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Petrology of Lamproites

  • Roger H. Mitchell
  • Steven C. Bergman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Roger H. Mitchell, Steven C. Bergman
    Pages 1-8
  3. Roger H. Mitchell, Steven C. Bergman
    Pages 9-38
  4. Roger H. Mitchell, Steven C. Bergman
    Pages 39-102
  5. Roger H. Mitchell, Steven C. Bergman
    Pages 103-124
  6. Roger H. Mitchell, Steven C. Bergman
    Pages 125-167
  7. Roger H. Mitchell, Steven C. Bergman
    Pages 169-294
  8. Roger H. Mitchell, Steven C. Bergman
    Pages 295-351
  9. Roger H. Mitchell, Steven C. Bergman
    Pages 371-384
  10. Roger H. Mitchell, Steven C. Bergman
    Pages 385-406
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 407-447

About this book

Introduction

In this book, the first dedicated entirely to the petrology of lamproites and their relationships to other potassium-rich rocks, the objective of the authors is to provide a comprehensive critical review of the occurrence, mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrogenesis of the clan. Although lamproites represent one of the rarest of all rock types, they are both economically and scientifically important and we believe the time is ripe for a review of the advances made in their petrology over the past two decades. Many of these advances stem from the recognition of diamond-bearing lamproites in Western Australia and the reclassification of several anomalous diamond-bearing kim­ berlites as lamproites. Consequently lamproites, previously of interest only to a small number of mineralogists specializing in exotica outside the mainstream of igneous petrol­ ogy, have become prime targets for diamond exploration on a worldwide basis. Contemporaneously with these developments, petrologists realized that lamproites possess isotopic signatures complementary to those of midoceanic ridge basalts, alkali basalts, kimberlites, and other mantle-derived melts. These isotopic studies provided new insights into the long-term development of the mantle by suggesting that the source regions of lamproites were metasomatically enriched in light rare earth and other incompatible elements up to 1-2 Ga prior to the melting events leading to generation of the magma.

Keywords

Petrogenesis chemistry classification exploration formation geochemistry mineral mineralogy petrography petrology plate tectonics remote sensing solid solution water

Authors and affiliations

  • Roger H. Mitchell
    • 1
  • Steven C. Bergman
    • 2
  1. 1.Lakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada
  2. 2.ARCO Oil and Gas CompanyPlanoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-3788-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6688-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-3788-5
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