Plateau Basalt | Article about Plateau Basalt by The Free Dictionary
plateau basalt[pla′tō bə′sȯlt]
One or a succession of high-temperature basaltic lava flows from fissure eruptions which accumulate to form a plateau. Also known as flood basalt.
a basalt that forms usually extensive sheets on tectonically stable areas that have not undergone folding. It is assumed that the composition of plateau basalt most fully reflects the composition of abyssal basaltic magmas.
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The authors interpret this crustal structure as the result of arc related magmatism and underplating on a plateau basalt
. This model involves that the building of a thick crust started during Late Cretaceous and occured mainly during Cenozoic.
of western Newfoundland and southern Labrador, including those at Henley Harbour (Fig.
In chemical composition, the Kerguelen plateau basalts
are a rare intermediate between two types of basalt: those that flow out of midocean ridges and those that erupt out of hotspot locations such as Hawaii.