Magma-Mantle Dynamics

Multiple magmatic episodes on Iceland caused by pulses of mantle plume

 Some hotspots (e.g., Hawaii, Iceland) have been active for millions to tens of millions of years and are thought to be the surface manifestation of partial melting in a mantle plume. To understand the evolution of hotspot magmatisms it is necessary to determine how the compositions and productivity of magmatism vary with time. In this study, temporal geochemical variation in the Tertiary Icelandic magmatism is elaborated based on comprehensive analytical dataset. We revealed temporal changes in composition of magma sources and identified three distinct end-member components in this magmatism: one is the upper mantle peridotite and the other two are crustal lithologies. We also found the correlation between contribution from each end-member component and rate of magma production: higher magma productivity is coincident in time with larger contribution from recycled-crustal lithologies. The crustal lithologies have melting points lower than that of peridotite and should result in higher melt productivity at a given temperature in the melting region than melting of source dominated by peridotite. We therefore conclude that correspondence between productivity and the compositions of the Tertiary Icelandic lavas could be due to the periodic entrainment of recycled crustal lithologies into the pulses of Iceland mantle plume at its source region.

    Kitagawa, H., Katsura, K., Makishima, A., Nakamura, E., Multiple Pulses of the Mantle Plume: Evidence from Tertiary Icelandic Lavas., J. Petrol., 49, 1365-1396, 2008., doi:10.1093/petrology/egn029.

    (Left) (a and b) The elemental Pb fractions from the E-1 and E-2 end-member components relative to the proportion from the D end-member component; (c) rate of lava accumulation for paleomagnetic sections in eastern and western Iceland; (d) profiles of gravity anomaly data obtained from the Irminger Basin with a time shift of +0·5 Myr. The gravity anomaly data are the short-wavelength anomalies relating to the thickness of the crust obtained by subtraction of the long-wavelength anomalies relating to dynamic support driven by the heat of the Iceland mantle plume.

    (Right) Schematic diagrams showing the evolution of Icelandic magmatism from 13 to 2 Ma. (a) At c. 13 Ma, a mantle blob dominated by material with the E-1 geochemical signature arrived in the melting region, enhancing magma productivity. The tail of this blob may contain material with E-2 affinity, and thus the magmatism gradually changed from E-1- to E-2-influenced towards >10 Ma. (b) At c. 10 Ma, the mantle blob was partly consumed and the residue was incorporated into the lithosphere. The contribution from the D end-member component correspondingly increased, resulting in eruption of more geochemically depleted magmas and a decline in magma productivity. (c) At 8-7 Ma, a second mantle blob, dominated by the E-2 end-member component, ascended and began to melt, enhancing magma productivity. (d) After 6·5 Ma, the E-2 material rich domain was removed from the stem of mantle plume by extension, and the ensuing magmatism was less voluminous and more geochemically depleted.


Chemical structure of the Hawaiian plume

 The two parallel loci of recent Hawaiian volcanoes, Kea and Loa, have been regarded as the best targets to interpret the chemical structure of an upwelling mantle plume derived from the lower mantle. Here we show that the Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotopic data of the shield building lavas along the Loa locus form a systematic trend from the main shield stage of Koolau (>2.9 Ma) to the active Loihi volcanoes. The abrupt appearance of Loa type magmatism should be attributed to the transient incorporation of the relatively dense recycled material and surrounding less degassed lower mantle material that accumulated near the core-mantle boundary into the upwelling plume. This episodic involvement could have been trigged by episodic thermal pulses and buoyancy increases in the plume. The continuous appearance of Kea-type lavas during the long history of Hawaiian-chain magmatism and the larger magma volume of Kea-type lavas relative to that of the Loa-type lavas in the last 3 Myr indicate that the Kea locus is closer to the thermal centre of the Hawaiian plume relative to that of the Loa locus. (24, Oct., 2007)

    Tanaka, R., Makishima, A., Nakamura, E., Hawaiian double volcanic chain triggered by an episodic involvement of recycled material: Constraints from temporal Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotopic trend of the Loa-type volcanoes. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 265, 450 – 465, 2008.