By Professor Lewis D. Ashwal (auth.)
The thought for a publication on anorthosites got here to me in January of 1986 whereas returning to Houston after vacation festivities in Dallas. the unique notion was once a assessment paper on anorthosites, yet by the point I reached Houston, the subject matter I reflected induding was once evidently too huge for a unmarried paper. The Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Kevin Burke, used to be receptive to the belief of a ebook, and steered that I touch Peter Wyllie, who serves as Editor of the Springer-Verlag sequence Minerals and Rocks. This attempt, which I initially anticipated could take a few yr, has taken approximately 6. i've got many excuses- indolence, relocating to a different continent, different commitments, etc.-but the fundamental fact is that writing a booklet is far greater an venture than may be expected. many folks are conscious of this, and that i was once duly forewarned. . yet why write a booklet on anorthosites? it is a excellent query, which i've got thought of from many angles. One cause might be expressed when it comes to a comparability among anorthosite and basalt. A first-order figuring out of basalt genesis has been extant for a few years. in contrast, there's little contract in regards to the starting place of anorthosite. There are stable purposes for learning and writing approximately basalt: it's the such a lot ample rock sort at the Earth's floor, and is additionally considerable at the surfaces of the opposite terrestrial planets.
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AFM diagrams showing variation of whole-rock compositions of major lithologies for four Archean anorthosite complexes. Data sources: Bad Vermilion Lake (Ashwal et al. 1983); Messina (Hor et al. , 1979); Fiskenresset (Windley 1969a; Windley et al. 1973; Henderson etal. 1976; Weaver et al. 1981; Myers 1985a); Sittampundi (Subramaniam 1956a; lanardhan and Leake 1975). Symbols ' ~ anorthosite; + ~ leucogabbro; x ~ gabbro;. 3 Chemical Composition 37 Bad Vermilion Lake Messina Complex AI,O, AI/O , w I.
9), but those less calcic than about An75 can be reliably attributed to removal of An component by epidote group minerals and calcite during low grade hydrothermal alteration (Ashwal et al. 1983). Cores of unaltered megacrysts are generally Anso or higher, and probably represent primary compositions. A general statement can be made that preserved megacrysts in most Archean anorthosite occurrences have compositions of An85±5. -----, 60 n 40 BAD VERMILION LAKE ANORTHOSITES PLAGIOCLASE COMPOSITIONS = 564 31 SAMPLES 20 o 100 MOLE % An Fig.
60 n 40 BAD VERMILION LAKE ANORTHOSITES PLAGIOCLASE COMPOSITIONS = 564 31 SAMPLES 20 o 100 MOLE % An Fig. 9. Histogram of plagioclase compositions determined by microprobe for anorthositic rocks of the Bad Vermilion Lake anorthosite complex, Ontario. The large peak at about Anso probably represents primary compositions; more sodic compositions result from low-grade metamorphic effects. (Ashwal et al. 1983) Compositional homogeneity over large distances in individual unaltered megacrysts is the rule rather than the exception.