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[SVC41-28] Reconstruction of stratigraphy and time-series variation in composition of ejecta of the An’ei eruption, Izu-Oshima
Keywords:Izu-Oshima, An'ei eruption, stratigraphy, compositional variation
We carried out field surveys in Izu-Oshima, and it was proved that the basal scoria layer can be divided into major two units: the lower basal scoria unit (Unit A) that is poor in plagioclase phenocrysts (Pl) and the upper basal scoria unit (Unit B) that is richer in Pl than Unit A. Although the scoria of Unit A (A-scoria) is widespread except the western part of the island, the scoria of Unit B (B-scoria) lies only on the eastern narrow area of the island. We conclude from these observations that the plume dynamics was different between the two eruption stages. The proportion of Pl in the basal scoria which contacts with lava is the key to reveal the chronological order between the basal scoria layer and lava flows.
We also conducted whole-rock analyses of A- and B-scoria and lavas of the An’ei eruption. The results of these analyses follow the plagioclase-control trend indicated by Nakano and Yamamoto (1991), and B-scoria is most abundant in Al2O3. Lavas contain less Al2O3 than the scoria of both units, and Al2O3 content of A-scoria is intermediate between B-scoria and lavas. It is noteworthy that the lowermost part of Unit A is the poorest in Pl and the lowest in Al2O3, and similar to lava flows. As the magma erupting from the summit crater is generally rich in Pl as a result of flotation and concentration of Pl in magma chamber (Aramaki and Fujii, 1988), it is expected that the magma most abundant in Pl erupts in the early stage of eruption. Field observations and compositional analyses suggest that Pl-poor magma was discharged in the beginning and Pl-rich magma erupted after that, although the basal scoria of the An’ei eruption is considered to have been ejected from the summit crater.
We analyzed plagioclase by EPMA. Regarding the basal scoria, the anorthite value of Pl in A-scoria is higher than B-scoria. The anorthite value of Pl in lavas is almost the same as A-scoria. The matrices of lavas and A-scoria contain a lot of microlites of plagioclase. It is notable that Unit A also contains scoria that is poor in microlites. Based on these results, the products of the An’ei eruption have different petrological features for each unit. It is suspicious if the magma process of the An’ei eruption is explained only by concentration of Pl in single magma chamber. Magma ascent process might be also different for each eruptive phase. It is a future issue to reveal why such compositional and textual differences occurred.