Geochemistry and mineral composition of lamprophyre dikes, central Iran: implications for petrogenesis and mantle evolution

  • Davood RaeisiEmail author
  • Kazem Gholoizade
  • Niloofar Nayebi
  • Shahrouz Babazadeh
  • Mostafa Nejadhadad


Late Proterozoic–Early Cambrian magmatic rocks that range in composition from mafic to felsic have intruded into the Hour region of the central Iranian micro-continent. The Hour lamprophyres are alkaline, being characterized by low contents of \(\hbox {SiO}_{2}\) and high \(\hbox {TiO}_{2}\), Mg# values, high contents of compatible elements, and are enriched in LREE and LILE but depleted in HFSE. Mineral chemistry studies reveal that the lamprophyres formed within a temperature range of \(\sim \)1200\(^{\circ }\) to \(1300^{\circ }\hbox {C}\) and relatively moderate pressure in subvolcanic levels. The Hour lamprophyres have experienced weak fractional crystallization and insignificant crustal contamination with more primitive mantle signatures. They were derived from low degree partial melting (1–5%) of the enriched mantle characterized by phlogopite/amphibole bearing lherzolite in the spinel-garnet transition zone at 75–85 km depth, and with an addition of the asthenospheric mantle materials. We infer the Hour lamprophyres to be part of the alkaline rock spectrum of the Tabas block and their emplacement, together with that of other alkaline complexes in the central Iran, was strongly controlled by pre-existing crustal weakness followed by the asthenosphere-lithospheric mantle interaction during the Early Cambrian.


Central Iran alkaline lamprophyre mineral chemistry asthenosphere-lithospheric mantle 



We are grateful to Prof. Leon E Long for proof reading and editing the revised manuscript. We would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their in-depth review and constructive comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geology, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of TehranTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of GeologyUniversity of Shahid BeheshtiTehranIran
  3. 3.Department of GeologyTarbiat Modares UniversityTehranIran
  4. 4.Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of ScienceShiraz UniversityShirazIran

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