The retrograde evolution of a dolomite-bearing hydrous peridotite from the Ulten Zone (Italian Alps)

Roberto Braga*, Giovanna T. Sapienza

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Abstract

A dolomite-bearing chlorite-amphibole peridotite from the Ulten Zone (Eastern Alps) preserves the mineralogical and textural record of three metamorphic assemblages: the near-peak condition M1 stage (= garnetamphibole) and the exhumation-related M2 and M3 stages (= spinel-amphibole and chlorite-amphibole, respectively). This metamorphic evolution supports the hypothesis that chlorite-bearing peridotites from the Ulten Zone represent the retrograde equilibration product of former high-pressure garnet-bearing peridotite. Multi-equilibrium thermobarometry, which involves also hydrous phases, dolomite and a C-O-H fluid phase, gives P ∼ 1.8-2.2 GPa, T ≥ 800 °C (M1) and P ∼ 1.5-1.7 GPa, T ∼ 730 °C (M3). M2 stage lacks minerals suitable for multi-equilibrium computation. During the retrograde evolution, the CO2 content X(CO2) of the fluid phase increased from 0.1 to 0.5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalGeoActa
Volume6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Average PT method
  • Dolomite-bearing peridotite
  • Multi-equilibrium thermobarometry
  • Ulten Zone

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