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Sample records for fazenda brasileiro gabbro

  1. Drilling to gabbro in intact ocean crust.

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    Wilson, Douglas S; Teagle, Damon A H; Alt, Jeffrey C; Banerjee, Neil R; Umino, Susumu; Miyashita, Sumio; Acton, Gary D; Anma, Ryo; Barr, Samantha R; Belghoul, Akram; Carlut, Julie; Christie, David M; Coggon, Rosalind M; Cooper, Kari M; Cordier, Carole; Crispini, Laura; Durand, Sedelia Rodriguez; Einaudi, Florence; Galli, Laura; Gao, Yongjun; Geldmacher, Jörg; Gilbert, Lisa A; Hayman, Nicholas W; Herrero-Bervera, Emilio; Hirano, Nobuo; Holter, Sara; Ingle, Stephanie; Jiang, Shijun; Kalberkamp, Ulrich; Kerneklian, Marcie; Koepke, Jürgen; Laverne, Christine; Vasquez, Haroldo L Lledo; Maclennan, John; Morgan, Sally; Neo, Natsuki; Nichols, Holly J; Park, Sung-Hyun; Reichow, Marc K; Sakuyama, Tetsuya; Sano, Takashi; Sandwell, Rachel; Scheibner, Birgit; Smith-Duque, Chris E; Swift, Stephen A; Tartarotti, Paola; Tikku, Anahita A; Tominaga, Masako; Veloso, Eugenio A; Yamasaki, Toru; Yamazaki, Shusaku; Ziegler, Christa

    2006-05-19

    Sampling an intact sequence of oceanic crust through lavas, dikes, and gabbros is necessary to advance the understanding of the formation and evolution of crust formed at mid-ocean ridges, but it has been an elusive goal of scientific ocean drilling for decades. Recent drilling in the eastern Pacific Ocean in Hole 1256D reached gabbro within seismic layer 2, 1157 meters into crust formed at a superfast spreading rate. The gabbros are the crystallized melt lenses that formed beneath a mid-ocean ridge. The depth at which gabbro was reached confirms predictions extrapolated from seismic experiments at modern mid-ocean ridges: Melt lenses occur at shallower depths at faster spreading rates. The gabbros intrude metamorphosed sheeted dikes and have compositions similar to the overlying lavas, precluding formation of the cumulate lower oceanic crust from melt lenses so far penetrated by Hole 1256D.

  2. [The archeology of slavery on Jesuit fazendas: first research notes].

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    Symanski, Luís Cláudio P; Gomes, Flávio

    2012-12-01

    These preliminary research notes present theoretical and methodological questions regarding a recently inaugurated investigation in historical archeology that intends to analyze daily life under slavery, demographic regimes, cultural practices, and so on. A survey of archeological sites on former 'senzalas' (slave quarters) and slave-owning fazendas in the Paraíba Valley and northern part of the state of Rio de Janeiro is currently in progress. With the cooperation of historians, archeologists, and anthropologists, records of the material culture of slave populations, which originally comprised indigenes and later Africans, are being located at excavations underway on the fazenda that is part of the Jesuit school in Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, first run by the clergy and later by members of the laity in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.

  3. Shock wave properties of anorthosite and gabbro

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    Boslough, M. B.; Ahrens, T. J.

    1984-01-01

    Hugoniot data on San Gabriel anorthosite and San Marcos gabbro to 11 GPA are presented. Release paths in the stress-density plane and sound velocities are reported as determined from particl velocity data. Electrical interference effects precluded the determination of accurate release paths for the gabbro. Because of the loss of shear strength in the shocked state, the plastic behavior exhibited by anorthosite indicates that calculations of energy partitioning due to impact onto planetary surfaces based on elastic-plastic models may underestimate the amount of internal energy deposited in the impacted surface material.

  4. The Amphiolite Layers In The Cumulate Gabbros, (Northern-Turkey)

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    Özkan, Mutlu; Faruk Çelik, Ömer; Altıntaş, İsmail Emir; Sherlock, Sarah; Chelle-Michou, Cyril; Marzoli, Andrea; Ulianov, Alexey; Melih Çörtük, Rahmi; Topuz, Gültekin

    2016-04-01

    The Early-Middle Jurassic SSZ type dismembered ophiolite sequence, which is remnants of the Tethyan oceanic lithosphere, crop out in the accretionary complex around Tokat-Çamlıbel region (Northern Turkey). The main lithology of the ophiolite sequence are cumulate gabbros, isotropic gabbros and basalts. The amphibolite layers, which their thickness are up to 2 m, are observed in the cumulate gabbros. In this study, we aim to discuss a possible formation mechanism of the amphibolitic rocks in the cumulate gabbros, based on the field, mineralogical, geochemical and geochronological data. The cumulate gabbros (olivine-gabbro, gabbro-norite and gabbro) have generally well developed magmatic layers and they show cumulate texture. They are cross cut by pegmatite gabbros, dolerites and plagiogranite dikes. In terms of the mechanism of formation, the amphibolite layers in the cumulate gabbros are different from dolerite, pegmatite gabbro and plagiogranite dikes crosscutting the cumulate gabbros. Although the cumulate gabbros, the mafic and felsic dikes have not undergone any metamorphism (except the hydrothermal metamorphism), the amphibolite layers show well developed foliation and banded structure. Moreover, field and petrographic observations showed that the amphibolitic rocks were highly subjected to shearing. The amphibolitic rocks are mainly composed of magnesio-hornblende + plagioclase (andesine), ± biotite and opaque minerals and they exhibit nematoblastic texture. The amphibolite layers in the cumulate gabbros are crosscut by the plagiogranite dikes. The plagiogranites consist mainly of quartz, plagioclase, biotite and opaque minerals and they show granular texture. Undulose extinction and sub-grain formation in quartz minerals indicate to the presence of deformation phase affecting the plagiogranite dikes. LA-ICP-MS dating on zircon from plagiogranite dikes which is cross-cutting of the amphibolite layers, yielded Middle Jurassic ages. 40Ar/39Ar dating of

  5. Particle velocity experiments in anorthosite and gabbro

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    Boslough, M. B.; Ahrens, T. J.

    1984-01-01

    Shock wave experiments were conducted in San Gabriel anorthosite and San Marcos gabbra 10 11 GPa using a 40 mm-borne propellant gun. Particle velocities were measured directly at several points in each target by means of electromagnetic gauges. Hugoniot states were calculated by determining shock-transit time from the gauge records. Sound speeds indicate a loss of shear strength upon sock compression for both rocks, with the strength loss persisting upon release to zero stress om the anorthosite. Stress-density release paths in the anorthosite indicate possible transformation of albite to jadeite + (quartz or coesite), with the amount of material transformed increasing as a function of shock stress. Electrical interferene effects in the gabbro precluded the determination of accurate release paths for the rock.

  6. Impact cratering and spall failure of gabbro

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    Lange, M. A.; Ahrens, T. J.; Boslough, M. B.

    1984-01-01

    Both hypervelocity impact and dynamic spall experiments were carried out on a series of well-indurated samples of gabbro. The impact experiments carried out with 0.04 to 0.2 g, 5-6 km/sec projectiles produced deci-centimeter-sized craters and demonstrated crater efficiencies of 6/10 to the -9 g/erg, and order of magnitude greater than in metal and some two to three times that of previous experiments on less strong igneous rocks. Most of the crater volume (some 60 to 80 percent) is due to spall failure. Distribution of cumulative fragment number, as a function of mass of fragments with masses greater than 0.1 gram yield values of b = d(log10N sub f)dlog10(m) of -0.5 to -0.6, where N sub f is the cumulate number of fragments and m is the mass of fragments. These values are in agreement or slightly higher than those obtained for less strong rocks and indicate that a large fraction of the ejecta resides in a few large fragments.

  7. Impact cratering and spall failure at gabbro

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    Lange, M. A.; Ahrens, T. J.; Boslough, M. B.

    1983-01-01

    Both hypervelocity impact and dynamic spall experiments were carried out on a series of well-indurated samples of gabbro. The impact experiments carried out with 0.04 to 0.2g, 5-6 km/sec projectiles produced deci-centimeter-sized craters and demonstrated crater efficiencies of 6/10 to the - 9 g/erg, and order of magnitude greater than in metal and some two to three times that of previous experiments on less strong igneous rocks. Most of the crater volume (some 60 to 80%) is due to spall failure. Distribution of cumulative fragment number, as a function of mass of fragments with masses greater than 0.1 gram yield values of b = d(log10N sub f)dlog10(m)of -0.5 to -0.6, where N sub f is the cumulate number of fragments and m is the mass of fragments. These values are in agreement or slightly higher than those obtained for less strong rocks and indicate that a large fraction of the ejectra resides in a few large fragments.

  8. The Fazenda Largo off-craton kimberlites of Piauí State, Brazil

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    Kaminsky, Felix V.; Sablukov, Sergei M.; Sablukova, Ludmila I.; Zakharchenko, Olga D.

    2009-10-01

    In the late 1990s, the Fazenda Largo kimberlite cluster was discovered in the Piauí State of Brazil. As with earlier known kimberlites in this area - Redondão, Santa Filomena-Bom Jesus (Gilbues) and Picos - this cluster is located within the Palaeozoic Parnaiba Sedimentary Basin that separates the São Francisco and the Amazonian Precambrian cratons. Locations of kimberlites are controlled by the 'Transbrasiliano Lineament'. The Fazenda Largo kimberlites are intensely weathered, almost completely altered rocks with a fine-grained clastic structure, and contain variable amounts of terrigene admixture (quartz sand). These rocks represent near-surface volcano-sedimentary deposits of the crater parts of kimberlite pipes. By petrographic, mineralogical and chemical features, the Fazenda Largo kimberlites are similar to average kimberlite. The composition of the deep-seated material in the Fazenda Largo kimberlites is quite diverse: among mantle microxenoliths are amphibolitised pyrope peridotites, garnetised spinel peridotites, ilmenite peridotites, chromian spinel + chromian diopside + pyrope intergrowths, and large xenoliths of pyrope dunite. High-pressure minerals are predominantly of the ultramafic suite, Cr-association minerals (purplish-red and violet pyrope, chromian spinel, chromian diopside, Cr-pargasite and orthopyroxene). The Ti-association minerals of the ultramafic suite (picroilmenite and orange pyrope), as well as rare grains of orange pyrope-almandine of the eclogite association, are subordinate. Kimberlites from all four pipes contain rare grains of G10 pyrope of the diamond association, but chromian spinel of the diamond association was not encountered. By their tectonic position, by geochemical characteristics, and by the composition of kimberlite indicator minerals, the Fazenda Largo kimberlites, like the others of such type, are unlikely to be economic.

  9. Stress-Activated Electromagnetic Emission and Reflection from Gabbro and Gabbro-Diorite

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    Cherukupally, A.; Freund, F. T.; Vanderbilt, V. C.; Tsoflias, G. P.; Dahlgren, R.

    2010-12-01

    Thermal Infrared (TIR) anomalies seen in night-time satellite images are thought to be a promising pre-earthquake signature, driven by the build-up of stress in the crust [1]. The reported radiative surface temperature increase is on the order of 2-6°C, occasionally higher. The cause of this effect is still debated. To produce TIR anomalies in the laboratory we stressed cut blocks of gabbro and boulders of gabbro-diorite using a hydraulic press and/or Bustar expanding cement. Using a Bruker Vertex 70 FT-IR spectrometer with an infrared emission accessory, we measured the IR emission off the rock surface far from where the stresses are applied. We also gathered information about the surface potential by measuring the voltage between the stressed rock and the rock surface at an unstressed part. In addition we monitored the concentration of airborne ions above the rock boulders and changes in radar reflectivity. Upon application of stress we record a positive surface potential, a slight increase in gray body emission, and IR emission bands in the 11-12.5 micron region. The increase in gray body emission indicates a temperature increase of the emitting rock surface. The 11-12.5 micron IR bands suggest a contribution from a non-thermal emission process. We record occasional bursts of air ions, mostly positive. All these observations, plus changes in radar reflectivity, are consistent with the activation of positive hole charge carriers in the stressed subvolume of the rocks and their flow to the surface [2]. At the surface the positive holes lead to a surface charge with an associated electric field, which can become high enough to cause air ionization [3]. The positive holes recombine at the surface, releasing some of their recombination energy as 11-12.5 micron IR photons, the rest as heat [4]. 1] D. Ouzounov et al., “Satellite thermal IR phenomena associated with some of the major earthquakes in 1999-2003,” Phys. Chem. Earth, 31, 154-163 (2006) [2] F. Freund et

  10. How much gabbro is in ocean seismic layer 3?

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    Swift, Stephen A.; Stephen, Ralph A.

    Ocean seismic layer 3 is distinguished from layer 2 by higher velocities, lower variability, and lower gradients in velocity with depth. Based on studies of rocks recovered from ophiolites and walls of fracture zones, most models of lower ocean crust correlate seismic layer 3 with sequences of gabbroic lithologies. The average velocity (6.5 km/s) for a vertical seismic profile in a gabbro sequence at Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Hole 735B is consistent with refraction values for layer 3. However, the Q (inverse attenuation) obtained from these data, after correction to temperature and pressure conditions in lower crust, are too low to be consistent with amplitudes of signals observed in refraction experiments. Laboratory measurements of Q on gabbros from Hole 735B and ophiolites are also one to two orders of magnitude lower than seismic refraction Q. These results indicate that the gabbro sequence at Hole 735B cannot be typical of seismic layer 3. Based on Q, upper layer 3 may be metadolerite, and lower layer 3 may include interbedded gabbros and ultramafics. Serpentine is highly attenuating and is unlikely to be a major component.

  11. Gabbro-Metagabbro association: a Mössbauer effect study

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    Bahgat, A. A.; El-Leil, I. Abu; Radadan, T. M.

    1992-04-01

    Six different samples of Gabbro-Metagabbro rocks from Gebel (Mountain) Atud area located in the central Eastern Desert of Egypt were collected and studied using Mössbauer effect of iron and x-ray diffraction. The study pointed out the degree of alteration from the point of view of mineralogical identification together with the amount and different of states of iron. A mixed valence iron state was observed in one sample.

  12. The first dating results for gabbro of the dunite-clinopyroxenite-gabbro complex of the Chistop massif (North Urals)

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    Petrova, G. A.; Ronkin, Yu. L.; Lvov, P. A.; Maslov, A. V.

    2017-08-01

    The first data on the Late Riphean age by U-Pb and Sm-Nd analysis (≥922 ± 14 and 686 ± 19 Ma, respectively) were obtained for rocks of the dunite-clinopyroxenite-gabbro complex of the Chistop massif in the Patinum-bearing Belt of the Urals. These data allow one to assume that the formation of the Ural paleoocean probably started immediately after the break-up of Rodinia.

  13. Fluid infiltration of the Tudor Gabbro during regional metamorphism

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    Dunn, S.R.; Valley, J.W.

    1985-01-01

    The Tudor Gabbro (TG), an ovate body (4 x 9 km) 40 km SE of Bancroft. Ontario, was metamorphosed to upper greenschist facies along with surrounding sediments and volcanics. Allen (1976) delineated concentric isograds around the gabbro, including +sphene, +tremolite (to 1.5 km), +tremolite + clinozoisite, +diopside (approx. 120 m), and +garnet (approx. 80 m). Metamorphic conditions are inferred to be 490+/-50/sup 0/C, 5 kb with no thermal gradient. Allen suggested that H/sub 2/O infiltration of the marble and calc-schist accounts for the isograds. The gabbro mineralogy of titanaugite, andesine to labradorite, and minor hornblende is extensively recrystallized to albite and/or oligoclase + actinolite + epidote + ilmenite + calcite (up to 4 wt%) +/- biotite +/- chlorite +/- sphene +/- scapolite. Isotopic analyses of calcite from 39 TG samples show delta/sup 18/O = 9.4 to 16.6 and delta/sup 13/C = -1.9 to 3.4. Bulk silicate delta/sup 18/O of TG range from 7.1 to 10.2. Calcites in metasediment have delta/sup 18/O = 18.1 to 25.3 and delta/sup 13/C = 1.3 to 5.6. Two whole rock silicate analyses of a skarn developed locally at the contact show intermediate delta/sup 18/O of 16.2 and 17.3. The stability of Czo component in epidote requires H/sub 2/O-rich fluids. The delta/sup 13/C of TG calcites average +0.7 nearly identical to the average of 178 carbonates from Grenville marbles (+1.0), showing that metasediment-derived CO/sub 2/ pervasively infiltrated the TG. The infiltration of H/sub 2/O into both the TG and the metasediment suggests that H/sub 2/O-rich fluids migrated upward along the contact.

  14. The Paleomagnetism and Age of the Modipe Gabbro, South Africa

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    Feinberg, J. M.; Denyszyn, S. W.; Renne, P. R.; Scott, G. R.

    2009-12-01

    The Precambrian Modipe Gabbro outcrops as isolated hills along the South Africa-Botswana border and was the focus of an influential paleomagnetic study by Evans et al. (1966) that is frequently used to anchor the apparent polar wander path of the Kaapvaal craton. The characteristic remnant magnetization (ChRM) of the intrusion was reported to be held by elongate, single-domain inclusions of magnetite exsolved in pyroxene and characterized by high median destructive fields (~40-60 mT). Until recently, the emplacement age of the Modipe Gabbro was poorly constrained and the only available ages were those of McElhinny (1966): a Rb-Sr date of 2630 ± 470 Ma and a series of K-Ar dates measured from a pyroxene mineral separate ranging from 2600 to 3000 Ma. We re-sampled the Modipe Gabbro with the initial goals of measuring the paleointensity recorded by the exsolved magnetite and better constraining the intrusion’s age. U-Pb analysis of ten single grains of baddeleyite (ZrO2) yielded a 207Pb/206Pb age of 2784.0 ± 1.5 (2σ) Ma with an MSWD of 1.7. This is by far the most precise age determination yet for the Modipe Gabbro and is interpreted to reflect the time of emplacement. However, light microscopy reveals an absence of magnetite inclusions of the type described by Evans et al. (1966), and extensive alteration of pyroxene (to actinolite) and plagioclase (to epidote and sericite). Measurements of isothermal remanent magnetization (IRM) acquisition and first-order reversal curves (FORCs) show that the more highly altered samples are dominated by low coercivity magnetite (Hc ˜4.5 mT), while the less altered samples are dominated by magnetite with higher coercivities (Hc >25 mT). Despite the absence of inclusions and the extensive mineralogical alteration, the mean ChRM calculated after alternating field demagnetization (Dec. 189°, Inc. 89°, α95 7.4°) is indistinguishable from that of Evans et al. (1966) (Dec. 155°, Inc. 85°, α95 5.4°). This observation raises

  15. Identification and quantification of gabbro cumulate partial melting in mafic igneous complexes

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    Leuthold, J.

    2016-12-01

    In mafic magma chambers, olivine, plagioclase and clinopyroxene fractionate along the basaltic liquid line of descent. Ol-rich, troctolite and gabbro cumulates crystallize. Hot primitive magma sills are regularly injected into igneous complexes where they heat and partially melt surrounding hot rocks, percolate, hybridize and crystallize new and secondary phases (see Figure [1]). Here, I quantify the effect of gabbro cumulate partial melting and hybridization with invading primitive basalt using field observations, Cpx microtexture and core-rim geochemical profiles from the Rum sill complex (Scotland). I have run gabbro-basalt hybrid equilibrium and kinetic experiments to test the effect of gabbro assimilation on the basalt liquid and solid lines of descent. Rum poikilitic gabbro resorbed Cpx cores are overgrown by Cr-, Al-, Zr- and REE-depleted interstitial rim with high Mg#, Eu* and Sr* (see [2]). Plg is reversely zoned. Fractional crystallization fails to explain the combined dissolution texture and incoherent compatible and incompatible elements zoning. Gabbro cumulate partial melting produces a Cpx-depleted residue and a melt that is saturated in Cpx, depleted in Cr, Al, Zr and REE and with high SiO2 and Mg# contents [1]. REE-poor Cpx rim crystallized from a hybrid basalt-gabbro magma, despite a lower DREE. In picrite-gabbro kinetic experiments reacted at conditions where Ol, Plg and Cpx are stable in gabbro but only Ol is stable in primitive basalt (1210°C, NNO-2), gabbro Ol and Cpx are anhedral and reversely zoned and Plg is euhedral. In the reaction rim, Cpx is absent, Ol anhedral grains are small and Cr-Spl abundance strongly increased (to 1.8 vol%). Troctolite small-scale partial melting and hybridization with primitive basalt produces a hybrid Al-rich melt that is Spl over-saturated. Gabbro partial melting products can be very difficult to distinguish from cumulates crystallized along the basalt liquid line of descent, because of the limited

  16. Contribution of oceanic gabbros to sea-floor spreading magnetic anomalies.

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    Kikawa, E; Ozawa, K

    1992-10-30

    The contribution of oceanic gabbros, representative rocks for layer 3 of the oceanic crust, to sea-floor spreading magnetic anomalies has been controversial because of the large variation in magnetic properties. Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 118 contains a continuous 500.7-meter section of oceanic gabbro that allows the relations between magnetization and petrologic characteristics, such as the degree of metamorphism and the magmatic evolution, to be clarified. The data suggest that oceanic gabbros, together with the effects of metamorphism and of magmatic evolution, account for a significant part of the marine magnetic anomalies.

  17. Physical, chemical, and thermal interactions in the Pleasant Bay Layered Gabbro-Diorite Intrusion, Maine

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    Patwardhan, K.; Algeo, J.

    2012-12-01

    The approximately 3 km thick Pleasant Bay Layered Intrusion (PBLI) is interpreted to have formed (420 Ma) by repeated intrusions of gabbroic magma into a partly solidified dioritic magma chamber (Wiebe, 1993; Waight et. al., 2001) during the earliest stage of the Acadian orogeny (Tucker et. al., 2001). Typical field relationships in the PBLI include gradational gabbro-diorite layers of variable thicknesses with pipes of silicic composition intruding along the chilled lower contacts of gabbroic layers, chilled gabbroic blobs encased within diorite, and composite dikes consisting of intermingled gabbro blobs of rounded and/or angular geometries within a dioritic or granitic matrix. Detailed studies of similar relationships in the nearby Isle au Haut Igneous Complex (IHIC) have indicated that where diorite underlies gabbro, residual silicic melt was extracted from the underlying partly solidified diorite by compaction and migrated upwards to form a thin layer of buoyant melt that underwent a Rayleigh-Taylor (R-T) type instability producing the silicic pipes which were subsequently arrested by solidification of the overlying gabbro (Chapman & Rhodes, 1992; Patwardhan & Marsh, 2011). Whereas in the IHIC pipes typically are 11-12 cm in diameter and spaced ~30 cm apart, instability features in the PBLI occur at varying scales with pipe diameters commonly ranging from 4 to 100 cm and pipe spacing varying between 20 to 150 cm. Strong compositional differences between the gabbro (~48 wt.% SiO2), diorite (~57 wt.% SiO2), and pipes (~66 wt.% SiO2) correspond to significant differences in estimated density, liquid viscosity, and temperature (near liquidus gabbro: 2.68 g/cm3, 102.3 poise, 1210 oC, partly crystallized diorite: 2.61 g/cm3, 990 oC, and silicic melt derived from partly crystallized diorite: 2.36 g/cm3, 105 poise). The thickness of the buoyant silicic layer and the ascent rate of the pipes emanating from this layer are calculated using estimated viscosity ratios and

  18. Basalts and gabbros from Mare Crisium - Evidence for extreme fractional crystallization

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    Lu, F.; Taylor, L. A.; Jin, Y.

    1989-01-01

    Petrographic and electron microprobe techniques were used to examine igneous fragments in Luna 24 samples 24088 and 24105. It is the complex chemistry of the pyroxenes that distinguishes the different rock types. Basaltic pyroxenes exhibit an Fe-enrichment trend; the evolutionary trends are more complex in the gabbros, with enrichments in both Fe and Ti and a depletion in Cr. These chemical evolutionary trends are displayed by a progressive variation in rock types from Mg-rich olivine-gabbro to olivine-gabbro, and to ferrogabbro and ferrotroctolite. The low TiO2 content of the primary melt, possibly represented by the least-evolved Mg-rich olivine-gabbro, retarded the formation of early ilmenite and spinel, such that 'Fenner Trend' Fe enrichment occurred. The ferrotroctolite is probably the end product of chemical evolution by extreme fractional crystallization, controlled primarily by olivine and pyroxene crystallization.

  19. From isotropic to layered gabbro: evolution record in the Oman ophiolite

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    Jousselin, D.; Morales, L. G.; Stephant, A.; Nicolle, M.

    2010-12-01

    The origin of gabbro layering in ophiolites is widely debated because it is linked to the processes of melt circulation beneath spreading ridges. The Moho Transition Zone (MTZ) of the Oman ophiolite contains layered gabbro lenses that are tens of meters wide. At meter scale, these rocks are not distinguishable from crustal layered gabbros. We describe the first known occurrence of an outcrop of isotropic gabbro in the Oman ophiolite MTZ; the outcrop extends over three hundreds meters and grades into poorly to nicely layered gabbros towards the periphery of the outcrop. When they are present, layering, and magmatic lineation are parallel to the host peridotite plastic foliation and lineation respectively, with microstructures indicative of simple shear deformation. Dunite heterogeneities within the isotropic gabbro, and diffuse limits, suggest that the isotropic gabbro results from melt impregnation of the host dunite, and that olivine within the gabbro is of mantelic origin. Crystallographic preferred orientations (CPO) measurements of olivine and plagioclase show a progressive evolution from a random fabric in the isotropic gabbro, to a well defined fabric in the roughly to nicely layered gabbros. Olivine show [001] (010) B-TYPE fabrics that we interpret as a magmatic flow fabric. In the most deformed samples, the plagioclase texture remains magmatic but olivine CPO is indicative of plastic deformation with a classic A-TYPE pattern. We argue that as a critical threshold of olivine connectivity is reached in the well defined olivine-rich layers, olivine deformation rapidly switches from magmatic to plastic. This last stage of deformation probably contributes to the layering sharpening, as deformation in olivine and in plagioclase rich layers must tend to be decoupled at this stage. We conclude that our observations illustrate rarely preserved transitional stages for the layered gabbros formation, showing that layering can result from the progressive tectonic

  20. Prokaryotic diversity, distribution, and insights into their role in biogeochemical cycling in marine basalts and gabbros

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    Mason, O. U.; di Meo-Savoie, C. A.; Nakagawa, T.; van Nostrand, J. D.; Rosner, M.; Maruyama, A.; Zhou, J.; Fisk, M. R.; Giovannoni, S. J.

    2008-12-01

    Oceanic crust covers nearly 70% of the Earth's surface, of which, the upper, sediment layer is estimated to harbor substantial microbial biomass. Marine crust, however, extends several kilometers beyond this surficial layer, and includes the basalt and gabbro layers. The microbial diversity in basalts is well characterized, yet metabolic diversity is unknown. To date, the microflora associated with gabbros, including microbial and metabolic diversity has not been reported. In our analyses basaltic and gabbroic endoliths were analyzed using terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism, cloning and sequencing, and microarray analysis of functional genes. Our results suggest that despite nearly identical chemical compositions of basalt and gabbro the associated microflora did not overlap. Basalt samples harbor a surprising diversity of seemingly cosmopolitan microorganisms, some of which appear to be basalt specialists. Conversely, gabbros have a low diversity of endoliths, none of which appear to be specifically adapted to the gabbroic environment. Microarray analysis (GeoChip) was used to assay for functional gene diversity in basalts and gabbros. In basalt genes coding for previously unreported processes such as carbon fixation, methane-oxidation, methanogenesis, and nitrogen fixation were present, suggesting that basalts harbor previously unrecognized metabolic diversity. Similar processes were observed in gabbroic samples, yet metabolic inference from phylogenetic relationships of gabbroic endoliths with other microorganisms, suggests that hydrocarbon oxidation is the prevailing metabolism in this environment. Our analyses revealed that the basalt and gabbro layers harbor microorganisms with the genetic potential to significantly impact biogeochemical cycling in the lithosphere and overlying hydrosphere.

  1. Creep of Fine-grained Gabbro in dry Condition

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    Zhou, Y.; Rybacki, E.; Dresen, G.; He, C.

    2008-12-01

    Natural fine-grained gabbro were deformed at 300MPa confining pressure in a paterson-type deformation apparatus in GFZ. Creep tests were performed at temperatures ranging from 950-1150'C, stresses from 25-500 MPa, and strain rates between2.3x10-4 to 6.7x10-8s-1. The fine-grained gabbro is composed of 60 vol percent plagioclase, 30 vol percent pyroxene, 10 vol percent magnetite and ilmenite. The samples were dried at 1000`C for 167 hours before experiments. FTIR measurements show a water content of 0.008 wt percent H2O for starting samples, and 0.03 wt percent H2O for deformed samples. We performed three kinds of tests: stress step creep tests, temperature step creep test and constant stress creep with a long creep time. The data of stress-stepping creep tests and the constant stress creep test with long creep time show that the strain rates under the same stress level were increasing with cumulated creep time beyond a threshold time, which is 24 hours for temperature up to 1050 `C and 5 hours for temperature of 1100 `C, and a linear relation with slope of 1.0 was found between logarithm of strain rate and logarithm of accumulated time, suggesting time-proportional strain-rate enhancement, or equivalently, time-weakening effect of flow strength. Microstructural observations of deformed samples show that melt films occurred between grain boundaries of samples, and the melt contents increase with the creep time, indicating the mechanism of the weakening behavior. The strain rate enhancement related to melt fraction agrees to the data of Dimanov et al. [2000], and is fitted well with the model of Paterson [2000]. In order to determine a steady-state flow law with the effect of melt film excluded, the original steady-state strain rates are converted to the case with t=24 hours for experiments with temperatures up to 1050 `C, and data for temperature of 1100 `C are converted to the case with t=5 hours. The time-corrected creep data were fitted to the most commonly used

  2. The permeability of gabbro in oceanic core complexes

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    Titarenko, S.; McCaig, A. M.

    2013-12-01

    ridges in the Pacific, and volcanic plateaux in the Atlantic, suggest that the topmost basalts are extremely permeable even in crust up to 60 Ma, with estimates ranging from 10-13 to 10-9 m2. This has profound effects on the thermal structure of the crust, particularly where bare seamounts allow access of seawater to this shallow aquifer. In the Atlantic, up to 50% of the cuts has formed in the detachment mode of seafloor spreading, and lacks a continuous basaltic layer. The most prominent bare seamounts are often oceanic core complexes exposing gabbro and serpentinite. It follows that the hydrological and thermal regime in the Atlantic is likely to be inhomogeneous and unpredictable. Additionally, our data show that even in a tectonically active massif <1.2 M.y. in age, the large scale permeability of gabbro at low temperature is much less than that normally used in black smoker modelling (10-14 to 10-12 m2). Sheeted sill models of crustal construction at fast spreading ridges require removal of heat by deep circulation of seawater close to the ridge crest. Any permeability allowing such deep circulation is likely to be extremely transient in nature.

  3. Lower crustal metastable gabbro and volcanism in warm subduction systems

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    McGary, R. S.; Rondenay, S.

    2016-12-01

    Along-strike variation of seismicity and volcanism is an important feature of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. To the north, intraslab activity is dense, and the 127 quaternary vents are tightly clustered around the five volcanoes. To the south, seismic activity is sparse and the more than 2000 quaternary vents form a near continuous array from Bumping Lake to the southeast of Mt. Rainier to very close to the California border. While most of the volcanism in the Cascades lies along the quaternary axis, there are four features (in the central region) that lie within the forearc: the Indian Head and Portland vent fields, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainier. Mt. St. Helens has been frequently active since 1980, and Mt. Rainier is one of the most potentially dangerous volcanoes in the United States. We present models derived from a 2-D Generalized Radon Transform seismic study across central Washington State near Mt. Rainier and show how they are distinctly different from models obtained in similar studies conducted to the north (across Vancouver Island and into British Columbia) and south (in Oregon near Mt. Jefferson). Specifically, the persistence of a low velocity feature coincident with the subducting lower oceanic crust and uppermost mantle is present here to depths of approximately 100 km. We argue that this feature is best interpreted as a metastable gabbro lower crust underlain by a moderately hydrated uppermost mantle, most likely rich in chlorite. This scenario requires a fairly narrow set of environments for slab hydration offshore, and suggests that important along-strike variation in the volcanic arc may be driven by differences in slab hydration.

  4. Gabbro layering induced by simple shear in the Oman ophiolite Moho transition zone

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    Jousselin, David; Morales, Luiz F. G.; Nicolle, Marie; Stephant, Aurore

    2012-05-01

    We investigate the origin of modal layering in gabbro lenses of the Moho transition zone in the Oman ophiolite with a microstructural study. Gabbro lenses exhibit a shape preferred orientation of plagioclase crystals, that are euhedral and devoid of any intracrystalline deformation. This texture and field kinematic indicators show a strong simple shear deformation in magmatic conditions. The parallelism of the lineation in gabbros and the plastic lineation of the host dunite indicate that their development is contemporaneous, and that the magmatic features are passively coupled to the solid-plastic flow of the host mantle. We also found undeformed-isotropic and weakly deformed-roughly layered gabbros. The host rock is plagioclase and clinopyroxene impregnated dunite; it contains euhedral plagioclase suggesting that some grains crystallized in suspension. There is no clear boundary between the gabbro and the host rock; on the contrary, the limit is diffuse, with increasing plagioclase and clinopyroxene content from the dunite to the gabbro over tens of meters. This suggests that the gabbro corresponds to melt impregnated dunite. We defined 4 gabbro types, from unlayered (type 1) to well layered (type 4) with progressively more continuous and distinct layers. We characterized deformation with crystal shape and crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) measurements. Unlayered samples have a random fabric; type 2 have a very weak shape fabric and planar CPO, defined by olivine and plagioclase (010) planes; type 3 have a weak fabric, with a lineation defined by the [001] olivine axis and the [100] plagioclase axis, which reflects the shape fabric; type 4 have a strong shape fabric and CPO, with a lineation defined by the [100] olivine and plagioclase axis. We interpret the progression from isotropic to clear S-L fabrics as a result of increasing deformation imposed by the flowing host mantle. The type 2 gabbros must result from compaction; with increasing simple

  5. Gabbro-peridotite Interaction in the Northern Cache Creek Composite Terrane Ophiolite, British Columbia and Yukon

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    Zagorevski, A.

    2015-12-01

    The northern Cache Creek composite terrane comprises a thrust stack of chert, limestone, siltstone, basalt, gabbro and ultramafic complexes ranging in age from Mississippian to Triassic. Fields studies and geochemical investigations indicate that ophiolitic mafic-ultramafic complexes formed in a supra-subduction zone setting. Ophiolitic rocks in the southeast form a structurally disrupted Penrose-type ophiolite; however, northwestern ophiolitic rocks generally lack lower and middle crust in most sections, exhibit a direct contact between supracrustal and mantle sections and locally contain ophicalcites suggesting that supracrustal rocks were structurally emplaced over mantle along extensional detachment(s). Mantle peridotite in the footwall of the detachment is extensively intruded by vari-textured, fine-grained to pegmatitic gabbro sills, dykes and stocks. These gabbro intrusions are locally boudinaged within fresh peridotite suggesting that the host mantle was rapidly exhumed prior to emplacement of the gabbro. Intrusive relationships between gabbro and variably serpentinized mantle peridotite are observed throughout the northern Cache Creek terrane (>300 km) suggesting a presence of a regional-scale Middle Triassic ocean-core complex. Overall, these data indicate that parts of the northern Cache Creek terrane formed in a setting analogous to backarc ocean core complexes such as the Godzilla Megamullion in the Parece Vela backarc basin, western Pacific.

  6. A pristine eucrite-like gabbro from Descartes and its exotic kindred

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    Marvin, U. B.; Warren, P. H.

    1980-01-01

    A coarse-grained plagioclase-pyroxene gabbro (61224,6) with a cumulate texture suggestive of a slowly cooled plutonic rock was recovered from the 4-10 mm fraction of an Apollo 16 soil. The rock is uncommonly poor in feldspar and rich in Na for a lunar highlands lithology. Trace element analyses show extremely low siderophile element concentrations which confirm the pristine character indicated by the texture. The composition of 61224,6 is compared with those of 3 other pristine, exceptionally mafic, nonmare gabbros and of certain eucrites. 61224,6 and the three other gabbros have notable chemical differences but share relatively high ratios of Ti/Sm and Sc/Sm which suggest a possible genetic relationship. We conclude that 61224,6 represents a Na-rich cumulate from a layered intrusion within the highlands crust.

  7. Stream water chemistry in a gabbro/granite watershed, Quabbin reservation, central Massachusetts

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    Reid, J.B. Jr.; Gallant, J.; Christensen, C.; Mengason, M. . School of Natural Science)

    1993-03-01

    While monitoring pH-alkalinity relationships in tributaries of the Quabbin Reservoir, the authors have discovered an anomalous brook whose waters become progressively more acidic downstream. The watershed's bedrock is roughly half Prescott hornblende gabbro and half Cooleyville granitic gneiss with the contact crossing the watershed diagonally; gabbroic bedrock dominates the stream's upper reaches. Outcrop density and topography suggest relatively thin till cover (< [approximately]2m). All parts of the stream get some contribution from both bedrock types, through gabbro contribution diminishes smoothly downstream. Springs in gabbro (pH [approximately]7, alk 20--30mg/1, cond [approximately]50[mu]mho) and in granite (pH [approximately]5, alk 2--6 mg/1, cond [approximately]15[mu]mho) retain these characteristics through dry and wet seasons; the stream's response to high rain events is more complex and can be used to estimate where surface water and groundwater each make their greatest contributions. Each point along the brook can be assigned a value of %gabbro characterizing the bedrock proportions in the watershed upstream of it; plots of major cations, alkalinity and conductivity vs. %gabbro show strong positive correlation. Two-week leaching experiments (initial pH = 4) with A, B and C soil horizons from both sides of the contact show greatest rises (to pH = 5.5) in gabbro soils distant from the contact, and progressively smaller increases crossing the contact to granite soils (pH rises to 4.5). The data suggest that bedrock and soil chemistry are primarily responsible for stream chemistry; topography and residence time here play secondary roles.

  8. Shock wave properties of anorthosite and gabbro. [to model hypervelocity impact cratering on planetary surfaces

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    Boslough, M. B.; Ahrens, T. J.

    1985-01-01

    Huyoniot data on San Gabriel anorthosite and San Marcos gabbro to 11 GPA are presented. Release paths in the stress-density plane and sound velocities are reported as determined from partial velocity data. Electrical interference effects precluded the determination of accurate release paths for the gabbro. Because of the loss of shear strength in the shocked state, the plastic behavior exhibited by anorthosite indicates that calculations of energy partitioning due to impact onto planetary surfaces based on elastic-plastic models may underestimate the amount of internal energy deposited in the impacted surface material.

  9. Comparison of Lunar Basalts and Gabbros with those of the Terrestrial Ocean Crust

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    Natland, J. H.

    2012-12-01

    Initial studies of lunar samples returned from the Apollo and Luna missions took place before rocks of the Earth's lower ocean crust, chiefly varieties of gabbro cumulates, were widely known or understood. Continuing exploration of the ocean crust invites some new comparisons. When volcanic rocks and glass from Apollo 11 and 17 were discovered to have very high TiO2 contents (8-14%), nothing comparable was known from Earth. The high-TiO2 lunar samples were soon described as primary melts derived from considerable depths in the lunar mantle. Other lunar samples have only very low TiO2 contents (~0.2%) and very low concentrations of highly incompatible elements such as Zr and Sr. Today, dredging and drilling results indicate that oxide gabbros rich in magmatic oxides and sulfides and with up to 12% TiO2 comprise a significant percentage of the gabbroic portion of the ocean crust especially at slowly spreading ridges. These are very late stage differentiates, and are commonly juxtaposed by high-temperature deformation processes with more primitive olivine gabbros and troctolites having only ~0.2% TiO2 and low concentrations of Zr and other incompatible elements. The rocks are mainly adcumulates, with very low concentrations of incompatible elements set by proportions of cumulus minerals, and with little contribution from the liquids that produced them. In addition, some lunar gabbros with highly calcic plagioclase (~An93-98) are similar to gabbros and troctolites found in island arcs. All of these similarities suggest that very few lunar basaltic rocks are pristine; instead they all could be nearly complete shock fusion products produced by meteorite impact into a diverse assemblage of lunar gabbros that included both low- and high-TiO2 gabbroic facies. On this hypothesis, no lunar basalt is a primary melt derived from the Moon's mantle. Although magmatic environments on the ancient Moon and in the modern ocean crust were different in important ways, the general

  10. Paleoproterozoic gabbro-diorite-granite magmatism of the Batomga Rise (NE Aldan Shield): Sm-Nd isotope geochemical evidence

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    Kuzmin, V. K.; Bogomolov, E. S.; Glebovitskii, V. A.

    2016-02-01

    The geochemical similarity and almost simultaneous (2055-2060 Ma) formation of Utakachan gabbro-amphibolite, Jagdakin granodiorite-diorite, Khoyunda granitoid, and Tygymyt leucogranite complexes, which inruded metamorphic formations of the Batomga Group are evidence of their formaton from unified magmatic source. All this makes it possibble to combine aforementioned complexes into the unified Early Proterozoic diferentiated gabbro-diorite-granite complex.

  11. Lherzolite, anorthosite, gabbro, and basalt dredged from the Mid-Indian Ocean Ridge

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    Engel, C.G.; Fisher, R.L.

    1969-01-01

    The Central Indian Ridge is mantled with flows of low-potassium basalt of uniform composition. Gabbro, anorthosite, and garnet-bearing lherzolite are exposed in cross fractures, and lherzolite is the bedrock at the center of the ridge. The lherzolites are upper-mantle rock exposed by faulting.

  12. Lherzolite, anorthosite, gabbro, and basalt dredged from the mid-Indian ocean ridge.

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    Engel, C G; Fisher, R L

    1969-11-28

    The Central Indian Ridge is mantled with flows of low-potassium basalt of uniform composition. Gabbro, anorthosite, and garnet-bearing lherzolite are exposed in cross fractures, and lherzolite is the bedrock at the center of the ridge. The Iherzolites are upper-mantle rock exposed by faulting.

  13. Paleomagnetism of the Middle Proterozoic Electra Lake Gabbro, Needle Mountains, southwestern Colorado

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    Harlan, S.S.; Geissman, J.W.

    1998-01-01

    The Electra Lake Gabbro is a small 1.435 Ga pluton that intrudes 1.7 to 1.6 Ga gneisses and schists of the Needle Mountains in southwestern Colorado. Paleomagnetic samples were collected from the main phases of the gabbro, diabase dikes, granite, and alaskite dikes that cut the gabbro and from a partially melted zone in gneiss along the southern margin of the pluton. Gabbro, diabase, and some melt zone samples have a single-polarity characteristic magnetization of northeast declination (D) and moderate negative inclination (I). Demagnetization behavior and rock magnetic characteristics indicate that the remanence is carried by nearly pure magnetite. After correction for the minor west dip of overlying Paleozoic strata, we obtain a mean direction of D = 32.1??, I = -41.9?? (k = 94, ??95 = 3.3??, N = 21 sites) and a paleomagnetic pole at 21.1?? S, 221.1 ??E, (K= 89, A95 = 3.4??). This pole is similar to poles from the Middle Proterozoic Belt Supergroup but is located at a higher southerly latitude than poles from other 1.47-1.44 Ga plutons from North America, most of which plot at equatorial latitudes. The reason for this discrepancy is not clear but may result from a combination of factors, including unrecognized tilting of the gabbro, the failure of this relatively small pluton to fully average paleosecular variation, and uncertainties in the overall reliability of other 1.5-1.4 Ga poles of the North American apparent polar wander path.

  14. Metamorphic zircon formation at the transition from gabbro to eclogite in Trollheimen-Surnadalen, Norwegian Caledonides

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    Beckman, Victoria; Möller, Charlotte; Söderlund, Ulf; Corfu, Fernando; Chamberlain, Kevin

    2013-04-01

    A transition zone from gabbro to eclogite via coronitic stages has been investigated at Vindøldalen in south central Norway, with the aim of linking reaction textures to metamorphic zircon growth and obtaining a direct U-Pb zircon age of the metamorphic process. Different rocks from the transition zone contain various types of zircon: I) as igneous prismatic grains; II) metamorphic polycrystalline rims and pseudomorphs after baddeleyite, and III) tiny (> 10µm) bead-like zircon grains associated with a) oxidation and b) resorption of Ti-Fe oxides. During progressive transformation from gabbro to eclogite, titanomagnetite (magnetite with ilmenite lamellae) was oxidised to titanohematite (hematite + ilmenite); at advanced stages of recrystallization to eclogite, rutile was produced at the expense of Fe-Ti oxide. Textural relations suggests that the FeTi-oxides were the main source of Zr. Subsolidus liberation of Zr and formation of zircon beads took place by oxidation of titanomagnetite during fluid-assisted metamorphism in undeformed corona gabbro, and by resorption of FeTi-oxide in undeformed and strongly deformed rock domains that were recrystallized to eclogite. Secondary ionization mass spectrometry (SIMS) and Thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) were used to obtain U-Pb ages of zircon and baddeleyite. Magmatic baddeleyite yields a TIMS age of 1.46 Ga dating igneous crystallisation, whereas the SIMS age for baddeleyite and magmatic zircon from the same gabbro is slightly younger. Bead-type metamorphic zircon from eclogite gives an age of 425±10 Ma (TIMS), and dates directly the metamorphic transition from gabbro to eclogite in the upper basement of the Lower Allochthon in the south-central Scandinavian Caledonides. The metamorphic zircon age does not necessarily date the peak metamorphic temperature, but reflects fluid-induced reactions and oxidation of primary phases.

  15. Formation of anorthosite-Gabbro rhythmic phase layering: an example at North Arm Mountain, Bay of Isands ophiolite

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    Komor, S.C.; Elthon, D.

    1990-01-01

    Rhythmically layered anorthosite and gabbro are exposed in a 4-10-m thick interval at the base of the layered gabbro unit on North Arm Mountain, one of four massifs that compose the Bay of Islands ophiolite, Newfoundland. The rhythmically layered interval is sandwiched between thick layers of adcumulate to orthocumulate uniform gabbro. Calculated fractional crystallization paths and correlated cryptic variation patterns suggest that uniform and rhythmically layered gabbros represent 20-30% in situ crystallization of two distinct magma batches, one more evolved and the other more primitive. When the more primitive magma entered the crystallization site of the NA300-301 gabbros, it is estimated to have been ~40??C hotter than the resident evolved magma, and may have been chilled by contact with a magma chamber margin composed of uniform gabbro. In this model, chilling caused the liquid to become supercooled with respect to plagioclase nucleation temperatures, resulting in crystallization of gabbro deficient in plagioclase relative to equilibrium cotectic proportions. Subtraction of a plagioclase-poor melagabbro enriched the liquid in normative plagioclase, which in turn led to crystallization of an anorthosite layer. -from Authors

  16. Effect of Pressure and Stress on Water Transport in Intact and Fractured Gabbro and Granite

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    Trimmer, D.; Bonner, B.; Heard, H.C.; Duba, A.

    1980-12-10

    New laboratory data are reported on the effect of confining pressure (to 60 MPa), pore-water pressure (to 30 MPa), and stress difference (to 0.88 of the fracture stress) on permeability of intact and fractured White Lake gneissic granite. Westerly granite, and Creighton gabbro. Permeabilities as low as 10/sup -24/ m/sup 2/ (10/sup -2/ darcy) have been measured using a transient technique. Fracture displacement, electrical conductance, compressional velocity, and pulse amplitude are determined simultaneously. The loads applied to the 0.15-m-diameter by 0.28-m-length test sample are controlled automatically, and most data are taken by microprocessor. Tests on the intact gneissic granite indicated permeabilities of 10/sup -22/ to 10/sup -24/ m/sup 2/ that appeared to be unaffected either by effective pressure or by stress. The granite yielded permeabilities of 4 +- 10/sup -20/ m/sup 2/ that decreased by a factor of 2 as effective pressure increased to 25 MPa and varied by a factor of 2 as stress was increased to 0.5 of the fracture stress. Permeability of the gabbro linearly decreased from 2 x 10/sup -22/ to 8 x 10/sup -24/ m/sup 2/ with effective pressures to 25 MPa. Loading of the gabbro up to 0.88 of the fracture stress increased permeability by a factor of 7. The introduction of a throughgoing fracture increased the apparent permeability by 10/sup 6/ to 10/sup 9/ over the intact values in both granite and gabbro. When compared to the initial value, compressional velocities increased by 5% with pressure to 30 MPa in the gneissic granite. For granite, pressurization from 2 to 25 MPa increased the velocity and pulse amplitude by 5 and 30%, and decreased the conductance by 50%. Velocity, amplitude, and conductance were weakly dependent on pressure in gabbro. The addition of stress decreased velocity and amplitude while increasing conductance markedly on both granite and gabbro.

  17. The first Lu-Hf zircon isotope data for gabbro-diorite-tonalite associations of the Urals

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    Ronkin, Yu. L.; Smirnov, V. N.; Ivanov, K. S.; Gerdes, A.

    2017-01-01

    The Lu-Hf isotope systematics of zircon from the gabbro-plagiogranite association (gabbro, diorite, tonalite, and plagiogranite), which is one of the most typical associations of igneous rocks in the Urals, was studied for the first time. The isotope study yielded a unified age limit of 433 Ma, which corresponds to the time of formation of this rock association. The younger "rejuvenated" ages characterize superimposed thermal impact events, induced by the volcanic arc activity, as well as collisional and postcollisional processes. Here, the initial 176Hf/177Hf( t) ratio in the studied zircon from gabbro and plagiogranite corresponds in fact to a highly LILE-depleted (DM) mantle.

  18. Petrogenesis and tectonic implications of gabbro and plagiogranite intrusions in mantle peridotites of the Myitkyina ophiolite, Myanmar

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    Xu, Yang; Liu, Chuan-Zhou; Chen, Yi; Guo, Shun; Wang, Jian-Gang; Sein, Kyaing

    2017-07-01

    Centimeter-size intrusions of gabbros and plagiogranites occur in mantle peridotites of the Myitkyina ophiolite, Myanmar. The gabbros mainly consist of plagioclase and clinopyroxene, whereas orthopyroxene occasionally occurs. The plagiogranites are mainly composed of plagioclase, quartz and amphibole, with small amount of accessory minerals, such as zircon, apatite and rutile. Plagioclase in the gabbros varies from andesine to anorthite (An37-91), whereas plagioclase in the plagiogranites is less calcic (An1-40). Clinopyroxene in the gabbros is pervasively altered to hornblende. The gabbros contain 42.97-52.88 wt% SiO2, which show negative correlations with Al2O3, CaO and MgO, but positive correlations with Na2O, P2O5 and TiO2. Microtextural relations reveal the crystallization of clinopyroxene prior to plagioclase in the Myitkyina gabbros. This suggests that the gabbros were crystallized from hydrous melts, which is also supported by the occurrence of orthopyroxene and anorthitic plagioclase in some gabbros. The gabbros have slightly enriched Sr-Nd isotopes, with initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.703938-0.706609 and εNd(t) values of + 2.4-+7.2, and relatively variable Hf isotopes, with εHf(t) values of + 13.4-+24.9. A subduction component is required to explain the decoupled Nd-Hf isotopes of the gabbros. Binary mixing suggests that addition of ca 2% subducted sediments to a depleted mantle can account for the Nd-Hf decoupling. Therefore, both petrological and geochemical data of the gabbros support that the Myitkyina ophiolite was originated in a supra-subduction zone setting. The plagiogranites have compositions of tonalites and trondhjemites, containing 56.93-77.93 wt% SiO2, 1.27-10.79 wt% Na2O and 0.05-0.71 wt% K2O. They are slightly enriched in LREE over HREE and display positive anomalies in Eu, Zr, Hf but negative Nb anomalies. Very low TiO2 contents (0.03-0.2 wt%) of the plagiogranites suggest that they were not products of fractional crystallization of MORB

  19. Subsolidus physical and chemical mixing of granite and gabbro during mylonitization, South Victoria Land, Antarctica

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    Rachel Walcott, C.; Craw, Dave

    1993-12-01

    At Dromedary Massif, Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica, a suite of coarse-grained granite dykes cross-cuts a gabbro pluton which has been partially metamorphosed at amphibolite facies. During regional deformation, strain has been inhomogeneously distributed through the gabbro pluton and has been concentrated in granite dykes. In zones of relatively high strain, the granite dykes have developed a mylonitic fabric. A high strain gradient between granitic mylonite and metagabbroic host rock has induced isochemical mylonitization of the margin of the host. This grain size reduction allowed chemical diffusion between granitic and metagabbroic mylonites, resulting in a marginal zone of biotite-rich mylonite with intermediate composition. Biotite-rich mylonite decoupled from metagabbroic mylonite and flowed with granitic mylonite. Continued folding and transposition of granitic mylonite and biotite-rich mylonite has produced compositionally banded mylonite zones through thorough and irreversible mixing of the two lithologies.

  20. Thermal and impact histories of pyroxenes in lunar eucrite-like gabbros and eucrites

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    Takeda, H.; Mori, H.; Ishii, T.; Miyamoto, M.

    Pyroxenes located at levels which are below those at which the near-surface basalts are found must be investigated to obtain more information on the cooling histories of primitive crusts. However, lunar analogs of the cumulate eucrites are rare. The discovery of the pristine eucrite-like gabbro from Descartes by Marvin and Warren (1980) provided an opportunity to investigate more slowly cooled and presumably deep crustal lunar rocks. The present investigation is, therefore, concerned with a comparison of pyroxene in lunar eucrite-like gabbro (61223,47 and 61224,36) and a KREEP-rich quartz monzodiorite (15405,148) with pyroxenes in lunar eucritic analogs (Moore County, Juvinas, and Yamato-74356). Attention is given to differences between lunar and meteoritic eucrites. It is found that the lunar analogs were subjected to complex shock effects of a much higher degree than the meteoritic eucrites.

  1. Percussive tool use by Taï Western chimpanzees and Fazenda Boa Vista bearded capuchin monkeys: a comparison

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    Visalberghi, Elisabetta; Sirianni, Giulia; Fragaszy, Dorothy; Boesch, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    Percussive tool use holds special interest for scientists concerned with human origins. We summarize the findings from two field sites, Taï and Fazenda Boa Vista, where percussive tool use by chimpanzees and bearded capuchins, respectively, has been extensively investigated. We describe the ecological settings in which nut-cracking occurs and focus on four aspects of nut-cracking that have important cognitive implications, namely selection of tools, tool transport, tool modification and modulation of actions to reach the goal of cracking the nut. We comment on similarities and differences in behaviour and consider whether the observed differences reflect ecological, morphological, social and/or cognitive factors. Both species are sensitive to physical properties of tools, adjust their selection of hammers conditionally to the resistance of the nuts and to transport distance, and modulate the energy of their strikes under some conditions. However, chimpanzees transport hammers more frequently and for longer distances, take into account a higher number of combinations of variables and occasionally intentionally modify tools. A parsimonious interpretation of our findings is that morphological, ecological and social factors account for the observed differences. Confirmation of plausible cognitive differences in nut-cracking requires data not yet available. PMID:26483529

  2. Percussive tool use by Taï Western chimpanzees and Fazenda Boa Vista bearded capuchin monkeys: a comparison.

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    Visalberghi, Elisabetta; Sirianni, Giulia; Fragaszy, Dorothy; Boesch, Christophe

    2015-11-19

    Percussive tool use holds special interest for scientists concerned with human origins. We summarize the findings from two field sites, Taï and Fazenda Boa Vista, where percussive tool use by chimpanzees and bearded capuchins, respectively, has been extensively investigated. We describe the ecological settings in which nut-cracking occurs and focus on four aspects of nut-cracking that have important cognitive implications, namely selection of tools, tool transport, tool modification and modulation of actions to reach the goal of cracking the nut. We comment on similarities and differences in behaviour and consider whether the observed differences reflect ecological, morphological, social and/or cognitive factors. Both species are sensitive to physical properties of tools, adjust their selection of hammers conditionally to the resistance of the nuts and to transport distance, and modulate the energy of their strikes under some conditions. However, chimpanzees transport hammers more frequently and for longer distances, take into account a higher number of combinations of variables and occasionally intentionally modify tools. A parsimonious interpretation of our findings is that morphological, ecological and social factors account for the observed differences. Confirmation of plausible cognitive differences in nut-cracking requires data not yet available.

  3. Characteristics and petrogenesis of Alaskan-type ultramafic-gabbro intrusions, southeastern Alaska

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    Loney, R.A. ); Himmelberg, G.R. Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO )

    1993-04-01

    Alaskan-type ultramafic-gabbro intrusions occur along a belt that extends from Duke Island to Klukwan in southeastern Alaska and fall into two age groups, 400 to 440 Ma and 100 to 110 Ma. Most of the smaller bodies are magnetite-bearing hornblende clinopyroxenite; the larger ones consist of dunite, wehrlite, olivine clinopyroxenite, with some gabbro, in addition to hornblende clinopyroxenite and hornblendite. Textural, mineralogical, and chemical characteristics of the Alaskan-type ultramafic bodies indicate that they originated by fractional crystallization of a basaltic magma and accumulation in a crustal magma chamber. The Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] content of clinopyroxene shows a marked enrichment with differentiation, suggesting crystallization from progressively more hydrous melts like those characteristics of arc magmas. REE abundance levels and patterns are markedly similar for given rock units in all the bodies studied suggesting that all the bodies were derived by differentiation of closely similar parent magmas under near identical conditions. The exact composition of the primary melt is uncertain but the authors' preferred interpretation is that the parental magma of most Alaskan-type bodies was a subalkaline hydrous basalt. The striking similarity between the REE abundance levels and patterns of the Alaskan-type clinopyroxenites and gabbros, and the clinopyroxenite xenoliths and plutonic gabbros associated with Aleutian Island Arc volcanism, further suggests that the primary magma was probably a hydrous olivine basalt similar to the primary magma proposed for the Aleutian arc lavas. The mineral chemistry and phase equilibria of the ultramafic bodies suggest that they crystallized in magma chambers at depths greater than about 9 km. Except for the Duke Island body, which has sedimentary structures and shows evidence of ubiquitous current activity, most of the other bodies appear to have accumulated under static conditions.

  4. The gabbro-eclogite phase transition and the elevation of mountain belts on Venus

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    Namiki, Noriyuki; Solomon, Sean C.

    1992-01-01

    Among the four mountain belts surrounding Lakshmi Planum, Maxwell Montes is the highest and stands up to 11 km above the mean planetary radius and 7 km above Lakshmi Planum. The bulk composition and radioactive heat production of the crust on Venus, where measured, are similar to those of terrestrial tholeiitic basalt. Because the thickness of the low-density crust may be limited by the gabbro-garnet granulite-eclogite phase transitions, the 7-11 km maximum elevation of Maxwell Montes is difficult to understand except in the unlikely situation that the crust contains a large volume of magma. A possible explanation is that the base of the crust is not in phase equilibrium. It has been suggested that under completely dry conditions, the gabbro-eclogite phase transition takes place by solid-state diffusion and may require a geologically significant time to run to completion. Solid-state diffusion is a strongly temperature-dependent process. In this paper we solve the thermal evolution of the mountain belt to attempt to constrain the depth of the gabbro-eclogite transition and thus to assess this hypothesis quantitatively. The one-dimensional heat equation is solved numerically by a finite difference approximation. The deformation of the horizontally shortening crustal and mantle portions of the thermal boundary layer is assumed to occur by pure shear, and therefore the vertical velocity is given by the product of the horizontal strain rate and depth.

  5. Tracking Ophiolite Gabbro from Origin To Dispersal: A Record of Tectonic and Surface Processes in Central Anatolia

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    Whitney, D.; Radwany, M.; Brocard, G. Y.; Umhoefer, P. J.

    2016-12-01

    Anatolia is festooned with ophiolitic rocks derived from Tethyan seaways; they mark sutures between Eurasia, Gondwana/Arabia, and continental ribbons and island arcs. Ophiolites are also dispersed between sutures, indicating tectonic transport of possibly 100s of kms. In Central Anatolia, isolated fragments of a Late-K ophiolite (Central Anatolian Ophiolite, CAO) have been assigned to northern (Izmir-Ankara-Erzincan) or southern (Inner-Tauride) sutures, with implications for the magnitude and direction of transport and relation of ophiolite obduction to regional metamorphism. Ophiolitic clasts (primarily gabbro) are widespread in sedimentary basins and alluvial terraces, suggesting that one or several erosional events almost completely removed a formerly extensive ophiolitic nappe. We have obtained petrologic and geochemical data from gabbro outcrops, gabbro clasts in conglomerates and gabbro cobbles on alluvial terraces near the Niĝde metamorphic dome to locate the paleosources and reconstruct ophiolite emplacement, erosion, and dispersal. Our new data show that gabbro currently cropping out at the northern margin of the Niĝde dome is geochemically similar to the CAO: Niĝde and CAO gabbro both have Ti/V <10 and depleted HFSE, typical of boninitic (forearc) magma, although Niĝde gabbro was metamorphosed at mid/upper amphibolite facies and the rest of the CAO at (sub)greenschist facies conditions. Whole-rock trace element data for gabbro clasts indicate that early-middle Miocene sediments were at least partly derived from Tauride ophiolites, whereas later Mio/Pliocene sediments - even those south of the topographic high of the Niĝde dome - were sourced entirely from the CAO to the north. These results show that the Miocene rise of the Central Anatolian plateau drove reorganization of sediment dispersal and topographic disconnection of Miocene depocenters from their CAO sources.

  6. Brittle Asperities and Stick-Slip Motion: Insight from Friction Experiments along A Gabbro/Marble Interface

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    Xu, S.; Takizawa, S.; Fukuyama, E.; Yamashita, F.; Mizoguchi, K.; Kawakata, H.

    2015-12-01

    We conduct a series of meter-scale direct shear experiments along a gabbro/marble fault interface at NIED in Japan. Unlike the transitional behavior from stick-slip to stable sliding along a marble/marble interface under 1.3 MPa normal stress and 0.01 mm/s loading rate, the gabbro/marble case shows persistent stick-slip behavior under the same loading conditions as well as under 2.6 MPa normal stress in subsequent tests. Visual observations of the damage pattern reveal quite different features between the marble/marble case and the gabbro/marble case. For the former, the generated damage typically shows a low aspect ratio between loading-parallel and loading-perpendicular directions, suggesting that some diffusional deformation is effective during slip. For the latter, intruded gabbro pieces with preferred growing direction parallel to loading are distributed on top of the marble side, showing that hard rocks like gabbro can be partially fractured off when sheared against soft rocks like marble. Strain array data show that the apparent friction before failure is high or even above 1 near locations where fractured-off gabbro pieces are later observed, confirming that intact rock strength of gabbro has to be overcome upon the onset of fracture. Although at this moment we do not fully understand the behind mechanism, we believe that the brittleness of gabbro dominates in making the difference. If true, this result will highlight the role of brittle asperities in generating stick-slip fault behavior in a surrounding ductile-like environment. An analogous natural example may be found by the role of seamount in generating earthquakes through or underneath sediments in subduction zones (Cloos, 1992). However, instead of shearing off long-wavelength feature as illustrated by Cloos (1992), our study suggests that the collective behavior of tiny pieces along a nominally flat surface may also generate unstable ruptures macroscopically.

  7. The origin of layered gabbros from the mid lower ocean crust, Hess Deep, East Pacific Rise

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    Cheadle, M. J.; Brown, T. C.; Ceuleneer, G.; Meyer, R.

    2014-12-01

    IODP Exp. 345 Holes U1415 I & J cored a ~30m thick unit of conspicuously layered gabbroic rocks from the lower plutonic crust at Hess Deep. These rocks likely come from >1500m below the dike gabbro transition and thus provide an unique opportunity to study the origin of layering and the formation of relatively deep, fast spread plutonic crust formed at the EPR. Here we report the initial results of a comprehensive high-resolution petrologic, geochemical and petrographic study of this unit, which focuses on a fairly continuous 1.5m long section recovered at Hole I. The rocks consist of opx-bearing olivine gabbro, olivine gabbro and gabbro and exhibit 1-10cm scale modal layering. Some layers host spectacular 2-3 cm diameter cpx oikocrysts encapsulating partially resorbed plagioclase laths. Downhole variations in mineral chemistry are complicated. Olivine, cpx and opx Mg#'s partly reflect equilibration and show a subtle metre-scale variation (1-2 Mg#), whereas, for example, plagioclase anorthite, and cpx TiO2 contents reveal a more complicated 10-20 cm-scale variation (2-4 An, and 0.2 TiO2). Mineral zonation, for all but Mg# in equilibrated olivine, is of higher magnitude than downhole variations in average mineral compositions. Trace element geochemistry reveals rather homogeneous plagioclase and opx compositions; however cpx exhibits variation at the mineral scale. Cpx shows an increased range of, and highest REE concentrations, in the more olivine rich, near cotectic, composition gabbros, whereas the more plagioclase rich, cumulates show no variation of, and low REE, concentrations.Plagioclase fabrics are moderate to weak and partially modally controlled, but the strength of the plagioclase crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) varies dramatically, within the 1.5m core showing a significant part of the variation recorded by Oman ophiolite plutonic crust. Plagioclase shape preferred orientation and CPO match well suggesting that diffusion enabled compaction

  8. Oxygen-isotope exchange and mineral alteration in gabbros of the Lower Layered Series, Kap Edvard Holm Complex, East Greenland

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    Fehlhaber, K.; Bird, D.K. )

    1991-08-01

    Multiple intrusions of gabbros, mafic dikes, and syenites in the Kap Edvard Holm Complex gave rise to prolonged circulation of meteoric hydrothermal solutions and extreme isotope exchange and mineral alteration in the 3,600-m-thick Lower Layered Series gabbros. In the Lower Layered Series, {delta}{sup 18}O of plagioclase varies from +0.3{per thousand} to {minus}5.8{per thousand}, and it decreases with an increase in the volume of secondary talc, chlorite, and actinolite. In the same gabbros, pyroxenes have a more restricted range in {delta}{sup 18}O, from 5.0{per thousand} to 3.8{per thousand}, and values of {delta}{sup 18}O{sub pyroxene} are independent of the abundance of secondary minerals, which ranges from 14% to 30%. These relations indicate that large amounts of water continued to flow through the rocks at temperatures of < 500-600C, altering the gabbros to assemblages of talc + chlorite + actinolite {plus minus}epidote {plus minus}albite and causing significant oxygen-isotope exchange in plagioclase, but not in pyroxene. The extensive low-temperature secondary mineralization and {sup 18}O depletion of plagioclase in the Lower Layered Series are associated with the later emplacement of dikes and gabbros and syenites, which created new fracture systems and provided heat sources for hydrothermal fluid circulation. This produced subsolidus mineral alteration and isotope exchange in the Lower Layered Series that are distinct from those in the Skaergaard and Cuillin gabbros of the North Atlantic Tertiary province, but are similar to those observed in some oceanic gabbros.

  9. Neoproterozoic Rosetta Gabbro from northernmost Arabian-Nubian Shield, south Jordan: Geochemistry and petrogenesis

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    Jarrar, Ghaleb H.; Stern, Robert J.; Theye, Thomas; Yaseen, Najel; Pease, Victoria; Miller, Nathan; Ibrahim, Khalil M.; Passchier, Cees W.; Whitehouse, Martin

    2017-07-01

    An Ediacaran mafic intrusion of south Jordan is a distinctive appinitic igneous rock with a possibly unique texture, characterized by spherical clots up to 40 mm in diameter composed of amphibole cores from which plagioclase euhedra radiate; we call it the Rosetta Gabbro. It is exposed as a small (ca. 750 m2) outcrop in the Neoproterozoic basement of south Jordan. A second outcrop of otherwise similar gabbro is located about 400 m to the north of the Rosetta Gabbro, but it lacks the distinctive texture. The Rosetta Gabbro could represent a magma pipe. It intrudes the Aqaba Complex ( 600 Ma) granitoids and metasediments of the Janub Metamorphic Complex (633-617 Ma). The gabbro is an Ol- to QZ tholeiite with the following chemical characteristics: SiO2 = 46.2-47.8 wt.%; Al2O3 = 16.4-17.7 wt.%, TiO2 = 1.70-2.82 wt.%, Na2O = 1.27-2.83 wt.%. K2O = 0.82-1.63 wt.%; Mg# 58-63; Σ REE = 70-117 ppm; La/Yb 6 to 8; and Eu/Eu* = 1.05-1.2. The investigated gabbro has the geochemical features of a continental flood tholeiitic basalt emplaced in a within-plate tectonic setting. Two varieties of amphiboles are found: 1) large, 3-5 mm, brown ferri-titanian-tschermakite (K0.09Na0.28)(Na0.20Ca1.80)(Mn0.04Fe3 +1.1Mg2.34Fe2 +0.90Ti0.29Al0.22)(Al1.85Si6.15)O22(OH)1.95 of the calcic amphibole group which is riddled with opaques; and 2) acicular yellowish-light green ferrian-magnesiohornblende (K0.04Na0.153)(Ca1.755Na0.245) (Fe3 +0.66Mn0.01Fe2 +1.01Mg3.03Ti0.06Al0.22)(Al1.03Si6.97)O22(OH)1.95. Scattered flakes of phlogopite also occur. Tabular radiating plagioclase (An64-79) are complexly twinned, with broad lamellae that show no zoning. Laser-ablation ICP-MS analyses of amphibole and plagioclase reveal considerable variation in trace element abundance, in spite of more subtle major element variations except for TiO2 in amphibole. The REE in the amphibole shows an order of magnitude variation with a concave-downward pattern and a positive Eu anomaly Eu/Eu* = 0.6-2, though far less

  10. Partial eclogitization of the Ambolten gabbro-norite, north-east Greenland Caledonides

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    Gilotti, J.A.; Elvevold, S.

    1998-01-01

    Partially eclogitized igneous bodies composed of gabbro, leucogabbro, anorthosite and cross-cutting diabase dikes are well represented in the North-East Greenland Eclogite Province. A 200 x 100 meter intrusive body on Ambolten Island (78?? 20' N, 19?? 15' W) records a prograde transition from gabbro-norite to eclogite facies coronitic metagabro-norite surrounded by hydrated margins of undeformed to strongly foliated amphibolite. Igneous plagioclase + olivine + enstatite + augite + oxides convert to eclogite facies assemblages consisting of garnet, omphacite, diopside, enstatite, kyanite, zoisite, rutile and pargasitic amphibole through several coronitic reactions. Relict cumulus plagioclase laths are replaced by an outer corona of garnet, an inner corona of omphacite and an internal region of sodic plagioclase, garnet, kyanite, omphacite and zoisite. Olivine and intercumulus pyroxene are partly replaced by metamorphic pyroxenes and amphibole. The corona structures, zoning patterns, diversity of mineral compositions in a single thin section, and preservation of metastable asemblages are characteristic of diffusion-controlled metamorphism. The most extreme disequilibrium is found in static amphibolites, where igneous pyroxenes, plagioclase domains with eclogite facies, assemblages, and matrix amphibole coexist. Complete eclogitization was not attained at Ambolten due to a lack of fluids needed to drive diffusion during prograde and retrograde metamorphism. The P-T conditions of the high-pressure metamorphism are estimated at ??? 750??C and > 18 kbar. Well-equilibrated, foliated amphibolites from the margin of the gabbro-norite supports our contention that the entire North-East Greenland Eclogite Province experienced Caledonian high-pressure metamorphism, even though no eclogite facies assemblages have been found in the quartzofeldspathic host gneisses to date.

  11. Structure and petrology of the La Perouse gabbro intrusion, Fairweather Range, southeastern Alaska.

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    Loney, R.A.; Himmelberg, G.R.

    1983-01-01

    The gabbro was intruded during the Middle Tertiary into a Mesozoic granulite-facies metamorphic environment dominated by strike-slip fault movement, compression and possible minor subduction. The asymmetric funnel form of the intrusion is due to subsidence from magmatic loading at high T, coupled with control from pre-existing structures, and not from tectonic compression. The intrusion is 12 X 27 km and has exposed cumulate layering of approx 6000 m. Probe analyses of olivines (24), Ca-poor pyroxenes (28), augites (22) and plagioclases (35) are tabulated. Cumulus mineral compositions in the basal cumulates are: olivine Fo86-71, plagioclase An81-63, bronzite Ca3Mg82Fe15 - Ca4Mg75Fe21, augite Ca45Mg47Fe8 - Ca42Mg48Fe10. The layered gabbro above the basal cumulates consists dominantly of lenticularly interlayered plagioclase-augite-orthopyroxene-olivine, plagioclase-augite- olivine and plagioclase-orthopyroxene-augite cumulates, the composition ranges being olivine Fo75-50, plagioclase An78-42, orthopyroxene and inverted pigeonite Ca2.8Mg76.4Fe20.8 - Ca1.4Mg31.0Fe67.6, augite Ca43.1Mg46.9Fe10.0 - Ca40.5Mg27.1Fe32.4. The most iron-rich pyroxene and albite-rich plagioclase occur in a zone near the margin of the intrusion and are probably related to exchange reactions with the country rock. It is considered that the gabbro did not accumulate by simple fractional crystallization of a single or even several large batches of magma, but by numerous influxes of previously fractionated magma from a deeper reservoir. Conditions of crystallization are interpreted as approx 1055oC, 5.4 kbar and fO2 near the wustite-magnetite buffer.-R.A.H.

  12. Origin and age of the Eisenkappel gabbro to granite suite (Carinthia, SE Austrian Alps).

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    Miller, C; Thöni, M; Goessler, W; Tessadri, R

    2011-07-01

    The northern part of the Karawanken plutonic belt is a gabbro-granite complex located just north of the Periadriatic lineament near the Slovenian-Austrian border. Petrographic and geochemical studies of the Eisenkappel intrusive complex indicate that this multiphase plutonic suite developed by a combination of crystal accumulation, fractional crystallization and assimilation processes, magma mixing and mingling. The mafic rocks are alkaline and have within-plate geochemical characteristics, indicating anorogenic magmatism in an extensional setting and derivation from an enriched mantle source. The mafic melts triggered partial melting of the crust and the formation of granite. The granitic rocks are alkalic, metaluminous and have the high Fe/Fe + Mg characteristics of within-plate plutons. Temperature and pressure conditions, derived from amphibole-plagioclase and different amphibole thermobarometers, suggest that the analysed Eisenkappel gabbros crystallized at around 1000 ± 20 °C and 380-470 MPa, whereas the granitic rock crystallized at T ≤ 800 ± 20 °C and ≤ 350 MPa. Mineral-whole rock Sm-Nd analyses of two cumulate gabbros yielded 249 ± 8.4 Ma and 250 ± 26 Ma (εNd: + 3.6), garnet-whole rock Sm-Nd analyses of two silicic samples yielded well-constrained ages of 238.4 ± 1.9 Ma and 242.1 ± 2.1 Ma (εNd: - 2.6).

  13. Cyclic units in the Somerset Dam layered gabbro intrusion, southeastern Queensland, Australia

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    Mathison, Charter I.

    1987-06-01

    The well-preserved Somerset Dam intrusion probably represents a small, relatively shallow, subvolcanic magma chamber. The 500-m-thick exposed sequence consists of 22 macrolayers which are defined by sharp phase, modal and textural contacts. At least six cyclic units, 30-150 m thick, are exposed, and the sequence from the base to the top of a cyclic unit is inferred to be leucogabbro (plagioclase cumulate), troctolite (plagioclase-olivine cumulate), olivine gabbro (plagioclase-augite-olivine cumulate), and oxide gabbro (plagioclase-augite-(olivine)-magnetite-ilmenite cumulate). Mineral compositions in a typical cyclic unit show a reversed fractionation trend in the sequence leucogabbro-troctolite, and a normal fractionation trend from troctolite (the least fractionated rock type) to the oxide gabbro (the most fractionated rock type). The most sensitive parameters for defining the cryptic trends are An in plagioclase, Fo and Ni in olivine, and Cr in magnetite and augite. Whole-rock compositions also show marked changes, and Fe, Ti, V, S and Cu increase and Al, {Mg}/{Fe}, Cr and Ni decrease from troctolite to oxide gabbro. Despite the remarkable similarity of successive cyclic units, significant differences exist between them in the sequences of layers, thicknesses of individual layers and of the cyclic units, mineral compositions and cryptic patterns, average level of fractionation and the size of the reversals. Unit 3 is particularly unusual because it is the least fractionated and consists of two incomplete subunits. Unit 1, the lowest exposed, is the most fractionated. These differences between the units cannot be explained in terms of a closed system, and are strong evidence for an open system involving periodic injections of magma. The formation of a cyclic unit appears to reflect the dominant control of the order of crystallisation from a batch of replenished magma, which is essentially plagioclase first, followed by olivine, augite, magnetite and ilmenite, and

  14. The Atlantis Bank gabbro-suite was not a "normal" magma-chamber that produced basalts

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    Kvassnes, A. J.; Dick, H. J. B.; Grove, T. L.

    2003-04-01

    The differentiation of the basalts sampled at Atlantis II Fracture Zone, South-West Indian Ridge, is not the result of simple fractionation of gabbroic mineral-assemblages like those recovered from the adjacent Atlantis Bank and ODP Hole 735B. Large mineral data sets for the gabbros (Dick, et al 2002) are now available for analysis and comparison to spatially associated basalts. We have used Melts and pMelts (Ghiorso and Sack, 1995) to estimate the fractional crystallization trend gabbros from a primitive mantle melt or of the AII F.Z. MORB. Thermodynamic models (Grove et al (1992), Putirka (1999)) were also used to model the glasses hypothetical mafic and felsic mineral equilibrium-compositions. Our results show that while the basalts suggest 30-50% crystallization, the gabbros indicate 35-90% crystallization of a primary melt. It is therefore unlikely that the gabbros sampled from Atlantis Bank are the fossil magma-chambers that expelled melts that formed the spatially associated basalts. The models also show that the most primitive gabbros have elevated clinopyroxene Mg#s (Mg/(Mg+Fe)) relative to the coexisting plagioclase An%. This was unexpected, as the clinopyroxene frequently occurs as oikocrysts surrounding the plagioclase and encloses rounded olivine chadacrysts, indicating that the clinopyroxene precipitated late. Elthon (1992) noted the same problem for Cayman Trough gabbros; suggesting that this was the result of intermediate pressure fractionation. In our models, pressure does have some effect up to 5kbar, but is not enough to explain the discrepancy. We propose a model where melts are modified in a porous network or mush. Plagioclase-olivine networks form by accumulation of buoyant glomerocrysts and then work as filters as new melts pass through. Dissolution of the minerals would make the new melt appear to be more primitive with regards to increased Mg#s, as the dissolution happens fast without complete internal re-equilibration with the gabbro

  15. Two suites of gabbros in the Buem Structural Unit, of the Pan-African Dahomeyide orogen, southeastern Ghana: Constraints from new field and geochemical data

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    Kwayisi, Daniel; Agra, Naa Afi; Dampare, Samuel B.; Asiedu, Daniel K.; Amponsah, Prince O.; Nude, Prosper M.

    2017-05-01

    The Buem Structural Unit (BSU) of the Pan-African Dahomeyide orogenic belt, southeastern Ghana, is characterized by the occurrence of clastic and chemical sedimentary rocks, volcanic rocks and mafic-ultramafic rocks. The mafic rocks, comprising mainly gabbros occur in smaller proportion within the BSU. Representative samples of the gabbros have been analyzed petrographically and geochemically to infer their mode of emplacement, petrogenesis and tectonic setting. Two distinct gabbro types have been identified from petrography and whole-rock major and trace elements geochemistry, namely the B1 and B2 gabbros. The gabbros are generally phaneritic, holocrystalline and composed of plagioclase and clinopyronexe which have been replaced either completely or partially by sericite, chlorite and epidote. On the whole, B1 gabbros are deformed, altered, alkaline in nature, show no significant effect of crustal contamination and has affinity to OIB/E-MORB. The B2 gabbros, are relatively less deformed, subalkaline, akin to N-MORB and show arc signatures with minimal crustal contamination. The geochemical characteristics of the B1 gabbros are similar to the Buem volcanic rocks. The similarity of the B1 gabbros to the volcanic rocks may suggest a similar source and tectonic setting. Thus, the B1 gabbros may be related to rifting and emplacement at the eastern margin of the West African Craton (WAC). The effect of minimal crustal contamination and the arc nature of the B2 gabbros may suggest subduction related magmatism. Taken together, the occurrence of the gabbros may be related to rifting and subduction-collision at the eastern margin of the WAC.

  16. Paleointensity estimates from oceanic gabbros: Effects of hydrothermal alteration and cooling rate

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    Usui, Yoichi

    2013-09-01

    Gabbros recovered by previous ocean drillings were investigated in paleointensity and rock magnetic experiments. The young ages of the samples (ca. 0.78-1.3 Ma) enable a direct comparison between the plutonic paleointensity and volcanic data. Microscopic observations revealed two kinds of magnetite: needle-shaped exsolution in plagioclase and aggregate associated with the hydrothermal alteration of olivine. In Shaw paleointensity experiments, some samples revealed reasonable estimates, while some others showed an anomalously low ratio of natural remanent magnetization (NRM) versus thermoremanent magnetization (TRM). First-order reversal curve (FORC) diagrams indicated that the reasonable NRM/TRM were from non-interacting single domain magnetite exsolved in plagioclase, while the anomalously low NRM/TRM were from secondary magnetite associated with olivine. From the paleointensity results, the mean virtual axial dipole moment (VADM) was calculated to be 8.2 ±2.1 [1022Am2]. Volcanic records in the PINT database for 0.78-1.3 Ma revealed a mean virtual dipole moment (VDM) of 6.3 ± 0.73 [1022Am2]. The difference between them is consistent with the theoretical prediction of the cooling rate effect on paleointensity. These results indicate that oceanic gabbros are reliable paleointensity recorders.

  17. Salvaging primary remanence from hydrothermally altered oceanic gabbros in the Oman ophiolite: A selective destructive demagnetization approach

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    Usui, Yoichi; Yamazaki, Shusaku

    2010-07-01

    Widespread hydrothermal alteration and formation of secondary magnetite have been problems for paleomagnetic work on gabbros in the Oman ophiolite. Mechanical removal of hydrothermally altered ferromagnesian minerals from gabbro and gabbronorite in the Wadi Rajmi area revealed a cryptic remanence which could not be detected by stepwise demagnetization of bulk rock core samples. After the mechanical removal, samples consist of plagioclase and clinopyroxene. These samples exhibit remanence directions of southeast declination and shallow inclination. This direction is consistent with previously reported paleomagnetic directions at crystallization of the Oman ophiolite. In contrast, bulk rock core samples yielded north declination, resembling the younger remanence directions associated with the obduction of the ophiolite. Microscopic observation and paleomagnetic directional comparison concluded that the cryptic remanence is a primary magnetization carried by exsolved magnetite in plagioclase and clinopyroxene. Our results suggest that previous paleomagnetic data from whole rock gabbros in the Oman ophiolite as well as tectonically active ocean floor should be taken with care.

  18. sup 40 Ar- sup 39 Ar dating of the Beja gabbro: Timing of the accretion of southern Portugal

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    Ruffet, G. )

    1990-11-01

    The {sup 40}Ar-{sup 39}Ar dating of the amphibole from the Beja gabbro (Southern Portugal) yields a plateau age at 336.4 {plus minus} 0.8 Ma (2{sigma} level). The corresponding calculated isotopic closure temperature is around 800C. The comparison of this temperature with the magnetic blocking temperature ({approximately}570C) allows an estimation of a probable thermoremanent acquisition age for the characteristic magnetization component of the Beja gabbro between 335Ma and 315Ma, assuming cooling rates between 10C/Ma and 100C/Ma. These results, combined wtih paleomagnetic results from the Beja gabbro and Late Paleozoic rocks from Southern Portugal (Perroud et al., 1985), suggest that the southermost part of Spain and Portugal was separated from Northern Iberia in Early Carboniferous times and was accreted to Europe during the Late Carboniferous.

  19. Petrology and chemistry of the Green Acres gabbro complex near Winchester, Riverside County, California

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    Berger, Byron R.; Morton, Douglas M.; Miller, Fred K.

    2014-01-01

    The Cretaceous Green Acres layered igneous complex, northeast of Winchester, California, is composed of a suite of olivine- and hornblende-bearing gabbros in the Peninsular Ranges batholith within the Perris tectonic block. A consistent mineral assemblage is observed throughout the complex, but there is considerable textural and modal heterogeneity. Both preclude a consistent set of principles based on appearance and mineralogy on which to delineate map units. Distinct changes in the chemistry of olivine, pyroxene, and hornblende, however, serve to define discrete mappable units, and the complex has been divided into five geochemical map units on this basis.Limited whole-rock data show the Green Acres complex is chemically comparable to other Peninsular Ranges batholith gabbroic rocks, and rare earth element (REE) concentrations and patterns are typical of magmas generated in convergent margin settings. For the complex as a whole, olivine is Fo80–35, plagioclase is An100–64, clinopyroxene is Wo49–41En48–38Fs18–6 and Wo36–26En65–42Fs30–8, and orthopyroxene is Wo5–0En78–42Fs50–21, where Fo is forsterite, An is anorthite, Wo is wollastonite, En is enstatite, and Fs is ferrosilite. The Mg/(Mg + ΣFe) atomic ratio in hornblende ranges from 0.84 to 0.50.Magmatic lineations and modal and textural layering are prevalent throughout the complex. Mineral chemistry does not change in any systematic way within and between layers in any map unit. Although the strike of layering varies, in any map unit at any given location it is the same in all units irrespective of intrusive order. Thin dikes, typically late-stage hornblende gabbro, commonly intrude parallel to layering. The strikes of magmatic lineations and modal layers are consistent with the populations of strikes of fabrics in the metamorphic basement as well as tectonic features in surrounding, postgabbro granitic rocks. These relations imply that the regional state of stress at the time of gabbro

  20. Sulfur mineralogy and geochemistry of serpentinites and gabbros of the Atlantis Massif (IODP Site U1309)

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    Delacour, Adélie; Früh-Green, Gretchen L.; Bernasconi, Stefano M.

    2008-10-01

    In-situ uplifted portions of oceanic crust at the central dome of the Atlantis Massif (Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 30°N) were drilled during Expeditions 304 and 305 of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and a 1.4 km section of predominantly gabbroic rocks with minor intercalated ultramafic rocks were recovered. Here we characterize variations in sulfur mineralogy and geochemistry of selected samples of serpentinized peridotites, olivine-rich troctolites and diverse gabbroic rocks recovered from Hole 1309D. These data are used to constrain alteration processes and redox conditions and are compared with the basement rocks of the southern wall of the Atlantis Massif, which hosts the Lost City Hydrothermal Field, 5 km to the south. The oceanic crust at the central dome is characterized by Ni-rich sulfides reflecting reducing conditions and limited seawater circulation. During uplift and exhumation, seawater interaction in gabbroic-dominated domains was limited, as indicated by homogeneous mantle-like sulfur contents and isotope compositions of gabbroic rocks and olivine-rich troctolites. Local variations from mantle compositions are related to magmatic variability or to interaction with seawater-derived fluids channeled along fault zones. The concomitant occurrence of mackinawite in olivine-rich troctolites and an anhydrite vein in a gabbro provide temperature constraints of 150-200 °C for late circulating fluids along local brittle faults below 700 m depth. In contrast, the ultramafic lithologies at the central dome represent domains with higher seawater fluxes and higher degrees of alteration and show distinct changes in sulfur geochemistry. The serpentinites in the upper part of the hole are characterized by high total sulfide contents, high δ34S sulfide values and low δ34S sulfate values, which reflect a multistage history primarily controlled by seawater-gabbro interaction and subsequent serpentinization. The basement rocks at the central dome record lower

  1. Creep of partially molten fine-grained gabbro under dry conditions

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    Zhou, Yongsheng; Rybacki, Erik; Wirth, Richard; He, Changrong; Dresen, Georg

    2012-05-01

    Natural fine-grained gabbro was deformed in a Paterson deformation apparatus to evaluate the flow strength of lower crustal rocks containing partial melt. We performed 94 creep stepping tests on seven samples at 300 MPa confining pressure, temperatures between 950°C and 1150°C, and axial stresses of 25-510 MPa, resulting in strain rates between 2.3 × 10-4 and 6.7 × 10-8 s-1. Water content of samples predried at 1000°C at 1 atm was about 0.035 wt % H2O. The drying process induced partial melting of the starting material of ˜1 vol % Si-poor and Fe-rich melt at grain boundaries, which increased further up to ˜2 vol % during creep tests. Creep tests reveal strain rates increasing with duration of the tests related to increasing melt content present in the samples. Microstructural observations of deformed samples show melt in triple junctions and melt films contained in grain boundaries. The observed microstructures indicate that the samples were deformed in the dislocation creep regime. Dislocation walls are present in pyroxene and plagioclase grains. Very fine grained (about 10 μm) pyroxene and olivine were produced by mineral reactions and dynamic recrystallization at temperatures >1000°C. Melt fraction ϕ of creep test samples and annealed samples increases linearly with logarithm of time (log(t)), suggesting that strain rate enhancement by partial melting can be described by an exponential function of melt fraction with an exponent coefficient of 128. After applying a correction for the time-dependent increase of melt content the data were fitted to a power law creep equation, resulting in a stress exponent of n = 4.0 ± 0.3, an activation energy of Q = 644 ± 75 kJ mol-1, and a preexponential factor of A = 1010.3 ± 0.4 MPan s-1 for dry gabbro that contains ˜1 vol % melt. The flow law for gabbro from this study is compared to published flow law parameters of basaltic composition rocks.

  2. Zoned Cr, Fe-spinel from the La Perouse layered gabbro, Fairweather Range, Alaska

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    Czamanske, G.K.; Himmelberg, G.R.; Goff, F.E.

    1976-01-01

    Zoned spinel of unusual composition and morphology has been found in massive pyrrhotite-chalcopyrite-pent-landite ore from the La Perouse layered gabbro intrusion in the Fairweather Range, southeastern Alaska. The spinel grains show continuous zoning from cores with up to 53 wt.% Cr2O3 to rims with less than 11 wt.% Cr2O3. Their composition is exceptional because they contain less than 0.32 wt.% MgO and less than 0.10 wt.% Al2O3 and TiO2. Also notable are the concentrations of MnO and V2O3, which reach 4.73 and 4.50 wt.%, respectively, in the cores. The spinel is thought to have crystallized at low oxygen fugacity and at temperatures above 900??C, directly from a sulfide melt that separated by immiscibility from the gabbroic parental magma. ?? 1976.

  3. Origin and age of the Eisenkappel gabbro to granite suite (Carinthia, SE Austrian Alps)

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    Miller, C.; Thöni, M.; Goessler, W.; Tessadri, R.

    2011-01-01

    The northern part of the Karawanken plutonic belt is a gabbro–granite complex located just north of the Periadriatic lineament near the Slovenian–Austrian border. Petrographic and geochemical studies of the Eisenkappel intrusive complex indicate that this multiphase plutonic suite developed by a combination of crystal accumulation, fractional crystallization and assimilation processes, magma mixing and mingling. The mafic rocks are alkaline and have within-plate geochemical characteristics, indicating anorogenic magmatism in an extensional setting and derivation from an enriched mantle source. The mafic melts triggered partial melting of the crust and the formation of granite. The granitic rocks are alkalic, metaluminous and have the high Fe/Fe + Mg characteristics of within-plate plutons. Temperature and pressure conditions, derived from amphibole-plagioclase and different amphibole thermobarometers, suggest that the analysed Eisenkappel gabbros crystallized at around 1000 ± 20 °C and 380–470 MPa, whereas the granitic rock crystallized at T ≤ 800 ± 20 °C and ≤ 350 MPa. Mineral-whole rock Sm–Nd analyses of two cumulate gabbros yielded 249 ± 8.4 Ma and 250 ± 26 Ma (εNd: + 3.6), garnet-whole rock Sm–Nd analyses of two silicic samples yielded well-constrained ages of 238.4 ± 1.9 Ma and 242.1 ± 2.1 Ma (εNd: − 2.6). PMID:26525511

  4. VERY High Temperature Hydrothermal Record in Plagioclase of BLACK Gabbros in Oman Ophiolite

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    Boudier, F. I.; Mainprice, D.; Nicolas, A. A.

    2014-12-01

    The lower crustal section in Oman ophiolite includes 'black gabbros' that have escaped the common medium-low temperature hydrous alteration. Their plagioclases are totally fresh, but contain in their mass, nebulous inclusions most times below the resolution of optical microscope, or expressed as solid silicate phases clinopyroxene and pargasitic amphibole, up to 10 µm sized, having T equilibrium above 900°C with their host plagioclase. These gabbros have a well-expressed magmatic foliation, relayed by plastic strain marked by stretched olivine crystals, and pinching twins in plagioclase. In addition to major elements analyses, the crystallographic relationships of these Mg silicate inclusions to their host plagioclase are explored by Electron Back Scattering Diffraction (EBSD) processing. - Diopsidic clinopyroxene inclusions are dominant over pargasitic amphibole that tend to locate close to the margins of host plagioclase (Fig 1). Some inclusions are mixed clinopyroxene-amphibole, separated by a non-indexed phase that could represent a pyribole-type structure, suggesting transformation from clinopyroxene to amphibole during cooling. High chlorine content in the amphibole sign the seawater contamination at least during the development of this phase. - Preliminary statistical pole figures (Fig. 2) in the six joined plagioclase grains studied, show that both plagioclase and diopside inclusions have a strong crystal preferred orientation (CPO) connected such that the strong [010]pl maximum coincide with the strong [100]di. In addition, a coincidence appears between three sub-maxima of [100]pl and [001]di. These interesting relationships are refined. It is inferred that clinopyroxene developed through corrosion of the plagioclase by a Mg-bearing hydrous fluid, penetrating possibly via twin interface and diffusing at T~1100°C, upper limit of clinopyroxene stability in hydrous conditions. Development of pargasite implies increasing hydration during cooling.

  5. Palaeomagnetism of the Ezhimala Granite-Granophyre-Gabbro Complex, Southwest Coast of India

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    Joseph, Mathew; Perrin, Mireille; Radhakrishna, Tallavjhala; Dautria, Jean Marie; Camps, Pierre; Balasubramonium, G.

    2010-05-01

    The igneous complex at Ezhimala, southwestern coast of India, consists mainly of granite, granophyre and gabbro and is cut by dolerites. It occurs as a linear ridge with a NNW-SSE trend. This complex is considered to be Precambrian in age, following Rb-Sr determinations at 678 Ma. Paleomagnetic samples were collected from one site in the doleritic dyke and six sites in the complex, out of which three are from gabbro, two from granophyre and one from granite. The high-temperature susceptibility measurements on selected specimens from each site have indicated magnetite as the main carrier of magnetization. Samples were subjected to detailed step-wise alternating field demagnetisation. After removal of a secondary viscous component, a characteristic mean remanent magnetization could be estimated for all samples. The mean directions per sites are very well defined with 95 confidence circles between 2.5° and 5.0° (kappa between 243 and 580). The mean paleomagnetic direction associated with the complex corresponds to D/I = 308.6/-58.9 (k = 473 and α95 = 3.1°) with a paleopole position at 66.0°W/19.4°N. This direction is almost identical to the direction obtained from the cross-cutting doleritic dyke with D/I = 301.8/-62.9 (kappa = 755 and α95 = 1.9°), and similar to 90 Ma poles derived from other areas in south western India (St. Mary Group of Islands, leucogabbro dykes of central and north Kerala and dykes of the Coimbatore-Agali area). Therefore palaeomagnetic analysis of the complex strongly suggests a Cretaceous age for the Ezhimala complex and would indicate a much more widespread magmatic activity around 90 Ma along the south western coast of India. Geochemical studies and Ar-Ar dating of the complex are in progress to confirm the paleomagnetic observation.

  6. Evidence from gabbro of the Troodos ophiolite for lateral magma transport along a slow-spreading mid-ocean ridge.

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    Abelson, M; Baer, G; Agnon, A

    2001-01-04

    The lateral flow of magma and ductile deformation of the lower crust along oceanic spreading axes has been thought to play a significant role in suppressing both mid-ocean ridge segmentation and variations in crustal thickness. Direct investigation of such flow patterns is hampered by the kilometres of water that cover the oceanic crust, but such studies can be made on ophiolites (fragments of oceanic crust accreted to a continent). In the Oman ophiolite, small-scale radial patterns of flow have been mapped along what is thought to be the relict of a fast-spreading mid-ocean ridge. Here we present evidence for broad-scale along-axis flow that has been frozen into the gabbro of the Troodos ophiolite in Cyprus (thought to be representative of a slow-spreading ridge axis). The gabbro suite of Troodos spans nearly 20 km of a segment of a fossil spreading axis, near a ridge-transform intersection. We mapped the pattern of magma flow by analysing the rocks' magnetic fabric at 20 sites widely distributed in the gabbro suite, and by examining the petrographic fabric at 9 sites. We infer an along-axis magma flow for much of the gabbro suite, which indicates that redistribution of melt occurred towards the segment edge in a large depth range of the oceanic crust. Our results support the magma plumbing structure that has been inferred indirectly from a seismic tomography experiment on the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

  7. 3.1 Ga crystallization age for magnesian and ferroan gabbro lithologies in the Northwest Africa 773 clan of lunar meteorites

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    Shaulis, B. J.; Righter, M.; Lapen, T. J.; Jolliff, B. L.; Irving, A. J.

    2017-09-01

    The Northwest Africa (NWA) 773 clan of meteorites is a group of paired and/or petrogenetically related stones that contain at least six different lithologies: magnesian gabbro, ferroan gabbro, anorthositic gabbro, olivine phyric basalt, regolith breccia, and polymict breccia. Uranium-lead dates of baddeleyite in the magnesian gabbro, ferroan gabbro, and components within breccia lithologies of paired lunar meteorites NWA 773, NWA 3170, NWA 6950, and NWA 7007 indicate a chronologic link among the meteorites and their components. A total of 50 baddeleyite grains were analyzed and yielded weighted average 207Pb-206Pb dates of 3119.4 ± 9.4 (n = 27), 3108 ± 20 (n = 13), and 3113 ± 15 (n = 10) Ma for the magnesian gabbro, ferroan gabbro, and polymict breccia lithologies, respectively. A weighted average date of 3115.6 ± 6.8 Ma (n = 47/50) was calculated from the baddeleyite dates for all lithologies. A single large zircon grain found in a lithic clast in the polymict breccia of NWA 773 yielded a U-Pb concordia date of 3953 ± 18 Ma, indicating a much more ancient source for some of the components within the breccia. A U-Pb concordia date of apatite and merrillite grains from the magnesian gabbro and polymict breccia lithologies in NWA 773 is 3112 ± 33 Ma, identical to the baddeleyite dates. Magnesian and ferroan gabbros, as well as the dated baddeleyite and Ca-phosphate-bearing detritus in the breccia lithologies, formed during the same igneous event at about 3115 Ma. These data also strengthen proposed petrogenetic connections between magnesian and ferroan gabbro lithologies, which represent some of the youngest igneous rocks known from the Moon.

  8. Moisture-related Weakening and Strengthening of Faults for Quartz-poor Gabbro and Quartz-rich Granite

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    Mizoguchi, K.; Hirose, T.; Shimamoto, T.; Fukuyama, E.

    2006-12-01

    Significance of moisture-related mechanisms has been pointed out from the slide-hold-slide tests on gabbro (quartz-poor rock) under dry and room-humid conditions using high-speed rotary-shear apparatus [Mizoguchi et al., 2006, GRL]. In this paper, we conducted similar experiments using granite (quartz-rich rock) and discuss the results from the viewpoints of the quartz content. In the experiments, one of the two solid-cylindrical specimens (diameter ~ 25 mm) was rotated with a speed of 100 rpm (equivalent slip velocity is ~ 85 mm/s) under a constant normal stress of 0.62MPa. We conducted the tests using initially bare rock sample (1) and rock sample initially containing wear materials produced during sliding (2). A typical result for the gabbro case (1) is that friction coefficient decreased from more than 1.0 (we call initial friction) to less than 0.4 when the amount of slip was between 10 and 30 m then it became a steady state. The layer of wear materials along the fault was about 50 μm thick at steady state. Since the fault was not covered with a jacket, wear materials were squeezed out from the fault during sliding. The result for the gabbro case (2) showed a similar slip-weakening curve to that of the gabbro case (1), it represented a remarkable dependence of the initial friction on hold time and humidity. Under a room-humidity condition, the initial friction increased from 0.2 to 1.2 as hold time increased as 200 ~ 400 s. In contrast, under the dry condition, the initial friction did not increase with hold time and kept the level of 0.2. To explain this time- and humidity- dependent frictional behavior of gabbro, a mechanism of moisture-drained weakening due to frictional heating and moisture-absorbed strengthening due to cooling is proposed. The result for the granite case (1) showed that the friction decreased from more than 0.9 down to less than 0.2 when the slip was between 50 and 75 m. The dynamic slip weakening behavior is similar to that of gabbro

  9. Compositional and mineralogical zoning by inward crystallization of mafic magma: evidence from the Guwoon hornblende gabbro-diorite Complex, Hwacheon, Korea.

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    Park, Y.-R.; Kim, G.-Y.

    2009-04-01

    The small body, ca. 1.3 by 1.6km, of a hot-air ballon shape hornblende gabbro - diorite Complex, in Gowoonri, Hwacheon, Korea consists of marginal diorite and central hornblende gabbro. The volumetrically dominant hornblende gabbro in the core of the Complex shows a zoned distribution with three layers distinguished by different dominant mafic mineral phases. From the margin toward the core of the hornblende gabbro body, the domintant mafic minerals change from amphibole phenocryst of nearly rounded shape in cross section with pyroxene pseudomorph through prismatic shape of amphibole to polycrystalline biotite aggregates. Systematic variations in geochemical characteristics among three distinct zones of hornblende gabbro body are also observed. From the outer zone toward the core, major oxides such as MnO, MgO, and CaO show a decreasing tendency, whereas total FeO/(total FeO + MgO) value shows an increasing tendency. Concentrations of trace elements also show systematic variations. Where incompatible elements such as Ba and Th increase, compatible elements like Cr and Sc decrease from the margin toward the core. The zonal distribution divided by change in dominant mafic mineral phase from pyroxene through amphibole to biotite, and systematic compositional changes in both major and trace elements from the outer zone toward the core of the hornblende gabbro body suggest that an inward crystallization mechanism played a major role in the formation of the hornblende gabbro in Guwoonri, Hwacheon, Korea.

  10. Traces of Recycled Fe-Ti Gabbros in the Sources of Ferropicrites

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    Heinonen, J. S.; Luttinen, A. V.

    2008-12-01

    Ferropicrites are sub-alkaline or mildly alkaline primitive magmatic rocks (MgO = 12-18 wt. %) characterized by exceptionally high FeOtot contents (> 13 wt. %) compared to other picrites. They are found in continental flood basalt (CFB) provinces as relatively thin basal lava flows (e.g., Paraná-Etendeka) or, in some cases, as dikes with ambiguous age relationships (e.g., Karoo). Ferropicrites typically are nearly uncontaminated and thus provide geochemical information on the asthenospheric mantle. The combination of unusually high Fe-contents and primitive olivines (up to Fo88) in near-primary ferropicrites is indicative of high mantle potential temperatures (~1600 °C) relative to mid-ocean ridges thus bearing evidence for mantle plume sources in LIPs. High (Sm/Yb)CN ratios (3-7) and low Al2O3 contents (~10 wt. %) indicate residual garnet in the mantle source of ferropicrites and high Ni contents and melting experiments suggest that the source was dominated by olivine-free pyroxenite. Such a garnet pyroxenite source has been recognized in many hotspots and has been ascribed to melt-olivine reactions in ascending eclogite-bearing garnet peridotite. Most of the purported pyroxenite-derived picrites have lower FeOtot contents (10-12 wt. %) compared to ferropicrites, however, which suggests that the generation of ferropicritic liquids requires specific melting conditions or exceptionally Fe-rich pyroxenite composition, or both. The characteristic positive V anomaly of ferropicrites is extremely rare in continental and oceanic basalts but common in cumulate Fe-Ti gabbros. In order to explain the geochemical differences between ferropicrites and common picrites we have modeled the behaviour of REE and V during melting of mantle pyroxenite with eclogite component representing distinct parts of subducted oceanic crust. Firstly, we modeled partial melting of 'basaltic' and 'Fe-Ti gabbroic' eclogites assuming 50% modal batch melting with clinopyroxene/garnet ratio of 9

  11. Mineral chemistry as a tool for understanding the petrogenesis of Cryogenian (arc-related)-Ediacaran (post-collisional) gabbros in the western Arabian Shield of Saudi Arabia

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    Surour, Adel A.; Ahmed, Ahmed H.; Harbi, Hesham M.

    2017-07-01

    Metagabbros and gabbros in the Ablah-Shuwas belt (western Saudi Arabia) represent part of significant mafic magmatism in the Neoproterozoic Arabian Shield. The metagabbros are Cryogenian, occasionally stratified and bear calcic amphiboles (hornblende, magnesio-hornblende and actinolite) typical of calc-alkaline complexes. These amphiboles suggest low pressure ( 1-3 kbar), high f_{{{{O}}2 }} and crystallization temperature up to 727 °C, whereas it is 247-275 °C in the case of retrograde chlorite. Rutile and titanite in metagabbros are Fe-rich and replace Mn-bearing ilmenite precursors at high f_{{{{O}}2 }}. On the other hand, younger gabbros are fresh, layered and comprised of olivine gabbro and olivine-hornblende gabbro with an uppermost layer of anorthositic gabbro. The fresh gabbros are biotite-bearing. They are characterized by secondary magnetite-orthopyroxene symplectitic intergrowth at the outer peripheries of olivine. The symplectite forms by deuteric alteration from residual pore fluids moving along olivine grain boundaries in the sub-solidus state. In fresh gabbros, ortho- and clinopyroxenes indicate crystallization at 1300-900 and 800-600 °C, respectively. Geochemically, the Cryogenian metagabbros ( 850-780 Ma) are tholeiitic to calc-alkaline in composition and interpreted as arc-related. Younger, fresh gabbros are calc-alkaline and post-collisional ( 620-590 Ma, i.e., Ediacaran), forming during the late stages of arc amalgamation in the southern Arabian Shield. The calc-alkaline metagabbros are related to a lithospheric mantle source previously modified by subduction. Younger, fresh gabbros were probably produced by partial melting of an enriched mantle source (e.g., garnet lherzolite).

  12. Mineral chemistry as a tool for understanding the petrogenesis of Cryogenian (arc-related)-Ediacaran (post-collisional) gabbros in the western Arabian Shield of Saudi Arabia

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    Surour, Adel A.; Ahmed, Ahmed H.; Harbi, Hesham M.

    2016-07-01

    Metagabbros and gabbros in the Ablah-Shuwas belt (western Saudi Arabia) represent part of significant mafic magmatism in the Neoproterozoic Arabian Shield. The metagabbros are Cryogenian, occasionally stratified and bear calcic amphiboles (hornblende, magnesio-hornblende and actinolite) typical of calc-alkaline complexes. These amphiboles suggest low pressure ( 1-3 kbar), high f_{O2 } and crystallization temperature up to 727 °C, whereas it is 247-275 °C in the case of retrograde chlorite. Rutile and titanite in metagabbros are Fe-rich and replace Mn-bearing ilmenite precursors at high f_{O2} . On the other hand, younger gabbros are fresh, layered and comprised of olivine gabbro and olivine-hornblende gabbro with an uppermost layer of anorthositic gabbro. The fresh gabbros are biotite-bearing. They are characterized by secondary magnetite-orthopyroxene symplectitic intergrowth at the outer peripheries of olivine. The symplectite forms by deuteric alteration from residual pore fluids moving along olivine grain boundaries in the sub-solidus state. In fresh gabbros, ortho- and clinopyroxenes indicate crystallization at 1300-900 and 800-600 °C, respectively. Geochemically, the Cryogenian metagabbros ( 850-780 Ma) are tholeiitic to calc-alkaline in composition and interpreted as arc-related. Younger, fresh gabbros are calc-alkaline and post-collisional ( 620-590 Ma, i.e., Ediacaran), forming during the late stages of arc amalgamation in the southern Arabian Shield. The calc-alkaline metagabbros are related to a lithospheric mantle source previously modified by subduction. Younger, fresh gabbros were probably produced by partial melting of an enriched mantle source (e.g., garnet lherzolite).

  13. Electrical properties of slow-spreading ridge gabbros from ODP Site 735, Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Ildefonse, B.; Pezard, P.

    2001-01-01

    ODP hole 735B (ODP Legs 118 and 176) samples a block of igneous crust which was accreted at the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge, and was uplifted to seafloor by progressive unroofing along a north-dipping low-angle detachment fault. Physical properties of a set of gabbroic samples from ODP Hole 735B have been measured in the laboratory, with a particular emphasis on the analysis of electrical properties. The electrical formation factor ( F) and surface conductivity ( Cs) are calculated using the model of Revil and Glover [Geophys. Res. Lett., 25 (1998) 691], from measurements at room pressure, and different salinities of the saturating fluid. The acoustic compressional velocities are in the same range as those previously measured on ODP Leg 118 samples [Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 118 (1991) 227]. The porosity ( φ) is low (<1%) in most, fresh samples. The analysis of the porosity structure, characterised by the electrical tortuosity ( τ) and the electrical cementation factor ( m), reveals that the cored gabbro section is segmented in two parts. The upper part (approximately the upper half) has a nearly constant τ of 15, independent of the degree of alteration of the sample, indicating that the porous network is controlled by primary microstructures, such as grain boundaries, and by extension plastic foliations. Modifications with time and alteration are restricted to increases of φ and m, i.e. a higher variability of the channel thicknesses. In the lower part of the hole, fresh rocks predominate, and the porosity structure is different, with variable τ (3-10), very low m (1.4±SEM) and low φ (0.8±SEM%). This indicates a simpler porous network compared to that at shallower depths, probably dominated by well aligned cracks. The change in porosity structure downhole may be explained several ways, and may integrate the whole history of the crustal section cored at ODP site 735 since accretion, including plastic deformation related to unroofing of the

  14. REE-SIO2 Systematics in Mor Gabbros and Associated Plagiogranites from the Fournier Oceanic Fragment, New Brunswick, Canada

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    Brophy, J. G.

    2010-12-01

    Seawater influx into hot, dry MOR gabbro can initiate hydration-induced melting and the generation of intermediate to felsic partial melts collectively referred to as plagiogranite. In a recent modeling study, Brophy (2009) suggested that the REE abundances of partial melts generated in this fashion should be characterized by unique patterns of REE-SiO2 variation. Specifically, REE abundances (modeled as enrichment factors, Cl/Co) should show a positive correlation with increasing SiO2 up to around 60 wt. % followed by a steady decrease in abundance as liquid SiO2 increases to around 76%. For liquids of around 55% SiO2 the degree of enrichment is around 2 for all of the REE. However, Cl/Co in the intermediate liquids of around 60 % SiO2 steadily decreases from ~5 for La to ~3 for Yb. Simarlarly, Cl/Co in the high SiO2 liquids of around 76% SiO2 decrease from ~3 for La to ~1 for Yb. If these model predictions are correct, the REE-SiO2 systematics of any naturally occurring suite of plagiogranite and MOR gabbro could be used to assess a partial melting as opposed to crystal fractionation origin. To test the model predictions, a suite of MOR gabbros and intrusive veins of plagiogranite were collected from the Fournier Oceanic Fragment, a middle Ordovician ophiolite sequence located along the northern shore of New Brunswick, and the type exposure for plagiogranites generated by hydration-induced MOR gabbro melting (Flagler and Spray, 1991). The MOR gabbros range from 48 to 55 % SiO2 while the intrusive plagiogranites range from 57 to 78 % SiO2 (anhydrous basis). When REE abundances are plotted against whole rock SiO2 they show all of the model features described above, though the absolute abundances require an initial gabbroic source rock that is more enriched in the REE than the host gabbros themselves. This correspondence between modeled and observed REE- SiO2 variations confirms the model predictions of Brophy (2009) and suggests that REE- SiO2 systematics represent

  15. Elastic wave velocities in anorthosite and anorthositic gabbros from Apollo 15 and 16 landing sites

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    Chung, D. H.

    1973-01-01

    Laboratory measurements of ultrasonic velocities in lunar samples 15065, 15555, 15415, 60015, and 61016 as well as in synthetic materials corresponding to compositions of anorthositic gabbros are presented as a function of hydrostatic pressure to about 7 kb. The author examined the seismic velocity distributions in the moon with reference to the variations to be expected in a homogeneous medium. The lunar mantle begins about 60 km, and the velocity of P waves in this area is about 7.7 km/sec. Variation of the seismic parameter with depth in the upper crust (about 20 km thick) is much too rapid to be explained by compression of a uniform material and the departure from expectation is so great that no reasonable adjustment of the material parameters can bring agreement; therefore, this author concludes that this result in this region of the moon is not due to self-compression but to textural gradients. In the lower crust (about 40 km thick), the region is shown to be relatively homogeneous, consisting probably of anorthositic rocks.

  16. A magnetotelluric survey over the East Bull Lake gabbro-anorthosite complex

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    Kurtz, R. D.; Ostrowski, J. A.; Niblett, E. R.

    1986-06-01

    Tensor and scalar magnetotelluric and audiomagnetotelluric (MT/AMT) data have been acquired on a gabbro-anorthosite pluton in northern Ontario, about 100 km west of Sudbury. The scalar data from 102 sites were used to map resistivity contrasts associated with near-surface geology and overburden. Data from stations located away from possible geological inhomogeneities provided a structural interpretation which was subsequently confirmed by tensor MT soundings and by drilling. The scalar data also provided a means of interpreting the bedrock structure associated with a major fault that bisects the pluton. The apparent resistivity curves from the eight tensor stations ranged from nearly isotropic to strongly anisotropic with large shifts in apparent resistivity between the different locations. However, the measured impedances, both modulus and phase, strongly reflected the predominant northwest-southeast trend of faulting and diabase dykes in the region. Modelling indicates the presence of an anisotropic, subhorizontal conducting layer beginning at a depth of about 800 m. The direction of fluid transport within this layer is expected to be parallel to the structural trends and to the E polarization axis of the impedance tensor. The presence of this conductor has been confirmed by borehole resistivity measurements. A conductive zone in the lower crust has also been detected, commencing at a depth of about 18 km. Finally, the tensor measurements at the longest periods are consistent with an increase in conductivity in the upper mantle suggesting the existence of an electrically conducting asthenosphere in this part of the Canadian Shield.

  17. 'Melt welt' mechanism of extreme weakening of gabbro at seismic slip rates.

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    Brown, Kevin M; Fialko, Yuri

    2012-08-30

    Laboratory studies of frictional properties of rocks at slip velocities approaching the seismic range (∼0.1-1 m s(-1)), and at moderate normal stresses (1-10 MPa), have revealed a complex evolution of the dynamic shear strength, with at least two phases of weakening separated by strengthening at the onset of wholesale melting. The second post-melting weakening phase is governed by viscous properties of the melt layer and is reasonably well understood. The initial phase of extreme weakening, however, remains a subject of much debate. Here we show that the initial weakening of gabbro is associated with the formation of hotspots and macroscopic streaks of melt ('melt welts'), which partially unload the rest of the slip interface. Melt welts begin to form when the average rate of frictional heating exceeds 0.1-0.4 MW m(-2), while the average temperature of the shear zone is well below the solidus (250-450 °C). Similar heterogeneities in stress and temperature are likely to occur on natural fault surfaces during rapid slip, and to be important for earthquake rupture dynamics.

  18. The Permian Dongfanghong island-arc gabbro of the Wandashan Orogen, NE China: Implications for Paleo-Pacific subduction

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    Sun, Ming-Dao; Xu, Yi-Gang; Wilde, Simon A.; Chen, Han-Lin; Yang, Shu-Feng

    2015-09-01

    The Dongfanghong hornblende gabbro is located in the western part of the Wandashan Orogen and to the east of the Jiamusi Block in NE China. It was emplaced into Early Paleozoic oceanic crust (i.e. Dongfanghong ophiolite) at ~ 275 Ma and both later collided with the eastern margin of the Jiamusi Block. The Dongfanghong gabbro is sub-alkaline with high Na2O contents and is characterized by enrichment in light rare earth elements (LREE), large ion lithosphile elements (LILE), Sr, Eu, and Ba, and depletion in high field strength elements (HFSE). The enriched isotopic signatures (87Sr/86Sri = ~ 0.7065, εNd(t) = ~- 0.5, 208Pb/204Pbi = ~ 38.05, 207Pb/204Pbi = ~ 15.56, 206Pb/204Pbi = ~ 18.20 and zircon εHf(t) = ~+ 5.8) indicate an enriched mantle (EM2) source, with some addition of continental material. It has arc geochemical affinities similar to Permian arc igneous rocks in the eastern margin of the Jiamusi Block, the Yakuno Ophiolite in SW Japan, arc rocks along the western margin of the North America Craton, and also the Gympie Group in eastern Australia. All these features, together with information from tectonic discrimination diagrams, suggest that the Dongfanghong gabbro formed in an immature island arc. The spatial configuration of ~ 290 Ma immature continental arc rocks in the eastern part of the Jiamusi Block and the ~ 275 Ma immature island arc Dongfanghong gabbro in the Wandashan Orogen to the east is best explained by eastward arc retreat and slab roll-back of the Paleo-Pacific Plate. This model is also supported by the Carboniferous-Permian stratigraphic transition in the Jiamusi Block from oceanic carbonate rocks to coal-bearing terrestrial clastic rocks and andesites. We thus suggest that both Paleo-Pacific subduction and roll-back occurred in the Early Permian along the eastern margin of Asia.

  19. Melt/rock reaction at oceanic peridotite/gabbro transition as revealed by trace element chemistry of olivine

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    Rampone, Elisabetta; Borghini, Giulio; Godard, Marguerite; Ildefonse, Benoit; Crispini, Laura; Fumagalli, Patrizia

    2016-10-01

    Several recent studies have documented that reactions between melt and crystal mush in primitive gabbroic rocks (via reactive porous flow) have an important control in the formation of the lower oceanic crust and the evolution of MORBs. In this context, olivine-rich rocks can form either by fractional crystallization of primitive melts or by open system reactive percolation of pre-existing (possibly mantle-derived) olivine matrix. To address this question, we performed in-situ trace element analyses (by LA-ICP-MS) of olivine from the Erro-Tobbio ophiolite Unit (Ligurian Alps), where mantle peridotites show gradational contacts with an hectometer-scale body of troctolites and plagioclase wehrlites, and both are cut by later decameter-wide lenses and dykes of olivine gabbros. Previous studies inferred that troctolites and olivine gabbros represent variably differentiated crystallization products from primitive MORB-type melts. Olivines in the three rock types (mantle peridotites, troctolites, olivine gabbros) exhibit distinct geochemical signature and well-defined elemental correlations. As expected, compatible elements (e.g. Ni) show the highest concentrations in peridotites (2580-2730 ppm), intermediate in troctolites (2050-2230 ppm) and lowest in gabbros (1355-1420 ppm), whereas moderate incompatible elements (e.g. Mn, Zn) show the opposite behaviour. By contrast, highly incompatible elements like Zr, Hf, Ti, HREE are variably enriched in olivines of troctolites, and the enrichment in absolute concentrations is coupled to development of significant HFSE/REE fractionation (ZrN/NdN up to 80). AFC modelling shows that such large ZrN/NdN ratios in olivines are consistent with a process of olivine assimilation and plagioclase crystallization at decreasing melt mass, in agreement with textural observations. In-situ trace element geochemistry of olivine, combined with microstructural investigations, thus appears a powerful tool to investigate reactive percolation and the

  20. Distribution of Sc, Ta, Hf, Zr, Co, and Fe in the crust of weathering of metalliferous gabbro-norites in volodarsk-volyn rock body

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    Borisenko, L.F.; Chudinov, V.I.

    1986-09-01

    Nuclear physics methods are used to determine the Sc, Ta, Hf, Zr, Co, and Fe contents in gabbro-norites and the component minerals of these rocks, as well as in the various zones of the crusts of weathering developed on gabbro-norites. It has been established that Sc, Ta, Hf, and Zr accumulate in the kaolinite zone, but Co is partly washed out of it.

  1. Peninsular terrane basement ages recorded by Paleozoic and Paleoproterozoic zircon in gabbro xenoliths and andesite from Redoubt volcano, Alaska

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    Bacon, Charles R.; Vazquez, Jorge A.; Wooden, Joseph L.

    2012-01-01

    Historically Sactive Redoubt volcano is an Aleutian arc basalt-to-dacite cone constructed upon the Jurassic–Early Tertiary Alaska–Aleutian Range batholith. The batholith intrudes the Peninsular tectonostratigraphic terrane, which is considered to have developed on oceanic basement and to have accreted to North America, possibly in Late Jurassic time. Xenoliths in Redoubt magmas have been thought to be modern cumulate gabbros and fragments of the batholith. However, new sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) U-Pb ages for zircon from gabbro xenoliths from a late Pleistocene pyroclastic deposit are dominated by much older, ca. 310 Ma Pennsylvanian and ca. 1865 Ma Paleoproterozoic grains. Zircon age distributions and trace-element concentrations indicate that the ca. 310 Ma zircons date gabbroic intrusive rocks, and the ca. 1865 Ma zircons also are likely from igneous rocks in or beneath Peninsular terrane basement. The trace-element data imply that four of five Cretaceous–Paleocene zircons, and Pennsylvanian low-U, low-Th zircons in one sample, grew from metamorphic or hydrothermal fluids. Textural evidence of xenocrysts and a dominant population of ca. 1865 Ma zircon in juvenile crystal-rich andesite from the same pyroclastic deposit show that this basement has been assimilated by Redoubt magma. Equilibration temperatures and oxygen fugacities indicated by Fe-Ti–oxide minerals in the gabbros and crystal-rich andesite suggest sources near the margins of the Redoubt magmatic system, most likely in the magma accumulation and storage region currently outlined by seismicity and magma petrology at ∼4–10 km below sea level. Additionally, a partially melted gabbro from the 1990 eruption contains zircon with U-Pb ages between ca. 620 Ma and ca. 1705 Ma, as well as one zircon with a U-Th disequilibrium model age of 0 ka. The zircon ages demonstrate that Pennsylvanian, and probably Paleoproterozoic, igneous rocks exist in, or possibly beneath, Peninsular

  2. Formation of plagioclase-bearing peridotite and plagioclase-bearing wehrlite and gabbro suite through reactive crystallization: an experimental study

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    Saper, Lee; Liang, Yan

    2014-03-01

    Plagioclase-bearing peridotites are commonly associated with gabbroic rocks sampled around the Moho Transition Zone. Based on mineral chemistry, texture, and spatial relations, the formation of plagioclase-bearing peridotites has been attributed to impregnation of basalt into residual peridotites. We conducted reactive dissolution and crystallization experiments to test this hypothesis by reacting a primitive mid-ocean ridge basalt with a melt-impregnated lherzolite at 1,300 °C and 1 GPa and then cooling to 1,050 °C as pressure decreased to 0.7 GPa. Crystallization during cooling produced lithologic sequences of gabbro-wehrlite or gabbro-wehrlite-peridotite, depending on reaction time. Wehrlitic and peridotitic sections contain significant amounts of plagioclase interstitial to olivine and clinopyroxene and plagioclase compositions are spatially homogeneous. Clinopyroxene in the wehrlite-peridotite section is reprecipitated from the melt and exhibits poikilitic texture with small rounded olivine chadacrysts. Mineral composition in olivine and clinopyroxene varies spatially, both at the scale of the sample and within individual grains. Olivine grains that crystallized close to the melt-peridotite interface are enriched in iron due to their proximity to the basaltic melt reservoir. Consistent with many field studies, we observed gradual spatial variation in olivine and clinopyroxene composition across a lithologically sharp boundary between the gabbro and wehrlite-peridotite. Plagioclase compositions show no obvious dependence on distance from the melt-rock interface and were precipitated from late-stage trapped melts. Compositional trends of olivine, pyroxene, and plagioclase are consistent with previous experimental results and natural observations of the Moho Transition Zone. Different lithological sequences form based primarily on the melt-rock ratio, composition of the melt and host peridotite, and thermochemical conditions, but are expected to grade from

  3. Mineral chemistry of isotropic gabbros from the Manamedu Ophiolite Complex, Cauvery Suture Zone, southern India: Evidence for neoproterozoic suprasubduction zone tectonics

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    Yellappa, T.; Tsunogae, T.; Chetty, T. R. K.; Santosh, M.

    2016-11-01

    The dismembered units of the Neoproterozoic Manamedu Ophiolite Complex (MOC) in the Cauvery Suture Zone, southern India comprises a well preserved ophiolitic sequence of ultramafic cumulates of altered dunites, pyroxenites, mafic cumulates of gabbros, gabbro-norites and anorthosites in association with plagiogranites, isotropic gabbros, metadolerites, metabasalts/amphibolites and thin layers of ferruginous chert bands. The isotropic gabbros occur as intrusions in association with gabbroic anorthosites, plagiogranite and metabasalts/amphibolites. The gabbros are medium to fine grained with euhedral to subhedral orthopyroxenes, clinopyroxenes and subhedral plagioclase, together with rare amphiboles. Mineral chemistry of isotropic gabbros reveal that the clinopyroxenes are diopsidic to augitic in composition within the compositional ranges of En(42-59), Fs(5-12), Wo(31-50). They are Ca-rich and Na poor (Na2O < 0.77 wt%) characterized by high-Mg (Mg# 79-86) and low-Ti (TiO2 < 0.35 wt%) contents. The tectonic discrimination plots of clinopyroxene data indicate island arc signature of the source magma. Our study further confirms the suprasubduction zone origin of the Manamedu ophiolitic suite, associated with the subduction-collision history of the Neoproterozoic Mozambique ocean during the assembly of Gondwana supercontinent.

  4. IODP Expedition 345: Primitive Layered Gabbros From Fast-Spreading Lower Oceanic Crust

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    Ildefonse, Benoit; Gillis, Kathryn M.; Snow, Jonathan E.; Klaus, Adam

    2014-05-01

    Three-quarters of the ocean crust formed at fast-spreading ridges is composed of plutonic rocks whose mineral assemblages, textures and compositions record the history of melt transport and crystallization between the mantle and the seafloor. However, owing to the nearly continuous overlying extrusive upper crust, sampling in situ the lower crust is challenging. Hence, models for understanding the formation of the lower crust are based essentially on geophysical studies and ophiolites. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 345 recovered the first significant sections of primitive, modally layered gabbroic rocks from the lowermost plutonic crust formed at a fast-spreading ridge, and exposed at the Hess Deep Rift (Gillis et al., Nature, 2014, doi:10.1038/nature12778). Drilling Site U1415 is located along the southern slope of the intrarift ridge. The primary science results were obtained from coring of two ~110 m deep reentry holes and one 35-m-deep single-bit hole, all co-located within an ~100-m-wide area. Olivine gabbro and troctolite are the dominant plutonic rock types recovered, with minor gabbro, clinopyroxene oikocryst-bearing gabbroic rocks, and gabbronorite. All rock types are primitive to moderately evolved, with Mg# 89-76, and exhibit cumulate textures similar to ones found in layered mafic intrusions and some ophiolites. Spectacular modal and grain size layering, prevalent in >50% of the recovered core, confirm a long held paradigm that such rocks are a key constituent of the lowermost ocean crust formed at fast-spreading ridges. Magmatic foliation is largely defined by the shape-preferred orientation of plagioclase. It is moderate to strong in intervals with simple modal layering but weak to absent in troctolitic intervals and typically absent in intervals with heterogeneous textures and/or diffuse banding. Geochemical analysis of these primitive lower plutonics, in combination with previous geochemical data for shallow-level plutonics

  5. The formation of the North Barents Superdeep Basin by gabbro to eclogite transformation in continental crust

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    Artyushkov, Eugene; Chekhovich, Peter

    2017-04-01

    gabbro in the lower crust was the main cause of crustal subsidence in the North Barents Basin. The seismic tomography data show that the basin is underlain by a thick lithospheric layer typical of the Precambrian cratons. According to the seismic and gravity data thick layers of eclogites exist under the Moho boundary in some other deep basins. Among them are the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, the North Caspian and South Caspian Basins, 20 km deep, the North Chukchi superdeep Basin filled with 18 km of sediments and the deep-water basin on the Mendeleev High. According to this feature all these basins are underlain by thick continental crust and their formation was the result of the gabbro to eclogite transformation in the lower crust.

  6. Electric Currents in Granite and Gabbro Generated by Impacts Up To 1 km/sec

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    Hollerman, W. A.; Lau, B. L.; Moore, R. J.; Malespin, C. A.; Bergeron, N. P.; Freund, F. T.; Wasilewski, P. J.

    2006-12-01

    For many years, radio noise, strange lights coming out of the ground, and other unusual phenomena have been detected prior to major earthquakes. Only recently have these signals been systematically monitored and their correlations to earthquakes have been more firmly established. A glow in the sky sometimes heralds a big quake. In January 1995, white, blue, or orange lights extending some 200 m into the air and spreading 1 to 8 km across the ground were reported by at least 23 eyewitnesses in and around Kobe, Japan. Hours later, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake killed more than 4,500 people. Such signals imply the movement of electric currents through rock and soil and their discharge into the air. During summer 2006 a research project started using the single-stage light gas gun at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The gun fires 63 mm diameter aluminum sabots of a few grams to 1.2 kilograms. A catcher was designed to stop the sabot while allowing a smaller projectile to impact a desired target at velocities up to 1 km/s. This presentation documents first results of the production of electric currents during impacts on granite and gabbro instrumented with capacitive sensors, contact electrodes, magnetic pick-up coils and photo diodes for light detection. This research is critical towards the development of techniques that could be used to monitor quakes on the Earth and estimate secondary effects of meteorite impacts on the Moon and Mars during the next phase of human space exploration.

  7. Recycled gabbro signature in Upper Cretaceous Magma within Strandja Massif: NW Turkey

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    Ulusoy, Ezgi; Kagan Kadioglu, Yusuf

    2016-04-01

    Basic magma intrusions within plate interiors upwelling mantle plumes have chemical signatures that are distinct from mid-ocean ridge magmas. When a basic magma interact with continental crust or with the felsic magma, the compositions of both magma changes, but there is no consensus as to how this interaction occurs. Here we analyse the mineral behavior and trace element signature of gabbroic rocks of the samples collected from the Strandja Massif. Srednogorie magmatic arc is a part of Apuseni- Banat-Timok-Srednogorie magmatic belt and formed by subduction and closure of the Tethys Ocean during Upper Cretaceous times. Upper Cretaceous magmatic rocks cutting Strandja Massif in NW Turkey belong to eastern edge of Srednogorie Magmatic arc. Upper Cretacous magmatic rocks divided into four subgroup in Turkey part of Strandja massif: (I) granitic rocks, (II) monzonitic rock, (III) syenitic rocks and (IV) gabbroic rocks. Gabbroic rocks outcropped around study area in phaneritic - equigranular texture. According to mineralogic - petrographic studies gabbros have mainly holocrystalline texture and ophitic to subophitic texture composed of plagioclase, amphibole, pyroxene, and rarely olivine and opaque minerals. Also because of special conditions there have been pegmatitic texture on mafic minerals with euhedral form up to 3 cm in size and orbicular texture which reach 15cm in size and rounded - elliptical form. Confocal Raman Spectroscopy studies reveals that plagioclase are ranging in composition from labradorite to bytownite, the pyroxene are ranging in composition from diopside to augite acting with uralitization processes and the olivine are generally in the composition of forsterite. Petrographic and mineralogical determination reveals some metasomatic magmatic epidote presence. Confocal Raman Spectroscopy studies on anhydrous minerals within gabbroic rocks shows affect of hydrous process because of magma mixing. The gabbroic rocks have tholeiitic and changed towards

  8. Multipolarity remanences in lower oceanic crustal gabbros recovered by drilling at Hess Deep (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 345)

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    Morris, Antony; Horst, Andrew; Friedman, Sarah; Nozaka, Toshio

    2015-04-01

    A long-term goal of the scientific ocean drilling community is to understand the processes by which the ocean crust is constructed through magmatism, deformation, metamorphism and hydrothermal cooling. Insights into the magnetic properties of the lower crust have come from drilling at oceanic core complexes and in tectonic windows. At the Hess Deep Rift, propagation of the Cocos-Nazca Ridge into young, fast-spreading East Pacific Rise crust exposes a dismembered, but nearly complete lower crustal section. Here, IODP Expedition 345 (Site U1415) recovered primitive plutonic lithologies including gabbro, troctolitic gabbro and olivine gabbronorite. These rocks exhibit cumulate textures similar to those found in layered basic intrusions and some ophiolite complexes. Metamorphism is dominated by background greenschist facies alteration associated with cataclastic deformation that likely results from Cocos-Nazca rifting. Some intervals display complex, multiple remanence components within individual samples. A high temperature component unblocks above 500°-520°C and an intermediate temperature component of nearly antipodal direction unblocks between 425°-450°C and 500°-520°C. In addition, a few samples display a third component that unblocks between 100-350°C that is nearly parallel to the highest temperature component. These multiple, nearly antipodal components suggest that remanence was acquired in different geomagnetic chrons, and represent the first multipolarity remanences seen in Pacific lower oceanic crust. Similar remanence structures, however, have been reported in lower crustal gabbros recovered from slow-spreading rate crust along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and have been interpreted to reflect protracted accretion or protracted cooling. In contrast, at Hess Deep unblocking temperatures appear consistent with temperatures inferred for successive phases of alteration, suggesting an alteration history spanning at least two polarity chrons.

  9. Multipolarity Remanences in Lower Oceanic Crustal Gabbros Recovered By Drilling at Hess Deep (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 345)

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    Morris, A.; Horst, A. J.; Friedman, S. A.

    2014-12-01

    A long-term goal of the scientific ocean drilling community is to understand the processes by which the ocean crust is constructed through magmatism, deformation, metamorphism and hydrothermal cooling. Insights into the magnetic properties of the lower crust have come from drilling at oceanic core complexes and in tectonic windows. At the Hess Deep Rift, propagation of the Cocos-Nazca Ridge into young, fast-spreading East Pacific Rise crust exposes a dismembered, but nearly complete lower crustal section. Here, IODP Expedition 345 (Site U1415) recovered primitive plutonic lithologies including gabbro, troctolitic gabbro and olivine gabbronorite. These rocks exhibit cumulate textures similar to those found in layered basic intrusions and some ophiolite complexes. Metamorphism is dominated by background greenschist facies alteration associated with cataclastic deformation that likely results from Cocos-Nazca rifting. Some intervals display complex, multiple remanence components within individual samples. A high temperature component unblocks above 500°-520°C and an intermediate temperature component of nearly antipodal direction unblocks between 425°-450°C and 500°-520°C. In addition, a few samples display a third component that unblocks between 100-350°C that is nearly parallel to the highest temperature component. These multiple, nearly antipodal components suggest that remanence was acquired in different geomagnetic chrons, and represent the first multipolarity remanences seen in Pacific lower oceanic crust. Similar remanence structures, however, have been reported in lower crustal gabbros recovered from slow-spreading rate crust along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and have been interpreted to reflect protracted accretion or protracted cooling. In contrast, at Hess Deep unblocking temperatures appear consistent with temperatures inferred for successive phases of alteration, suggesting an alteration history spanning at least two polarity chrons.

  10. Diffusion-Reaction Between Basaltic Andesite and Gabbro at 0.5 GPa: an Explanation for Anorthitic Plagioclase?

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    Lundstrom, C. C.; Boudreau, A. E.; Pertermann, M.

    2004-12-01

    Despite the remarkably smooth variation in bulk composition of erupted lavas at Arenal volcano (1968-2003), mineral compositions vary widely. Plagioclase ranges from An52 to An95 while Cr2O3 in CPX varies from 0.7 to 0.05 wt % (Streck et al., 2003). To address the question "how do bulk compositions remain near-steady-state while crystal compositions vary widely," we have performed 2 diffusion-reaction experiments in the piston cylinder at 0.5 GPa. These juxtaposed Arenal basaltic andesite AR-8 at 1200° C with a Stillwater Complex gabbro, lying in a thermal gradient toward the piston. In one experiment, we synthesized a glass-plagioclase (An67-75) aggregate of AR-8 in a graphite-Pt-Ti capsule at P-T, polished one end, dried tracer solutions of 45Ca, 6Li, 84Sr and 136Ba on its surface, and juxtaposed it with gabbro for 13 days. Profiles of bulk composition as a function of distance from the interface show that AR-8 gains Al2O3, MgO and CaO from the gabbro and loses Na2O, K2O, SiO2 and FeO to it. Notably, a plagioclase rich (65%) layer develops at the interface between the two materials as CPX disappears. This layer and the compositional profiles are reproduced by diffusion-reaction models using IRIDIUM (Boudreau, 2003). Plagioclase at the interface develops a texture of homogeneous anorthitic cores (An90) that abruptly shift to 10μ m rims having compositions (An67) in Na-Ca exchange equilibrium with the co-existing melt. A beta track map shows that 45Ca is incorporated into the plagioclase cores while SIMS analyses indicate isotopic equilibration between core and melt. Thus, these anorthitic plagioclase result from diffusion-reaction with efficient chemical communication between the melt and the plagioclase core. Microchannels cutting through the rim, rather than solid-state diffusion, appear to control re-equilibration. Other observations from the experiment parallel Arenal lavas: Mg# variation in OPX is small in both experiments and lavas while profiles of Cr

  11. Petrogenesis of the Zhangmatun gabbro in the Ji'nan complex, North China Craton: Implications for skarn-type iron mineralization

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    Xie, Qiuhong; Zhang, Zhaochong; Hou, Tong; Santosh, M.; Jin, Ziliang; Han, Liu; Cheng, Zhiguo

    2015-12-01

    The Zhangmatun gabbro is part of the Ji'nan complex in the North China Craton. It is spatially and temporally associated with the Zhangmatun skarn-type high-grade iron deposit. U-Pb dating of zircons from the Zhangmatun gabbro yielded an age of 130.2 ± 1.8 Ma, indicating the emplacement time as Early Cretaceous. The Zhangmatun gabbro displays porphyritic texture with plagioclase and clinopyroxene as the major phenocryst phases, together with minor biotite, hornblende, and magnetite. The rocks show a restricted range of SiO2 (50.1-52.7 wt.%) and Al2O3 (14.7-16.0 wt.%), low TiO2 (0.69-0.86 wt.%), relatively variable FeOT (2.87-8.62 wt.%), high MgO (6.50-8.01 wt.%) and Na2O (3.36-5.13 wt.%). The gabbro is also characterized by marked enrichment of LREEs and other LILEs (e.g., Rb, Sr and Ba), and strong depletion in HFSEs (e.g., Nb, Ta, Ti, Zr and Hf), similar to arc-related magma. The plagioclase and clinopyroxene from the Ji'nan gabbro, Zhangmatun gabbro, as well as Yaoshan and Huashan gabbroic diorite exhibit higher oxygen isotopes than those of the primitive mantle, indicating involvement of crustal materials. The similarity in geology, geochronology and petrology of these rocks suggests that they are co-magmatic. The parent magma of the Zhangmatun gabbro was produced by partial melting of amphibole-bearing spinel lherzolite in the upper mantle which has been modified by the lower crustal materials beneath the North China Craton. In combination with the Sr-Nd isotopic compositions of the Zhangmatun gabbro, we recognize EMI-type mantle source beneath the Ji'nan area. Moreover, the relatively high values as well as the relatively large variation of εHf(t) (-9.1 to +1.8) imply that asthenospheric material was also involved in the mantle-derived melt. The formation of iron concentration in the hydrothermal fluids is attributed to the exsolution of Fe-rich magmatic fluids and leaching from the solidified Zhangmatun gabbro at the retrograde alteration stage.

  12. Ortigalita Peak gabbro, Franciscan complex: U-Pb dates of intrusion and high-pressure low-temperature metamorphism

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    Mattinson, James M.; Echeverria, Lina M.

    1980-12-01

    Paleontological and isotopic age data from the Franciscan complex in the Ortigalita Peak quadrangle, Diablo Range, California, provide new insight into the tectonic evolution of at least part of the Franciscan complex. Graywacke, shale, pillowed greenstone, and chert in the quadrangle were deposited in Late Jurassic (Tithonian) time, about 135 to 150 m.y. ago, on the basis of radiolaria. These rocks then were incorporated in an accretionary wedge prior to the intrusion of gabbroic magma 95 m.y. ago (U-Pb dating on zircons). Subduction (metamorphism of gabbro and surrounding sedimentary rocks to blueschist grade) closely followed intrusion at about 92 m.y. ago (U-Pb dating on metamorphic titanite and “plagioclase” = albite + pumpellyite ± quartz). The brief interval between intrusion and subduction confirms the idea that the gabbro was intruded into the accretionary wedge, essentially at the site of plate convergence. The much longer interval (about 40 to 55 m.y.) between deposition and subduction reveals that the Franciscan had a long presubduction history and provides a time frame within which more speculative concepts such as extensive northward translation of the Franciscan must be constrained.

  13. A mineralogical investigation of the Late Permian Doba gabbro, southern Chad: Constraints on the parental magma conditions and composition

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    Shellnutt, J. Gregory; Lee, Tung-Yi; Yang, Chih-Cheng; Hu, Shin-Tai; Wu, Jong-Chang; Iizuka, Yoshiyuki

    2016-02-01

    The late Permian Doba (257 ± 1 Ma) gabbro was discovered at the base of an exploration well through the Cretaceous Doba Basin of Southern Chad. The gabbro is at least 250 m thick, has cumulus mineral textures and consists of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene, Fe-Ti oxide, apatite and quartz. The composition of the silicate minerals (i.e. plagioclase, pyroxenes) from the lowest part of the intrusion tend to be more primitive (i.e. An59, Wo40-44En33-47Fs12-25) than the upper part (i.e. An41, Wo39-43En30-44Fs14-29) suggesting the magmatic system differentiated internally by crystal fractionation and crystal redistribution. Based on the chemistry of the pyroxenes, the parental magma was compositionally similar to a Ti-rich, within-plate continental tholeiite that had a bulk Mg# of ∼44. The relative oxidation state of the magma was initially moderately reducing (i.e. ΔFMQ-0.3) and then became more reducing after a period of fractionation (i.e. ΔFMQ-1.2). The estimated initial magma temperature was at least 1100 °C. The within-plate composition suggests there was rifting-related magmatism near the boundary of the Saharan Metacraton that could be related to edge-driven mantle convection.

  14. Comagmatic contact relationships between the Rock Creek Gabbro and Round Valley Peak granodiorite, central Sierra Nevada, CA

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    Christensen, C.C.; Bown, C.J. . School of Natural Science)

    1993-03-01

    The Rock Creek Gabbro (RCG) in Little Lakes Valley, near Tom's Place, CA abuts three granodiorites with distinctive contact characteristics. Against within a cm in most places. The contact with Round Valley Peak (RVP) on the north, however, is a zone at least 3 km wide and records a mode of mafic magmatic enclave formation. A northward traverse of the zone begins 300--400 m within the RCG with progressively lighter, though still uniform rock. Next is a 100--200m wide jumble of sharp-edged angular 10--30m gabbroic xenoliths, variable in grainsize and plastic deformation and interspersed with stretched partially disaggregated enclaves in normal RVP granodiorite. Xenoliths are essentially absent from the RVP from here north; stretched enclaves with very consistent strikes paralleling (within 20[degree]) the mapped RCG-RVP contact and high angle dips (70--90[degree]), occur singly and in dense swarms and fall from 4% to 0.5% of outcrop area in the remaining traverse. Rock Creek gabbros including xenoliths at the contact cluster chemically with RVP enclaves on all major and trace element plots, suggesting a common parentage; some of each group show evidence of plagioclase flotation. Trace element data (esp. Zr/Nb) suggests that fractional crystallization dominates mixing in the evolution of the gabbroic/enclave magma.

  15. Helium Isotope Variations in Peridotite, Gabbro and Basalt from the Kane Oceanic Core Complex

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    Konrad, K.; Graham, D. W.; Dick, H. J.

    2012-12-01

    value is elevated compared to the median value for MORBs (8 RA). Our observations suggest that domains of highly depleted MORB mantle tend to have higher 3He/4He ratios, approaching 9 RA, consistent with what is observed in depleted MORB glasses globally. Kane gabbroic rocks are more variable, and typically show lower 3He/4He ratios, often accompanied by lower He concentrations. This likely reflects an increased importance of atmospheric and radiogenic components. Lower initial 3He/4He ratios (<8 RA) may also be present in some of the gabbros, perhaps from partial meting of a lithologically heterogeneous mantle source.

  16. Magmatism and metamorphism at the sheeted dyke-gabbro transition zone: new insight from beerbachite from ODP/IODP Hole 1256D and Oman ophiolite

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    Python, Marie; Abily, Bénédicte; France, Lydéric

    2014-05-01

    During IODP Expedition 335, two-pyroxenes bearing granulites (beerbachites) were extensively recovered as drilling cuttings at the gabbro-sheeted dyke transition zone of ODP Hole 1256D (East Pacific Rise, 6°44.163'N, 91°56.061'W). This lithology results from high-temperature metamorphism of previously hydrothermally altered diabases, basalts and/or gabbros; the heat source likely stems from the melt lens located at the top of the magmatic chambers imaged along present-day fast-spreading ridges. This lithology, associated with gabbroic bodies, characterises the transition zone between the sheeted dyke complex and the uppermost gabbroic section and represents the interface between magmatic and hydrothermal convecting systems in an oceanic crust formed at fast-spreading ridges. Samples acquired during IODP Exp. 335 show a particularly high degree of recrystallisation and are characterised by the absence of hydrous phases like amphibole, suggesting very high-T metamorphism. The Beerbachites mineral chemical characteristics are rather homogeneous compared to gabbros or dolerite from the sheeted dyke but pyroxenes Mg#, Ti, Al and Cr contents as well as the anorthite content of plagioclase are closer to gabbro than dolerite. This similarity may be explained by two hypothesis: either beerbachites in Hole 1256D are metamorphosed gabbros, or they underwent a melt-rock reaction process with the gabbros parental magma and were re-equilibrated at high temperature until their mineral composition become similar to that of gabbros. The gabbro-sheeted dyke transition zone in the Oman ophiolite is also outlined by the presence of high grade metamorphic rocks. Fine grained granulites and amphibolites that may be derived from the transformation of altered sheeted dyke diabases are in direct contact with fresh gabbroic and troctolitic bodies which are themselves cross-cut by dolerite dykes. The observation of textures show that high-T recrystallisation occurred in the fine grained

  17. Geochemistry of Site U1309 Gabbros, IODP Expeditions 304/305 at the Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge 30°N

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    Miller, J.; Awaji, S.; Godard, M.; Rosner, M.; Yamasaki, T.

    2005-12-01

    IODP Site U1309 was drilled at Atlantis Massif (western rift flank of Mid-Atlantic Ridge 30°N; Expeditions 304 and 305), a 1.5-2 Myr old oceanic core complex, through an exposed detachment fault in the shallow part of the dome. The main hole, Hole U1309D, penetrated 1415.5 mbsf and recovery averaged 75%. Over 96% of Hole U1309D is made up of gabbroic rock types, which comprise amongst the most primitive as well as freshest plutonic rocks known from the ocean floor. The most abundant rock type is from the gabbro group, comprising 55.7% of the core recovered. This group spans a wide range in modal composition, including minor amount of olivine, Fe-Ti oxides, and/or orthopyroxene. Olivine gabbro is the second most abundant rock type recovered (25.5%), with modal olivine varying widely (5 to 50%). The modal composition of this rock type is highly variable and locally grades into troctolitic gabbro and troctolite. The gabbros and olivine gabbros from Site U1309 have compositions that are among the most primitive sampled by drilling along the MAR (23°N and 15°20N) and on the Southwest Indian Ridge (ODP Hole 735B). This is reflected in Mg numbers ranging from 67 to 87, low TiO 2 (< 0.72 wt%), Na 2 O, and trace element contents. Site U1309 gabbroic rocks are interpreted as cumulates related to the basalt and diabase cross-cutting the gabbroic section through crystal fractionation processes and a common parental magma. Olivine-rich rocks with relatively low modal plagioclase and clinopyroxene are grouped as olivine-rich troctolite. They represent 5.4 % of the recovered rocks in Hole U1309D, with the thickest interval between 1092 and 1236 mbsf. The olivine-rich troctolites contain >70% olivine by mode, and are commonly intercalated with olivine and troctolitic gabbro. Olivine-rich rocks may represent the most primitive cumulates of the gabbroic sequence. However, they overlap in composition with the impregnated peridotites drilled at 15°20N along the MAR with high Mg

  18. U-Pb isotopic ages and Hf isotope composition of zircons in Variscan gabbros from central Spain: evidence of variable crustal contamination

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    Villaseca, Carlos; Orejana, David; Belousova, Elena; Armstrong, Richard A.; Pérez-Soba, Cecilia; Jeffries, Teresa E.

    2011-03-01

    Ion microprobe U-Pb analyses of zircons from three gabbroic intrusions from the Spanish Central System (SCS) (Talavera, La Solanilla and Navahermosa) yield Variscan ages (300 to 305 Ma) in agreement with recent studies. Only two zircon crystals from La Solanilla massif gave slightly discordant Paleoproterozoic ages (1,848 and 2,010 Ma). Hf isotope data show a relatively large variation with the juvenile end-members showing ɛHfi values as high as +3.6 to +6.9 and +1.5 to +2.9 in the Navahermosa and Talavera gabbros, respectively. These positive ɛHfi values up to +6.9 might represent the composition of the subcontinental mantle which generates these SCS gabbros. This ɛHfi range is clearly below depleted mantle values suggesting the involvement of enriched mantle components on the origin of these Variscan gabbros, and is consistent with previous whole-rock studies. The presence of zircons with negative ɛHfi values suggest variable, but significant, crustal contamination of the gabbros, mainly by mixing with coeval granite magmas. Inherited Paleoproterozoic zircons of La Solanilla gabbros have similar trace element composition (e.g. Th/U ratios), but more evolved Hf-isotope signatures than associated Variscan zircons. Similar inherited ages have been recorded in zircons from coeval Variscan granitoids from the Central Iberian Zone. Granitic rocks have Nd model ages (TDM) predominantly in the range of 1.4 to 1.6 Ga, suggesting a juvenile addition during the Proterozoic. However, Hf crustal model ages of xenocrystic Proterozoic zircons in La Solanilla gabbro indicate the presence of reworked Archean protoliths (TDM2 model ages of 3.0 to 3.2 Ga) incorporated into the hybridized mafic magma.

  19. Fe-Ti-oxide textures and microstructures in shear zones from oceanic gabbros at Atlantis Bank, Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Till, Jessica; Morales, Luiz F. G.; Rybacki, Erik

    2016-04-01

    Ocean drilling expeditions at several oceanic core complexes formed at slow- and ultra-slow-spreading ridges have recovered cores containing numerous zones of oxide-rich gabbros containing ilmenite and magnetite. In these cores, high modal concentrations of Fe-Ti-oxides are systematically associated with high-temperature plastic deformation features in silicates. We present observations of Fe-Ti-oxide mineral structures and textural characteristics from a series of oxide-rich shear zones from Atlantis Bank (ODP Site 735B) on the Southwest Indian Ridge aimed at determining how oxide mineral abundances relate to strain localization. Fe-Ti-oxide minerals in undeformed oxide gabbros and in highly deformed samples from natural shear zones generally have morphologies characteristic of crystallized melt, including highly cuspate grains and low dihedral angles. Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility in oxide-rich shear zones is very strong, with fabrics mainly characterized by strong magnetic foliations parallel to the macroscopic foliation. Crystallographic preferred orientations (CPO) in magnetite are generally weak, with occasionally well-defined textures. Ilmenite typically displays well-developed CPOs, however, the melt-like ilmenite grain shapes indicate that at least part of the crystallographic texture results from oriented ilmenite growth during post-deformation crystallization. The oxides are hypothesized to have initially been present as isolated pockets of trapped melt (intercumulus liquid) in a load-bearing silicate framework. Progressive plastic deformation of silicate phases at high-temperature mainly produced two features: (i) elongated melt pockets, which crystallized to form strings of opaque minerals and (ii), interconnected networks of melt regions. The latter lead to intense strain localization of the rock, which appears as oxide-rich mylonites in the samples. In some samples, abundant low-angle grain boundaries in both magnetite and ilmenite suggest

  20. Sr-Isotope Composition of Feldspar: Implication for age and Evolution of Gabbros from Uralian-Alaskan Type Complexes in the Ural Mountains, Russia

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    Bruegmann, G. E.; Krause, J.; Pushkarev, E.

    2006-12-01

    Compared to whole-rock or bulk mineral analyses single mineral composition could reveal disequilibrium features between crystals or within individual crystals which provide important information on magma chamber processes. We applied a LA-ICPMS technique to determine Sr isotopes in plagioclase and K-feldspar of gabbroic rocks from the Nizhnii Tagil and Kytlym complexes in the Ural Mountains in Russia. These complexes are Uralian-Alaskan-type zoned mafic-ultramafic complexes, consisting of dunite, clinopyroxenite and gabbro bodies. The rock association is considered to represent a cumulate sequence of a single parental melt feeding a magma chamber system. The instruments used were a NU Plasma MC-ICPMS and a solid-state 193 and 213 nm Nd:YAG laser ablation system from New Wave. The data of the present study includes up to five spot analyses (100-120 μm spot size) of each mineral in a thin section. Baselines for analyses were measured on-peak for 20 s while flushing the sample chamber with He. About 300 to 500 isotope ratios were measured during the ablation time of 80-100 s. Raw data were exported to an external data reduction spreadsheet and corrected for interferences (Kr, Rb) and mass bias using 87Sr/^{88}Sr=0.1194. During the time of analyses we measured the Sr isotope composition of an in-house marine carbonate reference material. Its 87Sr/86Sr of 0.70923±6 (2SD) agrees within error limits with our TIMS measurements. The gabbros have porphyric textures with clinopyroxene phenocrysts in a matrix of olivine, clinopyroxene and spinel. Two gabbro types can be distinguished based on additional matrix minerals. One type of gabbro is silica saturated, contains plagioclase (An57-88) and in places orthopyroxene as matrix phases. The second gabbro type is silica undersaturated and contains in the matrix plagioclase (An29-56) and pseudoleucite, a fine grained intergrowth of nepheline and K-feldspar (Or30-81). In this gabbro plagioclase has generally higher Sr

  1. Osa Creek gabbro-granite ring complex, Sierra Nevada, CA, by degassing-driven subsidence of mafic-magmatic sheets

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    Sisson, T. W.; Moore, J. G.

    2010-12-01

    Intrusive ring complexes commonly represent the shallow substrates of calderas, with arcuate intrusions forming as ring dikes engulfing subsiding caldera blocks, and as cone sheets injected during magmatic repressurization. The Osa Creek ring complex, southern Sierra Nevada batholith, differs in having formed by axial subsidence of solidifying gabbro-diorite sheets that injected a coeval mushy granitic magma body. The result is a remarkable nearly circular (6×10 km) steep-sided bimodal intrusive body, exposed 60 km east of Porterville and 30 km southwest of Owens Lake on the east side of the Kern Canyon. Zircon ages (SHRIMP) of both gabbro and granite are 146 ±1.5 Ma (1-sigma), slightly younger than, or concurrent with, the Independence Dike Swarm. Much of the structure is hornblende-biotite gabbro and diorite (SiO2, 47-51 wt %) emplaced as sheets 0.1-5 m thick, with each mafic sheet commonly chilled against and separated by thin (1-25 cm) septa of lighter colored and coarser rock ranging from granite to hornblende-plagioclase pegmatite. Mutually intrusive relations indicate that the septa were partly molten during sheet injection. In the outer portions of the complex the mafic sheets strike parallel to the margins and dip vertically-to-steeply radially inward. Dips of mafic sheets shallow toward the center of the complex, and are sub-horizontal in the center, defining a cup or basin structure. At least 28 thicker (5-250 m) conformable granitic sheets (SiO2, 70-77 wt. %) are spaced through the gabbroic layers and are increasingly thicker and abundant toward the higher elevation outer edges of the structure. Granite sheets also dip steeply inward, further defining the basin-shaped structure. Subsidence of the complex’s interior is indicated by rotation of igneous geopetal (way-up) indicators. These are in the form of small flames and pipes (to ~10 cm across) of the comagmatic inter-sheet septa granitoids that inject adjacent mafic sheets consistently toward the

  2. Origin of the 'Gabbro' Signature in Ocean Island Basalts: Constraints from Osmium Isotopic Ratios of Galapagos Basalts

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    Gibson, S. A.; Dale, C. W.; Geist, D.; Harpp, K. S.

    2014-12-01

    The Re-Os isotope system has become increasingly used as a tracer of lithological heterogeneity in the convecting mantle, with radiogenic 187Os/188Os in high-Os oceanic basalts and picrites widely interpreted as evidence of a melt contribution from ancient recycled oceanic crust. When combined with 206Pb/204Pb and O isotopes, 187Os/188Os ratios have been used to identify distinct lithological units (i.e. sediments, gabbros and basalts). We report new 187Os/188Os for basalts with high Os (>40 ppt) and MgO from Galápagos, which range from near primitive mantle values (0.130) to highly radiogenic (0.155). While co-variations in 187Os/188Os and 206Pb/204Pb for some Galápagos basalts (Floreana-type) are HIMU like, and consistent with melting of ancient recycled oceanic crust, others have variable 187Os/188Os ratios and primitive to depleted mantle like 206Pb/204Pb. Similar variations in Os and Pb isotopic space have been interpreted in other OIB suites as melts from recycled ancient oceanic gabbros, entrained by upwelling mantle plumes. Nevertheless, a marked east-west spatial variation in 187Os/188Os of Galápagos basalts does not correlate with postulated lithological variations in the Galápagos plume (Vidito et al., 2013). We show that basalts in eastern Galápagos with elevated 187Os/188Os and positive Sr anomalies occur in the vicinity of over-thickened 10 Ma gabbroic crust, that formed when the Galápagos plume was on-axis. We propose the elevated 187Os/188Os of Galápagos basalts are due to in-situ assimilation of young gabbroic lower crust, with high Re/Os, rather than melting of ancient recycled material in the Galápagos plume. In western Galápagos recent plume accreted crust is thick but more mafic, the melt flux higher and assimilation more sporadic. The contamination thresholds of Os and MgO in Galápagos basalts occur at higher contents than for many global OIBs (Azores, Iceland, Hawaii) and may reflect both a relatively low melt flux into the crust

  3. Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr Ages for Northwest Africa 2977, A Young Lunar Gabbro from the PKT

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    Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C.-Y.; Reese, Y. D.; Irving, A. J.

    2009-01-01

    Northwest Africa (NWA) 2977 is an olivine gabbro cumulate equivalent to one of the lithologies in lunar mare breccia NWA 773 [1,2,3]. The Ar-39-Ar-40 age is 2.77+/-0.04 Ga based on the last approx.57% of the gas release [4], similar to results for NWA 773 [5]. A Sm-Nd age (T) of 2.865+/-0.031 Ga and Epsilon(sub Nd) = -7.84+/-0.22 for the NWA 773 gabbro reported by [6] has been revised to T = 2.993+/-=0.032 Ga, Epsilon(sub Nd) -4.5+/-0.3 [7]. Sm-147-Nd-143 isochron for NWA 2977: Whole rock, pyroxene, olivine, plagioclase, whole rock leachate (approx.phosphate) and the combined leachates from the mineral separates yield a well defined Sm-Nd isochron for an age T = 3.10+/-0.05 Ga and Epsilon(sub Nd-CHUR) = -3.74+/-0.26 [8], or Epsilon(sub Nd-HEDR) = -4.61+/-0.26 [9]. Rb-87-Sr-87 isochron: NWA 2977 contains only a modest amount of Rb and/or Sr contamination. The Sr-isotopic composition of the contaminant closely resembles that of seawater. The whole rock residue after leaching combined with leach residues for plagioclase and pyroxene define an isochron age of 3.29+/-0.11 Ga for initial Sr-87/Sr-86 = 0.70287+/-18. The olivine residue, with lower Sr abundance of approx 1.5 ppm, is only slightly displaced from the isochron. The relatively small uncertainties of the Rb-Sr isochron parameters and near-concordancy with the Sm-Nd age indicate that both the Rb-Sr and the Sm-Nd ages are reliable.

  4. Dependencies of pore pressure on elastic wave velocities and Vp/Vs ratio for thermally cracked gabbro

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    Nishimura, K.; Uehara, S. I.; Mizoguchi, K.

    2015-12-01

    Marine seismic refraction have found that there are high Vp/Vs ratio regions in oceanic crusts at subducting oceanic plates (e.g, Cascadia subduction zone (2.0-2.8) (Audet et al., 2009)). Previous studies based on laboratory measurements indicated that Vp/Vs ratio is high when porosity and/or pore pressure is high (Christensen, 1984; Peacock et al., 2011). Although several studies have investigated the relationships between fracture distributions and Vp, Vs (e.g., Wang et al., 2012; Blake et al., 2013), the relationships for rocks (e.g., gabbro and basalt) composing oceanic crust are still unclear. This study reports the results of laboratory measurements of Vp, Vs (transmission method) at controlled confining and pore pressure and estimation of Vp/Vs ratio for thermally cracked gabbro which mimic highly fractured rocks in the high Vp/Vs ratio zone, in order to declare the dependence of fracture distributions on Vp/Vs. For the measurements, we prepared three type specimens; a non-heated intact specimen, specimens heated up to 500 °C and 700 °C for 24 hours. Porosities of intact, 500 °C and 700 °C specimens measured under the atmospheric pressure are 0.5, 3.4 and 3.5%, respectively. Measurements were conducted at a constant confining pressure of 50 MPa, with decreasing pore pressure from 49 to 0.1 MPa and then increasing to 49 MPa. While Vp/Vs for the intact specimen is almost constant at elevated pore pressure, the Vp/Vs values for the thermally cracked ones were 2.0~2.2 when pore pressure was larger than 30 MPa. In future, we will reveal the relationship between the measured elastic wave velocities and the characteristics of the microfracture distribution. This work was supported by JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Grant Number 26400492).

  5. Paleomagnetic and Rock Magnetic Results From In-Situ Oceanic Gabbro from Atlantis Bank: IODP Expedition 360

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    Bowles, J. A.; Morris, A.; Tivey, M.; Expedition 360 Scientists, I.

    2016-12-01

    International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 360 was the first step in a multiphase drilling program designed to better understand the nature of lower oceanic crust and the Moho at slower spreading ridges. Hole U1473A was drilled to 790 meters below seafloor on the summit of Atlantis Bank, an oceanic core complex, where the lower crust has been exposed by detachment faulting. The recovered rocks are predominantly gabbro and carry a strong, stable magnetization, capable of explaining the sea surface and near-bottom magnetic anomalies measured directly over the platform where the upper crust is absent. Intervals of oxide gabbros are common in the upper 400 m of the hole and below 670 meters below sea floor. These intervals typically correlate with increased remanence and susceptibility, as well as a decrease in bulk coercivity and median destructive temperature. Hysteresis and first order reversal curve (FORC) measurements demonstrate that domain state ranges from single domain to multi domain in most samples. The magnetic mineralogy is predominantly magnetite, and preliminary magnetic force microscopy work suggests it is present as inclusions in silicate minerals, as fine exsolution features within larger (nonmagnetic) Fe-oxide grains, and more rarely as large, multi-domain size (titano)magnetite grains. Results of thermal demagnetization of discrete samples and alternating field demagnetization of archive-half-cores show that the characteristic remanence is of reverse polarity, consistent with the placement of the hole within geomagnetic polarity Chron C5r.3r. The mean inclination of 67° suggests a minimum footwall rotation of 20° subsequent to cooling through the magnetic blocking temperature(s). This is consistent with earlier paleomagnetic and geochronological results from Atlantis Bank.

  6. Magnetic and microscopic features of silicate-hosted Fe-oxide inclusions in an oceanic gabbro section

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    Till, Jessica

    2015-04-01

    The magnetic mineralogy of oceanic gabbros is typically dominated by magnetite, which occurs in several forms: as a cumulus or intercumulus phase, as a secondary phase formed through alteration, or as exsolved inclusions in plagioclase and pyroxene. This study characterizes the contribution of magnetic inclusions in plagioclase and pyroxene to the bulk rock remanence and examines changes in the distribution of remanence carriers with crustal depth. Selected samples were taken throughout a 1500-m-long section of drilled oceanic gabbro cores collected from the Oceanic Drilling Program Site 735B at Atlantis Bank on the Southwest Indian Ridge. Hysteresis parameters and curves of isothermal remanence acquisition were measured for plagioclase and clinopyroxene mineral separates and compared with whole rock measurements for samples from various depths to determine the relative contributions of each to the bulk sample remanence properties. In whole-rock samples, bulk saturation magnetization decreases and coercivity distributions become dominated by harder magnetic components with increasing depth. The changes in rock magnetic properties with depth are interpreted to result from variations in composition as well as cooling rates. Coercivity distributions in both plagioclase and pyroxene systematically shift to higher coercivities with increasing depth in the section, although the change is more pronounced in plagioclase, indicating that the size distributions of magnetic inclusions in plagioclase become progressively finer. First-order reversal curves for plagioclase separates provide a striking example of non-interacting single-domain particles. Variations in exsolution textures and compositions of the inclusions were also investigated by microanalysis and electron microscopy. Microscopic examination revealed unexpected complexity in the structure of exsolution features, with several oxide phases commonly present as inclusions in plagioclase and multiple generations of

  7. Petrography and Geochemistry (Trace, Ree and Pge) of Pedda Cherlo Palle Gabbro-Diorite Pluton, Prakasam Igneous Province, Andhra Pradesh, India

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    Subramanyam, K. S. V.; Reddy, U. V. B.; Balaram, V.; Roy, Parijat

    2015-09-01

    Prakasam Igneous Province (PIP) is an important geological domain in the Eastern Dharwar Craton (EDC), found in the junction zone between the EDC and Eastern Ghat Mobile Belt (EGMB). The Pedda Cherlo Palle (PCP) gabbros are massive, leucocratic-mesocractic, and show cumulus textures with minerals plagioclase, cpx, and amphiboles. Compositionally, plagioclase is a labradorite-bytownite, cpx is diopside to augite, olivines are hyalosiderites and amphiboles are magnesiohornblendes. PCP gabbros have normal SiO2, high Al2O3, moderate to high TiO2, Na2O and medium Fe2O3, so, classified as subalkaline tholeiitic gabbros. Fractionated rare earth element (REE) patterns, high abundance of large ion lithofile elements (LILE) and transitional metals coupled with light REE (LREE) relative enrichment over heavy REE (HREE) and Nb are characteristics of partial melting of depleted mantle and melts that have undergone fractional crystalisation. These partial melts are enriched in LREE and LILE, due to the addition of slab derived sediment and fluids. PCP gabbros contain low abundance (5.1 to 24.6 ng/g) of platinum group elements (PGE), and show an increase in the order Ir>Os>Pt>Ru»Pd>Rh. We propose that the subduction related intraoceanic island arc might have accreted to the southeastern margin of India to the east of Cuddapah basin in a collisional regime that took place during Ur to Rodinia amalgamations.

  8. Plagioclase zonation styles in hornblende gabbro inclusions from Little Glass Mountain, Medicine Lake volcano, California: Implications for fractionation mechanisms and the formation of composition gaps

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    Brophy, J.G.; Dorais, M.J.; Donnelly-Nolan, J.; Singer, B.S.

    1997-01-01

    The rhyolite of Little Glass Mountain (73-74% SiO2) is a single eruptive unit that contains inclusions of quenched andesite liquid (54-61% SiO2) and partially crystalline cumulate hornblende gabbro (53-55% SiO2). Based on previous studies, the quenched andesite inclusions and host rhyolite lava are related to one another through fractional crystallization and represent an example of a fractionation-generated composition gap. The hornblende gabbros represent the cumulate residue associated with the rhyolite-producing and composition gap-forming fractionation event. This study combines textural (Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast, NDIC, imaging), major element (An content) and trace element (Mg, Fe, Sr, K, Ti, Ba) data on the style of zonation of plagioclase crystals from representative andesite and gabbro inclusions, to assess the physical environment in which the fractionation event and composition gap formation took place. The andesite inclusions (54-61% SiO2) are sparsely phyric with phenocrysts of plagioclase, augite and Fe-oxide??olivine, +/-orthopyroxene, +/-hornblende set within a glassy to crystalline matrix. The gabbro cumulates (53-55% SiO2) consist of an interconnected framework of plagioclase, augite, olivine, orthopyroxene, hornblende and Fe-oxide along with highly vesicular interstitial glass (70-74% SiO2). The gabbros record a two-stage crystallization history of plagioclase + olivine + augite (Stage I) followed by plagioclase+orthopyroxene + hornblende + Fe-oxide (Stage II). Texturally, the plagioclase crystals in the andesite inclusions are characterized by complex, fine-scale oscillatory zonation and abundant dissolution surfaces. Compositionally (An content) the crystals are essentially unzoned from core-to-rim. These features indicate growth within a dynamic (convecting?), reservoir of andesite magma. In contrast, the plagioclase crystals in the gabbros are texturally smooth and featureless with strong normal zonation from An74 at the

  9. The Siquisique basalts and gabbros, Los Algodones, Venezuela: late Cretaceous oceanic plateau formed within the proto-Caribbean plate?

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    Kerr, A. C.; Neill, I.; Urbani, F.; Spikings, R.; Barry, T.; Tarney, J.

    2009-12-01

    Basalts and gabbros, exposed near Siquisique, Venezuela have previously been interpreted as Jurassic mid-ocean ridge basalts, on the basis of an ammonite found in nearby, but not obviously intercalated, sediments (Bartok, 1985). This, combined with their current tectonic position, well within the continent, and because they accreted before the Cretaceous ‘Great Arc’ of the Caribbean, has led to the Siquisique igneous rocks being widely regarded as Jurassic ‘normal’ mid-ocean ridge basalts and gabbros formed as North and South America rifted apart. We present new geochemical and chronological data which shows that the Siquisique igneous rocks are 95-90Ma and have a chemistry which is more consistent with derivation from a deep mantle plume, than a mid-ocean ridge. It is clear that these basalts represent part of the original ocean floor of the Caribbean, which formed before the tectonic emplacement of the present-day Caribbean from the Pacific. Chemically similar basalts and gabbros at El Copey on Araya Peninsula and Sans Souci in northern Trinidad also accreted to the continental margin of South America before the ‘Great Arc’ of the Caribbean and may well be part of the same intra-Caribbean ‘plume event’. These exposures all indicate that the oceanic crust of the proto-Caribbean, was likely to have consisted (at least in part) of thickened oceanic crust formed by melting of a hot-mantle plume. Although the Siquisique rocks formed at a similar time to the Caribbean-Colombian oceanic plateau they were not derived from the same mantle plume. This supports previous suggestions (Kerr & Tarney, 2005; Snow et al. 2005) that the period around ~90Ma (like that around 120Ma) was marked by a significant upsurge in global plume-related magmatic activity. This activity is likely to have contributed significantly to the major worldwide oceanic anoxia event (OAE2) around the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary (93.4Ma)(Kerr, 1998; Snow et al. 2005). Significantly, this

  10. Slow Slip Predictions Based on Gabbro Dehydration and Friction Data Compared to GPS Measurements in Northern Cascadia

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    Rice, J. R.; Liu, Y.

    2008-12-01

    For episodic slow slip transients in subduction zones, a large uncertainty in comparing surface deformations predicted by rate and state friction modeling [Liu and Rice, JGR, 2007] to GPS measurements lies in our limited knowledge of the frictional properties and fluid pore pressure along the fault. In this study, we apply petrological data [Peacock et al., USGS, 2002; Hacker et al., JGR 2003; Wada et al., JGR, 2008] and recently reported friction data [He et al., Tectonophys, 2006, 2007] for gabbro, as a reasonable representation of the seafloor, to a Cascadia-like 2D model in order to produce simulations which show spontaneous aseismic transients. We compare the resulting inter-transient and transient surface deformations to GPS observations along the northern Cascadia margin. An inferred region along dip of elevated fluid pressure is constrained by seismological observations where available, and by thermal and petrological models for the Cascadia and SW Japan subduction zones. For the assumed a and a-b profiles, we search the model parameter space, by varying the level of effective normal stress σ, characteristic slip distance L in the source areas of transients, and the fault width under that low σ, to identify simulation cases which produce transient aseismic slip and recurrence interval similar to the observed 20-30 mm and 14 months, respectively, in northern Cascadia. Using a simple planar fault geometry and extrapolating the 2D fault slip to a 3D distribution, we find that the gabbro gouge friction data allows a much better fit to GPS observations than is possible with the granite data [Blanpied et al., JGR, 1995, 1998] which, for lack of a suitable alternative, has been used as the basis for most previous subduction earthquake modeling, including ours. Nevertheless, the values of L required to reasonably fit the geodetic data during a transient event are somewhat larger than 100 microns, rather than in the range of 10 to a few 10s of microns as might be

  11. Application of Downhole Magnetic Field Measurements in the Identification of Petrological Variations in Basalts, Gabbros and Volcaniclastic Sediments

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    Bartetzko, A.; Heike, D.

    2002-12-01

    Downhole magnetic field measurements are routinely carried out during many downhole-logging operations for spatial orientation of borehole wall images. The tools used for this purpose, like the Schlumberger General Purpose Inclinometer Tool (GPIT), were not specifically developed for geological interpretations but comparisons with measurements from precise magnetometers show very good correlations. However, systematic value shifts sometimes occur in some holes and this means that data from the GPIT should be used only qualitatively. We show examples from several holes drilled by the ODP demonstrating the potential of magnetic field logs for geologic and petrologic purposes. Variations in the magnetic field data are caused by different geologic processes in these examples. Injections of Fe-Ti-oxide rich gabbros into olivine gabbro of the lower oceanic crust drilled in ODP Holes 735B and 1105A (SW Indian Ridge) cause distinct signals in the magnetic field logs. The vertical resolution of the tool allows detection of thin layers (10 cm minimum thickness) with small anomalies in the magnetic field logs. Cyclicity in eruption processes at mid-ocean ridges can be revealed using the magnetic field logs. Slight petrologic differences between magmas from different eruptions and changes in the Earth?s magnetic field due to reversals, or secular variations in pauses between the eruptions cause characteristic patterns in the logs (e.g. ODP Holes 395A and 418A). Cooling and subsequent alteration processes cause the formation of different types of Fe- and/or Ti-oxide minerals. Typical examples of the formation of secondary magnetic minerals in subaerial lava flows are seen in ODP Hole 1137A (Kerguelen Plateau). Characteristic anomalies in the magnetic field log correlate well with total gamma ray measurement, which is an indicator for alteration in this type of rocks. Grain Size linked with crystallinity variations in basaltic volcaniclastic deposits and debris flows influence

  12. Oblique Non-Ridge Parallel Magmatic Layering and Foliations in Lower Crustal Gabbros from Hess Deep Rift

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    Horst, A. J.; Morris, A.; Friedman, S. A.; Cheadle, M. J.; Brown, T. C.

    2016-12-01

    , implying foliation strikes were initially oriented at >20° to the EPR. Similar, non-ridge parallel foliations have been documented in 30% of uppermost gabbro outcrops in the Oman ophiolite, but have not yet been observed from modern fast-spread crust. Although the origin is unclear, oblique gabbro fabrics must constrain accretionary models of lower crust formation.

  13. Gravity and magnetic expression of the San Leandro gabbro with implications for the geometry and evolution of the Hayward Fault zone, northern California

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    Ponce, D.A.; Hildenbrand, T.G.; Jachens, R.C.

    2003-01-01

    The Hayward Fault, one of the most hazardous faults in northern California, trends north-northwest and extends for about 90 km along the eastern San Francisco Bay region. At numerous locations along its length, distinct and elongate gravity and magnetic anomalies correlate with mapped mafic and ultramafic rocks. The most prominent of these anomalies reflects the 16-km-long San Leandro gabbroic block. Inversion of magnetic and gravity data constrained with physical property measurements is used to define the subsurface extent of the San Leandro gabbro body and to speculate on its origin and relationship to the Hayward Fault Zone. Modeling indicates that the San Leandro gabbro body is about 3 km wide, dips about 75??-80?? northeast, and extends to a depth of at least 6 km. One of the most striking results of the modeling, which was performed independently of seismicity data, is that accurately relocated seismicity is concentrated along the western edge or stratigraphically lower bounding surface of the San Leandro gabbro. The western boundary of the San Leandro gabbro block is the base of an incomplete ophiolite sequence and represented at one time, a low-angle roof thrust related to the tectonic wedging of the Franciscan Complex. After repeated episodes of extension and attenuation, the roof thrust of this tectonic wedge was rotated to near vertical, and in places, the strike-slip Hayward Fault probably reactivated or preferentially followed this pre-existing feature. Because earthquakes concentrate near the edge of the San Leandro gabbro but tend to avoid its interior, we qualitatively explore mechanical models to explain how this massive igneous block may influence the distribution of stress. The microseismicity cluster along the western flank of the San Leandro gabbro leads us to suggest that this stressed volume may be the site of future moderate to large earthquakes. Improved understanding of the three-dimensional geometry and physical properties along the

  14. Component mobility at 900 °C and 18 kbar from experimentally grown coronas in a natural gabbro

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    Keller, Lukas M.; Wunder, Bernd; Rhede, Dieter; Wirth, Richard

    2008-09-01

    Several approximately 100-μm-wide reaction zones were grown under experimental conditions of 900 °C and 18 kbar along former olivine-plagioclase contacts in a natural gabbro. The reaction zone comprises two distinct domains: (i) an irregularly bounded zone with idiomorphic grains of zoisite and minor corundum and kyanite immersed in a melt developed at the plagioclase side and (ii) a well-defined reaction band comprising a succession of mineral layers forming a corona structure around olivine. Between the olivine and the plagioclase reactant phases we observe the following layer sequence: olivine|pyroxene|garnet|partially molten domain|plagioclase. Within the pyroxene layer two micro-structurally distinct layers comprising enstatite and clinopyroxene can be discerned. Chemical potential gradients persisted for the CaO, Al 2O 3, SiO 2, MgO and FeO components, which drove diffusion of Ca, Al and Si bearing species from the garnet-matrix interface to the pyroxene-olivine interface and diffusion of Mg- and Fe-bearing species in the opposite direction. The systematic mineralogical organization and chemical zoning across the corona suggest that the olivine corona was formed by a "diffusion-controlled" reaction. We estimate a set of diffusion coefficients and conclude that LAlAl < LCaCa < ( LSiSi, LFeFe) < LMgMg during reaction rim growth.

  15. Panafrican basement and Mesozoic gabbro in the Zagros orogenic belt in the Dorud-Azna region (NW Iran): Laser-ablation ICP-MS zircon ages and geochemistry

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    Shakerardakani, Farzaneh; Neubauer, Franz; Masoudi, Fariborz; Mehrabi, Behzad; Liu, Xiaoming; Dong, Yunpeng; Mohajjel, Mohammad; Monfaredi, Behzad; Friedl, Gertrude

    2015-04-01

    The Dorud-Azna region of the Sanandaj-Sirjan metamorphic zone (SSMZ) in NW Iran is part of the Zagros orogenic belt and exposes an amphibolite-grade metamorphic succession of mixed continental (e.g., the granitic Galeh-Doz orthogneiss) and oceanic or rift (e.g., various amphibolites) origin, which is intruded by the Darijune gabbro. Laser-ablation ICP-MS U-Pb zircon ages of 608 ± 18 Ma and 588 ± 41 Ma of the granitic Galeh-Doz orthogneiss indicate a Panafrican basement similar to that of the Yazd block of Central Iran. We therefore interpret this part of the SSMZ to represent a previously subducted part of the Panafrican basement of the Iranian microcontinent. Based on geochemistry, amphibolites and metagabbros from the Amphibolite unit representially potentially the cover on the Panafrican Galeh-Doz orthogneiss are interpreted to have their origin in a likely Upper Paleozoic to Mesozoic rift or E-MORB ophiolite succession. One of the metagabbros, here termed Dare-Hedavand metagabbro yield a 206Pb/238U mean age of 314.6 ± 3.7 Ma. Talc-bearing greenschists to epidote amphibolites of the Triassic June complex formed in a similar, but younger environment. Furthermore, the metamorphic complex is intruded by the Darijune gabbro, which yields a mean ICP-MS U-Pb zircon age of 170.2 ± 3.1 Ma. The final stage of likely Jurassic greenschist facies-grade metamorphism postdates the gabbro intrusion. We interpret the Darijune gabbro to have resulted from the initial subduction of Neotethyan oceanic lithosphere in a continental arc setting. The new data combined with data from literature indicate that the SSMZ represents a tectonic element of a mixed continental and oceanic origin, likely accreted to Central Iran during a Jurassic tectonic process. The new data also constrains thick-skinned nappe stacking within the Sanandaj-Sirjan zone.

  16. An Early Neoproterozoic gabbro-granite association in the Bureya Continental Massif (Central Asian fold belt): First geochemical and geochronological data

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    Sorokin, A. A.; Ovchinnikov, R. O.; Kudryashov, N. M.; Sorokina, A. P.

    2016-12-01

    The fact that gneissose granites and gabbros of the Nyatygran Complex in the Bureya Continental Massif are not Palaeoproterozoic in age, as previously thought, but Neoproterozoic, 933 Ma is proved. New data with the first direct evidence of Early Neoproterozoic magmatism in continental massifs composing the Bureya-Jiamusi Superterrane are given. At the moment, the obtained age estimates are the oldest for the magmatic rocks of this superterrane.

  17. Petrochemistry and mineral chemistry of Late Permian hornblendite and hornblende gabbro from the Wang Nam Khiao area, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand: Indication of Palaeo-Tethyan subduction

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    Fanka, Alongkot; Tsunogae, Toshiaki; Daorerk, Veerote; Tsutsumi, Yukiyasu; Takamura, Yusuke; Endo, Takahiro; Sutthirat, Chakkaphan

    2016-11-01

    In the Wang Nam Khiao area, Nakhon Ratchasima, northeastern Thailand, there are various mafic-ultramafic plutons composed of hornblendite, hornblende gabbro and hornblende microgabbro. The rocks are generally dominated by hornblende, plagioclase and clinopyroxene. The mineral chemistry and whole-rock geochemistry of hornblendite, hornblende gabbro and hornblende microgabbro show their similarities, suggesting a close relationship of their magmatic evolution. The flat REE pattern and low HREE concentration indicate fractional crystallization from hydrous magma. The enrichment in LILE (e.g. Ba, K, Sr) and depletion of HFSE (e.g. Nb, Ta, Zr) together with compositions of clinopyroxene and hornblende reflect arc-related subduction. Hornblende-plagioclase geothermometry and Al-in-hornblende geobarometry indicate the PT conditions of crystallization are 5.3-9.8 kbar and 670-1000 °C, 7.6-9.0 kbar and 850-950 °C, and 7.6-8.8 kbar and 750-850 °C for hornblendite, hornblende gabbro and hornblende microgabbro, respectively, at the lower crustal depth (28-31 km). Zircon U-Pb age of hornblende microgabbro dike, that intruded into hornblendite, yields 257 Ma of intrusion age, suggesting the emplacement of the mafic-ultramafic rock in this area is related to Late Permian arc magmatism resulted from subduction of Palaeo-Tethys beneath Indochina Terrane.

  18. Subduction of Indian continent beneath southern Tibet in the latest Eocene (˜ 35 Ma): insights from the Quguosha gabbros in southern Lhasa block

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    Ma, Lin; Wang, Qiang; Li, Zheng-Xiang; Wyman, Derek; Jiang, Zi-Qi

    2016-04-01

    Geophysical data illustrate that the Indian continental lithosphere has northward subducted beneath the Tibet Plateau. However, when the Indian continental lithosphere started to subduct remain unclear. Here we report new results from the Quguosha gabbros of southern Lhasa block, southern Tibet. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating of two samples gives a ca. 35 Ma formation age (i.e., the latest Eocene) for the Quguosha gabbros, which are within a magmatism gap of the Lhasa block. The Quguosha gabbros samples exhibit Sr-Nd isotopic compositions ([87Sr/86Sr]initial = 0.7056-0.7058 and ɛNd(t) = -2.2 - -3.6) different from those of the Jurassic-Eocene magmatic rocks with depleted Sr-Nd isotopic characteristics, but somewhat similar to those of Oligocene-Miocene K-rich magmatic rocks with enriched Sr-Nd isotopic characteristics. We interpret the Quguosha mafic magmas to have been generated by partial melting of lithospheric mantle metasomatized by subducted continental sediments, which entered continental subduction channel(s) and then probably accreted or underplated into the overlying mantle during the northward subduction of the Indian continent. Our data also suggest that the Indian continental crust has started to be underthrusted beneath the mantle lithosphere of the southern Lhasa sub-block by at least ca. 35 Ma.

  19. Study on the Hymenoptera parasitoid associated with Lepidoptera larvae in reforestation and agrosilvopastoral systems at Fazenda Canchim (Embrapa Pecuária Sudeste) São Carlos, SP, Brazil.

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    Pereira, A G; Silva, R B; Dias, M M; Penteado-Dias, A M

    2015-11-01

    The aim of this study was to characterize the local fauna of Hymenoptera parasitoids associated with Lepidoptera larvae in areas of reforestation and agrosilvopastoral systems at Fazenda Canchim (Embrapa Pecuária Sudeste, São Carlos, SP, Brazil). Lepidoptera larvae collected with entomological umbrella were kept in the laboratory until emergence of adults or their parasitoids. From those collected in the agrosilvopastoral system, emerged 267 specimens of hymenopteran parasitoids belonging to 16 genera: Braconidae, Agathidinae (Alabagrus), Braconinae (Bracon), Microgastrinae (Cotesia, Diolcogaster, Glyptapanteles, Pholetesor and Protapanteles), Orgilinae (Orgilus); Ichneumonidae, Campopleginae (Casinaria, Charops and Microcharops); Chalcididae, Chalcidinae (Brachymeria and Conura); Eulophidae, Entedoninae (Horismenus), Eulophinae (Elachertus and Euplectrus). From the Lepidoptera larvae collected in the reforestation, emerged 68 specimens of hymenopteran parasitoids, belonging to 8 genera: Chalcididae, Chalcidinae (Conura); Ichneumonidae, Pimplinae (Neotheronia), Campopleginae (Charops and Microcharops) and Braconidae, Microgastrinae (Apanteles, Diolcogaster, Distatrix, Glyptapanteles and Protapanteles). The results of this study suggest the occurrence of a wide variety of Hymenoptera parasitoids in the studied environments.

  20. Hyperextension of continental to oceanic-like lithosphere: The record of late gabbros in the shallow subcontinental lithospheric mantle of the westernmost Mediterranean

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    Hidas, Károly; Varas-Reus, Maria Isabel; Garrido, Carlos J.; Marchesi, Claudio; Acosta-Vigil, Antonio; Padrón-Navarta, José Alberto; Targuisti, Kamal; Konc, Zoltán

    2015-05-01

    We report gabbroic dikes in the plagioclase tectonite domains of the Ojén and Ronda massifs (Betic Cordillera, southern Spain), which record crystallization at low-pressure syn-, or slightly postkinematic to the late ductile history of the Betic Peridotite in the westernmost Mediterranean. We present mineral major and trace element compositional data of discordant gabbroic dikes in the Ojén massif and gabbroic patches in the Ronda massif, complemented by the whole rock and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) data of the Ojén occurrence. In the Ojén massif, gabbro occurs as 1-3 centimeter wide discordant dikes that crosscut the plagioclase tectonite foliation at high angle. These dikes are composed of cm-scale igneous plagioclase and clinopyroxene crystals that show shape preferred orientations subparallel to the lineation of the host peridotite and oblique to the trend of the dike. Intrusion of Ojén gabbro dikes is coherent with the stress field that formed the high temperature, ductile plagioclase tectonite foliation and then attests for a mantle igneous event prior to the intracrustal emplacement of the massif. In the Ronda massif, gabbroic rocks crystallized in subcentimeter wide anastomozing veins, or as interstitial patches in the host dunite. They are mostly composed of plagioclase and clinopyroxene. Plagioclase composition is bytownitic in the Ojén, and andesinic in the Ronda massif. Clinopyroxene in both places shows identical, light Rare-Earth Element (LREE) depleted trace element patterns. The calculated trace element composition of melts in exchange equilibrium with the studied igneous clinopyroxenes reflects LREE-enriched character coupled with negative Eu anomaly, and indicates that gabbro-forming melts in Ronda and Ojén share a common melt source with an island arc tholeiitic affinity. Geothermobarometric data and liquidus mineralogy indicate that gabbro crystallization occurred at shallow depths (0.2-0.5 GPa) in a 7-16 km thick

  1. Occurrences of Orthopyroxene in the "Multi-textured" Layered Gabbros from the Hess Deep Rift, East Pacific Rise (the Site U1415P, IODP Expedition 345)

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    Hoshide, T.; Machi, S.; Maeda, J. I.

    2015-12-01

    IODP Exp.345 drilled three main holes (Holes U1415 I, J & P) from the lowermost plutonic crust exposed at the Hess Deep Rift, East Pacific Rise and primitive layered gabbroic rocks were newly discovered from these holes (Gillis et al., 2014). One of the mysteries about the layered gabbros is the fact that Opx, which is considered to appear in the late stage of crystallization on the basis of crystallization experiments of MORB, occurs as a dominant phase in many of the layered gabbros. In this presentation, we report the occurrence of Opx from the Hole U1415P and consider the significance of Opx in the origin of the layered gabbros. Hole U1415P (about 100m in thickness) is divided into two units, the upper Multi-textured Layered Gabbro Series (MLGS) and lower Troctolite Series (TS). Gabbroic rocks from the MLGS contain Opx (< 4 vol%) and are macroscopically classified into Opx-bearing olivine gabbro. However, these rocks are mesoscopically (on cm scale) inhomogeneous and have a great variation of mode, grain size and texture. On the other hand, TS consists of homogeneous troctolites and Opx rarely occurs in the series. The occurrences of Opx from the MLGS are as follows: (i) coarse-grained Opx+Cpx+Pl vein parallel to the layered structure of the surrounding troctolite (ii) undeformed Opx+Pl veinlets in kinked Ol (iii) Opx in the concave of anhedral Ol (iv) Opx rimming Cr-spl crystals in contact with Ol. The occurrence of Opx like (ii) and (iii) resembles the texture which is considered to be formed by the reaction between mantle peridotite and a SiO2-saturated melt (e.g, Piccardo et al., 2007). The facts that Opx is often found in association with Cr-spl and Cr-spl lamellae occur in pyroxenes of the Opx+Cpx+Pl vein suggest that the SiO2-saturated melt which reacted with Ol was rich in chromium. In addition, Cr-spl crystals rimmed by Opx contain multiphase-solid inclusions. The inclusions should be key in understanding the chemical composition of the reacted melt.

  2. From Gabbro to Granulite to Kyanite- and bimineralic Eclogite: A petrological, geochemical and mass balance approach to mantle eclogites

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    Sommer, H.; Jacob, D.

    2013-12-01

    In this study, we present the phase transition from gabbro into granulite and finally into kyanite- bearing and bimineralic eclogite. The investigated rock sample is a heterogeneous kyanite- bearing and bimineralic eclogite from the earth's mantle collected at the Roberts Victor Diamond mine in South Africa. Plagioclase of the former granulite reacted completely out under low H2O activity (fH2O) to form this kyanite- bearing and bimineralic eclogite. To quantify the phase transitions of the original gabbroic precursor, which was first metamorphosed under H-T granulite facies conditions followed by metamorphism under Earth's mantle conditions into both types of eclogite, a petrological, geochemical and a mass balance approach has been made. i) The results from our petrological approach show that Ca-rich garnet, which is coexistent with Ca-rich omphacite are the metastable phases from the original granulite in the kyanite-bearing relict while Mg-rich garnet, coexistent with Na-rich omphacite are the stable phases in the bimineralic eclogite part which shows equilibration conditions of ~5.5 Gpa and ~1200°C. ii) Our geochemical results show a positive Eu anomaly in garnet from the kyanite-bearing part, which indicates that the igneous precursor of the granulite was a gabbro, probably oceanic crust. Most of the rare earth elements show an excellent correlation with the major elements of the rock forming minerals during the plagioclase-out reaction of the former granulite. The LREE in garnet are removed during the formation of the bimineralic eclogite due to loss of the anorthite component in plagioclase of the former granulite. Contrary, the HREE are enriched in garnets in the bimineralic part of the eclogite compared to those in the kyanite zone, and correlate with the Mg-Ca exchange between both garnet generations. iii) The results from our mass balance approach indicate that garnet in bimineralic eclogite was formed by 0.925 mole of garnet and 0.075 mole of

  3. Chlorine-rich amphibole in deep layered gabbros as evidence for brine/rock interaction in the lower oceanic crust: a microstructural and experimental study

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    Currin, Adriana; Koepke, Juergen; Almeev, Renat; Ildefonse, Benoit; Wolff, Paul Eric

    2017-04-01

    The occurrence of amphiboles in the lower oceanic crust indicates the presence of water during rock formation or alteration, either in the parental melt or in reacting hydrothermal fluids. Amphibole-rich high temperature metamorphic veins and magmatic dykes are found in MOR-associated layered olivine gabbros from Wadi Wariyah of the deep palaeocrust of the Sumail ophiolite, Sultanate of Oman. These veins contain different types of amphiboles: pargasite, hornblende, actinolite and Cl-rich pargasite. In some cases, amphibole grains are zoned and contain a range of compositions, from pargasite formed at magmatic conditions to Cl-rich pargasite formed at subsolidus conditions. Pargasite and ferropargasite are found containing up to 5 wt% Cl (1.4 a.p.f.u.). This variety of amphibole compositions occurring in layered gabbros evidences a complex history of brine/rock interaction and hydrothermal cooling at the base of the oceanic crust. However, the precise origin of these amphibole- and Cl-rich veins associated to hydrothermal activity is still poorly understood. We investigated the formation of Cl-rich amphibole by means of a microstructural study using EBSD (electron backscattered diffraction) and, in addition, an experimental simulation of hydrothermal processes affecting amphibole formation in gabbro at subsolidus conditions. The microstructural EBSD study on natural gabbro from Oman confirms that the hydrothermally-formed amphiboles (hornblende, actinolite, Cl-pargasite) are epitactic in relation to high-temperature pargasite areas adjacent to them. This implies a coherent process, where magmatic pargasite formed initially was subsequently transformed by a Cl-rich hydrothermal brine and fluid at decreasing temperatures, ranging from the magmatic regime down to greenschist facies. Experiments were performed with a starting material of millimetre-sized pargasite pieces (with Cl content <0.02 Cl wt%) and added olivine gabbro powder (ol+plg+cpx+mt) with an excess of

  4. Hornblende gabbro sill complex at Onion Valley, California, and a mixing origin for the Sierra Nevada batholith

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    Sisson, T. W.; Grove, T. L.; Coleman, D. S.

    1996-12-01

    The steep crest of the Sierra Nevada, California, near Onion Valley, exposes natural cross sections through a mafic intrusive complex that formed as part of the Mesozoic Sierra Nevada batholith. Sheeted sills of hornblende gabbro to hornblende diorite, individually as thick as 1.5 m, form the upper 200 to 300 m of the complex. Thicker, multiply-injected sills, as well as mafic stocks, lie underneath at elevations below 3600 m. Lens-shaped cumulate bodies, as thick as 200 m and more than 700 m broad, lie near the base of the sheeted sill suite. Cumulates are flat-lying, modally layered hornblende gabbro with subsidiary ultramafic olivine hornblendite, plagioclase hornblendite, and late-mobile hornblende-plagioclase pegmatite. Fine grain size, scarce phenocrysts and xenocrysts, and quench mineral textures are evidence that hornblende gabbro sills injected in a largely liquid state and preserve basaltic melt compositions. Most sills reached volatile saturation, as shown by tiny miarolitic cavities that are also widespread in cumulates. Although some sills chilled directly against others, most chilled against septa, millimeters to a few centimeters thick, of medium-grained diorite to granodiorite. Mutually crosscutting relations, as well as chilling, show that the septa were partly molten at the time the sills injected and likely formed the lower portions of an overlying more silicic magma chamber that has since been removed by erosion. Sill compositions range from evolved high-alumina basalt to aluminous andesite with major and trace element abundances similar to those of modern arc magmas. Experimental phase equilibria indicate dissolved water contents near 6 wt% (Sisson and Grove 1993a). The sills show unequivocally that hydrous arc basaltic magmas reached shallow levels in the crust during formation of the largely granodioritic Sierra Nevada batholith. The basaltic magmas appear to have been produced from an enriched mantle source with 87Sr/86Sr ˜0.7065, ɛNd ˜-4

  5. An example of post-collisional mafic magmatism: the gabbro-anorthosite layered complex from the Tin Zebane area (western Hoggar, Algeria)

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    Aı̈t-Djafer, Saı̈da; Ouzegane, Khadidja; Paul-Liégeois, Jean; Kienast, Jean Robert

    2003-10-01

    The Tin Zebane gabbro-anorthosite layered mafic intrusion represented by plagioclase-rich cumulates forms a set of small lenticular to round-shaped mainly undeformed bodies intruding the Pan-African high-pressure metamorphic rocks from western Hoggar (Tuareg shield, southwest Algeria). The coarse-grained anorthosites are mainly made of slightly zoned bytownite (An 86-74) with the higher anorthite content at the cores. Anorthosites are interlayered with leucogabbros and gabbros that show preserved magmatic structures and with olivine gabbros characterised by coronitic textures. The primary assemblage in gabbros includes plagioclase (An 93-70), olivine (Fo 77-70), zoned clinopyroxene (En 43-48Fs 05-13Wo 41-49 with Al 2O 3 up to 4.3 wt.%) and rare orthopyroxene (En 73-78). Pyroxenes and olivine are commonly surrounded by Ca-amphibole. The olivine-plagioclase contact is usually marked by a fine orthopyroxene-Cr-spinel-amphibole symplectite. A magnesian pigeonite (En 70-75Fs 19-20Wo 6-10) is also involved in corona. The coronitic minerals have equilibrated with the primary mineral rims at P- T- aH2O conditions of 797 ± 42 °C for aH2O=0.5 and 808 ± 44 °C for aH2O=0.6 at 6.2 ± 1.4 kbar. The Tin Zebane gabbroic rocks are depleted in REE with a positive Eu anomaly, high Sr (>10 ∗ chondrite) and Al 2O 3 concentrations (17-33%) that support plagioclase accumulation with the extreme case represented by the anorthosites. The REE patterns can be modelised using plagioclase, clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene REE signature, without any role played by accessory minerals. High MgO content points to olivine as a major cumulate phase. Anorthositic gabbros Sr and Nd isotopic initial ratios are typical of a depleted mantle source (Sr i=0.70257-0.70278; ɛNd=+5.9 to +7.8). This isotopic signature is identical to that of the 10-km wide 592 Ma old dyke complex composed of alkaline to peralkaline granites and tholeiitic gabbros and one single bimodal complex can be inferred. The source

  6. Martian crust: what is the effect of the gabbro-eclogite transition on the crustal gravitational stability?

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    Ferrachat, S.; Pauer, M.; Breuer, D.

    2005-12-01

    Getting information about the martian crust thickness is of primary interest for better understanding Mars dynamics and secular evolution. On a more specific point of view, the crustal thickness is crucial to better constrain how the Mars silicate layer differentiated into crust and mantle. On the one hand, coupled gravity-topography inversion models usually predict a mean crustal thickness of about 50-60 km (Wieczorek & Zuber, JGR 2004) to 100 km (Turcotte et al, JGR 107 2002), local values ranging from basically 0 to 150-200 km. On the other hand, thermal evolution models (Breuer & Spohn JGR 108 2003, Hauck & Phillips, JGR 107 2002) tend to predict a mean crustal thickness close to the highest estimates of the former models, or even significantly larger, depending on the initial temperature, on the viscosity, and on the thermal diffusivity. A very thick crust (from 100 to 250 km) is also inferred from global interior structure models (Sohl & Spohn, JGR 102 1997). From SNC analysis and surface spectroscopy measurements, the martian crust is thought to be mainly basaltic, with some possible andesitic material at the surface of the Northern hemisphere. As a consequence, the gabbro-eclogite type transition is likely to be relevant for the martian crust. Depending on the temperature profile, this transition can be initiated at a depth of about 50 to 100 km (Babeyko & Zharkov, PEPI 117 2000). The density of eclogite is much larger than basalt, and might even be slightly above that of the martian mantle (up to ~3.53 kg.m-3 versus ~3.4 to 3.55 kg.m-3 for the mantle). In these conditions, the question of a possible recycling of the lower crust back into the mantle is worth investigating: this could possibly lead to important consequences on the global dynamics of the planet, and may limit the crustal thickness. In the framework of 2D thermo-chemical convection models in presence of temperature-dependent viscosity, we will show that key parameters for this problem are: a

  7. Geochemistry and mineralogy of Pd in the magnetitite layer within the upper gabbro of the Mesoarchean Nuasahi Massif (Orissa, India)

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    Prichard, Hazel M.; Mondal, Sisir K.; Mukherjee, Ria; Fisher, Peter C.; Giles, Nicolas

    2017-07-01

    layers of chromitite. PGE are concentrated in these chromitites and in the base metal sulfide-bearing breccias in the overlying gabbro. The Pd in the magnetitites described here indicates the presence of a third level where PGE are concentrated and a magma that crystallized to produce PGE concentrations at three stratigraphic levels in the massif. This indicates that similar thin sill-like intrusions, hosting unusually thick chromitites, may also have PGE concentrations at a number of stratigraphic levels.

  8. Origin and age of coeval gabbros and leucogranites in the northern subprovince of the borborema province, NE Brazil

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    Guimarães, Ignez de Pinho; da Silva Filho, Adejardo Francisco; Armstrong, Richard

    2017-07-01

    The Paleoproterozoic Serrinha - Pedro Velho Complex comprises orthogneisses and migmatites, exposed in the south part of the Archean São José do Campestre Massif, Rio Grande do Norte domain of the Borborema Province, NE, Brazil. During the Ediacaran, the Serrinha - Pedro Velho Complex underwent metamorphism at HT/LP conditions in a tectonic setting dominated by dextral transpressive deformation, dated at ∼575Ma. Crustal melting generated various plutons and dykes of leucogranites with composition ranging from syeno-to monzogranites. Mafic rocks, including gabbros, norites and diorites also occur as dykes and small plutons intruded into the Serrinha - Pedro Velho Complex. Features of mixing and mingling between mafic and leucogranitic magmas were recorded locally. The granites and mafic rocks show field features and geochemical signatures of extension related magmatism. U-Pb SHRIMP zircon data yielded similar Concordia ages for felsic (582 ± 5 Ma) and mafic (588 ± 6 Ma) rocks. The leucogranites have strongly negative εNd (580 Ma) values (-19.8 to -24.3) and Paleoproterozoic to Archean Nd TDM model ages (2.2-2.6 Ga), similar to those recorded in the orthogneisses of the Serrinha - Pedro Velho Complex. The mafic rocks show slightly higher εNd (580 Ma) values (-13.09 to -19.63). The leucogranites were probably generated by partial melting of a source similar to the Serrinha Pedro Velho orthogneisses. The mafic rocks are MgO- rich, and the less evolved ones show picritic basaltic composition, similar to mafic rocks from continental flood basalt provinces. We suggest that melting of Paleoproterozoic ponds of picrite (plume related?) generated the mafic magmas studied that, subsequently, evolved by olivine and pyroxene fractionation at great depth and underwent contamination with crustal melts. In the studied area other Ediacaran extension related mafic rocks do occur. They have geochemical and isotopic signatures distinct from those recorded in Riachão mafic

  9. The Easternmost Southwest Indian Ridge: A Laboratory to Study MORB and Oceanic Gabbro Petrogenesis in a Very Low Melt Supply Context

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    Paquet, M.; Cannat, M.; Hamelin, C.; Brunelli, D.

    2014-12-01

    Our study area is located at the ultra-slow Southwest Indian Ridge, east of the Melville Fracture Zone, between 61 and 67°E. The melt distribution in this area is very heterogeneous, with corridors of ultramafic seafloor where plate separation is accommodated by large offset normal faults [Sauter, Cannat et al., 2013]. These ultramafic corridors also expose rare gabbros and basalts. We use the major and trace elements composition of these magmatic rocks to document the petrogenesis of MORB in this exceptionnally low melt supply portion of the MOR system. Basalts from the easternmost SWIR represent a global MORB end-member for major element compositions [Meyzen et al., 2003], with higher Na2O and Al2O3 wt%, and lower CaO and FeO wt% at a given MgO. Within this group, basalts from the ultramafic corridors have particularly high Na2O, low CaO and FeO wt%. Best fitting calculated liquid lines of descent are obtained for crystallization pressures of ~8 kbar. Gabbroic rocks recovered in the ultramafic corridors include gabbros, oxide-gabbros and variably impregnated peridotites. This presentation focuses on these impregnated samples, where cpx have high Mg#, yet are in equilibrium with the nearby basalts in terms of their trace element compositions. Plagioclase An contents vary over a broad range, and there is evidence for opx resorption. These characteristics result from melt-mantle interactions in the axial lithosphere, which may explain several peculiar major element characteristics of the basalts. Similar interactions probably occur beneath ridges at intermediate to slow and ultraslow spreading rates. We propose that they are particularly significant in our study area due to its exceptionnally low integrated melt-rock ratio.

  10. Timing of the final closure of the Paleo-Asian Ocean in the Alxa Terrane: Constraints from geochronology and geochemistry of Late Carboniferous to Permian gabbros and diorites

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    Liu, Qian; Zhao, Guochun; Han, Yigui; Eizenhöfer, Paul R.; Zhu, Yanlin; Hou, Wenzhu; Zhang, Xiaoran

    2017-03-01

    Connecting the North China Craton to the east and the Tarim Craton to the west, the Alxa Terrane is a key place in investigating the timing of the final closure of the Paleo-Asian Ocean (PAO). New LA-ICPMS zircon U-Pb dating results reveal ca. 300-268 Ma gabbros and diorites in the Bayan Nuru area in the eastern part of the Alxa Terrane. The 300 Ma gabbros show plagioclase accumulations with anorthite compositions, arc-like geochemical affinities with relative enrichment in large ionic lithophile elements and depletion in high field strength elements (e.g., Ti, Nb and Ta), as well as negative εHf(t) and εNd(t) values and high initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios. These features indicate a magma source of an enriched lithospheric mantle metasomatized by high fluid activities. In comparison, the 280-268 Ma gabbros and diorites also have arc-like geochemical affinities but show increasingly evolved isotope compositions, implying more sediment inputs. Compiled zircon εHf(t) and whole-rock εNd(t) values of the magmatic rocks in the Alxa Terrane decrease from the Late Carboniferous to the Early Permian, and increase from the Middle Permian to the Triassic. The significantly large variation in zircon εHf(t) and whole-rock εNd(t) values at ca. 280-265 Ma likely reflects a tectonic switch from a subduction setting to a post-collisional setting, corresponding to the timing of the final closure of the PAO in the Alxa Terrane. Thus, the PAO progressively closed from west to east along the northern margin of the Tarim Craton, the Alxa Terrane, and then the northern margin of the North China Craton during Late Carboniferous to Middle Triassic time.

  11. Sm-Nd geochronology of the Erro-Tobbio gabbros (Ligurian Alps, Italy): Insights into the evolution of the Alpine Tethys

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    Rampone, Elisabetta; Borghini, Giulio; Romairone, Anna; Abouchami, Wafa; Class, Cornelia; Goldstein, Steven L.

    2014-09-01

    The Alpine-Apennine ophiolites are considered analogs of the oceanic lithosphere formed at ocean-continent transition zones and very slow oceanic spreading centers. They are lithospheric remnants of the Jurassic Piedmont-Ligurian ocean, a branch of the Mesozoic Tethys separating the European and Adriatic continental margins. Previous geochronological studies on gabbroic rocks of the Alpine Tethys indicated a rather large time span of crust formation. In this paper, we present Sm-Nd geochronological data on well-preserved olivine gabbros intruded in mantle peridotites from the Erro-Tobbio ophiolitic unit (Ligurian Alps, Italy). Borghini et al. (2007) documented that these gabbros crystallized at low-P conditions (< 5 kb) from primitive N-MORB melts, similar to many gabbroic rocks from Alpine-Apennine ophiolites. Here four plagioclase-clinopyroxene internal Sm-Nd isochrons are presented, yielding equivalent ages and initial εNd values. The ages are 177 ± 7 Ma, 179 ± 7 Ma, 178 ± 21 Ma and 182 ± 19 Ma, reflecting a weighted mean age of 178 ± 5 Ma with initial εNd of 9.2 ± 0.4 (2SD). Similar ages are only recorded in gabbroic rocks from the External Liguride Units (Northern Apennines) and represent the oldest ages available for the gabbroic crust of the Alpine Tethys. These Mg-rich gabbros can therefore be considered as representative of early (syn-rift) melt intrusions in thinned lithospheric mantle exhumed at ocean-continent transition domains, likely close to Adria's continental margin, similar to the hyper-extended Western Iberian Margin. Our new results together with previous ages of the Tethys oceanic crust allow for the reconstruction of the spatial distribution of oceanic gabbros over time, and evaluation of the spreading and propagation rates of this paleo-ocean. The northward propagation rifting velocity, estimated at ~ 5 cm/year, is presumably higher than the lateral spreading rate of ~ 2 cm/year. Our rate estimates suggest that the Red Sea is a

  12. Rb‐Sr resonance ionization geochronology of the Duluth Gabbro: A proof of concept for in situ dating on the Moon

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    Levine, Jonathan; Whitaker, Tom J.

    2015-01-01

    Rationale We report new 87Rb‐87Sr isochron data for the Duluth Gabbro, obtained with a laser ablation resonance ionization mass spectrometer that is a prototype spaceflight instrument. The gabbro has a Rb abundance and a range of Rb/Sr ratios that are similar to those of KREEP‐rich basalts found on the nearside of the Moon. Dating of previously un‐sampled young lunar basalts, which generally have a KREEP‐rich composition, is critical for understanding the bombardment history of the Moon since 3.5 Ga, which in turn informs the chronology of the solar system. Measurements of lunar analogs like the Duluth Gabbro are a proof of concept for in situ dating of rocks on the Moon to constrain lunar history. Methods Using the laser ablation resonance ionization mass spectrometer we ablated hundreds of locations on a sample, and at each one measured the relative abundances of the isotopes of Rb and Sr. A delay between the resonant photoionization processes separates the elements in time, eliminating the potential interference between 87Rb and 87Sr. This enables the determination of 87Rb‐87Sr isochron ages without sophisticated sample preparation that would be impractical in a spaceflight context. Results We successfully dated the Duluth Gabbro to 800 ± 300 Ma using traditional isochron methods like those used in our earlier analysis of the Martian meteorite Zagami. However, we were able to improve this to 1100 ± 200 Ma, an accuracy of <1σ, using a novel normalization approach. Both these results agree with the age determined by Faure et al. in 1969, but our novel normalization improves our precision. Conclusions Demonstrating that this technique can be used for measurements at this level of difficulty makes ~32% of the lunar nearside amenable to in situ dating, which can complement or supplement a sample return program. Given these results and the scientific value of dating young lunar basalts, we have recently proposed a spaceflight mission called the Moon Age

  13. Rb-Sr resonance ionization geochronology of the Duluth Gabbro: A proof of concept for in situ dating on the Moon.

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    Anderson, F Scott; Levine, Jonathan; Whitaker, Tom J

    2015-08-30

    We report new (87) Rb-(87) Sr isochron data for the Duluth Gabbro, obtained with a laser ablation resonance ionization mass spectrometer that is a prototype spaceflight instrument. The gabbro has a Rb abundance and a range of Rb/Sr ratios that are similar to those of KREEP-rich basalts found on the nearside of the Moon. Dating of previously un-sampled young lunar basalts, which generally have a KREEP-rich composition, is critical for understanding the bombardment history of the Moon since 3.5 Ga, which in turn informs the chronology of the solar system. Measurements of lunar analogs like the Duluth Gabbro are a proof of concept for in situ dating of rocks on the Moon to constrain lunar history. Using the laser ablation resonance ionization mass spectrometer we ablated hundreds of locations on a sample, and at each one measured the relative abundances of the isotopes of Rb and Sr. A delay between the resonant photoionization processes separates the elements in time, eliminating the potential interference between (87) Rb and (87) Sr. This enables the determination of (87) Rb-(87) Sr isochron ages without sophisticated sample preparation that would be impractical in a spaceflight context. We successfully dated the Duluth Gabbro to 800 ± 300 Ma using traditional isochron methods like those used in our earlier analysis of the Martian meteorite Zagami. However, we were able to improve this to 1100 ± 200 Ma, an accuracy of <1σ, using a novel normalization approach. Both these results agree with the age determined by Faure et al. in 1969, but our novel normalization improves our precision. Demonstrating that this technique can be used for measurements at this level of difficulty makes ~32% of the lunar nearside amenable to in situ dating, which can complement or supplement a sample return program. Given these results and the scientific value of dating young lunar basalts, we have recently proposed a spaceflight mission called the Moon Age and Regolith Explorer (MARE).

  14. Elastic moduli, thermal expansion, and inferred permeability of Climax quartz monzonite and Sudbury gabbro to 500/sup 0/C and 55 MPa

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    Page, L.; Heard, H.C.

    1981-03-17

    Young's modulus (E), bulk modulus (K), and the coefficient of thermal linear expansion (..cap alpha..) have been determined for Climax quartz monzonite to 500/sup 0/C and pressures (P) to 55 MPa and for Sudbury gabbro to 300/sup 0/C and 55 MPa. For each rock, both E and K decreased with T and increased with P in a nonlinear manner. In the monzonite, E and K decreased by up to 60% as P decreased from 55.2 to 6.9 MPa isothermally, while the gabbro indicated a decrease up to 70% over the same pressure range. As T increased isobarically, E and K for the monzonite decreased by up to a factor of approx. 80% from 19 to 500/sup 0/C. The moduli of the gabbro decreased by as much as 70% from 19 to 300/sup 0/C. ..cap alpha.. for the monzonite increased with T and decreased with P in a nonmonotonic fashion, with most measured values for ..cap alpha.. greater than values calculated for the crack-free aggregate. Depending on P, ..cap alpha.. in the monzonite increased from 8 to 11.10/sup -6/ /sup 0/C/sup -1/ at 40/sup 0/C to 22 to 25.10/sup -6/C/sup -1/ at 475/sup 0/C. For the gabbro, ..cap alpha.. also generally decreased with increasing P. Values ranged from 6 to 11.10/sup -6/ /sup 0/C/sup -1/, showing a nonlinear trend and very little net increas over the T range from 19 to 300/sup 0/C. Calculated permeability of these rocks based on the ..cap alpha.. determinations indicated that permeabilities may increase by up to a factor of 3 over the temperature interval 19 to 300/sup 0/C, and the permeability of the monzonite is inferred to increase by up to a factor of 8 by 500/sup 0/C. In both rocks, most measurements are consistent with microcracks controlling the thermoelastic response by opening with T and closing with sigma and P.

  15. Enrichment of PGE through interaction of evolved boninitic magmas with early formed cumulates in a gabbro-breccia zone of the Mesoarchean Nuasahi massif (eastern India)

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    Mondal, Sisir K.; Zhou, Mei-Fu

    2010-01-01

    The Mesoarchean Nuasahi chromite deposits of the Singhbhum Craton in eastern India consist of a lower chromite-bearing ultramafic unit and an upper magnetite-bearing gabbroic unit. The ultramafic unit is a ˜5 km long and ˜400 m wide linear belt trending NNW-SSE with a general north-easterly dip. The chromitite ore bodies are hosted in the dunite that is flanked by the orthopyroxenite. The rocks of the ultramafic unit including the chromitite crystallized from a primitive boninitic magma, whereas the gabbro unit formed from an evolved boninitic magma. A shear zone (10-75 m wide) is present at the upper contact of the ultramafic unit. This shear zone consists of a breccia comprising millimeter- to meter-sized fragments of chromitite and serpentinized rocks of the ultramafic unit enclosed in a pegmatitic and hybridized gabbroic matrix. The shear zone was formed late synkinematically with respect to the main gabbroic intrusion and intruded by a hydrous mafic magma comagmatic with the evolved boninitic magma that formed the gabbro unit. Both sulfide-free and sulfide-bearing zones with platinum group element (PGE) enrichment are present in the breccia zone. The PGE mineralogy in sulfide-rich assemblages is dominated by minerals containing Pd, Pt, Sb, Bi, Te, S, and/or As. Samples from the gabbro unit and the breccia zone have total PGE concentrations ranging from 3 to 116 ppb and 258 to 24,100 ppb, respectively. The sulfide-rich assemblages of the breccia zone are Pd-rich and have Pd/Ir ratios of 13-1,750 and Pd/Pt ratios of 1-73. The PGE-enriched sulfide-bearing assemblages of the breccia zone are characterized by (1) extensive development of secondary hydrous minerals in the altered parts of fragments and in the matrix of the breccia, (2) coarsening of grain size in the altered parts of the chromitite fragments, and (3) extensive alteration of primary chromite to more Fe-rich chromite with inclusions of chlorite, rutile, ilmenite, magnetite, chalcopyrite, and PGE

  16. Zircon geochronology of the Klyuchevskoi gabbro-ultramafic massif and the problem of the age of the Mohorovicic paleoboundary in the Central Urals

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    Ivanov, K. S.; Krasnobaev, A. A.; Smirnov, V. N.

    2012-02-01

    The Klyuveskoi gabbro-ultramafic massif is the most representative ophiolite complex on the eastern portion of the Uralian paleoisland arc part. The massif is composed of dunite-harzburgite (tectonized mantle peridotites) and dunite-wehrlite-clinopyroxenite-gabbro (layered part of the ophiolite section) rock associations. The U-Pb age was obtained for the accessory zircons from the latter association using a SHRIMP-II ion microprobe at the Center for Isotopic Research at the Karpinskii Russian Geological Research Institute. The euhedral zircon crystals with thin rhythmic zoning from dunites are 441.4 ± 5.0 Ma in age. Zircons from olivine clinopyroxenite show three age clusters with sharply prevalent grains 449.0 ± 6.8 Ma in age. Two points give 1.7 Ga, which is probably related to the age of the mantle generating the layered complex. One value corresponds to 280 Ma, which possibly reflects exhumation of ultramafic rocks in the upper crust during the collision of the Uralian foldbelt. Thus, dunites and olivine pyroxenites from the Klyuchevskoi massif are similar in age at 441-449 Ma. The bottom of the layered part of the ophiolite section corresponds to the M paleoboundary and, consequently, the age of the Mohorovicic discontinuity conforms with the Ordovician-Silurian boundary in this part of the Urals.

  17. Time-resolved interaction of seawater with gabbro: An experimental study of rare-earth element behavior up to 475 °C, 100 MPa

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    Beermann, Oliver; Garbe-Schönberg, Dieter; Bach, Wolfgang; Holzheid, Astrid

    2017-01-01

    High metal and rare-earth element (REE) concentrations with unusual ('atypical') normalized REE patterns are documented in fluids from active hydrothermal vent fields on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 5°S and the East Scotia Ridge. Those fluids show relative enrichment of middle heavy REEs and almost no Eu anomalies in chondrite-normalized patterns. To understand the processes that produce such atypical REE patterns we ran a series of experiments, in which natural bottom seawater or aqueous solutions (NaCl, NaCl-MgCl2, or NaCl-CaCl2) were reacted with gabbro and gabbro mineral assemblages from 300 to 475 °C and 40 and 100 MPa. These P-T conditions are representative for water-rock interactions in hydrothermal root and discharge zones. Fluid flux variability and kinetics were addressed in the experiments by varying the water-to-rock mass ratio (w/r) from 0.5-10 and using different run durations from 3-720 h. Only seawater and synthetic MgCl2-bearing fluid mobilized significant amounts of REEs, Si, Ca, Fe, and Mn from gabbro, from clinopyroxene, and from plagioclase. At 425 °C and 40 MPa, fluids were initially acidic with pH (25 °C) of ∼2 increasing to values between ∼4 and 7 upon progressing reactions. Rare earth element and Fe contents peaked within 3-6 h after interaction with gabbroic mineral grains (125-500 μm) at w/r of 5 (REEs) and 2-5 (Fe) but decreased with continuing reaction without strong REE fractionation. Most of the REEs that were leached from primary minerals and dissolved in the fluids early became redeposited into solid reaction products after 720 h. Contents of dissolved SiO2 were pressure-dependent, being about twofold higher at 100 MPa than at 40 MPa (425 °C) and were below quartz saturation with gabbro and clinopyroxene as solid starting material and close to quartz saturation with plagioclase reactant. However, Si in fluids from the rock-dominated experiments at 100 MPa with gabbro (w/r 0.5-1) dropped to very low contents. A concomitant

  18. Timing of the final closure of the Paleo-Asian Ocean in the Alxa Terrane: Constraints from geochronology and geochemistry of Late Carboniferous to Permian gabbros and diorites

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    Liu, Qian; Zhao, Guochun

    2017-04-01

    The Alxa Terrane is a crucial place situated between the North China Craton to the east and the Tarim Craton to the west. The Late Paleozoic magmatic record in the Alxa Terrane places important constraints on the timing of the final closure of the middle segment of the Paleo-Asian Ocean (PAO). In this study, new LA-ICPMS zircon U-Pb dating results reveal ca. 300-268 Ma gabbros and diorites in the Bayan Nuru area in the eastern part of the Alxa Terrane. The 300 Ma gabbros show plagioclase accumulations with anorthite compositions (An92-95), arc-like geochemical affinities with relative enrichment in large ionic lithophile elements and depletion in high field strength elements (e.g., Ti, Nb and Ta), as well as negative Hf(t) (-6.01 to -1.75) and Nd(t) (-9.5 to -7.1) values and high initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.707157-0.707220). These features indicate a magma source of an enriched lithospheric mantle metasomatized by high fluid activities. In comparison, the 280-268 Ma gabbros and diorites also have arc-like geochemical affinities but show increasingly evolved isotope compositions, implying more sediment inputs. Compiled zircon ɛHf(t) and whole-rock ɛNd(t) values of the magmatic rocks in the Alxa Terrane decrease from the Late Carboniferous to the Early Permian, and increase from the Middle Permian to the Triassic. The considerably large spread in ɛHf(t) and ɛNd(t) values at ca. 280-265 Ma likely reflects a tectonic switch from a subduction setting to a post-collisional setting, corresponding to the timing of the final closure of the PAO in the Alxa Terrane. Thus, the PAO progressively closed from west to east along the northern margin of the Tarim Craton, the Alxa Terrane, and then the northern margin of the North China Craton during Late Carboniferous to Middle Triassic time. This work was financially supported by a NSFC Project (41190075) entitled "Final Closure of the Paleo-Asian ocean and Reconstruction of East Asian Blocks in Pangea", the fifth

  19. Rhyolites contaminated with metapelite and gabbro, Lipari, Aeolian Islands, Italy: products of lower crustal fusion or of assimilation plus fractional crystallization?

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    Barker, Daniel S.

    1987-12-01

    Pleistocene lavas from Monte S. Angelo and Chiesa Vecchia volcanoes on Lipari contain two suites of inclusions. A metapelitic suite consists of gneisses and granulites with combinations of cordierite, garnet, corundum, hercynite, andalusite, sillimanite, orthopyroxene, ilmenite, magnetite, biotite, plagioclase, and quartz. A gabbroic suite has cumulus texture and contains plagioclase, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, and magnetite. All megacryst phases in the lavas appear to be derived from rock fragments, with the exception of euhedral strongly zoned calcic plagioclase, and none has grown by homogeneous nucleation from liquid represented by the groundmass, which is peraluminous rhyolite (>70 wt% SiO2, >6 wt% K2O). Ground-mass microcrysts were nearly all derived from disaggregated metapelites; overgrowths of alkali feldspar on plagioclase and of orthopyroxene on clinopyroxene, and quartz intergrown with alkali feldspar, are the only phases that grew from the rhyolitic liquid. Euhedral cordierite, hercynite, and plagioclase at the margins of some rock fragments grew by reaction of metapelite with liquid. For grains in contact within metapelite inclusions, geothermometers and geobarometers yield estimates of equilibration conditions in the range of 800±100° C and 5±1 kbar. Compositions of phases in the same thin section, but not in the same inclusion, yield broadly erratic P and T estimates indicating disequilibrium among metapelite inclusions. Pyroxene thermometry in the gabbro suite indicates a crystallization temperature of 1020±50° C and a lack of subsequent thermal equilibration with the rhyolitic liquid. The metapelite suite may partly be restite, but much is xenolithic, derived from a vertical interval of perhaps several kilometers, and may have undergone a much earlier episode of melting. The gabbro fragments are accidental xenoliths incorporated as the magma rose. Contaminants (metapelite and gabbro) account for 50 vol.% of the lavas, and cause them to be

  20. Olivine-gabbros and olivine-rich troctolites genesis through melt-rock reactions in oceanic spreading lithosphere: an experimental study up to 0.7 GPa

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    Francomme, Justine E.; Fumagalli, Patrizia; Borghini, Giulio

    2016-04-01

    Extensive melt-rock reaction and melt impregnation significantly affect not only the physical and chemical properties at mantle-crust transition, but also control the evolution of migrating melts. We performed reactive dissolution and crystallization experiments at pressure ≤ 0.7 GPa in a piston-cylinder apparatus to provide experimental constraints on genesis of olivine-rich troctolites and olivine-gabbros at mantle-crust transition in oceanic spreading lithosphere by melt-rock reaction. Our experiments are carried out by using Salt-Pyrex-Graphite-Magnesium assemblies and graphite-lined platinum capsules. Experimental charges are prepared with three layers: (1) basalt powder, (2) fine powder (1-10μm) of San Carlos olivine (Fo90.1), and (3) carbon spheres used as a melt trap. Three synthetic MORB-type melts have been used, two tholeiitic basalts (Mg#: 0.62, SiO2: 47.70 wt%, Na2O: 2.28 wt% and Mg#: 0.58, SiO2: 49.25 wt%, Na2O: 2.49 wt%) and a primitive one (Mg#: 0.74, SiO2: 48.25 wt%, Na2O: 1.80 wt%), in order to investigate the effect of melt composition. A rock/melt ratio of 0.7 has been kept fixed. Experiments have been conducted at temperatures from 1200 to 1300°C, at both step cooling and isothermal conditions for different run durations (from 12 to 72 hrs). They resulted in layered samples in which all the initial San Carlos olivine powder, analog of a dunitic pluton infiltrated by basaltic melt, is replaced by different lithologies from olivine-rich troctolite to olivine gabbro. In isothermal experiments, reacted melts have been successfully trapped in the carbon spheres allowing their chemical analysis; as expected the reacted melt has a higher Mg# than the initial one (e.g. from Mg#=0.62 to 0.73). Across the different lithologies Mg# of olivine is decreasing from the olivine-rich troctolite to the gabbro. Replacive olivine-rich troctolite has a poikilitic texture with rounded euhedral olivine and interstitial poikilitic plagioclase and clinopyroxene

  1. U-Pb dating and composition of inclusions in zircon from ophiolitic gabbro of the Klyuchevsk massif (Middle Urals): Results and geological interpretation

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    Smirnov, V. N.; Ivanov, K. S.; Koroteev, V. A.; Erokhin, Yu. V.; Khiller, V. V.

    2016-06-01

    The U-Pb (SHRIMP) dating of zircon from the layered complex of ophiolitic gabbro in the Klyuchevsk massif yielded an age of 456 ± 6 Ma corresponding within the limits of error to zircon dates obtained for other petrographic varieties from this massif. The investigation of the composition of silicate inclusions in dated zircon grains revealed that they are represented by typical metamorphic minerals: albite, zoisite, and secondary amphiboles. The data indicate that zircon was crystallized during metamorphic transformations of gabbroids and its U-Pb age (Late Ordovician-Silurian) is characteristic of all rocks in the ophiolite association of the Klyuchevsk massif indicating the age of metamorphism, not their formation time.

  2. Mesozoic-Cenozoic mafic magmatism in Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone, Zagros Orogen (Western Iran): Geochemical and isotopic inferences from Middle Jurassic and Late Eocene gabbros

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    Deevsalar, R.; Shinjo, R.; Ghaderi, M.; Murata, M.; Hoskin, P. W. O.; Oshiro, S.; Wang, K. L.; Lee, H. Y.; Neill, I.

    2017-07-01

    One of the consequences of Neo-Tethys ocean subduction beneath the Central Iranian Micro-continent (CIMC) is the development of rare gabbroic intrusions in the Malayer-Boroujerd Plutonic Complex (MBPC) located in the Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone (SaSZ) of the Zagros Orogenic belt. The MBPC is a suite of extensive felsic and lesser mafic magmatic products in the northern SaSZ with geochemical signatures of arc-like magmatism during the Middle Jurassic (Ghorveh-Aligudarz arc) and intraplate type in the Late Eocene. Middle Jurassic gabbros (non-cumulate and cumulate) have low-Ti concentrations (< 1 wt.%) and quite uniform isotopic compositions (initial 87Sr/86Sr: 0.7035-0.70593 and εNd(t): - 6.18 to - 0.7), enriched LILE relative to HFSE, variable fractionation between the LREE and HREE ((La/Yb)cn: 2.27-7.45) and both negative to positive Eu anomalies. These distinctive features of arc-type magmatism are consistent with a subduction-modified mantle source for these rocks. Trace element and REE models indicate 15% melting of a metasomatized amphibole-bearing garnet-spinel lherzolite (garnet:spinel 7:3) in the sub-arc mantle wedge. The cumulate gabbros and non-cumulates belong to common liquid line of descent, with complementary trace element patterns. Much of the variation between samples can be modeled by fractional crystallization (FC) of a common parent; only one cumulate gabbro from this suite exhibits isotopic evidence of contamination, probably by Rb-depleted crustal materials. The Late Eocene gabbros have relatively high-Ti (> 1 wt.%) and display isotopically depleted Sr-Nd values (initial 87Sr/86Sr: 0.7044-0.7087, εNd(t): 1.9 -+3.2, barring one crustally-contaminated sample). OIB-like trace element characteristics such as enriched HFSE, and only minor enrichment of LILE and LREE, reflect a within-plate character and asthenospheric source. Trace element modeling indicates small degree melting (fmelting: 0.05) of upper mantle lherzolite (garnet:spinel 3:1) followed by

  3. Petrology and tectonic significance of gabbros, tonalites, shoshonites, and anorthosites in a late Paleozoic arc-root complex in the Wrangellia Terrane, southern Alaska

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    Beard, J.S. ); Barker, F. )

    1989-11-01

    Plutonic rocks intrusive into the late Paleozoic Tetelna Formation of southern Alaska are the underpinnings of the late Paleozoic Skolai arc of the Wrangellia Terrane. There are four groups of intrusive rocks within the Skolai arc: (1) Gabbro-diorite plutons that contain gabbroic to anorthositic cumulates along with a differentiated series of gabbros and diorites of basaltic to andesitic composition; (2) Silicic intrusions including tonalite, granodiorite, and granite; (3) Monzonitic to syenitic plutonic rocks of the Ahtell complex and related dikes and sills; (4) Fault-bounded bytownite anorthosite of uncertain age and association. These anorthosites may be related to post-Skolai, Nikolai Greenstone magmatism. The silicic rocks yield discordant U-Pb zircon ages of 290-320 Ma (early to late Pennsylvanian). The monzonitic rocks of the Ahtell complex have shoshonitic chemistry. Similar shoshonitic rocks are widespread in both the Wrangellia terrane and the neighboring Alexander terrane and intrude the contact between the two. In modern oceanic arcs, shoshonitic rocks are typically associated with tectonic instability occurring during the initial stages of subduction or just prior to or during termination or flip of an established subduction zone. The nature of any tectonic instability which may have led to the cessation of subduction in the Skolai arc is unclear. Possibilities include collision of the arc with a ridge, an oceanic plateau, another arc, or a continental fragment. One possibility is that the shoshonitic magmatism marks the late Paleozoic amalgamation of Wrangellia and the Alexander terrane. The scarcity of arc rocks predating the shoshonites in the Alexander terrane supports this possibility, but structural corroboration is lacking.

  4. Petrological relationships among lavas, dikes, and gabbros from Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Hole 1256D: Insight into the magma plumbing system beneath the East Pacific Rise

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    Sano, Takashi; Sakuyama, Tetsuya; Ingle, Stephanie; Rodriguez, Sedelia; Yamasaki, Toru

    2011-06-01

    A continuous section from extrusive lavas, through sheeted dikes, and uppermost gabbros recovered from Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Hole 1256D provides important information regarding magma plumbing systems beneath superfast spreading ridges. Petrological examination demonstrates that a model of fractional crystallization from a magma of composition similar to one of the more primitive gabbros in a shallow (˜50-100 MPa) melt lens reasonably explains mineral and whole rock compositions of many lavas and dikes. Elevated concentrations of trace elements in some rocks appear to have resulted from mixing between primitive magma and highly evolved magma. About half of the dike samples have more evolved Fe-rich compositions than the extrusive lava samples. Magma densities of the Fe-rich dikes are a little higher (˜30 kg/m3) than those of lavas, suggesting that these dike magmas would not reach the surface. Mineralogical investigations reveal that both lavas and dikes contain oscillatory zoned plagioclase xenocrysts, implying magma mixing caused by successive episodes of fractionation and magma replenishment in the melt lens. The plagioclase xenocrysts contain high-Anorthite sections [An: 100 × Ca/(Ca+Na) in mole percent] whose compositions are not in equilibrium with host liquids. The high-An sections were likely crystallized when primitive magmas with high CaO/Na2O were injected in the melt lens. Since the oscillatory zoned plagioclase generally forms crystal clots, they were probably accumulated in a mush zone. The petrographical examination favors a model suggesting that injection of primitive magma into the melt lens broke the mush zone and pushed out the oscillatory zoned plagioclase.

  5. The Sr, Nd, and Hf isotopic geochemistry of rocks of the gabbro-diorite-tonalite association from the Eastern Segment of the Middle Urals as an indicator of the age of the continental crust in this area

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    Smirnov, V. N.; Ivanov, K. S.; Ronkin, Yu. L.; Koroteev, V. A.; Serov, P. A.; Gerdes, A.

    2017-05-01

    According to isotopic analysis of rocks of the Reft gabbro-diorite-tonalite complex (Middle Urals), gabbro and related diorite and dikes and vein-shaped bodies of plagiogranitoids, crosscutting gabbro, are similar to the depleted mantle substance in ɛNd( T) = 8.6-9.7 and ɛHf( T) = 15.9-17.9. Their model Hf ages are correlated with the time of crystallization. Here, the tonalites and quartz diorites constituting most of the Reft massif are characterized by lower values: ɛNd( T) = 3.7-6.0, ɛHf( T) = 11.1-12.7, and T DM values significantly exceeding the age datings. This is evidence that Neoproterozoic crustal rocks were a source of parental magma for these rocks. The primary 87Sr/86Sr ratio in rocks of both groups is highly variable (0.70348-0.70495). The data obtained allow us to reach the conclusion that the Reft gabbro-diorite-tonalite complex was formed as a result of nearly synchronous processes occurring in the crust and the mantle within a limited area.

  6. Natural History of a Complex Hybrid Picrite-Ferrobasalt with Gabbro Clots at IODP Site U1349, Shatsky Rise, Western Pacific

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    Natland, J. H.; Hellebrand, E.

    2011-12-01

    Strongly altered basalt from IODP Site U1349, Shatsky Rise, shows remarkable lithologic and mineralogic evidence for mixing between hot and primitive spinel-bearing magma on the one hand, and much cooler, strongly differentiated basalt on the other. The spinel survived almost unscathed but host olivine was nearly completely obliterated by the alteration, and is now replaced by secondary minerals. Most spinel has low CrNo (~20) but variable MgNo (70-40), which suggests an initial stage of mixing, before encountering the differentiated basalt. The differentiated basalt, which in places on the cored surface forms swirls that can be distinguished from the capturing picrite, has abundant microphenocrysts of plagioclase and clinopyroxene, many of which are intergrown and which thus crystallized along a low-pressure cotectic at a much lower temperature than the olivine and spinel. Also present are coarse-grained plagioclase-clinopyroxene clots in ophitic intergrowths, some of which enclose irregularly shaped ilmenite-magnetite plates, now modified by oxyexsolution to other oxide minerals. These clots give the rocks an "ophimottled" texture in thin section. Recalculation of clinopyroxene compositions using program QUILF (1) indicates that the clots re-equilibrated to subsolidus temperatures from 100-300 degrees lower than phenocrysts, so that they now resemble pyroxenes in abyssal gabbros from both slow- and fast-spreading ridges. The pyroxene is strongly zoned, however, with Cr-rich inner zones and Ti-rich outer zones revealing the effects of former percolating and differentiating intergranular melts. Picritic magma thus scavenged bits of a frozen but still hot magma body containing oxide gabbro before reaching a shallow reservoir or rift system laden with basaltic magma of intermediate composition. The rocks contain streaks and swirls of picrite entangled with the more differentiated lava, and erupted as pillow lava at or near sea level, with the differentiated lava

  7. A petrological investigation of the bi-modal gabbro-syenite Baima igneous complex, Sichuan, China: implications for the genesis of Fe-Ti-V-oxide ore deposits

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    Hsia, T. W.; Shellnutt, J. G.; Liu, T.; Iizuka, Y.

    2013-12-01

    The formation of orthomagmatic Fe-Ti oxide deposits from the Late Permian Emeishan large igneous province (ELIP) of SW China is debated and has important petrologic and economic implications. The Baima igneous complex (BIC) is one of the largest Fe-Ti oxide deposits of the ELIP and is composed of a cumulate layered gabbroic portion, a thick Fe-Ti oxide ore zone and an isotropic peralkaline quartz syenite. The gabbro is composed of various proportions of olivine, plagioclase, clinopyroxene and interstitial titanomagnetite with minor apatite and sulphide minerals. Unlike many other ore-bearing layered intrusions (e.g. Bushveld, Stillwater), the oxide deposit is located in the lower third rather than the upper portions. This study attempts to experimentally constrain the origin and formation of the BIC by using a starting material (i.e. high-Ti Emeishan basalt) similar to the estimated parental magma composition of the gabbro-syenite complex. An anhydrous basaltic rock powder equal to high-Ti Emeishan rocks in the area was loaded into platinum envelopes and suspended in a 1-atm vertical-quenching furnace. The experiments proceeded at temperatures between 1310°C to 1100°C. They were quenched in water after each run. The run products were crafted into polished sections and individual phases were analyzed by EPMA. The experimental results show that the liquidus temperature is ~1310°C whereas the solidus temperature is estimated to be ~1100°C and the melting interval is ~210°C. The crystallization sequence is: titanomagnetite, plagioclase (An65), and pyroxene (Wo43-47En32-45Fs11-23). The residual liquid composition, represented by the quenched glass, evolves from lower SiO2 (SiO2 = ~45 wt%) values to higher SiO2 values (SiO2 = ~60 wt%) with corresponding decrease in Ti, Fe, Mg, Ca and increase of Na and K. The most evolved glass composition is strikingly similar to the enclaves within the Baima syenitic unit. Thus, the liquidus mineral is iron-titanium oxide which is

  8. Formation of plagioclase-bearing peridotite and a peridotite-wehrlite-gabbro suite through melt-rock reaction: An experimental study

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    Saper, L.; Liang, Y.

    2012-12-01

    Plagioclase-bearing peridotites are observed among abyssal peridotites, massif peridotites, and mantle sections of ophiolites of lherzolite subtype. Formation of plagioclase-bearing peridotites is often attributed to basalt impregnation into host harzburgite or lherzolite in a thermal boundary layer. During transport through asthenospheric mantle, melt generated in the deep mantle will inevitably interact with the overlying mantle column through reactive dissolution and may leave geochemical imprints on plagioclase-bearing peridotites. To assess the role of melt-rock reaction on the formation of plagioclase-bearing peridotites and its implications for lithosphere composition, we conducted dissolution experiments in which a 88% spinel lherzolite + 12% basalt starting mixture was juxtaposed against a primitive MORB in a graphite-lined molybdenum capsule. The reaction couples were run at 1300°C and 1 GPa for 1 or 24 hrs, and then stepped cooled to 1050°C and 0.7 GPa over the next several days. Cooling promotes in situ crystallization of interstitial melts, allowing us to better characterize the mineral compositional trends produced and observed by melt-rock reaction and crystallization. A gabbro and a plagioclase-bearing peridotite were observed in the two halves of the reaction couple after the experiments were completed. The peridotite from the 24 hr reaction experiment is mostly composed of subhedral to euhedral olivines (10-50 μm in size, Mg# 75-83), poikilitic clinopyroxene (~100 μm in size, Mg# 73-83) with olivine and spinel chadocrysts, and interstitial plagioclase (An# 68-78) and melt. In a control experiment quenched after a 24 hour reaction at 1300°C the basalt completely dissolved the pyroxenes and spinels leaving a residue of rounded olivine grains (10-100 μm in size) surrounded by a relatively large melt fraction. Textural results from the step-cooling experiments suggest the following crystallization sequence from the olivine+melt mush: olivine

  9. Insights into Oceanic Crust Accretion from a Comparison of Rock Magnetic and Silicate Fabrics from Lower Crustal Gabbros from Hess Deep Rift

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    Horst, A. J.; Morris, A.; Friedman, S. A.; Cheadle, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    The mechanisms of lower crustal accretion remain a long-standing question for those who study fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges. One of the goals of Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 345 is to test accretionary models by investigating the structure of the lower oceanic crust exposed within the Hess Deep Rift. Located near the tip of the westward-propagating Cocos-Nazca spreading center, Hess Deep Rift exposes crust formed at the East Pacific Rise. During IODP Expedition 345, primitive gabbroic rocks were recovered from a dismembered lower crustal section at ~4850 meters below sealevel. Constraints on physical processes during magmatic accretion are provided by the relative orientation and strength of rock fabrics. We present anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) fabric data from gabbros recovered from the two deepest holes (U1415J and U1415P). AMS measurements provide petrofabric data that may be used to constrain magma emplacement and subsequent magmatic flow. Bulk susceptibility ranges from 1.15 x 10-4 to 5.73 x 10-2 SI, with a majority of the samples having susceptibility greater than 10-3 SI, suggesting magnetite is the dominant contributor to the AMS signal. Low-temperature demagnetization data show Verwey transitions near 125K indicating the presence of nearly stoichiometric magnetite in most samples. AMS reveals dominantly oblate fabrics with a moderate degree of anisotropy (P') ranging from 1.01 to 1.38 (average P' = 1.13). Fabric strength varies within each of the petrologically-defined units recovered from different crustal blocks. Additional remanence anisotropy fabric analyses of a few specimens reveal nearly identical directions of principal axes compared to AMS, but with larger degrees of anisotropy. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data from one sample shows a moderate plagioclase crystallographic preferred orientation best defined by a b-axis maxima that is coincident with the AMS minimum principal axis. This comparison

  10. Hyperextension of continental lithospheric mantle to oceanic-like lithosphere: the record of late gabbros in the Ronda subcontinental lithospheric mantle section (Betic Cordillera, S-Spain)

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    Hidas, Karoly; Garrido, Carlos; Targuisti, Kamal; Padron-Navarta, Jose Alberto; Tommasi, Andrea; Marchesi, Claudio; Konc, Zoltan; Varas-Reus, Maria Isabel; Acosta Vigil, Antonio

    2014-05-01

    Rupturing continents is a primary player in plate tectonic cycle thus longevity, stability, evolution and breakup of subcontinental lithosphere belongs for a long time to a class of basic geological problems among processes that shape the view of our Earth. An emerging body of evidences - based on mainly geophysical and structural studies - demonstrates that the western Mediterranean and its back-arc basins, such as the Alborán Domain, are hyperextended to an oceanic-like lithosphere. Formation of gabbroic melts in the late ductile history of the Ronda Peridotite (S-Spain) - the largest (ca. 300 km2) outcrop of subcontinental lithospheric mantle massifs on Earth - also attests for the extreme thinning of the continental lithosphere that started in early Miocene times. In the Ronda Peridotite, discordant gabbroic veins and their host plagioclase lherzolite, as well as gabbroic patches in dunite were collected in the youngest plagioclase tectonite domains of the Ojén and Ronda massifs, respectively. In Ojén, gabbro occurs as 1-3 centimeter wide discordant veins and dikes that crosscut the plagioclase tectonite foliation at high angle (60°). Within the veins cm-scale igneous plagioclase and clinopyroxene grains show a shape preferred orientation and grow oriented, subparallel to the trace of high temperature host peridotite foliation and oblique to the trend of the vein. In contrast to Ojén, mafic melts in the Ronda massif crystallized along subcentimeter wide anastomozing veins and they often form segregated interstitial melt accumulations in the host dunite composed of plagioclase, clinopyroxene and amphibole. Despite the differences in petrography and major element composition, the identical shape of calculated REE patterns of liquid in equilibrium with clinopyroxenes indicates that the percolating melt in Ronda and Ojén shares a common source. However, unlike gabbros from the oceanic lithosphere that shows clinopyroxene in equilibrium with LREE-depleted MORB

  11. Limited hybridization across an edaphic disjunction between the gabbro-endemic shrub Ceanothus roderickii (Rhamnaceae) and the soil-generalist Ceanothus cuneatus.

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    Burge, Dylan O; Hopkins, Robin; Tsai, Yi-Hsin Erica; Manos, Paul S

    2013-09-01

    Hybridization is thought to have played an important role in diversification of the speciose shrub genus Ceanothus; putative hybrid species have been described, and data suggest that intrinsic barriers may not exist among closely related species. However, the extent to which hybridization occurs in the wild is not known, and little is understood about how extrinsic factors such as soil chemistry may influence the process. The present research focuses on the gabbro-endemic C. roderickii and the closely related soil-generalist C. cuneatus. Though the species occur peripatrically, they remain distinct across an edaphic disjunction. • AFLP was used to quantify hybridization and introgression. Biological data and experiments were used to test for prezygotic isolation. Growth trials were used to test for local adaptation and selection against hybrids. • Ceanothus cuneatus and C. roderickii were strongly differentiated morphologically and genetically, despite a lack of evidence for prezygotic barriers. Hybrids and back-crosses were present but infrequent. Finally, there was selection against hybrids in nonnative soil. • There is little genetic exchange between the focal species across an edaphic disjunction, despite the absence of prezygotic barriers. This result implies that soil conditions, as well as other extrinsic factors, should be considered as forces that may restrict hybridization and gene flow in Ceanothus, influencing local adaptation and speciation. Findings presented here are significant because they imply that exchange of genetic material between plants may be limited directly by the abiotic environment, rather than by the biology of the plants.

  12. First magmatism in the New England Batholith, Australia: forearc and arc-back-arc components in the Bakers Creek Suite gabbros

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    McKibbin, Seann J.; Landenberger, Bill; Fanning, C. Mark

    2017-04-01

    The New England Orogen, eastern Australia, was established as an outboard extension of the Lachlan Orogen through the migration of magmatism into forearc basin and accretionary prism sediments. Widespread S-type granitic rocks of the Hillgrove and Bundarra supersuites represent the first pulse of magmatism, followed by I- and A-types typical of circum-Pacific extensional accretionary orogens. Associated with the former are a number of small tholeiite-gabbroic to intermediate bodies of the Bakers Creek Suite, which sample the heat source for production of granitic magmas and are potential tectonic markers indicating why magmatism moved into the forearc and accretionary complexes rather than rifting the old Lachlan Orogen arc. The Bakers Creek Suite gabbros capture an early ( ˜ 305 Ma) forearc basalt-like component with low Th / Nb and with high Y / Zr and Ba / La, recording melting in the mantle wedge with little involvement of a slab flux and indicating forearc rifting. Subsequently, arc-back-arc like gabbroic magmas (305-304 Ma) were emplaced, followed by compositionally diverse magmatism leading up to the main S-type granitic intrusion ( ˜ 290 Ma). This trend in magmatic evolution implicates forearc and other mantle wedge melts in the heating and melting of fertile accretion complex sediments and relatively long ( ˜ 10 Myr) timescales for such melting.

  13. The Pikes Peak batholith, Colorado front range, and a model for the origin of the gabbro-anorthosite-syenite-potassic granite suite

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    Barker, F.; Wones, D.R.; Sharp, W.N.; Desborough, G.A.

    1975-01-01

    , Mass., and syenite of Kungnat, Greenland, among others - allowing for different levels of erosion. A suite that includes gabbro or basalt, anorthosite, quartz syenite, fayalite granite, riebeckite granite, and biotite and/or hornblende granites is of worldwide occurrence. A model is proposed in which mantle-derived, convecting alkali olivine basaltic magma first reacts with K2O-poor lower crust of granulite facies to produce magma of quartz syenitic composition. The syenitic liquid in turn reacts with granodioritic to granitic intermediate crust of amphibolite facies to produce the predominant fayalite-free biotite and biotite-hornblende granites of the batholith. This reaction of magma and roof involves both partial melting and the reconstitution and precipitation of refractory phases, as Bowen proposed. Intermediate liquids include MgO-depleted and Na2O-enriched gabbro, which precipitated anorthosite, and alkali diorite. The heat source is the basaltic magma; the heat required for partial melting of the roof is supplied largely by heats of crystallization of phases that settle out of the liquid - mostly olivine, clinopyroxene and plagioclase. ?? 1975.

  14. Clinopyroxene-hosted Fe-Ti-oxide micro-inclusions in oceanic gabbro: inferences from phase content, shape and lattice orientation relations

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    Ageeva, Olga; Habler, Gerlinde; Pertsev, Alexey; Abart, Rainer

    2017-04-01

    Clinopyroxene-hosted Fe-Ti-oxide micro-inclusions found in lower-crust oceanic gabbro from the Vema lithospheric section (Mid-Atlanic Ridge, 10°42.95'N, 41°34.60'W, 5195-4620 mbsl) were studied using electron backscatter diffraction and electron probe microanalyses. A first generation of Fe-Ti-oxide micro-inclusions forms needles or elongated plates lying in the (010) plane of the clinopyroxene host. The inclusions show two distinct elongation directions either nearly parallel to the c-axis (Z-type inclusions) or the a-axis (X-type inclusions) of the clinopyroxene host. The inclusion-host interfaces defining the inclusion elongation direction correspond to planes, where densely packed oxygen layers of the inclusion and the host phase are coherent across the interface. Both inclusion types have distinct crystallographic orientation relationships to the host, which are determined by the nearly parallel alignment of densely packed oxygen layers in the inclusions and the host. One of the densely packed {111} planes of magnetite is nearly parallel to the (100) plane of clinopyroxene in the more abundant Z-type inclusions and one of the {111} planes of magnetite is nearly parallel to the (-101) plane of clinopyroxene in the less abundant X-type inclusions. Based on the temperature dependence of the angle between the two elongation directions as calibrated by Feinberg et al. (2004) the temperature of primary magnetite precipitation was estimated to have taken place at 800° to 900°C. Initially, the precipitates were homogeneous Ti-bearing magnetite, which was formed together with titanian pargasite lamellae due to reaction of the pre-existing, early magmatic clinopyroxene with late magmatic fluid or melt. After cooling below 600°C the Ti-magnetite decomposed to an oriented magnetite+ulvospinel intergrowth. Late stage hydrothermal alteration lead to corrosion of the magnetite-ulvospinel inclusions and partial replacement by ilmenite. A separate product of hydrothermal

  15. Origin of Silurian gabbros and I-type granites in central Fujian, SE China: Implications for the evolution of the early Paleozoic orogen of South China

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    Zhang, Qiao; Jiang, Yao-Hui; Wang, Guo-Chang; Liu, Zheng; Ni, Chun-Yu; Qing, Long

    2015-02-01

    The early Paleozoic orogen of South China is possibly one of the few examples of intraplate orogeny in the world. It is characterized by an angular unconformity between post-Silurian cover and pre-Devonian strata and by the intensive and extensive early Paleozoic granitic plutonism. However, synchronous mafic-ultramafic rocks have not been well-studied, but they are crucial for understanding the nature and evolution of the orogen. In this paper, we present the first detailed LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating, major and trace element geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic data for a Silurian gabbroic pluton (Dakang) and a coeval granitic pluton (Guiyang), that have recently been identified in central Fujian, in the southeastern part of the orogen. We assess the origin of these mafic and granitic rocks and their relationship to the evolution of the early Paleozoic orogen in South China. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating shows that the Dakang and Guiyang plutons were emplaced at 441-438 Ma and 431 Ma, respectively. The Dakang pluton consists of gabbros and minor intermediate rocks (diorite, monzodiorite and monzonite). These rocks are all metaluminous and potassic, and are enriched in large ion lithophile elements (LILE) and depleted in high field strength elements (HFSE). They have initial 87Sr/86Sr of 0.7066-0.7098, εNd (T) of - 7.0 to - 3.3 and εHf (T) (in-situ zircon) of - 5.2 to - 4.4. Geochemical data suggest that the Dakang gabbroic magmas were derived by partial melting of previously subduction-modified lithospheric mantle in the spinel-garnet transition zone at a high temperature (~ 1300 °C). These primary magmas underwent fractionation crystallization of clinopyroxene and amphibole, forming the evolved gabbros and intermediate rocks. The Guiyang pluton consists of weakly peraluminous granites, which show low Ga/Al ratios (10,000*Ga/Al < 2.6) and so can be classed as I-type granites. They have initial 87Sr/86Sr of 0.7095-0.7113, εNd (T) of - 6.7 to - 5.9 and εHf (T

  16. Origin of high-Fe liquid in magmatic processes: evidence from mid-Paleoproterozoic Elet'ozero titaniferous syenite-gabbro complex (Northern Karelia, Russia)

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    Sharkov, E. V.; Bogina, M. M.; Chistyakov, A. V.

    2016-12-01

    The problem of the appearance of immiscible Fe-rich liquids during evolution of Fe-Ti basalts is widely discussed now. The origin of high-Fe liquid by liquid immiscibility was demonstrated in experiments (Veksler et al., 2007; Jakobsen et al., 2011; Charlier, Grove, 2012; Zhow et al., 2013, etc.). However, it is not clear yet whether such immiscibility occurs in real magmatic chambers (intrusive bodies) or no. We demonstrates the existence of natural low-temperature high-Fe liquid in magmatic processes by the example of specific coronitic structures in ferrogabbros of the Elet'ozero layered syenite-gabbro intrusive complex derived from alkali Fe-Ti basaltic melt. These concentrically-zoned structures are developed around intercumulus Fe-Ti oxides (magnetite, titanomagnetite, ilmenite, and associated spinel) and consist of pargasite, phlogopite, and ±olivine rims. We suggest that such structures were formed during solidification of interstitial drops of high-Fe liquid which contains Si, Ti, Mg, Ca, Al, Ba, alkalis and volatiles (H2O, CO2, F, Cl, etc). However, unlike experimental data, the studied ferrogabbros show no any evidence on immiscible splitting of magmatic melt; in contrast, residual low-temperature components are dissolved in high-Fe liquid. This indicates that the natural high-Fe liquid was formed by another way. We suggest that generation of such liquid was caused by a multiple Fe enrichment in the intrusion's crystallization zone of already Fe and Ti-rich parental magma due to settlement of silicate cumulus phases. As a result, newly-formed intergranular high-Fe melt, when reached some critical Fe content, acquired specific structure and unusual possibility to dissolve residual low-temperature components. As a result, it solidified last, after silicate liquids, as independent liquid without any splitting. It is highly possible that such peculiarities of high-Fe liquid are related to specific features of liquid Fe.

  17. The Characterization of the Crush Zones in the Dike of Ultramafic Rock and Associated Gabbro with a Help of Magnetic Survey

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    Kudo, S.; Iwamori, A.; Tanaka, Y.; Makino, M.; Okuma, S.; Miyakawa, A.; Nakatsuka, T.; Sasaki, T.; Yanagida, M.; Sugimori, T.; Kitao, H.; Asahi, N.; Shiomi, T.; Higashida, Y.

    2016-12-01

    The composite dike of the ultramafic rock and associated gabbro intruded in the shale and diabase in the upper of the Yakuno Ophiolite of the Paleozoic in the site of the Ohi nuclear power station of the KEPCO (the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.). The KEPCO has conducted several surveys such as tectonic landform interpretation, trench and drilling surveys, and crush zones in the dike were found by the trench survey. Detail observations with the X-ray CT images, thin sections and polished sections were conducted to study whether the crush zones were caused by fault activity or landslide along serpentinite metamorphosed from the ultramafic rock. The continuity of the crush zones was studied by an interpretation of the detail DEM and dense drillings which were conducted around the trench (25 drillings in about 25,000 square meters).As results of the study, we clarified that: The crush zones are classified into an inactive fault estimated to be sheared at the time of the intrusion of the dike and a slip surface of a shallow landslide. The fault is limited in the dike and does not extend into the shale or diabase. The shallow landslide resides along the distribution of the ultramafic rock remarkably metamorphosed to the serpentinite, which becomes unclear in deep underground. The distribution of the fault and landslide is enclosed in ultramafic rock of the dike which shows a high magnetic susceptibility. Therefore, a magnetic survey was conducted to clarify the distribution of the ultramafic rock within dozens of meters in depth. As the results of the survey, the areas of strong positive and negative magnetic anomalies corresponded to the distribution of the ultramafic rock confirmed by the trench and drilling surveys. The magnetic survey also revealed the shallow subsurface structures in such areas as shallow sea where the drilling was a few. The details about the magnetic survey and results of analyses are shown in Okuma et al. (2016, this meeting).

  18. Gabbro fracturing and elemental analysis in the Costa Rica margin (ODP Leg 205): Core-log integrated high-resolution study

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    Thu, M. K.; Saito, S.; Chavagnac, V.; Schramm, B.; Morris, J. D.

    2004-12-01

    Costa Rica margin is an important area for studies of the seismogenic zone and subduction factory. Building on Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 170 coring and logging while drilling (LWD) at the same sites, Leg 205 drilled three sites to determine the igneous and alteration history of the upper most part of the down going plate, to characterize the hydrological regime above and within the decollement, and successfully installed long-term borehole observatories to monitor downhole pressure and temperature and sample fluids and gases. Among the several highlights from the results, coring and logging of thick gabbro zone at Site 1253 was significant to detail the fracture distribution, structure and nature of oceanic crust through core-log data integration. Even thought logging runs in the sediment section was failed due to the hole conditions, triple combination and FMS-sonic tool strings made successful measurements. Post-cruise research work included quality control on several wireline logs and processing of Formation MicroScanner (FMS), and interpreting these logging data and core sample analysis results in integrated manner. Among several downhole logging results, FMS images are used to characterize structure and fabric in the igneous units. As the hole conditions were good in most of the igneous intervals, the textural and structural variation is clear between the sections and also shows differences within the section itself. Moreover, mineralogic results from the recovered cores are combined with logging data through level-by-level multi-mineral evaluation with an optimized simultaneous equation solver and model combining method. Due to the good logging results and simple mineral composition of the single rock type, the results from the process filled mineral percentage of the no core recovery depths as well. High-resolution core-log integration in this study enhanced the understanding of structural process and nature of the oceanic crust of this particular

  19. Geological structure and ore mineralization of the South Sopchinsky and Gabbro-10 massifs and the Moroshkovoe Lake target, Monchegorsk area, Kola Peninsula, Russia

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    Pripachkin, Pavel V.; Rundkvist, Tatyana V.; Miroshnikova, Yana A.; Chernyavsky, Alexey V.; Borisenko, Elena S.

    2016-12-01

    The South Sopchinsky massif (SSM), Gabbro-10 (G-10) massif, and Moroshkovoe Lake (ML) target Monchegorsk area, Kola Peninsula, are located at the junction of the Monchepluton and Monchetundra layered intrusions. The intrusions were studied in detail as they are targets for platinum-group element (PGE) mineralization. The rocks in these targets comprise medium- to coarse-grained mesocratic to leucocratic gabbronorites, medium-grained mesocratic to melanocratic norites and pyroxenites, and various veins mainly comprising norite, plagioclase-amphibole-magnetite rocks, and quartz-magnetite rocks. The veins contain Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization associated with magnetite and chromite. In all targets, the contacts between gabbronorite and norite-pyroxenite are undulating, and the presence of magmatic (intrusive) breccias suggests that these rocks formed through mingling of two distinct magmatic pulses. In places, the gabbronorites clearly crosscut the modal layering of the norites and pyroxenites. Trace element data indicate that the gabbronorites have similar compositions to rocks of the upper part of the Monchetundra intrusion, whereas the norites and pyroxenites resemble rocks from the lower to intermediate stratigraphic levels of the Monchepluton, such as in the Nude-Poaz and Sopcha massifs. Sulfide mineralization in the studied targets principally consists of secondary bornite, millerite, and chalcopyrite. In contrast, the primary sulfide assemblage within the layered sequence of the adjacent Monchepluton is characterized by pentlandite, chalcopyrite, and pyrrhotite. Therefore, the mineralization in the studied targets is interpreted to be of a contact style. We argue that the studied area represents the contact zone between gabbronorites of the Monchetundra intrusion and norites and pyroxenites of the Monchepluton. In addition, the rocks were overprinted by postmagmatic veining and remobilization of contact style sulfide and PGE mineralization.

  20. [Diversity and frequency of scientific research design and statistical methods in the "Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia": a systematic review of the "Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia"--1993-2002].

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    Crosta, Fernando; Nishiwaki-Dantas, Maria Cristina; Silvino, Wilmar; Dantas, Paulo Elias Correa

    2005-01-01

    To verify the frequency of study design, applied statistical analysis and approval by institutional review offices (Ethics Committee) of articles published in the "Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia" during a 10-year interval, with later comparative and critical analysis by some of the main international journals in the field of Ophthalmology. Systematic review without metanalysis was performed. Scientific papers published in the "Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia" between January 1993 and December 2002 were reviewed by two independent reviewers and classified according to the applied study design, statistical analysis and approval by the institutional review offices. To categorize those variables, a descriptive statistical analysis was used. After applying inclusion and exclusion criteria, 584 articles for evaluation of statistical analysis and, 725 articles for evaluation of study design were reviewed. Contingency table (23.10%) was the most frequently applied statistical method, followed by non-parametric tests (18.19%), Student's t test (12.65%), central tendency measures (10.60%) and analysis of variance (9.81%). Of 584 reviewed articles, 291 (49.82%) presented no statistical analysis. Observational case series (26.48%) was the most frequently used type of study design, followed by interventional case series (18.48%), observational case description (13.37%), non-random clinical study (8.96%) and experimental study (8.55%). We found a higher frequency of observational clinical studies, lack of statistical analysis in almost half of the published papers. Increase in studies with approval by institutional review Ethics Committee was noted since it became mandatory in 1996.

  1. Halogens and noble gases in Mathematician Ridge meta-gabbros, NE Pacific: implications for oceanic hydrothermal root zones and global volatile cycles

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    Kendrick, Mark A.; Honda, Masahiko; Vanko, David A.

    2015-12-01

    Six variably amphibolitised meta-gabbros cut by quartz-epidote veins containing high-salinity brine, and vapour fluid inclusions were investigated for halogen (Cl, Br, I) and noble gas (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe) concentrations. The primary aims were to investigate fluid sources and interactions in hydrothermal root zones and determine the concentrations and behaviours of these elements in altered oceanic crust, which is poorly known, but has important implications for global volatile (re)cycling. Amphiboles in each sample have average concentrations of 0.1-0.5 wt% Cl, 0.5-3 ppm Br and 5-68 ppb I. Amphibole has Br/Cl of ~0.0004 that is about ten times lower than coexisting fluid inclusions and seawater, and I/Cl of 2-44 × 10-6 that is 3-5 times lower than coexisting fluid inclusions but higher than seawater. The amphibole and fluid compositions are attributed to mixing halogens introduced by seawater with a large halogen component remobilised from mafic lithologies in the crust and fractionation of halogens between fluids and metamorphic amphibole formed at low water-rock ratios. The metamorphic amphibole and hydrothermal quartz are dominated by seawater-derived atmospheric Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe and mantle-derived He, with 3He/4He of ~9 R/Ra (Ra = atmospheric ratio). The amphibole and quartz preserve high 4He concentrations that are similar to MORB glasses and have noble gas abundance ratios with high 4He/36Ar and 22Ne/36Ar that are greater than seawater and air. These characteristics result from the high solubility of light noble gases in amphibole and suggest that all the noble gases can behave similarly to `excess 40Ar' in metamorphic hydrothermal root zones. All noble gases are therefore trapped in hydrous minerals to some extent and can be inefficiently lost during metamorphism implying that even the lightest noble gases (He and Ne) can potentially be subducted into the Earth's mantle.

  2. Hydrothermal alteration products of gabbros help accommodate exhumation-related deformation in mantle-derived ultramafics exposed at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Picazo, S.; Cannat, M.; Escartin, J.; Gibert, B.; Delacour, A.; Silantyev, S.

    2011-12-01

    Outcrops of deeply-derived ultramafic rocks and gabbros are widespread along slow spreading ridges but the rheology and dynamics of the exhumation faults and of their uplifted footwalls are still poorly known. Previous studies of samples collected within meters of exposed exhumation fault surfaces in the Atlantic have shown that a gabbroic component was added to the primarily ultramafic material in the fault zone, allowing for the growth of abundant amphibole, chlorite and talc. The nature of this component (altered magmatic intrusions or metasomatic hydrothermal fluids) could not, however, be ascertained in the pervasively sheared fault material. In this abstract we report on a set of 474 samples collected at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) during the Serpentine cruise (2007; RV Pourquoi Pas? PI Y. Fouquet) next to the ultramafic-hosted Ashadze (13°N) and Logatchev (14°45'N) vent fields. Most of these 474 samples are weakly to moderately deformed and are interpreted as representing the upper few hundred meters below their respective exhumation fault zone, rather than the fault zone itself. The large number of samples, and their overall moderate degree of deformation gives us a chance to propose a semi-statistical study of plastic, brittle-plastic and brittle deformation in ultramafic rocks next to a MAR exhumation system, in relation with the magmatic and hydrothermal history. Our primary finding is that significant brittle-plastic deformation systematically involves amphibole±chlorite±talc-bearing ultramafic lithologies. Serpentine is commonly present in these deformed assemblages, but we did not find serpentine-only shear zones. Amphibole (in successive generations ranging from hornblende to tremolite) and chlorite occur in veins, many of which also contain zircon and some relict plagioclase, indicating a magmatic origin. Relicts of primary peridotite minerals in the most amphibole-rich samples indicate that magmatic injection followed on an episode of

  3. New U-Pb and Sm-Nd isotope data of the age of formation and metamorphic alteration of the Kandalaksha-Kolvitsa gabbro-anorthosite complex (Baltic Shield)

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    Steshenko, Ekaterina; Bayanova, Tamara; Serov, Pavel; Chashchin, Viktor

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this research was to study the isotope U-Pb age of zircon and rutile and Sm-Nd (rock forming and sulphide minerals) in Kandalaksha-Kolvitsa gabbro-anorthosite complex. Kandalaksha-Kolvitsa gabbro-anorthosite complex is located in the N-E part of Baltic shield and consists of three parts. Marginal zone (mesocratic metanorite) lies at the base of the massif. Main zone is composed of leucocratic metagabbro. The upper zone is alteration of mataanorthosite and leucocratic metagabbro. All rocks were subjected to granulate metamorphism. New U-Pb and Sm-Nd isotopic and geochronological data for the rocks of the Kandalaksha-Kolvitsa Paleoproterozoic gabbro-anorthosite complex is presented. For the first time single zircon grains from metagabbros of Kolvitsa massif were dated 2448±5 Ma, using U-Pb method with an artificial 205Pb tracer. Sm-Nd isotopic age of the metamorphic minerals apatite, garnet and sulphide WR Kolvitsa array is 1985 ± 17 Ma, which is interpreted granulite metamorphism. Two fractions of single zircons from anorthosite of the Kandalaksha massif gave U-Pb age 2450± 3 Ma. Leucocratic gabbro-norite (Kandalaksha massif) were dated by U-Pb on single zircon, with age up to 2230±10 Ma. This age reflects the time of granulite metamorphism according to data of [1]. Two fractions of rutile from anorthosite of the Kandalaksha massif have been analyzed by U-Pb method and reflect age of 1700 ± 10 Ma. It is known that the closure temperature of U-Pb system rutile 400-450 ° C [2], thus cooling of the massif to these temperatures was about 1.7 Ga. These data suggested two stages of metamorphic transformations of the massif. Sm-Nd research Kandalaksha massif reflected the age of the high-temperature metasomatic transformations -1887 ± 37 Ma. Time of regional fluid processing - 1692 ± 71 Ma. A model Sm-Nd age metagabbros Kolvitsa massif is 3.3 Ga with a negative value ɛNd = -4.6, which corresponds to the most likely primary enriched mantle reservoir of

  4. Mineralogy, Petrology, Chemistry, and Ar-39 - Ar-40 and Ages of the Caddo County IAB Iron: Evidence for Early Partial Melt Segregation of a Gabbro Area Rich in Plagioclase-Diopside

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    Takeda, Hiroshi; Bogard, Donald D.; Mittlefehldt, David W.; Garrison, Daniel H.

    2000-01-01

    We found coarse-grained gabbroic material rich in plagioclase and diopside in the Caddo County IAB iron meteorite. The polished thin sections studied were made from areas rich in Al and Ca detected by a micro-focus X-ray fluorescence (XRF) mapping technique. The gabbro is not a clast within a breccia, but rather this area is located mainly at silicate-metal boundaries only a few cm away from an area with fine-grained, ultramafic silicate similar to winonaites. Medium-grained orthopyroxene and olivine are found in transitional areas showing no disturbance of their crystalline textures. A vein-like region, starting at the area rich in fine-grained mafic silicate, extends towards the gabbroic area with a gradual increase in abundance of plagioclase and diopside. This texture and our accumulated knowledge of the formation mechanism of IAB/winonaltes meteorites, suggest that the gabbroic materials were formed by inhomogeneous segregation of partial melts of chondritic source materials. Compositional data on two mineralogically distinct samples of the gabbro-rich portion of the inclusion were obtained by INAA. Compared to an average of LAB silicate inclusions or winonaites, the Caddo County gabbro is enriched in the incompatible lithophile elements Na, Ca, Sc, REE and Hf, which is consistent with a melt origin for the gabbro. The cosmogenic space exposure age of Caddo County (511 Ma) is significantly younger than exposure ages of some other IAB meteorites, An 39Ar-40Ar age determination of the gabbroic material indicates a series of upward steps in age from 4.516 Ga to 4.523 Ga, with a few high temperature ages up to 4.54 Ga. The older age could approximate the primary recrystallization age of silicates. The stepped Ar age spectrum may indicate differences in Ar closure temperatures during slow cooling of -2-20'C/Myr in the parent body. Alternatively, the younger Ar-Ar ages may date a shock event which occurred while Caddo County was hot and which also created textures

  5. Mineralogy, Petrology, Chemistry, and Ar-39 - Ar-40 and Ages of the Caddo County IAB Iron: Evidence for Early Partial Melt Segregation of a Gabbro Area Rich in Plagioclase-Diopside

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    Takeda, Hiroshi; Bogard, Donald D.; Mittlefehldt, David W.; Garrison, Daniel H.

    2000-01-01

    We found coarse-grained gabbroic material rich in plagioclase and diopside in the Caddo County IAB iron meteorite. The polished thin sections studied were made from areas rich in Al and Ca detected by a micro-focus X-ray fluorescence (XRF) mapping technique. The gabbro is not a clast within a breccia, but rather this area is located mainly at silicate-metal boundaries only a few cm away from an area with fine-grained, ultramafic silicate similar to winonaites. Medium-grained orthopyroxene and olivine are found in transitional areas showing no disturbance of their crystalline textures. A vein-like region, starting at the area rich in fine-grained mafic silicate, extends towards the gabbroic area with a gradual increase in abundance of plagioclase and diopside. This texture and our accumulated knowledge of the formation mechanism of IAB/winonaltes meteorites, suggest that the gabbroic materials were formed by inhomogeneous segregation of partial melts of chondritic source materials. Compositional data on two mineralogically distinct samples of the gabbro-rich portion of the inclusion were obtained by INAA. Compared to an average of LAB silicate inclusions or winonaites, the Caddo County gabbro is enriched in the incompatible lithophile elements Na, Ca, Sc, REE and Hf, which is consistent with a melt origin for the gabbro. The cosmogenic space exposure age of Caddo County (511 Ma) is significantly younger than exposure ages of some other IAB meteorites, An 39Ar-40Ar age determination of the gabbroic material indicates a series of upward steps in age from 4.516 Ga to 4.523 Ga, with a few high temperature ages up to 4.54 Ga. The older age could approximate the primary recrystallization age of silicates. The stepped Ar age spectrum may indicate differences in Ar closure temperatures during slow cooling of -2-20'C/Myr in the parent body. Alternatively, the younger Ar-Ar ages may date a shock event which occurred while Caddo County was hot and which also created textures

  6. Rare earth element-SiO2 systematics of mid-ocean ridge plagiogranites and host gabbros from the Fournier oceanic fragment, New Brunswick, Canada: a field evaluation of some model predictions

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    Brophy, James G.; Pu, Xiaofei

    2012-08-01

    The two most commonly invoked processes for generating plagiogranites in mid-ocean ridge environments are extended fractional crystallization of mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) magma and "hydration melting" of hot, dry MOR gabbro initiated by the influx of seawater-derived hydrothermal fluids within localized zones of shear. Brophy (Contrib Mineral Petrol 158:99-111, 2009) has proposed on theoretical grounds that, for liquids greater than ~62 wt. % SiO2, hydration melting should yield, among other features, a negative correlation between rare earth element (REE) abundances and increasing SiO2, while fractional crystallization should yield a positive correlation. If correct, the REE-SiO2 systematics of natural systems might be used to distinguish between the two processes. The Ordovician Fournier oceanic fragment, New Brunswick, Canada, contains MOR gabbro-hosted plagiogranite veins and dikes that are believed to have formed from hydration melting, thus forming an appropriate location for field verification of the proposed REE-SiO2 systematics for such a process. In addition to a negative correlation between liquid SiO2 and REE abundance for liquids in excess of ~62% SiO2, other important model features include the following: (1) relative to a gabbro source rock, the degree of enrichment at liquids of 62 and 75% SiO2 decreases from the LREE to the HREE; (2) the degree of enrichment at 75% SiO2 approaches 1 for the HREE; (3) the rate of change of the degree of enrichment with increasing liquid SiO2 (i.e., the slope) diminishes from the LREE to the HREE. All of these predicted features are observed in the Fournier plagiogranites. Assuming an initial source rock equivalent to the host gabbro, an additional strongly LREE-enriched component must be added prior to melting in order to make the absolute REE abundances agree with the model values. The most likely candidates are the very seawater-derived hydrothermal fluids that triggered hydration melting in the first place.

  7. Middle Jurassic MORB-type gabbro, high-Mg diorite, calc-alkaline diorite and granodiorite in the Ando area, central Tibet: Evidence for a slab roll-back of the Bangong-Nujiang Ocean

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    Yan, Haoyu; Long, Xiaoping; Wang, Xuan-Ce; Li, Jie; Wang, Qiang; Yuan, Chao; Sun, Min

    2016-11-01

    Mesozoic intrusions, including MORB-type gabbros, high-Mg diorites, calc-alkaline diorites and granodiorites, were exposed in the Ando microcontinent that is bounded between the Qiangtang and Lhasa terranes. Discoveries of these Mesozoic intrusions have provided new petrogenetic constraints on our understanding of Bangong-Nujiang ocean evolution. Zircon U-Pb dating shows that these intrusions formed in the early-middle Jurassic (174-177 Ma). The gabbros have relatively flat REE distribution patterns, which is analogous to the geochemical features of MORB. Their positive εNd(t) values (εNd(t) = 4.4-5.5) are consistent with those of ophiolites along the Bangong-Nujiang suture zone. These gabbros are also characterized by enrichments of fluid-sensitive elements and negative to positive Nb anomalies, indicative of the influence of subduction-related compositions in their mantle source. These features suggest that the gabbros were most likely originated from asthenosphere-derived melts metasomatized by enriched lithospheric mantle during the upwelling. The high-Mg diorites are characterized by typical features of high compatible elements (MgO = 8.3-10.24 wt%, Cr = 400-547 ppm, Ni = 120-152 ppm), high Mg# (70-74) and low Sr/Y ratios. Their high initial 87Sr/86Sr isotopic ratios and negative εNd(t) values (- 10.5 to - 10.8), together with their sanukitic characteristics, imply that the high-Mg diorites were probably produced by partial melting of mantle peridotites metasomatized by slab-derived melts and aqueous fluids. The calc-alkaline diorites have relatively high MgO (4.04-5.50 wt%), Cr, Ni contents and Mg# (56-59), as well as high (86Sr/87Sr)i ratios and negative εNd(t) values (- 7.5 to - 7.3), suggesting that they were most likely formed by partial melting of the Ando basement rocks with significant input of mantle components. The granodiorites are peraluminous and have higher (86Sr/87Sr)i ratios and more negative εNd(t) values (- 10.6 to - 10.8), similar to

  8. Trace element composition of olivine - implications for the evolution of the olivine gabbro-troctolite-hosted Voisey's Bay Ni-Cu-Co sulfide deposit, Labrador

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    Bulle, F.; Layne, G. D.

    2011-12-01

    The Mesoproterozoic Voisey's Bay intrusion is part of the Nain Plutonic Suite, which transects the 1.85 Ga collisional boundary between the Proterozoic Churchill Province and the Archean Nain Province in Eastern Labrador. The intrusion comprises a group of troctolitic to olivine gabbroic bodies linked by olivine gabbro dikes; together these rocks host the world-class Voisey's Bay Ni-Cu-Co sulfide deposit. Zones of massive and disseminated sulfide mineralization (Reid Brook, Discovery Hill, Mini-Ovoid and Ovoid) occur within a dike and at the entry line of this dike into a larger intrusion termed the Eastern Deeps [1, 2, 3]. At least two pulses of magma have generated the intrusion and the associated sulfide mineralization; an initial surge that achieved sulfide saturation by interacting with upper crustal rocks, and a later pulse of fresh, undepleted magma that forced the initial magma upwards and both remobilized the immiscible sulfide liquid and upgraded it in metal content [1, 2, 3]. Previous research [1, 2] has shown that the Ni content of olivine from the distinct sulfide-bearing host rocks is highly variable, and also indicative of both magma mixing and interaction of silicate magmas with sulfide. To further validate the significance of the olivine chemistry as a tracer for ore-forming petrological processes, we have determined the abundances of Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Zn in olivines from the various mafic lithologies of the Eastern Deeps intrusion using Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry. We present systematic variations in Mn, Co, Ni and Zn with Fo-content in olivines for both sulfide-free and sulfide-bearing zones. Olivines from mineralized and brecciated troctolitic/gabbroic zones display significantly higher Mn (up to 11,000 ppm) and Zn (up to 550 ppm) concentrations than those from nominally barren counterparts. The barren troctolite, broadly termed normal troctolite (NT), is a petrographically homogenous plagioclase and olivine cumulate. However, olivine

  9. Inferred paleotectonic settings and paleogeography at 500-450 Ma based on geochemical evaluation of Ordovician volcanics and gabbros of the Upper Allochthon, Mid Norway

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    Hollocher, K.; Roberts, D.; Robinson, P.; Walsh, E.

    2012-04-01

    Evaluation of major- and trace-element analyses of Ordovician volcanics and gabbros from the Støren Nappe of the Upper Allochthon, Mid Norway, including 87 new analyses, covers the Late Cambrian-earliest Ordovician ophiolite complexes and overlying Ordovician volcanics. The older rocks have mainly MORB-like compositions likely formed in a back-arc basin, plus less abundant oceanic-arc basalts and andesites. Compositions characteristic of fore-arc environments are absent. The Upper Allochthon has three elements: A) The Gula Nappe of probable Cambrian and Tremadocian, epicontinental sedimentary rocks, B) The Støren and Meråker nappes with their basal suprasubduction-zone ophiolitic volcanics and intrusions plus younger Ordovician successions, C) In northwestern parts of the Støren Nappe, a complex of predominantly calc-alkaline arc intrusive rocks 482 to 441 Ma. The structural and stratigraphic history indicates obduction of ophiolites occurred at 480-475 Ma soon after formation, followed by uplift, erosion, and deposition of conglomerates incorporating ophiolite debris. The overlying sequence includes shelly Toquima-Table Head faunas of Laurentian affinity and younger strata into Upper Ordovician. Field relations suggest that the ophiolites were obducted onto rocks of the Gula Complex. A Tremadocian, graptolite-bearing black shale/phyllite in the eastern part of the Gula has close geochemical affinities with the reducing V- and U-enriched Alum shale of the Baltoscandian margin, black shales in the lower Köli nappes of the Upper Allochthon in Sweden, and similar shales in the Gander and Avalon zones of Maritime Canada. Such shales originated in high-latitude (40-50° south) cool-water environments, as existed in Late Cambrian-earliest Ordovician Baltica, Avalonia, and Ganderia, and have not been recorded in equatorial paleolatitudes, such as the earliest Ordovician margin of Laurentia. Our paleotectonic account for these features is in three time slices: 1) A

  10. Geochronology and geochemistry of late Carboniferous-middle Permian I- and A-type granites and gabbro-diorites in the eastern Jiamusi Massif, NE China: Implications for petrogenesis and tectonic setting

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    Bi, Jun-Hui; Ge, Wen-Chun; Yang, Hao; Wang, Zhi-Hui; Xu, Wen-Liang; Yang, Jin-Hui; Xing, De-He; Chen, Hui-Jun

    2016-12-01

    Late Carboniferous-middle Permian magmatism in the Jiamusi Massif of northeast China, in the eastern segment of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), provides critical evidence regarding the tectonic history and geodynamic processes in the region. The gabbro-diorites of the Longtouqiao pluton and two groups of coeval granite in the study area comprise a bimodal magmatic suite. Precise LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon ages indicate that the granitoids and gabbro-diorites were emplaced in the late Carboniferous-middle Permian (302-267 Ma). Group I granites have high SiO2 (70.75-77.04 wt.%) and K2O (3.65-5.89 wt.%) contents, are enriched in LILEs (e.g., Rb, Th, and U) relative to HFSEs and LREEs, and have negative Nb, Ta, P, and Ti anomalies, which collectively indicate affinities with subduction-related magmas. Group II granites are weakly peraluminous (A/CNK = 1.03-1.07) and are characterized by enrichment in alkalis (Na2O + K2O = 8.22-8.90 wt.%), low MgO (0.04-0.09 wt.%) and P2O5 (0.01-0.04 wt.%) contents, high Zr and Nb contents, high 10,000 × Ga/Al ratios, and they are geochemically similar to aluminous A-type granites. All the magmatic zircons in these granitoids have great variations of εHf(t) (+ 7.89 to - 5.60) and two-stage Hf model ages (TDM2) of 0.8-1.7 Ga, which suggest that the precursor magmas originated from a heterogeneous source that involved juvenile components derived from a depleted mantle source during magma generation. The aluminous A-type granite magmas were probably derived by high-temperature partial melting of a felsic crustal source, whereas the other granite magmas probably resulted from partial melting of a mafic lower crust. The gabbro-diorites of the Longtouqiao pluton are depleted in Nb, Ta, P, and Ti, and show flat distributions of most LILEs and HFSEs, except for large positive anomalies in Ba, K, and Pb. These features reflect a limited degree of crustal contamination associated with the subduction-related magmatic processes. These data

  11. Timing, petrogenesis and tectonic setting of the Late Paleozoic gabbro-granodiorite-granite intrusions in the Shalazhashan of northern Alxa: Constraints on the southernmost boundary of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt

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    Shi, Xingjun; Wang, Tao; Zhang, Lei; Castro, Antonio; Xiao, XuChang; Tong, Ying; Zhang, Jianjun; Guo, Lei; Yang, Qidi

    2014-11-01

    The Late Paleozoic tectonic setting and location of the southernmost boundary of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) with respect to the Alxa Block or Alxa-North China Craton (ANCC) are debated. This paper presents new geochronological, petrological, geochemical and zircon Hf isotopic data of the Late Paleozoic intrusions from the Shalazhashan in northern Alxa and discusses the tectonic setting and boundary between the CAOB and ANCC. Using zircon U-Pb dating, intrusions can be broadly grouped as Late Carboniferous granodiorites (~ 301 Ma), Middle Permian gabbros (~ 264 Ma) and granites (~ 266 Ma) and Late Permian granodiorites, monzogranites and quartz monzodiorites (254-250 Ma). The Late Carboniferous granodiorites are slightly peraluminous and calcic. The remarkably high zircon Hf isotopes (εHf(t) = + 6-+ 10) and characteristics of high silica adakites suggest that these granodiorites were mainly derived from "hot" basaltic slab-melts of the subducted oceanic crust. The Middle Permian gabbros exhibited typical cumulate textures and were derived from the partial melting of depleted mantle. The Middle Permian granites are slightly peraluminous with high-K calc-alkaline and low εHf(t) values from - 0.9 to + 2.9. These granites were most likely derived from juvenile materials mixed with old crustal materials. The Late Permian granodiorites, monzogranites and quartz monzodiorites are characterized as metaluminous to slightly peraluminous, with variable Peacock alkali-lime index values from calc-alkalic to alkali-calcic. These rocks were mainly derived from juvenile crustal materials, as evidenced by their high εHf(t) values (+ 3.3 to + 8.9). The juvenile sources of the above intrusions in the Shalazhashan are similar to those of the granitoids from the CAOB but distinct from the granitoids within the Alxa Block. These findings suggest that the Shalazhashan Zone belongs to the CAOB rather than the Alxa Block and that its boundary with the Alxa block can be

  12. Protótipo do primeiro interferômetro brasileiro - BDA

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    Cecatto, J. R.; Fernandes, F. C. R.; Neri, J. A. C. F.; Bethi, N.; Felipini, N. S.; Madsen, F. R. H.; Andrade, M. C.; Soares, A. C.; Alonso, E. M. B., Sawant, H. S.

    2004-04-01

    A interferometria é uma poderosa ferramenta usada para investigar estruturas espaciais de fontes astrofísicas fornecendo uma riqueza de detalhes inatingível pelas técnicas convencionais de imageamento. Em particular, a interferometria com ondas de rádio abre o horizonte de conhecimento do Universo nesta ampla banda do espectro eletromagnético, que vai de cerca de 20 kHz até centenas de GHz já próximo ao infravermelho, e que está acessível a partir de instrumentos instalados em solo. Neste trabalho, apresentamos o interferômetro designado por Arranjo Decimétrico Brasileiro (BDA). Trata-se do primeiro interferômetro a ser desenvolvido no Brasil e América Latina que já está em operação na fase de protótipo. Apresentamos o desenvolvimento realizado até o momento, o sítio de instalação do instrumento, o protótipo e os principais resultados dos testes de sua operação, as perspectivas futuras e a ciência a ser desenvolvida com o instrumento nas fases II e III. Neste trabalho é dada ênfase ao desenvolvimento, testes de operação e principais resultados do protótipo. É discutida brevemente a ciência que pode ser feita com o instrumento. Tanto os detalhes técnicos quanto os principais parâmetros estimados para o instrumento nas próximas fases de desenvolvimento e o desempenho do protótipo serão publicados em breve.

  13. Reaction of seawater with fresh mid-ocean ridge gabbro creates ';atypical' REE pattern and high REE fluid fluxes: Experiments at 425 and 475 °C, 400 and 1000 bar

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    Beermann, O.; Garbe-Schönberg, D.; Holzheid, A. D.

    2013-12-01

    High-temperature MOR hydrothermalism significantly affects ocean chemistry. The Sisters Peak (SP) hydrothermal field at 5°S on the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) emanates fluids >400°C [1] that have high concentrations of H2, transition metals, and rare earth elements (REE) exhibiting ';atypical' REE pattern characterized by depletions of LREE and HREE relative to MREE and no Eu anomaly [2]. This is in contrast to the ';typical' LREE enrichment and strong positive Eu anomaly known from many MOR vent fluids observed world-wide [e.g., 3]. Besides temperature, the seawater-to-rock ratio (w/r ratio) has significant control on the fluid chemistry [e.g., 4, 5]. To understand how vent fluid REE-signatures are generated during water-rock interaction processes we reacted unaltered gabbro with natural bottom seawater at 425 °C and 400 bar and at 425 and 475 °C at 1000 bar at variable w/r (mass) ratios ranging from 0.5-10 by using cold seal pressure vessels (CSPV). The run durations varied from 3-72 h. Reacted fluids were analysed for major and trace elements by ICP-OES and ICP-MS. In our experiments, ';atypical' REE fluid pattern similar to those of SP fluids were obtained at high w/r ratio (5 and 10) that might be characteristic for focused fluid-flow along e.g., detachment faults at slow-spreading MOR [6]. In contrast, more ';typical'-like REE pattern with elevated LREE and slightly positive Eu anomalies have been reproduced at low w/r ratio (0.5-1). Results of numerical simulations imply that strong positive Eu anomalies of fluids and altered gabbro from high temperature MOR hydrothermal systems can be created by intense rock leaching processes at high w/r ratio (5-10). This suggests that hydrothermal circulation through the ocean crust creates ';typical' REE fluid pattern with strong positive Eu anomalies if seawater reacts with gabbroic host rock that has been already leached in REE at high fluid fluxes. Simulations of the temporal chemical evolution of

  14. Magmatic relationships between depleted mantle harzburgites, boninitic cumulate gabbros and subduction-related tholeiitic basalts in the Puerto Plata ophiolitic complex, Dominican Republic: Implications for the birth of the Caribbean island-arc

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    Escuder-Viruete, Javier; Castillo-Carrión, Mercedes; Pérez-Estaún, Andrés

    2014-05-01

    The Lower Cretaceous Puerto Plata ophiolitic complex (PPC) occurs west of the main collisional suture between the Caribbean and North American plates in the northern Dominican Republic, and imposes important constraints on the geochemical and tectonic processes associated with the birth of the Caribbean island-arc. The PPC exposes a tectonically dismembered 3.0-km-thick section of upper mantle harzburgites, lower crustal cumulate gabbroic rocks and upper crustal basaltic pillow lavas, volcanic breccias and pelagic sediments. The harzburgites exhibit a highly depleted signature in terms of their modal compositions, mineral chemistry and whole rock major and trace element contents, suggesting that they are residues after high-degrees of partial melting. Melt modeling suggests that they were similar in trace element characteristics to a boninite. In the crustal sequence, three magmatic episodes have been recognized based on field, mineral and geochemical data. The first phase is composed of the lower layered gabbronorites, which are variably deformed and recrystallized at high-temperature conditions. Trace element modeling suggests that the gabbronorites crystallized from LREE-depleted island-arc tholeiitic (IAT) melts. The second phase is composed of the intermediate layered troctolites (126 Ma), which are undeformed and preserve igneous cumulate textures. Modeling indicates that the troctolites crystallized from boninitic melts. The gabronorite-troctolite substrate was intruded by a third, supra-subduction zone tholeiitic magmatic phase at < 126 Ma, which formed the upper olivine gabbros and gabbronorites. These gabbroic rocks formed from melts similar in composition to the IAT basalts and basaltic andesites of the overlying Los Caños Fm. Contemporaneous Aptian to lower Albian mafic volcanic rocks of the Los Ranchos Fm and Cacheal complex have comparable IAT geochemical and isotopic signatures, suggesting that all of them may have erupted over a single piece of the

  15. Effect of alteration, formation absorption, and standoff on the response of the thermal neutron porosity log in gabbros and basalts: Examples from Deep Sea Drilling Project-Ocean Drilling Program Sites

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    Broglia, Cristina; Ellis, Darwin

    1990-06-01

    This study focuses on the effects of hydrous alteration minerals, formation absorption, and standoff on the response of the thermal neutron porosity log in the basaltic and gabbroic rocks logged at sites 395, 418, 504, 642, and 735 during the Ocean Drilling Program. The concentration of hydrogen present in the rocks in the form of free water (pore space) and bound water (hydrous minerals) is the primary factor controlling the neutron elastic scattering process, while the presence of other elements, such as chlorine, gadolinium, boron, lithium, and samarium in the fluids and in the rock matrix can largely affect the thermal diffusion phase. These neutron absorbers cause an increase of the capture cross section, and in turn of the apparent thermal porosity. Further perturbations occur when the recording conditions depart from those under which the tool has been calibrated; a large and irregular hole diameter and a lack of eccentralization both produce erroneous porosity readings. The effect of hydrous alteration minerals on the thermal neutron porosity log has been estimated from 922 core oxide measurements using an analysis program that calculates the slowing-down length and converts it into apparent porosity. The results show that the computed apparent porosity ranges from less than 1% in fresh basalts and gabbros to about 30% in highly altered units. Depending on the alteration mineral assemblage, natural gamma ray, capture cross section, or hydrogen logs have been used to continuously predict the effect of bound hydrogen at each site. Corrected porosities generally show excellent agreement with core data for massive units, whereas they are higher for pillow basalts and fractured zones. The discrepancy is interpreted as the result of (1) difference in the volume of rock investigated (core specimens do not sample large vugs and fractures) and (2) frequent variations in the hole size and lack of tool contact with the borehole wall (standoff), not completely

  16. [Evolutive characteristics of the scientific articles published in the "Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia" between 1986 and the year 2000].

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    Ventura, Antonio Guilherme Gonsalves de Melo; Ventura, Aurélio José Gonsalves de Melo; Santos, Saulo André dos

    2008-01-01

    1) To verify the average number of the authors per article and its geographic origin; 2) To evaluate the language of publications; 3) To evaluate the bibliographical references with their number per article, type and most cited periodicals, besides the behavior of the growth of the references along the years. Systematic revision was done of 876 publications of Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia (ABO) in the period of January of 1986 to December of the year 2000. These scientific publications were separated in to three quinquennial groups. The average number of authors per article was 3.73 +/- 1.7. According to the geographic origin, 83.6% of the publications came from the Southeastern region. Portuguese was the language of the majority of articles (94.7%). The number of references per article was 12.7 +/- 7.5, and a scientific periodical (81.8%) was the most reported document. American Journal of Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology were the most cited periodicals and their growth (R(2)=0.6075), as well as of the national ones (R(2)=0.7861) was increasing. The average number of authors per article did not present significant variation and the geographical origin was mostly the Southeastern region. The Portuguese language was the most frequent. The mostly quoted document was the scientific periodical. The quotations of international publications as well as national presented a significant increase.

  17. [Arquivos Brasileiros de Nutrição: a review of scientific research on nutrition in Brazil from 1944 to 1968].

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    Guedes de Vasconcelos, F D

    1999-01-01

    This study reviews 209 original articles published in the journal Arquivos Brasileiros de Nutrição (1944/1968), a periodical edited by Josué de Castro, physician, specialist in nutrition, and founder-director of the Institute of Nutrition at the University of Brazil (now the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). Our methodology was based on quantitative and qualitative analyses, aimed at summarizing both the topic itself and the authors' backgrounds. Results showed that 134 of the articles (64%) adopted a biological perspective to nutrition, mostly focusing on laboratory research concerning the chemical composition and nutritional value of Brazilian foodstuffs. On the other hand, 75 articles (36%) took a social perspective, testifying to the first efforts by Brazilian nutritional experts to create and improve specific methodological tools for investigating our population's nutritional conditions, thereby helping to consolidate the field of nutrition in the country.

  18. Estudo de cavidade reentrante supercondutora a ser utilizada nos transdutores paramétricos do detector brasileiro de ondas gravitacionais Mario Schenberg

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    Ribeiro, K. L.; Furtado, S. R.; Aguiar, O. D.; Frajuca, C.

    2003-08-01

    Cavidades reentrantes de nióbio vêm sendo utilizadas pelo grupo Australiano nos transdutores eletromecânicos paramétricos do detector de ondas gravitacionais Niobè. Esses transdutores paramétricos são ativados por um sinal AC na faixa de microondas (banda X), que é modulado pelo sinal mecânico da vibração da antena esférica, com a variação de um parâmetro, que, no caso, é a capacitância da cavidade. Nós estudamos esse tipo de cavidade, com o objetivo de transformá-la de reentrante aberta para reentrante fechada, de forma a utilizá-la nos transdutores paramétricos do detector brasileiro Mario Schenberg. O desempenho do transdutor depende de alguns parâmetros da cavidade, como a sua Figura de Mérito (Q elétrico) e o seu acoplamento elétrico com o circuito externo. Neste trabalho mostramos a medida do Q elétrico como função do acoplamento, do acabamento superficial interno e do vazamento de microondas da cavidade, e mostramos o desempenho esperado para o detector Mario Schenberg usando uma cavidade supercondutora reentrante fechada de nióbio.

  19. Primitive layered gabbros from fast-spreading lower oceanic crust

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    Gillis, Kathryn M.; Snow, Jonathan E.; Klaus, Adam; Abe, Natsue; Adrião, Álden B.; Akizawa, Norikatsu; Ceuleneer, Georges; Cheadle, Michael J.; Faak, Kathrin; Falloon, Trevor J.; Friedman, Sarah A.; Godard, Marguerite; Guerin, Gilles; Harigane, Yumiko; Horst, Andrew J.; Hoshide, Takashi; Ildefonse, Benoit; Jean, Marlon M.; John, Barbara E.; Koepke, Juergen; Machi, Sumiaki; Maeda, Jinichiro; Marks, Naomi E.; McCaig, Andrew M.; Meyer, Romain; Morris, Antony; Nozaka, Toshio; Python, Marie; Saha, Abhishek; Wintsch, Robert P.

    2014-01-01

    Three-quarters of the oceanic crust formed at fast-spreading ridges is composed of plutonic rocks whose mineral assemblages, textures and compositions record the history of melt transport and crystallization between the mantle and the sea floor. Despite the importance of these rocks, sampling them in situ is extremely challenging owing to the overlying dykes and lavas. This means that models for understanding the formation of the lower crust are based largely on geophysical studies and ancient analogues (ophiolites) that did not form at typical mid-ocean ridges. Here we describe cored intervals of primitive, modally layered gabbroic rocks from the lower plutonic crust formed at a fast-spreading ridge, sampled by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program at the Hess Deep rift. Centimetre-scale, modally layered rocks, some of which have a strong layering-parallel foliation, confirm a long-held belief that such rocks are a key constituent of the lower oceanic crust formed at fast-spreading ridges. Geochemical analysis of these primitive lower plutonic rocks--in combination with previous geochemical data for shallow-level plutonic rocks, sheeted dykes and lavas--provides the most completely constrained estimate of the bulk composition of fast-spreading oceanic crust so far. Simple crystallization models using this bulk crustal composition as the parental melt accurately predict the bulk composition of both the lavas and the plutonic rocks. However, the recovered plutonic rocks show early crystallization of orthopyroxene, which is not predicted by current models of melt extraction from the mantle and mid-ocean-ridge basalt differentiation. The simplest explanation of this observation is that compositionally diverse melts are extracted from the mantle and partly crystallize before mixing to produce the more homogeneous magmas that erupt.

  20. Primitive layered gabbros from fast-spreading lower oceanic crust.

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    Gillis, Kathryn M; Snow, Jonathan E; Klaus, Adam; Abe, Natsue; Adrião, Alden B; Akizawa, Norikatsu; Ceuleneer, Georges; Cheadle, Michael J; Faak, Kathrin; Falloon, Trevor J; Friedman, Sarah A; Godard, Marguerite; Guerin, Gilles; Harigane, Yumiko; Horst, Andrew J; Hoshide, Takashi; Ildefonse, Benoit; Jean, Marlon M; John, Barbara E; Koepke, Juergen; Machi, Sumiaki; Maeda, Jinichiro; Marks, Naomi E; McCaig, Andrew M; Meyer, Romain; Morris, Antony; Nozaka, Toshio; Python, Marie; Saha, Abhishek; Wintsch, Robert P

    2014-01-09

    Three-quarters of the oceanic crust formed at fast-spreading ridges is composed of plutonic rocks whose mineral assemblages, textures and compositions record the history of melt transport and crystallization between the mantle and the sea floor. Despite the importance of these rocks, sampling them in situ is extremely challenging owing to the overlying dykes and lavas. This means that models for understanding the formation of the lower crust are based largely on geophysical studies and ancient analogues (ophiolites) that did not form at typical mid-ocean ridges. Here we describe cored intervals of primitive, modally layered gabbroic rocks from the lower plutonic crust formed at a fast-spreading ridge, sampled by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program at the Hess Deep rift. Centimetre-scale, modally layered rocks, some of which have a strong layering-parallel foliation, confirm a long-held belief that such rocks are a key constituent of the lower oceanic crust formed at fast-spreading ridges. Geochemical analysis of these primitive lower plutonic rocks--in combination with previous geochemical data for shallow-level plutonic rocks, sheeted dykes and lavas--provides the most completely constrained estimate of the bulk composition of fast-spreading oceanic crust so far. Simple crystallization models using this bulk crustal composition as the parental melt accurately predict the bulk composition of both the lavas and the plutonic rocks. However, the recovered plutonic rocks show early crystallization of orthopyroxene, which is not predicted by current models of melt extraction from the mantle and mid-ocean-ridge basalt differentiation. The simplest explanation of this observation is that compositionally diverse melts are extracted from the mantle and partly crystallize before mixing to produce the more homogeneous magmas that erupt.

  1. Morphology and composition of gold in a lateritic profile, Fazenda Pison “Garimpo”, Amazon, Brazil

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    Larizzatti, J. H.; Oliveira, S. M. B.; Butt, C. R. M.

    2008-05-01

    This study describes the morphological evolution of gold grains in a lateritic weathering profile in an equatorial rainforest climate. Primary sources of gold are quartz veins associated with shallow granophyric intrusion. Gold grains were found in fresh ore, saprolite, transition zones, ferruginous duricrust, red latosol, and yellow latosol. Irregularly shaped grains predominate, with smaller proportions of dendritic and prismatic forms. Gold grains are weathered in the uppermost 10 m of the regolith. Mean gold grain size is maximum in the duricrust (>125 μm) and decreases progressively upward into the yellow latosol (<90 μm). Voids and corrosion pits appear on grain surfaces, and progressive rounding is observed from the bottom of the profile to the top. Gold grains can be classified as either homogeneous or zoned with respect to their chemical composition. Homogeneous grains contain 2-15% Ag (mean 8.3%). Zoned grains have more variable Ag contents; grain cores have means of approximately 10% or 23% Ag, with Ag-poor zones of approximately 3.7% Ag along internal discontinuities and/or outer rims. Formation of Ag-poor rims is due to preferential depletion of silver. Processes responsible for duricrust formation may preserve some grains as large aggregates, but subsequent transformation into latosol further modifies them.

  2. [Low vision service at the Instituto Brasileiro de Oftalmologia e Prevenção da Cegueira (IBOPC): analysis of the patients examined on the first year of the department (2004)].

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    Silva, Ana Maria Tavares da Costa Pinto; Matos, Marta Hercog Batista Rebelo de; Lima, Humberto de Castro

    2010-01-01

    To outline low vision (LV) patients profile of the low vision department of the Instituto Brasileiro de Oftalmologia e Prevenção da Cegueira (IBOPC). Transversal study of 82 medical charts from the low vision service at the Instituto Brasileiro de Oftalmologia e Prevenção da Cegueira of the first year of the department--2004, considering age, gender, etiology, distance and near visual acuity with and without optical aids and prescription assistance. Of the 82 available patients, 11 (13.4%) were excluded of the study because they did not present low vision. Of the 71 patients, 32 (45%) were younger than 20 years old. Regarding the gender, there was not a significant difference (51% female and 49% male). The most frequent etiology in infants and adolescents was congenital glaucoma and in patients aged between 20-39 years was ocular toxoplasmosis (21.1%). In patients with 40-59 years old, pigmentary retinosis was the most frequently pathology (19%). In elderly people it was glaucoma (49%). Thirty-three patients (40.2%) had visual acuity between 20/60 and 20/160. The telescopic system was the only optical aid indicated for distance (44%) and glasses were the most indicated for near (54.5%). There is a high prevalence of low vision in infants and adolescents that live in developing countries like Brazil. Therefore, ophthalmologists need to be aware to promote early diagnosis and treatment to these patients, creating preventive programs and better assistance conditions.

  3. Aquisição fonológica do português brasileiro por crianças ouvintes bilíngues bimodais e surdas usuárias de implante coclear

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    Cruz, Carina Rebello; Finger, Ingrid

    2014-01-01

    Resumo O presente estudo investiga a aquisição fonológica do Português Brasileiro (PB) por 24 crianças ouvintes bilíngues bimodais, com acesso irrestrito à Língua Brasileira de Sinais (Libras), e por 6 crianças surdas que utilizam implante coclear (IC), com acesso restrito ou irrestrito à Libras. Para a avaliação do sistema fonológico das crianças em PB, foi utilizada a Parte A, Prova de Nomeação, do ABFW – Teste de Linguagem Infantil (ANDRADE et al. 2004). Os resultados revelaram que as crianças ouvintes bilíngues bimodais e a criança surda usuária de IC com acesso irrestrito à Libras apresentaram processo de aquisição fonológica esperada (normal) para a sua faixa etária. Considera-se que a aquisição precoce e o acesso irrestrito à Libras podem ter sido determinantes para o desempenho dessas crianças no teste oral utilizado. PMID:25506105

  4. High-temperature gabbro mylonites and ultramylonites from Godzilla Mullion, the Parece Vela Basin

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    Harigane, Y.; Michibayashi, K.; Ohara, Y.

    2009-12-01

    Godzilla Mullion, the world’s largest oceanic core complex, occurs in the Parece Vela Basin spreading ridge, Philippine Sea. Fault rocks derived from lithospheric mantle and lower oceanic crust occur on the surface of Godzilla Mullion, indicating the existence of a detachment fault at the seafloor surface (Harigane et al., 2005). Based on a study of deformed gabbroic rocks at dredge site KR03-01-D6 in the breakaway area, Harigane et al. (2008) reported the earliest deformation recognized in Godzilla Mullion, possibly related to the initiation of the detachment fault. This study presents microstructural and petrological characteristics of the deformed gabbroic rocks such as mylonites and ultramylonites sampled from the medial region of Godzilla Mullion (dredge site KH07-02-D18) developed in a ductile shear zone in the lower crust as a deeper part of the detachment fault. Mylonites are characterized by porphyroclastic textures consisting of plagioclase/clinopyroxene porphyroclasts in plagioclase/clinopyroxene/amphibole matrix. Mylonites can be further classified into two types based on plagioclase matrix grain size: coarse-type (70-75 µm) and medium-type (16-40 µm). Ultramylonites are characterized by lesser amount of plagioclase/amphibole porphyroclasts with very-fine grained plagioclase/amphibole matrix than those in the mylonites. Plagioclase crystal-preferred orientations vary from a (010)[100] pattern for the coarse-type mylonites, (010)[100] and (001)[100] patterns for the medium-type mylonites, and a weak (001)[100] pattern or random orientations for the ultramylonites. These patterns could result from a change in deformation mechanism of plagioclase from dislocation creep to grain-size-sensitive creep. Clinopyroxene and secondary amphibole occur ubiquitously within the mylonites and ultramylonites. Amphibole consists mainly of pargasite (i.e. brown hornblende) and of subordinate actinolite (i.e. green hornblende) around clinopyroxene grains. Amphibole in the coarse-type mylonites shows no evidence of deformation, whereas that in the medium-type mylonites and ultramylonites was plastically deformed. Formation of secondary amphibole within the deformed gabbroic rocks is considered to be related to the syn-deformation retrograde reaction, suggesting that hydrothermal alteration occurred within the mylonites and ultramylonites. The gabbroic rocks could be deformed during exhumation-related cooling of the gabbroic body, which is a similar process to that observed in the deformed gabbroic rocks from the breakaway area. In contrast to the breakaway area, however, the gabbroic rocks in the medial region appear to be deformed under higher-T conditions (650-880 degree) than those in the breakaway area, since relict clinopyroxene grains are still preserved among the hydrous minerals within the ultramylonites. The gabbroic rocks from the medial region may represent a ductile shear zone occurred at depth initially under anhydrous conditions at high temperatures above 880 degree, which was subsequently developed under relatively higher-T conditions despite of hydration during deformation.

  5. Recycled gabbro signature in hotspot magmas unveiled by plume-ridge interactions

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    Stroncik, N. A.; Devey, C. W.

    2011-06-01

    Lavas erupted within plate interiors above upwelling mantle plumes have chemical signatures that are distinct from mid-ocean ridge lavas. When a plume interacts with a mid-ocean ridge, the compositions of both their lavas changes, but there is no consensus as to how this interaction occurs. For the past 15Myr, the Pacific-Antarctic mid-ocean ridge has been approaching the Foundation hotspot and erupted lavas have formed seamounts. Here we analyse the noble gas isotope and trace element signature of lava samples collected from the seamounts. We find that both intraplate and on-axis lavas have noble gas isotope signatures consistent with the contribution from a primitive plume source. In contrast, near-axis lavas show no primitive noble gas isotope signatures, but are enriched in strontium and lead, indicative of subducted former oceanic lower crust melting within the plume source. We propose that, in a near-ridge setting, primitive, plume-sourced magmas formed deep in the plume are preferentially channelled to and erupted at the ridge-axis. The remaining residue continues to rise and melt, forming the near-axis seamounts. With the deep melts removed, the geochemical signature of subduction contained within the residue becomes apparent. Lavas with strontium and lead enrichments are found worldwide where plumes meet mid-ocean ridges, suggesting that subducted lower crust is an important but previously unrecognised plume component.

  6. Serpentinization of olivine in troctolites and olivine gabbros from the Hess Deep Rift

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    Nozaka, Toshio; Wintsch, Robert P.; Meyer, Romain

    2017-06-01

    To understand the similarity and diversity of serpentinization processes in different rock systems, gabbroic rocks recovered from IODP Site U1415 at the Hess Deep Rift were examined and compared with peridotites from the adjacent ODP Site 895. Textural observations, micro-Raman spectroscopic analyses and electron microprobe analyses indicated that most of the olivine-replacing serpentine in the gabbroic rocks lack the mixing with brucite, which is common in peridotites. At least three stages of serpentinization are observable in the gabbroic rocks; each generation is characterized by different submicroscopic mixtures or solid solutions of sheet silicates: 1) Mg-Fe2 + lizardite + ferri-lizardite + chlorite, 2) Mg-Fe2 + lizardite + ferri-lizardite, and 3) Mg-Fe2 + lizardite + ferri-lizardite + saponite. The first and third generations of serpentine and mixed minerals are relatively Fe-rich, whereas the second generation is Fe-poor and associated with abundant magnetite and pyrrhotite. The major difference between the alteration of gabbroic and peridotitic systems is probably best explained by the iron content and modal abundance of primary olivine and by rock-dominated fluid compositions with a high silica activity due to the alteration of plagioclase in gabbroic rocks. The mineralogical variations between the reported three generations of mixed sheet silicates in gabbroic rocks can be ascribed to variations of silica and/or oxygen activities in the associated fluids under decreasing temperature conditions. The abrupt increase of magnetite crystallization during serpentinization in gabbroic rocks could be caused by oxidation at a relatively high SiO2 activity without the olivine-serpentine-brucite buffering assemblage.

  7. The gabbro-eclogite phase transition and the elevation of mountain belts on Venus

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    Namiki, Noriyuki; Solomon, Sean C.

    1993-01-01

    The hypothesis is explored that the crust-mantle boundary of Venus is not in phase equilibrium but rather is rate-limited by the temperature-dependent volume diffusion of the slowest ionic species. The 1D thermal evolution problem is solved assuming that the mountains formed by uniform horizontal shortening of the crust and the lithospheric mantle at a constant rate. The time-dependent density structure and surface elevation are calculated by assuming a temperature-dependent reaction rate and local Airy isostatic compensation. For a horizontal strain rate of 10 exp -15/s or greater, the temperature increase at the base of the crust during mountain formation is modest to negligible, the deepening lower crust is metastable, and the surface elevation increases as the crust thickens. For strain rates less than 10 exp -16/s, crustal temperature increases with time because of internal heat production and the lower crust is more readily transformed to the dense eclogite assemblage. For such models, a maximum elevation is reached during crustal shortening.

  8. Chronology and isotopic geochemistry of apollo 14 basalts and Skaergard Gabbro, Eastern Greenland

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    Dasch, E. J.

    1986-01-01

    Work completed on Apollo 14 basalts has been published. The two dates obtained from these rocks comprised the oldest and two of the three oldest ages (4.1 and 4.3 billion years) known for lunar maria basalts; thus their ages are important in understanding the moon's earliest history. Owing to the antiquity of these rocks, two more fragments have been dated as part of a second ASEE/NASA SFF program. The new ages are 3.95 and 4.12 billion years, thus further establishing and amplifying the earlier results. This work, although perhaps more interesting for its chronologic information, was begun as a test of chemical and petrographic models. Fragments of Apollo basalt were placed into five categories, based on petrologic and chemical, especially rare-earth element, composition. Isotopic studies were begun in an attempt to determine if the five groups of basalts were related by age or initial isotopic composition (isotopic composition of lava at time of extrusion). Although a few of the representatives of the five groups have the same age and/or initial strontium-isotopic composition, within the analtytical uncertainties, most apparently are unrelated. Petrologic implications of these data will be published in an appropriate journal.

  9. Petrology and crystal chemistry of poikilitic anorthositic gabbro 77017. [lunar rocks

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    Mccallum, I. S.; Mathez, E. A.; Okamura, F. P.; Ghose, S.

    1974-01-01

    Aspects of mineralogy are considered, taking into account the occurrence and the characteristics of plagioclase, pyroxene, and olivine. Attention is also given to oxides, opaque minerals, and glass components. Questions regarding the temperature of formation and the origin of the considered lunar poikilitic rocks are discussed. It is pointed out that the presented hypothesis may not be applicable to other poikilitic lunar rocks.

  10. Kyanite/corundum eclogites from the Kaapvaal Craton: subducted troctolites and layered gabbros from the Mid- to Early Archean

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    Shu, Qiao; Brey, Gerhard P.; Hoefer, Heidi E.; Zhao, Zhidan; Pearson, D. Graham

    2016-02-01

    An oceanic crustal origin is the commonly accepted paradigm for mantle-derived eclogites. However, the significance of the aluminous members of the eclogite suite, containing kyanite and corundum, has long been underrated and their role neglected in genetic models of cratonic evolution. Here, we present a geochemical and petrological study of a suite of kyanite- and corundum-bearing eclogites from the Bellsbank kimberlite, S. Africa, which originate from depths between 150 and 200 km. Although clearly of high-pressure provenance, these rocks had a low-pressure cumulative origin with plagioclase and olivine as major cumulate phases. This is shown by the very pronounced positive Eu anomalies, low REE abundances, and δ 18O values lower than the Earth's mantle. Many chemical features are identical to modern-day troctolitic cumulates including a light REE depletion akin to MORB, but there are also distinguishing features in that the eclogites are richer in Na, Fe, and Ni. Two of the eclogites have a minimum age of ~3.2 Ga, defined by the extremely unradiogenic 87Sr/86Sr (0.7007) in clinopyroxene. Phase equilibria indicate that the parent melts were formed by partial melting below an Archean volcanic center that generated (alkali-)picritic to high-alumina tholeiitic melts from a mantle whose oxygen fugacity was lower than today. Fractional crystallization produced troctolites with immiscible sulfide melt droplets within the mafic crust. Instability of the mafic crust led to deep subduction and re-equilibration at 4-6 GPa. Phase relationships plus the presence of a sample with appreciable modal corundum but no Eu anomaly suggest that kyanite- and corundum-bearing eclogites may also originate as plagioclase-free, higher pressure cumulates of highly aluminous clinopyroxene, spinel, and olivine. This is consistent with the crystallizing phase assemblage from an olivine tholeiitic to picritic magma deeper in the Archean oceanic crust or uppermost mantle. We postulate that the magmatic and subduction processes driving modern plate tectonics already existed in the Meso- to Early Archean.

  11. Late Cenozoic basalt and gabbro in the subsurface in the Phetchabun Basin, Thailand: Implications for the Southeast Asian Volcanic Province

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    Barr, S. M.; Cooper, M. A.

    2013-10-01

    Fragments of basaltic and gabbroic rocks were obtained in cuttings from 15 exploration wells in the Na Sanun area of the Wichian Buri Sub-basin of the Phetchabun Basin in central Thailand. The samples represent flows and sills in lacustrine and fluvial sedimentary rocks of the Lower to mid-Miocene Wichian Buri Group. Mafic igneous units were identified in the sections based on their typically high-amplitude seismic reflections, confirmed by the examination of several hundred well cuttings and magnetic susceptibility measurements. Cross-sections of the sub-basin were constructed on the basis of previously published subsurface interpretations, seismic and well data, and petrological observations. Basaltic flows A, B, E, and F have ages of ca. 2 Ma, 16 Ma, 24 Ma and 18 Ma, based on inferred stratigraphic position. Gabbroic sill C and dioritic sill G are inferred to be correlative at ca. 11.6 Ma, and differ petrologically from ca. 12.8 Ma gabbroic sill D. Major minerals in both basaltic and gabbroic samples are plagioclase (ca. An50), anorthoclase, and augite, with pervasive alteration to Na- and Ca- zeolite minerals and analcime. Leucodioritic sill G also contains amphibole and high Ti-phlogopite. Overall, the rocks show within-plate tholeiitic to alkalic characteristics, and show similarities to basaltic surface outcrops of similar ages in the Wichian Buri-Lop Buri area. No evidence was seen in the subsurface for the andesitic to rhyolitic rocks of similar ages that occur at surface, but their presence cannot be precluded based on our limited data.

  12. A Astronomia no Ensino Superior Brasileiro entre 1808 e 1889

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    Bretones, Paulo S.; Videira, Antonio A. P.

    2003-05-01

    Este artigo apresenta os principais eventos ocorridos na história do ensino de astronomia nos cursos superiores que existiram no Brasil desde a chegada da Família Real portuguesa em 1808 até o final do período monárquico. Para compor esse esboço histórico, utilizamos, principalmente, livros didáticos, regulamentos, decretos e leis responsáveis pelas organizações dos conteúdos oferecidos e das carreiras dos responsáveis pela disciplina. Na análise do material empregado, investigamos a presença de concepções filosóficas e científicas, que podem ter norteado os conteúdos disciplinares. Não realizamos nenhuma comparação com o ensino de astronomia em outros países. Concluímos mostrando que o estudo de astronomia, durante o período monárquico, foi mais direcionado para a formação d engenheiros do que astrônomos. Gostaríamos de observar que o presente artigo não tem a pretensão de abordar o assunto de maneira completa e detalhada.

  13. Rare earth abundances and Rb-Sr systematics of basalts, gabbro, anorthosite and minor granitic rocks from the Indian Ocean Ridge System, Western Indian Ocean

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    Hedge, C.E.; Futa, K.; Engel, C.G.; Fisher, R.L.

    1979-01-01

    Basalts dredged from the Mid-Indian Ocean Ridge System have rare earth, Rb, and Sr concentrations like those from other mid-ocean ridges, but have slightly higher Sr87/Sr86 ratios. Underlying gabbroic complexes are similar to the basalts in Sr87/Sr86, but are poorer K, Rb, and in rare earths. The chemical and isotopic data, as well as the geologic relations suggest a cumulate origin for the bulk of the gabbroic complexes. ?? 1979 Springer-Verlag.

  14. Melt- rock reaction at oceanic peridotite-gabbro transition, through combined EBSD and in-situ mineral geochemistry on the Erro Tobbio peridotitic body (Ligurian ophiolites, Italy).

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    Basch, Valentin; Rampone, Elisabetta; Ildefonse, Benoit; Godard, Marguerite; Crispini, Laura

    2017-04-01

    Several lines of evidence have stressed that melt-rock reactions acting at the oceanic mantle-crust boundary play an important role in the chemical evolution of MORBs and the formation of the primitive (olivine-rich) lower oceanic crust. To address this issue, we performed detailed structural analyses and in-situ mineral geochemistry on the Erro-Tobbio (ET) ultramafic unit (Ligurian Alps, Italy), where impregnated mantle peridotites are primarily associated to a hectometre-size mafic body composed of troctolite to plagioclase-bearing wehrlite. The troctolitic body exhibits high complexity, with a host troctolite (Troctolite A) crosscut by troctolitic decametre-size pseudo-tabular bodies (Troctolite B). These different generations of troctolites show distinct modal compositions and textures. The host troctolite A displays a dominant millimetre-size corroded granular texture of olivine associated with dunite pods and a layering defined by poikilitic plagioclase enrichment. The contact between the mafic body and the host mantle peridotites is irregular, and defined by troctolite to wehrlite apophyses. The troctolite A shows microstructures and Crystallographic Preferred Orientation (CPO) indicative of a formation after impregnation of a mantle dunite by an olivine-undersaturated melt. This impregnation leads to olivine dissolution, associated with poikilitic plagioclase and clinopyroxene crystallization. This is indicated by a progressive randoming of the Axial-[100] CPO with olivine disaggregation and increasing melt input in the troctolite. The crosscutting troctolite B exhibits significant olivine textural variation, from fine-grained granular to deformed coarse-grained skeletal olivine. Olivine in the troctolite B shows CPO indicative of crystallization after magmatic flow, intrusive into the host troctolite A. Both troctolite types display large major and trace element variations in minerals, e.g. variation of Anorthite content (An = 54-67) in plagioclase at rather constant Forsterite content in olivine, and significant Zr, Ti, HREE heterogeneity in olivine, systematically correlated with the textural variability (e.g. corroded deformed vs. undeformed granular olivine). These features indicate that reactive crystallization had an important role in the origin of the ET troctolites. We infer that the textural heterogeneity of olivine in the troctolite B is related to variations in the degree of undercooling and cooling rate of the melt (Faure et al, 2003). The skeletal olivine crystallization could correspond to the influx of a more primitive melt into a colder host troctolite, followed by evolution of the melt leading to formation of fine-grained euhedral crystals. Overall, the results of this study suggest a poly-phase formation of this hectometre-scale gabbroic body, involving impregnation of a mantle-derived dunitic body followed by intrusion of undercooled primitive melts. Faure, F., Trolliard, G., Nicollet, C. & Montel, J.M. (2003), A developmental model of olivine morphology as a function of the cooling rate and the degree of undercooling. Contrib. Miner. Petrol. 145:251-263.

  15. UHP metamorphic evolution and SHRIMP geochronology of a coesite-bearing meta-ophiolitic gabbro in the North Qaidam, NW China

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    Zhang, Guibin; Zhang, Lifei; Song, Shuguang; Niu, Yaoling

    2009-07-01

    We have for the first-time observed the well-preserved coesite inclusions in a kyanite-eclogite from the Shaliuhe terrane of the North Qaidam ultra-high pressure (UHP) metamorphic belt, NW China. This provides convincing evidence for UHP metamorphism for the North Qaidam eclogite. Detailed petrography indicates that the kyanite-eclogite records complex metamorphic histories that can be broadly described in terms of three stages: (1) a pre-peak metamorphic stage characterized by the mineral assemblage of Grt + Amp + Pl + Qtz at P = 0.49-0.67 GPa and T = 410-490 °C; (2) a peak eclogite-facies stage with a mineral assemblage of Grt + Omp + Ky + Phn + Rt ± Qtz/Coe at P = 2.7-3.4 GPa and T = 610-700 °C; (3) a retrograde "stage" represented by reaction texture which includes the garnet reaction rims, the breakdown of omphacite, the symplectitic breakdown of kyanite, the retrograded garnet amphibolite assemblage and the latest greenschist-facies overprint. Zircon U-Pb SHRIMP dating shows the peak UHP metamorphic age of the kyanite-eclogite to be ˜440 Ma. These data indicate that the kyanite-eclogite had ever been subducted to mantle depth of ˜100 km in the end of the Ordovician. All these observations allow the construction of a P-T path for the kyanite-eclogite, suggesting a cold geothermal gradient and rapid subduction, ultimately followed by rapid exhumation in response to continental collision in Shaliuhe terrane and throughout the North Qaidam UHP metamorphic belt.

  16. Troctolite/Gabbro Xenoliths From the Reykjanes Peninsula, South-Western Iceland: Fragments of a Dyke Complex Beneath a Rift-Zone

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    Grandvuinet, T.; Óskarsson, N.; Grönvold, K.

    2006-12-01

    The Reykjanes Peninsula is a 30° oblique spreading segment that connects the Reykjanes Ridge and the Western Rift-Zone of Iceland. Five en-echelon arranged fissure swarms superimposed onto the plate boundary along the Peninsula have been volcanically active during late Glacial to Holocene time. The host lava of the Hrólfsvík xenoliths defines the southern tip of the Grindavík volcanic fissure swarm, which has erupted a suite of primitive olivine tholeiites, the earliest Holocene lavas being picrites. The Hrólfsvík xenoliths have troctolitic to gabbroic mineralogical composition of 60--90% plagioclase, 10-- 30% olivine, minor Cr-diopside (up to 1.6~wt% Cr2O3) and accessory chromite. Two types of xenoliths are defined, one representing a nearly homogenous assemblage of anorthite 88--91 and forsterite 86-- 88, and a second type where mineral compositions oscillate within the range An81-93 and Fo81-87. Plagioclase-hosted glass inclusions of the latter type show low total alkalis (0.2--2.9~wt%), indicating that the xenoliths derive from a suite of magmas resembling primitive lavas of the Reykjanes peninsula, including picrites. Inside the xenoliths, frequent groundmass pockets are observed with Cr-diopside of Mg-number 79--88, small secondary olivines of Fo78-84, while secondary plagioclase lists show a broader composition of An66- 92. The primary feldspar in contact with these groundmass pockets illustrates gradually evolved outer rim composition down to An66-68. Primary olivines along the margin of the xenoliths have a resorbed rim of Fo74-77 towards the host lava. Oxygen isotope compositions of four plagioclase separates from the xenoliths is 5.77 ± 0.14 ‰ δ18O on average, which is similar to the values of the Reykjanes picrites and the oxygen composition of MORB. The oxygen isotope and mineral compositions indicate an upper mantle origin of the Hrólfsvík xenoliths. Furthermore, the different types of xenoliths and zoning of minerals reflect the consequence of multiple intrusions analogous to sheeted dykes of an ophiolite-complex. The groundmass pockets probably reflect the result of a minor partial melting and disintegration of the plutonic complex upon contact with slightly hotter host magma at the mantle/crust boundary.

  17. Coincidence of gabbro and granulite formation and their implication for Variscan HT metamorphism in the Moldanubian Zone (Bohemian Massif), example from the Kutná Hora Complex

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    Faryad, Shah Wali; Kachlík, Václav; Sláma, Jiří; Jedlicka, Radim

    2016-11-01

    Leucocratic metagabbro and amphibolite from a mafic-ultramafic body within migmatite and granulite in the Kutná Hora Complex were investigated. The mafic-ultramafic rocks show amphibolite facies metamorphism, but in the central part of the body some metagabbro preserves cumulus and intercumulus plagioclase, clinopyroxene and spinel. Spinel forms inclusions in both clinopyroxene and plagioclase and shows various degree of embayment structure, that was probably a result of reaction with melt during magmatic crystallization. In the metagabbro, garnet forms coronae around clinopyroxene at the contacts with plagioclase. Amphibolite contains garnet with prograde zoning and plagioclase. Phase relations of igneous and metamorphic minerals indicate that magmatic crystallization and subsequent metamorphism occurred as a result of isobaric cooling at a depth of 30-35 km. U-Pb dating on zircon from leucogabbro yielded a Variscan age (337.7 ± 2 Ma) that is similar or close to the age of granulite facies metamorphism (ca 340 Ma) in the Moldanubian Zone. Based on the calculated PT conditions and age data, both the mafic-ultramafic body and surrounding granulite shared the same exhumation path from their middle-lower crustal position at the end of Variscan orogeny. The coincidence of mafic-ultramafic intrusives and granulite-amphibolite facies metamorphism is explained by lithospheric upwelling beneath the Moldanubian Zone that occurred due to slab break-off during the final stages of subduction of the Moldanubian plate beneath the Teplá Barrandian Block. The model also addresses questions about the preservation of minerals and/or their compositions from the early metamorphic history of the rocks subjected to ultradeep subduction and subsequent granulite facies metamorphism.

  18. Prevalence of heart disease demonstrated in 60 years of the Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia.

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    Evora, Paulo Roberto Barbosa; Nather, Julio Cesar; Rodrigues, Alfredo José

    2014-01-01

    Considering the historical and academic relevance of the Brazilian Archives of Cardiology (ABC), as its MEDLINE indexing began in 1950, it was assumed as a hypothesis that the analysis of the publications over the last 60 years could reflect the changing trends of heart disease in Brazil. The study data were collected using a program developed for this purpose, allowing the automatic extraction of information from the MEDLINE database. The study information were collected by searching "Brazilian Archives of Cardiology AND selected parameter in English". Four observational groups were determined: (1) major groups of heart diseases (coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies); (2) relevant diseases in clinical practice (cardiac arrhythmias, cor pulmonale, myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure); (3) cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and atherosclerosis); and (4) group determined due to the growing trend of publications on congestive heart failure seen in previous groups (congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, rheumatic heart disease and Chagasic heart disease) All publications within the established groups were described, highlighting the increasing importance of heart failure and diabetes as risk factors. A relatively easy search was carried out, using the computer program developed for literature search covering six decades. Emphasizing the limitations of the study, we suggest the existence of an epidemiological link between cardiac diseases that are prevalent in Brazil and the publications of the Brazilian Archives of Cardiology.

  19. O Romantismo Brasileiro: Leitura e Transformacao Social (Brazilian Romanticism: Reading and Social Transformation).

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    Augusti, Valeria

    1997-01-01

    Considers the set of representations that configure the images of the literature of Brazilian Romanticism. Notes the capacity of this literature to transform both values and social patterns of behavior. (PA)

  20. O Romantismo Brasileiro: Leitura e Transformacao Social (Brazilian Romanticism: Reading and Social Transformation).

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    Augusti, Valeria

    1997-01-01

    Considers the set of representations that configure the images of the literature of Brazilian Romanticism. Notes the capacity of this literature to transform both values and social patterns of behavior. (PA)

  1. Thermophysical Properties of Selected Rocks.

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    1974-04-01

    diffusivity --- Thermal linear expansion --- Specif ic heat --- Basalt --- Dacite--Dunite --- Gabbro --- Granite--- *Granodiorite --- Limestone --- Marble...Selected Values for Dnite (Harsburgite) from Riddle, Oregon 60 4. GABBROS ........... ............ . 61 A. Petrography .......... ......... ....... 61 B...58 4-K-T Gabbros - Temperature Dependence of Thermal Conductivity 63 4-D-T Gabbros - Temperature Dependence of Thermal Diffusivity . 67 4-E-T

  2. Comment on "Timing and nature of the Xinlin-Xiguitu Ocean: constraints from ophiolitic gabbros in the northern Great Xing'an Range, eastern Central Asian Orogenic Belt" by Feng et al. (2016)

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    Ni, Dong-Hong

    2017-09-01

    We disagree the transitional supra-subduction zone model of Feng et al. (Int J Earth Sci (Geol Rundsch) 105:491-505, 2016) for the tectonic setting of Jifeng ophiolite suite in NE China. Existence of the komatiite in the Jifeng ophiolite indicates an oceanic plateau environment for this ophiolite suite within the so-called Xinlin-Xiguitu ocean.

  3. Comment on "Timing and nature of the Xinlin-Xiguitu Ocean: constraints from ophiolitic gabbros in the northern Great Xing'an Range, eastern Central Asian Orogenic Belt" by Feng et al. (2016)

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    Ni, Dong-Hong

    2016-10-01

    We disagree the transitional supra-subduction zone model of Feng et al. (Int J Earth Sci (Geol Rundsch) 105:491-505, 2016) for the tectonic setting of Jifeng ophiolite suite in NE China. Existence of the komatiite in the Jifeng ophiolite indicates an oceanic plateau environment for this ophiolite suite within the so-called Xinlin-Xiguitu ocean.

  4. Age constraints on felsic intrusions, metamorphism and gold mineralisation in the Palaeoproterozoic Rio Itapicuru greenstone belt, NE Bahia State, Brazil

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    Mello, E.F.; Xavier, R.P.; McNaughton, N.J.; Hagemann, S.G.; Fletcher, I.; Snee, L.

    2006-01-01

    U-Pb sensitive high resolution ion microprobe mass spectrometer (SHRIMP) ages of zircon, monazite and xenotime crystals from felsic intrusive rocks from the Rio Itapicuru greenstone belt show two development stages between 2,152 and 2,130 Ma, and between 2,130 and 2,080 Ma. The older intrusions yielded ages of 2,152??6 Ma in monazite crystals and 2,155??9 Ma in zircon crystals derived from the Trilhado granodiorite, and ages of 2,130??7 Ma and 2,128??8 Ma in zircon crystals derived from the Teofila??ndia tonalite. The emplacement age of the syntectonic Ambro??sio dome as indicated by a 2,080??2-Ma xenotime age for a granite dyke probably marks the end of the felsic magmatism. This age shows good agreement with the Ar-Ar plateau age of 2,080??5 Ma obtained in hornblendes from an amphibolite and with a U-Pb SHRIMP age of 2,076??10 Ma in detrital zircon crystals from a quartzite, interpreted as the age of the peak of the metamorphism. The predominance of inherited zircons in the syntectonic Ambro??sio dome suggests that the basement of the supracrustal rocks was composed of Archaean continental crust with components of 2,937??16, 3,111??13 and 3,162??13 Ma. Ar-Ar plateau ages of 2,050??4 Ma and 2,054??2 Ma on hydrothermal muscovite samples from the Fazenda Brasileiro gold deposit are interpreted as minimum ages for gold mineralisation and close to the true age of gold deposition. The Ar-Ar data indicate that the mineralisation must have occurred less than 30 million years after the peak of the metamorphism, or episodically between 2,080 Ma and 2,050 Ma, during uplift and exhumation of the orogen. ?? Springer-Verlag 2006.

  5. [The policy of disseminating Germanism through the Bayer periodicals Revista Terapêutica and O Farmacêutico Brasileiro].

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    Rolim, Marlom Silva; Sá, Magali Romero

    2013-03-01

    The article analyzes two periodicals published by the chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer - as they played into scientific relations between Brazil and Germany. At the close of World War I, a number of countries, including Brazil, broke off political, economic, and scientific relations with Germany. Germany's medical and scientific community moved to implement a policy of disseminating Germanism through science and medicine, aimed above all at Latin America. Germany's chemical and pharmaceutical industry was impacted by this policy, as it both supported and was a beneficiary of the endeavor to disseminate German science and to promote international scientific exchange, which opened new markets. In Brazil, these efforts were backed by physician Renato Kehl.

  6. Um satélite brasileiro para observação do diâmetro solar

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    Emilio, M.; Leister, N. V.; Benevides Soares, P.; Teixeira, R.; Kuhn, J.

    2003-08-01

    Propomos uma missão espacial para medir a forma e o diâmetro solar com o objetivo de ajudar a determinar o potencial gravitacional do Sol e a sua rotação com precisão, testar modelos teóricos de variação de energia e pela primeira vez medir os modos g de oscilação. As observações serão obtidas através do instrumento denominado APT (Astrometric and Photometric Telescope) descrito por Kuhn(1983). A sensibilidade do instrumento é de 0,2 mas em 27 dias para as observações do diâmetro solar feitas a cada minuto. Esta é uma missão de três anos de duração e pode complementar as medidas que serão feitas pelo satélite PICARD (a ser lançado em 2007). Outros parâmetros físicos podem ser obtidos com as mesmas imagens o que certamente interessará à comunidade de física solar. Um primeiro contato foi realizado com a agência espacial brasileira que pretende lançar um satélite científico a cada dois anos.

  7. Introduction to the LRAPP Environmental-Acoustic Data Bank

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    1979-06-01

    areas of interest to LRAPP. LRAPP’s data banking efforts began in 1973 with the CHURCH GABBRO Exercise in the Caribbean. Since that time, all LRAPP data...Observed Hydrocast Data B. Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean-Standard Depth Hydrocast Data C. Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean-Church Gabbro -Hydrocast Data in W...Caribbean D. Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean-Church Gabbro -Current Profiles in W. Caribbean VII. DOCUMENTATION: Fenner, D. F. and Burca, P. J., "CHURCH GABBRO

  8. Oceanic Lithosphere Magnetization: Marine Magnetic Investigations of Crustal Accretion and Tectonic Processes in Mid-Ocean Ridge Environments

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    2007-09-01

    the four sampled lithologies (basalts, diabase , gabbros and serpentinized peridotites) are defined and quantified. Both normal and reverse polarity...1978; Kent and Gee, 1994]. In contrast, our understanding of how the lower lithologic units, including diabase dikes, gabbros and serpentinized...and 69 dredged from the seafloor. Over 1600 rocks were collected in total, including basalts, diabases , gabbros and altered peridotites (peridotites

  9. Formation of Fast-Spread Ocean Crust : Crystallographic Preferred Orientations From a Reference Lower Crust Section in the Oman Ophiolite

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    Ildefonse, B.; Mueller, T.; Mock, D.; Koepke, J.

    2016-12-01

    About 20 years ago, two competing models were proposed for the formation of the lower, gabbroic crust at fast-spreading ridges. The lower crust is either formed by downward flow of mushy material from the shallow axial melt lens (gabbro glacier), or by sill intrusions (sheeted sills). To further test these end-member models, we characterized the vertical distribution of Crystallographic Preferred Orientations (CPO) in Wadi Gideah gabbro section (Sumail ophiolite, Sultanate Oman), using the Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD) technique. CPO were measured on 67 gabbro samples, documenting a 5 km thick section, with an average interval of 80 m between samples. EBSD data sets were processed using MTEX, a free Matlab toolbox. Average misorientation in grains (angle between each pixel orientation and mean orientation of the grain) is very low ( 0.25°). This is consistent with magmatic flow in these rocks, and the paucity of crystal-plastic overprint. The strength (J index) of plagioclase CPO increases down-section, with a more pronounced variability in the layered gabbros. For clinopyroxene, the difference between upper (foliated) and lower (layered) gabbros is stronger, with low J in upper gabbros, and higher and more variable J in lower gabbros. In upper gabbros the symmetry of plagioclase and clinopyroxene CPO progressively evolves downward to progressively more oblate. Continuing down-section, the trend reverses, with progressively more prolate CPO in lower gabbros. The crystallographic fabric variability in the lower crust section calls for distinct formation mechanisms in the upper and lower gabbros. It is consistent with a hybrid model for crustal formation (Boudier et al., 1996, doi:10.1016/0012-821X(96)00167-7). The genesis of the upper foliated gabbro can be at least partly explained by the gabbro glacier model, while the continuous emplacement of sheeted sills at various depths is a more plausible model for the lower layered gabbro section.

  10. [The photographic archive of the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística and Tibor Jablonszky's view of female labor].

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    Abrantes, Vera Lucia Cortes

    2013-03-01

    Shining a light on the photographic archive of geographic missions assigned to do reconnaissance of the country's territory, sponsored by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, the article describes the conditions under which this archive was compiled and how it can serve as a historical source. It addresses the presentation of images and the range of topics and places found in Tibor Jablonszky's work as far as the representations that this photographer constructed of female labor in Brazil during the 1950s and 1960s, from the viewpoint of a photographer working for a government agency.

  11. Maskelynite: Formation by explosive shock

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    Milton, D.J.; De Carli, P. S.

    1963-01-01

    When high pressure (250 to 300 kilobars) was applied suddenly (shock-loading) to gabbro, the plagioclase was transformed to a noncrystalline phase (maskelynite) by a solid-state reaction at a low temperature, while the proxene remained crystalline. The shock-loaded gabbro resembles meteorites of the shergottite class; this suggests that the latter formed as a result of shock. The shock-loading of gabbro at 600 to 800 kilobars raised the temperature above the melting range of the plagioclase.

  12. Fractionation of Mantle-Derived Melts in the Annieopsquotch Ophiolite, Newfoundland.

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    Lissenberg, C.; Bédard, J. H.; van Staal, C. R.

    2004-12-01

    The Annieopsquotch ophiolite exposes a tectonically bounded section through c. 5.5 km tholeiitic gabbros, sheeted dykes and pillow basalts. The gabbro zone is divided into three parts. The lower 500 m comprises massive cumulate gabbros with enclaves (<50 m) of partly-reacted and digested layered troctolite/leucotroctolite. These are interpreted as relics of the substrate into which the gabbro-sheeted dyke-basalt sequence was emplaced. Overlying this is 1500 m of cumulate olivine gabbros and gabbros which form sills c. 30 m thick that are oriented parallel to the ophiolite pseudostratigraphy. Finer grain sizes at contacts and inward-growing crescumulates indicate cooling from both top and bottom. Gabbros in the sill complex are characterized by cumulate textures with minor intercumulus amphibole and oxides, and rarely show shape-preferred orientations. The upper 500 m of the gabbro zone is dominated by massive gabbros with more abundant interstitial Fe-Ti-oxides, and diabasic pods that grade up into sheeted dykes, suggesting it represents a level of frozen melt. Incompatible element contents of cumulate gabbros in the sill complex generally increase upwards, and modeling indicates that the cumulate sills crystallized from melts with compositions similar to those of the overlying sheeted dykes and basalts. Trapped melt fractions are estimated to be c. 20%, consistent with the absence of compaction structures in these gabbros. Models indicate that the parental magmas of the gabbros, as well as lavas and dykes, can be produced by an average of c. 40-45% fractionation of mantle-derived melts. Both field- and geochemical data thus suggests the Annieopsquotch lower crust records repeated in-situ intrusion and fractionation during upward migration of mantle-derived melts towards the surface, with localized ponding in an axial melt lens at the base of the dyke complex. The similarity in composition and degree of fractionation between the lower and upper crust suggest that

  13. Maskelynite: Formation by Explosive Shock.

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    Milton, D J; de Carli, P S

    1963-05-10

    When high pressure (250 to 300 kilobars) was applied suddenly (shock-loading) to gabbro, the plagioclase was transformed to a noncrystalline phase (maskelynite) by a solid-state reaction at a low temperature, while the proxene remained crystalline. The shock-loaded gabbro resembles meteorites of the shergottite class; this suggests that the latter formed as a result of shock. The shock-loading of gabbro at 600 to 800 kilobars raised the temperature above the melting range of the plagioclase.

  14. Quality Control Analysis of SUS Processing from ACODAC Data

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    1974-10-15

    corresponds to hydrophone 2 and the lower trace corresponds to hydrophone 3 of the ACODAC system deployed at Site D of the CHURCH GABBRO propagation...SUMMATION SHOT 1: CHURCH GABBRO HYDROPHONE 3 FREQUENCY RANGE: 44.5-56.1 Hz u--- REFERENCE LEVEL .... COHERENT SUMMATION 000 INCOHERENT SUMMATION SIGNAL-TO...ERROR = 1.2 dB FIGURE 13 COMPARISON OF 1/3 OCTAVE BAND ENERGIES OBTAINED BY COHERENT AND INCOHERENT SUMMATION SHOT 2: CHURCH GABBRO HYDROPHONE 2

  15. ARL Preliminary Data Analysis from ACODAC System Analysis of the Blake Test ACODAC Data

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    1974-10-15

    PEMflNRY DATA ANALYSIS FROM ACODAC SYSTEM A. Introduction The duplicate data tape from the ACODAC System used during the Church Gabbro Exercise was...tapes were examined for "quality" prior to the analysis. The signal levels on the Blake Test tapes were compared to the Church Gabbro tape previously...analyzed (Section I). Table I gives the signal level on the tape, using identical playback electronics, for the Church Gabbro , Blake WHOI, and Blake

  16. [Epidemiologic aspects of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in an endemic area of the state of Paraná, Brazil

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    Silveira; Teodoro; Lonardoni; Guilherme; Toledo; Ramos; Arraes; Bertolini; Spinoza; Barbosa

    1996-04-01

    An epidemiological investigation of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) was performed in 1992 and 1993 in an endemic area of Jussara and Terra Boa counties, in the Northern Paraná State. The study covered 684 individuals from a population of approximately 1,400 from six agricultural areas (Fazenda Palmital, Cerâmica Andirá, Fazenda Jussara, Fazenda Lagoa, Destilaria Melhoramentos, and Fazenda Mururê) in Northern Paraná, Brazil. The mean frequency of CL history was 19.9%. The highest frequency was at Fazenda Jussara (40.5%). Based on the indirect immunofluorescence test, 58 (8.5%) presented significant titers of anti-Leishmania antibody, 17 (29.3%) of whom had no history of CL. The Montenegro skin test was applied to 97 individuals with a history of CL and was positive in 80 (82.5%). During the survey, seven individuals presented lesions, four of which were positive for Leishmania sp. The strain isolated was identified as Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis.

  17. Proceedings of West Coast Regional Coastal Design Conference Held on 7-8 November 1985 at Oakland, California.

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    1986-04-01

    1948) named the principal units in the southern California batholith the Woodson Mountain Granodiorite , the Bonsall Tonalite, and the San Marcos Gabbro...Woodson Mountain Granodiorite , Bonsall Tonalite and San Marcos Gabbro are from Larsen (1948). It is clear from Table 1 that crystalline rocks in the

  18. Lithospheric Profiles in the Southwestern U. S. using Nevada Test Site Sources

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    1993-07-31

    of mountain ranges on seismic waves is a major concern in efforts to monitor seismic events in many areas around the world . This effort represents...for gabbros at upper crustal pressures. Gabbro , the intrusive equiva- lent of basalt, has P-wave velocities of 6.83 km/fcc near the surface to about

  19. Metropolitan Washington Area Water Supply Study. Appendix A. Background Information & Problem Identification.

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    1983-09-01

    against the backgrounid of rapid growth following World War 11, and the ensuing * technological, economic, social, and political changes of that period...Arkosic Sandstone and Red Shale with Conglomerate Basaltic Rock - Diabase and Gabbro in Sills and Dikes Piedmont Plateau Phyllites - Fine Grained Mica...Epidote Amphibolite - Metamorphosed Gabbro Wissahicken Formation - Coarse Mica Schist and Mica Gneiss Massive to Gneissic Granitic Rocks COASTAL

  20. Predicting California Bearing Ratio from Trafficability Cone Index Values

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    2008-10-01

    IA4 Rhyolite II Intermediate igneous II1 Andesite, Trachyte, Phonolite II2 Diorite-Syenite IB Basic igneous IB1 Gabbro IB2 Basalt...Diorite IA Acid Igneous IA4 Rhyolite II1 Andesite, Trachyte, Phonolite II Intermediate Igneous II2 Diorite-Syenite IB1 Gabbro IB2 Basalt IB

  1. Monitoring Stone Degradation on Coastal Structures in the Great Lakes - Summary Report

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    2005-06-01

    quartzite, gabbro, diabase , or basalt.) 2. REFERENCES: a. Accelerated Weathering of Armorstone and Riprap – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ohio River...metamorphic crystalline rock types, including granite, quartzite, gabbro, basalt, and diabase , may also exhibit planar zones of weakness at boundaries

  2. Geomicrobiology of the Ocean Crust: The Phylogenetic Diversity, Abundance, and Distribution of Microbial Communities Inhabiting Basalt and Implications for Rock Alteration Processes

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    2007-06-01

    1256D has been subsequently deepened to 1507 meters below seafloor through sheeted dikes and into gabbro (Wilson et al., 2006). Independent of...et al., 2006. Drilling to gabbro in intact ocean crust. Science, 312: 1016- 1020. 139 140 Chapter 5. Characterization of Low-Temperature Alteration

  3. Graphitization of Organic Material in a Progressively Metamorphosed Precambrian Iron Formation.

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    French, B M

    1964-11-13

    Organic matter in the sedimentary Biwabik iron formation in northern Minnesota shows a progressive increase in crystallinity where the formation is metamorphosed by the intrusive Duluth gabbro complex. X-ray diffraction of acid-insoluble residues shows that there is a complete range in crystallinity, from amorphous material in the unmetamorphosed sediments to completely crystalline graphite adjacent to the gabbro.

  4. Platinum potential of mafic-ultramafic massifs in the western part of the Dambuka ore district (Upper Amur Region, Russia)

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    Melnikov, A. V.; Stepanov, V. A.; Moiseenko, V. G.

    2016-02-01

    New data on the Pt potential of mafic-ultramafic massifs of the Khani-Maya, Uldegit, and Dzhalta complexes in the western part of the Dambuka ore district are discussed. The Khani-Maya Complex is represented by metamorphosed gabbro, gabbronorites, gabbro anorthosites, subordinate pyroxenites, hornblendites, and peridotites. The Uldegit Complex is composed of pyroxenites, hornblendites, gabbro, gabbronorites, norites, troctolites, peridotites, dunites, actinolite-tremolites, serpentinites, anthophyllites, and tremolite-plagioclase rocks. The Dzhalta Complex is formed of peridotites, gabbro, eclogitized gabbro, hornblendites, cortlandites, and pyroxenites. All these complexes differ from each other by the concentrations of Ni, Cu, Co, Au, and platinoids depending on the composition of the constituting rocks and the presence of sulfide minerals.

  5. Lateral Variability of the Lower Ocean Crust at Atlantis Bank, SW Indian Ridge, Results of IODP Expedition 360

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    Dick, H. J.; MacLeod, C. J.; Blum, P.; Scientific Party, E.

    2016-12-01

    IODP Hole U1473A drilled 809.4 m into a 700-m depth wave-cut platform at Atlantis Bank on the SW Indian Ridge. It is an oceanic core complex where massive gabbro was emplaced into the footwall of a single detachment fault for ≥2.7 Myr, with total slip ≥39 km. It was then uplifted to its present position flanking the 6,100 m deep 199-km Atlantis II Transform. The gabbros are back-tilted 20°S, while a sub-horizontal 15 km long mantle peridotite-gabbro contact lies along the transform wall at 4200 m depth 11.5 km west of Hole U1473A. Hole U1473A is 1.4 km north of 158-m deep Hole 1105A and 2.2 km NNE of 1508-m deep Hole 735B. Thus we examine the lateral continuity of the lower ocean crust at ultraslow rates ( 15-16 mm/yr.), and compare it to 1400-m Hole U1309D in the Atlantis Massif MAR core complex (24 mm/yr.) flanking the 63-km Atlantis Transform. The three Atlantis Bank holes are very similar, consisting of a complex series of oxide-rich gabbros and olivine gabbros. Several dikes crosscutting the gabbro sections show that they passed through the dike-gabbro transition after crystallizing and cooling deeper in the crust. They all show extensive high-temperature crystal-plastic deformation predating dike intrusion. A small amount of troctolite was recovered only in Hole 735B. By contrast, gabbro, rather than olivine gabbro was the dominant lithology in Hole U1309D, with intercalations of troctolite and mantle peridotite, and subordinate oxide gabbro. Oxide gabbro is often associated with crystal-plastic deformation. While these are concentrated in the upper 1/3 of Hole 735B, they are more uniformly distributed in Hole U1309D. While one section cannot be traced directly to the other at Atlantis Bank, it appears that they can be correlated based on chemical and structural similarities, with the 1105A and 1473A sections lying some hundreds of meters deeper structurally than Hole 735B, consistent with erosion on the platform. All these sections represent sequential

  6. Sr isotopic tracer study of the Samail ophiolite, Oman

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    Lanphere, M.A.; Coleman, R.G.; Hopson, C.A.

    1981-04-10

    We have measured Rb and Sr concentrations and Sr isotopic compositions in 41 whole-rock samples and 12 mineral separates from units of the Samail ophiolite, including peridotite, gabbro, plagiogranite diabase dikes, and gabbro and websterite dikes within the metamorphic peridotite. Ten samples of cummulate gabbro from the Wadir Kadir section and nine samples from the Wadi Khafifah section have mean /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios and standard deviations of 0.70314 +- 0.00030 and 0.70306 +- 0.00034, respectively. The dispersion in Sr isotopic composition may reflect real heterogeneities in the magma source region. The average Sr isotopic composition of cumulate gabbro falls in the range of isotopic compositions of modern midocean ridge basalt. The /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios of noncumulate gabbro, plagiogranite, and diabase dikes range from 0.7034 to 0.7047, 0.7038 to 0.7046, and 0.7037 to 0.7061, respectively. These higher /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios are due to alteration of initial magmatic compositions by hydrothermal exchange with seawater. Mineral separates from dikes that cut harzburgite tectonite have Sr isotopic compositions which agree with that of cumulate gabbro. These data indicate that the cumulate gabbro and the different dikes were derived from partial melting of source regions that had similar long-term histories and chemical compositions.

  7. Sr isotopic tracer study of the Samail ophiolite, Oman.

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    Lanphere, M.A.; Coleman, R.G.; Hopson, C.A.

    1981-01-01

    Rb and Sr concentrations and Sr-isotopic compositions were measured in 41 whole-rock samples and 12 mineral separates from units of the Samail ophiolite, including peridotite, gabbro, plagiogranite, diabase dykes, and gabbro and websterite dykes within the metamorphic peridotite. Ten samples of cumulate gabbro from the Wadir Kadir section and nine samples from the Wadi Khafifah section have 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.70314 + or - 0.00030 and 0.70306 + or - 0.00034, respectively. The dispersion in Sr- isotopic composition may reflect real heterogeneities in the magma source region. The average Sr-isotopic composition of cumulate gabbro falls in the range of isotopic compositions of modern MORB. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios of noncumulate gabbro, plagiogranite, and diabase dykes range 0.7034-0.7047, 0.7038-0.7046 and 0.7037- 0.7061, respectively. These higher 87Sr/86Sr ratios are due to alteration of initial magmatic compositions by hydrothermal exchange with sea-water. Mineral separates from dykes that cut harzburgite tectonite have Sr-isotopic compositions which agree with that of cumulate gabbro. These data indicate that the cumulate gabbro and the different dykes were derived from partial melting of source regions that had similar long-term histories and chemical compositions.-T.R.

  8. Mechanical Properties of Shock-Damaged Rocks

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    He, Hongliang; Ahrens, T. J.

    1994-01-01

    Stress-strain tests were performed both on shock-damaged gabbro and limestone. The effective Young's modulus decreases with increasing initial damage parameter value, and an apparent work-softening process occurs prior to failure. To further characterize shock-induced microcracks, the longitudinal elastic wave velocity behavior of shock-damaged gabbro in the direction of compression up to failure was measured using an acoustic transmission technique under uniaxial loading. A dramatic increase in velocity was observed for the static compressive stress range of 0-50 MPa. Above that stress range, the velocity behavior of lightly damaged (D(sub 0) less than 0.1) gabbro is almost equal to unshocked gabbro. The failure strength of heavily-damaged (D(sub 0) greater than 0.1) gabbro is approx. 100-150 MPa, much lower than that of lightly damaged and unshocked gabbros (approx. 230-260 MPa). Following Nur's theory, the crack shape distribution was analyzed. The shock-induced cracks in gabbro appear to be largely thin penny-shaped cracks with c/a values below 5 x 10(exp -4). Moreover, the applicability of Ashby and Sammis's theory relating failure strength and damage parameter of shock-damaged rocks was examined and was found to yield a good estimate of the relation of shock-induced deficit in elastic modulus with the deficit in compressive strength.

  9. [The occurrence of Biomphalaria straminea (Pulmonata: Planorbidae) on an aquaculture farm of IBAMA in Uberlândia, MG. Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente a dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis].

    PubMed

    Silveira, E de P; Marçal Júnior, O; Machado, M I

    1997-01-01

    This work evaluates the occurrence of freshwater snails in the IBAMA's fish breeding station in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais State. We verified the presence of Biomphalaria straminea in 39.5% of all breeding tanks. None of the snails were infected by Schistosoma mansoni, but further investigation should be done in the area.

  10. Dating the growth of oceanic crust at a slow-spreading ridge.

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    Schwartz, Joshua J; John, Barbara E; Cheadle, Michael J; Miranda, Elena A; Grimes, Craig B; Wooden, Joseph L; Dick, Henry J B

    2005-10-28

    Nineteen uranium-lead zircon ages of lower crustal gabbros from Atlantis Bank, Southwest Indian Ridge, constrain the growth and construction of oceanic crust at this slow-spreading midocean ridge. Approximately 75% of the gabbros accreted within error of the predicted seafloor magnetic age, whereas approximately 25% are significantly older. These anomalously old samples suggest either spatially varying stochastic intrusion at the ridge axis or, more likely, crystallization of older gabbros at depths of approximately 5 to 18 kilometers below the base of crust in the cold, axial lithosphere, which were uplifted and intruded by shallow-level magmas during the creation of Atlantis Bank.

  11. Dating the growth of oceanic crust at a slow-spreading ridge

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    Schwartz, J.J.; John, Barbara E.; Cheadle, Michael J.; Miranda, E.A.; Grimes, Craig B.; Wooden, J.L.; Dick, H.J.B.

    2005-01-01

    Nineteen uranium-lead zircon ages of lower crustal gabbros from Atlantis Bank, Southwest Indian Ridge, constrain the growth and construction of oceanic crust at this slow-spreading midocean ridge. Approximately 75% of the gabbros accreted within error of the predicted seafloor magnetic age, whereas ???25% are significantly older. These anomalously old samples suggest either spatially varying stochastic intrusion at the ridge axis or, more likely, crystallization of older gabbros at depths of ???5 to 18 kilometers below the base of crust in the cold, axial lithosphere, which were uplifted and intruded by shallow-level magmas during the creation of Atlantis Bank.

  12. Loss of High Frequency Upon Propagation through Shock-Damaged Rock,

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    1995-08-14

    which are pre-damaged by shock waves. EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIOUE: Sample Preparation The rock studied was San Marcos gabbro which has been studied previously...Ahrens and Rubin, 1993; Rubin and Ahrens, 1991] The density of San Marcos gabbro is 2.87 g/cm 3, and there is very low initial crack density...Initially a large gabbro target with dimensions 200x200x150 mm was impacted by a lead projectile at a velocity of 1.2 km/s, the projectile had a diameter of

  13. Amazon Forest Structure from IKONOS Satellite Data and the Automated Characterization of Forest Canopy Properties

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    Michael Palace; Michael Keller; Gregory P. Asner; Stephen Hagen; Bobby . Braswell

    2008-01-01

    We developed an automated tree crown analysis algorithm using 1-m panchromatic IKONOS satellite images to examine forest canopy structure in the Brazilian Amazon. The algorithm was calibrated on the landscape level with tree geometry and forest stand data at the Fazenda Cauaxi (3.75◦ S, 48.37◦ W) in the eastern Amazon, and then compared with forest...

  14. Data Analysis Project: Leveraging Massive Textual Corpora Using n-Gram Statistics

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    2008-05-01

    future work. 1 Introduction Massive textual corpora such as the World Wide Web hold great amounts of information. How- ever, extracting machine...Cryptosporidium rivers tributaries, Helen, water rocks limestone, granite, sandstone, basalt, granites, shale, sandstones, gneiss, gabbro , shales Table

  15. Neponset River Basin Massachusetts, Flood Plain Management Study.

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    1982-03-01

    in the rocks usually contain groundwater. B-2 The igneous rocks are granite, syenite , granodiorite, gabbro and volcanics (including felsite...Dedha Granodiorite, Westwood Granite, Sharon Syenite , and Blue Rills Granite Porphyry. Crushed Stone. The Mattapan Volcanic Complex and Westwood

  16. Macquarie island and the cause of oceanic linear magnetic anomalies.

    PubMed

    Varne, R; Gee, R D; Quilty, P G

    1969-10-10

    Macquarie Islands is formed of probably Pliocene oceanic crust. Intruded into pillow lavas is a belt of harzburgite and layered gabbro mnasses cut by dike swarms. Similar belt-like structures may cause the linear magnetic anomalies of the ocean.

  17. The Archean Dongwanzi ophiolite complex, North China craton: 2.505-billion-year-old oceanic crust and mantle.

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    Kusky, T M; Li, J H; Tucker, R D

    2001-05-11

    We report a thick, laterally extensive 2505 +/- 2.2-million-year-old (uranium-lead ratio in zircon) Archean ophiolite complex in the North China craton. Basal harzburgite tectonite is overlain by cumulate ultramafic rocks, a mafic-ultramafic transition zone of interlayered gabbro and ultramafic cumulates, compositionally layered olivine-gabbro and pyroxenite, and isotropic gabbro. A sheeted dike complex is rooted in the gabbro and overlain by a mixed dike-pillow lava section, chert, and banded iron formation. The documentation of a complete Archean ophiolite implies that mechanisms of oceanic crustal accretion similar to those of today were in operation by 2.5 billion years ago at divergent plate margins and that the temperature of the early mantle was not extremely elevated, as compared to the present-day temperature. Plate tectonic processes similar to those of the present must also have emplaced the ophiolite in a convergent margin setting.

  18. Diversity and origin of Moho in the northern Oman ophiolite

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    Arai, S.

    2009-04-01

    We are planning the 21st-Century Mohole on the ocean floor to observe the in-situ Moho (Mohorovicic discontinuity) by drilling. There has been a controversy about the petrological nature of the Moho, which is defined seismically, although we almost agree on that typical oceanic Moho is represented by gabbro/peridotite boundaries. The Oman ophiolite, which is a slice of a kind of oceanic lithosphere, is a good place for us to understand (1) diversity, if any, and (2) origin of the Moho possibly formed at a spreading center. The peridotite section beneath the layered gabbro has been serpentinized to various degrees, irrespective of the distance from the gabbro. In addition, chrysotile/lizardite, a low-T serpentine is far predominant over antigorite. This strongly indicates that the Moho as a serpentinization front cannot be found from the Oman ophiolite. Gabbro/peridotite transition represents the Moho in the Oman ophiolite as generally believed. The gabbro/peridotite (dunite) boundaries can be classified into two types, gabbor-in-dunite and dunite-in-gabbro. In the former type, gabbros appear as intrusive bands or sills in dunite (or wehrlite) around the transition zone, and the transition is relatively gradual. In the latter type, the dunite (or wehrlite) (= "late-intrusive") is intrusive to the crustal rocks (up to the base of sheeted dike complex), and the local gabbro/dunite transition is sharp. Some of the late-intrusive dunites (wehrlites) contain primary amphiboles. In addition, a dunite/wehrlite body with gabbroic bands (= within-crust dunite/wehrlite) was found within the layered gabbro, and possibly obscures the Moho. Clinopyroxenes in the dunites/wehrlites in contact with gabbros are quite similar in trace-element characteristics, possibly being in equilibrium with MORB. Hydrous nature of the involved magma is also suggested. Only one tectonic setting, a back-arc environment where MORB-like hydrous magmas are available, is necessary for formation of the

  19. Successive reactive liquid flow episodes in a layered intrusion (Unit 9, Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion, Scotland)

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    Leuthold, Julien; Blundy, Jon; Holness, Marian

    2014-05-01

    We will present a detailed microstructural and geochemical study of reactive liquid flow in Unit 9 of the Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion. In the study region, Unit 9 comprises an underlying lens-like body of peridotite overlain by a sequence of troctolite and gabbro (termed allivalite), with some local and minor anorthosite. The troctolite is separated from the overlying gabbro by a distinct, sub-horizontal, undulose horizon (the major wavy horizon). Higher in the stratigraphy is another, similar, horizon (the minor wavy horizon) that separates relatively clinopyroxene-poor gabbro from an overlying gabbro. To the north of the peridotite lens, both troctolite and gabbro grade into poikilitic gabbro. Clinopyroxene habit in the allivalite varies from thin rims around olivine in troctolite, to equigranular crystals in gabbro, to oikocrysts in the poikilitic gabbro. The poikilitic gabbros contain multiple generations of clinopyroxene, with Cr-rich (~1.1 wt.% Cr2O3), anhedral cores with moderate REE concentrations (core1) overgrown by an anhedral REE-depleted second generation with moderate Cr (~0.7 wt.% Cr2O3) (core2). These composite cores are rimmed by Cr-poor (~0.2 wt.% Cr2O3) and REE-poor to moderate clinopyroxene. We interpret these microstructures as a consequence of two separate episodes of partial melting triggered by the intrusion of hot olivine-phyric picrite to form the discontinuous lenses that comprise the Unit 9 peridotite. Loss of clinopyroxene-saturated partial melt from the lower part of the allivalite immediately following the early stages of sill intrusion resulted in the formation of clinopyroxene-poor gabbro. The spatial extent of clinopyroxene loss is marked by the minor wavy horizon. A further partial melting event stripped out almost all clinopyroxene from the lowest allivalite, to form a troctolite, with the major wavy horizon marking the extent of melting during this second episode. The poikilitic gabbro formed from clinopyroxene-saturated melt

  20. The Effect of Pressure and Deviatoric Stress on Rock Magnetism

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    1988-10-31

    potentially suitable for piezomagnetic studies are given in Table 1. These five rock types, a gabbro (Rapidan, VA), the Ralston diabase (Golden, CO...I, the composition of magnetic mineralogy is almost pure magnetite; only the magnetic carriers in the diabase contain a significant amount of titanium...magnetization of the basalt and andesite is most certainly controlled by pseudo-single-domain magnetic minerals. The diabase , gabbro and granite contain

  1. The Influence of Ridge Geometry at the Ultraslow-Spreading Southwest Indiean Ridge (9 deg - 25 deg E): Basalt Composition Sensitivity to Variations in Source and Process

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    2006-02-01

    diabase , 4% peridotite/dunite, 3% gabbro, and 2% hydrothermal/volcanoclastics. Of 57 dredges, 14 were in the Rift Mountains and the rest were on the axial...supersegment yielded 50% basalt/pillow basalt, 32% peridotite/dunite, 8% hydrothermal/volcanoclastics, and 5% erratics, but little gabbro (1%) or diabase (5...basalt (74%). Dredging on the steep, heavily faulted rift valley walls recovered II % diabase , more than in any other province, and 13% hydrothermal

  2. Seawater Circulation and Thermal Sink at OCEAN Ridges - FIELD Evidence in Oman Ophiolite

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    Nicolas, A. A.; Boudier, F. I.; Cathles, L. M.; Buck, W. R.; Celerier, B. P.

    2014-12-01

    Exceptionally, the lowermost gabbros in the Oman ophiolite are black and totally fresh, except for minute traces of impregnation by seawater fluids at very high temperature (~1000°C). These black gabbros sharply contrast with normal, whitish gabbros altered down to Low-T~500-350°C. These hydrous alterations are ascribed to an unconventional model of seawater circulation and cooling of the permanent magma chambers of fast spreading ocean ridges. In this model, gabbros issued from the magma chamber cross a ~100 m thick thermal boundary layer (TBL) before reaching a narrow, Low-T high permeability channel where the heated return seawater is flowing towards black smokers and the local gabbros are altered. Uprising mantle diapirs in Oman diverge at ~5 km on each side of the palaeo-ridge axis and feed an overlying magma chamber that closes at this distance from axis. Preservation of black gabbros along the Moho implies that the loop of seawater alteration locally does not reach Moho beyond this ~5km distance (otherwise black gabbros would be altered in whitish gabbros). This defines an internal "thermal sink" within ~5 km to the ridge axis. There, the sink is efficiently cooled by the active hydrothermal convection that is ridge transverse. This has been documented near the Galapagos ridge by marine geophysical data, within the same distance. Beyond this critical distance, the cooling system becomes dominantly conductive and ridge-parallel. The TBL and attached return flow channels must be rising into the overcooled, accreted crust. Beyond the thermal sink, the 500°C isotherm rebounds into the crust. It is only after ~ 1My of crustal drift that this isotherm penetrates into the uppermost mantle in a sustained fashion, developing serpentinites at the expense of peridotites.

  3. Santa Ana River Design Memorandum Number 1. Phase 2. GDM on the Santa Ana River Mainstem, Including Santiago Creek. Volume 4. Mill Creek Levee

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    1988-08-01

    schist, and various Precambrian metamorphic rocks. The granite, granodiorite , and diorite predominate in samples from these suppliers, along with...produced at the C. L. Pharris plant is predominantly Mesozoic diorite, granodiorite , and gabbro, along with Precambrian schist. A small proportion of...by this supplier is composed primarily of Mesozoic granite, granodiorite , gabbro, and diorite. Pelona schist is also present, as well as gneiss and

  4. Terrain Analysis Procedural Guide for Soil. Report Number 6 in the ETL Series on Guides for Army Terrain Analysts

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    1981-02-01

    gabbro porphyry, gabbro , pyroxenite porphyry, pyroxenite, periodotite. 554.~.4 I_ TAL 2---- (CNINE) LADOM AN COMMONL ASSCITE SOILS...Archives and Records Service Washington, D.C. 20A08 Telephone: (202) 523-3062 U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Glaciologic World Data Center - A: Glaciology NtData...Scientific Pub. Co., Amsterdam, New York, 1 76. Eyre, S., Vegetation and Soils, A World Picture, Aldine Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1963. Food and Agriculture

  5. Application of Regional Arrays in Seismic Verification Research

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    1990-08-31

    world , and the arrays were gener- ally designed for optimum detection capabilities for events at teleseismic distances. The most ambitious...composed of gneisses and gabbro . A seismic reflection profile running north-south slightly east of the array center showed strong in- dications of a...sensors are deployed on gabbro , which is mostly exposed since the soil cover is nonexistent or very thin (up to 0.5 in). The short period seismometers

  6. Geological Structure of the Semipalatinsk Region,

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    1987-08-10

    are acid, the younger they are. In this complex they are included: the I phase - gabbro, quartz gabbro, diorite, syenite and syenite -diorites; the II...trondhjemites and fine-grained porphyritic granites. The veins/strands of granite-porphyries, granodioritoporphyries, syenite -porphyries, granotsyenite...quartz syenite , less DOC - 87068900 PAGE 41 frequently, syenites ; II phase - coarse-grained or large- prophyricide alkaline granites, sometimes with

  7. Samples from the Jurassic ocean crust beneath Gran Canaria, La Palma and Lanzarote (Canary Islands)

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    Schmincke, Hans-Ulrich; Klügel, Andreas; Hansteen, Thor H.; Hoernle, Kaj; van den Bogaard, Paul

    1998-11-01

    Gabbro and minor metabasalt fragments of MORB composition were found on three of the seven Canary Islands. On Gran Canaria, they occur as metamorphosed (greenschist facies) metabasalt and metagabbro clasts in Miocene fanglomerates and sandstones overlying the shield basalts. On Lanzarote and La Palma, MORB gabbros occur as xenoliths in Pleistocene and historic basanite scoria cones and lava flows. The MORB xenoliths are interpreted as fragments of layers 2 and 3 of the underlying Mesozoic oceanic crust, based on mineral compositions (An-rich plagioclase, Ti- and Al-poor clinopyroxene, ± orthopyroxene ± olivine), depleted major and trace element signatures, and Jurassic ages (ca. 180 Ma) determined on single primary plagioclase and secondary amphibole crystals using the 40Ar/ 39Ar laser technique. The Lanzarote gabbros are very mafic (mg# 87 to 89 in clinopyroxene), moderately deformed, and highly depleted. Gran Canaria gabbros are more evolved (mg# 69 to 83 in clinopyroxene) and texturally mostly isotropic. La Palma MORB gabbros have a range of compositions (mg# 68 to 83 in clinopyroxene), some rocks being strongly metasomatized by interaction with basanite magma. The occurrence of MORB fragments on Lanzarote provides definite evidence that oceanic crust beneath the Canary Island archipelago continues at least as far east as the eastern Canary Islands. We postulate that MORB gabbros on Lanzarote which are commonly associated with peridotite xenoliths, represent the base of oceanic layer 3 where gabbros and peridotites were possibly tectonically interleaved. Such tectonic mixing would explain the enigmatic seismic velocities in this area. Gabbro xenoliths from La Palma were derived from within layer 3, probably from wall rock close to magma reservoirs emplaced during the Pleistocene/Holocene growth of La Palma. The Gran Canaria xenoliths are interpreted to represent the metamorphosed layer 2 and upper layer 3. The abundance of lower crustal xenoliths emphasizes

  8. Petrology of gabbroic xenoliths in 1960 Kilauea basalt: crystalline remnants of prior (1955) magmatism

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    Fodor, R.V.; Moore, R.B.

    1994-01-01

    The 1960 Kapoho lavas of Kilauea's east rift zone contain 1-10 cm xenoliths of olivine gabbro, olivine gabbro-norite, and gabbro norite. Textures are poikilitic (ol+sp+cpx in pl) and intergranular (cpx+pl??ol??opx). Poikilitic xenoliths, which we interpret as cumulates, have the most primitive mineral compositions, Fo82.5, cpx Mg# 86.5, and An80.5. Many granular xenoliths (ol and noritic gabbro) contain abundant vesicular glass that gives them intersertal, hyaloophitic, and overall 'open' textures to suggest that they represent 'mush' and 'crust' of a magma crystallization environment. Their phase compositions are more evolved (Fo80-70, cpx Mg# 82-75, and An73-63) than those of the poikilitic xenoliths. Associated glass is basaltic, but evolved (MgO 5 wt%; TiO2 3.7-5.8 wt%). The gabbroic xenolith mineral compositions fit existing fractional crystallization models that relate the origins of various Kilauea lavas to one another. FeO/MgO crystal-liquid partitioning is consistent with the poikilitic ol-gabbro assemblage forming as a crystallization product from Kilauea summit magma with ???8 wt% MgO that was parental to evolved lavas on the east rift zone. For example, least squares calculations link summit magmas to early 1955 rift-zone lavas (???5 wt% MgO) through ???28-34% crystallization of the ol+sp+cpx+pl that comprise the poikilitic ol-gabbros. The other ol-gabbro assemblages and the olivine gabbro-norite assemblages crystallized from evolved liquids, such as represented by the early 1955 and late 1955 lavas (???6.5 wt% MgO) of the east rift zone. The eruption of 1960 Kapoho magmas, then, scoured the rift-zone reservoir system to entrain portions of cumulate and solidification zones that had coated reservoir margins during crystallization of prior east rift-zone magmas. ?? 1994 Springer-Verlag.

  9. Metamorphism in oceanic layer 3, Gorringe Bank, eastern Atlantic

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    Mevel, Catherine

    1988-12-01

    Gorringe Bank is an anomalously high structure of the eastern part of the north Atlantic, which was known to be composed of mantle-derived peridotites (layer 4) and gabbros (layer 3). During the submersible cruise CYAGOR II in 1981, the contact between layer 4 and layer 3 was observed on Mount Gettysburg and interpreted as tectonic. The overlying series of gabbro was extensively sampled on both mounts composing the bank, Gettysburg and Ormonde. Coarse-grained to pegmatoid clinopyroxene gabbros predominate and are associated with differentiated rocks (ferrogabbros and diorites). Cumulate gabbros are missing. The gabbroic section sampled is therefore interpreted as the upper part of the plutonic section. Most samples were strongly recrystallized during two distinct events. Metamorphism occurred close to the ridge axis, from interaction of a seawater-derived fluid with still hot gabbros. High temperature shear zones favoured fluid circulation, but the water/rock ratio — estimated from the sodium input — was very small in undeformed rocks (<1). The low W/R ratio explains the strong evolution of the fluid phase and therefore some particular compositions of secondary minerals. Low temperature alteration occurred when the gabbros were tectonically emplaced close to the sea bottom.

  10. Luna 24 - Opaque mineral chemistry of gabbroic and basaltic fragments from Mare Crisium

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    Haggerty, S. E.

    1977-01-01

    Spinels and ilmenites are relatively sparse in the Luna 24 gabbro and basalts. Spinel compositions show some affinities to those of spinels in Apollo 12, Apollo 14 and Luna 16 basalts; a characteristic feature is high Al2O3, reaching a maximum of 19.8 wt%. A comparison of spinels in the Luna 24 gabbro with those in other deep-seated lunar intrusive rocks shows a characteristic trend for Fe/Mg. This trend is systematic from gabbro to anorthosite to troctolite and is interpreted to be P-T dependent. Compositions of spinels in the gabbro fall within the Cr/Al trend defined by the spinels of the basalts, but form a Fe/Mg trend parallel to that of the basalts; this relationship suggests that both the gabbro and the basalts are derived from a closely similar source region, with the basalts originating at a slightly greater depth than the gabbro. The spinels in both rock types are considered to have formed at high crustal levels, at low pressures. The Luna 24 data suggest that the compositional discontinuities which exist between chromian spinels and titanian spinels in a large proportion of mare basalts are the result of nucleation of chromian spinels at high crustal levels prior to eruption, and of titanian spinels during melt crystallization at the lunar surface.

  11. Constraints on the accretion of the gabbroic lower oceanic crust from plagioclase lattice preferred orientation in the Samail ophiolite

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    VanTongeren, J. A.; Hirth, G.; Kelemen, P. B.

    2015-12-01

    The debate over the processes of igneous accretion of gabbroic lower crust at submarine spreading centers is centered on two end-member hypotheses: Gabbro Glaciers and Sheeted Sills. In order to determine which of these two hypotheses is most applicable to a well-studied lower crustal section, we present newly published data (VanTongeren et al., 2015 EPSL v. 427, p. 249-261) on plagioclase lattice preferred orientations (LPO) in the Wadi Khafifah section of the Samail ophiolite, Oman. Based on our results we provide five critical observations that any model for the accretion of the lower oceanic crust must satisfy: (1) There is a distinctive change in the orientation of the outcrop-scale layering from near-vertical to sub-horizontal that is also reflected in the plagioclase fabrics in the uppermost ~1000-1500 m of the gabbroic crust; (2) The distinction between the upper gabbros and lower gabbros is not a geochemical boundary. Rather, the change in outcrop-scale orientation from near-vertical to sub-horizontal occurs stratigraphically lower in the crust than a change in whole-rock geochemistry; (3) There is no systematic difference in plagioclase fabric strength in any crystallographic axis between the upper gabbros and the lower gabbros; (4) Beneath the abrupt transition from sub-vertical to sub-horizontal fabric, there is no systematic change in the geographic orientation of the plagioclase fabric, or in the development of a dominant lineation direction within the upper gabbros or the lower gabbros; (5) In the lower gabbros, the obliquity between the (010) and the modal layering remains approximately constant and indicates a consistent top to the right sense of shear throughout the stratigraphy. Our observations are most consistent with the Sheeted Sills hypothesis, in which the majority of lower crustal gabbros are crystallized in situ and fabrics are dominated by compaction and localized extension rather than by systematically increasing shear strain with

  12. Defense Technical Information Center Cataloging Guidelines

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    1994-02-01

    country is not repeated if ’ncluded in the heading. APPEARS AS: ENTER AS: Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Centro Brasileiro de Fisicas , Rio de Janeiro...Brazil. Pesquisas Fisicas Rio de Janeiro 37. Foreign place names are written in the form of common usage a. indicated by the Board on Geographic...Lab. Laboratorio

  13. Plagioclase preferred orientation and induced seismic anisotropy in mafic igneous rocks

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    Ji, Shaocheng; Shao, Tongbin; Salisbury, Matthew H.; Sun, Shengsi; Michibayashi, Katsuyoshi; Zhao, Weihua; Long, Changxing; Liang, Fenghua; Satsukawa, Takako

    2014-11-01

    Fractional crystallization and crystal segregation controlled by settling or floating of minerals during the cooling of magma can lead to layered structures in mafic and ultramafic intrusions in continental and oceanic settings in the lower crust. Thus, the seismic properties and fabrics of layered intrusions must be calibrated to gain insight into the origin of seismic reflections and anisotropy in the deep crust. To this end, we have measured P and S wave velocities and anisotropy in 17 plagioclase-rich mafic igneous rocks such as anorthosite and gabbro at hydrostatic pressures up to 650 MPa. Anorthosites and gabbroic anorthosites containing >80 vol% plagioclase and gabbros consisting of nearly equal modal contents of plagioclase and pyroxene display distinctive seismic anisotropy patterns: Vp(Z)/Vp(Y) ≥ 1 and Vp(Z)/Vp(X) ≥ 1 for anorthosites while 0.8 < Vp(Z)/Vp(Y) ≤ 1 and 0.8 < Vp(Z)/Vp(X) ≤ 1 for gabbros. Amphibolites lie in the same domain as gabbros, but show a significantly stronger tendency of Vp(X) > Vp(Y) than the gabbros. Laminated anorthosites with Vp(X) ≈ Vp(Y) ≪ Vp(Z) display a strong crystal preferred orientation (CPO) of plagioclase whose (010) planes and [100] and [001] directions parallel to the foliation. For the gabbros and amphibolites characterized by Vp(X) ≈ Vp(Y) > Vp(Z) and Vp(X) > Vp(Y) > Vp(Z), respectively, pyroxene and amphibole play a dominant role over plagioclase in the formation of seismic anisotropy. The Poisson's ratio calculated using the average P and S wave velocities from the three principal propagation-polarization directions (X, Y, and Z) of a highly anisotropic anorthosite cannot represent the value of a true isotropic equivalent. The CPO-induced anisotropy enhances and decreases the foliation-normal incidence reflectivity at gabbro-peridotite and anorthosite-peridotite interfaces, respectively.

  14. Invasion of Seawater-Derived Fluids at Very High Temperatures in the Oman Ophiolite - a Key for Cooling the Deep Crust at Fast-Spreading Ridges

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    Koepke, J.; Mueller, T.; Linsler, S.; Schuth, S.; Garbe-Schoenberg, C. D.; McCaig, A. M.

    2014-12-01

    Prominent conceptual models for the formation of the deep, fast-spread crust are the "gabbro-glacier" model, where the lower crust is formed in the axial melt lens, and the "sheeted sill" model, where the lower gabbros are generated by the intrusion of sills of gabbroic mushes. A requirement for the latter model is a substantial hydrothermal cooling of the oceanic crust in the depth, and as long as the "Rosetta stone" for the mechanism of this deep cooling is not found, the "sheeted sill" model and derivatives cannot be accepted as reliable option how the deep oceanic fast-spread crust is formed. In recent field campaigns for establishing a geochemical and petrological profile through typical fast-spreading oceanic crust in the Wadi Gideah (Wadi Tayin massif, Oman ophiolite), we discovered several, often more than 100 m wide fault zones, cutting a coherent series of layered gabbro at many places. These zones are characterized by pervasive alteration, mainly in greenschist and sub-greenschist facies. Isotope geochemical studies of these zones imply that these zones can be interpreted as pathways for channeled hydrothermal flux, in accord with observations of Coogan et al. (2006). In most of the fault zones, we observed the occurrence of varitextured hornblende gabbro, alternating with zones of former layered gabbros showing intense overgrowth of high- temperature amphibole, and sometimes with flasered amphibolites. The petrologic record implies fluid flux in the center of this zones at very high temperatures (≤ 1000°C), enabling even the production of hornblende gabbros by hydrous partial melting of layered gabbro, shielded by zones formed at high-temperature conditions (formation of high-T amphiboles) and at low-temperature conditions (greenschist facies rocks). First thermal modeling based on the petrological record of these zones are in progress. Coogan LA, Howard KA, Gillis KM, Bickle MJ, Chapman H, Boyce AJ, Jenkin GRT, Wilson RN (2006) Am. J. Sci. 306: 389-427

  15. Zircon record of fractionation, hydrous partial melting and thermal gradients at different depths in oceanic crust (ODP Site 735B, South-West Indian Ocean)

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    Pietranik, A.; Storey, C.; Koepke, J.; Lasalle, S.

    2017-03-01

    Felsic veins (plagiogranites) are distributed throughout the whole oceanic crust section and offer insight into late-magmatic/high temperature hydrothermal processes within the oceanic crust. Despite constituting only 0.5% of the oceanic crust section drilled in IODP Site 735B, they carry a significant budget of incompatible elements, which they redistribute within the crust. Such melts are saturated in accessory minerals, such as zircon, titanite and apatite, and often zircon is the only remaining phase that preserves magmatic composition and records processes of felsic melt formation and evolution. In this study, we analysed zircon from four depths in IODP Site 735B; they come from the oxide gabbro (depth approximately 250 m below sea floor) and plagiogranite (depths c. 500, 860, 940 m below sea floor). All zircons have similar ɛHf composition of c. 15 units indicating an isotopically homogenous source for the mafic magmas forming IODP Site 735B gabbro. Zircons from oxide gabbro are scarce and variable in composition consistent with their crystallization from melts formed by both fractionation of mafic magmas and hydrous remelting of gabbro cumulate. On the other hand, zircon from plagiogranite is abundant and each sample is characterized by compositional trends consistent with crystallization of zircon in an evolving melt. However, the trends are different between the plagiogranite at 500 m bsf and the deeper sections, which are interpreted as the record of plagiogranite formation by two processes: remelting of gabbro cumulate at 500 m bsf and fractionation at deeper sections. Zircon from both oxide gabbro and plagiogranite has δ18O from 3.5 to 6.0‰. Values of δ18O are best explained by redistribution of δ18O in a thermal gradient and not by remelting of hydrothermally altered crust. Tentatively, it is suggested that fractionation could be an older episode contemporaneous with gabbro crystallization and remelting could be a younger one, triggered by

  16. The origin of rhythmic layering in the Cape Neddick Plutonic Complex, Maine

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    Shipley, J. . Dept. of Geology)

    1993-03-01

    The Cape Neddick Plutonic Complex located along the southwestern coast of Maine is a small layered gabbroic body. It contains four concentric gabbros of differing composition, From the center to the exterior these are Cortlandtitic, Anorthositic, Normal, and Pegmatitic gabbros. They vary slightly in the proportion of essential minerals; plagioclase, clinopyroxene, hornblende, and biotite [+-] opaques and olivine. Rhythmic layering is seen in all four gabbros. This layering is also concentric around the center of the complex. The best exposure of the layering is along the coast where non-graded and graded rhythmic layering is seen extensively in the Normal gabbro. Only non-graded layering is seen in the Anorthositic gabbro. Non-graded layers were sampled at two localities. One locality is on Cape Nubble Island in the Normal gabbro. The second locality is in the Anorthositic gabbro along the northern coast. The layers are roughly 5--8 cm in width and are continuous around the complex. They are identified on weathered surfaces as alternating bands of felsic and mafic minerals. Layers are not obvious in hand sample. Approximately 15--20 layers were sampled perpendicular to layering. Petrographic and geochemical studies will help constrain the origin of rhythmic layering in the Cape Neddick Complex. Crystal settling or structural processes seem highly unlikely due to the small distance between the layers and the fact that they are not graded. Possible models include multiple pulses of magma within the same magma chamber, density currents, or in situ fractionation by a nucleation-diffusion process. Modal and chemical analysis of mineral phases within individual layers will allow comparison of the bulk composition of each layer. Analysis of coexisting pyroxene and plagioclase can be used to estimate compositional variations in the parent liquid.

  17. Igneous stratigraphy and rock-types from a deep transect of the gabbroic lower crust of the Atlantis Bank core complex (SW Indian Ridge): preliminary results from IODP Expedition 360

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    Sanfilippo, A.; France, L.; Ghosh, B.; Liu, C. Z.; Morishita, T.; Natland, J. H.; Dick, H. J.; MacLeod, C. J.; Expedition 360 Scientists, I.

    2016-12-01

    International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 360 represents the first leg of a multi-phase drilling programme ('SloMo' project) aimed at investigating the nature of the lower crust and Moho at slow spreading ridges. As an initial phase of the SloMo project, IODP Exp. 360 intended to recover a representative transect of the lower oceanic crust formed at Atlantis Bank, an oceanic core complex on the SW Indian Ridge. During this expedition, 89 cores of gabbroic rocks were recovered at Hole U1473A, drilled to 789.7 m below seafloor. This hole was subsequently deepened to 809.4 mbsf during transit Expedition 362T, which recovered additional 7 cores. The gabbroic section recovered at Hole U1473A consists of several types of gabbro, diabase, and felsic veins. The main lithology is dominated by olivine gabbro (76.5% in abundance), followed by gabbro containing 1-2% oxide (9.5%), gabbro with >2% oxide (7.4%), gabbro sensu stricto (5.1%), felsic veins (1.5%) and diabase (<0.5%). The different lithologies appear randomly distributed throughout the section, although oxide abundance seems to decrease slightly downhole, except for the lowermost intervals where oxide gabbros are more abundant. Based on changes in rock types, grain size, texture, and the occurrence of felsic material, we identified eight lithologic units, which locally define separate geochemical trends. Each unit is characterized by meter-scale heterogeneity which classically characterizes gabbros formed at slow spreading ridges. Reaction textures in olivine gabbros, crosscutting relationships between oxide gabbros and host rocks, the presence of intrusive to sutured contacts, igneous layering and the widespread occurrence of felsic veins and segregations indicate that the evolution of this section was controlled by complicated interactions of magmatic processes, e.g., fractional crystallization, melt-rock reaction, late-stage melt migration, which were active in a crystal mush formed by multiple

  18. Anorthosites in Oman ophiolite crust, a clue to crust origin at a fast spreading ridge

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    Boudier, F. I.; Nicolas, A. J.

    2011-12-01

    A first requirement to obtain anorthosites in the gabbro unit and Moho transition zone (MTZ) in the Oman ophiolite is that anorthite be on the liquidus of the basaltic melt issued from the rising mantle beneath the ridge axis. The primitive melt having olivine+spinel on the liquidus near the Moho at ~2Kb pressure evolves to having plagioclase (+olivine) at pressure ~0.5Kb of the perched axial magma chamber (AMC). A second requirement is that some physical process segregates plagioclase from the olivine appearing along the cotectic line and clinopyroxene appearing at the solidus. Within the melt lens, this physical process is fractional crystallization from a melt intrusion in conditions ascribed in Oman and also modeled at 9°N EPR. Pure anorthosite mounds are formed within a time shorter than a few years. Mounds are relayed by swarms of thin layers of anorthosites within gabbros, pointing to voluminous melt surge on average every ~100 years. From there, the anorthosite layers are involved in the gabbro subsidence and preserved throughout the gabbro magma chamber down to the Moho. In deeper horizons, the anorhosite layers may have been contaminated by percolating melts, introducing clinopyroxene. Some anorthosites interlayered with ultramafics in the lower layered gabbros or in MTZ sills have formed in situ as a result of a very active segregation process at depth. The MTZ acts as a filter, crystallizing a limited fraction of olivine+spinel followed by clinopyroxene, from a large volume of primitive melt. Within the MTZ, ascending melt accumulated in spongy impregnated dunites is sporadically expelled through hydrofractures to feed the perched AMC. Alternatively, the fraction of melt may exceed the melt percolation threshold and a wehrlitic mush (olivine + melt) is injected in the lower gabbros as sills and local intrusions. Wehrlites injected within the magma chamber are involved in the large horizontal magmatic flow of the lower gabbros. This flow may contribute

  19. Two types of gabbroic xenoliths from rhyolite dominated Niijima volcano, northern part of Izu-Bonin arc: petrological and geochemical constraints

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    Arakawa, Yoji; Endo, Daisuke; Ikehata, Kei; Oshika, Junya; Shinmura, Taro; Mori, Yasushi

    2017-01-01

    We examined the petrography, petrology, and geochemistry of two types of gabbroic xenoliths (A- and B-type xenoliths) in olivine basalt and biotite rhyolite units among the dominantly rhyolitic rocks in Niijima volcano, northern Izu-Bonin volcanic arc, central Japan. A-type gabbroic xenoliths consisting of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, and orthopyroxene with an adcumulate texture were found in both olivine basalt and biotite rhyolite units, and B-type gabbroic xenoliths consisting of plagioclase and amphibole with an orthocumulate texture were found only in biotite rhyolite units. Geothermal- and barometricmodelling based on mineral chemistry indicated that the A-type gabbro formed at higher temperatures (899-955°C) and pressures (3.6-5.9 kbar) than the B-type gabbro (687-824°C and 0.8-3.6 kbar). These findings and whole-rock chemistry suggest different parental magmas for the two types of gabbro. The A-type gabbro was likely formed from basaltic magma, whereas the B-type gabbro was likely formed from an intermediate (andesitic) magma. The gabbroic xenoliths in erupted products at Niijima volcano indicate the presence of mafic to intermediate cumulate bodies of different origins at relatively shallower levels beneath the dominantly rhyolitic volcano.

  20. Chemistry and petrology of Luna 24 lithic fragments and less than 250-micron soils - Constraints on the origin of VLT mare basalts

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    Ma, M.-S.; Schmitt, R. A.; Taylor, G. J.; Warner, R. D.; Lange, D. E.; Keil, K.

    1978-01-01

    Results are reported on a combined INAA-petrologic study of 17 small (0.2-1.5 mg) Luna 24 lithic and mineral fragments and INAA study of 5 bulk soils and mineral separates from gabbro 24170. Lithic and mineral fragments are classified into VLT mare basalts (ferrobasalt and metabasalts), low-Ti, variolitic mare basalt, gabbros, melt rock and soil breccia. Data indicate 5 possible magma types, represented by: (1) VLT ferrobasalt and gabbro fragments, with low-TiO2 (about 1%), slightly bow-shaped REE pattern, and low REE concentrations (5-10X chondritic); (2) a ferrobasalt (Laul et al., 1978) and metabasalt fragments with major and trace element contents similar to (1), but positive Eu anomalies; (3) one gabbro fragment with distinctive pyroxene compositional trend (increasing Ti with nearly constant Fe/Fe + Mg) and highest REE contents of any Luna 24 mare basaltic sample, (4) a gabbro fragment with considerably less V and Cr2O3 than ferrobasalt and metabasalt fragments; and (5) variolitic basalt fragment with higher Ti2(2.3%) than other Luna 24 basalts and pyroxene that has increasing then decreasing Ti with increasing Fe/Fe + Mg. Trace element data place constraints on the nature of the source region and possible parent magmas for the Luna 24 VLT ferrobasalt.

  1. Evolution of rodingites along stratigraphic depth in the Iti and Kallidromon ophiolites (Central Greece)

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    Tsikouras, Basilios; Karipi, Sofia; Hatzipanagiotou, Konstantin

    2013-08-01

    Rodingitised rocks were collected from the neighbouring Iti and Kallidromon ophiolites. They comprise metasomatic assemblages after serpentinised lherzolite and harzburgite, gabbro and dolerite dykes. The main mineral phases in the metasomatised mantle and gabbroic rocks include grossularitic garnet, chlorite and diopside whereas epidote group minerals were mainly developed at the expense of the dolerite dykes. The fluid phase involved in the metasomatic reactions was highly alkaline in the metasomatising peridotites and less alkaline in the altered gabbro and dolerite. Under such conditions, Ti is assumed to have remained immobile in the whole process while Zr remained constant in the stratigraphically upper rodingitised gabbro and dolerite. Transportation of rare earth elements, Zr, Cr and Ni from the altered mantle segment to the upper gabbro level was assisted by the presence of carbonate and hydroxyl ligands. After consequent breakdown of the carbonate complexes, these elements were deposited in the rodingitised gabbro and dolerite. Rare earths were mainly integrated in the neoblastic diopside whereas Cr and Ni likely formed insoluble hydroxides in that less reducing environment. The metasomatic event happened in the mantle wedge close to the subduction of the Pelagonian carbonates that strongly enriched the fluid phase in CO2. The entrance of an externally derived hydrothermal fluid was responsible for the reduction of pH at the higher levels and the calculated influx of Si in the system.

  2. Trace element systematics in the plutonic section of fast-spread oceanic crust - evidence from the Wadi Gideah reference profile (Wadi Tayin Massif, Oman ophiolite)

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    Garbe-Schoenberg, C. D.; Koepke, J.; Mueller, T.; Wolff, P. E.; Strauss, H.

    2014-12-01

    The crystallization processes during the accretion of fast spreading oceanic crust are still not well constrained and a continous geochemical profile through recent oceanic crust that could provide deeper insights into such processes is still missing. We sampled a complete section of gabbros, dikes, and basalts along the Wadi Gideah in the Cretaceous ophiolite of Oman that is regarded as the best example of fast-spread oceanic lithosphere on land. Here we present trace element data displaying systematic compositional trends that are correlated with stratigraphic depth (distance to MOHO) in the plutonic suite. Concentrations of incompatible trace elements Th, Nb, Ta, REE, Zr, Hf show little variation in the layered gabbro section but display a continuous increase from foliated to varitextured gabbros. In contrast, Nb/Ta, Nb/La, Zr/Hf, La/Yb, La/Nd show significant fractionation in the layered and foliated gabbros suggesting in situ crystallization in a lower crustal filter layer and formation of small portions of highly evolved interstitial melt also favoring crystallization of zircon. Further up, fractional crystallization processes in a well-mixed magma chamber control the composition of isotropic gabbros and sheeted dikes where fractionation of HFSE element ratios is minor.

  3. Breccias 73215 and 73255 - Siderophile and volatile trace elements

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    Morgan, J. W.; Petrie, R. K.

    1979-01-01

    Fifteen siderophile and volatile trace elements (Os, Re, Ir, Pd, Ni, Au, Sb, Ge, Se, Ag, In, Zn, Cd, Bi, Tl) and U were determined by radiochemical neutron activation analysis in a spheroidal aphanitic clast and a clast of coarse-grained anorthositic gabbro from breccia 73215 and in three types of aphanite and two clasts of fine-grained anorthositic gabbro from breccia 73255. In common with most Apollo 17 fragment-laden melt rocks, the aphanites from 73215 and 73255 predominantly contain a Group 2 meteoritic component, which is apparently derived from the Serenitatis impact. All aphanitic lithologies contain the same meteoritic component, and are probably cogenetic. The clasts of fine-grained anorthositic gabbro contain substantial amounts (2% to 6% Cl equivalent based on Au) of a pre-Serenitatis Group 3 component. The clast of coarse-grained anorthositic gabbro is low in siderophile elements (0.4% Cl equivalent), and the meteoritic component (Group 5) is not well-defined. A strong correlation exists between Ir and Au in both the aphanites and the anorthositic gabbro clasts, which argues against the breccias 73215 and 73255 being open systems for Au

  4. Chemistry and petrology of Luna 24 lithic fragments and less than 250-micron soils - Constraints on the origin of VLT mare basalts

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    Ma, M.-S.; Schmitt, R. A.; Taylor, G. J.; Warner, R. D.; Lange, D. E.; Keil, K.

    1978-01-01

    Results are reported on a combined INAA-petrologic study of 17 small (0.2-1.5 mg) Luna 24 lithic and mineral fragments and INAA study of 5 bulk soils and mineral separates from gabbro 24170. Lithic and mineral fragments are classified into VLT mare basalts (ferrobasalt and metabasalts), low-Ti, variolitic mare basalt, gabbros, melt rock and soil breccia. Data indicate 5 possible magma types, represented by: (1) VLT ferrobasalt and gabbro fragments, with low-TiO2 (about 1%), slightly bow-shaped REE pattern, and low REE concentrations (5-10X chondritic); (2) a ferrobasalt (Laul et al., 1978) and metabasalt fragments with major and trace element contents similar to (1), but positive Eu anomalies; (3) one gabbro fragment with distinctive pyroxene compositional trend (increasing Ti with nearly constant Fe/Fe + Mg) and highest REE contents of any Luna 24 mare basaltic sample, (4) a gabbro fragment with considerably less V and Cr2O3 than ferrobasalt and metabasalt fragments; and (5) variolitic basalt fragment with higher Ti2(2.3%) than other Luna 24 basalts and pyroxene that has increasing then decreasing Ti with increasing Fe/Fe + Mg. Trace element data place constraints on the nature of the source region and possible parent magmas for the Luna 24 VLT ferrobasalt.

  5. Spatiotemporal Distribution and Population Structure of Monokalliapseudes schubarti (Tanaidacea: Kalliapseudidae) in an Estuary in Southern Brazil

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    Freitas-Júnior, Felipe; Christoffersen, Martin Lindsey; de Araújo, Joafrâncio Pereira; Branco, Joaquim Olinto

    2013-01-01

    Monokalliapseudes schubarti is an endemic tanaidacean microcrustacean from southeastern Brazil to Uruguay inhabiting low energy estuaries. Saco da Fazenda is located in the estuary of the Itajaí-Açú River, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. It is exposed to strong anthropic impact and receives intensive flows of domestic wastewater, solid residues, and drainage activities. Specimens of M. schubarti were collected monthly, in the intertidal and subtidal regions of Saco da Fazenda, in four stations defined as a function of the physiography of the environment during the period of July 2003 to June 2004. Fecundity values were high, with continuous reproductive activity during the whole period of study. The greatest population densities were observed in the intertidal region, where they are nevertheless intensely consumed by birds, swimming crabs, and fish. This species represents a fundamental link in the food chain of Saco da Fazenda, transferring energy from the detritus level to higher trophic levels. Habitat disturbance and high organic matter may represent factors controlling the distribution of populations of M. schubarti. For this reason, the species may be used to monitor anthropic effects in estuarine areas. PMID:24298211

  6. Formation and emplacement ages of the Masirah ophiolite, Sultanate of Oman

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    Smewing, J.D. ); Abbotts, I.L. ); Dunne, L.A. ); Rex, D.C. )

    1991-05-01

    Hornblende separates from gabbros and biotite separates from crosscutting potassic granites of the Masirah ophiolite have been analyzed by conventional K-Ar techniques. The gabbros have Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous ages (126-158 Ma), and the granites have broadly similar ages (124-146 Ma). Because the gabbros are likely to give ophiolite formation ages and the granites ophiolite emplacement ages, it can be concluded that the Masirah ophiolite was emplaced very soon after formation. The Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous ages contrast with the middle Cretaceous ages (90-95 Ma) of the Semail ophiolite, confirming earlier suggestions that the Masirah ophiolite cannot simply be a right-laterally displaced fragment of the Semail ophiolite, but is instead an uplifted block of Indian Ocean crust. The formation and emplacement of the Masirah ophiolite are discussed in the context of the late Mesozoic evolution of the western Indian Ocean.

  7. Geochemistry of a long in-situ section of intrusive slow-spread crust: Results from IODP Site U1309 (Atlantis Massif, 30°N Mid-Atlantic-Ridge)

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    Godard, M.; Abratis, M.; Awaji, S.; Brunelli, D.; Christie, D.; Hansen, H.; Hellebrand, E.; Johnson, K.; Maeda, J.; Yamasaki, T.; Kato, Y.

    2007-12-01

    IODP Site U1309 was drilled at Atlantis Massif (western rift flank of Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) 30°N; Expeditions 304 and 305), a 1.5-2 Myr old oceanic core complex. The main hole, Hole U1309D, is the second deepest hole drilled into an intrusive slow-spread oceanic lithosphere: it penetrated 1415.5 mbsf (75% recovery). We present here the results of a bulk rock geochemical study (major and trace elements - ICPMS -) carried out on 234 samples representative of the different lithologies sampled at Site U1309. Over 96% of Hole U1309D is made up of gabbroic rocks, cross-cut by late diabases and basaltic dykes in the upper part of the section. Diabases and basalts have depleted MORB compositions (La/Yb ~0.8 and Yb ~ 3.5 ppm) similar to basalts sampled at MAR 30°N. Relics of mantle were recovered at shallow depth. Mantle peridotites show petrographic evidence of melt impregnation. They have relatively fertile compositions, similar to MARK peridotites, with Mg# (100xMg/(Mg+Fe)) of 89-90, Ni>2400ppm and Yb 0.03-0.11 ppm. Gabbroic rocks span a wide range of lithologies and geochemical compositions. They comprise olivine-rich troctolites (>70% modal olivine), troctolites, olivine and troctolitic gabbros (5 to 50% modal olivine), gabbros (including gabbronorites) and oxide gabbros (>2% modal Fe-Ti oxides), which represent respectively 5.4 %, 2.7%, 25.5%, 55.7% and 7% of the core recovered at Hole U1309D. Minor felsic ("leucocratic") dikes cross- cutting gabbros were also sampled. Troctolites and olivine-rich troctolites have high Mg# (82-89), high Ni (up to 2300 ppm) and low trace element contents (Yb 0.06-0.8 ppm). They overlap in composition with peridotites sampled at Atlantis Massif and with impregnated peridotites drilled along the MAR (e.g., ODP Site 1271 (MAR 15°20'N)). Gabbros and olivine gabbros have high Mg# (60-86) and low trace element contents (Yb 0.125-2.5 ppm - (La/Yb)CN ~ 0.4-0.7); these gabbros are among the most primitive and depleted yet sampled along

  8. Unusual shape of pyrrhotite inclusions in scapolite of igneous rocks from the southernern Urals

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    Korinevsky, V. G.; Korinevsky, E. V.

    2016-12-01

    The unique igneous rock (scapolite-diopside gabbro) from the Ilmeny Mountains in the southern Urals is described. Gabbro fills a segment of dike 1.3 m thick that cuts through calcite-dolomite carbonatite. Medium-grain pyroxenite with scapolite that occurs at selvages gradually passes to scapolite-bearing gabbro in the central part of the dike. Scapolite crystals display surfaces of concurrent growth, which are evidence of their magmatic origin. Scapolite (Me 63-70%) contains numerous pyrrhotite inclusions as platelets 0.001 mm thick oriented parallel to the cleavage plane {100}. The calculated pyrrhotite formula is consistent with its stoichiometry (Fe1-xS). The morphology of the platelets (hexagonal sections) and their optical properties indicate a hexagonal symmetry of pyrrhotite. As follows from the insignificant difference between scapolite grains with and without pyrrhotite inclusions, scapolite and pyrrhotite should be regarded as products of synchronous magmatic melt crystallization.

  9. Petrology and chemistry of Jebel Tanumah complex, Khamis Mushayt, Southern Arabian shield, Saudi Arabia

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    Nassief, M. O.; Ali, H. M.; Zakir, F. A.

    The mafic intrusive complex at Jebel Tanumah is located 15 km north-west of Khamis Mushayt in the southern Arabian Shield and includes olivine-bearing gabbro as well as amphibole-diopside-hornblende gabbro cumulates. These rocks have been generally metamorphosed to upper greeenschist-lower amphibolite facies. Fourteen white rock silicate analyses indicate that the majority of the rocks are calc-alkaline to tholeiitic in composition. The two major structural units in the Khamis Mushayt region identified by Coleman consist of the basement complex of Asir Mountains and the younger metamorphic rocks. Syntectonic granitic rocks intruded the antiforms characterizing the younger rocks whereas the lower parts of the synforms are intruded by post-tectonic intrusions of layered gabbros such as the one studied at Jebel Tanumah.

  10. Notes on some shear zones of northern Somalia

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    Sacchi, Rosalino; Zanferrari, Adriano

    Low-angle thrusts, displaying a well developed, stretching lineation, and west to south-west vergence, are reported from the basement of northern Somalia, and interpreted as the extreme evolution of a (Upper Proterozoic) phase of folding. This is seen as a late event, roughly coeval with gabbro emplacement, and later than the main metamorphism of the basement complex. Thrusting took place when the gabbros were still at a high temperature, as shown by 'hot' metamorphic assemblages within the zones of ductile shear. Development of abundant pegmatite and of some muscovite granite also took place, probably triggered by gabbro emplacement. Tectonic style suggests that here we may be dealing with the continuation of the collision zone with the East Gondwana Plate, recently recognized by some researchers near the eastern margin of the Saudi Arabian shield.

  11. Mitigation of Adverse Effects of Long Branch Lake Project upon the Archaeological Resources. Part 3.

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    1986-01-01

    481g Argillite lp 90:k 105 64* 55* 35* 183g* Gabbro ip? 90:1 Sur. 86 71 35 281g Argillite 2p 90:m Sur. 62* 73 47 266g* Argillite ip? 90:n Sur. 56* 50...47* 207g* Gabbro ip? 90:o 2154 87 70 38 352g Argillite ip oO:p Sur. 94 85 53 642g Quartzite 2p 9 0:q Sur. 102 80 51 607g Quartzite ip 90:r Sur. 84 77...Flint Hill Sandstone 2p 90:e 151 87* 45* 24* 96g* Argillite ip? 90:f 151 73* 50* 30* l12g* Gabbro ip? 90:g 171 69 69 55 4 15g Diorite 2p 90:h 166

  12. Basaltic volcanism on the eucrite parent body - Petrology and chemistry of the polymict eucrite ALHA80102

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    Treiman, A. H.; Drake, M. J.

    1985-01-01

    The polymict eucrite meteorite ALHA80102 is an unequilibrated breccia of basaltic and gabbroic clasts in a fragmental matrix. Clasts include basalts of many textural types, cumulate gabbro, black 'glass', and ferroan troctolite (plagioclase, silica, Fe-rich olivine, ilmenite, mesostasis). Ferroan troctolite has not been previously reported from eucrites or howardites; it is interpreted as the end-product of fractional crystallization of eucritic magmas. Bulk and trace element compositions (by electron microprobe and INAA) of clasts and matrix from ALHA80102 are similar to those of other eucrites; the meteorite contains clasts similar to Juvinas and to Stannern. A clast of cumulate eucrite gabbro is enriched in the light rare earths (La/Lu = 2XCI). This clast is interpreted as an unrepresentative sample of metamorphically equilibrated gabbro; LREE-enriched magmas need not be invoked. ALHA80102 is similar to other polymict eucrites from the Allan Hills and may be paired with ALHA76005, ALHA77302, and ALHA78040.

  13. Mobility of Late-stage Magmatic Liquids and the Development of Detachment Faults at a Slowly-spreading Ridge

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    Natland, J. H.; Cheadle, M. J.; Dick, H. J.; France, L.; Scientific Party, E.

    2016-12-01

    Hundreds of 0.01-20 cm seams of oxide gabbro cross more abundant olivine gabbro cumulates in cores recovered at drilling sites ODP 735B and 1105A and IODP Hole U1473A atop Atlantis Bank adjacent to Atlantis II Fracture Zone, Southwest Indian Ridge. The sites are only a few km apart, and together comprise 2.5 km of combined core at 87% recovery. Many cores have porphyroclastic, gneissic and mylonitic deformation fabrics. The oxide-bearing gabbros have 2-30% combined magmatic ilmenite and magnetite, usually intergrown with pargasitic amphibole and segregated igneous sulfides. This mineralogy is the same as that of late-formed interstitial melts found within almost all olivine gabbros, down to modal proportions of fractions of a per cent. These formed following intimate grain-scale penetration of overpressured iron-rich melts from the intrusive seams rather than crystallization of trapped basaltic melts. From geothermometry (amphibole, two-oxides, pyroxenes), the seams and interstitial minerals formed from highly differentiated iron-rich magmas at low igneous temperatures (1050°C-750°C). These iron-rich magmas resulted from extended crystallization differentiation, silicate liquid immiscibility or both. Felsic veins and narrow dikes near and within oxide gabbro seams may represent even more extended fractional crystallization, partial melting of hydrous olivine gabbro, or complementary immiscible liquid segregation. The combined assemblages, their complex juxtaposition, and deformation fabrics indicate the importance of differentiation by deformation (Bowen, 1920, PNAS 6: 159-162) in these rocks. Viscosities of the iron-rich magmas were lowered by addition of 50°-150° superheat by basalt intrusion, plus the presence of water, to levels seen in carbonatites. These low viscosities facilitated melt migration, which led to reduced effective stress along the numerous surfaces where iron-rich melts concentrated within dilatancy structures created by shear. This assisted

  14. Platinum-group element geochemistry of the Zhuqing Fe-Ti-V oxide ore-bearing mafic intrusions in western Yangtze Block, SW China: control of platinum-group elements by magnetite

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    Fan, Hong-Peng; Zhu, Wei-Guang; Zhong, Hong; Bai, Zhong-Jie; He, De-Feng; Ye, Xian-Tao; Chen, Cai-Jie; Cao, Chong-Yong

    2014-06-01

    Platinum-group element (PGE) geochemistry combined with elemental geochemistry and magnetite compositions are reported for the Mesoproterozoic Zhuqing Fe-Ti-V oxide ore-bearing mafic intrusions in the western Yangtze Block, SW China. All the Zhuqing gabbros display extremely low concentrations of chalcophile elements and PGEs. The oxide-rich gabbros contain relatively higher contents of Cr, Ni, Ir, Ru, Rh, and lower contents of Pt and Pd than the oxide-poor gabbros. The abundances of whole-rock concentrations of Ni, Ir, Ru, and Rh correlate well with V contents in the Zhuqing gabbros, implying that the distributions of these elements are controlled by magnetite. The fractionation between Ir-Ru-Rh and Pt-Pd in the Zhuqing gabbros is mainly attributed to fractional crystallization of chromite and magnetite, whereas Ru anomalies are mainly due to variable degrees of compatibility of PGE in magnetite. The order of relative incompatibility of PGEs is calculated to be Pd < Pt < Rh < Ir < Ru. The very low PGE contents and Cu/Zr ratios and high Cu/Pd ratios suggest initially S-saturated magma parents that were highly depleted in PGE, which mainly formed due to low degrees of partial melting leaving sulfides concentrating PGEs behind in the mantle. Moreover, the low MgO, Ni, Ir and Ru contents and high Cu/Ni and Pd/Ir ratios for the gabbros suggest a highly evolved parental magma. Fe-Ti oxides fractionally crystallized from the highly evolved magma and subsequently settled in the lower sections of the magma chamber, where they concentrated and formed Fe-Ti-V oxide ore layers at the base of the lower and upper cycles. Multiple episodes of magma replenishment in the magma chamber may have been involved in the formation of the Zhuqing intrusions.

  15. High Temperature Hydrothermal Circulation in the Deep Oceanic Crust - Sr Isotopes and Trace Elements Modelisation Constraints on the Origin of the Fluids

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    Bosch, D.; Lamour, M.; Jamais, M.; Bodinier, J.

    2003-12-01

    Previous field, petrological and geochemical works have identified high temperature hydrous alteration traces throughout the gabbros of the Samail ophiolite. Temperatures have been calibrated for the successive stages of alteration, starting with orthopyroxene-pargasite coronas (above 975 \\deg C) and ending with the low temperature (LT) lizardite serpentinisation (below 500 \\deg C). Sr isotopic analyses performed on massive gabbros, dikes and veins and associated minerals depart from typical mantle signatures and are characterized by radiogenic Sr isotopic ratios suggesting seawater as the most likely hydrothermal contaminant. The main water channels may be submillimetric microcracks with a dominantly vertical attitude and constituting the recharge hydrothermal system, whereas dikes and veins represent the discharge part. This model requires that these dikes have been generated by hydration of the crystallizing gabbros via seawater penetration, near the internal wall of the LVZ-magma chamber, i.e. at temperatures well above the near 1000 \\deg C temperature recorded so far. We used the numerical plate model of VerniŠres et al. (1997) to simulate the chemical evolution of Sr isotopes and some trace elements in fluids through the gabbro column. This approach takes into account mineralogical and porosity variations due to dissolution-precipitation processes, as well as variations of partition coefficients as a function of distance from the fluid source. The aim of modelling was twofold: (1) to provide estimates of the chemical evolution of fluids as a result of high-temperature interaction with gabbros, and (2) to constrain the fluid-rock ratios throughout the gabbros sequence. Such an approach sheds new lights on the importance of high temperature hydrothermal processes and on the geochemical modifications they induced during oceanic crust formation at fast spreading ridge. VerniŠres J., Godard M., Bodinier J.-L., 1997. A plate model for the simulation of trace

  16. Hydrothermal fault zones in the lower oceanic crust: An example from the Samail ophiolite, Oman

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    Zihlmann, Barbara; Müller, Samuel; Koepke, Juergen; Teagle, Damon

    2017-04-01

    Hydrothermal circulation is a key process for the exchange of chemical elements between the oceans and the solid Earth and particularly for the extraction of heat from newly accreted crust at mid-ocean ridges. However, due to a dearth of samples from intact oceanic crust, or continuous samples from ophiolites, there remain major short comings in our understanding of hydrothermal circulation in the oceanic crust, especially in the deeper part. In particular, it is unknown whether fluid recharge and discharge occurs pervasively or if it is mainly channeled onto discrete zones such as faults. Here, we present a description of a hydrothermal fault zone that crops out in the layered gabbro section, of Wadi Gideah in the Samail ophiolite in Oman, which might be a channel of enhanced fluid flow. Field observations reveal an approximately one meter-thick chlorite - epidote normal fault with heavily altered gabbro clasts in the center. In places there is copper mineralization within the chlorite - epidote zone. In both, the hanging and the footwall the gabbro is heavily altered and veined, mainly with amphibole, epidote, prehnite and zeolite veins. Even though the fault zone is within the layered gabbro section, and perhaps only 1 km above the crust-mantle boundary, the gabbro around the fault zone shows highly variable textures. Preliminary strontium isotope whole rock data yield 87Sr/86Sr ratios of ˜ 0.7046, which are considerably more radiogenic than "fresh" gabbro from the Oman ophiolite (87Sr/86Sr = 0.7026 - 0.7030), and similar to black smoker hydrothermal signatures based on epidote, measured elsewhere in the ophiolite.

  17. Summary of Methods for Measuring Electrical Properties of Geological Strata to Estimate Electromagnetic Shielding Effectiveness

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    1988-04-01

    10 5 Dry 77 Table 9 (Cont’d) Gabbro 8.8-10.0 104-107 Dry Gabbro Southern Urals (3.26% ore content) 12.8 -- Dry Diabase Oneshsk 11.6 5 x 105 Dry... Diabase 9.0-13 104_107 Dry Labradorite Ukrainian SSR 7.82 --.- Igneous rocks, ultrabasic Peridotite (Plagioclase) Kola Peninsula 15.7-18.8 105-107 Dry...diorite Georgian SSR 2.0 x 108 -- Dacite Georgian SSR 2.1 x 106 -- Andesite Georgian SSR 4.5 x 106 1.7 x 10 4 Basic and ultrabasic Diabase

  18. An Intensive Survey of Archaeological Resources in the Proposed Long Branch Reservoir. Volume 2B

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    1977-01-01

    GcGb - Gneissic Gabbro Hematite TGn - Talc Gneiss c - chipped ShGb - Schistic Gabbro a - scratched ShD - Schistic Dolerite f - flake FH/SS - Flint...Hill Sandstone g - ground Mss - Micaceous Sandstone fss - Ferruginous Sandstone A - Argillite c - chert Qtz - Quartz FGQtt - Fine-grained Quartzite Qtt...ARTIFACTS - LONG BRANCI RESERVOIR 41 0 Points Contracti~ng-@ taed, square-based points l a 23MC55 4-4 50 25 9 9.6g b 23MCSS 2-1 74 39 9 22.8g c

  19. Gabbroic and Peridotitic Enclaves from the 2008 Kasatochi Eruption, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

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    Kentner, A.; Nadin, E. S.; Izbekov, P. E.; Nye, C. J.; Neill, O. K.

    2012-12-01

    Kasatochi volcano of the Andreanof Islands in the western Aleutian Arc violently erupted over a two day period from August 7-8, 2008. The eruption involved multiple explosive events generating pyroclastic flows, which included abundant mafic and ultramafic enclaves that have since weathered out and accumulated in talus along the coast. These and other mafic enclaves sampled by modern island arc lavas provide insight into subduction magmatism because they emerge from a section of the subduction system that is less likely than shallower zones to be modified by magmatic processes such as mixing, assimilation, or fractionation. We present new whole rock, clinopyroxene, amphibole, plagioclase, and melt compositions from Kasatochi enclaves of the 2008 eruption. The highly crystalline (~40 vol. % phenocryst content), medium-K basaltic andesite host rock contains ~52-55 wt. % SiO2 and 0.6-0.9 wt. % K2O, and is composed of plagioclase, ortho- and clinopyroxene, amphibole, and Ti-magnetite in a microlite-rich groundmass. Upon eruption, this magma sampled two distinct enclave populations: gabbro and peridotite. The gabbro has abundant amphibole (mostly magnesio-hastingsite) and plagioclase with minor clinopyroxene, olivine, and magnetite, while the peridotite is composed of olivine with minor amounts of clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene. There is little textural variation amongst the peridotitic samples collected, but the gabbroic samples vary from layered to massive and cover a range in grain size from fine-grained to pegmatitic. The layered gabbros display centimeter-scale bands of alternating plagioclase- and amphibole-rich layers, with a strong preferential alignment of the amphibole grains. The coarser-grained samples are very friable, with ~10% pore space; disaggregation of these upon host-magma ascent likely formed the amphibole and plagioclase xenocrysts in the andesitic host. Based on the textural and compositional differences, we divide the enclaves into four groups

  20. Evidence from the lamarck granodiorite for rapid late cretaceous crust formation in California

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    Coleman, D.S.; Frost, T.P.; Glazner, A.F.

    1992-01-01

    Strontium and neodymium isotopic data for rocks from the voluminous 90-million-year-old Lamarck intrusive suite in the Sierra Nevada batholith, California, show little variation across a compositional range from gabbro to granite. Data for three different gabbro intrusions within the suite are identical within analytical error and are consistent with derivation from an enriched mantle source. Recognition of local involvement of enriched mantle during generation of the Sierran batholith modifies estimates of crustal growth rates in the United States. These data indicate that parts of the Sierra Nevada batholith may consist almost entirely of juvenile crust added during Cretaceous magmatism.

  1. Premiers résultats des plongées du Nautile sur le banc de Gorringe (Ouest Portugal)

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    Girardeau, Jacques; Cornen, Guy; Agrimer, Pierre; Beslier, Marie-Odile; Dubuisson, Gilles; LeGall, Bernard; Monnier, Christophe; Pinheiro, Luis; Ribeiro, Antonio; Whitechurch, Hubert

    1998-02-01

    The oceanic crust exposed on the Gorringe Bank (SW Portugal) presents a laccolith-like body of gabbros, 500 m thick by 50 km long, within mantle peridotites. It also shows rare tholeiitic dikes and pillow-lavas resting locally directly over the peridotites. Gabbros, that crystallized in a closed system, subsequently underwent strong deformation in highto low-temperature conditions, in a west to east extensional flat shear zone system. This massif would likely be formed during the early stages of oceanic spreading, at the end of continental rifting. This is in agreement with kinematic reconstructions for the North Atlantic Ocean.

  2. Deep Drilling Results in the Atlantic Ocean: Ocean Crust

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    1979-01-01

    Basal Group Lower Pillow Lava Basal Group Diabase Diabase Fig. 3. Diagrammatic sketch showing the relationships in cross-section between dikes, flows and...ultramafic, amphibolite. diabase (one sample) and crystalline basalt. The samples BASALT GLASS ANALYSES CAYMAN TROUGH22 + FAMOUS 1WWII volley, 2wR.MAlt... Diabase Greenschist3A ’. Facies 6.3-6.7 Meta-Gabbro ....................... \\ 41 I *. 3 "’.’ Plutonic Complex 6.8-7.5 /\\ Gabbro/’/t• I, \\ i %%, 4-4 Fig

  3. Duality of magmatism in the plutonic sequence of the Sumail Nappe, Oman

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    Juteau, T.; Ernewein, M.; Reuber, I.; Whitechurch, H.; Dahl, R.

    1988-09-01

    Detailed field mapping of the crustal sequence in several areas of the Sumail Ophiolite Nappe, mainly in the Fizh, the Salahi and the Haylayn blocks, and comparisons with other well-studied areas, have shown that the crustal sequence was constructed by two distinct, although nearly contemporaneous, magmatic series: The first, a gabbroic series, was emplaced during the accretion stage at an oceanic spreading centre which formed the layered gabbro unit, the high-level isotropic gabbro unit and their by-products, the sheeted dyke complex and the lower extrusives. Fine-grained homogeneous, planar-laminated gabbros commonly occur at the top of the layered gabbro sequence. In some specific areas (Wadi Haymiliyah and Wadi Rajmi), these are strongly differentiated Fe-Ti-rich gabbronorites and norites, which coincide with large-scale discontinuities within the plutonic sequence, interpreted as axial discontinuities of the spreading magma chambers. The second series, an ultramafic wehrlitic series, is locally rooted in the upper mantle (i.e., the impregnated dunitic transition zone). This has intruded the whole crustal sequence up to the pillow lavas. Countless discordant and concordant wehrlitic bodies intruded the plutonic sequence, making up 20-40% of it in volume. We describe the various settings and forms of these intrusions, which were largely underestimated in previous studies. We also describe their mineralogy and textures, and show with chemical and mineralogical arguments that these bodies evolved as relatively closed systems, independently from each other. We infer from the study of the contacts that the gabbros were still hot and consolidated just at the moment of the wehrlitic intrusion. At the base of the crust however, indications of immiscibility between gabbros and wehrlites are common, suggesting that both magmatic series were quite contemporaneous. The wehrlites are commonly isotropic and may exhibit an internal layering of the dunite

  4. Evidence from the lamarck granodiorite for rapid late cretaceous crust formation in california.

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    Coleman, D S; Glazner, A F; Frost, T P

    1992-12-18

    Strontium and neodymium isotopic data for rocks from the voluminous 90-million-year-old Lamarck intrusive suite in the Sierra Nevada batholith, California, show little variation across a compositional range from gabbro to granite. Data for three different gabbro intrusions within the suite are identical within analytical error and are consistent with derivation from an enriched mantle source. Recognition of local involvement of enriched mantle during generation of the Sierran batholith modifies estimates of crustal growth rates in the United States. These data indicate that parts of the Sierra Nevada batholith may consist almost entirely of juvenile crust added during Cretaceous magmatism.

  5. Luminescence of apollo 11 lunar samples.

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    Greenman, N N; Gross, H G

    1970-01-30

    Luminescence measurements were made of four lunar rocks, two terrestrial rocks (granite and gabbro), and one terrestrial mineral (willemite) by comparing the spectral curves with the curve of a barium sulfate standard. Efficiencies with 3000 angstrom excitation were < 6 x 10(-5) for the lunar samples, < 8 x 10(-5) for gabbro of very similar composition to the lunar samples, approximately 10(-4) for granite, and approximately 2 X 10(-2) for willemite. If these are typical values for other ultraviolet excitation wavelengths, the Apollo 11 site appears to contribute little to the observed lunar luminescence.

  6. Insight in Ridge Axial Melt Lens in the Oman Ophiolite

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    Boudier, F.; Nicolas, A.; Daignieres, M.

    2008-12-01

    As in fast spreading ridges, the Oman ophiolite had a melt lens perched on top of the magma chamber where the gabbro unit was crystallizing. This melt lens is now reduced to an horizon where its roof and floor are coinciding and this horizon is now identified in the field. It is generally marked by a sharp discordance between the isotropic gabbros from the root zone of sheeted dike complex (RZSDC) and steeply dipping foliated gabbros. These gabbros are issued from the mush settled on the floor of the melt lens, after subsidence inside the magma chamber. After stretching, compaction and rotation in the chamber, the mush has drifted through the wall of the chamber with, as a result, the observed steep foliated gabbros. Depending on its vertical distance beneath the lens horizon, a given gabbro derives from increasing distances inside the melt lens. Insights in the active melt lens are possible in three ways. 1) Looking at gabbros from the lens horizon, which virtually have not subsided. 2) Considering uncommon areas which display flat-lying foliated gabbros, below the contact with RZSDC and which grade down section into the steep foliated gabbros. Such situations are ascribed to a retreat of the melt lens, exposing gabbros which crystallized on its floor. Their good foliation points to a dynamic deposition on the floor, presumably by convection currents. 3) Considering the ubiquitous occurrence of anorthosites which are interlayered with the foliated gabbros. The anorthosites carry several important messages such as: - compaction of the mush at early stage of subsidence; - chemical nature of the rising melt which drops plagioclase first, followed by either olivine or clinopyroxene; - frequency and volume of melt intrusions, each one coming as short and massive melt surge; - spacing of areas of melt delivery on the lens floor. These results are essentially derived from anorthosites description and distribution in the field. It is concluded that melt lens activity is

  7. 138-121 Ma asthenospheric magmatism prior to continental break-up in the North Atlantic and geodynamic implications

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    Schärer, Urs; Girardeau, Jacques; Cornen, Guy; Boillot, Gilbert

    2000-09-01

    Along the Galicia and Gorringe banks and in the Iberia Abyssal Plain of the North Atlantic, unroofed sub-continental mantle fills the gap between 'true' oceanic crust and the continental crust margin. These lithospheric peridotites are intruded by gabbros and dolerites, and locally covered by basalts. Primary magmatic zircons extracted from gabbros and meta-gabbros of the two banks were dated by the U-Pb chronometer, and initial hafnium isotope signatures ( ɛHf i) were determined on the same grains. For Mt. Gettysburg at Gorringe, gabbro emplacement ages of 137.5±0.5 (2σ) Ma and 135.7±0.8 Ma are obtained, and corresponding ɛHf i lie at +20.5±0.3 (2σ) and +19.5±0.4, substantiating magma formation from severely LILE-depleted mantle domains. Gabbro zircons from Mt. Ormonde at Gorringe yield a much younger age of 77.1±0.4 Ma and the Hf isotopes document an intermediately LILE-depleted mantle source having a ɛHf i of +7.6±0.4. Given its age and Hf signature, emplacement of this rock can be ascribed to the alkaline magmatic event that also affected the Iberian Continent in Upper Cretaceous time. Concerning the Galicia section, zircons from a meta-gabbro yield an emplacement age of 121.7±0.4 Ma and a ɛHf i of +14.0±0.2, and a ɛHf i of +14.6±0.2 is obtained for zircons from a previously dated meta-gabbro of identical age. These results indicate magma extraction from mantle reservoirs that are slightly less LILE-depleted than those sampled by the about 20 Myr older Gorringe gabbros. The data demonstrate that magmatism occurring prior to complete separation of Europe from America was essentially of asthenospheric origin. Both the 138-135 Ma ages for the Gorringe gabbros and 122 Ma ages for the Galicia gabbros are at least 5 Myr older than the oldest sediments on Gorringe, and the break-up unconformity at the Galicia Bank, respectively. Magma source signatures of the syn-rift gabbros are in agreement with values expected for differently depleted Cretaceous

  8. Detachment Fault Initiation and Control by Partially Molten Zones in the Lower Ocean Crust

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    Dick, H. J.; Natland, J. H.; MacLeod, C. J.; Robinson, P. T.

    2012-12-01

    The close association of oxide gabbro and deformation in interleaved ferrogabbro and olivine gabbro at Atlantis Bank on the SW Indian Ridge explains the formation of this enormous single-domed gabbroic oceanic core complex. ODP Holes 735B and 1105A show that the stratigraphy is defined by 100's of zones of intense deformation and strain localization in the upper 500-m where various melts percolated including late-stage iron-titanium rich melts. The latter created highly deformed oxide-rich gabbro zones at scales from millimeters to over 100 meters. Mapping by ROV, over-the-side rock drilling, dredging, and submersible shows that this stratigraphy exists uniformly over the bank. Deep drilling and sampling up the headwalls of major landslips cutting into the core complex show that the fault zone was imbricate, likely reflecting relocation of the active slip plane due to cyclic intrusion in the lower crust. The detachment originated as a high-angle fault on the rift valley wall that propagated into a zone of partially molten gabbro beneath the sheeted dikes. This zone then pinned the footwall block, creating a plutonic growth fault along which gabbro intruded beneath the ridge axis was continuously uplifted and exposed on the Antarctic plate for ~3.9 myr. The overlying basaltic carapace spread more slowly to the north on the African Plate. Textural evidence, particularly that provided by iron-titanium oxides, shows that melts migrated along complex shear zones in which several creep mechanisms operated, ranging from crystal plastic dislocation creep, diffusion creep, grain boundary sliding, and brittle deformation. More than one of these mechanisms may have occurred concurrently. Subsequently, these zones localized later solid-state creep, often producing texturally complex rocks where separation of the timing and duration of different creep mechanisms is difficult to unravel. As uplift of the plutonic section progressed, the footwall passed through the zone of diking

  9. Mossbauer Characterization of Iron Oxide Nanoclusters Grown within Aluminosilicate Matrices

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    2003-01-01

    2Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas , Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru. 3Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas , Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. ABSTRACT...nanoclusters. Zeolitic and sol-gel derived molecular sieves and a variety of cross-linked and block co-polymers have been used to this purpose [1-41. The...Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas and the NSF: DMR 0074537 for support. Figures 1 and 2 ame reprinted with permission from reference [I]. Copyright 2001

  10. An overview of recently published medical papers in Brazilian scientific journals

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    Rocha e Silva, Mauricio; Gomes, Ariane

    2011-01-01

    A brief review intended as information to the readership of Clinics on papers recently published under various medical headings in Brazilian scientific journals recently indexed or about to be indexed in ISI-THOMSON Journal Citation Reports. Journals covered in this review are Acta Ortopédica Brasileira, Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia, Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia, Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular and Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira. PMID:22086531

  11. The crustal section of the Siniktanneyak Mountain ophiolite, Brooks Range, Alaska

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    Bickerstaff, D.; Harris, R.A.; Miller, M.A. . Dept. of Geology and Geography)

    1993-04-01

    Fragments of the upper crustal section of the Brooks Range Ophiolite on the west flank of Siniktanneyak Mountain expose important contact relations and paleohorizontal indicators. The nearly complete crustal sequence faces northwest. Based on field observations, the crustal units encountered at Siniktanneyak Mountain from bottom to top are: (1) layered gabbro, (2) isotropic gabbro, (3) high level and late-stage intrusions of diorite and diabase, (4) rare sheeted dikes, (5) basalt, and (6) a bedded volcanic tuff. Potassium feldspar-bearing pegmatites are also found. Of particular interest is the orientation of the layered gabbro, sheeted dikes, and the bedded volcanic tuff. The steeply dipping gabbro layers strike N-S, the adjacent vertical sheeted dikes strike NE-SW. Bedded volcanic tuff and lavas are flat lying. Contacts within the upper crust units are often covered by talus. Contacts between various plutonic rocks are both sharp and gradational, suggesting syn- and post-cooling intrusions. Contacts between plutonic rock and higher volcanic rock appear to be fault contacts.

  12. Influence of water on rheology and strain localization in the lower continental crust

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    Getsinger, A. J.; Hirth, G.; Stünitz, H.; Goergen, E. T.

    2013-07-01

    We investigated deformation processes within a lower crustal shear zone exposed in gabbros from Arnøya, Norway. Over a distance of ˜1 m, the gabbro progresses from nominally undeformed to highly sheared where it is adjacent to a hydrous pegmatite. With increasing proximity to the pegmatite, there is a significant increase in the abundance of amphibole and zoisite (which form at the expense of pyroxene and calcic plagioclase) and a slight increase in the strength of plagioclase lattice-preferred orientation, but there is little change in recrystallized plagioclase grain size. Phase diagrams, the presence of hydrous reaction products, and deformation mechanism maps all indicate that the water activity (aH2O) during deformation must have been high (˜1) in the sheared gabbro compared with the nonhydrated, surrounding host gabbro. These observations indicate that fluid intrusion into mafic lower crust initiates syn-deformational, water-consuming reactions, creating a rheological contrast between wet and dry lithologies that promote strain localization. Thus, deformation of lower continental crust can be accommodated in highly localized zones of enhanced fluid infiltration. These results provide an example of how fluid weakens lower continental crust lithologies at high pressures and temperatures.

  13. Late orogenic mafic magmatism in the North Cascades, Washington: Petrology and tectonic setting of the Skymo layered intrusion

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    Whitney, D.L.; Tepper, J.H.; Hirschmann, M.M.; Hurlow, H.A.

    2008-01-01

    The Skymo Complex in the North Cascades, Washington, is a layered mafic intrusion within the Ross Lake fault zone, a major orogen-parallel structure at the eastern margin of the Cascades crystalline core. The complex is composed dominantly of troctolite and gabbro, both with inclusions of primitive olivine gabbro. Low-pressure minerals in the metasedimentary contact aureole and early crystallization of olivine + plagioclase in the mafic rocks indicate the intrusion was emplaced at shallow depths (<12 km). The Skymo rocks have trace-element characteristics of arc magmas, but the association of Mg-rich olivine (Fo88-80) with relatively sodic plagioclase (An75-60) and the Al/Ti ratios of clinopyroxene are atypical of arc gabbros and more characteristic of rift-related gabbros. A Sm-Nd isochron indicates crystallization in the early Tertiary (ca. 50 Ma), coeval with the nearby Golden Horn alkaline granite. Mantle melting to produce Skymo magma likely occurred in a mantle wedge with a long history of arc magmatism. The Skymo mafic complex and the Golden Horn granite were emplaced during regional extension and collapse of the North Cascades orogen and represent the end of large-scale magmatism in the North Cascades continental arc. ?? 2008 Geological Society of America.

  14. Magma mixing and mingling on Deer, Niblack, and Etolin Islands, southeastern Alaska

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    Lindline, J.; Crawford, W.A.; Crawford, M.L. . Geology Dept.)

    1993-03-01

    Intimately associated 20 m.a. hornblende-biotite granites and olivine gabbro norites occur on Etolin, Niblack and Deer Islands, southwest of Wrangell, Alaska. The field relationships suggest multiple injections of mafic and felsic phases within this igneous complex. Ellipsoidal to angular mafic magmatic enclaves occur in the granite, ranging in number from sparse to tightly packed swarms. Slightly curved decimeter sized rafts of fine grained mafic enclaves comprise a frozen fountain of mafic magma in the felsic host. Course-grained felsic dikes containing gabbroic zenoliths and ubiquitous fine-grained mafic pillows exhibiting sharp and sutured chilled borders intrude the layered gabbro. Synplutonic northeast trending fine-grained mafic and fine-grained felsic dikes mutually cross-cut the felsic pillow-bearing dikes. The granite consists of green hornblende, dark brown biotite, plagioclase and quartz. The mafic mineral assemblage changes from olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, and plagioclase in the gabbro through intermediate-grained phases containing altered clinopyroxene, brown hornblende, red-brown biotite, plagioclase and quartz. The increase in proportion of hydrous mafic minerals from the gabbro to the fine-grained mafic enclaves and changes in pleochroic colors of biotite and hornblende from the intermediate-grained phases to the fine-grained mafic enclaves suggest chemical interaction between the mafic enclaves and their felsic host.

  15. Shallow drilling investigation of contact relationships in the Wichita Mountains igneous province

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    Gilbert, M.C.; Hogan, J.P. . School of Geology and Geophysics); Luza, K. )

    1993-02-01

    Within the Wichita Mountains Igneous Province, a variety of mineralogically, texturally and compositionally diverse hybrid rock types (i.e. gabbro-diorites, monzonites and granodiorites) crop out at gabbro-grants contacts. Possible coeval sedimentary rocks associated with crustal rifting are restricted to a few scattered, isolated exposures of a mineralogically variable group of meta-quartzites (Meers Quartzite). Typically these outcrops of meta-quartzite are of limited areal extent and are surrounded by either gabbro, granite, rhyolite or a combination of these rock types. However, the origin of both the hybrid rock types and the Meers Quartzite remains enigmatic because outcrops containing complete and clear contact relationships are extremely rare. At present, direct testing of models is difficult as complete exposure of contacts between these units is extremely rare due to deposition of younger sedimentary units and severe degradation by weathering. Poor condition of existing samples has hampered geochemical and other petrologic methods in evaluating models. Four potential drilling sites have been selected where critical contacts between major geologic units are interpreted to be present in the shallow subsurface (<300 ft.). Objectives of drilling are (1) direct observation of contacts between rock units by retrieval of a complete core sample from the drill hole, (2) retrieval of freshest possible rock material for petrographic and geochemical analysis and (3) retrieval of a complete transect beginning in Mount Scott Granite or Meers Quartzite across the hybrid rock zone and into the substrate gabbro to document variations associated with the transition.

  16. Summary and Review of the Tectonic Structure of Eurasia. Part 1

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    1980-12-05

    their associated gabbros and amphibolites. The Urals’ analogue in North America is the Appalachians. The Urals 13 Is - and the Appalachians are... world an -*Unts for 80% of the seismicity in the USSR. Earthquakes are found as deep at 650 km. Veith (1974) relocated earthquakes in the Kurile

  17. Tunnel Design by Rock Mass Classifications

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    1990-01-01

    fact, rock mass classifications have been successfully applied throughout the world : in the United States,2 - Canada,7 8 Western Europe, 9 -12 South...gneiss. Very high strength >30000 >200 Quartzite, dolerite, gabbro , basalt. Table 10 3 Classification for Discontinuity Spacing Spacing of Rock Mass

  18. Global Isotopic Signatures of Oceanic Island Basalts.

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    1991-08-01

    Appendix). Samples in the data set are mainly basalt. with some gabbros and trachybasalts, trachytes and other silica-rich rocks relative to basalt...Hart (1984) contoured world maps of OIB isotope data for his three DUPAL anomaly criteria [ASr> 40; A7/4 > 3; A8/4 > 401. These maps show a

  19. Geothermal Potential of Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center at Pickel Meadow, California.

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    1983-05-01

    The early plutons were small bodies of quartz- gabbro and quartz-diorite. They were followed by the predominant early Nevadan intrusives that were...Survey Water-Supply Paper 338. (1951) Waring, G. A. "Thermal Springs of the United States and Other Countries of the World - A Summary." U.S. Geological

  20. Standard Samples and Reference Standards Issued by the National Bureau of Standards

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    1954-08-31

    calculating the best frequencies for communication between any two points in the world at any time during the given month. The data are important to all...Graniteville granite -------------------------- 3.3 ±0.2 ------------------------------------ & 00 4982 Gabbro -diorite --------------------------- 0.18±0.02

  1. Analysis and Simulation of 3D Scattering due to Heterogeneous Crustal Structure and Surface Topography on Regional Phases; Magnitude and Discrimination

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    2009-07-07

    layers of gabbro and granite in bedrock. The influence of crustal random heterogeneities of all scales and surface topography are shown to be very...0120020094 Graves, R., and A. Pitarka, 2004: Broadband time history simulation using a hybrid approach. Proceeding 13th World Conference on Earthquake

  2. Geochemical and zircon U-Pb dating analysis of metamagmatic rocks from the Yuli belt in Taiwan

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    Hung, Chia-Chia

    2016-04-01

    The Tananao Schist Complex of the oldest rocks in Taiwan is exposed at the eastern limb of Backbone Range. Based on the lithologic and metamorphic characteristics, the complex can be divided into the Tailuko and Yuli belts. The Tailuko belt consists of marble, gneiss, and subordinate scattered metabasite; the Yuli belt is composed of greenschist, serpentinite, meta-tuff, meta-gabbro, metabasite, and glaucophane-schist blocks which enclosed by spotted schist of the host rocks. The metamorphic belts were inferred as a Mesozoic mélange. It's still controversial due to the difficulty of analyzing metamorphic rocks. In this study, we focus on the zircon U-Pb dating, geochemistry, and petrographic analysis of spotted schist, metabasite, meta-gabbro, and meta-tuff in order to constrain the formation and crystallization ages and interpret its tectonic setting. Based on zircon U-Pb dating, the host rocks of spotted schist and the exotic blocks of meta-tuff, meta-gabbro (the peak age of 14.4, 15.8, and 16.7 Ma), and metabasite occurred at Miocene. Geochemical characteristics for metabasite and meta-gabbro blocks show Ta-Nd-Ti depletion and LREE depletion in spidergram occurring volcanic arc and N-MORB type affinities, respectively. Results as above mentioned, we suggest that the metamagmatic rocks in the Yuli belt occur within a mélange during the Eurasia continental margin subduction at the Middle-Late Miocene.

  3. Low-Velocity Zone of the Earth's Mantle: Incipient Melting Caused by Water.

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    Lambert, I B; Wyllie, P J

    1970-08-21

    Experimental phase diagrams for the systems gabbro-water and peridotite-water indicate that, if there is any water in the upper mantle, then traces of hydrous interstitial silicate magma will be produced at depths corresponding to the beginning of the low-velocity zone. This explanation for the zone is more satisfactory than others proposed.

  4. Skarn-type ilmenite mineralization of the Tuzbaşi-Tunceli region, eastern Turkey

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    Altunbey, Mehmet; Sagiroglu, Ahmet

    2003-02-01

    In the Tuzbaşi-Tunceli region of eastern Turkey, skarn-type ilmenite mineralizations occur within the skarn zones along the contact between marbles of the Keban Metamorphic Formation (Permo-Triassic) and gabbros and diorites of the Elazig Magmatic Complex (Coniacian-Campanian). The Elazig Magmatic Complex has characteristics typical of arc magmatism and is composed of plutonic, volcanic, subvolcanic and pyroclastic rocks. Both formations are overlain by sediments of the Alibonca Formation (Lower Miocene) and continental andesitic lava flows of the Karabakır Formation (Upper Miocene-Pliocene). Ilmenite and skarn formation developed as a consequence of plutons (granite-gabbro-diorite) of the Elazig Magmatic Complex intruding into marbles of the Keban Metamorphic Formation. This event also resulted in different types of magnetite mineralization and skarn formation, with different mineral assemblages, in neighbouring areas. Ilmenite concentrations occur as lensoid bodies in garnet-pyroxene calcic exoskarns along (gabbro-diorite)-marble contacts. Ilmenite bodies form syngenetically with skarns, and their TiO 2 contents reach up to 15.83 wt%. The predominant ore mineral is ilmenite, which is often altered to leucoxene and hematite, and occurs disseminated within skarn minerals (predominantly almandine garnet and pyroxene). The titanium of ilmenites apparently originated from the diorites and gabbros, which are otherwise Ti and Al-rich and Si-poor. The intruded marbles supplied the necessary O 2 for ilmenite mineralization.

  5. Ultramafic and mafic rocks from the Garret Transform Fault near 13°30'S on the East Pacific Rise: Igneous petrology

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    Hébert, Réjean; Bideau, Daniel; Hekinian, Roger

    1983-10-01

    Serpentinized peridotites, metagabbros and fresh basaltic rocks were dredged from the Garret Transform Fault near 13°S on the East Pacific Rise. Two dredge hauls taken on the northern wall (from about 3100-3600 m) consisted of aphyric and picritic basalts; while peridotites, gabbros and moderately phyric basalts were recovered in a single dredge located near the deepest part (4616-4820 m) of the transform valley. Well preserved igneous textures and mineralogical assemblages enable us to differentiate between tectonites (including harzburgites and clinopyroxene-bearing harzburgites) and cumulates (consisting of plagioclase-dunite, troctolites, olivine-gabbros and ilmenite-gabbros). The harzburgites are likely to represent deep-seated peridotites left after extraction of basaltic melt during upper mantle partial melting of a lherzolite. The ultramafic cumulates underwent some deformation and show textural and mineralogical evidences which suggest formation at a minimum depth corresponding to the very lower crust. It is also inferred that the composition of the coexisting liquid along with early cumulus crystals has a ratio Mg/(Mg + Fe 2+) of 0.7, high CaO/Na 2O ratios and a low Ni content (about 150 ppm) when compared to similar rock types from Atlantic fracture zones. Subsequent uplift during rifting of the oceanic lithosphere enhanced plastic deformation, subsolidus recrystallization and retrogressive metamorphism of the gabbros and the ultramafics.

  6. Geochemical characteristics of hydrous basaltic magmas due to assimilation and fractional crystallization: the Ikoma gabbroic complex, southwest Japan

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    Koizumi, N.; Okudaira, T.; Ogawa, D.; Yamashita, K.; Suda, Y.

    2016-10-01

    To clarify the processes that occur in hydrous basaltic magma chambers, we have undertaken detailed petrological and geochemical analyses of mafic and intermediate rocks from the Ikoma gabbroic complex, southwest Japan. The complex consists mainly of hornblende gabbros, hornblende gabbronorites, and hornblende leucogabbros. The hornblende leucogabbros are characterized by low TiO2 and high CaO contents, whereas the hornblende gabbronorites have high TiO2 and low CaO contents. The initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (SrI) of the hornblende gabbronorites and hornblende gabbros are higher than those of the hornblende leucogabbros and plagioclase, and they may have resulted from a higher degree of assimilation of metasediments. The geochemical features of the hornblende leucogabbros and hornblende gabbronorites can be explained by accumulation of plagioclase and ilmenite, respectively, in a hybrid magma that formed by chemical interaction between mafic magma and metasediment, whereas the hornblende gabbros were produced by a high degree of crustal assimilation and fractional crystallization of this hybrid magma. As a result of the density differences between crystals and melt, the Ikoma gabbroic rocks formed by the accumulation of plagioclase in the middle of the magma chamber and by the accumulation of ilmenite in the bottom of the chamber. Taking into account the subsequent assimilation and fractional crystallization, our observations suggest an enriched mantle (SrI = ~0.7071) as the source material for the Ikoma gabbros.

  7. California earthquakes: why only shallow focus?

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    Brace, W F; Byerlee, J D

    1970-06-26

    Frictional sliding on sawcuts and faults in laboratory samples of granite and gabbro is markedly temperature-dependent. At pressures from 1 to 5 kilobars, stick-slip gave way to stable sliding as temperature was increased from 200 to 500 degrees Celsius. Increased temperature with depth could thus cause the abrupt disappearance of earthquakes noted at shallow depths in California.

  8. Recycled oceanic crust observed in 'ghost plagioclase' within the source of Mauna Loa lavas

    PubMed

    Sobolev; Hofmann; Nikogosian

    2000-04-27

    The hypothesis that mantle plumes contain recycled oceanic crust is now widely accepted. Some specific source components of the Hawaiian plume have been inferred to represent recycled oceanic basalts, pelagic sediments or oceanic gabbros. Bulk lava compositions, however, retain the specific trace-element fingerprint of the original crustal component in only a highly attenuated form. Here we report the discovery of exotic, strontium-enriched melt inclusions in Mauna Loa olivines. Their complete trace-element patterns strongly resemble those of layered gabbros found in ophiolites, which are characterized by cumulus plagioclase with very high strontium abundances. The major-element compositions of these melts indicate that their composition cannot be the result of the assimilation of present-day oceanic crust through which the melts have travelled. Instead, the gabbro has been transformed into a (high-pressure) eclogite by subduction and recycling, and this eclogite has then been incorporated into the Hawaiian mantle plume. The trace-element signature of the original plagioclase is present only as a 'ghost' signature, which permits specific identification of the recycled rock type. The 'ghost plagioclase' trace-element signature demonstrates that the former gabbro can retain much of its original chemical identity through the convective cycle without completely mixing with other portions of the former oceanic crust.

  9. California earthquakes: Why only shallow focus?

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    Brace, W.F.; Byerlee, J.D.

    1970-01-01

    Frictional sliding on sawcuts and faults in laboratory samples of granite and gabbro is markedly temperature-dependent. At pressures from 1 to 5 kilobars, stick-slip gave way to stable sliding as temperature was increased from 200 to 500 degrees Celsius. Increased temperature with depth could thus cause the abrupt disappearance of earthquakes noted at shallow depths in California.

  10. Feldspar basalts in lunar soil and the nature of the lunar continents

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    Reid, A. M.; Ridley, W. I.; Harmon, R. S.; Warner, J.; Brett, R.; Jakes, P.; Brown, R. W.

    1974-01-01

    It is found that 25% on the Apollo-14 glasses have the same composition as the glasses in two samples taken from the Luna-16 column. The compositions are equivalent to feldspar basalt and anorthosite gabbro, and are similar to the feldspar basalts identified from Surveyor-7 analysis for lunar continents.

  11. Geochronology and geochemistry of the Niujuanzi ophiolitic mélange, Gansu Province, NW China: implications for tectonic evolution of the Beishan Orogenic Collage

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    Wang, Shengdong; Zhang, Kexin; Song, Bowen; Li, Shucai; Li, Ming; Zhou, Jie

    2017-06-01

    The Niujuanzi ophiolitic mélange (NOM), located in the Beishan Orogenic Collage, marks the termination between the Huaniushan arc and Mingshui-Hanshan Massifs. The NOM is mainly composed of gabbros, diabases, plagiogranites, basalts, and greywacke. Two gabbros have ages of 433.8 ± 3.1 and 354.0 ± 3.3 Ma, two plagiogranites have ages of 429.8 ± 2 and 448.7 ± 2.0 Ma, and a diabase has an age of 433.4 ± 3.2 Ma. The gabbros and diabases are calc-alkaline and tholeiitic, with high Al2O3, CaO, and TiO2 contents and low FeOT contents. The gabbros have high Mg# values (49-82), while the diabases have relatively low Mg# values (46-61). The plagiogranites are calc-alkaline and metaluminous, with high SiO2 and Na2O contents and low Al2O3 and K2O contents. The gabbros and diabases are enriched in large iron lithophile elements and slightly depleted in high field strength elements relative to N-MORB and their trace element characteristics are similar to E-MORB. With respect to rare earth element (REE), they have slightly enriched LREEs relative to HREEs. The majority of the plagiogranite trace elements approximate those of the volcanic arc granite. The plagiogranites have obviously enriched LREEs relative to HREEs, with a slightly to strongly negative Eu anomaly, which is similar to ORG but distinct from volcanic arc and within plate granite. The NOM was formed from the Ordovician to the Carboniferous, representing the expansion period of the Niujuanzi Ocean. The gabbros, diabases, and plagiogranites were formed in a mid-ocean ridge environment. The gabbros and diabases were generated by different degrees of partial melting of the mantle, and the plagiogranites derived from both the crystallization differentiation of basaltic magma and the partial melting of amphibolites in the crust.

  12. Triassic mafic and intermediate magmatism associated with continental collision between the North and South China Cratons in the Korean Peninsula

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    Yi, Sang-Bong; Oh, Chang Whan; Lee, Seung-Yeol; Choi, Seon-Gyu; Kim, Taesung; Yi, Keewook

    2016-03-01

    Triassic coeval mafic and intermediate magmatism occurred in the area suggested to be the southern margin of the North China Craton (NCC) in the Gyeonggi Massif (GM) of the Korean Peninsula. This study investigates aspects of the mafic and intermediate magmatism using SHRIMP zircon ages and whole-rock chemical and isotopic Sr-Nd data. The mafic and intermediate rocks intruded into a basement paragneiss in three areas (Yangpyeong, Odesan and Yangyang) within the GM at ca. 230 Ma. The paragneiss was metamorphosed in both the Paleoproterozoic and Triassic. Gabbros (hornblende gabbro and pyroxene-mica gabbro) from the study areas exhibit strong light REE (LREE) enrichment relative to chondrite (LaN/YbN = 11.1-30.6) and a high LILE/HFSE pattern, Ta-Nb-P-Ti troughs and positive Ba-K-Pb-Sr spikes on the N-MORB-normalized multi-element variation diagram. These features are typical characteristics of arc-related gabbros. The gabbros also show strongly enriched initial isotopic compositions (87Sr/86Sr(i) = 0.7100-0.7137; εNd(t) = - 13.1 to - 19.7). The coeval intermediate intrusive rocks also exhibit whole-rock chemical and isotopic features (87Sr/86Sr(i) = 0.7099-0.7143; εNd(t) = - 10.8 to - 18.6) similar to those of the gabbros. The mafic and intermediate intrusive rocks plot in the within-plate and/or post-collisional fields on tectonic discrimination diagrams. These data indicate that the mafic and intermediate magmatism in the study areas occurred during the Triassic post-collisional relaxation period via partial melting of sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) that was enriched in a subduction environment prior to (or during) the Permo-Triassic continental collision between the NCC and the South China Craton (SCC). The highly enriched mantle signatures revealed by the gabbros from the study areas are matched to the enriched features identified in Cretaceous mafic igneous rocks (ca. 130 Ma) on the southern margin of the NCC. Thus, this study suggests that the

  13. Geology and petrology of the plutonic complexes in the Wadi Fizh area: Multiple magmatic events and segment structure in the northern Oman ophiolite

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    Adachi, Yoshiko; Miyashita, Sumio

    2003-09-01

    Multiple magmatic events are recorded in the gabbroic unit in the Fizh area of the northern Oman ophiolite. Gabbroic blocks intruded by sheeted dike complex and upper gabbros of the main crustal sequence show the oldest event. Gabbronorite sills in the gabbroic blocks are nearly coeval with the host gabbro. Wehrlitic intrusions (wehrlite I) mark the third event of magmatism. These three magmatic events occurred at the retreating (dying) ridge axis because all these rocks are intruded by dolerite dike swarm, which is generally regarded as a precursor of advancing ridge axis. The next stage of magmatism is a main phase of oceanic crust generation in this area. Wehrlite II and then gabbronorite dikes intrude the still hot main gabbro unit. All of these above rocks have similar signatures with respect to clinopyroxene compositions and covariations between plagioclase and mafic minerals, though slight differences are present in the compositional ranges and clinopyroxene compositions of each unit. After considerable cooling of the main gabbro unit, primitive basalt dikes intrude the main gabbro unit, which may correspond to the Lasail unit. Finally, the Fizh-South complex intrudes into considerably cooled crustal sequence, being below the brittle-plastic transition temperatures. The Fizh-South complex, which was regarded as a common wehrlitic intrusion, is significantly different from all of the above mentioned rocks, with respect to the covariation between plagioclase and associating mafic minerals, crystallization order, and clinopyroxene compositions. The clinopyroxenes are characterized by extremely low Ti and Na contents, comparable with those of the V2 unit (Alley volcanics), suggesting that the Fizh-South complex correlates with the plutonic facies of the V2 unit during arc stage. Layered gabbros in the Wadi Zabin area, about 10 km north of the Fizh area, may be a northern extension of the gabbro blocks of the Fizh area, because they are intruded by numerous

  14. Fast Spreading Mid Ocean Ridge Magma Chamber Processes: New Constraints from Hess Deep

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    MacLeod, C. J.; Lissenberg, J. C.; Howard, K. A.; Ildefonse, B.; Morris, A.; JC21 Scientific Party

    2011-12-01

    Hess Deep, on the northern edge of the Galapagos Microplate, is a rift valley located at the tip of the Cocos Nazca spreading centre. It is actively propagating westwards into young lithosphere formed at the East Pacific Rise (EPR). Previous studies have shown that the centre of Hess Deep, in the vicinity of a horst block termed the intra-rift ridge (IRR), is characterised by outcrops of gabbro and (minor) peridotite that form the most extensive and complete exposure yet known of lower crust and shallow mantle from a fast spreading mid-ocean ridge. In the absence of a total crustal penetration borehole, the tectonic window of Hess Deep provides our best opportunity to study fast-spreading magma chamber processes and lower crustal accretion by direct observation. Using the Isis ROV we collected high-resolution bathymetry and video data from an 11 sq km area of seafloor, from the nadir of Hess Deep (5400 mbsl) up to the IRR, and sampled outcrops from the region in detail. Of 145 samples in total 94 were gabbro (s.l.). Accounting as much as possible for the complex tectonic disruption of the region we have reassembled these gabbros into a stratigraphic section through an EPR lower crust that we estimate to have been originally about 4350 m thick. The upper half of this plutonic section, which includes a dyke to gabbro transition at the top, is more or less intact on the IRR; however the lower half has been tectonically thinned by active gravity driven faulting and is incomplete. Within this lower section we nevertheless believe we have representative samples from the entire interval. At its base, in addition to primitive olivine gabbro we also recovered dunite, troctolite and residual mantle harzburgite. We here present a synthesis of the petrography and whole rock and mineral compositions of the gabbros from the reconstructed lower crustal section, coupled with a quantitative (electron backscatter diffraction and magnetic) study of their petrofabrics. From this, in

  15. Syntectonic melt transport in cumulates: Evidence from gabbroic rocks from Hole 1105A, ODP Leg 179, Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Banerji, D.; Casey, J. F.

    2002-12-01

    Extensive geochemical analyses have been conducted on 158 meters of gabbroic rocks recovered from Hole 1105A during ODP Leg 179. Hole 1105A was drilled on the Atlantis Bank, located along the Atlantis II Transform, Southwest Indian Ridge. Hole 1105A is offset 1.2 Km from Hole 735B, the deepest hole ever drilled in to the plutonic foundation of the oceanic crust. Four major rock types have been identified in the cored section; they are gabbro, olivine gabbro, oxide olivine gabbro and oxide gabbro. Whole rock Mg numbers range from 83.5 to 19.6 indicating extensive fractionation of magma and large oxide abundances in some rocks. The oxide free gabbroic rocks have a very low abundance of incompatible elements like P2O5, TiO2, Zr and LREE indicating that they crystallized as adcumulates or mesocumulates with little to no trapped melt retained. The oxide gabbro layers have a higher abundance of Fe2O3, TiO2 and incompatible trace elements. Clinopyroxene mineral chemistry varies from Mg number 83.7-50.8 in the core. Plagioclase compositions vary from An 66 to An 22 and olivine composition varies from Fo 76-36. Thin sections from oxide rich zones that tend to show evidence of ductile deformation exhibit anomalous assemblage of minerals. In a single thin section from one such zone, it is observed that clinopyroxene Mg number varies from 53.6 to 57.3, plagioclase An from 41 to 39, and olivine has a low Fo content of 36. The above reported variations are observed in the cores of the minerals, not as zonations from core to margins. Also the grains are randomly located throughout the thin section and the variations are not controlled by layer boundaries. Reverse situations are also observed where primitive olivine (Fo 75.6) lies within a thin section having clinopyroxene Mg numbers ranging from 68.4-65.9 and plagioclase An ranging from 56.6- 41.6. It is unlikely that fractionation of a single melt would give rise to such anomalous assemblages. In addition, textural evidence

  16. Lithological and structural investigations of the Finero back thrust

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    Palzer, M.; Österle, J.; Klötzli, U.

    2012-04-01

    The Ivrea-Verbano-Zone (IVZ, Southern Alps, NW Italy) constitutes a renowned cross-section through the continental crust. It is one of the few places in the world where a complete crustal transect from the palaeo-surface to granulite facies lower crustal conditions and accompanying mantle melt intrusions can be studied directly. It has thus gained an enormous amount of interest and generated a wealth of literature. But the litho-tectonic evolution of the IVZ is still only partly understood and numerous problems remain unsolved. The IVZ is tectonically confined by the Insubric Line to the north and west and by the Cossato-Mergozzo-Brissago Line (CMB) as well as by the Pogallo Line to the east. The outcropping rocks are interpreted as a part of the Adriatic continental crust emplaced during the Alpine orogeny. Lithologies comprise a stratigraphically upper amphibolite facies "kinzigite series" and a lower granulite facies "stronalite series" (both with metapelites, basites, calcsilicate rocks), numerous ultrabasic mantle tectonites and a widespread suite of Permian mantle melt intrusions, the so-called "mafic complex". The largest mantle tectonite of the IVZ is the peridotite body of Finero. This comprises three main lithologies: phlogopite peridotite, "internal gabbro", hornblende peridotite (and minor amounts of pyroxenites, gabbroic dikes, ect.). In spite of many studies, the answers to numerous questions concerning the structure and history of the ultrabasic and basic rocks are still unsatisfying and need to be questioned. Peridotites, gabbros, stronalites and kinzigites can be found from north to south, interpreted as an extensionally thinned intersection through the lower crust. Problems arise from the difficult distinction between the "internal gabbro" within the peridotite body and the "external gabbro", as part of the "mafic complex", the unsatisfying structural interpretations concerning the peridotite body and the relationship between peridotite and "mafic

  17. Decoupling of Serpentinization and Prehnitization in Lower East Pacific Rise Crust at Hess Dee

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    Deasy, R. T.; Wintsch, R. P.; Meyer, R.; Bish, D. L.; Gasaway, C.; Heimdal, T.

    2014-12-01

    Our down-hole mineralogical and geochemical analyses from the East Pacific Rise fast-spreading lower oceanic crust indicate that alteration of olivine to serpentine and of plagioclase to prehnite were independent, and neither alone monitors the total "alteration." The results are based on representative channel sub-samples recovered from every Hole J core during IODP Expedition 345 to the Hess Deep tectonic window. Samples have been analyzed for trace element, Sr isotopic, and quantitative mineralogical compositions (the latter by Rietveld refinement using X-ray diffraction data). Hole J is the most representative rock succession drilled at the Hess Deep as it penetrated the two principle plutonic lithologies: an upper gabbro and a lower troctolite. Units are significantly distinguished by XRD modal mineralogy and trace element abundances. The more heterogeneous gabbro contains 23-32 wt% clinopyroxene (cpx), 34-54 wt% plagioclase (plag), and <4 wt% olivine (ol). The troctolite contains 3-11% cpx, 14-36% plag, and ≤6% ol. Alteration minerals comprise together 18-31% in the gabbro versus 55-80% of the troctolite. The most abundant alteration products are prehnite and chlorite. Gabbro samples with lowest abundances of alteration minerals (18-20 wt%) preserve 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.70275-0.7028) consistent with unaltered mantle. The abundance of plag in the gabbro, the major host for Sr, suggests retention of mantle Sr isotopic compositions there is due to the large reservoir of magmatic Sr. 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.70300-0.70342 in the troctolite samples indicate seawater interaction, even where olivine is most abundant, and serpentine is at or below the ~1% detection limit by XRD. Significant alteration of the deep crust by seawater thus predates the first appearance of serpentine. These data suggest that the timing and operation of prehnite- and serpentine-producing alteration reactions are independent.

  18. Constraints on the accretion of the gabbroic lower oceanic crust from plagioclase lattice preferred orientation in the Samail ophiolite

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    VanTongeren, J. A.; Hirth, G.; Kelemen, P. B.

    2015-10-01

    Oceanic crust represents more than 60% of the earth's surface and despite a large body of knowledge regarding the formation and chemistry of the extrusive upper oceanic crust, there still remains significant debate over how the intrusive gabbroic lower oceanic crust is accreted at the ridge axis. The two proposed end-member models, the Gabbro Glacier and the Sheeted Sills, predict radically different strain accumulation in the lower crust during accretion. In order to determine which of these two hypotheses is most applicable to a well-studied lower crustal section, we present data on plagioclase lattice preferred orientations (LPO) in the Wadi Khafifah section of the Samail ophiolite. We observe no systematic change in the strength of the plagioclase LPO with height above the crust-mantle transition, no dominant orientation of the plagioclase a-axis lineation, and no systematic change in the obliquity of the plagioclase LPO with respect to the modal layering and macroscopic foliation evident in outcrop. These observations are most consistent with the Sheeted Sills hypothesis, in which gabbros are crystallized in situ and fabrics are dominated by compaction and localized extension rather than by systematically increasing shear strain with increasing depth in a Gabbro Glacier. Our data support the hypothesis of MacLeod and Yaouancq (2000) that the rotation of the outcrop-scale layering from sub-horizontal in the layered gabbros to sub-vertical near the sheeted dikes is due to rapid vertical melt migration through upper gabbros close to the axial magma chamber. Additionally, our results support the hypothesis that the majority of extensional strain in fast spreading ridges is accommodated in partially molten regions at the ridge axis, whereas in slow and ultra-slow ridges large shear strains are accommodated by plastic deformation.

  19. Production of hybrid granitic magma at the advancing front of basaltic underplating: Inferences from the Sesia Magmatic System (south-western Alps, Italy)

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    Sinigoi, Silvano; Quick, James E.; Demarchi, Gabriella; Klötzli, Urs S.

    2016-05-01

    The Permian Sesia Magmatic System of the southwestern Alps displays the plumbing system beneath a Permian caldera, including a deep crustal gabbroic complex, upper crustal granite plutons and a bimodal volcanic field dominated by rhyolitic tuff filling the caldera. Isotopic compositions of the deep crustal gabbro overlap those of coeval andesitic basalts, whereas granites define a distinct, more radiogenic cluster (Sri ≈ 0.708 and 0.710, respectively). AFC computations starting from the best mafic candidate for a starting melt show that Nd and Sr isotopic compositions and trace elements of andesitic basalts may be modeled by reactive bulk assimilation of ≈ 30% of partially depleted crust and ≈ 15%-30% gabbro fractionation. Trace elements of the deep crustal gabbro cumulates require a further ≈ 60% fractionation of the andesitic basalt and loss of ≈ 40% of silica-rich residual melt. The composition of the granite plutons is consistent with a mixture of relatively constant proportions of residual melt delivered from the gabbro and anatectic melt. Chemical and field evidence leads to a conceptual model which links the production of the two granitic components to the evolution of the Mafic Complex. During the growth of the Mafic Complex, progressive incorporation of packages of crustal rocks resulted in a roughly steady state rate of assimilation. Anatectic granite originates in the hot zone of melting crust located above the advancing mafic intrusion. Upward segregation of anatectic melts facilitates the assimilation of the partially depleted restite by stoping. At each cycle of mafic intrusion and incorporation, residual and anatectic melts are produced in roughly constant proportions, because the amount of anatectic melt produced at the roof is a function of volume and latent heat of crystallization of the underplated mafic melt which in turn produces proportional amounts of hybrid gabbro cumulates and residual melt. Such a process can explain the

  20. Monitoring of reforested areas using LANDSAT data. [Ribas do Rio Pardo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

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    Dejesusparada, N. (Principal Investigator); Filho, P. H.; Shimabukuro, Y. E.

    1981-01-01

    Imagery obtained with channels 5 and 7 was visually interpreted in an effort to determine the spatial, spectral, and temporal characteristics of a 105,000 hectare area of Fazenda Mutum which was reforested with various species of pine and eucalyptus. It was possible to map a reforested area as small as 6 hectare in its initial implantation using contrast with the surrounding targets. Five classes were mapped: nondeforested areas, partially deforested areas, deforested areas, partially reforested areas, and fully reforested areas. In 1979, 12,000 hectare were deforested, 4,330.83 hectare were partially reforested, and 42,744.71 hectare were reforested.

  1. ESR dating of teeth from Brazilian megafauna

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    Oliveira, L. C.; Kinoshita, A.; Barreto, A. M. F.; Figueiredo, A. M.; Silva, J. L. L.; Baffa, O.

    2010-11-01

    The study of radiation defects created in biomaterials, such as bone and teeth, can be used in dating with importance to palaeontology and archaeology. Two Stegomastodon teeth (AL1 and AL2) from north-eastern Brazilian megafauna were studied by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. The samples were collected in Fazenda Ovo da Ema, (913349 / 3714965) UTM, Alagoas state, Brazil. The dating of these samples can contribute to the better knowledge of megafauna presence in this region as well as to the events associated to the extinction of these species.

  2. On the taxonomic status of Phlebotomus breviductus Barretto, 1950 (Diptera: Psychodidae: Phlebotominae).

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    De Andrade, Andrey J; Shimabukuro, Paloma H F; Galati, Eunice A B

    2013-11-07

    The taxonomic status of Phlebotomus breviductus Barretto, 1950 was evaluated based on the morphological and morphometric analysis of the male holotype described from Fazenda Jerusalém, located in the municipality of Alegre, Espírito Santo state, Brazil. After measuring, drawing and photographing the holotype, we concluded that the head and wing of this specimen belong to Trichopygomyia sp., but that the thorax and abdomen belong to a different species, Nyssomyia umbratilis, with an anomalous gonostylus having five spines. The holotype slide consists of parts of specimens representing two different species, thus P. breviductus is not a valid species.

  3. Physical Properties of Samples Cored From Atlantis Oceanic Core Complex, Mid-Atlantic Ridge 30 N

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    Searle, R.; Blackman, D.; Karner, G.; Harris, A.; Frost, R.

    2005-12-01

    IODP expedition 304/305 penetrated 1415 m into Atlantis Oceanic Core Complex, in 1.5 - 2.0 My crust, 12 km W of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge axis. Bulk magnetic susceptibility (MS), non-contact resistivity (NCR), P-wave velocity (Vp), bulk density, porosity and thermal properties were measured on recovered samples of peridotite, olivine-rich troctolite, olivine gabbro, gabbro, oxide gabbro, diabase and basalt. The most variable properties were MS and NCR, which were highly correlated, implying that the same minerals carry each signal, most likely Fe-Ti oxides such as magnetite and ilmenite and possibly minor sulfides. MS generally increased with iron content and decreased in intervals where magnetite had altered to ilmenite in diabase. High MS tends to concentrate in narrow bands and correlates with oxide- and sulfide-bearing gabbros and serpentinized zones (reflecting magnetite production during alteration). It exceeds 0.00001 SI in some oxide gabbros, equivalent to 8% magnetite by volume. MS is thus a valuable aid for mapping zones of oxide injection and serpentinization or other alteration and for stratigraphic correlation between holes. Core sample Vp is generally constant at about 5.5 km/s to 350 mbsf, increases to around 6.0 km/s at 450 mbsf and maintains this value to 750 mbsf, below which there is a steady decrease to about 5.8 km/s at 1200 mbsf, then a sharper decrease to 5.5 km/s at the bottom of the hole. The initial increase may be caused by closing cracks. The 10% decrease from 750 mbsf is a surprise: it may be real or perhaps due to overburden stress release. However, there is no corresponding reduction in bulk density with depth to indicate microscopic cracking during recovery. The final sharp decrease may reflect progressively increasing alteration. The largest local Vp variations are associated with massive olivine gabbros and troctolitic gabbros. A minimum between 300 and 350 mbsf reflects a zone of serpentinization. There is no significant seismic

  4. The Igneous Architecture of IODP Hole U1309D: Constructing Oceanic Crust from Multiple Sills

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    Christofferson, C. A.; John, B. E.; Cheadle, M. J.; Swapp, S. M.; Grimes, C. B.

    2010-12-01

    Gabbroic rocks comprise a significant portion of the footwall of many oceanic core complexes. The decreasing age of these gabbros from the breakaway to the termination suggests that they are continuously accreted as the bounding detachment fault slips. But, questions remain; how are these large (>1 km diameter) gabbroic bodies constructed and at what scale and frequency is melt added to the system? Here we report a detailed lithologic analysis of IODP Hole U1309D drilled into the Atlantis Massif core complex (30° N, MAR). We present new, high resolution (1m scale) downhole lithological diagrams, compiled from observations of the archive core, refined using other available data including magnetic susceptibility. These data show that the thickness of the individual magmatic units is on the order of 1 to a few 10’s of m. Contacts between many of these units are sharp; many of the units are interpreted to result from small injections of melt as opposed to in-situ fractionation. However, these units are often disaggregated by later intrusive bodies and hence, it is likely that individual gabbro units were initially somewhat thicker. Downhole plots of magmatic fabric dip from both shipboard data and new electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data are consistent with the units having initially been intruded as sills, and subsequently rotated by ~40-50°, as constrained by paleomagnetic data (Morris et al., 2009). Using all of the available data, we propose the IODP Hole 1309D gabbro section is a composite body that grew episodically by relatively small (10’s m) repeated sill-like injections of melt. We conclude that the melt lens that formed these gabbros was relatively small at any one time. The EBSD data also provide textural constraints on the model for crustal accretion. Gabbroic samples analyzed so far show a moderate to weak plagioclase and clinopyroxene foliation, similar to those in continental mafic intrusions and are thus interpreted to be magmatic fabrics

  5. Bi-cycles petrographic association in middle part of East Pana PGE layers deposit

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    Asavin, Alex; Veksler, Ilya; Gorbunov, Artem

    2016-04-01

    The PGE mineralization in the East Pana layered gabbroic intrusion forms three discrete layers at different stratigraphic levels, which are traditionally labeled as zones A, B and C. In order to investigate possible relationships of mineralization with magmatic layering we sampled a 120 m long drill core section across zone B in the middle part of the intrusion and carried out detailed petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical studies of the samples. The ore zone is located in medial part of the of East's Pana deposite. The samples represent mainly from a layered sequence of gabbro and gabbro-norite. This zone is composed of interlayers of gabbroic sequences and gabbro-norite of various color, with different structures and different relationship of rock-forming minerals of Ol-Opx-Cpx-Pl. We studied one of key's drill-hole section of ore zone, in which is located two ore horizons. Fundamental feature layered intrusions are presence in cross-section cycles includes of stable petrographic association. In section of ore zone it is possible to select two most contrast petrographic types. Whole-rock analyses and petrographic observations reveal two units of modal layering comprising, from bottom to top, melanocratic gabbro grading upwards into mesocratic gabbro and gabbro-norite overlain by pegmatoidal, gabbroic rock with has sharp footwall and hanging wall contacts.There is also an olivine-bearing gabbro at the bottom of the lower unit. The ore horizons are located in same gabbro-norite type rock. The ore horizons are located in same gabbro-norite type part. The second upper ore zone located in more differential species types. There is the common trend of system evolution of well distinguished on triangle of Ol-Pl-Di, Ol-Pl-Q and other. However composition of the rocks in the two parts of our section show us similar, but independent trends. For example on diagram differentiation of rocks composition, with normative content of anorthite on the X axis, trends of

  6. Crustal Heterogeneity and Stratigraphy on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 16°-17°N

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    Dick, H. J.; Smith, D. K.; Cann, J. R.; Schouten, H.; Marschall, H.; Parnell-Turner, R. E.; Yoerger, D.

    2013-12-01

    RV Knorr Cruise 210, Leg 5 conducted bathymetric, dredging and AUV surveys of a series of detachment faults along an ~120 km stretch of the MAR focused on the neovolcanic zone and western rift mountains from 16° to 17°N. Two major complexes, located to the north and south respectively, and an intervening smaller complex were studied. These complexes generally crested at and often were connected by linear back-tilted volcanic ridges that constituted breakaway zones. While bathymetrically very similar at first order, the southern complex is flanked by a large axial neovolcanic high, while a deep axial rift flanks the northern complex. Mantle peridotite, gabbro, dikes and pillow lavas were dredged at these complexes, but in entirely different proportions. Fresh or weathered pillow basalt was overall the most abundant rock dredged, both from outcrops at the crests of the core complexes and as hanging wall debris on fault surfaces. Other than extrusives, intermingled peridotite and gabbro, including high-temperature mylonites, were abundant at the northern complex with only minor diabase. Peridotite was abundant, with subordinate diabase at the central core complex, while gabbro was largely absent. At the southern complex abundant greenschist facies diabase was recovered along with minor peridotite, but again gabbro was absent. Moreover, greenschist facies pillow basalts and pillow breccias, while common in the south, were absent to the north. These results may seem counter-intuitive, as the detachment faulting in the south rooting beneath a robust magma center might be expected to expose abundant gabbro, while the opposite might seem likely to the north. However, the scarcity of dike rock and greenschist pillow lavas to the north, together with an abundance of peridotites and intermingled gabbros should be expected exposed from beneath a deep magma-poor rift. This is consistent with a crust consisting of a veneer of pillow lavas overlying scattered dikes and

  7. Geological and Geochemical Controls on Subsurface Microbial Life in the Samail Ophiolite, Oman.

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    Rempfert, Kaitlin R; Miller, Hannah M; Bompard, Nicolas; Nothaft, Daniel; Matter, Juerg M; Kelemen, Peter; Fierer, Noah; Templeton, Alexis S

    2017-01-01

    Microbial abundance and diversity in deep subsurface environments is dependent upon the availability of energy and carbon. However, supplies of oxidants and reductants capable of sustaining life within mafic and ultramafic continental aquifers undergoing low-temperature water-rock reaction are relatively unknown. We conducted an extensive analysis of the geochemistry and microbial communities recovered from fluids sampled from boreholes hosted in peridotite and gabbro in the Tayin block of the Samail Ophiolite in the Sultanate of Oman. The geochemical compositions of subsurface fluids in the ophiolite are highly variable, reflecting differences in host rock composition and the extent of fluid-rock interaction. Principal component analysis of fluid geochemistry and geologic context indicate the presence of at least four fluid types in the Samail Ophiolite ("gabbro," "alkaline peridotite," "hyperalkaline peridotite," and "gabbro/peridotite contact") that vary strongly in pH and the concentrations of H2, CH4, Ca(2+), Mg(2+), [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], trace metals, and DIC. Geochemistry of fluids is strongly correlated with microbial community composition; similar microbial assemblages group according to fluid type. Hyperalkaline fluids exhibit low diversity and are dominated by taxa related to the Deinococcus-Thermus genus Meiothermus, candidate phyla OP1, and the family Thermodesulfovibrionaceae. Gabbro- and alkaline peridotite- aquifers harbor more diverse communities and contain abundant microbial taxa affiliated with Nitrospira, Nitrosospharaceae, OP3, Parvarcheota, and OP1 order Acetothermales. Wells that sit at the contact between gabbro and peridotite host microbial communities distinct from all other fluid types, with an enrichment in betaproteobacterial taxa. Together the taxonomic information and geochemical data suggest that several metabolisms may be operative in subsurface fluids, including methanogenesis, acetogenesis, and fermentation

  8. Geological and Geochemical Controls on Subsurface Microbial Life in the Samail Ophiolite, Oman

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    Rempfert, Kaitlin R.; Miller, Hannah M.; Bompard, Nicolas; Nothaft, Daniel; Matter, Juerg M.; Kelemen, Peter; Fierer, Noah; Templeton, Alexis S.

    2017-01-01

    Microbial abundance and diversity in deep subsurface environments is dependent upon the availability of energy and carbon. However, supplies of oxidants and reductants capable of sustaining life within mafic and ultramafic continental aquifers undergoing low-temperature water-rock reaction are relatively unknown. We conducted an extensive analysis of the geochemistry and microbial communities recovered from fluids sampled from boreholes hosted in peridotite and gabbro in the Tayin block of the Samail Ophiolite in the Sultanate of Oman. The geochemical compositions of subsurface fluids in the ophiolite are highly variable, reflecting differences in host rock composition and the extent of fluid-rock interaction. Principal component analysis of fluid geochemistry and geologic context indicate the presence of at least four fluid types in the Samail Ophiolite (“gabbro,” “alkaline peridotite,” “hyperalkaline peridotite,” and “gabbro/peridotite contact”) that vary strongly in pH and the concentrations of H2, CH4, Ca2+, Mg2+, NO3-, SO42-, trace metals, and DIC. Geochemistry of fluids is strongly correlated with microbial community composition; similar microbial assemblages group according to fluid type. Hyperalkaline fluids exhibit low diversity and are dominated by taxa related to the Deinococcus-Thermus genus Meiothermus, candidate phyla OP1, and the family Thermodesulfovibrionaceae. Gabbro- and alkaline peridotite- aquifers harbor more diverse communities and contain abundant microbial taxa affiliated with Nitrospira, Nitrosospharaceae, OP3, Parvarcheota, and OP1 order Acetothermales. Wells that sit at the contact between gabbro and peridotite host microbial communities distinct from all other fluid types, with an enrichment in betaproteobacterial taxa. Together the taxonomic information and geochemical data suggest that several metabolisms may be operative in subsurface fluids, including methanogenesis, acetogenesis, and fermentation, as well as the

  9. Paleomagnetic evidence bearing on Tertiary tectonics of the Tihamat Asir coastal plain, southwestern Saudi Arabia

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    Kellogg, K.S.; Blank, H.R.

    1982-01-01

    Paleomagnetic directions determined for an upper Oligocene to lower Miocene dike swarm and from two lower Miocene layered gabbros in the Tihamat Asir coastal plain of southwestern Saudi Arabia are used to test several hypotheses concerning the tectonics of rifting along the eastern margin of the Red Sea. The dikes and gabbros were emplaced during the initial phases of Red Sea rifting and may mark the transition between continental and oceanic crust. Although these rocks have been hydrothermally altered to varying degrees, reliable remanent directions after alternating-field demagnetization were obtained for 23 dikes and for gabbros at Jabal at Tirf and Wadi Liyyah. Twelve of the dikes are reversely magnetized. After the directions of the reversely magnetized dikes are inverted 180?, the mean direction calculated for the normal dikes is approximately 24? more downward than that calculated for the reversed dikes. This result is similar to that found for the As Sarat volcanic field, 100 km to the north, and may be due to a displaced dipole source for the field. The unrotated mean remanent direction for the dikes (inverting reversed dike directions 180?) is D (declination) = 353.2? and I (inclination) = 6.8? with a95 (radius of the cone of 95 percent confidence) = 8.9? whereas directions from the Jabal at Tirf and Wadi Liyyah gabbros lie at D = 176.2?, I = -1.6? (a95 = 7 1 ?) and D = 17.1?, I = 16.3? (a 95 = 8.7?), respectively. Comparing these results with the results from the As Sarat volcanic field, all the paleomagnetic evidence supports a model for approximately 20 ? of westward tilting of the Wadi Damad and Wadi Jizan areas after the emplacement of the Jabal at Tiff gabbro. The Wadi Liyyah area may have been tilted even more toward the Red Sea. The paleomagnetic directions from three widely separated localities in the Jabal at Tirf gabbro are not significantly different, a fact which indicates that the body cooled in approximately its present bowl shape. Evidence

  10. Geochemical investigation of Gabbroic Xenoliths from Hualalai Volcano: Implications for lower oceanic crust accretion and Hualalai Volcano magma storage system

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    Gao, Ruohan; Lassiter, John C.; Barnes, Jaime D.; Clague, David A.; Bohrson, Wendy A.

    2016-05-01

    The patterns of axial hydrothermal circulation at mid-ocean ridges both affect and are influenced by the styles of magma plumbing. Therefore, the intensity and distribution of hydrothermal alteration in the lower oceanic crust (LOC) can provide constraints on LOC accretion models (e.g., ;gabbro glacier; vs. ;multiple sills;). Gabbroic xenoliths from Hualalai Volcano, Hawaii include rare fragments of in situ Pacific lower oceanic crust. Oxygen and strontium isotope compositions of 16 LOC-derived Hualalai gabbros are primarily within the range of fresh MORB, indicating minimal hydrothermal alteration of the in situ Pacific LOC, in contrast to pervasive alteration recorded in LOC xenoliths from the Canary Islands. This difference may reflect less hydrothermal alteration of LOC formed at fast ridges than at slow ridges. Mid-ocean ridge magmas from slow ridges also pond on average at greater and more variable depths and undergo less homogenization than those from fast ridges. These features are consistent with LOC accretion resembling the ;multiple sills; model at slow ridges. In contrast, shallow magma ponding and limited hydrothermal alteration in LOC at fast ridges are consistent with the presence of a long-lived shallow magma lens, which limits the penetration of hydrothermal circulation into the LOC. Most Hualalai gabbros have geochemical and petrologic characteristics indicating derivation from Hualalai shield-stage and post-shield-stage cumulates. These xenoliths provide information on the evolution of Hawaiian magmas and magma storage systems. MELTS modeling and equilibration temperatures constrain the crystallization pressures of 7 Hualalai shield-stage-related gabbros to be ∼2.5-5 kbar, generally consistent with inferred local LOC depth. Therefore a deep magma reservoir existed within or at the base of the LOC during the shield stage of Hualalai Volcano. Melt-crust interaction between Hawaiian melts and in situ Pacific crust during magma storage partially

  11. N-MORB and IAT sources in the Proterozoic Miaowan Ophiolite Complex, Yangtze Craton: Evidence for evolving tectonic settings

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    Deng, H.; Peng, S., Sr.; Polat, A.; Kusky, T. M.; Wang, L.; Jiang, X., Sr.

    2016-12-01

    The Miaowan Ophiolite Complex in the Northern Yangtze Craton consists mainly of layered fine-grained metabasites, pillow lavas, sheeted dikes, gabbros, sepentinized harzburguite, and sepentinized dunite, with rare metasedimentary rocks in the metabasite section. In this study, we divide the Miaowan Ophiolite Complex into two groups including the Miaowan Ophiolite Suite and a Late Magmatic Suite. The Miaowan Ophiolite Suite (MOS) mainly consists of ductily deformed serpentinized harzburgite, sepentinized dunite, gabbro, sheeted dikes, basalt, plagiogranite, and layered metasedimentary rocks. All these units were then intruded by the Late Magmatic Suite (LMS) consisting of pegmatitic-isotropic gabbro and massive diabase. The formation age of the MOS is interpreted to be ca. 1115 Ma. Harzburgites in the MOS are characterized by smooth LREE-depleted and flat MREE-HREE patterns; whereas dunites in the MOS display U-shape REE patterns. Deformed gabbro and basalt in the MOS display flat to slightly LREE enriched patterns, and low Th/Yb ratios and a lack of Nb anomalies, showing N-MORB affinities. The average values of initial ɛNd (t) of rock units in the MOS are +7.0±1.3, indicating that the MOS was derived from a strongly depleted mantle source. Accordingly, the harzburgite, gabbro and basalt in the MOS are interpreted to have formed in an oceanic spreading center and the dunites in the MOS were formed by reaction between the harzburgites and the subduction-related boninitic melts when the MOS was trapped with the harzburgites as a part of the mantle wedge above a subduction zone. The LMS was intruded between ca. 1000 Ma and ca. 970 Ma, consistent with their whole-rock Sm-Nd errochron age (1007±62 Ma). Pegmatitic-isotropic gabbro and diabase in the LMS are characterized by enriched-LREE patterns with high Th/Yb ratios and negative Nb and Zr anomalies, consistent with a subduction-related setting. The average values of initial ɛNd (t) of rock units in the LMS are +6

  12. An evolved axial melt lens in the Northern Ibra Valley, Southern Oman Ophiolite

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    Loocke, M. P.; Lissenberg, C. J.; MacLeod, C. J.

    2014-12-01

    The axial melt lens (AML) is a common feature lying at the base of the upper crust at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges. It is thought to play a major role in the evolution of MORB and, potentially, accretion of the plutonic lower crust. In order to better understand the petrological processes that operate in AMLs we have examined the nature and variability of the horizon equivalent to the AML preserved in the Oman ophiolite. We present the results of a detailed investigation of a section east of Fahrah in the Ibra Valley. Here, a suite of 'varitextured' gabbros separates the sheeted dykes above from foliated gabbros below. It comprises 3 distinct units: an ophitic gabbro with pegmatitic patches (patchy gabbro; 70 m thick), overlain by a spotty gabbro (50 m), capped by a quartz-diorite (120 m). The sheeted dykes are observed to root in the quartz-diorite. Contacts between the plutonic units are gradational and subhorizontal. All of the units are isotropic. A total of 110 samples were collected for detailed petrographic and chemical analysis. With the exception of a small number of the diorites, all of the samples have a 'cumulate' component. Primary igneous amphibole is ubiquitous, present even as a minor phase in the foliated gabbros beneath, and indicating extensive differentiation and/or the presence of water in the primary liquid. France et al. (2014, Lithos) report patches of granoblastic material from this horizon in the Fahrah area, and suggest they represent the restites of partially melted pieces of the sheeted dykes. We did not, however, find any such granoblastic material, nor can the quartz-diorites represent partial melt; instead, preliminary geochemical modeling suggests that all of the units can be related by simple progressive fractional crystallization of an Oman axial ('V1' or 'Geotimes') melt. Along with the field relationships, as well as the basaltic andesite to dacite composition of the overlying sheeted dykes, this suggests that the AML was the

  13. Geological and geochemical controls on subsurface microbial life in the Samail Ophiolite, Oman

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    Rempfert, Kaitlin R.; Miller, Hannah M.; Bompard, Nicolas; ...

    2017-02-07

    Microbial abundance and diversity in deep subsurface environments is dependent upon the availability of energy and carbon. However, supplies of oxidants and reductants capable of sustaining life within mafic and ultramafic continental aquifers undergoing low-temperature water-rock reaction are relatively unknown. We conducted an extensive analysis of the geochemistry and microbial communities recovered from fluids sampled from boreholes hosted in peridotite and gabbro in the Tayin block of the Samail Ophiolite in the Sultanate of Oman. The geochemical compositions of subsurface fluids in the ophiolite are highly variable, reflecting differences in host rock composition and the extent of fluid-rock interaction. Principal component analysis of fluid geochemistry and geologic context indicate the presence of at least four fluid types in the Samail Ophiolite (“gabbro,” “alkaline peridotite,” “hyperalkaline peridotite,” and “gabbro/peridotite contact”) that vary strongly in pH and the concentrations of H2, CH4, Ca2+, Mg2+, NO3more » $-$, SO$$2-\\atop{4}$$, trace metals, and DIC. Geochemistry of fluids is strongly correlated with microbial community composition; similar microbial assemblages group according to fluid type. Hyperalkaline fluids exhibit low diversity and are dominated by taxa related to the Deinococcus-Thermus genus Meiothermus, candidate phyla OP1, and the family Thermodesulfovibrionaceae. Gabbro- and alkaline peridotite- aquifers harbor more diverse communities and contain abundant microbial taxa affiliated with Nitrospira, Nitrosospharaceae, OP3, Parvarcheota, and OP1 order Acetothermales. Wells that sit at the contact between gabbro and peridotite host microbial communities distinct from all other fluid types, with an enrichment in betaproteobacterial taxa. Together the taxonomic information and geochemical data suggest that several metabolisms may be operative in subsurface fluids, including methanogenesis, acetogenesis, and

  14. Relationship between the physical properties and the lithological variation of gabbroic core samples from Hole U1309D, IODP Exp. 304/305

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    Abe, N.; Hirose, T.; Tadai, O.

    2016-12-01

    Hole U1309D at the Atlantis Massif at 30 degree N, Mid-Atlantic Ridge was penetrated 1415 mbsf during IODP Exp. 304 and 305 (Blackman et al., 2006). Variable types of gabbroic cores were sampled with high recovery (74.8%). They are mainly gabbro (Cpx + Pl), olivine gabbro, gabbronorite, oxide gabbro, troctolite, olivine-rich troctolite, felsic veins and diabase. The most samples include olivine even gabbro in a narrow sense. The modal composition of olivine varies from less than 5 vol% in gabbro, gabbronorite and oxide gabbro to 85 vol% in the olivine-rich troctolite (Fig. 1). On-board measurement of the compression wave velocity of those samples from Hole U1309D shows a slightly slower range (5.0 6.7 km/s) than that (6.0 7.0km/s) of the typical gabbroic rocks [1]. Physical properties of the samples with different modal compositions of olivine were measured and analyzed in order to determine its correlation with the mineral mode, chemistry, and degree of alteration. All measurements, including porosity, density, elastic wave (P & S) velocities, are conducted under atmospheric pressure. The total alteration intensity of the samples has a negative correlation with the P wave velocity, and a positive correlation with the porosity in general. Except for the olivine-rich troctolite, the olivine mode of the samples, however, more affects to the porosity and P wave velocity as same as the serpentinization of peridotite samples [2]. This is because that olivine is easier to be altered (serpentinized) compared to other phases in gabbroic rocks. The connectivity of the olivine grains in the samples also influence to reduce the velocity. The result of our study imply the possibility of the reversal velocity structure in the oceanic lower crust if it is olivine-rich and is sufficiently serpentinized, although the pressure effects should be considered. [1] Blackman et al.(2006) Proc. IODP Exp. 304/305; [2] Christensen (1996) JGR, 101; Escartine and Hirth (2001) Geology, 29.

  15. The age of IODP Site 1473, Atlantis Bank: Constraints from initial zircon U-Pb dating and geochemistry by SIMS

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    Cheadle, M. J.; John, B. E.; Coble, M. A.; Koepke, J.; Rioux, M. E.; Liu, C. Z.; Expedition 360 Scientists, I.

    2016-12-01

    IODP Hole U1473A, sited at the top of the Atlantis Bank oceanic core complex (OCC) on the southwest Indian Ridge, extends 809m into gabbroic lower ocean crust. The recovered core consists dominantly of olivine gabbro, with subordinate gabbro, Fe-Ti oxide gabbro and felsic veins. Geochemical data define three magmatic series in the core. Ninety samples of evolved gabbro and felsic veins were collected to carry out a comprehensive geochronologic study of the core. When combined with high-precision data from nearby ODP Holes 735B and 1105A (Rioux et al., 2016), the new data will ultimately provide a 4-D view of the lateral continuity and evolution of the lower crust, and the process of magmatic accretion in space and time. Initial zircon U-Pb dating using the Stanford-USGS SHRIMP-RG ion-microprobe yielded a near solidus ( 850oC), weighted mean 206Pb/238U, age of 11.86±0.09 Ma (MSWD =1.01; n=28) for 4 samples of felsic veins and Fe-Ti gabbro from the lower two magmatic series of Hole U1473A. The difference between this age and the high precision TIMS age for ODP Hole 1105A is consistent with an asymmetric spreading rate of 14.1 mm/yr for the OCC. Dates for felsic veins from magmatic series II and felsic veins and oxide gabbro from magmatic series III overlap within uncertainty, however a felsic vein from the 50m thick uppermost series I has a date of 12.12+/-0.18 Ma, and thus could indicate that magmatic series I predates the underlying series, as observed in core from ODP Hole 735B. The presence of any age differences will be subsequently explored by high-precision ID-TIMS dating. The zircon compositions are similar to those from ODP Hole 735B; Hf and U concentrations range from 7,600-33,200 and 2-5,700 ppm, respectively, and Ti-in-zircon temperatures range from 974-718oC. They are typical ocean zircons as defined by the trace element discrimination plots of Grimes et al. (2015). However, the zircons from Hole U1473A show more evidence for hydrothermal alteration

  16. Geochemical and Sm-Nd isotope-geochemical patterns of metavolcanic rocks, diabase, and metagabbroids on the northeastern flank of the South Mongolian-Khingan orogenic belt

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    Smirnov, Yu. V.; Sorokin, A. A.

    2017-05-01

    The first results of geochemical and Sm-Nd isotope-geochemical studies of metavolcanic rocks, metagabbroids, and diabase of the Nora-Sukhotino terrane, the least studied part of the South Mongolian-Khingan orogenic belt in the system of the Central Asian orogenic belt are reported. It is established that the basic rocks composing this terrane include varieties comparable with E-MORB, tholeiitic, and calc-alkaline basalt of island arc, calc-alkaline gabbro-diabase, and gabbroids of island arcs. Most likely, these formations should be correlated with metabasalt and associated Late Ordovician gabbro-amphibolite of the Sukdulkin "block" of the South Mongolian-Khingan orogenic belt, which are similar to tholeiite of intraplate island arcs by their geochemical characteristics.

  17. Petrology of lower crustal and upper mantle xenoliths from the Cima Volcanic Field, California

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    Wilshire, H.G.; McGuire, A.V.; Noller, J.S.; Turrin, B.D.

    1991-01-01

    Basaltic rocks of the Cima Volcanic Field in the southern Basin and Range province contain abundant gabbro, pyroxenite, and peridotite xenoliths. Composite xenoliths containing two or more rock types show that upper-mantle spinel peridotite was enriched by multiple dike intrusions in at least three episodes; the mantle was further enriched by intergranular and shear-zone melt infiltration in at least two episodes. Because of their high densities, the gabbros and pyroxenites can occupy the zone immediately above the present Moho (modeled on seismic data as 10-13 km thick, with Vp 6.8 km/s) only if their seismic velocities are reduced by the joints, partial melts, and fluid inclusions that occur in them. Alternatively, these xenoliths may have been derived entirely from beneath the Moho, in which case the Moho is not the local crust-mantle boundary. -from Authors

  18. Supra-subduction zone magmatism of the Koçali ophiolite, SE Turkey

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    Beyarslan, Melahat

    2017-05-01

    The Late Cretaceous Koçali ophiolite is an important element within the southeastern Anatolian ophiolite belt and contains all components of a complete ophiolite, including mantle peridotites (harzburgites, and subordinate dunite) gabbros, sheeted dyke complexes, lower volcanic unit (pillowed basalts), and upper volcanic unit (andesite and andesitic pyroclastics) plagiogranite and ultramafic rocks intruded into the gabbros. All components of the Koçali ophiolites show strong suprasubduction-zone affinities, from harzburgitic mantle to basaltic lavas. The radiolarian faunas and geochronological data indicate that there are two different volcanic units: Tarasa volcanics and volcanics of the Koçali ophiolite. While the Tarasa volcanics are of Carnian to Rhaetian age, the Koçali ophiolite is of the Late Cretaceous age. The geochemical features indicate an E-MORB source for the Tarasa volcanics, and a forearc source for the Koçali ophiolite.

  19. Crustal structure beneath Montserrat, Lesser Antilles, constrained by xenoliths, seismic velocity structure and petrology

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    Kiddle, E. J.; Edwards, B. R.; Loughlin, S. C.; Petterson, M.; Sparks, R. S. J.; Voight, B.

    2010-04-01

    Noritic anorthosite, gabbroic anorthosite and hornblende-gabbro xenoliths are ubiquitous in the host andesite at Montserrat. Other xenoliths include quartz diorite, metamorphosed biotite-gabbro, plagioclase-hornblendite and plagioclase-clinopyroxenite. Mineral compositions suggest a majority of the xenoliths are cognate. Cumulate, hypabyssal and crescumulate textures are present. A majority of the xenoliths are estimated to have seismic velocities of 6.7-7.0 km/s for pore-free assemblages. These estimates are used in conjunction with petrological models to constrain the SEA CALIPSO seismic data and the structure of the crust beneath Montserrat. Andesitic upper crust is interpreted to overlie a lower crust dominated by amphibole and plagioclase. Xenolith textures and seismic data indicate the presence of hypabyssal intrusions in the shallow crust. The structure of the crust is consistent with petrological models indicating that fractionation is the dominant process producing andesite at Montserrat.

  20. Constraints on the Composition and Hydrothermal Alteration History of the Pacific Lower Crust beneath the Hawaiian Islands: Geochemical Investigation of Gabbroic Xenoliths from Hualalai Volcano

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    Gao, R.; Lassiter, J. C.

    2013-12-01

    Understanding the composition and hydrothermal alteration history of the lower oceanic crust (LOC) can help constrain deep hydrothermal circulation at mid-ocean ridges, which may have a substantial impact on the thermal regime and magmatic processes at spreading centers. Previous studies of LOC primarily examined ophiolites or layer-3 gabbros exposed at the seafloor through faulting. These potentially have experienced secondary hydrothermal alteration in response to faulting, uplift and exposure. We examined major and trace element and isotopic compositions of a suite of gabbroic xenoliths derived from the 1800-1801 Kapulehu flow, Hualalai, Hawaii to constrain the composition and 'primary' hydrothermal alteration history of the in situ Pacific crust beneath the Hawaiian Islands (HI). Although most Hualalai gabbros have trace element and isotopic compositions consistent with derivation from Hualalai magmas, a subset has characteristics indicative of an origin from MORB-related melts. These gabbros contain LREE-depleted clinopyroxene, have Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic compositions that overlap the range of EPR basalts, and are geochemically distinct from Hualalai-related xenoliths and lavas. Despite the limited range recorded, plagioclase and clinopyroxene oxygen isotope compositions correlate well for both MORB-related and Hualalai-related gabbroic xenoliths. This suggests clinopyroxene and plagioclase are in equilibrium. The △plag-cpx (~0.6-0.9‰) is consistent with closure temperatures of ~1170-1220 C.δ18Ocpx (+4.9-5.3‰) of the MORB-related gabbros are negatively correlated with cpx 87Sr/86Sr, but not with 143Nd/144Nd or La/Sm. In contrast, δ18Oplag does not correlate with plag 87Sr/86Sr. Cpx Sr-isotopes may be affected by seawater alteration, which is not as apparent in plag due to higher Sr concentrations. However, the MORB-related gabbros have δ18O values that are largely in the range for normal, fresh MORB (δ18Omelt/NMORB = +5.7-6.0‰, △melt-cpx~0.7‰). This

  1. Velocities of southern Basin and Range xenoliths: insights on the nature of lower crustal reflectivity and composistion

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    Parsons, Thomas E.; Christensen, Nikolas I.; Wilshire, Howard G.

    1995-01-01

    To reconcile differences between the assessments of crustal composition in the southern Basin and Range province on the basis of seismic refraction and reflection data and lower-crustal xenoliths, we measured velocities of xenoliths from the Cima volcanic field in southern California. Lower-crustal samples studied included gabbro, microgabbro, and pyroxenite. We find that the mafic xenolith velocities are compatible with regional in situ measurements from seismic refraction studies, provided that a mixture of gabbro and pyroxenite is present in the lower crust. Supporting this model are observations that many of the lower-crustal xenoliths from the Cima volcanic field are composites of these rock types, with igneous contacts. Vertical incidence synthetic seismograms show that a gabbroic lower crust with occasional pyroxenite layering can produce a reflective lower crust that is similar in texture to that shown by seismic reflection data recorded nearby.

  2. Alpine-type sensu strictu(ophiolitic) peridotites: Refractory residues from partial melting or igneous sediments? A contribution to the discussion of the paper: "The origin of ultramafic and ultrabasic rocks" by P.J. Wyllie

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    Thayer, T.P.

    1969-01-01

    Although Alpine peridotites and basaltic lavas are widely associated in eugeosynclines and oceanic areas, their genetic ties are obscure. Three major characteristics of olivine-rich Alpine peridotite and dunite-relict cumulus textures, aggregated masses of chromitite, and intimate association with magnesium-rich gabbro - cannot be explained by partial melting of garnet peridotite to form tholeiite. Association of magnesium-rich gabbro with the chromite-bearing and so-called high-temperature Alpine peridotites is believed to present problems that have not been considered by advocates of the partial-melting hypothesis. The chromite-bearing Alpine peridotites and related feldspathic rocks are believed to have formed near the top of the mantle by gravitational differentiation processes which are largely independent of the melting processes that produce basaltic magma at depths of 50 km or more. ?? 1969.

  3. Results from the Apollo passive seismic experiment

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    Latham, G.; Nakamura, Y.; Dorman, J.; Duennebier, F.; Ewing, M.; Lammlein, D.

    1977-01-01

    Recent results from the Apollo Seismic Network suggest that primitive differentiation occurred in the outer shell of the moon to a depth of approximately 300 km and the central region of the moon is presently molten to a radius of between 200 and 300 km. If early melting to a depth of 300 to 400 km was a consequence of accretional energy, very short accretion times are required. It was shown that the best model for the zone of original differentiation is a crust 40 to 80 km thick, ranging in composition from anorthositic gabbro to gabbro, and overlying an ultramafic cumulate about 250 km thick. The best candidate for the molten core appears to be iron or iron sulphide. A new class of seismic signals recently were identified that may correspond to shallow moonquakes. These are rare, but much more energetic than the more numerous, deep moonquakes.

  4. Results from the Apollo passive seismic experiment

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    Lathum, G.; Nakamura, Y.; Dorman, J.; Duennebier, F.; Ewing, M.; Lammlein, D.

    1974-01-01

    Recent results from the Apollo seismic network suggest that primitive differentiation occurred in the outer shell of the moon to a depth of approximately 300 km; and the central region of the moon is presently molten to a radius of between 200 and 300 km. If early melting to a depth of 300 to 400 km was a consequence of accretional energy, very short accretion times are required. The best model for the zone of original differentiation appears to be a crust 40 to 80 km thick, ranging in composition from anorthositic gabbro to gabbro; overlying an ultramafic cumulate (olivine-pyroxene) about 250 km thick. The best candidate for the molten core appears to be iron or iron sulphide. A new class of seismic signals has recently been identified that may correspond to shallow moonquakes. These are rare, but much more energetic than the more numerous, deep moonquakes.

  5. Origin and modal petrography of Luna 24 soils

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    Basu, A.; Mckay, D. S.; Fruland, R. M.

    1978-01-01

    Petrographic modal analyses of polished grain mounts of fractions in the 20 to 250 micron size range from Luna 24 soil samples are presented and used to infer the nature and relative contributions of source rocks. It is found that more than 90% of the identifiable rock fragments are mare basalts, with about 11% of the soil consisting of the crystalline form. Soil breccias, which make up nearly 10% of the soil, are found to be immature. Electron probe analysis of glass particles reveals principle clusters conforming to anorthosite, anorthositic gabbro and mare basalts. More than half of the soil is composed of monomineralic particles, with pyroxene as the most abundant mineral. It is concluded that 85% of the regolith is derived from local mare basalts and gabbros and about 10% is derived from early cumulates of local mare basalt magma. Highland sources are considered to contribute not more than 3% of the regolith.

  6. Luna 24 - Mineral chemistry of 90-150 micron clasts

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    Meyer, H. O. A.; Hwang, J.-Y.; Mccallister, R. H.

    1978-01-01

    The mineralogy, composition and source relations of monomineralic clasts in the size range 0.09 to 0.15 mm have been studied for seven grain mounts from the Luna 24 core, obtained in Mare Crisium. One of the core horizons, which showed the greatest number of mafic mineral clasts, apparently represents a less reworked level or one which received a greater average influx of gabbroic and/or basaltic ejecta. Most of the mafic minerals in the core were probably derived from the comminution of clasts of very low titanium basalts and/or gabbros. A small number of mineral clasts may have originated from a Mg-rich gabbro. A mixture of local mare basalts and ejecta from Fahrenheit crater probably makes up most of the regolith at the Luna 24 site.

  7. Ultramafic and gabbroic ocean floor of the Ligurian Tethys (Alps, Corsica, Apennines): In search of a genetic imodel

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    Lemoine, Marcel; Tricart, Pierre; Boillot, Gilbert

    1987-07-01

    The ophiolites of the Alps, of Corsica, and of the Apennines, which originate from the basement of the Ligurian segment of the Mesozoic Tethys ocean, are not consistent with the classical mid-ocean ridge spreading models; neither a continuous and thick basaltic layer nor a true sheeted-dike complex ever existed. The first oceanic floor that appeared between the divergent European and Apulian passive margins was made up of mantle-derived serpentinite and associated minor gabbro bodies; some of the ocean-floor gabbros were already foliated and metamorphosed to amphibolite facies. To explain these features, we suggest use of the model of Wernicke, which postulates a major, oblique, normal detachment fault that cuts across the lithosphere. The model explains some asymmetrical features on both sides of the preoceanic continental rift. An increase of the offset of the detachment fault may lead to the tectonic denudation of the upper mantle and thus give birth to an ultramafic ocean floor.

  8. Mesosiderite clasts with the most extreme positive europium anomalies among solar system rocks

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    Mittlefehldt, David W.; Rubin, Alan E.; Davis, Andrew M.

    1992-01-01

    Pigeonite-plagioclase gabbros that occur as clasts in mesosiderites (brecciated stony-iron meteorites) show extreme fractionations of the rare-earth elements (REEs) with larger positive europium anomalies than any previously known for igneous rocks from the earth, moon, or meteorite parent bodies and greater depletions of light REEs relative to heavy REEs than known for comparable cumulate gabbros. The REE pattern for merrillite in one of these clasts is depleted in light REEs and has a large positive europium anomaly as a result of metamorphic equilibration with the silicates. The extreme REE ratios exhibited by the mesosiderite clasts demonstrate that multistage igneous processes must have occurred on some asteroids in the early solar system. Melting of the crust by large-scale impacts or electrical induction from an early T-Tauri-phase sun may be responsible for these processes.

  9. Zircon coronas around Fe-Ti oxides: a physical reference frame for metamorphic and metasomatic reactions

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    Austrheim, Håkon; Putnis, Christine V.; Engvik, Ane K.; Putnis, Andrew

    2008-10-01

    Ilmenite in coronitic gabbros from the Bamble and Kongsberg sectors, southern Norway, is surrounded by zircons ranging in diameters from a fraction of a micrometer to 10 μm across. The zircons are inert during subsequent metamorphism (amphibolite- to pumpellyite-prehnite facies) and metasomatism (scapolitization and albitization) and can be found as trails in silicates (phlogopite, talc, chlorite, amphibole, albite, and tourmaline) in the altered rocks. The trails link up to form polygons outlining the former oxide grain boundary. This 3-dimensional framework of zircons is used to (a) recognize metasomatic origin of rocks, (b) quantify the mobility of elements during mineral replacement, (c) establish the growth direction of reaction fronts and to identify the reaction mechanism as dissolution-reprecipitation. Zircon coronas on Fe-Ti oxides have been described from a number of terrains and appear to be common in mafic rocks (gabbros and granulites) providing a tool for a better understanding of metasomatic and metamorphic reactions.

  10. Pseudotachylitic breccia in mafic and felsic rocks

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    Kovaleva, Elizaveta; Huber, Matthew S.

    2017-04-01

    Impact-produced pseudotachylitic breccia (PTB) is abundant in the core of the Vredefort impact structure and was found in many pre-impact lithologies (e.g., Reimold and Colliston, 1994; Gibson et al., 1997). The mechanisms involved in the process of forming this rock remain highly debated, and various authors have discussed many possible models. We investigate PTB from two different rock types: meta-granite and meta-gabbro and test how lithology controls the development of PTB. We also report on clast transport between different lithologies. In the core of the Vredefort impact structure, meta-granite and meta-gabbro are observed in contact with each other, with an extensive set of PTB veins cutting through both lithologies. Microstructural analyses of the PTB veins in thin sections reveals differences between PTBs in meta-granite and meta-gabbro. In granitic samples, PTB often develops along contacts of material with different physical properties, such as a contact with a migmatite or pegmatite vein. Nucleation sites of PTB have features consistent with ductile deformation and shearing, such as sigmoudal-shaped clasts and dragged edges of the veins. Preferential melting of mafic and hydrous minerals takes place (e.g., Reimold and Colliston, 1994; Gibson et al., 2002). Refractory phases remain in the melt as clasts and form reaction rims. In contrast, PTB in meta-gabbro develop in zones with brittle deformation, and do not exploit existing physical contacts. Cataclastic zones develop along the faults and progressively produce ultracataclasites and melt. Thus, PTB veins in meta-gabbro contain fewer clasts. Clasts usually represent multi-phase fragments of host rock and not specific phases. Such fragments often originate from the material trapped between two parallel or horse-tail faults. The lithological control on the development of PTB does not imply that PTB develops independently in different lithologies. We have observed granitic clasts within PTB veins in meta-gabbro

  11. Petrology of lunar rocks from the Sea of Fertility

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    Pavlenko, A. S.; Tarasov, L. S.; Shevaleyevskiy, I. D.; Ivanov, A. V.

    1974-01-01

    Based on a comparative analysis of the petrochemistry of an integrated sample of gabbro basalts and a fine fraction from regolith returned by Luna 16 automatic station from the Sea of Fertility, with the mean compositions of various types of mare basalts, anorthosites, and regolith from the Sea of Tranquillity and the Ocean of Storms, with reference to several data on rare elements, the nature of the fine fractions is discussed. It is shown that the integrated sample of gabbro basalt from the coarse fraction in the lower part of the core can be represented as a mixture of mare basalts of the Sea of Tranquillity and nonmare basalts of the krip type in the ratio of about 3 to 2. It is confirmed that the compositions of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 regolith are complementary with the compositions of basalts and anorthosites of the Sea of Tranquillity and the Ocean of Storms.

  12. Compositions of Normal and Anomalous Eucrite-Type Mafic Achondrites

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    Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Peng, Z. X.; Mertzman, S. A.

    2016-01-01

    The most common asteroidal igneous meteorites are eucrite-type mafic achondrites - basalts and gabbros composed of ferroan pigeonite, ferroan augite, calcic plagioclase, silica, ilmenite, troilite, Ca-phosphate, chromite and Fe-metal. These rocks are thought to have formed on a single asteroid along with howardites and diogenites. However, high precision O-isotopic analyses have shown that some mafic achondrites have small, well-resolved, non-mass-dependent differences that have been interpreted as indicating derivation from different asteroids. Some of these O-anomalous mafic achondrites also have anomalous petrologic characteristics, strengthening the case that they hail from distinct parent asteroids. We present the results of bulk compositional studies of a suite of normal and anomalous eucrite-type basalts and cumulate gabbros.

  13. AFBC bed material performance with low-rank coals

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    Goblirsch, G.M.; Benson, S.A.; Karner, F.R.; Rindt, D.K.; Hajicek, D.R.

    1983-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to describe the reasons for carefully screening any candidate bed material for use in low-rank coal atmospheric fluidized-bed combustion, before the final selection is made. The sections of this paper describe: (1) the experimental equipment used to obtain the data, as well as the experimental and analytical procedures used in evaluation; (2) the results of tests utilizing various bed materials with particular emphasis on the problem of bed material agglomeration; and (3) the conclusions and recommendations for bed material selection and control for use with low-rank coal. Bed materials of aluminum oxide, quartz, limestone, dolomite, granite, gabbro, and mixtures of some of these materials have been used in the testing. Of these materials, gabbro appears most suitable for use with high available sodium lignites. 17 figures, 8 tables. (DMC)

  14. Origin and modal petrography of Luna 24 soils

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    Basu, A.; Mckay, D. S.; Fruland, R. M.

    1978-01-01

    Petrographic modal analyses of polished grain mounts of fractions in the 20 to 250 micron size range from Luna 24 soil samples are presented and used to infer the nature and relative contributions of source rocks. It is found that more than 90% of the identifiable rock fragments are mare basalts, with about 11% of the soil consisting of the crystalline form. Soil breccias, which make up nearly 10% of the soil, are found to be immature. Electron probe analysis of glass particles reveals principle clusters conforming to anorthosite, anorthositic gabbro and mare basalts. More than half of the soil is composed of monomineralic particles, with pyroxene as the most abundant mineral. It is concluded that 85% of the regolith is derived from local mare basalts and gabbros and about 10% is derived from early cumulates of local mare basalt magma. Highland sources are considered to contribute not more than 3% of the regolith.

  15. Laser /39/Ar-/40/Ar dating of two clasts from consortium breccia 73215

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    Eichhorn, G.; Schaeffer, O. A.; James, O. B.; Mueller, H. W.

    1978-01-01

    A laser Ar-39-Ar-40 study of the components of an ANT-suite anorthositic gabbro and a black aphanite from a consortium breccia is reported. A wide range of K-Ar ages is found for the plagioclase in the anorthositic gabbro; at the centers of the largest grains is material showing the greatest age (older than 4.11 billion years) while the youngest material (3.81-3.88 billion years) is found near the grain margins. Partial outgassing of the clasts upon incorporation into the breccia could account for the age patterns. The black aphanite clast appears to be cogenetic with the aphanite that forms the breccia matrix. The time of crystallization of a lunar granite has also been measured by the laser technique.

  16. Petrology of lunar rocks from the Sea of Fertility

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    Pavlenko, A. S.; Tarasov, L. S.; Shevaleyevskiy, I. D.; Ivanov, A. V.

    1974-01-01

    Based on a comparative analysis of the petrochemistry of an integrated sample of gabbro basalts and a fine fraction from regolith returned by Luna 16 automatic station from the Sea of Fertility, with the mean compositions of various types of mare basalts, anorthosites, and regolith from the Sea of Tranquillity and the Ocean of Storms, with reference to several data on rare elements, the nature of the fine fractions is discussed. It is shown that the integrated sample of gabbro basalt from the coarse fraction in the lower part of the core can be represented as a mixture of mare basalts of the Sea of Tranquillity and nonmare basalts of the krip type in the ratio of about 3 to 2. It is confirmed that the compositions of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 regolith are complementary with the compositions of basalts and anorthosites of the Sea of Tranquillity and the Ocean of Storms.

  17. The relationships between geology and soil chemistry at the Apollo 17 landing site

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    Rhodes, J. M.; Rodgers, K. V.; Bansal, B. M.; Wiesmann, H.; Shih, C.; Nyquist, L. E.; Hubbard, N. J.

    1974-01-01

    Within the wide compositional range of the Apollo 17 soils, three distinct chemical groups have been recognized, each one corresponding broadly with a major geological and physiographic unit. These groups are: (1) Valley Floor type soils, (2) South Massif type soils, and (3) North Massif type soils. The observed chemical variations within and between these three groups is interpreted by means of mixing models in terms of lateral transport and mixing of prevailing local rock types, such as high-titanium basalts, KREEP-like noritic breccias, anorthositic gabbro breccias and orange glass. According to these models, North Nassif types evolved on the lower slopes of the North Massif and Sculptured Hills where anorthositic gabbro predominates over noritic breccia and where lateral mixing with basalt is effective, whereas the South Massif type soils originally developed on the upper slopes of the South Massif, where anorthositic breccia and noritic breccias are equally abundant, and where lateral mixing with basalt was minimal.

  18. Magnetism of the oceanic crust: Evidence from ophiolite complexes

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    Banerjee, S.K.

    1980-07-10

    The magnetic properties of six ophiolite complexes from around the world, ranging in age from Jurassic to Miocene, are presented. An emphasis is placed in our study on the petrologic and isotopic data from these ophiolite complexes in order to determine first whether the rock samples presently available represent the pristine ocean crust or whether they have been altered subaerially since their formation. Five of the ophiolites are found to be acceptable, and the conclusion is overwhelmingly in favor of a marine magnetic source layer that includes not only the pillow lavas but also the underlying dikes and gabbro. At the moment, however, our observations do not suggest that the magnetic contributions of the basaltic dikes should be overlooked in favor of gabbro. A second important conclusion is that nearly pure magnetite could indeed be a magnetic carrier which contributes to marine magnetic anomanies. It only awaits discovery by deeper ocean crustal penetration by future Deep Sea Drilling Project legs.

  19. Luna 24 - Mineral chemistry of 90-150 micron clasts

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    Meyer, H. O. A.; Hwang, J.-Y.; Mccallister, R. H.

    1978-01-01

    The mineralogy, composition and source relations of monomineralic clasts in the size range 0.09 to 0.15 mm have been studied for seven grain mounts from the Luna 24 core, obtained in Mare Crisium. One of the core horizons, which showed the greatest number of mafic mineral clasts, apparently represents a less reworked level or one which received a greater average influx of gabbroic and/or basaltic ejecta. Most of the mafic minerals in the core were probably derived from the comminution of clasts of very low titanium basalts and/or gabbros. A small number of mineral clasts may have originated from a Mg-rich gabbro. A mixture of local mare basalts and ejecta from Fahrenheit crater probably makes up most of the regolith at the Luna 24 site.

  20. Petrogenesis of the Majiari ophiolite (western Tibet, China): Implications for intra-oceanic subduction in the Bangong-Nujiang Tethys

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    Huang, Qiang-tai; Liu, Wei-liang; Xia, Bin; Cai, Zhou-rong; Chen, Wei-yan; Li, Jian-feng; Yin, Zheng-xin

    2017-09-01

    The Majiari ophiolite lies in the western Bangong-Nujiang Suture Zone, which separates the Qiangtang and Lhasa blocks in central Tibet. The ophiolite consists of peridotite, gabbro/diabase and basalt. Zircon U-Pb dating yielded an age of 170.5 ± 1.7 Ma for the gabbro, whereas 40Ar/39Ar dating of plagioclase from the same gabbro yielded ages of 108.4 ± 2.6 Ma (plateau age) and 112 ± 2 Ma (isochron age), indicating that the ophiolite was formed during the Middle Jurassic and was probably emplaced during the Early Cretaceous. Zircons from the gabbro have εHf(t) values ranging from +6.9 to +10.6 and f(Lu/Hf) values ranging from -0.92 to -0.98. Mafic lavas plot in the tholeiitic basalt field but are depleted in Nb, Ta and Ti and enriched in Rb, Ba and Th in the N-MORB-normalized trace element spider diagram. These lavas have whole-rock εNd(t) values of +5.9 to +6.6, suggesting that they were derived from a depleted mantle source, which was probably modified by subducted materials. The Majiari ophiolite probably formed in a typical back-arc basin above a supra-subduction zone (SSZ) mantle wedge. Intra-oceanic subduction occurred during the Middle Jurassic and collision of the Lhasa and South Qiangtang terranes likely occurred in the Early Cretaceous. Thus, closure of the Bangong-Nujiang Tethys Ocean likely occurred before the Early Cretaceous.

  1. Abrasion-Erosion Evaluation of Concrete Mixtures for Stilling Basin Repairs, Kinzua Dam, Pennsylvania.

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    1983-09-01

    The material prop- erties have not changed significantly since that time. 11. The second coarse aggregate, SL serial No. PITT-8 G-2, was a diabase ...The third coarse aggregate, SL serial No. PITT-8 G-3, was a diabase from the Luck Quarry, Leesburg, Virginia. The petrographic examination (Appendix...That question concerns the performance of the two traprocks ( diabases /gabbros) in comparison to the limestone. Based 12 I

  2. Experimental and Seismological Constraints on the Rheology, Evolution, and Alteration of the Lithosphere at Oceanic Spreading Centers

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    2007-02-01

    granite [Dell’Angelo and Tullis, 1988], diabase [Fredrich and Evans, 1990], and peridotite [Bussod and Christie, 1991]. In addition to preventing the... Diabase , Eos Trans. Fall Meeting Supp., 71, 1750. Fujii, T., and I. Kushiro (1977), Density, viscosity and compressibility of basaltic liquid at high...Tucholke and Lin, 1994), and gabbro and diabase outcrops have been observed on the eastern rift valley wall (Reves-Sohn et al., 2004; Zonenshain et al

  3. Fault Evaluation Study. Marysville Lake Project, Parks Bar Alternate, Yuba River, California: Butte, Yuba, Nevada and Placer Counties, California

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    1977-05-01

    of which were intruded by pyroxene porphyritic and diabasic dikes. c. Regional shear zone to west of Parks Bar bridge. - Group C is a zone of complex...flows and flow breccias with intercalated pillow breccias and layered tuffs cut by many diabasic to felsic dikes. A plutonic gabbro diorite to quartz...and lithic diabasic to daciti, are described in tt 0i 0Geologic contacts California, Sacram Geologic symbols u geological mapping "AREA NOT MAPPED". S

  4. Aeroradioactivity Survey and Areal Geology of Parts of East-Central New York and West-Central New England (ARMS-I)

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    1964-10-01

    massif of anorthosite in the Adirondack Mountains, large areas of the Precambrian complex of the Green and Adirondack Mountains, a broad belt of...of New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts, and a large massif of anorthosite and areas of complex rock in the Adirondack Mountains of New York...garnetiferous, and sillimanitic gneiss. These rocks are moderately to highly deformed, and injected with anorthosite , gabbro, diorite, syenite, and a granitic

  5. Mechanical and transport properties of rocks at high temperatures and pressures. Task I, the physical nature of fracturing at depth. Technical progress report No. 1, 1 March 1980-30 November 1980

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    Carter, N.L.

    1980-12-15

    Research progress is reported in the following areas: (1) the delineation of the boundary separating elastic-brittle and transient-1 semibrittle behavior of granite and of its volcanic and metamorphic equivalents, rhyolite and granite gneiss; (2) the variation of fracture permeability in Sioux Quartzite, Westerly Granite and a fine-1 grained gabbro as a function of effective pressure and hydrothermal alterations; and (3) determine the mechanical properties of selected rocks at high temperatures and pressures. (ACR)

  6. Domestic Production Issues in Chromium and Platinum-Group Metals

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    1988-09-01

    recovered. A typical origin scenario involves peridotite altering to serpentine which is subsequently weathered into a soil in a tropical environment...made up of darker minerals. Typical examples of ultramafic rocks are dunite and peridotite and for mafic rocks, basalt and gabbro (24:39,42). The rock...layers, are believed to contain potential chromite resources 158:33,341. The the olivine-rich rocks in the Ultramafic zone are known as the Peridotite

  7. Final Technical Report for Contract Number N00014-81-K-0457.

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    1986-01-01

    hydration of peridotite at relatively low (< 450’ C) temperatures. Seismic velocities of the peridotites are lowered to crustal values, and hence the...earth called ophiolite model for the oceanic crust. In would serpentinize the mantle peridotites and sciences. The oceanic crust, which we define as that...turn, overlie units of massive ary within the mantle peridotite , and as much ily studied by indirect means, usually seismic and cumulate gabbros, which

  8. Geochemistry and zircon geochronology of the Neoarchean volcano-sedimentary sequence along the northern margin of the Nilgiri Block, southern India

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    Samuel, Vinod O.; Santosh, M.; Yang, Qiong-Yan; Sajeev, K.

    2016-10-01

    The Nilgiri Block is one of the major Archean crustal blocks that define the tectonic framework of southern India. Here we report geologic, petrologic, geochemical, and zircon U-Pb, -REE, and -Lu-Hf data of a highly metamorphosed and disrupted sequence of amphibolite, meta-gabbro, websterite, volcanic tuff, meta-sediment, and banded iron formation (BIF) from the northern fringe of the Nilgiri Block. Geochemically, the amphibolite shows altered ocean floor basalt signature, whereas the meta-gabbro and the websterite samples form part of a volcanic arc. The metamorphosed volcanic tuff shows subalkaline rhyolitic signature. U-Pb isotope analysis of zircon grains from the volcanic tuff and meta-gabbro shows 207Pb/206Pb ages of 2490 ± 12 Ma and 2448 ± 16 Ma, respectively. Zircons from the meta-sediments show an age range of 2563 ± 33 Ma to 2447 ± 34 Ma. The dominantly positive εHf (t) values of the zircons in the analyzed rock suite suggest that the magmas from which the zircons crystallized evolved from a Neoarchean depleted mantle source. The Hf model ages (TDM) of volcanic tuff, meta-sediment and meta-gabbro samples are ranging between 2908-2706 Ma, 2849-2682 Ma, and 2743-2607 Ma, respectively. The ca. 2500 Ma ages for the arc-related magmatic rock suite identified along the northern periphery of Nilgiri Block suggest prominent Neoarchean arc magmatism and early Paleoproterozoic convergent margin processes contributing to the early Precambrian crustal growth in Peninsular India.

  9. Isotopic evidence of source variations in commingled magma systems: Colorado River extensional corridor, Arizona and Nevada

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    Metcalf, R.V.; Smith, E.I.; Martin, M.W. . Dept. of Geoscience); Gonzales, D.A.; Walker, J.D. . Isotope Geochronology Lab.)

    1993-04-01

    Mixing of mantle derived mafic and crustal derived felsic magmas is a major Province-wide process forming Tertiary intermediate magmas within the Basin and Range. Major variations in magma sources, however, may exist in temporally and spatially related systems. Such variations are exemplified by two closely spaced plutons within the northern Colorado River extensional corridor. The 15.96 Ma Mt. Perkins pluton (MPP) was emplaced in three major phases: phase 1 (oldest) gabbro; phase 2 quartz diorite to hornblende granodiorite; and phase 3 biotite granodiorite ([+-]hbld). Phases 2 and 3 contain mafic microgranitoid enclaves (MME) that exhibit evidence of magma mingling. Combined data from phase 2 and 3 rocks, including MMW, shows positive [sup 87]Sr/[sup 86]Sr and negative [var epsilon]Nd correlations vs. SiO[sub 2] (50--72 wt %). Phase 2 rocks, which plot between phase 2 MME and MME-free phase 3 granodiorite, represent hybrid magmas formed by mixing of mantle and crustal derived magmas. Phase 1 gabbro falls off isotope-SiO[sub 2] trends and represents a separate mantle derived magma. The 13.2 Ma Wilson Ridge pluton (WRP), <20 km north of MPP, is cogenetic with the river Mountains volcano (RMV). In WRP an early diorite was intruded by a suite of monzodiorite to quartz monzonite. The monzodiorite portion contains MME and mafic schlieren representing mingled and mixed mafic magmas. The WRP and MPP represent two closely spaced isotopically distinct and separate magma systems. There are five magma sources. The two felsic mixing end members represent two different crustal magma sources. Two mantle sources are presented by MPP phase 1 gabbro and phase 2 MME, reflecting lithospheric and asthenospheric components, respectively. The latter represents the oldest reported Tertiary asthenospheric component within the region. A single lithospheric mantle source, different from the MPP gabbro, is indicated for the mafic mixing end member in the WRP-RMV suite.

  10. Mineral resources of the Prospect Mountain Wilderness Study Area, Carbon County, Wyoming

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    du Bray, E.A.; Bankey, V.; Hill, R.H.; Ryan, G.S.

    1989-01-01

    The Prospect Mountain Wilderness Study Area is about 20 mi east-southeast of Encampment in Carbon County, Wyoming. This study area is underlain by middle Proterozoic gabbro, granite, and hornblende gneiss, which is locally cut by pegmatite dikes. There are no identified resources and no potential for undiscovered energy resources in this study area. Resource potential for all undiscovered metallic commodities and for industrial mineral is low.

  11. Apollo 17, Station 6 boulder sample 76255 - Absolute petrology of breccia matrix and igneous clasts

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    Warner, J. L.; Phinney, W. C.; Simonds, C. H.

    1976-01-01

    The matrix of 76255 is the finest-grained, most clast-laden, impact-melt polymict breccia sampled from the Station 6 boulder. The paper speculates on how the matrix of 76255 fits into and enhances existing thermal models of breccia lithification. Emphasis is on the detailed petrology of five lithic clasts, two of which display mineralogical and textural affinities to mare basalts, while three, a gabbro, a norite, and a troctolite are considered primitive plutonic rocks.

  12. Beach Point Test Site, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Edgewood Area, Maryland. Focused Feasibility Study, Final Project Work Plan

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    1993-10-01

    Paleozoic in age and consist chiefly of schist, gneiss, gabbro , 0 This information has been derived from the RFA, 1996. Jacobs Enn wtn Wo .• FINAL PROJECT...system which has supplied potable water to the area is the Van Bibber system. During World War II (WW II) a system was also used which supplied water...Imregriating plants were operated at Beach Point during and alteir World War I!; these plants were used to treat clothing with a waxy material that provides

  13. The Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR). Phase 3

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    1989-07-01

    4.6. Topography in 98 the NORESS area is slightly higher, but ARCESS is situated right on top of a hill which is presumably associated with a gabbro ...Kataoka (1989): A new attenuation relationship for peak ground accelerations derived from strong- motion accelerograms. Proc., Ninth World Conf. on Earthq...regional correction of .5 mb units for comparison to world -wide mb estimates and therefore must be considered uncertain.) The unfiltered broadband trace

  14. Magnetic anomalies in Bahia Esperanza: A window of magmatic arc intrusions and glacier erosion over the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula

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    Galindo-Zaldívar, Jesús; Ruiz-Constán, Ana; Pedrera, Antonio; Ghidella, Marta; Montes, Manuel; Nozal, Francisco; Rodríguez-Fernandez, Luis Roberto

    2013-02-01

    Bahia Esperanza, constituting the NE tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, is made up of Paleozoic clastic sedimentary rocks overlain by a Jurassic volcano-sedimentary series and intruded by Cretaceous gabbros and diorites. The area is located along the southern part of the Pacific Margin magnetic anomaly belt. Field magnetic researches during February 2010 contribute to determining the deep geometry of the intermediate and basic intrusive rocks. Moreover, the new field data help constrain the regional Pacific Margin Anomaly, characterized up to now only by aeromagnetic and marine data. Field magnetic susceptibility measurements of intrusive intermediate and basic rocks, responsible for magnetic anomalies, ranges from 0.5 × 10- 3 SI in diorites to values between 0.75 × 10- 3 SI and 1.3 × 10- 3 SI in gabbros. In addition, a significant remanent magnetism should also have contributed to the anomalies. The regional magnetic anomaly is characterized by a westward increase from 100 nT up to 750 nT, associated with large intrusive diorite bodies. They probably underlie most of the western slopes of Mount Flora. Gabbros in the Nobby Nunatak determine local residual rough anomalies that extend northwards and westwards, pointing to the irregular geometry of the top of the basic rocks bodies below the Pirámide Peak Glacier. However, the southern and eastern boundaries with the Buenos Aires Glacier are sharp related to deep glacier incision. As a result of the glacier dynamics, magnetic anomalies are also detected north of the Nobby Nunatak due to the extension of the anomalous body and the presence of gabbro blocks in the moraines. The Bahia Esperanza region is a key area where onshore field geological and magnetic research allows us to constrain the shape of the crustal igneous intrusions and the basement glacier geometry, providing accurate data that complete regional aeromagnetic research.

  15. Tectonic significance of the Dongqiao ophiolite in the north-central Tibetan plateau: Evidence from zircon dating, petrological, geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic characterization

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    Liu, Tong; Zhai, Qing-guo; Wang, Jun; Bao, Pei-sheng; Qiangba, Zhaxi; Tang, Suo-han; Tang, Yue

    2016-02-01

    The Dongqiao ophiolite occurs in the central segment of the Bangong-Nujiang suture zone, in north-central Tibet, China. It is still debated on the tectonic setting of the Dongqiao ophiolite despite after more than 30 years' studies. The Dongqiao ophiolite has a complete section of a typical ophiolite, composed of harzburgite, dunite, layered and isotropic gabbros, pillow and massive basalts, as well as radiolarian chert. Whole-rock geochemical analyses show that harzburgite displays a broad U-shaped REE pattern and has a fore-arc affinity, whereas basalts show affinities of E-MORB, OIB and IAB. The basalts were probably formed in different tectonic settings, that is, mid-ocean ridge, oceanic island and island arc. The gabbros and basalts are characterized by positive εNd(t) (+1.6 to +6.7) and εHf(t) (+8.1 to +13.9) values. Zircon U-Pb dating yielded ages of 188 ± 1 Ma for the layered gabbro and 181 ± 1 Ma for the amphibole gabbro. The new ages and the published age data of the Dingqing and Dong Co ophiolites led us to conclude that the Bangong-Nujiang Ocean existed from the Late Triassic to Early Cretaceous. The new geochemical data also suggested that the Dongqiao ophiolite was a typical SSZ-type ophiolite formed in an initial fore-arc oceanic basin. Fore-arc ophiolites are probably widely distributed along the Bangong-Nujiang suture zone. If so, the Tethys Ocean of the Bangong-Nujiang area probably existed as a fore-arc oceanic basin during the Late Triassic to Early Jurassic.

  16. Apollo 17, Station 6 boulder sample 76255 - Absolute petrology of breccia matrix and igneous clasts

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    Warner, J. L.; Phinney, W. C.; Simonds, C. H.

    1976-01-01

    The matrix of 76255 is the finest-grained, most clast-laden, impact-melt polymict breccia sampled from the Station 6 boulder. The paper speculates on how the matrix of 76255 fits into and enhances existing thermal models of breccia lithification. Emphasis is on the detailed petrology of five lithic clasts, two of which display mineralogical and textural affinities to mare basalts, while three, a gabbro, a norite, and a troctolite are considered primitive plutonic rocks.

  17. New Lunar Meteorite Northwest Africa 773: A Tholeiite from the Moon?

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    Fagan, T. J.; Taylor, G. J.; Keil, K.; Hicks, T. L.; Killgore, M.; Bunch, T. E.; Wittke, J. H.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.

    2002-12-01

    Olivines and pyroxenes in gabbroic rock fragments from the recently found meteorite Northwest Africa 773 (NWA773) show evidence of Fe-enrichment broadly similar to the tholeiitic trend defined for terrestrial rocks. The meteorite consists of two main lithologies: a two-pyroxene olivine gabbro and a fragmental, heterolithic breccia. The olivine gabbro lithology consists of olivine (Fo68), pigeonite (Wo11En65), augite (Wo36En50), and plagioclase (An90), with minor K,Ba-feldspar (Or89Cs04Ab04An02), chromite, Ca-phosphates, ilmenite, troilite and metal. The texture is dominated by cumulate olivine crystals up to 1300 æm across and pyroxenes of slightly smaller grain size. Plagioclase feldspar is interstitial and K,Ba-feldspar is restricted to interstitial sites enriched in incompatible elements. The breccia lithology consists of a variety of clasts, but most of these can be plausibly linked to the olivine gabbro or more Fe-rich differentiates from the same magmatic system. Pyroxenes from the breccia exhibit continuous trends in Mg/(Mg+Fe) and Ti/(Ti+Cr) from values similar to the olivine gabbro (0.79 and 0.18, respectively) to extremely differentiated compositions (0.06 and 1.00, respectively). Olivines are characterized by compositions ranging over Fo71-55 and Fo13-01. The fayalitic olivines occur in clasts with silica, +/- hedenbergitic pyroxene. These variations in mineral composition can be explained as a consequence of extreme Fe-enrichment in a single pluton or related plutonic bodies on the Moon. The presence of silica in NWA 773 is due primarily to Fe-enrichment of residual liquid into ?the forbidden zone? of the pyroxene quadrilateral. The Fe-enrichment trend and cumulate textures suggest that NWA 773 may have originated from a magmatic system broadly similar to terrestrial layered mafic intrusives.

  18. Petrographic and petrological study of lunar rock materials

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    Winzer, S. R.

    1977-01-01

    Impact melts and breccias from the Apollo 15 and 16 landing sites were examined optically and by electron microscope/microprobe. Major and trace element abundances were determined for selected samples. Apollo 16 breccias contained impact melts, metamorphic and primary igneous rocks. Metamorphic rocks may be the equivalents of the impact melts. Apollo 15 breccias studied were fragment-laden melts derived from gabbro and more basalt target rocks.

  19. The petrogenesis of late Neoproterozoic mafic dyke-like intrusion in south Sinai, Egypt

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    Azer, M. K.; Abu El-Ela, F. F.; Ren, M.

    2012-08-01

    New field, petrographical and geochemical studies are presented here for the late Neoproterozoic Rimm intrusion (˜15 km long) exposed in the southern Sinai Peninsula, Egypt in the northernmost Arabian-Nubian Shield (ANS). Field relations indicate that the Rimm intrusion is younger than the surrounding metamorphic rocks and calc-alkaline syn-tectonic granodiorite and it was not affected by regional metamorphism. The anorogenic peralkaline granite of Gebel Serbal crosscuts the Rimm intrusion. The Rimm intrusion is made up of several consanguineous rock types with gradational contacts. It is composed chiefly of pyroxene-hornblende gabbro, hornblende gabbro and minor quartz diorite. The chemical composition of the mafic minerals indicated that the studied rocks derived from calc-alkaline mafic magma. Geochemically, the studied rocks are characterized by enrichment in LILE relative to HFSE and LREE relative to HREE [(Ce/Yb)N = 4.50-6.36]. Quartz diorite display slightly concave HREE pattern and slightly negative Eu-anomaly [(Eu/Eu*)n = 0.91] which may be the result of fractionation of amphibole and plagioclase from the source melt, respectively. The Rimm intrusion evolved from mafic mantle magma into different type rocks by fractional crystallization with minor crustal contamination. The initial magma corresponds to pyroxene-hornblende gabbro and the crystallization of hornblende was caused by slight H2O increase in magma after crystallization of near-liquidus clinopyroxene and Ca-rich plagioclase. Amphiboles geobarometer indicate that the gabbroic rocks of the Rimm intrusion crystallized at pressures between 4.8 and 6.4 Kb, while quartz diorite crystallized at 1.3-2.1 Kb. Crystallization temperatures range between 800 and 926 °C for the gabbros and between 667 and 784 °C for the quartz diorite. The Rimm intrusion represents a post-orogenic phase formed during the crustal thinning and extension of the Arabian-Nubian Shield.

  20. Stress Wave Induced Damage in Rock

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    1989-06-01

    LANGE, M.A., T.J. AHRENS, AND M.B. BOSLOUGH, (1984). Impact cratering and spall fracture of gabbro. Icarus, 58, 383-395. MELOSH , H. J., (1984). Impact ...increases rather uniformly with distance from the impact site, reaching the unshocked velocity at a distance of approximately one crater radius. The...horizontal distance from the impact , reaching typical unshocked velocities at distances approximately equal to or slightly greater than the crater radius

  1. Martabah gabbro—monzonite complex, Hijaz region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; petrography and structure

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    Douch, Colin J.; Al-Hazmi, Hassan; Aidrous, Abdullah

    The Martabah complex consists of an almost circular gabbroic rim, the outer portion of which is intruded by ring dikes of alkali-feldspar granite, and a core of (quartz) monzonite intruded by arcuate lenses and dikes of (quartz) syenite. A central lens of kaolinized, porphyritic quartz alkali-feldspar syenite is possibly derived from monzonitic rocks. There is an intense aeromagnetic anomaly over the gabbro and a low-intensity radiometric anomaly over the core.

  2. First find of serpentinite in the cliffs of the Heracleian Peninsula of Southwestern Crimea

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    Demina, L. I.; Promyslova, M. Yu.; Koronovskii, N. V.; Tzarev, V. V.

    2017-07-01

    This paper reports on the geological position and composition of serpentinite and serpentinitized peridotite, which we were the first to find in the cliffs of the southern part of the Heracleian Peninsula of Southwestern Crimea. In combination with pillow lava, gabbro, fragments of parallel dikes, and jasper, these rocks form an ophiolite association, which formerly belonged to the ancient crust of a back-arc basin that had reached the spreading stage of development.

  3. Solonker ophiolite in Inner Mongolia, China: A late Permian continental margin-type ophiolite

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    Luo, Zhi-wen; Xu, Bei; Shi, Guan-zhong; Zhao, Pan; Faure, M.; Chen, Yan

    2016-09-01

    The Solonker ophiolite is exposed along the border between Mongolia and China within the Solonker zone, the southeastern Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), and it is composed dominantly of serpentinized peridotite with subordinate gabbro, basaltic lava, radiolarian-bearing siliceous rocks, and minor plagiogranite. Meanwhile, layered mafic-ultramafic cumulates are not ubiquitous. In this study, zircon grains from two gabbros and a plagiogranite yield 206Pb/238U ages of 259 ± 6 Ma, 257 ± 3 Ma and 263 ± 1 Ma. These data were interpreted to represent the formation age of the Solonker ophiolite. The studied gabbros and basalts have a tholeiitic composition, showing a MORB affinity. They are also characterized by enrichment of Pb and depletion of Nb relative to La and Th. Furthermore, the studied gabbros contain inherited zircon grains and display a large range of zircon Hf isotopes (εHf(t) = - 5.27 to + 10.19). These features imply that crustal contamination played an important role in the generation of these mafic rocks. Major elements derived from the radiolarian-bearing siliceous rocks suggest a continental margin setting. This is confirmed by rock association. Terrigenous rocks (sandstones and siltstones) interstratified with siliceous rocks. U-Pb dating of detrital zircon grains in sandstones from both the northern and southern sides of the Solonker ophiolite belt, along with published data, reveals that the Late Carboniferous-Early Permian strata in fault contact with the Solonker ophiolite was deposited above Early Paleozoic orogens. The lines of petrological, geochemical, geochronological, and isotopic evidence led us to propose that the Solonker ophiolite is a Late Permian continental margin-type body formed during the early stages of opening of an ocean basin, following rifting and break-up of the Early Paleozoic orogens. Accordingly, the Permian Solonker zone is characterized by an intra-continental extensional setting.

  4. Natural Processes Influencing Terrain Attributes. Report 1. Prediction of Residual Soil Texture in Humid Temperate Climates of the Federal Republic of Germany and Selected Analogous Portions of the United States-Pilot Study,

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    1982-06-01

    stage: quartzite > chert - granite > granodiorite > tonolite > rhyolite > quartz latitc, > dacite > syenite > monzonite > diorite > gabbro > trachyte...common USDA soil type, followed by loam (L) (Fig- ure 11). The percentage of gravel increased significantly with slope. 184. Syenite and nepheline syenite ... Syenite is closely akin to granite, but the quartz content is much lower, although the two may be gradational. The chief feldspar is still potassium

  5. Investigations at Site 32 (41EP325), Keystone Dam Project. A Multicomponent Archeological Site in Western El Paso County, Texas.

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    1983-03-01

    grained quartzite, gabbro (diabase), micaceous schist, diorite and syenite . The coarse-grained quartzite differs significantly from the fine-grained...One intact mano recovered at Site 32 is made from a large cobble of syenite . Syenite outcrops in the Hueco Mountains located along the eastern border...The larger specimen (Fig. 56c), of syenite , has one slightly convex and one slightly concave grinding surface. The fragments consist of pecked margins

  6. Physical Properties of Oceanic Lower Crustal and Uppermost Mantle Rocks from Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Bayrakci, G.; Falcon-Suarez, I.; Minshull, T. A.; North, L. J.; Best, A. I.

    2016-12-01

    Mantle peridotite reacts with seawater in a process called serpentinization. The rate of serpentinization depends on pressure and temperature conditions and access of water to fresh peridotite. In a wide range of marine geological settings, serpentinite co-exists with gabbro. The physical properties of partially serpentinized ultramafic rocks (e.g. density and seismic velocity) are similar to the properties of gabbroic rocks. Hence, distinguishing between the two types of rocks by remote geophysical methods such as gravity or seismic surveys is challenging, and requires observations from direct sampling. We have measured and analyzed the physical properties of four serpentinite samples from the southern wall of the Atlantis Massif, recently acquired during IODP Expedition 357. The physical property measurements include P- and S-wave velocities, attenuation, electrical resistivity and permeability over a wide range of effective pressures. Our results demonstrate a stress-dependent relationship between measured physical properties. The 3D electrical resistivity tomography revels high resistivity within the ultramafic matrix, and low resistivity within veins in highly serpentinized material. We also measured the physical properties of three gabbro samples acquired previously at the Central Dome of the Atlantis Massif (IODP expedition 304-305). We computed the electrical resistivity anisotropy of both types of rocks. Electrical resistivity has one of the widest ranges of values of any common physical property of solids. Therefore, its anisotropic variation is more easily detectable than that of seismic velocities. Any significant difference of electrical resistivity or its anisotropy between partially serpentinized peridotite and gabbro might enable us in future to distinguish remotely between these rock types by electromagnetic studies. The initial results suggest that the gabbro samples have higher electric resitivities than the serpentinite samples and they show

  7. The Mars Hill Terrane: An enigmatic southern Appalachian terrane

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    Raymond, L.A.; Johnson, P.A. . Dept. of Geology)

    1994-03-01

    The Mars Hill Terrane (MHT) in the Appalachian Blue Ride Belt is bordered by complex, locally reactivated thrust and strike-slip faults. On the east, the MHT is bounded by the allochthonous, ensimatic Toe Terrane (TT) across the diachronous, ductile Holland Mountain-Soque River Fault System. The MHT is separated on the northwest from ensialic Laurentian basement (LB), by the Fries-Hayesville Fault System. On the south, the MHT is truncated by the Shope Fork Fault. The MHT is characterized by migmatitic biotite-pyroxene-hornblende gneiss, but contains 1--1.8 b.y. old quartz-feldspar gneisses, plus ultramafic rocks, calc-silicate rocks, mica schists and gneisses, and Neoproterozoic Bakersville gabbros. This rock assemblage contrasts with that of the adjoining terranes. The only correlative units between the MHT and adjoining terranes are Neoproterozoic gabbro, Ordovician-Devonian granitoid plutons, and ultramafic rocks. Gabbro links the MHT with LB rocks. Apparently similar calc-silicate rocks differ petrographically among terranes. During Taconic or Acadian events, both the TT and MHT reached amphibolite to granulite metamorphic grade, but the LB did not exceed greenschist grade. The data conflict. The O-D plutons, ultramafic rocks, and metamorphic histories suggest that the TT had docked with the MHT by Ordovician time. The premetamorphic character of the Holland Mtn.-Soque River Fault System supports that chronology. Neoproterozoic gabbros suggest a MHT-LB link by Cambrian time, but the LB experienced neither O-D plutonism nor Paleozoic amphibolite-granulite facies metamorphism.

  8. The petrographic criteria of selection of geological environments for building high-level waste (HLW) repository

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    Omelyanenko, B.I.; Petrov, V.A.; Yudintsev, S.V.; Zaraisky, G.P.; Starostin, V.I.

    1993-12-31

    Igneous rocks of basic composition (basalts, diabases, gabbro-dolerites, dunites, etc.) are an appropriate geological environment for high-level waste disposal. During interaction with hot ground waters their isolation ability will increase due to the decrease of hydraulic permeability and increase of their sorption ability. According to petrophysical characteristics, such rocks are viscous-rigid media with the highest mechanical stability and do not undergo any changes in properties over the whole temperature range, which is possible in a HLW repository.

  9. Apollo 17 petrology and experimental determination of differentiation sequences in model moon compositions

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    Hodges, F. N.; Kushiro, I.

    1974-01-01

    Experimental studies of model moon compositions are discussed, taking into account questions related to the differentiation of the outer layer of the moon. Phase relations for a series of proposed lunar compositions have been determined and a petrographic and electron microprobe study was conducted on four Apollo 17 samples. Two of the samples consist of high-titanium mare basalts, one includes crushed anorthosite and gabbro, and another contains blue-gray breccia.

  10. Middle Jurassic U-Pb crystallization age for Siniktanneyak Mountain ophiolite, Brooks Range, Alaska

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    Moore, T.E. ); Aleinikoff, J.N.; Walter, M. )

    1993-04-01

    The authors report here a U-Pb age for the Siniktanneyak Mountain Ophiolite klippe in the west-central Brooks Range, the first U-Pb ophiolite age in northern Alaska. Like klippen of mafic and ultramafic rocks in the Brooks Range, the Siniktanneyak Mountain klippe is composed of a lower allochthon of Devonian and younger( ) diabase and metabasalt with trace-element characteristics of seamount basalts and an upper allochthon of ophiolite. The ophiolite is partial, consisting of (1) abundant dunite and subordinate harzburgite and wehrlite; (2) cumulate clinopyroxene gabbro, and (3) minor noncumulate clinopyroxene gabbro and subordinate plagiogranite; no sheeted dikes or volcanic rocks are known in the ophilitic allochthon. The plagiogranite forms small dikes and stocks that intrude the noncumulate gabbro and consists of zoned Na-rich plagioclase + clinopyroxene with interstial quartz and biotite. Five fractions of subhedral, tan zircon from the plagiogranite yield slightly discordant U-Pb data with an upper intercept age of 170 [+-] 3 Ma. The U-Pb data indicate that the Siniktanneyak Mountain ophiolite crystallized in the Middle Jurassic and was emplaced by thrusting onto mafic accretionary prism rocks within about 10 m.y. of crystallization. The U-Pb data provide an upper limit to the age of initiation of the Brookian orogeny.

  11. Geology of the Zambales ophiolite, Luzon, Philippines

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    Rossman, D.L.; Castanada, G.C.; Bacuta, G.C.

    1989-01-01

    The Zambales ophiolite of western Luzon, Philippines, exposes a typical succession of basalt flows, diabasic dikes, gabbro and tectonized harzburgite. The age established by limiting strata is late Eocene. Lack of evidence of thrust faulting and the general domal disposition of the lithologie units indicate that the ophiolitic rocks are exposed by uplift. Highly complex internal layered structures within the complex are related to processes developed during formation of the ophiolite and the Zambales ophiolite may be one of the least disturbed (by emplacement) ophiolitic masses known. The exposed mass trends north and the upper surface plunges at low angles (a few degrees) to the north and south. The chemistry and composition of the rocks in the northwest part of the Zambales area (Acoje block) is distinct from that in the southeastern segment (Coto block). The Acoje block, according to Evans (1983) and Hawkins and Evans (1983), resembles (on a chemical basis) arc-tholeiite series rocks from intra-island arcs and the rocks in the Coto block are typical back-arc basin rock series. The present writer believes that the ophiolite composes a single genetic unit and that the changes in composition are the result of changes that took place during the initial formation. The gabbro probably formed below a spreading center in an elongate, in cross section, V-shaped, magma chamber. The gabbro is estimated by the writer to be less than 2 km thick and may be less than 1 km in places. Numerous erosional windows through the gabbro in the northern and eastern side of the Zambales area show that the gabbro remaining in those areas is likely to be only a few hundred meters thick. Harzburgite is exposed to a depth of about 800 m in the Bagsit River area and this may be the deepest part of the ophiolite accessible for study on which there is any control on depth. A transitional zone, about 200 m thick lying between the gabbro and harzburgite, is composed of serpentinized dunite

  12. Identification of an early cretaceous ophiolite in the Camarines Norte-Calaguas Islands basement complex, eastern Luzon, Philippines

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    Geary, E. E.; Kay, R. W.

    1989-10-01

    New geological studies of the Camarines Norte-Calaguas Islands (CNCI) basement complex have resulted in the identification of a pre-Late Cretaceous ophiolite assemblage underlying much of the eastern part of the complex. Dominant ophiolite lithologies include: harzburgites, gabbros, diabasic and basaltic dikes, and pillow lavas. A stratigraphically complete igneous section is lacking due to extensive structural disruption of the ophiolite by westward directed thrusting and displacement along high angle faults. Despite this disruption, geochemical ([ La/ Yb] n ⩽ 1, La/ Ta ≈ 15) and mineralogical data, as well as field relationships, support a cogenetic (N-MORB) origin for the basalt and gabbro units. A minimum crustal age of 100 Ma is inferred from recent {40Ar }/{39Ar } analyses of amphibolites associated with the gabbros. Other lithologies occurring within the basement complex include: medium to high-grade garnet-hornblende-mica schists, low-grade metaigneous rocks, and dioritic and granodioritic intrusives. Geological and geochemical data on these units indicate that they are not genetically related to the ophiolite but have been in close spatial proximity since the Middle Miocene. Together these studies raise new questions concerning the nature of Philippine basement complexes and extent of fundamental, pre-Tertiary basement in the eastern Philippines.

  13. Rock types of South Pole-Aitken basin and extent of basaltic volcanism

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    Pieters, C.M.; Head, J. W.; Gaddis, L.; Jolliff, B.; Duke, M.

    2001-01-01

    The enormous pre-Nectarian South Pole-Aitken (SPA) basin represents a geophysically and compositionally unique region on the Moon. We present and analyze the mineralogical diversity across this basin and discuss the implications for basin evolution. Rock types are derived from Clementine multispectral data based on diagnostic characteristics of ferrous absorptions in fresh materials. Individual areas are characterized as noritic (dominated by low-Ca pyroxene), gabbroic/basaltic (dominated by high-Ca pyroxene), feldspathic (<3-6% FeO), and olivine-gabbro (dominated by high-Ca pyroxene and olivine). The anorthositic crust has effectively been removed from the interior of the basin. The style of volcanism within the basin extends over several 100 Myr and includes mare basalt and pyroclastic deposits. Several areas of ancient (pre-Orientale) volcanism, or cryptomaria, have also been identified. The nonmare mafic lithology that occurs across the basin is shown to be noritic in composition and is pervasive laterally and vertically. We interpret this to represent impact melt/breccia deposits derived from the lower crust. A few localized areas are identified within the basin that contain more diverse lithologies (gabbro, olivine-gabbro), some of which may represent material from the deepest part of the lower crust and perhaps uppermost mantle involved in the SPA event. Copyright 2001 by the American Geophysical Union.

  14. Feruvite from the Sullivan Pb-Zn-Ag deposit, British Columbia

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    Jiang, S.-Y.; Palmer, M.R.; McDonald, A.M.; Slack, J.F.; Leitch, C.H.B.

    1996-01-01

    Feruvite, an uncommon Ca- and Fe2+-rich tourmaline species, has been discovered in the footwall of the Sullivan Pb-Zn-Ag deposit (British Columbia) near gabbro sills and dikes. Its chemical composition varies according to occurrence: feruvite from the shallow footwall has lower Ca, higher Al, and higher X-site vacancies than that from the deep footwall. The major chemical substitution involved in the feruvite is the exchange vector CaMgO???-1Al-1(OH)-1. The most important factor controlling feruvite formation at Sullivan is likely the reaction of Fe-rich hydrothermal fluids with Ca-rich minerals in gabbro and host rocks. This reaction led to the breakdown of Ca-rich minerals (plagioclase and hornblende), with release of Ca to solution and its incorporation into feruvite. This process probably postdated the main stages of formation of fine-grained, intermediate schorl-dravite in the tourmalinite pipe in the footwall, and is attributed to postore intrusion of gabbro and associated albite-chlorite-pyrite alteration.

  15. Petrology of four clasts from consortium breccia 73215

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    James, O. B.; Hammarstrom, J. G.

    1977-01-01

    One felsite ('granite') and three ANT-suite anorthositic gabbro clasts extracted from breccia 73215 are described. The felsite clast has two components - fragments of crystalline felsite and veins and patches of felsic glass. The crystalline felsite, which consists largely of a vermicular intergrowth of quartz and Ba-K-feldspar, crystallized from a highly differentiated melt between 3.90 and 4.05 b.y. The felsic glass component consists of crystallized brown and colorless glasses and uncrystallized colorless glass which are all K and Si rich. The relation of glass features to past heating and the breccia-forming event is considered. In the three anorthositic gabbros, which have similar mineralogies and gradational textures, plagioclase is dominant, and olivine and orthopyroxene are the major mafic minerals. The petrologic data suggest that the gabbros formed as heated, partly melted, and/or recrystallized polymict breccias. It is possible that the approximately 4.25 b.y. age obtained for the three rocks is the date of the melting/recrystallization event.

  16. Thermal diffusivity of igneous rocks at elevated pressure and temperature

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    Durham, W.B.; Mirkovich, V.V.; Heard, H.C.

    1987-10-10

    Thermal diffusivity measurements of seven igneous rocks were made to temperatures of 400 /sup 0/C and pressures of 200 MPa. The measuring method was based on the concept of cylindrical symmetry and periodic heat pulses. The seven rocks measured were Westerly (Rhode Island) granite, Climax Stock (Nevada) quartz monzonite, Pomona (Washington) basalt, Atikokan (Ontario, Canada) granite, Creighton (Ontario, Canada) gabbro, East Bull Lake (Ontario, Canada) gabbro, and Stripa (Sweden) granite. The diffusivity of all the rocks showed a positive linear dependence on inverse temperature and, excluding the East Bull Lake gabbro, showed a linear dependence on quartz content. (Quartz content varied from 0 to 31% by volume.) Diffusivity in all cases rose or remained steady with increasing confining pressure. The pressure effect was strongest at lowest pressures and vanished by levels between 10 and 100 MPa, depending on rock type. The pressure effect (measured as a percentage change in diffusivity) is stronger in the four rocks of granite composition than in the three of basaltic composition. Our results agree well with existing thermal diffusivity measurements at atmospheric pressure.

  17. Age of the Mulcahy Lake intrusion, northwest Ontario, and implications for the evolution of greenstone-granite terrains

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    Morrison, D. A.; Bogard, D. D.; Phinney, W. C.; Davis, D. W.; Wooden, J. L.; Ashwal, L. D.; MacZuga, D. E.

    1985-05-01

    An investigation of zircon data from the Mulcahy Lake gabbro, a 63 sq km layered mafic intrusion in the Wabigoon subprovince of Ontario, which show that the gabbro crystallized at 2733.2 +1.0, -0.9 Ma, is considered. It is shown that the gabbro intrudes tholeiites of the Crow Lake-Savant Lake greenstone belt. Whole rock samples and mineral separates from the Mulcahy Lake intrusion are dated by Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, and Ar-30-Ar-40 techniques. Disturbances in the system are revealed by the Rb-Sr data and an initial Sr ratio of 0.7007 for an age of 2733 Ma is indicated by samples with low Rb/Sr ratios. The age determined for the Sm-Nd data is 2744 + or 55 Ma with an epsilon Nd value of +2.6 + or - 1.2 which indicates a source region depleted in a light rare earth element. Primary hornblende is analyzed for Ar-40/Ar-39 and an age of 2703 + or - 20 is obtained. Some implications for the development of greenstone-granite belts are discussed.

  18. Age of the Mulcahy Lake intrusion, northwest Ontario, and implications for the evolution of greenstone-granite terrains

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    Morrison, D. A.; Bogard, D. D.; Phinney, W. C.; Davis, D. W.; Wooden, J. L.; Ashwal, L. D.; Maczuga, D. E.

    1985-01-01

    An investigation of zircon data from the Mulcahy Lake gabbro, a 63 sq km layered mafic intrusion in the Wabigoon subprovince of Ontario, which show that the gabbro crystallized at 2733.2 +1.0, -0.9 Ma, is considered. It is shown that the gabbro intrudes tholeiites of the Crow Lake-Savant Lake greenstone belt. Whole rock samples and mineral separates from the Mulcahy Lake intrusion are dated by Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, and Ar-30-Ar-40 techniques. Disturbances in the system are revealed by the Rb-Sr data and an initial Sr ratio of 0.7007 for an age of 2733 Ma is indicated by samples with low Rb/Sr ratios. The age determined for the Sm-Nd data is 2744 + or 55 Ma with an epsilon Nd value of +2.6 + or - 1.2 which indicates a source region depleted in a light rare earth element. Primary hornblende is analyzed for Ar-40/Ar-39 and an age of 2703 + or - 20 is obtained. Some implications for the development of greenstone-granite belts are discussed.

  19. 40Ar/ 39Ar ages for the alkaline volcanism and the basement of Gorringe Bank, North Atlantic ocean

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    Féraud, Gilbert; Gastaud, Janine; Auzende, Jean-Marie; Olivet, Jean-Louis; Cornen, Guy

    1982-01-01

    Gorringe Bank is situated on the Europe-Africa plate boundary at the eastern end of the Azores-Gibraltar fracture zone. It has two summits, Gettysburg Bank to the Southwest and Ormonde Bank to the northeast. We applied the 40Ar/ 39Ar stepwise heating method to date six samples of the alkaline volcanic rocks, two gabbros from the Ormonde Bank and a dolerite from the Gettysburg Bank. The results that the alkaline volcanism lasted probably for less than 6 Ma(66-60 Ma). Although the nature of this volcanism precludes any subduction feature during its setting, the alkaline volcanism of Ormonde is probably linked to Upper Cretaceous/Eocene compressive tectonic events. The basement rocks of Gorringe Bank reveal distrubed 40Ar/ 39Ar age spectra. One plagioclase and one biotite from a gabbro give evidence for a thermic event whose age is tentatively estimated at about 75 Ma, and related to a variation in the direction of the relative movement between Europe and Africa. The more probable age given by a plagioclase of another gabbro and by a dolerite (110 Ma) corresponds to tilting northeastward of the Gorringe massif.

  20. Cretaceous crust-mantle interaction and tectonic evolution of Cathaysia Block in South China: Evidence from pulsed mafic rocks and related magmatism

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    Li, Bin; Jiang, Shao-Yong; Zhang, Qian; Zhao, Hai-Xiang; Zhao, Kui-Dong

    2015-10-01

    Cretaceous tectono-magmatic evolution of the Cathaysia Block in South China is important but their mechanism and geodynamics remain highly disputed. In this study we carried out a detailed geochemical study on the recently found Kuokeng mafic dikes in the western Fujian Province (the Interior Cathaysia Block) to reveal the petrogenesis and geodynamics of the Cretaceous magmatism. Kuokeng mafic dikes were emplaced in three principal episodes: ~ 129 Ma (monzogabbro), ~ 107 Ma (monzodiorite), and ~ 97 Ma (gabbro). Geochemical characteristics indicate that the monzogabbros were derived from the unmodified mantle source, while gabbros were likely derived from metasomatized mantle by subducted slab (fluids and sediments). Sr-Nd isotope compositions indicate that the parental magmas of the monzodiorites were generated by mixing of enriched, mantle-derived, mafic magmas and felsic melts produced by partial melting of crustal materials. Until the Early Cretaceous (~ 123 Ma), the dominant ancient Interior Cathaysia lithospheric mantle exhibited insignificant subduction signature, indicating the melting of asthenospheric mantle and the consequent back-arc extension, producing large-scale partial melting of the crustal materials under the forward subduction regime of the paleo-Pacific plate. The monzodiorites and gabbros appear to be associated with northwestward subduction of Pacific plate under an enhanced lithospheric extensional setting, accompanying with mantle modification, which triggered shallower subduction-related metasomatically enriched lithospheric mantle to melt partially. After ca. 110 Ma, the coastal magmatic belts formed due to a retreat and rollback of the subducting Pacific Plate underneath SE China in the continental margin arc system.

  1. Hugoniot equation of state of rock materials under shock compression

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    Zhang, Q. B.; Braithwaite, C. H.; Zhao, J.

    2017-01-01

    Two sets of shock compression tests (i.e. conventional and reverse impact) were conducted to determine the shock response of two rock materials using a plate impact facility. Embedded manganin stress gauges were used for the measurements of longitudinal stress and shock velocity. Photon Doppler velocimetry was used to capture the free surface velocity of the target. Experimental data were obtained on a fine-grained marble and a coarse-grained gabbro over a shock pressure range of approximately 1.5-12 GPa. Gabbro exhibited a linear Hugoniot equation of state (EOS) in the pressure-particle velocity (P-up) plane, while for marble a nonlinear response was observed. The EOS relations between shock velocity (US) and particle velocity (up) are linearly fitted as US = 2.62 + 3.319up and US = 5.4 85 + 1.038up for marble and gabbro, respectively. This article is part of the themed issue 'Experimental testing and modelling of brittle materials at high strain rates'.

  2. Petrology of four clasts from consortium breccia 73215

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    James, O. B.; Hammarstrom, J. G.

    1977-01-01

    One felsite ('granite') and three ANT-suite anorthositic gabbro clasts extracted from breccia 73215 are described. The felsite clast has two components - fragments of crystalline felsite and veins and patches of felsic glass. The crystalline felsite, which consists largely of a vermicular intergrowth of quartz and Ba-K-feldspar, crystallized from a highly differentiated melt between 3.90 and 4.05 b.y. The felsic glass component consists of crystallized brown and colorless glasses and uncrystallized colorless glass which are all K and Si rich. The relation of glass features to past heating and the breccia-forming event is considered. In the three anorthositic gabbros, which have similar mineralogies and gradational textures, plagioclase is dominant, and olivine and orthopyroxene are the major mafic minerals. The petrologic data suggest that the gabbros formed as heated, partly melted, and/or recrystallized polymict breccias. It is possible that the approximately 4.25 b.y. age obtained for the three rocks is the date of the melting/recrystallization event.

  3. Age of the Mulcahy Lake intrusion, northwest Ontario, and implications for the evolution of greenstone-granite terrains

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    Morrison, D. A.; Bogard, D. D.; Phinney, W. C.; Davis, D. W.; Wooden, J. L.; Ashwal, L. D.; Maczuga, D. E.

    1985-01-01

    An investigation of zircon data from the Mulcahy Lake gabbro, a 63 sq km layered mafic intrusion in the Wabigoon subprovince of Ontario, which show that the gabbro crystallized at 2733.2 +1.0, -0.9 Ma, is considered. It is shown that the gabbro intrudes tholeiites of the Crow Lake-Savant Lake greenstone belt. Whole rock samples and mineral separates from the Mulcahy Lake intrusion are dated by Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, and Ar-30-Ar-40 techniques. Disturbances in the system are revealed by the Rb-Sr data and an initial Sr ratio of 0.7007 for an age of 2733 Ma is indicated by samples with low Rb/Sr ratios. The age determined for the Sm-Nd data is 2744 + or 55 Ma with an epsilon Nd value of +2.6 + or - 1.2 which indicates a source region depleted in a light rare earth element. Primary hornblende is analyzed for Ar-40/Ar-39 and an age of 2703 + or - 20 is obtained. Some implications for the development of greenstone-granite belts are discussed.

  4. Rooted Brooks Range ophiolite: Implications for Cordilleran terranes

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    Saltus, R.W.; Morin, R.L.; Hudson, T.L.

    2001-01-01

    Modeling of gravity and magnetic data shows that areally extensive mafic and ultramafic rocks of the western Brooks Range, Alaska, are at least 8 km thick, and that gabbro and ultramafic rocks underlie basalt in several places. The basalt, gabbro, and ultramafic rocks have been considered parts of a far-traveled ophiolite assemblage. These rocks are the highest structural elements in the Brooks Range thrust belt and are thought to be hundreds of kilometers north of their origin. This requires these rocks to be thin klippen without geologic ties to the continental shelf sedimentary rocks that now surround them. The geophysically determined, thick and interleaved subsurface character of the basalt, gabbro, and ultramafic rocks is inconsistent with this interpretation. An origin within an extensional setting on the continental shelf could produce the required subsurface geometries and explain other perplexing characteristics of these rocks. Early Mesozoic Alaska, from the North Slope southward to the interior, may have had many irregular extensional basins on a broad, distal continental shelf. This original tectonic setting may apply elsewhere in Cordilleran-type margins where appropriate mafic and ultramafic analogs are present.

  5. Possible petrogenetic associations among igneous components in North Massif soils: Evidence in 2-4 MM soil particles from 76503

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    Jolliff, Bradley L.; Bishop, Kaylynn M.; Haskin, Larry A.

    1992-12-01

    Studies of Apollo 17 highland igneous rocks and clasts in breccias from the North and South Massifs have described magnesian troctolite, norite, anorthositic gabbro, dunite, spinel cataclasites, and granulitic lithologies that may have noritic anothosite or anorthositic norite/gabbro as igneous precursors, and have speculated on possible petrogenetic relationships among these rock types. Mineral compositions and relative proportions of plagioclase and plagioclase-olivine particles in samples 76503 indicate that the precursor lithology of those particles were troctolitic anorthosite, not troctolite. Mineral and chemical compositions of more pyroxene-rich, magnesian breccias and granulites in 76503 indicate that their precursor lithology was anorthositic norite/gabbro. The combination of mineral compositions and whole-rock trace-element compositional trends supports a genetic relationship among these two groups as would result from differentiation of a single pluton. Although highland igneous lithologies in Apollo 17 materials have been described previously, the proportions of different igneous lithologies present in the massifs, their frequency of association, and how they are related are not well known. We consider the proportions of, and associations among, the igneous lithologies found in a North Massif soil, which may represent those of the North Massif or a major part of it.

  6. Ophiolite belts in the Koryak Upland, Northeast Asia

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    Palandzhjan, S. A.

    1986-08-01

    In the packets of tectonic slices there are preserved large-size fragments of Late Precambrian-Early Paleozoic, Late Paleozoic-Triassic, Late Jurassic-Valanginian, Albian-Campanian, and Late Cretaceous ophiolite suites developed in both oceanic and marginal (back-arc) basins. Same belts (or zones) of ophiolites often comprise fragments of different-age complexes. In the Paleozoic ophiolites which, judging from the volcanic series compositions, were formed in different paleo-oceanic environments, mafic complexes are the thickest and include gabbro-norite and gabbro-troctolite series; they are associated with less depleted metamorphic peridotite complexes (lherzolite and pyroxene-rich harzburgite). Marginal basin ophiolites of Late Jurassic-Valanginian age incorporate thin mafic rock bodies of gabbro-norite composition; they are associated with lherzolites, pyroxene-rich harzburgites, olivine-rich harzburgites, and major dunite bodies. Petrochemical types of metamorphic peridotite massifs are given and it is assumed that the latter are fragments of an ancient peridotite layer which throughout the Phanerozoic served as the mantle basement for the crust of oceanic or marginal basins occurring in the northwestern Paleo-Pacific.

  7. Q structure of the oceanic crust

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    Wepfer, W. W.; Christensen, N. I.

    1991-08-01

    Compressional wave attenuations and velocities have been measured as a function of confining pressure in ophiolite samples representing a cross-section of the oceanic crust and uppermost mantle. Data are presented for basalts, diabase dikes, gabbros and a suite of serpentinites and peridotites showing a range of serpentization. An ultrasonic pulse-echo spectral ratio technique was used to determine the attenuations to confining pressures of 500 MPa. From this data a Q profile for the oceanic crust and upper mantle is presented. Q is found to moderately increase with depth through the pillow basalts of the upper oceanic crust. The sheeted dike rocks of Layer 2C show an increase in Q with depth due to progressive metamorphism (from greenschist to amphibolite facies). Q drops abruptly from Layer 2C to Layer 3, though it is not clear why the gabbros have such low Q's. The crust-mantle boundary is a Q discontinuity; however, the Q contrast between Layer 3 and the upper mantle could be altered by upper mantle serpentinization, interlayered gabbros and peridotites at the boundary, or serpentinized peridotite diapirs intruding the gabbroic section. Q varies significantly with the percentage of serpentinization in the ultramafic samples, with the largest changes in Q being at the extremes of zero and full serpentinization. Q is sensitive to the overburden pressure for all of the samples.

  8. Microstructures and crystallographic preferred orientation of anorthosites from Oman ophiolite and the dynamics of melt lenses

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    Morales, Luiz F. G.; Boudier, FrançOise; Nicolas, Adolphe

    2011-04-01

    Microstructures and crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) of anorthosite samples interlayered in the upper and lower gabbro sections in the Oman ophiolite were analyzed in this paper. In the anorthosites registering the dynamics of the melt lenses, foliation is flat lying and starts to develop a few meters below the root zone of the sheeted dike complex (RZSDC). Microstructures and CPO of these rocks were developed in response to four different mechanisms: (1) density-controlled settling of plagioclase on the lens floor, (2) deposition of anorthosites related to convection currents, (3) melt compaction, and (4) uncompacted melt accumulation. In these anorthosites, the poles to (010) of plagioclase are parallel to the flow plane of convection, whereas the [100] axes and poles to (001) express the convection flow direction and the axis of convection rolls, respectively. The effect of subsidence of melt lens floor is recorded immediately below the RZSDC and is characterized by the rapid (but progressive) development of dipping foliation and lineation, reflecting the increase of deformation downsection. The degree of foliation and CPO development in the anorthosites is directly related to the distance of the center of the melt lenses before the subsidence starts. Despite the uncertain origin of the anorthosites from the lower gabbro section, all the samples lost the magmatic microstructural characteristics and presently are reequilibrated aggregates. However, they still preserve plagioclase CPO, where some of these patterns present similarities with the anorthosites from the upper gabbro section, but no evidence of intracrystalline deformation under high temperatures.

  9. Possible petrogenetic associations among igneous components in North Massif soils: Evidence in 2-4 mm soil particles from 76503

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    Jolliff, Bradley L.; Bishop, Kaylynn M.; Haskin, Larry A.

    1992-01-01

    Studies of Apollo 17 highland igneous rocks and clasts in breccias from the North and South Massifs have described magnesian troctolite, norite, anorthositic gabbro, dunite, spinel cataclasites, and granulitic lithologies that may have noritic anothosite or anorthositic norite/gabbro as igneous precursors, and have speculated on possible petrogenetic relationships among these rock types. Mineral compositions and relative proportions of plagioclase and plagioclase-olivine particles in samples 76503 indicate that the precursor lithology of those particles were troctolitic anorthosite, not troctolite. Mineral and chemical compositions of more pyroxene-rich, magnesian breccias and granulites in 76503 indicate that their precursor lithology was anorthositic norite/gabbro. The combination of mineral compositions and whole-rock trace-element compositional trends supports a genetic relationship among these two groups as would result from differentiation of a single pluton. Although highland igneous lithologies in Apollo 17 materials have been described previously, the proportions of different igneous lithologies present in the massifs, their frequency of association, and how they are related are not well known. We consider the proportions of, and associations among, the igneous lithologies found in a North Massif soil, which may represent those of the North Massif or a major part of it.

  10. New evidence for Early Paleozoic orogeny in the eastern Klamath terrane, northern California

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    Masson, P.H.

    1993-04-01

    The Grey Rocks outlier, in the east-central part of the Trinity mafic-ultramafic complex, has two localities in which metamorphosed and strongly deformed rocks lie unconformably between the Trinity complex and overlying, less deformed, volcanic and sedimentary sections. At one locality, a bouldery metaconglomerate and schistose sedimentary melange consist of detritus derived from Trinity serpentine, gabbros, and dikes. Foliation is vertical, striking discordantly beneath mafic submarine flows and a thick argillite section assigned questionably to the Mississippian Bragdon formation. At the second locality, interbedded argillite, thin discontinuous flows, and hyaloclastic lapilli tuffs are metamorphosed and isoclinally folded. Steep foliation is truncated beneath the gently dipping base of the Grey Rocks submarine volcanic pile. Undeformed dikes cut the folded sequence and enter the Grey Rocks volcanics, possibly as late feeders. The Grey Rocks lavas and volcanic breccias have been compared with the Early Devonian Copley greenstone of the Redding section. Timing of the orogenic event or events is poorly constrained. Accepting a questionable correlation between the submarine volcanics and the Copley greenstone, the orogenic event(s) would be Early Devonian or older. Clasts in the schists and conglomerates at the first locality are clearly derived from gabbros and dikes considered by some workers to be Silurian. The folded sequence at the second locality contains no Trinity complex detritus and rests on a strong, low-angle, schist and mylonite zone that truncates the Silurian( ) dike and gabbro complex.

  11. The lunar highland melt-rock suite

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    Vaniman, D. T.; Papike, J. J.

    1978-01-01

    Size can be used as a criterion to select 18 large (larger than 1 cm) samples from among 148 melt-rock fragments of all sizes. This selection provides a suite of large samples which represent the important chemical variants among highland melt rocks; each large sample has enough material for a number of sample-destructive studies, as well as for future reference. Cluster analysis of the total data base of 148 highland melt rocks shows six distinct groups: anorthosite, gabbroic anorthosite, anorthositic gabbro ('highland basalt'), low K Fra Mauro, intermediate-K Fra Mauro, and high-K. Large samples are available for four of the melt-rock groups (gabbroic anorthosite, anorthositic gabbro, low-K Fra Mauro, and intermediate-K Fra Mauro). This sample selection reveals two subgroups of anorthositic gabbro (one anorthite-poor with negative Eu anomaly and one anorthite-rich without Eu anomaly). There is a sharp distinction between those Apollo 16 melt rocks and glasses which have both been classified as 'gabbroic anorthosite'.

  12. Igneous intrusions in coal-bearing sequences

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    Gurevich, A.B.; Shishlov, S.B.

    1987-08-01

    Intrusions of various compositions, sizes, and shapes have been observed in 115 out of 620 coal basins or deposits on all the continents. They are mainly subvolcanic and hypabyssal, with depths of emplacement estimated as ranging from a few hundred meters to 6 km, but usually 3-4 km. Compositionally, 42% are basic, 31% intermediate, 23% acid, and 4% ultrabasic. Mafic (and related) rock types include dolerites, trachydolerites, gabbro-dolerites, gabbro-monzonites, monzonites, diabases, gabbrodiabases, and less often gabbros and basalts (subvolcanic bodies). These mafic intrusions occur in coal formations of various ages from Carboniferous through Neogene, but predominate in Paleozoic (47%) and Cenozoic beds (45%). They also occur in coal formations of all genetic types, apart from those on ancient stable platforms, where there are no signs of intrusive activity. The mafic intrusions are almost everywhere associated with comagmatic lavas and tuffs (mainly in the younger strata), and the coal beds themselves are to some extent enriched in pyroclastic material, particularly in the upper horizons. This paper gives a worldwide review of igneous intrusions in coal beds. 24 references.

  13. Hugoniot equation of state of rock materials under shock compression.

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    Zhang, Q B; Braithwaite, C H; Zhao, J

    2017-01-28

    Two sets of shock compression tests (i.e. conventional and reverse impact) were conducted to determine the shock response of two rock materials using a plate impact facility. Embedded manganin stress gauges were used for the measurements of longitudinal stress and shock velocity. Photon Doppler velocimetry was used to capture the free surface velocity of the target. Experimental data were obtained on a fine-grained marble and a coarse-grained gabbro over a shock pressure range of approximately 1.5-12 GPa. Gabbro exhibited a linear Hugoniot equation of state (EOS) in the pressure-particle velocity (P-up) plane, while for marble a nonlinear response was observed. The EOS relations between shock velocity (US) and particle velocity (up) are linearly fitted as US = 2.62 + 3.319up and US = 5.4 85 + 1.038up for marble and gabbro, respectively.This article is part of the themed issue 'Experimental testing and modelling of brittle materials at high strain rates'. © 2016 The Author(s).

  14. Tectonic Evolution of the Careón Ophiolite (Northwest Spain): A Remnant of Oceanic Lithosphere in the Variscan Belt.

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    Díaz García F; Arenas; Martínez Catalán JR; González del Tánago J; Dunning

    1999-09-01

    Analysis of the Careón Unit in the Ordenes Complex (northwest Iberian Massif) has supplied relevant data concerning the existence of a Paleozoic oceanic lithosphere, probably related to the Rheic realm, and the early subduction-related events that were obscured along much of the Variscan belt by subsequent collision tectonics. The ophiolite consists of serpentinized harzburgite and dunite in the lower section and a crustal section made up of coarse-grained and pegmatitic gabbros. An Early Devonian zircon age (395+/-2 Ma, U-Pb) was obtained in a leucocratic gabbro. The whole section was intruded by numerous diabasic gabbro dikes. Convergence processes took place shortly afterward, giving rise to a mantle-rooted synthetic thrust system, with some coeval igneous activity. Garnet amphibolite, developed in metamorphic soles, was found discontinuously attached to the thrust fault. The soles graded downward to epidote-amphibolite facies metabasite and were partially retrogressed to greenschist facies conditions. Thermobarometric estimations carried out at a metamorphic sole (T approximately 650 degrees C; P approximately 11.5 kbar) suggested that imbrications developed in a subduction setting, and regional geology places this subduction in the context of an early Variscan accretionary wedge. Subduction and imbrication of oceanic lithosphere was followed by underthrusting of the Gondwana continental margin.

  15. Zircon and baddeleyite from the economic ultramafic-mafic Noril'sk-1 intrusion (Russia): Hf-isotope constraints on source composition

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    Malitch, K. N.; Belousova, E. A.; Badanina, I. Yu.; Griffin, W. L.

    2012-04-01

    The ultramafic-mafic Noril'sk-1 intrusion in the northwestern part of the Siberian Craton (Russia) represents one of three known Noril'sk-type, ore-bearing intrusions, which host one of the world's major economic sulphide platinum-group-element (PGE)-Cu-Ni deposits. Zircon and baddeleyite dated previously both by SHRIMP (i.e. 248.0 ± 3.7 Ma, Campbell et al. 1992) and ID-TIMS (251.1 ± 3.6 Ma, Kamo et al. 1996) have been restricted to one lithology (e.g. leucogabbro) of the Noril'sk-1 intrusion. To better constrain the age of igneous event and sources involved in its generation our multi-technique study utilized ten rock samples characteristic of unmineralized and mineralized lithologies. The rocks investigated comprise (from top to bottom) gabbro-diorite (sample N1-1), leucogabbro (N1-3), olivine-free gabbro (N1-2 and N1-4), olivine-bearing gabbro (N1-5), olivine gabbro (N1-6), plagiowehrlite and plagiodunite (N1-7), taxitic-textured rocks comprising melanotroctolite, olivine gabbro with relics of ultramafic rocks (N1-8, N1-9) and contact fine-grained gabbro (N1-10). Sulphide PGE-Cu-Ni ores occur in ultramafic (N1-7) and taxitic-textured rocks (N1-8 and N1-9), which have thickness of about 17 m, whereas the low-sulphide horizon of about 1 m thick occurs in the upper part of intrusion (N1-3). In situ U-Pb analyses of zircon from these rocks, combined with detailed study of crystal morphology and internal structure, identify four zircon populations (Malitch et al. 2012). The U-Pb ages of baddeleyite and the defined zircon populations cover a significant time span, from Late Paleozoic to Early Mesozoic (e.g., 290 ± 2.8; 261.3 ± 1.6; 245.7 ± 1.1; 236.5 ± 1.8 and 226.7 ± 0.9 Ma). The established distribution of U-Pb ages implies that crystallization of baddeleyite and zircon corresponds to several stages of protracted evolution of ultramafic-mafic magmas at deep-seated staging chambers and/or probably characterizes interaction of distinct magmas during formation

  16. Mid-Neoproterozoic intraplate magmatism in the northern margin of the Southern Granulite Terrane, India: Constraints from geochemistry, zircon U-Pb geochronology and Lu-Hf isotopes

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    Deeju, T. R.; Santosh, M.; Yang, Qiong-Yan; Pradeepkumar, A. P.; Shaji, E.

    2016-11-01

    The northern margin of the Southern Granulite Terrane in India hosts a number of mafic, felsic and alkaline magmatic suites proximal to major shear/paleo-suture zones and mostly represents magmatism in rift-settings. Here we investigate a suite of gabbros and granite together with intermediate (dioritic) units generated through mixing and mingling of a bimodal magmatic suite. The massive gabbro exposures represent the cumulate fraction of a basic magma whereas the granitoids represent the product of crystallization in felsic magma chambers generated through crustal melting. Diorites and dioritic gabbros mostly occur as enclaves and lenses within host granitoids resembling mafic magmatic enclaves. Geochemistry of the felsic units shows volcanic arc granite and syn-collisional granite affinity. The gabbro samples show mixed E-MORB signature and the magma might have been generated in a rift setting. The trace and REE features of the rocks show variable features of subduction zone enrichment, crustal contamination and within plate enrichment, typical of intraplate magmatism involving the melting of source components derived from both depleted mantle sources and crustal components derived from older subduction events. The zircons in all the rock types show magmatic crystallization features and high Th/U values. Their U-Pb data are concordant with no major Pb loss. The gabbroic suite yields 206Pb/238U weighted mean ages in the range of 715 ± 4-832.5 ± 5 Ma marking a major phase of mid Neoproterozoic magmatism. The diorites crystallized during 206Pb/238U weighted mean age of 724 ± 6-830 ± 2 Ma. Zircons in the granite yield 206Pb/238U weighted mean age of 823 ± 4 Ma. The age data show broadly similar age ranges for the mafic, intermediate and felsic rocks and indicate a major phase of bi-modal magmatism during mid Neoproterozoic. The zircons studied show both positive and negative εHf(t) values for the gabbros (-6.4 to 12.4), and negative values for the diorites (-7

  17. Anatomy of a frozen axial melt lens from a fast-spreading paleo-ridge (Wadi Gideah, Oman ophiolite)

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    Müller, T.; Koepke, J.; Garbe-Schönberg, C.-D.; Dietrich, M.; Bauer, U.; Wolff, P. E.

    2017-02-01

    At fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges, axial melt lenses (AMLs) sandwiched between the sheeted dyke section and the uppermost gabbros are assumed to be the major magma source of crust formation. Here, we present our results from a field study based on a single outcrop of a frozen AML in the Samail ophiolite in the Sultanate of Oman which presents a whole suite of different lithologies and complex cutting relationships: varitextured gabbro with relics of primitive poikilitic clinopyroxene is intruded by massive quartz diorites and tonalites bearing relics of assimilated sheeted dykes, which in turn are cut by trondhjemite dykes. The whole is cut by basaltic dykes with chilled margins. The geochemical evolutionary trend of the varitextured gabbros, including some of the quartz diorites and tonalites, can be best modelled by fractional crystallisation of an experimental MORB parental melt composition containing 0.4 to 0.8 wt.% H2O. Patchy varitextured gabbros containing domains of primitive poikilitic clinopyroxene and evolved granular networks represent the record of in situ crystallisation. Some quartz diorites, often with xenoliths of sheeted dykes and exceptionally high Al2O3 contents, show a bulk trace element pattern more in accord with melts generated by experimental partial melting of dyke material. Highly evolved, crosscutting trondhjemite dykes show characteristic trace element patterns implying a formation by partial melting of sheeted dykes under lower water activity which is indicated by relatively low Al2O3 contents. The late basaltic dykes with chilled margins crosscutting all other lithologies show a relatively depleted geochemical character with pronounced negative Nb-Ta anomalies implying a genetic relationship to the second phase of magmatic Oman paleo-ridge activity (V2). The field relationships in combination with the petrological/geochemical trends reveal multiple sequences of MORB-type magma cooling (resulting in fractional crystallisation) and re

  18. The stages and duration of the Kieveiskoe and Fedorovskoe Pt-Pd deposits formation: U-Pb zircon data (Kola Peninsula)

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    Nitkina, Elena

    2010-05-01

    The Kola Peninsula is one of the unique geological provinces both in Russia and in the world, where Pt-Pd Kieveiskoe and Fedorovskoe deposits have been discovered (Mitrofanov, 2005). Several deposits within the Northern and Southern belts contain first hundreds of tons of estimated platinum metal resources, allowing us to ascribe the intrusions of the belts to the class of large igneous province (Schissel et al., 2002; Mitrofanov, 2005). The Kieveiskoe and Fedorovskoe deposits belong to the Pt-bearing Fedorovo-Pansky layered intrusion which is situated in the central part of the Kola Peninsula and is one of 14 major Early Proterozoic layered massifs of the Northern belt occurring at the border between Early Proterozoic volcano-sedimentary rift sequences and Archaean basement gneisses (Zagorodny, Radchenko, 1983; Bayanova, 2004). The aim of this report is to summarize all U-Pb data for Kieveiskoe and Fedorovskoe deposits including single grain dating with Pb205 tracer. At present, the following ages have been defined for the different stages of the massif evolution: 2526 - 2516 Ma - pyroxenite and gabbro of the Fedorovskoe deposit magma chamber (Nitkina, 2006), 2515 - 2518 Ma - Pt-bearing gabbro of Federovskoe stratiforme deposit; 2505 - 2496- 2485 Ma (Bayanova, 2004; Nitkina, 2006) - gabbro-norite and gabbro of the main phase of the Kieveiskoe deposit magma chamber and disseminated platinum-metal mineralization and relatively rich Cu-Ni sulphide mineralization in the basal part of the Kieveiskoe and Fedorovskoe non-stratiforme deposits; ca. 2470 Ma (Bayanova, 2004) - pegmatoid gabbro-anothosite and, probably, fluid-associated rich platinum-metal ores of the Lower Layered Horizon (Kieveiskoe deposit); ca. 2447+/-12 Ma (U-Pb zircon and baddeleyte (Bayanova, 2004)) - anorthositic injections and, probably, local lens-like rich Pt-Pd accumulations of the Upper layered Horizon (Kieveiskoe deposit). The U-Pb zircon ages of the massif evolution stages corroborate the

  19. Dynamic tensile strength of terrestrial rocks and application to impact cratering

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    Ai, Huirong-Anita; Ahrens, Thomas J.

    2004-02-01

    Dynamic tensile strengths and fracture strengths of 3 terrestrial rocks, San Marcos gabbro, Coconino sandstone, and Sesia eclogite were determined by carrying out flat-plate (PMMA and aluminum) impact experiments on disc-shaped samples in the 5 to 60 m/sec range. Tensile stresses of 125 to 300 MPa and 245 to 580 MPa were induced for gabbro and eclogite, respectively (with duration time of ~1 ms). For sandstone (porosity 25%), tensile stresses normal to bedding of ~13 to 55 MPa were induced (with duration times of 2.4 and ~1.4 ms). Tensile crack failure was detected by the onset of shock-induced (damage) P and S wave velocity reduction. The dynamic tensile strength of gabbro determined from P and S wave velocity deficits agrees closely with the value of previously determined values by post-impact microscopic examination (~150 MPa). Tensile strength of Coconino sandstone is 20 MPa for a 14 ms duration time and 17 MPa for a 2.4 ms duration time. For Sesia eclogite, the dynamic tensile strength is ~240 MPa. The fracture strength for gabbro is ~250 MPa, ~500 MPa for eclogite, and ~40 MPa for sandstone. Relative crack induced reduction of S wave velocities is less than that of post-impact P wave velocity reductions for both gabbro and eclogite, indicating that the cracks were predominantly spall cracks. Impacts upon planetary surfaces induce tensile failure within shock-processed rocks beneath the resulting craters. The depth of cracking beneath impact craters can be determined both by seismic refraction methods for rocks of varying water saturation and, for dry conditions (e.g., the Moon), from gravity anomalies. In principle, depth of cracking is related to the equations-of-state of projectile and target, projectile dimension, and impact velocity. We constructed a crack-depth model applicable to Meteor Crater. For the observed 850 m depth of cracking, our preferred strength scaling model yields an impact velocity of 33 km/s and impactor radius of 9 m for an iron

  20. Understanding the Magmatic Construction of the Dufek Complex, Antarctica

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    Cheadle, M. J.; Meurer, W. P.; Grimes, C. B.; Gee, J. S.; McCullough, B. C.

    2007-12-01

    The Jurassic (~180Ma) Dufex Complex in the Pensacola Mountains of Antarctica is arguably one of the largest layered mafic intrusions in the world, with a minimum areal extent of 6600km2. It is mostly buried beneath the Antarctic Icesheet, but is exposed in two parallel mountain ranges; the 45km long Dufek Massif and the 85km long Forrestal Range, which have exposed stratigraphic thicknesses of ~1.8 km and ~1.7 km respectively (Ford, 1976). The two sections appear to be petrologically related, showing a continuous differentiation trend; although some geophysical studies suggest they may represent separate intrusive events (Ferris et al., 1998). The Dufek Massif section consists of the ~230m thick Walker Anothosite unit overlain by the 1550m thick Augenbaugh Gabbro unit. The bottom of the intrusion is not exposed, although geophysical data suggest the presence of an ultramafic basal unit. In the Antarctic summer of 2006/07, we collected and logged 630 oriented rock cores from the lowermost 600m of the section producing a revised and more detailed stratigraphy for this part of the intrusion. In particular, we re-located the boundary between the Walker Anorthosite upwards, so that the Lower Anorthosite of the Augenbaugh Gabbro unit becomes the top of the Walker Anorthosite. We also collected and logged an additional 210 cores from a 100m section higher in the Augenbaugh Gabbro unit. Magnetic susceptibility variation with height was used to correlate between stratigraphic sections. The Walker Anorthosite consists of ortho- and clinopyroxene-bearing spotted anorthosites, interbedded on the meter scale with norites and layered gabbronorites. Modal plagioclase exceeds 65%. Slumped horizons a few meters thick are common, demonstrating a lack of stability of the accumulating mush. The lower part of the Augenbaugh Gabbro unit consists of massive and weakly banded gabbronorites with both cumulus pyroxene and plagioclase, and modal plagioclase ranging from 55- 65%. Rare, thin

  1. Modes and implications of mantle and lower-crust denudation at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges

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    Schroeder, Timothy John

    Slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges (<5 cm/yr) have intermittent magma supply, and accommodate spreading by a combination of magmatism and tectonic extension (Smith and Cann, 1993, Cannat, 1993). Extension at mid-ocean ridges is most commonly manifested by slip on high angle (˜60°) normal faults that dip into, and define the rift valley walls (Smith and Cann, 1993). Less commonly, extension occurs by long periods of slip along low-angle normal faults that penetrate to structurally deep levels of oceanic lithosphere and denude gabbro and/or pendotite to the seafloor in domal massifs termed "oceanic core complexes" (Dick et al., 1981; Dick et al., 1991; Tucholke et al., 1998; Mutter and Karson, 1992; Cann et al., 1997; MacLeod et al., 2002). This dissertation addresses processes and implications of tectonic extension at two oceanic core complexes. Atlantis Massif (30°N, Mid-Atlantic Ridge) is formed dominantly of serpentinized peridotite with lesser gabbro, and Atlantis Bank (57°E, Southwest Indian Ridge) is dominated by gabbro. Localization of brittle strain at Atlantis Massif occurred by reaction-softening processes associated with metasomatic alteration of peridotite and serpentmite to amphibole-, chlorite- and talc-bearing assemblages. Ductile strain at Atlantis Massif and Atlantis Bank is localized into intervals of highly-fractionated, oxide-rich gabbro. Two-oxide geothermometry of gabbro indicates that it was not penetratively deformed below ˜500°C. Denuded peridotite at Atlantis Massif is host to hydrothermal circulation driven in part by exothermic serpentinization reactions. Serpentinization decreases the seismic velocity of peridotite and leads to acquisition of a magnetic signature. Venting of highly-alkaline, methane- and hydrogen-rich serpentinization-derived fluids leads to lithification of seafloor carbonate ooze by precipitation of carbonate cement in a zone of mixing with "normal" seawater. This process may be the primary depositional mechanism of

  2. Oxygen isotope evidence for crustal assimilation and magma mixing in the Granite Harbour Intrusives, Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica

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    Dallai, L.; Ghezzo, C.; Sharp, Z. D.

    2003-03-01

    The stable isotope composition (O,H) of whole-rock and mineral separates of Cambrian-Ordovician gabbros, diorites, granodiorites and granites forming the Mt. Abbott composite intrusions (Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica) was measured to constrain the origin and evolution of the magmas postdating the Ross Orogen. The δ18O values of olivine gabbros plot in the field of slightly evolved mantle-derived melts ( δ18O WR=6.8-7.4‰). The O-isotope character of the mantle source inferred from the δ18O values of cumulous olivine in gabbros (5.7-6.8‰) is enriched in 18O compared to modern arc-related magmas. Geochemical data and concurrent high δ18O values, and initial strontium ( 87Sr/ 86Sr=0.7060) and neodymium ( 143Nd/ 144Nd=0.5122) isotope ratios indicate that the olivine gabbros formed by crustal contamination of a primary calc-alkaline basaltic melt. The diorites have high δ18O values, among the highest ever measured for dioritic rocks (8.7-10.3‰), and Sr-isotope ratios that partially overlap with the adjacent and mingled felsic lithologies (0.708-0.710). The diorites have pyroxene with high, nearly constant δ18O values (8.2-8.6‰) that are independent from the silica content of the rocks; thus, they did not increase in response of the chemical evolution of the rocks. The diorites originated from the same primary calc-alkaline basalt experiencing different amounts of crustal contamination, and underwent different degrees of mixing with the adjacent granites, producing granodioritic facies and quartz/feldspar xenocrystic diorites. The δ18O, 87Sr/ 86Sr and 143Nd/ 144Nd compositions of the granites and granodiorites overlap (10.8-12.1‰, 0.7096-0.7108, 0.5119-0.5120). They are distinct from the values of the mafic rocks and indicate that gabbros and granites were not cogenetic. The granites are a separate melt component likely derived from nonmodal partial melting of fertile meta-igneous protoliths.

  3. The magmatic-hydrothermal transition in the lower oceanic crust: Clues from the Ligurian ophiolites, Italy

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    Tribuzio, Riccardo; Renna, Maria Rosaria; Dallai, Luigi; Zanetti, Alberto

    2014-04-01

    The gabbroic bodies from the Jurassic Ligurian ophiolites are structurally and compositionally similar to the gabbroic sequences from the oceanic core complexes of the Mid Atlantic Ridge. Initial cooling of the Ligurian gabbros is associated with local development of hornblende-bearing felsic dykes and hornblende vein networks. The hornblende veining is correlated with the widespread development of hornblende as coronas/pseudomorphs after the clinopyroxene in the host gabbros. In addition, the studied gabbroic body includes a mantle sliver locally containing hornblende gabbros and hornblendite veins. The hornblendes from the felsic dykes and the hornblende-rich rocks within the mantle sliver show a similar geochemical signature, characterized by low Mg#, CaO and Al2O3, negligible Cl, and high TiO2, K2O, REE, Y, Zr and Nb concentrations. The whole-rock Sm-Nd isotopic compositions of the felsic dykes and the hornblende-rich rocks define a Sm-Nd isochron corresponding to an age of 154 ± 20 Ma and an initial ɛNd of 9.2 ± 0.5. The δ18O of the hornblendes and coexisting zircons from these rocks (about +4.5‰ and +5.8‰, respectively) do not indicate the presence of a seawater component in these melts. The formation of the felsic dykes and of the hornblende-rich rocks within the mantle sliver involved SiO2-rich silicate melts with negligible seawater component, which presumably were derived from high degree fractional crystallization of MOR-type basalts. The vein and the coronitic/pseudomorphic hornblendes show high Mg# and CaO, significant Cl (0.02-0.17 wt%) and low TiO2 and K2O concentrations. The coronitic/pseudomorphic hornblendes have trace element compositions similar to those of the clinopyroxenes from the gabbros and δ18O values (+1.0‰ to 0.7‰) close to seawater, suggesting an origin by reaction between migrating seawater-derived fluids and the host gabbros. The vein hornblendes commonly show slight LREE enrichment, relatively high concentrations of Nb

  4. Reconnaissance geology of the Thaniyah Quadrangle, sheet 20/42 C, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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    Greene, Robert C.

    1983-01-01

    The Thaniyah quadrangle, sheet 20/42 C, is located in the transition zone between the Hijaz Mountains and the Najd Plateau of southwestern Saudi Arabia between lat 20?00' and 20?30' N., long 42?00' to 42?30' E. The quadrangle is underlain by Precambrian metavolcanic, metasedimentary, plutonic, and dike rocks. Metavolcanic rocks consist of metamorphosed basalt and andesite with minor dacite and rhyolite and underlie three discontinuous northwest-trending belts. Metasedimentary rocks are confined to small areas underlain by quartzite, metasandstone, marble, and calc-silicate rock. Plutonic rocks include an extensive unit of tonalite and quartz diorite and a smaller unit of diorite and quartz diorite, which occupy much of the central part of the quadrangle. A small body of diorite and gabbro and a two-part zone of tonalite gneiss are also present. All of these plutonic rocks are assigned to the An Nimas batholith. Younger plutonic rocks include extensive graphic granite and rhyolite in the northeastern part of the quadrangle and several smaller bodies of granitic rocks and of gabbro. The metavolcanic rocks commonly have strong foliation with northwest strike and steep to vertical dip. Diorite and quartz diorite are sheared and brecciated and apparently syntectonic. Tonalite and quartz diorite are both foliate and nonfoliate and were intruded in episodes both preceding and following shearing. The granitic rocks and gabbro are post-tectonic. Trends of faults and dikes are mostly related to the Najd faulting episode. Radiometric ages, mostly from adjacent quadrangles, suggest that the An Nimas batholith is 835 to 800 Ma, gabbro and granite, except the graphic granite and rhyolite unit, are about 640 to 615 Ma, and the graphic granite and rhyolite 575 to 565 Ma old. Metavolcanic rocks similar to those hosting copper and gold mineralization in the Wadi Shuwas mining district adjacent to the southwestern part of the quadrangle are abundant. An ancient copper mine was

  5. Microstructure, shear modulus and attenuation in igneous rocks approaching melting at seismic frequencies

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    Chien, S.; Redfern, S. A.

    2010-12-01

    Melt-related attenuation mechanisms, such as viscous flow and squirt processes, are of paramount importance in understanding high seismic wave attenuation in partially molten regions of the deep Earth. Strong temperature dependence of the anelastic quality factor, Q, is one obvious consequence of such mechanisms. Mineralogical composition, grain size, melt viscosity and microstructure (morphology and size of the inter-granular pores/micro-cracks), are important parameters for modeling attenuation mechanisms, and are control rock properties, particularly in the partially molten rocks. There have been many theoretical studies linking creep or viscosity models and laboratory experiments for partially molten rocks. However, experimental data on the relationship between temperature and attenuation remains. In this study, the shear modulus (G) and inverse quality factor (1/Q) of two igneous rocks (gabbro and basalt) were measured in the laboratory at temperatures approaching the melting point using the inverted forced torsion pendulum. Attenuation increases exponentially when shear modulus drops rapidly towards to melting temperature in both gabbro (1400 K) and basalt (1250 K). For measurements conducted using cyclic shear stresses at 1Hz, two attenuation relaxation peaks are found in gabbro at 1214 K and 1410 K, while only one attenuation relaxation peak occurs in basalt at 1151 K. These attenuation peaks may result from grain boundary sliding, diffusion creep and/or melt squirt. In addition to the relaxation peaks, there is a rising exponential increase in attenuation approaching the melting point from below. A power law model has been used to determine the effective activation energy associated with this high-temperature attenuation background. An activation energy of 68 kJ/mole in basalt and 882 kJ/mole in gabbro is found. The result for gabbro is in a good agreement with the study of Fontaine et al. in 2005 (873 kJ/mol), and the very different behaviour of basalt

  6. Paleozoic and Paleoproterozoic Zircon in Igneous Xenoliths Assimilated at Redoubt Volcano, Alaska

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    Bacon, C. R.; Vazquez, J. A.; Wooden, J. L.

    2010-12-01

    Historically active Redoubt Volcano is a basalt-to-dacite cone constructed upon the Jurassic-early Tertiary Alaska-Aleutian Range batholith. New SHRIMP-RG U-Pb age and trace-element concentration results for zircons from gabbroic xenoliths and crystal-rich andesitic mush from a late Pleistocene pyroclastic deposit indicate that ~310 Ma and ~1865 Ma igneous rocks underlie Redoubt at depth. Two gabbros have sharply terminated prismatic zircons that yield ages of ~310 Ma. Zircons from a crystal mush sample are overwhelmingly ~1865 Ma and appear rounded due to incomplete dissolution. Binary plots of element concentrations or ratios show clustering of data for ~310-Ma grains and markedly coherent trends for ~1865-Ma grains; e.g., ~310-Ma grains have higher Eu/Eu* than most of the ~1865-Ma grains, the majority of which form a narrow band of decreasing Eu/Eu* with increasing Hf content which suggests that ~1865-Ma zircons come from igneous source rocks. It is very unlikely that detrital zircons from a metasedimentary rock would have this level of homogeneity in age and composition. One gabbro contains abundant ~1865 Ma igneous zircons, ~300-310 Ma fluid-precipitated zircons characterized by very low U and Th concentrations and Th/U ratios, and uncommon ~100 Ma zircons. We propose that (1) ~310 Ma gabbro xenoliths from Redoubt Volcano belong to the same family of plutons dated by Aleinikoff et al. (USGS Circular 1016, 1988) and Gardner et al. (Geology, 1988) located ≥500 km to the northeast in basement rocks of the Wrangellia and Alexander terranes and (2) ~1865 Ma zircons are inherited from igneous rock, potentially from a continental fragment that possibly correlates with the Fort Simpson terrane or Great Bear magmatic zone of the Wopmay Orogen of northwestern Laurentia. Possibly, elements of these Paleoproterozoic terranes intersected the Paleozoic North American continental margin where they may have formed a component of the basement to the Wrangellia

  7. Supra-subduction zone tectonic setting of the Muslim Bagh Ophiolite, northwestern Pakistan: Insights from geochemistry and petrology

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    Kakar, Mohammad Ishaq; Kerr, Andrew C.; Mahmood, Khalid; Collins, Alan S.; Khan, Mehrab; McDonald, Iain

    2014-08-01

    The geology of the Muslim Bagh area comprises the Indian passive continental margin and suture zone, which is overlain by the Muslim Bagh Ophiolite, Bagh Complex and a Flysch Zone of marine-fluvial successions. The Muslim Bagh Ophiolite has a nearly-complete ophiolite stratigraphy. The mantle sequence of foliated peridotite is mainly harzburgite with minor dunite and contains podiform chromite deposits that grade upwards into transition zone dunite. The mantle rocks (harzburgite/dunite) resulted from large degrees of partial melting of lherzolite and have also been affected by melt-peridotite reaction. The Muslim Bagh crustal section has a cyclic succession of ultramafic-mafic cumulate with dunite at the base, that grades into wehrlite/pyroxenite with gabbros (olivine gabbro, norite and hornblende gabbro) at the top. The sheeted dykes are immature in nature and are rooted in crustal gabbros. The dykes are mainly metamorphosed dolerites, with minor intrusions of plagiogranites. The configuration of the crustal section indicates that the crustal rocks were formed over variable time periods, in pulses, by a low magma supply rate. The whole rock geochemistry of the gabbros, sheeted dykes and the mafic dyke swarm suggests that they formed in a supra-subduction zone tectonic setting in Neo-Tethys during the Late Cretaceous. The dykes of the mafic swarm crosscut both the ophiolite and the metamorphic sole rocks and have a less-marked subduction signature than the other mafic rocks. These dykes were possibly emplaced off-axis and can be interpreted to have been generated in the spinel peridotite stability zone i.e., < 50-60 km, and to have risen through a slab window. The Bagh Complex is an assemblage of Triassic-Cretaceous igneous and sedimentary rocks, containing tholeiitic, N-MORB-like basalts and alkali basalts with OIB-type signatures. Nb-Ta depletion in both basalt types suggests possible contamination from continental fragments incorporated into the opening Tethyan

  8. Communist Exploitation of Nationalism in Brazil

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1966-04-08

    the crowd and prolonged cheers at his closing phrases: "We are all Brazilians.’" (Somos todos Brasileiros) , "Long live Brazil."’ (Viva o Brasil ...Jornal do Comercio , 6 Jan. 1952, p. 3. 30FBIS No. 51, 12 Mar. 1952, ZYC9 Rio de Janeiro, 12 Mar. 1952. 31FBIS No. 194, 5 Oct. 1953, PRL7 Rio de

  9. Obstacles to Innovation in Brazil: The Lack of Qualified Individuals to Implement Innovation and Establish University-Firm Interactions

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    Rapini, Marcia Siqueira; Chiarini, Tulio; Bittencourt, Pablo Felipe

    2017-01-01

    Through an investigation of data available from the Brazilian Innovation Survey (Pesquisa de Inovação) of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística) and from a national survey on university-firm interactions (the BR Survey), the authors show that Brazilian industrial firms lack qualified…

  10. Brazil for Sale? Does Sino-Brazilian Trade or Investment Significantly Influence Brazil’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Voting Pattern?

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2011-12-01

    are projects with Petróleo Brasileiro ( Petrobras ), Brazil’s state-owned oil company; Embraco, a Brazilian compressor manufacturer; Embraer, a Brazilian...such as Petrobras and Embaer, an aircraft manufacturer. Brazil also has a capable banking sector that has a growing interest in China.95

  11. Constitutions and Democratic Consolidation: Brazil in Comparative Perspective

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-03-31

    Sistema Eleitoral no Brasil (Sao Paulo: Simbolo, 1980). A more recent analysis of this and broader themes of the parties is Glaucio Dillon Soares...assembly. On the flexibility of the parties see Bolivar Lamounier and Rachel Meneguello, " Partidos politicos e consolidacao democratica: 0 caso Brasileiro

  12. Transnational Education in the Late Nineteenth Century: Brazil, France and Portugal Connected by a School Museum

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    Vidal, Diana Gonçalves

    2017-01-01

    This article focuses on the circulation of a single artefact, the "Museu Escolar Brasileiro" (Brazilian School Museum) and its use in education through the pedagogical method of object lessons. Concentrating on the activities of particular individuals and enterprises (Menezes Vieira, Oliveira Lopes and Maison Deyrolle), within three…

  13. Photoproduction of charm particles at fermilab

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    Cumalat, John P.

    1997-03-01

    A brief description of the Fermilab Photoproduction Experiment E831 or FOCUS is presented. The experiment concentrates on the reconstruction of charm particles. The FOCUS collaboration has participants from several Central American and Latin American institutions; CINVESTAV and Universidad Autonoma de Puebla from Mexico, University of Puerto Rico from the United States, and Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas in Rio de Janeiro from Brasil.

  14. Cluster Variation Study of Ordering in FCC Solid Solutions.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-07-01

    despite the fact that the CVM represents a remarkable improvement over other approximate methods such as the molecular field and quasichemical...Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 10, 1979. -43- Sanchez, J. N., "Classical Approach to Order-Disbrder", Instituto de Fisica

  15. [Mortality in metropolitan regions].

    PubMed

    Simoes Ccds

    1980-01-01

    Data from the 1970 census and a 1974-1975 survey carried out in Brazil by the Fundacao Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica are used to examine recent mortality trends in urban areas. Specifically, life expectancy in nine metropolitan areas is analyzed in relation to income, diet, and sanitary facilities in the home.

  16. Literacy Training and the Brazilian Political Economy. An Essay on Sources.

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    Fletcher, Philip R.

    An annotated bibliography is presented in essay form of sources concerning Brazil's literacy program for adults, MOBRAL (Movimento Brasileiro de Alfabetizacao), and its implications for the country's economy. General sources on literacy training are followed by works concerning Brazil's political system. Descriptions of the MOBRAL program, mostly…

  17. MOBRAL--Seminario Interamericano de Educacion de Adultos (MOBRAL--Interamerican Seminar on Adult Education). Final Report.

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    Ministerio da Educacao e Cultura, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Movimento Brasileiro de Alfabetizacao.

    The report contains the substance of the MOBRAL (Movimento Brasileiro de Alfabetizacao)--Interamerican Seminar on Adult Education held in Rio de Janeiro from April 9th to 18th, 1973, for invited representatives from 21 Latin America and Caribbean countries. The object was to make a contribution to the collective task of identifying, defining, and…

  18. Photoproduction of charm particles at Fermilab

    SciTech Connect

    Cumalat, John P.

    1997-03-15

    A brief description of the Fermilab Photoproduction Experiment E831 or FOCUS is presented. The experiment concentrates on the reconstruction of charm particles. The FOCUS collaboration has participants from several Central American and Latin American institutions; CINVESTAV and Universidad Autonoma de Puebla from Mexico, University of Puerto Rico from the United States, and Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas in Rio de Janeiro from Brasil.

  19. Transnational Education in the Late Nineteenth Century: Brazil, France and Portugal Connected by a School Museum

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    Vidal, Diana Gonçalves

    2017-01-01

    This article focuses on the circulation of a single artefact, the "Museu Escolar Brasileiro" (Brazilian School Museum) and its use in education through the pedagogical method of object lessons. Concentrating on the activities of particular individuals and enterprises (Menezes Vieira, Oliveira Lopes and Maison Deyrolle), within three…

  20. Consortium wins major Brazilian gas contract

    SciTech Connect

    O`Driscoll

    1994-08-16

    An international consortium of BHP of Australia, Tenneco Gas of the U.S. and British Gas was selected Monday by Petroleo Braileiro SA (Petrobras) to Monday by Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) to develop a $2 billion natural gas pipeline linking reserves in Bolivia with markets in southern and southeastern Brazil.

  1. Insights on the Formation and Evolution of the Upper Oceanic Crust from Deep Drilling at ODP/IODP Hole 1256D

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    Teagle, D. A. H.

    2009-04-01

    Deep drilling of Hole 1256D on ODP Leg 206 and IODP Expeditions 309/312 provides the first complete section of intact upper oceanic crust down to gabbros. Site 1256 is located on ocean crust of the Cocos Plate that formed at the East Pacific Rise (EPR) 15 million years ago during an episode of superfast rate ocean spreading in excess of 200 mm/yr. Past deep drilling of intact ocean crust has been fraught with difficulties due to the highly fractured nature of oceanic lavas. Site 1256 was specifically chosen because the observed relationship between spreading rate and the depth to axial seismic low velocity zones at modern mid-ocean ridges (thought to be magma chambers), suggests that gabbroic rocks should occur at the shallowest levels in ocean crust formed at the highest spreading rates. In line with pre-drilling predictions, gabbroic rocks were first encountered 1157 m into the basement. Hole 1256D penetrates 754 m of lavas, a 57-m thick transition zone and a thin (346 m) sheeted dike complex. The lower ~60 m of the sheeted dikes are contact metamorphosed to granoblastic textures. After encountering gabbros the hole was deepened a further 100 m before the cessation of drilling operations and the plutonic section comprises two gabbroic sills, 52 and 24 m-thick, intruded into a 24 m screen of granoblastic dikes. The gabbro sills have chilled margins and compositions similar to the overlying lavas and dikes, precluding formation of the cumulate lower oceanic crust from the melt lenses so far penetrated by Hole 1256D. A vertical seismic experiment conducted in Hole 1256D indicates that the bottom of the Hole is still within seismic layer 2 despite gabbroic rocks having been recovered. These data together with 1-D and imaging wire-line logs, have been used to construct a continuous volcano-stratigraphy for Site 1256. Comparison of this data with the recovered cores and the styles of eruption occurring at the modern EPR indicate that ~50% of lava sequences were formed

  2. Growth of subcontinental lithosphere: evidence from repeated dike injections in the Balmuccia lherzolite massif, Italian Alps

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    Mukasa, Samuel B.; Shervais, John W.

    1999-09-01

    The Balmuccia alpine lherzolite massif is a fragment of subcontinental lithospheric mantle emplaced into the lower crust 251 Ma ago during the final, extensional phase of the Hercynian orogeny. The Balmuccia massif consists largely of lherzolite, with subordinate harzburgite and dunite, and an array of dike rocks formed in the mantle before crustal emplacement. Dike rocks include websterite and bronzitite of the Cr-diopside suite, spinel clinopyroxenite and spinel-poor websterite of the Al-augite suite, gabbro and gabbronorite of the late gabbro suite, and hornblendite of the hydrous vein suite. The dike rocks display consistent intrusive relationships with one another, such that Cr-diopside suite dikes are always older than dikes and veins of the Al-augite suite, followed by dikes of the late gabbro suite and veins of the hydrous vein suite. Phlogopite (phl) veinlets that formed during interaction with the adjacent crust are the youngest event. There are at least three generations of Cr-diopside suite dikes, as shown by crosscutting relations. Dikes of the Al-augite suite form a polybaric fractionation series from spinel clinopyroxenite to websterite and feldspathic websterite, which crystallized from aluminous alkaline magmas at relatively high pressures. The late gabbro suite of dikes intruded at lower pressures, where plagioclase saturation occurred before significant mafic phase fractionation. Hornblendite veins have distinct compositional and isotopic characteristics, which show that they are not related to either the Al-augite suite or to the late gabbro dike suite. Cr-diopside suite dikes have Nd and Sr isotopic compositions similar to those of the host lherzolite and within the range of compositions defined by ocean-island basalts. The Al-augite dikes and the hornblendite veins have Sr and Nd isotopic compositions similar to those of Cr-diopside suite lherzolite and websterite. The late gabbro dikes have Nd and Sr isotopic compositions similar to mid

  3. Petrogenetic and geodynamic origin of the Neoarchean Doré Lake Complex, Abitibi subprovince, Superior Province, Canada

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    Polat, Ali; Frei, Robert; Longstaffe, Fred J.; Woods, Ryan

    2017-06-01

    The Neoarchean (ca. 2728 Ma) anorthosite-bearing Doré Lake Complex in the northeastern Abitibi subprovince, Quebec, was emplaced into an association of intra-oceanic tholeiitic basalts and gabbros known as the Obatogamau Formation. The Obatogamau Formation constitutes the lower part of the Roy Group, which is composed of two cycles of tholeiitic-to-calc-alkaline volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks, siliciclastic and chemical sedimentary rocks, and layered mafic-to-ultramafic sills. In this study, we report major and trace element results, and Nd, Sr, Pb and O isotope data for anorthosites, leucogabbros, gabbros and mafic dykes from the Doré Lake Complex and spatially associated basalts and gabbros of the Obatogamau Formation to assess their petrogenetic origin and geodynamic setting. Field and petrographic observations indicate that the Doré Lake Complex and associated volcanic rocks underwent extensive metamorphic alteration under greenschist facies conditions, resulting in widespread epidotization (20-40%) and chloritization (10-40%) of many rock types. Plagioclase recrystallized mainly to anorthite and albite endmembers, erasing intermediate compositions. Metamorphic alteration also led to the mobilization of many elements (e.g., LILE and transition metals) and to significant disturbance of the Rb-Sr and U-Pb isotope systems, resulting in 1935 ± 150 and 3326 ± 270 Ma errorchron ages, respectively. The Sm-Nd isotope system was less disturbed, yielding an errorchron age of 2624 ± 160 Ma. On many binary major and trace element diagrams, the least altered anorthosites and leucogabbros, and the gabbros and mafic dykes of the Doré Lake Complex plot in separate fields, signifying the presence of two distinct magma types in the complex. The gabbros and mafic dykes in the Doré Lake Complex share the geochemical characteristics of tholeiitic basalts and gabbros in the Obatogamau Formation, suggesting a possible genetic link between the two rock associations. Initial

  4. Protracted construction of gabbroic crust at a slow-spreading ridge: Constraints from SHRIMP Pb/U zircon ages in IODP hole 1309D, Atlantis Massif, MAR (30°N)

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    Grimes, C. B.; John, B. E.; Wooden, J. L.

    2007-12-01

    We present U-Pb zircon ages for 18 samples from lower oceanic crust recovered by IODP Hole 1309D in the footwall to an oceanic detachment fault. These samples are evolved oxide gabbros and felsic dikes from between 40-1415 meters below sea floor (mbsf). Ages range from 1.08±0.07 Ma to 1.28±0.05 Ma with errors as low as 1.6%, and reveal a protracted history of accretion. U-Pb zircon dating was performed using the U.S.G.S.-Stanford SHRIMP-RG. Seven ages from both oxide gabbros and felsic dikes above 570 mbsf give a weighted mean of 1.17±0.02 Ma (MSWD=1.03). Oxide gabbros between 620-1040 mbsf are consistently older and give a weighted mean age of 1.24±0.03 (MSWD=1.4). Two felsic dikes within this interval (867 and 1040 mbsf) give younger ages of 1.14±0.05 Ma. In the deepest section (below ~1040 mbsf) oxide gabbros give varied ages of 1.27±0.05 Ma (1175 mbsf) and 1.14±0.04 (1240 and 1327 mbsf). The deepest sample is a felsic dike intruding gabbro at 1415 mbsf, and has an age of 1.28±0.05 Ma. Abrupt changes in the age of the oxide gabbros (at ~600 and below 1040 mbsf) coincide with petrologic and geochemical variations, and indicate the presence of distinct intrusive bodies, which we interpret as sills. The overall weighted mean age of the crust penetrated by 1309D is 1.20±0.02 Ma (MSWD=7.1). However, the range of zircon crystallization ages indicates that this section of crust was constructed over at least ~100-200kyr. This is a minimum estimate because dated samples intrude more primitive olivine-rich rocks and are cut by later diabase. Shallow paleomagnetic remanence inclinations of -38° to -31.5° from below 180 mbsf in Hole 1309D, along with generally steep magmatic fabrics (~40-60°), imply up to 55° of counter- clockwise rotation associated with detachment faulting. The mean age of the hole, together with additional Pb/U zircon ages determined from dive and dredge samples from the southern wall of Atlantis Massif constrain the slip rate of the

  5. Cooling rates and depth of detachment faulting of the Atlantis Massif and Kane oceanic core complexes at the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Schoolmeesters, N.; Cheadle, M. J.; John, B. E.; Grimes, C. B.; Reiners, P. W.

    2010-12-01

    Understanding the cooling history of lithosphere exposed in oceanic core complexes helps establish denudation rates, depth of detachment faulting, and depth of gabbro emplacement. We use thermochronometric data to constrain the crystallization history of gabbros hosted in the footwalls of the Atlantis Massif oceanic core complex at 30°N (IODP Hole U1309D), and the Kane Oceanic Core Complex at 23°N, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Combined U-Pb zircon crystallization ages taken with (U-Th)/He zircon ages allows the determination of the cooling rate of rocks sampled from these core complexes. The closure temperature for U-Pb in zircons from oceanic gabbros is ~800+/-50°C; the closure temperature for the (U-Th)/He system in zircon is ~220°C for these rapidly cooled rocks. Intermediate temperatures can be potentially constrained by multi-component remnant magnetization (300-600°C). Thus thermochronometry and geomagnetic studies help delimit the cooling history from ~800°C to 200°C (John et al., 2004). We have determined (U-Th)/He ages for nine samples from depths ranging between 40 and 1415 mbsf in IODP Hole U1309D, which together with U-Pb zircon ages, constrain the cooling rate of gabbros emplaced into the central dome of Atlantis Massif. Assuming monotonic cooling, cooling rates vary from 1293 (+827 -395) °C/My (for the ~800°C to ~220°C temperature interval) to 284 (+97 -62) °C/My (for ~220°C to present day). Downhole variation in (U-Th)/He age, combined with the present day geothermal gradient constrained by the bottom hole temperature of ~120°C, also limits the orientation of the ~200°C isotherm as the core complex was denuded. Assuming a conservative detachment fault slip rate of 16km/Ma, the age difference between the U-Pb and (U-Th)/He ages constrains the vertical distance between the ~800°C and the ~220°C isotherms to be ~6km. This distance, together with a plausible depth of 1-2km to the 220°C isotherm implies that the detachment fault at Atlantis

  6. Protracted construction of gabbroic crust at a slow-spreading ridge: Constraints from SHRIMP Pb/U zircon ages in IODP hole 1309D, Atlantis Massif, MAR (30°N)

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    Grimes, C. B.; John, B. E.; Wooden, J. L.

    2004-12-01

    We present U-Pb zircon ages for 18 samples from lower oceanic crust recovered by IODP Hole 1309D in the footwall to an oceanic detachment fault. These samples are evolved oxide gabbros and felsic dikes from between 40-1415 meters below sea floor (mbsf). Ages range from 1.08±0.07 Ma to 1.28±0.05 Ma with errors as low as 1.6%, and reveal a protracted history of accretion. U-Pb zircon dating was performed using the U.S.G.S.-Stanford SHRIMP-RG. Seven ages from both oxide gabbros and felsic dikes above 570 mbsf give a weighted mean of 1.17±0.02 Ma (MSWD=1.03). Oxide gabbros between 620-1040 mbsf are consistently older and give a weighted mean age of 1.24±0.03 (MSWD=1.4). Two felsic dikes within this interval (867 and 1040 mbsf) give younger ages of 1.14±0.05 Ma. In the deepest section (below ~1040 mbsf) oxide gabbros give varied ages of 1.27±0.05 Ma (1175 mbsf) and 1.14±0.04 (1240 and 1327 mbsf). The deepest sample is a felsic dike intruding gabbro at 1415 mbsf, and has an age of 1.28±0.05 Ma. Abrupt changes in the age of the oxide gabbros (at ~600 and below 1040 mbsf) coincide with petrologic and geochemical variations, and indicate the presence of distinct intrusive bodies, which we interpret as sills. The overall weighted mean age of the crust penetrated by 1309D is 1.20±0.02 Ma (MSWD=7.1). However, the range of zircon crystallization ages indicates that this section of crust was constructed over at least ~100-200kyr. This is a minimum estimate because dated samples intrude more primitive olivine-rich rocks and are cut by later diabase. Shallow paleomagnetic remanence inclinations of -38° to -31.5° from below 180 mbsf in Hole 1309D, along with generally steep magmatic fabrics (~40-60°), imply up to 55° of counter- clockwise rotation associated with detachment faulting. The mean age of the hole, together with additional Pb/U zircon ages determined from dive and dredge samples from the southern wall of Atlantis Massif constrain the slip rate of the

  7. Geophysical and geologic studies in southern Mecklenburg County and vicinity, North Carolina and South Carolina

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    Wilson, Frederick A.

    1983-01-01

    Geophysical methods consisting of gravity, aeromagnetics and aeroradioactivity have been applied to part of the Charlotte and Carolina slate belts in southern Mecklenburg County and vicinity to help interpret geology, lithology and structure. High aeroradioactivity is associated with potassium-rich granitic plutons, muscovite-rich gneisses, schists, and metavolcanic rocks; positive gravity and magnetic anomalies are associated with gabbro plutons; and negative gravity anomalies are associated with granitic plutons. At the west side of the slate belt, the Tillery phyllite is interpreted as having undergone progressive metamorphism. The underlying Uwharrie Formation extends into the Charlotte belt where it is mapped as metavolcanic rocks. Gravity models of the Carolina slate belt indicate that it is a synform containing a wedge of metasedimentary and volcanoclastic rock on plutonic basement. The basement is exposed in the adjacent Charlotte belt antiform. The northern Charlotte belt contains mainly plutonic rocks which have been divided into 3 supergroups of plutons based upon chemistry, mineralogy, texture, and age. They are: 1. Old Plutonic supergroup - plutons 545-490 m.y. that are medium to coarse-grained tonalite, quartz diorite, and granodiorites. 2. Concord-Salisbury supergroup -- plutons 426-350 m.y. which form sheet-like intrusions of differentiated gabbro; local volcanic centers with ring complexes 13 km in diameter that suggest magma chambers 0 - 8 km deep; smaller bodies of diorite, monzonite, and syenite; and small Salisbury type granodiorites. 3. Landis supergroup -- plutons 350-280 m.y. that are usually very coarse-grained, porphyritic, 'big feldspar,' potassium-rich granites. The Mecklenburg-Weddington gabbro complex of the Concord-Salisbury supergroup, the largest feature in the study area, contains three large gabbro plutons. The gabbro intruded old Plutonic complex rocks and could-have produced the metamorphic reaction K-feldspar + sillimanite

  8. The Blackwater Intrusion of the Grampian Orogeny: Implications for the Younger Basics and the Tectonic-Metamorphic Zonation of the Grampian Terrane, NE Scotland

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    Webb, Gareth; Raub, Timothy

    2014-05-01

    The Dalradian Supergroup of NE Scotland hosts the classic Buchan low-pressure high-temperature metamorphic domain, as well as a suite of substantial ~470Myr syn-orogenic mafic intrusions (the 'Younger Basics') and a set of major, steeply-inclined shear zones which deform both the Dalradian country rocks and the Younger Basics. The Blackwater mafic intrusion is situated within one such shear zone, the Portsoy-Duchray Hill Lineament (PDHL), which runs SW inland from the coast at Portsoy and corresponds with the westernmost limit of Buchan metamorphism. Occupying a position between the Appin and Argyll Groups, the Blackwater Intrusion is emplaced at a deeper structural level than other more extensively studied Younger Basics to the East towards Aberdeen (such as the Insch Intrusion) and North along the PDHL (such as the Portsoy Gabbro). Uniquely for a Younger Basic mass, it is also in contact with older Dalradian meta-basic rocks, the somewhat enigmatic Blackwater Formation. A well as examining the Blackwater Intrusion, this study presents new evidence pertaining to the history of the Younger Basics and the PDHL, and their place within the Grampian Orogeny. The Blackwater Intrusion has an elongate shape roughly parallel to the strike of the surrounding Dalradian rocks, covers ~9km2 and mainly comprises blue-grey gabbro with scattered serpentinised ultramafic zones. Both the gabbro and serpentinite generally have massive texture, although some evidence of cm-scale modal layering (interpreted as cumulate texture) is present the north of the intrusion. It is in contact to the east with psammites, schists and meta-basic extrusives of the Argyll Group Blackwater Formation, and to the west with the Appin Group Glenfiddich Pelite Formation. Evidence for shearing is widespread, with sheared microstructures in pelites and meta-basites, mylonitised meta-sediments adjacent and parallel to the NW contact of the gabbro and vertical/sub-vertical NE-SW trending shear zones within

  9. Pollen analysis of honey and pollen collected by Apis mellifera linnaeus, 1758 (Hymenoptera, Apidae), in a mixed environment of Eucalyptus plantation and native cerrado in Southeastern Brazil.

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    Simeão, C M G; Silveira, F A; Sampaio, I B M; Bastos, E M A F

    2015-11-01

    Eucalyptus plantations are frequently used for the establishment of bee yards. This study was carried on at Fazenda Brejão, northwestern region of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. This farm is covered both with native Cerrado vegetation (Brazilian savanna) and eucalyptus plantations. This paper reports on the botanic origin of pollen pellets and honey collected from honeybee (Apis mellifera) hives along a thirteen-month period (January 2004 to January 2005). The most frequent pollen types found in the pollen pellets during the rainy season were Trema micrantha (Ulmaceae), Copaifera langsdorffii (Fabaceae), an unidentified Poaceae, unidentified Asteraceae-2, Cecropia sp. 1 (Cecropiaceae) and Eucalyptus spp. (Myrtaceae); during the dry season the most frequent pollen types were Acosmium dasycarpum (Fabaceae), Cecropia sp. 1 (Cecropiaceae) and Eucalyptus spp. (Myrtaceae). Pollen grains of Baccharis sp. (Asteraceae), Cecropia sp. 1 (Cecropiaceae), Copaifera langsdorffii (Fabaceae), Mimosa nuda (Fabaceae), Eucalyptus spp. (Myrtaceae) and Trema micrantha (Ulmaceae) were present in the honey samples throughout the study period.

  10. Rainforest burning and the global carbon budget: Biomass, combustion efficiency, and charcoal formation in the Brazilian Amazon

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    Fearnside, P.M.; Leal, N. Jr.; Fernandes, F.M.

    1993-09-20

    Biomass present before and after burning was measured in forest cleared for pasture in a cattle ranch (Fazenda Dimona) near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Aboveground dry weight biomass loading averaged 265 t ha{sup {minus}1} (standard deviation (SD) = 110, n = 6 quadrats) at Fazenda Dimonas. Postburn aboveground biomass loading was evaluated by cutting and weighing of 100 m{sup 2} quadrats and by line intersect sampling. Quadrats had a mean dry weight of 187 t ha{sup {minus}1} (SD = 69, n = 10), a 29.3% reduction from the preburn mean in the same clearing. Line intersect estimates in 1.65 km of transects indicated that 265 m{sup 3} ha{sup {minus}1} (approximately 164 t ha{sup {minus}1} of aboveground dry matter) survived burning. Using carbon contents measured for different biomass components (all {approximately} 50% carbon) and assuming a carbon content of 74.8% for charcoal (from other studies near Manaus), the destructive measurements imply a 27.6% reduction of aboveground carbon pools. Charcoal composed 2.5% of the dry weight of the remains in the postburn destructive quadrats and 2.8% of the volume in the line intersect transects. Thus approximately 2.7% of the preburn aboveground carbon stock was converted to charcoal, substantially less than is generally assumed in global carbon models. The findings confirm high values for biomass in central Amazonia. High variability indicates the need for further studies in many localities and for making maximum use of less laborious indirect methods of biomass estimation. While indirect methods are essential for regional estimates of average biomass, only direct weighing such as that reported here can yield information on combustion efficiency and charcoal formation. Both high biomass and low percentage of charcoal formation suggest the significant potential contribution of forest burning to global climate changes from CO{sub 2} and trace gases. 66 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  11. Rainforest burning and the global carbon budget: Biomass, combustion efficiency, and charcoal formation in the Brazilian Amazon

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    Fearnside, Philip M.; Leal, Niwton; Fernandes, Fernando Moreira

    1993-01-01

    Biomass present before and after burning was measured in forest cleared for pasture in a cattle ranch (Fazenda Dimona) near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Aboveground dry weight biomass loading averaged 265 t ha-1 (standard deviation (SD) = 110, n = 6 quadrats) at Fazenda Dimona, which corresponds to approximately 311 t ha-1 total dry weight biomass. A five-category visual classification at 200 points showed highly variable burn quality. Postburn aboveground biomass loading was evaluated by cutting and weighing of 100 m2 quadrats and by line intersect sampling. Quadrats had a mean dry weight of 187 t ha-1 (SD = 69, n = 10), a 29.3% reduction from the preburn mean in the same clearing. Line intersect estimates in 1.65 km of transects indicated that 265 m3 ha-1 (approximately 164 t ha-1 of aboveground dry matter) survived burning. Using carbon contents measured for different biomass components (all ˜50% carbon) and assuming a carbon content of 74.8% for charcoal (from other studies near Manaus), the destructive measurements imply a 27.6% reduction of aboveground carbon pools. Charcoal composed 2.5% of the dry weight of the remains in the postburn destructive quadrats and 2.8% of the volume in the line intersect transects. Thus approximately 2.7% of the preburn aboveground carbon stock was converted to charcoal, substantially less than is generally assumed in global carbon models. The findings confirm high values for biomass in central Amazonia. High variability indicates the need for further studies in many localities and for making maximum use of less laborious indirect methods of biomass estimation. While indirect methods are essential for regional estimates of average biomass, only direct weighing such as that reported here can yield information on combustion efficiency and charcoal formation. Both high biomass and low percentage of charcoal formation suggest the significant potential contribution of forest burning to global climate changes from CO2 and trace gases.

  12. Intermediate-depth earthquake generation: what hydrous minerals can tell us

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    Deseta, N.; Ashwal, L.; Andersen, T. B.

    2012-04-01

    Subduction zone seismicity has commonly been causally related to the dehydration of minerals within the subducting slab(Hacker et al. 2004, Jung et al. (2004), Dobson et al. 2002, Rondenay et al. 2008). Other models for release of intermediate- and deep earthquakes include spontaneous reaction(s) affecting large rock-bodies along overstepped phase boundaries ( e.g. Green and Houston, 1995) and various shear heating-localization models (e.g. Kelemen and Hirth 2007, John et al. 2009). These concepts are principally reliant on seismic and thermo-petrological modeling; both of which are indirect methods of analysis. Recent discoveries of pseudotachylytes (PST) formed under high pressure conditions (Ivrea-Verbano Zone, Italy, Western Gneiss Region, Norway and Corsica) provide the first tangible opportunity to evaluate these models (Austrheim and Andersen, 2004, Lund and Austrheim, 2003, Obata and Karato, 1995, Jin et al., 1998). This case study focuses on observations based on ultramafic and mafic PST within the Ligurian Ophiolite of the high pressure-low temperature metamorphic (HP-LT) 'Shistes Lustres' complex in Cima di Gratera, Corsica (Andersen et al. 2008). These PST have been preserved in pristine lenses of peridotite and gabbro surrounded by schistose serpentinites. The PST range in thickness from 1mm to 25 cm (Andersen and Austrheim, 2006). Petrography and geochemistry on PST from the peridotite and gabbro samples indicates that total/near-total fusion of the local host rock mineral assemblage occurred; bringing up the temperature of shear zone from 350° C to 1400 - 1700° C; depending on the host rock (Andersen and Austrheim, 2006). The composition of the PST is highly variable, even at the thin section scale and this has been attributed to the coarse-grained nature of the host rock, its small scale inhomogeneity and poor mixing of the fusion melt. Almost all the bulk analyses of the PST are hydrous; the peridotitic PST is always hydrous (H2O content from 3

  13. Trace element partitioning in rock forming minerals of co-genetic, subduction-related alkaline and tholeiitic mafic rocks in the Ural Mountains, Russia

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    Krause, J.; Brügmann, G. E.; Pushkarev, E. V.

    2009-04-01

    The partitioning of trace elements between rock forming minerals in igneous rocks is largely controlled by physical and chemical parameters e.g. temperature, pressure and chemical composition of the minerals and the coexisting melt. In the present study partition coefficients for REE between hornblende, orthopyroxene, feldspars, apatite and clinopyroxene in a suite of co-genetic alkaline and tholeiitic mafic rocks from the Ural Mountains (Russia) were calculated. The results give insights to the influence of the chemical composition of the parental melt on the partitioning behaviour of the REE. Nepheline-bearing, alkaline melanogabbros (tilaites) are assumed to represent the most fractionated products of the melt that formed the ultramafic cumulates in zoned mafic-ultramafic complexes in the Ural Mountains. Co-genetic with the latter is a suite of olivine gabbros, gabbronorites and hornblende gabbros formed from a tholeiitic parental melt. Negative anomalies for the HFSE along with low Nb and Ta contents and a positive Sr anomaly indicate a subduction related origin of all parental melts. The nepheline gabbros consist predominantly of coarse-grained clinopyroxene phenocrysts in a matrix of fine grained clinopyroxene, olivine, plagioclase, K-feldspar and nepheline with accessory apatite. The tholeiitic gabbros have equigranular to porphyric textures with phenocrysts of olivine, pyroxene and hornblende in a plagioclase rich matrix with olivine hornblende, pyroxene and accessory apatite. Element concentrations of adjacent matrix grains and rims of phenochrysts were measured with LA-ICPMS. The distribution of REE between hornblende and clinopyroxene in the tholeiitic rocks is similar for most of the elements (DHbl•Cpx(La-Tm) = 2.7-2.8, decreasing to 2.6 and 2.4 for Yb and Lu, respectively). These values are about two times higher than published data (e.g. Ionov et al. 1997). Partition coefficients for orthopyroxene/clinopyroxene systematically decrease from the HREE

  14. Seismic wave velocity of rocks in the Oman ophiolite: constraints for petrological structure of oceanic crust

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    Saito, S.; Ishikawa, M.; Shibata, S.; Akizuki, R.; Arima, M.; Tatsumi, Y.; Arai, S.

    2010-12-01

    Evaluation of rock velocities and comparison with velocity profiles defined by seismic refraction experiments are a crucial approach for understanding the petrological structure of the crust. In this study, we calculated the seismic wave velocities of various types of rocks from the Oman ophiolite in order to constrain a petrological structure of the oceanic crust. Christensen & Smewing (1981, JGR) have reported experimental elastic velocities of rocks from the Oman ophiolite under oceanic crust-mantle conditions (6-430 MPa). However, in their relatively low-pressure experiments, internal pore-spaces might affect the velocity and resulted in lower values than the intrinsic velocity of sample. In this study we calculated the velocities of samples based on their modal proportions and chemical compositions of mineral constituents. Our calculated velocities represent the ‘pore-space-free’ intrinsic velocities of the sample. We calculated seismic velocities of rocks from the Oman ophiolite including pillow lavas, dolerites, plagiogranites, gabbros and peridotites at high-pressure-temperature conditions with an Excel macro (Hacker & Avers 2004, G-cubed). The minerals used for calculations for pillow lavas, dolerites and plagiogranites were Qtz, Pl, Prh, Pmp, Chl, Ep, Act, Hbl, Cpx and Mag. Pl, Hbl, Cpx, Opx and Ol were used for the calculations for gabbros and peridotites. Assuming thermal gradient of 20° C/km and pressure gradient of 25 MPa/km, the velocities were calculated in the ranges from the atmospheric pressure (0° C) to 200 MPa (160° C). The calculation yielded P-wave velocities (Vp) of 6.5-6.7 km/s for the pillow lavas, 6.6-6.8 km/s for the dolerites, 6.1-6.3 km/s for the plagiogranites, 6.9-7.5 km/s for the gabbros and 8.1-8.2 km/s for the peridotites. On the other hand, experimental results reported by Christensen & Smewing (1981, JGR) were 4.5-5.9 km/s for the pillow lavas, 5.5-6.3 km/s for the dolerites, 6.1-6.3 km/s for the plagiogranites, 6

  15. Battling through the thermal boundary layer: Deep sampling in ODP Hole 1256D during IODP Expedition 335

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    Ildefonse, B.; Teagle, D. A.; Blum, P.; IODP Expedition 335 Scientists

    2011-12-01

    IODP Expedition 335 "Superfast Spreading Rate Crust 4" returned to ODP Hole 1256D with the intent of deepening this reference penetration of intact ocean crust several hundred meters into cumulate gabbros. This was the fourth cruise of the superfast campaign to understand the formation of oceanic crust accreted at fast spreading ridges, by exploiting the inverse relationship between spreading rate and the depth to low velocity zones seismically imaged at active mid-ocean zones, thought to be magma chambers. Site 1256 is located on 15-million-year-old crust formed at the East Pacific Rise during an episode of superfast ocean spreading (>200 mm/yr full rate). Three earlier cruises to Hole 1256D have drilled through the sediments, lavas and dikes and 100 m into a complex dike-gabbro transition zone. The specific objectives of IODP Expedition 335 were to: (1) test models of magmatic accretion at fast spreading ocean ridges; (2) quantify the vigor of hydrothermal cooling of the lower crust; (3) establish the geological meaning of the seismic Layer 2-3 boundary at Site 1256; and (4) estimate the contribution of lower crustal gabbros to marine magnetic anomalies. It was anticipated that even a shortened IODP Expedition could deepen Hole 1256D a significant distance (300 m) into cumulate gabbros. Operations on IODP Expedition 335 proved challenging from the outset with almost three weeks spent re-opening and securing unstable sections of the Hole. When coring commenced, the destruction of a hard-formation C9 rotary coring bit at the bottom of the hole required further remedial operations to remove junk and huge volumes of accumulated drill cuttings. Hole-cleaning operations using junk baskets returned large samples of a contact-metamorphic aureole between the sheeted dikes and a major heat source below. These large (up to 3.5 kg) irregular samples preserve magmatic, hydrothermal and structural relationships hitherto unseen because of the narrow diameter of drill core and

  16. Augustine Volcano's late Pleistocene rhyolite eruption and its modern-day residuum

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    Coombs, M. L.; Vazquez, J. A.

    2012-12-01

    The pre-Holocene eruptive history of Augustine Volcano, the most active volcano in the populated Cook Inlet region of Alaska, is poorly known due to the effects of glaciation and voluminous products of Holocene eruptions that cover the majority of this island volcano. Among its oldest known deposits, thought to be latest Pleistocene in age, are a basalt-rhyolite hyaloclastite, which is interbedded with an overlying pumiceous rhyolite tephra fall, that crop out on the south side of the island (Waitt and Beget, 2009). Dense and pumiceous rhyolite clasts from the deposits are compositionally similar (71-74 wt. % SiO2; Larsen et al., 2010) and contain phenocrysts of plagioclase, quartz, amphibole, and Fe-Ti oxides. These basalt-rhyolite deposits are the most compositionally extreme products of the volcano; Holocene eruptions, including historical eruptions in 1976, 1986, and 2006, produced andesites and dacites. In 2006, one such eruption produced gabbro inclusions (54.4-60.2 wt% SiO2) that consist of plagioclase, amphibole, pyroxenes, Fe-Ti oxides, and small amounts of interstitial glass, suggesting a cumulate origin. Both the Pleistocene-age rhyolite and the 2006 gabbro inclusions fall along a whole-rock compositional trend depleted in incompatible elements relative to mid-Holocene-present andesites and dacites. To investigate differentiation and the timing of rhyolite magma generation at Augustine, we have determined high-spatial resolution 238U-230Th ages of zircon crystallization for the rhyolite as well as for the gabbros and high-silica andesites erupted in 2006. Sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP-RG) analyses of indium-mounted, unpolished zircon rims from the rhyolite yield a single 238U-230Th isochron age of ca. 27 ka, which we interpret to reflect the final interval of crystallization immediately prior to eruption. Sectioned core ages for rhyolite zircon, however, fall into two populations: one at ca. 27 ka, and a second, smaller population that

  17. Neoproterozoic oceanic arc remnants in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas: reconstructing deep to shallow arc crustal sequence and tracking Pan-African subduction-accretion processes

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    Triantafyllou, Antoine; Berger, Julien; Baele, Jean-Marc; Bruguier, Olivier; Diot, Hervé; Ennih, Nasser; Plissart, Gaëlle; Monnier, Christophe; Spagna, Paul; Watlet, Arnaud; Vandycke, Sara

    2015-04-01

    The Pan-African belt of West and North Africa exposes many intra-oceanic arc complexes while they are rather uncommon in Phanerozoic orogenic belts. Intra-Oceanic Subduction Zone (IOSZ) in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas crop out in two tectonic windows moulded along the Anti-Atlas Major fault: the Sirwa (western-) and the Bou Azzer (eastern- part) inliers, associated with 760 Ma back-arc ophiolites. These arc sequences are located at the south of the ophiolites and are named the Iriri-Tachakoucht (Sirwa window) and the Asmlil arc complexes (Bou Azzer inlier). (i) The Iriri-Tachakoucht unit is composed of coarse grained hornblendite lenticular plugs, medium-grained hornblende gabbro dykes intruding andesitic to dacitic porphyroclastic gneiss. The contact between both lithologies is gradual and marked by an increasing migmatitization of the gneisses towards hornblendite intrusions. Phase diagram calculation were performed on garnet-bearing gneisses. Garnet cores have grown during a prograde P-T path up to upper amphibolite facies conditions (660°C at ~9 kbar) and recorded the burial of the Tachakoucht metavolcanics, while rims composition indicates that the rock recrystallized under higher temperature conditions (800°C at 4-5 kbar). These HT conditions match those for hornblendites igneous emplacement (850°C and 4 kbar) and this event leaded to more pronounced but still limited partial melting (< 10% melting) of the porphyroclastic gneisses. New geochronological data on the migmatitic gneiss (zircon U-Pb dating) constrain the protolith age at 733 ±7 Ma (zircons core) and the HT tectono-metamorphic event at 654 ±7 Ma (zircons rim). (ii) The Asmlil arc complex is made of hornblende gabbros and garnet-bearing gabbros intruded under HT conditions by dykes of medium-grained hornblendites, hornblende-gabbros and leucodiorites. These metagabbroic intrusions have been dated at 697 ± 8 Ma (U-Pb zircons). P-T pseudosections were calculated for garnet-bearing gabbros and

  18. Geology of the Alaska-Juneau lode system, Alaska

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    Twenhofel, William Stephens

    1952-01-01

    The Alaska-Juneau lode system for many years was one of the worlds leading gold-producing areas. Total production from the years 1893 to 1946 has amounted to about 94 million dollars, with principal values in contained gold but with some silver and lead values. The principal mine is the Alaska-Juneau mine, from which the lode system takes its name. The lode system is a part of a larger gold-bearing belt, generally referred to as the Juneau gold belt, along the western border of the Coast Range batholith. The rocks of the Alaska-Juneau lode system consist of a monoclinal sequence of steeply northeasterly dipping volcanic, state, and schist rocks, all of which have been metamorphosed by dynamic and thermal processes attendant with the intrusion of the Coast Range batholith. The rocks form a series of belts that trend northwest parallel to the Coast Range. In addition to the Coast Range batholith lying a mile to the east of the lode system, there are numerous smaller intrusives, all of which are sill-like in form and are thus conformable to the regional structure. The bedded rocks are Mesozoic in age; the Coast Range batholith is Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous in age. Some of the smaller intrusives pre-date the batholith, others post-date it. All of the rocks are cut by steeply dipping faults. The Alaska-Juneau lode system is confined exclusively to the footwall portion of the Perseverance slate band. The slate band is composed of black slate and black phyllite with lesser amounts of thin-bedded quartzite. Intrusive into the slate band are many sill-like bodies of rocks generally referred to as meta-gabbro. The gold deposits of the lode system are found both within the slate rocks and the meta-gabbro rocks, and particularly in those places where meta-gabbro bodies interfinger with slate. Thus the ore bodies are found in and near the terminations of meta-gabbro bodies. The ore bodies are quartz stringer-lodes composed of a great number of quartz veins from 6

  19. The Generation of Oceanic Lithosphere in an Embryonic Oceanic Crust : the Example of the Chenaillet Ophiolite in the Western Alps

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    Masini, E.; Manatschal, G.; Muntener, O.

    2007-12-01

    The Chenaillet Ophiolite exposed in the Franco-Italian Alps represents a well-preserved ocean-floor sequence that was only weakly affected by later Alpine convergence. Based on the similarity between rock types and structures reported from ultraslow spreading ridges and those observed in the Chenaillet Ophiolite, it may represent a field analogue for slow to ultraslow spreading ridges such as the Gakkel Ridge or the Southwest Indian Ridge. Mapping of the Chenaillet Ophiolite enabled to identify an oceanic detachment fault that extends over a surface of about 16 km2 capping exhumed mantle and gabbros onto which clastic sediments have been deposited. The footwall of the detachment is formed by mafic and ultramafic rocks. The mantle rocks are strongly serpentinized lherzolites and subordinate harzburgites and dunites. Microstructures reminiscent of impregnation, and cpx major and trace element chemistry indicate that spinel peridotite is (locally) replaced by plagioclase-bearing assemblages. Pyroxene thermometry on primary minerals indicates high temperatures of equilibration ( max 1200°C) for the mantle rocks. Gabbros range from troctolite and olivine-gabbros to Fe-Ti gabbros and show clear evidence of syn-magmatic deformation, partially obliterated by retrograde amphibolite and low-grade metamorphic conditions. In sections perpendicular to the detachment within the footwall, syn-tectonic gabbros and serpentinized peridotites grade over some tens of meters into cataclasites that are capped by fault gouges. Petro-structural investigations of the fault rocks reveal a syn-tectonic retrograde metamorphic evolution. Clasts of dolerite within the fault zone suggest that detachment faulting was accompanied by magmatic activity. Hydrothermal alteration is indicated by strong mineralogical and chemical modifications. Gabbro and serpentinized peridotite, together with serpentinite cataclasites occur as clasts in tectono-sedimentary breccias overlying directly the detachment

  20. Structural, geochronological, magnetic and magmatic constraints of a ridge collision/ridge subduction-related ophiolite

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    Anma, Ryo

    2013-04-01

    A mid-oceanic ridge system subducts underneath South American plate at latitude 46S off Chilean coast, forming a ridge-trench-trench type triple junction. At ~ 6 Ma, a short segment of the Chile ridge system subducted in south of the present triple junction. This ridge subduction event resulted in emplacement of a young ophiolite (5. 6 to 5. 2 Ma) and rapid crustal uplift (partly emerged after 4.9 Ma), and synchronous magmatism. This ophiolite, namely the Taitao ophiolite, provides criteria for the recognition of ridge collision/ridge subduction-related ophiolites. Aiming to establish recognition criteria, we studied distribution of structures, magnetic properties, geochemical characteristics, and radiometric ages of the Taitao ophiolite and related igneous rocks. The Taitao ophiolite exhibits a classic Penrose-type stratigraphy: ultramafic rocks and gabbros (collectively referred as plutonic section hereafter) in the south, and sheeted dike complex (SDC) and volcanic sequences in the north. Composite foliations developed in the plutonic section, which were folded. SDC were exposed in two isolated blocks having orthogonal strikes of dike margins. Geochemically, gabbros have an N-MORB composition whereas basalts of the volcanic sequence have an E-MORB composition. U-Pb ages of zircons separated from gabbros, SDC and sediments interbeded with billow lavas implied that the center of magmatic activities migrated from the plutonic section to volcanic section during ~5.6 Ma and ~5.2 Ma. Zircon fission track ages of gabbros coincide with U-Pb ages within error range, implying rapid cooling. Demagnetization paths for SDC and lavas form a straight line, whereas those from the plutonic section are Z-shaped and divisble into two components: low coercivity and high coercivity. Restored orientation of gabbro structures imply that the magnetization acquired while gabbroic structures were folding. Thus, magma genesis and emplacement of the plutonic section of ophiolite took place

  1. What is an Oceanic Core Complex?

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    Schroeder, T.; Cheadle, M. J.

    2007-12-01

    The Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) 75km north and south of the 15-20 Fracture Zone (FZ) has produced upper oceanic lithosphere composed dominantly of mantle peridotite with gabbro intrusions. In the absence of diapirism, mantle peridotite can only be exposed on the seafloor by extensional faulting, thus the sea floor geology and bathymetry provide widespread evidence for extensive low-angle faulting. However, only 3% of the seafloor in this region has the domal morphology characteristic of features that have been termed oceanic core complexes; suggesting that other processes, in addition to low-angle faulting, are responsible for the generation of domal core complexes. Most low-angle faults near the 15-20 FZ form gently dipping (10-15°), 10-15km-wide dip slopes on the flanks of 2000m relief bathymetric ridges that are up to 15-40km long (parallel to the MAR). Core recovered from ODP Leg 209 drill holes in these ridges is dominantly peridotite with small (<50m thick) gabbro intrusions. The peridotite is cut by a very high density of brittle faults dipping at both steep and gentle angles. Several holes also contain long-lived shear zones/faults in their upper reaches in which strain was localized at granulite facies, indicated by mylonitic olivine and cpx, and remained active during cooling to sub-greenschist grade, indicated by cross-cutting of progressively lower-grade syn-deformation mineral assemblages. These observations suggest that seafloor spreading is largely accommodated here by slip on low-angle faults, and that these faults are correctly termed detachment faults. Holes drilled into a domal oceanic core complex north of the 15-20 FZ during Leg 209 (ODP Site 1275) recovered dominantly gabbro and not mantle peridotite. This hole is cut by significantly fewer brittle and ductile faults than the peridotite drilled at the non-core-complex detachment fault sites. The detachment fault in the upper reaches (50m) of Site 1275 was localized at temperatures near feldspar

  2. Decoding low dihedral angles in gabbroic layered intrusions

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    Holness, M. B.; Humphreys, M.; Veksler, I. V.

    2010-12-01

    Texturally equilibrated rocks are granular with a unimodal grain size, smoothly curved grain boundaries, and angles at three-grain junctions of 110-140°. Gabbros are not texturally equilibrated: primocrysts commonly have planar faces whereas later-formed phases fill in the interstitial spaces. Augite-plagioclase-plagioclase dihedral angles (Θcpp) rarely attain the equilibrium value in gabbros and the population of disequilibrium angles preserves otherwise inaccessible information about rock history. The Θcpp population varies significantly between different basaltic bodies. In a rapidly cooled dolerite Θcpp has a low median (60-70°) and a high standard deviation (20-25°). The plagioclase-augite grain boundaries are generally planar. In more slowly cooled gabbros in layered intrusions, the angle populations have a higher median (80-110°) with a low standard deviation (10-15°). The plagioclase-augite grain boundaries are generally planar far from the triple junction, but curve within 10 microns of the junction. This curvature is commonly asymmetric. The angle population in solidified gabbros infiltrated by low-temperature melts is similar to that in dolerites, although the low angles are associated with cuspate interstitial grains. The dihedral angle is a function of both the original solidification process and subsequent high-temperature (melt-absent) grain boundary migration. Infilling of a melt pocket by overgrowth of the bounding solid phases necessitates supersaturation, and this is easier to attain for planar faces, resulting in inhibition of augite growth into pores bounded by planar plagioclase grains and an asymmetry of the initial augite-plag-plag junction. If the solidified gabbro is kept sufficiently hot these initial junction geometries can change during textural equilibration. In the Skaergaard, Rum and Bushveld intrusions, the median Θcpp varies with liquidus assemblage, increasing step-wise on the addition of a new liquidus phase. Locally

  3. Geologic section through the Samail Ophiolite and associated rocks along a Muscat-Ibra Transect, southeastern Oman Mountains

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    Hopson, C. A.; Coleman, R. G.; Gregory, R. T.; Pallister, J. S.; Bailey, E. H.

    1981-04-01

    Regional mapping at a 1 : 60,000 scale of a 30-km strip from the Gulf of Oman (Muscat) across the Oman Mountains, 130 km to the south, provides the geologic setting for the (˜95 m.y.) Ibra section of the Samail ophiolite. Where best preserved, the Ibra ophiolite section is an ˜8 km-thick section of oceanic consisting of ˜0.5 km of pillow lavas, 1.2-1.6 km of sheeted diabase dike complex, 0.2-1.0 km of high-level noncumulate gabbro, and 3.0-5.0 km of cumulate gabbro that is underlain by tectonite peridotite 9-12 km thick. The Ibra section is found on the southward dipping limb of the Sayah Hatat antiform. The tectonite peridotite represents uniformly depleted harzburgite and dunite that have been deformed by high-temperature, low-stress asthenospheric flow. Discordant dunites within the tectonite peridotite appear to represent either flow crystallization products from primary picritic liquids or reaction products of these liquids with the harzburgite. The structural base of the tectonite peridotite is overprinted by a high-stress, low-temperature deformation that can be related to its oceanic detachment. The layered gabbros are predominantly olivine-clinopyroxene-plagioclase cumulates, and orthopyroxene does not occur as a cumulus phase. Occurrence of cumulate wehrlites and picrites at high stratigraphic levels within the layered gabbros is evidence that the gabbroic section crystallized predominantly from the bottom upward in a periodically replenished magma chamber. High-level gabbro represents remnants of crystallization at the roof of the magma chamber and intrudes most overlying diabase dikes. Both the diabase dike complex and pillow lavas are hydrothermally altered, and alteration and metamorphism increase downward (zeolite (?) to epidote-amphibolite facies). In spite of pervasive alteration, relict primary mineralogy and bulk chemistry suggest that the diabase dikes and pillow lavas are cogenetic with the underlying gabbros. The present-day Samail thrust

  4. A Preliminary Geological and Geochemical Study of the Sharebabak-Baft Ophiloites, South of Kahduiyeh, Central Iran.

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    Khalatbari Jafari, Morteza; Sepehr, Hadi

    2010-05-01

    The Kahduiyeh tectonized Ophiolite of the northern part of Sharebabak-Baft Ophiolite belt is located in the southern margin of the central Iran micro-plate at 53o 45' to 54o 00' E latitude and 31o 00' to 31o 25'N longitude. The mantle sequence of this ophiolite comprised of lherzholite and cpx-bearing harzburgite that are highly serpentinized and are cut across with individual diabase and plagiogranite- tronjemite dikes and pods. The crustal section comprises extensively of high level isotropic and cumulate gabbro with the olivine gabbro, pyroxene gabbro and foliated hornblende- bearing gabbrodiorite compositions. There is no layered gabbro in the crustal sequence. This section is normally and not tectonically transitioned to the diabasic sheeted dikes complex on top of the sequence. These sheeted dikes are oriented in N-S direction with a couple of degrees of inclinations towards either the East or the West and are cut across with wherlitic dikes and intrusions, the small intrusions of quartz diorite to quartz monzodiorite, packets of pegmatitic gabbro, and individual diabase and tronjemite dikes. The microscopic studies of the scarce and fresh peridotites, show kink bands in olivine and deformed pyroxenes which is the characteristics of the mantle peridotites. The sporadic distribution of undeformed pyroxenes as well as the presence of the deformed minerals mentioned above and the crystallization of neoformed olivine in the rim and inside of the deformed orthopyroxenes probably indicates the effect of transiting fluids and their reactions with the primitive peridotites. The extrusive sequence comprises of chert and radiolarite with intercalation of pelagic limestones at base of sequence and hyaloclastic breccia, hyaloclastite, tuff, sheet flow and pillow lava on top of the sequence. In some cases, pelagic limestone and radiolarite have the Upper Cretaceous micro faunas. Rodingite and listvenite are among the metasomatic rocks of this tectonized assemblage. A few

  5. Textures and geochemistry of zircons in ODP holes 735B and 1105A, Atlantis Bank, SWIR

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    John, B. E.; Cheadle, M. J.; Rioux, M. E.; Wooden, J. L.; Baines, G.

    2012-12-01

    Zircon is a common accessory mineral in ocean crust, and an important chronometer for studying the timing and duration of crustal accretion. Here, we present a comprehensive textural/geochemical study of zircon in 25 samples from the length of ODP Hole 735B (1508m) and adjacent Hole 1105A (158m) at Atlantis Bank, South West Indian Ridge (SWIR). Two zircon-bearing rock suites include i) a dioritic suite comprising amphibole granodiorite, quartz diorite and diorite dikes/veins, and ii) a suite of oxide gabbro segregations/veins. Combined TIMS U/Pb dating (Rioux et al, this meeting) and SIMS REE and other trace element (TE) chemical analyses of these zircons provide constraints on the growth and thermal history of ocean crust, and melt evolution. Zircons from both drill holes vary in morphology, but are typically pristine, colorless euhedral to anhedral grains from ~50-1000 μm in the long dimension. Over 90% show weak sector zoning, and ~50% show oscillatory zoning in CL. Additional textures include: 1. resorbed rims in two dioritic veins; 2. high U rims in two additional dioritic veins; 3. internal resorption/recrystallization boundaries in one diorite dike and one oxide gabbro; 4. a sub-population of high U grains hosting mottled/spongy interiors, possibly indicative of disequilibrium/reaction, in one diorite dike; and 5. mineral/melt inclusions in zircons in most of the dioritic veins, and in ~50% of oxide gabbros. SIMS analyses of 390 zircons (>750 spot analyses) confirm that the zircons have TE concentrations (including U/Yb vs Hf) typical of those from ocean crust. U ranges from <10 to >800 ppm in zircons from the dioritic veins (mean 123 ppm), and 5 to >500 ppm in zircons from the oxide gabbros (mean 59 ppm). All analyzed zircons have steep positive REE slopes with distinct positive Ce and negative Eu anomalies (Ce/Ce* and Eu/Eu*), similar to other oceanic zircons. Zircons from dioritic veins are REE-enriched (ΣREE = 216-15670; mean 3000 ppm) and have

  6. Crystallization depth beneath an oceanic detachment fault (ODP Hole 923A, Mid-Atlantic Ridge)

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    Lissenberg, C. Johan; Rioux, Matthew; MacLeod, Christopher J.; Bowring, Samuel A.; Shimizu, Nobumichi

    2016-01-01</