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The predictable behavior of trace elements over a range of temperatures and pressures applicable to the Earth has played an important role in formulating models of a variety of geologic processes. These processes include mag- matic and metamorphic differentiation, mantle and crustal anatexis, and ore-formation. However, testing of these types of models requires accurate and precise determination of trace-element abundances in rocks and minerals, an effort that has been a major focus of geochemistry over the last several years. There has evolved an awareness that well-chosen, small geochemical systems on the scale of individual minerals, for example, provide geochemical...

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