Cathodoluminescence and Microporosity in Alkali Feldspars from the Blå Måne Sø Perthosite, South Greenland

Adrian A. Finch* and F. David L. Walker
Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JW, U.K.
*Present address: Department of Chemistry, University of Aberdeen, Meston Walk, Old Aberdeen AB9 2UE, U.K.

Abstract: Samples from a traverse across the Blå Måne Sø perthosite unit in the Tugtutôq Central Complex of the Gardar province, South Greenland have been examined for cathodoluminescence characteristics, microporosity and δ18O isotopic values. Reddening of cathodoluminescence colours in alkali feldspars (normally blue) from the unit may be correlated with increased microporosity of the feldspars as determined using scanning electron microscopy. δ18O values of all samples lie within the range of values expected of juvenile fluids, independent of the level of alteration indicated by cathodoluminescence studies.

Observations are consistent with previous suggestions that levels of alkali feldspar microporosity and levels of fluid alteration (as determined by cathodoluminescence of alkali feldspars) are related phenomena. Oxygen isotope ratios suggest that the fluid is largely juvenile in origin, with, perhaps, some meteoric (low δ18O) component.

Keywords: cathodoluminescence • microporosity • alkali feldspars • perthosite • Greenland

Mineralogical Magazine; December 1991 v. 55; no. 381; p. 583-589; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1991.055.381.11
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