Sample records for eclogitic xenolith kaalvallei

  1. Paragenesis of Diamonds in Eclogite Xenoliths From Kimberlite Pipes, Yakutia: A View From the Host Eclogite (United States)



    The unusual diamondiferous eclogites from Yakutian kimberlites present a unique opportunity to study diamonds in their natural setting within their mantle hosts. The chemistry and textures of the minerals provide the setting for investigation of the origin of the diamonds and their own mineral inclusions. Detailed study of several such eclogite xenoliths in our collection provide constraints that must be explained by any scenario of diamond formation. The eclogites are Group B and C types consisting of primary garnet that is typically almandine and grossular rich, omphacitic pyroxene with 3-10% Na2O, and minor sulfides. A conspicuous feature is the presence of at least two fluid-incursion events that have modified the host eclogite. The earlier of the two was a pervasive K-metasomatism, including partial melting, probably under mantle conditions, that converted the omphacite into a distinctive, spongy-textured assemblage consisting mainly of residual islands of Na-depleted clinopyroxene containing 2-3% less Na2O, K-enriched glass (K2O ~ 6%, Na2O ~ 0.8%), and minor amounts of spinel. The colateral alteration of garnet is represented by amphibole-dominated kelyphyte that occurs as rims and thin veins. No diamond was observed to be in direct contact with the primary host minerals; instead, the altered-pyroxene assemblage is the typical site for the diamonds. The products of this metasomatic event are superimposed by a later, dominantly {chloritic} alteration that appears to be preferentially concentrated around sulfide grains and omphacite alteration patches. The sulfide grains are composed of pyrrhotite (Ni ~0.5%) close to troilite, exsolved pentlandite (Co ~1.5%, Cu ~0.2%), predominantly as oriented lamellar intergrowth, and minor chalcopyrite. The sulfide assemblages are rimmed by a thin rind of djerfisherite [ ~(K,Na)7(Fe,Ni,Cu)24S26Cl], an alteration product most likely related to the K-metasomatism, and cut by tentacles of chloritic alteration. The diamond

  2. Combined C isotope and geochemical evidence for a recycled origin for diamondiferous eclogite xenoliths from kimberlites of Yakutia

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    Spetsius, Z.V.; Wiggers de Vries, D.F.; Davies, G.R.


    An integrated petrographic-geochemistry and stable isotope study of 15 diamondiferous eclogite xenoliths is presented from the Udachnaya pipe, Russia. Carbon isotope determinations were performed by combustion and SIMS while in situ mineral major and trace element concentrations were determined

  3. Eclogite xenoliths from Orapa: Ocean crust recycling, mantle metasomatism and carbon cycling at the western Zimbabwe craton margin (United States)

    Aulbach, S.; Jacob, D. E.; Cartigny, P.; Stern, R. A.; Simonetti, S. S.; Wörner, G.; Viljoen, K. S.


    Major- and trace-element compositions of garnet and clinopyroxene, as well as 87Sr/86Sr in clinopyroxene and δ18O in garnet in eclogite and pyroxenite xenoliths from Orapa, at the western margin of the Zimbabwe craton (central Botswana), were investigated in order to trace their origin and evolution in the mantle lithosphere. Two groups of eclogites are distinguished with respect to 87Sr/86Sr: One with moderate ratios (0.7026-0.7046) and another with 87Sr/86Sr >0.7048 to 0.7091. In the former group, heavy δ18O attests to low-temperature alteration on the ocean floor, while 87Sr/86Sr correlates with indices of low-pressure igneous processes (Eu/Eu∗, Mg#, Sr/Y). This suggests relatively undisturbed long-term ingrowth of 87Sr at near-igneous Rb/Sr after metamorphism, despite the exposed craton margin setting. The high-87Sr/86Sr group has mainly mantle-like δ18O and is suggested to have interacted with a small-volume melt derived from an aged phlogopite-rich metasome. The overlap of diamondiferous and graphite-bearing eclogites and pyroxenites over a pressure interval of ∼3.2 to 4.9 GPa is interpreted as reflecting a mantle parcel beneath Orapa that has moved out of the diamond stability field, due to a change in geotherm and/or decompression. Diamondiferous eclogites record lower median 87Sr/86Sr (0.7039) than graphite-bearing samples (0.7064) and carbon-free samples (0.7051), suggesting that interaction with the - possibly oxidising - metasome-derived melt caused carbon removal in some eclogites, while catalysing the conversion of diamond to graphite in others. This highlights the role of small-volume melts in modulating the lithospheric carbon cycle. Compared to diamondiferous eclogites, eclogitic inclusions in diamonds are restricted to high FeO and low SiO2, CaO and Na2O contents, they record higher equilibrium temperatures and garnets have mostly mantle-like O isotopic composition. We suggest that this signature was imparted by a sublithospheric melt with

  4. Lithospheric diamond formation as a consequence of methane-rich volatile flooding: An example from diamondiferous eclogite xenoliths of the Karelian craton (Finland) (United States)

    Smart, K. A.; Cartigny, P.; Tappe, S.; O'Brien, H.; Klemme, S.


    A collection of 61 xenocrystic and 12 eclogite xenolith-derived diamonds from the 600 Ma Lahtojoki kimberlite in central Finland has been investigated. Calculated pressure and temperature conditions for the diamondiferous eclogites are in excess of 5.5 GPa and 1300 °C, suggesting residence depths greater than 180 km, near the base of the Karelian cratonic mantle lithosphere. Geochemically, the eclogite xenoliths have gabbroic compositions showing positive Eu and Sr anomalies, relatively low ΣREE and elevated Al2O3 contents, yet garnets have ambiguous δ18O values of 5.7‰ and 5.9‰. Gabbroic eclogite formation could therefore be linked to either subduction processes during the 1.9 Ga Svecofennian orogeny or to cumulate processes during 2.1 Ga rift-induced magmatism. Determination of the oxygen fugacity of Lahtojoki eclogite xenoliths from both this work and previous studies suggests that diamond-bearing eclogites may be more reduced (ΔFMQ-3.5) compared to barren eclogites (ΔFMQ-1.7). While recycled oceanic crust protoliths for the eclogites remain a possibility, the carbon isotopic compositions and nitrogen abundances of the Lahtojoki diamonds indicate mantle-derived volatile sources. All diamonds (i.e., loose and eclogite xenolith-derived) display a restricted range of δ13C values from -7.8‰ to -3.7‰ that overlaps with the carbon isotopic composition of Earth's mantle. The Lahtojoki diamond δ13C values form a negatively skewed distribution, indicating diamond growth from reduced mantle-derived carbon sources such as methane- (CH4) bearing fluids. Nitrogen contents of the Lahtojoki diamonds range from 40 to 1830 atomic ppm with a mean of ∼670 atomic ppm; these elevated nitrogen contents combined with the close association to eclogites suggest an eclogitic or crustal volatile source. However, the Karelian craton was periodically intruded by ultramafic alkaline magmas since at least 1.8 Ga, noting in particular the occurrence of phlogopite

  5. Thallium isotopes as a potential tracer for the origin of cratonic eclogites (United States)

    Nielsen, Sune G.; Williams, Helen M.; Griffin, William L.; O'Reilly, Suzanne Y.; Pearson, Norman; Viljoen, Fanus


    Cratonic eclogites are inferred to originate either from subducted ocean crust or mantle melts accreted onto the roots of continents. These models have different implications for the growth of continents, but it is currently difficult to determine the origin of individual eclogite suites. Upper ocean crust altered at low temperatures and marine sediments both display high thallium (Tl) concentrations and strongly fractionated Tl isotope signatures relative to the ambient upper mantle. In this study we carry out the first examination of the suitability of Tl isotopes as a tracer for an ocean-crust origin of cratonic eclogites. We have analysed the Tl isotope composition of clinopyroxene and garnet in six eclogites from the Kaalvallei and Bellsbank kimberlite pipes in South Africa. Minerals were pre-cleaned with an HCl leaching technique and the leachates display variably light Tl isotope ratios. These most likely reflect low-temperature hydrothermal alteration occurring after eruption of the kimberlite that carried the eclogites to the surface. The leached mineral pairs all display identical Tl isotope ratios, strongly suggesting that the source of the analysed Tl is identical for each mineral pair. It is, however, not possible to exclude the possibility that the analysed Tl originates from kimberlitic material that was not removed by the cleaning procedure. Only one of the six samples exhibits a Tl isotope composition different from ambient mantle. Assuming that the Tl isotope signatures indeed represent the eclogite minerals and not any form of contamination, the Tl isotope composition in this sample is consistent with containing a minor component (low temperatures. Thallium isotopes may become one of the most sensitive indicators for the presence of low-T altered ocean crust because of the stark contrast in Tl concentration and isotopic composition between the mantle and altered ocean crust. In fact, no other chemical or isotopic tracer could have provided an

  6. Eclogite facies rocks

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    Carswell, D. A


    ... of eclogite evolution and genesis. The authors present a thorough treatment of the stability relations and geochemistry of these rocks, their intimate association with continental plate collision zones and suture zones...

  7. Magnetic properties of xenoliths from Yakut kimberlite pipes (United States)

    Tselebrovskiy, Alexey; Maksimochkin, Valeriy


    Lower continental crust is poorly known due to its limited availability. One source of information about the formation of the lower crust is the study of xenoliths found in kimberlites, mainly peridotites, eclogites and other rocks made by the kimberlite magma to the surface from great depths. Magnetic methods can solve problems related on the one hand, the definition of the phase composition of natural ferrimagnetics responsible for the magnetic properties of rocks, and on the other - with the establishment of the thermodynamic conditions in which they were formed - their genesis. For example, in [1, 2], there were differences in the magnetic properties of kimberlites taken from tubes with different diamond productivity. In this work, studies have been conducted of the magnetic properties and mineralogy of xenoliths from 10 Yakut kimberlit pipes, courtesy of Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences V. K. Garanin. Found that the natural remanent magnetization (NRM) and magnetic susceptibility (k0) of the investigated samples varies widely: NRM = (0.002-12.59) A/m, k0 = (0.23-59.9)*10-3 SI. Magnetic properties vary by species: average NRM peridotites (0.002-0.32) A/m order of magnitude smaller eclogitic rocks (0.58-12.59) A/m. Thermomagnetic analysis (TMA) of the test samples showed the presence of xenoliths of the ferromagnetic phase with a Curie point close to Tc magnetite. Because of the high correlation between the values of NRM, k0 and ferrimagnetic saturation magnetization (SM) can be inferred that the magnetic properties of the rocks studied at temperatures above ambient is basically determined by the concentration of magnetite in them. Besides magnetite TMA were also identified ferrimagnetic phase with Curie temperatures from -50°C to -125°C. Mineralogical analysis performed on three samples of peridotite tubes Udachnaya, Yubileynaya and Mir and two samples of eclogite tubes Udachnaya and Komsomolskaya, showed that at temperatures below room

  8. A review of mantle xenoliths and their role in diamond exploration (United States)

    Nixon, Peter H.


    An historical introduction to the geotherm and its significance for the existence of a diamond window at the base of the peridotite lithosphere is followed by a brief survey of types of mantle zenoliths (low T, high T and metasomatized peridotites, megacrysts or discrete nodules, eclogites and less common varieties). The similarities of eclogite xenoliths to the subducted eclogites with graphitized diamonds in the peridotite massif of Beni Bousera, northern Morocco, are reviewed. Diamond-bearing peridotite (Archaean harzburgite and lherzolite) and eclogite xenoliths are rare, having suffered excessive disaggregation. They do not necessarily relate proportionately to the types of diamonds in the host kimberlite/lamproite. Batches of single mineral species from disaggregated diamondiferous xenoliths, particularly garnets, form a realistic approach to diamond exploration. Nickel thermometry applied to Cr pyropes, developed by Griffin et al. (1989) Contr. Miner. Petrol. 103, 199-203, and barometry dependent upon Cr content in notional coexisting spinels, provide a realistic appreciation of the extent of the diamond window. Sodium and K pressure "indicators" in eclogitic garnets and clinopyroxenes are reviewed, but estimates are affected by mantle processes (metasomatism) and amounts of coexisting P and Ti. Metasomatic processes in the basal lithosphere are sourced in the underlying asthenospheric (megacryst) magmas. Depending on the degree and type of interaction they can result in the destruction of ancient diamonds or the growth of new peridotitic diamonds. Partial destruction or replacement of mineral indicators may also result and Cr garnets acquire distinctive quantifiable trace element signatures. High T minerals encapsulated in diamond are either relict from former ambient high T conditions or the result of localized thermal highs emanating from asthenospheric magmas (or plume/diapir). It is concluded that the fullest significance of the geochemistry ( sensuo

  9. Petrochemical and petrophysical characterization of the lower crust and the Moho beneath the West African Craton, based on Xenoliths from Kimberlites (United States)

    Haggerty, Stephen E.; Toft, Paul B.


    Additional evidence to the composition of the lower crust and uppermost mantle was presented in the form of xenolith data. Xenoliths from the 2.7-Ga West African Craton indicate that the Moho beneath this shield is a chemically and physically gradational boundary, with intercalations of garnet granulite and garnet eclogite. Inclusions in diamonds indicate a depleted upper mantle source, and zenolith barometry and thermometry data suggest a high mantle geotherm with a kink near the Moho. Metallic iron in the xenoliths indicates that the uppermost mantle has a significant magnetization, and that the depth to the Curie isotherm, which is usually considered to be at or above the Moho, may be deeper than the Moho.

  10. The Homestead kimberlite, central Montana, USA: mineralogy, xenocrysts, and upper-mantle xenoliths (United States)

    Carter Hearn, B.


    The Homestead kimberlite was emplaced in lower Cretaceous marine shale and siltstone in the Grassrange area of central Montana. The Grassrange area includes aillikite, alnoite, carbonatite, kimberlite, and monchiquite and is situated within the Archean Wyoming craton. The kimberlite contains 25-30 modal% olivine as xenocrysts and phenocrysts in a matrix of phlogopite, monticellite, diopside, serpentine, chlorite, hydrous Ca-Al-Na silicates, perovskite, and spinel. The rock is kimberlite based on mineralogy, the presence of atoll-textured groundmass spinels, and kimberlitic core-rim zoning of groundmass spinels and groundmass phlogopites. Garnet xenocrysts are mainly Cr-pyropes, of which 2-12% are G10 compositions, crustal almandines are rare and eclogitic garnets are absent. Spinel xenocrysts have MgO and Cr 2O 3 contents ranging into the diamond inclusion field. Mg-ilmenite xenocrysts contain 7-11 wt.% MgO and 0.8-1.9 wt.% Cr 2O 3, with (Fe +3/Fe tot) from 0.17-0.31. Olivine is the only obvious megacryst mineral present. One microdiamond was recovered from caustic fusion of a 45-kg sample. Upper-mantle xenoliths up to 70 cm size are abundant and are some of the largest known garnet peridotite xenoliths in North America. The xenolith suite is dominated by dunites, and harzburgites containing garnet and/or spinel. Granulites are rare and eclogites are absent. Among 153 xenoliths, 7% are lherzolites, 61% are harzburgites, 31% are dunites, and 1% are orthopyroxenites. Three of 30 peridotite xenoliths that were analysed are low-Ca garnet-spinel harzburgites containing G10 garnets. Xenolith textures are mainly coarse granular, and only 5% are porphyroclastic. Xenolith modal mineralogy and mineral compositions indicate ancient major-element depletion as observed in other Wyoming craton xenolith assemblages, followed by younger enrichment events evidenced by tectonized or undeformed veins of orthopyroxenite, clinopyroxenite, websterite, and the presence of phlogopite

  11. Metasomatic Diamond Formation revealed by X-Ray CT Scanning of Diamondiferous Eclogites from Southern Africa (United States)

    Richardson, S. H.; Kahle, R. L.; Shaw-Kahle, B.; Gurney, J. J.; du Plessis, A.


    In this study, a private collection of diamondiferous eclogite xenoliths has been made available for non-destructive investigation. All samples have at least one diamond visible. The samples are predominantly sourced from the Excelsior and Newlands mines (South Africa), with additional samples from Roberts Victor mine (South Africa) and Orapa (Botswana). 3D volume models of the samples were created using X-ray tomography. The 3D images reveal abundant secondary veining that is clearly younger than the eclogite. Diamonds are located in fluid pathways and occur in both altered garnet and altered clinopyroxene. Most of the veining is unrelated to the spatial positioning of diamond in the samples. In some instances, early veining has annealed or partially annealed, suggesting a range in timing of at least some of the several metasomatic events that have affected the rock. Importantly, in the most graphic examples, a clear distinction can be seen between diamond-bearing and non-diamond-bearing veins, even where sulphide is present in abundance in the non-diamond-bearing veins. The amount of diamond detected in the xenoliths varies from a single crystal to well over 50 diamonds forming more than 9% of the rock. This extreme value contrasts with the diamond recovery from currently viable diamond mines of less than 2ppm or 0.0002%. The morphology of the diamonds includes step-faced flat-faced octahedra, single crystals and aggregates. This is particularly a feature of diamonds in the Excelsior specimens. In the samples from Newlands and Orapa, in contrast, diamond surfaces reflect resorption processes such as rounding and corrosion of the diamonds. The following conclusions can be drawn from this study: Diamonds in this collection, sourced from within the Kalahari craton, appear to have formed by a metasomatic process during which fluids infiltrated pre-existing mantle-derived eclogite; Several metasomatic events have occurred during the residence of the eclogite in the

  12. Crustal evolution at mantle depths constrained from Pamir xenoliths (United States)

    Kooijman, E.; Hacker, B. R.; Smit, M. A.; Kylander-Clark, A. R.; Ratschbacher, L.


    Lower crustal xenoliths erupted in the Pamir at ~11 Ma provide an exclusive opportunity to study the evolution of crust at mantle depths during a continent-continent collision. To investigate, and constrain the timing of, the petrologic processes that occurred during burial to the peak conditions (2.5-2.8 GPa, 1000-1100 °C; [1]), we performed chemical- and isotope analyses of accessory minerals in 10 xenoliths, ranging from eclogites to grt-ky-qtz granulites. In situ laser ablation split-stream ICPMS yielded 1) U-Pb ages, Ti concentrations and REE in zircon, 2) U/Th-Pb ages and REE in monazite, and 3) U-Pb ages and trace elements in rutile. In addition, garnet, and biotite and K-feldspar were dated using Lu-Hf and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, respectively. Zircon and monazite U-(Th-)Pb ages are 101.9±1.8, 53.7±1.0, 39.1±0.8, 21.7±0.4, 18.2±0.5, 16.9±0.8, 15.1±0.3 (2σ) and 12.5-11.1 Ma; most samples showed several or all of these populations. The 53.7 Ma and older ages are xenocrystic or detrital. For younger ages, zircon and monazite in individual samples recorded different ages-although zircon in one rock and monazite in another can be the same age. The 39.1 Ma zircon and monazite mostly occur as inclusions in minerals of the garnet-bearing assemblage that represents the early, low-P stages of burial. Garnet Lu-Hf ages of 37.8±0.3 Ma support garnet growth at this time. Spinifex-like textures containing 21.7-11.1 Ma zircon and monazite record short-lived partial melting events during burial. Aligned kyanite near these patches indicates associated deformation. Zircons yielding ≤12.5 Ma exhibit increased Eu/Eu* and markedly decreased HREE concentrations, interpreted to record feldspar breakdown and omphacite growth during increasing pressure. Rutile U-Pb cooling ages are 10.8±0.3 Ma in all samples. This agrees with the weighted mean 40Ar/39Ar age of eight biotite, K-feldspar and whole rock separates of 11.00+0.16/-0.09 Ma. Rutile in eclogites provides Zr

  13. New calibration of Ji - Di clinopyroxene barometer for Eclogites, pyroxenites and peridotites and eclogite - pyroxenite mantle geotherms. (United States)

    Ashchepkov, Igor; Vishnyakova, Elena


    Checking the universe clinopyroxene JD-Di barometer on the experimental system showed that it better to use the separate schemes for the eclogite and peridotite systems. The clinopyroxene barometer based on the internal exchange of Jd-Di components for the Al. It allow using the temperature calculated with the (Krogh, 1988) method for the The barometer was calibrated on the 200 experimental runs for the eclogitic system (Yaxley,Brey,2004; Spandler ea, 2008; Konzett ea, 2008; Hanrahan ea, 2009 and references there in). It reproduces the pressure range to 120 kbar with the r= 0.91 (S=8) for 180 experimental runs. P(Ash2010 Ecl)=0.32 (1-0.215*Na/Al+0.012*Fe/Na)*Kd^3/4*ToK/(1+Fe)*(1+5*Fe)- 35*ln(1273/ToK)*(Al+Ti+2.5Na+1.5Fe3+)+(0.9-xx(2,8))*10+xx(2,9)/xx(2,3)* ToK /200-1.5 P1=(0.00004*P^3-0.0091*P^2+1.3936*P)*1.05 Where KD = Na*Mg/xAlCr*/Ca; XAlCr= Al+Cr+4*Ti-K-(Fe-0.21)*0.75 The tests on the natural associations form the eclogitic xenoliths with and without the diamonds and omphacite diamond inclusions (Taylor ea, 2006; Shatsky ea, 2008; Jacob ea, 2009) have shown very good agreement with the position of the Graphite -Diamond (Kennedy, Kennedy, 1977) boundary and to the conductive geotherms which are close to 34-36mvm-2 geotherms while for the South Africa they are more close to 40mvm-2 geotherms. For the zonal omphacites it produces the range of the nearly equal pressures or more rarely advective paths. The levels of the maximum enrichments in eclogites which are close to 50-60 kabr beneath 360ma Siberian kimberlites coincides with the levels of heating according to the monomineral and polymineral thermobarometry. South Africa eclogite geotherms often split into 2-3 branches: subductional (35) conductive (40) for Paleozoic-Mesozoic mantle lithosphere and the hottest advective close o 45 mv/m-2. For the pyroxenite compositions the barometer was rearranged to by the adding the temperature influence on Al , Ta, Fe exactly in KD as following: P(Ash2010 Per-Pxt)=0

  14. Eclogite-associated potassic silicate melts and chloride-rich fluids in the mantle: a possible connection (United States)

    Safonov, O.; Butvina, V.


    Relics of potassium-rich (4-14 wt. % of K2O and K2O/Na2O > 1.0) melts are a specific features of some partially molten diamondiferous eclogite xenoliths in kimberlites worldwide [1, 2]. In addition, potassic silicic melt inclusions with up to 16 wt. % of K2O are associated with eclogite phases in kimberlitic diamonds (O. Navon, pers. comm.). According to available experimental data, no such potassium contents can be reached by "dry" and hydrous melting of eclogite. These data point to close connection between infiltration of essentially potassic fluids, partial melting and diamond formation in mantle eclogites [2]. Among specific components of these fluids, alkali chlorides, apparently, play an important role. This conclusion follows from assemblages of the melt relics with chlorine-bearing phases in eclogite xenoliths [1], findings of KCl-rich inclusions in diamonds from the xenoliths [3], and concentration of Cl up to 0.5-1.5 wt. % in the melt inclusions in diamonds. In this presentation, we review our experimental data on reactions of KCl melts and KCl-bearing fluids with model and natural eclogite-related minerals and assemblages. Experiments in the model system jadeite(±diopside)-KCl(±H2O) at 4-7 GPa showed that, being immiscible, chloride liquids provoke a strong K-Na exchange with silicates (jadeite). As a result, low-temperature ultrapotassic chlorine-bearing (up to 3 wt. % of Cl) aluminosilicate melts form. These melts is able to produce sanidine, which is characteristic phase in some partially molten eclogites. In addition, in presence of water Si-rich Cl-bearing mica (Al-celadonite-phlogopite) crystallizes in equilibrium with sanidine and/or potassic melt and immiscible chloride liquid. This mica is similar to that observed in some eclogitic diamonds bearing chloride-rich fluid inclusions [4], as well as in diamonds in partially molten eclogites [2]. Interaction of KCl melt with pyrope garnet also produce potassic aluminosilicate melt because of high

  15. Interaction of extended mantle plume head with ancient lithosphere: evidence from deep-seated xenoliths in basalts and lamprophyre diatremes in Western Syria (United States)

    Sharkov, Evgenii


    The Middle Cretaceous lamprophyric diatremes of the Jabel Ansaria Ridge contain xenoliths of ancient lower crustal rocks mainly represented by the suite of partly altered garnet granulite and eclogite-like rocks, which were formed at the expense of ferrogabbros and ferroclinopyroxenites most likely in the course of underplating of Fe-Ti basalt. Garnet (Alm26Grs11Py63) megacrysts and coarse-granular garnet-clinopyroxene intergrowths are most likely the varieties of rocks of this series. Garnet megacrysts are represented by large (up to 10 cm in diameter) round "nodules," often molten from the surface. Garnet is usually fractured, and the kelyphite material similar to that in rocks of the eclogite-granulite series occurs in fractures. In addition, we found several intergrowths of garnet with large (up to 3-5 cm in length) crystals of high-Al augite with the low of Ti and Na contents like in rocks of the eclogite-granulite suite. Coarse-grained garnet-clinopyroxene-hornblende rocks with spinel, as well as megacrysts of Al-Ti augite with kaersutite, form the second group in prevalence. This group is close to mantle xenoliths of the "black series" in alkali Fe-Ti basalt worldwide. Kaersutite in these rocks contains gaseous cavities, which provides evidence for the origin of rocks at the expense of a strongly fluidized melt/fluid. In contrast to rocks of the eclogite-granulite series, these rocks did not undergo alteration. Garnet Alm19-26Grs12-13.5Py59-67.5 usually associates with dark opaque spinel. In contrast, the Late Cenozoic plateaubasalts of the region practically do not contain lower crustal xenoliths, whereas xenoliths of mantle spinel lherzolite (fragments of the upper cooled rim of the plume head) are widely abundant. According to data of mineralogical thermobarometry, rocks of the eclogite-granulite suite were formed at 13.5-15.4 kbar (depths of 45-54 km) and 965-1115°C. Rocks of this suite are typical representatives of the continental lower crust

  16. Roberts Victor eclogites: ancient oceanic crust

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    MacGregor, I.D.


    New data on the oxygen isotopic chemistry of the oceanic crust and ophiolites illustrate the role of circulating seawater in changing the chemistry of aging oceanic crust. A similar range of oxygen isotope ratios in the eclogites suggests a comparable origin. The interpretation is consistent with the following observations: Whole rocks values of S /sup 18/O are negatively correlated with both the /sup 87///sup 86/Sr and K content. The internal whole rock correlations may be explained as a series of rocks that have undergone varying degrees of alteration on an ancient sea floor. Whole rock chemistry when recalculated to 1 atm. norms and compared with 1 atm. liquidus diagrams indicate two different groups of eclogites. One group has trends that are comparable to a series of liquids formed by the fractional crystallization of olivine followed by plagioclase and clinopyroxene while the other group correlate with cumulate assemblages of gabbroic composition. The REE chemistry of separated garnets and clinopyroxenes and whole rocks allow recalculation of the chemistry of the intergranular material which is significantly LREE enriched. K, Rb, Li and Ti are similarly enriched. The intergranular chemistry compares favorably with that of hypothesized mantle metasomatising fluids and is interpreted to evolve during the metamorphic transition to eclogite assemblages during subduction. The data allow for the interpretation that the Roberts Victor eclogite are relicts of at least 3.2 b.y. old oceanic crust and that the two different groups separately represent the volcanic and gabbroic rocks of the upper part of the ancient oceanic lithosphere.

  17. May eclogite dehydration cause slab fracturation ? (United States)

    Loury, Chloé; Lanari, Pierre; Rolland, Yann; Guillot, Stéphane; Ganino, Clément


    Petrological and geophysical evidences strongly indicate that fluids releases play a fundamental role in subduction zones as in subduction-related seismicity and arc magmatism. It is thus important to assess quantitatively their origin and to try to quantify the amount of such fluids. In HP metamorphism, it is well known that pressure-dependent dehydration reactions occur during the prograde path. Many geophysical models show that the variations in slab physical properties along depth could be linked to these fluid occurrences. However it remains tricky to test such models on natural sample, as it is difficult to assess or model the water content evolution in HP metamorphic rocks. This difficulty is bound to the fact that these rocks are generally heterogeneous, with zoned minerals and preservation of different paragenesis reflecting changing P-T conditions. To decipher the P-T-X(H2O) path of such heterogeneous rocks the concept of local effective bulk (LEB) composition is essential. Here we show how standardized X-ray maps can be used to constrain the scale of the equilibration volume of a garnet porphyroblast and to measure its composition. The composition of this equilibrium volume may be seen as the proportion of the rock likely to react at a given time to reach a thermodynamic equilibrium with the growing garnet. The studied sample is an eclogite coming from the carboniferous South-Tianshan suture (Central Asia) (Loury et al. in press). Compositional maps of a garnet and its surrounding matrix were obtained from standardized X-ray maps processed with the program XMapTools (Lanari et al, 2014). The initial equilibration volume was modeled using LEB compositions combined together with Gibbs free energy minimization. P-T sections were calculated for the next stages of garnet growth taking into account the fractionation of the composition at each stage of garnet growth. The modeled P-T-X(H2O) path indicates that the rock progressively dehydrates during the

  18. Fractional ultrabasic-basic evolution of upper-mantle magmatism: Evidence from xenoliths in kimberlites, inclusions in diamonds and experiments (United States)

    Litvin, Yuriy; Kuzyura, Anastasia


    Ultrabasic peridotites and pyroxenites together with basic eclogites are the upper-mantle in situ rocks among xenoliths in kimberlites. Occasionally their diamond-bearing varieties have revealed within the xenoliths. Therewith the compositions of rock-forming minerals demonstrate features characteristic for primary diamond-included minerals of peridotite and eclogite parageneses (the elevated contents of Cr-component in peridotitic garnets and Na-jadeitic component in eclogitic clinopyroxenes). High-pressure experimental study of melting equilibria on the multicomponent peridotie-pyroxenite system olivine Ol - orthopyroxene Opx - clinopyroxene Cpx - garnet Grt showed that Opx disappeared in the peritectic reaction Opx+L→Cpx (Litvin, 1991). As a result, the invariant peritectic equilibrium Ol+Opx+Cpx+Grt+L of the ultrabasic system was found to transform into the univariant cotectic assemblage Ol+Cpx+Grt+L. Further experimental investigation showed that olivine reacts with jadeitic component (Jd) with formation of garnet at higher 4.5 GPa (Gasparik, Litvin, 1997). Study of melting relations in the multicomponent system Ol - Cpx - Jd permits to discover the peritectic point Ol+Omph+Grt+L (where Omph - omphacitic clinopyroxene) at concentration 3-4 wt.% Jd-component in the system. The reactionary loss of Opx and Ol makes it possible to transform the 4-phase garnet lherzolite ultrabasic association into the bimineral eclogite assemblage. The regime of fractional Ol, Cpx and Grt crystallization must be accompanied by increasing content of jadeitic component in residual melts that causes the complete "garnetization of olivine". In the subsequent evolution, the melts would have to fractionate for basic SiO2-saturated compositions responsible for petrogenesis of eclogite varieties marked with accessory corundum Crn, kyanite Ky and coesite Coe. Both the peritectic mechanisms occur in regime of fractional crystallization. The sequence of the upper-mantle fractional

  19. Geochemistry of ultramafic xenoliths in Cenozoic alkali basalts from ...

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    Twelve ultramafic xenoliths in Cenozoic alkali basalts from Jiangsu province, eastern China have been analyzed for major, trace, Sr–Nd isotopic composition and mineral chemical compositions and the origin of these ultramafic xenoliths is discussed based on the geochemical constraints. Based on classification norms, the ...

  20. Iron speciation and redox state of mantle eclogites: Implications for ancient volatile cycles during mantle melting and oceanic crust subduction (United States)

    Aulbach, Sonja; Woodand, Alan; Vasilyev, Prokopiy; Viljoen, Fanus


    Kimberlite-borne mantle eclogite xenoliths of Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic age are commonly interpreted as representing former oceanic crust. As such, they may retain a memory of the redox state of the ancient convecting mantle sources that gave rise to their magmatic protoliths and which controls the speciation of volatiles in planetary interiors. Mantle eclogite suites commonly include both cumulate and variably evolved extrusive varieties [1], which may be characterised by initial differences in Fe3+/Fetotal. Recent Fe-based oxybarometry shows mantle eclogites to have fO2 relative to the fayalite-magnetite-quartz buffer (ΔFMQ) of -3 to 0, whereby low fO2 relative to modern MORB may relate to subduction of more reducing Archaean oceanic crust or loss of ferric Fe during partial melt loss [2]. Indeed, using V/Sc as a redox proxy, it was recently shown that Archaean mantle eclogites are more reduced than modern MORB (ΔFMQ-1.3 vs. ΔFMQ -0.4) [3]. However, in the warmer ancient mantle, they were also subject to modification due to partial melt loss upon recycling and, after capture in the cratonic mantle lithosphere, may be overprinted by interaction with metasomatic melts and fluids. In order to help further constrain the redox state of mantle eclogites and unravel the effect of primary and secondary processes, we measured Fe3+/Fetotal by Mössbauer in garnet from mantle eclogites from the Lace kimberlite (Kaapvaal craton), comprising samples with melt- and cumulate-like oceanic crustal protoliths as well as metasomatised samples. Fe3+/ΣFe in garnet shows a strong negative correlation with jadeite content and bulk-rock Li and Cu abundances, suggesting increased partitioning of Fe3+ into jadeite in the presence of monovalent cations with which it can form coupled substitutions. Broad negative correlation with whole-rock Al2O3/TiO2 and positive correlation with ΣREE are interpreted as incompatible behaviour of Fe3+ during olivine-plagioclase accumulation

  1. Ca-Eskola incorporation in clinopyroxene: limitations and petrological implications for eclogites and related rocks (United States)

    Schroeder-Frerkes, F.; Woodland, A. B.; Uenver-Thiele, L.; Klimm, K.; Knapp, N.


    equilibrium 2CaEs = CaTs + 3SiO2 (coesite). This relation, observed in simple systems (i.e., CMAS ± Na), is also obeyed by clinopyroxene in more complex, natural analog bulk compositions. An assessment of available experimental data reveals a maximum of 15-18 mol% CaEs in eclogitic clinopyroxene at conditions corresponding to 130-180 km depth. CaEs contents are maximized at high temperatures; i.e., at or near the solidus in the presence of coesite. Thus, this study supports the role of CaEs exsolution in contributing to melt generation during upwelling of eclogite bodies in the mantle, albeit with some caveats. Somewhat higher maximum CaEs contents ( 20 mol%) are found in Ca and Al-rich bulk compositions, such as grospydite xenoliths. Such bulk compositions also seem to require the coexistence of kyanite. Other Ca and Al-rich rock types, like rodingites, should have the potential of containing CaEs-rich clinopyroxenes, except that they are SiO2-undersaturated. This emphasizes the further role of bulk composition, in addition to high temperatures, in achieving maximum CaEs contents in high-pressure clinopyroxene.

  2. Effects of low-pressure igneous processes and subduction on Fe3+/ΣFe and redox state of mantle eclogites from Lace (Kaapvaal craton) (United States)

    Aulbach, S.; Woodland, A. B.; Vasilyev, P.; Galvez, M. E.; Viljoen, K. S.


    Reconstructing the redox state of the mantle is critical in discussing the evolution of atmospheric composition through time. Kimberlite-borne mantle eclogite xenoliths, commonly interpreted as representing former oceanic crust, may record the chemical and physical state of Archaean and Proterozoic convecting mantle sources that generated their magmatic protoliths. However, their message is generally obscured by a range of primary (igneous differentiation) and secondary processes (seawater alteration, metamorphism, metasomatism). Here, we report the Fe3+/ΣFe ratio and δ18 O in garnet from in a suite of well-characterised mantle eclogite and pyroxenite xenoliths hosted in the Lace kimberlite (Kaapvaal craton), which originated as ca. 3 Ga-old ocean floor. Fe3+/ΣFe in garnet (0.01 to 0.063, median 0.02; n = 16) shows a negative correlation with jadeite content in clinopyroxene, suggesting increased partitioning of Fe3+ into clinopyroxene in the presence of monovalent cations with which it can form coupled substitutions. Jadeite-corrected Fe3+/ΣFe in garnet shows a broad negative trend with Eu*, consistent with incompatible behaviour of Fe3+ during olivine-plagioclase accumulation in the protoliths. This trend is partially obscured by increasing Fe3+ partitioning into garnet along a conductive cratonic geotherm. In contrast, NMORB-normalised Nd/Yb - a proxy of partial melt loss from subducting oceanic crust (1) - shows no obvious correlation with Fe3+/ΣFe, nor does garnet δ18OVSMOW (5.14 to 6.21‰) point to significant seawater alteration. Median bulk-rock Fe3+/ΣFe is roughly estimated at 0.025. This observation agrees with V/Sc systematics, which collectively point to a reduced Archaean convecting mantle source to the igneous protoliths of these eclogites compared to the modern MORB source. Oxygen fugacites (fO2) relative to the fayalite-magnetite-quartz buffer (FMQ) range from Δlog ⁡ fO2 = FMQ-1.3 to FMQ-4.6. At those reducing conditions, the solubility

  3. Laboratory earthquakes triggered during eclogitization of lawsonite-bearing blueschist (United States)

    Incel, Sarah; Hilairet, Nadège; Labrousse, Loïc; John, Timm; Deldicque, Damien; Ferrand, Thomas; Wang, Yanbin; Renner, Jörg; Morales, Luiz; Schubnel, Alexandre


    The origin of intermediate-depth seismicity has been debated for decades. A substantial fraction of these events occurs within the upper plane of Wadati-Benioff double seismic zones believed to represent subducting oceanic crust. We deformed natural lawsonite-rich blueschist samples under eclogite-facies conditions, using a D-DIA apparatus installed at a synchrotron beamline continuously monitoring stress, strain, phase changes, and acoustic emissions (AEs). Two distinct paths were investigated during which i) lawsonite and glaucophane became gradually unstable while entering the stability field of lawsonite-eclogite and the breakdown reaction of lawsonite was only crossed in case of the highest final temperature; ii) lawsonite broke down and the sample successively entered the stability fields of epidote-blueschist and eclogite-amphibolite but not of lawsonite-eclogite. Upon entering the Lws-Ecl stability field, samples exhibited brittle failure, accompanied by the radiation of AEs. In-situ X-ray diffraction and microstructural analysis demonstrate that fractures are topologically related to the formation of omphacite. Amorphous material was detected along the fractures by transmission-electron microscopy without evidence for free-water. Since the newly formed omphacite crystals are small compared to the initial grains, we interpret the observed mechanical instability as a transformation-induced runaway under stress triggered during the transformation from lawsonite-blueschist to lawsonite-eclogite. In contrast, we find no microstructural evidence that the breakdown of lawsonite, and hence the liberation of water leads to the fracturing. Our experimental results challenge the concept of "dehydration embrittlement", which ascribes the genesis of intermediate-depth earthquakes to the breakdown of hydrous phases in the subducting oceanic plate. Instead we suggest that grain-size reduction (transformational faulting) during the transformation from lawsonite

  4. Partial melting during exhumation of Paleozoic retrograde eclogite in North Qaidam, western China (United States)

    Cao, Yu-ting; Liu, Liang; Chen, Dan-ling; Wang, Chao; Yang, Wen-qiang; Kang, Lei; Zhu, Xiao-hui


    Ultrahigh pressure (UHP) rocks are often overprinted by high pressure (HP) granulite-facies metamorphism during exhumation. Here we investigate retrograde eclogite from the Lvliangshan area in North Qaidam which is associated with abundant felsic veins. The eclogite adjacent to the vein shows conversion to garnet amphibolite. Petrographic, mineralogical, geochemical, geochronological data suggest that the eclogite has been experienced peak eclogite facies metamorphism at c. 440 Ma, followed by granulite facies retrogression at c. 420 Ma, and amphibolite facies overprinting at sodic amphibolite dehydration-melting together account for the formation of felsic veins during exhumation from the eclogite-facies to granulite-facies stages.

  5. Intermediate-depth earthquakes facilitated by eclogitization-related stresses (United States)

    Nakajima, Junichi; Uchida, Naoki; Shiina, Takahiro; Hasegawa, Akira; Hacker, Bradley R.; Kirby, Stephen H.


    Eclogitization of the basaltic and gabbroic layer in the oceanic crust involves a volume reduction of 10%–15%. One consequence of the negative volume change is the formation of a paired stress field as a result of strain compatibility across the reaction front. Here we use waveform analysis of a tiny seismic cluster in the lower crust of the downgoing Pacific plate and reveal new evidence in favor of this mechanism: tensional earthquakes lying 1 km above compressional earthquakes, and earthquakes with highly similar waveforms lying on well-defined planes with complementary rupture areas. The tensional stress is interpreted to be caused by the dimensional mismatch between crust transformed to eclogite and underlying untransformed crust, and the earthquakes are probably facilitated by reactivation of fossil faults extant in the subducting plate. These observations provide seismic evidence for the role of volume change–related stresses and, possibly, fluid-related embrittlement as viable processes for nucleating earthquakes in downgoing oceanic lithosphere.

  6. Platinum group elements in mantle xenoliths from eastern China (United States)

    Orberger, B.; Xu, Y.; Reeves, S. J.


    The platinum group element (PGE) composition of a suite of anhydrous spinel peridotite xenoliths from five different localities in eastern China were determined in order to evaluate the geochemical behaviour of these elements during mantle processes. The samples are composed of harzburgites of granoblastic textures, and lherzolites mainly of protogranular and porphyroclastic textures. The total PGE contents vary from 16.20 to 50.7 ppb. Ruthenium, Ir and Pd are correlated with CaO and are interpreted to define a partial melting trend. The positive correlation between Cu and Pd supports this interpretation. However, with the exception of Au, all peridotitic xenoliths display a downward concave PGE pattern, indicating Pt enrichment. This pattern is very different from the flat or negatively sloped PGE pattern observed commonly for mantle xenoliths and peridotitic massifs. The Pt enrichment is ascribed to percolating basaltic magma which is precipitating only small amounts of sulphides. As Pt is less strongly chalcophilic than Pd, it may fractionate from the sulphides which host the Pd, and form Pt-alloys. This process also explains the Au enrichment and the Pt-Au correlation, as Au is also less strongly chalcophilic than Pd. The strong Ir depletion in the protogranular samples is ascribed to Ir retention in the deep mantle due to the high metal/silicate distribution coefficient of Ir at fO 2= IW-1.

  7. Laboratory earthquakes triggered during eclogitization of lawsonite-bearing blueschist

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    Incel, Sarah; Hilairet, Nadège; Labrousse, Loïc; John, Timm; Deldicque, Damien; Ferrand, Thomas; Wang, Yanbin; Renner, Jörg; Morales, Luiz; Schubnel, Alexandre


    The origin of intermediate-depth seismicity has been debated for decades. A substantial fraction of these events occurs within the upper plane of Wadati–Benioff double seismic zones believed to represent subducting oceanic crust. We deformed natural lawsonite-rich blueschist samples under eclogite-facies conditions (1.52.5 GPa to maximum temperatures ranging from 762 to 1073 K, during which lawsonite and glaucophane became gradually unstable while entering the stability field of lawsonite–eclogite and the breakdown reaction of lawsonite was only crossed in case of the highest final temperature; ii) heating while deforming at a pressure <2 GPa to a maximum temperature of 1121 K associated with crossing the breakdown reaction of lawsonite and successively entering the stability fields of epidote–blueschist and eclogite–amphibolite but not of lawsonite–eclogite. Upon entering the Lws-Ecl stability field samples exhibited brittle failure, accompanied by the radiation of AEs. In-situ X-ray diffraction and microstructural analysis demonstrate that fractures are topologically related to the formation of omphacite. Amorphous material was detected along the fractures by transmission-electron microscopy without evidence for free-water. Since the newly formed omphacite crystals are small compared to the initial grains, we interpret the observed mechanical instability as a transformation-induced runaway under stress triggered during the transition from lawsonite–blueschist to lawsonite–eclogite. In contrast, we find no microstructural evidence that the breakdown of lawsonite, and hence the liberation of water leads to the fracturing in samples that experienced the highest quench temperatures of 1073 and 1121 K

  8. Age and composition of granulite xenoliths from Paso de Indios, Chubut province, Argentina

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    Castro, Antonio; Aragon, Eugenio; Diaz-Alvarado, Juan; Blanco, Idael; Garcia-Casco, Antonio; Vogt, Katharina; Liu, D-Y.


    Granulite xenoliths enclosed in Paleogene alkali basalts from the locality of Paso de Indios in The Argentinean Patagonia, have been studied for petrology, geochemistry and U–Pb SHRIMP zircon geochronology. These are lower crust xenoliths composed of pyroxene and plagioclase dominantly. Symplectitic

  9. Formation of Atoll Garnets in the UHP Eclogites of the Tso Morari ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)


    geothermal gradients: zeolite →pumpellyite-actinolitefacies /lawsonite albite facies→blueschist. 1 facies→ type C eclogites (Guillotet al. 2008). The reconstruction of thetectonic history of the. 2. Tso Morari eclogites proposed below is based on our petrologic study and considers the. 3 following constraints: (1) Protoliths for ...

  10. Insights into the P–T evolution path of Tso Morari eclogites of the ...

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    P–T evolution path of Tso Morari eclogites of NW Himalayas. 681. Ta b le. 2 . R epresentative minera l a nalyses o f d ifferent m ineral associations preserved in the eclogites o f. T so. Mora ri. Crystalline. C omplex. T he oxygen numbers used for m ineral formula calculation have been m arked a longside the m ineral name.

  11. Petrology, isotopic and fluid inclusion studies of eclogites from Sujiahe, NW Dabie Shan (China), July 1 2002

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    Fu, B.; Zheng, Y.-F.; Touret, J.L.R.


    In addition to the Triassic Hong'an low-T-high-P eclogite and the Xinxian coesite-bearing kyanite-glaucophane eclogite, Silurian coesite-free amphibole eclogites occur in the Sujiahe region, NW Dabie Shan of central China. A comprehensive study of petrology, Nd-Sr, O-H isotopes and fluid inclusions

  12. Laboratory earthquakes triggered during the eclogitization of lawsonite bearing blueschist (United States)

    Incel, S.; Hilairet, N.; Labrousse, L.; John, T.; Deldicque, D.; Ferrand, T. P.; Wang, Y.; Renner, J.; Morales, L. F. G.; Schubnel, A.


    The origin of intermediate-depth seismicity has been debated for decades. A substantial fraction of these events occur within the upper plane of Wadati-Benioff double seismic zones believed to represent subducting oceanic crust. We deformed natural lawsonite-rich blueschist samples under eclogite-facies conditions (1 glaucophane went gradually unstable at higher pressure; ii) a hot path (maximum temperatures of 1073 to 1121 K) during which the complete breakdown of lawsonite at high temperature was triggered, but glaucophane or amphibole in general remained stable. Brittle failure of the sample, accompanied by the radiation of AEs, occurred for the cold path. In-situ XRD and post-mortem microstructural analysis demonstrate that fractures are topologically related to the growth of omphacite. Amorphous material was detected along the fractures by transmission electron microscopy without evidence for free-water. Since the growth of omphacite is associated with grain-size reduction, we interpret the observed mechanical instability as a transformation-induced thermal runaway under stress (or transformational faulting) triggered during the transition from lawsonite-blueschist to lawsonite-eclogite. In contrast, we find no microstructural evidence that the breakdown of lawsonite, and hence the liberation of water leads to the fracturing of the sample along the hot path, although some AEs were detected during an experiment performed at 1.5 GPa. Our experimental results challenge the concept of "dehydration embrittlement", which ascribes the genesis of intermediate-depth earthquakes to the breakdown of hydrous phases in the subducting oceanic plate. Instead our results demonstrate that grain-size reduction (transformational faulting) during the transition from lawsonite-blueschist to lawsonite-eclogite leads to the brittle failure of the samples.

  13. Diamond growth beneath Letlhakane established by Re-Os and Sm-Nd systematics of individual eclogitic sulphide, garnet and clinopyroxene inclusions (United States)

    Gress, Michael U.; Pearson, D. Graham; Timmerman, Suzette; Chinn, Ingrid L.; Koornneef, Janne M.; Davies, Gareth R.


    inclusions (or any from other diamonds) on the same isochron and implies an extremely heterogeneous diamond crystallisation environment that incorporated recycled Os. C1-normalized osmium, iridium and platinum (PGE) compositions from the analysed sulphide inclusions display enrichment in Ir (3.4 to 33) and Pt (2.3 to 28.1) in comparison to eclogitic xenolith data from Orapa that are depleted relative to chondrite. The Re-Os isochrons determined in this study are within error of previously reported ages from the adjacent (˜40km) Orapa diamond mine (1.0 to 2.9 Ga) based on sulphide inclusions and a multi-point 990 ± 50 Ma (2SD) isochron for composite (n=730) silicate inclusions. Together with additional new Sm-Nd isochron age determinations from individual silicate inclusions from Letlhakane (2.3 ± 0.02 (n = 3); 1.0 ± 0.14 (n = 4) and 0.25 ± 0.04 Ga (n = 3), all 2SE) these data suggest a phase of Mesoproterozoic diamond formation as well as Neoarchean/Paleoproterozoic and Mesozoic diamond growth, in punctuated events spanning >2.0 Ga.

  14. Connection between chemical zonation and microstructure as an indicator for the fabric development in eclogites (United States)

    Neufeld, Kai; Kongsro Finstad, Ane; Stünitz, Holger; Konopasek, Jiri


    Eclogites are the most important piece of evidence of high pressure conditions in subduction zones. The deformation of eclogites and the driving forces for their fabric development are an interesting topic potentially allowing to determine deformation rates in subduction zones. Most previous studies suggested disclocation creep to be the principal process causing the fabric development. The viability of this process may be tested by studying the chemical zonation of garnet and omphacite in order to track and quantify texture and microstructure development in eclogites. The aim of this study is to assess the influence of crystal growth on mineral preferred orientation and therefore its role in fabric development in eclogite-facies rocks. Caledonian, Variscan and Alpine eclogites from four different locations are studied, representing a wide range of metamorphic conditions as well as different subduction and exhumation rates. Variscan eclogites from the western Bohemian Massif (Czech Republic) show elongated garnet grain shapes parallel to the rock`s extension direction. Asymmetric chemical zoning developed during prograde garnet growth together with the elongated garnet grain shape and can be related to a corresponding prograde (in terms of pressure change) chemical zoning in omphacite grains. Crystal plastic deformation of garnet can be excluded based on chemical zonation patterns. Preliminary results of chemical, microstructural and texture data indicate a direct relationship between the growth of garnet and omphacite grains with fabric development during prograde and peak metamorphic conditions. A later stage of retrogression observed along garnet and omphacite grain boundaries produces mineral phases with an orientation clearly parallel to the prograde fabric orientation. The results will be compared with those of Caledonian eclogites from the Western Gneiss Region and the Tromsø Nappe (southwestern and northern Norway, respectively), as well as with Alpine

  15. Melting carbonated epidote eclogites: carbonatites from subducting slabs (United States)

    Poli, Stefano


    Current knowledge on the solidus temperature for carbonated eclogites suggests that carbonatitic liquids should not form from a subducted oceanic lithosphere at sub-arc depth. However, the oceanic crust includes a range of gabbroic rocks, altered on rifts and transforms, with large amounts of anorthite-rich plagioclase forming epidote on metamorphism. Epidote disappearance with pressure depends on the normative anorthite content of the bulk composition; we therefore expect that altered gabbros might display a much wider pressure range where epidote persists, potentially affecting the solidus relationships. A set of experimental data up to 4.6 GPa, and 1000 °C, including new syntheses on mafic eclogites with 36.8 % normative anorthite, is discussed to unravel the effect of variable bulk and volatile compositions in model eclogites, enriched in the normative anorthite component ( An 37 and An 45). Experiments are performed in piston cylinder and multianvil machines. Garnet, clinopyroxene, and coesite form in all syntheses. Lawsonite was found to persist at 3.7 GPa, 750 °C, with both dolomite and magnesite; at 3.8 GPa, 775-800 °C, fluid-saturated conditions, epidote coexists with kyanite, dolomite, and magnesite. The anhydrous assemblage garnet, omphacite, aragonite, and kyanite is found at 4.2 GPa, 850 °C. At 900 °C, a silicate glass of granitoid composition, a carbonatitic precipitate, and Na-carbonate are observed. Precipitates are interpreted as evidence of hydrous carbonatitic liquids at run conditions; these liquids produced are richer in Ca compared to experimental carbonatites from anhydrous experiments, consistently with the dramatic role of H2O in depressing the solidus temperature for CaCO3. The fluid-absent melting of the assemblage epidote + dolomite, enlarged in its pressure stability for An-rich gabbros, is expected to promote the generation of carbonatitic liquids. The subsolidus breakdown of epidote in the presence of carbonates at depths

  16. Geochemistry of spinels from xenoliths of mantle lherzolites (sverre Volcano, spitsbergen Archipelago

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    Д. С. Ашихмин


    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of a study (LA-ICP-MS method of spinel from the collection of mantle xenoliths of lherzolites (seven xenoliths selected in quaternary alkaline basalts of the Sverre volcano, the Spitsbergen archipelago. The study of two large (more than 15 cm in diameter xenoliths made it possible to study changes in the composition of minerals in the central, intermediate, and marginal parts of the samples of chromium diopside spinel lherzolites. The sinusoidal character of the REE distribution in spinels, which indicates the manifestation of mantle metasomatism, is established. The results obtained for the first time on the trace-element composition for spinels from mantle xenoliths in alkaline basalts of the Spitsbergen archipelago are supplemented by data on the geochemistry of spinels of mantle origin published in the world literature.

  17. Eclogitic metatrondhjemites from metaophiolites of the Western Alps (United States)

    Martin, Silvana; Tartarotti, Paola; Meyzen, Chrstine; Benciolini, Luca; Toffolo, Luca


    Eclogitic metatrondhjemites from metaophiolites of the Western Alps Martin S.**, Tartarotti P.*, Meyzen C. **, Benciolini L.***, Toffolo L. ** *Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Milano ** Dipartimento di Geoscienze, Università di Padova *** Dipartimento di Chimica, Fisica e Ambiente, Università di Udine In the Urtier valley (southern Aosta Valley, Italy), the Piemonte metaophiolites mainly consist of serpentinized peridotites including pods and boudinaged layers of Fe-metagabbro and trondhjemite transposed in the main eclogitic foliation. The contact between serpentinized peridotites and Fe-metagabbro/trondhjemite is locally lined by chloriteschist and rodingite. The high pressure parageneses in the Fe-metagabbro are omphacite-garnet-rutile-glaucophane-phengite, and in the metatrondhjemite plagioclase-quartz-phengite-clinozoisite-epidote-garnet, respectively. Bulk-rock major and trace elements in addition to O isotope analyses were performed in both rock types. Fe-metagabbros are characterized by MgO wt% ranging between 6.11 and 9.63%, ∑REE= 20-101 ppm, (La/Yb)N = 0.22-0.91; trondhjemites have SiO2 43%, Al2O3 ranging between 21 and 24%, CaO ranging between 17 and 20%, ∑REE = 172 - 272 ppm, (La/Yb)N ranging between 7.78 and 13.70. The δ18O is 5.9 ‰ in a Fe-metagabbro sample and 7.4 ‰ in a trondhjemite sample, suggesting that these rocks have been affected by a weak oceanic low temperature alteration. The high CaO content may indicate a metasomatic process which could have occurred during the oceanic stage or at high pressure conditions.

  18. Ultrafast eclogite formation via melting-induced overpressure (United States)

    Chu, Xu; Ague, Jay J.; Podladchikov, Yury Y.; Tian, Meng


    The conventional wisdom holds that metamorphic reactions take place at pressures near-lithostatic so that the thermodynamic pressure, reflected by the mineral assemblage, is directly correlated with depth. On the other hand, recent field-based observations and geodynamic simulations suggest that heterogeneous stress and significant pressure deviations above lithostatic (overpressure) can occur in Earth's crust. Here we show that eclogite, normally interpreted to form at great depths in subduction zones and Earth's mantle, may form at much shallower depths via local overpressure generated in crustal shear zones. The eclogites studied crop out as lenses hosted by felsic paragneiss in a sheared thrust slice and represent a local pressure and temperature anomaly in the Taconic orogenic belt, southern New England. Sharply-defined chemical zones in garnet, which record ∼5 kbar pressure rise and fall accompanied by a temperature increase of 150-200 °C, demonstrate extremely short timescales of diffusion. This requires anomalously fast compression (∼500 yrs) and decompression. We use coupled phase equilibria and garnet diffusion forward modeling to fit the observed garnet profiles and test the likely P- T- t paths using a Monte Carlo-type approach, accounting for off-center sectioning of garnet. The simulation shows that a ∼5 kbar pressure increase after the temperature peak is necessary to reproduce the garnet zoning. Remarkably, this post-peak-T compression (from 9 kbar to 14 kbar) lasted only ∼500 yrs. If the compression was due to burial along a lithostatic pressure gradient, the descent speed would exceed 30 m yr-1, defying any observed or modeled subduction rates. Local overpressure in response to partial melting in a confined volume (Vrijmoed et al., 2009) caused by transient shear heating can explain the ultra-fast compression without necessitating burial to great depth.

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

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    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:

  20. Formation of atoll garnets in the UHP eclogites of the Tso Morari ...

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    Mallika K Jonnalagadda


    ; Forestier and Lasnier ..... after omphacite (figure 4d); such replacement is very common in eclogites with omphacite that are ...... crops are found retrogressed under amphibolite facies. Textural studies indicate that the garnets.

  1. An eclogitic diamond from Mir pipe (Yakutia), recording two growth events from different isotopic sources

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    Bulanova, G.P.; Wiggers de Vries, D.F.; Pearson, D.G.; Beard, A.; Mikhail, S.; Smelov, A.P.; Davies, G.R.


    An eclogitic octahedral macrodiamond from the Mir kimberlite (Yakutia) has a complex growth structure with distinctive core, intermediate and rim zones. Carbon isotope ratios change abruptly from depleted δ

  2. Post-peak metamorphic evolution of the Sumdo eclogite from the Lhasa terrane of southeast Tibet (United States)

    Cao, Dadi; Cheng, Hao; Zhang, Lingmin; Wang, Ke


    A reconstruction of the pressure-temperature-time (P-T-t) path of high-pressure eclogite-facies rocks in subduction zones may reveal important information about the tectono-metamorphic processes that occur at great depths along the plate interface. The majority of studies have focused on prograde to peak metamorphism of these rocks, whereas after-peak metamorphism has received less attention. Herein, we present a detailed petrological, pseudosection modeling and radiometric dating study of a retrograded eclogite sample from the Sumdo ultrahigh pressure belt of the Lhasa terrane, Tibet. Mineral chemical variations, textural discontinuities and thermodynamic modeling suggest that the eclogite underwent an exhumation-heating period. Petrographic observations and phase equilibria modeling suggest that the garnet cores formed at the pressure peak (∼2.5 GPa and ∼520 °C) within the lawsonite eclogite-facies and garnet rims (∼1.5 GPa and spans an interval of ∼7 million years, which is a minimum estimate of the duration of the eclogite-facies metamorphism of the Sumdo eclogite.

  3. Textural and compositional characteristics of mantle xenoliths from southeastern Libya: Evidence of mantle refertilization processes (United States)

    Radivojević, Maša; Erić, Suzana; Turki, Salah M.; Toljić, Marinko; Cvetković, Vladica


    The study presents the very first data on mantle xenoliths of the Wādi Eghei area, southeastern Libya. These dm- to cm-sized xenoliths are found in a small volcanic cone of Pliocene basalts, which is situated on the northeastern slopes of the Tibesti Mountains. The host basalts originated from near primary magmas derived by melting of an enriched and garnet-bearing mantle source in within-plate geotectonic settings. Generally, the Wādi Eghei xenoliths can be divided into two texturally different groups: i) well-equilibrated, undeformed protogranular xenoliths, and ii) moderately/strongly sheared, porphyroclastic/equigranular types. Despite their textural diversity, all xenoliths are anhydrous clinopyroxene (cpx)-rich lherzolites, except one protogranular sample (V-5) that can be classified as cpx-poor lherzolite or harzburgite (≡5% of modal cpx). In terms of mineral chemistry, the protogranular xenoliths display only slightly more depleted compositions compared to sheared xenoliths, with sample V-5 as always the most depleted of the whole suite. Fo contents in olivine from protogranular and sheared xenoliths range 90.5-91.0 (V-5~91.5). Orthopyroxene (opx) from protogranular samples has higher Mg#(Mg#=100*Mg/[Mg+Fetot]mol%) from 90.5 to 91.2 (91.8 for V-5 opx), than those from deformed xenoliths (Mg#=89.5-90.5). The composition of spinel also correlates with the texture of the xenoliths. Spinel from the undeformed samples has Cr#s(Cr#=100*Cr/[Cr+Al]mol%) mostly ranging 12-14 (V-5~16), whereas Cr# in spinel occurring in sheared xenoliths is always <10. The variations in cpx composition do not show discernible textural dependences. They display a wide compositional range: En=45.5-50.2; Fs=3.7-5.7; Wo=42.0-50.1. The contents of Al2O3, Na2O and TiO2 range from 2.32-7.75 wt.%, 0.96-1.79 wt.%, and 0.2-0.84 wt.%, respectively. Calculated temperatures indicate that the undeformed types of xenoliths equilibrated at slightly higher temperatures (with minimal and maximal

  4. Eclogite inclusions in migmatite domes as recorders of deep-crust exhumation mechanism, magnitude, and rate (United States)

    Whitney, Donna; Teyssier, Christian


    Fragments of refractory material such as mafic rocks occur in quartzofeldspathic gneiss and migmatite in domal structures that form when the upper crust extends, driving rapid upward flow of the ductile lower crust. The Montagne Noire, French Massif Central, is an example of an eclogite-bearing migmatite 'double dome' characterized by a vertical high-strain zone (HSZ) and flanking subdomes. Two eclogite localities preserve garnet and omphacite: one in the HSZ and one at the SW margin of the dome. Zircon U-Pb and trace-element data for the HSZ eclogite show that high-pressure metamorphism occurred during the same orogenic event as migmatite dome formation, so the P-T-t-deformation records of eclogites in different structural sites can be used to understand deep crust exhumation in the context of dome dynamics. Numerical models predict that material in the HSZ ascends directly from the deep crust. Material in the subdomes may come from the deep crust or from more intermediate crustal levels; in some cases, dome-margin rocks follow a transport path with an earlier vertical component to the top of the dome, followed by flow into the footwall of an extensional shear zone below the shallow crust. In the Montagne Noire dome, eclogite in the HSZ contains garnet with rutile inclusion-bearing, pyrope-rich rims (up to 50 mol%) and omphacite with up to 36 mol% jadeite. Retrogression is characterized by amphibolite + plagioclase symplectite that has preferentially consumed cpx; texturally late biotite also occurs. The lower-pyrope cores of garnet contain abundant quartz inclusions and record prograde amphibolite facies metamorphism. Peak P-T conditions were 1.4 GPa at 725°C, and eclogite metamorphism was closely related to host migmatite at 315 Ma. Exhumation was rapid, from the deep crust (>40 km) to shallow emplacement of the dome at <10 km depth. Dome-margin eclogite occurs along the tectonized contact between migmatite/gneiss and the schist carapace of the dome. Garnets

  5. Different styles of metasomatic veining in ultramafic xenoliths from the TUBAF Seamount (Bismarck Microplate, Papua New Guinea)


    L. Franz; R. L. Romer


    Petrologic, geochemical and isotopic investigations on two ultramafic xenoliths with metasomatic veins from the TUBAF Seamount in the Bismarck Archipelago NE of Papua New Guinea reveal different styles of metasomatic overprinting. The first xenolith, a clinopyroxene–poor spinel lherzolite, was part of the depleted upper mantle. It contains an orthopyroxene-rich vein that formed by hydrous metasomatism at ~ 980 °C and ~ 1.5 GPa. The second xenolith is a clinopyroxene-dominated spinel olivine w...

  6. Eclogite inclusions from subducted metaigneous continental crust (Malpica-Tui Allochthonous Complex, NW Spain): Petrofabric, geochronology, and calculated seismic properties (United States)

    Puelles, P.; Beranoaguirre, A.; Ábalos, B.; Gil Ibarguchi, J. I.; García de Madinabeitia, S.; Rodríguez, J.; Fernández-Armas, S.


    This study describes the strain geometry, crystal-plastic deformational features, isotopic age of metamorphism, and calculated seismic properties of two medium-temperature eclogite types from the Malpica-Tui Allochthonous Complex of Variscan NW Iberia. The eclogite types are eclogites with coronitic garnets and eclogites with a planolinear fabric. Both of them were buried, deformed and recrystallized under maximum pressure and temperature of 2.6 GPa and 610-640°C, and subsequently exhumed in a late Devonian subduction channel. The metamorphic peak of the subduction-exhumation cycle occurred 375 Ma ago. Omphacite petrofabric ties eclogites with coronitic garnet to noncoaxial constrictional strain and eclogites with planolinear fabrics to noncoaxial flattening strain and stretching along the lineation. We also used omphacite crystallographic preferred orientations to calculate and constrain the seismic properties of the eclogites. The slight variations in petrophysical properties observed are interpreted to result from variations in the strain regime recorded by pristine eclogites, or from variations in the modal proportions of the constituent high-pressure minerals. We foresee that eclogite in subduction metamorphic complexes might be either seismically undetectable or detected as planar features with high impedance contrasts relative to their host rocks.

  7. Lithospheric mantle deformation in the Yerer-Tullu Wellel Volcanotectonic Lineament: A study of peridotite xenoliths (United States)

    Trestrail, K. R.; Rooney, T. O.


    Although a great deal is known about crustal extensional processes in the East African Rift System (EARS), questions remain as to the impact of extension on the continental lithospheric mantle. The northernmost portion of the EARS is the Main Ethiopian Rift (MER), which is divided into three sectors: the Northern, (NMER), Central (CMER), and the Southern Main Ethiopian Rift (SMER). The NMER-CMER transition coincides with the Yerer-Tullu Wellel volcanotectonic lineament (YTVL), and may represent a terrain boundary along which extension was directed during the Cenozoic. Here we present petrographic data from peridotite xenoliths contained within ~6 Ma lavas recovered along the western portion of the YTVL near Nekempte, Ethiopia to examine the characteristics of the lithospheric mantle, and how peridotite has responded to extensional strain. Our preliminary results show that the Nekempte xenoliths are deformed spinel-bearing lherzolites, which previous studies have constrained to the spinel lherzolites field at 1.1 GPa in the lithospheric mantle. Petrographic examination of these xenoliths reveals two generations of crystals. These generations are defined by both size and texture; the first generation (coarse crystals) being up to 4 mm in diameter and the second generation (fine crystals) being less than 1 mm in diameter. The samples contain two generations of olivine (Ol I and Ol II) and orthopyroxene (Opx I and Opx II), one generation of clinopyroxene (Cpx I), spinel (Spl I), amphibole (Amp), and many fluid inclusion trails. We compare these xenoliths to samples from Injibara, Lake Tana Province, approximately 200 km north of Nekempte on the Ethiopian Plateau, a region with less focused extensional strain. Xenoliths from Injibara are also spinel-bearing lherzolites, however they exhibit less strain and metasomatic textures in comparison to xenoliths from along the YTVL. Based on the petrographic and textural analyses performed, we propose that the larger scale

  8. Monomineral universal clinopyroxene and garnet barometers for peridotitic, eclogitic and basaltic systems

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    I.V. Ashchepkov


    Full Text Available New versions of the universal Jd-Di exchange clinopyroxene barometer for peridotites, pyroxenites and eclogites, and also garnet barometer for eclogites and peridotites were developed. They were checked using large experimental data sets for eclogitic (∼530 and peridotitic systems (>650. The precision of the universal Cpx barometer for peridotites based on Jd-Di exchange is close to Cr-Tschermakite method produced by Nimis and Taylor (2000. Cpx barometer was transformed by the substitution of major multiplier for KD by the equations dependent from Al-Na-Fe. Obtained equation in combination with the thermometer of Nimis and Taylor (2000 allow to reconstruct position of the magma feeder systems of the alkali basaltic magma within the mantle diapirs in modern platforms like in Vitim plateau and other Southern Siberia localities and several localities worldwide showing good agreement of pressure ranges for black and green suites. These equations allow construct PTX diagrams for the kimberlite localities in Siberia and worldwide calculating simultaneously the PT parameters for different groups of mantle rocks. They give very good results for the concentrates from kimberlite lamproites and placers with mantle minerals. They are useful for PT estimates for diamond inclusions. The positions of eclogite groups in mantle sections are similar to those determined with new Gar–Cpx barometer produced by C. Beyer et al. (2015. The Fe rich eclogites commonly trace the boundary between the lower upper parts of subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM at 3–4 GPa marking pyroxenite eclogites layer. Ca-rich eclogites and especially grospydites in SCLM beneath Precambrian kimberlites occurs near pyroxenite layer but in younger mantle sections they became common in the lower parts. The diamondiferous Mg Cr-less group eclogites referring to the ancient island arc complexes are also common in the middle part of mantle sections and near 5–6 GPa. Commonly

  9. Quantitative Prograde P-T Paths From Inclusion Assemblages in Eclogitic Garnets (United States)

    Essene, E. J.; Page, F. Z.; Mukasa, S. B.


    Many workers have used garnet inclusions as qualitative indicators of the early history of tectonically exposed eclogites. Assemblages indicative of crustal facies combined with standard P-T conditions of those facies and thermobarometry on the matrix eclogite constrain the prograde path. However, now that conditions of some blueschist, amphibolite and granulite facies rocks have been extended to much higher pressures, in the range of 10-20 kbar, those assignments are in need of review. While undertaking studies on eclogites from the Blue Ridge of North Carolina and the Franciscan in northern California, the authors have identified key inclusion assemblages of sphene-rutile-epidote-quartz and phengite-omphacite together with garnet that constrain the prograde P-T path based on univariant assemblages corrected for observed solid solutions. Equilibria that have proved most useful are those bounding epidote stability and two key reactions, one involving sphene/rutile: (1) clinozoisite + sphene = grossular + rutile + H2O, and the second being the phengite barometer: garnet + Mg-celadonite = clinopyroxene + muscovite. Reactions (1) and (2) have negative slopes, intersecting with the Mg/Fe KD garnet-clinopyroxene thermometer and providing a reasonable estimate of pre- to syn-eclogite facies P-T. In the case of the Bakersville eclogite samples from North Carolina, the inclusion assemblage yields 10 +/- 2 kbar and 500 +/- 50° C with reaction (1) compared to the peak assemblage at P > 15 +/- 2 kbar and 700 +/- 50° C. These data combined with evidence for a granulite facies overprint indicate a clockwise P-T path for those eclogites. A similar study on the Healdsburg eclogite samples from California yields about 500° C and 12 +/- 1 kbar for the garnet cores, 14 +/- 2 kbar for mantles and 16 +/- 2 kbar for rim-matrix assemblages. The introduction of late glaucophane, epidote and chlorite partially replacing omphacite and garnet implies a retrograde return to the blueschist

  10. Petrology and SHRIMP U–Pb dating of Xitieshan eclogite, North Qaidam UHP metamorphic belt, NW China

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    Zhang, C.; Zhang, L.F.; Roermund, H.L.M. van; Song, S.; Zhang, G.


    Normal bimineralic and phengite-bearing eclogites have been recognized within mafic boudins (or lenses) enclosed in granitic and pelitic gneisses in the Xitieshan terrane, NW China. Bimineralic eclogite contains the primary M1 mineral assemblage Grt + Omp + Rt + Qtz+/-Zrn. Inclusions in M1

  11. Compositional trends among Kaapvaal Craton garnet peridotite xenoliths and their effects on seismic velocity and density

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    Schutt, Derek; Lesher, Charles


    We examine the modes and compositions of garnet-bearing peridotite xenoliths from the Kaapvaal Craton to quantify factors governing density and seismic velocity variations within metasomatically altered cratonic mantle. Three distinct compositional trends are resolved by principal component...... analysis. The first reflects differences in residue composition resulting from partial melting. The second is associated with orthopyroxene (opx) enrichment, possibly due to silica addition by subduction zone fluids in the source region of the xenoliths. The third principal component reflects garnet...... and clinopyroxene enrichment possibly as a consequence of melt infiltration. More than half of the mineral mode variance among Kaapvaal Craton xenoliths can be accounted for by opx enrichment. Melt depletion effects can account for as much as 30% of the variance, while less than 20% of the variance is associated...

  12. Retrogressive development of glaucophane in some eclogites from ``Massif Armoricain'' (East of Nantes, France) (United States)

    Godard, G.; Kienast, J.-R.; Lasnier, B.


    A petrological and mineralogical study, using an electron microprobe, of a blue-amphibole eclogite occurring near Nantes (Massif Armoricain, France) has enabled us to characterize this amphibole as glaucophane resulting from a secondary reaction in the rock. This sodic amphibole was formed at the expense of primary eclogite paragenesis including omphacite, garnet and quartz, according to a sliding reaction which it was possible to study quantitatively: 3.24 omphacite+0.90 SiO2+0.76 garnet+1.08 H2O =1 glaucophane+0.55 grossular (S.S. in the garnet) +0.04 paragonite. This reaction is accompanied by a variation in the distribution of iron and magnesium between the amphibole, the garnet and the omphacite. The appearance of the glaucophane can be explained as the beginning of a retromorphic evolution from the stable physical conditions of the primary eclogite paragenesis (650±100° C; minimum pressure 15 Kb).

  13. Deformation Processes of Subduction and Exhumation in Alpine Eclogites with Focus on the Tauern Window (United States)

    Stipp, M.; Keppler, R.; Behrmann, J. H.; Heidelbach, F.


    Deformation processes inside subduction channels or during subduction and exhumation of HP and UHP nappes in collisional orogens are a matter of debate. Dehydration embrittlement, localized faulting and dissolution-precipitation creep have been suggested as major deformation processes. These processes, however, do not correspond to the field-based deformation record of penetrative foliations and stretching lineations in most HP and UHP nappes of the Central Alps, indicative of dislocation and diffusion creep processes including metamorphic reaction transfer. The Eclogite Zone of the Tauern Window (Eastern Alps) consists of fresh and retrogressed eclogites in a matrix of metasediments. Peak metamorphism was at 600°C and 2.0-2.5 GPa in the Oligocene followed by fast exhumation within a few million years. Eclogites and blueschists display a pronounced foliation and lineation fabric. Fresh and retrogressed samples have been investigated by neutron diffraction texture, electron backscatter diffraction and microprobe analysis. All investigated eclogites exhibit a pronounced crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) of omphacite. In retrogressed eclogites the glaucophane CPO is strong as well and matches topologically always that of omphacite. Omphacite microstructures are characteristic of subgrain rotation recrystallization, identifying high-stress dislocation creep as main deformation mechanism. Diffusion and reaction transfer can be derived from the variable jadeite contents in omphacite porphyroclasts and recrystallized grains. The corresponding CPO of omphacite and glaucophane indicates that progressive CPO development spanned the whole high-pressure part of metamorphism and lasted until retograde blueschist grade. We propose that deformation in the Eclogite Zone was mostly distributed and continuous during subduction and exhumation and that dislocation and diffusion creep processes accommodated most of the strain below the frictional-viscous transition.

  14. Characterization of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle beneath the Cameroon volcanic line inferred from alkaline basalt hosted peridotite xenoliths from Barombi Mbo and Nyos Lakes (United States)

    Pintér, Zsanett; Patkó, Levente; Tene Djoukam, Joëlle Flore; Kovács, István; Tchouankoue, Jean Pierre; Falus, György; Konc, Zoltán; Tommasi, Andréa; Barou, Fabrice; Mihály, Judith; Németh, Csaba; Jeffries, Teresa


    We carried out detailed petrographic, major and trace element geochemical, microstructural and FTIR analyses on eight characteristic ultramafic xenoliths from Nyos and Barombi Mbo Lakes in the continental sector of the Cameroon Volcanic Line (CVL). The studied xenoliths are spinel lherzolites showing lithologies similar to the other xenoliths reported previously along the CVL. They have protogranular and porphyroclastic textures. One of the Barombi xenolith contains amphibole, which had not been previously reported in this locality. Amphibole is common in the Nyos xenoliths suite. Peridotite xenoliths from both localities show some chemical heterogeneity, but Barombi xenoliths generally are less depleted in basaltic elements with respect to Nyos xenoliths. Trace element compositions of Nyos spinel lherzolites show a moderately depleted initial (premetasomatic) composition and variable enrichment in REE. Evidence for both modal and cryptic metasomatism is present in Nyos xenoliths. Rare earth element patterns of clinopyroxene suggest that interaction between mafic melts and the upper mantle occurred beneath the Nyos locality. Barombi Mbo xenoliths, on the other hand, record a small degree of partial melting. The Barombi Mbo xenoliths have weak, dominantly orthorhombic olivine crystal preferred orientations, whereas Nyos ones have strong axial-[010] patterns, which may have formed in response to transpression. Nominally anhydrous mantle minerals (NAMs) of the Barombi Mbo xenoliths show generally higher bulk concentrations of 'water' (70-127 ppm) than Nyos xenoliths (32-81 ppm). The Barombi Mbo xenoliths could originate from a juvenile segment of the lithospheric mantle, which had been originally part of the asthenosphere. It became a part of the lithosphere in response to thermal relaxation following the extension, forming a weakly deformed lower lithospheric mantle region along the CVL. The Nyos xenoliths, however, represent a shallow lithospheric mantle bearing

  15. Multi-stage reaction history in different eclogite types from the Pakistan Himalaya and implications for exhumation processes (United States)

    Wilke, Franziska D. H.; O'Brien, Patrick J.; Altenberger, Uwe; Konrad-Schmolke, Matthias; Khan, M. Ahmed


    Metabasites were sampled from rock series of the subducted margin of the Indian Plate, the so-called Higher Himalayan Crystalline, in the Upper Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. These vary from corona dolerites, cropping out around Saif-ul-Muluk in the south, to coesite-eclogite close to the suture zone against rocks of the Kohistan arc in the north. Bulk rock major- and trace- element chemistry reveals essentially a single protolith as the source for five different eclogite types, which differ in fabric, modal mineralogy as well as in mineral chemistry. The study of newly-collected samples reveals coesite (confirmed by in situ Raman spectroscopy) in both garnet and omphacite. All eclogites show growth of amphiboles during exhumation. Within some coesite-bearing eclogites the presence of glaucophane cores to barroisite is noted whereas in most samples porphyroblastic sodic-calcic amphiboles are rimmed by more aluminous calcic amphibole (pargasite, tschermakite, and edenite). Eclogite facies rutile is replaced by ilmenite which itself is commonly surrounded by titanite. In addition, some eclogite bodies show leucocratic segregations containing phengite, quartz, zoisite and/or kyanite. The important implication is that the complex exhumation path shows stages of initial cooling during decompression (formation of glaucophane) followed by reheating: a very similar situation to that reported for the coesite-bearing eclogite series of the Tso Morari massif, India, 450 km to the south-east.

  16. Origin of garnet and clinopyroxene in Kaapvaal low-T peridotite xenoliths

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    Simon, N.S.C.; Irvine, G.J.; Davies, G.R.; Pearson, D.G.; Carlson, R.W.


    A detailed petrographic, major and trace element and isotope (Re-Os) study is presented on 18 xenoliths from Northern Lesotho kimberlites. The samples represent typical coarse, low-temperature garnet and spinel peridotites and span a P-T range from ∼60 to 150 km depth. With the exception of one

  17. Millennia of magmatism recorded in crustal xenoliths from alkaline provinces in Southwest Greenland

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    Smit, Matthijs; Waight, Tod Earle; Nielsen, Troels


    Mantle-derived CO2-rich magma ascends rapidly through the lithospheric column, supporting upward transport of large mantle-xenoliths and xenocryst (>30vol%) loads to the (sub-)surface within days. The regional magmatism during which such pulses occur is typically well characterized in terms of ge...

  18. Fluid inclusions in coesite-bearing eclogites and jadeite quartzite at Shuanghe, Dabie Shan (China).

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    Fu, B.; Touret, J.L.R.; Zheng, Y.-F.


    Fluid inclusions in coesite-bearing eclogites and jadeite quartzite at Shuanghe in Dabie Shan, East-central China, have preserved remnants of early, prograde and/or peak metamorphic fluids, reset during post-UHP (ultrahigh-pressure) metamorphic uplift. Inclusions occur in several minerals (e.g.

  19. Melt-peridotite reactions in upwelling EM1-type eclogite bodies

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    Søager, Nina; Holm, Paul Martin


    the Payenia volcanic province (34–38 °S) in Argentina, for which Sr, Nd and double-spike Pb isotope ratios are presented, and from other north Patagonian volcanic fields may provide details of the eclogite melt–peridotite reactions taking place in the melting column of an upwelling OIB-type mantle...

  20. Eclogitization of dry granulite triggers deep crustal seismicity in Southern Tibet (United States)

    Shi, Feng; Wang, Yanbin; Yu, Tony; Zhu, Lupei; Gasc, Julien; Zhang, Junfeng; Jin, Zhenmin


    Intermediate-depth earthquakes (IDEQs) occur at focal depths from about 50 km to 300 km. Their physical mechanism has been enigmatic, because as pressure and temperature increase with depth, brittle failure should be suppressed, and rocks tend to flow plastically. IDEQs have been recorded down to depths of 80 - 100 km in Southern Tibet, where the lower crust is considered hot and dry [1]. It is questionable whether such seismicity can be produced by unassisted brittle shear fracture or frictional sliding. Pseudotachylytes that formed under conditions corresponding to the eclogitic facies are ubiquitously observed in western Norway [2], demonstrating that faulting took place in granulite, which is the main constituent of lower continental crust at pressures approaching 3 GPa. These observations suggest strongly that eclogitization is potentially involved in the seismicity in the deep continental crust. Here we conduct deformation experiments on natural and nominally dry granulite in a deformation-DIA (DDIA) apparatus and Griggs apparatus within the thermal stability fields of both granulite and eclogite, to investigate the mechanism of intermediate earthquake. The D-DIA, installed at the synchrotron beamline of GSECARS, is interfaced with an acoustic emission (AE) monitoring system, allowing in-situ detection of mechanical instability along with the progress of eclogitization based on x-ray diffraction. We found that granulite deformed within its own stability field (Hacker, B, et al., Science, 287, 2463-2466 (2000). [2] Austrheim, H. & Boundy, T. M. Science 265, 82-83 (1994).

  1. Formation of atoll garnets in the UHP eclogites of the Tso Morari ...

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    Infiltration of fluids along pre-existing fracture pathways and along mineral inclusion boundaries triggered breakdown of the original garnet cores and released ... Calibrated geo-thermobarometers and mineral equilibria reflect that the Tso Morari eclogites attain peak pressures prior to peak temperatures representing a ...

  2. Insights into the P–T evolution path of TsoMorari eclogites of the ...

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    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 and Pramod Kumar Verma. J. Earth Syst. Sci 122(3), June 2013, 677–698, c@ Indian Academy of Sciences. Supplementary ...

  3. Constraints on the depth and thermal history of cratonic lithosphere from peridotite xenoliths, xenocrysts and seismology (United States)

    Mather, Kathy A.; Pearson, D. Graham; McKenzie, Dan; Kjarsgaard, Bruce A.; Priestley, Keith


    Despite the relatively long-standing availability of numerical approaches for estimating palaeogeotherms using peridotite xenolith Pressure-Temperature (P-T) data, the practise of fitting xenolith P-T arrays to simple models of lithospheric heat generation, in a non-quantitative manner, remains widespread. The lack of quantification in both the magnitude and uncertainty of heat flow and lithosphere thickness estimates leads to difficulty in evaluating proposed models for lithosphere evolution on a local and regional scale. Here, we explore the advantages of using a numerical approach to palaeogeotherm fitting, in terms of the ability to make objective comparisons of the effect that differing thermobarometer combinations and varying states of mineral and textural equilibrium have on the shape of the palaeogeotherm, and the resulting estimates of lithospheric thickness and heat flow. We also make quantitative comparisons between lithospheric mantle properties estimated using peridotite xenoliths versus single mineral xenocrysts. Using two reference peridotite xenolith databases from Bultfontein (S. Africa) and Somerset Island (Canada) we show that the same lithospheric mantle properties are predicted using harzburgite versus lherzolite thermobarometry methods. Filtering mineral data for the effects of inter-mineral disequilibrium does not produce significantly different palaeogeotherms but does increase the quality of fit of the palaeogeotherm to the P-T data, allowing more confidence to be placed in comparisons between locations. Palaeogeotherms calculated using xenocryst data, screened for peridotitic affinities, show misfits that are 2-3 times greater than those obtained using xenoliths. Lithospheric properties calculated from the Somerset Island xenocryst-based geotherm yield results that are within error of the xenolith estimate. A mutually consistent and quantitative palaeogeotherm fitting approach is used to evaluate existing hypotheses for the evolution of

  4. Microstructures and seismic anisotropy of blueschist and eclogite from Ring Mountain and Jenner in California (United States)

    Ha, Yoonhae; Jung, Haemyeong; Raymond, Loren


    Seismic anisotropy has been observed in many subduction zones. During subduction of slab, the oceanic crust changes to blueschist and eclogite. Since minerals in blueschist are very anisotropic elastically, seismic properties in the subducting slab can be attributed to the lattice preferred orientation (LPO) of these minerals. We studied microstructures and seismic properties of blueschist and eclogite from Ring Mt. and Jenner in California. Blueschist samples are mainly composed of glaucophane, epidote and phengite. Eclogite samples are mostly composed of omphacite, glaucophane, epidote and garnet. We determined LPOs of minerals using SEM/EBSD and calculated seismic properties of minerals and whole rocks. LPOs of glaucophane showed [001] axes are aligned subparallel to lineation, and both (110) poles and [100] axes subnormal to foliation. Glaucophane in samples from Jenner, however, exhibited [001] axes forming a girdle subparallel to lineation. Seismic anisotropy of glaucophane was stronger in samples from Ring Mt. than those from Jenner. Epidote showed [001] axes are aligned subnormal to foliation and (110) and (010) poles subparallel to lineation. LPOs of phengite were characterized by a maximum of [001] axes normal to foliation, with (110) and (010) poles and [100] axes aligning in a girdle parallel to foliation. Phengite showed the strongest seismic anisotropy among major minerals. LPOs of omphacite showed [001] axes are aligned subparallel to lineation and [010] axes subnormal to foliation. Seismic anisotropy of omphacite were very weak. Blueschist from Ring Mt. showed stronger seismic anisotropy than those from Jenner. Especially, blueschist including abundant phengite showed very strong seismic anisotropy (AVP=30%, max.AVS=23%). Eclogite showed much weaker seismic anisotropy (AVP=7%, max.AVS=6%) than blueschist (AVP=12-30%, max.AVS=9-23%). Therefore, strong seismic anisotropy observed in subduction zone can be more affected by blueschist than eclogite.

  5. Application of The Titanium-In-Quartz Thermobarometer to Eclogites from The Biga Peninsula, NW Turkey (United States)

    Şengün, Firat; Zack, Thomas


    Eclogites crop out in the Çamlica metamorphics and beneath the Çetmi melange as a tectonic slice in the Biga Peninsula in northwest Turkey. The Çamlica metamorphics occur in the westernmost part of the Biga Peninsula and are tectonically separated from the Denizgoren ophiolite in the west by the Ovacik fault. The Çetmi melange found on the southern part of the Biga Peninsula is mainly composed of various types of blocks within a detritic matrix. The high-P assemblages in eclogite consist of omphacite + garnet + epidote + glaucophane + quartz + phengite. Typical accessory minerals are rutile, zircon and sphene. Ti-in-quartz thermobarometer (TitaniQ) was applied on eclogites from the Biga Peninsula. The P-T dependencies of Ti-in-quartz solubility can be combined with P-T dependencies of Zr-in-rutile solubility to estimate pressure and temperature of crystallization. Titanium concentrations in quartz from the Çamlica metamorphics range from 0.26 to 0.91 ppm. Zirconium concentrations in rutile range from 26 to 64 ppm. However, Ti contents in quartz from the Çetmi melange vary from 0.47 to 2.19 ppm. Zr contents in rutile range between 50 and 150 ppm. Regional high-P metamorphism with peak conditions of 551 ± 5 oC and 21.5 ± 0.3 kbar in eclogite from the Çamlica region and 624 ± 17 oC and 22.6 ± 1.6 kbar in eclogite from the Çetmi region. Ti- in-quartz thermobarometer gives precise and comprehensible pressure and temperature values when using the Zr-in-rutile thermobarometer, which could be an advantage over classical methods.

  6. Rates of burial and exhumation of lawsonite blueschist/eclogite in subduction zones from in situ UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar phengite geochronology (United States)

    Fornash, K.; Cosca, M. A.; Whitney, D. L.; Teyssier, C. P.


    Lawsonite eclogites and blueschists are accessible records of processes that occur at depth in subducting slabs and can therefore provide information about the chemical and physical evolution of subduction zones. In composite blueschist-eclogite terranes, blueschists may have formed (1) by prograde metamorphism (pre-eclogite), (2) at the same P-T conditions as eclogite-facies metamorphism as a result of differences in bulk composition, H2O content, or oxidation state, or (3) from retrogression of eclogite, e.g. during exhumation. Field and petrologic observations of lawsonite eclogite and blueschist in the Sivrihisar Massif, Turkey, suggest that some blueschist formed from eclogite during exhumation in the subduction channel, whereas results from thermobarometry suggest that some blueschist formed at the same P-T conditions as eclogite. To test the age, petrologic, and tectonic relationship of coexisting eclogite and blueschist, we applied in situ UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar phengite geochronology to eclogite- and blueschist-facies rocks representing different structural positions and displaying different phengite textures and coexisting mineral assemblages. Phengite from fresh lawsonite eclogite yield an age of 93 ± 2 Ma and have the narrowest spread in ages (glaucophane-rich margins of eclogite pods also record 92 Ma. Omphacite-bearing lawsonite blueschist and a blueschist-facies quartzite from the same structural position contain age populations at 97 Ma and 110 Ma. These results document a sequence of events from prograde blueschist-facies (> 93 Ma) to peak eclogite-facies metamorphism and vein formation (~93 Ma) to retrograde metamorphism (< 90 Ma). Combined with P-T estimates, these new results distinguish prograde from retrograde blueschist assemblages and allow calculation of burial/exhumation rates over the depth range ~80-45 km in a subduction zone.

  7. A new P-T-t path of eclogites from Chinese southwestern Tianshan: constraints from P-T pseudosections and Sm-Nd isochron dating (United States)

    Du, Jin-Xue; Zhang, Li-Fei; Shen, Xiao-Jie; Bader, Thomas


    The southwestern Tianshan orogenic belt hosts one of the Earth's rare occurrences of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks derived from subducted oceanic crust. To address its poorly constrained and controversial P-T-t evolution, for this study, three representative samples, two paragonite-epidote eclogites (H505-26 and H76-10) and one glaucophane-phengite eclogite (H711-1) are selected, and Sm-Nd geochronology and detailed phase equilibria modeling are combined. Garnet porphyroblasts from the three studied eclogites have well-preserved growth zoning with rim-ward increasing pyrope and decreasing spessartine contents. Phase equilibria modeling reveals that the investigated garnets grew in the lawsonite eclogite facies; in eclogite H505-26 during heating and burial, and in eclogites H76-10 and H711-1 during heating and decompression. Temperatures of 460-590 °C derived for the three eclogites are below the closure temperature of the Sm-Nd system, and, thus, the garnet-omphacite-whole rock Sm-Nd isochron ages have the potential to reflect garnet growth, i.e., eclogite facies metamorphism. The three eclogites yield consistent Sm-Nd isochron ages of 309 ± 4.6 Ma (H505-26), 306 ± 15 Ma (H76-10) and 305 ± 11 Ma (H711-1), reflecting HP eclogite facies metamorphism. Based on the new geochronology, detailed investigation of phase equilibria and published data, a clockwise P-T-t path with post-Pmax heating - decompression, subsequent isothermal decompression and final cooling - decompression is predicted for the eclogites from Chinese southwestern Tianshan. We propose, subduction of the South Tianshan paleo-ocean began before 346 Ma, the eclogite facies prograde metamorphism of the subducting oceanic crust occurred at 346-333 Ma, peak eclogite facies metamorphism at 320-305 Ma, and buoyancy-driven exhumation of the oceanic crust at 296-226 Ma.

  8. The upper mantle can be fractured: Cataclasitic peridotite xenolith from Ichinomegata crater, the Northeast Japan arc (United States)

    Takeuchi, Miyuki; Arai, Shoji


    A peculiar peridotite xenolith with cataclastic texture was found from Ichinomegata crater, Megata volcano, the Northeast Japan arc, one of the most famous mantle peridotite xenolith localities (e.g., Kuno, 1967; Takahashi, 1978). The peridotite xenoliths that show strong deformation textures, well-known as "sheared lherzolites", have been reported from kimberlite xenoliths. Mylonitic peridotites have been documented in several localities (e.g., Basu, 1977; Kaeser et al., 2006), and some of them are interpreted to have been derived from ductile shear zones in the upper mantle (e.g., Xu et al., 1993). The texture of the Ichinomegata peridotite discussed here is totally different from these deformed xenoiths. Coarse mineral grains are angular and rarely kinked, but never elongated. Some of coarse olivine grains are split and displaced. Fragmented grains of pyroxenes and chromian spinel are elongated to form thin streaks. It has the same mineral assemblage as ordinary peridotite xenoliths from Ichinomegata, and is totally free of serpentine and other low-temperature alteration minerals. Coarse minerals are equivalent in mineral chemistry to weakly hydrated lherzolites reported from Ichinomegata (Abe et al., 1992). Fo (100 Mg/(Mg + Fe)) of olivine is around 90, and chromian spinel shows a low Cr/(Cr + Al) ratio, around 0.2. Estimated temperaturesfrom coarse pyroxene grains are in the range of 910-1000°C (Wells, 1977; Witt-Eickschen & Seck, 1991), which are the same as in ordinary Ichinomegata peridotites. On the other hand, some of fine-grained minerals (less than 50 μm) have different chemical characteristics from ordinary xenoliths. Fine-grained olivine show relatively high Fo (91 - 93) and CaO content (0.1 - 0.3 wt%). Pyroxenes show a wide range of the Mg/(Mg + Fe) ratio and Al2O3 content. Especially the CaO content of pyroxenes is higher in orthopyroxene, lower in clinopyroxene than in coarse grained pyroxenes, indicating some higher temperatures. From the

  9. Primary fluids entrapped at blueschist to eclogite transition: evidence from the Tianshan meta-subduction complex in northwestern China (United States)

    Gao, Jun; Klemd, Reiner


    The Tianshan is the first locality worldwide where primary fluids at blueschist to eclogite transition have been documented. Veins containing high-pressure minerals in massive host eclogites transitional to blueschists, or eclogite boudins surrounded by blueschists, indicate that a free fluid phase was present at the time of eclogitization. The high-pressure veins are predominantly composed of omphacite fibers with minor quartz or calcite. The transition from blueschist- to eclogite-facies parageneses occurs as "dehydration" halos around these veins. Clinozoisite, paragonite, glaucophane, and omphacite inclusions preserved in garnet porphyroblasts in wall eclogites document the transformation of blueschist to eclogite. C-axis-parallel, non-planar populations of fluid inclusions were trapped during the growth of omphacite in high-pressure veins and dehydrated wall rocks. Low salinity H2O + NaCl +/- solid-bearing inclusions are preserved in omphacite fibers in veins and matrix omphacite of wall rocks. None of the isochores of these low salinity aqueous fluid inclusions intersect peak eclogite-facies metamorphic conditions, suggesting that, although the textural evidence constrains the entrapment of fluid inclusions to peak metamorphic conditions, their densities must have been modified during exhumation. The fluids are interpreted to have been derived from the host blueschist as a result of dehydration reactions such as 13 Gln+5 Czo=9 Prp+26 Jd+12 Di+19 Qtz+15 H2O and Gln+Pg=Prp+3 Jd+2 Otz+2 H2O. The similarity of vein and wall rock mineral compositions, fluid inclusion characteristics and O-isotope data also favor an internal source for the fluids. The major element composition of veins indicate that Si, Na, and Ca-rich aqueous fluids were released during dehydration at a depth of 50+/-10 km within a Paleozoic subduction zone.

  10. Phase Equilibria Modeling of Coesite Eclogite from the Sulu Belt, Eastern China (United States)

    Xia, B.; Brown, M.; Wang, L.; Wang, S.; Piccoli, P. M.


    Modeling of phase equilibria and tectonic processes are essential components to understand controls on P-T paths of UHPM rocks. However, diffusion at higher temperatures (> 700 °C), and issues with determination of Fe3+ in minerals and estimating H2O contents limit our ability to determine prograde, peak P and retrograde P-T data. Also, the lack of an appropriate activity-composition model for melt in basic rocks has limited the application of phase equilibria modeling to understand partial melting associated with exhumation. Here we apply phase equilibria modeling to coesite eclogite from Yangkou to assess the influence of Fe3+ and fluid during metamorphism, monitor reactions and phase relations in eclogite during deep subduction and exhumation and investigate partial melting at HP conditions. The modeling used the THERMOCALC software and the new internally consistent thermodynamic dataset for basic rocks ( Here we investigate bimineralic (gt+omp+coe/qz+ru/ilm), phengite-bearing (gt+omp+phen (2 samples, 5 vol%) +coe/qz+ru/ilm) and kyanite-bearing (gt+omp+phen+ky+coe/qz+ru/ilm) eclogites. Coesite in the matrix is the hallmark of the Yangkou eclogite. For each sample, we use an iterative process to estimate the H2O and O content in the bulk composition, and then calculate a P-T pseudosection. The results suggest that some prograde information (670-770 °C, > 3.0 GPa) is retained in large garnet cores in bimineralic and phengite-bearing eclogite. The peak P-T conditions are a challenge because in the field of gt+omp+coe/qz±phen+H2O at T > 750 °C and P > 3.5 GPa mode and compositional changes are small. However, isopleths of Si in phengite suggest that the peak P could have been > 5-6 GPa. Re-equilibration of garnet and omphacite compositions occurred during exhumation, yielding P-T conditions of 700-790 °C at 3.1-2.0 GPa. Amphibolite facies metamorphism occurred at 630-710 °C, 1.3-1.2 GPa. The

  11. Kyanite-eclogite to amphibolite fades evolution of hydrous mafic and pelitic rocks, Adula nappe, Central Alps (United States)

    Heinrich, Christoph A.


    In the southern Adula nappe (Central Alps), two stages of regional metamorphism have affected mafic and pelitic rocks. Earlier eclogite facies with a regional zonation from glaucophane eclogites to kyanite-hornblende eclogites was followed by a Tertiary overprint which varied from greenschist to high-grade amphibolite facies. Despite a common metamorphic history, contrasting equilibration conditions are often recorded by high-pressure mafic eclogite and adjacent predominantly lower-pressure pelite assemblages. This pressure contrast may be explained by different overprinting rates of the two bulk compositions during unloading. The rates are controlled by a mechanism in which dehydrating metapelites provide the H2O required for simultaneous overprinting of enclosed mafic eclogites by hydration. Quantitative mass balance modelling based on corona textures is used to show that overprinting of meta pelites during unloading involved dehydration reactions. The relatively rapid rate of dehydration reactions led to nearly complete reequilibration of metapelites to amphibolite facies assemblages. After the formation during high-pressure metamorphism of mafic eclogites, later lower-pressure reequilibration by hydration to amphibolites was slow, and therefore incomplete, because it depended on large scale transport of H2O from adjacent, dehydrating metapelites. The facies contrast observed between rocks of different bulk composition is thus a consequence of the general tendency of metamorphic rocks to retain the most dehydrated assemblage as the final recorded state.

  12. Trioctahedral micas in xenolithic ejecta from recent volcanism of the Somma-Vesuvius (Italy): Crystal chemistry and genetic inferences (United States)

    Balassone, Giuseppina; Scordari, Fernando; Lacalamita, Maria; Schingaro, Emanuela; Mormone, Angela; Piochi, Monica; Petti, Carmela; Mondillo, Nicola


    This study reports the first crystal chemical database resulting from a detailed structural investigation of trioctahedral micas found in xenolithic ejecta produced during the AD 1631, 1872 and 1944 eruptions, three explosive episodes of recent volcanic period of Vesuvius volcano (Southern Italy). Three xenolith types were selected: metamorphic/metasomatic skarns, pyrometamorphic/hydrothermally altered nodules and mafic cumulates. They are related to different magma chemistry and effusive styles: from sub-plinian and most evolved (AD 1631 eruption) to violent strombolian with medium evolution degree (AD 1872 eruption) to vulcanian-effusive, least evolved (AD 1944 eruption) event, respectively. Both xenoliths and micas were investigated employing multiple techniques: the xenoliths were characterized by X-ray fluorescence, inductively-coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, optical microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and quantitative energy-dispersive microanalysis; the micas were studied by electron probe microanalysis and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The mica-bearing xenoliths show variable texture and mineralogical assemblage, clearly related to their different origin. Based on the major oxide chemistry, only one xenolithic sample falls in the skarn compositional field from the Somma-Vesuvius literature, some fall close to the skarns and cumulate fields, others plot close to the syenite/foidolite/essexite field. A subgroup of the selected ejecta does not fall or approach any of the compositional fields. Trace and rare earth element patterns show some petrological affinity between studied xenoliths and erupted magmas with typical Eu, Ta and Nb negative anomalies. Strongly depleted patterns were detected for the 1631 metamorphic/metasomatic skarns xenoliths. Three distinct mica groups were distinguished: 1) Mg-, Al-rich, low Ti-bearing, low to moderate F-bearing varieties (1631 xenolith), 2) Al-moderate, F- and Mg-rich, Ti-, Fe-poor varieties (1872 xenolith), and 3

  13. The role of eclogite in the mantle heterogeneity at Cape Verde

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    Barker, Abigail Katrine; Holm, Paul Martin; Troll, Valentin R.


    The Cape Verde hotspot, like many other Ocean Island Basalt provinces, demonstrates isotopic heterogeneity on a 100–200 km scale. The heterogeneity is represented by the appearance of an EM1-like component at several of the southern islands and with a HIMU-like component present throughout...... have been limited. We apply the minor elements in olivine approach (Sobolev et al. in Nature 434:590–597, 2005; Science, doi:10.1126/science.1138113, 2007), to determine and quantify the contributions of peridotite, pyroxenite and eclogite melts to the mantle heterogeneity observed at Cape Verde. Cores...... of olivine phenocrysts of the Cape Verde volcanics have low Mn/FeO and low Ni*FeO/MgO that deviate from the negative trend of the global array. The global array is defined by mixing between peridotite and pyroxenite, whereas the Cape Verde volcanics indicate contribution of an additional eclogite source...

  14. Pseudosection modeling of coesite-eclogite and felsic host gneiss from Papua New Guinea (United States)

    Manon, M. R.


    The coesite-bearing eclogite described by Baldwin et al. (2008) is the first evidence of ultra-high pressure (UHP) metamorphism in an active tectonic environment, and the youngest yet discovered. Pseudosection modeling performed on bulk-rock data from this eclogite and a nearby felsic gneiss using THERMOCALC suggests that the presence/absence of sodic amphibole in eclogites can be very sensitive to the Al-content of the rock, and retrograde phases may reflect changing rock compositions. The peak assemblage in the mafic eclogite is almandine +omphacite +phengite +coesite +rutile +zircon +apatite, but pseudosection modeling in both NCKFMASH and NCKFMASHT yields a diagram in which sodic amphibole persists from the blueschist facies, throughout the eclogite facies. The observed paragenesis does not appear in the diagram unless the bulk composition of the rock used to calculate the pseudosection is altered. This assemblage is insensitive to changes in water or Fe/Mg, but in a T-XAl diagram the glaucophane out reaction is very steep and it is possible to obtain the natural eclogite assemblage by a slight addition of Al203 (1-2 mol %). UHP amphiboles were described by Zhang and Liou (1994), and these calculations suggest a stability field for them at low Al bulk compositions. No amphibole is stable at peak conditions in the coesite-eclogites implying that either the XRF analysis is not representative of the equilibration volume of the rock, or there is a problem with the thermodynamic models used to construct the pseudosection. Retrograde corona textures in this rock are composed of plagioclase and sodic-calcic amphibole, as well as interstitial quartz. Subtraction of these minerals from the total bulk composition would lead to a more aluminous overall bulk composition and stabilize the observed mineral assemblage. This implies that the overall chemical composition of the rock is changing during exhumation from UHP conditions and the observed retrograde minerals are a

  15. The mafic, ultramafic and metamorphic xenoliths in triassic evaporite complexes, North West Algeria

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    Midoun, M.; Seddiki, A.


    In northwestern Algeria, triassic evaporate bodies contain varied xenoliths extracted from the lower crust and upper mantle and are interpreted as evidence of crustal thinning at the beginning of the Triassic period. Similar materials are known to occur in the internal areas of the western Mediterranean chains, which allow us to propose the existence of a wide area of crustal thinning during the Triassic along the future Tethyan axis. (Author)

  16. Lower-crustal xenoliths from Jurassic kimberlite diatremes, upper Michigan (USA): Evidence for Proterozoic orogenesis and plume magmatism in the lower crust of the southern Superior Province (United States)

    Zartman, Robert E.; Kempton, Pamela D.; Paces, James B.; Downes, Hilary; Williams, Ian S.; Dobosi, Gábor; Futa, Kiyoto


    Jurassic kimberlites in the southern Superior Province in northern Michigan contain a variety of possible lower-crustal xenoliths, including mafic garnet granulites, rare garnet-free granulites, amphibolites and eclogites. Whole-rock major-element data for the granulites suggest affinities with tholeiitic basalts. P–T estimates for granulites indicate peak temperatures of 690–730°C and pressures of 9–12 kbar, consistent with seismic estimates of crustal thickness in the region. The granulites can be divided into two groups based on trace-element characteristics. Group 1 granulites have trace-element signatures similar to average Archean lower crust; they are light rare earth element (LREE)-enriched, with high La/Nb ratios and positive Pb anomalies. Most plot to the left of the geochron on a 206Pb/€204Pb vs 207Pb/€204Pb diagram, and there was probably widespread incorporation of Proterozoic to Archean components into the magmatic protoliths of these rocks. Although the age of the Group 1 granulites is not well constrained, their protoliths appear to be have been emplaced during the Mesoproterozoic and to be older than those for Group 2 granulites. Group 2 granulites are also LREE-enriched, but have strong positive Nb and Ta anomalies and low La/Nb ratios, suggesting intraplate magmatic affinities. They have trace-element characteristics similar to those of some Mid-Continent Rift (Keweenawan) basalts. They yield a Sm–Nd whole-rock errorchron age of 1046 ± 140 Ma, similar to that of Mid-Continent Rift plume magmatism. These granulites have unusually radiogenic Pb isotope compositions that plot above the 207Pb/€204Pb vs 206Pb/€204Pb growth curve and to the right of the 4·55 Ga geochron, and closely resemble the Pb isotope array defined by Mid-Continent Rift basalts. These Pb isotope data indicate that ancient continental lower crust is not uniformly depleted in U (and Th) relative to Pb. One granulite xenolith, S69-5, contains quartz, and has a

  17. Imprints of an "Arc" Signature onto Subduction Zone Eclogites from Central Guatemala (United States)

    Simons, K. K.; Sorensen, S. S.; Harlow, G. E.; Brueckner, H. K.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemming, N. G.; Langmuir, C. H.


    High-pressure, low-temperature (HP-LT) rocks associated with the Motagua fault zone in central Guatemala occur as tectonic blocks in serpentinite mélange. Dismembered jadeitite and albitite veins within the melange are crystallization products of subduction fluids at glaucophane) in veins and overgrowths. The low temperatures recorded in these rocks indicate they have only seen an aqueous fluid, not a melt, and therefore, could provide a window into the acquisition of an arc signature at a cold margin. Trace-element patterns for both eclogite and jadeitite resemble arc lavas, with large enrichments in the most fluid mobile elements (e.g. Cs, Tl, Ba, Pb), moderate enrichments in U, Th, Be and LREE and generally little to no enrichment in HFSE and HREE, although enriched Nb in jadeitite indicates some HFSE mobility. Trace-element patterns also have similarities to average subducting sediment (GLOSS), with enrichments in Th, Be, Ba and Li that suggest a sediment contribution. Nd versus Sr isotopes lie to the right of the mantle array, indicating a hydrous fluid contribution from altered ocean crust or sediment. Overall, Guatemalan eclogites resemble counterparts from the Franciscan Complex (CA) and the Dominican Republic. Guatemalan and Franciscan eclogites are interpreted to have had a MORB protolith despite the arc trace element signature because of: 1) similarities in major elements to MORB; 2) HREE and HFSE abundances similar to MORB; and 3) high 143Nd/144Nd that overlap MORB values. The modifications that transformed these eclogites from a MORB trace element pattern to an arc one can be attributed to an aqueous subduction fluid at moderate depths (reactions, and an abundance of alkali-aluminosilicate components in subduction fluids. Together these may act to dissolve and transport trace elements (including elements considered insoluble like Nb) out of the slab and into the mantle wedge. The Guatemala data thus indicate that the arc geochemical fingerprint may be

  18. Foundering Triggered by the Collision of India and Asia Captured in Xenoliths (United States)

    Shaffer, Madeline; Hacker, Bradley R.; Ratschbacher, Lothar; Kylander-Clark, Andrew R. C.


    Xenoliths that erupted in the SE Pamir of Tajikistan from 1000 to 1050°C and 90 km depth illuminate what happens when crust founders into the mantle. 40Ar/39Ar dating of minerals from the xenoliths and volcanic host rocks of the shoshonitic Dunkeldik pipe and dike field indicates eruption at 11.2 ± 0.2 Ma. U-Pb and trace element laser-ablation split stream inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry of zircon shows that the igneous and metasedimentary xenoliths were likely derived from the crustal section into which they were intruded: the Jurassic-Cretaceous Andean-style magmatic arc and its Proterozoic-Mesozoic host rocks along the southern margin of Asia. Recrystallization of these zircons was extensive, yielding a range of dates down to 11 Ma. The zircons show distinct changes in Eu anomaly, Lu/Gd ratio, and Ti concentrations compatible with garnet growth and minimal heating at 22-20 Ma and then 200-300°C of heating, 25 km of burial, and alkali-carbonate melt injection at 14-11 Ma. These changes are interpreted to coincide with (i) heat input due to Indian slab breakoff at 22-20 Ma and (ii) rapid thickening and foundering of the Pamir lithosphere at 14-11 Ma, prior to and synchronous with collision between deep Indian and Asian lithospheres beneath the Pamir.

  19. The gabbro-eclogite phase transition and the elevation of mountain belts on Venus (United States)

    Namiki, Noriyuki; Solomon, Sean C.


    Among the four mountain belts surrounding Lakshmi Planum, Maxwell Montes is the highest and stands up to 11 km above the mean planetary radius and 7 km above Lakshmi Planum. The bulk composition and radioactive heat production of the crust on Venus, where measured, are similar to those of terrestrial tholeiitic basalt. Because the thickness of the low-density crust may be limited by the gabbro-garnet granulite-eclogite phase transitions, the 7-11 km maximum elevation of Maxwell Montes is difficult to understand except in the unlikely situation that the crust contains a large volume of magma. A possible explanation is that the base of the crust is not in phase equilibrium. It has been suggested that under completely dry conditions, the gabbro-eclogite phase transition takes place by solid-state diffusion and may require a geologically significant time to run to completion. Solid-state diffusion is a strongly temperature-dependent process. In this paper we solve the thermal evolution of the mountain belt to attempt to constrain the depth of the gabbro-eclogite transition and thus to assess this hypothesis quantitatively. The one-dimensional heat equation is solved numerically by a finite difference approximation. The deformation of the horizontally shortening crustal and mantle portions of the thermal boundary layer is assumed to occur by pure shear, and therefore the vertical velocity is given by the product of the horizontal strain rate and depth.


    Ashwal, L. D.; Webb, S. J.; Cawthorn, G.


    The eastern and western limbs of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa have been interpreted by some as dipping sheets of mafic cumulate rocks ever since the modeling of gravity and geoelectrical data by Meyer & de Beer (Nature 325, 610, 1987). However, re-interpretation of the regional gravity data by Cawthorn & Webb (Tectonophys. 330, 195, 2001), with consideration of isostatic crustal flexure and depressing of the Moho, allows Bushveld to be modeled as a single, connected body. This is consistent with the anomalously thick sub-Bushveld crust (to 48 km) as revealed by seismic data (Nguuri et al, Geophys. Res. Lett 28, 2501, 2001). Here we provide direct evidence from xenoliths in kimberlite for a regionally interconnected Bushveld Complex, implying its emplacement as a single sill-like body ~400 km across and ~8 km thick. The Cretaceous Palmietgat Group 1 kimberlites, located mid-way between the eastern and western lobes, about 70 km N of Pretoria, form a cluster of 6 pipes linked by dikes, over a distance of ~3 km. The K15W pipe is actively mined for diamonds. We recovered 5 small (~4 cm across) xenoliths of pyroxenitic rocks in the waste pile representing the high density portion of crushed material that was rejected for diamond recovery by a Sortex apparatus. The xenoliths are medium-grained orthopyroxene cumulates (80-90% opx) with interstitial zoned plagioclase (8-15%), clinopyroxene (chemistry and mg# to our measured xenoliths from Palmietgat. We suggest, therefore, that the recovered xenoliths provide strong evidence that significant thicknesses of Bushveld rocks occur at depth between the eastern and western lobes, hence supporting connectivity of the Complex, at least at the level of the Upper Critical Zone. The presence of a prominent gravity high near the Palmietgat kimberlites may indicate that high-density Bushveld cumulate rocks reside at shallow depths (~1-3 km?) due to diapiric doming or folding of the floor. In any case, our results imply that the

  1. Evidence from xenoliths for a dynamic lower crust, eastern Mojave Desert, California (United States)

    Hanchar, John M.; Miller, Calvin F.; Wooden, Joseph L.; Bennett, Victoria C.; Staude, John-Mark G.


    Garnet-rich xenoliths in a Tertiary dike in the eastern Mojave Desert, California, preserve information about the nature and history of the lower crust. These xenoliths record pressures of ∼ 10–12 kbar and temperatures of ∼ 750–800°C. Approximately 25% have mafic compositions and bear hornblende + plagioclase + clinopyroxene + quartz in addition to garnet. The remainder, all of which contain quartz, include quartzose, quartzofeldspathic, and aluminous (kyanite±sillimanite-bearing) varieties. Most xenoliths have identifiable protoliths—mafic from intermediate or mafic igneous rocks, quartzose from quartz-rich sedimentary rocks, aluminous from Al-rich graywackes or pelites, and quartzofeldspathic from feldspathic sediments and/or intermediate to felsic igneous rocks. However, many have unusual chemical compositions characterized by high FeO(t), FeO(t)/MgO, Al2O3, and Al2O3/CaO, which correspond to high garnet abundance. The mineralogy and major-and trace-element compositions are consistent with the interpretation that the xenoliths are the garnet-rich residues of high-pressure crustal melting, from which granitic melt was extracted. High 87Sr/86Sr and low 143Nd/144Nd, together with highly discordant zircons from a single sample with Pb/Pb ages of ∼ 1.7 Ga, demonstrate that the crustal material represented by the xenoliths is at least as old as Early Proterozoic. This supracrustal-bearing lithologic assemblage may have been emplaced in the lower crust during either Proterozoic or Mesozoic orogenesis, but Sr and Nd model ages> 4 Ga require late Phanerozoic modification of parent/daughter ratios, presumably during the anatectic event. Pressures of equilibration indicate that peak metamorphism and melting occurred before the Mojave crust had thinned to its current thickness of world-wide lower-crustal compositions in terms of silica and mafic content; however, it is considerably more peraluminous, has a lower mg-number, and is distinctive in some trace

  2. To the origin of Icelandic rhyolites: insights from partially melted leucocratic xenoliths (United States)

    Gurenko, Andrey A.; Bindeman, Ilya N.; Sigurdsson, Ingvar A.


    We have studied glass-bearing leucocratic (granitic to Qz-monzonitic) crustal xenoliths from the Tindfjöll Pleistocene volcanic complex, SW Iceland. The xenoliths consist of strongly resorbed relicts of anorthitic plagioclase, K-rich feldspar and rounded quartz in colorless through pale to dark-brown interstitial glass. Spongy clinopyroxene and/or rounded or elongated crystals of orthopyroxene are in subordinate amount. Magnetite, ilmenite, zircon, apatite, allanite and/or chevkinite are accessory minerals. The xenoliths more likely are relicts of earlier-formed, partially melted Si-rich rocks or quartz-feldspar-rich crystal segregations, which suffered latter interaction with hotter and more primitive magma(s). Icelandic lavas are typically low in δ 18O compared to mantle-derived, "MORB"-like rocks (~5.6 ± 0.2 ‰), likely due to their interaction with, or contamination by, the upper-crustal rocks affected by rain and glacial melt waters. Surprisingly, many quartz and feldspar crystals and associated colorless to light-colored interstitial glasses of the studied xenoliths are not low but high in δ 18O (5.1-7.2 ‰, excluding three dark-brown glasses of 4-5 ‰). The xenoliths contain abundant, low- to high- δ 18O (2.4-6.3 ‰) young zircons (U-Pb age 0.2-0.27 ± 0.03 Ma; U-Th age 0.16 ± 0.07 Ma), most of them in oxygen isotope equilibrium with interstitial glasses. The δ 18O values >5.6 ‰ recorded in the coexisting zircon, quartz, feldspar and colorless interstitial glass suggest crystallization from melts produced by fusion of crustal rocks altered by seawater, also reflecting multiple melting and crystallization events. This suggests that "normal"- δ 18O silicic magmas may not be ultimately produced by crystallization of mafic, basaltic magmas. Instead, our new single-crystal laser fluorination and ion microprobe O-isotope data suggest addition of diverse partial crustal melts, probably originated from variously altered and preconditioned crust.

  3. Water in the Oceanic Lithosphere: Salt Lake Crater Xenoliths, Oahu, Hawaii (United States)

    Peslier, Anne H.; Bizimis, Michael


    Water can be present in nominally anhydrous minerals of peridotites in the form of hydrogen bonded to structural oxygen. Such water in the oceanic upper mantle could have a significant effect on its physical and chemical properties. However, the water content of the MORB source has been inferred indirectly from the compositions of basalts. Direct determinations on abyssal peridotites are scarce because they have been heavily hydrothermally altered. Here we present the first water analyses of minerals from spinel peridotite xenoliths of Salt Lake Crater, Oahu, Hawaii, which are exceptionally fresh. These peridotites are thought to represent fragments of the Pacific oceanic lithosphere that was refertilized by alkalic Hawaiian melts. A few have unradiogenic Os and radiogenic Hf isotopes and may be fragments of an ancient (2 Ga) depleted and recycled lithosphere. Water contents in olivine (Ol), orthopyroxene (Opx), and clinopyroxene (Cpx) were determined by FTIR spectrometry. Preliminary H_{2}O contents show ranges of 8-10 ppm for Ol, 151-277 ppm for Opx, and 337-603 ppm for Cpx. Reconstructed bulk rock H_{2}O contents range from 88-131 ppm overlapping estimates for the MORB source. Water contents between Ol minerals of the same xenolith are heterogeneous and individual OH infrared bands vary within a mineral with lower 3230 cm^{-1} and higher 3650-3400 cm^{-1} band heights from core to edge. This observation suggests disturbance of the hydrogen in Ol likely occurring during xenolith entrainment to the surface. Pyroxene water contents are higher than most water contents in pyroxenes from continental peridotite xenoliths and higher than those of abyssal peridotites. Cpx water contents decrease with increasing degree of depletion (e.g. increasing Fo in Ol and Cr# in spinel) consistent with an incompatible behavior of water. However Cpx water contents also show a positive correlation with LREE/HREE ratios and LREE concentrations consistent with refertilization. Opx water

  4. High pressure experimental study of eclogite with varying H2O contents (United States)

    Rosenthal, A.; Frost, D. J.; Petitgirard, S.; Yaxley, G. M.; Berry, A.; Woodland, A. B.; Pinter, Z.; Vasilyev, P.; Ionov, D. A.; Jacob, D. E.; Pearson, G. D.; Kovacs, I.; Padron-Navarta, A.


    Given the strong influence of volatiles on mantle melting processes, it is critical to understand the behaviour of volatiles (such as H2O) in subducted oceanic crustal material (eclogite) during subduction and subsequent recycling and mantle melting processes, and their impacts on volcanism. As natural samples from subduction zones from the deep Earth's interior are largely inaccessible, the only way to determine the H2O content of eclogite is to simulate high pressure (P) and temperature (T) conditions equivalent to conditions of the Earth's interior using high-P experimental facilities. A particular interest is to determine the H2O content of eclogitic nominally anhydrous minerals (NAMs; such as garnet, clinopyroxene) at the conditions where hydrous phases (such as phengite) are breaking down to release H2O that would then leave the slab. As a starting material, we use average oceanic basalt (GA1, representative of recycled oceanic crust [1]) with varying bulk %H2O (≤7 wt.%). We conducted experiments using GA1 at different P's (6-10 GPa), T's (850-1500°C) and bulk %H2O (up to 7 wt.%) using multi anvil apparatuses. The run products at each P, T, and bulk H2O contents show well-equilibrated eclogitic phase assemblages of garnet ± clinopyroxene ± coesite/stishovite ± rutile ± phengite ± melt ± vapour. Runs (>0.5 wt.% H2O) at 6 GPa and up to ~950°C, and at 8-9 GPa and up to ~1050°C are subsolidus, while towards higher T small melt fractions appear. Similar to previous studies [e.g. 2-6], the stability of phengite varies as a function of P, T, buffering mineral paragenesis and bulk H2O concentration. Phengite breaks down >9 GPa. Eclogitic NAMs and phengite also break down at subsolidus conditions in the presence of excess of hydrous fluids. For instance, K2O in phengite and clinopyroxene decrease with increasing bulk H2O content at subsolidus conditions at given P, T, suggesting a leaching role of K2O by a vapour-rich fluid. [1] Yaxley, G. M. & Green, D. H

  5. Deep subduction of hot young oceanic slab required by the Syros eclogites (United States)

    Flemetakis, Stamatis; Moulas, Evangelos; Kostopoulos, Dimitrios; Chatzitheodoridis, Elias


    The Cycladic islands of Syros and Siphnos, Aegean Sea, Greece, represent subducted IAT and BABB remnants of the Neotethyan Pindos Ocean. Garnet porphyroblasts (Ø=1mm) in a glaucophane-zoisite eclogite from Kini locality on Syros are compositionally zoned and display a unique prograde heating path from a high-pressure greenschist-facies core with high XSps and low Mg# via a blueschist-facies mantle with moderate XSps and Mg# to an eclogite-facies rim with low XSps and high Mg#. The outermost 35 μm of the garnet rims show flat XSps with rapidly increasing outwards Mg#. Na-Act-Chl-Ph rimmed by Gln mark the greenschist-blueschist facies transition, whereas Pg rimmed by Omp and the incoming of Rt at the expense of Ttn signify the blueschist-eclogite facies transition. Raman barometry of quartz inclusions in the eclogitic garnet rims coupled with elastic modelling of the garnet host [1], and Zr-in-Rt and Grt-Cpx-Ph thermobarometry revealed near-UHP P-T conditions of the order of 2.6 GPa/660°C (maximum residual pressure was 0.8-0.9GPa). By contrast, the greenschist-blueschist transition lies at ~0.75 GPa/355°C. This pressure is in excellent agreement with the position of the albite = jadeite + quartz boundary calculated at 350°C using the observed omphacite composition corrected for jadeite activity (Koons & Thompson, 1985) [2]. As a result, Cpx inclusions in garnet core signify the early entrance of garnet in the subduction zone history of the slab. Furthermore, the early growth of garnet (in lower pressures) observed in eclogites from Syros lies in great agreement with published slab-geotherms that indicate hot subduction and show a precocious garnet growth (Baxter and Caddick, 2013) [3]. The complete absence of lawsonite and the great abundance of zoisite crystals, based on the stability fields of both minerals (Poli et al., 2009) [4], further constrain the P-T trajectory of the slab. Our new P-T estimates match published T distributions on the slab surface

  6. The metamorphic evolution of the eclogitic rocks from the 100-2000m core of Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling, China (United States)

    You, Z.; Su, S.; Liang, F.; Zhang, Z.


    On the basis of petrographic study of the metamorphic rocks from 100-2000m in the main hole of the Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling (CCSD) it is revealed that the major lithological types are: (1)Eclogites and garnet clinopyroxenites; (2)Eclogitic gneisses; (3)Garnet peridotites; (4)Biotite (hornblende) two-feldspar gneiss (granitic gneiss) and (5) Fault breccia and mylonites. Most of the eclogites and eclogitic gneisses had a long residence history in the crust before the deep subduction of the continental slab. However the garnet clinopyroxenites are closely related with garnet peridotites which occur within 607-783m of the drill hole. Based on their mineralogical and petrochemical characteristics they were ultramafic-mafic complexes incorporated into the subducted slab from the overlying mantle wedge during the subduction of the continental slab and had undergone ultrahigh"Cpressure metamorphism (UHPM). The eclogitic gneisses, equivalent partly to paragneiss as called by some geologists, are UHPM rocks of intermediate acidic protolith associated with crustal eclogites. The granitic gneisses are of diverse origin, most of them are products of decompressive melting of the retrogressive amphibolite and biotite gneiss derived from eclogitic rocks. The metamorphic evolution of the eclogitic rocks can be divided into 3 major stages. The first (M1) is the ultrahigh pressure metamorphism (UHPM) as evidenced by coesite inclusions within garnet and omphacite grains in eclogites. The second (M2) is a retrogressive stage sequence during which most of the UHPM rocks were turned to rocks of high-pressure eclogite facies, amphibolite facies and then epidote amphibolite facies. At this stage the eclogites are characterized by the growth of symplectites and coronas. The eclogitic gneiss is retrograded to be biotite (hornblende) plagioclase gneiss and epidote biotite (amphibole) gneiss. The granitic rocks are turned to biotite hornblende two feldspar gneiss (so

  7. Evolution of the volcanic plumbing systemof Alicudi (Aeolian Islands - Italy: evidence from fluid and melt inclusionsin quartz xenoliths

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    A. Peccerillo


    Full Text Available Quartz-rich xenoliths in lavas (basalts to andesites; 90-30 ka from Alicudi contain abundant melt and fluid inclusions. Two generations of CO2-rich fluid inclusions are present in quartz-rich xenolith grains: early (Type I inclusions related to partial melting of the host xenoliths, and late Type II inclusions related to the fluid trapping during xenolith ascent. Homogenisation temperatures of fluid inclusions correspond to two density intervals: 0.93-0.68 g/cm3 (Type I and 0.47-0.26 g/cm3 (Type II. Early Type I fluid inclusions indicate trapping pressures around 6 kbar, which are representative for the levels of partial melting of crustal rocks and xenolith formation. Late Type II fluid inclusions show lower trapping pressures, between 1.7 kbar and 0.2 kbar, indicative for shallow magma rest and accumulation during ascent to the surface. Data suggest the presence of two magma reservoirs: the first is located at lower crustal depths (about 24 km, site of fractional crystallization, mixing with source derived magma, and various degrees of crustal assimilation. The second magma reservoir is located at shallow crustal depths (about 6 km, the site where magma rested for a short time before erupting.

  8. 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 (United States)

    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

  9. The Triassic age for oceanic eclogites in the Dabie orogen: Entrainment of oceanic fragments in the continental subduction (United States)

    Cheng, Hao; DuFrane, S. Andrew; Vervoort, Jeffrey D.; Nakamura, Eizo; Li, Qiuli; Zhou, Zuyi


    Low-temperature and high-pressure eclogites with an oceanic affinity in the western part of the Dabie orogen have been investigated with combined Lu-Hf and U-Pb geochronology. These eclogites formed over a range of temperatures (482-565 °C and 1.9-2.2 GPa). Three eclogites, which were sampled from the Gaoqiao country, yielded Lu-Hf ages of 240.7 ± 1.2 Ma, 243.3 ± 4.1 Ma and 238.3 ± 1.2 Ma, with a corresponding lower-intercept U-Pb zircon age of 232 ± 26 Ma. Despite the well-preserved prograde major- and trace-element zoning in garnets, these Lu-Hf ages mostly reflect the high-pressure eclogite-facies metamorphism instead of representing the early phase of garnet growth due to the occurrence of omphacite inclusions from core to rim and the shell effect. An upper-intercept zircon U-Pb age of 765 ± 24 Ma is defined for the Gaoqiao eclogite, which is consistent with the weighted-mean age of 768 ± 21 Ma for the country gneiss. However, the gneiss has not been subjected to successive high-pressure metamorphism. The new Triassic ages are likely an estimate of the involvement of oceanic fragments in the continental subduction.

  10. Crystallographic preferred orientations of exhumed subduction channel rocks from the Eclogite Zone of the Tauern Window (Eastern Alps, Austria), and implications on rock elastic anisotropies at great depths

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    Keppler, R.; Ullemeyer, K.; Behrmann, J. H.; Stipp, M.; Kurzawski, R. M.; Lokajíček, Tomáš

    647/648, April (2015), s. 89-104 ISSN 0040-1951 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : crystallographic preferred orientation * eclogite Zone * elastic properties * P-wave anisotropy * retrogression of eclogites * subduction channel Subject RIV: DC - Siesmology, Volcanology, Earth Structure Impact factor: 2.650, year: 2015

  11. Deformation inside a paleosubduction channel - Insights from microstructures and crystallographic preferred orientations of eclogites and metasediments from the Tauern Window, Austria (United States)

    Keppler, Ruth; Stipp, Michael; Behrmann, Jan H.; Ullemeyer, Klaus; Heidelbach, Florian


    The Eclogite Zone, of the Tauern Window is an exhumed subduction channel comprising eclogites with different grades of retrogression in a matrix of high-pressure metasediments. The rocks were exposed to 600 °C and 20-25 kbars, and then retrogressed during their exhumation, first under blueschist facies and later under amphibolite facies metamorphism. To gain insights into the deformation within the subduction channel during subduction and exhumation, both fresh and retrogressed eclogites, as well as the surrounding metasediments were investigated with respect to their deformation microstructures and crystallographic preferred orientations (CPOs). Pristine and retrogressed eclogites show grain boundary migration and subgrain rotation recrystallization microstructures in omphacite. A misorientation axes analysis reveals the activity of complementary deformation mechanisms including grain boundary sliding and dislocation creep. The omphacite CPOs of the eclogites correspond to dominant SL-fabrics characteristic of plane strain deformation, though there are local variations towards flattening or constriction within the paleosubduction channel. The glaucophane CPOs in retrogressed eclogites match those of omphacite, suggesting that a constant strain geometry persisted during exhumation at blueschist facies conditions. Plastic deformation of the host high-pressure metasediments outlasted that of the eclogites, as indicated by white mica fabrics and quartz CPO. The latter is consistently asymmetric, pointing to the operation of non-coaxial deformation. The microstructures and CPO data indicate a continuous plastic deformation cycle with eclogite and blueschist facies metamorphism related to subduction and exhumation of the different rock units.

  12. Carbonates in mantle xenoliths from French Massif Central: inference for carbonatite-related metasomatism. (United States)

    Wagner, Christiane; Deloule, Etienne


    Mantle xenoliths from the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) frequently display evidence of metasomatism by melts or fluids of variable composition, e.g. alkali-basaltic, alkali-carbonate or carbonate melts. Carbonate-bearing mantle xenoliths are particularly interesting as highly mobile carbonate melts are likely prominent metasomatic agents of the mantle. This study presents detailed petrographic descriptions and major and trace element compositions of minerals in protogranular spinel lherzolites from the Mont Coupet occurrence (Devès province, French Massif Central), with focus on the carbonate phases to discuss their possible link to carbonatite melt. Two representative samples are described here. MC9 shows no evidence for infiltration of the host basanitic magma. Carbonates occur (1) as large (100 μm - 200 μm) anhedral crystals in interstitial pockets at triple point of primary olivine grains, (2) in a few cross-cutting veins (up to 200 μm width), (3) along grain boundaries and (4) in composite carbonate-silicate pockets from well-developed reaction zones, in which carbonates fill globular vesicles. The reaction zone contains secondary subhedral to euhedral phases: Al- and Ti-rich clinopyroxene, Ca-rich olivine, Cr-rich spinel and quenched plagioclase and relict sieved-textured primary spinel. MC2 shows carbonate-bearing thin (crystals (1), as in sample MC9, occur associated with (2) fibrous carbonate with a well-formed meniscus at the boundary between the two carbonate types. In some reaction zones the carbonate patches (3) show well-developed concentric carbonate structures, similar to those observed in the globular vesicles from the host basanite. In sample MC9, the carbonate is an alkali-free Mg-poor calcite (XCa = 0.95 - 0.98; with 0.5 - 1.8 wt. % MgO) whatever the occurrence. In sample MC2, carbonates are Mg-richer, particularly the type 2 and 3 carbonates (XCa = 0.88 - 0.91; 3 - 5 wt. % MgO), a composition similar to that of the carbonates

  13. New evidence for polyphase metamorphism of glaucophane schist and eclogite exotic blocks in the Franciscan Complex, California and Oregon (United States)

    Moore, Diane E.; Blake, M.C.


    The early metamorphic history of high-grade exotic blocks in the Franciscan Complex may be more complicated than previously supposed. The different assemblages of high-grade glaucophane schists, eclogite, amphibolite and hornblende schist are commonly considered to have formed at the same time from essentially unmetamorphosed oceanic crust. However, new textural and mineralogical data presented here suggest that high-grade glaucophane schist and eclogite have replaced an earlier epidote-amphibolite facies assemblage that is identical to the primary assemblages in many of the hornblende-rich blocks. At least some of the hornblende-rich blocks may therefore be well-preserved remnants of the earlier metamorphism. Comparison of the mineral assemblages and element partititioning in the mixed-assemblage blocks suggests that the glaucophane schist and eclogite metamorphism took place at slightly lower temperatures but at the same or higher pressures than the earlier, hornblende-forming stage. -Authors

  14. Long distance transport of eclogite and blueschist during early Pacific Ocean subduction rollback (United States)

    Tamblyn, Renee; Hand, Martin; Kelsey, David; Phillips, Glen; Anczkiewicz, Robert


    The Tasmanides in eastern Australia represent a period of continental crustal growth on the western margin of the Pacific Ocean associated with slab rollback from the Cambrian until the Triassic. During rollback numerical models predict that subduction products can become trapped in the forearc (Geyra et al., 2002), and can migrate with the trench as it retreats. In a long-lived subduction controlled regime such as the Tasmanides, this should result in an accumulation of subduction products with protracted geochronological and metamorphic histories. U-Pb, Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd and Ar-Ar geochronology and phase equilibria modelling of lawsonite-eclogite and garnet blueschist in the Southern New England Fold Belt in Australia demonstrate that high-P low-T rocks remained within a subduction setting for c. 40 Ma, from c. 500 to 460 Ma. High-P metamorphic rocks initially formed close to the Australian cratonic margin during the late Cambrian, and were subsequently transported over 1500 Ma oceanward, during which time subducted material continued to accumulate, resulting in the development of complex mélange which records eclogite and blueschist metamorphism and partial exhumation over 40 Ma. The duration of refrigerated metamorphism approximates the extensional evolution of the upper plate which culminated in the development of the Lachlan Fold Belt. The protracted record of eclogite and blueschist metamorphism indicates that rapid exhumation is not necessarily required for preservation of high-pressure metamorphic rocks from subduction systems. Reference: Gerya, T. V., Stockhert, B., & Perchuk, A. L. (2002). Exhumation of high-pressure metamorphic rocks in a subduction channel: A numerical simulation. Tectonics, 21(6), 6-1-6-19. doi:10.1029/2002tc001406

  15. High-pressure, high-temperature deformation of dunite, eclogite, clinopyroxenite and garnetite using in situ X-ray diffraction (United States)

    Farla, R.; Rosenthal, A.; Bollinger, C.; Petitgirard, S.; Guignard, J.; Miyajima, N.; Kawazoe, T.; Crichton, W. A.; Frost, D. J.


    The rheology of eclogite, garnetite and clinopyroxenite in the peridotitic upper mantle was experimentally investigated in a large volume press combined with in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques to study the impact on mantle convection resulting from the subduction of oceanic lithosphere. Experiments were carried out over a range of constant strain rates (2 ×10-6- 3 ×10-5 s-1), pressures (4.3 to 6.7 GPa) and temperatures (1050 to 1470 K). Results show substantial strength variations among eclogitic garnet and clinopyroxene and peridotitic olivine. At low temperatures (1400 K) eclogite is weaker than dunite by 0.2 GPa or more. Garnetite and clinopyroxenite exhibit higher strength than dunite at approximately 1200 K. However, at higher temperature (1370 K), clinopyroxenite is significantly weaker than garnetite (and dunite) by more than a factor of five. We explain these observations by transitions in deformation mechanisms among the mineral phases. In clinopyroxene, high temperature dislocation creep resulting in a strength reduction replaces low temperature twinning. Whereas garnet remains very rigid at all experimental conditions when nominally anhydrous ('dry'). Microstructural observations show phase segregation of clinopyroxene and garnet, development of a crystallographic and shape preferred orientation in the former but not in the latter, suggesting an overall weak seismic anisotropy. Detection of eclogite bodies in the peridotite-dominated mantle may only be possible via observation of high VP /VS1 ratios. A comparable or weaker rheology of eclogite to dunite suggests effective stirring and mixing of eclogite in the convecting mantle.

  16. Sedimentary halogens and noble gases within Western Antarctic xenoliths: Implications of extensive volatile recycling to the sub continental lithospheric mantle (United States)

    Broadley, Michael W.; Ballentine, Chris J.; Chavrit, Déborah; Dallai, Luigi; Burgess, Ray


    Recycling of marine volatiles back into the mantle at subduction zones has a profound, yet poorly constrained impact on the geochemical evolution of the Earth's mantle. Here we present a combined noble gas and halogen study on mantle xenoliths from the Western Antarctic Rift System (WARS) to better understand the flux of subducted volatiles to the sub continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) and assess the impact this has on mantle chemistry. The xenoliths are extremely enriched in the heavy halogens (Br and I), with I concentrations up to 1 ppm and maximum measured I/Cl ratios (85.2 × 10-3) being ∼2000 times greater than mid ocean ridge basalts (MORB). The Br/Cl and I/Cl ratios of the xenoliths span a range from MORB-like ratios to values similar to marine pore fluids and serpentinites, whilst the 84Kr/36Ar and 130Xe/36Ar ratios range from modern atmosphere to oceanic sediments. This indicates that marine derived volatiles have been incorporated into the SCLM during an episode of subduction related metasomatism. Helium isotopic analysis of the xenoliths show average 3He/4He ratios of 7.5 ± 0.5 RA (where RA is the 3He/4He ratio of air = 1.39 × 10-6), similar to that of MORB. The 3He/4He ratios within the xenoliths are higher than expected for the xenoliths originating from the SCLM which has been extensively modified by the addition of subducted volatiles, indicating that the SCLM beneath the WARS must have seen a secondary alteration from the infiltration and rise of asthenospheric fluids/melts as a consequence of rifting and lithospheric thinning. Noble gases and halogens within these xenoliths have recorded past episodes of volatile interaction within the SCLM and can be used to reconstruct a tectonic history of the WARS. Marine halogen and noble gas signatures within the SCLM xenoliths provide evidence for the introduction and retention of recycled volatiles within the SCLM by subduction related metasomatism, signifying that not all volatiles that survive

  17. Eclogite-high-pressure granulite metamorphism records early collision in West Gondwana: new data from the Southern Brasilia Belt, Brazil

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    Reno II, Barry Len; Brown, Michael; Kobayashi, Katsura


    constrain the age of. (1) retrograded eclogite from a block along the tectonic contact beneath the uppermost nappe in a stack of passive margin-derived nappes; (2) high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphism in the uppermost passive margin-derived nappe; (3) high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphism...... in the overlying arc-derived nappe. Rare zircons from a retrograded eclogite yield a Pb-206/U-238 age of 678 +/- 29 Ma. which we interpret as most likely to (late close-to-peak-P metamorphism and to provide a minimum age for detachment of the overlying passive margin-derived nappe from the subducting plate. Zircon...

  18. Zoned amphibole in an eclogite from the Hida Marginal belt in the Hakuba district, Nagano Prefecture, Japan


    Takasu, Akira; Sakurai, Tsuyoshi; Kashiwabara, Y.; Minamide, Sachiyo


    A cobble-sized clast of eclogite was recently found in gravels in the bed of the Matsukawa River at Wadano in Hakuba village,Nagano Prefecture.The cobble was probably derived from an area in the Hida Marginal belt,which consists of high-pressure type schists and closely associated serpentinites,and also includes blocks of garnet glaucophane schist and garnet-epidote-glaucophane schist. The eclogite cobble consists mainly of garnet,omphacite,epidote and amphibole,along with small amounts of qu...

  19. Pressure - temperature estimates of a phengite eclogite from the Grapesvåre Nappe, Norrbotten, Swedish Caledonides (United States)

    Bukała, Michał; Majka, Jarosław; Walczak, Katarzyna; Barnes, Christopher; Klonowska, Iwona


    The Seve Nappe Complex (SNC) of the Scandinavian Caledonides has well documented history of high pressure (HP) and ultra-high pressure (UHP) metamorphism (e.g. Klonowska et al. 2014). Eclogites of the SNC occur in two areas in Sweden, namely Jämtland and Norrbotten. The Jämtland eclogites and associated rocks are well studied and provide evidence for the Late Ordovician UHP metamorphism, whereas the Norrbotten eclogites, formed during the Late Cambrian/Early Ordovician, have not been studied in detail, especially in terms of pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions of their formation. Within the SNC in Norrbotten, eclogites are limited to two tectonic lenses - Vaimok and Tsäkkok (e.g. Albrecht, 2000). Within the Vaimok Lens three nappes have been distinguished: (1) the eclogite-free Lower Seve Nappe, (2) the Grapesvåre Nappe and (3) the Maddåive Nappe. The two latter nappes are eclogite-bearing. For this study eclogites were collected from the lowermost part of the Grapesvåre Nappe (from the highly heterogeneous Daunasvagge unit dominated by garnet-bearing mica schists, quartzites and marbles). Eclogite boudins (former dolerite dikes and sills) are usually highly altered due to retrogressive recrystallization. Rare fresh eclogites occur within large boudins (>5m in diameter) and display only minor alteration limited to the scarce veinlets composed of amphibole + feldspar + garnet + zoisite + biotite + rutile + titanite. Metamorphic peak conditions mineral assemblage consists of garnet + omphacite + phengite + quartz + rutile. For P-T estimates the geothermobarometric method of Ravna & Terry (2004) has been used. The garnet-clinopyroxene Fe2+-Mg exchange thermometer and the net-transfer reaction barometer based on the garnet-phengite-omphacite equilibrium yielded a maximum pressure of 26.7 kbar and temperature of 677°C. The obtained temperature might be underestimated due to uncertainties in Fe2+/Fe3+ ratio in pyroxene. Therefore Zr-in-rutile geothermometer by

  20. Facilitation of intermediate-depth earthquakes by eclogitization-related stresses and H2O (United States)

    Nakajima, J.; Uchida, N.; Hasegawa, A.; Shiina, T.; Hacker, B. R.; Kirby, S. H.


    Generation of intermediate-depth earthquakes is an ongoing enigma because high lithostatic pressures render ordinary dry frictional failure unlikely. A popular hypothesis to solve this conundrum is fluid-related embrittlement (e.g., Kirby et al., 1996; Preston et al., 2003), which is known to work even for dehydration reactions with negative volume change (Jung et al., 2004). One consequence of reaction with the negative volume change is the formation of a paired stress field as a result of strain compatibility across the reaction front (Hacker, 1996; Kirby et al., 1996). Here we analyze waveforms of a tiny seismic cluster in the lower crust of the downgoing Pacific plate at a depth of 155 km and propose new evidence in favor of this mechanism: tensional earthquakes lying 1 km above compressional earthquakes, and earthquakes with highly similar waveforms lying on well-defined planes with complementary rupture areas. The tensional stress is interpreted to be caused by the dimensional mismatch between crust transformed to eclogite and underlying untransformed crust, and the earthquakes are interpreted to be facilitated by fluid produced by eclogitization. These observations provide seismic evidence for the dual roles of volume-change related stresses and fluid-related embrittlement as viable processes for nucleating earthquakes in downgoing oceanic lithosphere.

  1. Petrological and geochemical studies of mantle xenoliths from La Palma, Canary Islands (United States)

    Janisch, Astrid; Ntaflos, Theodoros


    La Palma is the second youngest island, after El Hierro, of the Canary archipelago. The archipelago consists of seven large islands, forming an east-west-trending island chain, and several seamounts. All together they form a volcanic belt of around 800 km length and 450 km width, which presumably comprises roughly the Canary hotspot. The islands are located off the western coast of Morocco, Africa. The distance ranges from 100 km to 500 km. Concurrently with the distance, subaerial volcanism age progresses from the oldest lava in the east to the youngest in the west of the archipelago. Presently, La Palma is in the shield building stage of growth (alongside with El Hierro and Tenerife) and is furthermore the fastest growing island of the Canary archipelago. Historical volcanic eruptions are restricted on the younger islands, La Palma and El Hierro, with the last eruption at the south end of La Palma in 1971. Mantle xenoliths described in this work were collected at the slopes of San Antonio Volcano, Fuencaliente, brought to the surface during the 1677/1678 eruption. The mantle xenolith collection comprises sp-lherzolites, sp-harzburgites and pyroxenites. The texture can be distinguished between coarse-grained matrix and fine-grained veins in various thicknesses, mostly with olivine and pyroxene but also with amphibole, phlogopite as well as apatite. Mineral analyses reveal the existence of primary and secondary ol, cpx and opx. Primary ol has Fo contents of 89.2 to 91.7 and NiO ranging from 0.3 to 0.45 wt.%, whereas secondary ol show Fo values of 78.4 to 91.9 but with NiO below 0.3 wt.%. Primary cpx are predominantly Cr-Diopsides with En48.7-51.9-Wo43.5-44.3-Fs4.1-4.9 and Mg# of 91.5 to 92.4. Secondary cpx, primarily Ti-Augit, display En36.7-44.4-Wo47.7-49.6-Fs6.7-13.0 and Mg# of 75.3 to 90.8. Primary opx compositions are in range of En89.3-90.6-Wo1.3-1.5-Fs8.1-9.3 with Mg# between 90.7 and 92.0. Secondary opx exhibit En88.7-89.2-Wo1.7-1.9-Fs9.1-9.5 and Mg# of 90

  2. Identification And Interpretation Of Eclogite Protoliths Using Immobile Element Geochemistry: Some New Methodologies (United States)

    Pearce, J. A.; Robinson, P.; Yang, J.


    Methodologies for fingerprinting metabasalts have been applied to eclogites with mixed success. Some, including Alpine examples famously studied by Gary Ernst >30 years ago, have been successfully assigned to tectonic settings and the results used to understand the now-disappeared ocean and its margins. Others, however, present two particular, well-documented problems: 1) many are cumulates rather than lavas and so have very low abundances of some elements as well as non-liquid compositions; 2) the subduction and exhumation processes can lead to infiltration of the protolith by subduction- and crustally-derived fluids/melts before and after eclogite-facies metamorphism and so impart apparent subduction or continental character even when none existed. Here we demonstrate new methodologies for dealing with these issues, taking as an example the eclogites from the Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling (CCSD) Deep Borehole. We adopt a set of immobile element proxies that highlight the presence and behaviour of particular cumulate phases (e.g. Cr for chromite, Ni for olivine, Sc,V for clinopyroxene, Ti,V for oxide, Ga for plagioclase, P and Zr for apatite and zircon, Nb for interstitial melt). Using a training data set from well-studied cumulate sequences such as Bushveld and Skaergaard, we can assign protolith rock names on the basis of these proxy elements. Variation diagrams enable us identify the crystallization sequence of the plutonic protolith, itself a function of the original tectonic setting. For example, the Borehole contains a thick, eclogite-facies cumulate sequence which we can reconstruct in detail as a layered complex containing cumulate dunite and peridotite, mela-troctolite, troctolite, gabbro, ferrogabbro, ferrodiorite, quartz-diorite and tonalite. The iron enrichment and inferred saturation sequence of chr+ol-plag-cpx-mt-ap-zr are characteristic of low-oxygen fugacity, tholeiitic MORB and continental margin intrusions. In this, and more easily in

  3. Formation and temporal evolution of the Kalahari sub-cratonic lithospheric mantle: Constraints from Venetia xenoliths, South Africa

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    Hin, R.C.; Morel, M.L.A.; Nebel, O.; Mason, P.R.D.; van Westrenen, W.; Davies, G.R.


    The ~533 Ma Venetia Diamond Mine is located between the Kaapvaal and Zimbabwe Cratons and the study of selected xenoliths provides the opportunity to investigate the temporal evolution of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) underneath southern Africa, as well as the extent and potentially

  4. Orthopyroxene-enrichment in the lherzolite-websterite xenolith suite from Paleogene alkali basalts of the Poiana Ruscă Mountains (Romania

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    Full Text Available In this paper we present the petrography and geochemistry of a recently collected lherzolite-websterite xenolith series and of clinopyroxene xenocrysts, hosted in Upper Cretaceous–Paleogene basanites of Poiana Ruscă (Romania, whose xenoliths show notable orthopyroxene-enrichment. In the series a slightly deformed porphyroclastic-equigranular textured series could represent the early mantle characteristics, and in many cases notable orthopyroxene growth and poikilitic texture formation was observed. The most abundant mantle lithology, Type A xenoliths have high Al and Na-contents but low mg# of the pyroxenes and low cr# of spinel suggesting a low degree (< 10 % of mafic melt removal. They are also generally poor in overall REE-s (rare earth elements and have flat REY (rare earth elements+ Y patterns with slight LREE-depletion. The geochemistry of the Type A xenoliths and calculated melt composition in equilibrium with the xenolith clinopyroxenes suggests that the percolating melt causing the poikilitization can be linked to a mafic, Al-Na-rich, volatile-poor melt and show similarity with the Late Cretaceous–Paleogene (66–72 Ma subduction-related andesitic magmatism of Poiana Ruscă. Type B xenoliths, with their slightly different chemistry, suggest that, after the ancient depletion, the mantle went through a slight metasomatic event. A subsequent passage of mafic melts in the mantle, with similar compositions to the older andesitic magmatism of Poiana Ruscă, is recorded in the pyroxenites (Fe-rich xenoliths, whereas the megacrysts seem to be cogenetic with the host basanite. The Poiana Ruscă xenoliths differ from the orthopyroxene-enriched mantle xenoliths described previously from the Carpathian-Pannonian Region and from the Dacia block.

  5. Ultra-Refractory Domains in the Oceanic Lithosphere: Evidence from Major Element and Modal Relationships in Mantle Xenoliths from Ocean Islands (United States)

    Neumann, E.; Simon, N. S.; Bonadiman, C.; Coltorti, M.; Delpech, G.; Gregoire, M.


    We have compiled a database for major element and modal data of mantle harzburgite and lherzolite xenoliths from different ocean islands. The xenoliths fall in two main categories. Xenoliths showing no petrographic evidence of metasomatism (OI1) from the Canary Islands, Kerguelen, Cape Verde and Samoa are ultra-depleted spinel harzburgites. These xenoliths formed by high degrees of partial melting leading to total exhaustion of cpx. Small amounts of cpx observed in these rocks (mainly fertilization). Unradiogenic Os isotopes and high Re-Os model ages suggest that OI1 and OI1cpx rocks from some islands are much older than the abyssal lithosphere in which they are found. P-T estimates of 0.7-1.3 GPa and 850- 1200°C indicate that the OI1 xenoliths last equilibrated at depths corresponding to >80 Ma old oceanic lithospheric mantle. We interpret the ultra-depleted xenoliths as fragments of material trapped in the oceanic mantle lithosphere. Major element similarities to some series of oceanic sub-arc mantle, and significant differences from continental xenolith series, makes it most likely that the ultra-refractory OI1 peridotites represent recycled abyssal mantle. The large proportion of ultra-refractory peridotite xenoliths in ocean islands, and the presence of such rocks also along some mid-ocean ridges and in sub-arc mantle, suggest that ultra-refractory material may be important ingredients in the convecting mantle. Because of their ultra-depleted chemistry the OI1 type harzburgites will have relatively low densities and are therefore buoyant relative to less refractory mantle rock types. Their high solidus temperatures make the OI1 xenoliths immune to further partial melting (sterile).

  6. Oxygen and hydrogen isotope compositions of eclogites and associated rocks from the Eastern Sesia zone (Western Alps, Italy) (United States)

    Desmons, J.; O'Neil, J.R.


    Oxygen and hydrogen isotope analyses have been made of mineral separates from eclogites, glaucophanites and glaucophane schists from the eastern Sesia zone (Italian Western Alps). Regularities in (1) hydrogen isotope compositions, (2) order of 18O enrichment among coexisting minerals, and (3) ?? 18O (quartz-rutile) and ?? 18O (quartz-phengite) imply attainment of a high degree of isotopic equilibrium. However, some scattering of ??18O values of individual minerals indicates that the eclogitic assemblage did not form in the presence of a thoroughly pervasive fluid. Minerals from an eclogitic lens enclosed in marble have ??18O values distinctly different from those measured in the other rocks. The ??18O values are high in comparison with other type C eclogites of the world, and it is proposed that the fluid present during the high pressure metamorphism has to a large extent been inherited from the precursor rocks of amphibolite facies. An average formation temperature of 540 ?? C is inferred from the oxygen isotope fractionations between quartz and rutile and between quartz and white mica. This temperature is in accordance with petrologic considerations and implies subduction of the precursor rocks into the upper mantle to achieve the high pressures required. ?? 1978 Springer-Verlag.

  7. Fluid-induced transition from banded kyanite- to bimineralic eclogite and implications for the evolution of cratons (United States)

    Sommer, H.; Jacob, D. E.; Stern, R. A.; Petts, D.; Mattey, D. P.; Pearson, D. G.


    Heterogeneous, modally banded kyanite-bearing and bimineralic eclogites from the lithospheric mantle, collected at the Roberts Victor Diamond mine (South Africa), show a reaction texture in which kyanite is consumed. Geothermobarometric calculations using measured mineral compositions in Perple_X allowed the construction of a P-T path showing a steep, cool prograde metamorphic gradient of 2 °C/km to reach peak conditions of 5.8 GPa and 890 °C for the kyanite eclogite. The kyanite-out reaction formed bimineralic eclogite and is probably an integral part of the mineralogical evolution of most archetypal bimineralic eclogites at Roberts Victor and potentially elsewhere. The kyanite-out reaction occured at close to peak pressure (5.3 GPa) and was associated with a rise in temperature to 1380 °C. Mass balance calculations show that upon breakdown, the kyanite component is fully accommodated in garnet and omphacite via a reaction system with low water fugacity that required restricted fluid influx from metasomatic sources. The δ18O values of garnets are consistently higher than normal mantle values. Each sample has its characteristic trend of δ18O variance between garnets in the kyanite-bearing sections and those in the bimineralic parts covering a range between 5.1‰ and 6.8‰. No systematic change in O-isotope signature exists across the sample population. Differences in garnet trace element signatures between differing lithologies in the eclogites are significant. Grossular-rich garnets coexisting with kyanite have strong positive Eu-anomalies and low Gd/Yb ratios, while more pyrope-rich garnets in the bimineralic sections have lost their positive Eu-anomaly, have higher Gd/Yb ratios and generally higher heavy rare earth element contents. Garnets in the original kyanite-bearing portions thus reflect the provenance of the rocks as metamorphosed gabbros/troctolites. The kyanite-out reaction was most likely triggered by a heating event in the subcratonic

  8. Flow in the western Mediterranean shallow mantle: Insights from xenoliths in Pliocene alkali basalts from SE Iberia (eastern Betics, Spain) (United States)

    Hidas, Károly; Konc, Zoltán.; Garrido, Carlos J.; Tommasi, Andréa.; Vauchez, Alain; Padrón-Navarta, José Alberto; Marchesi, Claudio; Booth-Rea, Guillermo; Acosta-Vigil, Antonio; Szabó, Csaba; Varas-Reus, María. Isabel; Gervilla, Fernando


    Mantle xenoliths in Pliocene alkali basalts of the eastern Betics (SE Iberia, Spain) are spinel ± plagioclase lherzolite, with minor harzburgite and wehrlite, displaying porphyroclastic or equigranular textures. Equigranular peridotites have olivine crystal preferred orientation (CPO) patterns similar to those of porphyroclastic xenoliths but slightly more dispersed. Olivine CPO shows [100]-fiber patterns characterized by strong alignment of [100]-axes subparallel to the stretching lineation and a girdle distribution of [010]-axes normal to it. This pattern is consistent with simple shear or transtensional deformation accommodated by dislocation creep. One xenolith provides evidence for synkinematic reactive percolation of subduction-related Si-rich melts/fluids that resulted in oriented crystallization of orthopyroxene. Despite a seemingly undeformed microstructure, the CPO in orthopyroxenite veins in composite xenoliths is identical to those of pyroxenes in the host peridotite, suggesting late-kinematic crystallization. Based on these observations, we propose that the annealing producing the equigranular microstructures was triggered by melt percolation in the shallow subcontinental lithospheric mantle coeval to the late Neogene formation of veins in composite xenoliths. Calculated seismic properties are characterized by fast propagation of P waves and polarization of fast S waves parallel to olivine [100]-axis (stretching lineation). These data are compatible with present-day seismic anisotropy observations in SE Iberia if the foliations in the lithospheric mantle are steeply dipping and lineations are subhorizontal with ENE strike, implying dominantly horizontal mantle flow in the ENE-WSW direction within vertical planes, that is, subparallel to the paleo-Iberian margin. The measured anisotropy could thus reflect a lithospheric fabric due to strike-slip deformation in the late Miocene in the context of WSW tearing of the subducted south Iberian margin

  9. Transitional time of oceanic to continental subduction in the Dabie orogen: Clues from the Triassic age for oceanic eclogites (United States)

    Cheng, H.; Dufrane, S.; Nakamura, E.; Vervoort, J. D.


    Low-temperature and high-pressure eclogites with an oceanic affinity in the western part of the Dabie orogen have been investigated with combined Lu-Hf and U-Pb geochronology. These eclogites formed over a range of temperatures (482-565°C and 1.9-2.2 GPa). Three eclogites, which were sampled from the Gaoqiao country, yield Lu-Hf ages of 240.7 ± 1.2 Ma, 243.3 ± 4.1 Ma and 238.3 ± 1.2 Ma, with a corresponding lower-intercept U-Pb zircon age of 232 ± 26 Ma. Despite the well-preserved prograde major- and trace-element zoning in garnets, mineralogical and petrologic studies suggest that Lu-Hf ages mostly reflect a later garnet growth episode. These ages mark the termination of high-pressure eclogite-facies metamorphism instead of representing the early phase of garnet growth. An upper-intercept zircon U-Pb age of 765 ± 24 Ma is defined for the Gaoqiao eclogite, which is consistent with the weighted mean age of 768 ± 21 Ma for the country gneiss. This suggests an analogue protolith origin; however, the gneiss has not been subjected to successive high-pressure metamorphism. The new Triassic ages are thus either an estimate of the involvement of oceanic fragments in the continental subduction or a milestone of the termination of oceanic subduction. The latter implies that different oceanic crustal slices/fragments reached peak metamorphism and started to exhume at diverse times, rather than being subducted and exhumed as a whole. Despite these results, many fundamental questions regarding the multi-slices subduction and exhumation hypothesis remain unanswered.

  10. Eclogite-facies metamorphic reactions under stress and faulting in granulites from the Bergen Arcs, Norway: an experimental investigation (United States)

    Incel, Sarah; Hilairet, Nadège; Labrousse, Loïc; Andersen, Torgeir B.; Wang, Yanbin; Schubnel, Alexandre


    Field observations from the Bergen Arcs, Norway, demonstrate a network of pseudotachylites quenched under eclogite-facies conditions in mafic granulites. In these nominally anhydrous high-pressure high-temperature (HP/HT) rocks the formation of pseudotachylites, believed to represent fossilized earthquakes, cannot be explained by processes akin to dehydration embrittlement. On the contrary, the transition to eclogite is expected to involve hydration of the initial rock. To experimentally investigate the underlying mechanisms leading to brittle failure in HP/HT rocks, we performed deformation experiments on natural granulite samples from the Bergen Arcs. The experiments were conducted under eclogite-facies conditions (2-3 GPa, 990-1220 K) to trigger the breakdown of plagioclase - the main constituent of granulite. For these experiments, both a D-DIA and a Griggs apparatus were used. The D-DIA press is mounted on a synchrotron beamline, enabling us to monitor strain, stress, and phase changes in-situ while contemporaneously recording acoustic emissions. The Griggs experiments were performed on a new device installed at ENS Paris, in which only stress-strain were recorded, and post-mortem microstructures investigated. The initial material consisted of a fine grain size granulite powder (powder plus the adhesion water on grain surfaces. Mechanical data together with XRD observations and the record of acoustic emissions demonstrate a correlation between stress drops, the growth of plagioclase breakdown products and the onset of acoustic emissions during deformation of our specimen within the eclogitic field. Microstructural analysis show remarkable similarities with that of the natural ecoligitic pseudotachylites of the Bergen arcs. The plagioclase decomposition products form narrow conjugated shear bands, along which dissected and displaced crystals are found in the samples. The lack of microstructural evidence for macroscopic brittle failure in our microstructures

  11. Study on the Microstructures and Seismic Anisotropy of Blueschist and Eclogite from Ring Mountain and Jenner in California (United States)

    HA, Y.; Jung, H.; Raymond, L. A.; Bero, D.


    Seismic anisotropy has been found in many subduction zones. During subduction of slab, the oceanic crust changes to blueschist and eclogite. Since minerals in blueschist are very anisotropic elastically, seismic properties in the subducting slab can be attributed to the lattice preferred orientation (LPO) of these minerals. We studied microstructures and seismic properties of blueschist and eclogite from Ring Mt. and Jenner in California. Blueschist samples are mainly composed of glaucophane, epidote and phengite. Eclogite samples are mostly composed of omphacite, glaucophane, epidote and garnet. We determined LPOs of minerals using SEM/EBSD technique and calculated seismic properties of minerals and whole rocks. LPOs of glaucophane showed [001] axes are aligned subparallel to lineation, and both (110) poles and [100] axes subnormal to foliation. Glaucophane in samples from Jenner, however, exhibited [001] axes forming a girdle subparallel to lineation. Seismic anisotropy of glaucophane was stronger in samples from Ring Mt. than those from Jenner. Epidote showed [001] axes are aligned subnormal to foliation and (110) and (010) poles subparallel to lineation. LPOs of phengite were characterized by a maximum of [001] axes normal to foliation, with (110) and (010) poles and [100] axes aligning in a weak girdle parallel to foliation. Phengite showed the strongest seismic anisotropy among major minerals. LPOs of omphacite showed [001] axes are aligned subparallel to lineation and [010] axes subnormal to foliation. Seismic anisotropy of omphacite was very weak. Blueschist from Ring Mt. showed stronger seismic anisotropy than those from Jenner. Especially, blueschist including abundant phengite showed very strong seismic anisotropy (AVP=30%, max.AVS=23%). Eclogite showed much weaker seismic anisotropy (AVP=7%, max.AVS=6%) than blueschist (AVP=12-30%, max.AVS=9-23%). Therefore, strong seismic anisotropy observed in subduction zone can be more affected by blueschist than

  12. High-pressure behavior of djerfisherite: Implication for its origin in diamonds and mantle xenoliths (United States)

    Minin, D.; Sharygin, I.; Litasov, K.; Sharygin, V.; Shatskiy, A.; Ohtani, E.


    Djerfisherite K6(Fe,Cu,Ni)25S26Cl is a widespread mineral in kimberlite-hosted mantle xenoliths and diamonds. It usually occurs as rims around primary Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides. It is assumed that metasomatic origin of djerfisherite is related to interaction of primary sulfides with the hypothetical K-Cl-rich fluid or melt. However, source and composition of metasomatic agent as well as PT-conditions of the interaction is unclear. There are two basic hypothesis of djerfisherite origin in diamonds and mantle xenoliths: (1) in-situ mantle metasomatism; (2) infiltration of kimberlite melt into mantle nodules during magma ascent. To date, djerfisherite was synthesized only at 1 atm and 350-650 oC (Clarke, 1979) and at 0.1 GPa and 470 oC (Gorbachev and Nekrasov, 1980). We performed first experimental study on the stability of this sulfide at high pressures. The experiments were performed at 3 GPa nd 800-1200 oC. Also we have planned to perform experiments at 6 GPa, however, it was not necessary due to instability of djerfisherite at lower pressures. As starting materials we used natural Cu-rich djerfisherite from peralkaline pegmatites of Khibina massif (Kola peninsula, Russia) and synthetic mixtures with the following compositions (in mol.%) (Fe18Cu2Ni5)25S26 + 5KCl + 3.5K2CO3 and (Fe18Cu2Ni5)25S26 + 6KCl + K2CO3 + 3.5Na2CO3 + 8Mg2SiO4. Potassium content was in excess by an addition of K2CO3. Sulfide portion of synthetic mixtures compositionally corresponds to djerfisherite in diamonds and mantle xenoliths. The results of experiments showed that djerfisherite is unstable at 3 GPa, or higher pressures. This indicates that djerfisherite in diamond, diamond-bearing garnet peridotite could not be crystallized in cratonic lithosphere mantle in-situ. Consequently, djerfisherite formation in mantle nodules is a result of their interaction with kimberlite melt during ascent of magma at the subsurface conditions. Instead of djerfisherite we synthesized two new potassium sulfides: K0

  13. Lithospheric mantle evolution in the Afro-Arabian domain: Insights from Bir Ali mantle xenoliths (Yemen) (United States)

    Sgualdo, P.; Aviado, K.; Beccaluva, L.; Bianchini, G.; Blichert-Toft, J.; Bryce, J. G.; Graham, D. W.; Natali, C.; Siena, F.


    Detailed petrological and geochemical investigations of an extensive sampling of mantle xenoliths from the Neogene-Quaternary Bir Ali diatreme (southern Yemen) indicate that the underlying lithospheric mantle consists predominantly of medium- to fine-grained (often foliated) spinel-peridotites (85-90%) and spinel-pyroxenites (10-15%) showing thermobarometric estimates in the P-T range of 0.9-2.0 GPa and 900-1150 °C. Peridotites, including lherzolites, harzburgites and dunites delineate continuous chemical, modal and mineralogical variations compatible with large extractions of basic melts occurring since the late Proterozoic (~ 2 Ga, according to Lu-Hf model ages). Pyroxenites may represent intrusions of subalkaline basic melts interacting and equilibrated with the host peridotite. Subsequent metasomatism has led to modal changes, with evidence of reaction patches and clinopyroxene and spinel destabilization, as well as formation of new phases (glass, amphibole and feldspar). These changes are accompanied by enrichment of the most incompatible elements and isotopic compositions. 143Nd/144Nd ranges from 0.51419 to 0.51209 (εNd from + 30.3 to - 10.5), 176Hf/177Hf from 0.28459 to 0.28239 (εHf from + 64.4 to - 13.6), and 208Pb/204Pb from 36.85 to 41.56, thus extending from the depleted mantle (DM) towards the enriched OIB mantle (EM and HIMU) components. 3He/4He (R/RA) ratios vary from 7.2 to 7.9 with He concentrations co-varying with the most incompatible element enrichment, in parallel with metasomatic effects. These metasomatic events, particularly effective in harzburgites and dunites, are attributable to the variable interaction with alkaline basic melts related to the general extensional and rifting regime affecting the East Africa-Arabian domain during the Cenozoic. In this respect, Bir Ali mantle xenoliths resemble those occurring along the Arabian margins and the East Africa Rift system, similarly affected by alkaline metasomatism, whereas they are

  14. Metamorphism of eclogites from the UHP Maksyutov Complex, south Ural Mountains, Russia (United States)

    Burlick, T. D.; Leech, M. L.


    The Maksyutov Complex is a mid- to late Paleozoic ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) subduction terrane in the south Ural Mountains of Russia. Radial fractures around quartz inclusions in garnet, omphacite, and glaucophane interpreted as pre-existing coesite; and microdiamond aggregates in garnet identified by Raman spectroscopy demonstrate Maksyutov rocks were subducted to UHP conditions (>2.8 GPa for coesite and >3.0 GPa for diamond at 600°C). Peak UHP eclogite-facies metamorphism (Grt+Omp+Ph+Coe+Rt ×Ttn) took place at c. 385 M and Maksyutov rocks were exhumed through retrograde blueschist-facies metamorphism (Grt+Gln+Ph+Qz×Chl×Ep) by 360 Ma. Pseudosections were constructed to constrain the P-T conditions recorded by the equilibrium mineral assemblanges in eclogites and their retrograded equivalents using bulk rock XRF analysis in the system Na2O-CaO-K2O-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O-TiO2 and the suite of free energy minimization programs, Perple_X 6.6.8 [Connolly 2009] with the internally consistent end-member thermodynamic database from Holland and Powell [1998] (mod 2004); solution models for omphacite (Holland and Powell, 1996), clinoamphibole (Dale et al. 2005), white mica (Coggon & Holland 2002, Auzanneau et al 2010), chlorite and garnet (Holland and Powell 1998; Powell and Holland 1999), and feldspar (Thompson and Hovis 1979; Newton et al. 1980) were used with H2O as a saturated component. Both conventional thermometry, using microprobe analyses and Grt-Cpx cation exchange as well as pseudosection modeling result in higher peak equilibrium temperatures than has been previously been reported in the Maksyutov. Pseudosection modeling gives minimum P-T conditions of 625°-675°C and 2.8-3.1 GPa for peak assemblages from the least retrogressed eclogites, while Fe-Mg exchange thermometry yields temperatures of 775°C × 25°C for pressures ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 GPa.

  15. The formation of the North Barents Superdeep Basin by gabbro to eclogite transformation in continental crust (United States)

    Artyushkov, Eugene; Chekhovich, Peter


    Arctic area includes deep basins both water loaded and sediment loaded ones. They are underlain by the attenuated crystalline crust with high P-wave velocities. The nature of the crust in these basins and mechanisms of their formation are debatable. Detailed data on the North Barents superdeep sedimentary Basin can be used to approach the problem. To produce such a basin with 16-18 km of sediments by stretching of continental lithosphere the beta factor should be about 2.5. According to the seismic reflection profiling data the intensity of stretching of the crystalline basement in the basin does not exceed 10%. This could ensure the sediment loaded subsidence of no more than 1 km. In the deepest part of the basin the crystalline crust is only 14 km thick and has the mean density of 2900 kg/m3 typical of the oceanic crust. Subsidence of oceanic crust formed at the axis of spreading continues 80 Myr at a rate rapidly decreasing in time. In the North Barents Basin intense subsidence continued 220 Myr since the Late Devonian and until the Late Jurassic. Moreover, about two thirds of the subsidence took place since the beginning of the Triassic while subsidence of oceanic crust would have already ended long ago. These data make rather improbable the existence of oceanic crust in the basin. The analysis of the seismic refraction profiling data shows that the basin is several kilometers deeper than it would be if the Moho boundary was underlain by mantle peridotites. No large negative isostatic anomalies are however observed above the basin. Abnormally large depth of the basin can be explained by the existence under the Moho of a layer of eclogites 15-20 km thick. These mafic rocks which are denser than mantle peridotites pertain to the crust by their composition. Together with crystalline rocks 14 km thick located above the Moho they form the crystalline crust with the thickness 30-35 km which is typical of many continental regions. The formation of eclogites from

  16. Boron geochemistry of the lower crust: Evidence from granulite terranes and deep crustal xenoliths

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    Leeman, W.P.; Sisson, V.B. (Rice Univ., Houston, TX (United States)); Reid, M.R. (Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States))


    Boron contents are uniformly low in more than 100 granulites from exposed terranes in India, Norway, and Scotland, and from xenolith suites in the western US. Averages for the terranes (2.5 ppm) and for xenoliths (1.2 ppm) suggest maximum B contents of about 2 {plus minus} 1 ppm for the lower crust. Abundance distributions from exposed terranes are skewed to higher values as B has been added to some samples via retrograde fluids during decompression. The samples studied include mafic to felsic lithologies of both igneous and sedimentary origin. There is no correlation of B content with bulk composition or with protolith type in any of the suites studied. Boron is apparently depleted in all granulite protoliths during prograde metamorphism and dehydration. Similar depletions of B and other fluid-mobile elements (e.g., U, Cs) with respect to rare-earth elements (REE) Zr, Ba, Rb, and K{sub 2}O are seemingly inconsistent with origin of granulites primarily via extraction of silicate melts. These distinctive geochemical features are attributed to selective element transport in fluids released by devolatilization reactions. Anatexis is not necessarily precluded, but dehydration of the subsolidus protolith normally would precede melting and lead to depletion of the fluid-mobile elements. Compositions of any melts and restites eventually formed would reflect the effects of this antecedent process. The systematic depletion of B (and Cs) in granulites contrasts with the highly variable contents of most other incompatible elements determined. For this reason, the estimated lower crust abundance for B is relatively well constrained, whereas abundance estimates for many other elements are model dependent, have large uncertainties and are unlikely to be globally representative.

  17. Formation of atoll garnets in the UHP eclogites of the Tso Morari Complex, Ladakh, Himalaya (United States)

    Jonnalagadda, Mallika K.; Karmalkar, Nitin R.; Duraiswami, Raymond A.; Harshe, Shivani; Gain, Sarah; Griffin, William L.


    The eclogites of the Tso Morari Complex, Ladakh, NW Himalayas preserve both garnets with spectacular atoll textures, as well as whole porphyroblastic garnets. Whole garnets are euhedral, idiomorphic and enclose inclusions of amphibole, phengite and zoisite within the cores, and omphacite and quartz/coesite towards the rims. Detailed electron microprobe analyses and back-scattered electron images show well-preserved prograde zoning in the whole garnets with an increase in Mg and decrease in Ca and Mn contents from the core to the rim. The atoll garnets commonly consist of euhedral ring over island/peninsular core containing inclusions of phengite, omphacite and rarely amphibole between the core and ring. Compositional profiles across the studied atoll grains show elemental variations with higher concentrations of Ca and Mn with low Mg at the peninsula/island cores; contrary to this low Ca, Mn and high Mg is observed at the outer rings. Temperature estimates yield higher values at the Mg-rich atoll garnet outer rings compared to the atoll cores. Atoll garnet formation was favoured by infiltration of fluid formed due to breakdown of hydrous phases, and/or the release of structurally bounded OH from nominally anhydrous minerals at the onset of exhumation. Infiltration of fluids along pre-existing fracture pathways and along mineral inclusion boundaries triggered breakdown of the original garnet cores and released elements which were subsequently incorporated into the newly-grown garnet rings. This breakdown of garnet cores and inward re-growth at the outer ring produced the atoll structure. Calibrated geo-thermobarometers and mineral equilibria reflect that the Tso Morari eclogites attain peak pressures prior to peak temperatures representing a clockwise path of evolution.

  18. Metamorphic evolution of ultrahigh-pressure rocks from Chinese southwestern Tianshan and a possible indicator of UHP metamorphism using garnet composition in low-T eclogites (United States)

    Du, Jin-Xue; Zhang, Li-Fei; Bader, Thomas; Shen, Ting-Ting


    How to identify ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphism in the absence of coesite is a key problem to gain the correct P-T history for an orogenic belt. In this study, garnet composition combined with the pseudosection approach was used to identify ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism and to determine P-T paths for eclogites and metapelites from Chinese southwestern Tianshan. Porphyroblastic garnets from both eclogites and metapelites develop pronounced chemical core-rim textures: the relatively homogeneous core with low pyrope [Prp; Mg/(Ca + Mn + Mg + Fe2+) × 100] and grossular [Grs; Ca/(Ca + Mn + Mg + Fe2+) × 100] content is overgrown by a thin rim with sharply increased Prp and Grs. Phase equilibria modeling indicates that the ultrahigh-pressure rocks have undergone a clockwise P-T path characterized by heating during early exhumation with peak P-T at 31-33 kbar and 490-520 °C. The P-T pseudosections for eclogites show that isopleths of Prp and Grs strongly depend on temperature and pressure, respectively, especially in the stability fields of glaucophane-lawsonite-bearing eclogite facies assemblages. This indicates that garnet composition provides robust thermobarometric constraints. Consequently, we propose a Prp-Grs diagram which is subdivided into a high-pressure region and an ultrahigh-pressure region by the quartz-coesite-transition curve. Those garnet compositions which fall into the ultrahigh-pressure region are regarded to have experienced ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism. This approach is expected to be a useful tool to qualitatively identify ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism for glaucophane-lawsonite-bearing eclogites and its particular strength is the quick examination of large datasets comprising samples with similar bulk composition. Using this method, garnet compositions of eclogites and mafic blueschists from Chinese southwestern Tianshan and lawsonite eclogites worldwide are plotted in the Prp-Grs diagram and several possible ultrahigh

  19. Phase relationships and P-T conditions of coexisting eclogite-blueschists and their transformation to greenschist-facies rocks in the Nerkau Complex (Northern Urals) (United States)

    Gómez-Pugnaire, M. T.; Karsten, L.; Sánchez-Vizcaíno, V. López


    Eclogites and blueschists coexist in the same lithologic sequence in the Nerkau Complex, one of the metamorphic complexes, in the northern Urals, Russia. Two types of eclogites can be distinguished in this complex. (1) Glaucophane-free eclogites, consisting of garnet + omphacite + barroisite + calcic amphibole + albite + epidote + rutile + titanite + quartz. In these rocks, phase compatibilities indicate that barroisite was stable at eclogite conditions, together with garnet and omphacite. This assemblage was overprinted by another consisting of barroisite/Mg-hornblende + albite + epidote, which developed under albite-bearing greenschist conditions. (2) Paragonite-glaucophane-bearing eclogites consist of omphacite + garnet + glaucophane + barroisite + actinolite + paragonite + albite + epidote + titanite ± rutile + quartz. Textural and chemographic analyses indicate that two main metamorphic episodes took place as well, represented by the assemblages omphacite + garnet + glaucophane and barroisite + albite + chlorite, respectively. The blueschists surrounding the eclogites consist of garnet + glaucophane ± barroisite + phengite ± paragonite + chlorite + albite + quartz + titanite ± rutile ± ilmenite. Phase relationships indicate that no reaction relates eclogites with blueschists, and that both mineral assemblages can be stable at the same metamorphic conditions. The occurrence of these assemblages side by side could thus be controlled by the bulk-rock composition. Metamorphic conditions have been calculated for each lithology with different, but complementary methods. The two types of eclogites were stable between 450° and 490°C or 500 and 537°C, depending on the thermometer used, and minimum pressures of 10 to 11 kbar. These values compare favourably with 530 ± 20°C and 14.5 ± 1 kbar obtained with a P-T diagram calculation and a forward-modelling approach. In the case of blueschists, coexisting glaucophane and garnet are stable at similar metamorphic

  20. Felsic granulite with layers of eclogite facies rocks in the Bohemian Massif; did they share a common metamorphic history? (United States)

    Jedlicka, Radim; Faryad, Shah Wali


    High pressure granulite and granulite gneiss from the Rychleby Mountains in the East Sudetes form an approximately 7 km long and 0.8 km wide body, which is enclosed by amphibolite facies orthogneiss with a steep foliation. Well preserved felsic granulite is located in the central part of the body, where several small bodies of mafic granulite are also present. In comparison to other high pressure granulites in the Bohemian Massif, which show strong mineral and textural re-equilibration under granulite facies conditions, the mafic granulite samples preserve eclogite facies minerals (garnet, omphacite, kyanite, rutile and phengite) and their field and textural relations indicate that both mafic and felsic granulites shared common metamorphic history during prograde eclogite facies and subsequent granulite facies events. Garnet from both granulite varieties shows prograde compositional zoning and contains inclusions of phengite. Yttrium and REEs in garnet show typical bell-shaped distributions with no annular peaks near the grain rims. Investigation of major and trace elements zoning, including REEs distribution in garnet, was combined with thermodynamic modelling to constrain the early eclogite facies metamorphism and to estimate pressure-temperature conditions of the subsequent granulite facies overprint. The first (U)HP metamorphism occurred along a low geothermal gradient in a subduction-related environment from its initial stage at 0.8 GPa/460 °C and reached pressures up to 2.5 GPa at 550 °C. The subsequent granulite facies overprint (1.6-1.8 GPa/800-880 °C) affected the rocks only partially; by replacement of omphacite into diopside + plagioclase symplectite and by compositional modification of garnet rims. The mineral textures and the preservation of the eclogite facies prograde compositional zoning in garnet cores confirm that the granulite facies overprint was either too short or too faint to cause recrystallisation and homogenisation of the eclogite

  1. Petro-fabrics and Seismic Properties of Blueschist and Eclogite in the North Qilian Suture Zone, NW China: Implications for the Low-velocity Upper Layer in Subducting Slab, Trench-parallel Seismic Anisotropy and Eclogite Detectability in the Subduction Zone (United States)

    Cao, Y.


    The potential seismological contributions of metamorphosed and deformed oceanic crust in a subduction zone environment were studied in a detailed petro-fabric analysis of blueschist and eclogite in the North Qilian suture zone, NW China. The calculated whole-rock seismic properties based on the measured lattice preferred orientations (LPOs) of the constituting minerals show increasing P-wave and S-wave velocities and decreasing seismic anisotropies from blueschist to eclogite, mainly due to the decreasing volume proportion and deformation extent of glaucophane. The low velocity of the upper layer in the subducting oceanic crust can be explained by the existence of blueschist and foliated eclogite, which induces a 3-12% reduction in velocity compared to that induced by the surrounding mantle rocks. This low-velocity layer may gradually disappear when blueschist and foliated eclogite are replaced by massive eclogite at a depth in excess of 60-75 km for the paleo North Qilian subduction zone. Trench-parallel seismic anisotropy with a moderate delay time (0.1-0.3 s) can only effectively contribute to deformed blueschist and eclogite in a high-angle (>45-60°) subducting slab, regardless of the direction of slab movement. The calculated reflection coefficients (Rc = 0.04-0.20) at the lithologic interfaces between eclogite and blueschist imply that it may be possible to detect eclogite bodies in shallow subduction channels using high-resolution seismic reflection profiles. However, the imaging of eclogite bodies located in deep subduction zones could be challenging.

  2. Water in the Lithospheric Mantle Beneath a Phanerozoic Continental Belt: FTIR Analyses of Alligator Lake Xenoliths (Yukon, Canada) (United States)

    Gelber, McKensie; Peslier, Ann H.; Brandon, Alan D.


    Water in the mantle influences melting, metasomatism, viscosity and electrical conductivity. The Alligator Lake mantle xenolith suite is one of three bimodal peridotite suites from the northern Canadian Cordillera brought to the surface by alkali basalts, i.e., it consists of chemically distinct lherzolites and harzburgites. The lherzolites have equilibration temperatures about 50 C lower than the harzburgites and are thought to represent the fertile upper mantle of the region. The harzburgites might have come from slightly deeper in the mantle and/or be the result of a melting event above an asthenospheric upwelling detected as a seismic anomaly at 400-500 km depth. Major and trace element data are best interpreted as the lherzolite mantle having simultaneously experienced 20-25% partial melting and a metasomatic event to create the harzburgites. Well-characterized xenoliths are being analyzed for water by FTIR. Harzburgites contain 29-52 ppm H2O in orthopyroxene (opx) and (is) approximately140 ppm H2O in clinopyroxene (cpx). The lherzolites have H2O contents of 27-150 ppm in opx and 46-361 ppm in cpx. Despite correlating with enrichments in LREE, the water contents of the harzburgite pyroxenes are low relative to those of typical peridotite xenoliths, suggesting that the metasomatic agents were water-poor, contrarily to what has been suggested before. The water content of cpx is about double that of opx indicating equilibrium. Olivine water contents are low ((is) less than 5 ppm H2O) and out of equilibrium with those of opx and cpx, which may be due to H loss during xenolith ascent. This is consistent with olivines containing more water in their cores than their rims. Olivines exclusively exhibit water bands in the 3400-3000 cm-1 range, which may be indicative of a reduced environment.

  3. Equilibration conditions of eclogite lenses from Isla Margarita, Venezuela: Implications for the tectonic evolution of the metasedimentary Juan Griego Group (United States)

    Bocchio, R.; De Capitani, L.; Liborio, G.; Maresch, W. V.; Mottana, A.


    The constituent primary and secondary minerals in a suite of fifteen samples of eclogite, amphibole-eclogite and garnet-amphibolite, scattered as boudins and pods in metapelitic schists and gneisses on Isla Margarita, Venezuela, have been analysed by electron microprobe to augment existing bulk-rock chemical data. The large sample population available allows spurious effects of stoichiometric Fe 3+ calculation procedures and bulk-rock influence to be recognised and eliminated. All samples belong to one population with a relatively homogeneous character. The equilibration temperatures are derived from {Fe 2+}/{Mg} fractionation between garnet and clinopyroxene and range from 525-650 °C. Jadeite contents of clinopyroxene and the persistence of minor stable albite constrain pressures to between 13 and 19 kbar. Combined with new evidence for high-pressure metamorphism in the enclosing metapelites and with existing data on an eclogitic metabasic unit exposed in north-eastern Isla Margarita (La Rinconada Group), these data show convincingly that the Margarita crustal block is and has been a relatively coherent unit ever since the entire complex suffered high-pressure metamorphism in Late Mesozoic times.

  4. Petrology of suprasubductive mantle xenoliths from Estancia Sol De Mayo (Central Patagonia, Argentina) (United States)

    Melchiorre, M.; Coltorti, M.; Gregoire, M.; Benoit, M.


    A new suite of mantle xenoliths from Estancia Sol de Mayo (Patagonia) has been investigated. They were entrained in alkaline lavas from the south western sector of Meseta Lago Buenos Aires. Trace element abundances of these lavas are well comparable with those of the main and post-plateau lavas from the Triple Junction Province and resemble those of OIB. Xenoliths are spinel-bearing harzburgites and dunites, with minor lherzolites and one wehrlite. They are characterized by a coarse grained protogranular texture and devoid of modal metasomatic features and hydrated minerals. They show two texturally different clinopyroxenes. One is protogranular (cpx1), while the second surrounds, and is genetically related to, spinel (cpx2). Three different types of orthopyroxenes are also recognized: the first one is represented by large protogranular crystals with exsolution lamellae (opx1), the second one by small clean and undeformed grains without exsolution lamellae (opx2) and the last one occurs as small grains filling veins (opx3). Major element compositions of both clinopyroxenes and orthopyroxenes highlight two different trends. The first one is characterized by high Al2O3 (high-Al trend) content at almost constant mg# [MgO/(MgO+FeO) mol %], while the second shows a slight increase in Al2O3 (low-Al trend) content with decreasing mg#. Trace element contents of cpx are enriched in LREE and characterized by prominent to slightly negative Nb, Zr and Ti anomalies. No differences are observed between cpx1 and cpx2. The three groups of orthopyroxenes are variably depleted in LREE, with opx1 and opx2 always showing prominent to slightly negative Ti and Zr anomalies, while opx3 is characterized by a prominent positive Zr anomaly. Al2O3 in cpx is inversely correlated with LREE and LILE suggesting that a refertilization event occur within the upper mantle beneath Estancia Sol de Mayo. The most likely melt which can account for this event has a tholeiitic affinity, as supported by i

  5. Fluids in mantle xenoliths related to multiple metasomatism from the Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico (United States)

    Park, M.; Berkesi, M.; Jung, H.; Kil, Y.; Szabo, C.


    Mantle-derived volatile-rich fluid inclusions can give important information on chemical features and physical condition on fluid regimes in the upper mantle. These volatiles may also play important role in understanding the fluid/mantle rock interaction in the lithospheric mantle causing mantle metasomatism associated with shallow subduction process. Spinel peridotite xenoliths, hosted in alkali basalts (~15 Ma age), were collected from Adam's Diggings in the Rio Grande Rift (RGR), New Mexico, USA. We selected five representative spinel peridotite xenoliths which are abundant in fluid inclusions (FIs). Based on fluid inclusion petrography, three kinds of orthopyroxene-hosted FIs were identified: Type IA (healed fracture-related, large, negative crystal shape; 10 - 25 μm), Type IB (containing opaque mineral, small, negative crystal shape; 5 - 10 μm), and Type IC (exsolved spinel-related spherical shape; 5 - 10 μm). We studied the FIs system by using heating-freezing stage (microthermometry), high resolution Raman spectroscopy and FIB-SEM (Focused Ion Beam-Scanning Electron Microscopy) techniques. These FIs are characterized as CO2-dominated with other minor components (visible melting occurred at -58.0 ~ -56.8 ± 0.2 °C). The calculated CO2 density for Type IC, IB and IA turned out to be 1.05 - 1.12 g/cm3, 0.98 - 1.08 g/cm3, and 0.69 - 0.86 g/cm3, respectively. In addition to the CO2-rich liquid, Type IA, IB and IC FIs contain magnesite as step-daughter phase proved by Raman spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy also provided clear evidence the presence of H2O in Type IA fluid inclusions and of N2 both in Type IB and Type IC FIs. The former FIs have hydrous solid (amphibole?) and the latter ones contain Fe-rich sulfide minerals which were confirmed by FIB-SEM technique. A thin glass film with vesicles on the wall of the FIs generally occurs in Type IA. Furthermore, in Type IA FIs anhydrite as step-daughter mineral were also identified by FIB-SEM technique. Based on

  6. A coherent lithostratigraphic unit in the coesite-eclogite complex of Dabie Shan, China: geologic and petrologic evidence (United States)

    Rolfo, Franco; Compagnoni, Roberto; Wu, Weiping; Xu, Shutong


    As a contribution to the discussion about the "in situ" vs. "exotic" origin of the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic (UHPM) rocks, and to the real size of the exhumed tectonic units, the Wuhe-Pailou Unit (WPU) in eastern Dabie Shan was studied. The WPU typically consists of two micas—epidote gneiss, marble with minor eclogite, and jadeite-bearing granofels with rare garnetite and eclogite nodules; these lithologies are enclosed within leucocratic granitic gneiss. Jadeite-bearing granofels is the most peculiar lithology of the WPU, being the only felsic rock in Dabie Shan still preserving extensive relics of the UHPM mineral assemblage. The UHP peak assemblage is coesite+jadeite+garnet±epidote±phengite±kyanite, with accessory rutile, apatite, and zircon. All eclogites consist of garnet, omphacite, quartz/coesite, rutile or high-Al titanite±phengite±clinozoisite±kyanite. Two micas—epidote gneiss associated with the jadeite-bearing granofels typically consists of epidote, muscovite, biotite, plagioclase, K-feldspar, rare garnet, and accessory rutile, titanite, apatite, and zircon. Locally, the WPU paragneiss contains garnet with inclusions of phengite, kyanite, rutile, and amphibole+Na plagioclase symplectite after omphacite. A clockwise P- T path was inferred for the WPU, which consists of an early prograde part up to coesite-eclogite facies conditions ( P˜3.3 GPa and T˜720 °C), an early decompression stage and a late part characterised by a near-adiabatic decompression down to medium pressure ( P˜1.1 GPa, T˜670 °C) and to low-pressure amphibolite-facies conditions, followed by a final cooling to greenschist-facies conditions. Both field and laboratory data consistently suggest that the WPU, characterised by the close association of paragneiss, marble, eclogite, and granofels, is a supracrustal metasedimentary sequence, which underwent subduction, UHPM, and exhumation as a coherent tectonic unit. Therefore, within collisional orogens, large coherent

  7. Seismic properties of subducting oceanic crust: Constraints from natural lawsonite-bearing blueschist and eclogite in Sivrihisar Massif, Turkey (United States)

    Cao, Yi; Jung, Haemyeong


    Investigating the seismic properties of natural lawsonite (Lws)-bearing blueschist and eclogite is particularly important for constraining the seismic interpretation of subducting oceanic crust based on seismological observations. To achieve this end, we analyzed in detail the mineral fabrics and seismic properties of foliated Lws-blueschist and Lws-eclogites from Sivrihisar Massif in Turkey. In both blueschists and eclogites, the lawsonite fabric is characterized by three different patterns: [0 0 1] axes aligning sub-normal to foliation, and [0 1 0] axes aligning sub-parallel to lineation (normal type); [0 0 1] axes aligning sub-parallel to lineation, and [1 0 0] axes aligning sub-normal to foliation with a girdle sub-normal to lineation (abnormal type); and [0 0 1] axes aligning both sub-normal to foliation and sub-parallel to lineation, [0 1 0] axes aligning sub-parallel to lineation, and [1 0 0] axes aligning sub-normal to foliation (transitional pattern). In contrast, glaucophane and omphacite mostly present consistent axial fabrics with the [0 0 1] axes aligning to lineation. These mineral fabrics produce whole-rock seismic anisotropies with similar patterns. However, the variations in seismic anisotropies are mainly controlled by the rock type, to a lesser extent are determined by the lawsonite fabric type, and to only a small extent are affected by mineral fabric strength. Despite the constructive abnormal-type lawsonite fabric on whole-rock seismic anisotropies, because of their weaker mineral fabric strength (or deformation degree), the abnormal-type Lws-blueschist still exhibit comparatively lower seismic anisotropies than those normal-type Lws-blueschist from other localities. Based on the calculated seismic anisotropies and velocities, we estimated that when oceanic crust transforms from Lws-blueschist to Lws-eclogite with increasing subduction depth, (1) P-wave and max. S-wave polarization anisotropies reduce about 70% and 40%, respectively; and (2

  8. First direct evidence of sedimentary carbonate recycling in subduction-related xenoliths. (United States)

    Liu, Yongsheng; He, Detao; Gao, Changgui; Foley, Stephen; Gao, Shan; Hu, Zhaochu; Zong, Keqing; Chen, Haihong


    Carbon in rocks and its rate of exchange with the exosphere is the least understood part of the carbon cycle. The amount of carbonate subducted as sediments and ocean crust is poorly known, but essential to mass balance the cycle. We describe carbonatite melt pockets in mantle peridotite xenoliths from Dalihu (northern China), which provide firsthand evidence for the recycling of carbonate sediments within the subduction system. These pockets retain the low trace element contents and δ(18)OSMOW = 21.1 ± 0.3 of argillaceous carbonate sediments, representing wholesale melting of carbonates instead of filtered recycling of carbon by redox freezing and melting. They also contain microscopic diamonds, partly transformed to graphite, indicating that depths >120 km were reached, as well as a bizarre mixture of carbides and metal alloys indicative of extremely reducing conditions. Subducted carbonates form diapirs that move rapidly upwards through the mantle wedge, reacting with peridotite, assimilating silicate minerals and releasing CO2, thus promoting their rapid emplacement. The assimilation process produces very local disequilibrium and divergent redox conditions that result in carbides and metal alloys, which help to interpret other occurrences of rock exhumed from ultra-deep conditions.

  9. 40Ar/39Ar Ages of Carbonaceous Xenoliths in 2 HED Meteorites (United States)

    Turrin, B.; Lindsay, F. N.; Park, J.; Herzog, G. F.; Delaney, J. S.; Swisher, C. C., III; Johnson, J.; Zolensky, M.


    The generally young K/Ar and 40Ar/39Ar ages of CM chondrites made us wonder whether carbonaceous xenoliths (CMX) entombed in Howardite–Eucrite–Diogenite (HED) meteorites might retain more radiogenic 40Ar than do ‘free-range’ CM-chondrites. To find out, we selected two HED breccias with carbonaceous inclusions in order to compare the 40Ar/39Ar release patterns and ages of the inclusions with those of nearby HED material. Carbonaceous inclusions (CMXs) in two HED meteorites lost a greater fraction of radiogenic 40Ar than did surrounding host material, but a smaller fraction of it than did free-range CM-chondrites such as Murchison or more heavily altered ones. Importantly, however, the siting of the CMXs in HED matrix did not prevent the 40Ar loss of about 40 percent of the radiogenic 40Ar, even from phases that degas at high laboratory temperatures. We infer that carbonaceous asteroids with perihelia of 1 astronomical unit probably experience losses of at least this size. The usefulness of 40Ar/39Ar dating for samples returned from C-type asteroids may hinge, therefore, on identifying and analyzing separately small quantities of the most retentive phases of carbonaceous chondrites.

  10. P- T evolution and reaction textures in retrogressed eclogites from Svetlik, the Moldanubian Zone (Czech Republic) (United States)

    Faryad, S. W.; Perraki, M.; Vrána, S.


    Lenses and pods of mafic rocks from the Monotonous Unit near Svetlik are characterized by eclogite facies mineral assemblages; however some inclusion patterns (oriented quartz rods in clinopyroxene and cuboids of disordered graphite in garnet) that are usually known from ultra-high pressure rocks were also observed in one sample. Conventional thermobarometry yielded maximum P- T conditions of 2.0-2.5 GPa and 750 °C. Decompression and heating at amphibolite and granulite facies conditions resulted in the formation of at least five distinct types of symplectites. These include symplectitic intergrowth of ilmenite and clinopyroxene after titanite, described here for the first time from the Moldanubian Zone. In addition, symplectites of plagioclase and biotite with accessory amounts of spinel after tabular pseudomorphs (after phengite?) are also reported here. Mass balance relations indicate that symplectites of diopside + plagioclase after omphacite and plagioclase + spinel (sapphirine) after kyanite + garnet, formed by nearly isochemical reactions. All other symplectite-forming reactions were allochemical and were accelerated by the presence of fluid in the primary phases. Preserved zoning pattern in garnet with high compositional gradient in some samples suggests that the rocks were affected briefly by granulite facies overprint.

  11. Mineral Chemistry of Silicate Phases From the Summit Creek Stock, Southeastern British Columbia: Evidence for Associated "Xenolith" Origin and Dyke Emplacement (United States)

    Morrison, C. A.; Owen, J. P.


    The Summit Creek stock is a Mid-Cretaceous aged granitic intrusion that is located within the Cordilleran Omineca belt in the southeastern corner of British Columbia. Included within the stock are numerous xenoliths of intermediate composition that range in size from 5cm to 2m, as well as a prominent 1m-wide mafic dyke. According to the QAP diagram, the stock is classified as a muscovite-biotite monzogranite, with a typical sample containing 35% quartz, 25% plagioclase, 30% K-feldspar, 7% biotite, 2% muscovite, and 1% accessory phases. Minor accessory phases identified in this study include pyrite, molybdenite, apatite, magnetite, ilmenite, monazite, and zircon. Samples collected from the stock proper are predominantly equigranular; however the xenoliths are porphyritic and contain phenocrysts of both quartz and plagioclase, as well as glomerophyric aggregates of biotite. New investigation into the mineral chemistry of the stock, xenoliths, and dyke indicates that the xenoliths have a strong geochemical similarity to the main body of the stock. Plagioclase feldspar compositions from the xenolith overlap with those from the stock, and REE abundances in the stock and the xenoliths are indistinguishable (LREE 100x chondrite; HREE 10x chondrite). In thin section, the boundary between the xenoliths and the stock is very irregular, and protruding grains of plagioclase and biotite can be found piercing into both the granitic host, as well as into the xenolith itself. This evidence suggests that these inclusions are better termed autoliths rather than xenoliths, as it appears that they are derivatives of the same parent magma as the main stock. The mafic dyke differs in both mineralogy and geochemistry from the stock, and is characterized by low SiO2 content (48.98 wt.%), high REE abundances (30-40x chondrite), presence of rare euhedral hornblende, and greater variation in mineral chemistry. Samples from the dyke contain plagioclase with cores ranging from bytownite to

  12. Trace element composition of rutile in eclogite from the Karakaya Complex, NW Anatolia: Implications for rutile growth during subduction zone metamorphism (United States)

    Şengün, Fırat


    High-pressure/low-temperature (HP/LT) eclogite-facies terranes are widely regarded to represent exhumed fragments of subducted slabs. Therefore, the metamorphic studies of eclogites and associated high-pressure rocks yield crucial information about their P-T evolution and associated tectonometamorphic processes at depth in subduction zones. Especially rutile in eclogites record chemical history of subduction zones and also constrain metamorphic temperatures of subduction zone processes. Eclogites occur as a tectonic slice within metabasite-phyllite-marble intercalation of the Karakaya Complex. In this study, trace element geochemistry of rutiles and Zr-in-rutile thermometry have been investigated. The main mineralogical composition eclogites are composed of omphacite, garnet, glaucophane, epidote and quartz. Core-rim analyses through rutile grains yield remarkable trace element zoning with lower contents of Nb, Ta and Zr in the core than in the rim. The variations in Nb, Ta and Zr can be ascribed to the growth zoning rather than diffusion effect. The Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf ratios increase with a decrease in Ta and Hf contents, which could be ascribed to the effect of metamorphic dehydration at subduction zones on rutile Nb/Ta differentiation. The rutile grains from eclogites in the Karakaya Complex are characterized by subchondritic Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf ratios. It can be noted that the subchondritic Nb/Ta ratios may record rutile growth from local sinks of aqueous fluids from metamorphic dehydration. The Zr contents of the all rutile grains vary between 81 and 160 ppm with the average of 123 ppm. The Zr-in-rutile thermometer yielded the metamorphic temperature of 559-604 oC (average 585 oC) for eclogites occurring in the Karakaya Complex. This average temperature suggests the peak growth temperature of rutile. Moreover, Zr contents and calculated temperatures in both inclusion rutile and matrix rutile from eclogites are identical to each other, which suggests that rutiles in

  13. Two types of gabbroic xenoliths from rhyolite dominated Niijima volcano, northern part of Izu-Bonin arc: petrological and geochemical constraints (United States)

    Arakawa, Yoji; Endo, Daisuke; Ikehata, Kei; Oshika, Junya; Shinmura, Taro; Mori, Yasushi


    We examined the petrography, petrology, and geochemistry of two types of gabbroic xenoliths (A- and B-type xenoliths) in olivine basalt and biotite rhyolite units among the dominantly rhyolitic rocks in Niijima volcano, northern Izu-Bonin volcanic arc, central Japan. A-type gabbroic xenoliths consisting of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, and orthopyroxene with an adcumulate texture were found in both olivine basalt and biotite rhyolite units, and B-type gabbroic xenoliths consisting of plagioclase and amphibole with an orthocumulate texture were found only in biotite rhyolite units. Geothermal- and barometricmodelling based on mineral chemistry indicated that the A-type gabbro formed at higher temperatures (899-955°C) and pressures (3.6-5.9 kbar) than the B-type gabbro (687-824°C and 0.8-3.6 kbar). These findings and whole-rock chemistry suggest different parental magmas for the two types of gabbro. The A-type gabbro was likely formed from basaltic magma, whereas the B-type gabbro was likely formed from an intermediate (andesitic) magma. The gabbroic xenoliths in erupted products at Niijima volcano indicate the presence of mafic to intermediate cumulate bodies of different origins at relatively shallower levels beneath the dominantly rhyolitic volcano.

  14. Cumulate xenoliths from Mt. Overlord, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica: A window into high pressure storage and differentiation of mantle-derived basalts (United States)

    Perinelli, Cristina; Gaeta, Mario; Armienti, Pietro


    The alkaline basaltic magmas at Mt. Overlord (northern Victoria Land, Antarctica) entrained abundant ultramafic xenoliths (wehrlites, clinopyroxenites and hornblendites). Textures, bulk rock compositions, mineral chemistry and thermobarometric calculations indicate that the xenoliths represent cumulates that crystallised at the mantle-crust boundary. In particular, the major and trace element compositions of the bulk rocks and minerals indicate that the Mt. Overlord cumulates were formed through processes of crystal fractionation that affected hydrous basanitic magmas. Some of the xenoliths have textural features that suggest a lengthy (> 13 Myr) post-emplacement history at relatively low temperatures (1050-1100 °C) and high pressures (0.8 to 1.4 GPa) and that their primary parental melts were therefore related to the earliest phases of Cenozoic magmatism. These processes produced a ;wet and hot deep zone; that had a strong influence on the thermochemical evolution of the lower crust beneath Mt. Overlord.

  15. Coherence of the Dabie Shan UHPM terrane investigated by Lu-Hf and 40Ar/39Ar dating of eclogites (United States)

    Brouwer, F. M.; Groen, M.; Nebel, O.; Wijbrans, J. R.; Qiu, H.


    The Central China Orogenic Belt is the largest known ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic (UHPM) belt. Currently exposed UHP metamorphic rocks reflect subduction of massive swathes of continental crust to depths exceeding 100 km. Subsequent uplift exposed the voluminous sequence more or less intact. Deciphering responsible exhumation processes requires well constrained P-T-time paths. Most workers accept Triassic (~240 and 220-200 Ma) peak UHP metamorphism on the basis of zircon U-Pb ages in Central and Eastern Dabie Shan, while Western Dabie Shan, Qinling, North Qaidam and Altyn Tagh exhibit Ordovician (420-500 Ma) UHPM. However, contrasting reports of Carboniferous and Ordovian UHPM in Eastern Dabie Shan (Jian et al. 2001; Qiu & Wijbrans, 2006, 2008), and Ordovician, Carboniferous and Triassic (U)HPM in Western Dabie Shan (Wu et al. 2009) question this simple East-West gradient. Here, we investigate PTt-paths for localities throughout Dabie Shan to determine how far west the Triassic UHP event is documented, and how far east the Carboniferous and Ordovician events can be traced. Based on this distribution we aim to establish whether the Dabie Shan terrane is an amalgam of blocks that underwent UHPM at different times rather than a single coherent terrane. Eclogite samples are investigated for thermobarometry, Lu-Hf Grt-Cpx geochronology, and 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology. For fresh eclogites Thermocalc was used to establish equilibration conditions of the UHPM assemblage, Grt and Cpx of which were subsequently used for Lu-Hf isotope analysis. In addition, retrogressed eclogites, two fresh eclogites and two orthogneisses were analysed for 40Ar/39Ar isotope distributions in Phg, Bt, Amp and Kfs. Four fresh eclogites, all collected at reported UHP-localities confirm established PT-estimates for peak-metamorphism above the Coe-in reaction at 450-680 °C, with higher T for eastern Dabie. In one sample this is confirmed by the presence of a Coe inclusion in Cpx. Lu-Hf Grt

  16. Metamorphic evolution of LT-UHP eclogite from the south Dabie orogen, central China: An insight from phase equilibria modeling (United States)

    Wei, Chunjing; Cui, Ying; Tian, Zuolin


    Low-temperature ultrahigh pressure (LT-UHP) eclogites from the south Dabie orogen are distributed in the Zhujiachong and Anqiling zones and their peak mineral assemblages and P-T paths are still disputable. The rocks consist commonly of garnet, omphacite, epidote, phengite, amphibole, quartz/coesite and rutile with or without glaucophane, kyanite, talc and paragonite. Garnet porphyroblasts in the representative sample (D901) from the Zhujiachong zone exhibit core-mantle zoning with slightly increasing pyrope (Xpy) and decreasing grossular (Xgr) contents, and mantle-rim zoning with rapidly increasing Xpy and decreasing Xgr. Garnet shows diverse rim compositions which can be classified into group-1 that show high Xpy and low Xgr values, being an indicative character of LT-UHP eclogite, and group-2 that show lower Xpy and higher Xgr than in group-1. Phengite shows higher Si contents in the Anqiling zone than in the Zhujiachong zone. Epidote, paragonite and amphibole usually occur as porphyroblasts that contain inclusions of garnet, omphacite and rutile. Pseudosections calculated using THERMOCALC for the representative samples suggest that the mineral assemblage in the pressure peak stage would be garnet + omphacite + lawsonite + talc + phengite + coesite in the model system. In this assemblage, Xpy steadily increases as temperature rises and Si in phengite increases with pressure rising, whereas Xgr is very insensitive as pressure changes. The peak P-T conditions for low-T UHP eclogites can be determined using the isopleths of maximum Xpy and Si in phengite in P-T pseudosections. Using this approach, the peak P-T conditions of eclogite were estimated to be ∼30 kbar/615 °C for the representative sample in the Zhujiachong zone, and ∼32 kbar/623 °C or ∼36 kbar/640 °C for samples in the Anqiling zone. The pre-peak prograde metamorphic evolution during subduction was modeled according to the garnet growth zoning in sample D901, where the core-mantle zoning

  17. Subduction-related metasomatism in French Massif Central: evidence from secondary orthopyroxene in mantle xenoliths. (United States)

    Wagner, Christiane


    Peridotite xenoliths from the French Massif Central (FMC) have undergone a complex mantle metasomatic history by percolation of various melts/ fluids from alkali basaltic to carbonatite composition. This contribution argues for the imprint of another type of metasomatism related to subduction-derived melts/fluids. The samples come from the Mont Coupet strombolian volcano, Devès, FMC. They are fresh protogranular spinel lherzolites, with no infiltration of the host basanitic magma, but with evidences of alkali and carbonate-related metasomatism discussed elsewhere [1-3]. This study focuses on secondary orthopyroxene (opx2). It occurs +/- minor secondary clinopyroxene (cpx2) in cross-cutting thin (10 µm-20 µm) veinlets, and also as discontinuous patches developed after primary clinopyroxene (cpx1) at the contact with primary olivine (ol1). Opx2 crystals do not form fibrous radial aggregates. Rare small (<1 µm) rounded chloroapatite is included in opx2 after cpx1. Small (2 µm) pores are observed throughout the veins, at the contact with ol1, along sub-grained boundaries between opx2 and cpx2 in the veinlets, and between opx2 and cpx1. The primary minerals crosscut by the veinlets do not show any compositional zoning and the different elements show sharp profiles between opx 2 and primary minerals. Compared to primary opx, opx2 are characterized by a lower content in Al2O3 (1.7-2.5 wt. %) / 3.2-4.0 wt. %). They are slightly MgO (XMg = 90-91/ 89-90) and CaO richer (0.5 wt. % / 0.3 wt. %), and contain slightly less Cr2O3 (<0.2 wt. % / 0.2-0.3wt. %) and TiO2 (<0.06 wt. % / 0.06-0.14 wt. %), although there is some crossover between the two data sets. Na2O contents (<0.05 wt. %) are comparable. Cpx2 and opx2 from the veinlets are in equilibrium (XMg = 90-92). Al and Ti contents in cpx2 exclude any influence of percolation of the host magma. Moreover, their high Al6/Al4 ratio points to an equilibration at higher pressure than igneous cpx, close to that of cpx1. These

  18. Petrology of ultramafic and mafic xenoliths from Ruddon's Point, Fife, Scotland (United States)

    Matusiak-Malek, Magdalena; Sobczak, Paweł; Upton, Brian; Puziewicz, Jacek; Ntaflos, Theodoros


    The studied xenolith suite comprise of anhydrous spinel lherzolites, wehrlite, ol- clinopyroxenite, clinopyroxenite and websterite. Peridotites have porphyroclastic texture and consist of forsterite-rich olivine (Fo87-90), Al-rich pyroxenes (0.25-0.31 apfu in Cpx and 0.15-0.19 apfu in Opx) and Cr-poor spinel (Cr-number=0.15-0.20, Mg-number=0.70). Wehrlite has cumulative texture with cumulus olivine (Fo83-84) and intercumulus clinopyroxene (Mg-number=0.83-0.86, Al=0.23-0.29 apfu). Clinopyroxenites and websterites have adcumulative textures, and often contain pseudomorphs after mica (?). Olivine in clinopyroxenites and ol-clinopyroxenites is low magnesian- Fo78-82, clinopyroxenes have Mg-number from 0.75 to 0.85 with Al ranging from 0.17 to 0.30 apfu. Clinopyroxene-orthopyroxene equilibrium in most of peridotites was achieved in temperatures from 960 to 1010°C, in websterite it was 970-990°C (Brey and Köhler, 1991). Clinopyroxene forming peridotites is characterized by flat HREE and is slightly depleted to slightly enriched in LREE ((La/Lu)N=0.4-2.5). The only significant anomalies in clinopyroxene's multi-trace element patterns occur at Th-U (positive) and Nb-Ta (negative) contents. Orthopyroxene in peridotites contains elevated amounts of Th, U, Zr, Hf and Ti. Clinopyroxene in clinopyroxenites has concave downward REE pattern ((La/Lu)N=2.3-2.4 in clinopyroxenites and ((La/Lu)N=4.8 and 8.7 in ol-clinopyroxenite and websterite, respectively) and has slight negative Ti anomaly in olivine clinopyroxenite and websterite. The lherzolite xenoliths represent upper mantle rocks. Composition of clinopyroxene suggests the peridotites to suffer from 1 to 7% of melt extraction, composition of orthopyroxene points to higher degrees of depletion (10-15%; Upton et al., 2011). Peridotites have been metasomatised by subduction-related hydrous fluids enriching pyroxenes in Th and U. Clinopyroxene in wehrlite is texturally later than olivine, but strictly follows the general trace

  19. Reaction microtextures in entrapped xenoliths in alkali basalts from the Deccan large igneous province, India: Implications to the origin and evolution (United States)

    Chattopadhaya, Soumi; Ghosh, Biswajit; Morishita, Tomoaki; Nandy, Sandip; Tamura, Akihiro; Bandyopadhyay, Debaditya


    The onset of the end-Mesozoic continental rift magmatism in the Deccan volcanic province (DVP), India is marked by alkali magmatism. Lithospheric fragments occurring as xenoliths/xenocrysts entrapped in alkaline basalts from the Kutch area of the DVP preserve reaction microtextures giving an insight into the processes linked to their origin. We interpret the flower texture, an aggregate of systematically arranged tiny diopside crystals, as a product of interactions between ghost quartz xenocrysts with alkaline silica-undersaturated melt. The mantle xenoliths, mostly represented by spinel lherzolites and wehrlites have been infiltrated by melt. The orthopyroxenes present at the margin of the xenoliths or in contact with infiltrated melt exhibit a coronal texture composed of olivine, clinopyroxene and glass around them. The compositions of cores of primary olivines at places retain mantle signatures, whereas, the margins are reequilibrated. Secondary olivines and clinopyroxenes at reaction coronas have a wide range of compositions. Primary clinopyroxenes and spinels in close vicinity to the orthopyroxene corona display a sieve texture defined by clear inclusion-free cores and a compositionally different spongy altered rim with worm-shaped or bubbly inclusions dominantly filled with glass. The rims are marked with higher Ca, Mg-lower Na, Al for clinopyroxenes and higher Ti, Cr-lower Mg, Al for spinels in comparison to their cores. The coronal texture around orthopyroxenes and spongy texture in clinopyroxenes and spinels in these xenoliths are interpreted to be genetically linked. The silicate glasses in the xenoliths show large compositional variations and they are much more siliceous and alkali-rich in comparison to the host basalts. The petrography and mineral chemistry suggest host magma-peridotite interaction during or after the entrainment of the xenoliths, corroborating well with the experimental findings.

  20. Filling in the Gaps: Xenoliths in Meteorites are Samples of "Missing" Asteroid Lithologies (United States)

    Zolensky, Mike


    We know that the stones that fall to earth as meteorites are not representative of the full diversity of small solar system bodies, because of the peculiarities of the dynamical processes that send material into Earth-crossing paths [1] which result in severe selection biases. Thus, the bulk of the meteorites that fall are insufficient to understand the full range of early solar system processes. However, the situation is different for pebble- and smaller-sized objects that stream past the giant planets and asteroid belts into the inner solar system in a representative manner. Thus, micrometeorites and interplanetary dust particles have been exploited to permit study of objects that do not provide meteorites to earth. However, there is another population of materials that sample a larger range of small solar system bodies, but which have received little attention - pebble-sized foreign clasts in meteorites (also called xenoliths, dark inclusions, clasts, etc.). Unfortunately, most previous studies of these clasts have been misleading, in that these objects have simply been identified as pieces of CM or CI chondrites. In our work we have found this to be generally erroneous, and that CM and especially CI clasts are actually rather rare. We therefore test the hypothesis that these clasts sample the full range of small solar system bodies. We have located and obtained samples of clasts in 81 different meteorites, and have begun a thorough characterization of the bulk compositions, mineralogies, petrographies, and organic compositions of this unique sample set. In addition to the standard e-beam analyses, recent advances in technology now permit us to measure bulk O isotopic compositions, and major- though trace-element compositions of the sub-mm-sized discrete clasts. Detailed characterization of these clasts permit us to explore the full range of mineralogical and petrologic processes in the early solar system, including the nature of fluids in the Kuiper belt and

  1. Softening trigerred by eclogitization, the first step toward exhumation during continental subduction (United States)

    Jolivet, Laurent; Raimbourg, Hugues; Labrousse, Loïc; Avigad, Dov; Leroy, Yves; Austrheim, Håkon; Andersen, Torgeir B.


    Direct observation of peak pressure deformation in exhumed subduction channels is difficult because little evidence of this deformation survives later syn-exhumation deformation. Most ultrahigh-pressure parageneses are found in continental derived metamorphic rocks making continental subduction the best context to observe peak pressure deformation. Whereas many studies have enlightened the main driving parameters of exhumation such as buoyancy forces, low viscosity in the subduction channel, overburden removal by erosion and normal faulting, a basic question is seldom considered: why is a tectonic unit disconnected from the descending lithosphere and why does it start its way towards the surface? This event, seminal to exhumation processes, must involve some deformation and decoupling of the exhumed slice from the descending slab at peak pressure conditions or close to it. Our field observations in the Bergen arc show that Caledonian eclogitization and later amphibolitization of a granulitic terrane was achieved with a consistent component of simple shear compatible with the sense of the Caledonian subduction. Thus, the sequence of deformation preserved in the Bergen Arc documents the decoupling of subducted crustal material from the descending slab at the onset of exhumation. This observation suggests that deformation in the subduction channel is largely controlled by kinematic boundary conditions, i.e. underthrusting of the subducting slab. In this context of simple shear, metamorphic reactions assisted by fracturating, fluid infiltration and ductile deformation lower the resistance of rocks and allow the localisation of shear zones and the decoupling of buoyant tectonic units from the subducting slab. These tectonic units can then be incorporated into the channel circulation and start their upward travel.

  2. U-Pb-Hf-REE-Ti zircon and REE garnet geochemistry of the Cambrian Attunga eclogite, New England Orogen, Australia: Implications for continental growth along eastern Gondwana (United States)

    Manton, Ryan J.; Buckman, Solomon; Nutman, Allen P.; Bennett, Vickie C.; Belousova, Elena A.


    The timing and location of eclogite metamorphism is central to understanding subduction events responsible for the assembly of eastern Gondwana. The Attunga eclogite is one of only six eclogites in Australia and occurs as small blocks within a schistose serpentinite mélange known as the Weraerai terrane, along the Peel Fault of the southern New England Orogen. Our zircon data reveal the presence of high Th/U oscillatory zoned magmatic zircon with a weighted mean 206Pb/238U age of 534 ± 14 Ma and recrystallized metamorphic domains with an age of 490 ± 14 Ma. The latter have lower Th/U ratios, mostly no Eu anomalies and heavy rare earth element (HREE)-depleted patterns. Garnet rims demonstrate that the final stages of garnet growth occurred in a HREE-depleted environment, due to coeval formation with metamorphic zircon. Direct application of the Ti-in-zircon thermometer to metamorphic zircon yields temperatures of 770-610°C. Hf isotopic analyses of the zircons have an average ɛHf(t) of +13, indicating a juvenile crustal signature. We interpret the Attunga eclogite to be an indicator of Late Cambrian subduction beneath an oceanic suprasubduction zone prior to accretion against eastern Gondwanan in the latest Devonian. Phillips et al. () suggest two metamorphic age populations within the Attunga eclogite, based on U-Pb zircon and 40Ar/39Ar phengite data. These are 515 Ma and 480 Ma. We confirm these data, but our zircon trace element chemistry data indicate that the Early Cambrian age (530 Ma) represents igneous protolith formation rather than eclogite metamorphism.

  3. Correlated carbon and oxygen isotope signatures in eclogitic diamonds with coesite inclusions: A SIMS investigation of diamonds from Guaniamo, Argyle and Orapa mines (United States)

    Schulze, D. J.; Page, Z.; Harte, B.; Valley, J.; Channer, D.; Jaques, L.


    Using ion microprobes and secondary-ion mass spectrometry we have analyzed the carbon and oxygen isotopic composition of eclogite-suite diamonds and their coesite inclusions, respectively, from three suites of diamonds of Proterozoic age. Extremely high (for the mantle) oxygen isotope values (delta 18O of +10.2 to +16.9 per mil VSMOW) are preserved in coesites included in eclogitic diamonds from Guaniamo, Venezuela (Schulze et al., Nature, 2003), providing compelling evidence for an origin of their eclogite hosts by subduction of sea water altered ocean floor basalts. In situ SIMS analyses of their host diamonds yield carbon isotope values (delta 13C) of -12 to -18 per mil PDB. SIMS analyses of coesite inclusions from Argyle, Australia diamonds previously analyzed by combustion methods for d13C composition (Jaques et al., Proc. 4th Kimb. Conf, 1989), also yield anomalously high d18O values (+6.8 to +16.0 per mil VSMOW), that correlate with the anomalously low carbon isotope values (-10.3 to -14.1 per mil PDB). One coesite-bearing diamond from Orapa, Botswana analyzed in situ by SIMS has a d18O value of the coesite of +8.5 per mil VSMOW and a d13C value of the adjacent diamond host of -9.0 per mil PDB. A second Orapa stone has a SIMS carbon isotope compositional range of d13C = -14 to -16 per mil PDB, but the coesite is too small for ion probe analysis. At each of these localities, carbon isotope values of coesite-bearing diamonds that are lower than typical of mantle carbon are correlated with oxygen isotope compositions of included coesites that are substantially above the common mantle oxygen isotope range. Such results are not in accord with diamond genesis models involving formation of eclogitic diamonds from igneous melts undergoing fractionation in the mantle or by crystallization from primordial inhomogeneities in Earth's mantle. By analogy with the oxygen isotope compositions of altered ocean floor basalts and Alpine (subduction zone) eclogites they are

  4. Textures in spinel peridotite mantle xenoliths using micro-CT scanning: Examples from Canary Islands and France (United States)

    Bhanot, K. K.; Downes, H.; Petrone, C. M.; Humphreys-Williams, E.


    Spinel pyroxene-clusters, which are intergrowths of spinel, orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene in mantle xenoliths, have been investigated through the use of micro-CT (μ-CT) in this study. Samples have been studied from two different tectonic settings: (1) the northern Massif Central, France, an uplifted and rifted plateau on continental lithosphere and (2) Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, an intraplate volcanic island on old oceanic lithosphere. μ-CT analysis of samples from both locations has revealed a range of spinel textures from small < 2 mm microcrystals which can be either spatially concentrated or distributed more evenly throughout the rock with a lineation, to large 4-12 mm individual clusters with ellipsoidal complex vermicular textures in random orientation. Microprobe analyses of pyroxenes inside and outside the clusters show broadly similar compositions. Spinel-pyroxene clusters are the result of a transition of shallow lithospheric mantle from the garnet stability field to the spinel stability field. Both the northern Massif Central and Lanzarote are regions that have experienced significant lithospheric thinning. This process provides a mechanism where the sub-solidus reaction of olivine + garnet = orthopyroxene + clinopyroxene + spinel is satisfied by providing a pathway from garnet peridotite to spinel peridotite. We predict that such textures would only occur in the mantle beneath regions that show evidence of thinning of the lithospheric mantle. Metasomatic reactions are seen around spinel-pyroxene clusters in some Lanzarote xenoliths, so metasomatism post-dated cluster formation.

  5. Timescales between mantle metasomatism and kimberlite ascent indicated by diffusion profiles in garnet crystals from peridotite xenoliths (United States)

    Jollands, Michael C.; Hanger, Brendan J.; Yaxley, Gregory M.; Hermann, Jörg; Kilburn, Matthew R.


    Rare garnet crystals from a peridotite xenolith from the Wesselton kimberlite, South Africa, have distinct zones related to two separate episodes of mantle metasomatism. The garnet cores were firstly depleted through melt extraction, then equilibrated during metasomatism by a potentially diamond-forming carbonate-bearing or proto-kimberlitic fluid at 1100-1300 °C and 4.5-5.5 GPa. The garnet rim chemistry, in contrast, is consistent with later overgrowth in equilibrium with a kimberlite at around 1025 ± 25 °C and 4.2 ± 0.5 GPa. This suggests that the rock was physically moved upwards by up to tens of kilometres between the two metasomatic episodes. Preserved high Ca, Al and Cr contents in orthopyroxenes suggest this uplift was tectonic, rather than magmatic. Diffusion profiles were measured over the transitions between garnet cores and rims using electron microprobe (Mg, Ca, Fe for modelling, plus Cr, Mn, Ti, Na, Al) and nano Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (NanoSIMS; 89Y, along with 23Na, Ca, Cr, Fe, Mn and Ti) analyses. The short profile lengths (generally interaction of the mantle xenolith with the host kimberlite magma during a single-stage ascent to the crust (hours to days). The samples offer a rare opportunity to study metasomatic processes associated with failed eruption attempts in the cratonic lithosphere.

  6. Fabrics produced mimetically during static metamorphism in retrogressed eclogites from the Zermatt-Saas zone, Western Italian Alps (United States)

    McNamara, D. D.; Wheeler, J.; Pearce, M.; Prior, D. J.


    Lattice preferred orientations (LPOs) are commonly interpreted to form by dislocation creep. Consequently they are used to infer deformation at the metamorphic grade at which the minerals were stable, especially if those minerals show a shape fabric. Here we show that LPOs can occur through mimicry of a pre-existing LPO, so they formed statically, not during deformation. Omphacite and glaucophane LPOs occur in eclogite facies rocks from the Zermatt-Saas Unit of the Northwest Italian Alps. Barroisite grew during greenschist facies retrogression and has an LPO controlled significantly by the eclogite facies omphacite and glaucophane LPOs, rather than directly by deformation. Using spatially resolved lattice orientation data from the three key minerals, collected using electron backscatter diffraction, we deploy a new technique of interphase misorientation distribution analysis to prove this. Barroisite LPO develops by mimicry of omphacite (via a particular lattice orientation relationship) and by direct topotactic and epitactic replacement of glaucophane. LPO in turn influenced anisotropic grain growth, resulting in a barroisite grain shape fabric. Thus regional retrogression during exhumation of the Zermatt-Saas high-pressure rocks was, in large part, static, rather than dynamic as previously interpreted. In general the possibility of mimetic fabrics forming during metamorphic reactions must be borne in mind when interpreting direct structural observations and seismic anisotropy data in terms of deformation, in both crust and mantle.

  7. Petrology and geochronology of crustal xenoliths from the Bering Strait region: Linking deep and shallow processes in extending continental crust (United States)

    Akinin, V.V.; Miller, E.L.; Wooden, J.L.


    Petrologic, geochemical, and metamorphic data on gneissic xenoliths derived from the middle and lower crust in the Neogene Bering Sea basalt province, coupled with U-Pb geochronology of their zircons using sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe-reverse geometry (SHRIMP-RG), yield a detailed comparison between the P-T-t and magmatic history of the lower crust and magmatic, metamorphic, and deformational history of the upper crust. Our results provide unique insights into the nature of lithospheric processes that accompany the extension of continental crust. The gneissic, mostly maficxenoliths (constituting less than two percent of the total xenolith population) from lavas in the Enmelen, RU, St. Lawrence, Nunivak, and Seward Peninsula fields most likely originated through magmatic fractionation processes with continued residence at granulite-facies conditions. Zircon single-grain ages (n ??? 125) are interpreted as both magmatic and metamorphic and are entirely Cretaceous to Paleocene in age (ca. 138-60 Ma). Their age distributions correspond to the main ages of magmatism in two belts of supracrustal volcanic and plutonic rocks in the Bering Sea region. Oscillatory-zoned igneous zircons, Late Cretaceous to Paleocene metamorphic zircons and overgrowths, and lack of any older inheritance in zircons from the xenoliths provide strong evidence for juvenile addition of material to the crust at this time. Surface exposures of Precambrian and Paleozoic rocks locally reached upper amphibolite-facies (sillimanite grade) to granulite-facies conditions within a series of extension-related metamorphic culminations or gneiss domes, which developed within the Cretaceous magmatic belt. Metamorphic gradients and inferred geotherms (??30-50 ??C/km) from both the gneiss domes and xenoliths aretoo high to be explained by crustal thickening alone. Magmatic heat input from the mantle is necessary to explain both the petrology of the magmas and elevated metamorphic temperatures. Deep

  8. Multiple metasomatic events recorded in Kilbourne Hole peridotite xenoliths: the relative contribution of host basalt interaction vs. silicate metasomatic glass (United States)

    Hammond, S. J.; Yoshikawa, M.; Harvey, J.; Burton, K. W.


    Stark differences between bulk-rock lithophile trace element budgets and the sum of the contributions from their constituent minerals are common, if not ubiquitous in peridotite xenoliths [1]. In the absence of modal metasomatism this discrepancy is often attributed to the “catch-all”, yet often vague process of cryptic metasomatism. This study presents comprehensive Sr-Nd isotope ratios for variably metasomatized bulk-rock peridotites, host basalts, constituent peridotite mineral phases and interstitial glass from 13 spinel lherzolite and harzburgite xenoliths from the Kilbourne Hole volcanic maar, New Mexico, USA. Similar measurements were also made on hand-picked interstitial glass from one of the most highly metasomatized samples (KH03-16) in an attempt to unravel the effects of multiple metasomatic events. In all Kilbourne Hole peridotites analysed, hand-picked, optically clean clinopyroxenes preserve a more primitive Sr isotope signature than the corresponding bulk-rock; a pattern preserved in all but one sample for Nd isotope measurements. Reaction textures, avoided during hand-picking, around clinopyroxene grains are evident in the most metasomatized samples and accompanied by films of high-SiO2 interstitial glass. The margins of primary minerals appear partially resorbed and trails of glassy melt inclusions similar in appearance to those previously reported from the same locality [2], terminate in these films. Hand-picked glass from KH03-16 reveals the most enriched 87Sr/86Sr of any component recovered from these xenoliths (87Sr/86Sr = 0.708043 ± 0.00009; [Sr] = 81 ppm). Similarly, the 143Nd/144Nd of the glass is amongst the most enriched of the peridotite components (143Nd/144Nd = 0.512893 ± 0.000012; [Nd] = 10 ppm). However, the host basalt (87Sr/86Sr = 0.703953 ± 0.00012; 143Nd/144Nd = 0.512873 ± 0.000013), similar in composition to nearby contemporaneous Potrillo Volcanic Field basalts [3], contains nearly an order of magnitude more Sr and more

  9. Scale of the equilibration volume in eclogites: insights from a new micro-mapping approach - Example of Atbashi range, Kyrgyzstan (United States)

    Loury, Chloé; Lanari, Pierre; Rolland, Yann; Guillot, Stéphane; Ganino, Clément


    Understanding geodynamic processes in subduction zones and mountains belts relies on the reconstruction of precise pressure-temperature paths (P-T paths) from metamorphic rocks. Most P-T paths are obtained using quantitative thermobarometry such as forward thermodynamics models. The question of the scale of the equilibration volume is of prime importance because its chemistry is used as input for the calculation of P-T sections. In chemically homogeneous rocks the bulk rock may be obtained either by ICP-MS or XRF analysis on whole rocks. For chemically heterogeneous rocks, containing different mineral assemblages and/or a high proportion of zoned minerals, the concept of local effective bulk (LEB) is essential. In the last 10 years, X-ray micro-mapping methods have been developed in this aim. Here we show how standardized X-ray maps can be used to estimate the equilibration volume at the pressure peak in an eclogite sample. The study area lies in the Atbashi range, in Kyrgyzstan, along the South-Tianshan carboniferous suture of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt with the Tarim block. We use the micro-mapping approach to unravel the P-T path of a mafic eclogite containing mm-scale garnet porphyroblasts. Quantitative compositional maps of a garnet and its surrounding matrix are obtained from standardized X-ray maps processed with the XMapTools program (Lanari et al, 2014). By using these maps we measured the LEB corresponding to the different stages of garnet growth. The equilibration volume is then modeled using the local compositions (extrapolated in 3D) combined with Gibbs free energy minimization. Our model suggests that equilibrium conditions are attained for chemistry made of 90% of garnet and 10% of matrix. P-T sections are calculated from the core of the garnet to the rim taking into account the fractionation at each stage of garnet growth by changing the bulk composition. We obtained the following P-T path: (1) garnet core crystallization during prograde stage

  10. Dated eclogitic diamond growth zones reveal variable recycling of crustal carbon through time (United States)

    Timmerman, S.; Koornneef, J. M.; Chinn, I. L.; Davies, G. R.


    Monocrystalline diamonds commonly record complex internal structures reflecting episodic growth linked to changing carbon-bearing fluids in the mantle. Using diamonds to trace the evolution of the deep carbon cycle therefore requires dating of individual diamond growth zones. To this end Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotope data are presented from individual eclogitic silicate inclusions from the Orapa and Letlhakane diamond mines, Botswana. δ13 C values are reported from the host diamond growth zones. Heterogeneous 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.7033-0.7097) suggest inclusion formation in multiple and distinct tectono-magmatic environments. Sm-Nd isochron ages were determined based on groups of inclusions with similar trace element chemistry, Sr isotope ratios, and nitrogen aggregation of the host diamond growth zone. Diamond growth events at 0.14 ± 0.09, 0.25 ± 0.04, 1.1 ± 0.09, 1.70 ± 0.34 and 2.33 ± 0.02 Ga can be directly related to regional tectono-magmatic events. Individual diamonds record episodic growth with age differences of up to 2 Ga. Dated diamond zones have variable δ13 C values (-5.0 to -33.6‰ vs PDB) and appear to imply changes in subducted material over time. The studied Botswanan diamonds are interpreted to have formed in different tectono-magmatic environments that involve mixing of carbon from three sources that represent: i) subducted biogenic sediments (lightest δ13 C, low 87Sr/86Sr); ii) subducted carbonate-rich sediments (heavy δ13 C, high 87Sr/86Sr) and iii) depleted upper mantle (heavy δ13 C, low 87Sr/86Sr). We infer that older diamonds from these two localities are more likely to have light δ13 C due to greater subduction of biogenic sediments that may be related to hotter and more reduced conditions in the Archaean before the Great Oxidation Event at 2.3 Ga. These findings imply a marked temporal change in the nature of subducted carbon beneath Botswana and warrant further study to establish if this is a global phenomenon.

  11. Age and nature of eclogites in the Huwan shear zone, and the multi-stage evolution of the Qinling-Dabie-Sulu orogen, central China

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    Wu, Y.B.; Hanchar, J.H.; Gao, S.; Sylvester, P.J.; Tubrett, M.; Qiu, H.N.; Wijbrans, J.R.; Brouwer, F.M.; Yang, S.H.; Yang, Q.J.; Liu, Y.S.; Yuan, H.L.


    In situ LA-ICPMS U-Pb, trace element, and Hf isotope data in zircon demonstrate a Carboniferous age for eclogite-facies metamorphism in Siluro-Devonian protoliths in the Huwan shear zone, Dabie Mountains, Central China. This age contrasts with the more prevailing Triassic age for high- to ultrahigh

  12. Age and nature of eclogites in the Huwan shear zone, and the multi-stage evolution of the Qinling-Dabie-Sulu orogen, central China

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    Wu, Y.B.; Hanchar, J.H.; Gao, S.; Sylvester, P.J.; Tubrett, M.; Qiu, H.N.; Wijbrans, J.R.; Brouwer, F.M.; Yang, S.H.; Yang, Q.J.; Liu, Y.S.; Yuan, H.L.


    In situ LA-ICPMS U-Pb, trace element, and Hf isotope data in zircon demonstrate a Carboniferous age for eclogite-facies metamorphism in Siluro-Devonian protoliths in the Huwan shear zone, Dabie Mountains, Central China. This age contrasts with the more prevailing Triassic age for high- to ultrahigh

  13. Cadomian (˜560 Ma) crust buried beneath the northern Arabian Peninsula: Mineral, chemical, geochronological, and isotopic constraints from NE Jordan xenoliths (United States)

    Stern, Robert J.; Ali, Kamal A.; Ren, Minghua; Jarrar, Ghaleb H.; Romer, Rolf L.; Leybourne, Matthew I.; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Ibrahim, Khalil M.


    In order to better understand the nature and formation of the lower continental crust beneath northern Arabia, we studied lower crustal xenoliths brought up by Neogene basalts in NE Jordan. Most of these xenoliths are comprised of primary phases plagioclase + two-pyroxenes with magnetite and ilmenite. Most clinopyroxene are augite whereas orthopyroxene mostly are hypersthene (Mg# = 50-80). Plagioclase feldspar is dominantly andesine-labradorite; pyrope-rich garnet and Fe-rich olivine (Fo75 to Fo62) are rare. These xenoliths represent cumulates formed from intermediate magmas that pooled in the lower crust. Many xenoliths also contain small, fine-grained K-rich zones interpreted as melt pockets reflecting late magmatic infiltration of the lower crust. The xenoliths display a wide range in major element compositions (37-51 wt.% SiO2, 4-15 wt.% MgO and 0.1-6.3 wt.% TiO2), enrichment in Ba, K, Sr, Pb and Eu, and some trace element ratios atypical of bulk continental crust (e.g., K/Rb = 1265 ± 565, K/U = 63 000 ± 60 080 and Th/U = 0.96 ± 0.56); these extreme ratios reflect widespread K-metasomatism associated with melt pockets. The magmas from which these cumulates formed may have been generated at a reararc convergent margin setting. Four U-Pb zircon populations yield indistinguishable ages of 554 ± 4 Ma; 559 ± 5 Ma; 559 ± 6 Ma, and 563 ± 5 Ma. Initial 87Sr/86Sr values (0.70260-0.70352) and positive εNd(560) (with the exception of a single, more radiogenic sample (+9.6), range = + 1.3 to +4.8) indicate that the lower crust sampled by the xenoliths originated in the asthenospheric mantle, with little or no interaction with older crust, although Pb isotopic compositions allow for some interaction with older or subducted crustal materials. We interpret the geochemistry and mineralogy of these xenoliths to indicate that the lower crust beneath NE Jordan is mafic and comprised of plagioclase-rich 2-pyroxene igneous rocks. The lower crust of this area formed by

  14. Geochemistry, mineralogy, and zircon U-Pb-Hf isotopes in peraluminous A-type granite xenoliths in Pliocene-Pleistocene basalts of northern Pannonian Basin (Slovakia) (United States)

    Huraiová, Monika; Paquette, Jean-Louis; Konečný, Patrik; Gannoun, Abdel-Mouhcine; Hurai, Vratislav


    Anorogenic granite xenoliths occur in alkali basalts coeval with the Pliocene-Pleistocene continental rifting of the Pannonian Basin. Observed granite varieties include peraluminous, calcic to peralkalic, magnesian to ferroan types. Quartz and feldspars are dominant rock-forming minerals, accompanied by minor early ilmenite and late magnetite-ulvöspinel. Zircon and Nb-U-REE minerals (oxycalciopyrochlore, fergusonite, columbite) are locally abundant accessory phases in calc-alkalic types. Absence of OH-bearing Fe, Mg-silicates and presence of single homogeneous feldspars (plagioclase in calcic types, anorthoclase in calc-alkalic types, ferrian Na-sanidine to anorthoclase in alkalic types) indicate water-deficient, hypersolvus crystallization conditions. Variable volumes of interstitial glass, absence of exsolutions, and lacking deuteric hydrothermal alteration and/or metamorphic/metasomatic overprint are diagnostic of rapid quenching from hypersolidus temperatures. U-Pb zircon ages determined in calcic and calc-alkalic granite xenoliths correspond to a time interval between 5.7 and 5.2 Ma. Positive ɛHf values (14.2 ± 3.9) in zircons from a 5.2-Ma-old calc-alkalic granite xenolith indicate mantle-derived magmas largely unaffected by the assimilation of crustal material. This is in accordance with abundances of diagnostic trace elements (Rb, Y, Nb, Ta), indicating A1-type, OIB-like source magmas. Increased accumulations of Nb-U-REE minerals in these granites indicate higher degree of the magmatic differentiation reflected in Rb-enrichment, contrasting with Ba-enrichment in barren xenoliths. Incipient charnockitization, i.e. orthopyroxene and ilmenite crystallization from interstitial silicate melt, was observed in many granite xenoliths. Thermodynamic modeling using pseudosections showed that the orthopyroxene growth may have been triggered by water exsolution from the melt during ascent of xenoliths in basaltic magma. Euhedral-to-skeletal orthopyroxene growth

  15. Tracking the timing of subduction and exhumation using 40Ar/39Ar phengite ages in blueschist- and eclogite-facies rocks (Sivrihisar, Turkey) (United States)

    Fornash, Katherine F.; Cosca, Michael A.; Whitney, Donna L.


    Geochronologic studies of high-pressure/low-temperature rocks can be used to determine the timing and rates of burial and exhumation in subduction zones by dating different stages of the pressure–temperature history. In this study, we present new in situ UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar phengite ages from a suite of lawsonite blueschist- and eclogite-facies rocks representing different protoliths (metabasalt, metasediment), different structural levels (within and outside of a high-strain zone), and different textural positions (eclogite pod core vs. margin) to understand the timing of these events in an exhumed Neo-Tethyan subduction zone (Sivrihisar Massif, Tavşanlı Zone, Turkey). Weighted mean in situ 40Ar/39Ar ages of phengite from the cores of lawsonite eclogite pods (90–93 Ma) are distinctly older than phengite from retrogressed, epidote eclogite (82 ± 2 Ma). These ages are interpreted as the age of peak and retrograde metamorphism, respectively. Eclogite records the narrowest range of ages (10–14 m.y.) of any rock type analyzed. Transitional eclogite- and blueschist-facies assemblages and glaucophane-rimmed lawsonite + garnet + phengite veins from eclogite pod margins record a much wider age range of 40Ar/39Ar ages (~20 m.y.) with weighted mean ages of ~91 Ma. Blueschists and quartzites record more variable 40Ar/39Ar ages that may in part be related to structural position: samples within a high-strain zone at the tectonic contact of the HP rocks with a meta-ultramafic unit have in situ UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar ages of 84.0 ± 1.3–103.7 ± 3.1 Ma, whereas samples outside this zone range to older ages (84.6 ± 2.4–116.7 ± 2.7 Ma) and record a greater age range (22–38 m.y.). The phengite ages can be correlated with the preservation of HP mineral assemblages and fabrics as well as the effects of deformation. Collectively, these results show that high-spatial resolution UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar phengite data, when considered

  16. Tracking the timing of subduction and exhumation using 40Ar/39Ar phengite ages in blueschist- and eclogite-facies rocks (Sivrihisar, Turkey) (United States)

    Fornash, Katherine F.; Cosca, Michael A.; Whitney, Donna L.


    Geochronologic studies of high-pressure/low-temperature rocks can be used to determine the timing and rates of burial and exhumation in subduction zones by dating different stages of the pressure-temperature history. In this study, we present new in situ UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar phengite ages from a suite of lawsonite blueschist- and eclogite-facies rocks representing different protoliths (metabasalt, metasediment), different structural levels (within and outside of a high-strain zone), and different textural positions (eclogite pod core vs. margin) to understand the timing of these events in an exhumed Neo-Tethyan subduction zone (Sivrihisar Massif, Tavşanlı Zone, Turkey). Weighted mean in situ 40Ar/39Ar ages of phengite from the cores of lawsonite eclogite pods (90-93 Ma) are distinctly older than phengite from retrogressed, epidote eclogite (82 ± 2 Ma). These ages are interpreted as the age of peak and retrograde metamorphism, respectively. Eclogite records the narrowest range of ages (10-14 m.y.) of any rock type analyzed. Transitional eclogite- and blueschist-facies assemblages and glaucophane-rimmed lawsonite + garnet + phengite veins from eclogite pod margins record a much wider age range of 40Ar/39Ar ages (~20 m.y.) with weighted mean ages of ~91 Ma. Blueschists and quartzites record more variable 40Ar/39Ar ages that may in part be related to structural position: samples within a high-strain zone at the tectonic contact of the HP rocks with a meta-ultramafic unit have in situ UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar ages of 84.0 ± 1.3-103.7 ± 3.1 Ma, whereas samples outside this zone range to older ages (84.6 ± 2.4-116.7 ± 2.7 Ma) and record a greater age range (22-38 m.y.). The phengite ages can be correlated with the preservation of HP mineral assemblages and fabrics as well as the effects of deformation. Collectively, these results show that high-spatial resolution UV laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar phengite data, when considered in a petrologic and structural

  17. Petrology of spinel lherzolite xenoliths from Youkou volcano, Adamawa Massif, Cameroon Volcanic Line: mineralogical and geochemical fingerprints of sub-rift mantle processes (United States)

    Njombie, Merlin Patrick Wagsong; Temdjim, Robert; Foley, Stephen F.


    The basaltic maar of Youkou, situated in the Adamawa Volcanic Massif in the eastern branch of the continental segment of the Cameroon Volcanic Line, contains mantle-derived xenoliths of various types in pyroclastites. Spinel-bearing lherzolite xenoliths from the Youkou volcano generally exhibit protogranular textures with olivine (Fo89.4-90.5), enstatite (En89 - 91Fs8.7-9.8Wo0.82-1.13), clinopyroxene, spinel (Cr#Sp = 9.4-13.8), and in some cases amphibole (Mg# = 88.5-89.1). Mineral equilibration temperatures in the lherzolite xenoliths have been estimated from three-two pyroxene thermometers and range between 835 and 937 °C at pressures of 10-18 kbar, consistent with shallow mantle depths of around 32-58 km. Trends displayed by bulk-rock MgO correlate with Al2O3, indicating that the xenoliths are refractory mantle residues after partial melting. The degree of partial melting estimated from spinel compositions is less than 10%: evidences for much higher degrees of depletion are preserved in one sample, but overprinted by refertilization in others. Trace element compositions of the xenoliths are enriched in highly incompatible elements (LREE, Sr, Ba, and U), indicating that the spinel lherzolites underwent later cryptic metasomatic enrichment induced by plume-related hydrous silicate melts. The extreme fertility (Al2O3 = 6.07-6.56 wt% in clinopyroxene) and the low CaO/Al2O3 ratios in the spinel lherzolites suggest that they could not be a simple residue of partial melting of primitive mantle and must have experienced refertilization processes driven by the infiltration of carbonatite or carbonated silicate melts.

  18. Crystal chemical constraints on inter-mineral Fe isotope fractionation and implications for Fe isotope disequilibrium in San Carlos mantle xenoliths (United States)

    Macris, Catherine A.; Manning, Craig E.; Young, Edward D.


    The origin of variations in iron isotope compositions of mantle minerals is uncertain, and predictions of equilibrium inter-mineral iron isotope fractionation conflict. This hinders interpretation of the petrologic and geochemical implications of Fe isotope data from mantle lithologies. To address this, we present a revised ionic model for predicting equilibrium iron isotope fractionation between mantle minerals and use it to interpret measured inter-mineral iron isotopic fractionation from five distinct mantle xenolith lithologies from San Carlos, Arizona. The samples represent a broad range of modal abundances and include lherzolite, harzburgite, dunite, clinopyroxenite, and websterite. The xenoliths exhibit Fe-isotopic variation between minerals in a single sample, and between samples. In all cases where spinel and olivine coexist, the 57Fe/54Fe of spinel is greater than that of the corresponding olivine, agreeing with expectations for equilibrium fractionation from theory (ionic model), but disagreeing with predictions based on Mössbauer data. The 57Fe/54Fe values of clinopyroxenes from the xenoliths show no clear systematic differences. We interpret this to be a result of varying degrees of metasomatism, perhaps involving interaction with a melt. The spinel peridotite samples (lherzolite, harzburgite, and dunite) are partially melted residual mantle that exhibit a decrease in whole-rock 57Fe/54Fe with increasing olivine abundance. This is consistent with progressive extraction of a 57Fe-rich partial melt. The clinopyroxenite has the highest whole-rock 57Fe/54Fe, consistent with its origin as a cumulate from an unrelated magma possessing elevated 57Fe/54Fe. The websterite sample is transitional to Group II type xenoliths, has the lowest whole-rock 57Fe/54Fe of the investigated samples, and likely experienced a more complex metasomatic history. This study demonstrates that the Fe isotope compositions of San Carlos xenoliths and their component minerals record

  19. Paradoxical co-existing base metal sulphides in the mantle: The multi-event record preserved in Loch Roag peridotite xenoliths, North Atlantic Craton (United States)

    Hughes, Hannah S. R.; McDonald, Iain; Loocke, Matthew; Butler, Ian B.; Upton, Brian G. J.; Faithfull, John W.


    The role of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle as a source of precious metals for mafic magmas is contentious and, given the chalcophile (and siderophile) character of metals such as the platinum-group elements (PGE), Se, Te, Re, Cu and Au, the mobility of these metals is intimately linked with that of sulphur. Hence the nature of the host phase(s), and their age and stability in the subcontinental lithospheric mantle may be of critical importance. We investigate the sulphide mineralogy and sulphide in situ trace element compositions in base metal sulphides (BMS) in a suite of spinel lherzolite mantle xenoliths from northwest Scotland (Loch Roag, Isle of Lewis). This area is situated on the margin of the North Atlantic Craton which has been overprinted by a Palaeoproterozoic orogenic belt, and occurs in a region which has undergone magmatic events from the Palaeoproterozoic to the Eocene. We identify two populations of co-existing BMS within a single spinel lherzolite xenolith (LR80) and which can also be recognised in the peridotite xenolith suite as a whole. Both populations consist of a mixture of Fe-Ni-Cu sulphide minerals, and we distinguished between these according to BMS texture, petrographic setting (i.e., location within the xenolith in terms of 'interstitial' or within feldspar-spinel symplectites, as demonstrated by X-ray Computed Microtomography) and in situ trace element composition. Group A BMS are coarse, metasomatic, have low concentrations of total PGE (enrichment was associated with a pre-Carboniferous carbonatite episode. This method of mantle xenolith base metal sulphide documentation may ultimately permit the temporal and spatial mapping of the chalcophile metallogenic budget of the lithospheric mantle, providing a blueprint for assessing regional metallogenic potential.

  20. Evidence for brittle deformation events at eclogite-facies P-T conditions (example of the Mt. Emilius klippe, Western Alps) (United States)

    Hertgen, Solenn; Yamato, Philippe; Morales, Luiz F. G.; Angiboust, Samuel


    Eclogitic rocks are crucial for the understanding of tectonic processes as they provide key constraints on both the P-T-t evolutions and the deformation modes sustained by rocks in subduction zones. Here we focus on eclogitised and deformed mafic bodies that are exposed within granulites from the continental basement slice of the Mt. Emilius klippe (Western Alps, Italy). These eclogites exhibit highly deformed garnetite and clinopyroxenite layers. In some places, these deformed rocks (up to mylonitic grade) can be found as clasts within meter-thick brecciated fault rocks that formed close to the lawsonite-eclogite facies peak P-T conditions. Garnet-rich layers are dominated by brittle features, whereas deformation within clinopyroxene-rich layers is accommodated by both creep and fracturing. We present a petro-structural study of these eclogites, that allows to track the brittle deformation history associated with chemical evolution. Based on these data, we propose a new tectono-metamorphic model for these rocks, related to the alpine eclogitic stage. This model is consistent with the coexistence of both ductile and brittle features that developed at similar P-T conditions (i.e., at P 2.15-2.40 GPa and T 500-550 °C), and closely associated with fluid circulations. Our study demonstrates that crustal material, buried along the subduction interface at HP-LT conditions, can record several successive brittle events in places where deformation is classically envisioned as ductile. We suggest, based on our observations, that strain-rate increase along plate interface shear zones may trigger fracturing and fluid infiltration which in turn enables brittle-ductile instabilities along these deformation networks.

  1. Paleozoic ages and excess 40Ar in garnets from the Bixiling eclogite in Dabieshan, China: New insights from 40Ar/ 39Ar dating by stepwise crushing (United States)

    Qiu, Hua-Ning; Wijbrans, J. R.


    The 40Ar/ 39Ar stepwise crushing technique is applied for the first time to date garnet from ultra-high-pressure metamorphic (UHPM) eclogites. Three garnet samples from the Bixiling eclogites analyzed by 40Ar/ 39Ar stepwise crushing yield regular, predictable age spectra, and a clear separation between excess 40Ar and concordant plateau and isochron ages. All three age spectra begin with high apparent ages followed by step by step decreasing ages, and finally age plateaux with apparent ages in the range from 427 ± 20 to 444 ± 10 Ma. The data points constituting the age plateaux yield excellent isochrons with radiogenic intercept ages ranging from 448 ± 34 to 459 ± 58 Ma, corresponding to initial 40Ar/ 36Ar ratios from 292.1 ± 4.5 to 294.5 ± 6.7, statistically indistinguishable from the modern air. The high initial ages are interpreted to derive from secondary fluid inclusions containing excess 40Ar, whereas the plateau ages are attributed to gas from small primary fluid inclusions without significant excess 40Ar. The plateau ages are interpreted to approximate the time of garnet growth during initial UHPM metamorphism. Phengite analyzed by laser stepwise heating yielded a complicated two-saddle age spectrum with a scattered isochron corresponding to age of 463 ± 116 Ma and initial 40Ar/ 36Ar ratio of 1843 ± 1740 indicative of the presence of extraneous 40Ar within phengite. These concordant isochron ages measured on minerals diagnostic of eclogite grade metamorphism strongly suggest that Dabie UHPM eclogites were first formed in the early Paleozoic, during the same event that caused the Qinling-Northern Qaidam Basin-Altyn Tagh eclogites.

  2. Restitic or not? Insights from trace element content and crystal - Structure of spinels in African mantle xenoliths (United States)

    Lenaz, Davide; Musco, Maria Elena; Petrelli, Maurizio; Caldeira, Rita; De Min, Angelo; Marzoli, Andrea; Mata, Joao; Perugini, Diego; Princivalle, Francesco; Boumehdi, Moulay Ahmed; Bensaid, Idris Ali Ahmadi; Youbi, Nasrrddine


    The lithospheric architecture of Africa consists of several Archean cratons and smaller cratonic fragments, stitched together and flanked by polycyclic fold belts. Here we investigate the structure and chemistry of spinels from lithospheric mantle xenoliths from distinct tectonic settings, i.e. from the Saharan metacraton in Libya (Waw-En-Namus) which could show archaic chemical features, Cameroon (Barombi Koto and Nyos Lakes) where the Sub Continental Lithospheric Mantle was modified during the Pan-African event and fluxed by asthenospheric melts of the Tertiary Cameroon Volcanic Line and Morocco (Tafraoute, Bou-Ibalrhatene maars) in the Middle Atlas where different metasomatic events have been recorded. From a structural point of view it is to notice that the Libyan spinels can be divided into two groups having different oxygen positional parameter (u > 0.2632 and u group (LB I) showing Tc in the range 490-640 °C and the other 680-950 °C (LB II). Cameroon and Morocco spinels show a Tc in the range 630-760 °C. About 150 different spinels have been studied for their trace element content and it can be seen that many of them are related to Cr content, while Zn and Co are not and clearly distinguish the occurrences. Differences in the trace element chemistry, in the structural parameters and in the intracrystalline closure temperatures suggest that a different history should be considered for Cameroon, Morocco and LB I and LB II spinels. Even if it was not considered for this purpose, we tentatively used the Fe2 +/Fe3 + vs. TiO2 diagram that discriminate between peridotitic and the so-called ;magmatic; spinels, i.e. spinel crystallized from melts. LB I and LB II spinels plot in the peridotitic field while Cameroon and Morocco spinels fall in the magmatic one. Consequently, the xenoliths sampled from a probably juvenile SCLM at the edge of the most important lithospheric roots (i.e. Cameroon and Morocco) apparently have spinels possibly fractionated in situ from

  3. Geochemistry and mineral chemistry of pyroxenite xenoliths and host volcanic alkaline rocks from north west of Marand (NW Iran) (United States)

    Khezerlou, Ali Akbar; Amel, Nasir; Gregoire, Michel; Moayyed, Mohsen; Jahangiri, Ahmad


    The Plio-Quaternary alkaline volcanic rocks from the northwest of Marand (NW Iran) consist of trachy-andesites, trachy-basaltic andesites, leucite-tephrites and tephrites. They display a distinct LILE and LREE enrichment, a HFSE depletion (Ta, Ti, and Nb) and high Ba/Ta and Ba/Nb ratios, which are among the characteristics of subduction-derived magmatic rocks. The investigated clinopyroxenite xenoliths mostly occur within the trachy-andesites and more rarely within the trachy-basaltic andesite rocks. These xenoliths, which have a cumulate texture, are classified into four groups based on their mineralogical and chemical features. Group 1 contains clinopyroxene and amphibole as the main minerals. This group does not indicate a clear enrichment in incompatible trace elements in contrast with the Groups 2 and 4, where Ba, Th and U are enriched. Major element contents of clinopyroxenes and amphiboles of Group 1 xenoliths are similar to those of their counterparts of intermediate volcanic rocks. In addition, their contents of compatible elements such as Cr and Ni (whole rock) are also the same, implying a similar magmatic origin. Group 2 contains clinopyroxene and phlogopite as the main minerals. This group, similarly to potassic and ultrapotassic volcanic rocks, is enriched in LREE compared to HREE and unlike the intermediate volcanic rocks, does not contain amphibole. Their 143Nd/144Nd and 86Sr/87Sr ratios are also different. Given the Cr and Ni contents, the REE pattern shape and the chemical composition of clinopyroxene and phlogopite, it seems that the parental melt of this group is similar to the one of potassic and ultrapotassic volcanic rocks. Group 3 contains clinopyroxene and biotite as the main minerals. The REE pattern of this group, unlike those of Groups 1, 2 and 4, has a relatively flat slope. In addition, the content of compatible elements, such as Cr and Ni, also differ as well as the chemical composition of clinopyroxene and mica, which are also

  4. Mobility of major and trace elements in the eclogite-fluid system and element fluxes upon slab dehydration (United States)

    Tsay, Alexandra; Zajacz, Zoltan; Ulmer, Peter; Sanchez-Valle, Carmen


    The equilibrium between aqueous fluids and allanite-bearing eclogite has been investigated to constrain the effect of temperature (T) and fluid composition on the stability of allanite and on the mobility of major and trace elements during the dehydration of eclogites. The experiments were performed at 590-800 °C and 2.4-2.6 GPa, and fluids were sampled as synthetic fluid inclusions in quartz using an improved entrapment technique. The concentrations and bulk partition coefficients were determined for a range of major (Mg, Ca, Na, Fe, Al, Ti) and 16 trace elements as a function of T and fluid composition. The results reveal a significant effect of T on element partitioning between the fluids and the solid mineral assemblage. The partition coefficients increase by more than an order of magnitude for most of the major and trace elements, and several orders of magnitude for light rare-earth elements (LREE) from 590 to 800 °C. The addition of various ligand species into the fluid at 700 °C results in distinctive trends on element partitioning. The concentrations and corresponding partition coefficients of most of the elements are enhanced upon addition of NaF to the fluid. In contrast, NaCl displays a nearly opposite effect by suppressing the solubilities of major elements and consequently affecting the mobility of trace elements that form stable complexes with alkali-(alumino)-silicate clusters in the fluid, e.g. high field strength elements (HFSE). The results further suggest that fluids in equilibrium with orthopyroxene and/or diopsidic clinopyroxene are peralkaline (ASI ∼0.1-0.7), whereas fluids in equilibrium with omphacitic pyroxene are more peraluminous (ASI ∼1.15). Therefore, natural aqueous fluids in equilibrium with eclogite at about 90 km depth will be slightly peraluminous in composition. Another important finding of this study is the relatively high capacity of aqueous fluids to mobilize LREE, which may be even higher than that of hydrous melts.

  5. Reconstruction of seawater chemistry from deeply subducted oceanic crust; hydrogen and oxygen isotope of lawsonite eclogites preserving pillow structure (United States)

    Hamabata, D., VI; Masuyama, Y.; Tomiyasu, F.; Ueno, Y.; Yui, T. F.; Okamoto, K.


    In order to understand evolution of life, change of seawater chemistry from Hadean, Archean to present is significant. Pillow structure is well-preserved in the Archean greenstone belt (e.g. Komiya et al., 1999). Oxygen and hydrogen isotope of rims in the pillow is useful conventional tool to decipher chemistry of Paleao-seawater from Archean to Present. However, Archean greenstone belt suffered regional metamorphism from greenschist to Amphibolite facies conditions. Therefore, it is necessary to testify the validity of pillow chemistry from recent (Phanerozoic) metamorphosed greenstone. We have systematically collected pillowed greenstone from blueschist and eclogites. Two eclogite exhibiting pillow structures were chosen for oxygen and hydrogen isotope analysis. One is from Corsica (lawsonite eclogite collected with Dr. Alberto Vidale Barbarone) and another is from Cazadero, Franciscan belt (collected by Dr. Tatsuki Tsujimori). The both are ascribed as MORB from major and trace bulk chemistry and Ca is rich in the core and Na is poor in the rims. The former exhibits garnet, omphacite, lawsonite, and glacophane. Phengite is in core of the pillow and chlorite is in the rims. In the latter, besides garnet, omphacite, epdiote and glaucophane, chlorite is recognized with phengite in the core. Glaucophane is richer in the rims from the both samples, therefore istope analysis of glaucophane was done. Mineral separation was carefully done using micro-mill, heavy liquid and isodynamic separator. 20 mg specimens were used for oxygen isotope analysis and 2mg were for hydrogen analysis. δ18O of the all analysis (7.7 to 8.3) is within the range of unaltered igneous oceanic crust and high temperature hydrothermal alteration although rims (8.3 for Franciscan and 8.0 for Corsica) are higher than cores (7.7 for Franciscan and Corsica). δD data is also consistent with hydrothermal alteration. It is relative higher in core from the Corsica and Franciscan (-45 and -56) than of the

  6. Xenoliths in Eocene lavas from Central Tibet record carbonated metasomatism of the lithosphere (United States)

    Goussin, Fanny; Cordier, Carole; Boulvais, Philippe; Guillot, Stéphane; Roperch, Pierrick; Replumaz, Anne


    Cenozoic post-collisional volcanism of the Tibetan Plateau, emplaced on an accreted continental margin under compression, could bring important information regarding the edification of the Plateau. In this study, we combined petrography, whole rock geochemistry, stable isotopes and in situ mineral analysis to decipher the genesis of Eocene-Oligocene magmatic rocks from the Nangqian basin (35-38 Ma, [Spurlin et al., 2005; Xu et al., 2016]), located at the hinge between Central Tibet and the Eastern Indo-Asia Collision Zone. Our dataset includes potassic trachyandesites; amphibole-bearing potassic trachytes; and rare ultrapotassic (K2O/Na2O ≥ 4) mafic syenites. All samples have high REE abundances (La = 100 - 500 x primitive mantle). Fractionation of heavy REE (Gd/YbN > 3) indicates melting in the garnet stability field, and relative depletion in high-field strength elements (Nb, Ta) indicates a selective enrichment of the source by metasomatic fluids. This metasomatism event is also evidenced by the occurrence of re-equilibrated mantle xenocrysts of phlogopite (Mg# = 88 - 90 and Cr2O3 content = 0.9 - 1.82 wt%) in mafic syenites. Potassic trachyandesites have specific composition, with negative Zr-Hf anomaly and low Hf/Sm (0.2 - 0.4). Indeed, they include xenocrystic aggregates, composed of magmatic clinopyroxene, apatite and subordinate biotite and feldspar, with interstitial calcite and dolomite. δ18OV -SMOW (9.2 - 11.0 ) and δ13CV -PDB (-6.1 - -4.0 ) of these rocks indicate the presence of primary, mantle-derived carbonates. In situ analysis of the major and trace element compositions of the carbonates, clinopyroxenes and apatites further suggest that these aggregates represent cumulates of a carbonate-bearing magma. These xenoliths thus show that the lithospheric mantle was also metasomatized by CO2-rich fluids. Cenozoic carbonatites in China have been identified in Maoniuping in Western Sichuan (31.7 Ma), Lixian in the Western Qinlin (22-23 Ma), and

  7. Subduction-stage P-T path of eclogite from the Sambagawa belt: Prophetic record for oceanic-ridge subduction (United States)

    Aoya, M.; Uehara, S.; Wallis, S. R.; Enami, M.


    The Sambagawa belt in SW Japan is a subduction-type high-P/T metamorphic belt. Subduction-stage P-T paths of its constituent rocks are important because they directly constrain physical conditions of the EarthOs interior at the time exhumation of high-P/T metamorphic rocks became feasible. Although a few examples of subduction-stage P-T paths for the Sambagawa rocks have been recognized, these are limited to relatively low-pressure regions (~10 kbar). To augment these data the subduction-stage P-T path of the Kotsu glaucophane (Gln) eclogite is derived. The tectonic significance of the derived and previously determined P-T paths is further examined using a new thermal model. By using compositions of matrix minerals and rims of porphyroblastic garnet (Grt), the peak-T conditions of the Kotsu Gln eclogite have been estimated as ~20 kbar/ 600° C. However, the dP/dT of the P-T path leading to the peak-T conditions is unknown. Petrological studies focusing on inclusion minerals in Grt show: (1) albite is absent as inclusions within Grt; (2) acmite (Acm) component of cpx decreased during growth of Grt; (3) Tschermakite (Ts) component of amphibole decreased and Gln component increased during growth of Grt; and (4) Grt-Cpx thermometry shows a temperature increase during growth of Grt. Along with mineral textures observed in the matrix, the Gln-formation reaction can be determined as: 4Acm + 2Ts + 2quartz + H2O (R) 2Gln + 2epidote + hematite. P-T curve of this reaction always has a large positive dP/dT (>7.1 kbar/100 ?C) with the Gln stability field on the high-P/T side. To cross this reaction curve into the Gln stability field during a rise in temperature, the Kotsu eclogite must trace a very steep subduction-type P-T path. Compilation of previously obtained subduction-stage P-T paths for the Sambagawa rocks along with the P-T path of the Kotsu Gln eclogite shows that the series of subduction-stage P-T paths are not distributed on a straight line starting from the origin

  8. Kyanite Formation and Element Fractionation in the High-Al Eclogites from the Sulu UHP Metamorphic Terrane

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    Yung-Hsin Liu


    Full Text Available Eclogite compositions are critical parameters for under standing chemical evolution in the Earth, particularly in subduction zones. A group of eclogites from the Sulu ultra-high pres sure (UHP metamorphic terrane in eastern China shows uncommon petrographic and compositional features. They are characterized by (1 zoisite porphyroblasts coexisting with inclusion-free, inclusion-containing, and net work kyanite, (2 high Al2O3 of 18.4 - 29.2% with high MgO of 8.59 - 11.3%, and (3 intensive HFSE-REE fractionations represented by [Zr/Sm]ch and [Ti/Gd]ch ratios of 0.1 - 3.9 and 1.1 - 9.0, respectively. High-pressure fluids played a major role on developing these features. Kyanite shows two textural varieties. KyI is inclusion-free and in apparent textural equilibrium with gar net and omphacite, implying formation from plagioclase break down. KyII includes kyanite networks and porphyroblasts; the former occurs mostly in gar net, whereas the latter encloses gar net and omphacite grains. KyII were crystallized at the expense of gar net and omphacite during eclogite-fluid interaction. The low [HREE]ch ratios of 1 - 2 indicate that the protoliths were arc cumulates. The well-de fined in verse Al2O3-SiO2 and Al2O3-CaO correlations are not the characteristics of igneous precursors; there fore, must reflect metamorphic modifications. The comparison to mafic cumulates shows that the low-Al samples are compositionally better representatives of protoliths. Mass balance calculations point to anolivine gabbronoritic protolith. The intensive HFSE-REE fractionations reflect compositional differences between two sample groups. Group I samples have superchondritic HFSE-REE ratios [(Nb/La, Zr/Sm, Ti/Gdch = 2 - 7] with depletions in LREE. In contrast, group II samples show HFSE depletions and LREE enrichments. These compositional differences were explained as reflecting element mobility during eclogite-fluid inter action. Released at temperatures > 750°C, the high

  9. Petrological characteristics of mantle xenoliths from the Azrou-Timahdite quaternary basalts, middle atlas, Morocco: A mineral chemistry perspective (United States)

    Chanouan, Lhoussaine; Ikenne, Moha; Gahlan, Hisham A.; Arai, Shoji; Youbi, Nasrrddine


    Quaternary alkali basalts of the Azrou-Timahdite area contain a wide variety of ultramafic mantle xenoliths (e.g. lherzolites, wehrlites, pyroxenites and amphibolites). A comprehensive mineral chemistry studies using electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA) and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) allows us to propose a petrogenetic history of these ultramafic rocks. The studied mantle xenoliths contain spinel, which attests for their derivation from depths from 30 to 70 km, i.e. the intermediate zone of continental lithospheric upper mantle. The olivine forsterite (Fo) content is higher in lherzolites than in wehrlite, Fo88-91 and Fo80-83, respectively. The orthopyroxene is enstatite with relatively high Mg number (Mg#) (0.88-0.91). The clinopyroxene displays Mg# (0.88-0.92) similar to or slightly higher than that of olivine and orthopyroxene, indicating equilibrium between these phases. Progressive depletion of this ratio in lherzolite clinopyroxene suggests the generation of peridotitic rocks through a series of partial melting processes at different degrees. LREE enrichment in clinopyroxene combined with decoupling of Ti and Na (Fusible major elements) indicates mantle metasomatic processes, which possibly resulted in recrystallization of clinopyroxene. The wehrlitic lithologies are possibly the end product of the metasomatism. The LaN/YbN and Ti/Eu ratios of spine-bearing lherzolites and non-spongy clinopyroxenes combined with the low Ti contents and the Zr and Nb negative anomalies argue for an alkali-silicate metasomatism. Given the above scenario, we conclude that the mineralogical variations in the upper mantle beneath this part of the Middle Atlas Mountains can be attributed to a combination of mantle processes including partial melting that occurs in response of a mantle upwelling, and an alkali-silicate metasomatism.

  10. A micro-scale investigation of melt production and extraction in the upper mantle based on silicate melt pockets in ultramafic xenoliths from the Bakony-Balaton Highland Volcanic Field (Western Hungary)

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    Bali, Eniko; Zanetti, A.; Szabo, C.


    Mantle xenoliths in Neogene alkali basalts of the Bakony-Balaton Highland Volcanic Field (Western Hungary) frequently have melt pockets that contain silicate minerals, glass, and often carbonate globules. Textural, geochemical and thermobarometric data indicate that the melt pockets formed...

  11. Age and nature of eclogites in the Huwan shear zone, and the multi-stage evolution of the Qinling-Dabie-Sulu orogen, central China (United States)

    Wu, Yuan-Bao; Hanchar, John M.; Gao, Shan; Sylvester, Paul J.; Tubrett, Mike; Qiu, Hua-Ning; Wijbrans, Jan R.; Brouwer, Fraukje M.; Yang, Sai-Hong; Yang, Qi-Jun; Liu, Yong-Sheng; Yuan, Hong-lin


    In situ LA-ICPMS U-Pb, trace element, and Hf isotope data in zircon demonstrate a Carboniferous age for eclogite-facies metamorphism in Siluro-Devonian protoliths in the Huwan shear zone, Dabie Mountains, Central China. This age contrasts with the more prevailing Triassic age for high- to ultrahigh pressure (HP to UHP) metamorphism in the Qinling-Dabie-Sulu orogen. Metamorphic zircon in two eclogite samples from Sujiahe is characterized by low Th/U ratios, small negative Eu anomalies, flat HREE patterns, and low 176Lu/ 177Hf ratios. These geochemical signatures suggest that the zircon crystallized in the presence of garnet and in the absence of plagioclase feldspar. Furthermore, temperatures of ~ 655 and ~ 638 °C, calculated using the Ti content of zircon, are consistent with their formation during eclogite-facies metamorphism. The weighted mean 206Pb/ 238U age of 309 ± 4 Ma (2δ) for this zircon improves previous age estimates for eclogite-facies metamorphism in the Huwan shear zone, ranging from 420 to 220 Ma. Metamorphic zircon from one eclogite sample from Hujiawan, most likely formed during prograde metamorphism, yields an equivalent age estimate of 312 ± 11 Ma. Magmatic zircon cores in the three samples yield ages for the magmatic protoliths of the eclogites ranging from 420 ± 7 to 406 ± 5 Ma, and post-dating the middle Paleozoic collision of the North China and the Qinling terrain. The zircon crystals in the three eclogite samples display a large variation of ɛ Hf (t) values of - 4.9 to 21.3. The metamorphic zircon overgrowths show the same range of ɛ Hf (t) values as those of the inherited magmatic crystal interiors. This suggests that the metamorphic zircon overgrowths may have formed by dissolution-reprecipitation of pre-existing magmatic zircon thereby preserving their original Hf isotopic composition. The high ɛ Hf (t) values suggest that the protoliths were derived from depleted mantle sources, most likely Paleotethyan oceanic crust; while the

  12. Prograde metamorphic evolution and development of chloritoid-bearing eclogitic assemblages in subcontinental metagabbro (Sesia Lanzo zone, Italy) (United States)

    Rebay, G.; Messiga, B.


    In the coronitic metagabbroic rocks of the Corio and Monastero metagabbro bodies in the continental Sesia-Lanzo zone of the western Italian Alps, a variety of mineral reactions that testify to prograde conditions from greenschist to eclogite-facies can be recognised. A microstructural and microchemical study of a series of samples characterized by coronitic textures and pseudomorphic replacement of the original igneous minerals has allowed the prograde reactions undergone by the rocks to be established. In completely eclogitized coronitic samples, paragonite, blue amphibole, garnet, epidote, fine grained jadeite and chloritoid occur in plagioclase microdomains (former igneous plagioclase). The mafic mineral microdomains consist of glaucophane and garnet. Complexly-zoned amphiboles constrain changing metamorphic conditions: cores of pre-Alpine brown hornblende and/or tremolite are preserved inside rims of a sodic-calcic amphibole that are in turn surrounded by a sodic amphibole. The main high-pressure mineral assemblage, as seen in mylonites, involves glaucophane, chloritoid, epidote, garnet ± phengite, ± paragonite. Some layers within the gabbro contain garnet, omphacite, ± glaucophane, and acid dykes crosscutting the gabbro body contain jadeite, quartz, garnet, epidote and paragonite. The presence of chloritoid-bearing high-pressure assemblages reflects hydration of the gabbros during their pre-Alpine exhumation prior to subduction, as well as the composition of the microdomains operating during subduction. The pressure and temperature conditions of gabbro transformation during subduction are inferred to be 450-550 °C at up to 2 GPa on the basis of the chloritoid-bearing assemblages. The factors controlling the reaction pathway to form chloritoid-bearing high-pressure assemblages in mafic rocks are inferred from these observations.

  13. Rapid growth of phosphorus-rich olivine in mantle xenolith from Middle Atlas Mountains (Morocco, Africa) (United States)

    Baziotis, Ioannis; Mavrogonatos, Konstantinos; Flemetakis, Stamatios; Papoutsa, Angeliki; Klemme, Stephan; Berndt, Jasper; Asimow, Paul


    Phosphorus(P)-rich zones in olivine may reflect incorporation of P in excess of equilibrium partitioning during rapid growth (e.g. Milman-Barris et al. 2008). We investigated a mantle xenolith from Middle Atlas Mountains (Morocco) by optical microscopy and electron microprobe. It contains spinel-bearing lherzolite and orthopyroxenite layers, cross-cut by veins dominated by glass and secondary phases including P-rich olivines. The host lava, presumed to be alkali basalt (El Messbahi et al. 2015), is present on the margins of the hand sample but not included in our thin section. The studied melt veins (MV) generally contain Ol+Gl+Cpx+Pl+Spl±Ap. Olivines in the MV have (Fo72.1-83.4) with 0.02-0.3 wt.% P2O5; olivines with P2O5 >0.1 wt.% are Fo75.3 -82.8. Some olivine grains are inclusion-free; others contain rounded glass inclusions or subhedral spinel or ilmenite inclusions. Olivines is generally found in contact with plagioclase and glass. Glass (5-15 vol%) has variable composition with P2O5 up to 1.52 wt.%, K2O 1.65-2.37 wt%, CaO 6.39-9.55 wt%, Na2O 0.78-6.70 wt% and SiO2 45.2-49.6 wt%. Where glass is in contact with matrix olivine, Fe-rich outer rims on olivine indicate mineral-melt reaction. In MgO variation diagrams, glass compositions display a coherent single trend for all oxides, with the exception of a discrete low-Na group. Clinopyroxene is present both as isolated subhedral to euhedral crystals within the MV and as replacive rims on matrix minerals. Very fine-grained dendritic clinopyroxene quench crystals up to 10 μm long are also present. Plagioclase occurs as prismatic, flow-oriented crystals parallel or sub-parallel to the layering. Spinel shows anhedral and euhedral shapes and occurs both as inclusions in olivine and as discrete grains associated with plagioclase and glass. Spinel in contact with glass shows a spongy outer rim and normal zonation towards Fe-rich rim compositions. Apatite is found mostly as very small crystals embedded in glass. High

  14. Carbon-isotope investigation in fluid inclusions of ultramafic xenoliths from Hyblean Plateau (Sicily, Italy): a signature influenced by mantle heterogeneity. (United States)

    Correale, Alessandra; Paonita, Antonio; Rizzo, Andrea; Grassa, Fausto; Martelli, Mauro


    The understanding of the upper mantle has improved greatly in recent decades thanks to studies of mantle xenoliths and the Hyblean area (Sicily, Italy) ) is one of the rare European volcanic regions where mantle xenoliths outcrop. The xenoliths from this area were studied in many aspects but the isotope carbon marker has not been investigated previously. We measured the carbon isotope signature of the mantle source beneath the Hyblean Plateau by studying the CO2 content entrapped in fluid inclusions from ultramafic xenoliths carried out to surface by some diatreme-related deposits of Miocene age. The δ13CCO2 measured in the present work (ranging between -4‰ and -2‰) was combined with the noble gases results of the same samples from our previous study. In order to investigate the influence of degassing process on the isotope geochemistry of the carbon, we performed quantitative analyses of the magmatic degassing in the case of δ13CCO2, He/Ar and Ar/CO2 ratios and we put in relation the obtained variability. The results highlighted that degassing processes influence sensibly the He/Ar and Ar/CO2 ratios but not the δ13CCO2 that seems controlled mainly by the extent of contamination of the peridotite by sedimentary and organic carbon. Mass-balance calculations evidenced that the Hyblean peridotite source is mainly contaminated by carbonate crustal term, being carbonate and organic matter characterized by a ratio within the range 5:1 and 7:2. Instead, mixing processes mainly affect the variable compositional CO2/3He and 3He/4He ratios, ranging between 1.21x109-9x1010 and 7.2-7.6 Ra respectively. More in detail these mixing processes would be triggered by metasomatic intrusions as veins of MORB-type pyroxenitic melts in the peridotite matrix contaminated by crustal fluids probably inherited from a fossil subduction.

  15. Asthenosphere–lithosphere interactions in Western Saudi Arabia: Inferences from 3He/4He in xenoliths and lava flows from Harrat Hutaymah (United States)

    Konrad, Kevin; Graham, David W; Thornber, Carl; Duncan, Robert A.; Kent, Adam J.R.; Al-Amri, Abdulla


    Extensive volcanic fields on the western Arabian Plate have erupted intermittently over the last 30 Ma following emplacement of the Afar flood basalts in Ethiopia. In an effort to better understand the origin of this volcanism in western Saudi Arabia, we analyzed3He/4He, and He, CO2 and trace element concentrations in minerals separated from xenoliths and lava flows from Harrat Hutaymah, supplemented with reconnaissance He isotope data from several other volcanic fields (Harrat Al Birk, Harrat Al Kishb and Harrat Ithnayn). Harrat Hutaymah is young (centers within an area of ~ 2500 km2. The homogeneity is caused by volatile equilibration between the xenoliths and fluids derived from their host magma, as fluid inclusions are annealed during the infiltration of vapor-saturated magmas along crystalline grain boundaries. The notable exceptions are the anhydrous spinel lherzolites, which have a lower weighted mean 3He/4He of 6.8 ± 0.3 RA (2σ, n = 2), contain lower concentrations of trapped He, and have a distinctly depleted light rare earth element signature. 3He/4He values of ~ 6.8 RA are also commonly found in spinel lherzolites from harrats Ithnayn, Al Birk, and from Zabargad Island in the Red Sea. Olivine from non-xenolith-bearing lava flows at Hutaymah spans the He isotope range of the xenoliths. The lower 3He/4He in the anhydrous spinel lherzolites appears to be tied to remnant Proterozoic lithosphere prior to metasomatic fluid overprinting.

  16. Zircon U-Pb dating of eclogite from the Qiangtang terrane, north-central Tibet: a case of metamorphic zircon with magmatic geochemical features (United States)

    Zhai, Qing-guo; Jahn, Bor-ming; Li, Xian-hua; Zhang, Ru-yuan; Li, Qiu-li; Yang, Ya-nan; Wang, Jun; Liu, Tong; Hu, Pei-yuan; Tang, Suo-han


    Zircon is probably the most important mineral used in the dating formation of high-pressure (HP) and ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks. The origin of zircon, i.e., magmatic or metamorphic, is commonly assessed by its external morphology, internal structure, mineral inclusions, Th/U ratios and trace element composition. In this study, we present an unusual case of metamorphic zircon from the Qiangtang eclogite, north-central Tibet. The zircon grains contain numerous eclogite-facies mineral inclusions, including omphacite, phengite, garnet and rutile; hence, they are clearly of metamorphic origin. However, they display features similar to common magmatic zircon, including euhedral crystal habit, high Th/U ratios and enriched heavy rare earth elements pattern. We suggest that these zircon grains formed from a different reservoir from that for garnet where no trace elements was present and trace element equilibrium between zircon and garnet was achieved. U-Pb dating of zircon gave an age of 232-237 Ma for the eclogite, and that of rutile yielded a slightly younger age of ca. 217 Ma. These ages are consistent with the reported Lu-Hf mineral isochron and phengite Ar-Ar ages. The zircon U-Pb and mineral Lu-Hf isochron ages are interpreted as the time of the peak eclogite-facies metamorphism, whereas the rutile U-Pb and phengite Ar-Ar ages represent the time of exhumation to the middle crust. Thus, the distinction between metamorphic and magmatic zircons cannot be made using only Th/U ratios and heavy REE compositions for HP-UHP metamorphic rocks of oceanic derivation.

  17. Evidence of a Temperature-dependent ‘Blueschist' to ‘Eclogite' Transformation in High-pressure Metamorphism of Metabasic Rocks




    Textures in the blueschist metabasic rocks of the island of Syros, Greece, indicate a reaction forming omphacite and garnet from earlier glaucophane and epidote. A balanced ‘whole rock' reaction can be written using the phase compositions and modal mineralogy of the products observed. This reaction is continuous in P-T space if Mg and Fe2+ are independent components. The available thermodynamic data suggest that the ‘eclogite' (garnet plus omphacite) assemblage is favoured by higher temperatu...

  18. Major- and Trace-Element Compositions of Indicator Minerals that Occur as Macro- and Megacrysts, and of Xenoliths, from Kimberlites in Northeastern Angola

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    Monica Escayola


    Full Text Available In this study, we compare the major- and trace-element compositions of olivine, garnet, and clinopyroxene that occur as single crystals (142 grains, with those derived from xenoliths (51 samples from six kimberlites in the Lucapa area, northeastern Angola: Tchiuzo, Anomaly 116, Catoca, Alto Cuilo-4, Alto Cuilo-63 and Cucumbi-79. The samples were analyzed using electron probe microanalysis (EPMA and laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS. The results suggest different paragenetic associations for these kimberlites in the Lucapa area. Compositional overlap in some of the macrocryst and mantle xenolith samples indicates a xenocrystic origin for some of those macrocrysts. The presence of mantle xenocrysts suggests the possibility of finding diamond. Geothermobarometric calculations were carried out using EPMA data from xenoliths by applying the program PTEXL.XLT. Additional well calibrated single-clinopyroxene thermobarometric calculations were also applied. Results indicate the underlying mantle experienced different equilibration conditions. Subsequent metasomatic enrichment events also support a hypothesis of different sources for the kimberlites. These findings contribute to a better understanding of the petrogenetic evolution of the kimberlites in northeastern Angola and have important implications for diamond exploration.

  19. Lithospheric mantle beneath NE part of Bohemian Massif and its relation to overlying crust: new insights from Pilchowice xenolith suite, Sudetes, SW Poland (United States)

    Ćwiek, Mateusz; Matusiak-Małek, Magdalena; Puziewicz, Jacek; Ntaflos, Theodoros


    The Oligocene/Miocene basanite from Pilchowice (Sudetes Mts., SW Poland) carries numerous small xenoliths of mantle peridotite, mostly harzburgite. The Pilchowice xenolith suite is dominated by harzburgites and dunites containing olivine Fo 90.2-91.5 (group A). The peridotites of group B (olivine Fo 88.6-89.4), and C (olivine Fo 83.2-86.5) are subordinate. The peridotites suffered from significant melt extraction (20-30%) and were subsequently subjected to metasomatism. Three different trace element compositional patterns of group A clinopyroxene occur, which are typical of silicate melt, carbonatite melt and silicate-carbonatite melt metasomatism, whereas groups B and C were affected by silicate melt metasomatism only. The Pilchowice basanite occurs at the contact of Karkonosze-Izera Block and Kaczawa Complex, two major geological units of Sudetes. The Pilchowice xenolith suite documents underlying lithospheric mantle of composition and depletion degree similar to those described in the whole Lower Silesian mantle domain, which forms NE termination of Saxo-Thuringian zone of the European Variscan orogen. The crustal structure of the orogen is, therefore, not mirrored in the mantellic root.

  20. Mantle xenolith-xenocryst-bearing monogenetic alkali basaltic lava field from Kutch Basin, Gujarat, Western India: Estimation of magma ascent rate (United States)

    Ray, Arijit; Hatui, Kalyanbrata; Paul, Dalim Kumar; Sen, Gautam; Biswas, S. K.; Das, Brindaban


    Kutch rift basin of northwestern India is characterized by a topography that is controlled by a number of fault controlled uplifted blocks. Kutch Mainland Uplift, the largest uplifted block in the central part of the basin, contains alkali basalt plugs and tholeiitic basalt flows of the Deccan age. Alkali plugs often contain small, discoidal mantle xenoliths of spinel lherzolite and spinel wehrlite composition. Olivine occurs as xenocrysts (coarse, fractured, broken olivine grains with embayed margin; Fo> 90), phenocrysts (euhedral, smaller, and less forsteritic ~ Fo80), and as groundmass grains (small, anhedral, Fo75) in these alkali basalts. In a few cases, the alkali plugs are connected with feeder dykes. Based on the width of feeder dykes, on the sizes of the xenocrysts and xenoliths, thickness of alteration rim around olivine xenocryst, we estimate that the alkali magmas erupted at a minimum speed of 0.37 km per hour. The speed was likely greater because of the fact that the xenoliths broke up into smaller fragments as their host magma ascended through the lithosphere.

  1. Experimental determination of dissolved CO2 content in nominally anhydrous andesitic melts at graphite/diamond saturation - Remobilization of deeply subducted reduced carbon via partial melts of MORB-like eclogite (United States)

    Eguchi, J.; Dasgupta, R.


    Experimental phase relations of carbonated lithologies [1] and geochemistry of deep diamonds [2] suggest that deep recycling of carbon has likely been efficient for a significant portion of Earth's history. Both carbonates and organic carbon subduct into the mantle, but with gradual decrease of fO2 with depth [3] most carbon in deep mantle rocks including eclogite could be diamond/graphite [4]. Previous studies investigated the transfer of CO2 from subducted eclogite to the ambient mantle by partial melting in the presence of carbonates, i.e., by generation of carbonate-rich melts [5]. However, the transfer of carbon from subducted eclogite to the mantle can also happen, perhaps more commonly, by extraction of silicate partial melt in the presence of reduced carbon; yet, CO2 solubility in eclogite-derived andesitic melt at graphite/diamond saturation remains unconstrained. CO2content of eclogite melts is also critical as geochemistry of many ocean island basalts suggest the presence of C and eclogite in their source regions [6]. In the present study we determine CO2 concentration in a model andesitic melt [7] at graphite/diamond saturation at conditions relevant for partial melting of eclogite in the convecting upper mantle. Piston cylinder and multi anvil experiments were conducted at 1-6 GPa and 1375-1550 °C using Pt/Gr double capsules. Oxygen fugacity was monitored with Pt-Fe sensors in the starting mix. Completed experiments at 1-3 GPa show that CO2 concentration increases with increasing P, T, and fO2 up to ~0.3 wt%. Results were used to develop empirical and thermodynamic models to predict CO2 concentration in partial melts of graphite saturated eclogite. This allowed us to quantify the extent to which CO2 can mobilize from eclogitic heterogeneities at graphite/diamond saturated conditions. With estimates of eclogite contribution to erupted basaltic lavas, the models developed here allow us to put constraints on the flux of CO2 to mantle source regions

  2. Eclogite trace in evolution of Late Cenozoic alkaline basalt volcanism on the southwestern flank of the Baikal Rift Zone: Geochemical features and geodynamic consequences (United States)

    Perepelov, A. B.; Kuzmin, M. I.; Tsypukova, S. S.; Demonterova, E. I.; Ivanov, A. V.; Shcherbakov, Yu. D.; Puzankov, M. Yu.; Odgerel, D.; Bat-Ulzii, D.


    Eclogitized material from the oceanic lithosphere are the most likely source of alkaline basalt magmas in the formation of Late Cenozoic volcanic areas on the southwestern flank of the Baikal Rift Zone. Basaltic trachyandesites of the early stage of volcanism (Pg3 2 28-23 Ma) are rich in high field strength elements (HFSE), P2O5, F, Zn, Ga, Sr, Sn, and light rare earth elements (LREE); they are characterized by high values of the following ratios: Fe/Mn = 72-77, Sm/Yb = 7.7-8.5, Sr/Y = 57-63, and Ga/Sc = 2.1-2.3. At this stage, magmas are formed under conditions with a 2-8% degree of partial melting of the mantle substrate enriched with the material of the eclogite source (50-70%) (Cpx/Grt = 1.5-1.7). Basaltoid magmas of the final stage of volcanism (N1 3-N2 1 6-4 Ma) are formed from melting (1.5-4%) of a less fertilized mantle (Cpx/Grt = 2.1-3.1, Fe/Mn = 62-71, Sm/Yb = 3.5-4.6, Sr/Y = 29-44, Ga/Sc = 1.0-1.4). The directed variations of the compositions of the successive basaltoid magmas, which were formed in the Late Cenozoic, create an "eclogite trace" in this area.

  3. Petrology and new U-Pb SHRIMP dating for eclogites of the Lofoten Islands, Flakstad\\oy and Vestvåg\\oy, northern Norway (United States)

    Polito, C.; Leech, M. L.


    Archean to Proterozoic plutonic complexes and high-grade metamorphic rocks are exposed in the Loftoten islands of northern Norway. Retrogressed eclogitized gabbroic rocks occur within the granulite-facies basement on Flakstad\\oy and Vestvåg\\oy; eclogites are related to shear and mylonite zones suggesting that deformation and fluid infiltration was important in their formation. Recent U-Pb SHRIMP dating of zircon from a sample of uneclogitized host gneiss on Flakstady yield concordant and near concordant ages c. 1780 Ma, confirming an Early Proterozoic protolith. Mineral chemistries based on electron microprobe analyses of multiple mineral phases from eclogitized shear zones in gabbro reveal that garnet is almandine-rich (Alm56Pyr18Grs24Sps2) and shows retrograde zoning from core to rim. Clinopyroxene is calcium-rich diopside in composition (Wo46En38Fs15). Thermobarometric calculations using Fe-Mg exchange between garnet and clinopyroxene yield temperatures ranging from ~660°-780°C for estimated pressures of 1.1 to 1.4 GPa.

  4. Crystal preferred orientations of minerals from mantle xenoliths in alkali basaltic rocks form the Catalan Volcanic Zone (NE Spain) (United States)

    Fernández-Roig, Mercè; Galán, Gumer; Mariani, Elisabetta


    Mantle xenoliths in alkali basaltic rocks from the Catalan Volcanic Zone, associated with the Neogene-Quaternary rift system in NE Spain, are formed of anhydrous spinel lherzolites and harzburgites with minor olivine websterites. Both peridotites are considered residues of variable degrees of partial melting, later affected by metasomatism, especially the harzburgites. These and the websterites display protogranular microstructures, whereas lherzolites show continuous variation between protogranular, porphyroclastic and equigranular forms. Thermometric data of new xenoliths indicate that protogranular harzburgites, lherzolites and websterites were equilibrated at higher temperatures than porphyroclastic and equigranular lherzolites. Mineral chemistry also indicates lower equilibrium pressure for porphyroclastic and equigranular lherzolites than for the protogranular ones. Crystal preferred orientations (CPOs) of olivine and pyroxenes from these new xenoliths were determined with the EBSD-SEM technique to identify the deformation stages affecting the lithospheric mantle in this zone and to assess the relationships between the deformation fabrics, processes and microstructures. Olivine CPOs in protogranular harzburgites, lherzolites and a pyroxenite display [010]-fiber patterns characterized by a strong point concentration of the [010] axis normal to the foliation and girdle distribution of [100] and [001] axes within the foliation plane. Olivine CPO symmetry in porphyroclastic and equigranular lherzolites varies continuously from [010]-fiber to orthorhombic and [100]-fiber types. The orthorhombic patterns are characterized by scattered maxima of the three axes, which are normal between them. The rare [100]-fiber patterns display strong point concentration of [100] axis, with normal girdle distribution of the other two axes, which are aligned with each other. The patterns of pyroxene CPOs are more dispersed than those of olivine, especially for clinopyroxene, but

  5. Concealed basalt-matrix diatremes with Cu-Au-Ag-(Mo)-mineralized xenoliths, Santa Cruz Porphyry Cu-(Mo) System, Pinal County, Arizona (United States)

    Vikre, Peter; Graybeal, Frederick T.; Koutz, Fleetwood R.


    The Santa Cruz porphyry Cu-(Mo) system near Casa Grande, Arizona, includes the Sacaton mine deposits and at least five other concealed, mineralized fault blocks with an estimated minimum resource of 1.5 Gt @ 0.6% Cu. The Late Cretaceous-Paleocene system has been dismembered and rotated by Tertiary extension, partially eroded, and covered by Tertiary-Quaternary basin-fill deposits. The mine and mineralized fault blocks, which form an 11 km (~7 miles) by 1.6 km (~1 mile) NE-SW–trending alignment, represent either pieces of one large deposit, several deposits, or pieces of several deposits. The southwestern part of the known system is penetrated by three or more diatremes that consist of heterolithic breccia pipes with basalt and clastic matrices, and subannular tuff ring and maar-fill sedimentary deposits associated with vents. The tephra and maar-fill deposits, which are covered by ~485 to 910 m (~1,600–3,000 ft) of basin fill, lie on a mid-Tertiary erosion surface of Middle Proterozoic granite and Late Cretaceous porphyry, which compose most xenoliths in pipes and are the host rocks of the system. Some igneous xenoliths in the pipes contain bornite-chalcopyrite-covellite assemblages with hypogene grades >1 wt % Cu, 0.01 ounces per ton (oz/t) Au, 0.5 oz/t Ag, and small amounts of Mo (fluid which, based on fluid inclusion populations in mineralized xenoliths, was saline water and CO2. The large vertical extent (~600 m; ~2,000 ft) of basalt matrix in pipes, near-paleosurface matrix vesiculation, and plastically deformed basalt lapilli indicates that diatreme eruptions were predominantly phreatic.Diatreme xenoliths represent crustal stratigraphy and, as in the Santa Cruz system, provide evidence of concealed mineral resources that can guide exploration drilling through cover. Vectors to the source of bornite-dominant xenoliths containing >1% Cu and significant Au and Ag could be determined by refinement of breccia pipe geometries, by reassembly of mineralized fault

  6. Asthenosphere-lithosphere interactions in Western Saudi Arabia: Inferences from 3He/4He in xenoliths and lava flows from Harrat Hutaymah (United States)

    Konrad, Kevin; Graham, David W.; Thornber, Carl R.; Duncan, Robert A.; Kent, Adam J. R.; Al-Amri, Abdullah M.


    Extensive volcanic fields on the western Arabian Plate have erupted intermittently over the last 30 Ma following emplacement of the Afar flood basalts in Ethiopia. In an effort to better understand the origin of this volcanism in western Saudi Arabia, we analyzed 3He/4He, and He, CO2 and trace element concentrations in minerals separated from xenoliths and lava flows from Harrat Hutaymah, supplemented with reconnaissance He isotope data from several other volcanic fields (Harrat Al Birk, Harrat Al Kishb and Harrat Ithnayn). Harrat Hutaymah is young (centers within an area of ~ 2500 km2. The homogeneity is caused by volatile equilibration between the xenoliths and fluids derived from their host magma, as fluid inclusions are annealed during the infiltration of vapor-saturated magmas along crystalline grain boundaries. The notable exceptions are the anhydrous spinel lherzolites, which have a lower weighted mean 3He/4He of 6.8 ± 0.3 RA (2σ, n = 2), contain lower concentrations of trapped He, and have a distinctly depleted light rare earth element signature. 3He/4He values of ~ 6.8 RA are also commonly found in spinel lherzolites from harrats Ithnayn, Al Birk, and from Zabargad Island in the Red Sea. Olivine from non-xenolith-bearing lava flows at Hutaymah spans the He isotope range of the xenoliths. The lower 3He/4He in the anhydrous spinel lherzolites appears to be tied to remnant Proterozoic lithosphere prior to metasomatic fluid overprinting. Elevated 3He/4He in the western harrats has been observed only at Rahat (up to 11.8 RA; Murcia et al., 2013), a volcanic field situated above thinned lithosphere beneath the Makkah-Medinah-Nafud volcanic lineament. Previous work established that spinel lherzolites at Hutaymah are sourced near the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB), while other xenolith types there are derived from shallower depths within the lithosphere itself (Thornber, 1992). Helium isotopes are consistent with melts originating near the LAB beneath

  7. U-Pb zircon geochronology and phase equilibria modelling of a mafic eclogite from the Sumdo complex of south-east Tibet: Insights into prograde zircon growth and the assembly of the Tibetan plateau (United States)

    Weller, O. M.; St-Onge, M. R.; Rayner, N.; Waters, D. J.; Searle, M. P.; Palin, R. M.


    The Sumdo complex is a Permian-Triassic eclogitic metamorphic belt in south-east Tibet, which marks the location of a suture zone that separates the northern and southern Lhasa terranes. An integrated geochronological and petrological study of a mafic eclogite from the complex has constrained its tectonometamorphic history and provides a case study of zircon growth in eclogite as a product of prograde dissolution-precipitation. In situ U-Pb geochronology indicates that the eclogite contains a single population of zircon with a crystallisation age of 273.6 ± 2.8 Ma. The morphology and chemistry of the zircon grains are consistent with growth by dissolution-precipitation of protolith magmatic zircon. The presence of zircon grains as inclusions in the cores of peak phases indicates that zircon dissolution-precipitation occurred during prograde metamorphism, and calculated pressure and temperature conditions over which mineral inclusions in zircon are stable suggest that the zircon most likely precipitated at 15.5-16.5 kbar and 500-560 °C. Subsequent peak metamorphism is calculated to have reached pressure-temperature conditions of 27 ± 1 kbar and 670 ± 50 °C. Previous studies, which have documented a range of peak metamorphic conditions from high- to ultrahigh-pressure at c. 266-230 Ma, indicate that the Sumdo complex is a composite belt that experienced protracted eclogite exhumation. The results of this study are consistent with this interpretation, and extend the age range of high-pressure metamorphism in the complex to over 40 Myr. Analysis of published pressure-temperature-time data indicates two systematic behaviours within this spread. First, peak metamorphic temperatures declined over time. Second, eclogite exhumation occurred in two discrete intervals: soon after formation, and during the demise of the subduction zone. The latter behaviour serves as a reminder that eclogite exhumation is the exception rather than the rule.

  8. Fluid-mediated metal transport in subduction zones and its link to arc-related giant ore deposits: Constraints from a sulfide-bearing HP vein in lawsonite eclogite (Tianshan, China) (United States)

    Li, Ji-Lei; Gao, Jun; John, Timm; Klemd, Reiner; Su, Wen


    High-pressure (HP) veins in eclogites provide insight into element mobility during fluid-rock interaction in subduction zones. Here, we present a petrological-geochemical study of a sulfide-bearing HP vein and its massive lawsonite eclogite host rock from the Chinese Tianshan (ultra-)high-pressure/low-temperature metamorphic belt. The omphacite-dominated vein is enveloped by a garnet-poor, sulfide-bearing eclogite-facies reaction selvage. Lawsonite, garnet, omphacite, glaucophane and other HP minerals occur as inclusions in pyrite porphyroblasts of the selvage rock, indicating that the selvage formed prograde under eclogite-facies conditions. Relicts of wall-rock garnet (Grt_I) cores in recrystallized selvage garnet (Grt_II) close to the wall rock and the Ca distribution in Grt_II, which images the overgrown selvage matrix, indicate that the selvage formed due to dissolution-precipitation processes as a consequence of fluid-rock interaction of the wall rock eclogite with the vein-forming fluid. The peak metamorphic P-T conditions of the wall-rock eclogite are estimated at ca. 590 °C and 23 kbar. Mass-balance calculations indicate that the reaction selvage experienced: (1) a depletion of the large-ion lithophile elements (K-Rb-Ba) of up to 100% relative to their concentrations in the wall-rock eclogite; (2) a moderate depletion of the HREE and some transition metal elements including Fe, Cu, Ni, Zn, Co, Cr, and Mn (10-40%); (3) a significant enrichment of CaO (up to 50-80%), Sr (up to ˜200%), Pb (up to ˜170%) and S (up to ˜210%); (4) a slight to moderate enrichment of the LREE (10-20%) and MREE (0-40%); whereas (5) the HFSE show no significant variations.

  9. The timing of eclogite facies metamorphism and migmatization in the Orlica–Śnieżnik complex, Bohemian Massif: Constraints from a multimethod geochronological study (United States)

    Brocker, M.; Klemd, R.; Cosca, M.; Brock, W.; Larionov, A.N.; Rodionov, N.


    The Orlica–Śnieżnik complex (OSC) is a key geological element of the eastern Variscides and mainly consists of amphibolite facies orthogneisses and metasedimentary rocks. Sporadic occurrences of eclogites and granulites record high-pressure (HP) to ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic conditions. A multimethod geochronological approach (40Ar–39Ar, Rb–Sr, Sm–Nd, U–Pb) has been used to gain further insights into the polymetamorphic evolution of eclogites and associated country rocks. Special attention was given to the unresolved significance of a 370- to 360 Ma age group that was repeatedly described in previous studies. Efforts to verify the accuracy of c.370 Ma K–Ar phengite and biotite dates reported for an eclogite and associated country-rock gneiss from the location Nowa Wieś suggest that these dates are meaningless, due to contamination with extraneous Ar. Extraneous Ar is also considered to be responsible for a significantly older 40Ar–39Ar phengite date of c. 455 Ma for an eclogite from the location Wojtowka. Attempts to further substantiate the importance of 370–360 Ma zircon dates as an indicator for a melt-forming high-temperature (HT) episode did not provide evidence in support of anatectic processes at this time. Instead, SHRIMP U–Pb zircon dating of leucosomes and leucocratic veins within both orthogneisses and (U)HP granulites revealed two age populations (490–450 and 345–330 Ma respectively) that correspond to protolith ages of the magmatic precursors and late Variscan anatexis. The results of this study further underline the importance of Late Carboniferous metamorphic processes for the evolution of the OSC that comprise the waning stages of HP metamorphism and lower pressure HT overprinting with partial melting. Eclogites and their country rocks provided no chronometric evidence for an UHP and ultrahigh-temperature episode at 387–360 Ma, as recently suggested for granulites from the OSC, based on Lu–Hf garnet

  10. Sediment-derived fluids in subduction zones: Isotopic evidence from veins in blueschist and eclogite of the Franciscan Complex, California

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    Nelson, B.K. (Univ. of Washington, Seattle (United States))


    Isotopic analyses of minerals from veins that cut high-grade blueschist and eclogite blocks in the central belt of the Franciscan Complex provide constraints on the chronology of metamorphic events and on the origin and movement of fluids within the subduction zone. A Rb-Sr age of 153 {plus minus}1 Ma obtained for minerals from veins and open cavities that formed contemporaneously with retrograde blueschist facies metamorphism is a minimum age for the prograde metamorphism. The veining precedes the last episode of sedimentary-matrix melange formation by a minimum 15 to 20 Ma, during which time the blocks must have been stored within the subduction complex at low temperatures and without undergoing penetrative deformation. Initial Nd-isotope compositions ({epsilon}{sub Nd}) of the vein minerals range from +10.8 to {minus}2.4, indicating that some fluids were derived predominantly from dehydration of subducted mid-ocean ridge basalt, but that other fluids had a component derived from subducted sediment. The provenance of the subducted sediment was within old continental crust, thus associating the Franciscan paleo-subduction complex with a continental craton by the time of vein formation.

  11. The ongoing search for the oldest rock on the Danish island of Bornholm: new U-Pb zircon ages for a quartz-rich xenolith and country rock from the Svaneke Granite

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    Waight, Tod Earle; Serre, Simon H.; Næsby, Sebastian H.


    Previous geochronological studies on the Danish island of Bornholm have not identified any rocks older than c. 1.46 Ga. New LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon ages are presented for a xenolith within, and the country rock gneiss adjacent to, the Svaneke Granite on Bornholm. The xenolith is fine-grained and qu......Previous geochronological studies on the Danish island of Bornholm have not identified any rocks older than c. 1.46 Ga. New LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon ages are presented for a xenolith within, and the country rock gneiss adjacent to, the Svaneke Granite on Bornholm. The xenolith is fine......-grained and quartz-rich and was likely derived from either a quartz-rich sedimentary protolith or a hydrothermally altered felsic volcanic rock. The relatively fine-grained felsic nature of the country rock gneiss and the presence of large zoned feldspars that may represent phenocrysts suggest its protolith may have...... been a felsic volcanic or shallow intrusive rock. A skarn-like inclusion from a nearby locality likely represents an originally carbonate sediment and is consistent with supracrustal rocks being present at least locally. Zircon data from the xenolith define an upper intercept age of 1483 ± 12 Ma (2σ...

  12. The peculiar case of Marosticano xenoliths: a cratonic mantle fragment affected by carbonatite metasomatism in the Veneto Volcanic Province (Northern Italy) (United States)

    Brombin, Valentina; Bonadiman, Costanza; Coltorti, Massimo; Florencia Fahnestock, M.; Bryce, Julia G.; Marzoli, Andrea


    The Tertiary Magmatic Province of Veneto, known as Veneto Volcanic Province (VVP), in the Northern Italy, represents one of the most important volcanic provinces of the Adria Plate. It is composed by five volcanic districts: Val d'Adige, Marosticano, Mts. Lessini, Berici Hills and Euganean Hills. Most of the volcanic products are relatively undifferentiated lavas, from nephelinites to tholeiites in composition. Commonly VVP nephelinites and basanites carry mantle xenoliths. This study presents a petrological characterization of the new xenolith occurrence of Marosticano and comparison with previously studied VVP xenolith populations (i.e. from the Lessinean and Val d'Adige areas), which represent off-craton lithospheric mantle fragment affected by Na-alkaline silicate metasomatism (Siena & Coltorti 1989; Beccaluva et al., 2001; Gasperini et al., 2006). Marosticano (MA) peridotites are anhydrous spinel-bearing lherzolites and harzburgites, which are geochemically well distinguishible from the other VVP mantle xenoliths. Primary minerals record the "most restitic" composition of the VVP sampled mantle, even calling the geochemical features of a sub-cratonic mantle. Olivines in both lherzolites and harzburgites show high Ni contents compared with the Fo values (Ni→ lherzolite: 2600-3620 ppm; harzburgite: 2600-3540 ppm; Fo → lh: 91-92; hz: 90-93) that follow the trend of olivine from a cratonic area (Kelemen, 1998). Orthopyroxenes have mg# values with 1:1 ratio with coexisting olivines and Al2O3 contents always 0.5 wt%) contents are also the chemical characteristics of the clinopyroxenes. On the whole both MA pyroxenes show major element contents that recall the characteristics of those from cratonic (sp-bearing) peridotites (e.g. from Greenland, South Africa and Tanzania; Downes et al., 2004). In addition, the relationship between the high Fo content of olivine and the high chromium contents (cr#=(Cr/(Cr+Al)X100); lh: 30-53; hz: 38-67) in coexisting spinel, out of

  13. Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopes of ultramafic xenoliths in volcanic rocks of Eastern China: enriched components EMI and EMII in subcontinental lithosphere (United States)

    Tatsumoto, M.; Basu, A.R.; Wankang, H.; Junwen, W.; Guanghong, X.


    The UThPb, SmNd, and RbSr isotopic systematics of mafic and ultramafic xenolithic rocks and associated megacrystic inclusions of aluminous augite and garnet, that occur in three alkalic volcanic suites: Kuandian in eastern Liaoning Province, Hanluoba in Hebei Province, and Minxi in western Fujian Province, China are described. In various isotopic data plots, the inclusion data invariably fall outside the isotopic ranges displayed by the host volcanic rocks, testifying to the true xenolithic nature of the inclusions. The major element partitioning data on Ca, Mg, Fe, and Al among the coexisting silicate minerals of the xenoliths establish their growth at ambient mantle temperatures of 1000-1100??C and possible depths of 70-80 km in the subcontinental lithosphere. Although the partitioning of these elements reflects equilibrium between coexisting minerals, equilibria of the Pb, Nd, and Sr isotopic systems among the minerals were not preserved. The disequilibria are most notable with respect to the 206Pb 204Pb ratios of the minerals. On a NdSr isotopic diagram, the inclusion data plot in a wider area than that for oceanic basalts from a distinctly more depleted component than MORB with higher 143Nd 144Nd and a much broader range of 87Sr 86Sr values, paralleling the theoretical trajectory of a sea-water altered lithosphere in NdSr space. The garnets consistently show lower ?? and ?? values than the pyroxenes and pyroxenites, whereas a phlogopite shows the highest ?? and ?? values among all the minerals and rocks studied. In a plot of ??207 and ??208, the host basalts for all three areas show lower ??207 and higher ??208 values than do the xenoliths, indicating derivation of basalts from Th-rich (relative to U) sources and xenoliths from U-rich sources. The xenolith data trends toward the enriched mantle components, EMI and EMII-like, characterized by high 87Sr 86Sr and ??207 values but with slightly higher 143Nd 144Nd. The EMI trend is shown more distinctly by the host

  14. A geochemical study of lithospheric mantle beneath Northern Victoria Land (Antarctica): main evidences from volatile content in ultramafic xenoliths (United States)

    Correale, Alessandra; Pelorosso, Beatrice; Rizzo, Andrea Luca; Coltorti, Massimo; Italiano, Francesco; Bonadiman, Costanza


    A geochemical study of ultramafic xenoliths from Northern Victoria Land (Green Point, GP and Handler Ridge, HR), is carried out in order to investigate the features of the lithosphere mantle beneath the Western Antarctic Ridge System (WARS). The majority of samples is spinel anhydrous lherzolite with rare presence of secondary phases (secondary cpx and glass). Geothermobarometric calculations, based on the Fe/Mg distribution among the peridotite minerals reveal that Sub Continental Lithospheric Mantle (SCLM) beneath Handler Ridge records temperatures and redox conditions higher then Greene Point (P fixed at 15 Kbar). Moreover, geochemical models evidence that, GP mantle domain represents a residuum after ˜7 to 21 % of partial melting in the spinel stability field, which was variably affected by interaction with infiltrating melts, acting in different times, from at least Jurassic to Cenozoic (Pelorosso et al., 2016). Fluid inclusions (FI) entrapped in olivine and pyroxene crystals were investigated for elemental and isotopic contents of both, noble gases (He, Ne, Ar) and CO2. He, Ar and Ne concentrations range from 1.52×10-14 to 1.07×10-12, from 4.09×10-13 to 3.47×10-11and from 2.84×10-16 to 7.57×10-14 mol/g, respectively, while the CO2amounts are between 7.08×10-10 and 8.12×10-7 mol/g. The 3He/4He varies between 5.95 and 20.18 Ra (where Ra is the 3He/4He ratio of air), being the lowest and the highest values measured in the He-poorer samples. Post-eruptive input of cosmogenic 3He and radiogenic 4He seems to influence mainly the samples associated to a lower He concentrations, increasing and decreasing respectively their primordial 3He/4He values, that for all the other samples range between 6.76 and 7.45 Ra. This range reasonably reflects the isotope signature of mantle beneath the investigated areas. The 4He/40Ar* ratio corrected for atmospheric-derived contamination ranges between 0.004 and 0.39. The lowest 4He/40Ar* values (4He/40Ar*<0.1) are

  15. Garnet omphacite phengite thermobarometry of eclogites from the coesite-bearing unit of the southern Dora-Maira Massif, Western Alps (United States)

    Nowlan, E. U.; Schertl, H.-P.; Schreyer, W.


    Using relevant geothermobarometric methods, P- T-data were collected for the reconstruction of the metamorphic evolution of 34 eclogite samples taken from small lenses and boudins within the ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic coesite-bearing Brossasco-Isasca Unit (BIU) of the Dora-Maira Massif. The mineral phases used (clinopyroxene, garnet, phengite), or growth zones thereof, were identified as being coexistent for different stages of metamorphism on the basis of careful petrographic studies. Of several published geothermobarometers, the garnet-clinopyroxene thermometer of Powell [Powell, R., 1985. Regression diagnostics and robust regression in geothermometer/geobarometer calibration: the garnet-clinopyroxene geothermometer revisited. J. Metamorph. Geol., 3, pp. 231-243.] combined with the garnet-clinopyroxene-phengite barometer after Waters and Martin [Waters, D., Martin, H.N., 1993. The garnet-clinopyroxene-phengite barometer. Terra Abstr., 5, pp. 410-411.] was chosen here, because it provided the most reliable results. Nevertheless, the scatter of P- T-data points for the prograde (stage I), peak metamorphic (stage II), and retrograde (stage III) development of the eclogites is still considerable. Among the many possible reasons for this inconsistency discussed, a partial lack of equilibration of some of the eclogites during their metamorphic history should be taken into account. Despite the data scatter, an average P- T-path could be estimated, which includes the following coordinates: for stage I: 15 kbar/500°C; 25 kbar/570°C; 32 kbar/650°C; for stage II: 36 kbar/720°C; and for stage III: 24 kbar/680°C and 14 kbar/620°C. This is in fair agreement with P- T-paths derived earlier for other rock types of the BIU on the basis of other geothermobarometers.

  16. Mantle Transition Zone Derivation of Ultramafic Xenoliths in San Quintin Volcanic Field, Baja California: Evidence from Micro-Laser Raman Spectroscopic Study. (United States)

    Basu, A. R.; Chakrabarty, P.


    Spinel lherzolite xenoliths from the Holocene San Quintin Volcanic field in Baja California are well-studied for their mineralogical, petrological and geochemical characteristics, including their micro-structural and seismic properties that collectively suggest complex multiple histories of plastic deformation, re-crystallization and melt-rock interactions in the upper mantle. The ultramafic xenoliths are remarkable for their strong deformation displaying granular, porphryoclastic, tabular mosaic and equigranular microstructures. We used a Thermo ScientificTM DXRTMxi Raman Imaging microscope with an Ar ion 532 nm wavelength laser to image the various mineral phases in olivines and orthopyroxenes of several of the xenoliths. Many of the samples show hematite-decorated dislocations in the large ( 2mm) olivine grains showing sub-grain boundaries. We confirmed the hematite in the dislocation structures by their Raman spectra. Most interestingly, the olivine grains show Raman shift at 823.3 cm-1 and 855.8 cm-1: often these doublets show inversion and a slight shift to the higher side with respect to forsteritic olivine, indicating high pressure Mg2SiO4 phase. The presence of both high pressure and normal olivine within a 30 mµ range of the olivine in a number of samples studied indicate derivation of the xenoliths from the mantle transition zone in an upward flow and decompression while the hematite precipitated along the dislocations in the olivine. In some of the orthopyroxene grains adjacent to these olivines, showing high pressure Mg2SiO4 and normal forsteritic olivine, the presence of clinoenstatite lamellae are also confirmed by Raman studies. In summary, we present in this study three lines of evidence including exsolution of Fe3+ - bearing hematite along dislocations in olivine, presence of high pressure Mg2SiO4 containing this hematite-decorated dislocations and finally the clinoenstatite lamellae in orthopyroxene, indicating that the mineralogy of the spinel

  17. Flow in the shallow mantle in the westernmost Mediterranean: insights from xenoliths in Plio-Pleistocene alkali basalts from the eastern Betic Cordillera (SE Spain) (United States)

    Konc, Zoltán; Hidas, Károly; Garrido, Carlos J.; Tommasi, Andréa; Vauchez, Alain; Padrón Navarta, José Alberto; Marchesi, Claudio; Acosta-Vigil, Antonio; Szabó, Csaba; Varas-Reus, Maria Isabel


    Peridotite mantle xenoliths in Plio-Pleistocene alkali basalts of the eastern Betic Cordillera (Cartagena area, Murcia, SE Spain) provide a snapshot of the structure and composition of the lithospheric mantle at the northern limb of the Alpine Betic-Rif arched belt in the westernmost Mediterranean. The xenoliths are spinel and plagioclase lherzolite with minor harzburgite and wehrlite, displaying porphyroclastic to equigranular textures. Regardless of composition and texture, the Crystal Preferred Orientation (CPO) of olivine shows an axial-[100] pattern characterized by a strong alignment of [100]-axes near or parallel to the peridotite lineation and a girdle distribution of [010]-axes with a maximum normal to the peridotite foliation. This CPO pattern is consistent with ductile deformation accommodated by dislocation creep with dominant activation of the high temperature {0kl}[100] olivine slip system, indicative of deformation by simple shear or combinations of simple shear and pure shear with a transtensional component. Calculated seismic properties are characterized by fast propagation of P-waves and polarization of fast S-waves parallel to olivine [100]-axis, indicating the flow direction. SKS and Pn anisotropy in the eastern Betics can be explained by a lithospheric mantle peridotite with similar fabric to the one displayed by the studied mantle xenoliths. Considering the limited thickness of the mantle lithosphere in the Betics (40-80 km), the measured azimuths and delays of SKS waves in the eastern Betics are consistent with a steeply dipping mantle foliation and a subhorizontal lineation with ENE strike. This geometry of the lithospheric fabrics implies active or frozen mantle flow with a dominantly strike-slip component subparallel to the paleo-Iberian margin. Synkinematic overprinting of mineral assemblages from the garnet-spinel to the plagioclase facies demonstrates 36-40 km uplift continuously accommodated by ductile shear thinning of the

  18. The geological record of base metal sulfides in the cratonic mantle: A microscale 187Os/188Os study of peridotite xenoliths from Somerset Island, Rae Craton (Canada) (United States)

    Bragagni, A.; Luguet, A.; Fonseca, R. O. C.; Pearson, D. G.; Lorand, J.-P.; Nowell, G. M.; Kjarsgaard, B. A.


    We report detailed petrographic investigations along with 187Os/188Os data in Base Metal Sulfide (BMS) on four cratonic mantle xenoliths from Somerset Island (Rae Craton, Canada). The results shed light on the processes affecting the Re-Os systematics and provide time constraints on the formation and evolution of the cratonic lithospheric mantle beneath the Rae craton. When devoid of alteration, BMS grains mainly consist of pentlandite + pyrrhotite ± chalcopyrite. The relatively high BMS modal abundance of the four investigated xenoliths cannot be reconciled with the residual nature of these peridotites, but requires addition of metasomatic BMS. This is especially evident in the two peridotites with the highest bulk Pd/Ir and Pd/Pt. Metasomatic BMS likely formed during melt/fluid percolation in the Sub Continental Lithospheric Mantle (SCLM) as well as during infiltration of the host kimberlite magma, when djerfisherite crystallized around older Fe-Ni-sulfides. On the whole-rock scale, kimberlite metasomatism is visible in a subset of bulk xenoliths, which defines a Re-Os errorchron that dates the host magma emplacement. The 187Os/188Os measured in the twenty analysed BMS grains vary from 0.1084 to >0.17 and it shows no systematic variation depending on the sulfide mineralogical assemblage. The largest range in 187Os/188Os is observed in BMS grains from the two xenoliths with the highest Pd/Ir, Pd/Pt, and sulfide modal abundance. The whole-rock TRD ages of these two samples underestimate the melting age obtained from BMS, demonstrating that bulk Re-Os model ages from peridotites with clear evidence of metasomatism should be treated with caution. The TRD ages determined in BMS grains are clustered around 2.8-2.7, ∼2.2 and ∼1.9 Ga. The 2.8-2.7 Ga TRD ages document the main SCLM building event in the Rae craton, which is likely related to the formation of the local greenstone belts in a continental rift setting. The Paleoproterozoic TRD ages can be explained by

  19. The Sytykanskaya kimberlite pipe: Evidence from deep-seated xenoliths and xenocrysts for the evolution of the mantle beneath Alakit, Yakutia, Russia

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    I.V. Ashchepkov


    Full Text Available Mantle xenoliths (>150 and concentrates from late autolithic breccia and porphyritic kimberlite from the Sytykanskaya pipe of the Alakit field (Yakutia were analyzed by EPMA and LAM ICP methods. In P-T-X-f(O2 diagrams minerals from xenoliths show widest variations, the trends P-Fe#-CaO, f(O2 for minerals from porphyric kimberlites are more stepped than for xenocrysts from breccia. Ilmenite PTX points mark moving for protokimberlites from the lithosphere base (7.5 GPa to pyroxenite lens (5–3.5 GPa accompanied by Cr increase by AFC and creation of two trends P-Fe#Ol ∼10–12% and 13–15%. The Opx-Gar-based mantle geotherm in Alakit field is close to 35 mW/m2 at 65 GPa and 600 °C near Moho was determined. The oxidation state for the megacrystalline ilmenites is lower for the metasomatic associations due to reduction of protokimberlites on peridotites than for uncontaminated varieties at the lithosphere base. Highly inclined linear REE patterns with deep HFSE troughs for the parental melts of clinopyroxene and garnet xenocrysts from breccia were influenced by differentiated protokimberlite. Melts for metasomatic xenoliths reveal less inclined slopes without deep troughs in spider diagrams. Garnets reveal S-shaped REE patterns. The clinopyroxenes from graphite bearing Cr-websterites show inclined and inflected in Gd spectrums with LREE variations due to AFC differentiation. Melts for garnets display less inclined patterns and Ba-Sr troughs but enrichment in Nb-Ta-U. The 40Ar/39Ar ages for micas from the Alakit mantle xenoliths for disseminated phlogopites reveal Proterozoic (1154 Ma age of metasomatism in early Rodinia mantle. Veined glimmerites with richterite – like amphiboles mark ∼1015 Ma plume event in Rodinia mantle. The ∼600–550 Ma stage manifests final Rodinia break-up. The last 385 Ma metasomatism is protokimberlite-related.

  20. Eclogite from the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic unit at Lago di Cignana, Western Alps: A process-oriented transmission electron microscope study (United States)

    Müller, Wolfgang Friedrich; Compagnoni, Roberto


    In the Western Alps, the ocean-derived Lago di Cignana Unit of the Piemonte Zone has experienced ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism. We have studied the minerals of two eclogite samples from this unit using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in order to characterise their microstructures. These microstructures are the result of deformation, phase transformation and reactions and allow conclusions on the processes that had generated them. The goal of this process-oriented paper is to contribute to the knowledge of the formation and exhumation of ultrahigh pressure eclogites. In our TEM-study we found omphacite, amphibole (barroisite, glaucophane, hornblende), clinozoisite, garnet, albite, and thin layers of chlorite and mica in amphibole. The omphacite is well-ordered and has the space-group P2/n. We observed antiphase domains (APDs), dislocations that are organised in small-angle grain boundaries, and - very rare - crystallographic shear planes parallel to (010) and (110). Deformation twin lamellae on (100) have not been observed. Most interesting is the first observation of faults parallel to (110) in a natural omphacite. They are due to deformation. Chain multiplicity faults are common in the amphibole grains. In one case, the orientation of crystallographic shear planes was not only parallel to (010), but also parallel to (130) and (- 110). Clinozoisite showed deformation twin lamellae on (100) with widths of a few nm up to about 50 nm. Dislocations organised into a small-angle grain boundary have been found, which have not been described before. The garnet is almost free of dislocations. While there are differences regarding the deformation microstructures from the UHP Lago di Cignana eclogite and other HP occurrences, it is unlikely that these are due to higher pressures. It is much more likely that the whole formation and exhumation history of the different geological units and the individual positions of the collected rocks within them are reflected in

  1. Phase relationships and P-T path in NCFMASHTO system of the eclogite from the Tighsi area (Egere terrane, Central Hoggar, Algeria) (United States)

    Doukkari, Sid Ali; Ouzegane, Khadidja; Arab, Amar; Kienast, Jean-Robert; Godard, Gaston; Drareni, Amar; Zetoutou, Souad; Liégeois, Jean-Paul


    The Tighsi area is situated in the northern part of the Egere-Aleksod terrane (Central Hoggar, South of Algeria). The eclogites and the garnet-amphibolites occur as lenses in marble, metapelite and quartzite. The petrological study shows that the high pressure paragenesis is characterized by the assemblage omphacite-garnet-rutile-quartz and epidote. Omphacite contains epidote, rutile and quartz inclusions. Due to the decompression, omphacite is the first mineral to destabilize into very thin symplectites of albite and clinopyroxene poorer of the jadeitic component. The paragenese of the lower pressure is represented by kelyphites and symplectites of amphibole-plagioclase separating garnet from omphacite and quartz. During this evolution, rutile transforms into ilmenite then, in the latest stage sphene replaces ilmenite. The thermodynamic modeling using THERMOCALC has confirmed these textural observations and suggests that the eclogites have experienced three stages of metamorphism. Stage I is the high pressure association, an H2O under-saturated pseudosection adapted to this stage has been constructed in NCFMASHTO system. The association of high pressure corresponds to the field where garnet is in equilibrium with omphacite including epidote-rutile and quartz; The P-T conditions of 19.6 kbar and 694 °C have been estimated using the garnet core compositions. Stage II is the isothermal decompression where the amphibole-plagioclase kelyphites occur at the expense of garnet, omphacite and quartz at 15.5 kbar and 774 °C (conditions estimated using the garnet rim and the plagioclase-amphibole kelyphites compositions). Stage III is the late retrograde evolution; a second pseudosection with H2O in excess has been constructed to model this stage and show the transformation of eclogites into garnet-bearing amphibolites and explains the occurrence of sphene. The P-T conditions of 9.3 kbar and 695 °C have been estimated using the compositions of the plagioclase with the

  2. Découverte d'éclogites hercyniennes dans la chaîne septentrionale des Mauritanides (Afrique de l'Ouest)First occurrence of Hercynian eclogites within the northern Mauritanides belt (West Africa) (United States)

    Le Goff, Élisabeth; Guerrot, Catherine; Maurin, Gilbert; Johan, Véra; Tegyey, Monique; Ben Zerga, Mustapha


    Eclogites have been discovered within units constituting the prolongation of the Hercynian nappes of the Western Sahara (Northern Mauritanides). The eclogitic assemblage comprises Grt + Omp (Jd 30-40) + barroisite + Qtz + Rt ± phengite + Ep. Estimated pressure-temperature conditions are 550-600 °C, 13-15 kbar. Geochronological data obtained by the single evaporation method on zircons characterise a Panafrican event (595 Ma), which could be attributed to the magmatic crystallisation of the protolith. Sm-Nd dating by using garnet and omphacite argue for an Hercynian metamorphic event at 330 Ma.

  3. Geology and geochemistry of the Redrock Granite and anorthosite xenoliths (Proterozoic in the northern Burro Mountains, Grant County, New Mexico, USA

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    Virginia T. McLemore


    Full Text Available Mineral ages from the A-type granites and anorthosite xenoliths in the Redrock area in the northwestern Burro Mountains in southwestern New Mexico cluster around ~1220–1225 Ma and provide yet another example of bimodal igneous activity during this time period in the southwestern United States. The metaluminous to peraluminous, marginally alkaline to subalkaline Redrock Granite exhibits the textural, mineralogical, and geochemical features of A-type granitethat was emplaced at a relatively high crustal level. Field relationships, whole rock and mineral geochemical and isotopic trends suggest that the four phases of the Redrock Granite are genetically related, with the miarolitic biotite/alkali feldspar granite being the youngest phase. Spatial relationships and geochemical data suggest that the anorthosite xenoliths were coeval with the RedrockGranite, which is consistent with the anorthosite being derived from the upper mantle, possibly due to deep mantle upwellings, and the Redrock Granite from the lower crust. The process involved melting in the upper mantle, emplacement of anorthosite in the crust resulting in partial crustal melting and thinning, and, finally, intrusion of shallow silicic plutons, the Redrock Granite. The Redrock Granite and anorthosite were presumably derived from sources characterized by subtle, long-term LREE depletion, with εNd (at 1220 Ma values on theorder of +1 to +2.

  4. Depletion, cryptic metasomatism, and modal metasomatism of central European lithospheric mantle: evidence from elemental and Li isotope compositions of spinel peridotite xenoliths, Kozákov volcano, Czech Republic

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    Medaris Jr., L. G.; Ackerman, Lukáš; Jelínek, E.; Magna, T.


    Roč. 104, č. 8 (2015), s. 1925-1956 ISSN 1437-3254 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Central European lithospheric mantle * geochemistry * geothermometry * Li isotopes * spinel peridotite xenoliths Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry Impact factor: 2.133, year: 2015

  5. Mantle xenoliths from Szentbékálla, Balaton: Geochemical and petrological constraints on the evolution of the lithospheric mantle underneath Pannonian Basin, Hungary (United States)

    Ntaflos, Theo; Bizimis, Michael; Abart, Rainer


    Pliocene alkali basalts from the Bakony-Balaton Highland Volcanic Field (BBHVF) in the western Pannonian Basin carry mantle xenoliths comprising hydrous and anhydrous spinel peridotites. The studied mantle xenoliths from Szentbékálla, near Lake Balaton, Hungary, are fine- and coarse-grained fertile to depleted spinel lherzolites, spinel harzburgites and dunites, with protogranular, porphyroclastic, and secondary protogranular and mosaic equigranular textures. Melt pockets, with shapes resembling amphibole, are common in a number of samples, whereas other samples have thin films of intergranular glass. Bulk-rock major element abundances show that the mantle lithosphere beneath this area experienced variable degrees (up to 20%) of partial melting. The clinopyroxene trace elements systematics retain a record of melt depletion and metasomatic processes attributed to subduction-related melt/fluids or to the infiltration of percolating undersaturated melts in the Pannonian lithospheric mantle. The radiogenic isotopes of Sr, Nd and Hf in clinopyroxene suggest that this metasomatism was a relatively recent event. Textural evidence suggests that the calcite filling up the vesicles in the melt pockets and in veinlets cross-cutting the constituent minerals is of epigenetic nature and not due to carbonatite metasomatism. The non-metasomatized primitive mantle normalized clinopyroxene REE abundances mimic those, but at higher values, of their bulk-rock REE patterns. Bulk-rock and clinopyroxene REE with upward and downward LREE respectively, indicate up to 2.4% host basalt infiltration. The calculated bulk composition of the melt pockets is identical to small amphibole relics found as inclusions in second generation clinopyroxene within the melt pockets, suggesting incongruent melting of amphibole, without the need for additional metasomatic melt/fluids to initiate the amphibole breakdown. The heat for the temperature increase necessary for amphibole breakdown was derived from

  6. Age and evolution of the lithospheric mantle beneath the Khanka Massif: Geochemical and Re-Os isotopic evidence from Sviyagino mantle xenoliths (United States)

    Guo, Peng; Xu, Wen-Liang; Wang, Chun-Guang; Wang, Feng; Ge, Wen-Chun; Sorokin, A. A.; Wang, Zhi-Wei


    New geochemical and Re-Os isotopic data of mantle xenoliths entrained in Cenozoic Sviyagino alkali basalts from the Russian Far East provide insights into the age and evolution of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) beneath the Khanka Massif, within the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB). These mantle xenoliths are predominantly spinel lherzolites with minor spinel harzburgite. The lherzolites contain high whole-rock concentrations of Al2O3 and CaO, with low forsterite content in olivine (Fo = 89.5-90.3%) and low Cr# in spinel (0.09-0.11). By contrast, the harzburgite is more refractory, containing lower whole rock Al2O3 and CaO contents, with higher Fo (91.3%) and spinel Cr# (0.28). Their whole rock and mineral compositions suggest that the lherzolites experienced low-degree (1-4%) batch melting and negligible metasomatism, whereas the harzburgite underwent a higher degree (10%) of fractional melting, and experienced minor post-melting silicate metasomatism. Two-pyroxene rare earth element (REE)-based thermometry (TREE) yields predominant equilibrium temperatures of 884-1043 °C, similar to values obtained from two-pyroxene major element-based thermometry (TBKN = 942-1054 °C). Two lherzolite samples yield high TREE relative to TBKN (TREE - TBKN ≥ 71 °C), suggesting that they cooled rapidly as a result of the upwelling of hot asthenospheric mantle material that underplated a cold ancient lithosphere. The harzburgite with a low Re/Os value has an 187Os/188Os ratio of 0.11458, yielding an Os model age (TMA) relative to the primitive upper mantle (PUM) of 2.09 Ga, and a Re depletion ages (TRD) of 1.91 Ga; both of which record ancient melt depletion during the Paleoproterozoic ( 2.0 Ga). The 187Os/188Os values of lherzolites (0.12411-0.12924) correlate well with bulk Al2O3 concentrations and record the physical mixing of ancient mantle domains and PUM-like ambient mantle material within the asthenosphere. This indicates that the SCLM beneath the Khanka

  7. P- T- t evolution of eclogite/blueschist facies metamorphism in Alanya Massif: time and space relations with HP event in Bitlis Massif, Turkey (United States)

    Çetinkaplan, Mete; Pourteau, Amaury; Candan, Osman; Koralay, O. Ersin; Oberhänsli, Roland; Okay, Aral I.; Chen, Fukun; Kozlu, Hüseyin; Şengün, Fırat


    The Alanya Massif, which is located to the south of central Taurides in Turkey, presents a typical nappe pile consisting of thrust sheets with contrasting metamorphic histories. In two thrust sheets, Sugözü and Gündoğmuş nappes, HP metamorphism under eclogite (550-567 °C/14-18 kbar) and blueschist facies (435-480 °C/11-13 kbar) conditions have been recognized, respectively. Whereas the rest of the Massif underwent MP metamorphism under greenschist to amphibolite facies (525-555 °C/6.5-7.5 kbar) conditions. Eclogite facies metamorphism in Sugözü nappe, which consists of homogeneous garnet-glaucophane-phengite schists with eclogite lenses is dated at 84.8 ± 0.8, 84.7 ± 1.5 and 82 ± 3 Ma (Santonian-Campanian) by 40Ar/39Ar phengite, U/Pb zircon and rutile dating methods, respectively. Similarly, phengites in Gündoğmuş nappe representing an accretionary complex yield 82-80 Ma (Campanian) ages for blueschist facies metamorphism. During the exhumation, the retrograde overprint of the HP units under greenschist-amphibolite facies conditions and tectonic juxtaposition with the Barrovian units occurred during Campanian (75-78 Ma). Petrological and geochronological data clearly indicate a similar Late Cretaceous tectonometamorphic evolution for both Alanya (84-75 Ma) and Bitlis (84-72 Ma) Massifs. They form part of a single continental sliver ( Alanya- Bitlis microcontinent), which was rifted from the southern part of the Anatolide-Tauride platform. The P- T- t coherence between two Massifs suggests that both Massifs have been derived from the closure of the same ocean ( Alanya- Bitlis Ocean) located to the south of the Anatolide-Tauride block by a northward subduction. The boundary separating the autochthonous Tauride platform to the north from both the Alanya and Bitlis Massifs to the south represents a suture zone, the Pamphylian- Alanya- Bitlis suture.

  8. Trace-element mobilization in slabs due to non steady-state fluid rock interaction: Constraints from an eclogite-facies transport vein in blueschist (Tianshan, China) (United States)

    John, Timm; Klemd, Reiner; Gao, Jun; Garbe-Schönberg, Carl-Dieter


    The mafic high-pressure rocks of the Tianshan (NW China) display an interconnected network of eclogite-facies veins derived by prograde blueschist dehydration. They provide insight into fluid-rock interaction and element load during long-distance fluid flow occurring due to the major fluid release of subducting oceanic crust. This case study focuses on an eclogite-facies transport vein, its blueschist host and the reaction zone (blueschist-alteration zone), which is located in the central part of the vein. The blueschist mainly consists of glaucophane, micas, epidote, dolomite, and garnet while the vein consists of omphacite, quartz, and apatite. Within the blueschist-alteration zone glaucophane, paragonite, and dolomite have been replaced by omphacite and garnet. Rock textures indicate that the infiltration of external fluids produced the transport vein, most likely due to hydraulic embrittlement. These fluids also triggered the eclogitization of the blueschist-alteration zone. The almost twice as high Li concentration of the vein and the blueschist-alteration zone in comparison to the blueschist host supports the assumption of an external origin of the fluids. The low in trace element vein-forming fluid caused a strong mobilization of all trace elements in those parts of the host the passing fluid reacted with. 40-80% of the trace elements were scavenged which coincided with a loss of the large-ion-lithophile- and light-rare-earth-elements (LILE and LREE), almost double the loss of the heavy-rare-earth and high-field-strength-elements (HREE and HFSE). Around 75% of the total carbon was released as CO 2 into the reactive fluid. The main difference between the blueschist host and the blueschist-alteration zone is the replacement of glaucophane, dolomite, and titanite by omphacite, garnet, and minor rutile respectively, whereas garnet, epidote, rutile, and phengite occur in both zones of the rock. Therefore, the fluid-flow regime rather than the mineral assemblages

  9. Small-scale lithospheric foundering beneath the Peruvian Altiplano: evidence from back arc potassic volcanic rocks and lower crustal and mantle xenoliths (United States)

    Chapman, A. D.; Ducea, M. N.


    Small-volume, Pliocene to Quaternary back arc high-K calc-alkaline to shoshonitic volcanic rocks and entrained xenoliths of southeastern Peru permit evaluation of models for the removal of crustal and mantle lithosphere beneath the northwestern Altiplano. Two distinct subsets of volcanic samples are apparent based on sample location, eruption age, geochemistry, and xenolith types. Suite 1 Quaternary mafic extrusives show: high K2O (1.3-8.4%), steep rare earth element patterns with La/Yb ranging from 17 to 161 and lacking Eu anomalies, and Sr-Nd isotope decoupling with 143Nd/144Nd from 0.5124 to 0.5129 at 87Sr/86Sr of 0.7095 to 0.7038. A second Plio-Quaternary suite shows small Eu anomalies, lower K2O (2.3-3.4%), a lower and narrower range of La/Yb (from 28 to 50), and Nd and Sr isotopic data follow an array from 143Nd/144Nd = 0.5125 to 0.5123 with corresponding range in 87Sr/86Sr from 0.7059 to 0.7072. Xenoliths from suite 2 lavas consist almost exclusively of clinopyroxene and plagioclase, whereas suite 1 inclusions are more diverse, containing clinopyroxenite (× garnet × plagioclase), garnet-bearing gabbro and diorite, aluminous garnet granulite gneiss; and rare spinel harzburgite. Thermobarometric, geochronologic, and Sr-Nd isotopic relations suggest a melting link between suite 1 xenoliths and volcanic rocks. Geochemical differences between back arc suites and frontal arc volcanic rocks strongly suggest that each was derived from a different source. Most notably, higher Nd isotopic values, younger depleted mantle model ages, and higher La/Yb in suite 1 vs. suite 2 lavas suggest an increased contribution of asthenospheric material and an increase in the depth to melting in the back arc region from Pliocene to Quaternary time. Variations in transition element ratios from the back arc to the frontal arc suggest a larger contribution of pyroxenitic material in the source of the former. Interactions between a downgoing lower crustal drip structure and upwelling

  10. Deformation and seismic anisotropy of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle in NE Spain: EBSD data on xenoliths from the Catalan Volcanic Zone (United States)

    Fernández-Roig, Mercè; Galán, Gumer; Mariani, Elisabetta


    Mantle xenoliths in Neogene-Quaternary basaltic rocks related to the European Cenozoic Rift System serve to assess the evolution of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle beneath the Catalan Volcanic Zone in NE Spain. Crystallographic preferred orientations, major element composition of minerals, and temperature and pressure estimates have been used to this end. The mantle consists of spinel lherzolites, harzburgites and subordinate websterites. Protogranular microstructures are found in all peridotites and websterites, but lherzolites also display finer-grained porphyroclastic and equigranular microstructures. The dominant olivine deformation fabric is [010] fiber, but subordinate orthorhombic and [100]-fiber types are also present, especially in porphyroclastic and equigranular lherzolites. The fabric strength (J index = 10.12-1.91), equilibrium temperature and pressure are higher in xenoliths with [010]-fiber fabric and decrease in those with orthorhombic and [100]-fiber type. Incoherence between olivine and pyroxene deformation fabric is mostly found in porphyroclastic and equigranular lherzolites. Seismic anisotropy, estimated from the crystal preferred orientations, also decreases (AVp = 10.2-2.60%; AVs max = 7.95-2.19%) in porphyroclastic and equigranular lherzolites. The olivine [010]-fiber fabric points to deformation by simple shear or transpression which is likely to have occured during the development of late-Hercynian strike-slip shear zones, and to subsequent annealing during late Hercynian decompression, Permian and Cretaceous rifting. Also, it cannot be excluded that the percolation of mafic magmas during these extensional events provoked the refertilization of the lithospheric mantle. However, no clear relationship has been observed between fabric strength and mineral mode and composition. Later transtensional deformation during late Alpine orogenesis, at higher stress and decreasing temperature and pressure, transformed the earlier fabric into

  11. 4-D crustal structure of the conterminous U.S.: Continental assembly, crustal growth, and deformation history from receiver functions, xenoliths, and structural mapping (United States)

    Schulte-Pelkum, V.; Mahan, K. H.


    We investigate seismic and geological features related to the tectonic evolution of the crust on a continent-wide scale. We present continent-wide features using Transportable Array data receiver function analysis, followed by regional comparisons to tie to ground truth from xenolith studies and structural mapping. We stress that the Transportable Array, at ~75 km station spacing, only offers a collection of point measurements of the crust due to the lack of crossing raypaths. 7.x layers (lower crust with high seismic velocities) can be created during crustal growth processes such as magmatic or mechanical underplating and during crustal modification such as large-scale melting. We present receiver function results and a compilation of previous regional studies using refraction data or receiver functions from regional dense networks. 7.x layers appear predominantly in parts of the northern U.S. Cordillera and across the southeastern U.S. We compare the seismic results with a xenolith study in Montana that details incremental growth of the 7.x layer from the Archean on. Hydration of a granulitic lower crust can destroy the 7.x layer and has the potential to cause epirogenic uplift. We interpret the pattern seen across the Transportable Array in the light of this hypothesis. Ductile deformation of the deep crust generates shear fabrics that can be detected seismically. Receiver functions detect shear zones via contrasts in foliation to the surrounding material. We map foliation strikes and depths in the crust across the Transportable Array using azimuthal analysis of receiver functions. Strikes from receiver functions typically align with surface fault traces in tectonically active regions, with depths of the converters exceeding the brittle zone. We discuss continent-wide strikes mapped with receiver functions. Contrasting orientations of Proterozoic shear zones and pervasive surrounding foliations in basement exposures in Colorado are reflected in seismic results

  12. Preferential retrogression of high- P metasediments and the preservation of blueschist to eclogite facies metabasite during exhumation, Diahot terrane, NE New Caledonia (United States)

    Fitzherbert, J. A.; Clarke, G. L.; Powell, R.


    High- P metabasites of the Diahot terrane, NE New Caledonia occur as spatially restricted (cm to km-scale) lenses, boudins and layers in psammitic to pelitic metasediments. Although interlayered, the two rock types preserve distinct, tectonically disrupted metamorphic profiles in the transition from lawsonite blueschist in the SW to low- T eclogite in the NE. As the metabasites experienced comparatively low strain, igneous textures, and, more rarely, igneous minerals are preserved. Metamorphic assemblages in the metabasites range from lawsonite-omphacite-glaucophane-bearing assemblages (Zone 1; P=7-10 kbar, T=350-400 °C) in the SW, through clinozoisite-almandine-bearing assemblages (Zone 2; P=14-16 kbar, T=450-550 °C) and finally to clinozoisite-almandine-hornblende-omphacite-bearing assemblages (Zones 3 and 4; P=16-18 kbar, T=550-600 °C) in the NE. Metasedimentary assemblages range from spessartine-lawsonite-albite-chlorite (Zone 1), through almandine-clinozoisite-albite-chlorite (Zone 2) and almandine-epidote-omphacite-albite-bearing (Zone 3) lithologies. Mineral inclusion trails in coarse-grained albite and garnet in Zones 2 and 3 metasediments record prograde mineral assemblages that match the P- T conditions recorded by the metabasites ( P=14-18 kbar, T=450-600 °C). The metasediments were intensely deformed at peak conditions ( P=12-16 kbar, T=550-600 °C) and during retrogression, and developed coarse-grained albite, phengite and chlorite-bearing assemblages. Differences in strain history (competency contrasts), the timing of major dehydration reactions and variation in whole rock composition all played vital roles in developing the distinctive field relationships involving blueschist to eclogite facies metabasites enclosed within strongly retrogressed high- T blueschist to greenschist facies metasedimentary lithologies exposed in NE New Caledonia.

  13. Geochemical characteristics and Sr-Nd-Hf isotope compositions of mantle xenoliths and host basalts from Assab, Eritrea: implications for the composition and thermal structure of the lithosphere beneath the Afar Depression (United States)

    Teklay, Mengist; Scherer, Erik E.; Mezger, Klaus; Danyushevsky, Leonid


    The Afar Depression offers a rare opportunity to study the geodynamic evolution of a rift system from continental rifting to sea floor spreading. This study presents geochemical data for crustal and mantle xenoliths and their alkaline host basalts from the region. The basalts have enriched REE patterns, OIB-like trace element characteristics, and a limited range in isotopic composition (87Sr/86Sr = 0.70336-0.70356, ɛ Nd = +6.6 to +7.0, and ɛ Hf = +10.0 to +10.7). In terms of trace elements and Sr-Nd isotopes, they are similar to basalts from the Hanish and Zubair islands in the southern Red Sea and are thus interpreted to be melts from the Afar mantle. The gabbroic crustal xenoliths vary widely in isotope composition (87Sr/86Sr = 0.70437-0.70791, ɛ Nd = -8.1 to +2.5, and ɛ Hf = -10.5 to +4.9), and their trace element characteristics match those of Neoproterozoic rocks from the Arabian-Nubian Shield and modern arc rocks, suggesting that the lower crust beneath the Afar Depression contains Neoproterozoic mafic igneous rocks. Ultramafic mantle xenoliths from Assab contain primary assemblages of fresh ol + opx + cpx + sp ± pl, with no alteration or hydrous minerals. They equilibrated at 870-1,040°C and follow a steep geothermal gradient consistent with the tectonic environment of the Afar Depression. The systematic variations in major and trace elements among the Assab mantle xenoliths together with their isotopic compositions suggest that these rocks are not mantle residues but rather series of layered cumulate sills that crystallized from a relatively enriched picritic melt related to the Afar plume that was emplaced before the eruption of the host basalts.

  14. The role of CO2-rich fluids in trace element transport and metasomatism in the lithospheric mantle beneath the Central Pannonian Basin, Hungary, based on fluid inclusions in mantle xenoliths (United States)

    Berkesi, Márta; Guzmics, Tibor; Szabó, Csaba; Dubessy, Jean; Bodnar, Robert J.; Hidas, Károly; Ratter, Kitti


    Upper mantle peridotite xenoliths from the Tihany Maar Volcanic Complex, Bakony-Balaton Highland Volcanic Field (Central Pannonian Basin, Hungary) contain abundant pyroxene-hosted negative crystal shaped CO2-rich fluid inclusions. The good correlation between enrichment of the clinopyroxenes in Al2O3, TiO2, Na2O, MREE and Zr, and the presence of fluid inclusions in the xenoliths provide strong evidence for fluid-related cryptic metasomatism of the studied xenoliths. The FIB-SEM (focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy) exposure technique revealed a thin glass film, covering the wall of the fluid inclusions, which provides direct evidence that the silicate components were formerly dissolved in the CO2-rich fluid phase. This means that at upper mantle conditions CO2-rich fluids are capable of transporting trace and major elements, and are the agents responsible for cryptic metasomatism of the peridotite wall rock. Several daughter phases, including magnesite, quartz and sulfide, were identified in the fluid inclusions. Magnesite and quartz are the products of a post entrapment carbonation reaction, whereby the reactants are the CO2-rich fluid and the host orthopyroxene. It is likely that the thin glass film prevented or arrested further growth of the magnesite and quartz by isolating the fluid from the host orthopyroxene, resulting in the preservation of residual CO2 in the fluid inclusions.

  15. Amphibole genesis in Harrow Peaks mantle xenoliths and its role in the petrological evolution of Northern Victoria Land subcontinental lithospheric mantle (United States)

    Pelorosso, Beatrice; Bonadiman, Costanza; Coltorti, Massimo; Gentili, Silvia


    A petrological study of hydrous and anhydrous mantle xenoliths from Harrow Peaks, Northern Victoria Land (Antarctica) has been carried out, aiming at mapping the evolution of this lithospheric mantle domain and to better constrain the formation of the hydrous phases, in particular amphibole. Samples vary in composition from lherzolite to harzburgite with textural evidences of matrix/melt interaction (secondary minerals and spongy textures). Olivine and orthopyroxene are mainly present as large primary grains, whereas clinopyroxene can also occur as resorbed grains or newly formed small crystals, often associated to glassy patches. Spinel is present as small anhedral crystals or larger dendritic grains. Amphiboles occur both as disseminated and in veins; the latter frequently associated with secondary clinopyroxenes and spinels. Considering fusible element content in orthopyroxene (i.e. Al2O3 2.50 wt.%), Harrow Peaks lithosphere domain reflects a relatively residual character. On the other hand, the presence of "convex upward" clinopyroxene -REE pattern, as already observed in clinopyroxene from mantle xenoliths of the nearby Greene Point (Pelorosso et al., 2016), together with their LREE enriched content (LaN from 9 to 30), suggest that Harrow Peaks lithospheric mantle was variably affected by enrichment processes, i.e. refertilisation and metasomatism. Amphiboles from Harrow Peaks can be classified as kaersutite, magnesio-hastingsite, and ferri-kaersutite with pretty high TiO2 contents (2.74 wt% 5.30 wt%, Gentili et al., 2015); they present variably enriched trace element patterns (LaN from 12 to 56, LaN/YbN from 1 to 5). Compared with the nearby amphibole-bearing xenolith area of Baker Rocks (Coltorti et al., 2004; Bonadiman et al., 2014), Harrow Peaks amphiboles, present a lower enrichment in TiO2 and LREE that may be related to an incipient stage of peridotite/melt interaction. This fact may also justify the different geochemical features of amphiboles, that in

  16. Nd, Sr and Pb isotopic composition of metasomatised xenoliths from the backarc Patagonian Mantle Wedge: Insights into the origin of the uprising melts (United States)

    Zanetti, Alberto; Mazzucchelli, Maurizio; Hemond, Christope; Cipriani, Anna; Bertotto, Gustavo W.; Cingolani, Carlos; Vannucci, Riccardo


    Information about the geochemical composition of metasomatic melts migrating through the Patagonian mantle wedge is provided by the ultramafic xenoliths occurrence of Tres Lagos (TL; lat. 49.13°S, long. 71.18°W), Argentina. Such a locality is placed at the eastern border of the Meseta de la Muerte backarc basaltic plateau, where a post-plateau volcanic diatreme contains mantle xenoliths in both pyroclastites and lavas. Its latitude corresponds with the Northern limit of the Austral Volcanic Arc (AVZ), which is separated from the Southern Volcanic Zone (SVZ) by a gap in the arc magmatism ranging between 49° and 46°30' latitude S. The analysed xenoliths have been distinguished into two groups (Group 1 & 2). Group 1 consists of lherzolites and harzburgites, whereas Group 2 is formed by harzburgites. The texture of the Group 1 lherzolites varies from protogranular to granoblastic to porphyroblastic, whereas Group 1 harzburgites have always granoblastic texture. Group 2 harzburgites have granular texture, which may change to porphyroblastic owing to the random concentration of large olivine and orthopyroxene crystals. The clinopyroxenes (Cpx) from Group 1 lherzolites have PM-normalised REE patterns ranging from LREE-depleted (LaN/SmN= 0.24-0.37), to LREE-enriched (LaN/YbN up to 4.08) and spoon-shaped: the latter have minimum at Pr and Pr-Yb concentrations similar to those shown by the LREE-depleted Cpx. The Cpx from Group 1 harzburgites have lower REE concentrations with respect to the lherzolite ones and their REE patterns vary from HREE-enriched, steadily fractionated, (LaN/YbN = 0.21-0.35, Ybn ~ 1-2) to spoon-shaped (LaN/SmN = 2.81; SmN/YbN = 0.89; YbN ~ 3. The Cpx from the Group 2 harzburgites have convex-upward (LaN/SmN = 0.31; SmN/YbN = 1.50) to LREE-enriched (LaN/YbN = 2.94) patterns. The Sr, Nd and Pb isotopic compositions of the Group 1 clinopyroxenes form arrays spanning from DM to the field delimited by the TL basaltic lavas, pointing to EMI end

  17. Grain-scale Sr isotope heterogeneity in amphibolite (retrograded UHP eclogite, Dabie terrane): Implications for the origin and flow behavior of retrograde fluids during slab exhumation (United States)

    Guo, Shun; Yang, Yueheng; Chen, Yi; Su, Bin; Gao, Yijie; Zhang, Lingmin; Liu, Jingbo; Mao, Qian


    To constrain the origin and flow behavior of amphibolite-facies retrograde fluids during slab exhumation, we investigate the textures, trace element contents, and in situ strontium (Sr) isotopic compositions (using LA-MC-ICP-MS) of multiple types of epidote and apatite in the UHP eclogite and amphibolites from the Hualiangting area (Dabie terrane, China). The UHP epidote porphyroblasts in the eclogite (Ep-E), which formed at 28-30 kbar and 660-720 °C, contain high amounts of Sr, Pb, Th, Ba, and light rare earth elements (LREEs) and have a narrow range of initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.70431 ± 0.00012 to 0.70454 ± 0.00010). Two types of amphibolite-facies epidote were recognized in the amphibolites. The first type of epidote (Ep-AI) developed in all the amphibolites and has slightly lower trace element contents than Ep-E. The Ep-AI has a same initial 87Sr/86Sr ratio range as the Ep-E and represents the primary amphibolite-facies retrograde product that is associated with an internally buffered fluid at 8.0-10.3 kbar and 646-674 °C. The other type of epidote (Ep-AII) occurs as irregular fragments, veins/veinlets, or reaction rims on the Ep-AI in certain amphibolites. Elemental X-ray maps reveal the presence of Ep-AI relics in the Ep-AII domains (appearing as a patchy texture), which indicates that Ep-AII most likely formed by the partial replacement of the Ep-AI in the presence of an infiltrating fluid. The distinctly lower trace element contents of Ep-AII are ascribed to element scavenging by a mechanism of dissolution-transport-precipitation during replacement. The Ep-AII in an individual amphibolite exhibits large intra- and inter-grain variations in the initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.70493 ± 0.00030 to 0.70907 ± 0.00022), which are between those of the Ep-AI and granitic gneisses (wall rock of the amphibolites, 0.7097-0.7108). These results verify that the infiltrating fluid was externally derived from granitic gneisses. The matrix apatite in the amphibolites has

  18. Garnet zoning in the kyanite-bearing eclogite from Międzygórze in the Central Sudetes: not as straightforward as it was thought (United States)

    Majka, Jarosław; Klonowska, Iwona; Kośmińska, Karolina; Mazur, Stanislaw


    The Międzygórze eclogite forms a lens within the Orlica-Śnieżnik gneisses cropping out in the Central Sudetes, Northern Bohemian Massif. The eclogite has been extensively studied in the past with a wide range of P-T conditions obtained. Importantly, these results have been used to calibrate exhumation models for the basement units presently juxtaposed within a core of the Variscan Orogen. The Międzygórze eclogite shows banded fabric expressed by alternating garnet and omphacite dominated layers. These are accompanied by subordinate kyanite, phengite and quartz. Rutile, apatite, zircon, Fe-oxides are common accessories. Zoisite is seldom and it is found as early phase overgrown by garnet or as quite late, matrix located phase overgrowing omphacite. Garnet reveals anhedral to subhedral shape and occasionally it contains inclusions of kyanite, rutile, phengite and quartz. Garnet zoning is slight but distinctly underlined by relative differences in grossular, pyrope and almandine. Spessartine is a minor component and shows flat profiles. The cores are characterized by 37-38 mol% of pyrope and 26 mol% of grossular. The rims show increased values of pyrope (up to 39 mol%) and decreased grossular (24 mol%). Step profiles and compositional maps of single garnet grains and larger clusters of grains reveal complex chemical zoning with multiple cores and rims. Such a zoning pattern can be explained by coalescence of several smaller grains. Quite fresh omphacite contains up to: 37 mol% of jadeite, 3.2 mol% of Ca-Tschermak and 2.6 mol% of Ca-Eskola. Rare rod-shaped inclusions of SiO2 oriented parallel to the c-axis are observed in the omphacite. Occasionally, it is partly replaced by diopside-plagioclase symplectite. Phengitic mica with Si reaching 3.33 apfu tends to be rimmed by the biotite-plagioclase symplectite at its margins. Late amphibole is also present in the matrix. It is inferred here that the peak pressure assemblage contains Grt-Omph-Ky-Phg-Q-Ru, which allows

  19. Slab-derived metasomatism in the Carpathian-Pannonian mantle revealed by investigations of mantle xenoliths from the Bakony-Balaton Highland Volcanic Field (United States)

    Créon, Laura; Delpech, Guillaume; Rouchon, Virgile; Guyot, François


    A suite of fifteen peridotite xenoliths from the Bakony-Balaton Highland Volcanic Field (BBHVF, Pannonian Basin, Central Europe) that show abundant petrographic evidence of fluid and melt percolation were studied in order to decipher the formation of their melt pockets and veins. The suite mainly consists of ;fertile; lherzolites (5.8-19.9 vol.% clinopyroxene) and a few harzburgites (1.9-5.4 vol.% clinopyroxene) from well-known localities (Szentbékkálla, Szigliget) and two previously unreported localities (Füzes-tó and Mindszentkálla). Major and trace element data indicate that most of the peridotites record variable degrees of partial melt extraction, up to > 15% for the harzburgites. Subsequently, the xenoliths experienced at least two stages of metasomatic modification. The first stage was associated with percolation of a volatile-bearing silicate melt and resulted in crystallization of amphibole, enrichment in the most incompatible trace elements (Ba, Th, U, Sr), and development of negative Nb-Ta anomalies in clinopyroxene. The second and last metasomatic event, widespread beneath the BBHVF, is associated with the formation of silicate melt pockets, physically connected to a network of melt veins, with large and abundant CO2 vesicles. The glass in these veins has sub-alkaline trachy-andesitic composition and displays an OIB-like trace element signature. Its composition attests to the migration through a supra-subduction zone mantle wedge of silicic melt highly enriched in volatiles (CO2, H2O, Cl, F), LILE, REE and HFSE and consistent with compositions of natural and experimental examples of slab melting-derived magma. In the present case, however, melt was likely derived from melting of oceanic crust and carbonated sediments under conditions where Nb-rich mineral phases were not stable in the residue. A likely scenario for the origin such melts involves melting after subduction ceased as the slab thermally equilibrated with the asthenosphere. Melt

  20. Constraints on the rheology of the lower crust in a strike-slip plate boundary: evidence from the San Quintín xenoliths, Baja California, Mexico (United States)

    van der Werf, Thomas; Chatzaras, Vasileios; Marcel Kriegsman, Leo; Kronenberg, Andreas; Tikoff, Basil; Drury, Martyn R.


    The rheology of lower crust and its transient behavior in active strike-slip plate boundaries remain poorly understood. To address this issue, we analyzed a suite of granulite and lherzolite xenoliths from the upper Pleistocene-Holocene San Quintín volcanic field of northern Baja California, Mexico. The San Quintín volcanic field is located 20 km east of the Baja California shear zone, which accommodates the relative movement between the Pacific plate and Baja California microplate. The development of a strong foliation in both the mafic granulites and lherzolites, suggests that a lithospheric-scale shear zone exists beneath the San Quintín volcanic field. Combining microstructural observations, geothermometry, and phase equilibria modeling, we estimated that crystal-plastic deformation took place at temperatures of 750-890 °C and pressures of 400-560 MPa, corresponding to 15-22 km depth. A hot crustal geotherm of 40 ° C km-1 is required to explain the estimated deformation conditions. Infrared spectroscopy shows that plagioclase in the mafic granulites is relatively dry. Microstructures are interpreted to show that deformation in both the uppermost lower crust and upper mantle was accommodated by a combination of dislocation creep and grain-size-sensitive creep. Recrystallized grain size paleopiezometry yields low differential stresses of 12-33 and 17 MPa for plagioclase and olivine, respectively. The lower range of stresses (12-17 MPa) in the mafic granulite and lherzolite xenoliths is interpreted to be associated with transient deformation under decreasing stress conditions, following an event of stress increase. Using flow laws for dry plagioclase, we estimated a low viscosity of 1.1-1.3×1020 Pa ṡ s for the high temperature conditions (890 °C) in the lower crust. Significantly lower viscosities in the range of 1016-1019 Pa ṡ s, were estimated using flow laws for wet plagioclase. The shallow upper mantle has a low viscosity of 5.7×1019 Pa ṡ s

  1. Platinum-group elements and oxidation condition of Paleozoic sub-continental lithospheric mantle in southernmost South America: Xenolith study in the Pali-Aike Region, Chile (United States)

    Wang, J.; Hattori, K. H.; Stern, C.


    Mantle xenoliths are abundant in Quarternary alkaline basalts in the Pali-Aike area of southernmost South America. The area is in the Andean back-arc region and most samples were derived from the depth of >60 km. There are two types of mantle xenoliths: cumulates of partial melt and mantle residues. The former are pyroxenites (orthopyroxenite, websterite) and contains significant contents of globular sulfides (>0.1 %), Mg-ilmenite (> 1 %), and Phl (> 2 %). The bulk rocks are low in PGE, 2.20-15.5 ppb, and show positive-sloped mantle-normalized patterns, similar to host basalts. This confirms the incompatible nature of Pt group PGE. Ol websterite, which shows low P and T, ˜ 15 kb and 780° C, has the highest Mg# (0.74) and lowest Cr#sp ( ˜0.186) and has fO2 similar to FMQ buffer, representing a relatively shallow cumulate of partial melt. The mantle residues are Grt lherzolite, Grt-Spl lherzolite and Grt-Spl harzburgite. Grt lherzolite and Grt-Spl lherzolite have high CaO (2.43-3.33wt %) and Al2O3(3.14- 4.18 wt %), whereas Grt-Spl harzburgites are low in CaO (0.99-1.21wt %). Sulfides are rare, and occur as inclusions in Ol and Opx, and as films along boundaries of silicate and oxide minerals. Some harzburgites are modally metasomatized by partial melt, forming Phl and Prg amphibole. The melt itself was solidified into ilmenite- and sulfide-rich pyroxenite veinlets. The calculation of fO2 using the Sp-Ol-Opx equilibria shows that the fertile garnet-bearing peridotites are reduced, Δ fO2 ranging from FMQ-0.50 to -0.20 with the Cr#sp from 0.29 to 0.30, similar to those in oceanic peridotites. Depleted harzburgites have slightly elevated, but comparable fO2 (FMQ-0.36 -FMQ+0.39) and Cr#sp (0.28-0.33). The mantle residues contain total PGE ranging from 6.92 to 22.1 ppb, slightly lower than the primitive mantle value, but show flat normalized patterns. Metasomatized harzburgites contain comparable Cu and total PGE contents as anhydrous peridotites. The data suggest that

  2. Cretaceous high-pressure metamorphism and low pressure overprint in the Sistan Suture Zone, eastern Iran: Additional temperature estimates for eclogites, geological significance of U-Pb zircon ages and Rb-Sr constraints on the timing of exhumation (United States)

    Kurzawa, Timon; Bröcker, Michael; Fotoohi Rad, Gholamreza; Berndt, Jasper; Lisker, Frank


    The Sistan Suture Zone, eastern Iran, includes blocks and lenses of eclogite-, blueschist- and/or epidote amphibolite-facies rocks that provide an excellent opportunity to examine the exhumation history of oceanic HP/LT rocks and their retrograde derivatives. Zr-in-rutile thermometry of eclogites corroborates previous interpretations suggesting metamorphic temperatures of ca. 550-600 °C during the HP stage in the Sistan area. Flat HREE distribution patterns and Ti-in-zircon temperatures of ca. 500-600 °C document that zircon in eclogite is of metamorphic origin. REE patterns of zircon from felsic meta-igneous rocks do not allow to distinguish between a magmatic or metamorphic origin, but relatively low temperatures indicated by Ti-in-zircon thermometry (ca. 500-600 °C) and the close similarity of zircon (U-Pb) and white mica (Rb-Sr, Ar-Ar) ages favor a metamorphic zircon origin. Previously published isotopic ages of the felsic rocks cannot unambiguously be linked to the eclogite- and/or blueschist-facies P-T conditions due to the absence of unequivocal mineralogical and petrological evidence. Instead, these rocks may record contemporaneous metamorphic processes that took place at a different depth within the subduction complex, or may indicate active ridge subduction and/or melt formation in the subduction zone at relatively low pressures. Biotite-based internal Rb-Sr isochrons of newly dated epidote amphibolite and biotite-albite gneisses indicate ages of ca. 74-80 Ma, either dating fluid-infiltration-induced formation of biotite during relatively fast uplift, or the time of final passage through the effective biotite closure temperature. Rb-Sr ages of phengite from both an epidote amphibolite and a biotite-albite gneiss yield ages that correspond to the HP/LT stage. This outcome, combined with textural evidence for derivation from eclogitic precursors documents that white mica ages of some strongly overprinted Sistan rocks are compromised by inheritance and do

  3. Reworking of Archean mantle in the NE Siberian craton by carbonatite and silicate melt metasomatism: Evidence from a carbonate-bearing, dunite-to-websterite xenolith suite from the Obnazhennaya kimberlite (United States)

    Ionov, Dmitri A.; Doucet, Luc S.; Xu, Yigang; Golovin, Alexander V.; Oleinikov, Oleg B.


    The Obnazhennaya kimberlite in the NE Siberian craton hosts a most unusual cratonic xenolith suite, with common rocks rich in pyroxenes and garnet, and no sheared peridotites. We report petrographic and chemical data for whole rocks (WR) and minerals of 20 spinel and garnet peridotites from Obnazhennaya with Re-depletion Os isotope ages of 1.8-2.9 Ga (Ionov et al., 2015a) as well as 2 pyroxenites. The garnet-bearing rocks equilibrated at 1.6-2.8 GPa and 710-1050 °C. Some xenoliths contain vermicular spinel-pyroxene aggregates with REE patterns in clinopyroxene mimicking those of garnet. The peridotites show significant scatter of Mg# (0.888-0.924), Cr2O3 (0.2-1.4 wt.%) and high NiO (0.3-0.4 wt.%). None are pristine melting residues. Low-CaO-Al2O3 (≤0.9 wt.%) dunites and harzburgites are melt-channel materials. Peridotites with low to moderate Al2O3 (0.4-1.8 wt.%) usually have CaO > Al2O3, and some have pockets of calcite texturally equilibrated with olivine and garnet. Such carbonates, exceptional in mantle xenoliths and reported here for the first time for the Siberian mantle, provide direct evidence for modal makeover and Ca and LREE enrichments by ephemeral carbonate-rich melts. Peridotites rich in CaO and Al2O3 (2.7-8.0 wt.%) formed by reaction with silicate melts. We infer that the mantle lithosphere beneath Obnazhennaya, initially formed in the Mesoarchean, has been profoundly modified. Pervasive inter-granular percolation of highly mobile and reactive carbonate-rich liquids may have reduced the strength of the mantle lithosphere leading the way for reworking by silicate melts. The latest events before the kimberlite eruption were the formation of the carbonate-phlogopite pockets, fine-grained pyroxenite veins and spinel-pyroxene symplectites. The reworked lithospheric sections are preserved at Obnazhennaya, but similar processes could erode lithospheric roots in the SE Siberian craton (Tok) and the North China craton, where ancient melting residues and

  4. The eclogite-bearing series of Isla Margarita, Venezuela: Geochemistry of metabasic lithologies in the La Rinconada and Juan Griego Groups (United States)

    Bocchio, R.; De Capitani, L.; Liborio, G.; Maresch, W. V.; Mottana, A.


    XRF analysis for major and minor elements in 94 samples of the metabasic La Rinconada Group and in 28 samples of metabasic lithologies in the predominantly metasedimentary, overlying Juan Griego Group of Isla Margarita, Venezuela, has been carried out to compare the bulk compositions of the two eclogite-bearing metabasic suites. The two units differ in the age and geological setting of the protolith. The La Rinconada Group has a monotonous basaltic character, but shows irregular variations in bulk composition which are interpreted to reflect variations in the type of protolith, ranging from basaltic lava flow to gabbroic, cumulitic dyke. As a whole, the La Rinconada Group is related to a source of tholeiitic composition in a MORB-type volcanic-hypabyssal environment. The Juan Griego metabasic rocks are compositionally more homogeneous and uniformly basaltic in their major elements, again reflecting a tholeiitic source and a MORB-type environment. Despite their contrasting geological setting, the two suites of metabasic rocks can be inferred to have had a similar source and have probably developed in a passive, "Atlantic"-type continental margin setting. We infer that the La Rinconada Group represents early oceanic crust later covered by the siliceous, continent-derived clastics of the Juan Griego Group, in which the minor basaltic intrusions represent the last stages of waning magmatic activity.

  5. Ultramafic xenoliths from the Bearpaw Mountains, Montana, USA: Evidence for multiple metasomatic events in the lithospheric mantle beneath the Wyoming craton (United States)

    Downes, H.; Macdonald, R.; Upton, B.G.J.; Cox, K.G.; Bodinier, J.-L.; Mason, P.R.D.; James, D.; Hill, P.G.; Hearn, B.C.


    Ultramafic xenoliths in Eocene minettes of the Bearpaw Mountains volcanic field (Montana, USA), derived from the lower lithosphere of the Wyoming craton, can be divided based on textural criteria into tectonite and cumulate groups. The tectonites consist of strongly depleted spinel lherzolites, harzbugites and dunites. Although their mineralogical compositions are generally similar to those of spinel peridotites in off-craton settings, some contain pyroxenes and spinels that have unusually low Al2O3 contents more akin to those found in cratonic spinel peridotites. Furthermore, the tectonite peridotites have whole-rock major element compositions that tend to be significantly more depleted than non-cratonic mantle spinel peridotites (high MgO, low CaO, Al2O3 and TiO2) and resemble those of cratonic mantle. These compositions could have been generated by up to 30% partial melting of an undepleted mantle source. Petrographic evidence suggests that the mantle beneath the Wyoming craton was re-enriched in three ways: (1) by silicate melts that formed mica websterite and clinopyroxenite veins; (2) by growth of phlogopite from K-rich hydrous fluids; (3) by interaction with aqueous fluids to form orthopyroxene porphyroblasts and orthopyroxenite veins. In contrast to their depleted major element compositions, the tectonite peridotites are mostly light rare earth element (LREE)-enriched and show enrichment in fluid-mobile elements such as Cs, Rb, U and Pb on mantle-normalized diagrams. Lack of enrichment in high field strength elements (HFSE; e.g. Nb, Ta, Zr and Hf) suggests that the tectonite peridotites have been metasomatized by a subduction-related fluid. Clinopyroxenes from the tectonite peridotites have distinct U-shaped REE patterns with strong LREE enrichment. They have 143Nd/144Nd values that range from 0??5121 (close to the host minette values) to 0??5107, similar to those of xenoliths from the nearby Highwood Mountains. Foliated mica websterites also have low 143Nd

  6. Phengite-hosted LILE enrichment in eclogite and related rocks: Implications for fluid-mediated mass transfer in subduction zones and arc magma genesis (United States)

    Sorensen, Sorena S.; Grossman, J.N.; Perfit, M.R.


    Geochemical differences between island arc basalts (LAB) and ocean-floor basalts (mid-ocean ridge basalts; MORB) suggest that the large-ion lithophile elements (LILE) K, Ba, Rb and Cs are probably mobilized in subduction zone fluids and melts. This study documents LILE enrichment of eclogite, amphibolite, and epidote ?? garnet blueschist tectonic blocks and related rocks from melanges of two subduction complexes. The samples are from six localities of the Franciscan Complex, California, and related terranes of Oregon and Baja California, and from the Samana Metamorphic Complex, Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic. Most Franciscan blocks are MORB-like in their contents of rare earth elements (REE) and high field strength elements (HFSE); in contrast, most Samana blocks show an LAB signature of these elements. The whole-rock K2O contents of both groups range from 1 to 3 wt %; K, Ba, Rb, and Cs are all strongly intercorrelated. Many blocks display K/Ba similar to melasomatized transition zones and rinds at their outer margins. Some transition zones and rinds are enriched in LILE compared with host blocks; others are relatively depleted in these elements. Some LILE-rich blocks contain 'early' coarse-grained muscovite that is aligned in the foliation defined by coarse-grained omphacite or amphibole grains. Others display 'late' muscovite in veins and as a partial replacement of garnet; many contain both textural types. The muscovite is phengite that contains ???3??25-3??55 Si per 11 oxygens, and ???0??25-0??50 Mgper 11 oxygens. Lower-Si phengite has a significant paragonite component: Na per 11 oxygens ranges to ???0??12. Ba contents of phengite range to over 1 wt % (0??027 per 11 oxygens). Ba in phengite does not covary strongly with either Na or K. Ba contents of phengite increase from some blocks to their transition zones or rinds, or from blocks to their veins. Averaged KlBa ratios for phengite and host samples define an array which describes other subsamples of

  7. P-T conditions of Stor Jougdan garnet pyroxenite and phengite-bearing eclogite: further evidence of UHP metamorphism in the Seve Nappe Complex of northern Jämtland (Swedish Caledonides) (United States)

    Klonowska, Iwona; Janák, Marian; Majka, Jarosław; Kośmińska, Karolina


    The most recent comprehensive petrological studies of high grade rocks within the Seve Nappe Complex (SNC) in the Scandinavian Caledonides have resulted in new discoveries of ultrahigh pressure metamorphism (UHPM) probably of Late Ordovician age. The first evidence was documented in the kyanite-bearing eclogite dyke within the garnet peridotite at the lake Friningen locality (Janák et al. 2013) in northern Jämtland, Sweden (Gee et al. 2013). A peak pressure assemblage yielded metamorphic conditions within the coesite stability field (~30 kbar and 800°C). About 25 km to the southeast, the Tjeliken eclogite records P-T conditions of 25-26 kbar and 650-700°C (Majka et al. 2013). The study presented here, concerns P-T conditions of garnet pyroxenite and newly discovered, phengite-bearing eclogite located in the SNC about 4 km SE of Tjeliken Mt. on the northern side of lake Stor Jougdan. The investigated garnet pyroxenite, found as small veins within the garnet peridotite body, is composed essentially of Mg-garnet, -orthopyroxene, -clinopyroxene and -olivine, minor constituents include Cr-spinel, amphibole and phlogopite. The main mineral assemblage of phengite eclogite consists of garnet, omphacite, amphibole and minor phengite, plagioclase-diopside symplectites, rutile, titanite, zoisite and quartz (possibly former coesite). Garnet peridotite occurring by the Stor Jougdan lake was studied by Van Roermund (1989) who estimated the temperatures of c. 720-800°C using Fe-Mg geothermometer (Harley 1984a) and the pressures of 14-18 kbar using Al2O3 contents of the orthopyroxene (Harley 1984b) to constrain the P-T conditions of Caledonian metamorphism (M2 garnet with prograde growth zoning and M2 orthopyroxene according to Van Roermund 1989). In the present work, we have used garnet-orthopyroxene (Harley 1984b) and Ca in orthopyroxene (Brey & Koehler 1990) geothermometry in combination with Al in orthopyroxene geothermobarometry (Brey & Koehler 1990) and obtained the

  8. Geochemical modeling and Nd-Sr data links nephelinite-phonolite successions and xenoliths of Trindade Island (South Atlantic Ocean, Brazil) (United States)

    Bongiolo, E. M.; Pires, G. L. C.; Geraldes, M. C.; Santos, A. C.; Neumann, R.


    The Trindade Island corresponds to the eastern end of the submarine E-W Vitória-Trindade Chain as part of the Trindade plume track on the South American plate. It is a suitable site for petrogenetic investigations, since a series of unusual rock compositions crops out within nephelinite-phonolite successions and scarce xenoliths. Software-based geochemical modeling and Nd-Sr analyses, coupled with field work, petrography and literature data were used to evaluate and model the petrogenetic processes that led to the formation of variable rock compositions. Results show the formation of: (1) nephelinites at 1490 °C and 3 GPa, from 0.1 to 7% of partial melting of an enriched garnet-lherzolitic source or from 1 to 5% partial melting of TiO2-rich garnet-phogopite lherzolite (up to 2.5 wt.% of CO2). Nephelinites represent low viscosity (18 Pa s), high-temperature (1170 °C) and high-density (2.79 g/cm3) lavas; (2) pyroxenite, jacupirangite and melteigite cumulates at 900 °C and 0.5 GPa, after 46%, 49% and 56% fractional crystallization of nephelinites, and leaving phonotephrites as residual liquids; (3) monchiquites, from fractional melting of enriched, CO2-bearing garnet-amphibole-phlogopite peridotites or from hydrated nephelinite magmas. They may evolved to sannaite via fractional crystallization or may generate phonolites through extraction of pyroxene and amphibole cumulates at 1080 to 970 °C and 1.2 to 0.9 GPa; (4) sannaites may represent 'hydrous' phonotephrites, and can evolve to phonolites and phonolitic foidites via fractional crystallization; and (5) bebedourite cumulates at 850 °C and 0.38 to 0.4 GPa, from phonotephritic or sannaitic magmas after 20% and 26% of fractional crystallization, leaving phonolites and phonolite-foidites as residual liquids. Phonolites and phonolitic foidites, the most evolved rocks of the nephelinite-phonolite association, represent higher-viscosity (1.1 × 106 Pa s), lower-temperature (950 °C), and lower-density (2.48 g/cm3

  9. Evolution of the lithospheric mantle beneath Mt. Baekdu (Changbaishan): Constraints from geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic studies on peridotite xenoliths in trachybasalt (United States)

    Park, Keunsu; Choi, Sung Hi; Cho, Moonsup; Lee, Der-Chuen


    Major and trace element compositions of minerals as well as Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic compositions of clinopyroxenes from spinel peridotite xenoliths entrained in Late Cenozoic trachybasalt from Mt. Baekdu (Changbaishan) were used to elucidate lithospheric mantle formation and evolution in the eastern North China Craton (NCC). The analyzed peridotites were mainly spinel lherzolites with rare harzburgites. They consisted of olivine (Fo89.3-91.0), enstatite (Wo1-2En88-90Fs8-11), diopside (Wo45-50En45-51Fs4-6), and spinel (Cr# = 8.8-54.7). The peridotite residues underwent up to 25% partial melting in fertile mid-ocean-ridge basalt (MORB) mantle. Plots of the Cr# in spinel against the Mg# in coexisting olivine or spinel suggested an affinity with abyssal peridotites. Comparisons of Cr# and TiO2 in spinel were also compatible with an abyssal peridotite-like composition; however, harzburgites were slightly enriched in TiO2 because of the reaction with MORB-like melt. Temperatures estimated using two-pyroxene thermometry ranged from 750 to 1010 °C, reflecting their lithospheric mantle origin. The rare earth element (REE) patterns in clinopyroxenes of the peridotites varied from light REE (LREE) depleted to spoon shaped to LREE enriched, reflecting secondary overprinting effects of metasomatic melts or fluids on the residues from primordial melting. The calculated trace element pattern of metasomatic melt equilibrated with clinopyroxene in Mt. Baekdu peridotite showed strong enrichment in large-ion lithophile elements, Th and U together with slight fractionation in heavy REEs (HREEs) and considerable depletion in Nb and Ti. The Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic compositions of clinopyroxenes separated from the peridotites varied from more depleted than present-day MORB to bulk Earth values. However, some clinopyroxene showed a decoupling between Nd and Sr isotopes, deviating from the mantle array with a high 87Sr/86Sr ratio. This sample also showed a significant Nd-Hf isotope decoupling lying

  10. Chemical interactions in the subduction factory: New insights from an in situ trace element and hydrogen study of the Ichinomegata and Oki-Dogo mantle xenoliths (Japan) (United States)

    Satsukawa, Takako; Godard, Marguerite; Demouchy, Sylvie; Michibayashi, Katsuyoshi; Ildefonse, Benoit


    The uppermost mantle in back arc regions is the site of complex interactions between partial melting, melt percolation, and fluid migration. To constrain these interactions and evaluate their consequences on geochemical cycles, we carried out an in situ trace element and water study of a suite of spinel peridotite xenoliths from two regions of the Japan back arc system, Ichinomegata (NE Japan) and Oki-Dogo (SW Japan), using LA-ICPMS and FTIR spectrometry, respectively. This study provides the first full dataset of trace element and hydrogen compositions in peridotites including analyses of all their main constitutive silicate minerals: olivine, orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene. The Ichinomegata peridotites sample a LREE-depleted refractory mantle (Mg# olivine = 0.90; Cr# spinel = 0.07-0.23; Yb clinopyroxene = 7.8-13.3 × C1-chondrite, and La/Yb clinopyroxene = 0.003-0.086 × C1-chondrite), characterized by Th-U positive anomalies and constant values of Nb/Ta. The composition of the studied Ichinomegata samples is consistent with that of an oceanic mantle lithosphere affected by cryptic metasomatic interactions with hydrous/aqueous fluids (crypto-hydrous metasomatism). In contrast, the Oki-Dogo peridotites have low Mg# olivine (0.86-0.93) and a broad range of compositions with clinopyroxene showing ;spoon-shaped; to flat, and LREE-enriched patterns. They are also characterized by their homogeneous compositions in the most incompatible LILE (e.g., Rb clinopyroxene = 0.01-0.05 × primitive mantle) and HFSE (e.g., Nb clinopyroxene = 0.01-2.16 × primitive mantle). This characteristic is interpreted as resulting from various degrees of melting and extensive melt-rock interactions. FTIR spectroscopy shows that olivine in both Ichinomegata and Oki-Dogo samples has low water contents ranging from 2 to 7 ppm wt. H2O. In contrast, the water contents of pyroxenes from Ichinomegata peridotites (113-271 ppm wt. H2O for orthopyroxene, and 292-347 ppm wt. H2O for clinopyroxene

  11. Characterization of carbonaceous matter in xenolithic clasts from the Sharps (H3.4) meteorite: Constraints on the origin and thermal processing

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    Kebukawa, Yoko [Yokohama National Univ. (Japan); Zolensky, Michael E. [NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (United States); Chan, Queenie H. S. [NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (United States); Nagao, Keisuke [Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); Kilcoyne, A. L. David [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Bodnar, Robert J. [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States); Farley, Charles [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States); Rahman, Zia [NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (United States); Le, Loan [NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (United States); Cody, George D. [Carnegie Inst. of Washington, Washington, DC (United States)


    Primitive xenolithic clasts, often referred to as “dark clasts”, are well known in many regolith breccias. The Sharps H3.4 ordinary chondrite contains unusually large dark clasts up to ~1 cm across. Poorly-graphitized carbon (PGC), with Fe, Ni metal and described as “carbon-rich aggregates”, has been found in these clasts (Brearley, 1990). We report detailed analyses of carbonaceous matter in several identical Sharps clasts using FTIR, Raman, C-XANES, and TEM that provide insight on the extent of thermal processing and possible origin of such clasts. We also prepared acid residues of the clasts using the HCl/HF method and conducted mass spectrometric analysis of the entrained noble gases. Carbonaceous matter is often used to infer thermal history due to its sensitivity to thermal processes. The FTIR spectra of the acid residue from the Sharps clast suggest that carbonaceous matter in the clast contains less hydrogen and oxygen compared to acid residues from typical type 3.4 ordinary chondrites. The metamorphic temperatures obtained by Raman spectroscopy ranges between ~380 °C and ~490 °C. TEM observations indicate that the clasts experienced a peak temperature of 300 °C to 400 °C, based on the carbon d 002 layer lattice spacing of C-rich aggregates. These estimates are consistent with an earlier estimate of 330 ± 50 °C, that is also estimated by the d 002 layer lattice spacing (Brearley, 1990). It should be noted that the lattice spacing thermometer is based on terrestrial metamorphose rocks, and thus temperature was probably underestimated. Meanwhile, the C-XANES spectra of the C-rich aggregates show high exciton intensities, indicative of graphene structures that developed at around 700–800 °C following an extensive period of time (millions of years), however, the surrounding matrix areas experienced lower temperatures of less than 300–500 °C. Noble gas analysis of the acid residue from the Sharps clasts shows that the residue is

  12. Eclogite-, amphibolite- and blueschist-facies rocks from Diego de Almagro Island (Patagonia): Episodic accretion and thermal evolution of the Chilean subduction interface during the Cretaceous (United States)

    Hyppolito, Thais; Angiboust, Samuel; Juliani, Caetano; Glodny, Johannes; Garcia-Casco, Antonio; Calderón, Mauricio; Chopin, Christian


    Few localities in the Patagonian Andes expose remnants of the Mesozoic Chilean paleo-accretionary complex. We focus on the Diego de Almagro Island high-pressure/low-temperature (HP/LT) Complex, a pluri-kilometer thick sequence comprising metavolcanic rocks with oceanic affinities and metasedimentary rocks. In this study, the deepest segments of the Chilean subduction interface in Patagonia are characterized for the first time. Despite its apparent homogeneity, the complex is actually composed of two tectonic units with distinct ages of metamorphism and thermal evolution: the garnet amphibolite (GA) and the underlying blueschist (BS) units. The GA unit mafic rocks exhibit epidote, phengite, titanite, rutile, chloritoid and paragonite inclusions in prograde garnet I, diopside + albite intergrows replacing omphacite inclusions in garnet II, and relict omphacite (XJd45) included in edenitic-pargasitic amphiboles. Thermobarometric results show that these rocks were buried along a relatively cold prograde path (c. 11 °C/km) and reached eclogite-facies near peak pressure conditions (c. 550-600 °C, 1.6 GPa). The GA unit underwent a pervasive stage of amphibolitization during decompression at c. 1.3 GPa. Field and petrological observations, together with multi-mineral Rb-Sr dating, indicate that amphibolitization of the GA unit took place along the subduction interface at c. 120 Ma in a slightly warmer subduction regime (c. 13-14 °C/km), in agreeement with the formation of coetanoeus amphibolites at c. 35 km. The underlying BS unit (i) yields four consistent Rb-Sr deformation ages of c. 80 Ma, i.e. 40 Ma younger than the overlying rocks from the GA unit; (ii) exhibits slightly cooler peak metamorphic conditions (c. 520-550 °C, 1.6 GPa) indicating burial along a prograde path of c. 10 °C/km (iii) does not show amphibolite-facies overprint as seen in the GA unit. After a long residence time under amphibolite-facies conditions, the amphibolitized rocks of the GA unit

  13. Chlorine and fluorine partition coefficients and abundances in sub-arc mantle xenoliths (Kamchatka, Russia): Implications for melt generation and volatile recycling processes in subduction zones (United States)

    Bénard, A.; Koga, K. T.; Shimizu, N.; Kendrick, M. A.; Ionov, D. A.; Nebel, O.; Arculus, R. J.


    We report chlorine (Cl) and fluorine (F) abundances in minerals, interstitial glasses, and melt inclusions in 12 andesite-hosted, spinel harzburgite xenoliths and crosscutting pyroxenite veins exhumed from the sub-arc lithospheric mantle beneath Avacha volcano in the Kamchatka Arc (NE Russia). The data are used to calculate equilibrium mineral-melt partition coefficients (D mineral / melt) for Cl and F relevant to subduction-zone processes and unravel the history of volatile depletion and enrichment mechanisms in an arc setting. Chlorine is ∼100 times more incompatible in pyroxenes (DClmineral/melt = 0.005-0.008 [±0.002-0.003]) than F (DFmineral/melt = 0.50-0.57 [±0.21-0.24]), which indicates that partial melting of mantle sources leads to strong depletions in Cl relative to F in the residues. The data set in this study suggests a strong control of melt composition on DCl,Fpyroxene/melt, in particular H2O contents and Al/(Al + Si), which is in line with recent experiments. Fluorine is compatible in Ca-amphibole in the 'wet' sub-arc mantle (DFamphibole/melt = 3.5-3.7 [±1.5]) but not Cl (DClamphibole/melt = 0.03-0.05 [±0.01-0.03]), indicating that amphibole may fractionate F from Cl in the mantle wedge. The inter-mineral partition coefficients for Cl and F in this study are consistent amongst different harzburgite samples, whether they contain glass or not. In particular, disseminated amphibole hosts much of the Cl and F bulk rock budgets of spinel harzburgites (DClamphibole/pyroxene up to 14 and DFamphibole/pyroxene up to 40). Chlorine and fluorine are variably enriched (up to 1500 ppm Cl and 750 ppm F) in the parental arc picrite and boninite melts of primitive pyroxenite veins (and related melt inclusions) crosscutting spinel harzburgites. Based on the data in this study, the main inferences on the behaviour of Cl and F during melting and metasomatic processes in the sub-arc mantle are as follow: (i) Melting models show that most depleted mantle protoliths

  14. Phosphorus and other trace elements from secondary olivine in composite mantle xenoliths (CMX) from Cima Volcanic Field (CVF; California, USA): implications for crystal growth kinetics (United States)

    Baziotis, Ioannis; Asimow, Paul; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Boyce, Jeremy; Koroneos, Antonios; Perugini, Diego; Liu, Yongsheng; Klemme, Stephan; Berndt, Jasper


    embedded in Gl and as large (~100 μm) idiomorphic to hypidiomorphic crystals with Gl and Spl inclusions; Mg# ranges from Fo74.5 (rim in contact with Gl) to Fo90.3; P2O5 reaches 3.5 wt% (in a ~Fo84 rim); Li varies from 2.80 (core) to 6.35 ppm (rim). Clinopyroxene (Wo41-43En50-54Fs5-8; P2O5 0.04-0.08 wt%; Li 3.33 ppm) is found both within the ML and as a reaction product between melt and matrix Opx. Trace element geochemistry shows possible equilibrium with ML glass for some elements, but clear disequilibrium for others. Apatite occurs as large (~100 μm) crystals in contact with Ol or Gl, as near-rim inclusions in P-rich Fo84 and as tiny prismatic crystals in Gl; REEs show slight negative Eu anomalies (Eu/Eu*=0.79-0.86) due to prior crystallization of plagioclase. High-resolution X-ray mapping of P in Ol from Ci-1-196 reveals 3-7 μm wide P-rich bands parallel to facets. P2O5 correlates negatively with Si and Mg+Fe+Ca, suggesting a substitution Mg2SiO4 + 1 /2 P2O5 →Mg1.5[]0.5PO4 + 1 /2MgO+SiO2. P-Al-rich areas may grow in minutes, whereas P-Al-poor over few weeks (Jambon et al., 1992). At such rates, dendritic growth (Welsch et al., 2014) implies that core to rim zoning may not be simple growth stratigraphy. A slight correlation between P and Al in our data implies either diffusive relaxation of Al gradients or, judging by dynamic experiments (Grant & Kohn, 2013), cooling rates >10° C/h that generate disequilibrium solute trapping of P but near-equilibrium incorporation of Al. The petrogenetic history following melt intrusion requires rapid cooling and reaction with matrix minerals and crystallization sequence Ol→Cpx→Pl→Ap→Fe-Ox→quench of Gl. P and Li concentrations set upper and lower limits on growth rates after intrusion of melt into CVF xenoliths. Early-crystallized olivine grew rapidly enough that sluggish P became over-enriched but not so fast as to over-enrich other elements. Cpx formed later either as neoblasts or reaction rims in which P was

  15. Constraints on the rheology of the lower crust in a strike-slip plate boundary: evidence from the San Quintín xenoliths, Baja California, Mexico

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    Full Text Available The rheology of lower crust and its transient behavior in active strike-slip plate boundaries remain poorly understood. To address this issue, we analyzed a suite of granulite and lherzolite xenoliths from the upper Pleistocene–Holocene San Quintín volcanic field of northern Baja California, Mexico. The San Quintín volcanic field is located 20 km east of the Baja California shear zone, which accommodates the relative movement between the Pacific plate and Baja California microplate. The development of a strong foliation in both the mafic granulites and lherzolites, suggests that a lithospheric-scale shear zone exists beneath the San Quintín volcanic field. Combining microstructural observations, geothermometry, and phase equilibria modeling, we estimated that crystal-plastic deformation took place at temperatures of 750–890 °C and pressures of 400–560 MPa, corresponding to 15–22 km depth. A hot crustal geotherm of 40 ° C km−1 is required to explain the estimated deformation conditions. Infrared spectroscopy shows that plagioclase in the mafic granulites is relatively dry. Microstructures are interpreted to show that deformation in both the uppermost lower crust and upper mantle was accommodated by a combination of dislocation creep and grain-size-sensitive creep. Recrystallized grain size paleopiezometry yields low differential stresses of 12–33 and 17 MPa for plagioclase and olivine, respectively. The lower range of stresses (12–17 MPa in the mafic granulite and lherzolite xenoliths is interpreted to be associated with transient deformation under decreasing stress conditions, following an event of stress increase. Using flow laws for dry plagioclase, we estimated a low viscosity of 1.1–1.3×1020 Pa ⋅ s for the high temperature conditions (890 °C in the lower crust. Significantly lower viscosities in the range of 1016–1019 Pa ⋅ s, were estimated using flow laws for wet plagioclase. The

  16. The distribution and composition of high-velocity lower crust across the continental U.S.: Comparison of seismic and xenolith data and implications for lithospheric dynamics and history (United States)

    Schulte-Pelkum, Vera; Mahan, Kevin H.; Shen, Weisen; Stachnik, Josh C.


    The composition of the continental lower crust is not well known. High seismic wave speeds may indicate mafic or garnet-bearing material, with implications for emplacement history, evolution, and rheological and dynamic behavior. In this contribution, we use recent seismic results from the EarthScope Transportable Array, compilations of active source studies, and selected xenolith studies to attempt to map the distribution of high-velocity lower crust across the continental U.S. and assess its relationship to proposed emplacement- and destruction-related mechanisms such as underplating and intraplating, collision, extension, heating, cooling, hydration, and delamination. Thin layers of high-velocity lower crust related to regional processes are found scattered throughout the continent. Thicker layers in large areas are found in the central and eastern U.S. in areas with thick crust, bounded roughly by the Rocky Mountain Front. Emplacement processes likely originally spanned this boundary, and the difference between the two domains may reflect garnet growth with cooling and aging of continental crust in much of the central and eastern U.S., while crustal thickness and lithospheric temperatures in the western U.S. are unfavorable for growth and maintenance of thick layers of high-velocity garnet-bearing lower crust.

  17. Age, petrology and geochemistry of carbonate-dykes and related clinopyroxenite xenoliths from the Ivrea-Verbano Zone (Italy/Switzerland): evidence of Jurassic carbonatite formation by liquid immiscibility (United States)

    Galli, Andrea; Grassi, Daniele; Sartori, Gino


    In the Ivrea-Verbano Zone (IVZ, Italy/Switzerland) the deepest portion of the continental crust is exposed. Its geological evolution has been largely controlled by both Permian underplating of mantle-derived basic magmas and Mesozoic alkaline intrusions into the high-grade basement of the Southern Alps. Widespread in the IVZ, up to 40 m thick, zircon-bearing carbonate-dykes occur. The dykes are mostly composed of calcite with subordinate clinopyroxene and amphibole, show sharp intrusive contacts to the host rocks and typically contain rounded or angular, up to 2 meter large phlogopite-amphibole-apatite-rutile-ilmenite ± garnet, corundum or spinel clinopyroxenite xenoliths. Carbonate-dykes shows an enrichment of LREE over HREE ((La/Yb)N = 14), with a Σ REE = 95-115 ppm and Y/Ho = 26-33. On the chondrite-normalized REE abundances diagram, no Eu anomaly is observed. Mantle-normalized pattern shows strong negative anomalies at Cs, Rb, K, Pb, P, Zr, Hf and Ti and positive Ba, Th, Sr, Nd anomalies, similarly to the "world average carbonatite" composition. Measured absolute trace element concentrations are lower than average carbonatites but significantly higher than limestones and similar to typical cumulate carbonatites. Grt-bearing clinopyroxenite enclave have a XMg of 0.50, K2O + Na2O of 1.01 and are rich in TiO2 (3.40 wt%) and P2O5 (0.93 wt%). Grt-free clinopyroxenites show higher XMg values of 0.61-0.73 and are alkali, TiO2 and P2O5 poorer (K2O + Na2O of 0.21-0.59 wt%, TiO2 of 1.16-2.72 wt% and P2O5 element diagram, the enclave display a nearly antithetic pattern in respect to the enclosing carbonates, with positive anomalies at Cs, Rb, U, Pb, Zr, Hf, Ti and negative anomalies at Ba, Th, Sr and Nd. Melt composition calculated from carbonate composition using partitioning coefficients between carbonatite and silicate melts reproduces the trace element patterns displayed by the pyroxenite xenoliths. This suggests that carbonate-dykes and enclosed clinopyroxenites

  18. Calculated mineral equilibria in the greenschist-blueschist-eclogite facies in Na2O-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O (United States)

    Guiraud, Michel; Holland, Tim; Powell, Roger


    The new, greatly expanded internally-consistent dataset of Holland and Powell includes thermodynamic data for a wide range of mineral end-members in common rock-forming minerals, in particular, including FeMg-1 substitutions in glaucophane, garnet, chloritoid and carpholite, and FeMg-1 and MgSiAl-1Al-1 substitutions in talc and chlorite. Moreover, we have the uncertainties and correlations for these data. With the data, we have calculated the full pressure-temperature phase diagram for the system Na2O-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O (NFMASH) for quartz (or coesite) and H2O in excess, in the range 300° 800°C and 5 50 kbars. By solving the set of non-linear equations formed by the equilibrium relationships for an independent set of equations between the end-members in an assemblage in NFMASH, the compositions of the minerals (and PT) can be calculated. Thus the changes in MgSiAl-1Al-1 along NMASH reactions, and FeSiAl-1Al-1 along NFASH reactions, are calculated, and the changes in FeMg-1 and MgSiAl-1Al-1 along NFMASH reactions are calculated. From this information it is straightforward to generate PT diagrams for specific rock compositions. Mineral assemblages and mineral compositional changes in the phase diagram are discussed in relation to greenschist, blueschist and eclogite facies assemblages in metapelitic rocks. It is found that the correspondence between the predictions of the phase diagrams and the observations on rocks is remarkably good. When semiquantitative extensions of the phase diagram to include Ca(MgFe)-1, NaSiCa-1Al-1, Fe3+Al-1 and KNa-1 substitutions are taken into account the agreement is essentially complete.

  19. Persistence of fertile and hydrous lithospheric mantle beneath the northwestern Ethiopian plateau: Evidence from modal, trace element and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic compositions of amphibole-bearing mantle xenoliths (United States)

    Alemayehu, Melesse; Zhang, Hong-Fu; Aulbach, Sonja


    We present new trace element compositions of amphiboles, Sr-Nd-Hf isotope compositions of clinopyroxenes and mineral modes for spinel peridotite xenoliths that were entrained in a Miocene alkali basalt (Gundeweyn, northwestern Ethiopian plateau), in order to understand the geochemical evolution and variation occurring within the continental lithospheric mantle (CLM) in close proximity to the East African Rift system, and its dynamic implications. With the exception of a single amphibole-bearing sample that is depleted in LREE (La/YbN = 0.45 × Cl), amphiboles in lherzolites and in one harzburgite show variable degrees of LREE enrichment (La/YbN = 2.5-12.1 × Cl) with flat HREE (Dy/YbN = 1.5-2.1 × Cl). Lherzolitic clinoyroxenes have 87Sr/86Sr (0.70227 to 0.70357), 143Nd/144Nd (0.51285 to 0.51346), and 176Hf/177Hf (0.28297 to 0.28360) ranging between depleted lithosphere and enriched mantle. LREE-enriched clinopyroxenes generally have more enriched isotope compositions than depleted ones. While lherzolites with isotope compositions similar to those of the Afar plume result from the most recent metasomatic overprint, isotope compositions more depleted than present-day MORB can be explained by an older melt extraction and/or isotopic rehomogenisation event, possibly related to the Pan-African orogeny. Several generations of amphibole are recognized in accord with this multi-stage evolution. Texturally unequilibrated amphibole occurring within the peridotite matrix and in melt pockets attest to continued hydration and refertilization of the lithospheric mantle subsequent to Oligocene flood basalt magmatism, during which an earlier-emplaced inventory of amphibole was likely largely consumed. However, a single harzburgite contains amphibole with the highest Mg# and lowest TiO2 content, which is interpreted as sampling a volumetrically subordinate mantle region beneath the Ethiopian plateau that was not tapped during flood basalt magmatism. Strikingly, both trace

  20. Is quartz a potential indicator of ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism? Laser Raman spectroscopy of quartz inclusions in ultrahigh-pressure garnets


    Korsakov, Andrey V.; Perraki, Maria; Zhukov, Vladimir P.; De Gussem, Kris; Vandenabeele, Peter; Tomilenko, Anatoly A.


    Laser Raman microspectroscopy was applied to quartz inclusions in coesite- and diamond-grade metapelites from the Kokchetav ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic (UHPM) complex, Northern Kazakhstan, and diamond-grade eclogite xenoliths from the Mir kimberlite pipe, Yakutiya, Russia to assess the quantitative correlation between the Raman frequency shift and metamorphic pressure. Quartz crystals sealed in garnets have a higher frequency shift than those in the matrix. Residual pressures retained by q...

  1. The Moho as a magnetic boundary (United States)

    Wasilewski, P. J.; Thomas, H. H.; Mayhew, M. A.


    Magnetic data are presented for mantle derived rocks: peridtites from St. Pauls rocks, dunite xenoliths from the kaupulehu flow in Hawaii, as well as peridolite, dunite and eclogite xenoliths from Roberts Victor, Dutoitspan, Kilbourne Hole, and San Carlos diatremes. The rocks are paramagnetic or very weakly ferromagnetic at room temperature. Saturation magnetization values range from 0.013 emu/gm to less than 0.001 emu/gm. A review of pertinent literature dealing with analysis of the minerals in mantle xenoliths provides evidence that metals and primary Fe3O4 are absent, and that complex CR, Mg, Al, and Fe spinels dominate the oxide mineralogy. All of the available evidence supports the magnetic results, indicating that the seismic MOHO is a magnetic boundary.

  2. Geochimie des elements traces des eclogites Panafricaines des ...

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    Major and trace element analyses suggest that these rocks display geochemical imprints that revealed a distensive tectonic episode which preceeding panafrican convergence. The early magmatism corresponds to the emplacement of E-type MORB into passive continental margin environment where detritical sediments ...

  3. Geochemistry of ultramafic xenoliths in Cenozoic alkali basalts from ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    The P–T conditions suggest that the geothermal gradient of the upper mantle beneath the study area is approximately similar to oceanic geotherm which may be caused by asthenosphere upwelling. We suggested that lithospheric mantle thinning accompanied by asthenosphere upwelling has occurred and a newly ...

  4. Petrology of spinel lherzolite xenoliths in alkali basalts from Liri ...

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    91), clinopyroxene (5.0. % Al2O3), and Al-rich spinel occur in ..... crystallization. This is particularly obvious for the highest Ds/l values. On the other hand, under similar conditions, the Cs/Co ratio changes from 1 to 1.33 during partial melting.

  5. Petrology of spinel lherzolite xenoliths in alkali basalts from Liri ...

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    Les données pétrographiques sont présentées et les analyses à la microsonde électronique des phases minérales coexistant dans six xénolites de lherzolite à spinelle sont reportées, avec les analyses des phases minérales des basalteshôtes. Des réactions d'échange et de transfert régies par des lois thermodynamiques ...

  6. The Moho as a magnetic boundary. [Earth crust-mantle boundary (United States)

    Wasilewski, P. J.; Thomas, H. H.; Mayhew, M. A.


    Magnetism in the crust and the upper mantle and magnetic results indicating that the seismic Moho is a magnetic boundary are considered. Mantle derived rocks - peridotites from St. Pauls rocks, dunite xenoliths from the Kaupulehu flow, and peridotite, dunite, and eclogite xenoliths from Roberts Victor and San Carlos diatremes - are weakly magnetic with saturation magnetization values from 0.013 emu/gm to less than 0.001 emu/gm which is equivalent to 0.01 to 0.001 wt% Fe304. Literature on the minerals in mantle xenoliths shows that metals and primary Fe304 are absent, and that complex Cr, Mg, Al, and Fe spinels are dominant. These spinels are non-magnetic at mantle temperatures, and the crust/mantle boundary can be specified as a magnetic mineralogy discontinuity. The new magnetic results indicate that the seismic Moho is a magnetic boundary, the source of magnetization is in the crust, and the maximum Curie isotherm depends on magnetic mineralogy and is located at depths which vary with the regional geothermal gradient.

  7. Reaction between lherzolite and eclogite-derived melts in the upper mantle (United States)

    Lo Cascio, M.; Liang, Y.


    During mantle upwelling, pyroxenite-rich regions are likely to start melting at greater depths than peridotite. As a result, we can anticipate the existence of at least two regimes of chemical and mechanical interaction between peridotites and pyroxenites: one in which pyroxenite is partially molten while peridotite is subsolidus, and the other in which both lithologies are partially molten. In this study we explored the nature of such interactions in both regimes by conducting lherzolite\\--pyroxenite-derived melt dissolution experiments. All experiments were performed at 1300°C - 1375°C and 2 GPa in a piston cylinder apparatus using the reaction couple method. At lherzolite subsolidus conditions, the reaction involves negligible amounts dissolution of the lherzolite with crystallization of garnet at the rock-melt interface, shifting the melt towards a more qz-normative composition. The lherzolite is chemically unaffected by the reaction, suggesting that dissolution is rate-limited by the slowest diffusing component in the melt. In contrast, when the lherzolite is partially molten we observed large dissolution rates and the formation of an opx-rich harzburgite + melt layer, sandwiched between the original partially molten lherzolite and pyroxenite-derived melt. The composition of the minerals across the capsule shows the existence of chemical gradients that extend beyond the boundaries of the newly formed lithology. The fast dissolution rates and chemical gradients indicate that melt is interconnected, as confirmed by BSE images. Therefore the opx-rich region does not represent an impermeable barrier as suggested in previous studies. The critical difference between the two regimes is the physical state of the surrounding lherzolite: subsolidus or partially molten. The P-T conditions and the composition of the pyroxenite-derived liquid are important additional factors that determine, for example, the mineralogy of the reaction boundary layer, the dissolution rates, and the time-scale of equilibration. Depending on the style of melt-rock reaction taking place in the mantle, the trace element and isotopic contribution of pyroxenite-derived melts will vary dramatically. During the highP/lowT regime, dissolution of lherzolite will be extremely slow and the pyroxenite-derived melt will react very little with the surrounding mantle, keeping most of its original geochemical signature. As melting of the pyroxenite proceeds, the lack of reaction and infiltration into the peridotite will cause the melt fraction to increase, which could lead to local brittle failure. In order for the pyroxenite-derived melt to reach the base of the lithosphere unaffected by the transport process, a combination of fracturing at highP and flow through pre-existing high-porosity conduits is necessary. Alternatively, extensive re-equilibration will take place, as expected by the lowP/highT regime, and the melt composition will inherit a hybrid signature of both the lherzolite and pyroxenite-derived melts. Using two-phase flow theory applied to a 1\\-D mantle column, we calculated the chromatographic effect that an enriched pyroxenite-derived melt would undergo by reacting with a porous mantle. The model shows that the melt composition leaving the porous column evolves from an initial DMM-derived composition towards a variable U- shape trace element pattern in a spider diagram, depending on depth. Although the exact melt compositions produced by this melting model depends on the source composition, transport properties, and P-T path, we believe these initial results show some of the essential features of melt-rock reaction in the mantle.

  8. Highly Pristine Organic Matter in a Xenolith Clast in the Zag H Chrondrite (United States)

    Kebukawa, Y.; Ito, M.; Zolensky, M. E.; Nakato, A.; Suga, H.; Takahashi, Y.; Takeichi, Y.; Mase, K.; Chan, Q.; Fries, M.; hide


    The Zag meteorite is a halite-bearing H3-6 chondrite [1]. We have been studying a dark Zag clast with abundant organic matter [2,3], which was proposed to be from Ceres [4,5]. Therefore, our systematic research of the Zag clast may provide an important linkage to the recent remote sensing observations obtained by the DAWN mission to Ceres. We prepared a new sub-sample of this clast for coordinated organic analysis by STXM-XANES and NanoSIMS, in order to understand the nature and origin of the organic matter.

  9. Petrological interpretation of the magnetotelluric data of the depth zone of the Tarim and Tien Shan junction (United States)

    Batalev, V. Yu.


    Electrical conductance of lower crust and mantle rocks samples from the Tarim and Tien Shan junction zone were measured in a laboratory under P-T conditions determined on the basis of thermobarometry data. The geothermic curve for the moment of xenolith delivery (K - rlap{-} P) corresponding to a thermal flux of 80 mW/m2 was determined. Its comparison with the present-day geothermic curve corresponding to 60 mW/m2 demonstrates general cooling of the lithosphere. The Moho surface position also changed from 35-40 km (as the boundary between lherzolites and granulites) to 55-60 km, as a proper geophysical Moho discontinuity. Results of laboratory measurements of electrical conductance of upper mantle and lower crust rocks samples in correlation to geoelectric and thermal models make it possible to define lherzolite, granulite, and eclogite massifs in the depth zone of the Tarim and Tien Shan junction.

  10. Hydroxyl in garnets from Garnet Ridge, northern Arizona (United States)

    Ogasawara, Y.; Sakamaki, K.; Koga, I.


    Various kinds of garnets and garnet-bearing rocks occur in Garnet Ridge, northern Arizona. These garnets have diverse origins such as mantle peridotite, subducted oceanic slab and crustal level metasomatic products (Koga & Ogasawara, 2012, AGU Fall Meeting Abstract). A typical garnet from Garnet Ridge, called "Navajo Ruby" is Cr-bearing pyrope-rich garnet that could be of the mantle peridotite origin, and another interesting garnet occurs in eclogite xenoliths of subducted slab origin, probably of Farallon plate origin (Usui et al., 2003). To understand the water behavior underneath the Colorado Plateau, we measured micro FT-IR spectra for several kinds of garnets from Garnet Ridge. The samples for micro FT-IR analyses are thick sections (50 - 500 micrometer in thickness). The size of analyzed areas is 50 x 50 μm square. We detected significant amounts of OH in "Navajo Ruby" garnets and in other types of garnets; however, OH in the garnet in eclogite xenolith was negligible or below detection limit. The peridotitic garnets (up to 2 cm across) look purplish to red brownish and are rich in pyrope component (up to 78 mol%) with significant amounts of Cr2O3 (up to 5.9 wt%) without chemical zonation. The inclusions of olivine, clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene and apatite were confirmed by laser Raman spectroscopy. The representative FT-IR absorption spectra of this type garnet are: 1) grain A (Pyp52 Alm29 Sps1 Grs14 And2 Uv2) shows two very strong IR absorption bands by OH centered at 3575 and 3660 cm-1, 2) grain B (Pyp63 Alm14 Sps0 Grs12 And1 Uv10) shows a very strong IR absorption at 3575 cm-1, and 3) grain C (Pyp62 Alm20 Sps1 Grs12 And0 Uv5) did not show IR absorption by OH. No heterogeneity of IR absorption by OH was detected in a single grain. The garnets in eclogite xenolith show clear prograde chemical zonation; core (Pyp6 Alm54 Sps1 Grs34 And5 Uv0) to rim (Pyp21 Alm64 Sps2 Grs15 And1 Uv0). The well developed rim of this garnet has no IR absorption band by OH

  11. Trace-Element Mobility in Eclogite-Facies Subducted Crust: Garnet, Zircon, and Rutile Petrochronology of As Sifah, Oman (United States)

    Garber, Joshua M.; Rioux, Matthew; Kylander-Clark, Andrew R.; Vervoort, Jeff D.; Wilford, Diane; Hacker, Bradley R.; Searle, Michael P.; Waters, David J.; Warren, Clare


    Trace element flux in subduction zones is strongly affected by the chemistry and availability of an accompanying fluid, in addition to mineral partitioning behavior. These factors may be exacerbated in certain lithologies, suggesting a role for lithology-specific rock permeability, fluid fugacity, and/or trace-element partitioning during subduction. To assess lithological controls on elemental transport in subducted mafic crust and sediment, we obtained dates (Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf, and U-Pb) and major- and trace-element concentrations for garnet, zircon, and rutile in end-member mafic and metapelitic rocks from the ultrahigh-pressure As Sifah unit of Oman. The three phases record similar isotopic dates among all lithologies, but trace-element records for each phase are distinct for each rock type. For example, i) mafic rocks show expected garnet/zircon rare-earth element (REE) partitioning, but metapelitic garnet and zircon do not, and ii) mafic rutiles record lower intergranular solubilities for high-field-strength elements (HFSEs) than pelitic rutiles. Together, these data suggest that REE and HFSE equilibrium length-scales varied significantly between adjacent lithologies, implicating crucial differences in fluid flux during subduction. Further, Lu-Hf isotopic data are scattered and non-isochronous for all rocks - even in metapelites that exhibit cm- to outcrop-scale HFSE equilibrium length-scales - suggesting that achievement of elemental equilibrium does not imply isotopic equilibrium, even at the same scale. Our approach illustrates the power of multi-phase petrochronology in determining the behavior of distinct trace-element groups during metamorphism.

  12. Secular Changes in Lithospheric Diamonds from the Archean to the Proterozoic (United States)

    Shirey, S. B.; Richardson, S. H.; Aulbach, S.; Pearson, G.


    Geochronologic study of lithospheric diamonds uses the Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr systems on silicate inclusions of peridotitic (harzbugitic and lherzolitic) and eclogitic parageneses and Re-Os on sulfide inclusions also of peridotitic (pentlendite-rich) and eclogitic (pyrrhotite-rich) parageneses. While sulfide and silicate inclusions rarely occur in the same diamond, they usually occur in the diamond population of each kimberlite. More than 20 kimberlites on 4 cratons have geochronology on both their sulfide and silicate inclusion-bearing diamonds. This global dataset shows interesting systematic differences with age from the Archean to Proterozoic and can be used to test for secular changes in deep mantle processes and geodynamics. With few exceptions, harzburgitic silicate and sulfide inclusions are Paleo- to Mesoarchean and rare in the Proterozoic, in accord with the xenolith record. This suggests that the depletion registered in the harzburgitic diamonds was associated with the igneous processes that created or at least followed closely on the creation of stable cratonic lithosphere. The evidence for relatively shallow final equilibration of many mantle peridotite suites [1,2] indicates that early tectonic forces had enough lateral component to be capable of thickening the lithosphere into the diamond stability field regardless of the initial depletion of the mantle in a plume or a subduction wedge. Eclogitic sulfide inclusions are common from the Archean throughout the Proterozoic. Given the diverse surficial geochemical signatures present in these inclusions, in their diamond hosts, and in the diamond-hosting lithologies, this suggests that subduction-accretion was a major tectonic process operating on Earth at least since the Mesoarchean. The Re/Os of some Archean eclogitic sulfides is lower than Re/Os of Proterozoic eclogitic sulfides which potentially links the creation of Archean sulfides to the creation of more primitive, higher MgO oceanic lithosphere typical of

  13. Presumed Multiple Metasomatism underneath the Colorado Plateau; Decoding from Chemistry and Inclusion/Lamella Mineralogy of Diverse Garnets from the Garnet Ridge, Northern Arizona (United States)

    Sato, Y.; Ogasawara, Y.


    Various garnets containing the information on mantle petrology and related metasomatism occur at the Garnet Ridge, Colorado Plateau. The origins of garnets range from deep mantle to shallow continental crust. These garnets were delivered by kimberlitic diatreme of 30 Ma (Smith et al. 2004). We have classified the garnets into 10 groups (A to J, see figure) by naked eye observation, major chemistry, minor Na-Ti-P, inclusion/lamella mineralogy. Among them, groups A to D are of mantle origin, E to G of subducted oceanic crust origin, and H to J of continental crust origin. We summarized results as in the followings. A: Cr and pyrope-rich garnet has Cr2O3(0.8-6.3 wt.%) and inclusions of Ol, Cpx, Opx, Ti-Chu/Chn and carbonates, indicating carbonated garnet lherzolites as host. Cr contents negatively correlates with Na-Ti-P contents and occurrence of exsolved Rt, Ilm and crichtonite. This indicates Cr-rich end-member is the most "primitive" mantle garnet before metasomatism. B: Pyrope-rich reddish brown garnet of peridotitic origins was subdivided into 4 subgroups (B1 to B4, see figure). Compositional range in Ca-Mg-Fe triangle expands to Fe-rich side from group A. Exsolved Na-bearing amphibole and inclusions of Ap, carbonates and fluid were identified. These indicate metasomatism of group A. C: Garnet megacryst is coarse-grained garnet (2-10 cm across) with crystal faces. This garnet has wide chemical variation plotted in the center area of Ca-Mg-Fe triangle. D: Garnet aggregate has similar chemistry of group C and is composed of several grains. Grain boundaries of garnet were recognized by Rt, Ilm and other minerals and oscillatory zonings of Ca, Mg, Fe and Na-Ti-P. Fluid inclusions of groups C and D suggest these garnets might crystalized from fluid. E: Garnet in eclogite and F: Garnet in metasomatized eclogite are xenolith samples (the Fallaron Plate origin?). Aggregate of Zo+Ab contained in group E indicates decomposed precursor lawsonite inclusion. G: Quartz

  14. Genesis of diamond inclusions: An integrated cathodoluminescence (CL) and Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) study on eclogitic and peridotitic inclusions and their diamond host. (United States)

    van den Heuvel, Quint; Matveev, Sergei; Drury, Martyn; Gress, Michael; Chinn, Ingrid; Davies, Gareth


    Diamond inclusions are potentially fundamental to understanding the formation conditions of diamond and the volatile cycles in the deep mantle. In order to fully understand the implications of the compositional information recorded by inclusions it is vital to know whether the inclusions are proto-, syn-, or epigenetic and the extent to which they have equilibrated with diamond forming fluids. In previous studies, the widespread assumption was made that the majority of diamond inclusions are syngenetic, based upon observation of cubo-octahedral morphology imposed on the inclusions. Recent work has reported the crystallographic relationship between inclusions and the host diamond to be highly complex and the lack of crystallographic relationships between inclusions and diamonds has led some to question the significance of imposed cubo-octahedral morphology. This study presents an integrated EBSD and CL study of 9 diamonds containing 20 pyropes, 2 diopsides, 1 forsterite and 1 rutile from the Jwaneng and Letlhakane kimberlite clusters, Botswana. A new method was developed to analyze the crystallographic orientation of the host diamond and the inclusions with EBSD. Diamonds plates were sequentially polished to expose inclusions at different levels in the diamond. CL imaging at different depths was performed in order to produce a 3D view of diamond growth zones around the inclusions. Standard diamond polishing techniques proved too aggressive for silicate inclusions as they were damaged to such a degree that EBSD measurements on the inclusions were impossible. The inclusions were milled with a Ga+ focused ion beam (FIB) at a 12° angle to clean the surface for EBSD measurements. Of the 24 inclusions, 9 have an imposed cubo-octahedral morphology. Of these inclusions, 6 have faces orientated parallel to diamond growth zones and/or appear to have nucleated on a diamond growth surface, implying syngenesis. In contrast, other diamonds record resorption events such that inclusions now cut diamond growth zones. In most cases, the growth zonation around inclusions is not well defined due to CL haloes but some inclusions clearly disrupt diamond growth. Crystallographic orientations of diamond and the inclusions, determined using EBSD, revealed that each inclusion has a homogeneous orientation and record no compositional zonation. The diamonds also showed no angular deviations despite many having multiple growth and resorption zones; implying epitaxial growth of diamond. Crystallographic alignment between diamond and inclusions was not recorded for the principle planes and limited to 3 possible coincidences on minor planes from the 24 inclusions studied. The CL data show no evidence of syngenesis for these 3 inclusions. Analyses of two diamonds with inclusion clusters in different growth zones, 400 µm apart, revealed the same chemical composition and orientation, potentially implying they originated from an original larger inclusion. Combined EBSD and CL data suggest that there is no direct orientational correlation (epitaxial growth) between silicate inclusions and the host diamond, even when the mineral phases are of the same symmetry group. The presentation will provide a detailed evaluation of the genesis of individual inclusions.

  15. Deformation experiments under conditions of the blueschist- to eclogite-facies transition: implications for the upper Wadati-Benioff plane of seismicity (United States)

    Incel, S.; Schubnel, A.; Hilairet, N.; Labrousse, L.; Chopin, C.; Renner, J.; Wang, Y.; Ferrand, T. P.; John, T.


    Blueschist samples were experimented on a Griggs, a piston-cylinder (PC) and a D-DIA apparatus. Starting materials were sieved powders (glaucophane and 40 % lawsonite. After mineral separation, we produced powders with a high (80 % glaucophane, 20 % lawsonite) and a low (30 % glaucophane, 70 % lawsonite) glaucophane content. Samples of cold-pressed powders of the two compositions were deformed in the Griggs and D-DIA apparatus at low temperatures (glaucophane should decompose into jadeite and talc, and at high temperatures (up to 850 °C) at which lawsonite dehydrates. Powders were also isostatically annealed at comparable experimental conditions in the PC-apparatus to provide a microstructural reference. The use of synchrotron X-rays during the D-DIA experiments enables us to follow the strain evolution (radiography) while deforming the sample, but also to monitor phase changes in-situ using X-ray diffraction. We also monitored acoustic emissions (AE). Depending on the sample mineralogy and the applied pressure, AEs were either observed at low temperature around 380-420 °C or in a range from 610-850 °C. In some samples AEs were triggered in both ranges. Microstructural observations (SEM, Raman, Microprobe, X-ray tomography) on retrieved samples reveal that samples deformed under deviatoric stress exhibit faults almost exclusively, whereas those under hydrostatic conditions do not. Our preliminary interpretation of stress, strain, microstructural and mineralogical evolution during deformation, is that the two temperature ranges of AE activity correspond to transformational faulting due to the glaucophane breakdown into jadeite and talc and lawsonite dehydration. We interpret these micro-earthquakes as possible laboratory analogs of intermediate depth earthquakes occurring within the upper Wadati-Benioff plane of seismicity observed between 60 and 100 km deep in cold subduction zones.

  16. Preservation of Permian allanite within an Alpine eclogite facies shear zone at Mt Mucrone, Italy: Mechanical and chemical behaviour of allanite during mylonitization

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    Cenki-Tok, Benedicte; Oliot, E.; Berger, Alfons


    This study addresses the mechanical and cehmical behavior of allanite during shear zone formation under high-pressure metamorphism. Understanding physico-chemical processes related to the retention or resetting of Pb isotopes in allanite during geological processes is essential for robust petroch...

  17. Crystal chemical constraints on inter-mineral Fe isotope fractionation and implications for Fe isotope disequilibrium in San Carlos mantle xenoliths


    Macris, Catherine A.; Manning, Craig E.; Young, Edward D.


    The origin of variations in iron isotope compositions of mantle minerals is uncertain, and predictions of equilibrium inter-mineral iron isotope fractionation conflict. This hinders interpretation of the petrologic and geochemical implications of Fe isotope data from mantle lithologies. To address this, we present a revised ionic model for predicting equilibrium iron isotope fractionation between mantle minerals and use it to interpret measured inter-mineral iron isotopic fractionation from f...

  18. A combined noble gas and {sup 40}Ar-{sup 39}Ar study of Salt Lake Crater xenolith SL322 from Oahu, Hawaii

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    Trieloff, M. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany); Rocholl, A. [Heidelberg Univ. (Germany). Mineralogisch-Petrographisches Inst.; Jessberger, E.K. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany)]|[Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Planetologie


    The microdistribution of noble gases in a garnet pyroxenite nodule from Salt Lake Crater (SLC), Oahu, Hawaii, was investigated by a detailed step-heating and -crushing analysis and a {sup 40}Ar-{sup 39}Ar-study. A noble gas component with MORB type argon, helium and neon resides in CO{sub 2}-rich fluid inclusions trapped in <30 km depth. This component was most probably derived from the nephelinitic SLC host magma and confirms the dominance of MORB type noble gases in the late post-erosional magmatic stages of Hawaiian volcanism, as suggested previsouly (Kurz et al., 1983; Valbracht et al., 1996). A second previously detected (Rocholl et al., 1996) low {sup 40}Ar/{sup 36}Ar ({proportional_to}5000) component turned out to be associated with two different reservoirs. The larger reservoir is most probably related to garnet, the other one is associated with low retentive sites containing few K and Cl and could not yet be adequately identified. The low {sup 40}Ar/{sup 36}Ar ({proportional_to}5000) component hosted by garnet can be interpreted as a mixture of MORB and plume type noble gas components with specific {sup 4}He/{sup 40}Ar ratios. The results demonstrate the complexity of the microdistribution of noble gases in ultramafic nodules and allow insight into plume induced metasomatism of the Hawaiian lithosphere. (orig.)

  19. Composition of uppermost mantle beneath the Northern Fennoscandia - numerical modeling and petrological interpretation (United States)

    Virshylo, Ivan; Kozlovskaya, Elena; Prodaivoda, George; Silvennoinen, Hanna


    restricted volume in the multi-dimensional parameter space. In order to constrain concentration of minerals we used equilibrium of mineral associations for selected P-T condition obtained by free Gibbs energy minimization (c.f. Stixrude & Lithgow-Bertelloni, 2005). We also considered the mineralogical composition of upper mantle xenoliths, although the representativeness of xenoliths in Precambrian rocks could be treated with care, if one tries to describe the modern mantle. As a first step, we estimated 1D model of mineralogical composition in the depth range of 35-350 km using the IASP91 reference model (Kennett & Engdahl, 1991). Both the P- and S- wave velocities were used for inversion, in order to improve the reliability of the model. More comprehensive result could be obtained if density distribution is involved. In our study we used the 1D PEMC density model (Dziewonski, Hales & Lapwood, 1975) as it is the most adequate for the continental lithosphere. The 1D modeling showed that the garnet lherzolite model (forsterite, fayalite, enstatite, ferrosilite, diopside, jadeite, pyrope) can be considered as a basic one. The end-members of olivine and orthopyroxene solutions were included with the aim of Fe/Mg ratio estimation. Testing with modified models including hedenbergite, harzburgite spinel, etc. showed that these minerals have no significant influence on bulk elastic properties. Selected set of minerals allows modelling the most species of peridote-pyroxenite associations known from xenoliths investigations (Kukkonen, Kuusisto, Lehtonen, & Peltonen, 2008; Lehtonen, O'Brien, Peltonen, Johanson, & Pakkanen, 2004). However, there exist also a number of evidences for mantle eclogite xenoliths from the region under study and its surrounding (Lehtonen et al., 2004; Peltonen, Kinnunen, & Huhma, 2002). That is why we also made modelling for garnet-clinopyroxene model of eclogite. The volumetric mineral compositions obtained were transformed into weight concentration of rock

  20. Diamond formation - Where, when and how? (United States)

    Stachel, T.; Luth, R. W.


    Geothermobarometric calculations for a worldwide database of inclusions in diamond indicate that formation of the dominant harzburgitic diamond association occurred predominantly (90%) under subsolidus conditions. Diamonds in eclogitic and lherzolitic lithologies grew in the presence of a melt, unless their formation is related to strongly reducing CHO fluids that would increase the solidus temperature or occurred at pressure-temperature conditions below about 5 GPa and 1050 °C. Three quarters of peridotitic garnet inclusions in diamond classify as "depleted" due to their low Y and Zr contents but, based on LREEN-HREEN ratios invariably near or greater than one, they nevertheless reflect re-enrichment through either highly fractionated fluids or small amounts of melt. The trace element signatures of harzburgitic and lherzolitic garnet inclusions are broadly consistent with formation under subsolidus and supersolidus conditions, respectively. Diamond formation may be followed by cooling in the range of ~ 60-180 °C as a consequence of slow thermal relaxation or, in the case of the Kimberley area in South Africa, possibly uplift due to extension in the lithospheric mantle. In other cases, diamond formation and final residence took place at comparable temperatures or even associated with small temperature increases over time. Diamond formation in peridotitic substrates can only occur at conditions at least as reducing as the EMOD buffer. Evaluation of the redox state of 225 garnet peridotite xenoliths from cratons worldwide indicates that the vast majority of samples deriving from within the diamond stability field represent fO2 conditions below EMOD. Modeling reveals that less than 50 ppm fluid are required to completely reset the redox state of depleted cratonic peridotite to that of the fluid. Consequently, the overall reduced state of diamond stable peridotites implies that the last fluids to interact with the deep cratonic lithosphere were generally reducing in

  1. Formation of cratonic lithosphere: An integrated thermal and petrological model (United States)

    Herzberg, Claude; Rudnick, Roberta


    The formation of cratonic mantle peridotite of Archean age is examined within the time frame of Earth's thermal history, and how it was expressed by temporal variations in magma and residue petrology. Peridotite residues that occupy the lithospheric mantle are rare owing to the effects of melt-rock reaction, metasomatism, and refertilization. Where they are identified, they are very similar to the predicted harzburgite residues of primary magmas of the dominant basalts in greenstone belts, which formed in a non-arc setting (referred to here as "non-arc basalts"). The compositions of these basalts indicate high temperatures of formation that are well-described by the thermal history model of Korenaga. In this model, peridotite residues of extensive ambient mantle melting had the highest Mg-numbers, lowest FeO contents, and lowest densities at ~ 2.5-3.5 Ga. These results are in good agreement with Re-Os ages of kimberlite-hosted cratonic mantle xenoliths and enclosed sulfides, and provide support for the hypothesis of Jordan that low densities of cratonic mantle are a measure of their high preservation potential. Cratonization of the Earth reached its zenith at ~ 2.5-3.5 Ga when ambient mantle was hot and extensive melting produced oceanic crust 30-45 km thick. However, there is a mass imbalance exhibited by the craton-wide distribution of harzburgite residues and the paucity of their complementary magmas that had compositions like the non-arc basalts. We suggest that the problem of the missing basaltic oceanic crust can be resolved by its hydration, cooling and partial transformation to eclogite, which caused foundering of the entire lithosphere. Some of the oceanic crust partially melted during foundering to produce continental crust composed of tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite (TTG). The remaining lithosphere gravitationally separated into 1) residual eclogite that continued its descent, and 2) buoyant harzburgite diapirs that rose to underplate cratonic nuclei

  2. Density Sorting During the Evolution of Continental Crust (United States)

    Kelemen, P. B.; Behn, M. D.; Hacker, B. R.


    We consider two settings - in addition to "delamination" of arc lower crust - in which dense, mafic eclogites founder into the convecting mantle while buoyant, felsic lithologies accumulate at the base of evolving continental crust. Arc processes play a central role in generating continental crust, but it remains uncertain how basaltic arc crust is transformed to andesitic continental crust. Dense, SiO2-poor products of fractionation may founder from the base of arc crust by "delamination", but lower arc crust after delamination has significantly different trace elements compared to lower continental crust (LCC). In an alternative model, buoyant magmatic rocks generated at arcs are first subducted, mainly via subduction erosion. Upon heating, these buoyant lithologies ascend through the mantle wedge or along a subduction channel, and are "relaminated" at
the base of overlying crust (e.g., Hacker et al EPSL 11, AREPS 15). Average buoyant lavas and plutons
for the Aleutians, Izu-Bonin-Marianas, Kohistan and Talkeetna arcs fall within the range of estimated LCC major and trace elements. Relamination is more efficient in generating continental crust than delamination. Himalayan cross-sections show Indian crust thrust beneath Tibetan crust, with no intervening mantle. There is a horizontal Moho at ca 80 km depth, extending from thickened Indian crust, across the region where Tibetan crust overlies Indian crust, into thickened Tibetan crust. About half the subducted Indian crust is present, whereas the other half is missing. Data (Vp/Vs; Miocene lavas formed by interaction of continental crust with mantle; xenolith thermometry) indicate 1000°C or more from ca 50 km depth to the Moho since the Miocene. We build on earlier studies (LePichon et al Tectonics 92, T'phys 97; Schulte-Pelkum et al Nature 05; Monsalve et al JGR 08) to advance the hypothesis that rapid growth of garnet occurs at 70-80 km and 1000°C within subducting Indian crust. Dense eclogites founder

  3. Deep Mantle Fluids Bottled Up in Diamonds (United States)

    Weiss, Y.; Pearson, D. G.


    Many mantle xenoliths and mineral inclusions in diamonds reflect refertilisation and enrichment by mantle metasomatism, a key mechanism for controlling abrupt changes in the chemical and physical properties of the continental lithospheric mantle (CLM) globally. However, the nature of the fluids involved can normally only be constrained indirectly from geochemical proxies or calculated using mineral/melt partition coefficients. Direct samples of mantle metasomatic fluids, shielded from any late stage alteration, are encased as microinclusions in fast-growing diamonds - "fibrous diamonds". These trapped high-density fluids (HDFs) provide a unique chemical and physical record for tracing the sources of deep mantle fluids and constraining the processes that shape their nature.Diamond HDFs vary between four major compositional types: saline, silicic and high-Mg plus low-Mg carbonatitic. A strong connection has been established between high-Mg carbonatitic HDFs and a carbonated peridotite source. In addition, the silicic and low-Mg carbonatitic HDFs have been related to hydrous eclogite (±carbonate). However, the compositionally extreme saline fluid endmember remained enigmatic and its source in the deep lithosphere has remained ambiguous. Our new data on fluid-rich diamonds show the geochemical fingerprints of a subducting slab as the source of deep mantle fluids of saline composition. In addition, for the first time, we show that these deep saline fluids are parental, via fluid rock interaction, to in-situ forming carbonatitic and silicic melts in the lithosphere. This model provides a strong platform for resolving the effects of the compositional spectrum of mantle fluids, which alter the deep lithosphere globally and play key roles in diamond formation.

  4. The Fazenda Largo off-craton kimberlites of Piauí State, Brazil (United States)

    Kaminsky, Felix V.; Sablukov, Sergei M.; Sablukova, Ludmila I.; Zakharchenko, Olga D.


    In the late 1990s, the Fazenda Largo kimberlite cluster was discovered in the Piauí State of Brazil. As with earlier known kimberlites in this area - Redondão, Santa Filomena-Bom Jesus (Gilbues) and Picos - this cluster is located within the Palaeozoic Parnaiba Sedimentary Basin that separates the São Francisco and the Amazonian Precambrian cratons. Locations of kimberlites are controlled by the 'Transbrasiliano Lineament'. The Fazenda Largo kimberlites are intensely weathered, almost completely altered rocks with a fine-grained clastic structure, and contain variable amounts of terrigene admixture (quartz sand). These rocks represent near-surface volcano-sedimentary deposits of the crater parts of kimberlite pipes. By petrographic, mineralogical and chemical features, the Fazenda Largo kimberlites are similar to average kimberlite. The composition of the deep-seated material in the Fazenda Largo kimberlites is quite diverse: among mantle microxenoliths are amphibolitised pyrope peridotites, garnetised spinel peridotites, ilmenite peridotites, chromian spinel + chromian diopside + pyrope intergrowths, and large xenoliths of pyrope dunite. High-pressure minerals are predominantly of the ultramafic suite, Cr-association minerals (purplish-red and violet pyrope, chromian spinel, chromian diopside, Cr-pargasite and orthopyroxene). The Ti-association minerals of the ultramafic suite (picroilmenite and orange pyrope), as well as rare grains of orange pyrope-almandine of the eclogite association, are subordinate. Kimberlites from all four pipes contain rare grains of G10 pyrope of the diamond association, but chromian spinel of the diamond association was not encountered. By their tectonic position, by geochemical characteristics, and by the composition of kimberlite indicator minerals, the Fazenda Largo kimberlites, like the others of such type, are unlikely to be economic.

  5. Hydrogen storage in Earth's mantle and core (United States)

    Prewitt, Charles T.


    Two different approaches to explaining how hydrogen might be stored in the mantle are illustrated by a number of papers published over the past 25-30 years, but there has been little attempt to provide objective comparisons of the two. One approach invokes the presence in the mantle of dense hydrous magnesium silicates (DHMS) stable at elevated pressures and temperatures. The other involves nominally anhydrous minerals (NAM) that contain hydrogen as a minor constituent on the ppm level. Experimental studies on DHMS indicate these phases may be stable to pressures and temperatures as high at 16 GPa and 1200 C. This temperature is lower than that indicated by a mantle geotherm at 16 GPa, but may be reasonable for a subducting slab. It is possible that other DHMS could be stable to even higher pressures, but little is known about maximum temperature limits. For NAM, small amounts of hydrogen (up to several hundred ppm) have been detected in olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, and garnet recovered from xenoliths in kimberlites, eclogites, and alkali basalts; it has been demonstrated that synthetic wadsleyite and perovskite can accommodate significant amounts of hydrogen. A number of problems are associated with each possibility. For NAM originating in the mantle, one would like to assume that the hydrogen measured in samples recovered on Earth's surface was incorporated when the phase-crystallized at high temperatures and pressures, but it could have been introduced during transport to the surface. Major problems for the DHMS proponents are that none of these phases have been found as minerals and little is yet known about their stabilities in systems containing other cations such as Fe, Al, and Ca.

  6. Petrogenesis and structural petrology of high-pressure metabasalt pods, Sivrihisar, Turkey (United States)

    Davis, Peter B.; Whitney, Donna L.


    Lawsonite eclogite pods ranging in size from 3 cm to 6 m occur in lawsonite blueschist and eclogite facies metasedimentary and metabasaltic rocks in the Sivrihisar Massif, Turkey. Some pods have a core of lawsonite eclogite surrounded by alternating, centimeter-scale layers of lawsonite blueschist, eclogite, and transitional eclogite-blueschist, all with similar basaltic bulk composition. These pods also contain texturally late lawsonite-rich veins and layers. Most eclogites and blueschists within the pods lack reaction textures, but some blueschists near pod margins contain texturally complex garnet as well as glaucophane rims on omphacite, suggesting retrogression of eclogite to blueschist. Phase diagrams (pseudosections) calculated for the lawsonite eclogite core of a meter-scale pod indicate that the eclogite equilibrated at ˜22-24 kbar, ˜520°C. Lawsonite eclogite and blueschist at the tectonized margin of the same pod equilibrated at similar temperatures and slightly lower pressures. The composite eclogite-blueschist pod is foliated, lineated, and folded. An earlier generation of lineated omphacite in the pod core has a different spatial orientation than the lineation at the pod margin, although electron backscattered diffraction data show that core and rim omphacite have similar lattice preferred orientation patterns. Petrologic and structural data are consistent with mechanical formation of pods by folding and dissection of eclogite layers at high- P, and localized retrogression at pod margins during initial stages of exhumation at P- T conditions >425°C, 16 kbar.

  7. Detecting of the processes of the diamond formation using the monomineral thermobarometry . (United States)

    Ashchepkov, Igor; Afanasiev, Valentin; Pokhilenko, Lyudmila; Logvinova, Alla; Vladykin, Nikolai


    mvm-2 is related to the Diam-eclogites (To according to Krogh, 1988), Fe- Opx and chromites. And hottest (45mvm-2) refers to the magmatic type eclogites (cumulates) and some HT chromites (restites). In mantle columns beneath the Proterozoic pipes like Roberts Victor (Souter, Harte, 1988; Jacob ea, 2004), Premier (Gurney ea., 1985; Viljoin ea, 2009) the eclogitic DI trace mostly 40 mvm-2 geotherm but large amount of PT point drops onto advective hottest branch. Mostly eclogites are separated to several branches according to Mg#. The Fe- rich (ancient trondjemitic cumulates) are commonly low-To (LT). Conditions for the mantle beneath Tanzania (Stachel ea, 1998) and Ghana (Stachel ea, 1997) are close to 40mvm-2 geotherm from the deepest~80 kbar level to 35 kbar. The PT estimates for DI from Guinea (Denies, Harris, 2004), those from Angola kimberlites refer to colder geotherm branch. Similar but hotter conditions are detected for the V-Cm kimberlites from Botswana - Venetia (Viljoen ea 2009; Hin et al., 2009) which in mantle columns reveals subadiabatic branch from 1450oC (45mvm-2) but the Late Mesozoic pipes in this region like Letlhakane (Achtenbergh ea, 2001; Stienfenhofer ea, 1997; Deines, Harris, 2004), Orapa (Denies ea., 2009; Stachel ea., 2004) reveal conditions close to 42 mvm-2. PT for mantle xenoliths from the "of craton" Namibian pipes (Louwrensia, Hanous) (Mitchel, 1984; Boyd ea., 2004) trace the G-D boundary or are plotted above it and only relic associations are correspondent to the levels ~65-70 kbar. The PT for OPx and some Cpx in diamonds (Harris ea, 2004) from placers are close to this boundary but those for hot (1400oC) eclogites (magmatic type) are correspondent to the lower levels of mantle columns or coincides with the hottest PT conditions for peridotites. The location of the PT estimate for DI above the Diam -Graph boundary is probably due to metastable crystallization or mantle diapirism. In North America kimberlites the conditions for the DI are

  8. On Ultra-High Temperature Metamorphism in the Mid-Lower Crust


    Dorfler, Kristin Marie


    The Cortlandt Complex in New York is a composite intrusion of six mafic plutons and contains pelitic xenoliths that experienced extensive interaction with Mg-rich basaltic melt. The complex is an excellent natural example of ultra-high temperature (UHT) metamorphic processes and country rock-magma interaction due to mappable units of hybrid igneous rocks and the presence of large, partially melted, politic "emery" xenoliths. Previous attempts to understand the formation of the UHT xenoliths i...

  9. A view into crustal evolution at mantle depths (United States)

    Kooijman, Ellen; Smit, Matthijs A.; Ratschbacher, Lothar; Kylander-Clark, Andrew R. C.


    Crustal foundering is an important mechanism in the differentiation and recycling of continental crust. Nevertheless, little is known about the dynamics of the lower crust, the temporal scale of foundering and its role in the dynamics of active margins and orogens. This particularly applies to active settings where the lower crust is typically still buried and direct access is not possible. Crustal xenoliths derived from mantle depth in the Pamir provide a unique exception to this. The rocks are well-preserved and comprise a diverse set of lithologies, many of which re-equilibrated at high-pressure conditions before being erupted in their ultrapotassic host lavas. In this study, we explore the petrological and chronological record of eclogite and felsic granulite xenoliths. We utilized accessory minerals - zircon, monazite and rutile - for coupled in-situ trace-element analysis and U-(Th-)Pb chronology by laser-ablation (split-stream) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Each integrated analysis was done on single mineral zones and was performed in-situ in thin section to maintain textural context and the ability to interpret the data in this framework. Rutile thermo-chronology exclusively reflects eruption (11.17 ± 0.06Ma), which demonstrates the reliability of the U-Pb rutile thermo-chronometer and its ability to date magmatic processes. Conversely, zircon and monazite reveal a series of discrete age clusters between 55-11 Ma, with the youngest being identical to the age of eruption. Matching age populations between samples, despite a lack of overlapping ages for different chronometers within samples, exhibit the effectiveness of our multi-mineral approach. The REE systematics and age data for zircon and monazite, and Ti-in-zircon data together track the history of the rocks at a million-year resolution. The data reveal that the rocks resided at 30-40 km depth along a stable continental geotherm at 720-750 °C until 24-20 Ma, and were subsequently

  10. Clinopyroxenes still trapped in diamonds: high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction as a chemical probe (United States)

    Casati, Nicola; Nestola, Fabrizio; Alvaro, Matteo; Wilhelm, Heribert; Kleppe, Annette; Nimis, Paolo; Harris, Jeffrey W.


    radiation at I15 extreme-conditions beamline, Diamond Light Source Ltd. Such approach makes the absorption from the large diamond host nearly negligible (i.e. with a decrease in the mass attenuation coefficient of more than 75% with respect to a conventional laboratory X-ray source for single crystal diffraction) and allows to collect extremely high quality data on the inclusions. The details will be discussed. We thank the Diamond Light Source for beamtime allocation (beamline I15, experiment number EE8754-1). The research was also funded by the ERC Starting Grant 2012 to FN. References Fedortchouk Y., Manghnani M.H., Hushur A., Shiryaev A., Nestola F. (2011) An atomic force microscopy study of diamond dissolution features: The effect of H2O and CO2 in the fluid on diamond morphology. American Mineralogist, 96, 1768-1775. Nestola F., Longo M., McCammon C., Boffa Ballaran T. (2007) Crystal-structure refinement of Na-bearing clinopyroxenes from mantle-derived eclogite xenoliths. American Mineralogist, 92, 1242-1245.

  11. Rutile and its applications in earth sciences (United States)

    Meinhold, Guido


    Rutile is the most common naturally occurring titanium dioxide polymorph and is widely distributed as an accessory mineral in metamorphic rocks ranging from greenschist to eclogite and granulite facies but is also present in igneous rocks, mantle xenoliths, lunar rocks and meteorites. It is one of the most stable heavy minerals in the sedimentary cycle, widespread both in ancient and modern clastic sediments. Rutile has a wide range of applications in earth sciences. It is a major host mineral for Nb, Ta and other high field strength elements, which are widely used as a monitor of geochemical processes in the Earth's crust and mantle. Great interest has focused recently on rutile geochemistry because rutile varies not only by bulk composition reflected, for instance, in its Cr and Nb contents but also by the temperature of crystallisation, expressed in the Zr content incorporated into the rutile lattice during crystallisation. Rutile geochemistry and Zr-in-rutile thermometry yield diagnostic data on the lithology and metamorphic facies of sediment source areas even in highly modified sandstones that may have lost significant amounts of provenance information. Rutile may therefore serve as a key mineral in sediment provenance analysis in the future, similar to zircon, which has been widely applied in recent decades. Importantly, rutile from high-grade metamorphic rocks can contain sufficient uranium to allow U-Pb geochronology and (U-Th)/He thermochronology. Furthermore, in situ Lu-Hf isotope analysis of rutile permits insights into the evolution of the Earth's crust and mantle. Besides that, rutile is also of great economic importance because it is one of the favoured natural minerals used in the manufacture of white titanium dioxide pigment, which is a major constituent in various products of our daily life. Heavy mineral sands containing a significant percentage of rutile are therefore the focus of exploration worldwide. This paper aims to provide an overview of

  12. Rutile: More than just titanium dioxide (United States)

    Meinhold, Guido


    Rutile is the most common naturally occurring titanium dioxide polymorph. It is widely distributed as an accessory mineral in metamorphic rocks ranging from greenschist to eclogite and granulite facies, but also occurs in igneous rocks, mantle xenoliths, lunar rocks and meteorites. It is also one of the most stable heavy minerals in the sedimentary cycle and commonly occurs both in ancient and modern siliciclastic sedimentary rocks. This presentation aims to give an overview about rutile and its applications in Earth Sciences, with special focus on detrital rutile and its applications in sediment provenance analysis. Rutile has long been used in conventional heavy mineral analysis for determining rutile-zircon indices to record changes in sediment provenance. Great interest has recently focused on its mineral geochemistry because, besides titanium and oxygen, rutile may incorporate a range of trace elements, among others Cr, Nb, Sb, Sn, Ta, W, Zr and U. For example, the Cr and Nb contents of rutile allow discrimination into metamafic and metapelitic rutile. Elevated contents in Sb, Sn, Ta and W identify rutile derived from ore mineralisation. The Zr content incorporated into the rutile lattice during crystallization can give constraints on the temperature of rutile formation. Importantly, rutile from high-grade metamorphic rocks can contain sufficient uranium to allow U-Pb geochronology. A number of studies have already shown that rutile geochemistry and Zr-in-rutile thermometry can yield diagnostic data on source-rock lithology and metamorphic facies even in highly modified sandstones that may have lost significant amounts of provenance information. Rutile may therefore be a key mineral in sediment provenance analysis in the future, similar to zircon, which has received widespread attention in the last decades. Besides that, rutile is also of great economic importance because it is one of the favoured natural minerals used in the manufacture of white titanium

  13. Homogenisation of sulphide inclusions within diamonds: A new approach to diamond inclusion geochemistry (United States)

    McDonald, Iain; Hughes, Hannah S. R.; Butler, Ian B.; Harris, Jeffrey W.; Muir, Duncan


    Base metal sulphide (BMS) inclusions in diamonds provide a unique insight into the chalcophile and highly siderophile element composition of the mantle. Entombed within their diamond hosts, these provide a more robust (closed system) sample, from which to determine the trace element, Re-Os and S-isotopic compositions of the mantle than mantle xenoliths or orogenic peridotites, as they are shielded from alteration during ascent to the Earth's crust and subsequent surface weathering. However, at temperatures below 1100 °C some BMS inclusions undergo subsolidus re-equilibration from an original monosulphide solid solution (Mss) and this causes fractionation of the major and trace elements within the inclusions. Thus to study the subjects noted above, current techniques require the entire BMS inclusion to be extracted for analyses. Unfortunately, 'flaking' of inclusions during break-out is a frequent occurrence and hence the risk of accidentally under-sampling a portion of the BMS inclusion is inherent in current practices. This loss may have significant implications for Re-Os isotope analyses where incomplete sampling of a Re-rich phase, such as chalcopyrite that typically occurs at the outer margins of BMS inclusions, may induce significant bias in the Re-Os and 187Os/188Os measurements and resulting model and isochron ages. We have developed a method for the homogenisation of BMS inclusions in diamond prior to their break-out from the host stone. Diamonds are heated to 1100 °C and then quenched to chemically homogenise any sulphide inclusions for both major and trace elements. Using X-ray Computed Microtomography (μCT) we determine the shape and spatial setting of multiple inclusions within a host stone and crucially show that the volume of a BMS inclusion is the same both before and after homogenisation. We show that the homogenisation process significantly reduces the inherent variability of in situ analysis when compared with unhomogenised BMS, thereby

  14. Crustal thickness controlled by plate tectonics

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    Artemieva, Irina M.; Meissner, Rolf


    /gabbro–eclogite phase transition in crustal evolution and the links between lithosphere recycling, mafic magmatism, and crustal underplating. We advocate that plate tectonics processes, togetherwith basalt/gabbro–eclogite transition, limit crustal thickness worldwide by providing effective mechanisms of crustal...

  15. A unified continental thickness from seismology and diamonds suggests a melt-defined plate. (United States)

    Tharimena, Saikiran; Rychert, Catherine; Harmon, Nicholas


    Thick, rigid continents move over the weaker underlying mantle, although geophysical and geochemical constraints on the exact thickness and defining mechanism of the continental plates are widely discrepant. Xenoliths suggest a chemical continental lithosphere ~175 kilometers thick, whereas seismic tomography supports a much thicker root (>250 kilometers) and a gradual lithosphere-asthenosphere transition, consistent with a thermal definition. We modeled SS precursor waveforms from continental interiors and found a 7 to 9% velocity drop at depths of 130 to 190 kilometers. The discontinuity depth is well correlated with the origin depths of diamond-bearing xenoliths and corresponds to the transition from coarse to deformed xenoliths. At this depth, the xenolith-derived geotherm also intersects the carbonate-silicate solidus, suggesting that partial melt defines the plate boundaries beneath the continental interior. Copyright © 2017 The Authors, some rights reserved; exclusive licensee American Association for the Advancement of Science. No claim to original U.S. Government Works.

  16. The lithospheric mantle below southern West Greenland

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    Sand, Karina Krarup; Waight, Tod Earle; Pearson, D. Graham


    Geothermobarometry of primarily garnet lherzolitic xenoliths from several localities in southern West Greenland is applied to address the diamond potential, pressure and temperature distribution and the stratigraphy of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle ~600 Ma ago. The samples are from...

  17. Interpretation of the Isabella High Wave-Speed Anomaly as the Partially Delaminated High-Density Root of the Southern Sierra Nevada Batholith, California (United States)

    Saleeby, J.; Le Pourhiet, L.


    High resolution tomography of the Sierra Nevada Earthscope Project (Reeg, 2008 & Jones et al., 2012) shows that the core area of the Isabella anomaly (Vp+4-6%) resembles a prolate antiformal slab that plunges steeply SE into the upper mantle to ~200 km depth, extending down from a zone of lower crustal attachment that runs along the southwestern Sierra Nevada and adjacent eastern San Joaquin basin. Receiver function, refraction and tomography also show that areas to the east and south of lower crustal attachment consist of ascended asthenosphere lying directly beneath tectonized Moho. The lower-velocity envelope of the anomaly (Vp+1-4%) extends to 250-300 km depths and covers cross-sectional areas locally in excess of 2x of the higher Vp core. We have leveraged lithospheric structure and geologic history against thermal-mechanical modeling in pursuit of an integrated story for the physical and geologic processes that are governing the development of the anomaly. Initial structure is constrained by mantle xenoliths, differentially exhumed lower crustal exposures, and deep cores in the basin. The initial state further recognizes that: 1. the sub-Sierra Nevada batholith mantle lithosphere, including a substantial thickness (35-40 km) of eclogitic (arclogite) cumulates that were produced during high magma flux arc activity, was cooled to a conductive geotherm by flat slab subduction at the end of the Cretaceous; and 2. the gravitationally metastable mantle lithosphere was thermally mobilized from beneath in the Neogene by the opening of a slab window, which also imposed a state of modest regional extension. We have resolved a class of models that successfully predicts the structure of the anomaly, the timing and kinematics of related lithospheric separation and focused extensional tectonism, the timing and source characteristics of related volcanism, and the spatial/temporal patterns of observed subsidence and uplift transients. A general aspect of most of our model

  18. Las rocas catazonales de la región de Cabo Ortegal

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    Vogel, D.E.


    Paragneisses and associated mafic igneous rocks have been subjected twice to regional metamorphism and extensive folding. During the first, catazonal, metamorphism, the mafic rocks have been converted to eclogites and pyrigarnites (hornblende-granulite facies rocks); both characterized by the

  19. Metamorphic P-T-t-d evolution of (U)HP metabasites from the South Tianshan accretionary complex (NW China) - Implications for rock deformation during exhumation in a subduction channel

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    Soldner, J.; Oliot, E.; Schulmann, K.; Štípská, P.; Kusbach, Vladimír; Anczkiewicz, R.


    Roč. 47, July (2017), s. 161-187 ISSN 1342-937X Institutional support: RVO:67985530 Keywords : eclogite * Tianshan massif * (U)HP metamorphic belt Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 6.959, year: 2016

  20. Weakly shocked and deformed CM microxenoliths in the Pułtusk H chondrite (United States)

    KrzesińSka, Agata; Fritz, JöRg


    The Pułtusk meteorite is a brecciated H4-5 chondrite cut by darkened cataclastic zones. Within the breccia, relict type IA, IB, and IIA chondrules, and microxenoliths of carbonaceous CM chondrite lithology occur. This is the first description of foreign clasts in the Pułtusk meteorite. The matrix of the xenoliths was identified by usage of microprobe and Raman spectroscopic analyses. Raman spectra show distinct bands related to the presence of slightly ordered carbonaceous matter at approximately 1320 and 1580-1584 cm-1. Bands related to serpentine group minerals are also visible, especially a peak at 692 cm-1 and moreover other weak bands are interpreted as evidence for tochilinite. We decipher the metamorphic and deformational history of the xenoliths. They experienced aqueous alteration before being incorporated into the unaltered and well-equilibrated parent rock of the Pułtusk chondrite. The xenoliths are weakly shocked as indicated by defects in the crystal structure of silicates and carbonates, but hydrated minerals (serpentine and tochilinite) are still present in the matrix. The carbonaceous matter within the clasts' matrix displays first order D and G Raman bands that suggests it is only slightly ordered as a result of mild thermal processing. Distinct shear bands are present in both the xenoliths and the surrounding rock, which testifies that the xenoliths were affected by a deformational event along with host rock. The host rock was brittly deformed, but the clasts experienced more ductile deformation revealed by semibrittle faulting of minerals, kinking of the tochilinite-cronstedtite matrix, and injections of xenolithic material into the adjacent breccia. We argue that both processes, the high strain-rate shear deformation and the incorporation of the xenoliths into the host Pułtusk breccia, could have been impact-related. The Pułtusk xenoliths are, thus, rather spalled collisional fragments, than trapped fossil micrometeorites.

  1. Petrological and experimental evidence for differentiation of water-rich magmas beneath St. Kitts, Lesser Antilles (United States)

    Melekhova, Elena; Blundy, Jon; Martin, Rita; Arculus, Richard; Pichavant, Michel


    St. Kitts lies in the northern Lesser Antilles, a subduction-related intraoceanic volcanic arc known for its magmatic diversity and unusually abundant cognate xenoliths. We combine the geochemistry of xenoliths, melt inclusions and lavas with high pressure-temperature experiments to explore magma differentiation processes beneath St. Kitts. Lavas range from basalt to rhyolite, with predominant andesites and basaltic andesites. Xenoliths, dominated by calcic plagioclase and amphibole, typically in reaction relationship with pyroxenes and olivine, can be divided into plutonic and cumulate varieties based on mineral textures and compositions. Cumulate varieties, formed primarily by the accumulation of liquidus phases, comprise ensembles that represent instantaneous solid compositions from one or more magma batches; plutonic varieties have mineralogy and textures consistent with protracted solidification of magmatic mush. Mineral chemistry in lavas and xenoliths is subtly different. For example, plagioclase with unusually high anorthite content (An≤100) occurs in some plutonic xenoliths, whereas the most calcic plagioclase in cumulate xenoliths and lavas are An97 and An95, respectively. Fluid-saturated, equilibrium crystallisation experiments were performed on a St. Kitts basaltic andesite, with three different fluid compositions ( XH2O = 1.0, 0.66 and 0.33) at 2.4 kbar, 950-1025 °C, and fO2 = NNO - 0.6 to NNO + 1.2 log units. Experiments reproduce lava liquid lines of descent and many xenolith assemblages, but fail to match xenolith and lava phenocryst mineral compositions, notably the very An-rich plagioclase. The strong positive correlation between experimentally determined plagioclase-melt KdCa-Na and dissolved H2O in the melt, together with the occurrence of Al-rich mafic lavas, suggests that parental magmas were water-rich (> 9 wt% H2O) basaltic andesites that crystallised over a wide pressure range (1.5-6 kbar). Comparison of experimental and natural (lava

  2. Deformation and hydration state of the lithospheric mantle beneath the Styrian Basin (Pannonian Basin, Eastern Austria) (United States)

    Aradi, L. E.; Hidas, K.; Kovács, I. J.; Klébesz, R.; Szabo, C.


    In the Carpathian-Pannonian Region, Neogene alkali basaltic volcanism occurred in six volcanic fields, from which the Styrian Basin Volcanic Field (SBVF) is the westernmost one. In this study, we present new petrographic and crystal preferred orientation (CPO) data, and structural hydroxyl ("water") contents of upper mantle xenoliths from 12 volcanic outcrops across the SBVF. The studied xenoliths are mostly coarse granular lherzolites, amphiboles are present in almost every sample and often replace pyroxenes and spinels. The peridotites are highly annealed, olivines and pyroxenes do not show significant amount of intragranular deformation. Despite the annealed texture of the peridotites, olivine CPO is unambiguous, and varies between [010]-fiber, orthogonal and [100]-fiber symmetry. The CPO of pyroxenes is coherent with coeval deformation with olivine, showing [100]OL distributed subparallel to [001]OPX. The CPO of amphiboles suggest postkinematic epitaxial overgrowth on the precursor pyroxenes. The "water" content of the studied xenoliths exhibit rather high values, up to 10, 290 and 675 ppm in olivine, ortho- and clinopyroxene, respectively. Ortho- and clinopyroxene pairs show equilibrium in all samples, however "water" loss in olivines is observed in several xenoliths. The xenoliths show equilibrium temperatures from 850 to 1100 °C, which corresponds to lithospheric mantle depths between 30 and 60 km. Equilibrium temperatures show correlation with the varying CPO symmetries and grain size: coarser grained xenoliths with [100]-fiber and orthorhombic symmetry appear in the high temperature (>1000 °C) xenoliths, which is characteristic for asthenospheric origin. Most of the samples display transitional CPO symmetry between [010]-fiber and orthogonal, which indicate extensive lithospheric deformation under varying stress field from transtensional to transpressional settings. Based on the estimated seismic properties of the studied samples, a significant part of

  3. 1.8 billion years of fluid-crust interaction: A zircon oxygen isotope record for the lower crust, western Churchill Province, Canadian Shield (United States)

    Petts, Duane C.; Moser, Desmond E.; Longstaffe, Frederick J.; Davis, William J.; Stern, Richard A.


    The western Churchill Province of the Canadian Shield experienced a prolonged and complex formation history (ca. 4.04 to 1.70 Ga), with evidence for multiple episodes of orogenesis and regional magmatic activity. Here we report on the oxygen isotopic compositions of garnet and zircon recovered from lower crustal xenoliths, which have U-Pb ages between ca. 3.5 and 1.7 Ga. Overall, zircon from four metabasite xenoliths from the Rankin Inlet sample suite have δ18O values ranging from + 5.5 to + 8.6‰. Zircon from three metatonalite/anorthosite xenoliths and five metabasite xenoliths from the Repulse Bay sample suite have δ18O values of + 5.6 to + 8.3‰. High δ18O values (> + 6.0‰) for the oldest igneous zircon cores (ca. 3.5 Ga and 3.0-2.6 Ga) indicate that their metatonalite/anorthosite protolith magmas were generated from, or had assimilated, supracrustal rocks that interacted previously with surface-derived fluids. Igneous zircon cores (ca. 2.9-2.6 Ga) from one metabasite xenolith have δ18O values of + 5.6 to + 6.4‰, which suggests a formation from a mantle-derived basaltic/gabbroic magma. Metamorphic zircon cores (ca. 2.0-1.9 Ga) from one metabasite xenolith commonly have δ18O values between + 6.0 and + 6.3‰, which is indicative of a basalt/gabbro protolith and localized reworking of the lower crust caused by regional-scale plate convergence. The wide range of δ18O values (+ 5.5 to + 8.3‰) for ca. 1.75-1.70 Ga metamorphic zircon rims (identified in all xenoliths) indicates regional transient heating and reworking of mantle- and supracrustal-derived crust, induced by magmatic underplating along the crust-mantle boundary.

  4. High-pressure mafic oceanic rocks from the Makbal Complex, Tianshan Mountains (Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan): Implications for the metamorphic evolution of a fossil subduction zone (United States)

    Meyer, Melanie; Klemd, Reiner; Konopelko, Dmitry


    The Makbal Complex in the western Tianshan Mountains of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan consists of HP/UHP metasedimentary host rocks which enclose various HP mafic blocks or boudins. These mafic rocks comprise rare eclogites (sensu stricto and sensu lato), garnet amphibolites (retrograded eclogites) and a newly discovered glaucophanite (glaucophane-garnet-omphacite bearing rock). So far the Makbal Complex has been interpreted to predominantly consist of continental lithologies and the mafic rocks were considered as dismembered dikes intruding continental metasediments. This interpretation is mainly based on the geological relationship and bulk rock chemistry of the different rock types. It was further suggested that the continental lithologies of the Makbal Complex underwent eclogite-facies metamorphism in a former subduction zone. In the present study we combined conventional geothermometry, P-T pseudosection modeling and major and trace element whole rock geochemistry for different mafic samples (glaucophanite and eclogites (sensu lato)) in order to shed light on both the metamorphic evolution and the protoliths of the mafic HP rocks in the Makbal Complex. Prograde to peak-pressure clockwise P-T paths of glaucophanite and eclogites (sensu lato) were modeled using garnet isopleth thermobarometry. The results show that the glaucophanite and eclogite (sensu lato) samples experienced similar prograde P-T paths and slightly different peak metamorphic conditions at ~ 560 °C at 2.4 GPa for the former and between ~ 520 °C at 2.2 GPa and ~ 555 °C at ~ 2.5 GPa for the latter, corresponding to burial depths between 70 and 85 km. Whole rock major and trace element analyses and petrological evidence imply that the various rock types at the Makbal Complex most likely originated from different precursor rocks. Eclogites (sensu lato) are believed to represent strongly retrogressed former eclogite-facies rocks that had never been eclogites (sensu stricto, i.e. > 70 vol.% garnet and

  5. Growth of early continental crust controlled by melting of amphibolite in subduction zones. (United States)

    Foley, Stephen; Tiepolo, Massimo; Vannucci, Riccardo


    It is thought that the first continental crust formed by melting of either eclogite or amphibolite, either at subduction zones or on the underside of thick oceanic crust. However, the observed compositions of early crustal rocks and experimental studies have been unable to distinguish between these possibilities. Here we show a clear contrast in trace-element ratios of melts derived from amphibolites and those from eclogites. Partial melting of low-magnesium amphibolite can explain the low niobium/tantalum and high zirconium/samarium ratios in melts, as required for the early continental crust, whereas the melting of eclogite cannot. This indicates that the earliest continental crust formed by melting of amphibolites in subduction-zone environments and not by the melting of eclogite or magnesium-rich amphibolites in the lower part of thick oceanic crust. Moreover, the low niobium/tantalum ratio seen in subduction-zone igneous rocks of all ages is evidence that the melting of rutile-eclogite has never been a volumetrically important process.

  6. The Moho as a magnetic boundary revisited (United States)

    Wasilewski, P. J.; Mayhew, M. A.


    Approximately 400 globally distributed xenolith samples are examined to determine whether continental regions are characterized by relatively magnetic crusts lying on relatively nonmagnetic mantles. Samples of mantle peridotites and mafic granulites by Wasilewski et al. (1979) are supplemented by samples of mantle and crustal xenoliths from Asia, North America, Africa, and Antarctica. The data indicate that a magnetic crustal layer overlies a nonmagnetic mantle much in the same manner as proposed by Jarchow and Thompson (1989). Nonmagnetic chrome spinels and magnesian ilmenites make up the ultramafic upper-mantle xenolith suite. Mafic rocks are the typically magnetic components of the crust, and induced magnetizations can account for long-wavelength magnetic anomalies measured remotely by aircraft and spacecraft.

  7. Pristine extraterrestrial material with unprecedented nitrogen isotopic variation. (United States)

    Briani, Giacomo; Gounelle, Matthieu; Marrocchi, Yves; Mostefaoui, Smail; Leroux, Hugues; Quirico, Eric; Meibom, Anders


    Pristine meteoritic materials carry light element isotopic fractionations that constrain physiochemical conditions during solar system formation. Here we report the discovery of a unique xenolith in the metal-rich chondrite Isheyevo. Its fine-grained, highly pristine mineralogy has similarity with interplanetary dust particles (IDPs), but the volume of the xenolith is more than 30,000 times that of a typical IDP. Furthermore, an extreme continuum of N isotopic variation is present in this xenolith: from very light N isotopic composition (delta(15)N(AIR) = -310 +/- 20 per thousand), similar to that inferred for the solar nebula, to the heaviest ratios measured in any solar system material (delta(15)N(AIR) = 4,900 +/- 300 per thousand). At the same time, its hydrogen and carbon isotopic compositions exhibit very little variation. This object poses serious challenges for existing models for the origin of light element isotopic anomalies.

  8. Trace element and Sr isotope records of multi-episode carbonatite metasomatism on the eastern margin of the North China Craton (United States)

    Deng, Lixu; Liu, Yongsheng; Zong, Keqing; Zhu, Lüyun; Xu, Rong; Hu, Zhaochu; Gao, Shan


    Lherzolite xenoliths entrained in the Changle Cenozoic basalts were analyzed to infer mantle process beneath the eastern block of the North China Craton. These xenoliths were classified into two types. Clinopyroxenes (Cpx) in the type-1 xenoliths are strongly enriched in large ion lithophile elements and light rare earth elements (LREE) but depleted in high field-strength elements and heavy rare earth elements, and show high Ca/Al, Zr/Hf, and (La/Yb)N ratios but low Ti/Eu ratios. These features indicate that they were crystallized from a carbonatitic melt. Cpx in the type-2 xenoliths are mostly characterized by a chemical zonation, that is, LREE and Sr contents and (La/Yb)N and Eu/Ti ratios gradually increase from the cores to the rims. Some fresh cores preserve the original signatures of the depleted mantle. These observations indicate partial modification of pre-existing Cpx by carbonatite metasomatism. Two episodes of metasomatism were identified based on Sr isotopic compositions of Cpx and carbonate inclusions within olivines. Both the carbonate inclusions and Cpx cores in the type-2 xenoliths have relatively high 87Sr/86Sr ratios (>0.7033), suggesting metasomatism due to CO2-rich silicate melt derived from the recycled oceanic crust. However, low 87Sr/86Sr ratios of Cpx rims in the type-2 xenoliths suggest a late stage of metasomatism by a low-87Sr/86Sr carbonatitic melt (<0.7024), which might have been caused by upwelling of the asthenosphere mantle. Such multiple metasomatism could have played an important role in changing the chemical composition of mantle from refractory and depleted to fertile and enriched.

  9. Kimberlite emplacement temperatures from conodont geothermometry (United States)

    Pell, Jennifer; Russell, James K.; Zhang, Shunxin


    Kimberlites are mantle-derived ultramafic rocks preserved in volcanic and sub-volcanic edifices and are the main primary source of diamonds. The temperatures of formation, transport, eruption and deposition remain poorly constrained despite their importance for understanding the petrological and thermodynamic properties of kimberlite magmas and styles of volcanic eruption. Here, we present measured values of Colour Alteration Indices (CAI) for conodonts recovered from 76 Paleozoic carbonate xenoliths found within 11 pipes from the Chidliak kimberlite field on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. The dataset comprises the largest range of CAI values (1.5 to 8) and the highest CAI values reported to date for kimberlite-hosted xenoliths. Thermal models for cooling of the Chidliak kimberlite pipes and synchronous heating of conodont-bearing xenoliths indicate time windows of 10-20 000 h and, for these short time windows, the measured CAI values indicate heating of the xenoliths to temperatures of 225 to >925 °C. We equate these temperatures with the minimum temperatures of the conduit-filling kimberlite deposit (i.e. emplacement temperature, TE). The majority of the xenoliths record CAI values of between 5 and 6.5 suggesting heating of xenoliths to temperatures of 460 °C-735 °C. The highest CAI values are consistent with being heated to 700 °C-925 °C and establish the minimum conditions for welding or formation of clastogenic kimberlite deposits. Lastly, we use TE variations within and between individual pipes, in conjunction with the geology of the conduit-filling deposits, to constrain the styles of explosive volcanic eruption.

  10. Thermal and metasomatic rejuvenation and dunitization in lithospheric mantle beneath Central Europe - The Grodziec (SW Poland) case study (United States)

    Matusiak-Małek, Magdalena; Ćwiek, Mateusz; Puziewicz, Jacek; Ntaflos, Theodoros


    The 32 Ma Grodziec nephelinite (Lower Silesia, SW Poland) contains xenolith of peridotite (mostly lherzolite) and clinopyroxenite/olivine clinopyroxenite composition. The forsterite content in olivine classifies these rocks into three groups: groups A and B consist of peridotites, while group C xenoliths are pyroxenitic cumulates. Group A xenoliths contain olivine Fo 87.90-91.8% and pyroxenes with high Mg# ( 0.91-0.92); clinopyroxene is strongly LREE-enriched (LaN/LuN = 2.19-17.74) and strongly impoverished in Zr, Hf and Ti relative to primitive mantle. The group B xenoliths (dunites and wehrlite) are orthopyroxene-free, olivine and clinopyroxene are less magnesian than those in the A group (Fo = 85.2-87.2%, Mg# = 0.86-0.88), clinopyroxene is less LREE-enriched (LaN/LuN = 4.07-4.15) and only slightly impoverished in Zr, Hf and Ti. Group C xenoliths contain olivine with forsterite content from 78.6 to 86.6% and clinopyroxene of Mg# from 0.84 to 0.85, with LREE/trace element characteristics similar to those of B group (LaN/LuN = 1.96-3.10). Group A xenoliths from Grodziec record migration of mixed carbonatite-alkaline silicate melts through the subcontinental lithospheric mantle beneath Lower Silesia, which preceded the migration of melts similar to the Grodziec nephelinite. The peridotitic protoliths were dunitized at the direct contacts with the migrating nephelinite melt and are now represented by group B. Group C pyroxenites originated in mantle conditions by crystal settling in places of transient nephelinite melt stagnation. The mantle section beneath Grodziec was reheated to ca 1000-1100 °C. The Grodziec scenario is similar to that of Księginki (northern extension of Eger Rift, SW Poland), which shares a similar age of xenolith entrainment. Both sites show that the processes of mantle metasomatism and thermal rejuvenation of subcontinental lithospheric mantle were more intense during the Lower Oligocene volcanic climax compared to those recorded in younger

  11. Deformation and fluid-enhanced annealing in subcontinental lithospheric mantle beneath the Pannonian Basin (Styrian Basin, Eastern Austria) (United States)

    Aradi, Laszlo; Hidas, Károly; János Kovács, István; Tommasi, Andrea; Garrido, Carlos; Szabó, Csaba


    In the Carpathian-Pannonian region, xenolith-bearing Neogene alkali basaltic volcanism occurred in five volcanic fields [1], from which the Styrian Basin Volcanic Field (SBVF) is the westernmost one. In this study, we present new petrographic and crystal preferred orientation (CPO) data, and structural hydroxyl ("water") contents of upper mantle xenoliths from 12 volcanic outcrops across the SBVF. The studied xenoliths are mostly coarse granular hydrous spinel lherzolites. Amphiboles, replacing pyroxenes and spinels, are present in almost every sample. The peridotites are highly annealed, olivines and pyroxenes show no significant amount of intragranular deformation. Despite the annealed texture of the peridotites, olivine CPO is unambiguous and varies between [010]-fiber, orthogonal and [100]-fiber symmetry. The CPO of pyroxenes is coherent with coeval deformation with olivine. The fabric and CPO of amphiboles suggest postkinematic epitaxial overgrowth on the precursor pyroxenes. The structural hydroxyl content of the studied xenoliths exhibits rather high, equilibrium values, up to 10, 290 and 675 ppm in olivine, ortho- and clinopyroxene, respectively. The olivines contain more structural hydroxyl in the annealed xenoliths than in the more deformed ones. The xenoliths show equilibrium temperatures from 850 to 1100 °C, which corresponds to lithospheric mantle depths between 30 and 60 km. Equilibrium temperatures show correlation with the varying CPO symmetries and grain size: coarser grained xenoliths with [100]-fiber and orthorhombic symmetry appear in the high temperature (>1000 °C) xenoliths, which is characteristic for asthenospheric environments [2]. Most of the samples display transitional CPO symmetry between [010]-fiber and orthogonal, which indicate lithospheric deformation under varying stress field from transtensional to transpressional settings [3], probably related to the Miocene evolution of the Pannonian Basin, during which varying compressive and

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    such data. This research seeks to verify the applicability of Multiple Indicator Kriging (MIK), and whether it can improve upon reconciliation during mining. 2 Materials and Methods Used ... 1 Location of Asuadai Deposit. 2.2 Data Management .... and the wall rocks (waste to weak mineralisation) being xenoliths within the ...


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    dence for Upper Pleistocene volcanic activity in Annobon. Helium released by crushing is practically similar at 7.88 - 8.64R, (mean = 8.28 + 0.29 R) indicating that the Annobon magma source has a. MORB-like He/He ratio. Key words: Annobon, xenolith, MORB-like He, cosmogenic He, eruption age. RESUME.

  14. Helium isotope signature of the Permo-Carboniferous magmatic province in Scotland - no role for a mantle Plume

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    Kirstein, L.A.; Dunai, T.J.; Davies, G.R.; Upton, B.G.J.


    Noble gas studies of well-characterized spinel-peridotite-facies lithospheric mantle xenoliths and garnet megacrysts from Scottish Permo-Carboniferous dykes, sills and vents demonstrate that the mantle beneath Scotland during the late Palaeozoic was more radiogenic than the source of mid-ocean ridge

  15. Las rocas básicas de Monte Castelo (La Coruña)

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    Warnaars, F.W.


    A gabbroic complex is found 30 km to the North of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. It turns out to be a multiple intrusion of different sills with a North-South trend. The borders of the sills are indicated by the occurrence of biotite and garnet, and sometimes xenoliths were found.

  16. Geochemical characteristics and conditions of formation of the Chah-Bazargan peraluminous granitic patches, ShahrBabak, Iran (United States)

    Fazlnia, Abdolnaser


    Xenoliths of garnet-biotite-kyanite schist from the Qori metamorphic complex (southern part of the Sanandaj-Sirjan zone, northeast Neyriz, Zagros orogen in Iran) in the 173.0±1.6 Ma Chah-Bazargan leuco-quartz diorite intrusion were studied. This intrusion caused these schist xenoliths to be metamorphosed to the pyroxene hornfels facies (approximately 4.5±1.0 kbar and 760±35 °C), converting them to diatexite migmatite as a result of partial melting of the xenoliths. These melts are granites in composition. Melt volumes of 20 to 30 vol. % were calculated for small patches of the peraluminous granites. It is possible that anatectic melting affected only the leucosome, such that melting was more than 20 to 30 vol. %. It is possible that a large amount of melt was not extracted due to balanced in situ crystallization, the adhesion force between melt and crystal (restite), and high viscosity of the leucosome. The Chah-Bazargan peraluminous granites are depleted in trace elements such as REEs, HFSE (Ti, Zr, Ta, Nb, Th, U, Hf, Y), Ba, Pb, and Sr. These elements are largely insensitive to source enrichment, but sensitive to the amounts of main and accessory minerals. These elements were hosted by minerals such as garnet, biotite, muscovite, K-feldspar, plagioclase, ilmenite, apatite, monazite, and zircon in the source (diatexitic migmatitic xenoliths).

  17. Petrology, geochemistry and tectonic settings of the mafic dikes and ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Earth System Science; Volume 110; Issue 4 ... Hence, the xenolith-bearing sills occur at the periphery of the lopolithic body. ... Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, U.S.A.; Department of Geology, ...

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    (Aka, 2000; Aka et al., 2001). This has implications on its origin. In this paper, we give a preliminary report of the results of step heating extractions of helium from mantle xenoliths and phenocrystic phases in basalts from Annobon. These are compared to helium con- tained in fluids that are released from the same phases.

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    rise to quartz syenites near Tarapur and south- west of Kalimati. The nepheline syenite plutons carry xenoliths and schlieren of amphibolite, quart- zofeldspathic gneiss and granite of variable dimen- sions near Durkamura. The nepheline syenites are leucocratic coarse grained rocks and become peg- matoidal in places ...

  20. Geochemistry and petrogenesis of the Feshark intrusion (NE Isfahan city

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    the southern margin of the North China Craton: Constraints from bulk-rock geochemistry and Sr-Nd isotopic composition. Lithos, 114(1-2: 186-199. Hofmann, A.W., Jochum, K.P., Seufert, M. and White, W.M., 1986. Nb and Pb in oceanic basalts: new constraints on mantle evolution. Earth and Planetary Science Letters ,79(1-2: 33-45. Kuster, D. and Harms, U., 1998. post – collisional potassic granitoids from the southern and northwestern parts of the late neoporterozoic East African Orogen: a review. Lithos. 45(1-4:177-195. Pearce, J.A., 1983. The role of sub-continental lithosphere in magma genesis at destructive plate margins. In: C.J. Hawkesworth and M.j. Norry (Editors, continental basalts and mantle xenoliths. Shiva Publications, Nantwhich, pp. 230-249. Middlemost, E.A.A. 1994. Naming materials in the magma/igneous rock system. Earth- Science Review. 37(3-4: 215–224. Pearce, J.A., Harris, N.B.W. and Tindle, A.G., 1984. Trace element discrimination diagrams for the tectonic interpretation of granitic rocks. Journal of Petrology, 25(4: 956 – 983. Rickwood, P.C., 1989. Boundary lines within petrologic diagrams which use of major and minor element. Lithos, 22(4: 247-263. Rudnick, R.L., Barth, M., Horn, I. and McDonough, W. F., 2000. Rutile-Bearing Refractory Eclogites: Missing Link Between Continents and Depleted Mantle. Science, 287(5451: 278-281. Shand, S.J., 1943. The Eruptive Rocks. 2nd edition. John Wiley, New York, 444 pp. Sun, S.S. and McDonough, W.F., 1989. Chemical and isotopic systematics of oceanic basalts: implications for mantle composition and processes. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 42, pp. 313-345. Taylor, S.R. and McLennan, S.M., 1985. The continental crust: its compositions and evolution. Blackwell, Oxford, 312 pp.


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    Full Text Available The exhumation and tectonic emplacement of eclogites and blueschists take place in forearc accretionary complexes by either forearc- or backarc-directed extrusion, but few examples have been well analysed in detail. Here we present an example of oblique wedge extrusion of UHP/HP rocks in the Atbashi accretionary complex of the Kyrgyz South Tianshan.

  2. Scandian Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphism of Proterozoic Basement Rocks on Fjortoft and Otroy, Western Gneiss Region, Norway

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    Carswell, D.A.; van Roermund, H.L.M.; Wiggers de Vries, D.F.


    Electron microprobe mineral composition data are presented for samples of exsolved and recrystallized garnet websterites within the mantle-derived peridotite bodies and of external orthopyroxene eclogite lenses directly enclosed within the gneisses on the islands of Fjørtoft and Otrøy in the Western

  3. Tracing carbonate-silicate interaction during subduction using magnesium and oxygen isotopes. (United States)

    Wang, Shui-Jiong; Teng, Fang-Zhen; Li, Shu-Guang


    Subduction of carbonates and carbonated eclogites into the mantle plays an important role in transporting carbon into deep Earth. However, to what degree isotopic exchanges occur between carbonate and silicate during subduction remains unclear. Here we report Mg and O isotopic compositions for ultrahigh pressure metamorphic marbles and enclosed carbonated eclogites from China. These marbles include both calcite- and dolomite-rich examples and display similar O but distinct Mg isotopic signatures to their protoliths. Their δ(26)Mg values vary from -2.508 to -0.531‰, and negatively correlate with MgO/CaO ratios, unforeseen in sedimentary carbonates. Carbonated eclogites have extremely heavy δ(18)O (up to +21.1‰) and light δ(26)Mg values (down to -1.928‰ in garnet and -0.980‰ in pyroxene) compared with their protoliths. These unique Mg-O isotopic characteristics reflect differential isotopic exchange between eclogites and carbonates during subduction, making coupled Mg and O isotopic studies potential tools for tracing deep carbon recycling.

  4. Journal of Earth System Science | Indian Academy of Sciences

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Earth System Science; Volume 126; Issue 8. Issue front cover thumbnail. Volume 126, Issue 8. December 2017. Article ID 107. Formation of atoll garnets in the UHP eclogites of the Tso Morari Complex, Ladakh, Himalaya · Mallika K Jonnalagadda Nitin R Karmalkar Raymond A Duraiswami ...

  5. Metasomatism along fluid pathways in the ultra-high pressure Svartberget garnet-peridotite (Western Gneiss Region, Norway): Implications for the transport of slab-derived fluids within the mantle wedge

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    Vrijmoed, J.C.; Austrheim, H.; John, T.; Hin, R.C.; Corfu, F.; Davies, G.R.


    Garnet-peridotites often contain veins or layers of pyroxenite and eclogite of uncertain origin. We investigate the Svartberget garnetperidotite from the northernmost ultrahigh-pressure domain in the Western Gneiss Region (WGR) in Norway and show that the observed layering represents a sequence of

  6. Preliminary phase relations involving glaucophane and applications to high pressure petrology: new heat capacity and thermodynamic data (United States)

    Holland, Timothy J. B.


    New heat capacity measurements and cell volume data are presented for a very magnesian glaucophane from a Tauern Window eclogite. These data are combined with estimated entropy, thermal expansion, and compressibility data to generate an enthalpy of formation for glaucophane from experimentally determined phase equilibria. The data are supported by preliminary experiments of the author and provide consistent calculations on the pressure of formation of the Tauern eclogites and on the position of the blueschist-greenschist transformation reaction as studied experimentally by Maruyama et al. (1986). The resulting thermodynamic data for glaucophane may be combined with the dataset of Holland and Powell (1985) to calculate phase relations for blueschists and eclogites. The stability of magnesian glaucophane lies in the pressure range between 8 and 32 kbars at 400° C and between 13 and 33 kbars at 600° C, and the unusual eclogite assemblage of glaucophane+kyanite from the Tauern Window is restricted to pressures above 20 kbars at high water activity.

  7. Triassic High-P Metamorphism of the central Qiangtang terrane, Tibet; constraints using mineral equilibria modelling and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology (United States)

    Rajkumar, A.; Hui, L.; Clarke, G. L.; Aitchison, J. C.; Forster, M. A.


    The SE-trending Qiangtang metamorphic belt (QMB) stretches more than 500 km through the Qiangtang terrane in central Tibet and comprises tectonically disrupted blueschist and eclogite in lower-grade garnet-phengite-bearing schist and quartzite. These rocks record the closure of a paleo-Tethyan Triassic ocean that formerly separated Cathaysian and Gondwana components of Asia, now forming the northern and southern Qiangtang blocks. Eclogite is extensively recrystallized to high-P amphibolite and greenschist facies assemblages, formed during water ingression that accompanied terrane uplift. P-T pseudosections constructed in Na2O-CaO-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O-TiO2-O (NCKMASHTO) in the context of petrography and mineral chemistry provides the ability to recover a dynamic PT history for the eclogite facies assemblages. Prograde (S1) assemblages for the Gemu Co eclogite are predicted to have formed at P≈21.5 kbars and T≈505°C and involved garnet, glaucophane, omphacite, rutile, lawsonite and chlorite, based on garnet composition and inferred pseudomorphs after lawsonite. Peak (S2) assemblages of garnet, barroisite, omphacite, rutile, epidote and quartz reflect P≈15 kbars and T≈570°C. Based on textural relations, post-peak stages can be divided into epidote-amphibolite and greenschist facies. The geothermal gradient for the prograde S1 assemblage and the peak S2 assemblage is 7.1 and 11.5°C/km respectively.40Ar/39Ar geochronology of phengitic mica using step heating in recrystallized eclogite components and surrounding garnet-mica schist components both yield maximum ages ranging 230-220 Ma. The congruency in ages of the deeply subducted high-pressure eclogites to the surrounding garnet phengite schists indicate they were the most probable source of fluids to extensively recrystallize most of the high-pressure eclogite components in the high-pressure belt. The P-T history of the high-P rocks of the QMB records the deep subduction of paleo-Tethyan oceanic crust to

  8. Middle Ordovician subduction of continental crust in the Scandinavian Caledonides: an example from Tjeliken, Seve Nappe Complex, Sweden (United States)

    Fassmer, Kathrin; Klonowska, Iwona; Walczak, Katarzyna; Andersson, Barbro; Froitzheim, Nikolaus; Majka, Jarosław; Fonseca, Raúl O. C.; Münker, Carsten; Janák, Marian; Whitehouse, Martin


    The Seve Nappe Complex of the Scandinavian Caledonides is thought to be derived from the distal passive margin of Baltica which collided with Laurentia in the Scandian Phase of the Caledonian Orogeny at 430-400 Ma. Parts of the Seve Nappe Complex were affected by pre-Scandian high- and ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism, in a tectonic framework that is still unclear, partly due to uncertainties about the exact timing. Previous age determinations yielded between 505 and 446 Ma, with a general trend of older ages in the North (Norrbotten) than in the South (Jämtland). New age determinations were performed on eclogite and garnet-phengite gneiss at Tjeliken in northern Jämtland. Thermodynamic modelling yielded peak metamorphic conditions of 25-27 kbar/680-760 °C for the garnet-phengite gneiss, similar to published peak metamorphic conditions of the eclogite (25-26 kbar/650-700 °C). Metamorphic rims of zircons from the garnet-phengite gneiss were dated using secondary ion mass spectrometry and yielded a concordia age of 458.9 ± 2.5 Ma. Lu-Hf garnet-whole rock dating yielded 458 ± 1.0 Ma for the eclogite. Garnet in the eclogite shows prograde major-element zoning and concentration of Lu in the cores, indicating that this age is related to garnet growth during pressure increase, i.e. subduction. The identical ages from both rock types, coinciding with published Sm-Nd ages from the eclogite, confirm subduction of the Seve Nappe Complex in Northern Jämtland during the Middle Ordovician in a fast subduction-exhumation cycle.

  9. MARID-type Glimmerites from Kimberley, South Africa: Metasomes or high-pressure cumulates? (United States)

    Förster, Michael W.; Prelevic, Dejan; Buhre, Stephan; Jacob, Dorrit E.


    Mica- amphibole- rutile- ilmenite- diopside (MARID) xenoliths are alkali-rich, coarse-grained ultramafic rocks, typical for heavily metasomatized subcontinental lithospheric mantle (Dawson & Smith, 1977). They are produced either by interaction of mantle wall rock with lamproitic melts that percolate through the mantle (Dawson and Smith 1977; Sweeney 1993), or as direct crystallization products of those melts (Waters 1987). Two rock samples of mica-rich (>90% phlogopite) xenoliths from the Boshof Road Dump of the Bultfontein kimberlite diamond mine in Kimberley, South Africa were analyzed for major and trace elements of minerals. Millimeter sized phlogopite is the dominant mineral, making up more than 90% of the rock. Other phases are in descending order: diopside, K-richterite, rutile and ilmenite. Phlogopite is homogenous in composition and appears without zonation. They are perpotassic with K/Al between 1.1 and 1.2 at an Mg#-value of 84.5-86.5. Clinopyroxene is low in Al2O3 with values 90% phlogopite. Perpotassic phlogopites with K/Al >1 values are typical for MARID-type xenoliths by comprising low Mg# of 82-88 (Dawson 1987). We performed thermobarometric calculations on the clinopyroxenes, by using the equations of Putirka (2008). With a proposed lamproitic melt, like Waters (1987) suggested for a MARID parental magma, a pressure of 13 kbar (39 km) and a temperature of 1300 C was calculated. This depth coincides with the crustal thickness of the Kaapvaal craton (Nguuri et al. 2001). However, the pressure calculations depend on the fractionation of Al between melt and mineral and are not realistic for low-Al diopsides. Calculations by Konzett et al. (2014) yielded 4.2 GPa (155 km) by using a Ca-in-opx thermometer and a cratonic geotherm of 40 mW/m² and seem to be more realistic. By applying a sandwich experimental approach, mixing glimmerite samples with harzburgitic peridotites, we hope to achieve deeper insights into the origin of MARID-type glimmerites

  10. El Hierro's floating stones as messengers of crust-magma interaction at depth (United States)

    Burchardt, S.; Troll, V. R.; Schmeling, H.; Koyi, H.; Blythe, L. S.; Longpré, M. A.; Deegan, F. M.


    During the early stages of the submarine eruption that started on October 10 2011 south of El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain, peculiar eruption products were found floating on the sea surface. These centimetre- to decimetre-sized "bombs" have been termed "restingolites" after the nearby village La Restinga and consist of a basaltic rind and a white to light grey core that resembles pumice in texture. According to Troll et al. (2011; see also Troll et al. EGU 2012 Abstracts), this material consists of a glassy matrix hosting extensive vesicle networks, which results in extremely low densities allowing these rocks to float on sea water. Mineralogical and geochemical analyses reveal that the "restingolites" originate from the sedimentary rocks (sand-, silt-, and mudstones) that form layer 1 of the oceanic crust beneath El Hierro. During the onset and early stages of the eruption, magma ponded at the base of this sedimentary sequence, breaking its way through the sedimentary rocks to the ocean floor. The textures of the "restingolites" reveal that crust-magma interaction during fragmentation and transport of the xenoliths involved rapid partial melting and volatile exsolution. Xenoliths strikingly similar to those from El Hierro are known from eruptions on other Canary Islands (e.g. La Palma, Gran Canaria, and Lanzarote). In fact, they resemble in texture xenoliths of various protoliths from volcanic areas worldwide (e.g. Krakatao, Indonesia, Cerro Quemado, Guatemala, Laacher See, Germany). This indicates that the process of partial melting and volatile exsolution, which the "restingolites" bear witness of, is probably occurring frequently during shallow crustal magma emplacement. Thermomechanical numerical models of the effect of the density decrease associated with the formation of vesicle networks in partially molten xenoliths show that xenoliths of crustal rocks initially sink in a magma chamber, but may start to float to the chamber roof once they start to heat up

  11. Recent crustal foundering in the Northern Volcanic Zone of the Andean arc: Petrological insights from the roots of a modern subduction zone (United States)

    Bloch, Elias; Ibañez-Mejia, Mauricio; Murray, Kendra; Vervoort, Jeffrey; Müntener, Othmar


    Periodic loss of the lower lithosphere into the convecting mantle due to gravitational instability is postulated to be a major mechanism for lithosphere recycling in orogenic zones, but unequivocal petrologic evidence of this process is elusive. The Granatifera Tuff, located in the Mercaderes-Rio Mayo area of the southern Colombian Andes, contains a wide variety of crustal and mantle xenoliths. Here we focus on the thermobarometry and Lu-Hf isotope systematics of crustal garnet clinopyroxenite xenoliths, the results of which offer the first evidence of recent, and likely active, crustal foundering in the Northern Volcanic Zone of the Andean arc. We find that most of these xenoliths equilibrated between 60-80 km depths, ∼7-27 km below the seismically determined Moho in this region, and that at least one crustal garnet clinopyroxenite re-equilibrated at depths exceeding 95 km. A second garnet clinopyroxenite equilibrated at ∼150 km depths, and is either foundered lithospheric material or the product of reaction between peridotite and a mobile component (either silicic melt or fluids) at >4 GPa. All of the investigated garnet clinopyroxenites are negatively buoyant relative to the upper mantle asthenosphere. The presence of minor amounts of secondary amphibole and orthopyroxene, coupled with the lack of major-element retrograde zonation in primary phases within these xenoliths, indicates that these rocks were rapidly transported to, and briefly resided at, shallow depths before eruption. Lu-Hf ages from two garnet clinopyroxenites and one garnet-clinopyroxene hornblendite are <5 Ma, and approximate the time at which these xenoliths were transported to shallow depths prior to eruption. A large-magnitude positive geoid anomaly and relatively low mean surface elevations indicate that the gravitationally unstable crustal root is still largely attached to the overriding crust in this part of the Northern Volcanic Zone. Thermobarometric calculations indicate that the

  12. Pressure-temperature and isotopic constraints on the progressive, fluid enhanced eclogitisation of granulites in the Bergen Arcs, western Norway. (United States)

    Bhowany, Kamini; Hand, Martin; Clark, Chris; E Kelsey, David


    Exhumed eclogitic crust is rare and exposures that preserve both protoliths and altered domains are limited around the world. On Holsnøy Island, in the Bergen Arcs Norway, Neoproterozoic anorthositic granulites are exposed juxtaposing hydrous Ordovicio-Silurian eclogites which formed during well documented progressive fluid infiltration and deformation. Four stages of deformation for this progressive eclogitisation process can be identified based on structural overprinting relationships: 1) brittle deformation which formed pseudotachylite arrays in the granulite which are now recrystallised to K-feldpar-kyanite-plagioclase-clinopyroxene-garnet-quartz-rutile; 2) the development of discrete, small-scale shear zones associated with increased fluid-rock interaction, resulting in the formation of clinopyoxene-zoisite-kynaite-phengite-albitic plagioclase assemblages that partially to completely retrogressed garnets in the granulite protolith 3) the complete large-scale replacement of granulite by hydrous eclogite with interpreted peak metamorphic assemblage phengite-zoisite-omphacite-garnet-kyanite-rutile ; and 4) the retrogression of completely eclogitised domains resulting in coarse phengite dominated mineral assemblages (phengite-zoisite-omphacite-garnet-kyanite-amphibole-rutile-quartz), due to a significant availability of fluid. P-T constraints, determined by phase equilibria forward modelling, indicated that recrystallisation of the pseudotachylite occurred at around 15.5 kbar and 675 °C, peak eclogite assemblages formed at around 21.5 kbar and 680 °C and high-P retrogression at 16.5 kbar and 700 °C. As described by a number of workers, the transition from granulite to eclogite was catalysed by fluid. However limitations in fluid availability resulted in the recrystallised domains evolving to a fluid absent state, thereby freezing in the mineral assemblage and recording the P-T conditions associated with fluid ingress as the slab was subducted. Preliminary

  13. Petrology and deformation style of lithospheric mantle beneath the Heldburg Dike swarm (Central Germany) subset of Central European Volcanic Province (United States)

    Kukuła, Anna; Puziewicz, Jacek; Hidas, Károly; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Matusiak-Małek, Magdalena; Milke, Ralf


    The Heldburg Dike swarm is a set of Cenozoic alkali basalt dikes occurring in the central part of Germany at the border between Thuringia and Bavaria. We studied xenoliths from Strauf, Feldstein, Bramberg and from the active quarry in Zeilberg. The peridotites from Strauf, Feldstein and Bramberg have the composition of spinel lherzolite (15), spinel harzburgite (9) and dunite (3). They vary in size from 1.5 cm (Strauf) up to 20 cm (Zeilberg). We distinguish groups (A, A- and B) of peridotites based on different forsterite content in olivine. Group A consists of olivine (89.6 - 91.8 Fo), orthopyroxene (Mg# 0.90-0.93, Al 0.05-0.18 a pfu), clinopyroxene (Mg# 0.87-0.95, Al 0.06-0.26 a pfu) and spinel (Cr# 0.13-0.65, Mg# 0.54-0.78). Clinopyroxene rare earth elements (REE) patterns are S-shaped (Feldstein, Bramberg) or U-shaped (Strauf); spoon-shaped patterns occur occasionally. Trace element (TE) patterns show negative Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf, Ti and positive Th, U anomalies. The most magnesian clinopyroxene (xenolith 3140, Feldstein) is strongly aluminous and LREE depletedwith weak anomalies in TE patterns. Group A- is contains olivine (88.9-89.5 Fo), orthopyroxene (Mg# 0.89-0.90, Al 0.10-0.13 a pfu) and clinopyroxene (Mg# 0.90-0.92, Al 0.10-0.17 a pfu). Clinopyroxene is increasingly enriched in REEs from Lu to La. TE patterns are similar to those of group A but with less pronounced anomalies. Group B (3 xenoliths only) consists of olivine Fo 86.7-88.9, orthopyroxene (Mg# 0.88-0.89, Al 0.07-0.19 a pfu), clinopyroxene (Mg# 0.88-0.90, Al 0.10-0.26 a pfu). Clinopyroxene is enriched in LREE, concave upward in Pr. TE patterns are similar to those in group A. One of group B harzburgites contains grains (up to 0.5 mm) of Ca-Mg carbonate located in interstices. The clinopyroxene chemical composition plots away from the melting trend in the MgO-Al2O3 diagram of Upton et al. (2011), suggesting a later addition of the clinopyroxene. The composition of orthopyroxene corresponds to ca. 15

  14. Lateral heterogeneity and vertical stratification of cratonic lithospheric keels: examples from Europe, Siberia, and North America

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    Artemieva, Irina; Cherepanova, Yulia; Herceg, Matija

    of the Precambrian lithosphere based on surface heat flow data, (ii) non-thermal part of upper mantle seismic velocity heterogeneity based on a joint analysis of thermal and seismic tomography data, and (iii) lithosphere density heterogeneity as constrained by free-board and satellite gravity data. The latter...... is compared with xenolith data from the Siberian kimberlite provinces. An analysis of surface heat flow indicates that many Precambrian cratons (particularly the cratons of Laurasia) are characterized by extremely low surface heat flow (... compilation of cratonic xenolith P-T arrays, which are usually consistent with surface heat flow of around 40 mW/m2. In regions with very low heat flow, the depth extent of the lithospheric keels locally may reach the depth of 300-350 km. In contrast, the lithosphere of the cratons which were a part...

  15. Rapid Cenozoic Subsidence in the Gulf of Mexico Resulting From Hess Rise Conjugate Subduction (United States)

    Wang, Huilin; Gurnis, Michael; Skogseid, Jakob


    Enigmatic surface deflections occurred in North America starting from the Cretaceous, including the continental-scale drainage reorganization and the long-wavelength subsidence in the Western Interior Seaway. These surface undulations cannot be simply explained by sea level change or flexure loading. Coinciding with the large-scale surface deflection, the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has an immense Paleocene sediment deposition probably caused by tectonic subsidence. Increasing evidence indicates a distinct seismic anomaly localized in the mantle below the GOM. With geodynamic models, we show that the Hess Rise conjugate coincides with the position of the seismic anomaly. The basalt-eclogite transition in the Hess conjugate can lead to a localized dynamic subsidence in the GOM, which is superimposed on the broad surface deflection caused by the Farallon slab. The Hess conjugate, transformed to eclogite, could tilt the surface southward in the U.S. and help frame the GOM as a main depocenter in the Cenozoic.

  16. CO2-SO3-rich (carbonate-sulfate) melt/fluids in the lithosphere beneath El Hierro, Canary Islands. (United States)

    Oglialoro, E.; Ferrando, S.; Malaspina, N.; Villa, I. M.; Frezzotti, M. L.


    Mantle xenoliths from the island of El Hierro, the youngest of the Canary Islands, have been studied to characterize fluxes of carbon in the lithosphere of an OIB volcanism region. Fifteen xenoliths (4-10 cm in diameter) were collected in a rift lava flow (15-41 ka) at a new xenolith locality in El Julan cliff (S-SW of the island). Peridotites consist of protogranular to porphyroblastic spinel harzburgites, lherzolites, and subordinate dunites. One spinel clinopyroxenite, and one olivine-websterite were also analyzed. Ultramafic xenoliths were classified as HEXO (harzburgite and dunite with exsolved orthopyroxene), HLCO (harzburgite and lherzolite containing orthopyroxene without visible exsolution lamellae), and HTR (transitional harzburgite with exsolved orthopyroxene porphyroclasts, and poikilitic orthopyroxene) following [1]. While HLCO and HTR peridotites contain mostly CO2 fluid inclusions, HEXO peridotites preserve an early association of melt/fluid inclusions containing dominantly carbonate/sulfate/silicate glass, evolving to carbonate/sulfate/phosphate/spinel aggregates, with exsolved CO2 (± carbonates, anhydrite and H2O). Chemical and Raman analyses identify dolomite, Mg-calcite, anhydrite, sulfohalite [Na6(SO4)2FCl] (± other anhydrous and hydrous alkali-sulfates), apatite, and Cr-spinel in the inclusions. Sulfides are noticeably absent. The microstructure and chemical composition of the metasomatic fluids indicate that the peridotites were infiltrated by a carbonate-sulfate-silicate melt/fluid enriched in CO2, H2O, and P. A mantle origin for this fluid is supported by high densities of CO2inclusions (> 1g/cm3), determined by Raman microspectroscopy and cross-checked by microthermometry. Consequently, El Julan peridotites provide the first evidence for liberating oxidized C and S fluxes from the Earth lithosphere in an OIB source region, and suggest that oxidation of sulfide to sulfate can occur during small-degree partial melting of the upper mantle

  17. Iron isotope tracing of mantle heterogeneity within the source regions of oceanic basalts


    Williams, Helen M.; Bizimis, Michael


    Mineralogical variations in the Earth's mantle and the relative proportions of peridotitic versus enriched and potentially crustally-derived pyroxenitic domains within the mantle have important implications for mantle dynamics, magma generation, and the recycling of surface material back into the mantle. Here we present iron (Fe) stable isotope data (δ 57Fe, deviation in 57Fe/54Fe from the IRMM-014 standard in parts per thousand) for peridotite and garnet–pyroxenite xenoliths from Oahu, Hawa...

  18. Nd-Sr Isotopic Geochemistry and U-Pb Geochronology of the Fé Granitic Gneiss and Lajedo Granodiorite: Implications for Paleoproterozoic Evolution of the Mineiro Belt, Southern São Francisco Craton, Brazil


    Wilson Teixeira; Ciro Alexandre Ávila; Luciana Cabral Nunes


    The Fé granitic gneiss and Lajedo granodiorite belong to a voluminous felsic-mafic plutonism, tectonically linked toPaleoproterozoic magmatic evolution of the Mineiro Belt, southern portion of the São Francisco Craton, central-easternBrazil. The Fé pluton is located north of the Lenheiros shear zone and is intrusive with respect to the Rio das Mortesgreenstone belt and pyroxenite - gabbroic bodies, as indicated by xenoliths of gneiss and amphibolite, in the first case, andpyroxenite in the la...

  19. Using osmium isotopes to explore the link between alkaline lavas and metasomatized mantle in the Western Branch, Uganda (United States)

    Nelson, W. R.; Furman, T.; Pitcavage, E.


    The subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) is foundational to understanding the construction, destruction, and division of tectonic plates. Tectonic processes both directly and indirectly influence the lithosphere's thermal, physical and mineralogical properties. Mantle melting and melt/fluid percolation cause fundamental changes to the lithosphere that affect its composition and stability. Specifically, metasomatism by silicate melts and hydrous/carbonated fluids can create lithologies (i.e. pyroxenites) that are denser, more fusible, and less viscous than adjacent peridotite. The resulting density instabilities may lead to lithospheric erosion, topographic uplift and even continental rifting. We explore the link between metasomatized SCLM and mafic volcanism in the Ugandan portion of the Western Branch of the East African Rift System using Re-Os isotopes from both alkaline mafic lavas and pyroxenite mantle xenoliths. The lavas record age-corrected 187Os/188Os that range from 0.1421 to 0.2105, which is more radiogenic than primitive mantle. These data demonstrate that many of the lavas were derived from a metasomatized mantle source though a few have experienced crustal contamination. Mantle xenoliths also record a wide range of 187Os abundances. One peridotite xenolith has a mildly radiogenic signature (187Os/188Os = 0.1342) whereas the pyroxenites span a wide range of 187Os/188Os ratios (0.1270-0.5052). Based on these data, we conclude that the lavas were derived from metasomatized SCLM. Some of the SCLM was sampled by mantle xenoliths but, as a whole, the SCLM is more heterogeneous than the lavas suggest. The widespread, metasomatized SCLM readily contributed to melt generation both in situ as well as during foundering via lithospheric drip (Furman et al., 2016). The SCLM-derived volcanism occurred prior to and during Western Rift extension, suggesting that the metasomatized SCLM played a vital role in rift development

  20. Xenocryst assimilation and formation of peritectic crystals during magma contamination: An experimental study


    Erdmann, Saskia; Scaillet, Bruno; Kellett, D.A.


    International audience; Contamination of magmas by country rocks may contribute xenoliths and xenocrysts to the magma, but also melt and peritectic crystals that form through incongruent melting or dissolution of the original contaminants. Identifying contaminant-derived peritectic crystals and former melt components in igneous rocks is particularly challenging, but also particularly important, because their assimilation significantly affects melt composition and magma temperature. To facilit...

  1. Compositions and processes of lithospheric mantle beneath the west Cathaysia block, southeast China (United States)

    Zhang, Hui; Zheng, Jianping; Pan, Shaokui; Lu, Jianggu; Li, Yihe; Xiang, Lu; Lin, Abing


    Knowledge about the nature and history of the lithospheric mantle beneath the west Cathaysia block (South China) is still sparse. The major- and trace-element compositions and H2O contents of minerals from peridotite xenoliths entrained in the Cenozoic lamprophyres of the Anyuan area (SE China), were conducted to investigate the nature and evolution of the lithospheric mantle, as well as the factors controlling the distribution of water. The xenoliths including spinel harzburgites and lherzolites are moderately refractory (Mg# Olivine = 90.2-91.2) with minor fertile lherzolites (Mg# Olivine = 89.1-89.9). Clinopyroxenes in lherzolites show variable REE patterns from LREE-depleted to LREE-enriched patterns, and commonly exhibit negative anomalies of U, Pb and Ti. The mantle represented by the xenoliths mostly experienced 1-10% partial melting and obvious subsequent silicate metasomatism. H2O contents of clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene, and olivine in the peridotites are 320-404 ppm, 138-200 ppm, and 11-33 ppm, respectively. The whole-rock H2O contents range from 63 to 120 ppm, similar to that estimated for the MORB source. The negative correlations of H2O contents with Mg# in olivine and lack of correlation correlations with (La/Yb)N in clinopyroxene suggest that the H2O contents are mainly controlled by the partial melting process rather than mantle metasomatism. The fertile and moderately refractory peridotite xenoliths have similar equilibrium temperatures, implying that the lithospheric mantle is not compositionally stratified. Integrated with published data, we suggest that the widespread fertile and moderately refractory lithospheric mantle beneath the studied area (west Cathaysia), even the whole South China, might be eroded or melt-rock reacted by upwelling asthenospheric materials. Finally, the cooling of the upwelled asthenospheric materials resulted in the formation of the accreted lithospheric mantle mixed with pre-existing moderately refractory volumes.

  2. Unraveling the history of complex zoned garnets from the North Motagua Mélange (Guatemala) (United States)

    Barickman, M. H.; Martin, C.; Flores, K. E.; Harlow, G. E.; Bonnet, G.


    The Guatemala Suture Zone (GSZ) is situated in central Guatemala, between the North American and Caribbean plates. Two serpentinite mélanges straddle the Motagua Fault system: the North Motagua Mélange (NMM) and the South Motagua Mélange (SMM). In this study, chemically zoned garnet grains from four eclogite blocks from the NMM were analyzed by EMPA for major elements and LA-ICP-MS for trace elements to unravel the geological history of the eclogites. These eclogites typically consist of euhedral to subhedral garnets, partly retrogressed omphacite grains, and accessory minerals such as phengite and epidote as inclusions in garnet. EBSD was employed to examine apparent garnet inclusions in garnet. The garnet grains in NMM eclogites display complex chemical zonations: all grains roughly show a spessartine-rich core, an almandine-rich core and/or intermediate zone, and a pyrope and grossular-rich rim. Additionally, crystal resorption can be observed between the different zones, and the pyrope-grossular rim can display oscillatory zoning. Finally, grossular-rich zones (crystallographically syntactic) within garnet are present in all studied samples. REE and spider diagrams do not show any significant difference in the patterns of the different zones within the garnet, or indicating that the chemical environment from which each garnet zone grew was broadly the same. The lack of significant variation in LILE content indicates that a fluid influx during garnet growth is unlikely. Consequently, we interpret that garnet grains grew in a largely closed system; however, the presence of the grossular-rich zones, argues for occasional excursions into conditions when either two garnets crystallized or Ca-rich overgrowths that were largely resorbed prior to subsequent continued garnet growth.

  3. Mantle-derived fluids in diamond micro-inclusions (United States)

    Navon, O.; Hutcheon, I. D.; Rossman, G. R.; Wasserburg, G. J.


    Microinclusions in diamonds from Zaire and Botswana differ in composition from the more common large inclusions of the peridotitic or eclogitic assemblages. These sub-micrometer inclusions resemble potassic magmas in their composition, but are enriched in H2O, CO2(3-), and K2O and depleted in MgO. This composition represents a volatile-rich fluid or melt from the upper mantle, which was trapped in the diamonds as they grew.

  4. Zachování HP minerálů a textur ve světlých a mafických granulitech Rychlebských hor


    Schlöglová, Kateřina


    Diploma thesis - Kateřina Schlöglová - 2011 1/2 English abstract Granulites of the Rychleby Mts. represent relics of high-pressure eclogite-facies metamorphic rocks that are scattered in various crustal and mantle segments of the Variscan orogen in central Europe. These rocks may provide important insights into early stages of Variscan plate convergence and burial as well as exhumation mechanisms. We use mineral assemblages and chemistry to reconstruct the pressure-temperature paths, mechanis...

  5. Plate tectonics on Venus (United States)

    Anderson, D. L.


    The high surface temperature of Venus implies a permanently buoyant lithosphere and a thick basaltic crust. Terrestrial-style tectonics with deep subduction and crustal recycling is not possible. Overthickened basaltic crust partially melts instead of converting to eclogite. Because mantle magmas do not have convenient access to the surface the Ar-40 abundance in the atmosphere should be low. Venus may provide an analog to Archean tectonics on the earth.

  6. Upper mantle and crustal structure of the East Greenland Caledonides

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    Schiffer, Christian; Balling, N.; Jacobsen, B. H.

    Function study based on an average of 36 events per station reveals a clear eastward dipping high-velocity structure underneath the study area. The geophysical character, supported by synthetic modelling, is consistent with a 10 km thick subducted slab of eclogitized oceanic crust. This might be the key...... present selected results from on-going detailed studies of the crustal and upper mantle, including a Receiver Function inversion, seismic P-wave travel time tomography and gravity modelling....

  7. The CAFE Experiment: A Joint Seismic and MT Investigation of the Cascadia Subduction System (United States)


    School of Mines . 19 2. Imaging the transition of metastable gabbro to eclogite in the...example can be found in a study of the structure of the lithosphere in NE Botswana (Miensopust et al., 2011). This method can also be applied to...Miensopust, M.P., Jones, A.G., Muller, M.R., Evans, R.L., 2010. Lithospheric structures and geometries in northeastern Botswana revealed through

  8. Propriétés élastiques des minéraux hydratés : applications à l'anisotropie sismique dans les zones de subduction


    Bezacier, Lucile


    The flow of material and the seismic signature of subduction zones are highly dependent on the elastic propertiesof two major types of hydrated minerals: serpentines (antigorite, lizardite and chrysotile) produced by thehydration of mantle minerals and glaucophane, a marker of blueschists and eclogites, which are metamorphicfacies characteristic of subduction zones. Detection of these phases is sometime difficult. It is important to knowtheir elastic properties in order to better understand t...

  9. Contrainte expérimentale sur la rhéologie au cours des réactions d'éclogitisation


    Incel, Sarah


    The origin of intermediate-depth seismicity has been debated for decades, because its formation at elevated depths cannot be explained by classic rock fracture and friction theory. Geophysical and field observations demonstrate that intermediate-depth earthquakes occur in hydrous rocks of the subducting oceanic crust as well as in nominally anhydrous rocks of the lower continental crust. n subduction zones the eclogitization of blueschist correlates very well with the relocation of intermedia...

  10. Zoned high-pressure assemblages in pillow lavas of the Zermatt-Saas ophiolite zone, Switzerland (United States)

    Barnicoat, A. C.


    Pillow lavas of the Zermatt-Saas ophiolite zone of the western Swiss Alps in places consist of zoned high-pressure parageneses. These assemblages, which developed subsequent to the metamorphic peak, are of lawsonite eclogite in the cores of pillows and dolomite-bearing blueschist or glaucophane eclogite in the rims. The matrix between the pillows comprises dolomite-glaucophane-rich material. An analysis of reactions in the system Na 2OCaOFeOMgOAl 2O 3SiO 2H 2OCO 2 (NCFMAS-H 2OCO 2) indicates that one possible model is that these assemblages formed cofacially due to systematic intra-pillow variations in the chemical potentials of H 2O and CO 2. Pillow rims equilibrated at higher values of μCO 2 and lower values of μH 2O than pillow cores. Textural evidence suggests that infiltration has controlled the distribution of CO 2 generated by the breakdown of dolomite-bearing assemblages during the return of the rocks to the surface. Variation in H 2O content was caused by ocean-floor hydrothermal alteration. In these rocks, therefore, blueschist assemblages have been stabilised by higher values of μCO 2 and eclogites by higher values of μH 2O . If fluids were present (as suggested by various lines of evidence) then blueschist pillow rims equilibrated at higher {CO2}/{( CO2+ H2O) } than eclogitic pillow cores.

  11. Ediacaran 2,500-km-long synchronous deep continental subduction in the West Gondwana Orogen. (United States)

    Ganade de Araujo, Carlos E; Rubatto, Daniela; Hermann, Joerg; Cordani, Umberto G; Caby, Renaud; Basei, Miguel A S


    The deeply eroded West Gondwana Orogen is a major continental collision zone that exposes numerous occurrences of deeply subducted rocks, such as eclogites. The position of these eclogites marks the suture zone between colliding cratons, and the age of metamorphism constrains the transition from subduction-dominated tectonics to continental collision and mountain building. Here we investigate the metamorphic conditions and age of high-pressure and ultrahigh-pressure eclogites from Mali, Togo and NE-Brazil and demonstrate that continental subduction occurred within 20 million years over at least a 2,500-km-long section of the orogen during the Ediacaran. We consider this to be the earliest evidence of large-scale deep-continental subduction and consequent appearance of Himalayan-scale mountains in the geological record. The rise and subsequent erosion of such mountains in the Late Ediacaran is perfectly timed to deliver sediments and nutrients that are thought to have been necessary for the subsequent evolution of sustainable life on Earth.

  12. Petrology and U-Pb zircon dating of coesite-bearing metapelite from the Kebuerte Valley, western Tianshan, China (United States)

    Yang, Xin; Zhang, Lifei; Tian, Zuolin; Bader, Thomas


    This paper deals with the petrology and U-Pb dating of coesite-bearing garnet-phengite schist from the Kebuerte Valley, Chinese western Tianshan. It mainly consists of porphyroblastic garnet, phengite, quartz and chlorite with minor amounts of paragonite, albite, zoisite and chloritoid. The well preserved coesite inclusions (˜100 μm) in garnet are encircled by a narrow rim of quartz. They were identified by optical microscopy and confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. Using the computer program THERMOCALC, the peak metamorphic conditions of 29 kbar and 565 °C were obtained via garnet isopleth geothermobarometry. The predicted UHP peak mineral assemblage comprises garnet + jadeite + lawsonite + carpholite + coesite + phengite. The metapelite records prograde quartz-eclogite-facies metamorphism, UHP coesite-eclogite-facies peak metamorphism, and a late greenschist-facies overprint. Phase equilibrium modeling predicts that garnet mainly grew in the mineral assemblages garnet + jadeite + lawsonite + chloritoid + glaucophane + quartz + phengite and garnet + jadeite + lawsonite + carpholite + glaucophane + quartz + phengite. SHRIMP U-Pb zircon dating of the coesite-bearing metapelite yielded the peak metamorphic age 320.4 ± 3.7 Ma. For the first time, age data of coesite-bearing UHP metapelite from the Chinese western Tianshan are presented in this paper. They are in accord with published ages obtained from eclogite from other localities in the Chinese western Tianshan and the Kyrgyz South Tianshan and therefore prove a widespread occurrence of UHP metamorphism.

  13. Chloritoid-bearing assemblages in eclogitised metagabbros of the Lanzo peridotite body (western Italian Alps) (United States)

    Kienast, J. R.; Pognante, U.


    Dykes of metagabbro from the Lanzo peridotite body in the western Italian Alps contain Mg-chloritoidtalc-garnet-Na-pyroxenes ± chlorite or Fe-chloritoid-glaucophane-garnet-Na-pyroxenes eclogitic assemblages of Cretaceous age. In these metagabbros the metamorphic equilibration is incomplete and controlled by local equilibrium conditions; here the chemical gradients, which document the magmatic microstructural domains and the diffusion patterns during metamorphism, survive the eclogitic crystallisation. Concentration of elements like Al, Mg and Fe near the boundaries between the magmatic domains favours the crystallisation, in reaction coronas, of Mg-rich chloritoid in Mg metagabbro and of Fe-rich chloritoid in FeTi metagabbro. Phase compatibilities in the Al 2O 3FeOMgO( ± SiO 2 ± H 2O) system suggest temperatures around 400-500°C at approximate pressures of 15-18 kbar for the eclogitic metamorphism of the Lanzo rocks. In spite of the difficulties and of the inaccuracies of these thermobarometric estimates, the inferred P- T values are in good agreement with determinations involving Na-pyroxenes and garnets.

  14. Amphibole incongruent melting under Lithospheric Mantle conditions in spinel peridotites from Balaton area, Hungary (United States)

    Ntaflos, Theodoros; Abart, Rainer; Bizimis, Michel


    Pliocene alkali basalts from the western Pannonian Basin carry mantle xenoliths comprising hydrous and anhydrous spinel peridotites. We studied coarse and fine grained fertile to depleted spinel lherzolites, spinel harzubrgites and dunites from Szentbékálla, Balaton, in detail, using XRF, EPMA and LA-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS techniques. Pliocene alkali basalts containing mantle xenoliths with three major types of textures are widespread in the studied area: fine-grained primary and secondary equigranular, coarse-grained protogranular and transitional between equigranular and protogranular textures. Melt pockets, are common in the studied xenoliths. The shape of several melt pockets resembles euhedral amphibole. Other samples have thin films of intergranular glass attributed to the host basalt infiltration. Calculations have shown that such xenoliths experienced an up to 2.4% host basalt infiltration. The bulk rock Al2O3 and CaO concentrations vary from 0.75 to 4.1 and from 0.9 to 3.6 wt% respectively, and represent residues after variable degrees of partial melting. Using bulk rock major element abundances, the estimated degree of partial melting ranges from 4 to 20%.. The Primitive Mantle normalized clinopyroxene trace element abundances reveal a complicated evolution of the Lithospheric mantle underneath Balaton, which range from partial melting to modal and cryptic metasomatism. Subduction-related melt/fluids and/or infiltration of percolating undersaturated melts could be account for the metasomatic processes. The radiogenic isotopes of Sr, Nd and Hf in clinopyroxene suggest that this metasomatism was a relatively recent event. Textural evidence suggests that the calcite filling up the vesicles in the melt pockets and in veinlets cross-cutting the constituent minerals is of epigenetic nature and not due to carbonatite metasomatism. Mass balance calculations have shown that the bulk composition of the melt pockets is identical to small amphibole relics found as

  15. New constraints on the textural and geochemical evolution of the upper mantle beneath the Styrian basin (United States)

    Aradi, Laszlo; Hidas, Károly; Zanetti, Alberto; János Kovács, István; Patkó, Levente; Szabó, Csaba


    Plio-Pleistocene alkali basaltic volcanism sampled sporadically the upper mantle beneath the Carpathian-Pannonian Region (CPR, e.g. [1]). Lavas and pyroclasts often contain mantle derived xenoliths, and the majority of them have been extensively studied [1], except the westernmost Styrian Basin Volcanic Field (SBVF, Eastern Austria and Slovenia). In the SBVF only a few volcanic centers have been studied in details (e.g. Kapfenstein & Tobaj). Based on these studies, the upper mantle beneath the SBVF is consists of dominantly high temperature, texturally and geochemically homogeneous protogranular spinel lherzolite. New major and trace element data from rock-forming minerals of ultramafic xenoliths, coupled with texture and deformation analysis from 12 volcanic outcrops across the SBVF, suggest that the lithospheric roots of the region are more heterogeneous than described previously. The studied xenoliths are predominantly lherzolite, amphibole is a common phase that replaces pyroxenes and spinels and proves modal metasomatism. Phlogopite coupled with apatite is also present in amphibole-rich samples. The texture of the xenoliths is usually coarse-grained and annealed with low abundance of subgrain boundaries in both olivine and pyroxenes. Olivine crystal preferred orientation (CPO) varies between the three most abundant one: [010]-fiber, orthogonal and [100]-fiber symmetry [2]. The CPO of pyroxenes is usually coherent with coeval deformation with olivine, however the CPO of amphibole is suggesting postkinematic epitaxial overgrowth on the precursor pyroxenes. According to equilibrium temperatures, the studied xenolith suite samples a broader temperature range (850-1100 °C) than the literature data, corresponding to mantle depths between 30 and 60 km, which indicates that the xenolith suite only represents the shallower part of the recent 100 km thick lithospheric mantle beneath the SBVF. The equilibrium temperatures show correlation with the varying CPO symmetries

  16. Os and HSE of the hot upper mantle beneath southern Tibet: Indian mantle affinity? (United States)

    Zhao, Z.; Dale, C. W.; Pearson, D. G.; Niu, Y.; Zhu, D.; Mo, X.


    The subduction of the Indian plate (including cratonic continental crust and/or upper mantle) beneath southern Tibet is widely accepted from both geological and geophysical studies. Mantle-derived xenoliths from this region provide a means of directly investigating the mantle underlying the southern part of the plateau. Studies of xenoliths hosted in the Sailipu ultrapotassic volcanic rocks, erupted at ~17 Ma, have indicated that the subcontinental mantle of southern Tibetan Plateau is hot and strongly influenced by metasomatism (Zhao et al., 2008a, b; Liu et al., 2011). Here we report comprehensive EPMA and LA-ICP-MS major and trace element data for the Sailipu xenoliths and also whole rock Os isotope and HSE data in order to constrain the depletion history of the mantle and to identify the presence of any potential Indian cratonic mantle. The xenoliths, ranging in size from 0.5cm to 1.5cm in diameter, are mostly peridotites. The calculated temperatures are 1010-1230°C at the given pressures of ~1.6-2.0 GPa (n=47). These P-T conditions are similar to rift-related upper mantle regimes (e.g. Kenya), indicating the influence of regional extension beneath southern Tibet in the Miocene. A series of compositional discriminations for minerals (Cpx, Opx, Ol, and Phl), e.g. Fo ~91), with a clear metasomatic signature We obtained Os isotope data and abundances of highly siderophile elements (HSE, including Os, Ir, Ru, Pt, Pd and Re) on a set of six olivine-dominated peridotite samples from Sailipu volcanics, less than 1 cm in dimension. They allow us to further constrain the nature and state of the upper mantle beneath the southern Tibet. Sailipu samples display low total HSE abundances (Os+Ir+Ru+Pt+Pd+Re) ranging from 8.7 to 25 ppb, with nearly constant Os, Ir , and Ru, but rather varied Pt (2-13), Pd (0.4-5.2), and Re (0.01-0.5). Chondrite-normalised Pd/Ir ratios range from 0.2 to 2.4 reflecting significant metasomatism of some samples. The xenoliths exhibit 187Os/188Os

  17. Titanates of the lindsleyite-mathiasite (LIMA) group reveal isotope disequilibrium associated with metasomatism in the mantle beneath Kimberley (South Africa) (United States)

    Giuliani, Andrea; Woodhead, Jon D.; Phillips, David; Maas, Roland; Davies, Gareth R.; Griffin, William L.


    Radiogenic isotope variations unrelated to radiogenic ingrowth are common between minerals found in metasomatised mantle xenoliths entrained in kimberlite, basalts and related magmas. As the metasomatic minerals are assumed to have been in isotopic equilibrium originally, such variations are typically attributed to contamination by the magma host and/or interaction with mantle fluids during or before xenolith transport to surface. However, the increasing evidence of metasomatism by multiple, compositionally distinct fluids permeating the lithospheric mantle, coeval with specific magmatic events, suggests that isotopic disequilibrium might be a consequence of discrete, though complex, metasomatic events. Here we provide clear evidence of elemental and Sr isotope heterogeneity between coeval Ti-rich LIMA (lindsleyite-mathiasite) minerals at the time of their formation in the mantle. LIMA minerals occur in close textural association with clinopyroxene and phlogopite in low-temperature (∼800-900 °C), strongly metasomatised mantle xenoliths from the ∼84 Ma Bultfontein kimberlite (South Africa). Previous U/Pb dating of the LIMA phases was used to argue that each xenolith recorded a single event of LIMA crystallisation at ∼180-190 Ma, coeval with the emplacement of Karoo magmas. SEM imaging reveals that up to four types of LIMA phases coexist in each xenolith, and occasionally in a single LIMA grain. Major element and in situ Sr isotope analyses of the different LIMA types show that each phase has a distinct elemental composition and initial 87Sr/86Sr ratio (e.g., 0.7068-0.7086 and 0.7115-0.7129 for two LIMA types in a single xenolith; 0.7053-0.7131 across the entire sample suite). These combined age and isotopic constraints require that multiple fluids metasomatised these rocks at broadly the same time (i.e. within a few thousands to millions of years), and produced similar mineralogical features. Elemental and isotopic variations between different LIMA types

  18. The High-Pressure Cataclasites from SW Tianshan, China: An Implication for the Mechanisms of Intermediate-Depth earthquakes (United States)

    Xia, Y.; Zhang, L.


    Intermediate-depth earthquakes have been observed in several presently active subduction zones worldwide, at the depth of 70 to 300 km. It is considered to be closely related to metamorphic dehydration reactions in the subducting slabs. However, there are not enough field evidences in previous studies to support this hypothesis. Two types of cataclasites which are possibly related to metamorphic dehydration reactions have been discovered and collected from the high to ultra-high pressure (HP-UHP) metamorphic belt in southwestern Tianshan, China, which is generally recognized as a typical oceanic cold subduction zone. Based on the mineralogy of fragments in the cataclasites, they are classified into blueschist cataclasites and eclogite cataclasites. There are few detail studies of blueschist cataclasites and eclogite cataclasites in oceanic subduction zone worldwide, especially of blueschist cataclasites in previous studies. This study is aimed to understand the relationship between metamorphic dehydration reactions and seismicity in the subducting slab through the field evidence. For the blueschist cataclasites, the blueschist fragments are cemented by eclogite facies matrix. The matrix is basically veins formed in the original fractures of the cataclasites. The blueschist fragments are composed of approximately 75% glaucophane, 20% epidote/zoisite and minor amount of garnet, while the matrix contains about 20% garnet, 5% omphacite, 45% actinolite (mostly altered from omphacite), 25% epidote/zoisite with some minor minerals. The petrographic observations and mineral chemical analysis indicate that the cataclasites formed during the transition from blueschist to ecologite. In the eclogite-facies cataclasites, the eclogite-facies fragments are cemented by matrix of garnet-mica schists and later carbonate fluids. The mineral assemblage of eclogite fragments is dominated by more than 90% omphacite, with rutile, sphene and garnet as accessory mineral. The matrix that

  19. Origin and evolution of rare amphibole-bearing mantle peridotites from Wilcza Góra (SW Poland), Central Europe (United States)

    Matusiak-Małek, Magdalena; Puziewicz, Jacek; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Grégoire, Michel; Kukuła, Anna; Wojtulek, Piotr Marian


    Mantle xenoliths in the 20 Ma Wilcza Góra basanite (Lower Silesia, NE Bohemian Massif) are mostly harzburgites, some with amphibole which is exceptional in the region. Forsterite content in olivine defines two Groups of peridotites: Group A (Fo89.1-91.5) and Group B (Fo84.2-89.2). Hornblende-clinopyroxenite, websterite and one composite xenolith consisting of dunite, olivine-hornblendite and pyroxene-hornblende-peridotite contain olivine with Fo77.3-82.5 and are classified as Group C. Group A xenoliths contain Al-poor orthopyroxene and some contain LREE-enriched clinopyroxene with negative Ti, Zr-Hf and Nb-Ta anomalies. Spinel (Cr# 0.57-0.68) is scarce in Group A, and Cr-rich pargasite occurs in only two xenoliths. Group B xenoliths contain less magnesian orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene. The REE patterns of Group B clinopyroxene are convex downward, less enriched in LREE and have smaller negative Ti, Zr-Hf and Nb-Ta anomalies than those in Group A. The Cr# in Group B spinel is 0.26-0.56, while pargasite is Ti-rich and Cr-poor. Clinopyroxene from Group C is low magnesian, slightly enriched in LREE and has no negative Ti, Zr-Hf and Nb-Ta anomalies. Group C pargasite is rich in Ti and poor in Cr. Equilibration temperatures recorded in all groups vary within the range of 905-970 °C. Xenoliths from Wilcza Góra record a polyphase lithospheric mantle evolution, starting with melting which extracted ca. 30% melt from the protolith and left a harzburgite residuum depleted in Al, lacking clinopyroxene and containing rare Cr-rich spinel. This residuum was later overprinted by chromatographic metasomatism by carbonated hydrous silicate melt related to Cenozoic volcanism. The metasomatic agent was locally hydrous enough to enable amphibole to crystallize. The Group C pyroxenites formed directly from the metasomatic melt or during peridotite-melt reactions at high melt-rock ratio. The melt is inferred to have percolated through the wall-rock peridotite, decreasing its amount

  20. Numerical modelling of hydration reactions (United States)

    Vrijmoed, Johannes C.; John, Timm


    Mineral reactions are generally accompanied by volume changes. Observations in rocks and thin section indicate that this often occurred by replacement reactions involving a fluid phase. Frequently, the volume of the original rock or mineral seems to be conserved. If the density of the solid reaction products is higher than the reactants, the associated solid volume decrease generates space for a fluid phase. In other words, porosity is created. The opposite is true for an increase in solid volume during reaction, which leads to a porosity reduction. This slows down and may even stop the reaction if it needs fluid as a reactant. Understanding the progress of reactions and their rates is important because reaction generally changes geophysical and rock mechanical properties which will therefore affect geodynamical processes and seismic properties. We studied the case of hydration of eclogite to blueschist in a subduction zone setting. Eclogitized pillow basalt structures from the Tian-Shan orogeny are transformed to blueschist on the rims of the pillow (van der Straaten et al., 2008). Fluid pathways existed between the pillow structures. The preferred hypothesis of blueschist formation is to supply the fluid for hydration from the pillow margins progressing inward. Using numerical modelling we simulate this coupled reaction-diffusion process. Porosity and fluid pressure evolution are coupled to local thermodynamic equilibrium and density changes. The first rim of blueschist that forms around the eclogite pillow increases volume to such a degree that the system is clogged and the reaction stops. Nevertheless, the field evidence suggests the blueschist formation continued. To prevent the system from clogging, a high incoming pore fluid pressure on the pillow boundaries is needed along with removal of mass from the system to accommodate the volume changes. The only other possibility is to form blueschist from any remaining fluid stored in the core of the pillow

  1. Dynamics and structure of thermo-chemical mantle plumes: Are numerical models consistent with observations? (United States)

    Dannberg, J.; Sobolev, S. V.


    According to widely accepted models, plumes ascend from the core-mantle boundary and cause massive melting when they reach the base of the lithosphere. Most of these models consider plumes as purely thermal and predict flattening of the plume head to a disk-like structure, thin plume tails with a radius on the scale of 100 km and kilometer-scale topographic uplift before and during the eruption of flood basalts. However, several paleogeographic and paleotectonic field studies indicate significantly smaller surface uplift during the development of many LIPs, and seismic imaging reveals thicker plume tails as well as a more complex plume structure in the upper mantle including broad low-velocity anomalies up to 400 km depth and elongated low-velocity fingers. Moreover, geochemical data indicate a plume composition that differs from that of the average mantle and recent geodynamic models of plumes in the upper mantle show that plumes containing a large fraction of eclogite and therefore having very low buoyancy can explain the observations much better. Nevertheless, the question remains how such a low-buoyancy plume can rise through the whole mantle and how this ascent affects its dynamics. We perform numerical experiments in 2D axisymmetric geometry to systematically study the dynamics of the plume ascent as well as 2D and 3D models with prescribed velocity at the upper boundary to investigate the interaction between plume- and plate-driven flow. For that purpose, we use modified versions of the finite-element codes Citcom and Aspect. Our models employ complex material properties incorporating phase transitions with the accompanying density changes, Clapeyron slopes and latent heat effects for the peridotite and eclogite phase, mantle compressibility and a highly temperature- and depth-dependent viscosity. We study under which conditions (excess temperature, plume volume and eclogite content) thermo-chemical plumes can ascend through the whole mantle and what

  2. Combined garnet and zircon geochronology and trace elements studies - constraints of the UHP-(U)HT evolution of Orlica-Śnieżnik Dome (NE Bohemian Massif). (United States)

    Walczak, Katarzyna; Anczkiewicz, Robert; Szczepański, Jacek; Rubatto, Daniela


    The Orlica-Śnieżnik Dome (OSD), located on the NE margin of the Bohemian Massif, is predominantly composed of amphibolite-facies orthogneiss that contain bodies of HP and UHP eclogites and granulites. Numerous geochronological studies have been undertaken to constrain the timing of the ultra-high grade metamorphic event. Despite this, the exact timing of UHP-(U)HT conditions remain dubious (e.g. Brueckner et al., 1991; Anczkiewicz et al., 2007; Bröcker et al., 2009 & 2010). We have utilized garnet and zircon geochronology to provide time constraints on the evolution of the UHT-(U)HP rocks of the OSD. We have combined the ages with trace element analyses in garnet and zircon to better understand the significance of the obtained ages in petrological context. Lu-Hf grt-wr dating of peritectic garnet from two felsic granulites constrained the time of its initial growth at 346.9 ± 1.2 and 348.3 ± 2.0 Ma, recording peak conditions of 2.7 GPa and 950°C (e.g. Ferrero et al., 2015). In situ U-Pb SHRIMP dating of zircon from the same granulite gave a younger age of 342.2 ± 3.4 Ma. HREE partitioning between garnet rim and metamorphic zircon indicate their growth in equilibrium, hence, the U-Pb zircon date constrains the terminal phase of garnet crystallization. Similar ages were obtained from two eclogite bodies from Międzygórze and Nowa Wieś localities; Lu-Hf (grt-cpx-wr) dating provided ages of 346.5 ± 2.4 and 348.1 ± 9.1 Ma for samples from Międzygórze and Nowa Wieś, respectively. The same age (within error) of 346.3 ± 5.2 Ma was reported by Bröcker et al. (2010) for zircon from the Międzygórze eclogite. Comparison of REE concentrations in garnet (this study) and in metamorphic zircon (reported in Bröcker et al., 2010) indicate that garnet and zircon crystallized in equilibrium. Furthermore, M-HREE patterns observed in both garnet and zircon strongly suggest their growth at eclogite facies conditions. Sm-Nd garnet ages obtained for both felsic and mafic

  3. Tachylyte in Cenozoic basaltic lavas from the Czech Republic and Iceland: contrasting compositional trends (United States)

    Ulrych, Jaromír; Krmíček, Lukáš; Teschner, Claudia; Řanda, Zdeněk; Skála, Roman; Jonášová, Šárka; Fediuk, Ferry; Adamovič, Jiří; Pokorný, Richard


    Tachylytes from rift-related volcanic rocks were recognized as: (i) irregular veinlets in host alkaline lava flows of the Kozákov volcano, Czech Republic, (ii) (sub)angular xenoliths in alkaline lava of the feeding channel of the Bukovec volcano, Czech Republic, and (iii) paleosurface of a tholeiitic lava flow from Hafrafell, Iceland. The tachylyte from Kozákov is phonotephrite to tephriphonolite in composition while that from Bukovec corresponds to trachyandesite to tephriphonolite. Both glass and host rock from Hafrafell are of tholeiitic basalt composition. The tachylyte from Kozákov, compared with the host rock, revealed a substantial enrichment in major elements such as Si, Al and alkalis along with Rb, Sr, Ba, Nb, Zr, REE, Th and U. The tachylyte from Bukovec displays contrasting trends in the incompatible element contents. The similarity in composition of the Hafrafell tachylyte paleosurface layer and parental tholeiitic basalt is characteristic for lavas. The host/parent rocks and tachylytes have similar initial Sr-Nd characteristics testifying for their co-magmatic sources. The initial ɛNd values of host/parent rocks and tachylytes from the Bohemian Massif (+3.4 to +3.9) and those from Iceland (+6.3) are interpreted as primary magma values. Only the tachylyte from Bukovec shows a different ɛNd value of -2.1, corresponding to a xenolith of primarily sedimentary/metamorphic origin. The tachylyte from Kozákov is a product of an additional late magmatic portion of fluids penetrating through an irregular fissure system of basaltic lava. The Bukovec tachylyte is represented by xenoliths originated during the interaction of ascending basaltic melt with granitoids or orthogneisses, whereas the Hafrafell tachylyte is a product of a rapid cooling on the surface of a basalt flow.

  4. Water in the Cratonic Mantle Lithosphere (United States)

    Peslier, A. H.


    The fact that Archean and Proterozoic cratons are underlain by the thickest (>200 km) lithosphere on Earth has always puzzled scientists because the dynamic convection of the surrounding asthenosphere would be expected to delaminate and erode these mantle lithospheric "keels" over time. Although density and temperature of the cratonic lithosphere certainly play a role in its strength and longevity, the role of water has only been recently addressed with data on actual mantle samples. Water in mantle lithologies (primarily peridotites and pyroxenites) is mainly stored in nominally anhydrous minerals (olivine, pyroxene, garnet) where it is incorporated as hydrogen bonded to structural oxygen in lattice defects. The property of hydrolytic weakening of olivine [4] has generated the hypothesis that olivine, the main mineral of the upper mantle, may be dehydrated in cratonic mantle lithospheres, contributing to its strength. This presentation will review the distribution of water concentrations in four cratonic lithospheres. The distribution of water contents in olivine from peridotite xenoliths found in kimberlites is different in each craton (Figure 1). The range of water contents of olivine, pyroxene and garnet at each xenolith location appears linked to local metasomatic events, some of which occurred later then the Archean and Proterozoic when these peridotites initially formed via melting. Although the low olivine water contents ( 6 GPa at the base of the Kaapvaal cratonic lithosphere may contribute to its strength, and prevent its delamination, the wide range of those from Siberian xenoliths is not compatible with providing a high enough viscosity contrast with the asthenophere. The water content in olivine inclusions from Siberian diamonds, on the other hand, have systematically low water contents (water contents. The olivine inclusions, however, may have been protected from metasomatism by their host diamond and record the overall low olivine water content of

  5. Geochemical and Textural Constraints on Wehrlite Formation by Melt-rock Reaction in the Shallow Subcontinental Lithospheric Mantle (Oran, Tell Atlas, N-Algeria) (United States)

    Hidas, Károly; Garrido, Carlos J.; Marchesi, Claudio; Bodinier, Jean-Louis; Louni-Hacini, Amina; Azzouni-Sekkal, Abla; Konc, Zoltán; Dautria, Jean-Marie; Varas-Reus, Maria Isabel


    As a result of the Miocene collision between the Alborán domain and the south Iberian and Maghrebian passive margins, the Betic and the Rif-Tell mountains form an arc-shaped orogenic belt in the westernmost Mediterranean (e.g. [1]). This belt is characterized by the presence of subcontinental lithospheric mantle exhumed as orogenic peridotites [2-4], and entrained by basaltic magmatism. Mantle xenoliths entrained in Plio-Pleistocene alkali basalts in the innermost Betics in South Spain provided invaluable data to study the structure and composition of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle beneath the northern limb of this mountain belt [5-7]. In contrast, information from the southern limb is scarce, even though alkali basalts of the same age (Journal of the Geological Society 170, 47-55. 3. Frets, E.C., Tommasi, A., Garrido, C.J., Vauchez, A., Mainprice, D., Targuisti, K., Amri, I., 2014. The Beni Bousera peridotite (Rif Belt, Morocco): an oblique-slip low-angle shear zone thinning the Subcontinental Mantle Lithosphere. Journal of Petrology 55, 283-313. 4. Rampone, E., Vissers, R.L.M., Poggio, M., Scambelluri, M., Zanetti, A., 2010. Melt migration and intrusion during exhumation of the Alboran lithosphere: the Tallante mantle xenolith record (Betic Cordillera, SE Spain). Journal of Petrology 51, 295-325. 5. Hidas, K., Konc, Z., Garrido, C.J., Tommasi, A., Vauchez, A., Padrón-Navarta, J.A., Marchesi, C., Booth-Rea, G., Acosta-Vigil, A., Szabó, C., Varas-Reus, M.I., Gervilla, F., 2016. Flow in the western Mediterranean shallow mantle: Insights from xenoliths in Pliocene alkali basalts from SE Iberia (eastern Betics, Spain). Tectonics 35, 2657-2676. 6. Marchesi, C., Konc, Z., Garrido, C.J., Bosch, D., Hidas, K., Varas-Reus, M.I., Acosta-Vigil, A., 2017. Multi-stage evolution of the lithospheric mantle beneath the westernmost Mediterranean: Geo

  6. Evidences for disruption of a crystallizing front in a magma chamber during caldera collapse: an example from the Breccia Museo unit (Campanian Ignimbrite eruption, Italy) (United States)

    Fulignati, P.; Marianelli, P.; Proto, M.; Sbrana, A.


    This work is focused on juvenile components and some cognate xenoliths of the Breccia Museo (BM) unit. The BM is a coarse-grained proximal unit of the caldera-forming phase of the Ignimbrite Campana (IC) eruption, southern Italy. The BM products show some peculiar characteristics that distinguish them from the other IC deposits. In particular, different types of pumice fragments constitute the juvenile fraction and their crystal contents are remarkably higher than the other IC units. Slightly porphyritic and highly porphyritic trachytic to phonolitic pumices were distinguished in each sample and investigated separately for mineralogy, matrix glass composition, melt and fluid inclusion studies. Most feldspar crystals may have formed at the margins of the magma chamber and the crystal content of both types of pumice fragments can be ascribed to variable entrainment of these crystals (from the solidification front) by the melt. Variably porphyritic (<5 to 30 vol% phenocrysts) pumice and completely crystallized nodules may represent samples of progressively crystallized magma at the chamber walls. Crystallization temperatures of magmas and xenoliths were estimated using two independent methods: a two-feldspar geothermometer and the homogenization temperatures of melt and fluid inclusions in clinopyroxene and K-feldspar. The decrease in the estimated crystallization temperatures from the melt (980-850°C) to the nodules (840-820°C) is consistent with a model of decreasing temperature at a magma chamber solidification front. The study of xenoliths revealed that exsolution of a hypersaline aqueous fluid phase occurred at the peripheral parts of the magma chamber.

  7. Igneous activity, metamorphism, and deformation in the Mount Rogers area of SW Virginia and NW North Carolina: A geologic record of Precambrian tectonic evolution of the southern Blue Ridge Province (United States)

    Tollo, Richard P.; Aleinikoff, John N.; Mundil, Roland; Southworth, C. Scott; Cosca, Michael A.; Rankin, Douglas W.; Rubin, Allison E.; Kentner, Adrienne; Parendo, Christopher A.; Ray, Molly S.


    Mesoproterozoic basement in the vicinity of Mount Rogers is characterized by considerable lithologic variability, including major map units composed of gneiss, amphibolite, migmatite, meta-quartz monzodiorite and various types of granitoid. SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology and field mapping indicate that basement units define four types of occurrences, including (1) xenoliths of ca. 1.33 to ≥1.18 Ga age, (2) an early magmatic suite including meta-granitoids of ca. 1185–1140 Ma age that enclose or locally intrude the xenoliths, (3) metasedimentary rocks represented by layered granofels and biotite schist whose protoliths were likely deposited on the older meta-granitoids, and (4) a late magmatic suite composed of younger, ca. 1075–1030 Ma intrusive rocks of variable chemical composition that intruded the older rocks. The magmatic protolith of granofels constituting part of a layered, map-scale xenolith crystallized at ca. 1327 Ma, indicating that the lithology represents the oldest, intact crust presently recognized in the southern Appalachians. SHRIMP U-Pb data indicate that periods of regional Mesoproterozoic metamorphism occurred at 1170–1140 and 1070–1020 Ma. The near synchroneity in timing of regional metamorphism and magmatism suggests that magmas were emplaced into crust that was likely at near-solidus temperatures and that melts might have contributed to the regional heat budget. Much of the area is cut by numerous, generally east- to northeast-striking Paleozoic fault zones characterized by variable degrees of ductile deformation and recrystallization. These high-strain fault zones dismember the terrane, resulting in juxtaposition of units and transformation of basement lithologies to quartz- and mica-rich tectonites with protomylonitic and mylonitic textures. Mineral assemblages developed within such zones indicate that deformation and recrystallization likely occurred at greenschist-facies conditions at ca. 340 Ma.

  8. Carbonate Globules from Spitsbergen, Norway: Terrestrial Analogs of the Carbonates in Martian Meteorite ALH84001? (United States)

    De, Subarnarek; Bunch, Ted; Treiman, Allan H.; Amundsen, Hans E. F.; Blake, David F.; DeVincenzi, Donald L. (Technical Monitor)


    Pleistocene volcanic centers in NW Spitsbergen, Norway host one of the world's richest occurrences of mantle xenoliths. The xenoliths comprise varieties of spinel lherzolites and pyroxenites. Some of these xenoliths (and their host basalts) contain 10-100 micrometer globules of ankedtic-magnesitic carbonates (AMC). In composition, mineralogy and petrology the AMC globules from Spitsbergen are strikingly similar to the carbonate globules in ALH84001. The AMC globules occur within interstitial quenched glass and as fracture fillings, although we have not seen replacement fabrics analogous to carbonate rosettes replacing glass in ALH84001. Siderite/ankerite forms the core of these concentrically zoned globules while rims are predominantly magnesite. Clay minerals can occasionally be found within and around the globules. Aside from the clay minerals, the principal mineralogical difference between the AMCs and the ALH84001 carbonate rosettes is the presence of concentrated zones of nanophase magnetite in the rosettes, notably absent in the AMCs. However, carbonate globules containing nanophase magnetite have been produced inorganically by hydrothermal precipitation of carbonates and subsequent heating. We heated Spitsbergen AMC at 585 C in a reducing atmosphere to determine whether magnetite could be produced. Optical micrographs of the heated Spitsbergen AMC show dark concentric zones within the AMC. High resolution SEM images of those areas reveal 150-200 nm euhedral crystals that exhibit various morphologies including octahedra and elongated prisms. EDS analyses of areas where the crystals occur contain Fe, O, and minor Si, and P. However, the probe integrates over volumes of material, which also include the surrounding matrix. We have begun TEM observations of both the heated and unheated Spitsbergen AMC to characterize the microstructures of the carbonates, establish the presence/absence of magnetite and determine the relationship of the clay minerals to the

  9. Recycling of Oceanic Lithosphere: Water, fO2 and Fe-isotope Constraints (United States)

    Bizmis, M.; Peslier, A. H.; McCammon, C. A.; Keshav, S.; Williams, H. M.


    Spinel peridotite and garnet pyroxenite xenoliths from Hawaii provide important clues about the composition of the oceanic lithosphere, and can be used to assess its contribution to mantle heterogeneity upon recycling. The peridotites have lower bulk H2O (approximately 70-114 ppm) than the MORB source, qualitatively consistent with melt depletion. The garnet pyroxenites (high pressure cumulates) have higher H2O (200-460 ppm, up to 550 ppm accounting for phlogopite) and low H2O/Ce ratios (less than 100). The peridotites have relatively light Fe-isotopes (delta Fe -57 = -0.34 to 0.13) that decrease with increasing depletion, while the pyroxenites are significantly heavier (delta Fe-57 up to 0.3). The observed xenolith, as well as MORB and OIB total Fe-isotope variability is larger that can be explained by existing melting models. The high H2O and low H2O/Ce ratios of pyroxenites are similar to estimates of EM-type OIB sources, while their heavy delta Fe-57 are similar to some Society and Cook-Austral basalts. Therefore, recycling of mineralogically enriched oceanic lithosphere (i.e. pyroxenites) may contribute to OIB sources and mantle heterogeneity. The Fe(3+)/Sigma? systematics of these xenoliths also suggest that there might be lateral redox gradients within the lithosphere, between juxtaposed oxidized spinel peridotites (deltaFMQ = -0.7 to 1.6, at 15 kb) and more reduced pyroxenites (deltaFMQ = -2 to -0.4, at 20-25kb). Such mineralogically and compositionally imposed fO2 gradients may generate local redox melting due to changes in fluid speciation (e.g. reduced fluids from pyroxenite encountering more oxidized peridotite). Formation of such incipient, small degree melts could further contribute to metasomatic features seen in peridotites, mantle heterogeneity, as well as the low velocity and high electrical conductivity structures near the base of the lithosphere and upper mantle.

  10. Systematic regional variations in diamond carbon isotopic composition and inclusion chemistry beneath the Orapa kimberlite cluster, in Botswana (United States)

    Deines, Peter; Stachel, Thomas; Harris, Jeff W.


    The carbon isotopic composition, nitrogen content and aggregation state of 95 inclusion bearing diamonds, collected from the production of Damtshaa kimberlites, were investigated. The Damtshaa kimberlites belong to the group of southern African kimberlites showing 12C enrichment in eclogitic compared to peridotitic diamonds. The results were compared with similar studies of the nearby Orapa and Letlhakane kimberlites, providing the opportunity to examine variations in mantle composition on the kilometer scale. While Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa diamonds may share some overall similarities in their δ 13C distribution, there are significant differences among them. These differences support the concept that diamonds from different kimberlite pipes have distinctive features in their δ 13C distribution and that this is true for kimberlite occurrences which are spatially separated by only a few tens of km. Compared to Orapa, peridotitic garnet inclusions from Damtshaa and Letlhakane are derived, in part, from highly depleted dunitic-harzburgitic reservoirs extending to greater depth. In all three kimberlites diamonds with eclogitic garnet inclusions displaying comparatively low Al 2O 3/Cr 2O 3 ratios, characteristic for mantle compositions, show a wide range in carbon isotopic composition from about - 4 to - 18 ‰ vs. PDB. The observed relationship between δ 13C and Al 2O 3/Cr 2O 3 ratios indicates the presence of 13C depleted mantle sources that cannot be explained by subduction. Estimates of possible pressure/temperature conditions, based on the Fe/Mg distribution coefficients of coexisting eclogitic garnets and clinopyroxenes and the Ca mole fraction in garnets, lead to the conclusion that beneath the Orapa, Letlhakane, and Damtshaa kimberlites there is a mantle zone depleted in 13C, approximately 20-30 km thick and extending over an area of at least 200 km 2.

  11. Influences of Source Heterogeneity and Potential Temperature on the Generation of Basalts from the North Atlantic Large Igneous Province (United States)

    Brown, E. L.; Lesher, C. E.


    Source heterogeneity and mantle potential temperature are important factors affecting the mantle melting process and must be adequately accounted for to interpret the compositions of mantle-derived melts derived from a variety of tectonomagmatic settings. Several previous studies have attempted to simplify the problem by modeling the melting of a homogeneous source, or by creating 1-D melting models of a heterogeneous source (i.e. solid-solid source mixing). The results of these studies are limited as the latter approach places no constraints on pressures and extents of melting while the former approach does not account for the role of non- peridotite lithologies in the source. We have begun investigating 2-D models using a modified version of the REEBOX polybaric melting model of [1] in an attempt to gain insight into melt compositions related to the effects of the melting process (related to potential temperature) while simultaneously identifying the chemical effects of source heterogeneity. This new model incorporates experimentally - determined melt productivity functions, melting reactions and solidus pressures for eclogite and peridotite source lithologies. At a given potential temperature, model outputs produce grids in trace element and isotope space that reflect variable mixing of melts derived from eclogite and peridotite source lithologies at different segregation pressures from the melting column. Consequently, we are able to qualitatively assess relative pressures and extents of melting within the melting column for comparison with basalt compositions. To better understand the influences of source heterogeneity and potential temperature within the North Atlantic Large Igneous Province, we apply this model to volcanic products from the Paleocene rifted margin of Greenland and the modern ridge system. In the case of the east Greenland flood basalts, variations in contributions from a source involving highly depleted peridotite and eclogite and changes in

  12. Convective instability of stagnant slabs at the base of the Mantle Transition Zone (United States)

    Motoki, M.; Ballmer, M. D.


    Seismic tomography reveals that subducting slabs descend to a depth of about 660 km to stagnate at the base of the mantle transition zone for long timescales. Most of the slab is composed of harzburgite covered by veneers of eclogite and hydrated mantle, a make-up that is positively buoyant overall. Initially, this positive compositional buoyancy is overwhelmed by the negative thermal buoyancy of the cool slab. However, the plate continues to be heated from above and below while it stagnates. Consequently, its thermal buoyancy is expected to slowly increase, turning an initially stable into an unstable thermochemical density stratification, and triggering convective instability. Plumes rising out of stagnating slabs may enhance the transition zone and asthenosphere with compositional heterogeneity, including water, as well as support decompression melting. To study these important processes, we systematically explore the parameters controlling convective instability of stagnating slabs in two-dimensional thermochemical geodynamic models. Preliminary results show that instability occurs at about 50-75 Myr after subduction, a timescale that increases with the age and speed of the subducting plate, as well as Rayleigh number. This timescale is further found to be sensitive to preexisting heterogeneity within the slab, as well as the occurrence of small-scale convection at the base of the overriding plate. The plumes rising out of the slab can deliver only a small fraction of the slab's eclogite to the transition zone, but a larger fraction of the slab's harzburgite and hydrated mantle to the base of the lithosphere, where hydrated lithologies undergo decompression melting in a subset of our models. Most of the slab's eclogite instead settles at the very base of the transition zone. These findings have important implications for the fate of subducted slabs, material transport across the transition zone, the compositional stratification of the mantle as a whole, as well

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

    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 glaucophane at the expense of magmatic and amphibole coronas. This episode is accompanied with a decrease of halogen concentrations in amphiboles (glaucophane (up to 600 ppm) whereas halogen concentrations are unaffected. At 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.

  14. Hydrous metasomatism and melt percolation in the lithospsheric mantle wedge underneath Comallo, Rio Negro Province, Argentina (United States)

    Papadopoulou, Martha; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Bjerg, Ernesto; Gregoire, Michel; Hauzenberger, Christoph


    Xenoliths from Comallo, N. Patagonia, are sp-lherzolites, sp-harzburgites, dunites, wehrlites and clinopyroxenites. The rock-forming minerals are olivine, ortho- and clinopyroxene and spinel. Amphibole and phlogopite are present as relicts, suggesting that the region was affected by modal metasomatism. The majority of xenoliths show a dominant well-equilibrated equigranular texture. Small rounded spinels and sulfides enclosed within olivine as well as amphiboles enclosed in clinopyroxenes indicate that these xenoliths are recrystallized. The recrystallized samples show secondary protogranular textures. The amphibole inclusions in clinopyroxenes indicate that the peridotite has experienced a dehydration reaction during the recrystallization process. Amphibole and phlogopite, where present, have been destabilized and show breakdown reactions at the margin, forming secondary ol, cpx and sp. The clinopyroxene REE patterns display a concave-up shape in LREE and MREE whereas the HREE abundances are low. Depending on the presence or not of amphibole and/or phlogopite the cpx REE patterns can be divided into two different groups, both of which show absence of Sr- and weak Zr, Hf and Ti-negative anomalies. These features combined with the REE patterns highlight a cryptic metasomatism due to melt infiltration of alkali basaltic composition. The differences occuring between the two groups may indicate a differentiation at distance from the percolation front. A third group with steep patterns, negative slope and slightly positive Eu anomaly shows a progression from LREE enrichments to depleted HREE. A carbonatitic metasomatism is evidenced by the LREE enrichment as well as a positive Eu-anomaly combined with a negative Ti-anomaly. Calculated equilibrium temperatures at 1.5GPa using the cores of crystals range between 790 and 950°C, whereas the estimated temperatures using rims are ~70°C higher. Such temperatures are relatively low for the lithospheric mantle below Comallo

  15. Water contents and OH speciation in pyroxenes (United States)

    Bégaudeau, K.; Morizet, Y.; Mercier, J.


    Nominally anhydrous minerals such as pyroxene contain trace amounts of hydrogen which reside in structural defects. Dissolved water (hydroxyls species OH) plays a crucial role in modifying the physical and chemical properties of the Earth’s mantle and attests a significant water reservoir inside. For a series of natural clino- and orthopyroxenes (cpx and opx) from large suite mantle xenoliths, we investigated the total water (H2Otot) in pyroxenes using micro-FTIR so as to constrain the OH dissolution mechanisms. Samples studied have been brought up either by 1) alkaline basalts magmas, Mont Briançon, Maar de Borée , Barges (France), Dreiser Weiher (Germany), San Carlos (Arizona), Black Rock Sumitt (Nevada), Kilbourne Hole (New Mexico), or by 2) kimberlite magmas, Letseng-la-Terae (South Africa). Crystal chemistry from the different xenoliths was determined by microprobe analyses. Pyroxenes have high Mg number (about 0.9) and spinels contain 0.19 Fe3+/Fetot. Equilibrium P, T conditions were determined by geothermobarometry. P-T conditions were estimated between 700 and 1400°C and between 0.5 and 6.3 GPa. Polarized FTIR spectra acquired on natural cpx and opx are consistent with previous studies, showing the main absorption bands attributed to OH species in the region between 3000-3800 cm-1. H2Otot was estimated by the Beer-Lambert law using the calibration of Libowitzky and Rossman (1997) and gives about 300 ppm and 100 ppm H2O for cpx and opx, respectively. Partionning coefficient between cpx and opx is estimated to 2.1, similar to those from literature data on pyroxenes of alkali-basalt and kimberlitic xenoliths. The H2Otot does not show significant correlation with crystal chemistry, therefore contrasting with previous studies. However, we observe a good linear correlation between the cpx/opx water content and the physical conditions (P, T and fO2 determined from Fe3+/Fetot in spinel) recorded by the mantle xenoliths: ppm H2Ocpx=522.89-119.38*P-0.195*T+484

  16. Geophysical detection of relict metasomatism from an Archean (approximately 3.5 Ga) subduction zone. (United States)

    Chen, Chin-Wu; Rondenay, Stéphane; Evans, Rob L; Snyder, David B


    When plate tectonics started on Earth has been uncertain, and its role in the assembly of early continents is not well understood. By synthesizing coincident seismic and electrical profiles, we show that subduction processes formed the Archean Slave craton in Canada. The spatial overlap between a seismic discontinuity and a conductive anomaly at approximately 100 kilometers depth, in conjunction with the occurrence of mantle xenoliths rich in secondary minerals representative of a metasomatic front, supports cratonic assembly by subduction and accretion of lithospheric fragments. Although evidence of cratonic assembly is rarely preserved, these results suggest that plate tectonics was operating as early as Paleoarchean times, approximately 3.5 billion years ago (Ga).

  17. Water and Metasomatism in the Slave Cratonic Lithosphere (Canada): An FTIR Study (United States)

    Kilgore, McKensie; Peslier, Anne H.; Brandon, Alan D.; Schaffer, Lillian Aurora; Pearson, D. Graham; O'Reilly, Suzanne Yvette; Kopylova, Maya G.; Griffin, William L.


    Water in the mantle influences melting, viscosity, seismic velocity, and electrical conductivity. The role played by water in the long-term stabilization of cratonic roots is currently being debated. This study focuses on water contents of mantle minerals (olivine, pyroxene and garnet) from xenoliths found in kimberlites of the Archean Slave craton. 19 mantle xenoliths from central Lac de Gras, and 10 from northern Jericho were analyzed by FTIR for water, and their equilibration depths span the several compositional layers identified beneath the region. At both locations, the shallow peridotites have lower water contents in their olivines (11-30 ppm H2O) than those from the deeper layers (28-300 ppm H2O). The driest olivines, however, are not at the base of the cratonic lithosphere (>6 GPa) as in the Kaapvaal craton. Instead, the deepest olivines are hydrous (31-72 ppm H2O at Lac de Gras and 275 ppm H2O at Jericho). Correlations of water in clinopyroxene and garnet with their other trace element contents are consistent with water being added by metasomatism by melts resembling kimberlite precursors in the mantle approx.0.35 Ga ago beneath Lac de Gras. The northern Jericho xenoliths are derived from a region of the Slave craton that is even more chemically stratified, and was affected at depth by the 1.27 Ga Mackenzie igneous events. Metasomatism at Jericho may be responsible for the particularly high olivine water contents (up to 300 ppm H2O) compared to those at Lac de Gras, which will be investigated by acquiring trace-element data on these xenoliths. These data indicate that several episodes of metasomatic rehydration occurred in the deep part of the Slave craton mantle lithosphere, with the process being more intense in the northern part beneath Jericho, likely related to a translithospheric suture serving as a channel to introduce fluids and/or melts in the northern region. Consequently, rehydration of the lithosphere does not necessarily cause cratonic root

  18. Comparison of the mantle modification of the mantle column between two phases of kimberlite intrusion in Dalnyaya pipe, Yakutia (United States)

    Ashchepkov, Igor; Spetsius, Zdislav; Salikhov, Ravil; Khmelnikova, Olga


    Dalnaya pipe is one of the largest in Daldyn field, Yakutia is composed of autolite breccia (AKB) and porphyric kimberlite (PK). Minerals from concentrates of both phases were compared and with the peridotite xenoliths minerals. Cpx from Dalnyaya are showing common tendencies Fe--Ti rise and Cr, Al, Na decrease. Garnets belong to lherzolite field with more deviation to harzbuirgitic one for (PK) . The chromites show two subtrends for Cr Fe, Ni vs TiO2. In general the variations of the AKB minerals and dispersion are higher but amount of depleted varieties is higher in PK. We used >50 xenoliths and ~1200 concentrate minerals for PT reconstructions. Combine PTX diagram show deep SCLM root beneath Dalnyaya with the main heating ~7 GPa. The HT 45mwm-2 branch is traced by some xenoliths from base to 2GPa. Essential inflection and heating detected by PT for OPx ~3GPa referring to Ca- enriched pyroxenitic garnets . Small Fe enrichment for Cpx and Gar found near 6 GPa referring to heated porhyroclastic varieties. Continuous and irregular growth of Fe# for Gar and low Fe Cpx Fe# 6 to 12# suggest that primary mantle layering beneath this pipe was smoothed by the high scale interaction with melts. The refertilization trend with Fe#9-15% rising upward in two branches refer to the Ilm and Cpx parental melt evolutions produced the intergrowth sometimes with garnets. In the PFO2 diagrams garnets and Cpx show continuous reduction to the lithosphere base to 4QMF higher for Cpx. Ilm - garnet trend is rising upward between -2 -0 QMF. The PT diagram for the AKB minerals from Dalnyaya pipe is nearly the same with the high dispersion to Fe rich varieties and smaller amount o f Mg rich minerals. Since the diamond grade is often determined by the amount of depleted varieties it is higher for the PK. Trace elements determined for Gar and Cpx from 13 xenoliths from the middle part of mantle section reveal very similar patterns in general. Supported by RBRF grant 11-05-00060.

  19. Crustal Signatures in Mantle Peridotites From Yakutian Kimberlites (United States)

    Taylor, L. A.; Spetsius, Z.; Wiesli, R.; Anand, M.; Valley, J.


    Peridotites and eclogites are considered as the original hosts for diamonds in the mantle. However, it is now generally agreed that these "mantle" eclogites from kimberlites had their origin in the subduction of oceanic crust beneath the major cratons of the world. One of the first indications for such crustal protoliths was from studies of oxygen and carbon isotopes (e.g., Peter Deines and colleagues, Ian McGregor, as well as our group). Indeed, subsequent studies of such rocks have revealed several additional crustal signatures. A possible scenario involves the subduction of an ophiolite sequence, whereby the basaltic and lower mafic components were metamorphosed, devolatilized/partially melted, and otherwise transformed into eclogites. Being within the diamond-stability field, they later experience metasomatic diamond formation. Surprisingly, the closely associated diamondiferous peridotites are considered to be of original mantle origin. We pose the query: What became of the ultramafic portion at the bottom of the crustal sequence? Could this be the origin of at least some of the mantle peridotites? The restricted δ13C values for P-type (peridotitic) diamonds is commonly used as evidence for the mantle origin of peridotites. However, a compilation of δ13C data, published by Peter Deines and our group, for P-type diamonds, mainly from numerous south African pipes, also shows a significant number of values that are well below the mantle field (to -20 \\permil). Fresh, clean garnets were carefully selected from over a hundred peridotites collected from several Yakutian kimberlites. These were subjected to oxygen-isotope analyses by laser-fluorination at the University of Wisconsin. The majority of the δ18O values plot within the accepted mantle value of 5.5+/-0.4 \\permil (Mattey et al., 1994). However, a significant number (~20%) lies outside this window, both above and below. These values are interpreted to represent the effects of both high- and low

  20. Petrological and geochemical records of short-lived, high temperature metamorphism during exhumation of the Sulu UHP metamorphic terrane (United States)

    Zong, K.; Liu, Y.; Zhang, X.; Ye, Y.; Gao, C.


    The Dabie-Sulu terrane of east-central China is the largest and most well known ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic terrane in the world, which has become one of the most important places to study continental subduction-related UHP metamorphism. In the past two decades, numerous petrological, geochemical, petrophysical and tectonophysical studies were carried out in the Dabie-Sulu UHP metamorphic terrane. However, almost all of these studies have focused on UHP metamorphic processes, while only a few studies have focused on the thermal evolution. Here we present a detailed petrological and geochemical study on the southern Sulu UHP eclogites in order to constrain the “hot” exhumation of the Sulu UHP metamorphic terrane. Eclogite-hosted garnet-spinel-corundum-quartz-bearing titanohematite veins near the main hole of the Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling Project (CCSD-MH) are described for the first time in the Sulu UHP metamorphic terrane. A vein composed of titanohematite + ilmenite + hematite + spinel + garnet + corundum + quartz + K-feldspar + albite was studied in detail. The unusual mineral assemblage of garnet + spinel + corundum + quartz implies that this vein could have experienced high temperatures (>900 oC). Although within garnets showed well-defined Mg and Mn diffusion zoning in the rim as a result of the high temperature event, slight Mg and Mn growth zoning was preserved in the core. Thus, we suggest that the Sulu UHP terrane could have experienced a short-lived, high-temperature stage during exhumation. This is consistent with trace element zoning recorded by garnet, omphacite and apatite and much higher temperatures recorded by rutiles and zircons with ages of ~200 Ma in the CCSD-MH eclogites. We speculate that slab breakoff may have caused asthenospheric upwelling, which could have provided a heat pulse for the short-lived, high-temperature metamorphism in the Sulu UHP terrane. Such high temperature stage could have contributed to the

  1. Argon, Oxygen, and Boron Isotopic Evidence Documenting 40ArE Accumulation in Phengite during Water-Rich High-Pressure Subduction Metasomatism of Continental Crust (United States)

    Menold, C. A.; Grove, M.; Sievers, N. E.


    The Luliang Shan area of the North Qaidam UHP metamorphic terrane in NW China features thick, garnet- and phengite-rich metasomatic selvages that formed around gneiss-hosted mafic eclogite blocks during near ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) conditions. Previous work revealed that the phengite-rich selvage formed at near UHP conditions. Quartz and white mica d18O data from the selvage cannot be explained by simple mixing of gneiss and eclogite, and indicate a fluid/rock ratio > 1 during regional-scale infiltration high d18O (ca. 14‰) fluids. Heavy d18O overgrowths of metamorphic zircon over lighter d18O detrital grains indicate that the gneiss was similarly affected. Starkly contrasting B-contents and d11B compositions for the host gneiss and the selvage also cannot be explained by local-scale devolatilization of the gneiss to form the selvage. Instead, the B systematics are best attributed to two distinct phases of fluid infiltration: (1) low-B, high-Cs selvage phengites with d11B from -9 to -30‰ grew under near-UHP conditions; and (2) tourmaline and high-B, low-Cs muscovite with generally positive d11B crystallized in the host gneiss under subsequent lower pressure epidote-amphibolite facies conditions as the Luliang Shan terrane was exhumed past shallower portions of the subduction channel towards the surface. Phengite 40Ar/39Ar ages from eclogite exceed the ca. 490 Ma zircon U-Pb age of eclogite metamorphism by a factor of 1.5 and ages from the more permeable schistose selvage were even older, exceeding the near-UHP metamorphic event by a factor of 1.7. In contrast, lower pressure retrograde muscovite present within the host gneiss and in discrete shear zones cutting the selvage yield 40Ar/39Ar ages younger than 490 Ma and are consistent with regional cooling age patterns. High concentrations of 40ArE in common in UHP phengite are often explained by low phengite/fluid partition coefficients for argon (Dphg/fluidAr = 10-3 to 10-5) coupled with the dry, closed systems

  2. Diamond growth from subducted carbon implied by correlated δ18O-δ13C variations in diamonds and garnet inclusions (United States)

    Ickert, R. B.; Stachel, T.; Harris, J. W.


    Much of our knowledge of the deep-Earth carbon cycle is derived from studies of diamond. The sources of carbon in the mantle and the mechanisms of transport and precipitation as diamond, however, are not entirely understood. Due to the chemical purity of diamond, scientific effort has focussed on syngenetic mineral inclusions and their relationship to their diamond hosts. For example, it is well known that, on a worldwide scale, diamonds with eclogitic inclusions have a distinct δ13C distribution when compared to more abundant peridotitic diamonds. Eclogitic diamonds have a distribution that extends from mantle-like δ13C values (ca. -5%), to very light carbon (mine (Orapa cluster, Botswana). The δ13C values of the host diamond were determined to have a wide range (-4.4% to -18%; Deines et al. 2009; Lithos v.112 p776). From 15 inclusions, the δ18O variations range from +4.8 to +8.8 %. The relative 18O abundances are negatively correlated with the δ13C of the host diamonds, suggesting a link between high δ18O host rocks and low δ13C diamonds. Although fractionation of δ13C values is possible at high temperature, δ18O values are susceptible only to very small high temperature fractionations. For example, Cartigny et al. (2001, EPSL v.185 p85) suggested that CO2 degassing from a carbonate-bearing melt prior to diamond precipitation may be responsible for a δ13C distribution of eclogitic diamonds worldwide that is skewed to 13C depleted compositions. Our data place new constraints on that model. Depending on the C/O ratio of the melt, CO2 degassing will either have a negligible effect on the δ18O of the residual melt, or (at high C/O) induce a positive correlation between δ18O and δ13C, contrary to the negative correlation documented here. We suggest instead that low δ13C diamonds at Damtshaa are associated with sources whose protoliths were exposed to low-temperature alteration (increasing their δ18O). We relate the connection between low δ13C and

  3. Isotopic investigation of metasomatism in subduction zones: the Franciscan Complex, California

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    Nelson, B.K.; Depaolo, D.J.


    Metasomatizing fluids associated with metamorphism in subduction zones may be an important agent for the chemical modification of subducted rocks and of the overlying mantle wedge, both of which may be sources for island arc magmas. To characterize the timing of metasomatism and the source and nature of the fluids, the authors measured Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotope ratios of vein-filling minerals and actinolitic rinds cross-cutting meta-basaltic blocks from the Franciscan Central belt. 12 of 14 unmetasomatized samples of greenstone, blueschist and eclogite blocks have measured element of/sub ND/=+8 to +11, indicating MOR protoliths. Measured element of/sub Sr/ values scatter, but initial element of/sub Sr/ for whole rocks and garnets at 150 m.y. are +1 to +16. In element of/sub Nd=element of/sub Sr/ space the initial ratios are shifted to higher element of/sub Sr/ values with respect to unaltered MORB, suggesting seawater-hydrothermal alteration of the protolith. Foliated actinolite +/- white mica rinds from an eclogite and blueschist, both with element of/sub Nd/=+9, have element of/sub Nd/ of +6 and +1 respectively. The Rb-Sr age of the aragonite-glaucophane pair is 153.6 +/- 2.4 m.y., with initial /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr = 0.7052 and element of/sub Nd/ = +6.3. The Rb-Sr age of a white mica-zoisite pair from a vein in a Tiburon eclogite is 151.9 +/- 0.4 m.y., initial /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr = 0.7050 and element of/sub Nd/=+6.7. The vein fluids had similar isotopic compositions, but some rind-forming fluids had element of/sub Nd/<+1 suggesting a component derived from continental crust. Jadeitic metagreywacke, such as that from Pacheco Pass may be a source for low element of/sub Nd/ fluids. Beyond alteration at a MOR, subduction-related metasomatism may further modify eclogite returned to the mantle.

  4. Middle Ordovician subduction of continental crust in the Scandinavian Caledonides - an example from Tjeliken, Seve Nappe Complex, Sweden (United States)

    Fassmer, Kathrin; Andersson, Barbro; Klonowska, Iwona; Walczak, Katarzyna; Froitzheim, Nikolaus; Majka, Jarosław; Fonseca, Raul


    The Seve Nappe Complex (SNC) in the Scandinavian Caledonides represents the distal part of the margin of Baltica, which was subducted to depth of UHP metamorphism during the Caledonian orogeny. In contrast to the ages determined for the Western Gneiss Complex in Western Norway (ca. 420 - 400 Ma) which is interpreted to represent the subducted Baltican basement , the ages in the SNC and related nappes are overall older (ca. 500-430 Ma), with a general trend of higher ages in the North (Norrbotten) than in the South (Jämtland). As the previously published ages in the SNC are quite diverging it is difficult to reconstruct the tectonometamorphic history of this unit. Therefore exact dating with different methods is necessary to get a better constraint on the exact timing of subduction. We present new age determinations on an eclogite and a garnet-phengite schist from Tjeliken in northern Jämtland, Sweden. There the SNC can be divided into three tectonic units, an Eastern, Middle and Western belt. The locality of Mt. Tjeliken is situated in the Eastern Belt. Thermodynamic modelling of the eclogite yielded a pressure of 25-26 kbar at 650-700 °C (Majka et al. 2014). Previous dating produced diverging ages of 460±4 Ma (Sm-Nd mineral isochrones, Brueckner & Van Roermund 2007) and 446±1 Ma (U-Pb zircon dating, Root & Corfu 2012). In this study metamorphic rims of zircons from the garnet-phengite schist were dated using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and yielded a concordia age of 458.9 ± 2.5 Ma. Lu-Hf garnet-whole rock dating yielded 458.5 ± 1.1 Ma for the eclogite. Garnet in the eclogite shows a prograde major-element zoning and a concentration of Lu in the cores, indicating that this age is related to garnet growth during pressure increase, i.e. subduction. The identical ages from both rock types confirm subduction of the outer margin of Baltica during the Middle Ordovician in a fast subduction-exhumation cycle. The fact that Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf dating yielded

  5. Mantle wedge infiltrated with saline fluids from dehydration and decarbonation of subducting slab. (United States)

    Kawamoto, Tatsuhiko; Yoshikawa, Masako; Kumagai, Yoshitaka; Mirabueno, Ma Hannah T; Okuno, Mitsuru; Kobayashi, Tetsuo


    Slab-derived fluids play an important role in heat and material transfer in subduction zones. Dehydration and decarbonation reactions of minerals in the subducting slab have been investigated using phase equilibria and modeling of fluid flow. Nevertheless, direct observations of the fluid chemistry and pressure-temperature conditions of fluids are few. This report describes CO2-bearing saline fluid inclusions in spinel-harzburgite xenoliths collected from the 1991 Pinatubo pumice deposits. The fluid inclusions are filled with saline solutions with 5.1 ± 1.0% (wt) NaCl-equivalent magnesite crystals, CO2-bearing vapor bubbles, and a talc and/or chrysotile layer on the walls. The xenoliths contain tremolite amphibole, which is stable in temperatures lower than 830 °C at the uppermost mantle. The Pinatubo volcano is located at the volcanic front of the Luzon arc associated with subduction of warm oceanic plate. The present observation suggests hydration of forearc mantle and the uppermost mantle by slab-derived CO2-bearing saline fluids. Dehydration and decarbonation take place, and seawater-like saline fluids migrate from the subducting slab to the mantle wedge. The presence of saline fluids is important because they can dissolve more metals than pure H2O and affect the chemical evolution of the mantle wedge.

  6. The Maua granitic massif, Central Ribeira Belt, Sao Paulo, Brazil: petrography, geochemistry and U-Pb dating

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    Filipov, Marcelo [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Escola Politecnica. Dept. de Engenharia de Minas]. E-mail:; Janasi, Valdecir de Assis [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias]. E-mail:


    The Maua granitic massif is an elongated body dominated by a porphyritic biotite monzogranite which grades, in its southwestern extremity, to lighter equi granular granite and greisenized (tourmaline)-biotite-muscovite leuco granite. Abundant enclaves can be divided in three types: grey micro granular enclaves, with rounded shapes and igneous textures, are compositionally similar to the enclosing porphyritic granites; dark, rounded, micaceous enclaves have high K/Na, and may correspond to highly assimilated meta sedimentary xenoliths; and angulous gneiss xenoliths seem to be fragments of an unexposed type of country rock. The primitive magmas that formed the massif were Zr, P and LREE-saturated, and became progressively enriched in U, Cs, Y, HREE, F and possibly Ta. Geochemical data show that most of the observed compositional variation can be a reflection of crystal fractionation at the level of emplacement. However, other processes such as magma mixing, contamination and post-magmatic alteration seem to respond for local chemical variations. U-Pb monazite dating point to a crystallization age of 588 {+-} 2 Ma which is ca. 20 myr. younger than those of nearby crust-derived syn-orogenic granites. (author)

  7. Overpressure by burial (United States)

    Podladchikov, Yury; Dabrowski, Marcin


    Preservation of peak metamorphic assemblages cannot be explain by sluggish kinetics only due to high temperatures. Moreover, frequently reported near isothermal decompression from peak conditions testify continuing capacity of lower pressure metamorphic reactions to overcome kinetic barriers. Often these observations come from the same rock sample, or even or from a single host crystal. Natural conclusion on preservation of peak pressures in a 'pressure vessel' in order to preserve the peak mineral assemblages was firmly made already in the first years after convincing identifying of ultra-high pressure minerals in continental rocks. The 'pressure vessels' model is thus the current view on mechanical state during retrogression assuming up to several GPa excess pressure in inclusion maintained by host mineral all the way through retrogression. Same arguments apply to preservation of outcrop scale eclogite boudins in lower pressure amphibolite gneisses. If strength of rocks and minerals is sufficient to keep the pressure difference during retrogression, the same applies to the prograde stage of the metamorphic history of the rock. We investigate and quantify the overpressure development during burial of continental rocks. We show that eclogite lenses are expected to develop over mafic lithology embedded in average crustal rock at lower crustal condition, thus eliminating the need for 'deep continental subduction' as the only mechanism to form it.

  8. On the Origin of High Shear Wave Velocities in the Deep Roots of Cratons (United States)

    Zeng, L.; Duncan, M. S.; Garber, J. M.; Hernandez, J. A.; Maurya, S.; Zhang, H.; Faul, U.; McCammon, C. A.; Montagner, J. P.; Moresi, L. N.; Romanowicz, B. A.; Rudnick, R. L.; Stixrude, L. P.


    Some seismic models derived from tomographic studies indicate very high shear wave velocities around 150 km depth, which cannot be explained by standard cratonic peridotite compositions derived from kimberlites, even under the assumption of very cold geotherms (i.e. 28mW/m3 surface heat flux). We present the results of a multi-disciplinary study conducted at the CIDER Summer 2016 program in Santa Barbara (CA), in which we have reviewed various geophysical and petrological constraints on the nature of cratonic roots (seismic velocities, electrical conductivity, gravity, lithologies) and explored a range of possible solutions. We find that matching the high shear wave velocities requires a large proportion of eclogite that is not matched by observed eclogite proportions in kimberlite samples. The high shear velocity of diamond makes it a viable candidate to account for such high velocities, in a proportion that is compatible with the global carbon budget. Our most recent results will be presented as well as suggestions for possible mechanisms for diamond formation and emplacement.

  9. Regional Characterization of Tokyo Metropolitan area using a highly-dense seismic network (MeSO-net) (United States)

    Hirata, Naoshi; Nakagawa, Shigeki; Sakai, Shin'ichi; Panayotopoulos, Yannis; Ishikawa, Masahiro; Ishibe, Takeo; Kimura, Hisanori; Honda, Ryou


    We have developed a dense seismic network, MeSO-net (Metropolitan Seismic Observation network), which consists of about 300 seismic stations, since 2007 in the greater Tokyo urban region(Hirata et al., 2009). Using MeSO-net data, we obtain P- and S- wave velocity tomograms (Nakagawa et al., 2010) and Qp, Qs tomograms (Panayotopoulos et al., 2014) which show a clear image of Philippine Sea Plate (PSP) and PAcific Plate (PAP). A depth to the top of PSP, 20 to 30 km beneath northern part of Tokyo bay, is about 10 km shallower than previous estimates based on the hypocenter distribution (Ishida, 1992). Based on elastic wave velocities of rocks and minerals, we constructed a petrologic model. The Vp steps in subducting Izu forearc crust occurs at a depth of 30km (blueschist or greenschist to garnet amphibolite transformation) and a depth of 50km (garnet amphibolite to eclogite transformation). Both temperatures are estimated to be 500 and 600 degree C, respectively. The high Vp/Vs anomaly (>1.9) implies large amounts of fluid H2O released by garnet amphibolite to eclogite dehydration reactions. This study is supported by MEXT Japan under the Special Project for Reducing Vulnerability for Urban Mega Earthquake Disasters.

  10. Seismic anisotropy from compositional banding in granulites from the deep magmatic arc of Fiordland, New Zealand (United States)

    Cyprych, Daria; Piazolo, Sandra; Almqvist, Bjarne S. G.


    We present calculated seismic velocities and anisotropies of mafic granulites and eclogites from the Cretaceous deep lower crust (∼40-65 km) of Fiordland, New Zealand. Both rock types show a distinct foliation defined by cm-scale compositional banding. Seismic properties are estimated using the Asymptotic Expansion Homogenisation - Finite Element (AEH-FE) method that, unlike the commonly used Voigt-Reuss-Hill homogenisation, incorporates the phase boundary network into calculations. The predicted mean P- and S-wave velocities are consistent with previously published data for similar lithologies from other locations (e.g., Kohistan Arc), although we find higher than expected anisotropies (AVP ∼ 5.0-8.0%, AVS ∼ 3.0-6.5%) and substantial S-wave splitting along foliation planes in granulites. This seismic signature of granulites results from a density and elasticity contrast between cm-scale pyroxene ± garnet stringers and plagioclase matrix rather than from crystallographic orientations alone. Banded eclogites do not show elevated anisotropies as the contrast in density and elastic constants of garnet and pyroxene is too small. The origin of compositional banding in Fiordland granulites is primarily magmatic and structures described here are expected to be typical for the base of present day magmatic arcs. Hence, we identify a new potential source of anisotropy within this geotectonic setting.

  11. Seismic wave speed structure of the Ontong Java Plateau (United States)

    Covellone, Brian M.; Savage, Brian; Shen, Yang


    The Ontong Java Plateau (OJP) represents the result of a significant event in the Earth's geologic history. Limited geophysical and geochemical data, as well as the plateau's relative isolation in the Pacific ocean, have made interpretation of the modern day geologic structure and its 120 Ma formation history difficult. Here we present the highest resolution image to date of the wave speed structure of the OJP region. We use a data set that combines Rayleigh waves extracted from both ambient noise and earthquake waveforms and an iterative finite-frequency tomography methodology. The combination of datasets allow us to best exploit the limited station distribution in the Pacific and image wave speed structures between 35 km and 300 km into the Earth. We image a region of fast shear wave speeds, greater than 4.75 km/s, that extends to greater than 100 km beneath the plateau. The wave speeds are similar to as observed in cratonic environments and are consistent with a compositional anomaly that resulted from the residuum of eclogite entrainment during the plateau's formation. The combination of our imaged wave speed structure and previous geochemical work suggest that a surfacing plume head entrained eclogite from the deep mantle and accounts for the anomalous buoyancy characteristics of the plateau and observed fast wave speeds.

  12. Reaction kinetics, P-T-t paths and rates of tectonic processes

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    Bohlen, S.R.; Hankins, W.B.; Eckert, J.O. Jr.; Kirby, S.H.; Liu, J. (Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA (United States)); Hacker, B.R.; Mosenfelder, J.L. (Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States). Dept. of Geology)


    The interpretation of portions of P-T-time (t) paths in metamorphic rocks assumes that continuous and discontinuous reactions record local equilibrium as P-T conditions change, implying that the kinetics of many reactions are rapid relative to dT/dt and dP/dt. Occurrence of eclogite veins in granulites from Bergen, Norway as well as occurrences of coesite and diamond in crustal rocks imply that, under certain conditions, this assumption is wrong. Knowledge of the kinetics of important reactions under appropriate conditions would provide limits on the duration of relatively narrowly defined P-T conditions, allow inference of the rates of exhumation of rocks containing high-pressure phases, and allow the calculation of the time required for the conversion of gabbro to eclogite in the lower crust as a function of P-T-t. The authors are currently assessing the rates of key phase transformations: calcite to aragonite, albite to jadeite + quartz, coesite to quartz, opx[sub Fs[sup 80

  13. Raman spectroscopy of detrital garnet from the (U)HP terrane of eastern Papua New Guinea (United States)

    Andò, Sergio; Baldwin, Suzanne L.; Fitzgerald, Paul G.; Malusà, Marco G.; Aliatis, Irene; Vezzoli, Giovanni; Garzanti, Eduardo


    Garnet is one of the most widespread heavy minerals in sediments derived from orogenic systems. Its chemical composition varies systematically with temperature and pressure conditions, and thus provides information on the metamorphic evolution of source areas that is crucial in tectonic and geodynamic reconstructions. Garnet is easily identified in mineral grain mounts and is relatively stable during burial diagenesis. Raman spectroscopy allows rapid determination of garnet compositions in grain mounts or thin sections of sand and sandstone samples, and can be used to assess their density and chemical composition quite accurately ("MIRAGEM" method of Bersani et al., 2009; Andò et al., 2009). In the D'Entrecastreaux Islands of southeastern Papua New Guinea, the world's youngest (U)HP rocks are exposed. There, mafic rocks and their felsic host gneisses were metamorphosed under eclogite facies conditions from late Miocene to Pliocene, before being exhumed from depths of ~90 km (Baldwin et al., 2004, 2008). The eclogite preserves a peak assemblage of garnet, omphacite, rutile, phengite and Si02 (Hill and Baldwin, 1993). A coesite-eclogite has been found in one small island outcrop. In order to sample garnet populations representative of a larger geographical area, we sampled and studied a heavy-mineral-dominated placer sand (HMC 80) from a beach from SE Goodenough Island. Garnet grains in beach sand are associated with blue-green to subordinately green-brown amphibole and minor epidote, omphacitic clinopyroxene, titanite, apatite and rutile. The subordinate low-density fraction is feldspatho-quartzose with high-rank metamorphic rock fragments and biotite (Q62 F35 Lm2; MI 360). Detrital garnets are mostly classified as almandine with relatively high Mg and Ca and lacking Mn, typical of the eclogite facies (Win et al., 2007; type Ci garnets of Mange and Morton 2007; Andò et al., 2013). In well-described stratigraphic sequences within syn-and post-tectonic basins

  14. Thermobarometric and fluid expulsion history of subduction zones

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    Ernst, W.G. (Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States))


    Phanerozoic, unmetamorphosed, weathered, and altered lithotectonic complexes subjected to subduction exhibit the prograde metamorphic facies sequence: zeolite {r arrow} prehnite-pumpellyite {r arrow} glaucophane schist {r arrow} eclogite. Parageneses reflect relatively high-P trajectories, accompanied by semicontinuous devolatilization. The thermal evolution of convergent plate junctions results in early production of high-rank blueschists, high-P amphibolites, and eclogites at depth. Inclusion studies suggest that two-phase immiscible volatiles are evolved in turn during progressive metamorphism of the subducted sections. Expulsion of pore fluids and transitions from weathered and altered supracrustal rocks to zeolite facies assemblages release far more fluid than the better understood higher-grade transformations. Many blueschist parageneses (e.g., Western Alps) have been partially overprinted by later greenschist and/or epidote-amphibolite facies assemblages. Less common blueschist terranes (e.g., Franciscan belt of western California) preserve metamorphic aragonite and other high-P minerals, and lack a low-pressure overprint; physical conditions during retrogression approximately retraced the prograde path or, for early formed high-grade blocks, reflect somewhat higher pressures and lower temperatures. The ease with which volatiles are expelled from a subduction complex and migrate upward along the plate junction zone is roughly proportional to the sandstone/shale ratio: low-permeability mudstones tend to maintain P{sub fluid} values approaching lithostatic, lose strength, and deform chaotically (forming melange belts), whereas permeable sandstone-rich sections retain structural/stratigraphic coherence and fail brittlely (forming coherent terranes).

  15. Formation and metasomatism of continental lithospheric mantle in intra-plate and subduction-related tectonic settings (United States)

    Ionov, Dmitri


    Our knowledge of the origin and evolution of the continental lithospheric mantle (CLM) remains fragmentary and partly controversial in spite of recent advances in petrologic, geochemical and geophysical studies of the deep Earth and experimental work. Debate continues on a number of essential topics, like relative contributions of partial melting, metasomatism and ‘re-fertilisation' as well as the timing, conditions and tectonic settings of those processes. These topics can be addressed by studies of ultramafic xenoliths in volcanic rocks which arguably provide the least altered samples of modern and ancient CLM. The subcontinental lithosphere is thought to be a mantle region from which melts have been extracted, thus making the lithosphere more refractory. Melting degrees can be estimated from Al contents while the depth of melt extraction can be assessed from Al-Fe (Mg#) relations in unmetasomatized melting residues in comparison with experimental data, e.g. [1]. High silica and opx in the residues may indicate melting in water-rich conditions. High-precision Mg# and Mn for olivine may constrain degrees and conditions of partial melting and/or metasomatism, tectonic settings, modal compositions (e.g. presence of garnet) and equilibration conditions of mantle peridotites [2]. These estimates require both adequate sampling and high-quality major element and modal data; sampling and analytical uncertainties in published work may contribute substantially to chemical heterogeneities (and different origins) inferred for CLM domains [3]. Very fertile peridotite xenolith suites are rare worldwide [3]. They were initially viewed as representing mantle domains that experienced only very small degrees of melt extraction but are attributed by some workers to ‘refertilization' of refractory mantle by percolating asthenospheric melts. Such alternative mechanisms might be valid for some rare hybrid and Fe-enriched peridotites but they fail to comprehensively explain modal

  16. The geology and geochemistry of Isla Floreana, Galápagos: A different type of late-stage ocean island volcanism: Chapter 6 in The Galápagos: A natural laboratory for the earth sciences (United States)

    Harpp, Karen S.; Geist, Dennis J.; Koleszar, Alison M.; Christensen, Branden; Lyons, John; Sabga, Melissa; Rollins, Nathan; Harpp, Karen S.; Mittelstaedt, Eric; d'Ozouville, Noémi; Graham, David W


    Isla Floreana, the southernmost volcano in the Galápagos Archipelago, has erupted a diverse suite of alkaline basalts continually since 1.5 Ma. Because these basalts have different compositions than xenoliths and older lavas from the deep submarine sector of the volcano, Floreana is interpreted as being in a rejuvenescent or late-stage phase of volcanism. Most lavas contain xenoliths, or their disaggregated remains. The xenolithic debris and large ranges in composition, including during single eruptions, indicate that the magmas do not reside in crustal magma chambers, unlike magmas in the western Galápagos. Floreana lavas have distinctive trace element compositions that are rich in fluid-immobile elements (e.g., Ta, Nb, Th, Zr) and even richer in fluid-mobile elements (e.g., Ba, Sr, Pb). Rare earth element (REE) patterns are light REE-enriched and distinctively concave-up. Neodymium isotopic ratios are comparable to those from Fernandina, at the core of the Galápagos plume, but Floreana has the most radiogenic Sr and Pb isotopic ratios in the archipelago. These trace element patterns and isotopic ratios are attributed to a mixed source originating within the Galápagos plume, which includes depleted upper mantle, plume material rich in TITAN elements (Ti, Ta, Nb), and recycled oceanic crust that has undergone partial dehydration in an ancient subduction zone. Because Floreana lies at the periphery of the Galápagos plume, melting occurs mostly in the spinel zone, and enriched components dominate; the Floreana recycled mantle component influence is detectable in volcanoes along the entire southern periphery of the archipelago as well. Floreana is the only Galápagos volcano known to have undergone late-stage volcanism. Here, however, the secondary stage activity is more compositionally enriched than the shield-building phase, in contrast to what is observed in Hawai‘i, suggesting that the mechanism driving late-stage volcanism may vary among ocean island

  17. Are mid-lithospheric discontinuities (MLDs) caused by layers of frozen-in melts? (United States)

    Rader, E. L.; Frost, D. A.; Cheng, C.; YU, C.; Menard, J.; Emry, E.; Schmerr, N. C.


    A Mid-Lithospheric Discontinuity (MLD) has been observed at a depth of ~90 km within the continental lithosphere by a wide variety of seismic techniques, including shear wave anisotropy, P and S receiver functions, active-source seismic experiments, SS and PP precursors, and ScS reverberation phases. Proposed geological mechanisms for explaining the MLD include the presence of melt, relict subduction zone accretionary structures, or an abrupt change in composition from frozen-in melts and metasomatism. During the 2013 CIDER summer workshop, our working group began an investigation of the MLD by compiling a seismological database of where the interface has been observed, methods used to identify it, and characteristics (depth, velocity contrast, gradients) of the observations. Additionally, we created a petrological database of xenoliths that originated immediately above, below, and within the vicinity of the seismologically observed structure. We find that regions of thick continental lithosphere, exhibit evidence for an abrupt decrease in seismic shear velocity (~5% over 10-20 km) at 60-160 km depth, with the majority of observations within ~80-90 km. We used the petrological and seismological constraints to then assess the feasibility of a metasomatic and frozen-in melt layer associated with the MLD. We used shear wave velocity data combined with compiled petrological data to determine which hydrous minerals are most likely to have an impact on the shear velocity at the MLD. Preliminary calculations at 1GPa show that by increasing the composition of hydrous minerals, such as phlogopite, by 5-20% in the rock, noticeable decreases in shear velocity are produced. To further test the feasibility of this explanation, we used standard thermobarometry methods to determine xenolith formation depth for samples containing amphibole and phlogopite, comparing them to the expected MLD pressure range (~2-5 GPa; 60-160 km). We find that only 25% of amphibole samples formed

  18. Nd-Sr isotopic geochemistry and U-Pb geochronology of the Fe granitic gneiss and Lajedo Granodiorite: implications for paleoproterozoic evolution of the Mineiro Belt, southern Sao Francisco craton, Brazil

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    Teixeira, Wilson [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Centro de Pesquisas Geocronologicas]. E-mail:; Avila, Ciro Alexandre [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Museu Nacional. Dept. de Geologia e Paleontologia]. E-mail:; Nunes, Luciana Cabral [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias]. E-mail:


    The Fe granitic gneiss and Lajedo granodiorite belong to a voluminous felsic-mafic plutonism, tectonically linked to Paleoproterozoic magmatic evolution of the Mineiro Belt, southern portion of the Sao Francisco Craton, central-eastern Brazil. The Fe pluton is located north of the Lenheiros shear zone and is intrusive with respect to the Rio das Mortes greenstone belt and pyroxenite - gabbroic bodies, as indicated by xenoliths of gneiss and amphibolite, in the first case, and pyroxenite in the latter. The Lajedo granodiorite is located south of the Lenheiros shear zone and cuts the metamafic rocks of the Forro peridotite - pyroxenite and mafic and intermediate rocks of the Nazareno greenstone belt, as evidenced by xenoliths from the latter unit. The modal composition of the Fe granitic gneiss lies within the ranges of monzogranite and syenogranite. It is peraluminous and shows a large variation in K{sub 2}O content, which implies a middle-K calc-alkaline to high-K calc-alkaline tendency. The Lajedo modal composition is consistent with granodioritic and tonalitic compositions. It indicates a predominantly peraluminous composition and calc-alkaline character. The U-Pb zircon crystallization age of the Fe granitic gneiss is 2191 {+-} 9 Ma, whereas the Lajedo granodiorite yields 2208 {+-} 26 Ma. The Nd/Sr characteristics of the Fe and Lajedo plutons are consistent with mixtures of enriched mantle (EMI-type), DMM and crustal components during magma genesis in a plutonic arc setting, while the low {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sri ratios point to contribution of mafic rock protoliths during magma genesis. This is also in accordance with the characteristic xenoliths observed within the investigated plutons from the Nazareno and Rio das Mortes greenstone belts. The Fe granitic gneiss and Lajedo granodiorite show tectonic characteristics which are comparable to those of nearby coeval plutons: Brito quartz-diorite (2221 +- 2 Ma), Brumado de Cima granodiorite (2219 {+-} 2 Ma), Brumado

  19. Magmatic systems of large continental igneous provinces

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    E. Sharkov


    Full Text Available Large igneous provinces (LIPs formed by mantle superplume events have irreversibly changed their composition in the geological evolution of the Earth from high-Mg melts (during Archean and early Paleoproterozoic to Phanerozoic-type geochemically enriched Fe-Ti basalts and picrites at 2.3 Ga. We propose that this upheaval could be related to the change in the source and nature of the mantle superplumes of different generations. The first generation plumes were derived from the depleted mantle, whereas the second generation (thermochemical originated from the core-mantle boundary (CMB. This study mainly focuses on the second (Phanerozoic type of LIPs, as exemplified by the mid-Paleoproterozoic Jatulian–Ludicovian LIP in the Fennoscandian Shield, the Permian–Triassic Siberian LIP, and the late Cenozoic flood basalts of Syria. The latter LIP contains mantle xenoliths represented by green and black series. These xenoliths are fragments of cooled upper margins of the mantle plume heads, above zones of adiabatic melting, and provide information about composition of the plume material and processes in the plume head. Based on the previous studies on the composition of the mantle xenoliths in within-plate basalts around the world, it is inferred that the heads of the mantle (thermochemical plumes are made up of moderately depleted spinel peridotites (mainly lherzolites and geochemically-enriched intergranular fluid/melt. Further, it is presumed that the plume heads intrude the mafic lower crust and reach up to the bottom of the upper crust at depths ∼20 km. The generation of two major types of mantle-derived magmas (alkali and tholeiitic basalts was previously attributed to the processes related to different PT-parameters in the adiabatic melting zone whereas this study relates to the fluid regime in the plume heads. It is also suggested that a newly-formed melt can occur on different sides of a critical plane of silica undersaturation and can

  20. Fast intraslab fluid-flow events linked to pulses of high pore fluid pressure at the subducted plate interface (United States)

    Taetz, Stephan; John, Timm; Bröcker, Michael; Spandler, Carl; Stracke, Andreas


    A better understanding of the subduction zone fluid cycle and its chemical-mechanical feedback requires in-depth knowledge about how fluids flow within and out of descending slabs. Relicts of fluid-flow systems in exhumed rocks of fossil subduction zones allow for identification of the general relationships between dehydration reactions, fluid pathway formation, the dimensions and timescales of distinct fluid flow events; all of which are required for quantitative models for fluid-induced subduction zone processes. Two types of garnet-quartz-phengite veins can be distinguished in an eclogite-facies mélange block from the Pouébo Eclogite Mélange, New Caledonia. These veins record synmetamorphic internal fluid release by mineral breakdown reactions (type I veins), and infiltration of an external fluid (type II veins) with the associated formation of a reaction selvage. The dehydration and fluid migration documented by the type I veins likely occurred on a timescale of 105-106 years, based on average subduction rates and metamorphic conditions required for mineral dehydration and fluid flow. The timeframe of fluid-rock interaction between the external fluid and the wall-rock of the type II veins is quantified using a continuous bulk-rock Li-diffusion profile perpendicular to a vein and its metasomatic selvage. Differences in Li concentration between the internal and external fluid reservoirs resulted in a distinct diffusion profile (decreasing Li concentration and increasing δ7 Li) as the reaction front propagated into the host rock. Li-chronometric constraints indicate that the timescales of fluid-rock interaction associated with type II vein formation are on the order of 1 to 4 months (0.150-0.08+0.14 years). The short-lived, pulse-like character of this process is consistent with the notion that fluid flow caused by oceanic crust dehydration at the blueschist-to-eclogite transition contributes to or even dominates episodic pore fluid pressure increases at the

  1. The strain-dependent spatial evolution of garnet in a high- P ductile shear zone from the Western Gneiss Region (Norway): a synchrotron X-ray microtomography study

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    Macente, A. [School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, The King' s Building James Hutton Road Edinburgh EH9 3FE UK; Fusseis, F. [School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, The King' s Building James Hutton Road Edinburgh EH9 3FE UK; Menegon, L. [School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Plymouth University, Fitzroy Drake Circus Plymouth Devon PL4 8AA UK; Xianghui, X. [Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave Building 431-B003 Argonne IL USA; John, T. [Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin, Malteserstr. 74-100 12249 Berlin Germany


    Reaction and deformation microfabrics provide key information to understand the thermodynamic and kinetic controls of tectono-metamorphic processes, however they are usually analysed in two dimensions, omitting important information regarding the third spatial dimension. We applied synchrotron-based X-ray microtomography to document the evolution of a pristine olivine gabbro into a deformed omphacite-garnet eclogite in four dimensions, where the 4th dimension is represented by the degree of strain. In the investigated samples, which cover a strain gradient into a shear zone from the Western Gneiss Region (Norway), we focused on the spatial transformation of garnet coronas into elongated clusters of garnets with increasing strain. Our microtomographic data allowed quantification of garnet volume, shape and spatial arrangement evolution with increasing strain. We combined microtomographic observations with light microscope- and backscatter electron images as well as electron microprobe- (EMPA) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis to correlate mineral composition and orientation data with the X-ray absorption signal of the same mineral grains. With increasing deformation, the garnet volume almost triples. In the low strain domain, garnets form a well interconnected large garnet aggregate that develops throughout the entire Page 1 of 52 sample. We also observed that garnet coronas in the gabbros never completely encapsulate olivine grains. In the most highly deformed eclogites, the oblate shapes of garnet clusters reflect a deformational origin of the microfabrics. We interpret the aligned garnet aggregates to direct synkinematic fluid flow and consequently influence the transport of dissolved chemical components. EBSD analyses reveal that garnet show a near-random crystal preferred orientation that testifies no evidence for crystal plasticity. There is, however evidence for minor fracturing, neo-nucleation and overgrowth. Microprobe chemical analysis

  2. Kinetics of Peridotite and Pyroxenite-derived Melts Interaction: Implications for the Style and Extent of Melt-rock Reaction in the Mantle (United States)

    Lo Cascio, M.; Liang, Y.


    Distinct geochemical and petrologic features of ocean floor basalts and mantle peridotites suggest that the upper mantle is lithologically heterogeneous, consisting predominantly of peridotite and a small amount of eclogite [1]. An important issue of this marble cake mantle, is the nature of the peridotite and pyroxenite interface during mantle melting. It has been suggested that during mantle melting eclogite and peridotite develop a reactive boundary layer composed of a second generation eclogite and a layer of orthopyroxenite [2]. The existence of such a boundary layer has also been used to explain the observation that oceanic basalts are extracted with only limited interaction with the surrounding peridotite [3]. In spite of recent progresses, the kinetics of peridotite and pyroxenite-derived melts reaction is still not well understood. It is likely that there are two regimes of peridotite-pyroxenite melt interaction: a high T/low P regime where both the peridotite and pyroxenite are partially molten; and a low T/high P regime where only pyroxenite is partially molten. In this study we explored the kinetics of such interactions in both regimes by conducting lherzolite dissolution experiments using a pyroxenite-derived melt at 1300°C and 1-2 GPa. Dissolution couples were formed by juxtaposing pre-synthesized rods of a basaltic andesite (54.6% SiO2, Mg# 0.42), whose composition is similar to pyroxenite derived liquid at 1300°C and 2 GPa [1,4], and a lherzolite (ol+opx+cpx) in a Pt and graphite lined Mo capsule. The lherzolite solidus is below 1300°C at 1 GPa [5], but above 1300°C at 2 GPa. Lherzolite hardly dissolves (~35 μm in 6 hours) into the melt at 2 GPa and a thin opx layer (10.1093/petrology/egg074; [2] Yaxley and Green, 1998, Schweiz. Mineral. Petrogr. Mitt., 78; [3] Hauri and Kurz, 1997, EPSL, 153; [4] Takahashi and Nakajima, 2002, Geoph. Mon. 128; [5] Morgan and Liang, 2005, CMP, 150, doi: 10.1007/s00410-005-0033-8; [6] Petermann and Hirschmann

  3. The depth of sub-lithospheric diamond formation and the redistribution of carbon in the deep mantle (United States)

    Beyer, Christopher; Frost, Daniel J.


    Most diamonds form in the Earth's lithosphere but a small proportion contain Si-rich majoritic garnet inclusions that indicate formation in the deeper mantle. The compositions of syngenetic garnet inclusions can potential yield information on both the depth and mantle lithology in which the diamonds formed. Pressure dependent changes in garnet compositions have been calibrated using the results of experiments conducted in a multi-anvil apparatus at pressures between 6 and 16 GPa and temperatures of 1000 to 1400 °C. Using the results of these experiments a barometer was formulated based on an empirical parameterisation of the two major majoritic substitutions, referred to as majorite (Maj; Al3+ =Mg2+ +Si4+), and Na-majorite (Na-Maj; Mg2+ +Al3+ =Na+ +Si4+). Moreover, previously published experimental garnet compositions from basaltic, kimberlite, komatiite and peridotite bulk compositions were included in the calibration, which consequently covers pressures from 6 to 20 GPa and temperatures from 900 to 2100 °C. Experimental pressures are reproduced over these conditions with a standard deviation of 0.86 GPa. The barometer is used to determine equilibration pressures of approximately 500 reported garnet inclusions in diamonds from a range of localities. As the majority of these inclusions are proposed to be syngenetic this allows a detailed picture of diamond formation depths and associated source rocks to be established using inclusion chemistry. Geographic differences in diamond source rocks are mapped within the sub-lithospheric mantle to over 500 km depth. Continuous diamond formation occurs over this depth range within lithologies with eclogitic affinities but also in lithologies that appear transitional between eclogitic and peridotitic bulk compositions, with an affinity to pyroxenites. The geographic differences between eclogitic and pyroxenitic diamond source rocks are rationalised in terms of diamond formation within downwelling and upwelling regimes

  4. Geodynamic modelling of low-buoyancy thermo-chemical plumes (United States)

    Dannberg, Juliane; Sobolev, Stephan


    The Earth's biggest magmatic events that form Large Igneous Provinces are believed to originate from massive melting when hot mantle plumes rising from the lowermost mantle reach the base of the lithosphere. Classical models of thermal mantle plumes predict a flattening of the plume head to a disk-like structure, a kilometer-scale surface uplift just before the initiation of LIPs and thin plume tails. However, there are seismic observations and paleo-topography data that are difficult to explain with this classical approach. Here, using numerical models, we show that the issue can be resolved if major mantle plumes are thermo-chemical rather than purely thermal. It has been suggested a long time ago that subducted oceanic crust could be recycled by mantle plumes; and based on geochemical data, they may contain up to 15-20% of this recycled material in the form of dense eclogite, which drastically decreases their buoyancy and makes it depth-dependent. We perform numerical experiments in a 3D spherical shell geometry to investigate the dynamics of the plume ascent, the interaction between plume- and plate-driven flow and the dynamics of melting in a plume head. For this purpose, we use the finite-element code ASPECT, which allows for complex temperature-, pressure- and composition-dependent material properties. Moreover, our models incorporate phase transitions (including melting) with the accompanying rheological and density changes, Clapeyron slopes and latent heat effects for both peridotite and eclogite, mantle compressibility and a strong temperature- and depth-dependent viscosity. We demonstrate that despite their low buoyancy, such plumes can rise through the whole mantle causing only negligible surface uplift. Conditions for this ascent are high plume volume and moderate lower mantle subadiabaticity. While high plume buoyancy results in plumes directly advancing to the base of the lithosphere, plumes with slightly lower buoyancy pond in a depth of 300-400 km

  5. Recent progress in recognition of UHP metamorphism in allochthons of the Scandinavian Caledonides (Seve Nappe Complex and Tromsø Nappe) (United States)

    Janák, Marian; Ravna, Erling; Majka, Jarosław; Klonowska, Iwona; Kullerud, Kåre; Gee, David; Froitzheim, Nikolaus


    During the last ten years, UHP rocks have been discovered within far-travelled allochthons of the Scandinavian Caledonides including the Seve Nappe Complex (SNC) of the Middle Allochthon and Tromsø Nappe within the Uppermost Allochthon. The first evidence for UHP conditions in the SNC was documented in a kyanite-bearing eclogite dike within the Friningen garnet peridotite. Subsequently, UHP conditions were determined for phengite eclogite and garnet pyroxenite from Stor Jougdan and pelitic gneisses from Åreskutan. Finally, diamond was found in metasedimentary rocks of the SNC at three localities (Snasahögarna, Åreskutan and most recently near Saxnäs), c. 250 km apart, confirming regional UHP conditions within this allochthon. In the Tromsø Nappe (northern Norway), evidence for UHP metamorphism comes from phengite- and kyanite-bearing eclogites from Tønsvika and Tromsdalstind, and diamond-bearing gneisses from Tønsvika. Microdiamond occurs in-situ as single and composite (mostly with Mg-Fe carbonate) inclusions within garnet and zircon. The calculated P-T conditions for the diamond-bearing samples are 4.1-4.2 GPa/830-840°C (Åreskutan), and 3.5-4.0 GPa/ 750-800°C (Tønsvika), in the diamond stability field. The UHP metamorphism in the SNC and Tromsø Nappe is probably Late Ordovician (c. 460-450 Ma), i.e. c. 40-50 Ma older than that in the Western Gneiss Region of southwestern Norway. Whereas the latter occurred during the collision between Laurentia and Baltica in the Late Silurian to Early Devonian, the processes leading to Ordovician UHP metamorphism occurred during closure of the Iapetus Ocean and are less well understood. The occurrence of two UHP metamorphic events in the Scandinavian Caledonides implies subduction, exhumation, and re-subduction of continental crust. This is an observation that could be of importance for the understanding of orogeny at convergent plate boundaries in general. The following questions remain to be answered: (1) Was UHP

  6. Evidence for palaeo-Tethyan oceanic subduction within central Qiangtang, northern Tibet (United States)

    Liu, Yan; Santosh, M.; Zhao, Zhong Bao; Niu, Wen Chao; Wang, Gen Hou


    The mechanism of formation of blueschist-eclogite belts and their space-time distribution are important in understanding the tectonics associated with convergent plate boundaries. Here we investigate the garnet-bearing blueschists from Rongma area of central Qiangtang in northern Tibet. The mineral assemblage in these rocks is characterized by porphyroblastic garnet set within a matrix of fine-grained amphibole, white mica, epidote, chlorite, albite and quartz with accessory rutile, titanite and apatite. The garnet porphyroblasts exhibit core and rim portions, and the cores carry abundant inclusions of Na amphibole, quartz and rutile, as well as rhomb-shaped inclusions of paragonite and epidote which are interpreted as pseudomorphs after lawsonite. The rims are characterized by coarse-grained inclusions of epidote as well as the absence of paragonite and epidote aggregates, clearly suggesting that the transition from garnet core to rim marks a metamorphic transformation from lawsonite- to epidote-stability field. The Mn content of the garnet porphyroblasts decreases from core to rim, whereas the Fe and Mg contents show an increasing trend. In the matrix, we identify two stages of Na amphibole rimmed by Na-Ca amphibole and albite. Retrograde chlorite is rimmed by fine-grained biotite. Based on microstructural observations and pseudosection modelling, we trace the P-T path for the Rongma garnet blueschist from 1.92 GPa and 490 °C (lawsonite eclogite field) to about 1.68 GPa and 535 °C (epidote eclogite field), marking an initial increase in temperature and decrease in pressure. This stage is followed by a decrease of pressure through the blueschist facies down to P-T conditions of about 0.6 GPa and 530 °C. In combination with previous work including the available isotopic age data, the P-T path obtained in the present study suggests the deep subduction of palaeo-Tethyan oceanic crust between southern and northern Qiangtang blocks, supporting the model that the

  7. A new subdivision of the central Sesia Zone (Aosta Valley, Italy) (United States)

    Giuntoli, Francesco; Engi, Martin; Manzotti, Paola; Ballèvre, Michel


    The Sesia Zone in the Western Alps is a continental terrane probably derived from the NW-Adriatic margin and polydeformed at HP conditions during Alpine convergence. Subdivisions of the Sesia Zone classically have been based on the dominant lithotypes: Eclogitic Micaschist Complex, Seconda Zona Diorito-Kinzigitica, and Gneiss Minuti Complex. However, recent work (Regis et al., 2014) on what was considered a single internal unit has revealed that it comprises two or more tectonic slices that experienced substantially different PTDt-evolutions. Therefore, detailed regional petrographic and structural mapping (1:3k to 1:10k) was undertaken and combined with extensive sampling for petrochronological analysis. Results allow us to propose a first tectonic scheme for the Sesia Zone between the Aosta Valley and Val d'Ayas. A set of field criteria was developed and applied, aiming to recognize and delimit the first order tectonic units in this complex structural and metamorphic context. The approach rests on three criteria used in the field: (1) Discontinuously visible metasedimentary trails (mostly carbonates) considered to be monocyclic (Permo-Mesozoic protoliths); (2) mappable high-strain zones; and (3) visible differences in the metamorphic imprint. None of these key features used are sufficient by themselves, but in combination they allow us to propose a new map that delimits main units. We propose an Internal Complex with three eclogitic sheets, each 0.5-3 km thick. Dominant lithotypes include micaschists associated with mafic rocks and minor orthogneiss. The main foliation is of HP, dipping moderately NW. Each of these sheets is bounded by (most likely monometamorphic) sediments, glaucophane, and garnet occur as relics. Towards the SW, the width of the Intermediate Complex is reduced from 0.5 km to a few meters. In the External Complex several discontinuous lenses occur; these comprise 2DK-lithotypes and are aligned with greenschist facies shear zones mapped within

  8. Lawsonite Microstructures and Fabric Development at the Slab-Mantle Interface (United States)

    Fornash, K.; Whitney, D.; Teyssier, C. P.; Seaton, N. C.


    Lawsonite is of critical importance to element and water cycling in subduction zones because it has a high H2O content, is stable at high pressures, and is a significant reservoir for trace elements in HP/LT rocks. In addition, the presence, abundance, and crystallographic orientation of lawsonite can affect the deformation and rheological behavior of subducted oceanic crust and sediments, and may influence the seismic properties of subducted slabs. The scarcity of unaltered lawsonite in HP/LT rocks exhumed to the Earth's surface, particularly in eclogite, however, has prevented an understanding of the deformation behavior of lawsonite and the factors controlling the development of fabrics in lawsonite, which are important for understanding the effects of lawsonite on the physical properties of subducted slabs. One of the few places in the world with unaltered lawsonite in eclogite and blueschist facies rocks is the Sivrihisar Massif, Turkey, which contains a coherent sequence of lawsonite-bearing metabasaltic and metasedimentary rocks that were metamorphosed and deformed at the slab-mantle interface (45 - 80 km), and therefore provide an opportunity to systematically compare lawsonite fabrics in rocks with different modal amounts of rheologically significant minerals (e.g., glaucophane, omphacite, quartz), integrated with information about lawsonite crystal size, compositional zoning patterns, shape, and twinning. Studies to date of lawsonite CPO from natural lawsonite-bearing rocks have resulted in two patterns: one is characterized by a concentration of [001] axes parallel to lineation and the other is characterized by a concentration of [001] axes perpendicular to foliation. We have documented the first type in metabasalt and the second in quartzite, but other researchers have documented both types in metabasalt. Regardless of variations in lawsonite CPO or rock type, omphacite and glaucophane CPO remain consistent. Quartz c-axis patterns vary in eclogite- and

  9. Phase relations of epidote-blueschists (United States)

    Evans, Bernard W.


    Phase diagrams have been computed for minerals in the system NCMASH, using the optimised thermodynamic data-base of Berman (1988) augmented by data on glaucophane and pumpellyite, to illustrate the relationships between rocks containing epidote and sodic amphibole and those containing assemblages characteristic of neighbouring metamorphic facies. The stoichiometries of stable bounding equilibria yield a simple list of mineral parageneses that serves to define an epidote-blueschist facies and surrounding metamorphic facies. The calculations suggest that when iron-free the pairs zoisite+glaucophane and clinozoisite+glaucophane do not possess a stability field. The natural Fe-bearing paragenesis of epidote+sodic amphibole occupies a closed field in the PT-diagram, whose size increases dramatically as the ratio Fe 3+/Al in the minerals is increased. Where garnet is involved in bounding reactions, such as with respect to eclogite and (garnet-bearing) albite-epidote-amphibolite, the epidote-blueschist field decreases in size as the ratio Fe 2+/Mg is increased. The classic blueschist-to-greenschist transition reaction is best developed in rocks with large Fe 3+ and Fe 2+ contents and is possibly metastable in MgAl-rich rocks. In the latter, a wedge of albite-epidote-(actinolite/barroisite) amphibolite separates the epidote-blueschist from the greenschits paragenesis field. A first occurrence of garnet divides the epidote-blueschist field into a lower-temperature garnet-free zone and a higher-temperature garnet-bearing zone, although the temperatures calculated for this garnet "isograd" seem high. The locations of all the facies boundaries are influenced by H 2O-activity; however, even minor amounts of CO 2 in the fluid phase (X(CO 2) > 0.005) render the epidote+sodic amphibole paragenesis metastable, so that facies boundaries cannot be shifted by varying the CO 2-content of the fluid phase. Below 600°C no mutual boundaries exist between the amphibolite facies and the

  10. Dehydration reactions in subducting oceanic crust: implications for arc volcanism (United States)

    Forneris, J. F.; Holloway, J. R.


    In subduction zones, oceanic lithosphere progressively dehydrates as it sinks deep into the underlying mantle. Fluids released from the subducting slab are thought to trigger partial melting in the overlying mantle wedge, leading to the formation of volcanic arcs. Experiments were conducted in the ranges of 2.2--3.4 GPa (70 to 100 km) and 625--750^oC to determine the dehydration reactions that control fluid release from the basaltic layer of the subducting slab. The experimental duration was typically one month, although some experiments were replicated with a shorter run duration (one to two weeks) in order to identify potentially metastable phases. A mixture of a natural mid-ocean ridge basalt glass and mineral seeds was used as the starting material. Oxygen fugacity was buffered within ±1.3 log units of nickel-bunsenite (NiNiO). The results obtained indicate that the transformation of a hydrated eclogite into a nominally dry eclogite occurs through the decomposition of three hydrous phases: amphibole, lawsonite, and zoisite. Chloritoid, a mineral described as an H_2O carrier in previous experimental studies, is found to be metastable in the examined pressure-temperature (P-T) range and therefore should not be involved in the global fluid release from the basaltic crust. A detailed chemical analysis reveals that amphiboles are sodic-calcic (barroisite) at low pressures (2.2 to 2.4 GPa), but become sodic (glaucophane) with increasing pressure. This observation is the first experimental confirmation of the high-pressure stability of glaucophane in metabasalt compositions. At pressures above the stability field of amphibole, zoisite/clinozoisite becomes the stable hydrous phase at temperatures above 645^oC, whereas lawsonite is stable at lower temperatures. H_2O contents of eclogitic assemblages have been estimated based on modal abundance of minerals calculated from electron microprobe analyses. These results indicate that a slab following an intermediate

  11. A petro-structural review of the Zermatt-Saas Fee zone (United States)

    Schenker, Filippo Luca; Markus Schmalholz, Stefan; Baumgartner, Lukas


    The Zermatt-Saas Fee zone (ZSZ) is an imbricate of fragments of blueschist- to eclogite-facies metabasalts and metagabbros, serpentinites and mélange zones containing blocks of the above mentioned rocks. The ZSZ is usually interpreted as a fragment of oceanic crust belonging to the Piemont-Ligurian (Tethyan) Ocean that was accreted into the Alpine nappe pile. In the last decades the discovery of several Ultra-High Pressure (UHP, >2.7 GPa at 550-600 °C from coesite bearing eclogites and diamond-bearing fluid inclusions in garnet) localities lead to the interpretation of deep subduction (> 100 km) of the ZSZ in the Eocene, and subsequent uplift from mantle depth with high exhumation rates (e.g. Amato et al., 1999). However, these high pressures are in apparent contrast to the regional metamorphic conditions that reflect pressures peaking at < 2 GPa for 550-600°C (blueschist and eclogite mineral assemblages in mafic rocks). These latter metamorphic conditions do not need anomalous high burial histories and exhumation velocities higher than the plate velocities. The magnitude and distribution of pressure in the tectonic units of the ZSZ are important for constraining dynamic models for the evolution of the ZSZ and the Western Alps. Before entering into dynamic models, we propose a petro-structural overview where the published petrological data on pressure and temperature are critically reviewed, and positioned on a geological map and cross section in order to integrate them into the proper structural and tectonic framework. The questions we seek to answer are: How is the pressure distributed within the main tectonic units and within the entire ZSZ? Do we observe sharp or gradual pressure gradients within the ZSZ? Can the UHP conditions be averaged/extended to the entire ZSZ? If not, do they correspond to conditions of observable subunits, or do they reflect anomalies in the pressure field? Answering these questions is fundamental to better understand the

  12. Chemical and oxygen isotope zonings in garnet from subducted continental crust record mineral replacement and metasomatism (United States)

    Vho, Alice; Rubatto, Daniela; Regis, Daniele; Baumgartner, Lukas; Bouvier, Anne-Sophie


    Garnet is a key mineral in metamorphic petrology for constraining pressure, temperature and time paths. Garnet can preserve multiple growth stages due to its wide P-T stability field and the relatively slow diffusivity for major and trace elements at sub-solidus temperatures. Pressure-temperature-time-fluid paths of the host rock may be reconstructed by combining metamorphic petrology with microscale trace element and oxygen isotope measurements in garnet. Subduction zones represent relevant geological settings for geochemical investigation of element exchanges during aqueous fluid-rock interactions. The Sesia Zone consists of a complex continental sequence containing a variety of mono-metamorphic and poly-metamorphic lithologies such as metagranitoids, sediments and mafic boudins. The precursor Varisican-Permian amphibolite-facies basement (6-9 kbar 650-850°C; Lardeaux and Spalla, 1991; Robyr et al., 2013) experienced high pressure metamorphism (15-22 kbar 500-550°C; Regis, et al. 2014; Robyr et al., 2013) during Alpine subduction. In different lithologies of the Internal Complex (Eclogitic Micaschist Complex), including metabasites from the Ivozio Complex, Ti-rich metasediments from Val Malone and pre-Alpine Mn-quartzites associated to metagabbros from Cima Bonze, garnet is abundant and shows a variety of complex textures that cannot be reconciled with typical growth zoning, but indicate resorption and replacement processes and possible metasomatism. In-situ, microscale oxygen isotopes analysis of garnet zones was performed by ion microprobe with the SwissSIMS Cameca IMS 1280-HR at University of Lausanne and SHRIMP-SI at the Australian National University. Each sample has a distinct δ18O composition, and the δ18O values show different degrees of variation between domains. Homogeneously low values of element geochemistry and P-T modelling allows reconstructing the major stages of metasomatism, as well as identifying the nature of the fluid interacting with the

  13. The Earth's heterogeneous mantle a geophysical, geodynamical, and geochemical perspective

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    Khan, Amir


    This book highlights and discusses recent developments that have contributed to an improved understanding of observed mantle heterogeneities and their relation to the thermo-chemical state of Earth's mantle, which ultimately holds the key to unlocking the secrets of the evolution of our planet. This series of topical reviews and original contributions address 4 themes. Theme 1 covers topics in geophysics, including global and regional seismic tomography, electrical conductivity and seismic imaging of mantle discontinuities and heterogeneities in the upper mantle, transition zone and lower mantle. Theme 2 addresses geochemical views of the mantle including lithospheric evolution from analysis of mantle xenoliths, composition of the deep Earth and the effect of water on subduction-zone processes. Theme 3 discusses geodynamical perspectives on the global thermo-chemical structure of the deep mantle. Theme 4 covers application of mineral physics data and phase equilibrium computations to infer the regional-scale ...

  14. Isotopic characterisation of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle beneath Zealandia, a rifted fragment of Gondwana

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    Waight, Tod Earle; Scott, James M.; van der Meer, Quinten Har Adriaan


    The greater New Zealand region, known as Zealandia, represents an amalgamation of crustal fragments accreted to the paleo-Pacific Gondwana margin and which underwent significant thinning during the subsequent split from Australia and Antarctica in the mid-Cretaceous following opening of the Tasma...... Sea and the Southern Ocean. We present Sr, Nd and Pb isotopes and laser ablation trace element data for a comprehensive suite of clinopyroxene separates from spinel peridotite xenoliths (lherzolite to harzburgite) from the sub-continental lithospheric mantle across southern New Zealand...... and that contained a HIMU component. The volcanics have tapped two adjacent but chemically contrasting upper mantle domains: a fertile eastern domain and an extremely depleted western domain. Both domains underlie Mesozoic metasedimentary crust. Radiogenic isotope compositions of the clinopyroxene have 87Sr/86Sr...

  15. Mineralogy, geochemistry, and genesis of high-alumina fenites of the Mont Saint-Hilaire alkaline pluton, Québec, Canada (United States)

    Yakovleva, O. S.; Pekov, I. V.; Horváth, L.; Bryzgalov, I. A.; Yapaskurt, V. O.; Guseva, E. V.


    High-alumina fenites in the Mont Saint-Hilaire alkaline complex, Québec, Canada, form bodies at the contact of peralkaline nepheline syenite. Fenites are subdivided into four types: corundum-spessartine-biotite-feldspar, muscovite-corundum-hercynite-biotite-feldspar, carbonated muscovite-biotite-hercynite-feldspar, and spessartine-hercynite-feldspar. Accessory minerals of the ilmenite-pyrophanite series, columbites, zircon, thorite, pyrrhotite, Fe, Mn, Mg, Ca, Ba, and REE carbonates, uedaite-(Ce), etc. are identified. Three stages are suggested in the formation of these rocks. In mineralogy and geochemistry, the Mont Saint-Hilaire high-alumina fenites are similar to Al-rich fenites replacing xenoliths in the Khibiny alkaline complex, Russia. In both cases, fenites are related to peralkaline rocks and replace high-alumina protoliths: granite at Mont Saint-Hilaire and metapelites in the Khibiny Mountains. These fenites are regarded as a specific type of fenites with rock-forming Mg-depleted hercynite.

  16. Zirconium and hafnium fractionation in differentiation of alkali carbonatite magmatic systems (United States)

    Kogarko, L. N.


    Zirconium and hafnium are valuable strategic metals which are in high demand in industry. The Zr and Hf contents are elevated in the final products of magmatic differentiation of alkali carbonatite rocks in the Polar Siberia region (Guli Complex) and Ukraine (Chernigov Massif). Early pyroxene fractionation led to an increase in the Zr/Hf ratio in the evolution of the ultramafic-alkali magmatic system due to a higher distribution coefficient of Hf in pyroxene with respect to Zr. The Rayleigh equation was used to calculate a quantitative model of variation in the Zr/Hf ratio in the development of the Guli magmatic system. Alkali carbonatite rocks originated from rare element-rich mantle reservoirs, in particular, the metasomatized mantle. Carbonated mantle xenoliths are characterized by a high Zr/Hf ratio due to clinopyroxene development during metasomatic replacement of orthopyroxene by carbonate fluid melt.

  17. Preservation of an Archaean whole rock Re-Os isochron for the Venetia lithospheric mantle: Evidence for rapid crustal recycling and lithosphere stabilisation at 3.3 Ga (United States)

    van der Meer, Quinten H. A.; Klaver, Martijn; Reisberg, Laurie; Riches, Amy J. V.; Davies, Gareth R.


    Re-Os and platinum group element analyses are reported for peridotite xenoliths from the 533 Ma Venetia kimberlite cluster situated in the Limpopo Mobile Belt, the Neoarchaean collision zone between the Kaapvaal and Zimbabwe Cratons. The Venetian xenoliths provide a rare opportunity to examine the state of the cratonic lithosphere prior to major regional metasomatic disturbance of Re-Os systematics throughout the Phanerozoic. The 32 studied xenoliths record Si-enrichment that is characteristic of the Kaapvaal lithospheric mantle and can be subdivided into five groups based on Re-Os analyses. The most pristine group I samples (n = 13) display an approximately isochronous relationship and fall on a 3.28 ± 0.17 Ga (95 % conf. int.) reference line that is based on their mean TMA age. This age overlaps with the formation age of the Limpopo crust at 3.35-3.28 Ga. The group I samples derive from ∼50 to ∼170 km depth, suggesting coeval melt depletion of the majority of the Venetia lithospheric mantle column. Group II and III samples have elevated Re/Os due to Re addition during kimberlite magmatism. Group II has otherwise undergone a similar evolution as the group I samples with overlapping 187Os/188Os at eruption age: 187Os/188OsEA, while group III samples have low Os concentrations, unradiogenic 187Os/188OsEA and were effectively Re-free prior to kimberlite magmatism. The other sample groups (IV and V) have disturbed Re-Os systematics and provide no reliable age information. A strong positive correlation is recorded between Os and Re concentrations for group I samples, which is extended to groups II and III after correction for kimberlite addition. This positive correlation precludes a single stage melt depletion history and indicates coupled remobilisation of Re and Os. The combination of Re-Os mobility, preservation of the isochronous relationship, correlation of 187Os/188Os with degree of melt depletion and lack of radiogenic Os addition puts tight constraints on

  18. Petrogenesis of the Elephant Moraine A79001 meteorite Multiple magma pulses on the shergottite parent body (United States)

    Mcsween, H. Y., Jr.; Jarosewich, E.


    The EETA 79001 achondrite consists of two distinct igneous lithologies joined along a planar, non-brecciated contact. Both are basaltic rocks composed primarily of pigeonite, augite, and maskelynite, but one contains zoned megacrysts of olivine, orthopyroxene, and chromite that represent disaggregated xenoliths of harzburzite. Both lithologies probably formed from successive volcanic flows or multiple injections of magma into a small, shallow chamber. Many similarities between the two virtually synchronous magmas suggest that they are related. Possible mechanisms to explain their differences involve varying degrees of assimilation, fractionation from similar parental magmas, or partial melting of a similar source peridotite; of these, assimilation of the observed megacryst assemblage seems most plausible. However, some isotopic contamination may be required in any of these petrogenetic models. The meteorite has suffered extensive shock metamorphism and localized melting during a large impact event that probably excavated and liberated it from its parent body.

  19. Experimental petrology and origin of rocks from the Descartes Highlands (United States)

    Walker, D.; Longhi, J.; Grove, T. L.; Stolper, E.; Hays, J. F.


    Petrographic studies of Apollo 16 samples indicate that rocks 62295 and 68415 are crystallization products of highly aluminous melts. 60025 is a shocked, crushed and partially annealed plagioclase cumulate. 60315 is a recrystallized noritic breccia of disputed origin. 60335 is a feldspathic basalt filled with xenoliths and xenocrysts of anorthosite, breccia, and anorthite. The Fe/(Fe+Mg) of plagioclase appears to be a relative crystallization index. Low pressure melting experiments with controlled Po2 indicate that the igneous samples crystallized at oxygen fugacities well below the Fe/FeO buffer. Crystallization experiments at various pressures suggest that the 62295 and 68415 compositions were produced by partial or complete melting of lunar crustal materials, and not by partial melting of the deep lunar interior.

  20. Subsurface Geology of the Fenton Hill Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy Site

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    Levey, Schon S.


    The Precambrian rock penetrated by wells EE-2A and -3A belongs to one or more granitic to granodioritic plutons. The plutonic rock contains two major xenolith zones of amphibolite, locally surrounded by fine-grained mafic rock of hybrid igneous origin. The granodiorite is cut by numerous leucogranite dikes that diminish in abundance with depth. The most prominent structural feature is the main breccia zone, in which the rock is highly fractured and moderately altered. This zone is at least 75 m thick and is of uncertain but near-horizontal orientation. Fracture abundance decreases with increasing depth below the main breccia zone, and fractures tend to be associated with leucogranite dikes. This association suggests that at least some of the fractures making up the geothermal reservoir are of Precambrian age or have long-range orientations controlled by the presence of Precambrian-age granitic dikes.

  1. On the nature and origin of highly-refractory Archean lithosphere: Petrological and geophysical constraints from the Tanzanian craton (United States)

    Gibson, S. A.; McMahon, S. C.; Day, J. A.; Dawson, J. B.


    The nature and timescales of garnet formation are important to understanding how subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) has evolved since the Archean, and also to mantle dynamics, because the presence of garnet greatly influences the density of the lower lithosphere and hence the long-term stability of thick (150 to 220 km) subcratonic lithosphere. Nevertheless, the widespread occurrence of garnet in the SCLM remains one of the 'holy grails' of mantle petrology. Garnets found in mantle xenoliths from the eastern margin of the Tanzanian Craton (Lashaine) have diverse compositions and provide major constraints on how the underlying deep (120 to 160 km) mantle evolved during the last 3 billion years. Certain harzburgite members of the xenolith suite contain the first reported occurrence of pyrope garnets with rare-earth element patterns similar to hypothetical garnets proposed to have formed in the Earth's SCLM during the Archean, prior to metasomatism [Stachel et al., 2004]. These rare ultradepleted low-Cr garnets occur in low temperature (~1050 oC) xenoliths derived from depths of ~120 km and coexist in chemical and textural equilibrium with highly-refractory olivine (Fo95.4) and orthopyroxene (Mg#=96.4). These phases are all more magnesian than generally encountered in global mantle harzburgites and diamond inclusions. The ultradepleted garnets form interconnecting networks around grains of orthopyroxene which give the rocks a banded appearance: we propose that the increase in pressure associated with cratonization may have caused isochemical exsolution of ultradepleted garnet from orthopyroxene. These unique garnets have not previously been identified in global suites of mantle xenoliths or diamond inclusions. We believe they are rare because their low concentrations of trace elements make them readily susceptible to geochemical overprinting. This highly-refractory low-density peridotite may be common in the 'shallow' SCLM but not normally brought to the

  2. Cryogenic Origin for Mars Analog Carbonates in the Bockfjord Volcanic Complex Svalbard (Norway) (United States)

    Amundsen, H. E. F.; Benning, L.; Blake, D. F.; Fogel, M.; Ming, D.; Skidmore, M.; Steele, A.


    The Sverrefjell and Sigurdfjell eruptive centers in the Bockfjord Volcanic Complex (BVC) on Svalbard (Norway) formed by subglacial eruptions ca. 1 Ma ago. These eruptive centers carry ubiquitous magnesian carbonate deposits including dolomitemagnesite globules similar to those in the Martian meteorite ALH84001. Carbonates in mantle xenoliths are dominated by ALH84001 type carbonate globules that formed during quenching of CO2-rich mantle fluids. Lava hosted carbonates include ALH84001 type carbonate globules occurring throughout lava vesicles and microfractures and massive carbonate deposits associated with vertical volcanic vents. Massive carbonates include < or equal 5 cm thick magnesite deposits protruding downwards into clear blue ice within volcanic vents and carbonate cemented lava breccias associated with volcanic vents. Carbonate cements comprise layered deposits of calcite, dolomite, huntite, magnesite and aragonite associated with ALH84001 type carbonate globules lining lava vesicles. Combined Mossbauer, XRD and VNIR data show that breccia carbonate cements at Sverrefjell are analog to Comanche carbonates at Gusev crater.

  3. Hydrothermal flake graphite mineralisation in Paleoproterozoic rocks of south-east Greenland

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    Rosing-Schow, Nanna; Bagas, Leon; Kolb, Jochen


    , transporting carbon as CO2 and CH4, formed the mineralisation commonly hosted by shear zones, which acted as pathways for the mineralising fluids. The hydrothermal alteration assemblage is quartz-biotite-gruneriteedenite-pargasite-K-feldspar-titanite. The δ13C values of graphite, varying from −30 to −18‰ PDB......, indicate that the carbon was derived from organic matter most likely from metasedimentary sources. Devolatilisation of marble may have contributed a minor amount of carbon by fluid mixing. Precipitation of graphite involved retrograde hydration reactions, depleting the fluid in H2O and causing graphite......Flake graphite mineralisation is hosted in the Kuummiut Terrane of the Paleoproterozoic Nagssugtoqidian Orogen, south-east Greenland. Eclogite-facies peak-metamorphic assemblages record temperatures of 640–830 °C and pressures of 22–25 kbar, and are retrogressed in the high-pressure amphibolite...

  4. Volatile (Cl, F and S) and major element constraints on subduction-related mantle metasomatism along the alkaline basaltic backarc, Payenia, Argentina

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    Brandt, Frederik Ejvang; Holm, Paul Martin; Hansteen, Thor H.


    We present data on volatile (S, F and Cl) and major element contents in olivine-hosted melt inclusions (MIs) from alkaline basaltic tephras along the Quaternary Payenia backarc volcanic province (~34°S–38°S) of the Andean Southern Volcanic Zone (SVZ). The composition of Cr-spinel inclusions...... Payenia require addition of subduction-related fluids to a mantle wedge, whereas volatile signatures in the southern Payenia are consistent with derivation from an enriched OIB source. Cl and Cl/K ratios define positive correlations with host olivine fosterite content (Fo80-90) that cannot be explained...... Mg# pyroxenite (from recycled eclogite) to a high Mg# fluid metasomatised peridotite. The Cl/K and S/K ratios in Payenia MIs extend from enriched OIB-like signatures (south) to Andean SVZ arc like signatures (north). We show that the northward increase in S, Cl and S/K is coupled to a northward...


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    A. I. Kiselev


    Full Text Available The lower part of lithosphere in collisional orogens may delaminate due to density inversion between the asthenosphere and the cold thickened lithospheric mantle. Generally, standard delamination models have neglected density changes within the crust and the lithospheric mantle, which occur due to phase transitions and compositional variations upon changes of P-T parameters. Our attention is focused on effects of phase and density changes that may be very important and even dominant when compared with the effect of a simple change of the thermal mantle structure. The paper presents the results of numerical modeling for eclogitization of basalts of the lower crust as well as phase composition changes and density of underlying peridotite resulted from tectonic thickening of the lithosphere and its foundering into the asthenosphere. As the thickness of the lower crust increases, the mafic granulite (basalt passes into eclogite, and density inversion occurs at the accepted crust-mantle boundary (P=20 kbar because the newly formed eclogite is heavier than the underlying peridotite by 6 % (abyssal peridotite, according to [Boyd, 1989]. The density difference is a potential energy for delamination of the eclogitic portion of the crust. According to the model, P=70 kbar and T=1300 °C correspond to conditions at the lower boundary of the lithosphere. Assuming the temperature adiabatic distribution within the asthenosphere, its value at the given parameters ranges from 1350 °C to 1400 °C. Density inversion at dry conditions occurs with the identical lithospheric and asthenospheric compositions at the expense of the temperature difference at 100 °C with the density difference of only 0.0022 %. Differences of two other asthenospheric compositions (primitive mantle, and lherzolite KH as compared to the lithosphere (abyssal peridotite are not compensated for by a higher temperature. The asthenospheric density is higher than that of the lithospheric base

  6. Numerical simulations of an ocean/continent convergent system: influence of subduction geometry and mantle wedge hydration on crustal recycling

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    Roda, Manuel; Spalla, Maria Iole; 10.1029/2009GC003015


    The effects of the hydration mechanism on continental crust recycling are analyzed through a 2D finite element thermo-mechanical model. Oceanic slab dehydration and consequent mantle wedge hydration are implemented using a dynamic method. Hydration is accomplished by lawsonite and serpentine breakdown; topography is treated as a free surface. Subduction rates of 1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 cm/y, slab angles of 30o, 45o and 60o and a mantle rheology represented by dry dunite and dry olivine flow laws, have been taken into account during successive numerical experiments. Model predictions pointed out that a direct relationship exists between mantle rheology and the amount of recycled crustal material: the larger the viscosity contrast between hydrated and dry mantle, the larger the percentage of recycled material into the mantle wedge. Slab dip variation has a moderate impact on the recycling. Metamorphic evolution of recycled material is influenced by subduction style. TPmax, generally representative of eclogite facie...

  7. Does subduction zone magmatism produce average continental crust (United States)

    Ellam, R. M.; Hawkesworth, C. J.


    The question of whether present day subduction zone magmatism produces material of average continental crust composition, which perhaps most would agree is andesitic, is addressed. It was argued that modern andesitic to dacitic rocks in Andean-type settings are produced by plagioclase fractionation of mantle derived basalts, leaving a complementary residue with low Rb/Sr and a positive Eu anomaly. This residue must be removed, for example by delamination, if the average crust produced in these settings is andesitic. The author argued against this, pointing out the absence of evidence for such a signature in the mantle. Either the average crust is not andesitic, a conclusion the author was not entirely comfortable with, or other crust forming processes must be sought. One possibility is that during the Archean, direct slab melting of basaltic or eclogitic oceanic crust produced felsic melts, which together with about 65 percent mafic material, yielded an average crust of andesitic composition.

  8. Seismic coupling and uncoupling at subduction zones (United States)

    Ruff, L.; Kanamori, H.


    Some of the correlations concerning the properties of subduction zones are reviewed. A quantitative global comparison of many subduction zones reveals that the largest earthquakes occur in zones with young lithosphere and fast convergence rates. Maximum earthquake size is directly related to the asperity distribution on the fault plane. This observation can be translated into a simple model of seismic coupling where the horizontal compressive stress between two plates is proportional to the ratio of the summed asperity area to the total area of the contact surface. Plate age and rate can control asperity distribution directly through the horizontal compressive stress associated with the vertical and horizontal velocities of subducting slabs. The basalt to eclogite phase change in the down-going oceanic crust may be largely responsible for the uncoupling of subduction zones below a depth of about 40 km.


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    I. V. Gordienko


    Full Text Available This study addresses some fundamental problems of tectonics and geodynamics of the Central Asian folded belt, the largest tectonic structure in Eurasia. The article presents results of long-term researches conducted by scientists and geologists specialized in various disciplines which contribute to the knowledge of the origin and breakup of Rodinia and formation of the Paleo-Asian Ocean. It considers problems of development of the Central Asian folded belt that was formed in the area of the Paleo-Asian Ocean and describes its subduction magmatism and marginal-marine sedimentation, formation of island arcs, processes of exhumation of the oceanic crust and formation of high-pressure blueschist and eclogite-blueschist complexes. Outstanding fundamental issues of the geodynamic evolution of the Central Asian folded belt are noted. 

  10. Tracking silica in Earth's upper mantle using new sound velocity data for coesite to 5.8 GPa and 1073 K (United States)

    Chen, Ting; Liebermann, Robert C.; Zou, Yongtao; Li, Ying; Qi, Xintong; Li, Baosheng


    The compressional and shear wave velocities for coesite have been measured simultaneously up to 5.8 GPa and 1073 K by ultrasonic interferometry for the first time. The shear wave velocity decreases with pressure along all isotherms. The resulting contrasts between coesite and stishovite reach 34% and 45% for P and S wave velocities, respectively, and 64% and 75% for their impedance at mantle conditions. The large velocity and impedance contrasts across coesite-stishovite transition imply that to generate the velocity and impedance contrasts observed at the X-discontinuity, only a small amount of silica would be required. The velocity jump dependences on silica, d(lnVP)/d(SiO2) = 0.38 (wt %)-1 and d(lnVS)/d(SiO2) = 0.52 (wt %)-1, are utilized to place constraints on the amount of silica in the upper mantle and provide a geophysical approach to track mantle eclogite materials and ancient subducted oceanic slabs.


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    A. I. Kiselev


    Full Text Available The lower part of lithosphere in collisional orogens may delaminate due to density inversion between the asthenosphere and the cold thickened lithospheric mantle. Generally, standard delamination models have neglected density changes within the crust and the lithospheric mantle, which occur due to phase transitions and compositional variations upon changes of P-T parameters. Our attention is focused on effects of phase and density changes that may be very important and even dominant when compared with the effect of a simple change of the thermal mantle structure. The paper presents the results of numerical modeling for eclogitization of basalts of the lower crust as well as phase composition changes and density of underlying peridotite resulted from tectonic thickening of the lithosphere and its foundering into the asthenosphere. As the thickness of the lower crust increases, the mafic granulite (basalt passes into eclogite, and density inversion occurs at the accepted crust-mantle boundary (P=20 kbar because the newly formed eclogite is heavier than the underlying peridotite by 6 % (abyssal peridotite, according to [Boyd, 1989]. The density difference is a potential energy for delamination of the eclogitic portion of the crust. According to the model, P=70 kbar and T=1300 °C correspond to conditions at the lower boundary of the lithosphere. Assuming the temperature adiabatic distribution within the asthenosphere, its value at the given parameters ranges from 1350 °C to 1400 °C. Density inversion at dry conditions occurs with the identical lithospheric and asthenospheric compositions at the expense of the temperature difference at 100 °C with the density difference of only 0.0022 %. Differences of two other asthenospheric compositions (primitive mantle, and lherzolite KH as compared to the lithosphere (abyssal peridotite are not compensated for by a higher temperature. The asthenospheric density is higher than that of the lithospheric base

  12. Peri-Gondwanan terranes in the Romanian Carpathians: A review of their spatial distribution, origin, provenance, and evolution

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    Ioan Balintoni


    The late Cambrian–Ordovician terranes are defined here as Carpathian-type terranes. According to their lithostratigraphy and origin, some are of continental margin magmatic arc setting, whereas others formed in rift and back-arc environment and closed to passive continental margin settings. In a paleogeographic reconstruction, the continental margin magmatic arc terranes were first that drifted out, followed by the passive continental margin terranes with the back-arc terranes in their front. They accreted to Laurussia during the Variscan orogeny. Some of them (Sebeş-Lotru in South Carpathians and Baia de Arieş in Apuseni mountains underwent eclogite-grade metamorphism. The Danubian terranes, the Bretila terrane and the Someş terrane were intruded by Variscan granitoids.

  13. Trace element partitioning between aqueous fluids and silicate melts measured with a proton microprobe

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    Adam, J.; Green, T.H. [Macquarie Univ., North Ryde, NSW (Australia). School of Earth Sciences; Sie, S.H. [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), North Ryde, NSW (Australia). Div. of Exploration Geoscience


    A series of experiments were performed to examine the capacity of H{sub 2}O-fluids to concentrate and transport incompatible elements through peridotitic mantle and metamorphosed (eclogitic) ocean crust. Two naturally occurring rock compositions, trondhjemitic and basanitic, were used in experiments. The proton microprobe was used to determine the trace element concentrations in the solutes from H{sub 2}O-fluids equilibrated at 900-1100 degree C, 2.0 GPa with water saturated melts of trondhjemitic and basanitic compositions. Partitioning data for H{sub 2}O-fluids and silicate melts show that H{sub 2}O-fluids equilibrated with mantle peridotites will not be strongly enriched in trace elements relative to their wallrocks, and thus they melts do not strongly concentrate alkaline earths Th and U, relative to high-field strength elements. 3 refs., 1 tab., 2 figs.

  14. Tracking silica in Earth's upper mantle using new sound velocity data for coesite to 5.8 GPa and 1073 K: Tracking Silica in Earth's Upper Mantle

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    Chen, Ting [Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York USA; Liebermann, Robert C. [Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York USA; Mineral Physics Institute, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York USA; Zou, Yongtao [Mineral Physics Institute, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York USA; State Key Laboratory of Superhard Materials, College of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun China; Li, Ying [Mineral Physics Institute, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York USA; Key Laboratory of Earthquake Prediction, Institute of Earthquake Science, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing China; Qi, Xintong [Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York USA; Li, Baosheng [Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York USA; Mineral Physics Institute, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York USA


    The compressional and shear wave velocities for coesite have been measured simultaneously up to 5.8 GPa and 1073 K by ultrasonic interferometry for the first time. The shear wave velocity decreases with pressure along all isotherms. The resulting contrasts between coesite and stishovite reach ~34% and ~45% for P and S wave velocities, respectively, and ~64% and ~75% for their impedance at mantle conditions. The large velocity and impedance contrasts across coesite-stishovite transition imply that to generate the velocity and impedance contrasts observed at the X-discontinuity, only a small amount of silica would be required. The velocity jump dependences on silica, d(lnVP)/d(SiO2) = 0.38 (wt %)-1 and d(lnVS)/d(SiO2) = 0.52 (wt %)-1, are utilized to place constraints on the amount of silica in the upper mantle and provide a geophysical approach to track mantle eclogite materials and ancient subducted oceanic slabs.

  15. Comparison of mantle lithosphere beneath early Triassic kimberlite fields in Siberian craton reconstructed from deep-seated xenocrysts

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    I.V. Ashchepkov


    Kharamai mantle clinopyroxenes represent three geochemical types: (1 harzburgitic with inclined linear REE, HFSE troughs and elevated Th, U; (2 lherzolitic or pyroxenitic with round TRE patterns and decreasing incompatible elements; (3 eclogitic with Eu troughs, Pb peak and high LILE content. Calculated parental melts for garnets with humped REE patterns suggest dissolution of former Cpx and depression means Cpx and garnets extraction. Clinopyroxenes from Ary-Mastakh fields show less inclined REE patterns with HMREE troughs and an increase of incompatible elements. Clinopyroxenes from Kuranakh field show flatter spoon-like REE patterns and peaks in Ba, U, Pb and Sr, similar to those in ophiolitic harzburgites. The PT diagrams for the mantle sections show high temperature gradients in the uppermost SCLM accompanied by an increase of P-Fe#Ol upward and slightly reduced thickness of the mantle keel of the Siberian craton, resulting from the influence of the Permian–Triassic superplume, but with no signs of delamination.

  16. Deformation mechanisms in naturally deformed glaucophanes: A TEM and HREM study

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    Reynard, B.; Gillet, P.; Willaime, C. (Lab. de Mineralogie Physique, Centre Armoricain d' Etude Structurale des Socles, Univ. de Rennes, 35 (France))

    Deformation mechanisms of glaucophane have been investigated on two naturally deformed samples by optical and TEM microscopy. The two samples were deformed under eclogite facies conditions (15-18 kbar, 550-600 degC); one sample suffered in addition a later greenschist deformation (< 10 kbar, 350-450 degC). Under the optical microscope, the glaucophanes display intracrystalline deformation features (undulose extinction, subgrains). TEM observations reveal the operation of glide on several systems: (100)[001], [l brace]110[r brace][001], (010)[100], [l brace]110[r brace] 1/2<1anti 10> and (001) 1/2<110> at medium temperature (550-600 degC) and (010)[001] at low temperature (350-450 degC). Minor (100) twinning is associated. The presence of subgrains bounded by well-organized dislocation walls indicates that recovery processes are active.

  17. Garnet cannibalism provides clues to extensive hydration of lower crustal fragments in a subduction channel (Sesia Zone, Northwestern Alps) (United States)

    Giuntoli, Francesco; Lanari, Pierre; Engi, Martin


    The extent to which granulites are transformed to eclogites is thought to impose critical limits on the subduction of continental lower crust. Although it is seldom possible to document such densification processes in detail, the transformation is believed to depend on fluid access and deformation. Remarkably complex garnet porphyroblasts are widespread in eclogite facies micaschists in central parts of the Sesia Zone (Western Italian Alps). They occur in polydeformed samples in assemblages involving phengite+quartz+rutile ±paragonite, Na-amphibole, Na-pyroxene, chloritoid. Detailed study of textural and compositional types reveals a rich inventory of growth and partial resorption zones in garnet. These reflect several stages of the polycyclic metamorphic evolution. A most critical observation is that the relict garnet cores indicate growth at 900 °C and 0.9 GPa. This part of the Eclogitic Micaschist Complex thus derived from granulite facies metapelites of Permian age. These dry rocks must have been extensively hydrated during Cretaceous subduction, and garnet records the conditions of these processes. Garnet from micaschist containing rutile, epidote, paragonite and phengite were investigated in detail. Two types of garnet crystals are found in many thin sections: mm-size porphyroclasts and smaller atoll garnets, some 100 µm in diameter. X-ray maps of the porphyroclasts show complex zoning in garnet: a late Paleozoic HT-LP porphyroclastic core is overgrown by several layers of HP-LT Alpine garnet, these show evidence of growth at the expense of earlier garnet generations. Textures indicate 1-2 stages of resorption, with garnet cores that were fractured and then sealed by garnet veins, rimmed by multiple Alpine overgrowth rims with lobate edges. Garnet rim 1 forms peninsula and embayment structures at the expense of the core. Rim 2 surrounds rim 1, both internally and externally, and seems to have grown mainly at the expense of the core. Rim 3 grew mainly at

  18. Source assemblage types for cratonic diamonds from X-ray synchrotron diffraction (United States)

    Nestola, F.; Alvaro, M.; Casati, M. N.; Wilhelm, H.; Kleppe, A. K.; Jephcoat, A. P.; Domeneghetti, M. C.; Harris, J. W.


    Three single crystals of clinopyroxene trapped within three different gem-quality diamonds from the Udachnaya kimberlite (Siberia, Russia) were analysed in situ by single-crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction in order to obtain information on their chemical composition and infer source assemblage type. A non-destructive approach was used with high-energy (≈ 60 keV; λ ≈ 0.206 Å) at I15, the extreme-conditions beamline at Diamond Light Source. A dedicated protocol was used to center the mineral inclusions located deep inside the diamonds in the X-ray beam. Our results reveal that two of the inclusions can be associated with peridotitic paragenesis whereas the third is eclogitic. This study also demonstrates that this non-destructive experimental approach is extremely efficient in evaluating the origin of minerals trapped in their diamond hosts.

  19. Determination of trace elements in volcanic rock samples collected from cenozoic lava eruption sites using LIBS. (United States)

    Gondal, Mohammed A; Nasr, Mohamed M; Ahmed, Zulfiqar; Yamani, Zain H


    Trace elements of environmental significance present in the volcanic rock samples collected from sites of the Cenozoic era flood basalt flows and eruptions were detected using locally developed laser-induced breakdown spectrometer. For spectro-chemical analysis of these samples, the plasma was generated by focusing a pulsed Nd: YAG laser radiation at 1064 nm wavelength on the target rock samples. These samples were collected from four widely separated locations surrounding the volcanic eruption sites belonging to the Harrat Hutaymah volcanic field in the vicinity of Taba town, situated to the east of Hail city of northern Saudi Arabia. These samples represent the scoria basalt lava flows as well as a large tuff-ring crater and it contains xenoliths. These flows occur widespread over the Earth's surface in this region, and their contained xenoliths are brought up from depths of a few tens of kilometers. This volcanic field has received much less attention in the previous geological studies; and consequently, its effects on the environment are not well defined. The concentration of different elements of environmental significance like Cr, Pb, Mn, Cd, Sr and other trace metals like Cu, Al, Ca, Mg, Zn, Ti and Fe in these rock samples were determined by spectral analysis. Parametric dependence for improvement of LIBS sensitivity for detection of these elements was also carried out. The highest concentration detected of environmentally significant elements like Cr, Mn, Pb, Sr and Ni are 1910, 1399, 90.5, 12412 and 461.5 ppm, respectively in four different lava samples which are considered to be much higher than the safe permissible limits. The LIBS results were compared with the results obtained using other analytical techniques such as the inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES).

  20. Hydration of an active shear zone: Interactions between deformation, metasomatism and magmatism - the spinel-lherzolites from the Montferrier (southern France) Oligocene basalts

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    Cabanes, N.; Briqueu, L.


    Geochemical and textural investigations have been simultaneously performed on spinel-lherzolite xenoliths from the Oligo-Miocene alkali basalts of Montferrier (southern France). All the investigated samples have undergone a deformation very particular by intense shearing under high stresses (up to 1.75 kbar), low temperatures (less than or equal to900/sup 0/C) and strain rates of about 10/sup -18/ to 10/sup -15/ s/sup -1/. Mineral chemistry reveals that the Montferrier lherzolites are fragments of an undepleted relatively shallow upper mantle level located at a depth of 50 km (15 kbar). Moreover, Na and Ti enrichment in diopside would reflect a metasomatic event, also emphasized by the common occurrence of pargasite in 50-70% of the investigated samples. Crystallization of this amphibole is attributed to a hydrous infiltration which is related in time and space to the deformation. Indeed, amphibole is preferentially concentrated in strongly deformed zones and in kink-band boundaries of orthopyroxene porphyroclasts. Moreover, the grain boundaries were used by the pervasive agent to percolate into the lherzolite: significant chemical variations (increase in MgO: 15% and decrease in Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/: 55%) are observed within the range of 7-5 adjacent to the grain boundary. Finally, Sr isotopic data (/sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr) demonstrate that the amphibole, i.e. the metasomatic agent, is genetically related to the host lava of the xenoliths. Thus, the hydrous silicate liquid from which the amphibole has crystallized may be an early percolation of the ascending alkali magma.


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    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

  2. 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of subaerial lava flows of Barren Island volcano and the deep crust beneath the Andaman Island Arc, Burma Microplate (United States)

    Ray, Jyotiranjan S.; Pande, Kanchan; Bhutani, Rajneesh


    Little was known about the nature and origin of the deep crust beneath the Andaman Island Arc in spite of the fact that it formed part of the highly active Indonesian volcanic arc system, one of the important continental crust forming regions in Southeast Asia. This arc, formed as a result of subduction of the Indian Plate beneath the Burma Microplate (a sliver of the Eurasian Plate), contains only one active subaerial magmatic center, Barren Island volcano, whose evolutional timeline had remained uncertain. In this work, we present results of the first successful attempt to date crustal xenoliths and their host lava flows from the island, by incremental heating 40Ar/39Ar method, in an attempt to understand the evolutionary histories of the volcano and its basement. Based on concordant plateau and isochron ages, we establish that the oldest subaerial lava flows of the volcano are 1.58 ± 0.04 (2σ) Ma, and some of the plagioclase xenocrysts have been derived from crustal rocks of 106 ± 3 (2σ) Ma. Mineralogy (anorthite + Cr-rich diopside + minor olivine) and isotopic compositions (87Sr/86Sr 7.0) of xenoliths not only indicate their derivation from a lower (oceanic) crustal olivine gabbro but also suggest a genetic relationship between the arc crust and the ophiolitic basement of the Andaman accretionary prism. We speculate that the basements of the forearc and volcanic arc of the Andaman subduction zone belong to a single continuous unit that was once attached to the western margin of the Eurasian Plate.

  3. Geochemistry of the 1989-1990 eruption of redoubt volcano: Part II. Evidence from mineral and glass chemistry (United States)

    Swanson, S.E.; Nye, C.J.; Miller, T.P.; Avery, V.F.


    Early stages (December 1989) of the 1989-1990 eruption of Redoubt Volcano produced two distinct lavas. Both lavas are high-silica andesites with a narrow range of bulk composition (58-64 wt.%) and similar mineralogies (phenocrysts of plagioclase, hornblende, augite, hypersthene and FeTi oxides in a groundmass of the same phases plus glass). The two lavas are distinguished by groundmass glass compositions, one is dacitic and the other rhyolitic. Sharp boundaries between the two glasses in compositionally banded pumices, lack of extensive coronas on hornblende phenocrysts, and seismic data suggest that a magma-mixing event immediately preceeded the eruption in December 1989. Textural disequilibrium in the phenocrysts suggests both magmas (dacitic and rhyolitic glasses) had a mixing history prior to their interaction and eruption in 1989. Sievey plagioclase and overgrowths of magnetite on ilmenite are textures that are at least consistent with magma mixing. The presence of two hornblende compositions (one a high-Al pargasitic hornblende and one a low-Al magnesiohornblende) in both the dacitic and rhyolitic groundmasses indicates a mixing event to yield these two amphibole populations prior to the magma mixing in December 1989. The pargasitic hornblende and the presence of Ca-rich overgrowths in the sievey zones of the plagioclase together indicate at least one component of this earlier mixing event was a mafic magma, either a basalt or a basaltic andesite. Eruptions in 1990 produced only andesite with a rhyolitic groundmass glass. Glass compositions in the 1990 andesite are identical to the rhyolitic glass in the 1989 andesite. Cognate xenoliths from the magma chamber (or conduit) are also found in the 1990 lavas. Magma mixing probably triggered the eruption in 1989. The eruption ended when this rather viscous (rhyolitic groundmass glass, magma capable of entraining sidewall xenoliths) magma stabalized within the conduit. ?? 1994.

  4. Petrogenesis of Bir Madi Gabbro-Diorite and Tonalite-Granodiorite Intrusions in Southeastern Desert, Egypt: Implications for Tectono-Magmatic Processes at the Neoproterozoic Shield

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    M. A. OBEID


    Full Text Available The Neoproterozoic rocks of the Bir Madi area, south eastern desert, comprise a Metagabbro-Diorite Complex (GDC and a Tonalite-Granodiorite Suite (TGrS. The GDC has a weak tonalitic to strong calc-alkaline character and is made up of olivine gabbro, hornblende gabbro, diorite and monzodiorite. The olivine gabbro is characterized by abun-dance of augite and labradorite with pseudomorphic serpentine. The hornblende gabbro is mainly composed of horn-blende, labradorite, andesine and minor amounts of quartz with or without augite. The diorite consists essentially of andesine, hornblende, biotite and quartz. The GDC is compositionally broad, with a wide range of SiO2 (46-57 % and pronounced enrichment in the LILE (Ba and Sr relative to the HFSE (Nb, Y and Zr. The GDC rocks exhibit petrological and geochemical characteristics of arc-related mafic magmas, derived possibly from partial melting of a mantle wedge above an early Pan-African subduction zone of the Neoproterozoic Shield. The tonalite and granodiorite have a calc-alkaline affinity and show the geochemical signatures of I-type granitoids. The TGrS contains amphibolite enclaves and foliated gabbroic xenoliths. Based on the field evidence and geochemical data, the GDC and TGrS are not related to a single magma type through fractional crystallization. The presence of microgranular amphibolite enclaves in the tonalitic rocks suggest against their generation by partial melting of a mantle-derived basaltic source. The tonalitic magma originated from partial melting of an amphibolitic lower crust by anatexis process at a volcanic arc regime during construction of the Arabian-Nubian Shield. Fractional crystallization of K-feldspar and biotite gave more developed granodiorite variety from the tonalitic magma. The gabbroic xenoliths are similar in the chemical composition to the investigated metagabbros. They are incompletely digested segments from the adjacent metagabbro rocks incorporated into the

  5. Timing and composition of continental volcanism at Harrat Hutaymah, western Saudi Arabia (United States)

    Duncan, Robert A.; Kent, Adam J R; Thornber, Carl; Schliedler, Tyler D; Al-Amri, Abdullah M


    Harrat Hutaymah is an alkali basalt volcanic field in north-central Saudi Arabia, at the eastern margin of a large Neogene continental, intraplate magmatic province. Lava flow, tephra and spatter cone compositions in the field include alkali olivine basalts and basanites. These compositions contrast with the predominantly tholeiitic, fissure-fed basalts found along the eastern margin of the Red Sea. The Hutaymah lava flows were erupted through Proterozoic arc-associated plutonic and meta-sedimentary rocks of the Arabian shield, and commonly contain a range of sub-continental lithospheric xenoliths, although the lavas themselves show little indication of crustal contamination. Previous radiometric dating of this volcanic field (a single published K–Ar age; 1.8 Ma) is suspiciously old given the field measurement of normal magnetic polarity only (i.e. Brunhes interval, ≤ 780 Ka). We report new age determinations on 14 lava flows by the 40Ar–39Ar laser step heating method, all younger than ~ 850 Ka, to better constrain the time frame of volcanism, and major, trace and rare earth element compositions to describe the chemical variation of volcanic activity at Harrat Hutaymah. Crystal fractionation was dominated by olivine ± clinopyroxene at a range of upper mantle and crustal pressures. Rapid ascent and eruption of magma is indicated by the array of lower crustal and lithospheric xenoliths observed in lava flows and tephra. Modeling suggests 1–7% melting of an enriched asthenospheric mantle source occurred beneath Harrat Hutaymah under a relatively thick lithospheric cap (60–80 km).

  6. New views on 40Ar/39Ar dating of high pressure rock exhumation: an example from Oman (United States)

    Warren, C. J.; Sherlock, S.; Kelley, S. P.


    40Ar/39Ar dating has long been considered an unreliable method for determining cooling ages of high pressure terranes as a result of the common (though not ubiquitous) presence of excess argon. New advances in analytical techniques now allow 40Ar/39Ar spots and traverses to be measured within different zones of individual mica grains, thereby creating the possibility of measuring intra-grain age changes in order to determine spatial and temporal variations of excess argon in the micas. We will present phengite single grain fusion and intra-grain UV laser 40Ar/39Ar data from a variety of rocks of different composition and metamorphic grade from Saih Hatat, NE Oman. This high pressure terrane, subducted and exhumed during the Late Cretaceous obduction of the Semail Ophiolite Complex, provides ideal material for testing and refining models of subduction-exhumation mechanisms. Single-grain 40Ar/39Ar fusion data from the highest grade phengites fall into two distinct groups. Chemically growth-zoned phengites from the mafic eclogites and surrounding calcareous and quartz schists yield a spread of ages from 80-120 Ma within individual samples, equal to the complete range of previously reported bulk 40Ar/39Ar (mainly step-heating) ages. By comparison, chemically homogeneous phengites from the interlayered eclogite-facies pelitic schists yield a single age population, with mean ages of ca. 80 Ma, similar to the previously reported 79 Ma U-Pb zircon age. The difference between the 40Ar/39Ar cooling age and the U-Pb crystallisation age indicates either remarkably rapid cooling or the presence of some excess argon. However the tight grouping of ages suggests that the excess argon is distributed similarly in each grain. The combination of these data with zircon U-Pb ages and phengite major- element chemistry, allow us to begin quantifying the behaviour of argon in high pressure phengites, and potentially determine better constrained timescales for orogenic cycling.

  7. Stepwise exhumation of the Triassic Lanling high-pressure metamorphic belt in Central Qiangtang, Tibet: Insights from a coupled study of metamorphism, deformation, and geochronology (United States)

    Liang, Xiao; Wang, Genhou; Yang, Bo; Ran, Hao; Zheng, Yilong; Du, Jinxue; Li, Lingui


    The E-W trending Central Qiangtang metamorphic belt (CQMB) is correlated to the Triassic orogeny of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean prior to Cenozoic growth of the Tibetan Plateau. The well-exposed Lanling high-pressure, low-temperature (HP-LT) metamorphic complex was chosen to decipher the process by which it was exhumed, which thereby provides insights into the origin of the CQMB and Qiangtang terrane. After a detailed petrological and structural mapping, three distinct N-S-trending metamorphic domains were distinguished. Microscopic observations show that core domain garnet (Grt)-bearing blueschist was exhumed in a heating plus depressurization trajectory after peak eclogitic conditions, which is more evident in syntectonic vein form porphyroblastic garnets with zoning typical of a prograde path. Grt-free blueschist of the mantle domain probably underwent an exhumation path of temperature increasing and dehydration, as evidenced by pervasive epidote veins. The compilation of radiometric results of high-pressure mineral separates in Lanling and Central Qiantang, and reassessments on the published phengite data sets of Lanling using Arrhenius plots allow a two-step exhumation model to be formulated. It is suggested that core domain eclogitic rocks were brought onto mantle domain blueschist facies level starting at 244-230 Ma, with exhumation continuing to 227-223.4 Ma, and subsequently were exhumed together starting at 223-220 Ma, reaching lower greenschist facies conditions generally after 222-217 Ma. These new observations indicate that the CQMB formed as a Triassic autochthonous accretionary complex resulting from the northward subdcution of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean and that HP-LT rocks therein were very probably exhumed in an extensional regime.

  8. Tectonic impact of anatexis on collision zones dynamics : insights from numerical modelling (United States)

    Labrousse, Loic; Duretz, Thibault; Gerya, Taras


    Partial melting reactions constitute a first order weakening process in the continental crust involed in collision zones. It can act as a possible decoupling mechanism within the lithosphere and therefore influence the dynamics of continental subduction-collision. The Western Gneiss Region, Norwegian Caledonides, exhibits a direct relationship between eclogites occurrences and partial melting textures in the surrounding gneiss. This fact implies that partial melting is associated with part of the exhumation of High Pressure (HP) rocks. Several metamorphic reactions produce silicate melts at different PT conditions, depending mainly on the availability of aqueous fluids. Even if most of the partial melting textures observed in hot orogens relate to water-absent dehydration melting, evidences of water-present partial melting of gneiss and eclogites at HP in the Western Gneiss Region, suggest that water-present melting reactions may play a role in fostering HP metamorphic rocks exhumation. Another question arising from experimental rheological studies relies in quantifying the amount of liquid phase necessary to trigger strength drops of migmatites (i.e. the Rheologically Critical Melt Percentage, RCMP). Proposed values span from very low percentages close to 1% up to 20-30%, when migmatites turn to diatexites. In this study, we employ lithospheric scale numerical experiments, to compare the effects of water-present or dehydration partial melting reactions on continental collision systems. The two-dimensional thermo-mechanical experiments explore the extent of melt-weakening by allowing a wide range viscosity variations (9 orders of magnitude). The model set-up is representative of the Scandian collision and its sensitivity to the initial Moho temperature, the value of RCMP, and the buoyancy of the extracted melts, was investigated.

  9. Crustal and mantle velocity models of southern Tibet from finite frequency tomography (United States)

    Liang, Xiaofeng; Shen, Yang; Chen, Yongshun John; Ren, Yong


    Using traveltimes of teleseismic body waves recorded by several temporary local seismic arrays, we carried out finite-frequency tomographic inversions to image the three-dimensional velocity structure beneath southern Tibet to examine the roles of the upper mantle in the formation of the Tibetan Plateau. The results reveal a region of relatively high P and S wave velocity anomalies extending from the uppermost mantle to at least 200 km depth beneath the Higher Himalaya. We interpret this high-velocity anomaly as the underthrusting Indian mantle lithosphere. There is a strong low P and S wave velocity anomaly that extends from the lower crust to at least 200 km depth beneath the Yadong-Gulu rift, suggesting that rifting in southern Tibet is probably a process that involves the entire lithosphere. Intermediate-depth earthquakes in southern Tibet are located at the top of an anomalous feature in the mantle with a low Vp, a high Vs, and a low Vp/Vs ratio. One possible explanation for this unusual velocity anomaly is the ongoing granulite-eclogite transformation. Together with the compressional stress from the collision, eclogitization and the associated negative buoyancy force offer a plausible mechanism that causes the subduction of the Indian mantle lithosphere beneath the Higher Himalaya. Our tomographic model and the observation of north-dipping lineations in the upper mantle suggest that the Indian mantle lithosphere has been broken laterally in the direction perpendicular to the convergence beneath the north-south trending rifts and subducted in a progressive, piecewise and subparallel fashion with the current one beneath the Higher Himalaya.

  10. Comment on ;Evolution of high-pressure mafic granulites and pelitic gneisses from NE Madagascar: Tectonic implications;. Tectonophysics, 662, 219-242 (2015) by Ishwar-Kumar et al. (United States)

    Goncalves, Philippe; Brandt, Sönke; Nicollet, Christian; Tucker, Robert


    Determining the possible tectonic regimes active during the Neoproterozoic is crucial for the knowledge of the evolution of the super-continent Gondwana. In Madagascar, that occupies a key position in Gondwana, there is an on-going debate regarding the location of possible suture zones and the implications in terms of paleo-geography. Recognizing high-pressure to ultra-high pressure conditions in maf