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pegmatite  
TYPE
  • http://purl.org/net/provenance/ns#DataItem

DEFINITION
  • Pegmatites tend to occur in the aureoles of granites in most cases, and are usually granitic in character, often closely matching the compositions of nearby granites. Pegmatites should thus represent exsolved granitic material which crystallises in the country rocks. However, an origin of pegmatite fluids by devolatilisation (dewatering) of metamorphic rocks is also envisaged. Pegmatites are coarse-grained rocks, mainly composed of quartz, feldspar and mica and are important because they often contain rare earth minerals and gemstones, such as aquamarine, tourmaline, topaz, fluorite, apatite and corundum, often along with tin and tungsten minerals, among others.
DESCRIPTION
  • Pegmatites tend to occur in the aureoles of granites in most cases, and are usually granitic in character, often closely matching the compositions of nearby granites. Pegmatites should thus represent exsolved granitic material which crystallises in the country rocks. However, an origin of pegmatite fluids by devolatilisation (dewatering) of metamorphic rocks is also envisaged. Pegmatites are coarse-grained rocks, mainly composed of quartz, feldspar and mica and are important because they often contain rare earth minerals and gemstones, such as aquamarine, tourmaline, topaz, fluorite, apatite and corundum, often along with tin and tungsten minerals, among others.
IDENTIFIER
  • pegmatite
TITLE
  • pegmatite
URI
http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/MineralDepositGroupValue/pegmatite
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EQUIVALENT CONCEPTS
Mineral Deposit Group