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Re-Os isotope and platinum group elements of a FOcal ZOne mantle source, Louisville Seamounts Chain, Pacific ocean

Tejada, Maria Luisa G.; Hanyu, Takeshi; Ishikawa, Akira; Senda, Ryoko; Suzuki, Katsuhiko; Fitton, Godfrey; Williams, Rebecca


Maria Luisa G. Tejada

Takeshi Hanyu

Akira Ishikawa

Ryoko Senda

Katsuhiko Suzuki

Godfrey Fitton


The Louisville Seamount Chain (LSC) is, besides the Hawaiian-Emperor Chain, one of the longest-lived hotspot traces. We report here the first Re-Os isotope and platinum group element (PGE) data for Canopus, Rigil, and Burton Guyots along the chain, which were drilled during IODP Expedition 330. The LSC basalts possess (187Os/188Os)i = 0.1245–0.1314 that are remarkably homogeneous and do not vary with age. A Re-Os isochron age of 64.9 ± 3.2 Ma was obtained for Burton seamount (the youngest of the three seamounts drilled), consistent with 40Ar-39Ar data. Isochron-derived initial 187Os/188Os ratio of 0.1272 ± 0.0008, together with data for olivines (0.1271–0.1275), are within the estimated primitive mantle values. This (187Os/188Os)i range is similar to those of Rarotonga (0.124–0.139) and Samoan shield (0.1276–0.1313) basalts and lower than those of Cook-Austral (0.136–0.155) and Hawaiian shield (0.1283–0.1578) basalts, suggesting little or no recycled component in the LSC mantle source. The PGE data of LSC basalts are distinct from those of oceanic lower crust. Variation in PGE patterns can be largely explained by different low degrees of melting under sulfide-saturated conditions of the same relatively fertile mantle source, consistent with their primitive mantle-like Os and primordial Ne isotope signatures. The PGE patterns and the low 187Os/188Os composition of LSC basalts contrast with those of Ontong Java Plateau (OJP) tholeiites. We conclude that the Re-Os isotope and PGE composition of LSC basalts reflect a relatively pure deep-sourced common mantle sampled by some ocean island basalts but is not discernible in the composition of OJP tholeiites.


Tejada, M. L. G., Hanyu, T., Ishikawa, A., Senda, R., Suzuki, K., Fitton, G., & Williams, R. (2015). Re-Os isotope and platinum group elements of a FOcal ZOne mantle source, Louisville Seamounts Chain, Pacific ocean. Geochemistry, geophysics, geosystems G³, 16(2), 486-504.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 27, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 19, 2015
Publication Date Feb 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jan 21, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Geochemistry, geophysics, geosystems
Electronic ISSN 1525-2027
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 2
Pages 486-504
Keywords Louisville seamout chain; Re-Os isotopes; Platinum group elements; Mantle geochemistry; FOZO mantle 2015
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Additional Information This is a copy of an article published in Geochemistry, geophysics, geosystems, 2015, v.16 issue 2.


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