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P-T evolution of Glenelg eclogites, NW Scotland: Did they experience ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism?

Sajeev, Krishnan and Kawai, Takahiro and Omori, Soichi and Windley, Brian F and Maruyama, Shigenori (2010) P-T evolution of Glenelg eclogites, NW Scotland: Did they experience ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism? In: Lithos, 114 (3-4). pp. 473-489.

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Abstract

Eclogites and their retrogressed equivalents from the eastern unit of the Glenelg-Attadale Inlier in NW Scotland preserve much microstructural evidence that indicates that very high-pressure/temperature eclogite facies conditions were reached, and followed by decompression and hydration during exhumation. Rutile exsolution in garnet and quartz exsolution in omphacite and titanite formed through mineral reactions during high P-T peak metamorphism. Isochemical phase diagrams modeled for samples from three different locations indicate that the outer part of the eastern unit preserves a peak metamorphic condition of c. 850-1000 degrees C at 18-25 kbar, whereas the central part has a similar pressure (c. 23 kbar), but a lower temperature (c. 670 degrees C). Due to the limitations in the phase diagram calculations the estimated P-T conditions represent the minimum conditions attained by the peak metamorphic assemblage, and the pre-exsoived peak assemblage probably stabilized at a higher pressure. This observation is strongly supported by the presence of exsolution microstructures. The present results demonstrate that the eastern unit experienced very high P-T conditions during peak metamorphism and a tight clockwise P-T trajectory and provide the first indication of possible ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism in the Glenelg eclogites. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Glenelg-Attadale Inlier; Eclogites; Exsolution microstructure; Phase diagram; P-T condition; Scotland
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 07:16
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/26228

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