18 August 2012
Posted by Callan Bentley
Evelyn put up a cat photo on Geokittehs earlier today, and it reminded me of anatexis, the process of partial melting. Anatexis is my favorite way to produce a migmatite.
In this model, the light-colored (felsic) ginger cat is derived from the partial melting of another cat, partly dark (mafic) and partly felsic (ginger). Where the low-melting-temperature minerals have been extracted, the source cat is much darker. Fresh injections of felsic magma at regular intervals produce schlieren in the new magma body next door to the source rock.
Whaddya think? Got a better idea? Let Evelyn know.
Oh wow, my kittehs are getting around! I found your blog awhile back and subscribed to it, and I was completely delighted to see Ginger and Turtle all annotated on my homepage this morning! I’m originally from southern WV (Greenbrier County), and I teach anthropology at a community college in CA, so my knowledge of geology is pretty limited, but I’m trying to rectify that 🙂