Fluid inclusions with high Li/B ratio in a quartz vein from the Besshi area of the Sambagawa metamorphic belt: implications for deep geofluid evolution

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A remarkably high Li/B ratio has been recognized from a crush -leached fluid extracted from a foliation -parallel quartz vein, IR27, intercalated with a pelitic schist in the northern proximal to the Western Iratsu body of the Sambagawa metamorphic belt, SW Japan. Thin section observation shows that most quartz grains in the vein are polygonal and rarely show the undulatory extinction. These facts suggest that the quartz grains in the vein could be recrystallized under relatively high -T condition with the stress free environment, and that these fluid inclusions could be trapped during the peak metamorphic stage. Most fluid inclusions in the investigated sample are composed of liquid and vapor. Raman spectroscopy revealed that the liquid phase is aqueous fluid and the vapor is mainly a mixture of CH 4 and N 2 . Their ice melting temperatures determined by microthermometry, ranging from −3.5 to −7.1 °C, show a striking contrast against the data of the fluid inclusions in later stage veins, ranging from −0.6 to −1.7 °C. However, the homogenization temperatures of IR27 are much lower than the peak metamorphic temperature of the host pelitic schist. The partition coefficients between the host rock and released fluid (D rock/fluid) calculated from P -T pseudosection show that D B rock/fluid tends to be higher than D Li rock/fluid in a pelitic system, because of generally high modes of white mica in pelitic schists. The calculation suggests that the crush -leached fluid obtained from the quartz vein intercalated with the pelitic schist has higher Li/B ratio than fluids of those intercalated with the metabasite.

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  • Kenta YOSHIDA

  • Yoshiteru SENGEN

  • Shigeki TSUCHIYA

  • Kouta MINAGAWA

  • Tomoyuki KOBAYASHI

  • Taketoshi MISHIMA

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