High- & Low-δ18O magma: Comparative study of crustal and mantle plagiogranites from the Oman ophiolite
Abstract:Plagiogranite (PLGT) from the crust and mantle sections of the Oman ophiolite preserve widely varied δ18O values that monitor different processes occurring during ophiolite construction. Mantle-like δ18O values are expected if MORB fractionation played a dominant role in PLGT genesis. Magmatic values (monitored here by zircon) shifted away from the mantle-like range indicate open system processes which include partial melting of hydrothermally-altered crust or influx of subduction-related, sediment-derived melt. Zircon (zrn) and quartz (qtz) from twenty-four new samples of PLGT from the crustal and mantle sections of the Oman ophiolite were analyzed for δ18O. Rock-averaged δ18O from the sheeted dikes (zrn: 4.3-4.5‰, qtz: 6.7-6.9‰) and dike-gabbro transition (zrn: 3.9-4.8‰, qtz: 4.7-7.7‰) are mostly below values in magmatic equilibrium with MORB (zrn = 5.2±0.5‰, qtz = 7.0-7.5‰). δ18O for PLGT in the gabbro section (zrn: 4.8-5.1‰, qtz: 7.7-8.3‰) are mostly mantle-like. Quartz is generally found to be more variable than coexisting zrn and likely experienced some sub-solidus exchange. When organized into a relative structural position, δ18Ozrn values typically increase with depth. The lowest δ18Ozrn are observed near the dike-gabbro transition and are consistent with petrogenesis involving hydrous partial melting of mafic crust previously hydrothermally-altered at high-T. The return to nominally mantle-equilibrated δ18Ozrn deeper in the gabbro section may reflect decreasing seawater-signatures of fluids penetrating to depth, lower water/rock ratios, or extreme fractional crystallization. Crustal PLGT thus predate the development of high δ18O signatures in the upper oceanic crust as it cools and experiences low temperature hydrothermal alteration.
Mantle PLGT intrusions (1-3 m thick) from the Haylayn block extend to considerably higher rock-averaged δ18O values (zrn: 5.1-15.4‰, qtz: 7.0-18.5‰). Individual rocks (5 samples) were uniform in δ18O, and coexisting minerals yield calculated T = 640-700°C. Taken with recently published whole rock radiogenic isotope studies, the high-δ18O values require that some mantle plagiogranite formed from deep-seated magmas with a high-δ18O sediment component reflecting an influx of subduction-related melt.