Drilling the Snake Pit hydrothermal sulfide deposit on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 23°22′N

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doi: 10.1130/0091-7613(1986)14<1004:DTSPHS>2.0.CO;2
Authors:Detrick, R. S.; Honnorez, J.; Adamson, A. C.; Brass, G.; Gillis, K. M.; Humphris, S. E.; Mevel, C.; Meyer, P.; Petersen, N.; Rautenschlein, M.; Shibata, T.; Staudigel, H.; Yamamoto, K.; Wooldridge, A. L.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Univ. R.I., Kingston, RI, United States
Other:
Univ. Louis Pasteur, France
Tex. A&M Univ., United States
Natl. Sci. Found., United States
Dalhousie Univ., Canada
Woods Hole Oceanogr. Inst., United States
Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Univ. Munchen, Federal Republic of Germany
Max-Planck Inst. Chem., Federal Republic of Germany
Okayama Univ., Japan
Scripps Inst. Oceanogr., United States
Tohoku Univ., Japan
Univ. Miami, United States
Corporate Authors:Ocean Drilling Program, Leg 106 Scientific Party
Volume Title:Geology (Boulder)
Source:Geology (Boulder), 14(12), p.1004-1007. Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States. ISSN: 0091-7613
Publication Date:1986
Note:In English. 13 refs.; illus. incl. sects., sketch map
Summary:A major high-T hydrothermal area has been located in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rift valley approx 25 km south of the Kane Fracture Zone. The vent field consists of a wide area (40 000 m2) of dark hydrothermal deposits, numerous sulphide chimneys and mounds, some up to 11 m high, and high-T 'black smoker' vents. Ten shallow holes, the first ever drilled in an active submarine hydrothermal area, recovered friable, unconsolidated Fe, Fe-Cu and Zn sulphides and several large fragments of massive sulphide, mainly chalcopyrite. The greater thickness and freshness of the sulphide deposits and association of an unusual biological community of smaller and more mobile organisms are the main differences of the Snake Pit deposits from the East Pacific Rise ones. [L.C.H.]
Subjects:Basalts; Biota; Drilling; Exhalative processes; Hydrothermal alteration; Hydrothermal conditions; Igneous rocks; Interpretation; Metallogeny; Metasomatism; Mid-ocean ridges; Mineral deposits, genesis; Minerals; Occurrence; Ocean floors; Oceanography; Processes; Sea-floor spreading; Sulfides; Tectonophysics; Vents; Volcanic rocks; Well-logging; Atlantic Ocean; Hydrothermal processes; North Atlantic Ridge; Snake Pit hydrothermal area
Coordinates:N232200 N232300 W0445655 W0445705
Abstract Numbers:87M/5835
Record ID:1987006524
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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