Large, anhedral, interlocking crystals of olivine and clinopyroxene are found in this coarse-grained rock. Olivine alteration to iddinsite is confined to fractures which pervade the rock and cross-cut both mineral phases. Perthitic pyroxene intergrowths are observed. A contact between an ore-rich, opaque zone and the peridotite is preserved in the thin section.
Like KRB10, plagioclase and clinopyroxene are intergrown in an almost graphic texture, though where KRB10 was dominated by the unknown mineral, in KRB11, that unknown mineral is confined to spherulite-like clusters in a fine-grained quartz matrix. Iddingsite alteration is much less extensive. Western Minerals Inc. as an 'interstitial ferrotholeiite, very highly fractionatedâ€¦textures are similar to those associated with rapidly frozen or highly viscous melts.'
Serpentine comprises the bulk of this thin section, with skeletal masses of clinopyroxene and isolated granules of olivine dotting the characteristic serpentine mesh-work. The pyroxenes are larger and more complete than the olivine crystals.
The groundmass of this basalt is composed of plagioclase microlites with tiny interstitial clinopyroxenes. Vesicles are infilled with chlorite and quartz. The few larger plagioclase phenocrysts have been partially altered to calcite.
Olivine clinopyroxenite cumulate with postcumulus (intercumulus) plagioclase.
Sieve textured plagioclase blocks and laths dominate the phenocrystic population in this microporphyritic vesicular basalt. Clinopyroxene phenocrysts are less abundant and olivine less abundant still. All three phases are found in the groundmass. Groundmass clinopyroxene and olivine are more abundant than in BATUR 94 FL.
Plagioclase laths in this thin section have a continuous gradation in size from groundmass to phenocrysts. Most are euhedral in shape and this phase makes up roughly 70-80% of the minerals in this sample. Subhedral clinopyroxene makes up the remaining 20-30% of the minerals. The larger, blocky plagioclase is locally zoned and a sieve texture is observable in some grains.
The range in grain size for the plagioclase laths in this thin section is continual from the groundmass euhedral microlites to the subhedral phenocrysts. Concentric zoning and sieve textures are common in the plagioclase phenocrysts. Clinopyroxene phenocrysts are also subhedral, commonly twinned, and infrequently clustered in glomeroporhpyroclasts. In addition to plagioclase, the groundmass contains clinopyroxene, opaques, and serpentine.
Plagioclase and clinopyroxene form subhedral, unaltered grains amongst a background of finer-grained, intermingled iddingsite and zeolites. Iddingsite may be a pseudomorph after biotite. Described by Western Minerals Inc. as an 'interstitial ferrotholeiite, very highly fractionatedâ€¦textures are similar to those associated with rapidly frozen or highly viscous melts.'
Although labeled an andesite on the sample record sheet, the presence of olivine and absence of hydrous mafic phases in this thin section indicate it is more basaltic in composition. Texturally, it is characteristic of a basalt as well, with a glassy and plagioclase-rich groundmass and phenocrysts of plagioclase, both pyroxenes and olivine. All phenocrysts are subhedral and plagioclase contains inclusions of glass.
Plagioclase, the most abundant mineral in this thin section, grades smoothly in size from groundmass mircrolites to subhedral microphenocrysts. Tiny, equant opaques join the plag microlites in forming the groundmass. Clinopyroxene, the second most abundant mineral, is found as relatively euhedral microphenocrysts. Plucking of the pyroxenes is severe. A fiberous phase is frequently found infilling or perhaps pseudomorphing a rectangular phenocrystic phase.
This mineral phases in this gabbro are highly fractured and frequently embayed. The pyroxenes are roughly euhedral in shape and several equant grains are twinned. The opaques in this sample are typically equant in shape and contain inclusions of olivine or a fiery orange-red mineral that appears the same in plane- and cross-polarized light.
This medium-grained phaneritic rock contains an equal ratio of plagioclase to clinopyroxene grains. Much of the plagioclase is strongly sericitized and several grains are concentrically-zoned. The clinopyroxenes are frequently twinned, heavily-fractured, riddled with inclusions, and show low degrees of alteration to chlorite and serpentine. The pyroxene cleavage is prominent in this sample. Chlorite, serpentine, iddingsite, biotite, and opaques tend to cluster in randomly oriented mats, where chlorite and serpentine growth are often at the expense of biotite.
Hypidiomorphic, inequigranular clinopyroxene with serpentine-filled fractures and interstices.
This coarse-grained sample consists of large, euhedral, often twinned clinopyroxene crystals. Alteration along cracks contains minor chlorite.
Though clinopyroxene and plagioclase were undoubtedly once more abundant in this gabbro, subsequent alteration has left radiating zeolites, a cloudy film of clays, and veinlets and pseudomorphs of iddingsite the dominant minerals in this thin section.
The clinopyroxene abundance in this thin section is lower than other gabbros from Birds River, lending more of a subophitic texture to the rock. Plagioclase is the most dominant mineral. Iddingsite is less abundant.
There is no glass in this fine-grained thin section. Rather, allotriomorphic, randomly-oriented plagioclase is peppered with fine-grained granules of clinopyroxene and opaques. Few clinopyroxene phenocrysts cluster together to form glomeroporphyroclasts. The feldspars show signs of kaolinitization and sericitization.
The crystals in this thin section look somewhat out of equilibrium with the melt. The groundmass is microcrystalline and riddled with plagioclase and pyroxenes, as well as glass. Crystals of the phenocryst population are generally subhedral, with rounded corners and irregular twins. The pyroxenes are frequently rimmed by pyroxenes of differing composition. Plagioclase phenocrysts are of differing generations; the first has cloudy, inclusion-rich cores with fresh rims and the second lacks this core. Both may be concentrically zoned. The pyroxenes in particular tend to cluster in glomeroporphyroclasts. The occasional granular aggregate of calcite can be observed in this sample.
This gabbro has a subophitic texture. Alteration to chlorite and iddingsite occurs mostly between grain boundaries.
Subhedral phenocrysts of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, and olivine are scattered randomly throughout this basalt. Plagioclase has a sieve texture and is frequently zoned. The corners of most grains are rounded. Both clinopyroxene and olivine are generally equant in shape and olivine is more abundant than the pyroxene. All three phases show some degree of resorption. The groundmass contains moderately-sized crystals of all three phases. This sample is very fresh and unaltered.
The largest crystals in this sample, visible in handsample, are clinopyroxene, much of which has strong exsolution lamellae. Much smaller are the olivine crystals, which have subsequently been broken into a serpentine-framed mosaic of optically-continuous fragments.
As is characteristic of a harzburgite, this sample is greater than 90% olivine, with a few large clinopyroxene grains, fracture-infilled serpentine, and occasional, moderately-sized rutile grains making up the remaining constituents of the rock. Serpentinization is minimal.
The groundmass of this microporphyritic basalt consists of glass and plagioclase microlites. Subhedral plagioclase phenocrysts are roughly aligned and some are concentrically zoned. Subhedral, plucked, clinopyroxene phenocrysts of variable size are less abundant than those of plagioclase.
Texturally, this thin section still resembles a gabbro, with the exception of several talc and serpentine filled veins cross cutting the otherwise equigranular mosaic of clinopyroxene and olivine.