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Sample records for plagioclase

  1. Elasticity of plagioclase feldspars

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    Brown, J. Michael; Angel, Ross J.; Ross, Nancy L.

    2016-02-01

    Elastic properties are reported for eight plagioclase feldspars that span compositions from albite (NaSi3AlO8) to anorthite (CaSi2Al2O8). Surface acoustic wave velocities measured using Impulsive Stimulated Light Scattering and compliance sums from high-pressure X-ray compression studies accurately determine all 21 components of the elasticity tensor for these triclinic minerals. The overall pattern of elasticity and the changes in individual elastic components with composition can be rationalized on the basis of the evolution of crystal structures and chemistry across this solid-solution join. All plagioclase feldspars have high elastic anisotropy; a* (the direction perpendicular to the b and c axes) is the softest direction by a factor of 3 in albite. From albite to anorthite the stiffness of this direction undergoes the greatest change, increasing twofold. Small discontinuities in the elastic components, inferred to occur between the three plagioclase phases with distinct symmetry (C1>¯, I1>¯, and P1>¯), appear consistent with the nature of the underlying conformation of the framework-linked tetrahedra and the associated structural changes. Measured body wave velocities of plagioclase-rich rocks, reported over the last five decades, are consistent with calculated Hill-averaged velocities using the current moduli. This confirms long-standing speculation that previously reported elastic moduli for plagioclase feldspars are systematically in error. The current results provide greater assurance that the seismic structure of the middle and lower crusts can be accurately estimated on the basis of specified mineral modes, chemistry, and fabric.

  2. Plagioclase flotation and lunar crust formation

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    Walker, D.; Hays, J. F.

    1977-01-01

    Anorthitic plagioclase floats in liquids parental to the lunar highlands crust. The plagioclase enrichment that is characteristic of lunar highlands rocks can be the result of plagioclase flotation. Such rocks would form a gravitationally stable upper crust on their parental magma.

  3. Plagioclase mineralogy of olivine alkaline basalt

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    Hoffer, J. M.

    1973-01-01

    A geological and mineralogical study of the Potrillo volcanics is reported. The investigation consisted first of field mapping to establish and identify the different rock types and volcanic features in order to determine the geological history. Next, samples were collected and analyzed petrographically to determine suitable rocks from the various stratigraphic units for study of plagioclase. Samples selected for further study were crushed and the plagioclase extracted for the determination of composition and structural state. These results were then related to the petrology and crystallization of the basalt.

  4. Effects of shock pressures on calcic plagioclase

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    Gibbons, R. V.; Ahrens, T. J.

    1977-01-01

    Calcic plagioclase single crystals were subjected to shock loading up to a pressure of 496 kbar; optical and electron microscope studies were conducted to investigate the shock-induced effects on the mineral, which is found in terrestrial and lunar rocks and in meteorites. It was observed that up to 287 kbar pressure, the recovered samples are essentially crystalline, while samples subjected to pressures between 300 and 400 kbar are almost 100% diaplectic glasses, suggesting shock transformation in the solid state. Samples shock-loaded to pressures greater than 400 kbar yielded glasses with refractive indices similar to those of thermally fused glass. It is concluded that planar features, absent in all the specimens, may not be definitive shock indicators, but may be linked to local heterogeneous dynamic stresses experienced by plagioclase grains within shocked rocks.

  5. Uncommon behavior of plagioclase and the ancient lunar crust

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    Nekvasil, Hanna; Lindsley, Donald H.; DiFrancesco, Nicholas; Catalano, Tristan; Coraor, Aron E.; Charlier, Bernard

    2015-12-01

    Calcic plagioclase, the dominant mineral of the anorthositic lunar crust, fails to show the Na enrichment during cooling that is typical of magmatic plagioclase. We show that this enigmatic behavior may arise during fractionation of highly calcic plagioclase at depths greater than ~70 km in the lunar magma ocean because of the development of a negative azeotropic configuration at high anorthite contents that impedes and may even reverse the standard plagioclase albite enrichment with dropping temperature. This result supports a high-pressure origin of this plagioclase consistent with the lunar magma ocean model. It also provides a new mechanism for forming lunar lithologies with sodic plagioclase from a highly Na-depleted Moon through gravitational settling of spinel and refines the compositional characteristics of the late stage residual liquids of the lunar magma ocean.

  6. Europium anomaly in plagioclase feldspar - Experimental results and semiquantitative model.

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    Weill, D. F.; Drake, M. J.

    1973-01-01

    The partition of europium between plagioclase feldspar and magmatic liquid is considered in terms of the distribution coefficients for divalent and trivalent europium. A model equation is derived giving the europium anomaly in plagioclase as a function of temperature and oxygen fugacity. The model explains europium anomalies in plagioclase synthesized under controlled laboratory conditions as well as the variations of the anomaly observed in natural terrestrial and extraterrestrial igneous rocks.

  7. Petrogenesis of calcic plagioclase megacrysts in Archean rocks

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    Phinney, W. C.; Morrison, D. A.

    1986-01-01

    Anorthositic complexes with large equidimensional plagioclase grains of highly calcic composition occur in nearly all Archean cratons. Similar plagioclase occur as megacrysts in many Archean sills, dikes, and volcanic flows. In the Canadian Shield these units occur throughout the Archean portions of the entire shield and are particularly common as dikes over an area of a few 100,000 sq km in Ontario and Manitoba during a period of at least 100 m.y. in many different rock types and metamorphic grades. The plagioclase generally occurs in three modes: as inclusions in mafic intrusions at various stages of fractionation, as crystal segregations in anorthosite complexes, or as megacrysts in fractionated sills, dikes, and flows. Most occurrences suggest that the plagioclase was formed elsewhere before being transported to its present location. The evidence seems to be quite clear that occurrences of these types of calcic plagioclase require: (1) ponding of a relatively undifferentiated Archean tholeiitic melt at some depth; (2) isothermal crystallization of large, equidimensional homogeneous plagioclase crystals; (3) separation of the plagioclase crystals from any other crystalline phases; (4) further fractionation of melt; (5)transport of various combinations of individual plagioclase crystals and clusters of crystals by variously fractionated melts; and (6) emplacement as various types of igneous intrusions or flows.

  8. An analytical and experimental study of zoning in plagioclase

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    Smith, R. K.; Lofgren, G. E.

    1983-01-01

    A detailed electron microprobe study has been conducted on natural and experimentally grown zoned plagioclase feldspars. Discontinuous, sector, and oscillatory chemical zoning are observed superimposed on continuous normal or reverse zoning trends. The relative accuracy of 3 element (Na, Ca, K) microprobe traverses was found statistically to be 2 mole percent. Comparison of microprobe data on natural zoned plagioclase with zoned plagioclase grown in controlled experiments has shown that it may be possible to distinguish zonal development resulting from physio-chemical changes to the bulk magma from zoning related to local kinetic control on the growth of individual crystals.

  9. Electron microprobe study of lunar and planetary zoned plagioclase feldspars: An analytical and experimental study of zoning in plagioclase

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    Smith, R. K.; Lofgren, G. E.

    1982-01-01

    Natural and experimentally grown zoned plagioclase feldspars were examined by electron microprobe. The analyses revealed discontinuous, sector, and oscillary chemical zoning superimposed on continuous normal or reverse zoning trends. Postulated mechanisms for the origin of zoning are based on either physical changes external to the magma (P, T, H2O saturation) or kinetic changes internal to the magma (diffusion, supersaturation, growth rate). Comparison of microprobe data on natural zoned plagioclase with zoned plagioclase grown in controlled experiments show that it may be possible to distinguish zonal development resulting from physio-chemical changes to the bulk magma from local kinetic control on the growth of individual crystals.

  10. Partition coefficients for calcic plagioclase - Implications for Archean anorthosites

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    Phinney, W. C.; Morrison, D. A.

    1990-01-01

    In most Archean cratons, cumulates of equant plagioclase megacrysts form anorthositic complexes, including those at Bad Vermilion Lake (Ontario). In this paper, partition coefficients (Ds) of REEs between natural high-Ca plagioclase megacrysts and their basaltic matrices were determined, using a multiple aliquot techique, and megacrystic plagioclases occurring in anorthosites were analyzed for the same components which, in conjunction with their Ds, were applied to calculations of melts in equilibrium with anorthosites. The REE's Ds were found to agree well with experimentally determined values and to predict equilibrium melts for Archean anorthosites that agree well with coeval basaltic flows and dikes. The Ds also appear to be valid for both the tholeiitic and alkali basalts over a wide range of mg numbers and REE concentrations. It is suggested that the moderately Fe-rich tholeiites that are hosts to plagioclase megacrysts in greenstone belts form the parental melts for megacrysts which make up the Bad Vermilion Lake Archean anorthositic complex.

  11. Plagioclase-rich inclusions in carbonaceous chondrite meteorites - Liquid condensates?

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    Wark, D. A.

    1987-01-01

    The characteristics and formation of coarse-grained, plagioclase-rich inclusions are investigated. The textures, mineralogical compositions, and initial Al-26/Al-27 ratios for the plagioclase-rich inclusions are described. It is observed that plagioclase-rich inclusions in carbonaceous chondrites are either Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) composed of 30-60 vol pct anorthite, and less than 35 vol pct Ti-Al-pyroxene and melilite, or CA chondrites composed of plagioclase, pyroxene, olivine, spinel, and melilite. It is observed that CA chondrules are chemically and mineralogically the most similar components shared by carbonaceous and ordinary chondrites. The textural changes observed in the inclusions are examined. The data reveal that the CAIs have three textural groups: coarse anorthite laths, equigranular anorthite and Ti-Al-pyroxene, and lacy Ti-Al-pyroxene and fine-grained anorthite.

  12. Application of New Partition Coefficients to Modeling Plagioclase

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    Fagan, A. L.; Neal, C. R.; Rapp, J. F.; Draper, D. S.; Lapen, T. J.

    2017-01-01

    Previously, studies that determined the partition coefficient for an element, i, between plagioclase and the residual basaltic melt (Di plag) have been conducted using experimental conditions dissimilar from the Moon, and thus these values are not ideal for modeling plagioclase fractionation in a lunar system. However, recent work [1] has determined partition coefficients for plagioclase at lunar oxygen fugacities, and resulted in plagioclase with Anorthite contents =An90; these are significantly more calcic than plagioclase in previous studies, and the An content has a profound effect on partition coefficient values [2,3]. Plagioclase D-values, which are dependent on the An content of the crystal [e.g., 2-6], can be determined using published experimental data and the correlative An contents. Here, we examine new experimental data from [1] to ascertain their effect on the calculation of equilibrium liquids from Apollo 16 sample 60635,2. This sample is a coarse grained, subophitic impact melt composed of 55% plagioclase laths with An94.4-98.7 [7,8], distinctly more calcic than of previous partition coefficient studies (e.g., [3-6, 9-10]). Sample 60635,2 is notable as having several plagioclase trace element analyses containing a negative Europium anomaly (-Eu) in the rare-earth element (REE) profile, rather than the typical positive Eu anomaly (+Eu) [7-8] (Fig. 1). The expected +Eu is due to the similarity in size and charge with Ca2+, thereby allowing Eu2+ to be easily taken up by the plagioclase crystal structure, in contrast to the remaining REE3+. Some 60635,2 plagioclase crystals only have +Eu REE profiles, some only have -Eu REE profiles, and some +Eu and -Eu analyses in different areas on a single crystal [7, 8]. Moreover, there does not seem to be any core-rim association with the +Eu or -Eu analyses, nor does there appear to be a correlation between the size, shape, or location of a particular crystal within the sample and the sign of its Eu anomaly, which

  13. Linking Plagioclase Zoning Patterns to Active Magma Processes

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    Izbekov, P. E.; Nicolaysen, K. P.; Neill, O. K.; Shcherbakov, V.; Plechov, P.; Eichelberger, J. C.

    2015-12-01

    Plagioclase, one of the most common and abundant mineral phases in volcanic products, will vary in composition in response to changes in temperature, pressure, composition of the ambient silicate melt, and melt H2O concentration. Changes in these parameters may cause dissolution or growth of plagioclase crystals, forming characteristic textural and compositional variations (zoning patterns), the complete core-to-rim sequence of which describes events experienced by an individual crystal from its nucleation to the last moments of its growth. Plagioclase crystals in a typical volcanic rock may look drastically dissimilar despite their spatial proximity and the fact that they have erupted together. Although they shared last moments of their growth during magma ascent and eruption, their prior experiences could be very different, as plagioclase crystals often come from different domains of the same magma system. Distinguishing similar zoning patterns, correlating them across the entire population of plagioclase crystals, and linking these patterns to specific perturbations in the magmatic system may provide additional perspective on the variety, extent, and timing of magma processes at active volcanic systems. Examples of magma processes, which may be distinguished based on plagioclase zoning patterns, include (1) cooling due to heat loss, (2) heating and/or pressure build up due to an input of new magmatic material, (3) pressure drop in response to magma system depressurization, and (4) crystal transfer between different magma domains/bodies. This review will include contrasting examples of zoning patters from recent eruptions of Karymsky, Bezymianny, and Tolbachik Volcanoes in Kamchatka, Augustine and Cleveland Volcanoes in Alaska, as well as from the drilling into an active magma body at Krafla, Iceland.

  14. High-Resolution Diffusion Chronometry of Volcanic Plagioclase Crystals

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    Saunders, K.; Blundy, J.; Dohmen, R.; Kilburn, M.

    2010-12-01

    Plagioclase crystals have long been recognised as an archive of magmatic evolution. Recent studies, have exploited the zoned nature of plagioclase crystals using the chemical and textural heterogeneity of zones to identify the magmatic process(es) that formed these zones, unravelling the magmatic history. Using the minor and trace chemical gradients between two adjacent crystal zones has further enhanced some of these studies through the application of diffusion models to calculate the timescales between the growth of these zones and subsequent quenching of the sample during eruption. However, the calculated timescales for plagioclase crystals from modelling of Sr, Mg and Ba are limited typically by the spatial resolution of the analytical method employed to obtain the chemical profile. For example, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) spot analyses of crystals are generally in the region of 10-20 microns and this limits the timescales that can be calculated to years for most minor and trace elements. To obtain diffusion timescales in the region of months and days, the spatial resolution of the analytical technique used must have micron or sub-micron scale, respectively. NanoSIMS allows relative concentration gradients of elements to be obtained at the sub-micron scale within crystals. Quantification of secondary ion counts is challenging, however, diffusion modelling relies on the concentration gradient without the need for quantification, thus allowing us to exploit this technique. Plagioclase crystals from Mount St. Helens, USA, provide an ideal framework in which to test this method. To this end we have measured relative concentrations of Ca, Na, Si, Sr, Ba, Li, Ti, Mg and Fe in plagioclase crystals by NanoSIMS, across compositional interfaces at 300-600 nanometre resolution. Allied with the traditional techniques of scanning electron microscopy and electron probe microanalyser, this

  15. Formation of plagioclase-bearing peridotite and plagioclase-bearing wehrlite and gabbro suite through reactive crystallization: an experimental study

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    Saper, Lee; Liang, Yan

    2014-03-01

    Plagioclase-bearing peridotites are commonly associated with gabbroic rocks sampled around the Moho Transition Zone. Based on mineral chemistry, texture, and spatial relations, the formation of plagioclase-bearing peridotites has been attributed to impregnation of basalt into residual peridotites. We conducted reactive dissolution and crystallization experiments to test this hypothesis by reacting a primitive mid-ocean ridge basalt with a melt-impregnated lherzolite at 1,300 °C and 1 GPa and then cooling to 1,050 °C as pressure decreased to 0.7 GPa. Crystallization during cooling produced lithologic sequences of gabbro-wehrlite or gabbro-wehrlite-peridotite, depending on reaction time. Wehrlitic and peridotitic sections contain significant amounts of plagioclase interstitial to olivine and clinopyroxene and plagioclase compositions are spatially homogeneous. Clinopyroxene in the wehrlite-peridotite section is reprecipitated from the melt and exhibits poikilitic texture with small rounded olivine chadacrysts. Mineral composition in olivine and clinopyroxene varies spatially, both at the scale of the sample and within individual grains. Olivine grains that crystallized close to the melt-peridotite interface are enriched in iron due to their proximity to the basaltic melt reservoir. Consistent with many field studies, we observed gradual spatial variation in olivine and clinopyroxene composition across a lithologically sharp boundary between the gabbro and wehrlite-peridotite. Plagioclase compositions show no obvious dependence on distance from the melt-rock interface and were precipitated from late-stage trapped melts. Compositional trends of olivine, pyroxene, and plagioclase are consistent with previous experimental results and natural observations of the Moho Transition Zone. Different lithological sequences form based primarily on the melt-rock ratio, composition of the melt and host peridotite, and thermochemical conditions, but are expected to grade from

  16. Porphyry copper enrichment linked to excess aluminium in plagioclase

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    Williamson, B. J.; Herrington, R. J.; Morris, A.

    2016-03-01

    Porphyry copper deposits provide around 75%, 50% and 20% of world copper, molybdenum and gold, respectively. The deposits are mainly centred on calc-alkaline porphyry magmatic systems in subduction zone settings. Although calc-alkaline magmas are relatively common, large porphyry copper deposits are extremely rare and increasingly difficult to discover. Here, we compile existing geochemical data for magmatic plagioclase, a dominant mineral in calc-alkaline rocks, from fertile (porphyry-associated) and barren magmatic systems worldwide, barren examples having no associated porphyry deposit. We show that plagioclase from fertile systems is distinct in containing `excess’ aluminium. This signature is clearly demonstrated in a case study carried out on plagioclase from the fertile La Paloma and Los Sulfatos copper porphyry systems in Chile. Further, the presence of concentric zones of high excess aluminium suggests its incorporation as a result of magmatic processes. As excess aluminium has been linked to high melt water contents, the concentric zones may record injections of hydrous fluid or fluid-rich melts into the sub-porphyry magma chamber. We propose that excess aluminium may exclude copper from plagioclase, so enriching the remaining melts. Furthermore, this chemical signature can be used as an exploration indicator for copper porphyry deposits.

  17. Synthesis for Lunar Simulants: Glass, Agglutinate, Plagioclase, Breccia

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    Weinstein, Michael; Wilson, Stephen A.; Rickman, Douglas L.; Stoeser, Douglas

    2012-01-01

    The video describes a process for making glass for lunar regolith simulants that was developed from a patented glass-producing technology. Glass composition can be matched to simulant design and specification. Production of glass, pseudo agglutinates, plagioclase, and breccias is demonstrated. The system is capable of producing hundreds of kilograms of high quality glass and simulants per day.

  18. A newly calibrated plagioclase-liquid hygrometer for rhyolites

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    Lange, R. A.; Waters, L.

    2012-12-01

    Rhyolite is the most differentiated silicate magma type on Earth and makes up some of the largest explosive eruptions (100-1000's km3), including those at Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas. Understanding the origin and evolution of large-volume rhyolitic magmatic systems is of considerable interest because their formation must fundamentally re-constitute and differentiate continental crust. The mineral phases in rhyolites often provide a rich opportunity to examine pre-eruptive temperatures, oxidation states, and melt water concentrations, as well as time scales for melt accumulation in the upper crust. Given the wealth of information that can be derived from various mineral phases in rhyolites, it is perhaps surprising that so few phase-equilibrium experiments exist for natural high-silica rhyolite melt compositions. The limitation in the experimental data set for rhyolites was a problem encountered by Lange et al. (2009) during their calibration of the plagioclase-liquid hygrometer. Available high-quality experiments (e.g., those with glass totals, including H2O, ≤ 97%) were restricted to those with plagioclase ≥ An37. Results from the experimental study of Couch et al. (2003) on a low-SiO2 rhyolite (71.4 wt%) were included in the Lange et al. (2009) calibration, whereas experiments on a rhyolite (75.2 wt% SiO2) from a more recent study (Tomiya et al., 2010) were published afterwards. Therefore, application of the 2009 plagioclase-liquid hygrometer to rhyolites with sodic plagioclase (plagioclase-liquid hygrometer well calibrated for rhyolites. Moreover, at fluid-saturated, shallow crustal conditions (100-250 MPa) plagioclase often saturates at higher pressures than quartz in many rhyolites, and therefore the

  19. Skaergaard Liquidus Temperatures and the Frailty of Plagioclase Thermometry

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    Morse, S. A.

    2010-12-01

    Because of its refractory nature and low diffusivity, plagioclase is the only mineral likely to record liquidus temperatures of mafic magmas. As such, it has become a talisman of such thermometry, but with limited success. Precise thermal information can perhaps best be obtained experimentally by finding the unique cotectic assemblage of all relevant mineral compositions with melt at relevant pressure. By repeating such experiments at more evolved compositions a relevant plagioclase thermometric history should be obtained. This principle of cotectic calibration was that used as a starting point by Morse (2008). By contrast, unfiltered literature results of experimental plagioclase - liquid determinations were used by Thy et al. (2009), with a T-X regression through all the data including evolved compositions, to describe the Skaergaard liquidus. Implicit in this exercise was the hypothesis that all the data represented stable equilibria and that low-melting components at static melting behaved the same as if in fractional crystallization. Tests for stable equilibrium in such a database [including that of Putirka (2005) and many others as e.g. in LEPR (lepr.ofm-research.org)] can usefully start with an examination of plagioclase loop width versus temperature or plagioclase composition. The loop width of a binary solution against either T or X is described by a slightly skewed parabola anchored at zero at both ends and rising to a broad maximum near An60 in the case of plagioclase. The peak width in XAn (Sol - Liq) has a value of 0.32 at 1 atm in Di-An-Ab and 0.24 at An-57 in a MORB fractional crystallization exercise. Values falling outside this range downward are likely to reflect metastable compositions. All of the 54 data points in one source used by Thy et al. (2009) fall below this range and are scattered to as low as 0.04. Such a shotgun scatter defines metastability and the loss of calibration. Moderate scatter at much higher values of loop width in the LEPR

  20. Plagioclase-melt equilibria. [crystallization from magmatic liquid

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    Drake, M. J.

    1976-01-01

    Results of experiments investigating the crystallization of plagioclase from natural and synthetic melts are presented and are analyzed in terms of empirical and semiquantitative mixing models for the melt. Elemental partition constants were determined from the results and from other published data. Activities of the melt components were modeled by assuming that the melt consists of two independent quasi-lattices of network-forming and network-modifying components, each of which is an ideal solution of its respective component. The semiquantitative analysis supports the suggestion that Na(+) is strongly associated with tetrahedrally-coordinated Al in the melt. It is shown that it is possible to predict the composition of plagioclase crystallizing under equilibrium conditions from a dry melt of known composition and known temperature at low total pressure.

  1. Oxidation state of iron in plagioclase from lunar basalts.

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    Hafner, S. S.; Virgo, D.; Warburton, D.

    1971-01-01

    Determination of the oxidation state of iron in the plagioclase from the coarse-grained basalts 10044 and 12021, using Mossbauer spectroscopy. The location of iron in the crystal structure was also investigated. The spectra show that iron is in the high-spin ferrous state, and they located at least two distinct positions with different coordination numbers. Some excess resonant absorption is probably due to Fe(3+), although the Fe(3+) doublet could not be positively resolved.

  2. Origin of plagioclase-olivine inclusions in carbonaceous chondrites

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    Sheng, Y.J.; Hutcheon, I.D.; Wasserburg, G.J. )

    1991-02-01

    Plagioclase-Olivine Inclusions (POIs) are an abundant group of chondrule-like objects with igneous textures found in carbonaceous chondrites. POIs consist of plagioclase, olivine, pyroxene, and spinel, and cover a wide range of compositions between Type C Ca-Al-rich Inclusions (CAIs) and ferromagnesian chondrules. POIs are distinguished from CAIs by the absence of melilite, lack of refractory siderophile-rich opaque assemblages, more sodic plagioclase, and abundance of olivine and aluminousenstatite. Rare accessory minerals including armalcolite, zirconolite, rutile, and sapphirine are found in several POIs. The petrographic and chemical properties of POIs indicate that they are not condensates or evaporative residues but formed by melting or partial melting of pre-existing solids. Seven of fourteen POIs contain isotopically fractionated Mg, and despite their textures these POIs are not isotopically homogeneous. A comparison of the essential characteristics of POIs and CAIs suggests that the major processes leading to formation of POIs - including condensation, dust/gas fractionation, aggregation of chemically and isotopically disparate materials, and partial melting - are common to most CAIs and chondrules. We present a scenario for the formulation of these objects and conclude that the homogeneity of the final assemblage - CAI, POI, or chondrule - is primarily a reflection of the thermal history rather than the nature of precursor materials.

  3. Raman Study of Shock Effects in Plagioclase Feldspar from the Mistastin Lake Impact Structure, Canada

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    Xie, T. X.; Shieh, S. R. S.; Osinski, G. R. O.

    2016-08-01

    This study mainly uses Raman spectroscopy with a 514 nm laser to study anorthosite from Mistastin Lake Impact Crater, Canada, which mainly contains plagioclase with composition of An 28-55, to better understand shock processes in plagioclase feldspar.

  4. Thermal infrared spectroscopy and modeling of experimentally shocked plagioclase feldspars

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    Johnson, J. R.; Horz, F.; Staid, M.I.

    2003-01-01

    Thermal infrared emission and reflectance spectra (250-1400 cm-1; ???7???40 ??m) of experimentally shocked albite- and anorthite-rich rocks (17-56 GPa) demonstrate that plagioclase feldspars exhibit characteristic degradations in spectral features with increasing pressure. New measurements of albite (Ab98) presented here display major spectral absorptions between 1000-1250 cm-1 (8-10 ??m) (due to Si-O antisymmetric stretch motions of the silica tetrahedra) and weaker absorptions between 350-700 cm-1 (14-29 ??m) (due to Si-O-Si octahedral bending vibrations). Many of these features persist to higher pressures compared to similar features in measurements of shocked anorthite, consistent with previous thermal infrared absorption studies of shocked feldspars. A transparency feature at 855 cm-1 (11.7 ??m) observed in powdered albite spectra also degrades with increasing pressure, similar to the 830 cm-1 (12.0 ??m) transparency feature in spectra of powders of shocked anorthite. Linear deconvolution models demonstrate that combinations of common mineral and glass spectra can replicate the spectra of shocked anorthite relatively well until shock pressures of 20-25 GPa, above which model errors increase substantially, coincident with the onset of diaplectic glass formation. Albite deconvolutions exhibit higher errors overall but do not change significantly with pressure, likely because certain clay minerals selected by the model exhibit absorption features similar to those in highly shocked albite. The implication for deconvolution of thermal infrared spectra of planetary surfaces (or laboratory spectra of samples) is that the use of highly shocked anorthite spectra in end-member libraries could be helpful in identifying highly shocked calcic plagioclase feldspars.

  5. Diversity in the Visible-NIR Absorption Band Characteristics of Lunar and Asteroidal Plagioclase

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    Hiroi, T.; Kaiden, H.; Misawa, K.; Kojima, H.; Uemoto, K.; Ohtake, M.; Arai, T.; Sasaki, S.; Takeda, H.; Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C.-Y.

    2012-01-01

    Studying the visible and near-infrared (VNIR) spectral properties of plagioclase has been challenging because of the difficulty in obtaining good plagioclase separates from pristine planetary materials such as meteorites and returned lunar samples. After an early study indicated that the 1.25 m band position of plagioclase spectrum might be correlated with the molar percentage of anorthite (An#) [1], there have been few studies which dealt with the band center behavior. In this study, the VNIR absorption band parameters of plagioclase samples have been derived using the modified Gaussian model (MGM) [2] following a pioneering study by [3].

  6. Ion microprobe mass analysis of plagioclase from 'non-mare' lunar samples

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    Meyer, C., Jr.; Anderson, D. H.; Bradley, J. G.

    1974-01-01

    The ion microprobe was used to measure the composition and distribution of trace elements in lunar plagioclase, and these analyses are used as criteria in determining the possible origins of some nonmare lunar samples. The Apollo 16 samples with metaclastic texture and high-bulk trace-element contents contain plagioclase clasts with extremely low trace-element contents. These plagioclase inclusions represent unequilibrated relicts of anorthositic, noritic, or troctolitic rocks that have been intermixed as a rock flour into the KREEP-rich matrix of these samples. All of the plagioclase-rich inclusions which were analyzed in the KREEP-rich Apollo 14 breccias were found to be rich in trace elements. This does not seem to be consistent with the interpretation that the Apollo 14 samples represent a pre-Imbrium regolith, because such an ancient regolith should have contained many plagioclase clasts with low trace-element contents more typical of plagioclase from the pre-Imbrium crust. Ion-microprobe analyses for Ba and Sr in large plagioclase phenocrysts in 14310 and 68415 are consistent with the bulk compositions of these rocks and with the known distribution coefficients for these elements. The distribution coefficient for Li (basaltic liquid/plagioclase) was measured to be about 2.

  7. The origin of amorphous rims on lunar plagioclase grains: Solar wind damage or vapor condensates

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    Keller, Lindsay P.; Mckay, David S.

    1991-01-01

    A distinctive feature of micron sized plagioclase grains from mature lunar soils is a thin (20 to 100 nm) amorphous rim surrounding the grains. These rims were originally described from high voltage electron microscope observations of lunar plagioclase grains by Dran et al., who observed rims up to 100 nm thick on plagioclase grains from Apollo 11 and 12 soils. These rims are believed to be the product of solar wind damage. The amorphous rims were studied on micron sized plagioclase grains from a mature Apollo 16 soil using a JEOL 200FX transmission electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive x ray spectrometer. It was found that the amorphous rims are compositionally distinct from the interior plagioclase and it is proposed that a major component of vapor condensates is present in the rims.

  8. Magmatic interactions as recorded in plagioclase phenocrysts of Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic Center, California

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    Tepley, F. J.; Davidson, J.P.; Clynne, M.A.

    1999-01-01

    The silicic lava domes of Chaos Crags in Lassen Volcanic National Park contain a suite of variably quenched, hybrid basaltic andesite magmatic inclusions. The inclusions represent thorough mixing between rhyodacite and basalt recharge liquids accompanied by some mechanical disaggregation of the inclusions resulting in crystals mixing into the rhyodacite host preserved by quenching on dome emplacement. 87Sr/86Sr ratios (~0.7037-0.7038) of the inclusions are distinctly lower than those of the host rhyodacite (~0.704-0.7041), which are used to fingerprint the origin of mineral components and to monitor the mixing and mingling process. Chemical, isotopic, and textural characteristics indicate that the inclusions are hybrid magmas formed from the mixing and undercooling of recharge basaltic magma with rhyodacitic magma. All the host magma phenocrysts (biotite, plagioclase, hornblende and quartz crystals) also occur in the inclusions, where they are rimmed by reaction products. Compositional and strontium isotopic data from cores of unresorbed plagioclase crystals in the host rhyodacite, partially resorbed plagioclase crystals enclosed within basaltic andesite inclusions, and partially resorbed plagioclase crystals in the rhyodacitic host are all similar. Rim 87Sr/86Sr ratios of the partially resorbed plagioclase crystals in both inclusions and host are lower and close to those of the whole-rock hybrid basaltic andesite values. This observation indicates that some crystals originally crystallized in the silicic host, were partially resorbed and subsequently overgrown in the hybrid basaltic andesite magma, and then some of these partially resorbed plagioclase crystals were recycled back into the host rhyodacite. Textural evidence, in the form of sieve zones and major dissolution boundaries of the resorbed plagioclase crystals, indicates immersion of crystals into a hotter, more calcic magma. The occurrence of partially resorbed plagioclase together with plagioclase

  9. Effects of changing H2O concentrations and viscosities on plagioclase crystallization in a rhyolite obsidian: experiments and plagioclase speedometry (Invited)

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    Waters, L.; Andrews, B. J.; Lange, R. A.

    2013-12-01

    H2O-saturated phase equilibrium and decompression experiments on a rhyolite obsidian (73 wt% SiO2) from Medicine Lake Volcano, CA demonstrate the effect of changing melt H2O concentrations and melt viscosity on plagioclase crystallization. The natural sample is saturated in plagioclase + orthopyroxene + ilmenite + magnetite + apatite + zircon, despite low phenocryst abundances (<2.3%) and no microlite crystallization. Eruptive temperature and oxygen fugacity (×1σ), on the basis of Fe-Ti oxide thermometry, are 852 × 12°C and ΔNNO +0.3 × 0.1. Plagioclase compositions range from 33-53 mol% An. Given the low crystallinity and absence of significant cooling, the progressive loss of dissolved melt H2O during ascent best explains the broad range in phenocryst composition and the low crystallinity. Phase equilibrium experiments were conducted at temperatures and pressures ranging from 750-950°C and 50-300 MPa, respectively. Experiments were conducted in a Ni-rich pressure vessel (Waspaloy) with Ni filler rod, which produces an intrinsic fO2 of ΔNNO +1 × 0.5 (Geshwind & Rutherford, 1992) and pressurized with H2O (where Ptotal= PH2O). The results of the phase equilibrium experiments show that the most anorthitic plagioclase crystallized at ~3.95 wt% H2O and the most albitic at ~3.49 wt% H2O. Plagioclase crystallization in the natural sample ceased at relatively high melt H2O content (3.49 wt%), which corresponds to a viscosity of 4.85 log10 Pa s (Hui & Zhang, 2007). To evaluate the effect of decompression rate on plagioclase crystallization, experiments were conducted on the rhyolite at two different continuous decompression rates, 3.0 MPa/hr and 0.8 MPa/hr. Two decompression experiments were conducted for each rate over two pressure interals:150 to 89 MPa and from 150 to 58 MPa. The results from our study are combined with the results of single- and multi-step decompression experiments on rhyolites/rhyodacites from Geshwind & Rutherford (1995), Couch et al., (2003

  10. Visible/near-infrared spectra of experimentally shocked plagioclase feldspars

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    Johnson, J. R.; Horz, F.

    2003-01-01

    High shock pressures cause structural changes in plagioclase feldspars such as mechanical fracturing and disaggregation of the crystal lattice at submicron scales, the formation of diaplectic glass (maskelynite), and genuine melting. Past studies of visible/ near-infrared spectra of shocked feldspars demonstrated few spectral variations with pressure except for a decrease in the depth of the absorption feature near 1250-1300 nm and an overall decrease in reflectance. New visible/near-infrared spectra (400-2500 nm) of experimentally shocked (17-56 GPa) albite- and anorthite-rich rock powders demonstrate similar trends, including the loss of minor hydrated mineral bands near 1410, 1930, 2250, and 2350 nm. However, the most interesting new observations are increases in reflectance at intermediate pressures, followed by subsequent decreases in reflectance at higher pressures. The amount of internal scattering and overall sample reflectance is controlled by the relative proportions of micro-fractures, submicron grains, diaplectic glass, and melts formed during shock metamorphism. We interpret the observed reflectance increases at intermediate pressures to result from progressively larger proportions of submicron feldspar grains and diaplectic glass. The ensuing decreases in reflectance occur after diaplectic glass formation is complete and the proportion of genuine melt inclusions increases. The pressure regimes over which these reflectance variations occur differ between albite and anorthite, consistent with thermal infrared spectra of these samples and previous studies of shocked feldspars. These types of spectral variations associated with different peak shock pressures should be considered during interpretation and modeling of visible/near-infrared remotely sensed spectra of planetary and asteroidal surfaces.

  11. Magma mixing, recharge and eruption histories recorded in plagioclase phenocrysts from El Chichon Volcano, Mexico

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    Tepley, F. J.; Davidson, J.P.; Tilling, R.I.; Arth, Joseph G.

    2000-01-01

    Consistent core-to-rim decreases of 87Sr/86Sr ratios and coincident increases in Sr concentrations in plagioclase phenocrysts of varying size (~ 1 cm to 2 mm) are reported from samples of the 1982 and pre-1982 (~ 200 ka) eruptions of El Chichon Volcano. Maximum 87Sr/86Sr ratios of ~ 0.7054, significantly higher than the whole-rock isotopic ratios (~ 0.7040-0.7045), are found in the cores of plagioclase phenocrysts, and minimum 87Sr/86Sr ratios of ~ 0.7039 are found near some of the rims. Plagioclase phenocrysts commonly display abrupt fluctuations in An content (up to 25 mol %) that correspond to well-developed dissolution surfaces The isotopic, textural and compositional characteristics suggest that these plagioclase phenocrysts grew in a system that was periodically recharged by higher-temperature magma with a lower 87Sr/86Sr ratio and a higher Sr concentration. Rim 87Sr/86Sr ratios in plagioclase phenocrysts of rocks from the 200 ka eruption indicate that, at that time, the magma had already attained the lowest recorded 87Sr/86Sr value of the system (~ 0.7039). In contrast, cores from plagioclase phenocrysts of the 1982 eruption, inferred to have grown in the past few thousand years, have the highest recorded 87Sr/86Sr ratios of the system. Collectively, the Sr isotopic data (for plagioclase and whole rock), disequilibrium textural features of the phenocrysts, known eruption frequencies, and inferred crystal-residence times of the plagioclases are best interpreted in terms of an intermittent magma chamber model. Similar processes, including crustal contamination, magma mixing, periodic recharge by addition of more mafic magma to induce plagioclase disequilibrium (possibly triggering eruption) and subsequent re-equilibration, apparently were operative throughout the 200 ky history of the El Chichon magma system.

  12. Plagioclase feldspars - Visible and near infrared diffuse reflectance spectra as applied to remote sensing

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    Adams, J. B.; Goullaud, L. H.

    1978-01-01

    Visible and near IR diffuse reflectance spectra of plagioclase feldspars are characterized by absorption features caused by minor amounts of Fe(2+) that occur bound in the crystal structure. It is found that identification of terrestrial feldspars by remote sensing appears to be feasible for the compositional range An50 to An80, providing that other minerals do not mask the feldspar signatures. Determination of plagioclase composition using the wavelength of the Fe(2+) band may be possible for lunar samples, where the plagioclase can be assumed to be more calcic than An65.

  13. The Petrographic Distinction between Basalt and Andesite Based upon the Arrested Fractionation of Plagioclase Phenocrysts.

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    Garlick, G. Donald; Garlick, Benjamin J.

    1987-01-01

    Discusses the need to take into account the effects of arrested fractional crystallization in the petrographic classification of volcanic rocks containing plagioclase phenocrysts. Describes the development and use of a computer program to accomplish this task graphically. (TW)

  14. Deconvolution of mixtures with high plagioclase content for the remote interpretation of lunar plagioclase-rich regions

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    Serventi, Giovanna; Carli, Cristian; Sgavetti, Maria

    2016-07-01

    Anorthositic rocks are widespread on the lunar surface and have probably been formed by flotation of PL over a magma ocean. A large portion of pristine rocks are characterized by a low Mg/(Mg+Fe) ratio, and have been classified as ferroan anorthosite, and recently, after observation from SELENE Spectral Profiler,pure anorthosites regions with more than 98% PL have been recognized. In this paper, we analyze a set of mixtures with PL content similar to the ferroan anorthosites and to the pure anorthosite regions, using the Origin Software and the Modified Gaussian Model. We consider three plagioclases with varying FeOwt% contents (PL1, PL2 and PL3)andthree mafic end-members (1) 100% orthopyroxene, (2) 56% orthopyroxene and 44% clinopyroxene, and (3) 100% olivine (OL). The spectral parameters considered here are: band depth, band center, band width, c0 (the continuum intercept) and c1 (the continuum offset). Here we have shown that in pyroxene (PX)-bearing mixtures, the PX is distinguishable even in mixtures with only 1% PX and that PX band at ca. 900 nm is always deeper than PL1 band while PL2 and PL3 are deeperthan OPX 900 nm band from 95, 96% PL. In OL-bearing mixtures, OL detection limit is 2% when mixed with PL1, and 3% and 4% if mixed with PL2 and PL3. We also demonstrated how spectral parameters vary with PL%, and, generally, increasing the PL content: (1) 1250 nm band depth decreases when mixed with OL, while it deepens in mixtures with PX; (2) 1250 nm band centers generally move towards longer wavelength for PL1-bearing mixtures, while do not show significant variations considering PL2/PL3-mixtures; (3) 1250 nm band width of PL1 in E1 and E5-mixtures substantially widens while in other mixtures it only slightly varies. Here we also proposed an application to a real case, from Proclus crater, revealing how studying terrestrial analogues is fundamental to infer hypothesis on the mineralogical composition of a planetary surface, but also how the spectral

  15. VERY High Temperature Hydrothermal Record in Plagioclase of BLACK Gabbros in Oman Ophiolite

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    Boudier, F. I.; Mainprice, D.; Nicolas, A. A.

    2014-12-01

    The lower crustal section in Oman ophiolite includes 'black gabbros' that have escaped the common medium-low temperature hydrous alteration. Their plagioclases are totally fresh, but contain in their mass, nebulous inclusions most times below the resolution of optical microscope, or expressed as solid silicate phases clinopyroxene and pargasitic amphibole, up to 10 µm sized, having T equilibrium above 900°C with their host plagioclase. These gabbros have a well-expressed magmatic foliation, relayed by plastic strain marked by stretched olivine crystals, and pinching twins in plagioclase. In addition to major elements analyses, the crystallographic relationships of these Mg silicate inclusions to their host plagioclase are explored by Electron Back Scattering Diffraction (EBSD) processing. - Diopsidic clinopyroxene inclusions are dominant over pargasitic amphibole that tend to locate close to the margins of host plagioclase (Fig 1). Some inclusions are mixed clinopyroxene-amphibole, separated by a non-indexed phase that could represent a pyribole-type structure, suggesting transformation from clinopyroxene to amphibole during cooling. High chlorine content in the amphibole sign the seawater contamination at least during the development of this phase. - Preliminary statistical pole figures (Fig. 2) in the six joined plagioclase grains studied, show that both plagioclase and diopside inclusions have a strong crystal preferred orientation (CPO) connected such that the strong [010]pl maximum coincide with the strong [100]di. In addition, a coincidence appears between three sub-maxima of [100]pl and [001]di. These interesting relationships are refined. It is inferred that clinopyroxene developed through corrosion of the plagioclase by a Mg-bearing hydrous fluid, penetrating possibly via twin interface and diffusing at T~1100°C, upper limit of clinopyroxene stability in hydrous conditions. Development of pargasite implies increasing hydration during cooling.

  16. Plagioclase-Rich Itokawa Grains: Space Weathering, Exposure Ages, and Comparison to Lunar Soil Grains

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    Keller, L. P.; Berge, E.

    2017-01-01

    Regolith grains returned by the Hayabusa mission to asteroid 25143 Itokawa provide the only samples currently available to study the interaction of chondritic asteroidal material with the space weathering environment. Several studies have documented the surface alterations observed on the regolith grains, but most of these studies involved olivine because of its abundance. Here we focus on the rarer Itokawa plagioclase grains, in order to allow comparisons between Itokawa and lunar soil plagioclase grains for which an extensive data set exists.

  17. Oxygen isotopic determinations of sequentially erupted plagioclases in the 1974 magma of Fuego Volcano, Guatemala

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    Rose, W.I.; Friedman, I.; Woodruff, L.G.

    1980-01-01

    Plagioclases in the 1974 high-Al basalt from Fuego Volcano have ??O18 values of +6.0 to +8.5 per mil. Meteoric water cannot have played a significant role in Fuego's magma. Large, weakly zone clear phenocrysts had ??O18 values in the accepted mantle range, while patchyzoned and oscillatory-zoned plagioclases inferred to have formed later and shallower levels have slightly heavier oxygen isotopic ratios. ?? 1980 Intern. Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior.

  18. Crystal size distributions of plagioclase in lavas from the July-August 2001 Mount Etna eruption

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    Fornaciai, Alessandro; Perinelli, Cristina; Armienti, Pietro; Favalli, Massimiliano

    2015-08-01

    During the 2001 eruption of Mount Etna, two independent vent systems simultaneously erupted two different lavas. The Upper Vents system (UV), opened between 3100 and 2650 m a.s.l., emitted products that are markedly porphyritic and rich in plagioclase, while the Lower Vents system (LV), opened at 2100 and 2550 m a.s.l., emitted products that are sparsely porphyritic with scarce plagioclase. In this study, the crystal size distributions (CSDs) of plagioclase were measured for a series of 14 samples collected from all the main flows of the 2001 eruption. The coefficient of R 2 determination was used to evaluate the goodness of fit of linear models to the CSDs, and the results are represented as a grid of R 2 values by using a numerical code developed ad hoc. R 2 diagrams suggest that the 2001 products can be separated into two main groups with slightly different characteristics: plagioclase CSDs from the UVs can be modeled by three straight lines with different slopes while the plagioclase CSDs from the LVs are largely concave. We have interpreted the CSDs of the UVs as representing three different populations of plagioclases: (i) the large phenocrysts (type I), which started to crystallize at lower cooling rate in a deep reservoir from 13 to 8 months before eruption onset; (ii) the phenocrysts (type II), which crystallized largely during continuous degassing in a shallow reservoir; and (iii) the microlites, which crystallized during magma ascent immediately prior to the eruption. The plagioclase CSD curves for the LVs lava are interpreted to reflect strong and rapid changes in undercooling induced by strong and sudden degassing.

  19. Is plagioclase removal responsible for the negative Eu anomaly in the source regions of mare basalts

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    Shearer, C.K.; Papike, J.J. )

    1989-12-01

    The nearly ubiquitous presence of a negative Eu anomaly in the mare basalts has been suggested to indicate prior separation and flotation of plagioclase from the basalt source region during its crystallization from a lunar magma ocean (LMO). Are there any mare basalts derived from a mantle source which did not experience prior plagioclase separation Crystal chemical rationale for REE substitution in pyroxene suggests that the combination of REE size and charge, M2 site characteristics of pyroxene, fO{sub 2}, magma chemistry, and temperature may account for the negative Eu anomaly in the source region of some types of primitive, low TiO{sub 2} mare basalts. This origin for the negative Eu anomaly does not preclude the possibility of the LMO as many mare basalts still require prior plagioclase crystallization and separation and/or hybridization involving a KREEP component.

  20. Is plagioclase removal responsible for the negative Eu anomaly in the source regions of mare basalts?

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    Shearer, C. K.; Papike, J. J.

    1989-01-01

    The nearly ubiquitous presence of a negative Eu anomaly in the mare basalts has been suggested to indicate prior separation and flotation of plagioclase from the basalt source region during its crystallization from a lunar magma ocean (LMO). Are there any mare basalts derived from a mantle source which did not experience prior plagioclase separation? Crystal chemical rationale for REE substitution in pyroxene suggests that the combination of REE size and charge, M2 site characteristics of pyroxene, fO2, magma chemistry, and temperature may account for the negative Eu anomaly in the source region of some types of primitive, low TiO2 mare basalts. This origin for the negative Eu anomaly does not preclude the possibility of the LMO as many mare basalts still require prior plagioclase crystallization and separation and/or hybridization involving a KREEP component.

  1. SCR and GCR exposure ages of plagioclase grains from lunar soil

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    Etique, P.; Baur, H.; Signer, P.; Wieler, R.

    1986-01-01

    The concentrations of solar wind implanted Ar-36 in mineral grains extracted from lunar soils show that they were exposed to the solar wind on the lunar surface for an integrated time of 10E4 to 10E5 years. From the bulk soil 61501 plagioclase separates of 8 grain size ranges was prepared. The depletion of the implanted gases was achieved by etching aliquot samples of 4 grain sizes to various degrees. The experimental results pertinent to the present discussion are: The spallogenic Ne is, as in most plagioclases from lunar soils, affected by diffusive losses and of no use. The Ar-36 of solar wind origin amounts to (2030 + or - 100) x 10E-8 ccSTP/g in the 150 to 200 mm size fraction and shows that these grains were exposed to the solar wind for at least 10,000 years. The Ne-21/Ne-22 ratio of the spallogenic Ne is 0.75 + or - 0.01 and in very good agreement with the value of this ratio in a plagioclase separate from rock 76535. This rock has had a simple exposure history and its plagioclases have a chemical composition quite similar to those studied. In addition to the noble gases, the heavy particle tracks in an aliquot of the 150 to 200 mm plagioclase separate were investigated and found 92% of the grains to contain more than 10E8 tracks/sq cm. This corresponds to a mean track density of (5 + or - 1) x 10E8 tracks/sq cm. The exploration of the exposure history of the plagioclase separates from the soil 61501 do not contradict the model for the regolith dynamics but also fail to prove it.

  2. Uptaking of plagioclase xenocryst into H2O-rich rear-arc basaltic magma

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    Hamada, M.

    2015-12-01

    Kuritani et al. (2013, Mineral. Petrol.) and Kuritani et al. (2014, Contrib. Mineral. Petrol.) estimated genetic conditions of primary arc magmas beneath the Iwate volcano (a frontal arc volcano in the northeast Japan arc) and the Sannome-gata volcano (a rear-arc volcano in the northeast Japan arc) based on analyses of volcanic rocks and numerical simulation. They estimated that H2O concentrations of primary melts are 4-5 wt.% beneath the Iwate volcano and 6-7 wt.% beneath the Sannnome-gata volcano, respectively. Their arguments mean that primary melts beneath frontal-arc volcanoes and rear-arc volcanoes are both H2O-rich, yet there has been no direct evidence to support their arguments at the Sannnome-gata volcano because volcanic rocks are either almost aphyric and/or almost no melt inclusions were found. Hydrogen concentration in nominally anhydrous minerals serves as a hygrometer of arc basaltic melts (e.g., Hamada et al. 2013, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett.). In this study, hydrogen concentration of plagioclase as a crustal xenocryst was analyzed to estimate H2O concentration of basaltic melt coexisted with plagioclase before the eruption. Plagioclase xenocrists were separated from crushed scoria which erupted from the Sannome-gata volcano 20,000-24,000 years ago. Composition of the plagioclase core is homogeneous and ranges from An30 through An35. The rim is 150 to 200-μm-thick dusty zone whose composition is around An60, suggesting that the rim crystallized rapidly from degassed basaltic melt. The profiles of infrared absorption area per unit thickness across the plagioclase core were obtained using Fourier Transform InfraRed spectrometer (FTIR). The inner core contains hydrogen of about 60 wt. ppm H2O, and hydrogen concentration elevates at outer core. Hydrogen concentration at the outermost core of plagioclase is >200 wt. ppm H2O, suggesting that plagioclase xenocrists were taken by hydrous melt (H2O>5 wt.%; Hamada et al. 2014, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett.) and

  3. Compositional controls on spinel clouding and garnet formation in plagioclase of olivine metagabbros, Adirondack Mountains, New York

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    McLelland, J.M.; Whitney, P.R.

    1980-01-01

    Olivine metagabbros from the Adirondacks usually contain both clear and spinel-clouded plagioclase, as well as garnet. The latter occurs primarily as the outer rim of coronas surrounding olivine and pyroxene, and less commonly as lamellae or isolated grains within plagioclase. The formation of garnet and metamorphic spinel is dependent upon the anorthite content of the plagioclase. Plagioclase more sodic than An38??2 does not exhibit spinel clouding, and garnet rarely occurs in contact with plagioclase more albitic than An36??4. As a result of these compositional controls, the distribution of spinel and garnet mimics and visually enhances original igneous zoning in plagioclase. Most features of the arrangement of clear (unclouded) plagioclase, including the shells or moats of clear plagioclase which frequently occur inside the garnet rims of coronas, can be explained on the basis of igneous zoning. The form and distribution of the clear zones may also be affected by the metamorphic reactions which have produced the coronas, and by redistribution of plagioclase in response to local volume changes during metamorphism. ?? 1980 Springer-Verlag.

  4. High-temperature hydrothermal alteration of tje Boehls Butte anorthosite: Origin of a bimodal plagioclase assemblage

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    Mora, Claudia I; Riciputi, Lee R; Cole, David; Walker, Karen

    2008-01-01

    The Boehls Butte anorthosite consists predominantly of an unusual bimodal assemblage of andesine and bytownite anorthite. Oxygen isotope compositions of the anorthosite were profoundly altered by high temperature, retrograde interaction with meteorichydrothermal fluids that varied in composition from isotopically evolved to nearly pristine meteoric water. Oxygen isotope ratios of bulk plagioclase separates are in the range ?7.0 to -6.2% V-SMOW, however, secondary ion mass spectrometry indicates spot-sized isotope values as low as -16%. Typical inter- and intra-plagioclase grain variability is 3 6%, and extreme heterogeneity of up to 20%is noted in a few samples. High-temperature hydrothermal alteration of intermediate plagioclase is proposed to explain the origin of bytownite anorthite in the anorthosite and creation of its unusual bimodal plagioclase assemblage. The anorthite-forming reaction created retrograde reaction-enhanced permeability which, together with rapid decompression, extension, and unroofing of the anorthosite complex, helped to accommodated influx of significant volumes of meteoric-hydrothermal fluids into the anorthosite.

  5. Chemical Evolution of Intercumulus Liquid, as Seen in Plagioclase Overgrowth Rims from the Skaergaard Intrusion

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    Humphreys, M. C.

    2008-12-01

    Closed-system solidification of a crystal mush will produce a cumulate rock with strongly zoned intercumulus minerals, as a result of continual thermal and compositional change in the residual liquid. The physical properties of the residual liquid (viscosity, density) also change, which may allow compositional convection or melt migration through the cumulate pile, depending on the porosity and permeability of the mush. However, for fully solidified cumulates, 'fossil' changes in liquid composition or porosity are difficult to identify. This study investigates the changing concentration of Ti in plagioclase overgrowths from the lower parts of the Skaergaard Intrusion. Ti concentrations in plagioclase reflect the changing Ti concentration of the residual liquid during solidification. The plagioclase overgrowths record Ti increasing in the liquid until local (intercumulus) saturation of Fe-Ti oxides, when Ti contents start to fall. Ti continues to fall in the residual liquid until the most evolved plagioclase compositions (An30), which form when only approximately 4 % porosity remains. Ti in clinopyroxene oikocrysts also falls rimward, but zoning in faster diffusing species (Fe, Mg) is not observed. These results are discussed in the context of the changing porosity and permeability during solidification.

  6. Effects of Plagioclase Chemistry and Modal Abundance on Spectral Properties of Multimineral Fe,Mg Mixtures

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    Serventi, G.; Carli, C.; Sgavetti, M.; Pompilio, L.

    2012-03-01

    In this abstract we show plagioclase effects on three different Fe,Mg mixtures. The spectra of these mixtures were analyzed via decomposition with an EGO algorithm in order to determine band spectral parameters, particularly in the 1.2-μm region.

  7. FeO and MgO in plagioclase of lunar anorthosites: Igneous or metamorphic?

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    Phinney, W. C.

    1994-01-01

    The combined evidence from terrestrial anorthosites and experimental laboratory studies strongly implies that lunar anorthosites have been subjected to high-grade metamorphic events that have erased the igneous signatures of FeO and MgO in their plagioclases. Arguments to the contrary have, to this point, been more hopeful than rigorous.

  8. Shock effects in plagioclase feldspar from the Mistastin Lake impact structure, Canada

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    Pickersgill, Annemarie E.; Osinski, Gordon R.; Flemming, Roberta L.

    2015-09-01

    Shock metamorphism, caused by hypervelocity impact, is a poorly understood process in feldspar due to the complexity of the crystal structure, the relative ease of weathering, and chemical variations, making optical studies of shocked feldspars challenging. Understanding shock metamorphism in feldspars, and plagioclase in particular, is vital for understanding the history of Earth's moon, Mars, and many other planetary bodies. We present here a comprehensive study of shock effects in andesine and labradorite from the Mistastin Lake impact structure, Labrador, Canada. Samples from a range of different settings were studied, from in situ central uplift materials to clasts from various breccias and impact melt rocks. Evidence of shock metamorphism includes undulose extinction, offset twins, kinked twins, alternate twin deformation, and partial to complete transformation to diaplectic plagioclase glass. In some cases, isotropization of alternating twin lamellae was observed. Planar deformation features (PDFs) are notably absent in the plagioclase, even when present in neighboring quartz grains. It is notable that various microlites, twin planes, and compositionally different lamellae could easily be mistaken for PDFs and so care must be taken. A pseudomorphous zeolite phase (levyne-Ca) was identified as a replacement mineral of diaplectic feldspar glass in some samples, which could, in some instances, also be potentially mistaken for PDFs. We suggest that the lack of PDFs in plagioclase could be due to a combination of structural controls relating to the crystal structure of different feldspars and/or the presence of existing planes of weakness in the form of twin and cleavage planes.

  9. Spectral variability of plagioclase-mafic mixtures (3): Quantitative analysis applying the MGM algorithm

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    Serventi, Giovanna; Carli, Cristian; Sgavetti, Maria

    2015-07-01

    Among the techniques to detect planet's mineralogical composition remote sensing, visible and near-infrared (VNIR) reflectance spectroscopy is a powerful tool, because crystal field absorption bands are related to particular transitional metals in well-defined crystal structures, e.g., Fe2+ in M1 and M2 sites of olivine (OL) or pyroxene (PX). Although OL, PX and their mixtures have been widely studied, plagioclase (PL), considered a spectroscopically transparent mineral, has been poorly analyzed. In this work we quantitatively investigate the influence of plagioclase absorption band on the absorption bands of Fe, Mg minerals using the Modified Gaussian Model - MGM (Sunshine, J.M. et al. [1990]. J. Geophys. Res. 95, 6955-6966). We consider three plagioclase compositions of varying FeO wt.% contents and five mafic end-members (1) 56% orthopyroxene and 44% clinopyroxene, (2) 28% olivine and 72% orthopyroxene, (3) 30% orthopyroxene and 70% olivine, (4) 100% olivine and (5) 100% orthopyroxene, at two different particle sizes. The spectral parameters considered here are: band depth, band center, band width, c0 (the continuum intercept) and c1 (the continuum offset). In particular, we show the variation of the plagioclase and composite (plagioclase-olivine) band spectral parameters versus the volumetric iron content related to the plagioclase abundance in mixtures. Generally, increasing the vol. FeO% due to the PL: (1) 1250 nm band deepens with linear trend in mixtures with pyroxenes, while it decreases in mixtures with olivine, with trend shifting from parabolic to linear increasing the olivine content in end-member; (2) 1250 nm band center moves towards longer wavelengths with linear trend in pyroxene-rich mixtures and parabolic trend in olivine-rich mixtures; and (3) 1250 nm band clearly widens with linear trend in olivine-free mixtures, while the widening is only slight in olivine-rich mixtures. We also outline how spectral parameters can be ambiguous leading to an

  10. Plagioclase preferred orientation and induced seismic anisotropy in mafic igneous rocks

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    Ji, Shaocheng; Shao, Tongbin; Salisbury, Matthew H.; Sun, Shengsi; Michibayashi, Katsuyoshi; Zhao, Weihua; Long, Changxing; Liang, Fenghua; Satsukawa, Takako

    2014-11-01

    Fractional crystallization and crystal segregation controlled by settling or floating of minerals during the cooling of magma can lead to layered structures in mafic and ultramafic intrusions in continental and oceanic settings in the lower crust. Thus, the seismic properties and fabrics of layered intrusions must be calibrated to gain insight into the origin of seismic reflections and anisotropy in the deep crust. To this end, we have measured P and S wave velocities and anisotropy in 17 plagioclase-rich mafic igneous rocks such as anorthosite and gabbro at hydrostatic pressures up to 650 MPa. Anorthosites and gabbroic anorthosites containing >80 vol% plagioclase and gabbros consisting of nearly equal modal contents of plagioclase and pyroxene display distinctive seismic anisotropy patterns: Vp(Z)/Vp(Y) ≥ 1 and Vp(Z)/Vp(X) ≥ 1 for anorthosites while 0.8 < Vp(Z)/Vp(Y) ≤ 1 and 0.8 < Vp(Z)/Vp(X) ≤ 1 for gabbros. Amphibolites lie in the same domain as gabbros, but show a significantly stronger tendency of Vp(X) > Vp(Y) than the gabbros. Laminated anorthosites with Vp(X) ≈ Vp(Y) ≪ Vp(Z) display a strong crystal preferred orientation (CPO) of plagioclase whose (010) planes and [100] and [001] directions parallel to the foliation. For the gabbros and amphibolites characterized by Vp(X) ≈ Vp(Y) > Vp(Z) and Vp(X) > Vp(Y) > Vp(Z), respectively, pyroxene and amphibole play a dominant role over plagioclase in the formation of seismic anisotropy. The Poisson's ratio calculated using the average P and S wave velocities from the three principal propagation-polarization directions (X, Y, and Z) of a highly anisotropic anorthosite cannot represent the value of a true isotropic equivalent. The CPO-induced anisotropy enhances and decreases the foliation-normal incidence reflectivity at gabbro-peridotite and anorthosite-peridotite interfaces, respectively.

  11. Plagioclase-melt (dis)equilibrium due to cooling dynamics: Implications for thermometry, barometry and hygrometry

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    Mollo, Silvio; Putirka, Keith; Iezzi, Gianluca; Del Gaudio, Pierdomenico; Scarlato, Piergiorgio

    2011-07-01

    The compositional variation of plagioclase and the partitioning of major elements between plagioclase and melt have been experimentally measured as a function of the cooling rate. Crystals were grown from a basaltic melt at a pressure of 500 MPa under (i) variable cooling rates of 0.5, 2.1, 3, 9.4, and 15 °C/min from 1250 °C down to 1000 °C, (ii) quenching temperatures of 1025, 1050, 1075, 1090, and 1100 °C at the fixed cooling rate of 0.5 °C/min, and (iii) isothermal temperatures of 1000, 1025, 1050, 1075, 1090, and 1100 °C. Our results show that euhedral, faceted plagioclases form during isothermal and slower cooling experiments exhibiting idiomorphic tabular shapes. In contrast, dendritic shapes are observed from faster cooled charges. As the cooling rate is increased, concentrations of Al + Ca + Fe + Mg increase and Si + Na + K decrease in plagioclase favoring higher An and lower Ab + Or contents. Significant variations of pl-liqKd are also observed by the comparison between isothermal and cooled charges; notably, pl-liqKdAb-An, pl-liqKdCa-Na and pl-liqKdFe-Mg progressively change with increasing cooling rate. Therefore, crystal-melt exchange reactions have the potential to reveal the departure from equilibrium for plagioclase-bearing cooling magmas. Finally, thermometers, barometers, and hygrometers derived through the plagioclase-liquid equilibria have been tested at these non-equilibrium experimental conditions. Since such models are based on assumption of equilibrium, any form of disequilibrium will yield errors. Results show that errors on estimates of temperature, pressure, and melt-water content increase systematically with increasing cooling rate (i.e. disequilibrium condition) depicting monotonic trends towards drastic overestimates. These trends are perfectly correlated with those of pl-liqKdCa-Na, pl-liqKdAb-An, and pl-liqKdFe-Mg, thus demonstrating their ability to test (dis)equilibrium conditions.

  12. Role of syn-eruptive plagioclase disequilibrium crystallization in basaltic magma ascent dynamics.

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    La Spina, G; Burton, M; De' Michieli Vitturi, M; Arzilli, F

    2016-12-12

    Timescales of magma ascent in conduit models are typically assumed to be much longer than crystallization and gas exsolution for basaltic eruptions. However, it is now recognized that basaltic magmas may rise fast enough for disequilibrium processes to play a key role on the ascent dynamics. The quantification of the characteristic times for crystallization and exsolution processes are fundamental to our understanding of such disequilibria and ascent dynamics. Here we use observations from Mount Etna's 2001 eruption and a magma ascent model to constrain timescales for crystallization and exsolution processes. Our results show that plagioclase reaches equilibrium in 1-2 h, whereas ascent times were <1 h. Using these new constraints on disequilibrium plagioclase crystallization we also reproduce observed crystal abundances for different basaltic eruptions. The strong relation between magma ascent rate and disequilibrium crystallization and exsolution plays a key role in controlling eruption dynamics in basaltic volcanism.

  13. Role of syn-eruptive plagioclase disequilibrium crystallization in basaltic magma ascent dynamics

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    La Spina, G.; Burton, M.; de'Michieli Vitturi, M.; Arzilli, F.

    2016-12-01

    Timescales of magma ascent in conduit models are typically assumed to be much longer than crystallization and gas exsolution for basaltic eruptions. However, it is now recognized that basaltic magmas may rise fast enough for disequilibrium processes to play a key role on the ascent dynamics. The quantification of the characteristic times for crystallization and exsolution processes are fundamental to our understanding of such disequilibria and ascent dynamics. Here we use observations from Mount Etna's 2001 eruption and a magma ascent model to constrain timescales for crystallization and exsolution processes. Our results show that plagioclase reaches equilibrium in 1-2 h, whereas ascent times were <1 h. Using these new constraints on disequilibrium plagioclase crystallization we also reproduce observed crystal abundances for different basaltic eruptions. The strong relation between magma ascent rate and disequilibrium crystallization and exsolution plays a key role in controlling eruption dynamics in basaltic volcanism.

  14. Plagioclase in the Skaergaard intrusion. Part 1: Core and rim compositions in the layered series

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    Toplis, Michael J.; Brown, William L.; Pupier, Elsa

    2008-03-01

    The anorthite content of plagioclase grains (XAn) in 12 rocks from the layered series of the Skaergaard intrusion has been studied by electron microprobe (typically ˜30 core and ˜70 rim analyses per thin section). Mean core compositions vary continuously from An66 at the base of the layered series (LZa) to An32-30 at the top. On the other hand, crystal rims are of approximately constant composition (An50 ± 1) from the LZa to the lower Middle Zone (MZ). Above the MZ, core and rim compositions generally overlap. Profiles across individual plagioclase grains from the lower zone show that most crystals have an external zone buffered at XAn ˜50 ± 1. The simplest explanation for these features is that during postcumulus crystallization in the lower zone, interstitial liquids passed through a density maximum. This interpretation is consistent with proposed liquid lines of descent that predict silica enrichment of the liquid associated with the appearance of cumulus magnetite.

  15. Role of syn-eruptive plagioclase disequilibrium crystallization in basaltic magma ascent dynamics

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    La Spina, G.; Burton, M.; de' Michieli Vitturi, M.; Arzilli, F.

    2016-01-01

    Timescales of magma ascent in conduit models are typically assumed to be much longer than crystallization and gas exsolution for basaltic eruptions. However, it is now recognized that basaltic magmas may rise fast enough for disequilibrium processes to play a key role on the ascent dynamics. The quantification of the characteristic times for crystallization and exsolution processes are fundamental to our understanding of such disequilibria and ascent dynamics. Here we use observations from Mount Etna's 2001 eruption and a magma ascent model to constrain timescales for crystallization and exsolution processes. Our results show that plagioclase reaches equilibrium in 1–2 h, whereas ascent times were <1 h. Using these new constraints on disequilibrium plagioclase crystallization we also reproduce observed crystal abundances for different basaltic eruptions. The strong relation between magma ascent rate and disequilibrium crystallization and exsolution plays a key role in controlling eruption dynamics in basaltic volcanism. PMID:27941750

  16. Orthopyroxene-plagioclase fragments in the lunar soil from apollo 12.

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    Fuchs, L H

    1970-08-28

    Rock fragments consisting of orthopyroxene-calcic plagioclase assemblages appear to be more common in Apollo 12 soil samples than in the breccias or soil from Apollo 11 and are mineralogically and chemically different from any of the crystalline rocks returned by either Apollo 11 or Apollo 12. Compositionally, these fragments are orthopyroxenites and feldspathic orthopyroxenites. They are probably not fragments of meteorites; other considerations point to a near-surface lunar origin.

  17. Anorthosites and anorthosites: Contrasting plagioclase-rich rocks in the Archaean and Proterozoic

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    Owens, B.E. . Dept. of Earth Planetary Sciences)

    1993-03-01

    Anorthosites -- rocks consisting predominantly of plagioclase feldspar -- have figured prominently in at least two distinct intervals of Earth history: the late-Archaean and mid-Proterozoic. Archaean anorthosites (AA) are a key component of high-grade gneiss terranes, where they typically form laterally extensive deformed sheets or sills up to a km thick. In contrast, Proterozoic anorthosites (PA) form plutons or plutonic complexes, and are most abundant in a quasi-continuous belt across NE N. America. In addition to these temporal and structural contrasts, AA and PA display markedly different mineralogical and geochemical properties, including, respectively: (1) equant plagioclase megacrysts vs. tabular megacrysts; (2) highly calcic compositions vs. intermediate to alkalic compositions; (3) amphibole vs. olivine or orthopyroxene as the dominant mafic mineral; (4) the presence of chromite, locally in ore-grade layers vs. massive, cross-cutting Fe-Ti oxide ores; (5) low levels of Sr and Ba vs. high to extreme levels; (6) high levels of ferromagnesian trace elements vs. low levels; (7) Ga/Al values typical of basaltic plagioclase vs. much lower values; and (8) moderately vs. extremely fractionated REE patterns. Given these contrasts, it appears that the only property AA and PA share is their plag-rich nature, suggesting that there must be more than one process (and probably multiple processes) capable of producing anorthosite.

  18. Recycled oceanic crust observed in 'ghost plagioclase' within the source of Mauna Loa lavas

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    Sobolev; Hofmann; Nikogosian

    2000-04-27

    The hypothesis that mantle plumes contain recycled oceanic crust is now widely accepted. Some specific source components of the Hawaiian plume have been inferred to represent recycled oceanic basalts, pelagic sediments or oceanic gabbros. Bulk lava compositions, however, retain the specific trace-element fingerprint of the original crustal component in only a highly attenuated form. Here we report the discovery of exotic, strontium-enriched melt inclusions in Mauna Loa olivines. Their complete trace-element patterns strongly resemble those of layered gabbros found in ophiolites, which are characterized by cumulus plagioclase with very high strontium abundances. The major-element compositions of these melts indicate that their composition cannot be the result of the assimilation of present-day oceanic crust through which the melts have travelled. Instead, the gabbro has been transformed into a (high-pressure) eclogite by subduction and recycling, and this eclogite has then been incorporated into the Hawaiian mantle plume. The trace-element signature of the original plagioclase is present only as a 'ghost' signature, which permits specific identification of the recycled rock type. The 'ghost plagioclase' trace-element signature demonstrates that the former gabbro can retain much of its original chemical identity through the convective cycle without completely mixing with other portions of the former oceanic crust.

  19. Trace Elements in High-Ca Pyroxene and Plagioclase in the Bilanga Diogenite: Implications for the Magmatic Evolution of Diogenites

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    Domanik, K. J.; Shearer, C. K.; Hagerty, J.; Kolar, S. E.; Drake, M. J.

    2003-01-01

    High-Ca pyroxene and plagioclase are typically present as minor phases in diogenites. However, although the trace element content of diogenite orthopyroxene has been measured in a number of studies; almost no trace element data is available for the high-Ca pyroxene and plagioclase with which it routinely coexists in these meteorites. These data could provide insights into the nature and evolution of the melts from which diogenites crystallized in the HED parent body. In this study we have obtained initial measurements of several REEs in high-Ca pyroxene, plagioclase, and orthopyroxene in the Bilanga. Measurement of additional incompatible trace element concentrations in these phases is currently in progress.

  20. Time and temperature dependence of the re-equilibration processes in plagioclase-hosted melt inclusions

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    Drignon, M. J.; Nielsen, R. L.; Tepley, F. J., III

    2015-12-01

    Interpretation of compositional data from melt inclusions and their host requires that we understand the effects of the two main post-entrapment processes. First, the crystals grow from the melt inclusion at the time the host lava erupts and cools. Second, the melt inclusion and its host undergo diffusive re-equilibration. These processes have been well established for olivine in olivine-hosted melt inclusions (Danyushevsky et al., 2000; 2004). No similar study has been done for plagioclase-hosted inclusions. To better understand post entrapment crystallization in these crystals, we have conducted a set of time-series experiments on plagioclases in Plagioclase Ultraphyric Basalts (PUBs, Nielsen et al., 1995; 1998; 2011; Sours-Page et al., 2000; Lange et al., 2012; 2013). Plagioclase crystals were heated near the entrapment temperature (1200-1230°C) for 30 min, 1h, 4 h and 4 days. Based on the S content of the melt inclusions, ~80% of the melt inclusions retain their integrity with respect to S after homogenization. It is based on the assumption that S will degas if the inclusion has ruptured, that all S is present as S=, and that the melts are initially sulfide saturated. This is not true for the major element composition of the melt inclusions. For run times of 30 min to 4 hours, the melt inclusions do not show significant compositional changes. However, after 4 days, the average composition of the re-homogenized melt inclusions is shifted toward higher MgO values and lower Al2O3 concentrations regardless of run temperature. These results suggest that re-homogenization techniques held at high temperature for less than 4 hours will return information that is most relevant to the re-homogenization of the post-entrapment crystals. The long term "drift" of the major elements suggests that diffusive re-equilibration with the host crystal takes place at a rate that is too slow to be seen during typical re-homogenization times used (e.g. 20 min-2 hrs.). Key words

  1. Prediction of plagioclase-melt equilibria in anhydrous silicate melts at 1-atm

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    Namur, Olivier; Charlier, Bernard; Toplis, Michael J.; Vander Auwera, Jacqueline

    2012-01-01

    Many models for plagioclase-melt equilibria have been proposed over the past 30 years, but the focus is increasingly on the effects of water content and pressure. However, many geological and petrological applications concern low pressure and low water systems, such as the differentiation of large terrestrial basaltic magma chambers, and lunar and asteroidal magmatism. There is, therefore, a justified need to quantify the influence of anhydrous liquid composition on the composition of equilibrium plagioclase at 1-atm. With this in mind, a database of over 500 experimentally determined plagioclase-liquid pairs has been created. The selected low pressure, anhydrous, experiments include both natural and synthetic liquids, whose compositions range from basalt to rhyolite. Four equations are proposed, derived from this data. The first is based on a thermodynamically inspired formalism, explicitly integrating the effect of temperature. This equation uses free energies and activities of crystalline anorthite available from the literature. For the activity of anorthite in the liquid phase, it is found that current models of the activity of individual oxides are insufficient to account for the experimental results. We have therefore derived an empirical expression for the variation of anorthite activity in the liquid as a function of melt composition, based upon inversion of the experimental data. Using this expression allows the calculation of plagioclase composition with a relative error less than 10%. However, in light of the fact that temperature is not necessarily known for many petrological applications, an alternative set of T-independent equations is also proposed. For this entirely empirical approach, the database has been divided into three compositional groups, treated independently for regression purposes: mafic-ultramafic, alkali-rich mafic-ultramafic, and intermediate-felsic. This separation into distinct subgroups was found to be necessary to maintain errors

  2. Strontium isotope ratio variations in plagioclase phenocrysts from the Imnaha basalt

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    Eckberg, A. E.; Wolff, J. A.; Ramos, F. C.; Hart, G. L.

    2006-12-01

    Of all the Columbia River flood basalt formations, the Imnaha Basalt best captures the isotopic signature of the mantle plume source (see abstract by Wolff, Ramos and Patterson). It is of interest, therefore, to understand the extent to which the plume signature is compromised by magma-lithosphere interaction during transport to the surface. Whole rock 87Sr/86Sr ratios of Imnaha lavas span a narrow range of 0.7038 - 0.7042, and convey a false impression of relative isotopic uniformity. Plagioclase phenocrysts analyzed by LA-MC- ICPMS exhibit much greater variations of 0.7038 - 0.7061 for the whole formation as represented by 8 flows that we have studied. Individual plagioclase phenocrysts in the Imnaha lavas typically fall into two Sr isotope ratio populations: 0.7038 - 0.7044, and 0.7045 - 0.7051. The former population, which encompasses the range of 87Sr/86Sr in whole rocks, is more abundant among a subgroup of flows that have long been recognized as more primitive (Hooper et al., 1984), and is dominated by tabular phenocrysts, some of which are zoned with less radiogenic cores and more radiogenic rims. The less radiogenic end of this range is considered to be representative of the mantle source for the Imnaha Basalt. The latter more radiogenic group of plagioclase grains is texturally more diverse, and is more abundant in flows with relatively evolved bulk compositions. Relatively radiogenic Sr (87Sr/86Sr >0.7044) among Columbia River basalts (whole rocks) is characteristic of post-Imnaha formations, including the very voluminous Grande Ronde flows, and is thought to reflect the involvement of lithospheric components derived from crust and/or mantle. Four of the 8 Imnaha flows so far investigated contain both populations of plagioclase. These results are consistent with a model where magmas residing in crustal magma chambers experience interaction with high- 87Sr/86Sr host rock before and/or during crystallization of plagioclase and are recharged by mantle

  3. Water in Olivine, Clinopyroxenen and Plagioclase of Lunar Meteorites of the NWA 773 Clan by IR Micro-Spectrosocpy

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    Kayama, M.; Nakashima, S.; Tomioka, N.; Ohtani, E.; Seto, Y.; Nagaoka, H.; Ozawa, S.; Sekine, T.; Miyahara, M.; Miyake, A.; Götze, J.; Tomeoka, K.

    2016-08-01

    Water in olivine, clinopyroxene and plagioclase of gabbroic lunar meteorites of Northwest Africa 2977 and 6950 and gabbroic/basaltic brecciated lunar meteorite of NWA 2727 were characterized by in-situ Fourier-transform infrared micro-spectroscopy.

  4. Origin of biotite-hornblende-garnet coronas between oxides and plagioclase in olivine metagabbros, Adirondack region, New York

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    Whitney, P.R.; McLelland, J.M.

    1982-01-01

    Complex multivariant reactions involving Fe-Ti oxide minerals, plagioclase and olivine have produced coronas of biotite, hornblende and garnet between ilmenite and plagioclase in Adirondack olivine metagabbros. Both the biotite (6-10% TiO2) and the hornblende (3-6% TiO2) are exceptionally Titanium-rich. The garnet is nearly identical in composition to the garnet in coronas around olivine in the same rocks. The coronas form in two stages: (a) Plagioclase+Fe-Ti Oxides+Olivine+water =Hornblende+Spinel+Orthopyroxene??Biotite +more-sodic Plagioclase (b) Hornblende+Orthopyroxene??Spinel+Plagioclase =Garnet+Clinopyroxene+more-sodic Plagioclase The Orthopyroxene and part of the clinopyroxene form adjacent to olivine. Both reactions are linked by exchange of Mg2+ and Fe2+ with the reactions forming pyroxene and garnet coronas around olivine in the same rocks. The reactions occur under granulite fades metamorphic conditions, either during isobaric cooling or with increasing pressure at high temperature. ?? 1983 Springer-Verlag.

  5. Non-ideal interactions in calcic amphiboles and their bearing on amphibole-plagioclase thermometry

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    Holland, Tim; Blundy, Jon

    1994-05-01

    Amphibole thermodynamics are approximated with the symmetric formalism (regular solution model for within-site non-ideality and a reciprocal solution model for cross-site-terms) in order to formulate improved thermometers for amphibole-plagioclase assemblages. This approximation provides a convenient framework with which to account for composition-dependence of the ideal (mixing-on-sites) equilibrium constants for the equilibria: A) edenite+4quartz=tremolite+albite B) edenite+albite=richterite+anorthite For A and B all possible within-site and cross-site interactions among the species □-K-Na-Ca-Mg-Fe2+-Fe3+-Al-Si on the A, M4, M1, M3, M2 and T1 amphibole crystallographic sites were examined. Of the 36 possible interaction energy terms, application of the symmetric formalism results in a dramatic simplification to eight independent parameters. Plagioclase nonideality is modelled using Darken's quadratic formalism. We have supplemented an experimental data set of 92 amphibole-plagioclase pairs with 215 natural pairs from igneous and metamorphic rocks in which the pressure and temperature of equilibration are well constrained. Regression of the combined dataset yields values for the eight interaction parameters as well as for apparent enthalpy, entropy and volume changes for each reaction. These parameters are used to formulate two new thermometers, which perform well (±40°C) in the range 400 1000°C and 1 15 kbar over a broad range of bulk compositions, including tschermakitic amphiboles from garnet amphibolites which caused problems for the simple thermometer of Blundy and Holland (1990). For silica-saturated rocks both thermometers may be applied: in silica-undersaturated rocks or magmas thermometer B alone can be applied. An improved procedure for estimation of ferric iron in calcic amphiboles is presented in the appendix.

  6. Evolution of the lunar crust: SIMS study of plagioclase from ferroan anorthosites

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    Papike, J.J.; Fowler, G.W.; Shearer, C.K.

    1997-06-01

    The lunar crust, down to a depth of {approximately}65 km, is composed of older (>4.5 Ga) ferroan anorthosites and younger (4.43-4.17 Ga) Mg-suite lithologies which include dunites, troctolites, and norites. The anorthosites are generally inferred to represent floating cumulates in a lunar magma ocean (possible depth 800 km, moon`s radius {approximately}1,738 km). The cumulates that are inferred to be located near the base of the magma ocean are dominantly olivine and pyroxene. The last dregs of the magma ocean are enriched in incompatible elements and have been named KREEP (K, rare earth elements, P). KREEP, formed in this manner, is probably concentrated near the crust/mantle boundary at {approximately}70 km depth. We are attempting to characterize melts parental to ferroan anorthosites and Mg-suite norites by analyzing REEs (La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Dy, Er, Yb) and Ba, Sr, and Y in their cumulus plagioclase. If the cumulus grains have not been compromised by postcrystallization effects and if we know the relevant mineral/melt partition coefficients (Ds) we can invert the trace element data for plagioclase to parental melt compositions. Melts parental to ferroan anorthosites are estimated to contain REE at concentrations ten to fifty times chondrites. Melts parental to the earlier crystallizing anorthosites (lower REE) have virtually no Eu anomaly, while melts parental to later crystallizing anorthosites (higher REE) have small negative Eu anomalies. This is qualitatively consistent with the fractionation of Eu relative to other REE by crystallization of plagioclase with large positive Eu anomalies. Melts parental to the Mg-suite have much higher total REE and very large negative Eu anomalies. 42 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs.

  7. Laboratory emissivity measurements of the plagioclase solid solution series under varying environmental conditions

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    Donaldson Hanna, K. L.; Thomas, I. R.; Bowles, N. E.; Greenhagen, B. T.; Pieters, C. M.; Mustard, J. F.; Jackson, C. R. M.; Wyatt, M. B.

    2012-11-01

    New laboratory thermal infrared emissivity measurements of the plagioclase solid solution series over the 1700 ˜ 400 cm-1 (6-25 μm) spectral range are presented. Thermal infrared (TIR) spectral changes for fine-particulate samples (0-25 μm) are characterized for the first time under different laboratory environmental conditions: ambient (terrestrial-like), half-vacuum (Mars-like), vacuum, and vacuum with cooled chamber (lunar-like). Under all environmental conditions the Christiansen Feature (CF) is observed to vary in a systematic way with Na-rich end-member (albite) having a CF position at the highest wave number (shortest wavelength) and the Ca-rich end-member (anorthite) having a CF position with the lowest wave number (longest wavelength). As pressure decreases to <10-3 mbar four observations are made: (1) the CF position shifts to higher wave numbers, (2) the spectral contrast of the CF increases relative to the RB, (3) the spectral contrast of the RB in the ˜1200-900 spectral range decreases while the spectral contrast of the RB in the ˜800-400 spectral range either increases or remains the same and (4) the TF disappears. A relationship between the wavelength position of the CF measured under simulated lunar conditions and plagioclase composition (An#) is developed. Although its exact form may evolve with additional data, this linear relationship should be applied to current and future TIR data sets of the Moon. Our new spectral measurements demonstrate how sensitive thermal infrared emissivity spectra of plagioclase feldspars are to the environmental conditions under which they are measured and provide important constraints for interpreting current and future thermal infrared data sets.

  8. Ion microprobe magnesium isotope analysis of plagioclase and hibonite from ordinary chondrites

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    Hinton, R. W.; Bischoff, A.

    1984-03-01

    In a search for 26Mg excesses generated by 26Al decay the authors analysed four Al-rich objects from the type 3 ordinary chondrites using an ion microprobe. They report here the presence of 26Mg excesses of up to 100% in an unusually pure hibonite clast from the Dhajala chondrite; this 26Mg excess is the first to be found in an ordinary chondrite. No 26Mg excesses were observed in the three plagioclase-bearing chondrules analysed. It is concluded that 26Al may not have been sufficiently plentiful to act as a major heat source in condensed Solar System bodies.

  9. Diffuse reflectance spectra of orthopyroxene, olivine, and plagioclase as a function of composition and structure

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    Zolensky, M. E.; Le, L.; Galindo, C.; Morris, R.; Lauer, V.; Vilas, F.

    1993-01-01

    Although many similarities exist between meteorite spectra and 'primitive' asteroids, there are unexplained discrepancies. These discrepancies do not appear to arise from grain size effects. Assuming that primitive meteorites did in fact originate from the 'primitive' asteroids, we believe that there are two testable explanations for the observed spectral discrepancies: compositional or structural differences. We have begun to synthesize and collect reflectance and Mossbauer spectra of pertinent materials, beginning with olivine, pyroxene, and plagioclase (all found in primitive meteorites), and to assess the possible effects composition may have on spectral features. Our study focuses on the combination of composition and structural effects.

  10. Titanium in plagioclase as a monitor of magma differentiation in the Skaergaard Intrusion

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    Salmonsen, L.; Tegner, C.; Humphreys, M.

    2011-12-01

    There is a general consensus that the Skaergaard Intrusion formed by inwards crystallization from the margins. Furthermore, it is agreed that the magma evolved largely due to crystal fractionation. However, the resulting liquid line of descent has been debated and it remains unclear which processes govern the required mass transport, and whether magma zonation developed. In recent studies, the influence of diffusion, crystal mush compaction, compositional convection and segregation of immiscible liquids are under dispute. The liquid line of descent is commonly approached by simple mass balance calculations, which hinge on assumptions regarding the composition of the parent magma and the shape of the intrusion. Moreover, this approach only provides information on the average composition of the main magma and thus, does not address whether the magma was zoned or homogenous. As an alternative, we here invoke an analytical approach; microprobe analyses of unzoned plagioclase cores from a new suite of samples from the Upper Border Series are compared to those in the Layered Series. We find (1) that the Ti concentrations at given anorthite contents in the two series are identical and (2) Ti increases gradually from 0.07 wt% in the most primitive plagioclase analysed (An70) and peaks at 0.13 wt% (An52). It then decreases continuously toward 0.02 wt% in plagioclase from the Sandwich Horizon (An23). Based on experimentally determined distribution coefficients, we calculate a parent magma containing 2.0 wt% Ti. During the early stages of differentiation it gradually increases to 4.3 wt% and subsequently decreases towards 2.3 wt% in the most evolved liquid. As expected, the onset of Ti depletion occurs where the calculated magma crosses the theoretical solubility curve. Consistently, this coincides with appearance of cumulus FeTi oxides in the cumulates at the floor and roof of the intrusion, as indicated by a sudden peak in whole rock Ti and V. Key implications of this study

  11. Ion microprobe magnesium isotope analysis of plagioclase and hibonite from ordinary chondrites

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    Hinton, R. W.; Bischoff, A.

    1984-01-01

    Ion and electron microprobes were used to examine Mg-26 excesses from Al-26 decay in four Al-rich objects from the type 3 ordinary hibonite clast in the Dhajala chondrite. The initial Al-26/Al-27 ratio was actually significantly lower than Al-rich inclusions in carbonaceous chondrites. Also, no Mg-26 excesses were found in three plagioclase-bearing chondrules that were also examined. The Mg-26 excesses in the hibonite chondrites indicated a common origin for chondrites with the excesses. The implied Al-26 content in a proposed parent body could not, however, be confirmed as a widespread heat source in the early solar system.

  12. Change in Magma Dynamics at Okataina Rhyolite Caldera revealed by Plagioclase Textures and Geochemistry

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    Shane, P. A. R.

    2015-12-01

    A fundamental reorganization of magma dynamics at Okataina volcano, New Zealand, occurred at 26 ka involving a change from smaller volume, high-temperature rhyodacite magmas to a lower eruptive tempo of larger volume, low-temperature, rhyolite magmas. Zircon studies demonstrate the presence of a periodically active, long-lived (100,000 yr) magmatic reservoir. However, there is little correlation between periods of zircon crystallization and eruption events. In contrast, the changing magmatic dynamics is revealed in plagioclase growth histories. Crystals from the ~0.7 ka Kaharoa eruption are characterized by resorbed cores displaying a cellular-texture of high-An (>40) zones partially replaced by low-An (<30) zones, surrounded by a resorption surface and a prominent normal-zoned rim (An50-20). Elevated An, Fe, Mg, Sr and Ti follow the resorption surface and display rimward depletion trends, accompanied by Ba and REE enrichment. The zonation is consistent with fractional crystallization and cooling. The cores display wide trace element diversity, pointing to crystallization in a variety of melts, before transport and mixing into a common magma where the rims grew. Plagioclase from the ~36 ka Hauparu eruption display several regrowth zones separated by resorption surfaces, which surround small resorbed cores with a spongy cellular texture of variable An content (An 40-50). The crystals display step-wise re-growth of successively higher An, Fe, Mg and Ti content, consistent with progressive mafic recharge. Two crystal groups are distinguished by trace element chemistry indicating growth in separate melts and co-occurrence via magma-mingling. The contrasting zoning patterns in plagioclase correspond to the evolutionary history of magmatism at Okataina. Emptying of the magma reservoir following caldera eruption at 46 ka reduced barriers to mafic magma ascent. This is recorded by the frequent resorption and recharge episodes in Hauparu crystals. Subsequent re

  13. Stellate Plagioclase and Aligned Olivine of the Central Layered Series Peridotite, Isle of Rum, Scotland: Evidence of Magma Flow

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    Labonte, F.; Fowler, A. D.; Cheadle, M.; Emeleus, H.

    2004-05-01

    Donaldson et al. (1973, Nature, 243, 69-70) described what they termed poikilo-macro-spherulitic plagioclase as consisting of metre-scale bifurcating rays of plagioclase within feldspathic peridotite. They concluded that the plagioclase rays were continuous and likely represented in-situ crystal growth. In our specimens, the plagioclase rays, which are apparent in stark relief on weathered surfaces, are composed of numerous discrete plagioclase crystals, each on the order of ~2-10mm. The plagioclase appears to be interstitial to aligned olivine crystals. Accordingly we undertook a detailed examination of the rock texture at the thin section scale using petrography, Electron Microprobe (EMP), Crystal Size Distribution (CSD) and Electron Backscatter Diffracttion (EBSD). Olivine is present in two morphologies, equant euhedral to subhedral crystals typically ranging from ~0.01-2 mm, and as quasi-tabular crystals. The latter are conspicuous in outcrop and range in scale from ~1-15mm. Olivine composition varies from Fo78-Fo84. Crystals poikilitically enclosed in clinopyroxene generally have a lower Fo content than those intergrown with plagioclase. Plagioclase crystals are anhedral and may have a crude chemical banding varying from An55 to An80. Clinopyroxene is interstitial as oikocrysts, ranging from ~10-30mm. The CSD analysis demonstrates that the olivines have a shape-preferred orientation (SPO). A large proportion of the CSD plots are characterised by a downturn at the smallest crystal sizes, indicating that an initial original linear CSD was modified perhaps by ripening, or compaction-pressure-solution. EBSD shows the overall SPO of the crystals corresponds with their crystallographic-preferred orientation (CPO), i.e. the crystallographic orientation of individual crystals coincides with their shape. Olivine morphology is quasi-tabular, characterised by a very short crystallographic b-axis compared to the other two axes. Pole figures for quasi-tabular crystals show

  14. Plagioclase-peridotites recording the incipient stage of oceanic basin formation: new constraints from the Nain ophiolites (central Iran)

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    Pirnia Naeini, Tahmineh; Arai, Shoji; Saccani, Emilio

    2016-04-01

    Pargasite-bearing plagioclase peridotites of Nain have recorded a complex tectono-magmatic and -metamorphic history. Based on texture, as well as mineral major and trace element chemistry, two stages of facies exchange have been documented in the peridotites, namely, from plagioclase to spinel and vice versa. The earliest event that influenced the peridotites was a low degree of flux melting (<4%) which occurred at the pargasite stability field. Melting resulted in a small fraction of highly enriched melt as well as a depleted chemistry of the pargasites and coexisting pyroxenes. The produced melt fraction was scanty, and consequently hardly mobile. It crystallized in-situ in the peridotites in form of plagioclase. After the melting stage, cooling caused the peridotites to recrystallize in spinel facies. Recrystallization obliterated all textural features associated with formation of magmatic plagioclase in the peridotites. However, lines of evidence are documented by the chemistry of the spinel-facies mineral assemblage, which strongly suggest the pre-existence of plagioclases. This evidence includes a positive Eu anomaly in pargasites and pyroxenes, as well as a Zr negative anomaly in orthopyroxenes. The spinel-facies assemblage subsequently recrystallized in the plagioclase stability field. Recrystallization occurred in various degrees. Strong recrystallization resulted in the formation of modally typical, but atypically enriched, harzburgite from the lherzolite. Remarkable textural characteristics of peridotites that indicate subsolidus origin for plagioclases include: (1) plagioclase heterogeneous distribution, (2) plagioclase exclusive concurrence with spinel and, (3) plagioclase modal positive correlation with olivine but negative correlation with pyroxenes and pargasite. The transition from spinel to plagioclase-facies was associated with the following compositional variations in the peridotite minerals: (1) Al, Mg, Ni decrease and Cr, Ti, Fe increase in

  15. A Clinopyroxene-Plagioclase Geobarometer for A-type Silicic Volcanic Rocks

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    Wolff, J.; Iveson, A. A.; Davis, K.; Johnson, T. A.; Gahagan, S.; Ellis, B. S.

    2015-12-01

    Constraining the crustal storage depths of magmas is important in understanding volcanism. The reaction: anorthite (pl) = Ca-Tschermak's (cpx) + silica (Q or liq) has a large volume change and hence offers potential as a geobarometer, but has not been extensively exploited as such. One of the chief barriers to its wide application is consistent estimation of melt silica activity for assemblages that lack quartz. We have skirted this problem by confining attention to metaluminous silicic compositions (SiO2 > 60% by weight), for which silica activity during crystallization is presumed to be close to 1, and calibrated the barometer for the range 0 - 2 GPa using the LEPR database and additional experiments from the literature. Additional improvement is obtained by excluding hydrous phase-bearing assemblages. Despite the analytical uncertainties present in older experimental investigations, with knowledge of temperature, and clinopyroxene, plagioclase and host melt compositions, pressures for amphibole- and biotite-free dacites and rhyolites can be estimated to ±0.17 GPa (1 sigma). The limitations of the barometer render it most applicable to intraplate, A-type rhyolites. Application to one such system, the Snake River Plain rhyolites, indicate that both melt-hosted phenocrysts and clinopyroxene-plagioclase aggregate grains found in these rhyolites formed at low pressures, <0.5 GPa. This is consistent with isotopic evidence for a shallow crustal origin for Snake River Plain rhyolites.

  16. The Trace Element Diversity of Anorthitic Plagioclase and Melt Inclusions in MOR Basalts

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    Weinsteiger, A. B.; Nielsen, R. L.; Kent, A. J.

    2009-05-01

    This investigation centered on the spatial and compositional relationship between anorthitic feldspars and included melts. Such phenocrysts are characteristic of primitive lavas in suites of high Al MORB most often associated with slow to intermediate spreading ridges close to fracture zones. This study uses the relationship between the melt inclusions and host feldspar to evaluate the degree to which the melt inclusions represent original trapped liquid, versus the degree to which melt inclusion compositions are the product of entrapment or post-entrapment processes, and to evaluate their relationship to MORB magmas. Feldspar phenocryst from several samples from the Southeast Indian and Gorda Ridges were analyzed for major and minor components. Feldspar and Melt inclusion major element compositions show little variation with An content from 86 to 92, with individual phenocrysts rarely ranging more than +/- 2 An%. One of the striking characteristics of plagioclase hosted inclusions in MORB is the wide range of Ti contents from single phenocrysts [1, 2, 3]. The origin of this chemical signal has been attributed to a number of processes, including post entrapment diffusive re-equilibration [4], diffusive process at the time of entrapment [3], local disequilibrium events [5], and reactions in melt channels [6]. Measurement of the trace element content of the feldspar host allowed us to evaluate some of those models. Our results show that the trace element content of plagioclase exhibits an even greater range of composition than that exhibited in the melt inclusions. Concentration in the feldspar changes extremely rapidly as one traverses the crystal, mirroring the variations seen in the melt inclusions. Each feldspar crystal appears to have a distinct history, and each sample contains a complex crystal cargo of phenocrysts. Partition coefficient "proxies" were calculated for Mg, Ti, Fe, Sr, Ba, Y, Zr, La, Ce, Pr, Eu, and Pb by analyzing plagioclase spots directly

  17. Chromite-Plagioclase Assemblages as a New Shock Indicator; Implications for the Shock and Thermal Histories of Ordinary Chondrites

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    Rubin, Alan E.

    2006-01-01

    Chromite in ordinary chondrites (OC) can be used as a shock indicator. A survey of 76 equilibrated H, L and LL chondrites shows that unshocked chromite grains occur in equant, subhedral and rounded morphologies surrounded by silicate or intergrown with metallic Fe-Ni and/or troilite. Some unmelted chromite grains are fractured or crushed during whole-rock brecciation. Others are transected by opaque veins; the veins form when impacts cause localized heating of metal-troilite intergrowths above the Fe-FeS eutectic (988 C), mobilization of metal-troilite melts, and penetration of the melt into fractures in chromite grains. Chromite-plagioclase assemblages occur in nearly every shock-stage S3-S6 OC; the assemblages range in size from 20-300 microns and consist of 0.2-20-micron-size euhedral, subhedral, anhedral and rounded chromite grains surrounded by plagioclase or glass of plagioclase composition. Plagioclase has a low impedance to shock compression. Heat from shock-melted plagioclase caused adjacent chromite grains to melt; chromite grains crystallized from this melt. Those chromite grains in the assemblages that are completely surrounded by plagioclase are generally richer in Al2O3, than unmelted, matrix chromite grains in the same meteorite. Chromite veinlets (typically 0.5-2 microns thick and 10-300 microns long) occur typically in the vicinity of chromite-plagioclase assemblages. The veinlets formed from chromite-plagioclase melts that were injected into fractures in neighboring silicate grains; chromite crystallized in the fractures and the residual plagioclase-rich melt continued to flow, eventually pooling to form plagioclase-rich melt pockets. Chromite-rich chondrules (consisting mainly of olivine, plagioclase-normative mesostasis, and 5-15 vol.% chromite) occur in many shocked OC and OC regolith breccias but they are absent from primitive type-3 OC. They may have formed by impact melting chromite, plagioclase and adjacent mafic silicates during higher

  18. Revisiting 26Al-26Mg systematics of plagioclase in H4 chondrites

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    Telus, M.; Huss, G. R.; Nagashima, K.; Ogliore, R. C.

    2014-06-01

    Zinner and Göpel found clear evidence for the former presence of 26Al in the H4 chondrites Ste. Marguerite and Forest Vale. They assumed that the 26Al-26Mg systematics of these chondrites date "metamorphic cooling of the H4 parent body." Plagioclase in these chondrites can have very high Al/Mg ratios and low Mg concentrations, making these ion probe analyses susceptible to ratio bias, which is inversely proportional to the number of counts of the denominator isotope (Ogliore et al.). Zinner and Göpel used the mean of the ratios to calculate the isotope ratios, which exacerbates this problem. We analyzed the Al/Mg ratios and Mg isotopic compositions of plagioclase grains in thin sections of Ste. Marguerite, Forest Vale, Beaver Creek, and Sena to evaluate the possible influence of ratio bias on the published initial 26Al/27Al ratios for these meteorites. We calculated the isotope ratios using total counts, a less biased method of calculating isotope ratios. The results from our analyses are consistent with those from Zinner and Göpel, indicating that ratio bias does not significantly affect 26Al-26Mg results for plagioclase in these chondrites. Ste. Marguerite has a clear isochron with an initial 26Al/27Al ratio indicating that it cooled to below 450 °C 5.2 ± 0.2 Myr after CAIs. The isochrons for Forest Vale and Beaver Creek also show clear evidence that 26Al was alive when they cooled, but the initial 26Al/27Al ratios are not well constrained. Sena does not show evidence that 26Al was alive when it cooled to below the Al-Mg closure temperature. Given that metallographic cooling rates for Ste. Marguerite, Forest Vale, and Beaver Creek are atypical (>5000 °C/Myr at 500 °C) compared with most H4s, including Sena, which have cooling rates of 10-50 °C/Myr at 500 °C (Scott et al.), we conclude that the Al-Mg systematics for Ste. Marguerite, Forest Vale, and Beaver Creek are the result of impact excavation of these chondrites and cooling at the surface of the

  19. Cryptic young zircon and young plagioclase in the Kaharoa Rhyolite, Tarawera, New Zealand: Implications for crystal recycling in magmatic systems

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    Klemetti, E. W.; Cooper, K. M.

    2007-12-01

    We measured in-situ 238U-230Th zircon and bulk plagioclase 238U-230Th-226Ra disequilibria in rhyolite lava and tephra from the ~1315 AD Kaharoa eruption of Tarawera Volcano, New Zealand in order to constrain its history of chemical evolution. These data suggest that zircon records a protracted history (10s of kyr) whereas plagioclase is dominantly young (few kyr), but both phases crystallize up to the eruption. The Kaharoa eruptive period at Tarawera consists of ~2.5 km3 of crystal-rich rhyolite (74-75 wt% silica) lava and ~5 km3 of coeval tephra deposits, making it the largest silicic eruption in New Zealand in the last 1,000 years. 238U-230Th disequilibria measurements of zircon determined via SHRIMP-RG analyses produce an array of ages, with three main populations: (1) within error of eruption age; (2) 15-80 k.y.; (3) 100-175 k.y. Very few analyzed zircon fall within error of eruption age and little difference is seen in the age distribution of zircon between the lava and tephra. In contrast, 238U-230Th and 230Th-226Ra plagioclase ages appear to be within error of eruption age however this age is complicated zircon inclusions in the plagioclase. This contamination by zircon is seen in the 238U-230Th disequilibria and trace element data, where the addition of zircon pushes the bulk plagioclase separate towards more U-enriched values and high Zr values. However, the (230Th)/(232Th) ratios for the separates are the same as the whole rock values, indicating that any zircon in the bulk separate must be young (eruption age). This finding is also borne out in 230Th-226Ra disequilibria, where zero-age zircon contamination is reflected in increased (230Th)/[Ba] with no change in (226Ra)/[Ba]. In both cases, as little as 1 ppm of zero-age zircon contamination is needed to create these patterns. This signal of young plagioclase and zircon growth is in contrast to the protracted history seen in the SHRIMP-RG zircon data. This suggests that young zircon growth in the Kaharoa

  20. Elastic properties of plagioclase aggregates and seismic velocities in the moon

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    Wang, H.; Todd, T.; Richter, D.; Simmons, G.

    1973-01-01

    The compressional velocities of Apollo 16 gabbroic anorthosites in which the cracks have been closed match the seismic velocity of 7 km/sec in the 25 to 65 km depth region of the moon beneath the Imbrium Basin. The intrinsic velocities of plagioclase aggregates indicate that a velocity of 7 km/sec in a highly calcic gabbroic anorthosite is consistent only with a very small pyroxene component. Because mare basalts and gabbroic-anorthosites both have intrinsic velocities of 7 km/sec, the laboratory velocity data do not require a compositional change from basalt to anorthosite at the 25 km discontinuity. The laboratory velocity data only imply that the 25 km seismic discontinuity is one of microcrack density. The physical rather than the chemical or mineralogical state is constrained.

  1. High geomagnetic intensity during the mid-Cretaceous from Thellier analyses of single plagioclase crystals.

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    Tarduno, J A; Cottrell, R D; Smirnov, A V

    2001-03-02

    Recent numerical simulations have yielded the most efficient geodynamo, having the largest dipole intensity when reversal frequency is low. Reliable paleointensity data are limited but heretofore have suggested that reversal frequency and paleointensity are decoupled. We report data from 56 Thellier-Thellier experiments on plagioclase crystals separated from basalts of the Rajmahal Traps (113 to 116 million years old) of India that formed during the Cretaceous Normal Polarity Superchron. These data suggest a time-averaged paleomagnetic dipole moment of 12.5 +/- 1.4 x 10(22) amperes per square meter, three times greater than mean Cenozoic and Early Cretaceous-Late Jurassic dipole moments when geomagnetic reversals were frequent. This result supports a correlation between intervals of low reversal frequency and high geomagnetic field strength.

  2. Ion microprobe, electron microprobe and cathodoluminescence data for Allende inclusions with emphasis on plagioclase chemistry

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    Hutcheon, I. D.; Steele, I. M.; Smith, J. V.; Clayton, R. N.

    1978-01-01

    Three Type B inclusions from the Allende meteorite have been analyzed. A grain-to-grain characterization of mineral chemistry and isotopic content was made possible by the use of a range of techniques, including luminescence and scanning electron microscopy and electron and ion microprobe analysis. Cathodoluminescence was used in fine-grained, optically opaque regions to distinguish between sub-micrometer phases, such as garnet and Si-rich material, subsequently identified by electron probe and scanning electron microscope analyses. Four types of luminescence patterns, due to twinning, primary sector zoning, alteration of boundaries and fractures, and shock effects, were identified in Allende plagioclase. Luminescence color exhibited a strong correlation with Mg content and provided a guide for an electron probe quantitative map of Mg and Na distributions. Ion microprobe studies of individual grains revealed large excesses of Mg-26.

  3. Communication between cation environments in aluminosilicate frameworks: incommensurately modulated crystal structure of an e-plagioclase.

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    Fredrickson, Rie T; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2016-10-01

    Despite being one of the most common minerals in the earth's crust the crystal structure of intermediate e-plagioclase remains only partially understood, due in a large part to its complex diffraction patterns including satellite reflections. In this article we present a detailed analysis of the structure of e-plagioclase (An44) using single-crystal X-ray diffraction measured at ambient and low temperature (T = 100 K), in which the full modulated structure is successfully refined. As in earlier studies, the diffraction pattern exhibits strong main a-reflections and weak e-satellite reflections. The average structure could be solved in terms of an albite-like basic cell with the triclinic centrosymmetric and non-centrosymmetric space groups P \\bar 1 and P1 (treated in its C \\bar 1 and C1 setting, respectively, to follow conventions in the literature), while the incommensurately modulated structure was modeled in (3 + 1)D superspace, employing both the centro- and non-centrosymmetric superspace groups X \\bar 1(αβγ)0 and X1(αβγ)0, where X refers to a special (3 + 1)D lattice centering with centering vectors (0 0 ½ ½), (½ ½ 0 ½), and (½ ½ ½ 0). Individual positional and occupational modulations for Ca/Na were refined with deeper insights being revealed in the non-centrosymmetric structure model. Through the structural details emerging from this model, the origin of the modulation can be traced to the communication between Ca/Na site positions through their bridging aluminosilicate (Si/Al)O4 tetrahedra.

  4. Sims Analysis of Water Abundance and Hydrogen Isotope in Lunar Highland Plagioclase

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    Hui, Hejiu; Guan, Yunbin; Chen, Yang; Peslier, Anne H.; Zhang, Youxue; Liu, Yang; Rossman, George R.; Eiler, John M.; Neal, Clive R.

    2015-01-01

    The detection of indigenous water in mare basaltic glass beads has challenged the view established since the Apollo era of a "dry" Moon. Since this discovery, measurements of water in lunar apatite, olivine-hosted melt inclusions, agglutinates, and nominally anhydrous minerals have confirmed that lunar igneous materials contain water, implying that some parts of lunar mantle may have as much water as Earth's upper mantle. The interpretation of hydrogen (H) isotopes in lunar samples, however, is controversial. The large variation of H isotope ratios in lunar apatite (delta Deuterium = -202 to +1010 per mille) has been taken as evidence that water in the lunar interior comes from the lunar mantle, solar wind protons, and/or comets. The very low deuterium/H ratios in lunar agglutinates indicate that solar wind protons have contributed to their hydrogen content. Conversely, H isotopes in lunar volcanic glass beads and olivine-hosted melt inclusions being similar to those of common terrestrial igneous rocks, suggest a common origin for water in both Earth and Moon. Lunar water could be inherited from carbonaceous chondrites, consistent with the model of late accretion of chondrite-type materials to the Moon as proposed by. One complication about the sources of lunar water, is that geologic processes (e.g., late accretion and magmatic degassing) may have modified the H isotope signatures of lunar materials. Recent FTIR analyses have shown that plagioclases in lunar ferroan anorthosite contain approximately 6 ppm H2O. So far, ferroan anorthosite is the only available lithology that is believed to be a primary product of the lunar magma ocean (LMO). A possible consequence is that the LMO could have contained up to approximately 320 ppm H2O. Here we examine the possible sources of water in the LMO through measurements of water abundances and H isotopes in plagioclase of two ferroan anorthosites and one troctolite from lunar highlands.

  5. A melting model for variably depleted and enriched lherzolite in the plagioclase and spinel stability fields

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    Till, Christy B.; Grove, Timothy L.; Krawczynski, Michael J.

    2012-06-01

    Here we develop a lherzolite melting model and explore the effects of variations in mantle composition, pressure, temperature, and H2O content on melt composition. New experiments and a compilation of experimental liquids saturated with all of the mantle minerals (olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, plagioclase and/or spinel) are used to calibrate a model that predicts the temperature and major element composition of a broad spectrum of primary basalt types produced under anhydrous to low H2O-content conditions at upper mantle pressures. The model can also be used to calculate the temperature and pressure at which primary magmas were produced in the mantle, as well as to model both near-fractional adiabatic decompression and batch melting. Our experimental compilation locates the pressure interval of the plagioclase to spinel transition on the solidus and shows that it is narrow (˜0.1 GPa) for melting of natural peridotite compositions. The multiple saturation boundaries determined by our model provide a method for assessing the appropriate mineral assemblage, as well as the extent of the fractional crystallization correction required to return a relatively primitive liquid to equilibrium with the mantle source. We demonstrate that an inaccurate fractionation correction can overestimate temperature and depths of melting by hundreds of degrees and tens of kilometers, respectively. This model is particularly well suited to examining the temperature and pressure of origin for intraplate basaltic volcanism and is used to examine the petrogenesis of a suite of Holocene basaltic lavas from Diamond Crater in Oregon's High Lava Plains (HLP).

  6. Strong climate and tectonic control on plagioclase weathering in granitic terrain

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    Rasmussen, C.; Brantley, S.; Richter, D.D.B.; Blum, A.; Dixon, J.; White, A.F.

    2011-01-01

    Investigations to understand linkages among climate, erosion and weathering are central to quantifying landscape evolution. We approach these linkages through synthesis of regolith data for granitic terrain compiled with respect to climate, geochemistry, and denudation rates for low sloping upland profiles. Focusing on Na as a proxy for plagioclase weathering, we quantified regolith Na depletion, Na mass loss, and the relative partitioning of denudation to physical and chemical contributions. The depth and magnitude of regolith Na depletion increased continuously with increasing water availability, except for locations with mean annual temperature <5??C that exhibited little Na depletion, and locations with physical erosion rates <20gm-2yr-1 that exhibited deep and complete regolith Na depletion. Surface Na depletion also tended to decrease with increasing physical erosion. Depth-integrated Na mass loss and regolith depth were both three orders of magnitude greater in the fully depleted, low erosion rate sites relative to other locations. These locations exhibited strong erosion-limitation of Na chemical weathering rates based on correlation of Na chemical weathering rate to total Na denudation. Sodium weathering rates in cool locations with positive annual water balance were strongly correlated to total Na denudation and precipitation, and exhibited an average apparent activation energy (Ea) of 69kJmol-1 Na. The remaining water-limited locations exhibited kinetic limitation of Na weathering rates with an Ea of 136kJmol-1 Na, roughly equivalent to the sum of laboratory measures of Ea and dissolution reaction enthalpy for albite. Water availability is suggested as the dominant factor limiting rate kinetics in the water-limited systems. Together, these data demonstrate marked transitions and nonlinearity in how climate and tectonics correlate to plagioclase chemical weathering and Na mass loss. ?? 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  7. Fe and Ti in Plagioclase From the Lac Saint-Jean Anorthosite: Significance of the Si4O8 and AlAl3SiO8 End-Members in Plagioclase

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    Murakami, H.; Lalonde, A. E.

    2004-05-01

    Plagioclase phenocrysts from the Proterozoic Lac Saint-Jean massif anorthosite have a distinctive black color that is attributed to myriads of oriented μ m-size Fe-Ti oxides. These inclusions have variable composition within the ilmenite-hematite solid solution and are responsible for the black color of the plagioclase. In some plagioclase specimens the fine inclusions have coarsened by Ostwald ripening to acicular grains of hematite ~10 μ m in length. In addition, coarser crystals or clusters of crystals of ilmenite or magnetite, ~1 mm in diameter, are observed and on occasion are rimmed by late amphibole that formed presumably by late deuteric hydration. Electron microprobe and X-ray fluorescence analyses of the plagioclase reveal significant contents of the Si4O8 (up to 2.2 mole %) and AlAl3SiO8 (up to 6.6 mole %) end members. A positive relationship is observed between the content of these two end members. Furthermore, the ratio of Si4O8 to AlAl3SiO8 is between 3 to 4. We believe that the high content of Si4O8 and AlAl3SiO8 in plagioclase, and the presence of minute Fe-Ti oxide inclusions are both products of a late postmagmatic oxidation via the following chemical reactions: 1) 4Ti2+Fe2+Si3O8 + 2O2 -> 4FeTiO3 + 3 Si4O8 2) 12Fe2+Fe2+Si3O8 + 4O2 -> 8Fe3O4 + 9 Si4O8 3) 8Fe2+Al2Si2O8 + 2O2 -> 4Fe2O3 + 3 Si4O8 + 4AlAl3SiO8 4) 4Ti2+Al2Si2O8 + 4Fe2+Al2Si2O8 + 2O2 -> 4FeTiO3 + 3 Si4O8 + 4AlAl3SiO8 These reactions indicate that significant amounts of Fe2+ and Ti2+ were originally present in the tetrahedral and cavity sites of the plagioclase. We conclude that plagioclase in the Lac Saint-Jean anorthosite crystallized under fairly reducing conditions and later underwent postmagmatic oxidation when the plutonic mass was uplifted and came into contact with crustally-derived oxygenated fluids.

  8. Partition coefficients for iron between plagioclase and basalt as a function of oxygen fugacity - Implications for Archean and lunar anorthosites

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    Phinney, W. C.

    1992-01-01

    As a prelude to determinations of the content of total iron as FeO(T) in melts in equilibrium with calcic anorthosites, the partition coefficients (Ds) for FeO(T) between calcic plagioclase and basaltic melt were determined, as a function of oxygen fugacity (f(O2)), for a basaltic composition that occurs as matrices for plagioclase megacrysts. Results showed that, at the liquidus conditions, the value of D for FeO(T) between calcic plagioclase and tholeiitic basalt changed little (from 0.030 to 0.044) between the very low f(O2) of the iron-wustite buffer and that of the quartz-fayalite-magnetite (QFM) buffer. At fugacities above QFM, the value for D increased rapidly to 0.14 at the magnetite-hematite buffer and to 0.33 in air. The increase in D results from the fact that, at f(O2) below QFM, nearly all of the Fe is in the Fe(2+) state; above QFM, the Fe(3+)/Fe(2+) ratio in the melt increases rapidly, causing more Fe to enter the plagioclase which accepts Fe(3+) more readily than Fe(2+).

  9. Diffusion-Reaction Between Basaltic Andesite and Gabbro at 0.5 GPa: an Explanation for Anorthitic Plagioclase?

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    Lundstrom, C. C.; Boudreau, A. E.; Pertermann, M.

    2004-12-01

    Despite the remarkably smooth variation in bulk composition of erupted lavas at Arenal volcano (1968-2003), mineral compositions vary widely. Plagioclase ranges from An52 to An95 while Cr2O3 in CPX varies from 0.7 to 0.05 wt % (Streck et al., 2003). To address the question "how do bulk compositions remain near-steady-state while crystal compositions vary widely," we have performed 2 diffusion-reaction experiments in the piston cylinder at 0.5 GPa. These juxtaposed Arenal basaltic andesite AR-8 at 1200° C with a Stillwater Complex gabbro, lying in a thermal gradient toward the piston. In one experiment, we synthesized a glass-plagioclase (An67-75) aggregate of AR-8 in a graphite-Pt-Ti capsule at P-T, polished one end, dried tracer solutions of 45Ca, 6Li, 84Sr and 136Ba on its surface, and juxtaposed it with gabbro for 13 days. Profiles of bulk composition as a function of distance from the interface show that AR-8 gains Al2O3, MgO and CaO from the gabbro and loses Na2O, K2O, SiO2 and FeO to it. Notably, a plagioclase rich (65%) layer develops at the interface between the two materials as CPX disappears. This layer and the compositional profiles are reproduced by diffusion-reaction models using IRIDIUM (Boudreau, 2003). Plagioclase at the interface develops a texture of homogeneous anorthitic cores (An90) that abruptly shift to 10μ m rims having compositions (An67) in Na-Ca exchange equilibrium with the co-existing melt. A beta track map shows that 45Ca is incorporated into the plagioclase cores while SIMS analyses indicate isotopic equilibration between core and melt. Thus, these anorthitic plagioclase result from diffusion-reaction with efficient chemical communication between the melt and the plagioclase core. Microchannels cutting through the rim, rather than solid-state diffusion, appear to control re-equilibration. Other observations from the experiment parallel Arenal lavas: Mg# variation in OPX is small in both experiments and lavas while profiles of Cr

  10. Application of the Plagioclase-Liquid Hygrometer to the Bishop Tuff: Consistency with Melt Inclusion H2O Contents

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    Jolles, J.; Lange, R. A.

    2015-12-01

    High-silica (74-77 wt% SiO2) rhyolites are the most evolved magmas on Earth and constitute some of the largest eruptions (1000s of km3). Of these, one classic example is the Bishop Tuff, a 760 ka eruption of >670 km3 of high-silica rhyolite erupted from Long Valley caldera, CA. Documenting dissolved H2O contents is crucial for understanding its origin and evolution. Analyses of water contents measured in quartz-hosted melt inclusions from the Bishop Tuff (Wallace et al. 1999; Anderson et al. 2000) show that the Early and Middle Bishop Tuff (Ig1Eb, Ig2Ea) have higher water contents (≤ 6.3 wt% H2O) than the Late Bishop Tuff (Ig2NWa; ≤ 5.2 wt%). Our work utilizes the revised plagioclase-liquid hygrometer (Waters & Lange, 2015), which is applicable to rhyolite, to evaluate internal consistency between Fe-Ti oxide temperatures, the plagioclase hygrometer, and melt inclusion H2O analyses. Two-oxide thermometry (Ghiorso & Evans, 2008), using all possible Fe-Ti oxide pairs (between 56 and 1500 pairs for individual samples), was carried out on 2-3 pumice clasts for each sampled eruptive unit. Resulting temperatures (°C ± 1σ) for individual clasts are: 705 ± 12, 728 ± 10 for unit Ig1Eb; 710 ± 12, 728 ± 11 for unit Ig2Ea; 752 ±10, 776 ± 8, 778 ± 7 for unit Ig2NWa; 791 ± 7, 795 ± 8 for unit Ig2Nb. The compositions of the most calcic plagioclase phenocrysts in the Early and Middle units are An17-19, whereas in the Late units they are An29-30. When the Fe-Ti oxide temperatures, whole rock analyses, and plagioclase compositions are incorporated into the plagioclase hygrometer, they give water contents at the onset of plagioclase crystallization of 6.6-6.9 wt% for the Early and Middle units and 4.8-4.9 wt % for the Late units. These results show internal consistency between melt inclusion analyses of water, Fe-Ti oxide thermometry, and the plagioclase-liquid hygrometer; they further support a temperature gradient across the Early, Middle, and Late Bishop Tuff units.

  11. Multiphase inclusions in plagioclase from anorthosites in the Stillwater Complex, Montana: implications for the origin of the anorthosites

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    Loferski, P.J.; Arculus, R.J.

    1993-01-01

    Multiphase inclusions, consisting of clinopyroxene+ilmenite+apatite, occur within cumulus plagioclase grains from anorthosites in the Stillwater Complex, Montana, and in other rocks from the Middle Banded series of the intrusion. The textures and constant modal mineralogy of the inclusions indicate that they were incorporated in the plagioclase as liquid droplets that later crystallized rather than as solid aggregates. Their unusual assemblage, including a distinctive manganiferous ilmenite and the presence of baddeleyite (ZrO2), indicates formation from an unusual liquid. A process involving silicater liquid immiscibility is proposed, whereby small globules of a liquid enriched in Mg, Fe, Ca, Ti, P, REE, Zr and Mn exsolved from the main liquid that gave rise to the anorthosites, became trapped in the plagioclase, and later crystallized to form the inclusions. The immiscibility could have occurred locally within compositional boundaries around crystallizing plagioclase grains or it could have occurred pervasively throughout the liquid. It is proposed that the two immiscible liquids were analogous, n terms of their melt structures, to immiscible liquid pairs reported in the literature both in experiments and in natural basalts. For the previously reported pairs, immiscibility is between a highly polymerized liquid, typically granitic in composition, and a depolymerized liquid, typically ferrobasaltic in composition. In the case of the anorthosites, the depolymerized liquid is represented by the inclusions, and the other liquid was a highly polymerized aluminosilicate melt with a high normative plagioclase content from which the bulk of the anorthosites crystallized. Crystallization of the anorthosites from this highly polymerized liquid accounts for various distinctive textural and chemical features of the anorthosites compared to other rocks in the Stillwater Complex. A lack of correlation between P contents and chondrite-normalized rare earth element (REE) ratios

  12. Crystal origins and magmatic system beneath Ngauruhoe volcano (New Zealand) revealed by plagioclase textures and compositions

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    Coote, Alisha C.; Shane, Phil

    2016-09-01

    The textural variation and compositional zoning of plagioclase in pre-historic and historic basaltic andesite lava flows from Ngauruhoe volcano reveals extensive crystal recycling from a multi-level magma system. Most phenocrysts have a calcic ( An80-90) resorbed core with diffuse or no zonation that is depleted in Fe and Mg. Some cores display patchy zonation from replacement by high An crystallization prior to resorption. The cores are mantled by oscillatory-zoned rims of lower An content (< An60), and are enriched in Fe and Mg. Rim zones vary in relative thickness and textural complexity, and include sieve-textured bands, and/or cyclic calcic growth following dissolution events. A subordinate crystal population display similar features, but lack a resorbed core. These latter crystals display overall rimward enrichment in An, Fe and Mg. The resorbed cores crystallized from magmas more mafic than those erupted at Ngauruhoe, and slow cooling and prolonged storage resulted in loss of An zoning patterns and depletion of Fe and Mg by diffusion. These crystals are likely to have originated from deep cumulates or intrusions, and were subsequently entrained in ascending magmas. Patchy-textured cores were produced during decompression in a water under-saturated magma and staged ascent. The diversity in crystal cores reflect different conduits and ascent histories. The crystal rims grew in a more differentiated magma reservoir, and are in equilibrium with the erupted melt. Most of the zoning patterns in the rim zone require water pressure and/or temperature changes. These changes could have been caused by convective self-mixing in a closed system and/or the intrusion of hydrous melts of similar bulk composition. Other crystals display rimward elemental enrichments consistent with mafic recharge. Previously reported rimward enrichment in 87Sr-86Sr compositions can be explained by the re-cycled origin of the crystal cores and progressive crustal assimilation at shallower

  13. Lunar rock types - The role of plagioclase in non-mare and highland rock types

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    Hubbard, N. J.; Gast, P. W.; Nyquist, L. E.; Rhodes, J. M.; Bansal, B. M.; Wiesmann, H.; Shih, C.-Y.

    1973-01-01

    Some nonmare and highland rock types (14310 type KREEP and very high Al2O3 basalts) have the internal chemical variations expected for a plagioclase-liquid system. The observed Eu variations in these rock types suggest a D(Eu) 1/p of 0.6 to 0.7. The Sr variations suggest a D(Sr) 1/p of about 0.6, with values as low as 0.35 suggested for some materials from sample 14063. Common Apollo 14 KREEP and Apollo 15 KREEP do not show internal Sr, Eu, Al2O3 variations consistent with the D(Eu, Sr) 1/p values derived for 14310 type KREEP. Major element and experimental data indicate that olivine or pyroxene is a large, perhaps dominant, controller of chemical variations within common Apollo 14 KREEP. The application of these distribution coefficients to pure anorthosites like 15415 yields the model dependent conclusion that the silicate liquids with which such anorthosites may have been chemically equilibrated have not yet been analyzed and perhaps not directly sampled.

  14. Oxygen isotope heterogeneity of arc magma recorded in plagioclase from the 2010 Merapi eruption (Central Java, Indonesia)

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    Borisova, Anastassia Y.; Gurenko, Andrey A.; Martel, Caroline; Kouzmanov, Kalin; Cathala, Annick; Bohrson, Wendy A.; Pratomo, Indyo; Sumarti, Sri

    2016-10-01

    Chemical and isotopic compositions of magmatic crystals provide important information to distinguish between deep juvenile and crustal contributions. In this work, high-resolution multicollector secondary ion mass spectrometry data reveal strong variations of δ18O values in three plagioclase crystals (800-1700 μm) from two representative basaltic andesite samples of the 2010 Merapi eruption (Central Java, Indonesia). The δ18O values (from 4.6‰ to 7.9‰) are interpreted to reflect oxygen isotope heterogeneity in the melt composition during plagioclase growth. The lowest δ18O values (4.6-6.6‰) are found in anorthite-rich cores (An82-97), whereas higher δ18O values (5.7-7.9‰) are found in anorthite-poorer zones (An33-86), typically in crystal rims. Combining these new plagioclase δ18O data with δ18O of calc-silicate crustal xenoliths erupted between 1994 and 1998, the composition of glass inclusions hosted by the anorthite-rich plagioclase (An82-92), available experimental data, and the results of thermodynamic modeling using the Magma Chamber Simulator code, we conclude that the abundant anorthite-rich cores crystallized from a mantle-derived hydrous basaltic to basaltic trachyandesite melt that recharged a deeper (200-600 MPa) magma storage zone, whereas lower anorthite zones crystallized at shallower levels (100-200 MPa). The oxygen isotope variations in the plagioclase are explained by a two-stage model of interaction of the hydrous, mafic mantle-derived magma (1) with old crustal rocks depleted in 18O due to high temperature alteration that yielded the low δ18O values in the anorthite-rich cores at deep levels (13-20 km), and later (2) with 18O-enriched carbonate material that yielded the high δ18O values in anorthite-poorer zones at shallow levels (∼4.5-9 km). Thermodynamic modeling is consistent with ∼18 wt.% assimilation of crustal calc-silicate material at 925-950 °C and 100-200 MPa by the 2010 Merapi basaltic andesite magma prior to

  15. Modeling H, Na, and K diffusion in plagioclase feldspar by relating point defect parameters to bulk properties

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    Zhang, Baohua; Shan, Shuangming; Wu, Xiaoping

    2016-02-01

    Hydrogen and alkali ion diffusion in plagioclase feldspars is important to study the evolution of the crust and the kinetics of exsolution and ion-exchange reactions in feldspars. Using the available PVT equation of state of feldspars, we show that the diffusivities of H and alkali in plagioclase feldspars as a function of temperature can be successfully reproduced in terms of the bulk elastic and expansivity data through a thermodynamic model that interconnects point defect parameters with bulk properties. Our calculated diffusion coefficients of H, Na, and K well agree with experimental ones when uncertainties are considered. Additional point defect parameters such as activation enthalpy, activation entropy, and activation volume are also predicted. Furthermore, the electrical conductivity of feldspars inferred from our predicted diffusivities of H, Na, and K through the Nernst-Einstein equation is compared with previous experimental data.

  16. Chemical bonding and electronic structures of microcline, orthoclase and the plagioclase series by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Kloprogge, J Theo; Wood, Barry J

    2015-02-25

    A detailed analysis was undertaken of the X-ray photoelectron spectra obtained from microcline, orthoclase and several samples of plagioclase with varying Na/Ca ratio. Comparison of the spectra was made based on the chemical bonding and structural differences in the Al- and Si-coordination within each specimen. The spectra for Si 2p and Al 2p vary with the change in symmetry between microcline and orthoclase, while in plagioclase an increase in Al-O-Si linkages results in a small but observable decrease in binding energy. The overall shapes of the O 1s peaks observed in all spectra are similar and show shifts similar to those observed for Si 2p and Al 2p. The lower-VB spectra for microcline and orthoclase are similar intermediate between α-SiO2 and α-Al2O3 in terms of binding energies. In the plagioclase series increasing coupled substitution of Na and Si for Ca and Al results in a change of the overall shape of the spectra, showing a distinct broadening associated with the presence of two separate but overlapping bands similar to the 21 eV band observed for quartz and the 23 eV band observed for corundum. The bonding character for microcline and orthoclase is more covalent than that of α-Al2O3, but less than that of α-SiO2. In contrast, the plagioclase samples show two distinct bonding characters that are comparable with those of α-SiO2 and α-Al2O3.

  17. Constraints on the accretion of the gabbroic lower oceanic crust from plagioclase lattice preferred orientation in the Samail ophiolite

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    VanTongeren, J. A.; Hirth, G.; Kelemen, P. B.

    2015-10-01

    Oceanic crust represents more than 60% of the earth's surface and despite a large body of knowledge regarding the formation and chemistry of the extrusive upper oceanic crust, there still remains significant debate over how the intrusive gabbroic lower oceanic crust is accreted at the ridge axis. The two proposed end-member models, the Gabbro Glacier and the Sheeted Sills, predict radically different strain accumulation in the lower crust during accretion. In order to determine which of these two hypotheses is most applicable to a well-studied lower crustal section, we present data on plagioclase lattice preferred orientations (LPO) in the Wadi Khafifah section of the Samail ophiolite. We observe no systematic change in the strength of the plagioclase LPO with height above the crust-mantle transition, no dominant orientation of the plagioclase a-axis lineation, and no systematic change in the obliquity of the plagioclase LPO with respect to the modal layering and macroscopic foliation evident in outcrop. These observations are most consistent with the Sheeted Sills hypothesis, in which gabbros are crystallized in situ and fabrics are dominated by compaction and localized extension rather than by systematically increasing shear strain with increasing depth in a Gabbro Glacier. Our data support the hypothesis of MacLeod and Yaouancq (2000) that the rotation of the outcrop-scale layering from sub-horizontal in the layered gabbros to sub-vertical near the sheeted dikes is due to rapid vertical melt migration through upper gabbros close to the axial magma chamber. Additionally, our results support the hypothesis that the majority of extensional strain in fast spreading ridges is accommodated in partially molten regions at the ridge axis, whereas in slow and ultra-slow ridges large shear strains are accommodated by plastic deformation.

  18. Pristine moon rocks - An alkali anorthosite with coarse augite exsolution from plagioclase, a magnesian harzburgite, and other oddities

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    Warren, P. H.; Jerde, E. A.; Kallemeyn, G. W.

    1990-01-01

    Results are presented on the analyses of 18 samples of pristine rocks obtained from the primarily mare Apollo 12 site and from the primarily highland Apollo 14 site, as well as samples from the nonmare Apollo 15 site. It was found that, while two of anorthosites from Apollo 12 were similar in composition to most other anorthosites from the west-central near region, the texture of an alkali anorthosite featured a long and narrow crystal of augite surrounded by a single crystal of plagioclase, clearly suggesting that the augite formed by exsolution out of the plagioclase. Another Apollo 12 rocklet was an unusual magnesian harzburite, with subequal amounts of enstatite and olivine, traces of Cr-Fe spinel, and FeNi metal, but no plagioclase; the bulk composition was found to be remarkably Ir-rich (53 percent) for a pristine rock, and the texture was also unusual. Apollo 14 samples included several uncommonly Al-rich and REE-poor impact melt breccias.

  19. Iron in plagioclase in the Bushveld and Skaergaard intrusions: implications for iron contents in evolving basic magmas

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    Tegner, Christian; Cawthorn, R. Grant

    2010-05-01

    The evolved, iron-rich rocks of the tholeiitic Bushveld and Skaergaard intrusions are similar in containing cumulus magnetite, ilmenite, plagioclase, clinopyroxene, apatite and olivine, and also orthopyroxenes/pigeonite in Bushveld. Here, we evaluate their liquid evolution trends using the total iron content in plagioclase determined by electron microprobe analyses. To aid this analysis a revised mass balance model for the liquid evolution of Skaergaard is presented. For plagioclase in the Upper Zone of Skaergaard it was previously demonstrated that total FeO increases from ~0.25 to ~0.45 wt% with differentiation and correlates inversely with An% [100 × Ca/(Na + Ca)]. The reverse trend is observed in two recently published datasets for Bushveld, showing that total FeO in plagioclase decreases upward through the magnetite-bearing Upper Zone from ~0.30 to ~0.15% and from ~0.40 to ~0.25% in the western and northern limbs, respectively, and correlates positively with An%. The partition coefficient of total iron between plagioclase and magma increases with oxidation and polymerisation in the liquid. Although Bushveld formed under slightly more oxidizing conditions than Skaergaard, differences in the partition coefficients cannot explain the two observed trends. We therefore conclude that the differentiation trends of the liquids subsequent to magnetite saturation were fundamentally different. The inferred liquid composition for Bushveld contained about 15 wt% total FeO at the level of magnetite-in, which is slightly less than the total FeO content of the subsequent cumulates. In contrast, the Skaergaard liquid contained more total FeO than the ensuing cumulates. As a result, in Bushveld residual liquids total FeO decreased after magnetite saturation, whereas in Skaergaard the residual liquids continued to become enriched in iron. This conclusion is corroborated by simple mass balance calculations between modelled residual liquids and extracted cumulate rocks. Despite

  20. Plagioclase and pyroxene hosted melt inclusions in basaltic andesites of the current eruption of Arenal volcano, Costa Rica

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    Streck, Martin J.; Wacaster, Sue

    2006-09-01

    In this study, we investigated melt inclusions hosted in pyroxene and plagioclase to find direct evidence for the composition of melt components in the pre-eruptive magmas of the current eruption of Arenal volcano and to further shed light on the petrogenetic history of remarkably uniform basaltic andesitic bulk compositions. Composition of melt inclusions ranges widely regardless of whether an inclusion is hosted by plagioclase or by pyroxene and whether crystals with inclusions came from tephra samples or from slower emplaced lava flows. However, inclusions from each type of host mineral have distinct evolutionary trends most consistent with being mainly introduced by post-emplacement crystallization of the enclosing host, which is also supported by the composition of groundmass glasses. At the least-modified compositions, plagioclase and pyroxene inclusion trends overlap allowing for identification of melt compositions entrapped by both phases and, thus, strongly suggesting that these melt compositions existed in the reservoir prior to entrapment. Most of these are "dacitic" (61 to 64 wt.% SiO 2) and strongly match phenocryst-poor dacitic magmas of earlier eruptive phases of Arenal [Borgia, A., Poore, C., Carr, M.J., Melson, W.G., Alvarado, G.E., 1988. Structural, stratigraphic, and petrologic aspects of the Arenal-Chato volcanic system, Costa Rica: evolution of a young stratovolcanic complex. Bull Volcanol, 50, 86-105], suggesting earlier dacitic magmas may have been generated by melt-extraction processes. Correction for host crystallization of some inclusions also suggests that melt components as mafic as ˜ 53 wt.% may have been entrapped. All melt components inferred to have existed in the magmatic reservoirs prior to entrapment have low Mg# (38-45) yielding evidence for liquid compositions required for crystallizing the bulk of observed pyroxene and likely also olivine. Water rich (> 5 wt.%, by difference) and probably undegassed (S = 400-1600 ppm, Cl =

  1. The origin of felsic microgranitoid enclaves: Insights from plagioclase crystal size distributions and thermodynamic models

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    Alves, Adriana; Pereira, Giovanna de Souza; Janasi, Valdecir de Assis; Higgins, Michael; Polo, Liza Angelica; Juriaans, Orlando Stanley; Ribeiro, Bruno Vieira

    2015-12-01

    Magma mixing is widely recognized in contemporary petrology as one of the primary igneous processes. Microgranitoid enclaves (MEs) are considered to be remnants of such mixing processes, and the term has a well-established genetic implication. However, microgranitoid enclaves span a wide range of compositions, and felsic varieties are also frequently reported. Nd-Sr isotope and textural data from felsic microgranitoid enclaves (FMEs), mafic microgranitoid enclaves (MMEs) and host granites from the Salto pluton, Itu Granitic Province, show that the cm-sized MMEs are dioritic, have medium-grained igneous textures and xenocrysts of alkali feldspar and quartz. The FMEs are cm- to meter-sized, have spheric shapes, show corrugated contacts with the host granites, and have resorbed feldspars and deformed quartz crystals interpreted as xenocrysts set in a fine-grained groundmass. Compared to the host granites, both MME and FME samples have increased FeO, MgO, TiO2, P2O5 and Zr contents, but their Sr and Nd isotope signatures are identical: FME 87Sr/86Sri = 0.7088-0.7063, εNdi = - 10.0 to - 10.2; MME 87Sr/86Sri = 0.7070, εNdi = - 10.5; host granite 87Sr/86Sri 0.7056-0.7060, εNdi = - 10.2 to - 10.3. These indicate that the enclaves derive from a similar source, although the melts from which they formed were probably hotter and chemically more primitive than their host granites. Crystal size distributions (CSDs) of plagioclase in samples drilled from rinds and cores of three FMEs show that the rind samples are systematically finer-grained than the samples from the cores, which indicates that the FMEs cooled inwards and contradict interpretations that the FMEs are autoliths. Thermal modeling suggests that a slightly more primitive, hotter magma would be thermally equilibrated with an evolved resident melt within weeks after mixing/mingling. Upon thermal equilibrium, the FMEs would have an increased crystal cargo, and the resulting touching framework would impart a solid

  2. Thermal Infrared Spectroscopy of Experimentally Shocked Plagioclase and Basalt and Applications to Mars

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    Johnson, J. R.

    2007-12-01

    Laboratory thermal infrared emission spectra (250-1400 cm-1) of experimentally shocked (17-60 GPa) plagioclase feldspars (bytownite, andesine, and albite), basalt, and basaltic andesite demonstrate the disordering of mineral lattices and increasing glass content with increasing shock pressure. These effects cause loss of spectral detail and shifts in absorption feature positions. Disordering in the feldspar structure begins at pressures >15-20 GPa, and diaplectic glass (maskelynite) formation is complete between ~30-45 GPa. As pressures increase the mutual existence of crystalline phases and diaplectic glasses cause the characteristic, fourfold (tetrahedral), strong coordination bonds of Si and Al in feldspars to alter to weaker, less polymerized bonds that approach sixfold (octahedral) coordination. This influences the characteristic vibrational frequencies in the thermal infrared. For example, the bands near 400-550 cm-1 are caused by bending vibrations in the Si-O-Al planar ring structures in tectosilicates and diaplectic glasses. Si-O-Si octahedral bending vibrations cause absorptions between about 700-450 cm-1 and SiO6 octahedral stretching vibrations occur between 750-850 cm-1. Absorptions in the 900-1200 cm-1 region are due to Si-O antisymmetric stretch motions of silica tetrahedra. Many of these spectral features persist to higher pressures in albite compared to bytownite, possibly due to the relatively lower Al content in albite. With increasing Ca content, the main absorption band of highly shocked albite shifts from ~1050 cm-1 to ~1000 cm-1 for andesine and ~950 cm-1 for bytownite. However, the other main absorption in highly shocked feldspars near 450-460 cm-1 varies little with Ca content. Linear mixing models demonstrate that mineral and glass spectra cannot replicate shocked bytownite spectra beyond shock pressures of 20-25 GPa, coincident with the onset of diaplectic glass formation. Similar models of shocked basalt also exhibit increased errors

  3. Wishstone to Watchtower: Alteration of Plagioclase-rich Rocks in Gusev Crater, Mars

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    Ruff, S. W.; Hamilton, V. E.

    2014-12-01

    The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit encountered a remarkable diversity of rocks during its traverse of the Columbia Hills in Gusev crater, manifested both as variations in primary mineralogy and in secondary alteration. The Wishstone and Watchtower Classes represent examples where the less altered (Wishstone) and more altered versions (Watchtower) were recognized as members of an alteration series identified by variations in geochemistry and Fe-bearing mineral phases [1-3]. Work by [1] demonstrated a geochemical relationship consistent with two-component mixing between a high Al2O3, TiO2, CaO, Na2O, P2O5 end-member and a second end-member enriched in MgO, Zn, S, Br, and Cl. The first end-member probably is Wishstone Class, with Watchtower Class intermediate between it and an unrecognized second end-member lithology [1]. New results using mirror-dust corrected spectra from Spirit's Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer [4] affirm the dominant plagioclase component in Wishstone and an amorphous component resembling basaltic glass in Watchtower identified previously [5]. But now we recognize a suite of rocks spanning the full range of alteration, including one dubbed Bruce that appears to be an alteration spectral end-member [4]. The spectra of some rocks with an intermediate level of alteration are well modeled as a simple two-component mixture of Wishstone and Bruce spectra. This is consistent with a style of alteration that progressively obscures spectral contributions of the host rock minerals and is inconsistent with a surface coating. The Bruce spectrum is poorly modeled by primary and secondary phases including phyllosilicates and amorphous silicates. This suggests a style of alteration not recognized in terrestrial settings. Based on the similarity of the Bruce spectrum to TES type 2, this style of alteration may be more widespread on Mars. The conditions that produced this alteration are poorly constrained, hence the relationship to habitability is unknown at

  4. FTIR Analysis of Water in Pyroxene and Plagioclase in ALH 84001 and Nakhlites

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    Peslier, A. H.; Cintala, M. J.; Montes, R.; Cardenas, F.

    2016-01-01

    with crustal reservoirs or hydrothermal fluids. Here, nominally anhydrous minerals (pyroxene, olivine, plagioclase, or maskelynite) in orthopyroxenite ALH 84001 and selected nakhlites are analyzed for water and major elements, in order to determine 1) whether they contain any water; 2) if they do, what controls its distribution (crystallization, degassing, hydrothermal or impact processes); and 3) if any of these measurements can be used to infer the water contents of the parent magma and their mantle sources. A shock-reverberation experiment was also performed on terrestrial orthopyroxenes (opx) to simulate the heavily shocked conditions of ALH 84001 (> 31 GPa [17]).

  5. Documenting magmatic processes at Filicudi Island, Aeolian Arc, Italy: Integrating Quantitative Modeling, Plagioclase Textural and In Situ Compositional Data

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    Harris, M. A.; Bohrson, W. A.; Mayfield, A.

    2012-12-01

    Although numerous studies have documented how compositional diversity develops in magmas on Earth, controversy exists regarding the roles that recharge, assimilation and fractional crystallization (RAFC) play in magma evolution. Filicudi Island is one of seven major islands of the Aeolian archipelago in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy. Previous whole rock geochemical studies of Filicudi Island have related its magmatic and compositional evolution from calc-alkaline basalt (51 wt. % SiO2) to high-K andesite (62 wt. % SiO2) to fractional crystallization and assimilation processes occurring within several small, separated magma chambers (Santo, 2000). New data collected on samples from Filicudi include whole rock elemental and isotopic data, plagioclase textural and in situ elemental and Sr isotope data, and MELTS modeling. Integration of data allows documentation of the roles and relative chronology that RAFC played in magmatic evolution, as well as elucidates aspects of Filicudi's magma plumbing-system structure. Best-fit MELTS results based on several hundred simulations indicate that magmas from Filicudi evolved in a polybaric magma plumbing system. At deeper levels (3.5-4 kbars), fractional crystallization of Mg-rich clinopyroxene, olivine, and spinel played a dominant role, while high initial H2O contents (3-4.5 wt.%) acted to suppress plagioclase crystallization. Upon ascent, in a shallower part of the magmatic system (0.5-1.2 kbars), magma potentially devolatilized, allowing texturally monotonous plagioclase that was relatively An (90-98 mol %) and Fe (0.6-1.0 wt. %) rich and Sr-depleted (900-1300 ppm) to crystallize. As fractional crystallization continued in the deeper chamber, melts that ascended to the shallow part of the system became progressively more silicic as evidenced by plagioclase that became less An (75-90 mol %) and Fe (0.5-0.6 wt. %) rich, and more Sr-rich (1500-1900 ppm). Similarly, continued fractional crystallization at shallow levels

  6. Ion microprobe investigation of plagioclase and orthopyroxene from lunar Mg-suite norites: Implications for calculating parental melt REE concentrations and for assessing postcrystallization REE redistribution

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    Papike, J.J.; Fowler, G.W.; Shearer, C.K.; Layne, G.D.

    1996-10-01

    The lunar Mg-suite, which includes dunites, troctolites, and norites, makes up to 20-30% of the Moon`s crust down to a depth of {approximately}60 km. The remainder is largely anorthosite. This report focuses on norites (which consist mostly of orthopyroxene and plagioclase) because we have found that both phases are effective recorders of their parental melt compositions. In an earlier report, we analyzed orthopyroxene from twelve samples (three from Apollo 14, two from A-15, and seven from A-17) by orthopyroxene from twelve samples (three from Apollo 14, two from A-15, and seven from A-17) by SIMS for eight REE (La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Dy, Er, Yb). Inversion of these data to estimated melt compositions yielded extremely high REE concentrations similar to KREEP. In this study, we report SIMS REE data for plagioclase from these same twelve samples. The major objective of this study is to estimate parental REE concentrations from both orthopyroxene and plagioclase data to see if both data inversions produce concordant from both orthopyroxene and plagioclase data to see if both data inversions produce concordant melt compositions and thus better constrain the composition of melts parental to Mg-suite norites. The estimated REE concentrations from both phases show some evidence of slight postcrystallization REE redistribution. Comparison of the observed ratio of REE for pyroxene/plagioclase to the ratio of the Ds for pyroxene/plagioclase is consistent with REE redistribution which involves LREE diffusing from pyroxene into plagioclase and HREE diffusing from plagioclase into pyroxene. However, apparently these postcrystallization exchanges have not seriously affected our ability to estimate melt REE concentrations. 34 refs., 7 figs., 5 tabs.

  7. Water content in arc basaltic magma in the Northeast Japan and Izu arcs: an estimate from Ca/Na partitioning between plagioclase and melt

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    Ushioda, Masashi; Takahashi, Eiichi; Hamada, Morihisa; Suzuki, Toshihiro

    2014-12-01

    The variation in water content of arc basaltic magmas in the Northeast Japan arc and the Izu arc was estimated using a simple plagioclase phenocryst hygrometer. In order to construct a plagioclase phenocryst hygrometer optimized for arc basalt magmas, we have conducted high-pressure melting experiments of relatively primitive basalt from the Miyakejima volcano, a frontal-arc volcano in the Izu arc. As a result of the experiments, we found that the Ca/Na partition coefficient between plagioclase and hydrous basaltic melt increases linearly with an increase in H2O content in the melts. We then selected from literature geochemical data sets of relatively primitive basaltic rocks with no evidence of magma mixing and the most frequent Ca-rich plagioclase phenocrysts from 15 basaltic arc volcanoes including both frontal-arc and rear-arc volcanoes. In the 15 volcanoes studied, plagioclase phenocrysts of high anorthite content (An > 90) were commonly observed, whereas plagioclase phenocrysts in rear arc volcanoes usually had a lower anorthite content (90 > An > 80). In all volcanoes studied, the estimated H2O content of basaltic magma was at least 3 wt.% H2O or higher. The magmas of volcanoes located on the volcanic front have about 5 wt.% H2O in magma whereas those from the rear-arc side are slightly lower in H2O content.

  8. Water content in arc basaltic magma in the Northeast Japan and Izu arcs: an estimate from Ca/Na partitioning between plagioclase and melt

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    Ushioda, M.; Takahashi, E.; Hamada, M.; Suzuki, T.

    2015-12-01

    The variation in water content of arc basaltic magmas in the Northeast Japan arc and the Izu arc was estimatedusing a simple plagioclase phenocryst hygrometer. In order to construct a plagioclase phenocryst hygrometeroptimized for arc basalt magmas, we have conducted hydrous melting experiments of relatively primitive basaltfrom the Miyakejima volcano, a frontal-arc volcano in the Izu arc. As a result of the experiments, we found that theCa/Na partition coefficient between plagioclase and hydrous basaltic melt increases linearly with an increase in H2Ocontent in the melts. We then compiled published geochemical data sets of relatively primitive basaltic rocks with no evidence of magma mixing and the most frequent Ca-rich plagioclase phenocrysts from 15 basaltic arc volcanoesincluding both frontal-arc and rear-arc volcanoes. In the 15 volcanoes studied, plagioclase phenocrysts of high anorthitecontent (An > 90) were commonly observed, whereas plagioclase phenocrysts in rear arc volcanoes usually had a loweranorthite content (90 > An > 80). In all volcanoes studied, the estimated H2O content of basaltic magma was at least3 wt.% H2O or higher. The magmas of volcanoes located on the volcanic front have about 5 wt.% H2O in magmawhereas those from the rear-arc side are slightly lower in H2O content.

  9. Contrasting Sr isotope ratios in plagioclase from different formations of the mid-Miocene Columbia River Basalt Group

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    Starkel, W. A.; Wolff, J.; Eckberg, A.; Ramos, F.

    2008-12-01

    Many early Columbia River Basalt flows of the Steens and Imnaha Formations are characterized by abundant, texturally complex, coarse plagioclase phenocrysts. In Imnaha lavas, the feldspars typically have more radiogenic 87Sr/86Sr than whole rock and matrix, and may exhibit complex isotopic zoning that is not correlated with An content. Imnaha plagioclase grains are interpreted as variably-contaminated crystals produced when high-crystallinity mid-crustal basaltic intrusions exchanged interstitial melt with adjacent partly-melted crustal rock; this isotopically variable debris was then remobilized by subsequent intrusion of mantle-derived basalt and brought to the surface as an isotopically heterogeneous mixture. In contrast, plagioclase grains in the texturally very similar Steens lavas are isotopically near-homogeneous and 87Sr/86Sr is not significantly displaced from that of the bulk rock. This is consistent with magma- crust interaction at low degrees of crustal melting during the early stages of the Columbia River flood basalt episode, where Steens and Imnaha lavas were erupted from distinct magma systems hosted by different types of crust that exerted different degrees of isotopic leverage on the mantle-derived magmas [1]. Thermal input to the Steens system declined at the same time as the Imnaha magmatic flux increased to ultimately produce the huge outpouring of Grande Ronde lavas, which are mixtures of mantle- and crust-derived liquids, the latter produced during high degrees of crustal melting during the time of peak magmatic flux. [1] Wolff et al. (2008) Nature Geoscience 1, 177-180.

  10. Sr Isotopic Variation in Plagioclase Phenocrysts of the Heise Volcanic Field, Eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho USA

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    Phillips, W. M.; Schwartz, D. M.; Ellis, B. S.

    2012-12-01

    Feldspars within single eruptive units of rhyolites of the central Snake River Plain are tightly grouped into unimodal Sr isotope populations. Wolff et al. (2011) suggested that this Sr isotopic homogeneity is characteristic of Snake River-type rhyolitic volcanism, and reflects unusually high magma temperatures and low water contents. We test this hypothesis with new Sr data from plagioclase phenocrysts from the Heise Volcanic Field, a large nested caldera complex in the eastern Snake River Plain. We sampled the oldest unit (Tuff of Blacktail Creek, 6.6 Ma) and youngest unit (Kilgore Tuff, 4.5 Ma) at their type sections. To assess within unit variability, we also sampled widely separated exposures of the units across the caldera complex. Plagioclase crystals were separated magnetically and by hand-picking. Sr isotopes were analyzed in 9 to 66 grains per sample by LA-MC-ICPMS at the Washington State University GeoAnalytical Lab. Blacktail Creek samples have tight unimodal distributions with 87Sr/86Sr modes between 0.7126 and 0.7128 that support the Wolff et al. hypothesis. The Kilgore samples show considerably more variability. While all Kilgore samples have a similar principal mode between 0.7116 and 0.7118, additional minor modes are generally present. The Kilgore results are surprising given oxygen isotope evidence for magma homogeneity prior to eruption, crystal residence times of ~110 kyr, and magma temperatures of ~800-900°C (Watts et al., 2011). Under such temperatures, Sr isotopic homogeneity in plagioclase is likely achieved in 5 mm grains within <10 kyr. The observed Sr isotope heterogeneity in Kilgore may result from isolation of magma batches until shortly before eruption. References: Wolff et al., 2011, Geology 39(10), 931-934; Watts et al. 2011, J. Petrology 52(5), 857-890.

  11. The importance of plagioclase in the reflectance spectra of Fe, Mg mixtures: a better understanding of spectra from Lunar and Hermean terrains.

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    Serventi, G.; Sgavetti, M.; Carli, C.; Pompilio, L.

    2012-04-01

    Spectra obtained on Lunar highland and on Mercury show low contrast features. We suggest the interference of adjacent absorptions bands due to different minerals as a possible cause of low contrast spectra. While the combined effects of Fe2+ absorptions in various clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene and olivine mixtures have been widely studied, the spectroscopic effects of plagioclase have been considered only for <0,26 wt% FeO-bearing compositions, even if plagioclase is considered an important constituent of Lunar and Hermean terrains. Here we consider mixtures composed by various abundances of multimineral grains and plagioclase, separated from cumulate rocks of a layered intrusion belonging to the anorthosite kindred. Three different Fe, Mg multimineral compositions have been considered. The first is olivine-free and consists of clinopyroxene En45-Wo46 (43.9%) and orthopyroxene En77 (56.1%). The second one is olivine-poor and includes orthopyroxene En86 (70%) and olivine Fo87 (30%). The third one, olivine-rich, is composed by orthopyroxene En82 (28.2%), clinopyroxene En45-Wo46 (3.4%), olivine Fo84 (68.4%). Two distinct plagioclase compositions, having FeO wt.% concentration of 0.36 (medium-iron), and 0.5 (rich-iron) were systematically mixed to each starting assemblage. The amount of plagioclase in the mixtures ranges between 30% and 90%. Mixtures with grain sizes of 63-125 μm and 125-250 μm were prepared. Bidirectional reflectance spectra (i=30°, e=0° angle phase) on these mixtures were acquired at the SLAB (Spectroscopy Laboratory, Iasf-INAF, Roma) in the VIS-NIR range (0.3-2.5 µm). Preliminary results show that increasing plagioclase content produces higher albedo and lower spectral contrast. In olivine-free mixtures, plagioclase produces a flattening in the 1.2 µm region at about 70% of medium-iron plagioclase and 50% of iron-rich plagioclase; for higher content of plagioclase a clear absorption band appears. In olivine-poor mixtures, the presence of

  12. Constraints on the accretion of the gabbroic lower oceanic crust from plagioclase lattice preferred orientation in the Samail ophiolite

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    VanTongeren, J. A.; Hirth, G.; Kelemen, P. B.

    2015-12-01

    The debate over the processes of igneous accretion of gabbroic lower crust at submarine spreading centers is centered on two end-member hypotheses: Gabbro Glaciers and Sheeted Sills. In order to determine which of these two hypotheses is most applicable to a well-studied lower crustal section, we present newly published data (VanTongeren et al., 2015 EPSL v. 427, p. 249-261) on plagioclase lattice preferred orientations (LPO) in the Wadi Khafifah section of the Samail ophiolite, Oman. Based on our results we provide five critical observations that any model for the accretion of the lower oceanic crust must satisfy: (1) There is a distinctive change in the orientation of the outcrop-scale layering from near-vertical to sub-horizontal that is also reflected in the plagioclase fabrics in the uppermost ~1000-1500 m of the gabbroic crust; (2) The distinction between the upper gabbros and lower gabbros is not a geochemical boundary. Rather, the change in outcrop-scale orientation from near-vertical to sub-horizontal occurs stratigraphically lower in the crust than a change in whole-rock geochemistry; (3) There is no systematic difference in plagioclase fabric strength in any crystallographic axis between the upper gabbros and the lower gabbros; (4) Beneath the abrupt transition from sub-vertical to sub-horizontal fabric, there is no systematic change in the geographic orientation of the plagioclase fabric, or in the development of a dominant lineation direction within the upper gabbros or the lower gabbros; (5) In the lower gabbros, the obliquity between the (010) and the modal layering remains approximately constant and indicates a consistent top to the right sense of shear throughout the stratigraphy. Our observations are most consistent with the Sheeted Sills hypothesis, in which the majority of lower crustal gabbros are crystallized in situ and fabrics are dominated by compaction and localized extension rather than by systematically increasing shear strain with

  13. Rapid crystal recycling at Krafla Volcano, Iceland, inferred from oxygen-isotope and trace- element compositions and U-Th-Ra disequilibria in plagioclase

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    Cooper, K. M.; Sims, K. W.; Eiler, J. M.; Banerjee, N. R.

    2008-12-01

    The Icelandic central volcano of Krafla exhibits increasing assimilation of hydrothermally-altered crust with increasing differentiation of magmas, as evidenced by decreasing δ18O with decreasing MgO (Nicholson et al., 1991, J Pet 32, p.1005). The Krafla Fires eruption (1975-84) produced two different magma compositions simultaneously: quartz tholeiites near the center of the volcano, and olivine tholeiites north of the central volcano (Gronvold et al., 2008, Goldschmidt abstract). Examination of crystals in these magmas has the potential to provide information about the nature and timescales of mixing of distinct magmas and assimilation of crustal material at Krafla. We present oxygen-isotope compositions, trace-element compositions, and 238U-230Th-226Ra disequilibria measured in plagioclase crystals from samples of lavas erupted during two phases of the Krafla Fires eruption (ol tholeiite erupted Jan-Feb 1981, and qz tholeiite erupted Nov 1981). Oxygen-isotope data for multiple size fractions of plagioclase show a decrease in δ18O with increasing crystal size for the ol tholeiite (from ~4.1 permil to 3.5 permil), whereas there is no clear relationship between plagioclase size and oxygen-isotope composition in the qtz tholeiite (all size fractions average 4.1-4.3 permil). Furthermore, all measured plagioclase have δ18O lower than would be in equilibrium with the whole rock measurements (by up to 1.5 permil). These data imply that (1) few or none of the measured crystals precipitated from the host liquids, and (2) the crystals were entrained in the host magmas shortly prior to eruption, allowing them to maintain oxygen isotopic disequilibrium and heterogeneity within the crystal populations. These inferences are corroborated by trace element compositions measured in plagioclase by laser-ablation ICPMS, as the majority of analyzed points have Ba and Sr concentrations inconsistent with equilibrium partitioning between crystals and liquid. Furthermore, in the case

  14. Experimental determination of plagioclase dissolution rates as a function of its composition and pH at 22 °C

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    Gudbrandsson, Snorri; Wolff-Boenisch, Domenik; Gislason, Sigurdur R.; Oelkers, Eric H.

    2014-08-01

    The steady-state, far-from-equilibrium dissolution rates of nine distinct plagioclases ranging in composition from An2 to An89 were measured in mixed flow reactors at 22 ± 2 °C and pH from 2 to 11. The dissolution rates of all plagioclases based on silica release show a common U-shaped behaviour as a function of pH, where rates decrease with increasing pH at acid condition but rise with increasing pH at alkaline conditions. Consistent with literature findings, constant pH plagioclase dissolution rates increase with increasing anorthite content at acidic conditions; measured anorthite dissolution rates are ∼2.5 orders of magnitude faster than those of albite at pH ∼2. Perhaps more significantly, rates are independent of plagioclase composition at alkaline conditions. Interpretation and data fitting suggests that plagioclase dissolution rates are consistent with their control by the detachment of Si-rich activated complexes formed by the removal of Al from the mineral framework. Taking account of this mechanism and transition state theory yields equations describing plagioclase dissolution rates (r+) as a function of both the mineral and aqueous fluid compositions found in natural Earth surface systems. For pH ⩾ 6 rates are consistent with Log(r+/(mol/cm/s))=0.35Log(aH3/aAl)-11.53 and for pH < 6 rates are consistent with Log(r+/(mol/cm/s))=nacidLog(aH3/aAl)+0.033An%-14.77 where An% represents the percent anorthite in the plagioclase solid solution, ai corresponds to the activity of the ith aqueous species, and nacid is given by nacid=0.004An%+0.05 .

  15. Degassing-Induced Crystallization of Plagioclase in Hydrous Rhyolite Liquids: Evidence from Obsidian Samples from the Mexican and Cascades Volcanic Arcs

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    Waters, L.; Lange, R. A.

    2010-12-01

    Rhyolites are among the most differentiated magmatic liquids on Earth, and in order to understand their origin, it is necessary to constrain temperatures and melt water concentrations during phenocryst growth. In this study, we present a detailed petrologic study of obsidian samples (71-75 wt% SiO2) from the Mexican and Cascades volcanic arcs. Despite low phenocryst abundances (2-10%), the samples are each multiply saturated with plagioclase + titanomagnetite + ilmenite ± orthopyroxene ± clinopyroxene ± hornblende ± biotite ± sanidine ± quartz. Pre-eruptive temperatures have been calculated from equilibrium pairs of titanomagnetite and ilmenite using the thermometer of Ghiorso and Evans (2008); values range from ~797-837°C. The plagioclase hygrometer (Lange et al., 2009) was applied to the sparse plagioclase crystals in each sample using these temperatures, leading to maximum melt water concentrations (based on the most calcic plagioclase in each sample) that range from 7.3 to 6.0 wt% H2O. These results require that all of these magmas were fluid-saturated at depths ≥ 9.5 km, respectively, and that during adiabatic ascent to the surface they would have degassed and lost water from the melt phase. In many of the rhyolites, we document a wide and continuous range of plagioclase compositions (e.g., 52-27 mol% An), despite low crystal (phenocryst + microphenocryst) abundances (< 3%), which can be attributed to crystallization under variable melt water concentrations, owing to degassing upon ascent. Analyzed Sr and Ba concentrations in these plagioclases lead to partition coefficients that are consistent with a phenocryst origin. The lowest recorded melt water concentrations in the glassy rhyolites, based on their most sodic plagioclases, are also relatively high and range from ~5.0-6.4 wt%. These results suggest that there may have been a kinetic barrier to plagioclase crystallization as the ascending magmas degassed and lost water, leading to a rapid increase

  16. Formation of plagioclase-bearing peridotite and a peridotite-wehrlite-gabbro suite through melt-rock reaction: An experimental study

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    Saper, L.; Liang, Y.

    2012-12-01

    Plagioclase-bearing peridotites are observed among abyssal peridotites, massif peridotites, and mantle sections of ophiolites of lherzolite subtype. Formation of plagioclase-bearing peridotites is often attributed to basalt impregnation into host harzburgite or lherzolite in a thermal boundary layer. During transport through asthenospheric mantle, melt generated in the deep mantle will inevitably interact with the overlying mantle column through reactive dissolution and may leave geochemical imprints on plagioclase-bearing peridotites. To assess the role of melt-rock reaction on the formation of plagioclase-bearing peridotites and its implications for lithosphere composition, we conducted dissolution experiments in which a 88% spinel lherzolite + 12% basalt starting mixture was juxtaposed against a primitive MORB in a graphite-lined molybdenum capsule. The reaction couples were run at 1300°C and 1 GPa for 1 or 24 hrs, and then stepped cooled to 1050°C and 0.7 GPa over the next several days. Cooling promotes in situ crystallization of interstitial melts, allowing us to better characterize the mineral compositional trends produced and observed by melt-rock reaction and crystallization. A gabbro and a plagioclase-bearing peridotite were observed in the two halves of the reaction couple after the experiments were completed. The peridotite from the 24 hr reaction experiment is mostly composed of subhedral to euhedral olivines (10-50 μm in size, Mg# 75-83), poikilitic clinopyroxene (~100 μm in size, Mg# 73-83) with olivine and spinel chadocrysts, and interstitial plagioclase (An# 68-78) and melt. In a control experiment quenched after a 24 hour reaction at 1300°C the basalt completely dissolved the pyroxenes and spinels leaving a residue of rounded olivine grains (10-100 μm in size) surrounded by a relatively large melt fraction. Textural results from the step-cooling experiments suggest the following crystallization sequence from the olivine+melt mush: olivine

  17. Integrating MELTS Modeling with In Situ Textural and Chemical Plagioclase Data to Document Ascent and Storage Conditions of Four Historical Mount Etna Magmas

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    Moses, M. N.; Bohrson, W. A.

    2009-12-01

    Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, erupts hydrous basalts that are abundant in plagioclase. Integrating plagioclase chemical and textural data with results from MELTS (Ghiorso & Sack, 1995) models can provide information about the ascent and storage history of associated magmas. Textures for 4 historical samples (1646, 1651, and the 1669 residing and recharge magmas) imaged by Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast microscopy reveal 2 dominant core textures, patchy and oscillatory. Most crystals are characterized by unzoned rims. Electron microprobe data show that patchy core values have modes at An70 and An80, whereas oscillatory zoned cores have a single mode at An60. Rim anorthite values range from An60 to An40. 343 MELTS fractional crystallization simulations were conducted in isentropic and polybaric modes. The 1763 lava was used as the parental magma and has 6.6 wt.% MgO, 47.1 wt.% SiO2. PTX conditions for simulations include initial water contents from 3 wt.% to anhydrous, pressures of 7, 5, and 2 kb, oxygen fugacity of buffers QFM-1 and NNO. Model results were compared to whole rock major element data for historical lavas, as well as An data from the four samples noted above. The 7 and 5 kb models successfully fit the major element trends but did not crystallize observed plagioclase compositions. The best-fit models were polybaric, and used pressure (P)-temperature (T) gradients (dP/dT) of 2 bars/0.5°C for a starting P of 2 kb. Because water saturated at a higher T in the 2 kb models, plagioclase also saturated at a higher T. Thus, the 2 kb models yielded more abundant plagioclase and had a greater compositional variation that more closely resembled the natural dataset. MELTS results for plagioclase from 2 kb polybaric runs with 2.7-2.0 wt. % initial water correlate well with dominant An contents of 85 to 70 in patchy zoned cores from the 1651 and 1669 residing and recharge magmas. Oscillatory and unzoned plagioclase cores typically have

  18. Experimental quantification of P-T conditions of mantle refertilisation at shallow depth under spreading ridges and formation of plagioclase + spinel lherzolite

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    Chalot-Prat, Françoise; Falloon, Trevor J.; Green, David H.

    2014-05-01

    We studied the first-order melting process of differentiation in the Earth, and the major process of rejuvenation of the upper mantle after melting related to plate spreading (Chalot-Prat et al, 2010; 2013). We conducted experiments at High Pressure (0.75 and 0.5 GPa) and High Temperature (1260-1100°C) to obtain magma compositions in equilibrium with the mineral assemblages of a plagioclase + spinel lherzolite. These PT conditions prevail at 17-30km below axial oceanic spreading ridges. We used a "trial and error" approach in a system involving nine elements (Cr-Na-Fe-Ca-Mg-Al-Si-Ti-Ni). This approaches as closely as possible a natural mantle composition, Cr being a key element in the system. Our objectives were : • to determine experimentally the compositions of melts in equilibrium with plagioclase + spinel lherzolite, with emphasis on the role of plagioclase composition in controlling melt compositions; • to test the hypothesis that MORB are produced at shallow depth (17-30kms) • to quantify liquid- and mantle residue compositional paths at decreasing T and low P to understand magma differentiation by "percolation-reaction" at shallow depth in the mantle; • to compare experimental mantle mineral compositions to those of re-fertilised oceanic mantle lithosphere outcropping at the axis of oceanic spreading ridges, enabling quantification of the pressure (i.e. depth) and temperature of the re-fertilisation process that leads to formation of plagioclase and indicates the minimum thickness of the lithosphere at ridge axes. In the normative basalt tetrahedron, liquids plot on two parallel cotectic lines from silica-oversaturated (basaltic andesite at 0.75 GPa or andesite at 0.5 GPa) at the calcic end to silica-undersaturated compositions (trachyte) at the sodic end. The lower the pressure, the greater the silica oversaturation. Besides the plagioclase solid solution has a dominant role in determining the solidus temperature of plagioclase + spinel lherzolites

  19. Optical absorption, TL and IRSL of basic plagioclase megacrysts from the pinacate (Sonora, Mexico) quaternary alkalic volcanics.

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    Chernov, V; Paz-Moreno, F; Piters, T M; Barboza-Flores, M

    2006-01-01

    The paper presents the first results of an investigation on optical absorption (OA), thermally and infrared stimulated luminescence (TL and IRSL) of the Pinacate plagioclase (labradorite). The OA spectra reveal two bands with maxima at 1.0 and 3.2 eV connected with absorption of the Fe3+ and Fe2+ and IR absorption at wavelengths longer than 2700 nm. The ultraviolet absorption varies exponentially with the photon energy following the 'vitreous' empirical Urbach rule indicating exponential distribution of localised states in the forbidden band. The natural TL is peaked at 700 K. Laboratory beta irradiation creates a very broad TL peak with maximum at 430 K. The change of the 430 K TL peak shape under the thermal cleaning procedure and dark storage after irradiation reveals a monotonous increasing of the activation energy that can be explained by the exponential distribution of traps. The IRSL response is weak and exhibits a typical decay behaviour.

  20. A Plagioclase Ultraphyric Basalt group in the Neogene flood basalt piles of eastern Iceland: Volcanic architecture and mode of emplacement

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    Oskarsson, B. V.; Riishuus, M. S.

    2013-12-01

    3D photogrammetry in conjunction with ground mapping was applied in order to assess the architecture of a Plagioclase Ultraphyric Basalt (PUB) group in eastern Iceland, namely the Grænavatn group. The ~10 Myr old group is exposed in steep glacially carved fjords and can be traced over 60 km along strike. Two feeder dikes have been found and show that the group erupted along the trend of the dike swarm associated with the Breiddalur central volcano. The group has 9--14 flows where thickest, and thins to about 3--4 flows up-dip to the east within the distance of 15-20 km from the source. We have estimated the volume of the group to exceed 40 km3. The flows have mixed architecture of simple and compound morphology. The flow lobes have thicknesses from 1--24 m and many reach lengths over 1000 m. The surface morphology varies from rubbly to scoriaceous, but is dominantly of pahoehoe style. The internal structure of the lava flows is well preserved and the flows display abundant vesicle cylinders. The modal percentage of An-rich plagioclase macrocrysts varies from 25--50 % and they are in the range of 5--30 mm. The aspect ratio of the group and the nature of the flows indicate fissure-fed eruptions. A thick flow found at the base of the group in various locations seems to record the largest eruption episode in the formation of the group. This phase is also the most abundant in macrocryst. An asymmetric buildup is seen in one location and may have characterized the general buildup of the group. The general morphology of the lava flows suggests low viscous behavior, at odds with the high crystal content. Petrographic observations and mineral chemistry shows that the plagioclase macrocrysts are very calcic (An80-85) and in disequilibrium with the groundmass and plagioclases therein (An50-70). Thus the apparent lava rheology and emplacement of the PUBs was likely achieved due to fast ascent of the magma through the crust and transfer of heat from the primitive macrocrysts

  1. Lingunite-a high-pressure plagioclase polymorph at mineral interfaces in doleritic rock of the Lockne impact structure (Sweden)

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    Agarwal, Amar; Reznik, Boris; Kontny, Agnes; Heissler, Stefan; Schilling, Frank

    2016-01-01

    Lingunite nanocrystals and amorphous plagioclase (maskelynite) are identified at the contacts between augite and labradorite wedge-shaped interfaces in the doleritic rocks of the Lockne impact structure in Sweden. The occurrence of lingunite suggests that the local pressure was above 19 GPa and the local temperature overwhelmed 1000 °C. These values are up to 10 times higher than previous values estimated numerically for bulk pressure and temperature. High shock-induced temperatures are manifested by maskelynite injections into microfractures in augite located next to the wedges. We discuss a possible model of shock heterogeneity at mineral interfaces, which may lead to longer duration of the same shock pressure and a concentration of high temperature thus triggering the kinetics of labradorite transformation into lingunite and maskelynite. PMID:27188436

  2. 40Ar/39Ar and cosmic ray exposure ages of plagioclase-rich lithic fragments from Apollo 17 regolith, 78461

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    Das, J. P.; Baldwin, S. L.; Delano, J. W.

    2016-01-01

    Argon isotopic data is used to assess the potential of low-mass samples collected by sample return missions on planetary objects (e.g., Moon, Mars, asteroids), to reveal planetary surface processes. We report the first 40Ar/39Ar ages and 38Ar cosmic ray exposure (CRE) ages, determined for eleven submillimeter-sized (ranging from 0.06 to 1.2 mg) plagioclase-rich lithic fragments from Apollo 17 regolith sample 78461 collected at the base of the Sculptured Hills. Total fusion analysis was used to outgas argon from the lithic fragments. Three different approaches were used to determine 40Ar/39Ar ages and illustrate the sensitivity of age determination to the choice of trapped (40Ar/36Ar)t. 40Ar/39Ar ages range from ~4.0 to 4.4 Ga with one exception (Plag#10). Surface CRE ages, based on 38Ar, range from ~1 to 24 Ma. The relatively young CRE ages suggest recent re-working of the upper few centimeters of the regolith. The CRE ages may result from the effect of downslope movement of materials to the base of the Sculptured Hills from higher elevations. The apparent 40Ar/39Ar age for Plag#10 is >5 Ga and yielded the oldest CRE age (i.e., ~24 Ma). We interpret this data to indicate the presence of parentless 40Ar in Plag#10, originating in the lunar atmosphere and implanted in lunar regolith by solar wind. Based on a chemical mixing model, plagioclase compositions, and 40Ar/39Ar ages, we conclude that lithic fragments originated from Mg-suite of highland rocks, and none were derived from the mare region.

  3. Plagioclase and epidote buffering of cation ratios in mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal fluids: Experimental results in and near the supercritical region

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    Berndt, M.E.; Seyfried, W.E. Jr. ); Janecky, D.R. )

    1989-09-01

    Experiments have been performed with Na-Ca-K-Cl fluids of seawater chlorinity and diabase, basalt, and plagioclase bearing mineral mixtures at 350-425{degree}C and 250-400 bars to help constrain hydrothermal alteration processes at mid-ocean ridges. Dissolved Ca, Na, and pH for all experiments responded systematically to differences in dissolved SiO{sub 2} concentrations and the compositions of plagioclase reactants. Diabase alteration at low fluid/rock mass ratios (0.5 to 1) produces fluids undersaturated with respect to quartz during hydration of primary olivine and orthopyroxene, whereas basalt alteration under similar conditions yields fluids slightly supersaturated with respect to quartz during breakdown of glass to smectite and amphibole. Fluid chemistry in all experiments appears to approach a partial equilibrium state with the albite and anorthite components in plagioclase and approaches a pH consistent with plagioclase alteration to epidote. Trace element data from vent fluids, specifically B and Sr, together with major element chemistry, provides evidence that the reaction zone for black-smoker fluids at mid-ocean ridges is composed of only slightly altered diabase and is characterized by small amounts of epidote, nearly fresh plagioclase and clinopyroxene, and partially to completely hydrated olivine and orthopyroxene. Using equilibrium between plagioclase, the dominant reactant, and epidote, the dominant reaction product in experiments, the authors estimate that temperatures in reaction zones are in excess of 375{degree}C for most vent systems. These temperatures are higher than measured vent temperatures, suggesting that hot spring fluids commonly loose heat during ascent to the sea floor.

  4. Trace element and Pb isotope composition of plagioclase from dome samples from the 2004-2005 eruption of Mount St. Helens, Washington: Chapter 35 in A volcano rekindled: the renewed eruption of Mount St. Helens, 2004-2006

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    Kent, Adam J.R.; Rowe, Michael C.; Thornber, Carl R.; Pallister, John S.; Sherrod, David R.; Scott, William E.; Stauffer, Peter H.

    2008-01-01

    Plagioclase crystals from gabbronorite inclusions in three dacite samples have markedly different trace-element and Pbisotope compositions from those of plagioclase phenocrysts, despite having a similar range of anorthite contents. Inclusions show some systematic differences from each other but typically have higher Ti, Ba, LREE, and Pb and lower Sr and have lower 208Pb/206Pb and 207Pb/206Pb ratios than coexisting plagioclase phenocrysts. The compositions of plagioclase from inclusions cannot be related to phenocryst compositions by any reasonable petrologic model. From this we suggest that they are unlikely to represent magmatic cumulates or restite inclusions but instead are samples of mafic Tertiary basement from beneath the volcano.

  5. Luminescence Spectroscopical Properties of Plagioclase Particles from the Hayabusa Sample Return Mission: An Implication for Study of Space Weathering Processes in the Asteroid Itokawa.

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    Gucsik, Arnold; Nakamura, Tomoki; Jäger, Cornelia; Ninagawa, Kiyotaka; Nishido, Hirotsugu; Kayama, Masahiro; Tsuchiyama, Akira; Ott, Ulrich; Kereszturi, Ákos

    2017-02-01

    We report a systematic spectroscopical investigation of three plagioclase particles (RB-QD04-0022, RA-QD02-0025-01, and RA-QD02-0025-02) returned by the Hayabusa spacecraft from the asteroid Itokawa, by means of scanning electron microscopy, cathodoluminescence microscopy/spectroscopy, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The cathodoluminescence properties are used to evaluate the crystallization effects and the degree of space weathering processes, especially the shock-wave history of Itokawa. They provide new insights regarding spectral changes of asteroidal bodies due to space weathering processes. The cathodoluminescence spectra of the plagioclase particles from Itokawa show a defect-related broad band centered at around 450 nm, with a shoulder peak at 425 nm in the blue region, but there are no Mn- or Fe-related emission peaks. The absence of these crystal field-related activators indicates that the plagioclase was formed during thermal metamorphism at subsolidus temperature and extreme low oxygen fugacity. Luminescence characteristics of the selected samples do not show any signatures of the shock-induced microstructures or amorphization, indicating that these plagioclase samples suffered no (or low-shock pressure regime) shock metamorphism. Cathodoluminescence can play a key role as a powerful tool to determine mineralogy of fine-grained astromaterials.

  6. Plagioclase zonation styles in hornblende gabbro inclusions from Little Glass Mountain, Medicine Lake volcano, California: Implications for fractionation mechanisms and the formation of composition gaps

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    Brophy, J.G.; Dorais, M.J.; Donnelly-Nolan, J.; Singer, B.S.

    1997-01-01

    The rhyolite of Little Glass Mountain (73-74% SiO2) is a single eruptive unit that contains inclusions of quenched andesite liquid (54-61% SiO2) and partially crystalline cumulate hornblende gabbro (53-55% SiO2). Based on previous studies, the quenched andesite inclusions and host rhyolite lava are related to one another through fractional crystallization and represent an example of a fractionation-generated composition gap. The hornblende gabbros represent the cumulate residue associated with the rhyolite-producing and composition gap-forming fractionation event. This study combines textural (Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast, NDIC, imaging), major element (An content) and trace element (Mg, Fe, Sr, K, Ti, Ba) data on the style of zonation of plagioclase crystals from representative andesite and gabbro inclusions, to assess the physical environment in which the fractionation event and composition gap formation took place. The andesite inclusions (54-61% SiO2) are sparsely phyric with phenocrysts of plagioclase, augite and Fe-oxide??olivine, +/-orthopyroxene, +/-hornblende set within a glassy to crystalline matrix. The gabbro cumulates (53-55% SiO2) consist of an interconnected framework of plagioclase, augite, olivine, orthopyroxene, hornblende and Fe-oxide along with highly vesicular interstitial glass (70-74% SiO2). The gabbros record a two-stage crystallization history of plagioclase + olivine + augite (Stage I) followed by plagioclase+orthopyroxene + hornblende + Fe-oxide (Stage II). Texturally, the plagioclase crystals in the andesite inclusions are characterized by complex, fine-scale oscillatory zonation and abundant dissolution surfaces. Compositionally (An content) the crystals are essentially unzoned from core-to-rim. These features indicate growth within a dynamic (convecting?), reservoir of andesite magma. In contrast, the plagioclase crystals in the gabbros are texturally smooth and featureless with strong normal zonation from An74 at the

  7. Dry and Wet Friction of Plagioclase: Pure Cataclastic Flow(CF) vs. CF with Concurrent Pressure Solution

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    He, C.; Tan, W.

    2015-12-01

    To distinguish different deformation mechanisms at hydrothermal conditions, friction experiments of plagioclase under nominally dry conditions were compared with that at hydrothermal conditions documented in a previous study[He et al.,2013]. Preliminary result[Tan and He, 2008] shows that the rate dependence of plagioclase under confining pressure of 150MPa and nominally dry conditions is velocity strengthening at temperatures of 50-600oC, in contrast to the full velocity weakening at hydrothermal conditions. Here a) we conducted data fitting to the rate and state friction law to compare with the hydrothermal case; b) microstructural comparison was performed to understand the difference between the dry and wet conditions in the operative deformation mechanisms. The evolution effect (b value) under dry conditions exhibits much smaller values than that at wet conditions, and in contrast to the increasing trend at wet conditions, b values under dry conditions have a decreasing trend as temperature increases, from ~0.007 at 300oC down to 0 at 600oC. The direct effect (a value) at dry conditions has a peak of ~0.01 at 300oC and decreases to a level of 0.007-0.008 at higher temperatures, in contrast to the increasing trend seen at hydrothermal conditions. In the dry case, microstructure at temperatures of 300-600oC transitions gradually from a fabric characterized by localized Riedel shear zones to pervasive shear deformation, with the grain size reduced to a level of 1-3 micron in a submicron matrix in the latter case, corresponding to a lower porosity. The close association between porosity evolution and that of state variable revealed in previous studies[Morrow and Byerlee, 1989; Marone et al.,1990] suggests that the porosity change contributes largely to the evolution effect in addition to plasticity at intergranular contacts, probably due to gradual switching between different densities of packing. Our dry experiments indicate a cataclastic flow where the evolution

  8. Incommensurate density modulation in a Na-rich plagioclase feldspar: Z-contrast imaging and single-crystal X-ray diffraction study.

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    Xu, Huifang; Jin, Shiyun; Noll, Bruce C

    2016-12-01

    Plagioclase feldspars are the most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Intermediate plagioclase feldspars commonly display incommensurately modulated or aperiodic structures. Z-contrast images show both Ca-Na ordering and density modulation. The local structure of lamellae domains has I1-like symmetry. The neighboring lamellae domains are in an inversion twinning relationship. With a state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction unit, second-order satellite reflections (f-reflections) are observed for the first time in andesine (An45), a Na-rich e-plagioclase. The f-reflections indicate a structure with a density modulation which is close to a Ca-rich e-plagioclase. The similarity between this e-andesine structure and previously solved e-labradorite structure is confirmed. Refinement of the structure shows density modulation of ∼ 7 mol % in compositional variation of the anorthite (An) component. The results from Z-contrast imaging and low-temperature single X-ray diffraction (XRD) provide a structure consistent with density modulation. The discovery of f-reflections in Na-rich e-plagioclase extends the composition range of e1 structure with density modulation to as low as at least An45, which is the lower end of the composition range of Bøggild intergrowth. The new result supports the loop-shaped solvus for Bøggild intergrowth, below which is a homogenous stable area for e1 structure in the phase diagram. The phase transition between e2 structure without density modulation and e1 structure with density modulation should happen at low temperature. There is a change in modulation period accompanying the phase transition, as well as higher occupancy of Al in the T1o site. The andesine with density modulation also indicates extremely slow cooling of its host rock.

  9. Microstructural evidence for the transition from dislocation creep to dislocation-accommodated grain boundary sliding in naturally deformed plagioclase

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    Miranda, Elena A.; Hirth, Greg; John, Barbara E.

    2016-11-01

    We use quantitative microstructural analysis including misorientation analysis based on electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data to investigate deformation mechanisms of naturally deformed plagioclase in an amphibolite gabbro mylonite. The sample is from lower oceanic crust exposed near the Southwest Indian Ridge, and it has a high ratio of recrystallized matrix grains to porphyroclasts. Microstructures preserved in porphyroclasts suggest that early deformation was achieved principally by dislocation creep with subgrain rotation recrystallization; recrystallized grain (average diameter ∼8 μm) microstructures indicate that subsequent grain boundary sliding (GBS) was active in the continued deformation of the recrystallized matrix. The recrystallized matrix shows four-grain junctions, randomized misorientation axes, and a shift towards higher angles for neighbor-pair misorientations, all indicative of GBS. The matrix grains also exhibit a shape preferred orientation, a weak lattice preferred orientation consistent with slip on multiple slip systems, and intragrain microstructures indicative of dislocation movement. The combination of these microstructures suggest deformation by dislocation-accommodated GBS (DisGBS). Strain localization within the recrystallized matrix was promoted by a transition from grain size insensitive dislocation creep to grain size sensitive GBS, and sustained by the maintenance of a small grain size during superplasticity.

  10. A SIMS (secondary ion mass spectrometry) and XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) study of dissolving plagioclase

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    Muir, I.J. ); Bancroft, G.M.; Nesbitt, H.W. ); Shotyk, W. )

    1990-08-01

    In an earlier report, the authors showed that altered layers formed on the surface of dissolving labradorite feldspar grains, and that the thickness of these layers (up to hundreds of angstroms) is strongly dependent on the pH of the reactant solution. In this paper, they show that the thickness of these altered layers also depends strongly on the composition of the plagioclase feldspar. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) have been used to characterize these altered layers. During dissolution, Ca and Al are removed from the solid material to form an altered layer residually enriched in Si with very similar profiles for Ca and Al. In acidic solutions (pH 3.5) for 90 days, the altered layers increase in thickness from a few hundred angstroms to many hundred angstroms in the order: albite < oligoclase < labradorite < bytownite. These results emphasize the central role of hydrolysis of the bridging Si-O-Al bonds in the initial weathering process. Analysis by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) does not provide any evidence for the growth of secondary phases. Extensive dissolution features (etch pits) were observed on many of the reacted surfaces.

  11. Calcic amphibole thermobarometry in metamorphic and igneous rocks: New calibrations based on plagioclase/amphibole Al-Si partitioning and amphibole/liquid Mg partitioning

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    Molina, J. F.; Moreno, J. A.; Castro, A.; Rodríguez, C.; Fershtater, G. B.

    2015-09-01

    Dependencies of plagioclase/amphibole Al-Si partitioning, DAl/Siplg/amp, and amphibole/liquid Mg partitioning, DMgamp/liq, on temperature, pressure and phase compositions are investigated employing robust regression methods based on MM-estimators. A database with 92 amphibole-plagioclase pairs - temperature range: 650-1050 °C; amphibole compositional limits: > 0.02 apfu (23O) Ti and > 0.05 apfu Al - and 148 amphibole-glass pairs - temperature range: 800-1100 °C; amphibole compositional limit: CaM4/(CaM4 + NaM4) > 0.75 - compiled from experiments in the literature was used for the calculations (amphibole normalization scheme: 13-CNK method).

  12. Significance of Elevated Contents of Si4O8 and AlAl3SiO8 End Members in Black Clouded Plagioclase From Anorthosite: Evidence for Oxidation-Induced Postmagmatic Exsolution of Fe-Ti Oxide Inclusions From Plagioclase

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    Murakami, H.; Lalonde, A. E.

    2004-12-01

    Plagioclase phenocrysts from large Proterozoic massif anorthosites that have escaped metamorphic recrystallization commonly have a distinctive black color that is attributed to myriads of minute Fe-Ti oxide inclusions. These inclusions are responsible for the black color of the feldspar. The orientation of these inclusions along specific crystallographic directions in the plagioclase is strong evidence that these formed by exsolution from the plagioclase. Plagioclase from the Proterozoic Lac Saint-Jean anorthosite in Québec is a good example of such clouded feldspar. In this plagioclase we recognize four types of Fe-Ti oxide inclusions: 1) Myriads of fine, submicroscopic and unidentifiable dust-like inclusions, presumably Fe-Ti oxides, and responsible in great part for the black color. 2) Small ˜1 μ m sized crystals of hemo-ilmenite that occur in regions of the plagioclase that are free of type 1 dust, suggesting that these originated by Ostwald ripening from the dusty material. 3) Larger aligned and acicular crystals of hematite, ˜10 μ m in diameter and with good rhombohedral sections. These occur, like type 2 inclusions, in zones free of type 1 dust suggesting again that they result from Ostwald ripening. 4) Millimetric inclusions of ilmenite or magnetite of magmatic origin, often rimmed by amphibole or biotite, signs of late hydration. As part of our study, EPMA analyses of plagioclase from Lac Saint-Jean were done. In addition, a large single crystal, ˜30 cm in diameter was analyzed by bulk XRF. Our results show that plagioclase contains significant amounts of the Si4O8 (up to 6.6 mole %) and AlAl3SiO8 (up to 2.2 mole %) endmembers. A positive relationship is observed between the content of these two endmembers. Furthermore, the ratio of Si4O8 to AlAl3SiO8 is approximately 3:4. We believe that the high content of Si4O8 and AlAl3SiO8 in plagioclase, and the presence of minute Fe-Ti oxide inclusions are both products of a late postmagmatic oxidation via the

  13. Mullite-corundum-spinel-cordierite-plagioclase xenoliths in the Skaergaard Marginal Border Group: multi-stage interaction between metasediments and basaltic magma

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    Markl, Gregor

    2005-04-01

    Metapelitic country rocks were contact- and pyro-metamorphosed by the Tertiary Skaergaard Intrusion, East Greenland. In an initial stage of heating, while they were probably still in place within the host rock contact aureole, they overstepped a range of equilibrium and disequilibrium melting reactions and produced both a granitic melt and very refractory spinel+cordierite+plagioclase±corundum residuals. Parts of these refractory rocks were then subjected to another melting event after being entrained as xenoliths into the Skaergaard Marginal Border Group, where they experienced a temperature of about 1,000°C at a pressure of about 650 bars and at an oxygen fugacity about 0.2-0.5 log units below the FMQ buffer. Here, they underwent bulk melting, but did not mix with the Skaergaard magma, presumably because of the high viscosity contrast. The Al-rich melts crystallized to an assemblage of corundum+mullite+sillimanite+ plagioclase+spinel+rutile±tridymite±cordierite and they reacted with the surrounding basalt producing a strongly cryptically zoned rim of plagioclase (An55 close to the basalt to An90 close to the Al-rich melt). The assemblage in the inner parts of the xenoliths provides textural evidence for disequilibrium growth due to slow diffusivities in the highly viscous, probably water-free Al-rich melt. Later interaction of lower temperature ferrobasaltic to granophyric melts with the xenoliths along their margins and along cracks led to consumption of corundum and mullite and to the stable assemblage of spinel+cordierite+plagioclase+quartz+K-feldspar +magnetite+ilmenite at about 800°C.

  14. The mode of emplacement of Neogene flood basalts in Eastern Iceland: The plagioclase ultraphyric basalts in the Grænavatn group

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    V. Óskarsson, Birgir; B. Andersen, Christina; S. Riishuus, Morten; Sørensen, Erik Vest; Tegner, Christian

    2017-02-01

    Plagioclase ultraphyric basalt lava with high fraction of solids have a mode of emplacement that is poorly understood. In this study we conduct detailed mapping of a PUB group in eastern Iceland, namely the Grænavatn group, and assess the group architecture, flow morphology and internal structure with additional constraints from petrography, petrology and crystal size distribution, to derive information on emplacement dynamics of plagioclase ultraphyric basalts. We also derive information on the plumbing system of the group with reference to the source of the macrocysts. The group is exposed in steep glacially carved fjords and can be traced for more than 70 km along strike. The flows have mixed architecture of simple and compound flows. Individual flow lobes have thicknesses in the range of 1-24 m and many reach widths and lengths exceeding 1000 m. The flows vary from rubbly to slabby pahoehoe, but are predominantly of pahoehoe type. The aspect ratio of the group and the nature of the flows indicate fissure-fed eruptions. The plagioclase macrocrysts (5-30 mm) are An-rich, exhibit bimodal size distribution and the modal proportions within the group varies from 15-40%. Clinopyroxene macrocrysts are also present ranging from 1-6%. The lowermost flow is thickest and carries the greatest crystal cargo load. The morphology of the lava flows suggests low viscous behavior, at odds with the high crystal content. The very calcic plagioclase macrocrysts (An80-85) are in disequilibrium with the groundmass and plagioclase microlaths therein (An50-70), meaning that the crystal-laden magmas quickly ascended from deeper crustal levels to the surface. The flows with highest crystal content may have maintained high temperatures by heat exchange with the primitive macrocrysts in the flows and developed non-Newtonian behavior such as shear thinning. Such conditions would have enabled the flows to advance rapidly during episodes with high effusion rates forming the simple flows, and

  15. Timescales of magma processes occurred prior to recent Campi Flegrei caldera eruptions: first results from diffusion profiles on plagioclase phenocrysts

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    D'Antonio, Massimo; Arienzo, Ilenia; Fedele, Lorenzo; Iovine, Raffaella; Carmine Mazzeo, Fabio; Civetta, Lucia; Orsi, Giovanni; Wörner, Gerhard

    2015-04-01

    Knowledge of the timescales of magma rising and stagnation, as well as mingling/mixing processes occurring in the shallow plumbing system of an active volcano is crucial for volcanic hazard assessment and risk mitigation. Among few recently developed methodologies, high-precision, high spatial resolution analysis of major-, minor- and trace elements on zoned phenocrysts through electron microprobe techniques represents a powerful tool to provide good estimates of timescales of pre-eruptive magma rising, stagnation and/or mingling/mixing processes. To this purpose, volcanic rock samples of trachytic composition representative of the Agnano-Monte Spina eruption (4.7 ka CAL BP) occurred at the Campi Flegrei caldera (southern Italy) have been selected. The investigation has been carried out in the framework of Project V2 - Precursori di Eruzioni, funded by the Italian Dipartimento per la Protezione Civile - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia. The investigated rock samples are pumice fragments from which double-polished, 100 µm thick thin sections have been prepared for analytical purposes. Back-scattered electrons (BSE) images have been acquired at the scanning electron microscope (SEM), in order to identify the plagioclase phenocrysts suitable to be analyzed successively, selected among those that best display their zoning. After a careful observation of the BSE images, major-, minor- and selected trace element contents have been determined through combined energy-dispersive and wavelength-dispersive system electron microprobe analyses (EDS-WDS-EMPA) on transects crossing the growth zones of the selected phenocrysts. This methodology has allowed reconstructing the diffusion profile of some key-elements through the growth zones of the investigated phenocrysts. Successively, the diffusion profiles have been combined with textural features obtained through BSE images in order to obtain diffusion models aimed at estimating the timescales of crystals

  16. Time scales of magma recharge and crystal growth rate determined from Mg and Ti zoning in plagioclase phenocrysts from the Upper Toluca Pumice, Mexico

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    Dohmen, Ralf; Smith, Victoria C.; Arce, Jose Luis; Blundy, Jonathan D.

    2010-05-01

    Major and trace element zoning in plagioclase phenocrysts has the potential to stores information on the temporal evolution of the chemical environment during crystal growth, i.e. the surrounding melt composition as well as the intensive parameters temperature (T) and pressure (P), provided that equilibrium partitioning accompanies growth. However, the problem is complicated by the fact that diffusion of mobile elements changes their initial concentrations due to re-equilibration with the surrounding melt at later stages, making estimation of the pre-diffusive element profiles fraught with uncertainty. Here we present a new approach that combines the information from immobile (e.g., Ca, Ti) and mobile (e.g., Mg) elements in plagioclase to unravel the growth history and time scales of magma recharge events from the 10.5 ka Upper Toluca plinian eruption of Nevado de Toluca volcano, Mexico. Since trace elements are less sensitive to intensive parameters their variations in plagioclase phenocrysts have been used to identify open-system processes in silicic systems [1]. These phenocrysts preserve complex element patterns, such as oscillatory zoning and overgrowths, indicating multiple magma recharging events. Based on available diffusion data major elements and, for example, the trace element Ba, are effectively unchanged since crystallization, but the mobility of Mg [2] is large enough to alter the initial concentration at later growth stages. We made attempts to model the Mg zoning using two endmember cases for the growth history of the plagioclase. In the model the growth rate can either be constant until the final crystal diameter is reached or involve various short growth stages with diffusion relaxation breaks in-between. The corresponding moving boundary problem of the diffusion equation was solved numerically using the method of finite differences and a front-tracking method [3]. A particular challenge of the modelling is to estimate the initial Mg concentration

  17. Linking in-situ Hf isotopes in zircon with in-situ Pb isotopes in plagioclase: a microanalytical approach to characterize Archean anorthosite petrogenesis

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    Souders, K.; Sylvester, P.; Myers, J.

    2011-12-01

    Multiple isotope systems are often used to distinguish petrogenetic processes and determine the age and source of magmatic systems. Advances in laser ablation multi-collector ICPMS instrumentation have allowed Earth scientists to determine accurate and precise isotope ratios of minerals in-situ. Most studies have focused on measuring isotopes that are abundant within a mineral (e.g. Hf in zircon) but the integration of multiple ion counters into the collector configuration of MC-ICPMS instruments has provided the ability to measure isotope ratios of minor elements (e.g. Pb in plagioclase) in-situ. These abilities allow for an alternative approach to igneous petrogenesis. Instead of isotopic analysis of bulk samples, in-situ methods can be utilized to target specific domains preserved in individual minerals. Analysis of co-magmatic minerals in igneous rocks using multiple isotopic systems can be linked to solve a range of petrologic problems. As an example, we present in-situ analyses by LA-MC-ICPMS for Pb isotope compositions of preserved igneous plagioclase megacrysts and Hf isotope compositions of zircon grains from the 2936 Ma Fiskenæsset and 2914 Ma Nunataarsuk anorthosite complexes, southwestern Greenland, two of the best-preserved Archean anorthosites in the world. For both Fiskenæsset and Nunataarsuk, the initial Pb isotope compositions of plagioclase megacrysts and the initial ɛHf compositions of zircon grains extend beyond analytical uncertainty suggesting multiple sources contributed to the parent magma for both anorthosite complexes. Initial ɛHf of zircon grains from both anorthosite complexes fall between depleted mantle and a less radiogenic crustal source with a total range up to 5 ɛHf units. Plagioclase Pb isotope compositions from both anorthosite complexes share a depleted mantle end member yet diverge from this point: Fiskenæsset toward a high-μ, more radiogenic Pb crustal composition and Nunataarsuk toward a low-μ, less radiogenic Pb

  18. Analysis of Silicate Melt Inclusions in Plagioclase Phenocrysts in Prehistoric Tephra ˜1400 Years B.P. From Augustine Volcano, Alaska.

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    Tappen, C. M.; Webster, J. D.; Mandeville, C. W.

    2003-12-01

    Augustine volcano, located in southern Cook Inlet, Alaska, has been historically active, erupting 6 times in the last 200 years. Eruptions first began prior to 40,000 years B.P. (Begét and Kienle, 1992). There are a minimum of 6 prehistoric tephra layers, G (oldest), I, H, C, M and B (youngest), present on Augustine Island (Waitt et al, 1996). In this study, we analyzed glassy silicate melt inclusions in plagioclase phenocrysts from tephra layer H ( ˜1400 years B.P.) for major and minor and some trace elements (Cl, F, S, Ba, and Sr) by electron microprobe. We use the data to determine the chemical variation of melt inclusions in specific locations within zoned plagioclase phenocrysts. Plagioclase phenocrysts (0.5 to 4 mm long) exhibit unzoned, oscillatory or patchy zoned regions. Unzoned phenocryst cores lack melt inclusions. Patchy zonation occurs in cores and is sometimes found in intermediate zones between the core and rim. Planar oscillatory zones are distinguished in BSE images by light (An56-90) and dark (An46-55) bands. In some phenocrysts light and dark layers differ only by 1% An. Most phenocrysts show 2-3 repeated oscillating pairs of light and dark plagioclase compositional layers. Normal and reverse zoning are apparent in phenocrysts. Rims tend to be more calcic than the cores, varying from 1-5% An. Large melt inclusions (60 to 70 μ m long) are located in patchy zoned cores. Small melt inclusions (2 to 10 μ m long) are located at the contact of high calcic and low calcic oscillatory layers. All melt inclusions are trapped along compositional boundaries and occur in the more calcic plagioclase. Petrography suggests that melt inclusions may have been formed by partial dissolution of a less calcic plagioclase layer. The composition of the melt inclusions are rhyolitic (71 to 75% SiO2). The chlorine concentrations range from 3020 to 6100 ppm with the more chlorine enriched concentrations occurring in the outer rims of the phenocryst. Sr and Ba vary from

  19. A mechanistic understanding of plagioclase dissolution based on Al occupancy and T-O bond length: from geologic carbon sequestration to ambient conditions.

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    Yang, Yi; Min, Yujia; Jun, Young-Shin

    2013-11-14

    A quantitative description of how the bulk properties of aluminosilicates affect their dissolution kinetics is important in helping people understand the regulation of atmospheric CO2 concentration by silicate weathering and predict the fate and transport of geologically sequestered CO2 through brine-rock interactions. In this study, we employed a structure model based on the C1 space group to illustrate how differences in crystallographic properties of aluminosilicates, such as T-O (Tetrahedral site-Oxygen) bond length and Al/Si ordering, can result in quantifiable variations in mineral dissolution rates. The dissolution rates of plagioclases were measured under representative geologic carbon sequestration (GCS) conditions (90 °C, 100 atm of CO2, 1.0 M NaCl, and pH ∼ 3.1), and used to validate the model. We found that the logarithm of the characteristic time of the breakdown of Al-O-Si linkages in plagioclases follows a good linear relation with the mineral's aluminum content (nAl). The Si release rates of plagioclases can be calculated based on an assumption of dissolution congruency or on the regularity of Al/Si distribution in the constituent tetrahedra of the mineral. We further extended the application of our approach to scenarios where dissolution incongruency arises because of different linkage reactivities in the solid matrix, and compared the model predictions with published data. The application of our results enables a significant reduction of experimental work for determining the dissolution rates of structurally related aluminosilicates, given a reaction environment.

  20. A Mechanism For Production Of Calc-alkalic And Tholeiitic Magma Series In Zao Volcano, NE Japan (II) - Sr Isotope Micro-analysis Of Plagioclase Phenocrysts

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    Takahashi, T.; Hirahara, Y.; Tatsumi, Y.; Kimura, J.; Ban, M.

    2006-12-01

    It was discussed from the investigation of bulk rock chemical compositions and isotopes ratio that the origin magma or material of calc-alkalic series (CA) and tholeiitic series (TH) from Zao volacano, NE Japan was several necessity (Hirahara et al., 2006). Consequently, we paid attention to Sr isotope ratio of phenocrystic minerals in volcanic rocks, because it can be thought to recorded such magmatic processes, and proposed a mechanism for producing these two magma series based on data obtained by Sr isotopic micro-analyses of plagioclase in volcanic rocks from Zao Volcano. The Sr isotope micro-analyses were performed by two methods. One is the Laser Ablation Multicollector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. The ablate crater size is 0.2mm. Other one is combined method of microdrilling and Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometey. The microdrilling is the sampling technique of drilling a sample mechanically with a small drill and collecting the sample powder milled. The diameter at the tip of the drills used for sampling is 0.1 and 0.27mm. The collected sample powder was dissolved with acid, and Sr was separated using micro-columns Sr selective resin. Sr isotope measurement was carried out on the Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer. Core part of plagioclases in CA has widely An% and Sr isotope ratio (52 ~ 93 and 0.7035 ~ 0.7045), and there are divided into several types by the isotopical and compositional characteristics. Especially, plagioclase of most high An% (90 ~ 93) type in CA shows the lowest Sr isotope ratio (0.7035 ~ 0.7037). On the other hand, plagioclase in TH possesses relatively narrow range of An% and Sr isotope ratio (85 ~ 95 and 0.7042 ~ 0.7045), and there is a tendency that Sr isotope ratio slightly increase with decreasing An%. Results of Sr isotope micro-analyses show that CA formed by magma mixing between isotopically depleted basalt magma and isotopically enriched felsic magma. On the other hand, it shows that the primary basalt magma

  1. Mantle and crustal sources of Archean anorthosite: a combined in situ isotopic study of Pb-Pb in plagioclase and Lu-Hf in zircon

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    Souders, A. Kate; Sylvester, Paul J.; Myers, John S.

    2013-01-01

    Isotopic analyses of ancient mantle-derived magmatic rocks are used to trace the geochemical evolution of the Earth's mantle, but it is often difficult to determine their primary, initial isotope ratios due to the detrimental effects of metamorphism and secondary alteration. We present in situ analyses by LA-MC-ICPMS for the Pb isotopic compositions of igneous plagioclase (An75-89) megacrysts and the Hf isotopic compositions of BSE-imaged domains of zircon grains from two mantle-derived anorthosite complexes from south West Greenland, Fiskenæsset and Nunataarsuk, which represent two of the best-preserved Archean anorthosites in the world. In situ LA-ICPMS U-Pb geochronology of the zircon grains suggests that the minimum crystallization age of the Fiskenæsset complex is 2,936 ± 13 Ma (2σ, MSWD = 1.5) and the Nunataarsuk complex is 2,914 ± 6.9 Ma (2σ, MSWD = 2.0). Initial Hf isotopic compositions of zircon grains from both anorthosite complexes fall between depleted mantle and a less radiogenic crustal source with a total range up to 5 ɛHf units. In terms of Pb isotopic compositions of plagioclase, both anorthosite complexes share a depleted mantle end member yet their Pb isotopic compositions diverge in opposite directions from this point: Fiskenæsset toward a high-μ, more radiogenic Pb, crustal composition and Nunataarsuk toward low-μ, less radiogenic Pb, crustal composition. By using Hf isotopes in zircon in conjunction with Pb isotopes in plagioclase, we are able to constrain both the timing of mantle extraction of the crustal end member and its composition. At Fiskenæsset, the depleted mantle melt interacted with an Eoarchean (~3,700 Ma) mafic crust with a maximum 176Lu/177Hf ~0.028. At Nunataarsuk, the depleted mantle melt interacted with a Hadean (~4,200 Ma) mafic crust with a maximum 176Lu/177Hf ~0.0315. Evidence from both anorthosite complexes provides support for the long-term survival of ancient mafic crusts that, although unidentified at the

  2. 238U-230Th-226Ra disequilibria in dacite and plagioclase from the 2004-2005 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Chapter 36 in A volcano rekindled: the renewed eruption of Mount St. Helens, 2004-2006

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    Cooper, Kari M.; Donnelly, Carrie T.; Sherrod, David R.; Scott, William E.; Stauffer, Peter H.

    2008-01-01

    230Th)/(232Th) measured for the 1980s reference suite. However, (230Th)/(232Th) for plagioclase separates for dome samples erupted during October and November 2004 are significantly different from corresponding whole-rock values, which suggests that a large fraction (>30 percent) of crystals in each sample are foreign to the host liquid. Furthermore, plagioclase in the two 2004 samples have U-series characteristics distinct from each other and from plagioclase in dacite erupted in 1982, indicating that (1) the current eruption must include a component of crystals (and potentially associated magma) that were not sampled by the 1980-86 eruption, and (2) dacite magmas erupted only a month apart in 2004 contain different populations of crystals, indicating that this foreign component is highly heterogeneous within the 2004-5 magma reservoir.

  3. Mineralogy of Inverted Pigeonite and Plagioclase in Cumulate Eucrites Y-980433 and Y-980318 with Reference to Early Crust Formation of the Vesta-Like Body

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    Takeda, H.; Ohtake, M.; Hiroi, T.; Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C.-Y.; Yamaguchi, A.; Nagaoka, H.

    2011-01-01

    On July 16, the Dawn spacecraft became the first probe to enter orbit around asteroid 4 Vesta and will study the asteroid for a year before departing for Ceres. The Vesta-HED link is directly tied to the observed and inferred mineralogy of the asteroid and the mineralogy of the meteorites [1]. Pieters et al. [2] reported reflectance spectra of the Yamato- (Y-)980318 cumulate eucrite as a part of their study on the Asteroid-Meteorite Links in connection with the Dawn Mission. Pyroxenes and calcic plagioclase are the dominant minerals present in HED meteorites and provide multiple clues about how the parent body evolved [1]. The differentiation trends of HED meteorites are much simpler than those of the lunar crust

  4. Melt inclusions hosted in olivine and plagioclase phenocrysts from the Antarctic-Phoenix Ridge basalts: Implications for origins of N- and E-type MORB parent magmas

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    Choi, S.; Schiano, P.; Chen, Y.; Devidal, J.

    2011-12-01

    The Antarctic-Phoenix Ridge (APR) is a fossil spreading center in the Drake Passage, Antarctic Ocean. Extinction of spreading occurred at the time of chron C2A (ca. 3.3 Ma). Enriched (E-type) mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) coexist with normal (N-type) MORB in the axial region of the APR, which is far from any known hotspots. The E-type basalts are relatively young (<3.1 Ma) compared to the N-type ones (>3.5 Ma). The E-type basalts are characterized by elevated K2O/TiO2 and (La/Sm)N ratios (K2O/TiO2 = 0.4 - 0.7; (La/Sm)N = 2.2 - 3.4) compared with the N-type basalts (K2O/TiO2 = 0.1 - 0.2; (La/Sm)N = 0.7 - 0.8). The E-type basalts are considered to have been generated by low-degree of partial melting of an enriched mantle source. In order to understand the spaciotemporal primitive melt diversity, we used silicate melt inclusions hosted in primitive olivine (Fo87-89) and plagioclase (An85-89) phenocrysts from the N-type APR basalts. Rehomogenized melt inclusions have been analyzed by electron and LA-ICPMS for major and trace elements. The homogenization temperature varies from 1205 to 1237oC for olivine hosts, and 1206 to 1247oC for plagioclase hosts. Melt inclusions have more primitive compositions than the host lavas. Melt inclusions hosted in olivine display Mg#s ranging from 67.7 to 71.9, and those in plagioclase from 67.5 to 74.1. All melt inclusions from the N-type APR basalts exhibit light rare earth element depleted patterns. They have K2O/TiO2 and (La/Sm)N ratios ranging from 0.1 to 0.3, and 0.4 to 0.9, respectively, which are overlapping with the values for N-type APR basalts. Furthermore, the melt inclusions have elevated (Lu/Hf)N and (Sm/Nd)N ratios compared with the E-type APR basalts. It should be pointed out that the N-type APR basalts do not contain any of enriched melt inclusions. These observations indicate that the N- and E-type APR basalts were produced at different depths. The chemistry of melt inclusions with N-type basalts is consistent with a

  5. A coupled model between mechanical deformation and chemical diffusion: An explanation for the preservation of chemical zonation in plagioclase at high temperatures

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    Zhong, Xin; Vrijmoed, Johannes; Moulas, Evangelos; Tajcmanová, Lucie

    2016-04-01

    Compositional zoning in metamorphic minerals have been generally recognized as an important geological feature to decipher the metamorphic history of rocks. The observed chemical zoning of, e.g. garnet, is commonly interpreted as disequilibrium between the fractionated inner core and the surrounding matrix. However, chemically zoned minerals were also observed in high grade rocks (T>800 degree C) where the duration of metamorphic processes was independently dated to take several Ma. This implies that temperature may not be the only factor that controls diffusion timescales, and grain scale pressure variation was proposed to be a complementary factor that may significantly contribute to the formation and preservation of chemical zoning in high temperature metamorphic minerals [Tajcmanová 2013, 2015]. Here, a coupled model is developed to simulate viscous deformation and chemical diffusion. The numerical approach considers the conservation of mass, momentum, and a constitutive relation developed from equilibrium thermodynamics. A compressible viscoelastic rheology is applied, which associates the volumetric change triggered by deformation and diffusion to a change of pressure. The numerical model is applied to the chemically zoned plagioclase rim described by [Tajcmanová 2014]. The diffusion process operating during the plagioclase rim formation can lead to a development of a pressure gradient. Such a pressure gradient, if maintained during ongoing viscous relaxation, can lead to the preservation of the observed chemical zonation in minerals. An important dimensionless number, the Deborah number, is defined as the ratio between the Maxwell viscoelastic relaxation time and the characteristic diffusion time. It characterizes the relative influence between the maintenance of grain scale pressure variation and chemical diffusion. Two extreme regimes are shown: the mechanically-controlled regime (high Deborah number) and diffusion-controlled regime (low Deborah number

  6. Alternating augite-plagioclase wedges in basement dolerites of Lockne impact structure, Sweden: A new shock wave-induced deformation feature

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    Agarwal, A.; Reznik, B.; Alva-Valdivia, L. M.; Srivastava, D. C.

    2017-03-01

    This paper reports peculiar alternating augite-plagioclase wedges in basement dolerites of Lockne impact structure, Sweden. The combined microscopic and spectroscopic studies of the micro/nanoscale wedges reveal that these are deformation-induced features. First, samples showing wedges, 12 out of 18 studied, are distributed in the impact structure within a radius of up to 10 km from the crater center. Second, the margins between the augite and labradorite wedges are sharp and the {110} prismatic cleavage of augite develops into fractures and thereafter into wedges. The fractures are filled with molten labradorite pushed from the neighboring bulk labradorite grain. Third, compared to the bulk labradorite, the dislocation density and the residual strain in the labradorite wedges are significantly higher. A possible mechanism of genesis of the wedges is proposed. The mechanism explains that passing of the shock waves in the basement dolerite induced (i) formation of microfractures in augite and labradorite; (ii) development of the augite prismatic cleavages into the wedges, which overprint the microfracture in the labradorite wedges; and (iii) thereafter, infilling of microfractures in the augite wedges by labradorite.

  7. The Late Cretaceous igneous rocks of Romania (Apuseni Mountains and Banat): the possible role of amphibole versus plagioclase deep fractionation in two different crustal terranes

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    Vander Auwera, Jacqueline; Berza, Tudor; Gesels, Julie; Dupont, Alain

    2016-04-01

    We provide new whole-rock major and trace elements as well as 87Sr/86Sr and 143Nd/144Nd isotopic data of a suite of samples collected in the Late Cretaceous volcanic and plutonic bodies of the Apuseni Mts. (Romania) that belong to the Banatitic Magmatic and Metallogenic Belt, also called the Apuseni-Banat-Timok-Srednogorie belt. The samples define a medium- to high-K calc-alkaline differentiation trend that can be predicted by a three-step fractional crystallization process which probably took place in upper crustal magma chambers. Published experimental data indicate that the parent magma (Mg# = 0.47) of the Apuseni Mts. trend could have been produced by the lower crustal differentiation of a primary (in equilibrium with a mantle source) magma. The Late Cretaceous magmatic rocks of the Apuseni Mts. and Banat display overlapping major and trace element trends except that Sr is slightly lower and Ga is higher in the Apuseni Mts. parent magma. This difference can be accounted for by fractionating plagioclase-bearing (Apuseni Mts.) or amphibole-bearing (Banat) cumulates during the lower crustal differentiation of the primary magma to the composition of the parent magma of both trends. This, together with results obtained on the Late Cretaceous igneous rocks from the Timok area in Eastern Serbia, further suggests variation of the water content of the primary magma along and across the belt. The Apuseni Mts. versus the Banat samples display different isotopic compositions that likely resulted from the assimilation of two distinct crustal contaminants, in agreement with their emplacement in two separate mega-units of Alpine Europe.

  8. Timing of degassing and plagioclase growth in lavas erupted from Mount St. Helens, 2004-2005, from 210Po-210Pb-226Ra disequilibria: Chapter 37 in A volcano rekindled: the renewed eruption of Mount St. Helens, 2004-2006

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    Reagan, Mark K.; Cooper, Kari M.; Pallister, John S.; Thornber, Carl R.; Wortel, Matthew; Sherrod, David R.; Scott, William E.; Stauffer, Peter H.

    2008-01-01

    Disequilibrium between 210Po, 210Pb, and 226Ra was measured on rocks and plagioclase mineral separates erupted during the first year of the ongoing eruption of Mount St. Helens. The purpose of this study was to monitor the volatile fluxing and crystal growth that occurred in the weeks, years, and decades leading up to eruption. Whole-rock samples were leached in dilute HCl to remove 210Po precipitated in open spaces. Before leaching, samples had variable initial (210Po) values, whereas after leaching, the groundmasses of nearly all juvenile samples were found to have had (210Po) ≈ 0 when they erupted. Thus, most samples degassed 210Po both before and after the magmas switched from open- to closed-system degassing. All juvenile samples have (210Pb)/(226Ra) ratios within 2 δ of equilibrium, suggesting that the magmas involved in the ongoing eruption did not have strong, persistent fluxes of 222Rn in or out of magmas during the decades and years leading to eruption. These equilibrium values also require a period of at least a century after magma generation and the last significant differentiation of the Mount St. Helens dacites. Despite this, the elevated (210Pb)/(226Ra) value measured in a plagioclase mineral separate from lava erupted in 2004 suggests that a significant proportion of this plagioclase grew within a few decades of eruption. The combined dataset suggests that for most 2004-5 lavas, the last stage of open-system degassing of the dacite magmas at Mount St. Helens is confined to the period between 1-2 years and 1-2 weeks before eruption, whereas plagioclase large enough to be included in the mineral separate grew around the time of the 1980s eruption or earlier.

  9. Formation conditions of leucogranite dykes and aplite-pegmatite dykes in the eastern Mt. Capanne plutonic complex (Elba, Italy): fluid inclusion studies in quartz, tourmaline, andalusite and plagioclase

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    Bakker, Ronald J.; Schilli, Sebastian E.

    2016-02-01

    Leucogranite and aplite-pegmatite dykes are associated with the Mt. Capanne pluton (Elba) and partly occur in the thermally metamorphosed host rock (serpentinites). Crystallization conditions of these dykes in the late magmatic-hydrothermal stage are estimated from fluid inclusion studies and mineralogical characterisation, obtained from detailed microthermometry, Raman spectroscopy, and electron microprobe analyses. Fluid inclusion assemblages are analysed in andalusite, quartz, and plagioclase from the leucogranite dykes, and in tourmaline and quartz from the aplite-pegmatite dykes. The fluid inclusion assemblages record multiple pulses of low salinity H2O-rich magmatic and reduced metamorphic fluid stages. Magmatic fluids are characterized by the presence of minor amounts of CO2 and H3BO3, whereas the metamorphic fluids contain CH4 and H2. The highly reduced conditions are also inferred from the presence of native arsenic in some fluid inclusions. Several fluid inclusion assemblages reveal fluid compositions that must have resulted from mixing of both fluid sources. In leucogranite dykes, magmatic andalusite contains a low-density magmatic CO2-rich gas mixture with minor amounts of CH4 and H2. Accidentally trapped crystals (mica) and step-daughters (quartz and diaspore) are detected in some inclusions in andalusite. The first generation of inclusions in quartz that crystallized after andalusite contains a highly reduced H2O-H2 mixture and micas. The second type of inclusions in quartz from the leucogranite is similar to the primary inclusion assemblage in tourmaline from the aplite-pegmatite, and contains up to 4.2 mass% H3BO3, present as a sassolite daughter crystal or dissolved ions, in addition to a CO2-CH4 gas mixture, with traces of H2, N2, H2S, and C2H6. H2O is the main component of all these fluids ( x = 0.91 to 0.96) with maximally 7 mass% NaCl. Some accidentally trapped arsenolite and native arsenic are also detected. These fluids were trapped in the

  10. Immiscible Fe- and Si-rich silicate melts in plagioclase from the Baima mafic intrusion (SW China): Implications for the origin of bi-modal igneous suites in large igneous provinces

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    Liu, Ping-Ping; Zhou, Mei-Fu; Ren, Zhongyuan; Wang, Christina Yan; Wang, Kun

    2016-09-01

    The Emeishan large igneous province (ELIP) in SW China is characterized by voluminous high-Ti and low-Ti basalts and spatially associated Fe-Ti oxide-bearing mafic-ultramafic and syenitic/granitic intrusions. The Baima layered mafic intrusion in the central part of the ELIP is surrounded by syenitic and granitic rocks and contains a Lower Zone of interlayered Fe-Ti oxide ores, troctolites and clinopyroxenites and an Upper Zone of isotropic olivine gabbros and gabbros (UZa) and apatite gabbros and Fe-Ti-P oxide ores (UZb). Polycrystalline mineral inclusions, for the first time, were observed in primocryst plagioclase from the basal part of the UZa through to the top of the UZb and consist mostly of clinopyroxene, plagioclase, magnetite, ilmenite and apatite with minor orthopyroxene, sulfide and hornblende. These minerals are commonly anhedral and form irregular shapes. Daughter plagioclase usually crystallizes on the walls of host primocryst plagioclase and has An contents typically 3-6 An% lower than the host plagioclase. Daughter clinopyroxene has similar Mg# but lower TiO2 and Al2O3 contents than primocryst clinopyroxene. These polycrystalline mineral inclusions are considered to crystallize from melts contemporaneous with host plagioclase. The compositional differences between daughter and primocryst minerals can be attributed to equilibrium crystallization in a closed system of the trapped melt inclusions in contrast to fractional crystallization and possible magma replenishment in an open system typical for primo-cumulates of large layered intrusions. Heated and homogenized melt inclusions have variable SiO2 (33-52 wt%), CaO (7-20 wt%), TiO2 (0.1-12 wt%), FeOt (5-20 wt%), P2O5 (0.2-10 wt%) and K2O (0-2.2 wt%). The large ranges of melt compositions are interpreted to result from heterogeneous trapping of different proportions of immiscible Si-rich and Fe-Ti-rich silicate liquids, together with entrapment of various microphenocrysts. The separation of micrometer

  11. Melt inclusions in olivine and plagioclase phenocrysts from Antarctic-Phoenix Ridge basalts: Implications for origins of N- and E-type MORB parent magmas

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    Choi, Sung Hi; Schiano, Pierre; Chen, Yang; Devidal, Jean-Luc; Choo, Mi Kyung; Lee, Jong-Ik

    2013-03-01

    The Antarctic-Phoenix Ridge (APR) is a fossil spreading center in the Drake Passage, Antarctic Ocean. Spreading ceased in chron C2A (ca. 3.3 Ma). Although the APR is a normal ridge that is not influenced by a hotspot, enriched (E-type) mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) coexists with normal (N-type) MORB in the ridge's axial region. The E-type APR basalt is relatively young (< 3.1 Ma) compared to the N-type basalt (> 3.5 Ma). The E-type basalt is characterized by elevated K2O/TiO2 (= 0.4-0.8) and (La/Sm)N (= 2.2-3.4) ratios, relative to the N-type basalt (K2O/TiO2 = 0.1-0.3; (La/Sm)N = 0.7-0.8). To better understand the compositional variation in the APR basalts and their mantle source regions through time, silicate melt inclusions in primitive olivine (Fo87-89) and plagioclase (An85-89) phenocrysts from the N-type APR basalt were studied. Rehomogenized melt inclusions were analyzed by electron microprobe and LA-ICPMS for major and trace elements. The melt inclusions are more primitive than the host basalt, with Mg#s from 67.5 to 74.1. All inclusions exhibit patterns that are depleted in the light rare earth elements. The inclusions have K2O/TiO2 from 0.1 to 0.3 and (La/Sm)N ratios from 0.4 to 0.9; these values overlap with those of the N-type APR basalt. Furthermore, the melt inclusions have elevated (Lu/Hf)N and (Sm/Nd)N ratios compared to the E-type basalts. The N-type APR basalts do not contain any melt inclusions that are enriched in incompatible elements. The E-type basalt was generated by a low degree of partial melting of a relatively incompatible-element-enriched mantle source. In contrast, chemistries of melt inclusions and N-type basalts are compatible with high degrees of partial melting of an increasingly depleted mantle source. Assuming a veined or otherwise heterogeneous mantle, the absence of E-type inclusions from the N-type host has implications for cyclic magmatic activity beneath the APR. Multi-stage mantle melting and melt extraction from a

  12. Abundance and Charge State of Implanted Solar Wind Transition Metals in Individual Apollo 16 and 17 Lunar Soil Plagioclase Grains Determined In Situ Using Synchrotron X-ray Fluorescence

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    Kitts, K.; Sutton, S.; Newville, M.

    2007-03-06

    We report (1) a new method for determining the relative abundances in situ of Cr, Mn, Fe and Ni in implanted solar wind in individual Apollo 16 and 17 lunar plagioclases via synchrotron X-ray fluorescence and (2) the charge states of these metals. By virture of its mass alone, the Sun provides a representative composition of the solar system and can be used as a background against which to gauge excesses or deficiencies of specific components. One way of sampling the Sun is by measuring solar wind implanted ions in lunar soil grains. Such measurements are valuable because of their long exposure ages which compliment shorter time scale collections, such as those obtained by the Genesis spacecraft. Kitts et al. sought to determine the isotopic composition of solar Cr by analyzing the solar wind implanted into plagioclase grains from Apollo 16 lunar soils. The isotopic composition of the solar wind bearing fraction was anomalous and did not match any other known Cr isotopic signature. This could only be explained by either (1) an enrichment in the solar wind of heavy Cr due to spallation in the solar atmosphere or (2) that the Earth and the various parent bodies of the meteorites are distinct from the Sun and must have formed from slightly different mixes of presolar materials. To help resolve this issue, we have developed a wholly independent method for determining the relative abundances of transition metals in the solar wind implanted in individual lunar soil grains. This method is based on in situ abundance measurements by microbeam x-ray fluorescence in both the implantation zone and bulk grains using the synchrotron x-ray microprobe at the Advanced Photon Source (GSECARS sector 13) at Argonne National Laboratory. Here, we report results for Apollo 16 and 17 plagioclase grains. Additionally, a micro-XANES technique was used to determine charge states of the implanted Cr, Mn, Fe and Ni.

  13. Plagioclase populations and zoning in dacite of the 2004-2005 Mount St. Helens eruption: constraints for magma origin and dynamics: Chapter 34 in A volcano rekindled: the renewed eruption of Mount St. Helens, 2004-2006

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    Streck, Martin J.; Broderick, Cindy A.; Thronber, Carl R.; Clynne, Michael A.; Pallister, John S.; Sherrod, David R.; Scott, William E.; Stauffer, Peter H.

    2008-01-01

    We propose that crystals with no dissolution surfaces are those that were supplied last to the shallow reservoir, whereas plagioclase with increasingly more complex zoning patterns (that is, the number of zoned bands bounded by dissolution surfaces) result from prolonged residency and evolution in the reservoir. We propose that banding and An zoning across multiple bands are primarily a response to thermally induced fluctuations in crystallinity of the magma in combination with recharge; a lesser role is ascribed to cycling crystals through pressure gradients. Crystals without dissolution surfaces, in contrast, could have grown only in response to steady(?) decompression. Some heating-cooling cycles probably postdate the final eruption in 1986. They resulted from small recharge events that supplied new crystals that then experienced resorption-growth cycles. We suggest that magmatic events shortly prior to the current eruption, recorded in the outermost zones of plagioclase phenocrysts, began with the incorporation of acicular orthopyroxene, followed by last resorption, and concluded with crystallization of euhedral rims. Finally, we propose that 2004-5 dacite is composed mostly of dacite magma that remained after 1986 and underwent subsequent magmatic evolution but, more importantly, contains a component of new dacite from deeper in the magmatic system, which may have triggered the new eruption.

  14. Multiple plagioclase crystal populations identified by crystal size distribution and in situ chemical data: Implications for timescales of magma chamber processes associated with the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak, CA

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    Salisbury, M.J.; Bohrson, W.A.; Clynne, M.A.; Ramos, F.C.; Hoskin, P.

    2008-01-01

    Products of the 1915 Lassen Peak eruption reveal evidence for a magma recharge-magma mixing event that may have catalyzed the eruption and from which four compositional members were identified: light dacite, black dacite, andesitic inclusion, and dark andesite. Crystal size distribution, textural, and in situ chemical (major and trace element and Sr isotope) data for plagioclase from these compositional products define three crystal populations that have distinct origins: phenocrysts (long axis > 0??5 mm) that typically have core An contents between 34 and 36 mol %, microphenocrysts (long axis between 0??1 and 0??5 mm) that have core An contents of 66-69, and microlites (long axis < 0??1 mm) with variable An core contents from 64 to 52. Phenocrysts are interpreted to form in an isolated dacitic magma chamber that experienced slow cooling. Based on textural, compositional, and isotopic data for the magma represented by the dacitic component, magma recharge was not an important process until just prior to the 1915 eruption. Average residence times for phenocrysts are in the range of centuries to millennia. Microphenocrysts formed in a hybrid layer that resulted from mixing between end-member reservoir dacite and recharge magma of basaltic andesite composition. High thermal contrast between the two end-member magmas led to relatively high degrees of undercooling, which resulted in faster crystal growth rates and acicular and swallowtail crystal habits. Some plagioclase phenocrysts from the dacitic chamber were incorporated into the hybrid layer and underwent dissolution-precipitation, seen in both crystal textures and rim compositions. Average microphenocryst residence times are of the order of months. Microlites may have formed in response to decompression and/ or syn-eruptive degassing as magma ascended from the chamber through the volcanic conduit. Chemical distinctions in plagioclase microlite An contents reveal that melt of the dark andesite was more mafic than

  15. Mineralogy, Petrology, Chemistry, and Ar-39 - Ar-40 and Ages of the Caddo County IAB Iron: Evidence for Early Partial Melt Segregation of a Gabbro Area Rich in Plagioclase-Diopside

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    Takeda, Hiroshi; Bogard, Donald D.; Mittlefehldt, David W.; Garrison, Daniel H.

    2000-01-01

    We found coarse-grained gabbroic material rich in plagioclase and diopside in the Caddo County IAB iron meteorite. The polished thin sections studied were made from areas rich in Al and Ca detected by a micro-focus X-ray fluorescence (XRF) mapping technique. The gabbro is not a clast within a breccia, but rather this area is located mainly at silicate-metal boundaries only a few cm away from an area with fine-grained, ultramafic silicate similar to winonaites. Medium-grained orthopyroxene and olivine are found in transitional areas showing no disturbance of their crystalline textures. A vein-like region, starting at the area rich in fine-grained mafic silicate, extends towards the gabbroic area with a gradual increase in abundance of plagioclase and diopside. This texture and our accumulated knowledge of the formation mechanism of IAB/winonaltes meteorites, suggest that the gabbroic materials were formed by inhomogeneous segregation of partial melts of chondritic source materials. Compositional data on two mineralogically distinct samples of the gabbro-rich portion of the inclusion were obtained by INAA. Compared to an average of LAB silicate inclusions or winonaites, the Caddo County gabbro is enriched in the incompatible lithophile elements Na, Ca, Sc, REE and Hf, which is consistent with a melt origin for the gabbro. The cosmogenic space exposure age of Caddo County (511 Ma) is significantly younger than exposure ages of some other IAB meteorites, An 39Ar-40Ar age determination of the gabbroic material indicates a series of upward steps in age from 4.516 Ga to 4.523 Ga, with a few high temperature ages up to 4.54 Ga. The older age could approximate the primary recrystallization age of silicates. The stepped Ar age spectrum may indicate differences in Ar closure temperatures during slow cooling of -2-20'C/Myr in the parent body. Alternatively, the younger Ar-Ar ages may date a shock event which occurred while Caddo County was hot and which also created textures

  16. Microbial extracellular polysaccharides and plagioclase dissolution

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    Welch, S.A.; Barker, W.W.; Banfield, J.F.

    1999-05-01

    Bytownite feldspar was dissolved in batch reactors in solutions of starch (glucose polymer), gum xanthan (glucose, mannose, glucuronic acid), pectin (poly-galacturonic acid), and four alginates (mannuronic and guluronic acid) with a range of molecular weights (low, medium, high and uncharacterized) to evaluate the effect of extracellular microbial polymers on mineral dissolution rates. Solutions were analyzed for dissolved Si and Al as an indicator of feldspar dissolution. At neutral pH, feldspar dissolution was inhibited by five of the acid polysaccharides, gum xanthan, pectin, alginate low, alginate medium, alginate high, compared to an organic-free control. An uncharacterized alginate substantially enhanced both Si and Al release from the feldspar. Starch, a neutral polysaccharide, had no apparent effect. Under mildly acidic conditions, initial pH {approx} 4, all of the polymers enhanced feldspar dissolution compared to the inorganic controls. Si release from feldspar in starch solution exceeded the control by a factor of three. Pectin and gum xanthan increased feldspar dissolution by a factor of 10, and the alginates enhanced feldspar dissolution by a factor of 50 to 100. Si and Al concentrations increased with time, even though solutions were supersaturated with respect to several possible secondary phases. Under acidic conditions, initial pH {approx} 3, below the pK{sub a} of the carboxylic acid groups, dissolution rates increased, but the relative increase due to the polysaccharides is lower, approximately a factor of two to ten. Microbial extracellular polymers play a complex role in mineral weathering. Polymers appear to inhibit dissolution under some conditions, possibly by irreversibly binding to the mineral surfaces. The extracellular polysaccharides can also enhance dissolution by providing protons and complexing with ions in solution.

  17. Chapter G: Tentative Correlation Between CIPW Normin pl (Total Plagioclase) and Los Angeles Wear in Precambrian Midcontinental Granites-Examples from Missouri and Oklahoma, with Applications and Limitations for Use

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    Davis, George H.

    2004-01-01

    The normative chemical classification of Cross, Iddings, Pirsson, and Washington (CIPW) is commonly used in igneous petrology to distinguish igneous rocks by comparing their magmatic chemistries for similar and dissimilar components. A potential use for this classification other than in petrologic studies is in the rapid assessment of aggregate sources, possibly leading to an economic advantage for an aggregate producer or user, by providing the opportunity to determine whether further physical testing of an aggregate is warranted before its use in asphalt or concrete pavement. However, the CIPW classification currently should not be substituted for the physical testing required in specifications by State departments of transportation. Demands for physical testing of aggregates have increased nationally as users seek to maximize the quality of the aggregate they purchase for their pavements. Concrete pavements are being laid with increased thicknesses to withstand increasing highway loads. New pavement mixes, most notably Superior Performance Asphalt Pavement ('Superpave'), are designed for additional service life. For both concrete and asphalt, the intent is to generate a durable pavement with a longer service life that should decrease overall life-cycle costs. Numerous aggregate producers possess chemical-composition data available for examination to answer questions from the potential user. State geological surveys also possess chemical-composition data for stone sources. Paired with the results of physical testing, chemical- composition data provide indicative information about stone durability and aggregate strength. The Missouri Department of Transportation has noted a possible relation among coarse-grained Precambrian granites of the midcontinental region, correlating the results of abrasion testing with the contents of normative minerals, also known as normins, calculated from chemical composition data. Thus, normin pl ( total plagioclase) can predict, by

  18. Shocked plagioclase signatures in Thermal Emission Spectrometer data of Mars

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    Johnson, J. R.; Staid, M.I.; Titus, T.N.; Becker, K.

    2006-01-01

    The extensive impact cratering record on Mars combined with evidence from SNC meteorites suggests that a significant fraction of the surface is composed of materials subjected to variable shock pressures. Pressure-induced structural changes in minerals during high-pressure shock events alter their thermal infrared spectral emission features, particularly for feldspars, in a predictable fashion. To understand the degree to which the distribution and magnitude of shock effects influence martian surface mineralogy, we used standard spectral mineral libraries supplemented by laboratory spectra of experimentally shocked bytownite feldspar [Johnson, J.R., Ho??rz, F., Christensen, P., Lucey, P.G., 2002b. J. Geophys. Res. 107 (E10), doi:10.1029/2001JE001517] to deconvolve Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) data from six relatively large (>50 km) impact craters on Mars. We used both TES orbital data and TES mosaics (emission phase function sequences) to study local and regional areas near the craters, and compared the differences between models using single TES detector data and 3 ?? 2 detector-averaged data. Inclusion of shocked feldspar spectra in the deconvolution models consistently improved the rms errors compared to models in which the spectra were not used, and resulted in modeled shocked feldspar abundances of >15% in some regions. However, the magnitudes of model rms error improvements were within the noise equivalent rms errors for the TES instrument [Hamilton V., personal communication]. This suggests that while shocked feldspars may be a component of the regions studied, their presence cannot be conclusively demonstrated in the TES data analyzed here. If the distributions of shocked feldspars suggested by the models are real, the lack of spatial correlation to crater materials may reflect extensive aeolian mixing of martian regolith materials composed of variably shocked impact ejecta from both local and distant sources. ?? 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Shocked Plagioclase Signatures in Thermal Emission Spectrometer Data of Mars

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    Johnson, J. R.; Staid, M. I.; Titus, T. N.

    2002-01-01

    Deconvolution of TES (Thermal Emission Spectrometer) data using a spectral library that includes spectra of experimentally shocked anorthosite (bytownite) suggests that shocked materials can be identified on Mars at low to intermediate abundances (10 - 20%) over a range of pressures. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  20. Oxalate adsorption at a plagioclase (An47) surface and models for ligand-promoted dissolution

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    Stillings, L.L.; Drever, J.I.; Poulson, S.R.

    1998-01-01

    Previous work on adsorption of oxalate at aluminosilicate surfaces suggests that maximum adsorption occurs through a bidentate attachment of the organic ligand, at near-neutral pH. Rates of ligand-promoted dissolution are expected to be greatest at this pH as well. We tested this model by measuring oxalate adsorption on the surface of andesine (An47), in solutions of pH 3- 5 and total oxalate concentrations of 0-8 mM. Contrary to expectation, the greatest adsorption density of 24 ??mol m-2 total oxalate was observed at pH 3 and 8 mM total oxalate. Adsorption is dependent upon the activities of both oxalate (C2O42-) and bioxalate (HC2O4-) in solution and can be modeled with either a two-term Langmuir or a two-term Freundlich isotherm. A Freundlich adsorption model provided the best fit to rate data because it was not constrained to a finite number of adsorption sites, as was the Langmuir model. The two-term ligand adsorption model was incorporated into a rate model: R(tot) = k(H-)[H(ads)/+](L) + k(HOx-)[HOx(ads)/-] + k(Ox2- )[Ox2(ads)/-] where R(tot) is the net dissolution rate of the feldspar, [i(ads)] is the concentration of species i adsorbed to the surface, and k(i) is the rate constant for release of the surface complex. The model was fit to data for oxalate-promoted dissolution of andesine, resulting in estimates for the rate constants of k(HOx-) = 1.16 x 10-12, k(Ox2-) = 1.05 x 10-12, and k(H-) = 9.61 x 10-13 mol of feldspar (??mol of i) (??mol of i)-1 s-1.Previous work on adsorption of oxalate at aluminosilicate surfaces suggests that maximum adsorption occurs through a bidentate attachment of the organic ligand, at near-neutral pH. Rates of ligand-promoted dissolution are expected to be greatest at this pH as well. We tested this model by measuring oxalate adsorption on the surface of andesine (An47), in solutions of pH 3-5 and total oxalate concentrations of 0-8 mM. Contrary to expectation, the greatest adsorption density of 24 ??mol m-2 total oxalate was observed at pH 3 and 8 mM total oxalate. Adsorption is dependent upon the activities of both oxalate (C2O42-) and bioxalate (HC2O4-) in solution and can be modeled with either a two-term Langmuir or a two-term Freundlich isotherm. A Freundlich adsorption model provided the best fit to rate data because it was not constrained to a finite number of adsorption sites, as was the Langmuir model. The two-term ligand adsorption model was incorporated into a rate model: Rtot = kH(+)[Hads+]L +kHOx(-) [HOxads-]+kOx(2-) [Oxads 2-] where Rtot is the net dissolution rate of the feldspar, [iads] is the concentration of species i adsorbed to the surface, and ki is the rate constant for release of the surface complex. The model was fit to data for oxalate-promoted dissolution of andesine, resulting in estimates for the rate constants of kHOx(-) = 1.16??10-12, kOx(2-) = 1.05??10-12, and kH(+) = 9.61??10-13 mol of feldspar (??mol of i)-1 s-1.

  1. Partitioning of Eu and Sr between coexisting plagioclase and K-feldspar.

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    Nagasawa, H.

    1971-01-01

    Minerals were separated by an EM approach and with the aid of liquids of great density. An analysis of K, Rb, Ca, Sr, Ha, and rare earth elements was conducted by means of a mass spectrometer isotope dilution technique. The behavior of the divalent europium ions during the partition process was found to be very similar to that of divalent strontium ions, taking into consideration data of the partition coefficients between coexisting feldspars in acidic rocks.

  2. The formation of plagioclase chains during convective transfer in basaltic magma

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    Philpotts; Dickson

    2000-07-06

    The basaltic rock in the lower part of the thick Holyoke lava flow in Connecticut and Massachusetts has been shown to have a remarkable texture, with crystals of feldspar linked together in a continuous three-dimensional network of chains. Heating experiments have revealed that this network persists to temperatures where the rock is 75% liquid, and therefore the network was interpreted to have formed at an early stage of crystallization and to have played an important role in the compaction of crystal mush in the lower part of the flow. Despite the texture's importance to our understanding of how such basalt flows form, the origin of the texture has remained uncertain. Here we show that, although the network is present in the lower third of the flow, it was actually formed in the upper solidification front and was transported down in plumes of dense crystal mush. Convection of this type has been postulated for intrusive magma chambers, but corroborative field evidence has been equivocal, especially in lava lakes and flows. Preservation of the roof-generated texture in the lower part of a thick flood-basalt flow therefore constitutes important evidence for the role of convection in the solidification and differentiation of a simple magma sheet.

  3. Genesis of compositional characteristics of Stillwater AN-I and AN-II thick anorthosite units

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    Haskin, Larry A.; Salpas, Peter A.

    1992-01-01

    Compositional variations among samples of the thick Stillwater anorthosite units are used here to model the mechanism by which the anorthosite formed. Suspended plagioclase, on reaching a volumetric crystal concentration of about 65 percent, formed a plagioclase framework here called cumulus plagioclase (CP). Within the interstices among the crystals, some plagioclase and pyroxene precipitated, producing what is here called adcumulus plagioclase and pyroxene (APP). The final materials consists mainly of plagioclase and pyroxene formed from complete crystallization of trapped supporting liquid and called intercumulus plagioclase and pyroxene (IPP). Where the CP framework was relatively open initially, bulk liquid communicated with the interior of the framework to produce APP. Where this communication with the bulk liquid stopped or was prevented initially, the intercumulus liquid froze. Where the CP framework was more tightly packed initially, a relatively higher proportion of IPP to APP was produced.

  4. Installation Restoration Program. Preliminary Assessment: 253rd Combat Communications Group and 267th Combat Communications Squadron, Wellesley Air National Guard Station, Massachusetts Air National Guard, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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    1991-02-01

    greenish-gray basalt and andesite flows and tuffs. Basalt is fine-rained and amygdaloidal , commonly massive and locally pillowed, consisting of phenocrysts...some plagioclase fragments and crystals in a fine-grained matrix of plagioclase sericite, epidote, calcite, chlorite, and Tine- textured unidentified...faintly birefringent material. Andeaute Tlows rich in tiny plagioclase laths, mostly with a pilotaxitic texture . Crystal tufts characterized by numerous

  5. Mineralogy of Apollo 15415 ?genesis rock' - Source of anorthosite on moon.

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    Steele, I. M.; Smith, J. V.

    1971-01-01

    Results of electron microprobe analyses of plagioclase points and pyroxene grains of Apollo 15415 ?genesis rock.' It is pointed out that no evidence of cumulate textures has yet appeared to support suggestions of extensive crystal-liquid differentiation producing an anorthositic crust or a lunar crust composed of a mixture of plagioclase-rich rock, basalts and minor ultramafic material, which require that plagioclase crystals float in a basaltic liquid. The plagioclase in 15415 does not show cumulate texture either. It is noted that it remains to be seen whether rock 15415 is correctly named the ?genesis rock.'

  6. Rare earth element contents and multiple mantle sources of the transform-related Mount Edgecumbe basalts, southeastern Alaska

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    Riehle, J.R.; Budahn, J.R.; Lanphere, M.A.; Brew, D.A.

    1994-01-01

    Pleistocene basalt of the Mount Edgecumbe volcanic field (MEF) is subdivided into a plagioclase type and an olivine type. Th/La ratios of plagioclase basalt are similar to those of mid-ocean-ridge basalt (MORB), whereas those of olivine basalt are of continental affinity. Rare earth element (REE) contents of the olivine basalt, which resemble those of transitional MORB, are modelled by 10-15% partial melting of fertile spinel-plagioclase lherzolite followed by removal of 8-13% olivine. It is concluded that olivine basalt originated in subcontinental spinel lherzolite and that plagioclase basalt may have originated in suboceanic lithosphere of the Pacific plate. -from Authors

  7. Shock and thermal metamorphism of basalt by nuclear explosion, nevada test site.

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    James, O B

    1969-12-26

    Olivine trachybasalt metamorphosed by nuclear explosion is classified into categories of progressive metamorphism: (i) Weak. Plagioclase is microfracruree, and augite contains twin lamellae. (ii) Moderate. Plagioclase is converted to glass, amd mafic minerals show intragranular deformation (undulatory extinction, twin lamellae, and, possibly, defomation lamellae), but rock texture is preserved. (iii) Moderately strong. Plagioclase glass shows small-scale flow, mafic minerals are fractured and show intragranular deformation, and rocks contain tension fractures. (iv) Strong. Plagioclase glass is vesicular, augite is minutely fractured, and olivine is coarsely fragmented, shows moscaic extinction, distinctive lamellar structures, and is locally recrystallized. (v) Intense. Rocks are converted to inhomogeneous basaltic glass.

  8. Genesis of the cumulate eucrites Serra de Mage and Moore County - A geochemical study

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    Ma, M.-S.; Schmitt, R. A.

    1979-01-01

    An instrumental neutron activation analysis of element abundances in whole rock and plagioclase separates of the Serra de Mage chondrite has been conducted; plagioclase data and plagioclase mineral/liquid partition coefficients are employed to determine the REE abundances in the derivative equilibrium magmas from which Serra de Mage and Moore County chondrite plagioclases crystallized. No simple genetic relationship between the two chondrites appears likely through the route of fractional crystallization. A difference in degrees of partial melting of a similar source material (different from the source proposed for noncumulate eucrites) could be invoked to relate the two chondrites.

  9. The interplay and effects of deformation and crystallized melt on the rheology of the lower continental crust, Fiordland, New Zealand

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    Miranda, Elena A.; Klepeis, Keith A.

    2016-12-01

    Microstructural, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), and misorientation analyses of a migmatitic granulite-facies orthogneiss from the exhumed lower crust of a Cretaceous continental arc in Fiordland, New Zealand show how deformation was accommodated during and after episodes of melt infiltration and high-grade metamorphism. Microstructures in garnet, omphacite, plagioclase, and K-feldspar suggest that an early stage of deformation was achieved by dislocation creep of omphacite and plagioclase, with subsequent deformation becoming partitioned into plagioclase. Continued deformation after melt infiltration resulted in strain localization in the leucosome of the migmatite, where a change of plagioclase deformation mechanism promoted the onset of grain boundary sliding, most likely accommodated by diffusion creep, in fine recrystallized plagioclase grains. Our results suggest three distinctive transitions in the rheology of the lower crust of this continental arc, where initial weakening was primarily achieved by deformation of both omphacite and plagioclase. Subsequent strain localization in plagioclase of the leucosome indicates that the zones of former melt are weaker than the restite, and that changes in deformation mechanisms within plagioclase, and an evolution of its strength, primarily control the rheology of the lower crust during and after episodes of melting and magma addition.

  10. Installation Restoration Program. Preliminary Assessment: 162nd Combat Communications Group, Mt. Disappointment Air National Guard Station, California Air National Guard, Los Angeles, California

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    1991-01-01

    intermediate in composition between syenite and I diorite, containing approximately equal amounts of alkali feldspar and plagioclase. 3 MOTTLED [soil] - a soil...including I streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes. SYENITE - Plutonic rock containing orthoclase and microcline with small I amounts of plagioclase

  11. Beneficiation of Stillwater Complex Rock for the Production of Lunar Simulants

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    Rickman, D. L.; Young, C.; Stoeser, D.; Edmunson, J.

    2014-01-01

    The availability of pure, high calcium plagioclase would be a significant asset in any attempt to manufacture high-quality lunar simulants. A suitable plagioclase product can be obtained from materials obtained from the Stillwater Complex of Montana. The access, geology, petrology, and mineralogy of the relevant rocks and the mill tailings are described here. This study demonstrates successful plagioclase recovery from mill tailings produced by the Stillwater Mine Company. Hydrogen peroxide was used to remove carboxymethyl cellulose from the tailing. The characteristics of the plagioclase products are shown and locked grains are identified as a limit to achievable purity. Based on the experimental results, flowsheets were developed showing how these resources could be processed and made into 'separates' of (1) high calcium plagioclase and (2) orthopyroxene/clinopyroxene with the thought that they would be combined later to make simulant.

  12. Using Apollo 17 high-Ti mare basalts as windows to the lunar mantle

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    Neal, Clive R.; Taylor, Lawrence A.

    1992-01-01

    The Apollo 17 high-Ti mare basalts are derived from source regions containing plagioclase that was not retained in the residue. Ilmenite appears to remain as a residual phase, but plagioclase is exhausted. The open-system behavior of the type B2 basalts results in slightly higher Yb/Hf and La/Sm ratios. The nature of the added component is not clear, but may be a KREEP derivative or residue. The recognition of plagioclase in the source(s) of these basalts suggests that the location of the source region(s) would be more likely to be less than 150 km (i.e., closer to the plagioclase-rich crust), which would allow incorporation of plagioclase into the source through incomplete separation of crustal feldspar.

  13. Origin of coronas in metagabbros of the Adirondack mts., N. Y

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    Whitney, P.R.; McLelland, J.M.

    1973-01-01

    Metagabbros from two widely separated areas in the Adirondacks show development of coronas. In the Southern Adirondacks, these are cored by olivine which is enclosed in a shell of orthopyroxene that is partially, or completely, rimmed by symplectites consisting of clinopyroxene and spinel. Compositions of the corona phases have been determined by electron probe and are consistent with a mechanism involving three partial reactions, thus: (a) Olivine=Orthopyroxene+(Mg, Fe)++. (b) Plagioclase+(Mg, Fe)+++Ca++=Clinopyroxene+Spinel+Na+. (c) Plagioclase+(Mg, Fe)+++Na+=Spinel+more sodic plagioclase+Ca++. Reaction (a) occurs in the inner shell of the corona adjacent to olivine; reaction (b) in the outer shell; and (c) in the surrounding plagioclase, giving rise to the spinel clouding which is characteristic of the plagioclase in these rocks. Alumina and silica remain relatively immobile. These reactions, when balanced, can be generalized to account for the aluminous nature of the pyroxenes and for changing plagioclase composition. Summed together, the partial reactions are equivalent to: (d) Olivine + Anorthite = Aluminous orthopyroxene + Aluminous Clinopyroxene + Spinel (Kushiro and Yoder, 1966). In the Adirondack Highlands, coronas between olivine and plagioclase commonly have an outer shell of garnet replacing the clinopyroxene/spinel shell. The origin of the garnet can also be explained in terms of three partial reactions: (e) Orthopyroxene+Ca++=Clinopyroxene+(Mg, Fe)++. (f) Clinopyroxene+Spinel+Plagioclase+(Mg, Fe)++=Garnet+Ca+++Na+. (g) Plagioclase+(Mg, Fe)+++Na+=Spinel + more sodic plagioclase+Ca++. These occur in the inner and outer corona shell and the surrounding plagioclase, respectively, and involve the products of reactions (a)-(d). Alumina and silica are again relatively immobile. Balanced, and generalized to account for aluminous pyroxenes and variable An content of plagioclase, they are equivalent to: (h) Orthopyroxene+Anorthite+Spinel=Garnet (Green and

  14. Grain size reduction due to fracturing and subsequent grain-size-sensitive creep in a lower crustal shear zone in the presence of a CO2-bearing fluid

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    Okudaira, Takamoto; Shigematsu, Norio; Harigane, Yumiko; Yoshida, Kenta

    2017-02-01

    To understand rheological weakening in the lower continental crust, we studied mylonites in the Paleoproterozoic Eidsfjord anorthosite, northern Norway. The zones of anorthositic mylonites range from a few millimeters to several meters thick, and include ultramylonites and protomylonites. They contain syn-kinematic metamorphic minerals, including Cl-bearing amphibole and scapolite. Thermodynamic analysis reveals that syn-deformational hydration reactions occurred at ∼600 °C and ∼700 MPa under CO2-bearing conditions. The protomylonites contain many fragmented plagioclase porphyroclasts. The fractures in porphyroclasts are filled with fine-grained plagioclase, suggesting that fracturing is a common mechanism of grain size reduction. The anorthite contents of fine-grained polygonal matrix plagioclase are different from those of porphyroclastic plagioclase, suggesting that the matrix grains nucleated and grew during syn-kinematic metamorphism. Plagioclase aggregates in the matrices of mylonites do not exhibit a distinct crystallographic preferred orientation, which implies that the dominant deformation mechanism was grain-size-sensitive creep. Consequently, in the lower crustal anorthositic mylonites, grain size reduction occurred via fracturing, rather than through dynamic recrystallization, leading to grain-size-sensitive creep. The syn-kinematic recrystallization of minor phases at plagioclase grain boundaries may suppress the growth of plagioclase and contribute to the development of grain-size-sensitive creep.

  15. An integrated NIR and TIR approach to the plagiocase-rich regions on the Moon using M3 and Diviner data

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    Donaldson Hanna, K. L.; Pieters, C. M.; Mustard, J. F.; Cheek, L. C.; Wyatt, M. B.; Thomas, I. R.; Bowles, N. E.; Greenhagen, B. T.; Lucey, P. G.; Paige, D. A.

    2011-10-01

    Recent near infrared (NIR) observations from SELENE [1], [2] and M3 [3] have uniquely identified Fe-bearing crystalline plagioclase regions on the Moon. These results are significant because they validate earlier NIR observations [4], [5] as well as characterize the widespread distribution of crystalline plagioclase across the lunar surface. The identification of Fe-bearing crystalline plagioclase in the NIR comes from a broad absorption band at approximately 1.3 μm due to electronic transitions of Fe2+ in the crystal structure. While previous NIR lab studies of plagioclase have suggested that the band depth and center position of the 1.3 μm feature may vary with Fe and An content [6], [7], the relationship between NIR spectral properties of plagioclase and its composition (An#) has yet to be quantified. Regions of nearly pure crystalline plagioclase (<5% olivine and pyroxene) as identified in NIR spectra are ideal areas to investigate the utility of thermal infrared (TIR) Diviner data to constrain plagioclase compositions. Diviner has three spectral bands near the 8 μm region chosen specifically to measure the peak of the Christiansen Feature (CF), an emissivity maximum indicative of composition [8]. New lab measurements of varying compositions of the plagioclase solid solution series demonstrate that the CF position is diagnostic of composition and linearly related to An# even when measured under a simulated lunar environment [9]. Thus an integrated NIR and TIR approach will enable plagioclase compositions to be mapped across the lunar surface and is significant for identifying rock types (e.g. ferroan anorthosites versus Alkali-suite rocks) and may ultimately constrain their method of formation (e. g. magma ocean crystallization or plutons).

  16. Lunar ferroan anorthosite petrogenesis: clues from trace element distributions in FAN subgroups

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    Floss, C.; James, O.B.; McGee, J.J.; Crozaz, G.

    1998-01-01

    The rare earth elements (REE) and selected other trace elements were measured in plagioclase and pyroxene from nine samples of the lunar ferroan anorthosite (FAN) suite of rocks. Samples were selected from each of four FAN subgroups previously defined by James et al. (1989). Plagioclase compositions are homogeneous within each sample, but high- and low-Ca pyroxenes from lithic clasts typically have different REE abundances from their counterparts in the surrounding granulated matrices. Measured plagioclase/low-Ca pyroxene concentration ratios for the REE have steeper patterns than experimentally determined plagioclase/low-Ca pyroxene partition coefficients in most samples. Textural and trace element evidence suggest that, although subsolidus equilibration may be responsible for some of the discrepancy, plagioclase compositions in most samples have been largely unaffected by intermineral redistribution of the REE. The REE systematics of plagioclase from the four subgroups are broadly consistent with their deviation through crystallization from a single evolving magma. However, samples from some of the subgroups exhibit a decoupling of plagioclase and pyroxene compositions that probably reflects the complexities inherent in crystallization from a large-scale magmatic system. For example, two anorthosites with very magnesian mafic minerals have highly evolved trace element compositions; major element compositions in plagioclase also do not reflect the evolutionary sequence recorded by their REE compositions. Finally, a noritic anorthosite breccia with relatively ferroan mafic minerals contains several clasts with high and variable REE and other trace element abundances. Although plagioclase REE compositions are consistent with their derivation from a magma with a KREEPy trace element signature, very shallow REE patterns in the pyroxenes suggest the addition of a component enriched in the light REE.

  17. Cryptic trace-element alteration of Anorthosite, Stillwater complex, Montana

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    Czamanske, G.K.; Loferski, P.J.

    1996-01-01

    Evidence of cryptic alteration and correlations among K, Ba, and LREE concentrations indicate that a post-cumulus, low-density aqueous fluid phase significantly modified the trace-element contents of samples from Anorthosite zones I and II of the Stillwater Complex, Montana. Concentrations of Ba, Ca, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hf, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, Sc, Sr, Th, Zn, and the rare-earth elements (REE) were measured in whole rocks and plagioclase separates from five traverses across the two main plagioclase cumulate (anorthosite) zones and the contiguous cumulates of the Stillwater Complex in an attempt to better understand the origin and solidification of the anorthosites. However, nearly the entire observed compositional range for many trace elements can be duplicated at a single locality by discriminating between samples rich in oikocrystic pyroxene and those which are composed almost entirely of plagioclase and show anhedral-granular texture. Plagioclase separates with high trace-element contents were obtained from the pyroxene-poor samples, for which maps of K concentration show plagioclase grains to contain numerous fractures hosting a fine-grained, K-rich phase, presumed to be sericite. Secondary processes in layered intrusions have the potential to cause cryptic disturbance, and the utmost care must be taken to ensure that samples provide information about primary processes. Although plagioclase from Anorthosite zones I and II shows significant compositional variation, there are no systematic changes in the major- or trace-element compositions of plagioclase over as much as 630 m of anorthosite thickness or 18 km of strike length. Plagioclase in the two major anorthosite zones shows little distinction in trace-element concentrations from plagioclase in the cumulates immediately below, between, and above these zones.

  18. Understanding Magmatic Plumbing System Dynamics at Fernandina Island, Galapagos

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    Varga, K. C.; McGuire, M.; Geist, D.; Harpp, K. S.

    2015-12-01

    Fernandina is the most active Galápagos volcano, and is located closest to the seismically defined hotspot. Allan and Simkin (2000) observed that the subaerial edifice is constructed of homogeneous basalts (Mg# = 49 ± 2) with highly variable plagioclase phenocryst contents and sparse olivine. Geist et al. (2006) proposed a magmatic plumbing system in which the volcano is supplied by interconnected sills, the shallowest of which is density-stratified: olivine and pyroxene are concentrated at greater depths, whereas less dense plagioclase mush is higher in the sill. Consequently, olivine-rich lava erupts laterally during submarine events, but plagioclase-rich lava supplies subaerial vents. To test this hypothesis, we examine lavas erupted in 1995, 2005, and 2009. These SW flank eruptions emerged alternatively from en echelon radial fissures on the lower flanks and circumferential fissures near the caldera rim. The 1995 radial fissure unzipped downslope and then formed a cone 4 km from the coast, sending flows to the ocean. In 2005, circumferential fissures erupted five flows south of the 1995 fissure. As in 1995, the 2009 fissures opened down the SW flank before focusing to a cone near the 1995 vents, producing 6 km-long flows that also reached the ocean. By correlating plagioclase crystal size distribution and morphologies with single event chronological sequences, we examine Fernandina's magmatic plumbing system. Modal plagioclase in 1995 lava decreases (20% to <5%) throughout the middle eruptive phase. Early 2005 samples are nearly aphyric (Chadwick et al., 2010), with 1-2% plagioclase. The 2009 eruption has reduced plagioclase, similar to mid-1995 samples. Preliminary observations suggest that less plagioclase-rich mush is being flushed out during early-to-medial event sequences, whereas plag phenocrysts are transported more during later phases. Plausible plumbing dynamics suggest a zone of plagioclase-rich mush that is eroded and incorporated into radial

  19. Rb-Sr age of the Civet Cat clast, 72255, 41. [radioactive age determination for lunar rocks

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    Compston, W.; Gray, C. M.

    1974-01-01

    Plagioclase rich clasts, orthopyroxene rich matrix, purified pyroxene, and plagioclase from the Civet Cat clast define a Rb-Sr isochron age of 4.18 + or - 0.04 x 10 to the 9th power yr and an initial Sr-87/Sr-86 ratio of 0.69922 + or - 0.00005. The fit of all data to the line is within error except for plagioclase 3, and blank corrections are essentially negligible. The decay constant used is 1.39 x 10 to the minus 11th power yr.

  20. Mineralogic and petrologic study of lunar anorthosite slide 15415,18.

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    Hargraves, R B; Hollister, L S

    1972-01-28

    The anorthosite slide 15415,18 contains 98 percent subhedral plagioclase (97 mole percent anorthite), two pyroxenes: diopsidic augite (46 percent wollastonite, 39 percent enstatite, 16 percent ferrosilite) with subsidiary (100) lamellae and grains of hypersthene (2.5 percent wollastonite, 58 percent enstatite, 39.5 percent ferrosilite), and traces of ilmenite. The pyroxene occurs interstitial to, and as small grains enclosed within, plagioclase. The textures and compositions of the phases appear compatible with an origin by concentration and adcumulus growth of plagioclase from a gabbroic anorthosite (or hyperaluminous) magma in a "plutonic" environment.

  1. Shock Metamorphism of the Dhofar 378 Basaltic Shergottite

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    Mikouchi, T.; McKay, G.

    2006-01-01

    Shock metamorphism is one of the most fundamental processes in the history of Martian meteorites, especially shergottites, which affect their mineralogy and chronology. The formation of "maskelynite" from plagioclase and shock melts is such major mineralogical effects. Dhofar 378 is one of the recently found desert shergottites that is mainly composed of plagioclase and pyroxene. This shergottite is important because of its highly shocked nature and unique plagioclase texture, and thus has a great potential for assessing a "shock" age of shergottites. We have been working on a combined study of mineralogy and chronology of the same rock chip of Dhofar 378. This abstract reports its mineralogical part.

  2. Composition of the mount st. Helens ashfall in the moscow-pullman area on 18 may 1980.

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    Hooper, P R; Herrick, I W; Laskowski, E R; Knowles, C R

    1980-09-05

    Mineralogical and chemical analyses of the ashfall from Mount St. Helens on 18 May 1980 indicate that there were two distinct ashes. The early dark ash is composed principally of plagioclase and lithic fragments of plagioclase and glass with titanium-rich magnetite and some basaltic hornblende and orthopyroxene. The later pale ash, four-fifths by weight of the whole fallout, is 80 percent glass with plagioclase as the principal crystalline phase. Quartz and potassium feldspar are rare to absent in both ashes. Chemical analyses of nine ash fractions and of the glass in each type emphasize the differences between the two ash types and their chemical homogeneity.

  3. Effects of kinetics on the crystallization of quartz normative basalt 15597 - An experimental study

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    Grove, T. L.; Raudsepp, M.

    1978-01-01

    Equilibrium experiments on a residual liquid composition from the dynamic crystallization study on quartz normative basalt (QNB) 15597 are used to evaluate the effects of kinetics on the crystallization of pyroxene-porphyritic basalts. The results indicate that the liquids coexisting with pyroxene phenocryst rims before the precipitation of groundmass plagioclase + pyroxene have left the equilibrium liquid line of descent and metastably penetrated the plagioclase primary phase volume. The precipitation of groundmass plagioclase + pyroxene brings the basalt system closer to equilibrium with respect to the residual liquid and crystals. At rapid cooling rates pyroxene phenocryst growth produces substantial compositional gradients in the residual silicate liquid at the pyroxene/liquid interface. The compositional gradients enhance the nucleation and growth of groundmass phases at the phenocryst interface, because effects related to constitutional supercooling for these phases (e.g., plagioclase, pyroxene, etc.) favor nucleation at the interface.

  4. The global distribution of pure anorthosite on the Moon.

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    Ohtake, Makiko; Matsunaga, Tsuneo; Haruyama, Junichi; Yokota, Yasuhiro; Morota, Tomokatsu; Honda, Chikatoshi; Ogawa, Yoshiko; Torii, Masaya; Miyamoto, Hideaki; Arai, Tomoko; Hirata, Naru; Iwasaki, Akira; Nakamura, Ryosuke; Hiroi, Takahiro; Sugihara, Takamitsu; Takeda, Hiroshi; Otake, Hisashi; Pieters, Carle M; Saiki, Kazuto; Kitazato, Kohei; Abe, Masanao; Asada, Noriaki; Demura, Hirohide; Yamaguchi, Yasushi; Sasaki, Sho; Kodama, Shinsuke; Terazono, Junya; Shirao, Motomaro; Yamaji, Atsushi; Minami, Shigeyuki; Akiyama, Hiroaki; Josset, Jean-Luc

    2009-09-10

    It has been thought that the lunar highland crust was formed by the crystallization and floatation of plagioclase from a global magma ocean, although the actual generation mechanisms are still debated. The composition of the lunar highland crust is therefore important for understanding the formation of such a magma ocean and the subsequent evolution of the Moon. The Multiband Imager on the Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE) has a high spatial resolution of optimized spectral coverage, which should allow a clear view of the composition of the lunar crust. Here we report the global distribution of rocks of high plagioclase abundance (approaching 100 vol.%), using an unambiguous plagioclase absorption band recorded by the SELENE Multiband Imager. If the upper crust indeed consists of nearly 100 vol.% plagioclase, this is significantly higher than previous estimates of 82-92 vol.% (refs 2, 6, 7), providing a valuable constraint on models of lunar magma ocean evolution.

  5. Lunar anorthosite paradox - An alternative explanation

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    Drake, M. J.

    1975-01-01

    In most lunar terrae samples a trend of decreasing Ab-content of plagioclase with increasing Fa-content of olivine is observed. This covariance of composition is the opposite of the trend observed in terrestrial layered intrusions, and contradicts Bowen's reaction series. The 'anomalous' trend is considered in terms of olivine-melt and plagioclase-melt equilibria. The composition of plagioclase crystallizing from a melt depends directly upon the activity of silica in the melt, while the composition of olivine does not. It is proposed that the inverse correlation of plagioclase and olivine compositions in most lunar terrae rocks is a predictable consequence of crystallization from a lunar bulk composition which is poorer in silica than the bulk compositions of terrestrial layered intrusions. The data of Roedder and Weiblen (1974) lend support to this hypothesis.

  6. Installation Restoration Program. Preliminary Assessment: 216th Engineering Installation Squadron and 234th Combat Communications Squadron, Hayward Air National Guard Station, California Air National Guard, Hayward, California

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    1991-01-01

    Plutonic rock intermediate in composition between syenite and diorite, containing approximately equal amounts of alkali feldspar and plagioclase...exposed at the ground surface, including streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes. SYENITE - Plutonic rock containing orthoclase and microcline with small

  7. Installation Restoration Program. Preliminary Assessment: 261st Combat Communications Squadron, Sepulveda Air National Guard Station, California Air National Guard, Sepulveda, California.

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    1991-01-01

    of the smectite group comprising expanding-lattice clay minerals when wetted. MONZONITE - Plutonic rock intermediate in composition between syenite ... SYENITE - Plutonic rock containing orthoclase and microcline with smallm amounts of plagioclase feldspar. SYNCLINORIUM - A composite synclinal structure of

  8. Implications for the origins of pure anorthosites found in the feldspathic lunar meteorites, Dhofar 489 group

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    Nagaoka, Hiroshi; Takeda, Hiroshi; Karouji, Yuzuru; Ohtake, Makiko; Yamaguchi, Akira; Yoneda, Shigekazu; Hasebe, Nobuyuki

    2014-12-01

    Remote observation by the reflectance spectrometers onboard the Japanese lunar explorer Kaguya (SELENE) showed the purest anorthosite (PAN) spots (>98% plagioclase) at some large craters. Mineralogical and petrologic investigations on the feldspathic lunar meteorites, Dhofar 489 and Dhofar 911, revealed the presence of several pure anorthosite clasts. A comparison with Apollo nearside samples of ferroan anorthosite (FAN) indicated that of the FAN samples returned by the Apollo missions, sample 60015 is the largest anorthosite with the highest plagioclase abundance and homogeneous mafic mineral compositions. These pure anorthosites (>98% plagioclase) have large chemical variations in Mg number (Mg# = molar 100 × Mg/(Mg + Fe)) of each coexisting mafic mineral. The variations imply that these pure anorthosites underwent complex formation processes and were not formed by simple flotation of plagioclase. The lunar highland samples with pure anorthosite and the PAN observed by Kaguya suggest that pure anorthosite is widely distributed as lunar crust lithology over the entire Moon.

  9. Tests of Rock Cores Scott Study Area, Missouri

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    1970-05-01

    4.5) represent this rock; they are described below. The bulk composition is quartz, plagioclase (near oligoclase), and potash feldspar , with minor...little potassium feldspar is present in these cores. The bulk composition of this rock is quartz, plagio- clase feldspar (near oligoclase), chlorite...biotite, and magnetite (Table 4.6). The phenocrysts are plagioclase feldspar and quartz; by composition, the rock is classified as dacite porphyry in the

  10. Petrology of igneous lithic clasts from polymict eucrites ALHA76005 and ALHA77302

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    Simon, S. B.; Papike, J. J.

    1983-03-01

    A total of seven lithic clasts from the polymict eucrites ALHA76005 and ALHA77302 have been studied petrographically and analyzed with the electron microprobe. All clasts are composed predominantly of pyroxene and plagioclase, + or - ilmenite, troilite, Fe-Ni metal, mesostasis, and silica. Pyroxene compositions in unequilibrated clasts and clast bulk compositions, calculated by modal recombination, indicate that the clasts originally crystallized under similar conditions and that they may be genetically related to each other by fractionation of pigeonite and plagioclase.

  11. Expanding the REE Partitioning Database for Lunar Materials

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    Rapp, Jennifer F.; Draper, David S.

    2014-01-01

    Positive europium anomalies are ubiquitous in the plagioclase-rich rocks of the lunar highlands, and complementary negative Eu anomalies are found in most lunar basalts. This is taken as evidence of a large-scale differentation event, with crystallization of a global-scale lunar magma ocean (LMO) resulting in a plagioclase flotation crust and a mafic lunar interior from which mare basalts were later derived. However, the extent of the Eu anomaly in lunar rocks is variable. Some plagioclase grains in a lunar impact rock (60635) have been reported to display a negative Eu anomaly, or in some cases single grains display both positive and neagtive anomalies. Cathodoluminescence images reveal that some crystals have a negative anomaly in the core and positive at the rim, or vice versa, and the negative anomalies are not associated with crystal overgrowths. Oxygen fugacity is known to affect Eu partitioning into plagioclase, as under low fO2 conditions Eu can be divalent, and has an ionic radius similar to Ca2+ - significant in lunar samples where plagioclase compositions are predominantly anorthitic. However, there are very few experimental studies of rare earth element (REE) partitioning in plagioclase relevant to lunar magmatism, with only two plagioclase DEu measurements from experiments using lunar materials, and little data in low fO2 conditions relevant to the Moon. We report on REE partitioning experiments on lunar compositions. We investigate two lunar basaltic compositions, high-alumina basalt 14072 and impact melt breccia 60635. These samples span a large range of lunar surface bulk compositions. The experiments are carried out at variable fO2 in 1 bar gas mixing furnaces, and REE are analysed by and LA-ICP-MS. Our results not only greatly expand the existing plagioclase DREE database for lunar compositions, but also investigate the significance of fO2 in Eu partitioning, and in the interpretation of Eu anomalies in lunar materials.

  12. Maskelynite: Formation by Explosive Shock.

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    Milton, D J; de Carli, P S

    1963-05-10

    When high pressure (250 to 300 kilobars) was applied suddenly (shock-loading) to gabbro, the plagioclase was transformed to a noncrystalline phase (maskelynite) by a solid-state reaction at a low temperature, while the proxene remained crystalline. The shock-loaded gabbro resembles meteorites of the shergottite class; this suggests that the latter formed as a result of shock. The shock-loading of gabbro at 600 to 800 kilobars raised the temperature above the melting range of the plagioclase.

  13. Magnetic and microscopic features of silicate-hosted Fe-oxide inclusions in an oceanic gabbro section

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    Till, Jessica

    2015-04-01

    The magnetic mineralogy of oceanic gabbros is typically dominated by magnetite, which occurs in several forms: as a cumulus or intercumulus phase, as a secondary phase formed through alteration, or as exsolved inclusions in plagioclase and pyroxene. This study characterizes the contribution of magnetic inclusions in plagioclase and pyroxene to the bulk rock remanence and examines changes in the distribution of remanence carriers with crustal depth. Selected samples were taken throughout a 1500-m-long section of drilled oceanic gabbro cores collected from the Oceanic Drilling Program Site 735B at Atlantis Bank on the Southwest Indian Ridge. Hysteresis parameters and curves of isothermal remanence acquisition were measured for plagioclase and clinopyroxene mineral separates and compared with whole rock measurements for samples from various depths to determine the relative contributions of each to the bulk sample remanence properties. In whole-rock samples, bulk saturation magnetization decreases and coercivity distributions become dominated by harder magnetic components with increasing depth. The changes in rock magnetic properties with depth are interpreted to result from variations in composition as well as cooling rates. Coercivity distributions in both plagioclase and pyroxene systematically shift to higher coercivities with increasing depth in the section, although the change is more pronounced in plagioclase, indicating that the size distributions of magnetic inclusions in plagioclase become progressively finer. First-order reversal curves for plagioclase separates provide a striking example of non-interacting single-domain particles. Variations in exsolution textures and compositions of the inclusions were also investigated by microanalysis and electron microscopy. Microscopic examination revealed unexpected complexity in the structure of exsolution features, with several oxide phases commonly present as inclusions in plagioclase and multiple generations of

  14. Maskelynite: Formation by explosive shock

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    Milton, D.J.; De Carli, P. S.

    1963-01-01

    When high pressure (250 to 300 kilobars) was applied suddenly (shock-loading) to gabbro, the plagioclase was transformed to a noncrystalline phase (maskelynite) by a solid-state reaction at a low temperature, while the proxene remained crystalline. The shock-loaded gabbro resembles meteorites of the shergottite class; this suggests that the latter formed as a result of shock. The shock-loading of gabbro at 600 to 800 kilobars raised the temperature above the melting range of the plagioclase.

  15. Phase equilibria along a basalt-rhyolite mixing line: implications for the origin of calc-alkaline intermediate magmas

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    Ussler, William; Glazner, Allen F.

    1989-02-01

    One-atmosphere, anhydrous phase equilibria determined for alkali basalt/high-silica rhyolite mixtures provide a model for crystallization of natural calc-alkaline mixed magmas. The compositional trend defined by these mixtures mimics the trends of many continental calc-alkaline volcanic suites. As with many naturally occurring suites, the mixtures studied straddle the low-pressure olivine-plagioclase-augite thermal divide. Magma mixing provides a convenient method for magmas to cross this thermal divide in the absence of magnetite crystallization. For the mixtures, Mg-rich olivine (Fo82 87) coexists alone with liquid over an exceptionally large range of temperature and silica content (up to 63 wt% SiO2). This indicates that the Mg-rich olivines found in many andesites and dacites are not necessarily out of equilibrium with the host magma, as is commonly assumed. Such crystals may be either primary phenocrysts, or inherited phenocrysts derived from a mafic magma that mixed with a silicic magma. For the bulk compositions studied, the distribution of Fe and Mg between olivine and liquid ( K D ) is equal to 0.3 and is independent of temperature and composition. This result extends to silicic andesites the applicability of K D arguments for tests of equilibrium between olivine and groundmass and for modeling of fractional crystallization. In contrast, the distribution of calcium and sodium between plagioclase and liquid varies significantly with temperature and composition. Therefore, plagioclase-liquid K D s cannot be used for fractional crystallization modeling or as a test of equilibrium. Calcic plagioclase from a basalt will be close to equilibrium with andesitic mixtures, but sodic plagioclase from a rhyolite will be greatly out of equilibrium. This explains the common observation that calcic plagioclase crystals in hybrid andesites are generally close to textural equilibrium with the surrounding groundmass, but sodic plagioclase crystals generally show remelting

  16. Curved branching crystals and differentiation in comb-layered rocks

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    Lofgren, G. E.; Donaldson, C. H.

    1975-01-01

    An investigation is conducted concerning two common features of comb layered rocks. Attention is given to the curvature of oriented, elongate, branching crystals and the tendency to form highly differentiated layers. Crystallization studies of plagioclase show that some degree of supercooling is necessary to produce the skeletal, curved, and branching plagioclase crystal morphologies found in comb-layered rocks and that curved crystals can be grown without the presence of a directed stress.

  17. Serpentinization and alteration in an olivine cumulate from the Stillwater Complex, Southwestern Montana

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    Page, N.J.

    1976-01-01

    Some of the olivine cumulates of the Ultramafic zone of the Stillwater Complex, Montana, are progressively altered to serpentine minerals and thompsonite. Lizardite and chrysotile developed in the cumulus olivine and postcumulus pyroxenes; thompsonite developed in postcumulus plagioclase. The detailed mineralogy, petrology, and chemistry indicate that olivine and plagioclase react to form the alteration products, except for H2O, without changes in the bulk composition of the rocks. ?? 1976 Springer-Verlag.

  18. The Case for a Heat-Pipe Phase of Planet Evolution on the Moon

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    Simon, J. I.; Moore, W. B.; Webb, A. A. G.

    2015-01-01

    The prevalence of anorthosite in the lunar highlands is generally attributed to the flotation of less dense plagioclase in the late stages of the solidification of the lunar magma ocean. It is not clear, however, that these models are capable of producing the extremely high plagioclase contents (near 100%) observed in both Apollo samples and remote sensing data, since a mostly solid lithosphere forms (at 60-70% solidification) before plagioclase feldspar reaches saturation (at approximately 80% solidification). Formation as a floating cumulate is made even more problematic by the near uniformity of the alkali composition of the plagioclase, even as the mafic phases record significant variations in Mg/(Mg+Fe) ratios. These problems can be resolved for the Moon if the plagioclase-rich crust is produced and refined through a widespread episode of heat-pipe magmatism rather than a process dominated by density-driven plagioclase flotation. Heat-pipes are an important feature of terrestrial planets at high heat flow, as illustrated by Io's present activity. Evidence for their operation early in Earth's history suggests that all terrestrial bodies should experience an early episode of heat-pipe cooling. As the Moon likely represents the most wellpreserved example of early planetary thermal evolution in our solar system, studies of the lunar surface and of lunar materials provide useful data to test the idea of a universal model of the way terrestrial bodies transition from a magma ocean state into subsequent single-plate, rigid-lid convection or plate tectonic phases.

  19. Calcic myrmekite in anorthositic and gabbroic rocks

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    Schiffries, C.M.; Dymek, R.F.

    1985-01-01

    Myrmekite is a common feature of granitic plutonic rocks and quartzo-feldspathic gneisses, but it is rarely reported in anorthositic and gabbroic rocks. The authors have identified myrmekitic intergrowths of quartz and calcic plagioclase in a variety of plagioclase-rich cumulate rocks, including samples from a number of massif anorthosites and layered igneous intrusions. It appears that calcic myrmekite has been frequently overlooked, and is a common accessory feature in these rock types. Chemical and textural characteristics of myrmekite in the St-Urbain massif anorthosite (Quebec) and the Bushveld Igneous Complex (South Africa) have several features in common, but this myrmekite appears to be fundamentally different from that described by most previous investigators. Whereas myrmekite typically consists of a vermicular intergrowth of sodic plagioclase and quartz that occurs adjacent to alkali feldspar, the intergrowths in these rocks contain highly calcic plagioclase and lack the intervening alkali feldspar. In addition, the plagioclase in the myrmekite is more calcic than that in the surrounding rock. The boundary between the myrmekite and the host material is generally extremely sharp, although reverse zoning of host plagioclase may obscure the contact in some cases. The textural and chemical evidence is consistent with a replacement origin for these intergrowths; the proportion of quartz in the myrmekite is in close agreement with the predicted amount of silica that is generated by the theoretical replacement reaction. It appears that water played a key role in the replacement process.

  20. Metamorphism of San Antonio Terrane metapelites, San Gabriel Mountains, California

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    Archuleta, L.; Ishimatsu, J.; Schneiderman, J.S. . Geology Dept.)

    1993-04-01

    Pelitic schists and gneisses from the San Antonio terrane in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains consist of garnet, biotite, plagioclase, quartz, sillimanite, cordierite, hercynite [+-] alkali feldspar. Large garnet porphyroblasts contain quartz, plagioclase and sillimanite inclusions. Cordierite occurs as haloes around garnet porphyroblasts and as small subgrains always associated with hercynite and together replacing sillimanite blades. Hercynite additionally appears to have nucleated on the edges of sillimanite blades. Contrary to previous investigations, hercynite appears to be a late mineral phase. Reaction textures described above have been used to calculate a set of net-transfer reactions that can be used (1) to characterize all possible exchanges of matter between minerals in the system and (2) to construct a reaction space for the system. Fourteen thin sections with large garnet porphyroblasts and abundant biotite were used for microprobe analysis. Detailed probe analyses show well-developed zoning in the plagioclase and alkali feldspar whose character varies depending on location in the thin section relative to neighboring minerals. Generally, large plagioclase porphyroblasts display normal zoning and are not as calcium-rich as plagioclase inclusions in the garnet. Garnet porphyroblasts have flat zoning profiles due to high temperatures of metamorphism. Pressures and temperatures of metamorphism have been calculated from these assemblages using garnet-biotite geothermometry and quartz-garnet-aluminosilicate-plagioclase geobarometry.

  1. Shape of pinch and swell structures as a viscosity indicator: Application to lower crustal polyphase rocks

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    Gardner, Robyn L.; Piazolo, Sandra; Daczko, Nathan R.

    2016-07-01

    Pinch and swell structures occur where a more competent layer in a weaker matrix is subjected to layer-parallel extension. In this contribution, we use numerical models to explore the use of pinch and swell structure shape symmetry and asymmetry as a determinant of relative viscosity between layers. Maximum asymmetry is attained when the matrix viscosity on one side is subtly weaker than the competent layer, while the other side is significantly weaker. Our numerical results are directly applied to asymmetrically developed pinch and swell structures in exposed lower continental crust. Here, shape geometries observed in a shear zone comprised of plagioclase-dominated, garnet-dominated and mixed amphibole-plagioclase-dominated bands, reveals that the plagioclase-dominated band is the most competent band and is marginally stronger (2×) and significantly stronger (10-40×) than the fine grained garnet-dominated and mixed amphibole-plagioclase-dominated band, respectively. Based on the experimentally determined viscosity of a plagioclase-dominated material and quantitative microstructural analysis, the viscosity range of the natural rock bands is 2.8 × 1015 to 1.1 × 1017 Pa s. Consequently, the assumption that the experimentally-derived plagioclase flow law is an appropriate proxy for the middle to lower continental crust may lead to a viscosity over-estimation by up to forty times.

  2. Two stage melt-rock interaction in the lower oceanic crust of the Parece Vela basin (Philippine sea), evidence from the primitive troctolites from the Godzilla Megamullion

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    Sanfilippo, A.; Dick, H. J.; Ohara, Y.

    2011-12-01

    Godzilla Megamullion is a giant oceanic core complex exposed in an extinct slow- to intermediate-spreading segment of the Parece Vela Basin (Philippine sea) [1; 2]. It exposes lower crust and mantle rocks on the sea-floor, offering a unique opportunity to unravel the architecture and the composition of the lower oceanic lithosphere of an extinct back arc basin. Here we present data on primitive troctolites and associated olivine-gabbros from the breakaway area of the Godzilla Megamullion. On the basis of the olivine/plagioclase volume ratio, the troctolites are subdivided into Ol-troctolites (Ol/Pl >1) and Pl-troctolites (Ol/Pl<1), which show evident textural differences. Ol-troctolites have rounded to polygonal olivine, subhedral plagioclase, and poikilitic clinopyroxene. This texture suggests chemical disequilibrium between the olivine and a melt crystallizing plagioclase and clinopyroxene. We interpret these rocks as reaction products of a dunite matrix with transient basaltic melts [e.g. 3; 4]. Pl-troctolites have euhedral plagioclase and poikilitic olivine and clinopyroxene. Irregular shapes and inverse zoning of the plagioclase chadacrysts within the olivine indicate disequilibrium between existing plagioclase and an olivine-clinopyroxene saturated melt. The occurrence of plagioclase chadacrysts within clinopyroxene ranging from irregular to euhedral in shape suggests crystallization of new lower-Na plagioclase with the clinopyroxene. Olivine oikocrysts in the Pl-troctolites have low-NiO olivine in equilibrium with a high-MgO melt. The Pl-troctolites, then, may be the product of reaction between a plagioclase cumulate and a basaltic melt produced by mixing the high-MgO melt residual to the formation of the Ol-troctolites with new magma. The effect of melt-rock reaction in the Pl- and Ol- troctolites explains the sharp decrease in plagioclase An with respect to Mg# in clinopyroxene and olivine. Furthermore, the melt is shifted towards lower Na, which is

  3. Structure and petrology of the La Perouse gabbro intrusion, Fairweather Range, southeastern Alaska.

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    Loney, R.A.; Himmelberg, G.R.

    1983-01-01

    The gabbro was intruded during the Middle Tertiary into a Mesozoic granulite-facies metamorphic environment dominated by strike-slip fault movement, compression and possible minor subduction. The asymmetric funnel form of the intrusion is due to subsidence from magmatic loading at high T, coupled with control from pre-existing structures, and not from tectonic compression. The intrusion is 12 X 27 km and has exposed cumulate layering of approx 6000 m. Probe analyses of olivines (24), Ca-poor pyroxenes (28), augites (22) and plagioclases (35) are tabulated. Cumulus mineral compositions in the basal cumulates are: olivine Fo86-71, plagioclase An81-63, bronzite Ca3Mg82Fe15 - Ca4Mg75Fe21, augite Ca45Mg47Fe8 - Ca42Mg48Fe10. The layered gabbro above the basal cumulates consists dominantly of lenticularly interlayered plagioclase-augite-orthopyroxene-olivine, plagioclase-augite- olivine and plagioclase-orthopyroxene-augite cumulates, the composition ranges being olivine Fo75-50, plagioclase An78-42, orthopyroxene and inverted pigeonite Ca2.8Mg76.4Fe20.8 - Ca1.4Mg31.0Fe67.6, augite Ca43.1Mg46.9Fe10.0 - Ca40.5Mg27.1Fe32.4. The most iron-rich pyroxene and albite-rich plagioclase occur in a zone near the margin of the intrusion and are probably related to exchange reactions with the country rock. It is considered that the gabbro did not accumulate by simple fractional crystallization of a single or even several large batches of magma, but by numerous influxes of previously fractionated magma from a deeper reservoir. Conditions of crystallization are interpreted as approx 1055oC, 5.4 kbar and fO2 near the wustite-magnetite buffer.-R.A.H.

  4. Cogenetic Rock Fragments from a Lunar Soil: Evidence of a Ferroan Noritic-Anorthosite Pluton on the Moon

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    Jolliff, B. L.; Haskin, L. A.

    1995-06-01

    The impact that produced North Ray Crater, Apollo 16 landing site, exhumed rocks that include relatively mafic members of the lunar ferroan anorthositic suite. Bulk and mineral compositions indicate that a majority of 2-4 mm lithic fragments from sample 67513, including impact breccias and monomict igneous rocks, are related to a common noritic-anorthosite precursor. Compositions and geochemical trends of these lithic fragments and of related samples collected along the rim of North Ray Crater suggest that these rocks derived from a single igneous body. This body developed as an orthocumulate from a mixture of cumulus plagioclase and mafic intercumulus melt, after the plagioclase had separated from any cogenetic mafic minerals and had become concentrated into a crystal mush (approximately 70 wt% plagioclase, 30 wt% intercumulus melt). We present a model for the crystallization of the igneous system wherein "system" is defined as cumulus plagioclase and intercumulus melt. The initial accumulation of plagioclase is analogous to the formation of thick anorthosites of the terrestrial Stillwater Complex; however, a second stage of formation is indicated, involving migration of the cumulus-plagioclase-intercumulus-melt system to a higher crustal level, analogous to the emplacement of terrestrial massif anorthosites. Compositional variations of the lithic fragments from sample 67513 are consistent with dominantly equilibrium crystallization of intercumulus melt. The highly calcic nature of orthocumulus pyroxene and plagioclase suggests some reaction between the intercumulus melt and cumulus plagioclase, perhaps facilitated by some recrystallization of cumulus plagioclase. Bulk compositions and mineral assemblages of individual rock fragments also require that most of the mafic minerals fortned in close contact with cumulus plagioclase, not as separate layers. The distribution of compositions (and by inference, modes) has a narrow peak at anorthosite and a broader, larger

  5. Cogenetic Rock Fragments from a Lunar Soil: Evidence of a Ferroan Noritic-Anorthosite Pluton on the Moon

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    Jolliff, B. L.; Haskin, L. A.

    1995-01-01

    The impact that produced North Ray Crater, Apollo 16 landing site, exhumed rocks that include relatively mafic members of the lunar ferroan anorthositic suite. Bulk and mineral compositions indicate that a majority of 2-4 mm lithic fragments from sample 67513, including impact breccias and monomict igneous rocks, are related to a common noritic-anorthosite precursor. Compositions and geochemical trends of these lithic fragments and of related samples collected along the rim of North Ray Crater suggest that these rocks derived from a single igneous body. This body developed as an orthocumulate from a mixture of cumulus plagioclase and mafic intercumulus melt, after the plagioclase had separated from any cogenetic mafic minerals and had become concentrated into a crystal mush (approximately 70 wt% plagioclase, 30 wt% intercumulus melt). We present a model for the crystallization of the igneous system wherein "system" is defined as cumulus plagioclase and intercumulus melt. The initial accumulation of plagioclase is analogous to the formation of thick anorthosites of the terrestrial Stillwater Complex; however, a second stage of formation is indicated, involving migration of the cumulus-plagioclase-intercumulus-melt system to a higher crustal level, analogous to the emplacement of terrestrial massif anorthosites. Compositional variations of the lithic fragments from sample 67513 are consistent with dominantly equilibrium crystallization of intercumulus melt. The highly calcic nature of orthocumulus pyroxene and plagioclase suggests some reaction between the intercumulus melt and cumulus plagioclase, perhaps facilitated by some recrystallization of cumulus plagioclase. Bulk compositions and mineral assemblages of individual rock fragments also require that most of the mafic minerals fortned in close contact with cumulus plagioclase, not as separate layers. The distribution of compositions (and by inference, modes) has a narrow peak at anorthosite and a broader, larger

  6. Geochemistry of apollo 15 basalt 15555 and soil 15531.

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    Schnetzler, C C; Philpotts, J A; Nava, D F; Schuhmann, S; Thomas, H H

    1972-01-28

    Major and trace element concentrations have been determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometry, colorimetry, and isotope dilution in Apollo 15 mare basalt 15555 from the Hadley Rille area; trace element concentrations have also been determined in plagioclase and pyroxene separates from basalt 15555 and in soil 15531 from the same area. Basalt 15555 most closely resembles in composition the Apollo 12 olivine-rich basalts. The concentrations of lithium, potassium, rubidium, barium, rare-earth elements, and zirconium in basalt 15555 are the lowest, and the negative europium anomaly is the smallest, reported for lunar basalts; this basalt might be the least differentiated material yet returned from the moon. Crystallization and removal of about 6 percent of plagioclase similar to that contained in the basalt would account for the observed europium anomaly; if plagioclase is not on the liquidus of this basalt, a multistage origin is indicated. Mineral data indicate that plagioclase and pyroxene approached quasi-equilibrium. Most of the chemical differences between basalt 15555 and soil 15531 would be accounted for if the soil were a mixture of 88 percent basalt, 6 percent KREEP (a component, identified in other Apollo soils, rich in potassium, rare-earth elements, and phosphorus) and 6 percent plagioclase (anorthosite?).

  7. Magma evolution in the Nain Complex, Labrador, and implications for the origin of anorthosite

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    Berg, J.H.

    1985-01-01

    Analyses of over 50 chilled margins of plutons and contemporaneous dikes in the anorthositic Nain Complex reveal a well-defined trend of liquid evolution along a plagioclase-olivine cotectic. Fractional crystallization of olivine and plagioclase has resulted in extreme enrichment of TiO/sub 2/ and FeO/sub T/ and depletion of Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ in the more evolved compositions. The contemporaneous Harp Dikes and Seal Lake Volcanics of southern Labrador also fall along this trend. Although rare, other dikes in the Nain complex are very olivine-rich and the olivine is quench-textured. Modeling of major and trace elements indicates that the leucotroctolitic liquids can be derived from the melatroctolites by olivine removal, and that the more evolved cotectic liquids can be derived from the leucotroctolitic liquids by removal of o1 + plag in a 25:75 ratio. If the equilibrium saturation surface of plagioclase is ignored, continued olivine removal from the leucotroctolites is capable of producing compositions very similar to compositions of hypothesized anorthositic magmas. In the Nain Complex, field evidence for supersaturation of plagioclase is abundant. Since all of the compositions discussed above are low in normative diopside, it may be that such liquids are less capable of nucleating plagioclase than liquid with more normal diopside contents, thus permitting the supersaturation.

  8. Sm-Nd Age and Nd- and Sr- Isotopic Evidence for the Petrogenesis of Dhofar 378

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    Nyquist, L. E.; Ikeda, Y.; Shih, C.-Y.; Reese, Y. D.; Nakamura, N.; Takeda, H.

    2006-01-01

    Dhofar 378 (hereafter Dho 378) is one of the most ferroan lithologies among martian meteorites, resembling the Los Angeles basaltic shergottite in lithology and mineral chemistry, although it is more highly shocked than Los Angeles. All plagioclase (Pl) grains in the original lithology were melted by an intense shock in the range 55-75 GPa. Clinopyroxenes (Cpx) sometimes show mosaic extinction under a microscope showing that they, too, experienced intense shock. Nevertheless, they zone from magnesian cores to ferroan rims, reflecting the original lithology. Cpx grains also often contain exsolution lamellae, showing that the original lithology cooled slowly enough for the lamellae to form. Because all plagioclase grains were melted by the intense shock and subsequently quenched, the main plagioclase component is glass (Pl-glass) rather than maskelynite. Like Los Angeles, but unlike most basaltic shergottites, Dho 378 contains approximately equal modal abundances of Cpx and Pl-glass. The grain sizes of the original minerals were comparatively large (approximately 1 mm). The original plagioclase zoning has been severely modified. Following shock melting, the plagioclase melts crystallized from the outside inward, first forming outer rims of Cpx-Pl intergrowths (approximately 10 micrometers) followed by inner rims (10's to 100 micrometers) of An(sub 40-50) feldspar, and finally Pl-gl cores of compositions An(sub 33-50) with orthoclase compositions up to Or(sub 12).

  9. Th-230 - U-238 series disequilibrium of the Olkaria basalts Gregory Rift Valley, Kenya

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    Black, S.; Macdonald, R.; Kelly, M.

    1993-01-01

    U-Th disequilibrium analyses of the Naivasha basalts show a very small (U-238/Th-230) ratios which are lower than any previously analyzed basalts. The broadly positive internal isochron trend from one sample indicates that the basalts may have source heterogeneities, this is supported by earlier work. The Naivasha complex comprises a bimodal suite of basalts and rhyolites. The basalts are divided into two stratigraphic groups each of a transitional nature. The early basalt series (EBS) which were erupted prior to the Group 1 comendites and, the late basalt series (LBS) which erupted temporally between the Broad Acres and the Ololbutot centers. The basalts represent a very small percentage of the overall eruptive volume of material at Naivasha (less than 2 percent). The analyzed samples come from four stratigraphic units in close proximity around Ndabibi, Hell's Gate and Akira areas. The earliest units occur as vesicular flows from the Ndabibi plain. These basalts are olivine-plagioclase phyric with the associated hawaiites being sparsely plagioclase phyric. An absolute age of 0.5Ma was estimated for these basalts. The next youngest basalts flows occur as younger tuft cones in the Ndabibi area and are mainly olivine-plagioclase-clinopyroxcene phyric with one purely plagioclase phyric sample. The final phase of activity at Ndabibi resulted in much younger tuft cones consisting of air fall ashes and lapilli tufts. Many of these contain resorbed plagioclase phenocrysts with sample number 120c also being clinopyroxene phyric. The isotopic evidence for the basalt formation is summarized.

  10. Precambrian tholeiitic-dacitic rock-suites and Cambrian ultramafic rocks in the Pennine nappe system of the Alps: Evidence from Sm-Nd isotopes and rare earth elements

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    Stille, P.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1985-01-01

    Major element, trace element and Sm-Nd isotope analyses were made of polymetamorphic hornblendefelses, plagioclase amphibolites and banded amphibolites from the Berisal complex in the Simplon area (Italy, Switzerland) to determine their age, origin and genetic relationships. In light of major and rare earth element data, the hornblendefelses are inferred to have originally been pyroxene-rich cumulates, the plagioclase amphibolites and the dark layers of the banded amphibolites to have been tholeiitic basalts and the light layers dacites. The Sm-Nd isotope data yield isochron ages of 475??81 Ma for the hornblendefelses, 1,018??59 Ma for the plagioclase amphibolites and 1,071??43 Ma for the banded amphibolites. The 1 Ga magmatic event is the oldest one ever found in the crystalline basement of the Pennine nappes. The Sm -Nd isotope data support the consanguinity of the tholeiitic dark layers and the dacitic light layers of the banded amphibolites with the tholeiitic plagioclase amphibolites and the ultramafic hornblendefelses. The initial e{open}Nd values indicate that all three rock types originated from sources depleted in light rare earth elements. We suggest that plagioclase and banded amphibolites were a Proterozoic tholeiite-dacite sequence that was strongly deformed and flattened during subsequent folding. The hornblendefelses are thought to be Cambrian intrusions of pyroxene-rich material. ?? 1985 Springer-Verlag.

  11. Post-igneous redistribution of components in eucrites

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    Phinney, W. C.; Lindstrom, D. J.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Martinez, R. R.

    1993-01-01

    In our analyses, we utilize a microdrilling technique that removes 40 to 100 micron diameter cores from mineral grains in thin sections analyzed by microprobe. The cores are then analyzed by INAA using the technique of Lindstrom. Three eucrites were selected for application of this analytical technique: monomict breccias Pasamonte and Stannern and unbrecciated EET90020. Pasamonte is among the most unequilibrated of the eucrites on the basis of zoning in pyroxenes and is considered to be an igneous rock not significantly affected by metamorphism. Stannern has igneous texture but its pyroxenes indicate some re-equilibration, although little, if any, recrystallization. EET90020 has a granulite texture and has been substantially recrystallized. Our sample of Pasamonte contains several clasts of different grain sizes ranging from glass to fine grained with diabasic texture containing lathy plagioclase, unexsolved pigeonite, and mesostasis. Cores were taken of the glass and from minerals and mesostases in six lithic clasts which normally allowed sampling of more than one phase per clast. Our sample of Stannern is also a breccia but with little difference in grain size between clasts and matrix. The plagioclase and pigeonite are blocky, twinned, and exsolved and coexist with a bit of mesostasis. Cores were taken of plagioclase and pigeonite with no attempt to distinguish separate clasts. EET90020 is a granular mixture of twinned plagioclase and pigeonite having rather uniform size and many triple junctions. Several cores were taken of both phases. Both clear and cloudy grains of plagioclase and pyroxene were sampled in all three eucrites.

  12. Rock-forming Minerals Transformations in Conditions of Stepwise Shock Compression of Qwartz-feldspar-biotite-garnet Schist from Southern Ural

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    Belyatinskaya, Irina; Feldman, Vilen; Milyavskiy, Vladimir; Borodina, Tatiana

    2011-06-01

    Samples for experiments with use of recovery assemblies of planar geometry have been taken from Southern Ural (Russia). The maximal shock pressures in the samples were attained upon a few reverberations of the waves between the walls of the recovery ampoule (stepwise shock compression) and were equal 26, 36 and 52 GPa. Shock-metamorphic transformations of rock-forming minerals (garnet, biotite, quartz, potash feldspar and plagioclase) have been studied with the use of optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) methods, microprobe analysis, and X-ray phase analysis (XPA). The strongest transformations (mechanical and chemical) were observed in potash feldspar and plagioclase. These minerals undergo strong amorphization at 26 GPa already. Plagioclase chemical transformations are equal to results of earlier stepwise shock compression experiments. Biotite also reveals strong mechanical (kink-bands, partial melting) and chemical (for melted biotites only) transformations. Garnet reveals mechanical transformations only. The work was supported by RFBR (09-05-00211).

  13. Two-garnet rodingite from Amador County, California

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    Duffield, W.A.; Beeson, M.H.

    1973-01-01

    Two distinct phases of garnet have been discovered in rodingite from Amador County, Calif. The two garnets are hydrogrossular and (hydro?) grossular-andradite. Only one, generally hydrogrossular, has been reported in rodingitcs studied by other workers. The rodingite of this study formed from a mafic dike with abundant euhedral plagioclase laths. The hydrogrossular is concentrated within the areas of these laths and is volumetrically about as abundant. The (hydro?) grossular-andradite is concentrated in the groundmass and as incursions into the plagioclase laths. The garnets apparently grew during one general episode of metasomatism, and their spatial distribution and compositions were controlled principally by the unequal distribution of iron and aluminum caused by the presence of plagioclase laths (and mafic minerals?) in the original unaltered dike.

  14. Experiments and Spectral Studies of Martian Volcanic Rocks: Implications for the Origin of Pathfinder Rocks and Soils

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    Rutherford, Malcolm J.; Mustard, Jack; Weitz, Catherine

    2002-01-01

    The composition and spectral properties of the Mars Pathfinder rocks and soils together with the identification of basaltic and andesitic Mars terrains based on Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) data raised interesting questions regarding the nature and origin of Mars surface rocks. We have investigated the following questions: (1) are the Pathfinder rocks igneous and is it possible these rocks could have formed by known igneous processes, such as equilibrium or fractional crystallization, operating within SNC magmas known to exist on Mars? If it is possible, what P (depth) and PH2O conditions are required? (2) whether TES-based interpretations of plagioclase-rich basalt and andesitic terrains in the south and north regions of Mars respectively are unique. Are the surface compositions of these regions plagioclase-rich, possibly indicating the presence of old AI-rich crust of Mars, or are the spectra being affected by something like surface weathering processes that might determine the spectral pyroxene to plagioclase ratio?

  15. Short-lived oxygen diffusion during hot, deep-seated meteoric alteration of anorthosite

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    Mora; Riciputi; Cole

    1999-12-17

    Heterogeneous oxygen isotope compositions of plagioclase from the Boehls Butte anorthosite include some of the most oxygen-18-depleted values (to -16 per mil) reported for plagioclase in meta-igneous rocks and indicate high-temperature (T > 500 degrees C) isotopic exchange between plagioclase and nearly pristine meteoric fluid. Retrograde reaction-enhanced permeability assisted influx of meteoric-hydrothermal fluids into the deep-seated anorthosite. Isotopic gradients of about 14 per mil over 600 micrometers in single crystals require short-lived (about 10(4) years) diffusional exchange of oxygen and locally large effective water:rock ratios, followed by rapid loss of water and cessation of oxygen diffusion in the anorthosite.

  16. Geochemistry of the lunar highlands as revealed by measurements of thermal neutrons

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    Beck, Andrew W.; Lawrence, David J.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Thermal neutron emissions from the lunar surface provide a direct measure of bulk elemental composition that can be used to constrain the chemical properties of near‐surface (depth <1 m) lunar materials. We present a new calibration of the Lunar Prospector thermal neutron map, providing a direct link between measured count rates and bulk elemental composition. The data are used to examine the chemical and mineralogical composition of the lunar surface, with an emphasis on constraining the plagioclase concentration across the highlands. We observe that the regions of lowest neutron absorption, which correspond to estimated plagioclase concentrations of >85%, are generally associated with large impact basins and are colocated with clusters of nearly pure plagioclase identified with spectral reflectance data. PMID:27830110

  17. Geologic setting and petrology of Apollo 15 anorthosite /15415/.

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    Wilshire, H. G.; Schaber, G. G.; Jackson, E. D.; Silver, L. T.; Phinney, W. C.

    1972-01-01

    The geological setting, petrography and history of this Apollo 15 lunar rock sample are discussed, characterizing the sample as coarse-grained anorthosite composed largely of calcic plagioclase with small amounts of three pyroxene phases. The presence of shattered and granulated minerals in the texture of the rock is traced to two or more fragmentation events, and the presence of irregular bands of coarsely recrystallized plagioclase and minor pyroxene crossing larger plagioclase grains is traced to an earlier thermal metamorphic event. It is pointed out that any of these events may have affected apparent radiometric ages of elements in this rock. A comparative summarization of data suggests that this rock is the least-deformed member of a suite of similar rocks ejected from beneath the regolith at Spur crater.

  18. Shock compression of a recrystallized anorthositic rock from Apollo 15

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    Ahrens, T. J.; Gibbons, R. V.; O'Keefe, J. D.

    1973-01-01

    Hugoniot measurements on 15,418, a recrystallized and brecciated gabbroic anorthosite, yield a value of the Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL) varying from 45 to 70 kbar as the final shock pressure is varied from 70 to 280 kbar. Above the HEL and to 150 kbar, the pressure-density Hugoniot is closely described by a hydrostatic equation of state constructed from ultrasonic data for single-crystal plagioclase and pyroxene. Above 150 kbar, the Hugoniot states indicate that a series of one or more shock-induced phase changes are occurring in the plagioclase and pyroxene. From Hugoniot data for both the single-crystal minerals and the Frederick diabase, we infer that the shock-induced high-pressure phases in 15,418 probably consists of a 3.71 g/cu cm density, high-pressure structure for plagioclase and a 4.70 g/cu cm perovskite-type structure for pyroxene.

  19. Martian soil component in impact glasses in a Martian meteorite.

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    Rao, M N; Borg, L E; McKay, D S; Wentworth, S J

    1999-11-01

    Chemical compositions of impact melt glass veins, called Lithology C (Lith C) in Martian meteorite EET79001 were determined by electron microprobe analysis. A large enrichment of S, and significant enrichments of Al, Ca, and Na were observed in Lith C glass compared to Lithology A (Lith A). The S enrichment is due to mixing of plagioclase- enriched Lith A material with Martian soil, either prior to or during impact on Mars. A mixture of 87% Lith A, 7% plagioclase, and 6% Martian soil reproduces the average elemental abundances observed in Lith C. Shock melting of such a mixture of plagioclase-enriched, fine-grained Lith A host rock and Martian soil could yield large excesses of S (observed in this study) and Martian atmospheric noble gases (found by Bogard et al., 1983) in Lith C. These mixing proportions can be used to constrain the elemental abundance of phosphorus in Martian soil.

  20. Partial melting of amphibolite to trondhjemite at Nunatak Fiord, St. Elias Mountains, Alaska

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    Barker, F.; McLellan, E.L.; Plafker, G.

    1985-01-01

    At Nunatak Fiord, 55km NE of Yakutat, Alaska, a uniform layer of Cretaceous basalt ca. 3km thick was metamorphosed ca. 67 million years ago to amphibolite and locally partially melted to pegmatitic trondhjemite. Segregations of plagioclase-quartz+/-biotite rock, leucosomes in amphibolite matrix, range from stringers 5-10mm thick to blunt pods as thick as 6m. They tend to be parallel to foliation of the amphibolite, but crosscutting is common. The assemblage aluminous hornblende-plagioclase-epidote-sphene-quartz gave a hydrous melt that crystallized to plagioclase-quartz+/-biotite pegmatitic trondhjemite. 5-10% of the rock melted. Eu at 2x chondrites is positively anomalous. REE partitioning in melt/residum was controlled largely by hornblende and sphene. Though the mineralogical variability precludes quantitative modeling, partial melting of garnet-free amphibolite to heavy-REE-depleted trondhjemitic melt is a viable process.

  1. Repeated shock and thermal metamorphism of the Abernathy meteorite

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    Lambert, P.; Lewis, C.; Moore, C. B.

    1984-01-01

    Based on the example of Abernathy (L6 chondrite), it is shown how petrographic investigation can be used to unravel the nature, chronology and conditions of superposed metamorphic events in chondrites. Features considered include the texture of the rock, optical characteristics of olivine, pyroxene and plagioclase, refractive index of plagioclase, metallographical characteristics and microhardness of Fe-Ni alloys. It is deduced that Abernathy has been involved in at least six metamorphic events since the formation of the chondrite. Four distinct shock events and two separate reheating events have been identified. The chronology of these events is established. The conditions for the last four events are reasonably well constrained. These include severe reheating (T greater than 1200 C); severe shock causing complete melting of plagioclase and local melting of the rock (P between 90 and 110 GPa, T between 1250 and 1350 C); mild shock (P between 10 and 25 GPa, T less than 500 C); and reheating below 800 C.

  2. Geochemistry of the lunar highlands as revealed by measurements of thermal neutrons.

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    Peplowski, Patrick N; Beck, Andrew W; Lawrence, David J

    2016-03-01

    Thermal neutron emissions from the lunar surface provide a direct measure of bulk elemental composition that can be used to constrain the chemical properties of near-surface (depth <1 m) lunar materials. We present a new calibration of the Lunar Prospector thermal neutron map, providing a direct link between measured count rates and bulk elemental composition. The data are used to examine the chemical and mineralogical composition of the lunar surface, with an emphasis on constraining the plagioclase concentration across the highlands. We observe that the regions of lowest neutron absorption, which correspond to estimated plagioclase concentrations of >85%, are generally associated with large impact basins and are colocated with clusters of nearly pure plagioclase identified with spectral reflectance data.

  3. Melting behavior and phase relations of lunar samples

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    Hays, J. F.

    1976-01-01

    An attempt was made to show that feldspar would float during melting. Large anorthite crystals were placed beneath a silicate glass representative of liquid in which plagioclase accumulation is thought to have occurred. In less than 3 hours at 1,300 C, the crystals rose to the top in a Pt crucible 3 cm deep equilibrated in air and in a Mo crucible 1.5 cm deep equilibrated in an H2/CO2 gas stream of log PO2 = -10.9 (below Fe/FeO). These results suggest that lunar crustal formation by feldspar flotation is possible without special recourse to differential sinking of plagioclase versus mafic minerals or selective elutriation of plagioclase.

  4. Shooting stars: Our guide to the early solar system`s formation

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    O`Reilly, J.

    1995-11-01

    Plagioclase grains were studied from the Allende meteorite, sample 916, to determine a chronology of events that occurred within the first ten million years of the solar system`s formation. Radiometric dating of the {sup 26}-Al-{sup 26}Mg system was accomplished on the ion microprobe mass spectromer. The excess {sup 26}-Mg in core plagioclase grains of calcium-aluminum rich inclusions (CAIs) provided a time of original condensation for {sup 26}-Al of {approximately}4.55 million years ago, a hundred million years prior to the formation of the planets. This data has been found to correlate with other excess {sup 26}-Mg samples. Measurements of plagioclase in the CAI`s periphery dated 1.52 million years later, suggesting an interesting history of collision and melting.

  5. Kosmin granodiorite and its variable enclaves

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    Gruszczyńska, Joanna; Pietranik, Anna

    2010-05-01

    Kośmin granodiorite represents Variscan magmatic activity in Poland, Sudetes. It is ca. 335 Ma and can be correlated with a similar magmatic episode in Czech Republic, Germany and Austria [1]. The geochemical data such as high contents of MgO and K2O, enrichment in LILE, high ratios of LREE/HREE, enrichment in Cr and Ni and low Na2O contents are similar to other K-rich intrusions in the Bohemian Massif [1]. Kośmin granodiorite contains variable dioritic, sjenitic and monzodioritic enclaves which potentially record processes of magma generation and differentiation typical for potassic magmatism. Three analyzed samples of the host granodiorite have similar composition (58 wt. % SiO2, 5 wt. % MgO, 4 wt. % K2O, 43 ppm Ni, 470 ppm Sr, 9 La/LuN). The mineral composition is dominated by K-feldspar and plagioclase, with subordinate hornblende, biotite, quartz and zircon and apatite as accessory minerals. An in plagioclase varies from 33 to 42% and average SrO content in plagioclase is ca. 650-850 ppm. The enclaves in the granodiorite can be divided into 3 groups according to their mineralogy and chemical composition: (1) Monzodiorites are the dominating type and are characterized by a range of chemical compositions (50-55 wt. % SiO2, 6-10 wt. % MgO, 4-5 wt. % K2O, 30-200 ppm Ni, 300-450 ppm Sr, 5-11 La/LuN). They consist of plagioclase, pyroxene, amphibole, biotite, K-feldspar, quartz and often contain variable amounts of plagioclase phenocrysts. The phenocrysts have variable An contents from 32 to 70%, but the highest An is observed in thin (ca. 100 μm) patchy zones close to the plagioclase rims. The SrO contents in plagioclase are ca. 900 ppm and are sometimes higher in the patchy zones up to 1100 ppm. The structure and chemical composition of phenocrysts is consistent with their crystallization in the host granodioritic magma and later transport and resorption in the monzodioritic magma. (2) Syenites comprise ca. 10% of enclaves and are characterized by very high K2O

  6. Phenocryst compositional diversity as a consequence of degassing induced crystallization

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    Frey, H. M.; Lange, R. A.

    2006-12-01

    In volcanic arc lavas, compositional diversity in phenocryst populations has commonly been attributed to magma mingling or mixing. However, the amount of dissolved water in the magma appears to have a significant effect on composition of the phenocrysts that crystallize from the melt. Tens of plagioclase and pyroxene phenocrysts were analyzed from six crystal-poor (<6 vol%) andesite and dacite scoria cones on the flanks of Volcán Tequila in western Mexico. The compositions and phase assemblages in the crystal-poor lavas are remarkably similar to that of the crystal-rich lavas (15-30 vol%) from the main edifice and flank flows of Volcán Tequila. Both lava types have plagioclase phenocrysts that span a wide compositional range, up to 45 mol% anorthite. In the crystal-rich lavas, individual phenocrysts have significant compositional variation, from oscillatory zoning of tens of mol% to relatively homogenous composition cores with a 5-10 um rim of significantly different composition. In contrast, plagioclase in the crystal-poor lavas has compositional variation within the population, but not individual phenocrysts. The plagioclase have little core to rim zoning and remarkable euhedral shapes, irrespective of composition. They are often riddled with melt inclusion channels, which broadly parallel the long axis of the crystal. These textures have been recognized in plagioclase crystallization experiments to be the result of rapid and large degrees of undercooling during crystallization. In the crystal-poor lavas, there is no textural evidence to suggest the phenocrysts were ever out of equilibrium with the host magma, so an alternative to magma mingling/mixing must be considered. The composition of plagioclase is dependent on several parameters, but varies most strongly with H2O content. Because of this relationship, a new plagioclase hygrometer (Lange and Frey, 2006) calibrated on plagioclase compositions from water-saturated experiments in the literature, can be used

  7. New opportunities of pegmatites enrichment by optical sorting

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    Chertov, Aleksandr N.; Gorbunova, Elena V.; Alekhin, Artem A.; Korotaev, Valery V.; Skamnitskaya, Lyubov S.; Bubnova, Tatiana P.

    2015-05-01

    The paper presents the research results of pegmatites from Karelian deposits. The aim of this research was to find selective features of microcline, biotite, muscovite, quartz, and plagioclase for determining the opportunity of their selection from original ore by optical sorting method which based on color differences of analyzed objects. Studies have shown that the solution of the problem of these minerals separation is possible in 3 stages. In the first stage groups "microcline", "muscovite and biotite", "quartz and plagioclase," are separated according to the values of channels hue H and lightness L in the color model HLS. In the second stage biotite and muscovite are separated from each other by the values of the channel hue H and saturation S. Finally, in the third stage couple "quartz - plagioclase" are separated. But these minerals are indistinguishable from each other by color, so it's proposed to separate them by selective feature "surface structure."

  8. Disequilibrium dihedral angles in dolerite sills

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    Holness, Marian B.; Richardson, Chris; Helz, Rosalind T.

    2012-01-01

    The geometry of clinopyroxene-plagioclase-plagioclase junctions in mafic rocks, measured by the median dihedral angle Θcpp, is created during solidification. In the solidifying Kilauea Iki (Hawaii) lava lake, the wider junctions between plagioclase grains are the first to be filled by pyroxene, followed by the narrower junctions. The final Θcpp, attained when all clinopyroxene-plagioclase-plagioclase junctions are formed, is 78° in the upper crust of the lake, and 85° in the lower solidification front. Θcpp in the 3.5-m-thick Traigh Bhàn na Sgùrra sill (Inner Hebrides) is everywhere 78°. In the Whin Sill (northern England, 38 m thick) and the Portal Peak sill (Antarctica, 129 m thick), Θcpp varies symmetrically, with the lowest values at the margins. The 266-m-thick Basement Sill (Antarctica) has asymmetric variation of Θcpp, attributed to a complex filling history. The chilled margins of the Basement Sill are partially texturally equilibrated, with high Θcpp. The plagioclase grain size in the two widest sills varies asymmetrically, with the coarsest rocks found in the upper third. Both Θcpp and average grain size are functions of model crystallization times. Θcpp increases from 78° to a maximum of ∼100° as the crystallization time increases from 1 to 500 yr. Because the use of grain size as a measure of crystallization time is dependent on an estimate of crystal growth rates, dihedral angles provide a more direct proxy for cooling rates in dolerites.

  9. Superposition of replacements in the mafic granulites of the Jijal complex of the Kohistan arc, northern Pakistan: dehydration and rehydration within deep arc crust

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    Yamamoto, Hiroshi; Yoshino, Takashi

    1998-09-01

    A deep-level crustal section of the Cretaceous Kohistan arc is exposed in the northern part of the Jijal complex. The occurrence of mafic to ultramafic granulite-facies rocks exhibits the nature and metamorphic evolution of the lower crust. Mafic granulites are divided into two rock types: two-pyroxene granulite (orthopyroxene+clinopyroxene+plagioclase±quartz [1]); and garnet-clinopyroxene granulite (garnet+clinopyroxene+plagioclase+quartz [2]). Two-pyroxene granulite occurs in the northeastern part of the Jijal complex as a relict host rock of garnet-clinopyroxene granulite, where the orthopyroxene-rich host is transected by elongated patches and bands of garnet-clinopyroxene granulite. Garnet-clinopyroxene granulite, together with two-pyroxene granulite, has been partly replaced by amphibolite (hornblende±garnet+plagioclase+quartz [3]). The garnet-bearing assemblage [2] is expressed by a compression-dehydration reaction: hornblende+orthopyroxene+plagioclase=garnet+clinopyroxene+quartz+H 2O↑. Subsequent amphibolitization to form the assemblage [3] is expressed by two hydration reactions: garnet+clinopyroxene+plagioclase+H 2O=hornblende+quartz and plagioclase+hornblende+H 2O=zoisite+chlorite+quartz. The mafic granulites include pod- and lens-shaped bodies of ultramafic granulites which consist of garnet hornblendite (garnet+hornblende+clinopyroxene [4]) associated with garnet clinopyroxenite, garnetite, and hornblendite. Field relation and comparisons in modal-chemical compositions between the mafic and ultramafic granulites indicate that the ultramafic granulites were originally intrusive rocks which dissected the protoliths of the mafic granulites and then have been metamorphosed simultaneously with the formation of garnet-clinopyroxene granulite. The results combined with isotopic ages reported elsewhere give the following tectonic constraints: (1) crustal thickening through the development of the Kohistan arc and the subsequent Kohistan-Asia collision

  10. Petrographic and geochemical comparisons between the lower crystalline basement-derived section and the granite megablock and amphibolite megablock of the Eyreville B core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, USA

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    Townsend, G.N.; Gibson, R.L.; Horton, J.W.; Reimold, W.U.; Schmitt, R.T.; Bartosova, K.

    2009-01-01

    The Eyreville B core from the Chesapeake Bay impact structure, Virginia, USA, contains a lower basement-derived section (1551.19 m to 1766.32 m deep) and two megablocks of dominantly (1) amphibolite (1376.38 m to 1389.35 m deep) and (2) granite (1095.74 m to 1371.11 m deep), which are separated by an impactite succession. Metasedimentary rocks (muscovite-quartz-plagioclase-biotite-graphite ?? fibrolite ?? garnet ?? tourmaline ?? pyrite ?? rutile ?? pyrrhotite mica schist, hornblende-plagioclase-epidote-biotite- K-feldspar-quartz-titanite-calcite amphibolite, and vesuvianite-plagioclase- quartz-epidote calc-silicate rock) are dominant in the upper part of the lower basement-derived section, and they are intruded by pegmatitic to coarse-grained granite (K-feldspar-plagioclase-quartz-muscovite ?? biotite ?? garnet) that increases in volume proportion downward. The granite megablock contains both gneissic and weakly or nonfoliated biotite granite varieties (K-feldspar-quartz-plagioclase-biotite ?? muscovite ?? pyrite), with small schist xenoliths consisting of biotite-plagioclase-quartz ?? epidote ?? amphibole. The lower basement-derived section and both megablocks exhibit similar middleto upper-amphibolite-facies metamorphic grades that suggest they might represent parts of a single terrane. However, the mica schists in the lower basement-derived sequence and in the megablock xenoliths show differences in both mineralogy and whole-rock chemistry that suggest a more mafi c source for the xenoliths. Similarly, the mineralogy of the amphibolite in the lower basement-derived section and its association with calc-silicate rock suggest a sedimentary protolith, whereas the bulk-rock and mineral chemistry of the megablock amphibolite indicate an igneous protolith. The lower basement-derived granite also shows bulk chemical and mineralogical differences from the megablock gneissic and biotite granites. ?? 2009 The Geological Society of America.

  11. QUE 94204: A primitive enstatite achondrite produced by the partial melting of an E chondrite-like protolith

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    Izawa, Matthew R. M.; Flemming, Roberta L.; Banerjee, Neil R.; Matveev, Sergei

    2011-11-01

    Queen Alexandra Range (QUE) 94204, an enstatite achondrite, is a coarse-grained, highly recrystallized, chondrule-free and unbrecciated rock dominated (about 70 vol%) by anhedral, equigranular crystals of orthoenstatite of nearly endmember composition (Fs0.1-0.4, Wo0.3-0.4) with interstitial plagioclase, kamacite, and troilite. Abundance of approximately 120° triple junctions and the close association of metal-sulfide and plagioclase-rich melts indicate that QUE 94204 has undergone limited partial melting with inefficient melt extraction. Mineral chemistry indicates a high degree of thermal metamorphism. Kamacite in QUE 94204 contains between 2.09 and 2.55 wt% Si, similar to highly metamorphosed EL chondrites. Plagioclase has between 4.31 and 6.66 wt% CaO, higher than other E chondrites but closer in composition to plagioclase from metamorphosed EL chondrites. QUE 94204 troilite contains up to 2.55 wt% Ti, consistent with extensive thermal metamorphism of an E chondrite-like precursor. Results presented in this study indicate that QUE 94204 is the result of low degree, (about 5-20 vol%, probably toward the lower end of this range) partial melting of an E chondrite protolith. Textural and chemical evidence suggests that during the metamorphism of QUE 94204, melts formed first at the Fe,Ni-FeS cotectic near approximately 900 °C, followed by plagioclase-pyroxene silicate partial melts near approximately 1100 °C. Neither the Fe,Ni-FeS nor the plagioclase-pyroxene melts were efficiently segregated or extracted. QUE 94204 belongs to a grouplet of similar "primitive enstatite achondrites" that are analogous to the acapulcoites-lodranites, but that have resulted from the partial melting of an E chondrite-like protolith.

  12. Crystal-poor, multiply saturated rhyolites (obsidians) from the Cascade and Mexican arcs: evidence of degassing-induced crystallization of phenocrysts

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    Waters, Laura E.; Lange, Rebecca A.

    2013-09-01

    A detailed petrological study is presented for six phenocryst-poor obsidian samples (73-75 wt% SiO2) erupted as small volume, monogenetic domes in the Mexican and Cascade arcs. Despite low phenocryst (+microphenocryst) abundances (2-6 %), these rhyolites are each multiply saturated with five to eight mineral phases (plagioclase + orthopyroxene + titanomagnetite + ilmenite + apatite ± zircon ± hornblende ± clinopyroxene ± sanidine ± pyrrhotite). Plagioclase and orthopyroxene phenocrysts (identified using phase-equilibrium constraints) span ≤30 mol % An and ≤15 % Mg#, respectively. Eruptive temperatures (±1 σ), on the basis of Fe-Ti two oxide thermometry, range from 779 (±25) to 940 (±18) °C. Oxygen fugacities (±1 σ) range from -0.4 to 1.4 (±0.1) log units relative to those along the Ni-NiO buffer. With temperature known, the plagioclase-liquid hygrometer was applied; maximum water concentrations calculated for the most calcic plagioclase phenocryst in each sample range from 2.6 to 6.5 wt%. This requires that the rhyolites were fluid-saturated at depths ≥2-7 km. It is proposed that the wide compositional range in plagioclase and orthopyroxene phenocrysts, despite their low abundance, can be attributed to changing melt water concentrations owing to degassing during magma ascent. Phase-equilibrium experiments from the literature show that higher dissolved water concentrations lead to more Fe-rich orthopyroxene, as well as more calcic plagioclase. Loss of dissolved water leads to a progressive increase in melt viscosity, and phenocrysts often display diffusion-limited growth textures (e.g., dendritic and vermiform), consistent with large undercoolings caused by degassing. A kinetic barrier to microlite crystallization occurred at viscosities from 4.5 to 5.0 log10 Pa s for these rhyolites, presumably because the rate at which melt viscosity changed was high owing to rapid loss of dissolved water during magma ascent.

  13. Petrographic and geochemical comparisons between the lower crystalline basement-derived section and the granite megablock and amphibolite megablock of the Eyreville-B core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure

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    Townsend, Gabrielle N.; Gibson, Roger L.; Horton, J. Wright; Reimold, Wolf Uwe; Schmitt, Ralf T.; Bartosova, Katerina

    2009-01-01

    The Eyreville B core from the Chesapeake Bay impact structure, Virginia, USA, contains a lower basement-derived section (1551.19 m to 1766.32 m deep) and two megablocks of dominantly (1) amphibolite (1376.38 m to 1389.35 m deep) and (2) granite (1095.74 m to 1371.11 m deep), which are separated by an impactite succession. Metasedimentary rocks (muscovite-quartz-plagioclase-biotite-graphite ± fibrolite ± garnet ± tourmaline ± pyrite ± rutile ± pyrrhotite mica schist, hornblende-plagioclase-epidote-biotite-K-feldspar-quartz-titanite-calcite amphibolite, and vesuvianite-plagioclase-quartz-epidote calc-silicate rock) are dominant in the upper part of the lower basement-derived section, and they are intruded by pegmatitic to coarse-grained granite (K-feldspar-plagioclase-quartz-muscovite ± biotite ± garnet) that increases in volume proportion downward. The granite megablock contains both gneissic and weakly or nonfoliated biotite granite varieties (K-feldspar-quartz-plagioclase-biotite ± muscovite ± pyrite), with small schist xenoliths consisting of biotite-plagioclase-quartz ± epidote ± amphibole. The lower basement-derived section and both megablocks exhibit similar middle- to upper-amphibolite-facies metamorphic grades that suggest they might represent parts of a single terrane. However, the mica schists in the lower basement-derived sequence and in the megablock xenoliths show differences in both mineralogy and whole-rock chemistry that suggest a more mafic source for the xenoliths. Similarly, the mineralogy of the amphibolite in the lower basement-derived section and its association with calc-silicate rock suggest a sedimentary protolith, whereas the bulk-rock and mineral chemistry of the megablock amphibolite indicate an igneous protolith. The lower basement-derived granite also shows bulk chemical and mineralogical differences from the megablock gneissic and biotite granites.

  14. Are Variations in TiO2 Contents in Anorthite-Hosted MORB Melt Inclusions Controlled by Magma Compositions or Boundary Layer Phenomena?

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    Weinsteiger, A. B.; Kent, A. J.; Nielsen, R. L.; Tepley, F. J.

    2007-12-01

    Anorthitic, AN greater than 90, plagioclase-phyric pillow basalts have been recovered from almost every Mid Ocean Ridge (MOR). These phenocrysts typically contain bands of primitive (high MgO) melt inclusions (MI's). Previous workers have described large variations in the abundance of Ti in melt inclusions within a single anorthite crystal. The origin of this anomalous Ti is uncertain. It has been ascribed to both variations in Ti (and by inference other elements) in melts from which plagioclase crystallize or to processes relating specifically to the formation of melt inclusions (e.g. diffusion controlled boundary layer effects). The goal of this study was to discriminate between these possibilities by comparing the Ti contents of melt inclusions and co-existing plagioclase. If it can be shown that the Ti content of plagioclase can be related to the Ti content of MI's through simple partitioning relationships, then this implies that inclusions represent melts with variable Ti contents. In this case, MI's potentially preserve a range of "unmixed" magma compositions that occur in the MOR magma environment. Data collected from MI's and high anorthite phenocrysts illustrate the same results for both Gorda Ridge and Southeast Indian Ridge. The range of Ti concentrations in MI's within individual phenocrysts varies from near zero (e.g. homogeneous) up to a factor of two at a given MI Mg number and constant anorthite value of plagioclase. Host feldspar analyzed next to the inclusion is characterized by a greater range of Ti concentration than that measured in the MI band. Calculated Ti distribution coefficients, based on the MI/host feldspar pairs are constant as a function of MI TiO2 and melt inclusion size. We interpret this to show that MI's represent real trapped melts, from which the plagioclase crystallized. Furthermore, MI compositions were not affected by diffusion or crystal nucleation and growth processes.

  15. Groundmass crystallisation and cooling rates of lava-like ignimbrites: the Grey's Landing ignimbrite, southern Idaho, USA

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    Ellis, B. S.; Cordonnier, B.; Rowe, M. C.; Szymanowski, D.; Bachmann, O.; Andrews, G. D. M.

    2015-10-01

    Constraining magmatic and eruptive processes is key to understanding how volcanoes operate. However, reconstructing eruptive and pre-eruptive processes requires the ability to see through any post-eruptive modification of the deposit. The well-preserved Grey's Landing ignimbrite from the central Snake River Plain provides an opportunity to systematically investigate the post-eruptive processes occurring through a single deposit sheet. Despite overall compositional homogeneity in both bulk and glass compositions, the Grey's Landing ignimbrite does preserve differences in the abundance of Li in plagioclase crystals which are strongly associated with the host lithology. Li abundances in plagioclase from the quickly cooled upper and basal vitrophyres are typically low (average 5 ppm, n = 262) while plagioclase from the microcrystalline interior of the deposit has higher Li contents (average 33 ppm, n = 773). Given that no other trace elemental parameter in plagioclase varies, we interpret the variability in Li to reflect a post-depositional process. Groundmass crystallisation of a rhyolite like Grey's Landing requires ˜50 % crystallisation of sanidine and variable amounts of a silica-rich phase (quartz, tridymite, cristobalite) and plagioclase to satisfy mass balance. We suggest the low affinity of Li for sanidine causes migration of groundmass Li into plagioclase during crystallisation. Even within the microcrystalline interior of the deposit, the morphology of the groundmass varies. The more marginal, finer-grained regions are dominated by cristobalite as the SiO2-rich phase while tridymite and quartz are additionally found in the more slowly cooled, coarser-grained portions of thick sections of the ignimbrite. Numerical models of cooling and crystallisation tested against field observations indicate that the groundmass crystallisation occurred relatively rapidly following emplacement (a maximum of a few years where the ignimbrite is thickest). These numerical

  16. Early active sun - Radiation history of distinct components in fines

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    Crozaz, G.; Taylor, G. J.; Walker, R. M.; Seitz, M. G.

    1974-01-01

    Plagioclase feldspars were separated from lunar soil samples and their compositions were determined by electron-microprobe analysis followed by etching and track counting in an effort to find effects of early solar activity. The feldspars were assigned on this basis to three major lithologies: mare basalts, anorthositic rocks, and KREEP rock. The results are in sharp contrast to Poupeau et al.'s (1973) observations on track densities in plagioclase crystals in the Luna 16 soil: no evidence is found for an early active sun, although the evidence does not preclude this possibility, either.

  17. Dynamic crystallization and kinetic melting of the lunar soil

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    Lofgren, G. E.; Smith, D. P.; Brown, R. W.

    1978-01-01

    Dynamic crystallization and kinetic melting tests have been conducted for a lunar soil that resembles the bulk composition of the matrices of melt-rock breccias. The melting tests indicate that plagioclase and olivine can exist for finite times above their equilibrium liquidus temperatures; within 20-30 C below its liquidus temperature the sample is choked with crystals. A range of textures from radiate to porphyritic pyroxene-plagioclase granophyric to subophitic to intergranular to intersertal to very fine-grained poikilitic is found in the dynamic crystallization experiments. The number of nuclei, as deduced from the textures, increases as the melting temperature deceases from above the liquidus to below.

  18. Origin of 78235, a lunar norite cumulate

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    Winzer, S. R.; Nava, D. F.; Lum, R. K. L.; Schuhmann, S.; Schuhmann, P.; Philpotts, J. A.

    1975-01-01

    A chemical and petrographic study is reported of the phases from the rock 78235 which was returned on the Apollo 17 mission. Petrographic analysis of the thin sections from the bounder confirm its cumulate origin. In order to develop further the crystallization history for 78235, its subsequent shock history, and its relationship to other lunar crustal rocks, orthopyroxene, plagioclase, glass, and whole-rock samples were prepared and analyzed for major, minor, and trace elements. It is speculated that an early fractional crystallization event producing a layer of orthopyroxene-plagioclase cumulate with varying amounts of trapped liquid took place within 20 km of the surface of the moon.

  19. Geochemistry of Apollo 15 basalt 15555 and soil 15531.

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    Schnetzler, C. C.; Philpotts, J. A.; Nava, D. F.; Schuhmann, S.; Thomas, H. H.

    1972-01-01

    Data are presented on major and trace element concentrations determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometry, colorimetry, and isotope dilution in Apollo 15 mare basalt 15555 from the Hadley Rille area, as well as on trace element concentrations determined in plagioclase and pyroxene separates from basalt 15555 and in soil 15531 from the same area. Most of the chemical differences between basalt 15555 and soil 15531 could be accounted for if the soil were a mixture of 88% basalt, 6% KREEP (a component, identified in other Apollo soils, rich in potassium, rare-earth elements, and phosphorus), and 6% plagioclase.

  20. Determination of Planetary Basalt Parentage: A Simple Technique Using the Electron Microprobe

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    Papike, J. J.; Karner, J. M.; Shearer, C. K.

    2003-01-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated the usefulness of major and minor elements in silicate phases to understand differences among basaltic systems and the influence of different planetary environments on basalt chemistry (e.g., Papike [1]). Intriguing data displays presented by Papike [1] include a plot of Mn vs. Fe (atoms per formula unit, afu) for pyroxene and olivine and a plot showing the anorthite content of plagioclase from different planetary basalts. Here we combine portions of these plots (Fig. 4) and provide all new data for olivine and plagioclase.

  1. Shock metamorphism in lunar samples.

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    von Engelhardt, W; Arndt, J; Müller, W F; Stöffler, D

    1970-01-30

    Indications of shock metamorphism produced by pressures up to the megabar region have been observed in the fine material and the breccias, but very rarely in the coarser fragments of crystalline rocks. These indications are deformation structures in plagioclase and pyroxene, diaplectic plagioclase glasses, and glasses formed by shock-induced melting of lunar rocks. Two sources of shock waves have been distinguished: primary impact of meteorites and secondary impact of crater ejecta. There are two major chemical types of shock-induced melts. The differences in chemistry may be related to impact sites in mare and highland areas.

  2. Pb isotopes in anorthositic breccias 67075 and 62237 - A search for primitive lunar lead

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    Premo, W. R.; Tatsumoto, M.; Wang, J.-W.

    1989-01-01

    The lunar Pb isotopic evolution is explored based on an investigation of the U-Th-Pb systematics of the primitive Apollo 16 anorthositic breccias 76075 and 62237. The isotope data for acid-leached residues from 67075 lie within or on a triangle formed by plagioclase, opaques, and a pyroxen-olivine mixture, and the isotope data for 62237 lie within or on a triangle formed by plagioclase, olivine, and pyroxene. The results suggest that the moon had high first-stage values for the Pb evolution equations from the onset.

  3. Petrologic characteristics of the 1982 and pre-1982 eruptive products of El Chichon volcano, Chiapas, Mexico.

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    McGee, J.J.; Tilling, R.I.; Duffield, W.A.

    1987-01-01

    Studies on a suite of rocks from this volcano indicate that the juvenile materials of the 1982 and pre-1982 eruptions of the volcano have essentially the same mineralogy and chemistry. Data suggest that chemical composition changed little over the 0.3 m.y. sample period. Modally, plagioclase is the dominant phenocryst, followed by amphibole, clinopyroxene and minor phases including anhydrite. Plagioclase phenocrysts show complex zoning: the anorthite-rich zones are probably the result of changing volatile P on the magma and may reflect the changes in the volcano's magma reservoir in response to repetitive, explosive eruptive activity.-R.E.S.

  4. National Dam Safety Program. Leatherwood Creek Number 3 Dam (Inventory Number VA 08904), Roanoke River Basin, Henry County, Virginia. Phase I Inspection Report.

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    1981-06-01

    an it e f ortntiolt 5 whhijs of probable Paleozc~ic _age. At this loCCaltv, he formation ranges from a grite to a ) syenite . Quartz, whicht is an...Tsecain granite, ranges from 3 to 16 percent., In the syenite ,plagioclase feldspar bectines an important mineral. It occurs up to 25 percent of the...volume of rocks. This high plagioclase syenite is on the higher elevations of the left abutment. The Lloyd SOil that is on the left side of the emergency

  5. Phase equilibrium constraints on the howardite-eucrite-diogenite association

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    Longhi, John; Pan, Vivian

    1988-01-01

    Model determinations of fractional crystallization and equilibrium partial melting in the 0-10-kbar range have been performed for a series of compositions relevant to diogenite and eucrite petrogenesis. Olivine is found to react with diogenite parent liquids along the plagioclase-absent olivine/low-Ca pyroxene liquidus boundary under conditions of both fractional and equilibrium crystallization up to about 2 kbar. Olivine also reacts with eucritic liquids saturated with plagioclase and low-Ca pyroxene to pressures in excess of 2 kbar. The ability of simple fractional crystallization at 2 kbar to account for mineralogical and chemical features of the diogenite-eucrite association is discussed.

  6. Activity composition relationships in silicate melts. Final report

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    Glazner, A.F.

    1990-12-31

    Equipment progress include furnace construction and electron microprobe installation. The following studies are underway: phase equilibria along basalt-rhyolite mixing line (olivine crystallization from natural silicic andensites, distribution of Fe and Mg between olivine and liquid, dist. of Ca and Na between plagioclase and liquid), enthalpy-composition relations in magmas (bulk heat capacity of alkali basalt), density model for magma ascent and contamination, thermobarometry in igneous systems (olivine/plagioclase phenocryst growth in Quat. basalt), high-pressure phase equilibria of alkali basalt, basalt-quartz mixing experiments, phase equilibria of East African basalts, and granitic minerals in mafic magma. (DLC)

  7. Activity composition relationships in silicate melts

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    Glazner, A.F.

    1990-01-01

    Equipment progress include furnace construction and electron microprobe installation. The following studies are underway: phase equilibria along basalt-rhyolite mixing line (olivine crystallization from natural silicic andensites, distribution of Fe and Mg between olivine and liquid, dist. of Ca and Na between plagioclase and liquid), enthalpy-composition relations in magmas (bulk heat capacity of alkali basalt), density model for magma ascent and contamination, thermobarometry in igneous systems (olivine/plagioclase phenocryst growth in Quat. basalt), high-pressure phase equilibria of alkali basalt, basalt-quartz mixing experiments, phase equilibria of East African basalts, and granitic minerals in mafic magma. (DLC)

  8. Supercooling on the lunar surface - A review of analogue information

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    Donaldson, C. H.; Johnston, R.; Drever, H. I.

    1977-01-01

    Terrestrial analog studies of the phase petrology of supercooled melts and rapid crystal growth are reviewed for possible light shed on lunar crystallization, supercooling, and petrogenic processes, in particular rapid consolidation of lavas extruded on the lunar surface, and impact liquids. Crystallization of major constituent minerals (olivine, pyroxene, plagioclase) in dendritic or skeletal forms is found much more characteristic of lunar igneous rocks than of terrestrial counterparts. Olivine and pyroxene occur often as skeletal phenocrysts, and their stage of crystallization is crucial to the genesis and cooling history of porphyritic lavas. Widespread occurrence of glass and of immature radiate crystallization, particularly of highly zoned pyroxenes and zoned plagioclase, is noted.

  9. Petrology of a fine-grained igneous rock from the sea of tranquillity.

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    Weill, D F; McCallum, I S; Bottinga, Y; Drake, M J; McKay, G A

    1970-01-30

    All phases in a thin section of sample 10022 have been analyzed by electron microprobe. Augite grains show strong iron enrichment in the outer 15 to 20 microns. Pigeonite cores occur within augite grains. The plagioclase has an anorthite content of between 73 and 81 mole percent and is high in Si and low in Al compared to stoichiometric feldspar. Residual phases include microcrystalline Fe-rich "pyroxene," plagioclase, K-rich alkali feldspar, silica, and rare areas rich in P and Zr with concentrations of Ba, Y, and rare earth elements. The density, viscosity, and crystallization history of the lava of sample 10022 are discussed.

  10. Differential rates of feldspar weathering in granitic regoliths

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    White, A.F.; Bullen, T.D.; Schulz, M.S.; Blum, A.E.; Huntington, T.G.; Peters, N.E.

    2001-01-01

    Differential rates of plagioclase and K-feldspar weathering commonly observed in bedrock and soil environments are examined in terms of chemical kinetic and solubility controls and hydrologic permeability. For the Panola regolith, in the Georgia Piedmont Province of southeastern United States, petrographic observations, coupled with elemental balances and 87Sr/86Sr ratios, indicate that plagioclase is being converted to kaolinite at depths > 6 m in the granitic bedrock. K-feldspar remains pristine in the bedrock but subsequently weathers to kaolinite at the overlying saprolite. In contrast, both plagioclase and K-feldspar remain stable in granitic bedrocks elsewhere in Piedmont Province, such as Davis Run, Virginia, where feldspars weather concurrently in an overlying thick saprolite sequence. Kinetic rate constants, mineral surface areas, and secondary hydraulic conductivities are fitted to feldspar losses with depth in the Panola and Davis Run regoliths using a time-depth computer spreadsheet model. The primary hydraulic conductivities, describing the rates of meteoric water penetration into the pristine granites, are assumed to be equal to the propagation rates of weathering fronts, which, based on cosmogenic isotope dating, are 7 m/106 yr for the Panola regolith and 4 m/106 yr for the Davis Run regolith. Best fits in the calculations indicate that the kinetic rate constants for plagioclase in both regoliths are factors of two to three times faster than K-feldspar, which is in agreement with experimental findings. However, the range for plagioclase and K-feldspar rates (kr = 1.5 x 10-17 to 2.8 x 10-16 mol m-2 s-1) is three to four orders of magnitude lower than for that for experimental feldspar dissolution rates and are among the slowest yet recorded for natural feldspar weathering. Such slow rates are attributed to the relatively old geomorphic ages of the Panola and Davis Run regoliths, implying that mineral surface reactivity decreases significantly with

  11. Mineral chemical compositions of late Cretaceous volcanic rocks in the Giresun area, NE Turkey: Implications for the crystallization conditions

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    Oǧuz, Simge; Aydin, Faruk; Uysal, İbrahim; Şen, Cüneyt

    2016-04-01

    This contribution contains phenocryst assemblages and mineral chemical data of late Cretaceous volcanic (LCV) rocks from the south of Görele and Tirebolu areas (Giresun, NE Turkey) in order to investigate their crystallization conditions. The LCV rocks in the study area occur in two different periods (Coniasiyen-Early Santonian and Early-Middle Campanian), which generally consist of alternation of mafic-intermediate (basaltic to andesitic) and felsic rock series (dacitic and rhyolitic) within each period. The basaltic and andesitic rocks in both periods generally exhibit porphyritic to hyalo-microlitic porphyritic texture, and contain phenocrysts of plagioclase and pyroxene, whereas the dacitic and rhyolitic rocks of the volcanic sequence usually show a vitrophyric texture with predominant plagioclase, K-feldspar, quartz and lesser amphibole-biotite phenocrysts. Zoned plagioclase crystals of the mafic and felsic rocks in different volcanic periods are basically different in composition. The compositions of plagioclase in the first-stage mafic rocks range from An52 to An78 whereas those of plagioclase from the first-stage felsic rocks have lower An content varying from An38 to An50. Rim to core profile for the zoned plagioclase of the first-stage mafic rocks show quite abrupt and notable compositional variations whereas that of the first-stage felsic rocks show slight compositional variation, although some of the grains may display reverse zoning. On the other hand, although no zoned plagioclase phenocryst observed in the second-stage mafic rocks, the compositions of microlitic plagioclase show wide range of compositional variation (An45-80). The compositions of zoned plagioclase in the second-stage felsic rocks are more calcic (An65-81) than those of the first-stage felsic rocks, and their rim to core profile display considerable oscillatory zoning. The compositions of pyroxenes in the first- and second-stage mafic-intermediate rocks vary over a wide range from

  12. Rare earth element abundances in rocks and minerals from the Fiskenaesset Complex, West Greenland. [comparison with lunar anorthosites

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    Henderson, P.; Fishlock, S. J.; Laul, J. C.; Cooper, T. D.; Conard, R. L.; Boynton, W. V.; Schmitt, R. A.

    1976-01-01

    The paper reports activation-analysis determinations of rare-earth-element (REE) and other trace-element concentrations in selected rocks, plagioclase, and mafic separates from the Fiskenaesset Complex. The REE abundances are found to be very low and atypical in comparison with other terrestrial anorthosites. The plagioclases are shown to be characterized by a deficiency in heavy RE elements relative to light ones and a positive Eu anomaly, while the mafic separates are enriched in heavy rare earths and have no Eu anomaly, except in one sample. It is found that the bulk and trace-element abundances of the plagioclases are similar to those observed in some lunar anorthosites, but the degree of Eu anomaly is less in the plagioclases. The data are taken as confirmation of the idea that fractionation processes were involved in the origin of the Complex, and it is concluded that the Complex may have been produced from a magma generated by partial melting of a garnet-bearing source.

  13. Formation of anorthosite-Gabbro rhythmic phase layering: an example at North Arm Mountain, Bay of Isands ophiolite

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    Komor, S.C.; Elthon, D.

    1990-01-01

    Rhythmically layered anorthosite and gabbro are exposed in a 4-10-m thick interval at the base of the layered gabbro unit on North Arm Mountain, one of four massifs that compose the Bay of Islands ophiolite, Newfoundland. The rhythmically layered interval is sandwiched between thick layers of adcumulate to orthocumulate uniform gabbro. Calculated fractional crystallization paths and correlated cryptic variation patterns suggest that uniform and rhythmically layered gabbros represent 20-30% in situ crystallization of two distinct magma batches, one more evolved and the other more primitive. When the more primitive magma entered the crystallization site of the NA300-301 gabbros, it is estimated to have been ~40??C hotter than the resident evolved magma, and may have been chilled by contact with a magma chamber margin composed of uniform gabbro. In this model, chilling caused the liquid to become supercooled with respect to plagioclase nucleation temperatures, resulting in crystallization of gabbro deficient in plagioclase relative to equilibrium cotectic proportions. Subtraction of a plagioclase-poor melagabbro enriched the liquid in normative plagioclase, which in turn led to crystallization of an anorthosite layer. -from Authors

  14. Constraints on Magma Storage Conditions Beneath Grenada, Lesser Antilles as Inferred from the Petrology of Plutonic Xenoliths

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    Stamper, C.; Blundy, J. D.; Arculus, R. J.; Melekhova, E.

    2013-12-01

    Grenada is the southernmost island in the Lesser Antilles island arc, a chain of volcanoes celebrated for its diversity of magma composition and its propensity to erupt plutonic xenoliths, many with cumulate textures. The cumulate assemblages are dominated by mafic phases, with hornblende and clinopyroxene dominant over orthopyroxene, and include the only known plagioclase-free examples in the Lesser Antilles. Experimental and thermobarometric evidence shows that the entire cumulate suite can be generated in a narrow pressure (0.2 - 0.5 GPa) range with different assemblages resulting from small variations in melt chemistry and temperature. Temperature estimates for individual assemblages are consistent with the observed crystallisation sequence of olivine -> clinopyroxene -> hornblende -> plagioclase. The crystallisation sequence requires elevated magmatic H2O contents (~7 wt % H2O) sufficient to suppress plagioclase saturation, leading to an offset between the forsterite content of olivine and anorthite content of plagioclase, a characteristic of many island arc settings. Grenada cumulates are notably different from those originating from its northerly neighbour, St Vincent, demonstrating the effect of small scale changes of melt composition and magma storage conditions between these islands. The unusual geochemical characteristics of the southernmost portion of the Lesser Antilles arc may be due to the proximity of a large transform fault defining the southern margin of the Caribbean plate.

  15. Spatially-Correlated Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Microbe-Mineral Interactions

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    Jill R. Scott; Beizhan Yan; Daphne L. Stoner

    2006-11-01

    A new methodology for examining the interactions of microbes with heterogeneous minerals is presented. Imaging laser-desorption Fourier transform mass spectrometry was used to examine the colonization patterns of Burkholderia vietnamiensis (Burkholderia cepacia) G4 on a heterogeneous basalt sample. Depth-profile imaging found that the bacterium preferentially colonized the plagioclase mineral phases within the basalt.

  16. Controls on variation of calcite content in arkose beds of the Sangre de Cristo Formation, (Pennsylvanian-Permian) Colorado

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    Wysong, J.R.; Bain, R.J. . Dept. of Geology)

    1994-04-01

    Arkosic conglomerates and sandstones of the Pennsylvanian-Permian Sangre de Cristo Formation of south-central Colorado were deposited on alluvial plains and nearshore marine shelves adjacent to the highlands of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains. Thin limestone units occur locally, however calcite content of arkoses varies independent of these limestones. The thinly bedded to laminated arkoses contain abundant detrital orthoclase and plagioclase feldspars, micas and quartz. Authigenic clay (kaolinite) and calcite occur both as void-filling cement and replacement of feldspars. Fine-grained arkoses possess more calcite and authigenic clay than their coarse-grained counterparts. Calcite occurs as plagioclase replacement in fine-grained samples whereas in coarse-grained rocks it fills interstitial voids. Calcite content in fine-grained arkoses is low where laminae are preserved and increases with the presence of bioturbation. Diagenetic processes responsible for calcite and clay content of these arkoses were controlled by several factors including original sediment texture, composition, and grain orientation. Plagioclase has been altered to produce calcite and clay more than orthoclase. Permeability of coarse-grained rocks was higher and resulted in primarily void-filling cement. In fine-grained arkoses, permeability was less and water remained in contact with grains longer thereby altering plagioclase. Aligned mica grains of laminae retarded flow and impeded diagenetic alteration whereas bioturbation disrupted grain orientation thereby enhancing diagenesis.

  17. The Petroglyphs at Lake Pend Oreille, Bonner County, Northern Idaho.

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    1985-12-01

    gapamong numerous other rocky projections. The rock was petrographically analyzed as a compact, fine-grained arkosic . sandstone. Layering was seen as...Stain A compact fine grained arkosic sandstone consistino of 60/ quartz, 20’.’ plagioclase, 15’ K-feldspar, 4 sericite plus clay, and 1’. accessory

  18. Petrographic-mineralogical investigation of magmatic rocks from the Sea of Fertility

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    Tarasov, L. S.; Shevaleyevskiy, I. D.; Nazarov, M. A.

    1974-01-01

    Petrographic and mineralogical features of fragments of magmatic rock of regolith from the Sea of Fertility are examined. The textures and mineral composition vary in relation to the type of rock. More than 50 X-ray spectral analyses of minerals (olivine, pyroxenes, plagioclases, and ores) were made; their chemical composition varies even within the limits of individual rock fragments.

  19. The characteristics of lower crust and upper mantle in the Cima volcanic field deduced from xenolith studies

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    Cardon, K. P.; Anthony, E.

    2015-12-01

    A lithospheric model based on mineral chemistry, textures, and temperatures is used to interpret the seismic structure of the upper mantle and lower crust observed under the Cima Volcanic Field, CA. Seismic velocities calculated from xenolith compositions are used in conjunction with petrologic information to interpret geophysical models of the area. The lower crust is composed of mafic compositions and contains a high percentage of quenched partial melt. The combination of quenched partial melt and mafic composition explains the relatively low seismic velocities observed in seismic models. The mafic composition is consistent with a rift environment. Melt compositions, some with > 60 wt% SiO2 are found in all types of Cima xenoliths, although pyroxenites and gabbros contain the largest amount. Pyroxenite from the uppermost mantle transitions into gabbroic compositions and plagioclase rich lithologies in the crust. Temperatures calculated for peridotite xenoliths range from ~ 950 to 1030˚ C. Plagioclase bearing samples have the lowest temperatures and are interpreted as residing in the immediate sub-Moho mantle. Plagioclase bearing lherzolite structurally overlies spinel bearing peridotite. Strain accumulation is most prevalent in plagioclase bearing peridotite and virtually absent from pyroxenites and gabbros. Seismic velocities calculated for peridotite xenoliths are faster than pyroxenite and gabbroic samples. Despite the chemical heterogeneity and complex history of the Moho transitional are most mantle is composed dominantly by peridotite. Very little lithosphere, rhelologically speaking, remains under the volcanic field. We interpret lithospheric dismemberment to be caused by hot mantle working northward from the Gulf of California.

  20. Occurrence and Mineral Chemistry of High Pressure Phases, Potrillo Basalt, Southcentral New Mexico. M.S. Thesis Final Technical Report, 1 Jun. 1980 - 31 May 1982

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    Sheffield, T. M.

    1982-01-01

    The presence of an older plagioclase-rich basalt and a younger olivine-rich basalt were confirmed by modal and chemical analysis. Chemical analysis also confirmed the presence of flows that are tholeiitic in composition and could be remnants of an original tholeittic parent magma. Eruptions from different levels of a differentiated magma chamber are proposed to account for the two members.

  1. 40Ar/39Ar dating of Quaternary feldspar: examples from the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand

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    Pringle, M.S.; McWilliams, M.; Houghton, B.F.; Lanphere, M.A.; Wilson, C.J.N.

    1992-01-01

    Using a continuous laser and resistance furnace, we have measured ages on Quaternary plagioclase with an absolute precision of about ??30 ka and on Quaternary sanidine with a relative precision of better than 1%. Such precision was achieved by using low-temperature heating steps to remove much of the nonradiogenic argon contamination. Plagioclase is one of the most common mineral phases in volcanic rocks; thus, these procedures will be widely applicable to many problems for which precise radiometric age control has not been available. We studied plagioclase and plagioclase-sanidine concentrates from the oldest and the three largest silicic ash-flow deposits of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand, one of the world's largest and most active volcanic systems. The results are in close agreement with new magnetostratigraphic data, suggesting that existing fission-track age determinations significantly underestimate the age of older units, and shift the inception of Taupo Vaolcanic Zone volcanism back to at least 1600 ka. -from Authors

  2. REE Partitioning in Lunar Minerals

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    Rapp, J. F.; Lapen, T. J.; Draper, D. S.

    2015-01-01

    Rare earth elements (REE) are an extremely useful tool in modeling lunar magmatic processes. Here we present the first experimentally derived plagioclase/melt partition coefficients in lunar compositions covering the entire suite of REE. Positive europium anomalies are ubiquitous in the plagioclase-rich rocks of the lunar highlands, and complementary negative Eu anomalies are found in most lunar basalts. These features are taken as evidence of a large-scale differentiation event, with crystallization of a global-scale lunar magma ocean (LMO) resulting in a plagioclase flotation crust and a mafic lunar interior from which mare basalts were subsequently derived. However, the extent of the Eu anomaly in lunar rocks is variable. Fagan and Neal [1] reported highly anorthitic plagioclase grains in lunar impact melt rock 60635,19 that displayed negative Eu anomalies as well as the more usual positive anomalies. Indeed some grains in the sample are reported to display both positive and negative anomalies. Judging from cathodoluminescence images, these anomalies do not appear to be associated with crystal overgrowths or zones.

  3. Component mobility at 900 °C and 18 kbar from experimentally grown coronas in a natural gabbro

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    Keller, Lukas M.; Wunder, Bernd; Rhede, Dieter; Wirth, Richard

    2008-09-01

    Several approximately 100-μm-wide reaction zones were grown under experimental conditions of 900 °C and 18 kbar along former olivine-plagioclase contacts in a natural gabbro. The reaction zone comprises two distinct domains: (i) an irregularly bounded zone with idiomorphic grains of zoisite and minor corundum and kyanite immersed in a melt developed at the plagioclase side and (ii) a well-defined reaction band comprising a succession of mineral layers forming a corona structure around olivine. Between the olivine and the plagioclase reactant phases we observe the following layer sequence: olivine|pyroxene|garnet|partially molten domain|plagioclase. Within the pyroxene layer two micro-structurally distinct layers comprising enstatite and clinopyroxene can be discerned. Chemical potential gradients persisted for the CaO, Al 2O 3, SiO 2, MgO and FeO components, which drove diffusion of Ca, Al and Si bearing species from the garnet-matrix interface to the pyroxene-olivine interface and diffusion of Mg- and Fe-bearing species in the opposite direction. The systematic mineralogical organization and chemical zoning across the corona suggest that the olivine corona was formed by a "diffusion-controlled" reaction. We estimate a set of diffusion coefficients and conclude that LAlAl < LCaCa < ( LSiSi, LFeFe) < LMgMg during reaction rim growth.

  4. Estimation of trace element concentrations in the lunar magma ocean using mineral- and metal-silicate melt partition coefficients

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    Sharp, Miriam; Righter, Kevin; Walker, Richard J.

    2015-04-01

    This study uses experimentally determined plagioclase-melt D values to estimate the trace element concentrations of Sr, Hf, Ga, W, Mo, Ru, Pd, Au, Ni, and Co in a crystallizing lunar magma ocean at the point of plagioclase flotation. Similarly, experimentally determined metal-silicate partition experiments combined with a composition model for the Moon are used to constrain the concentrations of W, Mo, Ru, Pd, Au, Ni, and Co in the lunar magma ocean at the time of core formation. The metal-silicate derived lunar mantle estimates are generally consistent with previous estimates for the concentration of these elements in the lunar mantle. Plagioclase-melt derived concentrations for Sr, Ga, Ru, Pd, Au, Ni, and Co are also consistent with prior estimates. Estimates for Hf, W, and Mo, however, are higher. These elements may be concentrated in the residual liquid during fractional crystallization due to their incompatibility. Alternatively, the apparent enrichment could reflect the inappropriate use of bulk anorthosite data, rather than data for plagioclase separates.

  5. Evidence for the compaction of feldspar-rich cumulates in the Pleasant Bay layered intrusion, coastal Maine

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    Horrigan, E.K. )

    1993-03-01

    The Pleasant Bay intrusion is roughly 12 km by 20 km. It consists of prominent rhythmic layers, up to 100 m thick, that grade from chilled gabbro on the base, to coarse-grained gabbroic, dioritic, or granitic rocks on the top. These layers were formed by multiple injections of basalt into a large chamber of silicic magma. The focus of this study is on one layer that is about 100 m thick, and is overlain by another basally chilled gabbroic layer at least 50 m thick. Silicic pipes and veins extend upward into the overlying gabbroic chill. The lower part of the layer has dominant calcic plagioclase, An60, augite, and olivine, with subordinate hornblende and biotite. The uppermost part has dominant sodic plagioclase, An20, and two pyroxenes with subordinate quartz, K-feldspar and hornblende. SiO[sub 2] and MgO vary from 49% and 5% at the base to 58% and 1% at the top, respectively. The top 7 m of this layer are characterized by variably deformed minerals. The deformation grades from bent biotite and plagioclase near the bottom to sutured plagioclase at the top. Pockets of undeformed quartz and K-feldspar in the uppermost rocks demonstrate that interstitial liquid was present during a after compaction. The pipes and veins probably represent trapped liquid and some crystals that were expelled into the overlying gabbroic chill.

  6. Petrology and crystal chemistry of poikilitic anorthositic gabbro 77017. [lunar rocks

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    Mccallum, I. S.; Mathez, E. A.; Okamura, F. P.; Ghose, S.

    1974-01-01

    Aspects of mineralogy are considered, taking into account the occurrence and the characteristics of plagioclase, pyroxene, and olivine. Attention is also given to oxides, opaque minerals, and glass components. Questions regarding the temperature of formation and the origin of the considered lunar poikilitic rocks are discussed. It is pointed out that the presented hypothesis may not be applicable to other poikilitic lunar rocks.

  7. Quantitative textural investigation of trachyandesites of Damavand volcano (N Iran): Insights into the magmatic processes

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    Zadsaleh, Mohsen; Pourkhorsandi, Hamed

    2016-08-01

    Damavand volcano is a dormant stratovolcano in northern Iran in the middle of the Alborz Mountains. Investigation of the magmatic processes responsible for the eruption of the volcano and the conditions of the magma chamber is important in order to understand the volcanism of this system. Owing to their higher abundance and younger age, trachyandesitic rocks are the main components of this volcano. To get insights into the crystallization of these rocks, we carried out a quantitative and qualitative petrographic study of three main volcanic units erupted between 63 and 66.5 years ago. Crystal Size Distribution (CSD) studies can reveal details about magmatic processes. Measuring 4732 individual plagioclase crystals and conducting a CSD study, revealed a non-straight and concave-up CSD curve for nearly all of the studied volcanic units which suggests the occurrence of similar physico-chemical processes responsible for their magmatism. Plagioclase crystals occur as microlites and phenocrysts; the phenocrysts show either oscillatory zoning or sieve textures. Each segment of the CSD curves are consistent with a particular plagioclase texture in all the studied volcanic units. The presence of different plagioclase textures and the concave-up shape of the CSD curves suggests the variation of the physico-chemical conditions of the magma chamber during the magmatism of the Damavand in this time period. Mixing of magmas with different crystal populations can be an alternative for this phenomena.

  8. Evidence for Oxygen-Isotope Exchange in Chondrules and Refractory Inclusions During Fluid-Rock Interaction on the CV Chondrite Parent Body

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    Krot, A. N.; Nagashima, K.

    2016-08-01

    Plagioclase in chondrules, CAIs and AOAs from the carbonaceous chondrite Kaba (CV3.1) experienced oxygen-isotope exchange with a metasomatic fluid responsible for the formation of magnetite, fayalite and Ca,Fe-rich silicates on the CV parent body.

  9. The Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Manganese Nodules From the Southern Ocean

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    1968-02-01

    accumulations. Quartz, plagioclase, montmorillonite , and phillipsite are almost invariably present, while clinoptilolite ii and amphibole occur less... Montmorillonite Diffraction Data ........... 125 16. Phillipsite Diffraction Data .. ......... ... 126 17. Sources of X-ray Diffraction Data...concretion. (Crust from ELTANIN 5-4; nucleus probably phillipsite- montmorillonite ; glacial erratics incorporated in ferro- manganese oxide crust.) 0 cm I

  10. Trace Element Distribution in an Al-rich Chondrule from the Mokoia CV3 Chondrite

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    Jones, R. H.; Shearer, C. K.; Schilk, A. J.

    2001-01-01

    We have studied an Al-rich chondrule from Mokoia. SIMS analyses of plagioclase and pyroxene show that the bulk chondrule REE pattern was originally like group II CAIs. The chondrule must have had precursor material that was a condensation product. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  11. Geological-Seismological Evaluation of Earthquake Hazards at Prompton and Francis E. Walter Damsites, Pennsylvania.

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    1986-09-01

    granitic gneiss, migmatite, subordinate calc - silicate rock. bhg Biotite hornblende granite. hg Hornblende granite and granitic gneiss, with subordinate...leucogranite. mb Calcitic and dolomitic marble, variably siliceous ; in part with calc - silicate rock and amphibolite. usg Quartz plagioclase gneiss; may...quartzite, quartz-feldspar gneiss, calc - silicate rock. Pennsylvania Pennsylvanian Pottsville Group Pp Predominantly sandstones and conglomerates with

  12. Regolith breccia consisting of H and LL chondrite mixture

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    Yanai, Keizo; Kojima, Hideyasu

    1993-01-01

    Antarctic meteorite Yamato-8424 (Y-8424) is a regolith breccia that is homogenized mixture of H and LL chondrite components. The breccia consists mainly of a fine-grained material with mineral fragments of olivine, pyroxene, and Fe-Ni metal with traces of plagioclase.

  13. Geochemistry and Ar-Ar muscovite ages of the Daraban Leucogranite, Mawat Ophiolite, northeastern Iraq: Implications for Arabia-Eurasia continental collision

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    Mohammad, Yousif O.; Cornell, David H.; Qaradaghi, Jabbar H.; Mohammad, Fahmy O.

    2014-06-01

    Daraban Leucogranite dykes intruded discordantly into the basal serpentinized harzburgite of the Mawat Ophiolite, Kurdistan region, NE Iraq. These coarse grained muscovite-tourmaline leucogranites are the first leucogranite dykes identified within the Mawat Ophiolite. They are mainly composed of quartz, K-feldspar, plagioclase, tourmaline, muscovite, and secondary phologopite, while zircon, xenotime, corundum, mangano-ilemnite and cassiterite occur as accessories.

  14. Experimental results on decompression crystallization in an Aleutian basaltic-andesite

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    Larsen, J. F.; Gardner, J. E.

    2005-12-01

    In 1991-92, Westdahl volcano in the Aleutians erupted basaltic andesitic magma, producing lava fountaining and ash clouds to 2 km asl, resulting in a lava flow that extended about 7 km from vent. In order to understand the magmatic ascent rates during that relatively non-explosive eruption, this study compares plagioclase and orthopyroxene microlite textures in the basaltic andesite to crystallization kinetics of plagioclase and pyroxene in laboratory experiments. The experiments used melt-rich basaltic andesite that was hydrated at 150 MPa, 1000° C, and an oxygen fugacity of NNO. Before decompression, the starting material was mainly water-saturated melt that contained a few percent of Fe-Ti oxides and pargasite. Pieces of the starting material were then decompressed rapidly to 25 MPa, and held for various times. Preliminary results show that when held at low pressure for less than 1 hour no crystallization occurred, except for some growth around existing pargasite and oxides. In runs held for about an hour both enstatite and plagioclase nucleate and grow, and are skeletal. In runs held from 4 to 24 hours, plagioclase growth dominates, as enstatite remains a minor phase. The single-step decompressions will be compared with runs using multiple steps to examine how the kinetics change. We can then compare the results with observed crystallization textures in the Westdahl lava and tephra to infer the path and rate of magma ascent during that eruption.

  15. Mechanisms of myrmekite formation: case study from the Weinsberg granite, Moldanubian zone, Upper Austria

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    Abart, Rainer; Heuser, David; Habler, Gerlinde

    2014-11-01

    Myrmekites have attracted the attention of petrographers over more than a century, and several genetic models have been proposed. We report on myrmekites from the Weinsberg granite of the Moldanubian zone of Upper Austria. Based on petrographic evidence, fluid-mediated replacement of alkali feldspar by myrmekite during the sub-solidus evolution of the granite is inferred. The replacement was metasomatic on the scale of the myrmekite domains requiring addition of sodium and calcium and removal of potassium from the reaction site. In contrast, silica and aluminum were conserved across the reaction front. Myrmekite formation appears to have been synchronous with and related to the hydration of orthopyroxene and concomitant replacement of primary magmatic plagioclase by biotite at around 500 °C. The evolution of the myrmekite microstructure and a peculiar composition zoning of the plagioclase constituting the myrmekite matrix is qualitatively explained by a model for discontinuous precipitation, which accounts for chemical segregation by diffusion within the reaction front and the propagation of the reaction front with finite mobility as potentially rate limiting processes. Constraints on the underlying reaction rates are derived from the preserved microstructure and chemical pattern. Crystal orientation imaging by electron backscatter diffraction reveals grain-internal deformation, which is primarily concentrated in the quartz and less pronounced in the plagioclase matrix of the myrmekite. This is interpreted as a growth feature related to different transformation strain at the segments of the myrmekite reaction front, where quartz and plagioclase are formed.

  16. Silicate mineralogy at the surface of Mercury

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    Namur, Olivier; Charlier, Bernard

    2017-01-01

    NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has revealed geochemical diversity across Mercury's volcanic crust. Near-infrared to ultraviolet spectra and images have provided evidence for the Fe2+-poor nature of silicate minerals, magnesium sulfide minerals in hollows and a darkening component attributed to graphite, but existing spectral data is insufficient to build a mineralogical map for the planet. Here we investigate the mineralogical variability of silicates in Mercury's crust using crystallization experiments on magmas with compositions and under reducing conditions expected for Mercury. We find a common crystallization sequence consisting of olivine, plagioclase, pyroxenes and tridymite for all magmas tested. Depending on the cooling rate, we suggest that lavas on Mercury are either fully crystallized or made of a glassy matrix with phenocrysts. Combining the experimental results with geochemical mapping, we can identify several mineralogical provinces: the Northern Volcanic Plains and Smooth Plains, dominated by plagioclase, the High-Mg province, strongly dominated by forsterite, and the Intermediate Plains, comprised of forsterite, plagioclase and enstatite. This implies a temporal evolution of the mineralogy from the oldest lavas, dominated by mafic minerals, to the youngest lavas, dominated by plagioclase, consistent with progressive shallowing and decreasing degree of mantle melting over time.

  17. The campsite dykes: A window into the early post-solidification history of the Skaergaard Intrusion, East Greenland

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    Holness, Marian B.; Richardson, Chris; Andersen, Jens C. Ø.

    2013-12-01

    The Skaergaard Intrusion of East Greenland is cut by several generations of dykes, the earliest of which is thought to have intruded shortly after solidification of the Skaergaard. Two ~ 6 m wide doleritic dykes from the earliest generation are exposed in the campsite area near Homestead Bay of the Skaergaard Peninsula. One of the dykes (the Campsite Dyke) locally contains abundant xenoliths of troctolitic cumulate. The other (the Plagioclase-phyric Dyke) contains abundant large plagioclase phenocrysts. Cross-cutting relationships between the two dykes are not exposed. The median clinopyroxene-plagioclase-plagioclase dihedral angle, Θcpp, in the Campsite Dyke is 88-89.5°, whereas that of the Plagioclase-phyric Dyke is 79°. Using an empirical relationship between Θcpp and the duration of crystallisation derived from dolerite sills, the observed Θcpp suggests that the Campsite Dyke is the older of the two, intruding the Skaergaard when it had cooled to 920-970 °C. The Plagioclase-phyric Dyke intruded later, once the Skaergaard had cooled below 670 °C. The troctolitic xenoliths divide into two separate groups. Type A xenoliths have microstructures similar to those of the Skaergaard Layered Series although mineral compositions are generally more primitive than those of the exposed cumulates - this type of xenolith is likely to have been derived from either deeper levels in the Skaergaard Intrusion or from a closely-related underlying magma chamber. One Type A xenolith has mineral compositions and Θcpp consistent with an origin in LZb of the Layered Series - this xenolith contains partially inverted pigeonite, suggesting that inversion of low-Ca pyroxene in the lower part of the Layered Series took place after the intrusion had completely solidified. Type B xenoliths are characterized by plagioclase containing large and abundant melt inclusions. Comparison with the microstructures of glassy crystalline nodules from Iceland points to a multi-stage cooling history

  18. Gabbro layering induced by simple shear in the Oman ophiolite Moho transition zone

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    Jousselin, David; Morales, Luiz F. G.; Nicolle, Marie; Stephant, Aurore

    2012-05-01

    We investigate the origin of modal layering in gabbro lenses of the Moho transition zone in the Oman ophiolite with a microstructural study. Gabbro lenses exhibit a shape preferred orientation of plagioclase crystals, that are euhedral and devoid of any intracrystalline deformation. This texture and field kinematic indicators show a strong simple shear deformation in magmatic conditions. The parallelism of the lineation in gabbros and the plastic lineation of the host dunite indicate that their development is contemporaneous, and that the magmatic features are passively coupled to the solid-plastic flow of the host mantle. We also found undeformed-isotropic and weakly deformed-roughly layered gabbros. The host rock is plagioclase and clinopyroxene impregnated dunite; it contains euhedral plagioclase suggesting that some grains crystallized in suspension. There is no clear boundary between the gabbro and the host rock; on the contrary, the limit is diffuse, with increasing plagioclase and clinopyroxene content from the dunite to the gabbro over tens of meters. This suggests that the gabbro corresponds to melt impregnated dunite. We defined 4 gabbro types, from unlayered (type 1) to well layered (type 4) with progressively more continuous and distinct layers. We characterized deformation with crystal shape and crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) measurements. Unlayered samples have a random fabric; type 2 have a very weak shape fabric and planar CPO, defined by olivine and plagioclase (010) planes; type 3 have a weak fabric, with a lineation defined by the [001] olivine axis and the [100] plagioclase axis, which reflects the shape fabric; type 4 have a strong shape fabric and CPO, with a lineation defined by the [100] olivine and plagioclase axis. We interpret the progression from isotropic to clear S-L fabrics as a result of increasing deformation imposed by the flowing host mantle. The type 2 gabbros must result from compaction; with increasing simple

  19. The origin of layered gabbros from the mid lower ocean crust, Hess Deep, East Pacific Rise

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    Cheadle, M. J.; Brown, T. C.; Ceuleneer, G.; Meyer, R.

    2014-12-01

    IODP Exp. 345 Holes U1415 I & J cored a ~30m thick unit of conspicuously layered gabbroic rocks from the lower plutonic crust at Hess Deep. These rocks likely come from >1500m below the dike gabbro transition and thus provide an unique opportunity to study the origin of layering and the formation of relatively deep, fast spread plutonic crust formed at the EPR. Here we report the initial results of a comprehensive high-resolution petrologic, geochemical and petrographic study of this unit, which focuses on a fairly continuous 1.5m long section recovered at Hole I. The rocks consist of opx-bearing olivine gabbro, olivine gabbro and gabbro and exhibit 1-10cm scale modal layering. Some layers host spectacular 2-3 cm diameter cpx oikocrysts encapsulating partially resorbed plagioclase laths. Downhole variations in mineral chemistry are complicated. Olivine, cpx and opx Mg#'s partly reflect equilibration and show a subtle metre-scale variation (1-2 Mg#), whereas, for example, plagioclase anorthite, and cpx TiO2 contents reveal a more complicated 10-20 cm-scale variation (2-4 An, and 0.2 TiO2). Mineral zonation, for all but Mg# in equilibrated olivine, is of higher magnitude than downhole variations in average mineral compositions. Trace element geochemistry reveals rather homogeneous plagioclase and opx compositions; however cpx exhibits variation at the mineral scale. Cpx shows an increased range of, and highest REE concentrations, in the more olivine rich, near cotectic, composition gabbros, whereas the more plagioclase rich, cumulates show no variation of, and low REE, concentrations.Plagioclase fabrics are moderate to weak and partially modally controlled, but the strength of the plagioclase crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) varies dramatically, within the 1.5m core showing a significant part of the variation recorded by Oman ophiolite plutonic crust. Plagioclase shape preferred orientation and CPO match well suggesting that diffusion enabled compaction

  20. Eruption styles of Quaternary basalt in the southern Sierra Nevada Kern Plateau recorded in outcrop and mineral-scale stratigraphies

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    Browne, B. L.; Becerra, R. A.

    2015-12-01

    The Kern River Plateau in the southern Sierra Nevada contains Quaternary basalt (~0.1 km3) and rhyolite (~2 km3) that ascended through ~30 km of Mesozoic granitic crust. Basaltic vents include from oldest to youngest: Little Whitney Cone, Tunnel and South Fork Cones, and unglaciated Groundhog Cone. Little Whitney Cone is a 120-m-high pile of olivine-CPX-phyric scoria overlying two columnar jointed lava flows extending to the south and east. Tunnel Cone formed through a Hawaiian style eruption along a 400-m-long north-south trending fissure that excavated at least three 25-65-m-wide craters. Crater walls up to 12 meters high are composed of plagioclase-olivine-phyric spatter-fed flows that dip radially away from the crater center and crumble to form steep unconsolidated flanks. South Fork Cone is a 170-m-tall pile of plagioclase-olivine-phyric scoria that formed as a result of Strombolian to violent Strombolian eruptions. It overlies the South Fork Cone lava, the largest lava flow of the Kern Plateau (~0.05 km3), which flowed 7.5 km west into the Kern River Canyon. Scoria and ash fall deposits originating from South Fork Cone are found up to 2 km from the vent. Groundhog Cone is a 140-m-tall cinder and spatter cone breached on the north flank by a 0.03 km3 lava flow that partially buried the South Fork Cone lava and extends 5 km west to Kern River Canyon. Trends in mineral assemblage, texture, composition, and xenocryst abundance exist as a function of eruption style. Scoria and spatter deposits typically have (1) elevated olivine/plagioclase ratios, (2) oscillatory zoned (An63-An72) plagioclase phenocrysts surrounded by unzoned rims and (3) abundant xenocrysts, where up to 20% of plagioclase >200 micron diameter in some samples are granitoid xenocrysts with resorbed and/or reacted textures overprinted by abrupt compositional changes. In contrast, lava flow samples have (1) reduced olivine/plagioclase ratios and (2) plagioclase aggregates with oscillatory zoned

  1. Albedo and Christiansen Feature Relationships among Remotely Sensed Extreme Lunar Compositions: Olivine and Silica Rich Locations

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    Song, E.; Lucey, P. G.; Ohtake, M.; Greenhagen, B. T.; Glotch, T. D.

    2012-12-01

    Data from the Diviner Lunar Radiometer experiment is sensitive to the ratio of mafic minerals and plagioclase, as well as the presence of significant quantities of silicic mineral such as alkali feldspar or quartz through the position of the Christiansen Feature (CF) that is sensitive to these minerals [1]. Recently [2] reported widespread occurrences of abundant olivine, and suggested that these locations were plagioclase poor, and hence may expose portions of the lunar mantle. We have extracted CF positions from several of the locations of [2] and find that some of them have extreme CF positions indicating high olivine abundances and low plagioclase abundances. The CF is also sensitive to space weathering, where maturity moves the CF position to longer wavelengths, complicating the compositional interpretation. To mitigate this we also examine the 750nm albedo of the locations and compare these to several types of controls. Albedo is derived from a 500-m resolution mosaic of Kaguya Multiband Imager data that has been corrected for topographic shading to a uniform unit of radiance factor illuminated at 30 degrees. We find that the Apollo landing sites form a linear trend when CF is plotted against albedo, consistent with their relative iron contents and plagioclase contents. However, the olivine-rich locations often fall very significantly off this trend, with only a minority falling on the Apollo trend defined principally by pyroxene-plagioclase ratio. The locations with the most extreme CF values form a parallel trend that is consistent with olivine-plagioclase variation. Using CF values for pure minerals from [3], the most extreme values of CF correspond to an olivine content of 80%, close to the dunite composition reported by [2]. Silica rich regions from [4] also fall well off the trend, toward low CF values. This is consistent with the presence of silica-rich minerals, and the only moderate albedo of these locations (between the albedos of Apollo 14 and 16

  2. Increasing Interaction of Alkaline Magmas with Lower Crustal Gabbroic Cumulates over the Evolution of Mt. Taylor Volcanic Field, New Mexico

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    Schmidt, M. E.; Crumpler, L. S.; Schrader, C.

    2010-12-01

    The Mount Taylor Volcanic Field at the southeastern edge of the Colorado Plateau, New Mexico erupted diverse alkaline magmas from ~3.8 to 1.5 Ma (Crumpler, 1980; Perry et al., 1990). The earliest eruptions include high silica topaz rhyolites of Grants Ridge (plagioclase, quartz, biotite) and Si-under saturated basanites and trachytes at Mt Taylor stratovolcano. Mt. Taylor was later constructed of stacks of thick, trachyandesitic to rhyolitic lava flows that were subsequently eroded into a ~4-km across amphitheatre opening toward the southeast. Early Mt. Taylor rhyolitic lavas exposed within the amphitheatre contain quartz, plagioclase, hornblende, and biotite (± sanidine) phenocrysts. Later cone-building trachydacite to trachyandesite lavas are crystal-rich with plagioclase and augite megacrysts (± hornblende, ± quartz) and record an overall trend of decreasing SiO2 with time. The last eruptions ~1.5 Ma from the stratovolcano (Perry et al. 1990) produced thick (>70 m), viscous lava flows that contain up to 50% zoned plagioclase phenocrysts. While SiO2 decreased among the silicic magmas, the degree of silica saturation increased among peripheral basaltic magmas from basanite to ne-normative hawaiite to hy-normative basalts. Evidence of increasing crustal contamination within the basalts includes zoned plagioclase megacrysts, augite and plagioclase cumulate texture xenoliths with accompanying xenocrysts. These textures within the basalts combined with abundant, complex plagioclase among the cone-building silicic magmas imply interaction and mixing with gabbroic cumulate mush in the lower crust beneath Mt. Taylor Volcano. Contemporaneous basanitic to trachytitc volcanism in the northern part of the volcanic field at Mesa Chivato (Crumpler, 1980) was more widely distributed, smaller volume, and produced mainly aphyric magmas. The lower crustal gabbroic cumulates either do not extend northward beneath Mesa Chivato, or they were not accessed by lower magma flux rate

  3. Fluid induced metamorphism and strength of the middle to lower continental crust - field and textural examples from Bergen Arcs, Western Norway

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    Austrheim, H.; Putnis, A.; Putnis, C. V.

    2011-12-01

    Fluids may change the rheology of the lithosphere both by changing the deformation mechanism of minerals and by inducing metamorphic reactions. In the present account the influence of fluid-induced metamorphic reactions on the mineralogical and structural evolution of a thickened continental crust is described from anorthositic granulites in the Lindås Nappe, Bergen Arcs, Norway, where the Grenvillian age (~930 My) granulites (T 800°C, P≤10kbar) are transformed to Caledonian age (~420My) eclogite (~650°C and ≤ 20kbar) and amphibolite facies assemblages. The anorthosite complex ranges in composition from pure anorthosite via gabbroic anorthosite to gabbro with lenses of peridotite and pyroxenites which allow us to study the mineral reactions and assess relative rock strength in a wide range of compositions. The complex is locally banded with up to meter thick garnet-pyroxene rich layers alternating with plagioclase rich layers. In other localities the granulite facies structure is defined by oriented disc-shaped corona textures in a plagioclase rich matrix. The eclogites (garnet, omphacite, amphibole, kyanite, white micas ± plagioclase) and amphibolites (plagioclase, hornblende, kyanite, and white micas) are formed along fluid pathways such as fractures and shear zones. Breccias, where rotated blocks of granulites are surrounded by anastamosing eclogite- and amphibolite facies shear zones, outcrop over areas of km2. Pseudotachylytes are developed in the granulites while the hydrated rocks in the shear zone respond by ductile deformation. A hierachy of rock strength can be inferred from these field observations. Notably the relict granulites form rotated angular blocks within the shear zones suggesting that granulites, independent of composition, are stronger than hydrous eclogitites and amphibolites. The garnet pyroxenite layer forms rigid blocks in eclogites suggesting that the mafic parts of the granulite complex must have been stronger than the

  4. Textural analysis of obsidian lava flow in Shirataki, Northern Hokkaido, Japan

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    Sano, K.; Toramaru, A.; Wada, K.

    2013-12-01

    Formation process of obsidian is poorly understood and it is thought that gas loss (outgassing) plays an important role. Glass formation needs the high-effective undercooling resulted from a high ascent and decompression rates, which process increases magma viscosity. The vesiculation, crystallization, and outgassing processes of such a highly viscous magma is also unclear. In this study, we conducted textural and chemical analyses for Tokachi-Ishizawa (TI) obsidian lava one of Shirataki rhyolite lava, Hokkaido, northern part of Japan, in order to elucidate the magma ascent process. At TI lava, the interior structure of the lava can be observed, right from the outer obsidian layer to the inner rhyolite layer. That is, TI lava is an appropriate subject for textural analysis focused on the interior of obsidian lavas In Shirataki rhyolite lava area there are monogenetic volcanoes composed of 10 obsidian lava flow units, which were erupted at 2.2Ma. The TI lava is about 50 m in height and stratigraphic sequence from the bottom is a brecciated perlite layer, obsidian layer (7m), banded obsidian layer, and rhyolite layer. In this study, we define the obsidian and rhyolite based on the difference in appearance of specimen and rock texture, especially crystallinity. Rhyolite has perlitic cracks on glass, and contains the crystalline materials (i.e. spherulite and lithophysae). Banded obsidian layer, which is located between the obsidian and rhyolite layer, is composed of obsidian and rhyolite. In this study, we focused on the texture of flow bands and plagioclase microlites in glassy part of obsidian and rhyolite layers. The flow bands can be identified based on the color of glass (dark and clear), and have a contrast in abundance of oxide and transparent tiny crystals, which are plagioclase nanolites (<15μm) and micro-spherulites (<20μm). We newly defined micro-spherulite, which shows radial growth of crystals like a spherulite. The plagioclase nanolites were identified

  5. The magmatic and thermal history of the Dufek Complex, Antarctica

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    Carnes, J. D.; Cheadle, M. J.; Gee, J. S.; Grimes, C. B.; Swapp, S. M.

    2011-12-01

    The Jurassic (~180Ma) Dufek Complex in the Pensacola Mountains of Antarctica is arguably one of the largest layered mafic intrusions in the world, with a minimum areal extent of 6600km2. However the mechanisms by which it grew are unclear. Gradually varying, decreasing upward trends in plagioclase and pyroxene mineral compositions suggest that it grew by a few large (kilometers thick) injections of magma, but it's hard to understand how these thick "vats" of magma are rheologically stable in the continental crust. Alternatively, it could have grown by repeated replenishments of small volumes of magma, the evidence for which is somehow hidden in the broad scale mineral composition trends. This research documents the thermal and magmatic history of a well-sampled 104m representative section of the Aughenbaugh Gabbro. To test whether magma replenishment is a major factor in constructing this intrusion, we have systematically documented changes in lithology, mineral compositions, and texture across a series of 10-70 cm thick, xenolith bearing, sharp based, modally graded pyroxene-rich layers, which might represent magmatic replenishment events. The section consists of gabbronorites and norites with 19-84 vol.% plagioclase and 14-63 vol.% inverted pigeonite (IP). Clinopyroxene (cpx) is intercumulus and varies from 0-18 vol.%. Modal layering is rare. The rocks have a relatively fine grain size of 0.5-2.25 mm and generally exhibit poorly equilibrated textures. Plagioclase compositions range from An62.0-An66.0 ± 0.3 in grain cores, and An60.9-An65.6 ± 0.3 in grain rims. The An content of the cumulus plagioclase decreases with increasing plagioclase modal abundance. The Mg# of IP ranges from 56.9-62.6 ± 0.3 and shows no zonation, as it has re-equilibrated. The Mg# of cpx varies from 64.9-66.4 ± 0.3. The Mg# of both the IP and the cpx increases in the pyroxene-rich layers. True dihedral angles were measured using a universal stage. The mean dihedral angle of plagioclase-plagioclase

  6. A generalized garnet-forming reaction for metaigneous rocks in the Adirondacks

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    McLelland, J.M.; Whitney, P.R.

    1980-01-01

    A generalized reaction is presented to account for garnet formation in a variety of Adirondack metaigneous rocks. This reaction, which is the sum of five partial reactions written in aluminum-fixed frames of reference, is given by: 4(y+1+w)Anorthite+4 k(y+1+2 w)Olivine +4(1-k)(y+1+2 w)Fe-oxide+(8(y+1) -4 k(y+1+2 w))Orthopyroxene = 2(y+1)Garnet +2(y+1+2 w)Clinopyroxene+4 wSpinel where y is a function of plagioclase composition, k refers to the relative amounts of olivine and Fe-oxide participating in the reaction, and w is a measure of silicon mobility. When mass balanced for Mg and Fe, this reaction is found to be consistent with analyzed mineral compositions in a wide range of Adirondack metaigneous rocks. The reaction applies equally well whether the garnets were formed directly from the rectants given above or went through an intermadiate stage involving the formation of spinel, orthopyroxene, and clinopyroxene. The actual reactions which have produced garnet in both undersaturated and quartz-bearing rocks are special cases of the above general reaction. The most important special cases appear to be those in which the reactants include either olivine alone (k=1) or Fe-oxide alone (k=0). Silicon is relatively immobile (w =2) in olivine bearing, magnesium-rich rocks (k???1), and this correlates with the increased intensity in spinel clouding of plagioclase in these rocks. Silicon mobility apparently increases in the more iron-rich rocks, which also tend to contain clear or lightly clouded plagioclase. In all the rocks studied the most common composition of metamorphic plagioclase is close to An33 (i.e., y=1). Plagioclase of lower anorthite content may be too sodic to participate in garnet formation at the P-T conditions involved. ?? 1980 Springer-Verlag.

  7. Mineralogy of new Antarctic achondrites with affinity to Lodran and a model of their evolution in an asteroid

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    Takeda, Hiroshi; Mori, Hiroshi; Hiroi, Takahiro; Saito, Jun

    1994-01-01

    We studied five new Antartic achondrites, MacAlpine Hills (MAC) 88177, Yamato (Y)74357, Y75274, Y791491 and Elephant Moraine (EET)84302 by mineralogical techniques to gain a better understanding of the mineral assemblages of a group of meteorites with an affinity to Lodran (stony-iron meteorite) and their formation processes. This group is being called lodranites. These meteorites contain major coarse-grained orthopyroxene (Opx) and olivine as in Lodran and variable amounts of FeNi metal and troilite etc. MAC88177 has more augite and less FeNi than Lodran; Y74357 has more olivine and contains minor augite; Y791491 contains in addition plagioclase. EET84302 has an Acapulco-like chondritic mineral assembladge and is enriched in FeNi metal and plagioclase, but one part is enriched in Opx and chromite. The EET84302 and MAC88177 Opx crystals have dusty cores as in Acapulco. EET84302 and Y75274 are more Mg-rich than other members of the lodranite group, and Y74357 is intermediate. Since these meteorites all have coarse-grained textures, similar major mineral assemblages, variable amounts of augite, plagioclase, FeNi metal, chromite and olivine, we suggest that they are related and are linked to a parent body with modified chondritic compositions. The variability of the abundances of these minerals are in line with a proposed model of the surface mineral assemblages of the S asteroids. The mineral assemblages can best be explained by differing degrees of loss or movements of lower temperature partial melts and recrystallization, and reduction. A portion of EET84302 rich in metal and plagioclase may represent a type of component removed from the lodranite group meteorites. Y791058 and Caddo County, which were studied for comparison, are plagioclase-rich silicate inclusions in IAB iron meteorites and may have been derived by similar process but in a different body.

  8. Mineralogy of new Antarctic achondrites with affinity to Lodran and a model of their evolution in an asteroid

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    Takeda, Hiroshi; Mori, Hiroshi; Hiroi, Takahiro; Saito, Jun

    1994-11-01

    We studied five new Antartic achondrites, MacAlpine Hills (MAC) 88177, Yamato (Y)74357, Y75274, Y791491 and Elephant Moraine (EET)84302 by mineralogical techniques to gain a better understanding of the mineral assemblages of a group of meteorites with an affinity to Lodran (stony-iron meteorite) and their formation processes. This group is being called lodranites. These meteorites contain major coarse-grained orthopyroxene (Opx) and olivine as in Lodran and variable amounts of FeNi metal and troilite etc. MAC88177 has more augite and less FeNi than Lodran; Y74357 has more olivine and contains minor augite; Y791491 contains in addition plagioclase. EET84302 has an Acapulco-like chondritic mineral assemblage and is enriched in FeNi metal and plagioclase, but one part is enriched in Opx and chromite. The EET84302 and MAC88177 Opx crystals have dusty cores as in Acapulco. EET84302 and Y75274 are more Mg-rich than other members of the lodranite group, and Y74357 is intermediate. Since these meteorites all have coarse-grained textures, similar major mineral assemblages, variable amounts of augite, plagioclase, FeNi metal, chromite and olivine, we suggest that they are related and are linked to a parent body with modified chondritic compositions. The variability of the abundances of these minerals are in line with a proposed model of the surface mineral assemblages of the S asteroids. The mineral assemblages can best be explained by differing degrees of loss or movements of lower temperature partial melts and recrystallization, and reduction. A portion of EET84302 rich in metal and plagioclase may represent a type of component removed from the lodranite group meteorites. Y791058 and Caddo County, which were studied for comparison, are plagioclase-rich silicate inclusions in IAB iron meteorites and may have been derived by similar process but in a different body.

  9. Europium mass balance in polymict samples and implications for plutonic rocks of the lunar crust

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    Korotev, R.L.; Haskin, L.A. )

    1988-07-01

    From correlations of SM concentration and Sm/Eu ratio with Th concentration for a large number of polymict samples from various locations in the lunar highlands and the value of 0.91 {mu}g/g for the mean Th concentration of the highlands surface crust obtained by the orbiting gamma-ray experiments. The authors estimate the mean concentrations of Sm and Eu in the lunar surface crust to be between 2 and 3 {mu}g/g Sm and 0.7 and 1.2 {mu}g/g Eu. The compositional trends indicate that there is no significant enrichment or depletion of Eu, on the average, compared to Sm relative to chondritic abundances, i.e., there is no significant Eu anomaly in average upper crust. Although rich in plagioclase ({approximately}70%), the upper crust does not offer evidence for a gross vertical separation of plagioclase from the final liquid from which it crystallized. This and the chondritic ratio of Eu/Al in average highlands material imply that the net effect of the processes that led to formation of the lunar crust was to put most of the Al and incompatible elements in the crust. Among plutonic rocks, only plagioclase in rocks from the magnesian suite can supply the excess Eu in the polymict rocks. Owing to the intermediate value of the mean Mg/Fe ratio of the crust, a significant fraction of the mafic rocks of the lunar highlands must have lower Mg/Fe ratios than the norites and troctolites of the magnesian-suite of plutonic rocks. A large fraction of the plagioclase in the lunar crust is associated not with ferroan anorthosite, but with more mafic rocks. There is little evidence in the Eu data that the lunar crust ever consisted of a thick shell of nearly pure plagioclase, as envisioned in some formulations of the magma ocean model of its formation.

  10. Evidence for a lower crustal origin of high-Al orthopyroxene megacrysts in Proterozoic anorthosites

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    Wiebe, R.A.

    1985-01-01

    Nodules and xenocrysts dominated by high-Al orthopyroxene (HAO) occur in strongly chilled Proterozoic basaltic dikes which cut the Nain anorthosite complex, Labrador. HAO (En 73-68, Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ = 6.5-4.5) lacks exsolution; it occurs both as anhedral xenocrysts up to 10 cm in diameter and with euhedral plagioclase (An55) in ophitic nodules. Rarely, olivine occurs with HAO and Al-spinel with plagioclase. Scarce Fe-rich nodules contain: (1) opx + pig, (2) aug + pig, and (3) coarsely exsolved ulvospinel. Pyroxene pairs yield T's of 1250 to 1170/degree/C, whereas coexisting lamellae in exsolved ulvospinel yield T's between 1145 and 1120/degree/C, with fO/sub 2/ near the WM buffer. If all nodules came from a similar depth, the rare occurrence of olivine with plagioclase suggests a maximum pressure of about 11 kb. The high subsolidus T's of the nodules contrasts with the low T of the host anorthosites at the time of dike emplacement and hence indicates a deep source for the nodules. HAO is nearly identical in composition to the high-Al orthopyroxene megacrysts with exsolved plagioclase (HAOM) found in most Proterozoic anorthosites. Many nodules of plagioclase and HAO also have textures comparable to ophitic occurrences of HAOM in anorthosite. Rafting of cotectic nodules from the lower crust could explain occurrences of HAOM in shallow-level anorthosites. The nodules and xenocrysts are samples of lower crustal cumulates. Their compositions suggest that they were produced by magmas similar to those that were parental to the anorthosites. They lend support to models which derive anorthosites by fractional crystallization of basaltic magma.

  11. Tracking intercumulus crystallisation at the Skaergaard intrusion using immobile trace elements: Evidence for liquid immiscibility

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    Humphreys, Madeleine

    2010-05-01

    A key target in the study of a layered intrusion is to constrain the liquid line of descent of the magma. However, the liquid line of descent of the intercumulus liquid is rarely considered, and is often assumed to be equivalent to that of the bulk magma. If the bulk liquid and interstitial liquids follow the same liquid line of descent, then intercumulus zoning profiles should be similar to the cryptic compositional variations seen with stratigraphic height. Because of extensive sub-solidus and diffusional changes that occur in slowly cooled rocks, clues to the composition of the intercumulus liquid can only be obtained using very slowly diffusing trace elements and components; the anorthite content of plagioclase and its Ti concentration are ideal in this respect. For the Skaergaard Intrusion, east Greenland, anorthite content (XAn) decreases monotonically as temperature decreases and the liquid becomes more evolved. The Ti content decreases in both cumulus and intercumulus plagioclase, as a result of falling liquid Ti after Fe-Ti oxides start to crystallise. However, Ti-XAn zoning in intercumulus plagioclase does not match the cryptic variations observed with increasing stratigraphic height, which demonstrates that the cumulus and intercumulus liquid lines of descent are not equivalent. In the intercumulus plagioclase, different trends develop adjacent to fine-grained, mafic and felsic interstitial pockets, which represent the crystallised products of trapped, late-stage immiscible liquids. The zoning trends vary systematically as a function of stratigraphic height and spatial location within the intrusion. The distribution and composition of the reversed plagioclase are used to infer the spatial distribution and differential movement of interstitial immiscible liquids throughout the Layered Series, and processes affecting the intercumulus liquid.

  12. Experimental petrology constraints on the recycling of mafic cumulate: a focus on Cr-spinel from the Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion, Scotland

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    Leuthold, Julien; Blundy, Jonathan D.; Brooker, Richard A.

    2015-08-01

    Reactive liquid flow is a common process in layered intrusions and more generally in episodically refilled magma chambers. Interaction between newly injected melt and cumulates, or crystal mushes, perturbs the liquid line of descent of the melt and modifies mineral chemistry and texture. We present insights into the effects of assimilation of mafic cumulate rocks (gabbro, troctolite) by cogenetic Mg-rich basalt liquid using one-atmosphere, controlled fO2 phase equilibrium experiments on picritic parental liquid to the Rum layered intrusion, Scotland. For picrite-only experiments at fO2 = QFM, Cr-spinel (Cr# = Cr/[Cr + Al + Fe3+] = 0.43; Fe# = Fe2+/[Mg + Fe2+] = 0.32) saturates at 1320 °C, olivine (Fo88) at ~1290 °C, plagioclase (An77) at 1200 °C, and clinopyroxene (Mg#: 0.81) at 1180 °C. In melting experiments on picrite + gabbro mixtures, plagioclase (1230 °C, An80) and clinopyroxene (1200 °C, Mg#: 0.85) saturation temperature and mode are increased significantly. Cr-spinel in these experiments has a distinctive, low Fe#. In melting experiments on picrite + troctolite mixtures, plagioclase (An86) saturates at 1240 °C and clinopyroxene (Mg#: 0.81) at 1170 °C. Al-rich spinel crystallizes at high temperature (>1220 °C) and becomes more Cr-rich upon cooling, reaching the highest Cr# = 0.47 at 1180 °C (0.54 at QFM-1.2). The experimental results confirm that plagioclase and clinopyroxene stability plays a major role in determining the composition of coexisting spinel. Comparing our experimental results to the Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion, we propose a model for the precipitation of spinel from picrite-troctolite hybrid melt that is compatible with the observed olivine, plagioclase, and clinopyroxene chemistry.

  13. Interaction of chemical and physical processes during deformation at fluid-present conditions: a case study from an anorthosite-leucogabbro deformed at amphibolite facies conditions

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    Svahnberg, Henrik; Piazolo, Sandra

    2013-03-01

    We present microstructural and chemical analyses of chemically zoned and recrystallized plagioclase grains in variably strained samples of a naturally deformed anorthosite-leucogabbro, southern West Greenland. The recorded microstructures formed in the presence of fluids at mid-crustal conditions (620-640 °C, 7.4-8.6 kbar). Recrystallized plagioclase grains (average grain size 342 μm) with a random crystallographic orientation are volumetrically dominant in high-strain areas. They are characterized by asymmetric chemical zoning (An80 cores and An64 rims) that are directly associated with areas exhibiting high amphibole content and phase mixing. Analyses of zoning indicate anisotropic behaviour of bytownite plagioclase with a preferred replacement in the < {0 10} rangle direction and along the (001) plane. In areas of high finite strain, recrystallization of plagioclase dominantly occurred by bulging recrystallization and is intimately linked to the chemical zoning. The lack of CPO as well as the developed asymmetric zoning can be explained by the activity of grain boundary sliding accommodated by dissolution and precipitation creep (DPC). In low-strain domains, grain size is on average larger and the rim distribution is not related to the inferred stress axes indicating chemically induced grain replacement instead of stress-related DPC. We suggest that during deformation, in high-strain areas, pre-existing phase mixture and stress induced DPC-caused grain rotations that allowed a deformation-enhanced heterogeneous fluid influx. This resulted in local plagioclase replacement through interface-coupled dissolution and precipitation and chemically induced grain boundary migration, accompanied by bulging recrystallization, along with neocrystallization of other phases. This study illustrates a strong interaction and feedback between physical and chemical processes where the amount of stress and fluids dictates the dominant active process. The interaction is a cause of

  14. Groundmass crystallization in dacite dykes taken in Unzen Scientific Drilling Project (USDP-4)

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    Noguchi, Satoshi; Toramaru, Atsushi; Nakada, Setsuya

    2008-07-01

    Groundmass textural and compositional analyses of the drilled dacite dykes of the Unzen Scientific Drilling Project (USDP-4) identify the feeder dyke of the 1990-1995 eruption and elucidate the crystallization process of dykes at depth. In the drilling depth range of 1582-1996 m ("conduit zone"), four dacite dykes were recognized. The groundmasses of all but one of these dykes have textures ranging from cryptocrystalline to microcrystalline aggregate of crystals < 10 µm across forming an equigranular mosaic of plagioclase, alkali feldspar, quartz, and pyrite. The samples include a small number of coarser-grained plagioclase microlites (20 µm to 0.3 mm long). The compositions of groundmass consisting only of grains < 10 µm plotted at the lower pressure (< 50 MPa) ternary minimum in the Qz'-Ab'-Or' system suggests that the crystallization of plagioclase, alkali feldspar, and quartz took place nearly simultaneously. The compositions of coarser plagioclase microlites and groundmass, the plagioclase microlite textures, and the phenocryst assemblages show significant differences from historical lavas exposed in the summit area. This implies the possibility that most of the dacite dykes are not feeder dykes for the lavas at the summit and remained beneath the surface, perhaps because of high viscosity associated with high SiO 2. One sample C14-1-1 collected 1977 m, has a texture, composition, and phenocryst assemblage nearly identical to that of the dome lava of the 1990-1995 eruption, differing only in the presence of hydrothermal alternation. At this time we cannot definitely conclude that C14-1-1 was the feeder dyke for the 1990-1995 eruption until we can elucidate the time scale and the conditions governing hydrothermal alternation.

  15. Iron transfer and temporal variation in the Soufriere Hills lavas (1995-2007)

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    Christopher, T. E.; Humphreys, M.; Genareau, K.; Barclay, J.; De Angelis, S. H.; Plail, M. J.

    2012-12-01

    The Soufriere Hills eruption has been ongoing for 16 years to date; the eruption is defined by episodic lava output with the extrusion phases having durations ranging from months to years, separated by periods of quiescence. The erupted lavas are mostly andesitic (SiO2 56-62 wt %) with minor enclaves (1-8 vol% for the eruption) of a basaltic to basaltic andesite composition (SiO2 49-56 wt %). The andesite generally contains 30-46% phenocrysts, up to 75% of which may be plagioclase; 28% amphibole, 7% orthopyroxene and 3% Fe-Ti oxides. Less than 1% clinopyroxene microphenocrysts and accessory apatite can also be present. Amphibole is absent from the groundmass yielding a groundmass of plagioclase, two pyroxenes and Fe-Ti oxides. The enclaves are normally ellipsoidal with chilled margins and are crystal poor with microlites and microphenocrysts of plagioclase, amphibole, orthopyroxene, Fe-Ti oxides and clinopyroxene. Phenocrysts inherited from the andesite are present in the enclaves most of which are plagioclase, most enclaves contain a diktytaxitic frame work of predominantly plagioclase and pargasitic amphibole. Both magmas have rhyolitic glass (SiO2 70-82 wt %) with the enclave glass slightly enriched in K2O wt% and TiO2 wt%. Evidence of bidirectional crystal transfer between both magma types and reheating of the andesite is present. The bulk andesite composition varies with each eruptive phase with only the iron content doing so systematically. The bulk iron content of the andesites define a decreasing trend from phase I (1995-1998) to phase II (1999-2003) and phase III (2005-2007). This trend is mirrored by the syn-eruptive enclave bulk compositions indicating iron transfer from the intruding basalt to the andesite.

  16. Granulite facies lower crustal xenoliths from the Eifel, West Germany: petrological and geochemical aspects

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    Loock, G.; Stosch, H.-G.; Seck, H. A.

    1990-06-01

    Petrographic, petrological and geochemical data for 16 mafic meta-igneous, granulite facies lower crustal xenoliths from the East Eifel were collected in order to develop a model for the lower crustal history for this region. The xenoliths consist of plagioclase±amphibole±clinopyroxene±garnet±orthopyroxene±scapolite + opaque minerals±apatite±rutile±zircon. Garnet has reacted to a variable extent with plagioclase and clinopyroxene to form a corona of plagioclaseII+ amphibole + orthopyroxeneII. Pyroxenes and plagioclases show complex zoning patterns with regard to Al and Ca which can be interpreted in terms of P, T history. Decreasing temperature and pressure conditions are recorded by decreasing Al in clinopyroxene rims coexisting with increasing anorthite contents in plagioclase rims and the breakdown of garnet. In addition, a young heating event that affected the granulites to different degrees is inferred from the complementary Ca-zoning patterns in clino- and orthopyroxenes. Rare earth element (REE) patterns of whole rocks together with the trends displayed and fractionated liquids. REE analyses of the mineral separates display equilibrium partitioning patterns for amphibole and clinopyroxene, although isotopic data show that amphibole contains externally-derived Sr and Nd components not recognized in other minerals. At least a 4-stage history for the granulites is recorded: (1) intrusion and crystal fractionation of basaltic magmas in the lower crust, probably accompanied by crustal assimilation, (2) granulite facies metamorphism, (3) a decrease in temperature and pressure, and (4) a later heating event. The complicated thermal history is reflected in Sm-Nd mineral isochron ages which range from about 170 Ma down to about 100 Ma and cannot be assigned to distinct geological events. These ages correlate with inferred temperatures; the low ages are measured for xenoliths with the highest temperatures. In some cases the young heating event is likely to be

  17. A first find of retrogressed eclogites in the Odenwald Crystalline Complex, Mid-German Crystalline Rise, Germany: evidence for a so far unrecognised high-pressure metamorphism in the Central Variscides

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    Will, Thomas M.; Schmädicke, Esther

    2001-11-01

    Metabasic rocks were recently found in the Böllsteiner Odenwald, being part of the Variscan Mid-German Crystalline Rise (MGCR), that give evidence of a so far unrecognised eclogite-facies metamorphic event and testify, for the first time, to high-pressure metamorphism in the MGCR, the assumed suture zone of the European Variscides. Eclogite-facies metamorphism is indicated by both widespread clinopyroxene-plagioclase symplectites—interpreted as breakdown products of omphacite—and the composition of symplectitic clinopyroxene with measured jadeite contents of up to 27 mol%, extending into the omphacite field. Reintegration of numerous clinopyroxene-plagioclase symplectites implies minimum jadeite contents of the former omphacite of at least 38 mol%. For the eclogite stage, the four-phase assemblage omphacite-garnet-quartz-rutile can be reconstructed. A post-eclogitic overprint led to the formation of symplectitic intergrowths of clinopyroxene and plagioclase, amphibole-plagioclase coronas around garnet and domains with recrystallised amphibole and plagioclase. Preliminary P- T estimates for the eclogite-facies metamorphism indicate minimum pressures of some 16-17 kbar and temperatures of approximately 700±50 °C. Geothermobarometry for the subsequent symplectitic breakdown of omphacite yields some 14 kbar and 700 °C. P- T estimates on retrograde amphibolite-facies domains and on prograde mineral assemblages preserved in garnet cores point to a clockwise P- T path experienced by these rocks. The eclogites formed from a tholeiitic protolith, that may have been genetically linked to a continental extension zone or a young oceanic ridge or back-arc environment.

  18. The Sr-isotopic stratigraphy of the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa

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    Mangwegape, Mpho; Roelofse, Frederick; Mock, Timothy; Carlson, Richard W.

    2016-01-01

    We present a compilation of Sr-isotopic data obtained on plagioclase from 27 samples covering the entire stratigraphy of the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex as determined by LA-MC-ICPMS. The lower parts of the Main Zone in the Northern Limb are characterised by significant variations in Sr-isotopic compositions (87Sr/86Sr ˜0.7087 ± 0.0005 (1-σ)) coupled with very limited differentiation as exemplified by plagioclase An%, suggesting construction of the lower Main Zone through the repeated influx of magmas. Fairly constant Sr-isotopic compositions of plagioclase within the Upper and upper Main Zones (87Sr/86Sr ˜0.7073 ± 0.0003) coupled with a broad normal differentiation trend are suggestive of fractionation processes being the dominant factor in the petrogenesis of these zones. The present results argue against the laterally extensive troctolite horizon of the Northern Limb having a Critical Zone parentage or being the direct equivalent of the Pyroxenite Marker in the Northern Limb. It may, however, be an analogue of the Pyroxenite Marker in that it occurs at the approximate level where the last voluminuous influx of magma into the Northern Limb is inferred to have taken place. The nature of the magmas that gave rise to the lower parts of the Main Zone in the Northern Limb deserves further investigation in light of the fact that plagioclase here shows considerable variation both within and between individual co-existing plagioclase crystals that may point to the intrusion of crystal mushes as opposed to aphyric liquids.

  19. Occurrence of chromian, hercynitic spinel ("pleonaste") in Apollo-14 samples and its petrologic implications

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    Roedder, E.; Weiblen, P.W.

    1972-01-01

    Many isolated grains of a reddish pleonaste-type spinel occur in fines and metabreccia samples, particularly 14 319. Electron microprobe analyses (104) of spinels and their associated phases include 58 of pleonaste which show Mg/(Mg + Fe) 0.44-0.62 and Cr/(Cr + Al) 0.017-0.134 (atomic), plus minor amounts of other ions, and differ greatly from almost all previously recorded lunar spinels; almost no spinels of intermediate composition were found. Two types of compositional zoning exist: a diffuse primary one with cores lower in Ti, and a narrow secondary one from reaction with matrix yielding rims higher in Cr, Ti, and Mn. At contacts with breccia matrix there is a narrow corona of almost pure plagioclase (An80-An94), free of opaque minerals and pyroxene. Two types of solid inclusions found in the pleonaste are calcic plagioclase, and tiny spherical masses of nickel-rich sulfide. Similar pleonaste occurs in crystalline rock clasts, mainly with plagioclase; one clast (A) consists only of coarse olivine, plagioclase, and pleonaste, with granulated grain boundaries suggestive of deformation. From composition and texture, this clast is one possible candidate for the mafic cumulate counterpart of the "anorthositic" crust. Another clast (B), also made solely of olivine, plagioclase and pleonaste, is itself a breccia. These data suggest a two-stage brecciation process: 1) disruption (probably pre-Imbrian) of a deep-seated pleonaste-bearing source rock like A and reconsolidation to form a breccia without addition of pyroxene, ilmenite or other minerals; and 2) disruption of this breccia to yield breccia clast B which was then incorporated into the Fra Mauro formation. ?? 1972.

  20. Megacrystic pyroxene basalts sample deep crustal gabbroic cumulates beneath the Mount Taylor volcanic field, New Mexico

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    Schmidt, Mariek E.; Schrader, Christian M.; Crumpler, Larry S.; Rowe, Michael C.; Wolff, John A.; Boroughs, Scott P.

    2016-04-01

    Distributed over the ~ 2.3 m.y. history of the alkaline and compositionally diverse Mount Taylor Volcanic Field (MTVF), New Mexico is a widespread texturally distinct family of differentiated basalts that contain resorbed megacrysts (up to 3 cm) of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, and olivine ± Ti-magnetite ± ilmenite ± orthopyroxene. These lavas have gabbroic cumulate inclusions with mineral compositions similar to the megacrysts, suggesting a common origin. Gabbroic and megacrystic clinopyroxenes form positive linear arrays in TiO2 (0.2-2.3 wt.%) with respect to Al2O3 (0.7-9.3 wt.%). Plagioclase (An41-80) from representative thin sections analyzed for 87Sr/86Sr by laser ablation ICP-MS range from 0.7036 to 0.7048. The low 87Sr/86Sr plagioclases (0.7036 to 0.7037) are associated with high Ti-Al clinopyroxenes. Likewise, the higher 87Sr/86Sr plagioclases (0.7043 to 0.7047) are associated with the low-Al clinopyroxenes. Taken together, the pyroxene and plagioclase megacrysts appear to track the differentiation of a gabbroic pluton (or related plutons) from alkaline to Si-saturated conditions by fractional crystallization and crustal assimilation. Clinopyroxene-liquid geobarometry calculations suggest that crystallization occurred near the crust-mantle transition at an average of ~ 1200 °C and 12-13 kbar. The distribution of the megacrystic pyroxene basalts suggests that a gabbroic intrusive body underlies subregions of the MTVF that have generated silicic magmas. The gabbro is interpreted to be a significant heat and mass input into the lower crust that is capable of driving the petrogenesis of diverse silicic compositions (through fractionation and crustal assimilation), including mugearites, trachytes, trachy-andesites and dacites, high-Si rhyolites, and topaz rhyolites of the MTVF.

  1. Solidification of interstitial melt in a gabbroic crystal mush: the Skaergaard intrusion, Greenland

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    Namur, Olivier; Humphreys, Madeleine C. S.; Holness, Marian B.; Veksler, Ilya V.

    2013-04-01

    The Eocene Skaergaard intrusion of East Greenland occupies a box-shaped, fault-bounded chamber, approximately 8km × 11km × 4km, at the contact between Precambrian gneisses and a thick overlying sequence of Eocene plateau lavas. The intrusion is divided into three main units: the Layered Series (LS) which crystallized on the floor, the Upper Border Series (UBS) which crystallized from the roof, and the Marginal Border Series (MBS) which grew inwards from the vertical walls. The order of appearance of cumulus phases in the LS is considered to be: plagioclase + olivine (HZ, LZa) + augite (LZb) + Fe-Ti oxides (LZc) - olivine (MZ) + olivine (UZa) + apatite (UZb) + ferro-hedenbergite (UZc). The Marginal Border Series (MBS) is subdivided in an analogous manner to the LS into HZ*, LZa*, LZb*, LZc*, MZ*, UZa* and UZb*. We measured plagioclase compositional profiles in the LS and MBS for major (EPMA) and trace (ion probe and LA-ICP-MS) elements. Plagioclase profiles in the MBS show a relatively simple pattern of continuously decreasing An-content from core to rim. Compatible trace elements evolve similarly to An, while incompatible trace elements continuously increase. In contrast, compositional profiles in the LS are highly complex. In the lowest stratrigraphic unit (LZa), the core of the plagioclase grains has a mantle of decreasing An-content with an external rim of constant composition at An55-58. Compatible and incompatible elements decrease and increase respectively from core to rim, signifying decoupling of major and trace elements in the external rim. In LZb, similar profiles are observed except that the external rim has a composition of An50-51. From LZc to UZa, plagioclase grains are mostly unzoned. However, where zoned they also show an external rim of constant composition, but this time at An40. From UZb to UZc, plagioclase grains are unzoned or show normal zoning without external constant composition rims. We suggest that the external rims at An58, An50 and An

  2. Enigmatic Late-Stage Textures In Mafic Cumulates: Skaergaard Intrusion, East Greenland.

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    Stripp, G.; Holness, M.; Veksler, I.

    2006-12-01

    The complexities of slow solidification in deep-seated silicate liquid bodies are poorly understood. Late-stage melt migration, due to compaction of the crystal mush, drives re-crystallisation and metasomatism which can have significant effects on chamber-wide chemical evolution. In this contribution we present novel textural observations from mafic cumulates of the Skaergaard Layered Intrusion which may shed light on liquid movement during the last stages of solidification of the crystal mush. Previously undescribed mafic symplectites are widespread in the Skaergaard Layered Series, and comprise vermicular intergrowths of plagioclase and olivine, which may be replaced by clinopyroxene in the outer parts of the symplectite. The symplectites grow outwards from Fe-Ti oxide grains, consuming adjacent cumulus plagioclase. In the Middle Zone of the Layered Series (where symplectites are best developed) symplectite plagioclase adjacent to the Fe-Ti oxide grains contains 1.2 wt% FeOtot which decreases to 0.6 wt% FeOtot at the symplectite margin, compared to a ~ 0.35 wt% average for adjacent cumulus plagioclase. Symplectite plagioclase is up to 40 mol% more An-rich than the adjacent cumulus grains. Olivine compositions range from Fo45 to Fo32 along the growth direction of the symplectite, compared to ~ Fo44 for cumulus olivine at this level in the intrusion. Biotite commonly replaces olivine. Texturally- and compositionally-related patches of intergrown clinopyroxene and An-rich plagioclase occur locally on plagioclase triple junctions and plagioclase grain boundaries. Symplectites are present, but rare, in the lower parts of the Skaergaard Layered Series; increase significantly in volumetric importance in Lower Zone b; are very common in Middle Zone and disappear in UZ. The symplectites resemble those formed by hydrous partial melting of oceanic gabbros (Koepke et al., 2005) but important differences include the presence of clinopyroxene and Fe-rich plagioclase, and the

  3. The Jelly Sandwich Bites Back: A Case Study of the Viscosity Contrast Between the Lower Crust and Upper Mantle From the Oman Ophiolite

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    Homburg, J. M.; Hirth, G.; Kelemen, P. B.

    2008-12-01

    The viscosity contrast between the lower crust and upper mantle controls key tectonic processes such as lithospheric coupling between the crust and mantle and the origin and transmission of plate driving forces. Recent reviews have emphasized data that suggest a strong, mafic lower crust overlies a relatively weak, peridotite upper mantle in continental plates, in contrast to the "Jelly Sandwich" concept in which weak lower crust is underlain by a relatively strong shallow mantle. While experimental data provide a basis to predict viscosity contrast, this involves substantial extrapolation from laboratory to natural conditions. Pertinent geologic observations of synchronously deformed gabbro and peridotite are not well documented. We analyzed microstructures in deformed gabbronorite dikes (~10-50 cm thick) and host harzburgite from the Oman ophiolite. Outcrop scale observations demonstrate that deformation is highly localized in 1-50 mm wide mylonitic shear bands formed within portions of the gabbronorite that are plagioclase rich. We constrained the conditions of deformation using pyroxene thermometry, petrology, grain size piezometry and EBSD analyses of lattice preferred orientation (LPO). Syn-deformation temperature ranged from ~600- 800°C, based on Fe-Mg-Ca exchange between recrystallized orthopyroxene-clinopyroxene pairs using QUILF (Andersen et al., 1993) and tremolite/actinolite thermal stability. Pressure was ~300 MPa based on structural thickness of the section. We observe a range of plagioclase grain sizes indicating that strain localized into progressively smaller volumes within the gabbronorite as deformation continued within the finest, most localized plagioclase grain size indicating a stress of ~80 MPa. In contrast, olivine grain size in peridotite corresponds to a stress of ~10 MPa, indicative of earlier, high T, distributed deformation. Plagioclase exhibits a LPO throughout the analyzed samples, though variations in orientation and strength of

  4. Can cathodoluminescence of feldspar be used as provenance indicator?

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    Scholonek, Christiane; Augustsson, Carita

    2016-05-01

    We have studied feldspar from crystalline rocks for its textural and spectral cathodoluminescence (CL) characteristics with the aim to reveal their provenance potential. We analyzed ca. 60 rock samples of plutonic, volcanic, metamorphic, and pegmatitic origin from different continents and of 16 Ma to 2 Ga age for their feldspar CL textures and ca. 1200 feldspar crystals from these rocks for their CL color spectra. Among the analyzed rocks, igneous feldspar is most commonly zoned, whereby oscillatory zoning can be confirmed to be typical for volcanic plagioclase. The volcanic plagioclase also less commonly contains twin lamellae that are visible in CL light than crystals from other rock types. Alkali feldspar, particularly from igneous and pegmatitic rocks, was noted to be most affected by alteration features, visible as dark spots, lines and irregular areas. The size of all textural features of up to ca. 150 μm, in combination with possible alteration in both the source area and the sedimentary system, makes the CL textures of feldspar possible to use for qualitative provenance research only. We observed alkali feldspar mostly to luminesce in a bluish color and sometimes in red, and plagioclase in green to yellow. The corresponding CL spectra are dominated by three apparent intensity peaks at 440-520 nm (mainly blue), 540-620 nm (mainly green) and 680-740 nm (red to infrared). A dominance of the peak in the green wavelength interval over the blue one for plagioclase makes CL particularly useful for the differentiation of plagioclase from alkali feldspar. An apparent peak position in red to infrared at < 710 nm for plagioclase mainly is present in mafic rocks. Present-day coastal sand from Peru containing feldspar with the red to infrared peak position mainly exceeding 725 nm for northern Peruvian sand and a larger variety for sand from southern Peru illustrates a discriminative effect of different source areas. We conclude that the provenance application

  5. Disequilibrium dihedral angles as a proxy for cooling rate: new opportunities for decoding the effects of liquid migration in dolerites and basalts.

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    Holness, Marian; Richardson, Chris; Philpotts, Anthony

    2013-04-01

    The geometry of clinopyroxene-plagioclase-plagioclase junctions in mafic rocks, measured by the median dihedral angle, Θcpp, is created during solidification, with junction geometry a function of the initial impingement angle of the two plagioclase grains together with the relative rates of growth of augite and plagioclase. Rapid solidification results in Θcpp ~78˚, whereas more slowly cooled rocks have higher Θcpp. Θcpp varies symmetrically across dolerite sills, with the lowest values at the margins. Simple thermal models of sills, based on a crystallization interval of 1200-1000°C and including consideration of latent heat, suggest that Θcpp ~78° signifies crystallisation times of less than a few years. The symmetrical variation of Θcpp across the sills is in marked contrast to the variation of average plagioclase grain size - generally the coarsest rocks are in the upper third of the sills. The straightforward mapping of Θcpp onto crystallization times means dihedral angles provide a robust measure of cooling rates, in contrast to the more commonly used method based on crystal size distributions which is limited by an incomplete knowledge of crystal growth rates. While sills lose heat equally from both top and bottom surfaces, lava flows and lakes primarily cool from the upper surface, especially when flooded with water. This is reflected in a highly asymmetric Θcpp variation, with maximum values close to the floor. Comparison of average plagioclase grain size, calculated extent of compaction and Θcpp through the thickest part of the Holyoke Flood-Basalt Flow, sampled at North Branford and Tariffville, demonstrates the slowest-cooled parts of the body (i.e. that part with maximum Θcpp and % compaction) underlie those of maximum grain size. We interpret the horizon with the coarsest grain size to contain significant volumes of relatively evolved liquids, derived by compaction of the underlying layers, in which crystallization continued to

  6. Mineralogy of Meteorite Groups

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    Rubin, Alan E.

    1997-01-01

    Approximately 275 mineral species have been identified in meteorites, reflecting diverse redox environments, and, in some cases, unusual nebular formation conditions. Anhydrous ordinary, carbonaceous and R chondrites contain major olivine, pyroxene and plagioclase; major opaque phases include metallic Fe-Ni, troilite and chromite. Primitive achondrites are mineralogically similar. The highly reduced enstatite chondrites and achondrites contain major enstatite, plagioclase, free silica and kamacite as well as nitrides, a silicide and Ca-, Mg-, Mn-, Na-, Cr-, K- and Ti-rich sulfides. Aqueously altered carbonaceous chondrites contain major amounts of hydrous phyllosilicates, complex organic compounds, magnetite, various sulfates and sulfides, and carbonates. In addition to kamacite and taenite, iron meteorites contain carbides, elemental C, nitrides, phosphates, phosphides, chromite and sulfides. Silicate inclusions in IAB/IIICD and lIE iron meteorites consist of mafic silicates, plagioclase and various sulfides, oxides and phosphates. Eucrites, howardites and diogenites have basaltic to orthopyroxenitic compositions and consist of major pyroxene and calcic plagioclase and several accessory oxides. Ureilttes .are made up mainly of calcic, chromian olivine and low-Ca clinopyroxene embedded in a carbonaceous matrix; accessory phases include the C polymorphs graphite, diamond, lonsdaleite and chaoite as well as metallic Fe-Ni, troilite and halides. Angrites are achondrites rich in fassaitic pyroxene (i.e. , AI-Ti diopside); minor olivine with included magnesian kirschsteinite is also present. Martian meteorites comprise basalts, Iherzolites, a dunite and an orthopyroxenite. Major phases include various pyroxenes and olivine; minor to accessory phases include various sulfides, magnetite, chromite and Ca-phosphates. Lunar meteorites comprise mare basalts with major augite and calcic plagioclase and anorthositic breccias with major calcic plagioclase. Several meteoritic

  7. Short Timescales for Crustal Residence, Transport and Contamination of Flood Basalt Magma: Crystal Isotope Stratigraphy of the Columbia River Basalt Group.

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    Tollstrup, D. L.; Ramos, F. C.; Wolff, J. A.

    2002-12-01

    Geochemical studies of continental flood basalt magmas provide evidence for contributions from one or more enriched reservoirs. There is, however, no consensus on the role of continental crust as a major source of enriched signatures. With its stratigraphy defined and mapped at the scale of individual flows, the Columbia River Basalt Group (CRBG) is the most thoroughly studied continental flood basalt province in the world. Its tectonic position (overlying both thin accreted Mesozoic crust and thick ancient cratonic crust) makes the CRBG ideal for isolating the contribution of crust in the petrogenesis of continental flood basalts. Many flows are plagioclase-phyric. Because plagioclase in basaltic magmas can be assumed to have grown at crustal pressures, growth layers in plagioclase phenocrysts record changes in the chemical and isotopic composition of the magma occurring at crustal depths. We have initiated a micro-sampling study utilizing laser ablation multicollector ICP-MS (ThermoFinnigan Neptuner) to analyze 87Sr/86Sr variability in plagioclase and clinopyroxene phenocrysts (where present) and associated groundmass. Initial results are: 1) plagioclase and clinopyroxene phenocrysts within CRBG lavas are overall less radiogenic than host groundmass and 2) plagioclase phenocrysts are commonly zoned from less radiogenic cores to more radiogenic rims. The rims may have similar compositions to, or be less radiogenic than, host groundmass. One-dimensional diffusion modeling applied to observed 87Sr/86Sr zoning and crystal/groundmass gradients constrains phenocryst residence times, and the timescale of crustal-level petrogenetic events that modified CRBG magmas. Residence times for phenocrysts in their final host liquid may be as little as 10 years prior to quenching. These results require that the 87Sr/86Sr composition of the CRBG magmas increased rapidly with time at crustal pressures during and after phenocryst growth. This could result from mixing between magmas

  8. 40Ar/39Ar and K/Ar dating of low grade metamorphism: examples on metabasites from Central Chile

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    Aguirre, L.; Feraud, G.; Fuentes, F.; Delbar, M.; Morata, D.

    2003-04-01

    Dating low to very low-grade burial metamorphic assemblages is often difficult because of (1) few mineral phases compositionally suitable to apply the 40Ar/39Ar and K-Ar methods, and (2) small amount in which these phases are commonly found. K-feldspar adularia, sericitic mica, and celadonite are the best known K-bearing secondary minerals. We present some successful attempts to analyse two distinct secondary phases from a same volcanic formation that allow to test the validity of the measured ages. These ages have been also compared with the crystallisation age of the volcanic rocks in which the secondary phases were lately developed. Adularia and sericite were selected from basic lava flows from a 3 to 13 km thick Cretaceous sequence from the Coastal Range of central Chile, at two different locations: the Bustamante Hill (west from Santiago), and the Cordón de Chacana, c. 80 km further north. Adularia came from a low-variance assemblage with pumpellyite, chlorite and low-albite contained in amygdules whereas sericite was present in milky-white strongly sericitized plagioclase crystals. While small clusters of rare fresh plagioclase grains from lava flows from Bustamante and Chacana displayed concordant plateau ages 119.4 ± 2.4 (2 sigma) and 118.7 ± 0.6 Ma, respectively, the adularia from the same formations gave sensibly younger ages around 94 Ma (high temperature steps), and 96.8 ± 0.2 Ma (plateau age) in Bustamante and Chacana, respectively. Sericite ages were measured in situ into single crystals of strongly transformed plagioclases. The relative proportion of sericite and plagioclase corresponding to each degasing step was monitored by measuring the Ca/K ratio (deduced from 37ArCa/39Ar_K). While intermediate ages were measured on some sericite of both sites (corresponding to a variable but permanent contribution of plagioclase on each step), a plateau age of 97.0 ± 1.6 Ma (concordant with adularia) could be obtained on a strongly sericitized plagioclase

  9. Cyclic units in the Somerset Dam layered gabbro intrusion, southeastern Queensland, Australia

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    Mathison, Charter I.

    1987-06-01

    The well-preserved Somerset Dam intrusion probably represents a small, relatively shallow, subvolcanic magma chamber. The 500-m-thick exposed sequence consists of 22 macrolayers which are defined by sharp phase, modal and textural contacts. At least six cyclic units, 30-150 m thick, are exposed, and the sequence from the base to the top of a cyclic unit is inferred to be leucogabbro (plagioclase cumulate), troctolite (plagioclase-olivine cumulate), olivine gabbro (plagioclase-augite-olivine cumulate), and oxide gabbro (plagioclase-augite-(olivine)-magnetite-ilmenite cumulate). Mineral compositions in a typical cyclic unit show a reversed fractionation trend in the sequence leucogabbro-troctolite, and a normal fractionation trend from troctolite (the least fractionated rock type) to the oxide gabbro (the most fractionated rock type). The most sensitive parameters for defining the cryptic trends are An in plagioclase, Fo and Ni in olivine, and Cr in magnetite and augite. Whole-rock compositions also show marked changes, and Fe, Ti, V, S and Cu increase and Al, {Mg}/{Fe}, Cr and Ni decrease from troctolite to oxide gabbro. Despite the remarkable similarity of successive cyclic units, significant differences exist between them in the sequences of layers, thicknesses of individual layers and of the cyclic units, mineral compositions and cryptic patterns, average level of fractionation and the size of the reversals. Unit 3 is particularly unusual because it is the least fractionated and consists of two incomplete subunits. Unit 1, the lowest exposed, is the most fractionated. These differences between the units cannot be explained in terms of a closed system, and are strong evidence for an open system involving periodic injections of magma. The formation of a cyclic unit appears to reflect the dominant control of the order of crystallisation from a batch of replenished magma, which is essentially plagioclase first, followed by olivine, augite, magnetite and ilmenite, and

  10. Coronitic textures in mafic xenoliths from Puy Beaunit (French Massif Central): Evidence for pyrometamorphism on cumulate rocks from a deep layered complex

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    Berger, J.; Femenias, O.; Demaiffe, D.

    2003-04-01

    The Puy Beaunit quaternary maar (Chaîne des Puys) is well known for its large diversity of xenoliths. Besides the typical crustal (granites and granulites) and mantle-derived (peridotites sensu lato) xenoliths, we have also identified magmatic mafic xenoliths, some of them displaying mm- to cm- scale layering. These mafic rocks are mainly gabbronorites with minor pyroxenites and anorthositic gabbros. It has been proposed that these mafic xenoliths are derived from a differentiated complex emplaced at the crust-mantle boundary during Permian times (257+/- 6Ma, zircon U-Pb SIMS data). These xenoliths have undergone a pyrometamorphic (HT-BP) event while they were brought up to the surface by the quaternary lava. Beside the classical polygonal texture, the xenoliths display four types of coronitic and symplectitic textures: 1) plag-opx-oxide symplectite between plagioclase and clinopyroxene; 2) brown-orange glass with skeletal and euhedral olivine around orthopyroxene; 3) poikilitic clinopyroxene with numerous inclusions of euhedral plagioclase and oxide (this texture is also observed around some clinopyroxene); 4) plag-opx-cpx-oxide symplectite around amphibole relics. Mafic samples with coronites are relatively poor in SiO2 (41 to 47wt% SiO2) when compared to polygonal mafic xenoliths (49 to 51wt% SiO2). It appears that the type of corona in a given sample depends on the composition of the primary (=magmatic) pyroxenes, plagioclase and ghost phase (amphibole?). Xenoliths with primary Fe-rich pyroxenes (opx: En59-67, cpx: En36-39) show poikilitic clinopyroxene textures. Xenoliths with primary An-poor plagioclase (An55) show coronas with olivine-bearing glass around orthopyroxene. Xenoliths with primary highly calcic plagioclase (An85-95) show plag-opx-oxide symplectite. Xenoliths with polygonal texture contain Mg-rich orthopyroxene (En70-80) and labrador plagioclase (An65-70). Thermobarometers based on the composition of amphibole relics give magmatic P

  11. Phenocryst complexity in andesites and dacites from the Tequila volcanic field, Mexico: resolving the effects of degassing vs. magma mixing

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    Frey, Holli M.; Lange, Rebecca A.

    2011-08-01

    The petrology of five phenocryst-poor (2-5%) andesites and dacites, all of which were erupted from different short-lived, monogenetic vents, is compared to that of phenocryst-rich (10-25%) andesites erupted from the adjacent stratovolcano, Volcán Tequila, in the Mexican arc. Despite differences in phenocryst abundances, these magmas have comparable phase assemblages (plagioclase + orthopyroxene + titanomagnetite + ilmenite + apatite ± augite ± hornblende), and similarly wide variations in phenocryst compositions, coupled to complex zoning patterns. For the phenocryst-poor lavas, equilibrium pairs of two Fe-Ti oxides lead to a narrow range of calculated temperatures for each sample that range from 934 (±24) to 1,073 (±6)°C and oxygen fugacities that range from +0.1 to +0.7 log units relative to the Ni-NiO buffer. Application of the plagioclase-liquid hygrometer to each sample at these calculated temperatures leads to maximum melt water concentrations of 4.6-3.1 wt% during plagioclase crystallization, indicating that the magmas were fluid saturated at depths ≥6.4-4.5 km. There is a wide, continuous range in the composition of plagioclase (≤44 mol% An) and orthopyroxene (≤16% Mg#) phenocrysts in each sample, which is consistent with a loss of dissolved water (≤2.8 wt%) from the melt phase during degassing as the magmas ascended rapidly to the surface. Evidence is presented that shows the effect of dissolved water is to reduce the activity of MgO relative to FeO in the melt phase, which indicates that degassing will also affect the Mg# of pyroxene phenocrysts, with higher melt water concentrations favoring Fe-rich pyroxene. Both plagioclase and orthopyroxene commonly display diffusion-limited growth textures (e.g., skeletal and hopper crystals, large interior melt hollows, and swallow tails), which are consistent with large undercoolings produced by degassing-induced crystallization. Therefore, degassing is proposed as a possible cause for the phenocryst

  12. Hyperextension of continental to oceanic-like lithosphere: The record of late gabbros in the shallow subcontinental lithospheric mantle of the westernmost Mediterranean

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    Hidas, Károly; Varas-Reus, Maria Isabel; Garrido, Carlos J.; Marchesi, Claudio; Acosta-Vigil, Antonio; Padrón-Navarta, José Alberto; Targuisti, Kamal; Konc, Zoltán

    2015-05-01

    We report gabbroic dikes in the plagioclase tectonite domains of the Ojén and Ronda massifs (Betic Cordillera, southern Spain), which record crystallization at low-pressure syn-, or slightly postkinematic to the late ductile history of the Betic Peridotite in the westernmost Mediterranean. We present mineral major and trace element compositional data of discordant gabbroic dikes in the Ojén massif and gabbroic patches in the Ronda massif, complemented by the whole rock and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) data of the Ojén occurrence. In the Ojén massif, gabbro occurs as 1-3 centimeter wide discordant dikes that crosscut the plagioclase tectonite foliation at high angle. These dikes are composed of cm-scale igneous plagioclase and clinopyroxene crystals that show shape preferred orientations subparallel to the lineation of the host peridotite and oblique to the trend of the dike. Intrusion of Ojén gabbro dikes is coherent with the stress field that formed the high temperature, ductile plagioclase tectonite foliation and then attests for a mantle igneous event prior to the intracrustal emplacement of the massif. In the Ronda massif, gabbroic rocks crystallized in subcentimeter wide anastomozing veins, or as interstitial patches in the host dunite. They are mostly composed of plagioclase and clinopyroxene. Plagioclase composition is bytownitic in the Ojén, and andesinic in the Ronda massif. Clinopyroxene in both places shows identical, light Rare-Earth Element (LREE) depleted trace element patterns. The calculated trace element composition of melts in exchange equilibrium with the studied igneous clinopyroxenes reflects LREE-enriched character coupled with negative Eu anomaly, and indicates that gabbro-forming melts in Ronda and Ojén share a common melt source with an island arc tholeiitic affinity. Geothermobarometric data and liquidus mineralogy indicate that gabbro crystallization occurred at shallow depths (0.2-0.5 GPa) in a 7-16 km thick

  13. A New Hygrometer based on the Europium Anomaly in Clinopyroxene Phenocrysts in Arc Volcanic Rocks

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    Plank, T.; Benjamin, E.; Wade, J.; Grove, T.

    2004-12-01

    Water is arguably the most important chemical component in arc magmas, affecting everything from liquidus temperatures to crystal fractionation trends to melt rheology. Water concentrations in arc magmas provide a first-order constraint on water contents in the mantle wedge, and the mechanisms of wet mantle melting. However, measuring the water content of primary arc magmas has been difficult, or in some cases impossible, due to the near complete degassing of volcanic rocks, and the scarcity of olivine-hosted melt inclusions in many arc volcanoes. We have thus developed a new hygrometer using the composition of clinopyroxene phenocrysts, which are common in arc basalts and andesites. The hygrometer is based on the well-known suppression of plagioclase by water dissolved in the melt, and the effect on the rare earth element (REE) pattern of coexisting phases, such as clinopyroxene. Dry melts saturate in plagioclase early, and the preferential partitioning of Eu2+ in plagioclase causes a negative Eu anomaly to develop in coexisting melts and clinopyroxene. In wet magmas, clinopyroxene crystallizes before plagioclase, and so initially appears with a negligible Eu anomaly. Clinopyroxenes then record water content in the delayed development of their negative Eu anomaly, caused by the delayed appearance of plagioclase along the cotectic with increasing water. We have tested this model using tephras from the 1723 eruption of Irazu, the ET3 unit of Arenal and the 1995 eruption of Cerro Negro volcanoes in Central America, with known water contents of ˜ 3, 4 and 5 wt%, respectively, based on olivine-hosted melt inclusions. Clinopyroxene phenocrysts separated from these samples vary in Mg# from 86-72, and in some cases span the entire liquid line of descent of the volcano. REE patterns were determined by laser ablation ICPMS on 150 micron spots. A marked increase in the magnitude of the negative Eu anomaly occurs in clinopyroxenes with Mg# < 84 in Irazu, < 82 in Arenal and

  14. Gabbroic and Peridotitic Enclaves from the 2008 Kasatochi Eruption, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

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    Kentner, A.; Nadin, E. S.; Izbekov, P. E.; Nye, C. J.; Neill, O. K.

    2012-12-01

    Kasatochi volcano of the Andreanof Islands in the western Aleutian Arc violently erupted over a two day period from August 7-8, 2008. The eruption involved multiple explosive events generating pyroclastic flows, which included abundant mafic and ultramafic enclaves that have since weathered out and accumulated in talus along the coast. These and other mafic enclaves sampled by modern island arc lavas provide insight into subduction magmatism because they emerge from a section of the subduction system that is less likely than shallower zones to be modified by magmatic processes such as mixing, assimilation, or fractionation. We present new whole rock, clinopyroxene, amphibole, plagioclase, and melt compositions from Kasatochi enclaves of the 2008 eruption. The highly crystalline (~40 vol. % phenocryst content), medium-K basaltic andesite host rock contains ~52-55 wt. % SiO2 and 0.6-0.9 wt. % K2O, and is composed of plagioclase, ortho- and clinopyroxene, amphibole, and Ti-magnetite in a microlite-rich groundmass. Upon eruption, this magma sampled two distinct enclave populations: gabbro and peridotite. The gabbro has abundant amphibole (mostly magnesio-hastingsite) and plagioclase with minor clinopyroxene, olivine, and magnetite, while the peridotite is composed of olivine with minor amounts of clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene. There is little textural variation amongst the peridotitic samples collected, but the gabbroic samples vary from layered to massive and cover a range in grain size from fine-grained to pegmatitic. The layered gabbros display centimeter-scale bands of alternating plagioclase- and amphibole-rich layers, with a strong preferential alignment of the amphibole grains. The coarser-grained samples are very friable, with ~10% pore space; disaggregation of these upon host-magma ascent likely formed the amphibole and plagioclase xenocrysts in the andesitic host. Based on the textural and compositional differences, we divide the enclaves into four groups

  15. Lunar petrogenesis in a well-stirred magma ocean

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    Wood, J. A.

    1975-01-01

    The principal group of low-KREEP highlands rocks as indicated by quartz-olivine-anorthite pseudoternary phase diagrams shows chemical trends which violate the Bowen reaction principle, in that the greater the concentration of magnesian and mafic minerals, the more sodic the coexisting plagioclase tends to be. It is suggested that this trend was established during the primary differentiation of the lunar crust and is a result of crystallization in a vigorously convecting (well-stirred) system. Under these conditions all plagioclase crystals, all pyroxene crystals, and all of the residual liquid remain fairly uniform in composition until advanced crystallization immobilizes the system. The rock suite then established would vary continuously from anorthositic types at the top to ultramafic types at the bottom.

  16. Petrology and geochemistry of mafic and ultramafic cumulates occurring as xenoliths in volcanic rocks from Polish part of Central European Volcanic Province.

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    Dajek, Michał; Matusiak-Małek, Magdalena; Puziewicz, Jacek; Ntaflos, Theodoros

    2015-04-01

    Mafic xenoliths coexisting with the peridotitic ones in rocks from Polish part of Cenozoic European Volcanic Province have been scarcely examined. (Bakun-Czubarow and Białowolska, 2003, Mineralogical Society of Poland- Spec. Pap. and references therein; Matusiak, 2006, Min. Polonica- Spec. Pap.; Puziewicz et al., 2011, JoP). In this study we present new results on mafic and ultramafic xenolithic rocks from the Wilcza Góra, Winna Góra, Góra Świątek, Mnisia Górka and Grodziec volcanic rocks in the Złotoryja-Jawor Volcanic Complex. The studied xenoliths are either plagioclase-free (clinopyroxenite, websterite) or plagioclase-bearing (anorthosite, gabbro, olivine-bearing gabbro and norite). Both the types may occur in the same volcanic rock. The cumulative xenoliths are smaller than peridotitic ones, blackish and show clear cumulative, coarse grained textures. Beside the rock-forming phases, the xenoliths occasionally contain spinel, sulfides and amphibole. Usually clinopyroxene grains occurring in gabbros are strongly corroded or disintegrated, while other phases are well-preserved. Contacts between xenolith and host volcanic rock are usually sharp with subhedral crystals of clinopyroxene growing at the xenolith surface. The mineral grains are usually zoned and chemical equilibrium between phases is scarce. Clinopyroxene in plagioclase-free rocks has composition of diopside with occasionally elevated Al, Ti and Cr contents. It's mg# varies from 0.89 to 0.79. It is slightly to moderately enriched in LREE; the REE patterns are concave, and the normalized values vary significantly between localities. It shows negative Sr anomaly, depth of Ti anomaly is variable. Orthopyroxene is Al-rich enstatite with mg# varying from 0.85 down to 0.75. Orthopyroxene in websterites is LREE depleted and show strong positive Ti and Zr-Hf anomalies. Opaques are ilmenite - Ti-magnetite solid solution and/or sulfides Clinopyroxene forming plagioclase-bearing rocks also has composition

  17. Experimental petrology and origin of rocks from the Descartes Highlands

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    Walker, D.; Longhi, J.; Grove, T. L.; Stolper, E.; Hays, J. F.

    1973-01-01

    Petrographic studies of Apollo 16 samples indicate that rocks 62295 and 68415 are crystallization products of highly aluminous melts. 60025 is a shocked, crushed and partially annealed plagioclase cumulate. 60315 is a recrystallized noritic breccia of disputed origin. 60335 is a feldspathic basalt filled with xenoliths and xenocrysts of anorthosite, breccia, and anorthite. The Fe/(Fe+Mg) of plagioclase appears to be a relative crystallization index. Low pressure melting experiments with controlled Po2 indicate that the igneous samples crystallized at oxygen fugacities well below the Fe/FeO buffer. Crystallization experiments at various pressures suggest that the 62295 and 68415 compositions were produced by partial or complete melting of lunar crustal materials, and not by partial melting of the deep lunar interior.

  18. AR-39-AR-40 "Age" of Basaltic Shergottite NWA-3171

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    Bogard, Donald D.; Park, Jisun

    2007-01-01

    North-West-Africa 3171 is a 506 g, relatively fresh appearing, basaltic shergottite with similarities to Zagami and Shergotty, but not obviously paired with any of the other known African basaltic shergottites. Its exposure age has the range of 2.5-3.1 Myr , similar to those of Zagami and Shergotty. We made AR-39-AR-40 analyses of a "plagioclase" (now shock-converted to maskelynite) separate and of a glass hand-picked from a vein connected to shock melt pockets.. Plagioclase was separated using its low magnetic susceptibility and then heavy liquid with density of <2.85 g/cm(exp 3). The AR-39-AR-40 age spectrum of NWA-317 1 plag displays a rise in age over 20-100% of the 39Ar release, from 0.24 Gyr to 0.27 Gy.

  19. Ar-40/Ar-39 age spectra of Apollo 15 impact melt rocks by laser step-heating and their bearing on the history of lunar basin formation

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    Dalrymple, G. B.; Ryder, G.

    1993-07-01

    Results are reported on 26 high-resolution (16-51 steps) Ar-40/Ar-39 age spectra obtained on 12 Apollo-15 melt rocks of different composition using a continuous laser system on submg fragments of recrystallized melt and single-crystal plagioclase clasts from impact melt rocks collected at the Apennine Front where the Imbrium and Serenitatis basins intersect. A table is presented with the summary of the Ar-40/Ar-39 spectrum data, which represent 891 individual temperature step analyses. Also presented are 20 of the 26 age spectra along with their respective K/Ca plots. Melt rock fragments and plagioclase clasts from seven of the 12 samples analyzed yielded reproducible, intermediate-T Ar-40/Ar-39 age spectrum plateaus, which were interpreted as crystallization ages that represent the times of impact of bolides onto the lunar surface.

  20. Direct measurement of the combined effects of lichen, rainfall, and temperature onsilicate weathering

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    Brady, P.V.; Dorn, R.I.; Brazel, A.J.; Clark, J.; Moore, R.B.; Glidewell, T.

    1999-01-01

    A key uncertainty in models of the global carbonate-silicate cycle and long-term climate is the way that silicates weather under different climatologic conditions, and in the presence or absence of organic activity. Digital imaging of basalts in Hawaii resolves the coupling between temperature, rainfall, and weathering in the presence and absence of lichens. Activation energies for abiotic dissolution of plagioclase (23.1 ?? 2.5 kcal/mol) and olivine (21.3 ?? 2.7 kcal/mol) are similar to those measured in the laboratory, and are roughly double those measured from samples taken underneath lichen. Abiotic weathering rates appear to be proportional to rainfall. Dissolution of plagioclase and olivine underneath lichen is far more sensitive to rainfall.

  1. Nepheline and sodalite in a barred olivine chondrule from the Allende meteorite

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    Lumpkin, G. R.

    1980-01-01

    The discovery of nepheline and sodalite in association with glass in a barred olivine chondrule from the Allende C3V meteorite is reported, and the possible origin of the minerals is discussed. Scanning electron microscope/energy dispersive analysis indicates that the major minerals of the chondrule are olivine, bronzite and chromite, with olivine bars separated by glass of nearly pure plagioclase composition. The olivine is observed to have a composition richer in Fe than that predicted from olivine-liquid equilibria, indicating, along with the presence of plagioclase glass and small amounts of subcalcic diopside, the nonequilibrium crystallization of the barred olivine chondrule. The textural features of the chondrule are consistent with a liquid origin for nepheline and sodalite from the chondrule-forming liquid under nonequilibrium conditions.

  2. Adcumulus growth of anorthosite at the base of the lunar crust

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    Morse, S. A.

    Unzoned plagioclase crystals imply isothermal adcumulus solidification and cannot result from reactive equilibrium crystallization in dry magma. Extraction of latent heat upward through lunar crust results only in chilled or cotectic mesocumulate rocks, not anorthosite or adcumulates. Adcumulus growth of anorthosite requires exchange of refractory for incompatible components between the site of crystal growth and nearby fresh magma, and the extraction of calories from growing crystals to the flowing, supercooled magma. Supercooling can be acquired at remote sites like upwellings and then be carried by convective flow beneath crust which is accreting plagioclase by flotation or in situ nucleation and growth. If transport distances are larger than the scale of rockbergs, cotectic norites and troctolites may result. Impact-induced upwellings tend to promote growth of buoyant rather than mafic crust, hence impacts are not solely destructive.

  3. Petrogenesis of the Elzevir batholith and related trondhjemitic intrusions in the grenville province of eastern Ontario, Canada

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    Pride, C.; Moore, J. M.

    1983-06-01

    The Elzevir batholith belongs to a suite of trondhjemitic intrusions emplaced at ca. 1,240 Ma in the Grenville Province of eastern Ontario. New major and trace element data, including REE, combined with isotopic and petrographic data indicate that: 1) the batholith has calc-alkalic affinities; 2) the Elzevir parental magma is very similar to that of dacites in the nearby, coeval metavolcanic rocks; the magma formed by partial melting of crustal material at granulite grade; 3) chemical differences between the plutonic and volcanic rocks can be best explained by accumulation of plagioclase in the plutonic environment; 4) fractionation was dominated by plagioclase and quartz, with lesser biotite and epidote, and minor zircon and apatite. It is suggested that melting of sialic crust took place during the ‘docking’ of a partly-evolved, originally ensimatic arc system against the main cratonic mass to the northwest.

  4. On compositional variations among lunar anorthosites

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    Haskin, L. A.; Lindstrom, M. M.; Salpas, P. A.; Lindstrom, D. J.

    1982-01-01

    Ferroan anorthosite (FAN) is the most abundant 'pristine' highlands igneous rock in the Apollo sample collection. The presence of substantial FAN in the lunar crust is one argument used in favor of a global magma ocean on which crystallizing plagioclase could float. Information about the composition of the proposed magma ocean or whatever liquids might have been parental to FAN is sparse. As a first step toward learning about the nature of the FAN parent and the processes by which FAN attained its compositional characteristics, attention is given to the concentrations for a number of major and trace elements whose behavior during magmatic processes is somewhat understood. Serious difficulties are found with both FAN and the Marcy anorthosite in interpreting incompatible trace element concentrations in the plagioclases or the whole rocks in terms of residues from parent liquids. A description is presented of the nature of these difficulties.

  5. Assimilation in lunar basalts and volcanic glasses: Implications for a heterogenous mantle source region

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    Finnila, A. B.; Hess, P. C.; Rutherford, M. J.

    1993-01-01

    Several scientists have called on assimilation of anorthositic crustal material or KREEP compositions to explain various lunar lithologies. In order to address the practicality of such processes, some techniques for calculating how much assimilation is possible in magma chambers and dikes based on thermal energy balances and simple fluid mechanical constraints are outlined. In a previous effort, it was demonstrated that dissolution of plagioclase in an iron-free basalt was too slow to contaminate magmas, and that the energy cost of melting plagioclase-rich crustal material was prohibitive both in magma chambers and in dike conduits. This analysis was extended to include dissolution rates in an orange glass composition and to quantitatively predict the maximum contamination possible due to assimilation of both lunar crustal material and KREEP.

  6. Apollo 14 - Some geochemical aspects.

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    Philpotts, J. A.; Schnetzler, C. C.; Nava, D. F.; Bottino, M. L.; Fullagar, P. D.; Thomas, H. H.; Schuhmann, S.; Kouns, C. W.

    1972-01-01

    Chemical analyses have been obtained for five samples of Apollo 14 regolith fines, three 14230 core samples, 14049 soil clod, 14305 and 14319 breccias, 14310 basalt, and some separated phases. The chemical uniformity of these Apollo 14 samples indicates thorough mixing and/or uniform source rocks. Basalt 14310 can be matched well in composition by a four-to-one mixture of soil and plagioclase. Eu(2+)/Eu(3+) ratios calculated for 14310 pigeonite and plagioclase are similar to those for Apollo 12 and 15 mare-type basalt phases; this indicates similar redox conditions. The investigated Apollo 14 samples are chemically similar to Apollo 12 and 15 KREEP as distinct from Apollo 11, 12, and 15, and Luna 16 mare-type basalts. A relationship between the two types of basalt, in which mare-basalts would represent fused cumulates, is suggested.

  7. Rare earth element evidence for the petrogenesis of the banded series of the Stillwater Complex, Montana, and its anorthosites

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    Loferski, P.J.; Arculus, R.J.; Czamanske, G.K.

    1994-01-01

    A rare earth element (REE) study was made by isotope-dilution mass spectrometry of plagioclase separates from a variety of cumulates stratigraphically spanning the Banded series of the Stillwater Complex, Montana. Evaluation of parent liquid REE patterns, calculated on the basis of published plagioclase-liquid partition coefficients, shows that the range of REE ratios is too large to be attributable to fractionation of a single magma type. At least two different parental melts were present throughout the Banded series. This finding supports hypotheses of previous workers that the Stillwater Complex formed from two different parent magma types, designated the anorthosite- or A-type liquid and the ultramafic- or U-type liquid. -from Authors

  8. Role of replacement in the genesis of anorthosite in the Boehls Butte area, Idaho.

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    Hietanen, A.

    1986-01-01

    In this area in N Idaho, three large and numerous small lenses of layered to massive anorthosite consisting of two, and locally three, types of plagioclase with minor hornblende and mica occur in aluminium silicate-rich garnet mica schist. In most of this anorthosite, megacrysts of andesine with bytownite inclusions are embedded in a fine-grained groundmass of bytownite or anorthite; locally, labradorite occurs rather than andesine. Some labradorite laths show Carlsbad twinning and rims of andesine around anorthite inclusions. Along the contacts, lenses of fine-grained bytownite anorthosite with some hornblende or garnet and quartz are common. These lenses could represent calcic parent rocks converted to two-plagioclase rocks by partial replacement of bytownite by andesine. -R.A.H.

  9. Lunar ferroan anorthosite 60025 - Petrology and chemistry of mafic lithologies

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    James, O. B.; Mcgee, J. J.; Lindstrom, M. M.

    1991-01-01

    Eleven splits from the mafic-mineral-rich part of anorthosite 60025 were studied in order to establish the exact nature and causes of compositional variations in the minerals of lunar ferroan anorthosites. All splits were analyzed by INAA, and five were studied intensively by petrologic techniques. All splits were found to have similar cataclastic textures and show textural evidence of at least two episodes of deformation. The whole-rock split contains mafic minerals having a wide range of compositions and is probably polymict. It is suggested that the rare-earth patterns for all splits can be duplicated safactorily, assuming that the equilibrium liquids had flat, or nearly flat, chondrite-normalized rare-earth patterns. The plagioclases in all splits were found to be identical. Data obtained indicate that in ferroan anorthosites An content in plagioclase and mg' of associated mafic minerals are not strongly correlated.

  10. Modal comparison of Yamato and Allan Hills polymict eucrites

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    Delaney, J. S.; Prinz, M.; Takeda, H.

    1983-01-01

    Seven Yamato and six Allan Hills polymict eucrite specimens were compared by modal analysis. The analyses reveal differences of plagioclase and pyroxene content between the two groups. The Yamato suite has more 'pigeonitic' pyroxene and less plagioclase and low-calcium pyroxene than the Allan Hills suite. Variations within each suite are small and three sections of Allan Hills A78040 are more variable than the Allen Hills suite considered as a group. Modal data provides a basis for pairing polymict eucrite specimens when used together with mineralogical and petrographic criteria. Modal data furthermore confirms the presence of several rock types previously identified using pyroxene crystallography and hints at the presence of an augite-rich component.

  11. Magmatic epidote and its petrologic significance.

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    Zen, E.-A.; Hammarstrom, J.M.

    1984-01-01

    Three epidote-bearing tonalitic plutons from the North American Cordillera were studied in detail. These three plutons have close petrographic and chemical similarities. Epidote is always euhedral against biotite but shows highly embayed, vermiform contacts with plagioclase and quartz. Rounded to highly embayed hornblendes are enclosed in epidote as well as in magmatic plagioclase. The pistacite content of epidote, atomic Fe3+/(Fe3+ + Al), is approx 23-27%. These and other textural relations, the lack of alteration of minerals, and the involvement of epidote in flow banding show that the epidote is magmatic, crystallized later through reaction with hornblende in the presence of a melt phase. The observed relations agree with experimental data on crystallization of epidote from synthetic granodiorite at 8 kbar total P. Plutonic rocks bearing magmatic epidote must have formed under moderately high P, corresponding with lower crustal depth, under fairly oxidizing conditions.-L.di H.

  12. Feldspathic rocks on Mars: Compositional constraints from infrared spectroscopy and possible formation mechanisms

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    Rogers, A. Deanne; Nekvasil, Hanna

    2015-04-01

    Rare feldspar-dominated surfaces on Mars were previously reported based on near-infrared (NIR) spectral data and were interpreted to consist of anorthosite or felsic rocks. Using thermal infrared (TIR) data over the feldspar detections with the largest areal extent in Nili Patera and Noachis Terra, we rule out felsic interpretations. Basaltic or anorthositic compositions are consistent with TIR measurements, but the geologic contexts for these regions do not support a plutonic origin. Laboratory NIR spectral measurements demonstrate that large plagioclase crystals (>~840 µm) can be detected in mixtures with as much as 50 vol % mafics, which is higher than the previously stated requirement of no more than 15% mafics. Thus, anorthositic or felsic interpretations need not be invoked for all NIR-based feldspar detections. Plagioclase-enriched basaltic eruptive products can be formed from Martian basalts through partial crystallization at the base of a thick crust, followed by low-pressure crystallization of the residual liquids.

  13. Rhyolite magma storage and ascent at Chaiten volcano: clues from pyroclast textures, mineralogy, and composition

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    Castro, J. M.; Dingwell, D. B.; Fehr, T.

    2008-12-01

    We measured the composition, mineralogy, and textures of pyroclasts erupted in May 2008 from Chaitén volcano, Chile. We sampled a 20-cm-thick air-fall deposit located approximately 12 km ESE of the volcano. The deposit is a bedded mixture of fine ash to lapilli-sized (<5 cm) particles. The juvenile products consist of pumice, obsidian, and dense microcrystalline rock fragments. We analyzed the major element composition of the glass in the pumice and obsidian by EPMA. These analyses indicate that the juvenile material is a high-silica rhyolite containing about (in wt.%): 75.8 SiO2, 13.8 Al2O3; 0.1 TiO2; 1.3 Fe2O3; 0.3 MgO; 0.1 MnO; 1.4 CaO; 4.0 Na2O; 3.0 K2O. Pyroclasts contain plagioclase feldspar, biotite, magnetite, pyroxene, and rare hornblende. The total abundance of these phases is low (<1 vol%) and they can be divided into microlites (<20 μm) and microphenocrysts (~100-500 μm). Plagioclase microlites and microphenocrysts have distinct morphologies and compositions. The microlites are dominantly oligoclase ~An20-28, although some crystals are ternary feldspars (<10 mol% Or). The plagioclase microlites are unzoned and euhedral, with tablet- shaped morphologies. Plagioclase microphenocrysts are subhedral to anhedral, simply twinned, and reversely zoned with rims up to An55 and cores of about An40. These microphenocrysts have rounded edges suggesting resorption within the rhyolitic melt. The magnetite and hornblende occur solely in the microphenocryst population as separate euhedral crystals or in contact with the plagioclase microphenocrysts. Biotite occurs only in the microlite population, however it is ubiquitous, and its composition is intermediate to the annite and phlogopite endmembers. The crystal compositional and textural characteristics suggest that the microlite and microphenocryst assemblages formed under disparate conditions, ones that spanned magma storage and ascent to the fragmentation level. Experimental phase equilibrium studies show that at

  14. Salvaging primary remanence from hydrothermally altered oceanic gabbros in the Oman ophiolite: A selective destructive demagnetization approach

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    Usui, Yoichi; Yamazaki, Shusaku

    2010-07-01

    Widespread hydrothermal alteration and formation of secondary magnetite have been problems for paleomagnetic work on gabbros in the Oman ophiolite. Mechanical removal of hydrothermally altered ferromagnesian minerals from gabbro and gabbronorite in the Wadi Rajmi area revealed a cryptic remanence which could not be detected by stepwise demagnetization of bulk rock core samples. After the mechanical removal, samples consist of plagioclase and clinopyroxene. These samples exhibit remanence directions of southeast declination and shallow inclination. This direction is consistent with previously reported paleomagnetic directions at crystallization of the Oman ophiolite. In contrast, bulk rock core samples yielded north declination, resembling the younger remanence directions associated with the obduction of the ophiolite. Microscopic observation and paleomagnetic directional comparison concluded that the cryptic remanence is a primary magnetization carried by exsolved magnetite in plagioclase and clinopyroxene. Our results suggest that previous paleomagnetic data from whole rock gabbros in the Oman ophiolite as well as tectonically active ocean floor should be taken with care.

  15. Lunar ferroan anorthosites and mare basalt sources - The mixed connection

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    Ryder, Graham

    1991-11-01

    Global overturn of a hot, gravitationally unstable lunar mantle immediately following the solidification of a magma ocean explains several characteristics of lunar petrology. Lunar mare basalt sources are inferred to be depleted in europium and alumina. These depletions are consensually attributed to complementary plagioclase floating from a magma ocean. However, in contrast to the mare basalt source parent magma, the ferroan anorthosite parent magma was more evolved by virtue of its lower Mg/Fe ratio and Ni abundances, although less evolved in its poverty of clinopyroxene constituents, flat rare earth pattern, and lower incompatible element abundances. The europium anomaly in mare sources is inferred to be present at 400 km depth, too deep to have been directly influenced by plagioclase crystallization. Massive overturning of the post-magma ocean mantle would have carried down clinopyroxene, ilmenite, and phases containing fractionated rare earths, europium anomalies, and some heat-producing radionuclides.

  16. Magma mixing at mid-ocean ridges - Evidence from legs 45 and 46-DSDP. [petrologic and geochemical study of basalts

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    Dungan, M. A.; Long, P. E.; Rhodes, J. M.

    1978-01-01

    An integrated petrologic and geochemical study of basalts recovered in Legs 45 and 46 (DSDP) has indicated, on the basis of disequilibrium mineralogy, that these moderately evolved basalts are mixtures of primitive mantle-derived tholeiites with more evolved magmas. Plagioclase phenocrysts are characterized by substantial diversity in composition and zoning pattern. Many olivine and plagioclase phenocrysts are too refractory to be in equilibrium with liquids of the host basalt composition but possess a composition consistent with crystallization from a primitive mantle-derived basalt liquid. On the basis of melt inclusions trapped in the olivine phenocrysts, features of the primitive melt are estimated. It is suggested that subvolcanic magma chambers beneath midocean ridges receive periodic injections of this primitive melt and its attendant phenocrysts which mix with fractionated chamber-bound magmas, resulting in observed moderately evolved lavas.

  17. Stagnation and Storage of Strongly Depleted Melts in Slow-Ultraslow Spreading Oceans: Evidence from the Ligurian Tethys

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    Piccardo, Giovanni; Guarnieri, Luisa; Padovano, Matteo

    2013-04-01

    Our studies of Alpine-Apennine ophiolite massifs (i.e., Lanzo, Voltri, Ligurides, Corsica) show that the Jurassic Ligurian Tethys oceanic basin was a slow-ultraslow spreading basin, characterized by the exposures on the seafloor of mantle peridotites with extreme compositional variability. The large majority of these peridotites are made of depleted spinel harzburgites and plagioclase peridotites. The former are interpreted as reactive peridotites formed by the reactive percolation of under-saturated, strongly trace element depleted asthenospheric melts migrated by porous flow through the mantle lithosphere. The latter are considered as refertilized peridotites formed by peridotite impregnation by percolated silica-saturated, strongly trace element depleted melts. Strongly depleted melts were produced as low-degrees, single melt increments by near fractional melting of the passively upwelling asthenosphere during the rifting stage of the basin. They escaped single melt increment aggregation, migrated isolated through the mantle lithosphere by reactive porous or channeled flow before oceanic opening, and were transformed into silica-saturated derivative liquids that underwent entrapment and stagnation in the shallow mantle lithosphere forming plagioclase-enriched peridotites. Widespread small bodies of strongly depleted gabbro-norites testify for the local coalescence of these derivative liquids. These melts never reached the surface (i.e., the hidden magmatism), since lavas with their composition have never been found in the basin. Subsequently, aggregated MORB melts upwelled within replacive dunite channels (as evidenced by composition of magmatic clinopyroxenes in dunites), intruded at shallow levels as olivine gabbro bodies and extruded as basaltic lavas, to form the crustal rocks of the oceanic lithosphere (i.e., the oceanic magmatism). Km-scale bodies of MORB olivine gabbros were intruded into the plagioclase-enriched peridotites, which were formed in the

  18. Rates and processes of crystal growth in the system anorthite-albite. [magmatic liquids in igneous rock formation

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    Kirkpatrick, R. J.; Klein, L.; Uhlmann, D. R.; Hays, J. F.

    1979-01-01

    The growth rates and interface morphologies of crystals of synthetic compositions in the anorthite (CaAl2Si2O8)-albite (NaAlSi3O8) plagioclase feldspar system are measured in an investigation of the crystallization of igneous rocks. Mixed plagioclase glasses with compositions of 75% and 50% anorthite were observed using the microscope heating technique as they crystallized at temperatures near the liquidus, and 75%, 50% and 20% anorthite crystals were treated by resistance heating and observed at greater degrees of undercooling. Growth rates were found to be independent of time and to decrease with increasing albite content, ranging from 0.5 to 2 x 10 to the -5th cm/min. The crystal morphologies for all compositions are faceted near the liquidus and become progressively skeletal, dendritic and fibrillar with increasing undercooling.

  19. Compositional and isotopic diversity in MORB crystal cargoes: the differing influence of crustal and mantle processes on separate phase populations

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    Winpenny, B.; Maclennan, J.

    2010-12-01

    The crystal cargo of a mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) may display significant heterogeneity in its isotopic and chemical compositions, both within populations of its individual crystal phases, and with respect to its carrier liquid. On one hand, such variability may reflect changes in melt composition during or after crystallisation of a particular phase, due to processes such as mixing of heterogeneous primary mantle melts or assimilation of altered crustal material. On the other hand, addition of crustal xenocrysts or hydrothermally altered crystals, or more complex processes, may affect the crystal populations. Crystal compositions from Borgarhraun, a primitive basaltic flow from the Theistareykir volcanic system, north Iceland, highlight the complex and contrasting histories recorded by different phenocryst populations from the same flow. Both olivine- and clinopyroxene-hosted melt inclusions and clinopyroxene crystal compositions adhere to a model in which these phases were entirely crystallised from heterogeneous primary mantle melts undergoing mixing in the lower Icelandic crust (albeit with the minor influence of resorption of plagioclase). Clinopyroxene and olivine phenocrysts from the most recent (September 1984) eruption of the adjacent Krafla volcanic system also appear to be related to their host flow by concurrent crystallisation and mixing of mantle melts. In contrast, the relationship between plagioclase phenocrysts and their flows appears to be complex in Borgarhraun and Krafla. These plagioclase crystals vary significantly in terms of textures, style of zoning and anorthite contents (80.8-89.4 mol% in Borgarhraun, 68.3-88.9 mol% in Krafla), indicating that the plagioclase phenocrysts are not simply recording evolution and mixing of parental melts more primitive than their carrier. In order to investigate the origins of plagioclase in Borgarhraun and Krafla, we undertook a detailed textural and micro-analytical study, including analyses of major and

  20. Petrology and geochemistry of alkali gabbronorites from lunar breccia 67975

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    James, Odette B.; Flohr, Marta K.; Lindstrom, Marilyn M.

    1987-01-01

    Detailed results of petrologic and compositional studies of three clasts found in thin sections of the Apollo 16 lunar breccia 67975 and of four clasts extracted from the breccia (for instrumental neutron activation analysis) prior to thin sectioning are reported. The alkali gabbronorites of the breccia form two distinct subgroups, magnesian and ferroan. The magnesian gabbronorites are composed of bytownitic plagioclase, hypersthene, augite, a silica mineral, and trace Ba-rich K-feldspar. The ferroan gabbronorites are composed of ternary plagioclase, pigeonite, augite, Ba-rich K-feldspar, and a silica mineral. Trace minerals in both subgroups are apatite, REE-rich whitlockite, and zircon. The magnesian and ferroan alkali gabbronorites appear to have formed by progressive differentiation of the same, or closely related, parent REE-rich magmas.

  1. Dynamic deformation of volcanic ejecta from the Toba caldera: possible relevance to Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary phenomena

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    Carter, N.L.; Officer, C.B.; Chesner, C.A.; Rose, W.I.

    1986-05-01

    Plagioclase and biotite phenocrysts in ignimbrites erupted from the Toba caldera, Sumatra, show microstructures and textures indicative of shock stress levels higher than 10 GPa. Strong dynamic deformation has resulted in intense kinking in biotite and, with increasing shock intensity, the development of plagioclase of planar features, shock mosaicism, incipient recrystallization, and possible partial melting. Microstructures in quartz indicative of strong shock deformation are rare, however, and many shock lamellae, if formed, may have healed during post-shock residence in the hot ignimbrite; they might be preserved in ash falls. Peak shock stresses from explosive silicic volcanism and other endogenous processes may be high and if so would obviate the need for extraterrestrial impacts to produce all dynamically deformed structures, possibly including shock features observed near the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary. 38 references, 3 figures.

  2. Effect of water on the composition of partial melts of greenstone and amphibolite

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    Beard, James S.; Lofgren, Gary E.

    1989-01-01

    Closed-system partial melts of hydrated, metamorphosed arc basalts and andesites (greenstones and amphibolites), where only water structurally bound in metamorphic minerals is available for melting (dehydration melting), are generally water-undersaturated, coexist with plagioclase-rich, anhydrous restites, and have compositions like island arc tonalites. In contrast, water-saturated melting at water pressures of 3 kilobars yields strongly peraluminous, low iron melts that coexist with an amphibole-bearing, plagioclase-poor restite. These melt compositions are unlike those of most natural silicic rocks. Thus, dehydration melting over a range of pressures in the crust of island arcs is a plausible mechanism for the petrogenesis of islands arc tonalite, whereas water-saturated melting at pressure of 3 kilobars and above is not.

  3. Origin of High-Alumina Basalt, Andesite, and Dacite Magmas.

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    Hamilton, W

    1964-10-30

    The typical volcanic rocks of most island arcs and eugeosynclines, and of some continental environments, are basalt, andesite, and dacite, of high alumina content. The high-alumina basalt differs from tholeiitic basalt primarily in having a greater content of the components of calcic plagioclase. Laboratory data indicate that in the upper mantle, below the level at which the basaltic component of mantle rock is transformed by pressure to eclogite or pyroxenite, the entire basaltic portion probably is melted within a narrow temperature range, but that above the level of that transformation plagioclase is melted selectively before pyroxene over a wide temperature range. The broad spectrum of high-alumina magmas may represent widely varying degrees of partial melting above the transformation level, whereas narrow-spectrum tholeiite magma may represent more complete melting beneath it.

  4. Lunar ferroan anorthosites and mare basalt sources - The mixed connection

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    Ryder, Graham

    1991-01-01

    Global overturn of a hot, gravitationally unstable lunar mantle immediately following the solidification of a magma ocean explains several characteristics of lunar petrology. Lunar mare basalt sources are inferred to be depleted in europium and alumina. These depletions are consensually attributed to complementary plagioclase floating from a magma ocean. However, in contrast to the mare basalt source parent magma, the ferroan anorthosite parent magma was more evolved by virtue of its lower Mg/Fe ratio and Ni abundances, although less evolved in its poverty of clinopyroxene constituents, flat rare earth pattern, and lower incompatible element abundances. The europium anomaly in mare sources is inferred to be present at 400 km depth, too deep to have been directly influenced by plagioclase crystallization. Massive overturning of the post-magma ocean mantle would have carried down clinopyroxene, ilmenite, and phases containing fractionated rare earths, europium anomalies, and some heat-producing radionuclides.

  5. Origin of Miocene andesite and dacite in the Goldfield-Superstition volcanic province, central Arizona: Hybrids of mafic and silicic magma mixing

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    Fodor, R. V.; Johnson, Kelly G.

    2016-07-01

    The Miocene Goldfield-Superstition volcanic province (G-SVP), ∼8000 km2 in central Arizona, is composed largely of silicic pyroclastic rocks and lavas, and smaller volumes of alkalic basalt and intermediate-composition lavas. Volcanism began ∼20.5 Ma as sparse rhyolitic and mainly basaltic lavas followed by intermediate lavas, lasting until ∼19 Ma. At that time, ∼1 m.y. of silicic eruptions began, creating most of the G-SVP. Petrologic studies are available for basalts and some for silicic rocks, but petrologic/geochemical information is sparse for intermediate-composition lavas. These latter, andesites and dacites, are the focus of this study, in which we present the processes and sources responsible for their origins. Goldfield-Superstition andesites and dacites have SiO2 ∼56-70 wt.% and Na2O + K2O that qualifies some as trachy-andesite and -dacite. A prominent petrographic feature is plagioclase-phyric texture (∼11-30 vol% plagioclase), where oligoclase-andesine phenocrysts have cores surrounded by corroded, or reacted, zones, mantled by higher An% plagioclase. Where corroded zones are absent, margins are etched, curved, or embayed. Groundmass plagioclase is labradorite, also more calcic than the phenocrysts. Other minerals are quartz (subrounded; embayed), clinopyroxene, amphibole, biotite, and rare titanite and zircon. A salient compositional characteristic that provides insight to andesite-dacite origins with respect to other G-SVP rocks is revealed when using SiO2 as an index. Namely, abundances of many incompatible elements, mainly HFSE and REE, decrease over the low to high SiO2 range (i.e., abundances are lower in dacites than in co-eruptive andesites and underlying alkalic basalts). As examples: G-SVP basalts have ∼50-70 ppm La, and andesites-dacites have ∼59-22 ppm La; for Zr, basalts have ∼225-170 ppm, but most andesites-dacites have ∼180-50; for Y, basalts >20 ppm, andesites-dacites ∼18-9 ppm. To understand these trends of lower

  6. Sedimentology of clastic rocks from the Fra Mauro region of the moon.

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    Lindsay, J. F.

    1972-01-01

    A thin-section examination of sixteen clastic rock samples returned by the Apollo 14 mission from the Fra Mauro region of the moon suggests the presence of at least two distinctly different lithologies. Five of the samples (group I) are characterized by an abundant glassy matrix and glass particles and lesser amounts of plagioclase and pyroxene grains, and lithic clasts. The other eleven samples (group II) are relatively fine grained, very poorly sorted, and consist largely of pyroxene, plagioclase, and lithic clasts set in an abundant mineralic matrix. Group I and II lithologies were probably both deposited from impact generated base surges. The differences between them stem not as much from the basic sedimentary processes as from the differences in the magnitude of the events generating the base surges and the resultant difference in available detrital materials.

  7. In situ laser ablation ICP-MS analyses of dimict diogenites: Further evidence for harzburgitic and orthopyroxenitic lithologies

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    Beck, Andrew W.; McSween, Harry Y.; Bodnar, Robert J.

    2013-06-01

    Trace element concentrations in pyroxene, plagioclase, and olivine were measured in five diogenite breccias previously identified as containing distinct harzburgitic (ol+opx) and orthopyroxenitic (opx) lithologies (dimict). Three samples show two distinct populations of pyroxene trace element abundances, supporting their classification as dimict. These three meteorites show increases in Y, Yb, and HREE concentrations from harzburgitic to orthopyroxenitic pyroxenes, supporting the hypothesis that the lithologies are related through fractional crystallization whereby harzburgite olivine and pyroxene crystallized from the magma first followed by orthopyroxenite pyroxene. Depletions in LREE and Eu concentrations in the orthopyroxenitic lithology are most likely due to equilibration with LREE and Eu-rich phases, likely plagioclase, which is found primarily in that lithology. Two samples do not show evidence supporting a dimict classification. Large pyroxene trace element variation in one sample indicates that it is polymict, while uniform trace element distribution in the other suggests that it may be a monomict breccia.

  8. Volcanic rocks of the McDermitt Caldera, Nevada-Oregon

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    Greene, Robert C.

    1976-01-01

    The McDermitt caldera, a major Miocene eruptive center is locatedin the northernmost Great Basin directly west of McDermitt, Nev. The alkali rhyolite of Jordan Meadow was erupted from the caldera and covered an area of about 60,000 sq km; the volume of rhyolite is about 960 cubic km. Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rocks and Mesozoic granodiorite form the pre-Tertiary Basement in this area.. Overlying these is a series of volcanic rocks, probably all of Miocene age. The lowest is a dacite welded tuff, a reddish-brown rock featuring abundant phenocrysts of plagioclase, hornblende, and biotite; next is a heterogeneous unit consisting of mocks ranging from basalt to dacite. Overlying these is the basalt and andesite of Orevada View, over 700 m thick and consisting of a basal unit of cinder agglutinate overlain by basalt and andesite, much of which contains conspicuous large plagioclase phenocrysts. Near Disaster Peak and Orevada View, the basalt and andesite are overlain by additional units of silicic volcanic rocks. The lower alkali rhyolite welded tuff contains abundant phenocrysts of alkali feldspar and has a vitric phase with obvious pumice and shard texture. The rhyolite of Little Peak consists of a wide variety of banded flows or welded ruffs and breccias, mostly containing abundant alkali feldspar phenocrysts. It extends south from Disaster Peak and apparently underlies the alkali rhyolite of Jordan Meadow. The quartz latite of Sage Creek lies north of Disaster Peak and consists mostly of finely mottled quartz latite with sparse minute plagioclase phenocrysts. Volcanic rock units in the east part of the area near the Cordero mine include trachyandesite, quartz labile of McConnell Canyon, and rhyolite of McCormick Ranch. The trachyandesite is dark gray and contains less than 1 percent microphenocrysts plagioclase. It is the lowest unit exposed and may correlate with part of the basalt and andesite of Orevada View. The quartz latite of McConnell Canyon is

  9. Composition of the lunar upper crust estimated from Kaguya spectral data

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    Ohtake, M.; Matsunaga, T.; Takeda, H.; Yokota, Y.; Yamamoto, S.; Moroda, T.; Ogawa, Y.; Hiroi, T.; Nakamura, R.; Haruyama, J.

    2010-12-01

    The magma ocean hypothesis has been the most widely accepted mechanism explaining the generation of the lunar highland crust. This hypothesis is based on analyses of returned samples [1] and an assumption that Fe-bearing, plagioclase-rich rocks exist globally as the major component of the lunar crust. However, no crystalline plagioclase had been detected by remote sensing before SELENE [2], except for some ambiguous or indirect indications of the existence of plagioclase. Subsequently, a global distribution of rocks of extremely high plagioclase abundance (approaching 100 vol%; called purest anorthosite (PAN)) was reported using an unambiguous plagioclase absorption band around 1250 nm found by the SELENE Multiband Imager (MI) [3]. The estimated plagioclase abundance is significantly higher than previous estimates of 82 to 92 vol% [1], providing a valuable constraint on models for lunar magma ocean evolution. Further study using continuous reflectance spectra derived by the SELENE Spectral Profiler (SP) [4] revealed a global and common distribution of the PAN over the entire lunar surface, supporting the high abundance of PAN rocks within the upper crust. In this study, we investigated a vertical compositional (modal abundance and/or mineral composition) trend of the PAN rocks within the crust using their reflectance spectra derived from SP and MI. Knowing the compositional trend of the lunar upper crust may enable us to understand the mechanism of the lunar crustal growth. All of the SP data observed throughout SELENE mission periods were used in this study (about 7,000 orbits and roughly 10,000 spectra for each orbit). The absorption depth at each wavelength was calculated after a linear continuum was removed. Spectra with the deepest absorption depth, around 1250 nm, which is caused by a minor amount of Fe2+ (in the order of 0.1 wt% FeO) contained in the plagioclase, were selected to detect the PAN rocks. The original burial depth of each PAN rock outcrop was

  10. Rare earth elements in minerals of the ALHA77005 shergottite and implications for its parent magma and crystallization history

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    Lundberg, Laura L.; Crozaz, Ghislaine; Mcsween, Harry Y., Jr.

    1990-01-01

    Analyses of mineral REE and selected minor and trace elements were carried out on individual grains of pyroxenes, whitlockite, maskelynite, and olivine of the Antarctic shergottite ALHA77005, and the results are used to interpret its parent magma and crystallization history. The results of mineral compositions and textural observations suggest that ALHA77005 is a cumulate with about half cumulus material (olivine + chromite) and half postcumulus phases. Most of the REEs in ALHA77005 reside in whitlockite whose modal concentration is about 1 percent. Mineral REE data support previous suggestions that plagioclase and whitlockite crystallized late, and that low-Ca pyroxene initiated crystallization before high-Ca pyroxene. The REE patterns for the intercumulus liquid, calculated from distribution coefficients for ALHA77005 pyroxene, plagioclase, and whitlockite, are in very good agreement and are similar to that of Shergotty.

  11. Composition and maturity of the 60013/14 core

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    Korotev, Randy L.; Morris, Richard V.; Lauer, Howard V., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    The 60013/14 double drive tube (62 cm deep) is one of three regolith cores taken 35-40 m apart in a triangular array on the Cayley plains at station 10' (LM/ALSEP), Apollo 16. This trio, which includes double drive tube 60009/10 (59 cm deep) and deep drill core 60001-7 (220 cm), is the only such array of cores returned from the Moon. The top 45 cm of 60013/14 is mature, as is surface reference soil 60601 taken nearby. Maturity generally decreases with depth, with soil below 45 cm being submature. The zone of lowest maturity (34 is less than or equal to I(sub s)/FeO is less than 50) extends from 46 to 58 cm depth, and corresponds to the distinct region of light-colored soil observed during core processing. In the other two cores, most of the compositional variation results from mixing between fine-grained, mature soil with 10-11 micro-g/g Sc and coarse-grained ferroan anorthosite consisting of greater than 99% plagioclase with less than 0.5 micro-g/g Sc. This is most evident in 60009/10 which contains a high abundance of plagioclase at about 54 cm depth (minimum Sc: 3-4 micro-g/g); a similar zone occurs in 60001-7 at 17-22 cm (MPU-C), although it is not as rich in plagioclase (minimum Sc: 6-7 micro-g/g). Compositional variations are less in 60013/14 than in the other two cores (range: 7.9-10.0 micro-g/g Sc), but are generally consistent with the 'plagioclase dilution' effect seen in 60009/10, i.e., most 60013/14 samples plot along the mixing line of 60009/10. However, a plagioclase component is not the cause of the lower maturity and lighter color of the unit at 46-58 cm depth in 60013/14. Many of the samples in this zone have distinctly lower Sm/Sc ratios than typical LM-area soils and plot off the mixing trend defined by 60009/10. This requires a component with moderately high Sc, but low-Sm/Sc, such as feldspathic fragmental breccia (FFB) or granulitic breccia. A component of Descartes regolith, such as occurs at North Ray Crater (NRC) and which is rich in FFB

  12. Ar-40/Ar-39 age spectra of Apollo 15 impact melt rocks by laser step-heating and their bearing on the history of lunar basin formation

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    Dalrymple, G. B.; Ryder, Graham

    1993-01-01

    Results are reported on 26 high-resolution (16-51 steps) Ar-40/Ar-39 age spectra obtained on 12 Apollo-15 melt rocks of different composition using a continuous laser system on submg fragments of recrystallized melt and single-crystal plagioclase clasts from impact melt rocks collected at the Apennine Front where the Imbrium and Serenitatis basins intersect. A table is presented with the summary of the Ar-40/Ar-39 spectrum data, which represent 891 individual temperature step analyses. Also presented are 20 of the 26 age spectra along with their respective K/Ca plots. Melt rock fragments and plagioclase clasts from seven of the 12 samples analyzed yielded reproducible, intermediate-T Ar-40/Ar-39 age spectrum plateaus, which were interpreted as crystallization ages that represent the times of impact of bolides onto the lunar surface.

  13. Igneous history of the aubrite parent asteroid - evidence from the Norton County enstatite achondrite

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    Okada, A.; Keil, K.; Taylor, G.J.; Newsom, H.

    1988-03-01

    Numerous specimens of the Norton County enstatite achondrite (aubrite) were studied by optical microscopy, electron microprobe, and neutron-activation analysis. Norton County is found to be a fragmental impact breccia, consisting of a clastic matrix made mostly of crushed enstatite, into which are embedded a variety of mineral and lithic clasts of both igneous and impact melt origin. The Norton County precursor materials were igneous rocks, mostly plutonic orthopyroxenites, not grains formed by condensation from the solar nebula. The Mg-silicate-rich aubrite parent body experienced extensive melting and igneous differentiation, causing formation of diverse lithologies including dunites, plutonic orthopyroxenites, plutonic pyroxenites, and plagioclase-silica rocks. The presence of impact melt breccias (the microporphyritic clasts and the diopside-plagioclase-silica clast) of still different compositions further attests to the lithologic diversity of the aubrite parent body. 60 references.

  14. The lunar magma ocean - A transient lunar phenomenon

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    Minear, J. W.

    1980-01-01

    The time required for the solidification of a lunar magma ocean is considered. In the absence of a thermal boundary crust, heat loss is by radiation and the ocean will solidify in a few decades. However, only a few millimeters of crust would effectively limit radiation. The current investigation has the objective to present estimates of conduction boundary (crust) thickness based on several models of the mechanism of crustal formation. Three different models for estimating conduction boundary layer thickness are discussed. They are based on the formation of a chill margin, a plagioclase flotation layer, and a layer which is continually destroyed by meteorite impacts and regrows by conductive heat loss. Based on these models, the maximum solidification time for a 200 km thick ocean is about 100 million years. A more probable solidification time based on a plagioclase flotation crust model is about 60 million years.

  15. Construction of Layered Mafic Intrusions by Repeated Emplacement of Crystal Mushes

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    Ashwal, Lewis

    2013-04-01

    A widely accepted physical model for the origin of Proterozoic massif type anorthosites (e.g. Nain, Rogaland, Adirondacks) involves emplacement of plagioclase-rich mushes that ascended to shallow crustal emplacement sites from deep (~Moho) staging chambers in which ~An50 crystals floated due to density relations at high pressure. Supporting evidence includes large (up to ~1 m) grain size, compositional homogeneity of plagioclase with variable Mg# (caused by trapped liquid effects), and protoclastic textures. Isotopic disequilibrium (Sr, Nd, Pb) between cumulus plagioclase and post-cumulus pyroxene result from progressive contamination with continental components. This is dramatically demonstrated at Nain (Labrador), where the anorthositic crystal mushes (~1.3 Ga) were emplaced into early Archean (~3.8 Ga) country rocks. High-Al, high-pressure orthopyroxene megacrysts are commonly dragged upward in feldspathic mushes to shallow emplacement sites, where they exsolved plagioclase lamellae. Can a similar model be applied to layered mafic intrusions (LMI)? Many LMI (e.g. Bushveld, Stillwater, Dufek, Duluth) contain thick horizons of anorthosite with compositionally uniform plagioclase, in some cases throughout >1000 m of stratigraphy. This is best interpreted as representing repeated emplacement of plagioclase-rich mushes from one or more deeper crystallizing magma chambers, although the depths of these sub-chambers in the lithosphere are as yet uncertain. In the Bushveld Complex (South Africa), where deep drill cores have allowed near-continuous measurements of mineral compositions and geophysical properties, the results reveal a subtle cyclicity, invisible in outcrops, over scales of 50 - 100 m, commonly associated with broad reversals in mineral compositional trends. Each of these can be interpreted as a blending zone involving a new addition of crystal-laden magma. Much of Bushveld stratigraphy, and that of other LMI contains plagioclase : pyroxene demonstrably

  16. Igneous history of the aubrite parent asteroid - Evidence from the Norton County enstatite achondrite

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    Okada, Akihiko; Keil, Klaus; Taylor, G. Jeffrey; Newsom, Horton

    1988-01-01

    Numerous specimens of the Norton County enstatite achondrite (aubrite) were studied by optical microscopy, electron microprobe, and neutron-activation analysis. Norton County is found to be a fragmental impact breccia, consisting of a clastic matrix made mostly of crushed enstatite, into which are embedded a variety of mineral and lithic clasts of both igneous and impact melt origin. The Norton County precursor materials were igneous rocks, mostly plutonic orthopyroxenites, not grains formed by condensation from the solar nebula. The Mg-silicate-rich aubrite parent body experienced extensive melting and igneous differentiation, causing formation of diverse lithologies including dunites, plutonic orthopyroxenites, plutonic pyroxenites, and plagioclase-silica rocks. The presence of impact melt breccias (the microporphyritic clasts and the diopside-plagioclase-silica clast) of still different compositions further attests to the lithologic diversity of the aubrite parent body.

  17. Kinetic and mineralogic controls on the evolution of groundwater chemistry and 87Sr/86Sr in a sandy silicate aquifer, northern Wisconsin, USA

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    Bullen, T.D.; Krabbenhoft, D.P.; Kendall, C.

    1996-01-01

    Substantial flowpath-related variability of 87Sr/86Sr is observed in groundwaters collected from the Trout Lake watershed of northern Wisconsin. In the extensive shallow aquifer composed of sandy glacial outwash, groundwater is recharged either by seepage from lakes or by precipitation that infiltrates the inter-lake uplands. 87Sr/86Sr of groundwater derived mainly as seepage from a precipitation-dominated lake near the head of the watershed decreases with progressive water chemical evolution along its flowpath due primarily to enhanced dissolution of relatively unradiogenic plagioclase. In contrast, 87Sr/86Sr of groundwater derived mainly from precipitation that infiltrates upland areas is substantially greater than that of precipitation collected from the watershed, due to suppression of plagioclase dissolution together with preferential leaching of Sr from radiogenic phases such as K-feldspar and biotite. The results of a column experiment that simulated the effects of changing residence time of water in the aquifer sand indicate that mobile waters obtain relatively unradiogenic Sr, whereas stagnant waters obtain relatively radiogenic Sr. Nearly the entire range of strontium-isotope composition observed in groundwaters from the watershed was measured in the experimental product waters. The constant mobility of water along groundwater recharge flowpaths emanating from the lakes promotes the dissolution of relatively unradiogenic plagioclase, perhaps due to effective dispersal of clay mineral nuclei resulting from dissolution reactions. In contrast, episodic stagnation in the unsaturated zone along the upland recharge flowpaths suppresses plagioclase dissolution, perhaps due to accumulation of clay mineral nuclei on its reactive surfaces. Differences in redox conditions along these contrasting flowpaths probably enhance the observed differences in strontium isotope behavior. This study demonstrates that factors other than the calculated state of mineral saturation

  18. Statistical Analysis of Geomorphic, Petrographic and Structural Characteristics of the Dartmoor Tors, Southwest England

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    1993-05-01

    1961. The metasomatic origin of the potash feldspar megacrysts in the granites of southwest England. Journal of Geology, vol. 69, pp. 464-472. Stone...granites. The most common minerals are quartz, potassium feldspar (mainly orthoclase) and plagioclase feldspar (mainly albite, but some oligoclase...tend to occur where potassium feldspar contents are high: rocks in areas without inselbergs tend to be low in potassium feldspar (Dumanowski, 1964

  19. Ultraphyric Lavas of Northern Galapagos Islands: Mineral Scale Compositional Variations

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    Teasdale, R.; Altman, K.; Hiller, J.; Schlom, T.; Harpp, K.; Barr, J.

    2008-12-01

    Volcanoes of northern Galápagos Islands, Wolf, Darwin, Pinta, Marchena, and Genovesa have each erupted subaerial lava flows with abundant coarse plagioclase crystals up to several cm across. These megacrysts make up "ultraphyric lavas" that are largely absent in the rest of the archipelago, revealing unique petrogenetic processes at northern island volcanoes. Wolf and Darwin Islands have high proportions of ultraphyric lavas, making up 25-50% of exposed material. Lavas are generally horizontal (<10 degrees) pahoehoe flows. Similar flows are present but less abundant at Pinta, Marchena, and Genovesa. Plagioclase megacrysts are subhedral to euhedral, heavily fractured, and often have embayed crystal textures. Plagioclase in lavas from Genovesa, Wolf and Darwin volcanoes are indistinguishable from one another compositionally. Electron microprobe analyses of the rims of megacrysts and phenocrysts generally have lower An compositions than cores. Core compositions have highest An compositions (maximum, An96), with rims ranging from An57 to An93. In some cases, cores are as much as 30% An higher than rims. Groundmass plagioclase crystals are typically less anorthite-rich (< An85). High An cores are consistent with crystal growth in a more primitive magma, possibly in a crystal-mush zone. Lower rim (and groundmass) compositions suggest megacrysts were exposed to more evolved magma following initial crystallization, consistent with entrainment into a new magma as xenocrysts. There is no clear correlation between flow thickness and crystal abundance to suggest megacrysts were exclusively entrained into magmas of specific volumes. Rather, crystal compositions and variation in An composition between cores and rims indicate that significant time intervals between eruptions of megacryst-bearing flows likely allowed long periods of crystal growth to occur, followed by disaggregation from crystal mush zones and eruption in host lavas.

  20. Shock Features in L6 Chondrite NWA 091: Search for Evidence of Very High Shock Pressure in Chondrites

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    Hu, J.; Sharp, T. G.; Weirich, J.

    2012-12-01

    Many L chondrites are thought to be highly shocked by the giant impact event on L chondrite parent body at 500Ma. Such a hypervelocity impact on the L chondrite parent body would generate very high pressures and abundant melting. However, the high-pressure phases in shock veins of L chondrites constrain the shock pressure up to a maximum of ~26GPa (Hu et al., 2012). NWA 091 is a L6 shock-melt breccia from the 500Ma event that is highly blackened (Welrich et al., 2012). It was originally classified as shock stage S4, based on the presence of plagioclase rather than maskelynite. We used Raman spectroscopy, field-emission SEM and analytical TEM to investigate the mineralogy and microstructure in NWA 091 to better estimate its shock pressure. Olivine and pyroxene in NWA 091 are laced with metal and sulfide veins and droplets, suggesting these fragments are highly shocked. The silicate melt veins and pockets include very fine-grained crystals with compositions of olivine, pyroxene and plagioclase. No high-pressure phases have been found in the veins. Plagioclase in this sample is poikilitic with inclusions of metal, sulfide and chromite. We will characterize the microstructure of plagioclase to determine if it is primary or has transformed from a high pressure phases after pressure release. Based on the microstructures observed so far, we interpret NWA091 as a very highly shocked (S6-7) chondrite that was annealed at high temperature after decompression. Thus the high-pressure polymorphs of rock-forming minerals are not preserved. Such post-shock annealing can explain why mineralogical evidence for pressure above 26GPa is lacking in L chondrites.

  1. Differentiation in the cumulates from a Mauna Loa, Hawaii magma chamber

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    Schwindinger, K.R.; Anderson, A.F.

    1985-01-01

    The interstitial glass in cognate nodules from Mauna Loa, has by chemical diffusion or convective fluid transport, remained in equilibrium with the overlying magma. The glass bearing nodules were collected from Damona Cone on the southwest rift zone of Mauna Loas. The nodules have approximately 15% olivine, 40% orthopyroxene plus clinopyroxene (3-20%), and 85% plagioclase plus vescicular glass (2-25%). Olivine norites have anhedral olivine mantled with anhedral orthopyroxene, subhedral to euhedral pyroxene, anhedral plagioclase, and 20 to 25% glass. Olivine gabbros have anhedral olivine, subequant, anhedral to subhedral pyroxene and plagioclase and less than 10% glass. The bulk composition of greater than 15%, MgO, with the textures, indicate the nodules are an accumulative origin. Thus these nodules are partially solidified pieces of crystal/liquid accumulative mush. The compositions of the olivines are Fa 18 to 25 mole percent, of the plagioclases are An 70 to 80 mole percent. The composition of the orthopyroxene is En76 Fs19 Wo5, and of the clinopyroxene is En50 Fall Wo30. The composition of the interstitial glasses is: SiO2 52.54, TiO2 2.04, Al2O3 14.39, FeO 11.47, MgO 7.15, CaO 10.28, Na20 1.42, K2O 0.39, P2O5 0.21. The low Na2O is from two nodules that may have experienced high temperature alteration. The uniformity of the glass composition, in contrast to its large variation in the mode, suggests the interstitial liquid in the mush has remained in equilibrium with some large reservoir of MgO rich liquid, such as the magma above the mush. Two possible mechanisms of cation exchange between the magma and the interstitial liquid of the mush are chemical diffusion and convective fluid transport.

  2. Petrogenesis of the Northwest Africa 4734 basaltic lunar meteorite

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    Wang, Ying; Hsu, Weibiao; Guan, Yunbin; Li, Xianhua; Li, Qiuli; Liu, Yu; Tang, Guoqiang

    2012-09-01

    We report the petrography, mineralogy, trace element abundance geochemistry, and Pb-Pb geochronology of the lunar meteorite Northwest Africa (NWA) 4734 and make a comparison with the LaPaz Icefield (LAP) 02205/02224 low-Ti lunar basaltic meteorites. NWA 4734 is an unbrecciated low-Ti mare basalt composed mainly of subophitic-textured pyroxene (60 vol%) and plagioclase (30%). Pyroxene, plagioclase, and olivine exhibit large compositional variations and intra-grain chemical zoning. Pyroxene and plagioclase in NWA 4734 have rare earth element (REE) concentrations and patterns similar to those of the LAPs. The crystallization age of NWA 4734, determined in situ in baddeleyite, is 3073 ± 15 Ma (2σ), nearly identical to that of the LAPs (3039 ± 12 Ma). NWA 4734 and the LAPs have similar textures, modal abundances, mineral chemistry, and crystallization ages, and are most likely source-crater paired on the Moon. One baddeleyite grain in LAP 02224 displays distinctively older and spatially variable ages, from 3349 ± 62 to 3611 ± 62 Ma (2σ), similar to another baddeleyite grain (3109 ± 29 to 3547 ± 21 Ma) reported by Zhang et al. (2010) for the same meteorite. Raman spectra, cathodoluminescence, and stoichiometric studies of the baddeleyite suggest that the two older grains were not endogenic but were trapped by the parental magma. Equilibrium partition calculation shows that the parental melt from which the NWA 4734 plagioclase crystallized has much lower REE contents than its whole rock, indicating an open system during magma evolution. NWA 4734 could have originated from a parental melt with REE concentrations similar to that of the Apollo 12 olivine basalt. The magma likely assimilated a small amount (˜4 wt%) of KREEP-rich material during its ascent through the lunar crust.

  3. Formation of monazite via prograde metamorphic reactions among common silicates: implications for age determinations

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    Kohn, Matthew J.; Malloy, Margaret A.

    2004-01-01

    Three lines of evidence from schists of the Great Smoky Mountains, NC, indicate that isogradic monazite growth occurred at the staurolite-in isograd at ˜600°C: (1) Monazite is virtually absent below the staurolite-in isograd, but is ubiquitous (several hundred grains per thin section) in staurolite- and kyanite-grade rocks. (2) Many monazite grains are spatially associated with biotite coronas around garnets, formed via the reaction Garnet + Chlorite + Muscovite = Biotite + Plagioclase + Staurolite + H 2O. (3) Garnets contain high-Y annuli that result from prograde dissolution of garnet via the staurolite-in reaction, followed by regrowth, and rare monazite inclusions occur immediately outside the annulus and in the matrix, but not in the garnet core. Larger monazite grains also exhibit quasi-continuous Th zoning with high Th cores and low Th rims, consistent with monazite growth via a single reaction and fractional crystallization during prograde growth. Common silicates may host sufficient P and LREEs that reactions among them can produce observable LREE phosphate. Specifically phosphorus contents of garnet and plagioclase are hundreds of parts per million, and dissolution of garnet and recrystallization of plagioclase could form thousands of phosphate grains several micrometers in diameter per thin section. LREEs may be more limiting, but sheet silicates and plagioclase can contain tens to ˜100 (?) ppm LREE, so recrystallization of these silicates to lower LREE contents could produce hundreds of grains of monazite per thin section. Monazite ages, determined via electron and ion microprobes, are ˜400 Ma, directly linking prograde Barrovian metamorphism of the Western Blue Ridge with the "Acadian" orogeny, in contrast to previous interpretations that metamorphism was "Taconian" (˜450 Ma). Interpretation of ages from metamorphic monazite grains will require prior chemical characterization and identification of relevant monazite-forming reactions, including

  4. Explosive volcanism and the graphite-oxygen fugacity buffer on the parent asteroid(s) of the ureilite meteorites

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    Warren, Paul H.; Kallemeyn, Gregory W.

    1992-01-01

    A new model of the production of the uniformly low plagioclase and Al contents of ureilites is proposed. It is argued that those contents are consequences of widespread explosive volcanism during the evolution of the parent asteroid(s). It is noted that the great abundance of graphite on the ureilite asteroid(s) made them ideal sites for explosive volcanism driven by oxidation of graphite in partial melts ascending within the asteroid(s).

  5. Pb isotopic heterogeneity in basaltic phenocrysts

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    Bryce, Julia G.; DePaolo, Donald J.

    2002-06-01

    The Pb isotopic compositions of phenocrystic phases in young basaltic lavas have been investigated using the Getty-DePaolo method (Getty S. J. and DePaolo D. J. [1995] Quaternary geochronology by the U-Th-Pb method. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 59, 3267 3272), which allows for the resolution of small isotopic differences. Phenocryst, matrix, and whole rock analyses were made on samples from the 17 Myr-old Imnaha basalts of the Columbia River Group, a zero-age MORB from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and a ca. 260 kyr-old tholeiite from Mount Etna. Plagioclase feldspar phenocrysts have low-(U, Th)/Pb, and in each sample the plagioclase has significantly lower 206Pb/207Pb and 208Pb/207Pb values than whole rock, matrix, and magnetite-rich separates. The Pb isotopic contrast between plagioclase and matrix/whole rock is found in three samples with varying grain sizes (0.5 2 cm for the Imnaha basalt and MORB and <1 mm for the Etna sample) from different tectonic settings, suggesting that these results are not unique. The isotopic contrasts are only slightly smaller in magnitude than the variations exhibited by whole rock samples from the region. The Imnaha basalts also have Sr isotopic heterogeneity evident only in plagioclase phenocrysts, but the MORB and Etna lavas do not. The isotopic heterogeneities reflect magma mixing, and indicate that isotopically diverse magmas were mixed together just prior to eruption. The results reinforce indications from melt inclusion studies that magma source region isotopic heterogeneities have large amplitudes at short length scales, and that the isotopic variations imparted to the magmas are not entirely homogenized during segregation and transport processes.

  6. Geochemical heterogeneities in magma beneath Mount Etna recorded by 2001-2006 melt inclusions

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    Schiavi, Federica; Rosciglione, Alberto; Kitagawa, Hiroshi; Kobayashi, Katsura; Nakamura, Eizo; Nuccio, Pasquale Mario; Ottolini, Luisa; Paonita, Antonio; Vannucci, Riccardo

    2015-07-01

    We present a geochemical study on olivine and clinopyroxene-hosted melt inclusions (MIs) from 2001 to 2006 Etna basaltic lavas and pyroclastites. Three MI suites are distinguished on the basis of trace element fingerprinting. Type-1 MIs (from 2001 Upper South and 2002 Northeast vents) share their trace element signature with low-K lavas erupted before 1971. Critical trace element ratios (e.g., K/La, Ba/Nb), along with Pb isotope data of Type-1 MIs provide evidence for a heterogeneous mantle source resulting from mixing of three end-members with geochemical and isotopic characteristics of EM2, DMM, and HIMU components. Type-1 MIs composition does not support involvement of subduction-related components. Type-2 (from 2001 Lower and 2002 South vents) and Type-3 (2004 eruption) MIs reveal "ghost plagioclase signatures," namely lower concentrations in strongly incompatible elements, and positive Sr, Ba, and Eu anomalies. Both Type-1 and Type-2 MIs occur in 2006 olivines, which highlight the occurrence of mixing between Type-1 and Type-2 end-members. Type-2/Type-3 MIs testify to en route processes (plagioclase assimilation and volatile fluxing) peculiar for "deep dike fed" eruptions. The latter are strongly controlled by tectonics or flank instability that occasionally promote upraise of undegassed, more radiogenic primitive magma, which may interact with plagioclase-rich crystal mush/cumulates before erupting. Type-2/Type-3 MIs approach the less radiogenic Pb isotopic composition of plagioclase from prehistoric lavas, thus suggesting geochemical overprinting of present-day melts by older products released from distinct mantle sources. Our study emphasizes that MIs microanalysis offers new insights on both source characteristics and en route processes, allowing to a link between melt composition and magma dynamics.

  7. Reaction enhanced channelised fluid-flux along mid- crustal shear zone: An example from Mesoproterozoic Phulad Shear Zone, Rajasthan, India

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    Chatterjee, Sadhana M.; Choudhury, Manideepa Roy; Das, Subhrajyoti

    2016-10-01

    Fluid infiltration at great depth during regional metamorphism plays a major role in mass transport and is responsible for significant rheological changes in the rock. Calc-silicate rocks of the Kajalbas area of Delhi Fold Belt, Rajasthan, are characterised by foliation parallel alternate bands of amphibole-rich and clinopyroxene-plagioclase feldspar-rich layers of varying thicknesses (mm to decimetre thick). Textural relation suggests that the amphibole grains formed from clinopyroxene and plagioclase in the late phase of regional deformation. Algebraic analysis of the reaction textures and mineral compositions was performed with the computer program C-Space to obtain the balanced chemical reactions that led to the formation of amphibole-rich bands. The computed balanced reaction is 70.74 Clinopyroxene + 27.23 Plagioclase + 22.018 H2O + 5.51 K++ 1.00 Mg2++ 27.15 Fe2+ = 22.02 Amphibole + 67.86 SiO2 aqueous + 36.42 Ca2++ 8.98 Na+. The constructed reaction suggests that aqueous fluid permeated the calc-silicate rock along mm to decimetre thick channels, metasomatized the clinopyroxene-plagioclase bearing rocks to form the amphibole-rich layers. The regional deformation presumably created the fluid channels thereby allowing the metasomatic fluid to enter the rock system. The above reaction has large negative volume change for solid phases indicating reaction-induced permeability. Thermodynamic calculations suggest that the fluid-rock interaction occurred at 665 ±05∘C and 6.6 ±0.25 kbar (corresponding to ˜20 km depth). Textural modeling integrating the textural features and balanced chemical reaction of the calc-silicate rocks of Mesoproterozoic Phulad Shear Zone thus indicate that extremely channelled fluid flow was reaction enhanced and caused major change in the rock rheology.

  8. Metamorphosed oceanic lithosphere from the Chunky Gal Mountain complex, Blue Ridge province, North Carolina

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    Ranson, W.A.; Garihan, J.M. . Dept. of Geology)

    1993-03-01

    Closely associated dunite and layered troctolite, gabbro, and anorthosite from the Chunky Gal Mountain mafic-ultramafic complex suggest a related ocean floor origin for these lithologies, with regional emplacement by the pre-metamorphic Hayesville-Fries thrust of Taconic age. Anhydrous mineral assemblages of dunitic and troctolitic rocks were more resistant to granulite and upper amphibolite metamorphic episodes, retaining much of their original mineralogy. Dunite consists of fresh polycrystalline olivine with local development of anthophyllite, serpentine, and talc along fractures. Dunite adjacent to mafic amphibolites of the complex contains distinctive cm-scale bands or layers of recrystallized plagioclase( ) of uncertain affinity, possibly veins or rhythmic layers. Troctolitic rocks display reaction textures around fresh olivine and plagioclase. Orthopyroxene growing normal to olivine grain boundaries forms an inner corona, in turn surrounded by a complex symplectite of Cpx + Plag [+-] Grt [+-] Spl. Gabbroic rocks show nearly complete replacement of original mafic minerals. Orthopyroxene survives in a few gabbros but mostly has been replaced by emerald green alumino-magnesio-hornblende. Calcic plagioclase is abundant as subhedral crystals or as oval, polycrystalline clots and pink corundum constitutes an accessory phase. A possible reaction resulting in the observed aluminous assemblage is: Na-Plag + Opx + Di + Spl + fluid = Mg-Hbl + Crn + Ca-Plag. Anorthosites occur as layers 10--50 cm in width within layered troctolites and consist of beautifully recrystallized plagioclase with seriate texture and minor amounts of alumino-magnesio hornblende occurring as fine-grained clots. Contacts between anorthosite and troctolite display the same sort of symplectite formed as an outer corona around olivine in the troctolite.

  9. Partial eclogitization of the Ambolten gabbro-norite, north-east Greenland Caledonides

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    Gilotti, J.A.; Elvevold, S.

    1998-01-01

    Partially eclogitized igneous bodies composed of gabbro, leucogabbro, anorthosite and cross-cutting diabase dikes are well represented in the North-East Greenland Eclogite Province. A 200 x 100 meter intrusive body on Ambolten Island (78?? 20' N, 19?? 15' W) records a prograde transition from gabbro-norite to eclogite facies coronitic metagabro-norite surrounded by hydrated margins of undeformed to strongly foliated amphibolite. Igneous plagioclase + olivine + enstatite + augite + oxides convert to eclogite facies assemblages consisting of garnet, omphacite, diopside, enstatite, kyanite, zoisite, rutile and pargasitic amphibole through several coronitic reactions. Relict cumulus plagioclase laths are replaced by an outer corona of garnet, an inner corona of omphacite and an internal region of sodic plagioclase, garnet, kyanite, omphacite and zoisite. Olivine and intercumulus pyroxene are partly replaced by metamorphic pyroxenes and amphibole. The corona structures, zoning patterns, diversity of mineral compositions in a single thin section, and preservation of metastable asemblages are characteristic of diffusion-controlled metamorphism. The most extreme disequilibrium is found in static amphibolites, where igneous pyroxenes, plagioclase domains with eclogite facies, assemblages, and matrix amphibole coexist. Complete eclogitization was not attained at Ambolten due to a lack of fluids needed to drive diffusion during prograde and retrograde metamorphism. The P-T conditions of the high-pressure metamorphism are estimated at ??? 750??C and > 18 kbar. Well-equilibrated, foliated amphibolites from the margin of the gabbro-norite supports our contention that the entire North-East Greenland Eclogite Province experienced Caledonian high-pressure metamorphism, even though no eclogite facies assemblages have been found in the quartzofeldspathic host gneisses to date.

  10. Thermal history of caldera-forming magmatic systems

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    Bradshaw, R. W.; Kent, A. J.; Cooper, K. M.; Huber, C.

    2015-12-01

    Large, caldera-forming silicic eruptions require the assembly and storage of a large volume of magma, and are though to result from either (1) rare high magma flux events needed to maintain melt-rich (eruptible) magma for extended timescales, or (2) magma accumulation at lower magma fluxes, storage for extended timescales as low temperature crystal mushes and rapid rejuvenation prior to eruption. The thermal history of these magmas prior to eruption thus provides an important clue into the processes that lead to eruption, but has been difficult to quantify. However in-situ measurement of Sr and other trace elements in plagioclase, coupled with diffusion models, can be used to constrain the time magmas spend at different temperatures. Progressive differentiation of plagioclase from a silicic magma produces plagioclase with lower Sr at low An—producing a positive correlation between Sr and An, which is the opposite of what is predicted by equilibrium partitioning. Forward modeling of the temperature-dependent diffusion of Sr from this initial disequilibrium condition toward equilibrium concentrations, based on partitioning relationships of An and Sr, gives an estimate of the time individual crystals spend at specific temperatures. Preliminary high spatial resolution LA-ICP-MS analysis of Sr in plagioclase from five caldera-forming eruptions show overall positive correlations of Sr and An, suggesting that little diffusive re-equilibration has occurred. Thus, over the lifetime that these magmas reside in the upper crust (>10 k.y.) they likely spend less than a few thousand years at temperatures above 750 °C (the approximate temperature of rheological lockup). These results suggest that the magmas that feed many large caldera-forming eruptions are kept in cold storage for long timescales, and that rapid rejuvenation of mush occurs without extended thermal conditioning prior to eruption.

  11. Experimental constraints on the origin of pahoehoe "cicirara" lavas at Mt. Etna Volcano (Sicily, Italy)

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    Vetere, F.; Mollo, S.; Giacomoni, P. P.; Iezzi, G.; Coltorti, M.; Ferlito, C.; Holtz, F.; Perugini, D.; Scarlato, P.

    2015-05-01

    We present results from phase equilibria experiments conducted on the most primitive pahoehoe "cicirara" trachybasaltic lava flow ever erupted at Mt. Etna Volcano. This lava is characterized by a pahoehoe morphology in spite of its high content of phenocrysts and microphenocrysts (>40 vol%) with the occurrence of centimetre-sized plagioclases (locally named cicirara for their chick-pea-like appearance). Our experiments have been performed at 400 MPa, 1100-1150 °C and using H2O and CO2 concentrations corresponding to the water-undersaturated crystallization conditions of Etnean magmas. Results show that olivine does not crystallize from the melt, whereas titanomagnetite is the liquidus phase followed by clinopyroxene or plagioclase as a function of melt-water concentration. This mineralogical feature contrasts with the petrography of pahoehoe cicirara lavas suggesting early crystallization of olivine and late formation of titanomagnetite after plagioclase and/or in close association with clinopyroxene. The lack of olivine produces MgO-rich melt compositions that do not correspond to the evolutionary behaviour of cicirara magmas. Moreover, in a restricted thermal path of 50 °C and over the effect of decreasing water concentrations, we observe abundant plagioclase and clinopyroxene crystallization leading to trace element enrichments unlikely for natural products. At the same time, the equilibrium compositions of our mineral phases are rather different from those of natural cicirara phenocrysts and microphenocrysts. The comparison between our water-undersaturated data and those from previous degassing experiments conducted on a similar Etnean trachybasaltic composition demonstrates that pahoehoe cicirara lavas originate from crystal-poor, volatile-rich magmas undergoing abundant degassing and cooling in the uppermost part of the plumbing system and at subaerial conditions where most of the crystallization occurs after the development of pahoehoe surface crusts.

  12. Crystallization sequence of the Upper Border Series of the Skaergaard Intrusion: revised subdivision and implications for chamber-scale magma homogeneity

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    Salmonsen, Lars Peter; Tegner, Christian

    2013-06-01

    Although it is one of the best-studied layered mafic intrusions in the world, the crystallization sequence of the Skaergaard Intrusion, east Greenland, remains in debate. In particular, it has been argued that the crystallization sequence in the Upper Border Series, which crystallized downwards from the roof of the magma chamber, differs from that in the Layered Series formed at the floor. The proposed deviation would require chemical stratification of the magma, and a reexamination of the crystallization sequence therefore has important implications for understanding the dynamics of the system. Here, we examine a new sample set from the Upper Border Series, combining field observations, petrography and anorthite contents of plagioclase with bulk rock Ti, V, P, Cu and Mn concentrations. We demonstrate that the first phases on the liquidus were plagioclase and olivine followed by augite, then ilmenite and magnetite (simultaneously), sulfides, apatite and finally ferrobustamite (now inverted to hedenbergite). This crystallization sequence represents extreme differentiation along the tholeiitic trend, and it mirrors those at the floor (Layered Series) and walls (Marginal Border Series). We therefore propose a revised subdivision of the Upper Border Series into equivalents of the subzones in the Layered Series denoted by apostrophes (LZa', LZb', etc.). Moreover, the first appearance of each of the cumulus phases occurs at similar plagioclase core anorthite contents. The mirror images of the crystallization sequences and the anorthite contents of plagioclase cores in the three series imply that the Skaergaard magma chamber solidified by in situ crystallization along the floor, walls and roof from one, largely homogenous, convecting magma body.

  13. Relation between ground-water quality and mineralogy in the coal- producing Norton Formation of Buchanan County, Virginia

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    Powell, John D.; Larson, Jerry D.

    1985-01-01

    The geochemical processes controlling ground-water chemistry in the coal-producing strata of southwestern Virginia include hydrolysis of silicates, dissolution of carbonates, oxidation of pyrite, cation exchange, and precipitation of secondary minerals, kaolinite and goethite. Core material from the Norton Formation of the Pennsylvania Period is composed of slightly more than one-half sandstone; siltstone and minor amounts of shale, clay, and coal account for the majority of the remainder. Petrographic analyses and x-ray diffraction studies indicate that the sandstone is about 75 percent quartz, 15 percent plagioclase feldspar, 2 percent potassium feldspar, 2 percent muscovite, 4 percent chlorite, and 1 percent siderite. Calcite is present in small amounts and in a few strata as clasts or cement. No limestone strata were identified. The siltstone is about 50 percent quartz, 10 percent plagioclase feldspar, 10 percent mica, 20 percent chlorite, and from 0 to 25 percent siderite. Pyrite is associated with some siltstone and, where present, generally accounts for less than 1 percent. Total sulfur generally constitutes less than 0.1 percent of core samples but about 4 percent in the more pyrite-rich layers. Three reaction models are used to account for the observed water chemistry. The models derive sulfate from pyrite, iron from pyrite and siderite, calcium from plagioclase and calcite, sodium from plagioclase and cation exchange, magnesium from chlorite, and carbon from carbon dioxide, calcite, and siderite. Kaolinite, chalcedony, and goethite are formed authigenically. Carbon-13 data define the relative contributions of carbon sources to models. Comparison of adjacent unmined and mined basins indicates that surface mining significantly increases the weathering reaction of pyrite in contrast to weathering reactions of other minerals. However, in the area studied, reactive pyrite does not appear to be present in sufficient quantities in strata associated with mined

  14. Petrographic and crystallographic study of silicate minerals in lunar rocks

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    Carmichael, I. S. E.; Turner, F. J.; Wenk, H. R.

    1974-01-01

    Optical U-stage measurements, chemical microprobe data, and X-ray procession photographs of a bytownite twin group from rock 12032,44 are compared. Sharp but weak b and no c-reflections were observed for this An89 bytownite indicating a partly disordered structure. Euler angles, used to characterize the orientation of the optical indicatrix, compare better with values for plutonic than for volcanic plagioclase. This indicates that structural and optical properties cannot be directly correlated.

  15. How do olivines record magmatic events? Insights from major and trace element zoning

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    de Maisonneuve, C. Bouvet; Costa, F.; Huber, C.; Vonlanthen, P.; Bachmann, O.; Dungan, M. A.

    2016-06-01

    Reconciling the diverse records of magmatic events preserved by multiple crystals and minerals in the same sample is often challenging. In the case of basaltic-andesites from Volcán Llaima (Chile), Mg zoning in olivine is always simpler than Ca zoning in plagioclase. A model that explains a number of chemical patterns is that Llaima magmas stall in the upper crust, where they undergo decompression crystallization and form crystal-mush bodies. Frequent magma inputs from deeper reservoirs provide the potential for remobilization and eruption. The records of multiple recharge events in Llaima plagioclase versus an apparent maximum of one such event in coexisting olivine are addressed by using trace element zoning in olivine phenocrysts. We have integrated elements that (1) respond to changes in magma composition due to recharge or mixing (Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, ±Ca), with (2) elements that are incorporated during rapid, disequilibrium crystal growth (P, Ti, Sc, V, Al). A more complex history is obtained when these elements are evaluated considering their partition coefficients, diffusivities, and crystal growth rates. The olivine archive can then be reconciled with the plagioclase archive of magma reservoir processes. Olivine (and plagioclase) phenocrysts may experience up to three or more recharge events between nucleation and eruption. Diffusion modeling of major and trace element zoning in two dimensions using a new lattice Boltzmann model suggests that recharge events occur on the order of months to a couple of years prior to eruption, whereas crystal residence times are more likely to be on the order of a few years to decades.

  16. Lead isotope systematics of three Apollo 17 mare basalts

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    Tilton, G. R.; Chen, J. H.

    1979-01-01

    The paper deals with new and more accurate determinations of uranium, thorium, and isotopic lead data for five bulk samples and separate pyroxene, ilmenite, and plagioclase from basalt 71055. In a concordia diagram, the samples suggest a postcrystallization disturbance of the U-Pb systems of the rock. There is no compelling reason, from U-Pb data, to believe that the moon is younger than 4.55 AE.

  17. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd Isotope Systematics of Shergottite NWA 856: Crystallization Age and Implications for Alteration of Hot Desert SNC Meteorites

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    Brandon, A. D.; Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C.-Y.; Wiesmann, H.

    2004-01-01

    Nakhlite NWA 998 was discovered in Algeria in 2001, and is unique among the six known members of this group of Martian meteorites in containing significant modal orthopyroxene. Initial petrologic and isotopic data were reported by Irving et al. This 456 gram stone consists mainly of sub-calcic augite with subordinate olivine and minor orthopyroxene, titanomagnetite, pyrrhotite, chlorapatite, and intercumulus An(sub 35) plagioclase. We report here preliminary results of radiogenic isotopic analyses conducted on fragmental material from the main mass.

  18. Mantle rock exposures at oceanic core complexes along mid-ocean ridges

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    Ciazela, Jakub; Koepke, Juergen; Dick, Henry J. B.; Muszynski, Andrzej

    2015-12-01

    The mantle is the most voluminous part of the Earth. However, mantle petrologists usually have to rely on indirect geophysical methods or on material found ex situ. In this review paper, we point out the in-situ existence of oceanic core complexes (OCCs), which provide large exposures of mantle and lower crustal rocks on the seafloor on detachment fault footwalls at slow-spreading ridges. OCCs are a common structure in oceanic crust architecture of slow-spreading ridges. At least 172 OCCs have been identified so far and we can expect to discover hundreds of new OCCs as more detailed mapping takes place. Thirty-two of the thirty-nine OCCs that have been sampled to date contain peridotites. Moreover, peridotites dominate in the plutonic footwall of 77% of OCCs. Massive OCC peridotites come from the very top of the melting column beneath ocean ridges. They are typically spinel harzburgites and show 11.3-18.3% partial melting, generally representing a maximum degree of melting along a segment. Another key feature is the lower frequency of plagioclase-bearing peridotites in the mantle rocks and the lower abundance of plagioclase in the plagioclase-bearing peridotites in comparison to transform peridotites. The presence of plagioclase is usually linked to impregnation with late-stage melt. Based on the above, OCC peridotites away from segment ends and transforms can be treated as a new class of abyssal peridotites that differ from transform peridotites by a higher degree of partial melting and lower interaction with subsequent transient melt.

  19. Pre-eruptive conditions of dacitic magma erupted during the 21.7 ka Plinian event at Nevado de Toluca volcano, Central Mexico

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    Arce, J. L.; Gardner, J. E.; Macías, J. L.

    2013-01-01

    The Nevado de Toluca volcano in Central Mexico has been active over the last ca. 42 ka, during which tens of km3 of pyroclastic material were erupted and two important Plinian-type eruptions occurred at ca. 21.7 ka (Lower Toluca Pumice: LTP) and ca. 10.5 ka (Upper Toluca Pumice: UTP). Samples from both the LTP and UTP contain plagioclase, amphibole, iron-titanium oxides, and minor anhedral biotite, set in a vesicular, rhyolitic, glassy matrix. In addition, UTP dacites contain orthopyroxene. Analysis of melt inclusions in plagioclase phenocrysts yields H2O contents of 2-3.5 wt.% for LTP and 1.3-3.6 wt.% for UTP samples. Ilmenite-ulvospinel geothermometry yields an average temperature of ~ 868 °C for the LTP magma (hotter than the UTP magma, ~ 842 °C; Arce et al., 2006), whereas amphibole-plagioclase geothermometry yields a temperature of 825-859 °C for the LTP magma. Water-saturated experiments using LTP dacite suggest that: (i) amphibole is stable above 100 MPa and below 900 °C; (ii) plagioclase crystallizes below 250-100 MPa at temperatures of 850-900 °C; and (iii) pyroxene is stable only below pressures of 200-100 MPa and temperatures of 825-900 °C. Comparison of natural and experimental data suggests that the LTP dacitic magma was stored at 150-200 MPa (5.8-7.7 km below the volcano summit). No differences in pressure found between 21.7 ka and 10.5 ka suggest that these two magmas were stored at similar depths. Orthopyroxene produced in lower temperature LTP experiments is compositionally different to those found in UTP natural samples, suggesting that they originated in two different magma batches. Whole-rock chemistry, petrographic features, and mineral compositions suggest that magma mixing was responsible for the generation of the dacitic Plinian LTP eruption.

  20. Distribution of Water in Nominally Anhydrous Minerals during Metamorphic Reactions

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    Van Lankvelt, A.; Seaman, S. J.; Williams, M. L.

    2014-12-01

    Nominally anhydrous minerals are a reservoir for water in otherwise dry rocks. This water may play a role in facilitating metamorphic reactions and enhancing deformation. In this study, we examined orthopyroxene-bearing granites from the Athabasca Granulite terrane in northern Saskatchewan. These rocks intruded the lower crust (pressures of 1 GPa) at circa 2.6 Ga at temperatures of > 900 ºC and were subsequently metamorphosed at granulite facies conditions (700 ºC and 1 GPa) in the Paleoproterozoic (Williams et al., 2000). One of the primary reactions recorded by these rocks is locally known as the "Mary" reaction and involves the anhydrous reaction: orthopyroxene + Ca-plagioclase = clinopyroxene + garnet + Na-plagioclase. Measurements of water concentrations in both product and reactant assemblages were performed using a Bruker Vertex 70 Fourier transform infrared spectrometer and revealed that there is a slight excess of water in product minerals over reactant minerals. There are two possible explanations for this. The first is that water was derived from an external source, possibly hydrous, likely contemporaneous, mafic dikes. This interpretation is supported by higher concentrations of K, which is essentially absent from the reactant minerals, in the Na-rich rims of plagioclase. However, only modest amounts of external fluids could have been introduced, or amphiboles would have been stabilized at the expense of clinopyroxene (Moore & Carmichael, 1998). An alternative interpretation is that slightly more water-rich minerals reacted more readily, releasing water that was then incorporated into their products, whereas the water-poorer minerals failed to react. Support for this interpretation comes from very low water concentrations in orthopyroxene and plagioclase from an unreacted and undeformed sample. This interpretation suggests that water in anhydrous minerals may catalyze metamorphic reactions, and a lack of water may be critical for preserving metastable

  1. Aioun el Atrouss - Evidence for thermal recrystallization of a eurite breccia. [meteoritic mineralogy

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    Duke, M. B.

    1978-01-01

    The Aioun el Atrouss meteorite is a breccia consisting largely of angular fragments of green orthopyroxene and containing scattered clasts of basaltic composition (mostly pigeonite and calcic plagioclase). It appears to be a physical mixture of two meteorite types - diogenite (hypersthene achondrite) and eucrite (basaltic achondrite). The results of a mineral analysis are tabulated, and typical pyroxene compositions in orthopyroxene (diogenite), subophitic and granoblastic portions of the meteorite are presented.

  2. The hydrous phase equilibria (to 3 kbar) of an andesite and basaltic andesite from western Mexico: constraints on water content and conditions of phenocryst growth

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    Moore, Gordon; Carmichael, I. S. E.

    We have conducted high pressure (to 3 kbar), water saturated melting experiments on an andesite (62 wt% SiO2) and a basaltic andesite (55 wt% SiO2) from western Mexico. A close comparison between the experimental phase assemblages and their compositions, and the phenocryst assemblages of the lavas, is found in water saturated liquids, suggesting that the CO2 content was minimal in the fluid phase. Thus the historic lavas from Volcan Colima (with phenocrysts of orthopyroxene, augite, plagioclase, and hornblende) were stored at a temperature between 950-975°C, at a pressure between 700-1500 bars, and with a water content of 3.0-5.0 wt%. A hornblende andesite (spessartite) from Mascota, of nearly identical composition but with only amphibole phenocrysts, had a similar temperature but equilibrated at a minimum of 2000 bars pressure with a dissolved water content of at least 5.5 wt% in the liquid. Experiments on the basaltic andesite show that the most common natural phenocryst assemblages (olivine, +/-augite, +/-plagioclase) could have precipitated at temperatures from 1000-1150°C, in liquids with a wide range of dissolved water content ( 2.0-6.0 wt%) and a corresponding pressure range. A lava of the same bulk composition with phenocrysts of hornblende, olivine, plagioclase, and augite is restricted to temperatures below 1000°C and pressures below 2500bars, corresponding to <5.5 wt% water in the residual liquid. Although there is some evidence for mixing in the andesites (sporadic olivine phenocrysts), the broad theme of the history of both lava types is that the phenocryst assemblages for both the andesitic magmas and basaltic andesitic magmas are generated from degassing and reequilibration on ascent of initially hydrous parents containing greater than 6 wt% water. Indeed andesitic magmas could be related to a basaltic andesite parent by hornblende-plagioclase fractionation under the same hydrous conditions.

  3. National Dam Safety Program. Leatherwood Creek Number 6 Dam (Inventory Number VA 08907), Roanoke River Basin, Henry County, Virginia. Phase I Inspection Report.

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    1981-07-01

    gneissic syenite . Thia is a rock that has orthoclase faldbpar and biotite mica as the major minerals. It contains little, if ar7, quartz. Plagioclase...Zranit _anAh1.__Wissahickon formtion 4fljy onc mile upatrcaiL. The rock prEsent is a syenit -_gneigs. fthhe soith- &neiss gre orthoclase fel daradbit...soil. This syenite gneiss is similar to the orthogneiss in the Leatherwood formation, Detafledgeologic mapping would_4perhap~s ssifv it as an orthg

  4. An achondrite clast in Parnallee with possible links to ureilites

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    Bridges, J. C.; Franchi, I. A.; Hutchison, R.; Alexander, C. M. O'd.; Pillinger, C. T.

    1994-07-01

    The presence of exotic xenoliths or clasts in ordinary chondrites is well documented on the basis of O isotopes. Here we report a feldspar-nepheline clast (FELINE) found in Parnallee, which may have a planetary origin. FELINE is a 3-mm subrounded clast containing 88 modal% plagioclase and 12 modal% nepheline. Prior to late parent-body fracturing the plagioclase appears to have consisted of a few large individual grains. FELINE has no chondrule-like fine-grained rim and may be a fragment of a larger body. Plagioclase is An 75-87, Ab 25-13. Nepheline contains 0.24-3.12 wt% Cl. The mildly alkaline bulk composition of FELINE is distinct from Al-rich chondrules, having lower MgO and FeO, and is too Na2O- and Cl-rich for Ca-Al rich inclusions (CAI)-like compositions. Plagioclase has negative Rare Earth Element (REE)/chondrite slopes with pronounced positive Eu anomalies. Such a REE signature is consistent with an igneous origin for FELINE. The O isotope signature of FELINE is delta O-17 4.5, delta O-18 8.9. FELINE lies apart from most oc chondrules on the three-isotope plot showing its exotic origin. It plots near the intersection of the carbonaceous chondrite anhydrous minerals line (CCAM) with the terrestrial fractionation line. Bulk ureilites also plot long CCAM, and FELINE plots on an extension of the currently known field. Ureilite genesis is still controversial with models requiring extensive planetary differentiation or relatively limited reworking and melting of primitive precursors. FELINE might also be a product of the missing Ca-, Al-rich melt. The mildly alkaline bulk composition and fractionated REE of FELINE suggest that it crystallized from a differentiated melt. Whether FELINE is related to ureilite genesis or not, it provides further evidence that achondritic planetary clasts are one of the components in ordinary chondrites.

  5. Jorullo Volcano, Michoacan, Mexico: the earliest stages of fractionation in calc-alkaline magmas

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    Luhr, J.; Carmichael, I.S.E.

    1985-01-01

    Between 1759 and 1774, Jorullo Volcano and four associated cinder cones erupted approximately 2 km/sup 3/ of magma which evolved progressively with time from early ol-hy-normative primitive basalts (Mgnumber=73, 516 ppm Cr, 260 ppm Ni) to late-stage qtz-hy-normative basaltic andesites. All lavas contain <6 vol% phenocrysts of magnesian olivine (fO/sub 90-70/) with Cr-Al-Mg spinel inclusions, and microphenocrysts of plagioclase and augite. Smooth whole-rock major and trace element compositional trends through the suite can be largely modeled by simple crystal fractionation of olivine, augite, plagioclase, and minor spinel. In order for augite and plagioclase to have been near-liquidus phases, the modeled crystal fractionation event must have occurred at lower-crustal to upper-mantle pressures (8-15 Kb). The crystals actually present in the Jorullo lavas, however, formed at low pressures. Compared to modeled abundances, La, Ce, Rb, Sr, Ba, Hf, Th, and Ta are anomalously enriched in the late-stage basaltic andesites and Dy, Yb, and Lu are anomalously depleted. These discrepancies apparently indicate the importance of other magma-chamber processes. Most high-alumina basalts reported in the literature have 18 to 21 wt% Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, but are too depleted in MgO, Cr, and Ni to be direct mantle products. These high-alumina basalts have probably undergone significant fractionation of olivine, augite, plagioclase, and spinel from primitive parental basalt similar to the early Jorullo magmas. For hydraulic reasons, such primitive basalts are rarely erupted in mature arcs, and may be completely absent from mature stratovolcanoes.

  6. Rare Earth Element Partitioning in Lunar Minerals: An Experimental Study

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    McIntosh, E. C.; Rapp, J. F.; Draper, D. S.

    2016-01-01

    The partitioning behavior of rare earth elements (REE) between minerals and melts is widely used to interpret the petrogenesis and geologic context of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial samples. REE are important tools for modelling the evolution of the lunar interior. The ubiquitous negative Eu anomaly in lunar basalts is one of the main lines of evidence to support the lunar magma ocean (LMO) hypothesis, by which the plagioclase-rich lunar highlands were formed as a flotation crust during differentiation of a global-scale magma ocean. The separation of plagioclase from the mafic cumulates is thought to be the source of the Eu depletion, as Eu is very compatible in plagioclase. Lunar basalts and volcanic glasses are commonly depleted in light REEs (LREE), and more enriched in heavy REEs (HREE). However, there is very little experimental data available on REE partitioning between lunar minerals and melts. In order to interpret the source of these distinctive REE patterns, and to model lunar petrogenetic processes, REE partition coefficients (D) between lunar minerals and melts are needed at conditions relevant to lunar processes. New data on D(sub REE) for plagioclase, and pyroxenes are now available, but there is limited available data for olivine/melt D(sub REE), particularly at pressures higher than 1 bar, and in Fe-rich and reduced compositions - all conditions relevant to the lunar mantle. Based on terrestrial data, REE are highly incompatible in olivine (i.e. D much less than 1), however olivine is the predominant mineral in the lunar interior, so it is important to understand whether it is capable of storing even small amounts of REE, and how the REEs might be fractionatied, in order to understand the trace element budget of the lunar interior. This abstract presents results from high-pressure and temperature experiments investigating REE partitioning between olivine and melt in a composition relevant to lunar magmatism.

  7. The age and constitution of Cerro Campanario, a mafic stratovolcano in the Andes of central Chile

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    Hildreth, W.; Singer, B.; Godoy, E.; Munizaga, F.

    1998-01-01

    Cerro Campanario, a towering landmark on the continental divide near Paso Pehuenche, is a glacially eroded remnant of a mafic stratovolcano that is much younger than previously supposed. Consisting of fairly uniform basaltic andesite, rich in olivine and plagioclase, the 10-15 km3 edifice grew rapidly near the end of the middle Pleistocene, about 150-160 ka, as indicated by 40Ar/39Ar and unspiked K-Ar analyses of its lavas.

  8. Chemical fractionation of the lunar regolith by impact melting

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    Adams, J. B.; Charette, M. P.; Rhodes, J. M.

    1975-01-01

    Impact-produced agglutinitic glass in both lunar highland and mare soils is enriched in mafic elements, in potassium, phosphorus, and sulfur, and in most lithophile elements, whereas it is depleted in plagioclase components including europium. It is proposed that the chemical fractionation is the result of a multistage partial-melting mechanism that accompanies micrometeoroid impacts into soils. The process would be expected to occur on solar system bodies that have an impact-produced regolith.

  9. Ilmenite composition in the Tellnes Fe-Ti deposit, SW Norway: fractional crystallization, postcumulus evolution and ilmenite-zircon relation

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    Charlier, Bernard; Skår, Øyvind; Korneliussen, Are; Duchesne, Jean-Clair; Vander Auwera, Jacqueline

    2007-08-01

    Major and trace element XRF and in situ LA-ICP-MS analyses of ilmenite in the Tellnes ilmenite deposit, Rogaland Anorthosite Province, SW Norway, constrains a two stage fractional crystallization model of a ferrodioritic Fe-Ti-P rich melt. Stage 1 is characterized by ilmenite-plagioclase cumulates, partly stored in the lower part of the ore body (Lower Central Zone, LCZ), and stage 2 by ilmenite-plagioclase-orthopyroxene-olivine cumulates (Upper Central Zone, UCZ). The concentration of V and Cr in ilmenite, corrected for the trapped liquid effect, (1) defines the cotectic proportion of ilmenite to be 17.5 wt% during stage 1, and (2) implies an increase of D {V/Ilm} during stage 2, most likely related to a shift in fO2. The proportion of 17.5 wt% is lower than the modal proportion of ilmenite (ca. 50 wt%) in the ore body, implying accumulation of ilmenite and flotation of plagioclase. The fraction of residual liquid left after crystallization of Tellnes cumulates is estimated at 0.6 and the flotation of plagioclase at 26 wt% of the initial melt mass. The increasing content of intercumulus magnetite with stratigraphic height, from 0 to ca. 3 wt%, results from differentiation of the trapped liquid towards magnetite saturation. The MgO content of ilmenite (1.4-4.4 wt%) is much lower than the expected cumulus composition. It shows extensive postcumulus re-equilibration with trapped liquid and ferromagnesian silicates, correlated with distance to the host anorthosite. The Zr content of ilmenite, provided by in situ analyses, is low (<114 ppm) and uncorrelated with stratigraphy or Cr content. The data demonstrate that zircon coronas observed around ilmenite formed by subsolidus exsolution of ZrO2 from ilmenite. The U-Pb zircon age of 920 ± 3 Ma probably records this exsolution process.

  10. Eclogites in the central part of the Sveconorwegian Parautochthonous Eastern Segment of the Baltic Shield: support for a subduction-extrusion model.

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    Austin Hegardt, E.; Claesson, L.; Cornell, D. H.; Simakov, S. K.

    2003-04-01

    Mafic boudins found at Viared in the central Eastern Segment display mineralogical and textural features which show that these rocks have been eclogites. This discovery together with occurrences of relict eclogites along the Mylonite Zone suggests that the whole of the Eastern Segment was subjected to eclogite facies. The mafic boudins found are hornblende-plagioclase amphibolite, but the interiors show evidence of retrogression from eclogite: a grid-like pattern of clinopyroxene grains containing exolved plagioclase grains from former omphacite, and garnets frequently surrounded by plagioclase coronas. Geothermobarometry was carried out on two samples and the peak pressure conditions were estimated by re-integrating the original clinopyroxene composition giving 18.7-19.6 kbar and temperatures of 680 to 715 deg C. Calculations using the retrogressed assemblage of clinopyroxene-garnet-plagioclase-quartz gave values of 10.5-12.5 kbar and temperature of 700-750 deg C. Ion-probe dating of inter boudin granite gave a minimum age for eclogite formation at 936 +/- 39 Ma from zircon and 961 +/- 26 Ma from titanite. Pre-Sveconorwegian regional veining is reflected by well developed CL-dark rims, dated at 1426 +/- 18 Ma. The host orthogneiss give a protolith age of 1701 +/- 10 Ma from zircon cores. The recognized textural and mineralogical features, together with the calculated P-T conditions show that the mafic boudins at Viared were subjected to eclogite facies conditions during subduction. A tectonic model which envisages that the Mylonite Zone formed as a Sveconorwegian crustal suture is suggested. In this model the western margin of the Fennoscandian Shield, comprising Trans-Scandinavian Igneous Belt rocks, was subducted and exposed to high-pressure conditions and subsequently exhumed by buoyancy-driven processes to form the Eastern Segment.

  11. Fluorine in meteorites

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    Allen, R. O., Jr.; Clark, P. J.

    1977-01-01

    Microanalysis using a resonant nuclear reaction was used to measure F concentrations in USGS standard rocks and 21 meteorites. The F appears to be a moderately depleted element, but there were significant variations within each sample. Measurements on separated metal phases suggest that about 20% of meteoritic F is in the metal or in a phase closely associated with it. Simultaneous measurements of F, Mg, Na, Al and Si in the nonmagnetic fractions of meteorites suggest plagioclase as a F containing phase.

  12. Toward an understanding of disequilibrium dihedral angles in mafic rocks

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    Holness, Marian B.; Humphreys, Madeleine C.S.; Sides, Rachel; Helz, Rosalind T.; Tegner, Christian

    2012-01-01

    The median dihedral angle at clinopyroxene-plagioclase-plagioclase junctions in mafic rocks, Θcpp, is generally lower than equilibrium (109˚ {plus minus} 2˚). Observation of a wide range of mafic bodies demonstrates that previous work on systematic variations of Θcpp is incorrect in several important respects. Firstly, the spatial distribution of plagioclase compositional zoning demonstrates that the final geometry of three-grain junctions, and hence Θcpp, is formed during solidification (the igneous process): sub-solidus textural modification in most dolerites and gabbros, previously thought to be the dominant control on Θcpp, is insignificant. Θcpp is governed by mass transport constraints, the inhibiting effects of small pore size on crystallization, and variation in relative growth rates of pyroxene and plagioclase. During rapid cooling, pyroxene preferentially fills wider pores while the narrower pores remain melt-filled, resulting in an initial value of Θcpp of 78˚, rather than 60˚ which would be expected if all melt-filled pores were filled with pyroxene. Lower cooling rates create a higher initial Θcpp due to changes in relative growth rates of the two minerals at the nascent three-grain junction. Low Θcpp (associated with cuspate clinopyroxene grains at triple junctions) can also be diagnostic of infiltration of previously melt-free rocks by late-stage evolved liquids (the metasomatic process). Modification of Θcpp by sub-solidus textural equilibration (the metamorphic process) is only important for fine-grained mafic rocks such as chilled margins and intra-plutonic chill zones. In coarse-grained gabbros from shallow crustal intrusions the metamorphic process occurs only in the centres of oikocrysts, associated with rounding of chadacrysts.

  13. Coincidence of gabbro and granulite formation and their implication for Variscan HT metamorphism in the Moldanubian Zone (Bohemian Massif), example from the Kutná Hora Complex

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    Faryad, Shah Wali; Kachlík, Václav; Sláma, Jiří; Jedlicka, Radim

    2016-11-01

    Leucocratic metagabbro and amphibolite from a mafic-ultramafic body within migmatite and granulite in the Kutná Hora Complex were investigated. The mafic-ultramafic rocks show amphibolite facies metamorphism, but in the central part of the body some metagabbro preserves cumulus and intercumulus plagioclase, clinopyroxene and spinel. Spinel forms inclusions in both clinopyroxene and plagioclase and shows various degree of embayment structure, that was probably a result of reaction with melt during magmatic crystallization. In the metagabbro, garnet forms coronae around clinopyroxene at the contacts with plagioclase. Amphibolite contains garnet with prograde zoning and plagioclase. Phase relations of igneous and metamorphic minerals indicate that magmatic crystallization and subsequent metamorphism occurred as a result of isobaric cooling at a depth of 30-35 km. U-Pb dating on zircon from leucogabbro yielded a Variscan age (337.7 ± 2 Ma) that is similar or close to the age of granulite facies metamorphism (ca 340 Ma) in the Moldanubian Zone. Based on the calculated PT conditions and age data, both the mafic-ultramafic body and surrounding granulite shared the same exhumation path from their middle-lower crustal position at the end of Variscan orogeny. The coincidence of mafic-ultramafic intrusives and granulite-amphibolite facies metamorphism is explained by lithospheric upwelling beneath the Moldanubian Zone that occurred due to slab break-off during the final stages of subduction of the Moldanubian plate beneath the Teplá Barrandian Block. The model also addresses questions about the preservation of minerals and/or their compositions from the early metamorphic history of the rocks subjected to ultradeep subduction and subsequent granulite facies metamorphism.

  14. Basaltic melt evolution of the Hengill volcanic system, SW Iceland, and evidence for clinopyroxene assimilation in primitive tholeiitic magmas

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    Troennes, R.G. )

    1990-09-10

    The thick oceanic crust of Iceland is formed by tholeiitic central volcanoes arranged in en echelon patterns along the 40-50 km wide rift zones. The Hengill central volcano in the southwestern rift zone has produced 25-30 km{sup 3} of hyaloclastites and lava during the last 0.11 m.y., with maximum productivity during the isostatic rebound following the degalciations 0.13 and 0.01 m.y. ago. The petrographic relations of pillow rim and hyaloclastite glass indicate that the basaltic melts were saturated with olivine and plagioclase, except for the most primitive ones that were undersaturated with plagioclase. Saturation with clinopyroxene was reached in some of the intermediate and evolved basaltic melts. Corroded and partly resorbed crystals of clinopyroxene and partly disintegrated gabbro nodules with resorbed clinopyroxene indicate that selective assimilation contributed to the evolution of the most primitive melts. The intermediate and evolved basaltic glass compositions fall along the low-pressure cotectic for mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) compositions saturated with olivine, plagioclase, and clinopyroxene, but the primitive glasses fall well inside the low-pressure olivine + plagioclase primary phase volume. The dense picritic magmas were driven to the surface by magmatic overpressure in the mantle at an early deglaciation stage characterized by the absence of large, trapping magma chambers in the lower crust. The assimilation of clinopyroxene in these melts could proceed by direct contact with the solidified cumulate sequences and gabbro intrusions. Clinopyroxene assimilation in combination with olivine fractionation may also contribute to the chemical evolution of some of the most primitive MORB magmas.

  15. Installation Restoration Program Preliminary Assessment, Big Mountain Radio Relay Station, Alaska

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    1989-04-01

    shattered5 phenocrysts of plagioclase and quartz, pumice and lithic fragments, and zeolite minerals (Detterman and Reed, 1980). Volcanic rubble and breccia...substance, compound, or mixture, including disease-causing agents, which after release into the environment and upon exposure, ingestion, inhalation , or...height of a ground point above sea level. I ENDANGERED SPECIES - Any species which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of

  16. Morphology and related chemistry of small lunar particles from tranquillity base.

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    McKay, D S; Greenwood, W R; Morrison, D A

    1970-01-30

    Glass spherules show multiple high-velocity impact craters and are coated with small particles including glass, plagioclase, clinopyroxene, ilmenite, olivine, chromite, rock fragments, and frozen droplets of iron, nickel-iron, and troilite. These spherules passed through an impact cloud of hot fragmental material, condensing iron-rich vapor and high-velocity projectiles. Breccia contains concentric, accretionary lapilli units and appears to be a sintered deposit from a hot lunar base surge generated by impact.

  17. Red Sea rift-related Quseir basalts, central Eastern Desert, Egypt: Petrogenesis and tectonic processes

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    Farahat, Esam S.; Ali, Shehata; Hauzenberger, Christoph

    2017-01-01

    Mineral and whole-rock chemistry of Red Sea rift-related Tertiary basalts from south Quseir city, central Eastern Desert of Egypt is presented to investigate their petrogenesis and relationship to tectonic processes. The south Quseir basalts (SQB) are classified as high-Ti (TiO2 >2 wt.%) subalkaline transitional lava emplaced in an anorogenic tectonic setting. Their Mg# varies from 48 to 53 indicating the evolved nature of the SQB. Pearce element ratios suggest that the SQB magmas evolved via fractional crystallization of olivine + clinopyroxene ± plagioclase, but the absence of Eu anomalies argues against significant plagioclase fractionation. Clinopyroxene compositions provide evidence for polybaric fractionation of the parental mafic magmas. Estimated temperatures of crystallization are 1015 to 1207 °C for clinopyroxene and 1076 to 1155 °C for plagioclase. These values are interpreted to result from early stage crystallization of clinopyroxene followed by concurrent crystallization of clinopyroxene and plagioclase. The incompatible trace element signatures of the SQB (La/Ba = 0.08-0.10 and La/Nb = 0.89-1.04) are comparable to those of ocean island basalts (OIB) generated from an asthenospheric mantle source unaffected by subduction components. Modeling calculations indicate that the SQB primary magmas were derived from 4-5% partial melting of a garnet-bearing lherzolite mantle source. The NE Egyptian basaltic volcanism is spatially and temporally related to Red Sea rifting and to the local E-W striking faults, confirming a relationship to tectonic activity. Our results suggest that the extensional regime associated with Red Sea rifting controlled the generation of the Egyptian basalts, likely as a result of passive upwelling of asthenospheric mantle.

  18. Reaction textures in scapolite wollastonite grossular calc-silicate rock from the Kerala Khondalite Belt, Southern India: evidence for high-temperature metamorphism and initial cooling

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    Satish-Kumar, M.; Harley, Simon L.

    1998-11-01

    Scapolite-wollastonite-grossular bearing calc-silicate rocks from the Vellanad area in the Kerala Khondalite Belt (KKB) of Southern India preserve a number of reaction textures which help to deduce their P- T-fluid history. Textures include calcite+plagioclase±quartz symplectites after scapolite, grossular+quartz coronas between wollastonite and plagioclase, grossular coronas between wollastonite and plagioclase+calcite that replace former scapolite, and grossular blebs replacing anorthite+calcite+quartz pseudomorphs of scapolite. Garnet coronas are also observed between clinopyroxene and wollastonite or scapolite or plagioclase. The reactions, apart from those involving clinopyroxene, can be modelled in the simple CaO-Al 2O 3-SiO 2-CO 2 system and interpreted using partial reaction grids constructed for the activities of end-members in the analysed phases. The reaction topologies produced are good approximations for the peak as well as retrograde mineral assemblages and reaction textures. For the compositions of the phases present in this study, the medium pressure calc-silicate assemblages are defined by the stable pseudo-invariant points [Qtz], [Mei] and [Grs]. The textural features interpreted using these activity-corrected grids indicate a phase of isobaric cooling from about 835°C to 750°C at 6 kbar in the Vellanad area. This is inconsistent with earlier studies on other lithologies from the KKB, most of which imply a post-peak P- T path involving near-isothermal decompression. However, as the temperatures obtained for the KKB from the calc-silicates are higher than those previously deduced from metapelites and garnet-orthopyroxene assemblages, the phase of near-isobaric cooling reported here is inferred to have proceeded prior to the onset of the decompression documented from studies of other rock types.

  19. Spade: An H Chondrite Impact-melt Breccia that Experienced Post-shock Annealing

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    Rubin, Alan E.; Jones, Rhian H.

    2006-01-01

    The low modal abundances of relict chondrules (1.8 Vol%) and of coarse (i.e. >= 2200 micron-size) isolated mafic silicate grains (1.8 Vol%) in Spade relative to mean H6 chondrites (11.4 and 9.8 vol%, respectively) show Spade to be a rock that has experienced a significant degree of melting. Various petrographic features (e.g., chromite-plagioclase assemblages, chromite veinlets, silicate darkening) indicate that melting was caused by shock. Plagioclase was melted during the shock event and flowed so that it partially to completely surrounded nearby mafic silicate grains. During crystallization, plagioclase developed igneous zoning. Low-Ca pyroxene that crystallized from the melt (or equilibrated with the melt at high temperatures) acquired relatively high amounts of CaO. Metallic Fe-Ni cooled rapidly below the Fe-Ni solws and transformed into martensite. Subsequent reheating of the rock caused transformation of martensite into abundant duplex plessite. Ambiguities exist in the shock stage assignment of Spade. The extensive silicate darkening, the occurrence of chromite-plagioclase assemblages, and the impact-melted characteristics of Spade are consistent with shock stage S6. Low shock (stage S2) is indicated by the undulose extinction and lack of planar fractures in olivine. This suggests that Spade reached a maximum prior shock level equivalent to stage S6 and then experienced post-shock annealing (probably to stage Sl). These events were followed by a less intense impact that produced the undulose extinction in the olivine, characteristic of shock stage S2. Annealing could have occurred if Spade were emplaced near impact melts beneath the crater floor or deposited in close proximity to hot debris within an ejecta blanket. Spade firmly establishes the case for post-shock annealing. This may have been a common process on ordinary chondrites (OC) asteroids.

  20. The petrology of the Apollo 12 pigeonite basalt suite

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    Baldridge, W. S.; Beaty, D. W.; Hill, S. M. R.; Albee, A. L.

    1979-01-01

    A study of the petrology of the Apollo 12 pigeonite basalt samples 12011, 12043, and 12007 is presented. In this suite, the abundances of olivine and Cr-spinel decrease with increasing grain size, while the abundances of plagioclase and ilmenite increase. The petrochemical and textural variations indicate that the pigeonite basalts were derived from the olivine basalts, but the compositional gap between the olivine and pigeonite basalts indicates that they could not have crystallized together from a single, initially homogeneous magma body.

  1. Origin and significance of spinel pyroxene symplectite in lherzolite xenoliths from Tallante, SE Spain

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    Shimizu, Yohei; Arai, Shoji; Morishita, Tomoaki; Ishida, Yoshito

    2008-09-01

    We found spinel pyroxene symplectites in lherzolite xenoliths from Tallante, SE Spain, and investigated their petrographical and geochemical signatures. The spinel pyroxene symplectites are divided into two types, a spinel-type (= opx + cpx + sp) and a plagioclase-type (= opx + cpx + sp + pl) symplectites. The symplectites are always surrounded by lenticular aggregates of coarser-grained spinel pyroxene. The petrography and major-element chemistry of bulk symplectites indicate an origin through subsolidus reaction between olivine and garnet like at Horoman (Japan; Morishita and Arai, Contrib Mineral Petrol 144:509 522, 2003). The spinel pyroxene symplectites at Tallante were of garnet origin. However, the bulk Tallante spinel pyroxene symplectites show a relatively flat rare earth element (REE) distribution with slight light REE (LREE) enrichment, i.e. there was no trace-element signature typical of mantle garnet. They also differ from the Horoman symplectites that occasionally preserve a garnet trace-element signature, i.e. depletion of LREE and enrichment of heavy REE. These conflicting results indicate that the symplectites record slight enrichment in pyroxene compositions during or after depletion by melt extraction and breakdown of garnet by decompression, and all the minerals including symplectite constituents have been homogenized in the stability field of spinel to plagioclase lherzolite, with the assistance of some melt (possibly an alkaline silicate melt; Downes, J Petrol 42:233 250, 2001). Moreover, some of the spinel-type symplectites experienced heating by injection of Si-rich melt, and consequently have been transformed to the plagioclase-type symplectite. The Tallante spinel pyroxene symplectites developed from garnet + olivine and were carried from the garnet lherzolite stability field to the spinel and to the plagioclase lherzolite stability fields. Our data indicates mantle upwelling (mantle diapirism) beneath the Betic Rif zone in southern Spain.

  2. Shocked basalt from Lonar Impact Crater, India, and experimental analogues

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    Kieffer, S. W.; Schaal, R. B.; Gibbons, R.; Horz, F.; Milton, D. J.; Dube, A.

    1976-01-01

    Samples of Lonar basalts were experimentally shocked in vacuum to pressures between 200 and 650 kbar by a 20 mm, high-velocity gun. Plagioclase and palagonite in experimentally shocked samples show deformation similar to that in the naturally shocked rocks, but pyroxene does not show optically resolvable edge melting. It is estimated that pressures in excess of 800-1000 kbar are required for the formation of totally shock-melted rocks from nonporous basalt.

  3. Geology, age, and tectonic setting of the Cretaceous Sliderock Mountain Volcano, Montana

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    Du Bray, E.A.; Harlan, Stephen S.

    1998-01-01

    The Sliderock Mountain stratovolcano, part of the Upper Cretaceous continental magmatic arc in southwestern Montana, consists of volcaniclastic strata and basaltic andesite lava flows. An intrusive complex represents the volcano's solidified magma chamber. Compositional diversity within components of the volcano appears to reflect evolution via about 50 percent fractional crystallization involving clinopyroxene and plagioclase. 40Ar/39Ar indicate that the volcano was active about 78?1 Ma.

  4. Genesis of highland basalt breccias - A view from 66095

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    Garrison, J. R., Jr.; Taylor, L. A.

    1980-01-01

    Electron microprobe and defocused beam analyses of the lunar highland breccia sample 66095 show it consists of a fine-grained subophitic matrix containing a variety of mineral and lithic clasts, such as intergranular and cataclastic ANT, shocked and unshocked plagioclase, and basalts. Consideration of the chemistries of both matrix and clasts provides a basis for a qualitative three-component mixing model consisting of an ANT plutonic complex, a Fra Mauro basalt, and minor meteoric material.

  5. The Effects of Oxygen Fugacity on the Crystallization Sequence and Cr Partitioning of an Analog Y-98 Liquid

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    Bell, A. S.; Burger, P. V.; Le, Loan; Papike, J. J.; Jones, J.; Shearer, C. K.

    2013-01-01

    Interpreting the relationship between "enriched" olivine-phyric shergottites (e.g. NWA 1068/1110) and the "enriched" pyroxene-plagioclase shergottites (e.g. Shergotty, Los Angeles) is problematic. Symes et al. [1] and Shearer et al. [2]) proposed that the basaltic magma that crystallized to produce olivine-phyric shergottite NWA 1068/1110 could produce pyroxene-plagioclase shergottites with additional fractional crystallization. However, additional observations indicate that the relationship among the enriched shergottites may be more complex [1-3]. For example, Herd [3] concluded that some portion of the olivine megacrysts in this meteorite was xenocrystic in origin, seemingly derived from more reduced basaltic liquids. This conclusion may imply that a variety of complex processes such as magma mixing, entrainment, and assimilation may play important roles in the petrologic history of these meteorites. It is therefore possible that these processes have obscured the petrogenetic linkages between the enriched olivine-phyric shergottites and the pyroxene-plagioclase shergottites. As a first order step in attempting to unravel these petrologic complexities, this study focuses upon exploring the effect of fO2 on the crystallization history for an analog primitive shergottite liquid composition (Y98). Results from this work will provide a basis for reconstructing the record of fO2 in shergottites, its effect on both mineral chemistries and valence state partitioning, and a means for examining the role of crystallization on the petrologic linkages between olivine-phyric and pyroxene-plagioclase shergottites. A companion abstract [4] explores the behavior of V over this range of fO2.

  6. Phase relations of a simulated lunar basalt as a function of oxygen fugacity, and their bearing on the petrogenesis of the Apollo 11 basalts

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    Tuthill, R.L.; Sato, M.

    1970-01-01

    A glass of Apollo 11 basalt composition crystallizing at 1 atm at low f{hook}02 showed the following crystallization sequence; ferropseudobrookite at 1210??C, olivine at 1200??C, ilmenite and plagioclase at 1140??C, clinopyroxene at 1113??C. Ferropseudobrookite and olivine have a reaction relation to the melt. This sequence agrees with that assumed on textural grounds for some Apollo 11 basalts. It also indicates that the Apollo 11 basalts cannot have been modified by low-pressure fractionation. ?? 1970.

  7. Geophysical and petrological modeling of the lower crust and uppermost mantle in the Variscan and Proterozoic surroundings of the Trans-European Suture Zone in Central Europe

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    Puziewicz, Jacek; Polkowski, Marcin; Grad, Marek

    2017-04-01

    High-quality seismic data on the lower crust and uppermost lithospheric mantle in the Central European part of the Trans European Suture Zone, together with thermal and gravimetric data, enables the quantitative modeling of the rocks occurring in those parts of the lithosphere, including their mineral compositions and the chemical composition of individual minerals. The P3 seismic profile is located at the SW margin of the East European Craton. The lower crust is dominated by gabbronoritic intrusions (plagioclase An45Ab55, clinopyroxene Di80Hed20, orthopyroxene En74Fs26), and the uppermost mantle is harzburgitic (olivine and orthopyroxene Mg# 0.91). The lower crust and upper mantle of the P1 seismic profile belong to the Trans European Suture Zone, albeit the upper crust is of Variscan affinity. The P1 lower crust has gabbronoritic composition which is layered from plagioclase-rich compositions on the top to the orthopyroxene-rich ones at the bottom (plagioclase An45Ab55, clinopyroxene Di80Hed20, orthopyroxene En85Fs15), and is lithologically different Proterozoic and Variscan surroundings. The 100 × 200 km eclogite slice (garnet Alm48Gr25Py27, clinopyroxene Di51Hed10Jd39), with a thickness of 5-10 km, occurs in the uppermost mantle sampled by the P1 profile. The Niedźwiedź Massif is located at the NE margin of the Bohemian Massif, which shows an exposed Variscan basement. The lower crust beneath the Niedźwiedź Massif consists of gabbroic rock of variable proportions of plagioclase (An45Ab55) and clinopyroxene (Di80Hed20), whereas the uppermost mantle is supposedly spinel harzburgite (olivine, ortho- and clinopyroxene Mg# 0.90). Our models show that the lowermost crust and uppermost mantle of the East European Craton do not continue to the SW into the Trans European Suture Zone in its Central European section in Poland.

  8. Microelectrophoresis of selected mineral particles

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    Herren, B. J.; Tipps, R. W.; Alexander, K. D.

    1982-01-01

    Particle mobilities of ilmenite, labradorite plagioclase, enstatite pyroxene, and olivine were measured with a Rank microelectrophoresis system to evaluate indicated mineral separability. Sodium bicarbonate buffer suspension media with and without additives (0.0001 M DTAB and 5 percent v/v ethylene glycol) were used to determine differential adsorption by mineral particles and modification of relative mobilities. Good separability between some minerals was indicated; additives did not enhance separability.

  9. Petrography and geochemistry of lower Paleozoic sandstones, East Sinai, Egypt: Implications for provenance and tectonic setting

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    Akarish, Adel I. M.; El-Gohary, Amr M.

    2008-09-01

    Petrography, mineralogy and chemical analyses were combined to investigate the lower Paleozoic sandstones at Wadi El-Quseiyeb area, East Sinai. They are mainly classified texturally as silty sandstones, sandstones and clayey siltstone. Their average modal composition (QFL, 87:11:2), classifies them as quartz arenite and arkosic arenite, with high proportions of quartz, monocrystalline quartz grains, more potash feldspar than plagioclase and a low plagioclase/total feldspar ratio ( P/ F < 0.2). High SiO 2, K 2O > Na 2O, and low Fe 2O 3 + MgO values revealed by chemical analyses are consistent with the modal data. Other criteria include elevated Ba and Sr contents and depletion in the ferromagnesian elements. The petrography and geochemistry suggest a stable continental (passive) margin or intracratonic basin, analogous to that of an Atlantic-type continental shelf. Also, they reflect a stable craton interior source, devoid, to a large extent, of basic debris and ultimately derived from a low-lying granite-rich Precambrian craton. Chemical index of alteration (CIA) and the Plagioclase index of Alteration (PIA) values range from 57.2 to 93.0 and from 79.7 to 94.6, respectively. However, most samples have values more than 60, suggesting a moderate to relatively high degree of alteration (weathering) in the source area.

  10. Origin of minor and trace element compositional diversity in anorthitic feldspar phenocrysts and melt inclusions from the Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Adams, David T.; Nielsen, Roger L.; Kent, Adam J.R.; Tepley, Frank J.

    2011-01-01

    Melt inclusions trapped in phenocryst phases are important primarily due to their potential of preserving a significant proportion of the diversity of magma composition prior to modification of the parent magma array during transport through the crust. The goal of this investigation was to evaluate the impact of formational and post-entrapment processes on the composition of melt inclusions hosted in high anorthite plagioclase in MORB. Our observations from three plagioclase ultra-phyric lavas from the Endeavor Segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge document a narrow range of major elements and a dramatically greater range of minor and trace elements within most host plagioclase crystals. Observed host/inclusion partition coefficients for Ti are consistent with experimental determinations. In addition, observed values of DTi are independent of inclusion size and inclusion TiO2 content of the melt inclusion. These observations preclude significant effects from the re-homogenization process, entrapment of incompatible element boundary layers or dissolution/precipitation. The observed wide range of TiO2 contents in the host feldspar, and between bands of melt inclusions within individual crystals rule out modification of TiO contents by diffusion, either pre-eruption or due to re-homogenization. However, we do observe comparatively small ranges for values of K2O and Sr compared to P2O5 and TiO2 in both inclusions and crystals that can be attributed to diffusive processes that occurred prior to eruption.

  11. Microstructures and crystallographic preferred orientation of anorthosites from Oman ophiolite and the dynamics of melt lenses

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    Morales, Luiz F. G.; Boudier, FrançOise; Nicolas, Adolphe

    2011-04-01

    Microstructures and crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) of anorthosite samples interlayered in the upper and lower gabbro sections in the Oman ophiolite were analyzed in this paper. In the anorthosites registering the dynamics of the melt lenses, foliation is flat lying and starts to develop a few meters below the root zone of the sheeted dike complex (RZSDC). Microstructures and CPO of these rocks were developed in response to four different mechanisms: (1) density-controlled settling of plagioclase on the lens floor, (2) deposition of anorthosites related to convection currents, (3) melt compaction, and (4) uncompacted melt accumulation. In these anorthosites, the poles to (010) of plagioclase are parallel to the flow plane of convection, whereas the [100] axes and poles to (001) express the convection flow direction and the axis of convection rolls, respectively. The effect of subsidence of melt lens floor is recorded immediately below the RZSDC and is characterized by the rapid (but progressive) development of dipping foliation and lineation, reflecting the increase of deformation downsection. The degree of foliation and CPO development in the anorthosites is directly related to the distance of the center of the melt lenses before the subsidence starts. Despite the uncertain origin of the anorthosites from the lower gabbro section, all the samples lost the magmatic microstructural characteristics and presently are reequilibrated aggregates. However, they still preserve plagioclase CPO, where some of these patterns present similarities with the anorthosites from the upper gabbro section, but no evidence of intracrystalline deformation under high temperatures.

  12. Formation of a Martian Pyroxenite: A Comparative Study of the Nakhlite Meteorites and Theo's Flow

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    Friedman, R. C.; Taylor, G. J.; Treiman, A. H.

    1999-01-01

    The unusual composition of the nakhlites, a group of pyroxenitic martian meteorites with young ages, presents an opportunity to learn about nonbasaltic magmatic activity on another planet. However, the limited number of these meteorites makes unraveling their history difficult. A promising terrestrial analog for the formation of the nakhlites is Theo's Flow in Ontario, Canada. This atypical, 120 m-thick flow differentiated in place, forming distinct layered lithologies of peridotite, pyroxenite, and gabbro. Theo's pyroxenite and the nakhlites share strikingly similar petrographies, with concentrated euhedral to subhedral augite grains set in a plagioclase-rich matrix. These two suites of rocks also share specific petrologic features, mineral and whole-rock compositional features, and size and spatial distributions of cumulus grains. The numerous similarities suggest that the nakhlites formed by a similar mechanism in a surface lava flow or shallow intrusion. Their formation could have involved settling of crystals in a phenocryst-laden flow or in situ nucleation and growth of pyroxenes in an ultramafic lava flow. The latter case is more likely and requires steady-state nucleation and growth of clusters of pyroxene grains (and olivine in the nakhlites), circulating in a strongly convecting melt pool, followed by settling and continued growth in a thickening cumulate pile. Trapped pockets of intercumulus liquid in the pile gradually evolved, finally growing Fe-enriched rims on cumulus grains. With sufficient evolution, the melt reached plagioclase supersaturation, causing rapid growth of plagioclase sprays and late-stage mesostasis growth.

  13. Kyanite eclogite xenolith from the orthogneiss terrane of the Tisza Megaunit, Jánoshalma area, crystalline basement of southern Hungary

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    Zachar, Judit; Tóth, Tivadar M.; Janák, Marian

    2007-12-01

    New evidence for high-pressure, eclogite facies metamorphism in the crystalline basement of the Tisza Megaunit (southern Hungary) is reported. The retrogressed mafic eclogite forms a small lens in the orthogneiss and it was found in the borehole near Jánoshalma. The carbonated eclogite contains the peak metamorphic assemblage omphacite + garnet + phengite + kyanite + clinozoizite + rutile + K-feldspar + quartz. Omphacite (Xjd 0.40-0.41Xdio 0.52-0.53Xhd 0.05Xaug 1.55-2.85) occurs in the matrix and as inclusions in garnet (Xpy 0.37-0.38Xgrs 0.21-0.22Xalm 0.39-0.40Xsps 0-0.01Xadr 0-0.01) and kyanite. Thermobarometry based on net-transfer reactions between garnet, omphacite, kyanite and phengite yields P- T conditions of 710 ± 10 °C and 2.6 ± 0.75 GPa. Retrogression during decompression is manifested by formation of symplectites; the most typical are diopside + plagioclase after omphacite, corundum + spinel + plagioclase after kyanite and biotite + plagioclase after phengite. Carbonatization along the veins of the retrogressed eclogite was probably coeval with formation of these symplectites. At places where carbonate is absent the rock was completely hydrated and retrogressed down to the greenschist facies with the development of actinolite. Similar eclogites together with abundant orthogneisses occur mainly in the eastern parts of the Tisza Megaunit, suggesting the existence of an ancient (possibly Variscan) subduction/accretionary complex.

  14. T-XCO2 stability relations and phase equilibria of a calcic carbonate scapolite

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    Aitken, B.G.

    1983-01-01

    At a total pressure of 5 kb, calcic, Cl-free scapolite (Me83) is stable relative to plagioclase-bearing assemblages at T ??? 625??C, XCO2 ??? 0.12. With decreasing temperature, scapolite breaks down to plagioclase + calcite. Scapolite is replaced by plagioclase + grossular + cancrinite + CO2 in the presence of H2O-rich fluids. The stable coexistence of scapolite and calcite, an assemblage typical of most natural occurrences of calcic scapolite, is limited by the reaction: scapolite + calcite ??? grossular + cancrinite + CO2, which occurs at 750??C, XCO2 = 0.46; 700??C, XCO2 = 0.33; 650??C, XCO2 = 0.18, for the chosen bulk composition. Generalization of the experimental results to encompass the complete range of fully carbonated scapolite compositions indicates that mizzonite (Me75) has the largest T-XCO2 stability field. For scapolite more calcic than mizzonite, stable growth is restricted to conditions of increasingly higher temperature and XCO2. The experimental results are consistent with various petrologic features of scapolite-bearing rocks, particularly scapolite-clinopyroxene granulites, and indicate that such rocks were formed in the presence of CO2-rich fluids. ?? 1983.

  15. Ar-40-Ar-39 microanalysis of single 74220 glass balls and 72435 breccia clasts

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    Huneke, J. C.

    1978-01-01

    Ar-40-Ar-39 age measurements on single orange glass balls from the Apollo 17 soil 74220 and individual clasts from the Apollo 17 highland breccia 72435 are reported. The measurements required the use of newly established microanalytical techniques to obtain high quality analyses on about 0.5 mg particles with only a few hundred ppm K. An age of 3.60 plus or minus 0.04 b.y. is determined for the orange glass. No corrections for a trapped Ar-40 component were required. The glass forming event occurred at the very end of or after the extrusion of the mare basalts at the Apollo 17 site. An extremely well defined age plateau at 3.86 plus or minus 0.04 b.y. was determined for a 72435 plagioclase clast with attached matrix. A second large plagioclase crystal yielded significantly older ages over the last 60% of Ar release at high temperatures and is a relict clast incompletely degassed at the time of breccia formation. 72435 also contains plagioclase clasts with primitive Sr and a 4.55 AE old dunite clast. The Ar results provide additional evidence for the association of chemically unequilibrated, relict clasts with both primitive Sr and older K/Ar ages.

  16. La/Sm ratios in mare basalts as a consequence of mafic cumulate fractionation from an initial lunar magma

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    Shaffer, E. E.; Brophy, J. G.; Basu, A.

    1991-01-01

    A model is constructed for the La/Sm ratio and the abundance of chrondrite-normalized La in different proportions of partial melts of a mafic cumulate source that might have settled to the bottom of an initial lunar magma ocean prior to any plagioclase separation. It is proposed that La/Sm ratios and chrondrite-normalized La abundances of common mare basalts are found in partial melts only if: the mafic cumulate consists mostly of clinopyroxene, a very low fraction of the cumulate melts, and the cumulate represents a moderate to high proportion of the crystallization of the initial magma ocean. Only if the partitioning of clinopyroxene is forced to mimic plagioclase (DLa is greater than DSm) do the present modeling results become compatible with the scenario for producing appropriate parent melts of mare basalts from mafic cumulates. It is found unlikely that parent melts of mare basalts were produced from mafic cumulates of an initial lunar magma ocean that had not had any plagioclase crystallization.

  17. Lunar anorthosite 60025, the petrogenesis of lunar anorthosites, and the composition of the moon

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    Ryder, G.

    1982-01-01

    The mineral chemistry of the lunar anorthosite 60025 is investigated, and a model for the differentiation of the moon is proposed based on these findings. Among other results, it is concluded that 60025 is a mixture of pieces from a related sequence of anorthosites, and that this sequence was generated by near-perfect accumulate growth during strong fractional crystallization. The parent liquid of the most primitive anorthosite was saturated with olivine, plagioclase, pigeonite, and chromite, and evolved to one saturated with plagioclase, pigeonite, high-Ca clinopyroxene, and ilmenite. The steep slope of anorthosites on an Mg (mafics) vs. Ab (plagioclase) diagram is a result of the very low alkali content of the magma and of the original magma ocean. The bulk moon had low Al2O3, a sub-chondritic Ca/Al ratio, and REE abundances and patterns which were probably close to chondritic. In addition, mare basalt sources were found to be too magnesian and some contain too much high Ca clinopyroxene to be directly or simply complementary to a floated anorthosite crust.

  18. Anorthosite assimilation and the origin of the Mg/Fe-related bimodality of pristine moon rocks - Support for the magmasphere hypothesis

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    Warren, P. H.

    1986-01-01

    The geochemical bimodality of pristine rocks led to proposals that a major fraction of the crust (the Mg rich suite) formed in cumulates in numerous intrusions slightly younger than the magmasphere. It is suggested that assimilation helped to engender the bimodal patterns. Mass/energy balance calculations indicate that large proportions of plagioclase were probably assimilated from the older (Magmasphere-generated) ferroan anorthosite crust by most of the Mg-rich intrusive melts. The magmasphere, in the absence of assimilation probably did not yield appreciable plagioclase until fractional crystallization of mafic silicates had diminished the melt mg ratio to about 0.42. However, assuming identical melt composition, an Mg-rich intrusion assimilating ferroan anorthosite would have reached plagioclase saturation at a much higher mg, about 0.66. It is suggested that the current version of the magmasphere hypothesis (ferroan anorthosites = magmasphere flotation cumulates; Mg-rich rocks = products of younger, localized intrusions) is the only plausable mechanism for engendering the Mg/Fe-relate bimodality.

  19. Magnetite microexsolutions in silicate and magmatic flow fabric of the Goyozan granitoid (NE Japan): Significance of partial remanence anisotropy

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    Usui, Yoichi; Nakamura, Norihiro; Yoshida, Takeyoshi

    2006-11-01

    Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) has been widely used to infer magmatic flow patterns of granitoids where an appropriate AMS axis is parallel to an alignment of mafic minerals or magnetite. The magmatic flow fabric in Cretaceous granitic plutons from northeastern Japan was verified using an analysis of anisotropy of partial anhysteretic remanent magnetization (ApARM) which further isolates the magnetite subfabrics according to magnetite grain size. The preferred orientation of polysynthetic twins in plagioclase laths and clinopyroxene is discordant with the bulk AMS fabric along outer marginal zones of the granitoid, as shown by image analysis of microphotographs from thin sections cut in orthogonal planes. This suggests that the uncorroborated use of bulk AMS to detect flow fabric in granitoids has risks. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) reveals that submicroscopic, needle-shaped magnetite inclusions exsolved in anhedral plagioclase and clinopyroxene may explain such anomalous exceptions to the validity of AMS fabrics. Our ApARM measurements show that the ApARM alignment of relatively high-coercive, submicroscopic magnetite inclusions is concordant to the linear orientation of anhedral plagioclase and clinopyroxene. The combination of SEM, AMS, and ApARM was required to confirm the magmatic and submagmatic flow pattern of granitoids in this study and is generally preferable to the use of AMS alone.

  20. Medium-to high-pressure garnet-amphibolites from Gebel Zabara and Wadi Sikait, south Eastern Desert, Egypt

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    Surour, Adel A.

    1995-10-01

    Garnet-amphibolites from Gebel Zabara and Wadi Sikait in the southern Eastern Desert of Egypt occur as highly flattened metamorphosed basic volcanic bands enclosed within garnetiferous metasediments. Samples from both localities have almost the same metamorphic assemblage of garnet-amphibole-plagioclase-ilmeniterutile. An electron microprobe study indicates that garnet, amphibole and plagioclase are cryptically zoned only in samples from Wadi Sikait. The composition of amphiboles (tschermakitic hornblende to tschermakite) reflects a temperature range equivalent to that of the staurolite-kyanite zone of the metapelitic sequences. Geothermometric calculations of the pairs garnet-amphibole and amphibole-plagioclase indicate average temperatures of 550°C for samples from Wadi Sikait and Gebel Zabara, respectively. Pressures of about 6.8 kbar and 7.7 kbar are obtained using some mineral equilibria of both silicates and opaque phases. The garnet-amphibolites are considered as a part of the infrastructural suite in the Eastern Desert. A comparison with the Pan-African amphibolites from the Eastern Desert and Sinai is presented.

  1. 60025 - RELICT of primitive lunar crust?

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    Hanan, B. B.; Tilton, G. R.

    1987-06-01

    An analysis of three plagioclase-rich fractions and one mafic fraction from ferroan anorthosite 60025 is presented. The observed Pb-206/Pb-204 ratios are found to vary between 52.5 and 60.5, all much greater than the ratio for terrestrial contamination. The apparent Pb-Pb age found does not correlate with the Pb-206/Pb-204 ratios and U contents of the samples, suggesting that it is not controlled by terrestrial lead contamination. The time-averaged mu values found for the plagioclase leads are much lower than the values noted for mafic rocks or their sources, indicating that the anorthosite lead has never been associated for a substantial length of time with any high-mu source. The data suggest that the present average model Pb ages of 4.51 + or - 0.01 AE closely approximate the crystallization age for the plagioclase fraction of the anorthosite, dating back to an early phase in lunar history.

  2. Abundance and distribution of boron in the Hauzenberg (Bavaria) granite complex

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    Sauerer, A.; Troll, G. )

    1990-01-01

    Hercynian S-type granites from the Hauzenberg igneous complex show a range of boron concentration from 1 to 12 ppm. The whole-rock boron data are not significantly correlated with concentrations of other trace elements (Zr, Rb, Ba, Sr, Ni, V, Co, Cu, Zn, F); neither is boron correlated with the major elements (except with sodium) or with the differentiation index (DI). The boron budget in the rock-forming minerals (plagioclase, alkali feldspar, quartz, biotite, muscovite) of the tourmaline-free granites reveals that the highest concentrations of boron occur in muscovite, whereas the greatest amount of boron is incorporated in plagioclase (57-69%) due to its high modal amount. Boron in plagioclase increases with the extent of of sericitization (obtained by X-ray diffractometry). Muscovite in a pegmatite contains more than 50% of the total boron. The areal distribution of boron within the complex is neither uniform nor random; an increase of boron concentrations from granodioritic to granitic rocks is indicated, whereas the late differentiates are depleted in boron.

  3. Cathodoluminescence Characterization of Maskelynite and Alkali Feldspar in Shergottite (Dhofar 019)

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    Kayama, M.; Nakazato, T.; Nishido, H.; Ninagawa, K.; Gucsik, A.

    2009-08-17

    Dhofar 019 is classified as an olivine-bearing basaltic shergottite and consists of subhedral grains of pyroxene, olivine, feldspar mostly converted to maskelynite and minor alkali feldspar. The CL spectrum of its maskelynite exhibits an emission band at around 380 nm. Similar UV-blue emission has been observed in the plagioclase experimentally shocked at 30 and 40 GPa, but not in terrestrial plagioclase. This UV-blue emission is a notable characteristic of maskelynite. CL spectrum of alkali feldspar in Dhofar 019 has an emission bands at around 420 nm with no red emission. Terrestrial alkali feldspar actually consists of blue and red emission at 420 and 710 nm assigned to Al-O{sup -}-Al and Fe{sup 3+} centers, respectively. Maskelynite shows weak and broad Raman spectral peaks at around 500 and 580 cm{sup -1}. The Raman spectrum of alkali feldspar has a weak peak at 520 cm{sup -1}, whereas terrestrial counterpart shows the emission bands at 280, 400, 470, 520 and 1120 cm{sup -1}. Shock pressure on this meteorite transformed plagioclase and alkali feldspar into maskelynite and almost glass phase, respectively. It eliminates their luminescence centers, responsible for disappearance of yellow and/or red emission in CL of maskelynite and alkali feldspar. The absence of the red emission band in alkali feldspar can also be due to the lack of Fe{sup 3+} in the feldspar as it was reported for some lunar feldspars.

  4. Some textures in Apollo 12 lunar igneous rocks and in terrestrial analogs.

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    Drever, H. I.; Johnston, R.; Butler, P., Jr.; Gibb, F. G. F.

    1972-01-01

    The interpretation of immature crystallization and some lunar textures characterized by it are the principal objectives of this investigation. A comparative and selective approach is adopted, and particular reference is made to the form and textural relations of olivine in 12009 and of pyroxenes and plagioclase in 12021, and to terrestrial analogs. The optic orientation of the olivines in 12009 is determined, and their skeletal crystallization is illustrated and evaluated. Microprobe and optical data are associated in a textural analysis of an analog from the upper contact of a minor intrusion in Skye. The optic orientation of pyroxene enclosed in plagioclase cores is determined, and the results are plotted stereographically. The need for greater precision in the use of textural terms is stressed, and a new term - intrafasciculate - is introduced for textures in which pyroxene has crystallized within hollow, skeletal plagioclase. Apollo 12 pyroxene-phyric basalts are texturally reviewed, and the crystallization of the phenocrysts is discussed, emphasis being placed on size-independence of skeletal growth.

  5. Important role of magma mixing in generating the Mesozoic monzodioritic-granodioritic intrusions related to Cu mineralization, Tongling, East China: Evidence from petrological and in situ Sr-Hf isotopic data

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    Chen, C. J.; Chen, B.; Li, Z.; Wang, Z. Q.

    2016-04-01

    The Mesozoic ore-bearing high-Mg monzodioritic-granodioritic rocks in the Tongling mining district (East China) have been described as having adakitic affinities, and their origin has been attributed to partial melting of delaminated eclogite at depth in the mantle, followed by interaction of the resultant granitic magma with mantle peridotite. Here we present petrological data and in situ Sr isotopic data for zoned plagioclase that are inconsistent with the eclogite-derived model and instead propose a model that involves magma mixing of siliceous crustal melts and basaltic magma that was derived from metasomatized mantle in a back-arc extensional regime. The principal geochemical signatures of these Mesozoic rocks include a high-K calc-alkaline affinity, high values of Mg#, high Sr-Ba abundances, high Sr/Y and La/Yb ratios, εNd(t) = - 13.1 to - 9.0, and ISr = 0.70707-0.70824. The magma mixing model is supported by (1) the common existence of mafic microgranular enclaves (MMEs) and the disequilibrium textures of plagioclase and amphibole, (2) the 87Sr/86Sr ratios of embayed high-Ca cores of plagioclase that are distinctly lower than in the euhedral low-Ca overgrowth rims, (3) the negative correlations between whole-rock Nd and Sr isotopic ratios, and (4) the significant differences in the values of εHf(t) (- 9.5 to - 26) within different zircons from the same intrusion.

  6. Oxygen isotope constraints on the petrogenesis of Aleutian arc magmas

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    Singer, B.S.; O'Neil, J.R. ); Brophy, J.G. )

    1992-04-01

    The first measurement of {sup 18}O/{sup 16}O ratios of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene, and titanomagnetite phenocrysts from modern Aleutian island-arc lavas provides new insight and independent constraints on magma sources and intracrustal processes. Basalts are heterogeneous on the scale of the entire arc and individual volcanic centers. Combined with Sr isotope and trace element data {delta}{sup 18}O{sub plag} values suggest a variable magma source characterized by differences in the mantle wedge or the subducted sediment component along the volcanic front. Seven tholeiitic basalt to rhyodacite lavas from the Seguam volcanic center have nearly identical {delta}{sup 18}O{sub plag} values of 6.0{per thousand} {plus minus} 0.2{per thousand}, reflecting extensive closed-system plagioclase-dominated crystal fractionation. Oxygen isotope thermometry and pyroxene and oxide equilibria indicate that differentiation occurred between 1,150 {plus minus} 100C (basalt) and 950 {plus minus} 100C (rhyodacite). In contrast, {delta}{sup 18}O{sub plag} values of 12 calc-alkalic basaltic andesites and andesites from the smaller Kanaga volcanic center span a broader range of 5.9{per thousand}-6.6{per thousand}, and consist of mostly higher values. Isotopic disequilibrium in the Kanaga system is manifest in two ways: two types of basaltic inclusions with contrasting {delta}{sup 18}O values occur in one andesite, and in two other andesites plagioclase-titanomagnetite and clinopyroxene-titanomagnetite oxygen isotope temperatures are inconsistent.

  7. Latest quaternary volcanism in the St. George Basin, southwestern Utah

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    Millings, V.T. III; Green, J.D.; Nusbaum, R.L. . Dept. of Geology)

    1993-03-01

    The St. George Basin was the site of mafic volcanism from about 6 Ma to 1 ka. The nature of latest Quaternary volcanism is of interest because the Basin is recognized as a low temperature (< 90C) geothermal resource area and it is part of the transition zone between the Basin and Range Province and the Colorado Plateau. The authors have studied the geochemistry, mineralogy, and aerial distribution of two of the youngest eruptions centers: (1) Veyo Volcano; and (2) the Diamond Valley scoria cones (DVSC). Veyo Volcano erupted basaltic andesite, beginning with an explosive stage marked by a 0.5 m basal Plinian layer. Later eruptions alternated between quiescent and Strombolian-styles. Phenocrysts include clear plagioclase, sieve-texture plagioclase, olivine and rare augite. The DVSC and associated Santa Clara lava flow are tholeiitic basalt, consisting of olivine phenocrysts, and rare plagioclase phenocrysts. Based on preliminary geochemical data, Diamond Valley rocks exhibit lower incompatible element ratios compared to mafic rocks on the Markagunt Plateau and transition zone rocks. In contrast, Veyo Volcano rocks are similar to transition zone mafic rocks with regard to incompatible element abundances.

  8. Chemical trends in the Ice Springs basalt, Black Rock Desert, Utah

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    Lynch, W.C.; Nash, W.P.

    1980-06-01

    The Holocene Ice Springs volcanic field of west-central Utah consists of 0.53 km/sup 3/ of tholeiitic basalts erupted as a sequence of nested cinder cones and associated lava flows. Whole rock x-ray fluorescence and atomic absorption analysis of ninety-six samples of known relative age document statistically significant inter- and intra-eruption chemical variations. Elemental trends include increases in Ti, Fe, Ca, P, and Sr and decreases in Si, K, Rb, Ni, Cr, and Zr with decreasing age. Microprobe analyses of microphenocrysts of olivine, plagioclase, and Fe-Ti oxides and of groundmass olivine, plagioclase, and clinopyroxene indicate limited chemical variation between mineral assemblages of the eruptive events. Petrographic analyses have identified the presence of minor amounts of silicic xenoliths, orthopyroxene megacrysts, and plagioclase xenocrysts. Potassium-argon determinations establish the existence of excess argon in the basaltic cinder (30.05 x 10/sup -12/ moles/gm) and in distal lava flows (8.29 x 10/sup -12/ moles/gm) which suggest apparent ages of 16 and 4.3 million years respectively. Strontium isotopic data (Puskar and Condie, 1973) show systematic variations from oldest eruptions (87Sr/86Sr=0.7052) to youngest eruptions (87Sr/86Sr=0.7059).

  9. Magma mixing and mingling on Deer, Niblack, and Etolin Islands, southeastern Alaska

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    Lindline, J.; Crawford, W.A.; Crawford, M.L. . Geology Dept.)

    1993-03-01

    Intimately associated 20 m.a. hornblende-biotite granites and olivine gabbro norites occur on Etolin, Niblack and Deer Islands, southwest of Wrangell, Alaska. The field relationships suggest multiple injections of mafic and felsic phases within this igneous complex. Ellipsoidal to angular mafic magmatic enclaves occur in the granite, ranging in number from sparse to tightly packed swarms. Slightly curved decimeter sized rafts of fine grained mafic enclaves comprise a frozen fountain of mafic magma in the felsic host. Course-grained felsic dikes containing gabbroic zenoliths and ubiquitous fine-grained mafic pillows exhibiting sharp and sutured chilled borders intrude the layered gabbro. Synplutonic northeast trending fine-grained mafic and fine-grained felsic dikes mutually cross-cut the felsic pillow-bearing dikes. The granite consists of green hornblende, dark brown biotite, plagioclase and quartz. The mafic mineral assemblage changes from olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, and plagioclase in the gabbro through intermediate-grained phases containing altered clinopyroxene, brown hornblende, red-brown biotite, plagioclase and quartz. The increase in proportion of hydrous mafic minerals from the gabbro to the fine-grained mafic enclaves and changes in pleochroic colors of biotite and hornblende from the intermediate-grained phases to the fine-grained mafic enclaves suggest chemical interaction between the mafic enclaves and their felsic host.

  10. Remnants of Melt Pools and Melt Films Associated with Dewatering of Nominally Anhydrous Minerals in Lower Crustal Granite

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    Seaman, S. J.; Williams, M. L.

    2013-12-01

    Water locked in structural sites and in fluid inclusions in nominally anhydrous minerals in lower crustal granitoids may act as a flux for partial melting of these source rocks. Microtextural study of the 2.6 Ga Stevenson granite of the Athabasca Granulite Terrane of northern Saskatchewan shows that increasing intensity of deformation of the granite correlates with migration of water from within crystals to grain boundaries. Dark, ultrafine-grained, water-richer matrix material consisting of quartz, plagioclase, alkali feldspar and fine iron oxides are interpreted to be former melt films that resulted, at least in part, from fluxing by NAM-derived water. Melt films on the grain boundaries of plagioclase, potassium feldspar and quartz are approximately 20 microns wide. Melt pools are up to 100+ microns in diameter. Water in nominally anhydrous minerals has the potential to lower the solidus significantly enough to initiate partial melting in lower crustal granitoids at high ambient temperatures. 3000 ppm water in minerals that make up large volumes of crustal rocks (alkali feldspar, plagioclase feldspar, quartz) would lower the dry solidus of granite by 273oC at 1 GPa, for initiation of partial melting. Generation of small volumes of partial melt on grain boundaries may lead to further rock weakening and localization of further deformation.

  11. Grosnaja ABCs: Magnesium isotope compositions

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    Goswami, J. N.; Srinivasan, G.; Ulyanov, A. A.

    1993-01-01

    Three CAI's from the Grosnaja CV3 chondrite were analyzed for their magnesium isotopic compositions by the ion microprobe. The selected CAI's represent three distinct types: GR4(compact Type A), GR7(Type B) and GR2(Type C). Petrographic studies indicate that all three Grosnaja inclusions were subjected to secondary alterations. The Type A CAI GR4 is primarily composed of melilite with spinel and pyroxene occurring as minor phases. The rim of the inclusion does not exhibit distinct layered structure and secondary alteration products (garnet, Fe-rich olivine and Na-rich plagioclase) are present in some localized areas near the rim region. The average major element compositions of different mineral phases in GR4 are given. Preliminary REE data suggest a depletion of HREE relative to LREE by about a factor of 3 without any clear indication of interelement fractionation. The CAI GR7 has textural and minerological characteristics similar to Type B inclusions. The REE data show a pattern that is similar to Group 6 with enrichment in Eu and Yb. In addition, a depletion of HREE compared to LREE is also evident in this object. Melilite composition shows a broad range of akermanite content (Ak(sub 15-55)). Detailed petrographic study is in progress. GR2 is a anorthite-rich Type C inclusion with large plagioclase laths intergrown with Ti-rich pyroxene. The average plagioclase composition is close to pure anorthite (An99).

  12. A lunar differentiation model in light of new chemical data on Luna 20 and Apollo 16 soils.

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    Nava, D. F.; Philpotts, J. A.

    1973-01-01

    Fines from a Luna 20 soil sample and from three Apollo 16 deep drill core samples have been analyzed for major-minor element abundances by a combined, semi-micro atomic absorption spectrophotometric and colorimetric method. Both the major element and large ion lithophile trace element abundances in these soils, the first from interior highland sites, are greatly influenced by the very high normative plagioclase content, being distinctly richer in Al and Ca, and poorer in K, P, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Ti, than most bulk soil samples from previous lunar missions. The relatively large compositional variations in the Apollo 16 core can be ascribed almost entirely to decreasing plagioclase with increasing depth. The chemical composition of the Luna 20 soil indicates less plagioclase and less KREEP than in the Apollo 16 soils. A lunar differentiation model is presented in which is made the suggestion that KREEP is the result of a second fusion event in a lunar crust consisting of early feldspathic cumulates and primary aluminous 'liquid.'

  13. A Nd and Sr isotopic study of the Trinity peridotite Implications for mantle evolution

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    Jacobsen, S. B.; Quick, J. E.; Wasserburg, G. J.

    1984-01-01

    Field evidence is reported which indicates that the Trinity peridotite in Northern California was partially melted during its rise as part of the upwelling convecting mantle at a spreading center. A Sm-Nd mineral isochron for a plagioclase Iherzolite yielded an age of about 427 Ma which is significantly higher than that expected for depleted mantle during this period. The age is interpreted as the time of crystallization of trapped melt in the plagioclase Iherzolite P-T field, and probably represents the time when the massif was incorporated as a part of the oceanic lithosphere. The Sm-Nd model age of the plagioclase Iherzolite total rock is 3.4 AE. This suggests that the peridotite was derived from a mantle that was depleted early in earth history. Although most available data indicate that the depleted upper mantle has been relatively well stirred through time, the Trinity data suggest that very ancient Nd isotropic values are preserved and chemical and physical heterogeneities are sometimes preserved in the depleted source of midocean ridge basalts as well as the oceanic lithosphere which they intrude.

  14. Mare basalt magma source region and mare basalt magma genesis

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    Binder, A.B.

    1982-11-15

    Given the available data, we find that the wide range of mare basaltic material characteristics can be explained by a model in which: (1) The mare basalt magma source region lies between the crust-mantle boundary and a maximum depth of 200 km and consists of a relatively uniform peridotite containing 73--80% olivine, 11--14% pyroxene, 4--8% plagioclase, 0.2--9% ilmenite and 1--1.5% chromite. (2) The source region consists of two or more density-graded rhythmic bands, whose compositions grade from that of the very low TiO/sub 2/ magma source regions (0.2% ilmenite) to that of the very high TiO/sub 2/ magma source regions (9% ilmenite). These density-graded bands are proposed to have formed as co-crystallizing olivine, pyroxene, plagioclase, ilmenite, and chromite settled out of a convecting magma (which was also parental to the crust) in which these crystals were suspended. Since the settling rates of the different minerals were governed by Stoke's law, the heavier minerals settled out more rapidly and therefore earlier than the lighter minerals. Thus the crystal assemblages deposited nearest the descending side of each convection cell were enriched in heavy ilmenite and chromite with respect to lighter olivine and pyroxene and very much lighter plagioclase. The reverse being the case for those units deposited near the ascending sides of the convection cells.

  15. Mineralogy and possible origin of an unusual Cr-rich inclusion in the Los Martinez (L6) chondrite

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    Brearley, Adrian J.; Casanova, Ignacio; Miller, Mark L.; Keil, Klaus

    1991-01-01

    During a petrological study of the previously unclassified ordinary chondrite Los Martinez a highly unusual Cr-rich inclusion is found which is unique in both extraterrestrial and terrestrial mineralogy. Detailed SEM and TEM studies show that the inclusion consists of a highly zoned single crystal of plagioclase intergrown with chromium-rich spinel which indicates that it is the product of exsolution. The Cr-rich precursors of the inclusion probably have close affinities to the chronite-plagioclase chrondrules observed by Ramdohr (1967) in several ordinary chondrites. Based on the zoning in the inclusion it is suggested that it is the product of fractional crystallization from a melt, which may have formed as a liquid condensate, or by melting of solid condensates, in the solar nebula. Subsequent cooling of this melt condensate resulted in crystallization of the unidentified phase. After crystallization, the inclusion was probably incorporated into a parent body where it underwent metamorphism and was probably shocked to some degree. During this period of parent body metamorphism, exsolution and decomposition of the unknown precursor occurred to produce the observed intergrowth of plagioclase and chromite. Los Martinez is classified as an L6 ordinary chondrite breccia.

  16. Comparative petrogenesis of anorthositic and troctolitic series rocks of the Duluth Complex, Minnesota

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    Miller, J.D. Jr.; Weiblen, P.W.

    1985-01-01

    Results of new mapping in the NW part of the Middle Proterozoic Duluth Complex in NE Minnesota reinforces the view that the Complex consists dominantly of two major lithostratigraphic units: an Anorthositic Series (AS) and a Troctolitic Series (TS) dominated by troctolite and olivine gabbro. Consistent intrusive and inclusive relationships confirm that AS rocks are older than TS. Interpretations of field, petrographic, and petrochemical data imply that the petrogenesis of the two rock series differed in at least four significant ways: 1) While parent magmas to both rock series could have been derived from high-Al olivine tholeiite primary magmas by fractional crystallization of Pl+Ol+Cpx+Sp in lower to intermediate crustal (40-15 km) chambers, AS parent magmas were generally more evolved than TS magmas upon their introduction into the Duluth Complex. 2) As magmas were intruded as plagioclase crystal muses (less than or equal to50% crystals), whereas later TS intrusions contained rare or minor intratelluric plagioclase and olivine. Periodic intrusions of viscous AS mushes probably caused much of the structural complexity ubiquitous to these rocks. 3) Although parent magmas to both rock series were saturated in plagioclase upon intrusion, AS magmas were less often saturated in olivine than were TS magmas. 4) TS rocks record fractional crystallization within Duluth Complex chambers; however, the extent and pattern of differentiation often reflects repeated replenishment of more primitive magmas.

  17. Geochemical characteristics of hydrous basaltic magmas due to assimilation and fractional crystallization: the Ikoma gabbroic complex, southwest Japan

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    Koizumi, N.; Okudaira, T.; Ogawa, D.; Yamashita, K.; Suda, Y.

    2016-10-01

    To clarify the processes that occur in hydrous basaltic magma chambers, we have undertaken detailed petrological and geochemical analyses of mafic and intermediate rocks from the Ikoma gabbroic complex, southwest Japan. The complex consists mainly of hornblende gabbros, hornblende gabbronorites, and hornblende leucogabbros. The hornblende leucogabbros are characterized by low TiO2 and high CaO contents, whereas the hornblende gabbronorites have high TiO2 and low CaO contents. The initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (SrI) of the hornblende gabbronorites and hornblende gabbros are higher than those of the hornblende leucogabbros and plagioclase, and they may have resulted from a higher degree of assimilation of metasediments. The geochemical features of the hornblende leucogabbros and hornblende gabbronorites can be explained by accumulation of plagioclase and ilmenite, respectively, in a hybrid magma that formed by chemical interaction between mafic magma and metasediment, whereas the hornblende gabbros were produced by a high degree of crustal assimilation and fractional crystallization of this hybrid magma. As a result of the density differences between crystals and melt, the Ikoma gabbroic rocks formed by the accumulation of plagioclase in the middle of the magma chamber and by the accumulation of ilmenite in the bottom of the chamber. Taking into account the subsequent assimilation and fractional crystallization, our observations suggest an enriched mantle (SrI = ~0.7071) as the source material for the Ikoma gabbros.

  18. Diagenesis Along Fractures in an Eolian Sandstone, Gale Crater, Mars

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    Ming, D. W.; Yen, A. S.; Rampe, E. B.; Grotzinger, J. P.; Blake, D. F.; Bristow, T. F.; Chipera, S. J.; Downs, R.; Morris, R. V.; Morrison, S. M.; Vaniman, D. T.; Gellert, R.; Sutter, B.; Treiman, A. H.

    2016-01-01

    The Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has been exploring sedimentary deposits in Gale crater since August 2012. The rover has traversed up section through approx.100 m of sedimentary rocks deposited in fluvial, deltaic, lacustrine, and eolian environments (Bradbury group and overlying Mount Sharp group). The Stimson formation lies unconformable over a lacustrine mudstone at the base of the Mount Sharp group and has been interpreted to be a cross-bedded sandstone of lithified eolian dunes. Mineralogy of the unaltered Stimson sandstone consists of plagioclase feldspar, pyroxenes, and magnetite with minor abundances of hematite, and Ca-sulfates (anhydrite, bassanite). Unaltered sandstone has a composition similar to the average Mars crustal composition. Alteration "halos" occur adjacent to fractures in the Stimson. Fluids passing through these fractures have altered the chemistry and mineralogy of the sandstone. Silicon and S enrichments and depletions in Al, Fe, Mg, Na, K, Ni and Mn suggest aqueous alteration in an open hydrologic system. Mineralogy of the altered Stimson is dominated by Ca-sulfates, Si-rich X-ray amorphous materials along with plagioclase feldspar, magnetite, and pyroxenes, but less abundant in the altered compared to the unaltered Stimson sandstone and lower pyroxene/plagioclase feldspar. The mineralogy and geochemistry of the altered sandstone suggest a complicated history with several (many?) episodes of aqueous alteration under a variety of environmental conditions (e.g., acidic, alkaline).

  19. Evidence for an early wet Moon from experimental crystallization of the lunar magma ocean

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    Lin, Yanhao; Tronche, Elodie J.; Steenstra, Edgar S.; van Westrenen, Wim

    2017-01-01

    The Moon is thought to have been covered initially by a deep magma ocean, its gradual solidification leading to the formation of the plagioclase-rich highland crust. We performed a high-pressure, high-temperature experimental study of lunar mineralogical and geochemical evolution during magma ocean solidification that yields constraints on the presence of water in the earliest lunar interior. In the experiments, a deep layer containing both olivine and pyroxene is formed in the first ~50% of crystallization, β-quartz forms towards the end of crystallization, and the last per cent of magma remaining is extremely iron rich. In dry experiments, plagioclase appears after 68 vol.% solidification and yields a floatation crust with a thickness of ~68 km, far above the observed average of 34-43 km based on lunar gravity. The volume of plagioclase formed during crystallization is significantly less in water-bearing experiments. Using the relationship between magma water content and the resulting crustal thickness in the experiments, and considering uncertainties in initial lunar magma ocean depth, we estimate that the Moon may have contained at least 270 to 1,650 ppm water at the time of magma ocean crystallization, suggesting the Earth-Moon system was water-rich from the start.

  20. Influence of water on rheology and strain localization in the lower continental crust

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    Getsinger, A. J.; Hirth, G.; Stünitz, H.; Goergen, E. T.

    2013-07-01

    We investigated deformation processes within a lower crustal shear zone exposed in gabbros from Arnøya, Norway. Over a distance of ˜1 m, the gabbro progresses from nominally undeformed to highly sheared where it is adjacent to a hydrous pegmatite. With increasing proximity to the pegmatite, there is a significant increase in the abundance of amphibole and zoisite (which form at the expense of pyroxene and calcic plagioclase) and a slight increase in the strength of plagioclase lattice-preferred orientation, but there is little change in recrystallized plagioclase grain size. Phase diagrams, the presence of hydrous reaction products, and deformation mechanism maps all indicate that the water activity (aH2O) during deformation must have been high (˜1) in the sheared gabbro compared with the nonhydrated, surrounding host gabbro. These observations indicate that fluid intrusion into mafic lower crust initiates syn-deformational, water-consuming reactions, creating a rheological contrast between wet and dry lithologies that promote strain localization. Thus, deformation of lower continental crust can be accommodated in highly localized zones of enhanced fluid infiltration. These results provide an example of how fluid weakens lower continental crust lithologies at high pressures and temperatures.

  1. Physical properties of chondrules in different chondrite groups: Implications for multiple melting events in dusty environments

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    Rubin, Alan E.

    2010-08-01

    Chondrite groups (CV, CK, CR) with large average chondrule sizes have low proportions of RP plus C chondrules, high proportions of enveloping compound chondrules, high proportions of chondrules with (thick) igneous rims, and relatively low proportions of type-I chondrules containing sulfide. In contrast, chondrite groups (CM, CO, OC, R, EH, EL) with smaller average chondrule sizes have the opposite properties. Equilibrated CK chondrites have plagioclase with relatively low Na; equilibrated OC, R, EH and EL chondrites have more sodic plagioclase. Enveloping compound chondrules and chondrules with igneous rims formed during a remelting event after the primary chondrule was incorporated into a dustball. Repeated episodes of remelting after chondrules were surrounded by dust would tend to produce large chondrules. RP and C chondrules formed by complete melting of their precursor assemblages; remelting of RP and C chondrules surrounded by dust would tend to produce porphyritic chondrules as small dust particles mixed with the melt, providing nuclei for crystallizing phenocrysts. This process would tend to diminish the numbers of RP and C chondrules. Correlations among these chondrule physical properties suggest that chondrite groups with large chondrules were typically surrounded by thick dust-rich mantles that formed in locally dusty nebular environments. Chondrules that were surrounded by thick dust mantles tended to cool more slowly because heat could not quickly radiate away. Slow cooling led to enhanced migration of sulfide to chondrule surfaces and more extensive sulfide evaporation. These chondrules also lost Na; the plagioclase that formed from equilibrated CK chondrites was thus depleted in Na.

  2. Solute profiles in soils, weathering gradients and exchange equilibrium/disequilibrium

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    White, A.F.; Schulz, M.S.; Stonestrom, D.A.; Vivit, D.V.; Fitzpatrick, J.; Bullen, T.

    2008-01-01

    The spatial and temporal changes in hydrology and pore water elemental and 87/86Sr compositions were used to determine contemporary weathering rates in a 65 to 226 ky old soil chronosequence formed from granitic sediments deposited on marine terraces along coastal California. Cl-corrected Na, K and Si increased with depth denoting inputs from the weathering of plagioclase and K-feldspar. Solute 87/86Sr exhibited progressive mixing of sea water-dominated precipitation with inputs from less radiogenic plagioclase. Linear approximations to these weathering gradients were used to determine plagioclase weathering rates of between 0.38 and 8.9 ?? 10-15 moles m-2 s-1. The lack of corresponding weathering gradients for Ca and Sr indicated short-term equilibrium with the clay ion exchange pool which requires periodic resetting by natural perturbations to maintain continuity, in spite of soil composition changes reflecting the effects of long-term weathering. ?? 2008 The Mineralogical Society.

  3. Phase equilibria constraints on pre-eruptive magma storage conditions for the 1956 eruption of Bezymianny Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia

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    Shcherbakov, Vasily D.; Neill, Owen K.; Izbekov, Pavel E.; Plechov, Pavel Yu.

    2013-08-01

    Phase equilibria experiments were performed on andesites from the catastrophic 1956 eruption of Bezymianny Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia, to determine pre-eruptive magma storage conditions. Fifteen experiments were conducted under water-saturated conditions, with oxygen fugacity equal to the Ni-NiO oxygen buffer, at temperatures between 775 and 1100 °C and pressures between 50 and 200 MPa. Simultaneous amphibole and plagioclase crystallization is reproduced at ≤ 850 °C and ≥ 200 MPa. The simultaneous crystallization temperature range of the plagioclase-clinopyroxene-orthopyroxene-Fe-Ti oxide assemblage increases with decreasing pressure, from 840 to 940 °C at 150 MPa to 940-1020 °C at 50 MPa. Melt inclusion compositions in plagioclase phenocrysts and matrix glass match experimental melt compositions reproduced at 50-100 MPa and ≤ 50 MPa, respectively. Presence of the silica phase in groundmass and mature amphibole breakdown rims suggests that magma has been stored at ca. 3 km depth prior to the final ascent for at least 40 days. Syn-eruptive ascent led to decompression-driven crystallization, which caused a temperature increase from 850-900 °C to 950-1000 °C.

  4. FUN with PANURGE - High mass resolution ion microprobe measurements of Mg in Allende inclusions. [meteoritic composition isotope analysis

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    Huneke, J. C.; Armstrong, J. T.; Wassserburg, G. J.

    1983-01-01

    Isotopic ratios have been determined, at a precision level approaching that of counting statistics using beam switching, by employing PANURGE, a modified CAMECA IMS3F ion microprobe at a mass resolving power of 5000. This technique is used to determine the isotopic composition of Mg and Si and the atomic ratio of Al/Mg in minerals from the Allende inclusion WA and the Allende FUN inclusion C1. Results show enrichment in Mg-26 of up to 260 percent. Results of Mg and Al/Mg measurements on cogenetic spinel inclusion and host plagiclase crystals show Mg-Al isochrons in excellent agreement with precise mineral isochrons determined by thermal emission mass spectrometry. The measurements are found to confirm the presence of substantial excess Mg-26 in WA and its near absence in C1. Data is obtained which indicates a metamorphic reequilibrium of Mg in Allende plagioclase at least 0.6 my after WA formation. Ion probe measurements are obtained which confirm that the Mg composition in Allende C1 is highly fractionated and is uniform among pyroxene, melilite, plagioclase, spinel crystals, and spinel included in melilite and plagioclase crystals.

  5. An exsolution silica-pump model for the origin of myrmekite

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    Castle, R.O.; Lindsley, D.H.

    1993-01-01

    Myrmekite, as defined here, is the microscopic intergrowth between vermicular quartz and modestly anorthitic plagioclase (calcic albite-oligoclase), intimately associated with potassium feldspar in plutonic rocks of granitic composition. Hypotheses previously invoked in explanation of myrmekite include: (1) direct crystallization; (2) replacement; (3) exsolution. The occurrence of myrmekite in paragneisses and its absence in rocks devold of discrete grains of potassium feldspar challenge those hypotheses based on direct crystallization or replacement. However, several lines of evidence indicate that myrmekite may in fact originate in response to kinetic effects associated with the exsolution of calcic alkali feldspar into discrete potassium feldspar and plagioclase phases. Exsolution of potassium feldspar system projected from [AlSi2O8] involves the exchange CaAlK-1Si-1, in which the AlSi-1 tetrahedral couple is resistant to intracrystalline diffusion. By contrast, diffusion of octahedral K proceeds relatively easily where it remains uncoupled to the tetrahedral exchange. We suggest here that where the ternary feldspar system is open to excess silica, the exchange reaction that produces potassium feldspar in the ternary plane is aided by the net-transfer reaction K+Si=Orthoclase, leaving behind indigenous Si that reports as modal quartz in the evolving plagioclase as the CaAl component is concomitantly incorporated in this same phase. Thus silica is "pumped" into the reaction volume from a "silica reservoir", a process that enhances redistribution of both Si and Al through the exsolving ternary feldspar. ?? 1993 Springer-Verlag.

  6. Variable mineral composition of metamorphic rocks from a single quarry compared to their ASR potential (Bohemian Massif, Czech Republic)

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    Stastna, Aneta; Sachlova, Sarka; Pertold, Zdenek; Nekvasilova, Zuzana; Prikryl, Richard

    2013-04-01

    The alkali-silica reaction (ASR) is one of the most damaging factors for concrete structures. ASR originates due to the presence of reactive silica (SiO2) that reacts with alkaline ions under wet conditions. The reaction mechanism consists of four different steps: initial attack of OH- compounds on SiO2 at aggregate-cement paste boundary; formation of silanol groups at SiO2 surface; formation of siloxane groups and their polymerization; adsorption of alkaline and Ca2+ ions and formation of alkali-silica gels. Alkali-silica gels tend to absorb water molecules and swell causing increasing internal pressures in concrete and microcracking. The most reactive aggregates are mainly composed of amorphous and/or fine-grained SiO2-rich phases. In the Czech Republic, ASR was observed in deteriorating concrete structures containing very fine-grained quartz (quartz in tuffaceous sandstones and greywackes), as well as quartz indicating variable degree of deformation (quartz in quartzite, granodiorite and various metamorphic rock types). In this study, mineralogical-petrographic methods (polarizing, electron and cathodoluminescence microscopy) were combined with the accelerated mortar bar test (following the standard ASTM C1260), with the aim to quantify the ASR potential, as well as to distinguish reactive mineral phases. Different aggregate varieties from the Těchobuz quarry (Moldanubian Zone, Czech Republic) have been compared. Mineralogical-petrographic characteristics permit a distinction between 1) medium-grained plagioclase quartzite and 2) fine-grained biotite-plagioclase-quartz paragneiss and 3) fine-grained calc-silicate rock. Mineralogical composition of the first type is quartz + Ca-plagioclase + K-feldspar + biotite + chlorite + diopside + pyrite + apatite + titanite ± calcite. The second type has mineral assemblage including quartz + Ca-plagioclase + K-feldspar + biotite + chlorite + pyrite + tourmaline + apatite + titanite ± calcite. The third type contains

  7. Constraints on the Depth of Generation and Emplacement of Magma in the Coast Plutonic Complex, British Columbia, From Magmatic Epidote Textures

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    Hamblock, J. M.; Andronicos, C. L.

    2007-12-01

    We have examined magmatic epidote-bearing plutons in the Coast Plutonic Complex to understand the depth at which they were generated and emplaced. Mt. Gamsby, located east of the Coast shear zone between Kitimat and Bella Coola, British Columbia, contains a magmatic epidote-bearing tonalite-quartz diorite pluton. This pluton had a crystallization sequence of pyroxene, amphibole, epidote, plagioclase, and biotite. The lack of garnet is consistent with trace element data, which indicate that garnet was not present in the source region and, therefore, that the magma was sourced at pressures less than ca. 1.4 GPa. Epidote inclusions in plagioclase constrain the pressure during early crystallization of the epidote to greater than 1 GPa. P-T estimates from the pluton and surrounding country rock suggest that the magma migrated to shallower levels and was emplaced at depths of ca. 0.8-1.0 GPa. Magmatic epidote also occurs in the Ecstall, Butedale, and Captain Cove plutons west of the Coast shear zone south of Prince Rupert. In the Captain Cove pluton, textures show that plagioclase crystallized before epidote, and pluton crystallization pressures are estimated to be 0.65-0.75 GPa. These data are consistent with experimental work that indicates that the crystallization of plagioclase before epidote occurs at a lower pressure than epidote before plagioclase. The magmatic epidote in the Ecstall and Butedale plutons commonly occurs as large vermicular grains intergrown with quartzofeldspathic minerals. We interpret this texture to indicate late crystallization of epidote, consistent with prior studies. Pressure estimates for the Ecstall pluton are between ca. 0.5 and 0.8 GPa and vary along strike. The pressure of emplacement of the Butedale pluton is not well constrained, but Al-in-hornblende pressures of 0.6 and 0.8 GPa have been obtained from a portion of the pluton. The pressures in the Butedale and Ecstall plutons are lower than pressures at Mt. Gamsby, which shows early

  8. Large-scale magmatic layering in the Main Zone of the Bushveld Complex and episodic downward magma infiltration

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    Hayes, Ben; Ashwal, Lewis D.; Webb, Susan J.; Bybee, Grant M.

    2017-03-01

    The Bellevue drillcore intersects 3 km of Main and Upper Zone cumulates in the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex. Main Zone cumulates are predominately gabbronorites, with localized layers of pyroxenite and anorthosite. Some previous workers, using bulk rock major, trace and isotopic compositions, have suggested that the Main Zone crystallized predominantly from a single pulse of magma. However, density measurements throughout the Bellevue drillcore reveal intervals that show up-section increases in bulk rock density, which are difficult to explain by crystallization from a single batch of magma. Wavelet analysis of the density data suggests that these intervals occur on length-scales of 40 to 170 m, thus defining a scale of layering not previously described in the Bushveld Complex. Upward increases in density in the Main Zone correspond to upward increases in modal pyroxene, producing intervals that grade from a basal anorthosite (with 5% pyroxene) to gabbronorite (with 30-40% pyroxene). We examined the textures and mineral compositions of a 40 m thick interval showing upwardly increasing density to establish how this type of layering formed. Plagioclase generally forms euhedral laths, while orthopyroxene is interstitial in texture and commonly envelops finer-grained and embayed plagioclase grains. Minor interstitial clinopyroxene was the final phase to crystallize from the magma. Plagioclase compositions show negligible change up-section (average An62), with local reverse zoning at the rims of cumulus laths (average increase of 2 mol%). In contrast, interstitial orthopyroxene compositions become more primitive up-section, from Mg# 57 to Mg# 63. Clinopyroxene similarly shows an up-section increase in Mg#. Pyroxene compositions record the primary magmatic signature of the melt at the time of crystallization and are not an artefact of the trapped liquid shift effect. Combined, the textures and decoupled mineral compositions indicate that the upward density

  9. Water-saturated phase-equilibrium experiments on rhyolite and dacite obsidians: the effect of variable melt water concentration on the composition of phenocrysts

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    Waters, L.; Lange, R. A.; Andrews, B. J.

    2012-12-01

    Results of water-saturated phase equilibrium experiments on three obsidians ranging in composition from dacite to rhyolite (67-74 wt% SiO2) are presented and demonstrate the effect of changing melt water concentrations on the composition of plagioclase and orthopyroxene phenocrysts. Experiments were conducted in a cold-seal Ni-rich pressure vessel (Waspaloy) with Ni filler rod, so that experiments were buffered at ΔNNO +1 (± 0.5) (Gershwind & Rutherford, 1992) and pressurized with H2O (where Ptotal= PH2O). Temperatures ranged from 750-900°C and pressures ranged from 100-300 MPa. Prior to the experiments, detailed petrologic studies were first conducted on the three obsidian samples, which are from Cascade and Mexican arcs. Overall phenocryst abundances in all three samples are low (<2.3%), with little to no microlite crystallization. Despite low phenocryst abundances, the obsidians are saturated in five to seven mineral phases: plagioclase + orthopyroxene + ilmenite + magnetite + apatite ± clinopyroxene ± biotite. Eruptive temperatures (±1σ), on the basis of Fe-Ti two oxide thermometry (Ghiorso & Evans, 2008), range from 760 ± 18°C to 943 ± 20°C; corresponding ΔNNO values (±1σ) range from -0.9 ± 0.1 and 0.7 ± 0.1. Plagioclase compositions span a wide range in each sample (e.g., 9-40 and 30-54 mol% An), despite low phenocryst abundances. Orthopyroxene compositions also span a wide range (≤ 15 mol% En), which correspond to Fe-MgKD(opx-liq) values that range from 0.18-0.46. Given the low crystallinity, absence of evidence for mixing of magmas, and no apparent change in oxygen fugacity recorded by iron oxides, the progressive loss of water from a melt, through degassing during rapid magma ascent, is a plausible hypothesis to explain the observed variation in phenocryst compositions. This hypothesis is evaluated with the run products from the water-saturated phase equilibrium experiments on the three obsidian samples. The experimental results indicate

  10. Chemical weathering rates in deep-sea sediments: Comparison of multicomponent reactive transport models and estimates based on 234U

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    Maher, K.; Steefel, C. I.; Depaolo, D. J.

    2004-12-01

    Chemical weathering rates in natural systems are typically much slower than expected based on experiments and theory. There are several possible explanations. However, because it has been difficult to determine what effects in particular reduce the rates in specific settings, natural rates remain difficult to predict. Silicate-rich deep-sea sediments provide an ideal in-situ laboratory for investigating weathering rates because certain potentially important factors, such as advective transport through heterogeneous media, limitations on the availability of reactive surface area due to low porosity and/or cementation, unsaturated flow conditions, and seasonal variations in fluid flux and temperature, do not occur in this setting. Geochemical profiles from Site 984 in the North Atlantic are modeled using a multi-component reactive transport model (CRUNCH) to determine in-situ rates of plagioclase dissolution and other diagenetic processes, including sulfate reduction and anaerobic methane oxidation. Various possible processes which might contribute to slower rates in the field are considered, including the effect of mineral saturation state, secondary precipitation of clays, inhibition by dissolved aluminum, and the availability of reactive surface area. The reactive transport model includes an isotopic solid-solution formulation that tracks the isotopic composition of precipitating (calcite) and dissolving (plagioclase and calcite) phases, thus allowing the determination of plagioclase dissolution rates. The rate constants for plagioclase determined by geochemical transport modeling of major element profiles are within the same range determined from U-series calculations and suggest that natural weathering rates for this system are on the order of 10-17.5 to 10-17.7 mol/m2/sec assuming estimates of reactive surface area are correct, several orders of magnitude slower than laboratory-derived rates. The slow plagioclase rates are most likely due to the fact that

  11. Deep versus shallow melt stagnation in an ultra-slow / ultra-cold ridge segment: the Andrew Bain southern RTI (SWIR)

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    Paganelli, E.; Brunelli, D.; Seyler, M.; Bonatti, E.; Cipriani, A.; Ligi, M.

    2011-12-01

    The Andrew Bain Fracture Zone (ABFZ) represents one of the largest transform faults in the ridge system spanning 750 km in length with a characteristic lens-shape structure. The southern Ridge-Transform Intersection represents the deepest sector of the whole South West Indian Ridge system. During the Italian-Russian expedition S23-AB06, the seafloor in the Southern Ridge Transform Intersection (RTI) has been sampled recovering only ultramafic material in the majority of the dredging sites. The sampled spinel and plagioclase peridotites show hybrid textures, characterized either by deep spinel-field impregnation assemblages (sp+cpx±opx±ol) or by plagioclase-field equilibrated patches and mineral trails (pl+cpx±ol) marked by both crystallization of newly formed plagioclase-field equilibrated trails and formation of plagioclase coronas around spinel. The ones collected from ridge axis show also late gabbroic pockets and veins, variably enriched in clinopyroxene. Overall textures account for important melt percolation/stagnation events occurred in the plagioclase and spinel field. Major and trace element distribution in pyroxenes and spinels from spinel-bearing peridotites overall follow a general melting trend accompanied by a progressive re-equilibration to lower P/T facies at all scales. However, only few samples can be linked to near fractional melting, while the majority of them shows REE pattern and trace element concentrations that cannot be reproduced by fractional melting process. Open-system melting (OSM) better reproduces measured REE patterns. Modeling melting in an open system scenario requires high residual porosity to be accounted for along with generally enriched melts to influx the melting parcel at depth. Melting at high residual porosity suggests a near-batch regime in which enriched melts stagnate in the spinel field. Inhibition of melt segregation during melt/rock interaction asks for a permeability barrier to develop in the region where the

  12. Pliocene to late Pleistocene magmatism in the Aurora Volcanic Field, Nevada and California, USA

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    Kingdon, S.; Cousens, B.; John, D. A.; du Bray, E. A.

    2013-12-01

    The 3.9- 0.1 Ma Aurora Volcanic Field (AVF) covers 325 km2 east and southeast of the Bodie Hills, north of Mono Lake, California, USA. The AVF is located immediately northwest of the Long Valley magmatic system and adjacent and overlapping the Miocene Bodie Hills Volcanic Field (BHVF). Rock types range from trachybasalt to trachydacite, and high-silica rhyolite. The trachybasalts to trachydacites are weakly to moderately porphyritic (1-30%) with variable phenocryst assemblages that are some combination of plagioclase, hornblende, clinopyroxene, and lesser orthopyroxene, olivine, and/or biotite. Microphenocrysts are dominated by plagioclase, and include opaque oxides, clinopyroxene, and apatite. These rocks are weakly to strongly devitrified. The high-silica rhyolites are sparsely porphyritic with trace to 10% phenocrysts of quartz, sanidine, plagioclase, biotite, (+/- hornblende), accessory opaque oxide minerals, titanite, allanite, (+/-apatite, zircon), and have glassy groundmasses. Rocks in the AVF are less strongly porphyritic than those of BHVF. Plagioclase phenocrysts are often oscillatory zoned and many have sieve texture. Amphiboles have distinct black opaque rims. Xenocrystic quartz and plagioclase are rare. AVF lavas have bimodal SiO2 compositions, ranging from 49 to 78 wt%, with a gap between 65 and 75 wt%. They are high-K calc-alkaline to shoshonitic in composition, and are metaluminous to weakly peraluminous. They are enriched in rare earth elements (REE), especially light REEs, compared to the Miocene BHVF rocks. Primordial mantle-normalized incompatible element patterns show arc- or subduction-related signatures, with enrichment in Ba and Pb, and depletion in Nb and Ta. Enrichment in K and Sr and depletion in Ti are less pronounced than in the BHVF rocks. There is no correlation between lead isotope ratios and silica (initial 206Pb/204Pb ratios range from 18.974 to 19.151). Neodymium isotope ratios show a moderate negative correlation with silica

  13. Mineral Chemistry of Silicate Phases From the Summit Creek Stock, Southeastern British Columbia: Evidence for Associated "Xenolith" Origin and Dyke Emplacement

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    Morrison, C. A.; Owen, J. P.

    2009-05-01

    The Summit Creek stock is a Mid-Cretaceous aged granitic intrusion that is located within the Cordilleran Omineca belt in the southeastern corner of British Columbia. Included within the stock are numerous xenoliths of intermediate composition that range in size from 5cm to 2m, as well as a prominent 1m-wide mafic dyke. According to the QAP diagram, the stock is classified as a muscovite-biotite monzogranite, with a typical sample containing 35% quartz, 25% plagioclase, 30% K-feldspar, 7% biotite, 2% muscovite, and 1% accessory phases. Minor accessory phases identified in this study include pyrite, molybdenite, apatite, magnetite, ilmenite, monazite, and zircon. Samples collected from the stock proper are predominantly equigranular; however the xenoliths are porphyritic and contain phenocrysts of both quartz and plagioclase, as well as glomerophyric aggregates of biotite. New investigation into the mineral chemistry of the stock, xenoliths, and dyke indicates that the xenoliths have a strong geochemical similarity to the main body of the stock. Plagioclase feldspar compositions from the xenolith overlap with those from the stock, and REE abundances in the stock and the xenoliths are indistinguishable (LREE 100x chondrite; HREE 10x chondrite). In thin section, the boundary between the xenoliths and the stock is very irregular, and protruding grains of plagioclase and biotite can be found piercing into both the granitic host, as well as into the xenolith itself. This evidence suggests that these inclusions are better termed autoliths rather than xenoliths, as it appears that they are derivatives of the same parent magma as the main stock. The mafic dyke differs in both mineralogy and geochemistry from the stock, and is characterized by low SiO2 content (48.98 wt.%), high REE abundances (30-40x chondrite), presence of rare euhedral hornblende, and greater variation in mineral chemistry. Samples from the dyke contain plagioclase with cores ranging from bytownite to

  14. Quantifying elemental compositions of primary minerals from granitic rocks and saprolite within the Santa Catalina Mountain Critical Zone Observatory

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    Lybrand, R. A.; Rasmussen, C.

    2011-12-01

    Granitic terrain comprises a significant area of the earth's land surface (>15%). Quantifying weathering processes involved in the transformation of granitic rock to saprolite and soil is central to understanding landscape evolution in these systems. The quantification of primary mineral composition is important for assessing subsequent mineral transformations and soil production. This study focuses on coupling detailed analysis of primary mineral composition to soil development across an array of field sites sampled from the Santa Catalina Mountain Critical Zone observatory (SCM-CZO) environmental gradient. The gradient spans substantial climate-driven shifts in vegetation, ranging from desert scrub to mixed conifer forests. The parent material is a combination of Precambrian and Tertiary aged granites and quartz diorite. Primary mineral type and composition are known to vary among the various aged granitic materials and this variability is hypothesized to manifest as significant variation in regolith forming processes across the SCM-CZO. To address this variability, the mineral composition and mineral formulae of rock and saprolite samples were determined by electron microprobe chemical analyses. The rocks were pre-dominantly quartz, biotite, muscovite, orthoclase and calcium/sodium-rich plagioclase feldspars. Trace minerals observed in the samples included sphene, rutile, zircon, garnet, ilmenite, and apatite. Mineral formulae from electron microprobe analyses were combined with quantitative x-ray diffraction (QXRD) and x-ray fluorescence (XRF) data to quantify both primary and secondary mineralogical components in soil profiles from each of the field sites. Further, electron microprobe analyses of <2mm mixed conifer saprolite revealed weathered plagioclase grains coated with clay-sized particles enriched in silica and aluminum (~25% and 15%, respectively), suggesting kaolin as the secondary phase. The coatings were interspersed within each plagioclase grain, a

  15. Pre-Eruptive Changes in Physical Conduit Dynamics Recorded in the Final Stage of Phenocryst Growth

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    Genareau, K.; Clarke, A.; Hervig, R.

    2006-12-01

    Physical changes within a volcanic conduit prior to eruption will affect the processes that immediately follow, including the explosivity and/or duration of the eruptive event. These physical changes, which may include pressurization and heating, will be recorded in crystals that continue to grow as a result of cooling or decompression-induced undercooling in the shallow subsurface. Anorthite (An) values of plagioclase feldspar will vary as a result of pressure or temperature changes, as shown through petrologic experiments on H2O-saturated magmas. Potassium, an incompatible element in plagioclase, may vary in abundance as a result of temperature changes in the magma. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) in depth-profiling mode has revealed late-stage changes in the An content of plagioclase phenocrysts that correlate with eruptive style. Plagioclase phenocrysts were extracted from explosive (pumice flows) and effusive (block-and-ash flows) eruptive deposits at Soufrière Hills Volcano (SHV), Montserrat. Crystals from both clast and matrix material were sputtered with an O2+ primary ion beam to a total depth of 18-25 microns. Effusive crystals display very gradual changes in An, with no abrupt variations observed in most of the samples. However, some effusive samples show An increases of 10-20% in the final micron of growth, but do not display a corresponding increase in K. In the effusive crystals, K is ~1000 ppm, but may deviate to slightly higher values when An contents decrease. Explosive crystals show more dramatic An changes 10-20 microns into the crystal surface, but never exhibit the abrupt change in the final micron of growth as observed in some effusive samples. Increased An often (but not always) correlates with increased K concentrations. Optical examination of the depth-profiled crystals reveals that regions of rising An content and stable K values are apparently free of glass and mineral inclusions. Regions with lower An and higher K values appear

  16. Melt segregation evidence from a young pluton, Takidani Granodiorite (Japan)

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    Hartung, Eva; Caricchi, Luca; Floess, David; Wallis, Simon; Harayama, Satoru; Chiaradia, Massimo; Kouzmanov, Kalin

    2016-04-01

    We are presenting new petrological data from one of the youngest exposed plutons in the world, the Takidani Granodiorite (Japan), which has been suggested as a source for large volume ignimbrites (> 300km3). Takidani Granodiorite (1.54 Ma ± 0.23 Ma) is located within the active Norikura Volcanic Chain in the Northen Japan Alps and has been previously linked to large andesitic (1.76 Ma ± 0.17 Ma) and rhyolitic eruptions (1.75 Ma ± 0.17 Ma). The pluton is vertically zoned and consists of granites (67 to 68 wt.% SiO2) in the lower section, granodiorites (65 to 66 wt.% SiO2) in the middle section, a chemically more evolved fine-grained porphyritic unit (67 to 71 wt.% SiO2) near the roof and a marginal granodiorite at the roof (67 to 68 wt.% SiO2). The porphyritic texture of the more evolved unit near the roof indicates rapid crystallisation, which could be the result of the late intrusion of this unit at the roof of the magmatic system. However, no sharp contact is found between the underlying granodiorite and the porphyritic unit. Instead, a gradual change in rock fabric, whole-rock chemistry and mineralogy is observed suggesting that melt was extracted from the granodiorite. Electron microprobe analyses of plagioclases show three main crystal populations (Type I, II and III) with distinct anorthite and Fe contents. Type I plagioclase (An30-40) occurs dominantly within the marginal granodiorite at the roof. Type II plagioclase (An40-45) are common in the granodiorite and porphyritic unit. Type III plagioclase (An45-50) is predominantly present in the granite. All plagioclase populations share a common sodic rim (An22) across the different units. Takidani Granodiorite rocks are compared to crystallisation experiments from similar magmatic suites. Emplacement conditions of the Takidani Granodiorite are obtained from the latter as well as barometry, thermometry and hygrometry indicating that magmas were ultimately emplaced at around 200 MPa, 850° C to 875° C and

  17. The axial melt lens as a processor of evolved melts at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges

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    Loocke, M. P.; Lissenberg, J. C. J.; MacLeod, C. J.

    2015-12-01

    The axial melt lens is a steady-state, generally magma-rich body located at the dyke-gabbro transition at mid-crustal levels beneath intermediate- and fast-spreading ridges. It is widely believed to be the reservoir from which mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) erupts. Using a remotely-operated vehicle, cruise JC21 to the Hess Deep Rift recovered the first comprehensive sample suite of the uppermost plutonics from a fast-spreading ridge. We present the results of a detailed microanalytical investigation of 23 samples (8 dolerites, 14 gabbronorites, and 1 gabbro) recovered by ROV dive 78 from a section traversing the transition from the uppermost gabbros into the sheeted dykes. With the exception of a single olivine-bearing sample (78R-6), dive 78 is dominated by evolved, varitextured (both in hand sample and thin section) oxide gabbronorites. Full thin section quantitative element maps were acquired on serial thin sections from each sample using the analytical scanning electron microscope in the at Cardiff University. The resulting maps were post-processed in MatlabTM to determine the full distribution of plagioclase compositions across entire thin sections (typically 500,000 analyses per sample); an approach we term 'quantitative assessment of compositional distribution' (QACD). By so doing we are able to conduct the first fully rigorous assessment of gabbro compositions, and, by extension, melt compositions present at this level beneath the ridge axis. Critically, we only found 2 grains of high-An plagioclase (An>80) in all of the samples (N = 51). These occur as cores within a sample dominated by lower-An plagioclase. Instead, the vast majority (75%) of plagioclase within the samples have compositions of An65 or lower; compositions too evolved to be in equilibrium with MORB. The most primitive sample, 78R-6, is an olivine-bearing gabbronorite with Fo67 olivine, and plagioclase ranging from An52-77 (median An = 65). These data are difficult to reconcile with models in

  18. Pre-eruptive and syn-eruptive conditions in the Black Butte, California dacite: Insight into crystallization kinetics in a silicic magma system

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    McCanta, Molly C.; Rutherford, Malcolm J.; Hammer, Julia E.

    2007-02-01

    A series of experiments and petrographic analyses have been run to determine the pre-eruption phase equilibria and ascent dynamics of dacitic lavas composing Black Butte, a dome complex on the flank of Mount Shasta, California. Major and trace element analyses indicate that the Black Butte magma shared a common parent with contemporaneously erupted magmas at the Shasta summit. The Black Butte lava phenocryst phase assemblage (20 v.%) consists of amphibole, plagioclase (core An 77.5), and Fe-Ti oxides in a fine-grained (< 0.5 mm) groundmass of plagioclase, pyroxene, Fe-Ti oxides, amphibole, and cristobalite. The phenocryst assemblage and crystal compositions are reproduced experimentally between 890 °C and 910 °C, ≥ 300 MPa, XH2O = 1, and oxygen fugacity = NNO + 1. This study has quantified the extent of three crystallization processes occurring in the Black Butte dacite that can be used to discern ascent processes. Magma ascent rate was quantified using the widths of amphibole breakdown rims in natural samples, using an experimental calibration of rim development in a similar magma at relevant conditions. The majority of rims are 34 ± 10 μm thick, suggesting a time-integrated magma ascent rate of 0.004-0.006 m/s among all four dome lobes. This is comparable to values for effusive samples from the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption and slightly faster than those estimated at Montserrat. A gap between the compositions of plagioclase phenocryst cores and microlites suggests that while phenocryst growth was continuous throughout ascent, microlite formation did not occur until significantly into ascent. The duration of crystallization is estimated using the magma reservoir depth and ascent rate, as determined from phase equilibria and amphibole rim widths, respectively. Textural analysis of the natural plagioclase crystals yields maximum growth rates of plagioclase phenocryst rims and groundmass microlites of 8.7 × 10 - 8 and 2.5 × 10 - 8 mm/s, respectively. These

  19. Metamorphic evolution of Fe-rich mafic cumulates from the Ötztal-Stubai Crystalline Basement, Eastern Alps, Austria

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    Konzett, J.; Armstrong, R. A.; Miller, C.; Thöni, M.

    2003-04-01

    Within the Austroalpine Ötztal-Stubai Crystalline Basement (ÖSCB), lenses of mafic rocks intercalated with eclogites are present containing an assemblage of olivine (Fo0.79-0.86) + orthopyroxene + spinel + amphibole ± garnet ± clinopyroxene. They are interpreted as olivine-rich cumulates generated from a differentiated Fe-rich tholeiitic magma. These rocks contain layers with an assemblage garnet + clinopyroxene + corundum + högbomite + Ti-phases. U-Pb SHRIMP dating of zircons from a garnet layer yields a concordant age population of 517 ± 7 Ma. Subsequent Pb-loss/rejuvenation is indicated by younger ages extending to 376 ± 6 Ma. The age derived from the concordant age group is in good agreement with a Sm-Nd age of 530--521 Ma for gabbroic eclogite precursor rocks from the ÖSCB which suggests a genetic relation between the MORB-type plagioclase-rich eclogite precursors and the plagioclase-free olivine-rich mafic cumulates of the present study. Garnet layers are thought to have formed through a reaction spinel + plagioclase = garnet + corundum + clinopyroxene from plagioclase-spinel-rich layers within the olivine-rich rock body during Hercynian metamorphism. This would be consistent with positive Eu-anomalies in garnet and clinopyroxene. Peak metamorphic conditions derived from eclogites intercalated with the mafic cumulates are 730^oC/ca. 27 kbar. Al-in-opx thermometry applied to orthopyroxenes from olivine-rich cumulates yields 800--830^oC which is thought to record the T-peak of the Hercynian metamorphic event. PT-conditions of the garnet peridotite stability field are indicated in the olivine-rich cumulates by garnet coronas around spinel and newly formed olivine indicative of a reaction spinel + clinopyroxene + orthopyroxene = garnet + olivine. Corona-garnets are significantly less calcic than layer-garnets, again suggesting the formation of the garnet layers from a Ca-rich precursor, such as plagioclase. Retrogressive hydration led to the formation of

  20. P-T evolution of the garnet-amphibolites from the Quanji Massif: Amalgamation of the continental blocks in NW China and Links to assembly of the Columbia supercontinent

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    Chen, N.; Mustafa, H. A.; Li, X.; Xia, B.; Wang, Q.; Sun, M.

    2014-12-01

    The garnet-bearing amphibolites from the eastern Quanji Massif, NW China had documented five-stage mineral growth, preserves important records of late Paleoproterozoic metamorphic processes and provide insights into the assembly history of the Quanji Massif with the Tarim Craton and other unknown continental blocks. The stage M1 is presented by assemblage of plagioclase + quartz + hornblende + porphyroblastic garnet core + rutile. P-T conditions for this stage cannot be quantitatively estimated. The stage M2 is represented by the porphyroblastic garnet rim with the matrix quartz, plagioclase, pyroxene, amphibole, rutile and ilmenite. P-T conditions for this stage are estimated to be 1.0-1.2 GPa and 700-750 °C. The stage M3 is shown by symplectitic coronas of hornblende + plagioclase ± ilmenite around the embayed M2 porphyroblastic garnets and yields P-T conditions of 0.6-0.7 GPa and 600-650 °C. The stage M4 is represented by small garnet rings immediately growing on the embayed M2 garnet or around the M2 pyroxene and hornblende, or by assemblage of fine-grain garnet + hornblende + sodium plagioclase growing from the M3 intergrowth of hornblende + Calcium plagioclase. The stage M5 is represented by albite, chlorite, epidote and actinolite growing in greenschist-facies conditions reasonably of 400-500 °C at relatively lower pressures. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating on the metamorphic zircon indicates that the M2 garnet porphyroblast and related assemblage and the M3 coronas grew at ca. 1.95 Ga; the M4 garnet growth occurred at ca. 1.82 Ga with reference to regional geochronological data. Both M2 and M4 garnets and related assemblages are indicative of medium P/T-type metamorphism. Qualitative and quantitative P-T estimates for stages M1, M2 and M3 define a clockwise P-T path. The resulting data suggest two late Paleoproterozoic collisional metamorphic events with important implication for amalgamation of the Quanji Massif with unknown continental blocks in NW China and

  1. The Geology and Petrography of Yücebelen and Surrounding Area, Torul-Gümüşhane

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    Doǧacan, Özcan; Özpınar, Yahya

    2013-04-01

    The study area is located in the tectono-stratigraphic zone named "Eastern Pontide Zone" from the northeastern part of Turkey. Eastern Pontides were formed by the subduction of Tethys Ocean under the Eurasian plate, during the Early Cretaceous - Late Eocene. Eastern Pontide orogenic zone can be divided in two tectono-stratigraphic subgroups as the northern and southern zones. The study area is located very close to border of these two subgroups but located in northern zone. In this project, the first geological map of the study area at the scale 1:5000 was made. Subsequently, detailed geological maps at the scale 1:2000 were made for the areas rich in ores. In the study area, Upper Cretaceous volcanic rocks consisting of basalts and basaltic andesites take place at the bottom of the rock sequence. Basalts and basaltic andesites with hyaloophitic, vitrophiric and microporphyric texture comprise plagioclase +pyroxene +chlorite +calcite ±epidote ±chalcedony ±opaque minerals. They are overlain by concordant pyroclastic and dacitic-rhyodacitic rocks. Quarts + K-feldispar ±plagioclase? ±biotite ±chlorite ±calcite ±chalcedony minerals are determined as a result of microscope investigation on samples taken from these rocks. These rocks are overlain by sedimentary rocks intercalated with pyroclastic rocks. All those units mentioned above, were intruded by granitoids of supposed Upper Cretaceous-Eocene age. Granitoids that crop out in the area were classified in terms of Q-ANOR parameters as granodiorites (Adile Hamlet occurrence - investigated in detail), diorites (Tuzlak Hill occurrence- eastern-part of study area) and quartz monzodiorites (İstavroma Hill occurrence- northern part of study area). Adile Hamlet granodiorites comprise plagioclase +pyroxene +chlorite +calcite ±quarts ±epidote +opaque minerals. A sequence of quarts +orthoclase +