Petrology of basalts from DSDP Hole 66-487

Shoji Arai
Basaltic rocks recovered at the Middle America Trench area off Mexico are typical plagioclase-olivine phyric abyssal tholeiites containing less than 0.2 wt.% K2O. Phenocrysts of plagioclase and olivine usually make up the aggregate. Plagioclase phenocrysts are Ca-rich and up to An90. Olivine phenocrysts, which are always attached to plagioclase phenocrysts, are magnesian, Fo88 to Fo89, and contain 0.2 to 0.3 wt. % of NiO. Plagioclase phenocrysts contain numerous glass inclusions with the Mg/Mg+Fe atomic ratio...
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