The Petrochemistry of Some Lewisian Granitic Rocks

D. R. Bowes
Department of Geology, The University, Glasgow, W.2

Summary: The chemical compositions of eighty granitic rocks from the Lewisian of the North-West Highlands of Scotland, particularly from the Gairloch district, are set out in relation to geological occurrence and their normative proportions of albite, orthoclase, quartz, and anorthite compared with experimental data relating to the systems NaAlSi3O8-KAlSi3O8-SiO2-H2O and KAlSi3O8-NaAlSi2O8-CaAl2Si2O8-SiO2. The field of composition for these Lewisian rocks moves from Ab-Q-rich for autochthonous granites to Ab = Or = Q (approximately) for parautochthonous granites to Or-rich for intrusive granites. This trend is related to the varying roles of mineral solubility under stress, selective melting, and potassium metasomatism.

Mineralogical Magazine; September 1967 v. 36; no. 279; p. 342-363; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1967.036.279.06
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