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The proposal for a publication on anorthosites got here to me in January of 1986 whereas returning to Houston after vacation festivities in Dallas. the unique inspiration was once a overview paper on anorthosites, yet by the point I reached Houston, the subject matter I meditated induding was once evidently too wide for a unmarried paper. The Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Kevin Burke, used to be receptive to the belief of a booklet, 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 may take a few 12 months, 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 publication is far higher an project than will be expected. many folks are conscious of this, and that i used to be duly forewarned. . yet why write a e-book on anorthosites? this can be a first-class query, which i've got thought of from many angles. One motive 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 foundation of anorthosite. There are reliable purposes for learning and writing approximately basalt: it's the such a lot considerable rock sort at the Earth's floor, and can also be abundant at the surfaces of the opposite terrestrial planets.

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50 Na. ~ 90 CaD Na,O Fig. 14. FNC diagrams showing variations of whole-rock compositions of major lithologies for four Archean anorthosite complexes. Data sources given in Fig. 12. Symbols as in Fig. 12 slightly depleted heavy REE, and variable REE abundances, but generally less than lOx chondrites. There is evidence for mobility of REE and other trace elements in anorthositic rocks during low grade alteration and/or metamorphism; these effects are discussed below. More mafic lithologies associated with Archean anorthosite complexes generally have slightly higher REE abundances, but a systematic study of these and the minor ultramafic units present in some complexes such as Fiskenresset or Sittampundi has not yet been carried out.

B Garnet-bearing anorthosites. C Separates of plagioclase and coexisting mafic matrix. Shaded fields represent data of Henderson et al. (1976). Solid symbols represent separates from amphibolite facies samples from Majorqap qava (Ashwal et al. 1988 and unpubl). All other samples have experienced granulite facies conditions. D Comparison of REE patterns in plagioclase separates from granulite vs. greenschist grade Archean anorthosite occurrences. (After Phinney and Morrison 1990) Chemical Composition 41 Several workers have analyzed separates of plagioclase megacrysts and coexisting mafic matrices (Henderson et al.

B Garnet-bearing anorthosites. C Separates of plagioclase and coexisting mafic matrix. Shaded fields represent data of Henderson et al. (1976). Solid symbols represent separates from amphibolite facies samples from Majorqap qava (Ashwal et al. 1988 and unpubl). All other samples have experienced granulite facies conditions. D Comparison of REE patterns in plagioclase separates from granulite vs. greenschist grade Archean anorthosite occurrences. (After Phinney and Morrison 1990) Chemical Composition 41 Several workers have analyzed separates of plagioclase megacrysts and coexisting mafic matrices (Henderson et al.

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