Sanbagawa metabasites metamorphosed at conditions near the upper limit of the pumpellytic-actinolite facies were examined in terms of phase equilibria in the five component system Al2O3Fe2O3CaOMgOFeO. The Fe3+content of epidote measured as XEpFe(=Fe/(Fe + Al) of epidote) in the assemblage epidote-chlorite-actinolite-pumpellyite decreases gradually towards the higher-grade, pumpellyite-free areas. The progressive change in XFeEpcan be detected within one metabasite bed 200 meters thick near the upper limit of the pumpellyite-actinolite facies. The MgFe2+substitution, as expressed by variation of Fe/(Fe + Mg) in chlorite (0.40-0.55) has little effect on the Fe3++ Al) ratios of epidote and pumpellyite in the above-mentioned assemblage. The lowet XFeEpin the pumpellite-bearing assemblage is 0.15 and hence the upper limit of the pumpellyite-actinolite facies is defined by the appearance of an epidote-chlorite-actinolite assemblage with XEpFc= C.15. © 1982.
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