INORGANIC ORIGIN IN UPPER MANTLE SEEN LIKELY FOR SOLID HYDROCARBON IN SYRIA PLATEAU BASALT

Robert F. Mahfoud, James N. Beck McNeese State University Lake Charles, La. Lower Pleistocene carbonatite with basanitic, ultrabasic, and alkaline basalt xenoliths, was locally disseminated with and cut by veinlets of a solid hydrocarbon in rifted and plateau basalt covered southern Syria. Research in progress by the authors indicates that these rocks originated from the upper mantle (asthenosphere-lithosphere). The purpose of this study was to determine the chemical compositions of the

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