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Magmatic evolution of the Penon Rosado granite : petrogenesis of garnet-bearing granitoids

By J. Dahlquist, C. Galindo, Robert Pankhurst, C.W. Rapela, P.H. Alasino, J. Saavedra and C.M. Fanning


Garnet is an uncommon accessory mineral in igneous rocks but is petrologically significant. The Peñón Rosado granite (469 ± 4 Ma) at Cerro Asperecito is an S-type granite that contains an unusual amount of magmatic garnet. Combined petrology, chemistry/mineralogy and whole-rock geochemistry indicates that the magma was produced by partial melting of the surrounding metasedimentary rocks and subsequent differentiation by fractional crystallization during emplacement, with garnet occurring throughout the crystallization sequence. Three facies are recognised: PRG1 (SiO2 = 65.70%) represents cumulates, PRG2 (SiO2 = 70.88%) represents a differentiated melt, and PRG3 (SiO2 = 74.59%) a residual melt. The fractionation of Mn in garnet and the proportion of garnet crystallizing are roughly controlled by the evolving composition of the different granitic facies. Geothermobaric calculations reveal an initial crystallization temperature of 764°–792 °C and a pressure of 5.9–6.0 kb, indicating that the parental magma was emplaced at middle crustal depths ( 19­20 km) in moderate–low magmatic temperature conditions. Major (CaO, Na2O, K2O) and trace element (Rb, Sr, Ba) contents in the Peñón Rosado granite strongly suggest anatexis was the outcome of H2O-fluxed melting of metagreywacke, with heat input from a major metaluminous suite. Our studies reveal that garnet formed by direct crystallization from peraluminous magma in equilibrium with solid phases such as biotite and white mica. We confirm previous suggestions that zoning in garnet is strongly temperature-dependent. Thus, magmatic garnets in granitic rocks crystallized above 700 °C have “spessartine inverse bell-shaped profile” or are unzoned, whereas garnet exhibiting “spessartine bell-shaped profile” must be considered of metamorphic origin (i.e., xenocrystic) or formed in very felsic magmas (SiO2 = 73–76%) crystallizing below 700 °C.\u

Topics: Earth Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.lithos.2006.07.010
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