Abstract

Ejecta from phreatomagmatic eruptions of Ruapehu and White Island andesite volcanoes in New Zealand provide insight into the mineralogical reactions that occur when magma invades a vent-hosted hydrothermal system. At the surface and in ejected blocks from shallow depths, hydrothermal alteration mineralogies are dominated by silica polymorphs, anhydrite, natroalunite, and pyrite. Blocks from greater depths are composed mainly of cristobalite, anhydrite, halite, and magnetite. Where altered material was heated to magmatic temperatures, thermal decomposition reactions produced mullite, wollastonite, and indialite. Some ejected breccias contain osumilite, cordierite, sanidine, and hypersthene, indicative of reactions occurring near the osumilite-cordierite phase boundary at >800 °C and water pressure <0.2 kbar. Hedenbergite, wollastonite, andradite, and magnetite are found in rare skarn fragments, possibly formed by metasomatism of silica-poor, sulfate-rich hydrothermal deposits. High- temperature parageneses of these types have not been reported before in shallow, acidic volcano-hydrothermal systems. However, they may be typical of the magma- hydrothermal contact zone at many andesite volcanoes.

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