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First report of a Middle-Upper Permian magmatism in the SE Iberian ranges: characterisation and comparison with coeval magmatisms in the western Tethys/Primeros datos del magmatismo permico medio-superior del SE de la Cordillera Iberica: caracterizacion y comparacion con magmatismos contemporaneos del Tethys occidental.

1. Introduction

The Iberian Basin was developed as an intracratonic basin during the Middle-Upper Permian and underwent several extensional periods during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic, when two major compressive events caused structural inversion leading to the present-day configuration of the Iberian Ranges (Arche and Lopez-Gomez, 1996; Van Wees et al, 1998; Vargas et al, 2009). This configuration shows two almost parallel NW-SE oriented domains: the Aragonian Branch to the north and the Castilian Branch to the south; they are separated by the Cenozoic Calatayud-Teruel Basin (Fig. 1). The Iberian Basin was related to other contemporaneous basins such as the Pyrenean and Catalonian Basins (Arche and Lopez-Gomez, 1996), which experienced similar phases of evolution during their first stages along the Permian and Triassic (e.g., Vargas et al, 2009).

The first main macrosequence filling the Iberian Basin during the Permian is an unconformity-bounded succession consisting of two units: the Boniches Formation and the Alcotas Formation (Fig. 2). This work is focused on the Alcotas Formation, which corresponds to the first period of widespread continental sedimentation in the Iberian Basin and was deposited in a series of inter- or semi-connected, asymmetric half grabens trending NW-SE. This situation represents an embryonic stage of development of the Iberian Basin (Fig. 3).

During the Middle-Upper Permian, coeval sediments were deposited in isolated pull-apart basins within the western Tethys. For instance, in the Iberian micro-plate the Cantabrian-Pyrenean domain (Lopez-Gomez et al., 2002, 2005) was related to the Bay of Biscay mega shear, and the Catalonian-Levantine domain (Arche et al., 2002, 2004) was related to the antithetic shear fault system in the north-eastern edge of the Iberian micro plate (Christie-Blick and Biddle, 1985). These basins constituted a mosaic of connected or semi-connected rift systems (Fig. 3) that enabled the ascent of mantle-derived magmas. Associated subvolcanic bodies of transitional affinity have been recognised intruding the mentioned coeval sediments in several localities of the Cantabrian-Pyrenean domain (e.g., Lago et al., 2004a) and southern France (Lapierre et al., 1999) or intruding plutonic rocks in the Pyrenees (Gil et al., 2011), the Catalonian Coastal Ranges (Ubide et al., 2010) and Corsica-Sardinia (Traversa et al., 2003).

In this paper we present the first evidence of magmatic bodies emplaced within the fluvial sediments of the Alcotas Formation. The aim of this work is to characterise the petrology and geochemistry of these intrusions and to define their emplacement age.


2. Geological context

The Alcotas Formation crops out for more than 250km from Molina de Aragon to the present day Mediterranean coast, in the central and south-eastern domains if the Iberian Ranges, but it is not present in the north-western domain or in the Central System. Based on palynilogical data, its age has been considered Thuringian (Doublinger cal data, its age has been considered Thuringian et al., 1990) or, more recently, late Guadal early Lopingian (Bourquin et al., 2011; De la Horra et al., 2012). Hereafter, we will consider it as Middle-Upper Permian.

The Alcotas Formation reaches 170 m in thickness and consists of red siltstone and claystone beds alternating with lenticular sandstones and sporadic conglomerate lenses. Beds are tens to hundreds metres long and decimetric to metric in thickness (Arche and Lopez-Gomez 2005; De la Horra et al., 2008); according to these authors, the Alcotas Formation can be divided into three subunits from base to top: the Lower Part, the Middle Part and the Upper Part. The mineral assemblage consists of quartz + feldspar + illite + hematite [+ or -] dolomite (Alonso-Azcarate et al., 1997). The Alcotas Formation lies conformably on the Boniches Formation or unconformably on the Variscan basement. It is unconformably overlain by the Early Triassic Valdemeca Unit or by the Canizar Formation (Fig. 2).

The Lower Part shows abundant channelized sandstone bodies with planar cross-stratification and high avulsion rate embedded in a wide fine-grained floodplain (Arche and Lopez-Gomez 2005). It is interpreted as gravely and sandy braided river deposits in an arid to semi-arid climate with marked seasonality (Benito et al, 2005; De la Horra et al, 2008).

The Middle Part consists of mudstones and siltstones with interbedded thin bodies of sandstone with epsilon cross-stratification littered by comminuted plant remains Preserved plant remains and tree trunks indicate periods of humid conditions (Dieguez et al, 2007). It is interpreted as a transition from distal sandy braided high sinuosity meandering rivers occurring gradually yet rapidly (Arche and Lopez-Gomez, 2005).

The Upper Part consists of siltstone s with intercalated thin sandstone bodies, where neither paleosols nor macro or micro-flora has been found. Sandstone bodies contain planar cross-stratification and current ripples. It is interpreted as very low-energy sandy braided river system with high avulsion rate related to the lack of vegetated cover (Arche and Lopez-Gomez, 2005).

Six magmatic levels have been identified intruding the Alcotas Formation in the eastern outcrops of the unit close to the Alfondeguilla village (Castellon province Fig. 1). The Alfondeguilla section shows an incomplete sedimentary succession due to different fault displacements related to Alpine tectonics. In spite of this, a succession of 64m is well exposed (Fig. 4; UTM:30S07347514415013). This section corresponds mostly to the Middle and Upper Parts of the Alcotas Formation. The magmatic levels intrude the Middle and Upper Parts of this unit.


The studied area was located at the junction of two major fracture zones during the Permian: the Iberian (NWSE trending) and the Catalonian-Levantine (NNE-SSW) (Arche and Lopez-Gomez, 1999; Fig. 3). The latter zone, located along the eastern margin of the Iberian microplate, was developed in a different extensional domain that extended from Provence down to the Levantine area, starting the process of separation of the future small insular blocks to the east (Arche et al., 2002).

3. Field observations

Six igneous levels have been recognised in the Alfondeguilla section; we have named them ALFx1 to ALFx6 from top to bottom in the stratigraphical sequence (Fig. 4). The levels are grey coloured, with a brownish hue at the most altered areas. They present an average NE-SW strike and are subhorizontal (042, 06NW-056, 20SE), occurring along sedimentary bedding planes. They show a tabular to irregular shape (Fig. 5A) and crop out for up to 160 m. Their thickness varies from 20 cm to more than 3 m and it generally decreases towards the upper levels (Fig. 4). The levels are vertically separated by 1.5 to 3.6 m of sedimentary rocks and are closer to each other towards the upper levels. Both the igneous levels and the sedimentary country-rocks are affected by a network of fractures with two main directions: NNE-SSW (020, 90) and ESE-WNW (115, 80SE). Some fractures are filled with calcite.

In detail, the contact of the igneous levels and the sedimentary country-rocks is generally sharp but wavy (Fig. 5A). Irregular contacts are characterised by smooth, ovoid or elongate, cm-scale undulations that curve outwards from intrusive margins and are separated by cuspate, sediment-filled invaginations. According to Befus et al. (2009), these structures can be considered as billows (Fig. 5A). Besides, irregular, cm-scale fragments of structure-less sediments are frequently observed inside the intrusions (Fig. 5B-D), close to their margins. Locally, in the ALFx4 and especially ALFx6 levels (Fig. 4), which are the thickest, we have recognised igneous rocks intermixed with the country-rock sediments: rounded, cm-scale globules of igneous rock surrounded by sediments, partly replace the upper margin of this intrusion (Fig. 5E). These structures are considered peperites as defined by White et al. (2000) and Skilling et al. (2002).

The igneous levels develop chilled margins with frequent, rounded, calcite-filled vesicles (Fig. 5C-E). The vesicles are sometimes elongated and even coalesced, oriented parallel to the sill margin. They are millimetric to centimetric in size and their proportion is greater at the thicker, stratigraphically lower levels (ALFx4 to ALFx6), becoming scarcer towards the upper levels. The igneous rocks are rather homogenous, both throughout the vertical of the levels and along their length. They usually present non oriented mm-sized phenocrysts, visible to the naked eye; most of them are red-coloured, altered olivine crystals.

4. Samples and methods

Excepting ALFx1, which shows the highest alteration degree, the rest of the igneous levels (Fig. 4) were sampled for petrological and geochemical studies. The samples were named after the igneous level; suffixes -A, -B, etc. denote different samples from the same igneous level.


Several thin sections were studied from each sample. Eight polished thin sections were selected for mineral analyses. Mineral compositions were determined by electron microprobe at the Centro Nacional de Microscopia electronica of the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain), using a JEOL JZA-8900 M electron microprobe equipped with four wavelength dispersive spectrometers. Analyses were performed using an accelerating voltage of 15 kV and an electron beam current of 20 nA, with a beam diameter of 5 [micro]m. Elemental counting times were 10 s on the peak and 5 s on each of two background positions. Analyses were corrected for electronic interactions using a ZAF procedure.

Nine samples were selected for whole-rock analyses. They were crushed with a manganese steel jaw-crusher, milled with a Rechts Pulverisette agate mortar and sieved to < 53 [micro]m in the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain). Major and trace element concentrations were determined in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the Castilla-La Mancha University (Toledo, Spain). The samples were analysed by an ICP-AES ICAP 6500 ThermoElectron for major elements and an ICP-MS XThermoElectronSeries II for trace elements. Solutions were prepared from 0.25 g of each sample fluxed with 0.5 g of Li-metaborate and dissolved in 100 ml HNO3 1N and 3 drops of HF. Five standard reference materials provided by the US Geological Survey were used for external calibration; internal calibration of the equipment was carried out before the measurements.

Five samples were selected for isotope analyses. [sup.87]Rb/[sup.86]Sr, [sup.87]Sr/[sup.86]Sr, [sup.147]Sm/[sup.144]Nd and [sup.143]Nd/[sup.144]Nd isotopic ratios were determined at the Geochronology and Isotope Geochemistry Centre of the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain) on an automated Multicollector VG Sector 54 Mass Spectrometer. Samples were first decomposed in 5 ml HF and 2 ml HN[O.sub.3] in Teflon digestion bombs heated for 48 hours at 120 [degrees]C and finally in 2.5N HCl. Concentrations of Rb and Sr as well as Rb/Sr atomic ratios were determined by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry at the X-Ray Diffraction Centre of the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain), following the methods of Pankhurst and O`Nions (1973). Sm and Nd were determined by isotope dilution using spikes enriched in [sup.149]Sm and [sup.150]Nd. Ion exchange techniques were used to separate the elements for isotopic analysis. Sr and REE were separated using a Dovex AG-50x12 cation exchange resin. Errors are quoted throughout as two standard deviations from measured or calculated values. Analytical uncertainties are estimated to be 0.01% for [sup.87]Sr/[sup.86]Sr, 0.006% for [sup.143]Nd/[sup.144]Nd, 1% for [sup.87]Rb/[sup.86]Sr, and 0.1% [sup.147]Sm/[sup.144]Nd. Replicate analyses of the NBS-987 Sr-isotope standard yielded an average [sup.87]Sr/[sup.86]Sr ratio of 0.710262 [+ or -] 0.00007 (n=7) and La Jolla Nd-isotope standard yielded an average [sup.143]Nd/[sup.144]Nd ratio of 0.511845 [+ or -] 0.00003 (n=12).

[sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar dating was carried out at the Institut fur Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften (Potsdam Universsity) Although plagioclase was the only K-rich phase in the rocks, it could not be used given the small size of the crystals. Therefore, leached and unleached whole-rock samples were prepared. However, no reliable aged were obtained from the experiments (neither plateaus not isochrones could be defined), probably due to the high degree of alteration of the samples.


Data treatment was performed with "ad-ho spreadsheets. Mineral abbreviations in the tables ures are according to Whitney and Evans (2010)

5. Petrography

The studied samples present a primary mineral assemblage composed of plagioclase (70-80 vol. %), clinopyroxene (3-15 vol. %), pseudomorphosed olivine, opaque minerals (3-7 vol. %) and accessory apatite. They generally show a subophitic to glomeroporphyritic microstructure (Fig. 6), defined by mm-sized prismatic plagioclase crystals. Olivine constitutes subidiomorphic phenocrysts completely replaced by secondary assemblages including chlorite and opaque minerals. Clinopyroxene and primary opaque minerals appear as subidiomorphic microphenocrysts. Microcrysts (mainly plagioclase and opaque minerals) are widely altered to calcite and chlorite and vesicles are filled with calcite. ALFx5 and ALFx6 levels show the highest contents in olivine and clinopyroxene.

Two xenocrysts have been recognised in the studied samples. ALFx3 contains a rounded quartz xenocryst, 6 mm long, unzoned, which presents a resorption rim of 0.4 mm. Besides, ALFx5 shows an andalusite xenocryst (Fig. 6B), 1 cm long, also unzoned, with a corroded and darkened rim.

6. Geochemistry

6.1. Mineral chemistry

Mineral compositions were determined for clinopyroxene, plagioclase, opaque minerals, apatite and the andalusite xenocryst (Table 1). Olivine is completely replaced by secondary minerals in all the samples, so its original composition could not be determined.

Clinopyroxene compositions were measured in samples ALFx5 and ALFx6. According to Morimoto et al. (1988), clinopyroxene is classified as augite (Fig. 7A, Table 1). Clinopyroxene compositions do not show clear differentiation trends with decreasing [mg.sup.*]: Mg/ (Mg+[Fe.sup.2+]+[Fe.sup.3+]+Mn) per formula unit, p.f.u., where [Fe.sup.3+] is calculated according to Droop (1987). Si[O.sub.2] values are high (50.74-52.95 wt. %), [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] values are low (1.16-3.78 wt. %), Ti[O.sub.2] values are moderate (0.54-1.06 wt. %), [Na.sub.2]O are low (0.18-0.51 wt. %) and [Al.sup.VI] p.f.u. values are low (up to 0.06). The compositions plot in the subalkaline field denned by Leterrier et al. (1982; Fig. 7B).


Plagioclase was analysed in samples ALFx2, ALFx4, ALFx5 and ALFx6, yielding compositions which vary from [An.sub.65] to [An.sub.6] (Table 1). Most of them are classified as labradorite and andesine (Fig. 7C). As their content in the anorthite molecule decreases, they become progressively enriched in the orthoclase molecule. Plagioclase from ALFx2 shows the most Ca-rich compositions ([An.sub.65]--[An.sub.49]), whilst plagioclase from ALFx6 is the most evolved ([An.sub.59]--[An.sub.6]).

Opaque minerals from ALFx2, ALFx4, ALFx5 and ALFx6 are classified as ilmenite. Their compositions vary from 46.61 to 62.63 wt. % Ti[O.sub.2] and from 32.72 to 44.81 wt. % FeO. Apatite (analysed in ALFx2 and ALFx5) is F-rich. The andalusite xenocryst displays a homogeneous composition (Si[O.sub.2] 36.24-36.91 and [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] 62.38-62.95 wt. %), with Fe[O.sub.t] contents up to 0.27 wt. %.


6.2. Whole-rock chemistry

Three of the intrusions (ALFx2, ALFx5 and ALFx6) were selected for whole-rock analyses, including major and trace elements and Sr and Nd isotopes; samples from ALFx3 and ALFx4 were rejected due to their high alteration degree.

All the rocks show similar compositions. According to their elemental concentrations, they are classified as low-K basaltic andesites (Fig. 8A) and alkali basalts (Fig. 8B). The calculated CIPW norm indicates they are quartz-, hypersthene- and corundum-normative. The presence of hypersthene and corundum in the norm indicates a high [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] content in the magma, which is also recognised in the rock analyses ([Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] 14.33-14.74 wt. %, Table 2), in agreement with the high modal proportion of plagioclase in these rocks.

The variation of Mg# (molar ratio MgO/(MgO+FeO)) vs. other meaningful elements (Fig. 9) draws poorly defined differentiation trends, mainly due to the high resemblance among the different samples. In detail, ALFx5 presents the highest Mg# values, representing the least evolved level. However, none of the analysed samples (Table 2) presents compositional features typical of primitive magmas in equilibrium with their mantle source (in such cases MgO > 11 wt. %, Mg# > 0.6-0.7, Cr > 500-1000 ppm and Ni > 200-500 ppm; Frey et al., 1978). On the other hand, ALFx2 shows the lowest concentrations in Ti[O.sub.2], [P.sub.2][O.sub.5] and [Na.sub.2]O and the highest CaO values (Fig. 9A-E), in agreement with the higher anorthite contents in its plagioclase (Fig. 7C). Indeed, ALFx5 and ALFx6 can be compositionally grouped (Fig. 9), in agreement with their higher proportion of ferromagnesian minerals (olivine and clinopyroxene) compared to ALFx2. Loss On Ignition (LOI) values (Table 2) are higher for ALFx2 than for ALFx5 and ALFx6, probably related to the high alteration degree shown by plagioclase, more abundant in ALFx2. The primitive mantle-normalised incompatible ratios [(La/Lu).sub.N] are moderately high (10.12-13.30; Table 2) and decrease with Mg# (Fig. 9F).

Primitive mantle-normalised multielemental patterns are rather similar to each other (Fig. 10). The most incompatible elements are up to 100 times enriched over primitive mantle. The samples present Rb-Ba and K negative anomalies and Nb-Ta enrichments. Furthermore, Sm and Ti are slightly depleted, P shows a small positive anomaly and Pb displays a relative variability. These features are very similar to those of enriched mantle sources with a HIMU component (Hoffman, 1997).

Isotopic initial ratios of [sup.87]Sr/[sup.86]Sr and [sup.143]Nd/[sup.144]Nd (Table 2) vary from 0.7035 to 0.7037 and from 0.5124 to 0.5127, respectively. These ratios are Nd-enriched ([epsilon]Nd ranges from +1.7 to +8.3) and Sr-depleted ([epsilon]Sr ranges from -6.8 to -9.2) compared to the Bulk Silicate Earth (BSE) (Fig. 11). These values are similar to the enriched HIMU mantle component of Zindler and Hart (1986). The calculated T-depleted mantle (DM) model ages are between 0.37 and 0.98 Ga. This wide range of model ages is related to the variability in the [sup.143]Nd/[sup.144]Nd values.

7. Discussion

7.1. Emplacement of the magma

The different igneous levels recognised in the Alfondeguilla section emplaced along sedimentary bedding planes, so they can be considered sill-like structures. The levels are very close to each other, and get even closer towards the top of the sequence. Therefore, they probably belong to a single, multiple sill. This hypothesis is supported by the similar mineral and whole-rock compositions of the different analysed levels (Figs. 7, 8, 9, 10). Consequently, the multiple Alfondeguilla sill is a complex consisting of at least six individual levels, which become thinner towards the top.

The formation of a multiple sill instead of a large, homogenous magma body depends on the injection frequency and the rate of solidification. If the first igneous level has already solidified and perhaps cooled down to a temperature similar to that of the country rock, then the next sill to form will remain a separate unit, even if adjacent, and the initial sill has no chance of developing into a magma chamber (Burchardt and Gudmundsson, 2008).

The heat transfer approximation by Jaeger (1968) permits calculating the cooling time of the levels of the sill. For an average thickness of 1 m and a thermal diffusivity of [10.sup.-6] [m.sup.2]/s (Huppert and Sparks, 1980), 7 h after the emplacement of the magma the centre of the sill started cooling; 69 h after the emplacement of the magma cooling was substantial at the centre of the sill and about as much heat had been lost to the country-rock as remained in the sill. Taking these calculations into account, the cooling time of each level was fast, conditioning the formation of a multiple sill.

Irregular contacts marked by wavy, billowed margins (Fig. 5A) and the development of peperites (Fig. 5E) have been described by other authors where magma has come in contact with wet, unconsolidated sediment (Befus et al., 2009; Kokelaar, 1982; Leat and Thompson, 1988; Kano, 1991; Walker, 1992; Kano, 2002; Lavine and Aalto, 2002; Nemeth and Martin, 2007). The fact that peperites are only recognised in ALFx4 and ALFx6 levels is probably related to the fact that they are the thickest levels (ALFx6 is more than 3 meters thick). In this situation, the magma cooling rate is significantly lower than in the other levels, allowing for the development of this type of magma-sediment interactions. Furthermore, the presence of irregular fragments of structure-less sediments inside all the igneous levels (Fig. 5B-D) supports the interaction between the magma and the unconsolidated wet sediments (Kokelaar, 1982).


The emplacement of the magma into unconsolidated, wet sediments agrees with the sedimentation of the Middle and Upper Parts of the Alcotas Formation in a fluvial environment under periods of humid conditions (Arche and Lopez-Gomez, 2005; De la Horra et al., 2012; Dieguez et al., 2007).

Finally, a shallow emplacement level is inferred from the presence of vesicles (Fig. 5C-E), since low lithostatic pressures are necessary to enable the degassing of the magma (Latypov, 2003). The greater abundance of vesicles in the chilled margins of the thickest levels is also due to their slower cooling rates.

7.2. Geochemical affinity, conditions of crystallisation and mantle source

The identification of the geochemical affinity of the studied rocks is not straight. On the one hand, clinopyroxene has moderate Ti-contents (Table 1) and its composition is plotted within the subalkaline field defined by Leterrier et al. (1982; Fig. 7B). In addition, these rocks have low total alkalis ([Na.sub.2]O + [K.sub.2]O wt. %) contents (Table 2) and, therefore, a lack of normative nepheline (Le Maitre, 2002), suggesting a subalkaline affinity. On the other hand, plagioclase compositions display a typically alkaline trend of increasing orthoclase with decreasing anorthite (Fig. 7C) and whole-rock incompatible element ratios point to an alkaline affinity (Nb/Y: 1.70-2.82; Fig. 8B). Moreover, Ti/V ratios over 50 (Table 2) are typical of alkali basalts and oceanic island basalts (Shervais, 1982). As a consequence, the affinity of the rocks should be better explained as transitional between subalkaline and alkaline. This feature is characteristic of some Middle-Upper Permian magmatisms from the western Tethys (e.g., Pyrenees, Catalonian Coastal Ranges, Corsica-Sardinia and southern France; Lago et al., 2004a; Lapierre et al., 1999; Traversa et al., 2003; Ubide et al., 2010), resulting from a transitional tectono-magmatic regime, between the Variscan compression and the Alpine extension (e.g., Bixel, 1988; Bonin, 1988; Cassinis et al., 2012).

In order to constrain the crystallisation conditions of the magma, we have applied the MELTS software (Asimow and Ghiorso, 1998; Ghiorso and Shack, 1995) to the composition of the analysed samples. The low [Na.sub.2]O concentrations (0.18-0.51 wt. %) and [Al.sup.VI] p.f.u. values (0.00-0.06) of the studied clinopyroxenes indicate a low pressure of crystallisation (e.g., Nimis, 1995), compatible with the presence of vesicles in the rocks and with the emplacement of the magma into unconsolidated sediments (see section 7.1). Accordingly, we have considered a low pressure for the calculations (100 MPa). The liquidus temperatures range from 1265 to 1198 [degrees]C; compositions from the sill ALFx5 yield the highest temperatures, whereas the lowest ones correspond to sill ALFx2. In agreement with this, in ALFx5 and ALFx6 levels minerals play a different role in the fractionation process than in ALFx2, where ferromagnesian minerals are very scarce and the fractionation process was probably controlled by plagioclase. The isobaric equilibrium crystallisation model yields the following results: olivine crystallises in the first place, at 1230-1220 [degrees]C; plagioclase is the predominant phase, starting to crystallise at 1110-1080 [degrees]C; clinopyroxene (starting at 1030-1000 [degrees]C) appears as a late phase, probably crystallising at the emplacement level. In all the cases, the model generates opaque minerals, apatite and orthopyroxene. In general, the obtained crystallisation sequences are rather similar to the real ones observed in the studied rocks; the presence of orthopyroxene in the model (not recognised in the rocks) is probably related to the high [Al.sub.2][0.sub.3] contents of the rocks and is coherent with their normative hypersthene.


According to their relatively low MgO, Cr and Ni contents, the composition of the studied rocks does not represent primitive melts in equilibrium with their mantle source. The high Si[O.sub.2] and [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] contents, resulting in normative quartz, hypersthene and corundum, point to a modification of the mantle melts en route to the emplacement level or even related to the emplacement mechanism. This hypothesis is supported by the presence of xenocrysts of quartz and andalusite with resorption textures. Besides, fragments of sediments are frequently observed inside the sill and even magma-sediment intermixtures (peperites) have been recognised in the thickest level. The addition of variable proportions of this type of felsic, peraluminous sediments would explain the anomalous enrichments in Si[O.sub.2] and [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]. Trace element and isotopic Sr results do not support a significant crustal contamination (e.g., low and homogeneous [epsilon]Sr values). Therefore, modification of the melts during emplacement seems the most important mechanism.

The primitive mantle--normalised trace element contents (Fig. 10) are similar to melts of enriched mantle sources with a HIMU component. This type of source is supported by the isotopic results (Fig. 11), despite the large variability of the Nd isotopic ratios. The high (La/Lu) N values of the samples (Table 2) are consistent with highly fractionated melts, common in enriched mantle sources.

Concerning the composition of the melting mantle source, the negative anomalies in alkali elements (K, Rb, Ba) (Fig. 10) appear to require the presence of an amphibole or phlogopite residue in this mantle source. The relative abundances of alkali elements can be used to determine which of these phases were retained in the mantle during the melting process. According to McCoy-West et al. (2010), melts in equilibrium with phlogopite are expected to present Rb/Sr (> 0.1) and Ba/Rb (< 20) ratios significantly higher and lower, respectively, than melts in equilibrium with amphibole (Rb/Sr < 0.06 and Ba/Rb > 20; Furman and Graham, 1999). Hence, in the studied samples Rb/Sr (0.01-0.03) and Ba/Rb (12.55-28.79) ratios point to amphibole as the K-rich residual phase. The Ti small negative anomaly is unlikely to be related to the retention of opaque minerals in the mantle source, as Nb and Ta are highly enriched in the studied rocks (Fig. 10). Instead, the aforementioned amphibole residual phase could also retain Ti if it were a Ti-rich amphibole type (e.g., kaersutite). Therefore, the retention of kaersutite in the mantle source is probably responsible for the depletion in alkali elements and Ti observed in the studied sills. The presence of kaersutite as a residual phase during mantle melting has been previously proposed for the Permian sills cropping out in the Pyrenees (Gale, 2005).



7.3. Age of the Alfondeguilla sill

No reliable ages were obtained from the [sup.40]Ar/[sup.39]Ar experiments on whole-rock samples. This is probably due to the high degree of alteration of the samples, even though leached and unleached samples were analysed. Alternatively, the hydrothermal events developed in the Iberian Ranges during the Mesozoic (Tritlla and Sole, 1999) could have opened the Ar system. Indeed, hydrothermal Hg-deposits hosted in the Canizar Formation are observed in the studied area (Tritlla and Sole, 1999).

However, field criteria can help to constrain the age of the intrusion. First of all, the sill emplaces into the Middle-Upper Permian sedimentary rocks of the Alcotas Formation (De la Horra et al., 2012), defining a maximum age for the hypovolcanic rocks. Furthermore, both the sill and the sedimentary country-rocks are affected by a network of fractures (NNE-SSW and ESE-WNW) compatible with the main Alpine fault directions (Arche and Lopez-Gomez, 1996; De Vicente et al., 2009), defining a minimum age for the sill.

Additionally, the development of billowed margins and peperites, the presence of fragments of structure-less sediments from the country-rocks inside the sill, the presence of vesicles and the composition of clinopyroxene indicate that the magma emplaced into wet, unconsolidated, shallow sediments (see sections 7.1 and 7.2). These arguments imply the sill emplaced shortly after the deposition of the sediments of the Alcotas Formation. Hence, the age of the sill can be defined as Middle-Upper Permian.

Analogous situations of Permian basins where basic sills were emplaced into the Middle-Upper Permian sedimentary rocks have been widely reported throughout the western Tethys and, specifically, in the Pyrenees (e.g., Cinco Villas Massif, Anayet Basin; Bixel, 1988; Gale, 2005; Lago et al, 2004a).

From the above discussion we conclude that the most probable age for the newly found igneous rocks in Alfondeguilla is Middle-Upper Permian, representing the youngest Paleozoic volcanic event found up to now in the Iberian Ranges.

7.4. Comparison with other Permian magmatisms in the western Tethys

The transition from late-Variscan events to early Alpine episodes is characterised by two tectono-magmatic cycles in the western Tethys (Bixel, 1988; Bonin, 1988). These cycles reflect the transition from late-Variscan transtension to early Alpine extension and opening of the Neotethys Ocean with progressive westward marine ingression (Cassinis et al, 2012; Lago et al, 2004a). The first cycle ("Orogenic") is composed of calc-alkaline subintrusive acidic to effusive basic-intermediate rocks (Gaggero et al, 2007 and references therein). The second cycle ("Anorogenic") comprises basic and acid rocks traditionally considered alkaline; however, many basic rocks show different geochemical affinities, from tholeiitic to transitional (e.g., Lapierre et al, 1999; Traversa et al. 2003; Ubide et al, 2010). The age of these cycles is believed to be diachronous between the different Tethyan domains, although the "Anorogenic" cycle always postdates the "Orogenic" cycle (Gaggero et al, 2007). Both cycles are mainly comprised during the Permian period (Gaggero et al, 2007). Most datings for the first cycle yield Lower Permian ages, whereas the second cycle was developed from the Middle Permian up to the Middle Triassic (e.g., Dallagiovanna et al, 2009; Gaggero et al, 2007; Vaccaro et al., 1991).


In the Iberian Ranges, the Lower Permian magmatics are rather evolved (andesite-rhyolite) and calc-alkaline, with a clear crustal signature (Lago et al, 2004b). Thus, they are related to the first, "Orogenic" cycle of Bonin (1988). In contrast, the Alfondeguilla sill is basic-intermediate, transitional between subalkaline and alkaline (see section 7.2) and Middle-Upper Permian in age (see section 7.3). Accordingly, it probably belongs to the second, "Anorogenic" cycle. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a magmatism related to the second cycle in the Iberian Ranges.

Most of the basic-intermediate rocks related to the second cycle, mainly those from the Catalonian Coastal Ranges, Corsica-Sardinia and southern France, show similar geochemical features. They present general Nb (and Ta) depletions and Pb enrichments relative to the primitive mantle (Fig. 12A, B). Besides, they show low LREE/HREE fractionation degrees. The available isotopic ratios range from 0.7042 to 0.7075 for [sup.87]Sr/[sup.86]Sr and from 0.5123 to 0.5131 for [sup.143]Nd/[sup.144]Nd (Gaggero et al, 2007; Lapierre et al, 1999). These features are typical of volcanic-arc lithospheric magmas related to crustal contamination, pointing to slab-recycling processes in a subduction context (Lapierre et al, 1999; Ronca et al., 1999; Ubide et al, 2011). A major role of phlogopite, instead of amphibole, is recognised for their mantle source (Ubide et al, 2011).

In contrast, the Alfondeguilla sill (Fig. 10) presents high Nb-Ta contents, a marked negative anomaly in K and higher fractionation degrees. These characteristics, together with the isotopic results (Table 2), point to an enriched mantle source with the involvement of a HIMU component. Besides, the relative abundances of alkali elements indicate the presence of amphibole in the mantle source (see section 7.2). These features are not common in other Permian magmatisms related of the western Tethys. We have only observed them in the Anayet Basin in the Pyrenees (Gale, 2005) and in the Argana Basin in the High Atlas (Alt Chayeb et al, 1998) (Fig. 12C, D).

The marked differences in mantle source indicate that the Permian mantle beneath the western Tethys was heterogeneous and variably metasomatised, as suggested in previous studies (Gaggero et al, 2007; Gale, 2005; Lapierre et al, 1999).

8. Conclusions

A multiple sill of basaltic andesite hosted by the sedimentary rocks of the Middle-Upper Permian Alcotas Formation is described for the first time in the vicinity of Alfondeguilla village, in the south-eastern Iberian Ranges. The sill was emplaced at shallow levels, shortly after the deposition of the Alcotas Formation, as suggested by field and textural features (presence of billowed margins, peperites, structure-less fragments of sediments and vesicles) and by geochemical criteria (composition of the clinopyroxene crystals). Hence, the age of the sill is inferred to be Middle-Upper Permian. It therefore represents the youngest Paleozoic volcanic event found up to now in the Iberian Ranges.The sill shows a transitional affinity between calc-alkaline and alkaline rocks, similarly to other Permian magmatisms related to the western Tethys.

The geochemical characterisation points to an enriched mantle source with the involvement of a HIMU component. The retention of residual kaersutite in the mantle source is considered the most probable cause for the depletion in alkali elements and Ti observed in the studied samples. Besides, the incorporation of fragments of the host sediments during emplacement would explain the high Si[O.sub.2] and [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] contents of the sill.

The compositional features of the Alfondeguilla sill are not very common in the Permian magmatisms of the western Tethys. Most of these magmatisms have a different, subduction- or crustal contamination-related signature, implying that the Permian mantle in this domain was heterogeneous and metasomatised.


This work is a contribution from Projects CGL 2008-00093, CGL2010-09503-E, CGL2011-24408 of the Spanish Research Ministry and from Projects UCMBSCH-GR58/08: Analisis de Cuencas (910429) and Paleoclimas (910198) Universidad Complutense-Comunidad Autonoma de Madrid.


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M. Lago (1) *, R. de la Horra (2,4), T. Ubide (1), C. Gale (1), B. Galan-Abellan (2,4), J.F. Barrenechea (3,4), J. Lopez-Gomez (2,4), M.I. Benito (2,4), A. Arche (2,4), J. Alonso-Azcarate (5), F.J. Luque (3,4), M.J. Timmerman (6)

(1) Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra. Univ. Zaragoza, C/Pedro Cerbuna s/n, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain;;

(2) Departamento de Estratigrafia, Fac. de Ciencias Geologicas, Univ. Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain;;;;

(3) Departamento de Cristalografia y Mineralogia, Fac. de Ciencias Geologicas, Univ. Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain.;

(4) Instituto de Geociencias (CSIC, UCM), C/ Jose Antonio Novais 2, 28040 Madrid, Spain

(5) Fac. Ciencias del Medio Ambiente, Univ. Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain.

(6) Institut fur Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften, Univ. Potsdam, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany.

* corresponding author

Received: 12/10/2011 / Accepted: 25/05/2012

Table 1.- Representative major element composition (expressed as
wt.%) of clinopyroxene, plagioclase, opaque minerals and andalusite
from the Alfondeguilla igneous rocks. Structural formulae
calculated to 6, 8, 3 and 5 oxygens, respectively.

Tabla 1.- Composiciones en elementos mayores representativas
(expresadas en % en peso) de clinopiroxeno, plagioclasa, opacos y
andalucita de las rocas igneas de Alfondeguilla. Formulas
estructurales calculadas a 6, 8, 3 y 5 oxigenos, respectivamente.
Lago et al. / Journal of Iberian Geology 38 (2) 2012: 331-348

Min.                   Cpx         Cpx         Cpx         Cpx
Sill                   ALFx6       ALFx6       ALFx5       ALFx5

Si[O.sub.2]            51,43       51,69       52,39       52,56
Ti[O.sub.2]            0,75        0,77        0,54        0,59
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]    2,94        2,61        1,66        1,67
[Cr.sub.2][O.sub.3]    0,96        0,80        0,59        0,48
MgO                    17,10       16,67       17,97       18,34
Fe[O.sup.T]            4,97        5,14        5,94        6,40
NiO                    0,09        0,02        0,00        0,04
MnO                    0,14        0,00        0,11        0,21
CaO                    21,35       21,46       20,42       20,07
[Na.sub.2]O            0,29        0,27        0,23        0,18
[K.sub.2]O             0,00        0,00        0,00        0,00
[P.sub.2][O.sub.5]     0,00        0,00        0,00        0,00
F                      0,00        0,00        0,00        0,00
Cl                     0,00        0,00        0,00        0,00
Total                  100,00      99,44       99,84       100,53

                       Structural formulae

Si                     1,88        1,90        1,92        1,91
Ti                     0,02        0,02        0,01        0,02
Al                     0,13        0,11        0,07        0,07
Cr                     0,03        0,02        0,02        0,01
Mg                     0,93        0,92        0,98        0,99
[Fe.sup.3+]            0,07        0,03        0,07        0,08
[Fe.sup.2+]            0,08        0,12        0,11        0,12
Ni                     0,00        0,00        0,00        0,00
Mn                     0,00        0,00        0,00        0,01
Ca                     0,84        0,85        0,80        0,78
Na                     0,02        0,02        0,02        0,01
K                      0,00        0,00        0,00        0,00
Total                  4,00        4,00        4,00        4,00

Classif.               Aug         Aug         Aug         Aug
                       En48 Wo43   En48 Wo44   En50 Wo41   En50 Wo40
mg*                    0,86        0,85        0,84        0,83

Min.                   Cpx         Cpx         Cpx         Cpx
Sill                   ALFx5       ALFx6       ALFx5       ALFx5

Si[O.sub.2]            52,95       51,76       50,74       51,67
Ti[O.sub.2]            0,59        1,06        0,99        0,98
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]    1,52        2,54        1,63        1,30
[Cr.sub.2][O.sub.3]    0,44        0,59        0,10        0,03
MgO                    18,79       16,27       16,74       16,59
Fe[O.sup.T]            6,77        6,13        8,19        9,47
NiO                    0,05        0,00        0,01        0,05
MnO                    0,20        0,10        0,21        0,21
CaO                    18,94       20,53       20,95       19,67
[Na.sub.2]O            0,19        0,31        0,26        0,24
[K.sub.2]O             0,00        0,00        0,00        0,02
[P.sub.2][O.sub.5]     0,00        0,00        0,00        0,00
F                      0,00        0,05        0,00        0,00
Cl                     0,00        0,00        0,00        0,00
Total                  100,44      99,31       99,83       100,24

Si                     1,92        1,92        1,87        1,91
Ti                     0,02        0,03        0,03        0,03
Al                     0,07        0,11        0,07        0,06
Cr                     0,01        0,02        0,00        0,00
Mg                     1,02        0,90        0,92        0,91
[Fe.sup.3+]            0,05        0,00        0,15        0,09
[Fe.sup.2+]            0,15        0,19        0,11        0,20
Ni                     0,00        0,00        0,00        0,00
Mn                     0,01        0,00        0,01        0,01
Ca                     0,74        0,81        0,83        0,78
Na                     0,01        0,02        0,02        0,02
K                      0,00        0,00        0,00        0,00
Total                  4,00        4,00        4,00        4,00

Classif.               Aug         Aug         Aug         Aug
                       En52 Wo37   En47 Wo43   En46 Wo41   En46 Wo39
mg *                   0,83        0,82        0,78        0,75

Min.                   Pl         Pl         Pl         Pl
Sill                   ALFx2      ALFx6      ALFx5      ALFx4

Si[O.sub.2]            53,15      53,87      54,39      56,91
Ti[O.sub.2]            0,08       0,12       0,11       0,12
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]    28,72      28,82      28,26      26,56
[Cr.sub.2][O.sub.3]    0,03       0,02       0,04       0,03
MgO                    0,15       0,14       0,06       0,08
Fe[O.sup.T]            0,48       0,41       0,45       0,40
NiO                    0,09       0,00       0,00       0,01
MnO                    0,00       0,00       0,06       0,00
CaO                    12,79      11,68      11,47      8,99
[Na.sub.2]O            4,33       4,62       5,18       6,35
[K.sub.2]O             0,21       0,24       0,35       0,52
[P.sub.2][O.sub.5]     0,00       0,00       0,00       0,02
F                      0,00       0,00       0,00       0,02
Cl                     0,02       0,00       0,00       0,00
Total                  100,03     99,90      100,37     100,00

Si                     2,42       2,44       2,46       2,56
Ti                     0,00       0,00       0,00       0,00
Al                     1,54       1,54       1,51       1,41
Cr                     0,00       0,00       0,00       0,00
Mg                     0,01       0,01       0,00       0,01
[Fe.sup.2+]            0,02       0,02       0,02       0,02
Ni                     0,00       0,00       0,00       0,00
Mn                     0,00       0,00       0,00       0,00
Ca                     0,62       0,57       0,56       0,43
Na                     0,38       0,41       0,45       0,55
K                      0,01       0,01       0,02       0,03
Total                  5,01       4,99       5,02       5,02

Classif.               Labrad.    Labrad.    Labrad.    Andes.
                       An61 Or1   An57 Or1   An54 Or2   An43 Or3
mg *

Min.                   Pl         Pl         Opq     Opq     Ap
Sill                   ALFx5      ALFx6      ALFx2   ALFx5   ALFx5

Si[O.sub.2]            57,49      65,95      0,10    0,25    0,00
Ti[O.sub.2]            0,16       0,09       56,69   51,57   0,03
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]    25,98      19,86      0,24    0,06    0,00
[Cr.sub.2][O.sub.3]    0,06       0,05       0,10    0,06    0,00
MgO                    0,04       0,46       0,04    0,08    0,17
Fe[O.sup.T]            0,49       0,63       39,07   41,58   0,55
NiO                    0,03       0,00       0,07    0,00    0,01
MnO                    0,00       0,00       0,08    2,78    0,01
CaO                    8,24       1,30       0,10    0,03    54,00
[Na.sub.2]O            6,73       7,39       0,06    0,00    0,03
[K.sub.2]O             0,54       4,62       0,00    0,00    0,03
[P.sub.2][O.sub.5]     0,04       0,00       0,00    0,01    42,26
F                      0,02       0,00       0,00    0,00    2,56
Cl                     0,00       0,00       0,00    0,00    0,71
Total                  99,82      100,36     96,55   96,42   99,12

Si                     2,59       2,93       0,00    0,01    0,00
Ti                     0,01       0,00       1,07    1,01    0,00
Al                     1,38       1,04       0,01    0,00    0,00
Cr                     0,00       0,00       0,00    0,00    0,00
Mg                     0,00       0,03       0,00    0,00    0,04
[Fe.sup.3+]                                  0,00    0,00
[Fe.sup.2+]            0,02       0,02       0,82    0,90    0,08
Ni                     0,00       0,00       0,00    0,00    0,00
Mn                     0,00       0,00       0,00    0,06    0,00
Ca                     0,40       0,06       0,00    0,00    9,85
Na                     0,59       0,64       0,00    0,00    0,01
K                      0,03       0,26       0,00    0,00    0,01
Total                  5,02       4,99       1,92    1,98    17,66

Classif.               Andes.     Anorth.    Ilm     Ilm     F-Ap
                       An39 Or3   An6 Or27
mg *

Min.                   And
Sill                   ALFx5

Si[O.sub.2]            36,91
Ti[O.sub.2]            0,02
[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]    62,58
[Cr.sub.2][O.sub.3]    0,08
MgO                    0,01
Fe[O.sup.T]            0,27
NiO                    0,00
MnO                    0,00
CaO                    0,00
[Na.sub.2]O            0,01
[K.sub.2]O             0,01
[P.sub.2][O.sub.5]     0,00
F                      0,01
Cl                     0,01
Total                  99,89

Si                     1,00
Ti                     0,00
Al                     1,99
Cr                     0,00
Mg                     0,00
[Fe.sup.2+]            0,01
Ni                     0,00
Mn                     0,00
Ca                     0,00
Na                     0,00
K                      0,00
Total                  3,00


mg *

Fe[O.sup.T]: total Fe expressed as FeO; [Fe.sup.3+] calculated
according to Droop (1987), for Cpx and Opq; [mg.sup.*]: Mg/
(Mg+[Fe.sup.2+]+[Fe.sup.3+]+Mn) per formula unit, p.f.u., for Cpx.


Table 2.--Major element (wt.%) and trace element (ppm) composition
and isotopic ratios of selected samples from the Alfondeguilla
igneous rocks. Isotopic initial ratios were recalculated to 267 Ma
(Debon and Zimmerman, 1993; Gale, 2005).

Tabla 2.--Composicion en elementos mayores (% en peso) y traza
(ppm) y relaciones isotopicas de las muestras seleccionadas de las
rocas igneas de Alfondeguilla. Las relaciones isotopicas iniciales
se han calculado a 267 Ma (Debon y Zimmerman, 1993; Gale, 2005).

Sample           ALFx2A   ALFx2B    ALFx2C    ALFx2D   ALFx5A

Si[O.sub.2]      51,77    52,91     52,85     52,26    54,44
Ti[O.sub.2]      1,71     1,61      1,68      1,67     1,78

[Al.sub.2]       14,33    14,53     14,62     14,43    14,73

[Fe.sub.2]       9,85     10,84     9,94      10,04    9,91

MnO              0,09     0,09      0,09      0,10     0,06
MgO              6,57     6,22      6,57      6,39     7,39
CaO              6,91     6,78      6,74      6,87     4,74
[Na.sub.2]O      2,46     2,52      2,61      2,58     3,29
[K.sub.2]O       0,64     0,60      0,66      0,64     0,67

[P.sub.2]        0,43     0,43      0,42      0,42     0,50

LOI              4,95     3,96      3,72      4,32     1,57
mg *             0,60     0,57      0,60      0,59     0,63
Total            99,71    100,49    99,90     99,72    99,08
Rb               6,48     5,31      6,20      5,81     13,16
Cs               0,95     1,03      1,27      0,89     2,28
Sr               419,15   430,51    420,88    402,24   399,16
Ba               152,24   152,99    153,37    146,42   165,88
V                144,89   156,56    163,85    165,53   189,72
Cr               353,68   402,17    402,95    408,64   448,40
Co               37,82    40,64     40,10     42,38    45,88
Ni               174,49   190,53    184,73    189,12   213,60
Cu               53,75    56,75     43,48     36,88    21,96
Y                22,70    23,79     21,10     20,78    19,23
Nb               39,54    40,49     41,33     41,38    54,28
Ta               3,23     3,13      3,06      2,87     3,45
Zr               146,01   143,17    137,86    135,31   152,60
Hf               3,50     3,40      3,29      3,21     3,47
Mo               1,87     1,99      1,86      1,64     2,14
Pb               5,78     4,36      5,38      4,86     4,22
U                1,32     1,22      1,21      1,17     1,37
Th               4,28     4,07      3,91      3,80     4,22
La               25,80    25,35     24,31     23,71    25,68
Ce               47,28    46,58     44,52     43,38    46,64
Pr               5,46     5,39      5,13      4,98     5,20
Nd               23,12    22,78     21,76     21,18    21,81
Sm               5,38     5,44      5,05      5,01     4,85
Eu               1,63     1,73      1,68      1,66     1,78
Gd               5,30     5,50      5,12      4,96     4,84
Tb               0,84     0,88      0,78      0,76     0,74
Dy               4,46     4,63      4,21      4,04     3,81
Ho               0,84     0,86      0,78      0,76     0,70
Er               2,08     2,12      1,90      1,85     1,71
Tm               0,29     0,29      0,27      0,27     0,25
Yb               1,68     1,64      1,56      1,52     1,36
Lu               0,26     0,25      0,23      0,23     0,20
Nb/Y             1,74     1,70      1,96      1,99     2,82
[(La/Lu).        10,52    10,54     10,89     10,60    13,30

Ti/V             70,64    61,62     61,53     60,54    56,31
[sup.87]Rb/               0,00886   0,00992

[sup.87]Rb/               0,70370   0,70374

err. Sr                   6         5
[sup.87]Rb/               0,70367   0,70370

[epsilon]Sr               -7,32     -6,85
[sup.147]Sm/              0,13518   0,13331

[sup.143]Nd/              0,51280   0,51295

err. Nd                   4         5
[epsilon]Nd               5,26      8,31
[T.sub.DM(Ga)]            0,68      0,37

Sample           ALFx5B    ALFx5C    ALFx6A   ALFx6B

Si[O.sub.2]      54,07     54,62     54,43    54,51
Ti[O.sub.2]      1,74      1,74      1,74     1,74

[Al.sub.2]       14,55     14,74     14,52    14,58

[Fe.sub.2]       10,20     10,78     11,18    11,37

MnO              0,10      0,09      0,08     0,11
MgO              7,31      6,92      6,65     7,02
CaO              6,39      6,20      5,59     6,49
[Na.sub.2]O      3,19      3,30      2,93     3,03
[K.sub.2]O       0,69      0,73      0,42     0,51

[P.sub.2]        0,51      0,52      0,47     0,48

LOI              1,24      1,11      2,12     0,88
mg *             0,62      0,59      0,58     0,58
Total            99,99     100,75    100,13   100,72
Rb               13,33     15,38     7,88     12,49
Cs               2,90      2,59      2,53     3,03
Sr               441,29    475,23    361,60   419,39
Ba               167,37    222,12    143,86   175,30
V                165,22    162,98    179,07   169,79
Cr               405,35    401,90    424,24   398,36
Co               41,65     40,71     46,01    44,13
Ni               187,18    183,47    225,80   210,85
Cu               14,20     11,88     23,31    12,97
Y                22,49     23,37     20,38    23,73
Nb               50,60     51,57     47,05    46,37
Ta               3,69      3,88      3,03     3,39
Zr               159,98    167,90    141,87   155,47
Hf               3,65      3,78      3,26     3,58
Mo               2,32      2,45      1,94     2,26
Pb               3,02      3,76      4,08     2,69
U                1,50      1,56      1,16     1,28
Th               4,67      4,83      3,85     4,29
La               28,48     29,64     23,80    27,00
Ce               51,52     53,71     43,46    49,28
Pr               5,83      6,08      4,92     5,66
Nd               24,23     25,23     20,68    23,77
Sm               5,45      5,71      4,80     5,51
Eu               1,69      1,79      1,62     1,71
Gd               5,41      5,70      4,82     5,60
Tb               0,83      0,86      0,74     0,86
Dy               4,42      4,52      3,94     4,59
Ho               0,82      0,84      0,74     0,86
Er               2,00      2,06      1,81     2,07
Tm               0,29      0,30      0,25     0,30
Yb               1,58      1,66      1,46     1,68
Lu               0,25      0,25      0,22     0,25
Nb/Y             2,25      2,21      2,31     1,95
[(La/Lu).        12,07     12,46     11,51    11,04

Ti/V             63,21     64,12     58,24    61,35
[sup.87]Rb/      0,02252   0,02548            0,02345

[sup.87]Rb/      0,70363   0,70375            0,70380

err. Sr          7         6                  6
[sup.87]Rb/      0,70354   0,70365            0,70371

[epsilon]Sr      -9,16     -7,61              -6,79
[sup.147]Sm/     0,12934   0,12941            0,13260

[sup.143]Nd/     0,51261   0,51261            0,51277

err. Nd          5         3                  4
[epsilon]Nd      1,69      1,69               4,74
[T.sub.DM(Ga)]   0,98      0,98               0,72
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