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      Alkaline igneous rocks; syenites; Mercara shear zone, Coorg

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      Significant, but volumetrically smaller, unmetamorphosed and largely undeformed alkaline magmatic suites have been reported from the Southern Granulite Terrain in southern India. These Neoproterozoic alkaline magmatic rocks occur as lenses, dykes and plugs that are mostly within, or proximal to, major shear zones or transcrustal faults. In this contribution, field, petrographic and whole-rock geochemicaldata of Sullya syenites and associated mafic granulites from the Mercara Shear Zone (MSZ), which separates low-grade (greenschist to upper amphibolite facies) Dharwar Craton and high-grade (granulite facies) Southern Granulite Terrain is presented. The isolated body of the Sullya syenite, similar to other alkaline plutons of the Southern Granulite Terrain, shows an intrusive relationship with the host hornblende-biotite gneisses and mafic granulites. The Sullya syenites lack macroscopic foliations and unlike, other plutons, they are not associated with carbonatites and ultrapotassic granites. Potash feldspar and plagioclase dominates the felsic phases in the Sullya syenite and there is negligible quartz. The studied syenites show evidence of melt supported deformation, but show no evidence of recrystallization. Geochemically,they most resemble the Angadimogar syenites (situated 3 km west of the Sullya syenites) with similar major oxide and trace element concentrations. The petrogenetic studies of the Sullya syenite have indicated that they were generated by mixing of two different sources derived from the partial melting of metasomatized continental mantle lithosphere and lower crustal mafic granulites. This melt source could have been emplaced in a rift-related tectonic setting. The emplacement is considered to becontrolled by shears.

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      CHANDAN KUMAR BORAIAHA1 KUMAR BATUK JOSHI2 ANDREW C KERR3 JAYANT KUMAR PADHI1 SARBARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA1 RASHMI CHANDAN1

      1. Ore Research & Exploration (ORE) Group, Department of Geology, SESS, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala 671 320, India.
      2. National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), Akkulam, Trivandrum, Kerala 695 320, India.
      3. School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
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