The formation of plagioclase chains during convective transfer in basaltic magma

@article{Philpotts2000TheFO,
  title={The formation of plagioclase chains during convective transfer in basaltic magma},
  author={Anthony R. Philpotts and Loretta D. Dickson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={406},
  pages={59-61}
}
The basaltic rock in the lower part of the thick Holyoke lava flow in Connecticut and Massachusetts has been shown to have a remarkable texture, with crystals of feldspar linked together in a continuous three-dimensional network of chains. Heating experiments have revealed that this network persists to temperatures where the rock is 75% liquid, and therefore the network was interpreted to have formed at an early stage of crystallization and to have played an important role in the compaction of… CONTINUE READING

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