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We present a tectonic model for the generation of quartzofeldspathic veins and pegmatite dikes found in southern New England that proposes the following: (1) Hydraulic fracturing produces the initial fracture that opens to become a vein, and (2) oscillating differential stress produces a gradient in interstitial fluid pressure that draws the melt to the dilating walls of the fracture. Oscillating fluid pressures at the dike walls lead to oscillating rates of crystallization, and thus to alternating aplitic and pegmatitic textures in dikes as thin as a few centimeters. Excess alkalis and SiO2(aq) lower the solidus temperature of the granitic liquid and thus stabilize a peralkaline silicate liquid without crystallization. This silicate liquid is capable of crystallizing only quartz, only feldspars, or both. Crystallization of this liquid lowers its pH and accounts for the mineralogical zoning consisting of quartz cores, feldspathic mantles, and muscovite-bearing margins common in many quartzofeldspathic veins.

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