Some geochemical studies of the metaquartzites of the Jerai Formation, Kedah

Author : K.T. Chow
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 57-62
Volume Number : 13
Year : 1980

Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 13, Dec. 1980, pp. 57 – 62

Some geochemical studies of the metaquartzites of the Jerai Formation, Kedah


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Abstract: The following types of metaquartzites from the Jerai Formation (Cambrian) can be distinguished – white metaquartzite, micaceous metaquartzite and calcareous-micaceous metaquartzite. The compositions of the white and micaceous metaquartzites overlap but the white variety appear to be generally more aluminous but less alkali-rich compared to the micaceous variety. The metaquartzites contain high K2O comparable to granitic rocks and indicating that the probable source rocks are acid igneous rocks. The Rb/Sr ratios of the metaquartzites also are comparable to the Main Range granites which give rise to the thought that the source may be similar crustal rocks.