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Tracing the invisible path of fluids in the crust with microscale oxygen isotope measurements in key metamorphic minerals

English title Tracing the invisible path of fluids in the crust with microscale oxygen isotope measurements in key metamorphic minerals
Applicant Rubatto Daniela
Number 166280
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Institut für Geologie Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline Geochemistry
Start/End 01.04.2016 - 30.11.2020
Approved amount 833'393.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Geochemistry
Mineralogy
Geochronology

Keywords (6)

metamorphic fluids; white mica ; accessory minerals ; subduction; garnet; oxygen isotopes

Lay Summary (Italian)

Lead
I fluidi ricchi in acqua hanno un ruolo critico durante i processi metamorfici nella crosta e la parte superiore del mantello terrestre. Essi influenzano direttamente processi fondamentali quali il trasporto degli elementi, la cinetica delle reazioni ed il trasferimento di calore. Comprendere i flussi, le sorgenti e l’interazione di tali fluidi con i minerali è dunque fondamentale per ricostruire questi processi geologici e la struttura del nostro pianeta. Questo progetto propone un approccio multidisciplinare per investigate l’interazione tra fluidi e minerali nella crosta terrestre.
Lay summary

L'obiettivo di questa ricerca è di sviluppare strumenti e conoscenza per la ricostruzione dei percorsi pressione-temperatura-tempo e fluidi in rocce metamorfiche. L’approccio proposto include analisi degli isotopi dell’ossigeno e modellizzazione termodinamica. Miriamo a stabilire e calibrare metodi robusti per l’analisi degli isotopi dell’ossigeno in alcuni minerali chiave usando la microsonda ionica, che permette accurate analisi alla microscala. Inoltre integreremo l'evoluzione degli isotopi dell’ossigeno nei pacchetti termodinamici comunemente usati per la modellazione delle rocce metamorfiche. Le metodologie sviluppate saranno poi testate su rocce naturali e combinati con l’analisi delle zonature chimiche e la geocronologia per ricostruire il passaggio ed il ruolo dei fluidi.

Questa ricerca permetterà di espandere l’uso degli isotopi dell’ossigeno come traccianti dei fluidi nella crosta terrestre a nuovi minerali e svariate situazioni geologiche. Questo lavoro si colloca all’interno del largo investimento tecnologico che la Svizzera ha fatto in microanalitica e assicurerà sviluppo di conoscenza avanzata per mantenere la ricerca svizzera all’avanguardia nel settore della geochimica.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 29.03.2016

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Publications

Publication
The evolution of the Sesia Zone (Western Alps) from Carboniferous to Cretaceous: insights from zircon and allanite geochronology
Vho Alice, Rubatto Daniela, Lanari Pierre, Regis Daniele (2020), The evolution of the Sesia Zone (Western Alps) from Carboniferous to Cretaceous: insights from zircon and allanite geochronology, in Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 113, 24.
Garnet and zircon geochronology of the Paleoproterozoic Kuru-Vaara eclogites, northern Belomorian Province, Fennoscandian Shield
Melnik Aleksey, Skublov S., Rubatto Daniela, Müller Dirk, Li Xian-Hua, Li Qiuli, Berezin A. V., Herwartz Daniel, Machevariani Maria (2020), Garnet and zircon geochronology of the Paleoproterozoic Kuru-Vaara eclogites, northern Belomorian Province, Fennoscandian Shield, in Precambrian Research, 353, 106014-106014.
Crustal reworking and hydration: Insights from element zoning and oxygen isotopes of garnet in high-pressure rocks (Sesia Zone, Western Alps, Italy)
Vho Alice, Rubatto Daniela, Lanari Pierre, Giuntoli Francesco, Regis Daniele, Hermann J. (2020), Crustal reworking and hydration: Insights from element zoning and oxygen isotopes of garnet in high-pressure rocks (Sesia Zone, Western Alps, Italy), in Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 175, 109-9.
Establishing a protocol for the selection of zircon inclusions in garnet for Raman thermobarometry
Campomenosi Nicola, RubattoDaniela, Hermann Joerg, MihailovaBoriana, Scambelluri Marco, Alvaro Matteo (2020), Establishing a protocol for the selection of zircon inclusions in garnet for Raman thermobarometry, in American Mineralogist, 105(7), 992-1001.
Identification of growth mechanisms in metamorphic garnet by high-resolution trace element mapping with LA-ICP-TOFMS
Rubatto Daniela, Burger Marcel, Lanari Pierre, Hattendorf Bodo, Schwarz Gunnar, Neff C., Keresztes Schmidt Peter, Hermann Joerg, Vho Alice, Günther D. (2020), Identification of growth mechanisms in metamorphic garnet by high-resolution trace element mapping with LA-ICP-TOFMS, in Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 175, 61-61.
New reference materials and assessment of matrix effects for SIMS analyses of oxygen isotopes in garnet
Vho Alice, Rubatto Daniela, Putlitz B., Bouvier Anne-Sophie (2020), New reference materials and assessment of matrix effects for SIMS analyses of oxygen isotopes in garnet, in Geostandards and geoanalytical research, 44, 459-471.
Tracing fluid transfers in subduction zones: an integrated thermodynamic and δ18O fractionation modelling approach
Vho Alice, Lanari P., Rubatto D., Hermann J (2020), Tracing fluid transfers in subduction zones: an integrated thermodynamic and δ18O fractionation modelling approach, in Solid Earth, 11, 307-328.
Tracking heavy δ18O signatures in 3.7-3.6 Ga crust: a zircon and garnet record in Isua clastic metasedimentary rocks
Gauthiez-Putallaz Laure, Nutman A P, Bennett V C, Rubatto Daniela (2020), Tracking heavy δ18O signatures in 3.7-3.6 Ga crust: a zircon and garnet record in Isua clastic metasedimentary rocks, in Chemical Geology , 537, 119474.
An internally-consistent database for oxygen isotope fractionation between minerals
Vho Alice, Lanari P., Rubatto D. (2020), An internally-consistent database for oxygen isotope fractionation between minerals, in Journal of Petrology, 60, 2101-2129.
Geochemical evidence for hydration and dehydration of crustal rocks during continental rifting
He Qiang, Zhang Shao-Bing, Zheng Y-F., Xia Q-X., Rubatto Daniela (2019), Geochemical evidence for hydration and dehydration of crustal rocks during continental rifting, in Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 124, 1.
Episodic hydrothermal alteration recorded by microscale oxygen isotope analysis of white mica in the Larderello-Travale Geothermal Field, Italy.
Bulle Florian, RubattoDaniela, Ruggieri Giovanni, LuisierCindy, Villa Igor, BaumgartnerLukas (2019), Episodic hydrothermal alteration recorded by microscale oxygen isotope analysis of white mica in the Larderello-Travale Geothermal Field, Italy., in Chemical Geology , 53, 119288.
Oxygen isotope speedometry in granulite facies garnet recording fluid/melt–rock interaction (Sør Rondane Mountains, East Antarctica)
Higashino Fumiko, Rubatto Daniela, Kawakami Tetsuo, Bouvier Anne‐Sophie, Baumgartner Lukas P. (2019), Oxygen isotope speedometry in granulite facies garnet recording fluid/melt–rock interaction (Sør Rondane Mountains, East Antarctica), in Journal of Metamorphic Geology, jmg.12490-jmg.12490.
Quantitative compositional mapping of mineral phases by electron probe micro-analyser
Lanari Pierre, Vho Alice, Bovay Thomas, Airaghi Laura, Centrella Stephen (2019), Quantitative compositional mapping of mineral phases by electron probe micro-analyser, in Geological Society, Special Publications, 478, 39-63.
Assessment of O and Fe isotope heterogeneity in garnet from Kakanui (New Zealand) and Erongo (Namibia)Assessment of O and Fe isotope heterogeneity in garnet from Kakanui (New Zealand) and Erongo (Namibia)
Urosevic Maja, Nebel Oliver, Padron-Navarta José Alberto, Rubatto Daniela (2018), Assessment of O and Fe isotope heterogeneity in garnet from Kakanui (New Zealand) and Erongo (Namibia)Assessment of O and Fe isotope heterogeneity in garnet from Kakanui (New Zealand) and Erongo (Namibia), in European Journal of Mineralogy, 30(4), 695-710.
Oxygen isotope analysis of olivine by ion microprobe: matrix effects and applications to a serpentinised dunite
Scicchitano Maria Rosa, Rubatto Daniela, Hermann Joerg, Majumdar Alik S., Putnis Andrew (2018), Oxygen isotope analysis of olivine by ion microprobe: matrix effects and applications to a serpentinised dunite, in Chemical Geology, 499, 126-137.
In situ Oxygen Isotope Determination in Serpentine Minerals by Ion Microprobe: Reference Materials and Applications to Ultrahigh-Pressure Serpentinites
Scicchitano Maria Rosa, Rubatto Daniela, Hermann Jörg, Shen Tingting, Padrón-Navarta J.A., Williams I S, Zheng Y. F. (2018), In situ Oxygen Isotope Determination in Serpentine Minerals by Ion Microprobe: Reference Materials and Applications to Ultrahigh-Pressure Serpentinites, in Geostandards and geoanalytical research, 1.
The Diamantina monazite: a new low-Th reference material for microanalysis
Gonçalves Guilherme O., Lana Cristiano, Scholz Ricardo, Buick Ian S., Gerdes Avel, Kamo Sandra L., Corfu F., Rubatto D., Wiedenbeck M., Nalini Jr Herminio A., Oliveira Luiz Carlos A. (2017), The Diamantina monazite: a new low-Th reference material for microanalysis, in Geostandards and geoanalytical research, 42, 25-47.
Zircon: the metamorphic mineral
Rubatto Daniela (2017), Zircon: the metamorphic mineral, in Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, 83, 261-295.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Dr Scicchitano Maria Rosa/ University of Wisconsin United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Prof. L. Baumgartner, Dr B. Putlitz, Dr. A-S. Bouvier/ University of Lausanne Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Dr. Aleksey E. Melnik/Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg Russia (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Dr. Daniele Regis/ Geological Survey of Canada Canada (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Prof. Pierre Lanari / University of Bern Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Dr. Oliver Nebel/ Monash University Australia (Oceania)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Prof. Igor M. Villa / University of Milano Bicocca Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Dr Francesco Giuntoli/ University of Bologna Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Dr Giovanni Ruggieri / Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Prof. Vickie Bennett/Australian National University Australia (Oceania)
- Publication
Dr Fumiko Higashino/ Tohoku University, Sendai Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Prof. Joerg Hermann, University of Bern Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Dr C. Lana, Dr. G. Goncalves/ Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto Brazil (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Prof. D. Günther, Dr B. Hattendorf, Dr G. Schwarz/ ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Prof. Yong-Fei Zheng/ University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei China (Asia)
- Publication
Prof. Matteo Alvaro/ University of Pavia, Italy Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel

Awards

Title Year
Dana Medal from the Mineralogical Society of America 2020
Elected Fellow of the Geochemical Society 2019
Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal from the European Geosciences Union 2019
Elected Honorary Fellow of the Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology 2018
Elected Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America 2017

Use-inspired outputs

Software

Name Year
PTLoop 2020
ThermoOX 2020


Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
177026 Re-equiping the noble gas laboratory to perform state of the art science, University of Geneva 01.03.2018 R'EQUIP
191959 Isotopic and age constraints on multistage fluid incorporation and release in oceanic lithosphere: a microanalytical study 01.09.2020 Project funding
170722 A new state-of-the-art Laser Ablation ICP-MS facility with emphasis on mapping and technique development 01.01.2017 R'EQUIP
170738 New Ionpolisher for high-end surface preparation of composite materials 01.12.2016 R'EQUIP

Abstract

This project requests funds for establishing a new research group in geochemistry of metamorphic rocks with emphasis on oxygen isotopes at the microscale. The project involves a main investigator, a postdoctoral researcher and two PhD students. The aim is to develop tools and knowledge for reconstructing pressure-temperature-time-fluid paths in metamorphic terranes that underwent complex evolutions and where the role of fluids is crucial for element transport and reaction kinetics. Within the course of this project we will establish new protocols and standards for the analyses of oxygen isotopes by ion microprobe in key metamorphic minerals such as garnet, monazite and apatite. This methodology will also be expanded in an exciting novel direction (postdoctoral project) by investigating white mica: (i) its capacity to record and preserve oxygen isotope signatures over metamorphic stages and (ii) the possibility to use this common hydrous mineral, which is also a thermochronometer, to trace fluid signatures in crustal rocks. The proposed research project will integrate the evolution of oxygen isotopic signatures in metamorphic systems into thermodynamic packages (Perple_X and Theriak/Domino) that are commonly used for modeling metamorphic assemblages over changing pressure and temperature. Combination of modeling and measurements on natural samples will be crucial to identify open versus closed system behavior. The oxygen isotope analyses will be supported and combined with textural investigations at the microscale to identify metamorphic stages, major and with trace element analyses to characterize mineral zoning and interaction with fluids and, whenever possible, with geochronology of mineral zones to constrain the timing. This combined approach will ensure significant advances in microanalytical techniques and develop a new field of research that harvests the wealth of information on fluids and their evolution over time recorded in zoned minerals. The methodology will be tested on selected samples and applied to two field areas (PhD projects) that expose rocks recording subduction processes in both oceanic and continental crust and where evidence of significant fluid alteration and interaction exists.
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