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plu·ton

 (plo͞o′tŏn′)
n.
A body of igneous rock formed beneath the surface of the earth by consolidation of magma.

[German, back-formation from plutonisch, plutonic, from Latin Plūtō, Plūtōn-, Pluto; see Pluto.]

pluton

(ˈpluːtɒn)
n
(Geological Science) any mass of igneous rock that has solidified below the surface of the earth
[C20: back formation from plutonic]

plu•ton

(ˈplu tɒn)

n.
a body of igneous rock that has solidified far below the earth's surface.
[1935–40; < German Pluton, back formation from plutonisch plutonic]
plu•ton′ic, adj.
plu•ton•ism n.

plu·ton

(plo͞o′tŏn′)
A large body of igneous rock formed when a plume of magma cools underground. Although most plutons are deep within the Earth's crust, some become exposed at the surface due to plate-tectonic processes.
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Noun1.pluton - large mass of intrusive igneous rock believed to have solidified deep within the earth
granite - plutonic igneous rock having visibly crystalline texture; generally composed of feldspar and mica and quartz
igneous rock - rock formed by the solidification of molten magma
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18]O character of the Mira terrane: (1) a series of local meteoric water-dominated geothermal systems associated with convergent subduction, associated volcanism, and emplacement of individual plutons, or (2) a single event involving regional infiltration of hydrothermal fluids during transcurrent rifting of Avalonia at the Gondwanan margin at ca.
Radiometric dates are lacking but the grey and pink granites are petrographically comparable to the Siwana and Jalore plutons, respectively, emplaced in the Malani volcanic series.
Gold mineralization on the Midu Gold Project is hosted within Triassic, Cretaceous and Tertiary sedimentary rocks that have been deformed, altered and intruded by a series of unsubdivided ultramafic bodies, diabase dykes and granitic plutons.
The Late Silurian Landry Brook and Dickie Brook plutons and Charlo plutonic suite underlie a combined area of approximately 80 [km.
It is postulated that gold in the region is derived from polymetallic veins and load deposits associated with the Cretaceous hypabyssal plutons.
The Utopia Granite is part of the Saint George Plutonic Suite, a gabbroic to granitic assemblage of plutons of Late Silurian--Late Devonian age in southwestern New Brunswick.
The geology consists of a belt of metamorphosed Paleozoic sediments, that have been intruded by Cretaceous and Tertiary granitic plutons forming a portion of the Yukon Tanana Uplands.
A new U-Pb (zircon) age of 357 [+ or -] 1 Ma for the Wedgeport pluton in the Meguma terrane of southwestern Nova Scotia confirms that it is younger than other granitoid plutons of the Meguma terrane but not as young as the ca.
The geology of the area is characterized by metamorphic basement rocks intruded by granitic plutons with vein deposits of tungsten and widespread hydrothermal alterations consisting of quartz-sericite, pyrite, hematite and silicification.
It has long been realized that plutons contain a wealth of information important in unravelling the complex processes that operate in magma chambers.
Plutons of the MPS generally have calc-alkalic to within-plate chemical characteristics, and their slightly negative (-0.