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Hf Isotope Systematics of Kimberlites and their Megacrysts: New Constraints on their Source Regions

Optical absorption, TL and IRSL of basic plagioclase megacrysts from the pinacate (Sonora, Mexico) quaternary alkalic volcanics

Nature of Sub-volcanic Magma Chambers, Deccan Province, India: Evidence from Quantitative Textural Analysis of Plagioclase Megacrysts in the Giant Plagioclase Basalts

Abundance and Partitioning of OH in a High-pressure Magmatic System: Megacrysts from the Monastery Kimberlite, South Africa

Microchemical and Sr Isotopic Investigation of Zoned K-feldspar Megacrysts: Insights into the Petrogenesis of a Granitic System and Disequilibrium Crystal Growth

400 my of Basic Magmatism in a Single Lithospheric Block during Cratonization: Ion Microprobe Study of Plagioclase Megacrysts in Mafic Rocks from Transbaikalia, Russia

Megacrysts and Associated Xenoliths: Evidence for Migration of Geochemically Enriched Melts in the Upper Mantle beneath Scotland

Melt Enrichment of Shallow Depleted Mantle: a Detailed Petrological, Trace Element and Isotopic Study of Mantle-Derived Xenoliths and Megacrysts from the Cameroon Line

A Non-cognate Origin for the Gibeon Kimberlite Megacryst Suite, Namibia: Implications for the Origin of Namibian Kimberlites

Polybaric Fractional Crystallization of High-alumina Basalt Parental Magmas in the Egersund–Ogna Massif-type Anorthosite (Rogaland, SW Norway) Constrained by Plagioclase and High-alumina Orthopyroxene Megacrysts

The Role of Continental Crust and Lithospheric Mantle in the Genesis of Cameroon Volcanic Line Lavas: Constraints from Isotopic Variations in Lavas and Megacrysts from the Biu and Jos Plateaux


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Applied to the texture of any igneous or metamorphic rock which contains large, usually euhedral crystals set in a finer-grained groundmass. The term has no genetic connotation, unlike ‘phenocryst’ which implies crystallization from a magma, and ‘porphyroblast’ which implies solid-state recrystallization during metamorphism.

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