Abstract

The crystalline schists of northern Limousin, France, are polymetamorphic in origin. Two phases of migmatization have been distinguished, of different chemical nature and separated by a long time interval. This double metamorphism is not limited to northern Limousin, but is a general characteristic of other parts of the Central Massif and of the metamorphic terrain of Brittany. The classic scheme of metamorphic zoning of migmatites does not hold; rather than an advancing front of migmatization two distinct processes took place at different times--granitization, consisting essentially of partial or total remobilization of preexisting materials, and regional feldspathization, involving K-metasomatism, both represented by independent facies.

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