Journal article

COMPOSITIONAL EVOLUTION OF HIGH-TEMPERATURE SHEARED IHERZOLITE PHN-1611

D SMITH, WL GRIFFIN, CG RYAN

GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1993

Abstract

The evolution of "fertile" mantle has been studied by proton microprobe (PIXE) analysis of minerals of a high-temperature sheared xenolith from the Thaba Putsoa kimberlite in Lesotho, southern Africa. Analyzed elements include Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Sr, Y, and Zr. Garnets are homogeneous in Ni and Zn but have rims enriched relative to cores in Zr and Y. Compositions of olivine neoblasts define intergranular gradients of Fe, Zn, and Ni; Fe-rich olivine is relatively Zn-rich but Ni-poor. Although individual clinopyroxene grains are nearly homogeneous, clinopyroxene associated with Fe-rich olivine is relatively Fe- and Zn-rich but Sr- and Cr-poor. The trace-element abundances and compositional gradien..

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