Abstract

A tonalitic vein from a representative traverse section from the Paleoarchean Sand River biotite-amphibole gneiss consists of two domains – orthopyroxene-bearing and orthopyroxene-absent domains – which grade from center to the margin, along its length. The orthopyroxene-bearing domain is heavily altered with respect to the surrounding orthopyroxene-absent domain, which preserves a prominent magmatic texture typical of crystallized melt. Contrasting textures were observed in terms of monazite occurrence in fluorapatite in the two domains. While monazite occurs as inclusions in fluorapatite in the orthopyroxene-bearing domain, it prominently occurs as irregular rims along fluorapatite margins in the orthopyroxene-absent domain. The textural relation of monazite, occurring as both inclusions and irregular rims in the same fluorapatite grains, and different mineral chemical characteristics of both types of monazite, supports the operation of melting accompanying fluid-induced dehydration in the Sand River orthogneiss. T-aH2O pseudosection modeling reproduced the mineral assemblages of the domain representing melt portion formed during dehydration. The Paleoproterozoic timing of the events is characterized by a 40Ar/39Ar amphibole age of 2037 ± 10 Ma from the dehydrated gneiss.

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