Biotite granite - St Austell
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This sample of granite comes from Luxulyan, St Austell, Cornwall. It is known locally as biotite granite, although the granite actually contains both muscovite and biotite. This granite represents part of the main mass of the St Austell granite, and it was this pluton that drove much of the heating and fluid infiltration of local rocks leading to intrusions and mineralisation. Adjacent mineral deposits and the large clay pits were also the result of the hydrothermal fluid circulation surrounding the SW England pluton during its intrusion in the Permian period.

The thin section contains large plates of biotite showing alteration to chlorite, with lesser amounts of equally sized muscovite. Large plates of quartz show little deformation, orthoclase and plagioclase feldspar are both altered, plagioclase exhibits compositional zoning and orthoclase exhibits coarse perthite textures. 

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Luxulyan, St Austell, Cornwall
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Moderate
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Permian
Ma = Millions of years ago
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igneous
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