Title

Titaniferous accessory minerals in very low-grade metamorphic rocks, Keweenaw Peninsula Michigan, USA

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2010

Abstract

Titanite, TiO(2), and pseudorutile are associated with primary igneous Fe-oxide grains in basalt and rhyolite clasts from the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA which were metamorphosed to the prehnite-pumpellyite facies. Pseudorutile occurs with titanite + TiO(2) in broad lamellae within titaniferous magnetites It also occurs as intergrowths with titanite and Fe-oxide in embayments within primary oxide grains and in composite Fe-oxide-titanite grains that appear to represent nearly complete replacement of original Ti-bearing Fe-oxides Thin {111} lamellae in titaniferous magnetite grains contain Marine. titanite + TiO(2) and titanite + TiO(2) + Fe-oxide TiO(2) also occurs by itself in networks of closely spaced small elongated lenses in Fe-Ti oxides Concentrations of CaAlSiO(4)F + CaAlSiO(4)(OH) in marine range from 0 to 30% The large variation in marine compositions suggests that equilibrium was not achieved except on a very local scale a conclusion also supported by local variations in the assemblages of Ti-bearing secondary minerals. Textures and mineral assemblages indicate that ulvospinel lamellae were altered to titanite and/or TiO(2) polymorphs while ilmenite was altered to pseudorutile and titanite +/- TiO(2) The relative proportions of TiO(2) and titanite appear to reflect local variations in the composition of the metamorphic fluid phase that may be linked to the degree of interaction with a hydrothermal fluid Titanite-rich regions may indicate a greater degree of fluid flushing than TiO(2)-rich regions. Textures and mineral assemblages cannot distinguish between models in which pseudorutile and a TiO(2) polymorph formed during weathering or diagenesis followed by conversion of TiO(2) to Marine during metamorphism and models in which pseudorutile formed, together with Marine and TiO(2), during metamorphism In either case, pseudorutile was able to persist through prehnite-pumpellyite metamorphism suggesting that it can be a significant Ti-rich accessory mineral in very low-grade metamorphic rocks.