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The Christmas Cove Dyke of coastal Maine, USA, and regional sources for Early Mesozoic flood basalts in northeastern North America.


A large Early Mesozoic quartz tholeiite dyke has been mapped discontinuously for 190 km in southern coastal Maine, USA. Including its type locality at Christmas Cove (South Bristol, Maine, USA), the dyke has features of a generally ENE strike; dip usually steep to the SSE but abruptly turning very shallow in short sections; and widths of 9 to 35 m. The dyke rock has a distinctive cross-columnar field appearance, and a subophitic to micro-porphyritic texture with abundant Ti-bearing augite, calcic plagioclase, scattered euhedral orthopyroxene phenocrysts, and coarse-grained glomerophyric clumps of augite with plagioclase. Several [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar whole- rock dates for this and associated regional dykes are close to 201 Ma, in agreement with ages of other Early Mesozoic dykes and basalts of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP). The geographic position, age, wholerock chemistry, and petrography indicate that the Christmas Cove Dyke is co-magmatic or contiguous with the Higganum-Holden Dyke of southern New England, which was a source for the Talcott Basalt of the Early Mesozoic Hartford rift basin. The dyke system is a 700-km long fissure source for the earliest rift basin basalts preserved in northeastern North America, and it virtually connects the Hartford Basin and the Fundy Basin in Atlantic Canada. The Caraquet Dyke of New Brunswick and central Maine may be co-magmatic with the Buttress Dyke and Holyoke Basalt of southern New England, but lava from it is not preserved in Atlantic Canada or Maine.


Un grand dyke de tholeiite remontant a lere Mesozo'ique precoce a ete cartographie de facon discontinue sur 190 km sur la cote du Sud du Maine, aux Etats-Unis. En plus de sa localite type a Christmas Cove (South Bristol, Maine, E.-U.), le dyke possede comme caracteristiques une direction generale E.-N.-E., une descente habituellement raide vers le S.-S.-E. devenant abruptement tres peu profonde sur de courtes sections et une largeur variant entre 9 et 35 m. La roche du dyke presente une prismation horizontale particuliere et une texture variant de subophitique a microporphyrique abondante en augite contenant du titane, en plagioclase calcique, en phenocristaux dbrthopyroxene idiomorphes disperses et en amas d'augite glomerophyrique granuleuse avec feldspath plagioclase. Plusieurs dates obtenues par la methode [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar sur roche totale de ce dyke et d'autres dykes lies de la meme region s'approchent des 201 Ma, ce qui correspond a lage d'autres dykes de lere Mesozoique precoce et du basalte de la province magmatique centre atlantique (PMCA). La position geographique, lage, la chimie sur roche totale et la petrographie indiquent que le dyke de Christmas Cove est comagmatique ou contigu a celui de Higganum-Holden du Sud de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, qui etait rune des sources du basalte de la montagne Talcott du bassin d'effondrement Hartford de lere Mesozoique precoce. Le reseau de dykes est une fissure d'une longueur de 700 km qui serait la source la plus ancienne de basalte de bassin d'effondrement preservee au Nord-Est de l'Amerique du Nord, et il relie pratiquement le bassin Hartford et le bassin Fundy du Canada atlantique. Le dyke de Caraquet du Nouveau-Brunswick et du centre du Maine pourrait etre comagmatique au dyke Buttress et au basalte de la chaine Holyoke du Sud de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, mais aucune lave provenant de ce dyke n'est preservee au Canada atlantique ou au Maine.

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Flood basalt provinces are typically derived from fissure eruptions that produce large volumes of tholeiite over brief time spans, with fluid pahoehoe-type lavas that can flow for great distances (Self et al. 1997; Swanson et al. 1975). Feeder dykes rise through the lithospheric mantle beneath the fissures and are exposed after overlying basalt has been removed by later uplift and erosion, so the connection of particular source dykes with remaining flood basalts may no longer be obvious (McHone 1996). However, regional studies combining field, petrologic, geochemical, and geochronological data have the potential to reveal dykelava flow links, as has been demonstrated for the Early Mesozoic Hartford Basin (Philpotts and Martello 1986) and the Columbia River Basalt Group (Swanson et al. 1975). The Christmas Cove Dyke of coastal Maine is a large intrusion of quartz tholeiite that extends between Early Mesozoic riff basins in New England and Atlantic Canada, and as we will show, appears to be co-magmatic with their Late Triassic flood basalts.

The Christmas Cove Dyke was first mapped and described at Harpswell Neck (Hussey 1971), and later in the Portland and Bath 1:100 000-scale bedrock quadrangle maps in northern Casco Bay, Maine (Berry and Hussey 1998; Hussey and Marvinney 2002). Figure 1 shows the general location of the dyke, but the bedrock geologic maps referred to above provide greater detail for the interested reader. The dyke was briefly described at Christmas Cove in South Bristol by Bascom (1899) although she did not trace it beyond that area. At most locations the dyke trends toward its next exposure, but it is not particularly linear (Fig. 1). Distinctive macroscopic and field features are consistent along its great length and distinguish the dyke from numerous older basaltic intrusions of Maine. The Christmas Cove Dyke may continue far to the northeast as well as southwest, but outcrops along its trend are generally poor, and a detailed magnetic survey may be required to trace its full extent.

We also sampled the Caraquet Dyke (Greenough and Papezik 1986) that extends a minimum of 470 km across New Brunswick (Burke et al. 1973) and into central Maine at least to Macwahoc (Boucot et al. 1964), as located by its distinct and linear aeromagnetic anomaly. Late Triassic to Early Jurassic tholeiitic dykes and basin flood basalts in the region are located in Figure 2.

Our main purpose is to describe the locations, petrography, whole-rock chemistry, and age of the Christmas Cove Dyke, and to compare it to previously described tholeiitic dykes and basalts in the region. Large dykes are sources for basalts in Early Mesozoic riff basins, and they could have produced extensive flows outside of the basins as well (McHone 1996). Petrography, geochemistry, and whole-rock [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar radiometric ages can support these genetic links. The spatial distribution of the Christmas Cove and other regional dykes, along with their correlation with basalts in the basins (Fig. 2), provide information about the origin, extent, and timing of major volcanic events of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province, some of which may be linked to the mass extinction near the Triassic-Jurassic boundary (Schoene et al. 2010; Blackburn et al. 2013).

We visited outcrops of the Christmas Cove Dyke as located by several students and field geologists, by maps by the Maine Geological Survey cited above, and by our own field work. Locations not previously mapped are in a small road cut along Rte. 202/4 at Waterboro, in spectacular shoreline exposures at Whitehead Island (de Boer et al. 2003) and Swans Island (Perry 1994), and as a few outcrops on isolated islands (e.g., Barter Island) found via air photographs and Google Earth. The dyke generally parallels the coastline, crossing much open water in bays and cropping out at shorelines of peninsulas and islands (Fig. 1). Field visits and data collection have been underway by the authors for several decades (Hussey 1971; McHone 1984, 1993; West and McHone 1997) by searching and visiting locations, and conducting thin-section petrography, geochronological studies, and whole-rock chemical analyses. Jelle de Boer and Andrew Lindsey visited several of the same locations to obtain oriented drill cores for a paleomagnetic study of flow direction (de Boer et al. 2003). [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar radiometric ages were determined using samples from three locations along the Christmas Cove Dyke, as well as single samples from the Caraquet Dyke near Bancroft, Maine, and the Higganum Dyke at Hurd State Park in Haddam, Connecticut.


Field observations at 13 locations of the Christmas Cove Dyke are summarized in Table 1. The dyke is recognized by its massive but jointed appearance with rusty to grey weathered surfaces and uniform darker fresh surfaces, not greenish or slightly foliated as are many older dykes in Maine. At 13 to 35 m wide, it is much larger than most of the basaltic dykes that are common in southern Maine, some of which represent other post-metamorphic igneous provinces and events as summarized by McHone (1992) and McHone and Sundeen (1995). In addition, the Christmas Cove Dyke commonly exhibits large polygonal cooling columns 0.4-1.0 m in diameter and perpendicular to the dyke walls (Fig. 3). Joints parallel and perpendicular to the walls are common, and at some locations they promote erosion and useful interior exposures.

In general, the dyke is as durable as the surrounding metamorphic and plutonic rocks, so that it does not form large ridges or troughs from differential erosion except very locally. Outcrops are mainly coincidental with the removal of surficial cover by coastal wave erosion or road construction. A few inland hillside exposures, as at Phippsburg, are apparently due to glacial erosion. Probably the dyke exists between most outcrops under the sea or surficial materials, and it might be tracked by a suitable aeromagnetic survey as indicated by its sharp magnetic anomaly with a hand-held magnetometer. A few gaps along the dyke are due to offsets by faulting, en-echelon segments, or pinch-out structures. In most cases, the general strike of each exposed section of the dyke trends toward the next outcrop along the coast.

Areas where the dyke deviates significantly from its circa-075 general trend are found at its western and eastern locations, and from Harpswell Neck to Phippsburg (Table 1 and Fig. 1). At its westernmost outcrop in Waterboro, the dyke appears to trend to the southwest and toward the Onway Dyke exposures in southeast New Hampshire (Sundeen and Huff 1992). At its exposure on Swans Island, the dyke has turned more northeasterly toward the southern part of Mt. Desert Island (a possibly location is reported near Bass Harbor Light), but it has not been identified on current bedrock maps in Maine from Mt. Desert Island to Eastport, where we suspect it might continue as the Lepreau River Dyke (Fig. 2; S. Barr personal communication, 2013). Large gaps in mapped dyke locations are in areas of poor outcrop between Cumberland Foreside and Waterboro, Maine, and from Waterboro into New Hampshire. The dyke also trends into a mostly water-covered area toward the southern part of Vinalhaven and through the island archipelago south of Stonington, but without reports of its occurrence (Fig. 1).

The dyke and potential extensions into southern New England and New Brunswick cross faults and structures within Ganderian crustal belts southeast of the Norumbega fault zone (West et al. 2008). The dyke intrudes rocks of the Ellsworth, Mascarene, and St. Croix terranes in Maine (Merrimack and coastal lithotectonic blocks of Osberg et al. 1985), as well as through Silurian to Devonian granitic plutons. In the Casco Bay area the dyke crosses the Flying Point Fault with no apparent offset, although the fault had approximately 4 km of west-side-up displacement in post-Paleozoic time (West et al. 1993). Because the dyke intruded without regard to major upper crustal structures, its path may have initiated in the lower lithosphere along a pre-existing zone of weakness and then propagated both vertically and laterally through the brittle upper crust in a direction consistent with the regional stress field (McHone 1988).

In detail, however, it is clear that small faults and intrusional offsets in boundaries along the dyke are common at the current level of exposure. Sharp steps and offsets of the dyke of a few centimetres to several metres are present at Doyle Point, Harpswell Neck, Phippsburg, and Whitehead Island (Fig. 3). The steps follow high-angle metamorphic and plutonic foliations as well as brittle fractures. In nearly all cases the offsets are in a left-lateral sense along strike. This is the same offset direction shown by en-echelon steps of the Higganum Dyke in Connecticut (Rodgers 1985), which as discussed later is probably part of the same dyke system. Presumably, extensional stress at this level was not quite normal to many dyke segments but was slightly more to the NW-SE, so that the overall direction of the dyke path is a little more NE-SW than individual segments (McHone 1988).

The Caraquet Dyke is exposed on the northwest side of the Mattawamkeag River at the western town line of Bancroft, off Pitloc Road about 4 km from Rte. 171 in Maine. The dyke is at least 15 m wide, strikes 074, and dips nearly vertically (only the northern side is exposed). A left-lateral fault in the northern contact has an offset of 1.2 m. Fresh surfaces are dark grey, fine-grained, dense, hard, and unaltered.

In summary, Christmas Cove Dyke exposures are generally excellent but intermittent. Field characteristics include its large size, prominent columns, lack of alteration, and continuity along its trend. As we discuss, the observed length of 190 km in Maine is only part of a much longer dyke system between southern New England, USA, and southern New Brunswick, Canada.


Petrographic thin sections are dominated by anhedral Ca-rich augite and subhedral to euhedral calcic plagioclase laths in a subophitic

texture (Fig. 4). Grain sizes vary from a few tenths mm to 2 mm or more from contacts toward centers (fine- to medium-grained). Both sulfides and iron oxides are common but have few crystal faces. Patches of fine-grained granophyric feldspar and quartz in central areas of the dyke usually show elongated needles of apatite. Felsic granophyres in the North Mountain Basalt are ascribed to liquid immiscibility by Kontak et al. (2002) and may have a similar origin in their feeder dykes, but we have not made particular studies or analyses of the material. Small brown-green, pleochroic grains are hornblendes with variable compositions, and a few small biotite grains appear around some augite rims, but in general the rock is fresh and unaltered.

The dyke is everywhere porphyritic with abundant euhedral to subhedral orthopyroxene crystals several mm or more in length (Figs. 4 and 5). The orthopyroxene commonly shows good crystal outlines but can be corroded, with interior holes or ragged edges, and rims of magnetite and/ or small grains of pigeonite. Clumps or clusters of mediumto coarse-grained augite are also common, typically with coarse plagioclase laths in a glomeroporphyritic texture. The clusters range from a few mm to many cm in size, and larger pieces can be visible on smooth surfaces of the dyke as well as filling thin sections (Fig. 5). Individual coarse grains of clinopyroxene and plagioclase in the dyke may be from these clusters, which are often partly disaggregated. At Spruce Point the clusters occur as streamlined inclusions up to 20 cm long and are visible on glacially smoothed surfaces (Fig. 3).

Thin sections of dyke contacts show microporphyritic crystals of plagioclase, augite, and orthopyroxene scattered in a dark glassy matrix (Fig. 5). The small clusters of coarse pyroxene and plagioclase are also found near contacts, including individual large rounded grains of augite. At Doyle Point the contact with granitic wall rock has a thin layer of brown melted silicic material, which is also streaming in thin bands into the dyke with its flow direction (Fig. 5). Contamination of the original dyke magma by wallrock melting and disaggregation may be locally significant, as reported for the Higganum Dyke by Philpotts and Asher (1993), although in a petrogenetic study of the similar Ministers Island Dyke, Dunn and Stringer (1990) calculated contamination as less than a few percent. Perry (1994) came to the same conclusion with the Swans Island dyke section. Despite visual evidence of granitic "wisps" along the margin of the dyke, contamination (at least at the exposed crustal level) was apparently quite limited.


We did not conduct a detailed investigation into mineral chemistry except for SEM/EDS analyses of some plagioclase and pyroxene phenocrysts in a sample of the dyke at Swans Island, which are presented in Appendix A. Figure 6 shows ternary plots of these compositions. Enstatite (var. bronzite ~[Wo.sub.5][En.sub.78][Fs.sub.17]) and augite (~[Wo.sub.35][En.sub.54][Fs.sub.11]) show little variation between cores and rims, with tightly grouped clusters. Plagioclase phenocrysts (bytownite or labradorite; [An.sub.64-72]) have rims that are both similar to, and more sodic than, the calcic cores, with some solid solution variation within the cluster. The Caraquet Dyke lacks orthopyroxene but may contain more pigeonite than the Christmas Cove Dyke and related tholeiites, as well as olivine in the matrix (Greenough and Papezik 1986). Fields for pyroxenes from the Caraquet and Shelburne dykes are included in Figure 6 for comparison. Pigeonite (but no olivine) exists in the Christmas Cove Dyke as well, but it was not analyzed in this study.


We selected 19 samples for whole-rock chemical analyses (Tables 2 and 3), including single samples from related dykes in Connecticut and New Hampshire, seven samples along the Christmas Cove Dyke in Maine, a sample from the Caraquet Dyke at Bancroft, Maine, and nine samples roughly evenly spaced across the dyke at its excellent shoreline exposure on Swans Island. The single samples were fresh-appearing pieces broken from the interior or about a third of the width into the dyke from a contact (where one was visible). Most samples were analyzed by wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry at Hamilton College and the University of Connecticut. Rock samples were cleaned, crushed, and pulverized in a tungsten carbide ring mill. The rock powders were ignited, and then fluxed with Li-tetraborate and fused into glass disks. Analyses were run against calibration curves defined using 12 USGS standards, 10 international standards, and 10 in-house standards. Precision and accuracy of the analyses were estimated by comparing the results of multiple analyses of USGS standard G-2 run as an unknown during the analytical period to published accepted values for this standard. Trace element samples in Table 2 that include rare earth elements are analyzed by ICP by Activation Laboratories Ltd.

The whole-rock chemical analyses are presented in Table 2. Only very minor differences are evident among the compositions of dyke samples from Hurd State Park (Connecticut) through New Hampshire to Swans Island (Maine). The dyke system is remarkably uniform both petrographically and chemically along its great length, with small variations possibly related to fractionation of orthopyroxene phenocrysts as well as minor assimilation of wall rocks, as also observed by Dorais et al. (2005) at Onway, and Dunn and Stringer (1990) at Ministers Island.

The complete Swans Island exposure allowed us to analyze a series of samples across the dyke, roughly evenly spaced, to search for possible compositional differences from flow fractionation or multiple magma intrusions (Table 3). Across the dyke, chemical differences are small and nonsystematic except for slightly higher MgO and lower Ti[O.sub.2] concentrations in the interior of the dyke relative to the outer margins. The small compositional differences can largely be explained (and numerically modelled) by slight variations in phenocryst populations; relatively large variations in concentrations in some of the LIL elements (e.g., Rb, Ba, and Sr) seen in some samples are apparently due to alteration and weathering (Table 3, analysis lh). Overall, the Swans Island dyke is remarkably uniform in composition considering it is 35 m wide and was carrying a fairly high phenocryst load. Flowage differentiation and in-situ differentiation played only minor roles in modifying bulk rock compositions, probably in part due to the turbulent flow of this large dyke that kept it mixed and relatively uniform in composition.

Plots of the chemical analyses show the minor fractionation of the dyke magma both along its length and across its width (Fig. 7). The dyke has a tholeiitic composition with only slight variation in MgO/Fe[] ratios and alkali enrichment (Irvine and Baragar 1971), which is probably related to removal or addition of Mg-rich pyroxene and plagioclase phenocrysts and glomerophyric clumps (Figs. 4 and 5). Compositions are generally in the basaltic andesite field of LeBas et al. (1986) but overlap into true basalt, as is common for quartz tholeiite derived from sub-continental lithospheric mantle (Dorais et al. 2005). Rare earth elements normalized to chondrite (Sun and McDonough 1989) have relatively flat patterns with [(La/Lu).sub.N] ratios about 3.0 to 7.5 (Fig. 7b). Although the ratio lines for analyses from the Christmas Cove, Onway, and Hurd Park dykes are the same within analytical error, they are distinct from REE patterns for the Caraquet, Shelburne, and other dyke magmas (Dunn et al. 1998; Dostal and Durning 1998; Dorais et al. 2005).

Typical of most northern Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP) magmas, the dykes analyzed are all quartz tholeiites (Fig. 7a). In particular, the whole-rock chemical composition of the Christmas Cove Dyke is within the HTQ or "high-titanium quartz" normative tholeiite group of Weigand and Ragland (1970), who made a pioneering study of groups or magmatic types of Early Mesozoic dykes and basalts in eastern North America. This type is also found throughout most of the CAMP and it is thought to represent the oldest or initial magmatic event, now known to be mainly latest Triassic in age (Jourdan et al. 2009; Cirilli et al. 2009; Deenen et al. 2010). Two subsequent (Early Jurassic) types of quartz-normative tholeiites are labelled LTQ ("low titanium quartz") tholeiite, and HFQ ("high-iron quartz") tholeiite. The three types correspond to three dyke-to-basalt flow systems in southern New England that respectively are: Higganum-Holden Dyke to Talcott Basalt; Buttress-Ware Dyke to Holyoke Basalt; and Bridgeport-Pelham Dyke to Hampden Basalt (Fig. 8; Philpotts and Martello 1986).

The MgO vs. Ti02 diagram by Philpotts and Martello (1986, their fig. 3) illustrates the petrogenetic connections among three source dykes and three basalts of the Hartford Basin in southern New England (Fig. 8). Co-genetic dyke and basalt compositions fall along particular linear trends that are mainly from pyroxene fractionation, as has been confirmed with additional analyses in later studies by Puffer (1992), McHone (1996), and Jourdan et al. (2009). In particular, Philpotts and Martello (1986) show that the Higganum dyke and the co-magmatic Fairhaven Dyke (separated by faulting) are the source for the Talcott Basalt, the earliest basalt of the basin. Superimposed on this diagram (Fig. 8), our dyke analyses show a good match of the Christmas Cove Dyke and the co-linear Onway Dyke with the Higganum/Fairhaven Dyke (including our sample from Hurd State Park). The Caraquet Dyke at Bancroft is also a match for the Buttress-Ware Dyke of southern New England, which is the source of the Holyoke Basalt.

In summary, whole-rock chemistry of the Christmas Cove dyke shows it to be essentially identical to the composition of the Ministers Island Dyke of New Brunswick, the Onway Dyke of New Hampshire and the Higganum-Holden Dyke of Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Caraquet Dyke including its locality at Bancroft has the same composition as the Buttress-Ware Dyke of southern New England. Their segments are geographically co-linear (with some wide gaps between exposures) and appear to share the same petrogenesis, and so both are considered to be co-magmatic intrusions. As will be discussed, separate dyke systems are derived from specific mantle sources with depths, temperatures, and enriched compositions that are distinct, producing magmas that vary from very similar to quite different across large areas of the CAMP (Tollo and Gottfried 1986; McHone 1996; Dorais et al. 2005).


Previously published radiometric dates for regional dykes and basalts (Table 4) show a wide range of precision and accuracy using K/Ar and [sup.40]Ar/[sup.59]Ar methods. As presented by West and McHone (1997) and detailed herein, we have obtained additional whole-rock [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar dates using samples of freshest-available dolerite from dyke exposures at Christmas Cove (South Bristol, Maine), Spruce Point (Boothbay Harbor), and Doyle Point (Yarmouth); the Caraquet Dyke on the NW side of the Mattawamkeag River near Bancroft, Maine; and the Higganum Dyke in a road cut in Hurd State Park near Haddam, Connecticut. Obviously weathered and altered areas in the samples were removed before crushing. [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar radiometric analyses were performed on whole-rock samples of crushed splits at the radiometric laboratory at the University of Maine, following standard methods outlined in West et al. (1993).

The three samples from the Christmas Cove Dyke (DP-1, MR-1, SP-1), one sample from the Caraquet Dyke (Ban-1), and one sample from the Higganum Dyke (HPK1) were analyzed as whole rock samples using the [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar incremental heating technique (7 heating steps in each sample). Analytical results of these experiments and the laboratory procedures employed are provided in Appendix B. Release spectra diagrams are shown in Figure 9, and results are discussed below.

Caraquet Dyke

A single sample of the Caraquet Dyke collected near Bancroft, Maine yielded an essentially concordant age spectrum with total gas (201.7 Ma), plateau (201.2 Ma), and isotope correlation (201.8 Ma) ages all agreeing within analytical uncertainties. Release spectra (Fig. 9a) and isotope correlation (not shown) diagrams reveal no signs of excess [sup.40]Ar contamination or [sup.40]Ar loss. Based on these uncomplicated results, we interpret Caraquet dyke emplacement to have occurred at 201.5 [+ or -] 2.4 Ma (the average of the total gas, plateau, and isotope correlation ages).

Higganum Dyke

A single sample of the Higganum Dyke collected from central Connecticut yielded a slightly discordant spectrum (Fig. 9b) with plateau (201.7 Ma) and isotope correlation (200.2 Ma) ages slightly younger than the total gas age (204.6 Ma). Both the "saddle shape" of the age spectrum and the [sup.40]Ar/[sup.36]Ar intercept (315 versus the current atmospheric value of 295.5) on the isotope correlation diagram (not shown) suggests a small amount of excess [sup.40]Ar contamination which would explain the slightly older total gas age. The age of emplacement of the Higganum Dyke is therefore taken to be 201.2 [+ or -] 2.8 Ma which is the average of the plateau and isotope correlation ages.

Christmas Cove Dyke

Three samples of the Christmas Cove dyke (DP-1, MR-1, SP-1), each collected from a different locality, were analyzed and yielded variably discordant age spectrum. Both samples MR-1 (Fig. 9d) and SP-1 (Fig. 9e) have highly discordant age spectra (both somewhat "saddle shaped") that suggest complex argon systematics in these whole rock samples. MR-1 displays ages (total gas, isotope correlation, weighted average age) that are consistently 10 to 15 Ma older than the ages from sample SP-1. Given the complicated argon systematics suggested by these results, and that these two samples are from the same dyke and should yield the same age, we will refrain from making any estimates of the timing of Christmas Cove Dyke emplacement based on the data from these two samples.

DP-1 (Fig. 9c) shows the least discordance of the three Christmas Cove Dyke samples and we prefer to base our emplacement age estimate on the results from this sample. While not as discordant as MR-1 and SP-1, individual apparent ages from consecutive increments in DP-1 are still too dissimilar to calculate a plateau age by the strict criteria of Fleck et al. (1977). However, a weighted average age of 203.1 Ma for four consecutive increments of similar age (61% of [sup.39]Ar released) is in close agreement with the isotope correlation age (203.6 [+ or -] 2.6 Ma) from this sample. The total gas age of this sample (205.3 Ma) is slightly older than these two ages due primarily to a large final age increment (22% of total 39Ar released) that has an older apparent age (209.1 Ma). Based on these results, we tentatively interpret the emplacement age of the Christmas Cove dyke to be the isotope correlation age of 203.6 [+ or -] 2.6 Ma.

In summary, we interpret our [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar results to indicate the Caraquet Dyke was emplaced at 201.5 [+ or -] 2.4 Ma, the Higganum dyke emplaced at 201.2 [+ or -] 2.8 Ma, and while complex argon systematics render this interpretation less certain, the Christmas Cove was emplaced at 203.6 [+ or -] 2.6 Ma. When the analytical uncertainties of each of these ages are considered, all overlap, and the argon data are consistent with our interpretation that all three were emplaced at around the same time. These dates are generally close to recent [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar and U-Pb dates for other dykes and basalts assigned to the CAMP in the New England-Maritimes region, as summarized in Table 4.


Petrogenetic studies using trace elements and isotopes have been performed for the Ministers Island Dyke of southern New Brunswick (Dunn and Stringer 1990), the Onway Dyke of southern New Hampshire (Dorais et al. 2005), and the Higganum Dyke of southern New England (Philpotts and Martello 1986). In addition to field mapping and descriptive petrology, our petrographic and whole-rock chemical analyses, with support from radiometric dates, show that these regional dykes are probably co-magmatic with the Christmas Cove Dyke and are members of the same dyke system, which represents the source of the initial tholeiitic flood basalts in Early Mesozoic rift basins (Fig. 8 and Table 4).

Analyses of minerals and isotope chemistry from other studies of correlated dykes are equally applicable to the Christmas Cove Dyke and we have not repeated that work. Essentially the dyke magma is found to be derived from the lower lithospheric mantle after a past enrichment event involving subduction of crustal materials into the source region, as discussed by Dostal and Durning (1998) and Murphy et al. (2011) for the Atlantic Canada region, by Pegram (1990) for the greater area of eastern North American basalts, and by Puffer (2003) for the entire Central Atlantic Magmatic Province. In addition, Murphy et al. (2011) argue that mantle sources for basalts in Atlantic Canada are essentially unchanged since the Neoproterozoic. Consequently, long-distance horizontal transport of magma from other mantle sources, or generation of magma from deep-mantle plumes is unlikely since over time both would have resulted in chemical and isotopic variations that are not observed. McHone (2000) discussed additional reasons why magmatism related to the opening of the North Atlantic Ocean is not explained by a deep mantle plume model. A similar conclusion is based on a more comprehensive study of isotopic and trace elements in the northeastern North American CAMP by Renaud et al. (2014), who see no evidence or requirement for a central deep-mantle plume source.

Many attempts have been made to derive the different tholeiites of regional dykes and basins from one or more "parent" magmas, or from each other (Weigand and Ragland 1970; Dostal and Durning 1998). Models that have been proposed include various combinations of fractional crystallization in sub-crustal magma chambers, flow differentiation in dykes and lavas, contamination by crustal wall rocks, and a filter-pressed crystal lattice mechanism (Kontak 2008). Each of these models has support from observations and experiments on samples from individual dykes or flows, but there continues to be little direct evidence to link all of the different dyke and lava systems to a common magma parent. In contrast, many studies show that at least some magma types cannot be related through reasonable differentiation processes (e.g., Tollo and Gottfried 1989; Dorais et al. 2005). There is also no physical evidence such as large plutons that might represent chambers in which these basalts could fractionate within the crust. Yet, levels of Mg and other chemical components in each dyke system show that these magmas have evolved far from any melts in equilibrium with olivine-rich mantle sources. In addition, the CAMP magmas are mantle melts that formed close to one another in time and space, although they physically overlap in northeastern North America only as lava flows within Mesozoic basins.

Tollo and Gottfried (1986) and McHone (1996) concluded from petrochemical and geographical arguments that the different groups of basaltic rocks are not derived from a common magma by differentiation, but rather each represents a distinct mantle source and/or melting event. Magma types present in dykes and basalts are very similar in widely separated areas of eastern North America and the CAMP, as well as being uniform for hundreds of kilometres along individual dykes. It is too unlikely that variable fractionation and crustal contamination of individual magmas derived from several magma chambers at depth would allow them to match so perfectly, and one such chamber is not a reasonable source for different dykes forming across such great distances in a heterogeneous mantle. Instead, similar melts may be derived from specific layers or horizons of similar mantle compositions at similar depths and temperatures (Meibom et al. 2002). The dyke magmas intruded fractures that propagated both vertically to the surface and horizontally, according to extensional stresses in the lower lithosphere as well as buoyancy pressures. Upper crustal features, including basin faults and terrane boundaries, show little influence over the greater dyke locations and paths, except at a very local and minor scale.


The Talcott Basalt of the Hartford Basin has a similar lithostratigraphy and close petrological correlation with the very large North Mountain Basalt of the Fundy Basin between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada (McHone 1996; Olsen 1997). The western side of the Fundy Basin is near the Ministers Island Dyke (Fig. 2), which we find to be petrologically similar to the Christmas Cove Dyke, but because of its relatively small size the Ministers Island Dyke has been discounted as a reasonable source for the North Mountain Basalt in several studies (Wade et al. 1996; PePiper and Piper 1999; Kontak 2008). However, the much larger Lepreau River Dyke has been subsequently mapped and could add to the similar Ministers Island Dyke for producing the Fundy Basin basalts, and a correlation with the Christmas Cove Dyke is also reasonable (McHone 2011; McHone and Barr 2003). In that case, the Christmas Cove Dyke (and possible continuity with the Lepreau River Dyke) represents a physical connection between the Hartford and Fundy basins and a co-magmatic source for the Late Triassic flood basalts.

A correlation of source dykes with their flood basalt products in the Hartford and Fundy basins (Philpotts and Martello 1986) places them into a detailed chrono-stratigraphic sequence based on Milankovitch cyclostratigraphy (Olsen 1997), which indicates the Christmas Cove--Higganum dyke system is older by about 300,000 years than the Caraquet--Buttress dyke system. Moreover, there is a younger-to-older intrusional sequence of west-to-east for the three large dyke systems of southern New England. As we have shown, the Buttress-Caraquet and Higganum-Christmas Cove dyke systems continue into northern New England and New Brunswick, where they turn more eastward and diverge along their trends (Fig. 2).

Several hundred kilometres to the east of the Christmas Cove Dyke is the Shelburne Dyke of Nova Scotia, which is a very large intrusion that extends into the eastern Gulf of Maine but does not appear in New England (Fig. 2; Papezik and Barr 1981). As observed by Pe-Piper and Piper (1999) and Kontak (2008), lavas derived from the Shelburne dyke have not been recognized in the Fundy Basin. The large Late Paleozoic South Mountain batholith of southern Nova Scotia could have presented a topographic barrier between the basin and the Shelburne dyke in Early Mesozoic time (it remains a high area today), so that Shelburne lavas did not flow into areas that are currently exposed. Such lavas may instead be preserved in submarine basins south and east of Nova Scotia (Hutchinson et al. 1988). If the west-to-east progression of younger to older ages continues into this region (Fig. 2), the Shelburne Dyke could be older than the Christmas Cove Dyke. Support for an older age has been presented by Dunn et al. (1998), who reported a [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar age of 203 [+ or -] 2 Ma for both the Shelburne dyke and the Messejana dyke system of Spain and Portugal. They regarded both dykes as essentially co-magmatic, if not formerly connected. An older age also suggests the possibility that the Shelburne-Messejana magmatic event may precede or be synchronous with the end-Triassic mass extinction (ages detailed by Blackburn et al. 2013).

In addition to assisting to map portions of the same dyke set along a great distance, the bulk chemistry of different generations of dykes can be used to correlate them with other Central Atlantic Magmatic Province basalts preserved within Early Mesozoic rift basins (Table 5).

As we relate, the Higganum-Christmas Cove dyke system is exposed for about 700 km from Long Island Sound to the western Gulf of Maine, (and potentially farther), forming a magmatic connection between the Hartford and Fundy rift basins. An extensive dyke fissure this large could have produced massive basalt flows covering both of those rift basins, as well as the areas in between (e.g., Swanson et al. 1975; Self et al. 1997). McHone (1996) proposed that similar basalts in basins of New Jersey to Pennsylvania (USA) are also linked to this great "initial Pangaean" flood basalt event of northeastern North America, with perhaps 50,000 kms of tholeiite extruded over an area of at least 500,000 km1 A volcanic event of this size must have had severe consequences for the Late Triassic world environment (McHone 2003). If large dykes in Spain, Morocco, and elsewhere (Bertrand 1991) were also active or nearly synchronous with this volcanism, the volume and area of this flood basalt would have been much greater. Because dyke systems vary in their ages across the northern CAMP, whether or not they have similar magma types, there may have been massive flood basalt eruptions in other areas that are older as well as younger than the basalts of the Hartford and Fundy basins.


1. The Christmas Cove Dyke is mapped for 190 km along the coast of Maine, USA, with intermittent but co-linear 13 to 35 m wide exposures of columnar dolerite. The dolerite is orthopyroxene-bearing quartz tholeiite of an "HTQ" type, and its age, mineralogy, chemistry, and geographic extent indicate that the Christmas Cove Dyke is contiguous and co-magmatic with the Onway Dyke of southern New Hampshire, the Holden Dyke of Massachusetts, the Higganum Dyke of southern New England, and probably dykes in southern New Brunswick, Canada; all parts of a giant dyke system at least 700 km long.

2. The southern part of the dyke system is the source of the Talcott Basalt, the initial (earliest) lava preserved in the Hartford Basin of Connecticut. Because the Talcott Basalt is tightly correlated and apparently co-magmatic with basalt in the Fundy Basin, Newark Basin, and possibly other basins in eastern North America, the Higganum-Christmas Cove dyke system and potential extensions represent a giant fissure source for the earliest basalts within and formerly outside of the basins. Because of that correlation, a precise U-Pb zircon date of 201.38 [+ or -] 0.02 Ma (Schoene et al. 2010) and finding of end-Triassic relative age (Cirilli et al. 2009) for the North Mountain Basalt can also apply to the Christmas Cove dyke system and its flood basalts, as allowed by our [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar dates.

3. Two other large dykes in southern New England (the Buttress and Bridgeport dykes) are linked to the middle and upper flood basalts in the Hartford Basin, which are roughly 300,000 years apart in age as shown by stratigraphy. By these connections, the three dyke systems must progress in age from younger to older, west to east. The dykes diverge northeastward through southern New England, and the mid-aged Buttress--Ware Dyke trends toward the Caraquet Dyke of central New Brunswick and Maine, which has similar petrology and age. Dyke ages may progress the same way from Maine into maritime Canada, so that the Shelburne Dyke of southern Nova Scotia may be somewhat older than the Christmas Cove Dyke and North Mountain Basalt, which are likewise older than the Caraquet Dyke. Such timing differences create distributional patterns among basalts, sills, and dykes of end-Triassic to Early Jurassic ages around the central Atlantic rift basins of northeastern North America, northwestern Africa, southwestern Europe, and possibly other areas of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province.

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Appendix A. Compositions of phenocrysts from the dyke at Swans Island.

                weight %

Orthopyroxene          Sample      Si[O.sub.2]   Ti[O.sub.2]

Opxl            core   SI-PW-71b   56.71         0.00
Opx2c           core   SI-PW-71b   56.39         0.31
Opx2r           rim    SI-PW-71b   56.53         0.34
Opx3            core   SI-PW-71b   56.74         0.24
Opx4c           core   SI-PW-71b   56.75         0.26
Opx4r           rim    SI-PW-71b   56.43         0.25
Opx5            core   SI-PW-71b   57.29         0.00
Average                SI-PW-71b   56.69         0.20

                weight %

Orthopyroxene   [Al.sub.2]   [Cr.sub.2]   FeO     MnO
                [O.sub.3]    [O.sub.3]

Opxl            1.40                      11.08   0.00
Opx2c           2.38                      10.10   0.00
Opx2r           0.99                      12.01   0.42
Opx3            1.13                      10.56   0.29
Opx4c           1.12                      10.42   0.43
Opx4r           0.94                      12.24   0.29
Opx5            1.55                      11.17   0.28
Average         1.36                      11.08   0.24

                weight %

Orthopyroxene   MgO     CaO     [Na.sub.2]0   [K.sub.2]O   Total

Opxl            28.75   2.05                                99.99
Opx2c           28.57   2.25                               100.00
Opx2r           27.38   2.32                                99.99
Opx3            28.86   2.19                               100.01
Opx4c           28.81   2.22                               100.01
Opx4r           27.71   2.13                                99.99
Opx5            27.39   2.31                                99.99
Average         28.21   2.21                               100.00

                cations (Basis of 6 oxygen)

Orthopyroxene   Si            [Al.sup.iv]   []   Cr      Ti

Opxl            1.999         0.001         0.057                 0.000
Opx2c           1.980         0.020         0.078                 0.008
Opx2r           2.007         0.000         0.041                 0.009
Opx3            1.999         0.001         0.046                 0.006
Opx4c           2.000         0.000         0.046                 0.007
Opx4r           2.004         0.000         0.039                 0.007
Opx5            2.020         0.000         0.064                 0.000
Average         2.001         0.000         0.057                 0.005

                cations (Basis of 6 oxygen)

Orthopyroxene   [Fe.sup.2+]   Mn            Mg            Ca      Na

Opxl            0.329         0.000         1.511         0.077
Opx2c           0.299         0.000         1.495         0.085
Opx2r           0.360         0.013         1.449         0.088
Opx3            0.313         0.009         1.516         0.083
Opx4c           0.309         0.013         1.513         0.084
Opx4r           0.366         0.009         1.467         0.081
Opx5            0.334         0.008         1.439         0.087
Average         0.330         0.007         1.484         0.084

                end members

Orthopyroxene   Wo            En            Fs

Opxl            4.0           78.8          17.9
Opx2c           4.5           79.6          16.7
Opx2r           4.7           76.4          19.9
Opx3            4.3           79.3          17.1
Opx4c           4.4           79.4          17.0
Opx4r           4.2           76.6          20.0
Opx5            4.7           77.4          18.8
Average         4.4           78.2          18.2

                weight %

Clinopyroxene          Sample      Si[0.sub.2]   Ti[0.sub.2]

Cpxl            core   SI-PW-71b   53.98         0.40
Cpx2            core   SI-PW-71b   54.07         0.49
Cpx3            core   SI-PW-71b   53.96         0.42
Cpx4            core   SI-PW-71b   53.66         0.41
Cpx5            core   SI-PW-71b   53.93         0.35
Cpx6            core   SI-PW-71b   54.00         0.39
Average                SI-PW-71b   53.93         0.41

                weight %

Clinopyroxene   [Al.sub.2]   [Cr.sub.2]    FeO          MnO      MgO
                [O.sub.3]    [O.sub.3]

Cpxl            2.92         0.61          6.24         0.32     18.86
Cpx2            2.15         0.21          8.46         0.38     18.51
Cpx3            2.88         0.88          5.61         0.00     18.31
Cpx4            2.87         0.31          8.15         0.00     18.34
Cpx5            2.83         0.40          6.78         0.00     18.34
Cpx6            2.98         0.86          6.54         0.00     18.48
Average         2.77         0.55          6.96         0.12     18.47

                weight %

Clinopyroxene   CaO          [Na.sub.2]0   [K.sub.2]O   Total

Cpxl            16.67        0.00                       100.00
Cpx2            15.73        0.00                       100.00
Cpx3            17.42        0.52                       100.00
Cpx4            15.87        0.39                       100.00
Cpx5            16.96        0.41                       100.00
Cpx6            16.45        0.30                       100.00
Average         16.52        0.27                       100.00

                cations (Basis of 6 oxygen)

Clinopyroxene   Si            [Al.sup.iv]   []   Cr      Ti

Cpxl            1.952         0.048         0.077         0.017   0.011
Cpx2            1.969         0.031         0.061         0.006   0.013
Cpx3            1.952         0.048         0.075         0.025   0.011
Cpx4            1.952         0.048         0.075         0.009   0.011
Cpx5            1.956         0.044         0.077         0.011   0.010
Cpx6            1.954         0.046         0.081         0.025   0.011
Average         1.956         0.044         0.074         0.016   0.011

                cations (Basis of 6 oxygen)

Clinopyroxene   [Fe.sup.2+]   Mn            Mg            Ca      Na

Cpxl            0.190         0.010         1.017         0.646   0.000
Cpx2            0.260         0.012         1.005         0.614   0.000
Cpx3            0.171         0.000         0.988         0.675   0.036
Cpx4            0.249         0.000         0.995         0.619   0.028
Cpx5            0.206         0.000         0.992         0.659   0.029
Cpx6            0.199         0.000         0.997         0.638   0.021
Average         0.212         0.004         0.999         0.642   0.019

Clinopyroxene   Wo            En            Fs

Cpxl            34.9          54.9          10.3
Cpx2            32.7          53.5          13.8
Cpx3            36.8          53.9          9.3
Cpx4            33.2          53.4          13.4
Cpx5            35.5          53.4          11.1
Cpx6            34.8          54.4          10.9
Average         34.6          53.9          11.5

                weight %

Plagiodase             Sample      Si[O.sub.2]   Ti[O.sub.2]

Fspl            core   SI-PW-71b   51.16
Fsp2c           core   SI-PW-71b   51.26
Fsp2r           rim    SI-PW-71b   51.26
Fsp3c           core   SI-PW-71b   52.52
Fsp3r           rim    SI-PW-71b   50.88
Fsp4            core   SI-PW-71b   51.93
Average                SI-PW-71b   51.50

                weight %

Plagiodase      [Al.sub.2]   [Cr.sub.2]    FeO          MnO      MgO
                [O.sub.3]    [O.sub.3]

Fspl            30.60                      0.82                  0.46
Fsp2c           30.48                      0.79                  0.43
Fsp2r           30.45                      1.21                  0.48
Fsp3c           29.79                      0.55                  0.47
Fsp3r           30.72                      0.77                  0.48
Fsp4            30.05                      0.85                  0.42
Average         30.35                      0.83                  0.46

                weight %

Plagiodase      CaO          [Na.sub.2]0   [K.sub.2]O   Total

Fspl            13.35        3.31          0.30         100.00
Fsp2c           13.90        3.14          0.00         100.00
Fsp2r           13.46        3.14          0.00         100.00
Fsp3c           12.69        3.77          0.20          99.99
Fsp3r           13.80        3.11          0.25         100.01
Fsp4            12.96        3.56          0.24         100.01
Average         13.36        3.34          0.17         100.00

                cations (Basis of 6 oxygen)

Plagiodase      Si      Al      [Fe.sup.3+]   [Fe.sup.3+]

Fspl            2.332   1.644   0.003         0.029
Fsp2c           2.341   1.641   0.000         0.030
Fsp2r           2.343   1.640   0.000         0.046
Fsp3c           2.388   1.597                 0.021
Fsp3r           2.322   1.652                 0.029
Fsp4            2.365   1.613                 0.032
Average         2.348   1.631                 0.320

                cations (Basis of 6 oxygen)

Plagiodase      Mg      Ca      Na            K

Fspl            0.031   0.652   0.293         0.017
Fsp2c           0.029   0.680   0.278         0.000
Fsp2r           0.033   0.659   0.278         0.000
Fsp3c           0.032   0.618   0.332         0.012
Fsp3r           0.033   0.675   0.275         0.015
Fsp4            0.029   0.632   0.314         0.014
Average         0.310   0.653   0.295         0.010

Plagiodase      An      Ab      Or

Fspl            67.8    30.4    1.8
Fsp2c           71.0    29.0    0.0
Fsp2r           70.3    29.7    0.0
Fsp3c           64.3    34.5    1.2
Fsp3r           70.0    28.5    1.5
Fsp4            65.8    32.7    1.5
Average         68.1    30.8    1.0

Note: most of the analyses are SEM/EDS "standardless" analyses that
are only reported as normalized data (totals at or near 100%). Our
few microprobe analyses are very similar and compare well with the
majority, and we have also normalized them for consistency. For
more a detailed study of mineral compositions in this dyke system
see Dorais et al. (2005).

Appendix B: [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar analytical data from whole rock
dyke samples (moles [sup.39]Ar x [10.sup.-13]) *.

Temp [degrees]C   [sup.40]Ar/   [sup.37]Ar/   [sup.36]Ar/
                  [sup.39]Ar    [sup.39]Ar    [sup.39]Ar

Sample: Ban - 1 (Caraquet Dyke), J-value = 0.006421

660               55.177        3.7475        0.12614
785               26.676        4.3372        0.02840
880               22.350        5.6259        0.01476
975               21.114        5.8502        0.01106
1050              20.950        5.4912        0.01053
1130              21.271        4.9834        0.01125
Fuse              23.493        16.355        0.02267

Temp [degrees]C   Moles         % Total       % Rad

Sample: Ban - 1 (Caraquet Dyke), J-value = 0.006421

660                8.7           2.9          33.0
785               34.6          11.7          69.8
880               57.8          19.4          82.4
975               56.6          19.1          86.6
1050              49.7          16.8          87.0
1130              32.8          11.1          86.0
Fuse              56.5          19.1          76.9

Temp [degrees]C   K/Ca          Age (Ma)

Sample: Ban - 1 (Caraquet Dyke), J-value = 0.006421

660               0.130         199.7 [+ or -] 15.0
785               0.113         204.2 [+ or -] 2.9
880               0.087         202.4 [+ or -] 2.4
975               0.083         201.1 [+ or -] 2.4
1050              0.088         200.7 [+ or -] 2.2
1130              0.096         201.3 [+ or -] 2.1
Fuse              0.030         200.3 [+ or -] 2.1

Total gas age = 201.7 [+ or -]3.2 Ma

Isotope correlation age = 201.8 [+ or -] 1.7 Ma
([sup.40]Ar/[sup.36]Ar intercept = 294.9)

Plateau age = 201.2 [+ or -] 2.6 Ma (66% of [sup.39]Ar released)

Temp [degrees]C   [sup.40]Ar/   [sup.37]Ar/   [sup.36]Ar/
                  [sup.39]Ar    [sup.39]Ar    [sup.39]Ar

Sample: HPK - 1 (Higganum Dyke), J-value = 0.006467

660               45.344        11.5080       0.08925
785               23.087         4.3202       0.01708
880               21.826         5.5626       0.01335
975               21.192         5.7969       0.01161
1050              21.197         5.3088       0.01136
1130              21.507         4.8019       0.01279
Fuse              23.138        12.9360       0.01772

Temp [degrees]C   Moles         % Total       % Rad

Sample: HPK - 1 (Higganum Dyke), J-value = 0.006467

660               24.1           7.1          43.8
785               43.0          12.7          79.5
880               58.5          17.3          83.9
975               56.5          16.7          85.9
1050              45.7          13.5          86.0
1130              42.0          12.4          83.7
Fuse              68.6          20.3          81.7

Temp [degrees]C   K/Ca          Age (Ma)

Sample: HPK - 1 (Higganum Dyke), J-value = 0.006467

660               0.042         219.8 [+ or -] 6.0
785               0.113         203.0 [+ or -] 4.8
880               0.088         202.6 [+ or -] 2.5
975               0.084         201.6 [+ or -] 2.6
1050              0.092         201.9 [+ or -] 2.0
1130              0.102         200.2 [+ or -] 1.9
Fuse              0.038         210.0 [+ or -] 2.1

Total gas age = 204.6 [+ or -] 3.0 Ma

Isotope correlation age = 200.2 [+ or -]2.8 Ma
([sup.40]Ar/[sup.36]Ar intercept = 318.7)

Plateau age = 201.7 [+ or -] 2.8 Ma (60% of [sup.39]Ar released)

Temp [degrees]C   [sup.40]Ar/   [sup.37]Ar/   [sup.36]Ar/
                  [sup.39]Ar    [sup.39]Ar    [sup.39]Ar

Sample: DP - 1 (Christmas Cove Dyke), J-value = 0.006092

660               50.750         2.8950       0.10638
785               28.394         4.0072       0.03270
880               25.296         4.7518       0.02220
975               23.813         5.2994       0.01689
1050              22.961         4.1600       0.01116
1130              22.927         4.0858       0.01211
Fuse              25.068        14.0980       0.02097

Temp [degrees]C   Moles         % Total       % Rad

Sample: DP - 1 (Christmas Cove Dyke), J-value = 0.006092

660               13.0           3.9          38.4
785               41.9          12.5          67.0
880               35.9          10.7          75.5
975               60.3          17.9          80.7
1050              54.0          16.1          87.0
1130              55.3          16.4          85.6
Fuse              75.7          22.5          79.6

Temp [degrees]C   K/Ca          Age (Ma)

Sample: DP - 1 (Christmas Cove Dyke), J-value = 0.006092

660               0.171         203.2 [+ or -] 5.3
785               0.122         198.5 [+ or -] 4.6
880               0.103         199.2 [+ or -] 4.8
975               0.095         200.5 [+ or -] 2.3
1050              0.177         207.9 [+ or -] 2.0
1130              0.122         204.6 [+ or -] 2.1
Fuse              0.034         209.1 [+ or -] 2.5

Total gas age = 205.3 [+ or -] 3.1 Ma

Isotope correlation age = 203.6 [+ or -] 2.6 Ma
([sup.40]Ar/[sup.36]Ar intercept = 288.4)

Average age = 203.1 (61% of [sup.39]Ar released)

Temp [degrees]C   [sup.40]Ar/   [sup.37]Ar/   [sup.36]Ar/
                  [sup.39]Ar    [sup.39]Ar    [sup.39]Ar

Sample: MR - 1 (Christmas Cove Dyke), J-value = 0.006733

660               41.966         4.4992       0.07478
785               25.804         3.1368       0.02563
880               21.350         4.3602       0.01256
975               20.693         4.8337       0.00981
1050              20.094         3.9068       0.00755
1130              20.172         3.2905       0.00772
Fuse              23.394        10.0790       0.01325

Temp [degrees]C   Moles         % Total       % Rad

Sample: MR - 1 (Christmas Cove Dyke), J-value = 0.006733

660                12.0          3.2          48.2
785                34.2          9.0          71.5
880                35.4          9.4          84.2
975                52.5         13.9          87.8
1050               85.5         22.5          90.4
1130               49.7         13.1          89.9
Fuse              109.6         28.9          86.6

Temp [degrees]C   K/Ca          Age (Ma)

Sample: MR - 1 (Christmas Cove Dyke), J-value = 0.006733

660               0.109         230.8 [+ or -] 8.9
785               0.156         211.8 [+ or -] 3.7
880               0.112         206.6 [+ or -] 4.6
975               0.101         208.8 [+ or -] 2.5
1050              0.125         208.6 [+ or -] 2.2
1130              0.149         208.3 [+ or -] 2.4
Fuse              0.048         232.3 [+ or -] 2.5

Total gas age = 214.8 [+ or -] 3.0 Ma

Isotope correlation age = 204.8 [+ or -] 2.7 Ma
([sup.40]Ar/[sup.36]Ar intercept = 325.6)

Average age = 208.1 (59% of [sup.39]Ar released)

Temp [degrees]C   [sup.40]Ar/   [sup.37]Ar/   [sup.36]Ar/
                  [sup.39]Ar    [sup.39]Ar    [sup.39]Ar

Sample: SP - 1 (Christmas Cove Dyke), J-value = 0.006253

660               88.511        3.1490        0.21871
785               26.032        3.3465        0.02434
880               22.954        3.8914        0.01515
975               21.159        3.7523        0.01030
1050              20.393        3.0286        0.00775
1130              20.593        2.6849        0.00825
Fuse              24.582        9.0482        0.01917

Temp [degrees]C   Moles         % Total       % Rad

Sample: SP - 1 (Christmas Cove Dyke), J-value = 0.006253

660                 4.3          1.1          27.1
785                51.2         12.5          73.2
880                60.2         14.7          81.4
975                54.7         13.4          86.8
1050               68.4         16.7          89.8
1130               49.7         12.2          89.0
Fuse              119.8         29.3          79.8

Temp [degrees]C   K/Ca          Age (Ma)

Sample: SP - 1 (Christmas Cove Dyke), J-value = 0.006253

660               0.162         253.9 [+ or -] 5.3
785               0.146         203.9 [+ or -] 2.7
880               0.126         200.7 [+ or -] 2.3
975               0.130         196.9 [+ or -] 2.0
1050              0.161         196.1 [+ or -] 1.9
1130              0.181         196.3 [+ or -] 1.9
Fuse              0.054         210.0 [+ or -] 2.0

Total gas age = 196.4 [+ or -] 2.8 Ma

Isotope correlation age = 196.4 [+ or -] 3.0 Ma
([sup.40]Ar/[sup.36]Ar intercept = 326.9)

Average age = 197.0 (57% of [sup.39]Ar released)

* All samples were analyzed as whole rock splits after sieving to a
100 to 150 micron grain size and after any carbonate minerals were
dissolved through washing with warm dilute hydrochloric acid. These
samples, along with an internal flux monitor (SBG-7 = 240.9 Ma
relative to MMhb-1), were wrapped in Sn foil, sealed in silica
glass vials and irradiated in the L67 facility of the Ford Nuclear
Reactor at the University of Michigan. Purification of the gases
extracted from the flux monitors and unknowns follow standard
laboratory procedures described in detail by West et al. (1992).
The isotopic composition of argon was measured in 1995 using a
Nuclide 6-60 SGA 1.25 mass spectrometer at the University of Maine.
Corrections were made for all interfering isotopes produced during
irradiation using correction factors determined from irradiated K
and Ca salts. The uncertainty in the calculated J values is
believed to be less than 0.5%. Individual ages and uncertainties (2
sigma) were calculated using the decay constants and isotope
abundances recommended by Steiger and Jager (1977) and the
equations given by Dalrymple et al. (1981). Total gas ages
represent weighted averages based upon the amount of [sup.39]Ar in
each increment. Criteria for the determination of plateau ages are
from Fleck et al. (1977) and uncertainties associated with the
reported plateau ages are two standard deviations about the mean
plus an uncertainty in the J-value (estimated at 0.5%). For
convenience, where the apparent ages of consecutive increments are
similar but do not satisfy the formal criteria for a plateau age, a
weighted average age for the consecutive steps is reported.


Sandra Barr and Anthony Philpotts assisted with thin sections and chemical data used in this study, and we thank them for much additional information and encouragement. Daniel Lux provided facilities of the University of Maine radiometric isotope lab for argon dates. Andrew Lindsey and Jelle de Boer located and described the dyke at Whitehead Island. Nancy McHone, Chris White, Michael Dorais, Daniel Kontak, Jelle de Boer, John Puffer, Paul Olsen, Daniel Sundeen, and Paul Ragland provided many useful discussions and other assistance. We appreciate the helpful comments and reviews of the manuscript by John Greenough and Jarda Dostal.


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Editorial responsibility: Sandra M. Barr

Received 22 January 2014 f accepted 04 March 2014


(1.) 9 Dexters Lane, Grand Manan, New Brunswick E5G3A6, Canada

(2.) Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 04011 USA

(3.) Department of Geology, Middlebury College, Vermont 05753 USA

(4.) Department of Geosciences, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York 13323 USA

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Table 1. Field observations of the Christmas Cove Dyke, SW to NE.

Location               General     Contact       Dip    Width (m)
                       Strike      Azimuth

Rte 202/4, Waterboro    N50E         50?         90?       >8

shore at Cumberland     N80E          80        85 S       18

Doyle Point,            N78E          73        68 N      32.3

tank farm, Harpswell    N71E          79        60 NW      19

Rte. 123, Harpswell     N53E          80         90        >20

Mountain Rd,            N83E         91?        55 S       >20

Dingley Rd,              90E     varies 62-80   84 S      19.2

hillside above          N84E          89        81 S      28.4
store, Phippsburg

Spruce Point,           N83E          78        85 N       12
Boothbay Harbor

Christmas Cove,         N77E          77        85 S       22
South Bristol

Whitehead Island,       N75E     varies 10-90    90        13
St. George

SW shoreline,           N55E          55        85 S       35
Swans Island

Location               Notes

Rte 202/4, Waterboro   partially exposed road cut
                       on the south side

shore at Cumberland    well exposed in a low hill,
Foreside               contact rotates at the north end

Doyle Point,           well exposed, trends toward
Yarmouth               Harpswell Neck

tank farm, Harpswell   partially offset (faulted?)
Neck                   to the north, with slickensides

Rte. 123, Harpswell    in a low cut on the SE roadside,
                       contacts not well exposed

Mountain Rd,           contacts not well exposed;
Harpswell              very large columns dipping S

Dingley Rd,            low road cut, N and S contacts
Harpswell              poorly exposed

hillside above         in wooded bank above store;
store, Phippsburg      jog in woods is N30E

Spruce Point,          attitude from fractures, with the
Boothbay Harbor        center exposed in whalebacks

Christmas Cove,        interior open along small cove,
South Bristol          N contact exposed

Whitehead Island,      visible with Google Earth on the S
St. George             shoreline; several left-lateral

SW shoreline,          exposed along the SW coastline
Swans Island           and on the northern shore

Table 2. Chemical analyses of the Christmas
Cove Dyke and related dykes.

Sample                   HPK      RT-4      CF-1      DP-I

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)      52.1     51.11      50.3      50.4
Ti[O.sub.2]              0.98      1.11      1.16      1.15
[Al.sub.2][0.sub.3]        15     12.37     13.94      14.3
[Fe.sub.2][0.sub.3]      10.8     12.12      11.9      11.2
MnO                      0.17      0.17      0.17      0.19
MgO                      7.64      8.24      7.31      7.23
CaO                      10.6     11.86     11.63    10.40
[Na.sub.2]0            2./14       2.26      2.87      1.94
[K.sub.2]0                0.5      0.75      0.72      0.54
[P.sub.2][0.sub.5]       0.12         0                0.13
LOI                       0.2                          2.25
Total                  100.15     99.99   100.00      99.73

Rb (ppm)                   17        30        23        10
Sr                        181       164       199       166
y                        22.1      25.3        17        16
Zr                         74       102       114       100
Nb                        4.1       6.3        10     10.0
Ba                        140       201       192       148
Cr                        241       231       230       300
Ni                         92        83        75
V                         233       268       223
Co                         41        47        55
Cu                        107       122       135
Zn                         82        93        59
Cs                        1.4       1.4
La                       9.55      11.2
Ce                       20.4      24.9
Pr                        2.4      3.15
Nd                       9.79      11.9
Sm                       3.11      3.45
Eu                        1.1      1.24
Gd                          3      3.95
Tb                       0.58      0.67
Dy                        3.9      4.31
Ho                      0.g0       0.96
Er                       1.98      2.45
Tm                        0.3      0.34
Yb                       2.06       2.2
Lu                       0.33      0.38
Hf                          2       2.7
Ta                       0.41      0.55
W                                  42.8
Tl                       0.09      0.16
Th                       1.73      2.15
U                        0.36      0.45

Sample                  DP-2      MTP,      SP-1      XC-2

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)     49.75      51.6     50.88    51.70
Ti[O.sub.2]              1.27      1.11      1.13       1.1
[Al.sub.2][0.sub.3]     13.82      14.1     13.92      13.9
[Fe.sub.2][0.sub.3]      12.7      11.5    i1.70       11.6
MnO                       0.2      0.17      0.18      0.17
MgO                      7.05      7.59      7.51      8.01
CaO                     11.98      10.3     11.13      10.2
[Na.sub.2]0              2.46      1.92      2.25      1.94
[K.sub.2]0               0.75       0.6      0.64      0.61
[P.sub.2][0.sub.5]                 0.13       0.1      0.13
LOI                                0.65      1.03     0.95
Total                   99.98     99.67    100.47    100.31

Rb (ppm)                   24        27        22        10
Sr                        231       187       175       162
y                          19      23.3        23        16
Zr                        126        83        81       101
Nb                          9       5.6       5.4        10
Ba                        204       158       143       141
Cr                        298       329       328       300
Ni                         83       111       113
V                         246       273       258
Co                         53        49        48
Cu                        138       108       112
Zn                         89        63        85
Cs                                  1.5       0.7
La                                 10.4      10.2
Ce                                 20.6      21.5
Pr                                 2.62      2.52
Nd                                 11.4      10.4
Sm                                 3.45      3.38
Eu                                 1.08      1.11
Gd                                 3.33      3.22
Tb                                 0.69      0.61
Dy                                 4.34       4.2
Ho                                 0.83      0.84
Er                                 2.23      2.07
Tm                                 0.36      0.32
Yb                                 2.22      2.17
Lu                                 0.34      0.34
Hf                                  2.4       2.2
Ta                                 0.56      0.55
W                                  53.4      71.4
Tl                                 0.15      0.14
Th                                 1.78      1.72
U                                   0.4      0.37

Sample                  XC-I     SI av       BAN

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)     49.21     52.03        50
Ti[O.sub.2]              1.18      1.12      0.79
[Al.sub.2][0.sub.3]     13.59     14.05     14.54
[Fe.sub.2][0.sub.3]     13.09     11.03     12.66
MnO                      0.17      0.16       0.2
MgO                      7.64      7.44      7.19
CaO                     11.87     10.62     11.14
[Na.sub.2]0              2.53      2.06      2.69
[K.sub.2]0                0.7       0.5       0.6
[P.sub.2][0.sub.5]                 0.13      0.18
LOI                               0.75
Total                   99.98     99.89     99.99

Rb (ppm)                   24        25        16
Sr                        172       205       158
y                        22.9        31        18
Zr                         86        98        78
Nb                          5                   8
Ba                        185       178       170
Cr                        299       291       112
Ni                         92        79        46
V                         246       281       192
Co                         43                  48
Cu                        109                  88
Zn                         82        85        72
Cs                        0.7
La                       9.24
Ce                       20.9
Pr                       2.62
Nd                       9.99
Sm                       3.05
Eu                       1.12
Gd                        3.3
Tb                       0.58
Dy                       3.88
Ho                       0.85
Er                       2.16
Tm                        0.3
Yb                       2.04
Lu                       0.35
Hf                        2.4
Ta                       0.43
Tl                       0.14
Th                        1.8
U                        0.37

Sample                   CAR       BUT

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)     51.12     51.74
Ti[O.sub.2]              0.83      0.79
[Al.sub.2][0.sub.3]     14.78     15.12
[Fe.sub.2][0.sub.3]     12.18     10.63
MnO                      0.19      0.19
MgO                      7.58       7.4
CaO                     10.34     11.11
[Na.sub.2]0              2.05      2.43
[K.sub.2]0               0.58      0.44
[P.sub.2][0.sub.5]       0.12      0.15
Total                   99.76       100

Rb (ppm)                   17        12
Sr                        134       111
y                          25        29
Zr                         65        66
Nb                          5
Ba                        124
Cr                        141       202
Ni                         53        51
V                         254       291
Cu                         65       104
Zn                         75

Sample codes: HPK = Higgamnn Dyke at Hurd State Park, Connecticut;
RT-4 = Onway Dyke at its Route' 4 roadcut west of Durham, New
Hampshire; CF-1 = Christmas Cove Dyke at Cumberland Foreside,
Maine; DP-1 and DP2 = Doyle Point on Cousins Island, Maine; MTR =
Mountain Road in Harpswell, Maine; SP-1 = Spruce Point in
Southport, Maine; XC-1 and XC-2 = Christmas Cove in Sooth Bristol,
Maine; SI average = average of 9 samples from Swans Island, Maine
(Table 3); BAN = Caraquet Dyke at Mattawamkeag River in Bancroft,
Maine; CAR = average of Caraquet Dyke analyses (Greenough and
Papzeik 1986); BUT = average of Buttress Dyke analyses (Philpotts
and Martello 1986).

Table 3. Whole rock analyses across the dyke at Swans Island.

Sample                    SI-DB18     SI-PP-1a     SI-PP-1b

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)         52.31        51.81        52.25
Ti[O.sub.2]                  1.09         1.15         1.17
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]         13.61        14.64         13.7
[Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3]         11.21        11.25         11.4
MnO                          0.17         0.16         0.17
MgO                          7.59         6.77         7.21
CaO                         10.64        10.83        10.58
[Na.sub.2]0                  1.85         2.18         2.12
[K.sub.2]0                   0.58         0.52         0.57
[P.sub.2][0.sub.5]           0.13         0.13         0.13
LOI                          0.48         0.43          0.4
Total                       99.66        99.87         99.7
Rb (ppm)                       17           16           17
Sr                            168          195          176
Y                              23           36           33
Zr                             86          106          103
Ba                            146          168          153
Cr                            305          209          264
Ni                             84           74           78
V                             265          279          282
Zn                             80           87           86
Sc                             40           38           40

CIPW normative modes

%AN                         62.02        59.39        57.91
Q                            5.82         4.47          5.1
Or                           3.53         3.15         3.46
Ab                           17.1        20.08        19.57
An                          27.92        29.38        26.92
Di                          20.44        19.91        20.94
Hy                          20.57        18.24        19.19
Wo                              0            0            0
Ol                              0            0            0
Ac                              0            0            0
Mt                           2.79         2.84         2.87
Il                           1.56         1.64         1.68
Hem                             0            0            0
Ti                              0            0            0
Ap                           0.28         0.28         0.28

Sample                  SI-PP-1c      SI-PP-1d     SI-PP-1e

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)         51.87        51.95        51.80
Ti[O.sub.2]                  1.11         1.01         1.07
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]         13.66        13.97        14.28
[Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3]          11.3        10.69        10.93
MnO                          0.17         0.16         0.16
MgO                         7.80          8.05         7.66
CaO                         10.74        10.89        10.69
[Na.sub.2]0                  2.06         1.99         2.21
[K.sub.2]0                   0.52          0.4         0.52
[P.sub.2][0.sub.5]           0.13         0.11         0.12
LOI                           0.4         0.68         0.54
Total                       99.76         99.9        99.98
Rb (ppm)                       17           14           18
Sr                            179          200          194
Y                              30           26           24
Zr                             98           93           87
Ba                            137          116          140
Cr                            328          350          318
Ni                             85           93           78
V                             291          273          276
Zn                             80           79           76
Sc                            40            40           39

CIPW normative modes

%AN                         58.89        61.05         58.1
Q                            4.14         4.45         3.46
Or                           3.15         2.42         3.14
Ab                          18.96        18.29        20.27
An                          27.15        28.67         28.1
Di                          21.27        20.72        20.22
Hy                          20.67        21.09        20.30
Wo                              0            0            0
Ol                              0            0            0
Ac                              0            0            0
Mt                            2.8         2.69         2.74
Il                           1.58         1.44         1.52
Hem                             0            0            0
Ti                              0            0            0
Ap                           0.28         0.24         0.26

Sample                  SI-PP-1f     SI-PP-1g     SI-PP-1h

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)        52.08        51.97         52.23
Ti[O.sub.2]                  1.06         1.16         1.23
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]         13.91        14.07        14.64
[Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3]         10.86         11.4         10.2
MnO                          0.16         0.17         0.16
MgO                          7.63         7.34         6.88
CaO                          10.7        10.74         9.77
[Na.sub.2]0                  2.12         1.94         2.06
[K.sub.2]0                    0.5         0.37         0.52
[P.sub.2][0.sub.5]           0.12         0.13         0.16
LOI                          0.72         0.82         2.31
Total                       99.86       100.11       100.16
Rb (ppm)                       16           12          111
Sr                            190          185          360
Y                              34           38           37
Zr                             94          105          106
Ba                            137          131          476
Cr                            311          276          260
Ni                             91           76           48
V                             278          293          290
Zn                             81           91          107
Sc                             40           40           39

CIPW normative modes

%AN                         58.62        62.14        61.19
Q                            4.49          5.7         7.38
Or                           3.03         2.25          3.2
Ab                          19.52        17.92        19.25
An                          27.66        29.42        30.36
Di                          20.79        19.63        15.21
Hy                          19.99        20.28         19.5
Wo                              0            0            0
Ol                              0            0            0
Ac                              0            0            0
Mt                           2.75         2.86         2.97
Il                           1.51         1.66         1.78
Hem                             0            0            0
Ti                              0            0            0
Ap                           0.26         0.28         0.35

Notes: Samples are roughly equally spaced across the dyke,
northwest to southeast. See the text for discussion
of the analytical methods.

Table 4. Radiometric dates (Ma) of regional dykes and basahs.

                          K/Ar                      K/Ar
Method                 whole rock                plagioclase

Holyoke Basah
Talcott Basalt     186 [+ or -] 3 (4)        186 [+ or -] 8 (4)
North Mountain
  Basalt (NMB)

Higganum Dyke      194 [+ or -] 12 (3)
Christmas Cove     191 [+ or -] 10 (2)
Caraquet Dyke      191 [+ or -] 2 (6)
Ministers Is.      189 [+ or -] 8 (5)
Shelburne Dyke     193 [+ or -] 2 (6)

                      [sup.40]Ar/                [sup.40]Ar/
                       [sup.39]Ar                [sup.39]Ar
Method                  biotite                  whole rock

Holyoke Basah
Talcott Basalt
North Mountain                               201 [+ or -] 2.5 (8)
  Basalt (NMB)                             200.8 [+ or -] 2.2 (8)

Higganum Dyke                              201.2 [+ or -] 2.4 (1)
Christmas Cove                                  196.4 - 204.8 (1)
Caraquet Dyke                              201.5 [+ or -] 2.4 (1)
Ministers Is.
Shelburne Dyke     202 [+ or -] 3 (7)

Method                plagioclase                U/Pb zircon

Holyoke Basah    199.3 [+ or -] 1.2 (9)
Talcott Basalt     187 [+ or -] 10 (4)
North Mountain   201.0 [+ or -] 1.4 (9)    201.7 [+ or -] 1.4 (10)
  Basalt (NMB)   198.9 [+ or -] 0.7 (8)   201.27 [+ or -] 0.06 (11)
                                          201.38 [+ or -] 0.02 (12)
Higganum Dyke
Christmas Cove
Caraquet Dyke
Ministers Is.
Shelburne Dyke

References: (1) this paper; (2) Weston Geophysical 1977;
(3) Armstrong and Besancon 1970; (4) Seiderman et al. 1984;
(5) Stringer and Burke 1985; (6) Hodych and
Hayatsu 1988; (7) Dunn et al. 1998; (8) Kontak
and Archibald 2003; (9) Jourdan et al. 2009;
(10) Hodych and Dunning 1992; (11) Schaltegger et al.
2008; (12) Schoene et al. 2010.

Table 5. Large dykes and correlated flood basalts of the northern CAMP.

                         (1) York      (2) Palisades   (3) Higganum
Source Dyke                Haven           Sill           Holden

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)        51.84           51.98          52.62
Ti[O.sub.2]                 1.09            1.22           1.17
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]        14.34           14.48          14.96
FeO *                       9.93           10.19          10.20
MnO                         0.20            0.18           0.17
MgO                         7.72            7.59           7.59
CaO                        10.73           10.33          10.94
[Na.sub.2]O                 1.96            2.04           2.33
[K.sub.2]O                  0.60            0.84           0.56
[P.sub.2][O.sub.5]          0.12                           0.20

                       (4) Christmas   (5) Ministers
Source Dyke                Cove           Island

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)        52.58           52.94
Ti[O.sub.2]                 1.15            1.14
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]        14.47           14.13
FeO *                      10.53           10.05
MnO                         0.18            0.20
MgO                         7.81            7.92
CaO                        10.57           10.94
[Na.sub.2]O                 1.98            1.97
[K.sub.2]O                  0.60            0.55
[P.sub.2][O.sub.5]          0.13            0.14

                         (6) Foum
Source Dyke                Zguid       (7) Messejana

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)        51.99           52.07
Ti[O.sub.2]                1.10            1.04
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]        15.05           15.90
FeO *                      9.52            9.28
MnO                        0.18            0.16
MgO                        7.69            7.16
CaO                        11.75           11.51
[Na.sub.2]O                1.97            2.16
[K.sub.2]O                 0.60            0.58
[P.sub.2][O.sub.5]         0.15            0.14

                       (8) Mt. Zion   (9) Orange
Basalt Product            Church       Mountain     (10) Talcott    ?

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)       51.37          51.45         51.86
Ti[O.sub.2]                1.18           10.2          1.07
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]       14.24          14.34         14.27
FeO *                     10.86          10.36         10.86
MnO                        0.17           0.15          0.16
MgO                        7.58           8.19          7.98
CaO                       10.78          10.86         11.24
[Na.sub.2]O                2.05           2.10          2.06
[K.sub.2]O                 0.21           0.54          0.50
[P.sub.2][O.sub.5]         0.13           0.13

                        (11) North     (12) High
Basalt Product           Mountain        Atlas           ?

Si[O.sub.2] (wt. %)       52.16          51.06
Ti[O.sub.2]                1.06           1.06
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]       14.29          14.84
FeO *                     10.35          10.33
MnO                        0.16           0.19
MgO                        7.05           8.17
CaO                       10.35          12.25
[Na.sub.2]O                2.39           1.69
[K.sub.2]O                 0.60           0.49
[P.sub.2][O.sub.5]         0.16           0.16

References: this paper; Bertrand 1991; Dunn and Stringer 1990;
Philpotts and Martello 1986; Puffer 1992; Smith et al. 1975. Each
of the above are averages of four to ten analyses. Locations: (1)
southern Pennsylvania. USA; (2) eastern New jersey, USA; (3)
eastern Connecticut and Massachusetts, USA; (4) southern Maine,
USA; (5) southwestern New Brunswick, Canada; (6) southeastern
Morocco; (7) Portugal and Spain; (8) Culpeper Basin of Northern
Virginia, USA; (9) Newark Basin of New Jersey, USA; (10) Hartford
Basin of Connecticut, USA; (11) Fundy Basin of Nova Scotia and New
Brunswick, Canada; (12) Argana Basin of Morocco. Question mark
signifies that basalt products are undetermined.
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