Abstract

Sr-bearing zoisite and epidote are common constituents of eclogites and associated paraschists throughout the Su-Lu ultra-high pressure (UHP) province, eastern China. The SrO content of prograde zoisite and epidote reaches 3.2 wt% in crystal cores and generally decreases toward crystal margins. Retrograde epidote is poorer in SrO (<0.1 wt%). Preliminary rare earth element (REE) analyses of epidote give La 2 O 3 (up to 2.9 wt%), Ce 2 O 3 (5.9 wt%), and Nd 2 O 3 (3.0 wt%). REE contents of zoisite are distinctly lower (La 2 O 3 up to 0.16 wt%, Ce 2 O 3 up to 0.26 wt%, and Nd 2 O 3 up to 0.16 wt%) than coexisting epidote. Apatite is always more depleted in SrO (0.10-0.59 wt% on average) than coexisting zoisite and epidote, and Sr-Ca partition coefficients for zoisite and epidote and apatite [(Sr/Ca) (sub zo/ep-ap) ] range from 5 to 20. SrO content of K-white mica (0.012-0.044 wt%) is an order of magnitude lower than that of apatite. An evaluation of the SrO content in zoisite and epidote and their modal abundances in seven samples indicates that >70% of the whole-rock SrO is contained in these minerals. Apatite and K-white mica are only minor reservoirs for SrO in these rocks. Zoisite and epidote are thus regarded as the most important Sr reservoirs at UHP conditions where calcic plagioclase and titanite are unstable.

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