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A coarse-grained plutonic rock composed principally of basic plagioclase with orthopyroxene (hypersthene) as the dominant mafic material. Also known as hypersthenfels.
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(Norwegian norit, from Norge, “Norway”), a rock of basic composition in the gabbro group. It differs from gabbro in that it contains a rhombic pyroxene, usually bronzite but sometimes enstatite and hypersthene. When both pyroxenes are present the rock is called gabbro-norite. The remaining minerals are those in gabbro. Plagioclase with more than 50 percent anorthite predominates; olivine is often present; and various ore minerals such as magnetite, titanmagnetite, and sulfides occur as insignificant impurities. Norite typically has a low SiO2 content (45–55 percent), significant amounts of Mg and Ca (10–20 percent), and a negligible alkali content (rarely more than 2–3 percent). It is used as a building material.

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In 2018 the Company modified the exploration strategy to target specific high magnesium oxide (MgO) zones within the norite and to drill deeper within the intrusion to identify significant nickel-copper-cobalt sulphide mineralization.
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The predominantly norite rock matrix contained pyrrhotite as the major sulphide with small amounts of pentlandite [(Fe,Ni)9 S8] and chalcopyrite (CuFe[S.sub.2]) (Anderson, 1997).
The site at which the Van der Stel party excavated into the copper-stained norite is today a National Monument.