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Geochemical Evidence of Present-Day Serpentinization

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Science  12 May 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3776, pp. 830-832
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3776.830

Abstract

Ultrabasic (pH > 11) water issues from some fresh ultramafic bodies. The properties of the ultrabasic solutions are believed to be due to current reactions yielding serpentine from primary olivines and pyroxenes. The low concentrations of divalent airon. divalent magnesium, and dissolved silica from the serpentinization require an increase in rock volume.

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