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ABSTRACT: Geology and Geochemistry of the Izu-Bonin Fore-Arc Region: Results from ODP Leg 26 and the Bonin Islands

Rex N. Taylor, Robert W. Nesbitt

One of the main aims of ODP Leg 126 was to investigate the origin, composition, and evolution of the Izu-Bonin fore-arc region. To achieve this, three drill sites were targeted in the hitherto uninvestigated intraoceanic fore-arc basin. Of these, Holes 792E and 793B reached basement, the latter being the deepest DSDP or ODP hole to do so. Hole 792E was located on a frontal arc promontory and drilled through a sequence of arc lavas with calc-alkaline affinities. The deep Hole 793B drilled the center of the fore-arc basin and drilled 280 m of volcanic basement overlain by late Oligocene turbidites. The basement consists of intercalated heterolithic/hyaloclastitic breccias and basaltic andesite flows. Geochemically these lavas have boninitic affinities, with low Ti/Zr and Y/ r ratios akin to the type locality lavas from the Bonin Islands. A comprehensive study of the boninites from Chich Jima, located on the fore-arc high, has revealed that these lavas are geochemically diverse. A wide range of trace element and isotopic compositions are recognized, which represent combinations of variably depleted mantle and incompatible element enriched component(s). It is clear from the Hole 793B basement that these ingredients of depleted source and enriched additions occurred not only in the mantle wedge closest to the trench, but also beneath the region that is now the fore-arc basin. In addition, the boninitic signature prevailed in the fore-arc region from the middle Eocene at least through to late Oligocene times.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90097©1990 Fifth Circum-Pacific Energy and Mineral Resources Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 29-August 3, 1990