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An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. vol.78 no.2 Rio de Janeiro June 2006 



Contamination in mafic mineral-rich calc-alkaline granites: a geochemical and Sr-Nd isotope study of the Neoproterozoic Piedade Granite, SE Brazil



Renato J. Leite; Valdecir A. Janasi; Lucelene Martins

Instituto de Geociências, Universidade de São Paulo, Rua do Lago, 562, 05508-080 São Paulo, SP, Brasil




The Piedade Granite (~600 Ma) was emplaced shortly after the main phase of granite magmatism in the Agudos Grandes batholith, Apiaí-Guaxupé Terrane, SE Brazil. Its main units are: mafic mineral-rich porphyritic granites forming the border (peraluminous muscovite-biotite granodiorite-monzogranite MBmg unit) and core (metaluminous titanite-bearing biotite monzogranite BmgT unit) and felsic pink inequigranular granite (Bmg unit) between them. Bmg has high LaN/YbN (up to 100), Th/U (>10) and low Rb, Nb and Ta, and can be a crustal melt derived from deep-seated sources with residual garnet and biotite. The core BmgT unit derived from oxidized magmas with high Mg# (~45), Ba and Sr, fractionated REE patterns (LaN/YbN= 45), 87Sr/86Sr(t)~ 0.710, eNd(t) ~ –12 to –14, interpreted as being high-K calc-alkaline magmas contaminated with metasedimentary rocks that had upper-crust signature (high U, Cs, Ta). The mafic-rich peraluminous granites show a more evolved isotope signature (87Sr/86Sr(t) = 0.713–0.714; eNd(t)= –14 to –16), similar to Bmg, and Mg# and incompatible trace-element concentrations intermediate between Bmg and BmgT. A model is presented in whichMBmgis envisaged as the product of contamination between a mafic mineral-rich magma consanguineous with BmgT and pure crustal melts akin to Bmg.

Key words: granite, calc-alkaline, peraluminous, magma contamination, Sr-Nd isotope geochemistry.


O Granito Piedade (~600 Ma) formou-se pouco tempo após a fase principal de magmatismo granítico no Batólito Agudos Grandes, Terreno Apiaí-Guaxupé, SE do Brasil. Suas principais unidades são: granitos porfiríticos ricos em minerais máficos na borda (unidade MBmg, muscovita-biotita granodiorito-monzogranito peraluminoso) e núcleo (unidade BmgT, biotita monzogranito com titanita metaluminoso), e um biotita granito inequigranular félsico (unidade Bmg) aflorando entre eles. Bmg tem alto LaN/YbN (até 100), Th/U ( > 10) e baixo Rb, Nb e Ta, e pode ser um fundido crustal puro derivado de fontes profundas com granada e biotita residual. A unidade central BmgT deriva de magmas oxidados com alto Mg# (~45), Ba e Sr, padrões de REE fracionados (LaN/YbN= 45), 87Sr/86Sr(t)~ 0.710, eNd(t) ~ -12 a -14, e é derivada de magmas cálcio-alcalinos potássicos levemente contaminados com rochas metassedimentares com assinatura de crosta superior (alto U, Cs, Ta). Os granitos peraluminosos ricos em minerais máficos mostram assinatura isotópica mais evoluída (87Sr/86Sr(t) 0.713-0,714; eNd(t) = -14 a -16), similar a Bmg, e Mg# e elementos-traço incompatíveis intermediários entre Bmg e BmgT. MBmg é interpretada como o produto de contaminação eficiente entre um magma rico em minerais máficos consanguíneo com BmgT e fundidos crustais puros similares a Bmg.

Palavras-chave: granito, cálcio-alcalino, peraluminoso, contaminação de magmas, geoquímica isotópica Sr-Nd.




The origin of mafic mineral-rich peraluminous granites has been much debated since Chappell and White's (1974) proposal that the S-type granitesfrom the Lachlan Fold Belt (LFB) in Australia owe their unfractionated character to the presence of significant amounts of restitic material into a low- temperature, crust-derived minimum melt. In recent years, several lines of evidence, such as experimental (Patiño-Douce 1999), isotopic (Keay et al. 1997) and the study of enclaves (Barbarin 1999) have indicated that a non-metasedimentary component is probably present in many of these granites, including some LFB S-types (Elburg 1996, Collins and Hobbs 2001). The nature of this component may be diverse, but most authors admit it as ultimately mantle-derived. Incorporation of an important amount of metasedimentary rock-derived material is however required for the generation ofthe mafic peraluminous granites, because other processes that can increase the alumina saturation index (ASI) in granites such as crystal fractionation and hydrothermal alteration will typically generate felsic rocks (e.g., Zen 1986). Sites where interaction between a mantle-derived magma and metasedimentary rocks may be effective include: (1) the lower crust, where processes such as MASH (melting, assimilation, storage and homogenization) seem to be common and could explain thegeneration of calc-alkaline magmas in active continental margins (Hildreth and Moorbath 1988), (2) the pathway followed by originally non-peraluminous magmas through the crust or (3) the sites of final emplacement of these magmas, where metasedimentary country rocks may be digested.

The 600 Ma Piedade granite in SE Brazil is a zoned elliptical pluton with an extensive border unit with higher color index (CI = 14-8 porphyritic muscovite-biotite granite-granodiorite, a contrasted core unit of dominantly metaluminous porphyritic titanite-biotite granite (CI ~ 8), with an intervening unit of lighter (CI = 5-6) biotite-only pink inequigranular monzogranite (Fig. 2). The pluton is marginal to, and slightly younger than, the voluminous 610-615 Ma porphyritic hornblende-biotite granites (CI = 14-8) that make up the bulk of the Agudos Grandes batholith (Janasi et al. 2001), a major tectonic unit of the Neoproterozoic Apiaí-Guaxupé Terrane in the Mantiqueira Province, SE Brazil. Detailed mapping of the Piedade granite, together with mineral (L. Martins, unpublished data) and rock chemistry (R.J. Leite, unpublished data), as well as Sr-Nd isotope geochemistry shed light on the mechanisms responsible for its compositional variation, including the peculiar more mafic peraluminous unit.







Geological evolution of SE Brazil in the Neoproterozoic was complex, and involved at least two major continental plates: the southernmost São Francisco-Congo craton and the ''Paranapanema'' craton (Fig. 1). The latter is presently covered by Phanerozoic sedimentary rocks and volcanic rocks of the Paraná Basin, and possibly corresponds to the northernmost portion of the Rio de La Plata craton (Fig. 1; cf. Campos Neto 2000). The Neoproterozoic fold belts surrounding these cratons contain a number of distinct geological domains, differently described as ''terranes'', ''microplates'' etc, many of which have uncertain paleogeographical relationships with each other and/or with the cratonic masses. In SE Brazil, the Paranapanema craton is surrounded in the NE by the Socorro-Guaxupé Nappe (SGN; the southernmost part of the NW-trending Brasília Belt) and in the SE by the NE-trending Apiaí-São Roque Domain (ASRD in Fig. 1). The SGN and ASRD are magmatic arc terranes thought to have developed at the margin of the Paranapanema craton, and are referred to as the Apiaí-Guaxupé Terrane (Campos Neto 2000; Fig. 1). The Brasília Belt verges towards the São Francisco craton, and includes extensive Neoproterozoic sedimentary basins (Piuzana et al. 2003) and magmatic arcs, which evolved from intra-oceanic at ~800 Ma to intra-continental at ~625 Ma (Pimentel et al.1997, Campos Neto 2000). Most of the metasedimentary sequences within the ASRD were deposited in the Mesoproterozoic (e.g., Basei et al. 2003; see also Juliani et al. 2000) and could already be part of the Paranapanema plate prior to the Neoproterozoic orogenies (e.g., Campos Neto 2000). Neoproterozoic basins seem to be restricted and in part of continental origin in ASRD; nevertheless, early metavolcanosedimentary sequences with pillow-lava basalt were described as ophiolite sequences (Tassinari et al. 2001), and extensive high-K calc-alkaline granite batholiths were formed between 625 and 600 Ma (e.g., Gimenez Filho et al. 2000, Janasi et al. 2001, Prazeres Filho et al. 2003).

The NE-trending terranes located E-SE of the Apiaí-São Roque Domain (of which Embu, Juiz de Fora and Coastal are shown in Fig. 2), usually referred to as the Central Ribeira Belt, were accretedto the growing continental mass formed by the amalgamation of the São Francisco and Paranapanema cratons during the later Rio Doce (~590-565 Ma) and Cabo Frio (~530-520 Ma) orogenies (Heilbron and Machado 2003). During the Rio Doce orogeny, the Apiaí-Guaxupé Terrane behaved as a stable area and was affected by transcurrent faults and intruded by the epizonal post-orogenic granites of the Itu Province (Vlach et al. 1990).


Large portions of the Apiaí-Guaxupé Terrane are occupied by elongated batholiths dominated by high-K calc-alkaline porphyritic hornblende-biotite granites. These are considered as ''syn-orogenic'' on the basis of structural relationships; Spanner and Kruhl (2002) showed that they intruded along WSW-directed low-angle thrust planes developing a magmatic foliation that is parallel to solid-state fabrics within the country rocks. The most reliable U-Pb dates point towards a peak of granite production in the 615-605 Ma period (Gimenez Filho et al. 2000, Janasi et al. 2001, R.J. Leite, unpublished data); however, Prazeres Filho et al. 2003 suggest that the main ''syn-orogenic'' magmatism could have already started by ~ 625 Ma.

The Agudos Grandes Batholith (AGB) crops out within the easternmost block attributed to the ASRD. To the east it is limited by the Embu Terrane, which is already considered by Campos Neto (2000) as part of the Central Ribeira Belt. The AGB is elongated with a major axis running NE-SW for ~240 km and a width of 20-70 km, and intrudes the Mesoproterozoic Perau Group (Campanha and Sadowski 1999), a volcano-sedimentary sequence metamorphosed to low-grade, but grading quickly to high-grade in the easternmost limits of the batholith.

A wide diversity of granite types was already recognized in early mapping studies of the AGB (Hasui et al. 1969, Y. Hasui, unpublished data).Mapping in a more detailed scale led to the recognition of several granite bodies with different ages and chemical affinities (D.P. Stein, unpublished data, Godoy et al. 1999). Janasi et al. (1990) distinguished three main associations in the eastern half of the batholith, emplaced during the syn-, late- and post-orogenic stages. This subdivision has been later supported by U-Pb zircon and monazite dating, which indicated ages of 610 ± 2 Ma for the syn-orogenic high-K calc-alkaline metaluminous type that forms the Ibiúna Granite (the more voluminous rock type), and also for the small peraluminous Turvo leucogranite, 600-605 Ma for the late-orogenic Piedade granite, and 565 ± 8 Ma for the post-orogenic Serra da Batéia granite (Janasi etal. 2001).



The ~100 km2 Piedade Granite is an elliptical N45E trending zoned pluton. It intrudes migmatized schists and gneisses to the east, and was intruded, in its western sector, by the younger Roseira and Serra da Batéia granites (Fig. 2). The pluton has a complex zoning, with more mafic porphyritic units at the border and core, and an intermediate more felsic unit between them.

The border facies (collectively referred to as MBmg) occur is a ring-shaped arrangement of narrow elongated bodies of porphyritic muscovite-bearing biotite granodiorite to monzogranite (CI = 11-14) followed inwards by a lighter monzogranite (CI = 8-10) as two larger discontinuous bodies. Pink alkali feldspar megacrysts (1-2 cm long) usually define a magmatic foliation. Oriented recrystallization of quartz and micas in the groundmass evidence recrystallization in the solid state. In several places, the border units intrude the host mica-schists as concordant sheets, sometimes enclosing small xenoliths. A 601 ± 2 Ma U-Pb monazite age was obtained for the MBmg unit (Janasi et al. 2001). In the northern portion of the pluton, a white-alkali-feldspar facies yielding a distinctive very low magnetic susceptibility predominates. In some outcrops, boulders of this variety alternate at a meter scale with the pink-alkali-feldspar facies of higher magnetic susceptibility. This situation suggests that the latter were locally produced by oxidation of the first (cf. L. Martins, unpublished data).

The intermediate unit consists of discontinuous bodies of biotite monzogranite (Bmg) andis locally intrusive into the border porphyritic granites. These rocks are the least foliated and the most felsic in the Piedade granite. The predominant facies is inequigranular medium to coarse-grained (CI = 6-7), but locally a coarser facies with lower CI (4-5) occurs. A U-Pb discordia obtained from a few inheritance-free zircon and monazite crystals indicated a 605 ±7 Ma age (Janasi et al. 2001).

The core of the pluton consists of a weakly foliated titanite-bearing porphyritic biotite monzogranite unit (BmgT, CI = 7-11), forming an elongated NE-SW shaped body. Biotite in this unit is coarser, a distinctive field aspect that aids in its mapping. Janasi et al. (2001) obtained a U-Pb zircon discordia with upper intercept at 604 ± 8 Ma for this unit, which is intruded by the younger ~565 Ma Serra da Batéia Syenogranite (Fig. 2).

Enclaves are abundant in both the border and core porphyritic units. The more common enclave type found in the border peraluminous MBmg unit are 1-2 cm biotite clots that grade into the granite host. Elliptical decimeter-sized microgranular enclaves of intermediate (tonalite to melagranite) composition are much rarer, and occur mainly along the northern portion of the pluton. Xenoliths clearly derived from the country rock (mica-schists and calc-silicate rock) may be abundant in contact zones. Lens-shaped bodies (decimeter- to a few meters-wide) of foliated medium-grained hornblende-biotite granodiorite (CI = 22-27), locally with 1-2 cm hornblende clots, occur in a few localities.

The enclaves in BmgT are centimeter-sized elliptical bodies of medium-grained biotite-rich tonalite and granodiorite (CI ~ 30). The smaller bodies grade into biotite-rich schlieren or clot-rich domains. The Bmg unit is usually poor in enclaves, but one outcrop in the north-central portion of the pluton shows a cluster of decimeter-sized elliptical microgranular enclaves separated from each other by thin granite veins that was apparently derived from the disruption of mafic dikes.



The results from modal analyses of granites and enclaves of the Piedade pluton are presented in Figure 3. Monzogranite compositions are largely predominant, with a few samples from MBmg plotting in the granodiorite and half of the samples from Bmg in the syenogranite field.



The enclaves are distinguished by their high color indices (25-40) and, in some cases, high quartz contents (cf. tonalite enclaves in the MBmg unit).

Plagioclase is weakly zoned, and is typically a calcic oligoclase; a few more mafic samples from MBmg show andesine (An33-35). Alkali feldspar megacrysts are perthitic microcline rich in plagioclase and biotite inclusions. Matrix quartz and alkali feldspar are usually interstitial.

Biotite is pleochroic in shades of brown, except in MBmg samples with white alkali feldspar, where it is foxy-red. Primary muscovite, recognized by its euhedral shape, may reach up to 4% in volume in some MBmg samples.

Monazite is an important accessory mineral in MBmg, especially in the more mafic samples. Titanite and allanite are abundant in the core BmgT unit, which is monazite-free. Ti-free magnetite is the main opaque mineral in the latter unit; only a few traces of relict hematite-rich ilmenite are found within titanite crystals. L. Martins (unpublished data) based on mineral chemistry estimated strongly oxidizing conditions (DNNO > + 2) during the crystallization of the core unit. Magnetite and ferri-ilmenite are the usual oxide minerals of the border unit, while hematite-poor ilmenite is the sole Fe-Ti oxide in the variety with white alkali feldspar and red biotite, which crystallized under reducing conditions (close to QFM; L. Martins, unpublished data).

The enclave mineralogy usually follows that of the country granite: enclaves within MBmg are usually muscovite-bearing, while those from BmgT are rich in titanite and allanite. An important exception is the hornblende-biotite granodiorite found as lenses within MBmg. This rock has up to 3% of magmatic epidote (euhedral crystals, many with allanite cores; cf. Schmidt and Thompson 1996, Sial et al. 1999), and up to 1% titanite. Magnetite is absent, a common feature in rocks with magmatic epidote.




Major and some trace elements (Ba, La, Sr, V, Yand Zr) were analyzed at the ICP-OES Laboratory, Instituto de Geociências, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Samples powdered to < 200 mesh in an agate mill were taken into solution by alkaline fusion using a mixture of 0.25 g rock powder and 0.75 g flux (lithium tetra and metaborate). HNO3 0.2 N solutions diluted to 1:1000 were analyzed in an ARL-3410 sequential spectrometer; completedescriptions of these procedures can be found in Janasi et al. (1995).

Analyses of a set of trace elements (REE, Th, U, Cs, Hf, Ta, Cr, and Sc) were obtained in some samples by instrumental neutron activation (INAA) at Activation Laboratories (ACTLABS, Canada); in other samples, the same elements and some others (Nb, Y, Ni, Co, Zr, W, Sn) were analyzed by ICP-MS at the Plasma Analytical Laboratory, Kansas University, USA. Whenever one element was analyzed by more than one technique, the result obtained by ICP-MS was chosen, as the detection limits are lower, and the REE patterns are more complete.


Chemical data from granites and their enclaves from the Piedade pluton are presented in Table I and in conventional variation diagrams in Figure 5. The granitic rocks span a relatively wide silica range (64 to 73 wt% SiO2), while the enclaves are more basic, with 56-67 wt% SiO2.





Diagrams using the SiO2 and Al2O3 contents and indices such A/CNK (molecular Al2O3 / (CaO+ Na2O+K2O) and Mg# (molecular MgO / (MgO+ FeOt) conveniently discriminate the different studied granite units. Samples from the BmgT unit clearly differ from the other granites by their higher Mg# (Figure 4), which is mostly a reflection of their higher MgO contents (Figure 5). Unit Bmg, discriminated in the field by its lower mafic content, seems to follow the major-element evolution tendencies of the muscovite-bearing MBmg unit (cf. Al2O3, Mg# × SiO2 diagrams, Figures 4 and 5). We notice, however, that no clear negative correlation between Mg# and SiO2 is observed within the MBmg trend (Fig. 4), and thus the lower average Mg# shown by Bmg (34.3 versus 38.1 in MBmg), which is similar to those of other felsic late-orogenic granites in the AGB (R.J. Leite, unpublished data) may not be the result of simple magma differentiation.

Apart from the above-mentioned chemical discriminants, there is a remarkable compositional overlapping between the two main evolutionary trends identified in the Piedade pluton (Figure 5). BmgT is slightly enriched in Ti, Ba and Sr, but at SiO2 > 70 wt% these elements contents seem to be similar, and it is difficult to associate the Bmg unit to any of the two lineages. More scatter is commonly observed in the MBmg unit, which can reflect processes acting at a local scale or the existence of as yet unrecognized different lineages. Examples are samples 379 and 490b: the first one shows high K/Na and is anomalously enriched in P, Zr and Sr, and the second shows low K/Na and is Sr-rich (Figure 5).

Some of the most important chemical fingerprints shared by the two main lineages are: a moderate silica range (spanning ca. 10 wt%), with abundant more mafic granites (CI > 10; SiO2 < 68 wt%); similar and nearly constant Na2O (3.6 ± 0.2 wt%) and K2O (4-5 wt%); moderate to high Sr (mostly in the 400-800 ppm range) and Ba (800-1600 ppm), and low contents of HFS elements such as Zr, Nb and Ta. Such characteristics are comparable to those of high-K calc-alkaline suites from orogenic environments (e.g., Brown et al. 1984, Pearce et al. 1984).

The three biotite and titanite-rich enclaves from the BmgT unit are metaluminous, and in general seem to lie in the same trend defined by this unit projected to lower (57-60 wt%) SiO2 values. Important scatter is however observed in LILE elements present in the biotite and feldspars (K, Na, Ba, Sr, Rb), which can be a result of open-system behavior, probably related to chemical exchange between enclaves and host granite.

The tonalite-granodiorite microgranular enclaves found in the northern portion of the MBmg unit are more SiO2-rich than the previous type, and show important chemical contrasts with their host, not following their evolutionary trend backwards (Figure 5). Although some systematic differences are observed between the tonalite and granodiorite samples (e.g., the latter show higher K/Na, Ba, Fe, and are clearly peraluminous, while the first have ASI » 1.0), all these samples share important chemical characteristics not found in other rocks from the Piedade pluton, the more remarkable ones being their low Ba, Sr and K2O contents.

Hornblende and epidote-bearing granodiorite enclaves and lenses found within the MBmg and Bmg units cover the same SiO2 range as the previous type, but are metaluminous to slightly peraluminous, and show major and trace-element contents more similar to those of the associated granites. Lower TiO2 and higher Sr, however, contrast these enclaves with the granite trends (Fig. 5).


Chondrite-normalized rare-earth element patterns of granites from the Piedade pluton are presented in Figure 6. Common to all units is the moderateto strong fractionation (LaN/YbN 27-150) andmoderate to null negative Eu anomaly (Eu/Eu* = 0.6 to 1.0). Typical samples from each of the main units are compared in Figure 6f, where the contrasts among them can be better observed.



The titanite-bearing BmgT granites have the least fractionated patterns (LaN/YbN = 27-50, Yb = 1.2-1.7 ppm (ca. 5-8 times chondrite) and Y = 12-21 ppm). The more felsic granites of the Bmg unit have the more fractionated patterns (LaN/YbN = 83-150), with very low Yb (0.4-0.6 ppm) and Y (4-7 ppm). The muscovite-bearing mafic granites (MBmg) show an intermediate REE behavior (Figure 6).

The least fractionated REE patterns of BmgT are mostly a reflection of the smaller medium to heavy rare-earth elements fractionation, as measured by the GdN/YbN ratio (2.1 to 3.8, compared to 3.5 to 7.0 in MBmg and Bmg samples withtypical REE behavior). Their light to medium rare earths fractionation is similar to that shown byMBmg (LaN/SmN ~ 5-6). On the other hand, the strong fractionation typical of Bmg reflects both light to medium and medium to heavy REE fractionation, and their high LaN/SmN(7-9) are only paralleled by two MBmg samples (PD134 and PD410).

Two samples with anomalous behavior are present in the BmgT unit. PD438 is anomalously rich in REE, in particular the HREE (and Y, see Table I). On the other hand, the silica-rich sample PD439 is depleted in REE and other trace-elements hosted in accessory minerals, such as Th and U (see also Figure 7); its pattern has a positive Eu anomaly (Eu/Eu* = 1.2), probably reflecting the near-absence of REE-bearing accessory phases and the influence of feldspar as the main REE carrier in the rock. Both patterns could be produced by processes of depletion/accumulation of accessory minerals or feldspar in an as yet unknown (outcrop? chamber?) scale, and their REE behavior will not be further discussed here.



The REE patterns of the mica-rich enclaves present in BmgT mimick those of their host, but at higher contents (Figure 6a). On the other hand,the lens-shaped epidote and hornblende-bearing enclaves found in the other two units have REE patterns that are clearly less fractionated than those of their hosts, and resemble those of the least fractionated BmgT granites; note furthermore that sample PD1514, hosted in the more felsic Bmg unit, has a more fractionated REE pattern than the other two samples, which are hosted in MBmg.


Figure 7 shows patterns of incompatible element concentrations normalized to those of primitive mantle (Sun and McDonough 1989) for granites and enclaves from the Piedade pluton.

BmgT and Bmg differ in some important incompatible element ratios, with MBmg showing an intermediate behavior, in a similar way to what is observed for the REE. BmgT has higher average U, Nb and Ta, and lower Th and Nb/Ta as compared to Bmg (average Th/U ~ 4, Nb/Ta ~ 9 in BmgT, and ~ 11 and 16 in Bmg). In the spiderdiagrams, these contrasts show up as deeper Ta troughs in Bmg, and mantle-normalized Th/U below unity in BmgT. The BmgT enclaves are enriched in incompatible elements relative to their host.




Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotope analyses were obtained by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) at the Centro de Pesquisas Geocronológicas (Cepegeo), Instituto de Geociências, Universidade de São Paulo, using the procedures described by Sato et al. (1995). Three additional Sm-Nd analyses (samples PD420, PD462 and PD474b) were obtained at the Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory (IGL), University of Kansas, USA, also by TIMS; details of the analytical procedures at IGL are given in Janasi (2002).


Rb-Sr isotope analyses were done in a suite of BmgT samples spanning the whole compositional range of the unit in an attempt of obtaining an isochronic age. The resulting regression line yielded an age of 681 ± 21 Ma, with initial 87Sr/86Sr ratio of 0.7096 and MSWD = 1.7 (Figure 8a). This date is much older than the crystallization age ofthis unit, as determined by U-Pb zircon dating (604 ± 8 Ma; Janasi et al. 2001), and seems to reflect a contamination process, whereby the more fractionated samples (with lower Sr) have progressively higher 87Sr/86Sr600 (from 0.7102 to 0.7119, see Table II). Peraluminous granites from the MBmg and BMg units with Sr contents similar to those of the average BmgT granite have even higher 87Sr/ 86Sr600, around 0.713 (Table II; Figure 8a).




Sm-Nd isotope analyses were performed on seven representative samples of the main units of the Piedade pluton. The Sm-Nd TDM model ages calculated using the DePaolo (1988) model vary from 1.7 to 2.1 Ga, within the range obtained for other granites from the Agudos Grandes batholith (Dantas et al. 2000, authors' unpublished data) and from other units of the Apiaí Fold Belt (K. Sato, unpublished data, H. J. Prazeres Filho, unpublished data).

The eNd600 values are strongly negative, and vary from -12.3 in two samples of the BmgT unit to -15.6 in a muscovite-bearing sample from the border of the pluton (Table II). Such a range is well outside the uncertainties in the calculation of eNdT and indicates that the samples cannot be related to each other by closed-system crystal fractionation processes. Therefore, either they derive from different sources or were affected by open-system processes such as contamination, magma mixing etc.

Some geographic zonation is suggested by the Nd isotope data, as the least negative eNd600 values are shown by two samples from the SW portion of the pluton, and the most negative ones are from its eastern border; samples from the three units having nearly the same intermediate value appear at the northern portion of the pluton (cf. figures 2, 9). This behavior could be a reflection of open-system processes in the site of magma crystallization, leading to scattering or homogenization of the isotope signatures.




An eNdT ×87Sr/86SrT diagram grouping all samples for which data from both isotope systems are available shows a general tendency of higher 87Sr/86SrT and more negative eNdT in the muscovite-bearing MBmg unit as compared to the metaluminous BmgT unit (Figure 9). This behavior would beconsistent with the first unit being a product of contamination of the latter by high Rb/Sr middle- to upper crust-derived material (see discussion below). Inter-unit variation is, however, also important, and there is much overlapping in the Nd isotope data (as previously pointed out, some samples from the three main units have the same eNd600 values of -14). The magmatic epidote-bearing hornblende-biotite granodiorite sample is isotopically more primitive than its MBmg host, attesting to the lack of significant isotopic reequilibration within these small bodies. Moreover, its isotopic composition is the most primitive found in the Piedade pluton, and as such, more akin to that of the BmgT unit, suggesting some kind of link with the metaluminous granites.




The Piedade pluton is dominated by relatively mafic-rich granites whose CI (~ 8-12), SiO2 (65-70 wt%) and total (Fe+Mg+Ti) differ from the compositions typical of purely crust-derived melts (Patiño-Douce 1999). This is suggestive of an important contribution from mantle-derived basic magmas, what is reinforced by the common occurrence of dark enclaves of intermediate composition (down to 55-60 wt% SiO2). The only granites that are felsic enough to correspond to pure crustal melts are those from Bmg unit, which appears as a ring between the central metaluminous (titanite-bearing) BmgT unit and the border peraluminous (muscovite and monazite-bearing) MBmg unit.

Two main contrasts in terms of major-element geochemistry exist between the central and border units: the latter has, as indicated by mineralogy, higher Al2O3 at a similar SiO2 and lower Mg# (averaging 38 as compared to 45 in BmgT).

Variations in the Mg# values of granite suites are usually good indications of fluctuations in the fO2 (e.g. Debon and Lemmet 1999). The observed Mg# contrasts suggest that the peraluminous unit is more reduced as compared to the titanite-bearing metaluminous unit. This was confirmed by L. Martins (unpublished data) who showed that BmgT crystallized under extremely oxidizing conditions (NNO+2), based on biotite compositions and equilibria involving opaque minerals and titanite. Although it is on average more reduced, the redox state of the MBmg unit is strongly variable. The facies with white alkali feldspar is very reduced (~ FMQ), and seems to have been subjected to post-magmatic oxidation that generated irregular transitions to pink varieties. It is unlikely, however, that the bulk of MBmg underwent such secondary processes. The strongly reduced facies has a small areal expression, being restricted to the outermost contact of the pluton. As it also shows some systematic chemical contrasts with the bulk of the unit, it could well be a product of local contamination with more reduced metasedimentary rocks that was later permeated by oxidizing fluids along fractures.


Ba, Rb and Sr are LILE present in major mineral phases such as feldspars and micas, and their behavior can be used to model the role of these minerals on the evolution of granite magmas. In the course of normal granite magma fractionation, Sr is usually the first to have a compatible behavior, as a result of plagioclase removal; it is commonly followed by Ba (taken up by K-feldspar), while Rb remains moderately incompatible up to the last more felsic differentiates, unless the magma is hydrous enough to stabilize biotite and/or muscovite early on. This is the case for samples from unit BmgT: Ba/Sr initially raises, then both elements decrease together, and this ratio is kept nearly constant at 2.2-2.4 (Fig. 10b), which can be inferred as to be reflecting fractionation along the feldspar cotectics.Rb/Sr ratios rise continuously, and the most fractionated samples (anomalous sample PD439 excepted) reach ~ 240 ppm Rb (Fig. 10a).



This tendency is not seen in the other two units. In particular, the felsic Bmg granites are Rb-poor (150-200 ppm), have the lowest Sr in the pluton, and clearly do not follow the BmgT fractionation trend (Fig. 10a). If Bmg derives from independent crust-derived magmas, the low Rb contents would be suggestive of significant residual biotite in the source (e.g., Harris and Inger 1992). Samples from the peraluminous MBmg unit have nearly the same Rb contents as those from the Bmg unit at higher Sr approaching those from BmgT (500-650 ppm; Fig. 10a).

The enclaves within the BmgT granites and the epidote-hornblende-bearing lenses tend to follow the behavior of unit BmgT, except for the very high Rb contents of the first, which is relatedto their high biotite content and could result from chemical exchange with the host granite. The tonalite-granodiorite enclaves within MBmg, however, are noticeably Ba-poor (< 500 ppm), in sharp contrast with the other rocks (Fig. 10b).


Elemental and isotope geochemistry clearly demonstrates that the felsic Bmg granites are not the products of fractionation from the central metaluminous granites. Their relationship with the border MBmg unit is less clear. From field relations, it is interpreted that they could represent an inner more felsic unit, produced by ''in situ'' crystal fractionation. The major-element trends are consistent with those of MBmg, and both units seem to share a similar, more ''evolved'' Sr-Nd isotope signature.

The behavior of incompatible elements resident in accessory minerals, however, seems inconsistent with this simple relationship. In fact, Bmg are, on average, significantly poorer in U, Nb, Ta, Y and the HREE as compared to MBmg, even though the magmas that formed the latter unit should not be saturated in these elements.

The alternative hypothesis that Bmg derives from independent magmas and that the reasons for the observed chemical and isotope convergences with MBmg have to be sought on other causes must be considered. As pointed out earlier, Bmg is felsic enough that it could be the product of pure crustal melting, and the low Rb contents would suggest sources with residual biotite. Further constraints are given by the strongly fractionated REE patterns with absent to negligible negative Eu anomalies, arguing for a deep-seated (plagioclase-free, garnet-bearing) source. High Th/U is also consistent with sources in a deeper portion of the crust that was previously depleted in U. Low Nb and Ta could be a source feature (e.g., gneisses with calc-alkaline, ''orogenic'' signature) and/or these elements could have been retained in phases residual or not involved in the melting reactions such as biotite, ilmenite or titanite.

In support to the hypothesis of an independent origin for Bmg is the remarkable geochemical similarity between these rocks and the late-orogenic pink equigranular granites that form a myriad of small bodies (not mappable at the scale of Fig. 2) intruding the metamorphic sequences in the Piedade region. However, they differ from all other felsic late-orogenic granites in the AGB by their slightly lower Ba/Sr ratios, a feature common to all Piedade granite units, and thought to be due to a ''high-Sr'' component typical of the regional high-K calc-alkaline granites (see R. J. Leite et al., unpublished data).


The central BmgT unit has a relatively simple geochemical behavior and the internal variation canhave resulted from simple crystal fractionation first involving the extraction of plagioclase (raising Ba/ Sr) and then plagioclase + alkali feldspar (both Ba and Sr dropping). Local processes involving accessory phases appear to have been operative, responding for samples abnormally rich or poor in selected trace-elements (see above). On the other hand, the slightly variable 87Sr/86Sr, which correlates positively with ASI, SiO2 and 1/Sr in BmgT (e.g., Fig.9b), suggests that assimilation of more radiogenic material with higher Rb/Sr has accompanied crystal fractionation.

The predominant rock type in the metaluminous unit seems too mafic to be a pure crustal melt, and the abundance of intermediate enclaves withigneous textures can be a further indication that these rocks derive from hybrid melts which include a mantle-derived component (Barbarin 1999, Patiño-Douce 1999). This unit shares many geochemical features with the slightly older hornblende-biotite granites that form the bulk of the''syn-orogenic'' plutons making up the Agudos Grandes batholith. Some remarkable differences such as their higher ASI (reflected in the absence of hornblende), higher Cs and U and lower eNd(t) are suggestive that BmgT carries a different component, probably metasedimentary material from upper crust with lesser residence time.


The mineralogical and chemical characteristics of the MBmg unit contrast them with mafic S-type granites from Australia and elsewhere (compareWhite and Chappell 1988, Chappell and White 1992). The lack of strongly peraluminous minerals such as cordierite and sillimanite is reflected in their ASI rarely exceeding 1.1 (Fig. 3b). Comparatively high Ca, Na and Sr contents as well as ASIand 87Sr/86Sr not significantly above those observed in nearby typically calc-alkaline granites are suggestive, instead, of a genetic link with the latter. The mafic-rich character of the MBmg unit is suggestive of a mafic to intermediate parent magma, thus possibly with a significant mantle-derived component. Several mechanisms are discussed in the literature whereby such a magma can assimilate metasedimentary material in its way up within the continental crust (cf. Ague and Brimhall 1988a, b, Patiño-Douce 1999, Castro et al. 1999).

Ague and Brimhall (1988a, b) identified significant variation in granites from the batholiths of California and admitted that their generation was a result of contamination of calc-alkaline magmas with crust-derived liquids and assimilation of wall-rocks. We notice that the chemistry and petrography of the Piedade MBmg variety with white alkali feldspar phenocrysts is similar to the I-SCR type (strongly contaminated and reduced I-type) in the western Sierra Nevada and Peninsular Range batholiths.

Subordinated peraluminous granites in the Mesozoic-Cenozoic Andean batholiths, predominantly composed of I-type granites, were denominated ''S-like'' (Avila-Salinas 1990, Suárez et al. 1990), supposing they are a result of I-type granite precursors that evolved by AFC, as suggested by initial 87Sr /86Sr ratios higher than those of nearby I-type granites.

Castro et al. (1999) suggested assimilation of crustal rocks by basaltic magmas as the mechanism responsible for the generation of the peraluminous granitoids in the Iberian massif, where significant variations are observed both in initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.7074-0.7635) and eNdT (+0.3 to -9.3). In their model, juvenile mantle magmas interacted with different crust material giving way to the variety of granites observed. Bea et al. (1999) also supposed that a close space-time association of mafic calc-alkaline, strongly peraluminous and alkaline granitic rocks in Iberia results from interaction between crustal and mantle-derived magmas.

MBmg forms the border of the Piedade pluton, and was locally injected as a series of thin sheets in country-rocks (migmatitic schists) that were possibly moderately hot. Although xenoliths are seen being assimilated in some outcrops, it appears that most of the contamination responsible for the peculiar composition of MBmg involved material with some chemical signatures unlike those expected from upper-crustal schists, such as high La/Yb and Th/U.

As pointed out before, it is in BmgT that such upper crust signature seems to be present, and the AFC process identified in that unit could involve such component. MBmg cannot be related to the same process, even though it appears to follow the same positive correlation between ASI and initial 87Sr/86Sr (Figure 9b): as shown in Fig. 8a, these granites are more mafic and have low Rb/Sr.

As discussed earlier (cf. Table I), MBmg has a distinctive behavior in terms of Mg# and key incompatible elements and ratios as U, Th/U, Nb, Ta, Nb/Ta, Y, Yb and La/Yb, which are on average intermediate between BmgT and Bmg. This is suggestive that Bmg could be the additional contaminant present in MBmg. However, MBmg shows the highest Al2O3 (and ASI, A/NK) and includes the more mafic rocks of the presently exposed section of the pluton, which is inconsistent with a simple mixing between BmgT and Bmg. If MBmg was formed by the interaction between crust-derived liquids similar to Bmg and a magma consanguineous with BmgT, then the products of the latter that were involved in the process must have been more mafic than the rocks currently exposed at the core of the Piedade pluton.


Enclaves are recognized to bear important information on the genesis and evolution of their host granites (Didier and Barbarin 1991). The varied enclave typology seen in the Piedade granite reflects the operation of several mechanisms. The quartz-rich, muscovite-bearing enclaves found in some MBmg are chemically very distinctive, and may correspond to restite-rich cumulates. The metaluminous hornblende granodiorite with magmatic epidote present as lenses within MBmg is out of chemical and isotopic equilibrium with the host, and represents a different magma that was emplaced contemporaneously and had therefore potential to interact with it. This rock has some chemical and isotopic affinity with the core BmgT unit, and may correspond to injections of magmas related to the latter within the partly solidified border of the pluton. Fine-grained mafic microgranular enclaves are rarely found in the Piedade Granite, but an important enclave swarm within the more felsic Bmg unit suggests that contributions from coeval mafic magmas at the level of emplacement might have been important, and part of the magmatic enclaves such as the melagranites found in BmgT may be related to a mafic precursor.



The ~ 600 Ma Piedade Granite is a zoned late-orogenic pluton made up of three contrasting units: porphyritic granites with relatively high color indices occur in the border (muscovite and monazite-bearing peraluminous granite-granodiorite MBmg, with CI = 8-15) and core (titanite and allanite-bearing biotite granite BmgT, with CI = 6-9), andare separated by a nearly continuous ring of more leucocratic, non-porphyritic pink granite (Bmg, with CI = 5-6).

It contrasts with slightly older (~ 610 Ma) ''syn-orogenic'' porphyritic hornblende-biotite granites that make up most of the Agudos Grandes Batholith because of the predominance of peraluminous rock types and the occurrence of significant volumes of felsic ( > 70 wt% SiO2) pink granites. Such slightly peraluminous felsic granites are the main or only components in other late-orogenic granites occurring to the west of Piedade, and also form countless small bodies intruding the regional metamorphic rocks.

Former workers have recognized the muscovite-bearing late-orogenic granites from the Piedade region as the products of crustal contamination of calc-alkaline magmas (Wernick et al. 1989, Janasi et al. 1990, Godoy et al. 1999). New elemental and isotope geochemical data here presented allowa better understanding of this process, in terms ofthe sources involved, the meaning of each of the main units, and the dynamics of the magma chamber.

The pink felsic granites are probably the products of crustal anatexis, and derive from deep-seated quartz-feldspatic sources within the garnet stability field (hence their strongly fractionated REE patterns without negative Eu anomalies). Geochemistry also constrain these sources to be poor in U and Nb-Ta and to have residual biotite (resulting in low Rb in the derived magmas).

The porphyritic granites are too mafic to be pure crustal melts, and must involve a mantle-derived basic component. The chemical variation within the core titanite-bearing BmgT unit points towards a simple crystal fractionation process coupled with some high Rb/Sr component assimilation (ACF) to respond for a slight increase in 87Sr/86Sr with differentiation. The more primitive rocks differ from the typical ''syn-orogenic'' high-K calc-alkaline granites in their higher A/CNK, less negative eNd(t) and higher contents of incompatible elements such as U and Cs. This may imply in a different crustal component, probably upper-crust metasedimentary material with lower crust residence time.

The border mafic-rich MBmg unit clearly owes its peraluminous character to more strong crustal contamination. However, it is on average more mafic than BmgT and cannot be related to this unit through an ACF process. Assimilation of country rocks, although observed in a local scale, does not respond for the main chemical features of MBmg, which require a contaminant different from upper-crust schists, with high La/Yb and Th/U. Most ofthe trace-element and isotopic signature expected for the contaminant present in MBmg is found in Bmg (high La/Yb, Th/U, low Nb, Ta, Rb; also low Mg#). In terms of some important incompatible elements, MBmg has a behavior intermediate between Bmg and BmgT. The result of a simple mixing between magmas of average compositions equivalent to the two latter units would be more felsic and less Al-rich than MBmg; however, a more mafic magma consanguineous with BmgT could satisfy the requirements of such a model.

If a mixing process responds for some geochemical features of the Piedade Granite, it can be speculated whether it occurred at the site of emplacement or during magma ascent. As demonstrated in several recent studies, mixing between magmas of similar composition may be highly effective, sometimes leaving only scarce vestiges in geochemistry and/or accessory mineral zoning (Robinson and Miller 1999). Some of the features seen in the better-exposed northern portion of the Piedade pluton can be interpreted as the result of extensive interaction between originally more contrasted granitic magmas. In fact, south of the Piedade town both the BmgT and Bmg units disappear, and MBmg occurs in the area where they would have met each other (Fig. 2). There is also in this region some convergence between the three main units in terms of mineralogical, chemical and isotopic (e.g., eNd(t)) characteristics. Swarms of pillowed mafic enclaves found locally within Bmg are another indication that the felsic magmas coexisted and partly mixed with more basic magmas at the site of emplacement.

A simplified model for the evolution of the Piedade Granite could be as follows. A first magma pulse of mafic-rich calc-alkaline biotite monzodiorite to granodiorite magma was emplaced contemporaneously with felsic granite magma of composition equivalent to Bmg. As a result of efficient mixing the peraluminous MBmg unit was formed; the inward decrease in color index would reflect the increasing proportion of felsic granite melt in this direction. A second pulse of more fractionated calc-alkaline biotite granite melt intruded the center of the chamber and was mostly preserved from mixing except near the contacts with the previous units. Some synplutonic dikes with epidote and hornblende-bearing granodiorite only partly equilibrated with their host could be marginal manifestations related to this pulse.



This research was supported by grants from Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de SãoPaulo (FAPESP, Proc. 97/0823-2 and 00/2509-8). R.J. Leite received Doctoral scholarships from Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES). The authors thank Sandra Andrade for doing chemical analyses in part of the samples at the Instituto de Geociências, Universidade de São Paulo, and two anonymous referees for their careful reviews.



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Manuscript received on December 3, 2004; accepted for publication on November 22, 2005; presented by MIGUEL A.S. BASEI



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