Magma interaction processes inferred from Fe-Ti oxide compositions in the Dolek and Saricicek plutons, Eastern Turkey

KARSLI O., Aydin F., UYSAL B., Sadiklar M. B.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, vol.17, no.2, pp.297-315, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.297-315
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Magnetite-ulvospinel and ilmenite-hematite solid solution intergrowths from the high-K calc-alkaline Dolek and Saricicek plutons, Eastern Turkey, were investigated using microprobe analyses. Compositions of twenty-eight samples from the host rocks and their enclaves in the plutons were used to estimate the oxygen fugacity and temperature. The ilmenite and ulvospinel component exsolves out along certain preferred crystallographic planes in the titanomagnetite of the host rocks, while they are always absent in those of the mafic microgranular enclaves. The titanomagnetite and ilmenite show variations as Mt(98-70)Usp(02-30) and Ilm(99-65)Hm(01-35) in composition, respectively. Estimations of oxygen fugacity and temperature using the titanomagnetite-jimenite thermometry/oxygen barometry range from logfO(2) of -15.30 to -20.48 in host rocks, logfO(2) of -15.39 to -20.80 in the mafic microgranular enclaves and 617 +/- 6 to 758 +/- 23 degrees C in host rocks, 622 +/- 6 to 735 +/- 24 degrees C in the mafic microgranular enclaves, possibly indicating crystallisation temperature. Applying magnetite-ilmenite thermometry/oxygen barometry to the granitoid rocks also involves microprobe analyses of ilmenite lamellae in titanomagnetite and this method yielded mean temperatures of 679 +/- 18 degrees C. The specific forms and chemical properties of Fe-Ti oxides, and similarities in crystallization temperature and oxygen fugacity of the host rocks and the mafic microgranular enclaves (MME) obtained from the Fe-Ti oxide pairs imply that thermal equilibrium probably occurred between two contrasted magmas, which mixed in various proportions so that possibly a felsic and a more mafic magma interaction occurred in a convectively dynamic magma chamber during crystallization of the plutons. Probably, underplating may be responsible for genesis of the hybrid plutons. Thus, for mixing of coeval magmas derived from a lithospheric upper mantle (mafic end-member) and lower crust (felsic end-member), a thermal anomaly should be supplied. Upwelling of hot asthenospheric material results in thermal perturbation and melting of lithospheric mantle. Intrusion of hot lithospheric mantle-derived mafic rnagma then induced lower crustal melting, producing felsic melt. Mixing of the lower crust-derived melt and lithospheric mantle-derived magma formed the hybrid plutons. This process requires a post-collisional extensional tectonic setting during the Eocene in the Eastern Pontides.