[SCG66-08] Geochemical variation across the segment in the southernmost segment of the Central Indian Ridge
Keywords:MORB, Central Indian Ridge
Off-ridge MORB is enriched in radiogenic Sr than the MORB from the present spreading axis in spite of their depletion in trace element compositions. The off-ridge MORB recovered away from the present spreading axis is more enriched in radiogenic Sr, i.e., 87Sr/86Sr ratio varies as a function of distance from the spreading axis. Nd isotope ratios of off-ridge MORB have a similar range (εNd=+7.6 to +8.2) to those of the present axis MORB (εNd=+7.8 to +8.7; Nishio et al., 2007), and they do not show any systematic variations in contrast to Sr isotopes.
The 206Pb/204Pb ratios of the off-ridge MORB range from 17.1 to 17.6, and they are similar to the present axis MORB (17.3 to 17.7). The 207Pb/204Pb ratios of the off-ridge MORB vary from 15.44 to 15.48, and they are similar to those of the present axis MORB (15.44 to 14.56). The 208Pb/204Pb ratio of the off-ridge MORB ranges from 37.1 to 37.6, and they are slightly less radiogenic than those of the present axis MORB (37.2 to 37.7).
Although Pb isotope ratios of the off-ridge MORB are similar to those of the present axis MORB, both Δ8/4 andΔ7/4 (the offset of 208Pb/204Pb and 207Pb/204Pb relative to the Northern Hemisphere reference line at a given 206Pb/204Pb, as defined by Hart, 1984) of the off-ridge MORB are different from those of the present axis MORB. Δ8/4 of the off-ridge MORB ranges from 65 to 75, which is higher than the values of the present axis MORB (58 to 65). Particularly, the MORB away from the present spreading axis has systematically higher Δ8/4 and Δ7/4.
The geochemical and isotopic evidence indicates that the off-ridge MORB at the CIR southernmost segment has the following characteristics as a function of distance from the spreading axis: depletion in trace element, enrichment in radiogenic Sr, higher Δ8/4 and Δ7/4. These systematic variations might result from systematic distributions of the mantle domain beneath the CIR spreading axis.