Polymetamorphic evolution of pelites inferred from tourmaline zoning – the Rędziny hornfels case study at the eastern contact of the Karkonosze Granite, Sudetes, Poland

Jarosław Majka 1 , 2 , Mateusz P. Sęk 1 , Stanisław Mazur 3 , Bożena Gołębiowska 1  and Adam Pieczka 1
  • 1 AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of Mineralogy, Petrography and Geochemistry, 30-052, Kraków, Poland
  • 2 Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences, SE-752 36, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 3 Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences, , 31-002, Kraków, Poland


Tourmaline occurring in hornfelses from the eastern envelope of the Karkonosze Granite (Western Sudetes, Poland) reveals at least two stages of crystallization expressed by its complex zoning. The cores and mantles of the crystals probably grew during prograde metamorphism under intermediate pressure-temperature conditions reflected by increasing Mg, Ti and Ca. Outermost rims show enrichment in Al and Ca, indicating growth during contact metamorphism in the presence of an Al-saturating phase. The Ti-content in biotite indicates that the temperature of the contact metamorphic event did not exceed 650ºC. The presence of andalusite and the lack of garnet and cordierite also indicates pressure conditions of ~ 2-3 kbar, typical of the C1 bathozone of Carmichael (1978) or the P1 bathozone of Pattison (2001).

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