Sample records for amphibole

  1. Fluorine end-member micas and amphiboles

    Petersen, E.U.; Essene, E.J.; Peacor, D.R.; Valley, J.W.

    The near end-member minerals fluorphlogopite (XF = 0.96) and fluortremolite (XF = 0.82) have been found in Greenville marbles near Balmat, New York. These micas and amphiboles, like other fluorine-rich minerals reported in the literature, are extremely low in iron. The substitution of F for OH is partly responsible for stabilizing these minerals in the granulite facies marbles of the Adirondacks. Fluorine-rich amphiboles and micas are more common than generally recognized. A literature review shows that many amphiboles and micas have more than fifty percent of the interlayer site occupied by fluorine. This degree of solid solution qualifies these phases as independent minerals, but they are not currently recognized by the I.M.A. Identification of the mineralogically and petrologically important solid solution of fluorine for hydroxyl is currently obscured by use of names that imply hydroxyl end-members.

  2. Amphibole ceramics: conceptual development and preliminary experiments

    Lauf, R.J.


    Certain natural silicate minerals, commonly called jade, are well known for their resistance to brittle fracture. One type of jade, nephrite, is a compacted form of the amphibole mineral series tremolite-actinolite. Nephrite is tough because the naturally acicular crystal habit of these amphibole minerals produces an interwoven fibrous microstructure that impedes crack propagation. Object of this work was to duplicate the fibrous microstructure of nephrite by pulverizing natural tremolite or actinolite and then compacting it by hot pressing to form a dense body. Two other materials were also investigated, namely, clinochrysotile (serpentine asbestos) and synthetic fluor-tremolite. For each material, the milling characteristics and densification were studied. The resulting microstructures were characterized, and fracture toughness was measured for a limited number of samples. The most ''fibrous'' microstructure was obtained by hot pressing clinochrysotile 15 min a 1000/sup 0/C. Actinolite, hot pressed 15 min at 1100/sup 0/C, had a critical fracture toughness K/sub IC/ = 4.5 MPa m/sup 1/2/, which compares favorably with the toughness of nephrite jade (K/sub IC/ = 3.6). Decomposition of tremolite and actinolite to more stable phases occurred to some degree during hot pressing. Results suggest that hot isostatic pressing at high water vapor pressure should yield a dense product without causing amphibole decomposition. 28 figs., 7 tabs.

  3. Comparative Toxicology of Libby Amphibole and Naturally Occurring Asbestos

    Summary sentence: Comparative toxicology of Libby amphibole (LA) and site-specific naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) provides new insights on physical properties influencing health effects and mechanisms of asbestos-induced inflammation, fibrosis, and tumorigenesis.Introduction/...

  4. Amphiboles of the Khibiny alkaline pluton, Kola Peninsula, Russia

    Konopleva, N. G.; Ivanyuk, G. Yu.; Pakhomovsky, Ya. A.; Yakovenchuk, V. N.; Men'shikov, Yu. P.; Korchak, Yu. A.


    The rocks of the Khibiny pluton contain 25 amphibole varieties, including edenite, fluoredenite, kaersutite, pargasite, ferropargasite, hastingsite, magnesiohastingsite, katophorite, ferrikatophorite, magnesiokatophorite, magnesioferrikatophorite, magnesioferrifluorkatophorite, ferrimagnesiotaramite, ferrorichterite, potassium ferrorichterite, richterite, potassium richterite, potassium fluorrichterite, arfvedsonite, potassium arfvedsonite, magnesioarfvedsonite, magnesioriebeckite, ferriferronyboite, ferrinyboite, and ferroeckermannite. The composition of rock-forming amphiboles changes symmetrically relative to the Central Ring of the pluton; i.e., amphiboles enriched in K, Ca, Mg, and Si are typical of foyaite near and within the Central Ring. The Fe and Mn contents in amphiboles increase in the direction from marginal part of the pluton to its center. Foyaite of the marginal zone contains ferroeckermannite, richterite, arfvedsonite, and ferrorichterite; edenite is typical of foyaite and hornfels of the Minor Arc. Between the Minor Arc and the Central Ring, foyaite contains ferroeckermannite, arfvedsonite, and richterite; amphiboles in rischorrite, foidolite and hornfels of the Central Ring are (potassium) arfvedsonite, (potassium) richterite, magnesiokatophorite, magnesioarfvedsonite, ferroeckermannite, and ferriferronyboite; amphiboles in foyaite within the Central Ring, in the central part of the pluton, are arfvedsonite, magnesioarfvedsonite, ferriferronyboite, katophorite, and richterite. It is suggested that such zoning formed due to the alteration of foyaite by a foidolite melt intruded into the Main (Central) Ring Fault.

  5. Preparation and characterization of "Libby Amphibole" toxicological testing material

    Lowers, Heather; Wilson, Stephen A.; Hoefen, Todd M.; Benzel, William M.; Meeker, Gregory P.


    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) began work in Libby, Mont. in 1999 when an Emergency Response Team was sent to investigate local concern and media reports regarding asbestos-contaminated vermiculite. Since that time, the site has been granted Superfund status and site remediation to a safe level of asbestos has been ongoing. The amphibole asbestos from the Vermiculite Mountain vermiculite deposit near Libby, Mont. (Libby amphibole) is unusual in the sense that it is currently not classified as one of the regulated six asbestos minerals—chrysotile (a serpentine mineral) and the amphibole minerals amosite (asbestiform cummingtonite-grunerite), crocidolite (asbestiform riebeckite), asbestiform anthophyllite, asbestiform tremolite, and asbestiform actinolite. The amphiboles from the Vermiculite Mountain vermiculite deposit, primarily winchite and richterite, are related to tremolite and in the past have been referred to as sodium-rich tremolite or soda tremolite (Larsen, 1942; Boettcher, 1966; Wylie and Verkouteren, 2000; Gunter and others, 2003; Meeker and others, 2003). The public health issues in Libby, Mont. have brought to light many of the inconsistencies in the literature regarding fiber characteristics, nomenclature, and toxicology. To better understand the toxicological characteristics of the Libby amphibole, investigators require a sufficient quantity of material representing the range of fibrous amphiboles present in the vicinity of Vermiculite Mountain to use in toxicology studies. The material collected in 2000 (Meeker and others, 2003) has been exhausted and a second collection and preparation effort, funded by the USEPA, was conducted in 2007. Both the 2000 (LA2000) and 2007 (LA2007) materials were generated to support research needs identified by the USEPA and the National Toxicology Program, and new in-vivo and in-vitro toxicology studies are underway. This Open-File Report describes the process of preparation and summarizes the

  6. 77 FR 30528 - Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board; Libby Amphibole Asbestos...


    ... AGENCY Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board; Libby Amphibole Asbestos... teleconference of the SAB Libby Amphibole Asbestos Panel to discuss the Panel's revised draft review report of EPA's Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos (August 2011 Draft). DATES: The...

  7. The contamination of Lake Superior with amphibole gangue minerals.

    Langer, A M; Maggiore, C M; Nicholson, W J; Rohl, A N; Rubin, I B; Selikoff, I J


    Iron ore called taconite is mined in the Biwabik Iron Formation in the Eastern Mesabi region of the Mesabi Range, in eastern Minnesota. After mining, ore is shipped to Silver Bay, Minnnesota for processing and wet magnetic extraction. Tailings from the process are dumped, as a slurry, into a man-made containment delta constructed in Lake Superior. Submicroscopic amphibole fibers and/or cleavage fragments, a component of the gangue, apparently escape from the delta at Silver Bay, and enter Lake Superior. These particles contaiminate the potable water supplies of municipalities drawing directly from the lake. One of the gangue minerals is the amphibole grunerite, whose asbestiform variety is called amosite. Major emphasis of this study was directed at identification of submicroscopic particle pollutants, based on morphology, structure and chemical composition. Quantitative determination of fibrous amphibole phases, present in a range of water samples, was undertaken. Transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction, and an electron microprobe technique was used for identification and enumeration and this information was compared with data sets determined from standards. Grunerite fiber and/or acicular cleavage fragments, in some instances indistinguishable from asbestiform grunerite, are present in the tailings, lake water and drinking water of a number of municipalities, a result of contamination of the lake at the Silver Bay milling operation. This amphibole is found in drinking water in concentrations which range from 0.6 to 2.8 X 10(6) fiber/liter. The risk to health, associated with direct ingestion of grunerite fiber is unknown and is extrapolated from the asbestiform grunerite (amosite) data base. The biological activity of other fibrous amphiboles observed, unrelated to any asbestiform silicate variety, is presently unknown and warrants investigation. PMID:294208

  8. Parameterized Lattice Strain Models for REE Partitioning between Amphibole and Silicate Melt

    Shimizu, K.; Liang, Y.; Sun, C.; Jackson, C.; Saal, A. E.


    The distribution of REE between amphibole and silicate melt is important for understanding a variety of igneous processes involving amphibole. In general, amphibole-melt REE partition coefficients (DREE) depend on pressure (P), temperature (T), and compositions of amphibole and melt. A previous study parameterized the DREE in amphibole-melt solely as a function of melt composition [1]. Here, we use published REE partitioning data between amphibole and basaltic melt, the lattice strain model [2], and non-linear least squares regression method to parameterize key partitioning parameters in the lattice strain model (D0, r0, and E) as a function of P, T, and both amphibole and melt compositions. We focus on experimental data obtained by LA-ICP-MS and ion probe, and experiments close to equilibrium. Amphiboles and coexisting melts from the 38 experiments that we compiled span a wide range of compositions with the Mg# of amphibole and melt ranging from 36 to 100 and 15 to 99, respectively. Two models, which give nearly identical results, are explored in this study. In the first model, D0 is a function of T and amphibole composition: it negatively correlates with T and MgM1,2,3 content in amphibole, and positively correlates with TiM1,2,3 content in amphibole. In the second model, D0 is solely a function of the melt composition: it negatively correlates with the mole fraction of Ca in the melt. Interestingly, r0 and E are both constant and identical between the two models, suggesting D0 in the two models are equivalent. The latter allows us to develop a new thermometer for amphibole-melt equilibria. As an independent test, we compared model-derived temperatures with those reported in the phase equilibrium experiments. The predicted temperatures are within ±41°C on average of the reported temperatures, adding confidence to our parameterizations of D0. Our two parameterized lattice strain models can be used to model REE fractionation between amphibole and basaltic melts


    Inhalation toxicology studies are being conducted to inform the risk assessment ofLibby amphibole. The overall purpose of these studies is to compare the toxicity of inhaled Libby amphibole fibers to a positive control fiber sample (UICC amosite). A 2-week study was conducted to ...

  10. Systemic and Vascular Alterations in Rat models Exposed to Libby Amphibole

    Acute pulmonary injury and chronic diseases can impact systemic vasculature and extra pulmonary organ systems due to the hemodynamic properties of the pulmonary capillary network that allows mediators to release into the circulation. Exposure to Libby amphibole (LA) is associated...

  11. Pre-eruption Conditions and Magma Dynamics of Recent Amphibole-Bearing Etna Basalt

    Pompilio, M.; Rutherford, M. J.


    An intriguing aspect of the recent eruption of the Etna is the unexpected occurrence of amphibole crystals with breakdown rims in the early erupted magma. Amphibole was common in ancient (>15 Ka) intermediate to evolved Etnean products, but with the exception of rare relics reported in the hawaiite feeding the 122 BC Plinian eruption, amphibole has not been described in the recent volcanics. The presence of amphibole poses several questions about possible changes on the Etnean magma feeding system and the consequences upon eruptive style and hazard. Using analyses of the erupted material and hydrothermal experiments, we have attempted to constrain the physico-chemical conditions under which amphibole crystallizes in recent Etnean magmas. Experimental runs have been performed in a TZM apparatus between 950 and 1035° C of temperature and in the pressures range 50-200 Mpa using a natural sample of the amphibole-bearing lava as a starting material. This rock is a trachybasalt with a low abundance of phenocrysts of diopside (cpx), olivine (ol) (Fo83-75), plagioclase (pl) (An83-49), Mg-hastingsite-kaersutitic amphibole (amph) and Ti-Magnetite (mt) (Xusp=.37-46). 5-10 wt% of water was been added to each sample to assure the saturation at the pressures of interest. The { \\it f}O2 was controlled by a CH4-Ar pressurizing gas mixture set to maintain the charge under the NNO buffer. Experimental runs produced samples with a crystal content variable from 5 to 40%. Cpx and mt (Xusp=.03-31) are ubiquitous in all the investigated P-T range. At P=140 MPa pl (An57-90) is stable in addition to cpx and mt, but only at T 1024° C). Amphibole crystallizes at T75 Mpa. Experimental amphiboles range from pargasite to Mg-hastingsite with less frequent kaersutite crystals; they have a lower silica and an higher alumina content than those measured in natural samples. Experimental glasses in equilibrium with cpx, mt and ol plot along the liquid line of descent observed for natural historical

  12. Volatile (Li, B, F and Cl) mobility during amphibole breakdown in subduction zones

    Debret, Baptiste; Koga, Kenneth T.; Cattani, Fanny; Nicollet, Christian; Van den Bleeken, Greg; Schwartz, Stephane


    Amphiboles are ubiquitous minerals in the altered oceanic crust. During subduction, their breakdown is governed by continuous reactions up to eclogitic facies conditions. Amphiboles thus contribute to slab-derived fluid throughout prograde metamorphism and continuously record information about volatile exchanges occurring between the slab and the mantle wedge. However, the fate of volatile elements and especially halogens, such as F and Cl, in amphibole during subduction is poorly constrained. We studied metagabbros from three different localities in the Western Alps: the Chenaillet ophiolite, the Queyras Schistes Lustrés and the Monviso meta-ophiolitic complexes. These samples record different metamorphic conditions, from greenschist to eclogite facies, and have interacted with different lithologies (e.g. sedimentary rocks, serpentinites) from their formation at mid-oceanic ridge, up to their devolatilization during subduction. In the oceanic crust, the initial halogen budget is mostly stored in magmatic amphibole (F = 300-7000 ppm; Cl = 20-1200 ppm) or in amphibole corona (F = 100-7000 ppm; Cl = 80-2000 ppm) and titanite (F = 200-1500 ppm; Cl eclogite facies conditions, metagabbros display low halogens concentrations (< 20 ppm of F and < 100 ppm of Cl) relative to altered oceanic crust (F = 40-650 ppm; Cl = 40-1400 ppm) suggesting that these elements are continuously released by fluids during the first 30-80 km of subduction whatever the tectonic environment (e.g. slab, plate interface) and the considered fluid/rock interactions.

  13. Amphibole and hercynite spinel in Shergotty and Zagami Magmatic water, depth of crystallization, and metasomatism

    Treiman, A. H.


    Amphibole and spinel occur in the Shergotty and Zagami meteorites only in magmatic inclusions in pigeonite. The trapped magma is essentially identical to the parental magmas for Shergotty and Zagami. The amphibole is a kaersutite with minimal halogen content; by inference, it must have been hydrous. If so, the Shergotty and Zagami melts contained at least 0.2 wt pct H2O and were probably H2O-undersaturated. Pressures in excess of 1 kilobar seem necessary for the formation of amphibole. Spinel replaces magnetite in the inclusions, and olivine replaces magnetite elsewhere in the meteorites. To stabilize spinel, the melt in the inclusions must have become enriched in Al during fractionation, possibly because the small volume of the inclusions made nucleation of plagioclase unlikely. Pervasive replacement of magnetite through reduction reactions suggests that Shergotty and Zagami interacted with hydrogen-rich fluids during their cooling.

  14. Amphibole and hercynite spinel in Shergotty and Zagami Magmatic water, depth of crystallization, and metasomatism

    Treiman, A. H.


    Amphibole and spinel occur in the Shergotty and Zagami meteorites only in magmatic inclusions in pigeonite. The trapped magma is essentially identical to the parental magmas for Shergotty and Zagami. The amphibole is a kaersutite with minimal halogen content; by inference, it must have been hydrous. If so, the Shergotty and Zagami melts contained at least 0.2 wt pct H2O and were probably H2O-undersaturated. Pressures in excess of 1 kilobar seem necessary for the formation of amphibole. Spinel replaces magnetite in the inclusions, and olivine replaces magnetite elsewhere in the meteorites. To stabilize spinel, the melt in the inclusions must have become enriched in Al during fractionation, possibly because the small volume of the inclusions made nucleation of plagioclase unlikely. Pervasive replacement of magnetite through reduction reactions suggests that Shergotty and Zagami interacted with hydrogen-rich fluids during their cooling.

  15. A new calibration of seismic velocities, anisotropy, fabrics, and elastic moduli of amphibole-rich rocks

    Ji, Shaocheng; Shao, Tongbin; Michibayashi, Katsuyoshi; Long, Changxing; Wang, Qian; Kondo, Yosuke; Zhao, Weihua; Wang, Hongcai; Salisbury, Matthew H.


    large portion of the middle to lower crust beneath the continents and oceanic island arcs consists of amphibolites dominated by hornblende and plagioclase. We have measured P and S wave velocities (Vp and Vs) and anisotropy of 17 amphibole-rich rock samples containing 34-80 vol % amphibole at hydrostatic pressures (P) up to 650 MPa. Combined petrophysical and geochemical analyses provide a new calibration for mean density, average major element contents, mean Vp-P and Vs-P coefficients, intrinsic Vp and Vs anisotropy, Poisson's ratios, the logarithmic ratio Rs/p, and elastic moduli of amphibole-rich rocks. The Vp values decrease with increasing SiO2 and Na2O + K2O contents but increase with increasing MgO and CaO contents. The maximum (≤0.38-0.40 km/s) and minimum S wave birefringence values occur generally in the propagation direction parallel to Y and normal to foliation, respectively. Amphibole plays a critical role in the formation of seismic anisotropy, whereas the presence of plagioclase, quartz, pyroxene, and garnet diminishes the anisotropy induced by amphibole crystallographic preferred orientations (CPOs). The CPO variations cause different anisotropy patterns illustrated in the Flinn diagram of Vp(X)/Vp(Y)-Vp(Y)/Vp(Z) plots. The results make it possible to distinguish, in terms of seismic properties, the amphibolites from other categories of lithology such as granite-granodiorite, diorite, gabbro-diabase, felsic gneiss, mafic gneiss, eclogite, and peridotite within the Earth's crust. Hence, amphibole, aligned by dislocation creep, anisotropic growth, or rigid-body rotation, is the most important contributor to the seismic anisotropy of the deep crust beneath the continents and oceanic island arcs, which contains rather little phyllosilicates such as mica or chlorite.

  16. Amphibole Reaction Rims in Response to Decompression compared to Heating: An Experimental Approach

    Browne, B. L.; Gardner, J. E.; Larsen, J.


    Amphiboles are an important magmatic mineral phase common to a variety of volcanic settings, and are especially sensitive to variations in the water content and temperature of the surrounding induced during magmatic ascent or heating accompanying magma mixing events. As magma rises toward the surface hydrous amphiboles, stable at high water pressures, break down in response to degassing of the surrounding melt. Reaction rims also form around amphiboles that are destabilized when mixing with hotter, more primitive magmas occurs. In this study, we compare the thickness, composition, and rate of formation of amphibole reaction rims during a series of isothermal decompression and isobaric heating experiments using dacite and andesite magmas erupted from Redoubt volcano, Alaska in 1989-1990. The 1989-90 Redoubt dacite pumice consists of magnesio-hornblendes, plagioclase, othropyroxene, and Fe-Ti oxides in a high-silica rhyolite glass. In contrast, 1989-90 Redoubt andesite contains pargasitic amphiboles, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, plagioclase, and Fe-Ti oxides in a rhyodacite glass. Our results indicate that the reaction rims formed in response to decompression are distinguishable in thickness, grain size, and type of mineral formed in the rims from those formed in response to heating, regardless of the type of amphibole studied. First, decompression induced rims were thinner (5- 50 um) compared to those developing in response to heating (25- 200 um). Decompression induced rim growth rate ranges from 0.3 to 0.6 um/day compared to heating induced rim growth rate, which ranges from 0.4 to 1.6 um/day. Second, decompression rims were finer-grained (5-15 um diameter crystals) compared to heating reaction rims (5- 35 um diameter crystals). And third, decompression rims are predominantly composed of orthopyroxene and plagioclase, with lesser amounts of Fe-Ti oxides, whereas reaction rims that grew in response to heating experiments were composed almost entirely of

  17. Origin of amphibole-rich beach sands from Tila-Mati, Karwar, central-west coast of India

    Mislankar, P.G.; Iyer, S.D.

    size and sphericity are directly proportional while a decrease in sphericity results in an increase of amphiboles (60-80%). This is probably due to the elongated nature of the amphibole grains which are abraded in a low energy environment. The Tila...

  18. Early Onset of Atypical Proliferative Lesions in the Lungs of a Libby Amphibole (LA) Exposed Rat Model of Cardiovascular Disease-Associated Iron Overlo

    Rationale: Miners and residents of Libby, Montana have increased incidences of asbestos-related diseases associated with exposure to amphibole contaminated vermiculite. Amphiboles have been shown to bind endogenous iron and modulate fiber induced inflammatory response. We hypoth...

  19. Effects of Libby amphibole asbestos exposure on two rat models of rheumatoid arthritis

    Epidemiological data suggests that occupational exposure to the amphibole-containing vermiculite in Libby, MT was associated with increased risk for developing autoimmune diseases and had an odds ratio of 3.23 for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Our goal was to determine wh...


    Exposure to Libby amphibole (LA) is associated with significant increases in asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. To support biological potency assessment and dosimetry model development, a subchronic nose-only inhalation exposure study (6 hr/d, 5 d/wk, 13 wk) was conducted...

  1. Molecular engineering of a fluorescent bioprobe for sensitive and selective detection of amphibole asbestos.

    Takenori Ishida

    Full Text Available Fluorescence microscopy-based affinity assay could enable highly sensitive and selective detection of airborne asbestos, an inorganic environmental pollutant that can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer. We have selected an Escherichia coli histone-like nucleoid structuring protein, H-NS, as a promising candidate for an amphibole asbestos bioprobe. H-NS has high affinity to amphibole asbestos, but also binds to an increasingly common asbestos substitute, wollastonite. To develop a highly specific Bioprobe for amphibole asbestos, we first identified a specific but low-affinity amosite-binding sequence by slicing H-NS into several fragments. Second, we constructed a streptavidin tetramer complex displaying four amosite-binding fragments, resulting in the 250-fold increase in the probe affinity as compared to the single fragment. The tetramer probe had sufficient affinity and specificity for detecting all the five types of asbestos in the amphibole group, and could be used to distinguish them from wollastonite. In order to clarify the binding mechanism and identify the amino acid residues contributing to the probe's affinity to amosite fibers, we constructed a number of shorter and substituted peptides. We found that the probable binding mechanism is electrostatic interaction, with positively charged side chains of lysine residues being primarily responsible for the probe's affinity to asbestos.

  2. The role of amphiboles in the metamorphic evolution of the UHP rocks: a case study from the Tso Morari Complex, northwest Himalayas

    Singh, Preeti; Pant, Naresch C.; Saikia, Ashima; Kundu, Amitava


    Amphiboles represent a crucial phase of the ultra-high-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks as their solid solution behavior reflects both bulk compositional and P- T changes. Three different types of amphibole have been reported from the UHP metamafic rocks of the Tso Morari Crystalline Complex, NW Himalayas: Na-rich (glaucophane); Na-Ca-rich (barroisite, taramite, winchite) and Ca-rich (tremolite, magnesio-hornblende, pargasite). The Na-amphibole is presented as a core of the zoned amphibole with Na-Ca-rich rim; Na-Ca-amphibole is presented as inclusion in garnets as well as in matrix, and Ca-amphibole is generally found in the matrix. The Na-Ca-amphibole is observed at two different stages of metamorphism. The first is pre-UHP, and the second is post-garnet-omphacite assemblage though with a significant difference in composition. The pressure-temperature estimations of the formation of these two sets of Na-Ca-amphiboles corroborate their textural associations. Ca-rich amphiboles are generally present in the matrix either as symplectite with plagioclase or as a pseudomorph after garnet along with other secondary minerals like chlorite and biotite. Two different types of zoning have been observed in the amphibole grains: (1) core is Na-rich followed by Na-Ca rim and (2) core of Na-Ca-amphibole is followed by Ca-rich rim. The pre-UHP (or the prograde P- T path) and post-UHP stages (or the retrograde P- T path) of Tso Morari eclogites are defined by characteristic amphibole compositions, viz. Na/Na-Ca-amphibole, Na-Ca-amphibole and Ca-amphibole and thus indicate their utility in inferring crustal evolution of this UHP terrain.

  3. Microchemistry of amphiboles near the roof of a mafic magma chamber: Insights into high level melt evolution

    Murphy, J. Brendan; Blais, Stephanie A.; Tubrett, Michael; McNeil, Daniel; Middleton, Matthew


    The Late Neoproterozoic Greendale Complex, located within the Avalon terrane of Nova Scotia, is a suite of appinitic rocks ranging from ultramafic to felsic in composition that were intruded during regional ensialic arc magmatism and crystallized at shallow crustal levels under conditions of high pH2O. Amphibole is the dominant mafic mineral in ultramafic to mafic rocks and displays the extraordinary variability in texture and modal abundance that is characteristic of appinite suites. These features allow sensitivity of amphibole composition (major, trace and REE) to the evolution of water-rich magma to be investigated. All amphiboles in mafic and ultramafic rocks are calcic, with (Ca + Na)B ≥ 1.34 and SiIV between 6.1 and 7.3. They predominantly range in composition from tschermakite to magnesiohornblende and display a dominance of edenite (Na,KA + AlIV = SiIV) substitution. Although each sample exhibits remarkably uniform Mg# over a wide range in Si of up to one formula unit, the mafic rock amphiboles are characterized by lower (0.5 to 0.7) Mg#, compared to the ultramafic rocks (0.7 and 0.9). REE profiles are bow-shaped, and are characterized by depletion in LREE (La/Sm ≈ 0.61), a slight depletion in HREE (Gd/Yb ≈ 1.55) as well as a negative Eu anomaly, which is attributed to co-precipitation of plagioclase. REE and trace element profiles of ultramafic amphiboles are divided into two groupings. Group A amphiboles occur in all specimens analyzed and their REE profiles are very similar to the whole-rock analyses of the mafic rocks and to those predicted from amphibole/melt partition coefficients. In contrast, Group B amphiboles display relative enrichment in light REEs (La/Sm ≈ 2.05), have lower ΣREE, and lack a negative Eu anomaly relative to Sm and Gd. Group B amphiboles are more enriched in Th and U and show a more pronounced depletion in Nb, Ti, Y and HREE. Group B amphiboles probably grew in a reaction relationship with olivine and pyroxene, and their

  4. Sumas Mountain chrysotile induces greater lung fibrosis in Fischer 344 rats than Libby amphibole, El Dorado tremolite, and Ontario ferroactinolite

    The physical properties of different types of asbestos may strongly affect health outcomes in exposed individuals. This study was designed to provide understanding of the comparative toxicity of naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) fibers including Libby amphibole (LA), Sumas Moun...

  5. Provenance of Tertiary volcanoclastic sediment in NW Thrace (Bulgaria): Evidence from detrital amphibole and pyroxene geochemistry

    Caracciolo, Luca; Orlando, Andrea; Marchev, Peter; Critelli, Salvatore; Manetti, Piero; Raycheva, Raya; Riley, David


    Detrital heavy mineral and bulk rock geochemistry and a review of sandstone petrographic data have been used to investigate the post-collisional effusive magmatism that followed the closure of the Vardar Ocean and the generation of volcanic sediments in a complex and compositionally variable volcanic region. Available petrographic data gives evidence of contributions from three key source areas corresponding to the three main tectonic units: the structurally lower Gneiss-Migmatite Complex (Byala Reka-Kechros and Kesebir-Kardamos domes) and the upper Variegated (Kimi) Complex, both fringed by the low-to-medium-grade Mesozoic rocks of the Circum-Rhodope Belt. Besides the deposition of siliciclastic material, volcanic contributions from both, intermediate and acid products represent an important source of sediment in the area. Despite dominant intermediate to acid volcanic products, volcanic lithic fragments in sandstones (microlithic, lathwork and brown vitric textures) indicate main inputs from intermediate and basic-intermediate products generating questions on the interpretation of volcanic detritus in reconstruction of provenance. Detrital amphibole and pyroxene chemistry is used to characterise the supply of volcanic material as well as the dispersal mechanisms and understand the role played by each of the volcanic centers present in the area in the infill of the north-western Thrace basin. Amphibole chemistry reveals high compositional heterogeneity according to both compositional variability of the numerous volcanic centres active at the time of deposition and presence of metamorphic amphibole. 4Al and AlT apfu values indicate that most of the amphiboles from the NERZ are not of volcanic origin and their presence can only be attributed to the numerous amphibolite facies metamorphic rocks abundantly documented in the area. Detrital amphibole compositions from the ZKVS indicate major contributions from the Iran Tepe and Zvedzel volcanoes. Analysed detrital

  6. Persistent effects of Libby amphibole and amosite asbestos following subchronic inhalation in rats

    Gavett, Stephen H; Parkinson, Carl U.; Willson, Gabrielle A.; Wood, Charles E.; Jarabek, Annie M.; Roberts, Kay C.; Kodavanti, Urmila P; Dodd, Darol E.


    Background Human exposure to Libby amphibole (LA) asbestos increases risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and non-malignant respiratory disease. This study evaluated potency and time-course effects of LA and positive control amosite (AM) asbestos fibers in male F344 rats following nose-only inhalation exposure. Methods Rats were exposed to air, LA (0.5, 3.5, or 25.0 mg/m3 targets), or AM (3.5 mg/m3 target) for 10 days and assessed for markers of lung inflammation, injury, and cell proliferation...

  7. The crystal structure and microtwinning of ferro-pedrizite, a new lithium amphibole

    Aksenov, S. M.; Rastsvetaeva, R. K.; Konovalenko, S. I.; Ananyev, S. A.; Chukanov, N. V.; Miroshkina, A. E.


    The structure of ferro-pedrizite—a new lithium mineral of the amphibole supergroup—has been studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Fe2+ ions dominate over Mg in the chemical composition of this mineral. The parameters of the monoclinic unit cell are a = 9.3716(4) Å, b = 17.649(1) Å, c = 5.2800(6) Å, and β = 102.22(1)°. The experimental set of intensities contains a large number of significant reflections (~10%), which violate the Clattice. Consideration of pseudomerohedral twinning (matrix [1 0 0/00/-3/4 0]) allowed us to solve and refine the structure within the sp. gr. C2/ m to the final value R = 3.9% in the anisotropic approximation of atomic displacements using 4843 I > 2σ( I). The twin components are found to be 0.681(3)/0.319(3). Twinning has been revealed for the first time in amphiboles of the pedrizite family. The idealized formula of ferro-pedrizite ( Z = 2) is determined as NaLi2(Al2Li)[Si8O22](OH)2.

  8. Amphibole reaction rims as a record of pre-eruptive magmatic heating: An experimental approach

    De Angelis, S. H.; Larsen, J.; Coombs, M.; Dunn, A.; Hayden, L.


    Magmatic minerals record the pre-eruptive timescales of magma ascent and mixing in crustal reservoirs and conduits. Investigations of the mineral records of magmatic processes are fundamental to our understanding of what controls eruption style, as ascent rates and magma mixing processes are well known to control and/or trigger potentially hazardous explosive eruptions. Thus, amphibole reaction rims are often used to infer pre-eruptive magma dynamics, and in particular to estimate magma ascent rates. However, while several experimental studies have investigated amphibole destabilization during decompression, only two investigated thermal destabilization relevant to magma mixing processes. This study examines amphibole decomposition experimentally through isobaric heating of magnesio-hornblende phenocrysts within a natural high-silica andesite glass. The experiments first equilibrated for 24 h at 870 °C and 140 MPa at H2O-saturated conditions and ƒO2 ∼ Re-ReO prior to rapid heating to 880, 900, or 920 °C and hold times of 3-48 h. At 920 °C, rim thicknesses increased from 17 μm after 3 h, to 55 μm after 12 h, and became pseudomorphs after longer durations. At 900 °C, rim thicknesses increased from 7 μm after 3 h, to 80 μm after 24 h, to pseudomorphs after longer durations. At 880 °C, rim thicknesses increased from 7 μm after 3 h, to 18 μm after 36 h, to pseudomorphs after 48 h. Reaction rim microlites vary from 5-16 μm in size, with no systematic relationship between crystal size and the duration or magnitude of heating. Time-averaged rim microlite growth rates decrease steadily with increasing experimental duration (from 3.97 ×10-7 mms-1 to 3.1 to 3.5 ×10-8 mms-1). Time-averaged microlite nucleation rates also decrease with increasing experimental duration (from 1.2 ×103mm-3s-1 to 5.3 mm-3 s-1). There is no systematic relationship between time-averaged growth or nucleation rates and the magnitude of the heating step. Ortho- and clinopyroxene

  9. Amphibole reaction rim textures and mineralogy from the 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano, Alaska: Nature vs. experiment

    Henton, S.; Larsen, J. F.; Coombs, M. L.


    Augustine Volcano forms a small island located in Alaska's Cook Inlet, approximately 180 miles southwest of Anchorage. The 2006 eruption began January 11, 2006, and evolved from an initial phase of explosive activity, through continuous and effusive phases, ending approximately mid-March 2006. We present data on the textural and mineralogical make-up of amphibole reaction rims from 2006 andesites from Augustine. Naturally formed reaction rims are compared to rims formed through decompression and heating experiments. Amphiboles make up less than 1 modal % of most samples. However, variations in composition and texture help to explain pre-and syn-eruptive magma histories. The Augustine 2006 amphiboles contain a mixture of rimmed and unrimmed grains. In order of decreasing abundance (by tally), the dominant phases in reaction rims are orthopyroxene, oxides, plagioclase, and clinopyroxene. Most amphibole reaction rims are between 1- 40 microns in thickness. Thicker rims (> 40 microns) were primarily erupted in the later effusive phase of the eruption. In general, the thickest reactions rims (> 60 microns average thickness) contain coarser individual reaction rim grains (with feret diameters of 15-50 microns). Reaction rims with average thickness of less than 60 microns tend to contain finer reaction rim grains (with feret diameters of 10 microns or less). Some reactions rims show a coarsening of rim grains across the rim, from the amphibole boundary to the glass boundary. Preliminary results show no systematic changes in the aspect ratios of reaction rim grains, either across the rim, or between the different rims. Some rims show a decrease in the An content of plagioclase across the rim, from the amphibole boundary to the glass boundary. Reaction rim textures and mineralogy are complex and suggest that multiple forcing factors (including heating and decompression) were responsible for their formation. This study will compare these natural reaction rims to those formed

  10. Amphibole perspective to unravel pre-eruptive processes and conditions in volcanic plumbing systems beneath intermediate arc volcanoes: A case study from Ciomadul volcano (SE Carpathians)

    Kiss, B.; Harangi, S.; Ntaflos, T.; Mason, P.R.D.; Pál-Molnár, E.


    Ciomadul is the youngest volcano in the Carpathian-Pannonian region produced crystal-rich high-K dacites that contain abundant amphibole phenocrysts. The amphiboles in the studied dacites are characterized by large variety of zoning patterns, textures, and a wide range of compositions (e.g., 6.4-15

  11. Surface chemistry and surface reactivity of fibrous amphiboles that are not regulated as asbestos

    Fantauzzi, M.; Rossi, A. [Universita di Cagliari, ' ' Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche' ' Centro Grandi Strumenti, Cagliari (Italy); INSTM unit, Monserrato, Cagliari (Italy); Pacella, A.; Gianfagna, A.; Andreozzi, G.B. [Sapienza Universita di Roma, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Roma (Italy); Fournier, J. [Laboratoire de Reactivite de Surface, ' ' Le St Raphael' ' , UPMC Paris VI, UMR 7197, Ivry-sur-Seine, Paris (France)


    Three fibrous amphiboles that are not regulated as asbestos - two from Biancavilla (Sicily, Italy) and one from Libby (MT, USA) - were studied in order to establish relationships between surface chemistry and surface reactivity. The three fibrous samples, plus one prismatic fluoro-edenite from Biancavilla that was used for comparison, were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) in order to obtain their quantitative surface compositions and to determine the chemical environment of the Fe in each case. In particular, the Fe 2p{sub 3/2} peak was fitted and, for the first for these materials, the binding energies of Fe(II) oxide, Fe(III) oxide and Fe(III) oxyhydroxide were identified. Bulk chemistries and Fe oxidation states were obtained from previous studies for the samples from Biancavilla, and were investigated in the present work by electron microprobe (EMP) and {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy (MS) for the sample from Libby. Comparison between surface and bulk data revealed that the sample with the lowest bulk Fe oxidation state was the one most affected by surface oxidation, while the samples with bulk highly-oxidised Fe were showing very high signal of Fe (III) oxy-hydroxide probably due to weathering. The surface reactivities of the fibrous amphiboles were investigated by measuring the production of the [DMPO, HO] circle radical adduct using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Notably, significant chemical reactivity was observed; it was found to be comparable with - or, for the Libby sample, even higher than - that of fibrous tremolite (one of the six asbestos minerals). A positive linear correlation was observed when the production of HO circle radical was plotted versus the Fe(II) content on the fibre surface. Data on fibrous tremolite obtained from previous studies were added to substantiate the correlation. These results provide evidence that Fe(II) at the fibre surface controls the production of radicals at the fibre

  12. Iron topochemistry and surface reactivity of amphibole asbestos: relations with in vitro toxicity

    Pacella, Alessandro; Andreozzi, Giovanni B. [Sapienza Universita di Roma, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Rome (Italy); Fournier, Jeanine [UPMC Paris VI, UMR 7197, Laboratoire de Reactivite de Surface, Paris (France); Stievano, Lorenzo [UPMC Paris VI, UMR 7197, Laboratoire de Reactivite de Surface, Paris (France); Institut Charles Gerhardt-AIME, UMR CNRS 5253, Universite Montpellier 2, Montpellier (France); Giantomassi, Federica; Lucarini, Guendalina; Rippo, Maria Rita; Pugnaloni, Armanda [Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche e Molecolari, Torrette (Ancona) (Italy)


    Chemical reactivity of asbestos tremolite from Italy and USA localities and Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC) crocidolite was studied in relation to Fe content, oxidation state, and structural coordination. Direct correlation between amount of Fe{sup 2+} at the exposed M(1) and M(2) sites of the amphibole structure and fiber chemical reactivity was established. The in vitro toxicity of the same samples was investigated on human alveolar A549 cell line. Relationship between crystal-chemical features and cell toxicity is not straightforward. UICC crocidolite has Fe content and chemical reactivity largely higher than that of tremolite samples, but all show comparable in vitro toxic potential. Results obtained evidenced that Fe topochemistry is not a primary factor for induced cell toxicity, though it accounts for asbestos chemical reactivity (and possibly genotoxicity). (orig.)

  13. An Evaluation of Potential Occupational Exposure to Asbestiform Amphiboles near a Former Vermiculite Mine

    Julie F. Hart


    Full Text Available Amphibole asbestos (AA has been detected on the surface of tree bark in forests neighboring an abandoned vermiculite mine near Libby, Montana. In the present study, simulations were performed to assess potential AA exposure associated with United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (FS occupational activities. Bark samples were collected prior, and personal breathing zone (PBZ and Tyvek clothing wipe samples were collected during and immediately after trials that simulated FS activities. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM analyses revealed AA bark concentrations up to 15 million structures per square centimeter (s/cm2. AA was detected in 25% of the PBZ TEM samples. AA was detected on wipe samples collected from all activities evaluated. This research demonstrates the potential for airborne exposure and transport of AA in the Kootenai National Forest. These findings are especially relevant to those that work in the area and to the general public who may conduct recreational activities.

  14. Cellular and inflammatory responses in bronchoalveolar lavage and lungs in rats after intratracheal instillation of Libby amphibole or amosite asbestos

    The high incidence of asbestos-related disease in residents of Libby, Montana, is associated with the mining of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite, but the etiology of disease related to Libby amphibole asbestos (LA) exposure is unclear. In this study, water elutriation was used t...

  15. In Vitro Dissolution of Libby Amphibole, Amosite Asbestos, and MMVF Using Acid and Synthetic Lung Fluid Media.

    Toxicity of inhaled fibers is dependent in part on biopersistence due to changes in size distribution after deposition and clearance in the respiratory tract. To model this in vivo behavior, respirable (PM2.5) Libby amphibole (LA) and amosite asbestos, and a reference material gl...

  16. Mantle amphibole control on arc and within-plate chemical signatures: Quaternary lavas from Kurdistan Province, Iran

    Kheirkhah, M.; Allen, M. B.; Neill, I.; Emami, M. H.; McLeod, C.


    New analyses of Quaternary lavas from Kurdistan Province in west Iran shed light on the nature of collision zone magmatism. The rocks are from the Turkish-Iranian plateau within the Arabia-Eurasia collision. Compositions are typically basanite, hawaiite and alkali basalt. Sr-Nd isotope values are close to BSE, which is similar to Quaternary alkali basalts of NW Iran, but distinct from a depleted source melting under Mount Ararat. The chemical signatures suggests variable melting of two distinct sources. One inferred source produced melts with La/Nb from~3.5 to~1.2, which we model as the result of depletion of amphibole during ≤1% melting in the garnet stability field. We infer phlogopite in the source of potassic lavas from Takab. Lithosphere delamination or slab break-off mechanisms for triggering melting are problematic, as the lithosphere is~150-200km thick. It is possible that the negative dT/dP section of the amphibole peridotite solidus was crossed as a result of lithospheric thickening in the collision zone. This explanation is conditional upon the mantle source being weakly hydrated and so only containing a small proportion of amphibole, which can be exhausted during small degrees of partial melting. Our model maybe viable for other magmatic areas within orogenic plateaux, e.g. northern Tibet. Depletion of mantle amphibole may also help explain larger scale transitions from arc to within-plate chemistry in orogens, such as the Palaeogene Arabia-Eurasia system.

  17. The Amphibole-Bearing Chondrite Meteorite LAP04840: Metamorphism and `Tectonics' in a Hydrous Asteroid

    Treiman, A. H.; McCanta, M. C.; Essene, E. J.


    LAP04840 is an R-chondrite found in Antarctica, and is unique among meteorites in containing abundant amphibole and biotite. Its chondrules (>500 μm diam) sit in a granoblastic matrix of grains ~20 μm across. Amphibole and biotite grains are anhedral to subhedral, to ~100 μm, and concentrated in chondrules. Commonly, they fit among the olivine and opx grains in regions that would (in anhydrous chondrules) have been occupied by cpx, mesostasis, or glass. Minerals are unzoned, and have constant compositions: olivine Fo62Fa38, Opx En60Wo01, plagioclase An07Ab90, magnesio-hornblende, (Ca1.52Na0.81K0.44) (Mg3.60Fe1.27Mn0.01Ti0.04Cr0.08) (Si6.95Al1.02Fe0.03) O22 (OH1.94?F0.05Cl0.01), sodian phlogopite (low Ti, F, Cl), magnetite (Mt63Chr28Sp05Usp04) and Fe-Ni sulfides. This assemblage is consistent with amphibolite facies equilibrium. Amph-plg thermometry (Holland &Blundy, 1994) gives 675°C, which is consistent with limits of ~600

  18. Prevention of disease caused by fluoro-edenite fibrous amphibole: the way forward

    Caterina Bruno


    Full Text Available Few months after the publication of the monographic section of Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità second issue of 2014 "Health impact of fibres with fluoro-edenitic composition", the carcinogenicity of fluoro-edenite was assessed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC in the frame of Monograph 111. The IARC Working Group concluded that there is sufficient evidence in humans that exposure to fluoroedenite fibrous amphibole causes mesothelioma, and sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals. Fluoro-edenite was allocated to Group 1 (the agent is carcinogenic to humans. Now, in view of the recent IARC evaluation, preventive action in Biancavilla requires an upgrade. First of all, environmental monitoring has to be further implemented. All operations of house cleaning should be performed employing wet tools, in order to avoid dust-raising. It is very important that environmental and biological monitoring be related to epidemiological surveillance. The recently approved act of the Sicilian Government concerning a plan of health interventions in Biancavilla will favour cooperation between national, regional and local health institutions with the common goal of improving the quality and appropriateness of diagnostic and therapeutics procedures offered by the health services.

  19. Particle Size Characterization of Water-Elutriated Libby Amphibole 2000 and RTI International Amosite

    Lowers, Heather; Bern, Amy M.


    This report presents data on particle characterization analyzed by scanning electron microscopy on Libby amphibole collected by the U.S. Geological Survey in 2000 (LA2000) and amosite material collected by RTI International (RTI amosite). The particle characterization data were generated to support a portion of the Libby Action Plan. Prior to analysis, the raw LA2000 and RTI amosite materials were subjected to a preparation step. Each sample was water-elutriated by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Office of Research and Development, Research Triangle Park using the methods generally described in another published report and then delivered to the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Microbeam Laboratory for analysis. Data presented here represent analyses performed by the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Microbeam Laboratory and USEPA National Enforcement Investigations Center. This report consists of two Excel spreadsheet files developed by USEPA, Region 8 Superfund Technical Assistance Unit and describe the particle size characterization of the LA2000 and RTI amosite, respectively. Multiple tabs and data entry cells exist in each spreadsheet and are defined herein.

  20. In vitro determinants of asbestos fiber toxicity: Effect on the relative toxicity of Libby Amphibole in pirmary human airway epithelial cells

    Background An abnormally high incidence of lung disease has been observed in the residents of Libby, Montana, which has been attributed to occupational and environmental exposure to fibrous amphiboles originating from a nearby contaminated vermiculite mine. The composition of L...

  1. Autoantibodies from mice exposed to Libby amphibole asbestos bind SSA/Ro52-enriched apoptotic blebs of murine macrophages

    Asbestos exposure is associated with increased autoimmune responses in humans. For example, in Libby, MT where significant asbestos exposure has occurred due to an asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mine near the community, residents have developed increased autoimmune responses compared to an unexposed population. However, the exact mechanism by which Libby amphibole asbestos generates autoimmune responses is unclear. A murine model of amphibole asbestos-induced autoimmunity was recently established, and one of the targets of the autoantibodies (AAs) was the SSA/Ro52 autoantigen. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the SSA/Ro52 autoantigen is exposed at the surface of cells as a result of asbestos exposure as a possible mechanism leading to antigenicity. Our results indicate that Libby asbestos induces apoptosis in murine macrophages as determined by phosphatidylserine exposure, cleavage of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase and morphological changes such as nuclear condensation. Moreover, asbestos-induced apoptosis results in the formation of apoptotic cell surface blebs enriched in SSA/Ro52 as determined by confocal microscopy. Most importantly, apoptotic cell surface blebs are recognized by AAs from mice exposed to amphibole asbestos suggesting that these cell surface structures may be antigenic when presented in a pro-inflammatory context. This study supports the hypothesis that the induction of apoptosis plays a key role in environmentally induced autoimmunity through cell surface exposure of a known autoantigen

  2. A case control study of lung cancer and exposure to chrysotile and amphibole at a slovenian asbestos-cement plant.

    Dodic Fikfak, M; Kriebel, D; Quinn, M M; Eisen, E A; Wegman, D H


    A lung cancer case-control study was conducted in a Slovenian asbestos-cement factory for which unusually good records of asbestos exposures were available. The cohort consisted of all 6714 workers employed at the Salonit Anhovo factory after 31 December 1946 who worked there for at least one day between 1964 and 1994. Fifty-eight histologically confirmed cases of primary lung cancer and 290 controls were selected from the cohort. Working life exposure histories to amphibole and chrysotile forms of asbestos were estimated separately. Airborne asbestos concentrations were low. For example, the arithmetic mean exposure to all forms of asbestos in the highest exposure period (1947-1971) was 1.2 f/cm(3). Chrysotile asbestos made up about 90% of this exposure (mean 1.1 f/cm(3)), whereas amphibole accounted for 10% (0.1 f/cm(3)). Comparing those above and below the 90 percentile of cumulative exposure, the odds ratios for all asbestos, chrysotile and amphibole were 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0, respectively, but confidence intervals were wide. There are only a few asbestos-lung cancer studies with high-quality exposure data and exposures in this low range. Though imprecise, the findings are important to the ongoing debate about asbestos risks. PMID:17351264

  3. A review of scientific literature examining the mining history, geology, mineralogy, and amphibole asbestos health effects of the Rainy Creek igneous complex, Libby, Montana, USA.

    Bandli, Bryan R; Gunter, Mickey E


    This article reviews the past 90 yr of scientific research directed on multiple aspects of the unique geology and environmental health issues surrounding the vermiculite deposit found at Libby, MT. Hydrothermal alteration and extensive weathering of the ultramafic units resulted in the formation of a rich deposit of vermiculite that was mined for 67 yr and used in numerous consumer products in its expanded form. Later intrusions of alkaline units caused hydrothermal alteration of the pyroxenes, resulting in formation of amphiboles. Some of these amphiboles occur in the asbestiform habit and have been associated with pulmonary disease in former miners and mill workers. Identification of these amphibole asbestos minerals has received little attention in the past, but recent work shows that the majority of the amphibole mineral species present may not be any of the amphibole species currently regulated by government agencies. Epidemiological studies on former miners have, nevertheless, shown that the amphibole asbestos from the Rainy Creek igneous complex is harmful; also, a recent study by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry shows that residents of Libby who had not been employed in the vermiculite mining or milling operations also appear to have developed asbestos-related pulmonary diseases at a higher rate than the general public elsewhere. Since November 1999, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been involved in the cleanup of asbestos-contaminated sites in and around Libby associated with the mining and processing of vermiculite. PMID:16920668

  4. Libby amphibole-induced mesothelial cell autoantibodies promote collagen deposition in mice.

    Gilmer, John; Serve, Kinta; Davis, Chad; Anthony, Marti; Hanson, Robert; Harding, Tanner; Pfau, Jean C


    Libby amphibole (LA) causes a unique progressive lamellar pleural fibrosis (LPF) that is associated with pulmonary function decline. Pleural fibrosis among the LA-exposed population of Libby, MT, has been associated with the production of anti-mesothelial cell autoantibodies (MCAA), which induce collagen production from cultured human mesothelial cells. We hypothesized that the progressive nature of LPF could be at least partially attributed to an autoimmune process and sought to demonstrate that LA-induced MCAA trigger collagen deposition in vivo. C57BL/6 mice were exposed to LA for 7 mo, and serum was tested for MCAA by cell-based ELISA on primary mouse mesothelial cells. When treated in vitro with serum from mice exposed to LA, mesothelial cells upregulated collagen matrix production. This effect was lost when the serum was cleared of IgG using protein G beads, implicating IgG autoantibodies. Using the peritoneal cavity as a surrogate for the pleural cavity, groups of naïve (non-asbestos-exposed) mice were injected intraperitoneally with 1) control serum, 2) one dose of serum from LA-exposed mice (LA serum), 3) two doses of LA serum, or 4) two doses of LA serum cleared of IgG. After 1 mo, analysis of collagen in peritoneal walls using two-photon confocal microscopy (SHG analysis) and a hydroxyproline assay demonstrated significant increases in collagen by LA serum but not control or cleared serum. These data support the hypothesis that MCAA in LA-exposed mice induce fibrotic responses in vivo, demonstrating that an autoimmune component may be contributing to the progressive pleural fibrosis seen in LA-exposed patients. PMID:27106292

  5. Experimental Calibration of Amphibole Break Down Rates in Response to Decompression and Heating: Examples From the 1989-1990 eruptions of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska

    Browne, B. L.; Gardner, J. E.


    Amphiboles are an important mineral common to a variety of magmas, and are especially sensitive to subtle variations in the water content and temperature of the surrounding melt that induces disequilibria through changing pressure (via ascent) or heating (via magma mixing events). For example, as magma rises toward the surface, hydrous amphiboles, stable at high water pressures, react with their surrounding degassing melt to form anhydrous minerals. Also, when magmas of intermediate composition mix with more primitive magmas of higher temperature, hydrous amphiboles, stable at lower temperatures break down by reacting with the resulting hybrid melt. Only a handful of studies have been performed that directly address the stability of amphiboles as an indicator of the rate at which magmatic processes such as mixing and ascent occur. We examine the stability of amphibole through a series of decompression and heating experiments using dacitic and andesitic magma erupted from Redoubt volcano, Alaska in 1989-1990. Redoubt dacite contains magnesio-hornblende and orthopyroxene, whereas the andesite contains pargasitic amphiboles and clinopyroxene. Both contain plagioclase, magnetite, and ilmenite in rhyolitic glass. The stability limits of the hornblende and pargasite were first constrained by phase-equilibrium experiments. For the dacite, experiments indicate that the magma last equilibrated at approximately 840° C and 155 MPa. Isothermal decompression experiments were thus carried to examine the growth rate of reaction rims on the hornblendes in response to the degassing melt. All decompression experiments were initially held at 840° C and 150 MPa for approximately 5 days before decompression. These experiments show that during a 840° C constant rate decompression from 6 km to the surface, no reaction rims developed on amphibole in 2 or 3.5 days (10-20 cm/s), a 2-um rim developed in 5.5 days (1 cm/s), and a 9-um rim developed in 20 days (0.5 cm/s). The third series of

  6. Hydrogen isotope investigation of amphibole and glass in dacite magmas erupted in 1980-1986 and 2005 at Mount St. Helens, Washington

    Underwood, S.J.; Feeley, T.C.; Clynne, M.A.


    In active, shallow, sub-volcanic magma conduits the extent of the dehydrogenation–oxidation reaction in amphibole phenocrysts is controlled by energetic processes that cause crystal lattice damage or conditions that increase hydrogen diffusivity in magmatic phases. Amphibole phenocrysts separated from dacitic volcanic rocks erupted from 1980 to 1986 and in 2005 at Mount St. Helens (MSH) were analyzed for δD, water content and Fe3+/Fe2+, and fragments of glassy groundmass were analyzed for δD and water content. Changes in amphibole δD values through time are evaluated within the context of carefully observed volcanic eruption behavior and published petrological and geochemical investigations. Driving forces for amphibole dehydrogenation include increase in magma oxygen fugacity, decrease in amphibole hydrogen fugacity, or both. The phenocryst amphibole (δD value c. –57‰ and 2 wt % H2O) in the white fallout pumice of the May 18, 1980 plinian eruptive phase is probably little modified during rapid magma ascent up an ∼7 km conduit. Younger volcanic rocks incorporate some shallowly degassed dacitic magma from earlier pulses, based on amphibole phenocryst populations that exhibit varying degrees of dehydrogenation. Pyroclastic rocks from explosive eruptions in June–October 1980 have elevated abundances of mottled amphibole phenocrysts (peaking in some pyroclastic rocks erupted on July 22, 1980), and extensive amphibole dehydrogenation is linked to crystal damage from vesiculation and pyroclastic fountain collapse that increased effective hydrogen diffusion in amphibole. Multiple amphibole δD populations in many 1980 pyroclastic rocks combined with their groundmass characteristics (e.g. mixed pumice textures) support models of shallow mixing prior to, or during, eruption as new, volatile-rich magma pulses blended with more oxidized, degassed magma. Amphibole dehydrogenation is quenched at the top surface of MSH dacite lava lobes, but the diversity in the

  7. Magnitude and symmetry of seismic anisotropy in mica- and amphibole-bearing metamorphic rocks and implications for tectonic interpretation of seismic data from the southeast Tibetan Plateau

    Ji, Shaocheng; Shao, Tongbin; Michibayashi, Katsuyoshi; Oya, Shoma; Satsukawa, Takako; Wang, Qian; Zhao, Weihua; Salisbury, Matthew H.


    We calibrated the magnitude and symmetry of seismic anisotropy for 132 mica- or amphibole-bearing metamorphic rocks to constrain their departures from transverse isotropy (TI) which is usually assumed in the interpretation of seismic data. The average bulk Vp anisotropy at 600 MPa for the chlorite schists, mica schists, phyllites, sillimanite-mica schists, and amphibole schists examined is 12.0%, 12.8%, 12.8%, 17.0%, and 12.9%, respectively. Most of the schists show Vp anisotropy in the foliation plane which averages 2.4% for phyllites, 3.3% for mica schists, 4.1% for chlorite schists, 6.8% for sillimanite-mica schists, and 5.2% for amphibole schists. This departure from TI is due to the presence of amphibole, sillimanite, and quartz. Amphibole and sillimanite develop strong crystallographic preferred orientations with the fast c axes parallel to the lineation, forming orthorhombic anisotropy with Vp(X) > Vp(Y) > Vp(Z). Effects of quartz are complicated, depending on its volume fraction and prevailing slip system. Most of the mica- or amphibole-bearing schists and mylonites are approximately transversely isotropic in terms of S wave velocities and splitting although their P wave properties may display orthorhombic symmetry. The results provide insight for the interpretation of seismic data from the southeast Tibetan Plateau. The N-S to NW-SE polarized crustal anisotropy in the Sibumasu and Indochina blocks is caused by subvertically foliated mica- and amphibole-bearing rocks deformed by predominantly compressional folding and subordinate strike-slip shear. These blocks have been rotated clockwise 70-90° around the east Himalayan Syntaxis, without finite eastward or southeastward extrusion, in responding to progressive indentation of India into Asia.

  8. Nonlinear Modelling of Orthopyroxene and Amphibole Mineral Modes in Orbicules from Fisher Lake CA

    Durant, D. G.; Fowler, A. D.


    Geochemical self-organization or spontaneous patterning, caused by positive feedback between reaction and transport, which creates amplification of any fluctuations in the system, can occur when a system is pushed into a far-from-equilibrium (FFE) state. The patterning is thus a construct of the system that allows the dissipation of those energies that pushed it into the FFE state and not a template forced onto the system by boundary conditions. The Fisher Lake CA orbicules contain plagioclase and orthopyroxene that show characteristics of FFE cooling; for instance, reverse-zoned radiating crystals organized in a highly complex pattern. The decimetre-scale orbicules are surrounded by a homogeneous mosaic of crystals characteristic of near-to-equilibrium (NTE) plutonic cooling environments. Thus the orbicular comb texture is interpreted as the response of a FFE magma toward achieving equilibrium. The innermost shell of an orbicule, containing the largest, most spectacular reverse-zoned branching orthopyroxene crystals, represents the largest step towards NTE. Rapid precipitation of minerals quickly decreased the free energy of the system such that an overshooting occurred, resulting in a chemical oscillation about the equilibrium value, which gradually decreased as the system approached NTE. Evidence of this mechanism is seen in the shell mineral modes of orthopyroxene and amphibole. Initially the oscillations are large and antithetical, i.e. as the amount of one mineral increases the other decreases and vice versa. The amplitudes of the oscillations gradually decrease flattening out to a more constant value or stable state; thus looking much like a damped pendulum. An empirical nonlinear model based on the modified Volterra-Lotka equations models these curves. The modelling demonstrates that pattern formation can occur without a periodic external forcing of the intensive variables of the magmatic system as the magma cools and solidifies. Smooth changes in these

  9. Crystallography of hornblende amphibole in LAP04840 R chondrite and implication for its metamorphic history

    LAP04840 is an unusual R chondrite that includes abundant hornblende amphibole. LAP04840 shows a texture of equilibrated chondrite composed of 59.3% olivine, 13.5% orthopyroxene, 13.3% hornblende, 6.2% plagio-clase, 6.0% Fe-Ni sulfide, and 1.7% accessory minerals. Hornblende replaces olivine and pyroxene in both chondrules and matrices, suggesting its secondary origin. All major phases in LAP04840 are homogeneous: olivine (Fa37), orthopyroxene (En70Wo1), and plagioclase (An8Or2). Hornblende is also nearly homogeneous, but the total sum by electron microprobe analysis is 96-98 wt%, suggesting the presence of Fe3+ and a hydroxyl group. Synchrotron Fe-XANES analysis gives a Fe3+/ΣFe ratio of ∼0.6 and micro-FT-IR analysis confirms the presence of a hydroxyl group. Thus, the structural formula is (Na0.40K0.04) (Ca1.46Mn0.02Fe0.062+Na0.46) (Al0.08Fe0.432+Fe0.753+Cr0.08Mg3.60) (Si7.02Al0.98)O22(OH)2. Single crystal X-ray diffraction of LAP04840 hornblende gives the following lattice constants: a=9.7957(9) A, b=18.0788(12) A, c=5.2949(5) A, β=104.747(3)deg. The relatively short distances of [M(1)-O=2.069 A], [M(2)-O=2.081 A], and [M(3)-O=2.058 A] suggest the feasible preference of small Fe3+ at these sites. The mineralogy and petrology of LAP04840 are consistent with its classification as an R6 chondrite. However, the presence of hornblende and biotite is quite unique among not only R chondrites but also asteroidal meteorites in general. The presence of these hydrous minerals suggests metamorphism under high pressure and an aqueous environment probably at depth in the parent body. A thermometer using hornblende and plagioclase equilibria gives T=670-690degC. Further, a barometer using Al content in hornblende gives P=∼0.1 GPa. Although these estimates bear some uncertainties, it is likely that the size of the R chondrite parent body was large enough to induce such metamorphism. (author)

  10. Mantle derivation of Archean amphibole-bearing granitoid and associated mafic rocks: evidence from the southern Superior Province, Canada

    Sutcliffe, Richard H.; Smith, Alan R.; Doherty, William; Barnett, Robert L.


    Amphibole-bearing, Late Archean (2.73 2.68 Ga) granitoids of the southern Superior Province are examined to constrain processes of crustal development. The investigated plutons, which range from tonalite and diorite to monzodiorite, monzonite, and syenite, share textural, mineralogical and geochemical attributes suggesting a common origin as juvenile magmas. Despite variation in modal mineralogy, the plutons are geochemically characterized by normative quartz, high Al2O3 (> 15 wt%), Na-rich fractionation trends (mol Na2O/K2O >2), low to moderate Rb (generallyenclaves and igneous layers and as intrusive units which exhibit textures indicative of contemporaneous mafic and felsic magmatism. Mafic mineral assemblages include: hornblende + biotite in tonalites; augite + biotite ± orthopyroxene ± pargasitic hornblende or hornblende+biotite in dioritic to monzodioritic rocks; and aegirine-augite ± silicic edenite ± biotite in syenite to alkali granite. Discrete plagioclase and microcline grains are present in most of the suites, however, some of the syenitic rocks are hypersolvus granitoids and contain only perthite. Mafic-ultramafic rocks have REE and Y contents indicative of their formation as amphibole-rich cumulates from the associated granitoids. Some cumulate rocks have skeletal amphibole with XMg(Mg/(Mg+ Fe2+)) indicative of crystallization from more primitive liquids than the host granitoids. Geochemical variation in the granitoid suites is compatible with fractionation of amphibole together with subordinate plagioclase and, in some cases, mixing of fractionated and primitive magmas. Mafic to ultramafic units with magnesium-rich cumulus phases and primitive granitoids (mol MgO/ (MgO+0.9 FeOTOTAL) from 0.60 to 0.70 and CT >150 ppm) are comagmatic with the evolved granitoids and indicate that the suites are mantle-derived. Isotopic studies of Archean monzodioritic rocks have shown LREE enrichment and initial 143Nd/144Nd ratios indicating derivation from mantle

  11. Trace-element composition and zoning in clinopyroxene- and amphibole-group minerals: Implications for element partitioning and evolution of carbonatites

    Reguir, Ekaterina P.; Chakhmouradian, Anton R.; Pisiak, Laura; Halden, Norman M.; Yang, Panseok; Xu, Cheng; Kynický, Jindřich; Couëslan, Chris G.


    The present work is a first comprehensive study of the trace-element composition and zoning in clinopyroxene- and amphibole-group minerals from carbonatites, incorporating samples from 14 localities worldwide (Afrikanda, Aley, Alnö, Blue River, Eden Lake, Huayangchuan, Murun, Oka, Ozernaya Varaka, Ozernyi, Paint Lake, Pinghe, Prairie Lake, Turiy Mys). The new electron-microprobe data presented here significantly extend the known compositional range of clinopyroxenes and amphiboles from carbonatites. These data confirm that calcic and sodic clinopyroxenes from carbonatites are not separated by a compositional gap, instead forming an arcuate trend from nearly pure diopside through intermediate aegirine-augite compositions confined to a limited range of CaFeSi 2O 6 contents (15-45 mol%) to aegirine with magnesio-ferrikatophorite, richterite, magnesioriebeckite, ferri-nyböite and (potassic-)magnesio-arfvedsonite. In comparison with the clinopyroxenes, the amphiboles contain similar levels of tetravalent high-field-strength elements (Ti, Zr and Hf) and compatible transition elements (Cr, Co and Ni), but are capable of incorporating much higher concentrations of Sc and incompatible elements (up to 500 ppm Sc, 43 ppm Rb, 1470 ppm Sr, 1230 ppm Ba, 80 ppm Pb, 1070 ppm REE, 140 ppm Y, and 180 ppm Nb). In some carbonatites, amphiboles contribute as much as 25% of the Zr + Hf, 15% of the Sr and 35% of the Rb + Ba whole-rock budget. Both clinopyroxenes and amphiboles may also host a significant share (~ 10%) of the bulk heavy-REE content. Our trace-element data show that the partitioning of REE between clinopyroxene (and, in some samples, amphibole) and the melt is clearly bimodal and requires a revision of the existing models assuming single-site REE partitioning. Clinopyroxenes and amphiboles from carbonatites exhibit a diversity of zoning patterns that cannot be explained exclusively on the basis of crystal chemistry and relative compatibility of different trace-element in

  12. Examination of Libby, Montana, Fill Material for Background Levels of Amphibole from the Rainy Creek Complex Using Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis

    Adams, David T.; Langer, William H.; Hoefen, Todd M.; Van Gosen, Bradley S.; Meeker, Gregory P.


    Natural background levels of Libby-type amphibole in the sediment of the Libby valley in Montana have not, up to this point, been determined. The purpose of this report is to provide the preliminary findings of a study designed by both the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and performed by the U.S. Geological Survey. The study worked to constrain the natural background levels of fibrous amphiboles potentially derived from the nearby Rainy Creek Complex. The material selected for this study was sampled from three localities, two of which are active open-pit sand and gravel mines. Seventy samples were collected in total and examined using a scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer. All samples contained varying amounts of feldspars, ilmenite, magnetite, quartz, clay minerals, pyroxene minerals, and non-fibrous amphiboles such as tremolite, actinolite, and magnesiohornblende. Of the 70 samples collected, only three had detectable levels of fibrous amphiboles compatible with those found in the rainy creek complex. The maximum concentration, identified here, of the amphiboles potentially from the Rainy Creek Complex is 0.083 percent by weight.

  13. A Mössbauer and FTIR study of synthetic amphiboles along the magnesioriebeckite ferri-clinoholmquistite join

    della Ventura, Giancarlo; Redhammer, Günther J.; Iezzi, Gianluca; Hawthorne, Frank C.; Papin, Arnaud; Robert, Jean-Louis


    A series of amphiboles along the magnesioriebeckite—□Na2Mg3Fe3+ 2Si8O22(OH)2 ferri-clinoholmquistite—□Li2Mg3Fe3+ 2Si8O22(OH)2 - join, defined by the BLiB Na-1 exchange vector, were hydrothermally synthesized at 700°C, 0.4 GPa, NNO + 1 redox conditions. Powder XRD and SEM-EDAX showed a very high (> 90%) amphibole yield for all samples. X-ray patterns were indexed in the C2/m space group; refined cell-parameters show a linear decrease of a and β as a function of chemistry. IR spectra in the OH-stretching region show four main and rather sharp bands; these are assigned to Mg and Fe2+ at M(1,3), and indicate that the obtained amphiboles depart from the nominal octahedral composition (M1,3Mg3). The IR spectra also show that there is an increasing filling-up of the A-site for increasing Na in the system (increasing solid-solution toward, arfvedsonite). Mössbauer spectra show four well-defined quadrupole doublets which are assigned to Fe3+ at M2 and to Fe2+ at M1, M3 and M4, respectively. The Fe3+/Fe2+ content derived from fitted peak areas show variable Fe3+ concentration along the series. Mössbauer spectra also show a distinct alteration of 57Fe hyperfine parameters with changing Na Li at M4. The most evident variation is observed for the quadrupole splitting of Fe3+ at M2, which increases by ≈50% from ferri-clinoholmquistite to magnesio-riebeckite; this suggest that the M2 octahedron in ferri-clinoholmquistite is much closer to the ideal geometry than the M2 octahedron in magnesio-riebeckite. Mössbauer spectra show also a well-defined increase in the Fe2+ quadrupole splitting of the M1 and M3 octahedra, which is attributed to the Na Li distribution at the B-sites.

  14. Hydrogen isotope investigation of amphibole and biotite phenocrysts in silicic magmas erupted at Lassen Volcanic Center, California

    Underwood, S.J.; Feeley, T.C.; Clynne, M.A.


    Hydrogen isotope ratio, water content and Fe3 +/Fe2 + in coexisting amphibole and biotite phenocrysts in volcanic rocks can provide insight into shallow pre- and syn-eruptive magmatic processes such as vesiculation, and lava drainback with mixing into less devolatilized magma that erupts later in a volcanic sequence. We studied four ~ 35 ka and younger eruption sequences (i.e. Kings Creek, Lassen Peak, Chaos Crags, and 1915) at the Lassen Volcanic Center (LVC), California, where intrusion of crystal-rich silicic magma mushes by mafic magmas is inferred from the varying abundances of mafic magmatic inclusions (MMIs) in the silicic volcanic rocks. Types and relative proportions of reacted and unreacted hydrous phenocryst populations are evaluated with accompanying chemical and H isotope changes. Biotite phenocrysts were more susceptible to rehydration in older vesicular glassy volcanic rocks than coexisting amphibole phenocrysts. Biotite and magnesiohornblende phenocrysts toward the core of the Lassen Peak dome are extensively dehydroxylated and reacted from prolonged exposure to high temperature, low pressure, and higher fO2 conditions from post-emplacement cooling. In silicic volcanic rocks not affected by alteration, biotite phenocrysts are often relatively more dehydroxylated than are magnesiohornblende phenocrysts of similar size; this is likely due to the ca 10 times larger overall bulk H diffusion coefficient in biotite. A simplified model of dehydrogenation in hydrous phenocrysts above reaction closure temperature suggests that eruption and quench of magma ascended to the surface in a few hours is too short a time for substantial H loss from amphibole. In contrast, slowly ascended magma can have extremely dehydrogenated and possibly dehydrated biotite, relatively less dehydrogenated magnesiohornblende and reaction rims on both phases. Eruptive products containing the highest proportions of mottled dehydrogenated crystals could indicate that within a few days

  15. The formation environment of potassic-chloro-hastingsite in the nakhlites MIL 03346 and pairs and NWA 5790: Insights from terrestrial chloro-amphibole

    Giesting, Paul A.; Filiberto, Justin


    Potassic-chloro-hastingsite has been found in melt inclusions in MIL 03346, its paired stones, and NWA 5790. It is some of the most chlorine-rich amphibole ever analyzed. In this article, we evaluate what crystal chemistry, terrestrial analogs, and experiments have shown about how chlorine-dominant amphibole (chloro-amphibole) forms and apply these insights to the nakhlites. Chloro-amphibole is rare, with about a dozen identified localities on Earth. It is always rich in potassium and iron and poor in titanium. In terrestrial settings, its presence has been interpreted to result from medium to high-grade alteration (>400 °C) of a protolith by an alkali and/or iron chloride-rich aqueous fluid. Ferrous chloride fluids exsolved from mafic magmas can cause such alteration, as can crustal fluids that have reacted with rock and lost H2O in preference to chloride, resulting in concentrated alkali chloride fluids. In the case of the nakhlites, an aqueous alkali-ferrous chloride fluid was exsolved from the parental melt as it crystallized. This aqueous chloride fluid itself likely unmixed into chloride-dominant and water-dominant fluids. Chloride-dominant fluid was trapped in some melt inclusions and reacted with the silicate contents of the inclusion to form potassic-chloro-hastingsite.

  16. Equilibrium partitioning and subsequent re-distribution of halogens among apatite-biotite-amphibole assemblages from mantle-derived plutonic rocks: Complexities revealed

    Teiber, Holger; Scharrer, Manuel; Marks, Michael A. W.; Arzamastsev, Andrei A.; Wenzel, Thomas; Markl, Gregor


    The concentration of halogens in apatite, biotite and amphibole is investigated for a large variety of mantle-derived plutonic rocks (gabbros, diorites, monzonites, olivine- and pyroxene-bearing monzonitic to granitic rocks, syenites, carbonatites and a phoscorite). In all rocks studied, apatite occurs as an early magmatic phase, whereas biotite and amphibole may occur either as a late magmatic phase or as late-stage, potentially hydrothermal product replacing precursor olivine, pyroxene and Fe-Ti oxides (ilmenite and magnetite). Based on electron microprobe analyses for F and Cl and detailed textural observations, we test existing models of halogen partitioning between apatite and biotite. Bromine concentration data for apatite, biotite and amphibole are used to further refine our understanding of the geochemical similarities and differences between Cl and Br during magmatic and hydrothermal processes. Our data suggests that F and Cl contents in apatite, biotite and amphibole can indeed be useful monitors of the halogen systematics in magmas, but they may also be subject to post-magmatic changes to variable extents. The relatively small radius and compatible F cation seems to be less prone to post-magmatic alteration and is likely to best reflect the original magmatic halogen abundances - especially in apatite. However, the larger and probably more incompatible Cl anion, is more easily re-mobilized as reflected by strong redistribution of Cl in biotite and amphibole which have been clearly overprinted by hydrothermal fluids. In certain cases, the ability of halogens to re-distribute themselves after magmatic equilibrium partitioning (as emphasized by our data) suggests that observed partitioning (especially between apatite and biotite) may also be used as a very sensitive indicator for post-magmatic hydrothermal processes.

  17. Fractional crystallization of high-K arc magmas: biotite- versus amphibole-dominated fractionation series in the Dariv Igneous Complex, Western Mongolia

    Bucholz, Claire E.; Jagoutz, Oliver; Schmidt, Max W.; Sambuu, Oyungerel


    Many studies have documented hydrous fractionation of calc-alkaline basalts producing tonalitic, granodioritic, and granitic melts, but the origin of more alkaline arc sequences dominated by high-K monzonitic suites has not been thoroughly investigated. This study presents results from a combined field, petrologic, and whole-rock geochemical study of a paleo-arc alkaline fractionation sequence from the Dariv Range of the Mongolian Altaids. The Dariv Igneous Complex of Western Mongolia is composed of a complete, moderately hydrous, alkaline fractionation sequence ranging from phlogopite-bearing ultramafic and mafic cumulates to quartz-monzonites to late-stage felsic (63-75 wt% SiO2) dikes. A volumetrically subordinate more hydrous, amphibole-dominated fractionation sequence is also present and comprises amphibole (±phlogopite) clinopyroxenites, gabbros, and diorites. We present 168 whole-rock analyses for the biotite- and amphibole-dominated series. First, we constrain the liquid line of descent (LLD) of a primitive, alkaline arc melt characterized by biotite as the dominant hydrous phase through a fractionation model that incorporates the stepwise subtraction of cumulates of a fixed composition. The modeled LLD reproduces the geochemical trends observed in the "liquid-like" intrusives of the biotite series (quartz-monzonites and felsic dikes) and follows the water-undersaturated albite-orthoclase cotectic (at 0.2-0.5 GPa). Second, as distinct biotite- and amphibole-dominated fractionation series are observed, we investigate the controls on high-temperature biotite versus amphibole crystallization from hydrous arc melts. Analysis of a compilation of hydrous experimental starting materials and high-Mg basalts saturated in biotite and/or amphibole suggests that the degree of K enrichment controls whether biotite will crystallize as an early high-T phase, whereas the degree of water saturation is the dominant control of amphibole crystallization. Therefore, if a melt

  18. A Mössbauer and FTIR study of synthetic amphiboles along the magnesio-riebeckite - ferri-clinoholmquistite join

    della Ventura, G.; Redhammer, G.; Iezzi, G.; Papin, A.; Robert, J. L.


    Seven compositions along the magnesio-riebeckite - Na_2Mg_3Fe3+_2Si_8O22(OH)_2 - ferri-clinoholmquistite - Li_2Mg_3Fe3+_2Si_8O{22}(OH)_2 - solid-solution, defined by the ^BLi^BNa-1 exchange vector, were hydrothermally synthesized at 700^oC, 0.4 Gpa, NNO+1 redox conditions. Powder XRD and SEM-EDAX revealed a very high (>95%) amphibole yield for all samples. X-ray patterns were indexed in the C2/m space group; refined cell-parameters show a linear decrease of a and β as a function of chemistry. IR spectra in the OH-stretching region show four main and rather sharp bands, that are assigned to Mg and Fe2+ distributing at M(1,3), and suggest that the obtained amphiboles significantly depart from the nominal octahedral composition (M1,3Mg_3). The IR spectra also show that there is an increasing filling-up of the A-site for increasing Na in the system (solid-solution toward arfvedsonite). Mössbauer spectra shown four well-defined quadrupole doublets which can be assigned to Fe3+ at M(2) and to Fe2+ at M(1), M(3) and M(4), respectively. The Fe3+/Fe2+ content measured from fitted peak areas show variable ferric iron concentrations along the series. However, the most striking feature is a distinct alteration of 57Fe hyperfine parameters with changing Na-Li at M(4). The most evident variation is observed for the quadrupole splitting of Fe3+ at M(2), which increases by ≈ 50% from ferri-clinoholmquistite to magnesio-riebeckite. Since ferric iron quadrupole splitting is correlated with the distortion of the electronic and/or geometric environment around the Fe3+ probe nucleus, the recorded spectra suggest that the M(2) octahedron in ferri-clinoholmquistite is much closer to the ideal geometry than the M(2) octahedron in magnesio-riebeckite. A well-defined increase in the Fe2+ quadrupole splitting of the M(1) and M(3) sites is also observed with changing M(4) composition. Since M(1) and M(3) are not in direct contact with M(4), it is evident that factors other than the Na

  19. Li- and F-bearing alkali amphibole from granitic pegmatite at Hurricane Mountain, Carroll County, New Hampshire

    Foord, E.E.; Erd, Richard C.; Robie, S.B.; Lichte, F.E.; King, V.T.


    At Hurricane Mountain, Carroll County, New Hampshire, bodies of granitic pegmatite in riebeckite granite contain large (up to 10 cm long and 2 cm across) primary crystals of Li-bearing fluor-arfvedsonite in miarolitic cavities, grading to euhedral Li- and F-poor arfvedsonite. Fine-grained, fibrous, light blue-gray riebeckite occurs as a late-stage hydrothermal filling in the miarolitic cavities. The early, Li-rich, fluor-arfvedsonite has: a 9.836(5), b 17.997(7), c 5.316(4) A??, ?? 103.735(4)??, V 914.20(6) A??3; Z = 2, Dmeas. 3.34 g/cm3, Dcalc. 3.353 g/cm3; biaxial (-), 2Vmeas. 44(1)??, 2Vcalc. 46??; ?? 1.681(2), ?? 1.692(2), ?? 1.694(2), inclined dispersion, r > v; X ??? c -7??, Y = b, Z ??? a +7??; X dark blue, Y lavender gray, Z pale yellowish brown; X > Y > Z; X is opaque at 0.03 mm thickness. A structural formula, on the basis of 24 (O,OH,F) atoms is: (Na0.86K0.25)Na2(Fe2+2.54Fe3+1.485Mn0.10Zn 0.02Li0.49Ti0.07)(Si7.71Al 0.07)O22(F1.34OH0.63). Arfvedsonite within the miarolitic cavities contains less Li and F than that of the earlier generation, and the still later riebeckite contains only 0.09 wt.% Li2O and 0.3 wt.% F. The Fe3+:Fe2+ ratio of the early Li-bearing fluor-arfvedsonite and that of the euhedral arfvedsonite crystals within miarolitic cavities is 0.58. The late, fibrous, cavity-filling riebeckite has an Fe3+:Fe2+ ratio of 0.99. The total iron content of the three amphiboles increases with continued crystallization. These amphiboles are products of peralkaline pegmatites locally derived from peralkaline granite.

  20. Testing the Alpine provenance of heavy minerals in the Rhine: New results from single grain geochemical analyses of detrital garnets and amphiboles

    Hülscher, Julian; Bahlburg, Heinrich


    The Upper Rhine Graben (URG) is a major continental rift system in central Europe. At its flanks the metamorphic Black Forest and Vosges Mountains rise. Since the opening of the URG in the late Eocene a repeated input of alpine detritus is registered. From 2.9 Ma onward the Swiss Molasse Basin was drained into the URG. In sediments > 2.9 Ma in the URG the heavy mineral assemblage was dominated by zircon, rutile and tourmaline, upsection this changes to a dominance of garnet, epidote and green hornblende. This so-called "Alpine Spectrum" is recorded along the Rhine from the URG to the North Sea but maybe is not delivered exclusively from the Alps. Potential sources are also located along the URG, including Black Forest and Vosges. We test the question of whether the Alpine Spectrum is exclusively derived from the Alps and whether sources in Black Forest and Vosges need to be considered as well. Toward this end we have performed a single grain geochemical provenance analysis for garnets and amphiboles. We have sampled recent sediments from three rivers of the Swiss Molasse Basin, one river from the Vosges Mountains and three from the Black Forest to characterise the heavy mineral suites derived from these sources. This we combine with samples from the Rhine which represent the sink and which we obtained from drill cores near Freiburg and Pfungstadt. We added a sample from the Heidelberg Nord drill core to account for input from the Neckar. Main element geochemistry of ~330 amphiboles and ~850 garnets grains were analysed via electron microprobe. The results were used to perform a linear mixing model in order to quantify the influence of the different source areas. This is the first data set of this kind in the area. Garnets from the sources and the sinks are mostly dominated by almandine and show a varying content of pyrope, spessartine and grossular. The garnets from the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains are enriched in pyrope and depleted in almandine, compared

  1. Does a Heavy Fe-Isotope Composition of Akilia Quartz-Amphibole-Pyroxene Rocks Necessitate a BIF Origin?

    Whitehouse, M J; Schoenberg, R; Fedo, C M; Kamber, B S


    The age and origin of the quartz-amphibole-pyroxene (qap) gneiss from the island of Akilia, southern West Greenland, have been the subject of intense debate since the light C-isotope composition of graphite inclusions in apatite was interpreted to indicate the presence of Earth's earliest biological activity. Although this claim for biogenic relicts has been vigorously challenged, the possibility that the rocks might represent some of Earth's earliest water-lain sediments and, hence, a suitable repository for life remains an open question. While some workers have suggested that the entire sequence represents an originally mafic-ultramafic igneous precursor subsequently modified by metasomatism, quartz injection, high-grade metamorphism, and extreme ductile deformation, others maintain that at least a small part of the sequence retains geochemical characteristics indicative of a chemical sedimentary origin. Fractionated Fe isotopes with δ(56)Fe values similar to those observed in Isua BIF have been reported from high-SiO2 units of qap and used to support a chemical sedimentary protolith for the qap unit. Here, we present new Fe isotope data from all lithologic variants in the qap gneiss on Akilia, including layers of undisputed ultramafic igneous origin. Since the latter require introduction of fractionated Fe into at least part of the qap unit, we argue that Fe isotopes must therefore be treated with considerable caution when used to infer BIF for part or all of the qap protolith. PMID:26496524

  2. Origin and implications of zoned amphiboles and other hydrous silicates during aqueous brine infiltration in the Bamble mega shearzone, S-Norway

    Sorensen, B. E.; Larsen, R. B.


    This study addresses the metasomatic alteration of ortho-amphibolites, in the Froland area in the Bamble sector, South Norway. Potassic alteration is associated with the introduction of biotite and the formation of conspicuous rims on the amphiboles. Significant color variation from deep blue green to light green in the rims encouraged a chemical study of their evolution. Dark blue-green rims are ferrotschermakite/ferropargasite. Rims gradually becomes richer in Mg and depleted in Fe, K, Na, Al and Cl and, finally, terminates with Cl poor actinolite (XMg ≈ 0.9). Simultaneously biotite experiences metasomatic alteration that is strongly correlated with the coexisting calcic amphibole rims. Fluid inclusions combined with phase diagram calculations documents that high salinity brines with near constant salinities of c. 30 wt% solvents, infiltrated and metasomatised the amphibolites throughout cooling and uplift from 630 to 280°C. The compositional changes reflect the complex interaction between brine fluids and hydrous minerals during cooling and uplift. Accordingly, the brine fluids fully control the composition of Fe-Mg silicates by metasomatosis. Models that argue that the biotite Fe/Mg ratio together with the P, T and the fluid compositin control the Cl content of (Munoz and Swenson 1981), can not explain the Froland amphiboles and biotites. This is because the silicate and whole rock chemistries are changed by interaction with the brine fluids. The compositional zoning reflects interaction with a fluid having constant halogen contents during gradually changing PT-conditions. In intensively altered areas the original amphibolite mineralogy is entirely replaced. Here we observe the large-scale metasomatic processes in a small scale version, for example following this pattern toward the centre of a vein: Amphibolite with small amount of biotite (host rock): Zone1: biotite-plagioclase zone (K-enrichment). Zone2: amphibole-plagioclase (K-depletion). Zone3

  3. A Carboniferous 40Ar/39Ar amphibole emplacement age for the Au-bearing Sams Creek alkali-feldspar granite dike, west Nelson, New Zealand

    A peralkaline alkali-feldspar granite dike associated with Au-sulfide mineralisation at Sams Creek has previously yielded inconsistent Triassic K-Ar ages, and has thwarted attempts at U-Pb zircon dating. We report here a disturbed 40Ar/39Ar step heating spectrum and both single and multi-grain laser fusion analyses of amphibole, from which we interpret an age of 319 ± 8 Ma (MSWD 0.05) for dike emplacement. Although the sample is a complex mix of arfvedsonite and late-stage riebeckite of possibly widely disparate ages, the age gradient is best explained by significant argon loss in a relatively low metamorphic grade setting from amphiboles, which are less retentive of radiogenic argon than most common amphiboles. The youngest step heating and laser ages of c.

  4. Geochemical characteristics of amphibole in the gabbroic rocks of the medial area of the Godzilla Megamullion, Parece Vela Basin, Philippine Sea

    Harigane, Y.; Morishita, T.; Snow, J. E.; Tamura, A.; Michibayashi, K.; Ohara, Y.; Arai, S.


    The oceanic core complexes (OCCs) are found on most slow spreading ridges proposed by Escartin et al. (2008), which has been suggested that OCC along a spreading axis represent the megamullion in morphological structure and the oceanic detachment fault in formation process by analogy of continental metamorphic core complex. The Godzilla Megamullion (GM), the largest OCC in the world, is located at the extinct Parece Vela Basin spreading ridge in the Philippine Sea (Ohara et al., 2001). Fault rocks are common on the surface of the GM, indicating the presence of a detachment fault exposed on the seafloor (Harigane et al., 2011). Harigane et al. (2008) reported that the hydrothermal metamorphism occurred retrogressively at the gabbroic rocks during the deformation related to the detachment fault. However, the origins of fluids and the fluid-rock interaction during deformation for the detachment fault are still unsolved. In this study, we present trace element geochemical analyses of amphibole and clinopyroxene of the gabbroic rocks sampled from the medial area of the GM using LA-ICP-MS at Kanazawa University and University of Houston. Most of the gabbroic rocks show a porphyroclastic texture that consist of plagioclase/clinopyroxene porphyroclasts and a fine-grained plagioclase/clinopyroxene/amphibole matrix. The amphibole compositions consist of pargasite and magnesio-hornblende (i.e. brown hornblende) with minor actinolite (i.e. green hornblende). These brown hornblendes have two distinct types in microstructure: bleb type and rim type. The bleb type occurs in the cores of clinopyroxene porphyroclasts and has no evidence of deformation. The rim type occurs as fine grains at the rim of clinopyroxene porphyroclasts. All green hornblende grains show no evidence of deformation and occur at the rim of brown hornblende and clinopyroxene grains. All chondrite-normalized REE patterns of clinopyroxene in the gabbroic rocks are characterized by flat heavy-REE and light

  5. 40Ar-39Ar and U-Pb ages of metadiorite from the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt: Evidence for Early-Paleozoic magmatic zone and excess argon in amphibole minerals


    Single-grain zircon U-Pb and amphibole 40Ar-39Ar dating have beenconducted on a deformed and metamorphosed diorite in the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt, which intruded into the middle Proterozoic Kuhai Group exposed in the south of Xiangride region, Dulan County, NW Qinghai Province. The zircon gives a concordant U-Pb age of (446.5±9.1) Ma. The amphibole yields Ar plateau age of (488.0±1.2) Ma and an isochronal age of (488.9±5.6) Ma. Age results of both stepwise released Ar and conventional K-Ar analysis are remarkably higher than that of zircon U-Pb, suggesting that the amphibole contains excess argon and the amphibole plateau age cannot be taken as the timing of metamorphism or deformation. The zircon age is interpreted to be crystallization age of the diorite pluton, which suggests that an Early-Paleozoic magmatic zone indeed existed in the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt stretching along the region south to the Golmud, Normuhong and Xiangride.

  6. Adakite-like geochemical signature produced by amphibole-dominated fractionation of arc magmas: An example from the Late Cretaceous magmatism in Gangdese belt, south Tibet

    Xu, Wang-Chun; Zhang, Hong-Fei; Luo, Bi-ji; Guo, Liang; Yang, He


    Late Cretaceous (~ 106-76 Ma) adakite-like intrusive rocks in the middle-eastern Gangdese belt occur in an E-W trending belt paralleling the Indus-Yarlung suture, south Tibet. Their petrogenesis and geodynamic processes have been a subject of debate. We report here U-Pb zircon ages, geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic data for adakite-like intrusive rocks as well as the normal arc rocks (gabbros and gabbroic diorites) in the middle Gangdese belt. LA-ICPMS U-Pb zircon analyses yielded an identical age of ~ 88 Ma for two adakite-like rocks, which are slightly younger than the gabbro and gabbroic diorite (ca. 94-90 Ma). Both the adakite-like rocks and the normal arc rocks have similar whole-rock Sr-Nd and zircon Hf isotope compositions, indicating that they have been derived from a common source. Similarly, the adakite-like and normal arc intrusive rocks in the eastern Gangdese belt also show similar Sr-Nd-Hf isotope compositions. In the middle-eastern Gangdese belt, the > 85 Ma Late Cretaceous intrusive rocks consist of a magma series from gabbro to granodiorite, including both normal arc rocks and adakite-like rocks. These rocks overlap in space and time that conform to a normal arc differentiation trend. In terms of major and trace elements, they also show a clear evolution from the normal arc magmatic into adakitic field. Thus, we suggest that these > 85 Ma Late Cretaceous intrusive rocks were ultimately derived from melting of the hydrated mantle wedge and the adakite-like rocks can be generated in normal arc magmas by amphibole-dominated fractionation. Taking into accounting for the spatial and temporal distribution of the Cretaceous magmatic rocks in the Lhasa terrane, we prefer a model of early Late Cretaceous rollback following Early Cretaceous low-angle oceanic slab subduction. At intermediate pressure and H2O-rich conditions, fractionation of amphibole changes the major and trace element compositions of arc magmas, and will efficiently drives basaltic

  7. Chemistry, mineralogy, and petrology of amphibole in Mount St. Helens 2004-2006 dacite: Chapter 32 in A volcano rekindled: the renewed eruption of Mount St. Helens, 2004-2006

    Thornber, Carl R.; Pallister, John S.; Lowers, Heather; Rowe, Michael C.; Mandeville, Charles W.; Meeker, Gregory P.


    Textural, compositional, and mineralogical data are reported and interpreted for a large population of clinoamphibole phenocrysts in 22 samples from the seven successive dacite spines erupted at Mount St. Helens between October 2004 and January 2006. Despite the uniformity in bulk composition of magma erupted since 2004, there is striking textural and compositional diversity among amphibole phenocrysts and crystal fragments that have grown from, partly dissolved in, or been accidentally incorporated in the new dacite. This study demonstrates that magma erupted throughout the current dome-building episode is the end product of small-scale, thorough mixing of multiple generations of crystal-laden magma. The mixed amphibole population provides important clues to magma conditions within the dacite magma reservoir prior to ascent and, to some extent, the dynamics of mixing and ascent.

  8. Amphiboles of basic schists in the Sanbagawa metamorphic terrain of the Kodama-Nagatoro area, Kanto mountains. Kanto sanchi Kodamater dot Nagatoro chiiki no Sanbagawa enkisei hengan no kakusenseki

    Hashimoto, M.; Funakoshi, R. (Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))


    On the basis of mineral parageneses and the graphitizing degrees of pelitic and psammitic schists, the Sambagawa metamorphic terrain of the Kodama-Nagatoro area in Kanto mountains is divided into three zones, i.e. Zone l (chlorite zone), Zone 2 (garnet zone) and Zone 3 (biotite zone) in the order of lower temperature. Amphibole of basic schists is actinolite in Zone 1. The range of composition variance widens gradually with the increase in the temperature, ranging from actinolite to hornblend in Zone 2, and from actinolite to barroisite through actinolitic hornblend in Zone 3. The amount of Al in amphiboles increases gradually with the increase in temperature. The lowest value becomes higher with the widening of the range of variation towards higher side. The metamorphosis in this area is assumed to have taken place principally under increasing temperature with slight increase in pressure. 21 refs., 8 figs.

  9. The Late Cretaceous igneous rocks of Romania (Apuseni Mountains and Banat): the possible role of amphibole versus plagioclase deep fractionation in two different crustal terranes

    Vander Auwera, Jacqueline; Berza, Tudor; Gesels, Julie; Dupont, Alain


    We provide new whole-rock major and trace elements as well as 87Sr/86Sr and 143Nd/144Nd isotopic data of a suite of samples collected in the Late Cretaceous volcanic and plutonic bodies of the Apuseni Mts. (Romania) that belong to the Banatitic Magmatic and Metallogenic Belt, also called the Apuseni-Banat-Timok-Srednogorie belt. The samples define a medium- to high-K calc-alkaline differentiation trend that can be predicted by a three-step fractional crystallization process which probably took place in upper crustal magma chambers. Published experimental data indicate that the parent magma (Mg# = 0.47) of the Apuseni Mts. trend could have been produced by the lower crustal differentiation of a primary (in equilibrium with a mantle source) magma. The Late Cretaceous magmatic rocks of the Apuseni Mts. and Banat display overlapping major and trace element trends except that Sr is slightly lower and Ga is higher in the Apuseni Mts. parent magma. This difference can be accounted for by fractionating plagioclase-bearing (Apuseni Mts.) or amphibole-bearing (Banat) cumulates during the lower crustal differentiation of the primary magma to the composition of the parent magma of both trends. This, together with results obtained on the Late Cretaceous igneous rocks from the Timok area in Eastern Serbia, further suggests variation of the water content of the primary magma along and across the belt. The Apuseni Mts. versus the Banat samples display different isotopic compositions that likely resulted from the assimilation of two distinct crustal contaminants, in agreement with their emplacement in two separate mega-units of Alpine Europe.

  10. Water concentrations and hydrogen isotope compositions of alkaline basalt-hosted clinopyroxene megacrysts and amphibole clinopyroxenites: the role of structural hydroxyl groups and molecular water

    Kovács, István; Demény, Attila; Czuppon, György; Lécuyer, Christophe; Fourel, Francois; Xia, Qun-Ke; Liu, Jia; Pintér, Zsanett; Király, Edit; Török, Kálmán; Szabó, Ábel; Deloule, Etienne; Falus, György; Fancsik, Tamás; Zajacz, Zoltán; Sándorné Kovács, Judit; Udvardi, Beatrix


    The aim of this study was to determine both `water' contents (as OH- and H2O) and δD values of several clinopyroxene samples from alkaline basalts. These parameters were first obtained from five clinopyroxene samples using both the classical `off-line' vacuum extraction technique and the `on-line' high-temperature pyrolysis technique. Blanks measured with the `on-line' gas extraction techniques were low enough to prevent any contamination by atmospheric water vapour. The comparison of data has revealed that our `on-line' procedure is more effective for the extraction of `water' from clinopyroxenes and, consequently, this `on-line' technique was applied to ten additional clinopyroxene samples. Sample δD values cover a similar range from -95 to -45 ‰ (VSMOW) regardless of the studied locations, whereas the total `water' content varies from ~115 to ~2570 ppm. The structural hydroxyl content of clinopyroxene samples measured by micro-FTIR spectrometry varies from ~0 to 476 ppm expressed in molecular water equivalent. The total `water' concentrations determined by mass spectrometry differ considerably from structural hydroxyl contents constrained by micro-FTIR, thus indicating that considerable proportion of the `water' may be present in (nano)-inclusions. The structural hydroxyl concentration—apart from clinopyroxenes separated from amphibole clinopyroxenite xenoliths—correlates positively with the δD values of clinopyroxene megacrysts for each locality, indicating that structurally bond hydrogen in clinopyroxenes may have δD values higher than molecular water in inclusions. This implies that there may be a significant hydrogen isotope fractionation for structural hydroxyl during crystallization of clinopyroxene, while for molecular water there may be no or only negligible isotope fractionation.

  11. Comparing measured OH concentrations from olivine, orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene (NAMs) with aH2O estimated from amphibole equilibria in mantle xenoliths: a test of NAM OH retention

    Hunt, L. E.; Holyoke, C. W.; Lamb, W. M.; Popp, R. K.


    Determining values of H2O activity (aH2O) for mantle rocks will yield a better understanding of mantle processes that are controlled, in part, by the availability of H2O (e.g., melting and deformation). Values of mantle aH2O may, in some cases, be inferred from the OH contents of nominally anhydrous minerals (NAMs) contained in mantle xenoliths. However, mantle NAMs may suffer H2O loss during emplacement on the Earth's surface. H2O-buffering amphibole equilibria may also be used to determine values of mantle aH2O1. If NAMs reflect mantle H2O concentrations, then there should be a positive correlation between the OH contents of NAMs and values of aH2O estimated from amphibole equilibria. The chemistries of co-existing phases were characterized using the electron microprobe to estimate values of T and aH2O in nine amphibole-bearing xenoliths. We compared these values of aH2O with the OH concentrations (COH) of NAMs as measured using FTIR spectroscopy. In addition to amphibole, all samples contain olivine, two-pyroxenes, and spinel. Temperatures (T) estimated from the compositions of co-existing pyroxenes range from approximately 810 to 960oC. Minimum pressures (P), estimated based on the depth of the Moho at each location, are ≈10 - 12 kbar. Amphibole equilibria, in conjunction with these P-T estimates, yield low values of aH2O for all samples (≈ 0.02 - 0.14). The COH of olivine in all nine samples ranged from equilibria yield predicted olivine OH concentrations that range from 1 and 20 ppm wt. ppm, as determined using experimentally derived relations between aH2O and olivine COH 2,3. The COH in olivine, in combination with DOH opx/ol ≈ 6.7 4, yield orthopyroxene (opx) OH concentrations of equilibria, are generally consistent with the measured COH from all NAMs. Thus, low COH in NAMs from mantle xenoliths may reflect mantle conditions rather than H2O-loss during ascent, although some limited H2O-loss is possible. The conclusion that the OH content of NAMs

  12. Dehydration and partial melting of tremolitic amphibole coexisting with zoisite, quartz, anorthite, diopside, and water in the system H2O-CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2

    Quirion, Diane M.; Jenkins, David M.

    The greenschist to amphibolite transition as modeled by the reaction zoisite+tremolite + quartz= anorthite+diopside+water has been experimentally investigated in the chemical system H2O-CaO- MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 over the range of 0.4-0.8 GPa. This reaction is observed to lie within the stability fields of anorthite + water and of zoisite + quartz, in accord with phase equilibrium principles, and its position is in excellent agreement with the boundary calculated from current internally-consistent data bases. The small dP/dT slope of 0.00216 GPa/K (21.6 bars/K) observed for this reaction supports the pressure-dependency of this transition in this chemical system. Experimental reversals of the Al content in tremolitic amphibole coexisting with zoisite, diopside, quartz, and water were obtained at 600, 650, and 700°C and indicated Al total cations (atoms per formula unit, apfu) of only up to 0.5+/-0.08 at the highest temperature. Thermodynamic analysis of these and previous compositional reversal data for tremolitic amphibole indicated that, of the activity/composition relationships considered, a two-site-coupled cation substitution model yielded the best fit to the data and a S0 (1 bar, 298 K) of 575.4+/-1.6 J/K.mol for magnesio-hornblende. The calculated isopleths of constant Al content in the amphibole are relatively temperature sensitive with Al content increasing with increasing temperature and pressure. Finally, several experiments in the range of 1.0-1.3 GPa were conducted to define the onset of melting, and thus the upper-thermal limit, for this mineral assemblage, which must involve an invariant point located at approximately 1.05 GPa and 770°C.

  13. Geochemical Evidence from the Kohistan Complex for Differentiation of Garnet Granulitic lower Crust in Island Arcs by Dehydration Melting of Amphibole-bearing Plutonics: Implications for the Andesite Model of Continental Crustal Growth

    Garrido, C. J.; Bodinier, J.; Burg, J.; Zeilinger, G.; Hussain, S. S.; Dawood, H.; Gervilla, F.


    at depth > 30 km (ca 1.0 GPa,), together with the high geothermal regime now postulatedfor lower island arc crust, should cause dehydration melting of amphibole-bearing plutonic rocks generating dense garnet granulitic roots in island arcs. Dehydration melting of hornblende-bearing plutonics may hence be a common intracrustal chemical and physical differentiation process of island arcs-and a natural consequence of their maturation-leading to the addition of granitic partial melts to the middle-upper arc crust and formation of dense, unstable garnet granulite roots in the lower arc crust. Addition of LREE- and silica-rich melts produced by this process to the middle-upper island arc crust may drive its basaltic composition toward that of andesite affording a plausible solution to the arc paradox of formation of andesitic Continental-like Crust in island arc settings.

  14. 幔源角闪石巨晶中硫化物熔融包裹体研究%Melt Inclusions of Sulfide in Mantle-Driven Amphibole Megacrysts

    李大鹏; 杜杨松; S.D.SCOTT; 秦新龙; A.F.A.MARQUES; R.N.S.SODHI


    用使得轻度演化的玄武岩浆释放大量硫,必然会在莫霍面附近形成大规模高浓度的硫富集区,这些组分在岩浆上侵作用、地壳减薄作用或者裂谷作用的影响下很容易再活化,进入区域岩浆-热液流体系统,最终参与形成区域大规模的硫化物矿床.%Sulphide deposits are of considerable economic importance but the origin of metals and sulphur in these deposits is commonly ambiguous and raises questions. Much attention has been focused on a primary mantle origin for sulphides after extensive research on sulphide melt inclusions (SMI) in mantle-derived xenoliths in basaltic and kimberlitic rocks. Most studies treated the evolution of magma and SMI separately by numerical simulations based on isotopic geochemistry or petrochemistry, few have attempted to use detailed chemical analysis and petrographic evidence for the origin of the sulphide, let alone describing how the SMI evolve in mantle-derived magmas. Using ToF-SIMS, we have analyzed the detailed element compositions, obtaining positive and negative ion maps of the SMI and surrounding host amphibole megacrysts Amp-M. SMI enclosed in mantle-derived Amp-M that represents melt trapped in the minerals provide important clues as to the behavior of immiscible sulphide liquids during the evolution of magmas and the formation of sulphide deposits. Temperature and pressure during formation of the Amp-M were estimated using the TiO2-Al2O3 geothermometer and geobarometer formula has two main interval distribution: The upper-mantle Amp-M: T: 850 ~ 900× (temperature), P: 0. 70 × 109 ~ 0. 82 × 109 Pa (pressure), corresponding to a depth of D: 23. 10~27. 06 km; and the lower-crust Amp-M: T: 900~ 950×, P; 1.09×109~l. 17×109Pa, D: 35.97—38.61 km. Observations and researches indicate that the upper-mantle Amp-M was formed from the crystallization of the upper-mantle alkaline basaltic magma, which resulted from previous partial melting of the upper mantle, and

  15. F-OH exchange equilibria between mica-amphibole mineral pairs

    Westrich, Henry R.


    Fluoride-hydroxyl exchange equilibria between phlogopite-pargasite and phlogopite-tremolite mineral pairs were experimentally determined at 1,173 K, 500 bars and 1,073 1,173 K, 500 bars respectively. The distribution of fluorine between phlogopite and pargasite was found to favor phlogopite slightly, Δ G {ex/.}(1,173 K)=-1.71 kJ anion-1, while in the case of phlogopite-tremolite, fluorine was preferentially incorporated in the mica, Δ G {ex/.}(1,073)=- 5.67 kJ anion-1 and Δ G {ex/.}(1,173K)=-5.84 kJ anion-1. These results have yielded new values of entropy and Gibbs energy of formation for fluortremolite, Δ S {f/∘}=-2,293.4±16.0JK-1 mol-1 and Δ G {f/∘}= -11,779.3±25.0 kJ mol-1, respectively. In addition, F-OH mineral exchange equilibria support a recent molten oxide calorimetric value for the Gibbs energy of fluorphlogopite, Δ G {f/∘}=-6,014.0±7.0 kJ mol-1, which is approximately 40 kJ mol-1 more exothermic than the tabulated value.

  16. Potential Mode of Action for Non-Cancer Effects following Exposure to Libby Amphibole Asbestos

    Evidence from different types of studies (in vitro assays, laboratory animal and occupational and epidemiological studies) and across multiple species point to fibrosis, autoimmunity and cardiovascular toxicity as possible non-cancer disease outcomes of interest after exposure to...


    The relative potency of LA compared to UICC amosite was assessed in a subacute inhalation study designed to set exposure levels for a future subchronic study. Male F344 rats (n=7/group) were exposed nose-only to air (control), 3 concentrations of LA, or I concentration of amosite...


    NRMRL hosted a meeting on July 17-18, 2003 entitled, "Analytical Method for Bulk Analysis of Vermiculite." The purpose of this effort was to produce an interim research method for use by U.S. EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) for the analysis of bulk vermiculite for...


    Background: Surface-available iron (Fe) is proposed to contribute to asbestos-induced toxicity through the production of reactive oxygen species.Objective: Our goal was to evaluate the hypothesis that rat models of cardiovascular disease with coexistent Fe overload would be incre...

  20. Pulmonary Toxicity and Modifications in Iron Homeostasis Following Libby Amphibole Asbestos Exposure in Rat Models of Cardiovascular Disease

    Rationale: Individuals suffering from cardiovascular disease (CVD) develop iron dysregulation which may influence pulmonary toxicity and injury upon exposure to asbestos. We hypothesized spontaneously hypertensive (SH) and spontaneously hypertensive heart failure (SHHF) rats woul...

  1. 76 FR 53125 - Draft Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos: In Support of the Summary Information on...


    ... indicate if you will need audio-visual aid (e.g., laptop and slide projector). In general, each... . To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Ms. Ross, preferably...

  2. 76 FR 30939 - Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts for SAB Libby Amphibole...


    ... and experience in the following areas related to asbestos, including: Mineralogy, industrial hygiene... scientific perspectives (which, among other factors, can be influenced by work history and affiliation),...

  3. Determining Satisfaction with Access and Financial Aspects of Care for Persons Exposed to Libby Amphibole Asbestos: Rural and National Environmental Policy Implications

    Libby, Montana is a Superfund site and epicenter of one of the worst environmental disasters in the USA history in terms of asbestos-related mortality and morbidity. Perceptions of access and financial aspects of care were explored among a national cohort of persons post asbestos exposure and prior to a 2009 Public Health Emergency Declaration. Our findings indicated the Libby cohort was significantly less satisfied with access and financial aspects of care as measured by two PSQ-III scales when compared to an adult, chronically ill patient sample. Participants with higher levels of respiratory morbidity and depression had significantly lower satisfaction scores

  4. Responses of Fischer Rats to Intratracheal Instillations of PM2.5 Samples of Libby Amphibole (LA), Sumas Mountain Chrysotile, EI Dorado Tremolite, and Ontario Actinolite.

    To support risk assessment efforts, a comparative intratracheal instillation (IT) study is being conducted to provide mechanistic understanding of the toxicity of different types of fibers encountered in EPA clean-up efforts. While other types of asbestos have been shown to cause...

  5. Persistent increases in inflammatory cytokines, Akt, and MAPK/ERK pathways after inhalation exposure of rats to Libby amphibole (LA) or amosite: comparison to effects after intratracheal exposure to LA or naturally occurring asbestos.

    Human exposure to LA and other mined or processed asbestos increases risk of lung inflammation, fibrosis, and cancer. Health risks from exposure to naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) are not as well-understood. Mechanisms of long-term toxicity were compared in male F344 rats expo...

  6. Petrology of an eclogite- and pyrigarnite-bearing polymetamorphic rock complex at Cabo Ortegal, NW Spain

    Vogel, D.E.


    At Cabo Ortegal, paragneisses are found in association with amphibolites, metagabbros, amphibolized eclogites, amphibolized (plagio) pyrigarnites, and serpentinized ultrabasic rocks. On the basis of petrographical and chemical evidence, their geological history was reconstructed as follows: Precambr

  7. Experimental Constraints on the Origin of the 1991 Pinatubo Dacite

    Prouteau, Gaëlle; Scaillet, Bruno


    Crystallization (dacite) and interaction (dacite–peridotite) experiments have been performed on the 1991 Pinatubo dacite (Luzon Island, Philippines) to constrain its petrogenesis. In the dacite–H2O system at 960 MPa, magnetite and either clinopyroxene (low H2O) or amphibole (high H2O) are the liquidus phases. No garnet is observed at this pressure. Dacite– peridotite interaction at 920 MPa produces massive orthopyroxene crystallization, in addition to amphibole ± phlogopite. Amphibole crystal...

  8. Different meanings for cummingtonite-hornblende association in plutonic rocks (Iberian Massif, Portugal)

    Solá, A. R.; Moita, P.; Santos, J. F.; Neiva, A.M.R.; Ribeiro, M. L.


    Cummingtonite-grunerite series is frequently related with metamorphism or volcanic environments but rarely described as belonging to a plutonic assemblage [1]. Recently, in Iberian Massif (Portugal), there have been several references [2,3,4,5] of this Fe-Mg amphibole intimately associated with Ca amphiboles (mainly hornblende) on plutonic rocks. Different textural relations between two amphibole types have been argued to for a primary (igneous) or subsolidus metamorphic origin for Fe-Mg amph...

  9. Origin of melt pockets in mantle xenoliths from southern Patagonia, Argentina

    Aliani, Paola; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Bjerg, Ernesto


    Peridotite mantle xenoliths collected north of Gobernador Gregores, Patagonia, affected by cryptic and modal metasomatism bear melt pockets of unusually large size. Melt pockets consist of second generation olivine (ol2), clinopyroxene (cpx2) and spinel (sp2) ± relict amphibole (amph) immersed in a yellowish vesicular glass matrix. Amphibole breakdown was responsible for melt pocket generation as suggested by textural evidence and proved by consistent mass-balance calculations: amph → cpx2 + ol2 + sp2 + melt. Composition of calculated amphibole in amphibole-free melt pockets is very similar to that measured in amphibole-bearing melt pockets from the same xenolith, i.e. amphibole was consumed in the melt pocket generation process. In melt pockets devoid of relict amphibole, mass-balance calculations show remarkable differences between the calculated amphibole and the measured amphibole compositions in melt pockets from the same xenolith. The participation of minor proportions of a consumed reactant phase could be a reasonable explanation. In some samples the calculated phase proportion of glass is in excess compared to modal estimations based on backscattered electron images, probably because a portion of the generated melt was able to migrate out of the melt pockets. Compositional inhomogeneity of cpx2 and variable Ti Kd in cpx2 vs. glass in the same melt pocket reflect fast nucleation and growth and disequilibrium crystallisation, respectively. This and the difference between forsterite content in calculated equilibrium olivine and second generation olivine, suggest that mineral equilibrium was inhibited by rapid quenching of melt pockets.

  10. Onshore heavy mineral placers of south Maharashtra, central west coast of India

    Gujar, A.R.; Ambre, N.V.; Mislankar, P.G.

    environment. Heavy mineral percentage ranges upto 98.37% (average 26.96%). Heavy mineral composition consists of opaques, pyroxenes, amphiboles, rutile, tourmaline, kyanite, zircon, staurolite, titanite, olivine garnet, epidote, sillimanite etc., the light...

  11. Acute Phase Response, Inflammation and Metabolic Syndrome Biomarkers of Libby Asbestos Exposure

    Background: Identification of biomarkers assists in the diagnosis of disease and the assessment of health risks from environmental exposures. Objective: We hypothesized that rats exposed to Libby amphibole (LA) would present with a unique serum proteomic profile which could help ...

  12. Acute Phase Response and Metabolic Syndrome Biomarkers of Libby Asbestos Exposure

    Identification of biomarkers assists in the disease diagnosis and environmental health risk assessment. Exposure to Libby amphibole (LA) has been associated with increased cardiovascular mortality. We hypothesized that rats exposed to LA would present a unique serum proteomic pro...

  13. Long-Term Toxicity of Naturally Occurring Asbestos in Male Fischer 344 Rats

    Naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) fibers are found in geologic deposits that may be disturbed by mining, earthworks, or natural processes, resulting in adverse health risks to exposed individuals. The toxicities of Libby amphibole and NOA samples including Sumas Mountain chrysot...

  14. Geochemical characteristics and the provenance of cretaceous basic dikes in Zhongdong area of Xiazhuang uranium ore field

    The NWW-extending Cretaceous amphibolic diabase dikes are developed in Xiazhuang uranium ore field, Northern Guangdong province. Geochemical characteristics and the provenance of Cretaceous amphibolic diabases from Xiazhuang area have been studied from the aspects of major and trace elemental geochemistry. It can be concluded that the amphibolic diabases formed at internal plate tectonic setting with less crustal rocks assimilation during their intrusion and evolution, which mostly represent the primary magma from the mantle. The rocks are enriched in LREE, LILE, incompatible elements (K, Rb, Ba, Th,Ta, Ce, et al), have no Nb, Ta, Zr and Hf anomalies and Eu depletion compared with that of OIB basalts. Trace elements ratios and discrimination diagrams indicate that the amphibolic diabases came from the enriched mantle (EMI and EMII) and related to activities of Cretaceous hotspots (mantle plume) in Xiazhuang district. (authors)

  15. The first data on paleomagnetism of Palaeoproterozoic rocks of the Serpovidny structure (the Kola region, northeastern Baltic Shield

    Matyushkin A. V.


    Full Text Available The orientation of natural magnetization vector components in amphibolites and amphibole schists (magnetite up to 10 % coincides with that of the modern magnetic field vector. Different orientations have been discovered only in quartzitic gneiss (magnetite ≤ 2 % and regressively changed chlorite-amphibole schist. The palaeopole position determined for these rocks corresponds on the apparent pole wander path to ages of 1.95 Ga and ~1.80 Ga, respectively

  16. The first data on paleomagnetism of Palaeoproterozoic rocks of the Serpovidny structure (the Kola region, northeastern Baltic Shield)

    Matyushkin A. V.; Balagansky V. V.


    The orientation of natural magnetization vector components in amphibolites and amphibole schists (magnetite up to 10 %) coincides with that of the modern magnetic field vector. Different orientations have been discovered only in quartzitic gneiss (magnetite ≤ 2 %) and regressively changed chlorite-amphibole schist. The palaeopole position determined for these rocks corresponds on the apparent pole wander path to ages of 1.95 Ga and ~1.80 Ga, respectively

  17. First evidence of the mesozoic mafic-ultramafic magmatism in the Selenga-Stanovoy Terrane of the south-eastern rim of Siberian Craton

    For identifying the place of ultrabasite-basite magmatic complexes in the history of formation of the continental crust of the Selenga-Stanovoy Super Terrain the U-Pb geochronological studies of zircons from amphibolic gabbros of the Veselkinsky Massif are conducted. Bearing in mind the morphological specific features of zircons suggesting their magmatic origin, the obtained isotope age value (154±1 mln. years) corresponds to the age of crystallization of the melts, which are parent melts for amphibolic gabbros


    Lidia V. Solov’eva; Tatiana V. Kalashnikova; Sergei I. Kostrovitsky; Alexei V. Ivanov; Stanislav S. Matsuk; Ludmila F. Suvorova


    The area of studies covers the north-eastern part of the Siberian craton (the Birekte terrain), Russia. The influence of metasomatic and magmatic processes on the mantle lithosphere is studied based on results of analyses of phlogopite- and phlogopite-amphibole-containing deep-seated xenoliths from kimberlites of the Kuoika field. In the kimberlitic pipes, deep-seated xenoliths with mantle phlogopite- and phlogopite-amphibole mineralization are developed in two genetically different rock seri...

  19. Magnetic petrology of the Água Azul and Água Limpa granodiorites, southern portion of the Carajás Domain – Pará

    Eleilson Oliveira Gabriel


    Full Text Available The Água Azul and Água Limpa granodiorites (AAGrd and ALGrd, respectively outcrop in the extreme southern of the Carajás Domain as two elongated bodies following the EW regional trend and were previously included in the Xingu Complex. The ALGrd consists mainly of biotite-amphibole granodiorites and muscovite-biotite granodiorites, with subordinate amphibole-biotite tonalites; the AAGrd contains dominant epidote-amphibole-biotite granodiorites, epidote-amphibole-biotite tonalite and restricted (amphibole-epidote-biotite monzogranites. These rocks show geochemical signatures like of archaean sanukitoids. The magnetic susceptibility (MS values obtained in the ALGrd (average 17.54 × 10-4 SIv and AAGrd (average 4.19 × 10-4 SIv are relatively low. The main opaque minerals are magnetite and hematite, and ilmenite is lacking in these rocks. The ALGrd contains titanite associated with magnetite, while the AAGrd contains pyrite, chalcopyrite, and goethite. In the ALGrd, magnetite is more developed and large than in the AAGrd, justifying its highest values of MS. The oxidation of magnetite (martitization and the alteration of sulfides to goethite, occurred at low temperatures. The positive correlation between MS values and the modal content of opaque, amphibole, epidote + allanite and quartz + K-feldspar, as well as the negative correlation of MS with biotite and mafic observed in these units, reveal a trend of MS increasing in the direction: amphibole tonalites/amphibole granodiorites à biotite granodiorites/biotite monzogranites. The geochemical data confirm this fact, with a negative correlation between the MS values and Fe2O3T, FeO, and MgO, reflecting, for the two units, an upward trend in MS values parallel to magmatic differentiation. The geochemical and mineralogical affinities between these rocks and sanukitoids of the Rio Maria Domain suggest conditions of the oxygen fugacity between HM and FMQ buffers for the studied granitoids

  20. Sulfate Saturated Hydrous Magmas Associated with Hydrothermal Gold Ores

    Chambefort, I.; Dilles, J. H.; Kent, A. J.


    Hydrothermal ore deposits associated with arc magmatism represent important sulfur anomalies. During degassing of magmatic systems the volatile may transport metals and sulfur and produce deposits. The ultimate origin of the magma-derived sulfur is still uncertain. The Yanacocha high-sulfidation epithermal Au deposit, Peru, is hosted by a Miocene volcanic succession (ca. 16 to 8 Ma). Magmatic rocks are highly oxidized >NNO+2 and show a range of composition from andesite to dacite. Two populations of amphibole occur in the Yanacocha dacitic ignimbrite deposits (~7 and 12 wt% Al2O3). Low Al amphiboles crystallized at ~ 1.5-2 kbar and 800°C (Plag-Hb thermobarometry) in equilibrium with plagioclase and pyroxene. High Al amphiboles only contain inclusions of anhydrite associated with apatite (up to 1.2 wt% SO3), and have a higher Cr2O3 content (up to 1000 ppm). We estimate these amphiboles form near the magma's liquidus at P(H2O)> 3kbar and 950 to 1000°C of a basaltic, basaltic andesite ascending magma. Low Al amphibole presents an REE pattern with negative anomalies in Sr, Ti and Eu, characteristic of plagioclase and titanite fractionation in the magma. High Al amphiboles are less enriched in REE and have no Sr, Ti, or Eu anomaly. Rare crystals of high Al amphibole display a low Al rim marked by higher REE contents compared to the core and a negative Eu anomaly. Magmatic sulfate occurrences have been discovered through the 8 m.y. volcanic sequence. Rounded anhydrite crystals are found included within clinopyroxene and both high and low Al amphibole. The rare high Al amphiboles (from the sample RC6) contain up to ~10 vol.%, ~5-80 micrometer-long anhydrite as irregularly shaped (amoeboid) blebs that do not show crystallographic forms and do not follow host cleavages. Extremely rare sulfide inclusions are found in plagioclase (Brennecka, 2006). The major and trace element contents of Yanacocha magmatic anhydrite have been analyzed by electron microprobe and LA

  1. Blueschist metamorphism and its tectonic implication of Late Paleozoic-Early Mesozoic metabasites in the mélange zones, central Inner Mongolia, China

    Zhang, Jinrui; Wei, Chunjing; Chu, Hang


    Blueschists in central Inner Mongolia are distributed as layers and blocks in mélanges including the southern zone in Ondor Sum area and the northern zone in Manghete and Naomuhunni areas. They have been attributed to the subduction of Early Paleozoic oceanic crust. Blueschists from Ondor Sum and Naomuhunni are characterized by occurrence of sodic amphibole coexisting with epidote, albite, chlorite, calcic amphibole (in Ondor Sum) and muscovite (in Naomuhunni). Blueschists in Manghete contain porphyroblastic albite with inclusions of garnet and epidote in a matrix dominated by calcic-sodic amphibole, epidote, chlorite, albite and muscovite. Phase equilibria modeling for three blueschist samples using pseudosection suggest that the AlM2 contents in sodic amphibole can be used as a good barometer in the limited assemblage involving sodic amphibole + actinolite + epidote + chlorite + albite + quartz under pressures 7-10 kbar. In the sodic amphibole-bearing assemblages, the NaM4 contents in sodic amphibole mainly decrease as temperature rises, being a potential thermometry. The calculated pseudosections constrain the P-T conditions of blueschists to be 3.2-4.2 kbar/355-415 °C in Ondor Sum, 8.2-9.0 kbar/455 °C-495 °C in Manghete and 6.6-8.1 kbar/420-470 °C in Naomuhunni. These P-T estimates indicate a rather high geothermal gradient of 18-25 °C/km for the blueschist metamorphism, being of intermediate P/T facies series. Available zircon U-Pb age data suggests that the protoliths of blueschists were formed later than Late Paleozoic-Early Mesozoic and metamorphosed soon afterwards. An alternative interpretation for the tectonic implication of blueschists in central Inner Mongolia is that they may be a new type attributed to closure of limited ocean basins and do not represent a tectonic regime occurred in conventional subduction setting.

  2. Origin of mafic and ultramafic cumulates from the Ditrău Alkaline Massif, Romania

    Pál-Molnár, Elemér; Batki, Anikó; Almási, Enikő; Kiss, Balázs; Upton, Brian G. J.; Markl, Gregor; Odling, Nicholas; Harangi, Szabolcs


    Mafic-ultramafic cumulates enclosed in gabbroic-dioritic rocks form part of the Mesozoic Ditrău Alkaline Massif in the Eastern Carpathians, Romania. The poikilitic olivine- and pyroxene-rich and nearly mono mineralic hornblendite rocks display typical cumulate textures with early crystallised olivine (Fo75-73), diopside and augite. In the early stages of their genesis the amphibole was intercumulus whilst in later stages it acquired cumulus status as the fractionating magma evolved. Using major and trace element compositions of minerals and whole-rock samples the origin of these cumulates is determined and the parental magma composition and depth of emplacement are calculated. Cumulus clinopyroxene has more primitive composition than intercumulus amphibole suggesting closed system fractionation for the evolution of poikilitic olivine- and pyroxene-rich cumulates. The evolution of the amphibole-rich mesocumulates is more clearly the result of closed system crystallisation dominated by the precipitation of clinopyroxene and amphibole cumulus crystals. Lamprophyre dykes of the Ditrău Alkaline Massif are proposed to reflect multiple basanitic parental magma batches from which the cumulus olivine and clinopyroxene crystallised. Relative to these dykes the calculated equilibrium melts for intercumulus amphibole in the cumulates was more primitive whilst that for the cumulus amphibole was more evolved. The calculated crystallisation temperature and pressure of ~ 1000-1050 °C and ~ 0.7 GPa, based on the composition of the amphiboles, indicate crystallisation at lower crustal depths. Rare earth element compositions are consistent with an intra-plate tectonic setting.

  3. Metasomatism in the oceanic lithosphere beneath La Palma, Canary Islands

    Janisch, Astrid; Ntaflos, Theodoros


    La Palma is the most active island within the Canary archipelago with historical eruption along the Cumbre Vieja Rift. Mantle peridotite xenoliths brought to the surface during the eruption 1677/78 at the site of San Antonio Volcano, close to Fuencaliente in the south of the island, gives us an excellent opportunity to study an old oceanic lithosphere. The collection of xenoliths comprises sp-harzburgites, sp-lherzolites, sp-dunites and pyroxenites but only the first three were used for this work. Metasomatic processes are evident in all samples. A common feature is a variable channelling of melt flow through the mantle xenoliths displayed in variations from pervasively metasomatized, through veined to dyke intruded peridotites. Orthopyroxene breakdown into olivine, clinopyroxene and glass is evidence for anhydrous melt percolation. Furthermore, fine-grained veins in various thicknesses consisting of olivine, pyroxene as well as amphibole with apatite and phlogopite reveal additional anhydrous and hydrous metasomatic processes, respectively. Peridotites mainly influenced by anhydrous metasomatism exhibit locally phlogopite and/or amphibole around spinel or in glass-veinlets. Pentlandite has been found in all veined samples. Amphiboles are mostly pargasites but kaersutites are also present in the amphibole-bearing veins. Two different types of amphibole veins have been recognized. The first type is an amphibole-apatite-glass-bearing amphibolite, forming a cross-cutting vein that propagates through the xenolith. The amphiboles in this vein are coarse-grained while the disseminated amphiboles are fine-grained. Clinopyroxene always occurs in association with amphibole and in textural equilibrium suggesting that both minerals have grown together. The glass is of tephritic/basanitic to trachy-basaltic composition. The second amphibole-vein contains phlogopite and traces of apatite. Textural evidence (cross-cutting olivine grains and the absence of hydrous minerals in the

  4. Experimental constraints on the P/T conditions of high silica andesite storage preceding the 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano, Alaska

    Henton, S.; Larsen, J. F.; Traxler, N.


    We present new experimental results to constrain the P/T storage conditions of the high silica andesite (HSA) prior to the 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano, Alaska. Augustine Volcano forms a small island located in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, approximately 180 miles southwest of Anchorage. The 2006 eruption began January 11, 2006, and evolved from an initial phase of explosive activity, through continuous and effusive phases, ending approximately mid-March 2006. Lithologies erupted indicate pervasive hybridization between high- (HSA; 62.2-63.3 wt. % SiO2) and low-silica andesite (LSA; 56.6-58.7 wt% SiO2). This study focuses on experiments using the HSA as starting material to constrain magma storage conditions, based on amphibole stability. Experiments were conducted between 100-160 MPa and 800-900 °C, utilzing H2O saturated conditions and fO2 of Re-ReO. Both lightly crushed and sintered HSA were used as starting powders, seeded respectively with 5 wt. % amphibole and a mix of 5 wt. % amphibole and 20 wt. % plagioclase. Experiments with sintered starting material tended toward a bimodal distribution of experimental phenocrysts and microlites, whilst experiments of the lightly crushed material are more phenocryst rich. Preliminary results indicate that amphibole is stable at conditions of 120-140 MPa and 820-840 °C. These pressures correspond with depths of approximately 4.6-5.4 km, which are consistent with prior magma storage models for Augustine 1986 and 2006 magmas, as well as amphiboles found in other arc andesites (e.g., Redoubt and Soufriere Hills volcanoes). Experimental amphiboles are magnesio-hornblendes, which is in keeping with the natural HSA amphiboles. Experimental and natural hornblendes are similar in composition, with the main difference being a small FeO enrichment (2-3 wt%) and MgO depletion (1-2wt%) in the experimental grains. Further work will provide a more complete assessment of amphibole stability and composition, and will be applied towards

  5. Crystallization conditions and petrogenesis of the lava dome from the ˜900 years BP eruption of Cerro Machín Volcano, Colombia

    Laeger, Kathrin; Halama, Ralf; Hansteen, Thor; Savov, Ivan P.; Murcia, Hugo F.; Cortés, Gloria P.; Garbe-Schönberg, Dieter


    The last known eruption at Cerro Machín Volcano (CMV) in the Central Cordillera of Colombia occurred ˜900 years BP and ended with the formation of a dacitic lava dome. The dome rocks contain both normally and reversely zoned plagioclase (An24-54), unzoned and reversely zoned amphiboles of dominantly tschermakite and pargasite/magnesio-hastingsite composition and olivine xenocrysts (Fo = 85-88) with amphibole/clinopyroxene overgrowth, all suggesting interaction with mafic magma at depth. Plagioclase additionally exhibits complex oscillatory zoning patterns reflecting repeated replenishment, fractionation and changes in intrinsic conditions in the magma reservoir. Unzoned amphiboles and cores of the reversely zoned amphiboles give identical crystallization conditions of 910 ± 30 °C and 360 ± 70 MPa, corresponding to a depth of about 13 ± 2 km, at moderately oxidized conditions (f = +0.5 ± 0.2 ΔNNO). The water content in the melt, calculated based on amphibole chemistry, is 7.1 ± 0.4 wt.%. Rims of the reversely zoned amphiboles are relatively enriched in MgO and yield higher crystallization temperatures (T = 970 ± 25 °C), slightly lower melt H2O contents (6.1 ± 0.7 wt.%) and overlapping pressures (410 ± 100 MPa). We suggest that these rims crystallized following an influx of mafic melt into a resident magma reservoir at mid-crustal depths, further supported by the occurrence of xenocrystic olivine. Crystallization of biotite, albite-rich plagioclase and quartz occurred at comparatively low temperatures (probably <800 °C) during early stages of ascent or storage at shallower levels. Based on amphibole mineral chemistry, the felsic resident melt had a rhyolitic composition (71 ± 2 wt.% SiO2), whereas the hybrid magma, from which the amphibole rims crystallized, was dacitic (64 ± 3 wt.% SiO2). The bulk rock chemistry of the CMV lava dome dacites is homogenous. They have elevated (La/Nb)N ratios of 3.8-4.5, typical for convergent margin magmas, and display

  6. Use of direct versus indirect preparation data for assessing risk associated with airborne exposures at asbestos-contaminated sites.

    Goldade, Mary Patricia; O'Brien, Wendy Pott


    At asbestos-contaminated sites, exposure assessment requires measurement of airborne asbestos concentrations; however, the choice of preparation steps employed in the analysis has been debated vigorously among members of the asbestos exposure and risk assessment communities for many years. This study finds that the choice of preparation technique used in estimating airborne amphibole asbestos exposures for risk assessment is generally not a significant source of uncertainty. Conventionally, the indirect preparation method has been less preferred by some because it is purported to result in false elevations in airborne asbestos concentrations, when compared to direct analysis of air filters. However, airborne asbestos sampling in non-occupational settings is challenging because non-asbestos particles can interfere with the asbestos measurements, sometimes necessitating analysis via indirect preparation. To evaluate whether exposure concentrations derived from direct versus indirect preparation techniques differed significantly, paired measurements of airborne Libby-type amphibole, prepared using both techniques, were compared. For the evaluation, 31 paired direct and indirect preparations originating from the same air filters were analyzed for Libby-type amphibole using transmission electron microscopy. On average, the total Libby-type amphibole airborne exposure concentration was 3.3 times higher for indirect preparation analysis than for its paired direct preparation analysis (standard deviation = 4.1), a difference which is not statistically significant (p = 0.12, two-tailed, Wilcoxon signed rank test). The results suggest that the magnitude of the difference may be larger for shorter particles. Overall, neither preparation technique (direct or indirect) preferentially generates more precise and unbiased data for airborne Libby-type amphibole concentration estimates. The indirect preparation method is reasonable for estimating Libby-type amphibole exposure and

  7. Scheelite distribution a long of amphibolitic belt from greenstone belt Barbacena, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    In the middle southern portion of the Minas Gerais state a 60 Km long and 12 Km wide tungsten belt was discovered, and related to the amphibolitic rocks of the Barbacena Greenstone. Tungsten, present as scheelite, is associated with amphibolites, amphibole schists and amphibole gneisses, with chemical characteristics indicating an igneous origin. Chemical analyses on pan concentrates by I.C.P. showed high values on lead, tin, yttrium, lanthanum, cerium and zirconium, and average values for zinc and copper. The scheelite mineralization is probably strata bound and has a possible submarine exhalative origin. (author)

  8. Equivocal carbonatite markers in the mantle xenoliths of the Patagonia backarc: the Gobernador Gregores case (Santa Cruz Province, Argentina)

    Rivalenti, Giorgio; Zanetti, Alberto; Mazzucchelli, Maurizio; Vannucci, Riccardo; Cingolani, Carlos A.

    Amphibole +/- phlogopite +/- apatite-bearing mantle xenoliths at Gobernador Gregores display modal, bulk-rock and phase geochemical characteristics held as indicators of carbonatitic metasomatism. However, part of these xenoliths has high TiO2/Al2O3 and those displaying the most pronounced carbonatitic geochemical markers modally trend towards harzburgite. Bulk-rock, clinopyroxene and amphibole show Zr, Hf and Ti negative anomalies, which increase at decreasing Na2O and high field strength elements (HFSE) concentrations. Steady variation trends between xenoliths which have and do not have carbonatitic characteristics suggest a control by reactive porous flow of only one agent, inferred to be initially a ne-normative hydrous basalt (because of the presence of wehrlites) evolving towards silica saturation. Variation trends exhibit cusps when amphibole appears in the mode. Appearance of amphibole may explain the Ti anomaly variations, but not those of Zr and Hf. Numerical modelling [Plate Model (Vernières et al. in J Geophys Res 102:24771-24784, 1997)] gives results consistent with the observed geochemical features by assuming the presence of loveringite. Modest HFSE anomalies in the infiltrating melt may be acquired during percolation in the garnet-facies.

  9. Experimental petrology of lunar material: the nature of mascons, seas, and the lunar interior.

    O'hara, M J; Biggar, G M; Richardson, S W


    One-atmosphere melting data show that Apollo 11 samples are near cotectic. Melting relations at pressures up to 35 kilobars show that clinopyroxenite or amphibole peridotite are possible lunar interiors. Mascons cannot be eclogite; they may be ilmenite accumulate. Hot lunar surface material will boil off alkalis. PMID:17781513

  10. Insights into the P–T evolution path of TsoMorari eclogites of the north-western Himalayas: Constraints on the geodynamic evolution of the region

    Preeti Singh; Ashima Saikia; Naresh Chandra Pant; Pramod Kumar Verma


    The present study is on the Ultra High Pressure Metamorphic rocks of the Tso Morari Crystalline Complex of the northwestern Himalayas. Five different mineral associations representative of five stages of P–T (pressure–temperature) evolution of these rocks have been established based on metamorphic textures and mineral chemistry. The pre-UHP metamorphic association 1 of Na-Ca-amphibole + epidote ± paragonite ± rutile ± magnetite with T–P of ∼500° C and 10 kbar. This is followed by UHP metamorphic regime marked by association 2 and association 3. Association 2 (Fe< Mg< Ca-garnet + omphacite + coesite + phengite + rutile ± ilmenite) marks the peak metamorphic conditions of atleast 33 kbar and ∼750° C. Association 3 (Fe< Mg< Ca-garnet + Na-Ca amphibole + phengite ± paragonite ± calcite ± ilmenite ± titanite) yields a P–T condition of ∼28 kbar and 700°C. The post-UHP metamorphic regime is defined by associations 4 and 5. Association 4 (Fe< Ca< Mg-garnet + Ca-amphibole + plagioclase (An05) + biotite + epidote ± phengite yields a P–T estimate of ∼14 kbar and 800°C) and association 5 (Chlorite + plagioclase (An0.5) + quartz + phengite + Ca- amphibole ± epidote ± biotite ± rutile ± titanite ± ilmenite) yields a P–T value of ∼7 kbar and 350°C.

  11. Early and Delayed Effects of Naturally Occurring Asbestos on Serum Biomarkers of Inflammation and Metabolism

    Studies recently showed that intratracheal (IT) instillation of Libby amphibole (LA) increases circulating acute-phase proteins (APP; a-2 macroglobulin, A2M; and a-1 acid glycoprotein, AGP) and inflammatory biomarkers (osteopontin and lipocalin) in rats. In this study, objectives...

  12. Trace elements in minerals from mafic and ultramafic cumulates of the central Sierra de Valle Fértil, Famatinian arc, Argentina

    Otamendi, Juan E.; Tiepolo, Massimo; Walker, Barry A.; Cristofolini, Eber A.; Tibaldi, Alina M.


    Trace element abundances in constituent minerals from mafic and ultramafic rocks of a deep arc crustal section are studied to observe their abundance and distribution. Five cumulate rocks were selected from a sequence that consists of pyroxene hornblende peridotite, olivine hornblende gabbronorite, pyroxene hornblende gabbronorite, hornblende gabbronorite, gabbro and anorthosite. Solid/liquid partition coefficients calculated with the equilibrium distribution model indicate that Cr, Ni, Co, Zn and V are highly compatible with an olivine-dominated mineral assemblage from the mafic and ultramafic cumulates. The compatibility of Ti and Sc would be dependent on the stability of clinopyroxene, amphibole and oxides in the magmatic system. With few exceptions, the other trace elements are incompatible with the minerals that form the cumulate. At most half the mass of Sr carried by a primitive arc magma could be stored in anorthite-rich plagioclase from the mafic cumulates. Magmatic amphibole fractionates Y, middle and heavy REE from other incompatible elements during crystal accumulation of mafic cumulates. In contrast, late magmatic to subsolidus amphibole has no effect on the differentiation of a primitive arc magma. In fact, the trace element variability of amphibole and clinopyroxene is easily related to different stages of magmatic evolution within the cumulate pile. The results presented here are helpful for modelling other cases of arc magma petrogenesis where the cumulate rocks with dominant mafic assemblages are not exposed.

  13. Investigation into the metamorphic Nappes of the Central Scandinavian Caledonides on the basis of Rb-Sr and K-Ar age determination

    This study concerns age determinations on several rock units of metamorphic nappes in the central Scandinavian Caledonides. Rb-Sr analyses on whole-rocks and minerals (biotite, muscovite/phengite, feldspars, garnet) were made as well as K-Ar determinations on biotite, muscovite/phengite, amphibole and feldspar. (Auth.)

  14. Magma storage and plumbing of adakite-type post-ophiolite intrusions in the Sabzevar ophiolitic zone, NE Iran

    K. Jamshidi


    Full Text Available Subduction-related adakite-type intrusive rocks emplaced into the late Cretaceous-Paleocene Sabzevar ophiolite zone, NE Iran, range from Mg-andesite to rhyodacite in composition. Here we investigate the magma supply system to these subvolcanic intrusive rocks by applying thermobarometric mineral and mineral-melt equilibrium models, including amphibole thermobarometry, plagioclase-melt thermobarometry and clinopyroxene-melt barometry. Based on the results of these thermobarometric models, plagioclase crystallized dominantly at pressures of ~ 350 (468–130 MPa, while amphiboles record both low pressures (~ 300 MPa and very high pressures (> 700 MPa of crystallization. The latter is supported by the calculated pressures for clinopyroxene crystallization (550 to 730 MPa. The association of amphibole with clinopyroxene and no plagioclase in the most primitive samples (Mg-andesites is consistent with amphibole fractionation from very hydrous magmas at deep crustal levels of the plumbing system, which may have been a key process to intensify adakite-type affinities in this rock suite. Barometry, combined with frequent disequilibrium features, such as oscillatory-zoned and sieve-textured plagioclase crystals with An-rich overgrowths in more evolved samples, imply final magma differentiation occurred in an open upper crustal magma system that developed progressively stronger compositional modifications during high-level magma storage.

  15. Magma storage and plumbing of adakite-type post-ophiolite intrusions in the Sabzevar ophiolitic zone, northeast Iran

    Jamshidi, K.; Ghasemi, H.; Troll, V. R.; Sadeghian, M.; Dahren, B.


    Subduction-related adakite-type intrusive rocks emplaced into the late Cretaceous-Paleocene Sabzevar ophiolite zone, northeast Iran, range from Mg-andesite to rhyodacite in composition. Here we investigate the magma supply system to these subvolcanic intrusive rocks by applying thermobarometric mineral and mineral-melt equilibrium models, including amphibole thermobarometry, plagioclase-melt thermobarometry and clinopyroxene-melt barometry. Based on the results of these thermobarometric models, plagioclase crystallized dominantly at pressures of ~350 (130 to 468) MPa, while amphiboles record both low pressures (~300 MPa) and very high pressures (>700 MPa) of crystallization. The latter is supported by the calculated pressures for clinopyroxene crystallization (550 to 730 MPa). The association of amphibole with clinopyroxene and no plagioclase in the most primitive samples (Mg-andesites) is consistent with amphibole fractionation from very hydrous magmas at deep crustal levels of the plumbing system, which may have been a key process in intensifying adakite-type affinities in this rock suite. Barometry, combined with frequent disequilibrium features such as oscillatory-zoned and sieve-textured plagioclase crystals with An-rich overgrowths in more evolved samples, implies that final magma differentiation occurred in an open upper crustal magma system that developed progressively stronger compositional modifications during high-level magma storage.

  16. Magma storage and plumbing of adakite-type post-ophiolite intrusions in the Sabzevar ophiolitic zone, NE Iran

    Jamshidi, K.; Ghasemi, H.; Troll, V. R.; Sadeghian, M.; Dahren, B.


    Subduction-related adakite-type intrusive rocks emplaced into the late Cretaceous-Paleocene Sabzevar ophiolite zone, NE Iran, range from Mg-andesite to rhyodacite in composition. Here we investigate the magma supply system to these subvolcanic intrusive rocks by applying thermobarometric mineral and mineral-melt equilibrium models, including amphibole thermobarometry, plagioclase-melt thermobarometry and clinopyroxene-melt barometry. Based on the results of these thermobarometric models, plagioclase crystallized dominantly at pressures of ~ 350 (468-130) MPa, while amphiboles record both low pressures (~ 300 MPa) and very high pressures (> 700 MPa) of crystallization. The latter is supported by the calculated pressures for clinopyroxene crystallization (550 to 730 MPa). The association of amphibole with clinopyroxene and no plagioclase in the most primitive samples (Mg-andesites) is consistent with amphibole fractionation from very hydrous magmas at deep crustal levels of the plumbing system, which may have been a key process to intensify adakite-type affinities in this rock suite. Barometry, combined with frequent disequilibrium features, such as oscillatory-zoned and sieve-textured plagioclase crystals with An-rich overgrowths in more evolved samples, imply final magma differentiation occurred in an open upper crustal magma system that developed progressively stronger compositional modifications during high-level magma storage.

  17. Mesothelial Cell Autoantibodies Induce Collagen Deposition in vitro & Using a Case Study to Introduce Undergraduates to Bioinformatics

    Serve, Kinta M.


    Part I. Pleural fibrosis, a non-malignant, asbestos-related respiratory disease characterized by excessive collagen deposition, is progressive, debilitating, and potentially fatal. Disease severity may be influenced by the type of asbestos fiber inhaled, with Libby amphibole (LA) a seemingly more potent mediator of pleural fibrosis than chrysotile…

  18. Chemical petrology of polymetamorphic ultramafic rocks from Galicia, NW Spain

    Maaskant, P.


    The investigated polymetamorphic peridotites occur associated with metabasic rocks in several complexes of probably Precambrian age in the northern part of the Hesperian massif (Iberian peninsula). Spinel-clinopyroxene-, spinel-pargasite-, spinel-hornblende- and chlorite-amphibole-peridotites, wehrl

  19. Geochronologic study of polycyclic rocks from Sao Vicente complex in anticlinorium of Caico and Florania - RN, Brazil

    The characterization of geochronologic standard in a polycyclic area, verifying the interpretative potentials of Rubidium-Strontium and Potassium-Argon methods is the main objective of this paper. The determinations of K/Ar were made in amphiboles, moscovites and biotites. Petrology studies were also made for verifying the composition of several lithological types. (author)

  20. Origen de la escapolita en metapelitas y rocas anfibolicas de series del Cambrico Inferior del Occidente de Asturias (NW de España)

    Suárez, O.; Arias, E.


    Levels of layered green rocks, characterized by the presence of a fibrous green tremolitic-actinolitic amphibole and/or scapolite, cropping out in the core of the San Martin anticline in the base of Vegadeo limestone (Lower Cambrian) are studied. The origin of the scapolite, under the point of view

  1. The Cananeia Alkaline Body in the South Coast of São Paulo State: Mineral Chemistry

    Celso de Barros Gomes


    Full Text Available The Cananeia alkaline occurrence of Late Cretaceous age (Ar-Ar, 83.6 Ma lies in the Ribeira Valley and it is representedby two small bodies: Morro de São João (1.8 km2 in Cananeia Island, and Morrete (0.4 km2, in the neighboringComprida Island. It is covered by Quaternary sediments and mostly constituted by intrusive rocks of syenitic composition,assembled into two principal groups: alkali feldspar syenites and quartz-alkali feldspar syenites. Microsyenites of variabletexture are subordinate. Regarding the mineralogy, the rocks are very rich in feldspars, mesoperthite being the most abundantphase, and plagioclase is only occasionally found as isolated crystals. Mafi c minerals consist dominantly of clinopyroxenesand amphiboles, both belonging to the calcic, calcic-sodic and sodic groups and showing signifi cant chemicalvariations, such as the increase in the Fe/Mg ratio and Na content, and the decrease in Ca, as a function of the degree ofevolution of the rocks. Textural relationships show that clinopyroxene reacts to form amphibole. Biotite is common, mainlyin association with amphibole and opaques. Biotite and opaques together are found at the borders of amphibole grainsor concentrated along their fractures and cleavage planes. Fayalitic olivine is rarely preserved. Most common accessoriesinclude opaques, mainly magnetite with exsolved ilmenite lamellae, apatite, titanite and zircon. Late to post-magmatic alterationprocesses can explain the replacement textures shown by the principal primary minerals and the exsolution structuresfound in feldspars and opaques.

  2. Gabbroic and Peridotitic Enclaves from the 2008 Kasatochi Eruption, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

    Kentner, A.; Nadin, E. S.; Izbekov, P. E.; Nye, C. J.; Neill, O. K.


    Kasatochi volcano of the Andreanof Islands in the western Aleutian Arc violently erupted over a two day period from August 7-8, 2008. The eruption involved multiple explosive events generating pyroclastic flows, which included abundant mafic and ultramafic enclaves that have since weathered out and accumulated in talus along the coast. These and other mafic enclaves sampled by modern island arc lavas provide insight into subduction magmatism because they emerge from a section of the subduction system that is less likely than shallower zones to be modified by magmatic processes such as mixing, assimilation, or fractionation. We present new whole rock, clinopyroxene, amphibole, plagioclase, and melt compositions from Kasatochi enclaves of the 2008 eruption. The highly crystalline (~40 vol. % phenocryst content), medium-K basaltic andesite host rock contains ~52-55 wt. % SiO2 and 0.6-0.9 wt. % K2O, and is composed of plagioclase, ortho- and clinopyroxene, amphibole, and Ti-magnetite in a microlite-rich groundmass. Upon eruption, this magma sampled two distinct enclave populations: gabbro and peridotite. The gabbro has abundant amphibole (mostly magnesio-hastingsite) and plagioclase with minor clinopyroxene, olivine, and magnetite, while the peridotite is composed of olivine with minor amounts of clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene. There is little textural variation amongst the peridotitic samples collected, but the gabbroic samples vary from layered to massive and cover a range in grain size from fine-grained to pegmatitic. The layered gabbros display centimeter-scale bands of alternating plagioclase- and amphibole-rich layers, with a strong preferential alignment of the amphibole grains. The coarser-grained samples are very friable, with ~10% pore space; disaggregation of these upon host-magma ascent likely formed the amphibole and plagioclase xenocrysts in the andesitic host. Based on the textural and compositional differences, we divide the enclaves into four groups

  3. Crystal reaming during the assembly, maturation, and waning of an eleven-million-year crustal magma cycle: thermobarometry of the Aucanquilcha Volcanic Cluster

    Walker, Barry A.; Klemetti, Erik W.; Grunder, Anita L.; Dilles, John H.; Tepley, Frank J.; Giles, Denise


    Phenocryst assemblages of lavas from the long-lived Aucanquilcha Volcanic Cluster (AVC) have been probed to assess pressure and temperature conditions of pre-eruptive arc magmas. Andesite to dacite lavas of the AVC erupted throughout an 11-million-year, arc magmatic cycle in the central Andes in northern Chile. Phases targeted for thermobarometry include amphibole, plagioclase, pyroxenes, and Fe-Ti oxides. Overall, crystallization is documented over 1-7.5 kbar (~25 km) of pressure and ~680-1,110 °C of temperature. Pressure estimates range from ~1 to 5 kbar for amphiboles and from ~3 to 7.5 kbar for pyroxenes. Pyroxene temperatures are tightly clustered from ~1,000-1,100 °C, Fe-Ti oxide temperatures range from ~750-1,000 °C, and amphibole temperatures range from ~780-1,050 °C. Although slightly higher, these temperatures correspond well with previously published zircon temperatures ranging from ~670-900 °C. Two different Fe-Ti oxide thermometers (Andersen and Lindsley 1985; Ghiorso and Evans 2008) are compared and agree well. We also compare amphibole and amphibole-plagioclase thermobarometers (Ridolfi et al. 2010; Holland and Blundy 1994; Anderson and Smith 1995), the solutions from which do not agree well. In samples where we employ multiple thermometers, pyroxene temperature estimates are always highest, zircon temperature estimates are lowest, and Fe-Ti oxide and amphibole temperature estimates fall in between. Maximum Fe-Ti oxide and zircon temperatures are observed during the middle stage of AVC activity (~5-3 Ma), a time associated with increased eruption rates. Amphibole temperatures during this time are relatively restricted (~850-1,000 °C). The crystal record presented here offers a time-transgressive view of an evolving, multi-tiered subvolcanic reservoir. Some crystals in AVC lavas are likely to be true phenocrysts, but the diversity of crystallization temperatures and pressures recorded by phases in individual AVC lavas suggests erupting magma

  4. Asbestos Lung Burden in Necroscopic Samples from the General Population of Milan, Italy.

    Casali, Michelangelo; Carugno, Michele; Cattaneo, Andrea; Consonni, Dario; Mensi, Carolina; Genovese, Umberto; Cavallo, Domenico Maria; Somigliana, Anna; Pesatori, Angela Cecilia


    The present study analysed the asbestos lung burden in necroscopic samples from 55 subjects free from asbestos-related diseases, collected between 2009 and 2011 in Milan, Italy. Multiple lung samples were analysed by light microscopy (asbestos bodies, AB) and EDXA-scanning electron microscopy (asbestos fibres and other inorganic fibres). Asbestos fibres were detected in 35 (63.6%) subjects, with a higher frequency for amphiboles than for chrysotile. Commercial (CA) and non-commercial amphiboles (NCA) were found in roughly similar frequencies. The estimated median value was 0.11 million fibres per gram of dry lung tissue (mf g(-1)) for all asbestos, 0.09 mf g(-1) for amphiboles. In 44 (80.0%) subjects no chrysotile fibres were detected. A negative relationship between asbestos mass-weighted fibre count and year of birth (and a corresponding positive increase with age) was observed for amphiboles [-4.15%, 95% confidence interval (CI) = -5.89 to -2.37], talc (-2.12%, 95% CI = -3.94 to -0.28), and Ti-rich fibres (-3.10%, 95% CI = -5.54 to -0.60), but not for chrysotile (-2.84%, 95% CI = -7.69 to 2.27). Residential district, birthplace, and smoking habit did not affect the lung burden of asbestos or inorganic fibres. Females showed higher burden only for amphiboles (0.12 versus 0.03 mf g(-1) in males, P = 0.07) and talc fibres (0.14 versus 0 mf g(-1) in males, P = 0.03). Chrysotile fibres were shorter and thinner than amphibole fibres and NCA fibres were thicker than CA ones. The AB prevalence was 16.4% (nine subjects) with concentrations ranging from 10 to 110 AB g(-1) dry, well below the 1000 AB g(-1) threshold for establishing occupational exposure. No AB were found in subjects younger than 30 years. Our study demonstrated detectable levels of asbestos fibres in a sample taken from the general population. The significant increase with age confirmed that amphibole fibres are the most representative of cumulative exposure. PMID:25878166

  5. Metasomatism in the lithospheric mantle beneath southern Patagonia, Argentina

    Kolosova-Satlberger, Olesya; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Bjerg, Ernesto


    Mantle xenoliths from Gobernador Gregores, southern Patagonia are spinel- lherzolites, harzburgites and wehrlites. Composite xenoliths consisting of websterites, olivine-websterites and spinel- lherzolites or harzburgites are present as well. The lithospheric mantle beneath Gobernador Gregores region was affected by multiple modal metasomatic events as can be inferred by the presence of amphibole, phlogopite and apatite. The existence of amphibole as inclusion in clinopyroxene suggests dehydration reaction of peridotites, which previously experienced modal metasomatism. This textural evidence records the earliest detectable metasomatic event. A second distinct modal metasomatic event consists of disseminated up to 6 mm in diameter coarse grained amphiboles (100*mg# =89.9) which show breakdown reactions and pseudomorphic replacement by glass and fine grained second generation of olivine, clinopyroxene and spinel. The intensity of the breakdown reaction is variable. In most cases amphibole occurs as a relict within these pseudomorphs. However, melt pockets of up to 10 mm in diameter are abundant, irregular in shape and having the same minerals such as in the pseudomorphs, indicate clearly amphibole breakdown because remnants of it were found enclosed by second generation clinopyroxene. Similar breakdown reactions experienced the phlogopite in the samples where is present. The Phlogopite (100*mg# =88.6) breakdown produces the same mineral phases as the amphibole. The second generation minerals formed after breakdown of amphibole and phlogopite show minor differences in their composition. However, the chemical composition of glass varies considerably. The glasses formed after breakdown of amphibole and phlogopite have trachyandesitic and tephriphonolitic composition, respectively. Some harzburgites and composite xenoliths reveal another metasomatic event: peridotite, enriched in orthopyroxene (mainly orthopyroxenite veinlets, rare websterite), suggests interaction with

  6. Magma mixing/mingling in the Eocene Horoz (Nigde) granitoids, Central southern Turkey: evidence from mafic microgranular enclaves

    Kocak, Kerim; Zedef, Veysel; Kansun, Gursel


    Mafic microgranular enclaves (MMEs) are widespread in the Horoz pluton with granodiorite and granite units. Rounded to elliptical MMEs have variable size (from a few centimetres up to metres) and are generally fine-grained with typical magmatic textures. The plagioclase compositions of the MMEs range from An18-An64 in the cores to An17-An29 in the rims, while that of the host rocks varies from An17 to An55 in the cores to An07 to An33 in the rims. The biotite is mostly eastonitic, and the calcic-amphibole is magnesio-hornblende and edenite. Oxygen fugacity estimates from both groups' biotites suggest that the Horoz magma possibly crystallised at fO2 conditions above the nickel-nickel oxide (NNO) buffer. The significance of magma mixing in their genesis is highlighted by various petrographic and mineralogical characteristics such as resorption surfaces in plagioclases and amphibole; quartz ocelli rimmed by biotite and amphibole; sieve and boxy cellular textures, and sharp zoning discontinuities in plagioclase. The importance of magma mixing is also evident in the amphiboles of the host rocks, which are slightly richer in Si, Fe3+ and Mg in comparison with the amphiboles of MMEs. However, the compositional similarity of the plagioclase and biotite phenocrysts from MMEs and their host rocks suggests that the MMEs were predominantly equilibrated with their hosts. Evidence from petrography and mineral chemistry suggests that the adakitic Horoz MMEs could be developed from a mantle-derived, water-rich magma (>3 mass%) affected by a mixing of felsic melt at P >2.3 kbar, T >730°C.

  7. Environmental concentrations of fibers with fluoro-edenitic composition and population exposure in Biancavilla (Sicily, Italy

    Biagio Maria Bruni


    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION. The town of Biancavilla (Sicily was included in the National Priorities List of Contaminated Sites due to environmental dispersion of amphibole fibers owing to the extraction of materials from a local quarry. The present report summarizes results from several, hitherto unpublished, environmental surveys carried out in the area, as well as from published analyses of the chemistry and composition of fibers. METHODS. Data included here comprises environmental fiber concentrations by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS analysis in soil, indoor and outdoor air, personal monitoring, as well as a chemical characterization of the fibers. The full chemical structure and spectroscopic characterization of fibers were obtained through a multi-analytical approach: SEM-EDS, X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD, as well as Mössbauer (MS and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectroscopies. RESULTS. Data analyzed provided a spatial and temporal picture of fiber concentrations in Biancavilla, and a qualitative assessment of population exposure. Results suggest that until 2000, the population had been exposed to high levels of amphibole fibers. Mitigation measures adopted since 2001, gradually reduced exposure levels to about 0.10.4 ff/l. Previous studies on fibrous amphiboles from Biancavilla reported considerable chemical variability. Differences in composition, especially concerning the presence of Si, Ca, Fe, and Na, were found both within and between samples. Compared to the previously investigated prismatic fluoro-edenite, these fibrous fluorine amphiboles consistently showed higher average values of Si and Fe content, whereas Ca was significantly lower, which we consider a distinctive characteristic of the fluorine fibrous variety. CONCLUSIONS. The population of Biancavilla had been highly exposed to a suite of fibrous amphiboles for over 50 years. Dust mitigation measures have gradually reduced exposure, but

  8. 40Ar/39Ar constraints on the timing and history of amphibolite facies gold mineralisation in the Southern Cross area, Western Australia

    The Southern Cross Greenstone Belt in Western Australia contains structurally controlled, hydrothermal gold deposits which are thought to have formed at or near the peak of amphibolite facies regional metamorphism during the Late Archaean. Although the geological features of deposits in the area are well documented. conflicting genetic models and ore-fluid sources have been used to explain the observed geological data. This paper presents new 40Ar/39Ar data which suggest that the thermal history of the Southern Cross area after the peak of regional metamorphism was more complex than has previously been suggested. After the main gold mineralisation event prior to ca 2620 Ma, the 40Ar/39Ar ages from amphiboles and biotites sampled from the alteration selvages of gold-bearing veins indicate that temperatures remained elevated in the region of 500 deg C for between 20 and 70 million years. These amphiboles and biotites from individual deposits yield ages that are in good agreement with one another to a high precision. implying increased cooling rates after the long period of elevated temperatures. Along the Southern Cross Greenstone Belt. however. amphibole-biotite pairs from the alteration selvages of gold-bearing quartz veins. while remaining in good agreement with one another, vary between deposits from ca 2560 Ma to ca 2440 Ma. Amphiboles from metabasalts that are associated with regional metamorphism and not hydrothermal alteration contain numerous exsolution lamellae that reduce the effective closure temperature of the amphiboles and yield geologically meaningless ages. These age relationships show that the thermal history of the area did not follow a simple cooling path and the area may have been tectonically active for a long period after the main gold mineralisation event before ca 2620 Ma. Such data may provide important constraints on subsequent genetic modelling of gold mineralisation and metamorphism. Copyright (1998) Blackwell Science Asia


    Lidia V. Solov’eva


    Full Text Available The area of studies covers the north-eastern part of the Siberian craton (the Birekte terrain, Russia. The influence of metasomatic and magmatic processes on the mantle lithosphere is studied based on results of analyses of phlogopite- and phlogopite-amphibole-containing deep-seated xenoliths from kimberlites of the Kuoika field. In the kimberlitic pipes, deep-seated xenoliths with mantle phlogopite- and phlogopite-amphibole mineralization are developed in two genetically different rock series: magnesian (Mg pyroxenite-peridotite series (with magnesian composition of rocks and minerals and phlogopite-ilmenite (Phl-Ilm hyperbasite series (with ferrous types of rocks and minerals. This paper is focused on issues of petrography and mineralogy of the xenoliths and describes the evidence of metasomatic / magmatic genesis of phlogopite and amphibole. We report here the first data set of 40Ar/39Ar age determinations for phlogopite from the rocks of the magnesian pyroxenite-peridotite series and the ferrous Phl-Ilm hyperbasite series.The Mg series is represented by a continuous transition of rocks from Sp, Sp-Grt, Grt clinopyroxenite and ortopyroxenite to websterite and lherzolite. Many researchers consider it as a layered intrusion in the mantle [Ukhanov et al., 1988; Solov’eva et al., 1994]. The mantle metasomatic phlogopite and amphibole are revealed in all petrographic types of the rocks in this series and compose transverse veins and irregular patchs at grain boundaries of primary minerals. At contacts of xenolith and its host kimberlite, grains of phlogopite and amphibole are often cut off, which gives an evidence of the development of metasomatic phlogopite-amphibole mineralization in the rocks before its’ entraiment into the kimberlite. In the xenoliths with exsolution pyroxene megacrystalls, comprising parallel plates of clino- and orthopyroxene ± garnet ± spinel (former high-temperature pigeonite [Solov’eva et al., 1994], the

  10. Characteristics of ophiolite-related metamorphic rocks in the Beysehir ophiolitic mélange (Central Taurides, Turkey), deduced from whole rock and mineral chemistry

    Çelik, Ömer Faruk; Delaloye, Michel F.


    Small outcrops of the metamorphic rocks of the Beysehir ophiolite appear to the west of Gencek and to the south of Durak (South of Beysehir Lake) in the Central Tauride Belt in Turkey. Amphibolitic rocks in the ophiolitic mélange have an igneous origin. Protoliths of these rocks were probably alkali basalts, gabbros or some ultramafic cumulates, such as pyroxenite. The amphibolites of the Beysehir Ophiolite can be divided into four groups: (1) amphibole+garnet+plagioclase±epidote (as secondary minerals)±opaque such as ilmenite±accessory minerals such as sphene and apatite; (2) amphibole+pyroxene+plagioclase±epidote±accessory minerals such as sphene, apatite±chlorite, calcite (as secondary mineral); (3) amphibole±plagioclase±opaque±accessory minerals; (4) amphibole+plagioclase±epidote±biotite and muscovite±opaque±accessory minerals. These metamorphic rocks show mainly granoblastic, grano-nematoblastic, porphyroblastic and/or poikiloblastic textures. All amphiboles in the amphibolites are calcic and cluster in the range from magnesio-hastingsite, pargasite to actinolite. Amphibole compositions are characterized by SiO 2=(38.02-54.3%), Al 2O 3=(1.5-12.8), FeO=(10.03-14.67%), K 2O=(0.2-1.8%), MgO=(5.5-15.7), Mg*=(0.3-0.8). The amphibolites show an alkaline to subalkaline character. However, the primitive mantle normalized incompatible trace element diagram shows close similarity with the typical ocean island basalt (OIB) pattern. The Rock/Chondrite normalized REE diagram of the amphibolites also confirms their OIB signature. Tectonomagmatic discrimination diagrams based on the immobile trace elements suggest a mostly within-plate alkali basalt (WPB) environment. Beysehir ophiolitic mélange contains amphibolites from ophiolite-related metamorphic rocks, but the matrix of the Beysehir ophiolitic mélange is not metamorphosed. Blocks of metamorphic rocks and the ophiolitic rocks may have been incorporated into the ophiolitic mélange in an oceanic

  11. Geochemistry and petrology of mafic enclaves of metasedimentary origin: case study from the Peninsular Ranges Batholith, California

    Liao, K.; Morton, D.; Lee, C.


    Dark clasts rich in amphibole or biotite, commonly referred to as "mafic enclaves", are frequently found in felsic plutons and are traditionally interpreted to represent fragments of mafic magmas, such as basalt, entrained by or intruded into felsic magma bodies. However, during emplacement, magmas often assimilate pre-existing wallrock, begging the question of whether some dark enclaves might have non-igneous protoliths. To investigate this process of forming dark enclaves in more detail, we examined the Cretaceous Domenigoni Valley pluton in the Peninsular Ranges Batholith in southern California. This pluton was emplaced into pre-existing metamorphic country rock, composed of Paleozoic to early Mesozoic calc-silicates, phyllites, and calcareous quartzites. Dark enclaves, in the form of amphibole- or biotite-bearing angular fragments, are abundant in the pluton. However, evidence for wallrock stoping is also seen in the extensive presence of wallrock xenoliths in varying extents of thermal and chemical equilibration with the host tonalite pluton. Enclaves with a clear calc-silicate protolith are represented by quartz-diopside-wollastonite-plagioclase rocks, whereas enclaves with clear pelitic protoliths are represented by biotite-quartz-alkali feldspar rocks. Several lines of evidence, however, suggest that the dark amphibole-rich and biotite-rich enclaves, although mafic in composition (high Mg and Fe), represent the fully equilibrated state of these assimilated wallrocks rather than fragments of basaltic magmas. First, many of the dark, biotite- and amphibole-bearing enclaves have SiO2 contents greater than 60 %, too high to represent typical mafic magmas. Second, although some biotite-rich enclaves have SiO2 contents dark amphibole-bearing enclaves have bulk Al and K lower than the host tonalite but similar to the quartz-diopside-wollastonite-plagioclase rocks thought to have a calc-silicate protolith. Fourth, composite enclaves exist wherein hornblende

  12. Gold-rich sulfide melt inclusions in xenocrysts from a mid-crustal magma chamber, Mt. Milligan porphyry deposit, British Columbia, Canada

    Hanley, J. J.; Guillong, M.


    Very coarse-grained amphibole xenocrysts (potassian magnesiohastingsite) hosted in an early monzonite stock at the Mt Milligan Cu-Au porphyry deposit, British Columbia, Canada contain coeval sulfide and silicate melt inclusions of primary origin. The sulfide melt inclusions have a bulk composition comparable to Cu-rich ISS. Late growth zones in the amphibole are devoid of sulfide inclusions and contain only low salinity, chalcopyrite-bearing fluid inclusions(average 7.4 wt% NaCleq.). Thermobarometry constrains the minimum conditions of sulfide entrapment (amphibole crystallization) to ˜8 kbar and ˜700°C. LA-ICPMS analyses of 22 sulfide melt inclusions show that it was highly enriched in Au (50± 20 ppm, 1σ), Ag (140± 70 ppm, 1σ) and Ni (5000 ± 3000 ppm, 1σ). Ratios of Cu/Au (7500± 2500, 1σ) and Au/Ag (0.45± 0.24, 1σ) are identical to metal ratios in porphyry- stage veins, demonstrating that these metals were not fractionated from one another during suspected volatile exsolution, fluid-melt partitioning, and subsequent transport and precipitation of ore metals. The extremely Au- rich composition of the sulfide melt may reflect fractional crystallization of the sulfide liquid prior to entrapment in the amphibole. Both the xenocrysts and rare, high Mg, alkali basalt xenoliths hosted in the intrusions are depleted in Cr, Co, Ni and Cu, reflecting the sequestering of the base metals into a sulfide liquid in a mid- crustal magma chamber where amphibole and Cr-spinel were cumulus phases. The results of this study show that a Cu-Au-rich sulfide melt coexisted with a amphibole-saturated alkalic basaltic liquid in mid-crustal magma chamber prior to the emplacement of the main intrusions and associated porphyry stage mineralization at Mt. Milligan. This sulfide melt appears to have destabilized with the appearance (exsolution) of a single-phase low salinity aqueous fluid. Identification and analysis of ore metals in sulfide melt inclusions in relatively common

  13. Retrograde metasomatic effects on phase assemblages in an interlayered blueschist-greenschist sequence (Coastal Cordillera, Chile)

    Halama, Ralf; Konrad-Schmolke, Matthias


    Interlayered blueschists and greenschists of the Coastal Cordillera (Chile) are part of a Late Palaeozoic accretionary complex. They represent metavolcanic rocks with oceanic affinities based on predominantly OIB-type REE patterns and immobile trace element ratios. Both rock types have similar mineralogies, albeit with different mineral modal abundances. Amphibole is the major mafic mineral and varies compositionally from glaucophane to actinolite. The presence of glaucophane relicts as cores in zoned amphiboles in both blueschists and greenschists is evidence for a pervasive high-pressure metamorphic stage, indicating that tectonic juxtaposition is an unlikely explanation for the cm-dm scale interlayering. During exhumation, a retrograde greenschist-facies overprint stabilized chlorite + albite + winchitic/actinolitic amphibole + phengitic white mica ± epidote ± K-feldspar at 0.4 ± 0.1 GPa. Geochemical variability can be partly ascribed to primary magmatic and partly to secondary metasomatic processes that occurred under greenschist-facies conditions. Isocon diagrams of several adjacent blueschist-greenschist pairs with similar protolith geochemistry were used to evaluate metasomatic changes due to retrograde fluid-rock interaction. The most important geochemical changes are depletion of Si and Na and addition of water in the greenschists compared to the blueschists. Transition metals and LILE are mobilized to varying degrees. The unsystematic deviations from magmatic fractionation trends suggest open system conditions and influx of an external fluid. Pseudosection and water isopleth calculations show that the rocks were dehydrating during most of their exhumation history and remained at water-saturated conditions. The mineralogical changes, in particular breakdown of blue amphibole and replacement by chlorite, albite and calcic/sodic-calcic amphibole, are the prime cause for the distinct coloring. Pseudo-binary phase diagrams were used as a means to link bulk

  14. Retrograde metamorphism of the eclogite in North Qaidam, western China:Constraints by joint 40Ar/39Ar in vacuo crushing and stepped heating

    Rongguo Hu; Jan Wijbrans; Fraukje Brouwer; Linghao Zhao; Min Wang; Huaning Qiu


    Two amphiboles and a syn-metamorphic quartz vein from the Yuka terrane, North Qaidam, western China, have been analyzed by joint 40Ar/39Ar crushing in vacuo and stepwise heating techniques. The crushing in vacuo results provide information to directly constrain the timing of fluid activity and the age of amphibolite-facies retrogression. The stepwise heating results could further be used to decipher the thermal history of the UHP rocks. Amphiboles from amphibolites and quartz vein within garnet-amphibolite lens analyzed by in vacuo crushing yield similarly shaped age spectra and exhibit rela-tively flat age plateaus for the last several steps. The characteristics of gas release patterns and geochronological data testify to the presence of significant excess 40Ar within the fluid inclusions. The age plateaux with weighted mean ages (WMA) ranges from 488 to 476 Ma for amphiboles and 403 Ma for quartz (2s). These data points constitute amphibole WMA yielding excellent isochrons with isochron ages of 469 and 463 Ma with initial 40Ar/36Ar ratios of 520 and 334, respectively. The isochron ages are interpreted to represent initial amphibolite-facies retrogression. The data points constituting the quartz age plateaux give an isochron age of 405 Ma with initial 40Ar/36Ar ratio of 295, recording a significant aqueous fluid flow episode during the early Devonian. Age spectra obtained by stepwise heating of amphibole residues remaining after crushing experiments are characterized by younger and relatively complex age spectra, which are probably influenced by the combined effects of resetting argon and/or mineral inclusions. Nevertheless, we note that the spectra shapes have features in common: excluding the last two steps, minimum apparent ages are found at temperatures of around 500 ?C, corresponding to 319 and 249 Ma, perhaps representing the time of isotopic resetting or resulting from release gas from mineral inclusions of, e.g., biotite or feldspar. Maximum apparent ages

  15. Argon Isotopic and Experimental Petrologic Evidence for Phenocrysts Versus Xenocrysts in the Youngest Toba Tuff

    Layer, P. W.; Gardner, J. E.; Rutherford, M. J.


    One of the largest known eruptions is that of the 74 ka Youngest Toba Tuff (YTT), which vented more than 2800 cubic km of magma from the Toba Caldera in Sumatra, Indonesia. The YTT was preceded by the 501 ka Middle Toba Tuff, and it has been proposed that the hiatus between them represents the time needed to develop a large magma body (Chesner, 1998). A controversial aspect of the YTT is that the aluminum content of the amphiboles in the magma indicates growth at pressures of ca. 300 MPa, whereas water contents in glass inclusions suggest much lower pressures, implying that the magma was greatly water undersaturated before eruption (Chesner, 1998). To develop a fuller understanding of the YTT magma's petrogenesis, we investigated the experimental phase equilibria of the magma and measured the argon isotopic signatures of sanidine, biotite, amphibole, and plagioclase. We find that biotite, plagioclase, and quartz are stable under almost all pressure-temperature conditions investigated, with sanidine crystallizing at low temperatures. Amphibole does not crystallize at temperatures and pressures recorded by the natural mineral assemblage and we can find no conditions under which amphibole is stable. Biotite and sanidine 40Ar/39Ar isochron ages are concordant at about 77 ka, similar to previous age determinations. Amphiboles and some plagioclases show significantly older ages, some as great as 1.5 Ma. Our results suggest that the YTT magma contained pheoncrysts of biotite, plagioclase, quartz, and sanidine, and resided at nearly water saturated pressures of 100 - 150 MPa. All amphiboles and some plagioclases were xenocrysts and were entrained throughout the entire 2800 cubic km of magma. Diffusion loss modeling of the xenocrysts indicates that these phases could not have resided in the magma chamber since the Middle Toba eruption, and that some were incorporated into the YTT magma perhaps only a few years prior to eruption. This study indicates that combining

  16. Radium equivalent and annual effective dose from geological samples from Pedra - Pernambuco - Brazil

    The natural radioactivity of an uranium-anomalous area utilized for agricultural activities in Pedra, Brazil, was monitored. For this, samples from the granite and calcium-silicate amphibole rocks underlying this area and also from samples of the soil derived from these rocks were collected and analyzed by high-resolution gamma spectrometry. The equivalent radium (Raeq) was used as a reference for estimating the rate of the effective equivalent dose. The average, minimum and maximum values for the samples were of 319.2 Bq kg-1 (91.1-758.5 Bq kg-1) for soil; 327.5 Bq kg-1 (36.3-1624.0 Bq kg-1) for granitic rocks and 70,124.5 Bq kg-1 (16,979.6-147,159.0 Bq kg-1) for the calcium-silicate amphibole rocks. An estimation of the external exposition was carried out based on the calculation of the parameters obtained.

  17. Petrology and In Situ Trace Element Chemistry of a Suite of R Chondrites

    Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Peng, Z. X.; Torrano, Z. A.


    Rumuruti (R) chondrites are characterized by low chondrule/matrix modal ratios, high oxidation state, small mean chondrule size, abundant sulfides and low metal contents, and are of petrologic types 3 to 6 [1, 2]. LAP 04840 (R5, [3]) and MIL 11207 (R6), contain the high-T hydrous phases amphibole and mica [3, 4]; not all equilibrated R chondrites contain these [2]. R chondrites thus can provide evidence on whether there are compositional effects caused by high-T, high-fluid metamorphism of nebular materials. We are investigating a suite of R chondrites of diverse petrologic grades to further understand the nature of the metamorphic processes that engendered them [5]. We report on our petrological studies, plus preliminary in situ analyses of trace elements in amphibole-bearing R chondrites.

  18. Deep-seated geology of the granite intrusions at the Soultz EGS site based on data from 5 km-deep boreholes

    Hooijkaas, Gerridina R. [Departments of Petrology and Isotope Geochemistry, Institute of Earth Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1085, NL 1081 HV, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Genter, Albert; Dezayes, Chrystel [French Geological Survey, BRGM, 3 Avenue Claude Guillemin, BP6009, F-45060 Orleans Cedex 2 (France)


    The petrographic model for the deep-seated geology at the Soultz-sous-Forets Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) site in the Rhine Graben, France, was revised on the basis of data from 5 km-deep wells. Several types of granite and sub-facies were characterized through thin-section analysis of drill cuttings. Various datalogs were studied to correlate them with petrography. The new geological model of the Soultz site is made up of a massive porphyritic granite that shows some paleo-weathering at its top, overlain by about 1400 m of Mesozoic and Tertiary sediments. Between 2700 and 3200 m depth, the same granite is highly fractured and hydrothermally altered. Below this zone, the granite is less fractured and is very rich in biotite and amphibole. Starting at 4700 m depth is a younger, fine-grained, two-mica and amphibole-rich granite that intrudes into the porphyritic granite. (author)

  19. Metasomatic silicate chemistry at the Bayan Obo Fe REE Nb deposit, Inner Mongolia, China: Contrasting chemistry and evolution of fenitising and mineralising fluids

    Smith, M. P.


    Fenite aureoles around carbonatite dykes, and alteration associated with Fe-REE-Nb ore bodies at Bayan Obo, Inner Mongolia, China, show alkali silicate assemblages containing aegirine-augite, (magnesio-)riebeckite, (magnesio-)arfvedsonite, and phlogopite, accompanied by varying amounts of apatite, albite and quartz. In both fenites and orebodies simple thermodynamic constraints indicate mineral parageneses are consistent with rock buffered cooling accompanied by the infiltration of a range of externally buffered hydrothermal fluids. Statistical analysis of amphibole chemistry indicates that even in apparently texturally well constrained paragenetic stages wide variations in chemistry occur in both the ore bodies and fenites. Much of this variation is attributable to the Mg and F content of amphibole, and is therefore interpreted as a result of variation in externally controlled variables ( P, T, initial fluid composition) rather than internally controlled variables such as protolith composition. Similarities in chemistry exist between fenite and some ore body amphiboles. Thermodynamic analysis of the composition of biotite and apatite allows constraints to be placed on the F-content of hydrothermal fluids, and indicates relatively consistent compositions in fenites and orebodies (log aHF/ aH 2O = - 3.8 to - 3.6 at 300 °C and 1 kbar). Amphibole and biotite associated with niobate mineralization are both enriched in fluorine relative to the rest of the paragenesis, and biotite compositions indicate significantly higher HF activities in the hydrothermal fluid (log aHF/ aH 2O = - 2.6 at 300 °C and 1 kbar). The data presented here reinforce previous interpretations of the complex, multistage nature of mineralisation at Bayan Obo, but are still consistent with a direct involvement of carbonatite derived fluids during ore genesis.

  20. The emplacement of peridotites and associated oceanic rocks from the Lizard Complex, southwest England.

    Cook, C.A.; Holdsworth, R. E.; Styles, M.T.


    Upper mantle peridotites and associated oceanic rocks from the Lizard Complex, southwest England, preserve evidence for a multistage geological history. Steeply dipping pre-emplacement fabrics record high-temperature (900-1100 degreesC) shearing and exhumation of the mantle peridotites apparently formed during localized NE-SW rifting in a pull-apart basin setting (c. 400-390 Ma). Associated oceanic rocks (Landewednack amphibolites) preserve a pre-emplacement prograde brown amphibole-bearing m...

  1. Zoning and contamination rate of magnesium and heavy metals of iron, zinc and copper in the north and northwest aquifer of Khoy (Zourabad) based on GIS and determining the contaminated source

    Fariborz Khodadadi; Abdolnaser Fazlnia; Hossein Pirkharrati


    Introduction Heavy metals are the most toxic pollutants in aquatic ecosystems. This contamination can result from the release of heavy metal elements during alteration and weathering of ultramafic and mafic rocks (ophiolite zones). Among the important metals and pollutants in the ophiolite; chromium, cobalt, nickel, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper could be noted. Basically, a mass of serpentine consists of serpentine, amphibole, talc, chlorite, magnetite, and the remainder of o...

  2. Comparative hazards of chrysotile asbestos and its substitutes: A European perspective.

    Harrison, P T; Levy, L S; Patrick, G.; Pigott, G H; Smith, L. L.


    Although the use of amphibole asbestos (crocidolite and amosite) has been banned in most European countries because of its known effects on the lung and pleura, chrysotile asbestos remains in use in a number of widely used products, notably asbestos cement and friction linings in vehicle brakes and clutches. A ban on chrysotile throughout the European Union for these remaining applications is currently under consideration, but this requires confidence in the safety of substitute materials. Th...

  3. Mineral fibres, fibrosis, and asbestos bodies in lung tissue from deceased asbestos cement workers.

    Albin, M; L. Johansson; Pooley, F D; Jakobsson, K; Attewell, R; Mitha, R


    Lung tissue from 76 deceased asbestos cement workers (seven with mesothelioma) exposed to chrysotile asbestos and small amounts of amphiboles, has been studied by transmission electron microscopy, together with lung tissue from 96 controls. The exposed workers with mesothelioma had a significantly higher total content of asbestos fibre in the lungs than those without mesothelioma, who in turn, had higher concentrations than the controls (medians 189, 50, and 29 x 10(6) fibres/g (f/g]. Chrysot...

  4. Asbestos bodies in bronchoalveolar lavage fluids of brake lining and asbestos cement workers.

    Dumortier, P; De Vuyst, P; Strauss, P.; Yernault, J C


    Asbestos body (AB) concentrations in bronchoalveolar lavage samples of 15 brake lining (BL) workers exposed only to chrysotile have been determined and compared with those from 44 asbestos cement (AC) workers extensively exposed to amphiboles. The mean AB concentrations (263 +/- 802 and 842 +/- 2086 AB/ml respectively) for those groups did not differ significantly but were much higher than those found in control groups. Analytical electron microscopy of asbestos body cores showed that in the ...

  5. Geochemical aspects of some Japanese lavas.

    Philpotts, J. A.; Martin, W.; Schnetzler, C. C.


    K, Rb, Sr, Ba and rare-earth concentrations in some Japanese lavas have been determined by mass-spectrometric stable-isotope dilution. The samples fall into three rare-earth groups corresponding to tholeiitic, high alumina and alkali basalts. Japanese tholeiites have trace element characteristics similar to those of oceanic ridge tholeiites except for distinctly higher relative concentrations of Ba. Japanese lavas may result from various degrees of partial fusion of amphibole eclogite.

  6. On the age of granulites in the Western Belomorian Belt and of the thrust formation

    To solve the problems relating to genesis of the Western Belomorian Belt the U-Pb dating method was employed for determining the age of zircons sampled from the rocks making up the belt. Estimated age (2727±32 mln. years) of orthopyroxenic diorites and tonalites crystallization from magma and their subsequent transformations under simultaneously occurring metamorphism of granulite fraction was obtained. Metamorphism of amphibolic facies correlates with thrust formation, its age 2707±1 mln. years

  7. Pleural macrophage recruitment and activation in asbestos-induced pleural injury.

    Choe, N; Tanaka, S.; Xia, W; Hemenway, D R; Roggli, V L; Kagan, E


    The pathogenesis of asbestos-induced pleural fibrosis is poorly understood. Moreover, there has been a long-standing controversy regarding the relative potential of different commercial types of asbestos to cause pleural disease. We postulated that inhaled asbestos fibers translocate to the pleural space where they stimulate the recruitment and activation of pleural macrophages. To test this hypothesis, and to determine whether there are differences between inhaled amphibole and serpentine as...

  8. Tumors that mimic asbestos-related mesothelioma: time to consider a genetics-based tumor registry?

    Kerger, Brent D.; James, Robert C.; Galbraith, David A.


    The diagnosis of mesothelioma is not always straightforward, despite known immunohistochemical markers and other diagnostic techniques. One reason for the difficulty is that extrapleural tumors resembling mesothelioma may have several possible etiologies, especially in cases with no meaningful history of amphibole asbestos exposure. When the diagnosis of mesothelioma is based on histologic features alone, primary mesotheliomas may resemble various primary or metastatic cancers that have direc...

  9. The origin and age of the metamorphic sole from the Rogozna Mts., Western Vardar Belt: New evidence for the one-ocean model for the Balkan ophiolites

    Borojević Šoštarić, S.; Palinkaš, A. L.; Neubauer, F.; Cvetković, V.; Bernroider, M.; Genser, J.


    This study brings new geochronological and petrochemical data from the metamorphic sole beneath the Rogozna Mts., Western Vardar ophiolite belt. The Rogozna metamorphic sole is located at the base of a serpentinite nappe and consists of amphibolites and talc-chlorite schists. The Rogozna amphibolites are medium- to fine-grained rocks with nematoblastic texture and pronounced foliation. They consist of green amphibole (~ 70 vol.%) with variable silica contents (6.4 to 7.8 Si apfu), as well as Mg# (molMg/[Mg + Fetot]; 0.53 to 0.77) and variably albitized plagioclase (~ 30 vol.%; Ab24-Ab98). Amphibolites are overprinted by a retrograde assemblage containing actinolite, epidote, clinoclore, sericite, chlorite, and magnetite. The amphibolites formed due to metamorphism of two basaltic suites: subalkaline/tholeiitic and alkaline. Subalkaline/tholeiitic amphibolites possess low Zr, Nb, Y, Th, Hf, TiO2, and P2O5 values and a LREE-depleted pattern, typical for the N-MORB (normal mid ocean ridge basalt) to BAB (back-arc basalt) origin. Alkaline amphibolites show elevated concentrations of Zr, Nb, Y, Th, Hf, TiO2, and P2O5 with a LREE-enriched pattern typically displayed by OIB (ocean island basalt). Amphibolites were crystallized during intra-oceanic thrusting at temperatures between 685 °C and 765 °C and at a depth of 12-17 km. 40Ar/39Ar cooling ages of amphibole, ranging from 165 to 170 Ma, slightly postdate the sole formation. Talc-chlorite schists are related to retrograde greenschist-facies metamorphism. They consist of Fe-rich talc and Cr-rich chlorite (peninite-diabantite) pseudomorphs after amphibole and MORB-type Cr-Al spinel, surrounded by Al- and Mg-poor ferrit chromite. The occurrence of ferrit chromite is related to earlier, amphibolite facies metamorphism. Chlorite pseudomorphs after amphibole were formed at 300-410 °C.

  10. The ophiolite massif of Kahnuj (western Makran, Southern Iran): new geological and geochronological data

    The ophiolite massif of Kahnuj (600 km2) consists, from bottom to top, of layered gabbros, isotropic gabbros and ouralite gabbros, agmatites of dioritic to plagio-granitic composition, a sheeted dyke complex and lastly a basaltic pillow lava unit. Amphiboles from gabbros were dated (40K-40Ar ages) between 156 and 139 Ma and the agmatites are nearly contemporaneous. Potassic granitic veins dated at 93-88 Ma are related to the development of the Ganj arc complex. (authors)

  11. Sinkinematic ultramafic-mafic magmatism in the Red River shear zone

    To investigate into manifestations the mantle ultramafic-mafic magnetism synchronous with displacement motions in the Red River zone one carried out Ar-Ar-dating of the bulk samples of the amphibolic gabbros, pyroxenites and peridotites from various areas of the mentioned zone. One determined three phases of formation of the ultramafic-mafic association of the Red River zone that corresponded to the age equal to 49-42, 35 and 25 million years

  12. Caracterización del plutón granodiorífico de Los Pedroches en su sector noroccidental (Comarca de La Serena, Badajoz)

    AIonso Olazabal, A.; Carracedo Sánchez, Manuel; Larrea Bilbao, F. J.; A. Aranguren


    This paper is a brief description of the Hercynian calc-alkaline granodioritic pluton of the Los Pedroches batholith at its NW branch (La Serena, Badajoz). This study is located in the National Topographic Map N.T.M. number 805 of Castuera, and it takes into account only the plutonic rocks. Three main lithotypes have been recognized through field, petrological and geochemical studies: biotiticgranodiorite±amphibole, piroxenic granodiorite and Las Cabezas granite. Whole chemistry defines a pot...

  13. Generation of tonalitic and dioritic magmas by coupled partial melting of gabbroic and metasedimentary rocks within the deep crust of the famatinian magmatic Arc, Argentina

    Juan E. Otamendi; Mihai N. Ducea; Alina M Tibaldi; Bergantz, Geoerge W.; Rosa Díaz, Jesús de la; Graciela I Vujovich


    The source regions of dioritic and tonalitic magmas have been identified in a deep crustal section of the Famatinian arc (Sierras Pampeanas of western Argentina). The source zones of intermediate igneous rocks are located at the transition between a gabbro-dominated mafic unit and a tonalite-dominated intermediate unit. In the upper levels of the mafic unit mafic magmas intruded into metasedimentary wall-rocks, crystallized mainly as amphibole gabbronorite and caused the partial melting of th...

  14. Petrology and geochemistray of Imam-Zadeh Hashem mafic and ultramafic bodies, southern Guilan province

    Mojgan Salavati; Reza Fahim Guilani


    Mafic and ultramafic plutonic igneous bodies, with small and big outcrops, between Shemshak rock units (Jurassic) are observed in east of Imam Zadeh Hashem, in southern Guilan province. Ultramafic cumulates consist of clinopyroxenite, and plagiofer clinopyroxenite, olivine clinopyroxenite, and mafic rocks, based on mineralogy consist of gabbros, olivine gabbros, biotite gabbros and amphibole gabbros. According to geochemical data, studied rocks have tholeiitic nature and in the tectonic setti...

  15. Retroperitoneal and pleural fibrosis in an insulator working in power plants

    Uibu, Toomas; Jäntti, Matti; Järvenpää, Ritva; Oksa, Panu; Tossavainen, Antti; Vanhala, Esa; Roto, Pekka


    We describe a case history of a former insulator who developed concomitant retroperitoneal and pleural fibrosis. In his work, the patient had been exposed on a daily basis to asbestos dust while demolishing and installing pipeline insulations. The heavy asbestos exposure was confirmed by a high level of asbestos content in his autopsy lung sample. We propose that both retroperitoneal fibrosis and diffuse pleural thickening were induced in our patient by an abundant amount of amphibole asbesto...

  16. Thermal structure of low-grade accreted Lower Cretaceous distal turbidites, the Central Pontides, Turkey: insights for tectonic thickening of an accretionary wedge



    Abstract: Albian-Turonian subduction-accretionary complexes are exposed widely in the Central Pontides. A major portion of the accretionary complexes is made up of a metaflysch sequence consisting of slate/phyllite and metasandstone intercalation with blocks of marble, Na-amphibole bearing metabasite, and serpentinite. The metaflysch sequence represents distal parts of a large Lower Cretaceous submarine turbidite fan deposited on the Laurasian active continental margin that was subsequently a...

  17. Naturally Occurring Asbestos in the Southern Nevada Region: Potential for Human Exposure

    Buck, B. J.; Metcalf, R. V.; Berry, D.; McLaurin, B.; Kent, D.; Januch, J.; Goossens, D.


    Naturally occurring fibrous actinolite, winchite, magnesioriebeckite, richterite, magnesiohornblende, and erionite have been found in rock, soil, and dust in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona. The areas containing naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) include urban areas (e.g. Boulder City) and rural areas where people routinely enjoy outdoor activities including horseback riding, running, hiking, bicycling, and off-road-vehicle (ORV) recreation. A recent study showing mesothelioma in young people and women suggests some form of environmental exposure. Rock, soil, dust and clothing were analyzed using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS); additional rock samples were analyzed using wavelength dispersive electron probe microanalysis (EPMA); additional soil samples were analyzed using PLM (polarizing light microscopy) and TEM (transmission electron microscopy) using the Fluidized Bed Asbestos Segregator preparation method. Winds have transported and mixed the Ca-amphiboles, which are primarily from Nevada, with the Na-amphiboles that are primarily from northwestern Arizona. Erionite, which has not previously been reported in this area, was a common soil component found in 5 of 6 samples. The erionite source has not yet been determined. Winds have transported the amphibole and erionite particles into the Nellis Dunes Recreation Area - an ORV recreation area located 35 km north of Boulder City that otherwise would not be geologically predicted to contain fibrous amphiboles. In Boulder City, wind directions are primarily bimodal N-NE and S-SW with the strongest winds in the spring coming from the S-SW. The arid climate in this part of the Mojave Desert greatly increases the potential for wind erosion and human exposures. These results suggest that the entire Las Vegas Basin has, at times, received these particles through wind transport. Because the most likely human exposure pathway is through inhalation of dust, the Las Vegas

  18. Magma storage and plumbing of adakite-type post-ophiolite intrusions in the Sabzevar ophiolitic zone, northeast Iran

    Jamshidi, K.; H. Ghasemi; Troll, V. R.; M. Sadeghian; B. Dahren


    Subduction-related adakite-type intrusive rocks emplaced into the late Cretaceous–Paleocene Sabzevar ophiolite zone, northeast Iran, range from Mg-andesite to rhyodacite in composition. Here we investigate the magma supply system to these subvolcanic intrusive rocks by applying thermobarometric mineral and mineral–melt equilibrium models, including amphibole thermobarometry, plagioclase–melt thermobarometry and clinopyroxene–melt barometry. Based on the results of these ther...

  19. Magma storage and plumbing of adakite-type post-ophiolite intrusions in the Sabzevar ophiolitic zone, NE Iran

    Jamshidi, K.; H. Ghasemi; Troll, V. R.; M. Sadeghian; B. Dahren


    Subduction-related adakite-type intrusive rocks emplaced into the late Cretaceous-Paleocene Sabzevar ophiolite zone, NE Iran, range from Mg-andesite to rhyodacite in composition. Here we investigate the magma supply system to these subvolcanic intrusive rocks by applying thermobarometric mineral and mineral-melt equilibrium models, including amphibole thermobarometry, plagioclase-melt thermobarometry and clinopyroxene-melt barometry. Based on the results of ...

  20. Application of the Moessbauer effect in the investigation of mineral raw materials

    The application is described of a method for an improved resolution of complex experimental Moessbauer spectra. The method is based on the application of the speedy Fourier transformation. The efficiency is illustrated by the measured spectra and by the improved spectra obtained from them. The application of the Moessbauer effect is discussed in research on minerals of the isomorphous series enstatite-hypersthene and on amphiboles. (author)

  1. Metabolism of various carbon sources by Azospirillum brasilense.

    Westby, C A; Cutshall, D S; Vigil, G V


    Azospirillum brasilense Sp7 and two mutants were examined for 19 carbon metabolism enzymes. The results indicate that this nitrogen fixer uses the Entner-Doudoroff pathway for gluconate dissimilation, lacks a catabolic but has an anabolic Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas hexosephosphate pathway, has amphibolic triosephosphate enzymes, lacks a hexose monophosphate shunt, and has lactate dehydrogenase, malate dehydrogenase, and glycerokinase. The mutants are severely deficient in phosphoglycerate and pyr...

  2. The petrogenesis of sodic island arc magmas at Savo volcano, Solomon Islands

    Smith, D. J.; Petterson, M. G.; Saunders, A. D.; Millar, I. L.; Jenkin, G. R. T.; Toba, T.; Naden, J.; Cook, J. M.


    Savo, Solomon Islands, is a historically active volcano dominated by sodic, alkaline lavas, and pyroclastic rocks with up to 7.5 wt% Na2O, and high Sr, arc-like trace element chemistry. The suite is dominated by mugearites (plagioclase-clinopyroxene-magnetite ± amphibole ± olivine) and trachytes (plagioclase-amphibole-magnetite ± biotite). The presence of hydrous minerals (amphibole, biotite) indicates relatively wet magmas. In such melts, plagioclase is relatively unstable relative to iron oxides and ferromagnesian silicates; it is the latter minerals (particularly hornblende) that dominate cumulate nodules at Savo and drive the chemical differentiation of the suite, with a limited role for plagioclase. This is potentially occurring in a crustal “hot zone”, with major chemical differentiation occurring at depth. Batches of magma ascend periodically, where they are subject to decompression, water saturation and further cooling, resulting in closed-system crystallisation of plagioclase, and ultimately the production of sodic, crystal and feldspar-rich, high-Sr rocks. The sodic and hydrous nature of the parental magmas is interpreted to be the result of partial melting of metasomatised mantle, but radiogenic isotope data (Pb, Sr, Nd) cannot uniquely identify the source of the metasomatic agent.

  3. Anomalously high δD values in the mantle

    Xia, Qun-Ke; Deloule, Etienne; Wu, Yuan-Bao; Chen, Dao-Gong; Cheng, Hao


    Hydrogen isotopic compositions of four amphibole grains from three lherzolite xenoliths hosted in Cenozoic basanites of Nushan, eastern China have been analyzed by ion microprobe. δD values of all analyzed points range from -94 to +46‰. Large heterogeneities of D/H ratios within single grains have been observed with variations of δD up to 80‰ on the scale of less than 400 μm. Neither correlation between δD values and water contents of the analyzed points nor regular variation between δD values and positions of analyzed points within the same grain can be found, implying that the scatter of δD values could not result from a late shallow process such as hydrogen loss or hydrothermal alterations and should be considered as inherited from the source at depth. Chemical compositions of Nushan amphiboles are very homogeneous, excluding the possibility that the scatter of δD values could arise from variable fractionation factors between a single fluid source and minerals. Therefore, metasomatic fluids responsible for the formation of Nushan amphiboles should have variable and unusually high hydrogen isotopic compositions. We suggest that this variation in the metasomatic fluids could be related to melt degassing in the mantle source.

  4. Erionite induces production of autoantibodies and IL-17 in C57BL/6 mice

    Background: Erionite has similar chemical and physical properties to amphibole asbestos, which induces autoantibodies in mice. Current exposures are occurring in North Dakota due to the use of erionite-contaminated gravel. While erionite is known to cause mesothelioma and other diseases associated with asbestos, there is little known about its effects on the immune system. Objectives: We performed this study to determine whether erionite evokes autoimmune reactions in mice. Methods: Bone marrow derived macrophages (BMDM) were used to measure toxicity induced by erionite. Cytokine production by BMDM and splenocytes of C57BL/6 mice was examined by bead arrays and ELISA following exposure to erionite, amphiboles and chrysotile. Wild type C57BL/6 mice were exposed to saline, erionite, amphibole asbestos (Libby 6-Mix) or chrysotile through intratracheal instillations at equal mass (60 μg/mouse). Seven months after exposure, sera were examined for anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) and IL-17. Immunohistochemistry was used to detect immune complex deposition in the kidneys. Results: Erionite and tremolite caused increased cytokine production belonging to the TH17 profile including IL-17, IL-6, TGF-β, and TNF-α. The frequency of ANA was increased in mice treated with erionite or amphibole compared to saline-treated mice. IL-17 and TNF-α were elevated in the sera of mice treated with erionite. The frequency of immune complex deposition in the kidneys increased from 33% in saline-treated mice to 90% with erionite. Conclusions: These data demonstrate that both erionite and amphibole asbestos induce autoimmune responses in mice, suggesting a potential for adverse effects in exposed communities. - Highlights: • Erionite, a fibrous mineral, is a current public health concern in the western USA. • Erionite exposure induces antinuclear autoantibodies in exposed mice. • Erionite induces a clear Th17 cytokine response in vitro and in vivo. • These responses were distinct from

  5. Hydrothermal alteration products of gabbros help accommodate exhumation-related deformation in mantle-derived ultramafics exposed at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    Picazo, S.; Cannat, M.; Escartin, J.; Gibert, B.; Delacour, A.; Silantyev, S.


    Outcrops of deeply-derived ultramafic rocks and gabbros are widespread along slow spreading ridges but the rheology and dynamics of the exhumation faults and of their uplifted footwalls are still poorly known. Previous studies of samples collected within meters of exposed exhumation fault surfaces in the Atlantic have shown that a gabbroic component was added to the primarily ultramafic material in the fault zone, allowing for the growth of abundant amphibole, chlorite and talc. The nature of this component (altered magmatic intrusions or metasomatic hydrothermal fluids) could not, however, be ascertained in the pervasively sheared fault material. In this abstract we report on a set of 474 samples collected at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) during the Serpentine cruise (2007; RV Pourquoi Pas? PI Y. Fouquet) next to the ultramafic-hosted Ashadze (13°N) and Logatchev (14°45'N) vent fields. Most of these 474 samples are weakly to moderately deformed and are interpreted as representing the upper few hundred meters below their respective exhumation fault zone, rather than the fault zone itself. The large number of samples, and their overall moderate degree of deformation gives us a chance to propose a semi-statistical study of plastic, brittle-plastic and brittle deformation in ultramafic rocks next to a MAR exhumation system, in relation with the magmatic and hydrothermal history. Our primary finding is that significant brittle-plastic deformation systematically involves amphibole±chlorite±talc-bearing ultramafic lithologies. Serpentine is commonly present in these deformed assemblages, but we did not find serpentine-only shear zones. Amphibole (in successive generations ranging from hornblende to tremolite) and chlorite occur in veins, many of which also contain zircon and some relict plagioclase, indicating a magmatic origin. Relicts of primary peridotite minerals in the most amphibole-rich samples indicate that magmatic injection followed on an episode of

  6. Noble gas transport during devolatilization of oceanic crust

    Jackson, C.; Smye, A.; Shuster, D. L.; Parman, S. W.; Kelley, S. P.; Hesse, M. A.; Cooper, R. F.


    Here we examine the role of slab dehydration in determining the elemental pattern of recycled noble gases. As a first step, we apply newly reported measurements of He-Ne-Ar (light noble gases) solubility and diffusivity in amphibole to parameterize a 1D diffusive-reaction transport model that simulates noble gas behavior during fluid loss from down-going oceanic crust. Recent experiments demonstrate that noble gases are highly soluble in ring-structured minerals, such as amphibole and other common hydrothermal products in slabs [1]. These results suggest that ring-structured minerals have the potential to strongly influence the budget of noble gases input into subduction zones and the elemental fractionations associated with volatile loss from slabs New measurements of He-Ne-Ar solubility in a suite of amphiboles have been completed utilizing the methodology described in [1]. These new measurements confirm that all light noble gases are highly soluble in amphibole, and that noble gas solubility correlates with the availability of unoccupied ring sites. New experimental measurements of He and Ne diffusivity have also been completed using a step-degassing approach at the Berkeley Geochronology Center. These measurements suggest that vacant ring sites in amphibole act to slow noble gas diffusion. We combine the newly acquired He and Ne diffusivity measurements with literature values for Ar diffusivity [2] to parameterize the diffusive-reaction transport model. Application of these data to the diffusive-reaction transport model yields several new insights. The relative mobility of Ne compared to Ar allows for efficient extraction of Ne from "hot" slabs by shallow depths (supercritical fluids, causing noble gases to partition back into minerals from any fluids retained in slabs at depth. The efficiency of noble gas extraction is particularly sensitive to the thermal regime and porosity of the slab (i.e. cold slabs with low porosity have the potential to recycle

  7. Cl-rich hydrous mafic mineral assemblages in the Highiș massif, Apuseni Mountains, Romania

    Bonin, Bernard; Tatu, Mihai


    The Guadalupian (Mid-Permian) Highiș massif (Apuseni Mountains, Romania) displays a bimodal igneous suite of mafic (gabbro, diorite) and A-type felsic (alkali feldspar granite, albite granite, and hybrid granodiorite) rocks. Amphibole is widespread throughout the suite, and yields markedly high chlorine contents. Three groups are identified: Cl-rich potassic hastingsite (2.60-3.40 wt% Cl) within A-type felsic rocks and diorite, mildly Cl-rich pargasite to hornblende (0.80-1.90 wt% Cl) within gabbro, and low F-Cl hornblende within gabbro and hybrid granodiorite. Coexisting biotite is either Cl-rich within diorite, or F-Cl-poor to F-rich within A-type felsic rocks. Chlorine and fluorine are distributed in both mafic phases, according to the F-Fe and Cl-Mg avoidance rules. The low-Ti contents suggest subsolidus compositions. Cl-rich amphibole within diorite and A-type felsic rocks yields a restricted temperature range - from 575 °C down to 400 °C, whereas mildly Cl-rich amphibole within gabbro displays the highest range - from 675 to 360 °C. Temperatures recorded by Cl-rich biotite within diorite range from 590 to 410 °C. Biotite within A-type felsic rocks yields higher temperatures than amphibole: the highest values- from 640 to 540 °C - are recorded in low-F-Cl varieties, whereas the lowest values- from 535 to 500 °C - are displayed by F-rich varieties. All data point to halogen-rich hydrothermal fluids at upper greenschist facies conditions percolating through fractures and shear zones and pervasively permeating the whole Highiș massif, with F precipitating as interstitial fluorite and Cl incorporating into amphibole, during one, or possibly several, hydrothermal episodes that would have occurred during a ~ 150 My-long period of time extending from the Guadalupian (Mid-Permian) to the Albian (Mid-Cretaceous).

  8. Experimentally determined distribution of fluorine and chlorine upon hydrous slab melting, and implications for F-Cl cycling through subduction zones

    Van den Bleeken, Greg; Koga, Kenneth T.


    Fluorine and chlorine are volatile elements known to be enriched in primitive arc magmas, and variations of F/Cl ratios can carry information about slab devolatilization processes. Recent experiments on the fractionations of these elements suggest that aqueous fluid has limited capacity to enrich the magma source region in F. Hence, it is difficult to explain observations of primitive arc magmas particularly rich in F. To complement previous experimental studies, we examined the fractionation of fluorine and chlorine during hydrous partial melting of subducting slab. Element-doped phase equilibria experiments were carried out in a complex chemical system at conditions equivalent to potential slab melting temperatures (750-1000 °C) across the amphibolite to eclogite facies transition (1.3-3 GPa). Partition coefficients of F and Cl between hydrous silicic melts and minerals were determined by electron microprobe and/or ion probe. Fluorine is compatible in amphibole (DFamp/glass = 1.18-1.85), and incompatible in garnet (0.034-0.140), clinopyroxene (0.059-0.505), and allanite (0.205-0.504). Hence, amphibole is an important F host, and can retain significant quantities of F in the solid residue of partial melting. On the contrary, Cl is incompatible, with DClmineral/glass generally decreasing from amphibole (0.079-0.625; one outlier at 1.87) to allanite (0.163), clinopyroxene (0.066-0.158), and garnet (0.031-0.153; outlier at 0.492). As a result, Cl is easily mobilized during partial melting. Fluorine and chlorine release during slab melting have been quantified by applying our partition coefficients to a non-modal batch melting model. The model shows that amphibole plays a key role in F/Cl fractionation during partial melting, while F/Cl is close to that of source for the melting of amphibole free eclogite. Moreover, the results from a flux-melting model employing several source compositions are compared to F and Cl abundances in primitive arc magmas. The observed

  9. Erionite induces production of autoantibodies and IL-17 in C57BL/6 mice

    Zebedeo, Christian Nash; Davis, Chad [Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID (United States); Peña, Cecelia [Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID (United States); Ng, Kok Wei [Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID (United States); Pfau, Jean C., E-mail: [Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID (United States)


    Background: Erionite has similar chemical and physical properties to amphibole asbestos, which induces autoantibodies in mice. Current exposures are occurring in North Dakota due to the use of erionite-contaminated gravel. While erionite is known to cause mesothelioma and other diseases associated with asbestos, there is little known about its effects on the immune system. Objectives: We performed this study to determine whether erionite evokes autoimmune reactions in mice. Methods: Bone marrow derived macrophages (BMDM) were used to measure toxicity induced by erionite. Cytokine production by BMDM and splenocytes of C57BL/6 mice was examined by bead arrays and ELISA following exposure to erionite, amphiboles and chrysotile. Wild type C57BL/6 mice were exposed to saline, erionite, amphibole asbestos (Libby 6-Mix) or chrysotile through intratracheal instillations at equal mass (60 μg/mouse). Seven months after exposure, sera were examined for anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) and IL-17. Immunohistochemistry was used to detect immune complex deposition in the kidneys. Results: Erionite and tremolite caused increased cytokine production belonging to the T{sub H}17 profile including IL-17, IL-6, TGF-β, and TNF-α. The frequency of ANA was increased in mice treated with erionite or amphibole compared to saline-treated mice. IL-17 and TNF-α were elevated in the sera of mice treated with erionite. The frequency of immune complex deposition in the kidneys increased from 33% in saline-treated mice to 90% with erionite. Conclusions: These data demonstrate that both erionite and amphibole asbestos induce autoimmune responses in mice, suggesting a potential for adverse effects in exposed communities. - Highlights: • Erionite, a fibrous mineral, is a current public health concern in the western USA. • Erionite exposure induces antinuclear autoantibodies in exposed mice. • Erionite induces a clear Th17 cytokine response in vitro and in vivo. • These responses were

  10. Heavy mineral assemblages of the Storegga tsunami deposit

    Cascalho, J.; Costa, P.; Dawson, S.; Milne, F.; Rocha, A.


    This study applies heavy mineral analysis to the Storegga tsunami deposit across a range of locations (Whale Firth, Maggie's Kettle Loch and Scatsta Voe) in Shetland (Scotland). The usefulness of this proxy is tested in the identification and characterization of these palaeotsunami units. Furthermore, provenance relationships are established based on the mineralogical content of tsunami deposits and their potential source. Finally, the capability of identifying different phases of tsunami inundation in an 8200 years old tsunami deposit is attempted. Our results show that, overall, tsunamigenic samples presented a clear dominance of garnets and amphiboles. While Whale Firth presented a more balanced distribution between these two mineral groups, in Maggie's Kettle Loch and Scatsta Voe the tsunamigenic samples are dominated by amphiboles (> 90% of transparent heavy minerals). Focusing on the two dominant heavy minerals (garnets and amphiboles) and their vertical variation, one could observe that garnets mimic the heavy mineral concentration variability - higher values at the base and decreasing values to the top. This effect of concentration of the heaviest of the heavy minerals assemblage presents similarities with the formation of beach placer deposits. In fact, based on the heavy mineral vertical variation of the tsunami deposits in Maggie's Kettle Loch, Scatsta Voe and Whale Firth it is possible to conclude that hornblende (most likely amphibole of the assemblage) has the lowest concentration factor indicating that its transport process is more efficient and consequently most of its particles eventually may have moved offshore in the backwash phase of the tsunami. Furthermore, the more platy shape of amphiboles also favours a slower deposition. The opposite can be observed for garnets, which require more energy to be transported (i.e. they are more difficult to entrain by the tsunami waves) and tend to be more easily preserved in the formation of a tsunamigenic

  11. High-K andesite petrogenesis and crustal evolution: Evidence from mafic and ultramafic xenoliths, Egmont Volcano (Mt. Taranaki) and comparisons with Ruapehu Volcano, North Island, New Zealand

    Price, Richard C.; Smith, Ian E. M.; Stewart, Robert B.; Gamble, John A.; Gruender, Kerstin; Maas, Roland


    This study uses the geochemistry and petrology of xenoliths to constrain the evolutionary pathways of host magmas at two adjacent andesitic volcanoes in New Zealand's North Island. Egmont (Mt. Taranaki) is located on the west coast of the North Island and Ruapehu lies 140 km to the east at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the principal locus of subduction-related magmatism in New Zealand. Xenoliths are common in the eruptives of both volcanoes but the xenoliths suites are petrographically and geochemically different. Ruapehu xenoliths are predominantly pyroxene-plagioclase granulites derived from Mesozoic meta-greywacke basement and the underlying oceanic crust. The xenolith population of Egmont Volcano is more complex. It includes sedimentary, metamorphic and plutonic rocks from the underlying basement but is dominated by coarse grained, mafic and ultramafic igneous rocks. Gabbroic xenoliths (Group 1) are composed of plagioclase, clinopyroxene and amphibole whereas ultramafic xenoliths are dominated by amphibole (Group 2) or pyroxene (Group 3) or, in very rare cases, olivine (Group 4). In Group 1 xenoliths plagioclase and clinopyroxene and in some cases amphibole show cumulate textures. Amphibole also occurs as intercumulate poikilitic crystals or as blebs or laminae replacing pyroxene. Some Group 2 xenoliths have cumulate textures but near monomineralic amphibole xenoliths are coarse grained with bladed or comb textures. Pyroxene in Group 3 xenoliths has a polygonal granoblastic texture that is commonly overprinted by veining and amphibole replacement. Group 1 and most Group 2 xenoliths have major, trace element and Sr, Nd and Pb isotope compositions indicating affinity with the host volcanic rocks. Geochemical variation can be modelled by assimilation fractional crystallisation (AFC) and fractional crystallisation (FC) of basaltic parents assuming an assimilant with the composition of average crystalline basement and Group 1 xenoliths have

  12. NOA at the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project (CDRP) - Challenges and Solutions

    Erskine, B.


    The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is one year into construction of the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project (CDRP), a new earthen dam east of Sunol designed to withstand an M 7.1 earthquake on the nearby active Calaveras fault. The zoned earthen dam will be constructed primarily of on-site materials, many of which contain NOA. The upstream shell will be composed of Franciscan complex blueschist which contains crocidolite. This material will be blasted and processed at an on-site quarry. The impermeable core of the dam will be constructed of clay-rich alluvium that contains asbestos derived from Franciscan rocks. This material will be excavated from the south end of the reservoir and transported several miles to the dam. Currently, approximately 3 million yards of Franciscan complex material is being excavated and disposed of within permitted on-site engineered landfills. NOA-bearing rocks that include serpentinite, greenschist, blueschist, and eclogite contain variable amounts and assemblages of chrysotile, actinolite, crocidolite, tremolite, and winchite-class amphiboles. All of these are detected in air samples collected within a sophisticated air monitoring array and analyzed by TEM. The CDRP represents the largest construction project involving NOA in the country. As such, applying regulations that were designed for building materials and routine construction sites, and controlling airborne emissions on such a massive scale, is a major challenge requiring innovative solutions. Because construction occurs simultaneously at distinct and distant parts of the site, and the rugged topography of the site induces complex meteorological conditions, it is sometimes difficult to ascertain the driving activity and location of a source that caused a trigger level exceedance at a perimeter monitoring station. One helpful tool is forensic correlation of source material and air test data using speciation of amphiboles. At the CDRP, we are developing the ability to

  13. Dynamic evolution in a Cretaceous high-P/T subduction channel evidenced by the juxtaposition of amphibolite blocks with different P-T paths: an example from the Kamuikotan belt, northern Japan

    Okamoto, A.; Takeshita, T.


    A subduction channel developed at the boundary between a subducting oceanic plate and an overlying plate could be geologically defined as the place, where accretionary sediments were dragged down to great depth with an oceanic plate to suffer a high-P/T type metamorphism, and transformed to high-P/T metamorphic rocks (e.g. blueschist and eclogite). In the study area, while typical high-P/T metamorphic rocks (blueschist), which originated from Cretaceous accretionary sediments, amphibolites and metacherts also occur as tectonic blocks in mélange surrounded by either serpentinite or pelitic matrix, which originally suffered intermediate-P/T type metamorphism, but later the same high-P/T type metamorphism as the sediments did. In this research, we have analyzed mineral assemblages in these amphibolites and metacherts, and conducted micro-chemical analyses of compositional zoning in amphibole and garnet from these rocks with an EPMA. As a result, compositional zoning in some constituent amphibole can be divided into 3 types. Type I is a dominant type, where actinolite is overgrown by glaucophane, indicating pressure increase. Type II, which has been found in only one sample, is defined as the compositional zoning in amphibole consisting of magnesiohornblende, actinolite and glaucophane from core to rim. The compositional zoning shows a change of the temperature gradient from low-P/T (or intermediate-P/T) type to high-P/T type, which could reflect a cooling of the subduction channel with time from the onset of subduction to a steady state. Type III is characterized by the compositional zoning in amphibole from tschermakite to glaucophane-magnesioriebeckite. This also shows a cooling of the subduction channel with time. In this sample, garnet also shows a compositional zoning from a Mn-rich and Ca-poor inner core to a Mn-poor and Ca-rich outer core, which is surrounded by a Mn-rich rim, showing a compositional discontinuity across the core-rim boundary. The

  14. Late Neoproterozoic Nuqara Dokhan Volcanics, Central Eastern Desert, Egypt: Geochemistery and petrogenesis

    Hassan, Tharwat; Asran, Asran; Amron, Taha; Natflos, Theo


    The Nuqara volcanic is one of the northernmost outcrops of the Arabian-Nubian Shield Dokhan volcanics. The origin and tectonic setting of the late Neoproterozoic Dokhan volcanics (ca. 610-560 Ma) in the Egyptian Eastern Desert is highly debated. The debate concerns the tectonic setting where they formed during transition between convergent to extensional regime or after the East- and the West-Gondwana collision (~600Ma). In order to solve this problem, lavas from Nuqara area were studied geologically and geochemically. Nuqara Dokhan volcanics comprises two main rock suites: (a) an intermediate volcanic suite, consisting of basaltic andesite, andesite and their associated pyroclastics rocks; and (b) a felsic volcanic suite composed of dacite, rhyolite and ignimbrites. The two suites display well-defined major and trace element trends and continuum in composition with wide ranges in SiO2 (52-75.73%), CaO (9.19-0.22%), MgO (5.29-0.05%), Sr (1367-7.4 ppm), Zr (688.5-172.7 ppm), Cr (207-0.4 ppm), and Ni (94.3-0.2 ppm). The Nuqara Dokhan volcanics are characterized by strong enrichment in LILE relative to HFSE and affiliated to the calc-alkaline subducted - related magmatism. Geochemical Modeling displays that the evolution of these rocks was governed by fractional crystallization of plagioclase, amphiboles, pyroxene, magnetite and apatite in the intermediate varieties and plagioclase, amphibole, magnetite, apatite and zircon in the felsic varieties. The obtained mineral chemistry of these volcanics reveals: (a) Plagioclase range in composition from An55 to An40 in basaltic andesite and from An39 to An24 in andesite. (b) Alkali feldspars have sanidine composition. (c) Clinopyroxenes have augite composition. The low Al2O3 contents (1.94-5.588 wt %) indicate that clinopyroxene crystallized at low - pressure conditions. (d) Amphiboles have magnesio- hornblende composition.

  15. Petrology of the anorogenic, oxidised Jamon and Musa granites, Amazonian Craton: implications for the genesis of Proterozoic A-type granites

    Dall'Agnol, Roberto; Rämö, O. Tapani; de Magalhães, Marilia Sacramento; Macambira, Moacir José Buenano


    The 1.88 Ga Jamon and Musa granites are magnetite-bearing anorogenic, A-type granites of Paleoproterozoic age. They intrude the Archaean rocks of the Rio Maria Granite-Greenstone Terrain in the eastern part of the Amazonian Craton in northern Brazil. A suite of biotite±amphibole monzogranite to syenogranite, with associated dacite porphyry (DP) and granite porphyry (GP) dykes, dominates in these subalkaline granites that vary from metaluminous to peraluminous and show high FeO/(FeO+MgO) and K 2O/Na 2O. In spite of their broad geochemical similarities, the Jamon and Musa granites show some significant differences in their REE patterns and in the behaviour of Y. The Jamon granites are related by fractional crystallisation of plagioclase, potassium feldspar, quartz, biotite, magnetite±amphibole±apatite±ilmenite. Geochemical modelling and Nd isotopic data indicate that the Archaean granodiorites, trondhjemites and tonalites of the Rio Maria region are not the source of the Jamon Granite and associated dyke magmas. Archaean quartz diorites, differentiated from the mantle at least 1000 m.y. before the emplacement of the granites, have a composition adequate to generate DP and the hornblende-biotite monzogranite magmas by different degrees of partial melting. A larger extent of amphibole fractionation during the evolution of the Musa pluton can explain some of the observed differences between it and the Jamon pluton. The studied granites crystallised at relatively high fO 2 and are anorogenic magnetite-series granites. In this aspect, as well as concerning geochemical characteristics, they display many affinities with the Proterozoic A-type granites of south-western United States. The Jamon and Musa granites differ from the anorthosite-mangerite-charnockite-rapakivi granite suites of north-eastern Canada and from the reduced rapakivi granites of the Fennoscandian Shield in several aspects, probably because of different magmatic sources.

  16. Mineral chemistry of paleoproterozoic volcano-plutonism from the São Félix do Xingu (PA region, Amazonian Craton

    Raquel Souza da Cruz


    Full Text Available The Sobreiro and Santa Rosa formations are result of large paleoproterozoic volcanic activities in the São Félix do Xingu (PA region, SE of Amazonian Craton. The Sobreiro Formation is composed of andesitic lava flow facies, with subordinate dacite and rhyodacite, and autoclastic volcaniclastic facies characterized by tuff, lapilli-tuff, and massive polymictic breccia. These rocks exhibit clinopyroxene, amphibole, and plagioclase phenocrysts in a microlytic or trachytic groundmass. The clinopyroxene is augite with subordinate diopside, and reveals chemical variations typical of minerals generated by arc-related magmatism. The amphibole is magnesiohastingsite, has oscillatory oxidizing conditions, and reveals breakdown rim textures linked to degassing during magma ascent. The Santa Rosa Formation has polyphase evolution controlled by large NE-SW crustal fissures, materialized by rhyolitic and dacitic lava flow facies. Volcaniclastic facies of ignimbrites, lapilli-tuffs, felsic crystal tuffs, and massive polymict breccias represents an explosive cycle in this unit. Metric dikes and stocks of granitic porphyries and equigranular granitoids complete this suite. K-feldspar, plagioclase, and quartz phenocrysts surrounded by quartz and K-feldspar integrowth occur in these rocks. Electron microprobe pressure and temperature estimates in clinopyroxene phenocrysts reveal formation depth between 58 and 17.5 km (17.5 – 4.5 kbar at temperatures between 1,249 and 1,082 ºC; and between 28 and 15 km (7.8 – 4.1 kbar for amphibole grains of the Sobreiro Formation, suggesting polybaric evolution. A model with generation of hydrated basaltic magma from partial melting of mantle wedge and accumulation in a hot zone of the lower crust, from which the andesitic and dacitic magmas are formed by the assimilation of continental crust and following fractional crystallization is proposed.

  17. P- T conditions of crystallization and origin of plagioclase-mantled alkali feldspar megacrysts in the Mesozoic granitoids in the Qinling orogen (China)

    Wang, Xiaoxia; Wang, Tao; Haapala, Ilmari; Mao, Jingwen


    The Qinling orogen between the North China and South China cratons was intruded at 211-217 Ma by calc-alkaline quartz monzonitic to monzogranitic plutons characterized by I- to A-type geochemistry and in many places contain plagioclase-mantled alkali feldspar megacrysts (rapakivi texture sensu lato). The felsic rocks contain mafic to intermediate magmatic enclaves suggestive of mingling and mixing of mafic and felsic magmas. The P- T conditions of crystallization have been determined for early mineral assemblages (inner parts of alkali feldspar megacrysts and their plagioclase, quartz, amphibole and biotite inclusions) and late assemblages (matrix minerals) of the rapakivi-textured granitoids. Al contents in amphibole from the early and late mineral assemblages yield pressures of 1.2-3.0 and 0.7-3.0 kbar, respectively, and indicate only minor pressure change between the crystallization of the early and late assemblages. Amphibole-plagioclase thermometry gives temperatures mainly of the order of 900 to 1000 °C for both the early and late assemblages indicating nearly isothermal conditions. Feldspar thermometers yield lower temperatures. Relative abundances of minerals and their chemical compositions indicate that the late mineral assemblages tend to be richer in MgO, Na 2O and CaO than the early assemblages. Rapakivi texture is interpreted in this case mainly as a result of compositional changes related to the hybridization between granitic and more mafic magmas. Small release of pressure during crystallization of the magmas may have contributed to the origin of the mantled alkali feldspar megacrysts.

  18. Halogen (F, Cl, Br, I) behaviour in subducting slabs: A study of lawsonite blueschists in western Turkey

    Pagé, Lilianne; Hattori, Keiko; de Hoog, Jan C. M.; Okay, Aral I.


    We examined the F, Cl, Br and I abundance of minimally retrogressed lawsonite blueschists from the Tavsanli Zone in northwest Turkey to evaluate the behaviour of halogens in subduction zones, and to determine the role coexisting high pressure minerals may play in transporting the halogens to the Earth's mantle. The blueschists contain sodic amphibole and lawsonite, with variable amounts of phengite and chlorite, and minor apatite. A positive correlation between Cl, Br and I contents in bulk rocks suggests their overall coherent behaviour in subduction zones, although high ratios of I/Cl and Br/Cl compared to altered oceanic crust indicate that Cl is preferentially lost relative to Br and I before or during blueschist metamorphism. Iodine and F are enriched relative to altered oceanic crust, suggesting incorporation from marine sediments. In situ analyses of minerals in thin sections reveal F preferentially concentrates in apatite (avg. 3.13 wt%), over phengite (482 ppm), lawsonite (avg. 413 ppm) and Na-amphibole (257 ppm). Chlorine also preferentially resides in apatite (138 ppm), followed by equal partitioning between phengite (59 ppm) and Na-amphibole (56 ppm), and lower concentrations in lawsonite (27 ppm). Upon apatite decomposition at a depth of ∼200 km, F may redistribute into lawsonite and phengite in slabs, whilst Cl is likely expelled to the overlying mantle wedge. Given the stability of lawsonite and phengite to a depth of 280-300 km in cold subduction zones, they may transport F beyond subarc depths, contributing to the high F in magmas derived from the deep mantle.

  19. Metagabbro associated with the shear zone on Prins Karls Forland (Svalbard, Arctic)

    Maraszewska, Maria; Manecki, Maciej; Czerny, Jerzy; Schneider, David; Myhre, Per Inge; Faehnrich, Karol; Barnes, Christopher


    Prins Karls Forland (PKF) is a N-S elongated island situated west of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, High Arctic. The northern part of the island is dominated by siliciclastic metasediments regionally metamorphosed to greenshist facies assemblages during one distinct stage of tectonism. Amphibolite facies garnet-mica schists, mica schists, quartzites and carbonate-silicate rocks exhibiting evidence of at least two distinct, strong deformation episodes (including mylonitization) locally outcrop on the east coast of PKF, termed the Pinkie Unit. A ~1 km wide shear zone containing ductile to brittle structures and distinct outcrops of greenstones (metagabbros and greenschists), associated with magnetite ore, separates these two contrasting tectonic units. Ten samples of greenstones were collected on the slopes of Lauratzonfjellet and Boureefjellet for petrologic and geochemical analyses. Despite intense localized shearing, the metagabbros are undeformed and preserve coarse crystalline, magmatic texture, which is locally poikilitic. The primary magmatic assemblage consists of brown hornblende, plagioclase, biotite and opaque minerals, with accessory apatite and titanite. No relicts of pyroxenes are preserved. Formation of secondary uralite, sericite and chlorite is observed. Metamorphic assemblage consists of actinolite pseudomorhs after hornblende, epidote, and second generation biotite. Blue amphibole is observed in one sample from Boureefjellet; greenschists from Boureefjellet also contain fibrous blue amphibole, as well as garnets, actinolite, epidote and biotite. Some rocks sampled on Boureefjellet are more strongly deformed and exhibit probably two stages of metamorphism: amphibolite facies metamorphism resulting in blue amphibole-garnet assemblage followed by greenschist facies metamorphism resulting in actinolite-epidote-biotite paragenesis. Parallel and overlapping patterns on chondrite-normalized REE diagrams and spider diagrams indicate that these

  20. Age, protoliths and tectonic implications of the Toudaoqiao blueschist, Inner Mongolia, China

    Miao, Laicheng; Zhang, Fochin; Jiao, Shujuan


    The Toudaoqiao blueschist is located in the northern Great Xing'an Range of China, part of the eastern Central Asian Orogenic Belt, and was discovered in the 1980s, but the age of its formation and metamorphism and the nature of its protolith, have long remained uncertain. Thin-section examination and microprobe analyses show that the Toudaoqiao blueschist has a mineral assemblage of sodic amphibole + chlorite + epidote + albite + phengite ± apatite ± quartz. Electron microprobe analyses attest that sodic amphibole is magnesioriebeckite in composition. The blueschist-facies metamorphism occurred under metamorphic P-T conditions of ∼7 kbar and 450-480 °C, estimated from pseudosection as well as the compositions of the Na-amphibole and phengite. The protolith of the blueschist is mainly composed of alkali basalt, with a minor amount of tholeiitic basalt. The alkali basalt shows similarities in chemical composition to oceanic island basalt (OIB), suggesting derivation from an OIB-like asthenospheric mantle source in a within-plate setting. The tholeiitic basalt has geochemical features transitional between mid-ocean ridge basalt and island arc tholeiite, which implies an origin from a depleted mantle source that would have been selectively metasomatized in a supra-subduction setting. Sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) zircon dating confirms that the protolith of the Toudaoqiao blueschist formed at 516 ± 11 Ma, in the middle Cambrian, and experienced blueschist facies metamorphism during the Silurian at ca. 436 Ma. The juxtaposition of the two distinct rock types and the association of the blueschist with mélange suggest that the origin of the Toudaoqiao blueschist belt involve collision-accretionary processes. Based on these new results and regional data, we propose that the Toudaoqiao blueschist belt represents the suture zone between the Erguna and Xing'an terranes and that suturing took place during the Early Silurian period. The southwestern

  1. Production of carbonatite-source regions in depleted upper mantle: metasomatism by alkaline magmas

    Meen, J.K.


    The peridotite-H/sub 2/O-CO/sub 2/ solidus displays a cusp at approximately 22 kbar (corresponding to the intersection of the amphibole-out curve and the solidus). Low-temperature alkaline melts formed near the solidus at P>22 kbar will recross the solidus along the line of the cusp and, at lower pressures, react with wall-rocks. Depleted periodotite of the upper mantle may thus be enriched in low-melting components. Experimental studies on a join between carbonated alkaline rock and harzburgite at P=20 kbar demonstrate that carbonate is a supersolidus phase, except at high ratios of H/sub 2/O to CO/sub 2/, and that amphibole forms at temperatures very close to that of the solidus. Interaction of carbonated alkaline magma and harzburgite produces, with decreasing temperature, clinopyroxene, carbonate, and hornblende. Thus, two different kinds of carbonated 1herzolite source region may be formed. In the first case, a carbonated 1herzolite is formed in equilibrium with a residual magma. This 1herzolite will be enriched in Sr over Rb and in Nd over Sm, but not in U over Pb. Total consumption of the magma will produce a carbonate-amphibole-1herzolite and this will also be enriched in U over Pb. These two source regions will develop, with time, similar Sr-Nd isotopic characteristics (low /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr and low /sup 143/Nd//sup 144/Nd), but will have very different Pb-isotopic ratios. The effects of minor minerals on the partitioning of trace elements may, however, by important, and these will also be discussed.

  2. Vein Formation and Element Mobility During Serpentinization of Peridotites: Mineralogy and Thermodynamic Modeling

    Schwarzenbach, E. M.; Caddick, M. J.; Beard, J. S.


    Serpentinization is a common mineralogical process that occurs in ultramafic rocks when water interacts with the primary minerals olivine and pyroxene to form a rock dominated by serpentine. Temperature of hydration and the primary mineralogy of the peridotite strongly influence the alteration products. We studied peridotites with low to extremely low degrees of serpentinization from two settings, the Santa Elena ophiolite in Costa Rica and the Gakkel Ridge, to test how temperature and primary mineralogy control reactions, reaction sequences, and subsequent vein textures during peridotite hydration. Serpentinization of a harzburgite from Costa Rica occurred at around 250°C, resulting in olivine-hosted veins that are a mixture of brucite and serpentine - with a bulk composition approximately equivalent to hydrated host olivine - and later stage veins that also contain magnetite. Serpentinite that formed by hydration of orthopyroxene is accompanied by talc, with a bulk composition (serp + tlc) that is depleted in silica relative to the orthopyroxene host. In contrast, veins in orthopyroxene in an almost un-serpentinized peridotite (degree of serpentinization ~ 5 %) from the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge have an average composition very similar to the host orthopyroxene, whilst veins in olivine suggest slight enrichment in silica compared to the host olivine. Replacement of orthopyroxene here results in the formation of serpentine, talc and amphibole. The presence of amphibole in orthopyroxene and the higher degree of orthopyroxene replacement compared to olivine suggests that serpentinization occurred at higher temperatures than in the Santa Elena peridotites, resulting in the mobilization of more silica through the system. Thermodynamic models of the hydration of olivine and orthopyroxene agree with the mineralogical observations and show that hydration of olivine first results in the simple formation of serpentine and brucite. Increasing water-rock ratios then

  3. Quartz exsolution topotaxy in clinopyroxene from the UHP eclogite of Weihai, China

    Xu, Haijun; Zhang, Junfeng; Zong, Keqing; Liu, Liang


    Abundant oriented silica precipitates of α-quartz (4.0 ± 1.0 vol.%), in part coexisting with calcic amphiboles (precipitates have topotactic relationships with their host clinopyroxenes. Three types of crystallographic topotactic relationship have been identified between quartz and host clinopyroxene: (1) 52% quartz precipitates share the same orientation for the c-axes with [0001]qz//[001]cpx; (2) 34% quartz precipitates share the same orientation for the a-axes with [11 2 bar0]qz//[001]cpx; and (3) 11% quartz precipitates share the same orientation for the s-planes with (11 2 bar1)qz//(100)cpx. Other quartz axes and planes disperse in large or small girdles around the shared axes or planes. Many quartz rods/needles are elongated parallel to the [001]cpx with the long axes of quartz being either [0001]qz or [11 2 bar0]qz. Amphibole precipitates have also a strong crystallographic relationship with host clinopyroxene, i.e., (100)amp//(100)cpx, [010]amp//[010]cpx, and [001]amp//[001]cpx. These results provide quantitative microstructural evidence supporting an exsolution origin for oriented quartz needles/rods in clinopyroxene and demonstrate that the exsolution of quartz from clinopyroxene occurred within the stability field of α-quartz rather than coesite. The oriented precipitates of α-quartz, in part coexisting with calcic amphiboles, in host clinopyroxene are probably promoted by supercritical fluid or partial melting during the early exhumation of eclogites. Our results suggest that oriented quartz precipitates in clinopyroxene cannot be used as an indisputable UHP-indicator.

  4. Acute phase response, inflammation and metabolic syndrome biomarkers of Libby asbestos exposure

    Identification of biomarkers assists in the diagnosis of disease and the assessment of health risks from environmental exposures. We hypothesized that rats exposed to Libby amphibole (LA) would present with a unique serum proteomic profile which could help elucidate epidemiologically-relevant biomarkers. In four experiments spanning varied protocols and temporality, healthy (Wistar Kyoto, WKY; and F344) and cardiovascular compromised (CVD) rat models (spontaneously hypertensive, SH; and SH heart failure, SHHF) were intratracheally instilled with saline (control) or LA. Serum biomarkers of cancer, inflammation, metabolic syndrome (MetS), and the acute phase response (APR) were analyzed. All rat strains exhibited acute increases in α-2-macroglobulin, and α1-acid glycoprotein. Among markers of inflammation, lipocalin-2 was induced in WKY, SH and SHHF and osteopontin only in WKY after LA exposure. While rat strain- and age-related changes were apparent in MetS biomarkers, no LA effects were evident. The cancer marker mesothelin was increased only slightly at 1 month in WKY in one of the studies. Quantitative Intact Proteomic profiling of WKY serum at 1 day or 4 weeks after 4 weekly LA instillations indicated no oxidative protein modifications, however APR proteins were significantly increased. Those included serine protease inhibitor, apolipoprotein E, α-2-HS-glycoprotein, t-kininogen 1 and 2, ceruloplasmin, vitamin D binding protein, serum amyloid P, and more 1 day after last LA exposure. All changes were reversible after a short recovery regardless of the acute or long-term exposures. Thus, LA exposure induces an APR and systemic inflammatory biomarkers that could have implications in systemic and pulmonary disease in individuals exposed to LA. -- Highlights: ► Biomarkers of asbestos exposure are required for disease diagnosis. ► Libby amphibole exposure is associated with increased human mortality. ► Libby amphibole increases circulating proteins involved

  5. Petrologic characteristics of the 1982 and pre-1982 eruptive products of El Chichon volcano, Chiapas, Mexico.

    McGee, J.J.; Tilling, R.I.; Duffield, W.A.


    Studies on a suite of rocks from this volcano indicate that the juvenile materials of the 1982 and pre-1982 eruptions of the volcano have essentially the same mineralogy and chemistry. Data suggest that chemical composition changed little over the 0.3 m.y. sample period. Modally, plagioclase is the dominant phenocryst, followed by amphibole, clinopyroxene and minor phases including anhydrite. Plagioclase phenocrysts show complex zoning: the anorthite-rich zones are probably the result of changing volatile P on the magma and may reflect the changes in the volcano's magma reservoir in response to repetitive, explosive eruptive activity.-R.E.S.

  6. Radiometric dating of Mesozoic basic eruptive rocks of the Krizna nappe in the NW part of the Low Tatra

    The Mesozoic of the Central West Carpathians is generally poor in occurrences of volcanics. The Krizna nappe is one of the units where basic effusive rocks-basalts accompanied by volcanoclastics are present in the Cretaceous. Basalts with olivine, augite and amphibole of analogous character from vein bodies are found in the Middle and/or Upper Triassic carbonates of the same unit. Radiometric ages of 106 to 116x106 y. for vein bodies in the Middle and/or Upper Triassic are identical with the geological position of the effusive bodies in the Lower Cretaceous. All occurrences are products of the Lower Cretaceous volcanism. (author)

  7. Radiometric dating of metamorphites of amphibolite facies from the Rudnany deposit, Spissko-Gemerske Rudohorie Mts

    Eruptive rocks from granodiorites to ultrabasic and rocks of amphibolite facies from the siderite deposit of Rudnany are discussed. They reach the Carboniferous, are characterized by intensive hydrothermal and metasomatic alterations. The genesis and mutual relations have so far been little cleared. The metamorphism into amphibolite facies is uncommon in the epimetamorphosed Spissko-gemerske rudohorie Mts. Its age ranging has been questionable. By the argon method the ages of 324, 320 and 281 mil. y were proved at amphiboles from amphibolites. These results disprove the views on the Alpine age of metamorphism and are an evidence of its Variscan age. (author)

  8. Geochemistry and petrogenesis of the Gallego Volcanic Field, Solomon Islands, SW Pacific and geotectonic implications

    Petterson, M. G.; Haldane, M. I.; Smith, D. J.; Billy, D.; Jordan, N. J.


    The Upper Miocene to present day Gallego Volcanic Field (GVF) is located in northwest Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, SW Pacific, and potentially includes the offshore Savo volcano. The GVF is a multi-centred complex covering an area of ~ 800 km 2 on Guadalcanal and a further ~ 30 km 2 on the island of Savo, north of west Guadalcanal. GVF volcanism is characterised by effusive eruptions of lava, intrusion of sub-volcanic plutons, as well as pyroclastic flow and fall deposits dominated by block and ash flow deposits. Geochemical analysis of a representative suite of samples from the GVF demonstrates that the GVF comprise largely a 'main suite' of basalts to andesites and minor trachyandesites. The predominant mineralogy of the GVF comprises plagioclase, amphibole, clinopyroxene and magnetite-ilmenite. Associated with the 'main suite' are cognate nodules composed of hornblendite, gabbros, and clinopyroxenite. Interpretation of major and trace element geochemistry and petrographic studies suggests that fractionation was dominated by early clinopyroxene, and later amphibole + clinopyroxene + minor plagioclase. Geochemical features such as the incompatibility of Sr suggest that plagioclase largely crystallised en-masse late in the fractionation sequence. The presence of amphibole and late fractionation of plagioclase is suggestive of derivation from initially water-rich magmas. The region is characterised by strong geographically-related geochemical variations as evidenced by the Woodlark (and Manus) basins: basalts become more arc-like within the ocean basins with decreasing distance to the subducting trench. The GVF-Savo volcanoes are spatially and geochemically affected by deep N-S fractures that show some evidence of sympathetic geochemical variations with distance from the trench (e.g. Sr/Y ratios). Comparison with a range of international data for Th/Nb vs Pb/Nb and Dy/Yb vs SiO 2 indicate that: amphibole was indeed a strong controlling phase on magmatic evolution

  9. Petrology of the Mesoarchean Rio Maria suite and the discrimination of sanukitoid series

    Oliveira, Marcelo Augusto de; Dall'Agnol, Roberto; Almeida, José de Arimatéia Costa de


    The rocks of 2.87 Ga Rio Maria sanukitoid suite of the eastern Amazonian craton include granodiorites, intermediate rocks, layered rocks and mafic enclaves. Their REE patterns and the behavior of Rb, Ba, Sr, and Y allowed the distinction of a granodioritic (granodiorite and intermediate rocks) and a monzonitic (mafic enclaves) sanukitoid series. Petrogenetic modeling indicated that the granodiorites and intermediate rocks are not related by fractional crystallization. The internal evolution of the intermediate rocks were leaded by fractionation of amphibole + biotite ± apatite, whereas the granodiorites evolved by fractionation of plagioclase + amphibole ± biotite. The layered rocks were probably derived from the granodiorite magma by an accumulation of 50% of amphibole (dark layer) and of 30% of amphibole ± plagioclase (gray layer). The petrogenesis of the Rio Maria suite required melting of a modified mantle extensively metasomatized by addition of about 30% TTG-like melt to generate the granodiorite (11% of melt) and intermediate magmas (14% of melt), and ~ 20% TTG-like melt in the case of mafic enclave magma (9% of melt). Modeling and geochemical data, particularly the behavior of Sr and Y, suggest that mafic enclave and granodiorite magmas were originated at different depths and should have mingled during their ascent and final emplacement. The modal and geochemical differences observed between the granodioritic and monzonitic sanukitoid series of Rio Maria are apparently a general feature of the Archean sanukitoids. This indicates the existence of at least two distinct sanukitoid series and suggests that the nature of the sanukitoid series is strongly dependent of the pressure of magma generation. Our results indicate that the sanukitoid magmas were originated in a two stage process. The envisaged model admits an active subduction tectonic setting in the Rio Maria terrane in between 2.98 and 2.92 Ga when the TTG magmas responsible by the mantle

  10. Metamorphism of basic and pelitic rocks at Sulitjelma, Norway

    Boyle, Alan P.


    The Sulitjelma area of the Scandinavian Caledonides consists of a variety of metasedimantary units with small basic intrusions, and a large ophiolitic complex of predominantly basic composition. All units underwent prograde greenschist facies to amphibolite facies regional metamorphism during the Scandinavian phase of the Caledonian orogeny. The resultant mineral assemblages and relationships are consistent with the presence of a miscibility gap in the actinolite-hornblende series under greenschist facies conditions; a garnet forming reaction in pelites involving the consumption of carbonate in order to produe the observed grossular content; some conflict between low-baric and medium-baric pressure estimates from equilibria involving Ca amphibole bearing assemblages in metabasites.

  11. Acute phase response, inflammation and metabolic syndrome biomarkers of Libby asbestos exposure

    Shannahan, Jonathan H. [Curriculum in Toxicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (United States); Alzate, Oscar [Systems Proteomics Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (United States); Winnik, Witold M.; Andrews, Debora [Proteomics Core, Research Core Unit, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 (United States); Schladweiler, Mette C. [Cardiopulmonary and Immunotoxicology Branch, Environmental Public Health Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 (United States); Ghio, Andrew J. [Clinical Research Branch, Environmental Public Health Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (United States); Gavett, Stephen H. [Cardiopulmonary and Immunotoxicology Branch, Environmental Public Health Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 (United States); Kodavanti, Urmila P., E-mail: [Cardiopulmonary and Immunotoxicology Branch, Environmental Public Health Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 (United States)


    Identification of biomarkers assists in the diagnosis of disease and the assessment of health risks from environmental exposures. We hypothesized that rats exposed to Libby amphibole (LA) would present with a unique serum proteomic profile which could help elucidate epidemiologically-relevant biomarkers. In four experiments spanning varied protocols and temporality, healthy (Wistar Kyoto, WKY; and F344) and cardiovascular compromised (CVD) rat models (spontaneously hypertensive, SH; and SH heart failure, SHHF) were intratracheally instilled with saline (control) or LA. Serum biomarkers of cancer, inflammation, metabolic syndrome (MetS), and the acute phase response (APR) were analyzed. All rat strains exhibited acute increases in α-2-macroglobulin, and α1-acid glycoprotein. Among markers of inflammation, lipocalin-2 was induced in WKY, SH and SHHF and osteopontin only in WKY after LA exposure. While rat strain- and age-related changes were apparent in MetS biomarkers, no LA effects were evident. The cancer marker mesothelin was increased only slightly at 1 month in WKY in one of the studies. Quantitative Intact Proteomic profiling of WKY serum at 1 day or 4 weeks after 4 weekly LA instillations indicated no oxidative protein modifications, however APR proteins were significantly increased. Those included serine protease inhibitor, apolipoprotein E, α-2-HS-glycoprotein, t-kininogen 1 and 2, ceruloplasmin, vitamin D binding protein, serum amyloid P, and more 1 day after last LA exposure. All changes were reversible after a short recovery regardless of the acute or long-term exposures. Thus, LA exposure induces an APR and systemic inflammatory biomarkers that could have implications in systemic and pulmonary disease in individuals exposed to LA. -- Highlights: ► Biomarkers of asbestos exposure are required for disease diagnosis. ► Libby amphibole exposure is associated with increased human mortality. ► Libby amphibole increases circulating proteins involved

  12. Partial melting of metavolcanics in amphibolite facies regional metamorphism

    Alan Bruce Thompson


    Metavolcanic rocks containing low-Ca amphiboles (gedrite, cummingtonite) and biotite can undergo substantial dehydration-melting. This is likely to be most prominent in Barrovian Facies Series (kyanite-sillimanite) and occurs at the same time as widespread metapelite dehydration- melting. In lower pressure facies series, metavolcanics will be represented by granulites rich in orthopyroxene when dehydration occurs at much lower temperatures than melting. In higher pressure facies series it is not well known whether metavolcanic rocks dehydrate or melt at temperatures lower or similar to that of metapelites.

  13. Syntectonic emplacement of the Middle Jurassic Concon Mafic Dike Swarm, Coastal Range, central Chile (33 degrees S)

    C. Creixell; M.A. Parada; Roperch, Pierrick; D. Morata; Arriagada, C; Arce, C.P. de


    The Concon Mafic Dike Swarm (CMDS) consists of basaltic to andesitic dikes emplaced into deformed Late Palcozoic granitoids during the development of the Jurassic arc of central Chile. The dikes are divided into an early group of thick dikes (512 in) and a late group of thin dikes (0.5-3 m). Two new amphibole Ar-40/Ar-39 dates obtained from undeformed and deformed dikes, constrain the age of emplacement and deformation of the CMDS between 163 and 157 Ma. Based on radiometric ages, field obser...

  14. Erosion patterns in the Changjiang (Yangtze River) catchment revealed by bulk-sample versus single-mineral provenance budgets

    Vezzoli, Giovanni; Garzanti, Eduardo; Limonta, Mara; Andò, Sergio; Yang, Shouye


    The Changjiang, the fourth longest river on Earth and the largest in Eurasia, has a complex sediment-routing system presently interrupted by the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric engineering project. To study sediment-generation processes in the huge catchment and compare the different erosion patterns obtained by different methodological approaches, high-resolution petrographic and heavy-mineral analyses were performed on sands from the trunk river and its major tributaries. The frequency distributions of diverse groups of detrital amphiboles were also investigated. Rigorous statistical methods were used to define end-members, evaluate mineralogical variability, assess similarities among samples, and eventually calculate the relative contributions from each major tributary to the trunk river by forward end-member modelling of integrated compositional data. The litho-quartzose sand with few heavy minerals generated in Tibetan headwaters evolves downstream to feldspatho-litho-quartzose with medium-rank metamorphic rock fragments and moderately rich amphibole-epidote suites. Sand across the Sichuan basin and as far as the Three Gorges Dam is enriched in mafic volcanic, clinopyroxene, and carbonate grains eroded from Permian basalts and Paleozoic strata of the South China Block. The final (Yangtze) tract is characterized by litho-feldspatho-quartzose sand with moderately poor, amphibole-dominated suites with epidote, clinopyroxene, and garnet. The orogenic compositional signature acquired in the upper part of the basin is thus carried all the way to the Chinese passive margin, as observed also for the Yellow River in the north. Even after long-distance transport across wide continental areas, detrital modes thus reveal the tectonic character of the source rather than the geodynamic environment of the sink. Quantitative provenance analysis indicates that left-bank tributaries draining the Longmen and Qinlin mountains supply most of the sand reaching

  15. First data on Sm-Nd systematization of Khanka Massif metamorphic rocks, Primor'e

    The age of the metamorphic rocks of the Khanka massif, Primor'e, is determined through the method of the Sm-Nd isotopic dating. The results of the isotopic studies on the amphibolites of the Nakhimov suite of the Khanka massif indicated that the rocks of this suite are not older than 1.7 billion years. The obtained age corresponds to the time of the amphibolite protolith formation, the source whereof is the moderately depleted mantle. The isotopic age of the amphibole and plagioclase mineral fractions constitutes 733 ± 25 mln years, which reflects the time of the Nakhimov suite rocks metamorphism

  16. Micro-PIXE analysis of silicate reference standards

    Czamanske, G.K.; Sisson, T.W.; Campbell, J.L.; Teesdale, W.J.


    The accuracy and precision of the University of Guelph proton microprobe have been evaluated through trace-element analysis of well-characterized silicate glasses and minerals, including BHVO-1 glass, Kakanui augite and hornblende, and ten other natural samples of volcanic glass, amphibole, pyroxene, and garnet. Using the 2.39 wt% Mo in a NIST steel as the standard, excellent precision and agreement between reported and analyzed abundances were obtained for Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, and Nb. -from Authors

  17. Dating blueschist metamorphism: a combined 40Ar/39Ar and electron microprobe approach

    40Ar/39Ar and electron microprobe examination of blueschist samples from the Iceberg Lake schist, southern Alaska suggest that phengite inclusions are the source of 40Ar in crossite. Because such fine-grained inclusions may be susceptible to argon loss, caution should be exercised in interpreting K-Ar ages from this phase, and possibly other low-K amphiboles from blueschist suites. The estimated blocking temperature for phengite in the matrix (3140 to 4500C), however, is close to the estimated peak metamorphic temperatures (3250 +- 500C), suggesting that phengite 40Ar/39Ar plateau dates may coincide closely with the time of blueschist metamorphism. (author)

  18. Partial melting of lower crust at 10-15 kbar: constraints on adakite and TTG formation

    Qian, Qing; Hermann, Jörg


    The pressure-temperature ( P- T) conditions for producing adakite/tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite (TTG) magmas from lower crust compositions are still open to debate. We have carried out partial melting experiments of mafic lower crust in the piston-cylinder apparatus at 10-15 kbar and 800-1,050 °C to investigate the major and trace elements of melts and residual minerals and further constrain the P- T range appropriate for adakite/TTG formation. The experimental residues include the following: amphibolite (plagioclase + amphibole ± garnet) at 10-15 kbar and 800 °C, garnet granulite (plagioclase + amphibole + garnet + clinopyroxene + orthopyroxene) at 12.5 kbar and 900 °C, two-pyroxene granulite (plagioclase + clinopyroxene + orthopyroxene ± amphibole) at 10 kbar and 900 °C and 10-12.5 kbar and 1,000 °C, garnet pyroxenite (garnet + clinopyroxene ± amphibole) at 13.5-15 kbar and 900-1,000 °C, and pyroxenite (clinopyroxene + orthopyroxene) at 15 kbar and 1,050 °C. The partial melts change from granodiorite to tonalite with increasing melt proportions. Sr enrichment occurs in partial melts in equilibrium with 20 wt%, respectively. Major elements and trace element patterns of partial melts produced by 10-40 wt% melting of lower crust composition at 10-12.5 kbar and 800-900 °C and 15 kbar and 800 °C closely resemble adakite/TTG rocks. TiO2 contents of the 1,000-1,050 °C melts are higher than that of pristine adakite/TTG. In comparison with natural adakite/TTG, partial melts produced at 10-12.5 kbar and 1,000 °C and 15 kbar and 1,050 °C have elevated HREE, whereas partial melts at 13.5-15 kbar and 900-1,000 °C in equilibrium with >20 wt% garnet have depressed Yb and elevated La/Yb and Gd/Yb. It is suggested that the most appropriate P- T conditions for producing adakite/TTG from mafic lower crust are 800-950 °C and 10-12.5 kbar (corresponding to a depth of 30-40 km), whereas a depth of >45-50 km is unfavorable. Consequently, an overthickened crust and

  19. The ophiolite massif of Kahnuj (western Makran, Southern Iran): new geological and geochronological data; Le massif ophiolitique de Kahnuj (Makran occidental, Iran meridional): nouvelles donnees geologiques et geochronologiques

    Kananian, A. [University of Tarbiat Modarress, Geological Dept., Faculty of Science, Teheran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Juteau, Th.; Bellon, H. [Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, IUEM, 29 - Brest (France); Darvishzadeh, A. [University of Teheran, Geological Dept., Faculty of Science, Teheran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sabzehi, M. [Geological Survey of Iran, Teheran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Whitechurch, H. [Universite Louis Pasteur, EOST, Institut de Physique du Globe, 67 - Strasbourg (France); Ricou, L.E. [Institut de Physique du Globe, 75 - Paris (France)


    The ophiolite massif of Kahnuj (600 km{sup 2}) consists, from bottom to top, of layered gabbros, isotropic gabbros and ouralite gabbros, agmatites of dioritic to plagio-granitic composition, a sheeted dyke complex and lastly a basaltic pillow lava unit. Amphiboles from gabbros were dated ({sup 40}K-{sup 40}Ar ages) between 156 and 139 Ma and the agmatites are nearly contemporaneous. Potassic granitic veins dated at 93-88 Ma are related to the development of the Ganj arc complex. (authors)

  20. The evolution of young silicic lavas at Medicine Lake Volcano, California: Implications for the origin of compositional gaps in calc-alkaline series lavas

    Grove, T.L.; Donnelly-Nolan, J. M.


    At Medicine Lake Volcano, California, the compositional gap between andesite (57-62 wt.% SiO2) and rhyolite (73-74 wt.% SiO2) has been generated by fractional crystallization. Assimilation of silicic crust has also occurred along with fractionation. Two varieties of inclusions found in Holocene rhyolite flows, hornblende gabbros and aphyric andesites, provide information on the crystallization path followed by lavas parental to the rhyolite. The hornblende gabbros are magmatic cumulate residues and their mineral assemblages are preserved evidence of the phases that crystallized from an andesitic precursor lava to generate the rhyolite lavas. The andesitic inclusions represent samples of a parental andesite and record the early part of the differentiation history. Olivine, plagioclase and augite crystallization begins the differentiation history, followed by the disappearance of olivine and augite through reaction with the liquid to form orthopyroxene and amphibole. Further crystallization of the assemblage plagioclase, amphibole, orthopyroxene, magnetite, and apatite from a high-SiO2 andesite leads to rhyolite. This final crystallization process occurs on a cotectic that is nearly horizontal in temperature-composition space. Since a large amount of crystallization occurs over a limited temperature interval, a compositional gap develops between rhyolite and high SiO2 andesite. Liquidus surfaces with shallow slopes in temperature-composition space are characteristic of several late-stage crystallization assemblages in the andesite to rhyolite compositional range. Experimentally produced plagioclase+ amphibole+orthopyroxene+magnetite and plagioclase+ augite+low-Ca pyroxene+magnetite cotectics have liquidus slopes that are nearly flat. At other calc-alkaline volcanic centers crystallization processes involving large compositional changes over small temperature intervals may also be important in the development of bimodal volcanism (i.e. the existence of a composition

  1. Petrological studies of plutonic rocks of Ecuador

    The feldspars of many tonalitic plutonic rocks in the coastal regions and West Andean regions are zoned. This leads to the conclusion that they are relatively flat intrusions and to some extent transition rocks in the subvulcanite direction. This is in accordance with the genetic and chronological relationship between plutonites and the surrounding vulcanites of the Basic Igreous Complex (BIC). The composition of representative minerals, e.g. alkali feldspar, plagioclase feldspar, biotite, chlorite, and amphibole has been determined as well as the age of plutonite samples by the K/Ar dating method. (DG)

  2. Application of X-ray luminescence separation to preliminary enrichment of lean scheelite-containing ores

    Investigations of preliminary enrichment of lean ores of amphibole hornfels by the method of X-ray luminescence separation was conducted. Pile and enriched products with different WO3 content were obtained from these ores; WO3 content in pile products was 2-2.5 times lower as compared to factory tailing products. WO3 content in separator concentrate corresponds in all cases to the requirements for the ore designated for flotation enrichment. Carbonate modulus decreases 2.5-4 times in separation concentrate, simplifying the conditions of flotation

  3. Geochemistry and metamorphic evolution of a Ti-metagabbro in the Asnawa Group of the Shalair terrain (Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone), Kurdistan region, Iraq.

    Yara, Irfan; Schulz, Bernhard; Tichomirowa, Marion; Mohammad, Yousif; Matschullat, Jörg


    Geochemistry and metamorphic evolution of a Ti-metagabbro in the Asnawa Group of the Shalair terrain (Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone), Kurdistan region, Iraq. We present geochemical data, mineral chemistry, petrography, and theP-T conditions of a Ti-metagabbro from the Asnawa Group in the Shalair Terrain (Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone).Geochemical data indicate that this Ti-metagabbro has tholeiitic characteristics with low-K contents. Factor analyses of the elements indicate fractionation of common mineral phases such as clinopyroxene, hornblende, plagioclase, Ti-bearing phases (rutile, ilmenite, titanite), and apatite. The normal mid-oceanic ridge basalt (N-MORB)-normalized incompatible trace element diagram shows close similarity with typical N-MORB pattern. Tectonomagmatic discrimination diagrams suggest a dominating MORB environment. The rock/chondrite-normalized REE diagram of the amphibolites also shows their N-MORB-type signature, with relative enrichment in LREE. The rock derived from mixed primitive and depleted mantel. The formation and preservation of the various metamorphic mineral assemblages and their mineral chemical characteristicsare strongly affected by the original magmatic whole-rock composition. This can be demonstrated by different microdomains, which contain different amphiboles and plagioclases. The metamorphic history can be subdivided into the stages M1-M2-M3. The first stage of metamorphism was recorded by crystallisation of actinolite replacing clinopyroxene and igneous amphibole (M1 stage, 410< T < 490°C; 1.8 < P <2.2 kbar). Increase of temperature resulted in the formation of hornblende pseudomorphism and hornblende and sphene coronae growing on previous amphibole or clinopyroxene and ilmenite, respectively (M2 stage, 540 < T <580°C; 4.5 < P < 5.5 kbar). The third stage (M3 stage, 730 < T °C < 780°C; 6.5 < P < 7.5 kbar) led to the formation of a ferro-tschermakite corona, around the M2 amphibole, and rutile that developed on the sphene and ilmenite

  4. Geochronological stages of magmatism of Sorsk copper-molybdenum-porphyry are district, Kuznetsk Alatau (K-Ar, Ar-Ar and Rb-Sr methods)

    Studies on biotite, amphibole and feldspar rocks were conducted through K-Ar, 39Ar-40Ar and Rb-Sr methods for evaluation of geochronological stages of magmatism development of the Sorsk copper-molybdenum-porphyry ore district. It is shown that general duration of magmatism development at the Sorsk district exceeds 100 mln years with intervals between individual magmatic pulses about 30 mln years. Dating by magmatites, related to ore-bearing porphyry complex and ore-metasotamic formations, is within the interval of 380-400 mln years. 13 refs.; 2 figs

  5. Early paleozoic granitoid magmatism and metamorphism in Derbina microcontinent of East Sayan: new isotopic-geochronological data

    The results of of complex U-Pb, Ar-Ar and Sm-Nd geochronological and isotopic-geochemical studies of granitoids from the Derbina microcontinent located in the central part of the East Sayan are presented. The results of U-Pb dating of magmatic zircon (498 ± 5 mln. years) agree well with data of Ar-Ar dating for amphibole (507 ± 7 mln. years). The totality of the isotopic-geochronological data suggests repeated manifestations of the Early Paleozoic metamorphism and collision granite formation within the Derbina microcontinent

  6. Mineral chemical and petrographic occurrences os iron of the south east of Uruguay (Nico Pere z terrane)

    Two iron-formation deposits from S E Uruguay were petrographic ally and mineralogically investigated (including microprobe mineral chemistry). The deposit from Piedra de Gigante (ANCAP) quarry is related to tectonic slivers of a platform succession in ortho gneiss of ca. 1750 Ma. Data of detrital zircon in this platform succession point to Meso- to Neo proterozoic age.The iron deposit of Piedra del Gigante (ANCAP) quarry belongs to a succession of mica schists, quartz-muscovite schists, marbles and basic rocks. Magnetite rich layers alternate with banded rocks rich in hematite, carbonate and amphibole. Carbonate is dolomite (Mg0.7Ca1.08Mn0.05Fe0.11(CO3)2) and the amphibole is a pale green tremolite (Na0,18Ca1,68Mn0,07Mg4,16Fe+++0,2Fe++0,55Al0,03(Si7,86Al0,13)O22(OH)2). This iron deposit shows strong deformation associated with martitization of magnetite and formation of specularite rich layers where relicts of magnetite (partly martitized) are occasionally observed. Available data are not conclusive about the genesis. The low iron-content of the amphibole together with dolomite in the mineral association cast doubts on a BIF-type origin, but low contents of Al2O3, V2O3, MnO and ZnO in magnetite do not indicate an igneous origin. High oxygen fugacity during martitization in medium-T metamorphic conditions could have determined that iron rich amphiboles were not formed as is normally expected in iron-formations. In the outcrop of Cerro la Higuerita (Grupo Arroyo del Soldado; Ediacaran) a succession of metapelites (bottom), iron rich pelites and iron formations (top) is observed. The metapelites contain evidences of volcanic contribution (phenochrysts of quartz and alkali feldspar as well as shards in the matrix) suggesting a volcanic source for the iron. This iron-formation contains magnetite pheno blasts (partly martitized) and fine disseminated laths of hematite in the matrix, together with grunerite (Na0,04Ca0,17 Mn0,02Mg1,36Fe5,35Al0,07(Si7,97Al0,03)O22(OH)2

  7. Petrogenesis of the Kösedağ Pluton, Suşehri-NE Sivas, East-Central Pontides, Turkey



    The Kösedağ syenite crops out as a shallow-seated pluton within the Eocene volcano-sedimentary rocks and is unconformably overlain by Lower Miocene limestones in the Suşehri-NE Sivas region, east-central Pontides. It consists of syenites and quartz syenites with a phaneritic, porphyritic texture characterized by K-feldspar megacrysts set in a coarse- to medium-grained groundmass comprising K-feldspar, plagioclase, clinopyroxene, amphibole, biotite and quartz. Major element geochemistry data r...

  8. Asbestos quantification in track ballast, a complex analytical problem

    Cavallo, Alessandro


    Track ballast forms the trackbeb upon which railroad ties are laid. It is used to bear the load from the railroad ties, to facilitate water drainage, and also to keep down vegetation. It is typically made of angular crushed stone, with a grain size between 30 and 60 mm, with good mechanical properties (high compressive strength, freeze - thaw resistance, resistance to fragmentation). The most common rock types are represented by basalts, porphyries, orthogneisses, some carbonatic rocks and "green stones" (serpentinites, prasinites, amphibolites, metagabbros). Especially "green stones" may contain traces, and sometimes appreciable amounts of asbestiform minerals (chrysotile and/or fibrous amphiboles, generally tremolite - actinolite). In Italy, the chrysotile asbestos mine in Balangero (Turin) produced over 5 Mt railroad ballast (crushed serpentinites), which was used for the railways in northern and central Italy, from 1930 up to 1990. In addition to Balangero, several other serpentinite and prasinite quarries (e.g. Emilia Romagna) provided the railways ballast up to the year 2000. The legal threshold for asbestos content in track ballast is established in 1000 ppm: if the value is below this threshold, the material can be reused, otherwise it must be disposed of as hazardous waste, with very high costs. The quantitative asbestos determination in rocks is a very complex analytical issue: although techniques like TEM-SAED and micro-Raman are very effective in the identification of asbestos minerals, a quantitative determination on bulk materials is almost impossible or really expensive and time consuming. Another problem is represented by the discrimination of asbestiform minerals (e.g. chrysotile, asbestiform amphiboles) from the common acicular - pseudo-fibrous varieties (lamellar serpentine minerals, prismatic/acicular amphiboles). In this work, more than 200 samples from the main Italian rail yards were characterized by a combined use of XRD and a special SEM

  9. Asbestos content of lung tissue in patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma: A study of 42 cases.

    de Ridder, Gustaaf G; Kraynie, Alyssa; Pavlisko, Elizabeth N; Oury, Tim D; Roggli, Victor L


    Lung tissue from 42 peritoneal mesothelioma cases was analyzed by light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectrometry. There were 34 men and 8 women with a mean age of 61 ± 10 years. Also, 17% of cases had histologically confirmed asbestosis, and 26% had only parietal pleural plaques. The asbestos body count exceeded our normal range in 22 of 42 cases (52%). Cases with asbestos-related pulmonary disease had higher fiber burdens than those without. The vast majority of fibers were commercial amphiboles (amosite with lesser amounts of crocidolite). These findings concur with previously published epidemiological observations. PMID:27281118

  10. Shape of pinch and swell structures as a viscosity indicator: Application to lower crustal polyphase rocks

    Gardner, Robyn L.; Piazolo, Sandra; Daczko, Nathan R.


    Pinch and swell structures occur where a more competent layer in a weaker matrix is subjected to layer-parallel extension. In this contribution, we use numerical models to explore the use of pinch and swell structure shape symmetry and asymmetry as a determinant of relative viscosity between layers. Maximum asymmetry is attained when the matrix viscosity on one side is subtly weaker than the competent layer, while the other side is significantly weaker. Our numerical results are directly applied to asymmetrically developed pinch and swell structures in exposed lower continental crust. Here, shape geometries observed in a shear zone comprised of plagioclase-dominated, garnet-dominated and mixed amphibole-plagioclase-dominated bands, reveals that the plagioclase-dominated band is the most competent band and is marginally stronger (2×) and significantly stronger (10-40×) than the fine grained garnet-dominated and mixed amphibole-plagioclase-dominated band, respectively. Based on the experimentally determined viscosity of a plagioclase-dominated material and quantitative microstructural analysis, the viscosity range of the natural rock bands is 2.8 × 1015 to 1.1 × 1017 Pa s. Consequently, the assumption that the experimentally-derived plagioclase flow law is an appropriate proxy for the middle to lower continental crust may lead to a viscosity over-estimation by up to forty times.

  11. The zeta potential of mineral fibres.

    Pollastri, Simone; Gualtieri, Alessandro F; Gualtieri, Magdalena Lassinantti; Hanuskova, Miriam; Cavallo, Alessandro; Gaudino, Giovanni


    For the first time, the zeta (ξ) potential of pathogenic mineral fibres (chrysotiles, amphiboles and erionite) was systematically investigated to shed light on the relationship between surface reactivity and fibre pathogenicity. A general model explaining the zeta potential of chrysotile, amphiboles and erionite has been postulated. In double distilled water, chrysotiles showed positive values while crocidolite and erionite showed negative values. In contact with organic solutions, all fibres exhibited negative values of zeta potential. The decrease of the surface potential is deemed to be a defensive chemical response of the macrophage cells to minimize hemolytic damage. Negatively charged surfaces favour the binding of collagen and redox activated Fe-rich proteins, to form the so-called asbestos bodies and prompt the formation of HO via the reaction with peroxide (H2O2+e(-)→HO+HO(-)). An additional mechanism accounting for higher carcinogenicity is possibly related to the Ca(2+) sequestration by the fibres with surface negative potential, impairing the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. It was also found that with a negative zeta potential, the attractive forces prevailed over repulsions and favoured processes such as agglomeration responsible of a tumorigenic chronic inflammation. PMID:24929786

  12. Occult exposure to asbestos in steel workers revealed by bronchoalveolar lavage

    Corhay, J.-L.; Delavignette, J.-P.; Bury, T.; Saint-Remy, P.; Radermecker, M.-F. (CHU, Liege (Belgium))

    To investigate the asbestos burden in a steelplant environment, we counted asbestos bodies (ABs) in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) of 65 steel workers who had retired during the previous 5 y. They had worked for at least 15 y in the same area of the plant (coke oven or blast furnace) as maintenance or production workers. On the basis of occupational anamnesis, 28 had occasional past professional exposure to asbestos; the remaining 37 workers denied any contact with asbestos. A total of 54 white-collar workers who had no occupational exposure to asbestos were included in the study as controls. An increased prevalence and concentration of ABs was found in the BALF of steel workers. Electron microscopy and EDAX analysis of AB from steel workers revealed that the core fibers were mainly amphiboles. More ABs were found in the BALF of maintenance workers than in production workers. However, the BALF from steel workers who denied any contact with asbestos revealed an increased AB burden v. controls. This demonstrates that steel workers may be subject to an occult exposure to amphiboles in the steelplant environment.

  13. The Distribution, Character, and Rhenium Content of Molybdenite in the Aitik Cu-Au-Ag-(Mo Deposit and Its Southern Extension in the Northern Norrbotten Ore District, Northern Sweden

    Christina Wanhainen


    Full Text Available Molybdenite in the Aitik deposit and its southern extension was studied through mineralogical/chemical analysis and laboratory flotation tests. It is demonstrated that molybdenite varies considerably in grain size, ranging from coarse (>20 μm to very fine (<2 μm and occurs predominantly as single grains in the groundmass of the rocks, as grain aggregates, and intergrown with chalcopyrite and pyrite. The dominating molybdenite-bearing rocks are the mica schists, the quartz-monzodiorite, and the Salmijärvi biotite-amphibole gneiss, the latter containing mostly medium-coarsegrained molybdenite. Later geological features, such as garnet-magnetite-anhydrite-K feldspar alteration and pegmatite dikes appear to be responsible for a significant part of the distribution pattern of molybdenite. Molybdenite grains contain up to 1587 ppm Re, with an average of 211 ± 10 ppm in Aitik molybdenite and 452 ± 33 ppm in Salmijärvi molybdenite. The higher Re concentrations are found in molybdenite associated with sericite- and quartz-amphibole-magnetite altered rocks, whereas low Re values occur in rocks in which potassic alteration is prominent. Molybdenite recovery is influenced by the mineralogy of the host rock and the alteration grade; hence both of these factors will have an impact on potential recoveries. The recovery of molybdenite was lower from flotation feeds with significant amounts of Mg-bearing clay-micas.

  14. Trace element abundances in megacrysts and their host basalts: constraints on partition coefficients and megacryst genesis

    In an effort to obtain information about mineral/melt trace element partitioning during the high pressure petrogenesis of basic rocks, we determined rare earth and other trace element abundances in megacrysts of clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene, amphibole, mica, anorthoclase, apatite and zircon, and in their host basalts. In general, the ranges of mineral/melt partition coefficients established from experimental partitioning studies and phenocryst/matrix measurements overlap with the ranges of megacryst/host abundance ratios. Our data for Hf, Sc, Ta and Th partitioning represent some of the only estimates available. Consideration of phase equilibria, major element partitioning and isotopic ratios indicate that most of the pyroxene and amphibole megacrysts may have been in equilibrium with their host magmas at high pressures. In contrast, it is unlikely that mica, anorthoclase, apatite and zircon megacrysts formed in equilibrium with their host basalts; instead, we conclude that they were precipitated from more evolved magmas and have been mixed into their present host magmas. Consequently, the trace element abundance ratios for megacryst/host should not be interpreted as partition coefficients, but only as guides for understanding trace element partitioning during high pressure petrogenesis. (author)

  15. Petrografía y geoquímica preliminar de los basaltos cretácicos de la sierra de Las Quijadas y cerrillada de Las Cabras, provincia de San Luis, Argentina

    Martínez Amancay N.


    Full Text Available Preliminary petrography and geochemistry of the Cretacic basalts of the Sierra de Las Quijadasand Cerrillada de Las Cabras, San Luis province, Argentina. We present preliminary results of the petrologyand geochemistry of Cretaceous basalts exposed in the anticlines of the sierra of Las Quijadas and cerrillada ofLas Cabras. In the mountainous western of San Luis crop out at least two depositional sequences which togetherexceed the 1500 m thick and consists mainly of clastic sedimentary sequences typical continental red beds belongingto the Giant Group and Lagarcito Formation. Within this group, recognizes two types of basalt events, representedby lava flows and dykes. The lava flows were described in the northeastern sector of the anticline, in a landscapeof gentle hills. The dykes were found on the western flank of the anticline, northern sector of that mountain.Basalt lava flows have porphyritic texture with phenocrystals show idiomorphic olivine with clinopyroxene,amphibole and plagioclase, while the basaltic dykes show olivine in porphyritic texture embedded in a plagioclasepaste without orientation, amphibole and apatite needles. The basalts of the cerrillada de Las Cabras presented asa volcanic breccia associated with basaltic bombs. They have phenocrystals of olivine and clinopyroxene in pastewith plagioclase oriented. The basalts are classified as alkali basalts and related to intraplate basalts. When analyzingrare earth elements chondrite normalized according to Nakamura’s design are observed with a steep negative slopefor the heavy rare earth elements, a design that is similar to that found in alkaline basalts from the Sierra Chica deCórdoba.

  16. Calcio-carbonatite melts and metasomatism in the mantle beneath Mt. Vulture (Southern Italy)

    Rosatelli, Gianluigi; Wall, Frances; Stoppa, Francesco


    At Mt. Vulture volcano (Basilicata, Italy) calcite globules (5-150 μm) are hosted by silicate glass pools or veins cross-cutting amphibole-bearing, or more common spinel-bearing mantle xenoliths and xenocrysts. The carbonate globules are rounded or elongated and are composed of a mosaic of 2-20 μm crystals, with varying optical orientation. These features are consistent with formation from a quenched calciocarbonatite melt. Where in contact with carbonate amphibole has reacted to form fassaitic pyroxene. Some of these globules contain liquid/gaseous CO 2 bubbles and sulphide inclusions, and are pierced by quench microphenocrysts of silicate phases. The carbonate composition varies from calcite to Mg-calcite (3.8-5.0 wt.% MgO) both within the carbonate globules and from globule to globule. Trace element contents of the carbonate, determined by LAICPMS, are similar to those of carbonatites worldwide including ΣREE up to 123 ppm. The Sr-Nd isotope ratios of the xenolith carbonate are similar to the extrusive carbonatite and silicate rocks of Mt. Vulture testifying to derivation from the same mantle source. Formation of immiscibile silicate-carbonatite liquids within mantle xenoliths occurred via disequilibrium immiscibility during their exhumation.

  17. Geochronological evidence of Indosinian(high-pressure) metamorphic event and its tectonic significance in Taxkorgan area of the Western Kunlun Mountains,NW China


    The CL images,LA-ICP-MS in situ trace elements analysis,and U-Pb dating for zircons indicate that the metamorphic ages of the sillimanite-garnet-biotite gneiss and the garnet-amphibole gneiss from eastern Taxkorgan of the Western Kunlun Mountains are 220±2 and 220±3 Ma respectively,and their protolith ages are younger than 253±2 and 480±8 Ma respectively.Two samples were collected at the same outcrops with HP mafic granulite and HP pelitic granulite.Mineral assemblage of the sillimanite-garnet-biotite gneiss(Grt+Sill+Per+Q) is consistent with that of HP pelitic granulite at early high amphibolite-granulite facies stage.Mineral assemblage of the garnet-amphibole gneiss(Grt+Amp+Pl+Q) is consistent with retro-metamorphic assemblage of HP mafic granulite at amphibolite facies stage.The dating results suggest that these HP granulites underwent peak metamorphism at 220±2 to 253±2 Ma.Thus,the Kangxiwar tectonic zone was probably formed by subduction and collision of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean during Indosinian.Protolith ages of the two samples,together with previously published U-Pb zircon dating age,suggest that the sillimanite-garnet schist-quartzite unit is a late Paleozoic unit,not a part of the Paleoproterozoic Bulunkuole Group.

  18. Metamorphism of the Basement of the Qilian Fold Belt in the Minhe-Ledu Area, Qinghai Province, NW China

    蔡金郎; 魏光华; 王庆树


    The basement of the central Qilian fold belt exposed along the Minhe-Ledu highway consists of psammiticschists, metabasitic rocks, and crystalline limestone. Migmatitic rocks occur sporadically among psammitic schist andmetabasitic rocks. The mineral assemblage of psammitic schist is muscovite + biotite + feldspar + quartz + tourmaline ±titanite ± sillimanite and that of metabasitic rocks is amphibole + plagioclase + biotite ± apatite ± magnetite ± pyroxene ±garnet ± quartz. The migmatitic rock consists of leucosome and restite of various volume proportions; the former consistsof muscovite + alkaline feldspar + quartz ± garnet ± plagioclase while the latter is either fragments of psammitic schist orthose of metabasitic rock. The crystalline limestone consists of calcite that has been partly replaced by olivine. The olivinewas subsequently altered to serpentine. Weak deformations as indicated by cleavages and fractures were imposed promi-nently on the psammitic schists, occasionally on metabasitic rocks, but not on migmatitic rocks. The basement experiencedmetamorphism up to temperature 606-778C and pressure 4.8-6.1 kbar (0.48-0.61 GPa), equivalent to amphibolite-granulite facies. The peak of the metamorphism is marked by a migmatization which occurred at several localities alongthe studied route 587-535 Ma ago. The basement also recorded a retrograde metamorphism of greenschist facies, duringwhich biotite, garnet, amphibole, and pyroxene were partly altered to chlorite.

  19. Well log responses in metamorphic rocks near Maribor


    Full Text Available In the Stražun forest at Pobrežje near Maribor, (Eastern Slovenia six boreholes have been drilled from 860 to 1600m deep. The paper describes geological conditions in mentioned boreholes, as well as in wider surroundings of Maribor with stress on metamorphic rocks. Based on pétrographie analysis of the rocks cuttings and well logs the upper phyllitic part ant the lower Pohorje series of themetamorphic complex could be separated. The first one includes phyllites with phyllitic quartzites and silicate marmorized limestones. The Pohorje series is represented by two-mica gneiss and schist, mainly with inclusions of amphibolite and eclogite, and subordinately retrograde chlorite-amphibole schist. The welllog responses for particular lithological sequences of metamorphic complex have been distinguished on the basis of conventional electrologs and gamma ray measurements.The problem of lithological interpretation of well logs in these rocks is described. Two fields of well log responses are distinguishable, as separated by the degree of natural radioactivity. Apart from veined quartzite, all rocks fromthe phyllitic part of the metamorphic complex are highly radioactive. In the Pohorje series gneiss, schist and diaphtorite-phyllonite are highly radioactive, while amphibolite, eclogite and retrograde chlorite-amphibole schist have low radioactivity.Finally, typical well log responses in lithological sequences of the discussed metamorphic rocks are presented.

  20. Geochemistry and evolution of MORB-type eclogites from the Muenchberg Massif, southern Germany

    In the Muenchberg Massif in the Variscan foldbelt of southern Germany two varieties of eclogite are known which are intercalated with amphibolite-facies meta-igneous and meta-sedimentary rocks: a dark kyanite-free and a lighter colored kyanite-bearing type. Kyanite-free eclogites, which are discussed here, have a major and trace element composition which suggests derivation from ocean-floor basalts with melt to cumulate compositions. Internal Sm-Nd isochroms (clinopyroxene-amphibole-garnet) and one Rb-Sr isochron (clinopyroxene-amphibole-mica) yield eclogitization ages in the range of 380 to 395 Ma. Thus, the age of eclogitization is only marginally higher (Nd of 8.7 ± 0.6 and is likely to record the age of igneous formation of the eclogite protoliths. Sr isotopic compositions back-calculated to that time are anomalously high and variable if compared to Nd isotopes. This can be explained by alteration with an aqueous or fluid phase with high 87Sr/86Sr, most likely seawater, either during igneous formation in an oceanic rift environment or subduction-related eclogitization. In addition, some eclogites show a marked enrichment of incompatible, immobile elements and plot far below the whole-rock Sm-Nd isochron. These features are ascribed to the presence of an evolved crustal component, probably acquired during extrusion of the basaltic protoliths by mixing with country-rock gneisses. (orig.)

  1. Impaired mitochondrial metabolism and protein synthesis in streptozotocin diabetic rat hepatocytes

    Isolated hepatocytes prepared from control, streptozotocin diabetic rats were incubated at 30 degrees C in Krebs-Henseleit bicarbonate buffer, pH 7.4, containing 0.5 mM concentration of each of the 20 natural amino acids. Effect of insulin on the oxidation of 2,3-14C and 1,4-14C succinate (suc) carbons and their incorporation into hepatocyte protein, lipid and various metabolic intermediates was studied. Mitochondrial oxidation of suc carbons and their incorporation into protein and lipid was significantly lower in diabetic and insulin treated diabetic rats. Diabetic rats failed to exhibit any significant insulin effect on the oxidation of either 2,3 or 1,4-14C suc carbons. Amphibolic channeling of 2,3-14C suc carbons into amino acids was significantly reduced in hepatocytes of diabetic rats, however, more of these carbons were diverted into the gluconeogenesis pathway. Diabetes caused a far greater decrease in the oxidation of 2,3-14C suc carbons as compared to 1,4-14C suc. Based on an earlier report that insulin stimulates only the intramitochondrial Krebs cycle reactions, the authors conclude that the diminished level of anabolic activities in the diabetic rat hepatocytes is due to the subsequent reduction in amphibolic channeling of metabolic intermediates

  2. Geology of the Biwabik Iron Formation and Duluth Complex.

    Jirsa, Mark A; Miller, James D; Morey, G B


    The Biwabik Iron Formation is a approximately 1.9 billion year-old sequence of iron-rich sedimentary rocks that was metamorphosed at its eastern-most extent by approximately 1.1 billion year-old intrusions of the Duluth Complex. The metamorphic recrystallization of iron-formation locally produced iron-rich amphiboles and other fibrous iron-silicate minerals. The presence of these minerals in iron-formation along the eastern part of what is known as the Mesabi Iron Range, and their potential liberation by iron mining has raised environmental health concerns. We describe here the geologic setting and mineralogic composition of the Biwabik Iron Formation in and adjacent to the contact metamorphic aureole of the Duluth Complex. The effects of metamorphism are most pronounced within a few kilometers of the contact, and decrease progressively away from it. The contact aureole has been divided into four metamorphic zones-each characterized by the composition and crystal structure of the metamorphic minerals it contains. The recrystallization of iron-formation to iron-rich amphibole minerals (grunerite and cummingtonite) and iron-pyroxene minerals (hedenbergite and ferrohypersthene) is best developed in zones that are most proximal to the Duluth Complex contact. PMID:17997209

  3. Evidences of a transamazonic cycle in Cabo Frio region, RJ, Brazil and its correlation with the craton of Angola, Africa

    The U-Pb dating in zircon based on air-abrasion method, whole rock Rb-Sr one, and K-Ar ones in biotite and amphibole of the samples collected from the Cabo Frio Region, Ribeira Orogenic Belt, have been carried out. The concordia diagram of the U-Pb dating indicates 2 different ages: 1981 ± 18 Ma for the upper intersect corresponding to the Transamazonic Cycle, and 488 ± 55 Ma for the lower one, Brazilian Cycle. The former is interpreted as age of zircon formation and the latter, as the time elapsed since epsodic lead loss. The whole rock Rb-Sr dating also shows Transamazonic age: 1799 ± 62 Ma, IR=0.706, and MSWD+0.570. The K-Ar age in amphibole is 571 ± 44 Ma and that in biotite is 474 ± 6 Ma. These data lead to the conclusion that the rocks of this region was formed in the Trasamazonic Cycle and remetamorphosed in the Brazilian Cycle. (author)

  4. Geology of the hills in the region of the City of Santiago de Chile: New isotopic constraints

    Geological, geochronological and geochemical data demonstrate that the area where the city of Santiago de Chile is established used to be a huge volcanic field. At present, it is possible to distinguish in the area at least three volcanic cycles, which are geographically superimposed and deeply eroded. The first is Oligocene in age, the second Lower to Middle Miocene and the third is Middle to Upper Miocene. The Oligocene cycle is represented by volcanic and volcanoclastic rocks of the Provincia-San Ramon-Abanico and Conchali belts, and welded tuffs of the San Cristobal and Renca hills. The Lower to Middle Miocene cycle consists of subvolcanic rocks, mostly of basaltic to basaltic-andesite composition, characterized by the presence of clino- and orthopyroxene. The Middle to Upper Miocene cycle is composed predominantly of amphibole-bearing subvolcanic rocks of dacitic composition. The latter are found at the Manquehue hill, which limits the northern part of the city, and the hills at the Rinconada de Conchali. In this communication, we present new Sr-, Nd- and Pb- isotope data obtained from two subvolcanic samples of basaltic composition collected from the San Cristobal hill and at the Santa Lucia hill (Lower to Middle Miocene) and one amphibole-bearing subvolcanic sample of dacitic composition from the Manquehue hill (Middle to Upper Miocene) (au)

  5. Petrochemistry and tectonic significance of Lower Cretaceous Barros Arana Formation basalts, southernmost Chilean Andes

    Stern, C. R.; Mohseni, P. P.; Fuenzalida, P. R.

    The Lower Cretaceous Barros Arana Formation (Albian, hornblende KAr age of 104 Ma), in the Magallanes region of Chile, consists of a sequence of spilitized clinopyroxene- and amphibole-bearing mafic dikes and lavas, and volcaniclastic breccias, occurring within the sedimentary infill of the Rocas Verdes marginal basin and its eastward extension onto the Cretaceous continental platform. Although the original alkali and alkaline earth element concentrations of the basaltic lavas and dikes have been altered by spilitization, the presence of relict pargasitic amphibole phenocrysts, the absence of orthopyroxene, and high LREE contents and LREE/HREE ratios imply mildly alkaline affinities for these basalts. Their low TiO 2 and HFSE (Zr, Nb, Ta, and Hf) contents and high LREE/HFSE ratios suggest affinities with convergent plate boundary arc magmas. The Barros Arana basalts are interpreted as mafic members of the mildly alkaline shoshonitic rock suite of subduction-related arcs. They may have formed as subduction geometry began to undergo the changes (flattening) that ultimately led to the initiation of the closure, deformation, and uplift of the Rocas Verdes basin by the late or post-Albian. The low initial 87Sr/ 86Sr (0.7031) and high initial 143Nd/ 144Nd (0.51277) of the basalts indicate that a generally extensional tectonic regime east of the main calc-alkaline arc allowed eruption of these mafic shoshonites without interaction with continental crust (in contrast to the contemporaneous plutons of the Patagonian batholith).

  6. Petrology of metabasites in the south of Arousan, northeastern Isfahan province

    Fereshteh Bayat


    Full Text Available Metagabbro, metadiabase and metabasalt of the Chah Palang and Me'raji mountains associated with Lower Paleozoic metamorphites are situated in the south of Arousan. Metabasites of these areas are relatively similar in terms of mineralogy and geochemical characteristics. Rock-forming minerals of the Me'raji metabasites are feldspar, amphibole, biotite, sphene, epidote, chlorite ± calcite. Metagabbro and metadiabase of the Chah Palang area are similar to the Me'raji metabasites in mineralogy and geochemistry. Volcanic rocks are overlain by metagabbros and consist of plagioclase, biotite, sphene, sanidine, chlorite, epidote and iron oxides. The rigid dykes, which are found in the volcanic units are associated with metagabbros and mineralogically are similar to the metavolcanics. Amphibolitic dykes are composed of amphibole, plagioclase and biotite with preferred orientation. Metabasites show limited range of differentiation. Me'raji metabasites are basalt and trachy-basalt in composition, whereas the Chah Palang ones present basalt and trachy-basalt composition. Similar to metabasites of the other parts of Iran, the studied basic rocks demonstrate alkaline to transitional chemical characteristic and are formed in an extensional environment by low-degree partial melting of a garnet-spinel peridotite. Metamorphic episodes have changed the studied rocks to amphibolite and greenschist, but the primitive igneous textures are preserved.

  7. Geochemistry and petrogenesis of post-collisional ultrapotassic syenites and granites from southernmost Brazil: the Piquiri Syenite Massif.

    Nardi, Lauro V S; Plá-Cid, Jorge; Bitencourt, Maria de Fátima; Stabel, Larissa Z


    The Piquiri Syenite Massif, southernmost Brazil, is part of the post-collisional magmatism related to the Neoproterozoic Brasiliano-Pan-African Orogenic Cycle. The massif is about 12 km in diameter and is composed of syenites, granites, monzonitic rocks and lamprophyres. Diopside-phlogopite, diopside-biotite-augite-calcic-amphibole, are the main ferro-magnesian paragenesis in the syenitic rocks. Syenitic and granitic rocks are co-magmatic and related to an ultrapotassic, silica-saturated magmatism. Their trace element patterns indicate a probable mantle source modified by previous, subduction-related metasomatism. The ultrapotassic granites of this massif were produced by fractional crystallization of syenitic magmas, and may be considered as a particular group of hypersolvus and subsolvus A-type granites. Based upon textural, structural and geochemical data most of the syenitic rocks, particularly the fine-grained types, are considered as crystallized liquids, in spite of the abundance of cumulatic layers, schlieren, and compositional banding. Most of the studied samples are metaluminous, with K2O/Na2O ratios higher than 2. The ultrapotassic syenitic and lamprophyric rocks in the Piquiri massif are interpreted to have been produced from enriched mantle sources, OIB-type, like most of the post-collisional shoshonitic, sodic alkaline and high-K tholeiitic magmatism in southernmost Brazil. The source of the ultrapotassic and lamprophyric magmas is probably the same veined mantle, with abundant phlogopite + apatite + amphibole that reflects a previous subduction-related metasomatism. PMID:18506262

  8. The Araxá Group in the South-Southwest Region of the Goiás State

    Guillermo Rafael Beltran Navarro


    Full Text Available In the S – SW region of Goiás State, Brazil, the Araxá Group is constituted of a metasedimentary sequence containing schistoseand gneissic (garnet-biotite-quartz schists, feldspatic garnet-biotite-quartz schists, garnet-biotite-quartz paragneisses,with muscovite and locally amphibole, epidote, kyanite and staurolite. This sequence presents intercalations of metaultramaficrocks (serpentinite, actinolite schist, talc schist, chlorite schist, metamafic ones (amphibolite, amphibole schistcontaining or not garnet, garnet amphibolite and associated granitic bodies. Chemically, the Araxá Group metasedimentspresent peraluminous composition, showing enrichment in LILE, when compared with HFSE and REE, and displayingnegative anomalies of Nb, Ta, Sr, P and Ti. Their chemical composition is that of greywake and the chemical characteristicsof the sediments are generated in magmatic arcs. Isotopic data for Sm/Nd – model ages (TDM between 1,04 – 1,51 and1,76 – 2,26 Ga – and U/Pb (predominance of zircon with ages < 900 Ma suggest that these metasediments have Neoproterozoicrocks as the source rocks. Chemical and isotopic characteristics of the studied metasediments suggest that theirsource are rocks originated in magmatic arcs and that they were deposited in a fore arc basin developed in the margins ofNeoproterozoic island arcs.

  9. Polycyclic orogeny in Central Ogcheon metamorphic belt, Korea: evidence from 40Ar/39Ar hornblende ages

    Full text: The Ogcheon fold-thrust belt is one of the key Phanerozoic belts for delineating the regional correlation in East Asia including mainland China and Japan. This NE-trending belt consists of the Ogcheon metamorphic belt (OMB) in the southwest and the Taebaeksan sedimentary zone in the northeast. The OMB comprises Late (?) Proterozoic to Paleozoic metasedimentary and metavolcanic sequences intruded by Mesozoic granitoids. The age of initial intracontinental rifting is constrained to be earlier than 756 Ma by the U-Pb zircon age of a felsic metavolcanic rock (Lee et al., 1998, Precamb. Res. 89, 47-57). Polyphase tectonism in the OMB is characterised by the Middle Paleozoic Ogcheon orogeny responsible for the ductile stacking of thrust nappes and the Triassic Songrim orogeny occurring at shallower depths under the brittle-ductile transitional regime (Cluzel et al., 1990, Tectonophysics, 183, 41-56). Peak metamorphic conditions of the former are in the range of 5-8 kbar and 520-590 deg C, whereas those of the latter are 1-3 kbar and 350-500 deg C (Min and Cho, 1998, Lithos, 43, 31-51). Major ambiguity in the polycyclic model of the OMB results from the lack of isotopic age data. In order to determine the age of peak metamorphism, we analysed hornblende crystals of quartzose amphibole schists in central OMB, using the 40Ar/39Ar dating technique. Mineral assemblages of amphibole schists are represented by calcic amphiboles + plagioclase + epidote ± garnet + quartz + titanite + Fe-Ti oxide (magnetite or ilmenite). Amphibole separates commonly display discordant age spectra. Nevertheless, amphiboles of five analysed samples yield 40Ar/39Ar intercept dates ranging from 432±4 Ma to 499±10 Ma. Three of them yield plateau dates of 440-492 Ma, defined by more than three contiguous steps accounting for >50% of the total 39ArK released. Two of these plateau dates (465±4 Ma and 492±4 Ma) are from hornblende fractions of different grain size in a garnet

  10. L-tectonites and deep mantle wedge deformations in the Limo ultramafic massif (Cabo Ortegal Complex, NW Spain)

    Puelles, Pablo; Ábalos, Benito; Gil Ibarguchi, José Ignacio; Mendia, Miren; José Santos Zalguegui, Francisco


    The Cabo Ortegal Complex is one of the Allochthonous Complexes of northwest Iberia. The complexes are variable subducted continental and oceanic lithosphere fragments obducted onto the Gondwana edge during the Variscan orogeny. They comprise a Lower Allochthon, a sandwiched ophiolitic complex, and an Upper Allochthon made of rock units metamorphosed under high-pressure conditions and amalgamated in an oblique subduction/collision orogenic channel. The structurally uppermost high-pressure sheet consists of arc-root lithospheric mantle peridotites that rest on high-pressure granulite facies rocks, eclogites and gneisses with eclogite boudins. The ultramafic rocks outcrop in three major massifs (Limo, Herbeira and Uzal from N to S) and in a number of much smaller klippen structures. They are serpentinized amphibole-bearing harzburgite, chromian spinel- and PGE-bearing dunite, and garnet-bearing massive pyroxenite. The Limo ultramafic massif has been considered so far as a fairly massive harzburgitic massif without a clear internal arrangement or fabric. However, new field data and microstructural observations show that harzburgites are L-tectonites and that this fabric is recognizable at various scales (from aerial photos to the outcrop and microscopic scales). The structures described form a hm-thick ultramafic tectonite stack which resembles the structural relationships already known in the easternmost sector of the neighbour Herbeira massif. Subhorizontal mineral and stretching lineations are defined by spinel and orthopyroxene and trend N010°-030°E. Extremely elongated sheath-like folds bear axes parallel to the lineation and show axial ratios >15, tubular and isoclinal structures in XZ sections and eye- and anvil-structures in structural sections perpendicular to the lineation. Sigmoidal shapes of peridotite foliation trajectories in XZ sections indicate a top-to-the-NNE tectonic displacement of hanging wall blocks (according to present-day geographic

  11. Eclogite in West Papua (Wandamen Peninsula), petrological and geochemical characterization : geodynamical implications

    de Sigoyer, Julia; Pubellier, Manuel; Bailly, Vivien; Ringenbach, Jean-Claude


    The Lengguru accretionary wedge (West Papua) is located in a very active geodynamical context. It results from the oblique convergence between the Pacific plate and the Australian plate. All the wedge has been build between 11 and 2 Ma (Bailly et al., 09). Exceptional boulders of fresh eclogites were discovered in the internal part of the Lengguru wedge, in the so called Wandamen peninsula. The Wandamen peninsula displays an increasing metamorphic gradient from West to East. This metamorphic peninsula may also be regarded as the continuation of the inner part of the Central range of Papua New Guinea farther east. The eclogites area embedded in metasediments that present similarities with Mesozoic and Cenozoic sediments of the Australian margin in the continuation of Lengguru wedge. According to geochemical analysis of major and traces elements on the two freshest eclogites, their protolith has a Fe-Ti gabbroic composition. The CIPW norm of these rocks suggest a protolith, with 32% of pyroxenes, 47% of anorthite, less than 3% of olivine, with 7% of ilmenite and 7% of magnetite. Major elements show a tholeiitic characters. Traces elements suggest a T MORB signature with a high content of TiO2. The eclogites are medium to coarse grained. The metamorphic paragenesis consists of clinopyroxenes, garnets, amphiboles, rutiles, quartz and accessory minerals like apatites. Clinopyroxenes with omphacitic composition (XJd: 0.3-0.4) are poecilitic, rare textures of retrogression (symplectites) are observed. Symplectites are composed by diopside or Na-Ca-Fe pyroxene XJd (0.18) and albite, locally calcic amphiboles can replace the clinopyroxene. Garnet of several millimeters (3-4 mm) result from the aggregation of smaller euhedral crystals (500-700 µm). Some of them display atoll microstructure and exhibit a core filled by omphacite, slightly green amphibole, or by quartz. They contain minute inclusions of omphacite, amphibole, apatite, quartz. Many rutiles exsolutions are

  12. First evidence for expressive neoproterozoic intraplated mafic rocks and magma mixing in post-collisional A-PA type granites, Southern Brazil: Geochemistry and U-Pb (zircon), Nd-Sr-18O(zircon) isotope investigations

    New and recent geological investigations around Pien-Tijucas suture zone, between Luis Alves and Curitiba Microplates (Basei et al.2000) led to mapping of Palermo, Agudos do Sul and Rio Negro A-PA type Granites with expressive expositions of alkaline felsic ans mafic rocks and, associated mafic and felsic hybrid rocks. The suture zone is formed by subduction arc-related Pien-Mandirituba deformed calc-alkaline I-type granite belt and serpentinized supra subduction zone (SSZ) obducted mantle rocks with intrusive Neoproterozoic (650-630 Ma) very high Cr and Ni tholeitic gabbros. The Pien-Mandirituba calc-alkaline I-type Granite Belt is constituted by three main granite suites. The older emplaced pre-collisional suite is constituted by deformed to highly deformed amphibole and biotite-rich, magmatic epidote-absent quartz-monzodiorites and granodiorites formed between 620 and 610 Ma. The second sincollisional granite suite is constituted by deformed and slightly deformed low content amphibole-biotite-magmatic epidote-bearing, quartz-monzodiorites, granodiorites and leucogranodiorites emplaced between 605 and 595 Ma. The third, also sincollisional, granite suite is deformed to highly deformed biotite ± amphibole monzogranites. The deformation age of the three non-cogenetic granite suites of this granite belt is between 605-595 Ma. The granite rocks of the Pien-Mandirituba Granite Belt are meta-aluminous to slightly peraluminous, high K calc-alkaline, generally with high Ba, high Sr and low Rb contents. Palermo, Agudos do Sul and Rio Negro Granites are components of the expressive Neoproterozoic volcanic and plutonic alkaline-peralkaline Serra do Mar Suite (Kaul 1997), emplaced in extensional post-collisional and anorogenic settings along the central portion and northern border of the Luis Alves Microplate and southern border of the Curitiba Microplate. Magma mixing evidence is rare ou absent in the other components of the Serra do Mar volcanic and plutonic suite. The

  13. Paleoproterozoic migmatitic gneisses from the Tandilia belt (Argentina), Río de la Plata craton, record cooling at deep crustal levels

    Martínez, Juan Cruz; Massonne, Hans-Joachim; Dristas, Jorge Anastasio; Theye, Thomas; Graff, Ailín Ayelén


    We studied high-grade metamorphic rocks of the El Cristo hill area of the Tandilia belt. Mineral analyses and thermodynamic calculations were carried out for two adjacent rock samples: an amphibole-biotite gneiss and a garnet-biotite-bearing migmatite. Peritectic garnets in the migmatite show core compositions of pyr4.5(gro + andr)10spes6alm79.5 changing to pyr3.5(gro + andr)17spes6alm73.5 at their thin rims. Garnet compositions in the gneiss are pyr6.5(gro + andr)26spes12alm55.5 and pyr4.5(gro + andr)34spes12alm49.5 for core and rim, respectively. A P-T path was constructed by calculating pseudosections in the 11-component system Si-Ti-Al-Fe-Mn-Mg-Ca-Na-K-O-H and contouring them by isopleths for garnet components using the PERPLE_X software package. Supra-solidus crystallization of garnet cores in the migmatite began at 5.8 kbar and 660 °C. Garnet rims equilibrated at 7.0 kbar and 640 °C compatible with garnet cores in the amphibole-biotite gneiss (7.6 kbar and 660 °C). The further chemical development of garnet in this rock points to P-T conditions of 11.6 kbar and 620 °C and 12.2 kbar and 595 °C (outermost garnet rim). At this high-pressure stage Ca-amphibole was not stable. Most biotite formed during exhumation whereas the high-pressure accessory minerals, titanite and epidote, persisted. According to the obtained anti-clockwise P-T path the originally partly melted material was tectonically transported from ∼22 km (middle crust) to ∼40 km (lower crust) depths reaching a geothermal gradient as low as 15 °C km-1. This transport probably occurred along a major suture zone, which was active during the Paleoproterozoic (2.25-2.10 Ga), before a terminating collision of terranes near the SW boundary of the Rio de la Plata craton.

  14. Unraveling an antique subduction process from metamorphic basement around Medellín city, Central Cordillera of Colombian Andes

    Bustamante, Andres; Juliani, Caetano


    In the surroundings of Caldas and El Retiro cities (Colombia) metamorphic rocks derived from basic and pelitic protoliths comprise the Caldas amphibole schist and the Ancón schist respectively. Subordinated metamorphosed granite bodies (La Miel gneiss) are associated to these units, and The El Retiro amphibolites, migmatites and granulites crops out eastwards of these units, separated by shear zones. The Caldas amphibole schist and the Ancón schist protoliths could have been formed in a distal marine reduced environment and amalgamated to the South American continent in an apparent Triassic subduction event. The El Retiro rocks are akin to a continental basement and possible include impure metasediments of continental margin, whose metamorphism originated granulite facies rocks and migmatites as a result of the anatexis of quartz-feldspathic rocks. The metamorphism was accompanied by intense deformation, which has juxtaposed both migmatites and granulite blocks. Afterward, heat and fluid circulation associated with the emplacement of minor igneous intrusions resulted in intense fluid-rock interaction, variations in the grain size of the minerals and, especially, intense retrograde metamorphic re-equilibrium. Thermobarometric estimations for the Caldas amphibole schist indicate metamorphism in the Barrovian amphibolite facies. The metamorphic path is counter-clockwise, but retrograde evolution could not be precisely defined. The pressures of the metamorphism in these rocks range from 6.3 to 13.5 kbar, with narrow temperature ranging from 550 to 630 °C. For the Ancón schist metapelites the P- T path is also counter-clockwise, with a temperature increase evidenced by the occurrence of sillimanite and the cooling by later kyanite. The progressive metamorphism event occurred at pressures of 7.6-7.2 kbar and temperatures of 645-635 °C for one sample and temperature between 500 and 600 °C under constant pressure of 6 kbar. The temperature estimated for these rocks

  15. Origin of high Sr/Y magmas from the northern Taihang Mountains: Implications for Mesozoic porphyry copper mineralization in the North China Craton

    Gao, Yongfeng; Santosh, M.; Wei, Ruihua; Ma, Guoxi; Chen, Zhikuan; Wu, Jinluan


    A number of porphyry Cu deposits have been described from east China which occur in association with Mesozoic high Sr/Y rocks within the continental interior rather than in an arc setting. However, the origin of these high Sr/Y rocks remains controversial. In this study we report precise zircon U-Pb age, as well as major-trace element and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope compositions from the Mujicun Cu mineralized porphyries in the northern Taihang orogen of eastern North China Craton (NCC). LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating yields an emplacement age of 143 ± 2 Ma, identical to the molybdenite Re-Os isochron ages of 142.5 ± 1.4 Ma for this intrusion. Like most of the Mesozoic adakitic rocks from the eastern NCC, the ore-bearing porphyries and associated volcanic lavas from northern Taihang orogen are rich in large ion lithophile elements and light REE, and have highly differentiated REE patterns. The porphyries and associated volcanic lavas have Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic compositions showing EM1-like isotopic signatures. Such geochemical and isotopic features confirm that the parental magma for these rocks originated from melting of an enriched sub-continental lithospheric mantle source. In comparison to the associated lavas, the ore-bearing porphyries have pronounced low FeO3T, TiO2 and P2O5 contents, and middle-heavy REE (and Y) and Zr concentrations, indicating fractional crystallization of amphibole with the observed accessory mineral assemblage such as Fe-Ti oxides, titanite, zircon and apatite. On the other hand, most of the porphyries exhibit relatively high Al2O3, Ba and Sr concentrations and pronounced positive Eu anomalies, excluding significant plagioclase fractionation due to suppression of the high water content in the magmas. The presence of the contemporary amphibole cumulates regionally exposed in the study area strongly support significant amphibole fractionation during the formation of the Mujicun porphyries. Thus, fractionation of a water-saturated magma is proposed as a

  16. Strain localization and fluid infiltration during subduction initiation: the record from sheared mafic amphibolites at the base of the New Caledonian ophiolite

    Soret, Mathieu; Agard, Philippe; Dubacq, Benoît; Vitale-Brovarone, Alberto; Monié, Patrick; Chauvet, Alain; Whitechurch, Hubert


    Most of our knowledge on subduction inception and obduction processes comes from metamorphic soles structurally associated with peridotite tectonites at the base of many ophiolites, and from early-obduction, rarely deformed, magmatic dikes emplaced at different level of the mantle sequence. These dikes record a partial refertilization of obducted ophiolites through subduction-derived fluids. However, these dikes are rarely deformed and/or metamorphosed. Here, we study the base of the New Caledonian ophiolite, using a combination of structural field studies and petrological-geochemical-geochronological analysis, with the aim of linking deformation and metasomatism through fluid infiltration and recrystallization. We report the existence of strongly sheared mafic amphibolites within the base of the New Caledonian obducted ophiolite, ~ 50-100 m above the basal thrust contact and peridotites), highly boudinaged and amphibolitized at high temperatures (750-800 °C), providing evidence that strain localized at the base of the ophiolite. Mafic protoliths of these amphibolites consisted of plagioclase and orthopyroxene (± olivine and calcic amphibole in places). We show that deformation is intimately associated to at least three major stages of fluid infiltration on mafic intrusions. The first stage of deformation and metasomatism coincides with amphibolitization and controlled the later channelization of fluids. The formation of calcic amphiboles records the percolation of Ca and Al-rich aqueous fluids. Amphibole-plagioclase geothermobarometry indicates high temperature and low pressure conditions (i.e. 750-800 °C; 3-5 kbar). Thermochronological data from hornblende (40Ar/39Ar) suggest that this deformation episode occurred at ~ 55 Ma, coinciding with E-dipping subduction initiation and incipient obduction. The main metasomatic stage is evidenced by a phlogopite-rich matrix wrapping peridotite and amphibolite boudins. The formation of phlogopite records the percolation

  17. Geochronology and geochemistry of leucosomes in the North Dabie Terrane, East China: implication for post-UHPM crustal melting during exhumation

    Wang, Shui-Jiong; Li, Shu-Guang; Chen, Li-Juan; He, Yong-Sheng; An, Shi-Chao; Shen, Ji


    Migmatites are widespread in the North Dabie ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terrane (NDT) of Dabie orogen, East China. Idiomorphic and poikilitic amphibole grains in both leucosome and melanosome contain inclusions of plagioclase, quartz and biotite, suggesting formation of leucosome by fluid-present melting of biotite + plagioclase + quartz-bearing protoliths at P = 5-7 kbar, T = 700-800 °C. Precise SIMS zircon U-Pb dating indicates that migmatization of Dabie orogen initiated at ~140 Ma and lasted for ~10 Ma, coeval with the formation of low-Mg# adakitic intrusions in Dabie orogen. Based on mineralogical, petrographic and geochemical data, leucosomes in NDT can be subdivided into three groups. (1) High La/Yb(N)-Medium Sr/Y group (Group I), whose high Dy/Yb(N) but medium Sr/Y ratios are caused by amphibole and plagioclase residual during partial melting of dioritic to granodioritic gneisses. (2) Low La/Yb(N)-Low Sr/Y group (Group II), whose flat HREE patterns are produced by entrainment of peritectic amphiboles into melts derived from partial melting of dioritic gneiss. (3) High La/Yb(N)-High Sr/Y and Eu# group (Group III), whose extremely high Sr and Eu but low other REE concentrations are caused by accumulation of plagioclase and quartz. Although Group I and III fall in the adakitic fields on La/Yb(N)-Yb(N) and Sr/Y-Y diagrams, they are chemically distinct from contemporary high-pressure adakitic intrusions in Dabie orogen in a series of geochemical indexes, for example, lower Dy/Yb(N) and/or Sr/Y ratios at given La/Yb(N) ratio, lower Sr/CaO ratios, lower Rb concentration but higher K/Rb ratios. Therefore, leucosomes are produced by anatexis of the exhumed ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks at middle crustal level, instead of partial melting of thickened lower crust with garnet-rich and plagioclase-poor residual. The coeval occurrence of migmatites and high-pressure adakitic intrusions in Dabie orogen indicates large-scale partial melting of middle to

  18. Hydration of the lithospheric mantle by the descending plate in a continent-continent collisional setting and its geodynamic consequences

    Massonne, Hans-Joachim


    At the beginning of continent-continent collision the descending plate dehydrates. The influence of this dehydration on the adjacent lithospheric mantle was studied. For this reason, pressure (P), temperature (T) and T-H2O pseudosections were calculated for an average mantle composition using the computer software PERPLE_X. These pseudosections were contoured by isopleths, for instance, for volumes of amphibole, chlorite, and serpentine. In addition, P-T pseudosections were considered for four psammopelitic rocks, common in the upper portion of the continental crust, in order to quantify the release of H2O in these rocks during prograde metamorphism. At pressures around 1 GPa, a maximum of slightly more than 10 vol.% chlorite, almost 20 vol.% amphibole, and some talc but no serpentine forms when only 1.8 wt.% H2O is added to the dry ultrabasite at temperatures of 600 °C. For example, hydrous phases amount to about 35 vol.% serpentine and 10 vol.% each of chlorite and amphibole at 1 GPa, 550 °C, and 5 wt.% H2O. The modelled psammopelitic rocks can release 0.8-2.5 wt.% H2O between 450 and 650 °C at 0.8-1.4 GPa. On the basis of the above calculations, different collisional scenarios are discussed highlighting the role of hydrated lithospheric mantle. In this context a minimum hydration potential of the front region of the descending continental plate is considered, which amounts to 4.6 × 1016 kg releasable H2O for a 1000 km wide collisional zone, due to a thick sedimentary pile at the continental margin. Further suggestions are that (1) the lower crustal plate in a continent-continent collisional setting penetrates the lithospheric mantle, which is hydrated during the advancement of this plate, (2) the maximum depths of the subduction of upper continental crust is below 70 km and (3) hydrated mantle above the descending crustal plate is thrust onto this continental crust.

  19. Interpreting Assemblages with Titanite (Sphene): It Does not have to be Greek to You.

    Xirouchakis, Dimitrios M.; Lindsley, Donald H.; McKay, Gordon A. (Technical Monitor)


    + Orthopyroxene + Augite + Ilmenite + Magnetite. Decreasing temperature and pressure conditions appear to favor titanite crystallization, thus, it is not unsurprising that titanite is frequently observed in slowly cooled rocks, albeit, in association with amphibole. We argue that the titanite + amphibole association is likely favored by high water activity, regardless of oxygen fugacity. Because water activity increases during crystallization of a pluton, the association titanite + amphibole, and consequently titanite, is likely to be more common in plutonic rocks than in volcanic rocks.

  20. Lifetime of an ocean island volcano feeder zone: constraints from U-Pb dating on coexisting zircon and baddeleyite, and 40/39Ar age determinations, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

    Allibon, James; Ovtcharova, Maria; Bussy, Francois; Cosca, Michael; Schaltegger, Urs; Bussien, Denise; Lewin, Eric


    High-precision isotope dilution - thermal ionization mass spectrometry (ID-TIMS) U-Pb zircon and baddeleyite ages from the PX1 vertically layered mafic intrusion Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, indicate initiation of magma crystallization at 22.10 ± 0.07 Ma. The magmatic activity lasted a minimum of 0.52 Ma. 40Ar/39Ar amphibole dating yielded ages from 21.9 ± 0.6 to 21.8 ± 0.3, identical within errors to the U-Pb ages, despite the expected 1% theoretical bias between 40Ar/39Ar and U-Pb dates. This overlap could result from (i) rapid cooling of the intrusion (i.e., less than the 0.3 to 0.6 Ma 40Ar/39Ar age uncertainties) from closure temperatures (Tc) of zircon (699-988 °C) to amphibole (500-600 °C); (ii) lead loss affecting the youngest zircons; or (iii) excess argon shifting the plateau ages towards older values. The combination of the 40Ar/39Ar and U/Pb datasets implies that the maximum amount of time PX1 intrusion took to cool below amphibole Tc is 0.8 Ma, suggesting PX1 lifetime of 520,000 to 800,000 Ma. Age disparities among coexisting baddeleyite and zircon (22.10 ± 0.07/0.08/0.15 Ma and 21.58 ± 0.15/0.16/0.31 Ma) in a gabbro sample from the pluton margin suggest complex genetic relationships between phases. Baddeleyite is found preserved in plagioclase cores and crystallized early from low silica activity magma. Zircon crystallized later in a higher silica activity environment and is found in secondary scapolite and is found close to calcite veins, in secondary scapolite that recrystallised from plagioclase. close to calcite veins. Oxygen isotope δ18O values of altered plagioclase are high (+7.7), indicating interaction with fluids derived from host-rock carbonatites. The coexistence of baddeleyite and zircon is ascribed to interaction of the PX1 gabbro with CO2-rich carbonatite-derived fluids released during contact metamorphism.

  1. El Ventorrillo, a paleostructure of Popocatépetl volcano: insights from geochronology and geochemistry

    Sosa-Ceballos, G.; Macías, J. L.; García-Tenorio, F.; Layer, P.; Schaaf, P.; Solís-Pichardo, G.; Arce, J. L.


    Volcán Popocatépetl (México) was constructed over the remains of a volcanic paleostructure. Based on fieldwork, 40Ar/39Ar dating, U-Pb dating, and geochemistry, we have determined the age, chemistry, and location of this paleostructure and named it El Ventorrillo. Most remnants of El Ventorrillo are covered by deposits from subsequent activity of Popocatépetl, except for the El Abanico scarp and the Barranca de Nexpayantla, where the stratigraphy of El Ventorrillo eruptive products can be investigated. Inception of volcanism at El Ventorrillo occurred at 331 ± 10 ka with emission of the Nexpayantla andesitic lavas, and continued with extrusion of the Yoloxochitl (267 ± 31 ka) and microwave (227 ± 6 ka) domes. Intrusion of dikes occurred at 298 ± 94 and 230 ± 3 ka. Activity at El Ventorrillo continued with the emission of lavas that built the El Abanico scarp (193 ± 29 to 96 ± 8 ka) and continued until the Tutti Frutti eruption destroyed the cone 14.1 kyr ago. El Ventorrillo magmas produced rocks divided into two mineralogical groups. The first group contains biotite-amphibole-rich rocks and the second group consists of biotite-amphibole-free lavas. The rocks that contain biotite and amphibole are older than 198 ± 13 ka, whereas the rocks with no hydrous phases are younger than 227 ± 6 ka and contain skarn and granodiorite xenoliths. We interpret the change to an anhydrous mineral assemblage and the occurrence of skarn and granodiorite xenoliths as evidence for the formation of a new, shallower reservoir. A granodiorite xenolith was chosen for 40Ar/39Ar dating and U-Pb zircon analyses. The U-Pb method yielded an age of 540 ± 110 ka and the 40Ar/39Ar an age of 109 ± 24 ka. These ages are interpreted to indicate granodiorite crystallization (540 ± 110 ka), which metamorphosed the calcareous basement beneath Popocatépetl into skarn and an influx of magma (109 ± 24 ka) that reheated the granodiorite. Major and trace elements, Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic

  2. Rehydration Metamorphism of the Iratsu Eclogite Mass in the Sambagawa Belt, Japan

    Kuwatani, T.; Toriumi, M.


    The Iratsu eclogite mass in the Sambagawa metamorphic belt, central Shikoku, Japan, underwent pervasive rehydration metamorphism so that most of all retrogressed to amphibolite. The Iratsu eclogite mass is originated from gabbro and basalt, and is interpreted as a relic of a fossil subducted slab. Gradual stages of rehydration retrogression from eclogite to low-grade greenschist are preserved by disequilibrium textures of incomplete reactions. Hence, the Iratsu eclogite mass provide an exceptional opportunity to study the process of rehydration reactions and exhumation of a subducted oceanic crust. The petrological investigations showed that the retrogressed eclogites can be classified into two types by reaction textures during rehydration stage: One is the perfectly equilibrated type, which is a rock almost perfectly retrogressed into well-foliated epidote-amphibolite consists of amphibole + epidote + chlorite + plagioclase + quartz +/- garnet, mainly sampled from the rim of the Iratsu body. The other is the locally equilibrated type, which is a rock partially retrogressed rock often preserved garnet and omphacite and weakly foliated sampled from the central part of the Iratsu body. Garnet grains are rimmed by amphibole (pargasite) + epidote layers, whereas omphacite grains broke into symplectites of amphibole (hornblende) + plagioclase. Such clear distinction of the mineral assemblages and mineral compositions between two parts around the dissolving minerals demonstrates that the system was not equilibrated as a whole but locally equilibrated in each part around the dissolving minerals. Partial pseudomorphs, which are frequently observed in rocks of the locally equilibrated type, are the most reliable evidence of a reaction, since the replaced mineral and the solid products can be directly observed. In this study, we developed the new methodology based on a simple mass-balance relation, by improving Gresens 1967 and Godard & Mabit 1998. Our method can easily

  3. Analysis of micro-particles in TRISTAN vacuum chambers

    Micro-particles in the beam chamber of a TRISTAN vacuum system were investigated from the point of view of suppressing micro-particles trapped in the accumulation ring. Micro-particles coming from ion pumps (IP) and distributed ion pumps (DIP), aluminium alloy particles produced during treatment of aluminium alloy chambers for welding, micro-particles from the environment, i.e.soil (granite rocks or amphiboles), particles of concrete and painting materials were identified. A molten iron particle found in a chamber suggests interaction between the particle and bunched electron beam. Most of the particles coming from outside the chambers can be avoided by using high class clean rooms. The particles from the ion pumps can be reduced using different pumps which do not emit particles. The particles produced during assembly of, for example, DIP must be suppressed by accepting different assembling from the traditional ones. (author)

  4. Distributional Feature of Detrital Minerais in the Superficial Sediment of South Yellow Sea

    王红霞; 林振宏; 郭玉贵


    The composition of detrital minerals with grades of 0.063 - 0.25 mm in the superficial sediment of South Yellow Sea is mainly studied in the paper. The research result shows that the minerals can be divided into more than fifty sorts. The light minerals are mainly feldspar, quartz, mica, etc. The heavy minerals are mainly composed of amphibole, epidote, mica, autogeny pyrite, magnetite, hematite, garnet,zircon and so on, which mainly distribute in the sediments of silty clay and lutaceous silt. According to the content and distribution of the main minerals, the research area isdivided into five miteral combination provinces. The assembled types of minerals in every province have close relationship with its hydrodynamic conditions and sedimentary environment. And the sorts of detrital minerals also show that the detrital substances in the sedimentary areas mainly originate from the drainage areas of rivers,bedrock weathering, and transformed sediment, etc.

  5. Mineral chemistry and magnetic petrology of the Archean Planalto Suite, Carajás Province - Amazonian Craton: Implications for the evolution of ferroan Archean granites

    Cunha, Ingrid Roberta Viana da; Dall'Agnol, Roberto; Feio, Gilmara Regina Lima


    The Planalto Suite is located in the Canaã dos Carajás subdomain of the Carajás Province in the southeastern part of the Amazonian Craton. The suite is of Neoarchean age (∼2.73 Ga), ferroan character, and A-type affinity. Magnetic petrology studies allowed for the distinction of two groups: (1) ilmenite granites showing low magnetic susceptibility (MS) values between 0.6247×10-3 and 0.0102 × 10-3 SI and (2) magnetite-ilmenite-bearing granites with comparatively higher but still moderate MS values between 15.700×10-3 and 0.8036 × 10-3 SI. Textural evidence indicates that amphibole, ilmenite, titanite, and, in the rocks of Group 2, magnetite also formed during magmatic crystallization. However, compositional zoning suggests that titanite was partially re-equilibrated by subsolidus processes. The amphibole varies from potassian-hastingsite to chloro-potassian-hastingsite and shows Fe/(Fe + Mg) > 0.8. Biotite also shows high Fe/(Fe + Mg) ratios and is classified as annite. Plagioclase porphyroclasts are oligoclase (An25-10), and the grains of the recrystallized matrix show a similar composition or are albitic (An9-2). The dominant Group 1 granites of the Planalto Suite were formed under reduced conditions below the FMQ buffer. The Group 2 granites crystallized under more oxidizing conditions on or slightly above the FMQ buffer. Pressures of 900-700 MPa for the origin and of 500-300 MPa for the emplacement were estimated for the Planalto magmas. Geothermometers suggest initial crystallization temperatures between 900 °C and 830 °C, and the water content in the magma is estimated to be higher than 4 wt%. The Neoarchean Planalto Suite and the Estrela Granite of the Carajás Province reveal strong mineralogical analogies, and their amphibole and biotite compositions have high total Al contents. The latter characteristic is also observed in the same minerals of the Neoarchean Matok Pluton of the Limpopo Belt but not in those of the Proterozoic rapakivi A

  6. Petrology of plagiogranite from Sjenica, Dinaridic Ophiolite Belt (southwestern Serbia)

    Milovanović, Dragan; Srećković-Batoćanin, Danica; Savić, Marija; Popovic, Dana


    The Sjenica plagiogranite occurs in the southern part of the Dinaridic Ophiolite Belt, 5 km northwest of Sjenica. The main minerals are albite with strongly altered biotite (replaced with chlorite), with occasional amphibole (magnesio hornblende to tschermakite) and quartz. An enclave of fine-grained granitic rocks with garnet grains was noted too. Secondary minerals are calcite and chlorite (daphnite). Major, trace and REE geochemistry coupled with field observations support a model by which the Sjenica plagiogranite could be formed by fractional crystallization of mantle origin mafic magma in a supra-subduction zone setting. Occurrences of calcite and chlorite nests in the Sjenica plagiogranites revealed that these rocks underwent hydrothermal alteration due to intensive sea water circulation in a sub-sea-floor environment.

  7. Asbestos in drinking water

    Measurements and analysis of more than 100 samples of tap-water, originated from different countries of the Federal Republik of Germany, have been performed by means of the standardized TEM-procedure (ISO). The results have shown that the drinking water is contaminated with fine fibers, with chrysotile and amphibole asbestos. The majority of investigated samples contained less than 106 fibers/liter, and the fibers were thin and shorter than 5 μm. Nevertheless, in some tap-water samples the asbestos fiber concentrations were higher than 106 fibers/liter and/or the content of long fibers (longer than 5 μm) was relatively high. It is recommended tapwater with asbestos fiber concentrations over 106 fibers/liter and/or with greater content of long fibers should not be used for cooking or drinking unless filtered. (orig.)

  8. Mineral characterization of soil type ranker formed on serpentines occurring in southern Belgrade environs Bubanj Potok

    Cekić Božidar Đ.


    Full Text Available The paper addresses the issue of health risk associated with the presence of chrysotile in the soil type ranker formed on massive serpentines occurring in the area of Bubanj Potok, a settlement located in the southern Belgrade environs, Serbia. Characterization of the ranker soil was conducted by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy and transmission 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy figures showed regular shaped smectite (montmorillonite particles, aggregates of chlorite, and elongated sheets of serpentines minerals antigorite. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the presence of detrital mineral quartz polymorph as well as minor amounts of other mineral species. Micro-Raman spectroscopy identified the presence of dominant minerals, such as montmorillonite, kaolinite, muscovite, gypsum, calcite, albite, amphiboles (hornblende/kaersutite and orthoclase. Important polymorph silica modifications of quartz, olivine (forsterite, pyroxene (enstatite/ferrosilite, diopside/hedenbergite, and serpentine (antigorite/lizardite/chrysotile were identified.

  9. Dose dependence and thermal stability of the thermoluminescence emission in inorganic dust from mint and camomile

    Gómez-Ros, J. M.; Furetta, C.; Cruz-Zaragoza, E.; Lis, M.; Torres, A.; Monsivais, G.


    The inorganic phase extracted from mint and camomile samples obtained from commercial products in Mexico was selected according to different grain sizes and exposed to 60Co gamma radiation at different doses in the range 0.5-12 kGy. Thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves show a single broad peak, centred around 175 °C for prompt readouts. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates the inorganic dust is mainly composed by quartz, Na,K-feldspars and amphiboles, which use to be characterized by TL emissions associated to continuous distribution of trapping centres. The high fading of the TL signal during the first days of storage at room temperature can be related to the shallowest part of the distribution while the deepest traps originate the asymptotic behaviour for longer storage times. The TL intensity also increases significatively with the grain size, being linear with the absorbed dose at least up to 10 kGy.

  10. Heterogeneity of exposure and attribution of mesothelioma: Trends and strategies in two American counties

    As mesothelioma risk has begun to decline in the United States, two trends are gaining relative importance. 'Legacy' exposures causing this disease are most important in locales having past asbestos industry, shipyards, and/or local distribution of asbestos amphibole-containing material as a result. 'Future' exposures are of particular concern in relation to so-called 'naturally occurring asbestos' (NOA) areas which include unequivocally asbestiform amphibole. In this paper, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana is used as an example of the first trend, and El Dorado County, California as an example of the second. Available tumor registry, epidemiology, historical and mineralogical data, and lung-retained fibre content are used as indicators of disease and exposure. Jefferson Parish, LA was chosen as the prototype of 'legacy' exposures on the basis of historical evidence of asbestos plants with known mesotheliomas in the workforce, known shipyards in the same area, EPA records of distribution of crocidolite-containing scrap to and remediation of over 1400 properties, NIOSH published data on mesothelioma by county, and exposure data including lung-retained fibre analyses in victims, where available. El Dorado, CA was chosen as the prototype of NOA amphibole exposures on the basis of tumor registry data, activity-based EPA sampling data in one area, and lung-retained fibre analyses in area pets, and future risk assessment based on tremolite-specific modelling in Libby, Montana and elsewhere. As expected, the legacy exposure area was high in mesothelioma incidence and mortality. Lung-retained fibre content confirms crocidolite exposures in exposed plant-workers and those exposed to crocidolite-containing scrap, and amosite in shipyard workers. In contrast, to date, cancer registry data in the NOA-amphibole ('future') county does not show a clear increase in incidence or mortality, but grouped county data from the area show a shift in higher incidence rates to the NOA areas and