Metamorphism of Pelites

  • Helmut G. F. Winkler

Abstract

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

Staurolite

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

Stilpnomelane

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.

Keywords

Quartz Calcite Magnetite Petrol Dolomite 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmut G. F. Winkler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Mineralogy and PetrologyUniversity of GöttingenGoettingenGermany

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