Geochemistry and minerals at DSDP Leg 81 Holes

Jean Louis Joron, Henri Bougault, R C Maury, Marcel Bohn & Alain Desprairies
The Leg 81 basalts, drilled either from the margins ("dipping reflectors" sequence: Holes 552, 553A, and 554A) or from the "continental" side (Hole 555) of the Rockall Plateau microcontinent, are strongly light rare-earth element (LREE) depleted oceanic tholeiites. The basalts from the four holes are almost similar. Most of their primary characteristics have been preserved, although they have suffered alteration by seawater. From the petrological and mineralogical points of view, they resemble deep-ocean-floor basalts but...
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