Ananda Coomaraswamy Memorial Oration
Remarkable petrographic features of Sri Lankan granulites; with special regard to unexpected occurrence of “felsite-nanogranite inclusions” in garnet
Chiba University, Chiba, JP
Department of Earth Science
National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan
Fine spherulitic intergrowths of quartz and feldspar in felsite inclusions (FIs) in garnet in five representative granulite-facies rocks from northern, central and southeastern parts of the Highland Complex (HC), Sri Lanka, are presented together with an experimentally reproduced spherulitic intergrowth of similar dimensions. FIs show characteristics indicative of unexpectedly rapid cooling after far-from-equilibrium crystallization of trapped partial melts formed during high-grade metamorphism, because granulite-facies rocks in continental collision orogens generally have been presumed to be cooled and exhumed slowly from the depths for more than millions of years. Sri Lanka is the key place to unravel the mystery of rapid cooling of huge granulite masses and relevant geological processes because of the most widespread but apparently restricted occurrence of FIs along the marginal part of the HC in addition to accumulated geological, geochemical, and geochronological data.
How to Cite:
Hiroi, Y., 2020. Remarkable petrographic features of Sri Lankan granulites; with special regard to unexpected occurrence of “felsite-nanogranite inclusions” in garnet. Journal of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka, 21(1), pp.1–19. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jgssl.v21i1.34
13 Jul 2020.