Book Chapter

Uranium-series isotope and thermal constraints on the rate and depth of silicic magma genesis

A Dosseto, SP Turner, M Sandiford, J Davidson

DYNAMICS OF CRUSTAL MAGMA TRANSFER, STORAGE AND DIFFERENTIATION | Geological Society Special Publication | GEOLOGICAL SOC PUBLISHING HOUSE | Published : 2008

Abstract

Uranium-series isotopes provide important constraints on the timescale of magma differentiation and this can be used to identify where in the crust and silicic magmas acquire their geochemical characteristics. Timescales of differentiation can be inferred from the observed co-variations of U-series disequilibria with differentiation indexes. When crustal assimilation of secular equilibrium material is involved, inferred timescales will generally decrease. In turn, they will increase if periodical recharge (>20 wt% relative volume) of the magma body occurs. If crustal assimilation and magma recharge occur concurrently, inferred timescales for differentiation can be similar to that of closed s..

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