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An extensive database of published cordierite volatile contents from twenty-eight different high-grade terranes is used to investigate whether CO2 streaming or fluid-absent melting processes prevail during the formation and evolution of granulites. In most case studies the cordierite volatile contents, calculated activities, and melt-H2O contents are entirely consistent with a mode of origin dominated by fluid-absent melting processes. In accordance with published experimental and theoretical evidence these data suggest that CO2 is not a prerequisite for granulite formation. Even in cases in which cordierite preserves high CO2 contents this does not necessarily imply that fluid-saturated...

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