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Site 376, presence of turbidites implies the existence of continental slopes (Cyprus lies 40 km eastward), suggesting that the water depth was not negligible. In the Tortonian (Cores 7 to 4), there is no fundamental change in the mineralogy of the sediments with regard to the Serravallian. Smectite dominates the clay mineral assemblage in the less than 2 m fraction as well as in the bulk. Serpentine is still present. Nevertheless several differences are...

Clay Mineralogy

i ill it* 1 imsetit ' chlorite m kaolinitt Figure 8. X-ray mineralogy data. Site 377. Figure 8. X-ray mineralogy data. Site 377. sum topped by a brecciated and vuggy dolomite, of late Miocene age (core catcher 11, Hole 378 Cores 4 to 9, Hole 378A). Thirty-three samples were submitted for X-ray analysis Figure 9), The mineralogy of the whole section (except the late Miocene evaporites not investigated by XRD) is remarkably uniform in the bulk as well as in the less than 2 m fraction. Calcite,...