Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology

, Volume 153, Issue 4, pp 405–416 | Cite as

Textural evolution of polyhedral olivine experiencing rapid cooling rates

  • François FaureEmail author
  • Pierre Schiano
  • Gilles Trolliard
  • Christian Nicollet
  • Bernard Soulestin
Original Paper


Dynamic crystallization experiments in the CaO–MgO–Al2O3–SiO2 (CMAS) system have been used to investigate the change in crystal shape when pre-existing polyhedral olivine crystals are cooled rapidly (1,639–2,182°C/h). Polyhedral olivines are crystallized initially in a first step using a slow cooling rate (2°C/h), then skeletal and dendritic overgrowths develop on the polyhedral crystals during a subsequent fast cooling event. During this second episode small dendritic olivines also nucleate within the liquid phase. Observation of the experimental sample by optical microscopy shows that the polyhedral olivine shape progressively changes to a skeletal and then to a dendritic morphology in the following sequence: polyhedral ⇒ hopper polyhedral ⇒ dendritic polyhedral. This evolutional sequence is discussed in terms of changes in the crystal growth conditions during cooling and a general relation between these olivine dynamic crystallization experiments and the integrated model of crystal growth by Sunagawa (Bull Minér 104:81–87, 1981, Morphology of crystals, Terra Scientific Publishing Company, 1987) is proposed.


Olivine High Cool Rate Dendritic Morphology Olivine Crystal Crystal Growth Mechanism 
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We are indebted to A. Baronnet, C. Donaldson, and G. Lofgren for their careful and constructive reviews of the manuscript. The manuscript was also greatly improved by the comments of the editor J. Hoefs. We also thank J-L. Devidal for assistance with electron microprobe analyses. This is CRPG-CNRS contribution #1836.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • François Faure
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pierre Schiano
    • 2
  • Gilles Trolliard
    • 3
  • Christian Nicollet
    • 2
  • Bernard Soulestin
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre de Recherche Pétrographiques et GéochimiquesCNRS-UPR2300Vandoeuvre les NancyFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire Magmas et VolcansOPGC-Université Blaise Pascal-CNRSClermont-FerrandFrance
  3. 3.Science des Procédés Céramiques et de Traitements de SurfaceUMR 6638 CNRSLimoges CedexFrance

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