The melt inclusion record from the rhyolitic Kos Plateau Tuff (Aegean Arc)

  • Olivier Bachmann
  • Paul J. Wallace
  • Julie Bourquin
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00410-009-0423-4

Cite this article as:
Bachmann, O., Wallace, P.J. & Bourquin, J. Contrib Mineral Petrol (2010) 159: 187. doi:10.1007/s00410-009-0423-4


The >60 km3 rhyolitic Kos Plateau Tuff provides an exceptional probe into the behavior of volatile components in highly evolved arc magmas: it is crystal-rich (30–40 vol% crystals), was rapidly quenched by the explosive eruptive process, and contains abundant homogeneous melt inclusions in large quartz crystals. Several methods for measuring major, trace and volatile element concentrations (SIMS, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, electron microprobe, LA–ICPMS) were applied to these melt inclusions. We found a ~2 wt% range of H2O contents (4.5–6.5 wt% H2O, measured independently by SIMS, FTIR, and Raman spectroscopy) and relatively low CO2 concentrations (15–140 ppm measured by FTIR, with most analyses <100 ppm). No obvious correlations between H2O, CO2, major and trace elements are observed. These observations require a complex, protracted magma evolution in the upper crust that included: (1) vapor-saturated crystallization in a chamber located between 1.5 and 2.5 kb pressure, (2) closed-system degassing (with up to 10 vol% exsolved gas) as melts percolated upwards through a vertically extensive mush zone (2–4 km thick), and (3) periodic gas fluxing from subjacent, more mafic and more CO2-rich magma, which is preserved as andesite bands in pumices. These processes can account for the range of observed H2O and CO2 values and the lack of correlation between volatiles and trace elements in the melt inclusions.


Melt inclusions Rhyolite Volatile in magmas Caldera-forming eruptions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olivier Bachmann
    • 1
  • Paul J. Wallace
    • 2
  • Julie Bourquin
    • 3
  1. 1.Earth and Space SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA
  3. 3.Section Des Sciences De La TerreUniversité De GenèveGeneva 4Switzerland