Crystal size distribution of garnet in quartzo-feldspathic gneisses from the Lützow-Holm Complex at Skallen, East Antarctica
Saori Goto, Takeshi Ikeda, 2008. "Crystal size distribution of garnet in quartzo-feldspathic gneisses from the Lützow-Holm Complex at Skallen, East Antarctica", Geodynamic Evolution of East Antarctica: A Key to the East–West Gondwana Connection, M. Satish-Kumar, Y. Motoyoshi, Y. Osanai, Y. Hiroi, K. Shiraishi
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Crystal size distributions (CSDs) of garnet in quartzo-feldspathic gneisses from the Lützow-Holm Complex at Skallen, East Antarctica, indicate that significant annealing with Ostwald ripening did not take place even though the rocks underwent regional granulite-facies metamorphism with a peak phase of ultrahigh-temperature conditions. Absence of fluid as a result of the complete consumption of hydrous minerals during garnet-forming reactions could restrain intergranular diffusion and inhibit Ostwald ripening. Garnet-poor gneisses have experienced a single nucleation and growth event associated with a continuous garnet-forming reaction. In contrast, garnet-rich gneisses from the same outcrop have undergone additional garnet-forming reactions responsible for multiple stages of nucleation and growth.
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Geodynamic Evolution of East Antarctica: A Key to the East–West Gondwana Connection
Geological correlations of East Antarctica with adjoining continents have been puzzling geologists ever since the concept of a Gondwana supercontinent surfaced. Despite the paucity of outcrops because of ice cover, difficulty of access and extreme weather, the past 50 years of Japanese Antarctic Research Expeditions (JARE) has successfully revealed vital elements of the geology of East Antarctica. This volume presents reviews and new research from localities across East Antarctica, especially from Dronning Maud Land to Enderby Land, where the geological record preserves a history that spans the Archaean and Proterozoic. The reviews include extensive bibliographies of results obtained by geologists who participated in the JARE. Comprehensive geological, petrological and geochemical studies, form a platform for future research on the formation and dispersion of Rodinia in the Mesoproterozoic and subsequent assembly of Gondwana in the Neoproterozoic to Early Palaeozoic.