Metamorphic zoning and thermal structure of the Dabie ultrahigh-pressure-high-pressure terrane, central China

H. Tabata, S. Maruyama, Z. Shi

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The ultrahigh- and high-pressure (UHP-HP) metamorphic belt of the Dabie Mountains, central China, formed by the Triassic continental subduction and collision, is divided into four metamorphic zones; from south to north, the greenschist facies zone, epidote amphibolite to amphibolite facies zone, quartz eclogite zone, and coesite eclogite zone, based on metabasite mineral assemblages. Most of the coesite-bearing eclogites consist mainly of garnet and omphacite with homogeneous compositions and have partially undergone hydration reactions to form clinopyroxene + plagioclase + calcic amphibole symplectites during amphibolite facies overprinting. However, the least altered eclogites sometimes contain garnet and omphacite that preserve compositional zoning patterns which may have originated during their growth at peak temperature conditions of ~750°C, suggesting a short duration of UHP metamorphic conditions and/or consequent rapid cooling during exhumation. Systematic investigation on peak metamorphic temperatures of coesite eclogite have revealed that, contrary to the general trends of metamorphic grade in the southern Dabie unit, the ecoesite eclogite zone shows rather flat thermal structure (T = 600 ± 50°C) with the highest temperature reaching up to 850°C and no northward increase in metamorphic temperature, which is opposed to the previous interpretations. This feature, along with the preservation of compositional zonation, implies complicated differential movement of each eclogite mass during UHP metamorphism and the return from the deeper subduction zone at mantle depths to the surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-158
Number of pages17
JournalIsland Arc
Volume7
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Metamorphic zoning and thermal structure of the Dabie ultrahigh-pressure-high-pressure terrane, central China. / Tabata, H.; Maruyama, S.; Shi, Z.

In: Island Arc, Vol. 7, No. 1-2, 03.1998, p. 142-158.

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Tabata, H. ; Maruyama, S. ; Shi, Z. / Metamorphic zoning and thermal structure of the Dabie ultrahigh-pressure-high-pressure terrane, central China. In: Island Arc. 1998 ; Vol. 7, No. 1-2. pp. 142-158.
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