6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
[BCG28-P11] Nitrogen and noble gas isotopes of Eoarchean Nuvvuagituq rocks
Keywords:Eoarchean, Atmosphere, Nitrogen, Noble gas
A preliminary survey intended to analyze the fluids trapped into several lithologies of the belt on the noble gas and nitrogen isotopic compositions. Selected samples are an ultramafic intrusion (POR21), a tonalitic gneiss (POR23), three felsic to intermediate silicic volcanoclastic rocks (POR27b, 28c, 28h), a meta-conglomerate (POR29) and a plagioclase-rich amphibolite (POR30). Preliminary noble gas isotopes where carried out at GEOTOP by using a quadrupole mass spectrometer. 4He, 22Ne, 36-40Ar, 84Kr and 129,132,136Xe were analyzed after crushing bulk rock and recovering gases in a purification line. All samples contain radiogenic 4He, from 3.7 x10-8 to 2.5 x 10-7 cm3STP/grock, although the calculated radiogenic 4He/40Ar* ratio is only 0.01 to 0.03 against the expected crustal ratio of 4.2. This could indicate large loss of helium during time (which is often observed in Archean rocks) or poor potassium content, the parent element of radiogenic 40Ar*. The measured 40Ar/36Ar ratios range from 403 to 9635, higher than the atmospheric value of 295.5. The sample that contains most radiogenic noble gas 4He and 136Xe (from U fission and alpha decay) and 40Ar* is the tonalitic gneiss (POR23). All other samples show atmospheric composition of noble gases (except 4He and 40Ar*) or slight 136Xe anomalies.
A new series of noble gas and nitrogen isotopic measurements are under way at Osaka University to determine the origin of gases into the Nuvvuagituq fluids and try to constrain crustal and igneous sources possibly feeding them.