the Pb isotope data shows that Pb isotopes cannot effectively distinguish the role of the Yangtze Craton basement from that of the NCC basement with regard to the source and generation of magmas, at least for southeastern NCC. The age data suggest that the protoliths of the granulites or amphibolites in the Wuhe Complex were most likely generated in Neoarchean and that these rocks were subjected to Paleoproterozoic (1.8–1.9 Ga high-pressure granulite facies metamorphism. This study also shows that the Precambrian metamorphic basement in the southeastern margin of the NCC might have formed in a tectonic setting characterized by a late Neoarchean active continental margin.

  19. Geochemistry, petrography, and zircon U-Pb geochronology of Paleozoic metaigneous rocks in the Mount Veta area of east-central Alaska: implications for the evolution of the westernmost part of the Yukon-Tanana terrane

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    Dusel-Bacon, Cynthia; Day, Warren C.; Aleinikoff, John N.

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    We report the results of new mapping, whole-rock major, minor, and trace-element geochemistry, and petrography for metaigneous rocks from the Mount Veta area in the westernmost part of the allochthonous Yukon–Tanana terrane (YTT) in east-central Alaska. These rocks include tonalitic mylonite gneiss and mafic metaigneous rocks from the Chicken metamorphic complex and the Nasina and Fortymile River assemblages. Whole-rock trace-element data from the tonalitic gneiss, whose igneous protolith was dated by SHRIMP U–Pb zircon geochronology at 332.6 ± 5.6 Ma, indicate derivation from tholeiitic arc basalt. Whole-rock analyses of the mafic rocks suggest that greenschist-facies rocks from the Chicken metamorphic complex, a mafic metavolcanic rock from the Nasina assemblage, and an amphibolite from the Fortymile River assemblage formed as island-arc tholeiite in a back-arc setting; another Nasina assemblage greenschist has MORB geochemical characteristics, and another mafic metaigneous rock from the Fortymile River assemblage has geochemical characteristics of calc-alkaline basalt. Our geochemical results imply derivation in an arc and back-arc spreading region within the allochthonous YTT crustal fragment, as previously proposed for correlative units in other parts of the terrane. We also describe the petrography and geochemistry of a newly discovered tectonic lens of Alpine-type metaharzburgite. The metaharzburgite is interpreted to be a sliver of lithospheric mantle from beneath the Seventymile ocean basin or from sub-continental mantle lithosphere of the allochthonous YTT or the western margin of Laurentia that was tectonically emplaced within crustal rocks during closure of the Seventymile ocean basin and subsequently displaced and fragmented by faults.

  20. Rockin' around the Rock Cycle

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    Frack, Susan; Blanchard, Scott Alan

    2005-01-01

    In this activity students will simulate how sedimentary rocks can be changed into metamorphic rocks by intense pressure. The materials needed are two small pieces of white bread, one piece of wheat bread, and one piece of a dark bread (such as pumpernickel or dark rye) per student, two pieces of waxed paper, scissors, a ruler, and heavy books.…

  1. Northernmost Known Outcrop in North America of Lower Cretaceous Porphyritic Ocoite Facies (Ocoa, Chile) at Western Mexico: the Talpa Ocoite

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    Zárate-del Valle, P. F.; Demant, A.

    2003-04-01

    At Talpa de Allende region in Western Mexico is located the northernmost known outcrop of ocoite facies (andesite): the Talpa ocoite (TO). The ocoite facies consists of an calk-alkaline andesitic rock rich in K and characterized by the presence of megacrysts of plagioclase (An48-65). TO belongs to the so-called Guerrero Terrane composed of plutono-volcanic and volcano-sedimentary sequences of the Alisitos-Teloloapan arc that was accreted to the North American craton at the end of the early Cretaceous (Lapierre et al., 1992, Can. J. Earth Sci. 29. 2478--2489). Geodynamically TO belongs to lithological sequence number IV or "Tecoman" of Tardy et al. (1994, Tectonophysics 230, 49--73). TO in hand-sample shows typical megacrysts (>1 cm) of plagioclase and clinopyroxene in a dark green aphanitic matrix. This andesitic lava has a shoshonitic character as evidenced by chemical composition: SiO_2 TiO_2 Al_2O_3 Fe_2O_3 MnO MgO CaO Na_2O K_2O P_2O_5 LOI % Ba Sr (ppm) 55.64 0.73 16.61 8.39 0.13 3.59 6.40 3.55 2.85 0.36 1.84% 1093 880 Under microscope TO is characterized by a porphyritic texture made of large labradorite phenocrysts (up to 3 cm) and clinopyroxene with a matrix made of plagioclase microlites; TO has been affected by a low grade metamorphism process belonging to the prehnite-pumpellite facies as it happens in Chile (Levi, 1969, Contr. Mineral. and Petrol. 24-1, p. 30--49). Electron microprobe analysis shows that plagioclase (An55-57) is partly transformed into albite (An7-9); clinopyroxene shows a variation in composition from Wo33En41Fs17 to Wo40En44Fs24 and it is transformed towards the margin first into amphibole and then into biotite. TO outcrops located at East of Talpa river are affected by a deep rubefaction process. TO is not characterized by the presence of bitumen as it occurs in Northern Chile (Nova-Muñoz et al., 2001, EUG XI Meeting, OS09 Supo09 PO, 606); TO is related in time with albian-cenomanian volcanogenic massive sulphides of Western Mexico

  2. Geochemistry of Carboniferous low metamorphic grade sedimentary and tholeiitic igneous rocks in the western Acatlán complex, southern Mexico: deposition along the active western margin of Pangea

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    Ortega Obregón, Carlos; Duncan Keppie, J; Brendan Murphy, J

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    Low grade metasedimentary rocks in the western Acatlán complex (Olinalá area) of southern Mexico occur in two units termed here the Progreso and Zumpango units of Lower and middle Carboniferous ages, respectively...

  3. Cenozoic anatexis and exhumation of Tethyan Sequence rocks in the Xiao Gurla Range, Southwest Tibet

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    Pullen, Alex; Kapp, Paul; DeCelles, Peter G.; Gehrels, George E.; Ding, Lin

    2011-03-01

    In order to advance our understanding of the suturing process between continental landmasses, a geologic and geochronologic investigation was undertaken just south of the India-Asia suture in southwestern Tibet. The focus of this study, the Xiao Gurla Range, is located near the southeastern terminus of the active, right-lateral strike-slip Karakoram fault in southwestern Tibet. The range exposes metasandstone, phyllite, schist (locally of sillimanite facies), calc-gneiss and marble, paragneiss (± pyroxene), quartzite, metagranite, and variably deformed leucogranite. These metamorphic rocks are exposed in the footwall of a domal, top-to-the-west low-angle normal (detachment) fault, structurally beneath Neogene-Quaternary basin fill and serpentinized ultramafic rocks of the Kiogar-Jungbwa ophiolite. The detachment is interpreted to be the northeastern continuation of the Gurla Mandhata detachment fault system that bounds metamorphic rocks of the Gurla Mandhata Range ~ 60 km to the southwest. U-Pb geochronology on five detrital zircon samples of schist, phyllite, and quartzite yielded maximum depositional ages that range from 644-363 Ma and age probability distributions that are more similar to Tethyan sequence rocks than Lesser Himalayan sequence rocks. A felsic gneiss yielded a metamorphic zircon age of 35.3 ± 0.8 Ma with a significant population of early Paleozoic xenocrystic core ages. The gneiss is interpreted to be the metamorphosed equivalent of the Cambro-Ordovician gneiss that is exposed near the top of the Greater Himalayan sequence. Leucogranitic bodies intruding metasedimentary footwall rocks yielded two distinct U-Pb zircon ages of ~ 23 Ma and ~ 15 Ma. Locally, rocks exposed in the hanging wall of this fault and of the southward-dipping, northward-verging Great Counter thrust to the north consist of serpentinite-bearing mélange and conglomerate of inferred Paleogene age dominated by carbonate clasts. The mélange is intruded by a 44 Ma granite and the

  4. 天然缅甸硬玉岩低温变质水岩反应作用:显微红外光谱的证据%Myanmar Jadeitite Low-Temperature Metamorphic Water-Rock Reaction:Eveidence from Microscopic Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

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    严若谷; 丘志力; 冯敏; 金春梅; 李榴芬; 石贵勇; 王萍

    2014-01-01

    Weathering & transporting and depositing processes may improve the quality of some natural low-quality jadeite through reaction with surrounding water fluids .But the mechanism of such water-rock reaction has not been known clearly to date .Applying microscopic Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (Micro-FTIR) ,this paper carried out comparatively in-situ research of jadeites’ mineral composition before and after water-rock reaction .The results show that water-rock reaction cannot impact jadeites in their major and minor element composition ,but greatly change their water content .Jadeites became richer , with even several times increase ,in water content ,after experiencing water-rock reaction ,and hence show a shift of absorption peak at 3 550 cm -1 to higher frequency .The mineral crystals of these jadeites showed reglar variation in water content from core to edge ,and these jadeites have more water in marginal area than in center area ,being opposite to the change in water content in jadeite during high temperature and pressure metamorphic process ,hence implying that there are different mechanism and shift direction for H+ /OH - of jadeite between high pressure metamorphic process and low temperature water-rock reaction .We think that this finding may contribute to understanding the behavior of water in jadeite during metamorphic process and the mechanism of jadeite quality improvement .%水岩反应是天然低质量硬玉岩(翡翠)在风化搬运和埋藏过程中获得品质改善的重要机理,这种反应一般被认为是在低温还原条件下完成的,目前,科学界对这种低温变质水岩反应机理的了解知之甚少。利用显微红外光谱对水岩反应前后翡翠矿物集合体及晶体进行了精细原位(in-situ)测试。结果显示,水岩反应后硬玉集合体矿物组成及单晶矿物主量元素的成分均没有明显的改变,但含水量明显增大,和水岩反应前相比

  5. Coal facies studies in Spain

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    Suarez-Ruiz, Isabel [INCAR (CSIC), Ap. Co., 73, 33080, Oviedo (Spain); Jimenez, Amalia [Geology, University of Oviedo, 33005, Oviedo (Spain)

    2004-04-23

    This work is a synthesis of the distribution of the main coal basins and sub-basins in Spain as well as the research carried out on their coal facies. The coal fields are distributed through the Paleozoic (mainly Pennsylvanian), Mesozoic (Cretaceous) and Cenozoic times. Peats also exist in the southeast Spain (Granada area), although these types of deposits are not included in this review. Spanish coal basins are both of a paralic and intramontane type and the coal rank is highly variable, from lignite in the case of the younger coal seams to anthracite for those of Carboniferous age.

  6. Coal facies studies in Australia

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    Crosdale, Peter J. [Coalseam Gas Research Institute, School of Earth Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld 4814 (Australia)

    2004-04-23

    Despite the economic importance of coal to the Australian economy, detailed studies of controls on variation in coal type are remarkably few. However, important contributions have been made in the understanding of coal facies development. Tertiary lignite deposits of the Gippsland Basin provide key insights into the development of lithotype cyclicity and its relationship to relative sea-level changes, with individual paling-up cycles being correlated to parasequences. Studies of Permian hard coals have identified relationships between coal type and surrounding sediments. Unfortunately, these relationships have been widely over-interpreted in a manner that has diminished their real value.

  7. Mineralogy and geochemistry of xenoliths in the Eocene volcanic rocks from southwest of Jandaq

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    Samineh Rajabi

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The Eocene volcanic rocks from the southwest of the Jandaq (Kuh-e-Godar-e-Siah, Central-East Iran micro-continent are andesitic basalt and andesite in composition. These rocks contain xenoliths with granulitic mineralogy. Mineral assemblage of these xenoliths is plagioclase + phlogopite + corundum + sillimanite + chlorite + phengite with granublastic, poiklioblastic and foliated textures in the pick metamorphic condition. Thermometry of phlogopite in these xenoliths suggests the average temperature 782oC. The characteristics of the xenoliths are consistent with the granolitic facies metamorphism of the Al-saturated Si-undersaturated crustal sediments at the lower crust condition. Melting of these granulites forms the magma which crystallized the S-type granitoids. Differentiation and crystallization of this magma causes the S-type granite formation. Therefore, the S-type granites in the study area are probably generated from melting of the granulites parts of which brought to the surface as xenoliths by Eocene magmatism in south of the Jandaq (Kuh-e-Godar-e-Siah. S-type granites in the study area are located along the Doruneh, Chupanan and Aeirakan faults in the Aeirakan area and Jandaq ophiolite. These granites are the source of uranium, thorium and uranium ore in southwest of the Aeirakan mountain.

  8. Submarine hydrothermal metamorphism of the Del Puerto ophiolite, California.

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    Evarts, R.C.; Schiffman, P.

    1983-01-01

    Metamorphic zonation overprinted on the volcanic member and overlying volcanogenic sediments of the ophiolite complex increases downward in grade and is characterized by the sequential appearance with depth of zeolites, ferric pumpellyite and pistacitic epidote. Metamorphic assemblages of the plutonic member of the complex are characterized by the presence of calcic amphibole. The overprinting represents the effects of hydrothermal metamorphism resulting from the massive interaction between hot igneous rocks and convecting sea-water in a submarine environment. A thermal gradient of 100oC/km is postulated to account for the zonal recrystallization effects in the volcanic member. The diversity and sporadic distribution of mineral assemblages in the amphibole zone are considered due to the limited availability of H2O in the deeper part of the complex. Details of the zonation and representative microprobe analyses are tabulated.-M.S.

  9. Microstructural and geochronology data of the Coacoyulillo-Intzcuinatoyac sector rocks, Guerrero state, Mexico

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    Espejo Bautista, G.; Hernandez, T.; Elías, M.; Solari, L.

    2013-12-01

    Oaxaca. Within the study area, two magmatic pulses were observed, consisting in undeformed pegmatite dikes (60 Ma concordant U-Pb zircon analysis), and even younger gabbroic-dioritic dikes. The stratigraphic configuration of the region, exposed structures, ages and microscopic characteristics of the studied rocks show a geological history associated with the origin and evolutionary development of the Xolapa Complex and Chapolapa Formation. Both lithostratigraphic units have an origin linked to a magmatic continental arc. They were subsequently metamorphosed according to their crustal depth, being the Xolapa Complex the unit with a higher metamorphic grade (amphibolite facies) in comparison to the Chapolapa Formation (green schist facies). Simultaneously to the metamorphic stage a normal fault was developed, which exhumed the Xolapa Complex, put into contact both Xolapa and Chapolapa crustal levels and developed rocks with mylonitic textures.

  10. Mineral Chemistry and Pressure and Temperature Estimates of Metasedimentary Rocks of the Araxá Group in the Region of Morrinhos, South of Goiás State

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    Guillermo Rafael Beltran Navarro

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available In the Morrinhos region, Goiás state, Brazil, the rocks of the Araxá Group have mineral assemblages related to themetamorphic peak which occurred in this region and is typical of the amphibolite facies (kyanite zone. These rocks areassociated with the initial stage of the main ductile deformation that occurred in this area. Thermobarometric calculations,including the associations, garnet + plagioclase + biotite + muscovite; garnet + plagioclase +biotite + muscovite + kyanite;garnet + plagioclase + biotite + muscovite + amphibole, with quartz in excess, indicate that the metamorphic peak occurredat temperatures of approximately 610ºC and pressures in the order of 10 kbar. The P-T path is probably clockwise and is inagreement with the tectonic conditions observed in collisional settings.

  11. Hf Isotope Composition and REE Pattern of Zircons from Early Precambrian Metamorphic Rocks in the Daqing Mountains, Inner Mongolia%内蒙古大青山地区早前寒武纪变质岩的锆石Hf同位素组成和稀土模式

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    董春艳; 刘敦一; 万渝生; 徐仲元; 王伟; 颉颃强

    2009-01-01

    This paper reports Hf isotope and REE composition of zircons from metamorphic rocks in the Daqing Mountains, Inner Mongolia. Detrital zircons from two meta - sedimentary rock samples have [n(176Hf)/n(177Hf)]c, tDM1(Hf) and tDM2(Hf) ranging from 0. 281079~0. 281502, 2548~3000 Ma and 2612 ~ 3153 Ma and from 0. 280916 ~0. 281451, 2533 ~ 2717 Ma and 2600 ~ 3404 Ma, respectively. The eHf (t) and tym (Hf) of magmatic zircon from one meta-gabbro sample range from-5. 45 -6.68 and 2319-2647 Ma, respectively. These indicate that late Neoarhcaean - early Palaeoproterozoic tectono-magmatic events occurred in the Daqing Mountains and adjacent areas, with both mantle addition and crustal recycling. Metamorphic zircon rims commonly show young tDM2 (Hf) when comparing with detrital and magmatic zircon cores, suggesting that Lu-Hf compositions of the rocks and minerals were changed during metamorphic processes. Metamorphic zircon rims are similar in REE pattern to adjacent detrital and magmatic cores, but commonly being lower in total REE content. Most of the metamorphic rims are smaller than 0. 1 in Th/U ratio, being quite different from the cores which Th/U ratios are generally higher than 0. 5. It is speculated that metamorphic fluid was high in w(176Hf)/w(177Hf) ratio and U and low in Th and REE and played an important role in metamorphic zircon formation.%本文报道了内蒙古大青山地区早前寒武纪变质岩石的锆石Hf同位素和稀土组成.两个古元古代晚期(1.9~2.1 Ga)变质碎屑沉积岩样品中碎屑锆石的[n(176Hf)/n(177Hf)]c、tDM1(Hf)和tDM2(Hf)分别为0.281079~0.281502、2548~3000 Ma、2612~3153 Ma和0.280g16~0.281451、2533~2717 Ma、2600~3404 Ma;一个古元古代早期(2.37 Ga)变质辉长岩样品中岩浆锆石的εHf(t)和tDM1(Hf)分别为1.50~6.68和2449~2647 Ma,表明大青山及邻区在新太古代晚期-古元古代早期存在强烈的构造岩浆热事件,既有地幔添加又有壳内再循环作用.三个样

  12. Mesozoic metamorphism and its tectonic implication along the Solonker suture zone in central Inner Mongolia, China

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    Zhang, Jinrui; Wei, Chunjing; Chu, Hang; Chen, Yaping

    2016-09-01

    The Xing'an-Inner Mongolia Orogenic Belt (XIMOB) exposed in the eastern section of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) is generally thought to have resulted from closure of the Paleo-Asian Ocean. However, disputations still exist on the age and detailed tectonic processes involved in its final amalgamation. The Solonker suture zone in the central Inner Mongolia, once recognized as the major paleo-plate boundary recording the terminal collision of the XIMOB, is characterized by extensive regional low-temperature metamorphism of greenschist to epidote-amphibolite