A Conduit-Related Genesis Of The Lengshuiqing Intrusive Assemblage (Sichuan, Sw China)

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Journal Article: A Conduit-Related Genesis Of The Lengshuiqing Intrusive Assemblage (Sichuan, Sw China)

Abstract
Lengshuiqing is part of the late Proterozoic igneous province from the western margin of the Yangtze craton. The Lengshuiqing area comprises five ultramafic-mafic intrusions, emplaced in the late Proterozoic Yanbian Group. The intrusions from Lengshuiqing contain cumulate ultramafic zones (peridotite + olivine pyroxenite), with cumulus olivine and Cr-spinel, and intercumulus pyroxenes, hornblende, phlogopite and plagioclase. Ni-Cu ore (pyrrhotite + pentlandite + chalcopyrite) is hosted in the ultramafic zones. Olivine-free diorite-quartz diorite ± gabbro and granite zones commonly occur above the ultramafic rocks. The genesis of the intrusions (conduit-related accumulation or differentiation from stagnant magma) was investigated. The amount of sulphides in the intrusions from Lengshuiqing is one order of magnitude bigger than the sulphides that can be dissolved by a volume of mafic magma similar with the volume of the intrusions. Most intrusions from Lengshuiqing have bulk composition (peridotite ± diorite ± granite) more magnesian (MgO = 21-22%; Mg# > 78) than the deduced composition of their parental magma (MgO = 9-11%; Mg# = 64-67). This indicates the accumulation of sulphide and mafic silicates from a volume of magma much bigger than the volume of the intrusions, which can be explained by the fractionation from magma ascending through the intrusions to shallower depths. A continuous supply and vent of magma is consistent with the lack of chilled margins, the melting of the wall rocks and the generation of high-temperature mineral assemblages (K-feldspar, diopside, and sillimanite) in the Yanbian Group. The intrusions from Lengshuiqing are seen as microchambers on conduits draining olivine-, Cr-spinel-, and sulphide-bearing mafic magma from a larger staging chamber.

Authors 
Marian Munteanu, Allan H. Wilson, Yong Yao, Shao-Yong Jiang, Gordon Chunnett, Yaonan Luo, Leonard Mafurutu and Rofhiwa Phadagi








Published Journal 
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 2010





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Citation

Marian Munteanu,Allan H. Wilson,Yong Yao,Shao-Yong Jiang,Gordon Chunnett,Yaonan Luo,Leonard Mafurutu,Rofhiwa Phadagi. 2010. A Conduit-Related Genesis Of The Lengshuiqing Intrusive Assemblage (Sichuan, Sw China). Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .