Abstract

New petrographic and chemical data for pseudoleucite from Spotted Fawn Creek and two new nearby localities in central Yukon Territory are presented and discussed in the light of recent experimental evidence on the origin of pseudoleucite. The petrologic, chemical, and experimental data suggest that natural pseudoleucite results from subsolidus breakdown of leucite under water pressure and that the space provided by this breakdown results in influx of the fluid phase that accomplishes partial removal of potash, enrichment in soda, and addition of water.

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