A corundum-quartz assemblage from the Eastern Ghats Granulite Belt, India: Evidence for high P-T metamorphism?

Rajib Shaw, M. Arima

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Abstract

Corundum+quartz-bearing assemblages occur in small lenses in granulite facies metapelites in Rayagada, north-central part of the Eastern Ghats Granulite Belt, India. Corundum porphyroblasts and quartz coexist with porphyroblastic almandine-rich garnet, hercynite spinel, ilmenite and magnetite. Corundum and quartz are separated by sillimanite or a composite corona consisting of sillimanite and garnet, whereas corundum shows sharp grain boundaries with spinel, ilmenite and magnetite. Porphyroblastic corundum contains prismatic sillimanite inclusions in which irregularly shaped quartz is enclosed. Two distinct reactions are inferred from the textural features: corundum+quartz=sillimanite and spinel+quartz= garnet+sillimanite. From the petrographical features, we infer that corundum-quartz-garnet-spinel was the peak metamorphic assemblage. Although large uncertainties exist regarding the positions of the respective reactions in P-T space, from several published experimental results and theoretical calculations a peak metamorphic condition of 12 kbar and 1100°C is estimated as the lower stability limit of the corundum-quartz assemblage. Decompression from the peak P-T condition to c. 9 kbar, 950°C is inferred.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-196
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Metamorphic Geology
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Mar
Externally publishedYes

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Quartz
corundum
Aluminum Oxide
granulite
metamorphism
quartz
sillimanite
Garnets
spinel
garnet
Ferrosoferric Oxide
ilmenite
magnetite
Bearings (structural)
hercynite
almandine
porphyroblast
metapelite
P-T conditions
grain boundary

Keywords

  • Corundum-quartz
  • Eastern Ghats, India
  • High P-T granulites
  • High-T decompression

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A corundum-quartz assemblage from the Eastern Ghats Granulite Belt, India : Evidence for high P-T metamorphism? / Shaw, Rajib; Arima, M.

In: Journal of Metamorphic Geology, Vol. 16, No. 2, 03.1998, p. 189-196.

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