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Sample records for low-degree mantle melts

  1. Ascent Dynamics of Low Degree Mantle Partial Melts, Constrained from CO2 Solubility Experiments.

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    Moussallam, Y.; Morizet, Y.; Massuyeau, M.; Gaillard, F.

    2014-12-01

    Low degree partial melting of carbonated mantle peridotite generates strongly silica-undersaturated melts containing substantial amount of carbon dioxide (several tens of wt%). Kimberlite melts are one of these volatile-rich mantle product and are believed to ascent through the upper mantle and crust at great speed (~5 to 50 ms-1). The role of volatiles in propelling this ascent has remained poorly quantified due to experimental difficulties in quenching such compositions to a glass. In this study, we used a range of melt compositions in the Si-C-Al-Ca-Mg-Fe-Na-K-O system addressing the chemical complexity needed to closely mimic kimberlitic to carbonatitic characteristics. These melts can, furthermore, be quenched fast enough to produce a glass and be used to determine the CO2 solubility as a function of composition and pressure. Our results suggest that the solubility of CO2 decreases steadily with increasing amount of network forming cations from ~30 wt% CO2 at 12 wt% SiO2 down to ~3 wt% CO2 at 40 wt% SiO2 and that pressure has limited effect on the solubility of CO2 up until very shallow depth (~ last 3 km). This peculiar pressure-solubility relation in kimberlite melt can explain the highly explosive nature of kimberlite magma and characteristic geo-morphological features of their root zone. We present a general CO2 solubility model based on thermodynamic formalism covering a large range of melt composition from 11 to 53 wt% SiO2 spanning the transition from carbonatitic to basaltic melts at pressures up to 1500 MPa.

  2. Diamond-bearing low-degree melts within the Hawaiian mantle lithosphere

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    Rocholl, A.; Wirth, R.

    2003-04-01

    We have investigated secondary melt inclusions in a garnet pyroxenite xenolith from Salt Lake Crater, Oahu, Hawaii, by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), including electron diffraction and EDAX X-ray and Electron energy-loss spectrometry. TEM foils of 10 x 20 x 0.1 microns were cut from 33 different melt inclusions by Focused Ion Beam Milling technique. The xenolith crystallized within the oceanic lithosphere at about 16-25 kbar, i.e. 50-75 kms depth (Sen 1988). Abundant secondary melt and fluid inclusions align along annealed micro-cracks in pyroxene crystals. On the basis of mineralogy, chemical composition and gas content, two generations of inclusions can be distinguished. While the younger is related to the eruption of the nephelinitic host magma, the older generation formed during metasomatic overprint of the Hawaiian mantle. The metasomatic melt inclusions have polygonal football-like shapes and are filled with a C-Cl-S-rich (but K-poor!) silicate glass plus exsolved gas (mostly CO2) and/or aragonite. Most inclusions are surrounded by halos of tiny daughter fluid inclusions that formed by decrepitation during eruption. Nanometer to 0.1 micrometer-sized diamonds are the main mineral phase (a few percent) embedded in the glass, occurring in a mono- and a polycrystalline variety. Other nano-phases include metallic Fe and Cu, FeS, Fe2S, ZnS, AgS, corundum and several unidentified Ti, Nb, Sn, Zr, Ir, Pd-rich phases. Overall, the chemical and mineralogical composition suggests a low-degree silicate melt of carbonatitic affinity that was both highly reduced and strongly enriched in lithophile and chalcophile/siderophile trace-elements. The presence of diamond may indicate a derivation from the deep-mantle (>180 km), but meta-stable crystallization at lower depths cannot be excluded. Step-heating experiments on the same xenolith indicate a depleted mantle origin for the associated noble gases trapped in the daughter fluid inclusions (Trieloff, unpubl

  3. Evidence from meimechites and other low-degree mantle melts for redox controls on mantle-crust fractionation of platinum-group elements

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    Mungall, James E.; Hanley, Jacob J.; Arndt, Nicholas T.; Debecdelievre, Anne

    2006-01-01

    Understanding of the geochemistry of the chalcophile elements [i.e., Os, Ir, Ru, Pt, Pd (platinum-group elements), and Au, Cu, Ni] has been informed for at least 20 years by the common assumption that when crust-forming partial melts are extracted from the upper mantle, sulfide liquid in the restite sequesters chalcophile elements until the extent of partial melting exceeds ≈25% and all of the sulfide has been dissolved in silicate melt [Hamlyn, P. R. & Keays, R. R. (1985) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 49, 1797–1811]. Here we document very high, unfractionated, chalcophile element concentrations in small-degree partial melts from the mantle that cannot be reconciled with the canonical residual sulfide assumption. We show that the observed high, unfractionated platinum-group element concentrations in small-degree partial melts can be attained if the melting takes place at moderately high oxygen fugacity, which will reduce the amount of sulfide due to the formation of sulfate and will also destabilize residual monosulfide solid solution by driving sulfide melts into the spinel-liquid divariant field. Magmas formed at high oxygen fugacity by small degrees of mantle melting can be important agents for the transfer of chalcophile elements from the upper mantle to the crust and may be progenitors of significant ore deposits of Pt, Pd, and Au. PMID:16908861

  4. The formation and chemistry of low degree hydrous partial melt on top of the transition zone

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    Frost, Daniel J.; Mookherjee, Mainak

    2010-05-01

    There is some geophysical evidence for the presence of silicate melt on top of the 410 km seismic discontinuity. It has also been argued that the difference in the water storage capacity of upper mantle versus transition zone minerals may cause dehydration melting as material up-wells across the 410. Studies have proposed that hydrous partial melts may be neutrally buoyant in the mantle at these conditions. In order to assess these possibilities it is important to determine the likely composition of small degree hydrous melts at these conditions and to measure the H2O contents of mantle minerals coexisting with this melt phase. The composition of a hydrous melt in equilibrium with a mantle peridotite composition has been determined at conditions of the 410 and 1450°C. Sandwich experiments were performed where an 'initial-guess' hydrous melt composition was equilibrated with 50% anhydrous peridotite. The resulting melt composition was used to assemble a further melt, which was then equilibrated in the same way. After several iterations it was possible to derive a melt composition, which was in equilibrium with a mineral assemblage identical to that observed for an anhydrous peridotite composition at the same conditions. We assess whether this melt composition could be neutrally buoyant at 410km. The 410 km discontinuity may also correspond to a transition in redox state in the mantle from a reducing transition zone to a less reduced upper mantle. Volatiles may also collect and induce melting at this horizon due to the oxidation of a rising mobile reduced fluid phase containing CH4. Minerals in mantle upwelling out of a hydrous melt layer would be expected to have H2O contents close to saturation; however, this may not be the case if the melt layer also contains other volatile components such as CO2 or CH4, which further lower the H2O activity in the melt. We assess ranges of melt compositions that may be in equilibrium with minerals containing relatively low H2O

  5. The composition of low-degree partial melts of garnet peridotite at 3 GPa by modified iterative sandwich experiments (MISE)

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    Davis, F. A.; Hirschmann, M. M.; Humayun, M.

    2009-12-01

    We have determined the composition of the incipient partial melt (F=0%) of garnet peridotite with composition similar to KLB-1 at 3 GPa through piston cylinder experiments using the modified iterative sandwich experiment (MISE) method (Hirschmann and Dasgupta, 2007). Sandwich experiments were performed iteratively, with new melt compositions for subsequent experiments determined by calculation from the bulk mineral/melt partition coefficients for each oxide from the previous experiment. Quenched melt in experimental charges does not form a glass but instead yields a heterogeneous region that proved difficult to analyze by electron microprobe (EMP) owing to under-sampling of certain components that are lost preferentially while polishing. To circumvent this problem, many microprobe spots were collected and then filtered by excluding analyses that were not close to Fe-Mg exchange equilibrium with coexisting olivine. Independent analyses of quenched melts by laser ablation ICP-MS, a volume measurement that is unaffected by difficulties in polishing, corroborate the accuracy of the filtering method. For LA-ICP-MS, major elements were analyzed using a New Wave UP193FX excimer (193 nm) laser system coupled to a Thermo Element XR (Humayun et al., 2007). A 20 µm beam spot was scanned over the melt region at 5 µm/s. The MPI-DING and USGS glasses were used as standards. Filtered EMP data and LA-ICP-MS data agreed within error for all elements. The final melt composition was calculated from partition coefficients derived from EMP data of the last iteration. This study represents the first determination of partial melt of garnet lherzolite at a melt fraction close to that actually forming in the source regions of ocean island basalts (OIB) and at a pressure corresponding to that at the base of the oceanic lithosphere (~100 km). This melt is useful for comparison with OIB believed to be derived from low-degree mantle partial melts. Comparing the 0% melt with alkalic OIB

  6. Mantle melting and melt refertilization beneath the Southwest Indian Ridge: Mineral composition of abyssal peridotites

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    Chen, Ling; Zhu, Jihao; Chu, Fengyou; Dong, Yan-hui; Liu, Jiqiang; Li, Zhenggang; Zhu, Zhimin; Tang, Limei

    2017-04-01

    As one of the slowest spreading ridges of the global ocean ridge system, the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) is characterized by discontinued magmatism. The 53°E segment between the Gallieni fracture zone (FZ) (52°20'E) and the Gazelle FZ (53°30'E) is a typical amagmatic segment (crustal thickness <2km) (Zhou and Dick, 2013) that opens a window to the mantle thus provides a chance to detect the mantle composition directly. We examine the mineral compositions of 17 peridotite samples from the 53°E amagmatic segment. The results show that the peridotites can be divided into two groups. The Group 1 peridotites are characterized by clinopyroxenes having LREE depleted patterns that is typical for the abyssal peridotite, thus are thought to be the residue of the mantle melting. The Group 2 peridotites show the lowest HREE content within the SWIR peridotites but are anomaly enriched in LREE, with flat or U-type REE patterns, thus cannot be the pure residue of mantle melting. Mineral compositions of the Group 2 peridotites are more depleted than that of peridotites sampled near the Bouvet hot spot (Johnson et al., 1990), implying that the depleted mantle beneath the 53°E segment may be the residue of ancient melting event. This hypothesis is supported by the the low Ol/Opx ratios, coarse grain sizes (>1cm) Opx, and Mg-rich mineral compositions akin to harzburgite xenoliths that sample old continental lithospheric mantle (Kelemen et al., 1998). Melt refertilization model shows that Group 2 peridotites were affected by an enriched low-degree partial melt from the garnet stability field. These results indicate that depleted mantle which experiences ancient melting event are more sensitive to melt refertilization, thus may reduce the melt flux, leading to extremely thin crust at 53°E segment. This research was granted by the National Basic Research Programme of China (973 programme) (grant No. 2013CB429705) and the Fundamental Research Funds of Second Institute of

  7. Melt migration through Io's convecting mantle

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    Elder, C. M.; Showman, A. P.

    2013-12-01

    The extensive volcanism occurring on the surface of Io suggests that its interior must contain at least some partial melt. Unlike Earth, Io cannot lose its internal heat through convection alone [1]. Instead, melt moving through the solid mantle helps remove heat from Io's interior by carrying its latent heat towards the surface as it buoyantly ascends through the mantle. We investigate this process by considering melt migration in a column of rock rising through the mantle between downwelling plumes. Convective scaling laws provide the upwelling velocity and the temperature of the rising mantle. Properties of melt migration in this rising mantle are calculated using porous flow equations and an equation for the conservation of energy which includes latent heat consumption, heat advection and heat conduction [2]. This combination of convective scaling laws and porous flow laws allows us to self-consistently determine the radial melt fraction profile in Io's interior, the average melt fraction in Io's interior and the heat flux due to advection of melt. The average melt fraction can be compared to the melt fraction constraints calculated by [3] from Galileo magnetometer measurements. The surface heat flux calculations can be compared to the value of Io's observed surface heat flux which ranges with observation from 1.5-4 W m-2 [4]. [1] Moore W. B. (2003) J. Geophys. Res., 108, E8, 15-1. [2] Hewitt I. J. and Fowler A. C. (2008) Proc. R. Soc. A., 464, 2467-2491. [3] Khurana K. K. et al. (2011) Science, 332, 1186-1189. [4] Moore, W. B. et al. (2007) In: Io After Galileo, Springer-Praxis, 89-108.

  8. Oceanic slab melting and mantle metasomatism.

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    Scaillet, B; Prouteau, G

    2001-01-01

    Modern plate tectonic brings down oceanic crust along subduction zones where it either dehydrates or melts. Those hydrous fluids or melts migrate into the overlying mantle wedge trigerring its melting which produces arc magmas and thus additional continental crust. Nowadays, melting seems to be restricted to cases of young (< 50 Ma) subducted plates. Slab melts are silicic and strongly sodic (trondhjemitic). They are produced at low temperatures (< 1000 degrees C) and under water excess conditions. Their interaction with mantle peridotite produces hydrous metasomatic phases such as amphibole and phlogopite that can be more or less sodium rich. Upon interaction the slab melt becomes less silicic (dacitic to andesitic), and Mg, Ni and Cr richer. Virtually all exposed slab melts display geochemical evidence of ingestion of mantle material. Modern slab melts are thus unlike Archean Trondhjemite-Tonalite-Granodiorite rocks (TTG), which suggests that both types of magmas were generated via different petrogenetic pathways which may imply an Archean tectonic model of crust production different from that of the present-day, subduction-related, one.

  9. Platinum group elements in mantle melts and mantle samples

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    Barnes, Stephen J.; Mungall, James E.; Maier, Wolfgang D.

    2015-09-01

    A large data compilation has been assembled of platinum group element (PGE) analyses in mantle melts and mantle rocks, the latter including an assortment of xenoliths and obducted mantle massifs. The degree of correlation has been investigated among the PGEs and with other major element variables such as Al2O3, TiO2 and Mg number, and the results are considered in the context of the current paradigm for the behaviour of highly siderophile elements in the silicate Earth. Primitive mantle melts have a wide range of PGE contents. Komatiites have the highest abundances of all the PGEs, show the strongest correlations between Pt and Rh, Pt and Pd and between the iridium-group PGEs Ir, Ru and Os (IPGEs). Most basalts of all affinities have lower levels of Pt and Pd and much lower levels of Ir, Ru and Os than komatiites. Within the basalt grouping Rh has stronger affinities with the IPGEs. Picrites and Archaean basalts are intermediate between these two groups. MORBs and a small proportion of continental LIP basalts show strong depletions in all PGEs attributable to retention of sulfide in their mantle source rocks, or sulfide liquid fractionation on ascent. The degree of PGE depletion in other basalts is probably attributable to equilibration with sulfide, but is less than would be expected under conventional models of sulfide extraction, and is instead attributed to mixing of magmas generated at variable depths incorporating both sulfide-saturated and undersaturated components. Basalts with Pt and Pd contents higher than typical komatiites are rare, a notable example being B1-type parent magmas to the Bushveld Complex, which have komatiite-like relative PGE abundances and Pt, Pd and Rh abundances up to a factor of two higher than komatiites for comparable Ti contents. The mantle composition array as a whole is characterized by variable degrees of depletion of Pt, Pd and Rh in Al-poor, melt-depleted harzburgite/dunite lithologies; lack of depletion in these elements in

  10. Melting and Crystallization at Core Mantle Boundary

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    Fiquet, G.; Pradhan, G. K.; Siebert, J.; Auzende, A. L.; Morard, G.; Antonangeli, D.; Garbarino, G.

    2015-12-01

    Early crystallization of magma oceans may generate original compositional heterogeneities in the mantle. Dense basal melts may also be trapped in the lowermost mantle and explain mantle regions with ultralow seismic velocities (ULVZs) near the core-mantle boundary [1]. To test this hypothesis, we first constructed the solidus curve of a natural peridotite between 36 and 140 gigapascals using laser-heated diamond anvil cells. In our experiments, melting at core-mantle boundary pressures occurs around 4100 ± 150 K, which is a value that can match estimated mantle geotherms. Similar results were found for a chondritic mantle [2] whereas much lower pyrolitic melting temperatures were recently proposed from textural and chemical characterizations of quenched samples [3]. We also investigated the melting properties of natural mid ocean ridge basalt (MORB) up to core-mantle boundary (CMB) pressures. At CMB pressure (135 GPa), we obtain a MORB solidus temperature of 3950 ±150 K. If our solidus temperatures are in good agreement with recent results proposed for a similar composition [4], the textural and chemical characterizations of our recovered samples made by analytical transmission electron microscope indicate that CaSiO3 perovskite (CaPv) is the liquidus phase in the entire pressure range up to CMB. The partial melt composition is enriched in FeO, which suggests that such partial melts could be gravitationnally stable at the core mantle boundary. Our observations are tested against calculations made using a self-consistent thermodynamic database for the MgO-FeO-SiO2 system from 20 GPa to 140 GPa [5]. These observations and calculations provide a first step towards a consistent thermodynamic modelling of the crystallization sequence of the magma ocean, which shows that the existence of a dense iron rich and fusible layer above the CMB at the end of the crystallization is plausible [5], which is in contradiction with the conclusions drawn in [4]. [1] Williams

  11. Deep pooling of low degree melts and volatile fluxes at the 85°E segment of the Gakkel Ridge: Evidence from olivine-hosted melt inclusions and glasses

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    Shaw, Alison M.; Behn, Mark D.; Humphris, Susan E.; Sohn, Robert A.; Gregg, Patricia M.

    2010-01-01

    We present new analyses of volatile, major, and trace elements for a suite of glasses and melt inclusions from the 85°E segment of the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge. Samples from this segment include limu o pele and glass shards, proposed to result from CO 2-driven explosive activity. The major element and volatile compositions of the melt inclusions are more variable and consistently more primitive than the glass data. CO 2 contents in the melt inclusions extend to higher values (167-1596 ppm) than in the co-existing glasses (187-227 ppm), indicating that the melt inclusions were trapped at greater depths. These melt inclusions record the highest CO 2 melt concentrations observed for a ridge environment. Based on a vapor saturation model, we estimate that the melt inclusions were trapped between seafloor depths (˜ 4 km) and ˜ 9 km below the seafloor. However, the glasses are all in equilibrium with their eruption depths, which is inconsistent with the rapid magma ascent rates expected for explosive activity. Melting conditions inferred from thermobarometry suggest relatively deep (25-40 km) and cold (1240°-1325 °C) melting conditions, consistent with a thermal structure calculated for the Gakkel Ridge. The water contents and trace element compositions of the melt inclusions and glasses are remarkably homogeneous; this is an unexpected result for ultra-slow spreading ridges, where magma mixing is generally thought to be less efficient based on the assumption that steady-state crustal magma chambers are absent in these environments. All melts can be described by a single liquid line of descent originating from a pooled melt composition that is consistent with the aggregate melt calculated from a geodynamic model for the Gakkel Ridge. These data suggest a model in which deep, low degree melts are efficiently pooled in the upper mantle (9-20 km depth), after which crystallization commences and continues during ascent and eruption. Based on our melting model

  12. Evidence for deep pooling of low degree melts from volatile, major, and trace element chemistry of olivine-hosted melt inclusions and glasses from the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge

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    Shaw, A. M.; Behn, M. D.; Humphris, S. E.; Reves-Sohn, R. A.; Gregg, P. M.

    2009-12-01

    We present new analyses of volatiles and major elements for a suite of glasses and melt inclusions from ~85°E on the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge. The major element and volatile compositions of the melt inclusions are more variable and consistently more primitive than the glass data. CO2 contents in the melt inclusions extend to higher values (167-1596 ppm) than in the co-existing glasses (187-227 ppm), indicating that the melt inclusions were trapped at greater depths. Based on a vapor saturation model, we estimate that the melt inclusions were trapped between seafloor depths (~4 km) and ~9 km below seafloor, as compared to the glasses, which are all in equilibrium with their eruption depths. Melting conditions inferred from thermobarometry suggest relatively deep (25-40 km), cold (1240°-1325°C) melting conditions, consistent with the calculated thermal structure for the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge. The water contents and trace element compositions of the melt inclusions and glasses are remarkably homogeneous, an unexpected result for ultra-slow spreading environments where wide geochemical diversity is anticipated. Moreover, all melts can be described by a single liquid line of descent originating from a pooled melt composition that is consistent with the aggregate melt calculated from a thermal model for the Gakkel Ridge. These data suggest a model in which deep, low degree melts are efficiently pooled near the top of the melting column (9-20 km depth), after which crystallization commences and continues during ascent and eruption of the magma. Based on this melting model and the assumption that CO2 is perfectly incompatible, we show that the highest CO2 concentrations of the melt inclusions (~1600 ppm) are consistent with calculated CO2 concentrations of primary undegassed melts and yield a MORB source mantle CO2 content of ~90 ppm. This value is slightly lower than that inferred from the highest measured CO2/Nb ratio of Gakkel Ridge melt

  13. Subduction: The Gatekeeper for Mantle Melting.

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    Kincaid, C. R.; Druken, K. A.; Griffiths, R. W.

    2011-12-01

    Geodynamic models are used to show the importance of subduction in controlling vertical thermal and chemical fluxes from Earth's interior to surface. In our models subduction-induced circulation produces conditions favorable to both steady-state and episodic melt production and also plays the role of gatekeeper in thwarting large scale melt production from rising plumes. We use laboratory experiments to characterize three-dimensional (3D) flow fields in convergent margins in response to a range of subduction and back-arc deformation styles, and how these flows interact with upwellings. Models utilize a glucose working fluid with a temperature dependent viscosity to represent the upper 2000 km of the mantle. Subducting lithosphere is modeled with a descending Phenolic plate and back-arc extension is produced by moving Mylar sheets. Thermal plumes are generated from a pressurized, temperature controlled source. Our results show that naturally occurring transitions from downdip- to rollback-dominated subduction produce conditions that favor both widespread decompression melting in the mantle wedge and short-lived pulses of extensive slab melting. For cases of plume-subduction interaction, 3D slab-induced flow quickly converts the active upwelling to a passive thermal anomaly that bears little to no resemblance to traditional models for plume surface expressions. Instead of rising to make LIPs with age-progressive chains, the bulk of the original plume material is trapped below depths of melt production before being re-subducted by the slab. A limited volume of this passive, former plume material is capable of surfacing. Interestingly, this is seen to occur through a range of morphologies that are consistently offset from the original rise location (e.g., conduit). Surface expressions include anything from small circular patches to long, linear features with complex age trends (e.g., progressive or regressive) resulting from the competition between plate motions and

  14. Continuous eclogite melting and variable refertilisation in upwelling heterogeneous mantle.

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    Rosenthal, Anja; Yaxley, Gregory M; Green, David H; Hermann, Joerg; Kovács, István; Spandler, Carl

    2014-08-18

    Large-scale tectonic processes introduce a range of crustal lithologies into the Earth's mantle. These lithologies have been implicated as sources of compositional heterogeneity in mantle-derived magmas. The model being explored here assumes the presence of widely dispersed fragments of residual eclogite (derived from recycled oceanic crust), stretched and stirred by convection in the mantle. Here we show with an experimental study that these residual eclogites continuously melt during upwelling of such heterogeneous mantle and we characterize the melting reactions and compositional changes in the residue minerals. The chemical exchange between these partial melts and more refractory peridotite leads to a variably metasomatised mantle. Re-melting of these metasomatised peridotite lithologies at given pressures and temperatures results in diverse melt compositions, which may contribute to the observed heterogeneity of oceanic basalt suites. We also show that heterogeneous upwelling mantle is subject to diverse local freezing, hybridization and carbonate-carbon-silicate redox reactions along a mantle adiabat.

  15. Continuous eclogite melting and variable refertilisation in upwelling heterogeneous mantle

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    Rosenthal, Anja; Yaxley, Gregory M.; Green, David H.; Hermann, Joerg; Kovács, István; Spandler, Carl

    2014-01-01

    Large-scale tectonic processes introduce a range of crustal lithologies into the Earth's mantle. These lithologies have been implicated as sources of compositional heterogeneity in mantle-derived magmas. The model being explored here assumes the presence of widely dispersed fragments of residual eclogite (derived from recycled oceanic crust), stretched and stirred by convection in the mantle. Here we show with an experimental study that these residual eclogites continuously melt during upwelling of such heterogeneous mantle and we characterize the melting reactions and compositional changes in the residue minerals. The chemical exchange between these partial melts and more refractory peridotite leads to a variably metasomatised mantle. Re-melting of these metasomatised peridotite lithologies at given pressures and temperatures results in diverse melt compositions, which may contribute to the observed heterogeneity of oceanic basalt suites. We also show that heterogeneous upwelling mantle is subject to diverse local freezing, hybridization and carbonate-carbon-silicate redox reactions along a mantle adiabat. PMID:25130275

  16. Melting of subducted basalt at the core-mantle boundary.

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    Andrault, Denis; Pesce, Giacomo; Bouhifd, Mohamed Ali; Bolfan-Casanova, Nathalie; Hénot, Jean-Marc; Mezouar, Mohamed

    2014-05-23

    The geological materials in Earth's lowermost mantle control the characteristics and interpretation of seismic ultra-low velocity zones at the base of the core-mantle boundary. Partial melting of the bulk lower mantle is often advocated as the cause, but this does not explain the nonubiquitous character of these regional seismic features. We explored the melting properties of mid-oceanic ridge basalt (MORB), which can reach the lowermost mantle after subduction of oceanic crust. At a pressure representative of the core-mantle boundary (135 gigapascals), the onset of melting occurs at ~3800 kelvin, which is ~350 kelvin below the mantle solidus. The SiO2-rich liquid generated either remains trapped in the MORB material or solidifies after reacting with the surrounding MgO-rich mantle, remixing subducted MORB with the lowermost mantle. Copyright © 2014, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  17. Low-Degree Partial Melting Experiments of CR and H Chondrite Compositions: Implications for Asteroidal Magmatism Recorded in GRA 06128 and GRA 06129 T

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    Usui, T.; Jones, John H.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.

    2010-01-01

    Studies of differentiated meteorites have revealed a diversity of differentiation processes on their parental asteroids; these differentiation mechanisms range from whole-scale melting to partial melting without the core formation [e.g., 1]. Recently discovered paired achondrites GRA 06128 and GRA 06129 (hereafter referred to as GRA) represent unique asteroidal magmatic processes. These meteorites are characterized by high abundances of sodic plagioclase and alkali-rich whole-rock compositions, implying that they could originate from a low-degree partial melt from a volatile-rich oxidized asteroid [e.g., 2, 3, 4]. These conditions are consistent with the high abundances of highly siderophile elements, suggesting that their parent asteroid did not segregate a metallic core [2]. In this study, we test the hypothesis that low-degree partial melts of chondritic precursors under oxidizing conditions can explain the whole-rock and mineral chemistry of GRA based on melting experiments of synthesized CR- and H-chondrite compositions.

  18. Abyssal Peridotites and Mantle Melting Beneath Ocean Ridges

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    Dick, H. J.; Snow, J. E.; Hellebrand, E.; Shimizu, N.

    2005-12-01

    Studies of abyssal peridotite from ultraslow and slow spreading ridges show significant regional variability; with a strong correlation between the compositions of peridotite averaged by locality and spatially associated MORB reflecting higher degrees of mantle melting near mantle hot spots. Local variability of peridotite compositions, however, is often large, and may equal the regional variability along ocean ridges. The latter is attributed to local melting and melt transport processes such as melt channelization or late-stage melt impregnation in the lithosphere. The observed regional correlation appears only when many samples are averaged to eliminate local and outcrop scale variability. Almost all the peridotites used in these correlations are from transforms, and therefore represent similar thermal and mantle melting histories. Thus, regional differences in mantle composition are preserved. Until recently, little data were available for peridotites away from transforms representing the central mantle environment beneath magmatic segments. This is key, as geophysical and geologic evidence suggest focused melt flow beneath slow spreading ridges. If so, beneath individual magmatic segments there should be a corresponding mantle melting cell in which melt is focused from a broad melting region to a melt transport zone at its mid-point that feeds an overlying crustal magmatic center. High melt fluxes in the transport zone would produce very depleted peridotites stripped of pyroxene by melt-rock reaction during magma ascent. Studies of peridotites far from transforms at ultraslow Gakkel and SW Indian Ridges indicate this is the case: with near-Cpx free intergranular harzburgite and dunite locally abundant in contrast to transform peridotites. Recent mapping of the plutonic foundation of an ancient 35-km long slow spreading ridge segment at the Kane Core Complex also found a narrow 10-km wide zone of focused melt flow through the mantle marked by abundant dunite

  19. Experimental derivation of nepheline syenite and phonolite liquids by partial melting of upper mantle peridotites

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    Laporte, Didier; Lambart, Sarah; Schiano, Pierre; Ottolini, Luisa

    2014-10-01

    Piston-cylinder experiments were performed to characterize the composition of liquids formed at very low degrees of melting of two fertile lherzolite compositions with 430 ppm and 910 ppm K2O at 1 and 1.3 GPa. We used the microdike technique (Laporte et al., 2004) to extract the liquid phase from the partially molten peridotite, allowing us to analyze liquid compositions at degrees of melting F down to 0.9%. At 1.3 GPa, the liquid is in equilibrium with olivine + orthopyroxene + clinopyroxene + spinel in all the experiments; at 1 GPa, plagioclase is present in addition to these four mineral phases up to about 5% of melting (T≈1240 °C). Important variations of liquid compositions are observed with decreasing temperature, including strong increases in SiO2, Na2O, K2O, and Al2O3 concentrations, and decreases in MgO, FeO, and CaO concentrations. The most extreme liquid compositions are phonolites with 57% SiO2, 20-22% Al2O3, Na2O + K2O up to 14%, and concentrations of MgO, FeO, and CaO as low as 2-3%. Reversal experiments confirm that low-degree melts of a fertile lherzolite have phonolitic compositions, and pMELTS calculations show that the amount of phonolite liquid generated at 1.2 GPa increases from 0.3% in a source with 100 ppm K2O to 3% in a source with 2000 ppm K2O. The enrichment in silica and alkalis with decreasing melt fraction is coupled with an increase of the degree of melt polymerization, which has important consequences for the partitioning of minor and trace elements. Thus Ti4+ in our experiments and, by analogy with Ti4+, other highly charged cations, and rare earth elements become less incompatible near the peridotite solidus. Our study brings a strong support to the hypothesis that phonolitic lavas or their plutonic equivalents (nepheline syenites) may be produced directly by partial melting of upper mantle rock-types at moderate pressures (1-1.5 GPa), especially where large domains of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle has been enriched in

  20. The Fate of Sulfur during Mantle Melting - Implications for Sulfur Concentration of OIB versus MORB Sources

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    Ding, S.; Dasgupta, R.

    2015-12-01

    Sulfur is one of the key volatiles that are less affected by degassing and may capture deeper magmatic processes and mantle source characteristics. S content of OIBs is controlled by S solubility of partial melts at sulfide saturation which depends on P, T, fO2 and melt composition (e.g., [1]), S content of the mantle, and fractional crystallization of primary basalts. In this study, we coupled mantle melting and basalt differentiation models with sulfur solubility models and compared our results with the S abundance data of OIBs. The goal was to compare and contrast the efficiency of S extraction from MORB and OIB sources by partial melting and put constraints on the S content of the mantle source. S contents in basalts from Loihi, Samoa, and Galapagos islands range from 800 to 2500 ppm with MgO from 11 to 4 wt.%. Modeling of S solubility change during isobaric fractional crystallization for basalts from these three islands with MELTS and an SCSS parameterization [1] showed that SCSS are distinctly higher than S concentration in the basalts at MgO>8wt.% (e.g., [2-3]). Assuming that there could be ≤20% S6+/SS present in the OIBs derived from a potentially more oxidized source [4], sulfide-undersaturated primitive melts with 700-900 ppm S are required to match the S concentration in the primitive OIBs. Derivation of sulfide undersaturated low-degree melts (Loihi: F=2-4%; [5]; Samoa: F=1-6%; [6]) from a mantle source with potential temperature (TP) of 1420 °C requires that the mantle source S content is ≤50 ppm. For Galapagos spreading center with F~10% [7], ≤100 ppm S is required in the mantle source. While low F constrains low S abundance in OIB mantle, more sulfide could be present in the MORB source (eg. 146±35 ppm S, [8]) owing to higher average extent of melting. The estimated S content for OIB sources above should be the lower bounds since TP in OIB mantle could be hotter and increasing TP increases SCSS significantly because of increased FeO* in the

  1. Constant average olivine Mg# in cratonic mantle reflects Archaean mantle melting to the exhaustion of orthopyroxene

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    Bernstein, S.; Kelemen, P. B.; Hanghoj, K.

    2006-12-01

    Shallow (garnet-free) cratonic mantle, occurring as xenoliths in kimberlites and alkaline basaltic lavas, has high Mg# (100x Mg/(Mg+Fe)>92) and is poor in Al and Ca compared to off-cratonic mantle. Many xenoliths show rhenium-depletion age of > 3 Ga, and are thus representative of depleted mantle peridotite that form an integral part of the stable nuclei of Archaean (2.5-3.8 Ga) cratons. Accordingly, the depleted composition of the xenolith suites is linked to Archaean melt extraction events. We have compiled data for many suites of shallow cratonic mantle xenoliths worldwide, including samples from cratons of Kaapvaal, Tanzania, Siberia, Slave, North China and Greenland, and encompassing both the classic orthopyroxene-rich peridotites of Kaapvaal and orthopyroxene-poor peridotites from Greenland. The suites show a remarkably small range in average olivine Mg# of 92.8 +/- 0.2. Via comparison with data for experimental melting of mantle peridotite compositions, we explain consistent olivine Mg# in the shallow cratonic mantle as the result of mantle melting and melt extraction to the point of orthopyroxene exhaustion, leaving a nearly monomineralic olivine, or dunitic, residue. Experimental data for peridotite melting at pressures less than 4 GPa and data on natural rocks suggest that mantle olivine has a Mg# of about 92.8 at the point of orthopyroxene exhaustion. If the melt extraction was efficient, no further melting could take place without a considerable temperature increase or melt/fluid flux through the dunite residue at high temperatures. While the high Mg#, dunite-dominated xenolith suites from e.g. Greenland represent simple residues from mantle melting, the orthopyroxene-rich xenolith suites with identical Mg# as known from e. g. Kaapvaal must reflect some additional processes. We envisage their derivation from dunite protoliths via subsequent melt/rock reaction with silica-rich melts or, in some cases, possibly as residues at higher average melting

  2. Mantle Partial Melting Beneath Gakkel Ridge Reflected in the Petrography of Spinel Lherzolites

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    Snow, J. E.; Dick, H.; Buechl, A.; Michael, P.; Hellebrand, E.; Ship Sc Parties HEALY 102-POLARSTERN 59,; Ship Sc Parties HEALY 102-POLARSTERN 59,; Ship Sc Parties HEALY 102-POLARSTERN 59,

    2001-12-01

    One of the main aims of the AMORE expedition to Gakkel Ridge was to investigate the nature of mantle residues of low-degree partial melting. Previous results from a single sample of highly serpentinized Gakkel peridotite were unable to conclusively resolve many of the issues of mantle melting and mantle veining involved (1). We have made a preliminary examination of 46 thin sections and hundreds of hand samples of mantle peridotites made on board PFS POLARSTERN and HEALY in the course of the expedition. Most of these peridotites are altered 60-90%, like most abyssal peridotites. Some however are stunningly fresh, containing no detectable serpentine in thin section. The distribution of mantle rock types is similar to that from other mid-ocean ridges. Dunites are present but rare, in contrast to the SW Indian Ridge oblique spreading center at 12° E, as are plagioclase peridotites, in contrast to their abundance at Molloy Ridge further south on the arctic ridge system. There are two differences between this sample set and those commonly observed on mid-ocean ridges that are of particular note. First is the relative abundance of clinopyroxene. The mean clinopyroxene content and size observed in thin section are both qualitatively greater than is commonly observed in abyssal peridotites. Second, the spinels are more nearly euhedral, more abundant and commonly very pale in color. The pale color is well known to be a sign of low Cr content (and thus high activity of Al) in the residual system. All of these observations suggest a low degree of partial melting in the Gakkel Ridge mantle, in accordance with theoretical predictions. What has not been observed to date in even the largest and freshest samples is any evidence of significant mantle veining. It may be that mantle veins have sufficiently low solidi that they melt out completely without a trace even at the lowest degrees of partial melting. The petrographic evidence however suggests that there never was significant

  3. The importance of the melting process for quantifying mantle heterogeneity

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    Lambart, S.

    2015-12-01

    A variety of data requires that the mantle source for basaltic magmatism is heterogeneous. Thanks to numerous experimental studies, parameterizations are available to model the melting behavior of peridotite and pyroxenite compositions that are thought to be present in the mantle (e.g., 1, 2). Based on these parameterizations, numerous studies have attempted to estimate the proportion of pyroxenites in magmatic sources. However, while almost all melting experiments correspond to a batch melting process, it is likely that oceanic basalts are formed by near fractional melting rather than batch melting (e.g., 3). Due to the limited extent of melting of peridotites under upper mantle conditions, their magmatic productivity and melt compositions are similar for batch and fractional melting (e.g., 4). In contrast, pyroxenites undergo much higher meting degrees during decompression of a heterogeneous, peridotite-rich mantle source. Using pMELTS, I investigated the effect of near-fractional melting of pyroxenite. Results suggest that the nature of the melting process for pyroxenites can significantly affect (1) the melt productivity of pyroxenites and thus their potential contribution in basalt genesis, (2) the major element composition of melts and thus their interaction with the surrounding peridodite, and (3) the concentration of minor elements such as Ni and consequently the estimation of pyroxenite proportion in magma-source (e.g., 5). In particular, calculations imply that the proportion of solid pyroxenite in the magma source is likely to be underestimated using "batch melting" rather than "fractional melting" parameterization. An increase in the pyroxenite proportion may affect the buoyancy of the mixture in the upper mantle and have important geodynamical implications. 1-Katz et al., 2003, GGG 4; 2-Lambart et al., 2013, Lithos 160-161; 3- Hirose & Kawamura, 1994, Geophy. Res. Let 21; 4-Johnson et al., 1990, J. Geophy. Res. 95; 5-Sobolev et al., 2007, Science 316

  4. Experimental Partitioning of Chalcophile Elements between Mantle Silicate Minerals and Basaltic Melt at High Pressures and Temperatures - Implications for Sulfur Geochemistry of Mantle and Crust

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    Dasgupta, R.; Jego, S.; Ding, S.; Li, Y.; Lee, C. T.

    2015-12-01

    The behavior of chalcophile elements during mantle melting, melt extraction, and basalt differentiation is critical for formation of ore deposits and geochemical model and evolution of crust-mantle system. While chalcophile elements are strongly partitioned into sulfides, their behavior with different extent of melting, in particular, in the absence of sulfides, can only be modeled with complete knowledge of the partitioning behavior of these elements between dominant mantle minerals and basaltic melt with or without dissolved sulfide (S2-). However, experimental data on mineral-melt partitioning are lacking for many chalcophile elements. Crystallization experiments were conducted at 3 GPa and 1450-1600 °C using a piston cylinder and synthetic silicate melt compositions similar to low-degree partial melt of peridotite. Starting silicate mixes doped with 100-300 ppm of each of various chalcophile elements were loaded into Pt/graphite double capsules. To test the effect of dissolved sulfur in silicate melt on mineral-melt partitioning of chalcophile elements, experiments were conducted on both sulfur-free and sulfur-bearing (1100-1400 ppm S in melt) systems. Experimental phases were analyzed by EPMA (for major elements and S) and LA-ICP-MS (for trace elements). All experiments produced an assemblage of cpx + melt ± garnet ± olivine ± spinel and yielded new partition coefficients (D) for Sn, Zn, Mo, Sb, Bi, Pb, and Se for cpx/melt, olivine/melt, and garnet/melt pairs. Derived Ds (mineral/basalt) reveal little effect of S2- in the melt on mineral-melt partition coefficients of the measured chalcophile elements, with Ds for Zn, Mo, Bi, Pb decreasing by less than a factor of 2 from S-free to S-bearing melt systems or remaining similar, within error, between S-free and S-bearing melt systems. By combining our data with existing partitioning data between sulfide phases and silicate melt we model the fractionation of these elements during mantle melting and basalt

  5. Dihedral angle of carbonatite melts in mantle residue near the upper mantle and transition zone

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    Ghosh, S. K.; Rohrbach, A.; Schmidt, M. W.

    2015-12-01

    Carbonate melts are thought to be ideal metasomatic agents in the deep upper mantle (Green & Wallace, 1988) and these melts are low in viscosities (10-1-10-3 Pa·s) compared to primitive basalt (101-102 Pa·s), furthermore the ability to form an interconnected grain-edge melt network at low melt fractions (< 1%) make carbonate melts extremely mobile. They are molten at relatively low temperatures and have solidus temperatures hundreds of degrees lower than silicate melts at >3 GPa (Dasgupta et al. 2006, Ghosh et al., 2009), dissolve a number of geochemically incompatible elements much better than silicate melts (Blundy and Dalton, 2000). Previous studies of carbonate melt dihedral angles in olivine-dominated matrices yielded 25-30oat 1-3 GPa, relatively independent of melt composition (Watson et al., 1990) and temperature (Hunter and McKenzie, 1989). Dihedral angles of carbonate melts in contact with deep mantle silicate phases (e.g. garnet, wadsleyite, and ringwoodite) which constitute more than 70 % of the deep upper mantle and transition zone have not been studied yet. We have performed multi-anvil experiments on carbonate-bearing peridotites with 5.0 wt% CO2 from 13.5 to 20 GPa 1550 oC to investigate the dihedral angle of magnesio-carbonatite melts in equilibrium with garnet, olivine (and its high-pressure polymorphs), and clinoenstatite. The dihedral angle of carbonate melts in the deep upper mantle and transition zone is ~30° for majorite garnet and olivine (and its polymorphs) dominated matrices. It does not change with increasing pressure in the range 13.5-20 GPa. Our results suggest that very low melt fractions of carbonatite melt forming in the deep upper mantle and transition zone are interconnected at melt fractions less than 0.01. Consistent with geophysical observations, this could possibly explain low velocity regions in the deep mantle and transition zone.

  6. Impact-Induced Melting of the Martian Mantle

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    Ghods, A.; Arkani-Hamed, J.

    2008-12-01

    A large impact not only creates a giant basin on a planet but also results in considerable melting in the mantle, especially if the impact occurs in the early history of the planet. There are generally 4 stages of melting caused by a large impact: 1) Melting of a major part of the impactor and target material beneath the impact site, due to release of the kinematic energy of the impactor that is largely converted to heat energy; 2) Melting in the upper mantle due to immediate depressurization caused by excavation of crustal material from the impact site. This stage of melting is simultaneous with the excavation process and it usually occurs in the upper mantle because the pre-impact temperature is usually close to, or at, the melting temperature, and the sudden depressurization allows melting to occur; 3) Melting in the upper mantle due to its upwelling in order to achieve isostatic compensation, during which rocks from deeper parts of the upper mantle move to low- pressure upper parts. This process involves appreciable displacement of the mantle material when the resulting excavation volume is very large, and it may take up to a few thousand years to accomplish; 4) Melting in the entire mantle by convection circulations that develop in response to the temperature perturbations in the upper mantle caused by the second and third stages of melting. Depending on the size of the impactor and the pre-impact temperature condition of the mantle, this secondary convection may take a much longer time to develop and it usually results in enormous amount of melt and extensive volcanism, which are by far more important than those associated with the first three stages of melting. We study the secondary convection induced in the Martian mantle by large impacts that created giant basins such as Utopia, Acidalia, Ares, Deadalia, Hellas, Isidis, and Argyre, as well as the giant Borealis impact that likely created the major part of the northern low lands. We investigate two

  7. Partial melting of secondary pyroxenite at 1 and 1.5 GPa, and its role in upwelling heterogeneous mantle

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    Borghini, G.; Fumagalli, P.; Rampone, E.

    2017-08-01

    We performed partial melting experiments at 1 and 1.5 GPa, and 1180-1400 °C, to investigate the melting under mantle conditions of an olivine-websterite (GV10), which represents a natural proxy of secondary (or stage 2) pyroxenite. Its subsolidus mineralogy consists of clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene, olivine and spinel (+garnet at 1.5 GPa). Solidus temperature is located between 1180 and 1200 °C at 1 GPa, and between 1230 and 1250 °C at 1.5 GPa. Orthopyroxene (±garnet), spinel and clinopyroxene are progressively consumed by melting reactions to produce olivine and melt. High coefficient of orthopyroxene in the melting reaction results in relatively high SiO2 content of low melt fractions. After orthopyroxene exhaustion, melt composition is controlled by the composition of coexisting clinopyroxene. At increasing melt fraction, CaO content of melt increases, whereas Na2O, Al2O3 and TiO2 behave as incompatible elements. Low Na2O contents reflect high partition coefficient of Na between clinopyroxene and melt (D_{{{Na}_{ 2} {O}}}^{{{cpx}/{liquid}}}). Melting of GV10 produces Quartz- to Hyperstene-normative basaltic melts that differ from peridotitic melts only in terms of lower Na2O and higher CaO contents. We model the partial melting of mantle sources made of different mixing of secondary pyroxenite and fertile lherzolite in the context of adiabatic oceanic mantle upwelling. At low potential temperatures ( T P < 1310 °C), low-degree melt fractions from secondary pyroxenite react with surrounding peridotite producing orthopyroxene-rich reaction zones (or refertilized peridotite) and refractory clinopyroxene-rich residues. At higher T P (1310-1430 °C), simultaneous melting of pyroxenite and peridotite produces mixed melts with major element compositions matching those of primitive MORBs. This reinforces the notion that secondary pyroxenite may be potential hidden components in MORB mantle source.

  8. Melting experiments on peridotite to lowermost mantle conditions

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    Tateno, Shigehiko; Hirose, Kei; Ohishi, Yasuo

    2014-06-01

    Melting experiments on a pyrolitic mantle material were performed in a pressure range from 34 to 179 GPa based on laser-heated diamond-anvil cell (DAC) techniques. The textural and chemical characterizations of quenched samples were made by using field-emission-type electron microprobe (FE-EPMA). Melts formed by 46 to 77 wt.% partial melting in this study were ultrabasic in composition and became more depleted in SiO2 and more enriched in FeO with increasing pressure. Melting textures indicate that the liquidus phase changed from ferropericlase to MgSiO3-rich perovskite at least above 34 GPa and further to post-perovskite. The first phase to melt (disappear) changed from CaSiO3 perovskite to (Mg,Fe)O ferropericlase between 68 and 82 GPa. The stability of ferropericlase above solidus temperature shrinks with increasing pressure (melting last below 34 GPa and first 82 GPa), resulting in higher (MgO + FeO)/SiO2 ratio in partial melt at higher pressure. Additionally, the Fe-Mg distribution coefficients (KD) between perovskite/post-perovskite and melt decreased considerably with increasing pressure, leading to strong Fe-enrichment in partial melts. It supports dense partial melts in a deep lower mantle, which migrate downward to the core mantle boundary (CMB).

  9. Melting of MORB at core-mantle boundary

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    Pradhan, Gopal K.; Fiquet, Guillaume; Siebert, Julien; Auzende, Anne-Line; Morard, Guillaume; Antonangeli, Daniele; Garbarino, Gaston

    2015-12-01

    We investigated the melting properties of natural mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) up to core-mantle boundary (CMB) pressures using laser-heated diamond anvil cell. Textural and chemical characterizations of quenched samples were performed by analytical transmission electron microscopy. We used in situ X-ray diffraction primarily for phase identification whereas our melting criterion based on laser power versus temperature plateau combined with textural analysis of recovered solidus and subsolidus samples is accurate and unambiguous. At CMB pressure (135 GPa), the MORB solidus temperature is 3970 (± 150) K. Quenched melt textures observed in recovered samples indicate that CaSiO3 perovskite (CaPv) is the liquidus phase in the entire pressure range up to CMB. The partial melt composition derived from the central melt pool is enriched in FeO, which suggests that such melt pockets may be gravitationally stable at the core mantle boundary.

  10. Helium isotopic evidence for episodic mantle melting and crustal growth.

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    Parman, S W

    2007-04-19

    The timing of formation of the Earth's continental crust is the subject of a long-standing debate, with models ranging from early formation with little subsequent growth, to pulsed growth, to steadily increasing growth. But most models do agree that the continental crust was extracted from the mantle by partial melting. If so, such crustal extraction should have left a chemical fingerprint in the isotopic composition of the mantle. The subduction of oceanic crust and subsequent convective mixing, however, seems to have largely erased this record in most mantle isotopic systems (for example, strontium, neodymium and lead). In contrast, helium is not recycled into the mantle because it is volatile and degasses from erupted oceanic basalts. Therefore helium isotopes may potentially preserve a clearer record of mantle depletion than recycled isotopes. Here I show that the spectrum of 4He/3He ratios in ocean island basalts appears to preserve the mantle's depletion history, correlating closely with the ages of proposed continental growth pulses. The correlation independently predicts both the dominant 4He/3He peak found in modern mid-ocean-ridge basalts, as well as estimates of the initial 4He/3He ratio of the Earth. The correspondence between the ages of mantle depletion events and pulses of crustal production implies that the formation of the continental crust was indeed episodic and punctuated by large, potentially global, melting events. The proposed helium isotopic evolution model does not require a primitive, undegassed mantle reservoir, and therefore is consistent with whole mantle convection.

  11. Hot, shallow mantle melting under the Cascades volcanic arc

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    Elkins Tanton, Linda T.; Grove, Timothy L.; Donnelly-Nolan, Julie

    2001-07-01

    Melting occurs at progressively greater depths and higher temperatures from west to east across the Cascades volcanic arc in northern California, as demonstrated by compositional variations observed in high-alumina olivine tholeiites. The lavas studied erupted from seven vents defining a 75-km-long, east-west transect across the arc, from near Mount Shasta to east of Medicine Lake volcano. The increase in melting depth across the arc parallels modeled isotherms in the mantle wedge and does not parallel the inferred dip of the slab. The depth of mantle melting at which the high-alumina olivine tholeiites were created is ˜36 km at the western end of the transect and 66 km at the eastern end. The very high temperatures of dry melting so close to the crust indicate a transitory condition of the mantle.

  12. Hot, shallow mantle melting under the Cascades volcanic arc

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    Elkins Tanton, Linda T.; Grove, Timothy L.; Donnelly-Nolan, Julie

    2001-01-01

    Melting occurs at progressively greater depths and higher temperatures from west to east across the Cascades volcanic arc in northern California, as demonstrated by compositional variations observed in high-alumina olivine tholeiites. The lavas studied erupted from seven vents defining a 75-km-long, east-west transect across the arc, from near Mount Shasta to east of Medicine Lake volcano. The increase in melting depth across the arc parallels modeled isotherms in the mantle wedge and does not parallel the inferred dip of the slab. The depth of mantle melting at which the high-alumina olivine tholeiites were created is ∼36 km at the western end of the transect and 66 km at the eastern end. The very high temperatures of dry melting so close to the crust indicate a transitory condition of the mantle.

  13. Zn isotopic heterogeneity in the mantle: A melting control?

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    Doucet, Luc S.; Mattielli, Nadine; Ionov, Dmitri A.; Debouge, Wendy; Golovin, Alexander V.

    2016-10-01

    We present new Zn elemental and isotope data on seventeen fertile and refractory mantle peridotite xenoliths. Eleven fertile peridotites are garnet and spinel lherzolites from Vitim and Tariat (Siberia and Mongolia) and represent some of the most pristine fertile peridotites available. Six refractory peridotites are spinel harzburgites from the Udachnaya kimberlite (Siberian craton) that are nearly pristine residues of high-degree polybaric melting at high pressure (7-4 GPa). Geochemical data suggest that Zn isotopic compositions in the peridotites have not been affected by post-melting processes such as metasomatism, contamination by the host-magmas or alteration. The fertile peridotites have uniform Zn concentrations (59 ± 2 ppm) and Zn isotopic compositions with δ66Zn (relative to JMC-Lyon-03-0749l) = +0.30 ± 0.03‰ consistent with the Bulk Silicate Earth estimates of δ66Zn = +0.28 ± 0.05‰ (Chen et al., 2013). The refractory peridotites have Zn concentrations ranging from 30 to 48 ppm and δ66Zn from + 0.10 ± 0.01 ‰ to + 0.18 ± 0.01 ‰ with an average of + 0.14 ± 0.03 ‰. Our data suggest that the lithospheric mantle has a heterogeneous Zn isotopic composition. Modeling of Zn isotope partitioning during partial melting of fertile mantle suggests that high degrees of melt extraction (>30%) may significantly fractionate Zn isotopes (up to 0.16‰) and that during mantle melting, Zn concentrations and isotopic compositions are mainly controlled by the stability of clinopyroxene and garnet within the melting residue. Because the stability of clinopyroxene and garnet is mainly pressure dependent we suggest that both the depth and the degrees of melt extraction may control Zn isotope fractionation during mantle melting.

  14. Geophysical constraints on partial melt in the upper mantle

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    Shankland, T.J.; O'Connell, R.J.; Waff, H.S.

    1981-08-01

    This paper adresses the conditions under which partial melt can exist in the mantle in order to be observed as a geophysical 'anomaly'. Typical observed anomalies are high electrical conductivity of the order of 0.1 S/m or greater, velocity decreases of 7--10%, seismic Q values less than 100, and a frequency band for seismic effects in the region mear 1 Hz. Existing theories of electrical conduction in partial melts and of frequency-dependent seismic properties together with recent measurements of melt electrical conductivity, viscosity, and partial melt texture can be used to establish requirements for melt to be observed by geophysical methods. From electrical anomalies, mainly sensitive to melt volume and its interconnection, one can require a minimum melt fraction of several percent at temperatures close to the solidus (1150/sup 0/--1300/sup 0/C). However, seismic models demand only a small volume in very flattened shapes (aspect ratio approx. =0.001, melt fraction approx.0.1%). Further, if melt configuration permits seismic dissipation in bulk, that is, there exist flattened voids intersecting more or less equant voids, then it is possible to infer melt fractions for elastic anomalies that are consistent with the several percent required for electrical anomalies. Observed equilibrium textures of partly melted peridotite together with inferred melt-solid surface energies suggest that melt on a grain size scale in a gravitational field segregates into a strongly anisotropic pattern. Thus if partial melt causes mantle geophysical anomalies, it should exist in a variety of void shapes and probably of sizes. While the association of electrical and elastic anomalies with indications of reduced density, volcanism, and high heat flow makes the hypothesis of partial melting an attractive explanation, the minimum physical requirement is for existence of relatively high temperature.

  15. Dehydration melting in the top of the lower mantle

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    Schmandt, B.; Jacobsen, S. D.; Becker, T. W.; Liu, Z.; Dueker, K. G.

    2014-12-01

    The high water storage capacity of minerals in Earth's mantle transition zone (410-660 km) implies the possibility of a deep H2O reservoir, which could cause dehydration melting of mantle that flows vertically across the boundaries of the transition zone. We examined the effects of downwelling from the transition zone into the lower mantle with high-pressure laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and seismic P-to-S conversions recorded by EarthScope's USArray. In experiments, the transition of hydrous ringwoodite to perovskite and (Mg,Fe)O produces intergranular melt as a result of the large decrease in water storage capacity. Beneath USArray we detect abrupt decreases in seismic velocity near the top of the lower mantle. Detections are widespread beneath the Great Plains and northern Cordillera, and detections are absent beneath the southwestern U.S. Mantle circulation models show that most of the areas (>95%) with abrupt velocity decreases in the top of the lower mantle are collocated with downward flow across the 660 km discontinuity (660). Mantle circulation models predict upwelling across the 660 beneath the southwestern U.S where abrupt velocity decreases are not detected. The strong correlation between downwelling across the 660 and velocity decreases in the top of the lower mantle is consistent with a small amount (~0.5-1%) of dehydration melting, similar to that observed in laboratory experiments on hydrous ringwoodite. Our results suggest hydration of a large region of the transition zone, and that dehydration melting may act to trap H2O in the transition zone.

  16. Isotopic constraints of mantle derived carbonatitic melts from Calatrava, Spain

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    Humphreys, E. R.; Bailey, K.; Hawkesworth, C. J.; Wall, F.; Avanzinelli, R.

    2010-12-01

    Carbonatite volcanism is typically associated both spatially and temporally with alkaline, ultramafic volcanism (Woolley & Church, 2005). Recent discoveries in Calatrava, Spain illustrate the activity of carbonatite in the source melts of leucitite volcanism. Melilitite pyroclastic lapilli tuffs also show a clear association with volcanic carbonate. Carbonatitic activity has been shown to initiate at depths greater than 100km (Humphreys et al., 2010) despite a maximum estimate of lithospheric thickness of 80km. The presence of aragonite and abundant mantle xenoliths in many deposits are clear indication of the rapid emplacement rates of such magmas. Carbonatitic activity in the source of the leucitite melts is indicated by carbonate inclusions within olivine xenocrysts and the presence of occasional carbonatite lenses. The composition of lead and strontium isotope ratios in the bulk rock, and spatially resolved analysis of carbonate from the groundmass and from inclusions demonstrates a genetic affinity between the inclusions and the related bulk rock composition. Lead and strontium isotopic analysis suggest that such melts do not represent the composition of convecting asthenospheric mantle. 87Sr/86Sr (0.7055-0.7068) values are higher than those of MORB and most OIB. Lead isotope ratios show a trend displaced to higher 207Pb/204Pb relative to MORB and OIB. Carbonate inclusions have less radiogenic lead values than the more radiogenic bulk rocks. Our data indicate that carbonatitic activity in the mantle is intrinsic in the generation of the leucitite lava. However, petrographic and isotopic evidence suggest a complex melt history. Olivine xenocrysts are not in equilibrium with the host leucitite, despite inclusions within olivine showing an isotopic affinity to the bulk rock. We suggest that in this example, alkaline magmatism was induced by the presence of CO2 in the mantle source. Isotopic evidence shows that the mantle producing such melts was not

  17. Convection and Melt Migration in Io's Mantle

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    Elder, C. M.; Tackley, P. J.; Showman, A. P.

    2014-12-01

    Heating from tidal dissipation is so extreme on Io that its mantle is partially molten, and it is the most volcanically active body in the solar system. The detection of an induced magnetic field in Io suggests that the partially molten layer in the interior is at least 50 km thick and at least 20% molten [1]. The presence of this magma changes the nature of convection. Stagnant lid convection alone cannot produce Io's high observed surface heat flux [2], and Io's surface shows no evidence of plate tectonics. Instead, Io loses most of its internal heat through magma migration and volcanic eruptions or the 'heat pipe mechanism'. Previous studies of heat loss from Io's mantle have considered either migration of magma [3] or convection of solid mantle material [e.g. 4], but not both. Here we present numerical simulations that include both processes allowing for the first self-consistent test of the hypothesized heat-pipe mechanism on Io. We use the mantle convection code StagYY, which includes the generation, segregation, and eruption of magma, to conduct two-dimensional numerical simulations in Cartesian geometry considering a region ¼ the width of Io's mantle and the full depth of Io's mantle. We find that Io has a partially molten mantle, which is consistent with the detected induced magnetic field. Furthermore, our simulations demonstrate the viability of the heat pipe mechanism on Io. We find that Io loses two orders of magnitude more internal heat via magmatic eruption than via conduction through its stagnant lid. These magmatic eruptions are the source of Io's high heat flux. Although the average heat flux from magmatic eruptions is equal to Io's observed heat flux, the magmatic heat flux oscillates around this value with time, which is consistent with the variable nature of volcanic eruptions despite our simplified parameterization of eruption. [1] Khurana K. K. et al. (2011) Science, 332, 1186-1189. [2] Moore W. B. (2003) J. Geophys. Res., 108, E8, 15-1. [3

  18. Evolved Rocks in Ocean Islands Formed by Melting of Metasomatized Mantle

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    Ashwal, L. D.; Torsvik, T. H.; Horvath, P.; Harris, C.; Webb, S. J.; Werner, S. C.; Corfu, F.

    2015-12-01

    Evolved rocks like trachyte occur as minor components of many plume-related basaltic ocean islands (e.g. Hawaii, Gran Canaria, Azores, Réunion), and are typically interpreted as products of extreme fractional crystallization from broadly basaltic magmas. Trachytes from Mauritius (Indian Ocean) suggest otherwise. Here, 6.8 Ma nepheline-bearing trachytes (SiO2 ~63%, Na2O + K2O ~12%) are enriched in all incompatible elements except Ba, Sr and Eu, which show prominent negative anomalies. Initial eNd values cluster at 4.03 ± 0.15 (n = 13), near the lower end of the range for Mauritian basalts (eNd = 3.70 - 5.75), but initial Sr is highly variable (ISr = 0.70408 - 0.71034) suggesting secondary deuteric alteration. Fractional crystallization models starting with a basaltic parent fail, because when plagioclase joins olivine in the crystallizing assemblage, residual liquids become depleted in Al2O3, produce no nepheline, and do not approach trachytic compositions. Mauritian basalts and trachytes do not fall near the ends of known miscibility gaps, eliminating liquid immiscibility processes. Partial melting of extant gabbroic bodies, either from the oceanic crust or from Réunion plume-related magmas should yield quartz-saturated melts different from the critically undersaturated Mauritian trachytes. A remaining possibility is that the trachytes represent direct, small-degree partial melts of fertile, perhaps metasomatized mantle. This is supported by the presence of trachytic glasses in many mantle xenoliths, and experimental results show that low-degree trachytic melts can be produced from mantle peridotites even under anhydrous conditions. If some feldspar is left behind as a residual phase, this would account for the negative Ba, Sr and Eu anomalies observed in Mauritian trachytes. Two trachyte samples that are less depleted in these elements contain xenocrysts of anorthoclase, Al-rich cpx and Cl-rich kaersutite that are out of equilibrium with host trachyte magmas

  19. Melting the hydrous, subarc mantle: the origin of primitive andesites

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    Mitchell, Alexandra L.; Grove, Timothy L.

    2015-08-01

    This experimental study is the first comprehensive investigation of the melting behavior of an olivine + orthopyroxene ± spinel—bearing fertile mantle (FM) composition as a function of variable pressure and water content. The fertile composition was enriched with a metasomatic slab component of ≤0.5 % alkalis and investigated from 1135 to 1470 °C at 1.0-2.0 GPa. A depleted lherzolite with 0.4 % alkali addition was also studied from 1225 to 1240 °C at 1.2 GPa. Melts of both compositions were water-undersaturated: fertile lherzolite melts contained 0-6.4 wt% H2O, and depleted lherzolite melts contained ~2.5 wt% H2O. H2O contents of experimental glasses are measured using electron microprobe, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and synchrotron-source reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, a novel technique for analyzing H2O in petrologic experiments. Using this new dataset in conjunction with results from previous hydrous experimental studies, a thermobarometer and a hygrometer-thermometer are presented to determine the conditions under which primitive lavas were last in equilibration with the mantle. These predictive models are functions of H2O content and pressure, respectively. A predictive melting model is also presented that calculates melt compositions in equilibrium with an olivine + orthopyroxene ± spinel residual assemblage (harzburgite). This model quantitatively predicts the following influences of H2O on mantle lherzolite melting: (1) As melting pressure increases, melt compositions become more olivine-normative, (2) as melting extent increases, melt compositions become depleted in the normative plagioclase component, and (3) as melt H2O content increases, melts become more quartz-normative. Natural high-Mg# [molar Mg/(Mg + Fe2+)], high-MgO basaltic andesite and andesite lavas—or primitive andesites (PAs)—contain high SiO2 contents at mantle-equilibrated Mg#s. Their compositional characteristics cannot be readily explained by melting

  20. Chalcophile element partitioning between sulfide phases and hydrous mantle melt: Applications to mantle melting and the formation of ore deposits

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    Li, Yuan

    2014-11-01

    Understanding the geochemical behavior of chalcophile elements in magmatic processes is hindered by the limited partition coefficients between sulfide phases and silicate melt, in particular at conditions relevant to partial melting of the hydrated, metasomatized upper mantle. In this study, the partitioning of elements Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Ag, and Pb between sulfide liquid, monosulfide solid solution (MSS), and hydrous mantle melt has been investigated at 1200 °C/1.5 GPa and oxygen fugacity ranging from FMQ-2 to FMQ+1 in a piston-cylinder apparatus. The determined partition coefficients between sulfide liquid and hydrous mantle melt are: 750-1500 for Cu; 600-1200 for Ni; 35-42 for Co; 35-53 for Pb; and 1-2 for Zn, As, and Mo. The partition coefficients between MSS and hydrous mantle melt are: 380-500 for Cu; 520-750 for Ni; ∼50 for Co; <0.5 for Zn; 0.3-6 for Pb; 0.1-2 for As; 1-2 for Mo; and >34 for Ag. The variation of the data is primarily due to differences in oxygen fugacity. These partitioning data in conjunction with previous data are applied to partial melting of the upper mantle and the formation of magmatic-hydrothermal Cu-Au deposits and magmatic sulfide deposits. I show that the metasomatized arc mantle may no longer contain sulfide after >10-14% melt extraction but is still capable of producing the Cu concentrations in the primitive arc basalts, and that the comparable Cu concentrations in primitive arc basalts and in MORB do not necessarily imply similar oxidation states in their source regions. Previous models proposed for producing Cu- and/or Au-rich magmas have been reassessed, with the conclusions summarized as follows. (1) Partial melting of the oxidized (fO2 > FMQ), metasomatized arc mantle with sulfide exhaustion at degrees >10-14% may not generate Cu-rich, primitive arc basalts. (2) Partial melting of sulfide-bearing cumulates in the root of thickened lower continental crust or lithospheric mantle does not typically generate Cu- and

  1. The fate of sulfide during decompression melting of peridotite - implications for sulfur inventory of the MORB-source depleted upper mantle

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    Ding, Shuo; Dasgupta, Rajdeep

    2017-02-01

    Magmatism at mid ocean ridges is one of the main pathways of S outflux from deep Earth to the surface reservoirs and is a critical step in the global sulfur cycle, yet our understanding of the behavior of sulfide during decompression melting of the upper mantle is incomplete. In order to constrain the sulfur budget of the mantle and reconcile the sulfur and chalcophile element budget of mantle partial melts parental to primitive mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs), here we developed a model to describe the behavior of sulfide and Cu during decompression melting by combining the pMELTS thermodynamic model and empirical sulfur contents at sulfide concentration (SCSS) models, taking into account the effect of the presence of Ni and Cu in sulfides on SCSS of mantle-derived melts. Calculation of SCSS along melting adiabat at mantle potential temperature of 1380 °C with variable initial S content in the mantle indicates that the complete consumption or partial survival of sulfide in the melting residue depends on initial S content and degree of melting. Primitive MORBs (Mg# > 60) with S and Cu mostly concentrated in 800-1000 ppm and 80-120 ppm are likely mixture of sulfide undersaturated high degree melts and sulfide saturated low degree melts derived from depleted peridotite containing 100-200 ppm S. Model calculations to capture the effects of variable mantle potential temperatures (1280-1420 °C) indicate that for a given abundance of sulfide in the mantle, hotter mantle consumes sulfide more efficiently than colder mantle owing to the effect of temperature in enhancing sulfide solubility in silicate melt, and higher mantle temperature stabilizing partial melt with higher FeO* and lower SiO2 and Al2O3, all of which generally enhance sulfide solubility. However, sulfide can still be exhausted by ∼ 10- 15% melting with bulk S of 100-150 ppm in the mantle when TP is as low as 1300 °C. We also show that although variation of DCuperidotite/ melt and initial Cu in the

  2. A benchmark initiative on mantle convection with melting and melt segregation

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    Schmeling, Harro; Dannberg, Juliane; Dohmen, Janik; Kalousova, Klara; Maurice, Maxim; Noack, Lena; Plesa, Ana; Soucek, Ondrej; Spiegelman, Marc; Thieulot, Cedric; Tosi, Nicola; Wallner, Herbert

    2016-04-01

    In recent years a number of mantle convection models have been developed which include partial melting within the asthenosphere, estimation of melt volumes, as well as melt extraction with and without redistribution at the surface or within the lithosphere. All these approaches use various simplifying modelling assumptions whose effects on the dynamics of convection including the feedback on melting have not been explored in sufficient detail. To better assess the significance of such assumptions and to provide test cases for the modelling community we carry out a benchmark comparison. The reference model is taken from the mantle convection benchmark, cases 1a to 1c (Blankenbach et al., 1989), assuming a square box with free slip boundary conditions, the Boussinesq approximation, constant viscosity and Rayleigh numbers of 104 to 10^6. Melting is modelled using a simplified binary solid solution with linearly depth dependent solidus and liquidus temperatures, as well as a solidus temperature depending linearly on depletion. Starting from a plume free initial temperature condition (to avoid melting at the onset time) five cases are investigated: Case 1 includes melting, but without thermal or dynamic feedback on the convection flow. This case provides a total melt generation rate (qm) in a steady state. Case 2 is identical to case 1 except that latent heat is switched on. Case 3 includes batch melting, melt buoyancy (melt Rayleigh number Rm) and depletion buoyancy, but no melt percolation. Output quantities are the Nusselt number (Nu), root mean square velocity (vrms), the maximum and the total melt volume and qm approaching a statistical steady state. Case 4 includes two-phase flow, i.e. melt percolation, assuming a constant shear and bulk viscosity of the matrix and various melt retention numbers (Rt). These cases are carried out using the Compaction Boussinseq Approximation (Schmeling, 2000) or the full compaction formulation. For cases 1 - 3 very good agreement

  3. Experimental evidence supports mantle partial melting in the asthenosphere

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    Chantel, Julien; Manthilake, Geeth; Andrault, Denis; Novella, Davide; Yu, Tony; Wang, Yanbin

    2016-01-01

    The low-velocity zone (LVZ) is a persistent seismic feature in a broad range of geological contexts. It coincides in depth with the asthenosphere, a mantle region of lowered viscosity that may be essential to enabling plate motions. The LVZ has been proposed to originate from either partial melting or a change in the rheological properties of solid mantle minerals. The two scenarios imply drastically distinct physical and geochemical states, leading to fundamentally different conclusions on the dynamics of plate tectonics. We report in situ ultrasonic velocity measurements on a series of partially molten samples, composed of mixtures of olivine plus 0.1 to 4.0 volume % of basalt, under conditions relevant to the LVZ. Our measurements provide direct compressional (VP) and shear (VS) wave velocities and constrain attenuation as a function of melt fraction. Mantle partial melting appears to be a viable origin for the LVZ, for melt fractions as low as ~0.2%. In contrast, the presence of volatile elements appears necessary to explaining the extremely high VP/VS values observed in some local areas. The presence of melt in LVZ could play a major role in the dynamics of plate tectonics, favoring the decoupling of the plate relative to the asthenosphere. PMID:27386548

  4. Experimental evidence supports mantle partial melting in the asthenosphere.

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    Chantel, Julien; Manthilake, Geeth; Andrault, Denis; Novella, Davide; Yu, Tony; Wang, Yanbin

    2016-05-01

    The low-velocity zone (LVZ) is a persistent seismic feature in a broad range of geological contexts. It coincides in depth with the asthenosphere, a mantle region of lowered viscosity that may be essential to enabling plate motions. The LVZ has been proposed to originate from either partial melting or a change in the rheological properties of solid mantle minerals. The two scenarios imply drastically distinct physical and geochemical states, leading to fundamentally different conclusions on the dynamics of plate tectonics. We report in situ ultrasonic velocity measurements on a series of partially molten samples, composed of mixtures of olivine plus 0.1 to 4.0 volume % of basalt, under conditions relevant to the LVZ. Our measurements provide direct compressional (V P) and shear (V S) wave velocities and constrain attenuation as a function of melt fraction. Mantle partial melting appears to be a viable origin for the LVZ, for melt fractions as low as ~0.2%. In contrast, the presence of volatile elements appears necessary to explaining the extremely high V P/V S values observed in some local areas. The presence of melt in LVZ could play a major role in the dynamics of plate tectonics, favoring the decoupling of the plate relative to the asthenosphere.

  5. Kinetics of melt migration in upper mantle-type rocks

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    Riley, G. N.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    1991-08-01

    Experiments have been performed to determine the permeability of an aggregate of olivine plus a silicate melt, as well as the viscosity of the matrix. Melt migration couples were formed between discs composed of olivine with about 12% of a synthetic potassium-aluminum silicate glass and discs of polycrystalline San Carlos olivine. Four melt infiltration experiments were carried out at temperatures between 1050 and 1255°C at 300 MPa in a gas-medium apparatus; each couple was held at the experimental conditions for 2 h. At temperature, capillary forces cause the molten glass to infiltrate into the dunite along triple junctions because the dihedral angle is less than 60°. In order to analyze the resulting melt migration profiles, the coupled differential equations governing melt migration via "porous flow" driven by capillary forces and resisted by compaction/dilation of the matrix were solved numerically. The effects of dihedral angle, melt fraction exponent and amount of the melt in the source region on the spatial and temporal evolution of the melt distribution were investigated with numerical simulations for the initial and boundary conditions imposed by the experimental geometry. The permeability of the aggregate and the viscosity of the matrix were determined by comparison of the melt migration profiles obtained from the experiments with those generated from simulation. The permeability of the partially molten aggregate increased approximately linearly with increasing melt fraction and, at 1255°C, the permeability of the rock and viscosity of the olivine are about 8 × 10 -16 m 2 and 8 × 10 9 Pa s, respectively, for a grain size of 4.2 μm and a melt fraction of 0.145. These results predict a relatively high permeability at low melt fractions, indicating that only very small amounts of melt (˜ 0.1%) could be maintained in a dunitic mantle.

  6. Melting of the Primitive Mercurian Mantle, Insights into the Origin of Its Surface Composition

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    Boujibar, A.; Righter, K.; Rapp, J. F.; Ross, D. K.; Pando, K. M.; Danielson, L. R.; Fontaine, E.

    2016-01-01

    Recent findings of the MESSENGER mission on Mercury have brought new evidence for its reducing nature, widespread volcanism and surface compositional heteregeneity. MESSENGER also provided major elemental ratios of its surface that can be used to infer large-scale differentiation processes and the thermal history of the planet. Mercury is known as being very reduced, with very low Fe-content and high S and alkali contents on its surface. Its bulk composition is therefore likely close to EH enstatite chondrites. In order to elucidate the origin of the chemical diversity of Mercury's surface, we determined the melting properties of EH enstatite chondrites, at pressures between 1 bar and 3 GPa and oxygen fugacity of IW-3 to IW-5, using piston-cylinder experiments, combined with a previous study on EH4 melting at 1 bar. We found that the presence of Ca-rich sulfide melts induces significant decrease of Ca-content in silicate melts at low pressure and low degree of melting (F). Also at pressures lower than 3 GPa, the SiO2-content decreases with F, while it increases at 3 GPa. This is likely due to the chemical composition of the bulk silicate which has a (Mg+Fe+Ca)/Si ratio very close to 1 and to the change from incongruent to congruent melting of enstatite. We then tested whether the various chemical compositions of Mercury's surface can result from mixing between two melting products of EH chondrites. We found that the majority of the geochemical provinces of Mercury's surface can be explained by mixing of two melts, with the exception of the High-Al plains that require an Al-rich source. Our findings indicate that Mercury's surface could have been produced by polybaric melting of a relatively primitive mantle.

  7. A benchmark initiative on mantle convection with melting and melt segregation

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    Schmeling, Harro; Dohmen, Janik; Wallner, Herbert; Noack, Lena; Tosi, Nicola; Plesa, Ana-Catalina; Maurice, Maxime

    2015-04-01

    In recent years a number of mantle convection models have been developed which include partial melting within the asthenosphere, estimation of melt volumes, as well as melt extraction with and without redistribution at the surface or within the lithosphere. All these approaches use various simplifying modelling assumptions whose effects on the dynamics of convection including the feedback on melting have not been explored in sufficient detail. To better assess the significance of such assumptions and to provide test cases for the modelling community we initiate a benchmark comparison. In the initial phase of this endeavor we focus on the usefulness of the definitions of the test cases keeping the physics as sound as possible. The reference model is taken from the mantle convection benchmark, case 1b (Blanckenbach et al., 1989), assuming a square box with free slip boundary conditions, the Boussinesq approximation, constant viscosity and a Rayleigh number of 1e5. Melting is modelled assuming a simplified binary solid solution with linearly depth dependent solidus and liquidus temperatures, as well as a solidus temperature depending linearly on depletion. Starting from a plume free initial temperature condition (to avoid melting at the onset time) three cases are investigated: Case 1 includes melting, but without thermal or dynamic feedback on the convection flow. This case provides a total melt generation rate (qm) in a steady state. Case 2 includes batch melting, melt buoyancy (melt Rayleigh number Rm), depletion buoyancy and latent heat, but no melt percolation. Output quantities are the Nusselt number (Nu), root mean square velocity (vrms) and qm approaching a statistical steady state. Case 3 includes two-phase flow, i.e. melt percolation, assuming a constant shear and bulk viscosity of the matrix and various melt retention numbers (Rt). These cases should be carried out using the Compaction Boussinseq Approximation (Schmeling, 2000) or the full compaction

  8. Melting processes and mantle sources of lavas on Mercury

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    Namur, Olivier; Collinet, Max; Charlier, Bernard; Grove, Timothy L.; Holtz, Francois; McCammon, Catherine

    2016-04-01

    The MESSENGER spacecraft provided geochemical data for surface rocks on Mercury. In this study, we use the major element composition of these lavas to constrain melting conditions and residual mantle sources on Mercury. We combine modelling and high-temperature (1320-1580 °C), low- to high-pressure (0.1 to 3 GPa) experiments on average compositions for the Northern Volcanic Plains (NVP) and the high-Mg region of the Intercrater Plains and Heavily Cratered Terrains (High-Mg IcP-HCT). Near-liquidus phase relations show that the S-free NVP and High-Mg IcP-HCT compositions are multiply saturated with forsterite and enstatite at 1450 °C - 1.3 GPa and 1570 °C - 1.7 GPa, respectively. For S-saturated melts (1.5-3 wt.% S), the multiple saturation point (MSP) is shifted to 1380 °C - 0.75 GPa for NVP and 1480 °C - 0.8 GPa for High-Mg IcP-HCT. To expand our experimental results to the range of surface compositions, we used and calibrated the pMELTS thermodynamic calculator and estimated phase equilibria of ∼5800 compositions from the Mercurian surface and determined the P-T conditions of liquid-forsterite-enstatite MSP (1300-1600 °C; 0.25-1.25 GPa). Surface basalts were produced by 10 to 50% partial melting of variably enriched lherzolitic mantle sources. The relatively low pressure of the olivine-enstatite-liquid MSP seems most consistent with decompression batch melting and melts being segregated from their residues near the base of Mercury's ancient lithosphere. The average melting degree is lower for the young NVP (0.27 ± 0.04) than for the older IcP-HCT (0.46 ± 0.02), indicating that melt productivity decreased with time. The mantle potential temperature required to form Mercurian lavas and the initial depth of melting also decreased from the older High-Mg IcP-HCT terrane (1650 °C and 360 km) to the younger lavas covering the NVP regions (1410 °C and 160 km). This evolution supports strong secular cooling of Mercury's mantle between 4.2 and 3.7 Ga and

  9. Rock species formation due to deep-mantle melting

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    Fomin, Ilya; Tackley, Paul

    2017-04-01

    Melting and melting migration are processes leading to chemically distinct rock species from a homogeneous substrate in the Earth mantle. Iron-rich melts and corresponding rock species are proposed to result from magma ocean progressive crystallization [Labrosse et al., 2007], and modern geophysical models of ULVZ (e.g. [Beuchert & Schmeling, 2013]) discuss their presence at around the CMB today. We perform long-term (tens of millions of years) numerical simulations of the Earth's mantle for a plausible range of CMB temperatures to understands the possibility of melting and it's consequences. Our model of melting is based on experimental data and ab initio simulations. Physical properties (liquid-solid density differences) are adjusted with data of [de Koker et al., 2013; Mosenfelder et al., 2007; Stixrude & Lithgow-Bertelloni, 2011; Thomas & Asimow, 2013]. This model is included in StagYY numerical code (e.g. [Tackley, 2008]) to simulate mass and thermal fluxes within the Earth mantle. Melt segregation (rocks' permeability and velocities) is considered using equations listed in [Abe, 1995; Solomatov, Stevenson, 1993; Martin & Nokes, 1989]. Thermal effects (adiabatic heating and viscous dissipation) are considered. Viscous dissipation term includes Darcy flux term, but omits highly non-linear Brinkman contribution [Nield, 2007]. Modeling predicts formation of melt if temperature at CMB exceeds 4000-4050K. It's segregation and reequilibration results in sufficient volumes of slightly iron-enriched melt lighter than solid counterpart and moving upward. However, it's propagation is strongly controlled by temperature. Partial melting atop the molten layer results in formation of refractory iron-poor restite which delaminates and sink down, so that a layer of iron-depleted material forms underneath the molten layer. Our model applied to homogeneous pyrolitic mantle results in formation of layers of iron-depleted material with average FeO around 4.6 mol.% and iron

  10. Reactive melt migration in mantle rocks: an experimental study

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    Pec, M.; Kohlstedt, D. L.; Zimmerman, M. E.; Holtzman, B. K.

    2013-12-01

    Several physical and chemical driving forces are important during the segregation and focusing of melt from a partially molten mantle toward a mid-oceanic spreading center. We performed a series of experiments to investigate the coupling between stress-driven and reaction-driven melt segregation. A core of melt-rich source material containing olivine, chromite and 20 vol% alkali basalt was placed within a ring of melt-poor sink containing olivine, enstatite, chromite and 4 vol% of alkali basalt. The gradient in silica activity at the source-sink interface provides a chemical driving force for melt migration. These source-sink couples were deformed in torsion in a gas-medium deformation apparatus at 1200°C, 300 MPa confining pressure and shear strain rates of ~10-4 s-1 to different finite shear strains (γ = 0 - 5). Microstructural observations of tangential sections show that at low strains (γ ≤ 2) melt aligns along grain boundaries in the sink at ~45° antithetic to the shear plane (parallel to σ1). At higher strains (γ > 3.5), melt-rich bands develop at 0 to 20° antithetic to the shear direction with a mean spacing between bands of 100 to 250 μm. The melt-rich bands contain 20 - 30% melt in the form of individual melt pockets (dequ ≈ 2.5 μm) aligned 10 - 45° with respect to the applied shear. Typically, a band contains 2 to 10 euhedral to rounded, small, mostly olivine grains (dequ ≈ 3 μm) almost entirely surrounded by melt. Bands terminate at melt-depleted lenses (< 1 vol% melt) in a zone 2 - 4 grains wide containing ~2 vol% melt in small (≤1 μm) pockets. Melt-rich zones do not develop in the sink at the source-sink interface after annealing a sample hydrostatically for >9 h. However, once melt bands are well developed by stress-driven melt segregation (γ ≥ 3.5) dissolution of enstatite reaches ~200 μm into the sink from the source-sink interface. For the pressure-temperature conditions and timescales of our experiments, the observations

  11. Deep mantle melting-solidifying and produced heterogeneities

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    Fomin, Ilya; Tackley, Paul

    2015-04-01

    Model for solid-liquid equilibrium and substance properties in lower mantle conditions is important to understand the early stages of evolution of terrestrial planets, such as core formation and magma ocean crystallization. This model is also necessary to prove theories on some modern seismic features of the Earth (e.g. ultra-low velocity zones) and petrological observations (e.g. lower mantle mineral assemblage inclusions in diamonds). Numerous experimental and numerical studies of the lower mantle phases provide sufficient amount of data to build up a thermodynamic model, which can be used in geophysical fluid dynamics research. Molecular Dynamics modeling provides data on thermodynamic properties of solids and liquids (density, heat capacity, thermal expansion, latent heat of melting etc.). Absence of minor components (iron, alkali etc.) makes it to overestimate melting temperatures significantly (up to 20-30%), so experimental data are also very important. Our model is based on MD data by [de Koker et al., 2013] with evaluation of all important parameters according to classical thermodynamic equations. Melting temperatures (especially at eutectic points) are corrected along Clausius-Clapeyron slopes to agree with modern experimental data ([Andrault et al., 2011], [Andrault et al., 2014], [Fiquet et al., 2010], [Hirose et al., 1999], [Mosenfelder et al., 2007], [Nomura et al., 2014], [Ozawa et al., 2011], [Zerr et al., 1998]). KD value for iron reported by [Andrault et al., 2012] was used. Proposed model was implemented into StagYY software (e.g. [Tackley, 2008]). It is a finite-volume discretization code for advection of solid and liquid in a planetary scale. A principal new feature of the used code modification is that we use separated variables for chemical compounds: SiO2, FeO, MgO and other (list can be extended). So it is possible to trace mantle heterogeneities produced by melting and solidifying events. Calculations predict appearing and disappearing

  12. Two-component mantle melting-mixing model for the generation of mid-ocean ridge basalts: Implications for the volatile content of the Pacific upper mantle

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    Shimizu, Kei; Saal, Alberto E.; Myers, Corinne E.; Nagle, Ashley N.; Hauri, Erik H.; Forsyth, Donald W.; Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Niu, Yaoling

    2016-03-01

    We report major, trace, and volatile element (CO2, H2O, F, Cl, S) contents and Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopes of mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) glasses from the Northern East Pacific Rise (NEPR) off-axis seamounts, the Quebrada-Discovery-GoFar (QDG) transform fault system, and the Macquarie Island. The incompatible trace element (ITE) contents of the samples range from highly depleted (DMORB, Th/La ⩽ 0.035) to enriched (EMORB, Th/La ⩾ 0.07), and the isotopic composition spans the entire range observed in EPR MORB. Our data suggest that at the time of melt generation, the source that generated the EMORB was essentially peridotitic, and that the composition of NMORB might not represent melting of a single upper mantle source (DMM), but rather mixing of melts from a two-component mantle (depleted and enriched DMM or D-DMM and E-DMM, respectively). After filtering the volatile element data for secondary processes (degassing, sulfide saturation, assimilation of seawater-derived component, and fractional crystallization), we use the volatiles to ITE ratios of our samples and a two-component mantle melting-mixing model to estimate the volatile content of the D-DMM (CO2 = 22 ppm, H2O = 59 ppm, F = 8 ppm, Cl = 0.4 ppm, and S = 100 ppm) and the E-DMM (CO2 = 990 ppm, H2O = 660 ppm, F = 31 ppm, Cl = 22 ppm, and S = 165 ppm). Our two-component mantle melting-mixing model reproduces the kernel density estimates (KDE) of Th/La and 143Nd/144Nd ratios for our samples and for EPR axial MORB compiled from the literature. This model suggests that: (1) 78% of the Pacific upper mantle is highly depleted (D-DMM) while 22% is enriched (E-DMM) in volatile and refractory ITE, (2) the melts produced during variable degrees of melting of the E-DMM controls most of the MORB geochemical variation, and (3) a fraction (∼65% to 80%) of the low degree EMORB melts (produced by ∼1.3% melting) may escape melt aggregation by freezing at the base of the oceanic lithosphere, significantly enriching it in

  13. Lower Mantle melting model and it's geodynamical applications

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    Fomin, I.; Tackley, P. J.

    2014-12-01

    Model of solid-liquid equilibrium laws and substances properties in lower mantle conditions is important to understand the early stages of evolution of terrestrial planets, such as core formation and magma ocean crystallization. This model is also necessary to prove theories on some modern seismic features of the Earth (e.g. ultra-low velocity zones) and petrological observations (e.g. lower mantle mineral assemblage inclusions in diamonds). Numerous experimental and numerical studies of the lower mantle phases provide sufficient amount of data to build up a thermodynamic model, which can be used in geophysical fluid dynamics research. Experimental studies are the direct source of soliduses values, but other thermodynamic parameters stay unclear. Molecular Dynamics modeling provides data on thermodynamic properties of solids and liquids (density, heat capacity, latent heat of melting etc.). But absence of minor components (iron, alkali etc.) and some numerical issues (e.g. [Belonoshko, 2001]) make it to overestimate melting temperatures significantly (up to 20-30%). Our approach is to develop a model based on MD data by [de Koker et al., 2013] with evaluation of all important parameters according to classical thermodynamic equations. But melting temperatures (especially at eutectic points) are corrected along Clausius-Clapeyron slopes to agree with modern experimental data ([Andrault et al., 2011], [Andrault et al., 2014], [Fiquet et al., 2010], [Hirose et al., 1999], [Mosenfelder et al., 2007], [Nomura et al., 2014],[Ozawa et al., 2011], [Zerr et al., 1998]). Notable effect on melt and solid densities has iron partitioning, so KD value reported by [Andrault et al., 2012] was used. Proposed model was implemented into StagYY software (e.g. [Tackley, 2008]). It is a finite-volume discretization code for advection of solid and liquid in a planetary scale. CMB temperature was set to be 4000-4400 K. Calculations predict appearing and disappearing batches containing up

  14. Deformation-driven melt segregation and organization in the mantle

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    Holtzman, B. K.; Kohlstedt, D. L.; Zimmerman, M. E.; Daines, M. J.; Phipps Morgan, J.

    2003-04-01

    The strongest constraint on the dynamics of melt extraction is the observation that most transport occurs in chemically isolated channels. Replacive dunites clearly form by reactive porous flow and may constitute the major melt pathways in the mantle beneath spreading centers, as inferred from the Oman ophiolite. However, deformation and flow of the upwelling mantle beneath ridges and arcs may also be very important in both the initiation of melt segregation and in the organization of channels. With shear and torsional deformation experiments of partially molten rocks, we have demonstrated that deformation alone can drive melt to segregate. To apply this phenomenon to natural settings, we must understand 1) the dynamics of deformation-driven self-organization at the experimental scale and 2) the relations necessary for extrapolating to natural length and time scales. 1) Dynamics: The deformation-driven segregation process involves a positive feedback due to melt fraction-dependent weakening of the crystalline matrix, as discussed by Stevenson in 1989, coupled to (and counteracted by) the concentration of strain into melt-rich bands. The observed band orientation corresponds to the angle at which the pressure difference between melt in the band- and non-band regions is minimized. 2) Scaling: In experiments, band spacing scales with compaction length; this simplest of scaling relations predicts band spacings on the order of channelized-flow features observed in ophiolites (i.e., dunites), suggesting that deformation-driven and reaction-driven segregation processes may interact closely. Deformation can drive the channels to self-organize into connected (anastomosing) networks of melt-rich shear zones. These networks will act as transport pathways and will significantly reduce the effective viscosity of the partially molten regions. While trying to detect a melt-rich network with shear wave splitting is an important test, we ask further if there are unique and

  15. Consequences and Resolution of Lunar Lower Mantle Partial Melt

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    Fuqua, H.; Bremner, P. M.; Diamond, M. R.; Garapic, G.; Lock, S. J.; Mallik, A.; Nishikawa, Y.; Panovska, S.; Shahar, A.; Lognonne, P. H.; Panero, W. R.; Faul, U.; Panning, M. P.; Jimenez-Perez, H.; Schmerr, N. C.; Williams, Q. C.

    2014-12-01

    Existence of a partially molten layer at depth has been proposed to explain the lack of observed farside deep moonquakes, the observation of reflected phases from deep moonquakes, and the dissipation of tidal energy within the lunar interior. However, subsequent models explore the possibility that dissipation due to elevated temperatures alone can explain the observed dissipation factor (Q) and tidal love numbers. We have explored the hypothesis that high titanium melt compositions associated with lunar mantle overturn may sink to the base of the mantle, locally or regionally. We have performed forward calculations varying composition and thickness of layers to evaluate if a partially molten layer at the base of the mantle is well constrained by the observational data. Self-consistent physical parameters are calculated for each compositional model that are then compared against the observed data to determine a subset of permissible models. The data constraints considered by this study include bulk density, moment of inertia, real and imaginary parts of the Love numbers, seismic travel times, and electrical conductivity. Dynamic calculations using ASPECT have also been considered to determine the implications of early lunar mantle convection for the survivability of the partially molten layer. Finally, and as a perspective for a future NASA New Frontiers Geophysical Network, we present 1D synthetic seismograms calculated for each proposed structure of the Moon to investigate the future seismological resolution of these deep lunar structure features. This work was initiated at the CIDER 2014 program.

  16. Melting and reactive flow of a volatilized mantle beneath mid-ocean ridges: theory and numerical models

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    Keller, Tobias; Katz, Richard F.

    2015-04-01

    Laboratory experiments indicate that even small concentrations volatiles (H2O or CO2) in the upper mantle significantly affect the silicate melting behavior [HK96,DH06]. The presence of volatiles stabilizes volatile-rich melt at high pressure, thus vastly increasing the volume of the upper mantle expected to be partially molten [H10,DH10]. These small-degree melts have important consequences for chemical differentiation and could affect the dynamics of mantle flow. We have developed theory and numerical implementation to simulate thermo-chemically coupled magma/mantle dynamics in terms of a two-phase (rock+melt), three component (dunite+MORB+volatilized MORB) physical model. The fluid dynamics is based on McKenzie's equations [McK84], while the thermo-chemical formulation of the system is represented by a novel disequilibrium multi-component melting model based on thermo-dynamic theory [RBS11]. This physical model is implemented as a parallel, two-dimensional, finite-volume code that leverages tools from the PETSc toolkit. Application of this simulation code to a mid-ocean ridge system suggests that the methodology captures the leading-order features of both hydrated and carbonated mantle melting, including deep, low-degree, volatile-rich melt formation. Melt segregation leads to continuous dynamic thermo-chemical dis-equilibration, while phenomenological reaction rates are applied to continually move the system towards re-equilibration. The simulations will be used first to characterize volatile extraction from the MOR system assuming a chemically homogeneous mantle. Subsequently, simulations will be extended to investigate the consequences of heterogeneity in lithology [KW12] and volatile content. These studies will advance our understanding of the role of volatiles in the dynamic and chemical evolution of the upper mantle. Moreover, they will help to gauge the significance of the coupling between the deep carbon cycle and the ocean/atmosphere system. REFERENCES

  17. Experiments on melt-rock reaction in the shallow mantle wedge

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    Mitchell, Alexandra L.; Grove, Timothy L.

    2016-12-01

    This experimental study simulates the interaction of hotter, deeper hydrous mantle melts with shallower, cooler depleted mantle, a process that is expected to occur in the upper part of the mantle wedge. Hydrous reaction experiments ( 6 wt% H2O in the melt) were conducted on three different ratios of a 1.6 GPa mantle melt and an overlying 1.2 GPa harzburgite from 1060 to 1260 °C. Reaction coefficients were calculated for each experiment to determine the effect of temperature and starting bulk composition on final melt compositions and crystallizing assemblages. The experiments used to construct the melt-wall rock model closely approached equilibrium and experienced <5% Fe loss or gain. Experiments that experienced higher extents of Fe loss were used to critically evaluate the practice of "correcting" for Fe loss by adding iron. At low ratios of melt/mantle (20:80 and 5:95), the crystallizing assemblages are dunites, harzburgites, and lherzolites (as a function of temperature). When the ratio of deeper melt to overlying mantle is 70:30, the crystallizing assemblage is a wehrlite. This shows that wehrlites, which are observed in ophiolites and mantle xenoliths, can be formed by large amounts of deeper melt fluxing though the mantle wedge during ascent. In all cases, orthopyroxene dissolves in the melt, and olivine crystallizes along with pyroxenes and spinel. The amount of reaction between deeper melts and overlying mantle, simulated here by the three starting compositions, imposes a strong influence on final melt compositions, particularly in terms of depletion. At the lowest melt/mantle ratios, the resulting melt is an extremely depleted Al-poor, high-Si andesite. As the fraction of melt to mantle increases, final melts resemble primitive basaltic andesites found in arcs globally. An important element ratio in mantle lherzolite composition, the Ca/Al ratio, can be significantly elevated through shallow mantle melt-wall rock reaction. Wall rock temperature is a key

  18. Global-scale modelling of melting and isotopic evolution of Earth's mantle: melting modules for TERRA

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    van Heck, Hein J.; Davies, J. Huw; Elliott, Tim; Porcelli, Don

    2016-04-01

    Many outstanding problems in solid-Earth science relate to the geodynamical explanation of geochemical observations. Currently, extensive geochemical databases of surface observations exist, but satisfying explanations of underlying mantle processes are lacking. One way to address these problems is through numerical modelling of mantle convection while tracking chemical information throughout the convective mantle. We have implemented a new way to track both bulk compositions and concentrations of trace elements in a finite-element mantle convection code. Our approach is to track bulk compositions and trace element abundances via particles. One value on each particle represents bulk composition and can be interpreted as the basalt component. In our model, chemical fractionation of bulk composition and trace elements happens at self-consistent, evolving melting zones. Melting is defined via a composition-dependent solidus, such that the amount of melt generated depends on pressure, temperature and bulk composition of each particle. A novel aspect is that we do not move particles that undergo melting; instead we transfer the chemical information carried by the particle to other particles. Molten material is instantaneously transported to the surface layer, thereby increasing the basalt component carried by the particles close to the surface and decreasing the basalt component in the residue. The model is set to explore a number of radiogenic isotopic systems, but as an example here the trace elements we choose to follow are the Pb isotopes and their radioactive parents. For these calculations we will show (1) the evolution of the distribution of bulk compositions over time, showing the buildup of oceanic crust (via melting-induced chemical separation in bulk composition), i.e. a basalt-rich layer at the surface, and the transportation of these chemical heterogeneities through the deep mantle; (2) the amount of melt generated over time; (3) the evolution of the

  19. Silicate melt metasomatism in the lithospheric mantle beneath SW Poland

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    Puziewicz, Jacek; Matusiak-Małek, Magdalena; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Grégoire, Michel; Kukuła, Anna

    2014-05-01

    The xenoliths of peridotites representing the subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) beneath SW Poland and adjacent parts of Germany occur in the Cenozoic alkaline volcanic rocks. Our study is based on detailed characterization of xenoliths occurring in 7 locations (Steinberg in Upper Lusatia, Księginki, Pilchowice, Krzeniów, Wilcza Góra, Winna Góra and Lutynia in Lower Silesia). One of the two major lithologies occurring in the xenoliths, which we call the "B" lithology, comprises peridotites (typically harzburgites) with olivine containing from 90.5 to 84.0 mole % of forsterite. The harzburgites contain no clinopyroxene or are poor in that mineral (eg. in Krzeniów the group "B" harzburgites contain < 1 vol. % of the mineral). They exhibit significant variation in orthopyroxene contents, which varies from 25 to 10 vol. %. Some of the xenoliths are more impoverished in orthopyroxene and have dunitic compositions. The ortho- and clinopyroxene exhibit mg# similar to that of olivine, and typically are low aluminous (Al < 0.10 atom pfu in ortho-, and < 0.20 atom pfu in clinopyroxene). The exception are xenoliths from Księginki, which contain pyroxenes characterised by negative correlation between mg# and Al. The REE patterns of both ortho- and clinopyroxene in the group "B" peridotites suggest equilibration with silicate melt. The rocks of "B" lithology were formed due to alkaline silicate melt percolation in the depleted peridotitic protolith. The basaltic melts formed at high pressure are usually undersaturated in both ortho- and clinopyroxene at lower pressures (Kelemen et al. 1992). Because of cooling and dissolution of ortho- and clinopyroxene the melts change their composition and become saturated in one or both of those phases. Experimental results (e.g. Tursack & Liang 2012 and references therein) show that the same refers to alkaline basaltic silicate melts and that its reactive percolation in the peridotitic host leads to decrease of Mg

  20. Toward a coherent model for the melting behavior of the deep Earth's mantle

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    Andrault, D.; Bolfan-Casanova, N.; Bouhifd, M. A.; Boujibar, A.; Garbarino, G.; Manthilake, G.; Mezouar, M.; Monteux, J.; Parisiades, P.; Pesce, G.

    2017-04-01

    Knowledge of melting properties is critical to predict the nature and the fate of melts produced in the deep mantle. Early in the Earth's history, melting properties controlled the magma ocean crystallization, which potentially induced chemical segregation in distinct reservoirs. Today, partial melting most probably occurs in the lowermost mantle as well as at mid upper-mantle depths, which control important aspects of mantle dynamics, including some types of volcanism. Unfortunately, despite major experimental and theoretical efforts, major controversies remain about several aspects of mantle melting. For example, the liquidus of the mantle was reported (for peridotitic or chondritic-type composition) with a temperature difference of ∼1000 K at high mantle depths. Also, the Fe partitioning coefficient (DFeBg/melt) between bridgmanite (Bg, the major lower mantle mineral) and a melt was reported between ∼0.1 and ∼0.5, for a mantle depth of ∼2000 km. Until now, these uncertainties had prevented the construction of a coherent picture of the melting behavior of the deep mantle. In this article, we perform a critical review of previous works and develop a coherent, semi-quantitative, model. We first address the melting curve of Bg with the help of original experimental measurements, which yields a constraint on the volume change upon melting (ΔVm). Secondly, we apply a basic thermodynamical approach to discuss the melting behavior of mineralogical assemblages made of fractions of Bg, CaSiO3-perovskite and (Mg,Fe)O-ferropericlase. Our analysis yields quantitative constraints on the SiO2-content in the pseudo-eutectic melt and the degree of partial melting (F) as a function of pressure, temperature and mantle composition; For examples, we find that F could be more than 40% at the solidus temperature, except if the presence of volatile elements induces incipient melting. We then discuss the melt buoyancy in a partial molten lower mantle as a function of pressure

  1. Formation of harzburgite by pervasive melt/rock reaction in the upper mantle

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    Kelemen, P.B.; Dick, H.J.B.; Quick, J.E.

    1992-01-01

    Many mantle peridotite samples are too rich in SiO2 (in the form of orthopyroxene) and have ratios of light to heavy rare earth elements that are too high to be consistent with an origin as the residuum of partial melting of the primitive mantle. Trace element studies of melt/rock reaction zones in the Trinity peridotite provide evidence for reaction of the mantle lithosphere with ascending melts, which dissolved calcium-pyroxene and precipitated orthopyroxene as magma mass decreased. This process can account for the observed major and trace element compositions of lithospheric mantle samples, and may accordingly be prevalent in the upper mantle.

  2. Chemical Order in Silicate Melts: Implications for Microscopic Origins of Mantle Melting Behavior

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    Mysen, B. O.; Lee, S.; Cody, G. D.; Fei, Y.

    2003-12-01

    Configurational thermodynamic properties of silicate melts (e.g. activity coefficient of silica) at high pressure govern composition of melts in equilibrium with mantle mineral assemblages. These properties are controlled by the distribution of framework units (e.g. [4]Si, [5,6]Si, [4]Al), and the disorder among network-modifying cations (e.g. Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+) in the melts (Lee, Fei, Cody, & Mysen, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2003, 30, 1845; Lee and Stebbins, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta., 2003, 67, 1699). Spectroscopic data obtained in the diamond anvil cell (DAC) together with quantum chemical simulations, allow us to measure details of distributions of framework units and network modifying cations with varying pressure, temperature and compositions. Here we report structural details of model basaltic melts (sodium silicate and aluminosilicates with varying degree of polymerization) mainly using solid state NMR, vibrational spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray with DAC. These results highlight the tendency for chemical ordering resulted from cation mixing in silicate melts and glasses at ambient as well as high pressure (6-10 GPa). The chemical ordering among framework units leads to the formation of [5,6]Si-O-[4]Si in silicates and [5,6]Al-O-[4]Si in aluminosilicates, contributing to the total negative deviation of silica activity from ideal solution in silicate melts at high pressure. Network-modifying cations also prefer to form dissimilar pairs (e.g. Ca-Na and Mg-Ba). These results indicate that there will be a further reduction in the activity coefficient of silica in multi-component melts. We also present modeling results of configurational enthalpy and entropy of multi-component silicate melts derived from the spectroscopic analysis and calculated the effect of degree of chemical order in melt properties. Increasing chemical ordering among framework units leads to a decrease in configurational entropy and enthalpy of melts, and also contributes to the decrease of

  3. Melt in the mantle beneath the Amagmatic Zone, Southern Nevada

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    Rau, C. J.; Forsyth, D. W.

    2010-12-01

    Surface wave tomography of the western United States reveals the presence of an unusually slow shear wave velocity anomaly beneath a region in the Basin and Range province, sometimes termed the amagmatic gap (AMZ in figure below), which is renowned for its lack of volcanic activity. We present a model of the three-dimensional shear wave velocity structure beneath the southwestern United States constructed from the inversion of fundamental mode Rayleigh wave dispersion. The abundance of data from the deployment of the USArray provides unprecedented resolution. There is an excellent correlation between the location of slow shear wave velocity anomalies and recent (<1 Ma) volcanism (black dots below), notably along the edges of the Colorado Plateau. This correlation and the unusually low values of absolute shear velocity beneath the amagmatic gap lead us to conclude that there is melt present beneath this region. Previous studies have proposed that the preservation of cold, continental lithosphere beneath the amagmatic gap accounted for the lack of volcanism; however, this hypothesis is inconsistent with anomalously slow shear wave velocities in the 50-to-100 km depth range. Perhaps the prevalence of low angle normal faulting in this region has made it difficult for the melt to escape the mantle. Beneath an immediately adjacent region, the Southwestern Nevada volcanic field (SNVF), where volcanism was abundant 10 to 15 My ago but has since waned, significantly higher shear velocities suggest that the melt has been extracted from the mantle. We also observe fast velocities beneath the Mojave Desert, which may correlate with xenoliths from the region to indicate the presence of underplated oceanic lithosphere fragments. Shear wave velocity structure at 60, 70, and 80 km and cross section A-A'. Black dots indicate <1 Ma volcanic centers, AMZ = Amagmatic zone, SNVF = Southwestern Nevada volcanic field, CP = Colorado Plateau, IS = Isabella anomaly, WTR = Western Transverse

  4. Unlocking the Secrets of the Mantle Wedge: New Insights Into Melt Generation Processes in Subduction Zones

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    Grove, T. L.

    2007-05-01

    Recent laboratory studies of the melting and crystallization behavior of mantle peridotite and subduction zone lavas have led to new insights into melting processes in island arc settings. Melting of the mantle wedge in the presence of H2O begins at much lower temperatures than previously thought. The solidus of mantle peridotite at 3 GPa is ~ 800 °C, which is 200 °C below previous estimates. At pressures greater than 2.4 GPa chlorite becomes a stable phase on the solidus and it remains stable until ~ 3.5 GPa. Therefore, melting over this pressure range occurs in the presence of chlorite, which contains ~ 12 wt. % H2O. Chlorite stabilized on the peridotite solidus by slab-derived H2O may be the ultimate source of H2O for subduction zone magmatism. Thus, chlorite could transport large amounts of H2O into the descending mantle wedge to depths where it can participate in melting to generate hydrous arc magmas. Our ability to identify primitive mantle melts at subduction zones has led to the following observations. 1) Primitive mantle melts show evidence of final equilibration at shallow depths near the mantle - crust boundary. 2) They contain variable amounts of dissolved H2O (up to 6 wt. %). 3) They record variable extents of melting (up to > 25 wt. %). To produce melts with such variable characteristics requires more than one melting process and requires consideration of a new type of melting called hydrous flux melting. Flux melting occurs when the H2O - rich melt initially produced on the solidus near the base of the mantle wedge ascends and continuously reacts with overlying hotter, shallower mantle. The mantle melts and magmatic H2O content is constantly diluted as the melt ascends and reacts with shallower, hotter mantle. Anhydrous mantle melts are also found in close temporal and spatial proximity to hydrous flux melts. These melts are extracted at similar depths near the top of the mantle wedge when mantle is advected up and into the wedge corner and melted

  5. Mantle melts, metasomatism and diamond formation: Insights from melt inclusions in xenoliths from Diavik, Slave Craton

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    Araújo, D. P.; Griffin, W. L.; O'Reilly, S. Y.

    2009-11-01

    Abundant carbonatitic to ultramafic melt inclusions 0.2-2.5mm in diameter occur in the Cr-diopside of megacrystalline lherzolite xenoliths from the A154 kimberlite of the Diavik mine, Lac de Gras area. The melts range from carbonatitic (50-97% carbonate) to Ca-Mg-silicic (10-50% carbonate) to Mg-silicic (< 10% dispersed calcite) compositions, and are connected by veinlets of similar material, or by fractures bordered by spongy Cr-diopside. Phenocrysts and quench crystals of calcite, olivine and mica are set in carbonatitic to Mg-silicic matrices, and irregular volumes of carbonatite and Mg-silicate melt appear to have unmixed from one another within single inclusions. Calculated bulk compositions of the more silicic melts are similar in major- and trace elements to kimberlites from the Slave province. The Cr-diopside adjacent to melt inclusions is enriched in LREE, Ba, alkali elements, HFSE, Th and U. Calculated compositions of the metasomatising fluids are strongly enriched in these elements relative to the trapped melts, and are similar to fluids trapped in the opaque coats found on many Diavik diamonds. The microstructures, the metasomatic effects and the genetic relationship to diamond formation suggest that the melt inclusions formed when kimberlite-like melts penetrated the lherzolites along fractures deep in the lithospheric mantle. The melts began to differentiate into carbonatitic and ultramafic end-members, were trapped as globular inclusions during recrystallisation and necking-down prior to entrainment of the xenoliths in the kimberlite, and were quenched during ascent. The evolution of saline, water- and carbonate-rich fluids from melts such as these may play an important role in diamond genesis.

  6. Mantle Sources, Mantle Melting and the Genesis of the Central East Greenland Plateau Lavas

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    Brown, E. L.; Barfod, G. H.; Lesher, C. E.

    2006-12-01

    The Central East Greenland (CEG) plateau lavas (56-54 Ma) contain a very complete geochemical record of the opening of the North Atlantic basin in response to the breakup of Pangaea. This record provides an unique opportunity for identifying the mantle source compositions and melting processes involved in the genesis of the North Atlantic Igneous Province (NAIP). The plateau lavas consist of three compositional suites: the volumetrically dominant high-Ti suite (TiO2 ca. 1.67 - 4 wt. %) (HTS) and the minor low-Ti (TiO2 < 1.96 wt. %) and very high-Ti (TiO2 ca. 4 - 6 wt. %) suites (LTS and VHTS, respectively). We present detailed Hf-Nd-Sr data and trace element data for VHTS and LTS lavas closely associated within the lava succession. These uncontaminated lava suites represent the extreme compositional ranges of the plateau lavas and show limited variability in ɛHf (9.58 - 10.96 [VHTS] and 14.39 - 14.68 [LTS]) and a somewhat broader variation in ɛNd (5.42 - 6.73 [VHTS] and 8.29 - 9.68 [LTS]). The LTS and VHTS source compositions bracket the chemical range observed for the HTS lavas. Drawing from the model of [1], we propose that the mantle sources for the VHTS and LTS were intimately associated within the mantle melting regime beneath CEG and were present throughout the generation of the plateau lavas. Correlations between trace element and isotopic data can be accounted for by a forward melting model involving a heterogeneous source containing fusible eclogite and refractory peridotite. These findings are in contrast to the model of [2] proposing that temporal sampling of three distinct and isolated mantle domains within a zoned plume is the dominant control on plateau lava chemistry. Our study highlights the importance of combining isotope and trace element data in understanding melt production in the NAIP and elsewhere. (1) Tegner et al., 1998, Nature, v 395, p 591-594; (2) Barker et al., 2006, Geology, v 34, p 481-484

  7. High-temperature densities of some mantle melts

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    Courtial, Philippe; Ohtani, Eiji; Dingwell, Donald B.

    1997-08-01

    One-atmosphere density measurements at very high temperatures have been performed on four mantle melts in the FeOFe 2O 3CaOMgOAl 2O 3SiO 2 system (FeO-rich peridotite, PHN 1611, komatiite, and fayalite), using the Ir-based double-bob Archimedean method in air. The one-atmosphere density of the investigated materials ranges from 2.6 to 3.6 g/cm 3 from their respective melting points up to 2123 K. Combined with earlier high-pressure static experiments on the same compositions, the present one-atmosphere densities provide robust constraints on the isothermal compression curves of such Fe-bearing silicate melts and yield new values of the isothermal bulk modulus ( KT) and its pressure derivative ( K' T) through application of the third order Birch-Mumaghan equation of state. The present KT and K' T values are significantly different from those previously reported using the high-pressure dataset together with calculated one-atmosphere densities using existing schemes. Comparisons with KT - K' T systematics from the literature are also made.

  8. Constraints on Mantle Plume Melting Conditions in the Martian Mantle Based on Improved Melting Phase Relationships of Olivine-Phyric Shergottite Yamato 980459

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    Kiefer, Walter S.; Rapp, Jennifer F.; Usui, Tomohiro; Draper, David S.; Filiberto, Justin

    2016-01-01

    Martian meteorite Yamato 980459 (hereafter Y98) is an olivine-phyric shergottite that has been interpreted as closely approximating a martian mantle melt [1-4], making it an important constraint on adiabatic decompression melting models. It has long been recognized that low pressure melting of the Y98 composition occurs at extremely high temperatures relative to martian basalts (1430 degC at 1 bar), which caused great difficulties in a previous attempt to explain Y98 magma generation via a mantle plume model [2]. However, previous studies of the phase diagram were limited to pressures of 2 GPa and less [2, 5], whereas decompression melting in the present-day martian mantle occurs at pressures of 3-7 GPa, with the shallow boundary of the melt production zone occurring just below the base of the thermal lithosphere [6]. Recent experimental work has now extended our knowledge of the Y98 melting phase relationships to 8 GPa. In light of this improved petrological knowledge, we are therefore reassessing the constraints that Y98 imposes on melting conditions in martian mantle plumes. Two recently discovered olivine- phyric shergottites, Northwest Africa (NWA) 5789 and NWA 6234, may also be primary melts from the martian mantle [7, 8]. However, these latter meteorites have not been the subject of detailed experimental petrology studies, so we focus here on Y98.

  9. Redox freezing and melting in the Earth's deep mantle resulting from carbon-iron redox coupling.

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    Rohrbach, Arno; Schmidt, Max W

    2011-04-14

    Very low seismic velocity anomalies in the Earth's mantle may reflect small amounts of melt present in the peridotite matrix, and the onset of melting in the Earth's upper mantle is likely to be triggered by the presence of small amounts of carbonate. Such carbonates stem from subducted oceanic lithosphere in part buried to depths below the 660-kilometre discontinuity and remixed into the mantle. Here we demonstrate that carbonate-induced melting may occur in deeply subducted lithosphere at near-adiabatic temperatures in the Earth's transition zone and lower mantle. We show experimentally that these carbonatite melts are unstable when infiltrating ambient mantle and are reduced to immobile diamond when recycled at depths greater than ∼250 kilometres, where mantle redox conditions are determined by the presence of an (Fe,Ni) metal phase. This 'redox freezing' process leads to diamond-enriched mantle domains in which the Fe(0), resulting from Fe(2+) disproportionation in perovskites and garnet, is consumed but the Fe(3+) preserved. When such carbon-enriched mantle heterogeneities become part of the upwelling mantle, diamond will inevitably react with the Fe(3+) leading to true carbonatite redox melting at ∼660 and ∼250 kilometres depth to form deep-seated melts in the Earth's mantle.

  10. Melting curve of the deep mantle applied to properties of early magma ocean and actual core-mantle boundary

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    Andrault, Denis; Lo Nigro, Giacomo; Bolfan-Casanova, Nathalie; Bouhifd, Mohamed A.; Garbarino, Gaston; Mezouar, Mohamed

    2010-05-01

    Our planet experienced partial melting early in its history as a consequence of energy release due to accretion. Partial mantle melting could still happen today in the lowermost mantle. Occurrence of melting is primordial for the chemical segregation between the different Earth's reservoirs and for the dynamics of the whole planet. Melting of iron-alloys is relatively easy to achieve, but the silicated mantle happens to be more refractory. We investigated experimentally melting properties of two starting material, forsterite and chondritic-mantle, at pressures ranging from 25 to 140 GPa, using laser-heated diamond anvil cell coupled with synchrotron radiation. We show that partial melting in the lowermost mantle, as suggested by seismology on the basis of the ultra-low velocity zones (ULVZ), requires temperatures above 4200 K at the core-mantle boundary. At low pressures, our curve plots significantly lower than previous reports. Compared to recent estimates of mantle geotherm, while this temperature remains possible if the Earth's core is very hot, it is more likely that ULVZs correspond to high concentration of incompatible elements driven down to the D"-layer by subducting slabs or extracted out from the outer core. When our chondritic melting curve is coupled with recent isentropic temperature profiles for a magma ocean, we obtain a correlation between magma ocean depth and the potential temperature (Tp) at its surface; an ocean depth of 1000 km (equivalent to ~40 GPa) corresponds to Tp=2000 K, which happens to be significantly hotter than the estimated surface temperature of a sustained magma ocean. It emphasizes the importance of a lid at the magma ocean surface at an epoch as early as that of core-mantle segregation.

  11. Density of hydrous silicate melt at the conditions of Earth's deep upper mantle.

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    Matsukage, Kyoko N; Jing, Zhicheng; Karato, Shun-ichiro

    2005-11-24

    The chemical evolution of the Earth and the terrestrial planets is largely controlled by the density of silicate melts. If melt density is higher than that of the surrounding solid, incompatible elements dissolved in the melt will be sequestered in the deep mantle. Previous studies on dry (water-free) melts showed that the density of silicate melts can be higher than that of surrounding solids under deep mantle conditions. However, melts formed under deep mantle conditions are also likely to contain some water, which will reduce the melt density. Here we present data constraining the density of hydrous silicate melt at the conditions of approximately 410 km depth. We show that the water in the silicate melt is more compressible than the other components, and therefore the effect of water in reducing melt density is markedly diminished under high-pressure conditions. Our study indicates that there is a range of conditions under which a (hydrous) melt could be trapped at the 410-km boundary and hence incompatible elements could be sequestered in the deep mantle, although these conditions are sensitive to melt composition as well as the composition of the surrounding mantle.

  12. Spin crossover and iron-rich dense partial melt in pyrolitic lower mantle

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    Hirose, K.; Tateno, S.

    2012-12-01

    Spin crossover of iron may occur not only in solids but also in melts in the lower mantle. The resulting change in Fe partitioning strongly affects the buoyancy of partial melts near the base of the mantle. Nomura et al. [2011 Nature] measured the Fe partitioning in (Mg0.89Fe0.11)2 SiO4 bulk composition over the entire mantle pressure range, demonstrating that Fe-Mg distribution coefficient KD = ([FePv]/[MgPv]) / ([Femelt]/[Mgmelt]) between (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite and melt dropped from ~0.25 to <0.1 around 76 GPa, resulting in strong Fe-enrichment in melts and thereby dense partial melts in the mid-lower mantle. In contrast, the most recent experiments by Andrault et al. [2012 Nature] found much higher KD and less Fe-enrichment in partial melts formed in primitive mantle composition, suggesting that melt is not dense in the lowermost mantle. Here we extend our measurements in pyrolitic natural mantle (KLB-1 peridotite) bulk composition. The distribution coefficient KD (total Fe/Mg) was determined at 40-180 GPa by a combination of laser-heated diamond-anvil cell experiments and chemical analyses of recovered samples using field-emission-type electron microprobe (FE-EPMA). Our results demonstrate that KD between perovskite and melt is about 0.3 up to 58 GPa, consistent with earlier multi-anvil data. It then dropped to ~0.1 above 68 GPa, indicating strong Fe-enrichment in partial melts. These results are in excellent agreement with those of Nomura et al. [2011], indicating that Fe-rich partial melts are more dense than solids below 1600-km depth in the lower mantle. The observed Fe-enrichment in partial melt above 68 GPa can be explained by a spin crossover of iron in silicate melt, as discussed previously in Nomura et al. [2011].

  13. Microtomography of partially molten rocks : three-dimensional melt distribution in mantle peridotite.

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    Zhu, W.; Gaetani, G.; Fusseis, F.; Montesi, L.; De Carlo, F.

    2011-04-01

    The permeability of the upper mantle controls melt segregation beneath spreading centers. Reconciling contradictory geochemical and geophysical observations at ocean ridges requires a better understanding of transport properties in partially molten rocks. Using x-ray synchrotron microtomography, we obtained three-dimensional data on melt distribution for mantle peridotite with various melt fractions. At melt fractions as low as 0.02, triple junctions along grain edges dominated the melt network; there was no evidence of an abrupt change in the fundamental character of melt extraction as melt fraction increased to 0.2. The porosity of the partially molten region beneath ocean ridges is therefore controlled by a balance between viscous compaction and melting rate, not by a change in melt topology.

  14. Microtomography of partially molten rocks: three-dimensional melt distribution in mantle peridotite.

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    Zhu, Wenlu; Gaetani, Glenn A; Fusseis, Florian; Montési, Laurent G J; De Carlo, Francesco

    2011-04-01

    The permeability of the upper mantle controls melt segregation beneath spreading centers. Reconciling contradictory geochemical and geophysical observations at ocean ridges requires a better understanding of transport properties in partially molten rocks. Using x-ray synchrotron microtomography, we obtained three-dimensional data on melt distribution for mantle peridotite with various melt fractions. At melt fractions as low as 0.02, triple junctions along grain edges dominated the melt network; there was no evidence of an abrupt change in the fundamental character of melt extraction as melt fraction increased to 0.2. The porosity of the partially molten region beneath ocean ridges is therefore controlled by a balance between viscous compaction and melting rate, not by a change in melt topology.

  15. Melt-rock reaction in the asthenospheric mantle: Perspectives from laboratory dissolution experiments (Invited)

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    Liang, Y.; Wang, C.; Saper, L.; Dygert, N. J.; Xu, W.

    2013-12-01

    The primary motivation for melt-rock interaction in the mantle is chemical disequilibrium that arises when melt generated in the deep mantle percolates through the overlying mantle. This is a continuous process involving both thermal and chemical exchange between the melt and the solid matrix. It occurs in all major active tectonic regimes within the upper mantle and is responsible for a range of petrologic and geochemical observations. Factors that are important in controlling the kinetics of melt-rock interaction include temperature, pressure, and melt composition. The present study focuses on the effect of reacting melting composition, especially water and silica content, on reaction kinetics. In terms of melt composition, we can broadly divide melt-rock interaction into three groups: (1) reaction between peridotite and silica-undersaturated (anhydrous) melt; (2) reaction between peridotite and silica-saturated (anhydrous) melt; and (3) reaction between peridotite and hydrous melt. (1) is important to melt migration beneath mid-ocean ridges, (2) is relevant to magma genesis involving pyroxenite, and (3) is important to melt generation in the mantle wedge and back-arc basin. Reaction between peridotites and silica-undersaturated melts such as alkali basalt and MORB at moderate to low pressures can produce a melt-bearing dunite-harzburgite or dunite-harzburgite-lherzolite sequence. Reaction between peridotites and siliceous melts derived from melting of eclogite or garnet pyroxenite do not form dunite at moderate to high pressures (1-3.5 GPa and 1200-1550°C). Instead, they produce melt-bearing harzburgite at moderate pressure and opx-rich harzburgite or orthopyroxenite at high pressure. The opx is produced at the expense of olivine and the siliceous melt, which may hinder further reaction because of porosity reduction in these reactions. The rate of peridotite dissolution is considerably lower when the peridotite is subsolidus, and a high-porosity harzburgite or

  16. Elemental and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope geochemistry of the Cenozoic basalts in Southeast China: Insights into their mantle sources and melting processes

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    Sun, Pu; Niu, Yaoling; Guo, Pengyuan; Ye, Lei; Liu, Jinju; Feng, Yuexing

    2017-02-01

    We analyzed whole-rock major and trace elements and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopes of the Cenozoic basalts in Southeast China to investigate their mantle source characteristics and melting process. These basalts are spatially associated with three extensional fault systems parallel to the coast line. After correction for the effect of olivine microlites on bulk-rock compositions and the effect of crystal fractionation, we obtained primitive melt compositions for these samples. These primitive melts show increasing SiO2, Al2O3 but decreasing FeO, MgO, TiO2, P2O5, CaO and CaO/Al2O3 from the interior to the coast. Such spatial variations of major element abundances and ratios are consistent with a combined effect of fertile source compositional variation and increasing extent and decreasing pressure of decompression melting from beneath the thick lithosphere in the interior to beneath the thin lithosphere in the coast. These basalts are characterized by incompatible element enrichment but varying extent of isotopic depletion. This element-isotope decoupling is most consistent with recent mantle source enrichment by means of low-degree melt metasomatism that elevated incompatible element abundances without yet having adequate time for isotopic ingrowth in the mantle source regions. Furthermore, Sr and Nd isotope ratios show significant correlations with Nb/Th, Nb/La, Sr/Sr* and Eu/Eu*, which substantiates the presence of recycled upper continental crustal material in the mantle sources of these basalts. Pb isotope ratios also exhibit spatial variation, increasing from the interior to the coastal area. The significant correlations of major element abundances with Pb isotope ratios indicate that the Pb isotope variations also result from varied extent and pressure of decompression melting. We conclude that the elevated Pb isotope ratios from the interior to coast are consistent with increasing extent of decompression melting of the incompatible element depleted mantle matrix, which

  17. The Asthenosphere Melting Regimes Alteration due to Changing Conditions of Upper Mantle

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    Perepechko, Y. V.; Sharapov, V. N.; Sorokin, K., Jr.

    2014-12-01

    Analyzed in the article are different asthenosphere magma generation regimes above the upper mantle hot spots as thermodynamic and geometric parameters of the upper mantle and the conditions on its boundaries vary. The two-layer mantle model is applied to consider the formation of decompression melting areas. The thickness of metasomatically altered lithospheric mantle is determined by the mantle substance rheology and the location of the upper boundary of asthenosphere. We also take into consideration the principal solid state phase transitions by using the mantle substance state equation. The sizes and distribution of hot spots as well as their maximal temperature were defined by the thermodynamic conditions of the perovskite transition existence. The numerical analysis results demonstrate the manifestation of three main mantle dynamics modes; the conditions necessary to form the partial melting zones are not reached; some melting areas with the 30 to 65 Ma existence time do occur; the melting areas that are formed exist permanently. The permanently existing asthenosphere zones are marked by quasiperiodical variation in thickness and the degree of melting. The typical temperatures of a hot spot sharing these modes are the 1740°С and 2020°С correspondingly. The originally presupposed heating degree and the temperature ratio of the upper mantle do influence the decompression melting degree substantially and - to a lesser extent - they influence the size of melting zones. The primary evolution of the second mode is described by the development of a complex system of asthenosphere zones that lead to the occurrence of additional convectional cells dividing the partial melting zone. The variation in the rheological properties of the mantle substance also contributes to the manifestation of the complex structure of asthenosphere zone. The work was made with support of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research grant #12-05-00625.

  18. The amount of recycled crust in sources of mantle-derived melts.

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    Sobolev, Alexander V; Hofmann, Albrecht W; Kuzmin, Dmitry V; Yaxley, Gregory M; Arndt, Nicholas T; Chung, Sun-Lin; Danyushevsky, Leonid V; Elliott, Tim; Frey, Frederick A; Garcia, Michael O; Gurenko, Andrey A; Kamenetsky, Vadim S; Kerr, Andrew C; Krivolutskaya, Nadezhda A; Matvienkov, Vladimir V; Nikogosian, Igor K; Rocholl, Alexander; Sigurdsson, Ingvar A; Sushchevskaya, Nadezhda M; Teklay, Mengist

    2007-04-20

    Plate tectonic processes introduce basaltic crust (as eclogite) into the peridotitic mantle. The proportions of these two sources in mantle melts are poorly understood. Silica-rich melts formed from eclogite react with peridotite, converting it to olivine-free pyroxenite. Partial melts of this hybrid pyroxenite are higher in nickel and silicon but poorer in manganese, calcium, and magnesium than melts of peridotite. Olivine phenocrysts' compositions record these differences and were used to quantify the contributions of pyroxenite-derived melts in mid-ocean ridge basalts (10 to 30%), ocean island and continental basalts (many >60%), and komatiites (20 to 30%). These results imply involvement of 2 to 20% (up to 28%) of recycled crust in mantle melting.

  19. Structure and density of basaltic melts at mantle conditions from first-principles simulations

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    Bajgain, Suraj; Ghosh, Dipta B.; Karki, Bijaya B.

    2015-01-01

    The origin and stability of deep-mantle melts, and the magmatic processes at different times of Earth's history are controlled by the physical properties of constituent silicate liquids. Here we report density functional theory-based simulations of model basalt, hydrous model basalt and near-MORB to assess the effects of iron and water on the melt structure and density, respectively. Our results suggest that as pressure increases, all types of coordination between major cations and anions strongly increase, and the water speciation changes from isolated species to extended forms. These structural changes are responsible for rapid initial melt densification on compression thereby making these basaltic melts possibly buoyantly stable at one or more depths. Our finding that the melt-water system is ideal (nearly zero volume of mixing) and miscible (negative enthalpy of mixing) over most of the mantle conditions strengthens the idea of potential water enrichment of deep-mantle melts and early magma ocean. PMID:26450568

  20. Supercritical Clinopyroxene in Upper Mantle Peridotites and their Bearing on the Composition of Mantle Melts

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    Muntener, O.; Pilet, S.; Ulianov, A.; Vonlanthen, P.

    2011-12-01

    demonstrate that the (100), (010) and (001) crystallographic axes of both pyroxenes are parallel, albeit the single crystals display distortion of up to 12%. The EBSD data thus support the idea that exsolution preceeded ductile deformation of the pyroxenes. The recombined composition suggests that the primary clinopyroxene was supercritical. Exsolution from supercritical pyroxenes during subsolidus cooling might produce cpx-bearing harzburgites that were originally cpx-free. If these findings are applicable to ridge systems they have important consequences with respect to compositional aspects of mantle melts. In particular, these findings question the simple approach of applying cpx-liquid partition coefficients to calculate equilibrium melts, since the composition of the subsolidus clinopyroxene is drastically different from the primary supercritical pyroxene. 1. Bertka and Holloway 1993 JGR 98, 19755-19766. 2. Longhi and Bertka, 1996, Am Min 81, 685-695. 3. Muntener and Manatschal, 2006, EPSL 252, 437-452.

  1. Melting Temperature and Partial Melt Chemistry of H2O-Saturated Mantle Peridotite to 11 Gigapascals

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    Kawamoto; Holloway

    1997-04-11

    The H2O-saturated solidus of a model mantle composition (Kilborne Hole peridotite nodule, KLB-1) was determined to be just above 1000°C from 5 to 11 gigapascals. Given reasonable H2O abundances in Earth's mantle, an H2O-rich fluid could exist only in a region defined by the wet solidus and thermal stability limits of hydrous minerals, at depths between 90 and 330 kilometers. The experimental partial melts monotonously became more mafic with increasing pressure from andesitic composition at 1 gigapascal to more mafic than the starting peridotite at 10 gigapascals. Because the chemistry of the experimental partial melts is similar to that of kimberlites, it is suggested that kimberlites may be derived by low-temperature melting of an H2O-rich mantle at depths of 150 to 300 kilometers.

  2. Carbon-dioxide-rich silicate melt in the Earth's upper mantle.

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    Dasgupta, Rajdeep; Mallik, Ananya; Tsuno, Kyusei; Withers, Anthony C; Hirth, Greg; Hirschmann, Marc M

    2013-01-10

    The onset of melting in the Earth's upper mantle influences the thermal evolution of the planet, fluxes of key volatiles to the exosphere, and geochemical and geophysical properties of the mantle. Although carbonatitic melt could be stable 250 km or less beneath mid-oceanic ridges, owing to the small fraction (∼0.03 wt%) its effects on the mantle properties are unclear. Geophysical measurements, however, suggest that melts of greater volume may be present at ∼200 km (refs 3-5) but large melt fractions are thought to be restricted to shallower depths. Here we present experiments on carbonated peridotites over 2-5 GPa that constrain the location and the slope of the onset of silicate melting in the mantle. We find that the pressure-temperature slope of carbonated silicate melting is steeper than the solidus of volatile-free peridotite and that silicate melting of dry peridotite + CO(2) beneath ridges commences at ∼180 km. Accounting for the effect of 50-200 p.p.m. H(2)O on freezing point depression, the onset of silicate melting for a sub-ridge mantle with ∼100 p.p.m. CO(2) becomes as deep as ∼220-300 km. We suggest that, on a global scale, carbonated silicate melt generation at a redox front ∼250-200 km deep, with destabilization of metal and majorite in the upwelling mantle, explains the oceanic low-velocity zone and the electrical conductivity structure of the mantle. In locally oxidized domains, deeper carbonated silicate melt may contribute to the seismic X-discontinuity. Furthermore, our results, along with the electrical conductivity of molten carbonated peridotite and that of the oceanic upper mantle, suggest that mantle at depth is CO(2)-rich but H(2)O-poor. Finally, carbonated silicate melts restrict the stability of carbonatite in the Earth's deep upper mantle, and the inventory of carbon, H(2)O and other highly incompatible elements at ridges becomes controlled by the flux of the former.

  3. Episodic kinematics in continental rifts modulated by changes in mantle melt fraction

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    Lamb, Simon; Moore, James D. P.; Smith, Euan; Stern, Tim

    2017-07-01

    Oceanic crust is created by the extraction of molten rock from underlying mantle at the seafloor ‘spreading centres’ found between diverging tectonic plates. Modelling studies have suggested that mantle melting can occur through decompression as the mantle flows upwards beneath spreading centres, but direct observation of this process is difficult beneath the oceans. Continental rifts, however—which are also associated with mantle melt production—are amenable to detailed measurements of their short-term kinematics using geodetic techniques. Here we show that such data can provide evidence for an upwelling mantle flow, as well as information on the dimensions and timescale of mantle melting. For North Island, New Zealand, around ten years of campaign and continuous GPS measurements in the continental rift system known as the Taupo volcanic zone reveal that it is extending at a rate of 6-15 millimetres per year. However, a roughly 70-kilometre-long segment of the rift axis is associated with strong horizontal contraction and rapid subsidence, and is flanked by regions of extension and uplift. These features fit a simple model that involves flexure of an elastic upper crust, which is pulled downwards or pushed upwards along the rift axis by a driving force located at a depth greater than 15 kilometres. We propose that flexure is caused by melt-induced episodic changes in the vertical flow forces that are generated by upwelling mantle beneath the rift axis, triggering a transient lower-crustal flow. A drop in the melt fraction owing to melt extraction raises the mantle flow viscosity and drives subsidence, whereas melt accumulation reduces viscosity and allows uplift—processes that are also likely to occur in oceanic spreading centres.

  4. Melting of Bridgmanite to 135 Gpa: Toward a Coherent Model for the Melting Behavior in the Lower Mantle

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    Andrault, D.; Pesce, G.; Mezouar, N.

    2015-12-01

    Our knowledge on the melting behavior in the deep mantle remains based on a limited number of experimental and theoretical works. Today, thanks to (i) availability of very brilliant X-ray synchrotron sources and (ii) improved control of the P-T conditions in the laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LH-DAC), the experimental results should reach some agreement about the melting diagrams. However, it is not the case and major controversies remain. For example, liquidi of peridotitic (1) and chondritic-type (2) mantles are reported with a temperature difference of ~1000 K at a pressure of ~90 GPa (corresponding to ~2000 km depth), which cannot be explained by the relatively small compositional difference between these two materials. To bring new insights about the melting properties of the deep mantle, our strategy has been to study the melting curve of the end-member liquidus phase, the (Mg,Fe)(Al,Si)O3 bridgmanite (Bg), before applying a basic thermodynamical approach to the mineralogical system made of Bg, CaSiO3-perovskite and (Mg,Fe)O ferropericlase. Our approach cannot be as formal as currently done for melting in the shallow mantle, due to lack of major thermodynamical parameters. Still, our analysis yields original information, such as the degree of partial melting as a function of P, T and fraction of Bg in the geological material. The Mg/Si ratio in melts can also be addressed. Concerning the controversy between LH-DAC experiments, it can be solved taking into account migration in the temperature gradient of the pseudo-eutectic melt, when the sample starts to melt. This effect is expected to occur more extensively in absence of an insulating material between the sample and the diamond anvils. It yields an overestimation of the liquidus temperature for a given chemical composition, due to loss of the most fusing elements. References:1. Fiquet et al. (2010) Melting of Peridotite to 140 Gigapascals. Science 329, 1516-1518. 2. Andrault et al. (2011) Melting curve of

  5. Dunite and Pyroxenite Formation by Reactive Melt Transport in a Bimineralic Mantle

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    Tweed, L. E. L.; Spiegelman, M. W.; Kelemen, P. B.

    2016-12-01

    Dunite and pyroxenite layers are ubiquitous in ophiolites and orogenic peridotites where they represent fossil channels of reactive porous melt transport. In the shallow depleted harzburgitic mantle, formation of both heterogeneities is driven by the peritectic reaction orthopyroxene (opx) -> olivine (ol) + melt. Previous numerical models have investigated melt transport in a reactively dissolving deformable matrix and have demonstrated the organization of melt into channels analogous to those preserved as dunites. However, until now these models have used simple two-phase melt-solid systems that do not accurately describe real mantle rocks. They have also not addressed the reverse pyroxenite-forming reaction in which infiltration of silica-rich melts drives orthopyroxene precipitation. Such a reactively precipitating system has only been considered for a rigid matrix and the feedbacks between reaction-driven porosity reduction and compaction are not understood. Here, we describe the ol-opx peritectic reaction which is parameterized from melting experiments on real peridotite compositions. Experimental data are compared to calculations using pMELTs and THERMOCALC. The simplified thermodynamic description is incorporated into a 2-D numerical model of reactive melt transport in a viscously deformable bimineralic harzburgitic mantle in which mass, momentum and energy are conserved. Ol and opx are thermodynamically distinct but are treated as a single mechanical phase. This model permits us to track the mineralogical evolution of the upper mantle due to buoyant melt flow coupled with the forward peritectic reaction in response to gradients in the silica activity of equilibrium melts. The dynamically crystallizing porous system is first explored for a single-phase mantle to determine whether feedbacks between precipitation and compaction can lead to channeling instabilities. This paves the way for pyroxenite formation to be modeled using the bimineralic model. This

  6. Extreme incompatibility of helium during mantle melting: Evidence from undegassed mid-ocean ridge basalts

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    Graham, David W.; Michael, Peter J.; Shea, Thomas

    2016-11-01

    We report total helium concentrations (vesicles + glass) for a suite of thirteen ultradepleted mid-ocean ridge basalts (UD-MORBs) that were previously studied for volatile contents (CO2, H2O) plus major and trace elements. The selected basalts are undersaturated in CO2 + H2O at their depths of eruption and represent rare cases of undegassed MORBs. Sample localities from the Atlantic (2), Indian (1) and Pacific (7) Oceans collectively show excellent linear correlations (r2 = 0.75- 0.92) between the concentrations of helium and the highly incompatible elements C, K, Rb, Ba, Nb, Th and U. Three basalts from Gakkel Ridge in the Arctic were also studied but show anomalous behavior marked by excess lithophile trace element abundances. In the Atlantic-Pacific-Indian suite, incompatible element concentrations vary by factors of 3-4.3, while helium concentration varies by a factor of 13. The strong correlations between the concentrations of helium and incompatible elements are explained by helium behavior as the most incompatible element during mantle melting. Partial melting of an ultradepleted mantle source, formed as a residue of earlier melt extraction, accounts for the observed concentrations. The earlier melting event involved removal of a small degree melt (∼1%) at low but non-zero porosity (0.01-0.5%), leading to a small amount of melt retention that strongly leveraged the incompatible element budget of the ultradepleted mantle source. Equilibrium melting models that produce the range of trace element and helium concentrations from this source require a bulk solid/melt distribution coefficient for helium that is lower than that for other incompatible elements by about a factor of ten. Alternatively, the bulk solid/melt distribution coefficient for helium could be similar to or even larger than that for other incompatible elements, but the much larger diffusivity of helium in peridotite leads to its more effective incompatibility and efficient extraction from a

  7. Dynamics of melt and water circulation in the mantle transition zone

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    Bercovici, David

    2010-05-01

    The presence of melt above the mantle transition zone has been predicted by several groups, and its formation has been attributed - according to the 'water filter model" (Bercovici & Karato 2003) - with causing whole mantle convection to appear geochemically layered. In recent years, various seismological studies (e.g., most recently Jasbinsek and Dueker, 2007) have collectively inferred an extensive low velocity region at 410km depth, suggestive of the predicted melt zone. The leading mechanism proposed for generating this melt zone is by dehydration melting, which is supported by modest transition-zone water concentrations inferred by electromagnetic sounding (Huang, Xu, Karato, 2005). In this mechanism, warm upwelling 'damp" transition-zone material (wadsleyite) crosses the 410km boundary, and arrives above the solidus water limit in the upper-mantle (olivine) partial melt stability field. The fate of the subsequently produced melt is important for inferring the structure, observability and stability of this melt region. The most recent models of a wet melt layer spreading along the 410km boundary and reacting with a background mantle flow predict that the layer will be several 10s of kilometers thick, and that the melt's material will be entrained into the lower mantle well before it reaches any slabs (Leahy & Bercovici, 2010). At these pressures the melt is possibly more dense than the solid, although the density cross-over point is not likely to be far above the 410km boundary. However, unless the density cross-over actually intersects the melt zone, the melt is stable to any Rayleigh-Taylor instability (Youngs & Bercovici, 2009). Finally, continued re-hydration of the transition zone is required to supply the melt layer in the presence of background mantle flow. Slabs foundering and flowing horizontally across the transition zone provide one of the best means for transporting water across the transition zone. Slabs at the bottom of the transition zone

  8. Melting in the Earth's deep upper mantle caused by carbon dioxide.

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    Dasgupta, Rajdeep; Hirschmann, Marc M

    2006-03-30

    The onset of partial melting beneath mid-ocean ridges governs the cycling of highly incompatible elements from the mantle to the crust, the flux of key volatiles (such as CO2, He and Ar) and the rheological properties of the upper mantle. Geophysical observations indicate that melting beneath ridges begins at depths approaching 300 km, but the cause of this melting has remained unclear. Here we determine the solidus of carbonated peridotite from 3 to 10 GPa and demonstrate that melting beneath ridges may occur at depths up to 330 km, producing 0.03-0.3% carbonatite liquid. We argue that these melts promote recrystallization and realignment of the mineral matrix, which may explain the geophysical observations. Extraction of incipient carbonatite melts from deep within the oceanic mantle produces an abundant source of metasomatic fluids and a vast mantle residue depleted in highly incompatible elements and fractionated in key parent-daughter elements. We infer that carbon, helium, argon and highly incompatible heat-producing elements (such as uranium, thorium and potassium) are efficiently scavenged from depths of approximately 200-330 km in the upper mantle.

  9. Melt Generation in Heterogeneous Mantle Sources: A Three-Legged Stool Approach

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    Brown, E. L.; Lesher, C. E.

    2009-05-01

    The compositions and volumes of basalts generated by adiabatic decompression melting are primarily a function of three factors: mantle potential temperature, the style of mantle upwelling, and source composition. Attempts to use basalts to infer the relative importance of these three factors in specific localities are made difficult because even for homogeneous mantle sources, basalts are aggregates of melts generated over a range of pressures and temperatures within the melting regime. When source heterogeneity and differences in the melting behavior of source lithologies are accounted for, the complexity of relating basalts to the conditions of melt generation increases substantially. Advances in our understanding of mid - ocean ridge basalt petrogenesis have demonstrated the utility of creating geochemical models for melt generation that are constrained by experimental petrology [e.g. 1]. To better relate basalt compositions to the melting processes within a heterogeneous mantle source, we have developed a forward polybaric melting model that simulates the melting of a source comprised of pyroxenite and peridotite. The model uses thermodynamically - derived polybaric melting functions based on parameterizations of pyroxenite and peridotite melting [2, 3]. The model takes into account mantle potential temperature, style of mantle upwelling and variable amounts of pyroxenite, and outputs the isotopic and trace element compositions and volumes of pooled melts using the residual mantle column method [4]. We propagate uncertainties in model input parameters to assess robustness and compare our results with previous models [5-7]. We apply our model to ocean island and large igneous province environments to constrain potential temperature, upwelling rate and abundance of pyroxenite in the mantle source from observed basalt compositions and volumes. [1] Longhi 2002, G-cubed, doi:10.1029/2001/GC000204; [2] Katz et al. 2003, G-cubed, doi:10.1029/2002GC000433; [3

  10. Experimental constraints on mantle metasomatism caused by silicate and carbonate melts

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    Gervasoni, Fernanda; Klemme, Stephan; Rohrbach, Arno; Grützner, Tobias; Berndt, Jasper

    2017-06-01

    Metasomatic processes are responsible for many of the heterogeneities found in the upper mantle. To better understand the metasomatism in the lithospheric mantle and to illustrate the differences between metasomatism caused by hydrous silicate and carbonate-rich melts, we performed various interaction experiments: (1) Reactions between hydrous eclogite-derived melts and peridotite at 2.2-2.5 GPa and 900-1000 °C reproduce the metasomatism in the mantle wedge above subduction zones. (2) Reactions between carbonate-rich melts and peridotite at 2.5 GPa and 1050-1000 °C, and at 6 GPa and 1200-1250 °C simulate metasomatism of carbonatite and ultramafic silicate-carbonate melts in different regions of cratonic lithosphere. Our experimental results show that partial melting of hydrous eclogite produces hydrous Si- and Al-rich melts that react with peridotite and form bi-mineralic assemblages of Al-rich orthopyroxene and Mg-rich amphibole. We also found that carbonate-rich melts with different compositions react with peridotite and form new metasomatic wehrlitic mineral assemblages. Metasomatic reactions caused by Ca-rich carbonatite melt consume the primary peridotite and produce large amounts of metasomatic clinopyroxene; on the other hand, metasomatism caused by ultramafic silicate-carbonate melts produces less clinopyroxene. Furthermore, our experiments show that ultramafic silicate-carbonate melts react strongly with peridotite and cause crystallization of large amounts of metasomatic Fe-Ti oxides. The reactions of metasomatic melts with peridotite also change the melt composition. For instance, if the carbonatite melt is not entirely consumed during the metasomatic reactions, its melt composition may change dramatically, generating an alkali-rich carbonated silicate melt that is similar in composition to type I kimberlites.

  11. Partial melting and the efficiency of mantle outgasing in one-plate planets

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    Plesa, Ana-Catalina; Breuer, Doris

    2013-04-01

    The generation of partial melting can have a major impact on the thermo-chemical evolution of a terrestrial body by the depletion of the mantle material in incompatible elements such as radioactive elements and volatiles, crust formation and volcanic outgassing. During some period in the thermal history of a terrestrial planet, the temperature in regions of the upper mantle, either below tectonic plates or a stagnant lid, rises above the solidus - the temperature at which the mineral with the lowest melting temperature among those that form the silicate mantle mixture starts to melt. The melt than rises toward the surface, forms the crust, and releases volatiles into the atmosphere. In case of one-plate (stagnant lid) planets the thickness of the present-day crust can 'tell' us already about the efficiency of mantle melting and mantle degassing - the thicker the crust the more mantle material experienced melting and thus the more efficient can be the outgassing. However, it has been shown with parameterized convection models [1] but also 2-3D convection models [2] that crustal delamination is a common process in one-plate planets. Crustal delamination allows that possibly much more crust is produced during the entire evolution (and thus more mantle material experienced differentiation) than what is observed today, implying also more efficient outgassing than expected. Crustal delamination is therefore a process that may help to generate a substantial planetary atmosphere. In the present work we investigate the influence of partial melt on mantle dynamics and the volcanic outgassing of one-plate planets using the mantle convection code GAIA [3] in a 2D cylindrical geometry. We consider the depletion of the mantle, redistribution of radioactive heat sources between mantle and crust, as well as mantle dehydration and volcanic outgassing [4]. When melt is extracted to form the crust, the mantle material left behind is more buoyant than its parent material and depleted

  12. REEBOX PRO: A forward model simulating melting of thermally and lithologically variable upwelling mantle

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    Brown, Eric L.; Lesher, Charles E.

    2016-10-01

    The compositions and volumes of basalts erupted in divergent margin environments provide a record of the thermal, chemical, and dynamical state of their mantle source regions. To relate basalt compositions and volumes to the underlying thermochemical and dynamical state of their mantle source regions, we have developed REEBOX PRO, a compiled stand-alone application that simulates adiabatic decompression melting of passively or actively upwelling mantle containing up to five distinct lithologies. The model calculates melt compositions using thermodynamic and experimental constraints on the melting behaviors and mineral-melt partitioning behavior of homogeneous and lithologically heterogeneous mantle sources containing anhydrous peridotite, hydrous peridotite, harzburgite, and/or silica-saturated/-undersaturated pyroxenite. Key model outputs include the mean composition and crustal thickness for the bulk basaltic crust, calculated for passive and active upwelling scenarios. Here, we present the mathematical formulations underlying the model and benchmark it against existing hydrous melting models and models for mid-ocean ridge basalt formation. We show that the hydrous and anhydrous peridotite melting models incorporated in REEBOX PRO capture the essential differences in basalt composition and volume demonstrated by previous models, and constrain the ambient mantle beneath the global spreading ridge system to be between 1319 and 1366°C, depending on the relative fertility and/or water content of the mid-ocean ridge mantle source. We also show how model outputs may be manipulated outside of the modeling program to calculate nontraditional melt mixing scenarios. These examples highlight the flexibility of REEBOX PRO for simulating melt generation within a range of geodynamical contexts.

  13. Rates of Melt Migration Following Deglaciation-Induced Mantle Melting Revealed by Studies of Icelandic Table Mountains

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    Eason, D. E.; Sinton, J. M.; Ito, G.; Gronvold, K.; Kurz, M. D.

    2010-12-01

    Deglaciation leads to enhanced melt production under Iceland due to mantle decompression during glacial unloading. Models of isostatic rebound following ice sheet removal predict the greatest melt perturbations at shallow depths, with corresponding changes in the chemical composition of erupted material. Some table mountains (tuyas, or stapi) in Iceland are thought to have erupted through a thinning ice sheet during ice retreat following the last glacial maximum (~15-11 ka). New observations and geochemical analyses of table mountains in the 170 km-long Western Volcanic Zone (WVZ) of Iceland constrain spatial and temporal variations in volcanic production and composition associated with the last deglaciation period. We present new major and trace element compositional data for 19 table mountains in the WVZ, and use a combination of lava surface morphology, passage zone heights, and 3He exposure age dating to construct an eruption chronology for WVZ subglacial units. Late-glacial units, whose surfaces are relatively unmodified and show no evidence of subsequent glaciation, have low incompatible element concentrations (e.g., ~0.05 wt. % K2O at 8.0 wt. % MgO), low FeO* (~10.0 wt. % at 8.0 wt. % MgO), and high SiO2 and CaO concentrations (~49.0 wt. % and 14.0 wt. % at 8.0 wt. % MgO, respectively), while older table mountains whose surfaces that have been modified by glacial processes after formation have chemical compositions more comparable to average WVZ post-glacial units. Decreased levels of highly incompatible to moderately incompatible elements and elevated SiO2 and CaO concentrations are also found in fini-glacial eruption units, which experienced minimal amounts of ice interaction during formation. These geochemical characteristics are consistent with enhanced melting in the upper mantle, as predicted by models of deglaciation-induced mantle decompression. Detailed geologic and geochemical studies of post-glacial units along the WVZ show the eruptive response

  14. Melting in the Mantle Wedge: Quantifying the Effects of Crustal Thickening and Viscous Decoupling on Melt Production with Application to the Cascadia Subduction Zone

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    Yang, J.; Rudolph, M. L.; Karlstrom, L.

    2016-12-01

    Arc magmatism is sustained by the complex interactions between the subducting slab, the overriding plate, and the mantle wedge. Partial melting of mantle peridotite is achieved by fluid induced flux melting and decompression melting due to upward flow. The distribution of melting is sensitive to temperature, the pattern of flow, and the pressure in the mantle wedge. The arc front is the surface manifestation of partial melting in the mantle wedge and is characterized by a narrow chain of active volcanoes that migrate in time. The conventional interpretation is that changes in slab dip angle lead to changes in the arc front position relative to the trench. We explore an alternative hypothesis: evolution of the overlying plate, specifically thickening of the arc root, causes arc front migration. We investigate the effects of crustal thickening and viscous decoupling of the shallow slab-mantle interface on melt production using 2D numerical models involving a stationary overriding plate, a subducting plate with prescribed motion, and a dynamic mantle wedge. Melt production is quantified using a hydrous melting parameterization. We conclude that crustal thickening beneath the arc front modifies the rate of melt production and induces a separation in fore-arc and back-arc mantle melt generation; and viscous decoupling limits the trenchward extent of melt production.

  15. A Two-Porosity Double-Lithology Model for Partial Melting, Melt Transport and Melt-Rock Reaction in the Mantle

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    Liang, Y.; Parmentier, M. E.

    2005-12-01

    Several lines of evidence suggest that the melting and melt extraction region of the mantle is heterogeneous consisting of interconnected networks of high porosity dunite channels in a low porosity harzburgite or lherzolite matrix. To better understand the dynamical processes of melting, melt migration, and melt-rock reaction in such a heterogeneous mantle, a two-porosity double lithology model has been developed. Here the region of interest is treated as two overlapping continua occupied by the low porosity matrix and high porosity channel system. Conservation equations for the matrix and channel continuum are coupled through interaction terms that take into account the mass, momentum and heat exchange between the two continua. Exchange terms for the mass conservation equations, for example, include reactive dissolution of the matrix, and diffusive and advective mixings between the melt in the channel and that in the matrix. The matrix dissolution rate is proportional to the extent of undersaturation of pyroxene with respect to the melt in the dunite channel. The diffusive exchange rate is proportional to the porosity of the matrix and the concentration difference between the melts in the channel and the matrix. The advective mixing rate is proportional to the permeability of the matrix and the pressure difference between the melts in the channel and the matrix. Both diffusive and advective mixing rates are inversely proportional to the square of the characteristic channel width (Xc). Essential features of the two-porosity double-lithology model have been investigated using simplified 1-D mass conservation equations. Key parameters include: element partition coefficients, porosity, channel volume fraction, rates of matrix dissolution, diffusive and advective mixing to the rate of matrix melting, and matrix-channel mass flux capacity ratio. The last parameter is a measure of the amount of material transport through the channel vs. that through the matrix. In

  16. Zinc isotope fractionation during mantle melting and constraints on the Zn isotope composition of Earth's upper mantle

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    Wang, Ze-Zhou; Liu, Sheng-Ao; Liu, Jingao; Huang, Jian; Xiao, Yan; Chu, Zhu-Yin; Zhao, Xin-Miao; Tang, Limei

    2017-02-01

    The zinc (Zn) stable isotope system has great potential for tracing planetary formation and differentiation processes due to its chalcophile, lithophile and moderately volatile character. As an initial approach, the terrestrial mantle, and by inference, the bulk silicate Earth (BSE), have previously been suggested to have an average δ66Zn value of ∼+0.28‰ (relative to JMC 3-0749L) primarily based on oceanic basalts. Nevertheless, data for mantle peridotites are relatively scarce and it remains unclear whether Zn isotopes are fractionated during mantle melting. To address this issue, we report high-precision (±0.04‰; 2SD) Zn isotope data for well-characterized peridotites (n = 47) from cratonic and orogenic settings, as well as their mineral separates. Basalts including mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) and ocean island basalts (OIB) were also measured to avoid inter-laboratory bias. The MORB analyzed have homogeneous δ66Zn values of +0.28 ± 0.03‰ (here and throughout the text, errors are given as 2SD), similar to those of OIB obtained in this study and in the literature (+0.31 ± 0.09‰). Excluding the metasomatized peridotites that exhibit a wide δ66Zn range of -0.44‰ to +0.42‰, the non-metasomatized peridotites have relatively uniform δ66Zn value of +0.18 ± 0.06‰, which is lighter than both MORB and OIB. This difference suggests a small but detectable Zn isotope fractionation (∼0.1‰) during mantle partial melting. The magnitude of inter-mineral fractionation between olivine and pyroxene is, on average, close to zero, but spinels are always isotopically heavier than coexisting olivines (Δ66ZnSpl-Ol = +0.12 ± 0.07‰) due to the stiffer Zn-O bonds in spinel than silicate minerals (Ol, Opx and Cpx). Zinc concentrations in spinels are 11-88 times higher than those in silicate minerals, and our modelling suggests that spinel consumption during mantle melting plays a key role in generating high Zn concentrations and heavy Zn isotopic

  17. Iron speciation and redox state of mantle eclogites: Implications for ancient volatile cycles during mantle melting and oceanic crust subduction

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

    2017-04-01

    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

  18. Using Seismic Discontinuities to Image Melt and Dynamics in the Sub-Continental Upper Mantle

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    Schmerr, N. C.; Courtier, A. M.; Hier-Majumder, S.; Lekic, V.

    2014-12-01

    Continents are assembled from multiple Proterozoic and Archean terranes to form stable cratonic platforms with associated deformation typically localized to margins and/or rift zones. Successive episodes of subsequent extension, compression, magmatism, accretion, and rifting have left the sub-continental upper mantle with a complex signature of thermal and chemical heterogeneity. One key interest is the history of melt production, migration, and storage in sub-continental upper mantle as it provides a window into past and present dynamical processes, including the differentiation and formation of continental structure. Here we examine seismic discontinuities within the mantle that arise from a wide range of mechanisms, including changes in mineralogy, major element composition, melt content, volatile abundance, anisotropy, or a combination of the above. Using a dataset of broadband seismograms of underside reflected S-waves arriving as precursors to the seismic phase SS, we determine the depth and impedance contrast of discontinuities in the depth range of 80-410 km. Our observations are compared to predictions for the seismic moduli from a mineral physics database using the software MuMaP (Multiphase Material Properties). MuMaP modeling allows us to vary the average regional temperature, mantle composition and account for the effects of melt (if present). In our initial study of the western North American plate, we detect the presence of the 410 km discontinuity, a discontinuity at 300 km depth (X), and a G discontinuity at 60-80 km depth. The X is indicative of the coesite to stishovite phase transition in the upper mantle and suggests substantial mixing of subducted basalt with the mantle. The presence of the G may indicate partial melt in the asthenosphere, melt frozen into the lithosphere, and/or anisotropic fabrics preserved beneath the continent. These hypotheses are evaluated against MuMap predictions for melt content and anisotropic structure in the upper

  19. Melting of the Earth's lithospheric mantle inferred from protactinium-thorium-uranium isotopic data

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    Asmerom; Cheng; Thomas; Hirschmann; Edwards

    2000-07-20

    The processes responsible for the generation of partial melt in the Earth's lithospheric mantle and the movement of this melt to the Earth's surface remain enigmatic, owing to the perceived difficulties in generating large-degree partial melts at depth and in transporting small-degree melts through a static lithosphere. Here we present a method of placing constraints on melting in the lithospheric mantle using 231Pa-235U data obtained from continental basalts in the southwestern United States and Mexico. Combined with 230Th-238U data, the 231Pa-235U data allow us to constrain the source mineralogy and thus the depth of melting of these basalts. Our analysis indicates that it is possible to transport small melt fractions--of the order of 0.1%--through the lithosphere, as might result from the coalescence of melt by compaction owing to melting-induced deformation. The large observed 231Pa excesses require that the timescale of melt generation and transport within the lithosphere is small compared to the half-life of 231Pa (approximately 32.7 kyr). The 231Pa-230Th data also constrain the thorium and uranium distribution coefficients for clinopyroxene in the source regions of these basalts to be within 2% of one another, indicating that in this setting 230Th excesses are not expected during melting at depths shallower than 85 km.

  20. Partitioning of copper between olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, spinel, garnet and silicate melts at upper mantle conditions

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    Liu, Xingcheng; Xiong, Xiaolin; Audétat, Andreas; Li, Yuan; Song, Maoshuang; Li, Li; Sun, Weidong; Ding, Xing

    2014-01-01

    Previously published Cu partition coefficients (DCu) between silicate minerals and melts cover a wide range and have resulted in large uncertainties in model calculations of Cu behavior during mantle melting. In order to obtain true DCumineral/melt values, this study used Pt95Cu05 alloy capsules as the source of Cu to experimentally determine the DCu between olivine (ol), orthopyroxene (opx), clinopyroxene (cpx), spinel (spl), garnet (grt) and hydrous silicate melts at upper mantle conditions. Three synthetic silicate compositions, a Komatiite, a MORB and a Di70An30, were used to produce these minerals and melts. The experiments were conducted in piston cylinder presses at 1.0-3.5 GPa, 1150-1300 °C and oxygen fugacities (fO2) of from ∼2 log units below to ∼5 log units above fayalite-magnetite-quartz (FMQ). The compositions of minerals and quenched melts in the run products were measured with EMP and LA-ICP-MS. Attainment of equilibrium is verified by reproducible DCu values obtained at similar experimental conditions but different durations. The results show that DCu for ol/, opx/, spl/ and possibly cpx/melt increase with increasing fO2 when fO2 > FMQ + 1.2, while DCu for cpx/ and spl/melt also increase with increasing Na2O in cpx and Fe2O3 in spinel, respectively. In the investigated P-T-fO2 conditions, the DCumineral/melt values are 0.04-0.14 for ol, 0.04-0.09 for opx, 0.02-0.23 for cpx, 0.19-0.77 for spl and 0.03-0.05 for grt. These results confirm that Cu is highly incompatible (DCu < ∼0.2) in all the silicate minerals and oxides of the upper mantle with the exception of the high-Fe spinel, in which Cu is moderately incompatible (DCu = 0.4-0.8) and thus Cu will be enriched in the derived melts during mantle partial melting and magmatic differentiation if sulfide is absent. These experimental DCu values are used to assess the controls on Cu behavior during mantle melting. The model results suggest that MORBs and most arc basalts must form by sulfide

  1. Melt transport and compositional heterogeneities of oceanic mantle: evidence from ophiolites

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    Batanova, Valentina; Savelieva, Galina

    2010-05-01

    Numerous studies of ophiolitic and abyssal peridotites published in last two decades convincingly demonstrate that compositional heterogeneities observed in mantle rocks have been largely produced by two main processes: partial melting and melt migration (e.g. [1]). While the effects and degrees of partial melting are more or less easy to decipher by use of petrologic indicators, the compositional changes of mantle peridotites resulting from the magma migration are highly variable and depend on various factors, among which the more important are the mechanisms of melt transport and composition of migrating magmas. Thermo-mechanical modeling suggests that porous flow of melt is the dominant mode of melt migration in the mantle (e.g. [2]). On the other hand, it is widely accepted that melt extraction from the mantle beneath mid-ocean ridges occurs as a focused flow via chemically isolated channels. In their pioneering works P. Kelemen and co-authors have shown, that mantle dunites mark such highly permeable channels and were formed by complete dissolution of pyroxene in peridotite during reactive melt flow (e.g. [3]). It is assumed that focusing of diffuse porous melt flow into the channel flow may occur as a result of reactive infiltration instability or/and under the influence of stress (e.g. [3, 4]). Focused magma ascent does not rule out a diffuse porous flow of small amount of melts in shallow mantle, resulted in refertilization of mantle peridotites [5]. For the spreading in supra-subduction zone (SSZ) settings (fore-arc, immature island arc or back-arc setting), where many of ophiolites were formed [6] one should consider that melt transport processes should have specific features due to thermal structures of SSZ and influence of fluid and/or melt flux derived from the subducted slab and induced the melting in the wedge. We illustrate the current state of issues discussed above by the examples of the mantle section of Voykar ophiolite, Polar Urals, where

  2. Os Isotopic Composition and Highly Siderophile Elements: Tracers of Mantle Melting and Melt Percolation Processes (Voykar Complex, Polar Ural Ophiolites)

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    Batanova, V.; Bruegmann, G.; Savelieva, G.

    2006-12-01

    The Voykar complex is located in the Northern part of the Uralian ophiolite belt and represents Early Devonian lithosphere formed in a suprasubduction environment (e. g. (1)). It is unique in that the mantle peridotites are very well preserved and virtually free of serpentine, and it provides excellent exposures. The mantle section of Voykar complex is composed of harzburgite which is intruded by numerous dunite and pyroxenite channels and contains chromitite ore deposits. The distribution of highly siderophile elements (HSE) in harzburgite and dunite channels can be explained by melt-peridotite reaction processes. The harzburgites (Cr/(Cr+Al) of cr-spinel = 0.3-0.4) show two types of HSE patterns. One is depleted in Pd, Pt and Re relatively to Os, Ir, Ru with (Pt/Ir)N=0.3, the second pattern is flat with (Pt/Ir)N=0.9. The first type of harzburgite has lower ratios of 187Os/188Os (0.1149) compared to the second (0.1236). Dunite and associated orthopyroxenite are significantly enriched in 187Os (187Os/188Os=0.1279 - 0.1327), hence shifted towards lava compositions. Their HSE patterns also show the influence of mantle melts, because they are enriched in Pd ((Pt/Ir)N=5-6). The clinopyroxenite has the highest ratio of 187Os/188Os up to 32.38 and shows even stronger depletion of Os, Ir, Ru relative to Pt, Pd, Re ((Pt/Ir)N=20). They could represent crystallization products of percolating melts. Chromitites have variable 187Os/188Os=0.1244-0.1352, and their HSE concentrations overlap with the range observed in chromitites world-wide. Osmium isotope data show evidence for at least two significant events in the magmatic history of the Voykar ophiolite mantle section: an ancient (2.1-1.9 Ga) melting event formed the depleted spinel harzburgite; a younger melt percolation event (0.6-0.5 Ga) led to the formation of pyroxenite veins, dunite channels and chromitites. The age of melt percolation events based on Os isotopic data coincides with the U-Pb age of zircons found in

  3. Experimental determination of melt interconnectivity and electrical conductivity in the upper mantle

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    Laumonier, Mickael; Farla, Robert; Frost, Daniel J.; Katsura, Tomoo; Marquardt, Katharina; Bouvier, Anne-Sophie; Baumgartner, Lukas P.

    2017-04-01

    The presence of a small fraction of basaltic melt is a potential explanation for mantle electrical conductivity anomalies detected near the top of the oceanic asthenosphere. The interpretation of magnetotelluric profiles in terms of the nature and proportion of melt, however, relies on mathematical models that have not been experimentally tested at realistically low melt fractions (<0.01). In order to address this, we have performed in situ electrical conductivity measurements on partially molten olivine aggregates. The obtained data suggest that the bulk conductivity follows the conventional Archie's law with the melt fraction exponents of 0.75 and 1.37 at melt fractions greater and smaller than 0.5 vol.% respectively at 1350 °C. Our results imply multiple conducting phases in melt-bearing olivine aggregate and a connectedness threshold at ∼0.5 vol.% of melt. The model predicts that the conductive oceanic upper asthenosphere contains 0.5 to 1 vol.% of melt, which is consistent with the durable presence of melt at depths over millions years while the oceanic plates spread apart at the mid-ocean ridge. Beneath ridges a minimum permeability may allow mid-ocean ridge basalts to rise out of the mantle, where our model indicates that melt is present in proportions of up to 4 vol.%.

  4. Volatile Systematics of the Icelandic Mantle from Olivine-Hosted Melt Inclusions

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    Miller, W. G. R.; Maclennan, J.; Thordarson, T.

    2014-12-01

    The behaviour of volatiles within a volcanic system can tell us about melt storage depths, melt evolution, and degassing processes. It is therefore important to be able to quantify the amount of each volatile species entering the system. Olivine-hosted melt inclusions can provide compositions of the primitive mantle melt entering volcanic systems. In some cases they have been unaffected by processes such as melt mixing, fractional crystallisation and degassing; so chemical variations are source signatures. With the knowledge that volatiles behave as very incompatible elements, and with measured volatile/trace-element ratios, we can estimate volatile concentrations within the Icelandic mantle source. Abundances of CO2, H2O, Cl, F, S and trace elements have been measured by SIMS for over 100 olivine-hosted (Fo87.8-88.6) melt inclusions from Kistufell, a monogenic subglacial eruption known to have elevated 3He/4He (15.5 R/Ra)[1] and situated above the inferred locus of the Icelandic mantle plume. H2O concentrations in the melt inclusions are near uniform and similar to that of the carrier glass (0.10-0.15 wt%), likely due to diffusive equilibration through the olivine host at low pressure. CO2 shows more variation, ranging from 1200 to 0ppm, probably from a combination of melt heterogeneity and degassing. The majority of melt inclusions are incompatible trace element-depleted (La/Yb = 1.3), indicating that they were probably generated by high fraction melting of a depleted source in the shallow mantle. The CO2/Nb ratio of this source mantle is ~308, very similar to that of Borgarhraun, ~314[2], which has a lower 3He/4He ratio (12.2 R/Ra)[3]. This CO2/Nb ratio, along with H2O/Ce ~200 and F/Nd ~18, are consistent with other measured melt inclusion suites from Iceland, suggesting limited volatile/trace-element ratio variation within the Icelandic depleted melt source. By analysing more eruptions across Iceland, we hope to identify any spatial variations in volatile

  5. Phase behavior and reactive transport of partial melt in heterogeneous mantle model

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    Jordan, J.; Hesse, M. A.

    2013-12-01

    The reactive transport of partial melt is the key process that leads to the chemical and physical differentiation of terrestrial planets and smaller celestial bodies. The essential role of the lithological heterogeneities during partial melting of the mantle is increasingly recognized. How far can enriched melts propagate while interacting with the ambient mantle? Can the melt flow emanating from a fertile heterogeneity be localized through a reactive infiltration feedback in a model without exogenous factors or contrived initial conditions? A full understanding of the role of heterogeneities requires reactive melt transport models that account for the phase behavior of major elements. Previous work on reactive transport in the mantle focuses on trace element partitioning; we present the first nonlinear chromatographic analysis of reactive melt transport in systems with binary solid solution. Our analysis shows that reactive melt transport in systems with binary solid solution leads to the formation of two separate reaction fronts: a slow melting/freezing front along which enthalpy change is dominant and a fast dissolution/precipitation front along which compositional changes are dominated by an ion-exchange process over enthalpy change. An intermediate state forms between these two fronts with a bulk-rock composition and enthalpy that are not necessarily bounded by the bulk-rock composition and enthalpy of either the enriched heterogeneity or the depleted ambient mantle. The formation of this intermediate state makes it difficult to anticipate the porosity changes and hence the stability of reaction fronts. Therefore, we develop a graphical representation for the solution that allows identification of the intermediate state by inspection, for all possible bulk-rock compositions and enthalpies of the heterogeneity and the ambient mantle. We apply the analysis to the partial melting of an enriched heterogeneity. This leads to the formation of moving precipitation

  6. Shallow melting of MORB-like mantle under hot continental lithosphere, Central Anatolia

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    Reid, Mary R.; Schleiffarth, W. Kirk; Cosca, Michael A.; Delph, Jonathan R.; Blichert-Toft, Janne; Cooper, Kari M.

    2017-05-01

    Widespread mafic volcanism, elevated crustal temperatures, and plateau-type topography in Central Anatolia, Turkey, could collectively be the result of lithospheric delamination, mantle upwelling, and tectonic escape. We use results from 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, basalt geochemistry, and a passive-source broadband seismic experiment obtained in a collaborative international effort (Continental Dynamics-Central Anatolia Tectonics) to investigate the upper mantle structure and evolution of melting conditions over an ˜2400 km2 area south and west of Hasan volcano. New 40Ar/39Ar dates for the basalts mostly cluster between 0.2 and 0.6 Ma, but some scoria cones are as old as 2.5 Ma. Basalts are dominantly Mg-rich (Mg# = 62-71), moderately alkaline (normative Ne < 5 wt %), and, based on major and trace element signatures, derived from a peridotitic source. Covariations between radiogenic isotope and trace element signatures reveal contributions from a subduction-related component and intraplate-like mantle asthenosphere, as well as from ambient upper mantle. Central Anatolian basalts reflect maximum mantle potential temperatures of <1350°C and an average pressure of melt equilibration of 1.4 GPa, which are cooler and shallower than for basalts from Eastern and Western Anatolia. When considered in light of regionally slow upper mantle shear wave velocities, the mantle lithosphere may be thin and infiltrated by melts, or largely absent. An absence of secular changes in melting conditions suggests little to no lithospheric thinning over the past ˜1 Ma, despite evidence for lithospheric extension. Hasan basalts appear to be generated by decompression melting in response to the rollback of the Cyprean slab.

  7. Melt transport rates in heterogeneous mantle beneath mid-ocean ridges

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    Weatherley, Samuel M.; Katz, Richard F.

    2016-01-01

    Recent insights to melt migration beneath ridges suggest that channelized flow is a consequence of melting of a heterogeneous mantle, and that spreading rate modulates the dynamics of the localised flow. A corollary of this finding is that both mantle heterogeneity and spreading rate have implications for the speed and time scale of melt migration. Here, we investigate these implications using numerical models of magma flow in heterogeneous mantle beneath spreading plates. The models predict that a broad distribution of magma flow speeds is characteristic of the sub-ridge mantle. Within the melting region, magmatic flow is fastest in regions of average fusibility; surprisingly, magmas from sources of above-average fusibility travel to the ridge in a longer time. Spreading rate has comparatively simple consequences, mainly resulting in faster segregation speeds at higher spreading rates. The computed time scales are short enough to preserve deep origin 230 Th disequilibria and, under favourable parameter regimes, also 226 Ra excesses. An important prediction from the models is that mantle heterogeneity induces significant natural variability into U-series disequilibria, complicating the identification of relationships between disequilibria and ridge properties or chemical signatures of heterogeneity.

  8. Detection of melting atop the mantle transition zone

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    Hier-Majumder, S.; Keel, E. B.; Courtier, A. M.

    2012-12-01

    We explore the combined effect of thermal, chemical, and melting anomalies on shear wave velocities above the transition zone. While thermal and chemical heterogeneities influence the seismic velocities at subsolidus temperatures to some extent, the velocity structures are greatly modified in the presence of partial melting. We interpret two sets of data; ScS reflectivity beneath Coral Sea in the Southwest Pacific and receiver function analysis of P-to-S conversions beneath the Hawaiian islands. Both datasets indicate the presence of a Low Velocity Layer (LVL) at an average depth of 350 km. Temperature and subsolidus composition fail to fully explain the observed impedance contrast atop the LVL. Beneath the Coral Sea, an average melt volume fraction of 1% is necessary to explain the seismic observations, while beneath Hawaiia range of melt fractions describe the seismic signature. Melt fraction appears to increase from Northwest to Southeast along the island chain and trades off with dihedral angle.Map of calculated melt volume fraction at the Low Velocity layer (LVL) located approximately 350 km below the surface of Hawaii. The melt fraction is calculated for variations in the subsolidus basaltic component (X) and reference potential temperature (T).

  9. Seismic evidence for silicate melt atop the 410-km mantle discontinuity

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    Revenaugh, J.; Sipkin, S. A.

    1994-06-01

    LABORATORY results demonstrating that basic to ultrabasic melts become denser than olivine-rich mantle at pressures above 6 GPa (refs 1-3) have important implications for basalt petrogenesis, mantle differentiation and the storage of volatiles deep in the Earth. A density cross-over between melt and solid in the extensively molten Archaean mantle has been inferred from komatiitic volcanism4-6 and major-element mass balances7, but present-day evidence of dense melt below the seismic low-velocity zone is lacking. Here we present mantle shear-wave impedance profiles obtained from multiple-ScS reverberation mapping for corridors connecting western Pacific subduction zone earthquakes with digital seismograph stations in eastern China, imaging a ~5.8% impedance decrease roughly 330 km beneath the Sea of Japan, Yellow Sea and easternmost Asia. We propose that this represents the upper surface of a layer of negatively buoyant melt lying on top of the olivine-->β-phase transition (the 410-km seismic discontinuity). Volatile-rich fluids expelled from the partial melt zone as it freezes may migrate upwards, acting as metasomatic agents8,9 and perhaps as the deep 'proto-souree' of kimberlites10,11. The remaining, dense, crystalline fraction would then concentrate above 410 km, producing a garnet-rich layer that may flush into the transition zone.

  10. The 'zero charge' partitioning behaviour of noble gases during mantle melting.

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    Brooker, R A; Du, Z; Blundy, J D; Kelley, S P; Allan, N L; Wood, B J; Chamorro, E M; Wartho, J-A; Purton, J A

    2003-06-12

    Noble-gas geochemistry is an important tool for understanding planetary processes from accretion to mantle dynamics and atmospheric formation. Central to much of the modelling of such processes is the crystal-melt partitioning of noble gases during mantle melting, magma ascent and near-surface degassing. Geochemists have traditionally considered the 'inert' noble gases to be extremely incompatible elements, with almost 100 per cent extraction efficiency from the solid phase during melting processes. Previously published experimental data on partitioning between crystalline silicates and melts has, however, suggested that noble gases approach compatible behaviour, and a significant proportion should therefore remain in the mantle during melt extraction. Here we present experimental data to show that noble gases are more incompatible than previously demonstrated, but not necessarily to the extent assumed or required by geochemical models. Independent atomistic computer simulations indicate that noble gases can be considered as species of 'zero charge' incorporated at crystal lattice sites. Together with the lattice strain model, this provides a theoretical framework with which to model noble-gas geochemistry as a function of residual mantle mineralogy.

  11. Seismic evidence for silicate melt atop the 410-km mantle discontinuity

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    Revenaugh, Justin; Sipkin, S.A.

    1994-01-01

    LABORATORY results demonstrating that basic to ultrabasic melts become denser than olivine-rich mantle at pressures above 6 GPa (refs 1-3) have important implications for basalt petrogenesis, mantle differentiation and the storage of volatiles deep in the Earth. A density cross-over between melt and solid in the extensively molten Archaean mantle has been inferred from komatiitic volcanism and major-element mass balances, but present-day evidence of dense melt below the seismic low-velocity zone is lacking. Here we present mantle shear-wave impedance profiles obtained from multiple-ScS reverberation mapping for corridors connecting western Pacific subduction zone earthquakes with digital seismograph stations in eastern China, imaging a ~5.8% impedance decrease roughly 330 km beneath the Sea of Japan, Yellow Sea and easternmost Asia. We propose that this represents the upper surface of a layer of negatively buoyant melt lying on top of the olivine ??? ??- phase transition (the 410-km seismic discontinuity). Volatile-rich fluids expelled from the partial melt zone as it freezes may migrate upwards, acting as metasomatic agents and perhaps as the deep 'proto-source' of kimberlites. The remaining, dense, crystalline fraction would then concentrate above 410 km, producing a garnet-rich layer that may flush into the transition zone.

  12. Density of Hydrous Ultramafic Silicate Melt under the Earth's Deep Upper Mantle Conditions

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    Jing, Z.; Matsukage, K. N.; Karato, S.

    2005-12-01

    Density of silicate melts is a critical material property in our understanding of geochemical evolution of the Earth. Previous studies (e.g., Agee & Walker 1993; Suzuki et al., 1995) showed that the density of dry silicate melts can be higher than that of surrounding solids under deep upper mantle conditions. However, melts formed under such conditions likely contain some water (Bercovici & Karato, 2003), which will reduce the melt density. In this study, we performed sink/float experiments between 10 and 14GPa and at 2173K to determine the density of hydrous ultramafic silicate melts, using a Kawai-type multianvil apparatus. We choose a target melt composition based on the experimental study by Litasov & Ohtani (2002). With this chemical composition, olivine reacts with the melt above the liquidus, so we used diamond as the density marker. However, diamond is much denser than a melt with a typical mantle like Fe/Mg ratio. Therefore in this study we determined the density of melts with high Fe contents, and from the relation between Fe content and melt density, we inferred the melt density with Earth-like Fe/Mg. Four Fe-rich compositions with 5wt% water and different iron content were chosen as starting materials. Density crossovers between melts and diamond were observed for all compositions. The densities of four melts at 14GPa and 2173K were calculated using the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. The pressure derivative of isothermal bulk modulus (Kt') of the melts was estimated to be around 4. The density of mantle melt with mantle value of content and 5wt% water at 14GPa, 2173K was extrapolated to be ~3.42±0.4g/cm3. We compared our density results for hydrous melts with previous results on dry melts and found that water is more compressible than other components in melt. The estimated partial molar volume of water at 14GPa and 2173K is ~8±2cm3/mol, which is significantly lower than the value at low pressures. The conditions under which the density crossover

  13. The generation and composition of partial melts in the earth's mantle

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    Ribe, Neil M.

    1985-05-01

    A set of equations is presented which combines the constraints of fluid dynamics and multicomponent phase equilibrium to provide a unified description of partial melting in the earth's mantle. The equations are applied to a one-dimensional model for pressure-release melting of a simplified mantle material, which contains only two chemical components exhibiting either (a) complete solid solution or (b) a binary eutectic. In both cases, melting occurs over a range of depths. The unmelted crystalline residue ("matrix") is modeled as a saturated porous medium, through which the melt can migrate because of its differential buoyancy. Since melt interacts continuously with the matrix during ascent, melting occurs by equilibrium rather than fractional fusion. This equilibrium fusion is not the same as batch fusion, however, since material elements are quickly dispersed by migration of melt relative to the matrix. To a first approximation, the temperature profiles (adiabats) in the partially molten zone are independent of melt migration. The slope of the adiabats varies in inverse proportion to the number of degrees of freedom which characterizes the melting. Melting of a complete solid solution occurs along a "wet" adiabat whose slope is controlled by absorption of latent heat. Melting of a eutectic system occurs along a steeper "univariant" adiabat until one solid phase is exhausted, and subsequently along a wet adiabat. The velocity of melt migration can exceed the mantle upwelling velocity by an order of magnitude or more. The volume fraction of melt present is always less than the fraction of the material which has melted, and is unlikely to exceed a few percent. For a wide range of initial conditions, melting of a eutectic system produces erupted melts having constant major element composition and widely varying trace element composition. This result may provide a partial explanation for the characteristic major- and LIL-element patterns observed in MORB. Liquid

  14. Volatile-rich Melts in the Earth's Upper Mantle (AGU Kuno Medal)

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    Dasgupta, Rajdeep

    2013-04-01

    The onset of silicate magma generation in the Earth's upper mantle influences the thermal evolution of the planet, fluxes of key volatiles to the exosphere, and geochemical and geophysical properties of the mantle. Although carbonatitic fluid with variable water content could be stable ≤250 km beneath mid oceanic ridges [1-3], owing to the small fraction (<< 1 wt.%), its effects on the mantle properties are unclear. Geophysical measurements, however, suggest that melts of greater volume may be present down to ~200 km [4-6] but large melt fractions is thought to be restricted to shallower depths. In this Kuno Award lecture, I will discuss the recent advancements on our understanding of deeper silicate melt generation induced by CO2-H2O volatiles and the relative stability of silicate versus carbonatitic melt in various tectonic settings. I will present recent experiments on carbonated peridotites that constrain the location and the slope of the onset of silicate melting in the mantle [7]. The new finding is that the pressure-temperature slope of carbonated silicate melting is steeper than the solidus of volatile-free peridotite and as a consequence the silicate melting of dry peridotite+CO2 beneath ridges commences at ~180 km. Accounting for the effect of 50-200 ppm of mantle H2O on freezing point depression, the onset of silicate melting for a sub-ridge mantle with ~100 ppm CO2 becomes as deep as ~220-300 km [7]. This melting generates a kimberlitic magma with ~25 wt.% dissolved CO2 and 1-5 wt.% dissolved H2O. Based on the recent constraints of oxygen fugacity of the mantle in the garnet peridotite field [2, 3], we suggest that on a global scale, carbonated silicate melt generation at ~250-180 km deep redox solidus, with destabilization of metal and majorite in the upwelling mantle, explains oceanic low-velocity zone and electrical conductivity structure of the mantle. In locally oxidized domains (i.e., higher than average Fe3+/Fetotal), deeper carbonated

  15. Mapping mantle-melting anomalies in Baja California: a combined helium-seismology approach

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    Negrete-Aranda, R.; Spelz, R. M.; Hilton, D. R.; Tellez, M.; González-Yahimovich, O.

    2015-12-01

    In active tectonic settings, the presence of helium in aqueous fluids with 3He/4He ratios greater than in-situ production values (~0.05 RA where RA = air He or 1.4 x 10-6) indicates the contribution of mantle-derived volatiles to the total volatile inventory. This is an indicative of the presence of mantle-derived melts, which act to transfer volatiles from the solid Earth towards the surface. Thus, He has the potential to map regions of the underlying mantle which are undergoing partial melting - a phenomenon which should also be evident in the seismic record. Reports of high 3He/4He in hot springs in Baja California (BC) has prompted us to initiate a survey of the region to assess relationship(s) between He isotopes and geophysical images of the underlying mantle. Previous studies report 3He/4He ratios of 0.54 RA for submarine hot springs (Punta Banda 108oC; Vidal, 1982) and 1.3 RA for spring waters (81oC) at Bahia Concepcion (Forrest et al.,2005). Our new survey of hot springs in northern BC has revealed that all 6 localities sampled to date, show the presence of mantle He with the highest ratio being 1.74RA (21% mantle-derived) at Puertecitos on the Gulf coast. He ratios are generally lower on the Pacific coast with the minimum mantle He contribution being 5% at Sierra Juárez (0.11RA). Thus, preliminary trends are of a west-to-east increase in the mantle He signal across the peninsula. He results presented in this study correlate well with high resolution Rayleigh wave tomography images by Forsythe et al. (2007). Shear velocity variations in the BC crust and upper mantle have been interpreted as low velocity anomalies associated with dynamic upwelling and active melt production. More extensive sampling throughout BC coupled with analysis of other geochemical indicators of mantle degassing (e.g. CO2) will allow more detailed characterization of the extent and distribution of mantle melts in the region, facilitating assessment of the region's geothermal

  16. The temperature of primary melts and mantle sources of komatiites, OIBs, MORBs and LIPs

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    Sobolev, Alexander

    2015-04-01

    There is general agreement that the convecting mantle, although mostly peridotitic in composition, is compositionally and thermally heterogeneous on different spatial scales. The amount, sizes, temperatures and compositions of these heterogeneities significantly affect mantle dynamics because they may diverge greatly from dominant peridotites in their density and fusibility. Differences in potential temperature and composition of mantle domains affect magma production and cannot be easily distinguished from each other. This has led to radically different interpretations of the melting anomalies that produce ocean-island basalts, large igneous provinces and komatiites: most scientists believe that they originate as hot, deep-sourced mantle plumes; but a small though influential group (e.g. Anderson 2005, Foulger, 2010) propose that they derive from high proportions of easily fusible recycled or delaminated crust, or in the case of komatiites contain large amount of H2O (e.g. Grove & Parman, 2004). The way to resolve this ambiguity is an independent estimation of temperature and composition of mantle sources of various types of magma. In this paper I report application of newly developed olivine-spinel-melt geothermometers based on partition of Al, Cr, Sc and Y for different primitive lavas from mid-ocean ridges, ocean-island basalts, large igneous provinces and komatiites. The results suggest significant variations of crystallization temperature for the same Fo of high magnesium olivines of different types of mantle-derived magmas: from the lowest (down to 1220 degree C) for MORB to the highest (up to over 1500 degree C) for komatiites and Siberian meimechites. These results match predictions from Fe-Mg olivine-melt equilibrium and confirm the relatively low temperature of the mantle source of MORB and higher temperatures in the mantle plumes that produce the OIB of Iceland, Hawaii, Gorgona, Archean komatiites and several LIPs (e.g Siberian and NAMP). The

  17. Redox Viscosity of Iron Rich Silicate Melts - Martian Mantle Analogues.

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    Dingwell, D. B.

    2004-12-01

    The dependence of shear viscosity on the oxidation state of ferrosilicate melts has been measured using the concentric cylinder method and a gas mixing furnace. Two different simple Fe-bearing systems have been studied to date: (i) anorthite-diopside eutectic composition (AnDi) with variable amount of Fe (up to 20 wt%) as a basalt analogue and (ii) sodium disilicate (NS2 up to 30 wt % Fe). In addition, the compositional range has been extended to include the more complex SNC meteorite composition, a composition more relevant to Mars. The measurements were performed under air, CO2 and CO2-CO mixture at 1 atm and in a temperature range of 1300 to 1350 \\ºC. The experimental procedure involve a continuous measurement of viscosity during stepwise reduction state. The melt was reduced by flowing CO2 and then successively reducing mixtures of CO2-CO through the alumina muffle tube. Gas flow rates were electronically controlled using Tylan mass flow controllers and oxygen fugacity was directly measured using a sensor and calculated with Nernst equation. The composition and oxidation state of the melt was monitored by obtaining a melt sample after each redox equilibrium step. The melts were sampled by dipping an alumina rod into the sample and drawing out a drop of liquid, which was then plunged into water for quenching. The resulting glasses were analyzed by electron microprobe, and the volumetric potassium dichromate titration were employed to determine FeO. In addition, the redox dependence of viscosity of our samples have been compared with data from literature (Mysen et al. 1985, Dingwell and Virgo, 1988; Dingwell 1989, Dingwell 1991). The viscosity of all melts investigated herein decreases with melt reduction. The viscosity decrease is, in general, a nonlinear function of oxidation state expressed as Fe2+/Fetot and can be fitted using logarithmic equation.

  18. Martian mantle primary melts - An experimental study of iron-rich garnet lherzolite minimum melt composition

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    Bertka, Constance M.; Holloway, John R.

    1988-01-01

    The minimum melt composition in equilibrium with an iron-rich garnet lherzolite assemblage is ascertained from a study of the liquidus relations of iron-rich basaltic compositions at 23 kb. The experimentally determined primary melt composition and its calculated sodium content reveal that Martian garnet lherzolite minimum melts are picritic alkali olivine basalts. Martian primary melts are found to be more picritic than terrestrial garnet lherzolite primary melts.

  19. Nickel and helium evidence for melt above the core-mantle boundary.

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    Herzberg, Claude; Asimow, Paul D; Ionov, Dmitri A; Vidito, Chris; Jackson, Matthew G; Geist, Dennis

    2013-01-17

    High (3)He/(4)He ratios in some basalts have generally been interpreted as originating in an incompletely degassed lower-mantle source. This helium source may have been isolated at the core-mantle boundary region since Earth's accretion. Alternatively, it may have taken part in whole-mantle convection and crust production over the age of the Earth; if so, it is now either a primitive refugium at the core-mantle boundary or is distributed throughout the lower mantle. Here we constrain the problem using lavas from Baffin Island, West Greenland, the Ontong Java Plateau, Isla Gorgona and Fernandina (Galapagos). Olivine phenocryst compositions show that these lavas originated from a peridotite source that was about 20 per cent higher in nickel content than in the modern mid-ocean-ridge basalt source. Where data are available, these lavas also have high (3)He/(4)He. We propose that a less-degassed nickel-rich source formed by core-mantle interaction during the crystallization of a melt-rich layer or basal magma ocean, and that this source continues to be sampled by mantle plumes. The spatial distribution of this source may be constrained by nickel partitioning experiments at the pressures of the core-mantle boundary.

  20. Isotopic equilibrium between mantle peridotite and melt: Evidence from the Corsica ophiolite

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    Rampone, Elisabetta; Hofmann, Albrecht W.; Raczek, Ingrid

    2009-11-01

    A widely used assumption of mantle geochemistry and the theory of partial melting at oceanic settings is the existence of isotopic equilibrium between mantle source and melt. Yet, recent diffusion studies and isotopic investigations of ophiolites, abyssal peridotites and associated MORBs have cast doubts on this assumption, by providing evidence for isotopic disequilibrium between residual peridotites and MORBs. Here we present Sr and Sm-Nd isotope data on mantle peridotites and gabbroic intrusions from the Mt. Maggiore (Alpine Corsica, France) Tethyan ophiolite, which document Nd isotopic homogeneity, implying isotopic equilibrium, on a 1-kilometer scale. The peridotites record multi-stage melt-rock interaction and melt intrusion occurring at different lithospheric depths. Samples studied are residual cpx-poor spinel lherzolites, reactive spinel harzburgites, impregnated plagioclase peridotites and related gabbronoritic veinlets, later gabbroic dykes. Strontium isotopes in peridotites and gabbros are highly variable, due to interaction with sea-water derived fluids, and cannot be used to test melt-residue isotopic equilibrium. In contrast, Nd isotopes are unaffected by sea-water alteration. Peridotites display present-day high 147Sm/ 144Nd (0.49-0.59) and 143Nd/ 144Nd (0.513367-0.513551) ratios, with no appreciable differences between residual and reactive spinel peridotites, and between spinel and plagioclase peridotites. Gabbroic dykes have present-day Nd isotopic compositions typical of MORB ( 143Nd/ 144Nd = 0.513122-0.513138). Internal (plag-whole rock-cpx) Sm-Nd isochrons for olivine gabbro dykes and a gabbronoritic veinlet yield Jurassic ages (162 ± 10 and 159 ± 15 Ma in ol-gabbros, 155 ± 6 Ma in gabbronorite), and initial ɛNd = 8.9-9.7 indicative of a MORB-type source. Sm-Nd isotopic compositions of peridotites conform to the linear array defined by the gabbroic rocks, and yield initial (160 Ma) ɛNd values of 7.6-8.9, again consistent with a MORB

  1. Fate of MgSiO3 melts at core–mantle boundary conditions

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    Petitgirard, Sylvain; Malfait, Wim J.; Sinmyo, Ryosuke; Kupenko, Ilya; Hennet, Louis; Harries, Dennis; Dane, Thomas; Burghammer, Manfred; Rubie, Dave C.

    2015-01-01

    One key for understanding the stratification in the deep mantle lies in the determination of the density and structure of matter at high pressures, as well as the density contrast between solid and liquid silicate phases. Indeed, the density contrast is the main control on the entrainment or settlement of matter and is of fundamental importance for understanding the past and present dynamic behavior of the deepest part of the Earth’s mantle. Here, we adapted the X-ray absorption method to the small dimensions of the diamond anvil cell, enabling density measurements of amorphous materials to unprecedented conditions of pressure. Our density data for MgSiO3 glass up to 127 GPa are considerably higher than those previously derived from Brillouin spectroscopy but validate recent ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. A fourth-order Birch–Murnaghan equation of state reproduces our experimental data over the entire pressure regime of the mantle. At the core–mantle boundary (CMB) pressure, the density of MgSiO3 glass is 5.48 ± 0.18 g/cm3, which is only 1.6% lower than that of MgSiO3 bridgmanite at 5.57 g/cm3, i.e., they are the same within the uncertainty. Taking into account the partitioning of iron into the melt, we conclude that melts are denser than the surrounding solid phases in the lowermost mantle and that melts will be trapped above the CMB. PMID:26578761

  2. Trace-element fractionation in Hadean mantle generated by melt segregation from a magma ocean.

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    Caro, Guillaume; Bourdon, Bernard; Wood, Bernard J; Corgne, Alexandre

    2005-07-14

    Calculations of the energetics of terrestrial accretion indicate that the Earth was extensively molten in its early history. Examination of early Archaean rocks from West Greenland (3.6-3.8 Gyr old) using short-lived 146Sm-142Nd chronometry indicates that an episode of mantle differentiation took place close to the end of accretion (4.46 +/- 0.11 Gyr ago). This has produced a chemically depleted mantle with an Sm/Nd ratio higher than the chondritic value. In contrast, application of 176Lu-176Hf systematics to 3.6-3.8-Gyr-old zircons from West Greenland indicates derivation from a mantle source with a chondritic Lu/Hf ratio. Although an early Sm/Nd fractionation could be explained by basaltic crust formation, magma ocean crystallization or formation of continental crust, the absence of coeval Lu/Hf fractionation is in sharp contrast with the well-known covariant behaviour of Sm/Nd and Lu/Hf ratios in crustal formation processes. Here we show using mineral-melt partitioning data for high-pressure mantle minerals that the observed Nd and Hf signatures could have been produced by segregation of melt from a crystallizing magma ocean at upper-mantle pressures early in Earth's history. This residual melt would have risen buoyantly and ultimately formed the earliest terrestrial protocrust.

  3. Dynamics and melting of a heterogeneous mantle: Importance to geographic variations in hotspot lava composition

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    Bianco, Todd Anthony

    Geochemical variations in hotspot lava compositions commonly reveal geographical and temporal trends over hundreds of kilometers and millions of years. These trends provide clues regarding the character of mantle heterogeneity and the dynamics feeding hotspot magmatism. This work examines an alternative end-member scenario of mantle structure in the plume hypothesis, in which heterogeneity exists in the form of small veins uniformly distributed throughout the mantle matrix. A numerical model couples equations of 3D mantle convection and melting in order to simulate realistic mantle processes. Mantle components with relatively enriched incompatible-element compositions are assumed to be more fusible than relatively depleted components. Melting is assumed to be fractional, and magma pools at the surface assuming it mixes perfectly. Resulting geographic trends at the surface are described. The overall conclusion of the study is that large-scale (102 km) geographic variations arise from the dynamics of plume-lithosphere interaction. The pattern of compositional trends at the surface is controlled by the thickness of the lithosphere, the reference viscosity of the mantle, and the difference between the depths at which components begin melting. These physical parameters control the compositional pattern because they influence the size, position, extent of melting, and melting rate of the different mantle components. In simulations of intraplate hotspots, the average composition of magma erupted at a volcano changes as it grows such that the influence of less refractory components is greatest in the early stages of volcanism, and the influence of more refractory components increases with time. These predictions are compared to observed variations in Nd and Pb isotope ratios at Hawaii, and observations of Pb isotope ratios at Samoa, and Reunion. In simulations of plumes rising beneath a mid-ocean ridge, the contribution from a less refractory component tends to increase

  4. Dynamics of upper mantle rocks decompression melting above hot spots under continental plates

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    Perepechko, Yury; Sorokin, Konstantin; Sharapov, Victor

    2014-05-01

    Numeric 2D simulation of the decompression melting above the hot spots (HS) was accomplished under the following conditions: initial temperature within crust mantle section was postulated; thickness of the metasomatized lithospheric mantle is determined by the mantle rheology and position of upper asthenosphere boundary; upper and lower boundaries were postulated to be not permeable and the condition for adhesion and the distribution of temperature (1400-2050°C); lateral boundaries imitated infinity of layer. Sizes and distribution of lateral points, their symmetry, and maximum temperature varied between the thermodynamic condition for existences of perovskite - majorite transition and its excess above transition temperature. Problem was solved numerically a cell-vertex finite volume method for thermo hydrodynamic problems. For increasing convergence of iterative process the method of lower relaxation with different value of relaxation parameter for each equation was used. The method of through calculation was used for the increase in the computing rate for the two-layered upper mantle - lithosphere system. Calculated region was selected as 700 x (2100-4900) km. The time step for the study of the asthenosphere dynamics composed 0.15-0.65 Ma. The following factors controlling the sizes and melting degree of the convective upper mantle, are shown: a) the initial temperature distribution along the section of upper mantleb) sizes and the symmetry of HS, c) temperature excess within the HS above the temperature on the upper and lower mantle border TB=1500-2000oC with 5-15% deviation but not exceed 2350oC. It is found, that appearance of decompression melting with HS presence initiate primitive mantle melting at TB > of 1600oC. Initial upper mantle heating influence on asthenolens dimensions with a constant HS size is controlled mainly by decompression melting degree. Thus, with lateral sizes of HS = 400 km the decompression melting appears at TB > 1600oC and HS

  5. Experimental melting of phlogopite-bearing mantle at 1 GPa: Implications for potassic magmatism

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    Condamine, Pierre; Médard, Etienne

    2014-07-01

    We have experimentally investigated the fluid-absent melting of a phlogopite peridotite at 1.0 GPa (1000-1300 °C) to understand the source of K2O- and SiO2-rich magmas that occur in continental, post-collisional and island arc settings. Using a new extraction technique specially developed for hydrous conditions combined with iterative sandwich experiments, we have determined the composition of low- to high-degree melts (Φ=1.4 to 24.2 wt.%) of metasomatized lherzolite and harzburgite sources. Due to small amounts of adsorbed water in the starting material, amphibole crystallized at the lowest investigated temperatures. Amphibole breaks down at 1050-1075 °C, while phlogopite-breakdown occurs at 1150-1200 °C. This last temperature is higher than the previously determined in a mantle assemblage, due to the presence of stabilizing F and Ti. Phlogopite-lherzolite melts incongruently according to the continuous reaction: 0.49 phlogopite + 0.56 orthopyroxene + 0.47 clinopyroxene + 0.05 spinel = 0.58 olivine + 1.00 melt. In the phlogopite-harzburgite, the reaction is: 0.70 phlogopite + 1.24 orthopyroxene + 0.05 spinel = 0.99 olivine + 1.00 melt. The K2O content of water-undersaturated melts in equilibrium with residual phlogopite is buffered, depending on the source fertility: from ∼3.9 wt.% in lherzolite to ∼6.7 wt.% in harzburgite. Primary melts are silica-saturated and evolve from trachyte to basaltic andesite (63.5-52.1 wt.% SiO2) with increasing temperature. Calculations indicate that such silica-rich melts can readily be extracted from their mantle source, due to their low viscosity. Our results confirm that potassic, silica-rich magmas described worldwide in post-collisional settings are generated by melting of a metasomatized phlogopite-bearing mantle in the spinel stability field.

  6. Oxidation state of iron in komatiitic melt inclusions indicates hot Archaean mantle

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    Berry, A.J.; Danyushevsky, L.; O'Neill, H.C.; Newville, M.; Sutton, S.R.

    2008-10-16

    Komatiites are volcanic rocks mainly of Archaean age that formed by unusually high degrees of melting of mantle peridotite. Their origin is controversial and has been attributed to either anhydrous melting of anomalously hot mantle or hydrous melting at temperatures only modestly greater than those found today. Here we determine the original Fe{sup 3+}/{Sigma}Fe ratio of 2.7-Gyr-old komatiitic magma from Belingwe, Zimbabwe, preserved as melt inclusions in olivine, to be 0.10 {+-} 0.02, using iron K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy. This value is consistent with near-anhydrous melting of a source with a similar oxidation state to the source of present-day mid-ocean-ridge basalt. Furthermore, this low Fe{sup 3+}/{Sigma}Fe value, together with a water content of only 0.2--0.3 wt%, excludes the possibility that the trapped melt contained significantly more water that was subsequently lost from the inclusions by reduction to H{sub 2} and diffusion. Loss of only 1.5 wt% water by this mechanism would have resulted in complete oxidation of iron (that is, the Fe{sup 3+}/{Sigma}Fe ratio would be {approx}1). There is also no petrographic evidence for the loss of molecular water. Our results support the identification of the Belingwe komatiite as a product of high mantle temperatures ({approx}1,700 C), rather than melting under hydrous conditions (3--5-wt% water), confirming the existence of anomalously hot mantle in the Archaean era.

  7. Earth's Deep Carbon Cycle Constrained by Partial Melting of Mantle Peridotite and Eclogite

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    Dasgupta, R.; Hirschmann, M. M.; Withers, A. C.

    2006-05-01

    The mass of carbon in the mantle is thought to exceed that in all Earth's other reservoirs combined1 and large fluxes of carbon are cycled into and out of the mantle via subduction and volcanic emission. Devolatilization is known to release water in the mantle wedge, but release of carbon could be delayed if the relevant decarbonation reactions or solidi of oceanic crust are not encountered along P-T path of subduction. Outgassing of CO2 from the mantle also has a critical influence on Earth's climate for time scales of 108-109 yr1. The residence time for carbon in the mantle is thought to exceed the age of the Earth1,2, but it could be significantly shorter owing to pervasive deep melting beneath oceanic ridges. The dominant influx of carbon is via carbonate in altered ocean-floor basalts, which survives decarbonation during subduction. Our experiments demonstrate that solidi of carbonated eclogite remain hotter than average subduction geotherms at least as deep as transition zone3, and thus significant subducted C is delivered to the deep Earth, rather than liberated in the shallow mantle by melting. Flux of CO2 into the mantle, assuming average estimate of carbon in altered ocean crust of 0.21 wt. % CO24, can amount to 0.15 × 1015 g/yr. In upwelling mantle, however, partial melting of carbonated eclogite releases calcio-dolomitic carbonatite melt at depths near ~400 km and metasomatically implants carbonate to surrounding peridotite. Thus, volcanic release of CO2 to basalt source regions is likely controlled by the solidus of carbonated peridotite. Our recent experiments with nominally anhydrous, carbonate-bearing garnet lherzolite indicate that the solidus of peridotite with a trace amount of CO2 is ~500 °C lower than that of volatile-free peridotite at 10 GPa5. In upwelling mantle the solidus of carbonated lherzolite is ~100-200 km shallower than that of eclogite+CO2, but beneath oceanic ridges, initial melting occurs as deep as 300-330 km. For peridotite

  8. Pervasive upper mantle melting beneath the western US

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    Hier-Majumder, Saswata; Tauzin, Benoit

    2017-04-01

    We report from converted seismic waves, a pervasive seismically anomalous layer above the transition zone beneath the western US. The layer, characterized by an average shear wave speed reduction of 1.6%, spans over an area of ∼ 1.8 ×106 km2 with thicknesses varying between 25 and 70 km. The location of the layer correlates with the present location of a segment of the Farallon plate. This spatial correlation and the sharp seismic signal atop of the layer indicate that the layer is caused by compositional heterogeneity. Analysis of the seismic signature reveals that the compositional heterogeneity can be ascribed to a small volume of partial melt (0.5 ± 0.2 vol% on average). This article presents the first high resolution map of the melt present within the layer. Despite spatial variations in temperature, the calculated melt volume fraction correlates strongly with the amplitude of P-S conversion throughout the region. Comparing the values of temperature calculated from the seismic signal with available petrological constraints, we infer that melting in the layer is caused by release of volatiles from the subducted Farallon slab. This partially molten zone beneath the western US can sequester at least 1.2 ×1017 kg of volatiles, and can act as a large regional reservoir of volatile species such as H or C.

  9. Carbon-saturated monosulfide melting in the shallow mantle: solubility and effect on solidus

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    Zhang, Zhou; Lentsch, Nathan; Hirschmann, Marc M.

    2015-12-01

    We present high-pressure experiments from 0.8 to 7.95 GPa to determine the effect of carbon on the solidus of mantle monosulfide. The graphite-saturated solidus of monosulfide (Fe0.69Ni0.23Cu0.01S1.00) is described by a Simon and Glatzel (Z Anorg Allg Chem 178:309-316, 1929) equation T (°C) = 969.0[ P (GPa)/5.92 + 1]0.39 (1 ≤ P ≤ 8) and is 80 ± 25 °C below the melting temperature found for carbon-free conditions. A series of comparison experiments using different capsule configurations and preparations document that the observed solidus-lowering is owing to graphite saturation and not an artifact of different capsules or hydrogen contamination. Concentrations of carbon in quenched graphite-saturated monosulfide melt measured by electron microprobe are 0.1-0.3 wt% in monosulfide melt and below the detection limit (<0.2 wt%) in crystalline monosulfide solid solution. Although there is only a small amount of carbon dissolved in monosulfide melts, the substantial effect on monosulfide solidus temperature means that the carbon-saturated monosulfide (Fe0.69Ni0.23Cu0.01S1.00) solidus intersects continental mantle geotherms inferred from diamond inclusion geobarometry at 6-7 GPa ( 200 km), whereas carbon-free monosulfide (Fe0.69Ni0.23Cu0.01S1.00) solidus does not. The composition investigated (Fe0.69Ni0.23Cu0.01S1.00) has a comparatively low metal/sulfur (M/S) ratio and low Ni/(Fe + Ni), but sulfides with higher (M/S) and with greater Ni/(Fe + Ni) should melt at lower temperatures and these should have a broader melt stability field in the diamond formation environment and in the continental lithosphere. Low carbon solubility in monosulfide melt excludes the possibility that diamonds are crystallized from sulfide melt. Although monosulfide melt can store no more than 2 ppm C in a bulk mantle with 225 ppm S, melts with higher M/S could be a primary host of carbon in the deeper part of the upper mantle. For example, the storage capacity of C in sulfide melts in the

  10. Amphibole incongruent melting under Lithospheric Mantle conditions in spinel peridotites from Balaton area, Hungary

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    Ntaflos, Theodoros; Abart, Rainer; Bizimis, Michel

    2017-04-01

    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

  11. Implications for mantle dynamics from the high melting temperature of perovskite.

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    van Keken, P E; Yuen, D A; van den Berg, A P

    1994-06-03

    Recent studies have implied that (Mg, Fe)SiO(3)-perovskite, a likely dominant mineral phase in the lower mantle, may have a high melting temperature. The implications of these findings for the dynamics of the lower mantle were investigated with the use of numerical convection models. The results showed that low homologous temperatures (0.3 to 0.5) would prevail in the modeled lower mantle, regardless of the effective Rayleigh number and internal heating rates. High-temperature ductile creep is possible under relatively cold conditions. In models with low rates of internal heating, local maxima of viscosity developed in the mid-lower mantle that were similar to those obtained from inversion of geoid, topography, and plate velocities.

  12. Cenozoic magmatism in the South China Basin: Decompression melting and implications of an enriched mantle source

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    Flower, M.F.J.; Kan Tu; Ming Zhang ); Guanghong Xie )

    1990-06-01

    A widespread eposide of interplate volcanism followed the cessation of seafloor spreading in the South China Basin (SCB), affecting the South China Sea, and fringing areas of southern China and Indochina. Geochemical data for basalts from South China Sea islands and seamounts, Hainan Island, and Taiwan define an enriched (Dupal-like) mantle domain yielding oceanic island basalt (OIB) suites with {Delta}7/4Pb = 2-13, {Delta}8/4Pb = 45-73, {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr > {approximately}0.70325, Th/Ta > 2, and Th/Ba > 0.02. Opening of the SCB resulted from disaggregation of the South China block in response to the Indo-Eurasian collision, a process involving at least one seafloor spreading episode, terminated by collision of microcontinents with the Philippines and Borneo. The lack of precursive flood basalt suggests that active mantle upwelling was not involved and that melting was a passive effect of lithosphere stretching. However, while mantle decompression at ambient stretching factors ({approximately}1.7-2.5) appears to permit melting on the observed scale, the enriched source may preclude such a simple mantle dynamic. Three alternatives are considered: (1) passive melting of a mature metasomatised boundary layer, (2) active melting of thermally eroded subcontinental lithosphere (deep enrichment) or metasomatised boundary layer (shallow enrichment), and (3) relict diapirs of pre-SCB and/or Java trench subduction slabs (intermediate/deep enrichment). These models are evaluated in terms of chemical and isotopic mass balances associated with the generation and movement of small melt fractions in depleted, nondepleted, and enriched mantle.

  13. Morphology of melt-rich channels formed during reaction infiltration experiments on partially molten mantle rocks

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    Pec, Matej; Holtzman, Benjamin; Zimmerman, Mark; Kohlstedt, David

    2016-04-01

    Geochemical, geophysical and geological observations suggest that melt extraction from the partially molten mantle occurs by some sort of channelized flow. Melt-solid reactions can lead to melt channelization due to a positive feedback between melt flow and reaction. If a melt-solid reaction increases local permeability, subsequent flow is increased as well and promotes further reaction. This process can lead to the development of high-permeability channels which emerge from background flow. In nature, anastomozing tabular dunite bodies within peridotitic massifs are thought to represent fossilized channels that formed by reactive flow. The conditions under which such channels can emerge are treated by the reaction infiltration instability (RII) theory (e.g. Szymczak and Ladd 2014). In this contribution, we report the results of a series of Darcy type experiments designed to study the development of channels due to RII in mantle lithologies (Pec et al. 2015). We sandwiched a partially molten rock between a melt source and a porous sink and annealed it at high-pressures (P = 300 MPa) and high-temperatures (T = 1200° or 1250° C) under a controlled pressure gradient (∇P = 0-100 MPa/mm) for up to 5 hours. The partially molten rock is formed by 50:50 mixtures of San Carlos olivine (Ol, Fo ˜ 88) and clinopyroxene (Cpx) with either 4, 10 or 20 vol% of alkali basalt added. The source and sink are disks of alkali basalt and porous alumina, respectively. During the experiments, silica undersaturated melt from the melt source dissolves Cpx and precipitates an iron rich Ol (Fo ˜ 82) thereby forming a Cpx-free reaction layer at the melt source - partially molten rock interface. The melt fraction in the reaction layer increases significantly (40% melt) compared to the protolith, confirming that the reaction increases the permeability of the partially molten rock. In experiments annealed under a low pressure gradient (and hence slow melt flow velocity) the reaction layer is

  14. Effects of water, depth and temperature on partial melting of mantle-wedge fluxed by hydrous sediment-melt in subduction zones

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    Mallik, Ananya; Dasgupta, Rajdeep; Tsuno, Kyusei; Nelson, Jared

    2016-12-01

    This study investigates the partial melting of variable bulk H2O-bearing parcels of mantle-wedge hybridized by partial melt derived from subducted metapelites, at pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions applicable to the hotter core of the mantle beneath volcanic arcs. Experiments are performed on mixtures of 25% sediment-melt and 75% fertile peridotite, from 1200 to 1300 °C, at 2 and 3 GPa, with bulk H2O concentrations of 4 and 6 wt.%. Combining the results from these experiments with previous experiments containing 2 wt.% bulk H2O (Mallik et al., 2015), it is observed that all melt compositions, except those produced in the lowest bulk H2O experiments at 3 GPa, are saturated with olivine and orthopyroxene. Also, higher bulk H2O concentration increases melt fraction at the same P-T condition, and causes exhaustion of garnet, phlogopite and clinopyroxene at lower temperatures, for a given pressure. The activity coefficient of silica (ϒSiO2) for olivine-orthopyroxene saturated melt compositions (where the activity of silica, aSiO2 , is buffered by the reaction olivine + SiO2 = orthopyroxene) from this study and from mantle melting studies in the literature are calculated. In melt compositions generated at 2 GPa or shallower, with increasing H2O concentration, ϒSiO2 increases from <1 to ∼1, indicating a transition from non-ideal mixing as OH- in the melt (ϒSiO2 <1) to ideal mixing as molecular H2O (ϒSiO2 ∼1). At pressures >2 GPa, ϒSiO2 >1 at higher H2O concentrations in the melt, indicate requirement of excess energy to incorporate molecular H2O in the silicate melt structure, along with a preference for bridging species and polyhedral edge decorations. With vapor saturation in the presence of melt, ϒSiO2 decreases indicating approach towards ideal mixing of H2O in silicate melt. For similar H2O concentrations in the melt, ϒSiO2 for olivine-orthopyroxene saturated melts at 3 GPa is higher than melts at 2 GPa or shallower. This results in melts generated at

  15. Deep mixing of mantle melts beneath continental flood basalt provinces: Constraints from olivine-hosted melt inclusions in primitive magmas

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    Jennings, Eleanor S.; Gibson, Sally A.; Maclennan, John; Heinonen, Jussi S.

    2017-01-01

    We present major and trace element compositions of 154 re-homogenised olivine-hosted melt inclusions found in primitive rocks (picrites and ferropicrites) from the Mesozoic Paraná-Etendeka and Karoo Continental Flood Basalt (CFB) provinces. The major element compositions of the melt inclusions, especially their Fe/Mg ratios, are variable and erratic, and attributed to the re-homogenisation process during sample preparation. In contrast, the trace element compositions of both the picrite and ferropicrite olivine-hosted melt inclusions are remarkably uniform and closely reflect those of the host whole-rocks, except in a small subset affected by hydrothermal alteration. The Paraná-Etendeka picrites and ferropicrites are petrogenetically related to the more evolved and voluminous flood basalts, and so we propose that compositional homogeneity at the melt inclusion scale implies that the CFB parental mantle melts were well mixed prior to extensive crystallisation. The incompatible trace element homogeneity of olivine-hosted melt inclusions in Paraná-Etendeka and Karoo primitive magmatic rocks has also been identified in other CFB provinces and contrasts with findings from studies of basalts from mid-ocean ridges (e.g. Iceland and FAMOUS on the Mid Atlantic Ridge), where heterogeneity of incompatible trace elements in olivine-hosted melt inclusions is more pronounced. We suggest that the low variability in incompatible trace element contents of olivine-hosted melt inclusions in near-primitive CFB rocks, and also ocean island basalts associated with moderately thick lithosphere (e.g. Hawaii, Galápagos, Samoa), may reflect mixing along their longer transport pathways during ascent and/or a temperature contrast between the liquidus and the liquid when it arrives in the crust. These thermal paths promote mixing of mantle melts prior to their entrapment by growing olivine crystals in crustal magma chambers. Olivine-hosted melt inclusions of ferropicrites from the Paran

  16. Oceanic mantle rocks reveal evidence for an ancient, 1.2-1.3 Ga global melting event

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    Dijkstra, A. H.; Sergeev, D.; McTaminey, L.; Dale, C. W.; Meisel, T. C.

    2011-12-01

    It is now increasingly being recognized that many oceanic peridotites are refertilized harzburgites, and that the refertilization often masks an extremely refractory character of the original mantle rock 'protolith'. Oceanic peridotites are, when the effects of melt refertilization are undone, often too refractory to be simple mantle melting residues after the extraction of mid-ocean ridge basalts at a spreading center. Rhenium-osmium isotope analysis is a powerful method to look through the effects of refertilization and to obtain constraints on the age of the melting that produced the refractory mantle protolith. Rhenium-depletion model ages of such anomalously refractory oceanic mantle rocks - found as abyssal peridotites or as mantle xenoliths on ocean islands - are typically >1 Ga, i.e., much older than the ridge system at which they were emplaced. In my contribution I will show results from two case studies of refertilized anciently depleted mantle rocks (Macquarie Island 'abyssal' peridotites and Lanzarote mantle xenoliths). Interestingly, very refractory oceanic mantle rocks from sites all around the world show recurring evidence for a Mesoproterozoic (~1.2-1.3 Ga) melting event [1]. Therefore, oceanic mantle rocks seem to preserve evidence for ancient melting events of global significance. Alternatively, such mantle rocks may be samples of rafts of ancient continental lithospheric mantle. Laser-ablation osmium isotope 'dating' of large populations of individual osmium-bearing alloys from mantle rocks is the key to better constrain the nature and significance of these ancient depletion events. Osmium-bearing alloys form when mantle rocks are melted to high-degrees. We have now extracted over >250 detrital osmium alloys from placer gold occurrences in the river Rhine. These alloys are derived from outcrops of ophiolitic mantle rocks in the Alps, which include blocks of mantle rocks emplaced within the Tethys Ocean, and ultramafic lenses of unknown

  17. Carbon-bearing MgSiO3 melt at deep mantle conditions

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    Ghosh, D. B.; Bajgain, S. K.; Mookherjee, M.; Karki, B. B.

    2016-12-01

    Carbon di-oxide and water are two important volatiles that are often present in silicate magmas and volcanic eruptions. To address the influence of these volatiles in deep seated melts, their properties (e.g., structure, transport, thermodynamics) at relevant pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions along with compositional variance need to be explored. MgSiO3 being one of the major components of the mantle, the study of carbonated MgSiO3 melts is of great contextual relevance. In the present work we investigate the structure and thermodynamics of carbon bearing MgSiO3 melts under conditions of the entire mantle.Our first-principles molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the MgSiO3-CO2 system show that pressure profoundly influences the behavior of carbon-bearing silicate melts. Our results encompassing from 5 - 30 wt.% CO2 in MgSiO3 demonstrate that: (1) carbon speciation consists of distinct molecular CO2 and carbonate ions ( (CO3)2-) below 15 GPa and interestingly almost all of the carbonate ions are bound to Mg polyhedra; (2) with compression they evolve to silicon-polyhedral bound carbonate (along with Mg polyhedra bound), CO4 , and di-carbonate species. Accordingly, carbon solubility in the silicate melt becomes nearly ideal and carbon remains completely miscible with increasing pressure. Carbon reduces the melt density modestly by 0.015 to 0.005 g cm-3 per wt.% CO2 between 15 and 140 GPa. These results imply that deep-seated silicate melts above and below the transition zone, and atop the core-mantle boundary may be able to sequester significant amounts of carbon without making melts gravitationally unstable.

  18. Geochemistry of mafic Paleocene volcanic rocks in the Valle del Cura region: Implications for the petrogenesis of primary mantle-derived melts over the Pampean flat-slab

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    Litvak, Vanesa D.; Poma, Stella

    2010-04-01

    Mafic volcanism of Paleocene age was recently reported in the Valle del Cura region and the El Indio Belt in the aphanitic and very homogenous well-preserved lavas flows of the Río Frío Basalts unit. These are high-K basalts, with high Fe 2O 3 and TiO 2 contents that imply an alkaline tendency and show typical intraplate-type patterns on a MORB normalized trace elements plot. Sr and Nd isotopic ratios evidence a mantle affinity. The chemistry indicates that these rocks are high temperature melts that result from a low degree of melting of an enriched portion of lithospheric mantle, with no contamination from crustal derived components. The alkaline back-arc Las Máquinas Basalts of Lower Miocene age are derived from more primitive magmas closer to the original source. Mantle composition was relatively constant from Paleocene to Lower Miocene in the studied latitudes over the Pampean flat-slab. Both mafic units share the isotopic trend of pre-Miocene mafic lavas from the Central Andes that were not affected by crustal contamination. Post-Miocene mafic lavas show a strong influence from crust-related processes.

  19. Melting Processes and Mantle Heterogeneity Recorded by Individual Phases from Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts

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    Burton, K. W.; Parkinson, I. J.

    2014-12-01

    Isotope and elemental studies of mantle rocks and oceanic basalts demonstrate that Earth's mantle is heterogeneous, comprising distinct components that have experienced isolated long-term evolution, on both global and local scales. In principle, such heterogeneity will control the onset of melting and at least some of the chemical variation seen in Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts (MORB) (e.g. [1]). But, the high degrees of melting that generate MORB, together with magma mixing and assimilation, have the effect of homogenising the compositions of lavas erupted at the surface, concealing the true extent of the variability in the mantle source. This study presents high-precision double-spike Pb isotope data for the consituent phases of MORB from a single ridge segment from the FAMOUS region (36°50'N) on the Mid-Atlantic ridge. Separated phases from individual basalts show a remarkable variation in Pb isotope composition, greater than that seen for all samples previously analysed from this ridge segment, and encompassing >70% of the variation seeen globally in MORB. These variations cannot be explained by assimilation of seawater altered oceanic crust or by contamination from the Azores, both of which carry a radiogenic Pb isotope siganture. Rather they indicate mixing between an early extremely unradiogenic melt, from which plagioclase, clinopyroxene and sulphide crystallised, sourced by material showing long-term depletion of U, and a later more radiogenic melt that produced the final glass host. Elemental and isotope data suggest that the source of this early melt was ancient, enriched, with a crust-like chemical signature, producing a relatively volatile-rich melt. This study confirms that signficant information may be preserved in the early crystallising minerals at slow spreading ridges, either phenocryst phases or the melt inclusions that they host (e.g. [2]). Overall, these results suggest that there is a simple relationship between the scale and nature of mantle

  20. Melt-Crystal Density Crossover in the Earth: its Importance in Mantle Dynamics

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    Ohtani, E.

    2005-12-01

    Density of magma is important for chemical fractionation of the Earth interior. Since magma is extremely compressible compared to crystals, a density crossover between magma and crystals is expected to occur in the deep mantle. Several regions of the magma-crystal density crossover are expected to occur in the mantle. The density crossover between peridotite magma and equilibrium olivine was observed at a pressure around 13 GPa [1]. Thus, in the early earth neutral buoyancy of olivine occurs in the primordial magma ocean and effective separation of olivine did not occur at the depth. This could produce an olivine rich upper mantle in the magma ocean stage. Density crossover in the deep upper mantle also provides a maximum depth for generation of komatiites, i.e., although komatiites can be generated by melting at various depths in the upper mantle, they can not ascend at the depths greater than the base of the upper mantle, the region where melt-crystal density crossover occurs in the early Earth. The density of hydrous magma is also important in the present Earth. We determined the density of hydrous magma by using sink-float method, and estimated the partial molar volume of H2O in magmas at high pressures [2]. The result implies that a density crossover exists between the mantle and hydrous magmas containing H2O up to about 5.2 wt percent, and the magmas could be gravitationally stable at the base of the upper mantle. Low V and low Q regions are reported at the base of the upper mantle by seismic studies [3, 4], implying that the region is likely to be caused by accumulation of gravitationally stable hydrous magma. The base of the lower mantle is also a possible region where a dense magma can accumulate [5]. The ultralow velocity zone has been explained by existence of a dense magma [6, 7]. Ohtani [8] and Ohtani and Maeda [9] speculated a possible existence of dense magmas at the base of the lower mantle by extrapolation of the magma density into the CMB

  1. Numerical models of mantle lithosphere weakening, erosion and delamination induced by melt extraction and emplacement

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    Wallner, Herbert; Schmeling, Harro

    2016-09-01

    Continental rifting caused by extension and heating from below affects the lithosphere or cratons in various ways. Volcanism and melt intrusions often occur along with thinning, weakening and even breaking lithosphere. Although mechanical necking models of the lithosphere are often applied, the aspects of melting and the implications due to melt transport and emplacement at shallower depths are not well understood. A two-phase flow approach employing melt extraction and shallow emplacement associated with thermal weakening is developed and compared with observations. The results of this comparison indicate the importance of partial melts and an asthenospheric magma source for increasing the rising rate of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary during extension. Thermo-mechanical physics of visco-plastic flow is approximated using the Finite Difference method with Eulerian formulation in 2D. The conservation of mass, momentum and energy equations are solved for a multi-component (crust-mantle) and two-phase (melt-matrix) system. Rheology is temperature- and stress-dependent. In consideration of depletion and enrichment melting and solidification are controlled by a simplified linear binary solid solution model. Melt is extracted and emplaced in predefined depth regions (emplacement zones) in the lithospheric mantle and crust. The Compaction Boussinesq Approximation was applied; its validity was tested against the Full Compaction formulation and found fully satisfactory for the case of sublithospheric melting models. A simple model guided by the geodynamic situation of the Rwenzori region typically results in updoming asthenosphere with melt-assisted erosion of the lithosphere's base. Even with a conservative approach for a temperature anomaly melting alone doubles the lithospheric erosion rate in comparison with a model without melting. With melt extraction and intrusion lithospheric erosion and upwelling of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary speeds up by a

  2. Highly CO2-supersaturated melts in the Pannonian lithospheric mantle - A transient carbon reservoir?

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    Créon, Laura; Rouchon, Virgile; Youssef, Souhail; Rosenberg, Elisabeth; Delpech, Guillaume; Szabó, Csaba; Remusat, Laurent; Mostefaoui, Smail; Asimow, Paul D.; Antoshechkina, Paula M.; Ghiorso, Mark S.; Boller, Elodie; Guyot, François

    2017-08-01

    Subduction of carbonated crust is widely believed to generate a flux of carbon into the base of the continental lithospheric mantle, which in turn is the likely source of widespread volcanic and non-volcanic CO2 degassing in active tectonic intracontinental settings such as rifts, continental margin arcs and back-arc domains. However, the magnitude of the carbon flux through the lithosphere and the budget of stored carbon held within the lithospheric reservoir are both poorly known. We provide new constraints on the CO2 budget of the lithospheric mantle below the Pannonian Basin (Central Europe) through the study of a suite of xenoliths from the Bakony-Balaton Highland Volcanic Field. Trails of secondary fluid inclusions, silicate melt inclusions, networks of melt veins, and melt pockets with large and abundant vesicles provide numerous lines of evidence that mantle metasomatism affected the lithosphere beneath this region. We obtain a quantitative estimate of the CO2 budget of the mantle below the Pannonian Basin using a combination of innovative analytical and modeling approaches: (1) synchrotron X-ray microtomography, (2) NanoSIMS, Raman spectroscopy and microthermometry, and (3) thermodynamic models (Rhyolite-MELTS). The three-dimensional volumes reconstructed from synchrotron X-ray microtomography allow us to quantify the proportions of all petrographic phases in the samples and to visualize their textural relationships. The concentration of CO2 in glass veins and pockets ranges from 0.27 to 0.96 wt.%, higher than in typical arc magmas (0-0.25 wt.% CO2), whereas the H2O concentration ranges from 0.54 to 4.25 wt.%, on the low end for estimated primitive arc magmas (1.9-6.3 wt.% H2O). Trapping pressures for vesicles were determined by comparing CO2 concentrations in glass to CO2 saturation as a function of pressure in silicate melts, suggesting pressures between 0.69 to 1.78 GPa. These values are generally higher than trapping pressures for fluid inclusions

  3. Mantle flow and melt migration beneath oceanic ridges: Models derived from observations in ophiolites

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    Ceuleneer, Georges; Rabinowicz, Michel

    The tectonic and volcanic features of the Earth are largely conditioned by processes taking place in the upper mantle. However our present knowledge of the mantle is essentially derived from indirect evidence. As pointed out by Oliver [1991], the promising technologies of very deep drilling and of high resolution geophysical imagery which should improve our views of the Earth's interior are still to be invented. In the meantime, to progress in the study of geological stuffs, widespread and of easy access at the Earth surface, and in their interpretation in terms of mantle processes, is not a vain task. For example, the Earth's magmatic budget is largely dominated by oceanic ridge and hotspot volcanism [e.g. Crisp, 1984]. The basaltic melts erupted there are likely produced by pressure-release induced partial melting of a peridotitic source. Consequently, their composition and distribution are expected to be sensitive to the thermal and flow structure of the mantle. Potentially, basalts constitute a widespread and abundant pool of information about mantle convection, and one of the goals pursued by petrological studies is to decipher this message [e.g. Klein and Langmuir, 1987; McKenzie and Bickle, 1988; Watson and McKenzie, 1991; Albarede, 1992, Langmuir et al., this volume; Grove et al., this volume].

  4. Origin of primitive andesites by melt-rock reaction in the sub-arc mantle (Invited)

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    Rapp, R. P.

    2009-12-01

    The genetic relationship between primitive granitoids, including high-Mg andesites (HMAs) and bajaites, and primary granitoids, or "pristine" adakites, has been vigorously debated since Defant and Drummond (1991; henceforth D&D) first applied the term "adakite" to refer to Cenozoic arc magmas (andesites and dacites) "associated with young subducting lithosphere", with low Y and Yb, low high-field strength elements (HFSEs), high Sr, and high Sr/Y and (La/Yb)N ratios "relative to island arc andesite-dacite-rhyolite". These characteristics were attributed to an origin for adakites by partial melting of basaltic crust within the subducting slab (hence "slab melts"). That such a process can produce melts with the characteristics described by D&D has since been largely confirmed by dehydration melting experiments on hydrous metabasalt at ~1-4 GPa. Attention was also drawn to the geochemical similarities between "adakites" and large-ion lithophile element (LILE)-enriched, high-field strength element (HFSE) depleted magnesian andesites (HMAs) from Adak Island in the western Aleutians, first described by Kay (1978), implying a genetic relationship between primary granitoid (adakites) formed by partial melting of basaltic ocean crust in the subducting slab, transformed to garnet-amphibolite or eclogite, and primitive magnesian andesites (HMAs) with high Mg-numbers (Mg# = molar Mg/(Mg+Fe)x100) and high concentrations of Ni and Cr. What then is the true origin of these enigmatic arc magmas, with both crustal and mantle, derivative and primitive, geochemical signatures? Kay (1978) suggested a "hybrid" model, in which "hydrous melting of eclogite (slab melting) results in a small volume of dacitic melt ("pristine adakite"), which rises into the hotter overlying peridotite wedge and equilibrates with olivine and orthopyroxene, reacting with olivine until it becomes andesitic". In this paper, I will discuss the results of melt-rock reaction experiments modelling this peridotite

  5. Melting mud in Earth's mantle, evidence from sub-Moho S-type granites with extreme oxygen isotope signatures

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    Spencer, C. J.; Cavosie, A. J.; Raub, T. D.; Rollinson, H. R.; Searle, M. P.; Miller, J. A.; Jeon, H.; Evans, N.; McDonald, B.

    2016-12-01

    The role of sediment melting in Earth's mantle and its subsequent incorporation into volcanic arc magmas remains controversial, as direct observation of melt generation in the mantle is not possible. Geochemical fingerprints of sediment provide strong indirect evidence for subduction delivery of surface materials to the mantle, however sediment abundance in mantle-derived melt such as basalt is generally low (0-2%), and difficult to detect. Here, we provide compelling evidence for bulk melting of subducted marine sediment in the mantle through analysis of granite preserved within an exhumed mantle section. Peraluminous granite dykes intruding peridotite below the petrologic Moho in the Oman-UAE ophiolite have unusually high oxygen isotope (δ18O) values for whole rock and quartz, and host magmatic zircon with the highest δ18O values ever reported, up to 27‰ (relative to VSMOW). The extremely high oxygen isotope ratios uniquely restrict the source to high δ18O siliceous marine sediment (i.e. mud; includes shale and chert or siliceous ooze), as no other source rock could produce granite with such anomalously high δ18O. Elemental composition, mineralogy, and zircon Hf identifies the granite suite as S-type, having formed by melting of supracrustal material. Zircon U-Pb ages of 100 Ma confirms a pre-obduction age of the dykes. The formation of high δ18O S-type granite within mantle peridotite has not been documented previously, and requires delivery of high δ18O marine sediment to the asthenosphere by subduction, where it melted and intruded overlying mantle wedge. The S-type granite suite intrusive to the mantle in the Oman-UAE ophiolite contains the most evolved oxygen isotope ratios reported for igneous rocks. Quantifying the extent of sediment melting within the mantle has important consequences for understanding crustal recycling and mantle heterogeneity over time.

  6. Origin and Constraints on Ilmenite-rich Partial Melt in the Lunar Lower Mantle

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    Mallik, A.; Fuqua, H.; Bremner, P. M.; Panovska, S.; Diamond, M. R.; Lock, S. J.; Nishikawa, Y.; Jiménez-Pérez, H.; Shahar, A.; Panero, W. R.; Lognonne, P. H.; Faul, U.

    2015-12-01

    Existence of a partially molten layer at the lunar core-mantle boundary has been proposed to explain the lack of observed far-side deep moonquakes, the observation of reflected seismic phases from deep moonquakes, and the dissipation of tidal energy within the lunar interior [1,2]. However, subsequent models explored the possibility that dissipation due to elevated temperatures alone can explain the observed dissipation factor (Q) and tidal love numbers [3]. Using thermo-chemical and dynamic modeling (including models of the early lunar mantle convection), we explore the hypothesis that an ilmenite-rich layer forms below crustal anorthosite during lunar magma ocean crystallization and may sink to the base of the mantle to create a partial melt layer at the lunar core-mantle boundary. Self-consistent physical parameters (including gravity, pressure, density, VP and Vs) are forward calculated for a well-mixed mantle with uniform bulk composition versus a mantle with preserved mineralogical stratigraphy from lunar magma ocean crystallization. These parameters are compared against observed mass, moment of inertia, real and imaginary parts of the Love numbers, and seismic travel times to further limit the acceptable models for the Moon. We have performed a multi-step grid search with over twenty thousand forward calculations varying thicknesses of chemically/mineralogically distinct layers within the Moon to evaluate if a partially molten layer at the base of the lunar mantle is well-constrained by the observed data. Furthermore, dynamic mantle modeling was employed on the best-fit model versions to determine the survivability of a partially molten layer at the core-mantle boundary. This work was originally initiated at the CIDER 2014 program. [1] Weber et al. (2011). Science 331(6015), 309-12. [2] Khan et al. (2014). JGR 119. [3] Nimmo et al. (2012). JGR 117, 1-11.

  7. Silicate melts density, buoyancy relations and the dynamics of magmatic processes in the upper mantle

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    Sanchez-Valle, Carmen; Malfait, Wim J.

    2016-04-01

    Although silicate melts comprise only a minor volume fraction of the present day Earth, they play a critical role on the Earth's geochemical and geodynamical evolution. Their physical properties, namely the density, are a key control on many magmatic processes, including magma chamber dynamics and volcanic eruptions, melt extraction from residual rocks during partial melting, as well as crystal settling and melt migration. However, the quantitative modeling of these processes has been long limited by the scarcity of data on the density and compressibility of volatile-bearing silicate melts at relevant pressure and temperature conditions. In the last decade, new experimental designs namely combining large volume presses and synchrotron-based techniques have opened the possibility for determining in situ the density of a wide range of dry and volatile-bearing (H2O and CO2) silicate melt compositions at high pressure-high temperature conditions. In this contribution we will illustrate some of these progresses with focus on recent results on the density of dry and hydrous felsic and intermediate melt compositions (rhyolite, phonolite and andesite melts) at crustal and upper mantle conditions (up to 4 GPa and 2000 K). The new data on felsic-intermediate melts has been combined with in situ data on (ultra)mafic systems and ambient pressure dilatometry and sound velocity data to calibrate a continuous, predictive density model for hydrous and CO2-bearing silicate melts with applications to magmatic processes down to the conditions of the mantle transition zone (up to 2773 K and 22 GPa). The calibration dataset consist of more than 370 density measurements on high-pressure and/or water-and CO2-bearing melts and it is formulated in terms of the partial molar properties of the oxide components. The model predicts the density of volatile-bearing liquids to within 42 kg/m3 in the calibration interval and the model extrapolations up to 3000 K and 100 GPa are in good agreement

  8. Plume-subduction interaction in southern Central America: Mantle upwelling and slab melting

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    Gazel, Esteban; Hoernle, Kaj; Carr, Michael J.; Herzberg, Claude; Saginor, Ian; den Bogaard, Paul van; Hauff, Folkmar; Feigenson, Mark; Swisher, Carl

    2011-01-01

    The volcanic front in southern Central America is well known for its Galapagos OIB-like geochemical signature. A comprehensive set of geochemical, isotopic and geochronological data collected on volumetrically minor alkaline basalts and adakites were used to better constrain the mantle and subduction magma components and to test the different models that explain this OIB signature in an arc setting. We report a migration of back-arc alkaline volcanism towards the northwest, consistent with arc-parallel mantle flow models, and a migration towards the southeast in the adakites possibly tracking the eastward movement of the triple junction where the Panama Fracture Zone intersects the Middle America Trench. The adakites major and trace element compositions are consistent with magmas produced by melting a mantle-wedge source metasomatized by slab derived melts. The alkaline magmas are restricted to areas that have no seismic evidence of a subducting slab. The geochemical signature of the alkaline magmas is mostly controlled by upwelling asthenosphere with minor contributions from subduction components. Mantle potential temperatures calculated from the alkaline basalt primary magmas increased from close to ambient mantle (~ 1380-1410 °C) in the Pliocene to ~ 1450 °C in the younger units. The calculated initial melting pressures for these primary magmas are in the garnet stability field (3.0-2.7 GPa). The average final melting pressures range between 2.7 and 2.5 GPa, which is interpreted as the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary at ~ 85-90 km. We provide a geotectonic model that integrates the diverse observations presented here. The slab detached after the collision of the Galapagos tracks with the arc (~ 10-8 Ma). The detachment allowed hotter asthenosphere to flow into the mantle wedge. This influx of hotter asthenosphere explains the increase in mantle potential temperatures, the northwest migration in the back-arc alkaline lavas that tracks the passage of the

  9. Global Cycling of Carbon Constrained by Partial Melting Experiments of Carbonated Mantle Peridotite and Eclogite

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    Dasgupta, R.; Hirschmann, M. M.; Withers, A. C.

    2005-12-01

    The mass of carbon stored in the mantle exceeds that in all other Earth's reservoirs combined1 and large fluxes of carbon are cycled into and out of the mantle via subduction and volcanic emission. Outgassing of CO2 from the mantle has a critical influence on Earth's climate for time scales of 108-109 yr1. The residence time for carbon in the mantle is thought to exceed the age of the Earth1,2, but it could be significantly less owing to pervasive deep melting beneath oceanic ridges. The chief flux of subducted carbon is via carbonate in altered ocean-floor basalts, which survives dehydration during subduction. Because solidi of carbonated eclogite remain hotter than average subduction geotherms at least up to transition zone3, significant subducted C is delivered to the deep Earth. In upwelling mantle, however, partial melting of carbonated eclogite releases calcio-dolomitic carbonatite melt at depths near ~400 km and metasomatically implants carbonate to surrounding peridotite. Thus, volcanic release of CO2 to basalt source regions is controlled by the solidus of carbonated peridotite. We conducted experiments with nominally anhydrous, carbonated garnet lherzolite (PERC: MixKLB-1+2.5 wt.% CO2) using Pt/C capsules in piston cylinder (3 GPa) and Walker-style multi-anvil presses (4 to 10 GPa) and between 1075-1500 °C. The stable near-solidus crystalline carbonate is dolomitess at 3 GPa and magnesitess from 4 to 10 GPa. Carbonate melt is stabilized at the solidus and crystalline carbonate disappears within 20-60°. The solidus increases from ≥1075 °C at 3 GPa to 1110-1140 °C at 4.1 GPa as the stable carbonate transforms from dolomitess to magnesitess. From 4.1 GPa, the solidus of PERC magnesite lherzolite increases to ~1500 °C at 10 GPa. In upwelling mantle the solidus of carbonated lherzolite is ~100-200 km shallower than that of eclogite+CO2, but beneath oceanic ridges, initial melting occurs as deep as 300-330 km. For peridotite with ~120-1200 ppm CO2, this

  10. Reading the record of mantle melt mixing in Icelandic phenocryst compositions

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    Maclennan, J.; Winpenny, B.

    2011-12-01

    Igneous petrology provides important constraints on magmatic processes under spreading ridges. In the particular case of Iceland, petrological observations can be used in concert with seismic and geodetic observations to understand the transport and storage of melt in the lower oceanic crust. Previous study of olivine-hosted melt inclusions in Icelandic basalts has demonstrated that concurrent mixing and crystallisation of mantle melts occurs in magma chambers in the lower crust. In order to further test this model, and to better constrain the depths of crystallisation, a detailed study of compositional variation within clinopyroxene phenocrysts from the early Holocene Borgarhraun flow in the Theistareykir volcanic system of northern Iceland was undertaken. A suite of microanalytical techniques was used to determine major and trace element compositional variations in the clinopyroxenes, which were found to be variable both in their Mg# (85-92) and in their incompatible trace element contents. The depth of crystallisation of Borgarhraun melts was estimated using an experimental parameterisation of clinopyroxene-liquid equilibrium. A source of uncertainty associated with such barometry arises from the erroneous assumption of chemical equilibrium between crystal-melt compositional pairs. In a system where mixing of melts occurs during crystallisation, early-formed phenocrysts are carried to the surface by liquids which they are not in equilibrium with. In some studies, the Mg-Fe partitioning between crystal and melt as been used as a criterion for equilibrium. However, primitive Icelandic melts show a wide range in composition at fixed Mg/Fe. Therefore, in order to better identify plausible equilibrium liquids for the Borgarhraun clinopyroxenes we therefore searched a large dataset of Icelandic lava compositions, and used both Mg-Fe exchange and the partitioning of trace elements as a check on candidate liquids. This procedure produced a relatively well

  11. Chemical layering in the upper mantle of Mars: Evidence from olivine-hosted melt inclusions in Tissint

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    Basu Sarbadhikari, A.; Babu, E. V. S. S. K.; Vijaya Kumar, T.

    2017-02-01

    Melting of Martian mantle, formation, and evolution of primary magma from the depleted mantle were previously modeled from experimental petrology and geochemical studies of Martian meteorites. Based on in situ major and trace element study of a range of olivine-hosted melt inclusions in various stages of crystallization of Tissint, a depleted olivine-phyric shergottite, we further constrain different stages of depletion and enrichment in the depleted mantle source of the shergottite suite. Two types of melt inclusions were petrographically recognized. Type I melt inclusions occur in the megacrystic olivine core (Fo76-70), while type II melt inclusions are hosted by the outer mantle of the olivine (Fo66-55). REE-plot indicates type I melt inclusions, which are unique because they represent the most depleted trace element data from the parent magmas of all the depleted shergottites, are an order of magnitude depleted compared to the type II melt inclusions. The absolute REE content of type II displays parallel trend but somewhat lower value than the Tissint whole-rock. Model calculations indicate two-stage mantle melting events followed by enrichment through mixing with a hypothetical residual melt from solidifying magma ocean. This resulted in 10 times enrichment of incompatible trace elements from parent magma stage to the remaining melt after 45% crystallization, simulating the whole-rock of Tissint. We rule out any assimilation due to crustal recycling into the upper mantle, as proposed by a recent study. Rather, we propose the presence of Al, Ca, Na, P, and REE-rich layer at the shallower upper mantle above the depleted mantle source region during the geologic evolution of Mars.

  12. Mixing of mantle melts recorded in Icelandic phenocrysts: The significance of clinopyroxene stability in depleted compositions

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    Winpenny, B.; Maclennan, J.

    2009-12-01

    Mixing of chemically heterogeneous mantle melts in the lower oceanic crust has been invoked to explain the large ranges of incompatible trace element ratios observed in olivine-hosted melt inclusions in primitive Icelandic basalts, and the decrease in this variability with degree of crystal fractionation. We show that before mixing is completed, these melts, sourced from different regions of the melting column, can influence the crystallization and chemistry of phenocryst phases hosted in the erupted basalt. Ion microprobe and LA-ICPMS trace element analyses were performed on high Mg# (85-92) clinopyroxene and high An content (80-90) plagioclase from the primitive Borgarhraun flow, N. Iceland. Major and trace element compositions were used to search for cpx-melt pairs close to equilibrium and thus suitable for thermobarometry. Thermobarometry results indicate that clinopyroxene crystallized at ~9(±2) kbar, close to the Moho. The forsterite content of olivine in Mg-Fe equilibrium with the clinopyroxene and the trace element content of the equilibrium melt were estimated using crystal-crystal and crystal-melt partition coefficients. This conversion allows the compositions of clinopyroxene point analyses to be compared with those of melt inclusions and their host crystals. Both converted clinopyroxene compositions and olivine-hosted melt inclusion data show a wide range in incompatible trace element ratios close to Mg#~90, requiring mixing of mantle melts during crystal fractionation. However, the trace element enriched part of the range observed in the olivine-hosted melt inclusions is absent from clinopyroxene compositions. While the range in La/Yb of 92 olivine-hosted melt inclusions is 0.09-3.23, that for 167 converted clinopyroxene compositions is 0.11-1.29. Phase relations can explain this observation: deep-sourced, enriched melts have a long olivine-only crystallization path and so cannot form high Mg# clinopyroxene prior to mixing with more depleted melts

  13. Highly refractory peridotites in Songshugou, Qinling orogen: Insights into partial melting and melt/fluid-rock reactions in forearc mantle

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    Cao, Yi; Song, Shuguang; Su, Li; Jung, Haemyeong; Niu, Yaoling

    2016-05-01

    The Songshugou ultramafic massif is located in the eastern segment of the Qinling orogenic belt, central China. It is a large spinel peridotite body dominated by coarse-grained, porphyroclastic, and fine-grained dunite with minor harzburgite, olivine clinopyroxenite, and banded/podiform chromitite. The compositions of the bulk-rock dunite and harzburgite, and the constituent olivine and spinel, together with the textures and chemical characteristics of multiphase mineral inclusions, point to the highly refractory nature of these rocks with complex histories of high-temperature boninite melt generation and boninitic melt-rock reaction, probably in a young, warm, and volatile-rich forearc lithospheric mantle setting. Additionally, a subsequent low-temperature fluid-rock reaction is also recorded by TiO2-rich spinel with Ti solubility/mobility enhanced by chloride- or fluoride-rich subduction-zone fluids as advocated by Rapp et al. (2010). The olivine clinopyroxenite, on the other hand, was likely crystallized from a residual boninitic melt that had reacted with harzburgitic residues. The ubiquitous occurrences of hydrous minerals, such as anthophyllite, tremolite, Cr-chlorite, and serpentine (stable at lower P-T crustal conditions) in the matrix, suggest that further low-temperature fluid-rock reaction (or retrograde metamorphism) has affected the original volatile-poor peridotites either in a mature and cool subduction zone, or in a continental crust during their exhumation into the Qinling collisional orogeny at early Paleozoic era, or both. The prolonged and intense ductile/brittle deformation can decrease the mineral grain size through dynamic recrystallization and fracturing, and thus aid the fluid-rock reaction or retrograde metamorphism and mineral chemical re-equilibration processes. Therefore, the Songshugou peridotites present a good example for understanding the petrogenesis and evolution of the mantle wedge, with the emphasis on the complex partial

  14. Integrating experimental studies of hydrous mantle melting with numerical models of the global variability in the temperature - depth structure of the mantle wedge

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    Grove, T. L.; Till, C. B.; van Keken, P.

    2012-12-01

    The H2O-saturated peridotite melting experiments of Till et al. (2012, CMP, 163, 669) and Grove et al. (2006, EPSL, 249, 74) provide new information on hydrous mineral phase stability and melting temperatures in the mantle wedge beneath arc volcanoes. Recent thermal models (Syracuse et al., 2010, PEPI 183, 73) and estimates of H2O flux from the subducting lithosphere (van Keken et al., 2011, JGR 116, B01401) permit estimates of the amount of H2O that can be bound in hydrous minerals (predominantly chlorite) in the wedge and the subducted lithosphere. Combining the information from both studies provides insights into where water is stored in the subduction zone system, how it is transported up into the mantle wedge and how melting begins in the mantle and/or subducted slab. The global variability in slab convergence rate, age, dip, rollback, etc. affects the temperature structure in the mantle wedge and subducted slab. By mapping the experimental phase relations onto the predicted temperature - depth variations some interesting systematics arise. We predict that chlorite will be stable in a 1 km thick layer in the mantle wedge above the slab-wedge interface in the hottest subduction zones and up to 1.5 km thick layer in the coldest subduction zones. In the warmer subduction zones the hydrous minerals in the slab will break down at shallow depths but if serpentine and chlorite are present in the mantle underneath the slab, both will remain stable until between 55 and 100 km depth. When these hydrous minerals break down, the resulting water will ascend through the overlying slab and the mantle wedge and trigger vapor-saturated flux melting of the mantle wedge. In colder subduction zones, chlorite stable in the mantle wedge will bind and store any free H2O until it breaks down. Thus, in cold subduction zones we predict chlorite dehydration melting in the overlying mantle wedge to be the dominant form of hydrous melting. P-T paths for the slab surface in the warmest

  15. Evidence of Melt percolation and Mantle Wedge Deformation in the Marum Ophiolite (Papua New Guinea)

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    Kaczmarek, M. A.; Jonda, L.; Davies, H. L.

    2014-12-01

    The Marum ophiolite in Papua New Guinea described an ultra-depleted mantle made by dunite and harzburgite showing compositions of supra-subduction zone peridotite. This depleted mantle has been fertilised by diffuse crystallisation of a low proportion of clinopyroxene in the dunite and formation of ol-websterite and ol-clinopyroxenite at cm scale cross-cutting the foliation and the primary pyroxenite layering. This percolating melt shows silica-rich magnesian affinities (boninite-like) related to supra-subduction zone in a fore-arc environment. The peridotite has also been percolated by a melt with more tholeiite affinities precipitating plagioclase-rich wehrlite and thin gabbroic veins. Crystallographic preferred orientations of minerals show that clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene in the harzburgite and orthopyroxenite veins crystallized under the same deformation constraints as the depleted dunite. However, for low melt proportion, such as the clinopyroxenes in the dunite, their crystallization can be governed by epitaxial growth. Epitaxial growth is also possible in the ol-websterite where an area with low melt fraction (5% of clinopyroxenes), clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene <001> axes are parallel to olivine <100> axes, while in an area with higher melt fraction (28% of clinopyroxenes) clinopyroxenes record their own orientation with <001> axes at nearly 90˚ to the olivine <100> axes suggesting a reorientation of the constraints. The same relationship has been observed within the plagioclase-rich wehrlite suggesting the same deformation conditions during percolation of boninitic affinities melt and a more tholeiitic affinities melt. The major inferred slip system in olivine is (001)[100] E-type slip with the possible activation of both (001)[100] E-type and (010)[100] A-type slip systems, which are activated at high-temperature low-stress conditions. Olivine E-type slip is predicted to operate within the mantle wedge in a back-arc position however the Marum

  16. Amphibious Magnetotelluric Investigation of the Aleutian Arc: Mantle Melt Generation and Migration beneath Okmok Caldera

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    Zelenak, G.; Key, K.; Bennington, N. L.; Bedrosian, P.

    2015-12-01

    Understanding the factors controlling the release of volatiles from the downgoing slab, the subsequent generation of melt in the overlying mantle wedge, the migration of melt to the crust, and its evolution and emplacement within the crust are important for advancing our understanding of arc magmatism and crustal genesis. Because melt and aqueous fluids are a few orders of magnitude more electrically conductive than unmelted peridotite, the conductivity-mapping magnetotelluric (MT) method is well-suited to imaging fluids and melt beneath arc volcanoes. Here we present conductivity results from an amphibious MT profile crossing Okmok volcano in the central Aleutian arc. The Aleutian arc is one of the most volcanically active regions in North America, making it an ideal location for studying arc magnetism. Okmok volcano, located on the northeastern portion of Umnak Island, is among the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian chain. In addition to two caldera-forming events in the Holocene, numerous eruptions in the past century indicate a robust magmatic supply. Previous coarse resolution seismic studies have inferred a crustal magma reservoir. In order to investigate the role fluids play in melting the mantle wedge, how melts ascend through the corner flow regime of the mantle wedge, how melt migrates and is stored within the upper mantle and crust, and how this impacts explosive caldera forming eruptions, we carried out an amphibious geophysical survey across the arc in June-July 2015. Twenty-nine onshore MT stations and 10 offshore stations were collected in a 3D array covering Okmok, and 43 additional offshore MT stations completed a 300 km amphibious profile starting at the trench, crossing the forearc, arc and backarc. Thirteen onshore passive seismic stations were also installed and will remain in place for one year to supplement the twelve permanent stations on the island. Data collected by this project will be used to map seismic velocity and electrical

  17. Experimental halogen partitioning between earth upper mantle minerals and silicate melt

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    Joachim, Bastian; Pawley, Alison; Lyon, Ian; Henkel, Torsten; Burgess, Ray; Ballentine, Christopher J.

    2013-04-01

    Owing to their incompatibility, halogens have similar geochemical properties to noble gases in many systems and may therefore be used as key tracers of volatile transport processes in the earth. Halogen fractionation may occur during partial melting of the upper mantle, fractional crystallization or partitioning between immiscible fluids. Experimental determination of the halogen partitioning behaviour is the basis for the investigation of the concentration and distribution of halogens in the earth's mantle. High P-T partition experiments were performed in a piston cylinder apparatus using a model primitive mantle composition proposed by Jagoutz et al. (1979) simplified to the four components CaO, MgO, A2lO3 and SiO2 (CMAS) according to the procedure of O'Hara (1968). Defined small amounts of halogens (0.2 wt%) were added as CaF2, CaCl2 and CaBr2. All experiments were first heated up to 1720° C and then cooled slowly to the target temperature to guarantee growth of large homogeneous crystals, following the method of Beyer et al. (2011). Pressures range between 1.0 GPa and 2.5 GPa and final experimental temperatures between 1500° C and 1600° C, thus representing partial melting conditions of the earth upper mantle. Back-scattered electron images of polished samples show euhedral, almost rectangular forsterite grains or a mixture of euhedral forsterite and pyroxene grains with a side length of up to 150 μm, which are embedded in a MORB-like melt. Electron microprobe analysis reveals a homogeneous major element composition of the forsterite and pyroxene single crystals as well as of the melt. Halogen mapping, measured via Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), shows no concentration gradients within the minerals or within the melt. These observations suggest that the experiments were performed at equilibrium conditions. The fact that we were able to produce large pyroxene and forsterite crystals at equilibrium conditions in a halogen doped

  18. Theoretical Prediction of Melting Relations in the Deep Mantle: the Phase Diagram Approach

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    Belmonte, D.; Ottonello, G. A.; Vetuschi Zuccolini, M.; Attene, M.

    2016-12-01

    Despite the outstanding progress in computer technology and experimental facilities, understanding melting phase relations in the deep mantle is still an open challenge. In this work a novel computational scheme to predict melting relations at HP-HT by a combination of first principles DFT calculations, polymer chemistry and equilibrium thermodynamics is presented and discussed. The adopted theoretical framework is physically-consistent and allows to compute multi-component phase diagrams relevant to Earth's deep interior in a broad range of P-T conditions by a convex-hull algorithm for Gibbs free energy minimisation purposely developed for high-rank simplexes. The calculated phase diagrams are in turn used as a source of information to gain new insights on the P-T-X evolution of magmas in the deep mantle, providing some thermodynamic constraints to both present-day and early Earth melting processes. High-pressure melting curves of mantle silicates are also obtained as by-product of phase diagram calculation. Application of the above method to the MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 (MAS) ternary system highlights as pressure effects are not only able to change the nature of melting of some minerals (like olivine and pyroxene) from eutectic to peritectic (and vice versa), but also simplify melting relations by drastically reducing the number of phases with a primary phase field at HP-HT conditions. It turns out that mineral phases like Majorite-Pyrope garnet and Anhydrous Phase B (Mg14Si5O24), which are often disregarded in modelling melting processes of mantle assemblages, are stable phases at solidus or liquidus conditions in a P-T range compatible with the mantle transition zone (i.e. P = 16 - 23 GPa and T = 2200 - 2700 °C) when their thermodynamic and thermophysical properties are properly assessed. Financial support to the Senior Author (D.B.) during his stay as Invited Scientist at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP, Paris) is warmly acknowledged.

  19. Seismic evidence of effects of water on melt transport in the Lau back-arc mantle.

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    Wei, S Shawn; Wiens, Douglas A; Zha, Yang; Plank, Terry; Webb, Spahr C; Blackman, Donna K; Dunn, Robert A; Conder, James A

    2015-02-19

    Processes of melt generation and transport beneath back-arc spreading centres are controlled by two endmember mechanisms: decompression melting similar to that at mid-ocean ridges and flux melting resembling that beneath arcs. The Lau Basin, with an abundance of spreading ridges at different distances from the subduction zone, provides an opportunity to distinguish the effects of these two different melting processes on magma production and crust formation. Here we present constraints on the three-dimensional distribution of partial melt inferred from seismic velocities obtained from Rayleigh wave tomography using land and ocean-bottom seismographs. Low seismic velocities beneath the Central Lau Spreading Centre and the northern Eastern Lau Spreading Centre extend deeper and westwards into the back-arc, suggesting that these spreading centres are fed by melting along upwelling zones from the west, and helping to explain geochemical differences with the Valu Fa Ridge to the south, which has no distinct deep low-seismic-velocity anomalies. A region of low S-wave velocity, interpreted as resulting from high melt content, is imaged in the mantle wedge beneath the Central Lau Spreading Centre and the northeastern Lau Basin, even where no active spreading centre currently exists. This low-seismic-velocity anomaly becomes weaker with distance southward along the Eastern Lau Spreading Centre and the Valu Fa Ridge, in contrast to the inferred increase in magmatic productivity. We propose that the anomaly variations result from changes in the efficiency of melt extraction, with the decrease in melt to the south correlating with increased fractional melting and higher water content in the magma. Water released from the slab may greatly reduce the melt viscosity or increase grain size, or both, thereby facilitating melt transport.

  20. Experimental constraints on melting temperatures in the MgO-SiO2 system at lower mantle pressures

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    Baron, Marzena A.; Lord, Oliver T.; Myhill, Robert; Thomson, Andrew R.; Wang, Weiwei; Trønnes, Reidar G.; Walter, Michael J.

    2017-08-01

    Eutectic melting curves in the system MgO-SiO2 have been experimentally determined at lower mantle pressures using laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LH-DAC) techniques. We investigated eutectic melting of bridgmanite plus periclase in the MgO-MgSiO3 binary, and melting of bridgmanite plus stishovite in the MgSiO3-SiO2 binary, as analogues for natural peridotite and basalt, respectively. The melting curve of model basalt occurs at lower temperatures, has a shallower dT / dP slope and slightly less curvature than the model peridotitic melting curve. Overall, melting temperatures detected in this study are in good agreement with previous experiments and ab initio simulations at ∼25 GPa (Liebske and Frost, 2012; de Koker et al., 2013). However, at higher pressures the measured eutectic melting curves are systematically lower in temperature than curves extrapolated on the basis of thermodynamic modelling of low-pressure experimental data, and those calculated from atomistic simulations. We find that our data are inconsistent with previously computed melting temperatures and melt thermodynamic properties of the SiO2 endmember, and indicate a maximum in short-range ordering in MgO-SiO2 melts close to Mg2SiO4 composition. The curvature of the model peridotite eutectic relative to an MgSiO3 melt adiabat indicates that crystallization in a global magma ocean would begin at ∼100 GPa rather than at the bottom of the mantle, allowing for an early basal melt layer. The model peridotite melting curve lies ∼ 500 K above the mantle geotherm at the core-mantle boundary, indicating that it will not be molten unless the addition of other components reduces the solidus sufficiently. The model basalt melting curve intersects the geotherm at the base of the mantle, and partial melting of subducted oceanic crust is expected.

  1. The composition of primary carbonate melts and their evolution through wallrock reaction in the mantle

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    Dalton, John A.; Wood, Bernard J.

    1993-10-01

    We have experimentally determined the composition of near-soldus melts from depleted natural Iherzolite at pressures greater than 25 kbar. The melts are carbontitic with low alkali contents and Ca/(Ca + Mg) ratios of 0.72-0.74. Primary carbonate melts from fertile mantle are more sodic with Ca/(Ca + Mg + Fe + Na) of 0.52 and Na/(Na + Ca + Mg + Fe) up to 0.15. The melt compositions are similar to many natural magnesio-carbonatites, but differ substantially from the more abundant calcio-carbonatites. Experimentally we find that calcio-carbonatites are produced by wallrock reaction of primary melts with harzburgite at pressures of less than 25 kbar. At 15 kbar we have obtained a Ca/(Ca + Mg + Fe + Na) ratio of up to 0.87 and very low Na contents generated by this process. Values of Ca/(Ca + Mg + Fe + Na) up to 0.95 are possible at lower pressures. Low pressure wallrock reaction of primary carbonate melt with fertile Iherzolite produces melts richer in Na2CO3, corresponding to possible parental magmas of natrocarbonatite. Wallrock reaction at low pressures transforms the bulk peridotite composition from that of a harzburgite or Iherzolite to wehrlite. Examples of such carbonatite metasomatism are now widely documented. Our experiments show that the calcium content of olivine and the jadeite content of clinopyroxene may be used to constrain the Ca and Na contents respectively of the cabonatite melt responsible for metasomatism.

  2. Geochemical Systematics of Hotspots and Mid-Ocean Ridges Arising from Melting of a Non-Layered Heterogeneous Mantle

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    Ito, G.; Mahoney, J. J.

    2003-12-01

    Many fundamental geochemical differences between ocean island basalts (OIBs) and mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) are often explained by a chemically layered mantle, with lower mantle material delivered to the surface by mantle plumes forming ocean islands, and a compositionally distinct upper mantle feeding mid-ocean ridges. A dilemma arises from geophysical evidence for whole mantle convection, which is predicted to efficiently stir the mantle and prevent any long-lasting, global chemical layering. We present models of decompression melting in which mantle heterogeneities are present as veins or small blobs, equally numerous in plume mantle as they are in the ambient mantle. Three different components are considered. Enriched mantle (EM) is highly concentrated in the most incompatible trace elements, has isotopic characteristics reflecting long-term enrichment, and begins melting deepest. Pyroxenite (PX) is relatively depleted in the most incompatible trace elements, has Pb isotope compositions reflecting a high U/Pb ratio, and begins melting at intermediate depths. Depleted mantle (DM), the most abundant (90%) component, is depleted in the most incompatible elements, has corresponding isotope signatures, and begins melting shallowest. Models predict the deeper melting, EM and PX components to be preferentially extracted at intraplate settings where thick lithosphere limits melting to large depths and low extents. In contrast, DM is more heavily sampled at mid-ocean ridges where thinner lithosphere allows for shallower and more extensive melting. Besides lithospheric thickness, differences in mantle flow also contribute to compositional contrasts between OIBs and MORBs. Plume-driven upwelling is most rapid at depth, decreases to the base of the lithosphere, and therefore enhances the extraction of EM and PX. In contrast, seafloor spreading at mid-ocean ridges allows for more uniform upwelling with depth and more even sampling of all mantle components, including DM

  3. Melting the lithosphere: Metasomes as a source for mantle-derived magmas

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    Rooney, Tyrone O.; Nelson, Wendy R.; Ayalew, Dereje; Hanan, Barry; Yirgu, Gezahegn; Kappelman, John

    2017-03-01

    Peridotite constitutes most of the Earth's upper mantle, and it is therefore unsurprising that most mantle-derived magmas exhibit evidence of past equilibrium with an olivine-dominated source. Although there is mounting evidence for the role of pyroxenite in magma generation within upwelling mantle plumes, a less documented non-peridotite source of melts are metasomatic veins (metasomes) within the lithospheric mantle. Here we present major and trace element analyses of 66 lavas erupted from a small Miocene shield volcano located within the Ethiopian flood basalt province. Erupted lavas are intercalated with lahars and pyroclastic horizons that are overlain by a later stage of activity manifested in small cinder cones and flows. The lavas form two distinctive petrographic and geochemical groups: (A) an olivine-phyric, low Ti group (1.7-2.7 wt.% TiO2; 4.0-13.6 wt.% MgO), which geochemically resembles most of the basalts in the region. These low Ti lavas are the only geochemical units identified in the later cinder cones and associated lava flows; (B) a clinopyroxene-phyric high Ti group (3.1-6.5 wt.% TiO2; 2.8-9.2 wt.% MgO), which resembles the Oligocene HT-2 flood basalts. This unit is found intercalated with low Ti lavas within the Miocene shield. In comparison to the low Ti group, the high Ti lavas exhibit a profound depletion in Ni, Cr, Al, and Si, and significant enrichment in Ca, Fe, V, and the most incompatible trace elements. A characteristic negative K anomaly in primitive-mantle normalized diagrams, and Na2O > K2O, suggests a source rich in amphibole, devoid of olivine, and perhaps containing some carbonate and magnetite. While melt generation during rift development in Ethiopia is strongly correlated with the thermo-chemical anomalies associated with the African Superplume, thermobaric destabilization and melting of mantle metasomes may also contribute to lithospheric thinning. In regions impacted by mantle plumes, such melts may be critical to weakening

  4. Fractionation of Mantle-Derived Melts in the Annieopsquotch Ophiolite, Newfoundland.

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    Lissenberg, C.; Bédard, J. H.; van Staal, C. R.

    2004-12-01

    The Annieopsquotch ophiolite exposes a tectonically bounded section through c. 5.5 km tholeiitic gabbros, sheeted dykes and pillow basalts. The gabbro zone is divided into three parts. The lower 500 m comprises massive cumulate gabbros with enclaves (<50 m) of partly-reacted and digested layered troctolite/leucotroctolite. These are interpreted as relics of the substrate into which the gabbro-sheeted dyke-basalt sequence was emplaced. Overlying this is 1500 m of cumulate olivine gabbros and gabbros which form sills c. 30 m thick that are oriented parallel to the ophiolite pseudostratigraphy. Finer grain sizes at contacts and inward-growing crescumulates indicate cooling from both top and bottom. Gabbros in the sill complex are characterized by cumulate textures with minor intercumulus amphibole and oxides, and rarely show shape-preferred orientations. The upper 500 m of the gabbro zone is dominated by massive gabbros with more abundant interstitial Fe-Ti-oxides, and diabasic pods that grade up into sheeted dykes, suggesting it represents a level of frozen melt. Incompatible element contents of cumulate gabbros in the sill complex generally increase upwards, and modeling indicates that the cumulate sills crystallized from melts with compositions similar to those of the overlying sheeted dykes and basalts. Trapped melt fractions are estimated to be c. 20%, consistent with the absence of compaction structures in these gabbros. Models indicate that the parental magmas of the gabbros, as well as lavas and dykes, can be produced by an average of c. 40-45% fractionation of mantle-derived melts. Both field- and geochemical data thus suggests the Annieopsquotch lower crust records repeated in-situ intrusion and fractionation during upward migration of mantle-derived melts towards the surface, with localized ponding in an axial melt lens at the base of the dyke complex. The similarity in composition and degree of fractionation between the lower and upper crust suggest that

  5. Permeability of asthenospheric mantle and melt extraction rates at mid-ocean ridges.

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    Connolly, James A D; Schmidt, Max W; Solferino, Giulio; Bagdassarov, Nikolai

    2009-11-12

    Magmatic production on Earth is dominated by asthenospheric melts of basaltic composition that have mostly erupted at mid-ocean ridges. The timescale for segregation and transport of these melts, which are ultimately responsible for formation of the Earth's crust, is critically dependent on the permeability of the partly molten asthenospheric mantle, yet this permeability is known mainly from semi-empirical and analogue models. Here we use a high-pressure, high-temperature centrifuge, at accelerations of 400g-700g, to measure the rate of basalt melt flow in olivine aggregates with porosities of 5-12 per cent. The resulting permeabilities are consistent with a microscopic model in which melt is completely connected, and are one to two orders of magnitude larger than predicted by current parameterizations. Extrapolation of the measurements to conditions characteristic of asthenosphere below mid-ocean ridges yields proportionally higher transport speeds. Application of these results in a model of porous-media channelling instabilities yields melt transport times of approximately 1-2.5 kyr across the entire asthenosphere, which is sufficient to preserve the observed (230)Th excess of mid-ocean-ridge basalts and the mantle signatures of even shorter-lived isotopes such as (226)Ra (refs 5,11-14).

  6. Unravelling the effects of primary melt depletion and metasomatism in the lithospheric mantle

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    Harvey, J.; Gannoun, A.; Alard, O.; Burton, K. W.; Rogers, N.; Schiano, P.

    2003-04-01

    Osmium behaves as a highly compatible element during mantle melting and is preferentially retained in the residue, whereas Re is moderately incompatible and enters the melt. The Re-Os isotope system thus offers unique information on the timing and nature of melt depletion in the mantle, that is often considered to be immune from secondary metasomatic processes. For the system to be perturbed either Re or "exotic" Os must be added during some later event. However, the Os budget in mantle rocks is almost entirely controlled by sulphide, and thus the integrity of Os is fundamentally dependent upon the behaviour of sulphide. In this study we have reexamined the petrology and geochemistry of a classic suite of spinel lherzolite xenoliths from the Massif Central, France. These samples preserve a range of fertility (0.85 - 3.61 CaO wt %) attributed to variable melt extraction. Equilibration temperatures of 900^oC-1100^oC, and minimum equilibration pressures of 1.3Gpa (from geobarometry and fluid inclusions) indicate that these xenoliths last equilibrated under upper mantle conditions. Whole rock Re-Os data yields a range of 187Os/188Os ratios from 0.115 - 0.125 which correlate well with indices of fertility, consistent these rocks having been simply affected by melt depletion. However, A detailed study of secondary melt inclusions within the silicate phases has revealed that not only are the xenoliths contaminated by exotic, small percentage highly silicic melts but also that sulphide blebs are found in co-genetic relationships with CO_2 rich, silica rich and composite melt inclusions. That, at least some, of the Os in these rocks is hosted in metasomatic sulphide is consistent with in-situ Os isotope data from Mont Briancon (1). This shows that within a single rock only sulphides trapped in olivine preserve unradiogenic compositions, whereas interstitial, metasomatic sulphides are more radiogenic. Preliminary Re-Os data for olivine also yields unradiogenic values

  7. Stability of carbonated basaltic melt at the base of the Earth's upper mantle

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    Ghosh, S.; Litasov, K.; Ohtani, E.; Suzuki, A.

    2006-12-01

    Seismological observations of low velocity zones (LVZ) at the top of the 410-km discontinuity reveal possible existence of dense melt at this boundary (e.g. Reveanugh and Sipkin, 1994). Density measurements of anhydrous basaltic melts indicate that it is denser than surrounding mantle near 410-km depth (Ohtani and Maeda, 2001). However, melting temperature of peridotite is much higher than about 1400°C, estimated at 410-km depth. It has been shown recently that hydrous basaltic melt containing up to 2 wt.% H2O is denser than peridotite atop 410-km and therefore can be accumulated at the base of the upper mantle (Sakamaki et al., 2006). CO2 is another major volatile component in the mantle and it could be also important for explanation of LVZ near 410 km. In the present study, we have measured the density of carbonated basaltic melt at high pressures and high temperatures and discussed its possible stability at the base of the upper mantle. The density of the melt was determined using sink/float technique. The starting material was synthetic MORB glass. 5 and 10 wt.% CO2 was added to the glass as CaCO3 and Na2CO3, adjusting to proportions of related oxides. Experiments were carried out at 16-22 GPa and 2200-2300°C using a multianvil apparatus at Tohoku University, Japan. We observed neutral buoyancy of diamond density marker in MORB + 5 wt.% CO2 at 18 GPa and 2300°C, whereas, diamond was completely dissolved in the carbonated MORB melt containing 10 wt.% CO2 in 0.5-1 minute experiments. Based on the buoyancy test, the density of the carbonated basaltic melt, containing 5 wt.% CO2, is 3.56 g/cm3 at 18 GPa and 2300°C using an equation of state of diamond. To calculate the bulk modulus we assume that the pressure derivative of the isothermal bulk modulus is the same as that of the dry MORB melt, dKT/dP=5.0 and zero-pressure partial molar volume of CO2 is 32 cm3/mol (based on low-pressure experiments on carbonated basaltic melts and carbonatites, e.g. Dobson et al

  8. Shock-Induced Transformation and Melting of Lower Mantle Minerals: Implications for Earth Evolution

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    Ahrens, T. J.; Mosenfelder, J. L.; Asimow, P. D.

    2008-12-01

    Shock wave techniques can define high-pressure melting relations for deep Earth minerals by several methods. Pressure-volume-energy equations of state and spectral radiation shock temperature measurements are sensitive to the conditions where Hugoniots of lower mantle mineral compositions cross phase boundaries including both polymorphic phase transitions and partial to complete melting. Method 1 uses the velocity of isentropic rarefaction waves to observe the loss of shear modulus upon melting. Method 2 use radiative temperature along the Hugoniot to seek a deflected in temperature upon intersection of Hugoniot and melting curve. Method 3 applies in the case when the liquid phase is denser than the coexisting solid phase(s). In the absence of any other known polymorphic phase change a sudden density increase is attributed to melting. For SiO2, all three of these methods define the shock pressure and temperature where the Hugoniot of fused silica passes from stishovite to partial melt (73 GPa, 4600 K) and where the Hugoniot of crystal quartz passes from the CaCl2 structure to partial melt (116 GPa, 4900 K). In the case of Mg2SiO4, the forsterite Hugoniot passes from periclase+perovskite phases to melt before 152 GPa and 4300 K, whereas initial wadsleyite material follows a colder path, transforming from periclase+post-perovskite to melt before 151 GPa and 4160 K. Recently, we extended the range of the MgSiO3 glass Hugoniot and demonstrated that this glass transforms into the perovskite structure from 80 to 100 GPa. Above 100 GPa and extending to over 160 GPa, the shock state is molten. Since shock states derived from crystal enstatite are also molten above 160 GPa, precise determination of the high pressure Grüneisen parameter,γ , can be obtained from the finite difference V[dP/dE]V. As previously seen in Mg2SiO4 liquid, γ for molten MgSiO3 increases markedly with compression, going from 0.5 to 1.6 over the 0 to 135 GPa range. This property gives rise to larger

  9. Origin of primitive arc basaltic andesites by shallow, hydrous mantle melting

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    Andrews, A.; Grove, T. L.

    2012-12-01

    Primitive, high-magnesium basaltic andesites and andesites (51-58 wt. % SiO2, 9-11 wt. % MgO) provide a unique window into hydrous melting processes in the shallow mantle wedge. While it is thought that melting the hydrous mantle at shallow depths produces these primitive melts in equilibrium with a harzburgitic (olivine + orthopyroxene) residue (Wood and Turner, 2009), the exact conditions under which these melts form remain elusive. We have conducted a suite of experiments on a synthetic mix of primitive upper mantle composition (Hart and Zindler, 1986) at varying temperatures, pressures, and water contents in pursuit of a systematic understanding of the conditions that allow for the generation of these unique magmas. The data obtained thus far show a strong correlation between decreasing temperature and increasing silica content. Using this relationship, as well as constraints from high-magnesium basaltic andesites produced at 1.2 GPa, 1275-1363°C, and 1-2 wt. % H2O, additional isobaric experiments are underway at lower temperatures and higher water contents to determine whether the correlation continues and more silica-rich compositions are produced. For each experiment in our data set, the activity coefficient of SiO2 in the melt (γ_SiO2^melt) shows a positive deviation from ideality. As the water content is increased, ln γ_SiO2^melt moves farther from ideal conditions, suggesting that only a non-ideal solution model can adequately explain water's effect on the silica content of the melt produced in these experiments. Using this new experimental data set, we are able to explore the conditions that produce primitive, high magnesium basaltic andesites and andesites as well as increase our understanding of the thermodynamics behind these conditions and resulting melts. At this point, a primary melting origin seems to require a combination of very shallow depths (P<1.2 GPa) and very high H2O contents (>6 wt. % H2O).

  10. Deeper Subduction Zone Melting Explains Enrichment of Upper Mantle and Resolves Dehydration Paradox

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    Dixon, Jacqueline; Bindeman, Ilya; Kingsley, Richard

    2017-04-01

    We present new volatile and stable isotope data on oceanic basaltic glasses with a range of enriched compositions. Basalt compositions studied here can be modeled by mixing between depleted mantle and various enriched (EM) and prevalent (PREMA) mantle components. We develop a multi-stage metasomatic and melting model for the origin of the enriched components, extending the subduction factory concept to involve melting of different components at different depths, down to the mantle transition zone (660 km), with slab temperature a key variable. EM components are heterogeneous, ranging from wet and heavy (Arctic Ridges) to dry and light (East Pacific Rise), and are derived from the subducted slab at depths of 150 to 250 km by addition of <1 % carbonated sediment-derived supercritical C-O-H fluids to depleted peridotite. PREMA mantle sources have a limited compositional range, and form at depths at and within the transition zone (410 to 660 km) by addition of <1 % carbonated eclogite ± sediment-derived supercritical fluids to depleted mantle. The model resolves several problems, including the "dehydration paradox," refering to the following conundrum. The enriched "prevalent mantle" (PREMA) end-member in mid-oceanic ridge and ocean island basalts requires involvement of a mostly dehydrated slab component to explain trace element ratios and radiogenic isotopic compositions, but a fully hydrated slab component to explain stable isotope compositions. In our model, thermal parameters of slabs control the timing and composition of subduction-derived components. This includes deep release of fluids from subcrustal hydrous phases that may rehydrate previously dehydrated slab, resolving the paradox.

  11. Spin crossover and iron-rich silicate melt in the Earth's deep mantle (Invited)

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    Hirose, K.; Nomura, R.; Ozawa, H.; Tateno, S.; Hernlund, J. W.

    2010-12-01

    The volume difference between a silicate solid and its melt diminishes at high pressure, and the possibility that a melt sufficiently enriched in iron might then become more dense than solids at the pressures in the interior of the Earth and other terrestrial bodies has long been a source of considerable speculation. The occurrence of such dense silicate melts in the Earth's lowermost mantle would carry important consequences for its physical and chemical evolution and could provide a unifying model for explaining a variety of observed features in the core-mantle boundary (CMB) region [e.g., Labrosse et al., 2007 Nature]. Recent theoretical calculations [Stixrude et al., 2009 EPSL] combined with estimates of Fe partitioning between (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite and melt at shallower mantle conditions suggest that melt is more dense than solids at pressures in the Earth's deepest mantle, consistent with analysis of shockwave experiments. Here we extend measurements of Fe partitioning in (Mg0.89Fe0.11)2 SiO4 bulk composition over the entire mantle pressure range, by a combination of laser-heated diamond-anvil cell experiments and chemical analyses of recovered samples using field-emission-type electron microprobe (FE-EPMA). The results demonstrate that the Fe-Mg distribution coefficient KD = ([FePv]/[MgPv]) / ([Femelt]/[Mgmelt]) between perovskite and melt is about 0.25 up to 75 GPa, consistent with earlier data found at 25 GPa in Al-free or -depleted peridotite materials using multi-anvil apparatus. On the other hand, the KD suddenly dropped to 0.07±0.02 at 76 GPa, resulting in strong Fe-enrichment in melts. It was almost constant at 0.06-0.08 at higher pressures to 159 GPa. The value did not change practically across the perovskite to post-perovskite phase transition. Additional x-ray emission spectroscopy measurements on (Mg0.95Fe0.05)SiO3 glass indicate the loss of spin around 60-70 GPa, suggesting that the observed change in Fe partitioning could be explained by a

  12. Ancient melt depletion overprinted by young carbonatitic metasomatism in the New Zealand lithospheric mantle

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    Scott, J. M.; Hodgkinson, A.; Palin, J. M.; Waight, T. E.; Van der Meer, Q. H. A.; Cooper, A. F.

    2014-01-01

    Spinel facies dunite, harzburgite, lherzolite and wehrlite mantle xenoliths from a cluster of Miocene volcanoes in southern New Zealand preserve evidence of the complex evolution of the underlying continental mantle lithosphere. Spinel Cr# records melt extraction with some values indicative of near complete removal of clinopyroxene. LREE-enriched, low Ti/Eu and low Al2O3 clinopyroxene and rare F-, LREE-rich apatite indicates subsequent interaction between peridotite and a metasomatising carbonatitic melt. The clearest metasomatic signature occurs in the formerly highly depleted samples because there was little or no pre-existing clinopyroxene to dilute the carbonatite signature. For the same reason, the isotopic character of the metasomatising agent is best observed in the formerly highly depleted peridotites (87Sr/86Sr = 0.7028-0.7031; 143Nd/144Nd = 0.5129; 206Pb/204Pb = 20.2-20.3). These isotope ratios are very close to, but slightly less radiogenic than, the HIMU end-member mantle reservoir. Nd isotope data imply carbonatite metasomatism occurred within the last several hundred million years, with ubiquitous pyroxene core-to-rim Al diffusion zoning indicating that it must pre-date cooling of the lithospheric mantle following Late Cretaceous-Eocene rifting of Zealandia from Gondwana. Metasomatism was significantly younger than ancient Re-depletion ages of ~2 Ga and shows that decoupling of peridotite isotope systems has occurred.

  13. Formation of an interconnected network of iron melt at Earth’s lower mantle conditions

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    Shi, Crystal Y.; Zhang, Li; Yang, Wenge; Liu, Yijin; Wang, Junyue; Meng, Yue; Andrews, Joy C.; Mao, Wendy L.

    2013-10-06

    Core formation represents the most significant differentiation event in Earth’s history. Our planet’s present layered structure with a metallic core and an overlying mantle implies that there must be a mechanism to separate iron alloy from silicates in the initially accreted material. At upper mantle conditions, percolation has been ruled out as an efficient mechanism because of the tendency of molten iron to form isolated pockets at these pressures and temperatures. Here we present experimental evidence of a liquid iron alloy forming an interconnected melt network within a silicate perovskite matrix under pressure and temperature conditions of the Earth’s lower mantle. Using nanoscale synchrotron X-ray computed tomography, we image a marked transition in the shape of the iron-rich melt in three-dimensional reconstructions of samples prepared at varying pressures and temperatures using a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell. We find that, as the pressure increases from 25 to 64GPa, the iron distribution changes from isolated pockets to an interconnected network. Our results indicate that percolation could be a viable mechanism of core formation at Earth’s lower mantle conditions.

  14. Mantle seismic structure beneath the MELT region of the east pacific rise from P and S wave tomography

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    Toomey; Wilcock; Solomon; Hammond; Orcutt

    1998-05-22

    Relative travel time delays of teleseismic P and S waves, recorded during the Mantle Electromagnetic and Tomography (MELT) Experiment, have been inverted tomographically for upper-mantle structure beneath the southern East Pacific Rise. A broad zone of low seismic velocities extends beneath the rise to depths of about 200 kilometers and is centered to the west of the spreading center. The magnitudes of the P and S wave anomalies require the presence of retained mantle melt; the melt fraction near the rise exceeds the fraction 300 kilometers off axis by as little as 1%. Seismic anisotropy, induced by mantle flow, is evident in the P wave delays at near-vertical incidence and is consistent with a half-width of mantle upwelling of about 100 km.

  15. The Influence of Water on Mantle Melting and Crystallization in Back-arc Basin Systems

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    Lytle, M. L.; Kelley, K. A.; Hauri, E. H.

    2009-12-01

    Water is the central component that distinguishes back-arc spreading ridges from normal mid-ocean ridges. Specifically, the addition of water from the subducted plate to back-arc basin magma sources strongly influences mantle melting and magmatic crystallization processes. Here, we present new SIMS measurements of magmatic volatiles (H2O, CO2, S, Cl, F) and new LA-ICP-MS trace element data in back-arc basin basalt (BABB) glasses, coupled with previously published major, volatile, and trace element data, from the Mariana trough, Manus, Woodlark, Lau, and North Fiji back-arc basins in the western Pacific, and use these data to relate melt composition to crystallization and melting processes. Glasses record magmatic liquid lines of descent (LLD), which reflect fractional crystallization of olivine, plagioclase and clinopyroxene and are consistent with the modal phenocryst abundances of the rocks. LLD’s also vary with magmatic H2O concentration, and using a multi-element approach (e.g., MgO vs. Al2O3, CaO, CaO/Al2O3, and Eu anomaly), the data show clear delays in the onset of plagioclase fractionation related to higher magmatic H2O content, although not enough to cause clinopyroxene to saturate before plagioclase. The MgO concentration at the onset of plagioclase fractionation shows a linear decrease of ~1.0 wt.% MgO at the point of plag-in with each wt.% increase in melt H2O content. These well-constrained LLD’s permit more accurate corrections of basalt compositions to primary melts, achieved by tracing melt compositions along empirically-determined fractionation slopes to the point of plag-in appropriate for their H2O contents before adding equilibrium olivine until melts are in equilibrium with Fo90. We use the calculated primary melts to constrain pressures and temperatures of melt equilibration using new models of melt thermobarometry (Lee et al., 2009), and apply both an inverse melting model using TiO2 contents of the primary melts to determine melt

  16. Effect of Mantle Wedge Hybridization by Sediment Melt on Geochemistry of Arc Magma and Arc Mantle Source - Insights from Laboratory Experiments at High Pressures and Temperatures

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    Mallik, A.; Dasgupta, R.; Tsuno, K.; Nelson, J. M.

    2015-12-01

    Generation of arc magmas involves metasomatism of the mantle wedge by slab-derived H2O-rich fluids and/or melts and subsequent melting of the modified source. The chemistry of arc magmas and the residual mantle wedge are not only regulated by the chemistry of the slab input, but also by the phase relations of metasomatism or hybridization process in the wedge. The sediment-derived silica-rich fluids and hydrous partial melts create orthopyroxene-rich zones in the mantle wedge, due to reaction of mantle olivine with silica in the fluid/melt [1,2]. Geochemical evidence for such a reaction comes from pyroxenitic lithologies coexisting with peridotite in supra-subduction zones. In this study, we have simulated the partial melting of a parcel of mantle wedge modified by bulk addition of sediment-derived melt with variable H2O contents to investigate the major and trace element chemistry of the magmas and the residues formed by this process. Experiments at 2-3 GPa and 1150-1300 °C were conducted on mixtures of 25% sediment-derived melt and 75% lherzolite, with bulk H2O contents varying from 2 to 6 wt.%. Partial reactive crystallization of the rhyolitic slab-derived melt and partial melting of the mixed source produced a range of melt compositions from ultra-K basanites to basaltic andesites, in equilibrium with an orthopyroxene ± phlogopite ± clinopyroxene ± garnet bearing residue, depending on P and bulk H2O content. Model calculations using partition coefficients (from literature) of trace elements between experimental minerals and silicate melt suggest that the geochemical signatures of the slab-derived melt, such as low Ce/Pb and depletion in Nb and Ta (characteristic slab signatures) are not erased from the resulting melt owing to reactive crystallization. The residual mineral assemblage is also found to be similar to the supra-subduction zone lithologies, such as those found in Dabie Shan (China) and Sanbagawa Belt (Japan). In this presentation, we will also

  17. Melting relations of hydrous and dry mantle compositions and the genesis of komatiites

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    Asahara, Y.; Ohtani, E.; Suzuki, A.

    The hydrous phase relations of primitive upper mantle model compositions in the CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O system with 1, 2 and 5 wt.% H2O have been investigated with a multianvil high pressure apparatus at 6.5 GPa and temperatures from 1550°C to 2050°C. Liquidus temperatures decrease by about 100°C and the temperature interval to produce about 60% partial melting reduces to less than 50°C in the 1-2 wt.% H2O-bearing systems. At an H2O content of about 5 wt.%, garnet is the first dissolved phase and the stability field of orthopyroxene expands. Aluminum undepleted komatiite magmas can be formed by melting at 200 km depth in a hydrous mantle at significantly lower temperatures than under dry conditions. Thus, komatiite magmas cannot constrain temperatures in the Archean mantle. In addition, cratonic peridotites may have formed as residues of partial melting under various H2O contents.

  18. Nanoscale 3D distribution of low melt and fluid fractions in mantle rocks

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    Gardes, Emmanuel; Morales, Luiz; Heinrich, Wilhelm; Sifre, David; Hashim, Leila; Gaillard, Fabrice; Katharina, Marquardt

    2016-04-01

    The presence of melts or fluids in the intergranular medium of rocks strongly influences their bulk physico-chemical properties (e.g. mass transport and chemical reactivity, electrical conductivity, seismic wave velocity, etc). Actually, the effects can be so large that only small melt or fluid fractions must sometimes be involved for explaining mantle geophysical discontinuities and anomalies. The investigation of the distribution of such small fractions in the intergranular medium of mantle rocks is therefore crucial for relating them to bulk and large scale properties. However, it involves submicrometric structures which are hardly characterizable using conventional techniques. Here we present how the FIB-SEM-STEM microscope can be used to produce 3D imaging at unequalled resolution. We show that low melt and fluid fractions can form films as thin as 20 nm at olivine grain boundaries, and that they can modify the physico-chemical properties of mantle rocks by orders of magnitude. The fine relationships between films at grain boundaries, tubules at triple junctions and pockets at grain corners can be explored, and appear to be complex and to differ from usual visions.

  19. How hot is red? Thermal structure of the melting mantle from seismic tomography and thermobarometry

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    Plank, T.; Forsyth, D. W.; Bendersky, C.; Ferguson, D. J.; Gazel, E.; Lee, C.

    2012-12-01

    Seismic tomography is providing ever sharper views of the upper mantle, but the ability to interpret these images continues to be limited by the confounding effects of temperature, water and melt content on S wave velocities (Vs). Globally low Vs is found in many active rift zones (e.g., Basin and Range, East African Rift, mid ocean ridges), and yet it is still not clear if velocities reflect variations in mantle temperature, water concentrations, or melt retention in the mantle. Here we combine Vs results from recent tomographic models with melt thermobarometry to isolate the temperature effect on Vs. We focus on the Western US where we have combined surface and body wave tomography using data from EarthScope's Transportable Array to yield excellent models of Vs to depths of 300 km or more. The widespread basaltic volcanism that has occurred over the past 1 Ma across the region provides samples of the melting mantle. We employ a revised version of the Lee et al. (2009) thermobarometer to estimate pressures and temperatures of last equilibration in the mantle from the Si and Mg compositions of basalts. Results are highly dependent on oxygen fugacity and water content, which we determine with new measurements of water and vanadium in melt inclusions and their olivine hosts. Temperatures and pressures range from ~ 1200°C and 1 GPa (40 km) beneath Big Pine volcanic field to ~ 1450°C and 3.5 GPa (115 km) beneath Lunar Crater volcanic field. Most of the equilibration depths are near the base of the seismically determined lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary, although some are deeper, in the low velocity zone, and some are shallower, in the fast seismic lid. Vs in the source regions varies from ~ 4.4 km/s to 3.9 km/s. There is a good negative correlation of Vs with temperature of equilibration, based on nine volcanic fields across the Basin and Range. Other rifting regions around the world, including back-arc basins, the East Pacific Rise and the East Africa Rift, also

  20. Water Content of Earth's Continental Mantle Is Controlled by the Circulation of Fluids or Melts

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    Peslier, Anne; Woodland, Alan B.; Bell, David R.; Lazarov, Marina; Lapen, Thomas J.

    2014-01-01

    A key mission of the ARES Directorate at JSC is to constrain models of the formation and geological history of terrestrial planets. Water is a crucial parameter to be measured with the aim to determine its amount and distribution in the interior of Earth, Mars, and the Moon. Most of that "water" is not liquid water per se, but rather hydrogen dissolved as a trace element in the minerals of the rocks at depth. Even so, the middle layer of differentiated planets, the mantle, occupies such a large volume and mass of each planet that when it is added at the planetary scale, oceans worth of water could be stored in its interior. The mantle is where magmas originate. Moreover, on Earth, the mantle is where the boundary between tectonic plates and the underlying asthenosphere is located. Even if mantle rocks in Earth typically contain less than 200 ppm H2O, such small quantities have tremendous influence on how easily they melt (i.e., the more water there is, the more magma is produced) and deform (the more water there is, the less viscous they are). These two properties alone emphasize that to understand the distribution of volcanism and the mechanism of plate tectonics, the water content of the mantle must be determined - Earth being a template to which all other terrestrial planets can be compared.

  1. Redox Interactions between Iron and Carbon in Planetary Mantles: Implications for Degassing and Melting Processes

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    Martin, A.; Righter, K.

    2009-01-01

    Carbon stability in planetary mantles has been studied by numerous authors because it is thought to be the source of C-bearing atmospheres and of C-rich lavas observed at the planetary surface. In the Earth, carbonaceous peridotites and eclogites compositions have been experimentally studied at mantle conditions [1] [2] [3]. [4] showed that the fO2 variations observed in martian meteorites can be explained by polybaric graphite-CO-CO2 equilibria in the Martian mantle. Based on thermodynamic calculations [4] and [5] inferred that the stable form of carbon in the source regions of the Martian basalts should be graphite (and/or diamond), and equilibrium with melts would be a source of CO2 for the martian atmosphere. Considering the high content of iron in the Martian mantle (approx.18.0 wt% FeO; [6]), compared to Earth s mantle (8.0 wt% FeO; [7]) Fe/C redox interactions should be studied in more detail.

  2. Self-consistent models for REE partitioning among high-Ca pyroxene, low-Ca pyroxene, and basaltic melts with applications to REE distribution during adiabatic mantle melting and pyroxenite-derived melt and mantle interaction

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    Yao, L.; Sun, C.; Liang, Y.

    2011-12-01

    REE partition coefficients (DREE) for pyroxene and basaltic melts are key parameters in deciphering mantle melting and melt migration processes. Mineral-melt partition coefficients depend on pressure (P), temperature (T), and composition of the mineral and melt (X), and can be described by the lattice strain model [1]. In order to obtain self-consistent models for REE partitioning between pyroxenes and basaltic melts, we compile published experimental partitioning data and run additional partitioning experiments under different P-T-X conditions. Using only high quality partitioning data (analyzed by SIMS or LA-ICP-MS, 344 data for high-Ca pyroxene and 301 for low-Ca pyroxene) and nonlinear regression methods, we develop two parameterized models for REE partitioning in high-Ca pyroxene (diopside) and low-Ca pyroxene (orthopyroxene and pigeonite). We parameterize key parameters in the lattice strain model (D0, r0 and E) as functions of P, T and X. We find REE partitioning in high-Ca pyroxene and low-Ca pyroxene is controlled by T and pyroxene compositions. In general, D0 negatively correlates with T for both pyroxenes. For high-Ca pyroxene, D0 also positively correlates with AlT and MgM2, and negatively correlates with H2O in the melt. For low-Ca pyroxene, D0 shows positive correlations with CaM2 and AlT. r0 in high-Ca pyroxene is negatively correlated with AlM1 and MgM2, whereas r0 in low-Ca pyroxene is positively correlated with CaM2 and MgM2 [2]. As a test of the internal consistency of our models, we calculated DREE for orthopyroxene/clinopyroxene (opx/cpx) for 16 well equilibrated spinel lherzolite xenoliths using the major element compositions and T reported in [3] and our two pyroxene-partitioning models. Our calculated DREE for opx/cpx are generally within 20% uncertainties of the measured values [3], adding confidence to our pyroxene-partitioning models. To investigate REE fractionation along a mantle adiabat, we use pHMELTS [4] to calculate pyroxene

  3. Numerical simulations of convection and melt migration in Io’s mantle

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    Elder, Catherine M.; Tackley, Paul J.; Showman, Adam P.

    2014-11-01

    Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system. The Laplace resonance with Europa and Ganymede maintains Io’s high eccentricity, which leads to tidal heating in Io’s mantle. The extensive volcanism on Io’s surface and the detection of an induced magnetic field at Io [1] suggest that the tidal heating is so extreme that it partially melts Io’s mantle. Previous modeling of convection in Io’s mantle has shown that convection alone is not enough to produce the current observed high heat flux if Io is in thermal equilibrium [2]. However, if tidal heating partially melts Io’s mantle, this magma will buoyantly rise through the solid grains and erupt to the surface carrying heat from the interior with it. This is known as the heat pipe mechanism of planetary heat loss. Io is currently the only body in our solar system losing heat mainly through this mechanism. However, it may have been relevant to other bodies in our solar system earlier in their history, and it could be relevant to extrasolar planets experiencing high internal heating rates. We study this process in the context of Io using the mantle convection code StagYY, which includes the formation, migration, and eruption of magma. Although previous studies of Io’s mantle have considered melt migration [3] or convection [e.g. 4], this is the first study to consider both processes. We find that Io does have a partially molten mantle, and that it loses two orders of magnitude more heat through volcanic eruptions than through conduction through its stagnant lid, which exemplifies the heat pipe mechanism of heat loss. The rate of heat loss from the volcanic eruptions is on average equal to the tidal heating rate we assume, but it oscillates around this value, which suggests that measurements of Io’s heat flux are not necessarily representative of its average heat loss over longer time scales.[1] Khurana K. K. et al. (2011) Science, 332, 1186-1189. [2] Moore W. B. (2003) J. Geophys. Res., 108

  4. Porous Flow and Diffusion of Water in the Mantle Wedge: Melting and Hydration Patterns

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    Conder, J. A.

    2005-12-01

    It is widely accepted that melting at volcanic arcs is primarily triggered by fluxing the mantle wedge from the dehydrating subducting slab. However, there is less concensus regarding how water moves into and within the mantle wedge. There are at least four possible mechanisms for water migration in the wedge: buoyant porous flow, diffusion through mineral crystals, advection of hydrated minerals, and compositionally buoyant diapers. The latter two mechanisms require at least one of the first two to occur to get water from the slab into the wedge before they can function. Using geodynamic models of mantle flow in a simplified subduction setting, we explore the implications of diffusion and porous flow of water in the wedge, particularly as they would affect the time for recycling water through the subduction factory and the predicted pattern of basalt hydration across the arc. The slab is assumed to dehydrate in a continuous fashion as the solubility of water in subducted oceanic crust decreases with temperature and pressure and the water then enters the wedge via one of the two transport mechanisms. Diffusion is controlled by temperature and by which minerals are present. Although olivine dominates the mantle mineral fraction, pyroxenes may control the diffusion of water in the wedge as the diffusivity of pyroxene is one or more orders of magnitude greater than olivine. Even assuming the faster diffusion rate of orthopyroxene in the models, diffusion can only be an important transport mechanism when subduction rates are slower than ~3 cm/yr. Flux melting occurs in the wedge above where the slab is ~100-160 km deep with the maximum above where the slab is ~120 km deep. Models including porous flow can result in melting at higher subduction rates provided the permeability of the mantle is greater than 10-17 m2. The true magnitude of the permeability likely varies with the corresponding porosity created by the free phase. With porous flow, melting occurs 20-30 km

  5. Archaean ultra-depleted komatiites formed by hydrous melting of cratonic mantle.

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    Wilson, A H; Shirey, S B; Carlson, R W

    2003-06-19

    Komatiites are ultramafic volcanic rocks containing more than 18 per cent MgO (ref. 1) that erupted mainly in the Archaean era (more than 2.5 gigayears ago). Although such compositions occur in later periods of Earth history (for example, the Cretaceous komatiites of Gorgona Island), the more recent examples tend to have lower MgO content than their Archaean equivalents. Komatiites are also characterized by their low incompatible-element content, which is most consistent with their generation by high degrees of partial melting (30-50 per cent). Current models for komatiite genesis include the melting of rock at great depth in plumes of hot, diapirically rising mantle or the melting of relatively shallow mantle rocks at less extreme, but still high, temperatures caused by fluxing with water. Here we report a suite of ultramafic lava flows from the Commondale greenstone belt, in the southern part of the Kaapvaal Craton, which represents a previously unrecognized type of komatiite with exceptionally high forsterite content of its igneous olivines, low TiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) ratio, high silica content, extreme depletion in rare-earth elements and low Re/Os ratio. We suggest a model for their formation in which a garnet-enriched residue left by earlier cratonic volcanism was melted by hydration from a subducting slab.

  6. The role of pyroxenite in basalt genesis: Melt-PX, a melting parameterization for mantle pyroxenites between 0.9 and 5 GPa

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    Lambart, Sarah; Baker, Michael B.; Stolper, Edward M.

    2016-08-01

    Geochemical and isotopic data suggest that the source regions of oceanic basalts may contain pyroxenite in addition to peridotite. In order to incorporate the wide range of compositions and melting behaviors of pyroxenites into mantle melting models, we have developed a new parameterization, Melt-PX, which predicts near-solidus temperatures and extents of melting as a function of temperature and pressure for mantle pyroxenites. We used 183 high-pressure experiments (25 compositions; 0.9-5 GPa; 1150-1675°C) to constrain a model of melt fraction versus temperature from 5% melting up to the disappearance of clinopyroxene for pyroxenites as a function of pressure, temperature, and bulk composition. When applied to the global set of experimental data, our model reproduces the experimental F values with a standard error of estimate of 13% absolute; temperatures at which the pyroxenite is 5% molten are reproduced with a standard error of estimate of 30°C over a temperature range of ~500°C and a pressure range of ~4 GPa. In conjunction with parameterizations of peridotite melting, Melt-PX can be used to model the partial melting of multilithologic mantle sources—including the effects of varying the composition and the modal proportion of pyroxenite in such source regions. Examples of such applications include calculations of isentropic decompression melting of a mixed peridotite + pyroxenite mantle; these show that although the potential temperature of the upwelling mantle plays an important role in defining the extent of magma production, the composition and mass fraction of the pyroxenite also exert strong controls.

  7. Petrology-based Modeling of Mantle Melt Electrical Conductivity and Joint-Interpretation of Electromagnetic and Seismic Results

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    Pommier, A.; Garnero, E. J.

    2013-12-01

    The presence of melt in the Earth's interior depends on the thermal state, bulk chemistry and dynamics. Therefore, the investigation of the physical and chemical properties of melt is a probe of the planet's structure, dynamics, and potentially evolution. We present a petrology-based model of the electrical conductivity of fertile and depleted peridotites during partial melting. Seismic and magnetotelluric (MT) studies provide geophysical datasets sensitive to the presence of melt, but they do not necessarily agree on melt fraction estimates. A possible explanation regards the assumptions made about melt chemistry as part of MT data interpretation. Melt fraction estimates from electrical anomalies usually assume a basaltic melt phase, whereas petrological studies suggest that the first liquids produced have a different chemistry, and thus a different conductivity. Our model is based on the existing laboratory database of electrical conductivity of silicate melts and crystals, and allows calculation of the electrical conductivity of peridotite partial melting (valid at pressures up to 2 GPa) that accounts for the dependency of melt composition on the extent of melting. Partial melting of both depleted and fertile peridotites is considered. Chemical compositions and phase proportions of melt and crystals are determined using the MELTS algorithm [1]. The melt composition dependence on electrical conductivity is expressed using the optical basicity parameter. Our results show that melts produced by low-degree peridotite melting (< 14 vol. %) are up to 5 times more conductive than basaltic liquids. Such conductive melts significantly affect bulk rock conductivity, particularly for a fertile peridotite. Our findings demonstrate that the electrical conductivity of low-degree partial melting of a peridotite can be significantly underestimated if the liquid phase is assumed to be basaltic, resulting in overestimated melt fractions from bulk conductivity values. Application

  8. Slab and sediment melting during subduction initiation: granitoid dykes from the mantle section of the Oman ophiolite

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    Rollinson, Hugh

    2015-09-01

    New geochemical data are presented for a suite of tonalites, granodiorites, trondhjemites and granites intrusive into depleted mantle harzburgites of the Oman-UAE ophiolite. A detailed field, petrological and geochemical examination suggests that these `mantle granitoids' are the product of three processes: (a) the mixing of melts derived from both mafic and metasedimentary sources, (b) interaction with the mantle harzburgite host and (c) the fractional crystallisation of plagioclase, hornblende ± accessory phases. Geochemical data are used to characterise the identity of the protolith(s) by first screening the data for those samples which have experienced fractional crystallisation during emplacement. The resultant `reduced' data set has moderately fractionated REE, with small negative Eu anomalies and fractionated primitive mantle-normalised trace element patterns with high concentrations of fluid mobile elements and lower concentrations of HFS elements and with positive peaks for Rb and Pb and negative troughs for Ba, Nb, Sr and Ti. The character of the protolith was quantified using a melting model based upon a MORB-type basalt similar in composition to the Oman Geotimes lavas and a model using the MUQ (MUd from Queensland) global sediment composition (Kamber et al. Geochim Cosmochim Acta 69:1041-1058, 2005) both with an amphibolite/granulite facies mineralogy. The two compositions bracket the mantle granitoid data set with partial melts of the MORB source yielding trace element compositions lower than the granitoids, whereas melts of the MUQ source yield melts with compositions higher than the granitoids. Mixing of the calculated melt compositions indicates that the measured granitoid compositions represent between 10 and 30 % mixing of a metasedimentary melt into the melt of a mafic source. Current petrological, structural and geochronological data suggest a model for the origin of the Oman ophiolite in which it is formed by spreading above a subduction zone

  9. Modeling composition of partial melts in mantle upwellings through Earth history: an example of a 2D poster

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    Sparks, D. W.; Cheadle, M.

    2004-12-01

    The composition of magmas created by partial melting of the mantle depend on the interplay of several processes: the mantle phase diagram, the physics of magma migration through the mantle and crust, the patterns of solid-state mantle and fluid circulation and heat transfer, to name a few. This modeling study attempts a self-consistent combination of these physical and chemical processes, to predict the composition of magma created in upwelling mantle over a very broad range of mantle conditions, with particular emphasis on the deep past in a hot Archean mantle. We utilize 1) high P-T melting experiments to constrain the composition of melts formed at different depths in the mantle, 2) thermal and compositional solid-state convection models to constrain the temperature and melting rate and the three-dimensional distribution of these melts, and 3) simplified models of magma migration to predict the accumulation and mixing of these magmas, for comparison with mantle-derived primitive melts over time. An explanation of this study requires a description of details from a number of varied disciplines (Archean geology, trace element geochemistry, experimental petrology, solid-state convection, magma migration). While most interested poster readers will want to know the details of one or two aspects of the calculations, few will want to wade through them all. This goal of this poster design is to present the outline of the story in way that can be scanned quickly at a distance, but with several independent offshoots containing explanation of parts of the story that can be either read or skipped, and yet another level containing details for the experts on a particular topic.

  10. A comparative study of melt-rock reactions in the mantle: laboratory dissolution experiments and geological field observations

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    Tursack, Emily; Liang, Yan

    2012-05-01

    Systematic variations in mineralogy and chemical composition across dunite-harzburgite (DH) and dunite-harzburgite-lherzolite (DHL) sequences in the mantle sections of ophiolites have been widely observed. The compositional variations are due to melt-rock reactions as basaltic melts travel through mantle peridotite, and may be key attributes to understanding melting and melt transport processes in the mantle. In order to better understand melt-rock reactions in the mantle, we conducted laboratory dissolution experiments by juxtaposing a spinel lherzolite against an alkali basalt or a mid-ocean ridge basalt. The charges were run at 1 GPa and either 1,300°C or 1,320°C for 8-28 h. Afterward, the charges were slowly cooled to 1,200°C and 1 GPa, which was maintained for at least 24 h to promote in situ crystallization of interstitial melts. Cooling allowed for better characterization of the mineralogy and mineral compositional trends produced and observed from melt-rock reactions. Dissolution of lherzolite in basaltic melts with cooling results in a clinopyroxene-bearing DHL sequence, in contrast to sequences observed in previously reported isothermal-isobaric dissolution experiments, but similar to those observed in the mantle sections of ophiolites. Compositional variations in minerals in the experimental charges follow similar melt-rock trends suggested by the field observations, including traverses across DH and DHL sequences from mantle sections of ophiolites as well as clinopyroxene and olivine from clinopyroxenite, dunite, and wehrlite dikes and xenoliths. These chemical variations are controlled by the composition of reacting melt, mineralogy and composition of host peridotite, and grain-scale processes that occur at various stages of melt-peridotite reaction. We suggest that laboratory dissolution experiments are a robust model to natural melt-rock reaction processes and that clinopyroxene in replacive dunites in the mantle sections of ophiolites is

  11. Noble Gas Partitioning Behaviour During Mantle Melting: A Possible Explanation for 'The He Paradox'?

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    Brooker, R. A.; Heber, V.; Kelley, S. P.; Wood, B. J.

    2003-12-01

    New UVLAMP measurements of experimental noble gas crystal/melt partitioning values (including He) suggest reasonably incompatible behaviour for both olivine and cpx and no significant fractionation of noble gases relative to one another. This is consistent with models of noble gas incorporation at crystal lattice sites in both crystals (1). However the determined D values of approximately 8 x10-4 for cpx and 5 x10-3 for olivine suggest a small but significant amount of noble gas might be retained in the mantle after melting. It is also apparent that He is three orders of magnitude less incompatible than U and Th in olivine. As opx is predicted to show similar characteristic to olivine, melting to produce a highly depleted harzbugitic (low-cpx) mantle would involve the preferential removal of U+Th relative to He. This in turn would allow a relatively undisturbed primordial/radiogenic 3He/4He ratio to be retained in association with low He abundance. Thus, recycling of previously depleted mantle into the source region of 'hot spots' provides one possible explanation for the paradox of high 3/4 He ratios previously thought to indicate an undegassed, primordial lower mantle reservoir, with low He abundance indicating a degassed source (2). Preliminary UVLAMP depth profiles for noble gas diffusion in mantle minerals confirm that although sub-solidus diffusive removal of He relative to other noble gases from a gas-rich mantle plum is theoretically possible, the short distances involved are unlikely to produce an effect that can be sustained though a hot spot melting event. The slow diffusion rates and lack of fractionation of noble gases in our partitioning experiments suggests that low He/Ar (and Ne/Ar) ratios observed at hot spots are most likely to be features inherited from the source, or subsequently imposed by some shallow level process. In our partitioning experiments, it proved surprisingly difficult to grow olivine crystals that are free of bubbles, even from

  12. Evidence of unadulterated mantle-depth, granitic melt inclusions: kumdykolite and kokchetavite crystallized from melt in Bohemian Massif granulites.

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    O´Brien, Patrick J.; Ferrero, Silvio; Ziemann, Martin A.; Walczak, Katarzyna; Wunder, Bernd; Hecht, Lutz; Wälle, Markus

    2016-04-01

    Partial melting under near-UHP conditions of metagranitoids (now HP felsic granulites) at mantle depth in the Orlica-Śnieżnik Dome (Bohemian Massif, Poland) is recorded in small volumes of hydrous melt trapped as primary melt inclusions (MI) in peritectic garnets. When free of cracks connecting the inclusion with the leucocratic matrix, these "nanogranites" (≤ 50μm inclusion diameter) contain a unique assemblage including kumdykolite, kokchetavite and cristobalite - polymorphs of albite, K-feldspar and quartz, respectively. These usually metastable phases crystallized from the melt (glass?) during rapid exhumation (cm/a) at high T but the crack-free state strongly suggests over-pressuring of the inclusion with respect to the pressure-time path followed by the matrix. Reports of both kumdykolite and kokchetavite have been mainly from natural rocks equilibrated in the diamond stability field. The precise calculation of the PT path of the MI on cooling and the comparison with previous studies suggests, however, that pressure is not influential to their formation, ruling out the possible interpretation of kumdykolite and kokchetavite as indicators of ultra-high pressure conditions. Experimental re-homogenization of these crack-free nanogranites was achieved using a piston cylinder apparatus at 2.7 GPa and 875°C. These conditions are consistent with the results of geothermobarometric calculations on the host rock, suggesting that no H2O loss occurred during exhumation as this would have caused a shift of the inclusion melting T toward higher values. Coupled with the absence of H2O-loss microstructural evidence, e.g. decrepitation cracks and/or vesciculation in re-homogenized nanogranites, this evidence suggests that the nanogranites still preserve the original H2O content of the melt. Both experimental and microstructural evidence support the hypothesis that the presence of these polymorphs should be regarded as direct mineralogical criterion to identify former

  13. Geochemical Constraints on Mantle Source and Melting Dynamics of the South China Sea Spreading Center

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    Zhang, G.; Jackson, M. G.

    2016-12-01

    The nature and dynamics of asthenospheric mantle during the opening of the South China Sea have long been enigmatic. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) expedition 349 has recovered mid-oceanic ridge basalt (MORB) cores from the South China Sea, which provide opportunity to investigate the mantle dynamics and spreading history of the South China Sea. Basement cores at Site U1431 in the east South China Sea sub-basin consist of two layers of basalt separated by a pelagic sediment layer. Here we show results of major and trace elements and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopes of Site U1431 basalt cores. Most of Site U1431 basement basalts are N-MORBs, except for a few E-MORB samples in the lower layer. The MORB samples from the two layers show systematic differences in geochemistry. The lower layer MORB samples show higher Na2O, SiO2 and TiO2 than the upper layer for a given MgO content, and show obvious positive anomalies in HFSEs and systematically higher Nb/Ta, Zr/Hf and Sm/Yb ratios than the upper layer MORBs. The contrasts in geochemistry between the two MORB layers indicate a transition in mantle source and melting depth before cessation of the spreading center. We propose that the early stage (lower layer) MORBs have sampled a deep melting zone in the presence of eclogite, while, as the ridge ceased spreading, the melting zone narrowed in depth and formed the late stage (upper layer) MORBs. Comparison of Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopes of Site U1431 MORBs with global MORBs indicate that Dupal Anomaly exist in the asthenospheric mantle if the South China Sea. The isotopic relationships in these samples also exclude influences from the Hainan mantle plume. Relationships of isotopic compositions with trace element ratios (i.e., La/Sm, Sm/Yb) show that MORBs from the two layers have distinct enriched end-members. The geochemical trends from N-MORBs to E-MORBs of the lower layer are consistent with the significant contribution from an eclogite-bearing mantle source.

  14. On the importance of lowermost mantle melt in the long term evolution of the Earth

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    Labrosse, S.; Hernlund, J. W.; Coltice, N.

    2011-12-01

    The thermal evolution of the Earth is usually modeled using its global energy balance and a scaling law for the heat transfer by mantle convection where the heat flow q depends on the mantle potential temperature T and its viscosity η as q=AT1+βη-β, with typical fluid dynamics models giving β≈1/3. The present small ratio of heat production to heat loss (Urey ratio) implies a large secular cooling rate and, because of the feedback from temperature dependent viscosity, backward calculations from the present time lead to a completely molten Earth about 1 Gyr ago. Starting with Christensen (1985), values of β smaller than 1/3 have been proposed to solve this problem by reducing the strength of the feedback loop between core temperature and surface heat flow. However, a self-consistent theory of mantle convection is still lacking to justify unconventional β values. We propose an entirely different approach recognizing that the lowermost mantle, which presently shows evidence of partial melting (ULVZs), was likely largely molten in its hotter past. Coupling a parameterized model of mantle convection using standard scalings for the solid upper part to a crystallizing basal magma ocean (BMO) enriched in radioactive elements and the core cuts the feedback loop very efficiently by introducing two independent potential temperatures. Backward integration of the model makes the core and the BMO hotter in the past while keeping the solid mantle temperature reasonable. A thermal catastrophe may in fact have happened, but only deep in the Earth!

  15. Petrogenesis of Near-Ridge Seamounts: AN Investigation of Mantle Source Heterogeneity and Melting Processes

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    Baxter, N. L.; Perfit, M. R.; Lundstrom, C.; Clague, D. A.

    2010-12-01

    Near-ridge (NR) seamounts offer an important opportunity to study lavas that have similar sources to ridge basalts but have been less affected by fractionation and homogenization that takes place at adjacent spreading ridge axes. By studying lavas erupted at these off-axis sites, we have the potential to better understand source heterogeneity and melting and transport processes that can be applied to the ridge system as a whole. One purpose of our study is to investigate the role of dunite conduits in the formation of near-ridge seamount chains. We believe that near-ridge seamounts could form due to focusing of melts in dunite channels located slightly off-axis and that such conduits may be important in the formation and transport of melt both on- and off-axis (Lundstrom et al., 2000). New trace element and isotopic analyses of glasses from Rogue, Hacksaw, and T461 seamounts near the Juan de Fuca Ridge (JdFR), the Lamont Seamounts adjacent to the East Pacific Rise (EPR) ~ 10°N, and the Vance Seamounts next to the JdFR ~45°N provide a better understanding of the petrogenesis of NR seamounts. Our data indicate that lavas from these seamounts have diverse incompatible trace element compositions that range from highly depleted to slightly enriched in comparison to associated ridge basalts. Vance A lavas (the oldest in the Vance chain) have the most enriched signatures and lavas from Rogue seamount on the JdFR plate have the most depleted signatures. Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic ratios indicate that NR seamount lava compositions vary within the chains as well as within individual seamounts, and that there is some mixing between heterogeneous, small-scale mantle sources. Using the program PRIMELT2.XLS (Herzberg and Asimow, 2008), we calculated mantle potential temperatures (Tp) for some of the most primitive basalts erupted at these seamounts. Our data indicate that NR seamount lavas have Tp values that are only slightly higher than that of average ambient mantle. Variations in

  16. Experimental evidence for high noble gas solubilities in silicate melts under mantle pressures

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    Schmidt, Burkhard C.; Keppler, Hans

    2002-02-01

    distribution. A geochemical consequence of our results is that noble gases remain incompatible elements at pressure conditions covering most of the upper mantle. Therefore partial melting remains an efficient process in extracting noble gases and other volatiles from the Earth's mantle.

  17. Phase relations and melting of carbonated peridotite between 10 and 20 GPa: a proxy for alkali- and CO2-rich silicate melts in the deep mantle

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    Ghosh, Sujoy; Litasov, Konstantin; Ohtani, Eiji

    2014-02-01

    We determined the melting phase relations, melt compositions, and melting reactions of carbonated peridotite on two carbonate-bearing peridotite compositions (ACP: alkali-rich peridotite + 5.0 wt % CO2 and PERC: fertile peridotite + 2.5 wt % CO2) at 10-20 GPa and 1,500-2,100 °C and constrain isopleths of the CO2 contents in the silicate melts in the deep mantle. At 10-20 GPa, near-solidus (ACP: 1,400-1,630 °C) carbonatitic melts with < 10 wt % SiO2 and > 40 wt % CO2 gradually change to carbonated silicate melts with > 25 wt % SiO2 and < 25 wt % CO2 between 1,480 and 1,670 °C in the presence of residual majorite garnet, olivine/wadsleyite, and clinoenstatite/clinopyroxene. With increasing degrees of melting, the melt composition changes to an alkali- and CO2-rich silicate melt (Mg# = 83.7-91.6; ~ 26-36 wt % MgO; ~ 24-43 wt % SiO2; ~ 4-13 wt % CaO; ~ 0.6-3.1 wt % Na2O; and ~ 0.5-3.2 wt % K2O; ~ 6.4-38.4 wt % CO2). The temperature of the first appearance of CO2-rich silicate melt at 10-20 GPa is ~ 440-470 °C lower than the solidus of volatile-free peridotite. Garnet + wadsleyite + clinoenstatite + carbonatitic melt controls initial carbonated silicate melting at a pressure < 15 GPa, whereas garnet + wadsleyite/ringwoodite + carbonatitic melt dominates at pressure > 15 GPa. Similar to hydrous peridotite, majorite garnet is a liquidus phase in carbonated peridotites (ACP and PERC) at 10-20 GPa. The liquidus is likely to be at ~ 2,050 °C or higher at pressures of the present study, which gives a melting interval of more than 670 °C in carbonated peridotite systems. Alkali-rich carbonated silicate melts may thus be produced through partial melting of carbonated peridotite to 20 GPa at near mantle adiabat or even at plume temperature. These alkali- and CO2-rich silicate melts can percolate upward and may react with volatile-rich materials accumulate at the top of transition zone near 410-km depth. If these refertilized domains migrate upward and convect out of the

  18. Mantle metasomatism by melts of HIMU piclogite components: new insights from Fe-lherzolite xenoliths (Calatrava Volcanic District, Central Spain)

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    Bianchini, Gianluca; Beccaluva, Luigi; Bonadiman, Costanza; Nowell, Geoff M.; Pearson, D. Graham; Siena, Franca; Wilson, Marjorie

    2010-05-01

    Mantle xenoliths from the Calatrava Volcanic District (CLV), central Spain, are characterized by a wide compositional range, which includes lherzolites (prevalent) as well as minor amounts of wehrlite, ol-websterite and rare dunites. They generally have bulk-rock Mg#s <89, lower than any primordial mantle estimates. Intra-suite variations in modal proportions are inconsistent with those predicted by melting models irrespective of the starting composition; mineral and bulk-rock variation diagrams show inconsistencies between the CLV compositions (anomalously enriched in Fe-Ti) and those predicted from partial melting of primordial mantle material. Processes other than pure melt extraction are confirmed by the whole-rock REE budget, typically characterized by LREE enrichments, with LaN/YbN (up to 6.7), probably related to pervasive metasomatism. CLV mantle clinopyroxenes (cpx) generally display fractionated REE patterns with upward convex shapes, characterized by low HREE (Tm-Lu) concentrations (typically <6 x chondrite) and enrichments in Middle/Light REE (NdN/YbN up to 7, LaN/YbN up to 5). These "enriched" cpx compositions either result from re-equilibration of primary mantle cpx with an incoming melt, or represent cpx crystallization directly from the metasomatic agent. The latter was plausibly generated at greater depths in the presence of residual garnet (from peridotite or eclogite starting materials). Separated cpx have homogeneous 87Sr/86Sr compositions between 0.7031 and 0.7032; 143Nd/144Nd ranges from 0.51288 to 0.51295 and 176Hf/177Hf is in the range 0.28302-0.28265. Unlike mantle xenoliths and alpine-type peridotites from other Iberian occurrences, which range in composition from the Depleted Mantle (DM) to the Enriched Mantle (EM), the CLV mantle cpxs approach the composition of the HIMU mantle end-member, the genesis of which is generally interpreted as the result of long-term recycling of oceanic basalts/gabbros (or their eclogitic equivalent) via

  19. Melt extraction and mantle source at a Southwest Indian Ridge Dragon Bone amagmatic segment on the Marion Rise

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    Gao, Changgui; Dick, Henry J. B.; Liu, Yang; Zhou, Huaiyang

    2016-03-01

    This paper works on the trace and major element compositions of spatially associated basalts and peridotites from the Dragon Bone amagmatic ridge segment at the eastern flank of the Marion Platform on the ultraslow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge. The rare earth element compositions of basalts do not match the pre-alteration Dragon Bone peridotite compositions, but can be modeled by about 5 to 10% non-modal batch equilibrium melting from a DMM source. The Dragon Bone peridotites are clinopyroxene-poor harzburgite with average spinel Cr# 27.7. The spinel Cr# indicates a moderate degree of melting. However, CaO and Al2O3 of the peridotites are lower than other abyssal peridotites at the same Mg# and extent of melting. This requires a pyroxene-poor initial mantle source composition compared to either hypothetical primitive upper mantle or depleted MORB mantle sources. We suggest a hydrous melting of the initial Dragon Bone mantle source, as wet melting depletes pyroxene faster than dry. According to the rare earth element patterns, the Dragon Bone peridotites are divided into two groups. Heavy REE in Group 1 are extremely fractionated from middle REE, which can be modeled by 7% fractional melting in the garnet stability field and another 12.5 to 13.5% in the spinel stability field from depleted and primitive upper mantle sources, respectively. Heavy REE in Group 2 are slightly fractionated from middle REE, which can be modeled by 15 to 20% fractional melting in the spinel stability field from a depleted mantle source. Both groups show similar melting degree to other abyssal peridotites. If all the melt extraction occurred at the middle oceanic ridge where the peridotites were dredged, a normal 6 km thick oceanic crust is expected at the Dragon Bone segment. However, the Dragon Bone peridotites are exposed in an amagmatic ridge segment where only scattered pillow basalts lie on a partially serpentinized mantle pavement. Thus their depletion requires an earlier melting

  20. Melt Inclusion Study on Water and Other Volatiles in the Lunar Mantle

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    Ni, P.; Zhang, Y.; Guan, Y.

    2016-12-01

    Water content in the lunar interior has important implications on the formation of the moon, but whether the moon is "dry" or "wet" is still under debate. On one hand, studies on melt inclusions, lunar glass beads and lunar plagioclases infer the lunar mantle to contain hundreds of ppm H2O. On the other hand, Albarede et al. (2015) studied Zn/Fe ratios in lunar samples, and inferred H2O concentration in the lunar mantle to be ≤ 1 ppm. In order to end the debate, the following issues are necessary to be resolved: 1) Current high H2O concentration melt inclusions are mostly from 74220, is it a local anomaly? 2) Water concentrations in homogenized melt inclusions (Chen et al., 2015) are significantly lower than in the naturally glassy ones from 74220. Are they affected by water loss during homogenization experiments or degassing on the lunar surface? 3) Volatile data used in Albarede et al. (2015) are mostly from whole rock samples, could they be affected by degassing? In order to answer these questions, we extended previous melt inclusion studies to a larger set of lunar samples (12040, 15016, 15647, 74235), and to a wider selection of volatile elements (H2O, F, Cl, P, S, Li, Na, K and Cu). According to our data, the studied olivine-hosted melt inclusions all show certain degrees of depletion in measured volatile elements. The degrees of depletion for some of these volatile elements (at least Li, Na, K and Cu) are similar to the previously reported whole rock data, meaning they are not significantly affected by degassing on the lunar surface for mare basalts. These data and other data will be discussed.

  1. CO2 in the mantle: Melting and solid-solid phase boundaries

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    Teweldeberhan, A. M.; Boates, B.; Bonev, S. A.

    2013-07-01

    The high temperature phase boundaries of CO2 in the proximity of the Earth's adiabat are determined using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations based on density functional theory. The melting curve, predicted here up to 71 GPa, and the molecular to polymeric solid phase transition are computed through a phase coexistence approach from free energy calculations. The resulting CO2 phase IV-phase V-liquid triple point is at 31.8 GPa and 1636 K, in excellent agreement with the available experimental data. The Earth's geotherm crosses into the non-molecular phase V near 40 GPa and 2160 K, indicating that free deposits of carbon dioxide in the lower mantle would exist as a polymeric solid. We have also examined the thermodynamic stability of phase V and find no indication of transformations into a dissociated diamond and oxygen phase at mantle conditions.

  2. Evidence of alkali rich melt reactions with mantle peridotite : Natural observations and experimental analogues

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    Grant, T. B.; Milke, R.; Wunder, B.

    2012-04-01

    The Heldburg Phonolite, (Thuringia, Germany) is peculiar in its nature due to its absence of a Eu anomaly, and hence lack of feldspar fractionation, as well as the presence of spinel lherzolite xenocrysts. These observations suggest a higher than normal (mantle) pressure of origin, and its potential as a metasomatic agent at depth is explored in this work. Disequilibrium between the phonolite and its entrained upper mantle xenocrysts resulted in the development of secondary reaction rim assemblages of; (1) phlogopite + minor diopside around olivine, (2) pargasitic amphibole, phlogopite and minor diopside around orthopyroxene. We document both the natural rims and the attempts to reproduce them under experimental conditions, in order to elucidate the likely origin of the phonolite and its efficacy for metasomatising the upper mantle. Platinum capsules were loaded with mixtures of crushed mineral separates, (of pure synthetic forsterite, San Carlos olivine, synthetic enstatite or a natural enstatite from Kilosa, Tanzania) with a synthetic Fe-free phonolite melt in a 16:84% weight ratio, respectively. Experiments were run in a piston cylinder apparatus with CaF2 as the pressure medium. In addition to varying PT conditions, a wide range of water contents were tested (0-14wt%). It was found that pressures of 10-14 kbar, and temperatures of 900-1000°C, satisfy the conditions at which the reactions can form, thus, it is likely that the phonolite existed at upper mantle conditions. Water must be present to stabilize the desired hydrous phases, with >6wt% required at 900°C and 10 kbar. The destabilization of feldspar is also essential to the process, hence higher water contents are needed at the lowest PT conditions compared to 4-5 wt. % H2O at greater PT. The formation of amphibole around enstatite appears to be affected by sluggish reaction kinetics and the orientation of the host pyroxene, sometimes leading to diopside single rims. Furthermore we note some of the

  3. Consequences of Melt-Preferred Orientation for Magmatic Segregation in Deforming Mantle Rock

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    Katz, R. F.; Taylor-West, J.; Allwright, J.; Takei, Y.; Qi, C.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2014-12-01

    In partially molten regions of the mantle, deviatoric stresses cause large-scale deformation and mantle flow. The same stresses also lead to preferential wetting of coherently oriented grain boundaries [DK97, T10]. This alignment is called melt-preferred orientation (MPO). Because of the contrast between the physical properties of melt and solid grains, MPO has the potential to introduce anisotropy into the mechanical and transport properties of the liquid/solid aggregate. Here we consider the possible consequences for (and of) anisotropic viscosity and permeability of the partially molten aggregate. The consequences are evaluated in the context of laboratory experiments on partially molten rocks. The controlled experiments involve deformation of an initially uniform mixture of solid olivine and liquid basalt [KZK10]. The resultant patterns of melt segregation include two robust features: (i) melt segregation into bands with high melt fraction oriented at a low angle to the shear plane; and (ii) melt segregation associated with an imposed gradient in shear stress, in experiments where this is present. Although there are other reproducible features of experiments, these are the most robust and provide a challenge to models. A theoretical model for the effect of MPO on mantle viscosity under diffusion creep is available [TH09] and makes predictions that are consistent with laboratory experiments [TK13,KT13,QKKT14,AK14]. We review the mechanics of this model and the predictions for flow in torsional and pipe Poiseuille flow, showing a quantitative comparison with experimental results. Furthermore, it is logical to expect MPO to lead to anisotropy of permeability, and we present a general model of tensorial permeability. We demonstrate the consequences of this anisotropy for simple shear deformation of a partially molten rock. REFERENCES: DK97 = Daines & Kohlstedt (1997), JGR, 10.1029/97JB00393. T10 = Takei (2010), JGR, 10.1029/2009JB006568. KZK10 = King, Zimmerman

  4. Depths and Temperatures of Mantle Melt Extraction in the Southern Cascadia Subduction Zone (Invited)

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    Till, C.; Grove, T. L.; Donnelly-Nolan, J. M.; Carlson, R. W.

    2013-12-01

    Plagioclase and spinel lherzolite thermometry and barometry applied to an extensive suite of <10.5 Ma primitive basaltic lavas (most Mg#>0.70) containing variable H2O contents (<<1 to ~4 wt%) suggests these melts were extracted from the mantle at 40-58 km below Oregon's High Lava Plains, 41-51 km below California's Modoc Plateau, and 37-60 km below the central-southern Cascades volcanic arc. Of the 155 basalt samples investigated, 33 are calc-alkaline basalts (CAB) and the remainder are high alumina olivine tholeiites (HAOT) or mildly alkaline basalts (MAB). All 33 of the CAB are from the subduction-influenced volcanic centers of Lassen, Mt. Shasta, Three Sisters, Medicine Lake, and Newberry in the present-day Cascades arc or rear arc. All of these volcanic centers also erupted HAOT or MAB. Olivine-plagioclase hygrometry for a representative subset of the 20 CAB from Newberry indicates they contained ~4 wt% H2O prior to eruption. Water contents for the remaining CAB were approximated using the H2O-melt composition scaling relationship developed by Ruscitto et al. [2010, EPSL 298(1-2), 153-161] yielding ≤1-3 wt% H2O. The calculated pressures and temperatures of last equilibration with mantle lherzolite for all 33 CAB were adjusted for the effects of H2O following Till et al. [2012, JGR 117(B06206)] and are on average 50×15°C (1s) cooler and 1.65×0.27 km deeper than their calculated temperatures and depths for anhydrous conditions. The minimum depths of melt extraction calculated for all basalts considered (including the CAB) are close to the Moho, as determined by regional geophysical studies. Thus, our results suggest that the geophysical Moho and lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary are located in close proximity to one another (within 5-10 km). The basalts originated at 1185-1383°C and the presence of both wet and dry basalts that were generated at such different temperatures at similar times, depths, and geographic locations in the Cascades arc and rear arc

  5. Fluid-fluxed melting of mantle versus decompression melting of hydrous mantle plume as the cause of intraplate magmatism over a stagnant slab: Implications from Fukue Volcano Group, SW Japan

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    Kuritani, Takeshi; Sakuyama, Tetsuya; Kamada, Natsumi; Yokoyama, Tetsuya; Nakagawa, Mitsuhiro

    2017-06-01

    The Pacific Plate subducting from the Japan Trench has accumulated in the mantle transition zone beneath NE Asia, and intraplate magmatism has been active above the stagnant Pacific slab. To understand the origin of the intraplate magmatism in relation to slab stagnation, a petrological and geochemical study was carried out on basaltic samples from a monogenetic volcano of the Fukue Volcano Group, southwest Japan. The eruption products consist of low-Si and high-Si groups, and the two magmas are hypothesized to originate from different mantle source material based on radiogenic isotopic compositions. The H2O contents of the primary magmas were estimated as 2 wt.% for both the low-Si and high-Si groups. Analyses using multicomponent thermodynamics suggested that the low-Si and high-Si primary magmas were generated at 2.5 GPa and 1345 °C and at 1.8 GPa and 1285 °C, respectively. These results, and the geochemical characteristics of the products, indicated that the low-Si magma was generated in the asthenospheric mantle whereas the high-Si magma was produced by interaction of the low-Si magma with the sub-continental lithospheric mantle. The low mantle potential temperature of 1300 °C and hydrous nature (H2O/Ce = 650) of the low-Si magma suggested that the magma was generated by fluid-fluxed melting of the asthenospheric mantle. Based on these results and those obtained in previous studies, intraplate magmatism over the stagnant Pacific slab can be summarized as having been caused by either melting of the asthenospheric mantle through an influx of fluids derived from the mantle transition zone or decompression melting of a hydrous mantle plume derived from the mantle transition zone. We infer that the fluids for the flux melting have been released from the mantle transition zone where water was locally saturated. Meanwhile, hydrous mantle plumes have been generated at the mantle transition zone where a return flow of sub-lithospheric mantle material entrained

  6. Copper isotope fractionation during partial melting and melt percolation in the upper mantle: Evidence from massif peridotites in Ivrea-Verbano Zone, Italian Alps

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    Huang, Jian; Huang, Fang; Wang, Zaicong; Zhang, Xingchao; Yu, Huimin

    2017-08-01

    To investigate the behavior of Cu isotopes during partial melting and melt percolation in the mantle, we have analyzed Cu isotopic compositions of a suite of well-characterized Paleozoic peridotites from the Balmuccia and Baldissero massifs in the Ivrea-Verbano Zone (IVZ, Northern Italy). Our results show that fresh lherzolites and harzburgites have a large variation of δ65Cu ranging from -0.133 to 0.379‰, which are negatively correlated with Al2O3 contents as well as incompatible platinum-group (e.g., Pd) and chalcophile element (e.g., Cu, S, Se, and Te) contents. The high δ65Cu can be explained by Cu isotope fractionation during partial melting of a sulfide-bearing peridotite source, with the light isotope (63Cu) preferentially entering the melts. The low δ65Cu can be attributed to precipitation of sulfides enriched in 63Cu during sulfur-saturated melt percolation. Replacive dunites from the Balmuccia massif display high δ65Cu from 0.544 to 0.610‰ with lower Re, Pd, S, Se, and Te contents and lower Pd/Ir ratios relative to lherzolites, which may result from dissolution of sulfides during interactions between S-undersaturated melts and lherzolites at high melt/rock ratios. Thus, our results suggest that partial melting and melt percolation largely account for the Cu isotopic heterogeneity of the upper mantle. The correlation between δ65Cu and Cu contents of the lherzolites and harzburgites was used to model Cu isotope fractionation during partial melting of a sulfide-bearing peridotite, because Cu is predominantly hosted in sulfide. The modelling results indicate an isotope fractionation factor of αmelt-peridotite = 0.99980-0.99965 (i.e., 103lnαmelt-peridotite = -0.20 to -0.35‰). In order to explain the Cu isotopic systematics of komatiites and mid-ocean ridge basalts reported previously, the estimated αmelt-peridotite was used to simulate Cu isotopic variations in melts generated by variable degrees of mantle melting. The results suggest that high

  7. Initial Melting and wall-rock flux-melting of a wet multi-component mantle and its implications for the formation of MORB

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    Morgan, J. P.; Hasenclever, J.

    2013-12-01

    We explore several simple scenarios for wet melting of a heterogeneous multi- component mantle. In our melting formulation the mantle is viewed as a mixture consisting of a heterogeneously depleted peridotite matrix with embedded veins of fertile peridotite and/or geochemically enriched pyroxenite. These lithological units differ in their mineral composition but are assumed to have diffusively equilibrated both their water/hydrogen content and temperature over the hundreds of millions to billions of years prior to entering a melting region. During the melting process, however, only thermal but not chemical (water) equilibrium is assumed between the lithologies, which is a reasonable assumption for veins with thicknesses on the order of few tens to few hundreds of meters, a thermal diffusivity of 10^-6 m^2/s and a diffusivity of hydrogen of less than 3*10^-9 m^2/s. The thermodynamic formulation of the multi-component melting process, during which all components have to share thermal energy, is based on Phipps Morgan (2001). The wet melting parameterization by Katz et al. (2003) has been included in the thermodynamic formulation by modifying its solidus-depletion-dependence and treating water partitioning during melting as partitioning of a trace element with a D-value like that of Ce. Usually, fractional melting with a small trapped melt fraction is assumed. We will mostly discuss results from 1-D model calculations, which represent the idealized decompression of a multi-component mantle rising underneath a mid-ocean ridge. Melt-migration is assumed to occur as vertical ascent within each column. We have also extended the formulation to examine the effects of rising melts on 'flux-melting' the wall-rock through which they migrate. We are still testing to see if this mechanism can be the reason why ridge melts almost always have major element chemistries in equilibrium with a peridotitic mantle, while the incompatible trace elements in EMORB reflect the influence of

  8. Mantle Melting in the Plagioclase-Spinel Transition Zone; Reconciling Experiments and Thermodynamic Models

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    Smith, P. M.; Asimow, P. D.

    2003-12-01

    The slope of the solidus of plagioclase and spinel bearing lherzolite is important as it controls mantle melting behaviour during isentropic decompression. The invariant point in CaO-MgO-Al2}O{3}-SiO_{2 (CMAS), where the reaction of plagioclase lherzolite to spinel lherzolite intersects the solidus, expands to form a divariant surface in CaO-MgO-Al2}O{3}-SiO_{2}-Na_{2O-FeO (CMASNF). Experimental results in two five component systems, CMASN and CMASF, suggest that the temperature of the surface increases slightly with pressure, so that the plagioclase-spinel transition interval could be the site of enhanced melting consistent with seismic observations (Presnall et al., 2000 and references therein). In contrast, calculations using the MELTS (Ghiorso & Sack, 1995) and pMELTS (Ghiorso, 1998) algorithms predict a strong or weak temperature drop respectively as pressure is increased, giving a pronounced cusp in the solidus where melts would freeze (Asimow et al., 1995). We are currently using an integrated experimental and theoretical approach to explore the equilibrium between plagioclase, spinel, olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene and liquid to see if these results may be reconciled. Piston-cylinder experiments are being carried out in CMASNF and sub-systems. Using the parameterisation of Walter & Presnall (1994) we have chosen a suitable bulk composition in CMASN that should intersect the univariant melting reaction over a range of pressures (11-15 kbar) whilst maximizing the modal proportion of each phase above and below the reaction. To account for interlaboratory differences in pressure-calibration we are redetermining the CMAS invariant point. We are also developing calibration software suitable for a new thermodynamic model of peridotite melting. The CMASNF system is outside the calibrated composition ranges of MELTS and pMELTS, which were constructed exclusively from natural system data. By using experiments from CMAS, CMASN and CMASF in our calibration

  9. Melting at the base of the Greenland Ice Sheet explained by the Iceland mantle plume history

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    Rogozhina, Irina; Petrunin, Alexey G.; Vaughan, Alan P. M.; Steinberger, Bernhard; Johnson, Jesse V.; Kaban, Mikhail K.; Calov, Reinhard; Rickers, Florian; Thomas, Maik; Koulakov, Ivan

    2017-04-01

    Ice-penetrating radar measurements and ice core drilling have shown that large parts of the north-central Greenland Ice Sheet are melting from below. Locally these observational data indicate that an anomalously high geothermal flux is needed to explain the observed basal ice melting. In this study we reconstruct the distribution of geothermal flux in Greenland and identify a large-scale geothermal anomaly beneath the thick ice cover. The anomaly represents a continuous 400-km-wide band of elevated heat flux, crossing Greenland from west to east. Our combined analysis of seismic, gravity and tectonic data links the origin of this anomaly to Greenland's passage over the Iceland mantle plume between roughly 80 and 35 million years ago. Most of the observed subglacial melting as well as previously suggested hydrological networks operating under the ice sheet occur within the anomalous zone. Also the position of the enigmatic 750-km-long northeastern Greenland ice stream is controlled by the enhanced ice deformation and basal sliding induced by the elevated heat flux. This rapid ice flow initiates at the very heart of the reconstructed anomaly, where our study and observations indicate some of the highest rates of basal ice melting in interior Greenland. Our findings suggest that the present-day subglacial hydrology and rapid ice flow of the north-central Greenland Ice Sheet have their origin in tectonic events that predate the onset of Greenland glaciations by many tens of millions of years.

  10. Trace-element modelling of mare basalt parental melts: Implications for a heterogeneous lunar mantle

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    Hallis, L. J.; Anand, M.; Strekopytov, S.

    2014-06-01

    The heterogeneous-source model of mare basalt formation indicates that Lunar Magma Ocean (LMO) overturn produced an uneven mixture of early-formed olivine and pyroxene, and late-formed, ilmenite-rich cumulates, which subsequently partially melted to give rise to mare magmas. These heterogeneous cumulate source regions would not only have been characterised by different mineral modal abundances, but also by different trace element compositions. The aim of this work was to investigate the petrology and geochemistry of a diverse suite of Apollo mare basalts, and utilise trace-element modelling in order to understand their petrogenetic history. Chemical modelling confirms that the mare basalts were produced by relatively small degrees of partial melting (<10%) of the LMO cumulates, and that the dominant melting type (batch vs. fractional) varies among different basalt groups. Similarly, single-source mineralogy cannot be applied to all mare basalt types, confirming that the lunar mantle was heterogeneous at the time of generation of mare magmas. Plagioclase is not required in the source of most mare basalts, with the notable exception of the Apollo 14 high-Al basalts. Addition of more than 1% plagioclase to the source of other basalts produces weaker negative Eu anomalies than those observed in the samples. AFC calculations demonstrate the compositional differences between materials assimilated into the Apollo 14 high-Al and Apollo 11 high-K mare basalt partial melts, highlighting the complexities of mare basalt petrogenesis.

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

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    Rosatelli, Gianluigi; Wall, Frances; Stoppa, Francesco

    2007-12-01

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

  12. Experiments on flow focusing in soluble porous media, with applications to melt extraction from the mantle

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    Kelemen, P.B.; Whitehead, J.A.; Aharonov, E.; Jordahl, K.A.

    1995-01-01

    We demonstrate finite strucutres formed as a consequence of the `reactive infiltration instability` in a series of laboratory and numerical experiments with growth of solution channels parallel to the fluid flow direction. Our experiments demonstrate channel growth in the presence of an initial solution front and without an initial solution front where there is a gradient in the solubility of the solid matrix. In the gradient case, diffuse flow is unstable everywhere, channels can form and grow at any point, and channels may extend over the length scale of the gradient. As a consequence of the gradient results, we suggest that the reactive infiltration instability is important in the Earth`s mantle, where partial melts in the mantle ascend adiabatically. This hypothesis represents an important alternative to mid-oceanic ridge basalts (MORB) extraction in fractures, since fractures may not form in weak, viscously deforming asthenospheric mantle. We also briefly consider the effects of crystallization, rather than dissolution reactions, on the morphology of porous flow via a second set of experiments where fluid becomes supersaturated in a solid phase. This process may produce a series of walled conduits, as in our experiments. Development of a low-porosity cap overlying high porosity conduits may create hydrostatic overpressure sufficient to cause fracture and magma transport to the surface in dikes.

  13. Spreading-rate dependence of melt extraction at mid-ocean ridges from mantle seismic refraction data.

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    Lizarralde, Daniel; Gaherty, James B; Collins, John A; Hirth, Greg; Kim, Sangmyung D

    2004-12-09

    A variety of observations indicate that mid-ocean ridges produce less crust at spreading rates below 20 mm yr(-1) (refs 1-3), reflecting changes in fundamental ridge processes with decreasing spreading rate. The nature of these changes, however, remains uncertain, with end-member explanations being decreasing shallow melting or incomplete melt extraction, each due to the influence of a thicker thermal lid. Here we present results of a seismic refraction experiment designed to study mid-ocean ridge processes by imaging residual mantle structure. Our results reveal an abrupt lateral change in bulk mantle seismic properties associated with a change from slow to ultraslow palaeo-spreading rate. Changes in mantle velocity gradient, basement topography and crustal thickness all correlate with this spreading-rate change. These observations can be explained by variations in melt extraction at the ridge, with a gabbroic phase preferentially retained in the mantle at slower spreading rates. The estimated volume of retained melt balances the approximately 1.5-km difference in crustal thickness, suggesting that changes in spreading rate affect melt-extraction processes rather than total melting.

  14. Melting of CaO and CaSiO3 at Deep Mantle Condition Using First Principles Simulations

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    Bajgain, S. K.; Ghosh, D. B.; Karki, B. B.

    2015-12-01

    Accurate prediction of melting temperatures of major mantle minerals at high pressures is important to understand the Hadean Earth as well as to explain the observed seismic anomalies at ultra-low velocity zone (ULVZ). To further investigate the geophysical implications of our recent first principles study of molten CaO and CaSiO­3, we calculated the melting temperatures of the corresponding solid phases by integrating the Clausius-Clapeyron equation. The melting behavior of their high-pressure phases can constrain the lower mantle solidus. Our calculations show melting temperature of 5700 ± 500 kelvins for CaSiO3 and 7800 ± 600 kelvins for CaO at the base of the lower mantle (136 GPa). The bulk sound velocities of CaO and CaSiO3 liquids at the core-mantle boundary are found to be 40 % lower than P-wave seismic velocity and 22 % lower than that of MgSiO3 liquid. With substantial decrease of melting temperature by freezing point depression and iron partitioning, the partial melting of multi-component silicate and its gravitational buoyancy at ULVZ cannot be ruled out.

  15. Experimentally melting a Mg 80# Martian mantle at 0.5 to 0.5 GPa: Implications for basalt genesis

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    McCoy, Christopher Lee

    The most widely used and accepted composition for the Martian mantle in experimental petrology is the Dreibus and Wanke (1985) proposed composition based on only eight SNC meteorites. This composition is enriched in iron with respect to the Earth, which follows what we see from samples of Mars. The magnesium number (Mg#=Mg/Mg+Fe) of the Dreibus and Wanke (1985) composition is Mg#75, which is iron rich compared to Earth's Mg# of around 90. However, when experimentally melted as a source for generating Martian basalts, the melt concentrates iron further, higher than the Mars basalt compositions, and requires melting a large percentage of the mantle to reach a composition that is comparable to known Martian basalts. Partial melting experiments of an Mg# 80 mantle composition produced shergottite-like melts with a lower percentage of partial melting than with the Mg#75 compositions. This would be more likely since the Martian mantle would have cooled considerably by the time it would have produced the shergottites, which was only approximately 180 million years ago. The reprised composition is Mg#80 and less iron rich than the DW composition, but more iron-rich than Earth.

  16. High porosity harzburgite and dunite channels for the transport of compositionally heterogeneous melts in the mantle: II. Geochemical consequences

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    Liang, Y.; Schiemenz, A.; Xia, Y.; Parmentier, E.

    2009-12-01

    In a companion numerical study [1], we explored the spatial distribution of high porosity harzburgite and dunite channels produced by reactive dissolution of orthopyroxene (opx) in an upwelling mantle column and identified a number of new features. In this study, we examine the geochemical consequences of channelized melt flow under the settings outlined in [1] with special attention to the transport of compositionally heterogeneous melts and their interactions with the surrounding peridotite matrix during melt migration in the mantle. Time-dependent transport equations for a trace element in the interstitial melt and solids that include advection, dispersion, and melt-rock reaction were solved in a 2-D upwelling column using the high-order numerical methods outlined in [1]. The melt and solid velocities were taken from the steady state or quasi-steady state solutions of [1]. In terms of trace element fractionation, the simulation domain can be divided into 4 distinct regions: (a) high porosity harzburgite channel, overlain by; (b) high porosity dunite channel; (c) low porosity compacting boundary layer surrounding the melt channels; and (d) inter-channel regions outside (c). In the limit of local chemical equilibrium, melting in region (d) is equivalent to batch melting, whereas melting and melt extraction in (c) is more close to fractional melting with the melt suction rate first increase from the bottom of the melting column to a maximum near the bottom of the dunite channel and then decrease upward in the compacting boundary layer. The melt composition in the high porosity harzburgite channel is similar to that produced by high-degree batch melting (up to opx exhaustion), whereas the melt composition in the dunite is a weighted average of the ultra-depleted melt from the harzburgite channel below, the expelled melt from the compacting boundary layer, and melt produced by opx dissolution along the sidewalls of the dunite channel. Compaction within the dunite

  17. Origin of the Early Cretaceous continental intraplate volcanism, NW Syria: melting of a metasomatised lithospheric mantle

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    Ma, G. S.; Malpas, J.; Xenophontos, C.; Suzuki, K.; Lo, C.

    2011-12-01

    The Mesozoic evolution of the Neotethys-Eastern Mediterranean between the African-Arabian and Eurasian continents was accompanied by intermittent eruption of alkaline-transitional basalts in Arabia. The causes of the prolonged volcanism remain controversial, whether related to the arrival(s) of mantle plume [1] or prolonged far-field extension of the passive continental margin [2]. In addition, the source(s) of the volcanism is not well constrained, as previous conclusions were drawn before recent understanding of the origin of intraplate magmas - (i) melting of hydrous metasomatic veins within the lithospheric mantle [3] or (ii) melting of an incompatible-element enriched peridotite source ± eclogites in the presence of CO2 [4, 5]. The Mesozoic basalts (ankaramites and transitional basalts) from the Coastal Ranges, NW Syria analysed in this study were dated at 106.3 ± 0.2 Ma and 103.4 ± 0.3 Ma (bulk-rock 40Ar/39Ar ages), representing the last instance of Mesozoic intraplate magmatism in the Levant region. Isotopic and geochemical analysis reveals distinct compositions between the two lava series (ankaramites: ɛNd(t) = 5.1-5.6, 87Sr/87Sr(t) = 0.70293-0.70302, 187Os/188Os(t) = 0.227-0.242; transitional basalts: ɛNd(t) = 4.0-4.6, 87Sr/87Sr(t) = 0.70320-0.70424, 187Os/188Os(t) = 0.392; and lower SiO2, higher TiO2, Nb/U, Nb/Th, Nb/La and Ce/Pb in the ankaramites). Fractional crystallisation and assimilation-fractional crystallisation modelling suggests minor roles for both processes during the evolution of the lavas, despite the generally high Os isotopic ratios. The modelling also precludes derivation of one lava series from the other, suggesting that the isotopic and geochemical distinctions must be inherited from the source. It is interpreted that the chemical characteristics represent a greater component derived from metasomatic amphibole-rich veins in the source region. Both the ankaramites and transitional basalts were generated from this metasomatised

  18. Magmatic infiltration and melting in the lower crust and upper mantle beneath the Cima volcanic field, California

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    Wilshire, H.G.; McGuire, A.V.

    1996-01-01

    Xenoliths of lower crustal and upper mantle rocks from the Cima volcanic field (CVF) commonly contain glass pockets, veins, and planar trains of glass and/or fluid inclusions in primary minerals. Glass pockets occupy spaces formerly occupied by primary minerals of the host rocks, but there is a general lack of correspondence between the composition of the glass and that of the replaced primary minerals. The melting is considered to have been induced by infiltration of basaltic magma and differentiates of basaltic magma from complex conduits formed by hydraulic fracturing of the mantle and crustal rocks, and to have occurred during the episode of CVF magmatism between ???7.5 Ma and present. Variable compositions of quenched melts resulted from mixing of introduced melts and products of melting of primary minerals, reaction with primary minerals, partial crystallization, and fractionation resulting from melt and volatile expulsion upon entrainment of the xenoliths. High silica melts (> ??? 60% SiO2) may result by mixing introduced melts with siliceous melts produced by reaction of orthopyroxene. Other quenched melt compositions range from those comparable to the host basalts to those with intermediate Si compositions and elevated Al, alkalis, Ti, P, and S; groundmass compositions of CVF basalts are consistent with infiltration of fractionates of those basalts, but near-solidus melting may also contribute to formation of glass with intermediate silica contents with infiltration only of volatile constituents.

  19. Multiple episodes of partial melting, depletion, metasomatism and enrichment processes recorded in the heterogeneous upper mantle sequence of the Neotethyan Eldivan ophiolite, Turkey

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    Uysal, Ibrahim; Ersoy, E. Yalçın; Dilek, Yildirim; Kapsiotis, Argyrios; Sarıfakıoğlu, Ender

    2016-03-01

    The Eldivan ophiolite along the Izmir-Ankara-Erzincan suture zone in north-central Anatolia represents a remnant of the Neotethyan oceanic lithosphere. Its upper mantle peridotites include three lithologically and compositionally distinct units: clinopyroxene (cpx)-harzburgite and lherzolite (Group-1), depleted harzburgite (Group-2), and dunite (Group-3). Relics of primary olivine and pyroxene occur in the less refractory harzburgites, and fresh chromian spinel (Cr-spinel) is ubiquitous in all peridotites. The Eldivan peridotites reflect a petrogenetic history evolving from relatively fertile (lherzolite and cpx-harzburgite) toward more depleted (dunite) compositions through time, as indicated by (i) a progressive decrease in the modal cpx distribution, (ii) a progressive increase in the Cr#s [Cr / (Cr + Al)] of Cr-spinel (0.15-0.78), and (iii) an increased depletion in the whole-rock abundances of some magmaphile major oxides (Al2O3, CaO, SiO2 and TiO2) and incompatible trace elements (Zn, Sc, V and Y). The primitive mantle-normalized REE patterns of the Group-1 and some of the Group-2 peridotites display LREE depletions. Higher YbN and lower SmN/YbN ratios of these rocks are compatible with their formation after relatively low degrees (9-25%) of open-system dynamic melting (OSDM) of a Depleted Mid-ocean ridge Mantle (DMM) source, which was then fluxed with small volumes of oceanic mantle-derived melt [fluxing ratio (β): 0.7-1.2%]. Accessory Cr-spinel compositions (Cr# = 015-0.53) of these rocks are consistent with their origin as residual peridotites beneath a mid-ocean ridge axis. Part of the Group-2 harzburgites exhibit lower YbN and higher SmN/YbN ratios, LREE-enriched REE patterns, and higher Cr-spinel Cr#s ranging between 0.54 and 0.61. Trace element compositions of these peridotites can be modeled by approximately 15% OSDM of a previously 17% depleted DMM, which was then fluxed (β: 0.4%) with subduction-influenced melt. The Group-3 dunite samples contain

  20. Three dimensional modeling of mantle melt underneath the Lau Back-Arc spreading center and Tofua Volcanic Arc

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    Tarlow, Scott

    Valu Fa and Eastern Lau's (two regions along Lau's back-arc spreading center) observed axial morphology suggest that Valu Fa is more magmatically robust than Eastern Lau despite Eastern Lau's spreading rate nearly doubling Valu Fa's. Early geochemical [Pearce et al., 1994] and geophysical [Martinez and Taylor, 2002] studies predict a gradational decrease in melting moving north from Valu Fa to Eastern Lau, but more recent geochemical and seismic observations ([Escrig, .et al 2009]; [Dunn and Martinez, 2011]; [Dunn et al., 2011]) show a sharper stepwise decrease in melting as the spreading center's ridge axis sweeps away from the Tofua Volcanic-Arc. As the ridge sweeps away from the volcanic-arc, the influence of the slab hydrated mantle in the melting structure of the ridge decreases. Furthermore, Eastern Lau produces a thinner crust than expected for a robust spreading center. 2-D numerical studies [Harmon and Blackmon, 2010] show a gradational decrease in melting from Valu Fa to Eastern Lau but with no corresponding thinning of Eastern Lau's crust. To understand the melting dynamics underneath Lau's back-arc spreading center and the Tofua Volcanic-Arc implementing the effects of 3-D mantle flow and slab hydration appears to be required. To explain the observed geochemical and seismic observations, three 3-D numerical were performed, using a community developed mantle convection solver (CitcomS). The first model shows that observed geometric and surface kinematic boundary conditions cause a steep gradational increase in relative melting area (anhydrous) moving northward with increasing spreading rate along the ridge axis from Valu Fa to Eastern Lau caused by a northwestern along axis mantle flow. A peak in the relative melting area appears particularly close to Eastern Lau where crust is thinnest. These predictions run in opposition to the observations. The second model shows including a viscosity reduction in the mantle wedge due to slab hydration causes a more

  1. Can LREE Enriched Patterns in Clinopyroxenes in Abyssal Peridotites be Produced by Melting of a Depleted Mantle Source?

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    LIU, B.; Liang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    The enrichment of LREE in clinopyroxenes in abyssal peridotites has often been attributed to shallow level melt refertilization. Here we show an alternative mechanism that involves diffusive fractionation of REE during disequilibrium mantle melting. We present a simple model for trace element fractionation during disequilibrium melting in an upwelling steady-state column. We use linear kinetics to approximate crystal-melt mass exchange rate and obtain analytical solutions for cases of perfect fractional melting and batch melting. A key parameter determining the extent of chemical disequilibrium during partial melting is an element specific dimensionless ratio (ɛ) defined as the melting rate relative to the solid-melt chemical exchange rate for the trace element of interest. In the case of diffusion in mineral limited exchange, ɛ is inversely proportional to diffusivity of the element of interest. Disequilibrium melting is important for the trace element when e is comparable to or greater than the bulk solid-melt partition coefficient for the element (k). The disequilibrium fractional melting model is reduced to the equilibrium perfect fractional melting model when e is much smaller than k. Hence highly incompatible trace elements with slower mobilities in minerals are more susceptible to disequilibrium melting than moderately incompatible elements. Effect of chemical disequilibrium is to hinder the extent of fractionation between residual solid and partial melt, making the residual solid less depleted and the accumulated melt more enriched in incompatible trace element abundances relative the case of equilibrium melting. Application of the disequilibrium fractional melting model to REE abundances in clinopyroxene in abyssal peridotites from the Central Indian Ridge and the Vema Lithospheric Section, Mid-Atlantic Ridge revealed a positive correlation between the disequilibrium parameter ɛ and the degree of melting, which can be explained by an increase in melting

  2. Quantifying melt production and degassing rate at mid-ocean ridges from global mantle convection models with plate motion history

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    Li, Mingming; Black, Benjamin; Zhong, Shijie; Manga, Michael; Rudolph, Maxwell L.; Olson, Peter

    2016-07-01

    The Earth's surface volcanism exerts first-order controls on the composition of the atmosphere and the climate. On Earth, the majority of surface volcanism occurs at mid-ocean ridges. In this study, based on the dependence of melt fraction on temperature, pressure, and composition, we compute melt production and degassing rate at mid-ocean ridges from three-dimensional global mantle convection models with plate motion history as the surface velocity boundary condition. By incorporating melting in global mantle convection models, we connect deep mantle convection to surface volcanism, with deep and shallow mantle processes internally consistent. We compare two methods to compute melt production: a tracer method and an Eulerian method. Our results show that melt production at mid-ocean ridges is mainly controlled by surface plate motion history, and that changes in plate tectonic motion, including plate reorganizations, may lead to significant deviation of melt production from the expected scaling with seafloor production rate. We also find a good correlation between melt production and degassing rate beneath mid-ocean ridges. The calculated global melt production and CO2 degassing rate at mid-ocean ridges varies by as much as a factor of 3 over the past 200 Myr. We show that mid-ocean ridge melt production and degassing rate would be much larger in the Cretaceous, and reached maximum values at ˜150-120 Ma. Our results raise the possibility that warmer climate in the Cretaceous could be due in part to high magmatic productivity and correspondingly high outgassing rates at mid-ocean ridges during that time.

  3. Thermodynamic properties, melting temperature and viscosity of the mantles of Super Earths

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    Stamenkovic, V.; Spohn, T.; Breuer, D.

    2010-12-01

    The recent dicscovery of extrasolar planets with radii of about twice the Earth radius and masses of several Earth masses such as e.g., Corot-7b (approx 5Mearth and 1.6Rearth, Queloz et al. 2009) has increased the interest in the properties of rock at extremely high pressures. While the pressure at the Earth’s core-mantle boundary is about 135GPa, pressures at the base of the mantles of extraterrestrial rocky planets - if these are at all differentiated into mantles and cores - may reach Tera Pascals. Although the properties and the mineralogy of rock at extremely high pressure is little known there have been speculations about mantle convection, plate tectonics and dynamo action in these “Super-Earths”. We assume that the mantles of these planets can be thought of as consisting of perovskite but we discuss the effects of the post-perovskite transition and of MgO. We use the Keane equation of state and the Slater relation (see e.g., Stacey and Davies 2004) to derive an infinite pressure value for the Grüneisen parameter of 1.035. To derive this value we adopted the infinite pressure limit for K’ (pressure derivative of the bulk modulus) of 2.41 as derived by Stacey and Davies (2004) by fitting PREM. We further use the Lindeman law to calculate the melting curve. We gauge the melting curve using the available experimental data for pressures up to 120GPa. The melting temperature profile reaches 6000K at 135GPa and increases to temperatures between 12,000K and 24,000K at 1.1TPa with a preferred value of 21,000K. We find the adiabatic temperature increase to reach 2,500K at 135GPa and 5,400K at 1.1TPa. To calculate the pressure dependence of the viscosity we assume that the rheology is diffusion controlled and calculate the partial derivative with respect to pressure of the activation enthalpy. We cast the partial derivative in terms of an activation volume and use the semi-empirical homologous temperature scaling (e.g., Karato 2008). We find that the

  4. Primitive magmas at five Cascade volcanic fields: Melts from hot, heterogeneous sub-arc mantle

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    Bacon, C.R.; Bruggman, P.E.; Christiansen, R.L.; Clynne, M.A.; Donnelly-Nolan, J. M.; Hildreth, W.

    1997-01-01

    ; and OIB-source-like domains. Lavas with arc and intraplate (OIB) geochemical signatures were erupted close to HAOT, and many lavas are blends of two or more magma types. Pre-eruptive H2O contents of HAOT, coupled with phase-equilibrium studies, suggest that these magmas were relatively dry and last equilibrated in the mantle wedge at temperatures of ???1300??C and depths of ???40 km, virtually at the base of the crust. Arc basalt and basaltic andesite represent greater extents of melting than HAOT, presumably in the same general thermal regime but at somewhat lower mantle separation temperatures, of domains of sub-arc mantle that have been enriched by a hydrous subduction component derived from the young, relatively hot Juan de Fuca plate. The primitive magmas originated by partial melting in response to adiabatic upwelling within the mantle wedge. Tectonic extension in this part of the Cascade arc, one characterized by slow oblique convergence, contributes to mantle upwelling and facilitates eruption of primitive magmas.

  5. Experimental Constraints on Mantle Heterogeneity and Mantle-Melt Equilibration Depths along the Volcanic Front of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

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    Weaver, S.; Wallace, P. J.; Johnston, A.

    2012-12-01

    Primitive magmas erupted along the volcanic front in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (TMVB) span a wide geochemical range, with variations in silica, alkalies, and volatiles, indicating that the subarc mantle wedge is chemically heterogeneous. In this work we present the results of hydrous, near-liquidus piston-cylinder experiments for three chemically distinct primitive magmas that have erupted at the volcanic front along the TMVB. The experiments were aimed to constrain the mineralogy of equilibrium residues and final equilibration pressures and temperatures for these primitive melts over a range of H2O contents (1.5-7 wt%). The results provide an along-arc view of primitive magma equilibration conditions beneath the volcanic front of the TMVB. The experimental starting materials included a medium-K basaltic andesite (JR-28, Jorullo, Central Mexico; Weaver et al., 2011), potassic trachybasalt (JOR-46, La Pilita, central Mexico), and an alkali basalt (AY-509, Ayutla, western Mexico). The residual mineralogy for these three compositions at upper mantle pressures was harzburgite (JR-28) and wehrlite (JOR-46 and AY-509). Experimentally constrained equilibration pressures varied from 1.4 GPa-1.8 GPa, with the lowest pressure observed in the central Mexico lavas (Jorullo and La Pilita) and the highest pressures observed for the Ayutla basalt from western Mexico. Other experimental studies on primitive Mexican lavas have produced similar mantle residues and equilibration pressures; high-Mg basaltic andesite (Pelagatos, Mexico City region; Weber et al., 2011) and primitive absarokite (Mascota, Jalisco, western Mexico; Hesse and Grove, 2003) both equilibrated with harzburgite at 1.3 GPa and 1.6 GPa, respectively. We combine all of the available experimental data with recent geodynamic models of the mantle wedge beneath the TMVB to provide a comprehensive, along-arc perspective of mantle-melt equilibrium beneath the volcanic front. There is significant experimental and

  6. Modeling the melting of multicomponent systems: the case of MgSiO3 perovskite under lower mantle conditions.

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    Di Paola, Cono; P Brodholt, John

    2016-07-21

    Knowledge of the melting properties of materials, especially at extreme pressure conditions, represents a long-standing scientific challenge. For instance, there is currently considerable uncertainty over the melting temperatures of the high-pressure mantle mineral, bridgmanite (MgSiO3-perovskite), with current estimates of the melting T at the base of the mantle ranging from 4800 K to 8000 K. The difficulty with experimentally measuring high pressure melting temperatures has motivated the use of ab initio methods, however, melting is a complex multi-scale phenomenon and the timescale for melting can be prohibitively long. Here we show that a combination of empirical and ab-initio molecular dynamics calculations can be used to successfully predict the melting point of multicomponent systems, such as MgSiO3 perovskite. We predict the correct low-pressure melting T, and at high-pressure we show that the melting temperature is only 5000 K at 120 GPa, a value lower than nearly all previous estimates. In addition, we believe that this strategy is of general applicability and therefore suitable for any system under physical conditions where simpler models fail.

  7. Modeling the melting of multicomponent systems: the case of MgSiO3 perovskite under lower mantle conditions

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    Di Paola, Cono; P. Brodholt, John

    2016-01-01

    Knowledge of the melting properties of materials, especially at extreme pressure conditions, represents a long-standing scientific challenge. For instance, there is currently considerable uncertainty over the melting temperatures of the high-pressure mantle mineral, bridgmanite (MgSiO3-perovskite), with current estimates of the melting T at the base of the mantle ranging from 4800 K to 8000 K. The difficulty with experimentally measuring high pressure melting temperatures has motivated the use of ab initio methods, however, melting is a complex multi-scale phenomenon and the timescale for melting can be prohibitively long. Here we show that a combination of empirical and ab-initio molecular dynamics calculations can be used to successfully predict the melting point of multicomponent systems, such as MgSiO3 perovskite. We predict the correct low-pressure melting T, and at high-pressure we show that the melting temperature is only 5000 K at 120 GPa, a value lower than nearly all previous estimates. In addition, we believe that this strategy is of general applicability and therefore suitable for any system under physical conditions where simpler models fail. PMID:27444854

  8. Deep Martian Mantle Melting and Implications for the Source Regions of Martian Basalts

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    Liebske, C.

    2016-12-01

    The chemical compositions of Martian SNC meteorites (Shergotty, Nakhla and Chassigny types) show significant variations in major and trace element contents, suggesting that parental magmas originate from different geochemical reservoirs. Radiogenic isotope systematics further indicate that some reservoirs were strongly influenced by silicate differentiation processes about 4.5 Gyr ago, placing such events in tight vicinity to core formation, and therefore favour magma ocean crystallisation and differentiation as a plausible mechanism for generating a diversity of sources. However, any predictions of geochemical signatures resulting from large scale magma ocean differentiation require precise knowledge of melting relations of a primordial bulk silicate Mars composition to be known. The aim of this study is to investigate solidus and liquids temperatures, mineral modes and melt fractions for the bulk silicate Mars (BSM) composition proposed by Taylor (2013, Chemie der Erde 73, 401-420) in a self consistent set of experiments from ambient to core-mantle boundary (estimated at around 20 GPa) pressures. Specific emphasis is put on the presure range greater than 10 GPa to more rigorously investigate the potential role of majoritic garnet during magma ocean differentiation. The new results, combined with data from previous studies on phase relations and mineral-melt element partitioning, are being used to derive time-integrated geochemical models to discuss fractionation mechanisms that could lead to the distinct chemical signatures of source regions proposed for martian meteorites.

  9. CO2 and potassium in the mantle: carbonaceous pelite melts from the trailing edge of a detached slab hybridizing in the mantle to ultrapotassic kamafugite

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    Schmidt, M. W.

    2007-12-01

    The ultrapotassic magmas from the Intra-Apennine and Roman provinces constitute worldwide endmembers in terms of K2O/Na2O, K2O content and CO2 degassing, and are associated with carbonatites. Group II kimberlites, which are geochemically similar but less extreme, occur on cratons stable since several 100 Ma. This geotectonic situation appears in strong contrast to the subduction setting of central Italy, where plate convergence has slowed down to less than a few mm/a, the slab now tearing off leading hot asthenospheric mantle to flow in between the trailing slab and the crust. A successful recipe for ultrapotassic magmas requires K/Na fractionation at some previous stage. Melts from fluid-absent melting of carbonaceous pelites at >3 GPa are ultrapottasic phonolites (SiO2 ~64 wt%) and have K2O/Na2O up to 9 because of residual cpx with jadeite80. The effect of CO2 is to stabilize residual jadeite, to lower SiO2, and to increase K2O/Na2O ratios (as compared to CO2 free melts with K2O/Na2O of 1-3 and SiO2 = 73-77 wt%). The carbonaceous pelite melts were equilibrated with fertile, refractory but cpx bearing mantle, and wherlite. At sufficient pressures (3.5 GPa) and XCO2 in the volatile component, hybridization of the carbonaceous pelite melts produces highly subsilicic kamafugites, with K2O/Na2O only slightly lowered, and XMg's >0.70 as characteristic of primitive melts. The essential role of CO2 is to reduce the olivine saturation volume and to shift the olivine-cpx-opx cotectic to lower SiO2. The Italian kamafugites are ultracalcic (CaO/Al2O3 = 1.2-1.4), and although carbonaceous pelite melts have little CaO and 20 wt% Al2O3, the assimilation of cpx and production of aluminous opx leads to ultracalcic compositions when equilibrated with refractory peridotite or wherlite. Temperatures necessary for the fluid absent carbonaceous pelite melting are 1050-1150 °C, far above any reasonable subduction geotherm. Hybridization in the mantle requires 1320-1400 °C (at 3

  10. Multstage Melting and Mantle Flow in the Galapagos Plume-Ridge Province

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    Geist, D.

    2010-12-01

    residue from the upper melt zone (depleted in all incompatible elements) overlying residue from the lower melt zone (depleted in volatiles, including helium). The northern Galapagos volcanoes tap either ambient upper mantle or plume that has been depleted by both stages of melting, whereas the GSC is supplied by the deeper return flow, which has only been depleted of its volatile components.

  11. Axial high topography and partial melt in the crust and mantle beneath the western Galápagos Spreading Center

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    Blacic, Tanya M.; Ito, Garrett; Shah, Anjana K.; Canales, Juan Pablo; Lin, Jian

    2008-01-01

    The hot spot-influenced western Galápagos Spreading Center (GSC) has an axial topographic high that reaches heights of ∼700 m relative to seafloor depth ∼25 km from the axis. We investigate the cause of the unusual size of the axial high using a model that determines the flexural response to loads resulting from the thermal and magmatic structure of the lithosphere. The thermal structure simulated is appropriate for large amounts of cooling by hydrothermal circulation, which tends to minimize the amount of partial melt needed to explain the axial topography. Nonetheless, results reveal that the large axial high near 92°W requires that either the crust below the magma lens contains >35% partial melt or that 20% melt is present in the lower crust and at least 3% in the mantle within a narrow column (<∼10 km wide) extending to depths of 45–65 km. Because melt fractions >35% in the crust are considered unreasonable, it is likely that much of the axial high region of the GSC is underlain by a narrow region of partially molten mantle of widths approaching those imaged seismically beneath the East Pacific Rise. A narrow zone of mantle upwelling and melting, driven largely by melt buoyancy, is a plausible explanation.

  12. Toward Obtaining the Experimental Constraints on the Role of Water on Melting Under the Lower Mantle Conditions

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    Amulele, G.; Lee, K. K.; Karato, S.

    2012-12-01

    Water and other volatile components (such as carbon dioxide) are known to have important influence on the melting behavior of silicates. The role of these components on the melting under the upper mantle conditions is now reasonably well understood. Recent experimental studies in our lab as well as some of the previous studies do show that water has an important influence on the melting relationship under the lower mantle conditions. The influence of water is not only to reduce the solidus but also to change the composition of the melt to (Mg,Fe)O rich. Quantifying these observations is essential in the understanding of chemical evolution of Earth and other planets. However, there are several challenges in performing these experimental studies. In this presentation, we discuss the issue of quantifying the water effects with special attention to the capability of preserving water content during the high pressure-temperature experiments. The issue of the preservation of water is important firstly because water could escape from a capsule during an experiment, and secondly because the melt is unquenchable in a commonly used processes under the lower mantle conditions. A commonly used practice is to identify the deficit of EPMA measurement from 100% to the water content, but there is no sound basis for this practice. In this presentation, we will show some preliminary results of our new approach to quantify the water content from the high-pressure run products containing melts.

  13. Evidence for deep melting in the European upper mantle from seismology

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    Cobden, L. J.; Trampert, J.; Fichtner, A.

    2016-12-01

    The recent development of full waveform seismic tomography on continental scales has provided new insights into the seismic structure of the lithosphere and asthenosphere. In particular, we can map shorter wavelength, high-amplitude velocity anomalies which would traditionally be damped and spatially smeared using classical methods. Quantitative interpretation of these anomalies - expressed as absolute rather than relative velocities- may open up the possibility of identifying important dynamic processes such as melting, that would otherwise go undetected or unconstrained. In this study we focus on the S-wave speed (Vs) structure beneath Europe, as obtained from full waveform inversion. The European upper mantle is characterised by seismic wave speeds that are slower than the global average. However, especially low velocities (< 4.0 km/s) are seen beneath Iceland and other parts of the mid-Atlantic ridge, as well as beneath Iberia, reaching a minimum between 120-130 km. Using Vs alone, in the absence of any other observable (e.g. Vp, density), it is difficult to constrain the chemical composition beneath Europe. This is because chemistry (C) and temperature (T) have sensitivities to Vs which trade off with each other. However, even considering the full range of possible chemical compositions, taking into account mineral intrinsic anelasticity, and allowing for presence of water, it is very difficult to create sufficiently low velocities to fit the slowest regions of the tomography model, using simple variations in T or C. Doing so requires either extremely high temperatures or unrealistically high attenuation. However, the slowest velocities can readily be modelled by including c. 1-2% melt. We discuss whether melt provides the most likely explanation for the slow regions, considering also the effect of more advanced anelasticity models such as "elastically accommodated grain boundary sliding", recently suggested by Karato et al. (2015). The possibility of deep

  14. Melt Inclusion Evidence for Subduction-modified Mantle Beneath the Woodlark Spreading Center, Solomon Islands

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    Chadwick, J.; Turner, A.; Collins, E.

    2015-12-01

    The Woodlark Spreading Center (WSC) to the east of Papua New Guinea separates the Indo-Australian plate and Solomon Sea microplate. At its eastern terminus, the WSC is being subducted at the New Britain trench, forming a triple junction near the New Georgia Group arc in the Solomon Islands. Previous studies have shown that lavas recovered from greater than 100 km from the trench on the WSC are N-MORB, but closer to the trench they have arc-like Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic ratios, enrichments in LILE, and depletions in HFSE. In the complex triple junction area of the WSC on the Simbo and Ghizo Ridges, island arc tholeiites to medium-K calc-alkaline andesites and dacites have been recovered, many with trace element and isotopic characteristics that are similar to the true arc lavas in the New Georgia Group on the other side of the trench. We suggest that subduction-modified arc mantle migrates through slab windows created by the subduction of the WSC as the plates continue to diverge after subduction. This transfer of mantle across the plate boundary leads to variable mixing between arc and N-MORB end-members, forming the hybrid to arc-like lavas recovered on the WSC. To test this hypothesis and to characterize the end-member compositions, we have analyzed melt inclusions in olivine, pyroxene, and plagioclase phenocrysts in Simbo and Ghizo Ridge lava samples. Major elements were analyzed using the electron microprobe facility at Fayetteville State University and volatiles were analyzed on the ion probe facility at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The melt inclusions show a wide diversity of magmas from basalts to dacites, and mixing modeling shows that most Woodlark Spreading Center lava compositions are explained by mixing between the most extreme mafic (MORB) and felsic (arc) inclusion compositions.

  15. Melting experiments on anhydrous peridotite KLB-1: Compositions of magmas in the upper mantle and transition zone

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    Herzberg, Claude; Zhang, Jianzhong

    1996-04-01

    Electron microprobe results are reported for liquid and crystalline phases that were synthesized at 5-22.5 GPa in multianvil experiments on anhydrous peridotite KLB-1 [Zhang and Herzberg, 1994]. The results provide information on the partitioning of TiO2, Al2O3, Cr2O3, FeO, MnO, MgO, Na2O, and NiO among liquid and the crystalline phases olivine, modified spinel, garnet, magnesiowustite, and magnesium perovskite. Uncertainties in these partition coefficients stem from quenching problems and from the effects of thermal migration of liquid in a temperature gradient. We have, however, exploited the temperature gradients by determining how the crystalline phase chemistry varies throughout the melting interval from the liquidus to the solidus. This has permitted new constraints to be obtained on the compositions of liquids along the anhydrous peridotite solidus at low melt fractions and at pressures in the 5-18 GPa range. It is demonstrated that the wide range of Al2O3 and CaO/Al2O3 contents in picrites and komatiites can be explained by melt segregation at upper mantle pressures that ranged from 3 to ˜10 GPa. These magmas could have formed by anhydrous melting in plumes with temperatures that were only 100°-200°C higher than ambient mantle below ridges, demonstrating that unusually hot conditions are not required to form komatiites. Primary igneous MgO contents in excess of 26% should be rare, and those that do exist in some komatiites can be explained by advanced melting during adiabatic or superadiabatic ascent, by low Na2O in the source, or by melting in hot plumes from the transition zone and lower mantle. Evidence for deep melting in hot plumes is rather conjectural, but it may be contained in some 2700 Myr komatiites that have high MgO and mantle-like CaO/Al2O3.

  16. Experimental petrology of peridotites, including effects of water and carbon on melting in the Earth's upper mantle

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    Green, David H.

    2015-02-01

    For over 50 years, the use of high-pressure piston/cylinder apparatus combined with an increasing diversity of microbeam analytical techniques has enabled the study of mantle peridotite compositions and of magmas derived by melting in the upper mantle. The experimental studies have been guided by the petrology and geochemistry of peridotites from diverse settings and by the remarkable range of mantle-derived magma types. Recent experimental study using FTIR spectroscopy to monitor water content of minerals has shown that fertile lherzolite (MORB-source upper mantle) at ~1,000 °C can store ~200 ppm H2O in defect sites in nominally anhydrous minerals (olivine, pyroxenes, garnet and spinel). Water in excess of 200 ppm stabilizes amphibole (pargasite) at P < 3 GPa up to the lherzolite solidus. However, at P > 3 GPa, water in excess of 200 ppm appears as an aqueous vapour phase and this depresses the temperature of the upper mantle solidus. Provided the uppermost mantle (lithosphere) has H2O < 4,000 ppm, the mantle solidus has a distinctive P, T shape. The temperature of the vapour- undersaturated or dehydration solidus is approximately constant at 1,100 °C at pressures up to ~3 GPa and then decreases sharply to ~1,010 °C. The strongly negative d T/d P of the vapour-undersaturated solidus of fertile lherzolite from 2.8 to 3 GPa provides the basis for understanding the lithosphere/asthenosphere boundary. Through upward migration of near-solidus hydrous silicate melt, the asthenosphere becomes geochemically zoned with the `enriched' intraplate basalt source (>500 ppm H2O) overlying the `depleted' MORB source (~200 ppm H2O). From the study of primitive MOR picrites, the modern mantle potential temperature for MORB petrogenesis is ~1,430 °C. The intersection of the 1,430 °C adiabat with the vapour-saturated lherzolite solidus at ~230 km suggests that upwelling beneath mid-ocean ridges begins around this depth. In intraplate volcanism, diapiric upwelling begins from

  17. Quantitative Model to Predict Melts on the Ol-Opx Saturation Boundary during Mantle Melting: The Role of H2O

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    Andrews, A. L.; Grove, T. L.

    2014-12-01

    Two quantitative, empirical models are presented that predict mantle melt compositions in equilibrium with olivine (ol) + orthopyroxene (opx) ± spinel (sp) as a function of variable pressure and H2O content. The models consist of multiple linear regressions calibrated using new data from H2O-undersaturated primitive and depleted mantle lherzolite melting experiments as well as experimental literature data. The models investigate the roles of H2O, Pressure, 1-Mg# (1-[XMg/(XMg+XFe)]), NaK# ((Na2O+K2O)/(Na2O+K2O+CaO)), TiO2, and Cr2O3 on mantle melt compositions. Melts are represented by the pseudoternary endmembers Clinopyroxene (Cpx), Olivine (Ol), Plagioclase (Plag), and Quartz (Qz) of Tormey et al. (1987). Model A returns predictive equations for the four endmembers with identical predictor variables, whereas Model B chooses predictor variables for the four compositional endmember equations and temperature independently. We employ the use of Akaike Information Criteria (Akaike, 1974) to determine the best predictor variables from initial variables chosen through thermodynamic reasoning and by previous models. In both Models A and B, the coefficients for H2O show that increasing H2O drives the melt to more Qz normative space, as the Qz component increases by +0.012(3) per 1 wt.% H2O. The other endmember components decrease and are all three times less affected by H2O (Ol: -0.004(2); Cpx: -0.004(2); Plag: -0.004(3)). Consistent with previous models and experimental data, increasing pressure moves melt compositions to more Ol normative space at the expense of the Qz component. The models presented quantitatively determine the influence of H2O, Pressure, 1-Mg#, NaK#, TiO2, and Cr2O3 on mantle melts in equilibrium with ol+opx±sp; the equations presented can be used to predict melts of known mantle source compositions saturated in ol+opx±sp. References Tormey, Grove, & Bryan (1987), doi: 10.1007/BF00375227. Akaike (1974), doi: 10.1109/TAC.1974.1100705.

  18. Lithological, Chemical and Chronological Constraints on Melt Extraction from the Mantle Section of the ~492 Ma Shetland Ophiolite Complex, Scotland

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    O'Driscoll, B.; Walker, R. J.; Clay, P. L.; Day, J. M.; Ash, R. D.; Daly, J. S.

    2015-12-01

    The mantle sections of ophiolites offer a means of studying the composition and structure of the oceanic mantle. In particular, the relations between different lithologies can be established in the field, permitting an assessment of the relative timing of processes such as melt extraction and melt-rock reaction. The Shetland Ophiolite Complex (SOC) contains a well-preserved mantle section that is dominated by harzburgite (≥70 vol.%), with dominantly chondritic present-day 187Os/188Os compositions1. Melt extraction and melt-rock reaction is evident in the form of dunite and chromitite layers and lenses, with thicknesses ranging from millimetres-to-metres. These lithologies are characteristic of supra-subduction zone processing and are considered to relate to closure of the Iapetus Ocean at ~492 Ma1. However, evidence of much earlier melt extraction has been suggested for some SOC harzburgites, which have relatively unradiogenic 187Os/188Os compositions that yield TRD model ages as old as ~1.4 Ga1. In order to assess the scales at which such compositional heterogeneities are preserved in the mantle, a small (45 m2) area of the SOC mantle section was selected for detailed lithological mapping and sampling. A selection of harzburgites (n=8), dunites (n=6) and pyroxenites (n=2) from this area has been analysed for their Os isotope and highly-siderophile element (HSE) compositions. Six of the harzburgites and four of the dunites have relative HSE abundances and gOs values that are approximately chondritic, with gOs ranging only from -0.6 to +2.7 (n=10). Two dunites have more radiogenic gOs (up to +7.5), that is correlated with enhanced concentrations of accessory base-metal sulphides, suggesting formation via melt percolation and melt-rock reaction. The two remaining harzburgites have less radiogenic gOs (-3.5 and -4), yielding Mesoproterozoic TRD ages. The new data indicate that a comparable range of Os isotope compositions to that previously measured across the

  19. Partial melting of fertile peridotite fluxed by hydrous rhyolitic melt at 2-3 GPa: implications for mantle wedge hybridization by sediment melt and generation of ultrapotassic magmas in convergent margins

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    Mallik, Ananya; Nelson, Jared; Dasgupta, Rajdeep

    2015-05-01

    We investigated the melting behavior of peridotite fluxed with 25 wt% of H2O-bearing rhyolitic sediment melt (1.8 wt% bulk H2O), by performing experiments from 1100 to 1300 °C at 2 GPa and 1050-1350 °C at 3 GPa. The apparent solidus of our bulk composition lies between 1100 and 1150 °C at both pressures, which is at a higher temperature than the vapor-saturated solidus and close to the pargasite dehydration solidus of peridotite. With increasing temperature, reacted melt fraction increases from 20 to 36 wt% from 1200 to 1300 °C at 2 GPa and 7 to 24 wt% from 1225 to 1350 °C at 3 GPa. Orthopyroxene is present as a residual phase in all the experiments, while olivine is present as a residual phase in all the experiments at 2 GPa only. Amphibole is absent above 1100 °C at both pressures, clinopyroxene disappears above 1200 and 1300 °C at 2 and 3 GPa, respectively, and garnet (only present at 3 GPa) melts out above 1300 °C. Upon reaction with the mantle wedge and subsequent melting of the hybrid rock, subducted sediment-derived rhyolites evolve in composition to a nepheline-normative ultrapotassic leucitite, similar in major element composition to ultrapotassic lavas from active arcs such as Sunda and inactive arcs such as in the Roman Magmatic Province. Fluxing peridotite with H2O versus H2O-bearing sediment melt at similar pressures does not appear to have an effect on isobaric melt productivity, but does have significant effect on melting reactions and resultant melt composition, with influx of sediment melt adding K2O to the system, thereby stabilizing phlogopite, which in turn buffers the reacted melt to ultrapotassic compositions. Previous experimental studies, along with this study, find that phlogopite can be stable near the hotter core of the mantle wedge and, hence, is likely to be subducted to deeper mantle, thereby influencing deeper cycling of volatiles and large ion lithophile elements. Also, because D {Rb/phl/melt} ≫ D {Sr/phl/melt} and D {Nd/phl/melt

  20. Unraveling the geochemistry of melts in exhumed mantle domains in present-day and fossil magma-poor rifted margins

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    Amann, Méderic; Ulrich, Marc; Autin, Julia; Manatschal, Gianreto; Epin, Marie-Eva; Müntener, Othmar; Boiron, Marie-Christine; Sauter, Daniel

    2016-04-01

    The role of magmatic processes occurring during the continental break-up and the onset of steady-state seafloor spreading are still a matter of debate. Beside the tectonic processes like stretching, thinning and exhumation, magmatic processes also play a key role in the evolution and breakup of magma-poor rifted margins. To unravel the impact of such processes, Ocean-Continent-Transitions (OCTs) are of particular interest. OCTs are complex areas where hyper-extended continental crust, exhumed mantle and proto-oceanic crust occur. All these domains have been identified and sampled in both present-day (Iberia/Newfoundland margins) and fossil margins (Platta/Err nappes). In this study, we present preliminary results that enable to characterize the nature of the mantle rocks and the melts found in the OCTs of these paleo- and present-day margins with the aim to investigate how the mantle evolves from initial exhumation to final lithospheric breaks. In OCTs two types of mantle rocks can be observed: (i) a « sub-continental type » free of syn-exhumation melt imprint preserving the early geochemical evolution, and (ii) a « refertilized type » characterized by melt infiltration and mantle-melt interaction. Melts from these domains have different major, trace element and isotopic compositions and can therefore be used to constrain how melt interacts with the mantle and to understand the role of magmatic processes in the break-up. We therefore summarized whole-rock, in-situ and isotopic analysis available in the literature from the Iberia/Newfoundland present-day margin system and completed the existing database with new additional data from the Iberia margin. These new data have been obtained using in-situ technics mainly on clinopyroxenites, serpentinized peridotites and gabbros of ODP drill cores. Around 200 new data have been acquired using the LA-ICPMS technic. Preliminary results show that clinopyroxenes in serpentinized peridodite breccia from ODP site 637A and

  1. Mantle refertilization by melts of crustal-derived garnet pyroxenite: Evidence from the Ronda peridotite massif, southern Spain

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    Marchesi, Claudio; Garrido, Carlos J.; Bosch, Delphine; Bodinier, Jean-Louis; Gervilla, Fernando; Hidas, Károly

    2013-01-01

    Geochemical studies of primitive basalts have documented the presence of crustal-derived garnet pyroxenite in their mantle sources. The processes whereby melts with the signature of garnet pyroxenite are produced in the mantle are, however, poorly understood and somewhat controversial. Here we investigate a natural example of the interaction between melts of garnet pyroxenite derived from recycled plagioclase-rich crust and surrounding mantle in the Ronda peridotite massif. Melting of garnet pyroxenite at ˜1.5 GPa generated spinel websterite residues with MREE/HREE fractionation and preserved the positive Eu anomaly of their garnet pyroxenite precursor in whole-rock and clinopyroxene. Reaction of melts from garnet pyroxenite with depleted surrounding peridotite generated secondary fertile spinel lherzolite. These secondary lherzolites differ from common spinel lherzolite from Ronda and elsewhere by their lower-Mg# in clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene and olivine, lower-Cr# in spinel and higher whole-rock Al2O3, CaO, Sm/Yb and FeO* at a given SiO2. Remarkably, secondary spinel lherzolite shows the geochemical signature of ghost plagioclase in the form of positive Eu and Sr anomalies in whole-rock and clinopyroxene, reflecting the transfer of a low-pressure crustal imprint from recycled pyroxenite to hybridized peridotite. Garnet pyroxenite melting and melt-peridotite interaction, as shown in the Ronda massif, may explain how the signature of subducted or delaminated crust is transferred to the mantle and how a garnet pyroxenite component is introduced into the source region of basalts. The efficiency of these processes in conveying the geochemical imprint of crustal-derived garnet pyroxenite to extruded lavas depends on the reactivity of pyroxenite melt with peridotite and the mantle permeability, which may be controlled by prior refertilization reactions similar to those documented in the Ronda massif. Highly fertile heterogeneities produced by pyroxenite

  2. Subduction of fracture zones controls mantle melting and geochemical signature above slabs.

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    Manea, Vlad C; Leeman, William P; Gerya, Taras; Manea, Marina; Zhu, Guizhi

    2014-10-24

    For some volcanic arcs, the geochemistry of volcanic rocks erupting above subducted oceanic fracture zones is consistent with higher than normal fluid inputs to arc magma sources. Here we use enrichment of boron (B/Zr) in volcanic arc lavas as a proxy to evaluate relative along-strike inputs of slab-derived fluids in the Aleutian, Andean, Cascades and Trans-Mexican arcs. Significant B/Zr spikes coincide with subduction of prominent fracture zones in the relatively cool Aleutian and Andean subduction zones where fracture zone subduction locally enhances fluid introduction beneath volcanic arcs. Geodynamic models of subduction have not previously considered how fracture zones may influence the melt and fluid distribution above slabs. Using high-resolution three-dimensional coupled petrological-thermomechanical numerical simulations of subduction, we show that enhanced production of slab-derived fluids and mantle wedge melts concentrate in areas where fracture zones are subducted, resulting in significant along-arc variability in magma source compositions and processes.

  3. Tracking the Martian Mantle Signature in Olivine-Hosted Melt Inclusions of Basaltic Shergottites Yamato 980459 and Tissint

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    Peters, T. J.; Simon, J. I.; Jones, J. H.; Usui, T.; Moriwaki, R.; Economos, R.; Schmitt, A.; McKeegan, K.

    2014-01-01

    The Martian shergottite meteorites are basaltic to lherzolitic igneous rocks that represent a period of relatively young mantle melting and volcanism, approximately 600-150 Ma (e.g. [1,2]). Their isotopic and elemental composition has provided important constraints on the accretion, evolution, structure and bulk composition of Mars. Measurements of the radiogenic isotope and trace element concentrations of the shergottite meteorite suite have identified two end-members; (1) incompatible trace element enriched, with radiogenic Sr and negative epsilon Nd-143, and (2) incompatible traceelement depleted, with non-radiogenic Sr and positive epsilon 143-Nd(e.g. [3-5]). The depleted component represents the shergottite martian mantle. The identity of the enriched component is subject to debate, and has been proposed to be either assimilated ancient martian crust [3] or from enriched domains in the martian mantle that may represent a late-stage magma ocean crystallization residue [4,5]. Olivine-phyric shergottites typically have the highest Mg# of the shergottite group and represent near-primitive melts having experienced minimal fractional crystallization or crystal accumulation [6]. Olivine-hosted melt inclusions (MI) in these shergottites represent the most chemically primitive components available to understand the nature of their source(s), melting processes in the martian mantle, and origin of enriched components. We present trace element compositions of olivine hosted melt inclusions in two depleted olivinephyric shergottites, Yamato 980459 (Y98) and Tissint (Fig. 1), and the mesostasis glass of Y98, using Secondary Ionization Mass Spectrometry (SIMS). We discuss our data in the context of understanding the nature and origin of the depleted martian mantle and the emergence of the enriched component.

  4. Application of Markov Chain Monte Carlo Method to Mantle Melting: An Example from REE Abundances in Abyssal Peridotites

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    LIU, B.; Liang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation is a powerful statistical method in solving inverse problems that arise from a wide range of applications, such as nuclear physics, computational biology, financial engineering, among others. In Earth sciences applications of MCMC are primarily in the field of geophysics [1]. The purpose of this study is to introduce MCMC to geochemical inverse problems related to trace element fractionation during concurrent melting, melt transport and melt-rock reaction in the mantle. MCMC method has several advantages over linearized least squares methods in inverting trace element patterns in basalts and mantle rocks. First, MCMC can handle equations that have no explicit analytical solutions which are required by linearized least squares methods for gradient calculation. Second, MCMC converges to global minimum while linearized least squares methods may be stuck at a local minimum or converge slowly due to nonlinearity. Furthermore, MCMC can provide insight into uncertainties of model parameters with non-normal trade-off. We use MCMC to invert for extent of melting, amount of trapped melt, and extent of chemical disequilibrium between the melt and residual solid from REE data in abyssal peridotites from Central Indian Ridge and Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In the first step, we conduct forward calculation of REE evolution with melting models in a reasonable model space. We then build up a chain of melting models according to Metropolis-Hastings algorithm to represent the probability of specific model. We show that chemical disequilibrium is likely to play an important role in fractionating LREE in residual peridotites. In the future, MCMC will be applied to more realistic but also more complicated melting models in which partition coefficients, diffusion coefficients, as well as melting and melt suction rates vary as functions of temperature, pressure and mineral compositions. [1]. Sambridge & Mosegarrd [2002] Rev. Geophys.

  5. Present Day Hot Spot Melting Inferred from Geodynamics and Thermodynamics Modeling and the Thermal History of the Mantle

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    Tirone, M.; Ganguly, J.

    2011-12-01

    Hot spot melting is the end-product of a complex sequence of processes that most likely starts at the CMB boundary. To provide a complete description and a better constrained understanding of the melting process from the petrological and geophysical point of view, two requirements appear to be essential. 1) accurate knowledge of the physico-chemical and thermodynamic properties of the mantle, and characterization of the thermal and geodynamic conditions for the generation and evolution of a thermal plume. 2) development of a geodynamic numerical procedure that incorporates the properties of the mantle and is capable of simulate the thermal evolution of a plume and the petrological evolution of the melting process. The thermodynamic approach is best suited to accomplish the latter objective. By following these requirements, the model allows us to compute several features that can be independently compared with petrological and geophysical observations which ultimately provide a validation for the whole procedure. The viscosity and the thermal conditions leading to the formation of a thermal plume are retrieved from a separate study of the thermal history of the mantle that is mainly constrained by the requirement for melting in the upper mantle in the past and recent time (session DI19, contribution entitled: A Viscosity Model for the Mantle Based on Diffusion in Minerals and Constrained by the Thermal History and Melting of the Mantle). The main topic of this contribution is the final stage of the plume evolution, that is the the thermal structure and melting in a hot spot setting, focusing in particular on the magmatism associated to the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain. The numerical study is a work in progress that reveals several key features. Perhaps the most important aspect that emerge from the modeling work is the formation of periodic instabilities and the thermal erosion of the base of the lithosphere which are mainly induced by the formation and transport

  6. Hydrous metasomatism and melt percolation in the lithospsheric mantle wedge underneath Comallo, Rio Negro Province, Argentina

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    Papadopoulou, Martha; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Bjerg, Ernesto; Gregoire, Michel; Hauzenberger, Christoph

    2015-04-01

    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

  7. A Mantle Genesis for Andesitic Melts of the Shisheisky Complex, Kamchatka

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    Yogodzinsk, G.; Bryant, J.; Churikova, T.

    2008-12-01

    Primitive andesites from the Shisheisky Complex, a field of Quaternary-age, monogenetic cones located in the Aleutian-Kamchatka junction, north of Shiveluch Volcano (Portnyagin et al., 2007 Geoph. Monograph 172), are similar to primitive andesites from Mt. Shasta, Piip Volcano, and Setouchi, Japan. They have Mg numbers of 0.66-0.73 at intermediate SiO2 (54-58 wt%), low CaO/Al2O3 (<0.54), and high Ni (184-243 ppm) and Cr (418-880 ppm). Olivine phenocryst core compositions of Fo90 appear to be in equilibrium with whole-rock "melts", consistent with the aphyric to sparsely phyric nature of the lavas. Compared to the Shisheisky andesites, primitive basalts from the region (Alaid, Tolbachik, Kharchinsky) have higher CaO/Al2O3 (0.69-0.86) and lower whole-rock Ni/MgO (10-17) at similar Mg numbers (0.66-.70). Olivine phenocrysts in the basalts have high CaO, low Ni, and low Ni/MgO at Fo88 compared to the andesites. The absence of plagioclase phenocrysts from the primitive andesites strongly contrasts petrographic observations of the plagioclase-phyric basalts, indicating relatively high pre-eruptive water contents for the andesites compared to the basalts. Estimated temperature and water contents range from 984° - 1143° C and 4-7 wt% H2O for andesites and 1149° -1227° C and 2 wt% H2O for basalts. Petrographic and mineral composition data suggest that the primitive andesites were liquids in equilibrium with mantle peridotite, and were not produced by mixing between basalts and rhyolites, contamination of xenocrystic olivine, or crystal fractionation of basalt. Instead, the key features of the Shisheisky primitive andesites appear to have been acquired by interactions between eclogite melts of the torn Pacific plate edge and mantle peridotite. Mixing between these reacted melts and primitive basalts at sub-moho depths produces the range of compositions observed in the Shisheisky lavas.

  8. Understanding slow velocities in the European upper mantle - evidence for melting?

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    Trampert, J.; Cobden, L. J.; Fichtner, A.

    2015-12-01

    We present a thermochemical interpretation of the S-wave speed structure beneath Europe, as obtained from full waveform seismic tomography. The European upper mantle is characterised by seismic wave speeds that are slower than the global average. However, especially low velocities (< 4.0 km/s) are seen beneath Iceland and other parts of the mid-Atlantic ridge, as well as beneath Iberia, reaching a maximum between 120-130 km. Using experimental data from mineral physics and statistical thermodynamic modelling, we seek to reconstruct the observed Vs distributions with appropriate thermochemical models. By working with a high-resolution tomography model in which the wave speed structure is given in terms of absolute rather than relative (% anomaly) velocities, we can in turn constrain absolute properties of the thermochemical structure rather than just the amplitude of lateral variations. Using Vs alone, in the absence of any other observable (e.g. Vp, density), it is difficult to constrain the chemical composition. This is because chemistry (C) and temperature (T) have sensitivities to Vs which trade off with each other. At the same time, we find that 3-D variations in chemical composition are required by the data in order to avoid unrealistically large temperature variations and over-interpretation of the seismic structure in terms of temperature. Even with taking into account mineral intrinsic anelasticity and allowing for the presence of fluids, it is very difficult to create sufficiently low velocities to fit the slowest regions of the tomography model, using simple variations in T or C. Doing so requires either extremely high temperatures or unfeasibly high attenuation. However, the slowest velocities can readily be modelled by including a few percent melt. Additionally the anisotropy structure in the slow regions is broadly compatible with predicted models of melt storage in the upper mantle. We discuss whether melt provides the most likely explanation for the

  9. Iron Speciation in Minerals and Melts at High Pressure: Implications for the Redox Evolution of the Early Mantle

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    Armstrong, K.; Frost, D. J.; McCammon, C. A.; Rubie, D. C.; Boffa Ballaran, T.; Miyajima, N.

    2016-12-01

    During the differentiation of the early Earth, the silicates of the mantle must have been in equilibrium with core-forming metal iron, as indicated by the depletion of siderophile elements from the mantle. Studies of ancient rocks suggest that by at least 3.9 Ga, the upper mantle was 4-5 log units more oxidized than metal saturation implies (Delano 2001). The process(es) by which the mantle was oxidized is unclear, but has implications for the timing of accretion, differentiation, and volatile delivery to the early Earth, as well as evolution of the early atmosphere. One plausible oxidation mechanism is suggested by the tendency of high-pressure silicate minerals to favor Fe3+ over Fe2+ in their structures, even at metal saturation. This preference in the lower mantle mineral bridgmanite has been proposed to drive the disproportionation reaction of FeO to form Fe­2O3 and iron metal (Frost and McCammon 2008). We have performed experiments at the Ru-RuO2 fO2 buffer which show that silicate melts may mirror this behavior and Fe3+ may be stabilized with pressure for a constant fO2; by 21 GPa, the previously observed trend of Fe3+ decreasing with pressure (O'Neill, 2006) reverses and ferric iron content had increased. If this is also the case at lower oxygen fugacities, FeO disproportionation may have occurred at the base of an early magma ocean, establishing a redox gradient similar to what is presumed for the mantle today. Here we report results of further multianvil and diamond anvil cell experiments exploring the plausibility of FeO disproportionation driving mantle oxidation. Experiments investigating Fe speciation in high pressure melts at variable fO2 will be discussed along with results of diamond anvil cell experiments investigating ferric iron content of lower mantle minerals at metal saturation.

  10. The Effect of Large Melt Fraction on the Deformation Behavior of Peridotite: Implications for the Rheology of Io' Mantle

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    Scott, T.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2004-01-01

    One key constraint needed for refinement of the interior geochemical and geodynamic models of Io is the viscosity of the convecting partially- molten silicate mantle. To date, laboratory studies of partially molten mantle rocks have reached melt fractions up to approx.0.12, a value much smaller than thought to be appropriate for the asthenosphere of Io where the degree of partial melting may be 0.15 0.40 or higher. Therefore, we have performed a series of high temperature, triaxial compressive creep experiments on dry synthetic peridotites in a gas medium apparatus at a confining pressure of 300 MPa and temperatures from 1473 to 1573 K in order to understand the influence of large amounts of melt (0.15 < phi < 0.40) on the rheological behavior of partially molten rocks.

  11. The Effect of Large Melt Fraction on the Deformation Behavior of Peridotite: Implications for the Rheology of Io' Mantle

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    Scott, T.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2004-01-01

    One key constraint needed for refinement of the interior geochemical and geodynamic models of Io is the viscosity of the convecting partially- molten silicate mantle. To date, laboratory studies of partially molten mantle rocks have reached melt fractions up to approx.0.12, a value much smaller than thought to be appropriate for the asthenosphere of Io where the degree of partial melting may be 0.15 0.40 or higher. Therefore, we have performed a series of high temperature, triaxial compressive creep experiments on dry synthetic peridotites in a gas medium apparatus at a confining pressure of 300 MPa and temperatures from 1473 to 1573 K in order to understand the influence of large amounts of melt (0.15 < phi < 0.40) on the rheological behavior of partially molten rocks.

  12. Probing the atomic structure of basaltic melts generated by partial melting of upper mantle peridotite (KLB-1): Insights from high-resolution solid-state NMR study

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    Park, S. Y.; Lee, S. K.

    2015-12-01

    Probing the structural disorder in multi-component silicate glasses and melts with varying composition is essential to reveal the change of macroscopic properties in natural silicate melts. While a number of NMR studies for the structure of multi-component silicate glasses and melts including basaltic and andesitic glasses have been reported (e.g., Park and Lee, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 2012, 80, 125; Park and Lee, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 2014, 26, 42), many challenges still remain. The composition of multi-component basaltic melts vary with temperature, pressure, and melt fraction (Kushiro, Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., 2001, 71, 107). Especially, the eutectic point (the composition of first melt) of nepheline-forsterite-quartz (the simplest model of basaltic melts) moves with pressure from silica-saturated to highly undersaturated and alkaline melts. The composition of basaltic melts generated by partial melting of upper mantle peridotite (KLB-1, the xenolith from Kilbourne Hole) also vary with pressure. In this study we report experimental results for the effects of composition on the atomic structure of Na2O-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 (NMAS) glasses in nepheline (NaAlSiO4)-forsterite (Mg2SiO4)-quartz (SiO2) eutectic composition and basaltic glasses generated by partial melting of upper mantle peridotite (KLB-1) using high-resolution multi-nuclear solid-state NMR. The Al-27 3QMAS (triple quantum magic angle spinning) NMR spectra of NMAS glasses in nepheline-forsterite-quartz eutectic composition show only [4]Al. The Al-27 3QMAS NMR spectra of KLB-1 basaltic glasses show mostly [4]Al and a non-negligible fraction of [5]Al. The fraction of [5]Al, the degree of configurational disorder, increases from 0 at XMgO [MgO/(MgO+Al2O3)]=0.55 to ~3% at XMgO=0.79 in KLB-1 basaltic glasses while only [4]Al are observed in nepheline-forsterite-quartz eutectic composition. The current experimental results provide that the fraction of [5]Al abruptly increases by the effect of

  13. Kinetics of Peridotite and Pyroxenite-derived Melts Interaction: Implications for the Style and Extent of Melt-rock Reaction in the Mantle

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    Lo Cascio, M.; Liang, Y.

    2006-12-01

    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 μm thick) decorated with a few garnet crystals is observed at the lherzolite-melt interface. From the concentration profiles of Al2O3 and MgO in the melt, we estimated the effective binary diffusion coefficient at 10^{-12}m2/s. Assuming an average mantle upwelling rate of ~50

  14. Lithosphere and Asthenosphere Properties beneath Oceans and Continents and their Relationship with Domains of Partial Melt Stability in the Mantle

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    Dasgupta, R.

    2014-12-01

    The depth of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) and the change in properties across the lithosphere, asthenosphere, and LAB in various tectonic settings are captured in a variety of geophysical data, including seismic velocities and electrical conductivity. A sharp drop in shear wave velocity and increase in electrical conductivity can potentially be caused by the appearance of partial melt at or below the LAB but the chemical and dynamic stability of partial melt across lithosphere and at LAB remain debated. Here I apply the recent models of mantle melting in the presence of water and carbon [1, 2] to evaluate the domains of stability of partial melt both beneath continents and oceans. The model allows prediction of the possible presence, the fraction, and composition of partial melt as a function of depth, bulk C and H2O content, and fO2 [3] in various geologic/tectonic settings. The results show that while a hydrous, carbonated melt is stable only beneath LAB and in the asthenospheric mantle beneath oceans, continental mantle can contain a carbonate-rich melt within the lithosphere. For geotherms corresponding to surface heat flux (SHF) of 40-50 mW m-2, which also match P-T estimates beneath cratons based on thermo-barometry of peridotite xenoliths [4], the solidus of fertile peridotite with trace amount of CO2 and H2O is crossed at depths as shallow as 80-120 km [5]. If elevated geotherms of the Proterozoic and Phanerozoic terrains are applied, carbonatitic melt becomes stable somewhat shallower. These depths are similar to those argued for a mid-lithospheric discontinuity (MLD) where a negative velocity gradient has been detected much shallower than the proposed depth of LAB in many places. With a drop in oxygen fugacity with depth, a freezing of carbonatitic melt may be expected at intermediate depths (~150-200 km). At 200-250 km a hydrous, carbonated silicate melt may reappear owing to the interplay of fO2 and freezing point depression effect of CO

  15. Immiscibility between calciocarbonatitic and silicate melts and related wall rock reactions in the upper mantle: a natural case study from Romanian mantle xenoliths

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    Chalot-Prat, Françoise; Arnold, Michel

    1999-04-01

    This paper presents the textural, mineralogical and chemical study of veinlets cross-cutting peridotite xenoliths from the lithospheric mantle and brought to the surface by alkaline basalts (Persani Mountains, Romania). The veinlets utilized pre-existing zones of weakness in the host rocks or display a random distribution, lining grain boundaries or cross-cutting any mineral, and always forming an interconnected network. They are filled with carbonate patches included in a silicate matrix. Both products are holocrystalline. Carbonate products have alkali-poor calciocarbonatitic to sövitic compositions, while the silicate matrix composition ranges from monzodioritic to monzonitic and alkali feldspar syenitic, depending on the host-sample, i.e., within a rather alkaline silica-saturated series. The mineral phases present in the silicate matrix (F-apatite, armalcolite, chromite, diopside-enstatite series, plagioclase-sanidine series) are usually present in the carbonate zones, where forsterite is also found. Some minerals cross-cut the interface between both types of zones. Only the matrix is different, feldspathic (oligoclase to sanidine) in the former and pure calcite in the latter. Thus, mineralogical and textural relationships between both products are consistent with an origin with equilibrium liquid immiscibility. Mantle minerals cross-cut by veinlets are sometimes resorbed at grain boundaries, and at the contact of the most alkaline silicate and carbonate melts, subhedral diopside/augite formed at the expense of mantle enstatite or olivine. In terms of mineral chemistry, the compositional variations recorded by vein minerals vary along a continuous trend. They generally superpose to those observed from lherzolites to harzburgites, and exhibit the same range of composition as that observed between rims and cores of mantle minerals cross-cut by veinlets. In detail, the Ca-rich pyroxenes of veinlets are Al-poor and Mg-rich; cpx in the carbonate zones are slightly

  16. Enriched continental flood basalts from depleted mantle melts: modeling the lithospheric contamination of Karoo lavas from Antarctica

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    Heinonen, Jussi S.; Luttinen, Arto V.; Bohrson, Wendy A.

    2016-01-01

    Continental flood basalts (CFBs) represent large-scale melting events in the Earth's upper mantle and show considerable geochemical heterogeneity that is typically linked to substantial contribution from underlying continental lithosphere. Large-scale partial melting of the cold subcontinental lithospheric mantle and the large amounts of crustal contamination suggested by traditional binary mixing or assimilation-fractional crystallization models are difficult to reconcile with the thermal and compositional characteristics of continental lithosphere, however. The well-exposed CFBs of Vestfjella, western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, belong to the Jurassic Karoo large igneous province and provide a prime locality to quantify mass contributions of lithospheric and sublithospheric sources for two reasons: (1) recently discovered CFB dikes show isotopic characteristics akin to mid-ocean ridge basalts, and thus help to constrain asthenospheric parental melt compositions and (2) the well-exposed basaltic lavas have been divided into four different geochemical magma types that exhibit considerable trace element and radiogenic isotope heterogeneity (e.g., initial ɛ Nd from -16 to +2 at 180 Ma). We simulate the geochemical evolution of Vestfjella CFBs using (1) energy-constrained assimilation-fractional crystallization equations that account for heating and partial melting of crustal wall rock and (2) assimilation-fractional crystallization equations for lithospheric mantle contamination by using highly alkaline continental volcanic rocks (i.e., partial melts of mantle lithosphere) as contaminants. Calculations indicate that the different magma types can be produced by just minor (1-15 wt%) contamination of asthenospheric parental magmas by melts from variable lithospheric reservoirs. Our models imply that the role of continental lithosphere as a CFB source component or contaminant may have been overestimated in many cases. Thus, CFBs may represent major juvenile crustal

  17. Crossover from melting to dissociation of CO[subscript 2] under pressure: Implications for the lower mantle

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    Litasov, Konstantin D.; Goncharov, Alexander F.; Hemley, Russell J.

    2011-11-17

    A systematic investigation of the solid-solid phase transitions, melting behavior, and chemical reactivity of CO{sub 2} at pressures of 15-70 GPa and temperatures up to 2500 K has been carried out using in situ Raman spectroscopy in laser-heated diamond anvil cells. We find that molecular CO{sub 2} melts to a molecular fluid up to 33 ({+-} 2) GPa and 1720 K ({+-} 100), where it meets a solid-solid phase line to form a triple point. At higher pressure, non-molecular CO{sub 2} phase V does not melt but instead dissociates to carbon and oxygen with a transition line having a negative PT-slope. A comparison with P-T profiles of the Earth's mantle indicates that polymeric CO{sub 2}-V can be stable near the top of the lower mantle and dissociates at greater depths. Decarbonation reactions of subducted carbonates in the lower mantle would produce diamond and fluid oxygen, which in turn significantly affects redox state, increasing oxygen fugacity by several orders of magnitude. The reaction of free oxygen with lower mantle minerals such as Mg-perovskite can create significant conductivity anomalies.

  18. Geochronology and geochemistry of Eocene-aged volcanic rocks around the Bafra (Samsun, N Turkey) area: Constraints for the interaction of lithospheric mantle and crustal melts

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    Temizel, İrfan; Arslan, Mehmet; Yücel, Cem; Abdioğlu, Emel; Ruffet, Gilles

    2016-08-01

    modelling suggests that the parental magma(s) of the volcanic rocks represent mixtures of melts derived by low-degree ( 5-10%) partial melting of spinel-lherzolite (40-85%) and garnet-lherzolite (15-60%) mantle sources. Sr-Nd isotopic modelling also suggests that a 25-35% lower crustal component was added in the parental magmas; AFC modelling additionally indicates minor upper crustal contamination during the evolution of the volcanic rocks. In conclusion, integration of the geochemical, petrologic, and isotopic data with regional geology suggests that the analcime-bearing and -free volcanic rocks evolved from parental magma(s) derived from melts of a subcontinental lithospheric mantle and lower crustal sources.

  19. Melting of the subducted slab and mantle wedge during subduction initiation below the Semail (Oman-UAE) ophiolite

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    Rioux, M. E.; Garber, J. M.; Searle, M. P.; Miyashita, S.; Adachi, Y.; Bowring, S. A.; Kelemen, P. B.; Bauer, A.

    2016-12-01

    Two late magmatic series in the Semail (Oman-UAE) ophiolite provide insight into the tectonic evolution of the ophiolite and subduction zone processes. The V2 magmatic series intrudes the primary ophiolite crust, and has geochemical signatures that have been interpreted to reflect fluid-flux or decompression melting of the mantle above a subducted slab. A second magmatic series of felsic dikes intrudes the mantle and lowermost crust near the crust-mantle transition, and has negative (continent-like) ɛNd isotopic signatures. Our high-precision 206Pb/238U zircon dates indicate that the two series are coeval and intruded between 95.56-94.97 Ma, during and after formation of the ophiolite crust from 96.12-95.50 Ma [1]. Combined whole-rock geochemical and isotopic data from the felsic dikes that intrude the mantle define two orthogonal trends; a trend of variable MgO at nearly constant ɛNd -5.5 [2] and a trend of variable ɛNd = -6 to +8, at low MgO (< 1 wt. %) and high SiO2 (> 70 wt. %). The data suggest that the felsic dikes formed by three component mixing between high-SiO2 amphibolite and sediment melts from the subducted slab and a mantle component, consistent with [3]. The progression of magmatism in the Semail ophiolite is consistent with ophiolite formation during subduction initiation, and the V2 series and felsic mantle dikes may reflect progressive maturation of the subducted slab along a hot geotherm, which led to shallow dehydration and melting. The temporal evolution of magmatism in the Semail ophiolite is consistent with the timescales predicted by geodynamic models of subduction initiation. [1] Rioux et al., JGR, 2012, 2013; EPSL, 2016; [2] Haase et al., Geology, 2015; [3] Rollinson et al., CMP, 2015

  20. Melting in the FeOsbnd SiO2 system to deep lower-mantle pressures: Implications for subducted Banded Iron Formations

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    Kato, Chie; Hirose, Kei; Nomura, Ryuichi; Ballmer, Maxim D.; Miyake, Akira; Ohishi, Yasuo

    2016-04-01

    Banded iron formations (BIFs), consisting of layers of iron oxide and silica, are far denser than normal mantle material and should have been subducted and sunk into the deep lower mantle. We performed melting experiments on Fe2SiO4 from 26 to 131 GPa in a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell (DAC). The textural and chemical characterization of a sample recovered from the DAC revealed that SiO2 is the liquidus phase for the whole pressure range examined in this study. The chemical compositions of partial melts are very rich in FeO, indicating that the eutectic melt compositions in the FeOsbnd SiO2 binary system are very close to the FeO end-member. The eutectic temperature is estimated to be 3540 ± 150 K at the core-mantle boundary (CMB), which is likely to be lower than the temperature at the top of the core at least in the Archean and Paleoproterozoic eons, suggesting that subducted BIFs underwent partial melting in a thermal boundary layer above the CMB. The FeO-rich melts formed by partial melting of the BIFs were exceedingly dense and therefore migrated downward. We infer that such partial melts have caused iron enrichment in the bottom part of the mantle, which may have contributed to the formation of ultralow velocity zones (ULVZs) observed today. On the other hand, solid residues left after the segregation of the FeO-rich partial melts have been almost pure SiO2, and therefore buoyant in the deep lower mantle to be entrained in mantle upwellings. They have likely been stretched and folded repeatedly by mantle flow, forming SiO2 streaks within the mantle ;marble cake;. Mantle packages enhanced by SiO2 streaks may be the origin of seismic scatterers in the mid-lower mantle.

  1. Constraints on the Fe-S melt connectivity in mantle silicates from electrical impedance measurements

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    Bagdassarov, N.; Golabek, G. J.; Solferino, G.; Schmidt, M. W.

    2009-12-01

    The connectivity of FeS melts in olivine and in a fertile peridotite matrix has been addressed through in situ electric impedance spectroscopy (IS) measurements at 1 GPa. A first series of experiments used sintered powder samples of a fertile peridotite xenolith mixed with 5-15 vol.% Fe70S30 of eutectic composition. The sheared high-T garnet peridotite with Mg# ˜ 0.90 is composed of 60 vol.% olivine, 15% orthopyroxene, 5.3% clinopyroxene and 19% garnet, the powder grain size was 20-30 μm, similar to the one employed by Yoshino et al. (2003). For a second series, San Carlos olivine aggregates were used as solid matrix and 10-20 vol.% of eutectic Fe70S30 were added. For these, the average grain size was 3 μm, much smaller than in the experiments by Yoshino et al. (2003). The powder mixtures of peridotite + Fe70S30 and olivine aggregates + Fe70S30 were first annealed for 2-5 days in a conventional piston cylinder at 1 GPa and 950-970 °C. The electrical conductivity of samples has been measured using the impedance spectroscopy method in a BN-graphite-CaF2 pressure cell with concentric cylindrical electrodes made from Mo- or Re-foil (the estimated oxygen fugacity was close to the IW-buffer). The results indicate that up to 15 vol.% of Fe70S30 the melt phase does not built a stable interconnected network in a peridotite matrix, as was recently indicated by Walte et al. (2007). The percolation threshold for a stable FeS network in olivine matrix lies at 17.5 vol.%, much higher the 6 vol.% found by Yoshino et al. (2003). Our result is in line with the high dihedral angles of typically 70-100° for Fe-S melts in mantle materials. The higher interconnectivity threshold of this study, as compared to previous studies (Yoshino et al., 2003, 2004; Roberts et al., 2007) is a result of our smaller starting grain sizes (for olivine) in combination with much longer run durations. Both these experimental conditions result in enhanced grain growth and thus to a higher degree of

  2. High-magnesian andesite from Mount Shasta: A product of magma mixing and contamination, not a primitive mantle melt

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    Streck, Martin J.; Leeman, William P.; Chesley, John

    2007-04-01

    It has been proposed that high-Mg andesites (HMAs) from the Mount Shasta area may represent near-primary mantle melts, carrying signatures of slab melt interaction with the Cascadia mantle wedge. We present strong evidence that their formation involved mixing of dacitic and basaltic magmas and entrainment of ultramafic crystal material, and thus they cannot represent primitive magmas. The rocks contain (1) low-Mg# (65 72) clinopyroxene (cpx) and orthopyroxene (opx) phenocryst cores containing dacitic melt inclusions, and (2) high-Mg# opx and olivine xenocrysts, all of which are rimmed by euhedral overgrowths of cpx or opx similar in Mg# (87) to skeletal olivine phenocrysts. Textural relations indicate that ultramafic xenocrysts reacted with dacitic liquid, after which the contaminated magma mixed with basaltic liquid to produce a hybrid HMA bulk composition. High Mg, Cr, and Ni derive from the latter inputs, whereas high Sr/Y and overall adakite affinity is inherited from the dacite end member, which is arguably crustal in origin. We suggest that open system processes may be more important in the petrogenesis of HMAs than generally recognized, and that their magnesian compositions do not necessarily imply that they are primitive mantle melts.

  3. Hydrous metasomatism and melt percolation in the lithospsheric mantle wedge underneath Comallo, Rio Negro Province, Argentina

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    Papadopoulou, Martha; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Bjerg, Ernesto; Gregoire, Michel

    2014-05-01

    At Comallo, N. Patagonia, xenoliths are depleted sp-lherzolites, sp-harzburgites, wehrlites and clinopyroxenites. The studied samples are fine-grained with a dominant well-equilibrated equigranular texture whereas protogranular and porphyroclastic textures are rare. The rock forming minerals are olivine, ortho- and clinopyroxene and spinel. Relictic amphibole and phlogopite are present as well. The amphibole, where present, has been destabilized and shows breakdown reaction at the margin, forming second generation of ol, cpx and sp. The presence of disseminated amphibole and phlogopite, indicates that the lithospheric mantle underneath Comallo, has experienced limited modal metasomatism. The Fo content in the lherzolites and harzburgites range from 90.8 to 92.0, and in the wherlites from 89.0 to 90.0. Clinopyroxene is diopside with 3.0 wt% Al2O3 in the rim and up to 4 wt% in the core. Spinel is Cr2O3-rich with cr#=0.426. The majority of the clinopyroxene REE patterns show similar shapes such as concave-up LREE and MREE and low HREE abundances. The cpx REE patterns differentiate into two groups depending on the presence or not of amphibole and/or phlogopite. At both groups the absence of Sr- and the weak Zr, Hf and Ti-negative anomalies combined with the REE patterns indicate infiltration of alkali basaltic melt whereas the different REE abundances in both groups may indicate a differentiation at the distance from the percolation front. A third group has steep patterns with negative slope and slightly positive Eu anomaly that shows a progression from LREE enrichments to depleted HREE. In this group the enrichment in LREE as well as the positive Eu-anomaly combined with a negative Ti-anomaly is an evidence for carbonatitic metasomatism. Using the model of batch melting the calculated extraction of basaltic components is variable and ranges between 3 and 20%. Calculated equilibrium temperatures at 1.5GPa pressure, which range between 850 and 920°C, are relative low

  4. An experimental study of the kinetics of lherzolite reactive dissolution: Implications for contrasting styles of melt transport in the mantle.

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    Liang, Y.; Morgan, Z. T.

    2004-12-01

    It has been suggested that dunite dikes or veins found in harzburgite and lherzolite hosts in the mantle sections of ophiolites are high porosity channels through which basaltic magmas were extracted from their source regions. The formation of such channels may involve pervasive melt flow and reactive dissolution. In order to better understand the kinetics of reactive dissolution we conducted two series of lherzolite dissolution experiments: one in an alkali basalt and the other in a basaltic andesite. Dissolution experiments were run at 1300° C and 1 GPa using lherzolite-melt reaction couple method. The lherzolite dissolution experiments produce a reactive boundary layer (RBL) that consists of distinct lithological units separated by sharp mineralogical interfaces. The details of the RBL depend on the relative stabilities of the lherzolite minerals with respect to the reacting melt. Dissolution of lherzolite in the basaltic andesite resulted in 2 distinct regions: harzburgite (45% ol, 45% opx, 10% melt) and lherzolite (45% ol, 35% opx, 12% cpx, 8% melt). In contrast, dissolution of lherzolite in the alkali basalt resulted in 3 distinct rock units: dunite (75% ol, 25% melt), harzburgite (60% ol, 30% opx, and 10% melt), and lherzolite (50% ol, 30% opx, 10% cpx, 10% melt). The average grain size of the dunite is greater than the average grain size of unreacted lherzolite, whereas the average grain size of the harzburgite in the two sets of dissolution experiments are nearly the same as the average grain size of the lherzolite. This implies that the permeability of the dunite is larger than either the newly created harzburgite or the unreacted lherzolite, and that the permeabilities of the harzburgite and lherzolite are about the same within the DHL sequence. Hence dunite dikes in the mantle are capable of serving as melt channels, whereas harzburgites may not. Systematic compositional variations in the interstitial melt, olivine, and to a lesser extent, pyroxenes in

  5. Trace Elements in Olivine in Italian Potassic Volcanic Rocks Distinguish Between Mantle Metasomatism by Carbonatitic and Silicate Melts

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    Foley, S. F.; Ammannati, E.; Jacob, D. E.; Avanzinelli, R.; Conticelli, S.

    2014-12-01

    The Italian Peninsula is the site of intense subduction-related potassic magmatism with bimodal character in terms of silica activity: Ca-poor silica-saturated lamproitic rocks and Ca-enriched silica-undersaturated leucitites. Lamproitic magmas formed in the early phases of magmatic activity and were followed by leucititic magmas. The primary magmas are generated in the sub-continental lithospheric mantle at the destructive plate margin, and both series have olivine as the first crystallizing phenocrysts. Trace elements in olivine phenocrysts are important in recognizing metasomatic effects on the mineralogy of the mantle source. Since Ni is the most compatible trace element in olivine, particularly in alkaline melts, modal changes of olivine in the source strongly affect its bulk partition coefficient, and therefore its content in primary melts and in olivine that crystallizes from them.The concentration of other compatible trace elements (e.g. Mn, Co) in olivine phenocrysts also depends on the abundance of olivine in the magma source. Ni contents in olivine of the Italian rocks show a clear bimodal distribution. Olivine from lamproitic samples has systematically higher Fo and Ni contents, whereas olivine from leucititic rocks never exceeds Fo92 and has markedly lower Ni, reaching among the lowest levels ever observed in olivine phenocrysts in primitive melts. The Mn/Fe ratio of olivine is also sensitive to changes of the modal abundance of olivine in the source, 100*Mn/Fe of olivine from lamproitic rocks never exceeds 2, while it is always >1.8 in leucititic rocks, meaning that the leucitite source regions are much richer in olivine. Lithium is generally enriched in the crust and in sediments compared to the lithospheric mantle and to mantle-derived melts,so that Li in olivine above 10 ppm is suggested to indicate recycled sediments. Li contents are up to 35 ppm in leucititic olivines and up to >50 ppm in lamproitic olivines, confirming the recycling of crustal

  6. Feedbacks between deformation and melt distribution in the crust-mantle transition zone of the Oman ophiolite

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    Higgie, Katherine; Tommasi, Andréa

    2012-12-01

    This study presents microstructural evidence for deformation-controlled melt organization and for changes in olivine deformation associated with the presence of melt in an 80 m vertical section of the crust-mantle transition zone in the Oman ophiolite. This zone represents an ‘end member’ case for analyzing feedbacks between deformation and melt distribution in the upper mantle, since it experienced strong shear strains in presence of large melt fractions. It is characterized by a subhorizontal compositional layering at the mm to meter scale, from weakly impregnated dunites to olivine-rich gabbros, which parallels a pervasive foliation containing a strong stretching lineation. The parallelism between the compositional layering and the foliation, the diffuse limits of the layers, the alignment of elongated plagioclase-rich aggregates devoid of internal deformation structures with the elongation of olivine crystals in the dunitic layers, and the sharp compositional changes across some, but not all layer limits suggest deformation plays an essential role on the development of the layering. The variation on a mm-scale of the olivine crystal preferred orientation (CPO) symmetry as a function of the modal content: from axial-[100] symmetry in layers with <70% modal olivine to axial-[010] in more gabbroic levels (<40% olivine), which is repeated over the entire section, implies deformation in presence of variable melt fractions. Axial-[100] olivine CPO in olivine-rich layers is consistent with deformation by dislocation creep under high temperature, low pressure, dry conditions. Axial-[010] olivine CPO patterns imply additional sliding along preferentially wetted (010) grain boundaries, increase in the activity of [001] glide, or transpression localized in the melt-rich layers. Since the change in CPO symmetry is not accompanied by dispersion, instantaneous melt fractions must have remained <30-40% in all layers. The continuous variation in olivine CPO symmetry with

  7. Melting of phase D in the lower mantle and implications for recycling and storage of H2O in the deep mantle

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    Ghosh, Sujoy; Schmidt, Max W.

    2014-11-01

    We determined the melting phase relations and conditions of the dense hydrous magnesium silicate phase D (nominally MgSi2O4(OH)2) on composition in MgO-SiO2-H2O (MSH), MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O (MASH), and FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O (FMASH), and on a mixture of phase D + olivine + enstatite (MSH) at 22-32 GPa and 1000-1800 °C. Contrasting to previous studies, we performed H2O-undersaturated experiments. Bulk compositions were synthetic mixtures of brucite + silica or brucite + olivine + enstatite on the silica-rich side of the tie-line perovskite-H2O. At 22-24 GPa, the maximum thermal stability of phase D is between 1350 and 1400 °C in MSH and FMASH, but 1600 °C at 24 GPa in the Fe-free, Al-bearing bulk composition (MASH). Apparently, addition of Al2O3 increases the stability field of phase D by 200 °C, an effect that is counter balanced by addition of FeO. At 32 GPa, the stability of phase D (MSH and FMASH) is between 1350 and 1400 °C. At 22 GPa, phase D melts to a Mg-rich melt coexisting with MgSi-ilmenite + stishovite, whereas at 24-32 GPa melt coexists with perovskite and stishovite. Even melts from bulk compositions in the silica-rich part of the MSH system (molar bulk Mg/Si < 0.5) are magnesian-rich (Mg/Si molar ratio of 2-5) and are distinct from aqueous fluids and hydrous melts at lower pressures. The temperature stabilities determined in this study indicate that slabs that thermally relax when stagnating on top of the 660-km discontinuity or penetrating into the lower mantle will have their last dense hydrous magnesium silicate phase, i.e., phase D, melting and producing a magnesian and hydrous melt that will rise through the transition zone. Such a melt could be responsible for observed low velocity zones, and may be neutrally buoyant at the 410-km discontinuity and will affect the structure and dynamics of the mantle.

  8. The Effect of Large Melt Fraction on the Deformation Behavior of Peridotite: Implications for the Viscosity of Io's Mantle and the Rheologically Critical Melt Fraction

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    Scott, T. J.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2004-12-01

    To date, laboratory studies of the rheological properties of partially molten mantle rocks have reached melt fractions of φ < 0.15, a value much smaller than thought to be appropriate for the asthenosphere of Io where the degree of partial melting may be as large as 40%. Therefore, we have performed a series of high-temperature, triaxial compressive creep experiments on dry, synthetic peridotites in a gas-medium apparatus at a confining pressure of 300 MPa and temperatures from 1500 to 1553 K in order to determine the influence of large amounts of melt (0.15 < φ < 0.30) on the rheological behavior of partially molten rocks in both the diffusion and dislocation creep regimes. After hot-pressing San Carlos olivine (10 to 50 μ m) plus MORB ( ˜8 μ m), the melt is homogeneously distributed between grain-size melt pockets at triple junctions and smaller pockets at two-, three- and four-grain junctions. Stress vs strain rate data from samples in the diffusion creep regime (stress exponent al{n} = 1) reveal a drop in rock viscosity of several order of magnitude between φ = 0.25 and φ = 0.30, indicative of a rheologically critical melt fraction (RCMF). The combined results from experiments in the diffusion and dislocation creep regimes indicate that the flow behavior in both creep regimes is well described by the published flow laws [e.g. al{Hirth & Kohlstedt}, 2003] with strain rate ˙ {ɛ } ∝ exp(α φ ) and α = 25 for diffusion creep or α = 30 for dislocation creep. By comparing these flow laws to published values of viscosity in models of whole-mantle or thin-asthenosphere convection on Io, we can place constraints on the likely grain size, melt fraction, and differential stress. For convection limited to a thin (10 to 100 km) asthenosphere, the published range for viscosity of 108-12 Pa s requires grain sizes on the order of 10 to 100 μ m in diffusion creep, or a differential stress of 5 to 120 MPa in dislocation creep with φ ≥ 0.25 over the temperature

  9. Experimental determination of carbon partitioning between upper mantle minerals and silicate melts: initial results and comparison to trace element partitioning (Nb, Rb, Ba, U, Th, K)

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    Rosenthal, A.; Hauri, E. H.; Hirschmann, M. M.; Davis, F. A.; Withers, A. C.; Fogel, M. L.

    2012-12-01

    ). Resulting D's indicate that C is highly incompatible in all major mantle mineral phases, with D's for OL, OPX and CPX of close to 5x10-4, and for GA ~2.2x10-4. D's for H2O (2x10-4 to ~3x10-2) and F (~2.3x10-3 to ~5.8x10-2) are comparable to those found in previous studies. Trace element partition determinations are in progress, but comparison to previous studies indicates that carbon is significantly more incompatible during mantle melting than Nb, U, or Th, and has behavior approximately similar to Ba. We therefore suggest that undegassed C/Ba ratios may be useful indicators of C fluxes and concentrations in basalt source regions where very low degrees of melting might fractionate C/Nb ratios. [1] Saal, A, Hauri, EH, Langmuir, CH, Perfit, M (2002) Nature 419, 451-455. [2] Cartigny, P, Pineau, F, Aubaud, C, Javoy, M (2008) Earth Planet Sci Lett 265, 672-685.

  10. The Behavior of Pyroxenes During Partial Melting of Pyroxenite and Lherzolite in the Mantle: An Experimental and Numerical Study

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    Lo Cascio, M.; Liang, Y.

    2004-12-01

    Pyroxenes are the primary phases involved in partial melting of peridotite and pyroxenite lithologies in the upper mantle. In order to better understand the grain-scale processes of pyroxene melting and their effects on major and trace element distributions during magma generation, we carried out a series of kinetic melting experiments using reaction couple method. Partial melting experiments were conducted at 1340° C and 1.5 GPa for 72 hrs using reaction couples formed by juxtaposing pre-synthesized rods of orthopyroxenite (90% opx, 5% olivine, 5% melt) against clinopyroxenite (90% cpx + 10% melt). These laboratory experiments were supplemented by numerical simulations of partial melting in binary and ternary systems. Reaction between orthopyroxenite and clinopyroxenite at 1340° C and 1.5GPa results in a reactive boundary layer (RBL, 240 μ m after 72 hrs) that consists of euhedral olivine (35%), cpx (45%), and melt (20%). The RBL is located on the orthopyroxenite side of the original interface. The grain sizes of ol and cpx in the RBL are significantly larger than those in the orthopyroxenite and the clinopyroxenite. Clinopyroxene compositions vary systematically across the RBL, for example the Na2O and TiO2 content decrease from 1.05% and 0.35%, respectively, in the clinopyroxenite to 0.83% and 0.14% at the orthopyroxenite-RBL interface. The melt is concentrated in the RBL and appears to localize in those areas where olivine grains are more densely accumulated. The average melt in the RBL is a ne-normative alkali basalt (10.6% MgO, 49.2% SiO2, 4.7% Na2O, 0.28% K2O) and has relatively high Al2O3 (15.5%) and CaO (10.7%). The characteristics of increasing grain size and varying cpx and melt compositions in the RBL are very similar to those observed in our clinopyroxenite-harzburgite partial melting experiments [1], consistent with the grain-scale melting processes that involve dissolution of opx at the orthopyroxenite-RBL interface, precipitation of ol and new

  11. Melting depths and mantle heterogeneity beneath Hawaii and the East Pacific Rise: Constraints from Na/Ti and rare earth element ratios

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    Putirka, K.

    1999-02-01

    Mantle melting calculations are presented that place constraints on the mineralogy of the basalt source region and partial melting depths for oceanic basalts. Melting depths are obtained from pressure-sensitive mineral-melt partition coefficients for Na, Ti, Hf, and the rare earth elements (REE). Melting depths are estimated by comparing model aggregate melt compositions to natural basalts from Hawaii and the East Pacific Rise (EPR). Variations in melting depths in a peridotite mantle are sufficient to yield observed differences in Na/Ti, Lu/Hf, and Sm/Yb between Hawaii and the EPR. Initial melting depths of 95{endash}120 km are calculated for EPR basalts, while melting depths of 200{endash}400 km are calculated for Hawaii, indicating a mantle that is 300&hthinsp;{degree}C hotter at Hawaii. Some isotope ratios at Hawaii are correlated with Na/Ti, indicating vertical stratification to isotopic heterogeneity in the mantle; similar comparisons involving EPR lavas support a layered mantle model. Abundances of Na, Ti, and REE indicate that garnet pyroxenite and eclogite are unlikely source components at Hawaii and may be unnecessary at the EPR. The result that some geochemical features of oceanic lavas appear to require only minor variations in mantle mineral proportions (2{percent} or less) may have important implications regarding the efficiency of mantle mixing. Heterogeneity required by isotopic studies might be accompanied by only subtle differences in bulk composition, and material that is recycled at subduction zones might not persist as mineralogically distinct mantle components. {copyright} 1999 American Geophysical Union

  12. Mantle temperatures, and tests of experimentally calibrated olivine-melt equilibria

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    Putirka, K. D.

    2005-12-01

    precise at both low and high MgO, and hydrous and non-hydrous systems compared to Beattie (1993) and Ford et al. (1983). Herzberg (pers. comm.) has modeled olivine-melt pairs for Hawaii and MOR's, which are in accord with Putirka (2005); these pairs are used to test for the effects of systematic model error on estimates of mantle temperatures. The Beattie (1993) and Ford (1983) models appear to predict too low a value for T (by 100-150 K), given comparisons of lnKd(Mg) v. 1/T(K) for experimental data, and the very low values for Kd(Mg) observed at Hawaii. The new calibrations indicate mantle equilibration temperatures of 1855 K at Hawaii and 1608 K at MOR's, in agreement with calculations by Putirka (2005). Excess temperatures at Hawaii thus likely exceed 200 K, as suggested by dynamic model predictions (Sleep, 1990; Schilling, 1991) for a thermal plume origin for the Hawaiian Islands and other hot spots.

  13. First Kinetic Reactive-Flow and Melting Calculations for Entropy Budget and Major Elements in Heterogeneous Mantle Lithologies (Invited)

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    Asimow, P. D.

    2009-12-01

    The consequences of source heterogeneity and reactive flow during melt transport in the mantle can be classified by scale. At the smallest spatial and longest temporal scales, we can assume complete equilibrium and use batch melting of homogenized sources or equilibrium porous flow treatments. At large enough spatial scale or short enough temporal scale to prevent any thermal or chemical interaction between heterogeneities or between melt and matrix, we can assume perfectly fractional melting and transport and apply simple melt-mixing calculations. At a somewhat smaller spatial or longer temporal scale, thermal but not chemical interactions are significant and various lithologies and channel/matrix systems must follow common pressure-temperature paths, with energy flows between them. All these cases are tractable to model with current tools, whether we are interested in the energy budget, major elements, trace elements, or isotopes. There remains, however, the very important range of scales where none of these simple theories applies because of partial chemical interaction among lithologies or along the flow path. Such disequilibrium or kinetic cases have only been modeled, in the case of mantle minerals and melts, for trace elements and isotopes, with fixed melting rates instead of complete energy budgets. In order to interpret volumes of magma production and major element basalt and residue compositions that might emerge from a heterogeneous mantle in this last range of scales, we must develop tools that can combine a kinetic formulation with a major element and energy-constrained thermodynamic calculation. The kinetics can be handled either with a chemical kinetic approach with rate constants for various net transfer and exchange reactions, or with a physical diffusion-limited approach. A physical diffusion-limited approach can be built with the following elements. At grain scale, spherical grains of an arbitrary number of solid phases can evolve zoning profiles

  14. Softening of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle by asthenosphere melts and the continental extension/oceanic spreading transition

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    Ranalli, G.; Piccardo, G. B.; Corona-Chávez, P.

    2007-05-01

    The majority of ophiolitic peridotites in the Alpine-Apennine system show evidence of extensive interaction between subcontinental lithospheric mantle and fractional melts of asthenospheric origin. This interaction led to petrological, structural, and geochemical changes in the lithospheric mantle, and was accompanied by a temperature increase to near-asthenospheric values, resulting in the thermomechanical erosion of the lithosphere. We term the parts of mantle lithosphere thus affected the asthenospherized lithospheric mantle or ALM. The thermal and rheological consequences of thermomechanical erosion are explored by modelling the temperature and rheological properties of the thinned lithosphere as a function of thickness of ALM and time since asthenospherization (i.e., since the beginning of thermal relaxation). Results are given both in terms of rheological profiles (strength envelopes) and total lithospheric strength (TLS) for different lower crustal rheologies. The TLS decreases as a consequence of thermomechanical erosion. This decrease is a non-linear function of the thickness of the ALM. While practically negligible if less than 50% of lithospheric mantle is affected, it becomes significant (up to almost one order of magnitude) if thermomechanical erosion approaches the Moho. The maximum decrease in TLS is achieved within a short time span (˜1-2 Ma) after the end of the heating episode. As a working hypothesis, we propose that thermomechanical erosion of the lithospheric mantle, related to lithosphere/asthenospheric melts interaction, can be an important factor in a geologically rapid decrease in TLS. This softening could lead to whole lithospheric failure and consequently to a transition from continental extension to oceanic spreading.

  15. Geochemistry of rare high-Nb basalt lavas: Are they derived from a mantle wedge metasomatised by slab melts?

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    Hastie, Alan R.; Mitchell, Simon F.; Kerr, Andrew C.; Minifie, Matthew J.; Millar, Ian L.

    2011-09-01

    Compositionally, high-Nb basalts are similar to HIMU (high U/Pb) ocean island basalts, continental alkaline basalts and alkaline lavas formed above slab windows. Tertiary alkaline basaltic lavas from eastern Jamaica, West Indies, known as the Halberstadt Volcanic Formation have compositions similar to high-Nb basalts (Nb > 20 ppm). The Halberstadt high-Nb basalts are divided into two compositional sub-groups where Group 1 lavas have more enriched incompatible element concentrations relative to Group 2. Both groups are derived from isotopically different spinel peridotite mantle source regions, which both require garnet and amphibole as metasomatic residual phases. The Halberstadt geochemistry demonstrates that the lavas cannot be derived by partial melting of lower crustal ultramafic complexes, metasomatised mantle lithosphere, subducting slabs, continental crust, mantle plume source regions or an upper mantle source region composed of enriched and depleted components. Instead, their composition, particularly the negative Ce anomalies, the high Th/Nb ratios and the similar isotopic ratios to nearby adakite lavas, suggests that the Halberstadt magmas are derived from a compositionally variable spinel peridotite source region(s) metasomatised by slab melts that precipitated garnet, amphibole, apatite and zircon. It is suggested that high-Nb basalts may be classified as a distinct rock type with Nb > 20 ppm, intraplate alkaline basalt compositions, but that are generated in subduction zones by magmatic processes distinct from those that generate other intraplate lavas.

  16. Surface Tension-Driven Melt Flow in the Upper Mantle: An Experimental and Modeling Approach to Studying Capillary Flow of Silicate Melt Through an Olivine Matrix

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    Parsons, R. A.; Nimmo, F.; Hustoft, J. W.; Holtzman, B. K.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2006-12-01

    The flow of melt in partially-molten rocks has important implications for the geochemical and geophysical evolution of planetary bodies over a wide range of length scales. Surface tension is usually ignored in favor of differential stresses and buoyancy forces, but may still distribute melt over geologically interesting distances [1], particularly in small bodies such as asteroids. We have investigated experimentally the role of surface tension in the redistribution of melt. Shear deformation of synthetic mantle-type rocks composed of 76 vol% olivine, 20 vol% chromite, and 4 vol% mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) at upper mantle temperature and pressure conditions (1523 K, 300 MPa) produces anastomosing networks of melt-enriched (MORB) regions separated by melt-depleted lenses [2]. After the deformation phase of the experiment, each of three samples were statically annealed at 1523 K for 0, 10, or 100 hours to allow some MORB to redistribute back into the melt-depleted olivine plus chromite matrix via surface tension-driven capillary flow.". We modeled melt redistribution resulting from surface tension during the static anneal [3]. Using sample measurements of dihedral angle, and values for MORB and olivine viscosity from the literature (10 Pas [4] and 8x10^{12} Pas [5], [6], respectively), we are able to constrain the sample permeability by matching the model results to the experiments. Permeability is given by κ = d2φn/b. The model uses an exponential melt-dependent viscosity relation of the form ηo*10-α φ where ηo is the dry olivine viscosity, α = 25 [5], and φ is the melt fraction. We find that a permeability on the order of 10-18 m2, corresponding to n = 2 ± 0.2 and b = 7000 ± 2000, gives the best fit to the the experimental anneals. The relatively high value of b is probably due to clogging of melt paths by chromite grains (see Appendix A of Holtzmann et al.). [1] Stevenson D. J. (1986) GRL, 13, 1149-1152. [2] Holtzman B. K. et al. (2003) Science, 301

  17. Sulfide Undersaturated Basalts from Mid-Ocean Ridges and Oceanic Plateaus; Implications for Mantle Melting and Heterogeneity

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    Michael, P. J.; Natland, J. H.

    2002-12-01

    Mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) almost always erupt saturated with sulfide melt, as shown by the immiscible sulfide blebs they contain and their linear trend on a plot of FeO versus S [1]. Submarine MORB glasses are better for judging S undersaturation because they are rapidly-quenched liquids that erupted under hydrostatic pressures sufficiently high to preserve magmatic S without degassing. Here, using FeO-versus S relationships and Cu contents in glasses, we show for the first time that certain MORB and oceanic plateau basalts were sulfide undersaturated when erupted. In some cases they may have exhausted mantle sulfide during melting. The S-undersaturated basalts are MORB from Kolbeinsey Ridge and Indian Ocean ridges and have low Na8.0. Also, low-Na tholeiites from Ontong Java Plateau (OJP) and environs. All have formed by large extents of melting. Additional S-undersaturated MORB from the Indian Ocean that have formed by smaller extents of melting suggest that the mantle source is regionally depleted in S compared to other areas. Sulfide undersaturation there might correlate with an Indian Ocean isotopic signature, pointing to a peculiar makeup of the source. We consider the behavior of S, Cu and PGEs in terms of a column melting model [2] and the negative pressure dependence, the positive temperature (T) dependence and the compositional dependences of the S content at sulfide saturation (SCSS) [3,4]. Most magmas should reach crustal levels undersaturated with sulfide [3], but rapidly become saturated as T decreases and they evolve by olivine crystallization. Unlike [3] we feel that changes in T and composition are sufficient to bring about sulfide saturation: assimilation is not required. Differences in extent of melting should affect S saturation history. Average MORB that form by moderate extents of melting at relatively shallow depths will not be too far removed from sulfide saturation, and can rapidly attain saturation as T decreases and 10-20% olivine

  18. Ni distribution in MORB-source-mantle pyroxenites: Traces of melt-rock reaction on a cm-scale

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    Sergeev, D.; Dijkstra, A.; Pettke, T.

    2010-12-01

    Introduction The origin of pyroxenites in mantle peridotites is widely discussed as they represent the most important observed lithological inhomogeneity in the upper mantle. We have studied a case of such mantle heterogeneity, consisting of 1-10 cm thick concordant layers of websteritic pyroxenites within residual MORB-source mantle peridotites, in the Jurassic Pindos Ophiolite (N. Greece). Here we report Ni concentrations in minerals in pyroxenites and we compare them with those in the enclosing peridotites We use this data to test whether these pyroxenite layers are cumulate veins, or the product of melt-rock reactions. Results Ni concentrations analysed by Laser ablation ICP-MS on single olivine grains in thick sections show values for the wall-rock peridotites 2580-3480 μg/g, while 2825-3815 μg/g are measured in pyroxenites layers. We consistently observe higher Ni concentrations (10-20%) in pyroxenites compared to peridotites and we observe the same trend in thick sections containing peridotite and pyroxenite parts. The highest Ni concentrations, up to 4145 μg/g, are found in olivine inclusions - older grains surrounded by newly formed orthopyroxene in pyroxenites. Similar elevated Ni concentrations are also characteristic for single orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene grains in pyroxenites compared to peridotites. Intermediate values are typical for transition zones, as there is no strict contact line on the thick section scale between peridotite and pyroxenite. Discussion The data is consistent with a melt-rock reaction origin for the pyroxenites. Melt-rock reaction in the upper mantle between peridotites and SiO2-rich melts would not significantly lower the whole-rock Ni concentration in the newly-formed hybrid rock (pyroxenites). The transformation of olivine to orthopyroxene would strongly concentrate Ni in the remaining olivine and would also enrich other minerals (Sobolev et al. 2007). This interpretation is fully supported by petrographical

  19. Hydrous solidus of CMAS-pyrolite and melting of mantle plumes at the bottom of the upper mantle

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    Litasov, Konstantin; Ohtani, Eiji

    2003-11-01

    We showed in previous experiments that the melting temperature of hydrous pyrolite, at the transition boundary between wadsleyite and olivine, is abruptly reduced by the presence of 2 wt.% H2O. In this paper we determine the apparent solidus for CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-pyrolite with lower and geologically more reasonable H2O contents (0.5 wt.%). Phase relations and melt compositions have been determined at pressures of 13.5-17.0 GPa and temperatures of 1600 to 2100°C. There was no abrupt decrease of solidus temperature along the phase boundary between olivine and wadsleyite in pyrolite with 0.5 wt.% H2O. However significant gradual decrease of the solidus temperature at pressures below 15-16 GPa still supports previous models for a hydrous origin of some ancient komatiites by dehydration melting of rising wet plumes at pressures of 4-10 GPa.

  20. Partial melting and refertilization of mantle peridotites in the Xigaze ophiolite: constraints from whole-rock and mineral geochemistry

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    Zhang, Chang; Liu, Chuan-Zhou; Wu, Fu-Yuan

    2016-04-01

    Ophiolites along the E-W trending Yarlung-Tsangpo Suture (YTS), which separates the Indian plate from the Eurasian plate, have been regarded as relics of the Neo-Tethyan Ocean. The Xigaze ophiolite in the central YTS has been extensively studied. One of the most intact crust-mantle sequences is preserved in the Luqu (or Beimarang) ophiolite. Mantle peridotites of the Luqu ophiolite are dominated by harzburgites, with 55-65% olivine, 30-40% orthopyroxene, 1-5% clinopyroxene and 1-3% spinel. Minor lherzolites and dunites are also outcropped, and the mode contents of clinopyroxene in lherzolite can be locally up to 10%. This contribution presented whole-rock major element and mineral chemistry including EMPA (Electronic MicroProbe Analysis) and clinopyroxene in situ trace elements. Whole rock Al2O3 (0.23-2.05%) and CaO (0.41-1.7%) contents are very low but show obviously inverse correlation with MgO (39.7-47.0%), indicating that the Luqu peridotites are residues of variable degrees of partial melting. This is supported by the Cr# (=molar Cr/(Cr+Al)) values of spinels which vary from 0.36 to 0.69. Meanwhile, the high Cr# values of spinels and homogenously high Mg# (= molar Mg/(Mg+Fe2+)) values of olivines, clustering at 0.91, indicate high degrees of partial melting. The low REE (rare earth elements) concentrations and chondrite-normalized distribution partterns of clinopyroxenes reflect ultra-depleted natures, with most showing LREE (light REEs) and MREE (medium REEs) depleted patterns and strong fractionations between MREEs and HREE (heavy REEs) ((Sm/Yb)N: 0.021-0.184). Based on the observations and analyses, a model of two-stage melting process was proposed that the primitive mantle underwent 2-8% melting in garnet stability field which was followed by 10-15% melting in spinel stability field. The clinopyroxenes in some peridotites exhibit obvious enrichment of somestrongly incompatible elements (such as sodium and LREE) that reveal later refertilization process for

  1. CO2 content of andesitic melts at graphite-saturated upper mantle conditions with implications for redox state of oceanic basalt source regions and remobilization of reduced carbon from subducted eclogite

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    Eguchi, James; Dasgupta, Rajdeep

    2017-03-01

    We have performed experiments to determine the effects of pressure, temperature and oxygen fugacity on the CO2 contents in nominally anhydrous andesitic melts at graphite saturation. The andesite composition was specifically chosen to match a low-degree partial melt composition that is generated from MORB-like eclogite in the convective, oceanic upper mantle. Experiments were performed at 1-3 GPa, 1375-1550 °C, and fO2 of FMQ -3.2 to FMQ -2.3 and the resulting experimental glasses were analyzed for CO2 and H2O contents using FTIR and SIMS. Experimental results were used to develop a thermodynamic model to predict CO2 content of nominally anhydrous andesitic melts at graphite saturation. Fitting of experimental data returned thermodynamic parameters for dissolution of CO2 as molecular CO2: ln( K 0) = -21.79 ± 0.04, Δ V 0 = 32.91 ± 0.65 cm3mol-1, Δ H 0 = 107 ± 21 kJ mol-1, and dissolution of CO2 as CO3 2-: ln (K 0 ) = -21.38 ± 0.08, Δ V 0 = 30.66 ± 1.33 cm3 mol-1, Δ H 0 = 42 ± 37 kJ mol-1, where K 0 is the equilibrium constant at some reference pressure and temperature, Δ V 0 is the volume change of reaction, and Δ H 0 is the enthalpy change of reaction. The thermodynamic model was used along with trace element partition coefficients to calculate the CO2 contents and CO2/Nb ratios resulting from the mixing of a depleted MORB and the partial melt of a graphite-saturated eclogite. Comparison with natural MORB and OIB data suggests that the CO2 contents and CO2/Nb ratios of CO2-enriched oceanic basalts cannot be produced by mixing with partial melts of graphite-saturated eclogite. Instead, they must be produced by melting of a source containing carbonate. This result places a lower bound on the oxygen fugacity for the source region of these CO2-enriched basalts, and suggests that fO2 measurements made on cratonic xenoliths may not be applicable to the convecting upper mantle. CO2-depleted basalts, on the other hand, are consistent with mixing between

  2. Water, lithium and trace element compositions of olivine from Lanzo South replacive mantle dunites (Western Alps): New constraints into melt migration processes at cold thermal regimes

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    Sanfilippo, Alessio; Tribuzio, Riccardo; Ottolini, Luisa; Hamada, Morihisa

    2017-10-01

    Replacive mantle dunites are considered to be shallow pathways for extraction of mantle melts from their source region. Dunites offer a unique possibility to unravel the compositional variability of the melts produced in the upper mantle, before mixing and crystal fractionation modify their original signature. This study includes a quantification of H2O, Li and trace elements (Ni, Mn, Co, Sc, V, Ti, Zr, Y and HREE) in olivine from large replacive dunite bodies (>20 m) within a mantle section exposed in the Western Italian Alps (Lanzo South ophiolite). On the basis of olivine, clinopyroxene and spinel compositions, these dunites were previously interpreted to be formed by melts with a MORB signature. Variations in Ni, Mn, Co and Ca contents in olivine from different dunite bodies suggested formation by different melt batches. The variable H2O and Li contents of these olivines agree with this idea. Compared to olivine from residual peridotites and olivine phenocrysts in MORB (both having H2O <5 ppm; Li >1 ppm), the Lanzo South dunite olivine has high H2O (18-40 ppm) and low Li (0.35-0.83 ppm) contents. Geochemical modelling suggests that the dunite-forming melts were produced by low melting degrees of a mixed garnet-pyroxenite-peridotite mantle source, with a contribution of a garnet pyroxenite component variable from 20 to 80%. The Lanzo dunites experienced migration of melts geochemically enriched and mainly produced in the lowermost part of the melting region. Extraction of enriched melts through dunite channels are probably characteristic of cold thermal regimes, where low temperatures and a thick mantle lithosphere inhibit mixing with melts produced at shallower depths.

  3. Carbonatite melt-peridotite interaction at 5.5-7.0 GPa: Implications for metasomatism in lithospheric mantle

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    Sokol, Alexander G.; Kruk, Alexey N.; Chebotarev, Dimity A.; Palyanov, Yury N.

    2016-04-01

    Interaction between carbonatite melt and peridotite is studied experimentally by melting samples of interlayered peridotite-carbonatite-peridotite in graphite containers at 1200-1350 °C and 5.5-7.0 GPa in a split-sphere multianvil apparatus. Starting compositions are lherzolite and harzburgite, as well as carbonatite which may form in the upper part of a slab or in a plume-related source. Most experimental runs were of 150 h duration in order for equilibrium to be achieved. The interaction produced carbonatitic melts with low SiO2 (≤ 7 wt.%) and high alkalis. At 1200 °C, melt-peridotite interaction occurs through Mg-Ca exchange, resulting in elimination of orthopyroxene and crystallization of magnesite and clinopyroxene. At 1350 °C hybridization of the carbonatite and magnesite-bearing peridotite melts occurred with consumption of clinopyroxene and magnesite, and crystallization of orthopyroxene at MgO/CaO ≥ 4.3. The resulting peridotite-saturated melt has Ca# (37-50) depending on primary carbonatite composition. Compositions of silicate phases are similar to those of high-temperature peridotite but are different from megacrysts in kimberlites. CaO and Cr2O3 changes in garnet produced from the melt-harzburgite interaction at 1200 and 1350 °C perfectly match the observed trend in garnet from metasomatized peridotite of the Siberian subcontinental lithospheric mantle. K-rich carbonatite melts equilibrated with peridotite at 5.5-7.0 GPa and 1200-1350 °C correspond to high-Mg inclusions in fibrous diamond. Carbonatite melt is a weak solvent of entrained xenoliths and therefore cannot produce kimberlitic magma if temperatures are ~ 1350 °C on separation from the lithospheric peridotite source and ~ 1000 °C on eruption.

  4. Open-system melting in the upper mantle: Constraints from the Hayachine-Miyamori ophiolite, northeastern Japan

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    Ozawa, Kazuhito; Shimizu, Nobumichi

    1995-11-01

    The Hayachine and Miyamori hydrous ultramafic complexes, northeastern Japan, exhibit not only diverse lithological variations from very primordial spinel lherzolites (olivine forsterite mol % = 89 (Fo89), spinel 100Cr/(Cr+Al) (Cr #) =10) to refractory harzburgites (Fo93, spinel Cr #=70) but also show diverse trace element characteristics in amphiboles and clinopyroxenes correlated with the major element behavior. Some of the most primitive lherzolites are from the Hayachine complex and contain a clinopyroxene with strongly light rare earth element (REE) depleted abundances. The slightly refractory aluminous spinel peridotites of the Miyamori complex forming kilometric blocks in chromian spinel peridotites, exhibit flat to weakly V-shaped REE patterns with lower heavy REE (HREE) abundances. The chromite-bearing peridotites of the Miyamori complex exhibit light REE (LREE) enriched patterns with further lower HREE abundances than the aluminous spinel peridotites. The most refractory clinopyroxene-free harzburgite (Fo93) contains amphibole with the highest LREE/HREE ratio among the Miyamori-Hayachine peridotites. The observed covariance between major and trace elements together with geological and petrological data for the complex is reproduced with an open-system melting model, in which continuous supply of LREE-enriched melt, melting, and melt segregation are assumed to be coupled. Nonmodal melting with specified amounts of trapped melt is also taken into consideration. The result shows that REE and trace element data for less refractory peridotites can be reproduced fairly well by the model. Accounting for the REE patterns of more refractory peridotites, however, proved less tractable, indicative of the importance of a melting and melt separation process involving melt migration and reactions during the decompression of the mantle material.

  5. Mesoarchean melting and Neoarchean to Paleoproterozoic metasomatism during the formation of the cratonic mantle keel beneath West Greenland

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    van Acken, D.; Luguet, A.; Pearson, D. G.; Nowell, G. M.; Fonseca, R. O. C.; Nagel, T. J.; Schulz, T.

    2017-04-01

    Highly siderophile element (HSE) concentration and 187Os/188Os isotopic heterogeneity has been observed on various scales in the Earth's mantle. Interaction of residual mantle peridotite with infiltrating melts has been suggested to overprint primary bulk rock HSE signatures originating from partial melting, contributing to the heterogeneity seen in the global peridotite database. Here we present a detailed study of harzburgitic xenolith 474527 from the Kangerlussuaq suite, West Greenland, coupling the Re-Os isotope geochemistry with petrography of both base metal sulfides (BMS) and silicates to assess the impact of overprint induced by melt-rock reaction on the Re-Os isotope system. Garnet harzburgite sample 474527 shows considerable heterogeneity in the composition of its major phases, most notably olivine and Cr-rich garnet, suggesting formation through multiple stages of partial melting and subsequent metasomatic events. The major BMS phases show a fairly homogeneous pentlandite-rich composition typical for BMS formed via metasomatic reaction, whereas the 187Os/188Os compositions determined for 17 of these BMS are extremely heterogeneous ranging between 0.1037 and 0.1981. Analyses by LA-ICP-MS reveal at least two populations of BMS grains characterized by contrasting HSE patterns. One type of pattern is strongly enriched in the more compatible HSE Os, Ir, and Ru over the typically incompatible Pt, Pd, and Re, while the other type shows moderate enrichment of the more incompatible HSE and has overall lower compatible HSE/incompatible HSE composition. The small-scale heterogeneity observed in these BMS highlights the need for caution when utilizing the Re-Os system to date mantle events, as even depleted harzburgite samples such as 474527 are likely to have experienced a complex history of metasomatic overprinting, with uncertain effects on the HSE.

  6. Mixing of Mantle Sources Preserved in Melt Inclusions at Coaxial Segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Schwartz, D. M.; Wanless, V. D.; Lytle, M. L.; Clague, D. A.

    2016-12-01

    Coaxial segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge (JdFR) has a poorly defined axial rift, a wide rift valley, and erupts primarily pillow lavas, suggesting relatively low magma supply compared to more magmatically robust ridge segments to the south. To evaluate magma supply at Coaxial, we have analyzed olivine-hosted melt inclusions (MIs; N=113) and host glasses (N=7) for major, trace and volatile element contents, which we compare with new and existing data from Vance and Cleft segments of the JdFR. Of the three segments, Coaxial has the most diverse range of MI compositions. We divide the Coaxial MIs into two categories based on major and trace element systematics: NMORB (La/Sm > 0.5 and K2O/TiO2 > 0.05; N=68) and DMORB (La/Sm ≤ 0.5 and K2O/TiO2 ≤ 0.05; N=45), with the NMORB inclusions more closely resembling those of Cleft and Vance. DMORB inclusions are also characterized by higher mean FeO/MgO (0.93) and H2O/Ce (0.076) compared to NMORB (FeO/MgO =1.1 and H2O/Ce = 0.032). As a whole, the MIs from Coaxial have relatively low equilibration depths in the crust (average of 1656 m; determined by vapor saturation pressures of CO2-H2O) compared to the depth of the seismically imaged melt lens (2329 m; Carbotte et al., 2008). However, when considered separately, NMORB have peak MI depths consistent with the melt lens, similar to the other segments investigated, while the DMORB MI have a shallower peak resulting from lower CO2 concentrations. We suggest that the lower La/Sm and CO2/Nb ratios in the DMORB indicate the presence of a depleted mantle source, consistent with reported mantle values (e.g., Shimizu et al., 2016) that result in anomalously low equilibration pressures. However, the lower average FeO/MgO of the DMORB MIs support their early, likely deep, entrapment compared to the majority of NMORB inclusions. While DMORB compositions have been explained by high extents of melting of a normal mantle component, we favor a hypothesis where MIs are derived by mixing a

  7. Constraints on radial anisotropy in the central Pacific upper mantle from the NoMelt OBS array

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    Russell, J. B.; Gaherty, J. B.; Lin, P. P.; Zebker, M.

    2016-12-01

    Observations of seismic anisotropy in ocean basins are important for constraining deformation and melting processes in the upper mantle. The NoMelt OBS array was deployed on relatively pristine, 70-Ma seafloor in the central Pacific with the aim of constraining upper-mantle circulation and the evolution of the lithosphere-asthenosphere system. Azimuthal variations in Rayleigh-wave velocity suggest strong anisotropic fabric both in the lithosphere and deep in the asthenosphere, and we aim to evaluate whether radial anisotropy shows a similar pattern. We use a combination of Love waves from earthquakes (20-100 s) as well as high-frequency ambient noise (5-10 s) to estimate VSH in the upper 300 km beneath the NoMelt array. Waveform fitting of the ambient-noise cross spectra provide phase-velocity estimates that are sensitive to the upper 50 km of the mantle. To constrain structure beneath the lid, we employ an array-based approach to measure Love-wave phase velocities across the array using seven shallow-focus events (< 25 km) with high signal-to-noise ratio and diverse azimuthal coverage. The Love wave phase-velocity measurements suggest strong interference of the first overtone for intermediate periods (20-50 s), while longer periods (>60 s) are mostly dominated by fundamental mode energy. Through forward modeling of Love wave Fréchet kernels, we find an extremely strong nonlinearity in individual mode-branch sensitivity that is dependent on the relative velocity difference between the low-velocity zone (LVZ) and the overlying Pacific lid. For the fundamental mode in the presence of a strong LVZ, intermediate periods (20-50 s) have little sensitivity within the lithospheric mantle with peak sensitivity pushed to the base of the low-velocity zone. This peak sensitivity migrates to much shallower depth as the lid/LVZ contrast is reduced. Therefore, we use a Monte Carlo approach to systematically explore the model space and identify the most robust model features

  8. Nano-Diamonds in melt inclusions in ortho- and clinopyropxene from mantle xenoliths, Salt Lake Crater, Hawaii.

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    Wirth, R.; Rocholl, A.

    2002-12-01

    We observed nanocrystalline diamonds in magmatic rocks from Hawaii (Salt Lake Crater). They occur in mantle xenoliths (Ga-pyroxenites) in melt inclusions in ortho- and clinopyroxene. The xenoliths are incorporated in the host lava and have been transported from the Earth's interior to the surface by volcanic eruptions. Consequently, such xenoliths allow an insight into the structure, the chemical composition and the P-T conditions of the Earth's mantle. Salt Lake Crater pyroxenites are interpreted as high-pressure basaltic cumulates trapped and adiabatically cooled within the Hawaiian lithosphere at 1000o - 1150oC and 1.6 - 2.5 GPa (50-80 km). The melt inclusions were investigated by using TEM and AEM. Specimen preparation was performed by focused ion beam technique (FIB) at the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ). Promising melt inclusions in pyroxene have been selected from thin sections. FIB technique uses oil-free vacuum to avoid contamination of the foil. The resulting TEM foil has the dimensions 20 μm x 10 μm x 100 nm. Coating of the TEM ready foil with carbon was not necessary. Nanocrystalline diamonds are embedded in melt droplets, which are enclosed in pyroxene crystals. The melt inclusions with an average diameter of about 5 æm are always associated with a fluid phase or gas. The matrix of the melt inclusion consists of amorphous material (basaltic glass) containing very small inclusions of e.g. ZnS, Fe-Pd-S, Ag and In-rich minerals, native nanocrystalline iron and copper. Most of the diamonds occur in approximately rectangular shaped aggregates of polycrystalline diamonds, between 20 and 500 nm in size. The grain size of individual diamonds within each aggregate varies from 5 to 50 nm. The diamonds have been identified by X-ray analysis, electron diffraction and by EELS. The carbon K-edge in the EEL spectra allows to discriminate diamond, graphite and amorphous carbon. Some of the diamonds are single crystals; most of them are polycrystalline. Electron

  9. Effect of water on mantle melting and magma differentiation, as modeled using Adiabat_1ph 3.0

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    Antoshechkina, P. M.; Asimow, P. D.; Hauri, E. H.; Luffi, P. I.

    2010-12-01

    MELTS [1] and pMELTS [2] are widely used for modeling hydrous magma differentiation and water-saturated mantle melting, respectively. In pHMELTS [3] the water species can partition into melt, pure vapor, and hydrous or nominally anhydrous minerals so that phase relations for water-undersaturated systems may also be constructed. Adiabat_1ph is a text-based front end to the (pH)MELTS algorithms; in version 3.0 (Antoshechkina and Asimow, this meeting) we have added tools to further explore the effect of water on melting and fractional crystallization. Asimow and coworkers developed two schemes for fractionation-correction of major and trace elements: a forward model that considers the effects of water, pressure, and fO2 on the liquid line of descent (LLD) [3] and a hybrid back- and forward-fractionation model that may be used for individual samples when trends are poorly defined [4]. An extensive melt inclusion dataset for the Mariana Trough [5] shows evidence for simultaneous fractionation and degassing, so we have adapted routines from [4] to cope with hydrous conditions. For H2O < 1.5 wt% the path predicted by the ‘reverse-fractionation’ algorithm passes from cotectic assimilation to olivine accumulation as MgO increases. Higher water contents lend themselves to the ‘amoeba’ routine that, given an initial estimate, varies the parental melt composition until isobaric forward fractionation yields a specified target [4]. The adiabat_1ph version is flexible in the choice of varied oxides and fO2 constraint, and offers optional fitting to the LLD of a whole suite. In test runs, using glass compositions from the 9N region of the East Pacific Rise, we optimize the primary melt composition for fixed initial H2O. A grid search gives the quality of LLD fit as a function of initial H2O and pressure of crystallization. The overall best-fit LLD model and our preferred LLD model (H2O-CO2 vapor saturation pressure and maximum measured H2O) are in excellent agreement

  10. The Effect of Large Melt Fraction on the Deformation Behavior of Peridotite: Implications for the Rheology of Io's Mantle

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    Scott, T.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2003-12-01

    To date, laboratory studies of partially molten mantle rocks have reached melt fractions φ ˜ 0.15, a value much smaller than thought to be appropriate for the asthenosphere of Io where the degree of partial melting may be 40% or higher. Therefore, we have performed a series of high temperature, triaxial compressive creep experiments on dry synthetic peridotites in a gas medium apparatus at a confining pressure of 300 MPa and temperatures from 1450 to 1523 K in order to understand the influence of large amounts of melt (0.15 < φ < 0.40) on the rheological behavior of partially molten rocks. Mechanical mixtures of crushed and dried San Carlos olivine (1-10 μ m) plus MORB ( ˜8 μ m) were isostatically hot pressed at 1450 K and 300 MPa for 4 h. Microstructural analysis indicates that after hot pressing the melt is homogeneously distributed between grain-size melt pockets at triple junctions and smaller pockets at two, three and four grain junctions. Analysis of stress vs. strain rate data from a sample containing φ = 0.23 +/- 0.04 MORB with a grain size {d} = 9.3 +/- 2.3 μ m deformed at 1450 K and differential stresses of 10 to 75 MPa in the diffusional creep regime (stress exponent {n} = 1) demonstrates that the viscosity may be as much as three orders of magnitude higher than that predicted by a flow law reported for peridotites, where viscosity η ~ exp(-25 φ ). For example, diffusional creep data from the sample with φ = 0.23 scaled to a grain size of 1 mm and extrapolated to a temperature of 1900 K (a possible value in Io's interior) yields a viscosity of 3x1018 Pa s, compared to a viscosity of 2x1015 Pa s calculated from the flow law and published results from numerical models with viscosity values of 1017 Pa s for a homogeneous convecting mantle and 108 to 1012 Pa s for a thin convecting asthenosphere. Therefore, additional experiments on partially molten mantle rocks with relatively high φ are required to constrain the dynamic properties of Io

  11. Experimental forward approach to alkali-rich magma generation from the metasomatized mantle: Melting of mantle xenoliths from Tallante (Murcia, Spain)

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    Manjón-Cabeza Córdoba, Antonio; Castro, Antonio; Moreno-Ventas, Ignacio; López-Ruiz, José; María Cebriá, Jose

    2014-05-01

    Alkali-rich volcanism is a wide spread characteristic of the circum Mediterranean terrains. One of the outcrops of this kind of magmas is the "Cabezo Negro" Volcano in Tallante (Murcia, Spain). The "Cabezo Negro" lavas are alkali-rich basalts, with a Na/K ratio higher than 1, that were erupted between 3 and 2 My ago. Previous experiments have shown that the origin of alkali-rich series can be attributed to an Amphibole-rich metasomatized mantle. Continuing this work, we have carried out several forward experiments at the piston cylinder apparatus under different P-T conditions starting from a sample from a metasomatized mantle xenolith hosted in those lavas. The chosen xenoliths are amphibole bearing clinopyroxenites. Although there are some of them that are phlogopite-bearing, we have worked with those bearing only pargasite as a hydrous phase, in order to ease the understanding of the role of the amphibole in the melting process. The experiments were carried out at conditions ranging from 10 to 20 kbar and from 1000 to 1300 °C mostly of them were "dry", but those under higher pressures were also under water saturated conditions. The results show compositions of melts that are very similar to those that can be found in the k-rich magmas around the Alpine Mediterranean orogenes. In particular, silica, the alkalis and the K/Na ratio tend to decrease with temperature and to increase with pressure for the experiments under dry conditions, to sum up, approaching to the amphibole stability-solidus line. For those under water saturated (and higher pressure) conditions, however, a slight increase of those values can occur with increasing temperature. Since in this kind of metasomatized mantle amphibole seems to draw the solidus line, we have have analyzed the REE and other trace-element relations between amphiboles and the obtained melts seeking for the origin of particular REE affinities that can be found in post-orogenic magmas with adakitic or sanukitic signatures.

  12. Chalcophile and Siderophile Element Abundances in Kilbourne Hole Lherzolites: Distinguishing the Signature of Melt Depleted Primitive Mantle from Metasomatic Overprints

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    Harvey, J.; König, S.; Luguet, A.

    2013-12-01

    Selenium, tellurium and the highly siderophile elements in peridotites have the potential to illustrate planetary scale processes that are opaque to lithophile elements. However, the interpretation of chalcophile and siderophile element abundances relies heavily on the selection of representative mantle material and the determination of what processes have affected these elements since melt depletion. Whole rock and in-situ sulfide data demonstrate that chalcophile and HSE systematics of the upper mantle could be significantly modified through sulfide-metasomatism, particularly by C-O-H-S × Cl fluids[1] or sulfide melts[2] i.e., chalcophile and siderophile element abundances result from a complex interplay between sulfide addition and alteration of pre-existing sulfide. Here we present new bulk-rock S-Se-Te-PGE abundances on a suite (n = 17) of lherzolite and harzburgite xenoliths from Kilbourne Hole, USA[3, 4]. Mineral modal abundances, major element contents and LREE/HREE ratios for 10 of these xenoliths are consistent with varying degrees of melt depletion (≤ 20 %) whereas the remainder appear to have been affected by cryptic metasomatism, refertilization, or melt-rock interaction which affected lithophile element abundances [4]. While sulfur, Se and PGE budgets are primarily controlled by sulfides, 50 × 30% of Te in peridotite may be accounted for by Pt-Pd tellurides[5]. Although most Kilbourne Hole peridotite xenoliths have PGE characteristics consistent with varying degrees of melt depletion and somewhat scattered Se/Te ratios, KH96-24 has Pt-Pd-Te abundances consistent with Pt-Pd-telluride precipitation, in addition to petrographic evidence for alteration by secondary processes[4]. S/Se are well correlated within the suite. However, lherzolites that retain a strong melt-depletion signature have distinctly lower abundances of both S and Se (<65 ppm and <31 ppm respectively) compared to peridotites that have had their lithophile element budgets perturbed

  13. Viscosity structure of Earth's mantle inferred from rotational variations due to GIA process and recent melting events

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    Nakada, Masao; Okuno, Jun'ichi; Lambeck, Kurt; Purcell, Anthony

    2015-08-01

    We examine the geodetically derived rotational variations for the rate of change of degree-two harmonics of Earth's geopotential, skew5dot J_2, and true polar wander, combining a recent melting model of glaciers and the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets taken from the IPCC 2013 Report (AR5) with two representative GIA ice models describing the last deglaciation, ICE5G and the ANU model developed at the Australian National University. Geodetically derived observations of skew4dot J_2 are characterized by temporal changes of -(3.7 ± 0.1) × 10-11 yr-1 for the period 1976-1990 and -(0.3 ± 0.1) × 10-11 yr-1 after ˜2000. The AR5 results make it possible to evaluate the recent melting of the major ice sheets and glaciers for three periods, 1900-1990, 1991-2001 and after 2002. The observed skew4dot J_2 and the component of skew4dot J_2 due to recent melting for different periods indicate a long-term change in skew4dot J_2-attributed to the Earth's response to the last glacial cycle-of -(6.0-6.5) × 10-11 yr-1, significantly different from the values adopted to infer the viscosity structure of the mantle in most previous studies. This is a main conclusion of this study. We next compare this estimate with the values of skew4dot J_2 predicted by GIA ice models to infer the viscosity structure of the mantle, and consequently obtain two permissible solutions for the lower mantle viscosity (ηlm), ˜1022 and (5-10) × 1022 Pa s, for both adopted ice models. These two solutions are largely insensitive to the lithospheric thickness and upper mantle viscosity as indicated by previous studies and relatively insensitive to the viscosity structure of the D″ layer. The ESL contributions from the Antarctic ice sheet since the last glacial maximum (LGM) for ICE5G and ANU are about 20 and 30 m, respectively, but glaciological reconstructions of the Antarctic LGM ice sheet have suggested that its ESL contribution may have been less than ˜10 m. The GIA-induced skew4dot J_2 for GIA

  14. 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

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

    2017-02-01

    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.

  15. The density, compressibility and seismic velocity of hydrous melts at crustal and upper mantle conditions

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    Ueki, K.; Iwamori, H.

    2015-12-01

    Various processes of subduction zone magmatism, such as upward migration of partial melts and fractional crystallization depend on the density of the hydrous silicate melt. The density and the compressibility of the hydrous melt are key factors for the thermodynamic calculation of phase relation of the hydrous melt, and the geophysical inversion to predict physicochemical conditions of the melting region based on the seismic velocity. This study presents a new model for the calculations of the density of the hydrous silicate melts as a function of T, P, H2O content and melt composition. The Birch-Murnaghan equation is used for the equation of state. We compile the experimentally determined densities of various hydrous melts, and optimize the partial molar volume, compressibility, thermal expansibility and its pressure derivative, and K' of the H2O component in the silicate melt. P-T ranges of the calibration database are 0.48-4.29 GPa and 1033-2073 K. As such, this model covers the P-T ranges of the entire melting region of the subduction zone. Parameter set provided by Lange and Carmichael [1990] is used for the partial molar volume and KT value of the anhydrous silicate melt. K' of anhydrous melt is newly parameterized as a function of SiO2 content. The new model accurately reproduces the experimentally determined density variations of various hydrous melts from basalt to rhyolite. Our result shows that the hydrous melt is more compressive and less dense than the anhydrous melt; with the 5 wt% of H2O in melt, density and KT decrease by ~10% and ~30% from those of the anhydrous melt, respectively. For the application of the model, we calculated the P-wave velocity of the hydrous melt. With the 5 wt% of H2O, P-wave velocity of the silicate melt decreases by >10%. Based on the melt P-wave velocity, we demonstrate the effect of the melt H2O content on the seismic velocity of the partially molten zone of the subduction zone.

  16. Copper systematics during mantle melting and crustal differentiation in arcs: implications for S and Pb budgets of the continental crust

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    Lee, C.; Chin, E. J.; Dasgupta, R.; Luffi, P. I.; Le Roux, V.

    2010-12-01

    During mid-ocean ridge melting, Cu behaves like Sc and is therefore moderately incompatible, as evidenced by the twofold increase in Cu content in MORBs compared to the mantle. However, Cu content in the continental crust is comparable to that of the mantle, implying that during continental crust formation, Cu becomes effectively compatible. Cu is one of the only elements that exhibits Jekyll and Hyde behavior. This switch to being compatible is consistent with the observation that for the majority of arc magmas (as well as MORBs), Cu decreases with increasing SiO2 and decreasing MgO. Using natural samples, we infer new partition coefficients that indicate Cu is incompatible in olivine, pyroxenes, amphiboles, and biotite. The only mineral to exert significant control on Cu partitioning is sulfide. Cu behaves incompatibly during mantle melting because the modal abundance of sulfides relative to silicate minerals is extremely low. The monotonic decrease in Cu in most differentiating arc magmas requires sulfide saturation. In addition, the similar abundances of Cu in many primitive arc magmas compared to MORBs suggests that mantle melting in both environments occurs not only at sulfide saturation but without the need for excess Cu (or S). In a few cases, however, primitive arc magmas begin with high Cu or show increases in Cu with differentiation, which most likely requires unusually high oxygen fugacities in the source or magmatic evolution towards high oxygen fugacity. Such cases may be important for the origin of Cu porphyry deposits, but are generally rare. Because of the close link between Cu and sulfide during magma differentiation, Cu can be used as a proxy for the pre-degassed S content of arc magmas. The S content of continental crust, like many volatile elements, is basically unconstrained, but it can be inferred from Cu, which is much better constrained. Finally, the fact that the continental crust is highly depleted in Cu implies that there is a missing

  17. The Mg-Sr-Nd-Hf Isotopic Compositions of Beiyan Mantle Xenoliths: Implications on the Melt/Fluid-Rock Interaction

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    Li, P.; Lu, Y.; Li, S.

    2016-12-01

    It has been widely confirmed that mantle metasomatism plays an important role in the refertilization of lithospheric mantle. However, the mechanism of metasomatism including the nature and source of metasomatic flux is still difficult to be thoroughly revealed. We present an integrated study of whole-rock major and trace elements and Mg-Sr-Nd-Hf isotopes for mantle xenoliths and host basalts at Beiyan, Shandong Province in eastern China. The primary objective is to clarify the periods of metasomatism and provide constrains on the interaction between xenolith and melt/fluid. Based on the mineral component, Beiyan xenoliths were subdivided into four types: lherzolite, cpx-rich lherzolite, wehrlite and olivine clinopyroxenite. These samples show variable Mg# values, decreasing from 89.4 90.2 in lherzolites, 85.9 89.6 in cpx-rich lherzolites, 81.2 87.3 in wehrlites, till 77.7 79.4 in olivine clinopyroxenites. Low Mg# values, LREE-enriched patterns and the occurrence of hydrous minerals such as phlogopite, amphibole, feldspar and carbonates such as calcite, ankerite and reacted texture suggest subsequent melt/fluid addition. Relative to the Mg isotopic composition of lherzolites (δ26Mg = -0.21±0.06‰ (2SD, n=3)), which are similar to the average δ26Mg of normal mantle (-0.25±0.07‰ [1]), δ26Mg of cpx-rich lherzolites (-0.18±0.07‰ (2SD, n=4)) are heavier, and δ26Mg of wehrlites (-0.31±0.07‰ (2SD, n=9)) are lighter. Combining with the Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic results, at least two-stage melt/fluid-rock interactions occurred in Beiyan xenoliths, which formed the isotopic heterogeneous. The distinct heavy Mg isotopic compositions and fertile Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic compositions in cpx-rich lherzolites indicate that they are the products of interaction between lherzolite and fluid derived from subducted Pacific slab which may inherit heavy Mg isotopic compositions of abyssal peridotite. The basaltic melt metasomatism with light Mg isotopic (δ26Mg = -0.54‰ to -0.40

  18. Experimental investigation of the electrical behavior of olivine during partial melting under pressure and application to the lunar mantle

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    Pommier, A.; Leinenweber, K.; Tasaka, M.

    2015-09-01

    ), and provide a melt conductivity value of 78 (±8) S/m for all Fo77 samples and 45 (±5) S/m for the Fo90 sample. Comparison of our results with electromagnetic sounding data of the deep interior of the Moon supports the hypothesis of the presence of interconnected melt at the base of the lunar mantle. Our results underline that electrical conductivity can be used to investigate in situ melt nucleation and migration in the interior of terrestrial planets.

  19. Eclogite-associated potassic silicate melts and chloride-rich fluids in the mantle: a possible connection

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    Safonov, O.; Butvina, V.

    2009-04-01

    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

  20. Shallow mantle and crustal structure beneath the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (35° N): melt supply and crustal construction

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    Lekic, V.; Dunn, R.; Toomey, D.; Detrick, R.

    2003-12-01

    P-waves recorded during wide-angle refraction experiments provide a measure of crustal thickness and the velocity structure of the crust and uppermost mantle along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge near 35N. We use 29,605 crustal refractions, 14,682 reflections from the base of the crust, and 9322 mantle refractions to generate a three-dimensional anisotropic P-wave image of sub-ridge structure that extends 60 km along the ridge, 50 km across the ridge, and to 10 km depth. These data were compiled from six separate two- and three-dimensional experiments which, taken together, include 49 ocean-bottom instruments and 5118 airgun shots. This section of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is bounded to the north by the Oceanographer fracture zone and to the south by a non-transform offset and previous studies suggest that more melt is supplied to the center of the ridge segment than the ends. Shallow isotropic velocities are generally low in a band that parallels the ridge axis and this band is punctuated by a series of small, 10-km-long, low velocity anomalies of up to -1 km/s magnitude. The variability of shallow crustal structure suggests strong spatial and temporal variability of the melt supply to the shallow crust. In addition, in the shallow crust we detect a small amount of azimuthal anisotropy that indicates the presence of vertically aligned cracks that are oriented parallel to the strike of the ridge. Such cracks indicate that the shallow crust is experiencing tensional forces generated by plate spreading. At the center of the ridge segment, where a line of seamounts intersects the ridge, a 10x10 km2 low-velocity region (-0.6-0.8 km/s magnitude) extends downward through the crust and into the mantle where it widens to 20x20 km2 in width. The seismic image is consistent with a region of high temperatures and perhaps a small amount of melt and thus indicates the current magma supply system of the ridge. Although the aperture of our imaging does not extend completely to the segment

  1. A geophysical perspective on mantle water content and melting: Inverting electromagnetic sounding data using laboratory-based electrical conductivity profiles

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    Khan, A.; Shankland, T. J.

    2012-02-01

    retrieved conductivity structures beneath the various stations tend to follow trends observed for temperature with the strongest lateral variations in the uppermost mantle; for depths > 300 km conductivities appear to depend less on the particular conductivity database. Conductivities at 410 km and at 660 km depth are found to agree overall with purely geophysically-derived global and semi-global one-dimensional conductivity models. Both electrical conductivity databases point to < 0.01 wt.% H2O in the upper mantle. For transition zone minerals results from the laboratory database of Yoshino (2010) suggest that a much higher water content (up to 2 wt.% H2O) is required than in the other database (Karato, 2011), which favors a relatively "dry" transition zone (< 0.01 wt.% H2O). Incorporating laboratory measurements of hydrous silicate melting relations and available conductivity data allows us to consider the possibility of hydration melting and a high-conductivity melt layer above the 410-km discontinuity. The latter appears to be 1) regionally localized and 2) principally a feature from the Yoshino (2010) database. Further, there is evidence of lateral heterogeneity: The mantle beneath southwestern North America and central China appears "wetter" than that beneath central Europe or Australia.

  2. Effect of melt composition on basalt and peridotite interaction: laboratory dissolution experiments with applications to mineral compositional variations in mantle xenoliths from the North China Craton

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    Wang, Chunguang; Liang, Yan; Xu, Wenliang; Dygert, Nick

    2013-11-01

    Interaction between basaltic melts and peridotites has played an important role in modifying the lithospheric and asthenospheric mantle during magma genesis in a number of tectonic settings. Compositions of basaltic melts vary considerably and may play an important role in controlling the kinetics of melt-peridotite interaction. To better understand the effect of melt composition on melt-peridotite interaction, we conducted spinel lherzolite dissolution experiments at 2 GPa and 1,425 °C using the dissolution couple method. The reacting melts include a basaltic andesite, a ferro-basalt, and an alkali basalt. Dissolution of lherzolite in the basaltic andesite and the ferro-basalt produced harzburgite-lherzolite sequences with a thin orthopyroxenite layer at the melt-harzburgite interface, whereas dissolution of lherzolite in the alkali basalt produced a dunite-harzburgite-lherzolite sequence. Systematic variations in mineral compositions across the lithological units are observed. These mineral compositional variations are attributed to grain-scale processes that involve dissolution, precipitation, and reprecipitation and depend strongly on reacting melt composition. Comparison of mineral compositional variations across the dissolution couples with those observed in mantle xenoliths from the North China Craton (NCC) helps to assess the spatial and temporal variations in the extent of siliceous melt and peridotite interaction in modifying the lithospheric mantle beneath the NCC. We found that such melt-rock interaction mainly took place in Early Cretaceous, and is responsible for the enrichment of pyroxene in the lithospheric mantle. Spatially, siliceous melt-peridotite interaction took place in the ancient orogens with thickened lower crust.

  3. Chemical and Isotopic Heterogeneities in the Deep Earth:Importance of Lower Mantle Carbonate-rich Melts

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    Collerson, K. D.; Williams, Q.; Murphy, D.

    2007-12-01

    Evolution of mantle chemical heterogeneity reflects a spectrum of processes. Nature of reservoirs has been inferred from radiogenic isotope and trace element systematics of mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) and ocean island basalts (OIB) [1]. Carbonatites, kimberlites and lamproites [2-4] also sample depleted and enriched reservoirs, however, their origin remains equivocal. Secular decrease in Th/U ratio in MORB mantle (DMM), homogeneity of Th/U inferred from Pb-isotopic data, and systematic variation in Nb/Th and Nb/U ratios in MORBs [5], show that recycled components in DMM are well mixed. Thus isotopically hererogeneous domains in DMM must be transient features and are unlikely to yield HIMU and EM chemistries. Explanations for HIMU and EM OIB chemistries include involvement of: (1) subcontinental lithospheric mantle; (2) subducted oceanic lithosphere; (3) subducted sediment; or (4) an enigmatic lower mantle (LM) "plume component". Elevated 3He/4He in OIBs and kimberlites [6] and excess 129Xe and high 40Ar/39Ar [e.g., 7-8] and solar 20Ne/22Ne [9] in carbonatites indicate that they were derived from a primitive, isolated, and less degassed source than MORB. Primordial compositions show that this reservoir escaped atmospheric contamination by Ar, Xe, and Ne and pollution by 4He-rich material (from recycled 238U) during subduction. This primitive reservoir likely exists below the depth subducted slabs obviously penetrate (ca. 1700 km) e.g., [10]. That kimberlites are deeply sourced is also shown by lower mantle inclusions in diamond, e.g., [11]. Importantly, Gp. 1 and 2 kimberlites are isotopically similar to HIMU and EM-1 OIBs [4]. We interpret Gp 1 kimberlites as mixtures of HIMU and EM sources, while Gp. 2 kimberlites (close to EM-1) are interpreted as melts of a Ca perovskite-rich reservoir, possibly from slabs in the LM. We model melting of LM phases to simulate evolution of EM1 and HIMU 87Sr/86Sr, 143Nd/144Nd, 176Hf/177Hf, 207Pb/204Pb, 206Pb/204Pb and 208Pb/204

  4. Density and seismic velocity of hydrous melts under crustal and upper mantle conditions

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    Ueki, Kenta; Iwamori, Hikaru

    2016-05-01

    We present a new model for calculating the density of hydrous silicate melts as a function of P, T, H2O concentration, and melt composition. We optimize VPr,Tr, ∂V/∂T, ∂V/∂P, ∂V2/∂T∂P, and K' of H2O end-member components in hydrous silicate melts, as well as K' of anhydrous silicate melts, using previously reported experimental results. The parameter set for H2O end-member component in silicate melt optimized in this study is internally consistent with the parameter values for the properties of anhydrous silicate melt reported by Lange and Carmichael (1987, 1990). The model calculation developed in this study reproduces the experimentally determined densities of various hydrous melts, and can be used to calculate the relationships between pressures, temperatures, and H2O concentrations of various hydrous melts from ultramafic to felsic compositions at pressures of 0-4.29 GPa. Using the new parameter set, we investigate the effects of H2O content on the seismic velocity of hydrous melts, as well as seismic velocities in partially molten regions of subduction zones. The results show that water content in silicate melt plays a key role in determining seismic velocity structure, and therefore must be taken into account when interpreting seismic tomography.

  5. Thermal structure and melting conditions in the mantle beneath the Basin and Range province from seismology and petrology

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    Plank, T.; Forsyth, D. W.

    2016-04-01

    To better constrain the temperature structure in the upper mantle, we jointly invert seismic surface wave velocities and basalt thermobarometry. New measurements of the water concentration (1.0-3.5 wt %) and oxygen fugacity (FMQ + 0.5 to + 1.5) of basalts from seven recently active volcanic fields in the Basin and Range province (Cima, Pisgah, Amboy, Big Pine, Black Rock, Snow Canyon, W. Grand Canyon) enable more accurate equilibration pressure (P) and temperature (T) estimates of the mantle melts. We developed a revised thermobarometer that more precisely predicts the results of laboratory experiments on melts equilibrated with olivine and orthopyroxene and accounts for the effects of water and CO2. Applying these methods to basalts from the Basin and Range we find that most equilibrated near the dry solidus in P-T space and at depths in the vicinity of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) inferred from receiver function analysis and Rayleigh surface wave tomography. The wet basalts should have begun melting well below the dry solidus, so the depths of equilibration probably reflect ponding of rising melts beneath the nominally dry lithosphere. A two-parameter thermal model is sufficient to simultaneously satisfy both the seismological and petrological constraints. In the model, the depth to the dry solidus defines the bottom boundary of the conductive lid, while the potential temperature (Tp) controls the asthenosphere and LAB thermal structure. The optimum estimates of Tp range from <1300 to >1500°C, and depths to the LAB range from ˜55 to 75 km, with uncertainties on the order of ±50°C and ±10 km. In contrast to standard tomographic images or basalt thermobarometry, the output of the joint inversion is a geotherm that can be tested quantitatively against other observations.

  6. Tracking the Depleted Mantle Signature in Melt Inclusions and Residual Glass of Basaltic Martian Shergottites using Secondary Ionization Mass Spectrometry

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    Peters, Timothy J.; Simon, Justin I.; Jones, John H.; Usui, Tomohiro; Economos, Rita C.; Schmitt, Axel K.; McKeegan, Kevin D.

    2013-01-01

    Trace element abundances of depleted shergottite magmas recorded by olivine-hosted melt inclusions (MI) and interstitial mesostasis glass were measured using the Cameca ims-1270 ion microprobe. Two meteorites: Tissint, an olivine-­phyric basaltic shergottite which fell over Morocco July 18th 2001; and the Antarctic meteorite Yamato 980459 (Y98), an olivine-phyric basaltic shergottite with abundant glassy mesostasis have been studied. Chondrite-­normalized REE patterns for MI in Tissint and Y98 are characteristically LREE depleted and, within analytical uncertainty, parallel those of their respective whole rock composition; supporting each meteorite to represent a melt composition that has experienced closed-­system crystallization. REE profiles for mesostasis glass in Y98 lie about an order of magnitude higher than those from the MI; with REE profiles for Tissint MI falling in between. Y98 MI have the highest average Sm/Nd and Y/Ce ratios, reflecting their LREE depletion and further supporting Y98 as one of our best samples to probe the depleted shergotitte mantle. In general, Zr/Nb ratios overlap between Y98 and Tissint MI, Ce/Nb ratios overlap between Y98 MI and mesostasis glass, and Sm/Nd ratios overlap between Y98 mesostasis glass and Tissint MI. These features support similar sources for both, but with subtle geochemical differences that may reflect different melting conditions or fractionation paths during ascent from the mantle. Interestingly, the REE patterns for both Y98 bulk and MI analyses display a flattening of the LREE that suggests a crustal contribution to the Y98 parent melt. This observation has important implications for the origins of depleted and enriched shergottites.

  7. Alteration of Mantle Sulfides: the Effects of Oxidation and Melt Infiltration in a Kilbourne Hole Harzburgite Xenolith

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    Barrett, T. J.; Harvey, J.; Warren, J. M.; Klein, F.; Walshaw, R.

    2013-12-01

    Sulfides, while commonly present in volumetrically minor amounts (< 0.1 modal %; e.g.[1]) in the mantle, impart a strong control over many of the highly siderophile and strongly chalcophile elements. The mass balance of some elements, such as Os, are almost completely controlled by heterogeneously distributed sulfide grains[2][3]. Hence, processes that re-distribute sulfides and / or alter their composition can have profound effects on the information preserved within them regarding primary mantle processes. Different generations of interstitial sulfide may partly or completely re-equilibrate with one another or may be exposed to open-system processes that mobilize and / or precipitate sulfides[4]. In mantle xenoliths in particular, supergene weathering at the Earth's surface can oxidize sulfide to soluble sulfate, and its removal affects highly siderophile and strongly chalcophile element abundances [6]. Here we present the initial results from a study of interstitial mantle sulfides (n = 24) recovered from a single harzburgitic xenolith from Kilbourne Hole, NM. Large compositional differences are observed in the sulfides even at the scale of a single xenolith. Mono-sulfide solid solution has exsolved into two Fe-Ni-rich phases, one with a significantly larger Ni content for a given Fe abundance. Occurrences of Cu-rich sulfides are rare, but where present Cu can account for up to 22 weight % of the sulfide. Critically, no fresh, unaltered sulfides were recovered and in all of the sulfides there is evidence for at least two secondary processes. EDS mapping of the sulfides reveals pervasive, but incomplete, oxidation in all of the grains; Raman spectroscopy reveals this oxide to be goethite. In addition, there is also evidence for the interaction of many of the sulfides with a volatile-rich silicate melt. Silicate melt veins cross-cut the original sulfide mineralogy in some areas of the sulfide grain, while leaving other areas virtually untouched. The degree of

  8. Ca. 2.7 Ga ferropicritic magmatism: A record of Fe-rich heterogeneities during Neoarchean global mantle melting

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    Milidragovic, Dejan; Francis, Don

    2016-07-01

    Although terrestrial picritic magmas with FeOTOT ⩾13 wt.% are rare in the geological record, they were relatively common ca. 2.7 Ga during the Neoarchean episode of enhanced global growth of continental crust. Recent evidence that ferropicritic underplating played an important role in the ca. 2.74-2.70 Ga reworking of the Ungava craton provides the impetus for a comparison of ca. 2.7 Ga ferropicrite occurrences in the global Neoarchean magmatic record. In addition to the Fe-rich plutons of the Ungava craton, volumetrically minor ferropicritic flows, pyroclastic deposits, and intrusive rocks form parts of the Neoarchean greenstone belt stratigraphy of the Abitibi, Wawa, Wabigoon and Vermillion domains of the southern and western Superior Province. Neoarchean ferropicritic rocks also occur on five other Archean cratons: West Churchill, Slave, Yilgarn, Kaapvaal, and Karelia; suggesting that ca. 2.7 Ga Fe-rich magmatism was globally widespread. Neoarchean ferropicrites form two distinct groups in terms of their trace element geochemistry. Alkaline ferropicrites have fractionated REE profiles and show no systematic HFSE anomalies, broadly resembling the trace element character of modern-day ocean island basalt (OIB) magmas. Magmas parental to ca. 2.7 Ga alkaline ferropicrites also had high Nb/YPM (>2), low Al2O3/TiO2 (<8) and Sc/Fe (⩽3 × 10-4) ratios, and were enriched in Ni relative to primary pyrolite mantle-derived melts. The high Ni contents of the alkaline ferropicrites coupled with the low Sc/Fe ratios are consistent with derivation from olivine-free garnet-pyroxenite sources. The second ferropicrite group is characterized by decisively non-alkaline primary trace element profiles that range from flat to LREE-depleted, resembling Archean tholeiitic basalts and komatiites. In contrast to the alkaline ferropicrites, the magmas parental to the subalkaline ferropicrites had flat HREE, lower Nb/YPM (<2), higher Al2O3/TiO2 (8-25) and Sc/Fe (⩾4 × 10-4) ratios, and

  9. Mantle compositional control on the extent of mantle melting, crust production, gravity anomaly, ridge morphology, and ridge segmentation: a case study at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge 33-35°N

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    Niu, Yaoling; Bideau, Daniel; Hékinian, Roger; Batiza, Rodey

    2001-04-01

    Mantle temperature variation and plate spreading rate variation have been considered to be the two fundamental variables that determine the extent of mantle melting and ocean crust production. Along the length of a ∼200 km portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) between the Oceanographer (35°N) and Hayes (33°N) transforms, the mantle potential temperature is the same, the plate spreading rate is the same, but the extent of mantle melting and crustal production vary drastically. In addition to the typical crustal thickness variation on ridge segment scales at the MAR, i.e. thicker at segment centers and thinner at segment ends, there exist between-segment differences. For example, the ∼90 km long segment OH-1 is magmatically robust with a central topographic high, thick crust, and a large negative gravity anomaly whereas the ∼45 km long segment OH-3 is magmatically starved with a deep rift valley, thin crust and a weak negative gravity anomaly. We demonstrate that the observed differences in the extent of mantle melting, melt production and crustal mass between segments OH-1 and OH-3 are ultimately controlled by their fertile mantle source compositional difference as reflected by the lava compositional differences between the two segments: >70% of OH-1 samples studied (N=57) are enriched MORB with [La/Sm]N>1, but >85% of OH-3 samples studied (N=42) are depleted MORB with [La/Sm]N<1. Calculations show that the mean OH-1 source is more enriched in incompatible elements, total alkalis (∼0.36 wt% Na2O and ∼0.09% K2O) and H2O content (∼280 ppm) than the mean OH-3 source, which is depleted of incompatible elements, total alkalis (<0.17% Na2O and <0.01% K2O) and H2O content (∼70 ppm). These fertile compositional differences result in significantly reduced solidus temperature of OH-1 source over that of OH-3 source, and allows melting to begin at a significantly greater depth beneath OH-1 (∼90 km) than beneath OH-3 (<60 km), leading to a taller melting

  10. Evidence for the formation of boninitic melt in the base of the Salahi mantle section, the northern Oman ophiolite

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    Nomoto, Y.; Takazawa, E.

    2013-12-01

    The boninites in the Oman ophiolite occur as lavas and dikes of the Alley volcanic sequence (Ishikawa et al., 2002). Moreover, Yamazaki and Miyashita (2008) reported about boninitic dike swarms in the Fizh crustal section. The boninitic melt generation requires hydrous melting of refractory mantle peridotite under an extremely high temperature and low pressure condition. This condition is generally explained by the addition of slab-derived fluids into a hot young oceanic lithosphere, which previously experienced MORB melt extraction. In this study, we report an ultramafic complex mainly composed of dunite which is in equilibrium with chemical composition of boninites in the southwestern part of the Salahi mantle section in the northern Oman ophiolite. Based on the study by Nomoto and Takazawa (2013) the complex consists mainly of massive dunite associated with minor amounts of harzburgite, pyroxenites and wehrlite. We use spinel Cr# (=Cr/[Cr+Al] atomic ratio) as an indicator of extent of melt extraction in harzburgites. For dunites spinel Cr# varies as a function of extent of reaction and of melt composition (Dick and Bullen, 1984; Arai, 1994; Ozawa, 2008). The spinels in the dunites from the complex have Cr# greater than 0.7 indicating highly refractory signature. The range of spinel Cr# is similar to those of spinels in boninites reported worldwide (Umino, 1986; van der Laan et al., 1992; Sobolev and Danyushevsky, 1994; Ishikawa et al., 2002). The complex might be a section of dunite channel that formed by flux melting of harzburgites as a result of infiltration of a voluminous fluid from the basal thrust. We determined the abundances of rare earth elements (REE) in the peridotite clinopyroxenes (cpxs) by LA-ICP-MS to estimate the compositions of the melts in equilibrium with these clinopyroxenes. The chondrite-normalized patterns for clinopyroxenes in the dunites are characterized by enrichments in light REE (LREE) relative to those of the harzburgite

  11. Melt localization and its relation to deformation in the subcontinental mantle: a case study from layered dunite-harzburgite-lherzolite bodies of the Ronda peridotite massif, Spain

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    Hidas, Karoly; Garrido, Carlos J.; Bodinier, Jean-Louis; Tommasi, Andrea; Booth-Rea, Guillermo; Gervilla, Fernando; Marchesi, Claudio

    2010-05-01

    The processes that take place during the transport of melts through the convecting mantle are the least understood and, therefore, state-of-the art problems among a series of processes of formation and evolution of mantle magmas. It is widely accepted that, dunite channels might be pathways by which mantle melts easily pass through the overlying mantle (e.g. Kelemen et al., 1997). The role of shear strain during the formation of dunite bodies in ophiolites was considered in details by Kelemen & Dick (1995). It was also shown that the stress field can control the melt migration paths marked by dunite bodies occurring oriented regularly relative to the hinge and axial plane of a harzburgite fold (Savelieva et al., 2008). The localization of melt flow and formation of channels under mechanical instability during the formation of dunites is expected to lead to a stronger olivine crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) in these rocks than in their surroundings. However, accepted models explain formation of dunitic lithology mostly in oceanic environment, but one would face several challenges trying to apply them to the subcontinental lithospheric mantle. The Ronda massif (southern Spain) is the largest (ca. 300km2) of several orogenic peridotite massifs exposed in the Betic and Rif (northern Morocco) mountain belts in the westernmost part of the Alpine orogen that was tectonically emplaced during early Miocene times. One of the most remarkable features of the Ronda massif is the ‘recrystallization front' that represents the transition from the spinel-tectonite to the coarse granular peridotite domain corresponding to a narrow boundary of a partial melting domain caused by thinning and coeval asthenospheric upwelling formed at the expense of former subcontinental lithospheric mantle and associated with melting and kilometer-scale migration of melts by diffuse porous flow through the ‘asthenospherized' domain (Van der Wal & Bodinier, 1996; Lenoir et al., 2001

  12. Calcium isotopic fractionation in mantle peridotites by melting and metasomatism and Ca isotope composition of the Bulk Silicate Earth

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    Kang, Jin-Ting; Ionov, Dmitri A.; Liu, Fang; Zhang, Chen-Lei; Golovin, Alexander V.; Qin, Li-Ping; Zhang, Zhao-Feng; Huang, Fang

    2017-09-01

    To better constrain the Ca isotopic composition of the Bulk Silicate Earth (BSE) and explore the Ca isotope fractionation in the mantle, we determined the Ca isotopic composition of 28 peridotite xenoliths from Mongolia, southern Siberia and the Siberian craton. The samples are divided in three chemical groups: (1) fertile, unmetasomatized lherzolites (3.7-4.7 wt.% Al2O3); (2) moderately melt-depleted peridotites (1.3-3.0 wt.% Al2O3) with no or very limited metasomatism (LREE-depleted cpx); (3) strongly metasomatized peridotites (LREE-enriched cpx and bulk rock) further divided in subgroups 3a (harzburgites, 0.1-1.0% Al2O3) and 3b (fertile lherzolites, 3.9-4.3% Al2O3). In Group 1, δ44/40Ca of fertile spinel and garnet peridotites, which experienced little or no melting and metasomatism, show a limited variation from 0.90 to 0.99‰ (relative to SRM 915a) and an average of 0.94 ± 0.05‰ (2SD, n = 14), which defines the Ca isotopic composition of the BSE. In Group 2, the δ44/40Ca is the highest for three rocks with the lowest Al2O3, i.e. the greatest melt extraction degrees (average 1.06 ± 0.04 ‰, i.e. ∼0.1‰ heavier than the BSE estimate). Simple modeling of modal melting shows that partial melting of the BSE with 103 ln ⁡αperidotite-melt ranging from 0.10 to 0.25 can explain the Group 2 data. By contrast, δ44/40Ca in eight out of nine metasomatized Group 3 peridotites are lower than the BSE estimate. The Group 3a harzburgites show the greatest δ44/40Ca variation range (0.25-0.96‰), with δ44/40Ca positively correlated with CaO and negatively correlated with Ce/Eu. Chemical evidence suggests that the residual, melt-depleted, low-Ca protoliths of the Group 3a harzburgites were metasomatized, likely by carbonate-rich melts/fluids. We argue that such fluids may have low (≤0.25‰) δ44/40Ca either because they contain recycled crustal components or because Ca isotopes, similar to trace elements and their ratios, may be fractionated by kinetic and

  13. Temporal variations in the mantle potential temperatures along the Northwest Hawaiian Ridge using olivine-liquid equilibria: Implications for Hawaiian plume melt flux variations

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    Tree, J. P.; Garcia, M. O.; Putirka, K. D.

    2013-12-01

    The Northwest Hawaiian Ridge extends 2800 km and comprises 47% of the total length of the Hawaiian-Emperor (H-E) Chain. The Ridge contains at least 52 volcanoes whose shape, volume, and distance from neighboring volcanoes vary markedly. The temporal melt flux variation of the H-E has been estimated with various geophysical methods involving fluid dynamics and lithospheric modeling. These models show a dramatic increase (up to 300%) in melt flux over the last 30 Myr. A potential explanation for the increase in melt flux is a temporal increase in the temperature of melting. Olivine thermometry offers the best method for evaluating mantle source temperature variations along the Ridge. An olivine-liquid equilibration temperature estimate can then be recast into a mantle potential temperature after accounting for the heat of fusion during mantle melting and decompression of the mantle as it follows an adiabat to the surface. New whole-rock XRF and olivine analyzes for 18 tholeiitic, three transitional tholeiites, and two picro-basalts from 11 volcanoes spanning the entire length of the Ridge from Middle Bank to Yuryaku (just south of the Bend) were made. These data were used to obtain a temperature estimate of the mantle during shield formation of each volcano. After screening samples for those in chemical equilibrium using a Rhodes diagram and assuming a Kdol-liq(Fe-Mg)=0.345 ×0.03, data from six volcanoes were input into the thermometers of Beattie (1993; Contrib. Mineral. Petr., 118, 103-111) and Putirka et al., (2007; Chemical Geology, 241, 177-206). The results were averaged to estimate mantle potential temperatures. These calculations yield mantle potential temperature estimates that vary positively with volcano volume (e.g., 1460oC at Yuryaku vs 1608-1630oC at Gardner Pinnacles, the largest volume seamount in the Ridge). These results suggest that temperature variations may be playing a significant role in modulating the melt flux of the Ridge. Seven more

  14. Clinopyroxene megacrysts from Enmelen melanephelinitic volcanoes (Chukchi Peninsula, Russia): application to composition and evolution of mantle melts

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    Akinin, Vyacheslav V.; Sobolev, Alexander V.; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Richter, Wolfram.

    2005-08-01

    Clinopyroxene megacrysts from young melanephelinitic lavas were divided into Cr-rich and Cr-poor suites. Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic ratios of leached megacrysts and host lava are indistinguishable from each other and indicate a depleted source. Host lavas do not display chemical evidence for significant fractional crystallization, which is required to explain the compositional range of the megacrysts. This rules out a simple cognate genetic relationship between the two, and strictly defines megacrysts as xenocrysts. The well-defined correlations of trace elements with the Mg-numbers in the megacrysts are interpreted as the result of extensive fractional/equilibrium crystallization of magma over a large temperature range at near isobaric condition in the upper mantle. Trace element variations in megacrysts are consistent with fractional crystallization of clinopyroxene alone for the Cr-rich suite, and clinopyroxene + garnet for the Cr-poor suite from at least two bathes of related melts. Megacrysts parent magma might represent mantle melts, which were never erupted in their initial composition.

  15. Early depletion of the mantle as evidence of ultra-deep melting

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    Coltice, N.; Hernlund, J. W.; Labrosse, S.

    2008-12-01

    In the first 100My of Earth's history, major magmatic events differentiated the mantle into several silicate reservoirs, one of which could be unsampled at the surface, and therefore "hidden." Evidence for this scenario comes from the study of 142Nd in early Archean rocks that preserve fingerprints of early mantle depletion. A candidate for the complementary unsampled reservoir is a crystallizing basal magma ocean (BMO) at the bottom of the Earth's mantle (Labrosse et al., Nature 2007), whose remnants are seismically observed as mushy pockets above the core-mantle boundary. We present models in which the 142Nd, 143Nd and 176Hf signatures measured in the oldest rocks arise from sampling of crystals produced upon cooling of the BMO. The decoupling between Nd and Hf isotopes in early Archean rocks is explained by crystallization of Mg-perovskite from the BMO at very high pressures. Sampling of the crystals stopped when they became too dense to be entrained and mixed upward into the solid mantle by convection. Our model suggests that the depletion trend of the early Archean arises from sampling of witnesses to basal differentiation.

  16. Geochemical and Isotopic Evidence for Melting and Erosion of Wyoming Craton Mantle Lithosphere Prior to 48 Ma

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    Duke, G. I.; Carlson, R. W.; Frost, C. D.

    2010-12-01

    Trace-element geochemistry of Cretaceous-Tertiary Great Plains igneous rocks supports isotopic data that reveal a sequence of digestion of lithospheric mantle followed by intrusion of dominantly asthenospheric magmas. Multiple Archean, Proterozoic, and Phanerozoic subduction events beneath the Wyoming craton concentrated Ba and K within the underlying mantle lithosphere, resulting in earliest Cretaceous-Tertiary lithospheric melts with fingerprints of high K, high Ba/Nb and negative epsilon-Nd, but low U, Th, total REE, and less extreme values of LREE/HREE. Youngest (Eocene-Oligocene) magmas were kimberlite and carbonatite, with high U, Th, LREE, extremely high LREE/HREE, and positive epsilon-Nd, but with high-T xenoliths from depths of only 150 km (Carlson et al., 1999). Importantly, in the entire Wyoming craton, the Homestead kimberlite is the only one of K-T age that has transported a diamond—a single micro-diamond discovered. The shallow low-T to high-T xenolith transition, lack of diamonds, and changing magma geochemistry, suggest that a significant portion of the mantle lithosphere beneath the Wyoming Archean craton must have been consumed prior to the ≤48 Ma kimberlite eruptions. In contrast, the earliest phase of Cretaceous magmatism in Arkansas was explosive diamond-containing lamproite (~102 Ma) with a Proterozoic lithospheric isotopic signature (Lambert et al., 1995). In Arkansas, there was no earlier subalkalic magmatism, and no evidence of slow digestion of the mantle lithosphere, although later magmatism trended toward higher positive epsilon-Nd values (i.e. larger asthenospheric component). Removal by melting of a significant portion of the Wyoming mantle lithosphere during late Cretaceous-early Tertiary magmatism, along with heating, may have helped promote lithospheric “relaxation” related to extension further west between 53 Ma and 49 Ma, followed by more facile penetration by asthenospheric magmas, an idea proposed to explain the time

  17. A melt-focusing zone in the lithospheric mantle preserved in the Santa Elena Ophiolite, Costa Rica

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    Madrigal, Pilar; Gazel, Esteban; Denyer, Percy; Smith, Ian; Jicha, Brian; Flores, Kennet E.; Coleman, Drew; Snow, Jonathan

    2015-08-01

    The Santa Elena Ophiolite in Costa Rica is composed of a well-preserved fragment of the lithospheric mantle that formed along a paleo-spreading center. Within its exposed architecture, this ophiolite records a deep section of the melt transport system of a slow/ultra-slow spreading environment, featuring a well-developed melt-focusing system of coalescent diabase dikes that intrude the peridotite in a sub-vertical and sub-parallel arrangement. Here we present an integrated analysis of new structural data, 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, major and trace element geochemistry and radiogenic isotope data from the diabase dikes in order to elucidate the tectonic setting of the Santa Elena Ophiolite. The dikes are basaltic and tholeiitic in composition. Petrological models of fractional crystallization suggest deep pressures of crystallization of > 0.4 GPa for most of the samples, which is in good agreement with similar calculations from slow/ultra-slow spreading ridges and require a relatively hydrated ( 0.5 wt.% H2O) MORB-like source composition. The diabase dikes share geochemical and isotope signatures with both slow/ultra-slow spreading ridges and back-arc basins and indicate mixing of a DMM source and an enriched mantle end-member like EMII. The 40Ar/39Ar geochronology yielded an age of 131 Ma for a previous pegmatitic gabbroic magmatic event that intruded the peridotite when it was hot and plastic and an age of 121 Ma for the diabase intrusions, constraining the cooling from near asthenospheric conditions to lithospheric mantle conditions to 10 Ma. Our findings suggest a complex interplay between oceanic basin and back-arc extension environments during the Santa Elena Ophiolite formation. We propose an alternative hypothesis for the origin of Santa Elena as an obducted fragment of an oceanic core complex (OCC).

  18. Oxygen Fugacity of the Martian Mantle from Pigeonite/Melt Partitioning of Samarium, Europium and Gadolinium

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    Musselwhite, D. S.; Jnes, J. H.; Shearer, C.

    2004-01-01

    This study is part of an ongoing effort to calibrate the pyroxene/melt REE oxybarometer for conditions relevant to the martian meteorites. These efforts have been motivated by reports of redox variations among the shergottites . We have conducted experiments on martian composition pigeonite/melt rare earth element partitioning as a function of fO2.

  19. Oxygen Fugacity of the Martian Mantle from Pigeonite/Melt Partitioning of Samarium, Europium and Gadolinium

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    Musselwhite, D. S.; Jnes, J. H.; Shearer, C.

    2004-01-01

    This study is part of an ongoing effort to calibrate the pyroxene/melt REE oxybarometer for conditions relevant to the martian meteorites. These efforts have been motivated by reports of redox variations among the shergottites . We have conducted experiments on martian composition pigeonite/melt rare earth element partitioning as a function of fO2.

  20. Seismic and Gravitational Studies of Melting in the Mantle’s Thermal Boundary Layers

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    2007-06-01

    and their geophysical implications, in The mantle sample; inclusions in kimberlites and other volcanics; Proceedings of the Second international... kimberlite conference; Volume 2, edited by F. R. Boyd and H. 0. A. Meyer, pp. 1-14, AGU, Washington, DC. Kadko, D. C., N. D. Rosenberg, J. E. Lupton, R. W

  1. Low-Velocity Zone of the Earth's Mantle: Incipient Melting Caused by Water.

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    Lambert, I B; Wyllie, P J

    1970-08-21

    Experimental phase diagrams for the systems gabbro-water and peridotite-water indicate that, if there is any water in the upper mantle, then traces of hydrous interstitial silicate magma will be produced at depths corresponding to the beginning of the low-velocity zone. This explanation for the zone is more satisfactory than others proposed.

  2. Experimentally-determined carbon isotope fractionation in and between methane-bearing melt and fluid to upper mantle temperatures and pressures

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    Mysen, Bjorn

    2016-07-01

    The behavior of melts and fluids is at the core of understanding formation and evolution of the Earth. To advance our understanding of their role, high-pressure/-temperature experiments were employed to determine melt and fluid structure together with carbon isotope partitioning within and between (CH4 +H2O +H2)-saturated aluminosilicate melts and (CH4 +H2O +H2)-fluids. The samples were characterized with vibrational spectroscopy while at temperatures and pressures from 475° to 850 °C and 92 to 1158 MPa, respectively. The solution equilibrium is 2CH4 + QQn = 2CH3- + H2O + Qn+1 where the superscript, n, in the Qn-notation describes silicate species where n denotes the number of bridging oxygen. The solution equilibrium affects the carbon isotope fractionation factor between melt and fluid, αmelt/fluid. Moreover, it is significantly temperature-dependent. The αmelt/fluid < 1 with temperatures less than about 1050 °C, and is greater than 1 at higher temperature. Methane-bearing melts can exist in the upper mantle at fO2 ≤fO2 (MW) (Mysen et al., 2011). Reduced (Csbnd H)-species in present-day upper mantle magma, therefore, are likely. During melting and crystallization in this environment, the δ13C of melts increases with temperature at a rate of ∼ 0.6 ‰ /°C. From the simple-system data presented here, at T ≤ 1050°C, melt in equilibrium with a peridotite-(CH4 +H2O +H2)-bearing mantle source will be isotopically lighter than fluid. At higher temperatures, melts will be isotopically heavier. Degassing at T ≤ 1050°C will shift δ13C of degassed magma to more positive values, whereas degassing at T ≥ 1050°C, will reduce the δ13C of the degassed magma.

  3. Oxygen Fugacity of the Martian Mantle from Pigeonite/Melt Partitioning of Samarium, Europium and Gadolinium

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    Musselwhite, D. S.; Jones, J. H.; Shearer, C.

    2004-03-01

    We present results from experimental calibration of the pigeonite/melt oxybarometer. Application of these results to martian basalts gives a range of oxygen fugacities similar, but not identical to those determined from Fe-Ti oxides.

  4. Subduction zone mantle enrichment by fluids and Zr-Hf-depleted crustal melts as indicated by backarc basalts of the Southern Volcanic Zone, Argentina

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    Holm, Paul M.; Søager, Nina; Alfastsen, Mads; Bertotto, Gustavo W.

    2016-10-01

    We aim to identify the components metasomatizing the mantle above the subducting Nazca plate under part of the Andean Southern Volcanic Zone (SVZ). We present new major and ICP-MS trace element and Sr, Nd and high-precision Pb isotope analyses of primitive olivine-phyric alkali basalts from the Northern Segment Volcanic Field, part of the Payenia province in the backarc of the Transitional SVZ. One new 40Ar-39Ar age determination confirms the Late Pleistocene age of this most northerly part of the province. All analysed rocks have typical subduction zone type incompatible element enrichment, and the rocks of the Northern Segment, together with the neighbouring Nevado Volcanic Field, have isotopic compositions intermediate between adjacent Transitional SVZ arc rocks and southern Payenia OIB-type basaltic rocks. Modelling the Ba-Th-Sm variation we demonstrate that fluids as well as 1-2% melts of upper continental crust (UCC) enriched their mantle sources, and La-Nb-Sm variations additionally indicate that the pre-metasomatic sources ranged from strongly depleted to undepleted mantle. Low Eu/Eu* and Sr/Nd also show evidence for a UCC component in the source. The contribution of Chile Trench sediments to the magmas seems insignificant. The Zr/Sm and Hf/Sm ratios are relatively low in many of the Northern Segment rocks, ranging down to 17 and 0.45, respectively, which, together with relatively high Th/U, is argued to indicate that the metasomatizing crustal melts were derived by partial melting of subducted UCC that had residual zircon, in contrast to the UCC melts added to Transitional SVZ arc magmas. Mixing between depleted and undepleted mantle, enriched by UCC and fluids, is suggested by Sr, Nd and Pb isotopes of the Northern Segment and Nevado magmas. The metasomatized undepleted mantle south of the Northern Segment is suggested to be part of upwelling OIB-type mantle, whereas the pre-metasomatically depleted mantle also can be found as a component in some arc

  5. The Fate of Sulfur during Decompression Melting of Peridotite and Crystallization of Basalts - Implications for Sulfur Geochemistry of MORB and the Earth's Upper Mantle

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    Ding, S.; Dasgupta, R.

    2014-12-01

    Magmatism in mid-ocean ridges is the main pathway of sulfur (S) from the Earth's mantle to the surficial reservoir. MORB is generally considered sulfide saturated due to the positive correlation between S and FeOT concentration (e.g., [1]). However, most MORBs are differentiated, and both S content and sulfur concentration at sulfide saturation (SCSS) change with P, T, and magma composition (e.g., [2]). Therefore, it remains uncertain, from the MORB chemistry alone, whether mantle melts parental to MORB are sulfide saturated. In this study, we modeled the behavior of S during isentropic partial melting of a fertile peridotite using pMELTS [3] and an SCSS parameterization [4]. Our results show that during decompression melting, at a fixed mantle potential temperature, TP (e.g., 1300 °C), SCSS of aggregate melt first slightly increases then decreases at shallower depth with total variation <200 ppm. However, an increase of TP results in a significant increase of SCSS of primitive melts. Our model shows that at 15% melting (F), sulfide in the residue is exhausted for a mantle with <200 ppm S. The resulted sulfide-undersaturated partial melts contain <1000 ppm S and are 4-6 times enriched in Cu compared to the source. In order to compare our modeled results directly to the differentiated basalts, isobaric crystallization calculation was performed on 5, 10, and 15% aggregate melts. SCSS changes along liquid line of descent with a decrease in T and increase in FeOT. Comparison of S contents between the model results and MORB glasses [5] reveals that many MORBs derive from sulfide undersaturated melts. Further, for a TP of 1300-1350 °C and F of 10-15 wt.%, reproduction of self-consistent S, and Cu budget of many MORB glasses requires that S of their mantle source be ~25-200 ppm. We will discuss the interplay of TP, average F, and the conditions of differentiation to bracket the S geochemistry of MORB and MORB source mantle and develop similar systematics for OIBs and

  6. Melting phase relations in the systems Mg2SiO4-H2O and MgSiO3-H2O and the formation of hydrous melts in the upper mantle

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    Novella, Davide; Dolejš, David; Myhill, Robert; Pamato, Martha G.; Manthilake, Geeth; Frost, Daniel J.

    2017-05-01

    High-pressure and high-temperature melting experiments were conducted in the systems Mg2SiO4-H2O and MgSiO3-H2O at 6 and 13 GPa and between 1150 and 1900 °C in order to investigate the effect of H2O on melting relations of forsterite and enstatite. The liquidus curves in both binary systems were constrained and the experimental results were interpreted using a thermodynamic model based on the homogeneous melt speciation equilibrium, H2O + O2- = 2OH-, where water in the melt is present as both molecular H2O and OH- groups bonded to silicate polyhedra. The liquidus depression as a function of melt H2O concentration is predicted using a cryoscopic equation with the experimental data being reproduced by adjusting the water speciation equilibrium constant. Application of this model reveals that in hydrous MgSiO3 melts at 6 and 13 GPa and in hydrous Mg2SiO4 melts at 6 GPa, water mainly dissociates into OH- groups in the melt structure. A temperature dependent equilibrium constant is necessary to reproduce the data, however, implying that molecular H2O becomes more important in the melt with decreasing temperature. The data for hydrous forsterite melting at 13 GPa are inconclusive due to uncertainties in the anhydrous melting temperature at these conditions. When applied to results on natural peridotite melt systems at similar conditions, the same model infers the presence mainly of molecular H2O, implying a significant difference in physicochemical behaviour between simple and complex hydrous melt systems. As pressures increase along a typical adiabat towards the base of the upper mantle, both simple and complex melting results imply that a hydrous melt fraction would decrease, given a fixed mantle H2O content. Consequently, the effect of pressure on the depression of melting due to H2O could not cause an increase in the proportion, and hence seismic visibility, of melts towards the base of the upper mantle.

  7. Aqueous fluids and sedimentary melts as agents for mantle wedge metasomatism, as inferred from peridotite xenoliths at Pinatubo and Iraya volcanoes, Luzon arc, Philippines

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    Yoshikawa, Masako; Tamura, Akihiro; Arai, Shoji; Kawamoto, Tatsuhiko; Payot, Betchaida D.; Rivera, Danikko John; Bariso, Ericson B.; Mirabueno, Ma. Hannah T.; Okuno, Mitsuru; Kobayashi, Tetsuo

    2016-10-01

    Mantle xenoliths entrained in subduction-zone magmas often record metasomatic signature of the mantle wedge. Such xenoliths occur in magmas from Iraya and Pinatubo volcanoes, located at the volcanic front of the Luzon arc in the Philippines. In this study, we present the major element compositions of the main minerals, trace element abundances in pyroxenes and amphiboles, and Nd-Sr isotopic compositions of amphiboles in the peridotite xenoliths from Pinatubo volcano. The data indicate enrichment in fluid-mobile elements, such as Rb, Ba, U, Pb, and Sr, and Nd-Sr isotopic ratios relative to those of mantle. The results are considered in terms of mixing of asthenospheric mantle and subducting oceanic crustal components. The enrichments observed in the Pinatubo mantle xenoliths are much less pronounced than those reported for the Iraya mantle xenoliths. This disparity suggests differences in the metasomatic agents contributing to the two suites; i.e., aqueous fluids infiltrated the mantle wedge beneath the Pinatubo volcano, whereas aqueous fluids and sediment-derived melts infiltrated the mantle wedge beneath the Iraya volcano.

  8. Melt inclusion evidence for CO2-rich melts beneath the western branch of the East African Rift: implications for long-term storage of volatiles in the deep lithospheric mantle

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    Hudgins, T. R.; Mukasa, S. B.; Simon, A. C.; Moore, G.; Barifaijo, E.

    2015-05-01

    We present new major element, trace element, and volatile (H2O, CO2, S, F, and Cl) concentrations of olivine-hosted melt inclusions from five high-K, low-silica basanites from the western branch of the East African Rift System and use these data to investigate the generation of H2O- and CO2-rich melts at up to ~150 km depth. Measured H2O and CO2 concentrations reach ~2.5 and ~1 wt%, respectively, representing some of the highest CO2 concentrations measured in a melt inclusion to date. These measurements represent direct evidence of the high CO2 and H2O concentrations required to generate high-K alkaline lavas, and the CO2 that has been previously inferred to be necessary for the low mantle potential temperatures in the area. Ratios of CO2/Nb, CO2/Ba, and CO2/Cl are used to estimate an initial melt CO2 concentration of 5-12 wt%. The measured CO2 concentrations are consistent with CO2 solubilities determined by molecular dynamics calculations and high-pressure experiments for melt generation at 3-6 GPa; the depth of melting suggested by previous studies in the area. These melt inclusions measurements represent direct evidence for the presence of H2O- and CO2-rich melts in the deep upper mantle that have been proposed based on experimental and seismic evidence. Primitive-mantle normalized trace element patterns more closely resemble those found in subduction settings rather than ocean island basalt, and ratios of slab fluid tracers such as Li/Dy and B/Be indicate that the measured volatile abundances may be related to Neoproterozoic subduction during the assembly of Gondwana, implying the storage of volatiles in the mantle by subduction-related metasomatism.

  9. Coordinated Hard Sphere Mixture (CHaSM): A simplified model for oxide and silicate melts at mantle pressures and temperatures

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    Wolf, Aaron S.; Asimow, Paul D.; Stevenson, David J.

    2015-08-01

    We develop a new model to understand and predict the behavior of oxide and silicate melts at extreme temperatures and pressures, including deep mantle conditions like those in the early Earth magma ocean. The Coordinated Hard Sphere Mixture (CHaSM) is based on an extension of the hard sphere mixture model, accounting for the range of coordination states available to each cation in the liquid. By utilizing approximate analytic expressions for the hard sphere model, this method is capable of predicting complex liquid structure and thermodynamics while remaining computationally efficient, requiring only minutes of calculation time on standard desktop computers. This modeling framework is applied to the MgO system, where model parameters are trained on a collection of crystal polymorphs, producing realistic predictions of coordination evolution and the equation of state of MgO melt over a wide range of pressures and temperatures. We find that the typical coordination number of the Mg cation evolves continuously upward from 5.25 at 0 GPa to 8.5 at 250 GPa. The results produced by CHaSM are evaluated by comparison with predictions from published first-principles molecular dynamics calculations, indicating that CHaSM is accurately capturing the dominant physics controlling the behavior of oxide melts at high pressure. Finally, we present a simple quantitative model to explain the universality of the increasing Grüneisen parameter trend for liquids, which directly reflects their progressive evolution toward more compact solid-like structures upon compression. This general behavior is opposite that of solid materials, and produces steep adiabatic thermal profiles for silicate melts, thus playing a crucial role in magma ocean evolution.

  10. Platinum Group Elements (PGE) geochemistry of komatiites and boninites from Dharwar Craton, India: Implications for mantle melting processes

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    Saha, Abhishek; Manikyamba, C.; Santosh, M.; Ganguly, Sohini; Khelen, Arubam C.; Subramanyam, K. S. V.

    2015-06-01

    , Os and Ru concentrations range from 0.6 to 2.2 ppb, 0.2 to 0.6 ppb and 1.4 to 2.6 ppb respectively in IPGE. The PGE abundances in Bababudan komatiites were controlled by olivine fractionation whereas that in Gadwal boninites were influenced by fractionation of chromite and sulphides. The Al-undepleted Bababudan komatiites are characterized by low CaO/Al2O3, (Gd/Yb)N, (La/Yb)N, with positive Zr, Hf, Ti anomalies and high Cu/Pd, Pd/Ir ratios at low Pd concentrations suggesting the derivation of parent magma by high degrees (>30%) partial melting of mantle under anhydrous conditions at shallow depth with garnet as a residual phase in the mantle restite. The komatiites are geochemically analogous to Al-undepleted Munro type komatiites and their PGE compositions are consistent with Alexo and Gorgona komatiites. The S-undersaturated character of Bababudan komatiites is attributed to decompression and assimilation of lower crustal materials during magma ascent and emplacement. In contrast, the higher Al2O3/TiO2, lower (Gd/Yb)N, for Gadwal boninites in combination with negative Nb, Zr, Hf, Ti anomalies and lower Cu/Pd at relatively higher Pd/Ir and Pd concentrations reflect high degree melting of refractory mantle wedge under hydrous conditions in an intraoceanic subduction zone setting. Higher Pd/Ir ratios and S-undersaturation of these boninites conform to influx of fluids derived by dehydration of subducted slab resulting into high fluid pressure and metasomatism of mantle wedge.

  11. Petrology of Eocene dikes near Lake Chelan, WA: evidence of mantle and crustal melting during the Challis event

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    Davidson, P.; Tepper, J. H.; Nelson, B. K.

    2015-12-01

    The Eocene was a tectonically and volcanically complex time in the Pacific Northwest, characterized by regional extension, rapid uplift, widespread magmatism, and a high thermal flux. Extension was manifested by core complex formation, normal faulting, and dike emplacement, the latter represented by the 48 Ma Teanaway swarm (TS), 53-46 Ma dikes associated with the Colville Igneous Complex (CIC), the 46.6 Ma Corbaley Canyon swarm (CCS), and a previously unstudied cluster near Lake Chelan (LC) that is the focus of this study. LC dikes generally strike NW, range up to 8m in width, and are compositionally diverse with a general NE-ward increase in SiO2 (47-84 wt. % SiO2) over a distance of ~120 km. All dikes display arc affinities (calc-alkaline, HFSE depletions) but can be divided into two suites: (1) basalt-andesite-dacite-rhyolite (BADR), and (2) adakites (Sr/Y > 40, La/YbN > 10, Sr > 350ppm, Y < 18ppm, Yb < 1.8ppm). Sr and Nd isotopic data (87Sr/86Sri = 0.70360 - 0.70530; ɛNd(t) = +4.45 to -1.92) for the two suites overlap, suggesting both are mixtures of material from depleted mantle and older crustal sources. We suggest LC basalt dikes represent mantle-derived magmas that drove melting of thick arc crust, generating adakite melts from an eclogite lower crust and, at shallower depths, andesite-rhyolite melts from a combination of fractional crystallization and crustal assimilation/melting. LC dikes share chemical similarities with volcanic rocks of the CIC and CCS including calc-alkaline trends and compositions that range from basalt to rhyolite. The TS dikes however, are distinctly different in chemical composition (tholeiitic, dominantly basaltic andesites), Sr-Nd isotopic composition, and orientation (NW-striking). Ongoing U-Pb dating of LC dikes should help to determine the extent to which changes in dike chemistry and orientation are temporal or spatial or both.

  12. Shear-wave splitting and implications for mantle flow beneath the MELT region of the east pacific rise

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    Wolfe; Solomon

    1998-05-22

    Shear-wave splitting across the fast-spreading East Pacific Rise has been measured from records of SKS and SKKS phases on the ocean-bottom seismometers of the Mantle Electromagnetic and Tomography (MELT) Experiment. The direction of fast shear-wave polarization is aligned parallel to the spreading direction. Delay times between fast and slow shear waves are asymmetric across the rise, and off-axis values on the Pacific Plate are twice those on the Nazca Plate. Splitting on the Pacific Plate may reflect anisotropy associated with spreading-induced flow above a depth of about 100 km, as well as a deeper contribution from warm asthenospheric return flow from the Pacific Superswell region.

  13. Origin of water and mantle-crust interactions on Mars inferred from hydrogen isotopes and volatile element abundances of olivine-hosted melt inclusions of primitive shergottites

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    Usui, Tomohiro; Alexander, Conel M. O'D.; Wang, Jianhua; Simon, Justin I.; Jones, John H.

    2012-12-01

    Volatile elements have influenced the differentiation and eruptive behavior of Martian magmas and played an important role in the evolution of Martian climate and near-surface environments. However, the abundances of volatiles, and in particular the amount of water in the Martian interior, are disputed. A record of volatile reservoirs is contained in primitive Martian basalts (shergottites). Olivine-hosted melt inclusions from a geochemically depleted shergottite (Yamato 980459, representing a very primitive Martian melt) possess undegassed water with a chondritic and Earth-like D/H ratio (δD≤275‰). Based on volatile measurements in these inclusions, the water content of the depleted shergottite mantle is calculated to be 15-47 ppm, which is consistent with the dry mantle hypothesis. In contrast to D/H in the depleted shergottite, melt from an enriched shergottite (Larkman Nunatak 06319), which either formed by melting of an enriched mantle or by assimilation of crust, exhibits an extreme δD of ˜5000‰, indicative of a surface reservoir (e.g., the Martian atmosphere or crustal hydrosphere). These data provide strong evidence that the Martian mantle had retained the primordial low-δD component until at least the time of shergottite formation, and that young Martian basalts assimilated old Martian crust.

  14. Mantle ingredients for making the fingerprint of Etna alkaline magmas: implications for shallow partial melting within the complex geodynamic framework of Eastern Sicily

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    Viccaro, Marco; Zuccarello, Francesco

    2017-09-01

    Mantle ingredients responsible for the signature of Etnean Na- and K-alkaline magmas and their relationships with short-term geochemical changes of the erupted volcanic rocks have been constrained through a partial melting model that considers major, trace elements and water contents in the produced liquids. Characteristics of the Etnean source for alkaline magmas have been supposed similar to those of the mantle accessible at a regional scale, namely below the Hyblean Plateau. The assumption that the Etnean mantle resembles the one beneath the Hyblean Plateau is justified by the large geochemical affinities of the Etnean hawaiites/K-trachybasalts and the Hyblean hawaiites/alkali basalts for what concerns both trace elements and isotope systematics. We have modeled partial melting of a composite source constituted by two rock types, inferred by lithological and geochemical features of the Hyblean xenoliths: 1) a spinel lherzolite bearing metasomatic, hydrous phases and 2) a garnet pyroxenite in form of veins intruded into the spinel lherzolite. The partial melting modeling has been applied to each rock type and the resulting primary liquids have been then mixed in various proportions. These compositions have been compared with some Etnean alkaline magmas of the post ∼60 ka activity, which were firstly re-equilibrated to mantle conditions through mass balance calculations. Our results put into evidence that concentrations of major and trace elements along with the water obtained from the modeling are remarkably comparable with those of Etnean melts re-equilibrated at primary conditions. Different proportions of the spinel lherzolite with variable modal contents of metasomatic phases and of the garnet pyroxenite can therefore account for the signature of a large spectrum of Etnean alkaline magmas and for their geochemical variability through time, emphasizing the crucial role played by compositional small-scale heterogeneity of the source. These heterogeneities are

  15. Uranium-series disequilibria of inflated sections of the Juan de Fuca Ridge: Implications for mantle melting

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    Dreyer, B. M.; Gill, J. B.; Ramos, F. C.; Clague, D. A.; Scott, S. R.

    2010-12-01

    diversity in Endeavour basalts, Th/U variance is low, as in Axial basalts. However, there are differences in (230Th)/(232Th). Seventeen samples from Axial Seamount have (230Th)/(232Th) <1.22, the lowest on the JdFR axis. The range at Endeavour is 1.26-1.35, and highest in N-MORB. (230Th)-excesses [(230Th)/(238U) >1] are much higher at Endeavour (20-30%) than Axial Seamount (5-20%) and the rest of the JdFR (8-14%) but more similar to values of the adjacent Gorda Ridge to the south (up to ~25%). If differences in melt column characteristics (i.e., porosity, lithology, potential temperature) are similar along the JdFR, then ingrowth melt models predict slower upwelling of mantle-derived melts (e.g., longer residence time in the melt column) at Endeavour. Alternatively, Endeavour lavas may be generated from a more pyroxenitic (lherzolite) mantle where large degrees of disequilibria can be generated.

  16. Petrologic evaluation of Pliocene basaltic volcanism in Eastern Anatolian region, Turkey: Evidence for mixing of melts derived from both shallow and deep mantle sources

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    Oyan, Vural; Özdemir, Yavuz; Keskin, Mehmet; Güleç, Nilgün

    2017-04-01

    Collision-related Neogene volcanism in the Eastern Anatolia region (EAR) began after the continent-continent collision between the Arabia and the Eurasia plates, and spreads in a wide zone from the Erzurum-Kars Plateau in the northeast to the Karacadaǧ in the south. Volcanic activity in the EAR started 15 Ma ago (Middle Miocene) in the south of the region. Voluminous basaltic lavas from local eruption centers formed basaltic lava plateaus and volcanic cones as a result of high production level of volcanism during the Pliocene time interval. Our dating results (Ar-Ar and K-Ar) indicate that age of this Late Miocene-Pliocene magmatic activity range between 6 and 3.5 Ma. Volcanic products contain alkaline and subalkaline lavas, ranging in composition from basalts to andesites and trachyandesites. Our EC-AFC and AFC modeling, based on trace element and Sr, Nd, Pb isotopic compositions, suggests about 2-7 % crustal contamination in the evolved andesites and trachyandesites. MORB and primitive mantle normalized patterns of the lavas and isotopic compositions imply that alkaline and subalkaline basalts erupted in Pliocene time interval in the EAR could have been derived from a mantle source that had previously been enriched by a clear subduction component. A partial melting model was conducted to evaluate partial melting processes in the mantle source of the Pliocene basalts. Our melting model calculations suggest that basaltic melts in the EAR could have been produced by melting of mantle sources containing spinel, garnet and amphibole with melting degree in the range of 0.7-7%. The products of mixing of these derivative melts are the Pliocene basaltic lavas of the Eastern Anatolian Region.

  17. Effect of melt/mantle interactions on MORB chemistry at the easternmost Southwest Indian Ridge (61°-67°E)

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    Paquet, M.; Cannat, M.; Brunelli, D.; Hamelin, C.; Humler, E.

    2016-11-01

    The easternmost part of the Southwest Indian Ridge (61°-67°E) is an end-member of the global ridge system in terms of very low magma supply. As such, it is a good laboratory to investigate the effect of melt/mantle interactions on the composition of erupted basalts: for a given volume of erupted basaltic melt, the volume of reacted mantle is potentially greater than at more magmatically robust ridges. We analyzed major, trace element and isotopic compositions in three groups of rocks: plagioclase-bearing ultramafic and gabbroic rocks dredged in nearly amagmatic spreading corridors; basalts from the sparse volcanic cover of these corridors ("ultramafic seafloor basalts"); and basalts dredged from the intervening, more volcanically active domains ("volcanic seafloor basalts"). Ultramafic seafloor basalts have significantly lower CaO and Al2O3 contents at a given MgO than most volcanic seafloor basalts. We propose that both types of basalts are derived from similar parental melts, but that the ultramafic seafloor basalts are more affected by reactions between these parent melts and the mantle rocks in the lithosphere below the ridge. We infer that these reactions occur in the walls of conduits that allow the aggregated melts extracted from the melting mantle to rise through the axial lithosphere and to the eruption sites. The principal effect of these reactions is to enrich the asthenospheric melts in MgO through olivine dissolution. This effect is not expected to be as noticeable, but could still play a role in basalt petrogenesis at more magmatic regions of the global slow-spreading MOR system.

  18. A Coupled Geochemical and Geodynamical Approach for Mantle Melting Beneath Hawaii.

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    Lambart, S.; Kelemen, P. B.

    2014-12-01

    The presence of the Hawaiian plume is manifested by the Hawaiian swell [1] and voluminous eruption of Ni-rich lavas [2] with enriched isotopic compositions [3]. Here we estimate the conditions of melt generation needed to reproduce both features. We used thermodynamic treatment for fractional melting [4] and melting parameterizations for pyroxenites [5] and peridotite [6] to determine pyroxenite contribution in magmas Xpx as functions of potential temperature TP, pyroxenite abundance in the source P, radius of the melting zone R and distance to the plume axis. The final pressure of melting is set to correspond with the base of the lithosphere (3 GPa) at the plume axis and increases with the distance from the axis [7]. The Hawaiian plume axis is thought to be currently between Loihi (L), Kilauea (K) and Mauna Loa (ML), which are 25 km, 32 km and 44 km radially away from the plume axis, respectively [3]. To determine Xpx, we assumed that magmas are accumulated melts produced on a circular sampling zone of 50 km diameter centered beneath each volcano [8]. Preliminary calculations show that for TP = 1525°C, P = 0.07 and R = 55 km, XpxML = 0.59, XpxK = 0.49 and XpxL = 0.45. XpxML and XpxK are similar to values suggested by [2]. Computed liquidus temperatures at 3 GPa are consistent with those of Hawaiian parental melts (1500-1520°C; [9]). XpxL is higher than suggested by [2] (XpxL = 0.09) but their estimate is based on only one glass analysis. Our model is also consistent with isotopic compositions: K and L have similar ɛNd, while ML is more enriched [3]. Finally, we can compute the density deficit using parameterization of [1] and relate it to the volume flux volume flux [10]: we obtain 3.2 km3/Yr, a value similar to the estimations based on the Hawaiian swell model [1]. 1-Ribe & Christensen EPSL 1999; 2-Sobolev et al. Nature 2005; 3-DePaulo et al. GGG 2001; 4-Phipps Morgan GGG 2001; 5-Lambart et al. in prep; 6-Katz et al. GGG 2003; 7-Ito & Mahoney EPSL 2005; 8-De

  19. Two magma bodies beneath the summit of Kilauea Volcano unveiled by isotopically distinct melt deliveries from the mantle

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    Pietruszka, Aaron J.; Heaton, Daniel E.; Marske, Jared P.; Garcia, Michael O.

    2015-01-01

    The summit magma storage reservoir of Kīlauea Volcano is one of the most important components of the magmatic plumbing system of this frequently active basaltic shield-building volcano. Here we use new high-precision Pb isotopic analyses of Kīlauea summit lavas—from 1959 to the active Halema‘uma‘u lava lake—to infer the number, size, and interconnectedness of magma bodies within the volcano's summit reservoir. From 1971 to 1982, the 206Pb/204Pb ratios of the lavas define two separate magma mixing trends that correlate with differences in vent location and/or pre-eruptive magma temperature. These relationships, which contrast with a single magma mixing trend for lavas from 1959 to 1968, indicate that Kīlauea summit eruptions since at least 1971 were supplied from two distinct magma bodies. The locations of these magma bodies are inferred to coincide with two major deformation centers identified by geodetic monitoring of the volcano's summit region: (1) the main locus of the summit reservoir ∼2–4 km below the southern rim of Kīlauea Caldera and (2) a shallower magma body <2 km below the eastern rim of Halema‘uma‘u pit crater. Residence time modeling suggests that the total volume of magma within Kīlauea's summit reservoir during the late 20th century (1959–1982) was exceedingly small (∼0.1–0.5 km3). Voluminous Kīlauea eruptions, such as the ongoing, 32-yr old Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō rift eruption (>4 km3 of lava erupted), must therefore be sustained by a nearly continuous supply of new melt from the mantle. The model results show that a minimum of four compositionally distinct, mantle-derived magma batches were delivered to the volcano (at least three directly to the summit reservoir) since 1959. These melt inputs correlate with the initiation of energetic (1959 Kīlauea Iki) and/or sustained (1969–1974 Mauna Ulu, 1983-present Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and 2008-present Halema‘uma‘u) eruptions. Thus, Kīlauea's eruptive behavior is partly tied to

  20. Two magma bodies beneath the summit of Kīlauea Volcano unveiled by isotopically distinct melt deliveries from the mantle

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    Pietruszka, Aaron J.; Heaton, Daniel E.; Marske, Jared P.; Garcia, Michael O.

    2015-03-01

    The summit magma storage reservoir of Kīlauea Volcano is one of the most important components of the magmatic plumbing system of this frequently active basaltic shield-building volcano. Here we use new high-precision Pb isotopic analyses of Kīlauea summit lavas-from 1959 to the active Halema'uma'u lava lake-to infer the number, size, and interconnectedness of magma bodies within the volcano's summit reservoir. From 1971 to 1982, the 206Pb/204Pb ratios of the lavas define two separate magma mixing trends that correlate with differences in vent location and/or pre-eruptive magma temperature. These relationships, which contrast with a single magma mixing trend for lavas from 1959 to 1968, indicate that Kīlauea summit eruptions since at least 1971 were supplied from two distinct magma bodies. The locations of these magma bodies are inferred to coincide with two major deformation centers identified by geodetic monitoring of the volcano's summit region: (1) the main locus of the summit reservoir ∼2-4 km below the southern rim of Kīlauea Caldera and (2) a shallower magma body <2 km below the eastern rim of Halema'uma'u pit crater. Residence time modeling suggests that the total volume of magma within Kīlauea's summit reservoir during the late 20th century (1959-1982) was exceedingly small (∼0.1-0.5 km3). Voluminous Kīlauea eruptions, such as the ongoing, 32-yr old Pu'u 'Ō'ō rift eruption (>4 km3 of lava erupted), must therefore be sustained by a nearly continuous supply of new melt from the mantle. The model results show that a minimum of four compositionally distinct, mantle-derived magma batches were delivered to the volcano (at least three directly to the summit reservoir) since 1959. These melt inputs correlate with the initiation of energetic (1959 Kīlauea Iki) and/or sustained (1969-1974 Mauna Ulu, 1983-present Pu'u 'Ō'ō and 2008-present Halema'uma'u) eruptions. Thus, Kīlauea's eruptive behavior is partly tied to the delivery of new magma batches

  1. Oxo-amphiboles in mantle xenoliths: evidence for H2O-rich melt interacting with the lithospheric mantle of Harrow Peaks (Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica)

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    Gentili, S.; Bonadiman, C.; Biagioni, C.; Comodi, P.; Coltorti, M.; Zucchini, A.; Ottolini, L.

    2015-12-01

    Amphiboles are the most widespread hydrous metasomatic phases in spinel-bearing mantle peridotites from Harrow Peaks (HP), Northern Victoria Land (Antarctica). They occur both in veinlets and disseminated in the peridotite matrix (preferentially associated with clinopyroxene and spinel grains). Four amphibole crystals were investigated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction (SC-XRD), electron microprobe analysis (EMPA), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and micro-Mössbauer spectroscopy; these crystal-chemical data allow to constrain upper mantle conditions during growth of these amphiboles and the role of volatile circulation during metasomatic processes in the Antarctic region. The HP amphiboles have low Mg# values (69.3-84.1), high TiO2 (2.74-5.30 wt%) and FeOtot contents (3.40 to 6.90 wt%). The Fe3+/Fetot ratios are significantly high (0.53-0.66). The W-site is mainly occupied by O2- (0.984-1.187 apfu) plus OH (H2O: 0.70-1.01 wt%) and minor F (0.04-0.24 wt%) and Cl (0.03-0.08 wt%). Consequently, HP amphiboles are actually characterized by a significant oxo component. The aH2O values were calculated at 1.5 GPa by dehydration equilibrium equations written as H2O-buffering equilibria among end-member components of amphibole and coexisting peridotite phases. Three out of four HP amphibole-bearing peridotites have values of aH2O ranging from 0.122 to 0.335; whereas one sample has aH2O remarkably higher (0.782) approaching an ideal H2O basalt solubility. The HP fO2 values, determined by the olivine-spinel-orthopyroxene oxygeobarometer (ΔQFM = -1.77 : +0.01), are remarkably different from those calculated on the basis of the amphibole dehydration equilibrium and the application of the dissociation reaction (ΔQFM = -2.60 : +6.8). The high aH2O and the extremely high fO2 values, determined by the oxy-amphibole equilibrium with respect to the redox conditions recorded by the co-existing anhydrous minerals (close to QFM buffer), revealed that: i) the amphibole

  2. Dynamics of lithospheric thinning and mantle melting by edge-driven convection: Application to Moroccan Atlas mountains

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    Kaislaniemi, Lars; van Hunen, Jeroen

    2014-08-01

    Edge-driven convection (EDC) forms in the upper mantle at locations of lithosphere thickness gradients, e.g., craton edges. In this study we show how the traditional style of EDC, a convection cell governed by the cold downwelling below an edge alternates with another style of EDC, in which the convection cell forms as a secondary feature with a hot asthenospheric shear flow from underneath the thicker lithosphere. These alternating EDC styles produce episodic lithosphere erosion and decompression melting. Three-dimensional models of EDC show that convection rolls form perpendicular to the thickness gradient at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary. Stagnant-lid convection scaling laws are used to gain further insight in the underlying physical processes. Application of our models to the Moroccan Atlas mountains region shows that the combination of these two styles of EDC can reproduce many of the observations from the Atlas mountains, including two distinct periods of Cenozoic volcanism, a semicontinuous corridor of thinned lithosphere under the Atlas mountains, and piecewise delamination of the lithosphere. A very good match between observations and numerical models is found for the lithosphere thicknesses across the study area, amounts of melts produced, and the length of the quiet gap in between volcanic episodes show quantitative match to observations.

  3. Sr-Nd-Pb isotope data for ultramafic xenoliths from Hierro, Canary Islands: Melt infiltration processes in the upper mantle

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    Whitehouse, M. J.; Neumann, E.-R.

    1995-03-01

    recrystallisation and equilibration prior to the Hierro event. Isotopic data presented in this study show that complex interaction with percolating basaltic melts of varying composition was occurring in the upper mantle beneath Hierro prior to and during the volcanic event and was probably related to the generation of earlier Canary Island magmas.

  4. Primary magmas and mantle sources of Emeishan basalts constrained from major element, trace element and Pb isotope compositions of olivine-hosted melt inclusions

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    Ren, Zhong-Yuan; Wu, Ya-Dong; Zhang, Le; Nichols, Alexander R. L.; Hong, Lu-Bing; Zhang, Yin-Hui; Zhang, Yan; Liu, Jian-Qiang; Xu, Yi-Gang

    2017-07-01

    Olivine-hosted melt inclusions within lava retain important information regarding the lava's primary magma compositions and mantle sources. Thus, they can be used to infer the nature of the mantle sources of large igneous provinces, which is still not well known and of the subject of debate. We have analysed the chemical compositions and Pb isotopic ratios of olivine-hosted melt inclusions in the Dali picrites, Emeishan Large Igneous Province (LIP), SW China. These are the first in-situ Pb isotope data measured for melt inclusions found in the Emeishan picrites and allow new constraints to be placed on the source lithology of the Emeishan LIP. The melt inclusions show chemical compositional variations, spanning low-, intermediate- and high-Ti compositions, while their host whole rocks are restricted to the intermediate-Ti compositions. Together with the relatively constant Pb isotope ratios of the melt inclusions, the compositional variations suggest that the low-, intermediate- and high-Ti melts were derived from compositionally similar sources. The geochemical characteristics of melt inclusions, their host olivines, and whole-rocks from the Emeishan LIP indicate that Ca, Al, Mn, Yb, and Lu behave compatibly, and Ti, Rb, Sr, Zr, and Nb behave incompatibly during partial melting, requiring a pyroxenite source for the Emeishin LIP. The wide range of Ti contents in the melt inclusions and whole-rocks of the Emeishan basalts reflects different degrees of partial melting in the pyroxenite source at different depths in the melting column. The Pb isotope compositions of the melt inclusions and the OIB-like trace element compositions of the Emeishan basalts imply that mixing of a recycled ancient oceanic crust (EM1-like) component with a peridotite component from the lower mantle (FOZO-like component) could have underwent solid-state reaction, producing a secondary pyroxenite source that was subsequently partially melted to form the basalts. This new model of pyroxenite

  5. 3D analytical investigation of melting at lower mantle conditions in the laser-heated diamond anvil cel

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    Nabiei, F.; Cantoni, M.; Badro, J.; Dorfman, S. M.; Gaal, R.; Piet, H.; Gillet, P.

    2015-12-01

    The diamond anvil cell is a unique tool to study materials under static pressures up to several hundreds of GPa. It is possible to generate temperatures as high as several thousand degrees in the diamond anvil cell by laser heating. This allows us to achieve deep mantle conditions in the laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LHDAC). The small heated volume is surrounded by thermally conductive diamond anvils results in high temperature gradients which affect phase transformation and chemical distribution in the LH-DAC. Analytical characterization of samples in three dimensions is essential to fully understand phase assemblages and equilibrium in LHDAC. In this study we used San Carlos olivine as a starting material as a simple proxy to deep mantle composition. Three samples were melted at ~3000 K and at ~45 GPa for three different durations ranging from 1 to 6 minutes; two other samples were melted at 30 GPa and 70 GPa. All samples were then sliced by focused ion beam (FIB). From each slice, an electron image and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) map were acquired by scanning electron microscope (SEM) in the dual beam FIB instrument. These slices were collected on one half of the heated area in each sample, from which we obtained 3D elemental and phase distribution. The other half of the heated area was used to extract a 100 nm thick section for subsequent analysis by analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to obtain diffraction patterns and high resolution EDX maps. 3D reconstruction of SEM EDX results shows at least four differentiated regions in the heated area for all samples. The exact Fe and Mg compositions mentioned below are an example of the sample melted at 45 GPa for 6 minutes. The bulk of the heated are is surrounded by ferropericlase (Mg0.92, Fe0.08)O shell (Fp). Inside this shell we find a thick region of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite-structured bridgmanite (Brg) coexisting with Fp. In the center lies a Fe-rich core which is surrounded by magnesiow

  6. P-rich olivines in a melt vein of a composite mantle xenolith: implications for crystal growth and kinetics

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    Baziotis, Ioannis; Asimow, Paul D.; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Koroneos, Antonios; Perugini, Diego; Stolper, Edward M.

    2014-05-01

    The mineral chemistry of mantle xenoliths, and in particular the presence of phosphorus (P) - a moderately incompatible and slowly diffusing element - may preserve the history of mineral growth and constrain timescales of pre-eruption petrogenetic processes (Boesenberg & Hewins 2010). P-rich zones in olivine may reflect incorporation of P in excess of equilibrium partitioning during rapid growth, in which case zoning patterns primarily record crystal growth rate variations (Milman-Barris et al. 2008; Stolper et al. 2009). We investigated using EMP analyses and X-ray maps a composite amphibole-bearing, mantle xenolith (sample: Ci-1-196) from Cima Volcanic Field (California, USA) that contains second generation P-rich olivines. The xenolith contains multiple lherzolite, websterite, and dunite layers. The host magma (not preserved in our hand-specimen) is thought to be a hawaiite (Wilshire et al. 1988). A thin (average ~200 μm width), dark layer is present along the contact between lherzolite and websterite. Interpreted as a rapidly crystallized melt, this layer consists of olivine + glass + plagioclase + spinel + clinopyroxene + apatite + ilmenite. The layer contains olivines (Fo83-89.3) with 0.03-0.52 wt.% P2O5; the P-rich olivines (P2O5 >0.1 wt.%) are Fo85 to Fo89.3. Apatite inclusions are present near the rim of P-rich olivine (Fo85) and in plagioclase (An54). Glass is widespread (~15 vol.%) in the layer, having variable composition with P2O5 up to 1.2 wt.%. Plagioclase occurs as prismatic, flow-oriented crystals, parallel to the elongation of the layer or intergranular crystals between olivine and/or clinopyroxene. Clinopyroxene formed either as crystallized products within the melt layer or by reaction at the interface between melt and matrix olivine. Spinel occurs as inclusions in the olivine or associated with plagioclase and glass, showing anhedral shape and linear edges; spinel composition varies from chromite to Ti-chromite from core to rim, with an outer

  7. Oxygen Fugacity of the Martian Mantle from Pigeonite/Melt Partitioning of Samarium, Europium and Gadolinium

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    Musselwhite, S.; Jones, J. H.; Shearer, C.

    2004-01-01

    This study is part of an ongoing effort to calibrate the pyroxene/melt Eu oxybarometer for conditions relevant to the martian meteorites. There is fairly good agreement between a determinations using equilibria between Fe-Ti oxides and the estimates from Eu anomalies in shergottite augites in tenns of which meteorites are more or less oxidized. The Eu calibration was for angrite composition pyroxenes which are rather extreme. However, application of a calibration for martian composition augites 113 does not significantly reduce the discrepancy between the two methods. One possible reason for this discrepancy is that augites are non-liquidus. The use of pigeonite rather than augite as the oxy-barometer phase is considered. We have conducted experiments on martian composition pigeonite/melt REE partitioning as a function of fO2.

  8. Oxygen Fugacity of the Martian Mantle from Pigeonite/Melt Partitioning of Samarium, Europium and Gadolinium

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    Musselwhite, S.; Jones, J. H.; Shearer, C.

    2004-01-01

    This study is part of an ongoing effort to calibrate the pyroxene/melt Eu oxybarometer for conditions relevant to the martian meteorites. There is fairly good agreement between a determinations using equilibria between Fe-Ti oxides and the estimates from Eu anomalies in shergottite augites in tenns of which meteorites are more or less oxidized. The Eu calibration was for angrite composition pyroxenes which are rather extreme. However, application of a calibration for martian composition augites 113 does not significantly reduce the discrepancy between the two methods. One possible reason for this discrepancy is that augites are non-liquidus. The use of pigeonite rather than augite as the oxy-barometer phase is considered. We have conducted experiments on martian composition pigeonite/melt REE partitioning as a function of fO2.

  9. Oxygen Fugacity of the Martian Mantle From Pyroxene/Melt Partitioning of REE

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    Musselwhite, D. S.; Jones, J. H.

    2003-01-01

    This study is part of an ongoing effort to calibrate the pyroxene/melt REE oxybarometer for conditions relevant to the martian meteorites. Redox variations have been reported among the shergottites. Wadhwa used the Eu and Gd augite/melt partitioning experiments of McKay, designed for the LEW86010 angrite, to infer a range of fo2 for the shergottites. Others inferred fo2 using equilibria between Fe-Ti oxides. There is fairly good agreement between the Fe-Ti oxide determinations and the estimates from Eu anomalies in terms of which meteorites are more or less oxidized. The Eu anomaly technique and the Fe-Ti oxide technique both essentially show the same trend, with Shergotty and Zagami being the most oxidized and QUE94201 and DaG 476 being the most reduced. Thus, the variation in fo2 appears to be both real and substantive. However, although the redox trends indicated by the two techniques are similar, there is as much as two log unit offset between the results of three researchers. One explanation for this offset is that the Eu calibration used for the shergottites was actually designed for the LEW86010 angrite, a silica-undersaturated basalt whose pyroxene (diopside) compositions are rather extreme. To correct this, experiments have been conducted on the redox relationship of Eu partitioning relative to Sm and Gd for pyroxene/melt compositions more relevant to Martian meteorites. We report here preliminary results for experiments on pigeonite/melt partitioning as a function of fO2.

  10. Silicate diffusion in alkali-carbonatite and hydrous melts at 16.5 and 24 GPa: Implication for the melt transport by dissolution-precipitation in the transition zone and uppermost lower mantle

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    Shatskiy, Anton; Litasov, Konstantin D.; Borzdov, Yuriy M.; Katsura, Tomoo; Yamazaki, Daisuke; Ohtani, Eiji

    2013-12-01

    The diffusivity of dissolved Mg2SiO4 in wadsleyite saturated KMC melt (K2Mg(CO3)2 + 25.7 wt.% MgSiO3) at 16.5 GPa and 1700 °C, MgSiO3 diffusivity in perovskite saturated KMCH (K2Mg(CO3)2 × 2H2O + 31.7 wt.% MgSiO3) and HM (H2O + 75.7 wt.% MgSiO3) melts at 24 GPa and 1500 °C were determined experimentally using a scaled-up version of a Kawai-type multi-anvil apparatus. During a diffusion experiment, silicate saturation was maintained at different levels in the two temperature regions by placing the diffusion cell in the thermal gradient of 20 °C/mm. The diffusivity was computed from the total mass of silicate transported from “hot” to the “cold” region during the course of an experiment. At given conditions silicate diffusivities were estimated to be DKMCMg2SiO4=2×10-9 m/s, DKMCHMgSiO3=4×10-9 m/s, and DHMMgSiO3=5×10-8 m/s. Using obtained diffusivities we estimated possible migration rates of dispersed melt inclusion in the deep mantle by means of dissolution-precipitation considering different driving forces. The rates of melt migration driven by the lateral thermal gradient of 1 °C/km in the mantle plume range from 4 × 10-8 to 8 × 10-7 m/year. This means that during plume ascent time of about 50 Ma, the melt can be moved by 2-40 m. These values clearly demonstrate that the thermal gradient is very weak driving force in terms of melt segregation in the deep mantle. On the other hand, at typical mantle stress of 1 MPa and droplet size of 100 μm the migration rates of the HM, KMCH and KMC melts are estimated to be 22.5, 0.9 and 0.2 m/year, respectively, which are 2-3 orders of magnitude faster than ascent rate of the mantle plume. This implies that all melt droplets on the way of ascending plume would be entrapped by the stressed zone in front of plume and accumulated in the plume head. This mechanism may explain segregation of mantle magmas with the source regions deeper than 150-250 km, such as kimberlites.

  11. Sulphide-sulphate stability and melting in subducted sediment and its role in arc mantle redox and chalcophile cycling in space and time

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    Canil, Dante; Fellows, Steven A.

    2017-07-01

    The redox budget during subduction is tied to the evolution of oxygen and biogeochemical cycles on Earth's surface over time. The sulphide-sulphate couple in subducted crust has significant potential for redox and control on extraction of chalcophile metals from the arc mantle. We derive oxygen buffers for sulphide-sulphate stability ('SSO buffers') using mineral assemblages in subducted crust within the eclogite facies, and examine their disposition relative to the fO2 in the arc mantle along various P-T trajectories for subduction. The fO2 required for sulphide stability in subducted crust passing beneath an arc is shifted by variations in the bulk Ca/(Ca + Mg + Fe) of the subducting crust alone. Hotter slabs and more Fe-rich sediments stabilize sulphide and favour chalcophile sequestration deep into the mantle, whereas colder slabs and calcic sediment will stabilize anhydrite, in some cases at depths of melt generation in the arc mantle (<130 km). The released sulphate on melting potentially increases the fO2 of the arc mantle. We performed melting experiments on three subducted sediment compositions varying in bulk Ca/(Ca + Mg + Fe) from 0.3 to 0.6 at 2.5 GPa and 900-1100 °C to confirm how anhydrite stability can change by orders of magnitude the S, Cu, As, Zn, Mo, Pb, and Sb contents of sediment melts, and their subsequent liberation to the arc mantle. Using Cu/Sc as a proxy for the behaviour of S, the effect of variable subducted sediment composition on sulphide-sulphate stability and release of chalcophiles to the arc mantle is recognizable in volcanic suites from several subduction zones in space and time. The fO2 of the SSO buffers in subducted sediment relative to the arc mantle may have changed with time by shifts in the nature of pelagic sedimentation in the oceans over earth history. Oxidation of arc mantle and the proliferation of porphyry Cu deposits may be latter-day advents in earth history partly due to the rise of planktic calcifiers in the

  12. Element partitioning during carbonated pelite melting at 8, 13 and 22 GPa and the sediment signature in the EM mantle components

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    Grassi, Daniele; Schmidt, Max W.; Günther, Detlef

    2012-04-01

    Within the subducting oceanic crust, carbonated eclogitic pelites are the lithology with the lowest melting temperature at > 5 GPa, i.e. at depths beyond major subarc dehydration. 200-400 °C below the oceanic mantle geotherm, carbonated pelites generate alkali-rich Ca-carbonate melts that constitute efficient metasomatic agents of the mantle. Partition coefficients between residual minerals and such melts were experimentally determined at 8, 13, and 22 GPa at 1100-1500 °C. Compared to previous studies, clinopyroxenes have higher jadeite contents (57-82 mol%) resulting in a larger compatibility for LILE. In garnet, the compatibility of REE increases from incompatible LREE (DLa ~ 0.005 at 8-22 GPa) to slightly compatible Lu (DLu = 0.96 to 3.5 at 8-22 GPa), DHFSE's increase with pressure from slightly incompatible at 8 GPa to highly compatible at 22 GPa, always with DHf > DZr. K-hollandite/carbonate melt partition coefficients at 13 GPa are all < 0.3 except for K itself. At 22 GPa, Rb, Sr, Ba, and Pb also become compatible in K-hollandite. Also at 22 GPa, FeTi-perovskites appear and have high D-values for HFSEs (DHFSE 28-88), similar to other Ti-rich minerals. In the CAS phase, also occurring at 22 GPa, Ti, Sr, La to Gd, and Pb, Th and U are compatible (DPb > DTh > DU > 1.7 with a DPb/DU of 12 to 26) leading to a strong fractionation of these elements during melting just above the 660 km discontinuity. Calculated bulk residue/carbonate melt partition coefficients increase with pressure for almost all elements. At 22 GPa, i.e. for carbonated sediment melting in the transition zone, element fractionation strongly effects the Pb isotopic evolution. Carbonate melt trace element compositions normalized to primitive mantle show strong enrichments in incompatible elements including LILE and LREE and relative negative anomalies for Ti at 8 and 13 GPa and for Hf, Zr and Ti at 22 GPa at which pressure absolute values are close to mantle concentrations. Primitive mantle

  13. Iron isotopic systematics of pyroxenite xenoliths from North China Craton: implications for Melt-rock interaction in the sub-continental lithospheric mantle beneath eastern China

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    Zhao, X.; Cao, H.; Yu, H.; Huang, F.

    2016-12-01

    Iron isotope systems have become widely used tools in high temperature geochemistry and provide important constraints on mantle dynamics. Here, we report Fe isotopic data on a series of pyroxenite xenoliths from Hannuoba, North China Craton to further constrain the Fe isotopic composition of the mantle and investigate the behavior of Fe isotopes during mantle processes. These xenoliths range from Cr- pyroxenites, Al-pyroxenites to garnet pyroxenites, and are taken as physical evidence for different episodes of melt injection events. Our results show that both Cr- pyroxenites and Al-pyroxenites have a narrow range of Fe isotopes (δ57Fe=-0.01 to 0.09), similar to that reported typical mantle peridotites and they show equilibrium inter-mineral Fe isotope fractionation between coexisting mantle minerals. In contract, the garnet pyroxenites, which are products of reaction between a silicate melt and peridotite, exhibit larger Fe isotopic variations, with δ57Fe ranging from 0.08 to 0.30. The δ57Fe values of minerals in these garnet pyroxenites also vary widely from -0.25 to -0.03 in olivines, from -0.04 to 0.14 in orthopyroxenes, from -0.07 to 0.31 in clinopyroxenes, from 0.07 to 0.26 in spinels and from 0.30 to 0.39 in garnets. These observed data stand in marked contrast to the calculated equilibrium Fe isotope fractionation between coexisting mantle minerals at mantle temperature from theory, indicating disequilibrium isotope fractionation. The disequilibrium isotope fractionations between coexisting mantle minerals in garnet pyroxenites most likely reflect kinetic isotope fractionation during melt-peridotite interaction. In addition, the phlogopite clinopyroxenite with an apparent metasomatic overprint has the heaviest δ57Fe (as high as 1.00) but lightest δ26Mg (as low as -1.50) values of the investigated samples. Our study shows that mantle metasomatism plays an important role in producing Fe isotopic heterogeneity of the subcontinental mantle.

  14. Chromian spinels in mafic ultramafic mantle dykes: Evidence for a two-stage melt production during the evolution of the Oman ophiolite

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    Python, Marie; Ceuleneer, Georges; Arai, Shoji

    2008-11-01

    This paper describes a comprehensive study of the chromian spinels present in mafic-ultramafic dykes cropping out along the mantle section of the Oman ophiolite. We studied about 1100 samples in thin section and with the electron microprobe. Chromian spinel is almost ubiquitous in primitive dykes (high-Mg# troctolites and pyroxenites) and less common in more differentiated ones (olivine gabbros and gabbronorites). The Cr#, TiO 2 content, and other compositional parameters are well correlated to the nature and composition of the co-genetic silicate assemblage. Chromian spinel composition contributes to establish that the mantle dykes of Oman are more or less evolved cumulates that crystallised from two main types of primary melts: tholeitic melt similar to Mid-Ocean Ridge basalts (MORB; 0.45 < Cr# < 0.63; 0.3 < Mg# < 0.6; TiO 2 up to2 wt.%), and more silicic melts issued from a highly depleted mantle source, similar to boninitic-andesitic melts that preferentially form in subduction zone settings (0.35 < Cr# < 0.80; 0.1 < Mg# < 0.7; TiO 2 up to 0.2 wt.%). The chromian spinel composition presents a higher variability than the associated silicates and allows us to further unravel the petrological evolution and segmentation of the Oman ophiolite. The composition of chromian spinel in mantle dykes and in the spatially related residual harzbugites display well correlated variations at the scale of the Oman ophiolite. This shows that these two lithologies share a common magmatic history, even if, strictly speaking, they cannot be related through direct parent-daughter relationships. The Cr# is on average higher, and the TiO 2 lower in the NW than in the SE, consistent with an increasing influence of "marginal" magmatic processes in the NW, while the southeastern area has petrological characteristics closer to those of an "open" ocean. In this southeastern part, compositional variations of the chromian spinel are correlated to structural characteristics related to the

  15. Melting enthalpies of mantle peridotite: calorimetric determinations in the system CaO-MgO-Al 2O 3-SiO 2 and application to magma generation

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    Kojitani, Hiroshi; Akaogi, Masaki

    1997-12-01

    High-temperature drop calorimetry in the temperature range of 1398-1785 K was performed for the samples of mixtures of synthetic anorthite (An), diopside (Di), enstatite (En) and forsterite (Fo) with the same compositions as those of primary melts generated at 1.1, 3 and 4 GPa at most 10° above the solidus of anhydrous mantle peridotite in the CaO-MgO-Al 2O 3-SiO 2 system. From the differences between the heat contents ( H T-H 298) of liquid and that of crystal mixture at the liquidus temperature, melting enthalpies of the samples of 1.1, 3 and 4 GPa-primary melt compositions were determined at 1 atm to be 531 ± 39 J · g -1 at 1583 K, 604 ± 21 J · g -1 at 1703 K, 646 ± 21 J · g -1 at 1753 K, respectively. These heat of fusion values suggest that mixing enthalpy of the melt in the An-Di-En-Fo system is approximately zero within the experimental errors when we use the heat of fusion of Fo by Richet et al. (P. Richet, F. Leclerc, L. Benoist, Melting of forsterite and spinel, with implications for the glass transition of Mg 2SiO 4 liquid, Geophys. Res. Lett. 20 (1993) 1675-1678). The measured enthalpies of melting at 1 atm were converted into those for melting reactions which occur under high pressures by correcting enthalpy changes associated with solid-state mineral reactions. Correcting the effects of pressure, temperature and FeO and Na 2O components on the melting enthalpies at 1 atm, heat of fusion values of a representative mantle peridotite just above the solidus under high pressure were estimated to be 590 J at 1.1 GPa and 1523 K, 692 J at 3 GPa and 1773 K, and 807 J at 4 GPa and 1923 K for melting reactions producing liquid of 1 g, with uncertainties of 50 J. By applying these melting enthalpies to a mantle diapir model which generates present MORBs, a potential mantle temperature of 1533 K has been estimated, assuming an eruption temperature of magma of 1473 K.

  16. Geochemical variations in Japan Sea back-arc basin basalts formed by high-temperature adiabatic melting of mantle metasomatized by sediment subduction components

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    Hirahara, Yuka; Kimura, Jun-Ichi; Senda, Ryoko; Miyazaki, Takashi; Kawabata, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Toshiro; Chang, Qing; Vaglarov, Bogdan S.; Sato, Takeshi; Kodaira, Shuichi

    2015-05-01

    The Yamato Basin in the Japan Sea is a back-arc basin characterized by basaltic oceanic crust that is twice as thick as typical oceanic crust. Two types of ocean floor basalts, formed during the opening of the Japan Sea in the Middle Miocene, were recovered from the Yamato Basin during Ocean Drilling Program Legs 127/128. These can be considered as depleted (D-type) and enriched (E-type) basalts based on their incompatible trace element and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopic compositions. Both types of basalts plot along a common mixing array drawn between depleted mantle and slab sediment represented by a sand-rich turbidite on the Pacific Plate in the NE Japan fore arc. The depleted nature of the D-type basalts suggests that the slab sediment component is nil to minor relative to the dominant mantle component, whereas the enrichment of all incompatible elements in the E-type basalts was likely caused by a large contribution of bulk slab sediment in the source. The results of forward model calculations using adiabatic melting of a hydrous mantle with sediment flux indicate that the melting conditions of the source mantle for the D-type basalts are deeper and hotter than those for the E-type basalts, which appear to have formed under conditions hotter than those of normal mid-oceanic ridge basalts (MORB). These results suggest that the thicker oceanic crust was formed by greater degrees of melting of a hydrous metasomatized mantle source at unusually high mantle potential temperature during the opening of the Japan Sea.

  17. Water content in the Martian mantle: A Nakhla perspective

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    Weis, Franz A.; Bellucci, Jeremy J.; Skogby, Henrik; Stalder, Roland; Nemchin, Alexander A.; Whitehouse, Martin J.

    2017-09-01

    Water contents of the Martian mantle have previously been investigated using Martian meteorites, with several comprehensive studies estimating the water content in the parental melts and mantle source regions of the shergottites and Chassigny. However, no detailed studies have been performed on the Nakhla meteorite. One possible way to determine the water content of a crystallizing melt is to use the water content in nominally anhydrous minerals (NAMs) such as clinopyroxene and olivine. During or after eruption on the surface of a planetary body and during residence in a degassing magma, these minerals may dehydrate. By reversing this process experimentally, original (pre-dehydration) water concentrations can be quantified. In this study, hydrothermal rehydration experiments were performed at 2 kbar and 700 °C on potentially dehydrated Nakhla clinopyroxene crystals. Rehydrated clinopyroxene crystals exhibit water contents of 130 ± 26 (2σ) ppm and are thus similar to values observed in similar phenocrysts from terrestrial basalts. Utilizing clinopyroxene/melt partition coefficients, both the water content of the Nakhla parent melt and mantle source region were estimated. Despite previous assumptions of a relatively dry melt, the basaltic magma crystallizing Nakhla may have had up to 1.42 ± 0.28 (2σ) wt.% H2O. Based on an assumed low degree of partial melting, this estimate can be used to calculate a minimum estimate of the water content for Nakhla's mantle source region of 72 ± 16 ppm. Combining this value with values determined for other SNC mantle sources, by alternative methods, gives an average mantle value of 102 ± 9 (2σ) ppm H2O for the Martian upper mantle throughout geologic time. This value is lower than the bulk water content of Earth's upper mantle (∼250 ppm H2O) but similar to Earth's MORB source (54-330 ppm, average ∼130 ppm H2O).

  18. Subduction of Fracture Zones control mantle melting and geochemical signature above slabs

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    Constantin Manea, Vlad; Leeman, William; Gerya, Taras; Manea, Marina; Zhu, Guizhi

    2014-05-01

    The geochemistry of arc volcanics proximal to oceanic fracture zones (FZs) is consistent with higher than normal fluid inputs to arc magma sources. Here, enrichment of boron (B/Zr) in volcanic arc lavas is used to evaluate relative along-strike inputs of slab-derived fluids in the Aleutian, Andean, Cascades, and Trans-Mexican arcs. Significant B/Zr spikes coincide with subduction of prominent FZs in the relatively cool Aleutian and Andean subduction zones, but not in the relatively warm Cascadia and Mexican subduction zones, suggesting that FZ subduction locally enhances fluid introduction beneath volcanic arcs, and retention of fluids to sub-arc depths diminishes with subduction zone thermal gradient. Geodynamic treatments of lateral inhomogeneities in subducting plates have not previously considered how FZs may influence the melt and fluid distribution above the slab. Using high-resolution three-dimensional coupled petrological-thermomechanical numerical simulations of subduction, we show that fluids, including melts and water, concentrate in areas where fracture zones are subducted, resulting in along-arc variability in magma source compositions and processes.

  19. An Ultra-Depleted Mantle Component in the Ontong Java Plateau Revealed by Major, Trace and Volatile Element Abundances in Olivine-Hosted Melt Inclusions

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    Jackson, M. G.; Cabral, R. A.; Rose-Koga, E. F.; Koga, K. T.; Price, A. A.; Hauri, E. H.; Michael, P. J.

    2014-12-01

    The Ontong Java Plateau (OJP) represents the most voluminous large igneous province (LIP) preserved in the geologic record. The most voluminous volcanic stages of the OJP—the Kroenke and Kwaimbaita stages, which dominate the accessible portions of the plateau—have relatively flat primitive mantle normalized rare earth element (REE) patterns, or spidergrams. With the exception of relatively small volumes of late-stage melts—referred to as the Singgalo stage—that are characterized by slightly enriched REE spidergrams, the volcanic stages that dominated the eruptive history of the OJP exhibit remarkably homogeneous, flat REE patterns. Here we isolate, for the first time, olivine-hosted melt inclusions from OJP. We show that the melt inclusions have two clear populations defined by having distinct trace element characteristics. The first population has relatively flat trace element patterns that are similar to that observed in whole rock lavas from the most voluminous volcanic stages (Kroenke and Kwaimbaita stages) recorded in the OJP. In contrast, a second group of melt inclusions, referred to as UDM (ultra-depleted melt) inclusions, exhibit strikingly depleted REE spidergrams; these trace element patterns are far more depleted than any previously reported lava from OJP. The UDM have unique trace element signatures that preclude an origin by assimilation of hydrothermally-altered oceanic crust or re-melting the depleted mantle source left over after melt extraction during construction of the OJP. We interpret the new UDM compositions to be the result of melting of a previously unrecognized ultra-depleted component hosted in the OJP mantle source.

  20. Melt-rock interactions, deformation, hydration and seismic properties in the sub-arc lithospheric mantle inferred from xenoliths from seamounts near Lihir, Papua New Guinea

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    Soustelle, Vincent; Tommasi, Andréa; Demouchy, Sylvie; Franz, Leander

    2013-11-01

    This study analyses the interactions between deformation and reactive fluid and melt percolation, and their effects on sub-arc mantle seismic properties based on microstructural observations on mantle xenoliths extracted by the Tubaf and Edison seamounts close to the Lihir Island, in the Papua New Guinea archipelago. These xenoliths sample an oceanic lithosphere, which has experienced high-temperature deformation in the presence of fluids or melts. This was followed by metasomatism under static conditions. Syn-kinematic percolation of reactive Si-rich melts or fluids in peridotites has produced pyroxene-enrichment, grain size reduction, and dispersion of olivine crystal preferred orientation (CPO). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analyses show that olivine has very low water contents (1-4 wt. ppm H2O), similar to spinel peridotites from other subduction zones. These low values may record both low water solubility in olivine at low pressure and dehydration during transport and exhumation. Water contents in pyroxenes are highly variable and likely result from spatially heterogeneous melt or fluid percolation. Analysis of olivine CPO indicates dominant activation of both (010)[100] and (001)[100] slip systems, which are characteristic of deformation under high temperature, low stress, low pressure and low to moderate hydrous conditions. Fast S-wave polarization and P- and Rayleigh propagation directions are thus parallel to the mantle flow direction. The pyroxene enrichment by melt-rock reactions is accompanied by dispersion of olivine CPO and induces a significant decrease of the maximum S-wave and P-wave anisotropy in the peridotites. The calculated seismic properties also show that the lowest Vp/Vs ratios (< 1.7) mapped in fore-arc mantle may only be explained by taking in consideration the CPO-induced elastic anisotropy of the peridotites.

  1. X-ray Raman scattering study of MgSiO₃ glass at high pressure: Implication for triclustered MgSiO₃ melt in Earth's mantle

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    Lee, Sung Keun; Lin, Jung-Fu; Cai, Yong Q.; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Eng, Peter J.; Okuchi, Takuo; Mao, Ho-kwang; Meng, Yue; Hu, Michael Y.; Chow, Paul; Shu, Jinfu; Li, Baosheng; Fukui, Hiroshi; Lee, Bum Han; Kim, Hyun Na; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2015-02-09

    Silicate melts at the top of the transition zone and the core-mantle boundary have significant influences on the dynamics and properties of Earth's interior. MgSiO3-rich silicate melts were among the primary components of the magma ocean and thus played essential roles in the chemical differentiation of the early Earth. Diverse macroscopic properties of silicate melts in Earth's interior, such as density, viscosity, and crystal-melt partitioning, depend on their electronic and short-range local structures at high pressures and temperatures. Despite essential roles of silicate melts in many geophysical and geodynamic problems, little is known about their nature under the conditions of Earth's interior, including the densification mechanisms and the atomistic origins of the macroscopic properties at high pressures. Here, we have probed local electronic structures of MgSiO3 glass (as a precursor to Mg-silicate melts), using high-pressure x-ray Raman spectroscopy up to 39 GPa, in which high-pressure oxygen K-edge features suggest the formation of tricluster oxygens (oxygen coordinated with three Si frameworks; [3]O) between 12 and 20 GPa. Our results indicate that the densification in MgSiO3 melt is thus likely to be accompanied with the formation of triculster, in addition to a reduction in nonbridging oxygens. The pressure-induced increase in the fraction of oxygen triclusters >20 GPa would result in enhanced density, viscosity, and crystal-melt partitioning, and reduced element diffusivity in the MgSiO3 melt toward deeper part of the Earth's lower mantle.

  2. Transition from ultra-enriched to ultra-depleted primary MORB melts in a single volcanic suite (Macquarie Island, SW Pacific): Implications for mantle source, melting process and plumbing system

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    Husen, Anika; Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Everard, John L.; Kamenetsky, Maya B.

    2016-07-01

    Compositional diversity of basalts forming the oceanic floor is attributed to a variety of factors such as mantle heterogeneities, melting conditions, mixing of individual melt batches, as well as fractionation and assimilation processes during magma ascent and emplacement. In this study the compositional range and origin of mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) is approached by petrological, mineralogical and geochemical studies of the Miocene Macquarie Island ophiolite, an uplifted part of the Macquarie Ridge at the boundary between the Australian and Pacific plates. In this study, earlier results on the enriched to ultra-enriched (La/Sm 1.4-7.9), isotopically homogeneous basaltic glasses are complemented by the compositions of olivine-phyric rocks, principal phenocrystic minerals and Cr-spinel hosted melt inclusions. Studied olivine, clinopyroxene and Cr-spinel phenocrysts are among the most primitive known for MORB (85-91 mol% forsterite in olivine, 81-91 Mg# in clinopyroxene, and 66-77 Mg# and 34-60 Cr# in spinel) and represent primary and near-primary compositions of their parental melts. Geochemical characteristics of the liquids parental to clinopyroxene (La/Sm 0.8-6.3) and Cr-spinel (La/Sm 0.4-5) partly overlap with those of the basaltic glasses, but also strongly advocate the role of depleted to ultra-depleted primary melts in the origin of the Macquarie Island porphyritic rocks. The trace element composition of olivine phenocrysts and the systematics of rare-earth elements in glasses, melt inclusions, and clinopyroxene provide evidence for a peridotitic composition of the source mantle. Our data supports the mechanism of fractional "dynamic" melting of a single mantle peridotite producing individual partial melt batches with continuously changing compositions from ultra-enriched towards ultra-depleted. The incipient enriched melt batches, represented by basaltic glasses in this study, may erupt without significant modification, whereas consecutively derived

  3. Volatiles in melt inclusions and osmium isotopes from Hawaiian lavas: investigating the relationship between CO2 and H2O contents with mantle source lithology

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    Marske, J. P.; Hauri, E. H.; Garcia, M. O.; Pietruszka, A. J.

    2012-12-01

    Variations in radiogenic isotopes (Pb, Sr, Nd, Hf, He, etc.) and magmatic volatiles (CO2 or H2O) in Hawaiian volcanoes reveal a range of important processes that occur from the source to surface (mantle source heterogeneity, extents of melting, magma transportation, mixing, and storage, and eruption style). Hawaiian lavas are thought to originate from partial melting of a heterogeneous plume source containing a mixture of peridotite and ancient recycled oceanic crust (pyroxenite or eclogite). These lavas display a considerable range in volatile abundances (e.g. <1 to >1000 ppm for Kilauea) that is generally attributed to magmatic degassing or mixing during ascent. However, the source region for Hawaiian volcanoes may also be heterogeneous with respect to volatile concentrations. The effect of shallow degassing makes it difficult to determine if there is a relationship between mantle source composition, lithology, and the volatile budget. We will present Os isotopic ratios and volatile contents for over 25 samples from six Hawaiian volcanoes (Koolau, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, Kilauea, and Loihi) to determine if pre-eruptive volatiles in shield-stage magmas correlate with the different Hawaiian components (i.e. 'Kea' or 'Loa') and lithologies (i.e. peridotite or pyroxenite) identified by radiogenic isotopes. Rapidly-cooled submarine glasses and tephras will be analyzed, as subaerial lavas cool too slowly to prevent diffusive loss of H2O from melt inclusions. Olivine-hosted melt inclusions or groundmass glasses from each eruption will be analyzed for a range of volatiles (CO2, H2O, S, Cl, F). Additionally, olivine separates from each of these samples will be analyzed for Os isotopes. This study assesses the role of mantle heterogeneity, degree of partial melting, magma transportation, and degassing, in controlling the primary melt volatile concentrations. Although volatile abundances in parental magmas are likely to be modified by variable extents of exsolution

  4. Upper mantle heterogeneity below the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 0°-15°N

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    Bonatti, E.; Peyve, A.; Kepezhinskas, P.; Kurentsova, N.; Seyler, M.; Skolotnev, S.; Udintsev, G.

    1992-04-01

    Small-scale variations in composition of mantle-derived peridotites have been investigated in the 0°-15°N portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR), thanks to a relatively close-spaced peridotite sample coverage achieved by combining samples collected by Russian and U.S. expeditions. Areal variations in the composition of mantle-equilibrated minerals olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, and spinel have been interpreted as due primarily to regional variations in the initial composition, degree of partial melting, and thermal structure of the upper mantle. Mantle rocks from the eastern part of the Romanche transform frequently contain a trapped fraction of basaltic melt, while undepleted mantle prevails in the western part of the Romanche, suggesting a "cold" upper mantle thermal regime in this region, which prevented significant melting. Immediately to the north, the St. Paul Fracture Zone (FZ) upper mantle shows intermediate degrees of melting, except for St. Peter-Paul Island which exposes metasomatized mantle rocks chemically and isotopically different from other oceanic peridotites. Between St. Paul FZ and 4°N (Strakhov FZ) we have an area of strongly depleted upper mantle. Farther north the Doldrums FZ area (˜8°N) appears to be underlain by moderately depleted upper mantle with some melt entrapment. The Vema FZ (11°N) is underlain by relatively homogenous upper mantle which has undergone a rather low degree of melting. The Mercurius and Marathon transforms (between 12° and 13°N) expose moderately depleted peridotites. Finally, the 15°20' FZ area shows relatively undepleted upper mantle on the northern side of the transform and at sites distant from the MAR axis and strongly depleted mantle south of the transform. The strongly depleted mantle from the 2°-3°N and 14°-15°N regions is associated spatially with light rare earth element enriched mid-ocean ridge basalt showing a "hot spot"-type geochemical signature. The areal association of refractory

  5. Shear-induced melt localization and the rheology of the partially molten mantle

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    Katz, R. F.; Spiegelman, M.; Holtzman, B. K.

    2005-12-01

    The emergence of patterns of melt distribution in experiments on partially molten aggregates undergoing simple shear [1,2] provide a rare opportunity to test magma migration theory [3,4,5] by directly comparing experiments and calculations. The fundamental observation is the emergence and persistence to large strains of bands of high porosity and concentrated deformation oriented at about 15-25° to the plane of shear [6]. We have extended the analysis of Spiegelman [7] and report results from new linear analysis and numerical solutions that suggest that band angle in experiments is controlled by a balance between porosity and strain rate-weakening mechanisms. Lower angles are predicted for stronger strain rate-weakening. For the specific model considered here, a power-law stress-dependent rheology, calculations with n~6 are consistent with the observations. These results suggest that partially molten aggregates deforming under shear may have a greater sensitivity to strain rate than previously believed [8]. [1] Zimmerman, M. et al., Geophys. Res. Lett., 26, 1999. [2]Holtzman, B. et al., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 4, 2003. [3]Mc{K}enzie, D., J. Petrol., 25, 1984. [4]Fowler, A., Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dyn., 33, 1985. [5]Bercovici, D. et al., J. Geophys. Res.- Solid Earth, 106, 2001. [6]Spiegelman, M., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 4, 2003. [7]Holtzman, B. et al., J. Petrol., 2005. [8]Hirth, G. and D. Kohlstedt, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 1995.

  6. Hydrous melting and partitioning in and above the mantle transition zone: Insights from water-rich MgO-SiO2-H2O experiments

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    Myhill, R.; Frost, D. J.; Novella, D.

    2017-03-01

    Hydrous melting at high pressures affects the physical properties, dynamics and chemical differentiation of the Earth. However, probing the compositions of hydrous melts at the conditions of the deeper mantle such as the transition zone has traditionally been challenging. In this study, we conducted high pressure multianvil experiments at 13 GPa between 1200 and 1900 °C to investigate the liquidus in the system MgO-SiO2-H2O. Water-rich starting compositions were created using platinic acid (H2Pt(OH)6) as a novel water source. As MgO:SiO2 ratios decrease, the T -XH2O liquidus curve develops an increasingly pronounced concave-up topology. The melting point reduction of enstatite and stishovite at low water contents exceeds that predicted by simple ideal models of hydrogen speciation. We discuss the implications of these results with respect to the behaviour of melts in the deep upper mantle and transition zone, and present new models describing the partitioning of water between the olivine polymorphs and associated hydrous melts.

  7. Partitioning of Large-ion Lithophile Elements Between Aqueous Fluids and Melts: Role of Saline Fluids in Sub-arc Mantle

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    Kawamoto, T.; Mibe, K.

    2014-12-01

    Chemical fractionation of slab-derived supercritical fluids can play an important role in elemental transfer from subducting slab to the mantle wedge and arc magmatism [1]. Recent findings of saline fluids from sub-arc mantle peridotite indicate that aqueous fluids in mantle wedge can contain 3.7 wt% NaCl in Ichinomageta, Northeast Japan arc [2] to 5.1 wt% NaCl in Pinatubo, Luzon arc [3]. It is, therefore, important to determine the effect of Cl on the trace element partitioning between aqueous fluids and melts. Synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis is conducted to know Rb, Sr, and Pb partitioning between aqueous fluids and melts [4]. There is a positive correlation between partition coefficients and pressure, as well as salinity. Two slab-derived components, melt and fluid components, are suggested to explain trace element characteristics of arc-basalts in the Mariana arc [5]. The fluid component is characterized by enrichment of alkali and alkali earth elements. Such features can be explained if the fluid component is a saline fluid, because alkali earth elements and Pb are much less mobile with Cl-free fluids than Cl-rich fluids [4]. We suggest that slab-derived components have compositional features consistent with a saline fluid and a melt, which can be formed through a separation of a slab-derived supercritical fluid [1]. Slab derived supercritical fluids contain Cl, and aqueous fluids inherit much of the Cl and some of the large-ion lithophile elements. [1] Kawamoto et al. 2012, Separation of supercritical slab-fluids to form aqueous fluid and melt components in subduction zone magmatism. PNAS, pnas.org/content/109/46/18695 [2] Kumagai et al. Evolution of carbon dioxide bearing saline fluids in the mantle wedge beneath the Northeast Japan arc, CMP [3] Kawamoto et al. 2013, Mantle wedge infiltrated with saline fluids from dehydration and decarbonation of subducting slab. PNAS, pnas.org/content/110/24/9663 [4] Kawamoto et al. 2014, Large ion

  8. Seismic velocity anisotropy and heterogeneity beneath the Mantle Electromagnetic and Tomography Experiment (MELT) region of the East Pacific Rise from analysis of P and S body waves

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    Hammond, W.C.; Toomey, D.R.

    2003-01-01

    We use teleseismic P and S delay times and shear wave splitting measurements to constrain isotropic and anisotropic heterogeneity in the mantle beneath the southern East Pacific Rise (SEPR). The data comprise 462 P and S delay times and 18 shear wave splitting observations recorded during the Mantle Electromagnetic and Tomography (MELT) Experiment. We estimate the mantle melt content (F) and temperature (T) variation from the isotropic velocity variation. Our results indicate that the maximum variation in F beneath our array is between zero and ???1.2%, and maximum variation in T is between zero and ???100 K. We favor an explanation having partial contributions from both T and F. We approximate the seismic anisotropy of the upper mantle with hexagonal symmetry, consistent with the assumption of two dimensionality of mantle flow. Our new tomographic technique uses a nonlinear inversion of P and slow S polarization delay times to simultaneously solve for coupled VP and VS heterogeneity throughout the model and for the magnitude of anisotropy within discrete domains. The domain dimensions and the dip of the anisotropy are fixed for each inversion but are varied in a grid search, obtaining the misfit of the models to the body wave delay data and to split times of vertically propagating S waves. The data misfit and the isotropic heterogeneity are sensitive to domain dimensions and dip of anisotropy. In a region centered beneath the SEPR the best average dip of the hexagonal symmetry axis is horizontal or dipping shallowly (<30??) west. Given the resolution of our data, a subaxial region characterized by vertically aligned symmetry axes may exist but is limited to be <80 km deep. We infer that the mantle flow beneath the SEPR is consistent with shallow asthenospheric return flow from the direction of the South Pacific superswell.

  9. Post-orogenic shoshonitic magmas of the Yzerfontein pluton, South Africa: the `smoking gun' of mantle melting and crustal growth during Cape granite genesis?

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Clemens, J. D.; Buick, I. S.; Frei, D.; Lana, C.; Villaros, A.

    2017-09-01

    The post-orogenic Yzerfontein pluton, in the Saldania Belt of South Africa was constructed through numerous injections of shoshonitic magmas. Most magma compositions are adequately modelled as products of fractionation, but the monzogranites and syenogranites may have a separate origin. A separate high-Mg mafic series has a less radiogenic mantle source. Fine-grained magmatic enclaves in the intermediate shoshonitic rocks are au