Geochemical studies of detrital heavy minerals and their application to provenance research

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Authors:Morton, Andrew C.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Br. Geol. Surv., Keyworth, United Kingdom
BP Explor., United Kingdom
Univ. Glasgow, United Kingdom
Volume Title:Developments in sedimentary provenance studies
Volume Authors:Morton, Andrew C., editor; Todd, S. P.; Haughton, P. D. W.
Source:Developments in sedimentary provenance studies, edited by Andrew C. Morton, S. P. Todd and P. D. W. Haughton. Geological Society Special Publications, Vol.57, p.31-45. Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0305-8719. ISBN: 0-903317-56-7
Publication Date:1991
Note:In English. 51 refs.; illus. incl. sketch maps
Summary:Although heavy minerals analysis is a sensitive and well-proven technique for determining the provenance of clastic sediments, the interpretation of the data is considerably enhanced by determining the composition of individual detrital grains. Many heavy mineral species, including pyroxene, amphibole, epidote, staurolite, garnet, tourmaline, monazite, chloritoid and spinel, show significant variations in composition that are related to the conditions under which their parent rocks were formed. Thus, as well as giving greater confidence in identification, geochemical analysis of detrital minerals adds precision to the evaluation of the relative contributions of potential source lithologies. Furthermore, by concentrating on stable minerals, geochemical studies avoid, or at least minimize, the problems caused by diagenetic and hydraulic processes. [Author's abstract] [R.E.S.]
Subjects:Applications; Composition; Geochemistry; Heavy minerals; Indicators; Provenance; Sedimentary petrology; Sedimentation; Atlantic Ocean; Australasia; Australia; Europe; North Atlantic; North Sea; United Kingdom; Western Europe
Abstract Numbers:91M/2235
Record ID:1992021767
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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