A common high-pressure metamorphic evolution of interlayered eclogites and metasediments from the ‘ultrahigh-pressure unit’ of the Tianshan metamorphic belt in China

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Li J, Klemd R, Gao J, Jiang T, Song YH
Journal: Lithos
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 226
Pages range: 169-182
ISSN: 0024-4937
Language: English


Abstract

Petrological and mineralogical data of interlayered eclogite, marble and quartz–mica schist from a drill core are used to constrain the metamorphic evolution of metavolcanics and intercalated metasediments in the Tianshan (ultra-)high-pressure/low-temperature [(U)HP/LT] metamorphic belt, NW China. The eclogite mainly consists of varying amounts of garnet, omphacite, quartz and zoisite, the marble of calcite (> 95 vol.%) with minor zoisite and phengite, and the schist of quartz and mica with minor calcite, chlorite, albite and garnet. Using garnet isopleth thermobarometry, pseudosection calculations for the eclogite and quartz–mica schist reveal a common metamorphic evolution under HP condition of both rock types that is also consistent with the temperature estimates for the marble using conventional thermometry. The uniform P–T paths of the interlayered eclogite and quartz–mica schist, as well as compatible temperature data of the marble, document that the whole rock suite constitutes a coherent HP unit during peak metamorphic conditions and exhumation. Thus protoliths of eclogite and associated sediments are believed to have undergone the same metamorphic evolution. In addition, the data gained by the present study of the HP rocks, which were collected in the northern part of the Chinese Tianshan (U)HP/LT belt, do not support the recently proposed tectonic scheme that this metamorphic terrane consists of a northern “coherent UHP unit” and a southern “coherent HP unit”.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Klemd, Reiner Prof. Dr.
Professur für Geochemie und Lagerstättenkunde
Li, Jilei
Professur für Geochemie und Lagerstättenkunde


External institutions with authors

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) / 中国科学院


How to cite

APA:
Li, J., Klemd, R., Gao, J., Jiang, T., & Song, Y.-H. (2015). A common high-pressure metamorphic evolution of interlayered eclogites and metasediments from the ‘ultrahigh-pressure unit’ of the Tianshan metamorphic belt in China. Lithos, 226, 169-182. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2014.12.006

MLA:
Li, Jilei, et al. "A common high-pressure metamorphic evolution of interlayered eclogites and metasediments from the ‘ultrahigh-pressure unit’ of the Tianshan metamorphic belt in China." Lithos 226 (2015): 169-182.

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