Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology

, Volume 154, Issue 2, pp 217–239 | Cite as

Volatile (S, Cl and F) and fluid mobile trace element compositions in melt inclusions: implications for variable fluid sources across the Kamchatka arc

  • Tatiana Churikova
  • Gerhard WörnerEmail author
  • Nikita Mironov
  • Andreas Kronz
Original Paper


Volatile element, major and trace element compositions were measured in glass inclusions in olivine from samples across the Kamchatka arc. Glasses were analyzed in reheated melt inclusions by electron microprobe for major elements, S and Cl, trace elements and F were determined by SIMS. Volatile element–trace element ratios correlated with fluid-mobile elements (B, Li) suggesting successive changes and three distinct fluid compositions with increasing slab depth. The Eastern Volcanic arc Front (EVF) was dominated by fluid highly enriched in B, Cl and chalcophile elements and also LILE (U, Th, Ba, Pb), F, S and LREE (La, Ce). This arc-front fluid contributed less to magmas from the central volcanic zone and was not involved in back arc magmatism. The Central Kamchatka Depression (CKD) was dominated by a second fluid enriched in S and U, showing the highest S/K2O and U/Th ratios. Additionally this fluid was unusually enriched in 87Sr and 18O. In the back arc Sredinny Ridge (SR) a third fluid was observed, highly enriched in F, Li, and Be as well as LILE and LREE. We argue from the decoupling of B and Li that dehydration of different water-rich minerals at different depths explains the presence of different fluids across the Kamchatka arc. In the arc front, fluids were derived from amphibole and serpentine dehydration and probably were water-rich, low in silica and high in B, LILE, sulfur and chlorine. Large amounts of water produced high degrees of melting below the EVF and CKD. Fluids below the CKD were released at a depth between 100 and 200 km due to dehydration of lawsonite and phengite and probably were poorer in water and richer in silica. Fluids released at high pressure conditions below the back arc (SR) probably were much denser and dissolved significant amounts of silicate minerals, and potentially carried high amounts of LILE and HFSE.


Melt inclusions Kamchatka fluids Trace elements Arc magmatism 



E. Nakamura, N. Metrich, A. Gurenko, and T.H. Hansteen are thanked for their detailed and constructive comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. We are grateful to Sergey Simakin who provided us with ion probe analyses and Maxim Portnyagin for samples and discussions. This work was supported by DFG-project Wo362/15-1 + 2 to G.W, by grant No. 00-0504000 from the DFG-RFBR cooperation Program to T.C. and G.W., by grant No. 06-0564873-a from RFBR to N.M. and by grant No. 43.700.11.0005 from RF Ministry of Natural Resources.

Supplementary material

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eTable 1: Major, trace and volatile element contents in the reheated melt inclusion glasses, recalculated to equilibrium with their host olivine. (doc 998 kb)
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eTable 2: Raw data for major, trace and volatile element contents in the reheated melt inclusion glasses. (doc 1.05 Mb)
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eTable 3: Microprobe analyses of glass standards and SanCarlos olivine. (doc 97.5 kb)
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eTable 4: Ion probe analyses for alkaline synthetical standard glass (NIST 610) and standard basaltic glass (KL2). (doc 49.0 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tatiana Churikova
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gerhard Wörner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nikita Mironov
    • 3
  • Andreas Kronz
    • 1
  1. 1.Geochemisches InstitutGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Volcanic Geology and GeochemistryPetropavlovsk–KamchatskyRussia
  3. 3.Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical ChemistryMoscowRussia

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