Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology

, Volume 162, Issue 6, pp 1233–1247 | Cite as

Acigöl rhyolite field, central Anatolia (part II): geochemical and isotopic (Sr–Nd–Pb, δ18O) constraints on volcanism involving two high-silica rhyolite suites

  • W. Siebel
  • A. K. Schmitt
  • E. Kiemele
  • M. Danišík
  • F. Aydin
Original Paper


The Acigöl rhyolite field erupted the most recent high-silica rhyolites within the Cappadocian Volcanic Province of central Anatolia, Turkey. It comprises two sequences of domes and pyroclastic rocks with eruption ages of ~150–200 ka (eastern group) and ~20–25 ka (western group). Compositionally, the eastern rhyolite group lavas are less evolved (SiO2 = 74–76 wt%), whereas the western group has higher silica abundance (SiO2 = ~77 wt%) with extremely depleted feldspar-compatible trace elements. Within each group, compositional variability is small and 143Nd/144Nd (0.51257–0.51265) and Pb isotope compositions (206Pb/204Pb = 18.87–18.88, 207Pb/204Pb = 15.65–15.67 and 208Pb/204Pb = 38.94–38.98) are homogeneous. The western group rhyolites have δ18O(zircon) overlapping mantle values (5.7 ± 0.2‰), whereas eastern group rhyolites are enriched in δ18O by ~0.5‰, consistent with a tendency to lower εNd values. By contrast, western group rhyolites have markedly more radiogenic 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.7065–0.7091) compared to those of the eastern group (0.7059–0.7065). The presence of angular granitic xenoliths and a correlation between hydration (based on loss on ignition data) and 87Sr/86Sr in the western lavas, however, indicates that Sr was added during the eruption or post-eruption alteration. Isotope constraints preclude the possibility that the rhyolite magmas formed by partial melting of any known regional crystalline basement rocks. Basalts and andesites erupted in the periphery of the Acigöl field are characterised by 87Sr/86Sr ratios between 0.7040 and 0.7053, 143Nd/144Nd = 0.51259–0.51300, 206Pb/204Pb = 18.85–18.87, 207Pb/204Pb = 15.646–15.655, 208Pb/204Pb = 38.90–38.97. The isotopic and trace element data favour an origin of the rhyolites by mixing of basaltic/andesitic magmas with minor amounts of crustal melts and followed by extensive fractional crystallization.


Acigöl δ18O in zircon Rhyolite Silicic volcanism Sr–Nd–Pb isotopes 



We acknowledge the help of S. Eroglu, S. Jahn, E. Reitter and H. Taubald during geochemical and isotope analyses. Janet C. Harvey is thanked for assistance in the field and Erkan Aydar for helpful discussions about Cappadocian volcanism. Comments and suggestions by Calvin Miller and Jonathan Miller have helped us to improve the quality of the manuscript. Jochen Hoefs is thanked for editorial handling. This study was supported by a grant from the German Science Foundation (Si 718/9-1). The ion microprobe facility at UCLA is partly supported by a grant from the Instrumentation and Facilities Program, Division of Earth Sciences, National Science Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Siebel
    • 1
  • A. K. Schmitt
    • 2
  • E. Kiemele
    • 1
  • M. Danišík
    • 3
    • 4
  • F. Aydin
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Space SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Department of Earth and Oceanic SciencesUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  4. 4.John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research, Applied Geology, Curtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  5. 5.Department of Geological EngineeringKaradeniz Technical UniversityTrabzonTurkey

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