Metamorphism of Pelites

  • Helmut G. F. Winkler
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Slates, phyllites, and mica schists are derived from clay. They belong to the large group of metamorphic rocks known as metapelites. In addition to quartz, the following minerals are common constituents of these rocks:
  • Pyrophyllite, andalusite, kyanite, sillimanite

  • Staurolite

  • Chloritoid, cordierite

  • Chlorite, almandine-rich garnet

  • The K-bearing micas phengite, muscovite, and biotite

  • The Na-bearing mica paragonite and solid solutions of paragonite and phengite/muscovite

  • The Ca-bearing mica margarite

  • Stilpnomelane

  • Alkali feldspar is present in some very-low- and low-grade rocks and is widespread in high-grade rocks where it commonly takes the place of muscovite.


Metamorphic Rock Black Shale Pelitic Rock Biotite Zone Spessartine Component 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmut G. F. Winkler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Mineralogy and PetrologyUniversity of GöttingenFederal Republic of Germany

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