Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2015

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International Session (Oral)

Symbol S (Solid Earth Sciences) » S-IT Science of the Earth's Interior & Techtonophysics

[S-IT05] Hard-Rock Drilling: Oceanic Lithosphere to Island Arc Formation and Beyond

Wed. May 27, 2015 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM 303 (3F)

Convener:*Yoshihiko Tamura(R & D Center for Ocean Drilling Science, Japan Agency for Maine-Earth Science and Technology), Yildirim Dilek(Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science Miami University), Tomoaki Morishita(School of Natural System, Colleage of Science and Technology, Kanazawa University), Takashi Sano(Department of Geology and Paleontology, National Museum of Nature and Science), Natsue Abe(R&D Center for Ocean Drilling Science Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Susumu Umino(Department of Earth Sciences, Kanazawa University), Eiichi TAKAZAWA(Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Niigata University), Shigeaki Ono(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Katsuyoshi Michibayashi(Institute of Geosciences, Shizuoka University), Chair:Yoshihiko Tamura(R & D Center for Ocean Drilling Science, Japan Agency for Maine-Earth Science and Technology), Eiichi TAKAZAWA(Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Niigata University), Takashi Sano(Department of Geology and Paleontology, National Museum of Nature and Science)

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

[SIT05-09] Is high-silica boninite of recycled slab origin?

*Susumu UMINO1, Keitaro KITAMURA1, Kyoko KANAYAMA1, Yuki KUSANO1, Ryoko SENDA2, Osamu ISHIZUKA3 (1.Division of Natural System, Kanazawa University, 2.Department of Solid Earth Geochemistry, JAMSTEC, 3.Geological Survey of Japan, AIST)

Keywords:Izu-Ogasawara-Mariana Arc, boninite, subduction initiation, melt inclusions, Cr spinel, recycled slab

Primitive melt inclusions in chrome spinel from the Ogasawara Archipelago comprise two discrete groups of high-SiO2, MgO (high-Si) and low-SiO2, MgO (low-Si) boninitic suites with ultra-depleted dish- and V-shaped, and less depleted flat rare earth element (REE) patterns. The most magnesian melt inclusions of each geochemical type were used to estimate the genetic T-P conditions for primary boninites by using [1], which range from 1345 degC-0.56 GPa to 1421 degC-0.85 GPa for the 48-46 Ma high-Si and low-Si boninites, and 1381 degC-0.85 GPa for the 45 Ma low-Si boninite. These T-P conditions for the low-Si boninites lie on an adiabatic melting path of depleted mid-ocean ridge basalt mantle (DMM) with a mantle potential T (MPT) of 1420 degC, which is in agreement with that of the primary proto-arc basalt (PAB) magma preceding boninites estimated by PRIMELT2 [2]. This is consistent with the previous model of the subduction initiation in which the onset of the Pacific Slab subduction at 52 Ma forced upwelling of DMM from the depth of ca. 100 km to yield PAB. The residue of PAB was subsequently fluxed by slab fluids to yield the low-Si boninite at 48-46 Ma [3]. On the contrary, the higher temperatures for the high-Si boninite magma generation cannot be explained by this scheme, but has been ascribed to the involvement of a mantle plume with a MPT >1500 degC [4]. However, the ascent of such high-T peridotite to <1 GPa should cause extensive decompression melting to produce picritic magmas, which have never been found among the pre-boninite PAB. This discrepancy can be reconciled if the depleted proto-boninite source already existed below the DMM-like PAB source before the subduction began. With the rise of DMM, refractory harzburgite ascended without melting, and hence retained its high temperature. At 48-46 Ma, introduction of slab fluids caused remelting of the PAB residue and high-T harzburgite, resulted in the low-Si and high-Si boninites, respectively. Meanwhile, convection within the mantle wedge brought the less depleted residue of PAB and DMM into the region fluxed by slab fluids, which melted to yield the less depleted low-Si boninite at 45 Ma, and fertile arc basalts, respectively.
The presence of refractory high-Si boninite source is supported by the unradiogenic Os isotopic compositions of chrome spinel derived from high-Si boninite in Ogasawara [5] and harzburgite drilled in the Izu Forearc [6], which experienced melt extraction in Proterozoic age and became the source for the boninite magmas. Such Proterozoic depleted harzburgites are also known to exist below the lithosphere of the Ontong Java [7] and Kerguelen Plateau [8], and are considered to be remnants of recycled slab subducted below the Rodinia supercontinent [7]. The residual mantle experienced up to 25% melting below the Proterozoic mid-ocean ridges descended and stagnated in the transition zone below Rodinia. The refractory harzburgite slab was then brought up to the base of the continental lithosphere at a depth of around 100 km with the ascent of the super plume either during the rifting of Rodinia, or later Gondwana, and was drifted away with the continental fragments and is now spread sporadically below the Pacific and Indian plates. The globally limited occurrence of high-Si boninite is only possible when the remnants of harzburgitic slabs are tapped by a descending slab after subduction initiation and brought upward to the region of flux melting.

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