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Crystallization history of Obsidian Dome, Inyo Domes, California

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Samples obtained by U.S. Department of Energy research drilling at the 600-year-old Obsidian Dome volcano provide the rare opportunity to examine the transition from volcanic (dome) to plutonic (intrusion) textures in a silicic magma system. Textures in the lavas from Obsidian Dome record multiple periods of crystallization initiated in response to changes in undercooling (ΔT) related to variable degassing in the mag-ma. Phenocr)ysts formed first at low ΔT. A drastic increase in ΔT, related to loss of a vapor phase during initial stages of eruption, caused nucleation of microlites. All of the lavas thus contain phenocrysts and microlites. Extrusion and subsequent devitrification of the dry (0.1 wt% H2O) magma crystallized spherulites and fine-grained rhyolite at high ΔT. A granophyric texture, representing crystallization at a moderate ΔT, formed in the intrusions beneath Obsidian Dome. Textures in the intrusion apparently represent crystallization of hydrous (1–2 wt% H2O) rhyolitic magma at shallow depths.

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Swanson, S.E., Naney, M.T., Westrich, H.R. et al. Crystallization history of Obsidian Dome, Inyo Domes, California. Bull Volcanol 51, 161–176 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01067953

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  • Crystallization
  • Drilling
  • Sedimentology
  • Shallow Depth
  • Drastic Increase