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Alkaline granites of the Muong Hum are distributed mainly in the NW Phan Si Pan zone. The granite closely has striped or clear gneissoid structures, coinciding with general NW-SE trends. It consists mainly of plagioclase (~20–30 %), alkaline feldspar (~30–50 %), quartz (~20–25 %), biotite (~1–5 %), aegirine (~1–3 %), and riebeckite (~1–2 %). It has 10,000×Ga/Al ratios of 4.70–4.93, A/CNK values of 0.87–0.90, and negative Eu-anomalies as well as apparent depletion of Ba, Sr, Ti, and P. The mineral assemblages and chemical characteristics show that it is typical of A-type granites. Compared with other adjacent Late Permian to Early Triassic A-type granitic plutons, geochemical characteristics of the Muong Hum granite are similar to the Phu Sa Phìn, Phan Si Pan, Ye Yen Sun, and Nam Xe-Tam Duong granites in NW Vietnam as well as the Taihe, and Panzhihua granites in SW China. Thus, the Phan Si Pan zone must have been a displaced portion of the Emeishan large igneous province. This might be a direct result of the left-lateral Cenozoic Red River shear zone.

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Issue: Vol 1 No T2 (2017)
Page No.: 114-123
Published: Jun 30, 2017
Section: Original Research

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Pham, M., Pham, H., & Nguyen, H. (2017). Geochemical characteristics of the Muong Hum alkaline granite in the Phan Si Pan zone, Northwestern Vietnam. Science and Technology Development Journal - Natural Sciences, 1(T2), 114-123.

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