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Mineral Crystallinity in Igneous Rocks

Fractal Method
  • A. D. Fowler

Abstract

The interpretation of the textures of igneous rock, that is the description and analysis of crystal morphology, crystal faces, crystal intergrowths, zoning, and crystal distributions, is essential to understanding rock fabric. Rock and mineral textures reflect the interaction of complex growth and dissolution processes controlled by physical and chemical processes that are at best poorly understood. Mineral morphology or habit is described strictly in qualitative terms (e.g., acicular, equant, ramified), as is mineral crystallinity (euhedral, etc.). The record of chemical variation within crystals (zoning) is also characterized in very qualitative terms.

Keywords

Fractal Dimension Igneous Rock Magma Chamber Crystal Morphology Fractal Growth 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. D. Fowler
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  1. 1.Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience CentreUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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