Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphism

Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphism

25 Years After The Discovery Of Coesite And Diamond

1st Edition - March 14, 2011
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  • Editors: Larissa Dobrzhinetskaya, Shah Wali Faryad, Simon Wallis, Simon Cuthbert
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123851451

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Ultrahigh Pressure Metamorphism (UHPM) is a fast growing discipline that was established 25 years ago after discoveries of high pressure minerals, coesite and diamonds. The current explosion of research on UHMP terranes reflects their significance for understanding large scale mantle dynamics, major elements of plate tectonics such as continental collisions, deep subduction and exhumation, mountains building, geochemical recycling 'from surface to the core', and a deep storage of light elements participating in green-house effects in the atmosphere. This book provides insights into the formation of diamond and coesite at very high pressures and explores new ideas regarding the tectonic setting of this style of metamorphism.

Key Features

  • Important, authoritative and comprehensive one-stop resource for the growing ultrahigh pressure metamorphism UHPM research community
  • A forward-looking approach founded upon a detailed historical perspective on UHPM presents the trends in discovery, methodology and theory over the last 25 years, allowing readers to gain a clear understanding of the current trends and the approaches that will shape the science in the future
  • A highly diverse set of articles, covering a wide range of methods and sub-disciplines


Geologists and geological survey, mining and resources planning workers


Table of Contents

  • 1. Frontiers of Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphism

    1.1. Introduction

    1.2. Main Achievements: 25 Years On

    1.3. Further Directions

    1.4. Looking Forward

    2. Diamond–Lonsdaleite–Graphite Relations Examined by Raman Mapping of Carbon Microinclusions inside Zircon at Kumdy Kol, Kokchetav, Kazakhstan

    2.1. Introduction

    2.2. Geological Setting

    2.3. Analytical Procedures

    2.4. Results

    2.5. Discussion

    2.6. Conclusions

    3. Diamond and Other Possible Ultradeep Evidence Discovered in the Orogenic Spinel-Garnet Peridotite from the Moldanubian Zone of the Bohemian Massif, Czech Republic

    3.1. Introduction

    3.2. Geological Settings and Some Backgrounds

    3.3. Petrography and Mineral Chemistry

    3.4. Experimental

    3.5. Varying Crystallinity of Graphite

    3.6. Diamond

    3.7. Crystal Orientation Relationship Between Clinopyroxene Lamellae and Host Chromian Spinel

    3.8. Discussion

    3.9. Conclusions

    4. Diamond Formation from Amorphous Carbon and Graphite in the Presence of COH Fluids

    4.1. Introduction

    4.2. Materials and Methods

    4.3. Results

    4.4. Discussion

    5. Origin of High-Pressure Disordered Metastable Phases (Lonsdaleite and Incipiently Amorphized Quartz) in Metamorphic Rocks

    5.1. Introduction

    5.2. Quartz Incipiently Amorphized Under Pressure

    5.3. Lonsdaleite

    5.4. Discussion

    5.5. Conclusion

    6. Origin and Metamorphic Evolution of Garnet Clinopyroxenite from the Sulu UHP Terrane, China

    6.1. Introduction

    6.2. Geological Outline

    6.3. Sample Description

    6.4. Analytical Methods

    6.5. Chemical Composition of Whole Rock

    6.6. Mineral Composition

    6.7. Mineral Lamellae in Clinopyroxene and EBSD Patterns

    6.8. Pressure–Temperature Conditions

    6.9. Discussion

    6.10. Conclusions

    7. The Correlation Between Raman Spectra and the Mineral Composition of Muscovite and Phengite

    7.1. Introduction

    7.2. Experimental Methods

    7.3. Results

    7.4. Discussion

    7.5. Application

    7.6. Conclusions

    8. Increasing Chlorinity in Fluids Along the Prograde Metamorphic Path

    8.1. Introduction

    8.2. Geological Setting and Outcrop Description

    8.3. Descriptions of Samples and Occurrence of Apatite

    8.4. Compositions of Apatite and Phengite

    8.5. P–T Conditions

    8.6. Discussion

    8.7. Conclusions

    9. Trace Element and O-Isotope Composition of Polyphase Metamorphic Veins of the Ile de Groix (Armorican Massif, France)

    9.1. Introduction

    9.2. Geological Context

    9.3. Analytical Techniques

    9.4. Sampling

    9.5. Petrology of the Veins

    9.6. Host Rock Composition

    9.7. Mineral Major and Trace Element Chemistry

    9.8. Oxygen Isotope Compositions

    9.9. Calculation of Fluid Trace Element Composition

    9.10. Discussion

    9.11. Conclusions

    10. Geochronology of the Alpine UHP Rhodope Zone

    10.1. Introduction

    10.2. Overview of the Rhodope Zone

    10.3. Selection of the Most Relevant Geochronological Data for the Rhodope Zone

    10.4. Geochronological Data on Metamorphism

    10.5. Premetamorphic Geochronological Data

    10.6. Discussion

    11. Coherence of the Dabie Shan UHPM Terrane Investigated by Lu–Hf and 40Ar/39Ar Dating of Eclogites

    11.1. Introduction

    11.2. Geological Setting and Sample Selection

    11.3. Analytical Techniques

    11.4. Results

    11.5. Discussion

    11.6. Conclusions

    12. Distribution and Geological Position of High-/Ultrahigh-Pressure Units Within the European Variscan Belt

    12.1. Introduction

    12.2. Major Suture Zones in the European Variscan Belt

    12.3. Bohemian Massif

    12.4. Vosges and Schwarzwald

    12.5. The French Massif Central

    12.6. The Armorican Massif

    12.7. Iberian Massif

    12.8. Variscan HP Rocks in the External Crystalline Massifs and Occurring in the Alpine Nappe-Thrust Belt

    12.9. Summary and Discussion

    13. Ultramafic Cumulates of Oceanic Affinity in an Intracontinental Subduction Zone

    13.1. Introduction

    13.2. Samples

    13.3. Analytical Techniques

    13.4. Whole-Rock Chemistry

    13.5. Mineral Chemistry

    13.6. Discussion

    13.7. Conclusions

    14. Very High-Pressure Epidote Eclogite from Ross River Area, Yukon, Canada, Records Deep Subduction

    14.1. Introduction

    14.2. Tectonic Setting of Eclogites

    14.3. Petrography

    14.4. Analytical Conditions

    14.5. Geothermobarometry

    14.6. Discussion

    15. HP–UHP Metamorphic Belts in the Eastern Tethyan Orogenic System in China

    15.1. Introduction

    15.2. HP–UHP Metamorphic Belts of the Eastern Tethyan System in China

    15.3. HP–UHP Metamorphic Belts in the Proto-Tethyan Orogen

    15.4. HP–UHP Metamorphism in the Paleo-Tethyan Orogenic Belt

    15.5. HP–UHP Metamorphic Rocks Within the Neo-Tethyan Orogenic Belt

    15.6. The Formation and Exhumation Dynamics of HP–UHP Metamorphic Belts in the Eastern Tethyan Orogenic Belt in China

    15.7. Conclusions

    16. Orogenic Garnet Peridotites

    16.1. Introduction

    16.2. A Conceptual Model Illustrating How Orogenic Garnet Peridotite Can Be Used to Reconstruct Fossil Geodynamic Environments

    16.3. A Test of the Feasibility of the Model in Scandinavia and China

    16.4. Discussion and Conclusions

    17. Petrology, Geochemistry, Geochronology, and Metamorphic Evolution of Garnet Peridotites from South Altyn Tagh UHP Terrane, Northwestern China

    17.1. Introduction

    17.2. Geologic Background

    17.3. Petrography

    17.4. Bulk-Rock Composition

    17.5. Zircon U–Pb Dating and Hf Isotope Compositions

    17.6. Mineral Chemistry

    17.7. Textural and Metamorphic Evolution

    17.8. P–T Estimates and P–T Path

    17.9. Genesis of the Grt Peridotites and its Tectonic Implications

    17.10. Conclusions

    18. Metamorphic Evolution of the Gridino Mafic Dyke Swarm (Belomorian Eclogite Province, Russia)

    18.1. Introduction

    18.2. Geological Setting

    18.3. Methods

    18.4. Sample Description

    18.5. Discussion

    18.6. Conclusions

    19. The Salma Eclogites of the Belomorian Province, Russia

    19.1. Introduction

    19.2. Geological Background and Field Occurrence of Eclogites

    19.3. Analytical Methods

    19.4. Major- and Trace-Element Chemistry

    19.5. Petrography and Mineral Chemistry

    19.6. Geochronology

    19.7. Results

    19.8. Discussion

    19.9. Conclusions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 696
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2011
  • Published: March 14, 2011
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123851451

About the Editors

Larissa Dobrzhinetskaya

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Riverside, CA, USA

Shah Wali Faryad

Affiliations and Expertise

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Simon Wallis

Affiliations and Expertise

Nagoya University, Japan

Simon Cuthbert

Affiliations and Expertise

University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow, UK