Postcards From the Field
Carbonatites in the Lemitar Mountains — Lemitar Mountains, NM
March 2, 2021
Studying carbonatites in the Lemitar Mountains, north of Socorro, New Mexico during a pandemic! Carbonatites are carbonate-rich rocks containing more than 50% magmatic carbonate minerals, less than 20% SiO2, are of magmatic derivation, and typically found in zoned complexes consisting of alkaline igneous and/or carbonatite stocks, ring dikes, and cone sheets.