First-order major element variation in basalt glasses from the mid-Atlantic ridge: 29oN to 73oN.
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Basaltic glasses from 29oN to 73oN on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge define two geographic and compositional groups that are characterized by different major element concentrations, phase assemblages and partition coefficients. The range of glass compositions in the two groups forms two distinct but parallel cotectic trends within the basalt tetrahedron, which are believed to define the quaternary univariant line O1-P1-Cpx-Liq along which the magmas evolved during fractionation at low to intermediate pressure. It is proposed that the shift in phase boundaries and univariant lines reflects differences in melt and source compositions of the two groups. The distribution of the two groups is thus taken to indicate two major petrographic provines of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.-from Author
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Journal of Geophysical Research
Sigurdsson, H.. "First-order major element variation in basalt glasses from the mid-Atlantic ridge: 29oN to 73oN.." Journal of Geophysical Research 86, B10 (1981). doi: 10.1029/JB086iB10p09483.