Figure F3. Geochemical data on samples from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. A. Low Na2O (upper panel data from the equator to 70°N, lower panel data from 10° to 20°N) in basalts. B. High Cr/(Cr + Al) in spinel (lower panel) and shallow axial depth (upper panel) can all be taken to indicate high degrees of partial melting. C. High La/Sm (upper panel data from the equator to 70°N, lower panel data from 10° to 20°N). D. High 206Pb/204Pb (upper panel) and high 87Sr/86Sr (lower panel). C and D are indicative of long-term enrichment of the mantle source in incompatible trace elements. All of these characteristics are observed along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge just south of the 15°20'N Fracture Zone (FZ). Basalt data compiled by Xia et al. (1991, 1992) and Casey et al. (1992). Spinel data and bathymetry from Bonatti et al. (1992) and Sobolev et al. (1991, 1992a).
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