Delamerian Glenelg tectonic zone, western Victoria: geology and metamorphism of stratiform rocks

C. M. Grey, A. I. S. Kemp, J. A. C. Anderson, D. J. Bushell, D. J. Ferguson, J. Fitzherbert, M. D. Stevenson

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The Cambro-Ordovician Glenelg tectonic zone of western Victoria is a distinctive metamorphic-igneous segment of the Delamerian Orogenic Belt comprising two northwest-striking regional metamorphic segments of andalusite-sillimanite type prograding towards an axial granitic batholith. The second of five deformations (D₂) was most significant, producing isoclinal folds, transposition and a pervasive regional foliation (S₂). Southwest of the central batholith, biotite to migmatite zones contain mainly quartzo-feldspathic rock (turbiditic metagreywacke, quartzo-feldspathic schist and migmatite), plus less common metaquartzite and calc-silicate rocks and minor metapelite. Metagabbro, metadolerite and amphibolite typically have the chemistry of mid-ocean ridge basalts. Serpentinite pods and sheets were tectonically introduced to low-grade areas. Northeast of the central batholith, quartzo-feldspathic rock occupies the sillimanite and migmatite zones exclusively, with a regional concentration of pegmatites adjacent to the zone boundary. Gross interleaving of quartzo-feldspathic schist, migmatite, pegmatite and muscovite-bearing granitic rock is characteristic. Peak metamorphic conditions of 550 MPa at 640°C leading to migmatite formation were established by D₂ time and accompanied by tonalite-granodiorite and pegmatite emplacement. Subsequently, the thermal high contracted to the northeast culminating in the more extensive syn-, post-D4 to pre-D5 granitic magmatism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-200
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Journal of Earth Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Delamerian Orogenic Belt
  • Glenelg tectonic zone
  • metamorphism
  • petrology
  • thermal history
  • Victoria


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