Characteristics of soure region and tectonic implications of Early Indosinian Weiya gabbroic rock, eastern Tianshan mountains

  • Zun-zhong Zhang (张遵忠)
  • Lian-xing Gu (顾连兴)Email author
  • Chang-zhi Wu (吴昌志)
  • Yi Shao (邵毅)
  • Jian-rong Xu (许建荣)
  • Jian-ping Zhai (翟建平)
  • Yuan-chuan Zheng (郑远川)
  • Jun-hua Tang (唐俊华)
  • Chuan-sheng Wang (汪传胜)
  • Jin-zhu San (三金柱)


Based on the detailed petrographic study, the characteristics of source region of the Weiya gabbro and tectonic implications were studied. The results show that the gabbroic rock consists mainly of gabbro, with less amount of ultra-mafic rocks. The ultra-mafic rocks show cumulate texture and are gradually transitional contact with gabbro, indicating that they are cumulate products of parental magma. The ultra-mafic rocks consist mainly of spinel periodite and spinel clinopyroxenite. The former is mainly composed of olivine (65%–70%), spinel (10%–15%), hornblende (5%–10%) and phlogopite (5%–10%); the latter consists mainly of clinopyroxene (70%–80%), spinel (15%–20%) and phlogopite (0–10%), with minor amounts of carbonate (0–2%). No olivine or orthopyroxene is found. The gabbro is composed mainly of clinopyroxene (35%–40%), plagioclase (An 55–65, 40%–45%), hornblende (5%–15%), with variable amounts of carbonate (0–5%). Petrographic observations show that the source region of the Weiya gabbroic rock is water-rich due to intensive intra-continental A-type subduction occurring in this region during late Permian to early Triassic.

Key words

petrography gabbro indosinian Weiya eastern Tianshan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zun-zhong Zhang (张遵忠)
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Lian-xing Gu (顾连兴)
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Chang-zhi Wu (吴昌志)
    • 2
  • Yi Shao (邵毅)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jian-rong Xu (许建荣)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jian-ping Zhai (翟建平)
    • 4
  • Yuan-chuan Zheng (郑远川)
    • 2
  • Jun-hua Tang (唐俊华)
    • 2
  • Chuan-sheng Wang (汪传胜)
    • 2
  • Jin-zhu San (三金柱)
    • 5
  1. 1.East China Mineral Exploration and Development Bureau for Non-ferrous MetalsNanjingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Mineral Deposit Research, Department of Earth SciencesNanjing UniversityNanjingChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Continental DynamicsNorthwest UniversityXi’anChina
  4. 4.School of EnvironmentNanjing UniversityNanjingChina
  5. 5.No. 704 Brigade of Xinjiang Geoexploration Bureau for Non-ferrous MetalsHamiChina

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