More strongly altered rock, 1800′

Drilling progress remains steady, despite the condition of some of the rock we’re recovering.  Oxidation, clay, zeolites, and the process of early serpentinization were all observed in the core today by the science team. Below is a photo of a new secondary mineral I don’t recall seeing before, with acicular habit growing inward from the walls of a large vesicle.  We have currently processed core to a depth of 1800 ft.

An unknown secondary mineral with acicular (needle-like) habit grows inward from the walls of a large vesicle.

 

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