Iron isotopic fractionation and origin of chromitites in the paleo-Moho transition zone of the Kop ophiolite, NE Turkey

ZHANG P., ZHOU M., SU B., UYSAL İ., ROBINSON P. T., Avci E., ...More

LITHOS, vol.268, pp.65-75, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 268
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.lithos.2016.10.019
  • Journal Name: LITHOS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.65-75
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


The paleo-Moho transition zone (MTZ) of the Kop ophiolite in NE Turkey is mainly composed of dunites, which are locally interlayered with chromitites and contain minor relics of harzburgites. Large Fe isotopic variations were observed for magnesiochromite (-0.14 to 0.06 parts per thousand) and olivine (-0.12 to 0.14 parts per thousand) from the MTZ rocks. In individual samples, magnesiochromite has lighter Fe isotopic compositions than olivine, which was probably caused by subsolidus Mg-Fe exchange between them. Both magnesiochromite and olivine display an increasing trend of delta Fe-56 along a profile from chromitite to dunite. This trend reflects continuous fractional crystallization in a magma chamber, which resulted in heavier Fe isotopes concentrated in the evolved magmas. In each cumulate cycle of chromitite and dunite, dunite was formed from relatively evolved melts after massive precipitation of magnesiochromite. Mixing of more primitive and evolved melts in the magma chamber was a potential mechanism for triggering the crystallization of magnesiochromite, generating chromitite layers in the cumulate pile. Before mixing happened, the primitive melts had reacted with mantle harzburgites during their ascendance; whereas the evolved melts may lie on the olivine-chromite cotectic near the liquidus field of pyroxene. Variable degrees of magma mixing and differentiation are expected to generate melts with different delta Fe-56 values, accounting for the Fe isotopic variations of the Kop MTZ. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.