Abstract

Metasediments of the Tayvallich Subgroup of the Dalradian at Kinnairds Head, Fraserburgh are metamorphosed to sillimanite + K-feldspar grade and form part of the classic high-T low-P Buchan metamorphic terrain. Pelitic samples constrain peak-metamorphic conditions to 615±13°C and 2.2±0.2 kbar. At or close to the metamorphic peak, irregular garnetiferous aplites and autopegmatite bodies intruded the metasediments. Thin marble bands within the sequence are dominated by calcite with diopside, and equilibrated with relatively CO2-rich, internally buffered fluids. Where these are inclose proximity to granitoid pegmatites, wollastonite dominates the matrix, and fractures and veins running through the rock contain concentrations of grossular and vesuvianite. With increasing distance from the pegmatite, vesuvianite and then grossular disappear, and wollastonite is only patchily developed. Such occurrences require a flushing of the marble by metasomatic (siliceous and aluminous) aqueous fluids which were derived from the de-watering of the adjacent pegmatite as it crystallized. The large quantities of dissolved silica led to pervasive wollastonite formation for several metres. The smaller quantities of Al reacted to form Ca-Al-silicates which were confined to the fractures.

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