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My essay #7 is posted to the PIG website. It pertains to an article by Kuz'ma Vlasov:
Vlasov, K.A (1961) Principles of classifying granite pegmatites and their textural-paragenetic types. (In English) Transactions of the Academy of Sciences, U.S.S.R., Geologic Series, 1, 5-20.
Vlasov's classification of pegmatites was simple, but not simplistic. It was and remains as the only comprehensive granite-to-pegmatite classification that combined rock texture, which is the defining attribute of pegmatites, with mineralogy and internal zonation. Unlike later classifications that have addressed only those pegmatites that contain rare-element minerals, Vlasov's scheme included pegmatitic granites (his Type I) and the common pegmatites (his Types II and III), which constitute more than 98% of all pegmatites (Cerny, 1991) and consist of "99.9% feldspar, quartz, and mica" (Vlasov, 1961). More important than the types of pegmatites he proposed, his renderings conveyed the regional-scale and spatial changes among consanguineous pegmatites of a group from granitic source to the most distal bodies. His was the first confirmation of zoning trends across a pegmatite group of what has come to be known as the LCT (Li-Cs-Ta) family (Cerny, 1991). He recognized that the so-called albite-spodumene pegmatites, which are now exceedingly important for their large reserves of lithium, may be unrelated to the LCT family in source and environment.
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