Ophiolites are tectonically transported assemblages of peridotite and other ultramafic rocks, gabbro, diabase
, and mafic pillow lavas, commonly capped by chert or other pelagic sedimentary rocks.
The samples of diabase
dikes have total REE contents ranging between 55 and 71 ppm, and concentrations between 12 and 30 times the chondritic abundances.
1987, Precise U-Pb isotopic ages of diabase
dykes and mafic to ultramafic rocks using trace amounts of baddeleyite and zircon, in Halls, H.
A similar age of activity is found in the "Southwestern USA Diabase
Province", and in the Moores Lake sills of the Athabasca Basin (1000 km to the northwest).
Irregular enclaves and sheets of diabase
occur within this fine-grained granite, with textures suggesting that the mafic magma was immiscible (cf.
This was followed by the intrusion of andesite and diabase
Faulting was followed by crustal extension, the formation of sedimentary basins, diabase
volcanism and, finally, kimberlite emplacement about 1 billion yr ago.
Plateau lavas and diabase
dikes from northwestern Newfoundland.
Subsequent tectonic activity forced magma into the Triassic sediments, forming extensive intrusive diabase
sills, such as those exposed by later erosion at the Palisades Cliffs and Round Valley.
Low-grade lateritic bauxites are found on chlorite-amphibole schists and diabase