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- The textural relationships between the different primary minerals in igneous rocks provide one of the most fundamental pieces of evidence available for inferring the crystallization history of their parent magmas. Unfortunately, the high degree of brecciation that characterizes most diogenites, along with the low modal abundance and small grain sizes of minerals other than orthopyroxene, combine to make identifying and interpreting such textural relationships extremely difficult in this class of meteorites. A few descriptions of primary igneous contacts between orthopyroxene and chromite, troilite, and to a lesser extent, olivine in diogenites have been provided in the literature. In addition to these, in previous work, our research group has characterized several types of igneous contacts between Ca-pyroxene, plagioclase and orthopyroxene in the Bilanga diogenite. We have also described primary igneous inclusions of troilite + kamacite + chromite + Ca-pyroxene +/- Ca-phosphate in orthopyroxene (i.e. Metal/Troilite- Ball inclusions) in the diogenites Bilanga, Manegaon, Johnstown, Roda, Shalka, and Tatahouine. However, for the most part, detailed data on igneous textural relations between minerals other than orthopyroxene in diogenites are still sparse. Of the diogenite samples that we have examined,
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Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, Part 4; LPI-Contrib-1234-Pt-4.
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