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Oxide and Cation Compositions of Feldspar Grains from Drill Core of the Duluth Complex, Minnesota

September 21, 2018

The table contains oxide and cation compositions of feldspar grains from drill core of the Duluth Complex. The oxides were determined by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and are are reported in weight percent (wt%). The cations were then calculated and are reported in mole percent (mol%). Feldspar grains are a group of rock-forming tectosilicate minerals with potassium (K), sodium (Na), and calcium (Ca) endmembers. Anorthite has a chemical formula CaAlSi3O8; albite has the formula NaAlSi3O8; and orthoclase has the chemical formula KAlSi3O8. To better understand the composition of the measured feldspars, we calculated the anorthite content (An%) as (Ca/(Ca+Na+K)) x 100 and report the values in mol%. Albite (Ab%) was calculated as (Na/(Ca+Na+K))x100, and orthoclase (Or%) as (K/(Ca+Na+K)) x 100.