Geochemistry of minerals in CRP sediment cores from the Ross Sea, Antarctica, supplement to: Armienti, Pietro; Tamponi, M; Pompilio, Massimo (2001): Sand provenance from major and trace element analyses of bulk rock and sand grains from CRP-2/2A, Victoria Land Basin, Antarctica. Terra Antartica, 8(4), 569-582


Sixty-four volcanic chists, sandstones and tephras between 5.95 and 618.19 meters below sea floor (mbsf) in the Cape Roberts Project cores 2 and 2A cores (CRP-2/2A) were examined for Cenozoic and Mesozoic volcanic components, using optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Minerals and glass shards in a selection of samples were analysed by electron microprobe fined with an EDAX detector. Laser-Ablation ICP-Mass-Spectrometry (ICP-MS) was used to determine rare earth elements and 14 additional trace elements in glass shards, pyroxenes and feldspars in order to pin-point the onset of McMurdo Volcanic Group (MVG) activity in the stratigraphic column. Pumices in tephra layers of peralkaline phonolite composition in Unit 7.2 -between 108 and 114 mbsf - were also analysed for trace elements by ICP-MS. This tephra unit is not reworked and its isotopic age (21.44 ± 0.05 Ma) is the age of deposition. The height of the eruptive column responsible for the deposition of the tephra was probably less than 8 km; the source was local, probably within 30 km from the drill site. Phonolite of unit 7.2 of CRP-2/2A has no direct petrogenetic relation with the peralkaline trachyte in the tephra-enriched layer of CRP-1 at 116.55 mbsf.

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Creator Armienti, Pietro;Pompilio, Massimo;Tamponi, M
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2001
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC-BY)
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Collection of Datasets
Format application/zip
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (77S-77S,164E-164E)
Temporal Point 1998-10-16T11:59:59Z