Closure in crystal size distributions (CSD), verification of CSD calculations, and the significance of CSD fans; discussion and reply

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Authors:Pan, Yucheng; Higgins, Michael D.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
University of Hawaii, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Honolulu, HI, United States
Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, Canada
Volume Title:American Mineralogist
Source:American Mineralogist, 87(8-9), p.1242-1244. Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, DC, United States. ISSN: 0003-004X
Publication Date:2002
Note:In English. For reference to original see Higgins, M. D., American Mineralogist, Vol. 87, p. 171-175, 2002. 16 refs.
Summary:Higgins found that the slope and intercept of crystal size distribution (CSD) are automatically correlated with each other when the crystal content is constant, but he failed to make the necessary conclusion that even if the crystal content is not constant, the slope and intercept are still automatically correlated, as shown by his example of Mt. Taranaki. CSD analysis in its present form is fundamentally flawed not only because of its automatically correlated slope and intercept but also because crystal content, together with crystal shape factor, is the only hidden information we can recover from CSD plots.
Sections:Experimental mineralogy
Subjects:Crystal chemistry; Crystal structure; Crystallography; Minerals; Rocks; Size distribution
Abstract Numbers:03M/1500
Record ID:2002067182
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute.
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