Atlantic suite

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One of two large groups of igneous rocks, characterized by alkalic and alkali-calcic rocks. Harker (1909) divided all Tertiary and Holocene igneous rocks of the world into two main groups, the Atlantic suite and the Pacific suite, the former being so named because of the predominance of alkalic and alkali-calcic rocks in the nonorogenic areas of crustal instability around the Atlantic Ocean. Because there is such a wide variety of tectonic environments and associated rock types in the areas of Harker's Atlantic and Pacific suites, the terms are now seldom used to indicate kindred rock types; e.g., Atlantic-type rocks are widespread in the mid-Pacific volcanic islands. CF: Arctic suite; Mediterranean suite. AGI
Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms


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