Petrología de algunos cuerpos básicos de San Luis y las granulitas asociadas

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Félix Gonzalez Bonorino


In the Sierra de San Luis of Central Argentina there is an approximately north intruded conformably in a granulitic complex of Precambrian age. The bodies south trending belt of basic igneous rocks, formed by clusters of lens-shaped bodies —some of them divided into sob-units by discontinuous sereens of country rock—measure from several meters to about 5 kilometers in length. Two of the larger bodies were studied: one (Virorco) is a composite pluton intruded inside a vertically plunging fold in the granulites; the other (Las Aguilas) is a smaller, simpler body with a few parallel satellite dikes. Conformable contacts are almost universal, but local irruptions through internal sereens are seen. The dominant rock type is a bytownite-broncite-hornblende gabbro, medium- to fine-grained, with local coarse-grained ultrabasic differentiates. An outer zone of quartz-ziotite-norite is characteristic, regardless the size of the body. Tn the. largest units, thin alternating bands and lenses of hornblende4ree and hornblende rich norite may be found close —and parallel— to the contact, A coarser, more obscure banding is found within the main. body at Virorco, by alternation of the main facies (horn blende norite) with a coarse grained, plagioclase-poor pyroxene hornblendite. Tn the upper level of the central, more massive part of the main body, the banding appears as a flat-lying layering. At Las Águilas, the ultrabasic facies (hytownite-broncite-hornblendite) forms a small asymmetrical core.

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Gonzalez Bonorino, F. (1961). Petrología de algunos cuerpos básicos de San Luis y las granulitas asociadas. Revista De La Asociación Geológica Argentina, 16(1-2), 61-106. Retrieved from