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Talc-chlorite-amphibole felses of the KTB pilot hole, Oberpfalz, Bavaria: Protolith characteristics and phase relationships

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The metagabbro-amphibolite sequences in the KTB pilot hole contain intercalations of talc-chlorite-amphibole felses (or ''hosbachites''), which show transitional contacts to the adjacent metagabbros. The hosbachites are characterized by relics of a primary igneous texture and still contain igneous minerals like clinopyroxene, biotite and pseudomorphs after olivine, while brown Ca-amphibole was presumably formed in a late-magmatic stage. The geological, textural, mineralogical and geochemical evidence indicates that the hosbachites were derived from ultramafic cumulates, differentiated from a basaltic magma, either in the inner parts of dolerite sills or in small gabbro intrusions. A pervasive metamorphic overprint under medium-pressure, amphibolite-facies conditions which was accompanied by penetrative deformation led to assemblages with green Ca-amphibole +/- anthophyllite +/- cummingtonite +/- tremolite/actinolite + clinochlore + talc + olivine + ilmenite +/- Cr-bearing spinel + sulfides. Phase relationships are consistent with a prograde P-T path leading to the formation of anthophyllite from olivine + talc at peak metamorphic temperatures of 640-700-degrees-C, at assumed pressures of 8-10 kbar, similar to those derived from mineral assemblages in the adjacent metabasites and metasediments. High-pressure relics locally present in coronitic metagabbros and retrograded eclogites of the KTB pilot hole were not recognized in the hosbachites. A retrograde overprint under greenschist-facies conditions led to the total replacement of igneous or metamorphic olivine by aggregates of antigorite + magnetite, chloritization of biotite and the formation of late tremolite/actinolite.

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... Patzak, 1991Patzak, , 1996Patzak, et al., 1991;Schalkwijk, 1991;O'Brien et al., 1992) are repeatedly intercalated with layers and lenses of ultramafic talc-chlorite-amphibole rock. Contact relationships, relic textures, relics of igneous minerals and bulk rock compositions indicate that these ultramafic layers were derived from mafic cumulates, differentiated from a basaltic magma, either in the lower parts of dolerite sills or small gabbro intrusions (Matthes et al., 1995). The investigated sample, derived at a depth of 1382.36 m, is a massive ultramafic rock (Fig. 1). ...
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... In this paper, we present a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and electron microprobe (EMP) study of the assemblage Ca-amphibole-cummingtonite-anthophyllitegedrite-chlorite-talc encountered in a metamorphosed ultramafic rock of the pilot hole of the Kontinentales Tiefbohr-Programm (KTB; German Continental Deep Drilling Program), northeastern Bavaria, Germany. Earlier studies of this rock were aimed at its protolith characteristics and phase relationships (Matthes et al., 1995) and the stability field of the mineral assemblage observed (Schmädicke & Okrusch, 1997). In the present study, the dominant points are the chemical composition of coexisting amphiboles, their exsolution phenomena and mutual orientation relationships, and those with associated chlorite and talc within the same ultramafic rock. ...
... Patzak, 1991Patzak, , 1996Patzak, et al., 1991;Schalkwijk, 1991;O'Brien et al., 1992) are repeatedly intercalated with layers and lenses of ultramafic talc-chlorite-amphibole rock. Contact relationships, relic textures, relics of igneous minerals and bulk rock compositions indicate that these ultramafic layers were derived from mafic cumulates, differentiated from a basaltic magma, either in the lower parts of dolerite sills or small gabbro intrusions (Matthes et al., 1995). The investigated sample, derived at a depth of 1382.36 m, is a massive ultramafic rock (Fig. 1). ...
... These features are interpreted as relics of late-igneous amphibole, originally derived from magmatic Ti-augite. The porphyroclasts are spatially related with fine, colourless aggregates of talc, opaque phases and serpentine interpreted as pseudomorphs after olivine (Matthes et al., 1995). The pseudomorphs mostly occur in mutual contact with the porphyroclasts, in many cases as inclusions. ...
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Ultrabasic metamorphic rocks with typical mineral assemblage of cummingtonitic hornblende+Mg-chlorite+talc (described byMatthes u.Okrusch, 1965, and called “hösbachit”) were found for the first time in Odenwald/Germany. Three steps of metamorphic development can be described: the primary magmatic ultrabasic rock consisted of (1) orthopyroxene (bronzite), clinopyroxene (diallage), poikilitic olivine, and some hornblende. This is indicated by textural relicts, structural and geochemical investigations. A regional metamorphic process under conditions of the staurolite-almandine-subfacies ofWinkler’s andTurner andVerhoogen’s almandine-amphibolite facies transformed this assemblage to (2): cummingtonitic hornblende I+Mg-chlorite I (clinochlore)+talc. The third step followed under more diaphthoritic conditions and brought mineral assemblage (3): tremolitic hornblende II+Mg-chlorite II (pennine)+talc.