Recharge in Volcanic Systems: Evidence from Isotope Profiles of Phenocrysts

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Science  07 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5301, pp. 826-829
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5301.826

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Strontium isotope ratios measured from core to rim across plagioclase feldspar crystals can be used to monitor changes in the isotope composition of the magma from which they grew. In samples from three magma systems from convergent margin volcanoes, sudden changes in major element composition, petrographic features, and strontium isotope composition were found to correspond to discrete magmatic events, most likely repeated recharge of more mafic magma with lower ratios of strontium-87 to strontium-86 into a crustally contaminated magma.

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