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    Composition and thermal structure of the lithospheric mantle beneath kimberlite pipes from the Catoca cluster, Angola

    Ashchepkov, I.V. and Rotman, A.Y. and Somov, S.V. and Afanasiev, V.P. and Downes, Hilary and Logvinova, A.M. and Nossyko, S. and Shimupi, J. and Palessky, S.V. and Khmelnikova, O.S. and Vladykin, N.V. (2012) Composition and thermal structure of the lithospheric mantle beneath kimberlite pipes from the Catoca cluster, Angola. Tectonophysics 530-53 , pp. 128-151. ISSN 0040-1951.

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    Garnet, clinopyroxene and ilmenite xenocrysts from three Angolan kimberlite pipes belonging to the Catoca cluster (Angola Caquele, Camitongo I and II, and Catoca) from the SW part of the Congo-Kasai craton, reveal similar features which suggest a similarity of mantle structure. PT estimates for pyropes, Cr-diopsides and picroilmenites reveal similar geothermal conditions of ~ 37 - 40 mW/m2. This is slightly higher than the values determined for the Catoca pipe. Higher temperature conditions ~ 45 mW/m2 were determined for low-Cr pyroxenes and omphacites. The similar general mineralogy and suggested mantle lithology, as well as reconstructed layering of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM), are similar for Camitongo I-II as well as for Caquele and Catoca pipes. Heating at depths of 7.5-4.5 GPa (240-140 km) is a general feature of the SCLM beneath the field. The high temperature trend for low-Cr and hybrid pyroxenes from the base of the SCLM up to 30 GPa (100 km) represents the PT path of the protokimberlite melts. PT conditions for ilmenites mainly correspond to colder conditions of crystallization in wall rocks and the outer parts of magmatic channels. Individual geochemical features of the minerals for each SCLM suggest pervasive metasomatism in lower part of the SCLM. Clinopyroxene trace element patterns from the Caquele pipe reveal a lherzolitic affinity; they are LILE-enriched with Ba peaks due to phlogopite melting, while those from Camitongo I-II show Ta-Nb enrichment and Pb troughs. The ilmenite trends trace the mantle column from deep to shallow mantle, evolving to Fe-ilmenites due to advanced AFC of protokimberlite magma that also produced abundant Fe-rich clinopyroxenes. The rise of calculated fO2 correlates with the position of protokimberlites. Comparison with the thermal gradient derived from peridotitic inclusions from Catoca cluster is lower then for Lesotho possibly related to the thicker lithospheric roots beneath the Congo-Kasai craton.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): ilmenites, mantle lithosphere, thermobarometry, geochemistry, Africa, Angola, garnet, kimberlite
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 10:32
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:57


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