Special Issue "Accessory Mineral Petrogenesis and Isotopic Robustness"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Christopher R.M. McFarlane

University of New Brunswick, Department of Earth Sciences, Fredericton, Canada
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Interests: accessory minerals, geochronology, isotope geochemistry, ore deposits, LA-ICP-MS, crustal evolution

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Minerals is focused on accessory mineral petrogenesis and isotopic robustness.  Accessory minerals can be used for a wide variety of investigations spanning geochronology, radiogenic and light stable isotope tracers, and linking chemical and isotopic zoning to the origin and evolution magmatic, metamorphic, sedimentary, hydrothermal, and impact-related systems.  The isotopic robustness of accessory minerals in these systems is, therefore, of critical interest. This robustness can be tested both experimentally and empirically. Yet numerous factors, such as intrinsic variations in crystallinity, defect structure, effects of metasomatism and dissolution–reprecipitation, diffusion during UHT metamorphism, and planetary impact processes. can contribute to open system behaviour. The advent of increasingly sensitive mass spectrometers, more sophisticated data reduction software, and novel micro-sampling techniques have also opened the door to the study of a more diverse suite accessory minerals.

The aim of this Special Issue is to gather new applications and review articles that reconstruct the petrogenesis of accessory minerals and test the isotopic robustness of these minerals using experimental and empirical studies.

Prof. Dr. Christopher R.M. McFarlane
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Accessory minerals
  • Isotopic robustness
  • Experimental petrology
  • Crustal evolution
  • Diffusion
  • Metasomatism

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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