Observations on the Rhombic Section of a Zoned Plagioclase Crystal

Joseph A. Vance
Department of Geology, University of Washington, Seattle 5, Washington, U.S.A.

Summary: A zoned plagioclase crystal from a magmatic quartz-diorite shows two generations of pericline twinning: one growth twinning, the other glide twinning. Plotting the angle of the rhombic section against composition for each set of twins gives curves indicative of an intermediate structural state with respect to the theoretical curves determined by Smith (1958). The curve for the growth twins is closer to the high structural state than that for the glide twins and supports the primary origin of the former. This curve is believed to fix approximately the lowest structural state at which primary pericline twinning can develop in magmatic rocks. The lack of coincidence of the curves for the two generations of twinning indicates partial inversion prior to formation of the glide lamellae, while the position of the curve for these secondary lamellae suggests a genetic relation to inversion. Both rhombic sections are probably relict with respect to the present structural state. The form of the curves confirms the general accuracy of Smith's curves for the maximum high and low structural states.

Mineralogical Magazine; June 1962 v. 33; no. 257; p. 125-131; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1962.033.257.05
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