The first reaction of many who come across this book will be “so what’s a phoscorite?” The name does not spring readily to the lips even of those who study alkaline rocks, whereas others might dismiss it as yet another of those obscure type-locality names for some rare rock-type and of little interest to the general petrological community. Briefly, phoscorite is derived from the name of the Phosphate Development Corporation (FOSKOR) and refers to magnetite – olivine – apatite rocks occurring around the Loolekop carbonatite complex of the Phalabora Complex, South Africa. A second reaction might be “do...

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