In fluid-rock interaction, O and C represents major elements that allow for bulk modeling. In contrast, Pb, Nd, Sr, B, and Li are trace-elements that behave entirely different during fluid-rock interaction, depending on their solubility, the presence or absence of minerals that have a high compatibility of these elements, and the reaction history of the fluid. Actually, depending on the evolution of the system, the fluid may impose systematically changing trace element signatures on the rock, and vice versa. As a consequence the trace element signature of the rock may be entirely unrelated to its major element composition and the fluid may have lost the geochemical signature of its source.


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