The importance of fractional crystallization and magma mixing in controlling chemical differentiation at Suphan stratovolcano, eastern Anatolia, Turkey

Ozdemir Y., Blundy J., Gulec N.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY, vol.162, no.3, pp.573-597, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Suphan is a 4,050 m high Pleistocene-age stratovolcano in eastern Anatolia, Turkey, with eruptive products consisting of transitional calc-alkaline to mildly alkaline basalts through trachyandesites and trachytes to rhyolites. We investigate the relative contributions of fractional crystallization and magma mixing to compositional diversity at Suphan using a combination of petrology, geothermometry, and melt inclusion analysis. Although major element chemistry shows near-continuous variation from basalt to rhyolite, mineral chemistry and textures indicate that magma mixing played an important role. Intermediate magmas show a wide range of pyroxene, olivine, and plagioclase compositions that are intermediate between those of basalts and rhyolites. Mineral thermometry of the same rocks yields a range of temperatures bracketed by rhyolite (similar to 750A degrees C) and basalt (similar to 1,100A degrees C). The linear chemical trends shown for most major and trace elements are attributed to mixing processes, rather than to liquid lines of descent from a basaltic parent. In contrast, glassy melt inclusions, hosted by a wide range of phenocryst types, display curved trends for most major elements, suggestive of fractional crystallization. Comparison of these trends to experimental data from basalts and trachyandesites of similar composition to those at Suphan indicates that melt inclusions approximate true liquid lines of descent from a common hydrous parent at pressures of similar to 500 MPa. Thus, the erupted magmas are cogenetic, but were generated at depths below the shallow, pre-eruptive magma storage region. We infer that chemical differentiation of a mantle-derived basalt occurred in the mid- to lower crust beneath Suphan. A variety of more and less evolved melts with a parts per thousand yen55 wt% SiO2 then ascended to shallow level where they interacted. The presence of glomerocrysts in many lavas suggests that cogenetic plutonic rocks were implicated in the interaction process. Blending of diverse, but cogenetic, minerals, and melts served to obscure the true liquid lines of descent in bulk rocks. The fact that chemical variation in melt inclusions preserves deep-seated chemical differentiation indicates that inclusions were trapped in phenocrysts prior to shallow-level blending. Groundmass glasses evolved after mixing and display trends that are distinct from those of melt inclusions.