Chevkinite-group minerals from the mantle-derived metaluminous Woshui syenite of the Emeishan large igneous province

J. Gregory Shellnutt*, Yoshiyuki Iizuka

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The composition of chevkinite-group minerals from the Late Permian Woshui pluton is presented. The Woshui pluton is one of the few mantle-derived metaluminous syenitic intrusions within the Emeishan large igneous province of SW China and contains four times less ΣREE (ΣREE = 0.05 wt.%) than the spatially and temporally associated Baima peralkaline syenitic pluton (ΣREE = 0.2 wt.%). The chevkinite-group minerals are relatively uniform in composition and observed chemical trends are consistent with substitution between major cationic sites defined as: Ca2+A + Ti 4+C ⇌ REE3+A + M 3+,2+C The chevkinite-group minerals from the Woshui syenites are unique in that they display positive chondrite-normalized Eu-anomalies (i.e. Eu/Eu* = 2.3 to 23) which may be related to the conditions that produced the parental magma. The magmatic conditions of Woshui pluton were likely to be low pressure (i.e. ≤ 1 kbar), moderate temperature (i.e. 700-800°C) and relatively oxidizing (fO2 ≥ FMQ > 0). In comparison to chevkinite-group minerals reported from peralkaline rocks, those from metaluminous rocks tend to have higher SiO2, Al 2O3, CaO and ZrO and lower FeO*, Nb 2O5 and Ce2O3. The compositional differences are attributed to parental magma composition and possible magmatic origin (i.e. partial melting vs. crystal fractionation).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-682
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Mineralogy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug


  • A-type granitoid
  • Chevkinite group minerals
  • Metaluminous syenite
  • Permian
  • SW China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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