Master of Science (MS)
First Committee Member
Rodney V. Metcalf
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The Early Devonian (404 +/- 3 Ma) Porcupine Lake mafic intrusive complex of the Trinity terrane consists primarily of ultramafic-mafic plutonic and dike lithologies. The plutonic rock forms steep intrusive contacts with adjacent Ordovician peridotite, and consists of basal layered peridotite, cumulate clinopyroxenite, and isotropic gabbro. East-west trending mafic-to-felsic aphanitic dikes intrude the plutonic rocks, with high dike concentrations (>80%) in the southern portion of the complex; Gabbro and mafic dikes display subduction-related enrichment of light-ion lithophile elements and high degrees of depletion of high-field strength elements (Nb, Ta ≅ 0.1 NMORB). Trace element mixing models indicate gabbro and mafic dikes are derived from a residual mantle source with enrichment by small amounts of slab-derived aqueous fluids and pelagic sediments. Mafic dikes are also enriched by fertile MORB (asthenospheric) mantle. Subduction zone enrichment of a depleted mantle source suggests the Porcupine Lake mafic intrusive complex formed in a forearc tectonic setting.
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Muller, Edward Robert, "Petrogenetic study of the Porcupine Lake mafic intrusive complex, Trinity terrane, northern California" (2000). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1171.