A Statistical Study of Specific Petrochemical Features of Some Spilitic Rock Series

  • W. Narebski
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Part of the International Union of Geological Sciences book series (2817, volume 4)

Abstract

The paper presents a statistical examination of sets of chemical analyses of six spilitic rock series of different geographic position and age. It is shown that the frequency distribution patterns of the major elements generally correspond with normality, while most trace elements display the lognormal distribution pattern. All spilitic associations under examination differ in petrochemical features from other related rock series, representing statistically specific populations. Nevertheless, the obtained statistical data strongly suggest various origins of individual spilitic rock series. Thus the writer fully supports the opinion of the polygenesis of spilites, i.e., that they may be the products of magmatic, metasomatic and metamorphic processes. Basing on a quantitative analysis of the spilite reaction, a new reaction scheme is proposed, applicable to interpreting the origin of secondary varieties of these rocks. It is also suggested to restrict the term “spilite” to initial volcanites exhibiting specific chemical, mineral and textural features.

Keywords

Titanium Zircon Covariance Manganese Uranium 

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