Formation of triple–layer coronas between corundum and hornblende from the Lützow–Holm Complex at Akarui Point, East Antarctica

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Author(s)

    • MORI Yuki
    • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Sciences, Kyushu University
    • IKEDA Takeshi
    • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Sciences, Kyushu University

Abstract

<p>Triple–layer coronas around corundum occur in the Lützow–Holm Complex at Akarui Point, East Antarctica. The monomineralic layers of green spinel, sapphirine, and plagioclase are arranged in this order from corundum to the matrix hornblende, indicative of the reaction</p><p> corundum + hornblende = green spinel + sapphirine + plagioclase + H<sub>2</sub>O–fluid.</p><p>Singular value decomposition analysis in the simplified Na<sub>2</sub>O–CaO–MgO–Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub>–SiO<sub>2</sub>–H<sub>2</sub>O system implies that either Na<sub>2</sub>O and CaO, Na<sub>2</sub>O and MgO, or CaO and SiO<sub>2</sub> were open during the corona formation. The position of the initial boundary between corundum and hornblende coincided with the present sapphirine–plagioclase boundary, as judged from the spatial position of the brownish–green spinel in the coronas which is also present in the matrix and hornblende. The flow of Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> decreased outward and completely ceased at the plagioclase–hornblende boundary. This feature together with the monotonic decrease in Al content from corundum to hornblende as well as within sapphirine and plagioclase suggests that diffusion of Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> controlled the corona formation. The net reaction showed an increase in volume, indicating that the products were stable at lower pressures. Therefore, the corona–forming reaction took place during the decompression stage of the Lützow–Holm Complex.</p>

Journal

  • Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences

    Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences 113(2), 68-81, 2018

    Japan Association of Mineralogical Sciences

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130006733786
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    1345-6296
  • Data Source
    J-STAGE 
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