The Occurrence of Magnesian Pyroxenes and Magnetite in Porphyritic Acid Glasses

I. S. E. Carmichael
Department of Geology, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London S.W. 7

Summary: The problem of magnesian pyroxenes in acid liquids is considered in the light of new analyses of pyroxene and magnetite phenocrysts. It is suggested that the early precipitation of titaniferous magnetite, which will strongly deplete the liquid in iron, will decrease the iron:magnesium ratio of the pyroxene components in the liquid. Accordingly the iron:magnesium ratio of a pyroxene precipitating from an acid liquid may vary over a wide range depending upon the presence or amount of early magnetite.

Mineralogical Magazine; March 1963 v. 33; no. 260; p. 394-403; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1963.033.260.05
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