Hf and Pb isotope data for mafic lava flows from the Three Sisters and Newberry regions of the Central Oregon Cascades (thesis)
The Cascade arc is an end member convergent margin in which the young and slowly subducting slab is hotter than in most subduction zones. Consequently, the timing and location of slab contribution, namely dehydration, is impacted and ultimately affects the generation of magma in the overlying mantle. In order to constrain the extent of involvement of slab-derived components such as the subducting altered oceanic crust (AOC), sediments, and hydrated mantle lithosphere, radiogenic isotope ratios of mafic lava flow samples of interest were measured and modeled as mixtures of these end-members. Prior work has measured major and trace elements, U-series (U-Th-Ra-Pa), and Sr-Nd isotopes from mafic lava flow samples from the Three Sisters volcano region (main-arc) and the Newberry Volcanic Field (back-arc) at the University of New Mexico抯 Earth and Planetary Sciences. These analyses indicate limited involvement of subducted sediments during magma generation. Pb and Hf isotope data were collected on the same mafic lava flow samples from the previous work mentioned above. Ranges in Pb and Hf ratios, the first Hf data from the Oregon Cascades, are consistent with existing Cascade arc data . . . The most primitive lavas define a narrower range of 176Hf/177Hf values, with Hf > 10.28. The most primitive lavas also define narrower ranges in Pb isotope ratios, intermediate between the Three Sisters and Newberry basaltic andesites. Slab component models were created for Sr, Nd, Pb, and Hf isotopes; using elemental and isotopic values for Juan de Fuca MORB to represent a homogeneous mantle end member and data from ODP and DSDP drill sites on the Juan de Fuca plate to represent the sediment end member in iii the modeling systems. A variety of modeling scenarios suggest that the most likely slab contribution process is dehydration at relatively warm temperatures followed by a melting episode of the subducting sediments at higher temperatures. . . . Analysis of accessory phases in the melt residue qualitatively reaffirms the observations made from the slab component mixing models, indicating that volcanism in the central Oregon Cascade arc is driven by dehydration of the slab and melting of the subducting sediments at high temperatures.
Thesis; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Kyeong Pil (Phil) Kong is a member of the Class of 2015 of Washington and Lee University.