Enclave (geology)

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In geology, an enclave is an aggregate of minerals or rock observed inside a larger rock body. Usually it refers to such situations in plutonic rocks. Micro-granular enclaves in felsic plutons result from the introduction of mafic magma into the magma chamber and its subsequent cooling following incomplete mixing.[1]


  1. ^ Dorais, Michel J.; Lira, Raul; Chen, Yadong; Tingey, David (1997). "Origin of biotite-apatite-rich enclaves, Achala batholith, Argentina". Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 140 (1): 31–46. Bibcode:1997CoMP..130...31D. doi:10.1007/s004100050347. S2CID 129621632.