Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology

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Geochemical and isotopic characteristics of the Cretaceous Orikabe Plutonic Complex, Kitakami Mountains, Japan: magmatic evolution in a zoned pluton and significance of a subduction-related mafic parental magma

  • Masumi Ujiie MikoshibaEmail author
  • Satoshi Kanisawa
  • Yukihiro Matsuhisa
  • Shigeko Togashi
Original Paper


The Orikabe Plutonic Complex, northeast Japan, is a zoned pluton and one of the Cretaceous intrusions in the Circum-Pacific area. In the Main body, K-rich calc-alkaline rocks composed of marginal gabbro and a large amount of monzodiorite–quartz monzonite–monzogranite are intruded successively by innermost calc-alkaline rocks of granodiorite. The gabbro and monzodiorite–monzogranite have a continuous chemical variation, while the granodiorite has lower concentrations of K, Rb, Y, Zr, Nb and F at the same SiO2 content. The gabbro and monzodiorite–quartz monzonite have a Rb-Sr whole-rock age of 119±12 Ma with an initial 87Sr/86Sr ratio of 0.70392±0.00007. The initial 87Sr/86Sr ratio of the innermost granodiorite is estimated to be about 0.7042. The δ18O values of fresh rocks range from +6.7 to +8.3‰, indicating a positive correlation with SiO2 contents. The K-rich calc-alkaline rocks were derived through fractional crystallization from a mafic parental magma with a slightly high δ18O value, implying a major contribution of a sub-arc mantle at a continental margin. Trace element modeling indicates that the source could have been a fertile lherzolite enriched in LILE and depleted in HFSE. The innermost granodiorite was the differentiation product of a distinct parental magma, suggesting the involvement of a small amount of crustal component in the source and partial melting under a more hydrous condition.


Fractional Crystallization Parental Magma SiO2 Content Plutonic Rock Gabbroic Rock 
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We would like to thank K. Shibata for his advice and generously providing the samples of the Hikami Granite. We appreciate valuable suggestions and help by H. Kamioka, T. Nakajima and S. Terashima for the analytical technique. We are grateful to R.S. Harmon and J. Hoefs for providing the global database of oxygen isotopes of Neogene volcanic rocks, to K. Aoki, K. Onuma, H. Fujimaki, T. Yoshida, K. Ishikawa, K. Kubo and Y. Nishioka for their discussion and to H. Tanaka for his helpful comments on the manuscript. Constructive reviews by W. Siebel and R. Ellam are gratefully appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masumi Ujiie Mikoshiba
    • 1
    Email author
  • Satoshi Kanisawa
    • 2
    • 3
  • Yukihiro Matsuhisa
    • 1
  • Shigeko Togashi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geoscience, Geological Survey of JapanAIST Central 7Tsukuba 305-8567Japan
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of ScienceYamagata UniversityYamagata 990-8560Japan
  3. 3.Yagiyama-Honcho 2-19-14Taihaku-kuSendai 982-0801Japan

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