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Calcic amphiboles in peridotite xenoliths from Avacha volcano, Kamchatka, and their implications for metasomatic conditions in the mantle wedge

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S. Ishimaru
S. Ishimaru
Department of Earth Sciences, Kanazawa University, Kakuma, Kanazawa 920-1192, Japan (e-mail: jaja@earth.s.kanazawa-u.ac.jp)
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S. Arai
S. Arai
Department of Earth Sciences, Kanazawa University, Kakuma, Kanazawa 920-1192, Japan (e-mail: jaja@earth.s.kanazawa-u.ac.jp)
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Published:
January 01, 2008

Abstract

Highly metasomatized parts of peridotite xenoliths from Avacha volcano, Kamchatka, Russia, characteristically contain calcic amphiboles, especially tremolites. They are rich in metasomatic pyroxenes with high Mg-number (= Mg/(Mg+Fe) atomic ratio), up to 0.94–0.98, and contain Cr-poor aluminous spinels. They have the spinel lherzolite mineral assemblage and equilibrium temperatures of 900–1000 °C or higher, beyond the stability field of tremolite. The tremolite was therefore retrogressively formed after the peak of high-temperature metasomatism. The high-Mg-number, low-alkali environment facilitates the formation of tremolite instead of Al-rich calcic amphiboles. A sulphur-bearing silicic melt derived from a slab is a probable agent involved in the metasomatism. High fO2 recorded in the highly metasomatized peridotites is consistent with this process. This type of metasomatism can produce high-Mg-number peridotites and pyroxenites with low-Cr-number spinel within the mantle wedge where the Mg-number of silicates is positively correlated with the Cr-number of spinel in ambient peridotites.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Metasomatism in Oceanic and Continental Lithospheric Mantle

M. Coltorti
M. Coltorti
Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy
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M. Grégoire
M. Grégoire
Université Toulouse III, France
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Geological Society of London
Volume
293
ISBN electronic:
9781862395411
Publication date:
January 01, 2008

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