Special Issue "Fluid-Rock vs. Melt-Rock Interactions in Peridotite"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 97

Special Issue Editor

Department of Geosciences, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
Interests: petrography; igneous petrology; tectonics; plate tectonics; geochronology; field geology; geological processes; isotope geochemistry; petrographic thin section; minerals; cosmochemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Macroscopic and microscopic evidence of mafic-melt impregnation in peridotite is often ambiguous. Nevertheless, chemical records of peridotite are able to discriminate ones that have been subject to processes of predominant melt–rock interaction vs. those that have been subjected to fluid–rock interaction (i.e., serpentinization) only. Predominant melt–rock- vs. fluid–rock-dominated processes for example, can be determined based on ratios of whole-rock light rare earth element (LREE) vs. high-field strength element (HFSE) due to differences in the behavior of these elements in melt vs. solution. Recent studies have also shown that Cr-spinel of melt-impregnated peridotites record unique properties relative to those of fluid–rock dominated un-metamorphosed and metamorphosed peridotite and can also be used for discrimination of these two processes.

We solicit papers from those working on peridotite which may include ones from the ocean floor, forearc/ophiolite or xenoliths to determine the relative roles and percentage of fluid–rock vs. melt–rock processes in their petrogenesis. In addition to chemistry- and mineral chemistry-based papers, we also seek others, e.g., isotopic studies, which may be able to constrain these processes in terms of different parameters. We also welcome studies which provide imaging of these processes, for example via QEMSCAN. We wish to be able to show differences or similarities in these processes based on the tectonic environment and reasons why this is so.

Prof. Dr. Scott Whattam
Guest Editor

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  • peridotite
  • serpentinite
  • MOR
  • volcanic arc
  • ophiolite
  • melt-impregnation
  • basalt

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