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Experimental Interaction of Granitic and Basaltic Magmas and Implications for Mafic Enclaves

van der Laan, Sieger R. and Wyllie, Peter J. (1993) Experimental Interaction of Granitic and Basaltic Magmas and Implications for Mafic Enclaves. Journal of Petrology, 34 (3). pp. 491-517. ISSN 0022-3530. doi:10.1093/petrology/34.3.491.

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We have performed time series experiments for periods ranging from 3 min to 44 h on the interaction of granite melt and partially molten basalt at 920°C and 10 kbar, in the presence of 5 wt.% water. With time, the assemblage of the basalt domain changes from predominantly amphibole+plagioclase to clinopyroxene+garnet; the melt fraction increases from ˜2⋅5 to 40%; and between the two domains, the melt compositions progressively equilibrate. Initially in each run, melts of the basalt domain have uniform plateau concentrations for SiO_2, Al_2O_3, CaO, MgO, and FeO because the activities of these components are regulated by the mineral assemblage, but at advanced stages of reaction, no such control is evident. We have derived analytical expressions to describe and simulate the diffusion profiles. The concentration profiles for SiO_2, Al_2O_3, CaO, and Na_2O in the granite, emanating from the basalt–granite interface, have been used to estimate effective diffusivities. The values from the shorter runs are compared with those of the experiment of longest duration for which we assumed finite couples in our calculations. In the diffusion calculations for K2O the difference in melt fraction between the two domains is accounted for. The resulting values (in cm^2/s) are: D_(Na_2O)=6 × 10^(–7), D_(K_2O)=3 × 10^(–7), D_(MgO)=9 × 10^(–8), D_(CaO)=(4–6) × 10^(–8), and D_(SiO_2) and D_(Al_2O_3)=(3–0⋅6) × 10^(–8). They are in reasonable agreement with values from other studies. On the basis of our experiments we calculate that mafic enclaves of magmatic origin should equilibrate to a large degree with their host magma in slowly cooling non-convecting granitic plutons. Enclaves approaching complete re-equilibration retain distinctly higher modal amounts of mafic minerals. They do not compositionally resemble binary magma mixtures, but are more like host magma with accumulated crystals. We show that the modal differences between enclave and host are indicative of the temperature of homogenization and that, in principle, this temperature can be deduced from equilibrium phase diagrams.

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Additional Information:© 1993 Oxford University Press. Received May 6, 1991. Accepted August 20, 1992. This research was supported by National Science Foundation grant EAR-8904375 to P.J.W. Bruce Watson and Chip Lesher are thanked for their helpful reviews of an early version of this manuscript. We greatly appreciate Neil Irvine's review and many insightful comments. Sue DeBari is thanked for critically reading the revised manuscript. S.v.d.L. thanks the University of Hawaii for a SOEST/HIG fellowship. This is California Institute of Technology Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences Contribution 5178.
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Official Citation:SIEGER R. VAN DER LAAN and PETER J. WYLLIE Experimental Interaction of Granitic and Basaltic Magmas and Implications for Mafic Enclaves J. Petrology (1993) 34 (3): 491-517 doi:10.1093/petrology/34.3.491
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