Epidote-amphibolite to amphibolite facies transition in the southern Appalachian Piedmont; P-T conditions across the garnet and calc-silicate isograds

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doi: 10.1130/0091-7613(1989)017<0491:EATAFT>2.3.CO;2
Authors:Chalokwu, Christopher I.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Auburn Univ., Dep. Geol., Auburn, AL, United States
Volume Title:Geology (Boulder)
Source:Geology (Boulder), 17(6), p.491-494. Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States. ISSN: 0091-7613
Publication Date:1989
Note:In English. 22 refs.; illus. incl. geol. sketch maps
Summary:Amphibolites occur in three distinct localities (Hudson Rapids, Davis Mill, and Lindsey Creek) in the west-central Georgia part of the Uchee belt, southern Appalachian Piedmont. Epidote-amphibolite facies assemblage (plagioclase [An24-36] + hornblende + epidote + sphene + quartz) at the Davis Mill occurrence gives way to the amphibolite assemblage (calcic plagio-clase [An33-88] + hornblende + garnet + epidote + ilmenite + quartz) at Hudson Rapids. Mineral chemistries indicate that the transition was controlled by increasing pressure and unusual bulk compositions.Equilibrium mineral assemblages record temperatures ranging from 610 to 780 °C at the garnet isograd, and from 570 to 634 °C close to the calc-silicate isograd. Estimated pressures range from 7 to 9.25 ±2 kbar. These P-T conditions are consistent with a thickened crustal section caused by emplacement of the Piedmont allochthon, followed by isobaric cooling (or isothermal compression), and the formation of symplectites of epidote + amphibole around plagioclase + clinopyroxene. [L.C.H.]
Subjects:Amphibolite facies; Amphibolites; Calc-silicate composition; Facies; Garnet group; Geologic barometry; Geologic thermometry; Isograds; Metamorphic belts; Metamorphic rocks; Metamorphism; Mineral assemblages; Nesosilicates; Orthosilicates; P-T conditions; Petrology; Silicates; Appalachians; Georgia; Harris County Georgia; North America; Piedmont; Southern Appalachians; Talbot County Georgia; United States; Columbus County Georgia; Epidote facies; Uchee Belt; West-central Georgia
Abstract Numbers:90M/2353
Record ID:1989049183
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