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Hidden : 07/13/2009
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Definition of a dyke:
A dyke (or dike) in geology is a type of sheet intrusion referring to any geologic body that cuts discordantly across planar wall rock structures, such as bedding or foliation (see figure below). 
Dykes are the escape routes of hot, molten magma from over pressurised magmatic chambers and provide an insight into the chemical composition of the magma at the time of intrusion into the surrounding country rock.

Intrusive dykes:
This EarthCache deals with intrusive dykes. An intrusive dyke is an igneous body with a very high aspect ratio, which means that its thickness is usually much smaller than the other two dimensions. Thickness can vary from sub-centimeter scale to many meters and the lateral dimensions can extend over many kilometers. A dyke is an intrusion into an opening cross-cutting fissure, shouldering aside other pre-existing layers or bodies of rock; this implies that a dyke is always younger than the rocks that contain it. Dykes are usually high angle to near vertical in orientation, but subsequent tectonic deformation may rotate the sequence of strata through which the dyke propagates so that the latter becomes horizontal.

Morphology of dykes:
Sometimes dykes appear as swarms, consisting of several to hundreds of dykes emplaced more or less contemporaneously during a single intrusive event. The world's largest dyke swarm is the Mackenzie dyke swarm in the Northwest Territories  of Canada. Dykes often form as either radial or concentric swarms around plutonic intrusives, volcanic necks or feeder vents in volcanic cones. The latter are known as ring dykes.

Dykes can vary in texture and their composition can range from diabase or basaltic to granitic or rhyolitic, but on a global perspective the basaltic composition prevails, manifesting ascent of vast volumes of mantle-derived magmas through fractured lithosphere throughout Earth history. Pegmatite dykes are extremely coarse crystalline granitic rocks often associated with late stage granite intrusions or metamorphic segregations. Aplite dykes are fine grained or sugary textured intrusives of granitic composition.

The EarthCache scenario:
This Earthcache is located in the northern stretch of beach in Ericeira which is located just NW and N of Lisbon and Sintra, respectively.
The rock types are marly limestones of Middle Cretaceous age (Albian; 112.0 to 99.6 M.a.) cut occasionally by igneous dykes.

Claiming the found:
You must get down to the beach to see the dyke in question (use the child waypoint supplied). When you get to the dyke, tell me:

  1. What colour is the dyke?
  2. What is its thickness?
  3. Is the thickness uniform or does it vary?
  4. Is it a single dyke or are there more than one within a 10 m radius?

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This cache has a sister: Visit Escape Route II - M8 by clicking HERE.


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Para se habilitarem a mais um found, respondam às seguintes perguntas:

1- Qual é a cor do dique?
2- Qual a sua espessura?
3- A sua espessura é uniforme ou variável?
4- Num raio de 10m existe mais algum dique?

Fotos no log serão sempre bem vindas, mas por favor não coloquem fotos que revelem as respostas da Earthcache!

Depois de enviar as respostas pode fazer o log, caso exista alguma duvida em relação ás respostas dadas serão contactados para a esclarecer.

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