Of ten Leg 13 sites studied by us, eight give definite evidence of the existence of halite-containing sediments beneath the seabed. This conclusion is based on the existence on continuous sodium and chloride enrichments in interstitial waters with depth. This is the only direct evidence of the existence of salt at these sites, for only evaporitic dolomite, gypsum, and/or anydrite were recovered in cores. Among other ionic relationships, influence of evaporites is seen in calcium, magnesium and sulfate concentrations. Record high barium (216 ppm) and strontium (345 ppm) concentrations were observed in sulfate depleted pore fluids of Site 128 in the Hellenic Trench.
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Interstitial water studies on small core samples from the Mediterranean Sea
Initial reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International
College Station, TX
Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Coastal and Marine Geology Program