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Magmatic (silicates/saline/sulfur-rich/CO2) immiscibility and zirconium and rare-earth element enrichment from alkaline magma chamber margins: evidence from Ponza Island, Pontine Archipelago, Italy

Belkin, Harvey E.; Vivo, Benedetto De; Lima, Annamaria; Török, Kálmán

European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 8 Number 6 (1997), p. 1401 - 1420

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published: Jan 8, 1997
manuscript accepted: Aug 2, 1996
manuscript received: Apr 12, 1996

DOI: 10.1127/ejm/8/6/1401

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Abstract Fluid inclusions were measured from a feldspathoid-bearing syenite xenolith entrained in trachyte from Ponza, one of the islands of the Pontine Archipelago, located in the Gulf of Gaeta, Italy. The feldspathoid-bearing syenite consists mainly of potassium feldspar, clinopyroxene, amphibole, biotite, titanite, manganoan magnetite, apatite with minor nosean, Na-rich feldspar, pyrrhotite, and rare cheralite. Baddeleyite and zirkelite occur associated with manganoan magnetite. Detailed electron-microprobe analysis reveals enrichments in REE, Y, Nb, U, Th as well as Cl and F in appropriate phases. Fluid inclusions observed in potassium feldspar are either silicate-melt or aqueous inclusions. The aqueous inclusions can be further classified as. (1) one-phase vapor, (2) two-phase (V + L) inclusions, vapor-rich inclusions with a small amount of CO2 in most cases; homogenization of the inclusions always occurred in the vapor phase between 359 and 424°C, salinities vary from 2.9 to 8.5 wt. % NaCl equivalent; and. (3) three-phase and multiphase inclusions (hypersaline/sulfur-rich aqueous inclusions sometimes with up to 8 or more solid phases). Daughter minerals dissolve on heating before vapor/liquid homogenization. Standardless quantitative scanning electron microscope X-ray fluorescence analysis has tentatively identified the following chloride and sulfate daughter crystals; halite, sylvite, glauberite, arcanite, anhydrite, and thenardite. Melting of the daughter crystals occurs between 459 and 536°C (54 to 65 wt. % NaCl equivalent) whereas total homogenization is between 640 and 755 °C. The occurrence of silicate-melt inclusions and hightemperature, solute-rich aqueous inclusions suggests that the druse or miarolitic texture of the xenolith is late-stage magmatic. The xenolith from Ponza represents a portion of the peripheral magma chamber wall that has recorded the magmatic/hydrothermal transition and the passage of high solute fluids enriched in chlorides, sulfur, and incompatible elements.


fluid inclusionsmelt inclusionsimmiscibilitybaddeleyitezirkelitechloride and sulfate daughter crystalsvolcanologyPonza