Measured homogenization T of fluid inclusions in fluorite and sphalerite may be higher than the true homogenization T of samples that have been previously heated in the laboratory or naturally in post-entrapment events. As T and with it internal P is increased, the resulting volume increase may become inelastic. If the volume increase exceeds the precision of T measurement, the inclusion is said to have stretched. More than 1300 measurements on fluid inclusions in fluorite and sphalerite indicate that stretching is systematically related to P-V-T-X properties of the fluid, inclusion size and shape, physical properties of the host mineral, and the confining P. Experimental methods are detailed in an appendix. The mechanism of stretching is probably plastic deformation or - not observed - microfracturing. The systematic relationship between the internal P necessary to initiate stretching and the inclusion volume provides a means of recognizing previously stretched inclusions and estimating the magnitude of post-entrapment thermal events. -G.J.N.
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Systematics of stretching of fluid inclusions I: fluorite and sphalerite at 1 atmosphere confining pressure.