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Deciphering polymetamorphism by garnet growth modelling : an application to the Austroalpine crystalline basement east of the Tauern Window

Gaidies, Fred. Deciphering polymetamorphism by garnet growth modelling : an application to the Austroalpine crystalline basement east of the Tauern Window. 2007, Doctoral Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science.

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Abstract

This thesis is based upon studies conducted between June 2003 and June 2007 at the Institute
of Mineralogy and Petrography at Basel University. It was developed under the supervision of
Rainer Abart (FU Berlin) and Christian de Capitani (Basel University) and essentially benefited
from the guidance of Ralf Schuster (Austrian Geological Survey) in terms of the regional
geological framework.
The thesis is divided into six chapters, four of which (Chapter 2 to 5) can be regarded as
individual manuscripts:
Chapter 1 (‘Introduction’) briefly presents the general background and the aim of the
thesis.
Chapter 2 (‘Characterization of polymetamorphism in the Austroalpine basement east of
the Tauern Window using garnet isopleth thermobarometry’) focuses on the description
of the method ‘garnet isopleth thermobarometry’ and its application to polymetamorphic
garnet porphyroblasts from the Austroalpine basement. This method allows to estimate
P-T conditions for the formation of pre-existing equilibrium assemblages, employing bulkrock
chemistries and garnet as the only relict mineral phase. This study is published in
the Journal of Metamorphic Geology.
Chapter 3 (‘THERIA G: A software program to numerically model prograde garnet
growth’) contains the description of the software program THERIA G, which was developed
throughout the course of the preparation of this thesis. THERIA G extends
earlier work to simulate the formation of garnet in a given volume of rock to garnet
populations. Chapter 3 clearly demonstrates that the chemical composition of garnet porphyroblasts
may be influenced by chemical fractionation between garnet and rock matrix
during growth, intracrystalline diffusion in garnet, and the nucleation history. This study
is under review in Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology.
Chapter 4 [‘Prograde garnet growth along complex P-T-t paths: Results from numerical
experiments on polyphase garnet from the W¨olz Complex (Austroalpine basement)’]
presents an application of THERIA G. Due to the application of THERIA G, essential
parts of the P-T-t paths of two different metamorphic events can be obtained from a single
polyphase garnet porphyroblast of the Austroalpine basement. This study is under review
in Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology.
Chapter 5 [‘Coupling garnet growth forward modelling with monazite geochronology: An
application to the Rappold Complex (Austroalpine crystalline basement)’] links thermobarometrical
information obtained from garnet growth modelling with microprobe monazite
ages. As a result, a possible geothermal history is suggested, which indicates the
complex metamorphic evolution of the Austroalpine crystalline basement. This study is
to be submitted for publication in the Journal of Metamorphic Geology.
Chapter 6 (‘Overall conclusion’) presents the main summery and conclusion of the entire
thesis.
The Appendix, which contains supplementary material to all the chapters, and the enclosed CD,
at which the remaining data are stored, complete the thesis.
Advisors:Abart, Rainer Richard
Committee Members:Chakraborty, Sumit
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Mineralogie-Petrographie
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Doctoral Thesis
Thesis no:7948
Thesis status:Complete
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Number of Pages:180
Language:English
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Deposited On:13 Feb 2009 16:07

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