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

Gray, C.M., Kemp, A.I.S., Anderson, J.A.C., Bushell, D.J., Ferguson, D.J., Fitzherbert, J., and Stevenson, M.D. (2002) Delamerian Glenelg tectonic zone, western Victoria: geology and metamorphism of stratiform rocks. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 49 (2). pp. 187-200.

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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.

Item ID: 4696
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-0952
Keywords: Delamerian Orogenic Belt; Glenelg tectonic zone; metamorphism; petrology; thermal history; Victoria
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2009 00:40
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