Towards a magmatic quartz database: tracing melt sources

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Nicholas D Tailby1, Michael R Ackerson1, E Bruce Watson1 and Jay B Thomas2, (1)Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, United States, (2)Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, Troy, NY, United States
Quartz composition has seen increasing interest among the scientific community over the last decade due to new calibrations (e.g., Ti-in-quartz) and the proliferation of trace element analytical facilities. What is presently lacking in the field of quartz research is a quartz composition database. Such a single body of information can be used to evaluate whether variation seen in different crystallization environments is equally manifest in quartz composition. In this study we present >2000 new quartz analyses from >70 different granitoids and volcanic settings from around the globe (Lachlan Fold Belt, High Himalaya, French Massif, Cordilleran, Caledonian, White Mountains, Bishop, Toba, Snake River, Oman ophiolite and a number of other select locations). This dataset also combines data from a number of previous studies and together the data may collectively be used to determine which geochemical characteristics can be used to distinguish quartz from different magma types. A number of trace element concentrations or ratios (e.g., Al/Ti, Ge, Li, P and B) are notably useful when distinguishing peraluminous (e.g., cordierite-bearing granitoid) systems from more metaluminous systems (e.g., hornblende granodiorite) or plagiogranites.