The Lewisian Pegmatites of South Harris, Outer Hebrides

O. von Knorring and R. Dearnley1
Dept. of Geology, University of Leeds.
1Present address: Geological Survey and Museum, Exhibition Rd., London, S.W. 7.

Summary: A number of representative examples of the Lewisian acid pegmatites of South Harris are described, and the presence of the following minerals has been established: quartz, albite, microcline, biotite, muscovite, magnetite, beryl, spessartine, gahnite, eolumbite, monazite, zircon, pyrite, epidote, tourmaline, apatite, thorite, uraninite, thorogummite, uranophane, kasolite, betafite (?), and allanite. Spectrographic, optical, and X-ray powder data are given for some of these minerals, together with chemical analyses of magnetite, biotite, columbite, gahnite, and spessartine. It is believed that gahnite, nranophane, and the pyrochlore mineral (probably betafite) are recorded for the first time from Britain.

Mineralogical Magazine; March 1960 v. 32; no. 248; p. 366-378; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1960.032.248.03
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