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Mengjing Xu, Cai Li, Wei Xu, Chaoming Xie, Peiyuan Hu, Ming Wang. Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology of Gabbros from the Zhongcang Ophiolitic Mélange, Central Tibet: Implications for an Intra-Oceanic Subduction Zone within the Neo-Tethys Ocean. Journal of Earth Science, 2014, 25(2): 224-240. doi: 10.1007/s12583-014-0419-5
Citation: Mengjing Xu, Cai Li, Wei Xu, Chaoming Xie, Peiyuan Hu, Ming Wang. Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology of Gabbros from the Zhongcang Ophiolitic Mélange, Central Tibet: Implications for an Intra-Oceanic Subduction Zone within the Neo-Tethys Ocean. Journal of Earth Science, 2014, 25(2): 224-240. doi: 10.1007/s12583-014-0419-5

Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology of Gabbros from the Zhongcang Ophiolitic Mélange, Central Tibet: Implications for an Intra-Oceanic Subduction Zone within the Neo-Tethys Ocean

doi: 10.1007/s12583-014-0419-5
  • Received Date: 2014-04-10
  • Rev Recd Date: 2014-04-10
  • Publish Date: 2014-04-10
  • In order to investigate the evolution of Shiquanhe-Yongzhu-Jiali ophiolitic mélange belt, the gabbros from new discovered Zhongcang ophiolitic mélange are studied through petrology, whole-rock geochemistry, zircon U-Pb dating and Lu-Hf isotope. The gabbros investigated in this paper contain cumulate gabbro and gabbro dike, and they have undergone greenschist-amphibolite facies metamorphism. The chondrite normalized rare earth element (REE) patterns of most of these rocks show flat types with slightly light REE (LREE) depletion and the N-MORB normalized incompatible elements diagrams indicate depletion in high field strength elements (HFSE) (Nb, Ta) and enrichment in large ion lithophile elements (LILE). These gabbros have island arc and mid-ocean ridge basalt af-finities, suggesting that they were originated in an oceanic back arc basin. Whole rock geochemistry and high positive εNd(t) values show that these gabbros were derived from ~30% partial melting of a spinel lherzolite mantle, which was enriched by interaction with slab-derived fluids and melts from sediment. U-Pb analyses of zircons from cumulate gabbro yield a weighted mean age of 114.3±1.4 Ma. Based on our data and previous studies, we propose that an intra-oceanic subduction system and back arc basin operated in the Neo-Tethy Ocean of central Tibet during Middle Jurassic and Early Creta-ceous, resembling modern active intra-oceanic subduction systems in the western Pacific.
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Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology of Gabbros from the Zhongcang Ophiolitic Mélange, Central Tibet: Implications for an Intra-Oceanic Subduction Zone within the Neo-Tethys Ocean

doi: 10.1007/s12583-014-0419-5

Abstract: In order to investigate the evolution of Shiquanhe-Yongzhu-Jiali ophiolitic mélange belt, the gabbros from new discovered Zhongcang ophiolitic mélange are studied through petrology, whole-rock geochemistry, zircon U-Pb dating and Lu-Hf isotope. The gabbros investigated in this paper contain cumulate gabbro and gabbro dike, and they have undergone greenschist-amphibolite facies metamorphism. The chondrite normalized rare earth element (REE) patterns of most of these rocks show flat types with slightly light REE (LREE) depletion and the N-MORB normalized incompatible elements diagrams indicate depletion in high field strength elements (HFSE) (Nb, Ta) and enrichment in large ion lithophile elements (LILE). These gabbros have island arc and mid-ocean ridge basalt af-finities, suggesting that they were originated in an oceanic back arc basin. Whole rock geochemistry and high positive εNd(t) values show that these gabbros were derived from ~30% partial melting of a spinel lherzolite mantle, which was enriched by interaction with slab-derived fluids and melts from sediment. U-Pb analyses of zircons from cumulate gabbro yield a weighted mean age of 114.3±1.4 Ma. Based on our data and previous studies, we propose that an intra-oceanic subduction system and back arc basin operated in the Neo-Tethy Ocean of central Tibet during Middle Jurassic and Early Creta-ceous, resembling modern active intra-oceanic subduction systems in the western Pacific.

Mengjing Xu, Cai Li, Wei Xu, Chaoming Xie, Peiyuan Hu, Ming Wang. Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology of Gabbros from the Zhongcang Ophiolitic Mélange, Central Tibet: Implications for an Intra-Oceanic Subduction Zone within the Neo-Tethys Ocean. Journal of Earth Science, 2014, 25(2): 224-240. doi: 10.1007/s12583-014-0419-5
Citation: Mengjing Xu, Cai Li, Wei Xu, Chaoming Xie, Peiyuan Hu, Ming Wang. Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology of Gabbros from the Zhongcang Ophiolitic Mélange, Central Tibet: Implications for an Intra-Oceanic Subduction Zone within the Neo-Tethys Ocean. Journal of Earth Science, 2014, 25(2): 224-240. doi: 10.1007/s12583-014-0419-5

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