Geochemistry of isotopes (Sr-Nd) and TR of lamproites from the Aldan shield


Vladykin N.V.


Institute of Geochemistry SB RAS, Irkutsk, Russia



Lamproites of the Aldan Shield were found (Vladykin 1985) at the beginning of 80-es (for the first time in the USSR), being mainly the intrusive varieties of lamproites, though there occur among them some dyke and volcanic varieties. The general geological and geochemical features of lamproites of the Aldan shield were reported at the VI International Kimberlite Conference at Novosibirsk in 1995 (Vladykin 19971).

As of now, on the Aldan Shield there are known 14 deposits of lamproites in the following massifs. Twelve of the lamproites objects are connected with the Mesozoic rift magmatism of the Aldan Shield. This zone stretches out over all Aldan Shield, from the Murun massif in the Western part of the shield up to the Konder massif in the Eastern part of the shield. These occurrences of lamproites are of Jurassic age (120-150 m.a.). Only lamproites of Khani massif in the SW part of the Aldan Shield are more ancient. At first (according to the data of V.V.Arkhangelskaya) the Khani massif was considered to be Paleozoic, then using K-Ar method (VSEGEI) it was established Proterozoic age of biotite pyroxenites of the massif 1800 m.a. We found the dyke of olivine lamproites of the massif that crosses the biotite pyroxenites. We obtained even more ancient age 2700 m.a. by zircons from these lamproites with a device SHRIMP (VSEGEI) (Vladykin, Lepekhina - 2005).



Fig. 1. Diagram of ratios of epsilon Nd and 87Sr/86Sr in lamproites and carbonatites.

(Circles- carbanatites of the framing of the Siberian Platform, Squares lamproites of Aldan, Russia and USA, Triangles-carbonatites and lamproites Australia, Spain  of folded areas)



New data on Sr-Nd systematization of the lamproites of the Aldan Shield have been obtained. The ratios 87Sr/86Sr  in lamproites of Aldan vary from 0.703 to 0.708, whereas έ Nd from -6 to -25.  The source of Aldan Shield lamproites is enriched mantle ЕМ-1 (рис.1), that is consistent with their geological position (Vladykin -1997). They are situated between the Aldan Shield and the Siberian platform, where did not occur subduction. The North American lamproites (Leucite Hills, Smoky Bewt, Prery Creak ecc) have similar position between the Canadian shield and the North-American platform and the same mantle source.

Compared to the Australian lamproites, the lamproites of the Aldan Shield have lower concentrations of rare-earth elements. The TR spectra for the Aldan lamproits (fig. 2) are rather uniform. A slight slope of the spectrum curves and slight Eu-anomaly are typical for them.  For the earlier olivine lamproites lower TR concentrations are typical as compared with more differentiated leucite and sanidine lamproites.



Fig. 2. TR spectra in lamproites of Aldan Shield : 1-Fsp- lamproite, 2- 3-olivine lamproites


The lamproites of the Aldan Shield originated from the enriched mantle source ЕМ-1,  the age of that, according to Pb isotopic data, obtained for the rocks of the Murun massif (Vladykin 19972) is estimated as 3200 m.a. The dykes of the olivine lamproites of the Khani massif are the oldest lamproites in the world (2700 m.a.). The TR spectrum of the same type is indicative of similar genesis of the lamproites from various massifs of the Aldan Shield. In spite of the deep mantle source of the Aldan lamproites, they dont bear diamonds actually, since the diamonds were likely burnt during their crystallization (at  t- 1200-1000o C).

The studies were supported by Russian Foundation for Basic Research, grants 09-05-00116, 08-05-9000.



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