Abstract

Blueschist-facies rocks with jadeite-K-feldspar-lawsonite paragenesis occur as exotic blocks in Miocene debris flows in the blueschist belt of northwest Turkey. The jadeite-K-feldspar rocks have a very fine grain size and although recrystallized locally retain a relict porphyritic volcanic texture. The former nepheline microphenocrysts, recognized from their characteristic shapes, are pseudomorphed by jadeite and K-feldspar, while the relict magmatic aegirine has rims of jadeite. The matrix of the rock consists of very fine-grained aggregates of jadeite, K-feldspar and lawsonite. In some blocks, jadeite makes up >60% of the mode. Jadeite, K-feldspar and lawsonite in the blocks are essentially pure end-member in composition. P-T estimates for these rocks are 8+ or -2 kbar and 300+ or -50 degrees C. The preserved volcanic texture, relict aegirine and the bulk rock composition indicate that these rocks represent metamorphosed phonolites. The paragenesis in these rocks shows that jadeite-K-feldspar is a stable mineral pair in blueschist-facies P-T conditions.

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