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Apatite; a fingerprint for metasomatic processes

Daniel E. Harlov
Apatite; a fingerprint for metasomatic processes (in Apatite; a mineral for all seasons, Daniel E. Harlov (editor) and John F. Rakovan (editor))
Elements (June 2015) 11 (3): 171-176


Apatite is a superb mineral by which to investigate the nature of fluids that have passed through and altered a rock (metasomatic processes). Its ubiquity allows it to act as a reservoir for P, F, Cl, OH, CO (sub 2) , and the rare earth elements. It is also a powerful thermochronometer and can be chemically altered by aqueous brines (NaCl-KCl-CaCl (sub 2) -H (sub 2) O), pure H (sub 2) O, and aqueous fluids containing CO (sub 2) , HCl, H (sub 2) SO (sub 4) , and/or F. Thus, apatite is the perfect tracker of metasomatic fluids, providing information on the timing and duration of metasomatism, the temperature of the fluids, and the composition of the fluids, all of which can feed back into the history of the host rock itself.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 11
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Apatite; a fingerprint for metasomatic processes
Title: Apatite; a mineral for all seasons
Author(s): Harlov, Daniel E.
Author(s): Harlov, Daniel E.editor
Author(s): Rakovan, John F.editor
Affiliation: GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
Affiliation: GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
Pages: 171-176
Published: 201506
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: 30
Accession Number: 2015-082171
Categories: Mineralogy of non-silicatesIgneous and metamorphic petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Miami University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201535
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