Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

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Symbol S (Solid Earth Sciences) » S-CG Complex & General

[S-CG56] Petrology, Mineralogy and Resource Geology

Thu. May 26, 2016 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL6)

Convener:*Tatsuo Nozaki(Research and Development Center for Submarine Resources, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Akira Miyake(Department of Geology and Mineralogy, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University), Nobutaka Tsuchiya(Department of Geology, Faculty of Education, Iwate University), Satoshi SAITO(Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University)

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

[SCG56-P07] Sulfur Systematics in the Izena Hole Seafloor Hydrothermal Systems, Okinawa Trough: Stable Isotope, Mineralogy and Redox Equilibria

*Shogo Kawasumi1, Hitoshi Chiba1, Jun-ichiro Ishibashi2 (1.Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, 2.Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Faculty of Science, Kyusyu University)

Keywords:Izena Hole seafloor hydrothermal systems, Okinawa Trough, sulfur isotope, redox conditions, mineral assemblage

Understanding of sulfur sources in seafloor hydrothermal systems is essential for the discussion of formation mechanisms of seafloor hydrothermal deposits. Sulfur sources in the Okinawa Trough seafloor hydrothermal systems, however, have been poorly discussed, because hemipelagic sediments cover makes the fluid-sediment interaction complicate compared with the sediment-starved hydrothermal systems. The Izena Hole in the mid-Okinawa Trough (27°15’N, 127°04’E, ~1500m in depth) has two active hydrothermal fields: thinly sedimented JADE-site and thickly sedimented HAKUREI-site. Comparing geochemical characteristics between these two sites enables us to evaluate the effect of fluid-sediment interaction (Kawagucci et al., 2010; Ishibashi et al., 2014). This study aimed to elucidate the sulfur sources and sulfur isotopic systematics in the Izena Hole by comparing the hydrothermal precipitates in JADE and HAKUREI-sites in terms of mineral assemblage, chemical composition and sulfur and oxygen isotope.
The active chimneys in JADE-site have Kuroko-type sulfide mineral assemblage including Fe-poor sphalerite, tennantite, galena, pyrite and chalcopyrite. In contrast, the active chimneys in HAKUREI-site are mainly composed of euhedral pyrrhotite, Fe-rich sphalerite, galena and isocubanite with chalcopyrite lamellae, in which mineralogical characteristics resemble those of sediment-covered Guaymas Basin and Middle Valley rather than JADE-site.
It is possible to calculate fO2-fS2 conditions of hydrothermal fluids around 300°C using appropriate thermodynamic data and compare them with mineralogically estimated redox conditions in fO2-fS2 diagram of Fe-Cu-S systems. The calculated redox conditions are in accord well with those based on mineral assemblages and Fe% in sphalerites in both JADE and HAKUREI-sites. In contrast to JADE-site with higher fO2-fS2 comparable with sediment-starved PACMANUS, HAKUREI-site indicates lower fO2-fS2 corresponding to Guaymas Basin and Middle Valley. Therefore, HAKUREI-site is in relatively reducing hydrothermal environment because of organic matter decompositions in the sediment layer, whereas, the thin sediment layer in JADE-site does not affect the redox state of the hydrothermal field.
The δ34S values of chimney sulfides 1.8~4.2‰ in HAKUREI-site is lower than those (5.1~6.7‰) in JADE-site. That is not attributed to sulfur isotope equilibrium between seawater sulfate and hydrothermal H2S, because δ18O values of barite and anhydrite show oxygen isotopic disequilibrium with hydrothermal H2O at the fluid venting temperature and sulfur isotope exchange reaction rate is much slower than oxygen isotope exchange rate. In addition, relatively high δ34S and fS2 state in JADE-site cannot be accounted by leached H2S from sulfur-poor island-arc volcanic rocks, suggesting the presence of another sulfur source.
Although magmatic degassing SO2 contribution has been reported in some island-arc and back-arc seafloor hydrothermal systems, no sign of magmatic SO2 degassing has been found in the Izena Hole despite the large magmatic CO2 contributions. Assuming SO2-H2S gas equilibrium and hematite-magnetite buffer, most of degassed SO2 are predicted to be converted into H2S at equilibrium temperature <400°C, producing H2S with relatively high δ34S of island-arc melt signature. The HAKUREI-site sulfides with lower δ34S would be caused by contributions of isotopically light H2S generated by bacterial activities in the sediment layer or by contributions of low δ34S H2S produced by hydrolysis with larger SO2 proportion at higher equilibrium temperature in HAKUREI-site than in JADE-site.