Incipient charnockitisation due to carbonic fluid transfer related to late Pan-African transcurrent tectonics in Madagascar; implications for mobility of Fe, Ti, REE and other elements

Anne Nédélec, Damien Guillaume, Cécile Cournède, Charley Duran, Mélina Macouin, Michel Rakotondrazafy, Gaston Giuliani

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Abstract

Incipient charnockitisation of an A-type granite protolith has been recognized in a spectacular outcrop 35km north of Antananarivo. The charnockites form structurally-controlled dark greenish patches suggesting channelized fluid transfer, during and after partial reworking of the granite coeval with the Antananarivo virgation zone (ca 560Ma) and/or the Angavo shear zone of late-Panafrican age (ca 550Ma). They are characterized by a significant increase of the bulk magnetic susceptibility. The granitic protolith contains quartz, perthitic alkali feldspar, high-Ti hastingsitand accessory minerals (apatite, allanite, magnetite and zircon). The charnockitic granite contains quartz, perthitic alkali feldspar and ghost (altered) orthopyroxene crystals, as well as secondary low-Ti hastingsite surrounding orthopyroxene. The large increase of magnetic susceptibility magnitudes is related to the formation of pockets of secondary magnetite, spatially associated with quartz and other accessories, such as fluorine, calcite, bastnaesite, sphalerite, Ti-oxide and (Ca, REE)fluor-carbonates, in fluid percolation zones or in reaction rims around ghost orthopyroxene. Fluid inclusions entrapped in quartz grains witness the presence of CO2-rich hydrocarbonic fluids of low salinity, that are more abundant in charnockites than in granites. It is suggested that the rocks underwent a rather long history of fluid percolation, leading to prograde and then retrograde transformations. The corresponding metasomatic changes point to the mobility of Ti, Fe, Ca, Zn, F and REE. These changes are consistent with the CO2-rich nature of the percolating fluids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-99
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of African Earth Sciences
Volume94
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Charnockite
  • Madagascar
  • Magnetic susceptibility
  • Pan-African

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