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Selected Recent Research Papers of the Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory at Rensselaer

A more complete list of Frank Spear's work can be found -> research papers.

    • Storm, L. C., Spear, F. S. & Pyle, J. M., In review. Monazite geochronology of migmatitic metapelites from the southern Adirondaciks: Digging up the Rodinian roots. Precambrian Research.
    • Storm, L. C. & Spear, F. S., in review. P-T history of migmatitic metapelites from the southern Adirondacks. Journal of Metamorphic Geology.
    • Spear, F. S., Cheney, J. T., Pyle, J. M., Harrison, M. & Layne, G., in review. Monazite geochronology on a transect across central New England. Journal of Petrology.
    • Pyle, J. M., Spear, F. S., Wark, D. A., Daniel, C. G. & Storm, L. C., (2005). Contributions to Precision and Accuracy of Chemical Ages of Monazite. American Mineralogist, 90, in press. (preprint-pdf)
    • Pyle, J. M., Spear, F. S., Cheney, J. T. & Layne, G., (2005). Monazite ages in the Chesham Pond nappe, SW New Hampshire, USA: implications for assembly of central New England thrust sheets. American Mineralogist, 90, in press. (preprint-pdf)
    • Cherniak, D.J., Pyle, J.M. & Rakovan, J. (2004) Synthesis of REE and Y phosphates by Pb-free flux methods and their utilization as standards for electron microprobe analysis and in design of monazite chemical U-Th-Pb dating protocol. American Mineralogist, 89, 1533-1539. (pdf)
    • Foster, G., Parrish, R.R., Horstwood, M.S.A., Chenery, S., Pyle, J., & Gibson, H.D. (2004) The generation of prograde P-T-t points and paths; a textural, compositional, and chronological study of metamorphic monazite. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 228, 125-142. (pdf)
    • Spear, F. S., (2004). Fast cooling and exhumation of the Valhalla Metamorphic Core Complex. International Geology Review, 46, 193-209.(pdf)
    • Pyle, J.M., and Spear, F.S. (2003) Four generations of accessory phase growth in low-pressure migmatites from SW New Hampshire. American Mineralogist, 88, 338-351. (pdf)
    • Spear, F.S., and Pyle, J.M. (2002) Apatite, monazite, and xenotime in metamorphic rocks. In M.J. Kohn, J. Rakovan, and J.M. Hughes, Eds. Phosphates: Geochemical, Geobiological, and Materials Importance, 48, p. 293-335. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, D. C. (html summary)
    • Pyle, J.M., Spear, F.S., and Wark, D.A. (2002) Electron microprobe analysis of REE in apatite, monazite, and xenotime: Protocols and pitfalls. In M.J. Kohn, J. Rakovan, and J.M. Hughes, Eds. Phosphates: Geochemical, Geobiological, and Materials Importance, 48, p. 337-362. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, D. C. (html summary)
    • Spear, F.S., Kohn, M.J., Cheney, J.T., and Florence, F. (2002) Metamorphic, thermal, and tectonic evolution of central New England. Journal of Petrology, 43, 2097-2120.(pdf)
    • Pattison, D.M.R., Spear, F.S., DeBuhr, C.L., Cheney, J.T., and Guidotti, C.V. (2002) Natural assemblage and thermodynamic analysis of the reaction muscovite + cordierite = Al2SiO5 + biotite + quartz + H2O: Implications for the metapelitic petrogenetic grid. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 20, 99-118.
    • Spear, F. S. and Daniel, C. G. (2001) Diffusion control of garnet growth, Harpswell Neck, Maine, USA. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 19.
    • Pyle, J. M., Spear, F. S., Rudnick, R. L. and McDonough, W. F. (2001) Monazite-xenotime and monazite-garnet equilibrium in a prograde pelite sequence. Journal of Petrology, 42, 2083-2107. (pdf)
    • Pyle, J. M. and Spear, F. S. (2000) An empirical garnet (YAG)-xenotime thermometer. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 138, 51-58. (pdf)
    • Kohn, M. J. and Spear, F. S. (2000) Retrograde Net Transfer Reaction Insurance for P-T Estimates. Geology, 28, 1127-1130.
    • Pattison, D. R. M., Spear, F. S. and Cheney, J. T. (1999) Polymetamorphic origin of muscovite + cordierite + staurolite + biotite assemblages: Implications for the metapelitic petrogenetic grids and for P-T paths. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 17, 685-703.
    • Pyle, J. M. and Spear, F. S. (1999) Yttrium zoning in garnet: coupling of major and accessory phases during metamorphic reactions. Geological Materials Research (http://gmr.minsocam.org), 1, 1-49. (pdf)
    • Kohn, M. J. and Spear, F. S. (1999) Probing the depths of Oliverian magmas: Implications for Paleozoic tectonics in the northeastern United States. Geology, 27, 803-806.
    • Daniel, C. G. and Spear, F. S. (1999) The clustered nucleation and growth processes of garnet in regional metamorphic rocks from north-west Connecticut, USA. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 17, 503-520.
    • Spear, F.S. (1999) Real-time AFM diagrams on your Macintosh. Geological Materials Research (http://gmr.minsocam.org), 1, 3, 1-19.
    • Spear, F.S., Kohn, M.J., and Cheney, J.T. (1999) P-T paths from anatectic pelites. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 134, 17-32.
    • Spear, F.S. and Daniel, C.G. (1998) 3-dimensional imaging of garnet porphyroblast sizes and chemical zoning. Nucleation and growth history in the garnet zone. Geological Materials Research (http://gmr.minsocam.org), 1, 1, 1-43.
    • Daniel, C.G. and Spear, F.S. (1998) 3-Dimensional patterns of garnet nucleation and growth. Geology, 26, 503-506.
    • Kohn, M.J., Spear, F.S., and Valley, J.W. (1997) Dehydration melting and fluid recycling during metamorphism: Rangeley Formation, New Hampshire, USA. Journal of Petrology, 38, 1255-1277.
    • Spear, F. S. and Parrish, R., 1996, Petrology and petrologic cooling rates of the Valhalla Complex, British Columbia, Canada: Journal of Petrology, v. 37, p. 733-765. (pdf)
    • Spear, F.S. and Markussen, J.C.1997, Mineral zoning, P-T-X-M phase relations and metamorphic evolution of Adironcack anorthosite, New York. Journal of Petrology, v 38, 757-783.(pdf) (Web pages with color images)
    • Spear, F.S. and Kohn, M.J.,1996, Trace element zoning in garnet as a monitor of dehydration melting in pelites: Geology, v. 24, p 1099-1102.