Mafic lower crustal xenoliths from the northwestern part of the Arabian Plate
European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 7 Number 1 (1995), p. 217 - 230
published: Feb 8, 1995
manuscript accepted: Sep 1, 1994
manuscript received: Oct 1, 1993
ArtNo. ESP147050701019, Price: 29.00 €
Abstract Petrological and geochemical data for a suite of mafic granulitic xenoliths in Quaternary alkali basalts from the northwestern part of the Arabian plate (NE-Jordan) indicate that these xenoliths represent gabbroic cumulates crystallized at lower crustal pressures. The xenolith mineral assemblages and geothermometry on coexisting minerals suggest equilibration conditions between 6 and 8 kbar and 720-880°C. The xenoliths are a part of a lower crustal gabbroic intrusive complex that underlies the Arabian shield, and may represent the mafic roots of a Pan-African arc complex of Arabia.