Late Cretaceous basalts from Rosemary Bank, northern Rockall Trough

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doi: 10.1144/GSL.JGS.1995.152.01.11
Authors:Morton, Andrew C.; Hitchen, Ken; Ritchie, J. Derek; Hine, Nicolette M.; Whitehouse, Martin; Carter, Sam G.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
British Geological Survey, Nottingham, United Kingdom
British Geological Survey, United Kingdom
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Volume Title:Iceland plume and its influence on the evolution of the NE Atlantic
Volume Authors:White, R. S., editor; Morton, A. C.
Source:Journal of the Geological Society of London, Vol.152 (Part 6), p.947-952; Second Arthur Holmes European research meeting, Reykjavik, Iceland, July, 1994, edited by R. S. White and A. C. Morton. Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0016-7649
Publication Date:1995
Note:In English. 24 refs.; illus., incl. 1 table, sketch map
Summary:A borehole drilled on the top of Rosemary Bank in the NE Atlantic recovered 16.72 m of basalts and volcaniclastic sediments beneath a 1.53 m thick limestone with basalt clasts, biostratigraphically dated as late Maastrichtian. Magnetostratigraphic data indicate extrusion of the basalts at 71-69 m.y., or possibly earlier, providing proof of pre-Tertiary volcanism in the Rockall Trough and indicating that the onset of activity in the North Atlantic igneous province took place at least 7 m.y. earlier than the postulated arrival of the Icelandic plume at 62 m.y. Geochemical and isotopic data suggest that there was an enriched component to the magmatic source. [R.A.H.]
Subjects:Basalts; Cretaceous; Igneous rocks; Mantle plumes; Mesozoic; Upper Cretaceous; Volcanic rocks; Volcanism; Atlantic Ocean; Europe; Iceland; North Atlantic; Rockall Trough; Western Europe; Rosemary Bank
Abstract Numbers:96M/2213
Record ID:1996076249
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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