Olivine Recrystallization Textures

Donal M. Ragan
Department of Geology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85281

Summary: Mosaic olivine textures, with straight triple grain boundaries meeting at angles of 120°, are common in dunites. This is a well-known feature of annealed metals, and is the result of grain-boundary migration during recrystallization in which the system tends toward a state of minimum interfacial energies. Geometrically similar textures are present at the boundaries between such mosaic grains and strain-banded relict olivine grains. The unstrained mosaic grains make angular projections into the strained grains exactly at the junctions between the deformation bands. These are interpreted to be triple junctions with the two differently oriented bands acting as separate grains, and thus also due to recrystallization.

Mineralogical Magazine; June 1969 v. 37; no. 286; p. 238-240; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1969.037.286.11
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