High P-T granulite relicts from the Imjingang belt, South Korea: Tectonic significance

K. Sajeev, Jaehoon Jeong, Sanghoon Kwon, Weon Seo Kee, Sung Won Kim, T. Komiya, T. Itaya, Hyung Sup Jung, Youngdo Park

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

66 Scopus citations


This study presents a detailed description on crustal metamorphic signatures of garnet-clinopyroxene-quartz-rutile-bearing high P-T granulites, Samgot unit, Imjingang belt, northwestern Korean Peninsula that formed during Permo-Triassic regional metamorphism related to the amalgamation of East Asian continental fragments. Lenses and blocks of high P-T granulites and garnet-bearing leucosomes occur within mafic metamorphic rocks (mainly amphibolites). The mafic blocks comprise relicts of granoblastic garnet and clinopyroxene with medium-grained quartz and rutile. These relict mineral assemblages are confined to local micro-domains and constitute remnants of peak metamorphism. Plagioclase and amphibole form only as retrograde phases in medium to coarse-grained moats that rim grain boundaries between relict peak mineral assemblages. This microstructure represents the reaction between garnet, clinopyroxene, quartz and rutile in the presence of melt to form amphibole, plagioclase and titanite with minor biotite. The leucosome domains consist of euhedral garnets within the quartz-K feldspar-plagioclase (granitic) matrix, probably representing peritectic garnet growth along with melting. The rare earth element (REE) composition of minerals also support the peritectic garnet growth with a positive Eu/Eu* (positive Eu anomaly), while the relict garnet shows a slight negative anomaly typical for high-grade granulites. The peak-metamorphic conditions calculated from thermodynamic modeling and compositional isopleths indicate a temperature around c. 900 °C at a pressure around c. 20 kbar. The present P-T path indicates a clear multi-stage decompression history with initial decompression and cooling followed by a stage of decompression during hydration possibly during Late Triassic exhumation. The results from this study together with the presence of eclogites from the Hongsung area suggest that the Imjingang area and the western Gyeonggi massif likely resided at crustal levels deeper than those of the eastern and southern part of the Gyeonggi massif.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-86
Number of pages12
JournalGondwana Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • High-pressure granulite
  • Imjingang belt
  • Korean Peninsula
  • Korean collision belt
  • Multistage metamorphism
  • Partial melting


Dive into the research topics of 'High P-T granulite relicts from the Imjingang belt, South Korea: Tectonic significance'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this