Coesite inclusions and prograde compositional zonation of garnet in eclogite from Zekou in the Su-Lu ultrahigh-pressure terrane, eastern China

Erika Kurahashi, Yoichi Nakajima, Yoshihide Ogasawara

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    Abstract

    In the Su-Lu UHP terrane, eastern China, coesite-bearing eclogites have been reported in five areas (Weihai, Yangkou, Rizhao, Donghai and Rongcheng). The presence of a coesite inclusion (70 μm) in garnet in a strongly retrograded eclogite at Zekou (about 40 km southwest of Rongcheng) shows for the first time that this region also underwent coesite-eclogite facies metamorphism. In addition, the garnet of the Zekou eclogite preserves a distinct compositional zonation. The eclogite consists of garnet (20%), symplectite (70%: amphibole+plagioclase) and other accessory minerals (amphibole, rutile, quartz and ilmenite). Garnet porphyroclasts (0.5-1 mm in diameter) show compositional zonation that can be divided into three parts: core (Alm58-59 Sps0.7-0.9 Prp15-17 Adr0.1-0.2 Grs23-24), mantle (Alm55-58 Sps0.5-0.8 Prp14-15 Adr0.1-0.2 Grs25-28), and rim (Alm53-56 Sps0.4-0.6 Prp17-18 Adr0.1-0.2 Grs25-27). Each part has a characteristic inclusion mineralogy: the core part contains rutile, quartz and no coesite, the mantle part contains coesite, quartz-pseudomorphs after coesite, rutile, omphacite and zircon, and the rim part contains rutile. The coesite inclusion (70 μm) is located in the outer mantle part and is associated with radial fractures in the surrounding garnet. The different inclusion assemblages and the chemical zonation from core to rim in garnet porphyroclasts suggest that the Zekou eclogite preserves the information of the prograde stage during UHP metamorphism.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)100-108
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences
    Volume96
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geophysics
    • Geology

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