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Igneous textures; on the kinetics behind the words

Taber G. Hersum and Bruce D. Marsh
Igneous textures; on the kinetics behind the words (in Frontiers in textural and microgeochemical analysis, Dougal A. Jerram (editor) and Jon P. Davidson (editor))
Elements (August 2007) 3 (4): 247-252


That igneous textures can be collectively described, classified, and related to magma composition, style of emplacement, and spatial position speaks deeply to the existence of a specific set of fundamental kinetic processes controlling all magma crystallization. Textures record magma life history, telling the most recent, local conditions of cooling and also where the magma has been. Yet it is largely a mystery how silicate melts crystallize, how they become what they are, and, especially, how the final texture relates to the early transient textures more closely linked to the governing kinetics of nucleation and growth. These rich and intriguing processes can be understood by deciphering textures. This is done by first dismantling and quantifying them, then by rebuilding them and simulating magma crystallization and transport, and last by taking the results to the final court of appeal, the rocks themselves.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 3
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Igneous textures; on the kinetics behind the words
Title: Frontiers in textural and microgeochemical analysis
Author(s): Hersum, Taber G.Marsh, Bruce D.
Author(s): Jerram, Dougal A.editor
Author(s): Davidson, Jon P.editor
Affiliation: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, NY, United States
Affiliation: Durham University, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham, United Kingdom
Pages: 247-252
Published: 200708
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 26
Accession Number: 2008-024046
Categories: Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200808
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