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Gabbro

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A gabbroid composed of 10-90% Ca-dominant plagioclase and >5% clinopyroxene.
A group of basic intrusive igneous rocks composed principally of basic plagioclase (commonly labradorite or bytownite) and clinopyroxene (augite), with or without olivine and orthopyroxene; also, any member of that group. It is the approximate coarse grained/intrusive equivalent of basalt. Apatite, magnetite and ilmenite are common accessory minerals. Commonly dark-colored.


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Classification of GabbroHide

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Mineralogy of GabbroHide

Essential minerals - these are minerals that are required within the classification of this rock:
Feldspar > PlagioclaseA petrological term for Albite-Anorthite Series.
MaficsA petrological term for dark, rock-forming minerals rich in magnesium and/or iron.
Non-essential minerals - these minerals are common, sometimes major components, but are not always present:
Amphibole > HornblendeAn informal name for dark green to black amphiboles, mostly ferro-hornblende or ...
Mica > BiotiteA series or subgroup of the Mica Group.

Age informationHide

Age range:
Paleozoic : 419.2 ± 3.2 Ma to 305.9 ± 3.5 Ma - based on mindat.org data.

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