Anomalous sulfur isotopes trace volatile pathways in magmatic arcs

Vikraman Selvaraja, Marco L. Fiorentini, Crystal K. LaFlamme, Boswell A. Wing, Thi Hao Bui

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Abstract

The cycle of sulfur, an important volatile in Earth's crust, is the driver of many significant processes such as biological evolution, climate change, and the formation of ore deposits. This study investigates the ancient cycle of volatiles by tracing the indelible signal of anomalous sulfur isotopes, expressed as Δ33≠ 0, to illuminate the pathway of sulfur recycling through magmatic arcs. We selected the ca. 2.0 Ga Glenburgh gold deposit in the Glenburgh magmatic arc of Western Australia as a natural laboratory for this study. Highprecision multiple sulfur isotope analyses of samples from the Glenburgh gold deposit and surrounding granitoid rocks yield the largest known sulfur isotope anomalies (Δ33S up to +0.82‰) in rocks < 2.33 Ga globally. These data indicate that sulfur, and possibly gold, originated from multiple geochemical reservoirs in sedimentary rocks subducted beneath the magmatic arc, one of which is > 2.33 Ga. Multiple sulfur isotope data are able to clarify a process that is cryptic to most other currently available data sets, showing that the cycling of volatiles and metals in arc settings occurs on very large scales, from the atmospherehydrosphere through to the lithosphere during crustal generation. © 2017 Geological Society of America

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-422
Number of pages4
JournalGeology
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

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Selvaraja, Vikraman ; Fiorentini, Marco L. ; LaFlamme, Crystal K. ; Wing, Boswell A. ; Bui, Thi Hao. / Anomalous sulfur isotopes trace volatile pathways in magmatic arcs. In: Geology. 2017 ; Vol. 45, No. 5. pp. 419-422.
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In: Geology, Vol. 45, No. 5, 01.05.2017, p. 419-422.

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