Li JL, Klemd R, Huang GF, Ague JJ, Gao J (2020)
Publication Type: Journal article
Publication year: 2020
Sulphur is of particular importance in the subduction zone system, as it is thought to be intimately related to the arc redox state and metallogenesis above the slab. Knowing the sulphur isotope compositions of the subducted slab, and identifying the δ34S variations between the pre-subduction oceanic lithosphere and its high-pressure (HP) equivalents is of great importance for understanding the sulphur behaviour in subduction zones and the long-term sulphur recycling of the Earth. In this study, we undertook secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) in-situ δ34S analyses of sulphides from metasediments, mafic blueschists/eclogites, and ultramafic slab serpentinites from the Southwestern Tianshan HP–UHP metamorphic belt, which represents one of the deepest fossil subduction zones on Earth. By integrating the in-situ δ34S compositions of sulphides studied here and those reported from worldwide HP–UHP metamorphic terranes, we found that prograde to peak metamorphic sulphides of metasediments, metabasites/metagabbros, and slab HP serpentinites have δ34S values ranging from –33 to –6‰, –4 to +4‰, and +2 to +18‰, respectively. However, retrograde metasomatism of HP rocks during exhumation may alter the δ34S compositions of sulphides. The integrated dataset proposes that sulphides in subducting slab sequences retain their protolith’s δ34S signatures during HP metamorphism. The δ34S inheritance indicates that no large isotope fractionation is expected to occur in subduction zones. It further suggests that evaluations of slab subduction effects on the δ34S signature of arc magmatism and the deep mantle should consider pre-subduction processes such as ridge geodynamic setting and hydrothermal alteration.
Li, J.-L., Klemd, R., Huang, G.-F., Ague, J.J., & Gao, J. (2020). Unravelling slab δ34S compositions from in-situ sulphide δ34S studies of high-pressure metamorphic rocks. International Geology Review. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00206814.2020.1827305
Li, Ji-Lei, et al. "Unravelling slab δ34S compositions from in-situ sulphide δ34S studies of high-pressure metamorphic rocks." International Geology Review (2020).