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HP-UHP Metamorphism and the Tectonic Evolution of Orogenic Belts

Product Code: SP474
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by L. Zhang, Z. Zhang, H.-P. Schertl and C. Wei
Publication Date: 02 May 2019
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Special Publication 474

High pressure (HP) and ultrahigh pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks play a key role in understanding the tectonic evolution of orogenic belts. They have typically experienced complex changes during subduction and exhumation processes arising from recrystallization, deformation, fluid–rock interactions and even partial melting, and may therefore carry valuable records of evolving geodynamic systems in an orogenic belt. This special publication addresses the current work on HP–UHP metamorphism and its relation to the tectonic evolution of orogenic belts.

This special publication contains fifteen papers which were presented as part of the session ‘HP–UHP metamorphism and tectonic evolution of orogenic belts’, held at the 35th International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. These papers have been grouped into three parts: (I) new developments in the determination of metamorphic pressure–temperature (PT) conditions and their timing, (II) overview papers of well-known HP–UHP metamorphic belts and (III) research papers for some newly discovered HP–UHP belts.

Published online 18/04/2019. Print copies available from 02/05/2019.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786203991
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 362
Weight: 1 kg



New progress in the determination of metamorphic P–T conditions and their timing

O’BRIEN, P. J. Tso Morari coesite eclogite: pseudosection predictions v. the preserved record and implications for tectonometamorphic models

WEI, C. J. & DUAN, Z. Z. Phase relations in metabasic rocks: constraints from the results of experiments, phase modelling and ACF analysis

CHENG, H. Garnet Lu–Hf and Sm–Nd geochronology: a time capsule of the metamorphic evolution of orogenic belts

LIN, M., ZHANG, G., SONG, S., LI, H. & ZHANG, L. The validity of Ti-in-zircon thermometry in low temperature eclogites

Overview papers of well-known HP–UHP metamorphic belts

ZHENG, Y.-F., ZHAO, Z.-F. & CHEN, R.-X. Ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Dabie–Sulu orogenic belt: compositional inheritance and metamorphic modification

ZHANG, L., WANG, Y., ZHANG, L. & LÜ, Z. Ultrahigh pressure metamorphism and tectonic evolution of southwestern Tianshan orogenic belt, China: a comprehensive review

ZHANG, J., MATTINSON, C., YU, S., LI, Y., YU, X., MAO, X., LU, Z. & PENG, Y. Two contrasting accretion v. collision orogenies: insights from Early Paleozoic polyphase metamorphism in the Altun–Qilian–North Qaidam orogenic system, NW China

UR REHMAN, H. Geochronological enigma of the HP–UHP rocks in the Himalayan orogen

ZHANG, C., BADER, T., VAN ROERMUND, H., YANG, J., SHEN, T., QIU, T. & LI, P. The metamorphic evolution and tectonic significance of the Sumdo HP–UHP metamorphic terrane, central-south Lhasa Block, Tibet

Research papers for some newly discovered and/or less well understood HP–UHP belts


RAMOS, R., SPEICH, L. & HOFMAN, C. L. Petrography, mineralogy and geochemistry of jadeite-rich artefacts from the Playa Grande excavation site, northern Hispaniola: evaluation of local provenance from the Río San Juan Complex

LIU, Y. Y., PERCHUK, A. L. & PHILIPPOT, P. Eclogites from the Marun-Keu Complex, Polar Urals, Russia: a record of hot subduction and sub-isothermal exhumation

SONG, S., NIU, Y., ZHANG, G. & ZHANG, L. Two epochs of eclogite metamorphism link ‘cold’ oceanic subduction and ‘hot’ continental subduction, the North Qaidam UHP belt, NW China

DING, H. & ZHANG, Z. Early Cenozoic thickening and reworking of the eastern Gangdese arc, south Tibet: constraints from the Oligocene granitoids

LIU, J., ZHANG, L., CHENG, N., GAO, Y. & XIE, L. Thermal structure of the Dabie eclogite-bearing terrane revealed from the results of Ti-in-zircon thermometry

TIAN, Z., ZHANG, Z. & DONG, X. Constraining the age of high-pressure metamorphism of paragneisses from the Eastern Himalayan Syntaxis using zircon petrochronology and phase equilibria


Mark Griffin

In the opinion of this reviewer, the volume provides an excellent synthesis of current research efforts, successfully combining contributions from field-based studies and the application of modern micro-analytical, geochronological and tectonic modelling techniques. All sections are well-written and edited, concisely laid-out with clear and appropriate figures, photographs and datatables, all features that one has come to expect from the GSL Special Publication series. The inclusion of numerous annotated colour figures and photographs enhance the understanding of the textual details. The volume is particularly recommended to all researchers in crustal evolution, notably in metamorphic petrology, geochronology, orogenic tectonics and geodynamics, and is anticipated to be an essential reference source for many years to come. In summary, the volume is a comprehensive contemporary addition to this interdisciplinary field, and the editors and contributors are to be congratulated.

Isabel O'Brien

This Geological Society Special Publication is an interesting read for those who enjoy metamorphic geology.

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