Petrogenesis and U-Pb zircon chronology of adakitic porphyries within the Kop ultramafic massif (Eastern Pontides Orogenic Belt, NE Turkey)

Yener Eyuboglu, Francis O. Dudas, M. Santosh, Keewook Yi, Sanghoon Kwon, Enver Akaryali

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High-silica adakites intrude the Kop ultramafic massif in the eastern Pontide orogenic belt of NE Turkey. These dominantly dacitic to rhyodacitic plagioclase porphyries form clusters of small intrusions. U-Pb dating of zircons from two intrusions yields ages between 52 and 59. Ma. The best-constrained crystallization age is 55.83. ±. 0.04. Ma, indicating that these are the oldest adakitic rocks of the eastern Pontides. The rocks show geochemical signatures typical of adakites. The absence of systematic geochemical variation within the adakite suite indicates a subordinate role for fractional crystallization and binary mixing, and suggests that individual intrusions may represent separate, small batches of magma. Modeling of partial melting suggests that the degree of melting was 5-20%, that the residues after melting likely contained garnet, clinopyroxene, and rutile, and that plagioclase was either absent or totally consumed during partial melting. The most likely source compositions had large-ion lithophile elements >. 10 times, and heavy rare earth elements <. 10 times, chondritic concentrations. Modeled bulk distribution coefficients indicate that the adakites were generated as silicic magmas, and are not derived by fractional crystallization from basaltic or andesitic parental melts. Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic data indicate at least three isotopically distinct sources, one of which is depleted mantle. The other components include upper crust (possibly a mixture of subducted sediment and Hercynian continental basement rocks) and a component that may include both lower crust and sublithospheric mantle. These adakites are unique among the late Cretaceous and Cenozoic igneous rocks of the eastern Pontides in having a large proportion of the depleted mantle component. The prominent role of the depleted mantle in their petrogenesis suggests that the adakites may be related to a slab window in a south-directed subduction zone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742-766
Number of pages25
JournalGondwana Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sept

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Funding Information:
This study was funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK-Grant 108Y309 ). Critical reviews by Erdin Bozkurt and an anonymous referee were most helpful and have greatly improved the manuscript. We thank Richard Damian Nance for his valuable comments and editorial handling. Mustafa Gürbüz, Miktat Sarıtaş, Murat Öztürk and Resul Yetim are thanked for their assistance with the fieldwork.

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