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Evidence for Permo-Triassic collision in Far East Asia: The Korean collisional orogen

Kwon, Sanghoon and Sajeev, K and Mitra, Gautam and Park, Youngdo and Kim, Sung Won and Ryu, In-Chang (2009) Evidence for Permo-Triassic collision in Far East Asia: The Korean collisional orogen. In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 279 (3-4). pp. 340-349.

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Abstract

Eclogites from paragneiss in the Korean Peninsula are characterized by a peak pressure assemblage of garnet + omphacite + quartz + rutile, that is overprinted by multiphase symplectites involving augite, amphibole, orthopyroxene, ilmenite and plagioclase and by a similar high-pressure assemblage with a pronounced absence of the omphacite component in clinopyroxene formed during the peak and orthopyroxene in the retrograde stage. Eclogites were metamorphosed at a minimum pressures of not, vert, similar 20–23 kbar at temperatures of not, vert, similar 840–1000 °C, equivalent to a crustal depth of not, vert, similar 70–75 km, whereas high-pressure granulite in Late Paleozoic rocks underwent metamorphic conditions of not, vert, similar 18–19 kbar at not, vert, similar 950 °C with a minimum crustal depth of not, vert, similar 60–65 km. The presence of the eclogites and high-pressure granulite suggests deep-seated subduction of crustal complexes with metamorphism at different crustal levels. The eclogites were exhumed quickly resulting in near- isothermal decompression. On the other hand, the multistage exhumation of the high-pressure granulites suggests retrograde overprinting after initial decompression. The similarity of these petrological characteristics, metamorphic conditions and also the regional structural styles with those of the Sulu belt (China) strongly suggests the existence of a Permo-Triassic Alpine-type “Korean collision belt” in Far East Asia. This model provides a better understanding of the paleogeograpic evolution of Permo-Triassic East Asia, including a robust tectonic correlation of the Korean collision belt with the Qinling–Dabie–Sulu collision belt.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: eclogite;high-pressure granulite;clockwise P-T path;Imjingang suture;Korean collision belt;Qinling-Dabie-Sulu collision belt.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2009 10:22
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:30
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/19835

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