Intersertal Ferrothoeleiite


Intersertal Ferrothoeleiite

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The intersertal ferrotholeiite samples are highly fractionated and were most likely emplaced before the gabbro of the formation. They have textures associated with rapidly frozen or highly viscous melts. KBR-7, KBR 8, KBR 10, and KBR 11 are also intersertal ferrotholeiites Intersertal is a texture marked by the occurrence of interstitial glass between laths of feldspar, usually in basalts. It has an aphanitic- porphyritic texture and is holocrystalline. It has a consistent dark gray color and fine veins of quartz <1mm wide. There are medium grained subhedral plagioclase phenocrysts (2 mm- 5 mm). There is a calcic residue on a heavily oxidized weathered surface. There is also a subophitic micro-texture. Radiating pyroxenes are clearly visible in plain polarized light.
Thin sections are shown in plain and cross polarized light at 40x magnification.
The rock is made up of 55% plagioclase, 30% pyroxenes (mainly augite), and 15% opaques.


No date given.


Western Minerals, Inc.

Is Part Of

Spatial Coverage

Karoo- Birds River, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Temporal Coverage

183-179 Ma (Jurassic)

Accrual Method

Purchased from Western Minerals, Inc.


Lesotho Formation

Number of Thin Sections