Metamorphism of Pelites

  • Helmut G. F. Winkler


Slates, phyllites, and mica schists are derived from clay. They belong to the large group of metamorphic rocks known as metapelites. In addition to quartz, the following minerals are common constituents of these rocks:

Pyrophyllite, andalusite, kyanite, sillimanite


Chloritoid, cordierite

Chlorite, almandine-rich garnet

The K-bearing micas phengite, muscovite, and biotite

The Na-bearing mica paragonite and solid solutions of paragonite and phengite/muscovite

The Ca-bearing mica margarite


Alkali feldspar is present in some very-low and low-grade rocks and is widespread in high-grade rocks where it commonly takes the place of muscovite.

Most of these minerals may be graphically presented in an AFM diagram; see Figure 5-10 in Chapter 5.


Metamorphic Rock Medium Grade Pelitic Rock Biotite Zone Pelitic Gneiss 
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  • Helmut G. F. Winkler
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  1. 1.Institute of Mineralogy and PetrologyUniversity of GöttingenGoettingenGermany

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