Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse     
Raffone N., Ottolini L., Tonarini S., Gianelli G., D'Orazio M., Fridleifsson G. An investigation of trace and isotope light elements in mineral phases from well RN-17 (Reykjanes peninsula, SW Iceland). In: Materials Science and Engineering A-Structural Materials Properties Microstructure and Processing, vol. 7 pp. 1 - 12. IOP Science, 2010.
The light lithophile (Li, Be and B) and halogen (F, Cl) elements are powerful tracers of fluid transfer due to their mobility during high temperature hydrothermal processes and metamorphic devolatilisation. Moreover, although a great deal of studies have been carried out on these elements in whole rock and minerals of altered rocks from divergent andconvergent plate margins, an inventory for mineral phases from the altered Icelandic oceanic crust is still incomplete. In the present paper we report the results of in situ EPMA and SIMS investigations on variously altered magmatic (plagioclase and clinopyroxene) and hydrothermal phases (amphibole and epidote) from selected cuttings drilled at different depths (400 - 3000 m) of the well RN-17, Reykjanes geothermal system (SW Iceland). Our study has benefited from the use of high-magnification SEM investigations; from ICP-MS on Li, P-TIMS determinations of boron isotope composition (δ11B) and ID analyses of B contents on the whole rock. Particularly, SIMS data on epidote have shown that alteration beneath Reykjanes has been more efficient in the shallow and intermediate cuttings, while whole rock data on boron isotope composition have revealed that the alteration has been caused firstly by δ11B-poor fluids and successively by δ11B-rich seawater-hydrothermal fluids.
URL: http://iopscience.iop.org/
Subject hydrothermal process
microbean analysis
boron isotopes
Reykjanes peninsula

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