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Informal atlas of Cordierite textures, in outcrop, handsample and thin section.


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Siddoway / Cordierite studies

Haywood, Jenny and Siddoway, C.S., 2005, Investigation of cordierite and sillimanite textures as a test of emplacement models for the Fosdick gneiss dome, Antarctica , Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs Vol. 37, No. 7, p. 226.

Wilson M., Stevens S., Siddoway C., & Noblett J., 1998, Structural analysis and metamorphic history of a cordierite schist unit, Fremont County, south-central Colorado, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Program, v. 30, no. 6, p. 40 .

Siddoway, C.S. & Harley, S., 1996, H2O-CO2 content of cordierite from secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), and comparison with thermal conductivity method, GSA Abstracts with Program, v. 28, no. 7, p. 423.

Smith C.H., 1996, Volatile contents of Cordierite in Migmatites, Fosdick Mountains, Antarctica, Terra Antartica , v. 3, no. 1, 11-22. ( n.b. surname formerly Smith)


Citations for recent articles on Cordierite.

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Aines, R. D. and G. Rossman, The high temperature behavior of water and carbon dioxide in cordierite and beryl, American Mineralogist, 69, 319-327,1984.

Bhattacharya, A., A. C. Mazumdar and S. K. Sen, Fe-Mg mixing in cordierite: constraints from natural data and implications for cordierite-garnet geothermometry in granulites, American Mineralogist, 73, 338-344,1988.

Bhattacharya, A., Mazumdar, A. C. & Sen, S. K. (1988). Fe–Mg garnet zoning patterns. mixing in cordierite: constraints from natural data and implications for cordierite–garnet geothermometry in granulites. American Mineralogist, v. 78, 681–693.

Bucher, K. and B. R. Frost, Crystallization history of charnockites, Thor Range, Antarctica, implications for thermobarometry of cordierite gneisses, Abstracts with Program, Geological Society of America, 25, A-448,1993.

Bucher-Nurminen, K. and Y. Ohta, Granulites and garnet-cordierite gneisses from Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 11, 691-703,1993.

Barbey, P., Marignac, C., Montel, J. M., Macaudière, J., Gasquet, D. & Jabbori, J. (1999). Cordierite growth textures and the conditions of genesis and emplacement of crustal granitic magmas: the Velay Granite Complex (Massif Central, France). Journal of Petrology, 40, 1425–1441.

Carrington, D. P. & Harley, S. L. (1996). Cordierite as a monitor of fluid and melt H2O contents in the lower crust: an experimental calibration. Geology 24, 647–650.

Clarke, D. B. (1995). Cordierite in felsic igneous rocks: a synthesis. Mineralogical Magazine 59, 311–325.

Evensen, J.M. and London, D. (2003) Experimental partitioning of Be and other trace elements between cordierite and silicic melt, and the chemical signature of S-type granite. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 144, 739-757.

Fitzsimons I.C.W. (1994) Cordierite migmatites from East Antarctica: geochemical constraints on volatile distribution during crustal anatexis. VM Goldschmidt Conference Extended Abstracts, Min. Mag., 58A, 274-275.

Koester, E., Pawley, AR, Fernandes, LAD, Porcher, CC. and Soliani, Jr., E., 2002, Experimental Melting of Cordierite Gneiss and the Petrogenesis of Syntranscurrent Peraluminous Granites in Southern Brazil, Journal of Petrology, v. 43, no. 8, pp. 1595-1616.

Harley, SL, P Thompson (2004) The influence of cordierite on melting and mineral-melt equilibria in UHT metamorphism. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, Vol 95, pp 87-98

Harley SL, P Thompson, BJ Hensen, IS Buick, (2002) Cordierite as a sensor of fluid conditions in high-grade metamorphism and crustal anatexis J Metamorphic Geology. Vol 20 pp 71-86

Harley S.L. (1994) Cordierite as a sensor of fluid and melt distribution in crustal metamorphism. VM Goldschmidt Conference Extended Abstracts, Min. Mag., 58A, 374-375.

Le Breton, N., Infrared investigation of CO2-bearing cordierites, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 103, 387-396,1989.

Kalt, A., Berger, A., and Blumel, P., 1999, Metamorphic Evolution of Cordierite-Bearing Migmatites from the Bayerische Wald (Variscan Belt, Germany), Journal of Petrology, v. 40, no 4, p. 601-627.

Kalt, A. (1999). Structures and melt fractions as indicators of rheology in cordierite-bearing migmatites of the Bayerische Wald (Variscan Belt, Germany). Journal of Petrology (submitted).

McPhail, R. Berman and H. Greenwood, Experimental and theoretical constraints on aluminum substitution in magnesian chlorite, and a thermodynamic model for H2O in magnesian cordierite, Canadian Mineralogist, 28, 859-874,1990.

Moazzen, M., Droop, G.T.R., Harte, B., 2001, Abrupt transition in H2O activity in the melt-present zone of a thermal aureole: Evidence from H2O contents of cordierites, Geology, v. 29, no. 4, p. 311-314.

Santosh, M., D. H. Jackson and N. B. W. Harris, The significance of channel and fluid-inclusion CO2 in cordierite: Evidence from carbon isotopes, Journal of Petrology, 34, 233-258, 1993.

Stevens, G., Clemens, J. D. & Droop, G. T. R. (1995). Hydrous cordierite in granulites and crustal magma production. Geology 23, 925–928.Berger, A. &

Thompson P, SL Harley, DP Carrington (2002) Sodium and potassium in cordierite – a potential thermometer for melts? Eur J Mineral.Vol. 14, pp 459-469. http://www.sbe.hw.ac.uk/staff/pauline/

Thompson P, SL Harley, DP Carrington (2001) The distribution of H2O-CO2 between cordierite and granitic melt under fluid saturated conditions at 5 kbar and 900°C. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. Vol 142, pp 107-118.

Ugidos, J. M. & Recio, C. (1993). Origin of cordierite-bearing granites by assimilation in the Central Iberian Massif (CIM), Spain . Chemical Geology 103, 27–43.