Abstract

Use of the pyrope content of garnet as a piezometer should be restricted to an estimate of the minimum pressure of formation. Reactions leading to the growth of garnet inevitably increase the pyrope/almandine ratio, but do so with temperature increase in some cases and pressure increase in others. The volume behavior of Fe-Mg exchange reactions between garnet and other common silicates indicates that, for given bulk compositions, the pyrope/almandine ratio will decrease with pressure.

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