Bulk chemical analyses of petrographic thin sections of rocks of the Samli area, western Turkey

Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
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Petrographic thin sections have been analyzed for their major-element composition using a fusion-dilution technique and measuring the intensity of X-rays by means of the electron microprobe. The balsam-mounted thin sections were removed from the glass slides by soaking them in methylene chloride. The freed sections were mixed with twice their weight of Li2B4O7, and fused at 1100° C. A fragment of the resulting glasslike bead was mounted for probe analysis. Both wavelength and energy-dispersive detector systems were used for quantitative determinations of elements sodium through iron. Because the samples and standards are diluted and fused, powdered rock standards may be used as reference materials. The calibration curves obtained by plotting X-ray intensity versus concentration of the analyte are linear over the concentration ranges used in this work and have an overall range of error of 2 to 8 percent. Although some of the analytical values show excessive scatter for petrographically similar rocks, in general the analyses are acceptable given the sample size and analytical uncertainties. Bulk chemical analyses were made of 18 thin sections, including altered diabase, amphibolite, and calc-silicate hornfels produced by progressive contact metamorphism and associated with metasomatic magnetite deposits in the Samli area, western Turkey. Normative plots indicate that (1) diabase and amphibolite are compositionally related and are similar to average compositions of basalts and orthoamphibolites, and (2) calc-silicate hornfels appears to have been derived in part from amphibolite and in part from crystalline limestone that underlies much of the region.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Bulk chemical analyses of petrographic thin sections of rocks of the Samli area, western Turkey
Series title Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
Volume 4
Issue 5
Year Published 1976
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description 6 p.
First page 569
Last page 574
Country Turkey
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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