Chemical and isotopic changes induced by pyrometamorphism in metasedimentary xenoliths at Tongariro volcano, New Zealand

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Pure, Leo R.
Charlier, Bruce L. A.
Wilson, Colin J. N.
Gamble, John A.
Vry, Julie K.
Townsend, Dougal B.
Leonard, Graham S.
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Andesites erupted from Tongariro volcano, North Island, New Zealand contain feldspathic and quartzose xenoliths derived from basement rocks. New major oxide, trace element and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic data indicate that both the Waipapa and Kaweka (meta)sedimentary terranes are represented in erupted xenoliths, rather than only the Kaweka terrane as previously thought. Xenolith mineral assemblages differ from their likely source materials, notably through the lack of white mica, illite, chlorite and quartz, which is reflected in contrasting chemical and isotopic compositions. Major and trace element data indicate that most xenoliths underwent bulk mass decreases of about 50% when pyrometamorphosed at temperatures of ~800–980 °C, similar to typical Tongariro magma temperatures of ~800–1000 °C. Bulk Eu concentrations were retained (in restitic plagioclase); however, other rare earth elements are commonly lower in xenoliths than in protoliths. In xenoliths, the 143Nd/144Nd ratios of protoliths were also retained, which indicates that xenoliths were derived from the Kaweka and Waipapa terranes in subequal amounts. Reductions in 87Sr/86Sr ratios by up to 0.003 in xenoliths, relative to their likely protoliths, were accompanied by decreases in Rb/Sr ratios from 0.1–0.8 down to <0.1, reflecting the dissolution of hydrous, Rb-rich minerals (white mica ± illite) with their radiogenic isotopic ingrowths liberated into surrounding andesitic magmas. Varied amounts of U/Pb, Th/Pb and Th/U fractionation demonstrably occurred between xenoliths and protoliths, but these are challenging to correlate with Pb isotopic fractionation that also occurred. One xenolith contains a vein of clinopyroxene, calcic plagioclase, silicic glass and graphite that formed when quartz + calcite veins were pyrometamorphosed. The vein-bearing xenolith possesses unusual chemical and isotopic features, which include a negative Ce anomaly, LaN/YbN ~ 2 and high 143Nd/144Nd (0.51284), which are also reported for xenolithic material erupted at neighbouring Ruapehu volcano.
Fractionation , Metasedimentary , Pyrometamorphism , Andesite , Restite , Xenolith
Pure, L. R., Charlier, B. L. A., Wilson, C. J. N., Gamble, J. A., Vry, J. K., Townsend, D. B. and Leonard, G. S. (2021) 'Chemical and isotopic changes induced by pyrometamorphism in metasedimentary xenoliths at Tongariro volcano, New Zealand', Lithos, 106404. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2021.106404