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Pressure-Temperature-time paths This post is in the middle of a series on metamorphism. Concepts such as metamorphic facies or grade all allow us to link a metamorphic rock to a particular set of conditions, under which it was metamorphosed.
This is a simplification, of course. Hold a piece of schist in your hand: Calling it a greenschist facies rock tells us about a single point on its journey, but not the whole picture.
Pressure and temperature are the things we can measure, because we understand how they affect metamorphic reactions. So how can we discover more about the journey, what is a typical journey and why do concepts such as grade still make sense? How to create a P-T-t path Metamorphic rocks are complicated.
Take this beauty from Connemara, Ireland: Thin section of Connemara schist, field of view is 14mm across The big gray lumps are garnet, the orange stuff is biotite. The big area a third of the way from the right is a sheaf of muscovite, containing yellow staurolite.
These minerals tell us its an amphibolite grade rock. Some investigations of mineral chemistry could allow us to quantify that a bit more and put a big cross onto a plot of Pressure and Temperature, representing peak conditions.
There is more information to had from this rock, though. A transect through the garnet would show that the Mn, Fe, Mg and Ca values vary systematically from the core of the garnet to the edge.
We know that the garnet would have started small and grown bigger, so the values from the core are earlier than the ones at the rim. The garnet therefore contains a trace of the journey the rock has been on. Often we can infer that the conditions were of lower pressure and temperature when the garnet started growing.
So, we can draw an arrow up and along towards our cross marking peak conditions. This arrow we call the prograde path, the portion of the journey before the most extreme conditions.
Look at the lowest big garnet, see the greenish patch just above it? OK, maybe not, but it is very clear down the microscope.
The green is a patch of chlorite, which is associated more with greenschist conditions. Is this another part of the prograde path?
No, as the chlorite can be seen as patches within biotite, showing that it grew later. The chlorite is part of the retrograde path, another line we can draw going from the peak conditions back to the surface.
We have drawn a P-T-t path. This is a simple example but I hope it illustrates the general point. The best sorts of rocks for determining P-T-t paths have more dramatic features in them, such as pseudomorphs, where minerals have gone, but their shape remains, or mineral coronas, where a whole new retrograde mineral assemblage was created around the edges of the peak minerals.
Also, different samples within a package of rock may preserve different peak assemblages. Put these together and a thorough may allow us to build up a more detailed view of the P-T-t path shared by a package of rocks.
What do they look like? In the roots of ancient or even active mountains, Barrovian metamorphism is characteristic. The upper red line is the prograde path, the lower the retrograde. Different rocks reach different peak temperatures, varying from lower grade greenschist rocks up to granulite facies gneisses.
This is pattern seen in Scotland and if you read my earlier post, you might think of the lowest temperature loop as the Laphroaig one, the highest as the Macallan. Rather nicely, if you use mathematical models to predict what happens if you form mountain belts by thrusting rocks sheets over and over, you predict very similar P-T-t paths.
Initially pressure is increased faster than temperature, eventually, perhaps because thrusting ceases, the line flattens off as temperature increases thrusting buries cooler rocks.
Eventually a maximum temperature is reached, which is likely where the peak assemblage is formed, as many metamorphic reactions are most sensitive to temperature increases.What people have to say about Toni Verified testimonial: “I used Toni to help with confidence issues.
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At a depth of 5, meters the pressure will be approximately atmospheres or times greater than the pressure at sea level.
That's a lot of pressure. Research equipment must be designed to deal with the enormous pressures encountered in the depths.
where P t is the total pressure, P m is the pressure due to the mercury, and P a is the pressure due to the air.
To find the total pressure on something submerged in a liquid, you have to add the pressure due to the liquid to the atmospheric pressure, which is about pounds per . Pressure at depth. Gives the pressure at a given depth in sea water.
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