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A cross correlation method for chemical profiles in minerals, with an application to zircons of the Kilgore Tuff (USA)

Published inContributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 173, no. 23
Publication date2018
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Magmatic crystals are characterised by chemical zonation patterns that re ect the thermal and chemical conditions within magma reservoirs in which they grew. Crystals that exhibit similar patterns of zonation are often interpreted to have experi- enced similar conditions of growth. These patterns of zonation may represent continuous processes such as cooling, or more instantaneous events such as magma injection, and provide an insight into the structure and evolution of a magmatic system, both temporally and spatially. We have developed an algorithm that is objectively able to quantify the similarity within and between suites of magmatic crystals from di erent samples. Signi cantly, the algorithm is able to identify correlation that occurs between the interiors of two crystals, but does not extend to the rim, which provides an opportunity to understand the long-term evolution of magmatic systems. We develop and explain the mathematical basis for our algorithm and introduce its application using cathodoluminescence images of zircons from the Kilgore Tu (USA). The results allow us to correlate samples from two di erent outcrops that are found over 80 km apart.

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PROBST, Line et al. A cross correlation method for chemical profiles in minerals, with an application to zircons of the Kilgore Tuff (USA). In: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 2018, vol. 173, n° 23. doi: 10.1007/s00410-018-1448-3
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