Potash-Trachytes and Ultra-Potassic Rocks Associated with the Carbonatite Complex of the Toror Hills, Uganda

D. S. Sutherland
Department of Geology, The University, Leicester

Summary: Rocks containing a high percentage of potash feldspar are described for the first time from the Toror Hills in the Karamoja district of eastern Uganda. They include feldspathic fenites, intrusive feldspathic fenite-breccias, potashtrachytes, and orthoclasites. Petrographic data and chemical analyses show the close similarity in composition of these rocks despite their widely differing textures and modes of occurrence. The potash metasomatism associated with the emplacement of carbonatite, and the subsequent mobilization of these feldspathic fenites are compared with similar phenomena observed at other carbonatite centres. The problem of the mechanism of mobilization is discussed.

Mineralogical Magazine; June 1965 v. 35; no. 270; p. 363-378; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1965.035.270.10
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