Journal article

Partial melting of metabasic rocks and the generation of tonalitic-trondhjemitic-granodioritic (TTG) crust in the Archaean: Constraints from phase equilibrium modelling

Richard M Palin, Richard W White, Eleanor CR Green

PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2016

Abstract

Rocks of tonalitic–trondhjemitic–granodioritic (TTG) composition preserved in Archaean terranes represent fragments of the Earth’s earliest-formed continental crust, and are thought to have formed via partial melting of hydrated metabasalt. The geodynamic environments in which such high-grade metamorphism and anatexis may have occurred in the early Earth is strongly debated. Constraining the pressure (P) and temperature (T) conditions at which melts of appropriate composition can be derived from protoliths containing plausible mineral assemblages is central to addressing this question. Phase equilibrium modelling has been undertaken for an enriched Archaean tholeiite bulk composition—a sugge..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge DFG grant WH 110/4-1 awarded to RWW. Hugh Rollinson and Jean H. Bedard are thanked for providing detailed and insightful reviews, and Randall R. Parrish is thanked for his efficient editorial handling.