On the fluid-mobility of molybdenum, tungsten, and antimony in subduction systems

Wehrmann, Heidi, Halama, Ralf, Garbe-Schönberg, Dieter, Hoernle, Kaj, Jacques, Guillaume, Heydolph, Ken, Mahlke, Julia and Schumann, Kai (2012) On the fluid-mobility of molybdenum, tungsten, and antimony in subduction systems [Poster] In: The Lübeck Retreat, Collaborative Research SFB 574 Volatiles and Fluids in Subduction Zones: Climate Feedback and Trigger Mechanisms for Natural Disasters, 23.-25.05.2012, Lübeck.

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Molybdenum (Mo) and tungsten (W) have long been regarded as being more or less immobile during
slab fluid-induced arc magma generation. Here we characterize about 180 samples of young,
predominantly mafic to intermediate tephras and lavas for their Mo, W, and antimony (Sb)
concentrations, to examine the fluid-mobility of these elements in subduction systems. Samples were
taken along the active arcs of the Chilean Southern Volcanic Zone (SVZ) and the Central American
Volcanic Arc (CAVA). When relating Mo, W, and Sb to trace element ratios typically used to constrain
the involvement of subduction fluids in magma formation, such as Ba/La or U/Th, Mo, W, and Sb are
enriched in the most fluid-influenced, highest-degree melts. W/Mo ratios correlate positively with
Pb/Ce, which is established to reflect a recent subduction signal or assimilation of crustal material
with an ancient subduction signature, suggesting that subduction processes promote enrichment of W
over Mo. This is well expressed at the SVZ and most of the CAVA; while few OIB-type rocks from
Central Costa Rica form an opposite trend. Moreover, Mo/W ratios co-vary with Cl contents derived
from melt inclusions, indicating that the relative degree of mobilization responds to the composition of
the subduction fluid.
To evaluate the mobility of Mo, W, and Sb during metamorphism in the slab, eclogites with no or
minor metasomatic overprint and a fluid-induced overprint in an eclogite-blueschist sequence were
investigated. None of the three elements shows a systematic variability related to metasomatism and
the minor variations are interpreted to reflect protolith heterogeneity. This suggests that Mo, W and Sb
remain relatively immobile up to depths of 70 km in the subduction zone.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Keywords: Geodynamics
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems
OceanRep > SFB 574 > B6
OceanRep > SFB 574 > C2
OceanRep > SFB 574 > C1
OceanRep > SFB 574
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-GDY Marine Geodynamics
Kiel University
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Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 11:15
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2012 03:56
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/15338

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