Geochemistry of the Late Neoproterozoic Hadb adh Dayheen ring complex, Central Arabian Shield: Implications for the origin of rare-metal-bearing post-orogenic A-type granites

A. M. Moghazi, H. M. Harbi, K. A. Ali

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Abstract

The Hadb adh Dayheen ring complex (HDRC), Central Arabian Shield, is an alkaline to peralkaline A-type granite complex. It consists of an inner core of monzogranite followed outward by porphyritic alkali feldspar granite (hornblende biotite granite and aegirine riebeckite granite). Field and textural observations indicate that the different granite types were separated from magma reservoir, at different stages, and emplaced at higher levels along pre-existing fractures. The geochemical characteristics indicate that their magma was most plausibly originated by partial melting of juvenile lower crust following collision between East and West Gondwana at the final stage of the Arabian Shield evolution. The alkali feldspar granites have high abundances of albite and fluorite and wide variation of HFSE and REE that indicate interaction with hydrothermal F-rich fluids. Although there are many geochemical, mineralogical and textural evidence of secondary metasomatic alteration superimposed on the granitic rocks, they show textural features such as the arrangement of albite inclusions along growth planes in quartz (snowball texture) and aegirine that indicate early magmatic crystallization of albite. Also, the strong linear positive correlation of Ta vs. Nb and Zr vs. Hf emphasize that the behavior and enrichment of Ta and Nb are largely controlled by magmatic processes. The events that can explain the evolution of these rocks are: (1) during magmatic evolution, F dissolved in the magma and lowered the crystallization temperature causing REE and HFSE to form complexes and thus behave as incompatible elements, (2) prolonged crystallization of the major mineral phases (quartz and feldspar) formed a late-stage magmatic fluid enriched in volatiles (H2O, F) and trace elements, (3) accessory minerals crystallized from such a phase in the interstices between the major mineral phases, and (4) post-magmatic re-equilibration and formation of secondary albite (Na-metasomatism) has probably led to the redistribution of some major elements and limited redistribution of HFSE and REE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1324-1340
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Asian Earth Sciences
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 11 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arabian Shield
  • Geochemistry
  • Post-collision A-type granite
  • Rare-metals
  • Ring complex
  • Saudi Arabia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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