Sequence of mineral assemblages in differentiated granitic pegmatites.

Economic Geology


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The sequence of mineral assemblages in internally zoned granitic pegmatites recognized by Cameron et al. (1949) is modified here to account for an observed vertical component, especially in feldspar compositions, in addition to the recognized outer contact-to-inner core differentiation process, and the importance of primary lithium minerals other than spodumene, such as petalite. The zonal patterns of 11 well-known granitic pegmatites are consistent with this revised sequence, with additional explanations for the repeated monomineralic zones of quartz or pollucite, etc. The crystallization history of zoned pegmatites is described in general terms, beginning with the magmatic crystallization which produces the outer zones. Aqueous fluid is exsolved continuously from the magma as relatively anhydrous phases precipitate, and plays an important role in the formation of the inner zones; its evolution is thought to be a major cause of pegmatite differentiation.-J.E.S.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Sequence of mineral assemblages in differentiated granitic pegmatites.
Series title Economic Geology
Volume 78
Issue 5
Year Published 1983
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Economic Geology
First page 854
Last page 874