Whole-rock geochemical modelling of granite genesis: the current state of play
Published:April 21, 2020
Vojtěch Janoušek, Jean-François Moyen, 2020. "Whole-rock geochemical modelling of granite genesis: the current state of play", Post-Archean Granitic Rocks: Petrogenetic Processes and Tectonic Environments, V. Janoušek, B. Bonin, W. J. Collins, F. Farina, P. Bowden
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Whole-rock geochemistry represents a powerful tool in deciphering petrogenesis of magmatic suites, including granitoids, which can be used to formulate and test hypotheses qualitatively and often also quantitatively. Typically, it can rule out impossible/improbable scenarios and further constrain the process inferred on geological and petrological grounds. With the current explosion of high-precision data, both newly acquired and retrieved from extensive databases, the whole-rock geochemistry-based petrogenetic modelling of igneous rocks will gain further importance. Especially promising is its combination with thermodynamic modelling into a single, coherent and comprehensive software, using the R and Python languages.
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Post-Archean Granitic Rocks: Petrogenetic Processes and Tectonic Environments
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Granites (sensu lato) represent the dominant rock-type forming the upper–middle continental crust but their origin remains a matter of long-standing controversy. The granites may result from fractionation of mantle-derived basaltic magmas, or partial melting of different crustal protoliths at contrasting P–T conditions, either water-fluxed or fluid-absent. Consequently, many different mechanisms have been proposed to explain the compositional variability of granites ranging from whole igneous suites down to mineral scale. This book presents an overview of the state of the art, and envisages future avenues towards a better understanding of granite petrogenesis. The volume focuses on the following topics:
compositional variability of granitic rocks generated in contrasting geodynamic settings during the Proterozoic to Phanerozoic Periods;
main permissible mechanisms producing subduction-related granites;
crustal anatexis of different protoliths and the role of water in granite petrogenesis; and
new theoretical and analytical tools available for modelling whole-rock geochemistry in order to decipher the sources and evolution of granitic suites.