High P-T granulite relicts from the Imjingang belt, South Korea: Tectonic significance

K. Sajeev, Jaehoon Jeong, Sanghoon Kwon, Weon Seo Kee, Sung Won Kim, T. Komiya, T. Itaya, Hyung Sup Jung, Youngdo Park

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This study presents a detailed description on crustal metamorphic signatures of garnet-clinopyroxene-quartz-rutile-bearing high P-T granulites, Samgot unit, Imjingang belt, northwestern Korean Peninsula that formed during Permo-Triassic regional metamorphism related to the amalgamation of East Asian continental fragments. Lenses and blocks of high P-T granulites and garnet-bearing leucosomes occur within mafic metamorphic rocks (mainly amphibolites). The mafic blocks comprise relicts of granoblastic garnet and clinopyroxene with medium-grained quartz and rutile. These relict mineral assemblages are confined to local micro-domains and constitute remnants of peak metamorphism. Plagioclase and amphibole form only as retrograde phases in medium to coarse-grained moats that rim grain boundaries between relict peak mineral assemblages. This microstructure represents the reaction between garnet, clinopyroxene, quartz and rutile in the presence of melt to form amphibole, plagioclase and titanite with minor biotite. The leucosome domains consist of euhedral garnets within the quartz-K feldspar-plagioclase (granitic) matrix, probably representing peritectic garnet growth along with melting. The rare earth element (REE) composition of minerals also support the peritectic garnet growth with a positive Eu/Eu* (positive Eu anomaly), while the relict garnet shows a slight negative anomaly typical for high-grade granulites. The peak-metamorphic conditions calculated from thermodynamic modeling and compositional isopleths indicate a temperature around c. 900 °C at a pressure around c. 20 kbar. The present P-T path indicates a clear multi-stage decompression history with initial decompression and cooling followed by a stage of decompression during hydration possibly during Late Triassic exhumation. The results from this study together with the presence of eclogites from the Hongsung area suggest that the Imjingang area and the western Gyeonggi massif likely resided at crustal levels deeper than those of the eastern and southern part of the Gyeonggi massif.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-86
Number of pages12
JournalGondwana Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan

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We acknowledge the valuable review comments from Brian Windley, T. Tsujimori and an anonymous reviewer. We are also thankful to M. Santosh for the constructive review and editorial handling. We also thank C.W. Oh for the valuable comments and suggestions. This study is supported by 2007-8-0126 and 2007-8-2132 from KIGAM to Sanghoon Kwon and KSEF RO1-2007-000-20051-0 to Youngdo Park. Hyung-Sup Jung acknowledges the support from the Yonsei Research fund of 2007-7-0438.

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  • Geology


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