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Boron isotopic composition of olivine-hosted melt inclusions from Gorgona komatiites, Colombia: New evidence supporting wet komatiite origin


Gurenko, AA and Kamenetsky, VS, Boron isotopic composition of olivine-hosted melt inclusions from Gorgona komatiites, Colombia: New evidence supporting wet komatiite origin, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 312, (1-2) pp. 201-212. ISSN 0012-821X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.09.033


A fundamental question in the genesis of komatiites is whether these rocks originate from partial melting of dry and hot mantle, 400500 C hotter than typical sources of MORB and OIB magmas, or if they were produced by hydrous melting of the source at much lower temperatures, similar or only moderately higher than those known today. Gorgona Island, Colombia, is a unique place where Phanerozoic komatiites occur and whose origin is directly connected to the formation of the Caribbean Large Igneous Province. The genesis of Gorgona komatiites remains controversial, mostly because of the uncertain origin of volatile components which they appear to contain. These volatiles could equally result from shallow level magma contamination, melting of a "damp" mantle or fluid-induced partial melting of the source due to devolatilization of the ancient subducting plate. We have analyzed boron isotopes of olivine-hosted melt inclusions from the Gorgona komatiites. These inclusions are characterized by relatively high contents of volatile components and boron (0.21.0 wt.% H2O, 0.050.08 wt.% S, 0.020.03 wt.% Cl, 0.62.0 g/g B), displaying positive anomalies in the overall depleted, primitive mantle (PM) normalized trace element and REE spectra ([La/Sm]n=0.160.35; [H2O/Nb]n=844; [Cl/Nb]n=2768; [B/Nb]n=930, assuming 300 g/g H2O, 8 g/g Cl and 0.1 g/g B in PM; Kamenetsky et al., 2010. Composition and temperature of komatiite melts from Gorgona Island constrained from olivine-hosted melt inclusions. Geology 38, 10031006). The inclusions range in 11B values from−11.5 to+15.62.2(1 SE), forming two distinct trends in a 11B vs. B-concentration diagram. Direct assimilation of seawater, seawater-derived components, altered oceanic crust or marine sediments by ascending komatiite magma cannot readily account for the volatile contents and B isotope variations. Alternatively, injection of b3wt.% of a 11B enriched fluid to the mantle source could be a plausible explanation for the 11B range that also may explain the H2O, Cl and B excess.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Kamenetsky, VS (Professor Vadim Kamenetsky)
ID Code:74076
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2011-11-10
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