Prehnitization in the Yahgan Formation of Navarino Island, Southernmost Chile

W. A. Watters
New Zealand Geological Survey, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Summary: Upper Mesozoic geosynclinal sedimentary rocks, mainly of volcanic (andesitic) derivation, show widespread prehnitization caused by very low grade metamorphism (burial metamorphism). The sediments, which include greywackes, argillites, cherty rocks, and occasional limestone concretions and thin beds, appear little altered in hand specimen and in the field despite the wide extent of recrystalli-zation. Besides prehnite, secondary minerals include quartz, albite, chlorite, sericite, calcite, and sphene. The different modes of occurrence of the prehnite are described and briefly discussed. The alteration of the rocks is comparedwith similar wide-spread prehnitization recorded in probably correlative rocks on South Georgia.

Mineralogical Magazine; 1965 v. 34; no. 268; p. 517-527; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1965.034.268.45
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