Magmatic volatile distribution as recorded by rhyolitic melt inclusions in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand
Published:January 01, 2015
Florence Bégué, Darren M. Gravley, Isabelle Chambefort, Chad D. Deering, Ben M. Kennedy, 2015. "Magmatic volatile distribution as recorded by rhyolitic melt inclusions in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand", The Role of Volatiles in the Genesis, Evolution and Eruption of Arc Magmas, G. F. Zellmer, M. Edmonds, S. M. Straub
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The central Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ) is an actively rifting continental arc and is well known for its exceptionally high rate of rhyolitic magma generation and frequent caldera-forming eruptions. Two end-member types of rhyolites (R1 and R2) have been previously identified based on differences in their bulk-rock chemistry and mineral assemblage with hydrous phases crystallizing in the R1 type, which are not present or only rare in R2 rhyolites. Here we present new trace element and volatile data from rhyolitic melt inclusions measured in several representative eruptive deposits (R1 and R2 rhyolites) from the central TVZ to examine their volatile concentrations and origin. R1 and R2 show very distinct Cl concentrations, with R2 rhyolites being enriched in Cl by c. 1000 ppm. H2O is slightly higher in the R1 rhyolites, whereas CO2 concentrations are similar between the two end-member types. The origin of these volatile disparities between R1 and R2 melts is assigned to differences in the initial bulk volatile content of the parental magma, possibly associated with distinct input of fluids from the subduction zone. These disparities in bulk volatile concentrations can lead to variations in relative timing of exsolution of volatile phase(s) prior to melt inclusion entrapment.
Major, trace and volatile composition for the analysed central TVZ rhyolites, and comparison of H2O data between the transmission and reflectance FTIR are available at http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/SUP18767.
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