Journal article

THE METAMORPHIC EVOLUTION OF GRANULITES AT FYFE HILLS - IMPLICATIONS FOR ARCHEAN CRUSTAL THICKNESS IN ENDERBY LAND, ANTARCTICA

M SANDIFORD

JOURNAL OF METAMORPHIC GEOLOGY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE INC | Published : 1985

Abstract

Abstract Granulites at Fyfe Hills in Enderby Land, Antarctica, crystallized at temperatures in excess of 850°C, and possibly as high as 1000°C, and at pressures of 8‐10kbar during the mid to late Archaean. A number of features, including repeated retrograde metamorphism at 5.5‐8kbar, retrograde reaction textures, and rimward zoning in pressure sensitive systems, suggest that following peak metamorphism the granulites stabilized at a depth of 18‐26 km. After stabilization, the granulites cooled near‐isobarically to temperatures of 600‐700°C. Assuming a total crustal thickness of 35‐40 km during this late Archaean interval of isobaric cooling, the peak metamorphic crustal thickness is estimate..

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