Terrestrial Plagioclase Olivine Clinopyroxenite as a Possible Analogue of Lunar Rocks
Volume 8, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages: 94-101
Received: Dec. 10, 2018;
Accepted: Mar. 19, 2019;
Published: Apr. 29, 2019
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Victor Grigorievich Korinevsky, Institute of Mineralogy of the Uralian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Miass, Russia
Eugeny Victorovich Korinevsky, Institute of Mineralogy of the Uralian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Miass, Russia
The article describes the mineral composition and petrochemistry of a unique ancient (more than 1848–2011 MA) igneous rock of the Urals – plagioclase olivine clinopyroxenite. These rocks are considered the oldest in the Urals. In the literature they are described under the name izrandites. They are part of the foundation of the basement of the East European platform. These rocks are highly aluminous and calcic. They are characterized by a low amount of alkalis and magnesium oxide and a comparable amount of silicon and iron. A certain petrochemical similarity is found between the izrandites and the anorthite leucogabbro, troctolite, and noritic anorthosites of lunar highlands. This similarity enhances the closeness of distribution of the minor elements, the leading role among which belongs to Sr and Ba. In those and others rocks plagioclase is represented by anorthite or labrador, its amount makes up from 5–8 to 50–70%. The izrandites are representatives of the rocks of the lower part of the Earth's crust, which in composition and absolute age can be compared with the youngest leucogabbros and troctolites of the Moon.
Victor Grigorievich Korinevsky,
Eugeny Victorovich Korinevsky,
Terrestrial Plagioclase Olivine Clinopyroxenite as a Possible Analogue of Lunar Rocks, Earth Sciences.
Vol. 8, No. 2,
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