Kinetics and duration of metamorphic mineral growth in a subduction complex: zircon and phengite in the Nagasaki metamorphic complex, western Kyushu, Japan

  • Kazuhiro MiyazakiEmail author
  • Kenshi Suga
  • Yasushi Mori
  • Hideki Iwano
  • Koshi Yagi
  • Miki Shigeno
  • Tadao Nishiyama
  • Tohru Danhara
  • Takafumi Hirata
Original Paper


We applied interface-controlled kinetics, including interface-controlled Ostwald ripening and non-hydrostatic dissolution–precipitation, to metamorphic zircon and phengite growth in a high-pressure (high-P) metamorphic complex. This kinetic modeling yields the growth duration of metamorphic zircon, based on the assumption that dissolution and precipitation of zircon is much slower than that of phengite. The model was applied to zircon and phengite growth in the Nishisonogi unit of the high-P Nagasaki metamorphic complex, western Kyushu, Japan. Given that detrital zircons that are tens of microns in size remain after metamorphism, our model assumption is justified. Our results show that the duration of metamorphic zircon growth in an individual rock ranges from 10 to 20 Myr. In general, the duration of metamorphic zircon growth in the whole Nishisonogi unit is ca. 30 Myr. This prolonged duration implies that high-P metamorphism is sustained by continuous subduction of hydrated oceanic crust and overlying trench-fill sediments. The continuous subduction and accretion of these materials may supply the metamorphic fluid into the high-P metamorphic domain in the deeper part of the accretionary prism, thereby contributing to interface-controlled kinetics in the metamorphic complex.


Growth kinetics Metamorphic reaction Zircon U–Pb Ostwald ripening 



KM acknowledges Executive Editor Dr. T.L. Grove, and anonymous editor and reviewers. This work was supported in part by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP16K05615 to KM and JP16H02238 to TN.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geological Survey of Japan, AISTTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Earth SciencesNational Taiwan Normal UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human HistoryKitakyushuJapan
  4. 4.Kyoto Fission‐Track Co., Ltd.KitaJapan
  5. 5.Hiruzen Institute for Geology and ChronologyOkayamaJapan
  6. 6.Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Faculty of Advanced Science and TechnologyKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  7. 7.Geochemical Research Center, The University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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