From: MarkF <mafer_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed May 5 20:32:02 2004
Hi Dave, Dave and List
I have some Washington state dunite. Great stuff. The Twin Sisters dunite is
a nice outcropping and I understand that theres a refractory manufacturer
who mines the dunite there in the Cascades east of Mt Vernon.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Mouat" <dmouat_at_dri.edu>
To: "Bj?rn S?rheim" <bsoerhei_at_online.no>
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 7:29 PM
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Dunite
As one who has done a bit of geobotanical and remote sensing research in the
Josephine Ophiolite in SW Oregon, I can suggest that in the ultramafic rck
SW Oregon and NW California, one will find mostly serpentinized peridotites
and occasionally non-serpentinized dunites. Washington State also has a
couple of outcrops as well.
"Bj?rn S?rheim" wrote:
> Hello List,
> Since on the topic of dunite or olivine.
> Just a km from where I live there are at least two locations
> of large dunite outcrops.
> Less than 100 km to the south of me there are three valleys
> almost composed of just dunites. One is made into a large scale
> open pit mine. Farms has been swallowed by this open pit mine.
> In the other valley a large underground mine is being started up as
> I write this.
> How usual are such large outcrops of dunite/olivine around the world,
> like in the US - rockies?
> Micro-diamonds has been found in the area here, and toghether
> with dunite they both tell the story of bedrock that was once
> far deeper into the crust, maybe ~50 km deep. Which nowadays
> is at the surface, thanks to tectonic movements.
> If anyone is looking for pure dunite, it's not hard for me
> to find nice specimens around here.
> Bj?rn S?rheim,
> in Norway
> of deep
> At 14:16 05.05.04 -0600, you wrote:
> >Good afternoon List;
> >Dunite is one of the mineral groups that are mantle derived here on
> >Earth, and diamonds are associated with, didn't we discuss diamonds last
> >week in a different context.
> >Very small world.
> >Could there be a chance of diamonds in a dunite asteroid out there
> >floating around in space?
> >Space prospector,
> >Dave Freeman
> >bernd.pauli_at_paulinet.de wrote:
> >>>On a side note, how many meteorites incorporate dunite as part of their
> >>>makeup? The only place I remember hearing about dunite previously was
> >>>in Chassigny, since Chassigny is a Martian example of what would be
> >>>called a dunite on Earth.
> >>Well, dunite, a coarse-grained igneous rock composed
> >>almost entirely of olivine, has been reported from:
> >>Chassigny (SNC)
> >>Dhofar 307 (LUN-A)
> >>Dhofar 730 (LUN-A)
> >>Mount Padbury (MES)
> >>Mincy (MES)
> >>[Putorana contains feldspathic dunite]
> >>To: daistiho_at_hotmail.com
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