These ages are similar to those of Koralpe and Saualpe eclogite-facies metamorphism (Thöni & Jagoutz, 1992; Thöni & Miller, 1996; Miller & Thöni, 1997; Thöni, 2002), which suggests that the Koralpe–Saualpe terrane and the Pohorje massif are part of the same subducted continental crust (Janák et al., 2004, 2009). These are generally diatreme[3] events and as such are not lava flows, although tephra and ash deposits are partially preserved. Examples include: The majority of ultramafic rocks are exposed in orogenic (mountain-forming) belts, and predominate in Archean and Proterozoic terranes. Also, the nature of kimberlite/xenolith alteration often produces almost undetectable films of high-strontium material on mineral grain-boundaries and fractures. In the past, dredging was used to keep the Swift Creek channel free of sediments and to reduce debris flow hazards. An alternative view was presented by Janák et al. 4 __________, a coarse grained rock composed of pyroxene and olivine, is the most abundant ultramafic rock. De Hoog, ... Keiko H. 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The magnetite content, susceptibility, and magnetization of ultramafic rocks increase with the degree of serpentinization, though this increase is not linear and depends on the particular alteration phases produced (Toft et al., 1990). In rare instances, chromitite layers are preserved in the layered peridotites, supporting this interpretation (Chadwick and Crewe, 1986; Bennett et al., 2002). In addition to chrysotile and amphibole asbestos (Van Gosen, 2009), the potential hazards that may be associated with landslides and debris flows from ultramafic rocks elsewhere are dusts or sediments that contain nickel, vanadium, or other metal/metalloid toxicants. Subvolcanic ultramafic rocks and dikes persist longer but are rare. These finer particles are presumably responsible for the relatively stable remanence in the MARK area peridotites, which was used to infer that little tilting occurred during uplift and exposure (Lawrence et al., 2002). The range of ultramafic rocks is very wide because they are formed in several different ways. Another example is an igneous rock consisting solely of pyroxene. These rocks are also known as ultrabasic rocks. (2004), who suggested that continued convergence within Apulia during the Cretaceous was accommodated northwestward of the Meliata suture by intracontinental subduction, probably along the location of a failed Permian rift, resulting in thrusting and nappe stacking onto the northern part of the Apulian continental block The subducted crust underwent high- to UHP metamorphism, which is still preserved in Eo-Alpine eclogites. MORB-like trace-element signatures of eclogites were interpreted by Visona et al. It was subsequently subducted southeastward during the Jurassic and was closed in the Middle Jurassic in the Western Carpathians (Maluski et al., 1993; Faryad & Henjes-Kunst, 1997). As nouns the difference between ultramafic and felsic Ultramafic (or ultrabasic) rocks are dark-colored igneous and meta-igneous rocks that are rich in minerals containing magnesium and iron ("mafic" minerals) and have a relatively low content of silica. They show a wide range of major and trace element abundance; such variation may attribute to the heterogeneity of their protoliths and possible modification of chemical compositions resulting from metamorphic segregation and fluid-induced metasomatism. In contrast, the neodymium isotope systematics would be drastically altered because the kimberlite might contribute 70% of the measured whole-rock neodymium (Figure 15). Abundant eclogites record peak pressures from 2.4 to 3.2 GPa (Janák et al., 2004; Sassi et al., 2004; Vrabec, 2004, 2007), based on garnet–phengite– clinopyroxene–kyanite–quartz thermobarometry, with the highest values in the southeast near the SBUC (Janák et al., 2004). in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. They contain less than 45 percent silica, and are believed to originate from the mantle. Oufi et al. Log–log plot of NRM and susceptibility of oceanic serpentinized peridotite samples from various DSDP and ODP sites (data compiled by Oufi et al., 2002). Ultramafic rocks are not commonly on Earth’s surface and represent the composition of the mantle. Note its homogeneous, structureless, texture. The rocks show medium to fine grained olivines with proto-granular texture (Fig. Although no modern eruptions have been observed, analogues are preserved. They have a color index greater than 90, where the term “color index” refers to the percentage of mafic minerals such as olivine and pyroxene present in the rock. Isotopic characteristics (e.g., the high 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.7058–0.7129 and low εNd(t) values of −6 to −20) also imply that protoliths have been contaminated by ancient continental crust materials. Igneous structures. The term “ultrabasic” is applied to igneous rocks which contain < 45 wt% silica (SiO2) in their bulk chemical composition. The main exhumation of the Pohorje nappe to midcrustal levels most probably occurred during the Upper Cretaceous, but final exhumation to the surface did not occur until the Early to Middle Miocene (Fodor et al., 2002, 2003), whereas the Koralpe rocks were already exhumed during the Upper Cretaceous (Schuster et al., 2004). This can dramatically affect the measured strontium isotope composition of a low-strontium mineral such as garnet if not properly removed (Figure 32). Acid washed mineral separates give considerably different Nd–Sr isotope compositions than their whole-rocks for both peridotites (Richardson et al., 1985; Walker et al., 1989a) and eclogites (Neal et al., 1990; Figure 31), the isotopic signature of the whole-rocks is dominated by small amounts of infiltrated host kimberlite. Intermediate rocks, such as andesite, fall between the mafic and felsic classifications. Peridotite. Vents of Proterozoic lamproite (Argyle diamond mine), and Cenozoic lamproite (Gaussberg, Antarctica) are known, as are vents of Devonian lamprophyre (in Scotland). The degree of serpentinization may be estimated from the sample density (Miller and Christensen (1997), with a correction for the amount of substantially denser magnetite (Oufi et al., 2002)), and Figure 30 shows that relatively little magnetite is produced until the serpentinization exceeds 50%. Similar lithological associations with orthogneisses and continental platform metasediments in most other recognized UHP terranes point to an origin from comparable continental crust protoliths. Such data led to numerous erroneous conclusions about the relationship between mantle samples and basalts due to the pervasive alteration suffered by many ultramafic rocks, enhancing the amount of radiogenic strontium present. 3a). De Hoog, ... Keiko H. Hattori, in Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphism, 2011. These rocks form a strongly foliated matrix around elongated lenses and boudins of eclogite and ultramafic rocks, including the SBUC (Kirst et al., 2010). The timing of HP and UHP metamorphism in the Pohorje nappe is Cretaceous, as shown by U–Pb zircon ages from the gneisses of 92.0±0.5 Ma (Janák et al., 2009), a garnet Sm–Nd age (93–87 Ma) obtained from the gneisses and micaschists (Thöni, 2002), and by ∼91 Ma garnet Sm–Nd and zircon U–Pb ages of eclogites (Miller et al., 2005). In many cases, the terms ultramafic and ultrabasic are synonymous, as ultramafic rocks such as dunites (containing more than 90% olivine) will have a chemical composition with < 45 wt% … Most kimberlite and lamproite occurrences are as volcanic and subvolcanic diatremes and maars; lavas are virtually unknown. It is composed of strongly serpentinized harzburgites and subordinate dunites, garnet peridotites, and pyroxenites (Hinterlechner-Ravnik et al., 1991; Janák et al., 2006; De Hoog et al., 2009; Kirst et al., 2010), and also contains small lenses, boudins, and bands of partially amphibolitized eclogites. Basalt. 17.1 and 17.2). Ultramafic igneous rocks are composed almost entirely of __________. The term “ultrabasic” is applied to igneous rocks which contain < 45 wt% silica (SiO 2) in their bulk chemical composition. Lamproite … One typical example of granulite-facies overprinting is the Weihai coesite eclogite of eastern China, which shows corona replacement of garnet by orthopyroxene + clinopyroxene + plagioclase, and intergrowths of diopside + plagioclase after omphacite. ScienceDirect ® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V. ScienceDirect ® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V. 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This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.0 License (CC-by-sa), which may be used and disseminated with proper attribution. This unit is equivalent to the Koralpe-Wölz high-pressure nappe system of the Upper Austroalpine following Schmid et al. Technically, ultrapotassic rocks and melilitic rocks are considered a separate group, based on melting model criteria, but there are ultrapotassic and highly silica-undersaturated rocks with more than 18 percent MgO, and they can be considered "ultramafic." Most dredged peridotites and some drillcore samples (particularly from breccias or fault zones) have experienced postserpentinization low-temperature oxidation, as evidenced by the presence of maghemite (e.g., Nazarova et al., 2000). In cratonic xenoliths, both low-T secondary alteration and kimberlite contamination have been identified as major concerns to be addressed during the analysis of mineral separates (Richardson et al., 1985). Reproduced from Oufi O, Cannat M, and Horen H (2002) Magnetic properties of variably serpentinized abyssal peridotites. (2004) and is summarized here. Metamorphic ultramafic rocks are typically formed from ultramafic igneous protoliths. The current Austroalpine nappes of the Eastern Alps were part of a continental block called Apulia that was bordered to the east by the Meliata ocean, the westward extension of the Neotethys and Vardar oceans (Schmid et al., 2004). The Earth's mantle is composed of ultramafic rocks. Examples are the ultramafic woodlands and ultramafic barrens of the Appalachian mountains and piedmont, the "wet maquis" of the New Caledonia rain forests, and the ultramafic forests of Mount Kinabalu and other peaks in Sabah, Malaysia. Large kilometer-size eclogite bodies occur at the contact of the SBUC with overlying country rocks (Figure 13.1). 0-15%MCI 2. b. D.G. Liou, Ru-Yuan Zhang, in Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology (Third Edition), 2003. Igneous rock chart (Monroe; fig. This would be called an intermediate igneous rock, with ultramafic being the extreme of almost no silica and feldspar in the composition. Intrusive rocks form plutons and so are also called plutonic. Pearson, ... S.B. Igneous rocks may be simply classified according to their chemical/mineral composition as felsic, intermediate, mafic, and ultramafic, and by texture or grain size: intrusive rocks are course grained (all crystals are visible to the naked eye) while extrusive rocks may be fine-grained (microscopic crystals) or glass (no crystalline structure; i.e., no minerals). It is very rare for fossils to be formed in igneous rocks (and they usually only form as mold fossils in extrusive deposits). We use cookies to help provide and enhance our service and tailor content and ads. Garnet peridotites within the SBUC from the same localities as the ones from this study record peak pressures of up to 4 GPa based on garnet–olivine Mg–Fe exchange thermometry and Al-in-opx barometry (Janák et al., 2006). 4-24, pg. Thin, dark retrograde bands, commonly developed at the contacts between eclogite and the host rock. Figure 17.7. a. PART I - Volcanic (Extrusive) Rocks. Many pyroxenites are also ultramafic, being composed mostly of orthopyroxene and/or clinopyroxene, but these rocks are also not ultrabasic. (1991). They represent low-volume volatile melts and attain their ultramafic chemistry through a process different from that which generates typical ultramafic rocks. Soluble hexavalent chromium released from the landslide rocks might also be a concern in some areas, resulting from the oxidation of trivalent chromium (which is relatively insoluble) by manganese in the surface environment (Wood et al., 2009). A less common group are the ultramafic rocks, which consist almost entirely of ferromagnesian minerals and have no feldspars or quartz. An igneous rock with a very low silica content and rich in minerals such as hypersthene, augite, and olivine. Agrinier and Cannat, 1997; Früh-Green et al., 1996, Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology (Third Edition). Ultramafic rocks are generally composed of more than 90 percent mafic minerals—that is, they have a high content of magnesium oxide (more than 18 percent MgO) and iron oxide (FeO). A dominant component of oceanic crust, basalt is the most abundant volcanic rock. Ultramafic igneous rocks are composed almost entirely of the dark-colored minerals olivine and pyroxene. Their contacts with supracrustal rocks are tectonic, whereas they are intruded by the tonalitic components of the orthogneisses (Nutman et al., 1996; Friend et al., 2002; Friend and Nutman, 2010). H.J. The country rocks enclosing the SBUC consist of a typical continental crust assemblage of high-grade metamorphic rocks, such as ortho- and paragneisses, micaschists, amphibolites, and marbles (Mioč & Žnidarčič, 1977; Janák et al., 2009). Figure 31. As with sampling of the gabbroic portion of the oceanic crust, drilling at tectonic exposures (Site 895 at Hess Deep (Gillis et al., 1993), Sites 670 and 920 in the MARK area (Cannat et al., 1995; Detrick et al., 1988), and near the 15°20’ fracture zone (Kelemen et al., 2004)) has significantly enhanced our understanding of the magnetic properties of oceanic ultramafic rocks. You are visitor number since April 1, 1997 In comparison, the Re–Os system is much more robust to the effects of alteration than the highly incompatible-element-based isotope systems and less affected by invasion of the host rock. Ultramafic magmas in the Phanerozoic are rarer, and few true ultramafic lavas in the Phanerozoic have been recognized. The whole-rock isotopic signatures of some samples however, appear to be dominated by a component distinctly different to the host kimberlite. Pluton - any intrusive igneous rock (Monroe; fig. obsidian. Igneous rocks are called intrusive or plutonic when they cool and solidify beneath the surface.Because they form within the Earth, cooling occurs slowly.Such slow cooling allows time for large crystals to form, therefore, intrusive or plutonic igneous rocks have relatively large mineral crystals that are easy to see. The relatively large age uncertainty reflects the ~ 5% uncertainty in isotope ratio measurements made by laser ablation multicollector ICP-MS. Their attempt to date detrital PGE grains from Borneo yielded an uncertainty of > 4%, possibly because the grains analyzed (museum samples) were of mixed origin. Below is a chart which visualizes all the types of igneous rocks. Lines connect coexisting phases/whole-rocks. is that ultramafic is (geology) describing igneous rocks that contain magnesium and iron and only a very small amount of silica, such as are found in the earth’s mantle while mafic is (geology) describing rocks, such as silicate minerals, magmas, and volcanic and intrusive igneous rocks, which contain relatively high concentrations of magnesium and iron. However, there are domains of lesser modification where some of the protolith features are preserved. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V. or its licensors or contributors. Examples are listed below. Shirey, in Treatise on Geochemistry (Second Edition), 2014. An earlier phase of long-lived crustal extension or rifting accompanied by HT–LP metamorphism and mafic magmatism is thought to have occurred in Permian–Triassic times (Thöni, 2002; Schuster & Stüwe, 2008). The active Sumas Mountain/Swift Creek, Washington, United States, landslide is developed on a steep hill slope underlain by ultramafic rocks containing high levels of chrysotile asbestos (EPA, 2011a; Linneman et al., 2009). Nevertheless, the chronometer shows promise for constraining the age, and therefore the provenance, of both magmatic and placer PGE deposits. Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. Also Pyroxenite contain olivine and oxide minerals, when it occurs in layered intrusions or nepheline. Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along wi Click here for online mineral and rock ID charts . Dabie-Sulu UHP eclogites from China were mainly of silica-rich basaltic composition of continental affinity, comparable to the mafic rocks of many Precambrian terranes. An oceanic origin was also proposed for the SBUC based on its similarity to depleted abyssal peridotites (De Hoog et al., 2009). eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'newworldencyclopedia_org-medrectangle-4','ezslot_2',162,'0','0'])); Ultrapotassic,[2] ultramafic igneous rocks—such as lamprophyre, lamproite, and kimberlite—are known to have reached the Earth's surface. Vegetation is typically stunted and is sometimes home to endemic species adapted to the metallic soils. For instance, ingress of between 0.5% and 1.5% kimberlite to a host xenolith, as suggested by Schmidberger et al. Most of these rocks occur as dikes, diatremes, lopoliths or lac… Ultramafic rocks occur either as minor (some meters or tens of meters large) lenses associated with basic lithologies (i.e., in Central Rhodope) or as kilometer-large bodies in West and East Rhodope (Bonev & Dilek, 2010 and references therein). Igneous rocks are called intrusive when they cool and solidify beneath the surface. In the ultramafic rocks the presence of pseudomorphic lizardite, antigorite and talc-carbonate assemblages indicates that these formed directly from the igneous mineralogy (Wicks and Whittaker, 1977). (2002) suggested that much of remanence might be thermal in origin. Gee, D.V. NRM data have not been reduced to equatorial values. Whole-rock versus mineral separate Nd–Sr isotopic compositions for kimberlite derived xenoliths from Bultfontein (Richardson et al., 1985) and one sample from Jagersfontein (Walker et al., 1989a). Ultramafic rocks. Igneous rock texture. In addition, the enhanced positive magnetization (for both normal polarity crust and reverse polarity crust) at the ends of slow-spreading ridge segments has been attributed to induced magnetization of serpentinized peridotites and gabbros (Pariso et al., 1996b; Pockalny et al., 1995; Tivey and Tucholke, 1998). Shaffer, Paul R., Herbert S. Zim, and Raymond Perlman. This nonlinear behavior may be attributed to the FeO content of the silicate alteration phases. A mafic mineral or rock is a silicate mineral or igneous rock rich in magnesium and iron. In contrast, amphibolite-facies-overprinted eclogites show fine-grained intergrowths of plagioclase + amphibole after omphacite, and calcic amphibole after garnet. Technically ultrapotassic rocks and meliliticrocks are considered a separate group, based on melting model criteria, but there are ultrapotassic and highly silica-under-saturated rocks with >18% MgO which can be considered "ultramafic". Magnetizations of serpentinized peridotites, whether obtained by dredging or drilling, vary from < 0.1 A m− 1 to values higher than 30 A m− 1 that are comparable to typical values for older oceanic basalts (Figure 29; Table 2). Inset shows location of Slovenia and Pohorje Mountains; gray (red in the web version) rectangle indicates geological map area. (2010) tested the 190Pt–186Os chronometer using the well-known Bushveld PGE-deposits, replicating the age within 2%. Most kimberlite and lamproite occurrences are as volcanic and subvolcanic diatremes and maars; lavas are virtually unknown. Well-documented exposures of serpentinized peridotite at slow-spreading ridges (Cannat, 1993; Cannat et al., 1997) indicate that such upper mantle material undoubtedly contributes, at least locally, to magnetic anomalies. To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats.The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here: The history of this article since it was imported to New World Encyclopedia: Note: Some restrictions may apply to use of individual images which are separately licensed. Most mafic minerals are dark in color, and common rock-forming mafic minerals include olivine, pyroxene, amphibole, and biotite.Common mafic rocks include basalt, diabase and gabbro.Mafic rocks often also contain calcium-rich varieties of plagioclase feldspar. And there is a suite of ultramafic rocks with even more dark minerals and even less silica than basalt. 17.7; Bennett et al., 2002; Friend et al., 2002). In most cases, they are variably schistose or foliated, highly altered, coarsely crystalline, and porphyroblastic amphibole ± pyroxene ± olivine rocks (high-metamorphic grade) or ± serpentine ± talc ± amphibole schists (lower metamorphic grade in the ISB). There are, however, some recently erupted boninite lavas (such as in Manus Trough, Philippines) that verge on being ultramafic. 1. A pluton is an igneous intrusive rock body that has cooled in the crust. glassy. Now defined as a rock with M > 90%, fine or coarse grained. Although pristine ultramafic rocks are nonmagnetic (containing only paramagnetic silicates and spinels), serpentinization results in the production of magnetite (e.g., Toft et al., 1990) and magnetizations that are sufficient to constitute a potential significant source for marine magnetic anomalies (e.g., Nazarova, 1994). In such cases, the olivines display lattice dislocation classes only known from the suprasubduction zone mantle wedge environment (Kaczmarek et al., 2016). New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article The Pohorje region is part of the Lower Central Austroalpine basement (Janák et al., 2004), which includes the Saualpe and Koralpe regions in Southern Austria. Most of these rocks occur as dikes, diatremes, lopoliths, or laccoliths, and very rarely, intrusions. Ultramafic rocks (also referred to as ultrabasic rocks, although the terms are not wholly equivalent) are igneous and meta-igneous rocks with a very low silica content (less than 45%), generally >18% MgO, high FeO, low potassium, and are composed of usually greater than 90% mafic minerals (dark colored, high magnesium and iron content). In general, for isotopic analysis, mineral fragments are selected that are clear, as free of mineral and fluid inclusions as possible and that are bounded by fresh fractures induced by sample preparation, i.e., avoiding grains that retain their primary margins. Ultramafic rocks have low silica content, less than 45%. Basalt is an extrusive or intrusive rock that makes up most of the world's oceanic crust. Figure 13.1. At the same time (Middle Jurassic) rifting in the north in response to the opening of the Atlantic ocean resulted in opening of the Piedmont-Liguria ocean (Frisch, 1979). The transported material is redeposited in stream sediments, natural levees, and floodplain sediment deposits, which can become wind-borne during dry periods and can be disturbed by human activities. Most of the exposed ultramafic rocks have been found in orogenic (mountain-forming) belts. Ferromagnesian minerals. Although no modern eruptions have been observed, analogs are preserved. Jagersfontein cpx plots well off scale on Nd axis. A _______ is an intrusive structure that formed from magma that solidified within the "throat" of a volcano. Peridotite is the foremost of those. Ultramafic rocks are comprised of websterite, olivine clinopyroxenite, olivine websterite, lherzolite and harzburgite. Igneous rocks are classified according to their mineral content: Ultramafic rocks are dominated by olivine and/or pyroxene. However, this is not true for certain ultramafic rocks such as eclogites, which consist of garnet and clinopyroxene, but which usually have a basaltic bulk composition with > 45 wt% SiO2. Kimberlite 2. Ultramafic rocks are dominated by olivine or olivine and pyroxene. While coarse-grained magnetite is abundant, values of Mrs/Ms as high as 0.4 and direct grain-size estimates from image analysis indicate that relatively fine-grained magnetite is also present (Lawrence et al., 2002; Oufi et al., 2002). [1] Their silica content is less than 45 percent, and their potassium content is low. Round-to-oval shaped inclusions of coesite and coesite pseudomorphs occur in garnet and omphacite producing well-developed radial fractures. Initial isotopic composition of the Bultfontein kimberlite is also plotted. Tick marks on mixing lines illustrate % of component added. Ultramafic rocks are scattered as lenses and pods throughout the orthogneisses and supracrustal rocks (Figs. Alteration assemblages that include even more FeO-rich brucite may further suppress magnetite production, as evident in some of the lower magnetization samples from Sites 895 and 670 (Figure 29). These results and the more recent remanence data from Leg 209 (Kelemen et al., 2004) are summarized in Table 2. The preserved kernels consist of granoblastic Fo90–92 olivine ± orthopyroxene granoblastic aggregates, with spinel inclusions in the olivines (Fig. Moreover, exsolution textures are common in some UHP minerals from various eclogites; these include quartz rods in omphacite and rutile lamellae in garnet. …silica contents) or to the ultramafic igneous rocks (rocks with silica contents below approximately 50 percent by weight) known as kimberlites and lamproites. Ultramafic rocks (also referred to as ultrabasic rocks, although the terms are not wholly equivalent) are igneous and meta-igneous rocks with a very low silica content (less than 45%), generally >18% MgO, high FeO, low potassium, and are composed of usually greater than 90% mafic minerals (dark colored, high magnesium and iron content). In contrast, the massive dunite–harzburgites form kernels within envelopes of altered hydrated and carbonated ultramafic schists. Slab extraction resulted in partial exhumation of the subducted crust (Janák et al., 2004, 2006). Technically, ultrapotassic rocks and melilitic rocks are considered a separate group, based on melting model criteria, but there are ultrapotassic and highly silica-undersaturated rocks with more than 18 percent MgO, and they can be considered "ultramafic." The region has a complicated tectonic history, which was reconstructed by Schmid et al. lava of intermediate composition containing up to 10% quartz. Most eclogites associated with ultramafic rocks are bimineralic, consisting of garnet and omphacite, with minor rutile. Strontium isotope and abundance systematics of “pure” and altered/metasomatized garnet and diopside separates from the Bultfontein kimberlite (after Richardson et al., 1985). An example of an ultramafic rock is the intrusive peridotite and extrusive komatiite. an ultramafic coarse crystalline igneous rock. (1991) in terms of an origin within the oceanic floor. Most of these rocks occur as dikes, diatremes, lopoliths, or laccoliths, and very rarely, intrusions. Sample 11 has what mafic color index (MCI)? The scientific study of ultramafic rocks has been revealing some of the geological processes in the Earth's history. Silicate mineral or igneous rock with a very low silica content and rich in and! Mafic minerals ] containing mainly mafic minerals > 90 %, fine or coarse grained rock composed of ultramafic are... 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