Occurrence and Origin of Andalusite in Peraluminous Felsic Igneous Rocks



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Clarke, D. Barrie and Dorais, Michael and Barbarin, Bernard and Barker, Dan and Cesare, Bernardo and Clarke, Geoffrey and El Baghdadi, Mohamed and Erdmann, Saskia and Förster, Hans Jürger and Gaeta, Mario and Gottesmann, Bärbel and Jamieson, Rebecca A. and Kontak, Daniel J. and Koller, Friedrich and Leal Gomes, Carlos and London, David and Morgan, George B. VI and Neves, Luis J.P.F. and Pattison, David R.M. and Pereira, Alcides J.S.C. and Pichavant, Michael and Rapela, Carlos W. and Renno, Axel D. and Richards, Simon and Roberts, Malcolm and Rottura, Alessandro and Saavedra, Julio and Sial, Alcides Nobrega and Toselli, Alejandro J. and Ugidos, Jose M. and Uher, Pavel and Villaseca González, Carlos and Visonà, Dario and Whitney, Donna L. and Whilliamson, Ben and Woodard, Henry H. (2005) Occurrence and Origin of Andalusite in Peraluminous Felsic Igneous Rocks. Journal of petrology, 46 (3). pp. 441-472. ISSN 0022-3530

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Andalusite occurs as an accessory mineral in many types of peraluminous
felsic igneous rocks, including rhyolites, aplites, granites,
pegmatites, and anatectic migmatites. Some published stability
curves for And = Sil and the water-saturated granite solidus permit
a small stability field for andalusite in equilibrium with felsic melts.
We examine 108 samples of andalusite-bearing felsic rocks from
more than 40 localities world-wide. Our purpose is to determine the
origin of andalusite, including the T–P–X controls on andalusite
formation, using eight textural and chemical criteria: size—
compatibility with grain sizes of igneous minerals in the same rock;
shape—ranging from euhedral to anhedral, with no simple correlation
with origin; state of aggregation—single grains or clusters of
grains; association with muscovite—with or without rims of monocrystalline
or polycrystalline muscovite; inclusions—rare mineral
inclusions and melt inclusions; chemical composition—andalusite
with little significant chemical variation, except in iron content
(0.08–1.71 wt % FeO); compositional zoning—concentric, sector,
patchy, oscillatory zoning cryptically reflect growth conditions;
compositions of coexisting phases—biotites with high siderophyllite–
eastonite contents (Alw ≈ 268 ± 007 atoms per formula
unit), muscovites with 0.57–4.01 wt % FeO and 0.02–
2.85 wt % TiO2, and apatites with 3.53 ± 0.18 wt % F.
Coexisting muscovite–biotite pairs have a wide range of F contents,
and FBt = 1.612FMs + 0015. Most coexisting minerals have
compositions consistent with equilibration at magmatic conditions.
The three principal genetic types of andalusite in felsic igneous rocks
are: Type 1 Metamorphic—(a) prograde metamorphic (in thermally
metamorphosed peraluminous granites), (b) retrograde
metamorphic (inversion from sillimanite of unspecified origin) (c) xenocrystic (derivation from local country rocks), and (d) restitic
(derivation from source regions); Type 2 Magmatic—(a) peritectic
(water-undersaturated, T↑) associated with leucosomes in migmatites,
(b) peritectic (water-undersaturated, T↓), as reaction rims on
garnet or cordierite, (c) cotectic (water-undersaturated, T↓) direct
crystallization from a silicate melt, and (d) pegmatitic (watersaturated,
T↓), associated with aplite–pegmatite contacts or pegmatitic
portion alone; Type 3 Metasomatic—(water-saturated,
magma-absent), spatially related to structural discontinuities in
host, replacement of feldspar and/or biotite, intergrowths with
quartz. The great majority of our andalusite samples show one or
more textural or chemical criteria suggesting a magmatic origin. Of
the many possible controls on the formation of andalusite (excess
Al2O3, water concentration and fluid evolution, high Be–B–Li–P,
high F, high Fe–Mn–Ti, and kinetic considerations), the two most
important factors appear to be excess Al2O3 and the effect of
releasing water (either to strip alkalis from the melt or to reduce
alumina solubility in the melt). Of particular importance is the
evidence for magmatic andalusite in granites showing no significant
depression of the solidus, suggesting that the And = Sil equilibrium
must cross the granite solidus rather than lie below it. Magmatic
andalusite, however formed, is susceptible to supra- or sub-solidus
reaction to produce muscovite. In many cases, textural evidence
of this reaction remains, but in other cases muscovite may
completely replace

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Andalusite; Granite; Magmatic; Origin; Xenocrystic
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Petrology
ID Code:12348
Deposited On:04 Mar 2011 12:48
Last Modified:04 Mar 2011 12:48

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