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Coexisting calc-alkaline and ultrapotassic magmatism at Monti Ernici, Mid Latina Valley (Latium, central Italy)

Maria Luce Frezzotti, Gianfilippo de Astis, Luigi Dallai and Claudio Ghezzo
Coexisting calc-alkaline and ultrapotassic magmatism at Monti Ernici, Mid Latina Valley (Latium, central Italy)
European Journal of Mineralogy (July 2007) 19 (4): 479-497


New major and trace element data, and Sr-Nd-Pb-O isotopic ratios for volcanic mafic rocks outcropping at Monti Ernici in the Mid Latina Valley (southern Latium) are reported, with the aim of investigating the nature and evolution of Plio-Quaternary K-rich volcanism in central Italy. Petrographical and geochemical studies allow us to identify mafic rocks ranging from ultrapotassic (HKS) to shoshonitic (SHO), and calc-alkaline (CA), these last ones being identified for the first time. The CA rocks exhibit the most primitive signatures for Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopes ( (super 87) Sr/ (super 86) Sr =0.706326-0.706654; (super 143) Nd/ (super 144) Nd = 0.512388-0.512361; (super 206) Pb/ (super 204) Pb = 18.944-18.940). The delta (super 18) O values are variable (delta (super 18) O (sub cpx) from +5.75 to +7.08 per mil; and delta (super 18) O (sub ol) from +5.50 to +6.23 per mil), suggesting interaction with carbonate wall rocks. Radiogenic isotope ratios and incompatible elements distribution have several characteristic in common with equivalent rocks from Pontine Islands (Ventotene), Campania and Aeolian arc volcanoes. Conversely, the HKS rocks closely resemble the ultrapotassic rocks from the Roman Province ( (super 87) Sr/ (super 86) Sr = 0.709679-0.711102; delta (super 18) O (sub cpx) from +6.27 to +7.08 per mil). The high ratios of LILE (Large Ion Lithophile Elements: Rb, Cs, Th, U, K, LREE) and HFSE (High Field Strength Elements: Ta, Nb, Zr, Hf, Ti), and radiogenic isotope compositions of CA to HKS rocks indicate that all suites contain subduction-related components, and suggest a N-MORB-type mantle source variably contaminated by hydrous fluids and/or melts released by undergoing slabs, possibly during two distinct stages of metasomatism. The coexistence of ultra-alkaline and sub-alkaline orogenic magmatism, combined with tectonic, geophysical and geological evidence, support the possibility that the mantle beneath central-southern Italy (Ernici-Roccamonfina Province) was vertically zoned and produced different magma suites during time.

ISSN: 0935-1221
EISSN: 1617-4011
Serial Title: European Journal of Mineralogy
Serial Volume: 19
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Coexisting calc-alkaline and ultrapotassic magmatism at Monti Ernici, Mid Latina Valley (Latium, central Italy)
Affiliation: Universita di Siena, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Siena, Italy
Pages: 479-497
Published: 200707
Text Language: English
Publisher: Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (Naegele u. Obermiller), Stuttgart, Federal Republic of Germany
References: 78
Accession Number: 2007-102014
Categories: Igneous and metamorphic petrologyIsotope geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 2 tables, geol. sketch map
N41°37'00" - N41°37'00", E13°19'60" - E13°19'60"
Secondary Affiliation: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, ITA, ItalyIstituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, ITA, Italy
Country of Publication: Germany
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200744
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