Ugandan kamafugites: re-melting of a variable enriched veined subcontinental lithospheric mantle

A. Rosenthal, S. F. Foley, D. G. Pearson, G. M. Nowell, Sebastian Tappe

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Ugandan kamafugites occur in the Toro-Ankole province along the Western Branch of the East African Rift within a Proterozoic- Archean basement complex of the Tanzanian craton. Our comprehensive geochemical study explains the origin of the potassic-ultrapotassic kamafugites by re-melting of a variably, and episodically enriched veined lithospheric mantle characterized by highly variable supra-chondritic radiogenic Os. Impregnation of the source region by carbonititic and/or highly alkaline silicate melts resulted in the introduction of modal phlogopite and enrichment in Fe and Re. The extreme silica-undersaturation (SiO2 = 31.8–41.8 wt%) of kamafugites, their high MgO (up to 22.5 wt%), low Al2O3 (<8.0 wt%), and high CaO contents (up to 16.6 wt%) are reflected in the presence of modal kalsilite, leucite, melilite and perovskite. Their primitive features such as high Mg# olivines (up to 91.1), high whole-rock Mg# (up to 80.2), and high Ni (up to 1066 ppm), Cr (up to 1560 ppm) and Os (up to 1.45 ppb) are in strong contrast to their extreme enrichment in LILE, HFSE, and LREE. Isotopic signatures (87Sr/86Sr = 0.7046–0.7054, eNd = 0.08 to 4.70, and eHf = 3.64 to 8.84, cOs = 16–290) tend to much higher superchondritic cOs (cOs = 16–290) than oceanic island basalts. Kamafigutes exhibit numerous signs of mixing, both mineralogical and geochemical (e.g., complexly zoned olivines; three generations of clinopyroxene; inverse trends on cOs vs. Mg#, Ni [ppm], Cr [ppm], Os [ppb] and 87Sr/88Sr ratios; linear trends on cOs vs. 1/Os [ppb], 187Re/188Os ratios, eNd and eHf). Changes in kamafugite compositions are controlled by the mineralogy of vein assemblages, by vein-wall-rock melting processes, and by changes in CO2/H2O, alkalinity, fO2 , and fS2 conditions during ascent. Partial melting of alkali clinopyroxenites, xenolithic material as found in the same volcanic field, are thought to represent the source material of katungites, whereas mafuritic to uganditic compositions require the incorporation of peridotite wall-rock material, and hence higher degrees of partial melting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A540-A540
Number of pages1
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Issue number18 supplement
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventGoldschmidt Conference (16th : 2006) - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 27 Aug 20061 Sept 2006


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