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Dr. Fred Gaidies

Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences



The inverted metamorphic sequence of the Sikkim Himalayas (India)

The origin of the inverted metamorphic sequence (IMS) of the Sikkim Himalayas is one of the most-debated topics in modern metamorphic petrology. What makes the IMS so special is its continuous increase of metamorphic grade with structural height. In order to better understand the origin of this apparent contradiction detailed information on the metamorphic history of the IMS is needed to constrain models of its tectonic evolution.
We will systematically integrate field work, detailed petrography, geochronology, high-resolution X-ray computed tomography (XR-┬ÁCT; in Canada's first tomography laboratory for Earth material research at Carleton), mineral chemical analyses, and numerical simulations of metamorphic crystallization to study various rock-forming processes that took place during rock metamorphism.
This research is a collaborative international project with Sumit Chakraborty (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany), Somnath Dasgupta (Assam University, India), and Robert Anczkiewicz (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland). Students interested in this graduate project should contact me directly: fred_gaidies.at.carleton.ca


(Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, as seen early in the morning from Pelling, West Sikkim)