Intersertal Ferrothoeleiite

Title

Intersertal Ferrothoeleiite

Alternative Title

Ferrotholeiite

Identifier

KBR-11

Description

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 through KBR-10 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 contains 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 a subophitic micro-texture. Radiating pyroxenes are clearly visible in plain polarized light.
Thin sections are shown in plain polarized light and cross polarized light at 40x magnification.
The rock is comprised of 65% plagioclase, 30% pyroxenes (mainly enstatite), and 5% opaques.

Date

No date given.

Contributor

Western Minerals, Inc.

Is Part Of

http://www.geosciencecollections.milne-library.org/collections/show/17

Spatial Coverage

Karoo- Birds River, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Temporal Coverage

183-179 Ma (Jurassic)

Accrual Method

Purchased from Western Minerals, Inc.

Unit

Lesotho Formation

Number of Thin Sections

1

Geolocation