One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting igneous rocks composed chiefly of mafic minerals.Compare with ultrabasic
- ‘The provenance of the feldspar-bearing Crocker Formation and younger sandstones indicates a granitic source character, which conflicts with the abundance of mafic and ultramafic basement rocks exposed throughout much of Sabah.’
- ‘Variably serpentinized Devonian mafic and ultramafic intrusive rocks occur in the western and northern parts of the map area.’
- ‘Both Wadi Sikait and Regal Ridge classify as Type I emerald deposits, where Be-bearing quartz or pegmatite veins from a granitic pluton intruded Cr- or V-bearing mafic or ultramafic rocks.’
- ‘A major source of iron, called iron laterite, is a type of residual deposit generated by the intense weathering of iron-rich rocks such as mafic and ultramafic volcanic rocks.’
- ‘Despite the attention it has received, however, the tectonic setting of the high grade mafic and ultramafic rocks of the Cabo Ortegal Complex has remained uncertain.’
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