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Contrasting partition behavior of F and Cl during hydrous mantle melting: implications for Cl/F signature in arc magmas
© Dalou et al.; licensee Springer. 2014
- Received: 7 July 2014
- Accepted: 3 November 2014
- Published: 13 December 2014
We present the results of five experiments on F and Cl partitioning during hydrous mantle melting under conditions relevant to subduction zone magmatism (1.2–2.5 GPa, 1,180°C–1,430°C). For each experiment, we determined the F and Cl partition coefficients between lherzolitic mineral phases (olivine, orthopyroxene (opx), clinopyroxene (cpx), and garnet), amphibole, and hydrous basaltic melts (0.2–5.9 wt.% dissolved H2O). At constant pressure, show contrasting response to the combined effects of decreasing temperature from 1,310°C to 1,180°C and increasing H2O content in the melt from 0.2 to 5.9 wt.%: . decreases from 0.123 ± 0.004 to 0.021 ± 0.014 while increases from 0.0021 ± 0.0031 to 0.07 ± 0.01. Similar results are observed for clinopyroxene: decreases from 0.153 ± 0.004 to 0.083 ± 0.004 while increases from 0.009 ± 0.0005 to 0.015 ± 0.0008. Experimentally determined F and Cl partition coefficients were used in a hydrous melting model of a lherzolitic mantle metasomatized by slab fluid. In this model, we vary the amount of metasomatic slab fluid added into the mantle while its composition is kept constant. Increasing the amount of fluid results in an increase of both the degree of melting (due to the effect of H2O addition) and the F and Cl input in the mantle wedge. Because of the change of F and Cl partition coefficients with the increase of H2O, the observed variation in the F and Cl contents of the modeled melts is produced not only by F and Cl input from the fluid, but also by the changes in F and Cl fractionation during hydrous melting. Overall, the model predicts that the Cl/F ratio of modeled melts increases with increasing fluid fraction. Therefore, a variation in the amount of fluid added to the mantle wedge can contribute to the variability in Cl/F ratios observed in arc melt inclusions.
- Partition coefficients
- Lherzolite minerals
- Hydrous silicate melt
- Fluid induced melting
Volatile species (H2O, CO2, S, Cl, and F) recycling in subduction zones is the main driver of mantle wedge melting and production of arc magmas. Previous studies have shown that primitive arc magmas recorded in olivine-hosted melt inclusions are enriched in volatiles, especially H2O, compared to mid-ocean ridge basalts and/or their melt inclusions (e.g. Hilton et al. , Straub and Layne ; Wallace ). The addition of volatiles in the mantle wedge,via H2O-rich fluids and/or melts derived from the downgoing slab facilitates partial melting in the mantle wedge by lowering the solidus temperature of mantle peridotites (e.g. Kushiro et al. ; Kushiro ; ; ; Mysen and Boettcher ; Gaetani et al. ) and affects the physical and chemical properties of arc magmas (e.g. Shaw ; ; Green ; Mysen ; Sisson and Grove ; Ochs and Lange ; Bercovici and Karato ; Hirschmann ). The composition of the metasomatized mantle wedge can vary greatly according to the nature (aqueous fluids formed from by the dehydration of the slab, or silicate melts, formed by the melting of the slab) and the amounts of slab-derived components added to the mantle (e.g. Ayers ; Grove et al. ; Rüpke et al. ; Straub et al. ). As the slab-derived components are still largely unconstrained, quantifying the volatile input from the slab remains a challenge.
Along with H2O, halogen elements such as F and Cl are also released from the slab and are enriched in the mantle wedge (Métrich et al. ; Straub and Layne ). In contrast to H2O and other volatile species, F and Cl are not significantly degassed from mafic magmas at the depth of melt inclusion formation, if at all (Carroll and Webster ; Métrich and Wallace ), because of their comparatively high solubility and low concentration in mafic magmatic liquid (Webster ; Dalou et al. ). Moreover, olivine-hosted melt inclusion studies have shown that F and Cl, unlike H2O, are less affected by post-entrapment diffusion through the host mineral (e.g. Gaetani et al. ; Bucholz et al. ; Lloyd et al. ; Le Voyer et al. ). Therefore, the F and Cl contents recorded by arc melt inclusions represent the product of fractional crystallization from primary melts, and thus they retain valuable information on the source composition of arc magmas.
Existing F and Cl data from basaltic melt inclusions recovered from subduction zone settings (e.g. Straub and Layne ; Wallace ; Le Voyer et al. ; ; Bouvier et al. ; ; Sadofsky et al. ; Rose-Koga et al. ) has revealed a high variability of F and Cl signatures (presented as Cl/F ratio in this paper) among volcanic arcs (Cl/F from approximately 0.5 to 10), but also from a single volcano (Cl/F from 1.1 to 4.1 for Shasta melt inclusions, Le Voyer et al. ). One possible explanation for the Cl/F variability in arc melt inclusions is that the addition of an H2O-rich component derived from slab dehydration into the mantle wedge generates arc basalts with high Cl/F, while the addition of slab melts generates basalts with low Cl/F (Straub and Layne ; Le Voyer et al. ). This hypothesis is consistent with experimental data on F and Cl partitioning between minerals and aqueous fluids, which have shown that addition of an aqueous fluid to the mantle wedge efficiently enriches its Cl content but not its F content (Bernini et al. ; Wu and Koga ). Instead, it is suggested that F enrichment is most likely achieved by the percolation of silicate melts (Wu and Koga ). Experimentally determined F partition coefficients between mantle minerals (olivine, pyroxenes, and garnet) and anhydrous silicate melts (Beyer et al. ; Dalou et al. ) allow the calculation of F content in melts produced by simple batch melting of an anhydrous lherzolite (with F =16 ppm, Saal et al. ). The addition of those calculated anhydrous silicate melts (maximum F content approximately 400 ppm) into the mantle wedge does not generate high F content arc magmas (e.g. basaltic andesite melt inclusions from Cascades contain up to 1,220 ppm of F). In order to better assess the link between Cl/F signature and slab input, more experimental data on F and Cl partition coefficients under hydrous conditions, i.e. relevant to subduction zone magmatism, are needed. This is the objective of the present study. We address the effect of H2O on F and Cl partition coefficients between anhydrous minerals (olivine, orthopyroxene (opx), clinopyroxene (cpx), and garnet), amphibole, and hydrous basaltic melts (0.2–5.9 wt.% dissolved H2O), at mantle wedge conditions (1.2 and 2.5 GPa and 1,180°C and 1,430°C). It is shown that the strong and contrasting effect of H2O on F and Cl partitioning is key to the production of F-rich melts and to explain the variability of Cl/F ratios in mantle wedge products.
Composition of starting materials
Hydrous basalt a
Experimental conditions and phase assemblages in runs from Dalou et al. (  ) and this study
New names a
Starting materials b
H 2 O c
Run products (%) d
∑R (%) e
Fe Exchange f
β + π + cs
Hβ + π + cs
Hβ + π + H2Og
Hβ + π + H2O
Hβ + π + H2Og
β + π
Hβ + π
Comparison of volatile elements’ composition of experimental run products between Dalou et al. (  ) and this study
H 2 O (wt.%)
Dalou et al. (  )
A negligible water loss from the inner capsule to the surrounding olivine was measured by ion probe in sample CD2H3 (238 ± 1 ppm H2O loss, compared with the 2.6 wt.% dissolved in the melt). We also checked potential CO2 contamination by Fourier transform infrared analysis (LMV) of sample CD2H5. Less than 100 ppm of CO2 was measured in the melt.
Major element concentrations (given in Table 3) were analyzed by a Cameca SX100, LMV electron microprobe. Minerals were analyzed with a focused beam and a 15 nA current, whereas melts were analyzed by using a 8 nA current and a beam defocused to 5–20-μm diameter. The calibration standards, counting times, and choices of spectrometers are described in Hammouda ().
The abundance of F, Cl, and H2O (given in Table 3) was determined at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) with a Cameca IMF 1,280 ion probe following the procedure described in Rose-Koga et al. (), Shimizu et al. (), and Dalou et al. (). A Cs + primary ion beam rastered over an area of 30 × 30 μm2 was used. The primary beam intensity was approximately 1.43 nA during crystal analyses and decreased to 520 pA for melts. The beam size was between 20 × 20 to 10 × 10 μm2, depending on the size of the phases. At those conditions, the detection limit is <5 ppm for F, <2 ppm for Cl, and <0.01 wt.% for H2O. To achieve reliable F and Cl concentration measurements: 1) three to ten spots were measured per phase, and 2) only data with stable signals (less than 20% signal variation during analysis) were selected and used to determine element abundances.
The total uncertainty, taking into account both the standard deviation over ten cycles of analyses (i.e. internal error) and the errors on the regression of the calibration line, was approximately 10% for all volatiles.
The results of hydrous experiments are compared with anhydrous analog samples CC4#7b and C4p#25 kb from Dalou et al. (), synthesized at 1.2 and 2.5 GPa, respectively. To facilitate the comparison, we use the following notation: CD1, refers to renamed samples from Dalou et al. (); and CD2, refers to samples from this study (Table 2).
Textural description of experimental samples
Figure 1 shows back-scattered electron images (BSE) of sample CD2H3. Sample textures are appropriate for microanalysis since pools of homogeneous quenched melt are segregated from crystal grains. No bubbles were observed in basaltic glasses, suggesting that the maximum of H2O content added to the starting materials (approximately 6 wt.%) was less than that needed for water saturation in these melts at pressure and temperature conditions of this study’s experiments. Iron contents measured in capsules (between 0.2 and 0.5 wt.%) suggest a f O2 during the experiment varying from approximately QFM +0.4 to QFM +1, depending on the experiment [following the solution models of Barr and Grove () and Balta et al. ()].
The degree of crystallization in runs varies from 32% to 72% (Table 2). The grain sizes are sufficiently large (>30 μm) to determine concentration of volatiles except for cpx in sample CD2-2.5GPa (≤30 μm). The mineral assemblage (Table 2) varies between samples due to variable pressure and temperature (P-T) conditions and to the abundance of volatiles (H2O, F, and Cl). Olivine is present in sample CD2H3 only, as large euhedral crystals (>50-μm diameter). Orthopyroxene is present in all experiments, forming polyhedral grains of 10- to 50-μm diameter, whereas cpx forms polyhedral grains of 5- to 50-μm diameter. Clinopyroxene rims (approximately 5-μm wide), overgrown during quenching, are also observed around some small opx crystals (<20 μm, Figure 1C), which were not analyzed for F and Cl. Dendritic clinopyroxene is also observed at the boundary between crystallized and quenched melt (Figure 1b). Garnet (<30-μm diameter) forms at 2.5 GPa, and is evenly distributed within the capsules. Amphibole is crystallized only in cpx-free samples at temperatures (1,180°C and 1,200°C) higher than typical stability conditions (stable up to 950°C at 1 GPa, Eggler ), forming large euhedral crystals (approximately 300 μm). This higher temperature is likely because F increases amphibole stability (Ferguson ).
Major elements compositions of experimental run products
Al 2 O 3
Cr 2 O 3
Na 2 O
K 2 O
The attainment of chemical equilibrium is further inferred by comparing the Fe-Mg exchange coefficient between olivine and melt, , with that of previously reported values from anhydrous experiment data (Roeder and Emslie, ; Toplis, ). In the olivine-bearing sample (H3V04), the value is 0.30 and the predicted value, from the Toplis () model, is 0.29 (±0.03). In olivine-free experiments, the Fe-Mg exchange coefficients between opx (or cpx) and melt measured in some of the volatile-poor experiments (CD1 H0, CD2H3, and CD2-2.5GPa: 0.25–0.32 ± 0.01 for opx, and 0.29–0.39 ± 0.02 for cpx) are similar to those of Gaetani and Grove (; 0.30–0.34 for opx and 0.32–0.35 for cpx). In F-contaminated samples (approximately 12–15 wt.% F), Kd values are significantly higher than the Gaetani and Grove () values (0.52 ± 0.004 for CD2H6 opx and 0.59 ± 0.01 for CD2H5 cpx). Filiberto et al. () showed that the Kd values increase with increasing F content in the melt. They show that at 2.9 wt.% F in anhydrous basalt glass is 0.40. They suggest that F complexes with Mg in the melt and thus increases the silica activity of the melt, depresses the liquidus, and changes the composition of the crystallizing minerals. Finally, one sample (CD2H5) has a (0.18 ± 0.03) that is lower than that of Gaetani and Grove (). This may indicate that a significant portion of iron in the melt is Fe3+, most likely due to a loss of H during this experiment.
Finally, equilibrium is assessed by error-weighted mass-balance calculations (Albarède and Provost ) of the major element abundances. It verifies the closure of the chemical system in our experiments. Within uncertainty, results of mass-balance calculations account for the mixing proportions of basalt and peridotite and volatile elements (F, Cl, and H2O). The square root of the sum of residual square calculations (√ΣR2) ranges between 0.1% and 1.58% (Table 2). The main portions of these residuals likely relate to unknown uncertainties in F, Cl, and H2O abundance in the starting materials, which explains why √ΣR2 is significant (>0.5%).
Minerals have balanced stoichiometry (examined with total cations), except for orthopyroxene in sample CD2H4 (total cations in M1 site ≤1.9, instead of 2) and clinopyroxene in sample CD2-2.5GPa (total cations in M1 site >1.5, generally <1.2). For this reason, F and Cl data in orthopyroxene in sample CD2H4 and clinopyroxene in sample CD2-2.5GPa will not be discussed any further.
Fluorine and chlorine contents are homogeneous in minerals and melt (Table 3), with standard deviations less than 5% relative for F and less than 12% for Cl in olivine, opx, cpx, and garnet. These variations are smaller than the internal precision of a typical analysis.
F and Cl partition coefficients for hydrous experiments
Fluorine and Chlorine partition coefficients from Dalou et al. (  ) and this study
The effect of H2O content on the partitioning of F and Cl can be observed by comparing hydrous data from this study with the experiments from Dalou et al. () performed at similar but anhydrous conditions. For example, at 1.2 GPa, Dopx/melt and Dcpx/melt can be compared with CD1 H0 of Dalou et al. (), also performed at 1.2 GPa (0.123 ± 0.004 versus 0.153 ± 0.004 for F, 0.002 ± 0.001 versus 0.009 ± 0.0005 for Cl, respectively, Table 5). Moreover, values in anhydrous and hydrous samples (0.123 ± 0.004–0.021 ± 0.031 at 1.2 GPa; 0.016 ± 0.001–0.046 ± 0.001 at 2.5 GPa) are in overall agreement with Beyer et al. (; 0.031 ±0.005 at 1 GPa, 0.037 ±0.001 at 2.5 GPa) who conducted anhydrous experiments in the CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 system. For F, the D opx/melt (Beyer et al. ; Dalou et al. ) and D cpx/melt (O’Leary et al. : 0.087 ± 0.004; Dalou et al. ) of dry experiments are lower that the ones in hydrous experiments (O’Leary et al. : 0.051 ± 0.001–0.069 ± 0.001; this study); the is higher in the case of Cl (Hauri et al. ; Dalou et al., ; this study). This difference is consistent with the contrasting effect of increasing water content on the mineral/melt partitioning of F and Cl described above. The value (0.116) of Dalou et al. () was dismissed because it is two orders of magnitude higher than that reported by Beyer et al. () at similar P-T conditions in the CMASF (CaO, MgO, Al2O3, SiO2, and F) and NCMASF (Na2O, CaO, MgO, Al2O3, SiO2, and F) systems and by Hauri et al. () in basaltic and basanitic systems. The discrepancy between these data is perhaps due to the presence of micro-inclusions, clinohumite lamellae, or clumped OH/F defects (Crépisson et al. ) in the high F olivine (Dalou et al. ). Thus, in the rest of the discussion, we used the average from Hauri et al. (), of 0.0026 ± 0.0001 and 0.0003 ± 0.0001, respectively. These averages are in a very good agreement with our data in the hydrous sample CD2H3: . Although the error on is significant, we decide to use this value because to date, no other values are available, except for maximum values given by Hauri et al. (; ranging from 0.002 to 0.003). For garnet, the (0.166 ± 0.002) and (0.087 ± 0.004) of hydrous sample CD2-2.5GPa is higher than (0.012 ± 0.0004) and (0.003 ± 0.0001) of anhydrous sample CD1-2.5GPa (2.5 GPa, Dalou et al. , which is the only dry sample for which F and Cl partition coefficients were determined for garnet).
Bulk F and Cl partitioning during hydrous melting
Bulk partition coefficients and data used in fluid induced melting model
D o Cl bulk a
D o F bulk a
P Cl bulk
P F bulk
Samples used to calculate D o bulk
Low degree of metasomatism
Ol, opx, cpx
Intermediate degree of metasomatism
High to very high degree of metasomatism
Intermediate degree of metasomatism
High to very high degree of metasomatism
Effect of melt structure on F and Cl partition coefficients
It is not possible to completely separate the effects of temperature and H2O on the F and Cl partition coefficients (Figure 2) because in order to obtain multi-phase assemblages in the experiments, it is necessary to decrease the temperature as the H2O content of the system is increased, to account for the effect of water on the solidus temperature of the peridotite phase assemblage (e.g. Kushiro ). Moreover, we found no clear relationship between or and the F content dissolved in melts (Table 3), which supports the conclusion that the fluorine contamination from HF capsule cleaning (up to several weight percent, Table 3) cannot explain the F and Cl partition coefficient variations among the samples. The contrasting changes of F and Cl partition coefficients between pyroxenes and melt with increasing water content (i.e. decreasing temperature) is, therefore, the result of either 1) the effect of H2O and temperature on melting phase relations and phase composition, 2) their effect on the melt structure, or 3) a combination of both.
where m is the slope value of NBO/T versus H2O (mol fraction) from Mysen (; for NS4NA7.5 composition, similar NBO/T and similar Al2O3 content as our basaltic melts), and [F] is the F mol fraction of each sample. This correction allows deciphering the effect of H2O from the effect of F on NBO/T in Figure 3.
Figure 3A,C shows that, for each mineral (from the literature data and this study), F partition coefficients tend to decrease with increasing H2O-induced NBO/T variations, i.e. with increasing melt depolymerization. In contrast, there is no obvious correlation between Cl partition coefficients for pyroxenes and NBO/T (Figure 3B,D). We interpret that the scattering of D Cl versus NBO/T reflects the fact that mineral chemistry has a significant role in D Cl variation, as suggested by Bernini et al. () and Dalou et al. (). For example, a mild correlation between Cl substitution and octahedral site elasticity has been demonstrated by Dalou et al. (). In contrast, Dalou et al. () found no direct correlation between D F and pyroxene chemistry or elastic parameters. Fluorine, being smaller than Cl (133 and 181 pm, respectively), is more sensitive to melt structure than Cl (Dalou et al. ). The same relationship between ion size and melt depolymerization was previously found for cations (e.g. Gaetani et al. ).
Previous work on F and Cl solution behavior in aluminosilicate melts (Mysen and Virgo ; Kohn et al. ; Schaller et al. ; Zeng and Stebbins ; Mysen et al. ; Zimova and Webb ; Baasner et al. ) have shown that F preferentially bonds with tetrahedrally coordinated cations such as Al and Si. Although in more complex melts such as basalt, F can also preferentially bond with Mg (Kiczenski et al. ; Filiberto et al. ) and form more complex bonds as Al-F-Ca or Al-F-Na (Zeng and Stebbins ; Mysen et al., ); Si-F and Al-F are always found. Moreover, as NBO/T increases, F bonding and dissolution in silicate melts is favored (Mysen et al. ). In contrast, Cl preferentially bonds with network-modifier cations (Ca, Na, K; Stebbins and Du ; Sandland et al. ; Zimova and Webb ; Dalou and Mysen ; Baasner et al. ) or with Fe2+ in F-rich basalt (Filiberto and Treiman ; Filiberto et al. ), and its solubility in aluminosilicate melts decreases with increasing NBO/T (Dalou and Mysen ). Assuming that F and Cl solubility response to NBO/T in compositionally simple aluminosilicate melts can be extended to basaltic composition, F and Cl solubility response to NBO/T can explain changes of F incompatibility and partly Cl incompatibility. As shown above, the variation of melt structure in our experiments is mainly due to the variation in dissolved H2O content. Therefore, the variation in H2O content dissolved in melts is the main cause of our F partition coefficient variation and also could have a role of the Cl partition coefficient variation. This is consistent with recent F and Cl solubility results in aluminosilicate melts with increasing H2O content (Dalou and Mysen ) where increasing H2O content in the melt results in increased F. This means that mineral/melt partition coefficients decrease with increasing H2O and results, therefore, in decreased mineral/melt partition coefficients for chlorine.
F and Cl during hydrous melting
Fluid-induced melting model
This simple model illustrates how an increase in the proportion of metasomatic fluid affects magma composition in two ways: (1) the degree of melting increases; and (2) more metasomatic component (mostly H2O and Cl) resides in the final magma. In other words, the model illustrates the competition between fractionation and dilution of F and Cl. Note that this model calculation is aimed to assess the role of variable F and Cl partition coefficients in wet and dry mantle, in order to extract robust systematics. It emphasizes the basic framework of the fluid-induced melting, but ignores potential complication of arc magma genesis such as reactive fluid and melt transport, super-adiabatic and adiabatic melting.
With increasing degree of melting, χ, the Cl/F ratio in the final melt increases independently of the composition of the slab fluid (Figure 4). This ratio also increases with increasingly Cl-rich metasomatic fluids. Therefore, both the fluid composition and degree of melting are the major variables controlling the melt Cl/F values. The increasing degree of melting has more effect on the Cl/F ratio than α, the rate of fluid-induced melting (Figure 4). For example, at constant degree of melting (20%), the Cl/F ratio of melts increases by a factor of 1.3 (from 5.2 to 6.7) as the melt H2O content varies from 2.6 to 5.9 wt.%. In comparison, for α = 0.059, Cl/F increases by factor of 6.4 (from 1.0 to 6.7) from 1% to 20% degree of melting.
Comparisons to F and Cl in arc melt inclusions
The variations in volatile and trace elements composition are commonly explained by a compositional variation of the metasomatic agent (e.g. Straub et al. ; Le Voyer et al. ; Sadofsky et al. ; Bouvier et al. ; Sorbadere et al. ). The composition of the metasomatic agent is usually calculated from mass balance assuming a mixing between the depleted mantle (DMM) and this agent, either a slab aqueous fluid or a slab melt (e.g. Grove et al. ; Straub and Layne ; Straub et al. ; Le Voyer et al. ). Considering that seawater is about 20,000 times richer in Cl than F (e.g. Straub and Layne ) and that Cl is highly soluble in slab aqueous fluids (e.g. Brenan ), a Cl/F >1 in arc melt inclusions is expected. The Cl/F ratio in aqueous fluid from slab dehydration was estimated to be approximately 4 (e.g. Mount Shasta, Le Voyer et al. ) or up to 9.5 (e.g. Izu arc front, Straub and Layne ). In contrast, the low Cl/F (<1) found in some arc melt inclusions (e.g. Central and South American arcs, Kermadec, Wysoczanski et al. ; Sadofsky et al. ; Vigouroux et al. ; Mount Shasta, Le Voyer et al. ) cannot result from the mixing between a depleted source and an aqueous fluid. Instead, it was suggested that it was produced by mixing with a H2O-rich slab melt (e.g. Le Voyer et al. ), with a Cl/F approximately 1 (Figure 5B).
Part of the Cl/F variability in arc melt inclusions could also result from the presence of hydrous minerals as amphiboles or micas, such as pargasite or phlogopite. On Figure 5B, melting trends of an amphibole-bearing wehrlite are reported. This trend is almost parallel to the mixing trend between DMM and fluid and shows that Cl is more fractionated than F during amphibole-bearing wehrlite melting. Melt inclusions from the western Trans-Mexican arc display very low Cl/F (approximately 0.5), which has been interpreted as the melting of a phlogopite-bearing lithology (Vigouroux et al. ). Although more experimentally determined partition coefficients of F and Cl are needed for amphibole and phlogopite, the melting of a mantle with hydrous phases likely would fractionate F and Cl differently than in an anhydrous mantle. The hydroxyl site of hydrous phases such as amphiboles and micas provide ideal substitution sites for F and Cl, therefore and should be higher than the ones of NAMs. Thus, we suggest that F and Cl fractionation during the melting of amphibole or mica-bearing lithologies may explain some of Cl/F variability in melt inclusions.
The effect of H2O on and implies that the F and Cl signature in melts is somehow related to the amount of aqueous fluid involved during arc magma genesis. When model results shown in Figure 4, tested for fluid composition from Straub and Layne (), are plotted in the Cl versus F diagram (Figure 5B), the direction of melting trends is determined by the value of α, whereas the extent of the trends are determined by the degree of melting. There is a rotation in the F versus Cl melting trends with the increasing proportion of metasomatic fluids: from a negative slope of Cl versus F at low α to a near-vertical slope at α = 0.1. At low α, the fluid input, and in particular the Cl input from the fluid, is low. Therefore, the melting trend is determined by and . As α increases, there is competition between the F and Cl fractionation (controlled by and ) and the dilution of Cl carried by the fluid. This is why Cl begins to fractionate more than F as α increases and why at very high α, only Cl seems to fractionate. This change of melting trend directions suggest that various Cl/F ratios in melts can be produced by variable rate of fluid-induced melting without changing the composition of the fluid. Interestingly, subvertical alignments of melt inclusion compositions are seen among the Lesser Antilles, Aeolian, and Vanuatu arcs and some of the Cascade arc (Figure 5A). While high α melting trend and data trends may not be an exact match, it is possible that these subvertical alignments result from melting at high fluid content, with a strong fractionation of Cl compared to F. This suggests that (1) the natural highly variable Cl trends we observe probably represent melting trends and (2) those magmas were produced by high degree of metasomatism.
In modeled melts, consequently to increasing α, not only Cl increases because of increasing fluid input, but F increases as well because decreases with increasing H2O content. Note that the model described here does not challenge the important role of the metasomatic agent in the composition of arc magmas (Figure 5C,D). The nature of this agent, fluid or melt, and its composition also control the slope of melting trends (Figure 5B–D). At high degree of melting (>20%), the melt compositions are near that of melt in the mixing lines between the DMM and slab components. In summary, while the main variability of Cl/F ratio among melt inclusions is produced by the various composition of slab component, within the same arc region or the same volcano at a given time, some Cl/F variability can be explained by variable amount of the same slab component (which has also a strong influence on the degree of melting of the mantle wedge).
We report F and Cl partition coefficients between olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, garnet and amphibole, and hydrous basaltic melt for P-T conditions ranging from 1.2 to 2.5 GPa and 1180 to 1430°C, with a H2O content dissolved in the melt ranging from 0.2 to 5.9 wt%. We show that increasing H2O content has a contrasting effect on F and Cl partition coefficients between anhydrous minerals and melt. The decrease with the increasing melt depolymerization resulting from increasing H2O content. In contrast, increase with melt H2O content. This relationship is complex since Cl behavior depends on both melt and crystal chemistry.
Because our experimental conditions are relevant to that of the mantle wedge, our and data were used to model Cl/F ratio in arc magmas produced by fluid induced melting. We establish that fluid induced melting can produce high Cl/F and high F content melts, even when the metasomatic agent is an aqueous fluid. Our model shows that the Cl/F variability in arc melt inclusions results from 3 related variables: the composition but also the amount of metasomatic agent released from the slab into the mantle wedge and the degree of melting induced by the amount of metasomatic agent.
This research was financed by the French Government Laboratory of Excellence initiative n°ANR-10-LABX-0006, the Région Auvergne and the European Regional Development Fund. This is Laboratory of Excellence ClerVolc contribution number 127. Critical reviews from AE Bjorn Mysen and three anonymous reviewers were greatly appreciated. CD thanks Robert Dennen for his help with English revisions.
This research article belongs to no. 4 section: Solid Earth Sciences.
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