High-temperature hydrothermal activities around suboceanic Moho: An example from diopsidite and anorthosite in Wadi Fizh, Oman ophiolite

Norikatsu Akizawa, Akihiro Tamura, Keisuke Fukushi, Junji Yamamoto, Tomoyuki Mizukami, Marie Python, Shoji Arai

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Reaction products between hydrothermal fluids and uppermost mantle harzburgite-lowermost crustal gabbro have been reported along Wadi Fizh, northern Oman ophiolite. They are named mantle diopsidite (MD) or crustal diopsidite (CD) depending on the stratigraphic level. They construct network-like dikes crosscutting structures of the surrounding harzburgite or gabbro. The MD is mainly composed of diopsidic clinopyroxene, whereas the CD is of diopsidic clinopyroxene and anorthitic plagioclase. Here, we report a new reaction product, crustal anorthosite (CA), from the lowermost crustal section. The CA is always placed in the center of the CD network, and mainly consists of anorthitic plagioclase with minor titanite and chromian minerals such as chromite and uvarovite. Aqueous fluid inclusions forming negative crystals are evenly distributed in minerals of the CA. The fluid inclusions contain angular-shaped or rounded daughter minerals as calcite or calcite-anhydrite composite, which were identified by Raman spectroscopic analysis. We estimated their captured temperature at 530 °C at least by conducting microthermometric analysis of the fluid inclusions. Furthermore, we examined their chemical characteristics by direct laser-shot sampling conducted by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (LA-ICP-MS). The results indicate that the trapped aqueous fluids contain an appreciable amount of Na, but no K and Cr. Hydrothermal fluids involved in the CA formation transported Cr, which was probably taken up from chromite seams in the uppermost mantle section. Cr got soluble by forming complexes with anions as SO42–, CO32– and Cl. In addition, these hydrothermal fluids transported Fe, Mg and trace elements (Ti, Sr, Y, Zr and rare-earth elements) governing whole-rock chemical compositions of the MDs, CDs and CAs. Our estimation for the condition of CA formation yielded rather low temperatures (530–600 °C), which indicates a later stage production of the CA than the MD and CD (~ 800 °C). A series of high-temperature hydrothermal events had been significantly contributed to the chemical flux occurring around the Moho, boundary between the mantle and crustal sections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-87
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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