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Structure, Petrography and Emplacement of Plutonic Rocks

  • G. Troll
  • S. Weiss

Abstract

The two-phase Ballachulish pluton is composed of a zoned monzodiorite - quartz diorite envelope with distinct flow- and deformation-foliation, surrounding a core of porphyritic granite with hybrid margins. Mesotype members of this suite are constituted of alkaline hypersthene diorites. This provides an unique opportunity to quantify the magmatic crystallization sequence within a relatively “dry” plutonic environment at upper crustal level, in terms of \( T - X - {f_{{o_2}}} \) evolution (Weiss and Troll, Chap. 4, this Vol.). The present chapter starts with a gross megascopic description of the igneous rocks. Section 3.2 deals with contact relationships, xenoliths and foliation structures, followed by a modal classification of the igneous units (Sect. 3.3.1). A detailed petrography of index minerals, their texture and areal distribution (Sect. 3.3.2) precede the synoptical Sect. 3.4 on magma emplacement and intrusion mechanics.

Keywords

Country Rock Plutonic Rock Alkali Feldspar Quartz Diorite Igneous Complex 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991

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  • G. Troll
  • S. Weiss

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