Red Sea Floor Origin: Rare-Earth Evidence

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Science  26 Sep 1969:
Vol. 165, Issue 3900, pp. 1357-1360
DOI: 10.1126/science.165.3900.1357


Abundance patterns of rare earths of submarine tholeiitic basalts from the axial trough of the Red Sea resemble those of basalts from mid-ocean ridges but are distinct from shield or plateau basalts of tholeiitic composition. These results imply that à similar magmatic process, related to spreading of sea floors, operates beneath the axial trough of the Red Sea and the crest of mid-ocean ridges.

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