Petrochemical study of the Jingpohu Holocene alkali basaltic rocks, northeastern China

Zhaochong Zhang, Chengyou Feng, Zhaonai Li, Shucai Li, Ying Xin, Zhaomu Li, Xianzheng Wang
2002 Geochemical Journal  
Holocene volcanoes in the Jingpohu region are situated in the "Crater Forest" and "Frog Pool" areas along the northwest side of Jingpohu Lake, northeastern China. Dating of three charcoal samples from the first and second volcanic cycles shows that the ages of the first and second cycles are 3430~3490 and 2470 years respectively. The lavas from the Jingpohu area consist of basanites (BSN), alkali olivine basalts (AOB) and tephrites (TP). Crystal fractionation models are consistent with the
more » ... stent with the generation of AOB and TP from a basanitic parent. Minor fractionation of olivine, augite, magnetite and Cr-spinel is required to produce AOB compositions whereas the generation of TP requires extensive fractionation of kaersutite, phlogopite and anorthoclase with minor olivine, augite, magnetite and leucite. The presence of kaersutite, phlogopite and anorthoclase megacrysts and mantle xenoliths suggest a fractionation history occurring at high pressure in the mantle. Although all basaltic rocks contain many granitic xenoliths, their geochemical characteristics show that they have not undergone any contamination of upper crust en route to the surface, but some alkali basalts were suffered from the contamination of lower crust. Relatively unradiogenic isotope ratio (compared with Bulk Earth), steep chondrite-normalized REE patterns and strong incompatible element enriched patterns suggest that the magmas are derived from a mixture of an incompatible element depleted anhydrous lherzolite asthenospheric mantle source and an enriched, amphibole-phologite-(apatite-)bearing lherzolite continental lithospheric mantle source. We propose that the basanites are the products of very low degree partial melts (<1%) of this source under high extension strength. processes (e.g., Hofmann, 1988). On the other hand, there is increasing evidence that melts originating from the asthenosphere interact with the lithospheric mantle en route to the surface (Chazot et al., 1996; Wulf-Pedersen et al., 1996; Class and Goldstein, 1997) . Current debate concerns whether continental basalts are primarily derived from the asthenospheric mantle, and contaminated by lithospheric mantle or if they originate from variably "metasomatized" lithospheric mantle (e.
doi:10.2343/geochemj.36.133 fatcat:juqvmkaahjdnxjjig5i4ec2zym