Metamorphic Waters from the Pacific Tectonic Belt of the West Coast of the United States

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Science  22 May 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3934, pp. 973-975
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3934.973


Waters unusually rich in ammonia, boron, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and hydrocarbons are found in more than 100 localities along the Pacific coast of the United States. The waters are believed to be products of low-grade metamorphism of marine sediments. The marine sedimentary rocks would have to be tectonically emplaced below crystalline rocks in many places. Mercury ore deposits are probably also products of the low-grade metamorphism.

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