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Hydrothermal alteration of plagioclase in granitic rocks from Proterozoic basement of SE Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Solid Earth Geology.
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2010 (English)In: Geological Journal, ISSN 0072-1050, E-ISSN 1099-1034, Vol. 45, no 1, 105-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Petrographic examinations and electron microprobe analyses of Proterozoic granitic rocks, SE Sweden aimed to characterize and unravel the mechanisms and conditions of plagioclase alterations. These alterations include saussuritization, albitization and replacement of plagioclase by K-feldspar. The hydrothermal alterations, which are inferred to have occurred at ca. 250-400°C, resulted in concomitant formation of Alrich titanite, epidote, calcite, pumpellyite, prehnite and iron oxides. Replacement of plagioclase by K-feldspar occurs in red-stained zones, which have developed close to thin fractures owing to the precipitation of tiny Fe-oxide pigment particles within the altered plagioclase, whereas saussuritized plagioclase has less systematic spatial relationships to these fractures. Albitization of plagioclase occurred in rocks that are poor in biotite compared to rocks that suffered extensive saussuritization. The chemical and textural characterization of various types of plagioclase alterations allows elucidation of the granitic hydrothermal systems. Features of feldspar alteration in the granitic rocks are similar to those encountered in feldspathic sandstones and should hence be considered in studies on diagenetic changes of siliciclastic successions during basin evolution.

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2010. Vol. 45, no 1, 105-116 p.
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Albitization, Granite, Hydrothermal alteration, Saussuritization, Secondary K-feldspar
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Earth Science with specialization in Mineral Chemistry, Petrology and Tectonics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-119813DOI: 10.1002/gj.1178ISI: 000273924800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-119813DiVA: diva2:301018
Available from: 2010-03-02 Created: 2010-03-02 Last updated: 2011-02-28Bibliographically approved

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