PGE abundance and Re-Os isotope Systematics of Native-Fe-Bearing Basaltic Rocks and Their Carbonaceous Crustal Contaminants: Insights into magma plumbing-system dynamics in LIPs

Friday, 19 December 2014
Geoffrey Hamilton Howarth1, James M Day2, Cyrena A Goodrich3, John Pernet-Fisher1, D. Graham Pearson4 and Lawrence A Taylor1, (1)University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, United States, (2)Univ. California, San Diego, GRD, La Jolla, CA, United States, (3)Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ, United States, (4)University of Alberta, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Native-Fe grains form in basaltic melts at highly reducing conditions (<iron-wüstite), that are atypical for terrestrial magmas. Only three known terrestrial occurrences exist: 1) ~60 Ma basalts at Disko Island, Greenland; 2) ~20 Ma Bühl basalts, Germany, and 3) intrusions of the ~250 Ma Siberian Large Igneous Province (LIP). The reducing conditions recorded are the direct result of assimilation of carbonaceous crustal material during emplacement of the basaltic magmas at or near the surface. Native Fe-bearing basalts are useful natural analogues for studying PGE pre-concentration mechanisms, and the potential for PGE additions to magmas from crustal sources. Here, we present PGE LA-ICP-MS data for Fe-alloy, cohenite, and sulfide for a suite of Siberian and Disko Island native-Fe basalts, in combination with whole-rock PGE data for all known occurrences. The Siberian native-Fe alloys are characterized by highly variable PGE concentrations (1-30 ppm total PGEs), distinct low Os abundances, and PGE profiles similar to those of the nearby Noril’sk sulfide ores. In contrast, the Disko Island alloys are characterized by total PGE concentrations of 1-10 ppm and distinct positive Os and Re anomalies in extended PGE profiles. The Bühl basalts contain low PGE concentrations (~20 ppb). In order to understand contamination contributions, Os-isotopes analyses have been performed. Preliminary whole-rock 187Os/188Os data for high metal content samples from Siberia (0.33606 ± 37) and Disko (0.15402 ± 15) indicate high-time integrated Re/Os. The Re anomalies observed in extended PGE profiles of the Disko Island samples may reflect a potential crustal contribution to the overall PGE budget, through the addition of carbonaceous material. Whereas the Siberian samples contain abundant carbonaceous xenoliths, there is no apparent PGE contribution from crustal materials. Therefore, the role of crustal contamination is important in forming the native-Fe alloys, but the interaction of concomitant contamination, fractional crystallization, and native-Fe segregation varies according to location and style of crust-melt interactions within a LIP; e.g., lavas (Disko) versus intrusions (Siberia).