Rocks containing three Al 2 SiO 5 polymorphs (andalusite, kyanite, sillimanite) are uncommon; only ten localities
have previously been reported. By determining the crystallization sequence of the polymorphs,
tectonic/metamorphic histories can be unlocked. Two crystallization sequences have been proposed: (1)
kyanite -> sillimanite -> andalusite (Idaho, New Mexico, Spain, Italy), and (2) andalusite -> kyanite -> sillimanite
(Colombia, Turkey, Iran, Russia, South Korea, and Japan). The newest locality is Lesjaverk, Norway. Sequence
(1) suggests continental collision whereas Sequence (2) suggests contact metamorphism. Using petrographic
analyses of deformation and accessory minerals, microprobe analyses of rutile grains, temperature
calculations using Zr-in- rutile thermometry, and evaluation of element substitution, crystallization sequence,
temperatures, and elemental trends will be determined.
This research was supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), and the Structure, Tectonics, and Metamorphic Petrology (STAMP) Research Group.
Samuelson, Willa J.; Whitney, Donna, L.
Crystallization sequence and tectonic significance of andalusite, kyanite, and sillimanite 'triple point' localities, including a new locality: Lesjaverk, Norway..
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