Abstract

The first recorded occurrence of cummingtonite in the Scottish Dalradian is described. The mineral occurs in thin layers within a psammite-semipelite sequence forming the lower part of the Easdale Subgroup in which it coexists with bytownitic plagioclase, almandine-rich garnet and quartz. Textural and mineral chemical evidence suggest that the cummingtonite developed from hornblende during amphibolite-facies regional metamorphism. The protolith to this cummingtonite-bearing rock is believed to have been a basaltic tuff, possibly alkaline in character, containing a significant proportion of sedimentary detritus. The cummingtonite-bearing rock may provide the earliest record of basic volcanism in the Dalradian of the Ballater district.

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