Journal article

Hafnium isotope evidence for 'conservative' element mobility during subduction zone processes

JD Woodhead, JM Hergt, JP Davidson, SM Eggins

EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS | ELSEVIER | Published : 2001

Abstract

The high field strength elements (HFSE) play a critical role in the interpretation of chemical variation within subduction-related magmas by providing an assumed mantle-dominated 'baseline' from which enrichments in many other slab-derived elements may be gauged. Of the HFSE, hafnium is unique in combining the characteristics of HFSE chemistry with a powerful isotopic tracer and should, in theory, allow the delineation of mantle domains and help constrain the timing of melt depletion processes. A detailed Hf isotope study of oceanic arc lavas and paired arc/back-arc settings has been conducted. Here we show, contrary to expectations, that the Hf isotopic compositions of arc lavas are always ..

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