Highlights and Breakthroughs. Zircon dissolution and growth during metamorphism

Suzanne L. Baldwin 1
  • 1 Department of Earth Sciences, Heroy Geology Laboratory, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 13244, U.S.A.


Kohn et al. 2015 (this volume) present models of zircon dissolution and growth in hydrous MORB and metapelite bulk compositions under metamorphic conditions. They evaluate the propensity metamorphic minerals in equilibrium with zircon, to assess what minerals (besides zircon) affect whole rock Zr mass balance. Results indicate that mineral reactions over a range of metamorphic grades could play an important role in the dissolution and growth of metamorphic zircon, with Zr preferentially incorporated into melt, rutile, garnet, and hornblende with increasing temperatures and decreasing pressures.

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