Application of Cathodoluminescence Microscopy to the Study of Sparry Dolomite from the Viburnum Trend, Southeast Missouri


Sparry dolomite from all of the operating mines in the Viburnum Trend of Southeast Missouri have been found by cathodoluminescence microscopy to reveal a systematic pattern of banding resulting from a growth zoning within individual dolomite rhombs. Four principal bands have been recognized throughout the entire Trend and each of the major bands contain even finer internal banding. Minor bands a few microns in width can be correlated in specimens collected tens of kilometers apart along the trend. The first three principal dolomite bands decrease from south to north. This feature, together with the fact that the white sparry dolomite crystals decrease in abundance from south to north in the Trend, suggests that a major source for the fluids was from the south. The application of cathodoluminescence microscopy to crystalline dolomite demonstrates a strong correlation between ore grade and the intensity of internal banding and dissolution textures.

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Paul F. Kerr Memorial Symposium (1985: Feb. 28, New York, NY)


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

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Cathodoluminescence; Crystals - Microscopic Examination; Ore Analysis; Cathodoluminescence Microscopy; Dolomite Rhombs; Sparry Dolomite; Viburnum Trend Missouri; Mineralogy

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Southeast Missouri

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Publication Date

01 Feb 1985

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