Spinel-Lherzolite Xenoliths from the Aritain Volcano, NE-Jordan

S. Nasir*, H. Al-Fuqha

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Fresh spinel-Lherzolite xenoliths occur within the pyroclastic components of the Aritain volcano, NE-Jordan. The average modal composition of the xenoliths is 67 vol.% olivine, 23 vol. % orthopyroxene, 9 vol. % clinopyroxene and 1.6 vol. % spinel. All xenoliths exhibit a protogranular texture. Selected electron probe analyses of enstatite, diopside, olivine, and spinel are given. Temperatures of their last equilibration range from 925° to 1,025°C. Pressure estimates based on the spinel-Lherzolite stability field restrict the xenolith source to a depth of 37 to 60 km. Up to 18 % XCr in spinel indicates an origin from a maximum depth of 60 km.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalMineralogy and Petrology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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